Monthly Archives: September, 2008

Olmert: Israel must quit East Jerusalem and Golan


Outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said in remarks published Monday that Israel would have to withdraw from East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights if it was serious about making peace with the Palestinians and Syria.

In an interview with the Yedioth Aharonoth daily, Olmert said that as a hard-line politician for decades he had not been prepared to look at reality in all of its depth.

“Ariel Sharon spoke about painful costs and refused to elaborate,” Olmert told the daily. “I say, we have no choice but to elaborate. In the end of the day, we will have to withdraw from the most decisive areas of the territories. In exchange for the same territories left in our hands, we will have to give compensation in the form of territories within the State of Israel.”

“I think we are very close to an agreement,” Olmert added.

These comments were the clearest sign to date of Olmert’s willingness to meet key Palestinian demands in peace talks.


With All Eyes on the Bailout, House Passes Trillion-Dollar Defense War Bill

By Joshua Holland, AlterNet. Posted September 26, 2008.

It’s ‘empire spending,’ not ‘defense spending.’

On Wednesday, the House passed a mammoth defense bill by a 392-39 vote. It’s expected to clear the Senate with little difficulty next week.

It was part of a trillion-dollar stop-gap measure to keep programs running through next March, allowing lawmakers to skip town without passing a final budget. The Associated Press reports, “The legislation came together in a remarkably secret process that concentrated decision-making power in the hands of a few lawmakers.”

In keeping with the tradition of recent years, Bush held a gun to his own head and threatened to pull the trigger if his demands weren’t met. According to the AP, “To earn President Bush’s signature rather than a veto, House and Senate negotiators dropped several provisions he opposed. They include a ban on private interrogators in U.S. military detention facilities and what would have amounted to congressional veto power over a security pact with Iraq.”

In other words, Congress also maintained recent tradition, swearing not to give Bush a blank check and then whipping out their pens and signing a blank check.

The number that the House sent to the Senate for “defense” — $612 billion for the coming year — is eye-popping. Imagine a stack of 612,000 million-dollar bills. Quite a pile.

That number’s a sham, however. The budget calls for $68.6 billion for the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan in 2009. War costs this year totaled $182 billion, according to the Federation of American Scientists.

The House passed the Brobdingnagian spending measure 11 months after George W. Bush vetoed a bill — one passed with a lot of bipartisan support — that would have added $7 billion measly dollars per year to the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, covering 4 million more uninsured children. You’d be hard-pressed to find a clearer sign of national psychosis.

What’s that? You want health care, education, affordable housing, 21st-century infrastructure?

Sorry, we’ve got other priorities.

THE WARFARE STATE

Meanwhile,Ecuador has a new constitution:

Voters in Ecuador appear to have approved a new constitution yesterday, guaranteeing rights to clean water, universal healthcare, pensions, and free state-run education through the university level. It also may allow President Rafael Correa to remain in power until 2017. Particularly of note is a world first bill of rights for nature which grants inalienable rights to nature.

Meanwhile…

China Shenzhou 7 Space Walk Live!! Full Success!

Guess who paid for this?

Meanwhile…

How Israeli Backdoor Technology Penetrated the US Government’s Telecom System and Compromised National Security

A picture worth $700,000,000,000 words.

Smiles, smiles all around, back patting, ass kissing…

And they all lived happily ever after.

No, no, not you, you learned, What was it like during the Great Depression.
It was personally related to me by a historian, that America didn’t feel the full effects of the 1929 SMC until 32/33..

Martial Law?


“Mr. Speaker I understand we are under Martial Law as declared by the speaker last night.”

That is a quote from the Republican Representative from north Texas, Michael Burgess.

Is there something going on that “We the People” are unaware of? Alright, it would be naive to think otherwise, given the amount of tax payer money involved in socialising Wall Streets losses- but MARTIAL LAW?

Here we have Democratic Rep Marcy Kaptur:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAADyc6t4nY

The Acid Jazz Channel (newer vids)

The Acid Jazz Channel. Just the last 1000 or so vids. Someone will make a million dollars being a first mover using this tech. Why can’t it be me? Sigh.

Sarah Palin in a Swimsuit

You know, McCain could have chosen Christine Todd Whitman. She’s a fine looking woman who is qualified to be president and isn’t a fucking nutcase who speaks in tongues. Just sayin’….Go Obama! And what’s with that dreary inarticulate sax solo. That guy’s playing makes me feel like I’m in Hell…

Link: Sarah Palin in a Swimsuit

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