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Bi-Partisan House to Obama: Get Out of Iraq
Overwhelming, if largely symbolic vote in the U.S. House, directs the President to pull U.S. troops back out of Iraq. Directive seen as stinging rebuke to GOP war haws in Senate..
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Israeli Attack on UN Shelter Kills At Least 15 in Gaza
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Aborted Statewide 'Recount' Reveals It's a Great Time to Steal an Election in California
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'I Never Realized Voter ID Fraud Had Not Been Proven'
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John Oliver On America's Prison Problems...With Singing Muppets!
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No, JFK Didn't Steal 1960 From Nixon
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CA Ballot Prop to Overturn 'Citizens United'
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UK Deputy PM Condemns Israel's 'Deliberate Use of Disproportionate Response'
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Kochs Radical 'Libertarianism' Broke KA
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FEDERAL JUDGE FINDS CA DEATH PENALTY VIOLATES U.S. CONSTITUTION
George W. Bush appointee rules state system violates Constitution's ban of 'cruel and unusual punishments'...
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Criminal GOP Voter Registration Fraud Probe Expanding in VA
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DOJ PROBE SOUGHT AFTER VA ARREST
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Arrest in VA: GOP Voter Reg Scandal Widens
'RNC official' charged on 13 counts, for allegely trashing voter registration forms in a dumpster, worked for Romney consultant, 'fired' GOP operative Nathan Sproul...

ALL TOGETHER: ROVE, SPROUL, KOCHS, RNC
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LATimes: RNC's 'Fired' Sproul Working for Repubs in 'as Many as 30 States'
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'Fired' Sproul Group 'Cloned', Still Working for Republicans in At Least 10 States
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FINALLY: FOX ON GOP REG FRAUD SCANDAL
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RICK SCOTT GETS ROLLED IN GOP REGISTRATION FRAUD SCANDAL
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EXCLUSIVE: Intvw w/ FL Official Who First Discovered GOP Reg Fraud
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We talked about what Peter calls 'the liquid bombers', and al-Q'aeda, and had a great chat --- as the MP3 files will attest!
By Winter Patriot on 8/18/2006 3:28pm PT  

Guest bloged by Winter Patriot

If you've never heard a nearly frozen voice coming out of your radio --- or better yet, coming out of a series of tubes --- your chance is coming soon.

Your humble and very cold blogger will be speaking with Peter B. Collins this afternoon, beginning at 5pm Pacific time (that's 8 Eastern, 7 Central, 6 Mountain, and so on). I'll be filling in for Brad (who usually visits with Peter on Friday afternoons) and talking about "the thwarted alleged British-Pakistani simultaneous airline bombing plot".

I've written four articles for The BRAD BLOG about this alleged plot since last Thursday; here are the links in case you missed them the first time:

  • Thursday, August 10:
    An Avalanche Of Bullshit: Republican Attack Dogs Hit Democrats Nationwide Over Lieberman's Loss In CT Primary
  • Tuesday, August 15:
    Spin? CounterSpin! The Alleged British Airplane Bombing Plot, Counterclockwise
  • Wednesday, August 16:
    NYT Beats The Terror Drums Again, But Exposes A Vital Fact!
  • Friday, August 18:
    British News Full Of Terror Revelations; World Opinion Appears Skeptical
  • If you're in (or near) Monterey, Sacramento, Eureka or Phoenix, you can listen via broadcast radio. Otherwise you'll have to tune in to a streaming "tube-cast". Either way, click here for more details.

    Peter's shows are archived, so if you can't catch us live you will be able to do so later. I'll keep you posted on that. But if you can join us live, we'd love to hear from you. Give us a call at 888-5PeterB ... that's 888-573-8372. And have a good question ready! ;-)

    UPDATE: An audio record of my talk with Peter is now available online. In consideration of those readers with slow connections, I've broken the segment up into three files. Each is about 6 megabytes and plays for about 6 minutes. I hope you'll be able to download them without difficulty; I'll check the comments thread in case anyone has trouble.

    Here you go:

  • WP and Peter B. Collins, Part One
  • WP and Peter B. Collins, Part Two
  • WP and Peter B. Collins, Part Three
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    An overview of the most recent fallout from the thwarted alleged British-Pakistani simultaneous airplane bombing plot
    ALSO: Have our British friends gone Mad?
    By Winter Patriot on 8/18/2006 4:46am PT  

    Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

    I did quite a bit of reading yesterday (British time) and I want to share some of the highlights (and lowlights) with you.

    On the British news scene, everyone seemed to have new and different revelations, all from unnamed sources, and all presented in a manner which (if you'll pardon my French) exuded an aroma reminiscent of a seafood market.

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    Administration Gets Stay Of Execution, Pending Appeal; Meanwhile They're Trying To Pass A New Law To Make It Legal
    But The Tricky Little Question Never Mentioned In Today's News Has Not Escaped This Nearly Frozen Blogger
    By Winter Patriot on 8/17/2006 10:55pm PT  

    Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

    Today (Thursday), in Detroit, a federal judge ruled that the illegal covert spying program put in place by the Bush administration is unconstitutional and ordered the administration to stop it immediately. But the administration has given every possible indication of its unwillingness to comply.

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    None of the alleged terrorists arrested in Britain last week have even been charged!
    They didn't have tickets, they didn't have bombs, and some didn't even have passports --- but the threat was imminent. Yeah, sure.
    By Winter Patriot on 8/16/2006 10:24am PT  

    Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

    I wasn't surprised to see the New York Times banging the terror drums again today. It seems to have become a specialty of the house. My attention was particularly drawn to piece in today's NYT by Eric Pfanner of the Iternational Herald Tribune, which bears this headline: Europe Seeks to Unify Airport Security Rules.

    I noticed that headline immediately, because I have good reason to believe it may be misleading...

    Nowhere in the article --- or anywhere else that I know of --- is there any indication that "Europe" "seeks" to unify airport security rules. Instead, the article describes what regular readers of The BRAD BLOG --- or of my own nearly frozen blog --- have come to expect: that Britain, represented here by Home Secretary John Reid, is trying to force the rest of Europe to follow it down the garden path that starts with phony terror and leads to totalitarianism.

    Based on what we've seen so far, we have no reason to believe John Reid and every reason to be suspicious.

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    A Case Study in the Bush/Rove/Cheney Administration's Agenda, Priorities and Spin Tactics
    What A Tangled Web They Weave --- But Not Quite Tangled Enough To Deceive!
    By Winter Patriot on 8/15/2006 7:04am PT  

    Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

    Unless you've been under a rock for most of the past week, you already know that people have been arrested in Britain and Pakistan recently, in connection with an alleged plot to bomb flights from Britain to the USA. According to reports of the arrests, the alleged terrorists were allegedly planning to take down 10 or 12 airplanes at the same time, and this grand-scale planning allegedly points to al-Qaeda. You may know quite a bit more than this, of course. Or at least you may think you do. But in point of fact, most of us probably know quite a bit less.

    This post attempts to dig beneath the surface, to look at various (mainstream and other) accounts of the events and to try to determine the nature, the scope and the scale of the manipulation that has been going on. It may not point us in the direction of greater truth, but perhaps it can help us to find a direction of fewer lies.

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    CNN, Westminster John Knox Press, Air America help move the story along
    Is The Official Story Falling Apart? Or Are We Seeing An Un-Controlled Demolition?
    By Winter Patriot on 8/13/2006 8:22pm PT  

    Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

    In the past few weeks the 9/11 Truth Movement has continued to move forward, propelled by a gentle nudge from a mainstream news source, a solid bump from the publishing arm of a major American church, and a full-fledged jolt from Air America.

    The Nudge: CNN's Lou Dobbs Wakes Up To 9/11 Lies

    In this short clip, Lou discusses the new book Without Precedent: The Inside Story of the 9/11 Commission, written by 9/11 Commission co-chairmen Thomas H. Kean and Lee H. Hamilton, who claim that the commission was lied to, not once but consistently, by the FAA and NORAD.

    Please watch this video. Among other comments, you will hear the following from Lou Dobbs:

    Well, this government doesn't deserve much credibility, does it? In point of fact, if all of the after-action reports are untrue, for whatever reason, that's a lie, because they were asserted as true by people who knew better, or should have.
    ...
    Incompetence and ineptitude on the part of this government, on September 11th and in the weeks and months leading up to it, are established. The fact that the government would permit deception after deception, whether honestly, if you can call it that, honestly intended or not. But the fact that they would continue and perpetuate the lie, suggests that we need a full investigation of what is going on and what is demonstrably an incompetent and at worst deceitful federal government.

    The Bump: Official Presbyterian Publisher Issues 9/11 Conspiracy Book

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    Republicans suggest Democrats are soft on terror, weak on national security, friends of Al-Q'aeda, undermining the president, yada, yada
    Got that? OK! Now: what --- if anything --- does this have to do with the 'Terrorists' arrested in England?
    By Winter Patriot on 8/10/2006 1:42pm PT  

    Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

    The Republican Spin-And-Noise Machine has shifted into high gear since Tuesday's Democratic Senatorial Primary in Connecticut, where the moderately anti-war Ned Lamont defeated the rabidly pro-war and pro-Bush "Democrat", Joe Lieberman, in a very close race.

    What does this mean? Has the Democratic party eaten itself? Or has it been torn in half? Is this a victory for the liberal bloggers? Or a defeat for the pro-Israeli lobby? Is it a repudiation of everything the Bush administration has ever done or said? Or maybe ... just maybe ... did the Democrats of Connecticut look at the two candidates and decide they liked one just a bit more than the other?

    If you listened to the words coming out of Republican mouths lately, you'd never even imagine that the result of the primary could possibly have been a reflection of the wishes of the voters:

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    Our 'Top Diplomat' Uses A Faulty Analogy To Make A Faulty Case
    So what else is new?
    By Winter Patriot on 8/9/2006 4:57pm PT  

    Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

    As reported here last Friday, General John Abizaid, the top U.S. military commander in the Middle East, sent shock-waves through the administration and the press when he admitted to Congress on Thursday that "Iraq could move toward civil war".

    This nearly frozen blogger filled in a few of the missing details, explaining that there is already a civil war in Iraq, and that it is happening largely because the Pentagon has been so busy setting up death squads there. The Iraqi death squads are modeled after the death squads set up in El Salvador in the early 1980s, in what has been described --- I am not kidding --- as our "democratization" of that unfortunate Central American country. And now Iraq is unfortunate enough to be the newest victim of our so-called "democratization".

    The administration is not about to admit that creating a Civil War in Iraq was part of the plan, nor will it admit that it never had any intention of winning a war in Iraq. But actions speak louder than words, and now it has become abundantly clear that their goal all along was to become embroiled in a long and difficult war there. In case you hadn't noticed, this is exactly what has happened.

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    The new camp sits on land Sheehan now owns, so the legal difficulties she had last year are 'history'
    Lone Star Iconoclast again provides coverage
    By Winter Patriot on 8/8/2006 7:27pm PT  

    Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

    Cindy Sheehan has once again established herself as an anti-war presence in Crawford, Texas. She has a new campsite near the palatial estate that "president" Bush calls his "ranch", and she is inviting people to join her.

    Our friend Leon Smith of the The Lone Star Iconoclast has more. Here's a sample:

    Camp Casey III: It’s All About Peace

    Sheehan explained Sunday that during their rallies last Easter, "We had about 300 people and it (Camp Casey II) wasn’t big enough and since they (the McLennan County Commissioners’ Court) passed the ordinances that we can’t camp at Camp Casey I, we needed to either rent abigger property or buy something. We were having trouble finding something for rent so I decided to buy something. When we don’t need Camp Casey III (located on the outskirts of Crawford) anymore and when the troops are home and after we use it as a peace camp I’m going to donate the property to the town of Crawford to use as a park. We’re going to build a playground and put in some picnic benches and we’re going to name it the Specialist Casey Sheehan Memorial Peace Park."

    When asked whether local residents were resentful about the way the property was purchased, through a third party, Sheehan said, "A lot of people have a third party buy land for them. I could have hired a lawyer, but it would have cost me more. I think they should be more resentful to a president that lied to the American public and lied to the world.

    "I think Camp Casey III will be safer than where we were before, and we won’t be in the way as much as we were before. We are good neighbors. We were good neighbors out there. If they can’t put up with our presence for a few weeks, when our soldiers and the people of Iraq are suffering constantly because of what our other neighbor George Bush did, then I think they need to learn to relax a little bit and learn to live with us because, I promise you, I love Crawford and we will be good neighbors."

    Leon is promising more coverage and we will try to keep you posted.

    All the plans have been changing so fast! This recently-published interview is already way out of date, but still worth a read:

    Return to Camp Casey: An Interview with Cindy Sheehan

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    Had Vowed To Fight On, Even If Indicted; Now Says He's Quitting For The Good Of His Family
    Flip-Flopper?? ... In the meantime, with DeLay and Ney gone, Tom Feeney is the only remaining congressman to have accompanied Jack Abramoff to Scotland!
    By Winter Patriot on 8/7/2006 9:57am PT  



    Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

    According to ABC News and AP: Bob Ney Won't Seek Re-Election

    COLUMBUS, Ohio Aug 7, 2006 (AP)— U.S. Rep. Bob Ney, dogged by an influence peddling probe in Washington, will not seek re-election, state Sen. Joy Padgett said early Monday.

    AP writer Joe Danborn has some other details, including:

    The six-term congressman from Heath in central Ohio had insisted he would not resign even if indicted over his dealings with now-convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff. In his first primary test in a decade, Ney won 68 percent of the vote May 2 against a little-known opponent.

    However, he faced a tough challenge in November from Democrat Zack Space, who had made the Justice Department's investigation into Ney a focus of his campaign.

    The Pittsburgh Tribune Review has more, including some quotes from an exclusive interview with Ney: Ney drops out of fall race

    Ney has not been charged with a crime, and he insists he did nothing wrong. But his former chief of staff, Neil Volz, who left to join Abramoff's team, pleaded guilty in May to conspiring to use gifts and trips to influence Ney's official activities. Volz said he and other Abramoff associates provided Ney and members of his staff with free or reduced-price trips to England, Scotland and the Fiesta Bowl in Tempe, Ariz.

    Who went on that trip to Scotland? Let's see ...

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    It's Nothing Less Than Treason If It's True...
    ... and by all accounts it appears to be true!
    By Winter Patriot on 8/4/2006 2:00pm PT  

    Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

    USA Today has the "latest":
    U.S. commander expresses fear about possible civil war in Iraq

    The top U.S. military commander in the Middle East told Congress on Thursday that "Iraq could move toward civil war" if the raging sectarian violence in Baghdad is not stopped.

    Much as I hate to disagree with the top U.S. military commander in the Middle East, I have to question this assertion. Waddaya mean: "move toward civil war"? How many civilians have to get blown to bloody smithereens every day to qualify this mess as a civil war? How many death squads have to roam the country simultaneously before we can all just can the sleazy rhetoric and admit that the Iraqi Civil War is here now?

    And as the Washington Post reported recently, some of our guys are starting to get the impression that they are simply 'Waiting to Get Blown Up'.

    The commanders in Baghdad and the Pentagon are "looking at the big picture all the time, but for us, we don't see no big picture, it's just always another bomb out here," said Spec. Joshua Steffey, 24, of Asheville, N.C. The company's commanding officer, Capt. Douglas A. DiCenzo of Plymouth, N.H., and his gunner, Spec. Robert E. Blair of Ocala, Fla., were killed by a roadside bomb in May.

    Steffey said he wished "somebody would explain to us, 'Hey, this is what we're working for.' " With a stream of expletives, he said he could not care less "if Iraq's free" or "if they're a democracy."
    ...
    "My personal opinion, I don't speak for the rest of anybody, I just speak for me personally, I think civil war is going to happen regardless," Steffey responded. "Maybe this country needs it: One side has to win. Be it Sunni, be it Shiite, one side has to win. It's apparent, these people have made it obvious they can't live in unity."

    Did you ever wonder why they can't live in unity now even though they could live in relative peace before the Americans came to destroy their country?

    Did you ever wonder why American soldiers in Iraq are considering the possibility that maybe the country "needs" a civil war?...

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    Report cites 'Treaty Violations', 'Hubris', and 'Willful Disregard For International And Domestic Law' ... and even at that, it just scratches the surface!
    WAKE UP, AMERICA! Your shame is world-wide.
    By Winter Patriot on 8/4/2006 6:01am PT  

    Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

    From Larisa Alexandrovna of RAW STORY:

    UN report a 'moral indictment' of US

    The United Nations Human Rights Committee has released its final report after a series of hearings in Geneva last week, which RAW STORY has learned amounts to a moral indictment of US treaty violations, as well as what some attendees and delegates described as US hubris, willful disregard for international and domestic law, and contempt for the Committee itself.

    Anybody surprised? I didn't think so.

    I can't quote the whole article but I can encourage you to read it!

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    The Great Religions Have All Been Betrayed ... Welcome To 'The Time Of Ignorance'
    By Chris Floyd on 7/28/2006 8:00am PT  

    Guest blogged by Chris Floyd

    A slightly expanded version of the column appearing in the July 28th edition of The Moscow Times, as posted at Empire Burlesque.

    The history of almost every religion is a tragedy of betrayal: the betrayal of the radical, egalitarian vision of its founders by generations of powerful elites, who twist and pervert the original principles in order to augment their own status, wealth and dominion. It has always been thus, but is nowhere more marked than among the "People of the Book" – Christians, Muslims and Jews – whose elites have for centuries steadily led their followers away from the sparks of light that shone in their beginnings, dragging them deeper into darkness, into error, until today the world finds itself mired in a new Jahiliyyah: "the time of ignorance."

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    Case Links Ney and Abramoff, a Tribe, a Casino, Millions of Dollars and a Transparent Lie!
    So ... What's Wrong With This Picture??? Hold out BOTH hands, Mr. Ney!! Book 'em, Danno!
    By Winter Patriot on 7/26/2006 10:33pm PT  



    Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

    We've been reading some very interesting news today from John Stanton at Roll Call.

    Justice Department investigators have begun a review of Senate Rules and Administration Committee records relating to negotiations over the Help America Vote Act, involving then-Chairman Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) and former House Administration Chairman Bob Ney (R-Ohio), as they wrap up their investigation into Ney's connections to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, Senate sources said Tuesday.

    Senate aides familiar with the review said Justice officials indicated the inquiry was not focused on Dodd, who now serves as the committee's ranking member, and the type of information investigators were seeking - while not specific enough to indicate they were looking for a smoking gun - appear to point directly at Ney.

    The full text is available to Roll Call subscribers only, but we have a few more excerpts after the fold.

    Regular BRAD BLOG readers will have have seen this coming a long time ago.

    So here's a big hat tip to Brad for being way-ahead-of-the-curve on this...

    and now back to our story:

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    Innocent Travelers Deliberately Snagged in Terror Net
    Chris Floyd has the details, courtesy of Denver's 7NEWS and Buzzflash
    By Winter Patriot on 7/24/2006 11:12am PT  

    Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

    Not for nothing is Chris Floyd one of my favorite journalists. He's one of my favorite bloggers too.

    Why? Because he cares so much, because he writes so well, because he pays such close attention. And because he never fails to mention things like this:

    Marshals: Innocent People Placed On 'Watch List' To Meet Quota

    Want to know why the government shouldn't have overweening, unrestrained, unchallengeable "unitary executive power" to act as it pleases, even in the name of "national security?" Here's why – because such powers are always, always, always going to be abused, in ways large and small. This is an absolute, unalterable given of human nature, like the requirement for oxygen or the need for food: unchecked power will be abused, and innocent people will suffer. Only a cast-iron, gold-plated, copper-bottomed fool would think otherwise. Unfortunately, such specimens are swinging from the rafters in every branch of the government these days.

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