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The US Is Facing a Weimar Moment

In early 1919, Germany put in place a new government to begin rebuilding the country after its crushing defeat in World War I. But the right-wing forces that had led the country into the War and lost the War conspired even before it was over to destroy the new government, the "Weimar Republic." They succeeded.

The U.S. faces a similar "Weimar Moment." The devastating collapse of the economy after eight years of Republican rule has left the leadership, policies, and ideology of the right utterly discredited. But, as was the case with Germany in 1919, Republicans do not intend to allow the new government to succeed. They will do everything they can to undermine it. If they are successful, the U.S. may yet go the way of Weimar Germany.

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Former Bush Aide Sentenced to 30 Months in Prison

A 29-year-old former Bush administration aide was sentenced today to 2 1/2 years in federal prison for stealing nearly $600,000 from a nonprofit group that promotes democracy in Cuba.

Felipe E. Sixto of Miami pleaded guilty last year in U.S. District Court in the District to stealing from a federally funded program. Today, U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton called the crime an "elaborate scheme" that badly damaged the nonprofit group, the Center for a Free Cuba, where Sixto worked from 2003 through July 2007.

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TVNL Comment:  Under present day drug laws, the penalty for selling 2 ounces of an illegal drug in NY is a minimum of 8 years to life in prison.  Where's the justice?  Just asking....

VIDEO: UK Baroness: "The constant accusation of Anti-Semitism to silence Israels critics is vindictive"


Baroness Tongue rips into the Israel Lobby, AIPAC, Friends of Israel and the Board of Deputies accusing them of constantly using the accusation of Anti-Semitism to silence Israels Critics where no intention of Anti-Semitism exists.

Cheney says U.S. can torture but can't heal

In his interview with CNN's John King -- his first television interview since leaving the vice presidency -- Cheney revealed a view of federal power that is incoherent and hypocritical.

According to recently released legal memos from the Bush-Cheney administration, the former vice president believes that the federal government can ignore the First Amendment and suppress free speech and freedom of the press as part of its "war on terror."

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Hiding The Truth In Plain Sight

The isolated people within the mainstream media who tell a lot of truth about geo-politics make me nervous.  They may well be working with and serving the interests of the NWO by telling truth so as to gauge public response to it.  This truth telling can also serve to vicariously vent and thereby diffuse any emotions from among the portion of the public that still thinks and could potentially initiate real revolt against increasingly oppressive government.

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American International Group: Political Contributions: Among Federal Candidates, 2008 Cycle

Dodd, Chris (D-CT)     Senate     $103,100
Obama, Barack (D-IL)     Senate     $101,332
McCain, John (R-AZ)     Senate     $59,499
Clinton, Hillary (D-NY)     Senate     $35,965
Baucus, Max (D-MT)     Senate     $24,750
Romney, Mitt (R)     Pres     $20,850
Biden, Joseph R Jr (D-DE)     Senate     $19,975
Larson, John B (D-CT)     House     $19,750
Sununu, John E (R-NH)     Senate     $18,500
Giuliani, Rudolph W (R)     Pres     $13,200
Kanjorski, Paul E (D-PA)     House     $12,000
Durbin, Dick (D-IL)     Senate     $11,000
Perlmutter, Edwin G (D-CO)     House     $10,500
Rangel, Charles B (D-NY)

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Military rape reports rise, prosecution still low

More people came forward to report sexual assaults in the military last year, but a significant percentage wouldn't give crucial details needed for an investigation.

The Pentagon said it received 2,923 reports of sexual assault across the military in the 12 months ending Sept. 30 2008. That's about a 9 percent increase over the totals reported the year before, but only a fraction of the crimes presumably being committed. Among the cases reported, only a small number went to military courts, officials acknowledged.

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VIDEO: Howard Zinn - The Myth of American Exceptionalism

Zinn offers numerous examples of how the American government has used “divine ordination” and rationales of spreading civilization and freedom to justify its most dastardly actions: the extermination of Native Americans and takeover of their land; the annexation of Texas and war with Mexico; war against the Philippines; U.S. involvement in coups in Latin America; bloody efforts to expand U.S. influence in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

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Pope claims condoms could make African Aids crisis worse

The Pope today reignited the controversy over the Catholic church's stance on condom use as he made his first trip to Africa.

The pontiff said condoms were not the answer to the continent's fight against HIV and Aids and could make the problem worse.

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TVNL Comment: The Pope is now an expert on HIV and AIDS.  How comforting is that?

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