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December 2007

Former Prime Minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto killed in suicide blast -- Pakistan opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was assassinated Thursday in a suicide bombing that also killed at least 20 others at a campaign rally, a party aide and a military official said.
Bhutto Death Deals Blow to US -- The assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto has dealt a severe blow to U.S. efforts to restore stability and democracy in a turbulent, nuclear-armed Islamic nation that has been a critical ally in the war on terror.

Senate Meets Briefly to Block Bush -- Senate Blocks Bush From Appointing Official to Dept. Of Justice Post. "The House was quiet as a mouse the day after Christmas. But across the Capitol, the Senate was operating in an unusually efficient manner in its ongoing power struggle with President Bush."

Holiday Spending Growth at 5 Year Low -- Last-Minute Buys Fail to Turn Tide!!

Bush signs $555 billion spending bill -- President Bush on Wednesday signed a $555 billion bill that funds the Iraq war well into next year and keeps government agencies running through September.

F-15 Grounding Strains U.S. Air Defenses -- The grounding of hundreds of F-15s because of dangerous structural defects is straining the nation's air defense network, forcing some states to rely on their neighbors' fighter jets for protection, and Alaska to depend on the Canadian military.

Russia deepens military ties with Iran -- Russia is to supply Iran with new S-300 air defence systems, Defence Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar said, a sign of growing military cooperation between Moscow and Tehran.

Credit loss could hit $US1trillion -- THE US economy could be heading into its blackest year since the Great Depression as estimates of losses from the housing slump and sub-prime mortgage implosion reach unprecedented levels.

Ron Paul Shines on Meet the Press -- It was the absolutely most aggressive interview I have ever seen by Russert on "Meet the Press" He dredged up every slimy thing he could find to attack Dr. Paul. Yet, Dr. Paul was able to rebut EVERY SINGLE ONE!!!.

PHOTOS: Click Here to see TPH Bus Parked side by side with the CNN Bus in Columbia, MO on Dec. 19, 2007 -  Also see The Power Hour Team!!

Morgan Stanley Getting $5B Investment From China Investment Corp. As It Takes $9.4B Writedown -- Investment bank Morgan Stanley said Wednesday it sold a portion of itself to China Investment Corp., an investment arm of the Chinese government, for $5 billion to raise capital after taking $9.4 billion in writedowns on mortgage-related investments.

Tyranny in the USA: The true history of FDA raids on healers, vitamin shops and supplement companies -- Here's a brief overview of some of the campaigns of terror the FDA has initiated against natural healers, nutritional supplement companies and other organizations. Many were conducted using armed agents wielding assault rifles and automatic weapons, dressed in body armor. All of them were intended to destroy natural medicine, thereby protecting the profits
of drug companies and conventional medicine practitioners. This is the true history of the FDA that the FDA doesn't want you to know!

YouTube: PROOF Mike Huckabee is BOUGHT and PAID for! -- Check out all the free services and gifts....he failed to report??

Clash over public housing closure in New Orleans -- After violent clashes with police at City Hall, protesters vowed that the fight over a plan to demolish 218 public housing buildings for the poor was far from over, both in the courts and on the streets.

The Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy and the Girl in the Polka Dot Dress -- Many mysteries surround the JFK assassination including the unidentified "girl in a polka dot dress."
View the photo of JFK with a polka-dotted cartoon face -- Was Kennedy's polka dotted face a subliminal trigger image to the zombie shooter, Sirhan Sirhan, and/or a signal to Sirhan's handler, the mysterious "lady in the POLKA-DOTTED dress"? Was Kennedy's polka-dotted face a subliminal trigger image telling Sirhan to follow and obey the lady in the polka-dotted dress? Now, click on the second link below, scroll 80% down the page, and you will see a photo from television news footage of that lady in the polka-dotted dress standing alongside Sirhan Sirhan. Thanks to John DiNardo for this incredible information.

Holloway suspect wrote teen was dead, prosecutor says -- In an Internet chat shortly after the May 30, 2005, disappearance of Natalee Holloway on Aruba, one of the three main suspects in the case said the Alabama teenager was dead, the island's chief public prosecutor told CNN on Thursday.

Congress guts border fence bill as Border Agent attacks increase -- The House of Representatives has quickly passed the bill that essentially destroys any and all hope of a border fence being built under the Secure Fence Act. On Wednesday night, the Senate also passed this unconscionable bill — which again slaps all of We-the-People in the face. On Thursday, the bill is to go back to the House and passage of the anti-US citizen-in-favor-of-illegals-and-drug-dealers measure is expected.

Woman abandons home to escape public schools -- A Utah woman who was ordered by
a juvenile court judge to enroll her children in public school or lose custody of them has abandoned her home, furniture and other possessions to escape the order.

Southwest Texas suffers high rates of uninsured, high military casualties -- The political season has kicked off in southwest Texas as those seeking election announce their candidacies, raise funds and take the pulse of the region.

Have you ever wondered how China can make stuff cheaper than the U.S.? -- Take a look.

Who Are Ron Paul's Supporters? -- Bennett Roth of the Houston Chronicle says it's hard to tell where Paul's supporters are coming from, but he argues the most ardent backing is not in Texas but in places like California and Florida.

Video: Blue Man Video -- Man's skin turns dark blue. His name is Paul Karason, and he's blue. It's not makeup or paint. KFSN's Gene Haagenson reports.

YouTube:  "Mary, Did You Know?"  Song -- Well worth the listen!!

VIDEO: Rudy Giuliani Visits Missouri -- Check out the video of all the Ron Paul supporters in Chesterfield, MO.

Giuliani Goes To Barnes-Jewish Hospital in Missouri After Feeling Ill -- Late Wednesday night, former New York governor and Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani went to Barnes-Jewish hospital after feeling ill with flu-like symptoms.

Dr. Rafil A. Dhafir At Terre Haute Prison’s New Communications Management Unit By Katherine Hughes -- “No one seems to know about this top-secret operation until now. It is still not fully understood. The order came from the Attorney General himself. The staff here is struggling to make sense of the whole situation. There are 16 of us, all Muslims but two, with one non-Arab Muslim. We are housed in what we are told was the holding area for those on death row!!!!! We are told this is an experiment, so the whole concept is evolving on a daily basis.”

Pakistan urges safer culling after bird flu outbreak -- Pakistan is urging provincial authorities to obey health guidelines to stop any bird flu outbreaks after fears lapses in poultry culling methods led to eight people being infected with the H5N1 virus.
Related Articles: 
* Poland reports fresh case of H5N1 bird flu
* One dead, five infected with bird flu in Pakistan
* China says father of bird flu victim also infected

Dennis Kucinich devastated by younger brother's death -- Perry Kucinich, 52, the youngest brother of Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich, was found dead Wednesday morning at his apartment above Becker's Donuts & Bakery on East 71st Street in Cleveland.

CIA to turn over videotape documents -- Under a subpoena threat, the CIA is expected to quickly begin turning over to Congress documents related to the destruction of videotapes showing the harsh interrogation of two terror suspects.

RON PAUL'S THREE BIGGEST ENEMIES by Devvy Kidd -- The attacks on Ron Paul will become more fallacious as we move along in the process. These buzzards who call themselves news anchors, commentators and fair and balanced have shown themselves to be just the opposite when it comes to one man's run for the White House.

Congress passes Virginia Tech-inspired gun bill -- Congress on Wednesday passed a long-stalled bill inspired by the Virginia Tech shootings that would more easily flag prospective gun buyers who have documented mental health problems. The measure also would help states with the cost.

Stockpile food for flu crisis -- EVERY Australian household should stockpile at least 10 weeks' worth of food rations to prepare for a deadly flu pandemic, a panel of leading nutritionists has warned.

Airing Times for Elsie Belcheff Purslane Segment on Fox Business Network

A soldier's suicide: Did he have to die? -- Suicidal Soldier Left in Iraq, Despite Signs of depression. For Jason Scheuerman, death came on July 30, 2005, around 5:30 p.m., about 45 minutes after his first sergeant told the teary-eyed private that if he was intentionally misbehaving so he could leave the Army, he would go to jail where he would be abused.

Fish farms drive wild salmon populations toward extinction -- A University of Alberta study shows, for the first time, that parasitic sea lice infestations caused by salmon farms are driving nearby populations of wild salmon toward extinction.

Police brutality cases on rise since 9/11 -- Federal prosecutors are targeting a rising number of law enforcement officers for alleged brutality, Justice Department statistics show. The heightened prosecutions come as the nation's largest police union fears that agencies are dropping standards to fill thousands of vacancies and "scrimping" on training.

YouTube: Ron Paul Interviewed By Glenn Beck on CNN 12-18-07 -- Please take time to watch the video.

Glenn Beck Show Scrolls Huckabee¹s "Paul Is Dead" Message During Ron Paul Interview
-- On Tuesday at 7 Eastern Glenn Beck interviews Ron Paul and scrolls the message Paul is Dead, Paul is Dead, Paul is Dead from Huckabee on the bottom of the screen. "I would like to know why this guy Huckabee thought it appropriate to make this statement that was scrolling by during this interview?"
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Huckabee said "that is not a cross it is a bookshelf" -- Do you see any books? I don't.

Virginia Braces for Driver's License Changes -- Virginia officials are struggling over how to implement and pay for new federal regulations that will require the state's 5.5 million drivers to wait in line to get a driver's license in what is expected to be a lengthy process similar to getting a passport.

Superbug: The MRSA Infection -- It wasn't that long ago that if your child got a staph infection, it was knocked out with a couple of doses of penicillin. Now, penicillin may not work because there's a form of staph called MRSA that has mutated and become resistant to most antibiotics. Correspondent Lesley Stahl traveled to a Pennsylvania high school where 13 members of the football team were infected.

Bird Flu Today -- Coming to a neighborhood near you. Up to date information on the Bird Flu.

 Close Encounter with Mars -- On Tuesday evening, Dec. 18th, Mars makes its closest approach to Earth until the year 2016.

COMING SOON: Ron Paul aPalooza Music Festival Fundraiser For Freedom - A Modern Day Woodstock for Peace -- IAHF is helping to organize this Two Day Music Festival to Raise Funds for Ron Paul...!!

Mike Tawse Update for Dec. 2007 --
Be sure to check out the info for Mike's Website by clicking the above link.

Soldiers being trained to give immunizations to base civilians -- Thanks to a team of instructors from Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, 19 more 18th Medical Command soldiers will be qualified Friday to administer immunizations to civilians.

Armed forces 'superbug' menaces UK -- The UK, the United States and Canada are facing growing fears over a drug-resistant 'superbug' being brought back by wounded soldiers from Afghanistan and Iraq that threatens to contaminate civilian hospitals.

Ron Paul raises $6M in 24-hour 'money bomb' -- Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, raised an astounding $6 million and change Sunday, his campaign said, almost certainly guaranteeing he'll outraise his rivals for the Republican nomination in the fourth quarter and likely will be able to fund a presence in many of the states that vote Feb. 5.

Ron Paul Campaign Iowa Announces Press Conference in Wake of Record Fundraising -- Ron Paul will speak at a press conference at 12:45 pm on Monday, Dec. 17, 2007 at the Des Moines Marriott in the Des Moines Room! The Ron Paul campaign took in more than $6 million on December 16th, 2007, breaking the one-day record formerly held by John Kerry.

Turkey bombs Kurdish rebels in north Iraq -- Turkish warplanes targeting Kurdish rebels bombed northern Iraq on Sunday, killing one woman and forcing hundreds to flee, local officials said.

VIDEO: Jim Cramer & Ron Paul Take On The Federal Reserve -- An incredible interview on *CNBC's "Mad Money" *show where the host was blasting the Federal Reserve and heaping praise on Ron Paul for bringing monetary policy to the forefront of the debates.

Schwarzenegger Will 'Declare Fiscal Emergency' In Weeks -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Friday he will declare a "fiscal emergency" in January to give him and the Legislature more power to deal with the state's growing deficit.

Bush administration: Back off CIA tape probe -- The Bush administration wants a federal court and congressional committees not to pursue investigations into the destruction of videotapes showing CIA interrogations of two al Qaeda suspects.

A Bill would ban military slot machines -- A bill in Congress seeks to eliminate military slot machines overseas that take in $130 million a year, mostly from soldiers. Did you know: The Defense Department uses slot machine revenues to pay a small portion of its morale, welfare and recreation programs. Aaron Walsh's addiction to military slot machines ruined his Army career and led to his suicide. Walsh eventually was discharged from the Army. He committed
suicide after several failed attempts to break his addiction.

Editorial: Long road looms for VA -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims has the highest caseload of any federal appeals court. In fiscal 2007, it received 4,644 cases and decided 4,877 — both all-time records for a court that boasts just seven judges. The appeals backlog is at 6,300 and counting, which is why it takes an average of two years, and often longer, for a decision.

Workers mourn closing of North Andover plant -- Alcatel-Lucent, the troubled telecom giant, will shut down the plant in the middle of next year, lay off the last 250 blue-collar workers, and transfer most production to Italy.

Coast Guard Employee Alleges Retaliation -- A civilian U.S. Coast Guard employee was placed on paid administrative leave, threatened with a criminal investigation and confronted by guards at gunpoint in retaliation for disclosing information embarrassing to the service's troubled fleet replacement program, his attorney said.

Merck drug company vaccines admits injecting cancer viruses -- This stunning censored interview conducted by medical historian Edward Shorter for WGBH public television (Boston) and Blackwell Science was cut from The Health Century due to its huge liability--the admission that Merck drug company vaccines have traditionally been injecting cancer viruses (SV40 and others) in people worldwide.

Ron Paul raises millions in today's Boston Tea Party event -- Hoping to detonate what they call a "money bomb," the supporters started fundraising at midnight Saturday and have already raised $2 million as of about 10:30 a.m. today, more than at this point on Nov. 5, according to figures they posted online. They hope to collect a total of $10 million by midnight Sunday.

Feds ask judge to reject suit over treatment of combat vets -- The government asked a San Francisco federal judge on Friday to dismiss a high-profile lawsuit challenging the system of treatment and benefits for returning combat veterans.

A risky drug may get wider market -- The FDA may approve Zyprexa for kids, despite its significant side effects in adult use.

Got MRSA? -- On The Brink Of A Genetically Engineered Disaster!

Ron Paul Blimp Inaugural Launch -- Launched December 14th 2007 from Elizabeth City, NC.

INDIANA PLAN TO STREAMLINE GOVERNMENT -- These recommendations propose dramatic change for Indiana and for its local governments. This is a 46 page .pdf file.

Check out the Ron Paul Blimp Photo -- Thanks Kit...!!

That Giant Sucking Sound May Be Your New TV -- Consider that a 42-inch plasma set can consume more electricity than a full-size refrigerator -- even when that TV is used only a few hours a day. Powering a fancy TV and full-on entertainment system -- with set-top boxes, game consoles, speakers, DVDs and digital video recorders -- can add nearly $200 to a family's annual energy bill.

Miami terrorism trial of Liberty City Seven -- A U.S. judge declared a mistrial on Thursday for six men accused of plotting to wage war against the United States and blow up Chicago's Sears Tower, after jurors acquitted one man but failed to reach verdicts for the others.
Related Article: Jury In 'Liberty City 7' Terrorism Trial Still Deadlocked -- Just Monday, Jurors said they were still deadlocked in the trial of seven men accused of plotting with al-Qaida to blow up Chicago's Sears Tower and bomb FBI offices, but a federal judge ordered the panel to continue deliberating. U.S. District Judge Joan Lenard denied a defense request for a mistrial.

U.S. Army To Lay-Off 200,000 Civilians, Contractors -- The Army will be forced to curtail training, close several bases, furlough about 100,000 civilian employees and lay-off about 100,000 contractors, the defense department said in a statement, adding that furlough notification letters will be sent to unions and employees beginning next week.

Iraq rejects permanent U.S. bases -- Iraq will never allow the United States to have permanent military bases on its soil, the government's national security adviser said, calling the issue a "red line" that cannot be crossed.

Mitt Romney to Buy Clear Channel Communications -- Clear Channel owns over 1,100 full-power AM, FM, and shortwave radio stations, twelve radio channels on XM Satellite Radio, and more than 30 television stations in the United States. Premiere Radio Networks, which is the largest syndication company in the United States, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Clear Channel and is home to Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and many others. Sean Hannity recently signed a large multi-market contract with Clear Channel, as well.

UK: We need GM crops, says new chief scientist -- The Government’s new chief scientist will press ministers to reopen the case for growing genetically modified crops commercially and back the construction of a new generation of nuclear power stations.

Umami : A New Taste Sensation -- The food industry is embracing umami as part of an effort to deliver highly flavored foods to consumers while also cutting back on fat, salt, sugar and artificial ingredients. At the same time, more consumers are scrutinizing food labels for chemical-sounding words and unhealthy ingredients.

NOTE: Ron Paul National l Meet-Up Call (Tonight) 12-13-07

Ron Paul Blimp Launches Friday morning, Dec 14th, 2007 from Elizabeth City, NC.

Buy Made in the USA -- A list of solid companies that sell items MADE IN THE USA. Let's help to support these companies!!

Dietary Supplements Contaminated with Steroids -- A recent study revealed approximately 25% of popular dietary supplements in the U.S. were contaminated with low levels of steroids; 11% of supplements were contaminated with stimulants, most commonly ephedrine. These steroidal and stimulant ingredients were not declared on the product label.
Related Articles:
* Police Juice Up on Steroids to Get 'Edge' on Criminals
* Cops on steroids

YouTube: Ron Paul on New Hampshire's WMUR 9 on 12-11-2007 -- heart warming...!

Disgraced US attorney general Alberto Gonzales 'Lawyer of the Year'-- Alberto Gonzales spent much of 2007 fighting in vain his ouster as US attorney general, but that has earned him a consolation prize: a top law magazine named him on Wednesday its "Lawyer of the Year."

Common Children's Vaccine Recalled -- More than a million doses of a common vaccine given to babies as young as two months was being recalled Wednesday because of contamination risks, but the top U.S. health official said it was not a health threat.

8 Skin Moisturizer Ingredients You'd Best Avoid -- Even if you buy your lotion at a health food store, you may be putting something potentially toxic on your skin... Here's what you should really know about caring for your skin, your body's largest organ.

Bush vetoes kids health insurance bill -- President Bush vetoed legislation Wednesday that would have expanded government-provided health insurance for children, his second slap-down of a bipartisan effort in Congress to dramatically increase funding for the popular program.

Simple Recipes for Children’s Cough, Cold and Flu Syrups -- Children's cough syrups are easy to make and much safer and more effective than over-the-counter cough and cold remedies that were just removed from store shelves. Coughs in children are quite common. Sometimes they are caused by colds and flu, other times; allergies and sinus congestion. A cough that lingers for days or weeks, or becomes severe, should be checked by your child's health care provider to rule out other illnesses.

VA Searches for Answers to the Veteran Suicides -- The House Committee on Veterans' Affairs held a hearing today (Dec. 12, 2007) seeking answers and solutions for the troubling occurrence of suicide among veterans, and mental health challenges within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Proposal would force legal residents to replace green cards -- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) is considering a proposal to eliminate hundreds of thousands of green cards that were issued between 1979 and 1989. The cards, which were issued without expiration dates, would be upgraded to store personal information electronically.

Russia, Iran 'agree nuclear deal' -- Russia and Iran have agreed a schedule for finishing building the Bushehr nuclear plant, reports from Russia say.

GOP Candidates Call for Cuts in Spending -- Republican presidential rivals called for deep cuts in federal spending Wednesday in a debate remarkably free of acrimony, and agreed the reductions they seek need not require painful sacrifice by millions of Americans who rely on government services.

Ron Paul Makes news in the UK -- Ron Paul leads Republicans online. Ron Paul, a libertarian opposed to the Iraq war and government intrusion, is now drawing some of the largest crowds of any Republican candidate in Iowa and has raised more money on a single day than any of his rivals.

Condoleezza Rice: Iran, North Korea still dangerous -- North Korea and Iran have a long way to go to get off the Bush administration's list of nuclear threats, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

There’s A Press Blackout on S 1959, the Thought Crime Prevention Bill; Why? -- As odd as it sounds, it’s true. The Mainstream News Media appears to be in a total news blackout in regard S 1959.

UK: Police 'at war' with Government over pay -- The largest police federation in the UK has declared that its officers are now "at war" with the Government over a pay dispute.

Don't Forget: NO NAIS meeting Dec. 13 @ Chillicothe -- An event for livestock owners, all rural residents or anyone who eats, will be held December 13 at Chilllicothe’s Grand River Inn. Doors will open @ 2:30 pm.

Texas looks for partner for huge toll road -- Now we have it in writing! - TxDOT issued a formal request for proposals to two private developer teams for detailed plans on how to finance, design, construct, operate and maintain I-69/TTC.

Elaine Brown offers details of her arrest -- Elaine Brown performed dental work on the undercover U.S. marshal who arrested her, and was eating pizza and drinking beer with him and her husband, Ed, when she was suddenly tackled, Tasered and handcuffed, she said in a letter recently posted on the internet. Click Here for Contact Info for Ed & Elaine Brown

George Mitchell Steroid Report Sent to Baseball, Daily News Reports -- The report is believed to contain the names of 60-80 former and current players and is largely based on information from former clubhouse worker Kirk Radomski, the newspaper said. Radomski previously pleaded guilty to distributing steroids.

Nearly 1 million without power across Midwest; 400 O'Hare flights canceled -- Officials in Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma had declared states of emergency. President Bush declared an emergency in Oklahoma on Tuesday, ordering federal aid to supplement state and local response efforts.

National Presidential Caucus Announces Results From First-Ever National Caucus -- The first ever National Presidential Causus is now history and the results are in. Obama wins over Democrat voters. On the Republican side, Ron Paul wins !! Read More....

Big Brother U.S. Government Subpoenaed to Obtain Book Purchasing Records of Customers -- Newly unsealed court records have revealed that the U.S. government issued a subpoena to seeking to obtain the identities of customers purchasing books through the Amazon marketplace. The snooping attempt was blocked by U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephen Crocker who wrote in a recently-unsealed ruling, "Well-founded or not, rumors of an Orwellian federal criminal investigation into the reading habits of Amazon's customers could frighten countless potential customers into canceling planned online book purchases."

Greenspan: subprime "accident waiting to happen" -- The U.S. subprime mortgage crisis was an "accident waiting to happen" as a period of unprecedented global growth seduced investors into underpricing risk, former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan argued in an article published by The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday.

YouTube Video: From The Programmer's Mouth: How The 2000 Election Was Fixed -- Clinton E. Curtis, ex-programmer tells all during a Congressional hearing on voting fraud. In October 2000, Curtis was asked by Tom Feeney (R), then Speaker of the House in Florida, to write a computer program that would render electronic voting fraud undetectable. Curtis did just that.

Morgan Stanley issues full US recession alert -- Morgan Stanley has issued a full recession alert for the US economy, warning of a sharp slowdown in business investment and a "perfect storm" for consumers as the housing slump spreads.

Halliburton/KBR Cover Up Gang Rape -- A Houston, Texas woman says she was gang-raped by Halliburton/KBR coworkers in Baghdad, and the company and the U.S. government are covering up the incident.

Railway links two Koreas -- For the first time in more than 50 years a regular train service yesterday crossed the between North and South Korea - a symbol of the slow but steady reconciliation between the two nations.

Major power line project proposed across state -- The proposal includes a 230-mile line from Brookings, S.D., to the southeast Twin Cities; a 250-mile line from Fargo, N.D., to Monticello; and a 150-mile line from the southeast Twin Cities to Rochester and LaCrosse, Wis.

Israeli Virus Linked to Devastating Bee Disease -- UNIVERSITY PARK, Pennsylvania, September 7, 2007 (ENS) - Scientists are homing in on a possible cause of the new bee disease known as colony collapse disorder, linking it with a virus from Israel that may have arrived in the United States via shipments of live bees from Australia. Older article but worth the read.

Ok everyone, let's all run out to get our Flu shots - NOT!!! -- Roll Up Your Sleeve: Why You Should Still Get a Flu Shot -- The CDC insists there is no evidence of harm from thimerosal in vaccines. Still, seven states, including New York, Illinois and California, have banned the use of flu vaccine with thimerosal for young children and, in most cases, pregnant women, except during shortages or emergency situations.

Virus Starts Like a Cold But Can Turn Into a Killer -- Infectious-disease expert David N. Gilbert was making rounds at the Providence Portland Medical Center in Oregon in April when he realized that an unusual number of patients, including young, vigorous adults, were being hit by a frightening pneumonia. The emergence of the virus is the latest example of how new, potentially dangerous pathogens can suddenly appear.

Security concerns raised as China fills U.S. medicine chest -- The medicine cabinet in the average U.S. home is filling with drugs made in China, and some experts say that could be a prescription for trouble. China's booming pharmaceutical industry has doubled exports to the United States in the past five years, undercutting competitors and making American consumers reliant on the safety of Chinese factories and captive to any disruptions in Sino-U.S. commerce.

Waterboarding: Hill Briefed on Waterboarding in 2002 -- In September 2002, four members of Congress met in secret for a first look at a unique CIA program designed to wring vital information from reticent terrorism suspects in U.S. custody. For more than an hour, the bipartisan group, which included current House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), was given a virtual tour of the CIA's overseas detention sites and the harsh techniques interrogators had devised to try to make their prisoners talk. Read More...

Midwest Braces for Ice Storm -- The National Weather Service posted ice and winter storm warnings Tuesday for parts of Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa and Illinois.

VIDEO: PBS program airing December 14, 2007 - The Ron Paul Phenomenon -- This is a preview of a NOW on PBS program airing December 14, 2007 (check local listings). In it, NOW talks to Congressman Ron Paul and his supporters across the country about Paul's surprisingly popular run for the Republican nomination, led in large part by people acting on their own without help from Ron Paul or his campaign. Check out the video to your right for more.

MORTGAGE MELTDOWN -Washington Mutual to close 190 offices -- Washington Mutual Inc., the nation's largest savings and loan, said Monday that problems in the mortgage and credit markets are forcing it to close offices, lay off more than 3,000 workers and set aside up to $1.6 billion for loan losses in its fourth quarter.

The Federal Reserve Expected to Cut Interest Rates Again -- Faced with a spreading mortgage crisis, the Federal Reserve is expected to cut interest rates for a third time and hint that even more rate cuts could be forthcoming.

Hayden to Testify About CIA Videotapes -- CIA Director Gen. Michael Hayden faces two days of testimony behind closed doors at the Senate and House intelligence committees to answer questions about his agency's destruction of videotaped interrogations of terrorist suspects.

Blackwater's Bu$ine$$ -- "The US-installed government in Iraq labeling its forces "murderers." With a new scandal breaking practically every day, one would think Blackwater security would be on the ropes, facing a corporate meltdown or even a total wipeout. But it seems that business for the company has never been better, as it continues to pull in major federal contracts. And its public demeanor grows bolder and cockier by the day."

N.J. nears mandated preschool flu shots -- New Jersey moved toward becoming the first state to require flu shots for preschoolers on Monday after a health advisory board backed new vaccine mandates over the opposition of worried parents.

Meat raises lung cancer risk, too, study finds -- People who eat a lot of red meat and processed meats have a higher risk of several types of cancer, including lung cancer and colorectal cancer, U.S. researchers reported on Monday.

Defense Min.: Israel now world's fourth largest weapons exporter -- Israel has passed Britain to become the world's fourth largest exporter of weapons, Defense Ministry Director-General Pinchas Bucharis said on Sunday. The United States, Russia and France lead the world's list of exporters.

The groundswell for Ron Paul -- The improbably successful campaign of the representative from Texas showcases U.S. disillusionment with politics as usual. Ron Paul may lose next year's battle - though not without a memorable fight!!

Warfighters Put Politics Aside -- 200 U.S. and Russian army officers working together at a damp and chilly Grafenwöhr last week, relations were apparently warm and sunny. "I used to think Americans were quite aggressive in nature, but it turns out they're just people like us," Russian Lt. Gen. Vladimir Chirkin said through an interpreter. "We could have turned our backs to each other and insulted each other for years, but why choose that?" The two-week exercise was called Torgau. According to V Corps, the exercise's objectives were to promote understanding and cooperation between the countries' military forces; to develop common formats for reports, orders and briefings; and to train together, using virtual troops on computers for peacekeeping and enforcement missions.

NOTE: Dec. 10th, 2007
Due to the severe ice-storm that swept into Versailles, MO on Sunday - December 9th - knocking out power lines (electricity and heat) THE POWER HOUR must be closed Monday December 10th. Joyce and Dave, along with the full Power Hour Staff, are well equipped for any natural disaster so they are safe and sound, and waiting patiently until the power is restored. We hope to resume normal broadcasting, if possible, on Tuesday the 11th of December.

FDA Tries To Scare People Away From Stevia -- The FDA is protecting Americans from a natural sweetener, Stevia, because of unnamed, unspecific health concerns. The FDA issued a warning to Hain Celestial Group Inc. for using Stevia, an herbal sweetener, in its herbal tea. It was a letter to Hain that said, "data and information necessary to support the safe use have been lacking.” The FDA did not cite any specific literature but did say the literature that was attained warned, "about control of blood sugar, and the effects on the reproductive, cardiovascular and renal systems.” Coincidentally, Coca-Cola and Pepsi have both been having a fond interest of stevia, and have yet to receive a letter from the FDA about using it.

Security concerns raised as China fills U.S. medicine chest -- The medicine cabinet in the average U.S. home is filling with drugs made in China, and some experts say that could be a prescription for trouble.

YouTube: KEITH OLBERMANN SPECIAL COMMENT ON IRAN INTELL -- Bush: Pathological liar or idiot-in-chief? Deceiving the U.S. on Iran.  Dec. 6:, 2007 - Special comment: In light of the NIE, “Countdown’s” Keith Olbermann gives a Special Comment about what President Bush knew about Iran’s nuclear ambitions and when he found out about it.
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Hate Bill Defeated! -- Sen. Kennedy's hate crime amendment, approved by the U.S. House and Senate, was stripped from the National Defense Appropriations Act, H.R. 1585, midday Thursday. Congressional Quarterly reports that support for the arms/hate bill bureau had so eroded in the House that Democrats were forty votes short of passage.

Earthquake Rattles Parts of North Carolina -- A magnitude 3.1 earthquake struck Western North Carolina at about 6 a.m. Friday morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Henry Kissinger's 1974 Plan for Food Control Genocide -- This article appeared as part of a feature in the December 8, 1995 issue of Executive Intelligence Review, and was circulated extensively by the Schiller Institute Food for Peace Movement.
Click here for the ENTIRE National Security Study Memorandum 200 (92 pages long)

Remarks on Violent Radicalization & Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act, HR 1955 by Ron Paul -- There are many causes for concern in HR 1955.

Ron Paul introduces legislation for raw milk -- U.S. presidential candidate Ron Paul (R-Texas) has introduced legislation (HR 4077) that would allow the transportation and sale of raw milk and raw milk products. His bill would remove an unconstitutional restraint on farmers who wish to sell these products, and people who wish to consume them.

Charleston City Paper Article By STRATTON LAWRENCE -- Could Ron Paul be South Carolina's perfect candidate?

Springfield, Illinois also going after Ron Paul signs -- The city of Springfield, Illinois is trying to get some signs for presidential candidate Ron Paul taken down because they apparently are larger than zoning allows.

Pearl Harbor Day - Dec. 7, 2007 -- The attack on Pearl Harbor was a pre-emptive military strike on the United States Pacific Fleet base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii by the Empire of Japan's Imperial Japanese Navy, on the morning of Sunday, December 7, 1941 that made the United States enter World War II. Two aerial attack waves, totalling 350 aircraft, were launched from six aircraft carriers with the intent to destroy the United States Pacific Fleet. The attack wrecked two U.S. Navy battleships, one minelayer, and two destroyers beyond repair, and destroyed 188 aircraft; personnel losses were 2,333 killed and 1,139 wounded.

$1 Billion In Military Equipment Missing In Iraq -- Tractor trailers, tank recovery vehicles, crates of machine guns and rocket propelled grenades are just a sampling of more than $1 billion in unaccounted for military equipment and services provided to the Iraqi security forces, according to a new report issued today by the Pentagon Inspector General and obtained exclusively by the CBS News investigative unit. Auditors for the Inspector General reviewed equipment contracts totaling $643 million but could only find an audit trail for $83 million.

CHILDREN AND ADULTS EXPOSED TO KILLER CHEMICALS -- In comprehensive tests for an industrial chemical used in the United States to line cans of foods, a watchdog group's laboratory discovered a compound linked to birth defects in more than half of the samples of canned fruit, vegetables, soda, and baby formula from supermarket shelves, according to an Environmental Working Group report released last November.

US Activists Arrested at Gunpoint & deported by Pakistani Security Forces -- U.S. human rights activists Medea Benjamin and Tighe Barry were arrested in Lahore, Pakistan at 8:30pm on Wednesday, December 4 after attending a student rally at the Lahore Press Club. Upon leaving the Club in the company of several journalists, the car they were driving in was pulled off the road. Armed policemen jumped out of cars and motorcycles and surrounded their car, guns
drawn. They forced the driver and journalists out, beat passers-by who were looking at the scene, and hijacked the car with Benjamin and Barry inside.  Read More...

PRESIDENT WAS IN OMAHA HOUR BEFORE SHOOTING -- A Grenade, A Shooting And The President Visits Omaha.
Related Article:  President Bush Visits Omaha, Nebraska

Surprising US NIE says Iran stopped nuclear weapons program in 2003 -- On Monday, the Financial Times of London characterized as "a surprise" the announcement of a U.S. NIE (National Intelligence Estimate) on Iran's nuclear program assessing that Iran had halted a nuclear weapons program in 2003 and has not restarted it.  Read More...

Inventor Of Water Powered Car Murdered? -- Stan Meyer's built a car than runs entirely on water. The car gets 100 miles to the gallon, which is just astonishing. Well, what do you think happened to this earth changing inventor.... hmm the man was allegedly poisoned, and died in 1998. Later that week all of his equipment and the car that he created has stolen and never

New driver's license requires birth certificate -- If you don't know where your birth certificate is, you better find it. Because of new federal ID requirements coming late next year, you're going to need it when your driver's license expires.

Military Families Question Iraq War as Support for Bush Slips -- The views of veterans and their families are now closer in line with overall public sentiment. The poll shows that 32 percent of the general population supports the war. The poll conducted Nov. 30-Dec. 3 also finds that 37 percent of military-family members approve of the job Bush is doing as president, a little more than the general population.

Produce PLU Codes Reveal If It’s Organic, Transgenic or Conventional -- Each type of fruit or vegetable carries the PLU. PLU of a fruit or vegetable can also provide information to consumers—whether it was genetically engineered, grown by organic methods or grown by conventional methods.

"Doomsday Seed Vault" in the Arctic -- Bill Gates is investing millions in a seed bank on the Barents Sea near the Arctic Ocean, some 1,100 kilometers from the North Pole. Svalbard is a barren piece of rock claimed by Norway and ceded in 1925 by international treaty (see map within the article). On this God-forsaken island Bill Gates is investing tens of his millions along with the Rockefeller Foundation, Monsanto Corporation, Syngenta Foundation and the Government of Norway, among others, in what is called the ‘doomsday seed bank.’ Officially the project is named the Svalbard Global Seed Vault on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen, part of the Svalbard island group.
Related Article: Svalbard Global Seed Vault

Diet And Cancer Prevention: New Evidence For The Protective Effects Of Fruits And Veggies -- Researchers present new data that demonstrate how diets full of raw vegetables --particularly broccoli sprouts -- and black raspberries could prevent or slow the growth of some common forms of cancer.

See What Microwaved Water Does -- A Must see!! (This is a .pdf file)

Presidential Candidate Ron Paul Bears Empty Pot For Americans -- "Do you want the plants and flowers that your other government representatives have cultivated for you year after year, or do you want an open and honest effort at change, not for the powerful interests, but for you and for members of your family yet to arrive. If you want to see an unprecedented effort at change - starting with the only man on the campaign trail who is not afraid to tell you the truth - your action must start now. Get informed. Get angry. Get talking to your neighbors. Then, get to the voting booths!"

YouTube: Zan Overall sings "I want to believe you Mr. President" -- Sang at open mike night by Zan Overall.

IRAN: MAYBE A GOOD IDEA TO HOLD OFF BOMBING THEM by Devvy Kidd -- John Bolton, the hawkish former US ambassador to the UN, says Tehran's nuclear threat is growing and it will have to be halted by force...Read More!

O'Reilly Statement: Blowing Iran "off the face of the earth ... would be the sane thing to do" -- Summary: On his radio program, Bill O'Reilly stated: "You know in a sane world, every country would unite against Iran and blow it off the face of the Earth. That would be the sane thing to do."

YouTube:  Ron Paul - Tea Party & The 2nd American Revolution -- A Must watch!

YouTube: Trans-continental Corridor Conspiracy? -- The Fred Thompson Forum -- Our Fred gets to run the North American Union!

Presidential candidates on Jon Stuart Show -- Candidate Interviews!

Candidates for Peace -- Two Candidates Explicitly Put Peace Before Party: Kucinich and Paul Challenge Their Party to Take Peace Seriously.

Navy chaplain to plead to sex charges -- A former Navy chaplain plans to plead guilty to allegations that include forcible sodomy and failing to tell a sex partner he was HIV-positive, his attorney said Wednesday.

Major U.S. airports offering flu shots -- After taking off their shoes, emptying their pockets and passing through the security checkpoint, travelers at some major U.S. airports can now roll up a sleeve and get a flu shot.

If Our Prices Were in Silver U.S. Dollars, They Would be: -- Older folks from the 1950s and 1960s might remember pricing similar to those in the above display. That is because in that time period, the U.S. dollar was still backed by silver. Each dollar in existence represented one ounce of silver. This story helps illustrate the "discount" rate of a Federal Reserve Note to about $0.0625 of the silver dollar and shows how far the depreciated paper has sunk. Thanks David!

Smear campaign backfires: Recent Attempts to Defame Ron Paul Prove He’s Got Powerbrokers Nervous -- The Paul camp is planning another “money bomb” blast for December 16, in celebration of the 1773 Boston Tea Party. We can’t wait to hear the next foolish allegation regurgitated by the media following this one-day event. Get used to it. The attack has just begun. The fourth stage is known as “dirty tricks”—likely to begin in January where Ron Paul is hopeful of shocking them again in the New Hampshire primary.

Gunman kills 8, self in Omaha mall -- Robert Hawkins had been kicked out of his family’s house, fired from McDonald’s and had broken up with his girlfriend. He was 19, about the same age another sick man was when he terrified the state of Nebraska and the nation 50 years earlier.

Free-Energy Battery Inventor Killed at Airport? -- Official statement cites "natural causes" but others familiar with the disruptive potential of the inventor's technology to the existing power structure consider it a probable assassination. Briefly: On Nov. 11, inventor of a revolutionary, affordable, clean energy technology, M. DeGeus was found slumped in his car, totally unresponsive, in the long-term parking lot of the Charlotte Douglass International Airport in North Carolina.

Almost 1,000 Iraqi children rot in U.S. prisons -- The U.S. military has 26,000 people in prisons in Iraq, including 950 juveniles down to ten years old.

G.E. recalls 92,000 microwave ovens -- General Electric announced the recall of about 92,000 GE combination microwave and conventional wall ovens Wednesday, due to a fire hazard.

Bush Says Iran Still Poses Threat -- “I think it is very important for the international community to recognize the fact that if Iran were to develop the knowledge that they could transfer to a clandestine program, it would create a danger for the world,” Bush said. “So I view this report as a warning signal.”

YouTube: Ron Paul, Republican Debate: Iranian Threat -- Ron Paul defends position of non-aggression with Iran. Diplomacy overrides war.

The War's Hot, but Draft Talk Chills -- "Short of an invasion of the United States by a credible enemy, which probably means China or Russia, I can't imagine the American people tolerating a return to conscription," said David Segal, a military sociologist at the University of Maryland and director of the Center for Research on Military Organization. "And I can't imagine anyone in Congress risking their careers by supporting it."  There is a Poll within this article asking: Should the U.S. reinstitute the draft? Most said YES!

Gitmo inmate cuts throat, but survives -- A Guantanamo Bay prisoner slashed his throat with a sharpened fingernail last month, spilling a lot of blood but surviving, a U.S. military commander said Tuesday. There have been four suicides since the U.S. opened the military prison at Guantanamo in January 2002 for men suspected of involvement in terrorism or links to al-Qaida and the Taliban. But doubted the latest incident was a real suicide attempt, and
characterized it instead as an act of "self-harm."

Truckers: Know your rights: readers respond to Effingham police searches -- News spreads fast among the trucking community. Several Land Line readers and OOIDA members called and wrote letters regarding an investigation at a Flying J truck stop in Effingham, IL on Friday, Nov. 30, 2007. Consent may be given by the driver, a team-driving partner or in-cab spouse or even a driver’s company, but the driver always has the right to say no.

Vaccines: Are The Risks Worth The Rewards? -- by Jimm Motyka - A Power Hour Listener who recently submitted his paper on vaccinations to his English class at the University of Akron in which he sites The Power Hour (and more).  He received an A for his very well written paper.

Florida Just the First to Face National Run on the Bank -- Florida officials are going to meet today to talk about the crisis in the state's Local Government Investment Pool. I don't know what they are going to talk about, but I know what they had better decide.

Recession Hits U.S. Profits; Economy Might Be Next -- U.S. corporate profits are in a recession, and the entire economy may not be far behind.

VIDEO: Robot soldiers? -- Who is this technology intended for? Remember the movie Robo Cop? It turns out the science fiction of robot cops is not that far-fetched any more.

More Than 40M U.S. Residents Say They Cannot Afford Adequate Health Care, According to CDC Study -- More than 40 million people in the U.S. said that they cannot afford adequate health care and that they did not receive needed health services because of costs, according to an annual report released by CDC on Monday, Reuters reports. In addition, the report found that about 30% of young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 do not have a usual source of
medical care, 30% lack health insurance and 10% of adults between the ages of 45 and 64 do not have a usual source of medical care.

U.S. warns about bed-wetting drug Desmopressin after two deaths -- U.S. health officials alerted the public on Tuesday about the deaths of two patients who were treated with a prescription drug to control bed-wetting. Desmopressin is sold under the names DDAVP Nasal Spray, DDAVP Rhinal Tube, DDVP, Minirin and Stimate Nasal Spray. Makers include Sanofi-Aventis and several generic companies.

Group sounds alarm on infant formula cans -- The Environmental Working Group, an advocacy and research organization, says in a new report released to CNN that liquid formula from the nation's top baby formula makers is sold in cans lined with bisphenol-A, or BPA. The formula makers acknowledge the presence of BPA, but say it is not harmful. The Food and Drug Administration agrees.

The Chipping Away Of Our Rights Granted By The U.S. Constitution -- There is no greater need in America today than the need to get the Federal government out of our lives. That is the opinion expressed by individuals across the political spectrum.

Ford mulls new China car plant -- Ford Motor Co, which is closing factories in North America, is mulling a new car plant in China with its Japanese unit Mazda Motor Co and local partner Chang'an Motor Corp, to meet growing demand. The US carmaker plans to reach a final decision by early next year, Hsu said, declining to give details.

OIL FOR EUROS, HOW CRUDE by Andrew Gause -- The missing link is the economic benefit. The only thing that would have a major impact is the pricing of oil in Euros for less than the cost in dollars. This would create just the financial draw that would create an uproar.



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