Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Big Dan's Big News June 24, 2008

So, a terrorist attack is good for Republicans and no terrorist attack is good for Republicans! It's good that we haven't been attacked since 9/11, and it's good that Bush was president and didn't keep us safe on 9/11. It's also good for McCain if there's another terrorist attack! It's "all good all the time" for the Republicans!

McCain strategist: Terrorist attack ‘would be a big advantage’ in election

Feingold: ‘Farce’ wiretap deal could be hiding ‘impeachable offense’. The “farce” of a surveillance law deal heralded by House Democratic leaders last week could permanently hide evidence of an “impeachable offense” on the part of President Bush, the Wisconsin Democrat said.

Oversight Committee suggests US embassy involvement in 22-year-old’s sham weapons deal. The US Embassy in Albania approved an effort to conceal the illegal Chinese origin of ammunition provided to troops in Afghanistan under a Pentagon contract by a just-indicted 22-year-old Florida man, according to an investigation by the House Oversight Committee.

Anyone notice that kid looks like Andy Samberg from SNL's current cast???

The Army's top officer said Friday it will take three to four years to put the Army back in balance after seven years of war.

Brokers threatened by run on shadow bank system. Regulators eye $10 trillion market that boomed outside traditional banking. A network of lenders, brokers and opaque financing vehicles outside traditional banking that ballooned during the bull market now is under siege as regulators threaten a crackdown on the so-called shadow banking system.

Gas prices up a dime in 2 weeks. Lundberg survey puts national average at $4.10. Drivers are feeling the burden - paying more than twice what they paid a year ago.

Oil Speculators: Sen. Barack Obama on Sunday said as president he would strengthen government oversight of energy traders he blames in large part for the skyrocketing price of oil.

James Hansen, one of the world's leading climate scientists, will today call for the chief executives of large fossil fuel companies to be put on trial for high crimes against humanity and nature, accusing them of actively spreading doubt about global warming in the same way that tobacco companies blurred the links between smoking and cancer.

Bush 'war crimes conference' to convene in Mass., plan prosecution of admin. officials. On September 13-14, 2008, Lawrence Velvel, the dean of the Massachusetts School of Law at Andover, plans to convene a 'convention' at the school's facilities; the attendees of which will plan strategies to prosecute members of the Bush administration for war crimes.

Reporters Say Networks Put Wars on Back Burner

Unlike the attack on Iraq five years ago, to deal with Iran there need be no massing of troops. And, with the propaganda buildup already well under way, there need be little, if any, forewarning before shock and awe and pox – in the form of air and missile attacks – begin. This time it will be largely the Air Force's show, punctuated by missile and air strikes by the Navy. Israeli-American agreement has now been reached at the highest level; the armed forces planners, plotters and pilots are working out the details. Emerging from a 90-minute White House meeting with President George W. Bush on June 4, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said the two leaders were of one mind: "We reached agreement on the need to take care of the Iranian threat. I left with a lot less question marks [than] I had entered with regarding the means, the timetable restrictions, and American resoluteness to deal with the problem. George Bush understands the severity of the Iranian threat and the need to vanquish it, and intends to act on that matter before the end of his term in the White House." Does that sound like a man concerned that Bush is just bluff and bluster?

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

Is Israel Preparing to Bomb Iran?

The New York Times reported Friday that Israel recently carried out a major military exercise that Pentagon officials say appeared to be a rehearsal for a potential bombing attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities. More than 100 Israeli F-16 and F-15 fighter planes took part in the maneuvers over the eastern Mediterranean and Greece.


Hmmmmm....funny I didn't see this in the corporate-owned media:

The U.S. Conference of Mayors, meeting in Miami, adopted a resolution this morning in support of single-payer national health insurance.

The assembly, in unanimous vote, backed a resolution calling for the enactment of the “United States National Health Insurance Act,” H.R. 676. The bill, which is also known as the “Improved and Expanded Medicare for All Act,” is sponsored by Rep. John Conyers of Michigan and 90 other members of Congress.

U.S. Conference of Mayors Backs Single-Payer National Health Insurance

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There was very little coverage on this single payer health care for all rally in Wilkes-Barre. Keep an eye on Northeast PA Organizing Center: Single Payer Health Care for all Pennsylvanians for more upcoming rallies and protests for health care coverage for all! And visit HealthCare4AllPa for even more information! Next time, I'm going to make it a point to be at the rally now that I know about this, thanks to an email from a Wilkes University student...thanks for pointing this out to me! I'm on it! I'm going in! And I'm towing my posse with me! And I'm very happy to see college students interested in those in need, namely people without health care coverage or lousy/expensive health care coverage where you don't even want to use it! It takes a big person to be concerned about others. Not like those who have great health coverage and don't think about anyone else. The Northeast PA Organizing Center and Health Care 4 ALL PA links go up on the Big Links on the right of my blog under NEPA! Go, man, go!

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