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Date Sent: 2007-08-16
Freedom's Phoenix Headline News for Thursday, August 16, 2007
 
Truck bombings killed at least 500 Iraqis -- U.S. to Expand Domestic Use Of Spy Satellites

MISH: Goldman: Deal or No Deal? -- Gen. Petraeus' report written by the Whitehouse -- Bush Administration: Warrantless Eavesdropping Cannot Be Questioned -- Republicans had better impeach Cheney fast -- US Blames Iran for Casualties from Its Own Attacks -- Prices for key foods are rising sharply -- Existing Home Sales Fall in 41 States -- TSA check for fliers' facial expressions -- Iranian Militia to Be Labeled 'Terrorist' -- Mitt owns stock in stem cell research -- Nuclear blemish on Fred Thompson -- ES&S Failed to Disclose Foreign Manufacturer to Gov't. -- Rudy on immigration . . . then -- Tommy Thompson’s Brother to Endorse Ron Paul -- Officers see bleak future for Iraq -- New passport requirements aren't about security -- Fraud at Iowa Straw Poll -- Lack of e-vote paper trail worries other states -- Police can enter homes of DUI suspects without warrant -- Tax case dismissed against evangelist -- The ‘Civil’ Traffic Ticket -- S&P erases gains for year -- Countrywide bankrupt? -- The Dollar: A "Slow Motion Train Wreck"
 

Goldman: Deal or No Deal? News Link  •  Economy - Economics USA
Goldman: Deal or No Deal?
8-15-2007  •  MISH: Global Economic Analysis 
Goldman Sachs injects $3bn into its troubled quant hedge fund that has lost 30% this year. In addition fees were lowered to 0% from 2% and performance fees lowered to 10% from 20%.Will this stop the redemptions? Is it Deal or No Deal?   Read Full Story
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Reported by: Mike Shedlock
U.S. to Expand Domestic Use Of Spy Satellites News Link  •  Police State
U.S. to Expand Domestic Use Of Spy Satellites
8-15-2007  •  Wall Street Journal 
The U.S.'s top intelligence official has greatly expanded the range of federal and local authorities who can get access to the nation's vast network of spy satellites. Examine how the satellites can aid federal and local law-enforcement agenc  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
 Travelocity fined for Cuba trips News Link  •  Foreign Policy
Travelocity fined for Cuba trips
8-15-2007  •  AP 
In a first for an online travel company, Travelocity.com has been fined by federal regulators for booking trips between the U.S. and Cuba in violation of a 45-year-old embargo. Travelocity.com earlier this month paid $182,750 to settle a complain  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Gen. Petraeus' report is actually being written by the Whitehouse News Link  •  WAR: About that War
Gen. Petraeus' report is actually being written by the Whitehouse
8-15-2007  •  Raw Story 
Although President Bush has long said the report will represent the views of Gen. David Petraeus, the commander of US troops in Iraq, it is actually being prepared by the White House with input from officials throughout the government, according to  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Bush Administration Says Warrantless Eavesdropping Cannot Be Questioned News Link  •  Bush Administration
Bush Administration Says Warrantless Eavesdropping Cannot Be Questioned
8-15-2007  •  Wired 
"The case cannot be litigated in light of the national security interest involved," one official said.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
If Republicans wish to save their sorry rears, they had better impeach Cheney News Link  •  Politics: Republican Campaigns
If Republicans wish to save their sorry rears, they had better impeach Cheney
8-15-2007  •  by Jon Basil Utley (AntiWar) 
Bush and Cheney have little to lose from spreading the war, but the Republican Party has very much to lose. Its only way out is to impeach Cheney. That would alleviate the main pressure upon Bush to expand the wars.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
The State Perpetuates Itself by Failing News Link  •  God, Government and other assorted myths....
The State Perpetuates Itself by Failing
8-15-2007  •  by Ivan Eland (AntiWar) 
If a business provided inferior goods or shoddy services, it is likely that the concern would go belly-up. Yet when the U.S. government makes a blunder, the more its citizens reward its failure with further money and authority.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
 US Blames Iran for Casualties from Its Own Attacks News Link  •  Iran
US Blames Iran for Casualties from Its Own Attacks
8-15-2007  •  by Gareth Porter (AntiWar) 
The obvious reason for the rise in Shi'ite-related U.S. casualties is that the Mahdi Army of Moqtada al-Sadr was defending itself against a rising tempo of attacks by U.S. forces at the same time attacks by al-Qaeda forces had fallen.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Decline and Fall News Link  •  Economy - Economics USA
Decline and Fall
8-15-2007  •  by Justin Raimondo (AntiWar) 
"The U.S. government is on a 'burning platform' of unsustainable policies and practices," Walker avers, including "fiscal deficits" and "overseas military commitments threatening a crisis if action is not taken soon.*  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Prices for key foods are rising sharply News Link  •  Economy - Economics USA
Prices for key foods are rising sharply
8-15-2007  •  McClatchy News 
The Labor Department's most recent inflation data showed that U.S. food prices rose by 4.2% for the 12 months ending in July, but a deeper look reveals the price of milk, eggs and other essentials are actually rising by double digits.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Existing Home Sales Fall in 41 States News Link  •  Housing
Existing Home Sales Fall in 41 States
8-15-2007  •  AP 
Sales of existing homes fell in 41 states during the April-June quarter while home prices were down in one-third of the metropolitan areas surveyed, underscored the severity of the current housing slump, the worst downturn in 16 years.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Democratic hopefuls seize on housing woes News Link  •  Eugenics
Democratic hopefuls seize on housing woes
8-15-2007  •  Retuers 
Democratic presidential hopefuls have seized on the deepening U.S. mortgage crisis and gyrating financial markets as signs they would be better stewards of the economy, but Republicans argue the outlook is strong.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
New airport agents check for danger in fliers' facial expressions News Link  •  Transportation: Air Travel
New airport agents check for danger in fliers' facial expressions
8-15-2007  •  McClatchy News 
Next time you go to the airport, there may be more eyes on you than you notice. Specially trained security personnel are watching body language and facial cues of passengers for signs of bad intentions. The watcher could be the attendant who hands  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Truck bombings killed at least 500 Iraqis News Link  •  WAR: About that War
Truck bombings killed at least 500 Iraqis
8-15-2007  •  CNN 
The death toll in the suicide bombings Tuesday in northern Iraq has risen to at least 500, local officials said. The attacks, targeting Kurdish villages, were attempts to "break the will" of the American people and show the US troop escalat  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Iranian Unit to Be Labeled 'Terrorist' News Link  •  Iran
Iranian Unit to Be Labeled 'Terrorist'
8-15-2007  •  Washington Post 
The United States has decided to designate Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps, the country's 125,000-strong elite military branch, as a "specially designated global terrorist," according to U.S. officials, a move that allows Washingto  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
News Link  •  Eugenics
RON PAUL DEFRAUDED BY IOWA STRAW POLL PROCESS
8-15-2007  •  Rense 
Hear ye! Hear ye! The Ron Paul Campaign has confirmed to callers what was repeated at the event itself -- that the campaign bought and gave away 800 tickets. The “Adopt an Iowan group” (an independent effort) has published that they had collected $22  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Ed Vallejo
Mitt owns stock in stem cell research News Link  •  Eugenics
Mitt owns stock in stem cell research
8-15-2007  •  Boston Herald 
Despite his “pro-life” campaign pitch, former Gov. Mitt Romney owns stock in two companies involved in embryonic stem cell research, a controversial field of study he previously cited as the reason for his rightward shift on abortion.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Ron Paul Wins Iowa Straw Poll on YouTube News Link  •  Eugenics
Ron Paul Wins Iowa Straw Poll on YouTube
8-15-2007  •  LewRockwell 
What's the #1 most viewed, top rated, most discussed, and top favorite News and Politics video on YouTube? This one: Ron Paul's Speech at Iowa Straw Poll  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Nuclear blemish on Thompson's bona fides News Link  •  Eugenics
Nuclear blemish on Thompson's bona fides
8-15-2007  •  Politico 
When Fred Thompson was a lobbyist, he advocated for his home state’s biggest government-funded boondoggles. He made some important connections, a nice chunk of change, and for the spending of a whole lot of taxpayer money.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
ES&S Failed to Disclose Manila Manufacturer to Fed Agency News Link  •  Voting - Election Integrity
ES&S Failed to Disclose Manila Manufacturer to Fed Agency
8-15-2007  •  Wired 
ES&S failed to disclose the foreign facility's role in assembling its voting machines to the Federal Election Assistance Commission. Voting machine companies are required to disclose the names and locations of their manufacturing and assembling f  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Rudy on immigration . . . then News Link  •  Eugenics
Rudy on immigration . . . then
8-15-2007  •  Politico (video) 
A day after Rudy Giuliani promised in South Carolina that "we can end illegal immigration," an aide to one of his rivals sends along a video of the former mayor taking a much more pragmatic line on the issue. "We're never ever goin  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Tommy Thompson’s Brother Said to Endorse Ron Paul News Link  •  Eugenics
Tommy Thompson’s Brother Said to Endorse Ron Paul
8-15-2007  •  FMNN 
Tommy Thompson - former governor of Wisconsin - just dropped out of the GOP presidential campaign, and now his big brother Ed Thompson is said to have endorsed GOP candidate Ron Paul. “Ed’s endorsement will certainly help them in Wisconsin,”  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Despite violence drop, officers see bleak future for Iraq News Link  •  WAR: About that War
Despite violence drop, officers see bleak future for Iraq
8-15-2007  •  McClatchy News 
Despite U.S. claims that violence is down in the Iraqi capital, U.S. military officers are offering a bleak picture of Iraq’s future, saying they’ve yet to see any signs of reconciliation between Sunni and Shiite Muslims despite the drop in violence.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
New passport requirements aren't about security News Link  •  Police State
New passport requirements aren't about security
08-15-2007  •  AZ Central 
New passport requirements that have complicated travel this summer also have uncovered untold numbers of child-support scofflaws and forced them to pay millions.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Terry Bressi
Fraud at Iowa Straw Poll News Link  •  Eugenics
Fraud at Iowa Straw Poll"But By Which Side?
8-15-2007  Detractors of the exit poll claim this difference was caused by the exit pollsters being obvious Paul supporters"driving away supporters of other candidates.... But here is a representative shirt worn by an Iowa Straw Poll exit pollster:  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
What Ron Paul supporters SHOULDN’T apologize for News Link  •  Eugenics
What Ron Paul supporters SHOULDN’T apologize for
8=15=2007  •  The Crossed Pond 
The bulk of what many observers see as “obnoxious” about Ron Paul supporters is simply the joy of total political commitment. And I will never, ever apologize for that, or seek to alter it, no matter who it offends. The Republican party needs MORE of  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Lack of paper trail worries other states News Link  •  Voting - Election Integrity
Lack of paper trail worries other states
8-15-2007  •  San Diego Union-Tribune 
Secretary of State Debra Bowen's recent decision to ban most touch-screen voting machines in California could usher in a new era of skepticism about electronic voting across the country, some election experts say. California isn't the firs  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Police can now enter homes of DUI suspects without a warrant News Link  •  Bill of Rights
Police can now enter homes of DUI suspects without a warrant
8-15-2007  •  CBS 13TV 
[Old, but wow.] Police may enter Californians' homes without warrants to arrest those suspected of driving under the influence, the California Supreme Court ruled in a case testing the scope of the Fourth Amendment right to be free from unreasona  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Tax case dismissed against evangelist News Link  •  TAXES: Federal
Tax case dismissed against evangelist
8/15/2007  •  www.signonsandiego.com/ 
The tax evasion indictment against San Diego-based evangelist Morris Cerullo has been dismissed by a judge who ruled federal prosecutors and IRS agents misled the grand jury on the key legal issue in the case.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Morpheus Titania
The ‘Civil’ Traffic Ticket Opinion  •  Law Enforcers or Peace Officers
Slay Your Traffic Tickets!
The ‘Civil’ Traffic Ticket " “It ain’t no crime” …at least that’s what the state claims!
08-15-2007
Greg Slaughter
   In 1967, the Supreme Court cracked open the door to provide legal sanction to what police officers were already doing around the country in violating the Fourth Amendment (performing traffic stop seizures for non-criminal civil infractions).
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S&P erases gains for year as mortgage lender sinks News Link  •  Economy - Economics USA
S&P erases gains for year as mortgage lender sinks
8-15-2007  •  Reuters 
U.S. stocks fell sharply, wiping out the year's gains for the benchmark S&P 500, after Countrywide Financial shares plunged on a brokerage downgrade and rumors it was having trouble raising money. The clouds enveloping the No. 1 U.S. mortgage len  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Countrywide cut by Merrill; bankruptcy raised News Link  •  Economy - Economics USA
Countrywide cut by Merrill; bankruptcy raised
8-15-2007  •  Reuters 
Countrywide Financial Corp. could face bankruptcy if liquidity worsens, according to a Merrill Lynch & Co. analyst who downgraded the largest U.S. mortgage lender to "sell" from "buy." The downgrade suggests deepening problems at  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
A Feature Article  •  Federal Reserve
A "Slow Motion Train Wreck"
Stephen Lendman
   Future hard times will arrive slowly and engineered by the Federal Reserve
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