Of course, there are many intelligent people in the world. I picked this list from people who are most visible to the general public. 

Ron Paul - Probably the smartest, nicest, most likable person to make it to any level of government -- but those qualities are also his downfall, in a pool of sharks and schiesters.

Dennis Kucinich - If you can take the mind of Kucinich and put it in the body of Mitt Romney, we'de have the next American President. His physical stature is too easy a target for the spinsters to use against him. (Sad)

Richard Dawkins - Scientist/Atheist/talk-show and college campus circuit guru Richard Dawkins is perfect for giving Americans a dose of reality. (Is this possible anymore?)

Amy Goodman - Smart, dedicated, intuitive; Goodman would keep mainstream media in line, fair, and balanced (gulp)

George Soros - Even his $9 billion fortune could not bring down the Bush administration, put given a position of power...


Runners-up:
Bill Maher - His ego would get in the way of any pure decisions.
Stephen Colbert - Colbert smart, bus is an entertainer, not a policy maker.
Jon Stewart - Musch like Colbert, Stewart is an entertainer, but would have better chances at being succesful in politics.

Disagreements? Additions?

 
 

Asia Times -- At a cost of US$89 million to the American taxpayers, the US Senate, with no hesitation, passed a bill that was attached by Republican Senator Joe Kyle, to the federal defense budget to deploy another sophisticated long-range radar system to Israel.

What was the rush that the US military amid the country's financial and economic crisis had to speed up the deployment of a most powerful and therefore expensive system, called AN/TPY-2 forward-based X-band, a year earlier than it was scheduled previously? The X-band system, deployed to Israel on September 26, was originally scheduled for delivery in 2009 for joint training exercises, according to the US European Command mission (EUCOM).

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Ten months before the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld approved an updated version of the U.S. Army's secret operational Continuity of Government (COG) plans.

A draft document published by the whistleblowing website Wikileaks entitled, "Army Regulation 500-3, Emergency Employment of Army and Other Resources. Army Continuity of Operations (COOP) Program," dated 19 January 2001, spells out changes in Army doctrine.

Issued by Headquarters, Department of the Army and signed off by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and the Secretary of the Army, the document is affixed with a warning: "Destruction Notice: Destroy by any method that will prevent disclosure of contents or reconstruction of the document." The restricted document as published by Wikileaks states:

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This is unprecedented in American history.

On October 1, 2008, the US Army officially announced an “active unit” stationed in side the United States. This will be the first time for this happening in the US.

Amy Goodman from Democray Now:

 
 

GNN -- Finally, after years of hold-up in Taiwan’s legislature, followed by months of mysterious silence from the American side, a new arms deal for Taiwan has been announced. Taiwan will get about half of what it hoped for from the U.S., and a lot less than the previous, pro-independence administration in Taiwan had wanted.

Critics fear it is already too little, too late, arguing that the ‘balance of power’ across the Taiwan Strait has irreversibly shifted in favor of China. Others point out how difficult it has been historically to invade a country amphibiously.

The office of Taiwan’s new president, Ma Ying-jeou, praised the deal, saying it proved U.S.-Taiwan relations were improving after years of discord between Washington and the former DPP administration.

Ma has been making several diplomatic concessions to China since taking office in May. China has ignored them all, likely because it can, while the ousted DPP bemoans Ma’s strategy as a foolish playing of all his cards. Many believe Ma is actually working for Beijing rather than for his electorate. Ma will now use the arms deal to paint them as paranoid.

 
 

MailOnline -- UK -- A man told today how he was shot three times in a London street for wearing a Barack Obama T-shirt.

Dube Egwuatu was buying a mobile telephone top-up card in an off-licence when the gunman confronted him and glared at the top, which carries an image of the Democrat US presidential candidate underneath the legend 'Believe'.

The man then launched into a tirade of racist slurs, shouting 'I f***ing hate n*****s' and urging 36-year-old Mr Egwuatu to leave the shop with him.

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From American Zeitgeist.

 
 

RollingStone.com -- At Fort McNair, an army base located along the Potomac River in the nation's capital, a chance reunion takes place one day between two former POWs. It's the spring of 1974, and Navy commander John Sidney McCain III has returned home from the experience in Hanoi that, according to legend, transformed him from a callow and reckless youth into a serious man of patriotism and purpose. Walking along the grounds at Fort McNair, McCain runs into John Dramesi, an Air Force lieutenant colonel who was also imprisoned and tortured in Vietnam.

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(TIP: Skip ahead to 3:10). From the movie American Zeitgeist

 
 

H. Josef Herbert -- Harvard Courant -- New study commissioned by U.S. mayors points way towards a green escape from economic crisis

A major shift to renewable energy and efficiency is expected to produce 4.2 million new environmentally friendly “green” jobs during the next three decades, according to a study commissioned by the nation’s mayors.

The study, released last week by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, says that about 750,000 people work today in what can be considered green jobs — from scientists and engineers researching alternative fuels to makers of wind turbines and more energy-efficient products.

But that’s less than one half of 1 percent of total employment. By 2038, another 4.2 million green jobs are expected to be added, accounting for 10 percent of new job growth during the next 30 years, according to the report by Global Insight Inc.

“It could be the fastest-growing segment of the United States economy over the next several decades and dramatically increase its share of total employment,” said the report, which The Associated Press obtained.