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Analysis Of The FBI Hillary E-Mail Investigation

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While this should be old news, the "Hillary e-mail server scandal" keeps popping up. I found an interesting analysis from someone who took the time to read through the whole report and summarize the specifics of the findings.... Here's the critical info you need to know..

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A Lesson On What's At Stake In The 2016 Election

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Now that the 2016 race is down to the two primary candidates, there will no doubt be a lot of argument over whether there are any viable third-party candidates and discussion over the similarities and differences between the Democratic and Republican nominees.

It's time for a BSAlert history lesson to succinctly illustrate exactly what's at stake... and the stakes are higher than you can imagine...

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In Debate Jeb Claims His Brother George W Bush "Kept Us Safe"

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From last night's second GOP debate, comes one of the most audacious slices of BSAlert material we've possibly ever encountered. In response to Donald Trump's criticism of Jeb's brother's term in office, his response was, "At least my brother kept us safe.."

Ed Schultz has a very poignant response to this amazing utterance of delusional hubris that is very well worth watching, especially for those who might not be old enough to know better...

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Jeb Bush - Same As George W?

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[Beating Dead Horses]
An image we made up that sums up the priorities of one of the 2016 candidates...


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Noam Chomskey On The Assasination Of Bin Laden

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[Military]
In the wake of the killing of Osama Bin Laden, MIT professor Noam Chomsky comments on the issue claiming, "There is much more to say"...

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Clinton Responds To Claims He Didn't Try To Get Bin Laden

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[News Media]
Bill Clinton appeared on FOX News and in an interview with Chris Wallace, he's accused of dropping the ball and not getting Osama Bin Laden. When he tries to respond, he is routinely interrupted by the Fox News interviewer, but persists and explains himself, and puts Wallace and Fox news, on their own network, to shame...

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Michael Moore Posts Julian Assange's Bail

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President George W. Bush (as shown in this actual photo) was presented a "secret" document on August 6th, 2001. Its heading read: "Bin Ladin Determined To Strike in US." And on those pages it said the FBI had discovered "patterns of suspicious activity in this country consistent with preparations for hijackings." Mr. Bush decided to ignore it and went fishing for the next four weeks.

Moore asks America, how different things might have been if Wikileaks had been around and made that information public, instead of it being ignored?

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Chinese Hack Google Through Government Snooping Back Door

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Google made headlines when it went public with the fact that Chinese hackers had penetrated some of its services, such as Gmail, in a politically motivated attempt at intelligence gathering. The news here isn't that Chinese hackers engage in these activities or that their attempts are technically sophisticated -- we knew that already -- it's that the U.S. government inadvertently aided the hackers.

In order to comply with government search warrants on user data, Google created a backdoor access system into Gmail accounts. This feature is what the Chinese hackers exploited to gain access.

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Best Way To Avoid Lost Luggage: Pack A Gun

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[Industry]
Are you worried about people rummaging through your checked bags on airline flights and lost luggage? Well, there's now an easy solution. It may seem crazy, but TSA rules state that if you declare a weapon in your luggage, additional tracking and safety protocols, including locking your bags go into effect.

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A Passionate Plea To Spend Taxpayer Money Fighting Death

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[Pundits]
Grab a kleenex and watch this video as Keith Olbermann makes an incredibly powerful, passionate plea for healthcare reform. Obviously since he's been in the hospital tending to his very sick dad, this commentary has special meaning and purpose..

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United States Is the 83rd Most Peaceful Nation On Earth

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The Vision of Humanity organization created a "Peace Index" that ranks the nations of the world by their peacefulness and identifies some of the drivers of that peace. Who's number one? New Zealand. And the US is right behind such greats as Bolivia, Bahrain, Indonesia, Nambia and China.

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Keith Olbermann Lets Coward Sean Hannity Of The Hook

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[Pundits]
Last month on his Fox News show, torture enthusiast Sean Hannity claimed he would agree to be waterboarded "for charity for the troops's families." MSNBC's Keith Olbermann immediately took up Hannity's pledge, offering $1,000 to charity for every second Hannity withstood waterboarding.

Over the next 30 days, Hannity went completely silent on his pledge, opting not to go anywhere near the subject of waterboarding again. Olbermann repeatedly reminded Hannity of his pledge to donate to charity in his name, but to no avail.

Last night on Countdown, Olbermann announced that he was rescinding the offer to Hannity, and instead giving $10,000 to charity following radio host Erich 'Mancow' Muller's waterboarding attempt. Olbermann promised to donate to the charity Veterans of Valor, founded by Sgt. Klay South, who administered the waterboarding to Muller. Olbermann revealed that Mancow's publicist had contacted Olbermann's show yesterday to see whether Olbermann would make a similar offer to Mancow as he did for Hannity.

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Israel Goes High Tech With Online Astroturfing

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Do you ever wonder how such a small minority has so much power online and in the media? Here's one reason:

The Megaphone desktop tool is a Windows "action alert" tool developed by give Israel the appearance of large scale online support. The tool is distributed by the World Union of Jewish Students, World Jewish Congress, The Jewish Agency for Israel, World Zionist Organization, StandWithUs, Hasbara fellowships, HonestReporting, and other pro-Israel public relations, media watchdog, or activism organizations. The tool delivers real-time alerts about key articles, videos, blogs, and surveys related to Israel or the Arab-Israeli conflict, especially those perceived by GIYUS (which stands for Give Israel Your United Support) to be highly critical of Israel, so that users can vote or add comments expressing their support of Israel.

The Megaphone Desktop Tool gives the user the option of going to a particular site with a poll, and if the user chooses to go to the site, the software then casts a vote automatically, when this is technically feasible. The vote is chosen automatically by the distributors of Megaphone.

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Is The Government Rewarding Speculators And Penalizing Savers?

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Max Keiser looks at the ongoing financial crisis and asks whether the government and Central Bank remedies are penalizing workers and savers.

Is this what capitalism is ultimately all about? Not saving money and creating solid wealth and equity, but continually leveraging what you have to get more without a solid foundation? And in the current economic mess, are the people who were responsible with debt and their money the ones who are getting the worst deal?

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Electronic Voting Machines Flipping Votes Caught On Video

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Despite overwhelming complaints over the past decade on the security and integrity of electronic voting machines, there still seems to be serious issues. Take a look at this video where someone is demonstrating how the machines work (and how reliable they are) and see what happens...

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How to speak "Palinese"

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There's a new dialect that can be witnessed in mainstream media news and talk radio. It's called "Palinese." Here's how you too, can speak it...

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The Most Dangerous Moment In Human History

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Ever wonder when the most dangerous moment in human history was? During our lifetime...

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Is John McCain Electable?

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I think if there's one illusion the American people are going to be sold during the election season, it's the degree to which we're told that John McCain has a legitimate, viable chance of becoming elected president. Do most Americans really want war with Iran and a hundred years in Iraq? Check out this video which poignantly addresses the issue.

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Real Life "Private Ryan" Screwed By Military

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Forced to leave the combat zone after his two brothers died in the Iraq war, Army Spc. Jason Hubbard faced another battle once he returned home: The military cut off his family's health care, stopped his G.I. educational subsidies and wanted him to repay his sign-up bonus.

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Go On An Iraq War Shopping Spree!

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The occupation of Iraq will cost $3 trillion, America's most expensive conflict since WWII.
Can YOU spend that money better?
Here's your chance to go on a virtual $3 trillion shopping spree and prove it!

Browse our online store, fill up your cart, click the checkout button, and send virtual gifts to everyone you know.

A private island fortress? Healthcare for all? Anything you can imagine, and if you can't find it, add it yourself!

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Jesse Ventura: I'd Rather Deal With Terrorism Than Lost Liberty

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I've said it before, but former Minn. Governor, Jesse Ventura is one of the most direct, outspoken, down-to-earth politicians you can find. Here's a video of him on Fox where he takes Sean Hannity to task...

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American Airlines Pilot Accidently Shoots His Plane

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A gun carried by a US Airways pilot accidentally discharged during a flight from Denver to Charlotte on Saturday, according to airline and federal officials.

No one was injured, and the aircraft was not in any danger during the flight, officials said. It landed at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport around 11:51 a.m. Saturday.

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Bill Maher's New Rules: How Not To Win The War On Terror

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This week's new rules on "Real Time" features some very funny items about the U.S. economy and Bill Maher's diatribe on whether John McCain understands the nature of the war on terrorism.

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TSA Will Now Begin Restricting Batteries On Airplanes

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Effective January 1, 2008, passengers on flights will now be limited in what kind of batteries they can bring along with their electronic devices when they board airplanes or even in checked baggage.

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So You Want To Stop Terrorism But You Don't Wanna Go Outside...

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A new initiative by the Department of Homeland security will allow you (yes, You!) to combat terrorism from the comfort of your own La-Z-Boy. How, you might ask, you fine fine patriot, you? Well, it's kinda like a cross between the Neighborhood Watch and the Gestapo.

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Bill Maher On What We Should Really Be Scared Of

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[Humor]
This Halloween, Bill Maher has some ideas on what should scare us the most...

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Fascist America In 10 Easy Steps

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From Hitler to Pinochet and beyond, history shows there are certain steps that any would-be dictator must take to destroy constitutional freedoms. And, argues the Guardian's Naomi Wolf, George Bush and his administration seem to be taking them all.

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Bush's Latest Iraq Speech: Is He Lying Or Delusional??

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Slate writes, "President Bush's TV address [Thursday] was the worst speech he's ever given on the war in Iraq, and that's saying a lot. Every premise, every proposal, nearly every substantive point was sheer fiction. The only question is whether he was being deceptive or delusional."

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New Orleans: Two Years After Hurricane Katrina

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It's now been two years since the destruction of New Orleans caused by defective flood protection built by the US Army Corps of Engineers following Hurricane Katrina. Check out the video of the "progress."

As some of you know, New Orleans is the home of BSAlert. Stay tuned... This week we're assembling a team of professional photographers and we'll be driving throughout the city taking pictures and will post them before the end of the week. We've opted to do this after the 2-year anniversary because, well, we don't want to think the only time we can call national attention to this problem is on a particular anniversary day.

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Help Defend The Government And The Government'll Make You Suffer

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Many times, the only people who know about acts of government agency or private company fraud are the people who work for those entities. When they gather up enough evidence and courage, they step forward and become whistleblowers. For this brave action in service to their country, they get to watch their lives be ruined.

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Nobody Knows What's Going On With The U.S.'s "No Fly" List

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The government's terrorist screening database flagged Americans and foreigners as suspected terrorists almost 20,000 times last year. But only a small fraction of those questioned were arrested or denied entry into the United States, raising concerns among critics about privacy and the list's effectiveness.

Supposedly more than 230,000 names are on the list and there are many stories of innocent people getting snagged on the list, but nobody knows how to remove innocent people from the list.

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White House Declares Itself a "Freedom" Free Zone

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The Bush administration argued in court papers this week that the White House Office of Administration is not subject to the Freedom of Information Act as part of its effort to fend off a civil lawsuit seeking the release of internal documents about a large number of e-mails missing from White House servers.

In other words, us taxpayers pay for everything over there, but those guys are no longer able to be scrutinized in any way, and if we don't like it, well I guess we know what Cheney would say.

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Boeing Implicated In CIA Rendition Torture Scheme

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The ACLU has brought a lawsuit against a Boeing subsidiary accused of falsifying flight plans to air traffic controllers to cover up CIA flights where people were "kidnapped" and tortured in foreign countries.

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Ohio Election Records "Accidently Destroyed"

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In 56 of Ohio's 88 counties, ballots and election records from 2004 have been "accidentally" destroyed, despite a federal order to preserve them -- it was crucial evidence which would have revealed whether the election was stolen.

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California Voting Machines Are Totally Hackable

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State-sanctioned teams of computer hackers were able to break through the security of virtually every model of California's voting machines and change results or take control of some of the systems' electronic functions, according to a University of California study released Friday.

The researchers "were able to bypass physical and software security in every machine they tested,'' said Secretary of State Debra Bowen, who authorized the "top to bottom review" of every voting system certified by the state.

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How Bush Will Run The US After Another Disaster Is Super Secret

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Apparently there's a new presidential directive which outlines the structure of the government in the event of another 9/11-type attack. Unfortunately this new plan by the White House is so secret, they won't even let members of Congress on the Homeland Security Committee see the plan!

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Government Hands Proof of Spying To Lawyer, Then Wants It Back

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Recently the 6th U.S. Court of Appeals (no, that's not where the Heretics burn in open tombs for eternity- that's the 6th Circle of Hell, although there are similarities) threw out a case challenging President "Herr" Bush's domestic wiretapping program on the grounds that they could not prove that they were affected by the program. This is fortunate for the government as they are also the one with the list of those they were (allegedly) illegally wiretapping and they aren't eager to go posting that information on their blogs. So that's quite a pickle- you don't have standing to sue the government unless you're affected by the wiretapping and the government won't tell you IF you were affected by the wiretapping so that you can then sue... them. Fortunately for Wendell Belew he got this document one day...

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JFK Terrorism Informant Was A Pinched Drug Trafficker

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Earlier this month, when federal officials announced charges against four men for plotting to blow up gas lines at JFK, a paid "confidential source" was credited with infiltrating the terror cell and gathering critical information. A footnote in a criminal complaint notes that the source had two prior drug convictions and was, through his cooperation, seeking leniency in sentencing on the latter trafficking rap.

It seems this so-called valuable informant was a drug dealer who was caught with $2M in cocaine, tried to murder a rival drug lord in New York, and was looking to get his own sentence reduced in the process of turning over these goofball terrorists which nobody in their right mind thought were capable of doing as much damage as the media claimed.

The Smoking Gun has learned the identity of this informant and the more you know, the more you understand how "reliable" this guy likely was.

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Freedom Fence Not So Fancy

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James Campbell, a retired Arizona homebuilder, decided that investing for the future is important. But rather than put his money into selfish ventures that might make him or his descendants any money, he wanted to make America secure. For that noble purpose, he took out a loan and gave $100,000 of it to the Minutemen Civil Defense Corps (MCDC) to help build an "Israel-style" fence around our borders to the south (I had an Israel-style reuben the other day--MUCH more delicious than the fence). But the MCDC, which has failed to staunch the incoming tide of illegal entrants into this country, also kinda failed to keep up its end of the bargain fence-wise. The fence, which was to be made of steel tube and be otherwise Israeli fence-like (I have no idea what that's supposed to be--perhaps bearded), is in fact rather dinky and not what Campbell was promised by the founder of the MCDC, Mr. Chris Simcox. So Mr. Campbell is undertaking another patriotic act--he's suing.

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AR Head Republican Says We Need Attacks On U.S.

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In his first interview as the chairman of the Arkansas Republican Party, Dennis Milligan told a reporter that America needs to be attacked by terrorists so that people will appreciate the work that President Bush has done to protect the country.

See. You people thought the GOP didn't have a plan.. shame on you!

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The Department of Homeland Stupidity

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The Department of Homeland Security, the new government meta-agency tasked with keeping our entire country safe from terrorist attacks both foreign and domestic, has come up with one humdinger of an idea. Having apparently run out of ideas on how to predict the next terrorist attack, they are turning to a group of people who are experts at making stuff up. When you're the government agency looking for some ideas about the future of terror, who do you turn to? Science fiction writers, of course.

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George W. Bush Becomes Dictator During Next "Catastrophe"

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In what the mainstream media has largely ignored, President Bush signed an executive order on May 9th effectively making Congress and the rest of government obsolete in the event of another attack or national catastrophe. Bush basically becomes a dictator, in complete charge of the U.S. government.

Under that plan, he entrusts himself with leading the entire federal government, not just the Executive Branch. And he gives himself the responsibility “for ensuring constitutional government.” The definition of a "catastrophe" is quite vague as well, and certainly another Katrina or perhaps even some minor attack at a location that disrupts some utility service would trigger Bush's super governmental powers and render Congress useless (assuming anyone thought they were useful in the first place).

He laid this all out in a document entitled "National Security Presidential Directive/NSPD 51" and "Homeland Security Presidential Directive/HSPD-20."

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Does America Deserve Levees That Work?

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John Goodman has gone public in the wake of the Hurricane Katrina debacle to call attention to a common misconception about the destruction of New Orleans: It was caused by defective levees built by the United States Army Corps of Engineers. The Corps knew about the problems and ignored them. The city was flooded and destroyed.

Similar Corps projects are in virtually every state in the U.S. Goodman asks, "Don't we deserve levees that work?"

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Katrina: The Screw-Up That Keeps Getting More Screwed Up

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Hurricane Katrina, the overplayed pop song of natural disasters, was the most devastating bitch-slap ever delivered to America. From personal experience (I live here) the region is not even close to recovering. Why is that? Racists think it's black people. Other racists think it's white people. Municipal politicians blame state politicians. State politicians blame federal politicians. Federal politicians blame black people (just kidding--they blame the state and municipal politicians, of course). It's not any of that--that is a distraction. I'll boil it down for you in one word--money. Here's some more: moolah, greenbacks, cheddar, dough, cash, a wad, bread, and that sign you make when you rub your index finger and thumb together. The Gulf Coast is broke. We need cash from any and all sources. Seeing the great need for recovery in this culturally rich region, the federal government has taken the important step of turning down, wasting, or just ignoring over $800 million in aid. Say what?

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Veterans Turn On Commander-In-Chief

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If you're the President and your generals are so upset with you that they're quitting service so they can go public with how badly you've screwed up the military, Mr. George W. Bush, you might be having a bad day...

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Don't Screw With The Phone Companies, Says Bush

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Picture this: you are a law-abiding citizen of the United States of America (well, the important laws, anyway). You make a phone call to anywhere--could be a cousin in Turkey, a friend in New Jersey, your congressman in D.C. You later find out that the phone company you used to place that call has been feeding all or some of this information to the government without any form of oversight and in violation of communications privacy laws. You're pissed and you're thinking about suing, right? Not so fast.

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Homeland Security Department Loses Employee Data

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The Transportation Security Administration has lost a computer hard drive containing Social Security numbers, bank data and payroll information for about 100,000 employees.

On the bright side, the TSA has promised they'll enroll their employees in a free credit-monitoring service. Woot!

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Pelosi Responds To Presidential Veto Of Troop Funding Bill

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After Congress had the audacity to suggest to the President that he didn't have a blank check in Iraq and must "support the troops" by something other than making them targets, Bush vetoes the spending/withdrawal bill. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi speaks before Congress and gives quite a poignant outline of what's going on.. check out the video.

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Princeton Law Professor Added To Terrorist Watch List

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A top Constitutional scholar from Princeton (and a retired Marine Colonel) who gave a speech that slammed Bush's executive overreach has been added to the TSA's terrorist watch list. "I was denied a boarding pass because I was on the Terrorist Watch list," he said. When he asked why, the clerk asked if he had been at any peace marches. "We ban a lot of those people."

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Computers Tracking Stolen Nukes Are Stolen

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The office in charge of protecting American technical secrets about nuclear weapons from foreign spies is missing 20 desktop computers, at least 14 of which have been used for classified information, the Energy Department inspector general reported on Friday.

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