Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Big Dan's Big News May 22, 2008

Local soldier here in my town killed:

PITTSTON – Friends of Jeffrey F. DePrimo of Pittston, who was killed Tuesday morning in Afghanistan, recalled his dedicated work ethic, professionalism and love for his country.

WEST PITTSTON — When the leaders of his Pennsylvania Army National Guard unit sought soldiers last year for a deployment to Afghanistan, First Lt. Jeffrey DePrimo didn’t hesitate to volunteer for the mission, the slain soldier’s battalion commander recalls.


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

Mary Tillman, Mother of Slain Army Ranger and former NFL Star Pat Tillman, on Her Four-Year Quest to Expose the Military Cover-Up of Her Son’s Death by Members of His Own Unit

Pat Tillman left behind a lucrative NFL contract to enlist in the military after 9/11. On April 22, 2004, Tillman was killed while serving in Afghanistan. He died, the military said, while charging up a hill toward the enemy to protect his fellow Army Rangers. But that wasn’t the real story. Tillman was killed by his own men. What’s more, the military knew that within hours but waited five weeks before admitting it. Four years and several probes later, Pat Tillman’s family, led by his mother Mary, are still searching for answers about what really happened. Mary Tillman has just published a book based on her review of uncensored government documents and her four-year effort to cut through misleading official accounts of how her son died. It’s called Boots on the Ground by Dusk: My Tribute to Pat Tillman.

DN! transcript or DN! video

Jessica Lynch, testifying in her own words, of how the Pentagon/Bushco propagandized her story to the American public(IE: LIED!)She says the American citizens were told elaborate LIES by the American government!:


Dick "5 deferments" Cheney addresses REAL soldiers (us chickenhawks will send you there!)

Sporting 10-gallon hat, Cheney tells Coast Guard grads: War will not drag on indefinitely

Popular president! Furman University faculty may protest Bush commencement speech.


Another McCain Connection To Anti-Obama Website.


"Ice to see you, gay couples!" Republican governor Schwarzenegger: Gay marriage may boost California’s economy.

More resignations from unqualified Bush cronies:

Bush Family Planning Appointee Who Called Contraceptives Part Of The ‘Culture Of Death’ Resigns

In May of 2007, Julie MacDonald, deputy assistant secretary for fish, wildlife and parks at the Interior Department, abruptly resigned just one week before Congress was to examine her political interference in endangered species decisions. MacDonald had a long history of rejecting scientists’ recommendations to politicize the Interior Department:

Exclusive: Voting Machine Company Chief Lied to Chicago Officials About Ownership, Control of Company. Sequoia Voting Systems' CEO, Jack Blaine, Sent Deceptive Letter to Windy City Officials Following 'Evasive' and 'Troublesome' Testimony on his Company's Control by Smartmatic, a Chavez-tied E-Voting Firm. Documents Reveal Officials Sought to Ensure Venezuelan Company's Divestiture of Sequoia Was 'Not a Sham Transaction Designed to Fool Regulators'; Recent Reporting by The BRAD BLOG Reveals That it Was...

Microsoft's Chief Executive Steve Ballmer, on a visit to Israel, said Wednesday that Microsoft is an Israeli company almost as much as it is American.

The irony of George W. Bush going before the Knesset and mocking the late Sen. William Borah for expressing surprise at Adolf Hitler's 1939 invasion of Poland is that Bush's own family played a much bigger role assisting the Nazis. If Borah, an isolationist Republican from Idaho, sounded naive saying "Lord, if only I could have talked to Hitler, all of this might have been avoided," then what should be said about Bush's grandfather and other members of his family providing banking and industrial assistance to the Nazis as they built their war machine in the 1930s? The archival evidence is now clear that Prescott Bush, the president's grandfather, was a director and shareholder of companies that profited from and collaborated with key financial backers of Nazi Germany.

"The republic existed for three-quarters of a century before formal slavery was ended; another hundred years before black Americans were assured of their voting rights. Only in the twentieth century were women guaranteed the vote and trade unions the right to bargain collectively. In none of these instances has victory been complete: women still lack full equality, racism persists, and the destruction of the remnants of trade unions remains a goal of corporate strategies."



Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton Regular Mid Premium Diesel
Current $3.816 $4.022 $4.200 $4.781
Yesterday $3.789 $3.995 $4.171 $4.741
Month Ago $3.502 $3.692 $3.855 $4.444
Year Ago $3.064 $3.230 $3.372 $2.935

Highest Recorded Price:

Regular Unl. $3.816 5/22/2008
Dsl. $4.781 5/22/2008

‘Perhaps 60% of today’s oil price is pure speculation’ The price of crude oil today is not made according to any traditional relation of supply to demand. It’s controlled by an elaborate financial market system as well as by the four major Anglo-American oil companies. As much as 60% of today’s crude oil price is pure speculation driven by large trader banks and hedge funds. It has nothing to do with the convenient myths of Peak Oil. It has to do with control of oil and its price. How?

More on the real reason behind high oil prices, Part II

More than half of US workers to skip summer holidays: poll (because of economy and gas prices)

Special commentary by Big Dan: "Here we go! Blaming the consumer for driving vehicles that aren't fuel efficient! I don't recall that I made these vehicles, I think the car companies made them! Jimmy Carter told them 30 years ago to make them more fuel efficient! I have 4 older vehicles. I don't have the money to go out and buy 4 fuel efficient vehicles! Why don't you give them to me! I'll drive them! And this weather, it's freezing, cloudy, and raining all the time! I'm sick of it! And those twirly things falling off the trees, they're all over my porch and in my house! I hate them! GODDAMMIT!!!"


Feds Censor Sept. 11 Health Disaster. Increase in cancer, blood disorders blamed on 9-11 toxicity. More than 360 workers who dealt with the aftermath of the World Trade Center disaster are known to have died, New York health officials said in May. Of the more than 600 diagnosed with cancer (other than blood cancer), 80 are included in the death count. Other deaths were traced to blood cancers and heart and circulatory diseases. Five ex-workers committed suicide, said Kitty Gelberg, who is tracking the deaths for the state’s World Trade Center Responder Fatality Investigation Program.

VIDEO: Beyond Treason - Chemical and Biological Warfare (50 minute video about depleted uranium)

Six years after AFP first warned of the dangers of depleted uranium (DU), the administration persists in claiming there is no conclusive evidence that it is a silent weapon of mass destruction that may harm U.S. troops and the alleged enemy.

Federal Reserve Bailout of Megabank Raises Serious Questions About Motive. What is Fed’s real relationship with JPMorgan Chase? The Federal Reserve crossed a Rubicon of sorts, lending tens of billions of dollars, not to a commercial bank, as has been its historical practice, but for the first time to an investment bank. Commercial banks pay the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) for deposit insurance, whereas investment banks do not, and yet the Fed suddenly made liquidity available to the latter. Commercial banks are legally allowed to use leverage to a maximum ratio of $13 of debt to every dollar of equity, whereas investment banks—ironically subject to less regulatory oversight than commercial banks—can leverage their equity by a factor of 34. Invoking an obscure, never-before-used legislative provision, the Fed made billions of dollars available to JPMorgan Chase to acquire another investment bank, the essentially insolvent Bear Stearns.
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