This animation illustrates the failure of…
The Nuclear Bunker Buster – Robust Nuclear Earth Penetrator as an effective weapon and explains the threat to life and health for millions of civilians that lie within the scope of impact and the range of resulting fallout.

With apologies to the Beach Boys…
Adam Kontras has created “Lets Bomb Iran!” – including sing-along lyrics.

And then there’s the latest from, Camp Redemption.

The following commentary on the mainstream media may help to explain why indies are driven to create their own info-tainment…

News that should grind your gears
By Barb Ickes – Quad City Times

The corrupt former governor of Illinois (how liberating to say so) isn’t finished lining his pockets with taxpayer dough.

George Ryan’s $16,419 monthly pension reportedly will continue until at least November. That’s the earliest a state board can get together to decide whether the convicted felon loses the state benefit.

Despite being found guilty of fraud, racketeering, obstruction and lying to the FBI, Ryan is likely to collect at least another $98,514 before he’s cut off. And there’s no guarantee he will be cut off.

Taxpayers should be outraged. But most people won’t be. They’re too caught up in the latest news about Natalee Holloway, the Alabama teenager who disappeared in Aruba a year ago.

I don’t get it.

Our money is being ripped out of our hands every time we unscrew the cap to the gas tank. We’re paying almost three bucks a gallon, but there’s no good reason for it. You know how we know there’s no reason? Because the big oil companies are posting record multibillion-dollar profits.

Meanwhile, more detailed information is becoming available to show just how much you and I are paying in welfare to Wal-Mart — the nation’s richest-ever retailer.

According to the Small Business Times in Milwaukee, more than 40 percent of enrollees in Wisconsin’s health-care program for the working poor are employees of Wal-Mart.

But who cares?

There’s been another arrest in the Natalee Holloway disappearance. Stop the presses. Update the Web sites.

I don’t get it.

At least six retired military generals are aggressively pursuing the resignation of U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, based on what they describe as dangerous defense missteps and wildly out-of-hand arrogance.

And how did our president respond?

“I’m the decider,” Bush replied, confirming that a 9-year-old boy with a frog in his pocket and mud on both shoes really could outthink the leader of the free world.

But never mind that. Natalee Holloway is missing.

Anxious-looking scientists and researchers have been coming up for air in recent weeks as they study the world’s coral reefs, including those in Key West, Fla. They look anxious because their research is showing that at least 20 percent of the world’s coral reefs have perished over the past two years and 50 percent are in danger of dying.

Unusually high sea temperatures (courtesy of global warming), which also led to record hurricanes, are being blamed. The die-off includes Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, which managed to survive for 18 million years until we came along.

Scientists say the loss of coral reefs will have “a catastrophic impact on all marine life.”

But that news will have to wait.

What inquiring minds really want to know is: Did those two Aruban brothers really have anything to do with Natalee Holloway’s disappearance?

No wonder governors feel free to take what they want from us and the president unashamedly pretends like we’re not being robbed blind by big oil and Wal-Mart bloats while the coral reefs die.

Natalee Holloway, a blonde honors student, vanished on a vacation to the Caribbean a year ago.

I don’t get it.

Barb Ickes can be contacted at

(563) 383-2316 or

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