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Cruise to Xenu~Adventures in Scientology

by Geezer Power …11:40 am Tom Cruise 1st to Get Ducati Superbike BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Tom Cruise is the first on the list to get Ducati’s newest motorcycle — a $72,500 superbike bristling with titanium, magnesium and carbon fiber technology that can scoot up to 200 mph. Cruise is scheduled to take delivery of the Desmosedici RR at Beverly Hills Ducati this week. Only 1,500 of the red-and-white Moto GP racing replica motorcycles will be made and Cruise gets the first.

World class Scientologist tells it like it is

Creating Realities?

Could you imagine Tommy parking his Ducati outside a biker bar and walking in through the saloon doors. I wonder how long it would take for his authority be questioned and what would happen to him and that crotch rocket? His first profound revelation would probably be that he shouldn’t be talking about creating realities when he should be dealing with realities in the real world…G:

The word Scientology literally means “the study of truth.” It comes from the Latin word “scio” meaning “knowing in the fullest sense of the word” and the Greek word “logos” meaning “study of.”

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Xenu: The Core Belief of Scientology?

After achieving the State of Clear, Scientologists proceed to the more advanced spiritual levels within Scientology, called the OT or Operating Thetan Levels. (Operating Thetan is a Scientology term for a spiritual being that can exist independently of the material universe – similar to the transcendental Bodhisattva in Mahayana Buddhism).

The upper spiritual levels in Scientology are confidential. It is believed that individuals who run the advanced technological processes prematurely (without being spiritually and ethically prepared) are at risk from mental and spiritual damage. Such is the reason the Church of Scientology goes to great efforts to maintain their confidentiality and is often involved in litigation with critics who publish them without permission.

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GEF @ 10:08 AM MST

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Ex-9/11 Panel Chief Denies Secret White House Ties

Book Charges Zelikow May Have Interfered With the 9/11 Commission’s Report

The former executive director of the 9/11 Commission denies explosive charges of undisclosed ties to the Bush White House or interference with the panel’s report.

The charges are said to be contained in New York Times reporter Philip Shenon’s unreleased book, “The Commission: The Uncensored History of the 9/11 Investigation,” according to Max Holland, an author and blogger, and generally confirmed by the book’s publisher. Although the book is not slated to hit stores until early next month, Holland says he bought a copy of the audio version at a bookstore. (Attempts to purchase the book, in any format, at the Barnes & Noble across the street from ABC News headquarters were unsuccessful.)

9/11 Commission co-chairs Tom Kean and Lee Hamilton hired former Condoleezza Rice aide Philip Zelikow to be executive director, Zelikow failed to tell them about his role helping Rice set up President George W. Bush’s National Security Council in early 2001 – and that he was “instrumental” in demoting Richard Clarke, the onetime White House counterterrorism czar who was fixated on the threat from Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda, according to Holland’s version of Shenon’s tome.

“[Zelikow] had laid the groundwork for much of what went wrong at the White House in the weeks and months before September 11. Would he want people to know that?” Shenon writes, according to Holland.

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Great Moments In Presidential Speeches Compilation

anthony @16:45 GMT

The man’s a comic genius!

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In Hungry Haiti, Dirt Is Food

By- Suzie-Q @ 9:00 AM MST

Rising Costs Force Haiti’s Poor to Resort to Eating Dirt

It was lunchtime in one of Haiti’s worst slums, and Charlene Dumas was eating mud.

With food prices rising, Haiti’s poorest can’t afford even a daily plate of rice, and some take desperate measures to fill their bellies.

Charlene, 16 with a 1-month-old son, has come to rely on a traditional Haitian remedy for hunger pangs: cookies made of dried yellow dirt from the country’s central plateau.

The mud has long been prized by pregnant women and children here as an antacid and source of calcium. But in places like Cite Soleil, the oceanside slum where Charlene shares a two-room house with her baby, five siblings and two unemployed parents, cookies made of dirt, salt and vegetable shortening have become a regular meal.

“When my mother does not cook anything, I have to eat them three times a day,” Charlene said. Her baby, named Woodson, lay still across her lap, looking even thinner than the slim 6 pounds 3 ounces he weighed at birth.

Though she likes their buttery, salty taste, Charlene said the cookies also give her stomach pains. “When I nurse, the baby sometimes seems colicky too,” she said.

Food prices around the world have spiked because of higher oil prices, needed for fertilizer, irrigation and transportation. Prices for basic ingredients such as corn and wheat are also up sharply, and the increasing global demand for biofuels is pressuring food markets as well.

The problem is particularly dire in the Caribbean, where island nations depend on imports and food prices are up 40 percent in places.

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BAM!! The E.U. Constitution Treaty Exposed!

GEF @ 6:08 AM MST

MEP Exposes the European Union Constitution Treaty Power Grab!

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It’s Time For Progressive Bloggers To Choose A Candidate

by Bob Cesca @ 9:38 PM EST

Last night’s non-victory victory rally in Florida underscored everything that’s awful and ridiculous about the Clinton-Clinton ’08 style. They pledged not to campaign in Florida, yet they campaigned there anyway. The primary was unofficial and no delegates were counted, yet they celebrated with a televised victory rally anyway — ostensibly to trick some casual viewers and supporters into thinking it was a meaningful win.

Imagine, if you will, the Patriots showing up at U of P Stadium tonight and declaring victory even though they’ve agreed — “pledged” if you will — to play against the Giants on Sunday. It’s an easy way to declare victory, albeit equally as cheap, dishonest and artificial.

And to observe Senator Clinton’s pledge to seat the Florida delegates while, at that very moment, violating a previous pledge, was to observe a Clintonian paradox in its pristine, natural habitat.

Until today, John Edwards absolutely succeeded in moving the debate a little closer to a progressive posture. And by dropping out, John Edwards has further succeeded in condensing and clarifying the dynamic of the race. Today, this primary campaign has been distilled down to what amounts to Joe Lieberman versus Ned Lamont.

It’s now about a competition between a new and inspirational paradigm — a watershed movement inside the Democratic Party, not to mention a total redrawing the electoral map and an advancing of Howard Dean’s 50-state strategy — versus the shifty, triangulating DLC crap-on-a-stick approach to politics that has, more often than not, made us embarrassed to be Democrats.

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By Paul Rieckhoff @ 5:10 PM EST

Last year, “Walter Reed” became a rallying cry for the veterans’ movement. This year, it may be “Marion, Illinois.”

In June 2007, a combat-disabled Vietnam veteran went to the VA hospital in Marion, IL, complaining of chest and abdominal pain. Tests quickly revealed he had suffered a ruptured spleen and needed urgent surgery. After the operation, his heart blood pressure fell dangerously. He desperately needed an immediate blood transfusion. Adequate blood was prepared for this patient, but because the transfusion was administered too late, the patient died.

According to a recent VA Inspector General’s report, this is just one of the 19 deaths in the last two years that were linked to substandard care at the Marion VA. Among the IG’s conclusions:

•The surgical specialty at the Marion VA was “in disarray.” There were serious problems with the quality of care before, during and after surgery.
•Oversight at the hospital was “fragmented and inconsistent.”
•There were serious “deficiencies in the credentialing of physicians.” In multiple instances, “physicians were privileged to perform procedures without any documentation of current competence to perform those procedures.”

The VA has taken steps to resolve the scandalous treatment of veterans at this hospital. VA leadership has apologized to the families of the victims, and is assuring the public that this was an isolated incident.

I’ve heard reassurances from Administration officials before: that the VA budget is adequate, that troops with PTSD are getting screened and treated, and that the scandal at Walter Reed would be resolved. The Marion VA may be a single bad apple in a good hospital system. In fact, veterans’ organizations agree that VA care is some of the best health care available in this country. But it could also be the canary in the coal mine. Our VA system is severely stretched and under-resourced. And I’m skeptical of any official telling me veterans are going to get what they need without a fight.

As we were with the Walter Reed fiasco, IAVA will be out in front, ensuring that this latest scandal is resolved. And our commitment doesn’t flag. Long after the story fades from the headlines, IAVA follows up, tracking the results and holding politicians’ feet to the fire if they leave the job unfinished.

We’ve just released a new series of in-depth reports covering the five most urgent issues facing America’s new generation of veterans and their families, including everything from equipment shortages to treatment for Traumatic Brain Injury. These groundbreaking reports provide all Americans with comprehensive and easy-to-read overviews of the five most critical issues facing veterans in 2008. Reporters, legislators and activists should print them out and tack them to the wall above their desks right now. We hope you’ll have a look, and encourage your representatives in Washington to do so as well.

Cross posted at Huffington Post

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