Bulger was captured in June in Santa Monica, Calif., where he’d been living with Catherine Greig (grehg). Bulger, a longtime FBI informant, was wanted in connection with 19 murders.
By Russ Baker on Sep 22, 2011
WhoWhatWhy has found evidence linking the Saudi royal family to Saudis in South Florida who reportedly had direct contact with the 9/11 hijackers before fleeing the United States just prior to the attacks. Our report connects some of the dots first laid out by investigative author Anthony Summers and Florida-based journalist Dan Christensen in articles jointly published in the Miami Herald and on the nonprofit news site BrowardBulldog.org.
In early September of this year, Summers and Christensen reported that a secret FBI probe, never shared with Congressional investigators or the presidential 9/11 commission, had uncovered information indicating the possibility of support for the hijackers from previously unknown confederates in the United States during 2001.
Now WhoWhatWhy reveals that those alleged confederates were closely tied to influential members of the Saudi ruling elite.
Suit Seeks Religious Exemption From Drivers License Biometric Photo
In Cleveland County, Oklahoma, a woman has filed suit is state court seeking a religious accommodation that would allow her to obtain a driver’s license with a low resolution photograph instead of the state-required high-resolution photo that captures biometric data. The complaint (full text = PDF) in Beach v. Oklahoma Department of Public Safety, (OK Dist. Ct., Sept. 21, 2011), says that plaintiff has learned that the required photographs are in a format required by the United Nations International Civil Aviation Organization, and will be placed in a database shared by various jurisdictions. Plaintiff alleges that she has a sincerely held religious belief that the Bible, in Revelation 13:16-18 and 14:9-11 (passages dealing with the mark of the beast): “explicitly commands believers to not participate in a global numbering identification system using the number of man, and eternally condemns participation in that system.”
Phil Rockstroh, Consortium News
Intro: “Why is it that self-termed progressives are in full retreat (and have been for decades) from the witless army of angry clowns and hack illusionists of the US right-wing? … the self-gelded liberal has sacrificed libido and discarded sacred vehemence for careerist privilege. Worse, the rest of us are advised to follow suit … that, in order to gain credibility, one must slouch towards center-hugging irrelevance.”
(NOTE: These conservative Christians are all fine trying to make everything “human” but they are also the largest group of voters and members of congress that support forcing a 13 year old rape victim to carry her fathers baby to turn, to force woman to ask their husbands or boy friends if they can have an abortion, want to ban all forms of birth control, remove all help from the government that helps poor woman like WIC which makes sure moms get enough nutrition while carrying their baby and for both her and her baby after, along with destroying programs like “Head Start” that allow single moms to work full time jobs and have their children a safe place to go after school, instead of the moms just being on welfare and getting “stuck” in the system. These conservative Christians are scum of the earth and I support a law that would round them up and eliminate them all. Which is what they all want to do to gays, Muslims or anyone else not brainwashed by their cult and demented woman hating, slave loving pigs that there rulers are….even Hitler knew that people who like to be lead are conservative Christians, and look how successful he was at getting them to fall in line. I hate them all and wish them a slow and painful death.)
By R. Leigh Coleman, Sat, Sep. 24 2011
A broad based group of pro-life leaders and organizations, who formed a coalition to help pass the Personhood Amendment, says it’s gaining significant political traction to give constitutional rights to fertilized human eggs, or zygotes.
Mississippi pro-life groups have rallied for more than two years for the passage of a ballot measure this November that would redefine the word “person” in the state constitution to include undeveloped embryos.
Christian medical groups are now weighing in to endorse the amendments even though some medical professionals raise concerns that the amendment could have negative implications for women, such as banning certain kinds of birth control or in vitro fertilization.
By Associated Press, Published: September 23 | Updated: Saturday, September 24
Why is the House of Saud risking its hard-won relationship with Washington over the Palestine statehood issue?
Uncle Sam and the Saudi Split
BY DAVID OTTAWAY | SEPTEMBER 23, 2011
Saudi Arabia, the Arab world’s richest and most powerful state, is once again at loggerheads with the United States, its longtime patron, oil customer, and weapons dealer. The current split opened with the U.S. abandonment of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in January and widened as President Barack Obama’s administration haltingly embraced pro-democracy demands from the Arab street — a trend the kingdom staunchly and unequivocally opposes.
Those differences are yet again on painful display this week at the United Nations, where Saudi Arabia will join other Arab countries — and over 100 other U.N. members — in supporting the recognition of a Palestinian state in the world body, a move the United States has committed itself to opposing strenuously on behalf of its closest Middle East ally, Israel.
“But the ‘War on Christmas’ has already begun, at least from the conservative Christian group, the American Family Association (AFA). The AFA, like other Christian conservative groups, believes that people who say “Happy Holidays” are not celebrating …”
By Ralph Forbes –
Picture the Marlboro Man riding out of the west, healthy, rugged and free . . . until you recall two of the iconic Marlboro men, Wayne McLaren and David McLean, died of lung cancer. Ironically, McLaren testified in favor of anti-smoking legislation, but the phony Madison Avenue icon lives on. But the deadliest Marlboro Man phony ad is the one that portrays politician Rick Perry as a cowboy. The ads are clearly rustling the Reagan brand and marketing it as his own.
The world needs infrastructure — and if the West doesn’t take advantage of that need, China definitely will.
The Road To Prosperity
BY DEREK THURBER, SEPTEMBER 1, 2011
Infrastructure: It ain’t sexy, but back to FDR and before, it’s been the first trick leaders reach for when they need to create jobs and build capital. However, the global downturn of the last few years has seriously hampered national infrastructure projects. The initial stimulus packages passed by the United States and European countries have been followed by years of austerity measures; fear of increasing debt burdens has made legislatures from D.C. to London and beyond shy of taking on new projects. And yet, as Justin Yifu Lin argues in a new piece for Foreign Policy, infrastructure is exactly what the world needs most right now, most of all in the developing world, where 1.4 billion people have no access to electricity and 2.6 billion live without basic sanitation. Investments in developing world infrastructure are not charity, Lin points out: “It will also create jobs and generate growth in advanced economies. Most of the capital goods required to build electricity, sewage plants, and roads are produced in the United States and Europe.”
By Christopher J. Petherick
The heads of the world’s leading central banks announced in a joint statement on Sept. 15 that, in order to quell concerns about a deepening of the global economic crisis, the privately owned and controlled U.S. Federal Reserve would have to flood the upper tier of the world’s financial system with even more U.S. dollars by providing “unlimited U.S. dollar liquidity” to any financial institution around the world that asks for a handout.
Friday, September 23, 2011
Pope Speaks To Bundestag Urging Religion To Affect Legislation
DPA reports that Pope Benedict XVI yesterday, on the first day of his trip to Germany where he was born, spoke to the Bundestag. He asked lawmakers to keep religion in mind when they drafted laws.
by John Nichols
June 28, 2011
John Nichols, a pioneering political blogger, has written the Beat since 1999.
The US Supreme Court’s conservative majority continued its project of bartering off American democracy to the highest bidder with a decision Monday that will make it dramatically harder to counter free-spending attack campaigns funded by billionaire donors and corporate spin machines.
With a 5-4 vote, the Court has struck down a matching-funds mechanism in Arizona’s Clean Elections Law that allowed candidates who accepted public funding to match the spending of privately funded candidates and independent groups that might attack them. Under the Arizona law — which has long been considered a national model for using public funds to pay for campaigns — candidates who accept public funding are limited in what they can spend.
Corporations Quietly Bankroll Redistricting Plans
Olga Pierce, Jeff Larson and Lois Beckett, ProPublica
Intro: “Opaque redistricting groups are being quietly bankrolled by corporations, unions and other special interests. Their main interest in the once-a-decade political fight over redistricting is not to help voters in the communities they claim to represent but mainly to improve the prospects of their political allies or harm their enemies.”
(NOTE: Who gets special rights and privelages in the USA? CHRISTIANS!)
City Will Allow Misdemeanor Defendants To Choose Church Over Jail
WKRG News reported this week that Bay Minette, Alabama is beginning a new program to allow those who face sentences by the city for non-violent misdemeanors to avoid jail and a fine by instead electing to attend church every Sunday for one year.