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Date Sent: 2007-08-13
Freedom's Phoenix Headline News for Monday, August 13, 2007
 
Bernanke Panics & Gold Responds -- Tommy Thompson Drops Presidential Bid

Romney Jokes About Cheating in Iowa Poll -- US Surge likely to fail say British gov. report -- How the Fight for Vast New Spying Powers Was Won -- Pat Tillman's Mom Calls Censured General 'The Scapegoat' -- Officer reprimands for Tillman death coverup offer mild criticism, some praise -- EFPs are Made in Iraq by Iraqis -- Cheney: Invasion of Iraq Would Lead to ‘Quagmire’ -- Bush to Karzai: Will You Just Shut Up About Iran? -- Fatigue cripples US army in Iraq -- Iraqi mercenary army answers to nobody -- Democrats Say Leaving Iraq May Take Years -- US doles out millions for street cameras -- Venezuela's Chavez says oil headed for $100 barrel -- UK May Scrap ID Cards -- New Orleans politician faces graft charges -- Iraq PM calls summit to save unity government -- Iranian oil minister steps down -- Taliban a step ahead of US -- US prepares to plug hole left by British troops -- US payments to security contractors in Iraq soar -- California Conducts Illegal Fireworks Checkpoint -- Romney Wins Iowa Straw Poll Merv Griffin dead at 82
 

Bernanke Panics & Gold Responds News Link  •  Economy - Economics USA
Bernanke Panics & Gold Responds
8-12-2007  •  MISH 
The USA is hooked on credit and the Fed is an enabler. The problem with addiction is that stronger and stronger doses eventually kills the patient. This is where we are today. Some junkies (consumers) have finally realized this on their own accord, m  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Mike Shedlock
Romney Jokes About Cheating in Iowa Poll, Dodging Questions News Link  •  Eugenics
Romney Jokes About Cheating in Iowa Poll, Dodging Questions
8-12-2007  •  AlterNet 
Last night, at the pre-Straw Poll "Ronstock" concert at the Bali Satay House in Ames, a Ron Paul volunteer played back a recording of competing Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney joking about cheating in a State Fair popularity c  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Jon Stewart: Bush says 'in other words' a lot because we're all so dumb News Link  •  The Daily Show with Jon Stewart & Stephen Colbert
Jon Stewart: Bush says 'in other words' a lot because we're all so dumb
8-12-2007  •  Raw Story 
President Bush responding to criticism: "I've been around long enough to be able to understand how it works. Nobody likes to be called names. We've got a bigger enemy than name-callers. That's al-Qaeda. Or people losing jobs."  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
The Daily Show has fun with FL Rep. fellatio jokes News Link  •  The Daily Show with Jon Stewart & Stephen Colbert
The Daily Show has fun with FL Rep. fellatio jokes
8-12-2007  •  Raw Story 
Jon Stewart this week had some fun at the expense of a Florida state representative's claim that he was not actually offering to give an undercover officer $20 in exchange for letting him perform oral sex on the officer, rather was afraid that he  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Daily Show explores mysteries of missing stuff in Iraq News Link  •  The Daily Show with Jon Stewart & Stephen Colbert
Daily Show explores mysteries of missing stuff in Iraq
8-12-2007  •  Raw Story 
Daily Show host Jon Stewart has a novel explanation for the fact that the military has lost nearly 200,000 firearms in Iraq. The military says the misplacement of 190,000 AK-47s and pistols was just a "clerical error." Stewart tries to c  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Former bush Speech writer lets us in on Whitehouse News Link  •  Bush Administration
Former bush Speech writer lets us in on Whitehouse
8-12-2007  •  The Atlantic Monthly 
The only person the speechwriter Michael Gerson made look better than President Bush was Michael Gerson. The shaping of a Washington reputation, as witnessed by a White House colleague.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Romney wins straw poll, Ron Paul's campaign encouraged by fifth-place finish News Link  •  Eugenics
Romney wins straw poll, Ron Paul's campaign encouraged by fifth-place finish
8-12-2007  •  Raw Story 
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romeny took the top spot in Saturday's Iowa Straw Poll, as was expected, and the poll also energized some lower-tier candidates. Saturday's vote was candidate Ron Paul's chance to show his anti-war and liber  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
US Surge likely to fail say British gov. report News Link  •  WAR: About that War
US Surge likely to fail say British gov. report
8-12-2007  •  AFP 
The US "surge" of troops in Iraq is likely to fail, a British parliamentary committee said Monday as it delivered a critical report on London's foreign policy in the Middle East.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
How the Fight for Vast New Spying Powers Was Won News Link  •  Police State
How the Fight for Vast New Spying Powers Was Won
8-12-2007  •  Washington Post 
For three days, Mike McConnell, the director of national intelligence, had haggled with congressional leaders over amendments to a federal surveillance law, but now he was putting his foot down. "This is the issue," said the plain-spoken re  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
After Iraq: Guardsman finds it hard to put horrors behind him News Link  •  WAR: About that War
After Iraq: Guardsman finds it hard to put horrors behind him
8-12-2007  •  Omaha World Herald 
hen Joel Hestermann returned after a year in Iraq, counselors at the Army's Camp Shelby, Miss., warned him to get help. They told Hestermann that he had gone through too much combat to step straight back into civilian life. They also wanted  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Pat Tillman's Mom Calls Censured General 'The Scapegoat' News Link  •  Military
Pat Tillman's Mom Calls Censured General 'The Scapegoat'
8-12-2007  •  AOL Sports 
Lt. Gen. Philip Kensinger, who was censured for lying about the death in Afghanistan of former Arizona Cardinals safety Pat Tillman, says he's being made the fall guy for the Army. And Mary Tillman, Pat's mom, agrees.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
 Officer reprimands for Tillman death coverup offer mild criticism, some praise News Link  •  Military
Officer reprimands for Tillman death coverup offer mild criticism, some praise
8-12-2007  •  CNN 
Official reprimands issued to three high-ranking Army officers are only mildly critical of their mistakes after the friendly fire death of Pat Tillman and at times praise the officers. Tillman's direct superiors knew within hours of his April 200  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
EFPs are Made in Iraq by Iraqis News Link  •  WAR: About that War
EFPs are Made in Iraq by Iraqis
8-12-2007  •  AntiWar blog 
Dick Cheney is trying to start a war with Iran and since the president has admitted that Iran does not have a nuclear weapons program, the War Party has had to switch gears. Now the excuse for bombing Iran is that they are bombing our guys in Iraq.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Cheney: Invasion of Iraq Would Lead to ‘Quagmire’ News Link  •  WAR: About that War
Cheney: Invasion of Iraq Would Lead to ‘Quagmire’
8-12-2007  •  AntiWar blog 
A video has surfaced of Dick Cheney predicting an invasion of Iraq would lead to a “quagmire.” In 1994, Cheney explained his reasons for not advocating an invasion of Iraq following the first gulf war:  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Bush to Karzai: Will You Just Shut Up About Iran? News Link  •  WAR: About that War
Bush to Karzai: Will You Just Shut Up About Iran?
8-12-2007  •  The Nation 
Karzai, who when he is in the U.S. is expected to act as a puppet of the Bush administration, made the mistake of actually speaking his mind. The Afghan president said terrorism in Afghanistan is getting worse, the hunt for Osama bin Laden is at a st  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Fatigue cripples US army in Iraq News Link  •  WAR: About that War
Fatigue cripples US army in Iraq
8-12-2007  •  The Guardian 
Exhaustion and combat stress are besieging US troops in Iraq as they battle with a new type of warfare. Some even rely on Red Bull to get through the day. As desertions and absences increase, the military is struggling to cope with the crisis  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Iraqi mercenary army answers to nobody News Link  •  WAR: About that War
Iraqi mercenary army answers to nobody
8-12-2007  •  USA Today 
There are now nearly as many private contractors in Iraq as there are U.S. soldiers " and about half of them are private security guards equipped with automatic weapons, body armor, helicopters and bullet-proof trucks. They operate with little or no  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Democrats Say Leaving Iraq May Take Years News Link  •  WAR: About that War
Democrats Say Leaving Iraq May Take Years
8-12-2007  •  NY Times 
[Just after Hillary's second term.] Even as they call for an end to the war and pledge to bring the troops home, the Democratic presidential candidates are setting out positions that could leave the United States engaged in Iraq for years.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
US doles out millions for street cameras News Link  •  Police State
US doles out millions for street cameras
8-12-2007  •  Boston Globe 
The Department of Homeland Security is funneling millions of dollars to local governments nationwide for purchasing high-tech video camera networks, accelerating the rise of a "surveillance society" in which the sense of freedom that stems  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Venezuela's Chavez says oil headed for $100 barrel News Link  •  Economy - International
Venezuela's Chavez says oil headed for $100 barrel
8-12-2007  •  Reuters 
World oil prices are headed for $100 per barrel, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez predicted, and said he will cut supplies to the United States if the U.S. government "attacks" the South American nation again. "I've always said tha  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Pregnant woman in labor speeding to hospital ticketed News Link  •  TAXES: Local
Pregnant woman in labor speeding to hospital ticketed
8-12-2007  •  Washington Post 
The labor pains were coming, so Jessica Hodges got going. The 26-year-old bank teller sped toward Inova Fairfax Hospital, but before she got there, the law got her -- 57 mph in a 35 zone. Reckless driving. Hodges's labor pains subsided -- they tu  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
UK May Scrap ID Cards News Link  •  Police State
UK May Scrap ID Cards
8-12-2007  •  ComputerWorld UK 
U.K.'s Conservative Party has reiterated that it will scrap the government's #5.3 billion (US$10.8 billion) ID cards scheme as ministers announced that the delayed procurement for the program had finally begun. A tender notice for the Nati  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
New Orleans politician faces graft charges News Link  •  Corruption
New Orleans politician faces graft charges
8-12-2007  •  Reuters 
A prominent New Orleans city councilman who had said he would run for mayor in 2010 is expected to plead guilty to federal corruption charges. Councilman Oliver Thomas reached a plea bargain agreement with U.S. prosecutors investigating corruption in  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Iraq PM calls summit to save unity government News Link  •  WAR: About that War
Iraq PM calls summit to save unity government
8-12-2007  •  AFP 
Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Sunday called upon senior leaders in Iraq's bitterly divided communities to hold crisis talks this week in an effort to save his fraying national unity government.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
 Iranian oil minister steps down News Link  •  WAR: About that War
Iranian oil minister steps down
8-12-2007  •  AFP 
The Iranian government on Sunday announced that Oil Minister Kazem Vaziri Hamaneh had stepped down, the second resignation from President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's cabinet within a day.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Tommy Thompson Drops Presidential Bid News Link  •  Eugenics
Tommy Thompson Drops Presidential Bid
8-12-2007  •  AP 
Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson is dropping out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination, a campaign official said. His campaign released a statement saying the Republican is leaving the campaign trail several hours after WITI-TV i  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
The Global Ron Paul Revolution News Link  •  Eugenics
The Global Ron Paul Revolution
08-12-2007  •  Latter-day Saints for Ron Paul 
Americans aren't the only ones who love Ron Paul. People all over the world are cheering him on, hoping that he will restore America's once respected Republic. I don't know if I've ever heard of this happening before... Foreigners  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Jean Carbonneau
Taliban a step ahead of US assault News Link  •  World News
Taliban a step ahead of US assault
08-12-2007  •  Asia Times 
The ongoing three-day peace jirga(council) involving hundres of tribal leaders from Pakistan and Afghanistan is aimed at identifying and rooting out Taliban and al-Qaeda militaqncy on both sides of the border. This was to be followed up  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Jean Carbonneau
The Army knew Iraq ... About 60 years ago. News Link  •  History
The Army knew Iraq ... About 60 years ago.
08-12-2007  •  Newsweek 
In 1943, US servicemen statioined in Iraq were issued a pocket-sized 41-page book entitled "A Short Guide to Iraq." In straightforward prose, the book gave American soldiers a primer to help them through the cultural snarls and byways of t  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Jean Carbonneau
US prepares to plug hole left by British troops News Link  •  WAR: About that War
US prepares to plug hole left by British troops
08-12-2007  •  Telegraph 
America is preparing to pour thousands of extra troops into southern Iraq amid fears that Gordon Brown is committed to withdrawing British troops from the region early next year. The White House and the Pentagon are understood to have drawn up  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Jean Carbonneau
Mid-East already planning for Bush's departure News Link  •  Foreign Policy
Mid-East already planning for Bush's departure
08-12-2007  •  McClatchy Newspapers 
(Most of us here can't wait for it) One recent Friday morning, Dr. Eyad Sarraj, a Palestinian human-rights activist, offered this assessment of what the future holds for the Gaza Strip now that the Islamist group Hamas has taken control.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Jean Carbonneau
OUT OF GAS LET'S PUSH Opinion  •  Mexican United States Relations
Reflexiones Libertarias
OUT OF GAS LET'S PUSH
08-11-2007
Ricardo Valenzuela
   Al aproximarnos al final de la primera década del milenio, aun para los optimistas el mundo presenta una serie de visiones realmente preocupantes. Una de ellas es la creciente y ancestral tensión entre México y los EU que día a día se manifiesta con
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US payments to security contractors in Iraq soar. News Link  •  Corruption
US payments to security contractors in Iraq soar.
08-12-2007  •  STEVE FAINARU, Washington Post 
Costs rose in line with the Corps of Engineers' security demands, including a request for additional armored vehicles that cost roughly $150,000 each and are manned by guards who earn $15,000 a month. -- The Army Corps of Engineers is made up pri  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Leon Felkins
California Conducts Illegal Fireworks Checkpoint Feature Article  •  Police State
California Conducts Illegal Fireworks Checkpoint
Terry Bressi
   It seems that task force agents weren't just stopping vehicles and making inquiries. They were taking it much further and demanding to search vehicles absent reasonable suspicion of wrongdoing and threatening drivers, who refused to allow their v
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Romney Wins Iowa Straw Poll As Expected News Link  •  Eugenics
Romney Wins Iowa Straw Poll As Expected
8-11-2007  •  AP 
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won an easy and expected victory in a high-profile Iowa Republican Party Straw Poll, claiming nearly twice as many votes as his nearest rival. Romney had been expected to win the test because he spent millions of  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Add fireworks to the growing list of excuses for illegal suspicionless checkpoints News Link  •  Police State
Add fireworks to the growing list of excuses for illegal suspicionless checkpoints
08-11-2007  •  Press-Enterprise 
A mile-long backup on Highway 18 near Waterman Canyon Road wasn't caused by an accident on the winding road. It was a fireworks checkpoint. Any fireworks discovered will be confiscated, county officials said. Those who possess them will be cited  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Terry Bressi
Another 'judge' finds another SWAT team not liable for another wrong door raid News Link  •  Criminal Justice System
Another 'judge' finds another SWAT team not liable for another wrong door raid
08-11-2007  •  The Agitator 
A search warrant was executed and, afterward, Roach said a SWAT team pointed guns at his family, including six children ages one to 16. Then police discovered the informant had given the wrong information.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Terry Bressi
Fed bails out banks
News Link  •  Federal Reserve
Fed bails out banks
8-11-2007  •  Muckracker Report 
August 11, 2007 " Yesterday the Federal Reserve purchased $38 billion in mortgage debt from leading banks in an effort to prevent a much needed correction and crash of the artificially supported stock market. The Federal Reserve calls it adding rese  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Ed Haas
Romans Chapter 13 Opinion  •  Philosophy: Political
Food For Thought
Romans Chapter 13
08-10-2007
Chuck Baldwin
   It seems that every time someone such as myself attempts to encourage our Christian brothers and sisters to resist an unconstitutional or otherwise reprehensible government policy, we hear the retort, "What about Romans Chapter 13?..."
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