The Raw Story | 'Karl Rove's IT guru' Mike Connell dies in plane crash 'Karl Rove's IT guru' Mike Connell dies in plane crash UPDATE AT THIS LINK: GOP consultant killed in plane crash was warned of sabotage A top level Republican IT consultant who was set to testify in a case alleging GOP election tampering in Ohio died in a plane crash late Friday night. Michael Connell -- founder of Ohio-based New Media Communications, which created campaign Web sites for George W. "The plane was attempting to land around 6 p.m. Connell's exploits as a top GOP IT 'guru' have been well documented by RAW STORY's investigative team. The interest in Mike Connell stems from his association with a firm called GovTech, which he had spun off from his own New Media Communications under his wife Heather Connells name. Connell is a long-time GOP operative, whose New Media Communications provided web services for the Bush-Cheney 04 campaign, the US Chamber of Commerce, the Republican National Committee and many Republican candidates. "Mr.
Rise of the Religious Right in the Republican Party How the world changed after 9/11 | World news The heavy syllables of the victims' names boomed out along the streets around Ground Zero. The public were patted down, then allowed up a cramped side road to peer at a distant video screen of the memorial. They filmed the video screen on their mobile phones, filmed each other filming, and film crews filmed them filming. It was hardly fertile ground for grief, you'd think. And yet, the weird detachment of the moment was severed by the chanting of the names and the brief tributes of the readers. And from Starbucks, I went down the rabbit hole. Fake radar blips, dummy hijacks, dummy attacks, fighter jets sent off to Turkey, the skies left unprotected, with the FBI's top anti-terror experts stuck on a training exercise in California. September 11, he argues, was a coup carried out by a rogue network within the US military and government. Webster Tarpley "You want to blame Saudi Arabia, or Israel, or Pakistan? Ray McGovern So that would be George Tenet. History, documentation, facts.
What Corruption Looks Like: 87% Of Congressional Reps Supporting Comcast/NBC Merger Got Money From Comcast Let me start out by pointing out that I'm on the record thinking that people are severely overreacting to the Comcast/NBC merger. I think that it's likely to be a bad business decision, but I see no reason why the government should block it. If anything, it seems like it'll just be a modern updating of the AOL/Time Warner catastrophe, as management won't really know what to do and will just make things worse off. That said, the companies have been fighting hard against opposition to the merger, and one way to fight is with money. So it comes as little surprise to find out that 84 of the 97 Congressional Reps, who signed a letter urging that the FCC approve the merger without conditions, received campaign contributions from Comcast. Now, this is not to say that those 84 are corrupt.
Of the 1%, by the 1%, for the 1% It’s no use pretending that what has obviously happened has not in fact happened. The upper 1 percent of Americans are now taking in nearly a quarter of the nation’s income every year. In terms of wealth rather than income, the top 1 percent control 40 percent. Economists long ago tried to justify the vast inequalities that seemed so troubling in the mid-19th century—inequalities that are but a pale shadow of what we are seeing in America today. Some people look at income inequality and shrug their shoulders. First, growing inequality is the flip side of something else: shrinking opportunity. Third, and perhaps most important, a modern economy requires “collective action”—it needs government to invest in infrastructure, education, and technology. None of this should come as a surprise—it is simply what happens when a society’s wealth distribution becomes lopsided. Economists are not sure how to fully explain the growing inequality in America.
U.S. National Debt Clock : Real Time Court Pleadings Point to CIA Role in Alleged “Cartel” Immunity Deal Mexican Narco-Trafficker’s Revelations in Criminal Case Force US Government to Invoke National Security Claims The fingerprints of the CIA have surfaced in a controversial federal criminal case pending in Chicago against Jesus Vicente Zambada Niebla, an alleged kingpin in the Sinaloa “drug cartel.” US government prosecutors filed pleadings in the case late last week seeking to invoke the Classified Information Procedures Act (CIPA), a measure designed to assure national security information does not surface in public court proceedings. “The government hereby requests that the Court conduct a pretrial conference … pursuant to CIPA … at which time, the government will be prepared to report to the Court and defendant [Zambada Niebla] regarding the approximate size of the universe of classified material that may possibly be implicated in the discovery and trial of this case,” states a motion filed on Friday, Sept. 9, by US prosecutors in the Zambada Niebla case. Some Things to Hide Mr. Mr.
How Republicans and Their Big Business Allies Duped Tens of Millions of Evangelicals into Voting for a Corporate Agenda | Tea Party and the Right November 9, 2010 | Like this article? Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. Tens of millions of American voters got duped badly in the 2010 election. They were bought, paid for, sold, traded and manipulated by the most powerful in the US election: a Billionaire Lynch Mob led by Rupert Murdoch, Karl Rove, the Koch brothers, and hundreds of millions in organize corporate cash. Here's how it happened: Where the fear and loathing began A bedrock article of faith among many of the anti-Obama white voters is that America had “Christian origins,” and that today America must be “restored” to “our religious heritage.” The earnest, mostly Evangelical dupes have a point: by calling for a “return to our roots” (be they biblical and/or constitutional) they are actually maintaining a grand old American tradition: religious delusion as the basis for conquest. 1. Few within the Evangelical community have dared to publically question such Haggee’s approach. 2.
Masonichip International Democracy Index The Economist Intelligence Unit Democracy index map for 2012. Greener colours represent more democratic countries. Insufficient information, not rated The Democracy Index is an index compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit, that measures the state of democracy in 167 countries, of which 166 are sovereign states and 165 are United Nations member states. Methodology As described in the report, the democracy index is a weighted average based on the answers of 60 questions, each one with either two or three permitted alternative answers. The questions are distributed in the five categories: electoral process and pluralism, civil liberties, functioning of government, political participation, and political culture. "Whether national elections are free and fair";"The security of voters";"The influence of foreign powers on government";"The capability of the civil servants to implement policies". Changes from 2010 to 2011 and 2012 Democracy index by regime type See also
The Critics of 9/11 Truth: Do They Have A Case? by Paul Craig Roberts by Paul Craig Roberts Recently by Paul Craig Roberts: In America the Rule of Law Is Vacated The short answer to the question in the title is no. The 9/11 truth critics have nothing but ad hominem arguments. Let’s examine the case against the truthers presented by Ted Rall, Ann Barnhardt, and Alexander Cockburn. But first let’s define who the truthers are. The Internet has made it possible for anyone to have a web site and to rant and speculate to their heart’s content. Many on both sides of the issue are equally ignorant. Both sides of the issue have conspiracy theories. 9/11 was a conspiracy whether a person believes that it was an inside job or that a handful of Arabs outwitted the entire intelligence apparatus of the Western world and the operational response of NORAD and the US Air Force. For one side to call the other conspiracy theorists is the pot calling the kettle black. The question turns not on name-calling but on evidence. That is the position of the 9/11 Truth movement. Wow!
Big Oil spends $69.5m on ads to get the Congress it wants | Environment The next Congress is expected to throw up a whole new set of roadblocks to Barack Obama's environmental agenda - from time-consuming investigations to budget cuts. So how much was the fossil fuel industries willing to pay to help cast out White House allies on energy and climate change? A lot, it turns out. Oil and coal lobby groups have spent $69.5 million on television ads specifically targetted against Obama clean energy policies in these mid-term elections, according to data compiled by the Center for American Progress Action Fund. That's a 10-to-1 advantage over clean energy groups. Most of the Tea Party favourites deny the existence of man-made climate change, and some Democrats, like Joe Manchin who is running for the Senate from West Virginia, are doing all they can to distance themselves from Democratic environmental policies. The mid-term election ad buys were an expensive finish to what has been a big PR year overall for oil and coal.
WTF? OMG, LOL! CIA gives WikiLeaks taskforce naughty name | World news The CIA has launched a taskforce to assess the impact of 250,000 leaked US diplomatic cables. Its name? WikiLeaks Task Force, or WTF for short. The group will scour the released documents to survey damage caused by the disclosures. One of the most embarrassing revelations was that the US state department had drawn up a list of information it would like on key UN figures – it later emerged the CIA had asked for the information. "Officially, the panel is called the WikiLeaks Task Force. WTF is more commonly associated with the Facebook and Twitter profiles of teenagers than secret agency committees. Earlier this month the Guardian revealed that the CIA was responsible for drafting the data "wishlist" that the US state department wanted on UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, and other senior members of the organisation. Although the CIA has featured in some WikiLeaks disclosures, relatively little of its own information has entered the ether, the paper reported. Acronyms.