Friday, April 18, 2008

USDA Accused Of Bullying Inspectors Who Reported Safety Violations
First the FAA makes their own inspectors cry in front of Congress and now the Associated Press says that the head of the federal inspectors' union is alleging that the USDA told him to "drop the matter" when he reported food safety violations at slaughterhouses. When he refused, he was placed on "disciplinary investigative status."

Man found in Lady Bird Lake was teacher, FBI target
Austin police said Thursday that they are leaning toward a ruling of suicide in the death of a middle school teacher and activist whose body was found Wednesday in Lady Bird Lake with his hands and legs bound and tape over his eyes.

Police identified Riad Hamad, 55, at a news conference Thursday and said the binding of his limbs and the placement of the tape was consistent with Hamad having done it himself.

Location of Mass Graves Revealed
At a public ceremony and press conference held today outside the colonial "Indian Affairs" building in downtown Vancouver, the Friends and Relatives of the Disappeared (FRD) released a list of twenty eight mass graves across Canada holding the remains of untold numbers of aboriginal children who died in Indian Residential Schools.

Carter: Gaza residents 'starving to death'
'For every Israeli killed,' says Carter, 'between 30 to 40 Palestinians are killed because of the extreme military capability of Israel'

GOP Rep.: Revoke Jimmy Carter's passport for Hamas visits
"He's just unilaterally going off on his own and undermining everything the international community and the United States is (sic) trying to do," protested Republican U.S. House Rep. Sue Myrick (NC-09) today in the call to revoke the passport of former president Jimmy Carter.

Carter: Gaza blockade is an atrocity
Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip is an "atrocity," former US president Jimmy Carter said after meeting with Hamas officials in Cairo. Carter also said he had asked Hamas officials to stop rocket attacks into Israel and defended his controversial meetings with the Palestinian terrorist group, saying it was necessary to talk to all parties to achieve peace.


CNN has had 46 stories on Tibet this week and 0 about Palestine.

Israel plans 100 new homes in W.Bank settlements
The Israeli government announced plans on Friday to build 100 new homes in two Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank, a move Palestinians condemned as another blow to U.S.-brokered peace talks.

12 Palestinians killed in latest airstrike in Gaza, including 6 children and a journalist
According to the Reuters news agency, a 24-year old cameraman working for the agency, Fadal Shanaa, was driving in a vehicle that was clearly marked on the top and sides as 'PRESS'. An Israeli missile, apparently targeting his vehicle, made a direct hit, killing Shanaa and 11 bystanders.

"It was even clearly marked on the roof, so it can't be mistaken on the ground or from the air," said a fellow journalist from Al-Jazeera news agency.

According to the Israeli army spokesman, "We hit our target".

DHS transition planning goes 'deeper than normal'
The Department of Homeland Security, which President Bush established after the terror attacks, is going through the same process that all of the federal government does every four or eight years, but observers say the prevalence of terror attacks on or around election times has DHS especially on edge.

v"In every transition, departments and agencies are decapitated. All the political appointees disappear," said Bill Galston, a senior fellow in governance studies at the Brookings Institution.

But the DHS planning effort "sounds more thorough and deeper than the norm," said Galston, who worked in the Clinton White House as a domestic policy adviser.

Documents Obtained By ACLU Describe Charges Of Murder And Torture Of Prisoners In U.S. Custody

VIDEO - Israeli Espionage - Part 1 of 4

Hillary Hammers China Trade, Bill Took $1.25 Mil From Chinese Businesses
There are political observers who see more grounds for concern, noting that Bill Clinton is the adviser closest to Hillary's ear.

VIDEO - Bill & Hillary Clinton: Their Secret Life - #06 of 12
This documentary, entitled Bill Clinton: His Life, came out in 2004, right about the same time as the autobiography, Bill Clinton: My Life. It takes a good, hard look at the dirty dealings of both Bill and Hillary Clinton but, for some reason never achieved the popularity of Michael Moore's fantasy film, Fahrenheit 911. This movie has been thoroughly suppressed by our left-wing media to the point that it's not listed on IMDb, nor can you find anything about it through a Google search. Hopefully that will change now that it's been made available on YouTube. Watch and learn how the Clintons turned the White House into a headquarters for organized crime, communist spying and murder, all while the Clinton-friendly media kept the public distracted by focusing on a few of Slick Willy's petty sexual encounters.

U.S.: Police Occupy Yankton Reservation
Sheriff Ray Westindorf, Sheriff of Charles Mix County in South Dakota and the SD Highway Patrol has initiated a police occupation of Indian Land on the Yankton Reservation. An out of state Hog Farm Corporation has set up shop on the Reservation against the wishes of the Yankton Sioux Tribe, local farmers and community members.

Coleman co-sponsors troubling, under-the-radar domestic terrorism bill
Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman is the Senate co-sponsor of a little-noticed domestic anti-terrorism bill that could carry us several steps closer to the good old days of the House Un-American Activities Committee and Joe McCarthy. The Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act (S.1959) is currently in committee after passing the House last year with no media scrutiny and no real debate by a 404-6 margin. The primary sponsor of the Senate bill is fellow Republican Susan Collins of Maine.

The purpose of the measure is to create a permanent federal commission to scrutinize radicals and would-be terrorists, and to fund a series of university-based centers devoted to ferreting out and tracking the dangerous subversives among us. The latter would operate under the auspices of the Department of Homeland Security. A handful of critics from the blogosphere and the legal world have called out the measure on grounds that it its vague mandate amounts to criminalizing dissent. But even in the civil liberties demi-monde, it seems to be making little impact.