Archive for December 10, 2008

Well put aside the quirky rhyme, a Roy Cooper run against Richard Burr could be a win, win situation in North Carolina if the elections were held today according to Public Policy Polling.

If Attorney General Roy Cooper decides to run for the Senate in 2010, you can put Richard Burr’s name right to the top of the list of endangered incumbents nationally.

Cooper leads Burr by five points in a hypothetical pairing. He also has a similarly high profile to Burr, with only 34% of voters in the state having no opinion about his job performance, compared to 37% who are ambivalent about Burr. It is quite unusual for a lower ranking state official to start out with similar name recognition to a US Senator.

Why do I feel Cooper is far better for NC and the U.S. rather than Burr? First off because of  Barda, BioSheild and the limited liability provision found in Burr’s legislation. Also consider this about (BARDA) from another perspective:

The Act creates the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Agency (BARDA) to work on countering bioterrorism and natural diseases. Apparently in an attempt to protect any and all sensitive information on U.S. counter-bioterrorism efforts or vulnerabilities to biological threats, Burrs has included in the legislation the first-ever blanket exemption from the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The legislation states that, “Information that relates to the activities, working groups, and advisory boards of the BARDA shall not be subject to disclosure” under FOIA “unless the Secretary [of HHS] or Director [of BARDA] determines that such disclosure would pose no threat to national security.”

Other provisions of the bill compound the troubling secrecy provisions. They include:

  • Giving BARDA the authority to sign exclusive contracts with drug manufacturers and forbidding the agency from purchasing generic versions of these drugs or vaccines. 
  • Authorizing BARDA to issue grants and rebates for drug companies to produce vaccines. 
  • Providing liability protection to drug manufacturers for drugs and vaccines not approved by the Food and Drug Administration, by requiring the secretary of HHS find that a drug company willfully caused injury.

Read the rest of the article here, and lastly consider this:

 BARDA, however, is, in essence, a secret Vaccination Police which can, once a “Pandemic” is declared, with or without reason or evidence, require mandatory vaccination for the real or imagined “Pandemic”. If vaccinations were safe or effective, assuming a real Pandemic, of course, perhaps there would be some faint justification for such totalitarian police state tactics in the approach to public health. In fact, vaccination is such a risky activity that it is classified as an un-insurable risk since no insurance company or underwriter in the world will guarantee the financial compensation of those harmed by it – and they are, as we now know, legion.



And the Clean Coal Carolers , No really I wouldn’t make this up. Amazing what pops up in your email around the holidays and isn’t this a bit of an environmental oxymoron?

I prefer the following seasonal favorite, its funny I don’t care who you are! Hey Melvin this one’s for you!

Role of alleged CIA asset in Mumbai attacks being downplayed

Source:  By Jeremy R. Hammond – Online Journal Contributing Writer

(FPJ) — The role in the terrorist attacks in Mumbai last month of an underworld kingpin that heads an organization known as D-Company, has known ties to Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), and who is alleged to have ties with the CIA is apparently being whitewashed, suggesting that his capture and handover to India might prove inconvenient for either the ISI or the CIA, or both.

It was Dawood Ibrahim who was initially characterized by press reports as being the mastermind behind the attacks. Now, that title of “mastermind” is being given to Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi by numerous media accounts reporting that Pakistan security forces have raided a training camp of the group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), which evidence has indicated was behind the attacks. Lakhvi was reportedly captured in the raid and is now in custody.

At the same time Ibrahim’s role is being downplayed, Lakhvi’s known role is being exaggerated. Initial reports described him as the training specialist for LeT, but the major media outlets like the New York Times and the London Times, citing government sources, have since promoted his status to that of commander of operations for the group.

The only terrorist from the Mumbai attacks to be captured alive, Azam Amir Kasab, characterized Ibrahim, not Lakhvi, as the mastermind of those attacks, according to earlier press accounts.

Kasab reportedly told his interrogators that he and his fellow terrorists were trained under Lakhvi, also known as “Chacha,” at a camp in Pakistan. Indian officials also traced calls from a satellite phone used by the terrorists to Lakhvi.

But the phone had also been used to call Yusuf Muzammil, also known as Abu Yusuf, Abu Hurrera, and “Yahah.” And it has been Muzammil, not Lakhvi, who has previously been described as the military commander of LeT. It was an intercepted call to Muzammil on November 18 that put the Indian Navy and Coast Guard on high alert to be on the lookout for any foreign vessels from Pakistan entering Indian waters.

Kasab told his interrogators that his team had set out from Karachi, Pakistan, on a ship belonging to Dawood Ibrahim, the MV Alpha. They then hijacked an Indian fishing trawler, the Kuber, to pass through Indian territorial waters to elude the Navy and Coast Guard that were boarding and searching suspect ships.

Although the MV Alpha was subsequently found and seized by the Indian Navy, there have been few, if any, developments about this aspect of the investigation in press accounts, such as whether it has been confirmed or not that the ship was owned by Ibrahim.

Upon arriving off the coast near the city, they were received by inflatable rubber dinghies that had been arranged by an associate of Ibrahim’s in Mumbai.

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This couldn’t be happening to a nicer bunch of  schmucks  fearmongers. Since they can’t buy their way into office or around Capital Hill now, it’s time the close up shop. What no more weapons of mass distraction? You have to admit they could swiftboat  a war like no one else, heck  Ari Fleischer’s was their captain. At the beginning of the 2008 campaign season he said, “The cavalry is coming, we’re going to help to get that message out” and get the message out they did, the GOP lost how many house and senate seats? But anyway I have to give them credit for one thing they were good at getting their GOP cronies work  and thus redistributed a lot of Republican wealth. Too bad for them the cats out of the bag.

A once-vaunted independent organization that was supposed to help Republicans make up severe fundraising shortfalls is closing after just one cycle in business.

Freedom’s Watch, the 501(c)(4) organization that ran advertisements slamming Democratic candidates, will effectively shut down by the end of the year, according to a source with knowledge of the plans.

Freedom’s Watch was supposed to be a major player, with planners budgeting as much as $200 million for ad campaigns. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and its chairman, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), warned for nearly two years of an impending and unprecedented spending spree on behalf of Republican candidates.

That spree never emerged. In total, Freedom’s Watch spent about $30 million on television spots, though it would not reveal how much it spent on phones and mail, neither of which must be reported to the Federal Election Commission.

Thank God fear no longer sells in the U.S. and I hope what comes around continues to go around when it comes to Freedom Watch and it’s members. Karma it’s a patriotic thing and good riddance.

This is one allegation President elect Obama will no doubt gladly accept and Blagojevich must be flat out bat s**t crazy to believe this scheme would not make it to the media.

Source: The Huffington Post

Illinois Gov. Blagojevich was arrested Tuesday on charges he brazenly conspired to sell or trade President-elect Barack position: Obama’s vacant Senate seat to the highest bidder as part of what federal prosecutors called a “political corruption crime spree.” A federal judge later ordered Blagojevich released on his own recognizance.

Prosecutors did not accuse Obama himself of any wrongdoing.

Blagojevich also was charged with illegally threatening to withhold state assistance to Tribune Co., the owner of the Chicago Tribune, in an attempt to strong-arm the newspaper into firing editorial writers who had criticized him.

The 51-year-old Democrat was also accused of engaging in pay-to-play politics _ that is, doling out jobs, contracts and appointments in return for campaign contributions.

“We were in the middle of a corruption crime spree, and we wanted to stop it,” U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald said, calling the charges against Blagojevich “a truly new low.” He added: “The conduct would make Lincoln roll over in his grave.”

Federal investigators bugged the governor’s campaign offices and tapped his home phone, capturing conversations laced with profanity and tough-guy talk from the governor. Chicago FBI chief Robert Grant said even seasoned investigators were stunned by what they heard, particularly since the governor had known for three years was under investigation for alleged hiring fraud.

Blagojevich spokesman Lucio Guerrero had no immediate comment on the charges but issued a statement saying the “allegations do nothing to impact the services, duties or function of the state.”

The charges do not identify by name any of the political figures under consideration for the Senate seat, calling them only “Candidate 1,” “Candidate 2,” and so on. However, those being considered for the post include: Reps. Jesse Jackson Jr., Danny Davis, Jan Schakowsky and Luis Gutierrez; Illinois Senate President Emil Jones; and Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs Director Tammy Duckworth.

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