Wednesday, January 13, 2010

January 13 2010 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: Earthquake On Haiti - 'No Breaks' Or The Best Break They've Had In The Last Century?

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Cabale News ServiceJanuary 13 2010 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: Earthquake On Haiti - 'No Breaks' Or The Best Break They've Had In The Last Century?

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Haitian Presidential Palace In RuinsSooner or later it had to happen - Over a million of the estimated 2-3 million people who live in Port au Prince Haiti were siting on top of a 7+ earthquake at 5pm yesterday afternoon. Low estimates are tens of thousands killed. The UN building has collapsed and there was severe damage to the hotel where most of the staff was housed. The head of the U.N.'s peacekeeping mission in country is thought to be among the dead. The presidential palace is rubble. Venezuelan rescue crews are already on scene. Cuba is not far behind, and Juan Cole at Informed Comment asks if this disaster COULD spell redemption for the US financial industry.

More on the situation in Haiti from Foreign Policy Magazine.

Truthout, a site which has traditionally kept tab on the UN-enforced foreign occupation of Haiti is maintaining a continually updated liveblog journal HERE, and is currently reporting that according to CNN, at least 15 United Nations personnel have died.

A CIA drone strike in Waziristan has apparently killed a bodyguard for al-Qaida's No. 3 leader Sheikh Mustafa Abu al-Yazid. Meanwhile, the Pakistani government is saying the ongoing US drone attacks could damage relations between the countries. It HAS apparently stirred up the population and radicalized them. See: "Pakistan suffers record number of deaths due to militant violence... a 48% rise"

The California legislature's Public Safety committee has voted to support legislator Tom Ammiano's bid to totally legalize Marijuana.
"Most of the changes were aimed at polishing the language, perhaps to address some of the rhetoric that has been used against it. The word "legalization" is completely gone from legislation that has been widely called "the legalization bill," replaced by "regulation by the Department of Alcoholic Beverages." The word "infractions" was replaced by "crimes," in reference to those who sell marijuana to minors. References to "adults" were changed to "persons 21 years of age or older." The bill also now specifies that pot smoking would be banned in offices, restaurants and other locations that already bar tobacco smoke.

The bill also removed some references to "changes in federal law" because, according to Ammiano’s staff, such changes probably aren’t coming anytime soon. AB 390 still contains language that could place the state at odds with federal policy, including a clause stating one purpose is "to prevent state and local agencies from supporting any prosecution for federal or other crimes relating to marijuana that are inconsistent with those provided in this bill."

Law enforcement groups have traditionally provided the main opposition efforts to reduce or eliminate penalties on marijuana, and several groups sent representatives to Tuesday’s hearing. However, the growing visibility of groups like Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), as well as former judges and police officers who favor legalization, may have changed this dynamic." [In Full]

Jose Padilla, an American citizen accused of planning to build and use a nuclear 'dirty bomb' (but convicted of supplying 'material support') is in appeals court asking that ALL of the charges be dropped.

Meanwhile, Representative Pete Hoekstra, ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee implies that the Constitution should be ignored for American citizens.

The Democratic leadership will be at the White House today shaping the Health Care Reform bill. The hot topic? Anti-trust immunity for the insurance companies. Oregon Democratic representative Peter DeFazio:
"I think the Senate bill is a disaster. I mean, anybody who’s watching this noticed that insurance industry stocks has gone up since the Senate bill passed, because It gives them a lot of new customers and no meaningful controls. They took out my language stripping the industry of the anti-trust immunity. They established meaningless, spineless, weak state exchanges instead of a national exchange.

They want to tax union workers and others who have good health insurance. Those are all total non-starters with me and I believe with other members of the caucus, and I think, you know, I mean, we can play the same game as the Senate. “You know gee, we’ve got to have a bill Joe Lieberman likes”…. well they’ve only got two votes to spare in the House. so I think this is going to be a tougher negotiation than they think." [In Full]


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