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By Tommy News:

The Senate has acted against the will of the American people and caved to the Bush Administration yet again. US  Senators  donned their Harry Potter invisibility cloaks and under the cover of darkness late Saturday night, with the smoke and mirrors distraction of the Wall Street bailout, quietly voted on and passed a huge, outrageous spending bill that gives an additional $488 Billion dollars to the Bush Administration and The Pentagon for funding of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

There has been a near media blackout of this vote, and we need to get  the word out that this outrageous warfunding is quietly continuing  while the news media is being distracted by the gigantic and horrendous Wall Street bailout bill.

While we have all been preoccupied with the staggering $700 billion bail-out of wall street, boggled with the size of the dollar amount, having to raise the National debt limit and borrow money from foreign nations to fund it, late Saturday night the Senate passed a bill of a  comparably huge dollar amount which made little news, but gives $488 Billion to the Pentagon for the continued funding of the the war, There has been a near media blackout of this vote, and we need to   get  the word out that this outrageous warfunding is quietly continuing  while the news  media is being istracted by  the gigantic and horrendous Wall Street bailout bill.

The Pentagon is in line for a record budget. In addition to $70 billion approved this summer for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Defense  Department would receive $488 billion, a 6 percent increase. The spending bill was bundled in with a bill which also offers aid to victims of flooding in the Midwest and recent hurricanes across the Gulf Coast. The total cost of the spending legislation exceeds $630 billion.

Such a huge bill usually would dominate the end-of-session agenda on Capitol Hill. But it went   below the radar screen because attention focused on the congressional bailout of Wall Street.

The bill was quietly rushed to Bush’s desk to be signed into law, and John McCain rushed quietly back out of Washington and yet again avoided  having to vote on another controversial spending bill. When the roll call on final passage occurred, McCain was at his campaign headquarters in Crystal City, Va., only five miles from the Capitol. McCain has missed a staggeringly huge number of Senate votes.

With the election fast approaching,  I want to give you a breakdown of the 78-12 Senate vote as recorded in the Congressional Record.  I urge you to take this outrageous spending vote into strong consideration when you cast your votes on November 4th.

*From the Congressional Record:*

http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?
congress=110&session=2&vote=00208

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A crash course in our brainwashed culture, and its implications. The first film in history to ever discuss DARPA’s Strong A.I. (AGI) ambitions.

My first short film. I had never touch video editing software before, but had this done in about 10 days. For fun it was released on 6/6/06. Has some talking points I don’t really get into anymore. It’s out of date in some regards, but still front-and-center in many other ways. Could use an updated release…

The original TWYS Research Guide: LINK

For further reference, just about every talking point can be confirmed all throughout this site.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Conyers calls on McCain to Immediately Halt
Republican Vote Suppression Efforts

DOJ urged to Investigate as Committee Hearing Scheduled

House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) today called on Senator John McCain to direct his supporters to immediately halt voter suppression activities including efforts to prevent people from voting if their homes have been in foreclosure. At the same time, Conyers and all Democratic Members of the House Judiciary Committee called for an investigation by the Department of Justice and scheduled a hearing for next week on federal and state efforts to prepare for the November elections.

Recent media reports detailed the plans of the Macomb County (MI) Republican Party Chairman James Carabelli and others to use lists of residents of foreclosed homes to block their participation at the ballot box. This particular type of voter suppression tactic is called vote caging and the Republican Party has been under a federal consent decree since 1981 to refrain from this practice.

“The Republican Party has had a long record of blocking eligible voters from voting,” said Conyers. “In the past two Presidential elections, the country witnessed appalling efforts to limit voter participation in Ohio, Florida and throughout the country. It is beyond disgraceful that the Republican Party now seems to be targeting those who are suffering the most. It appears that individuals who can’t recall how many houses they own don’t understand how awful it is to lose your home to foreclosure, and don’t know that you don’t need to own property to vote in the United States of America. It should surprise no one that the people who gave us the worst economy since the Great Depression would now want to prevent those victimized by this economy from voting in the coming elections. Senator McCain needs to step forward now and halt the Republican Party’s efforts to profit politically from the economic misery of others.”

The letters to Senator McCain and Attorney General Mukasey are attached. The hearing on federal and state efforts to prepare for the November elections will be held on September 24, 2008 at 10 a.m. in Rayburn 2141 and convened by the House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties and by the House Administration Committee Subcommittee on Elections.

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Wikileaks:

Circa midnight Tuesday the 16th of September (EST) activists loosely affiliated with the group ‘anonymous’ gained access to U.S. Republican Party Vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s Yahoo email account gov.palin@yahoo.com and passed information to Wikileaks. Governor Palin has come under criticism for using private email accounts to conduct government business and in the process avoid transparency laws. The zip archive made available by Wikileaks contains screen shots of Palin’s inbox, two example emails, address book and a couple of family photos. The list of correspondence, together with the account name tends to re-enforce the criticism.

The list of emails include an exchange with Alaskan Lieutenant Governor Sean Parnell about his campaign for Congress.

Another screenshot shows Palin’s inbox and an e-mail from Amy McCorkell, whom Palin appointed to the Governor’s Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse in 2007.

The e-mail, a message of support to Palin, tells her not to let negative press get to her and asks Palin to pray for McCorkell, who writes that “I need strength to 1. keep employment, 2. not have to choose.”

According to Kim Zetter of Wired Magazine, McCorkell confirmed that she did send the e-mail to Palin.

Following the release of this story, both Sarah Palin’s better known account gov.sarah@yahoo.com and the gov.palin@yahoo.com account have been suspended or deleted as revealed by a test email sent to these addresses by Wikileaks. Although the reasons for the deletion of both accounts can not not yet be established, one interpretation is that Palin is trying to destroy her email records.

Wikileaks may release additional emails should they prove be of political substance.

UPDATE:

THE REPORTERS COMMITTEE FOR FREEDOM OF THE PRESS (rcfp.org)

The debate over access to Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s e-mails may not matter if hackers have their way.

A group of hackers on Wednesday claimed they broke into Palin’s personal Yahoo! e-mail account, gov.palin@yahoo.com, and posted some e-mails on Wikileaks.org.

The Secret Service, instead of simply retrieving the messages through Google, asked The Associated Press for copies of the hacked e-mails. The AP refused to hand them over.

That dispute unfolded against the backdrop of an ongoing battle over access to other official e-mail from the Palin administration.

Palin has refused to release 1,100 e-mails in response to a public records request by a local watchdog, Andree McLeod. McLeod’s attorney, Don Mitchell filed an administrative appeal last week that could be ruled on as soon as Wednesday.

Mitchell said, “The regulations state we’re entitled to a written decision on this appeal within 10 days of the closing of the administrative record. That means they’re going to have to come up in writing what this is all about.”

It’s unclear from the law what event will constitute the “closing of the administrative record,” but Mitchell said he’s hopeful it means the governor’s office will be forced to issue the decision by Sept. 24.

McLeod said she decided to file an administrative appeal rather than a lawsuit because, under Alaska law, she could be forced to bear the state’s cost of litigating the case if the court found against her.

The records request was initially made on June 17 — long before Palin became a vice-presidential candidate. McLeod is seeking “copies of all landline and cell phone, text message, email, and leave request records” created between Feb. 1 and April 15, 2008.

She said she was concerned, in part, that political party activities were being conducted on state time, which is prohibited by law.

The former Alaska legislature candidate received several thousand documents in response to her request and a log of information that had been withheld, including the more than 1,100 e-mails. Many of those e-mails were copied to Palin’s husband, which Mitchell argued destroys any executive privilege the Palin administration might have had.

In the documents McLeod did receive are indications other documents are being improperly withheld.

For example, McLeod said, e-mail addresses and state phone numbers are frequently redacted. McLeod said she’s also been able to get copies of some withheld e-mails from their senders and does not understand how they could be properly withheld.

McLeod said of the thousands of records she’s received, “There’s just one e-mail that I found in all the e-mails that the governor’s official state e-mail address is being used by Frank Bailey and Ivy Frye, is being written to, they’re always using her private e-mail account. So is the governor. Her Yahoo account.”

Frank Bailey and Ivy Frye are the state officials on whom McLeod’s records request focused.

First appeared at http://www.rcfp.org/newsitems/index.php?i=7012 .

Bloomberg (snippet):

Whichever man wins, he will inherit what Johns Hopkins University political scientist Francis Fukuyama calls a “post- American world,” replacing the U.S.-dominated “new world order” that President George H.W. Bush proclaimed after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

No longer the “hyperpower” of the 1990s, the U.S. is slipping toward a first-among-equals status, narrowing the foreign-policy options of whoever moves into the White House in January.

For 20 years, U.S. leaders “have assumed American dominance; they’ve assumed that they’re working in a unipolar world,” says Fukuyama, who gained fame in 1992 by declaring that the collapse of Soviet communism heralded the eventual triumph of liberal democracy in the “end of history.” Now, he says, “there’s been this big redistribution of power.”

The man throwing the NWO language around is Francis Fukuyama. It turns out that Frank was one of the prime advocates of Neoconservative thinking during its rise in the late 90’s. I’ve seen this guys name pop up over the past couple years, and have even read a writing or two of his. I was even aware that apparently he’s ‘switched sides’ to a certain degree, attempting to distance himself from the more infamous Neocon radicals (Rumsfeld, Cheney, etc).

But somehow I managed to never take note that he wrote an apparently anti-transhumanism book titled “Our Post-Human Future: Consequences of the Biotechnology Future”. From the back cover:

A decade after his now-famous pronouncement of “the end of history“, Francis Fukuyama argues that as a result of biomedical advances, we are facing the possibility of a future in which our humanity itself will be altered beyond recognition. Fukuyama sketches a brief history of man’s changing understanding of human nature: from Plato and Aristotle to modernity’s utopians and dictators who sought to remake mankind for ideological ends. Fukuyama argues that the ability to manipulate the DNA of all of one person’s descendants will have profound, and potentially terrible, consequences for our political order, even if undertaken with the best of intentions.

The timeline of his transformation is quite a fascinating case in the annals of Neoconservatism that warrants some attention.

“Now I know her detractors will say that Palin actually supported the bridge until it became a political albatross and ended up keeping a lot of the money for it anyway; That she claimed to have visited Iraq when she really didn’t; Or that she didn’t really sell that plane on eBay; Or that she left the town she was mayor of $20 million dollars in debt; And that she made sure that women who were raped were charged for their rape kits.”

“Yea. Yea, it’s f*cking true.”

“She doesn’t need to know the Bush Doctrine – she is the Bush Doctrine. Her foreign policy experience consists of being able to see Russia from an island in Alaska. And a refueling layover in Ireland.”

And I’ve been saying all year that McCain is literally insane… This woman is certifiable. Even Bush has admitted this untrue:

Washington Post:

FORT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska, Sept. 11 — Gov. Sarah Palin linked the war in Iraq with the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, telling an Iraq-bound brigade of soldiers that included her son that they would “defend the innocent from the enemies who planned and carried out and rejoiced in the death of thousands of Americans.” The idea that the Iraqi government under Saddam Hussein helped al-Qaeda plan the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, a view once promoted by Bush administration officials, has since been rejected even by the president himself. But it is widely agreed that militants allied with al-Qaeda have taken root in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion.

“America can never go back to that false sense of security that came before September 11, 2001,” she said at the deployment ceremony, which drew hundreds of military families who walked from their homes on the sprawling post to the airstrip where the service was held.

Palin’s return to Alaska coincided with her first extensive interview since she became the Republican vice presidential nominee. In the interview, with ABC News correspondent Charles Gibson, she was confronted with questions about the U.S. relationship with Russia and her fitness for office, and she appeared to struggle when asked to define the “Bush doctrine” on foreign policy. Palin drew repeated follow-up questions from Gibson about whether she believed in the right to “anticipatory self-defense” and crossing other nations’ borders to take action against threats.

“I believe that America has to exercise all options in order to stop the terrorists who are hellbent on destroying America and our allies,” she said after several questions on the topic. “We have got to have all options out there on the table.”

That response put her in line with a view expressed by Sen. Barack Obama, now the Democratic presidential nominee, in August 2007, when he stirred controversy by saying that if he were elected president, he would be willing to attack inside Pakistan with or without approval from the Pakistani government. “If we have actionable intelligence about high-value terrorist targets and President Musharraf won’t act, we will,” Obama said. At the time, McCain called Obama’s comments “naive.”

Palin continued to take a hard line on national security issues when asked whether war with Russia could be necessary if Georgia were to join NATO and Russia crossed its borders again. Palin replied, “Perhaps so.”

“I mean, that is the agreement when you are a NATO ally, is if another country is attacked, you’re going to be expected to be called upon and help,” she said.

In the interview, Palin said “I’m ready” when asked whether she had sufficient experience to serve as vice president. She added that she did not hesitate when McCain offered her the No. 2 spot on the ticket.

“I answered yes because I have the confidence in that readiness and knowing that you can’t blink, you have to be wired in a way of being so committed to the mission, the mission that we’re on, reform of this country and victory in the war, you can’t blink,” she told Gibson.

The event Thursday, held on a barren Army post on the seventh anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, provided a powerful visual backdrop for Palin’s first solo appearance after weeks of traveling alongside McCain and reading from a carefully prepared script.

McCain aides were adamant that the ceremony had not been coordinated with the campaign, and officers at the installation said the Alaska governor had agreed to attend months before she was chosen for the GOP ticket. Palin’s son Track, 19, will deploy to Iraq with his unit later this month. McCain’s son Jimmy is with his Marine Corps unit in Iraq, but the senator from Arizona has taken pains to keep him out of the campaign spotlight.

As she has been since McCain plucked her from relative obscurity two weeks ago, Palin continues to be surrounded by senior McCain advisers even here; the senator’s top strategist, Steve Schmidt, and several others accompanied her to Alaska. The group is guiding Palin through a crash course on policy issues and is revising the campaign’s original plan to send her on fundraising missions separately from McCain.

Instead, seeking to seize on the outpouring of enthusiasm for Palin, McCain advisers are “seriously considering” having McCain and Palin campaign together on the road. It would be an unusual arrangement — running mates traditionally split up to cover as much ground as possible — but aides believe it would help brand McCain and Palin as a single unit. It would also prevent Palin from having to contend with her own dedicated press contingent as she works to become more comfortable with an array of national and international issues. The campaign is also cognizant of the fact that McCain has consistently drawn bigger crowds since adding Palin to the ticket.

“It is under serious consideration that they will spend more time together than not, and more time together than is traditional,” said a senior McCain adviser, speaking on the condition of anonymity. “They are a great duo together, from the perspective of delivering a message.” The adviser added: “Sometimes these vice presidential selections, the pairings work in a magical way; they click.”

Other campaign formalities have also been taken care of in recent days. Aides confirmed that Palin and her husband, Todd, have been assigned Secret Service names: hers is Denali, after the Alaska national park and wildlife preserve that includes Mount McKinley; his is Driller, a nod to his work as an oilman on the state’s North Slope.

On the Army post outside Fairbanks early Thursday afternoon, thousands of soldiers stood in formation as a low sun beamed on the chilly tarmac. One officer who said he had come to know Track Palin said that the ceremony would have taken place in the same way had the governor not been tapped to run for higher office, and that her son was determined to remain as anonymous as possible.

Pvt. 1st Class Palin is being sent to Iraq with the Stryker Brigade Combat Team of the 25th Infantry Division. Palin, 19, will be deployed to northern Iraq and will be primarily tasked with protecting and helping transport the deputy commander of his unit, Lt. Col. Michael W. Smith. His position is one of dismounted infantryman.

“He wants to pave his own route in life. He wants to do his own thing,” Maj. Chris Hyde said. “He doesn’t want to just be known as Governor Palin’s son.”

Hyde said Col. Burt Thompson had arranged the deployment ceremony to coincide with the Sept. 11 anniversary as a symbol of the importance of the military. “That was intentional,” Hyde said, describing the effort as a “theatrical” one but adding quickly that it had nothing to do with the Palins. “I talked to Track Palin last week, and he’s still just an all-American kid,” Hyde said.

The governor did not address her son by name in her remarks but spoke broadly on behalf of the troops’ families. “Don’t mind us — your parents, your friends, your family — if we allow for a few tears or if we hold you just a little closer once more before you’re gone,” she said. “We’re going to miss you. We can’t help it, we’re going to miss you.”

She continued: “You may not need our protection anymore. In fact, you’re the ones who will now be protecting us, protecting America.”