HOTT Newslinks March 17, 2008



John ‘I’m a War Criminal’ McCain





Renters Face Rapid Eviction as Foreclosures Soar



Ready On The Right





Depleted uranium turns earthworms into glowworms



Heavy Presence of Chinese Police Quells Rioting in Tibet’s Capital



Fed Comes To Rescue As Wall St. Giant Slips



Website owner Barry Chamish ordered by court to pay Itamar Ben-Gvir NIS 36,000 in damages



Bush Does Care About the Second Amendment, Just Not Very Much



Ozone Rules Weakened at Bush’s Behest




A wheat-killing fungus has spread from Africa to Iran and may already be in Pakistan, which depends crucially on wheat to feed its population, New Scientist magazine says.



European and Asian markets tumbled and Wall Street headed for a sharply lower opening Thursday as Carlyle Capital appeared close to collapse, the dollar plunged against foreign currencies and oil hovered near record highs.



The US Federal Reserve has taken the boldest action since the 1930s, accepting $200bn of housing debt as collateral to prevent an implosion of the mortgage finance industry and head off a full-blown economic crisis.



Senior officials of the Federal Bureau of Investigation repeatedly approved the use of “blanket” records demands to justify the improper collection of thousands of phone records, according to officials briefed on the practice.



Each year, federal agents peek at the financial transactions of millions of Americans — without their knowledge.



Police said the body of Insp Neil Munro, 43, was found along Panorama Road, nicknamed “Millionaire’s Row”, in Sandbanks, at about 0830 GMT.



Gas and oil prices jumped again to new highs Thursday as the dollar weakened, although crude’s advance was limited by fresh evidence of a U.S. economic slowdown.



Democratic U.S. lawmakers defied President George W. Bush on Thursday and moved ahead with an anti-terror spy bill that allows lawsuits against telephone companies that participated in his warrantless surveillance program after the September 11 attacks.



Hit by a free fall with no end in sight, the once mighty U.S. dollar is no longer just crashing on currency markets and making life more expensive for American tourists and business people abroad; its clout is evaporating worldwide as foreign businesses and individuals turn to other currencies.


“anti-gun” biased historian debunked again


Bellesiles had flung his challenge at a political organization, but unfortunately for him it was the scholarly community that picked it up. The evidence he had presented for his groundbreaking theory was investigated first by experts from a range of disciplines and political viewpoints; then by a special symposium in a learned journal; and finally, as a result of the disturbing findings, by the professor’s university and an outside panel of scholars that it appointed. The results are now in: Bellesiles’ arguments are based on wholesale misuse of evidence and, in some cases, no evidence at all. The “invented tradition” is fact, the professor’s version a folk tale.



Nearly 60 percent more U.S. homes faced foreclosure in February than in the same month last year, with Nevada, California and Florida showing the highest foreclosure rates, a research firm said Wednesday.



When we uphold the rule of law, we are acting in our self-interest, not in the interest of criminals or terrorists. We can nail them with the rule of law, but if we destroy the rule of law, we make ourselves vulnerable to injustice. It’s not just a terrorist who can be arrested and held incommunicado for an indefinite period of time. It’s anybody the government thinks is a terrorist.



The continuation of the war in Iraq will end in disaster for this country. Parallels between the Roman Empire and our own are numerous, although our decline and fall will happen far quicker than that of Rome. The current financial crisis has awakened some to the perils that await us, but solutions that address the root of the problem and seek to fix it are nowhere to be found.


I bought a bird feeder.

I hung it on my back porch and filled it with seed.

What a beauty of a bird feeder it is as I fill it lovingly with seed.

Within a week we had hundreds of birds taking advantage of the
continuous flow of free and easily accessible food.

But then the birds started building nests in the boards of the patio,
above the table, and next to the barbecue.

Then came the poop.

It was everywhere: on the patio tile, the chairs, the table … everywhere!

Then some of the birds turned mean.

They would dive bomb me and try to peck me even though I had fed them
out of my own pocket.

And others birds were boisterous and loud.

They sat on the feeder and squawked and screamed at all hours of the day
and night and demanded that I fill it when it got low on food.

After a while, I couldn’t even sit on my own back porch anymore.

So I took down the bird feeder and in three days the birds were gone.

I cleaned up their mess and took down the many nests they had built all
over the patio.

Soon, the back yard was like it used to be … quiet, serene and no one
demanding their rights to a free meal.

Now let’s see .

Our government gives out free food, subsidized housing, free medical
care, and free education and allows anyone born here to be an automatic

Then the illegals came by the tens of thousands.

Suddenly our taxes went up to pay for free services; small apartments
are housing 5 families; you have to wait 6 hours to be seen by an
emergency room doctor; your child’s 2nd grade class is behind other
schools because over half the class doesn’t speak English.
Corn Flakes now come in a bilingual box; I have to ‘press one’ to hear
my bank talk to me in English, and people waving flags other than ‘ Old
Glory ‘ are squawking and screaming in the streets, demanding more
rights and free liberties.

Just my opinion, but maybe it’s time for the government to take down the
bird feeder.