This Monday at 2 PM Baghdad time, a US soldier gunned down five fellow soldiers at a stress-counseling center at a US base in Baghdad. Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the US military's Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters at a news conference at the Pentagon that the shootings occurred in a place where "individuals were seeking help."
Is it ever acceptable to compare Israelis to Nazis? When does criticism of Israel become anti-Semitism? And who should make these calls?
Is it anti-Semitic or merely factual to say that Hollywood is controlled largely by Jews? (Remember: Most of the big studio chiefs are Jewish.) Or to note (as some critics of the Iraq war did) that many of the neoconservatives who helped devise the war's intellectual rationale were Jewish -- and possibly harbored a dual loyalty to Israel? Or to point to the existence of a powerful "Israel lobby" that wields substantial influence on Capitol Hill?
These days, the Washington Post has the look of one of those Southern newspapers in the 1960s standing firm for segregation as the wave of civil rights swept across the region.
The Post editors probably believe they are upholding some twisted journalistic principle, defying the views of most readers in a city that has a large African-American population, voted overwhelmingly for Barack Obama, and shows little sympathy for the neocons who rode roughshod over so many when George W. Bush was in power.
Are Cheerios a drug or a breakfast cereal? That's what General Mills will have to decide, following a warning letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration accusing the company of misbranding the health benefits of eating Cheerios.
Cheerios packaging claims that eating Cheerios "can Lower Your Cholesterol 4% in 6 weeks." In order to make that type of claim, the cereal-maker will have to apply for approval as a new drug.
The furor over when and whether House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was briefed about the use of waterboarding has distracted attention from what is, perhaps, a far more problematic revelation regarding the Bush administration's interrogation of suspected terrorists.
President Barack Obama’s new choice to lead US operations in Afghanistan, Lt. Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, suspected that former football star Pat Tillman had been killed by friendly fire but approved a Silver Star regardless.
McChrystal’s activities as head of Special Operations are shrouded in secrecy. The unit as a whole is so clandestine that the Pentagon won’t disclose the number of troops involved, the names of commanders, its bases or specific missions.
Despite the might of your own country, despite the power of your own military, for extended periods of time you and other soldiers simply can’t get enough drinking water. And even worse, some of you are paying for it with your health.
That’s the story some U.S. soldiers are telling the 11 News Defenders about their time in Iraq. While we’ve spent billions on bullets and bombs, soldiers in different parts of that arid country, during different phases of this desert war, claim they couldn’t get enough drinkable water.
TVNL Comment: The reason for this is that people like Donald Rumsfeld and most Republicans have privatized our military. Now our military can not support their own basic needs like providing themselves with food and water. They must rely on war profiteers to provide these services for them. Those war profiteers want to spend as little as they can and keep as much of the no0bid contract money as they can. So the provide unacceptable service to our troops, make a fortune in profit, and they continue to hire politicians and ex-military brass to work for them so that they can use their connections to get more contracts, no matter how bad their service is. It is called "corruption", although most people call it supporting the troops. They sell you war so that they can get rich...that is how it works.
The unprecedented deficit figures flow from the deep recession, the Wall Street bailout and the cost of President Barack Obama's economic stimulus bill — as well as a seemingly embedded structural imbalance between what the government spends and what it takes in.
TVNL Comment: And who lends the US money? The Federal Reserve; A private bank that is in essence nothing more than a money printing loan shark.
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