Monday, March 31, 2008

Big Dan's Big News Mar 31, 2008

No staged audience, this is what happens, what the American people really think of George W. Bush; Hey Rush Limbaugh: WAS BUSH CHEERED? Rightwing propagandists: MAKE SURE YOU IGNORE THIS VIDEO, DON'T MENTION THIS! And this is in Washington D.C.!!!

Bush comes out of his "bubble" and meets reality: A non-staged audience! Bush "booed" @ Washington Nationals opener:

This is a huge story! This is what America thinks of "president" Bush! This should be the #1 story on the national news! But I guarantee you will not see this on ANBCBSNNX! See if ANBCBSNNX "edits out" the BOO's tonight, or if they even show this!

Bush booed as he throws inaugural pitch at Nationals home opener

Bush booed loudly while throwing out first pitch in Nationals home opener.


Voting News:

(Brad on right; click on picture to enlarge in new window)

Brad Friedman of "BradBlog":

"The declaration was created as several of us determined it would be helpful to define the cause as specifically and directly as possible. Once it was finalized, I signed it first, in large letters, as the Hancock legend goes, "so that King George can read it without his glasses."

My hope is that anyone --- any person or organization in the fight for clean, fair, honest, accurate democracy --- would both commit to this simply stated mission, and then measure his or her efforts against it."

The Creekside Declaration..."Mission: To encourage citizen ownership of transparent, participatory democracy." - Creekside Declaration, 3/22/08

The ground feels a little soft, but we’re going to stand it. Premise one: Having a fair election — all votes counted, all who are eligible and want to vote allowed to vote — is far, far more important, even in 2008, than who wins. Premise two: Fair elections are not a given. They never have been, but things are worse now than ever before because of a perfect storm, you might say, of factors that have converged in the new millennium: officialdom’s seduction by unsafe, high-tech voting systems; the seizure of power by a party of ruthless true believers who feel entitled to rule and will do anything to win; a polite, confused opposition party that won’t make a stink about raw injustice; and an arrogantly complacent media embedded in the political and economic status quo. The result: Benjamin Franklin’s worst nightmare.

Excellent! Bev Harris of describes "ballot washing": "Archivists know this technique as a document repair method, criminals know it as "check washing." If you have the right chemicals, can you remove votes from ballots, allowing election-riggers to "re-vote" the ballots before they are counted, recounted, or audited? Yes. We have been able to remove votes marked in ink from ballots without leaving a trace. Using this technique, insiders can alter votes on ballots.

Texas Prosecutes Little Old Ladies for Voter Fraud. Democracy and Elections: State's Attorney General has prosecuted Democrats who help seniors vote by mail while ignoring documented Republican ballot box stuffing.

Other News:

As Jobs Vanish, Food Stamp Use Is at Record Pace

BAGHDAD (AP) - The Iraqi capital locked down by curfew. U.S. diplomats holed up their workplaces, fearing rocket attacks. Nearly every major southern city racked by turmoil. Hundreds killed in less than a week.

Another Republican Senator using his "Mulligan" to blame Iran for something: Sen. Graham: 'Iranians are killing Americans'

Read my post about "past mulligans"...

A group of 200 Tibetan exiles and monks tried to storm the Chinese Embassy visa office in Nepal's capital on Sunday but police beat them back with bamboo batons.

Check out my good friend BlueBear's "EcoBlog", you'll like it! BlueBear's EcoBlog is now up on the Big Links on the right side of my blog.

O'Hillarama will be in Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday. Pssssttttt.....why won't McCain visit Wilkes-Barre or Scranton? WILK "conservative" callers remain silent on McCain abandoning them !!! AND...they remain silent on the Republicans not banning abortion when they controlled all branches of govt & 8 of 9 Supreme Court judges from 2000--->>>2006 !!!

O'Hillarama will be in Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday!

McCain won't visit Wilkes-Barre, he thinks Wilkes-Barre "STINKS ON ICE" !!!!!!!!!

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Big Dan's Big News Mar 30, 2008

Above: Kindly old man, 72-yr-old John "3rd term of Bush" McCain, George W. Bush's hand-picked successor...poised to steal the 2008 election from Barack Obama...continues to get a HUGE pass from the corporate-controlled media. The corporate media used the "Obama's pastor" story as a test, for when they REALLY "SwiftBoat" him!

The Top Ten Craziest Things John McCain Has Said While You (bd: Should say, while "corporate media" was purposely not covering...) Weren't Watching. Much of McCain's madness has been lost in the fog of the ongoing battle for the Democratic nomination -- so here's a recap of what you've missed.

Among them:

1. And finally, McCain's craziest, coolest, most unstoppable McCain Moment: The senator said, while in Jordan, that it was "common knowledge and has been reported in the media that al-Qaeda is going back into Iran and receiving training and are coming back into Iraq from Iran, that's well known. And it's unfortunate." A few moments later, Sen. Joseph Lieberman, admiringly gazing at McCain until that moment, stepped up and whispered something in the presidential candidate's ear. McCain then blurted out: "I'm sorry, the Iranians are training extremists, not al-Qaeda."

Phew. Glad trusty Joe Lieberman was there to explain to the man of "experience," a man who wants to lead the free world, that Sunnis (Al Qaeda) and Shia (Iran) not only don't work together but are in direct conflict. We have only been at war there for five years, so I wouldn't expect Sen. McCain to concern himself with such trivial matters.

The Top Ten Craziest Things John McCain Has Said While You (it should say, while the corporate media was turning a blind eye on purpose!) Weren't Watching, click here!.

Special commentary by Big Dan: "John McCain will not be held accountable for anything by the corporate-controlled media ANBCBSNNX. Furthermore, this has not, and will not, be pointed out."


War Propaganda News:

On right/below: White House "Ministry of Propaganda/FOX Division".

Fox’s Chris Wallace Echoes White House Spin, Claims Basra Violence Is ‘Good News’

See my other post, for the "original" White House spin!

Thie LIES about the Iraq War continue, from Gen. Petraus, who's a Republican politician with a uniform on:

TIME: Despite having been initiated by the Iraqi government, the offensive by Iraqi security forces against militiamen in Basra is increasingly drawing in the United States, both militarily and politically. U.S. air power was used in the key port city for the first time on Thursday night in support of Iraqi forces trying to dislodge fighters of Moqtada Sadr’s Mahdi Army, and U.S. troops clashed with Mahdi Army militants in the Baghdad neighborhood of Sadr City on Friday. Despite this U.S. involvement, the Washington Post notes that in September, when lawmakers asked Gen. David Petraeus about the increasing violence amongst Shiite groups in Basra, Petraeus replied it was an “Iraqi problem” with an “Iraqi solution.”

BAGHDAD (AP) - U.S. jets widened the bombing of Basra on Saturday, dropping two precision-guided bombs on a suspected militia stronghold north of the city, British officials said. (bd: Call me crazy, but wasn't there just a "PR" blitz telling us "the surge is working"? Do they think we're stupid?).

Shiite Militias Cling to Swaths of Basra and Stage Raids

How about THIS "chestnut":

Psssssst…..our U.S. embassy in the "secure" Green Zone in Baghdad is under attack!!! "...ordering all employees to sleep inside reinforced structures and to use only armored vehicles when traveling in the Green Zone due to incoming rocket fire." (bd: "the surge" is going great!)

BD: This is entering our 6th year of the war! 3 TRILLION of our tax dollars and countless lives later!!!


Other News:

More TAXPAYER bailout for the BILLIONAIRE LENDERS; NONE so far for the people losing their homes! Expect more "American Idiots" to call WILK talk radio on Monday, saying, "I DON'T WANT MY TAX MONEY TO PAY FOR PEOPLE LOSING THEIR HOMES!!!" Fed offers $100 billion more to commercial banks to fight credit crisis

Is There a New Dangerous Biohazard Site Coming to Your State Soon? Five states are locked in fierce competition over a proposed bioterror lab host to the world's most feared human and animal pathogens.

Imagine that your home was reduced to mold-covered wood framing by Hurricane Katrina. Desperate for money to rebuild, you engage in a frustrating bureaucratic process, and after months of living in a government provided-trailer that gives off formaldehyde fumes you finally win a federal grant. Then a collector announces that you have to pay back thousands of dollars. Thousands of Katrina victims may be in the same boat.

Outrage and Controversy at NY Museum Art Show Depicting Police Brutality

While I was digging through the Net looking for the skinny on Sequoia Voting Systems and its mystery contractor Kwaidan Consulting (aka Mike Gibbons), the Bradblog's Brad Friedman was doing the same. He managed to unearth a cached version of Gibbons' MySpace page that's just a wee bit different than the current model. Instead of a photo of Gibbons shaking hands with Bush I, this one shows a good-old-boy leaning against the hood of a pickup. The list of people Gibbons wants to meet has changed too. Instead of Jesus, Einstein, and Newton, Gibbons was looking for “a well endowed blonde nymphomaniac ... that likes to be under the influence of Jim Beam whiskey in a dimly lit room at least 3 times a week.” (Hmm, Jesus or a busty nymphomaniac – that's a tough call.) It's nice to know the gatekeepers of our electoral system go shopping for their code experts in New Orleans bordellos.


During his speech last night at George Washington University, Karl Rove was interrupted by a group of protesters who unfurled a banner reading “War Criminal.” Rove supporters shout for protestors to be "tazed"!!!

Ladies and Gentlemen: THE BEATLES!

This is where it all began. In their early twenties, the Beatles came on the scene and the music world never saw and heard such great original-sounding rock music with urgency in its vocals and playing like was like they came from another planet. Their infectious smiles were not even fair! They took music as it was, and sent it off in another direction never to be the same again. Disliking the Beatles would be akin to disliking the sun!

John Lennon's vocals are extremely powerful in "Twist & Shout", "This Boy", and "Please, Mr. Postman". I think Lennon's early Beatles vocals are the most powerful in rock history. How can 3 guys in their early twenties do 3-part harmony like that, in "This Boy"?

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Big Dan's Big News; Today is Mar 29, 2008 Earth Hour @ 8pm!!!

Earth Hour was created by WWF [World Wildlife Fund] in Sydney, Australia in 2007, and in one year has grown from an event in one city to a global movement. In 2008, millions of people, businesses, governments and civic organizations in nearly 200 cities around the globe will turn out for Earth Hour. More than 100 cities across North America will participate, including the US flagships–Atlanta, Chicago, Phoenix and San Francisco and Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver.

Earth Hour blackout highlights global warming

Gore compares global warming deniers to flat earthers

Earth Hour


Other News:

Who is this 22-yr-old "my-spacer" who got a $300 million dollar Pentagon contract? What the FUCK is going on here?????????

The 22-year-old Florida man who allegedly provided old, substandard Chinese-manufactured ammunition to troops in Afghanistan as part of a nearly $300 million Pentagon contract also started a private company that specialized in selling foreign munitions to civilian gun enthusiasts.

Former Governor Don Siegelman of Alabama, released from prison today on bond in a bribery case, said he was as convinced as ever that politics played a leading role in his prosecution. In a telephone interview shortly after he walked out of a federal prison in Oakdale, La., Mr. Siegelman said there had been “abuse of power” in his case, and repeatedly cited the influence of Karl Rove, the former White House political director.

White House aide resigns over misuse of grant money.

Karl Rove's next move: A million-dollar home on Florida's Emerald Coast

Check out my exclusive Karl Rove interview!

Below/right: "Would Mommy make a better president than Daddy?

Chelsea's Choice: Will Mom or Dad Be a Better President? (bd: Well! Isn't that nice! When you grow up in a fucking billionaire household, your kid has to worry about which parent would be the better president of the United States! Isn't that "special"?)

"Nipples Of Mass Distraction" or "The Booby Bomber"...take your pick on the title for this one!


Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey endorses Barack Obama:

Bush Announced "Another Defining Moment" in the Iraq War

6 years into the Iraq War, Bush says we're having another "defining moment" know, like "Mission Accomplished", the Battle of Fallujah, the Iraqi's walking around with ink on their thumbs (bullshit picture on right, how much do you think they paid her? THAT was several years ago, too!!!), etc...etc...

Apparently, we're fighting "the Battle of Basra" and ""the Battle of Baghdad"" (?). The "Battle of Basra", Bush said, is a "defining moment" in the latest cut off his new CD: "Best of Bush: Defining Moments".

Bush Says Iraq Has Reached ‘Defining Moment’

● (bd: Unbelievable video!) Bush: ‘Troops Are Coming Out’ (And Staying) Because ‘We’re Successful’

3 by Chris Floyd:

Yesterday we saw the complete unravelling of the lie that the assault on Basra is strictly an all-Iraqi operation, with the Baghdad government imposing its authority on "criminal gangs" in the port city.

The current esclation of the Iraqi civil war -- first in Basra and now all across the occupied land -- seems to be a perfect dovetailing of the complementary but not identical strategic needs of the Bush Administration and its client government in Baghdad. The regime of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is hoping to destroy or cripple -- or outlaw -- its principal political rival in the south before elections later this year. The Bush regime -- which is intimately involved in every step of the Basra operations, despite its rote denials -- is trying to keep the war boiling on a high simmer. This is the only option it has left to achieve its primary war aim: a permanent U.S. military presence in Iraq.

From the very beginning, the brutality, ruin and deceit of the American aggression in Iraq has been compounded by an unshakeable ignorance. This deadly cloud of unknowing has enveloped the entire chain of command, from the witless president who didn't know the difference between Sunni and Shia Islam to the troops on the ground who believed – as they were no doubt drilled to believe – that the invasion was "payback for 9/11," a righteous war of self-defense against a terrorist nation that had attacked America.

How come they're not showing all these battles and air attacks like they did when the "War of LIES" began with "Shock & Awe" below? Because that's when they were selling us the war like an infomercial! The Pentagon/media/Bush administration were "in bed/embed" with each other pushing the Iraq War LIES on us! Now there's no coverage of the almost daily bombings!

What was it? Weapons of MASS DECEPTION!!!

...and victory was proclaimed! In words! Both written and spoken!

Friday, March 28, 2008

Big Dan's Big News Mar 28, 2008

Political prisoner freed; Dem Gov Don Siegelman, railroaded into jail in Alabama for political reasons by the Karl Rove Machine, is out of prison!

Going to Jail for Being a Democrat: How Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman Got Roved. By Paul Craig Roberts, CounterPunch. Rights and Liberties: Once a popular governor of Alabama, Siegelman was framed in a crooked trial and sent to prison by the corrupt Bush administration.



● (bd: 22-yr-old kid on right got $300 defense contract! wtf???) House to investigate defense contract to firm that shipped Chinese-made ammo to Afghanistan

EXCLUSIVE: Federal Fraud Complaint Against Voting Machine Company Unsealed. After Two Years, the Qui Tam Suit Against Hart InterCivic, Brought by Whistleblower William Singer with Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Mike Papantonio, May Proceed After DoJ Declines to Join Case. Download the Full Complaint here...

Breaking News! Pa. Senator Casey endorses Obama (bd: Obama on right)

REPUBLICAN Senator Hagel: Bush Iraq speech like 'Alice in Wonderland'

Checks for $600 Won't Fix Our Economy. Jim Hightower, Hightower Lowdown. America can't shop its way to greatness, and this one-time, government-funded shopping spree won't lead us to a sound economy.

"There's something funny going on with these NOO-KEY-LORE weapons, I just haven't figured out what it is yet....."

Gates orders inventory of US nukes (bd: Attention!!! This is a huge story!!! Remember a couple of months ago, several planes mistakenly carried nukes over America? There's something funny going on...ALERT! ALERT! ALERT! ALERT TO NON-AMERICAN IDIOTS!!!!!

● (bd: Remember THIS???) B-52 carried nuclear missiles over US by mistake: military

Thursday, March 27, 2008

1 in 10 Americans Should Have Their Voting Privileges Revoked

Mission Accomplished, corporate mainstream media! You got 1 in 10 American Idiot voters to believe that Barack Obama is Muslim! If this doesn't scare you, YOU should ALSO not be allowed to vote! If you are turning a blind eye to this fact because it's not "your candidate", YOU should ALSO not be allowed to vote! Because YOU are part of the PROBLEM, too!!! Maybe you also think that Obama fathered a two-headed gay terrorist baby!

Why don't we just split the nation in half, and all the American Idiots can have no health care, McCain as president, wars sucking all their tax money...that would be fine with me! Knock yourself out! You can HAVE half the country, it's fine by me!

And for you American Idiots who keep calling in our local WILK radio talk shows saying, "I don't want MY tax money going towards bailing out homeowners who can't pay their mortages"...GET YOUR FUCKING FACTS STRAIGHT! YOU just bailed out the BILLIONAIRE LENDERS, you American Idiots! There was no bailout of the people losing their homes, only a bailout for the billionaire lenders! With YOUR tax money, that you're saying you don't want to go towards the people losing their homes! And you didn't say a THING about THAT on WILK!!! Because you are STUPID!!! Mission Accomplished, AGAIN, corporate media and American Idiots!!!

Keep listening to Rush Limbaugh, you American Idiots!!! Follow along with these lyrics by these "freaks" who are smarter than YOU are!!!


"American Idiot"

Don't want to be an American idiot.
Don't want a nation under the new mania
And can you hear the sound of hysteria?
The subliminal mind fuck America.

Welcome to a new kind of tension.
All across the alien nation.
Where everything isn't meant to be okay.
Television dreams of tomorrow.
We're not the ones who're meant to follow.
For that's enough to argue.

Well maybe I'm the faggot America.
I'm not a part of a redneck agenda.
Now everybody do the propaganda.
And sing along to the age of paranoia.

Welcome to a new kind of tension.
All across the alien nation.
Where everything isn't meant to be okay.
Television dreams of tomorrow.
We're not the ones who're meant to follow.
For that's enough to argue.

Don't want to be an American idiot.
One nation controlled by the media.
Information age of hysteria.
It's calling out to idiot America.

Welcome to a new kind of tension.
All across the alien nation.
Where everything isn't meant to be okay.
Television dreams of tomorrow.
We're not the ones who're meant to follow.
For that's enough to argue.

Big Dan's Big News Mar 27, 2008

Corporate media: Don't pick on kindly old man McCain!!! Just because he missed 56% of his Senate votes since Jan 2007!!! He had a tough schedule!!! (no one else did, only McCain). McCain missed more votes than everyone, except Senator Johnson, who was recovering from a brain hemorrhage!!!

MSNBC debate: If McCain had showed up to Senate more, would he have avoided economy 'flip flop'?

"Liberal" NYTimes bends over backwards to "apologize" for McCain missing 56% of Senate votes since Jan 2007. They say he had "protracted nominating campaign" (even though he has it locked up and Hillary/Obama don't!!!) and then point out that he missed only 30% of the Senate votes before that! Thanks for apologizing for John McCain, NYTimes!!!

McCain Claims Federal Government Shouldn’t ‘Reward’ Irresponsible Banks — Except Bear Stearns



Not being pointed out in the media: Obama only candidate who disclosed his tax returns!

White House Destroyed Computer Hard Drives. Remember when an 18½ minute gap in an audio tape was enough to bring down a President? Those were the days. But that was then, this is now...

This is Who Sequoia Voting Systems Has Chosen to Test Their Machines Instead of Princeton. Meet Mike Gibbons of 'Kwaidan Consulting': Seeking 'Well Endowed Blonde Nymphomaniacs'...Or 'Jesus Christ, Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein,' Depending on Whose Paying...

Mike Gravel switches to Libertarian Party



I have not heard ANYONE ask Meuser or Hackett, how would they vote on: SCHIP, telecom immunity, banning torture, doctors & pharmacists being able to refuse to prescribe contraceptions, or bailing out people losing their homes in the mortgage crisis!

(bd: Just yesterday in BDBN, I said that Republicans are starting to talk about "revamping" (ruining) Social Security, and the very next day we have, at a Republican debate: ) Social Security a hot topic at second Meuser-Hackett debate (Maybe Republicans can do to social security, what they did to the economy, the Iraq War, Katrina, the mortgage crisis, etc...!!!)

(bd: Let's start throwing people in jail for not knowing English!) Judge orders four to learn English or go to jail


Democracy NOW! DISH channels 9410 & 9415, DirecTV channel 275:

In New Book, Chilean Ambassador to the UN Details Bush Admin’s Pre-War Efforts to Coerce Allies into Supporting Iraq Invasion

Heraldo Munoz, the Chilean Ambassador to the United Nations, has revealed new details of how the United States bullied and threatened other countries to support the Iraq war. Munoz has written an account of the period, A Solitary War: A Diplomat’s Chronicle of the Iraq War and Its Lessons.

AMBASSADOR HERALDO MUĂ‘OZ: Yes, I was minister in the cabinet of President Ricardo Lagos at the time, but I was very much in touch with the debate, because, among other things, I got phone calls from Washington, lobbying the position to use force against Saddam Hussein. In fact, I say in the book that Condoleezza Rice called me, and we had a half-an-hour phone call where she tried to argue in favor of a resolution that would have authorized the use of force in Iraq, invade Iraq with the support of the Security Council. And I argued against, thinking that this was going to have tremendous consequences on the global level, on neighbors of Iraq, internally in terms of the contradictions that we knew that existed already, and in the world economy.

And she answered that in the end, bottom line, the United States was going to go in Iraq with or without the United Nations. And that was very clear to me, that there was a decision to invade Iraq, even though some of the countries, friendly countries, allies of the United States, had honest differences and opposed the use of force outside the Security Council and without meeting certain conditions, benchmarks, to find out if there was indeed a cache of weapons of mass destruction, as was the argument of the United States. We didn’t know. We had to give time to the UN inspectors to find out whether that was the case or not, so we insisted, coinciding with the United States, that any weapons of mass destruction in the hands of an unreliable regime is a danger, but you have to make sure that is the case.

DN! transcript or DN! video

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Big Dan's Big News Mar 25, 2008

Are you seeing the signs that we are going to attack Iran?

● 1. Worried Yet? Saudis Prepare for "Sudden Nuclear Hazards" After Cheney Visit

● 2. Still Not Worried? Petraeus Blames Iran for Green Zone Attack

● 3. Worried Just a Bit? Bush Launches Economic 'Shock and Awe' on Iran

Rather than an attack with "bunker-busters", the first attack of the war was made with a "bank-buster", and it came in the form of a shot across the bow of the global banking system. The hypocrisy couldn't be clearer, not that this will matter much to the Iranian victims -- unless the truth suddenly becomes as important to the world's bankers as it is to some of the world's bloggers.



US Treasury chief says Social Security 'unsustainable' (bd: I have predicted that Bushco will go after social security AGAIN...before he leaves office, and here it is...I THINK THIS IS A HUGE STORY, AND IT'S NOT GOING TO STOP! It is the final piece of Bushco dismantling AMERICA as we KNEW IT!!!)

Dominos: How Bear Stearns default threatens the entire world financial system

Cracking up: the ice shelf as big as Northern Ireland

Poll: Obama Ahead 21 Points In North Carolina Primary

Latest PA & NC Polls Show Shifts To Obama

A McCain Moment: Do You Want Four More Years of This?. Election 2008: It's not just George Bush's war that McCain wants to continue; it's George Bush's approach.

Pentagon Holds Thousands of Americans "Prisoners of War". War on Iraq: There are at least 60,000 of them, but they're not on the DoD's list of soldiers missing in action.

The Probable Cause to Charge Dick Cheney With Mass Murder, Terrorism, and High Treason (bd: I suggest to anyone who has never questioned the "official" govt 9/11 story to read this...)

Revealed! Roger Clemens Is Coaching Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton says she "mis-spoke", when she said she was under sniper fire on her 1996 trip to Bosnia. Hmmmm... "mis-spoke", where have I heard that type of terminology before?

Roger Clemens and Karl Rove!! Of course!

In yet another exclusive mis-interview, Big Dan speaks with the King of Steroids, Roger Clemens:

bd: We're here with Roger Clemens because of 2 events today, the opening of baseball season in Japan, and rumors of Hillary Clinton being coached by Roger Clemens. Roger, the Red Sox beat the Oakland A's in Japan 6-5 to open up the season.

rc: Yes, bd, and being a former Red that the singular of Red Sox???...I think it was a mis-take to have opening day in Japan. It's mis-American.

bd: Hillary Clinton used the word "mis-spoke" today to explain her 1996 Bosnia trip, in which she claimed she was under sniper fire. I immediately thought of your testimony in front of Congress, when you used the words "mis-remembered" and "mis-heard", referring to Andy Pettitte's affidavit.

rc: I know where you're going with this, bd, and it's true; Karl Rove and I have been coaching, or should I say "mis-coaching", Hillary Clinton. Ya got! (laughs) Karl said that it was beautiful when she said "mis-spoke", he had a tear well up in his eye, I think it was his right eye.

bd: I thought it used to be called "lying"...

rc: Naw! Nobody lies anymore! They "mis-speak", "mis-hear", "mis-remember", "mis-recall", 'n stuff like that...

bd: So, is Roger Clemens going to play baseball this year?

rc: I plan to miss the first half of the season shooting cellular telephone commercials, I'll probably miss the all-star game, and then I'll miss my family when I pitch the second half of the year for the Yankees. I'm really gonna miss my family!

bd: I know you're in a hurry, thanks for stopping by...

rc: It's been a mis-pleasure...

Below: Hillary Clinton "mis-speaking":

Big Dan's Big News Mar 24, 2008

(click on picture to see individual 4,000 dead soldiers)

Above: mosaic of Bush & McCain (McBush), made from the images of 4,000 dead American soldiers. In remembrance of the 4,000 brave men and women who sacrificed everything for us -- and the two men who would continue this great tragedy, despite the cost to our soldiers, our military, and our nation. John McCain is Bush's handpicked successor for a 3rd Bush term, to keep this madness going!

After a week of being told how the situation has "improved" in Iraq --- with a compliant corporate media, as usual, all too willing to continue their five year service as Bush Administration propagandists at large --- "all hell broke lose" on Sunday as the 6th year of our War on Iraq commenced, at least 60 died in attacks on the Green Zone and elsewhere around the country and the 4,000th U.S. troop was killed for reasons that remain unknown.

97 percent of US death toll came after 'Mission Accomplished'

Pentagon report finds no evidence of Saddam attempt to assassinate Bush

Cheney on the 4,000 lost: "They volunteered!" (bd: Hey, DICK! We didn't volunteer out TAX MONEY for this!)

Cheney On 4,000 Troop Deaths In Iraq: ‘The President Carries The Biggest Burden, Obviously’

U.S. military ministry of propaganda AGAIN tries to blame Iran for something, blame Iran for recent Green Zone attacks...instead of saying Iraq's not safe!


Democracy NOW! DISH channels 9410 & 9415, DirecTV channel 275:

Body of War: New Doc Tells the Story of a Paralyzed Iraq War Veteran Coming to Terms with Disability and Speaking Out Against War

As the US occupation of Iraq enters its sixth year, we take a look at a new documentary that captures the struggles of one of the tens of thousands of US troops injured in the war. Body of War is directed by filmmaker Ellen Spiro and veteran broadcaster Phil Donahue. The film tells the story of Iraq war veteran Tomas Young. On April 4, 2004, his fifth day in Iraq, Young’s unit came under fire in Baghdad. He was left paralyzed, never to walk again. Released from medical care three months later, Young returned home to become an active member in Iraq Veterans Against the War. We play excerpts of Body of War and speak with Tomas Young and with filmmakers Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro.

DN! transcript or DN! video

Paralyzed Iraq Vet Responds to Cheney: “We Didn’t Volunteer Where You Sent Us to Go”

In an interview on ABC News, Vice President Dick Cheney was also asked about the 4,000 soldiers killed in Iraq. “We are fortunate to have a group of men and women, the all-volunteer force, who voluntarily put on the uniform and go in harm’s way for the rest of us,” Cheney said. In response, Tomas Young, an Iraq war veteran who was paralyzed after being shot in Baghdad said, "Many of us volunteered with patriotic feelings in our hearts only to see them subverted and bastardized by the administration and sent into the wrong country. Yes, we volunteered but we did not volunteer were you sent us to go.”

DN! transcript or DN! video

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Big Dan's Big News Mar. 24, 2007

(Above: George W. Bush "Mission Accomplished" festivities years ago..."We're gonna 'smoke 'em out'" 'n git Bin Laden 'dead 'r alive', BRING IT ON!!!")

Iraq War, costing us 3 TRILLION dollars, hits another grim mark: 4,000 dead American soldiers (according to the Bush administration, so you know it's a lot higher than that). You know what Bush, Cheney, & McCain call visits to countries where they are not safe? "Surprise/unannounced" visits!

(On right, George W. Bush dances with wife Laura Bush.)

U.S. death toll in Iraq reaches 4,000. Grim milestone reached when IED kills 4 U.S. soldiers in Baghdad

Attention Richard L. Connor & "dittoheads" everywhere! Rockets hit Green Zone in Iraq. BAGHDAD: The heavily fortified Green Zone in Baghdad came under attack Sunday, and the police said up to nine people had been killed by rockets falling outside the government and diplomatic compound.The attack, one of the fiercest and most sustained onslaughts on the zone in the past year, ushered in a day of violence that claimed the lives of nearly 50 people around the country. The attacks underscored the fragility of security in Iraq, despite a decline in violence over the past year.

Fierce Attack on Green Zone as Violence Erupts in Iraq. BAGHDAD — As many as 20 mortar shells were fired Sunday at the heavily fortified Green Zone, one of the fiercest and most sustained attacks on the area in the last year.The shelling sent thick plumes of dark gray smoke over central Baghdad and ignited a spectacular fire on the banks of the Tigris River. It ushered in a day of violence that claimed the lives of four American soldiers and at least 58 lraqis around the country.

On left, George W. Bush with his successor John McCain, who will carry out Bush's agenda for a 3rd term after the stolen 2008 "election".

Saddam’s Exile Deal Could Have Saved $6 Trillion. Iraqi leader offered to go to Egypt for a paltry $1 billion; Bush should have accepted Hussein’s plan

A roadside bomb killed three American soldiers north of Baghdad on Saturday, pushing the U.S. death toll in the five-year conflict to nearly 4,000. Also Saturday, Iraqi authorities reported that a U.S. airstrike north of the capital killed six members of a U.S.-backed Sunni group - straining relations with America's new allies in the fight against al-Qaida. Two Iraqi civilians also died in the roadside bombing

Condi Rice & the State Dept Are The ONLY ONES Saying Hillary & McCain's Passport Records Were Also Breached!

Above: Condoleeza Rice addressing the corporate media on the upcoming cover-up & white-wash of the State Dept breaching Obama's passport records...corporate media agrees to run story of Obama's pastor knocking down the WTC this week to get this story off the front pages...

Has anyone noticed, that the passport files story changed from "Obama's Passport Files Breached" to "Candidates' Passport Files Breached"? And that the story changed when Condi Rice stepped in on behalf of the State Dept.? Click here for original AP story.

Passport files for Clinton, Obama, McCain were pried into by State Department
workers By ANNE FLAHERTY and DESMOND BUTLER Associated Press Writers

WASHINGTON (AP) -- At least four State Department workers pried into the supposedly secure passport files of presidential contenders Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barack Obama and John McCain, abashed officials admitted Friday in a revelation that had Condoleezza Rice promising a full investigation and telephoning the candidates to apologize personally.

The snooping incidents raised questions as to whether there was political motivation and why two contractors involved were fired before investigators had a chance to interview them (bd: Watergate!). The State Department's inspector general was probing, with the Justice Department monitoring the effort, but Obama said that was not enough. He urged congressional involvement "so it's not simply an internal matter.''

The unauthorized digging into electronic government files on politicians recalled a 1992 case in which a Republican political appointee at the State Department was demoted for searching Bill Clinton's passport records when Clinton was running against President George H.W. Bush (bd: recalls Watergate!).

McCain, the Republican nominee-in-waiting, said there should be an investigation of the new snooping as well as an apology.

Democrat Obama said that better include Congress, not just Bush administration investigators (bd: DING DING DING!!! YOU WIN THE PRIZE! Rice stepped in, because this is big trouble and the Bush administration is involved!).

"When you have not just one but a series of attempts to tap into people's personal records, that's a problem not just for me but for how our government functions,'' Obama told reporters in Portland, Ore., where he was campaigning. "I expect a full and thorough investigation. It should be done in conjunction with those congressional committees that have oversight function so it's not simply an internal matter.''

Rice was apologetic (bd: When was the last time Condi Rice was in the news? She certainly swooped down on THIS story in a split second!) in public as well as in her private phone calls to the candidates.

"None of us wants to have a circumstance in which any American's passport file is looked at in an unauthorized way,'' the secretary of state said after speaking with Obama.

"I told him that I was sorry, and I told him that I, myself, would be very disturbed if
I learned that somebody had looked into my passport file,'' she added. "And
therefore, I will stay on top of it and get to the bottom of it.'' (bd: Yeah, right! She's going to "cover it up" and "white-wash" it!)

In all, at least four workers were involved in the snooping.

The State Department confirmed Thursday night that Obama's files had been compromised (bd: Oh, yeah? HOW did the State Dept find out about this? The State Dept was TOLD by a WHISTLEBLOWER!) on three occasions -- Jan. 9, Feb. 21 and as recently as last week, on March 14. By the time senior officials were made aware (bd: NOTICE the words, "MADE AWARE" WHOM???), two contract employees had been fired and a third disciplined, agency officials said.

The firings could make it more difficult for the State Department to force them to answer questions (bd: Get that? They're already MAKING EXCUSES for a white-wash!) Unless they agree to comply, they would have to be served with a grand jury subpoena compelling them to testify before a grand jury.

The companies that provided the contractors were The Analysis Corp. and Stanley Inc. Stanley, based in Arlington, Va., this week won a five-year, $570-million government contract extension to support passport services. (bd: Were they "awarded" this huge contract, because they helped the Bush admin SPY on Obama??? And then someone LEAKED it???)

According to agency officials (bd: NOTICE! "agency officials" are the only ones who confirm ONLY OBAMA'S records were breached!), a Stanley employee improperly accessed Obama's records on Jan. 9 and was fired within days. The second ontractor, employed by The Analysis Corp., pried into similar records on Feb. 21 but was not terminated. The third incident involved another Stanley employee, who was swiftly fired.

In a statement, Stanley said it regretted the "rare occurrence'' (bd: There's lots of "rare occurrences" with Obama, isn't there?) of unauthorized access of any individual's private information. When it fired the two subcontractors involved in accessing the Obama files, terminating them the day the incident was discovered, Stanley was not aware of others performing unauthorized searches of McCain or Clinton's files, the company said.


The Analysis Corp., or TAC, issued a statement late Friday saying it had been notified earlier in the day that one of its contractors had acted improperly.

The company said it had decided to honor the department's request to delay firing its consultant in order to give investigators (bd: Bush cronies) time to conduct its investigation. (bd: "time to conduct it's cover-up").

"This individual's actions were taken without the knowledge or direction of anyone
at TAC and are wholly inconsistent with our professional and ethical standards (bd: LOL!!!),'' wrote the company, based in McLean, Va.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Big Dan's Big News Mar 23, 2008

Hillary can't win, and the media isn't telling us that...why?

One big fact has largely been lost in the recent coverage of the Democratic presidential race: Hillary Rodham Clinton has virtually no chance of winning. Her own campaign acknowledges there is no way that she will finish ahead in pledged delegates. That means the only way she wins is if Democratic superdelegates are ready to risk a backlash of historic proportions from the party’s most reliable constituency.



● (bd: Where are "conservatives" on THIS one??? Silent, as usual! THEIR party started the Department of Homeland security, the biggest money-sucking bureucracy of all time! So, it's "OK"...what a bunch of hypocrites! You won't hear a WORD about this from "conservative" talk show hosts or Republican voters! GOP: The party of "BIG GOVERNMENT"! Republican voters are BRAINDEAD IDIOTS who don't hold their own party accountable for anything! Everything they do is "OK"!) Unknown to most new parents, or those who became parents in the last ten or so years, DNA of newborns has been harvested, tested, stored and experimented with by all 50 states. And all 50 states are now routinely providing these results to the Homeland Security Department.

Paul Krugman: Partying Like It’s 1929. This banking crisis of the 1930s showed that unregulated, unsupervised financial markets can all too easily suffer catastrophic failure. As the decades passed, however, that lesson was forgotten — and now we’re relearning it, the hard way.

Hillary Clinton's tale of landing at Tuzla airport "under sniper fire" and then running for cover is simply not credible. Photographs and video of the arrival ceremony, combined with contemporaneous news reports, tell a very different story.

Paying Insurgents Not to Fight. By Paul Craig Roberts. The real purpose of the "surge" was to hide another deception. The Bush regime is paying Sunni insurgents $800,000 a day not to attack U.S. forces.

Ambassador: Bush personally bullied UN diplomats into supporting Iraq war

Older White House computer hard drives have been destroyed, the White House disclosed to a federal court Friday in a controversy over millions of possibly missing e-mails from 2003 to 2005. White House revealed new information about how it handles its computers in an effort to persuade a federal magistrate it would be fruitless to undertake an e-mail recovery plan that the court proposed.

Roadside bombing pushes US death toll in Iraq to nearly 4,000

Around 100 anti-war protesters were arrested trying to force their way into NATO's headquarters in Belgium on Saturday, police said.

US bribe insurgents to fight Al-QaedaMarie Colvin and Sarah Baxter. AMERICAN forces are paying Sunni insurgents hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash to switch sides and help them to defeat Al-Qaeda in Iraq.

A sagacious retired US military professional, Captain Eric May, has warned that a false-flag attack could trigger public panic and mobilize massive political backing for the next phase of neocon belligerence. Thanks to Seymour Hersh and others, we know that the next phase of neocon expansion of conflict is their well-planned launch of the Iran War.

The Gospel of John (McCain):

Old soldiers (McCain) never die, they just get young soldiers killed. McCain is an old warrior, who's dumb about war. He's exactly the same about Bush on the war:


More News They're Not Telling You:

American Refugees are flooding into Canada: Tens of thousands of Americans are now economic refugees. In September of 2007, the city of Windsor, which borders the United States, officially asked for financial assistance from Ottawa to deal with American refugees flooding into Canada. This is proving to be the tip of the iceberg, and only the first wave of economic refugees that have been created in the United States.

There are now tent cities being built outside most large metropolitan areas, one of the largest of which is in Los Angeles. The following report from the BBC highlights the consequence of the US subprime meltdown and the fears that the crisis is growing.

Bear Stearns gets Fed backed bailout, a debacle for the investment community, Fed resorts to Depression era tactics to soak up the toxic waste of bad paper, a private Fed is behind all the market problems, we have been in a recession hidden by a pumped-up money supply, fiat money now the drug of choice everywhere

Bear Stearns Bailout Proves US Fed is Merely an Extension of the Financial Industry




Trying to out-do his "Poor Ole' Scooter Libby" editorial and endorsements of Rick Santorum & Don Sherwood, the only non-secret Times Leader owner writes another totally embarrassing, out-of-touch editorial, about the 5-year anniversary of the Iraq War...blames public for wanting "instantaneousness"...fails to mention the war is costing taxpayers $3 TRILLION, there were no WMD's, Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11, we're torturing people, removed Habeus Corpus, we killed 1 million Iraq civilians, we didn't bring them democracy (remember the long-gone charade with the Iraqi's fingerprint voting?), there are hundreds of soldiers testifying of witnessing atrocities in the Winter Soldier hearings, our economy crashing due to the War of LIES,... He probably shouldn't be allowed to write editorials: click here

Note: There's a huge article on the front & back page of the Times Leader, "Finding a way to get back home again", about "Ruth's Place", with pictures of homeless women, homeless women statistics, etc...but I can't find it online. Why not? Why isn't it online?

Google search for TINY article: Wine, dine and help homeless women

Google search for HUGE, IN DEPTH article with pictures & statistics: Finding a way to get back home again"

Wine, dine and help homeless women

Friday, March 21, 2008

Big Dan's Big News Mar 22, 2008

The word "Dittohead" means "tell me what to think, Rush!" When they call Rush Limbaugh's show, they proudly proclaim, "I am a 'dittohead'." On right: 2 "dittoheads"...

Will corporate fascist spokesman Rush Limbaugh Be Indicted for Voter Fraud? In case you missed it, Rush Limbaugh, the nation's top-rated talk radio host, was urging Republicans in Texas and Ohio to skip their party's primary on March 4 and instead cast a vote for Hillary Clinton in order to prolong the fight between her and Barack Obama. And that Tuesday, as media in both states reported, thousands of Republicans did just what Limbaugh and others had suggested -- they changed parties to vote for Clinton.

Ex-US Attorney Cites GOP Voter Abuse. The Justice Department issued a directive to every U.S. Attorney in the country to find and prosecute cases of voter fraud in their states during the height of hotly contested elections in 2002, 2004, and 2006, even though evidence of such abuses was extremely thin or non-existent, a former federal prosecutor says in a new book. David Iglesias, the former U.S. attorney for New Mexico, recalled receiving an e-mail in late summer 2002 from the Department of Justice suggesting "in no uncertain terms" that U.S. attorneys should immediately begin working with local and state election officials "to offer whatever assistance we could in investigating and prosecuting voter fraud cases," Iglesias writes in his forthcoming In Justice: Inside the Scandal that Rocked the Bush Administration.

IRONY! Sequoia Voting Systems Website Hacked

Sequoia Voting Systems’ Claims About Third Party Reviews and Testing of Its Election Equipment – Their Misleading Half-Truths vs. The Facts


"Kindly old man" McCain, getting a pass in the media for everything...don't pick on him!

Will McCain Get a Pass on Racist Video Made by His Campaign? Of course, he will! He's just a "kindly old man" (age 72, 76 by the time he would finish his stolen presidency)! Give him a break!

McCain Aide Suspended For Pushing Racially-Charged Obama-Wright Video. A McCain campaign aide actively pushed an incendiary, racially-charged video that uses the controversial words of Barack Obama's pastor to tar Obama as unpatriotic -- despite the fact that McCain himself has suggested that Obama shouldn't be held accountable for Wright's views.

Corporate media blatantly bashing Obama so much, vs. Hillary & McCain, that EVEN CHRIS WALLACE OF FOX NEWS SAYS SOMETHING ABOUT IT: Fox’s Chris Wallace Takes Fox And Friends ‘To Task’ For ‘Two Hours Of Obama Bashing’

ABC's Ross falsely claimed that McCain has already released his tax returns. Noting the National Archives' release of Sen. Hillary Clinton's daily schedule during her time as first lady, ABC's Brian Ross stated, "Senator Clinton, unlike Senators [Barack] Obama and [John] McCain, has still not released any of her tax returns." In fact, McCain reportedly has not released any of his tax returns.

Webb: McCain Refuses To Co-Sponsor GI Bill For Post-9/11 Veterans

PolitiFact knows McCain's Iran statement is "[f]alse" -- but doesn't want to "pile on". In noting Senator John McCain's false statement on Iran, asserted: "We're not trying to pile on to Sen. John McCain over his misstatement on the link between Iran and al-Qaida. Maybe he was confused just for a moment. He did correct himself quickly." PolitiFact did not mention, however, that McCain made the same error twice, and that he had made it the previous day.


Hey! Guess what? A dozen U.S. soldiers died in Iraq (so far) because Cheney's company Kellogg, Brown, & Root electrocuted them in their showers...NO BIG DEAL!!! Is KBR's murdering of U.S. troops included in the casualty count? Then it's over 4,000! Maybe Obama's pastor killed them!

At least a dozen soldiers and Marines have been electrocuted in Iraq over the five years of the war, and investigators now are trying to learn what role improper grounding of electrical wires played in those deaths. And Houston-based KBR — which builds bases and maintains housing for U.S. troops in Iraq — is at the center of the probe, with questions being raised about its responsibility to repair known wiring problems.

During his two tours of duty serving as a special forces soldier in Iraq, Ryan D. Maseth had cheated death on more than a few occasions. While protecting a Baghdad polling place in December 2005, he ran toward enemy fire to help his fellow soldiers and to repel the attack. And after a Humvee in his convoy once hit an improvised explosive device, Maseth escaped injury and apprehended the perpetrators. But little did the staff sergeant know that when he stepped into the shower at his military base in Baghdad two months ago, he was putting his life at risk.


This is a great article about how the Bear Stearns taxpayer bailout is another example of what Naomi Klein calls "Disaster Capitalism"; using a crisis to enrich corporate interests:

Some background: During the housing boom, banks doled out home loans to financially strapped borrowers, often on predatory terms. On the creditor side, these same banks packaged many of the loans as complex securities and sold them off to unwitting investors, generating a handsome profit on the paper transactions. At the same time, Wall Street used campaign contributions to coerce Congress into blocking anti-predatory-lending bills and repealing a landmark law regulating how banks could buy and sell securities. Predictably, many borrowers are now defaulting on their loans, meaning losses for financial institutions that hold mortgages and mortgage-backed securities. The Fed responded with what author Naomi Klein calls disaster capitalism -- the age-old practice of using a crisis to enrich corporate interests. In this case, the Fed is using the housing emergency to justify giving taxpayer cash to Wall Street in exchange for its worthless mortgages.

The Shock Doctrine: