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Monday, September 22, 2008

SATIRE, OR THE TRUTH...?! YOU BE THE JUDGE...

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A Note of Appreciation From the Rich

By Author Unknown

Society could be intelligently organized to meet the
real needs of the general population. You and others
like you could collectively fight to free yourselves
from our domination. But you don't know that. In fact,
you can't even imagine that another way of life is
possible. And that's probably the greatest, most
significant achievement of our system -- robbing
you of your imagination, your creativity, your ability
to think and act for yourself. Continue

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The Mugging of America

By Jim Quinnby Jim Quinn

The United States has taken actions that will change
our country forever. They have taken these actions
without citizens voting or Congress passing any laws
debated upon in public view. These actions have taken
place behind closed doors and in conjunction with the
bank CEOs who caused the problems. Continue

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McDeregulation

By Keith Olbermann - 6 Minute Video

There is a man running for president who actually
believes -- right now -- that deregulation has been
a great thing for the U-S economy... He has
surrounded himself with lobbyists who made millions
pushing for the regulatory changes that facilitated
the current crisis... And he thinks that deregulation
of the banking industry has been so great... we should
do the exact same thing with -- make that "to" --
health care. Continue

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Half a Trillion Bailout For The Creators of the Market Crisis

By Bob Chapman

The House Finance Committee, headed by Rep. Barney
Frank, and the Senate Finance Committee, headed by
Sen. Christopher Dodd, will give it their usual Boo-Boo,
response: "I don't know, Yogi," in order to give the
clueless sheople the appearance that they are going
to protect taxpayers from the slimy bankers, when
the reality is, it is already a done deal and has been
planned long in advance, probably for many months,
if not years, just like the Patriot Acts. Continue

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Goldman Sachs Socialism

By William Greider

Wall Street put a gun to the head of the politicians
and said, Give us the money--right now--or take
the blame for whatever follows. The audacity of
Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson's bailout proposal
is reflected in what it refuses to say: no explanations
of how the bailout will work, no demands on the
bankers in exchange for the public's money. The
Treasury's opaque, three-page summary of plan
includes this chilling statement: Continue

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Has Deregulation Sired Fascism?

By Paul Craig Roberts

The US cannot be a hegemonic power without
foreign financing. All indications are that the rest
of the world is tiring of US arrogance. Continue

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McCain and the POW Cover-up

The "war hero" candidate buried information about
POWs left behind in Vietnam

By Sydney H. Schanberg

Very few Americans are aware of the POW story
and of McCain's role in keeping it out of public
view and denying the existence of abandoned
POWs. That is because McCain has hardly been
alone in his campaign to hide the scandal.
Continue

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U.S. Orgy of Debt

By ERIC MARGOLIS

America has reveled for two decades in an orgy of
debt. The U.S. national debt is now twice its net
worth. From Wall Street's "masters of the universe"
financial powerhouses such as Goldman Sachs, Merrill
Lynch, Lehman, and Morgan Stanley, to the humblest
homeowners, America's national motto became
"borrow to the hilt and bet." Continue

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The Shock Doctrine

The Rise of Disaster Capitalism

By Stephen Lendman

Naomi Klein is the author of "The Shock Doctrine:
The Rise of Disaster Capitalism" that explodes the myth
of "free market" democracy. It shows how neoliberal
Washington Consensus fundamentalism dominates
the world with America its lead exponent exploiting
security threats, terror attacks, economic meltdowns,
competing ideologies, tectonic political or economic shifts,
and natural disasters to impose its will everywhere.
Continue

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Mushroom Cloud over Wall Street

"All Hail Caesar!" The days of the republic are over.

By Mike Whitney"

The bill gives Paulson the ability to nationalize unlimited
amount of private debt and force you and your
children to pay for it." Continue

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Whoa and Woe:

Living In Sarah Palin’s America

By David Michael Green

In January of 2003, John Le Carre wrote that,
“America has entered one of its periods of
historical madness, but this is the worst I can
remember: Worse than McCarthyism, worse
than the Bay of Pigs and in the long term potentially
more disastrous than the Vietnam War.” He was
surely right then. Except that what once looked
like a period now seems like an epoch. Continue

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The Politics of Tribulation

Sarah Palin and the Rapture

By RAYMOND J. LAWRENCE

Is this country ready for a president who is excited
about and eagerly looking forward to the Rapture?
Continue

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Paulson Bailout Plan a Historic Swindle

By William Greider

Financial-market wise guys, who had been seized
with fear, are suddenly drunk with hope. They are
rallying explosively because they think they have
successfully stampeded Washington into accepting
the Wall Street Journal solution to the crisis: dump
it all on the taxpayers. Continue

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Grasping at Straws

By Mike Whitney

If Paulson is not removed and his rescue plan scrapped
altogether; the dollar will lose its position as the
world's reserve currency and the US government
will face a historic funding crisis as foreign sources
of capital dry up. That will thrust the country into
a hyper-inflationary depression. Continue

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What's Really Bankrupt

The Wall Street Model: Unintelligent Design

By PAM MARTENS

There is no sincere plan by this administration to
help America or Americans. There is only a plan
to slow the financial collapse until after the
November elections by throwing a politically
palatable amount of money at it and a plan to
continue to blame it on a housing bust. Continue

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Financial Bailout: America's Own Kleptocracy

The largest transformation of America's Financial System
since the Great DepressionBy Michael HudsonNobody
expected industrial capitalism to end up like this.
Continue

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The Point of No Return

By Mike Whitney

Neither China nor the Saudi princes are buying any
more failing investment banks. They'll leave that
to the US taxpayer. Continue

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The Party's Over

By Patrick J. Buchanan

The Crash of 2008, which is now wiping out trillions
of dollars of our people's wealth, is, like the Crash of
1929, likely to mark the end of one era and the onset
of another. Continue

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Hey U.S., Welcome to the Third World!

By Rosa Brooks

It's been a quick slide from economic superpower to
economic basket case. Continue

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Paulson and Bernanke Stampede Washington -
Continue Raid On The Public Purse

Citing Grave Financial Threats, Officials Ready Massive Rescue

By Binyamin Appelbaum and Lori Montgomery

The Bush administration is urgently preparing a
massive intervention to" revive" the U.S. financial
system, including a plan to sweep away the unpaid
loans that are choking banks and blocking the flow
of money to borrowers. - Paulson and Bernanke
presented a "chilling" picture of the state of the
financial system, according to a participant in the
meeting who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Continue

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Obama, McCain and the Truth About Taxes

By Maya Schenwar

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Bob Woodward's Not-so-Secret Weapon

By Steve Weissman

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Loan Titans Paid McCain Adviser Nearly $2 Million


By David D. Kirkpatrick and Charles Duhigg

Senator John McCain's campaign manager was
paid more than $30,000 a month for five years
as president of an advocacy group set up by the
mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to
defend them against stricter regulations, current
and former officials say.

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Cash for Trash

By Paul Krugman

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Consumers Cut Health Spending as Economic Downturn Takes Toll

By Vanessa Fuhrmans

Mr. McCain, the Republican candidate for president,
has recently begun campaigning as a critic of the two
companies and the lobbying army that helped them
evade greater regulation as they began buying riskier
mortgages with implicit federal backing. »

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Palin: The Opposite of Progress

By Cynthia Boaz

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A TRIBUTE TO "GEORGE CARLIN" AN AMERICAN
ICON: A TRUE "IDOL" IF THE TRUTH BE KNOWN
FOR MILLIONS OF "CRITICAL THINKING" FUCKING
AMERICANS...!QUOTE:

George Carlin on "The American Dream" 4 Minute Video

Click to view (THERE'RE AROUND 15 RECORDED TAPES:
CLICK ON AN IMAGE TO PLAY EACH TAPE SEPARATELY)

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Late Night Political Jokes - Late Night Jokes Updated Daily

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY NOVELIST F. SCOTT SINCLAIR

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

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(FAIR AND BALANCED? YOU BE THE JUDGE...)

THE O'REILLY FACTOR

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MY HERO: ANDY ROONEY

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Thursday, September 11, 2008

FORECLOSURES...AND BIDEN'S CONNECTION TO THEM. A REAL EYE-OPENER...!

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Should Biden Share Blame for Foreclosure Crisis?

By JUSTIN ROOD

Experts say hundreds of thousands of Americans
may have lost their homes due to a bill championed
by Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., Barack Obama's
vice-presidential running mate. Continue

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Olbermann Slams Republicans For Exploiting 9/11

Video

On the eve of the seventh anniversary of 9/11,
Keith Olbermann delivered a special comment
slamming Republicans for their exploitation of 9/11
for political purposes. Continue

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Zero An Investigation Into 9/11

Video

ZERO: An Investigation into 9/11, has one central
thesis - that the official version of the events surrounding
the attacks on 9/11 can not be true. This brand new
feature documentary from Italian production company
Telemaco explores the latest scientific evidence and
reveals dramatic new witness testimony, which directly
conflicts with the US Government's account. Click to view

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Afghan Massacre - The Convoy of Death

50 min -Jamie Doran Produced and directed by Irish
filmmaker and former BBC producer Jamie Doran, the
film tells the story of thousands of prisoners who
surrendered to the US military's Afghan allies after
the siege of Kunduz. According to the film, some three
thousand of the prisoners were forced into sealed
containers and loaded onto trucks for transport to
Sheberghan prison. When the prisoners began
shouting for air, U.S.-allied Afghan soldiers fired
directly into the truck, killing many of them. Continue

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Temporary Respites from Permanent Decline

By Paul Craig Roberts

The US is dependent on foreigners to finance its
$600 billion annual government budget deficit and
its $800 billion annual trade deficit. The US government
relies on foreigners to recycle their $800 billion
trade surplus dollars to buy US Treasury bonds
and mortgage debt. Continue

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Reflections on 9-11

By Cindy Sheehan

Our famous "freedoms" that the terrorists "hated"
have been eroded due to the PATRIOT ACT, the
Military Commissions Act and the violent response
to protest from our robo-clad police state. Continue

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American Socialism

US Is "More Communist than China": Jim Rogers

"This is madness, this is insanity, they have more
than doubled the American national debt in one
weekend for a bunch of crooks and incompetents.
I'm not quite sure why I or anybody else should be
paying for this," Rogers told "Squawk Box Europe."
Continue

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Comrades Bush, Paulson and Bernanke Welcome You to the USSRA

(United Socialist State Republic of America)

By Nouriel Roubini

Socialism is indeed alive and well in America; but this is
socialism for the rich, the well connected and Wall Street.
A socialism where profits are privatized and losses are
socialized with the US tax-payer being charged the bill
of $300 billion. Continue

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Republicans Born Again

By Eric Margolis

Palin's emergence simply confirms the final dumbing
down and ruralization of the Republican Party, and
its metamorphosis into a right wing politico-religious
movement. Continue

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US 'In Need of Rebellion

'An Interview With Howard Zinn:

Al Jazeera speaks to Howard Zinn, the author,
American historian, social critic and activist, about
how the Iraq war damaged attitudes towards the
US and why the US "empire" is close to collapse.
Continue

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Storm Troopers at the RNC

By Ray McGovern

Ten days ago, as the nation focused attention on the
hurricane nearing the Mississippi delta, another storm
was brewing far upstream in St. Paul, Minnesota — a
storm far more dangerous, it turned out, but one by
and large overlooked by the Fawning Corporate Media
(FCM). Continue

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“Modern Debt Peonage”?

Economic Democracy Is Turning Into a Financial Oligarchy

Mike Whitney: An Interview With Michael Hudson

The best that this weekend’s bailout can do is to postpone
the losses on bad mortgage debts. But this is a far cry
from actually restoring the ability of debtors to pay.
Continue

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Why The Fannie-Freddie Bailout Will Fail

By Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D.

With yesterday's announcement of the most massive
federal bailout of all time, it's now official: Fannie Mae
and Freddie Mac, the two largest mortgage lenders
on Earth, are bankrupt. Continue

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Country Last

By David Michael Green

Hey, did you know that John McCain was a POW? Did you
also know that he was a POW, and that he was a POW?
Now that I've recapped seventy percent of the Republican
Convention last week, let me fill in the remaining 30
percent: hypocrisy, arrogance, lies and bullshit. Continue

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The Right Dictates MSNBC's Programming Decisions

By Glenn Greenwald

MSNBC's announcement that it is replacing Keith Olbermann
and Chris Matthews with David Gregory as anchors for its
main political events (the upcoming presidential debates
and election) vividly illustrates several long-obvious facts.
First, nothing changes the behavior of our media
corporations more easily than vocal demands and
complaints from the Right, which petrify media executives
and cause them to snap into line. Continue

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Don't Think of a Maverick!

by: George Lakoff

Could the Obama campaign be improved? Throughout
the nomination campaign, I was struck by how well the
Obama campaign was being run, especially how sophisticated
the framing was. I was heartened that my five books
on the subject might have had a real effect. But recently
I have begun to wonder. It looks like, in certain respects,
the Obama campaign is making some of the same mistakes
of the Hillary campaign and the Kerry and Gore campaigns.

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A Palin Theocracy

by Marjorie Cohn

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Sarah Palin: A Gidget for God's Truth

by Steve Weissman

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Palin and McCain's Shotgun Marriage

by Frank Rich

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McCain's Integrity

by Andrew Sullivan

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A TRIBUTE TO "GEORGE CARLIN" AN AMERICAN
ICON: A TRUE "IDOL" IF THE TRUTH BE KNOWN
FOR MILLIONS OF "CRITICAL THINKING" FUCKING
AMERICANS...!

QUOTE:

George Carlin on "The American Dream"

4 Minute Video

Click to view

(THERE'RE AROUND 15RECORDED TAPES: CLICK
ON AN IMAGE TO PLAYEACH TAPE SEPARATELY)

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Late Night Political Jokes - Late Night Jokes Updated Daily

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY NOVELIST F. SCOTT SINCLAIR

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QUOTE:

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

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(FAIR AND BALANCED? YOU BE THE JUDGE...)

THE O'REILLY FACTOR

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QUOTE:MY HERO:

ANDY ROONEY

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Wednesday, September 03, 2008

RIOTING ANARCHIST'S SHOULD BE DEALT WITH EFFECTIVELY, BUT PEACEFUL DISSENTERS? THAT'S THEIR RIGHT, ISN'T IT? YEAH, WELL, THINGS HAVE CHANGED A BIT...

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Looking at America's Police State

By Timothy V. Gatto

Our leaders have no conscience, and hatch their schemes
and plan for conquest, while millions of us wait for a
chance to change this nation’s direction. Sadly, for all
of us that are truly paying attention, we see that real
change is only a mirage. Continue

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Palin's Church May Have Shaped Controversial Worldview

By Nico Pitney and Sam Stein

Speaking before the Pentecostal church, Palin painted
the current war in Iraq as a messianic affair in which
the United States could act out the will of the Lord.
Continue

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Amy Goodman Arrested at Republican National Convention

Video

Democracy Now's Amy Goodman, Sharif Abdel Kouddous
and Nicole Salazar were arrested by the Minneapolis
Police Department. Charged with conspiracy to riot. Footage
from Rick Rowley and Brandon Jourdan. Continue

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Preemptive Strikes Against Protests at RNC:

In the months leading up to the Republican National
Convention, the FBI-led Minneapolis Joint Terrorist
Task Force actively recruited people to infiltrate vegan
groups and other leftist organizations and report back
about their activities. On May 21, the Minneapolis City
Pages ran a recruiting story called "Moles Wanted." Law
enforcement sought to preempt lawful protest against
the policies of the Bush administration during the
convention.

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Curb Your Enthusiasm for Obama

By Chris Hedges

The Democrats, who promise to end the war in Iraq, create
jobs and provide universal health care, ignore these promises
once election cycles are over. And we never make them
pay. They gave us NAFTA, the destruction of welfare and
increased military spending, and we gave them our vote.
This is the party that took back Congress in 2006 on an
anti-war platform and then increased troop levels and
funding for the Iraq war. Continue

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An Open Letter to God, From Michael Moore

By Michael Moore

The last thing John McCain and the Republicans needed
was to have a split-screen on TVs across America: one
side with Bush and McCain partying in St. Paul, and on
the other side of the screen, live footage of their
Republican administration screwing up once again
while New Orleans drowns. Continue

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Bush Quietly Seeks to Make War Powers Permanent

By declaring indefinite state of war

By John Byrne

As the nation focuses on Sen. John McCain's choice of running
mate, President Bush has quietly moved to expand the
reach of presidential power by ensuring that America
remains in a state of permanent war. Continue

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The CIA, Contras, Gangs, and Crack

History of CIA Involvement in Drug Trafficking

By William Blum,

"In my 30­year history in the Drug Enforcement
Administration and related agencies, the major targets
of my investigations almost invariably turned out
to be working for the CIA." -- Dennis Dayle, former
chief of an elite DEA enforcement unit. Continue

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Hypocrisy of this Magnitude has to be Respected.

By William Blum

Im sorry to say that I think that John McCain is going
to be the next president of the United States. After the
long night of Bush horror any Democrat should easily
win, but the Dems are screwing it up and McCain has
been running more-or-less even with Barack Obama
in the polls. Continue

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Randy Scheunemann: How Mccain Sees the World

McCain recognizes there are certain people in the world
whom you can't use any word other than evil to describe.

By Adam B. Kushner

KUSHNER: Does McCain divide the world into good and evil?

SCHEUNEMANN: He believes deeply that America is a
force for good, and he recognizes there are certain people
in the world who send children off to be suicide bombers
or repress their citizens viciously whom you can't use any
word other than evil to describe. On the larger question—does
he see the world in black and white, in dividing
lines?—absolutely not. Continue

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McCain and The Forrestal

By Robert Dreyfuss

Perhaps it is too much to expect McCain, born on a naval
air station in the Panama Canal Zone and programmed
virtually since birth for his part in the war, to have let his
conscience get the better of him. Continue

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Jon Stewart : On Sarah Palin Hypocrisy

Video On

"The Daily Show," Jon Stewart hit Karl Rove and
Bill O'Reilly with damning evidence of their hypocrisy
regarding Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin. Continue

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Government to Wipe Out Fannie/Freddie Shareholders by Sunday

By Peter Cohan

And now what could become history's biggest transfer
of tax dollars to bail out bad lending begins. Continue

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And Then We Will Die

By Angie Riedel

The US government now confronts every minor inconvenience
with brutality and force. With lies. With tricks. With deceit.
With unrivaled hypocrisy. It speaks a scripted and rehearsed
dialog of illogic and insults. It changes the meanings of words
and uses those words as weapons to crush, to silence and
oppress, to steal what it wants. Continiue

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U.S. Spied on Iraqi Leaders, Book Says

Woodward Also Reveals That Political Fears Kept War
Strategy Review 'Under the Radar'By Steve Luxenberg
During the interviews with Woodward, the president
spoke of the war as part of a recentering of American
power in the Middle East. "And it should be," Bush said.
"And the reason it should be: It is the place from which
a deadly attack emanated. And it is the place where
further deadly attacks could emanate." Continue

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10 Reasons Why We Need a New (Cold?) War

By Gary Corseri

Haven’t the Putin reforms gone far enough? Wouldn’t
we rather have a good-ole-boy vodka-boozer like Yeltsin
in place, selling off the state’s resources to well-placed
Russkie frat-boy-like oligarchs close to Western frat-
boy-like oligarchs? Continue

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Ichabod!

By Laurence M. Vance

It wouldn’t normally matter whom the Republican Party
nominated. Bigger government and less liberty have
always been the result. And if you think Reagan was
an exception then you are sadly mistaken. Continue

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Meet the Senator Most Likely to Start a Nuclear War

The Real McCain

By JEFFREY ST. CLAIR

McCain the Maverick is a merely a fine-honed act,
Continue

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Going on an Imperial Bender

How the U.S. Garrisons the Planet and Doesn't Even Notice

By Tom Engelhardt

At the height of the Roman Empire, the Romans had
an estimated 37 major military bases scattered around
their dominions. At the height of the British Empire,
the British had 36 of them planetwide. Depending on
just who you listen to and how you count, we have
hundreds of bases. According to Pentagon records,
in fact, there are 761 active military "sites" abroad.
Continue

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The Problem Is Empire

By Tom Hayden

We will have to go back to the lessons Roman and British
empires to learn the painful lessons of imperial overextension.
The lessons in blood bravely shed in lost or dubious causes.
The lesson of a weakened capacity to fund healthcare,
education, our children's futures. The lesson that democracy
is diminished as the secrecy of the warmaking state expands.
The lesson of being hated in a world where alliances are
a necessity, not a choice. Continue

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A TRIBUTE TO "GEORGE CARLIN" AN AMERICAN
ICON: A TRUE "IDOL" IF THE TRUTH BE KNOWN
FOR MILLIONS OF "CRITICAL THINKING" FUCKING
AMERICANS...!

QUOTE:

George Carlin on "The American Dream"

4 Minute Video

Click to view

(THERE'RE AROUND 15RECORDED TAPES: CLICK
ON AN IMAGE TO PLAYEACH TAPE SEPARATELY)

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QUOTE:

Late Night Political Jokes - Late Night Jokes Updated Daily

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QUOTE:

PHOTOGRAPHY BY NOVELIST F. SCOTT SINCLAIR

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QUOTE:

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

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QUOTE:

(FAIR AND BALANCED? YOU BE THE JUDGE...)

THE O'REILLY FACTOR

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QUOTE:MY HERO:

ANDY ROONEY

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