Monday, February 22, 2010

February 22 2010 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: The Media May Change Everything - Obama's Health Reform Plan To Be Debated On Television

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Cabale News ServiceFebruary 22 2010 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: The Power Of The The Media May Change Everything - Obama's Dilapidated Health Reform Plan Will Be Debated On Television

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In The News:
The White House has released their health care reform proposal to the public three days before it's due to be debated live on Tell-Uh-Vision and some Republicans are crying 'Foul'.

The Governor's Convention is in progress but the big news is still the CPAC convention where a straw poll chose Ron Paul for the next presidential candidate by a count more than Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin combined.

Firedoglake on that vote: Ron Paul at CPAC Exposes the Incoherence of the Modern Republican Party

Meanwhile, at the convention of Governors, a number of topics will be discussed including the understanding that worse state deficits are coming, and, noting that congress just passed a job bill with ZERO funding for states to actually create the jobs the governors are also saying "More Stimulus Please!". But First Lady Michelle Obama feels the REALLY important issue is childhood obesity (and it IS important, but...)

The 'lawyers' responsible for writing the "torture Memos" advising the Bush administration that torture is legal under the US Constitution have been cleared of ethics and misconduct charges by a single individual after a DOJ panel of lawyers and judges unanimously decided they had been in breach of them.

Further, John Yoo, one of the authors apparently advised the Bush administration that is also perfectly acceptable to massacre civilians.

More, sourced from NewsWeek:
"The chief author of the Bush administration's "torture memo" told Justice Department investigators that the president's war-making authority was so broad that he had the constitutional power to order a village to be "massacred," according to a report by released Friday night by the Office of Professional Responsibility.

The views of former Justice lawyer John Yoo were deemed to be so extreme and out of step with legal precedents that they prompted the Justice Department's internal watchdog office to conclude last year that he committed "intentional professional misconduct" when he advised the CIA it could proceed with waterboarding and other aggressive interrogation techniques against Al Qaeda suspects.

The report by OPR concludes that Yoo, now a Berkeley law professor, and his boss at the time, Jay Bybee, now a federal judge, should be referred to their state bar associations for possible disciplinary proceedings. But, as first reported by NEWSWEEK, another senior department lawyer, David Margolis, reviewed the report and last month overruled its findings on the grounds that there was no clear and "unambiguous" standard by which OPR was judging the lawyers. Instead, Margolis, who was the final decision-maker in the inquiry, found that they were guilty of only "poor judgment." [In Full]

In the war... "Afghanistan" (quotes intentional... most indigenous don't believe in such a thing) 'takes out' the Dutch government. The Dutch government collapses with the resignation of the Prime Minister already a done deal after one of the coalition parties pulls out over Dutch troops continued presence in Afghanistan. The troops are in a relatively quiet area but that may change soon as a NATO airstrike intended for the Taliban in the area kills 27 civilians. More from the Washington Post

"So we lied about the 'cakewalk' thing again" - In Marjah Afghanistan, 15,000 NATO troops are encountering 'stiff resistance' and are saying it will take six to eighteen month to accomplish the operation despite the fact that, in the run up to the 'clear and hold' operation, there were estimated to be 400 alleged Taliban in the area.

But that's ok, Now NATO in saying it's just a "confidence building action" leading to an invasion of Kandahar, a major city in Afghanistan

Still More:
A week or so ago, we were hearing a lot about how decisive the current surge over Marja in Afghanistan would be. Of course, we were hearing all sorts of things – including a lot of happy talk about how well things were going. This week we learn that the fight is not so easy with US forces still facing “strong resistance” even though the US/NATO/Afghan force is 15,000+ while the reported “Taliban” presence before the attack was estimated at 400. US officers are now saying that the military component of the campaign will take at least a month. They have also told the Guardian that Marja is just a “confidence building” action leading to the new “decisive” battle which they are beginning to plan for Kandahar. [In Full w/ Linkage]

Check your mailer inserts. The federal government has issue new credit card regulations ostensibly favoring the consumer. Don't forget to read the fine print...

In OTHER news:

What Martin Luther King Jr. Meant When He Said: "...the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today -- My country".

The numbers are in, and again, America is #1, as the Global Merchant of Death:
In 2008, according to an authoritative report from the Congressional Research Service (CRS), $55.2 billion in weapons deals were concluded worldwide. Of that total, the United States was responsible for $37.8 billion in weapons sales agreements, or 68.4% of the total “trade.” Some of these agreements were long-term ones and did not result in 2008 deliveries of weapons systems, but these latest figures are a good gauge of the global appetite for weapons.

It doesn’t take a PhD in economics to recognize that, when one nation accounts for nearly 70% of weapons sales, the term “global arms trade” doesn’t quite cut it.

Consider the “competition” and reality comes into focus. Take a guess on which country is the number two weapons exporter on the planet: China? Russia? No, Italy, with a relatively paltry $3.7 billion in agreements with other countries or just 9% of the U.S. market share. Russia, that former Cold War superpower in the “trade,” was close behind Italy, with only $3.5 billion in arms agreements. More from ProfMarcus @ And Yes I DO Take It Personally:
[ "The U.S. - making sure that purveyors of death and destruction have the latest and best tools for the job"]

Worse than your mom camping on your FarceBook Profile - Not only did your sister find your stash, but now your school knows too!
Lawsuit: School gave kids laptops to spy on them at home

A Philadelphia based class action lawsuit against the Lower Merion School District (PDF) alleges that students and parents weren't told that school administrators had the ability to activate the laptop webcams... remotely, even when the student is at home or away from the computer. [In Full]
...and when you do graduate don't fret the lack of jobs opportunities paying enough to allow you to move out of your parents house... The Air Force has JUST the job for you!
“Part of the job is to try to identify body parts." --Air Force captain Sam Nelson, a drone pilot at drone operations at Creech Air Force Base, the command center for seven Air Force bases in the continental U.S. where crews fly drones over Iraq and Afghanistan. [In Full]


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