Greg Palast reporting from Southold, New York
Excerpted from the NY Times Bestseller Armed Madhouse.
In the War on Terror, we are all on the front lines. Now Southold has apparently been targeted by al-Qaeda. I'm not surprised.
Southold, if you look at a map, is situated at the ass end of nowhere. We are known for our Strawberry Festival and fire truck parade. According to the Census, this tiny place is made up almost entirely of inbred farmers, real estate speculators and volunteer firemen.
At one end of town is the "Brand Names Outlet Mall" and the water-slide park. At the other end, there's a ferryboat that takes those who feel lucky to the Indian casino in Connecticut. And in between, there's Main Street where we hold the Strawberry Festival. (The festival is a quaint and annoying white-folks' ritual, an opportunity for backstabbing, petty infighting and all-American small-mindedness. But that's another story altogether.)
Last month, Town Supervisor Josh, with powers granted him by the Department of Homeland Security, declared a "national security emergency." (Show me more...)
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Kerry Won. Now Get Over It . . .
...because they're putting '08 in their pocket. Republicans just seem to have that winning spirit. They also have caging lists, felons of the future, rotting ballots, snuffed canaries, and a lock on the votes of Kissinger-Americans and the undead.
WARNING! There are cranks and kooks and crazies out there on the Internet who say that George Bush lost the 2004 election, like one titled, "Kerry Won" published on the TomPaine.com web site two days after the election. I wrote it.
On November 11, a week after TomPaine.com published it, I received an e-mail from The New York Times Washington Bureau. Hot on the investigation of the veracity of the vote, The Times reporter asked me pointed questions:
Question #1: Are you a "sore loser"?
Question #2: Are you a "conspiracy nut"? (Show me more...)
Thomas Friedman's Underpants
[New York] Von Eckardt, our chief investigator, joined me and Krugman in the green room. She's a big fan of Paul's and couldn't wait to hear two of her favorite economics writers talk privately about the great issues of the day.
"I wring them out as absolutely tight as I can," said Krugman, "and by the morning they're just a little damp but you can still wear them."
I had a different technique for stretching the supply of underwear on book tours: Wear them into the shower or, in a pinch, turn them inside out.
"There's one guy that has a clean pair Fed-Ex'd to him every day and he puts the dirty ones in a return envelope." The "guy," of course, had to be Thomas Friedman. (Show me more...)
Massacre of the Buffalo Soldiers
by Greg Palast
The Republican National Committee has a special offer for African-American soldiers: Go to Baghdad, lose your vote.
A confidential campaign directed by GOP party chiefs in October 2004 sought to challenge the ballots of tens of thousands of voters in the last presidential election, virtually all of them cast by residents of Black-majority precincts.
Files from the secret vote-blocking campaign were obtained by BBC Television Newsnight, London. They were attached to emails accidentally sent by Republican operatives to a non-party website. (Show me more...)
By Greg Palast
Excerpt from Armed Madhouse
They take away your overtime, your 40-hour week, your regulatory protection against corporate marauders, your right to courtroom justice, your protection against unfair trade, even the right to get your ballot counted. But there's always hope. Hope is the last thing to go. And your hope is your kids, that they'll have an opportunity you didn't have. On January 21, 2004, the President told you they'd have to take that away too. On that night, deep into his State of the Union sermon to Congress, when sensible adults had turned off the tube or kicked in the screen, our President opened a new front in the class war. And like the one in Iraq, it began with a lie. "By passing the No Child Left Behind Act," our President told us, "We are regularly testing every child...and making sure they have better options when schools are not performing."
"And at Daddy's Polo Club, the Waiter Is Called A..." (Show me more...)
The Real Randi Rhodes:Greg Palast interviews the high school troublemaker turned troublemaker in uniform turned troublemaker on the air. An exclusive podcast -- listen to it here
In Part I, Randi reads, "Nose-twist's Hidden Hand" from Armed Madhouse, and in Part 2, "Rodeo Day and No Ideology" from the Secret War over Oil in Iraq section of Palast's new book.
And -- quick! before Patriot III goes into effect and makes reading it illegal -- get your copy of Armed Madhouse: Who's Afraid of Osama Wolf?, China Floats Bush Sinks, the Scheme to Steal '08, No Child's Behind Left and other Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Class War here
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By Greg Palast, excerpted from Armed Madhouse
May 17, 2001. In a room at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverley Hills, the Financial Criminal of the twentieth century, not long out of prison, met with the Financial Criminal of the twenty-first century who feared he may also have to do hard time. These two, bondmarket manipulators Mike Milken and Ken Lay, no-yet-indicted Chairman of Enron Corporation, were joined by a select group of movers and shakers - and one movie star. (Show me more...)
Special For Truthout
Don't kid yourself. If you think the conviction of Ken Lay means that George Bush is serious about going after corporate bad guys, think again. (Show me more...)
Greg Palast reading Counting By Colors from Chapter 4 of his new book, Armed Madhouse. Pre-order the book and read the excerpt at www.GregPalast.com
America is a nation of losers. It's the best thing about us. We're the dregs, what the rest of the world barfed up and threw on our shores.
John Kennedy said we are "a nation of immigrants." That's the sanitized phrase. We are, in fact, a nation of refugees who, despite the bastards in white sheets and the know-nothings in Congress, have held open the Golden Door to a dark planet.
To download the podcast and read the blog visit www.GregPalast.com
It's a crime. No kidding. But the media has it all wrong. As usual.
'Scooter' Libby finally outed 'Mr. Big,' the perpetrator of the heinous disclosure of the name of secret agent Valerie Plame. It was the President of United States himself -- in conspiracy with his Vice-President. Now the pundits are arguing over whether our war-a-holic President had the legal right to leak this national security information. But, that's a fake debate meant to distract you.
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Greg discusses his new book, Armed Madhouse, with Dennis Bernstein on Flashpoints - KPFA / Pacifica radio.
Greg Palast reading Double Cheese With Fear from Chapter 1 of his new book, Armed Madhouse. Pre-order the book and read the excerpt at www.GregPalast.com
Greg discusses his recent blog post, The Spies Who Shag Us on www.GregPalast.com with Randi Rhodes on her Air America radio show.
Choicepoint spokesperson, James Lee responds to Palast's statements made on Monday, May 15, 2006 on Randi Rhodes show. Palast then responds to their "response".
Ken Lay Will Get Away with his Real Crimes
By GREG PALAST
Al Capone cut throats, machine-gunned people to build his gang and went to jail—for not filing his taxes properly. Likewise, Ken Lay, buccaneer of the power industry, will go down—if the jury doesn't buy his alibi—for not filing his SEC forms properly. (Show me more...)
I know you're shocked -- SHOCKED! -- that George Bush is listening in on all your phone calls. Without a warrant. That's nothing. And it's not news. This is: the snooping into your phone bill is just the snout of the pig of a strange, lucrative link-up between the Administration's Homeland Security spy network and private companies operating beyond the reach of the laws meant to protect us from our government. You can call it the privatization of the FBI -- though it is better described as the creation of a private KGB. (Show me more...)