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The Spin, I’m In! Time of my Life!

by GEF @ 6:38 PM MST

It’s been a fun week with Evildoers…I enjoyed it!
They give me such joy and pleasure when they get busted!!

Let’s see.. This week was: CitiGroup, WAMU, Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae and Bernard Kerik! 

Not a bad haul! ;)

I’ve had the time of my life – Dirty Dancing

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High Crimes and Misdemeanors Plague Rudy’s BFF Bernie!

by GEF @ 5:08 PM

Giuliani Commissioner Kerik Indicted for Conspiracy
By David Glovin and Patricia Hurtado

 

Nov. 9 (Bloomberg) — Bernard Kerik, the police commissioner under New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani who withdrew his nomination to head the Department of Homeland Security, was charged with fraud, tax evasion and lying to the White House.

Kerik, 52, received cash and gifts for lobbying regulators on behalf of a New Jersey construction and waste-management firm, according to a 16-count federal indictment unsealed today. He cheated on taxes, lied to investigators–including those vetting him for the cabinet-level post on behalf of U.S. President George W. Bush–and tried to conceal his crimes, prosecutors alleged.

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The Mukasey Debate

By- Suzie-Q @ 4:30 PM MST

If you can’t say it any better than Ted Kennedy, why try? We certainly won’t. Here, the former Truthdigger of the Week speaks for us all as he lays out the case against Mukasey:

More videos Here

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Evening Jukebox… Who Are You?

By- Suzie-Q @ 4:00 PM MST


The Who – Who Are You – Glastonbury 2007

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by Geezer Power …2:33 pm


Here’s an aerial photo before the evidence was carted off. WTC 7 is sitting in it’s own footprint on the North side of the street near the top of the photo. Note the metal pieces on the rooftops.

This is the same area zoomed in a little showing that large chunks of steel were thrown hundreds of feet from the Hmmm…Dare I call this an explosion…G:

Access Restrictions

The Closure of Ground Zero to Investigators

While the steel was being removed from the site of the three largest and most mysterious structural failures in history, even the team FEMA had assembled to investigate the failures — the Building Performance Assessment Team (BPAT) — was denied access to the evidence. The Science Committee of the House of Representatives later identified several aspects of the FEMA-controlled operation that prevented the conduct of an adquate investigation:

* The BPAT did not control the steel. “The lack of authority of investigators to impound pieces of steel for investigation before they were recycled led to the loss of important pieces of evidence.”
* FEMA required BPAT members to sign confidentiality agreements that “frustrated the efforts of independent researchers to understand the collapse.”
* The BPAT was not granted access to “pertinent building documents.”
* “The BPAT team does not plan, nor does it have sufficient funding, to fully analyze the structural data it collected to determine the reasons for the collapse of the WTC buildings.”

Gene Corley complained to the Committee that the Port Authority refused to give his investigators copies of the Towers’ blueprints until he signed a wavier that the plans would not be used in a lawsuit against the agency.

Rudolph Giuliani banned photographs of Ground Zero

No Photographs!

On September 26th, then-Mayor Rudolph Giuliani banned photographs of Ground Zero. 6 An account by an anonymous photographer (AP), who took the photographs at the end of the Ground Zero photographs page, describes the treatment of this citizen investigator.
At the end of this return walk a NYC police officer asked to be shown authorization for taking photographs. AP said there was none. The officer asked how access to the site was gained. AP said I just walked in. Other police officers were consulted, several said this is a crime scene, no photographs allowed.

A NYC police captain was consulted who directed that AP be escorted from the site but that the digital photos need not be confiscated. The captain advised AP to apply for an official permit to photograph the site.

A NYC police officer took AP to New York State police officers nearby who asked to examine the digital camera and view the photographs. Without telling AP, who was being questioned by a State police officer, the photographs were deleted from the camera’s compact flash memory chip by another State police officer.

AP was then escorted to the perimeter of the site by yet another NYC police officer who recorded AP’s name, and who issued a warning to stay away from the site or face arrest.

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Amerika, Amerika, Alles ist Vorbei!

anthony @ 20:20 GMT

“Deutschland, Deutschland, alles ist vorbei!” Germany, Germany, all is past (it’s all over)!

It was on 9th November, 1918, that, two days before the armistice ending hostilities in WW1, the German Kaiser abdicated; on 9th November, 1923 that Hitler’s Munich Beer Hall putsch was thwarted by the Bavarian State Government; on 9th November, 1938, that the Kristallknacht anti-Jewish progrom took place in Nazi Germany; and on 9th November, 1989, that the Berlin Wall came down.

The banknote worth 1 billion Reichsmarks issued during the hyperinflation of 1923-24 during the early years of the doomed Weimar Republic that followed the Kiaser’s abdication and preceded the Nazi takeover of power is in fact worth less than firewood and the lady in the picture is feeding her stove with banknotes.

Now the American dollar is going down the drain, taking the British and European economies with it.

A Market Without Parachutes

MIKE WHITNEY | Counterpunch | Friday November 9, 2007

America is finished, washed up, kaput. Foreign investors and central banks around the world have lost confidence in US markets and are headed for the exits. The dollar is sinking, the country is insolvent, and its leaders are barking mad. That’s bad for business. Investors are voting with their feet. They’ve had enough. Capital is flowing to China and the Far East in a torrent. It’s “sayonara” downtown Manhattan and”Hello” Tiananmen Square.

The dollar fell another 2 per cent last night, gold soared to $840 per ounce, oil topped $98 per barrel, General Motors reported a $39 billion loss after the market closed on Tuesday, the real estate market continued its downward slide, and the major investment banks are marching in lock-step towards bankruptcy.

The news is all bad. The nation’s economic foundation is in shambles. US credibility is shot. Bush and Greenspan have put us on the road to ruin. Now their work is done. We’re flat broke.

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Looks like we’re scr*wed as well!

Paul Joseph Watson | Prison Planet | Friday, November 9, 2007

Ex-Wall Street Journal Editor: Dollar Collapse Will Cripple European Economy
Former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury says world economy could return to barter system

The father of Reagonomics and former Wall Street Journal editor Paul Craig Roberts has warned that the collapsing dollar will eventually cripple the European economy and may even return the world economy to a barter system as financial chaos ensues.

The father of Reagonomics and former Wall Street Journal editor Paul Craig Roberts has warned that the collapsing dollar will eventually cripple the European economy and may even return the world economy to a barter system as financial chaos ensues.

Roberts served as an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan Administration and is a former editor and columnist for the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, and Scripps Howard News Service.

Speaking on the Alex Jones Show yesterday, Roberts cautioned that “The loss in value of the dollar is becoming so rapid it’s alarming….we’ve got unmanageable trade deficits, budget deficits, the economy is set for recession, the wars show no end.”

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Impeachment is on the table

anthony @ 19:45 GMT

KUCINICH: Takes House Floor, Moves for Cheney Impeachment

The US news is censoring it, but US Representative Dennis Kucinich has moved on the House floor to initiate impeachment proceedings against VicePresident Richard Cheney.

In my opinion NOTHING is more important for the future of the United States than the removal from office and criminal prosecution of Cheney and others in the Bush administration.

Please spread the word about this important and heavily censored story.

The gauntlet has been thrown down. Kucinich makes the case brilliantly. The process has begun… Now it’s up to us to make noise about this and force the media to pay attention and make sure the rest of the country knows.

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Robertson, Falwell, Giuliani Love Fest

by Geezer Power …10:04 am

Video compliments of billybobjoe

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How Cheney took control of Bush’s foreign policy

Sudhan@15:50 CET

 

The new veep installed crony Don Rumsfeld as secretary of defense, and would’ve won Paul Wolfowitz the top post at CIA — if not for Wolfowitz’s zipper problem.

Editor’s note: This is Part 3 of an excerpt from “The Fall of the House of Bush: The Untold Story of How a Band of True Believers Seized the Executive Branch, Started the Iraq War, and Still Imperils America’s Future.” Part 1 ran on Nov. 7; Part 2 ran on Nov. 8. For more information on the book, visit craigunger.com

By Craig Unger | Salon.com

Photos: AP/LM Otero

George W Bush, center, stands with Dick Cheney, right and Colin Powell after the Bush’s introduction of Powell as his secretary of state nominee in Crawford, Texas, Saturday, Dec 16, 2000.

Nov. 9, 2007 | Much as he loathed Colin Powell, Vice President-elect Dick Cheney realized that the immensely popular general — the most trusted man in America — was essential to the political perception of the incoming Bush administration’s foreign policy decisions. As former speaker of the house Newt Gingrich put it, “If you’re George Bush, and the biggest weakness you have is foreign policy, and you can have Cheney on one flank and Powell on the other, it virtually eliminated the competence issue.”

As a result, on December 16, 2000, three days after Al Gore conceded defeat, Colin Powell was flown to Bush’s ranch in Crawford, Texas, where the president-elect announced his first cabinet appointment: Colin Powell as secretary of state. “He is a tower of strength and common sense,” said Bush. “You find somebody like that, you have to hang on to them. I have found such a man.”

Tears filled Bush’s eyes. “I so admire Colin Powell,” he later explained. “I love his story.”

Unlike other designated cabinet appointees, Powell had not been vetted by Cheney or other campaign officials. Nor, according to “Soldier: The Life of Colin Powell,” Karen DeYoung’s comprehensive biography of him, was Powell even asked any serious foreign policy questions. Such discussions were not necessary. According to a former Pentagon official who had worked with Cheney during the first Gulf War, “Cheney’s distrust and dislike for Mr. Powell were unbounded.” In other words, Powell was only there for show. Cheney immediately took measures to undermine him. The chess game began.

Keep reading . . .

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Traitors?

Sudhan@11:40 CET

“America is a nation without a distinct criminal class; with the possible exception of Congress.”
Samuel “Mark Twain” Clemens

On November 6th, Dennis Kucinich exercised a Congressional privilege and introduced his bill, H Res 333 on the House floor to impeach Vice-Criminal Richard V. Cheney. Some people question the timing of introducing the resolution on that day. Was it just motivated by the proximity to the Iowa Caucuses? Is Dennis actually concerned with our Constitution and preventing a seeming impending attack on Iran? Either way, a resolution to impeach any, or all, of BushCo has been long overdue and was supported by many of the progressive base which is clamoring for peace and accountability.

Keep reading . . . 

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