Archive for December 14th, 2008

This is Arthur Scheuerman with Pomaroo and Gravy,self proclaimed debunkers, from The James Randy Foundation “JREF”. Arthur now has a blog which he started in August 2008 called Why the 9/11 buildings collapsed.

This is the same Arthur Scheuerman that is going around to all the blogs to copy/paste his irrelevent tripe. He wrote a book, “Fire in the Skyscraper” which goes out of the way to promote the oficial government story. I met him on Suzie-Q’s blog where I am one of the posters, where he pasted some long winded comments on my article called Architects & Engineersfor 9/11 Truth! This was in Aug. 2007. On November 8, 2007 I posted “Who is Arthur Scheuerman“, with an ongoing commentary that Arthur commented on untill November 8, 2007.

Here are a few more articles on Suzie-Q’s that concern Arthur Scheuerman.

Here’s Mr. Scheuerman on my blog “geezerpower” called
Arthur Scheuerman Discusses WTC7

This is Arthur Dec. 12, 2008 on Home Nature Report…
NIST’s analysis of freefall speed vs David Chandler
WTC7: NIST Finally Admits Freefall

Here’s Arthur on “geezerpower” called
Arthur Scheuerman Discusses WTC7

And here is the latest comments on Home Nature Report…
NIST’s analysis of freefall speed vs David Chandler

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This 1960s file photo provided by the presidential campaign of Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., shows Obama with his mother Stanley Ann Dunham. The Kansas-born mother, the Kenyan-born father, Barack Obama Sr., met at the University of Hawaii. They marriage, and Barack, blessed in Arabic, was born on Aug. 4, 1961. (AP Photo/Obama Presidential Campaign, File)

This 1960's file photo provided by the presidential campaign of Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., shows Obama with his mother Stanley Ann Dunham. The Kansas-born mother, the Kenyan-born father, Barack Obama Sr., met at the University of Hawaii. They marriage, and Barack, "blessed" in Arabic, was born on Aug. 4, 1961. (AP Photo/Obama Presidential Campaign, File)

AP: Many Insisting That Obama Is Not Black

JESSE WASHINGTON | December 14, 2008 12:27 AM EST | AP

A perplexing new chapter is unfolding in Barack Obama’s racial saga: Many people insist that “the first black president” is actually not black.

Debate over whether to call this son of a white Kansan and a black Kenyan biracial, African-American, mixed-race, half-and-half, multiracial _ or, in Obama’s own words, a “mutt” _ has reached a crescendo since Obama’s election shattered assumptions about race.

Obama has said, “I identify as African-American _ that’s how I’m treated and that’s how I’m viewed. I’m proud of it.” In other words, the world gave Obama no choice but to be black, and he was happy to oblige.

But the world has changed since the young Obama found his place in it.

Intermarriage and the decline of racism are dissolving ancient definitions. The candidate Obama, in achieving what many thought impossible, was treated differently from previous black generations. And many white and mixed-race people now view President-elect Obama as something other than black.

So what now for racial categories born of a time when those from far-off lands were property rather than people, or enemy instead of family?

“They’re falling apart,” said Marty Favor, a Dartmouth professor of African and African-American studies and author of the book “Authentic Blackness.”

“In 1903, W.E.B. DuBois said the question of the 20th century is the question of the color line, which is a simplistic black-white thing,” said Favor, who is biracial. “This is the moment in the 21st century when we’re stepping across that.”


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SNL: David Patterson, Gov. Blagojevich, Wedding Toast & More (VIDEO)

Huffington Post |   December 14, 2008 08:26 AM

Saturday Night Live welcomed Hugh Laurie as host for the final show of 2008. The biggest news came during Weekend Update Amy Poehler said goodbye to her days as a castmember.
Two of the other highlights also came from Weekend Update. In what will be their final installment of “Really?!? with Seth and Amy,” the Update anchors address Illinois Governor Blagojevich’s refusal to resign his position. In addition to the stupidity of being caught on a wire, they addressed his hair.
“It’s beside the point, but… The hair. Really! It looks you’re wearing a toupee that’s also wearing a toupee. It’s a pro-ceeding hairline… The first time I saw you, I thought you were walking away.”


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Doris Day & Bing Crosby- Baby It’s Cold Outside

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Touting New Security Deal, Bush Makes Final Iraq Visit

BAGHDAD — President Bush flew to Iraq on Sunday, his fourth and final trip to highlight the recently completed security agreement between the United States and the country that has occupied the bulk of his presidency and will to a large extent define his legacy.

But his appearance at a news conference here was interrupted by an Iraqi journalist who shouted in Arabic — “This is a gift from the Iraqis; this is the farewell kiss, you dog” — and threw one of his shoes at the president, who ducked and narrowly avoided being struck.

As chaos ensued, he threw his other shoe, shouting, “This is from the widows, the orphans and those who were killed in Iraq.” The second shoe also narrowly missed Mr. Bush as Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki stuck out a hand in front of the president’s face to help shield him.

A scrum of security agents descended on the man, who was about 12 feet from the lectern, and wrestled him to the floor and then out of the ornate room where the news conference was taking place. The president was uninjured and brushed off the incident. “All I can report is it is a size 10,” he said jokingly before continuing his news conference and noting the apologies of Iraqi journalists in the front row.


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Martial Law Posse Comitatus Riots Terrorism Combat Brigades

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Conservative Pundit Attacks Patrick Fitzgerald

Think Progress- By Faiz Shakir on Dec 13th, 2008 at 1:27 pm

Former Bush Justice Department official Victoria Toensing rips U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald in a Wall Street Journal piece, writing that he should “keep his opinions to himself.” By characterizing Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s conduct as “appalling” and as a “political corruption crime spree,” Fitzgerald “violated the ethical requirement of the Justice Department guidelines,” Toensing argues.

But what really upsets her is that Fitzgerald has had a prior history of calling it like he sees it:

What’s more, Mr. Fitzgerald is a repeat offender. In his news conference in October 2005 announcing the indictment of Scooter Libby for obstruction of justice, he compared himself to an umpire who “gets sand thrown in his eyes.” The umpire is “trying to figure what happened and somebody blocked” his view. […]

In the Libby case, rather than suffer criticism, Mr. Fitzgerald became a media darling. And so in the Blagojevich case he returned to the microphone.

Toensing has had it out for Fitzgerald ever since he had the gall to prosecute Vice President Cheney’s former chief of staff. In Sept. 2006, she blasted Fitzgerald in the Wall Street Journal, saying he should “apologize” for prosecuting Libby. In Feb. 2007, writing in the Washington Post, Toensing attacked Fitzgerald again for pursuing a “trial in error.” Speaking with Wolf Blitzer on CNN in March 2007, Toensing said she “absolutely” questioned Fitzgerald’s integrity.

Toensing complained to Fox News recently that she believes Fitzgerald is “overzealous” because “he doesn’t know the color gray, he’s only black or white, and just about everyone but him does wrong.” Toensing would apparently prefer prosecutors who have more sympathy for crimes and illegal conduct.

Update- Watch Henry Waxman take down Toensing:

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Amy Poehler Tells SNL Goodbye (VIDEO)

Huffington Post |   December 14, 2008 09:55 AM

Amy Poehler really did say goodbye to “Saturday Night Live” on Saturday, less than two months after giving birth to son Archie and several more months after signing a deal for a new “Office”-spinoff on NBC.

She initially told interviewers while pregnant that she would not return at all following her maternity leave, but a week ago she returned to play Hillary Clinton and take her place at the Weekend Update desk.

This Saturday she took the chance to say she was leaving, at least as a cast member, “I just wanted to thank everybody, this is my last show. It has been an amazing experience to be here.” Being Poehler, the sadness was cut with a little humor, in the form of Fred Armisen’s David Patterson impression, who had just appeared in an earlier sketch.

Poehler’s last words from the Update chair were, “I love you, and I will miss all of you so much.”


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Sudhan @14:30 CET

Jason Leopold | Consortiumnews.com, December 12, 2008

A bipartisan congressional report traces the U.S. abuse of detainees at Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib to President George W. Bush’s Feb. 7, 2002, action memorandum that excluded “war on terror” suspects from Geneva Convention protections.

The Senate Armed Services Committee’s report said Bush’s memo opened the door to “considering aggressive techniques,” which were then developed with the complicity of then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Bush’s National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, and other senior officials.

Three months ago, Rice admitted that she led high-level discussions beginning in 2002 with other senior Bush administration officials about subjecting suspected al-Qaeda terrorists to the harsh interrogation technique known as waterboarding, according to documents released by Sen. Carl Levin, D-Michigan, committee chairman.

“The abuse of detainees in U.S. custody cannot simply be attributed to the actions of ‘a few bad apples’ acting on their own,” the committee report said. “The fact is that senior officials in the United States government solicited information on how to use aggressive techniques, redefined the law to create the appearance of their legality, and authorized their use against detainees.”

The Dec. 11 report also disputed the Bush administration’s rationale that the harsh interrogation methods were effective in extracting valuable intelligence and protecting the country from terrorist attacks.

Instead, the report said, “Those efforts damaged our ability to collect accurate intelligence that could save lives, strengthened the hand of our enemies, and compromised our moral authority.”

The findings, which were released by Sens. Levin and John McCain of Arizona, this year’s Republican presidential nominee, drew no dissent from the 12 Republicans on the 25-member committee.

The 19-page report is the final installment in the Armed Services Committee’s 18-month investigation, which generated 38,000 pages of documents and relied upon the testimony of 70 people.

The White House declined comment, but Keith Urbahn, an aide to Rumsfeld, told the Washington Post that the allegations were “unfounded” and called the committee report a “false narrative.”

The Narrative

The report’s narrative of the prisoner abuse begins in early 2002 when Rumsfeld’s Defense Department inquired about what limits should be placed on interrogations of terror suspects detained during the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan.

Those questions sparked an internal administration debate and led to Bush’s Feb. 7, 2002, memo stating that the Third Geneva Convention, which sets standards for treatment of prisoners from armed conflicts, “did not apply to the conflict with al-Qaeda and concluding that Taliban detainees were not entitled to prisoner of war status or the legal protections afforded by the Third Geneva Convention,” the report said.

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