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Date Sent: 2009-02-23
Freedom's Phoenix Global Edition for Monday, February 23, 2009 AM Edition
 
Supporters Upbeat About Giving DC a Vote in Congress -- ISPs, Wi-Fi Must Keep Logs For Police

Stupidity Unleashed: Republican Senator Jim Bunning -- Army charity hoards millions -- Sen. Feingold's Constitution - by George Will -- U.S. Lawmaker to Push Repeal of E-Gambling Ban -- Swiss party wants to punish U.S. for UBS probe -- Foolish banks to be paid by money taxed from competing wiser solvent banks -- Calif. Video Game Law Ruled Unconstitutional -- Penelope Cruz, 'WALL-E' among early Oscar winners -- Supreme Court Hears Immigrant's ID Theft Case -- Official: Investigator to lead stimulus oversight -- Obama's Gift to Citigroup: U.S. to substantially expand its ownership -- Fannie Mae Rescue Hindered as Asians Seek 'Explicit U.S. Guarantee' -- FLORIDA COPS - WANT TO DRAW BLOOD AT CHECKPOINTS -- Your Cannabis Use is Not My Problem - by Brock Lorber -- Schools Caution Students About Mexico Travel -- A Rare Peek at Homeland Security's Files on Travelers -- China, taking advantage of global recession, goes on a buying spree -- Reading Thoughts with Brain Imaging -- The United States: The Largest Ponzi Scheme in the World - by Bill Bonner -- While New York Bleeds Washington Thrives
 

Citi Holds Talks With U.S. Over Bigger Ownership Stake News Link  •  Economy - Economics USA
Citi Holds Talks With U.S. Over Bigger Ownership Stake
02-22-2009  •  DealBook 
Citigroup officials approached the regulators with a plan that would allow them to convert a substantial amount of the $45 billion of preferred shares held by the government into common stock giving the government a much bigger ownership stake  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Supporters Upbeat About Bill to Give D.C. a Vote in Congress News Link  •  Legislative Mischief
Supporters Upbeat About Bill to Give D.C. a Vote in Congress
02-23-2009  •  Washington Post 
Supporters of D.C. voting rights believe that they are on the verge of their biggest victory in at least 30 years as the Senate prepares to take up a bill this week creating a full House seat for the District.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Sen. Feingold's Constitution<br>by George Will News Link  •  Constitution
Sen. Feingold's Constitution
by George Will

02-22-2009  •  Washington Post 
Some governors have recently behaved badly in appointing people to fill U.S. Senate vacancies. Feingold's solution, of which John McCain is a co-sponsor, is to amend the 17th Amendment. It would be better to repeal it.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Army charity hoards millions News Link  •  Corruption
Army charity hoards millions
02-23-2009  •  AP 
FORT BLISS, Texas " As soldiers stream home from Iraq and Afghanistan, the biggest charity inside the U.S. military has been stockpiling tens of millions of dollars meant to help put returning fighters back on their feet, an Associated Press investig  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Jim Stachowiak
U.S. Lawmaker to Push Repeal of E-Gambling Ban News Link  •  Legislative Mischief
U.S. Lawmaker to Push Repeal of E-Gambling Ban
02-22-2009  •  PC Magazine 
A senior Democratic lawmaker will push legislation this year to repeal a U.S. ban on Internet gambling that has hurt trade ties with the European Union, a congressional aide said.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Swiss party wants to punish U.S. for UBS probe News Link  •  Foreign Policy
Swiss party wants to punish U.S. for UBS probe
02-22-2009  •  Reuters 
The right-wing Swiss People's Party (SVP) called for retaliation against the United States over a U.S. tax probe into the country's biggest bank UBS that threatens prized banking secrecy. The populist SVP, the country's biggest party  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Foolish banks to be paid by money taxed from competing wiser solvent banks News Link  •  Economy - Economics USA
Foolish banks to be paid by money taxed from competing wiser solvent banks
02-22-2009  •  Reuters 
Financial regulators will soon launch a series of "stress tests" to determine which of the largest U.S. banks should get bigger capital cushions in case of a deeper recession, a person familiar with Obama administration plans said.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Calif. Video Game Law Ruled Unconstitutional News Link  •  Bill of Rights
Calif. Video Game Law Ruled Unconstitutional
02-22-2009  •  Reuters 
A US appeals court ruled a California law restricting the sales and rental of violent video games to minors and imposing labeling requirements is too restrictive and violates free speech guarantees. The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals found that the  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Penelope Cruz, 'WALL-E' among early Oscar winners News Link  •  Entertainment: Movies
Penelope Cruz, 'WALL-E' among early Oscar winners
02-22-2009  •  NY Times 
Penelope Cruz won the supporting-actress Academy Award on Sunday for the Spanish romance "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," while the blockbuster robot romance "WALL-E" made off with the prize for feature-length animation.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Supreme Court Hears Immigrant's ID Theft Case News Link  •  Immigration
Supreme Court Hears Immigrant's ID Theft Case
02-22-2009  •  AP 
The old numbers were made up, but the new ones he bought happened to belong to real people. Federal prosecutors said that was enough to label Flores-Figueroa an identity thief.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Official: Investigator to lead stimulus oversight News Link  •  Economy - Economics USA
Official: Investigator to lead stimulus oversight
02-22-2009  •  AP 
President Barack Obama plans to announce Monday a former Secret Service agent who helped expose lobbyists' corruption at the Interior Department as his pick to oversee the $787 billion economic stimulus plan.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Obama's Gift to Citigroup: U.S. to substantially expand its ownership News Link  •  Obama Administration
Obama's Gift to Citigroup: U.S. to substantially expand its ownership
02-22-2009  •  Calculatedriskblog.com 
Citi's market cap is around $10 billion, so it seems the government is getting a poor deal if the $45 billion in preferred is converted into only 40% of Citi's common stock.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Jack Gregson
Fannie Mae Rescue Hindered as Asians Seek 'Explicit U.S. Guarantee' News Link  •  Federal Reserve
Fannie Mae Rescue Hindered as Asians Seek 'Explicit U.S. Guarantee'
02-22-2009  •  Bloomberg.com 
“Overseas investors are looking for the full-faith-and- credit clarification,” Goodman said. Such a pledge would essentially about double the U.S.’s debt, potentially boosting the country’s own borrowing costs.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Jack Gregson
FLORIDA COPS -  WANT TO DRAW BLOOD AT CHECKPOINTS News Link  •  Police State
FLORIDA COPS - WANT TO DRAW BLOOD AT CHECKPOINTS
02-22-2009  •  WPBF-TV 25 
PBSO deputies plan to set up driving under the influence checkpoints. If they suspect a driver is under the influence, they’ll offer an on-the-spot Breathalyzer. If drivers refuse, deputies will ask to draw blood from their arms.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Jim Stachowiak
Your Cannabis Use is Not My Problem Opinion  •  Drug War
Your Cannabis Use is Not My Problem
02-22-2009
Brock Lorber
   Stop trying to make it my problem.
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Just Go Shopping News Link  •  Economy - Economics USA
Just Go Shopping
02-22-2009  •  Speak Truth 2 Power 
Things will be back to normal in no time, and we can JUST GO SHOPPING. Read the following from Reuters, and ask yourself, just who is Obama trying to kid?   Read Full Story
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Reported by: Barbara Peterson
News Link  •  Mexico
Schools Caution Students About Mexico
02-22-2009  •  KPHO Channel 5 news via Yahoo! Travel 
Going to Mexico for spring break is practically a rite of passage... but the state's three public universities want to warn young revelers about stepped-up violence south of the border.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Ed Vallejo
News Link  •  Arizona's Top News
East Valley Tribune Gives Conflicting Report on Obama Visit
02-22-2009  •  East Valley Tribune via Yahoo! Local News 
"Earlier, up to 2,000 people lined Guadalupe Road outside Dobson High School.", "A few hundred protestors also lined each side of Guadalupe", and "Cars honked as they drove by." Were they even there?  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Ed Vallejo
News Link  •  Transportation: Air Travel
A Rare Peek at Homeland Security's Files on Travelers
02-22-2009  •  Yahoo! Travel 
A mandatory, automated program began about 6 years ago. Here's the lowdown on the records.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Ed Vallejo
News Link  •  Corruption
HOTTEST VIDEO ON THE NET! - Alan Keyes: Stop Obama or U.S. Will Cease To Exist!!!!
2-21-2009  •  YouTube via RonPaulGraphics Yahoo! Group 
If this video doesn't generate STARK-RAVING MAD comments... RRRRR!!! I AM SOOOO PISSED!!!!!!!  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Ed Vallejo
More Unicorns! News Link  •  Depression
More Unicorns!
02-21-09  •  Karl Denninger 
Obama says we'll be running budget surpluses. Starting next year. In other news, I'm going to lose weight. Starting next year.   Read Full Story
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Reported by: Lloyd Gaarder
China, taking advantage of global recession, goes on a buying spree News Link  •  China
China, taking advantage of global recession, goes on a buying spree
02-22-2009  •  Christian Science Monitor 
China's government is bargain-hunting internationally as the financial crisis pushes down prices of energy resources and assets.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Ernest Hancock
Scientist Looks to Weaponize Ball Lightning News Link  •  Military
Scientist Looks to Weaponize Ball Lightning
02-22-2009  •  Wired 
Ball lightning has been the subject of much scientific scrutiny over the years. And, as with many powerful natural phenomena, the question arises: "Can we turn it into a weapon?"  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Ernest Hancock
A New Route to Terabit Memory News Link  •  Technology: Computer Hardware
A New Route to Terabit Memory
02-22-2009  •  Technology Review 
Polymers that arrange into nanostructures could store terabits on a square inch.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Ernest Hancock
Reading Thoughts with Brain Imaging News Link  •  Science, Medicine and Technology
Reading Thoughts with Brain Imaging
02-22-2009  •  Technology Review 
Researchers use fMRI to determine the contents of short-term memory.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Ernest Hancock
Scientists make advances on News Link  •  Science, Medicine and Technology
Scientists make advances on "nano" electronics
02-22-2009  •  Reuters 
2 US teams have developed new materials that may pave the way for ever smaller, faster and more powerful electronics as current semiconductor technology begins to reach the limits of miniaturization. One team has made tiny transistors  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
From One Assault on the Constitution To Another News Link  •  Constitution
From One Assault on the Constitution To Another
02-22-2009  •  Paul Craig Roberts for LewRockwell.com 
President Obama doesn’t want to hold Bush accountable for his crimes and violations of the Constitution, because Obama wants to retain the powers that Bush asserted.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Ernest Hancock
The United States: The Largest Ponzi Scheme in the World News Link  •  Economy - Economics USA
The United States: The Largest Ponzi Scheme in the World
02-22-2009  •  Bill Bonner for LewRockwell.com 
Nicaragua " “Greenspan backs nationalization,” says a headline. Well, that does it for us. If Greenspan is in favor of it, we’re against it. No one man bears more responsibility for the present worldwide financial crisis and coming depression that Al  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Ernest Hancock
US-China finance co-operation urged News Link  •  China
US-China finance co-operation urged
02-22-2009  •  Al Jazerra 
Clinton, who completes her two-day visit on Sunday, sought to reassure Beijing that its holdings of US treasury notes and other government debt would remain a solid investment.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Ernest Hancock
GOP: ISPs, Wi-Fi Must Keep Logs For Police News Link  •  Police State
GOP: ISPs, Wi-Fi Must Keep Logs For Police
02-22-2009  •  CBS 
GOP politicians call for new federal law that would require all Internet providers and operators of millions of Wi-Fi access points - even hotels, local coffee shops and home users - to keep records about users for two years to aid police investigati  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Ernest Hancock
Grenade attack wounds 5 in Mexican beach town News Link  •  Mexico
Grenade attack wounds 5 in Mexican beach town
02-22-2009  •  Associated Press 
ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) " Mexican police say assailants hurled two grenades at a police station in the southwestern beach town of Zihuatanejo, wounding one officer and four civilians.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Ernest Hancock
Despite rhetoric, Obama continues Bush policy on detainees News Link  •  Obama Administration
Despite rhetoric, Obama continues Bush policy on detainees
02-22-2009  •  RawStory.com 
Indefinite detention, no legal rights (shadow government of Obama and Bush)  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Ernest Hancock
While New York Bleeds Washington Thrives News Link  •  Depression
While New York Bleeds Washington Thrives
02-20-09  •  Yahoo! Real Estate 
The dog might be slipping into a coma, but the tick is doing better than ever!  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Lloyd Gaarder
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