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Date Sent: 2008-12-08
Freedom's Phoenix Headline News for Monday, December 8, 2008
 
Mystery phone call put Pakistan and India at brink of war -- Chinese property hunters to raid US

Detroit Bailout May Bring On U.S. Oversight -- Gov't Pulls Witness in Gitmo Case Against Canadian -- Militants in Pakistan destroy NATO Trucks -- Who will be America's next president? -- British ISPs filtering Wikipedia -- Return to $1 gas? -- Federal Inflationary Policies Mask Real Problem - by John Stossel -- Gen. Shinseki named Secretary of Veterans' Affairs -- How the Government plans to record intimate information on every child -- A million layoffs a month in corporate America -- Obama Plans Largest Building Program Since 1950s -- Obama: "We can’t worry, short term, about the budget deficit" -- COPS TASER DROWNED DAD'S DISTRAUGHT SON -- Secret Report Links State Gun Laws To Rates of Slayings, Trafficking -- In Iraq, 'a Prison Full of Innocent Men' -- Lawmakers and White House agree on auto aid plan -- Bush drinking heavily -- National Parks to Allow Right-to-Carry -- Hand-Build an Earth Sheltered House For $5,000 -- Fred Thompson on the Economy
 

Detroit Bailout May Bring On U.S. Oversight News Link  •  Legislative Mischief
Detroit Bailout May Bring On U.S. Oversight
12-7-2008  •  NY Times 
Congressional Democrats were drafting legislation for tight government control of the crippled American auto industry, including the possible creation of an oversight board made up of the head of the EPA and led by an "car czar."  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Peter Schiff Takes The Mayor Of Lansing, Michigan to the Woodshed On CNN Over The Auto Bailouts News Link  •  Economy - Economics USA
Peter Schiff Takes The Mayor Of Lansing, Michigan to the Woodshed On CNN Over The Auto Bailouts
12/7/08  •  www.ronpaulforpresident2008.com 
Got to love it when our paid, bribed and in bed crooked politicians get the rear ends handed to them. Even the CNN anchor open up a can of whop ass on the mayor!  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Morpheus Titania
McCain: Afghanistan Situation Will Get Harder News Link  •  WAR: About that War
McCain: Afghanistan Situation Will Get Harder
12-7-2008  •  AP 
Sen. John McCain said the situation in Afghanistan will get more difficult before it gets easier " "just like the surge in Iraq was" " as the US prepares to pour thousands more troops into the country, including on the doorsteps of Kabul.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Mystery phone call put Pakistan and India on the brink of war News Link  •  World News
Mystery phone call put Pakistan and India on the brink of war
12-7-2008  •  McClatchy News 
A mysterious night-time telephone call last week brought nuclear-armed India and Pakistan close to the brink of war at the height of the crisis over the Mumbai terror attacks, Pakistani officials said Sunday.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Gov't Pulls Witness in Gitmo Case Against Canadian News Link  •  Criminal Justice System
Gov't Pulls Witness in Gitmo Case Against Canadian
12-07-2008  •  New York Times 
Military prosecutors have withdrawn a government witness in an upcoming Guantanamo war-crimes trial to conceal evidence of "abuse and mistreatment" of the defendant, his Pentagon-appointed lawyer alleged Sunday.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Jean Carbonneau
Militants in Pakistan destroy NATO Trucks News Link  •  WAR: About that War
Militants in Pakistan destroy NATO Trucks
12-07-2008  •  New York Times 
More than 100 trucks loaded with supplies for American and allied forces in Afghanistan were destroyed Sunday by militants in Peshawar, a Pakistani city that serves an an important transit point for the Afghan war effort. It was the THIRD major atta  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Jean Carbonneau
Swat Team conducts food raid in rural Ohio News Link  •  Food
Swat Team conducts food raid in rural Ohio
12-07-2008  •  www.crossroad.to 
December 1, a SWAT team with semi-automatic rifles entered the private home of the Stowers family in LaGrange, Ohio, herded the family onto the couches in the living room, and kept guns trained on parents, children, infants and toddlers  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Ernest Hancock
Who will be America's next president? News Link  •  Constitution
Who will be America's next president?
12/07/2008  •  Mark Yannone 
When the Supreme Court justices honor their oaths of office and obey the Constitution, who will become the next president? If the Supreme Court fails to uphold the supreme law of the land, as written and as intended by our founders, who will be elec  Read Full Story
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It's All in the Works News Link  •  Obama Administration
It's All in the Works
12-07-2008  •  Slate.com 
The Washington Post leads with the first look into Barack Obama's "massive public works program," the most expansive and ambitious since Dwight Eisenhower instigated the federal interstate highway project in the 1950s.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Ernest Hancock
British ISPs filtering Wikipedia News Link  •  Internet
British ISPs filtering Wikipedia
12-7-2008  •  CNET News 
Internet service providers in the U.K. have begun filtering access to Wikipedia after the site was added to the Internet Watch Foundation's blacklist.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Students Find Planet Outside Our Solar System News Link  •  Space Travel and Exploration
Students Find Planet Outside Our Solar System
12-7-2008  •  Space 
Three undergraduate students have discovered a large planet orbiting a fast-rotating star. Extrasolar planet discoveries like this have become common, but this one is unusual both for who found it and the type of star it orbits.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Chinese property hunters to raid US News Link  •  Housing
Chinese property hunters to raid US
12-7-2008  •  Financial Times 
Chinese bargain hunters are preparing to descend on American cities such as Los Angeles and San Francisco, where homeowners have suffered some of the steepest price falls in the US. SouFun, the biggest real estate website in China, is organising a tr  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Montana third state to legalize assisted suicide News Link  •  Domestic Policy
Montana third state to legalize assisted suicide
12-7-2008  •  MSNBC 
A Montana judge has issued a ruling saying residents of the state have the right to doctor-assisted suicide. Mentally competent, terminally ill Montanans have a right to obtain medications that can be self-administered to bring about a peaceful death  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Former drug officer launches 'KopBusters' TV show News Link  •  Law Enforcers or Peace Officers
Former drug officer launches 'KopBusters' TV show
12-7-2008  •  Rawstory 
[First reported on FP by Lorber!] "The trap was set and less than 24 hours later, the Odessa narcotics unit raided the house only to find KopBuster's attorney waiting under a system of complex gadgetry and spy cameras that streamed online to  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Return to $1 gas? Energy prices evaporate News Link  •  Energy
Return to $1 gas? Energy prices evaporate
12-7-2008  •  AP 
Oil prices hit four-year lows Friday. The continuing decline in prices is so dramatic and so sudden that it is raising the prospect that gas prices could soon fall below $1 a gallon. [Will you be able to afford it?]  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Federal Inflationary Policies Mask Real Problem<br>by John Stossel News Link  •  Economy - Economics USA
Federal Inflationary Policies Mask Real Problem
by John Stossel

12-7-2008  •  ABC News 
The inflationary policies now pursued by Washington may temporarily "stimulate the economy," but they also disguise and aggravate the underlying problems. We will all pay a serious price.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Krugman: US Auto Industry Will Likely Disappear News Link  •  Economy - Economics USA
Krugman: US Auto Industry Will Likely Disappear
12-07-08  •  CNBC.com/ 
The Nobel Prize ceremony, Krugman said plans by U.S. lawmakers to bail out the Big Three automakers were a short-term solution, resulting from a "lack of willingness to accept the failure of a large industry in the midst of an economic crisis.**  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Jack Gregson
Gen. Eric Shinseki to be named Secretary of Veterans' Affairs News Link  •  Obama Administration
Gen. Eric Shinseki to be named Secretary of Veterans' Affairs
12-7-2008  •  Politico 
Retired Army Gen. Eric Shinseki will be named as Barack Obama's Secretary of Veterans' Affairs. The surprise pick takes a not-so-subtle slap at President Bush's original national security team.   Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Croats stage anti-government News Link  •  Activism
Croats stage anti-government "Facebook rally"
12-7-2008  •  Reuters 
The rally, staged in several towns, went ahead after police apologized for detaining a Web activist who had put up posters calling for the protest. He was in a 60,000 member Facebook group. Several Internet activists have been held and interrogated b  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
News Link  •  Precious Metals
Red Alert: Gold Backwardation!!!
12-05-2008  •  news.goldseek.com via END THE FED newsletter 
...the jig in Washington is up. The music has stopped on the players of ‘musical chairs’. Those who have no gold in hand are out of luck.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Ed Vallejo
A Sign of Things To Come: Rense.com Blocked In Dubai News Link  •  Media: Internet
A Sign of Things To Come: Rense.com Blocked In Dubai
12-07-08  •  Rense.com 
What is going on? Have you been critical of their property boom and they don't like it?  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Jack Gregson
Deflation virus is moving the policy test beyond the 1930s extremes News Link  •  Economy - International
Deflation virus is moving the policy test beyond the 1930s extremes
12-07-08  •  telegraph.co.uk/finance/ 
We are beyond the extremes of the 1930s. The frontiers of monetary policy are being pushed to limits that may now test viability of paper currencies and modern central banking.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Jack Gregson
How the Government plans to record intimate information on every child in Britain News Link  •  Police State
How the Government plans to record intimate information on every child in Britain
12-07-08  •  dailymail.co.uk/news/ 
CAF includes eyewateringly intimate questions about children’s sexual behaviour, their family’s structure, culture and religion, their views on ‘discrimination’, their friends, secret fears, feelings and family income, plus ‘any serious difficulties  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Jack Gregson
Fears of a million layoffs a month in corporate America News Link  •  Economy - Economics USA
Fears of a million layoffs a month in corporate America
12-07-08  •  Guardian.co.uk 
As many as a million American jobs could be lost every month by next spring as businesses struggle to raise capital in financial markets consumed by fear, according to a new analysis.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Jack Gregson
Knowledge for a Revolution: From Fear to Truth News Link  •  Revolutions, Rebellions & Uprisings
Knowledge for a Revolution: From Fear to Truth
12-07-08  •  prisonplanet.com 
As Thomas Jefferson once said, “Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day”.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Jack Gregson
Obama Plans Largest Building Program Since 1950s News Link  •  Obama Administration
Obama Plans Largest Building Program Since 1950s
12-07-08  •  Bloomberg.com 
In addition to investing in infrastructure, requiring energy standards on public buildings and updating health-care practices, Obama said that he will start a “sweeping effort to modernize and upgrade school buildings” and will boost broadband access  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Jack Gregson
Obama: “We can’t worry, short term, about the budget deficit.” News Link  •  Obama Administration
Obama: “We can’t worry, short term, about the budget deficit.”
12-07-08  •  Bloomberg.com 
While calling the federal budget deficit he will inherit “enormous,” Obama said economic recovery is more important, “and that means that we can’t worry, short term, about the budget deficit.”  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Jack Gregson
Tempe, Arizona: Twin Ghost Towers a Sign of a Sinking Economy News Link  •  Economy - Economics USA
Tempe, Arizona: Twin Ghost Towers a Sign of a Sinking Economy
12-07-08  •  azcentral.com 
Those problems are believed to have prompted the suicide of Mortgages Ltd.'s then-chairman and chief executive officer, Scott Coles, and forced the hard-money lender into bankruptcy in June.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Jack Gregson
$7 TRILLION! News Link  •  Federal Reserve
$7 TRILLION!" What Hank and Ben Are Up to and How They Plan to Pay for It All
12-07-08  •  opednews.com/ 
In a revealing booklet called "Modern Money Mechanics," the Chicago Federal Reserve detailed how fractional reserve lending allows money to "expand." The booklet is now out of print, perhaps because it revealed too much...  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Jack Gregson
News Link  •  WAR: About that War
More than 160 US, NATO vehicles burned in Pakistan
12-07-2008  •  Yahoo! News 
Militants torched 160 vehicles including dozens of Humvees destined for U.S. and allied forces fighting in Afghanistan, in the boldest attack so far on the critical military supply line through Pakistan, official said.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Ed Vallejo
23 Seconds of the Mexican Drug War News Link  •  Drug War
23 Seconds of the Mexican Drug War
12-7-2008  •  LA Times 
The victims' stories intersected in that jewelry store, but the slaughter recorded on the videotape that day looks to have been rooted in a nearby town that believed itself immune from Mexico's drug war.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Brock Lorber
Obama on meet the press News Link  •  Arizona's Top News
Obama on meet the press
12/7/08  •  www.swamppolitics.com/ 
President-elect Barack Obama, confronting the question of the beleaguered economy and tense international challenges that he is facing, explained his approaches to both fronts in an interview aired by NBC's Meet the Press this morning. The world  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Morpheus Titania
Best Of the Week Recommendations (with my comments)
News Link  •  Media: Internet
Best Of the Week Recommendations (with my comments)
12-07-2008  •  Christine Smith Blog 
On Iraq, welfare, being a Christian and a libertarian, troops used domestically, and more on the death of immigrant detainee Hiu Lui Ng in a immigrant detention center.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Christine Smith
Report Links State Gun Laws To Rates of Slayings, Trafficking News Link  •  Gun Rights
Report Links State Gun Laws To Rates of Slayings, Trafficking
12-6-2008  •  Washinton Post / Cheryl Thompson 
States with [supposed] lax gun laws had higher rates of handgun killings, fatal police officer shootings, and sales of weapons used in crimes in other states, according to a mayor-funded study [that we won't let you read].  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Brock Lorber
COPS TASER DROWNED DAD'S DISTRAUGHT SON News Link  •  Law Enforcers or Peace Officers
COPS TASER DROWNED DAD'S DISTRAUGHT SON
12-6-2008  •  Prison Planet video 
Imagine your dad gets swept out to sea, and when the "rescue" people arrive they don't do anything...so you complain. You get tasered and arrested. Oh, your dad drowns too. Call 911 & Die. Someone should write a book.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Defense Support of Civil Authorities News Link  •  Military
Defense Support of Civil Authorities
04 Dec. 2008  •  From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access 
Regulations regarding military support for civilian law enforcement, and sets forth policy guidance for the execution and oversight of DSCA when requested by civil authorities and approved by the appropriate DoD authority, or as directed by t  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Brian Holder
In Iraq, 'a Prison Full of Innocent Men' News Link  •  Torture
In Iraq, 'a Prison Full of Innocent Men'
12-6-2008  •  Washington Post 
Recently approved U.S.-Iraqi security agreement will soon require the American military to release the 16,000 Iraqi detainees -- the vast majority of them held in this southern desert prison -- or refer them to the nation's courts. As the U.S. mi  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Lawmakers and White House agree on auto aid plan News Link  •  Economy - Economics USA
Lawmakers and White House agree on auto aid plan
12-6-2008  •  Reuters 
Congressional Democrats and the White House have reached agreement on emergency aid for U.S. automakers of between $15 billion and $17 billion, two senior congressional aides said on Friday.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Bush reported to be drinking heavily News Link  •  Bush Administration
Bush reported to be drinking heavily
12-5-2008  •  Online Journal 
With less than two months remaining in office, George W. Bush, witnessing a devastating defeat for the Republican Party, worse favorability ratings than those of Richard Nixon at the height of the Watergate scandal, and the most devastating economic  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
 Missing atheist sign found in Washington state News Link  •  Religion: Non-Believers - Atheists
Missing atheist sign found in Washington state
12-5-2008  •  CNN 
An atheist sign criticizing Christianity that was erected alongside a Nativity scene was taken from the Legislative Building in Olympia, Washington, on Friday and later found in a ditch. "I thought it would be safe," Freedom From Religion F  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
In rush-hour labor, ticket delivered News Link  •  Law Enforcers or Peace Officers
In rush-hour labor, ticket delivered
12-5-2008  •  Boston Globe 
Jennifer Davis was stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic, her contractions just 3 minutes apart. Her husband was trying to appear calm for his wife's sake, driving in the breakdown lane of Route 2. They pulled up behind a state trooper to ask whether  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
National Parks to Allow Right-to-Carry News Link  •  Gun Rights
National Parks to Allow Right-to-Carry
12-5-2008  •  NRAILA 
The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), through the National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, has announced the final amended version of its changes to rules on carrying of firearms in national parks and wildlife refuges. DOI’s mov  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Hand-Build an Earth Sheltered House For $5,000 News Link  •  Housing
Hand-Build an Earth Sheltered House For $5,000
12-5-2008  •  Green Building Elements 
Cash, that most basic element of our economy, can be in abysmally short supply for new young families scraping by on marginal jobs.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Fred Thompson on the Economy News Link  •  Economy - Economics USA
Fred Thompson on the Economy
12-5-2008  •  Youtube 
Actor, ex-federal thug and ex-Presidential candidate explains the government's economic plan to us. TFPIC  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
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