Archive for August 8th, 2008

not a campaign platform i would want

by betmo @ 8:02 PM EDT

h/t to mock, paper, scissors

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Announcing the Frequent Liar Rewards Program

by- JollyRoger @ 6:45 PM EDT

That’s right. If you want to lay your hands on some cool swag, then all you have to do is follow these instructions to qualify. The more you lie, the more you WIN!!!

Paul Farhi reports that the McCain campaign is offering incentives (points! prizes!) to people for spreading campaign rhetoric online (a.k.a., AstroTurfing, via comments sections on selected web sites).

“Reward points” or other incentives for political work aren’t a new concept. The Republican National Committee started a rewards program for volunteer fundraisers several years ago. More recently, Barack Obama’s campaign has given small donors and volunteers the chance to win a lunch or dinner with the candidate. (Obama’s campaign doesn’t have a comment program similar to McCain’s.)More chillingly, dissidents alleged earlier this year that the Chinese government has paid Chinese citizens token sums for each favorable comment about government policies they post in chat rooms and on blogs.

Now maybe Johnny is computer illiterate, but some of the people working for him are obviously catching on to the game.It isn’t a new concept to most of us, but the fact that Johnny’s adopted it means that somebody is trying to wipe his ass a little better now, at the very least.

Sadly, it looks like I’m not in any position to receive any of that great Johnny swag. A pity, that is. And since I’m the petty, spiteful, jealous type, I’m going to do what I can right now to make sure Suzie doesn’t get any of that cool Johnny swag either.

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anthony @ 23:20 BST

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GOP: Grampa’s Old Politicians?

By- Suzie-Q @ 12:05 PM MST

Does GOP Stand for Grampa’s Old Politicians?

By Andy Kroll, The Nation. Posted August 8, 2008

If the GOP fails to bring a new generation into their ranks, they may continue to lose the votes of that generation for decades to come.

John McCain is, by his own admission, computer illiterate. Those boxes of motherboards, microprocessors, sound cards, video cards, disc drives and hard drives baffle him. Email? Barely a clue. Facebook? Don’t even bother. Nevertheless, with just over two months until Election Day, McCain, technological deficiencies and all, is eyeing the votes of the estimated fifty million

Twittering, text messaging, iPod-toting young voters in this country. In doing so, McCain’s “straight talking” campaign faces a daunting challenge: selling the senior senator from Arizona, a man born before the advent of cable television, VCRs and cell phones, to a technologically dependent generation with whom he has practically nothing in common.

It’s an almost universally accepted fact that John McCain, who would be the oldest first-term president in US history, will not win a majority of the youth vote. Barack Obama has enjoyed impressive support from young people since entering the race, and the chances of those throngs of voters inexplicably switching their allegiance are about as good as McCain creating his own Second Life avatar. Numerous polls and surveys show Obama ahead by at least twenty percentage points or more among young voters, a lead the McCain campaign cannot expect to overcome by November.

On the other hand, they don’t have to. McCain simply needs to chip away enough at Obama’s lead among the young — or simply discourage young first-time voters from making a trip to the polls — to make a potentially close election more winnable. However, for Republicans another fear lurks beyond the loss of young Americans this November. As any advertiser knows, if you brand successfully among the young, you create potential customers for life. In politics, the same concept has historically proven to be true. If the GOP fails to bring a new generation into their ranks this election season, they may continue to lose the votes of that generation for years, even decades, to come, dooming the Republican Party to minority status well into the future.

Worse yet, for the McCain campaign and Republican Party veterans, the numbers do not look promising this year. Since forming his presidential exploratory committee in November 2006, the senator has consistently trailed his competitors — both Republican and Democratic — in youth support. Throughout the primaries, youth polls and surveys consistently showed McCain’s support lagging behind that of his competitors. Since clinching the nomination in early March, it’s only gotten worse. After all, he now faces a candidate who really excites young Americans, Barack Obama.


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Afternoon Jukebox… Fire

By- Suzie-Q @ 12:00 PM MST

Good afternoon Justice Bloggers:

A little music from ‘The Boss’ to take you into the weekend…

Have a good one! 🙂


Bruce Springsteen – Fire

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Discussions with Arthur Scheuerman (Continued)

by Geezer Power…11:39 am

Sounds like you are in the here and now Arthur, and from this viewpoint everything is history, but of course everything that we think is based on it. So now you say there is no official story, upon which I have to agree. But is there any need for a story at all when all that we are seeking is the truth. In spite of the cover-up there is a lot of evidence and undoubtedly more to be found.

The thing that really puzzles me is that a bunch of government shills are proudly proclaiming that they are expert debunkers, and vigilantly pursuing those efforts to disprove , what they call, conspiracies, while promoting a conspiracy themselves. A hypothethis that supports the original government story. Does not calling yourself a debunker disqualify you from being a reliable spokesman for a truthful investigation?

What is being overlooked here is that there is only one story about what happened on that day. If we could time travel, we could witness it, but I wonder if it would do any good, because the official government story has been fabricated and will be pursued until the cows come home. So no matter how the story is spun,there is only one sequence of events that happened on that day and the truth lies only in the evidence and from witnesses that speak and write the truth. Real objects are the best evidence and a diary written on the spot is the best literature. The best picture is on film, is the most detailed image, and is impossible to reproduce. Digital photos with a lot of pixels are good and can be proved by analysis, while the fuzzy videos are just that; a fuzzy video.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Arthur Scheuerman Discusses WTC7

There has been a concerted effort, on the innertubes,
to promote the governments official story about how
building 7 of the World Trade Center came down, so rather than a real investigation we are asked to read the 10,000 pages of the NIST report.

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Massive US Naval Armada Heads For Iran

anthony @ 18:40 BST

I have been in contact with Timothy Alexander, the author of this article, and he gives as his sources for the article the following: “an Israeli newspaper article, and research into US government public source sites, and my past research into Operation Brimstone”.

europebusines.blogspot.com | August 7, 2008

Operation Brimstone ended only one week ago. This was the joint US/UK/French naval war games in the Atlantic Ocean preparing for a naval blockade of Iran and the likely resulting war in the Persian Gulf area. The massive war games included a US Navy supercarrier battle group, an US Navy expeditionary carrier battle group, a Royal Navy carrier battle group, a French nuclear hunter-killer submarine plus a large number of US Navy cruisers, destroyers and frigates playing the “enemy force”.

The lead American ship in these war games, the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN71) and its Carrier Strike Group Two (CCSG-2) are now headed towards Iran along with the USS Ronald Reagon (CVN76) and its Carrier Strike Group Seven (CCSG-7) coming from Japan.

They are joining two existing USN battle groups in the Gulf area: the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN72) with its Carrier Strike Group Nine (CCSG-9); and the USS Peleliu (LHA-5) with its expeditionary strike group.

Likely also under way towards the Persian Gulf is the USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) and its expeditionary strike group, the UK Royal Navy HMS Ark Royal (R07) carrier battle group, assorted French naval assets including the nuclear hunter-killer submarine Amethyste and French Naval Rafale fighter jets on-board the USS Theodore Roosevelt. These ships took part in the just completed Operation Brimstone. (more…)

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Special Prosecutor For The U.S. Attorney Scandal?

By- Suzie-Q @ 8:15 AM MST

Is There A Special Prosecutor In Our Future?

Crooks and Liars- By: Nicole Belle on Friday, August 8th, 2008 at 6:45 AM – PDT

Oh please, oh please, oh please, oh please…

Our very own Murray Waas has been looking into the possibility:

I have two new stories on the Huffington Post- one this evening and one from yesterday– about the various investigations being conducted within the Department of Justice of the firings of nine U.S. attorneys and the politicization of the Department.

What is clear from both, as well as whatever scant other information we have been able to glean about what investigators are focusing on, is that they apparently are not shying away from examining the role and conduct of the White House- in either the initial White House role in firing the U.S. attorneys- or as my story tonight shows– also the role of White House officials in working with senior political Bush administration appointees to provide misleading information and testimony about the firings to Congress.

I have no inside information about whether a criminal investigation or a special prosecutor’s probe will derive out of the current probes by Justice’s Inspector General and its Office of Professional Responsibility. (I either don’t have sources that good, or that ones that might talk to me aren’t telling.)

But based on what investigators have been looking into, the possibility that a special prosecutor might be named to investigate the U.S. attorney mess might not be as remote as one might have thought.

It still appears much more unlikely than not that one would be named, but with the conduct of so many White House officials being scrutinized, the possibility for one being named for the first time appears to be a threat to the Bush administration. Read on…

Of course, it could just be another sternly worded letter too. However, it is becoming increasingly clear that those aspen roots are deeply, deeply tangled throughout the Bush administration and there is definitely a movement afoot to look at this much deeper than they have before.

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