Tuesday, September 14, 2010

September 14 2010 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: Primary Day - Will The 'New Right' Be More Successful Than The 'Old Left'?

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Cabale News ServiceSeptember 14 2010 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: Primary Day - Will The 'New Right' Be More Successful Than The 'Old Left'?

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One of the three American hikers arrested for being illegally in Iran has been released on $500,000 bail and is at the Swiss embassy in Tehran waiting for transport.

BP is finishing off the last relief well at the Deepwater/Horizon/Macondo site and should be done by next week

The Saudis are buying billions of dollars worth of F-15 fighter jets plus A LOT of helicopters, and they're paying ca$h. The purchase is expected to create thousands of new military industrial complex jobs in the United States servicing and maintaining those aircraft.
The roughly $60 billion price tag for the U.S.-Saudi deal was reported by Bloomberg. Jane's Defence Weekly, which used a figure of $30 billion, noted that life-cycle maintenance and upgrades could eventually double the amount. The proposed sale includes the following:
Eighty-four new Boeing F-15 combat aircraft to replace aging F-15C and F-15D air defense variants purchased between 1978 and 1992.

Upgrades for seventy F-15S strike variants, potentially including advanced long-range munitions for the aircraft.

Seventy-two United Technologies Corporation UH-60 helicopters, to add to the twenty-two helicopters of the same type now held by the Saudis.

Sixty Boeing AH-64D Longbow Apaches and upgrades to Saudi's twelve current AH-64A Apaches may also be included.

Up to $5 billion in advanced, helicopter-carrying offshore patrol vessels.

Upgrades to Saudi Arabia's ninety-six U.S.-supplied Raytheon Patriot Advanced Capability 2 missiles. Source
Fidel Castro has been quoted as saying that Communism as practiced in Cuba does not work correctly so 500,000 people will be cut loose from government funded employment and 250,000 new private business licenses will be issued. Details.

35,000 wildfires in Russia this year have laid waste to countless homes and the agricultural economy for some regions of the country. Vodka sales will be limited in those regions as the people idle. More.

People of the first world living in the Third World - According to the current US Census, one of every seven Americans lives below the poverty line. See the next item for some insight into currently held beliefs regarding poverty.

In OTHER News...
Atlanta - The much-studied links between poverty and crime rates – which helped give rise to many Great Society programs – have not materialized so far in the Great Recession. Even with 15 percent of Americans now officially poor, both violent crime and property crime continued to drop in the United States in 2009, the FBI reported Monday... [In Full @ Truthout]
In light of today's election primaries, and in regard to the potential for malfeasance:
"Primary voters across New York face electronic voting machines with a glitch in the computer programming that lets people mistakenly vote for too many candidates and "ballots so hard to read, voters will be offered magnifying glasses." Source
Blood! Blood! Blood! - Qu'ran non-burner Terry Jones of "Dove Outreach Inc". provided false information to the IRS about a 1/4 Million Dollar mortgage. Documentation and more here.

Meanwhile, from Iraq... Remember Iraq?
Every time there is an election in Iraq, as happened last March 7, the Neoconservatives come out to crow about how great the Iraq War was. Their implicit argument is that Iraq was a brutal dictatorship, is now a thriving democracy. This argument is typical of their warped ethics, since it maintains that the ends justifies the means, and we are not supposed to bring up the dead, the wounded, the damaged that the Neocons have inflicted on Iraq. Never mind that the elections have not so far produced a viable new government. Never mind that democratic institutions are weak or non-existent. Never mind that widespread abuses are committed against the public by the new state.

Amnesty International reports that the Iraqi government is holding some 30,000 prisoners without charges or due process. In some instances the prisoners have been abused or even tortured. About 10,000 of these prisoners were recently handed over to the Iraqis when the US combat mission in Iraq supposedly ended.

Amnesty raises questions as to whether the US military hand-over of Iraqi prisoners to Baghdad authorities was illegal, given that US officers must have known their prisoners might be abused if transferred.

Allegations of arrests without due process continue today. The Iraqi National News Agency reports that a member of the Basra governing council has accused Iraqi authorities of making large numbers of arbitrary arrests of members of the Sadr Trend, loyal to Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, in recent days.

France24 has video.

Amnesty writes... [In Full at Informed Comment]

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