August 20th, 2009

This makes the 6th or 8th time?

POOF, its gone!

Ed’s home page was updated Thu, 20 Aug, 2009 00:15:56 PST

As I post, the chat room is gone, the forum is still there, and the Lone Ranger is still kicking bad guys bottoms.

I’ll have to go and find my last offer I made Ed the last time he was selling out. $7500 is way too much, and I’ll bet Ed hasn’t refiled his corporation status in Nevada.

FYI – The last time Ed closed up shop was just last month, July 6th.

August 3rd, 2009

Just a bigfoot kinda day for birfoons

Once upon a time, a Bigfoot sold a document to Ed hale.

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Ed hid it until he could find someone reputable to present it in court.

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And then Ed got mentioned on Countdown.

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June 13th, 2009

Lawyer up!

A couple of days ago, I posted on The Regulator that Ed Hale had finally lawyered up in his battle with Phil Berg and Momma E.  The astute reader may remember that Ed called his Eagle Scout lawyer one of the best.”

So, he’s got “one of the best” defending him, at a cost of thousands of dollars to his listeners, in a suit with potential damages of well over a million dollars. And what does Ed go and do?

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October 27th, 2008

The guilty

From the not entirely fair and balanced Huffington Post:

WASHINGTON — Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens was convicted of seven corruption charges Monday in a trial that threatened to end the 40-year career of Alaska’s political patriarch in disgrace. The verdict, coming barely a week before Election Day, increased Stevens’ difficulty in winning what already was a difficult race against Democratic challenger Mark Begich. Democrats hope to seize the once reliably Republican seat as part of their bid for a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate.

Stevens, 84, was convicted of all the felony charges he faced of lying about free home renovations and other gifts from a wealthy oil contractor. Jurors began deliberating last week.

Nuff said.

Added: As great grey said: Pics are important. This guy is toast.

August 5th, 2008

The olympics

This is the best comment I read in ages.

There’s been questions coming our way about the olympics – are we going to promote it on The Pirate Bay or not. The answer is ‘No!’

First of all, sports are not that interesting! Politics however is. Helping out promoting a country like China is not in anyones interest besides their oppressive government. I’m quite surprised that the discussions about China versus human rights have been so quiet during the olympics. In my opinion the olympics should never be held in a country like that.

I feel a bit sick in my body when I see that journalists are upset that they would have to use a restricted Internet during their stay in China – and that they’re OK with going there anyhow, when the restrictions are lifted for them, personally. It’s sickening! Everybody needs to demand freedom for the people, not only freedom for some lucky ones. It’s spineless.

My emphasis. Peter is “Pirate Bay“. Thanks.

May 28th, 2008

The white house is puzzled

CNN:

In excerpts from a 341-page book to be released Monday, Scott McClellan writes on the war in Iraq that Bush “and his advisers confused the propaganda campaign with the high level of candor and honesty so fundamentally needed to build and then sustain public support during a time of war.”

Puzzled. Hmmmm, that shouldn’t be too hard to do?

March 31st, 2008

The facts

FactCheck.org claims to sift claims from facts in the US political arena, in a non-partisan way. I can’t vow if this is true or not. But they do have a vid-cast now, so pulling it in Miro is a piece of cake!

February 10th, 2008

The smart remarks of Robert Gates re-revisited

This is not coming to an end it seems. With the NATO informal meeting going on and not getting any support from the allies he bullied (Germany, Italy and Spain), Gates is now turning indirectly to the European public, doing some fear-talk (“what if the Taliban win?”). France decided to send some extra soldiers, Belgium 4 F-16′s and 100 supporting astaff. Diplomacy at its finest. It’s getting old and a bit sad.

Earlier on the nest: The smart remarks of Robert Gates revisited, The smart remarks of Robert Gates

January 25th, 2008

The fall of Eveline Herfkens

Oh, a wonderful and embarrassing connection. Eveline Herfkens is a PvdA politician, who is now stationed at the UN. Most elements of the story are in Wikipedia, but let me give you a quick rundown. She insists she needs to fly business class, even if that is not allowed for her function. She applied for (and received) a $7.000 a month rental allowance for her upper class Manhattan apartment “to avoid traveling by subway”, a subsidy not allowed by UN rules to insure independence of the home country. She applied for a US permanent residence permit, which is also not allowed. To add insult to injury she defended her behavior by stating “this discussion was Dutch small mindedness”, “she didn’t have time to go through all the minute rules” and “deserves these incentives connected to such a job profile”. For the record, her salary is way over $200.000.

Her own party is fed up with what one member of parliament called “Diva behavior”. I am pretty sure, and I hope, the bell for her last round has sounded. She has damaged the U.N., my country, her party and the taxpayers. Begone!!

Disclaimer: “PvdA”, which is considered here a mildly leftish social democratic party, often gets my vote. I am not a member.

Added: Foreign ministry is investigating a claim to have her hand back the quarter million she received against the rules, at the same time admitting they should never have given her that rental allowance in the first place. Party leader drops support. She is said not to respond to call for comments.

Added Feb 22nd: By Dutch law, she is not to return the $280,000, based on the principle of security of law, meaning in this context like you cannot suddenly withdraw something that was legally supplied; the subsidy was allowed by Dutch law, simply not by UN rules. The UNDP is still investigating if she knew this was against the rules (which she denies), and if so, the decision to not to have her return the loot will be “re-evaluated”. I won’t hold my breath on it.

January 16th, 2008

The smart remarks of Robert Gates

The LA times published Gates eyebrow raising critical remarks on it’s allies in Afghanistan. I can tell you this has not fallen well.

WASHINGTON — In an unusual public criticism, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said he believes NATO forces currently deployed in southern Afghanistan do not know how to combat a guerrilla insurgency, a deficiency that could be contributing to the rising violence in the fight against the Taliban.

“I’m worried we’re deploying [military advisors] that are not properly trained and I’m worried we have some military forces that don’t know how to do counterinsurgency operations,” Gates said in an interview.

(…) In the interview, Gates compared the troubled experience of the NATO forces in the south — primarily troops from the closest U.S. allies, Britain and Canada, as well as the Netherlands — with progress made by American troops in the eastern part of Afghanistan. He traced the failing in part to a Cold War orientation.

“Most of the European forces, NATO forces, are not trained in counterinsurgency; they were trained for the Fulda Gap,” Gates said, referring to the German region where a Soviet invasion of Western Europe was deemed most likely.

Yeah right. Luckily the US administration is the shining example on how to fight insurgency. Questions were asked, the ambassador was summoned over. Rough translation by me from nrc.

(…) Van Middelkoop [y-t: defense minister] had Arnall [y-t: US ambassador here] summoned over because Gates was quoted in the Los Angeles Times that the NATO forces in southern Afghanistan do not know how they should counter guerrilla insurgency. In the south mainly Dutch, British and Canadian soldiers are active.

These statements also rubbed The Hague politicians the wrong way. Hans van Baalen called the transcripts downright “insulting”, Martijn van Dam found it remarkable that Americans who continuously make the wrong decisions in the “war against terror” criticize their allies.

Arnall made a statement stating Gates was misrepresented by the LA times and was “bewildered” when he read the newspaper.

 

Added: The LA times maintains that Gates was NOT cited incorrectly.

Added: While defense minister (what in the US is called secretary) Van Middelkoop called the case closed after Arnall’s statement. parliament does not (roar, roar), especially after a spokesman of Gates did not confirm the “misrepresentation” explanation. Some expect the transcript of the interview to be released soon. To be continued.

Added: (ANP)

Washington, Jan. 17. American Secretary of Defense Robert Gates praised NATO allies in Afghanistan, a day after media cited him with critical statements about their efforts.

Against journalists he expressed his praise for the “courage and sacrifices” of partners such as Great Britain, Canada, Netherlands, Australia and Denmark.

I’ll spare you the political comments.

Added: Gates called Van Middelkoop and apologized for the confusion.