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Date Sent: 2009-08-21
Freedom's Phoenix Global Edition for Friday, August 21, 2009 PM edition
 
Mexico decriminalizes small-scale (ALL) drug possession -- Ginnie Mae: Next Big Taxpayer Bailout

Foreclosures rise, driven by loss of jobs and income -- CA Assembly balks at early release of inmates -- C.I.A. Uses Blackwater to Put Bombs on Drones -- 'Cash for Clunkers' Program Ends Monday -- First Homeland Security Secretary admits serving as political pawn -- AZ quits Enhanced Drivers Licenses, while PASS Act moving in Senate -- More shoppers thinking twice in the checkout line -- TVA spill prevention, cleanup hits $3 billion -- Detainees Shown CIA Officers' Photos -- Obamacare could cost you $4,000 a year If the public insurance option is dropped, that's likely -- Danger For the Dollar - by Bill Bonner -- Putting Out Contracts on Folks, Sans Contract - by  Ray McGovern -- Obama and Perilous Delusions of Democracy - by Jim Bovard -- Hey Vermont, Stop "Protecting Me" - by Alex R. Knight III

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Mexico decriminalizes small-scale drug possession News Link  •  Drug War
Mexico decriminalizes small-scale drug possession
08-21-2009  •  AP 
The law sets out maximum "personal use" amounts for drugs, also including LSD and methamphetamine. People detained with those quantities will no longer face criminal prosecution when the law goes into effect Friday.
 
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Reported by: Brock Lorber
Meet Ginnie Mae: The Next Big Taxpayer Bailout News Link  •  Corruption
Meet Ginnie Mae: The Next Big Taxpayer Bailout
08-21-2009  •  BlueLoriBlogSpot 
Ginnie Mae what about Fannie & Freddie the DemocRATS traps. In the article below poor ben is having some difficulty deciding how to UNLOAD $1.25 TRILLION and as we know we are the US in the U.S. Government - US something people seem to forget there is NO FREE LUNCH oh scratch that I guess there is for the Socialist leeches but it is at others expense the people who actually pay Taxes. From CNBC..  Read Full Story
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Attorney: FBI Trained NJ Blogger (Hal Turner) to Incite Others
08-21-2009  •  Breitbart via Rense.com 
 "His job was basically to publish information which would cause other parties to act in a manner which would lead to their arrest," Orozco said.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Ed Vallejo
Foreclosures rise, driven by loss of jobs and income News Link  •  Housing
Foreclosures rise, driven by loss of jobs and income
08-21-2009  •  McClatchy News 
Delinquency and foreclosure rates for U.S. mortgages continued to rise in the second quarter, with loans to the most qualified borrowers going bust at an unnerving clip, especially in hard-hit states such as Florida and California.

The numbers reported by the Mortgage Bankers Association show clearly that rising job losses are worsening the nation's housing troubles and threaten the Obama administration's efforts to keep owners from losing their homes.

 
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Calif. Assembly balks at early release of inmates News Link  •  Economy - Economics USA
Calif. Assembly balks at early release of inmates
08-21-2009  •  AP 
California Assembly Speaker Karen Bass plans to strip the most controversial provisions from a Senate-approved plan that would have trimmed the state's prison population by 27,000 inmates.  The Assembly version would keep about 10,000 more inmates behind bars and leave the state with a new, nearly $200 million budget hole, Bass said early Friday.   Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Mayor who can't balance his budget, vows to get tough on seedy massage parlors News Link  •  Arizona's Top News
Mayor who can't balance his budget, vows to get tough on seedy massage parlors
08-21-2009  •  Arizona Republic 

Smith and City Manager Chris Brady dismissed the argument that the illegitimate parlors are "victimless" operations.

Regardless of the morality of what goes on in their back rooms, Smith said, "The way they are operating destroys other people's businesses. That has nothing to do with the morality in play. As a city we have the responsibility to protect people's rights, and when businesses are being destroyed by the way someone else operates, we have a real problem."

  
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C.I.A. Uses Blackwater to Put Bombs on Drones News Link  •  Central Intelligence Agency
C.I.A. Uses Blackwater to Put Bombs on Drones
08-21-2009  •  NY Times 
Blackwater has assumed a role in Washington’s most important counterterrorism program: the use of remotely piloted drones to kill Al Qaeda’s leaders.  Carried out at hidden bases in Pakistan and Afghanistan, where the company’s contractors assemble and load Hellfire missiles and 500-pound laser-guided bombs on remotely piloted Predator aircraft.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
'Cash for Clunkers' Program Ends Monday News Link  •  Transportation
'Cash for Clunkers' Program Ends Monday
08-21-2009  •  Washington Post 
The federal government, acknowledging that the "Cash for Clunkers" program was running out of money [again], declared it a success Thursday and killed it off, effective 8 p.m. Monday.
 
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First Homeland Security Secretary admits to political manipulation News Link  •  Bush Administration
First Homeland Security Secretary admits to political manipulation
08-21-2009  •  Washington Post 
Tom Ridge wants you to buy his book.  Oh, and sorry I scared you to trample on your liberties and support foreign wars. But I have a new book....   Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
The Sotomayor Scare Opinion  •  Philosophy: Political
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The Sotomayor Scare
08-21-2009
Chuck Baldwin
   Yes, yes, we have all heard the remarks from those who would call themselves conservative, libertarian or the like concerning the nomination and now swearing-in of Sonia Sotomayor to the United States Supreme Court, which took place on August 8, 2009.

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Fla. judge could decide runaway convert's fate News Link  •  Family
Fla. judge could decide runaway convert's fate
08-21-2009  •  AP 

The fate of a 17-year-old girl who ran away from her Ohio home because she says she feared punishment for converting from Islam to Christianity could be decided in an Orlando courtroom today.

An Orlando judge was scheduled to hear arguments about whether Rifqa Bary should stay in state custody in Florida or be returned to her family in Columbus, Ohio.

  
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
THE GRIM REAPING OF AMERICA
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THE GRIM REAPING OF AMERICA
08-21-2009  •  Jeff Head 
BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA is an avowed socialist, openly implementing marxist dogma and ideology to our free market and our constitutional republic as a whole. Every initiative, act, and plan that he is proposing and implmenting, from the disaterous stimuls plan, to the socialistic and power grabbing bail-outs/takeovers, to the monstrosity Health Care Plan, to the Cap & Trade horror, to his dishonest and genocidal abortion positions and plans, is meant to destroy the free market and fundamental Republican principle...and to then build a command economy on their ashes. A command economy is the type of economy Karl Marx proposed and the type of economy that has had such deadly and disasterous results anywhere else on earth it has been attempted, whether the former Soviet Union, Red China, North Korea, Cuba, Venezuela, or any other marxist hell-hole in Africa, Asia, or Central and South America.  Read Full Story
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Arizona quits Enhanced Drivers Licenses, while PASS Act moving in Senate News Link  •  Surveillance
Arizona quits Enhanced Drivers Licenses, while PASS Act moving in Senate
08212009  •  beatTheChip.blogspot.com 
Last week, the governor of Arizona signed H.B. 2426, which bars the state from implementing the “enhanced” drivers license (EDL) program. If the federal REAL ID revival bill (PASS ID) becomes law, it will give congressional approval to EDLs, which up to now have been simply a creation of the federal security and state driver licensing bureaucracies.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Sheila Dean
Report: Government Jobs Have Grown Since Recession (PDF) Reference Link  •  Economy - Economics USA
Report: Government Jobs Have Grown Since Recession (PDF)
Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government 
   While the private sector has shed 6.9 million jobs since the beginning of the recession, state and local governments have added 110,000 jobs, according to this report issued on August 19, 2009.
Entered by: Powell Gammill
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Introducing Kaylee Rose Hancock Feature Article  •  Family
Introducing Kaylee Rose Hancock
Donna Hancock
   Of all the chaos in the world today, miracles still do happen. Just wanted to share this milestone.


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Here Comes Trouble: Three Problems News Link  •  Obama Administration
Here Comes Trouble: Three Problems
08-21-2009  •  The Market Ticker 
The CBO's annual Social Security Update is out, and its pretty ugly: This is pretty ugly; we were not supposed to have a negative income-to-outlay view on Social Security for another decade or so. Well, the recession fixed that. Tax receipts are in the toilet but outlays sure aren't. This is a major problem - everyone wants to point to the "zero hour" for Social Security when the "trust fund" goes negative, as is shown in this graph: This, unfortunately, is terribly misleading. The Social Security "Trust Fund" contains nothing other than IOUs. That is, it does not contain money, it contains "special" Treasury Bonds that form part of the "public debt." How much? According to Treasury, about $4.3 trillion dollars worth.  Read Full Story
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TVA spill prevention, cleanup hits $3 billion News Link  •  Environment
TVA spill prevention, cleanup hits $3 billion
08-21-09  •  timesfreepress.com 
The costs of ending wet storage of ash and gypsum and repairing the property damaged in the Kingston spill is equal to more than $2 a month on the average homeowner's electric bill over the next eight to 10 years.  Read Full Story
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More shoppers thinking twice in the checkout line News Link  •  Economy - Economics USA
More shoppers thinking twice in the checkout line
08-21-2009  •  AP 
Penny-pinching Americans are getting cold feet at the checkout " thinking twice about spending and ditching items before they're rung up.  They're leaving sweaters in the dress department, dumping cookies near the grocery cashier and waiting until the last minute to judge needs versus wants. Online, shoppers are consumers are abandoning their virtual carts as they search for better deals.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Detainees Shown CIA Officers' Photos News Link  •  Central Intelligence Agency
Detainees Shown CIA Officers' Photos
08-21-2009  •  Washington Post 
The Justice Department recently questioned military defense attorneys at Guantanamo Bay about whether photographs of CIA personnel, including covert officers, were unlawfully provided to detainees charged with organizing the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Lawyers were apparently attempting to identify CIA officers and contractors involved in the agency's interrogation of al-Qaeda suspects in facilities outside the United States, where the agency employed harsh techniques.
 
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The Other Evil Brother News Link  •  Healthcare
The Other Evil Brother
08-21-2009  •  Economic Policy Journal 
Yuri Maltsev on the brother of President Obama's chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel: Now we in the United States are being prepared for discrimination in treatment of the elderly when it comes to healthcare. Ezekiel Emanuel is director of the Clinical Bioethics Department at the US National Institutes of Health and an architect of Obama's healthcare-reform plan. He is also the brother of Rahm Emanuel, Obama's White House chief of staff. Foster Friess reports that Ezekiel Emanuel has written that health services should not be guaranteed to  Read Full Story
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"Declare Your Independence with Ernest Hancock" - August 21th 2009
   Allison Gibbs & Angela Keaton

Allison Gibbs is the Director of outreach for the Campaign for Liberty and is the executive director for the emerging women organization for the movement: "Ladies of Liberty Alliance.

Angela Keaton is the development director for Antiwar.com and the producer of Antiwar Radio.

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Obamacare could cost you $4,000 a year
If the public insurance option is dropped, that's likely News Link  •  Healthcare
Obamacare could cost you $4,000 a year If the public insurance option is dropped, that's likely
08-20-2009  •  CNN 
(Someone has to PAY for those back room drug meetings!) The conclusion is shocking. Middle- and upper-middle class Americans could face an enormous increase in their premiums. The hit could easily approach $4,000 for someone earning less than $90,000 -- or more than double that increase as soon as the worker's pay hits six figures. That's because Obama's plan would collect hundreds of billions of dollars in new taxes at the expense of medium earners, and re-channel the money into subsidies for the uninsured, low-income earners, and union retirees over age 55. And those big new taxes would pay for gold-plated plans that would become required coverage for everyone, whether they like it or not. "This is a tax game designed to squeeze money out of the middle class," says Joseph Antos, a health-care economist at the conservative American Enterprise Institute.  Read Full Story
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Giffords votes on Health Care News Link  •  Arizona's Top News
Giffords votes on Health Care
08-21-2009  •  papatodd 
Gabbby Giffords gave an interview to the Arizona Star. In the transcript you will find this quote GIFFORDS: But you know, it’s just a critical time right now. We’ll get through this. Honestly with all of you, if we’re able to pass healthcare reform where Americans are able to give affordable health insurance and people are not denied because of their pre-existing conditions, we are able to drive costs down so we actually can continue afford to have Medicare and Social Security and those federal programs. If I don’t come back in two years, I’ve done my job. For me, to actually be able to accomplish that I think would be tremendous.  Read Full Story
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Yawn… marijuana cures cancer and stuff News Link  •  Drugs and Medications
Yawn… marijuana cures cancer and stuff
08-21-2009  •  Drug WarRant 
You know what would be really funny? If they took something with such proven benefits as marijuana and told people they couldn’t use it, even though it could mean that some people might die. Can you imagine how pissed off people would get? There’d be riots at town hall meetings and stuff.
 
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Reported by: Brock Lorber
Putting Out Contracts on Folks, Sans Contract Opinion  •  Central Intelligence Agency
Ray McGovern: My Take
Putting Out Contracts on Folks, Sans Contract
08-21-2009
Ray McGovern
    

CIA operative Gary Schroen said Cofer Black sent him to Afghanistan with orders to "Capture bin Laden, kill him, and bring his head back in a box on dry ice." As for other al Qaeda leaders, Black reportedly said, "I want their heads up on pikes."

Schroen had been stunned that, for the first time in 30 years of service, he had received orders to kill targets rather than to capture them.  Black would not confirm the exact words of the order to Schroen, but did not dispute Schroen’s account.


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Danger For the Dollar Feature Article  •  Economy - Economics USA
Danger For the Dollar
Bill Bonner
   The dollar will probably go up. Still, we’d stay away…   Here is Warren Buffett’s view:   “Last fall, our financial system stood on the brink of a collapse that threatened a depression. The crisis required our government to display wisdom, courage and decisiveness. Fortunately, the Federal Reserve and key economic officials in both the Bush and Obama administrations responded more than ably to the need. 
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Hey Vermont, Stop News Link  •  Government
Hey Vermont, Stop "Protecting Me"
08-21-2009  •  C4SS / Alex R. Knight III 
[T]his condition is endemic of government. They are determined to “protect” you " and steal your money under threat of violence to boot in order to do it " whether you desire that kind of “protection,” or any “protection” at all, for that matter.
 
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Obama and Perilous Delusions of Democracy News Link  •  Political Theory
Obama and Perilous Delusions of Democracy
08-21-2009  •  LRC / James Bovard 
Many of Obama’s supporters have Rousseau-like doctrines that could make it easy for the new president to spurn the leashes or the Constitution. Most Americans seem to have learned little from the Bush presidency, aside from the fact that George W. Bush was a liar and a buffoon.
 
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The Obstacles to Real Health Care Reform - Private Insurers and Big PhRMA Feature Article  •  Healthcare Industry
The Obstacles to Real Health Care Reform - Private Insurers and Big PhRMA
Stephen Lendman
   Health care industry predatory providers are the real obstacle to reform
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Is AR-15 Toting Chris B. a Racist Member of a Hate Group? Feature Article  •  Corruption
Is AR-15 Toting Chris B. a Racist Member of a Hate Group?
Bryan Turner
   The mainstream media is claiming that the health care rally's are all about angry white racists angry about a black man being President.  To back up their claims, some outlets are showing a man known as Chris B. as proof. What is the truth?  Is Chris B.  really a racist mad about a black man becoming President?

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Changing Life Spans News Link  •  Health and Physical Fitness
Changing Life Spans
08-21-2009  •  arclein 
The preliminary number of deaths in the United States for 2007 was 2,423,995, representing a decrease of 2,269 from the 2006 total. The crude death rate of 803.7 per 100,000 population was 0.83 percent less than the rate of 810.4 per 100,000 in 2006. The estimated age-adjusted death rate, which accounts for changes in the age distribution of the population, reached a record low of 760.3 per 100  Read Full Story
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