Archive for ‘December, 2009’

Federal War Spending Exceeds State Government Outlays

Federal War Spending Exceeds State Government Outlays

The U.S. spends more for war annually than all state governments combined spend for the health, education, welfare, and safety of 308 million Americans. Joseph Henchman, director of state projects for the Tax Foundation of Washington, D.C. says the states collected a total of $781 billion in taxes in 2008. For a rough comparison, according to Wikipedia data, the total budget for defense in fiscal year 2010 will be at least $880 billion and could possibly top $1 trillion. That’s more than all the state governments collect.

Israel Admitted to Illegally Taking Organs From Dead People, Including Palestinians

Israel Admitted to Illegally Taking Organs From Dead People, Including Palestinians

Israel has admitted to unlawfully taking organs from dead people, including Palestinians, in the 1990s without the prior permission of the families of the donors. Tweet

CIGNA Whistleblower Wendell Potter Discusses Senate Health Care Bill

CIGNA Whistleblower Wendell Potter Discusses Senate Health Care Bill

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Obama’s Plan To Move Guantanamo To Illinois Poses Serious Problems

Obama’s Plan To Move Guantanamo To Illinois Poses Serious Problems

Last Tuesday, in a letter to Illinois governor Pat Quinn, five senior Obama administration officials — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Attorney General Eric Holder, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair, and Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano — announced that “the President has directed, with our unanimous support, that the Federal Government proceed with the acquisition” of Thomson Correctional Center, a maximum-security prison about 150 miles north-west of Chicago, to house prisoners from Guantánamo.

A Longer, Deeper Recession May be Ahead, Financial Executives Warn

A Longer, Deeper Recession May be Ahead, Financial Executives Warn

If you google “recession easing,” you will find articles all the way back to April quoting Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke as saying that the recession is easing, and that the economy is “improving modestly.” Newspapers too, on their own, have written rosy-tinged stories about how things are bad but getting better.

Fair or Fail: Will Bernanke Keep on Driving Fed Express Train?

Fair or Fail: Will Bernanke Keep on Driving Fed Express Train?

Ben Bernanke has been nominated for a second term as chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, just days after he was named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year. But many say both are controversial decisions, as Bernanke should be held responsible for the current financial crisis. Tweet

The Stories Of The Two Somalis Freed From Guantanamo

The Stories Of The Two Somalis Freed From Guantanamo

Carol Rosenberg at the Miami Herald broke the news on Saturday that 12 prisoners have been released from Guantánamo. The news followed hints in the Washington Post on Friday that six Yemenis and four Afghans were set to leave, but Rosenberg — and the East African media — reported that the men had already been freed and that two Somalis were also released. I’ll be writing soon about the Afghans and the Yemenis, but for now I’d like to focus on the stories of the two Somalis: Mohammed Sulaymon Barre and Ismail Mahmoud Muhammad (identified as Ismael Arale).

Ripped from the Headlines: Greed, Corruption, and Hate Crimes in Northeastern Pennsylvania

Ripped from the Headlines: Greed, Corruption, and Hate Crimes in Northeastern Pennsylvania

Dick Wolf, who created “Law & Order” and its two successful spin-offs, “Law & Order: SVU” and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” should probably consider establishing a branch office in Pennsylvania. It seems that whenever any of the New York City cops take a road trip to find a fugitive or track down a witness, they go to Pennsylvania. Apparently, New Jersey is only a buffer zone.

Judge Orders Unwilling Yemeni Recruit Released From Guantanamo

Judge Orders Unwilling Yemeni Recruit Released From Guantanamo

On Monday, as I explained in a previous article, Judge Thomas Hogan refused the habeas corpus petition of Musa’ab al-Madhwani, a Yemeni who had been tortured in the CIA’s “Dark Prison” near Kabul, and who was described by the judge as a “model prisoner” who was not dangerous. Judge Hogan made his ruling partly on […]

The Democrats’ Health ‘Reform’ Bill: Kill It Before It Comes to Life!

The Democrats’ Health ‘Reform’ Bill: Kill It Before It Comes to Life!

Give credit to Howard Dean. This still practicing physician, former governor of Vermont, former chair of the Democratic Party and former Democratic presidential candidate has called for progressive members of Congress in both houses to join their Republican colleagues in killing what he rightly says has become “an insurance company’s dream.”

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