Archive for December 6th, 2006
Posted in H.L. News, Main Blog (All Posts), Videos on December 6th, 2006 12:09 pm by HL
“The act of writing up Articles of Impeachment is not difficult. You just write them on a piece of paper,”
-US Rep. McKinney (D-GA)
Remember what Bill Clinton was impeached for when reading the following ten reasons why George W Bush should be impeached:
The Downing Street Memo and other documents prove that Bush knew there were no WMD before the invasion of Iraq. Bush’s WMD statements, in chronological order, were:
“Right now, Iraq is expanding and improving facilities that were used for the production of biological weapons.”
– United Nations Address, September 12, 2002
“Iraq has stockpiled biological and chemical weapons, and is rebuilding the facilities used to make more of those weapons.”
“We have sources that tell us that Saddam Hussein recently authorized Iraqi field commanders to use chemical weapons — the very weapons the dictator tells us he does not have.”
– Radio Address, October 5, 2002
Posted in H.L. News, Main Blog (All Posts) on December 6th, 2006 12:01 pm by HL
News With Views
Wal-Mart’s ability to crunch numbers is a favorite of conspiracy theorists, and its data centers are the corporate counterpart to Area 51 at Groom Lake in the state of Nevada. According to one consumer activist, Katherine Albrecht, even the wildest conspiracy buff might be surprised at just how much Wal-Mart knows about its customers – and how much more it would like to know…..Albrecht, the consumer activist, said that when the contractor came to her with the story about Wal-Mart wanting to biometrically identify customers through video, one of the reasons given was to help law enforcement.
“You could search for all sales of a particular kind of rope and get a photo of who bought it,” she said. “On the other end, you could research all of the purchases of a particular individual, even if they paid in cash.”
Albrecht is the co-author of “Spychips,” about the use of RFID, or radio frequency identification devices, by the government and corporations to track individuals. She lives in Nashua, N.H., and is getting ready to receive a doctorate of education in consumer education.
Posted in H.L. News, Main Blog (All Posts) on December 6th, 2006 11:50 am by HL
News With Views
Families who live in desirable areas face massive increases in local taxes under a â€œBig Brotherâ€ scheme. Taxes will now be rated based on the following criteria (these are a few of the 287 factors to be considered);
- How many neighbors wear contact lenses
- How many vegetarians live nearby
- Which sports are watched
- Which charities they donate to
- The size of their phone bills
- The number of cars
- Whether they pay credit card balances in full
- Whether they invest in trust funds
- If they own garage door openers
- If they are considering switching gas or electric supplier
- If they are considering making a will
- If they suffer from back pain
Such a program could not be put into place if it werenâ€™t for the massive data banks being accumulated on our every actions, from shopping at the super market to those incredibly invasive census surveys.
Posted in H.L. News, Main Blog (All Posts) on December 6th, 2006 11:40 am by HL
Signed by President Bush on Oct. 17, the law (PL 109-364) has a provocative provision called â€œUse of the Armed Forces in Major Public Emergencies.â€
The thrust of it seems to be about giving the federal government a far stronger hand in coordinating responses to Katrina-like disasters.
But on closer inspection, its language also alters the two-centuries-old Insurrection Act, which Congress passed in 1807 to limit the presidentâ€™s power to deploy troops within the United States.
That law has long allowed the president to mobilize troops only â€œto suppress, in a State, any insurrection, domestic violence, unlawful combination, or conspiracy.â€
But the amended law takes the cuffs off.
Specifically, the new language adds â€œnatural disaster, epidemic, or other serious public health emergency, terrorist attack or incidentâ€ to the list of conditions permitting the President to take over local authority â€” particularly â€œif domestic violence has occurred to such an extent that the constituted authorities of the State or possession are incapable of maintaining public order.â€
Since the administration broadened what constitutes â€œconspiracyâ€ in its definition of enemy combatants â€” anyone who â€œhas purposely and materially supported hostilities against the United States,â€ in the language of the Military Commissions Act (PL 109-366) â€” critics say itâ€™s a formula for executive branch mischief.
Yet despite such a radical turn, the new law garnered little dissent, or even attention, on the Hill.