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  1. This response pretty much summarizes the reality world Bush and his followers live in. http://www.itvnews.tv/World/World/bush-on-al-qaeda-not-existing-in-iraq-before-invasion-so-what.html BUSH: One of the major theaters against al Qaeda turns out to have been Iraq. This is where al Qaeda said they were going to take their stand. This is where al Qaeda was hoping to take- RADDATZ: But not until after the U.S. invaded. BUSH: Yeah, that's right. So what? The point is that al Qaeda said they're going to take a stand. Well, first of all in the post-9/11 environment Saddam Hussein posed a threat. And then upon removal, al Qaeda decides to take a stand.
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    Shoes Thrown at President Bush in Iraq

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7783608.stm for the full story, click on the link Thousands of Iraqis have demanded the release of a local TV reporter who threw his shoes at US President George W Bush at a Baghdad news conference. Crowds gathered in Baghdad's Sadr City district, calling for "hero" Muntadar al-Zaidi to be freed from custody. Officials at the Iraqi-owned TV station, al-Baghdadiya, called for the release of their journalist, saying he was exercising freedom of expression. Iraqi officials have described the incident as shameful. A statement released by the government said Mr Zaidi's actions, which also included him shouting insults at President Bush, "harmed the reputation of Iraqi journalists and Iraqi journalism in general". Correspondents say the protesters are supporters of Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr - a leading critic of the US presence in Iraq. Smaller protests were reported in Basra and Najaf.
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    Shoes Thrown at President Bush in Iraq

    How much we have done for them? :icon_roll Let's hear it from the iraqis: From the man who brought down the saddam statue: "I really regret bringing down the statue. The Americans are worse than the dictatorship. Every day is worse than the previous day." http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2007/mar/19/iraq.topstories3 Many Iraqis think conditions have gotten so bad in their country, they'd like to see Saddam Hussein back in power, according to some of the seven young Iraqi men who had a candid discussion with The Early Show co-anchor Harry Smith. http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/05/24/earlyshow/main1649689.shtml All are college-educated and speak English. "When the Americans started this whole war issue," said one, who will be referred to as person No. 1, "we started to see the light at the end of the tunnel, and we walked toward it. But when the war happened, that light was the American train coming the other way that ran us over." He told of a recent day when he "saw a body on the sidewalk, and it was covered with cardboard, and people were still in their shops, saying hello to each other and inviting each other for tea, and I asked about him, and they said, 'He got killed this morning.' 'Oh, OK, yeah, see ya later.' " "They are killing people for what they say, just like Saddam," said a young man who will be referred to as person No. 2. "They kill people because the people say, 'I don't like (this one or that one).' You get killed for that. "They're using horrible ways to kill people. They're not just shooting them in the head. They suffocate them, strangle them, burn them. Horrible things, things we heard about only during Saddam's days are coming back now. It's an effort to terrorize people, not just to eliminate your enemy, but to force everyone to shut up 1 | 2 and stay home.
  4. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article5332897.ece Pressure grew on two of Barack Obama's closest political aides yesterday as new details emerged of the "pay-for-play" allegations against the Governor of his home state. Rahm Emanuel, the President-elect's new Chief of Staff, and Jesse Jackson Jr, the co-chairman of his presidential campaign, both faced new revelations about their possible involvement in the scandal. Fox News Chicago reported that Mr Emanuel, a Chicago politician who won the Illinois Governor's former congressional seat, may have been captured on FBI wire-taps discussing the fate of Mr Obama's vacated US Senate seat with Rod Blagojevich. The TV station said Mr Emanuel had "multiple conversations" with the Governor, who is accused of trying to "sell" the open Senate seat for a Cabinet post or lucrative top foundation job. The report said the Governor was given a list of Senate candidates acceptable to Mr Obama. Because the FBI was secretly taping Mr Blagojevich in recent weeks, Mr Emanuel's conversations may have been recorded, Fox News Chicago said. Any recordings of the newly appointed White House Chief of Staff speaking to Mr Blagojevich about Mr Obama's former Senate seat would prove an acute embarrassment to the incoming Obama Administration, even if no illegal deals were discussed, and could even force Mr Emanuel's resignation. Mr Obama has promised to release details of any contacts between his staff and the Governor's office but told a news conference on Thursday that he was "absolutely certain" that none of his aides was involved in any deal-making. Mr Emanuel skipped Mr Obama's press conference, which he typically attends. Cornered by a Chicago Sun-Times reporter at a concert at his children's school, he refused to comment. "I'm not going to say a word to you," Mr Emanuel said. "I'm going to do this with my children. Don't do that. I'm a father. I have two kids. I'm not going to do it." He was asked: "Can't you do both?" Mr Emanuel replied: "I'm not as capable as you. I'm going to be a father. I'm allowed to be a father." Mr Emanuel told an ABC News cameraman, whom he invited into his house to use the toilet yesterday, that he was receiving "regular death threats" because his home address had been put on TV. Jesse Jackson Jr, the Congressman son of the famed civil rights leader, also faced new questions yesterday about his quest for Mr Obama's vacated Senate seat. A group of ethnic Indian businessmen with ties to Mr Jackson and Mr Blagojevich reportedly held a lunch on October 31 and discussed raising $1 million for the Governor's campaign to encourage him to pick Mr Jackson as Senator, the Chicago Tribune said. Raghuveer Nayak, a major Blagojevich donor who also has ties to the Jackson family, then co-sponsored a fund-raiser for the Governor on Saturday attended by Mr Blagojevich and Jesse Jackson Jr's brother Jonathan, the newspaper said. Mr Nayak, a leader of Chicago's Asian community, owns a string of surgery clinics and was once involved in a land deal with Jonathan Jackson. Mr Jackson Jr met Mr Blagojevich at 4pm on Monday to discuss his interest in the Senate seat. Mr Blagojevich was arrested at his home at 6am on Tuesday by prosecutors who said they were trying to thwart a "political crime spree". Jesse Jackson Jr is due to meet prosecutors next week, but has been told he is not a target of the investigation. He insisted yesterday that no one had offered the Governor money for the Senate seat on his behalf. "People know me. They know who I am. I'm confident that no one on my behalf made a single offer to anybody for anything. I would not accept the position if it were offered under those circumstances," he said. Mr Blagojevich, meanwhile, went to work again yesterday without making any public comment despite the growing clamour for his resignation. Lisa Madigan, the Illinois Attorney-General, filed a motion with the state's highest court asking the judges to declare the scandal-plagued Governor unfit to hold office. John Harris, Mr Blagojevich's Chief of Staff, who was charged along with the Governor, last night stepped down from his job, adding to the pressure on his boss.
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    I got robbed tonight

    REally sorry to hear the robbery happened to you; given the way the economy is going, robberies might become a popular thing in these troubled times. Way back in my freshman year of college I took this dorm safety class by the university police dept. Back then I had a wallet that had all my life in it---social security card, driver's license, id card, credit card, atm card, insurance card, etc. The policeman giving the presentation made a point to say that you don't need your social with you when you go out, unless you're going out to show your social as proof of for employment; neither do you need to have your car insurance card on you when going out; the same with an ATM card, etc. So after that presentation, i emptied out my wallet, and all that i carry is one credit card, driver's license and cash. I leave my social at home, and my car insurance card in the car, and only carry the atm card when i go to the bank to withdraw money. I carry the cash because as the police pointed out, if you get robbed, at least you can offer the cash to the thieve and hopefully still keep your life. Ironically, i lost my wallet 2 times, and i didn't have to worry about much when i couldn't find it.
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    Ill. governor arrested on corruption charges

    now, hold on a second...don't have all th e facts on this dude, but, isn't he the one that said not to do business with bank of america? Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich announced Monday that he is asking all Illinois government agencies to suspend business with Bank of America. Blagojevich contended that Bank Of America received a multi-billion dollar bailout from the government and should accordingly restore credit to the Republic Windows & Doors company in Chicago http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/12/08/illinois-governer-suspend_n_149272.html so basically----go agaisnt your daddy the bankers, and get arrested for corruption? no surprise there!
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    Obama and Gun Sales

    Right...coming from the man that first opposed the fisa bill and then voted for it. Obama comes out against a proposed FISA bill granting retroactive immunity, October 18, 2007: Obama: "It is time to restore oversight and accountability in the FISA program, and this proposal -- with an unprecedented grant of retroactive immunity -- is not the place to start." Obama issues a statement endorsing the bill, saying that security needs are more important this objections, June 20, 2008: "It is not all that I would want. But given the legitimate threats we face, providing effective intelligence collection tools with appropriate safeguards is too important to delay. So I support the compromise, but do so with a firm pledge that as President, I will carefully monitor the program, review the report by the Inspectors General, and work with the Congress to take any additional steps I deem necessary to protect the lives -- and the liberty -- of the American people." Yep, I'll take the man for his word, so best to get some guns....
  8. After i read the story, i found the comment below highly amusing and thought provoking: Well, if I were a terrorist carrying a dirty bomb, I'd now make sure I had some forged hospital documents just in case I got pulled over by a cop. :coollook: http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2008/12/05/detecting_nuclear_mischief_trooper_finds_a_pet_peeve/ On his way home last month after receiving a PET scan at Portsmouth Regional Hospital, Michael Rosenthal noticed a State Police sport utility vehicle driving next to him and the trooper inside staring at him strangely. The trooper then sped in front of Rosenthal, slowed down, and pulled behind him. "I was in the granny lane, driving on cruise control, taking my time, when all of a sudden I looked over and I saw this trooper with a puzzled look," said Rosenthal, a former New York City police officer who lives in East Wakefield, N.H. "When he put on his blue lights and pulled me over, I knew it wasn't a normal traffic stop." The trooper, Bill Burke, walked over to Rosenthal, but the State Police veteran didn't ask for his license or registration. Instead, he had an all-too-knowing, Big Brotherlike question. "Were you in contact with any radioactivity today?" he asked. Rosenthal began to wonder whether his veins were glowing from the chemicals injected for the scan. "I thought it was an odd question, like I was on 'Candid Camera,' " Rosenthal said. He asked Burke why he was asking the question, and the trooper explained that he carries a radioactivity sensor and that something in Rosenthal's car set off the alarm. "It's very rare that you get them going off for a vehicle going by," said Sergeant John Begin of State Police Troop G, which monitors radioactive waste in commercial vehicles passing through New Hampshire. "I can only think of three or four cases." Rosenthal registered a six on the sensor's scale, which goes from one to nine, with nine the highest amount of radioactivity. Begin said that about 30 New Hampshire troopers carry the sensors, which are the size of a bulky cellphone and can detect radioactivity as far away as 100 feet. New Hampshire bought the radiation-detecting equipment, called Mini rad-Ds and made by D-tect Systems, with a grant from the US Department of Homeland Security before the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston as part of efforts to prevent attacks on the city. On the side of the turnpike that Nov. 21, Rosenthal explained to Burke that he had just come from having a positron emission tomography scan, which requires an injection of short-lived radioactive isotopes to identify any unhealthy cellular activity. The isotopes can remain in the body for as long as 18 hours, and patients are advised to keep their distance from others for that period. "I told him I was surprised his equipment could detect the radioactivity in my body," Rosenthal said. But Burke didn't take Rosenthal's word for it. He asked him to prove it. "I was very lucky that I had the documents with me from the hospital," he said. "After that, he was satisfied and sent me on my way."
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    Horrific news out of Mumbai

    hmmmm...blonde, foreign looking islamists! Now, that's definitely alqaeda!:smokin: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7752625.stm "One man loaded the magazine into the gun, the other kept shooting. They appeared calm and composed. They were not in the slightest hurry. They didn't seem to be afraid at all." The men entered a platform and shot a man near an automated teller machine. Then they turned around and shot another commuter at the grubby, dark-tiled drinking water station around the corner. Then, the "foreign looking, fair skinned" men, as Mr Mishra remembers them, simply carried on killing. .............. Locals say the orgy of killings in Mumbai began here. Three men walked into the cafe, drank beer, settled their bills and walked out. Then they fished out guns from their bags and began firing. Gaffar Abdul Amir, an Iraqi tourist from Baghdad, says he saw at least two men who started the firing outside the Leopold Cafe. He was returning to his hotel from the seaside with a friend when he saw two men carrying bags and brandishing AK-47s walking in front of them, shooting. "They did not look Indian, they looked foreign. One of them, I thought, had blonde hair. The other had a punkish hairstyle. They were neatly dressed," says Mr Amir.
  10. I don't care for Obama, Mccain, Bush, or Clinton; as far as I'm concerned, they are all the same. Fortunately, I've broken away from the sheeple illusion that democrats or republicans hold the interest of the people, and thus I'm immune to the right left paradigm that most people live in; hence, singling obama or not, bottom line is that the bankers have taken over, and no president of the so called United States has not and will not change any of that. :smokin: "If the American people ever allow the banks to control issuance of their currency, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers occupied." Thomas Jefferson
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    Sen. Clinton eyed as secretary of state

    hmmmm....well, i suppose is a foreshadowing of what's to come with Obama and his interpretation of the constitution. That russian prediction of the usa going into decline and breaking up, looks more plausible day by day. http://donklephant.com/2008/11/24/does-the-constitution-bar-hillary-clinton-from-becoming-secretary-of-state/ Michael Stokes Paulson, a Law Professor who has written on the application of the Emoluments Clause in the past, says this regarding the Clinton appointment: The Emoluments Clause of Article I, section 6 provides “No Senator or Representative shall, during the Time for which he was elected, be appointed to any civil Office under the Authority of the United States, which shall have been created, or the Emoluments whereof shall have been encreased during such time.” As I understand it, President Bush’s executive order from earlier this year “encreased” the “Emoluments” (salary) of the office of Secretary of State. Last I checked, Hillary Clinton was an elected Senator from New York at the time. Were she to be appointed to the civil Office of Secretary of State, she would be being appointed to an office for which “the Emoluments whereof shall have been encreased” during the time for which she was elected to serve as Senator. The plain language of the Emoluments Clause would thus appear to bar her appointment … if the Constitution is taken seriously (which it more than occasionally isn’t on these matters, of course). (…) Unless one views the Constitution’s rules as rules that may be dispensed with when inconvenient; or as not really stating rules at all (but “standards” or “principles” to be viewed at more-convenient levels of generality); or as not applicable where a lawsuit might not be brought; or as not applicable to Democratic administrations, then the plain linguistic meaning of this chunk of constitutional text forbids the appointment of Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State. I wouldn’t bet on this actually preventing the appointment, however. It didn’t stop Lloyd Bentsen from becoming Secretary of State [This appears to be a typographical error. Bentsen, of course, was Bill Clinton's first Secretary of the Treasury]. But it does make an interesting first test of how serious Barack Obama will be about taking the Constitution’s actual words seriously. We know he thinks the Constitution should be viewed as authorizing judicial redistribution of wealth. But we don’t know what he thinks about provisions of the Constitution that do not need to be invented, but are actually there in the document.
  12. how funny. Taxpayers didn't want to see any of the bailout but of course, is not what americans want, but what the bankers want. And obama is yet to dissapoint them.
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    Is he really an agent of change?

    Yea, the writer does a nice job in summarizing the political events of year past; a lot of people i come in contact tell me...'obama is surrounding himself with experts...' And my question to them is---and do you know what the views of these experts are? So far none has been able to utter a single word that describes his choices, and they are in for a big surprise. Again, who did the bailout benefit? And who was one of the champions for the bailout? 'Nuff said.:smokin:
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    Is he really an agent of change?

    Most people don't bother to do any research so of course they are suckered by politicians. The fact that obahhhhma was a champion for the bailout when 90%+ of the public didn't want it, pretty much sums up the change we are going to get. Best of luck to all of you hopeful individuals. And stay away from doing research because that could shatter all these 'change' illusions. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article21279.htm "What happened to all this talk about change?" a member of the Clinton foreign policy team recently asked the Washington Post. "This isn't lightly flavored with Clintons. This is all Clintons, all the time." Amid the euphoria over Obama's election and the end of the Bush era, it is critical to recall what 1990s U.S. foreign policy actually looked like. Bill Clinton's boiled down to a one-two punch from the hidden hand of the free market, backed up by the iron fist of U.S. militarism. Clinton took office and almost immediately bombed Iraq (ostensibly in retaliation for an alleged plot by Saddam Hussein to assassinate former President George H.W. Bush). He presided over a ruthless regime of economic sanctions that killed hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, and under the guise of the so-called No-Fly Zones in northern and southern Iraq, authorized the longest sustained U.S. bombing campaign since Vietnam. Under Clinton, Yugoslavia was bombed and dismantled as part of what Noam Chomsky described as the "New Military Humanism." Sudan and Afghanistan were attacked, Haiti was destabilized and "free trade" deals like the North America Free Trade Agreement and the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade radically escalated the spread of corporate-dominated globalization that hurt U.S. workers and devastated developing countries. Clinton accelerated the militarization of the so-called War on Drugs in Central and Latin America and supported privatization of U.S. military operations, giving lucrative contracts to Halliburton and other war contractors. Meanwhile, U.S. weapons sales to countries like Turkey and Indonesia aided genocidal campaigns against the Kurds and the East Timorese. The prospect of Obama's foreign policy being, at least in part, an extension of the Clinton Doctrine is real. Even more disturbing, several of the individuals at the center of Obama's transition and emerging foreign policy teams were top players in creating and implementing foreign policies that would pave the way for projects eventually carried out under the Bush/Cheney administration. With their assistance, Obama has already charted out several hawkish stances. Among them: -- His plan to escalate the war in Afghanistan; -- An Iraq plan that could turn into a downsized and rebranded occupation that keeps U.S. forces in Iraq for the foreseeable future; -- His labeling of Iran's Revolutionary Guard as a "terrorist organization;" -- His pledge to use unilateral force inside of Pakistan to defend U.S. interests; -- His position, presented before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), that Jerusalem "must remain undivided" - a remark that infuriated Palestinian officials and which he later attempted to reframe; -- His plan to continue the War on Drugs, a backdoor U.S. counterinsurgency campaign in Central and Latin America; -- His refusal to "rule out" using Blackwater and other armed private forces in U.S. war zones, despite previously introducing legislation to regulate these companies and bring them under U.S. law. Obama did not arrive at these positions in a vacuum. They were carefully crafted in consultation with his foreign policy team. While the verdict is still out on a few people, many members of his inner foreign policy circle-including some who have received or are bound to receive Cabinet posts-supported the invasion and occupation of Iraq.
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    Doctors Find Worm In Woman's Brain

    moral of the story if you don't watch the video with the worm removal scene, wash your hands, and don't eat undercooked pork! yikes! :nono: http://www.myfoxphoenix.com/myfox/pages/Home/Detail;jsessionid=158FF031624AB3D6F76320D66DF21704?contentId=7900814&version=1&locale=EN-US&layoutCode=TSTY&pageId=1.1.1&sflg=1 PHOENIX -- Many around this time of year like to preach the importance of washing your hands to avoid the cold or flu. But a Phoenix-area woman is saying dirty hands might be to blame for a rare illness that sent her to the hospital recently. And after it turned out that a possible brain tumor was just a worm -- yes, a worm -- her doctor agrees.
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