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Friday, December 21, 2007

SCENE 26 OF "THE WALLS HAVE EARS: A NOVEL OF AMERICA" SERIALIZED BY F. SCOTT SINCLAIR

QUOTE:

Copyright © 2007 by F. Scott Sinclair. All Rights Reserved.


Warning: If you are easily shocked with regard to contrary
points of view, conspiracy theories, offensive language, political
correctness, sex, or anything else that may offend your
sensibilities or lack of open-mindedness, or if you're a minor
(but by no means limited to the aforementioned), please do
not read this novel. It's not for you...

Note: This is a work of fiction. The events described here are
imaginary: the settings, events and characters are fictitious,
and/or are the product of the author's imagination or used
fictitiously, and any resemblance to actual events or locales
or persons (living or dead) is entirely coincidental.


Copyright (C) 2007 by F. Scott Sinclair. All Rights Reserved.



Scene 26 of "The Walls Have Ears: A Novel of America"




CIA Case Officer Julia Duffy


The compartment I was being held captive in was beginning
to close in. As the dinky quarters of the submarine began to
turn around, I instantly knew that I had an inner ear infection.
All I could do to stop the walls from turning was to close my
eyes. By squeezing my eyelids together, clinching my teeth,
and burying my head into the mildewed stench of the stained
pillow I was provided, I somehow forestalled the nauseous
feeling that was attempting to engulf my entire being.

I slowly began to open my left eye to see if the world was still
spinning. The room seemed to stand still, but the Russian
language written on the wall to tell the occupant to turn off the
lights to conserve energy--amongst other warnings--still made
me woozy. Sure wished that they'd thought about saving
energy before they chose to leave the torturous naked bulb on
24 hours a day. Christ almightly, why aren't torturers given
briefings on energy savings, anyway?

Before I could finish my next thought, the compartment door
swung open. A lanky Russian officer with a greying beard stepped
in with his underling in tow. I tried to turn away, but the shackles
and irons prevented me from huddling against the bulkhead with
my back turned to the intruders.

The Russian officer said, "Good morning, Ms. Duffy, how are
you today?"

I couldn't pass up the pun, and said, "Tied up, as usual..."

"Busy are we...? Well, that's too bad, Julie. And we were just about
ready to free you, too. What a shame, my dear," he conveyed,
loosening his tie.

"It's a bit stuffy in here, comrade. It is all right to refer to you as
comrade, isn't it?" His bushy eyebrows raised as though wings
had replaced his eyebrows at the mention of those words. Before
his eyebrow-like wings made one revolution, he yanked the ankle
chain, and in doing so, the iron shackle pierced the skin of my
tender ankle.

"My God...! Christ, can't you leave a girl alone?" I said, pushing my
ankle toward the Russian officer in order to release the tension.

"Perhaps, you're wondering why you keep getting different
interrogators. Well, the answer's quite simple. Until you act as
though you like one of us...and trust one of us, you'll no doubt
meet the whole crew of this fine submarine before you arrive
at you final destination," he hinted, touching my shoulder with
his yucky paw.

Glibly, I inquired, "And where might that be...?"

"You'll learn soon enough, I'm afraid."

"Is that a threat, or a promise?"

The back of his hand stung as I felt my jaw crack and separate.
Had he broken my jaw? My jaw felt numb, and the stainless
steel bunk with no mattress felt like I'd been sitting on a pile of
rocks. And the stainless toilet was too far away to rest on
comfortably. My butt was about a foot too short. But thank the
Lord for small favors: the diaper they so graciously provided
me with, made me feel at home--as though I was having a
period. What a bloody thought...

There was a knock at the door, and the subservient one
opened the cabin door and retrieved a tray of food, and said,
"Here. Take it."

"Gladly," I said. "Oh, I'm shocked. Not the usual cockroaches
and ants?"

The no name Russian officer replied, wiping his bird nose,
"We're trying to fatten you up."

"For the kill, I suppose, huh?"

With a smirk, he drops the tray in my lap, and says, "Enjoy...
You and your friend, Mr. Kendall, will be transferred from
our custody to that of the International Criminal Court in
a couple of days, my dear. We wouldn't want anyone to
think we've been feeding you cockroaches, now would we?
But, you must admit, us Russians have some of the finest
cockroaches in the world. Isn't that right?"

Not wanting to appear too ungrateful, I said, "If you say so..."

"Care to enlighten us further on your activities in Venezuela?"

"Well, after being starved, water boarded, half frozen to
death, and you name it, I think you've got enough information
on tape to hang the Crown Prince of Crawford--if that's
your intention--at the Hague," I said with a wink of the eye.

With his receding hairline leaning towards the steel deck,
and his mischievious eyes tilted in my direction, he says through
tense lips, "Very perceptive... Now, eat this shit we've provided
before my partner here changes your diaper. Doesn't it feel
great to return to your childhood days, sitting in a stinking
diaper all day while your mother watched soap operas to her
heart's content?"

"Speak for yourself, yah little anal fixated bastard!"

Lights out...! I thought, just before the blur of the Russian
officer's fist smacked me upside the head.

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TRULY AMAZING...! AND IT'S UPDATED EVERY
360 SECONDS, I'VE BEEN TOLD. A REALLY
PLEASANT TREAT AND INTELLECTUAL JOURNEY.
TRY IT, YOU MIGHT LIKE IT.

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Late Night Political Jokes - Late Night Jokes Updated Daily

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A CONVENIENT (I HOPE) TABLE OF CONTENTS OF
F. SCOTT SINCLAIR'S NOVELS

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Monday, December 10, 2007

BUSH IS NO F.D.R.: IF ANOTHER 1929 ARRIVES, WE'RE IN A HURTIN' STATUS ACCORDING TO MIKE WHITNEY. A SPLENDID ARTICLE, INDEED...

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The Central Bank; Silent Partner in the Bloodletting

By Mike Whitney

A nation's economy is a reflection pool. The face that looks
back from the water; is the face of the culture and the
prevailing ethos. It's no different with America. The
stewards of the US economic system—Paulson and
Bernanke—are inextricably linked to a political/military
establishment which has been thoroughly marinated in
a culture of violence and corruption. Continue

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An Odd Week, Indeed Piano Wire Puppeteers

By Sean Penn

Didn’t Senator Clinton just vote in essence to give
President Bush the power to bomb Iran? If he had
done it last week, would that have made her right?
I mean, if she knew then what she knows now? Or
am I getting that backward? Golly, I’m confused.
Continue

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Unfit To Serve "You, Mr.. Bush, are a bald-faced liar."

8 Minute Video - Keith Olbermann

A Special Comment about the President’s cataclysmic
deception about Iran. Click to view

AND TEXT AND/OR VIDEO:

Video: Keith Olbermann "Neocon Job"


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Scott Horton Interviews Scott Ritter

Scott Ritter: Cheney’s Iran Policy Still Stands

A must listen : Scott Ritter, former U.S. Marine and
UN weapons inspector, discusses the new Iran NIE,
his admiration for Ron Paul and the need of the
American people to destroy the careers of their
warmonger representatives. Click to listen

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Rep. Ron Paul: Remarks on Violent Radicalization &
Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act, HR 1955 :

Legislation such as this demands heavy-handed
governmental action against American citizens
where no crime has been committed. It is yet
another attack on our Constitutionally-protected
civil liberties. It is my sincere hope that we will
reject such approaches to security, which will fail
at their stated goal at a great cost to our way of life.

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The Planned Collapse of USA

By Peter Chamberlin.

We risk blowing the world apart, to avoid watching
America slowly choke on its own excesses. - The
government has known for decades that America
is on a countdown to self-destruction. Among the
elite it is common knowledge that our "global economy"
must one day collapse from its own dead weight. Continue

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When Is Bush Going to Come Clean?

By Paul Craig Roberts

Members of the right-wing Israeli government have
denounced the NIE finding as contrary to Israel’s
interests. Former Bush regime official John Bolton
accused America’s intelligence agencies with conspiring
to discredit President Bush with politicized intelligence.
Continue

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Cindy Sheehan: NIEs: Waste of Time?

By Cindy Sheehan

Investigative journalist Seymour Hersh claims that BushCo
has known at the highest levels about this intelligence
for over a year, but they have all been beating their
evil drums of war against Iran, nevertheless. Continue

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Bob Herbert: Spies Like You and Me

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Patricia J. Williams: The Audacity of Oprah

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The Terror Within

By Angie Riedel

There is more terror here at home than there is anywhere
else in the industrial so-called civilized world.
Continue

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Bombed If You Do, Bombed If You Don't

By Ron Paul

The latest National Intelligence Estimate has been
greeted by a mixture of relief and alarm. As I have
been saying all along, Iran indeed poses no quantifiable
imminent nuclear threat to us or her neighbors. It is
with much alarm, however, that we see the administration
continue to ratchet up the war rhetoric as if nothing
has changed. Continue

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Will Liberty Succumb to Federalist Society Ideology?

By Paul Craig Roberts

The US Supreme Court has taken up the issue whether
the executive branch can detain people indefinitely
merely by declaring them to be suspected terrorists or
illegal enemy combatants. Continue

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Dershowitz on Waterboarding

A blatant expansion of state power

By Mike Whitney

An article by Dershowitz appeared on op-ed page
of the Wall Street Journal on Novemeber 7, 2007,
titled “Democrats and Waterboarding”. In that article
Dershowitz makes a spirited defense of waterboarding,
going so far as to say that (he believes) the Democrats
“will lose the presidential race if it defines itself as soft
on terror.” Continue

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The coming recession: Not an accident :

The downward slide triggered by belated recognition
of the subprime mortgage fiasco has a long way to
go – and it's going. Recession is certain, and, despite
the entire chorus of economists, bankers and government
officials to the contrary, a depression such as that
of the 1930s is possible.

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Morgan Stanley issues full US recession alert:

Morgan Stanley has issued a full recession alert for the
US economy, warning of a sharp slowdown in business
investment and a "perfect storm" for consumers as
the housing slump spreads.

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Fed Fails To Satisfy Wall Street:

In an attempt to stave off a U.S. recession, the Federal
Reserve cut interest rates to 4.25% Tuesday. Investors,
looking for an even bigger cut, dumped American stocks.

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White House, Press Spinning Iran’s Centrifuges

By Ray McGovern

Those who know about the centrifuges used to refine
uranium tell me they must spin at an almost unrivaled
velocity—almost unrivaled, because Bush administration
statements are being spun at equivalent speed by
White House and corporate media spiders. Without
Spinmeister Karl Rove and former spokesman Tony
Snow, it is amateur hour at the White House. Continue

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Trust is Dead

By Phil Hoskins

This experiment in government we like to call democracy
depends upon a certain level of trust, not only of
government and elected officials, but maybe more
importantly among the people themselves. After many
years under attack, we can now declare trust dead.
Continue

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Paul Krugman: Henry Paulson's Priorities

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Joshua Holland: The American Dream Is Aliveand Well ... in Finland!

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FUTURE IMPERFECT, PART III

BY TED RALL

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A TYPICAL SCENE AT A THAI ROADSIDE VENDOR'S
STALL AS SHE TRIES TO SELL PRODUCE TO TOURISTS
& LOCALS ALIKE ON THE SHOULDER OF A MAIN
HIGHWAY.BY NOVELIST F. SCOTT SINCLAIR

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QUOTE:

A WORLD OF INCIDENTS AT YOUR FINGERTIPS:
TRULY AMAZING...! AND IT'S UPDATED EVERY
360SECONDS, I'VE BEEN TOLD. A REALLY PLEASANT
TREAT AND INTELLECTUAL JOURNEY.
TRY IT, YOU MIGHT LIKE IT.

**********************************************************
QUOTE:

Late Night Political Jokes - Late Night Jokes Updated
Daily

*******************************************************
QUOTE:
A CONVENIENT (I HOPE) TABLE OF CONTENTS OF
F. SCOTT SINCLAIR'S NOVELS

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Thursday, December 06, 2007

COMPREHENSIVE INSIGHTS INTO THE CURRENT 1929 HOUSING DEPRESSION. A GREAT ARTICLE BY STEVEN PEARLSTEIN...!

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It's Not 1929, but It's the Biggest Mess Since

By Steven Pearlstein


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When Bankers Jump Out the Window!

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Paul Krugman: Innovating Our Wayto Financial Crisis

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The New York Times: The President's CynicalBudget War

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Robert Weitzel: HomegrownTerrorism Prevention Act:
A Tutorial in Orwellian Newspeak

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Stephen J. Fortunato Jr.: Supreme Court Inc.

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Matthew Rothschild: Bush May Still Bomb Iran,Despite NIE

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Melanie Scarborough: Somebody Is Lying About FISA

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Losing and Restoring the Republic

By Jacob G. Hornberger

It is impossible to overstate the fundamental differences
between the foreign-policy philosophy of our American
ancestors and the foreign-policy mindset that guides our
country today. The philosophy of our ancestors was nicely
summed up in the Fourth of July address to Congress in
1821 by John Quincy Adams. Continue

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Saint Joe and the Impending Global Financial Crisis

By Mike Whitney

The wreckage in the housing market just keeps piling up.
Sales of existing homes in October dipped 23.5% from
last year. Prices on new homes dropped 13% year over
year. Third quarter foreclosures skyrocketed to 635,000,
a 94% increase over last October and an all-time high
on the Misery-Meter. The real estate market is in
free-fall and the real trouble hasn't even begun yet.
Continue

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Economic Outlook 2008: Darkening Clouds

By Dom Armentano

Presidential election years usually are not recessionary but
next year will be an exception. Several economic factors are
colliding in an almost perfect storm to markedly slow the
general economy and the stock market.Continue

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Homeless in Paradise

America, Land of 371 Billionaires and 3.5 Million Homeless

By Stephen Fleishman

In the United States of America, the greatest country in
the world, as many as three and a half million people
experience homelessness in a given year (1% of the entire
US population or 10% of its poor) and of that, 1.37 million
(or 39%) are children under the age of 18. Continue

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We the Paranoid

By Eugene Robinson

We Americans like to think of ourselves as strong, rugged
and supremely confident -- a nation of Marlboro
Men and Marlboro Women, minus the cigarettes and
the lung cancer. So why do we increasingly find ourselves
hunkered behind walls, popping pills by the handful
to stave off diseases we might never contract and eyeing
the rest of the world with an us-or-them suspicion that
borders on the pathological? Continue

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A Miracle: Honest Intel on Iran Nukes

By Ray McGovern

For those who have doubts about miracles, a double
one occurred today. An honest National Intelligence
Estimate (NIE) on Iran's nuclear program has been
issued, and its "Key Judgments" were made public.
Continue

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The Shortage Myth

The Lies at the End of the American Dream

By Paul Craig Roberts

Integrity is so lacking in America that the shortage
myth serves the interests of universities, funding
agencies, employers, and immigration attorneys at
the expense of American students who naively pursue
professions in which their prospects are dim. Initially
it was blue-collar factory workers who were
abandoned by US corporations and politicians.
Now it is white-collar employees and Americans
trained in science and technology. Continue

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Walter Cronkite and David Krieger: Our Troops Must Leave Iraq:

The invasion of Iraq was illegal from the start. Not only
was Congress lied to in order to secure its support for
the invasion of Iraq, but the war lacked the support of
the United Nations Security Council and thus was an
aggressive war initiated on the false pretenses of
weapons of mass destruction

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Krugman: The making of a mess:

How bad is it? Well, I've never seen financial insiders
this spooked - not even during the Asian crisis of
1997-98, when economic dominoes seemed to be
falling all around the world.

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The dollar's perfect storm worsens:

Europe's inflation is likely to prompt its central bank
to raise interest rates -- five days before the Fed is
expected to lower them here. That's bad news for the buck.

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Henry Thoreau and the Patrons of Virtue

By Charles Sullivan

Far from a government of the people, for the people
and by the people, we now have a government that
is the exclusive domain of the rich and powerful and
has the same level of exclusivity as an expensive
country club or resort. The poor and disenfranchised
are barred from entry and are thus marginalized.
Continue

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Putin is Stalin?

Garry Kasparov and the Far-right Cuckoo's Nest

By Mike Whitney Watching Kasparov traipse around
Moscow with his basket of sour grapes and his entourage
of western media-stooges is like watching "Mr. Bean's
Excellent Kremlin Adventure"---a particularly
lame performance in a dismal B-rated burlesque.
It's painful to watch. Continue

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QUOTE:

Time to Mount Up and Ride

By Vincent L. Guarisco

Haven’t you noticed the pillars shaking, the foundation
cracking, and debris falling everywhere? I certainly
hope so, because the Bush administration’s wrecking
ball hasn’t quite finished swinging yet. Continue

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QUOTE:

A TYPICAL SCENE AT A THAI ROADSIDE VENDOR'S
STALL AS SHE TRIES TO SELL PRODUCE TO TOURISTS
& LOCALS ALIKE ON THE SHOULDER OF A MAIN HIGHWAY.

BY NOVELIST F. SCOTT SINCLAIR

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QUOTE:

A WORLD OF INCIDENTS AT YOUR FINGERTIPS:
TRULY AMAZING...! AND IT'S UPDATED EVERY 360
SECONDS, I'VE BEEN TOLD. A REALLY PLEASANT
TREAT AND INTELLECTUAL JOURNEY.
TRY IT, YOU MIGHT LIKE IT.

**********************************************************
QUOTE:

Late Night Political Jokes - Late Night Jokes Updated Daily

*******************************************************
QUOTE:

A CONVENIENT (I HOPE) TABLE OF CONTENTS OF
F. SCOTT SINCLAIR'S NOVELS

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Sunday, November 25, 2007

SCENE 25 OF "THE WALLS HAVE EARS: A NOVEL OF AMERICA" SERIALIZED BY F. SCOTT SINCLAIR

QUOTE:


Copyright © 2007 by F. Scott Sinclair. All Rights Reserved.


Warning: If you are easily shocked with regard to contrary
points of view, conspiracy theories, offensive language, political
correctness, sex, or anything else that may offend your
sensibilities or lack of open-mindedness, or if you're a minor
(but by no means limited to the aforementioned), please do
not read this novel. It's not for you...

Note: This is a work of fiction. The events described here are
imaginary: the settings, events and characters are fictitious,
and/or are the product of the author's imagination or used
fictitiously, and any resemblance to actual events or locales
or persons (living or dead) is entirely coincidental.


Copyright (C) 2007 by F. Scott Sinclair. All Rights Reserved.



Scene 25 of "The Walls Have Ears: A Novel of America"




Judge Theodore Marsh



I was staying with my running mate Lester Hampton at
his mansion located on Hood’s Canal. Secret Service agents
were combing the area like a pack of hunting dogs. Other
agents and the Coast Guard were continually searching the
beach and shore within a two mile radius, while other Secret
Service agents kept us under constant surveillance. The
morning mist began to evaporate as Lester and I sat out
on the veranda.

“Oh, I forgot to tell you,” Lester said after taking a bite
of French toast into his mouth, the maple syrup dripping
from the corners of his mouth, and says, “an old friend of
yours will be dropping by.”

“I have friends?”

He wiped his greasy lips with a cloth napkin, and said,
“Does the name, Wilber C. Winslow, mean anything to you?”

Startled beyond words, I couldn’t believe my ears. “You’re
saying, Wilber C. Winslow, wants to discuss something
with me?”

“You got it, Judge Marsh.”

“Surely this must be a mistake...”

As he plopped another piece of dripping French toast
onto his tongue, and inhaled--wolfing it down--he says
with a half-smile, “You don’t give yourself enough credit.
A former Supreme Court justice is the ultimate candidate.
Folks are looking for someone with moral integrity, and
I can’t think of a better person: a former Supreme Court
justice, like yourself.”

As I leaned back, slouching in the ornate wrought iron
chair, I said, “Thanks for the vote of confidence. But not
everyone feels that way, I’m afraid. The felonious five on
the Court blew any integrity that may have existed.
Appearances are everything. After we allowed President
Steinhart to win the 2000 election, our reputation was
irredeemably damaged. Americans no longer respect the
Supreme Court, and for good reason, I might add.”

“Just the same, take my advice and don’t be so hard
on yourself. Okay?”

Reluctantly, I nodded, catching an image of my ugly mug
in the glass door that led into the kitchen. I didn’t like
the reflection I saw. Perhaps old age had set in, or the
bags under my black eyes destroyed the elderly
statesman-like image I’d imagined for so long. Needless
to say, time was running out for me. Next stop: the
incinerator, I thought. Pleasant thought...

I turned my black face and flat nostrils towards the
beach, brought the coffee cup to my lips, and said, “Looks
like we’ve got company.”

“And right on time. C’mon now, Judge Winslow won’t
bite you. Follow me, and I’ll make the introductions.”

“Sounds good to me.” That’s precisely what I did. I
followed the leader to the shore, and we wadded up to
our kneecaps in the murky water, helping Judge Winslow
off the 16 foot speedboat.

Judge Winslow limped forward onto the sandy beach,
and then abruptly used both hands to whisk away any
sand that had stuck to his trousers, and then says, “Thanks
gentlemen for the royal treatment.”

“Our pleasure, your Honor,” Lester said. “By the way,
Judge Marsh, meet the Honorable Wilber C. Winslow.”

After we’d introduced ourselves, and became acquaintances
with some customary small talk, we finally reached the veranda.

“Care for something to eat?” Lester asked Judge Winslow.

“No thanks. Ate before we departed Seattle in that tin
can of a speedboat.”

“You won’t turn down a cup of espresso coffee, now will
you?” I said sternly.

Not wanting to offend, I’m sure, Judge Winslow says,
“Absolutely not. I can always use a cup of coffee. I often
sneak a cup or two into the courtroom. You wouldn’t believe
how boring some cases can be.”

Laughing, I answered, “You’re forgetting something,
Judge Winslow.”

Bewildered, his reaction was a blank expression, and
replied, “What’s that...?”

“I’m a judge and can identify with your coffee remarks.
And if I thought long and hard enough, I could no doubt
relate to you on the boredom aspect of being a judge.”

“Sorry. I wasn’t thinking.”

“Enough niceties and pleasantries for the moment. How
about filling us in on your need for this meeting. If you
recall, you were quite apprehensive about disclosing anything
over the phone. Besides that, you specifically requested
that no Secret Service agents should be within earshot.
Why’s that?” Lester said.

As the hired help brought more coffee, and began pouring
it into our China cups, Judge Winslow didn’t say a word until
the waiter left. “Okay, gentlemen, the reason for my secrecy
is that I’m in charge of all secret trials of detainees caught
in the War on Terrorism in the Pacific Northwest. Anything
I say here must be held in the strictest confidence. Is that
understood?”

We both nodded our heads.

“Good. Now that that little detail is out of the way, I can
get to the meat of my concerns. And they are many, I’m
afraid. The FBI is a loose cannon, and they’ve threatened
me personally if I allow anyone released for lack of evidence,
mistaken identity, you name it.”

My black face almost glowed with disgust, and asked,
“What are the facts and circumstances surrounding this
instant case.”

With furrowed brow and clinched teeth, Judge Winslow
says, “Unbelievable. The guy the FBI is trying to railroad
only dialed a wrong number. And the FBI knows this, but
they still won’t release him.”

“Are they stating the provisions within the Patriot Act
as justification for the continued detention?” Lester Hampton
asked.

A bit paranoid, Judge Winslow turns his head from side
to side, scanning the terrain for possible eavesdroppers.
Finally, he says, “Among other things.”

“Skeletons in the closet?” Lester asked, shifting the weight
of his elbows onto the frosted glass of the round patio table.

“If you’re implying that the FBI is blackmailing me, you’re
probably right.”

“And what does this have to do with us?” I asked.

He shifted uneasily in his chair, and says, “The kind of
blackmail I’m talking about is more damaging than anything
you can imagine. They’ve threatened to arrest me on trumped
up charges, and hold me indefinitely like the detainee, Jake
Jacobs.”

“What’s the detainee’s name again,” I asked, not believing
the words I’d just heard.

“Jake Jacobs.”

“Is he a novelist...?”

Judge Winslow nodded affirmatively.

My heart sank into my belly. An anxious hollow feeling
erupted. From the sound of it, it just had to be the same
Jake Jacobs he knew in Thailand. What was he doing in
America? How come he returned unannounced?

“I know him.”

Both Judge Winslow and Lester shot hard looks in my
direction, both saying simultaneously, “You’re kiddin’?”

“Wish I were... Truly, I wish that were the case.”

“Is that why you came here today, Judge Winslow?”
Lester said, toying with the handle of the China cup.

“Partly. But mostly I want to set the record straight
and destroy this unconstitutional Kangaroo Court I’m in
charge of.”

Leaning forward, I asked, “And how may we help?”

With a glint of moisture in the corners of his eyes,
Judge Winslow whispers, “Someone from the outside
must infiltrate the secret court. And I’m proposing that
you, Judge Marsh, select someone to take my place
while I’m on sick leave.”

“I do know a private investigator whose expertise is
government abuse cases. I tell you what, if this friend of
mine accepts the job, you’re going to have to remain
behind the scenes helping him with the laws and procedures
so his cover isn’t blown.”

“That can be arranged.” He was firm in his response,
folding his arms against his chest—nodding his approval
and conviction.

“Fine,” I said, turning to Lester. “Care to comment...?”

“Can you provide us with an anonymous dossier? We
need one that's cleansed--and untraceable-- just in
case the Secret Service, or anyone else, happens to see
the contents. If they do see the file, it won’t make any
sense to them.”

With a smirk on his lips, Judge Winslow says, “A piece
of cake. Another Da Vinci Code?”

“Something like that,” Lester said. “Care for some more
coffee?”

As our collective eyes melted together, I said, “I’ll be
in touch.”

“And I’ll make all the arrangements,” he said, as we
ended the clandestine discussion and pursued less dangerous
avenues of congenial conversation. My mind drifted off
into deep contemplation, never really focusing on the small
talk that entertained us the remainder of the morning.

All I could think about was getting a hold of Rick Olson.
Our friend, Jake Jacobs, must be pissing in his pants.
My heart burned at what he must be going through
if the rumors of torture by our government were true.

I excused myself and went upstairs. My nerves were
shot and my mind went blank the minute my head hit
the pillow.

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A WORLD OF INCIDENTS AT YOUR FINGERTIPS:
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360 SECONDS, I'VE BEEN TOLD. A REALLY PLEASANT
TREAT AND INTELLECTUAL JOURNEY. TRY IT, YOU MIGHT LIKE IT.
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Thursday, November 15, 2007

THE LOBBY BY PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS

QUOTE:

The Lobby

By Paul Craig Roberts

That the vast majority of Americans know nothing of
this is testimony to the power of the Israel Lobby. Continue

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QUOTE:

Latin America’s Shock Resistance

By Naomi Klein

In less than two years, the lease on the largest and
most important US military base in Latin America
will run out. The base is in Manta, Ecuador, and
Rafael Correa, the country’s leftist president, has
pronounced that he will renew the lease “on one
condition: that they let us put a base in Miami–an
Ecuadorean base. If there is no problem having foreign
soldiers on a country’s soil, surely they’ll let us have an
Ecuadorean base in the United States.” Continue

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QUOTE:

Hillary's Musharraf

By Greg Palast

Mrs. Clinton's forgotten fling with the Killer of Karachi.
Continue

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QUOTE:

"The Assassination of Hugo Chavez"

By Greg Palast.

Video Report

In my interview with the president of Venezuela on
March 28, he made Bush the following astonishing offer:
Chavez would drop the price of oil to $50 a barrel,
"not too high, a fair price," he said — a third less than
the $75 a barrel for oil recently posted on the spot
market. That would bring down the price at the pump
by about a buck, from $3 to $2 a gallon. Continue

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QUOTE:

Torturing Palestinian Detainees

By Stephen Lendman

Since the early 1990s, B'Tselem published more than
ten reports on Israelis' use of torture and mistreatment
of Palestinian detainees. This is the latest one in an effort
to raise public awareness and help abolish these abhorrent
practices. Continue

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QUOTE:

Lest We Forget

By John Pilger

On Remembrance Day 2007 – Veterans Day in America – the
great and the good bowed their heads at the Cenotaph. Generals,
politicians, newsreaders, football managers and stock-market
traders wore their poppies. Hypocrisy was a presence. No
one mentioned Iraq. No one uttered the slightest remorse for
the fallen of that country. No one read the forbidden list. Continue

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QUOTE:

In the Hands of the Military

By Chris Hedges

The last, best hope for averting a war with Iran lies with
the United States military. The Democratic Congress, cowed
by the Israel lobby and terrified of appearing weak on defense
before the presidential elections, will do nothing to halt an
attack. Continue

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QUOTE:

Venezuela: Between Ballots And Bullets

By James Petras

History has repeatedly taught that when you put social
democracy, egalitarianism and popular power at the top of
the political agenda, as Chavez has done, and as the vast
majority of the populace enthusiastically responds, the
Right, the reactionary military, the ‘Centrist’ political
defectors and ideologues, the White House, the hysterical
middle classes and the Church cardinals will sacrifice any
and all democratic freedoms to defend their property,
privileges and power by whatever means and at whatever
cost necessary. Continue

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QUOTE:

Entangling Alliances

By Ron Paul

In the name of clamping down on "terrorist uprisings" in
Pakistan, General Musharraf has declared a state of
emergency and imposed martial law. The true motivations
behind this action however, are astonishingly transparent.
Continue

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QUOTE:

Iraq War Is A Betrayal Of American Democracy

By Matt Howard

In 2003 I illegally invaded the sovereign nation of Iraq
with 1st Tank battalion 1st Marine Division. My commander
in chief unleashed the world's fiercest fighting force upon
the country and people of Iraq, and now those of us used
and betrayed by him are demanding justice. Continue

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QUOTE:

The Grand Delusion

By Joel S. Hirschhorn

Virtually everything that Bush correctly gets condemnation
for could have been prevented or negated by Democrats, if
they had had courage, conviction and commitment to
maintaining the rule of law and obedience to the Constitution.
Continue

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QUOTE:

A Nation on borrowed time

By Mike Whitney

On Monday, Asian stock markets took another drubbing on
fears that the credit squeeze which began in the United States
would continue to worsen in the months ahead. Every index
from Tokyo to Sidney fell sharply continuing the “self-reinforcing”
vicious cycle of losses started last week on Wall Street. Continue

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QUOTE:

Mark Weisbrot Memo to Obama:No Rush to "Fix" Social Security

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FURNITURE STORES IN THAILAND ARE A DELIGHT TO BEHOLD.

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A WORLD OF INCIDENTS AT YOUR FINGERTIPS:
TRULY AMAZING...! AND IT'S UPDATED EVERY
360 SECONDS, I'VE BEEN TOLD. A REALLY
PLEASANT TREAT AND INTELLECTUAL JOURNEY.
TRY IT, YOU MIGHT LIKE IT.

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Monday, November 12, 2007

MIKE WHITNEY DOES IT AGAIN...! GREAT ARTICLE.

QUOTE:

The Last Dead Bull on Wall Street


By Mike Whitney


Whew! What a week for the stock market. On
Wednesday the market took a 360 point nosedive
followed, two days later, by a 220 point belly-flop.
By the time it was over, the trading pits looked
more like a sausage-packing plant than the
world’s financial epicenter. Continue

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QUOTE:

Waterboarding Republicans vs. Supporting Our Troops

By Stephen Crockett

For those Republicans (or Democrats) who defend
waterboarding as something less than torture, I have
a proposal. Whenever a Bush Administration official
is called before the House or Senate to testify, they
should be waterboarded the entire time they are
testifying. The technique, according to the Bush
Republicans, elicits honest answers and does not
amount to torture. According to these Bush Republicans,
waterboarding does not cause any lasting damage. Continue

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QUOTE:

The Pain of Globalisation

By Jared Bernstein and Josh Bivens

For years Americans have been told that they all
benefit from trade with poorer countries - yet many
now find they are worse off. Continue

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QUOTE:

Solidarity

By Charles Sullivan

We are living in extraordinarily dangerous times, when
evil, rather than justice, prevails. The schoolyard is
terrorized by thugs and punks with names like Bush,
Cheney, Limbaugh, Robertson, Clinton, Rockefeller,
Rice, Rumsfeld, Perle, Kristol and Giuliani—pedigreed
people all. Continue

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QUOTE:

Our Man in Islamabad


By Stephen Lendman


Pakistan remains in turmoil under martial law.
Thousands have been arrested including hundreds
of lawyers, opposition politicians, journalists and
students according to independent sources although
the Interior Ministry acknowledges only 1800.
In addition, pitched battles are on the streets, and
all George Bush can say is we'll "continue to work
with (Musharraf and hope) he will restore democracy
as quickly as possible." Continue

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QUOTE:

The Pain of Globalisation


By Jared Bernstein and Josh Bivens


For years Americans have been told that they all benefit
from trade with poorer countries - yet many now find
they are worse off. Continue

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The Neoconservative Agenda to Sacrifice the Fifth Fleet


The New Pearl Harbor


By Michael E. Salla, M.A., Ph.D.


Neoconservatives within the Bush administration are
aggressively promoting a range of military actions
against Iran that will culminate in Iran attacking the
US Navy’s Fifth Fleet with sophisticated cruise
anti-ship missiles. Iran has sufficient quantities of
cruise missiles to destroy much or all of the Fifth Fleet
which is within range of Iran’s mobile missile launchers
strategically located along its mountainous terrain
overlooking the Persian Gulf. Continue

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QUOTE:

The Long Fall A Market Without Parachutes



By Mike Whitney


America is finished, washed up, kaput. Foreign investors
and central banks around the world have lost confidence
in US markets and are headed for the exits. The dollar is
sinking, the country is insolvent, and its leaders are
barking mad. Continue

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QUOTE:

You Have No Choice - You Have Owners


George Carlin - 3 Minute VideoWarning - Some viewers
may be offended by adult language. Continue

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QUOTE:

Dean Baker Homeownership:The Fast Path to Poverty

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Frank Rich: The Coup at Home

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Wednesday, November 07, 2007

IT'S NOW OR NEVER, I'M AFRAID. MIKE WHITNEY RAPS UP THE SITUATION HANDSOMELY IN THIS DRAMATIC, BUT POSITIVE ARTICLE

QUOTE:

The Media’s Plan to Ambush Ron Paul

By Mike Whitney

First we stop the killing, and then we restore the
Constitution. These are our two main priorities.
And that’s why I’m voting for Ron Paul. He is the
only candidate (with a chance to win) who’s promising
to do either. And he’ll keep his word. That makes
him the only truly American candidate running for
president. Continue

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QUOTE:

The Presidency is Now a Criminal Conspiracy

Special Comment - By Keith Olbermann

Video And Transcript

The presidency of George W. Bush has now devolved
into a criminal conspiracy to cover the ass of George
W. Bush. Continue

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QUOTE:

Sinking Currency, Sinking Country

By Patrick J. Buchanan

The dollar is plunging because America has been living
beyond her means, borrowing $2 billion a day from
foreign nations to maintain her standard of living and
to sustain the American Imperium. Continue

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QUOTE:

Stock Market Mayhem and Bush’s Moral Swamp

By Mike Whitney

The real reason that the subprime swindle mushroomed
into a humongous economy-busting monster is that the
markets are no longer policed by any agency that believes
in intervention. Continue

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QUOTE:

Torture By Waterboarding
7 Minute Video

"On Friday's Countdown Keith Olbermann talked to
Newsweek's Richard Wolfe and Former Nixon White House
Counsel, John Dean, about Senators Feinstein and Schumer's
inexcusable caving on President Bush's Attorney General
nominee and an ABC News report that claims former acting
Assistant Attorney General Daniel Levin was forced out of
the DoJ when he declared waterboarding to be torture —
after allowing himself to be waterboarded." Continue

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QUOTE:

US Bombed Syria:

Report USAF Struck Syrian "Nuclear" Site

By JPOST.COM STAFF

The September 6 raid over Syria was carried out by
the US Air Force, the Al-Jazeera Web site reported Friday.
The Web site quoted Israeli and Arab sources as saying
that two strategic US jets armed with tactical nuclear
weapons carried out an attack on a nuclear site under
construction. Continue

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Warning... This Film Could Make You Angry

By Robert Fisk

So is truth stranger than fiction? Or is Hollywood waking
up – after Syriana and Munich – to the gross injustices of
the Middle East and the shameless and illegal policies of
the US in the region? Go and see Rendition – it will make
you angry – and remember Arar. And you can take a beautiful
woman along to share your fury. Continue

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QUOTE:

Amazing Grace

By Charles Sullivan

It seems inexplicable that so many of the American people can
be so dazed and confused, while moral degenerates ransack
our nation, piss and defecate upon the Constitution and the
Declaration of Independence, and brazenly loot the public
domain, making a mockery of the rule of law and societal
norms; whatever they may be. Continue

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QUOTE:

Kucinich Presents Articles Impeachment to Congress

Rep. Dennis Kucinich - November 6, 2007 -
House of Representatives - Video and documents


Rep. Dennis Kucinich, Presents Articles of Impeachment for
Vice President Richard Cheney under the rules of "Privileged
Resolution " in Congress. Continue

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QUOTE:

Cuba's Sin

By William Blum

Cuba's sin, which the United States of America can not forgive,
is to have created a society that can serve as a successful
example of an alternative to the capitalist model, and,
moreover, to have done so under the very nose of the
United States.Continue

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QUOTE:

A Vote for Mukasey Is a Vote for Torture

By Amy Goodman

If a U.S. citizen, soldier or official were waterboarded
somewhere overseas, would Americans hesitate for
a moment to call it torture? A filibuster might give
the Mukasey supporters like Schumer and Feinstein
pause to reconsider. Continue

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QUOTE:

Our Man in Pakistan

By Robert Scheer

So, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, treated ever so respectfully
by George Bush throughout his administration, in which
he became the first Pakistani leader to visit Camp David,
has turned out to be just another crummy dictator. But
he was our dictator, kind of a modern, even westernized
one who could stand up to all those bearded Islamic
terrorists. Continue

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QUOTE:

Paul Krugman: Wobbled by Wealth?

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QUOTE:

Dollar's Fall Collapses American Empire

BY PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS

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Friday, October 26, 2007

"CINDERELLA LIBERTY": IT'S PAST MIDNIGHT, FOLKS...

QUOTE:

Bush Regime Preaches Democracy, Proposes Tyranny


By Paul Craig Roberts

U.S. citizens had best rethink the "war on terror" while
they still have the liberty to do so. For all of President Bush’s
blah-blah talk about bringing democracy to the world,
the Bush administration has proved that it is no friend
of liberty at home. Continue

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QUOTE:

“Come And See Our Overflowing Morgues"

By Mike Whitney

Iraq was not only the Cradle of Civilization; it was indeed
the Pillar, the Column, The Spinal Vertebrae, the
Backbone of the Arab world. Now that it has crumbled,
now that it has broken up, the rest will follow...Continue

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QUOTE:

Goodbye dollar, hello inflation : The dollar is no longer
the world's reserve currency. This is the statement you
heard twice in one day if you were checking out the news
on Bloomberg over the past 24 hours.

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QUOTE:

Pete, Nancy, George and WWIII


By Cindy Sheehan


BushCo has over 14 more months to sew their demented
seeds of destruction all over the planet. We must all join
Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-Oh) in his call to remove
them from office not only for their past, but for their
future, illegal wars of aggression, possibly even doing the
unthinkable: using a nuclear weapon. Continue

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QUOTE:

Holly Sklar: Billionaires Up, America Down

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QUOTE:

Anita F. Hill: Women and the Subprime Crunch

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Fitrakis and Wasserman: Will GOP Election Theft MachineDo It Again in 2008?

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Jack Miles: Endgame for Iraqi Oil?

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QUOTE:

The 'Orwellian' Bush administration:

The Bush administration continues to insist that it alone
must decide whether a judge is allowed to hear a case
that might harm national security. When Judge Harry
Pregerson, who serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for
the 9th Circuit, listened to Deputy Solicitor General
Gregory Garre telling him that, he responded: "The
bottom line here is the government declares something
is a state secret, and that's the end of it. The king can
do no wrong,"

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QUOTE:

On Track for U.S. Collapse

By Michael S. Rozeff

Bush and Cheney are steering the U.S. into a collapse.
Only strong public voices by influential people can prevent
the coming disaster. We desperately need for men and
women who are known to the public and have credibility
to speak up in the critical period ahead to avoid catastrophe.
Continue

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QUOTE:

The mystery of the missing $2.9 trillion:

In other words, the country is by far the world's biggest
debtor nation. A quarter century ago, the US was the
world's largest creditor nation.

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QUOTE:

Truth Matters

By Charles Sullivan

As voracious consumers of media, we must be as careful
about what we admit into our minds, as the food we put
into our bodies. Food can nourish and sustain us, or it can
produce disease and decay. And so it is with media.
Continue

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QUOTE:

Hey, Soldiers: Quit Whining!

Troops Suck Up to Bush, Ask for Support

By Ted Rall

Americans on the home front are partying like it's 2009
while their comrades back in Vichy Mesopotamia are
getting blown up. Continue

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QUOTE:

Ann Coulter: Nuke Them!

By Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich

She colorfully compared Guantanamo Bay to ‘freshman dorms’
where one eats well and gains 20 pounds, not foregoing the
damning reports from the neutral Swiss-based Red Cross,
and as her hatred of Muslims spewed out, she exclaimed: “
“they are savage, and I want to kill them.” Continue

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QUOTE:

Cruising the Wall Street Journal’s Op-ed Page

By Mike Whitney

The Wall Street Journal’s editorial page is the ideological
headwaters for far-right fanaticism in the US. It is less
of a forum for open debate than it is a breeding ground
for noxious ideas that undermine democratic institutions.
Every weekday, there’s a whole new slate of extremist
opinion pieces defending one absurdity or another. Continue

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QUOTE:

Torture, Then And Now

By Rev. Fred Morris

In the fall of 1974, I was being tortured by members
of the Brazilian army in Recife, Brazil, led by officers
who bragged about having been trained at the School
of the Americas (then in Panama). Continue

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QUOTE:

King Abdullah Flies In To Lecture Us On Terrorism

By Robert Fisk

In what world do these people live? True, there'll be no
public executions outside Buckingham Palace when His
Royal Highness rides in stately formation down The Mall.
We gave up capital punishment about half a century ago.
There won't even be a backhander – or will there? – which
is the Saudi way of doing business. But for King Abdullah
to tell the world, as he did in a BBC interview yesterday,
that Britain is not doing enough to counter "terrorism",
and that most countries are not taking it as seriously as
his country is, is really pushing it. Weren't most of the
11 September 2001 hijackers from – er – Saudi Arabia?
Is this the land that is really going to teach us lessons?
Continue

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QUOTE:

Immoral Relativism

By Jon Ponder Mukasey


Won’t Say Waterboarding Is Torture But in 1947 the
U.S. Called It a War Crime, Sentenced Enemy Officer
to 15 Years Hard Labor By Jon Ponder. Continue

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QUOTE:

Paul Krugman: Fearing Fear Itself

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QUOTE:

Frank Rich: Rudy, the Values Slayer

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Sunday, October 21, 2007

ARE YOU STARTING TO FEEL HUNGER PANGS AS PAYDAY SEEMS FARTHER AND FARTHER AWAY? YOU'RE NOT THE "LONE RANGER" AFTER ALL: YOU'VE GOT LOTS OF COMPANY...!

QUOTE:

Living Paycheck to Paycheck Gets Harder:

The calculus of living paycheck to paycheck in America is getting
harder. What used to last four days might last half that long now.
Pay the gas bill, but skip breakfast. Eat less for lunch so the kids
can have a healthy dinner.

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QUOTE:

It’s the Oil

By Jim Holt

Iraq is ‘unwinnable’, a ‘quagmire’, a ‘fiasco’: so goes the received
opinion. But there is good reason to think that, from the Bush-Cheney
perspective, it is none of these things. Indeed, the US may be ‘stuck’
precisely where Bush et al want it to be, which is why there is
no ‘exit strategy’. Continue

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QUOTE:

Housing Flameout: California Falls Into The Sea

By Mike Whitney


Is it really fair to blame one man for destroying the US
economy? Continue

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QUOTE:

The reality of NSPD-51 is almost as bad as the paranoia.

By Ron Rosenbaum

Call for an emergency joint congressional hearing to end this
farce, give us some transparency about what our government
will do if we suffer another 9/11. Let all branches of government
participate in the attempt to reach some consensus on rational
and effective continuity planning. Something more specific
and sophisticated than the clumsy but dangerously Orwellian
"Continuity Coordination Committee." Continue

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QUOTE:

How the State Leads People to Their Own Destruction

By Robert Higgs

Democratic political forms and rituals, such as elections and
formal administrative proceedings, disguise this class
exploitation and trick the masses into the false belief that
the government's operation yields them net benefits. In
the most extreme form of misapprehension, the people at
large become convinced that, owing to democracy, they
themselves "are the government." Continue

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QUOTE:

Priests Protesting Torture Jailed

By Bill Quigley

Louis Vitale, 75, a Franciscan priest, and Steve Kelly, 58,
a Jesuit priest, were each sentenced to five months in
federal prison for attempting to deliver a letter opposing
the teaching of torture at Fort Huachuca in Arizona. Both
priests were taken directly into jail from the courtroom
after sentencing. Continue

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QUOTE:

Onward, Christian Panderers

By Ted Rall

Here's an offer that an erstwhile front-running shoe-in,
now low on cash, ought not to refuse. Senator McCain:
If you can show me where the Constitution makes us
a Christian nation, I'll donate $10,000 to your campaign.
If you can't, please explain why we should trust your
presidential oath to preserve, protect and defend a
document you haven't read. Continue

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QUOTE:

A Lesson in Humility for the Smug West

By William Dalrymple

The West has a strong militaristic tradition of attacking
and invading the countries of those we think of as savages,
and of wiping out the less-developed peoples of four continents
as part of our civilising mission. The list of western genocides
that preceded and set the scene for the Holocaust is a
terrible one. Continue

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QUOTE:

Why They're Afraid Of Michael Moore

By John Pilger

In Sicko, Michael Moore's new film, a young Ronald Reagan
is shown appealing to working-class Americans to reject
"socialised medicine" as commie subversion. In the 1940s
and 1950s, Reagan was employed by the American Medical
Association and big business as the amiable mouthpiece of
a neo-fascism bent on persuading ordinary Americans that
their true interests, such as universal health care, were
"anti-American". Continue

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QUOTE:

Human All Too Human - Jean Paul Sartre

VideoBBC documentary explores the life and work of the
philosophy and author Jean Paul Sartre. Continue

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QUOTE:

Nobel Hypocrisy

By Stephen Lendman

"Al Gore distills in his single person the disrepair of liberalism
in America today, and almost every unalluring feature of
the Democratic Party" that's mostly indistinguishable from
the other side of the aisle in a city where the criminal class
is bipartisan. Continue

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QUOTE:

The New York Times: With Democrats Like These ...

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Paulson’s $100 billion “Bankers Bankruptcy Fund” and the G-7 Fiasco

By Mike Whitney

Friday’s bloodbath on Wall Street proved that the troubles
in the credit markets have not been relieved by the Fed’s
rate cuts. The Dow Jones slipped 367 points on the 20th
anniversary of Black Monday, the stock market’s biggest
one-day loss in history. Since Friday, Asian markets have
plunged; stocks are down sharply in Japan, Australia, Hong
Kong, Indonesia, the Philippines, Taiwan and South Korea.
Continue

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QUOTE:

Uncommon Grace: Biology and Economic Theory

By Charles Sullivan

We need to develop a holistic world view in place of that
which was born of hubris and economic self interest. That
view will not be born of capitalism, or any repressive
religious theology. It can only come from healthful
interaction with the organic world, in the big outside.
Continue

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QUOTE:

On the Eve of Destruction

By Scott Ritter

God is not on our side, or the side of any single nation or
people. To believe such is the ultimate expression of national
hubris. To invoke such, if one is a true believer, is to
embrace sacrilege and heresy. Continue

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QUOTE:

Chalmers Johnson: Intellectual Fallacies of the War on Terror

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QUOTE:

Ecuador Wants Military Base in Miami

By Phil Stewart

Ecuador's leftist President Rafael Correa said Washington must
let him open a military base in Miami if the United States
wants to keep using an air base on Ecuador's Pacific coast.
Continue

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QUOTE:

Time To Choose

By Charley Reese

Most politicians, when they talk about reducing spending,
chatter on about cutting waste and fraud. That's OK, but
it's a mere nick on the federal budget. If you really want
to reduce spending, you must dismantle the overseas
empire. Continue

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QUOTE:

Self-righteous Warmongers Phony Patriots

By Greg James

You have to wonder if the whole conservative movement
in the U.S. is living in a weird alternate reality in which
the only thing that matters is what you say, and facts,
consistency and honor mean nothing. Continue

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QUOTE:

UAW Sellout at GM and Chrysler

By Stephen Lendman

The September and October United Auto Workers (UAW) GM
and Chrysler agreements are just the latest examples of
union leadership, surrender and betrayal. Continue

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Jim Hightower: The Presidency Is Taking Over the Courts and Congress

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Jed Rubenfeld: Lawbreaker in Chief

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON IS A PROUD INSTITUTION BASED ON HERITAGE & MORAL CHARACTER. A REAL INSTITUTION OF HIGHER LEARNING IF THERE EVER WAS ONE.

QUOTE:

U.S. Path Towards Fascism

Talk by Naomi Wolf author of "The End of America: Letter of
Warning To A Young Patriot" given October 11, 2007 at Kane Hall
on the University of Washington campus.

Americans expect to have freedom around us just as we expect
to have air to breathe, so we have only limited understanding of
the furnaces of repression that the Founders knew intimately.
Few of us spend much time thinking about how "the system"
they put in place protects our liberties. We spend even less time,
considering how dictators in the past have broken down democracies
or quelled pro-democracy uprisings. Continue

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QUOTE:

The “Fix”

By Cindy Sheehan

Barring an electoral revolution of American citizens wanting
to fix the “fix” by voting with our humanity, consciences and
integrity, instead of out of fear that the greater criminal will
win. We will be faced with two choices, depending on ones
perspective: Evil or Less Evil. I will break my voting hand
before I vote for Mr./Ms Lesser of Two Evils, ever again.
Continue

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QUOTE:

The Iran Hawks

By Juan Cole

Rudy Giuliani and Hillary Clinton think a tough
line on Tehran will sell politically. They could be right. Continue

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QUOTE:

Nancy Pelosi, Public Enemy Number One:

The Democratic Speaker of the House would like to arrest
activists for loitering. Her Quisling like behavior has led protesters
to her front door in San Francisco, but she has only herself
to blame for the inconveniences she and her rich neighbors
now suffer.

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QUOTE:

The Iraqi Genocide

By Paul Craig Roberts

Why has not the Turkish parliament given tit for tat and
passed a resolution condemning the Iraqi Genocide?
Continue

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The Most Dreaded Enemy of Liberty

By James Madison

Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most
to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ
of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these
proceed debts and taxes; and armies, and debts, and taxes
are the known instruments for bringing the many under
the domination of the few. Continue

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The 545 People Responsible For All Of U.S. Woes

BY Charley Reese

Politicians are the only people in the world who create
problems and then campaign against them. Continue

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It's Time For The Banks To Face The Hangman

By Mike Whitney

Officials in the Treasury Dept----working with their colleagues
at Citigroup, J.P. Morgan and Bank of America---have
concocted a scheme to rescue the banks from their massive
losses in mortgage-backed securities. The group is planning
to set up a $100 billion emergency fund which will purchase
non-performing assets for short term debt. In truth, the
fund is a bailout which provides the financial giants with an
excuse for not reporting their enormous losses from bad
bets. Continue

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Promised Social Change in Ecuador

By Stephen Lendman


Raphael Correa was elected Ecuador's president last
November and took office January 15 promising social
change. He's the country's eighth president in the
last decade including three previous ones driven
from office by mass street protest opposition against
their misrule and public neglect. Continue

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Chalmers Johnson : America on the brink of destruction
through imperial over-reach?:

Chalmers Johnson parallels the military over-reach of
the United States with the Roman Empire and warns
that financial bankruptcy could herald the breakdown
of constitutional government in America.

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Monday, October 15, 2007

A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS (PUN INTENDED): MR. AL GORE, AND HOPEFULLY, THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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John Nichols: Gore Wins the Norwegian Primary

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Frank Rich: The "Good Germans" Among Us

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The New York Times: Spies, Lies and FISA

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Paul Krugman: Sliming Graeme Frost

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Do You Know the Truth About Lockerbie?

By Robert Fisk

I believe there are many dark and sinister corners to
this atrocity. I'm not at all certain that the CIA did not
have a scam drugs heist on board and I am not at all
sure that the diminutive Libyan agent Megrahi – ultimately
convicted on the evidence of the memory of a Maltese
tailor – really arranged to plant the bomb on board Pan
Am Flight 103 in December 1988. Continue

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Guru of Greed: The Cult of Selfishness

By Leonard Doyle

Fifty years after it was first published, Ayn Rand's most
influential book offers a vital clueto why so many Americans
vote against their economic and social interests. Continue

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QUOTE

Reviewing James Petras'

"Rulers and Ruled in the US Empire"

By Stephen Lendman

"The growth of monstrous and rigid class inequalities reflects
the narrow social base of an economy dominated by finance
capital" with the US redistributing far less to its people than
other developed nations like those in Western Europe.
Democrats are as culpable as Republicans with both parties
tied to big monied interests through campaign funding and
the power of lobbies. It makes everyone in the political power
structure unwilling to change things so they don't. The result
is working Americans suffer hugely while those at the top
never had it so good." Continue

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Why Enemies of Liberty Love Lincoln

Lincoln Unmasked: What You’re Not Supposed To Know about
Dishonest Abe

By Thomas J. DiLorenzo

Thomas J. DiLorenzo gave the following Speech at the Future
of Freedom Foundation's conference Restoring the Republic:
Foreign Policy and Civil Liberties. The speech can viewed
below in six parts. Continue

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A Wife's Battle:

Michelle Turner's husband sits in the recliner with the
shades drawn. He washes down his Zoloft with Mountain
Dew. On the phone in the other room, Michelle is pleading
with the utility company to keep their power on.

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Matthew 7:3 (Look It Up)

By Cindy Sheehan

It is truly touching the way First Lady Laura Bush cares
about the people of Burma and is using her officiousness
(oops…I think that may be the wrong word…or is it?) to
bring attention to the admittedly horrible situation there.
There are very few people in the world that would not
sympathize with or become outraged when monks are
beaten and killed because they protested high gas prices.
Continue

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Dean Baker: Pete Peterson Doesn't NeedHis Social Security

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Robert Weiner and John Larmett: Orwell in 2007

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Paul Krugman: Gore Derangement Syndrome

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The boxer rebellion

USATODAY.com

Two years ago, entertainer and activist Bill Cosby created a
tir in the African-American community by saying blacks should
stop playing the victim — and start taking responsibility for
social problems ranging from high prison rates to poverty. He
depicted a typical, problem-plagued young man as having his
"hat on backwards, pants down around the crack."

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America: exceptional no more?

American exceptionalism – the view that America
is unique among nations – is a treasured creed. That's
why it is so troubling to observe radical changes in
American public life that threaten to make the United
States look like many other countries, including those
in the so-called third world.


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FRED SAWYER AND HUCKABEE FINN

Ann Coulter

Conservatives unhappy with our Republican presidential
candidates seem to be drifting aimlessly toward Fred
Thompson and Mike Huckabee in the misguided belief
that these candidates are more conservative than Rudy
Giuliani and Mitt Romney. This is like breaking up with
Bobby Brown so you can date Phil Spector.

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