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Chrysler drops three electric vehicles despite having touted them to get billions in government bailout cash


If you believed all the talk from Chrysler about how our tax dollars would help finance its fast-track electric-vehicle future, you’re in for a big disappointment.

Chrysler has disbanded the engineering team that was trying to bring three electric models to market as a rush job, Automotive News reports today. Chrysler cited its devotion to electric vehicles as one of the key reasons why the Obama administration and Congress needed to give it $12.5 billion in bailout money, the News points out.

Oh, my. Well, I’m sure the good folks at Chrysler were very pure in their motives.


Boise homeless group sues city


A group of Boise’s homeless is suing the City over sleeping in public tickets. The group claims that Boise police have been targeting people, and that it violates their human rights.

“We would hope that the city would stop enforcing their ordinances in this manner against people who don’t have shelter,” the plaintiffs attorney Howard Belodoff said.

Boise shelters have seen larger than normal numbers this year, stretching the already struggling safety net for the homeless even further. The group points to the shortage of beds as one of the causes of the problem. “There seems to be something better that can be done, that should be done and we hope that will be done,” Belodoff said.

The city won’t comment on the case, but the City Council is looking at what the term “camping” means in the city ordinance.


Afghanistan’s Sarpoza prisoners begin hunger strike


Housed in a prison known for fierce beatings and electrocutions, Kandahar’s most volatile prisoners have found inspiration in an unlikely source: Gandhi.

More than 350 Taliban inmates in the city’s notorious Sarpoza prison are staging a hunger strike, refusing to eat in a protest over their treatment within the prison’s bleak walls.

The passive demonstration, which began Sunday, has left the prison’s Canadian-trained guards – accustomed to suppressing far more aggressive insurrections – somewhat flummoxed.

Late last night, government security forces bolstered the armed presence at the prison over fears the demonstration is a precursor to an attempt at a prison break on the scale of the massive escape that unleashed more than 1,000 Sarpoza prisoners on the city last year.

Hikmatyar: Bin Laden Alive;

Suggests Taliban/al-Qaeda Split


Afghan insurgent and former prime minister Gulbadin Hikmatyar has told Aljazeera that Usama Bin Laden is alive and well. Hikmatyar, once the recipient of 20 percent of all the funds disbursed by US intelligence for fighting the Soviets, is now fighting US troops in eastern Afghanistan. He condemned bombings against the Pakistani military, saying that only foreign, non-Muslim troops should be targeted. He also said his group refuses to coordinate with the Haqqani Network, a rival fundamentalist militia. He said that US troops could be given safe passage to leave Afghanistan if they would agree to go.

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    • Inky99 on November 11, 2009 at 6:13 am

    I mean, really disgusting.

    • Inky99 on November 11, 2009 at 6:15 am

    How do ya like them apples?

    They killed a guy named “Muhammad” at “9:11” pm.

    I’m sure it was a coincidence.


    • Inky99 on November 11, 2009 at 8:37 am

    Here’s a little known fact for everybody ….

    Prince Bandar, who was busted for some major corruption in the UK and was subject to an upcoming investigation, told the UK to back off, or else he’d make sure there was more terrorism in the UK, you know, of the “7/7” variety.

    Did it work?  Yup.

    BAE: secret papers reveal threats from Saudi prince

    Spectre of ‘another 7/7’ led Tony Blair to block bribes inquiry, high court told

    ndon unless corruption investigations into their arms deals were halted, according to court documents revealed yesterday.

    Previously secret files describe how investigators were told they faced “another 7/7” and the loss of “British lives on British streets” if they pressed on with their inquiries and the Saudis carried out their threat to cut off intelligence.

    Prince Bandar, the head of the Saudi national security council, and son of the crown prince, was alleged in court to be the man behind the threats to hold back information about suicide bombers and terrorists. He faces accusations that he himself took more than £1bn in secret payments from the arms company BAE.

    He was accused in yesterday’s high court hearings of flying to London in December 2006 and uttering threats which made the prime minister, Tony Blair, force an end to the Serious Fraud Office investigation into bribery allegations involving Bandar and his family.

    The threats halted the fraud inquiry, but triggered an international outcry, with allegations that Britain had broken international anti-bribery treaties.

    Lord Justice Moses, hearing the civil case with Mr Justice Sullivan, said the government appeared to have “rolled over” after the threats. He said one possible view was that it was “just as if a gun had been held to the head” of the government.


    But Saudi Arabia couldn’t have anything to do with 9/11, oh noooooo.   Even though most of the hijackers were from Saudi Arabia, were financed from Saudi Arabia, and the report of Saudi Arabia’s involvement was censored.   Oh and the planeload of Saudis were allowed to fly out of the country before they could be questioned by the FBI right after 9/11 when all other planes were grounded.  

    Yup.   They had nothing to do with it.

    That’s why we’re in Iraq and Afghanistan.   Fighting the “good fight”, right?   The whole “war on terrorism”.   And I’m sure it’s why we never got Osama Bin Forgotten, either.   I mean, isn’t he a Saudi?

    Oh yeah, Prince Bandar’s nickname is “Bandar Bush”.   He was shown the top secret invasion plans for the invasion of Iraq.   Saw them before Colin Powell did.   That’s actually considered “treason”, to show top secret war plans to a foreign national, but since his nickname is “Bandar Bush” it’s just a ok.   Presumably he was shown them so he could sign off on them.  I mean, why else would he have been shown them?  

    But no, they had nothing to do with 9/11.    Impossible, how dare you even THINK that, you whacky CT’er you.

    • Miep on November 11, 2009 at 8:50 am

    Much appreciated.

    • Miep on November 13, 2009 at 9:24 am

    for promoting this, ek.

    I’m still trying to get this news stuff worked out. I generally assume it won’t be liked.

    Mostly because sooner or later, I’m going to fall into making it in my own way from my own mind, and that can get to be kind of strange.

    Mostly people like it more than I think they will, but still it’s kinda worrying.

    Oh, happy we, could we take each change so easily.

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