Saturday, February 9, 2008

Big Dan's Big News Feb 9, 2008

I'm just wondering if this bothers "conservatives" who are against "big government"!

· Exclusive! The FBI Deputizes Business. Today, more than 23,000 representatives of private industry are working quietly with the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security. The members of this rapidly growing group, called InfraGard, receive secret warnings of terrorist threats before the public does—and, at least on one occasion, before elected officials. In return, they provide information to the government, which alarms the ACLU. But there may be more to it than that. One business executive, who showed me his InfraGard card, told me they have permission to “shoot to kill” in the event of martial law. (bd: All ba-jillionaire candidates from BOTH parties apparently have "no comment" about this??? Why aren't reporters or debate hosts asking candidates from both parties about this??? Why isn't "conservative" Rush Limbaugh talking about this???)

· Fascist America In 10 Easy Steps

· Not "If" But "When": Business Will Become Enforcement Under Martial Law


· One lie in a civil deposition about consensual sex caused the Republicans (with Democratic help) to impeach Bill Clinton. Nine-hundred and thirty-five Bush administration lies leading the nation to a terrible war shattering the lives of millions have not even merited a congressional investigation. Only after seven years has it finally brought a mention from the establishment media and is still mostly suppressed.

· Bush Declares That Cheney Is ‘The Best Vice President In History’

· Bush: McCain will best carry out my agenda.

· Bolton Backs McCain Because He Is ‘Stronger’ Than Bush On Iran

· Cafferty: ‘Straight Talk Express wimped out.’ This week, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) caved to the right wing and skipped a key vote on the economic stimulus plan, despite voicing prior support for the package. CNN’s Jack Cafferty excoriated McCain for placing his personal ambitions over the public’s well-being:

· Will Condoleeza Rice Be McCain's VP Pick? Conservative activists spur ‘Think Condi’ campaign.

· Discovery Channel Drops Plans To Air ‘Taxi To The Dark Side’ Because It Is Too ‘Controversial’. Taxi to the Dark Side, a documentary about an innocent Afghan taxi driver tortured to death by U.S. officials at Bagram Air Base, has received wide critical acclaim since its debut in April at the Tribeca Film Festival. The New York Times’s A.O. Scott said, “If recent American history is ever going to be discussed with the necessary clarity and ethical rigor, this film will be essential.”

· Latest Anti-Pot Quack Science: 'Marijuana Makes Your Teeth Fall Out'. A rash of new studies of marijuana has hit the mass media, generating absurd headlines like "Smoking Pot Rots Your Gums."

· The Truth Is, Iraq's Future Is Abysmal. Scott Ritter, Truthdig. War on Iraq: As nice as it would be for some hope that the "surge" worked, the truth is that the disaster in Iraq has only just begun.

· We have now the Attorney General of the United States telling Congress that it's not against the law for the President to violate the law if his own Department of Justice says it's not.

· If you would like to see just how sick the American elite really is – how morally depraved, how intellectually diseased, how addicted to the taste of human flesh, the scent of human blood, and the sight of human suffering – then you need go no further than the speech given by Mitt Romney to the Conservative Political Action Conference on February 7, 2008.

· Torture Is Impeachable and Has Been Confessed to

· On January 14, 2008 the FDIC web site began posting the rules for reimbursing depositors in the event of a bank failure. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) is required to “determine the total insured amount for each of the day of the failure” and return their money as quickly as possible. The agency is “modernizing its current business processes and procedures for determining deposit insurance coverage in the event of a failure of one of the largest insured depository institutions.”

· What had emerged going into the new millennium after the 1999 repeal of Glass-Steagall was an awesome transformation of American credit markets into what was soon to become the world’s greatest unregulated private money creation machine. The New Finance was built on an incestuous, interlocking, if informal, cartel of players, all reading from the script written by Alan Greenspan and his friends at J.P. Morgan, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, and the other major financial houses of New York. Securitization was going to secure a "new" American Century and its financial domination, as its creators clearly believed on the eve of the millennium.

Anyone find this odd? Yesterday I posted this and the article was there, the url was

· Scotland Yard: Blow to head, not gunshot, killed Bhutto

...and today they have:

· Bhutto's party disputes Scotland Yard on cause of death

· What would President McCain's foreign policy be?. One thing is clear about John McCain's foreign policy views: Much like his political heroes Ronald Reagan and Theodore Roosevelt, he believes that America's power is a force to make the world better.

· Hersh: Israel pressed me to agree Syrian site was nuclear

· The Three Co-Chairs of the DNC Delegate Credentials Committee All Served in Clinton Administration

· MSNBC's "Bush-League Justice" series: “Bush League Justice” is a series (airing Monday-Thursday at 9 pm on MSNBC) that stems from my increasing frustration and outrage over how the Bush Administration has politicized the usually apolitical Justice Department. In the process, it has significantly abused its authority to try to enhance power at the expense of any sense of objective justice. Many of the administration’s most controversial maneuvers have been widely reported, from the torture memos to the NSA’s warrantless searches to the U.S. Attorney scandal to the appointment of only the most conservative of judges and justices. But that is really just the tip of this Administration’s ongoing effort to uproot the Justice Department. As we will show the week of December 10, they have regularly circumvented Congress, and decimated some of the most fundamental and cherished principles that define justice in this country.

· Just how close was Florida's Republican governor to accused child porn peddler?



· Privatization of New Mexico Voting Rolls May Have Played Major Role in Super Tuesday's Democratic Caucus Mess. Contracts with Unaccountable Private Vendors Like ES&S in NM and Elsewhere, Continue Taking Costly Toll on American Democracy...

· Pittsburgh Evening News: Hackable Allegheny County Voting Systems Left Unguarded, Memory Cartridges Gone, Felons Working as Election Judges. Conspiracy Theories Well-Researched and Responsible Investigative MSM Report Actually Informs Viewers About Usually-Unreported Yet Very Well-Documented Dangers of Touch-Screen Voting, Horrendous Administrative Oversight Prior to Upcoming Presidential Primary...

· VIDEO MASHUP: Conservative Pundits Jonah Goldberg & Matthew Dowd Clueless On 'Real Time'

· Citizen Reports from the Front Lines

· What to watch for -- and do -- during & after Super Power Tuesday

· Citizen's Guide to Following Vote Transport Vehicles


· Beatles pay tribute to late Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

I can show you, that when it starts to rain, everything's the same...

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