By DAVID ESPO and CHARLES BABINGTON
March 12, 2008 - 2:09am
Barack Obama coasted to victory in Mississippi's Democratic primary Tuesday, latest in a string of racially polarized presidential contests across the Deep South and a final tune-up before next month's high-stakes race with Hillary Rodham Clinton in Pennsylvania.
Obama was winning roughly 90 percent of the black vote but only about one-quarter of the white vote, extending a pattern that carried him to victory in earlier primaries in South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia and Louisiana.
His triumph seemed unlikely to shorten a Democratic marathon expected to last at least six more weeks — and possibly far longer — while Republicans and their nominee-in-waiting, Sen. John McCain, turn their attention to the fall campaign.
"Now we look forward to campaigning in Pennsylvania and around the country," Maggie Williams, Clinton's campaign manager, said in a written statement that congratulated Obama on his victory.
"I'm confident that once we get a nominee, the party is going to be unified," Obama said as he collected his victory.
But in a race growing more contentious, he took a swipe at the way his rival's campaign has conducted itself.
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“Everybody in the World Except US Citizens Should Be Allowed to Vote and Elect the American Government”–Leading Intellectual Slavoj Žižek
Slavoj Žižek, the renowned philosopher, psychoanalyst and cultural theorist, joins us in our firehouse studio for a wide-ranging discussion. Žižek has been called “the Elvis of cultural theory” and is widely considered to be one of Europe’s leading intellectuals. He has written more than fifty books and speaks to sold-out audiences around the world.
I know I said yesterday I would not write about Governor Spitzer but this next article has nothing to do with his paying a prostitute for sex but why the FBI targeted yet another democratic governor.
Meet Elliot Spitzer the new Don Seigelman. Only Spitzer was attacked by the Bush administration because he was going to expose the real 9/11 conspirators.
I have always said Silverstein wanted those Trade Towers torn down and new buildings built and paid for by the insurance companies. Silverstein said the asbestos in the towers made the buildings bad enough to replace them but his plan failed when the insurance companies refused. Why Larry Silverstein can’t get it up http://www.lookingglassnews.org/viewstory.php?storyid=5481
Michael Wright is right about 9/11 being a sting operation but it was not bungled, Bush and his conspirators let it happen. Bush wanted a reason to go to war against Iraq and Silverstein wanted new buildings. Was Their Bungled Sting Operation a Factor in the 9/11 Attack? http://members.aol.com/mpwright9/sting.html
Mickey Hertzkowitz told us Bush wanted to be a war president and Iraq was the ticket to that endeavor. As early as 1999 Bush was making plans for the invasion or Iraq. Bush need something so horrific that people would be seething with revenge, so angry that they wouldn’t be able to see the forest for the trees. The trade towers was Bushs’ Reichstag http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reichstag_fire
Why do you people think Bush bought nearly 100,000 acres is Paraguay? The United States has no extradition treaty with Paraguay. We hate to bring up the Nazi’s but… http://wonkette.com/politics/george-w%27-bush/we-hate-to-bring-up-the-nazis-but-they-fled-to-south-america-too-208549.php
Yes 9/11 was a conspiracy and Spitzer was like a bloodhound dead on their heels. He had to be discredited and silenced.
I do not agree with Sam Seder that Spitzer should resign. If republicans like Senator Vitters and Craig can keep their jobs than so can Spitzer. Didn’t Vitters also pay for sex? So where is his indictment from the DOJ and the investigation from the FBI. IN LIGHT OF SPITZER SCANDAL, CREW ASKS WHY SEN. VITTER IS NOT BEING HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR HIS ACTIONS
Let the New York HYPOCRITE republicans go pound salt. http://www.michaelmoore.com/words/latestnews/index.php?id=11073
Governor Spitzer do not resign, you made a mistake, you paid for sex WHO CARES other than your wife and family it’s none of our business.
If Spitzer resigns we will never know the truth about 9/11.
New York Governor ‘Destroyed’ Over Threat To Probe 9/11 Attacks On US
By: Sorcha Faal, and as reported to her Western Subscribers (Traducción al Español abajo)
Reports consuming the US propaganda media organs and political elite today are centering upon the charges leveled against the Governor of New York, Eliot Spitzer[pictured top left], and who is said to have paid for the services of a high priced prostitute.
FSB reports circulating in the Kremlin today, however, point to a much more sinister effort behind the toppling of Governor Spitzer as he had just begun a new probe into Larry Silverstein, the owner of the World Trade Center brought down in the September 11, 2001 attacks upon the US, and the Bush Families Carlyle Group.
The focus of Governor Spitzer’s investigation, these reports state, revolve around the growing crisis embroiling the Carlyle Group as it nears total collapse and is facing insolvency due to Larry Silverstone’s withdrawal of over $14 billion from the embattled groups coffers, and which could see the loss to New York States already troubled massive pension fund of over $10 billion.
Governor Spitzer has long battled with the former comptroller for New York States Pension Fund, Alan G. Hevesi, who holds duel Israeli-American citizenship, and prompted a US Federal Probe that charged Comptroller Hevesi of using the over $100 billion of funds entrusted to him for the personal benefit of his friends and family, and to which Mr. Hevesi pled guilty for and paid a $5,000 fine.
Prior to his taking office as New York States Governor, these reports continue, Mr. Spitzer, as a prosecutor, had long targeted the United States Banking System for their vast theft of money from the American people, and had won billions in judgments against Bear Stearns, Credit Suisse First Boston, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan Chase, Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Salomon Smith Barney and UBS Warburg.
It is more than interesting to note, too, that these are the exact same International Banking Giants who are now reeling under the Global assault against them, with Bear Stearns becoming the latest victim, and as we can read as reported by Britain’s Independent News Service:
"Panic swept the credit markets on reports of an insolvency crunch at both the US investment bank Bear Stearns and the mortgage giant Fannie Mae, triggering a dramatic surge in default insurance and rumours of yet another emergency rate cut by the US Federal Reserve."
As Governor Spitzer becomes yet another victim to vast power of the West’s war, political and media elite assault against him, and by their introduction of sex charges against him, as they have done to so many of their adversaries in order to destroy their credibility, the truest warnings of these events to the American people will no doubt be lost, again.
And, with the most dangerous of these warnings coming from the World’s richest man, Warren Buffet, and as we can read as reported by the Market Watch News Service in their article titled "Buffett and Gross warn: $516 trillion bubble is a disaster waiting to happen", and which says:
"In short, despite Buffett's clear warnings, a massive new derivatives bubble is driving the domestic and global economies, a bubble that continues growing today parallel with the subprime-credit meltdown triggering a bear-recession.
Data on the five-fold growth of derivatives to $516 trillion in five years comes from the most recent survey by the Bank of International Settlements, the world's clearinghouse for central banks in Basel, Switzerland. The BIS is like the cashier's window at a racetrack or casino, where you'd place a bet or cash in chips, except on a massive scale: BIS is where the U.S. settles trade imbalances with Saudi Arabia for all that oil we guzzle and gives China IOUs for the tainted drugs and lead-based toys we buy."
There used to be a time when warnings were prudent to be given to the American people so that they could, in some small measure, protect themselves, but, and sadly, those times are now gone as these people have nearly completed their descent into the abyss of total slavery to their masters with virtually no knowledge of the horrific future that lies before them.
Translation to Spanish by: Sister Maru Barraza, Mazatlán, Mexico
I been saying we needed a New Deal for years. What has the last 28 years since Reagan was President sown? What will the children reap from the last 8 years of Bush and the republicans failed leadership? Nothing, not one decent thing, not one.
Why the Democrats allowed themselves to be talked into passing rebate checks was insane. People will take that money and pay bills, which is a good thing. But I keep thinking of the Chinese proverb Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. Bush and Congress gave us a fish, when that rebate money should have taught us to fish.
What a waste of money that could have put thousands to work, earning a weekly paycheck that would have stimulated the economy.
Well when you get that rebate check you have to repay next year out of any income tax refund at least spend it locally. And I do not mean Wal Mart. Spend it with the Mom and Pop stores in your neighborhood.
March 11, 2008 - 5:44am
By RUSSELL MINICK
In the dreadful days of the Depression, the administration of Franklin Roosevelt tried something new: a massive public-works program designed to put Americans back to work while building the infrastructure the nation desperately needed. The Works Progress Administration was the largest single element of the New Deal -- and it's an idea whose time has come again.
Today, we don't face the same conditions as the nation confronted in 1935, when the WPA began. Unemployment is not nearly so high, and it's a recession we're in -- or will soon be in -- not a Great Depression.
But we do face a tremendous need for new and better infrastructure of all sorts, and with the ongoing slump in housing, there are many thousands of skilled tradespeople who need work. We need a major new national effort, and right now.
The American Society of Civil Engineers has said we will have to spend as much as $1.6 trillion to restore or replace the nation's crumbling infrastructure.
By contrast, the WPA spent $11 billion over its eight-year lifespan. But what a return for that $11 billion. The WPA built more than 650,000 miles of highways, roads and streets. It built or repaired 124,000 bridges, 125,000 public buildings, more than 8,100 parks and nearly 900 airports of all sizes. By the time the program was folded, in the middle of World War II, more than 8 million Americans had drawn a WPA paycheck.
Something similar could be in our near future. Sens. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., and Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., have introduced the National Infrastructure Bank Act, which would create an independent national bank whose task would be to "identify, evaluate and help finance infrastructure projects of regional and national significance," according to Dodd.
George W. Bush has purged senior military and intelligence officials who were obstacles to a wider war in the Middle East, broadening his options for both escalating the conflict inside Iraq and expanding the fighting to Iran and Syria with Israel’s help.
That was the headline on January 8, 2007 at Consortium News. Bush's Rush to Armageddon http://www.consortiumnews.com/2007/010807.html .
Now Bush has fired the Commander of Centcom. When will the rest of the bozo’s at the DOD stand up and say we have a madman for Commander in Chief?
How many more good military men and women will Bush fire and retire till he finds a nut bag like himself who will pull the trigger on Iran for him?
While we read what people on the liberal/democratic blogs are saying I thought you should read what the wing nuts on the wrong side are posting.
Stop Hyperventilating: Fallon Fired but Iran War Not Back On
Tuesday, Mar 11 2008, 5:51PM
Admiral William "Fox" Fallon -- CentCom Commander -- has been fired for insubordination, for not stewarding his own views about war and peace privately and in a way that did not embarrass his commander in chief.
By numerous accounts, President Bush was absolutely enraged by an Esquire article -- since amended noting Fallon's demise -- that posited that Admiral Fallon was not on the same page as President Bush and that he was the single military man standing between war and peace.
Rumors are running rampant now in the aftermath of Fallon's resignation today that Bush called a war room gathering on Saturday this past weekend -- and launched plans to hatch a strike of some sort on Iran this spring. Internet bulletin boards, listserves, and chatter among many on the left and the right are hyperventilating (and some excited) about the prospects of a hot conflict with Iran.
My sources in the intelligence arena, in various command staff operations, near Defense Secretary Gates, and even in the White House tell me that nothing structural has changed in America's stance towards Iran. The US is still engaged in an effort to get Iran to the negotiating table if it stops its nuclear enrichment activities. It is continuing to apply UN sanctions pressure via unanimous consent of the UN Security Council to bring Iran into compliance with international obligations. And as Bush, Gates and others have said -- other options can be on the table.
But the diplomatic course is still dominant and preferred -- and there has been no decision to launch a war despite the opportunistic bravado that will no doubt soon be uttered by Vice President Cheney, John Bolton, Richard Perle and others who have long pined for a conflict with Iran's mullahs.
But the pieces are not there to support a full conflict with Iran, or even a near term military strike. That is not where Bush is headed -- but he felt he needed to remove someone who was undermining his authority and direction.
Continued, if you like to read fairy tales.
Now read the truth about Fallon Fallout
BLOGGED BY Jon Ponder ON 3/11/2008 2:58PM
CENTCOM Commander Who Questioned Bush's Iran War Plans Resigns Did He Jump Or Was He Pushed?
Guest blogged by Jon Ponder, Pensito Review.
One of Bush's top military leaders has resigned, purportedly because of a dispute over the administration's Iranian war policy:
Admiral William "Fox" Fallon, the U.S. Centcom commander who has spoken up several times at Congressional hearings and to the press the past year to suggest a military confrontation with Iran would be ill advised, has resigned, Defense Secretary Robert Gates has just announced.
Josh Marshall suggests Fallon was "too sane" for the Bush regime:
By all accounts, the points of contention between Fallon and Bush administration officials centered on three points: 1) his belief that the indefinite occupation of Iraq is a disaster for the US military, 2) that diplomacy has a central role in American foreign and national security policy, 3) that war is not a credible policy for the US to pursue in dealing with Iran. The last of these was believed to be the key issue.
Democrats believe Fallon --- whose conflicts with administration were covered in an Esquire article in this month's issue --- may have been pushed out in order to silence his criticism. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said, "I am concerned that the resignation of Admiral William J. Fallon, commander of all U.S. forces in the Middle East and a military leader with more than three decades of command experience, is yet another example that independence and the frank, open airing of experts’ views are not welcomed in this Administration."
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11 Mar 2008 // Washington, DC - In response to the ethics bill passed late tonight by the House of Representatives, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) executive director Melanie Sloan released the following statement:
"We are skeptical of the latest so-called ethics reform measure. Given the pathetic performance of the Ethics Committee over the past decade we have advocated for the creation of a new, independent ethics office.
New charge against Rep. Rick Renzi: He "defrauded" pro-life groups to pay for his first campaign for Congress
Submitted by crew on 11 March 2008 - 10:10am. Rick Renzi
CREW named Rep. Rick Renzi (R-AZ) one of the most corrupt members of Congress in our 2007 edition of Beyond DeLay. Renzi was indicted on February 22, 2008 on a variety of corruption-related counts. The primary focus has been on Renzi's suspect land deal. there's more:
China President Hu Calls for More Defense Buildup, Xinhua Says
By John Liu
March 11 (Bloomberg) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao called for a ``redoubled'' effort to build up the nation's military, the official Xinhua News Agency reported late yesterday.
The effort to boost China's military ``must intensify'' with economic, political and social development, Hu said at a People's Liberation Army meeting in Beijing yesterday, Xinhua reported. The army should aim to improve its ability to win ``high-tech regional wars,'' the news agency said.
China, with the world's largest regular army, will boost its defense budget by a record 19.4 percent this year to 417.8 billion yuan ($58.8 billion), Jiang Enzhu, a spokesman for China's legislature, said March 4.
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates on March 6 called on China to make its defense spending more transparent, saying the publicly disclosed budget is only a portion of Chinese military spending.
Japanese Stocks Rise for a Second Day on Fed Plan, GDP Growth
By Masaki Kondo and Patrick Rial
March 12 (Bloomberg) -- Japanese stocks rose the most in a week, led by brokerages, after the Federal Reserve said it will pour as much as $200 billion into the U.S. financial system to revive lending in Japan's biggest export market.
BOB FILNER JOINS PARADE TO PRIVATIZE VA HEALTHCARE --
House Vets' Chair echoes Steve Buyer and Larry Craig.
Calls for "VA card" that can be used at private providers.
Rep. Bob Filner (D-CA), Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, has joined a growing list of those pushing to privatize VA healthcare.
Filner has called for a "VA card" that can be used at private healthcare providers.
This concept has been pushed by Rep. Steve Buyer (R-IN), Ranking Member on the House Vets' Committee and Sen. Larry Craig (R-ID), Member of the Senate Vets' Committee.
Neither Buyer or Craig are known as friends of veterans. Has Filner joined that list?
What is Filner thinking? He isn't!
For every veteran that leaves to VA system, that system becomes smaller and weaker. When small enough, it will cease to exist.
03/11/08 AP: Turkey plans $12 billion infusion for Kurdish region Turkey's government is planning a broad series of investments worth as much as $12 billion in the country's largely Kurdish southeast to create jobs and draw young men away from militancy, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday.
03/11/08 dpa: Two children, two women killed in attack against Afghan insurgents
Two children and two women were accidently killed by coalition troops returning fire against insurgents in southern Afghanistan, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said Tuesday.
03/11/08 CBCNews: Canadian soldier found dead in Afghanistan
A 22-year-old Canadian soldier was found dead in Afghanistan on Tuesday, but a top military official said the death was not related to combat...Bombardier Jérémie Ouellet was found at 2:15 p.m. local time in a room at Kandahar Airfield...
Nadler Disses Voters on Impeachment
You would not know it for the news blackout, but New Yorkers of Congressman Jerrold Nadler’s district held a Town Hall/Impeachment Forum on Sunday to encourage Nadler, chair of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, to begin impeachment proceedings against Vice President Dick Cheney.
Out of the Archives.
Newspapers That Once Called Upon Clinton To Resign Are Silent On Bush
By MARC McDONALD
Has the President so failed in his duties to the nation that he should leave office? The answer to that question is yes, and the time for the President to leave is not after months of continued national embarrassment but now. Clinton should resign."
---USA Today editorial, Sept. 15, 1998
George W. Bush is a crook.
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