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Date Sent: 2007-12-18
Freedom's Phoenix Headline News for Tuesday, December 18, 2007
 
Bush: 'Storm clouds' over economy -- NJ bans death penalty -- Bloomberg to Announce Presidential R

Ron Paul TV Special for Iowa -- The Spies Who Came In Under The Radar -- U.S. Stocks Fall -- US current account deficit shrinks -- A desperate life for survivors of the US's Secret War -- Wider Spying Fuels Aid Plan for Telecom Industry -- Judge: White House logs are public -- Shocking Stories of the Aid Workers Just Released From Gitmo -- US backed Turkish air strikes says General -- US Must Reevaluate Its Relationship With Israel -- $45 Trillion Gap Seen in US Benefits -- Knife At Lunch Gets 10-Year-Old Girl Arrested At School -- MISH: Digging Deeper Into The CPI -- Russia makes 1st nuclear fuel shipment to Iran -- Police State America - A Look Back and Ahead
 

Ron Paul TV Special for Iowa News Link  •  Eugenics
Ron Paul TV Special for Iowa
12-17-2007  •  LewRockwell Blog 
This 30-minute TV special will be broadcast throughout Iowa the weekend of Dec. 22-23.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Ernest Hancock
The Spies Who Came In Under The Radar News Link  •  Israel
The Spies Who Came In Under The Radar
12-17-2007  •  Taki mag 
The AIPAC spy trial has been delayed once again. It was supposed to start on January 16: the new trial date is April 29. I’ve been covering this story since it first broke"in the summer of 2004. Briefly, the Pentagon’s top Iran analyst, Larry Fran  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Of Orwell, Wikipedia and Guantánamo Bay News Link  •  Central Intelligence Agency
Of Orwell, Wikipedia and Guantánamo Bay
12-17-2007  •  NY Times 
A group called Wikileaks asserted that the military appeared to have a Winston Smith of its own at the Guantánamo Bay naval base, mucking about with the way Wikipedia and news sites portray the base and, curiously, posting odd assertions about Fidel  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
US current account deficit shrinks to $178.5 billion News Link  •  Free Trade
US current account deficit shrinks to $178.5 billion
12-17-2007  •  AFP 
"The combination of slower growth in US demand, solid growth in overseas economies, and a declining dollar has been pulling the trade deficit lower as exports have outstripped imports," said Nigel Gault, a US economist at Global Insight.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
U.S. Stocks Fall; Exxon, Freeport-McMoRan, Caterpillar Decline News Link  •  Economy - Economics USA
U.S. Stocks Fall; Exxon, Freeport-McMoRan, Caterpillar Decline
12-17-2007  •  Bloomberg 
U.S. stocks posted their biggest two- day drop in more than a month, led by energy companies and miners, on growing concern that the U.S. economy will slow.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Another Milestone on the Road to Serfdom News Link  •  Philosophy: Fascism
Another Milestone on the Road to Serfdom
12-17-07  •  Harper's 
And the object of this partnership"which emerges as a criminal conspiracy, quite literally, between telecom companies and the Bush Administration"is to watch and listen to you and everything you do.  Read Full Story
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Rare find highlights antiquities fears News Link  •  Anthropology
Rare find highlights antiquities fears
12-17-2007  •  The Guardian 
The only lead curse on a Roman emperor ever found, with a Roman gold coin. The lead foil would be hung in a temple to enact the curse, which would be made with the impression of a coin.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
A desperate life for survivors of the Secret War in Laos News Link  •  Central Intelligence Agency
A desperate life for survivors of the Secret War in Laos
12-17-2007  •  IHT 
4 decades after the CIA hired thousands of jungle warriors to fight communists on the western fringes of the Vietnam War, men who are veterans of that covert operation are isolated, hungry and periodically hunted by a Laotian Communist government sti  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Wider Spying Fuels Aid Plan for Telecom Industry News Link  •  Police State
Wider Spying Fuels Aid Plan for Telecom Industry
12-17-2007  •  NY Times 
N.S.A. officials met with the Qwest executives in Feb. 2001 [just after Bush took office] asking for more access to their phone system for surveillance operations. The company declined, expressing concerns the request was illegal without a c  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Huck's Helping His Dog Torturing Son News Link  •  Eugenics
Huck's Helping His Dog Torturing Son
12-17-2007  •  Newsweek 
One of his sons was involved in the hanging of a stray dog at a Boy Scout camp in 1998. Governor Huckabee's chief of staff and personal lawyer both leaned on [the state police director] to write a letter officially denying the local prosecutor**  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Judge: White House logs are public News Link  •  Bush Administration
Judge: White House logs are public
12-17-2007  •  AP 
Judge Rejects Bush Secrecy Claim, Says White House Visitor Logs Are Public Documents. [well I want to see the Cheney Energy Committee list]  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Bush sees 'storm clouds' over US economy News Link  •  Economy - Economics USA
Bush sees 'storm clouds' over US economy
12-17-2007  •  AFP 
President Bush said the US economy was basically strong but warned of "storm clouds" in the form of a credit crunch and what may be a bursting housing bubble. There's definitely some storm clouds and concerns, but the underpinning is go  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
The Shocking Stories of the Aid Workers Just Released From Gitmo News Link  •  Torture
The Shocking Stories of the Aid Workers Just Released From Gitmo
12-17-2007  •  Antiwar 
Two years after being cleared for release from Guantánamo by a military review board, a hospital administrator who worked for a Saudi charity, and a man who worked with orphans for a Kuwaiti NGO, have been repatriated to the country of their birth  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Let's count ways we've sacrificed for Iraq war News Link  •  WAR: About that War
Let's count ways we've sacrificed for Iraq war
12-17-2007  •  Capitol Times 
As adults, we're being taught another myth -- that ordinary people haven't sacrificed anything during the Iraq war. But the sacrifice myth isn't an innocent belief we shed before adolescence. And the more people accept it, the more danger  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
US backed Turkish air strikes says General News Link  •  WAR: About that War
US backed Turkish air strikes says General
12-17-2007  •  AFP 
THE US backed Turkish air raids on Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq overnight with intelligence and clearance to enter Iraqi airspace, Turkey's army chief said.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
US Must Reevaluate Its Relationship With Israel News Link  •  Israel
US Must Reevaluate Its Relationship With Israel
12-17-2007  •  by Scott Ritter (Antiwar) 
I have for some time now publicly articulated my sympathy and support for the state of Israel, even while criticizing those cases that I believed constituted poor judgment and bad policy. My stance was based upon my past experiences with Israel, whic  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
$45 Trillion Gap Seen in US Benefits News Link  •  Economy - Economics USA
$45 Trillion Gap Seen in US Benefits
12-17-2007  •  Washington Post 
The government is promising $45 trillion more than it can deliver on Social Security, Medicare and other benefit programs. That is the gap between the promises the government has made in benefits and the projected revenue stream for these programs ov  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Knife At Lunch Gets 10-Year-Old Girl Arrested At School News Link  •  Education: Government Schools
Knife At Lunch Gets 10-Year-Old Girl Arrested At School
12-17-2007  •  WFTV 
A 10-year old Ocala girl brought her lunch to school and a small kitchen knife to cut it. She now faces a felony charge after being arrested. The school and the sheriff's office disagree on the reason for the arrest. [law enforcements proudest mo  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
City government considers tax for sellers of sugary soda News Link  •  TAXES: Local
City government considers tax for sellers of sugary soda
12-17-2007  •  San Francisco Chronicle 
But one way or the other, Newsom wants the merchants of sweet to sweat a bit. By the way, Newsom said he has no plans for a Twinkies or Ho Hos tax. [sure]  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
NAHB: Home Builders Confidence Unchanged at Record Low News Link  •  Economy - Economics USA
NAHB: Home Builders Confidence Unchanged at Record Low
12-17-07  •  CalculatedRisk.blogspot 
This chart gives new meaning to the phrase "fell off a cliff".  Read Full Story
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"Homeland Security" From Cradle To Grave...
12-17-2007  •  Papers Please 
The stated purpose of the SAVE Act of 2007 is to coordinate with states to establish a common data set and common data exchange protocol for electronic birth and death registration systems, and for such systems to align with a national model.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Terry Bressi
Seth McFarlane speaking at Harvard (Part 1 of 4) News Link  •  Humor
Seth McFarlane speaking at Harvard (Part 1 of 4)
12-17-2007  •  Seth McFarlane 
The creator of Family Guy makes a commencement speech at Harvard University.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Michael Wagner
PRAISE THE LORD & PASS THE AMMUNITION News Link  •  Gun Rights
PRAISE THE LORD & PASS THE AMMUNITION
12-17-2007  •  Mary Starrett 
Americans should question the notion that stricter gun laws save lives. New Life Church member Jeanne Assam protected the lives of members of her church last Sunday by using a firearm.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Jon Marino
LA CRIATURA DE JEKYLL ISLAND III Opinion  •  Mexican United States Relations
Reflexiones Libertarias
LA CRIATURA DE JEKYLL ISLAND III
12-17-2007
Ricardo Valenzuela
   La conducta de los mercados financieros las últimas semanas, ha sido prueba de lo afirmado en los primeros artículos de esta serie dedicada a la criatura de Jekyll Island. Ante ello, con un convencimiento más firme continúo.
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Ron Paul Raises $6 Million in One Day; Over $18 Million 4Q Feature Article  •  Eugenics
Ron Paul Raises $6 Million in One Day; Over $18 Million 4Q
Powell Gammill
   Congressman Ron Paul’s presidential campaign had a record fundraising day yesterday. In a 24-hour period on December 16, the campaign raised $6.026 million dollars, surpassing the one-day record of $5.7 million held by John Kerry.
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America in the Cross Hairs of Cultural Time Bomb Opinion  •  Immigration
CONNECTING THE DOTS
America in the Cross Hairs of Cultural Time Bomb
12-17-2007
Frosty Wooldridge
   Have you watched the legal immigrant riots in Paris, France this month? They portend our own future as we immigrate millions up on unending millions of the third world into the United States. They create a cultural nightmare and an environmental **
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The Importance of Fiscal Responsibility in Government<br>by U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, M.D. (R-TX) Feature Article  •  Eugenics
The Importance of Fiscal Responsibility in Government
by U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, M.D. (R-TX)

Powell Gammill
   Reducing our entitlement programs here at home is not against saving the children, as the rhetoric goes, it is about saving the country's economy. We have huge trade imbalances, massive deficits, and a $9 trillion national debt, which balloons to
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County Attorney using taxpayer dollars to advertise his re-election News Link  •  Arizona's Top News
County Attorney using taxpayer dollars to advertise his re-election
12-17-2007  •  East Valley Tribune 
Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas has spent $2.5 million in public money on public service advertisements, most of which he’s been in, since taking office 3 years ago. Thomas is using the cloak of public service to promote himself politically.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
New Jersey bans the death penalty News Link  •  Death Penalty
New Jersey bans the death penalty
12-17-2007  •  AP 
Gov. Jon S. Corzine signed into law Monday a measure that abolishes the death penalty, making New Jersey the first state in more than four decades to reject capital punishment.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Digging Deeper Into The CPI News Link  •  Economy - Economics USA
Digging Deeper Into The CPI
12-17-2007  •  Mike 
If you do not eat, drink, or drive, or need medical care you are in great shape. Then again, perhaps that makes you a robot. It's hard to say if this is the last hurrah for higher CPIs or not (I think it might be), but it does not take much diggi  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Mike Shedlock
Synthetic DNA on the Brink of Yielding New Life Forms News Link  •  Science, Medicine and Technology
Synthetic DNA on the Brink of Yielding New Life Forms
12-17-07  •  WashingtonPost.com 
Synthetic DNA to produce a fuel alternative from a diet of corn syrup and sugar cane. So efficient are the bugs' synthetic metabolisms that LS9 predicts it will be able to sell the fuel for just $1.25 a gallon.  Read Full Story
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Bloomberg to Announce Presidential Run News Link  •  Eugenics
Bloomberg to Announce Presidential Run
12-17-2007  •  LewRockwell.com 
According to Forbes Magazine, NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg will announce that he's running for president some time after Super Tuesday, February 5th; a supporter told Forbes that he is prepared to spend up to $2 billion of his own money in a race.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Ernest Hancock
Russia makes 1st nuclear fuel shipment to Iran News Link  •  Iran
Russia makes 1st nuclear fuel shipment to Iran
12-17-07  •  AP News.MyWay.com 
"The first nuclear fuel shipment for the Bushehr atomic power plant arrived in Iran Monday," IRNA quoted Iranian Vice President Gholam Reza Aghazadeh as saying.  Read Full Story
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Ron Paul: $$$ Record A Sign He's 'Ready for Primetime'? News Link  •  Eugenics
Ron Paul: $$$ Record A Sign He's 'Ready for Primetime'?
12-17-2007  •  Mondoreb 
The Ron Paul campaign has had no trouble generating enthusiasm from supporters, but low name recognition has hindered the Texas doctor. A fund-raising record and a rise in the polls may indicate he's ready for a break-out.  Read Full Story
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Police State America - A Look Back and Ahead Feature Article  •  Police State
Police State America - A Look Back and Ahead
Stephen Lendman
   An analysis of how the republic died post-9/11
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Dodd To Filibuster FISA Bill News Link  •  Legislative Mischief
Dodd To Filibuster FISA Bill"Needs Material To Read on Senate Floor
12-17-2007  •  Crooks & Liars 
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid loves parliamentary procedure so much that he is essentially selling out his own party to allow the Senate to debate the FISA bill with the telecom immunity.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
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