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Israeli air strikes on Gaza continue for second day, Hamas calls for ?third intifada.?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 29th, 2008 6:27 am by HL

Israeli air strikes on Gaza continue for second day, Hamas calls for ?third intifada.?
In response to increased rocket attacks from a number of Palestinian groups, Israel launched a second wave of air strikes late Saturday and early Sunday morning. The weekend’s estimated death toll increased to 280. Last week, Hamas declared an end to a rocky six-month-old ceasefire agreement. The IDF is reportedly “sending tanks and infantry […]

In response to increased rocket attacks from a number of Palestinian groups, Israel launched a second wave of air strikes late Saturday and early Sunday morning. The weekend’s estimated death toll increased to 280. Last week, Hamas declared an end to a rocky six-month-old ceasefire agreement. The IDF is reportedly “sending tanks and infantry reinforcements southward in preparation for possible ground incursion.” After the first wave of air strikes yesterday, Hamas launched a new series of rocket attacks, while Khaled Meshal, Hamas’s political leader, said during an interview, “This is the time for a third Intifada.” The White House called Hamas ‘thugs,’ saying, “Israel is going to defend its people against terrorists like Hamas that indiscriminately kill their own people.”


An Insanity Plea for Madoff?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 29th, 2008 5:39 am by HL

An Insanity Plea for Madoff?

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It might seem a stretch, but fallen financier Bernard Madoff’s legal team may be “exploring an insanity defense,” according to the New York Daily News.



“Rush & Molloy” in the New York Daily News:

“Bernie’s family and his attorneys may argue that, somewhere along the line, he had a mental break,” says a Madoff acquaintance. “They may even say he has a multiple personality disorder.”

Madoff’s grip on reality does show signs of slipping. The 70-year-old financier, now a prisoner of his East Side penthouse, wore a weird smile when he was photographed shortly after his Dec. 12 arrest. He’s also said to be taking a heavy dose of anti-anxiety medication.

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R. B. Stuart: “Sister Soldier: A Chronicle of Life After Iraq” – Part I

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 29th, 2008 5:38 am by HL

R. B. Stuart: “Sister Soldier: A Chronicle of Life After Iraq” – Part I
My sister Fran’s cancer appeared at the beginning of January. She felt tired, bloated, and had an unusual feeling of fullness, and immediately thought her term in Iraq was the culprit.

Paul Jenkins: The GOP’s White Supremacy
Like a restricted country club that would rather die than change, the Republican Party is marginalizing itself for the sake of the white men who run it.

Robert Kuttner: Deficit or Depression?
Now that we are collectively up a creek, what exactly should we do? First, the rest of us need to take back our democracy from the tiny elite we that got us into this predicament. The government needs to spend a lot of money, so that the collapsing private economy does not end up as Great Depression II. When recovery comes, we can get the budget closer to balance. But if we attempt fiscal austerity in a severe recession, depression is all but guaranteed.

Quinn: Blagojevich Will Be Impeached By Lincoln’s 200th Birthday
CHICAGO — The lieutenant governor of Illinois said Sunday he is certain scandal-plagued Gov. Rod Blagojevich will be out of office in less than two…

Franken, If Up In Votes, Should Be Seated Before Legal Battles End: Klobuchar
With concern rising in Minnesota that the state could be without a Senator for the crucial early months of the next Congress, Sen. Amy Klobuchar…


Laura Bush, Roundtable

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 29th, 2008 5:37 am by HL

Laura Bush, Roundtable
CHRIS WALLACE, HOST: I’m Chris Wallace. The latest on a second day of air strikes in the Middle East, plus a live interview with Israel’s foreign minister — all that and more on “Fox News Sunday.” First Lady Laura Bush reflects on her eight years at the White House in an exclusive interview. We’ll ask her about some of the causes she helped champion, the role she played in President Bush’s decision-making, and her advice for the Obama family — First Lady Laura Bush, only on “Fox News Sunday.” Plus, what does 2009 have in store for the worlds of politics, sports and entertainment? We’ll get some predictions from our Sunday group — Bill Sammon, Jill Zuckman, Fred Barnes and Ceci Connolly, all right now on “Fox News Sunday.”


Top OTS Official Removed in Wake of IndyMac Failure

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 29th, 2008 5:36 am by HL

Top OTS Official Removed in Wake of IndyMac Failure
The Office of Thrift Supervision has removed its west region director as a result of an inspector general’s investigation into the collapse of IndyMac earlier this year, according to correspondence made public today by Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA). Darrel Dochow…





Former White House Aide Pleads Guilty To Bilking Government-Funded Group
Felipe Sixto — the former aide to President Bush charged with stealing from a government-funded agency that works for democracy and human rights in Cuba — pleaded guilty today to theft from a federally aided program, reports the Associated Press…

Stevens Case ‘Whistle-Blower’ Revealed To Be FBI Agent
We now know that the federal employee alleging government misconduct in the Ted Stevens case is a special agent with the FBI, according to a heavily redacted version of the agent’s complaint released today. While working on Operation Polar Pen…


Was the ‘Credit Crunch’ a Myth Used to Sell a Trillion-Dollar Scam?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 29th, 2008 5:33 am by HL

Was the ‘Credit Crunch’ a Myth Used to Sell a Trillion-Dollar Scam?
Even as the media continue to repeat the claim that credit has frozen up, evidence has emerged suggesting the entire story is wrong.

AlterNet’s Top 10 Hottest Videos of 2008
Rove almost getting arrested, people giving Bush a piece of their mind, and police brutality in St. Paul are just a few that got people talking.

Madoff’s Shocking Scheme Is Just a Microcosm of a Much Bigger Disaster
All of Wall Street has been engaging in crimes and swindles like Madoff’s against the American people, and the rest of the world, for decades.


Gaza Horrors: The Victim Is Israel

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 29th, 2008 5:32 am by HL

Gaza Horrors: The Victim Is Israel
It’s time for Walt and Mearsheimer to add a new chapter to their book about the new media. Turns out it ain’t so new. It appears that the same constraint (fear) that keeps the msm in line keeps the web….restrained….

The Madoff Lesson As Applied to Jews and Arabs
The Bernie Madoff swindle teaches many lessons, most of which do not bear mentioning in this post which is devoted to United States dealings with the Middle East. But one lesson does apply. Viewing the world through an ethnic lens…





A Much More Pro-Labor Administration
In many ways, it is remarkable how much more pro-labor the Obama administration is compared to the Clinton administration, at least in its rhetoric. Obama himself has often talked about the importance of the right to organize for unions, something…






Webb Sets His Sights On Prison Reform

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 29th, 2008 5:31 am by HL

Webb Sets His Sights On Prison Reform
Somewhere along the meandering career path that led James Webb to the U.S. Senate, he found himself in the frigid interior of a Japanese prison.

Under Bush, OSHA Mired in Inaction
In early 2001, an epidemiologist at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration sought to publish a special bulletin warning dental technicians that they could be exposed to dangerous beryllium alloys while grinding fillings. Health studies showed that even a single day’s exposure at the…

Californians Shape Up as Force on Environmental Policy
California Democrats will assume pivotal roles in the new Congress and White House, giving the state an outsize influence over federal policy and increasing the likelihood that its culture of activist regulation will be imported to Washington.