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Honduras Coup, Act VI, Day 54

Posted by Charles II on January 23, 2010

No pasa nada.

I learned that before the coup, the new president of the Congress, Juan Orlando Hernández, supposedly said that Pretendisent Lobo has a fatal disease.

HondurasCoup2009 reports on how the State Department is attempting to pretend that Micheletti has stepped down, and how Micheletti exposed the lie by issuing a statement through a spokesman that he is still “coordinating.” Lobo has commented that Micheletti’s eagerness to hang around is complicating things by delaying normalization of relations with foreign countries.

As an editorial statement, allow me to say that I hope that Assistant Secretary of State, Colonel P. J. Crowley, gets infested with carnivorous genital crabs.

RAJ also discusses what the next steps of the resistance will be. Hemmed in by unconstitutional “laws” that inhibit freedom of assembly, any attempt to protest the inauguration will be difficult. And the movement wants to go beyond marches to start having an impact on the national direction.

The pecking order of the congressional dictatorship has been established, with six vice presidents, four secretaries and subsecretaries.

Adrienne says that the coup-affiliated anthropologists who are now comfortably burrowed in at the IHAH (Honduran Institute of Art and History) are trying to get the American Association of Anthropologists to investigate her because she called them “golpistas.”

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Important information for serving military

Posted by Charles II on January 23, 2010

The following, being sent to you for your information, was forwarded
from the Executive Director of NASDVA, who read an article in the
Standard Examiner(Ogden Utah) by Tom Philpott in his Military update
column indicating 185,000 veterans who were kept in the military
involuntarily beyond their enlistment or retirement are entitled to a
retroactive payment of $500 for each extra month they were required to
serve — sadly, only 15,000 have applied to for this Retroactive Stop
Loss Special Pay. The deadline to apply is October 21 2010. The average
paid to Army veterans so far is $4500.

A DOD article on this issue lists where Veterans can go to apply for
this payment.

Army: Go to or email
Navy: Email
Marine Corps: Go to or email
Air Force: Go to

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How To Shut Down A Canadian Tory Government

Posted by Phoenix Woman on January 23, 2010

It’s easy!

Just force Stephen Harper to choose between ducking questions he’d rather not answer and passing his pet legislation. Turns out he’d rather duck the questions on treatment of Afghan detainees by shutting down Parliament for a few months.

Of course, Harper’s panicked prorogue means nobody else’s business gets done, either. But since the Tories control the government, it’s their bills that are getting shafted.

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The Friday newsdump, 1/22/10

Posted by Charles II on January 23, 2010

Ryan Singer, Wired:

The FBI and telecom companies collaborated to routinely violate federal wiretapping laws for four years, as agents got access to reporters’ and citizens’ phone records using fake emergency declarations or simply asking for them.

But in a surprise buried at the end of the 289-page report, the inspector general also reveals that the Obama administration issued a secret rule almost two weeks ago saying it was legal for the FBI to have skirted federal privacy protections.

I think that in the link above, Singer  may be referring to the second sentence, below:

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