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Heavy-Handed Politics

"€œGod willing, with the force of God behind it, we shall soon experience a world
without the United States and Zionism."€ -- Iran President Ahmadi-Nejad

Saturday, October 07, 2006

"In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king."

"Won't you tell me, brave captain, why are the wicked so strong; how can the angels get to sleep when the devil leaves his porch light on."

More fearful kowtowing to the religion of peace

U.K. Gallery Pulls Art on Muslim Fears
"A London gallery has decided not to show some works of art because it fears they would upset Muslims, a curator said on Friday, a week after a German opera house canned a Mozart production for the same reason.

The director of Britain's Whitechapel Art Gallery decided to remove works by surrealist artist Hans Bellmer from an exhibition the day before it was due to open, one of the museum's curators, Agnes de la Beaumelle, told Reuters.

'The motive was simply to not shock the population of the Whitechapel neighbourhood, which is partly Muslim,' she said."

Oh, oh. Here we go again.

Be prepared for another round of violence.

Danish TV Shows Cartoons Mocking Prophet Mohammad: "COPENHAGEN -- Danish state TV on Friday aired amateur video footage showing young members of the anti-immigrant Danish Peoples' party engaged in a competition to draw humiliating cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad.

The video images have surfaced little more than a year after a Danish paper published cartoons of the Prophet that sparked violent protests worldwide."

Democrats' Hypocrisy Over Foley Matter

"Do you remember how many times during the Clinton years Democrats told us everyone lies about sex and that Republicans were shamefully distracting the Clinton administration by harping on White House cover-ups about sex with an intern?

Well, we have far worse distractions now being promoted by Democrats about far less important matters and during far more dangerous times."

Time Magazine: Fidel Castro Has Cancer

"Fidel Castro has terminal cancer and will not return to power as Cuba's leader, anonymous U.S. officials tell TIME magazine.

However, the officials said the intelligence reports on the ailing, 80-year-old Cuban president are not definitive."

Red ink threatens voice of French left

"Spawned during the heady days of the country's 1968 student riots, France's iconic, Maoist-rooted Liberation newspaper faces an ignominious demise at the hands of the corporate bottom line."

Maybe George Soros and Francois Kerry can come to their financial rescue. Oh that's right, Francois has no money (to speak of) of his own. Check that. Maybe George Soros and Theresa Heinz (Kerry) can bail them out.

Unemployment falls; wages up 4 percent

"The nation's unemployment rate fell to 4.6 percent last month, down from 4.7 in August, and average wages rose by 4 percent over the previous year -- the best performance for both measures in five years."

U.S. Ambassador John Bolton Request Rebuffed by United Nations

"UNITED NATIONS -- Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, said Annan will not be coerced by any nation to disclose his personal financial information."

Schwarzenegger: 'Assimilate' Into U.S. Culture

"California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger says some Mexican immigrants 'try to stay Mexican' when they come to the United States and he urged them to assimilate into the fabric of American society.

Recalling his own experience emigrating from his native Austria, the Republican governor said Thursday that immigrants should learn English and U.S. history and 'make an effort to become part of America.' "

Hezbollah ally seeks Saudi help in calming Lebanon tensions

Khaleej Times - Dubai,United Arab Emirates
BEIRUT - Lebanese parliament speaker Nabih Berri, a key Shia ally of Hezbollah, was due in Saudi Arabia on Saturday to seek the Sunni-led kingdom's help in ..."

Friday, October 06, 2006

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke Warns of Entitlement Collapse

“Reform of our unsustainable entitlement programs should be a priority. The imperative to undertake reform earlier rather than later is great.” -- Ben Bernanke

Who wouldn't want to fix social security?

This is the biggest reason President Bush could not get the entitlement reform needed to put it on sounder footing.


While President Bush is out campaigning on the issues for the upcoming midterm elections, the country, thanks to the drive by media, is focused on Foleygate tarring and feathering Republican leadership. Is Bush's words being heard? Who knows - the Demos are hoping not. He's calling the Demos soft on terror, and they don't like it. But, look at the facts. The Democrats have attempted to block the measures designed to protect us. Democrats have talked tough on terrorism, trying to convince the American people, but they have not delivered one damn thing towards protecting U. S. citizens. You have to judge them by their actions, not their words.

Bush just signed the annual homeland-security spending bill. This bill will provide for the installation of 700 miles of fences along the U.S.-Mexico border and will provide for an increase in the number of Border Patrol officers to 14,800, while also expanding detainment facilities for illegal aliens. This has gone largely uncovered by the media. They are too busy with other things right now.

The Dems mostly were opposed to the fence amendment signed by the Pres. Bush. But that's not all. They stood in the way of renewing the Patriot Act last year, stood in the way of enacting legislation for terrorist surveillance, and, let's not forget, were opposed to having military tribunals where we could interrogate and try terrorist suspects. All they have to offer is, "We need to do it "smarter and better." Oh, yippee.

Outsider campaign money reaching an all-time high

"If there’s anyone who still believes that the campaign-finance law is doing any good at reducing the impact of money in politics, consider the following examples. Deborah Pryce (OH), the fourth ranking Republican in the House, was hit by a million-dollar negative ad blitz this summer that originated not from her opponent, but from an unholy trinity of trial lawyers, union leaders and MoveOn.org. The Maryland Fund, a 527 of national Democrat supporters, launched a media blitz against Governor Robert Ehrlich’s re-election. The AFL-CIO, which seems to be more interested in politics than labor issues, is spending $40 million on a get-out-the-vote effort targeted to boost Demo fortunes across the country, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce plans to spend $20 million to help federal candidates.

Independent groups with political agendas are dumping so much money into tight congressional races this year that it has in some cases eclipsed candidate spending. Organizations on the left and the right have spent a total of $34 million in campaign money in 2006. This is double what was spent in 2002, when soft-money contributions to the political parties were banned, and there are still four weeks to go before Election Day. The real tragedy here is that outside groups with narrow interests are affecting races in areas of the country where their agendas do not mesh with constituent concerns. 527s, unions and rich political gadflies are dictating an agenda to voters whose broader concerns in their district are not being addressed. This is not a case for further tinkering with existing campaign-finance laws, but a case for scrapping them altogether."

From The Patriot Post

Tortured screams ring out as Iraqis take over Abu Ghraib

Former Abu Ghraib Prisoners Want US Soldiers Back
"The notorious Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad is at the centre of fresh abuse allegations just a week after it was handed over to Iraqi authorities, with claims that inmates are being tortured by their new captors." Read more.

How can this be? I wonder what Teddy "the Bloviator" Kennedy thinks about this story. The "swimmer" said this back in 2004:

"On March 19, 2004, President Bush asked, 'Who would prefer that Saddam's torture chambers still be open?' Shamefully, we now learn that Saddam's torture chambers reopened under new management: U.S. management."

Now the prisoners want U.S. guards back. It does not get any better than this, does it?

Back in 2004, the Abu Ghraib "scandal" prompted many Democrat lawmakers to call for the resignation of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. So how long will it be for them to again call for his resignation for turning the prison over to the Iraqis, knowing that the prisoners would be tortured by their new Iraqi guards? Wouldn't surprise me in the least.

Dem-Run Congress Could 'Help Destroy Economy,' Analyst Says

"Democrats on the campaign trail are promising that if they win control of Congress on Nov. 7, they will 'jump-start our economy' through such measures as raising the minimum wage and ending the Bush tax cuts, but a conservative analyst said that enacting those policies could instead 'help to destroy our economy'..."

Democrats hit for lack of black candidates

"Black business owners and religious leaders say there is an undercurrent of discontent with the Maryland Democratic Party's lack of black statewide candidates and think it will encourage support for Republicans -- especially Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele's...."

Lebanon's combustible mix

"As Israel has withdrawn the last of its troops, the man who plunged Lebanon into war this summer, Hezbollah boss Hassan Nasrallah, has started to flex his muscles again." Read all.

Who lost Nicaragua?

By Oliver North

"WASHINGTON, D.C. -- During the 1980 presidential campaign, Republicans pointed out that Jimmy Carter had 'lost Nicaragua' to communism. The 1979 Sandinista 'Revolution Without Frontiers' led by Daniel Ortega was just one of many foreign policy disasters during the Carter administration -- and Ronald Reagan assured Americans that such things wouldn't happen on his 'watch.' Unfortunately, Reagan is gone, and today Nicaragua looks like a case of 'back to the future.'

On Nov. 5 -- just two days before our own mid-term congressional elections -- the people of Nicaragua will cast ballots for a new president. Friends of democracy in Latin America have been stunned by new polls showing that Ortega -- the ardent Marxist who once ruled Managua with a Soviet-backed iron fist -- is again poised to take control of government, a decade and a half after U.S.-backed freedom fighters succeeded in ousting him from power. If he wins, Ortega will have key regional allies -- men who, by themselves, present no immediate threat to our security but who, together, could create problems aplenty for the United States and its democratic Latin American allies."

Ollie points out that his (Ortega) backers have learned how to use the democratic process, i.e. elections, for their gain. In like manner, we have Hugo Chavez, seeped in dollars from Venezuelan oil production, spreading his anti-American rhetoric with the approval of his Cuban buddy Castro. Then we have Evo Morales, president of Bolivia, who, after spending just two months in office following his election, had their constitution rewritten in order to give himself authoritarian powers. We also have a big lefty in Ecuador, Rafael Correa running for president, and is apparently the front runnner for their upcoming October 15th elections. If he wins, he has promised to "re-found" the nation, patterning itself after Bolivia and Venezuela.

Why do I bring this up? Isn't democracy supposed to be good? Well, yes, it can be. But it doesn't guarantee anything. It reminds me of the quote I posted back in the middle of August:
"Not all democracies are created equal. The customs and traditions of a society matter as much as its mode of government. It may be true that all people yearn for freedom, but history shows that some people yearn for the freedom to go forth and kill their neighbors... In other words, democracy isn't bulletproof. Instances of disastrous democracy extend back to ancient times. Athens voted to attack Syracuse. It was a grinding, terrible defeat that spelled the beginning of the end for Athens in the Peloponnesian War. And, to leap to the 20th century, let's remember that the Germans voted the Nazi Party into power; we all know how that turned out."
— by Jonathan Last

Ollie North goes on to say, "Like Adolf Hitler, the anti-American leftists in Latin America are using elections -- not revolutions or military coups -- to take and then solidify power. It's a tactic that seems to have escaped the striped-pants set in our State Department. Until this week's visit to the region by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, the State Department's response to the threatening leftward turn to our south -- and a Sandinista return to power -- has been both flat-footed and tone deaf."

The question I have been pondering for awhile, and I guess it is really a chicken or the egg question, "What comes first? Democracy (through fair elections) or societal transformation?" My current belief is the latter and I think the developments in Central America supports my current position.

Read the rest of Oliver North's column here.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Anger in Holland over 'apartheid' Islamic hospital


"Plans for a Muslim-only hospital in Holland have sparked a heated debate over its separate all-male and all-female wings, halal food and roster of duty imams.

A populist Right-wing party described the plan for the clinic in south Rotterdam as 'a step backwards to the Middle Ages'.

There will be segregation between the sexes, with male patients treated by an exclusively male nursing and medical staff and similar arrangements for females.

Holland's once proud multi-cultural model, which promoted tolerance of a rapidly growing immigrant population, has been sharply questioned in recent years, especially after the murder of the film-maker Theo van Gogh by an Islamic radical." Continue.

Muslims are waging civil war against us, claims police union

The Telegraph

"Radical Muslims in France's housing estates are waging an undeclared 'intifada' against the police, with violent clashes injuring an average of 14 officers each day."


"It said the situation was so grave that it had asked the government to provide police with armoured cars to protect officers in the estates, which are becoming no-go zones."


"Mayors in the worst affected suburbs, which saw weeks of riots and car-burning a year ago, have expressed fears of a vicious circle, as attacks by locals lead the police to harden their tactics, further increasing resentment."

Swiss report possible threat against U.N. in Geneva

My Way News

"GENEVA (Reuters) - Swiss authorities have informed the United Nations of a 'possible terrorist attack' against its European headquarters in Geneva, its biggest premises outside of New York, the world body said in a letter to staff on Thursday.

The attack could take place between October 5 and October 10., the letter said, without giving further details.

The letter encouraged staff to 'increase the level of alertness and to take special protection measures.' " Read more.

China jamming test sparks U.S. satellite concerns
"WASHINGTON (Reuters) - China has beamed a ground-based laser at U.S. spy satellites over its territory, a U.S. agency said, in an action that exposed the potential vulnerability of space systems that provide crucial data to American troops and consumers around the world.

The Defense Department remains tight-lipped about details, including which satellite was involved or when it occurred." Continue reading.

Still Spending: Senate Set to Bust Budget Caps by $32 Billion

By Brian M. Riedl
The Heritage Foundation

"Federal spending in 2006 is set to rise 9 percent, the largest increase since 1990 and enough to earn Congress near failing grades from the Heritage Foundation’s third quarter report card.[1] Most families facing steep new expenses would cut back on additional spending."

New IRS Data Show All Income Groups Have Seen Tax Liabilities Fall Since 2000

By Gerald Prante
The Tax Foundation

"The IRS recently released official tax statistics by income group for the 2004 tax year, and the new data show that despite what some critics of recent tax policy have suggested, all income groups have witnessed their effective federal income tax rates fall, including lower- and middle-income taxpayers." More....

Coastal Protection Turned into Reefer Madness

Environmentalists to thank for yet another eco-tastrophe.

By Dan Gainor

Off the coast of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, two million old tires are pounding into reefs, destroying the ecosystem and littering the shoreline. It’s an environmentalist catastrophe.

That’s right – environmentalist. This disaster might as well be sponsored by your favorite left-wing environmental group. Do-gooders launched this project back in 1972 to save the oceans, spawn fish and rid the earth of mountains of tires that posed health and fire hazards.

Only it didn’t quite work that way. Environmentalists and their usual fans in the media are whispering a collective “oops.” Read on.


“Terrorism is a manageable action. It can be lived with.” —director Oliver Stone

There IS a difference...

“We’re in a war. Something always goes wrong in a war, and our military leaders have made mistakes in Iraq. But quitting and leaving would amount to defeat for the U.S. in the global war on terrorism and create chaos. Quitters never win. Here’s the problem: America needs two strong, sound political parties. As far as domestic policy is concerned, it really doesn’t make much difference if Democrats or Republicans are in power. Ours is a free, entrepreneurial society where anyone can do anything he or she wants if they have a positive attitude and the desire to work, learn and achieve. Ambitious people come from all over the world to take advantage of this tremendous opportunity. This is one reason our economy is so resilient, continually bouncing back from periodic setbacks, driven by new inventions and achievements. However, when it comes to which party has proved more capable in acting to defend and protect Americans from foreign enemies, there is only one choice. From Johnson to Carter to Clinton, virtually all the defense policies and decisions made by Democratic administrations have been unsuccessful. And in many cases, they have unintentionally but materially increased the danger to our national security and the safety of all Americans.”
—Investor’s Business Daily

“We have arrived at the present unhappy situation not so much because we challenged those with a different worldview, but because we ceased to assert our own values and advance our world view.” —Michael Ledeen

“[T]he United States has suffered a substantial defeat in the war against radical Islam. Three weeks ago, Pakistan signed the terms of the Waziristan Accord with the northern region of its country called North Waziristan. It was, effectively, the terms of surrender by Pakistan to the Taliban and al Qaeda, which dominate North Waziristan. Pakistan has negotiated a separate peace—the eternal danger to any wartime alliance.” —Tony Blankley

“Bottom line: This war will be won or lost on the battlefront at home—and right now the Democratic Party is a big part of the problem.” —David Horowitz

“It was a stunning, blatant confession... that as President, Mr. Clinton sanctioned the assassination of Osama bin Laden. To put this little piece of braggadocio in context it should be noted that no other American Head of State -- sitting or former - has ever before admitted to such a serious violation of law. Though assassination is specifically forbidden as a course of action open to U.S. officials -- including Presidents -- no one seems to have taken notice -- perhaps because they were so caught up with the theater of what was happening on the screen -- and not listening to the words being said.” —Oliver North

“There is in all of us a strong disposition to believe that anything lawful is also legitimate. This belief is so widespread that many persons have erroneously held that things are ‘just’ because the law makes them so.” —Frederic Bastiat

“It is proof of a base and low mind for one to wish to think with the masses or majority, merely because the majority is the majority. Truth does not change because it is, or is not, believed by a majority of the people.” —Giordano Bruno

Maryland School Sued for Refusing to Let Girl Read Bible
A conservative civil liberties group has filed suit against a school in Greenbelt, Md., for violating the constitutional rights of a seventh-grader who was told not to read her Bible in school during lunchtime..."

Abbas declares failure of talks with Hamas

"Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas declared yesterday that talks on forming a unity government with Hamas are dead, and visiting Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said the focus now should be on improving humanitarian conditions in the Palest"

Bush signs the fence bill
"President Bush yesterday signed into law the annual homeland-security spending bill that provides the first down payment for 700 miles of fence along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Read more.


On Corruption, Partisan Politics, And Hypocrisy
By Christopher G. Adamo

Amid the horrifying news of the past few days, Americans must remain focused on the threats that still loom over their country. To do otherwise is to invite the possibility that the recent horrors will be immeasurably compounded by another terrorist attack..."


Ending the MADness
By Ed Feulner

"If North Korea fired a long-range missile at the United States today -- like the one it test-fired this summer -- could we defend ourselves? Until recently, the answer would have been an unequivocal “no.” But that answer is changing as America moves, very slowly, toward deploying a missile-defense system…"

Federal Appellate Court: Law Center’s Legal Challenge to School District’s Ban on Christmas Music Can Proceed

Thomas More Law Center: "ANN ARBOR, MI — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, ruled today that the Thomas More Law Center’s constitutional challenge to a New Jersey school district’s policy that banned all religious music in the district’s public schools can proceed. The ruling reversed a lower court’s decision dismissing the complaint for failure to state a claim. The School District’s ban specifically prevented the playing of Christmas music, including simple instrumentals, during the 2004 year-end celebrations in its public schools." Read more.

Central America going "south"

It appears Democracy is ailing south of the U.S. border
Sandinistas Set for Comeback in Nicaragua: "When Nicaraguans go to the polls on Nov. 5 to elect their next president, they may end up choosing an old-time communist – who could win without even getting a majority of the votes.

A victory by Daniel Ortega, whose brutal Sandinista rule in the Central American country ended 16 years ago, is a growing likelihood because of millions being pumped into his campaign by the stridently anti-U.S. Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez.

Add to the mix indifference from the U.S. State Department, and Chavez and Cuban dictator Fidel Castro will have a new ally in their growing axis of anti-American states south of the border."
Also, don't forget how close the hard left, the socialists, came in Mexico in winning their most recent election over Vincentes Fox's more 'moderate' party. The domino theory has not been discarded into the waste bin of world history. It seems to be alive and well.

Mexico may challenge U.S. border fence at the United Nations

International Herald Tribune: "MEXICO CITY Mexico said it may go the United Nations to challenge U.S. plans to build hundreds of miles (kilometers) of fences on its southern border.

Foreign Secretary Luis Ernesto Derbez told a news conference Wednesday that the proposal to put up what he called a wall was an 'offense.'

Asked if he would take the issue up with the United Nations, a step some Mexican lawmakers have called for, Derbez replied: 'Without a doubt, we are examining with the foreign relations legal team what options are open at an international level and we will take them.'

On Wednesday, Bush signed a homeland security funding bill that includes US$1.2 billion (€0.95 billion) for fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border to stop illegal immigrants and criminals sneaking over.

Outgoing President Vicente Fox has called the fence plan 'shameful' and compared it to the Berlin Wall. Fox has spent his six-year term lobbying for a new guest worker program and an amnesty for Mexicans working illegally in the United States." Read on.

Troops block Hezbollah supporters from border

Arutz Sheva - Israel National News: "(IsraelNN.com) The Lebanese Army prevented a group of Hezbollah supporters from holding a demonstration at the Israel-Lebanese border on Wednesday.

The army stopped several busses carrying about 100 demonstrators, many of them children.

The army blocked the busses by parking armored vehicles in their path and informed the passengers that they were unauthorized to continue."

Curry commentary: Incredible forgiveness

Dateline NBC - MSNBC.com: "Today, with tears in his eyes, a minister described to me seeing an Amish mother embalming her 13-year-old daughter Marian, who was shot in the forehead at the school.

She was carefully and lovingly dressing her girl in white, even putting the cotton in her nose.

All around the family watched, crying softly, even the little children, who listened as their grandfather told them not to hate the gunman who did this.

'Forgive,' he was instructing them... 'forgive, as God forgives us...'

Reverend Rob Schenck, called it the most powerful moment in all his 25 years as a minister." Read more.

Hat tip to Tampa Pirate.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

AKI - Rome,Italy
Beirut, 4 Oct. (AKI) - A top Hezbollah official who heads the Shiite movement's operations in southern Lebanon has said it aims to drive Israel out of two ...

Spokesman: UN Will Not Honor Request To Disarm Hezbollah
Evening Bulletin - Philadelphia,PA,USA
... Council facilitated a cease-fire on the Israeli-Lebanese border, there was one promise given by the UN - that it would implement a process to disarm Hezbollah. ...

Historical Significance

"Americans have a short attention span, conditioned by 30 second sound bites, 60 minute TV shows, and 2 hour movies in which everything comes out okay.

The real world is not like that. It is messy, uncertain, and sometimes bloody and ugly. Always has been, and probably always will be.

The bottom line is that we will have to deal with Islamic terrorism until we defeat it, whenever that is. It will not go away if we ignore it.

If the US can create a reasonably democratic and stable Iraq, then we have an “England” in the Middle East, a platform, from which we can work to help modernize and moderate the Middle East. The history of the world is the clash between the forces of relative civility and civilization, and the barbarians clamoring at the gates. The Iraq war is merely another battle in this ancient and never-ending war. And now, for the first time ever, the barbarians are about to get nuclear weapons. Unless somebody prevents them." Read the rest here.

New York Democrat Billed Taxpayers for Phone Sex Call

"Democrat congressional candidate Mike Arcuri, while serving as district attorney of Oneida County, N.Y., has billed taxpayers for several questionable expenses, including a call to a phone-sex hotline, according to records obtained by HumanEvents.com.

Arcuri, running in New York’s 24th District against Republican Ray Meier, has spent the past 12 years as Oneida County’s district attorney. During that period, his annual expense reimbursements have skyrocketed. [From $763.70 in 1998 to $54,077.74 in 2005.]

A close examination of those expense reports reveals that Arcuri billed taxpayers in 2004 for a call to a phone-sex number. The phone number appears on Arcuri’s hotel bill. He was attending the New York State District Attorneys Association conference in New York City at the time."

By Robert B. Bluey. More at Human Events.

Crowd rallies to 'Boot Murtha'

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

"Larry Bailey might have been outranked -- but he wasn't intimidated -- by the retired generals who appeared Saturday at a rally in Johnstown to support U.S. Rep. John Murtha's re-election bid."

United Nations Human Rights Council Resolutions Condemn Only Israel, Diplomats Say

The New York Sun:

"UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Human Rights Council will end its second regular session this week by voting to pass two resolutions condemning Israel and may approve 'balanced' measures on other countries where human rights are violated, diplomats in Geneva said yesterday.

The council is expected to hear reports today by several envoys, known as 'rapporteurs,' who during the last session were sent on missions to Lebanon and Israel. The special rapporteur on the right to food, Jean Ziegler, will report only on the human rights situation in Lebanon; he did not even visit Israel on his trip to the region.

Last week, the rapporteur John Dugard issued a report to the council on the situation in Gaza. After Israel turned the area over to the Palestinian Arabs, it transformed Gaza into a 'prison,' he said. 'In other countries this process might be described as ethnic cleansing, but political correctness forbids such language where Israel is concerned,' he added.

Amnesty International, usually a critic of Israel, has chided members of the council for focusing on what it termed their 'narrow political objectives.' And Human Rights Watch has said the new council's 'one-sided approach' on the Israeli-Arab dispute is a 'blow to its credibility and an abdication of its responsibility to protect human rights for all.' "

Palestinian rivals on brink of civil war, Abbas aide says

"Armed Palestinian factions are just 'centimeters' away from civil war, a top aide to President Mahmoud Abbas said yesterday after two days of deadly factional fighting."

Steele, Cardin wrangle over race in debate

"Maryland's U.S. Senate candidates Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele and Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin clashed over racial issues last night in their first debate of the campaign."

Annan's financial form to be secret - World - insider.washingtontimes.com

"NEW YORK -- U.N. officials said yesterday that they will not publicly release a financial disclosure form filed by Secretary-General Kofi Annan last month -- 10 months after he ordered all senior U.N. officials to file the forms.

A spokesman said Mr. Annan submitted the questionnaire -- under a policy implemented in response to international outrage over U.N. involvement in the Iraq oil-for-food scandal -- on Sept. 22.

'The secretary-general has filed the forms,' Stephane Dujarric confirmed yesterday. But, he said, 'We will not be making it public.'

John R. Bolton, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, did not return a call asking about that decision, but other critics of the world body argued that the disclosure form should be made public."

The rest of the article can be read here at the insider.washingtontimes.com:

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

'Gay' activist held info about Foley

During campaign to 'out' lawmakers
said story would break before election

"A radical activist on a mission to 'out' conservative homosexual lawmakers and Capitol Hill staffers held on to information about Rep. Mark Foley's relationships with underage male pages, suggesting the story would break at the time of mid-term elections." Read more.

Reporting From Guantanamo

"Patterico has posted the second installment of his interview with an Army nurse who spent a great deal of time with the detainees at Guantanamo Bay. It is very interesting stuff."

Source: Powerline

It is interesting stuff to read, indeed. Go to Patterico and read it. Hop to it.

Clinton had eyes for Demi, says Kutcher

"Former US president Bill Clinton tried to 'hit on' actress Demi Moore, her husband Ashton Kutcher has said."

Should we be surprised?

WOW! Now that's a lot of snorting material

The Monitor - McAllen, Texas: "HIDALGO — Clowns entertain at parties. They are usually not a party to a large drug investigation.

But on Sunday, customs inspectors at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge found more than 500 pounds of cocaine on a private tour bus that a Latin Grammy-nominated musical group of clowns was riding."

Clowns always seem to have big smiles, big ears, and oh yes, big noses. I've always wondered how clowns always stayed so damn happy all the time.


Citing Hurricane Katrina as as example, Pres. Bush decided to forego whipping up hurricanes this hurricane season saying "they are just too damn underpredictable."

With the the fallout of Hurricane Katrina last year, Bush said, "We have a very important mid-term election coming up and we cannot risk putting ourselves in a position where we unleash some hurricanes and then lose control of um' like we did last year with Katrina. I just misunderestimated the tenacity of Katrina. But 'ya know, that ther's a woman for ya."

Britain tells US: we don't want our Guantánamo nine back

With a tip of the hat to Captain's Quarters, the Guardian Unlimited is reporting that the British government has been offered the return of nine 'Camp Gitmo' prisoners. Apparently, the response has been "Thanks, but no thanks."
"The United States has offered to return nearly all British residents held at Guantánamo Bay after months of secret talks in Washington, the Guardian has learned.

The British government has refused to accept the men, however, with senior officials saying they have no legal right to return. Documents obtained by the Guardian show US authorities are demanding that the detainees be kept under 24-hour surveillance if set free - restrictions that are dismissed by the British as unnecessary and unworkable."

New Website Incites Electronic Jihad

By Marc Schulman

"This warning was just issued by the Jamestown Foundation:

The latest criticism of Islam being a violent religion, which was sparked by incendiary comments made by Pope Benedict XVI, has caused internet jihadis to launch a new website called Electronic Jihad, located at http://www.al-jinan.org. The purpose of the website is to help organize an electronic jihad against websites that insult Islam and Islamic sacred figures. The site has been well publicized on more established jihadi websites. Jihadi forums are posting quotes from the Quran in order to encourage and convince jihadis and regular Muslims of their duty to engage in electronic jihad and to attack anti-Islamic sites in order to shut them down. Furthermore, postings from August on the Electronic Jihad site already claim that they successfully shut down the Israeli website http://www.haganah.co.il. Thus, it seems that while street protests in response to Western criticism of Islam have died down in the Islamic world, the battle is still raging on the internet."

Commentary: United Nations As FARCE - The Post Chronicle

"The United States coughs up 22 percent of the Regular Budget of the United Nations, $423,464,855 for FY 2006. Of the 191 member-nations, none comes close to paying that much, the nearest one being Japan at $332,240,528. Indeed, a gaggle of nations pay the minimum, $17,066, maybe half as much as the average hourly worker makes a year in this country."

Socialism for the rich

"A very different form of socialism for the rich protects their communities from even the dangers of a free market. A whole array of laws and policies prevents outsiders from buying up property near them, even when these outsiders are ready to pay prices determined by supply and demand, rather than by eminent domain.

For example, the 'open space' laws that have spread across the country to protect upscale communities represent one of the biggest collectivizations of land since the days of Josef Stalin.

Upscale residents say that they have a right to protect 'our community.' But not even the rich own the whole community.

They own what they paid for -- their own individual property. But they get the government to collectivize the often vastly larger surrounding property, in order to keep the unwashed masses from settling near them and spoiling their views."

Read the entire column written by Thomas Sowell.

Something has gone very wrong in Minnesota

"The selection of Keith Ellison as the Democratic candidate in Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District is being treated as something of a curiosity around the country. Ellison defeated former Democrat State Party Chair Mike Erlandson, former State Senator Ember Reichgott Junge, and current Minneapolis City Councilman Paul Ostrow in the September 12th primary election.

Rep. Ellison first caught notice in Minnesota as a defender of gang leaders in Minneapolis and a local organizer for Louis Farrakhan’s Million Man March. He was a defender of Kathleen Soliah, recently convicted for her involvement in the assassination of a police officer while she was a member of the Symbionese Liberation Army. He is also a supporter of Mumia Abu Jamal and Assata Shakur, both convicted of killing police officers. Over the years, he has advocated racial separatism, reparations for slavery, and led chants at rallies proclaiming “no justice, no peace.”

In short, Ellison is nothing if not a radical."

By David Strom. Read it all here.

Foley joins list of sex scandals on Capitol Hill - Nation/Politics - insider.washingtontimes.com

"The resignation of former Rep. Mark Foley has shocked Washington, but it is not the first accusation of impropriety with underage congressional pages to make headlines. The investigation of Mr. Foley's misconduct adds to a long history of Capitol Hill sex..."

Korean wins a final poll for U.N. chief

NEW YORK -- "The Security Council is poised to select South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon as the next U.N. secretary-general as soon as Monday, after his fourth consecutive strong showing in a straw poll yesterday.

Fourteen council members yesterday endorsed his candidacy in principle, while one unnamed nation offered 'no opinion.'

The vote is likely to take place Monday, council diplomats said yesterday.

'We have a lot of respect for Foreign Minister Ban,' said U.S. Ambassador John R. Bolton after yesterday afternoon's poll. 'We know him well from his service in Washington and think very highly of him professionally and personally.' " More at insider.washingtontimes.com


I think it is just that. Wishful thinking.
U.S. wins a united front on Iran
The United States is confident that Russia and China will join it in pushing for U.N. sanctions against Iran if it does not agree to suspend enriching uranium this week, a senior U.S. official said yesterday.

United Nations is now `paper tiger'

"What hopes we had in 1945 when the United Nations charter was ratified in San Francisco! This movement, possibly designed to end all wars, gave us reason to see a forum to resolve international conflicts.

Within the last few months, we have seen that the United Nations is now a 'paper tiger.' Its resolutions are ignored not only by large countries such as North Korea and Iran, but also by smaller ones such as Lebanon and Syria while little Israel has been chastized by U.N. leader Kofi Annan, who seems to favor oil-producing countries." Read more at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Hezbollah received intel from Russian-Syrian listening post during ...
Ha'aretz - Tel Aviv,Israel
"During the fighting in Lebanon, Hezbollah received direct intelligence support from Syria, using data collected by listening posts jointly manned by Russian ..."

Monday, October 02, 2006


Geez .... just how sloppy is the Democrat party and their minions?

"Imagine if Republicans paid people $9 an hour to register to vote people with fake addresses and the dead. Do you think AP would describe this as an “advocacy group” doing “sloppy work” with “volunteers”?

And yet the liberal ACORN group’s flood-the-field efforts in 2004 are described just that way out of Columbus, Ohio."

That same year (2004) Sandy "Sloppy Berger" was caught stuffing classified documents into his socks and into his pants.

"Upon investigation, Berger admitted that he had "made a mistake," and took them. Unfortunately, Berger says he "lost" some of the documents, but that he returned some of them after his the FBI searched his home. Amazingly, he even returned some documents that the Archive hadn't yet noted were missing! He apologized and said he had just been "sloppy." This, from the former "National Security" advisor to the previous President of the United States, and security advisor to the current Democratic candidate for president."

The "party of slop" should not be allowed to govern again until they clean themselves up.


I am currently reading BANKRUPT: The Intellectual And Moral Bankruptcy Of Today's Democratic Party, by David Limbaugh.

"It is the Left's enduring philosophy that government exists to equalize economic outcomes through wealth redistribution. It is no accident that it took Bill Clinton three times to sign the welfare reform bill into law. Though they deny it, Democrats have a soft spot for socialism, and a distrust of capitalism that most often manifests itself in their hostility toward corporate America, which they tend to see as one big giant 'Enron.' "

U.S. to sell China sensitive tech

Bypassing export rules, Beijing to get nuke-monitoring equipment
By F. Michael Maloof

"The U.S. Department of Energy is about to undertake a 'bait and switch' effort on sensitive nuclear detection technology that would end-run the U.S. export control system.

Under the plan, the United States would allow the sensitive technology to be exported to China, but then purchase the monitoring equipment from the Chinese. Some of this sensitive technology, however, is still under development.

A U.S. government source in a position to know confirms that the effect of selling China the technology also would allow re-export of the technology without U.S. permission.

The U.S. government source spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the Chinese technology acquisition effort that could end-run U.S. agencies charged with export control review."

This makes absolutely no sense to me. Why are we doing this? CHINA IS NOT OUR FRIEND. For crying out loud. Thank you sir. May I have another?


“The past week was extremely rough on American Leftists. Public spotlights have been shining brightly on them from various angles. The result is that they are no longer able to hide behind their innocuous facades. The reality of their ideology is suddenly being seen in its stark ugliness. This is not how things are supposed to work, and they do not like it. In recent years, every time liberals perceive that their ‘patriotism’ is being called into question, they caterwaul as the supposed victims of the most heinous of personal attacks. Their indignation often borders on the hysterical, to the point that far too many conservatives have actually been intimidated at the prospect of even sounding skeptical of the inherent and universally recognized ‘loyalty’ to country among Leftists... Most distressing to the Left during this past week’s events is that Chavez, Ahmadinejad, and Clinton allowed America a glimpse into the soul of modern liberalism. All of the sanitizing efforts on the part of the old-media cannot revise those images or the words that accompanied them. Nor can the commonality of their motivations ever after be erased from public awareness. It was not a pretty sight.”

— Christopher Adamo


“Many commentators have noted the apparent irony: The Pope suggests Islam encourages violence—and Muslims riot in protest... Many commentators are missing the point: These protestors—and those who incite them—are not asking for mutual respect and equality. They are not saying: ‘It’s wrong to speak ill of a religion.’ They are saying: ‘It’s wrong to speak ill of our religion.’ They are not standing up for a principle. They are laying down the law. They are making it as clear as they can that they will not tolerate ‘infidels’ criticizing Muslims. They also are making it clear that infidels should expect criticism—and much worse—from Muslims. They are attempting nothing less than the establishment of a new world order in which the supremacy of what they call the Nation of Islam is acknowledged, and ‘unbelievers’ submit—or die.”

—Clifford May

Dumbing down democracy

"ISI commissioned a survey of more than 14,000 randomly selected freshmen and seniors at 50 four-year colleges and universities nationwide. The students were given 60 multiple-choice questions, testing their knowledge of US history, government, foreign affairs, and economics. The results were atrocious."

Defeat can't be an option

"Although a National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) notes that the Iraq war may have increased the terrorist threat in the short term, the document likewise points out that a victory in the war would deal a blow to terrorist recruitment in the long run."

Global danger from the Dark Continent

"The African continent - vast, remote, and perhaps strategically unimportant in the minds of many unknowing Americans – is one of the most critical fronts in the global war on terror. And it is for a variety of reasons beyond humanitarian concerns."

By W. Thomas Smith, Jr.

The devil wore Hugo: Chavez upstaged Darfur crisis

"At the start of the 61st General Assembly there was a considerable amount of political momentum towards stopping the genocide in Sudan’s Darfur region. President Bush and others made an extra effort to bring a settlement to the enduring humanitarian crisis in that troubled African land. What Chavez did, was to knock the subject off the news and instead cause commentators to focus on the crackpot remarks from this man from Caracas. So in other words, what little chance the people in Darfur had on the world stage, was sidetracked by this buffoon. Well done President Chavez!"

New tunnel beneath N. Korean mountain eyed as nuke test site

WorldTribune.com: "SEOUL — South Korea's National Intelligence Service reported that North Korean engineers have dug a tunnel 700 meters, about two-fifths of a mile, beneath the surface of Mount Mantap in North Hamkyong Province.

Word of the tunnel comes from Chung Hyung-Keun, a member of the National Assembly’s intelligence committee. Chung, who belongs to the conservative Grand National Party, revealed the tunnel’s existence after returning from a trip to Washington in which he advised against transferring wartime control of South Korean troops from U.S. to Korean command.

Chung said the tunnel resembles sites of underground tests in Nevada, India and Pakistan. The vertical shaft, near a horizontal tunnel, is about twice the necessary depth — a possible precaution against atmospheric fallout." More.

Clarity Defficient Liberals and 9/11

Evidently Vanderbilt University's idea of a fair and balanced remembrance of September 11 is to invite nine liberal socialists to bash America for two hours and send everybody home holding their head in shame at being in fact - Americans. Continue reading.

Essay critical of Islam leaves teacher on run

"A French teacher hiding from Islamist death threats says he has been abandoned by the Education Ministry and has to arrange for his own safe houses when police bodyguards move him every two days." More.

Keep the United Nations's Hands Off the Internet

The New York Sun: "Last week, the Commerce Department and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann) signed a memorandum of understanding that would continue for at least three years our federal government's oversight of Icann. Ironically, but not coincidentally, later this month the United Nations will convene for the first time the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), in Athens. That forum will look at a wide range of Internet governance issues that may not closely align with the views of either the American government or Icann." Continue.....

Israel Warns Hezbollah

"Beirut, Lebanon (AHN) - Israel warned Hezbollah that swift action would be taken against the Shiite group if they attempt to rebuild their infrastructure destroyed by the Jewish state's offensive in southern Lebanon. Chief of Staff Dan Halutz made the comments to army radio on Sunday.

'If Hezbollah approaches the frontier with arms and tries to reconstruct its infrastructure that we have destroyed, we will use all the means at our disposal to prevent this,' Halutz was quoted as saying.

The radio station added that Israel had moved more troops into positions along the northern border with Lebanon in order to gauge movements in south Lebanon." Full article.

Hezbollah Uses Palestinian Camps to Stash Weapons

theTrumpet.com - Edmond,OK,USA

"In its latest efforts to defy pressure to disarm, Hezbollah has been stealthily moving missiles and weapons from its arms stockpiles into Palestinian refugee ..."

The Little Known WMD Threat During The Second War in Lebanon

"A well informed source in the Israeli intelligence community, who cannot be identified, says the Israeli air force raids, following the July 12 Hezbollah attack on an IDF border patrol, were aimed first of all at 'Hezbollah's strategic weapons' secret locations.' The source added that this initial goal did not include 'ordinary' short and medium range rockets but was specifically aimed against the heavier weapon systems supplied by Iran with the Zalzal rockets topping the list. 'Our first aim was to neutralize the heavy ones and their launching systems since we had solid information the Hezbollah had a plan to use chemical war heads." More....

Clinton's Flawed Legacy

[bin Laden] the al Qaeda leader "is alive today"' because Clinton and his top lieutenants refused to kill him.

"It's just an incredible kind of situation for the American people over the weekend to hear their former president mislead them."

-- Michael Scheurer, the head of the CIA's bin Laden unit during the Clinton administration.

Robert Novak writes on this subject here.

Independent Lieberman Leads Dem Lamont Into October

"A poll released by Quinnipiac University shows that Connecticut U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman, who lost a Democratic primary in September because of his support for the U.S. military mission in Iraq and is now running as an independent, leads the man who beat him last month.

The poll, conducted Sept. 21-25 and released on Sept. 28, found that 49 percent of likely voters favor the incumbent Lieberman over Democratic nominee and political newcomer Ned Lamont.

Lamont, a businessman with support from anti-war groups like MoveOn.org, enjoys the support of 39 percent of Connecticut's likely voters, according to the poll.

The remaining voters are either undecided or said they favor Republican candidate Alan Schlesinger." Continue reading.

Group Insists Martin Luther King Was a Republican

"A radio ad sponsored by the National Black Republican Association (NBRA), a grassroots activist group, not only touts Martin Luther King, Jr. as a Republican but also states that 'Democrats passed those black codes and Jim Crow laws. Democrats started the KKK,' and 'Democrats fought all civil rights legislation from the 1860s to the 1960s.'

The radio ad begins running in Florida on Monday. It has already run in Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Georgia, causing controversy among Democrats as well as Republicans.

According to the Associated Press, the U.S. Senate campaign of Maryland's Republican Lt. Gov. Michael Steele asked the NBRA to stop running the ad and called it 'insulting to Marylanders.'

The problem with the ad, according to Kevin Martin, a member of the conservative black leadership network Project 21, is not that the ad isn't factually true but that the NBRA is using a dead man to further its cause, something he said is a Democratic, not a Republican tactic." Continue reading.

Gym Attire Seen As Latest Attempt to Force Shari'a in US

"A Muslim advocacy group’s successful argument that a 9th grade student from a Virginia public high school did not have to wear regulation gym attire because of her Muslim religion, has fired up a critic of Islamic radicalism..."



Another contribution by Anotmo.

Hoist by Their Own Petard

If the Left is as convinced as they presume to be that only through cool headed talks and negotiations can serious conflicts be resolved, why do they continually attack the Right with inflamed rhetoric, carefully timed leaks of classified national security information, hate filled speech, and partisan obstruction of any and all Republican Executive and Legislative initiatives? Should there not be some Liberal out there somewhere cautioning his/her own that they need to sit down and sincerely negotiate with the Right?

Don’t they understand that the more they attack us the more determined we become? They are just creating more Republicans. There weren't any Republicans before. Now you find them virtually everywhere. You can even find the occasional Conservative, such as Mike Adams, in academia for seculars sake! Or is it their sense that, in this case, the enemy is so intransigent that talk is useless and preemptive strikes are the only remaining option open to them?

If the Left really believes that engaging in war with an enemy will only make the situation worse by increasing the number of enemy we must face, then they should withdraw from the public conflict with G.W. Bush and enter into negotiations with him. The Terrorists, then, would see their loss of the American Lefts support and its cooperation with the President as an obvious increase in the number of Americans lining up against them and, withdraw!

The elegance of this approach is that it accomplishes all that the Left could ever hope. To begin with, it would firmly establish the Lefts commitment to its own ideology; second, it would twice prove the veracity of that ideology as demonstrated in real world events; third, it would end the War in Iraq; and finally, in doing all of that it would have proven the means by which to end all wars forever!

All it takes is for the Left to commit its own conduct to the dictates of its own ideology. Surely there should be no concern that the Terrorists would do other than what the American Left would have us do in such circumstances? After all, they are just like us; normal everyday hard working people looking after their own best interests as well as they can in a threatening world. We would see that if we would only sit down and talk with them.

Never Again: The Moral Imperative for Toughness

The Moral Imperative for Toughness
By John Ashcroft

"The United States will suffer more terrorist attacks during this war with al Qaeda. They are fanatical, relentless, and patient. Their leadership is scattered, killed, or captured; their safe have in Afghanistan is destroyed; their command and control structure has disintegrated. We are now at war with a diffuse, loosely organized network, united and motivated by a hatred for our nation and our core values. They are fed spiritually by bin Laden, and thrive in our society on the basic liberties they loath. The advance of civilization has dispersed technology, information, and destructive capacity so thoroughly that their network easily exploits these advances for their cause. This network will hit us again when they can." More.

No comparison "with Rumsfeld"

"The Democrats are always pointing their insulting finger at Donald Rumsfeld. One thing that they can't call the man is a chicken hawk. The name chicken hawk is used to demean people who have not served their country in the armed services. The 21st United States Secretary of Defense served in the Navy.

That said, the DNC far left losers are always trying to undercut the man. Often, you'll hear the name chicken hawk tossed out of the mouth of seventy three year old (D) Congressman John Murtha...."

By Marie Jon'
(I mean no disrepect to you Ms. Jon', but "hubba hubba")

Now that I have mostly likely endeared myself to her as some sort of sexist pig, you can go read the rest of her article here.

Boot Murtha Rally Wrap-Up

From RedState - Mclean,VA,USA
"I attended the Boot Murtha rally against Congressman John P. Murtha in Johstown, PA today, and wanted to give a wrap-up for those of you that could not make it ..."

DeWine Senate race now dead heat

"A new poll shows the Ohio U.S. Senate race between the Republican incumbent, Sen. Mike DeWine, and his Democratic opponent, Rep. Sherrod Brown, in a statistical dead heat, and yesterday Mr. DeWine attempted to distance himself from President Bush before ..."

Hamas-Fatah gunbattles cover Gaza

"Gunbattles broke out across the Gaza Strip when heavily armed Hamas militiamen tried to break up anti-government demonstrations yesterday, killing seven persons and injuring dozens in the worst internal Palestinian violence since Hamas took power."

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Sen. Byrd's Klansman Father Took to Him to KKK Meetings, Says GOP Opponent

West Virginia GOP senatorial candidate John Raese slapped back at Senator Robert Byrd’s reference to Raese’s deceased father in a West Virginia public television profile which aired Thursday night. In a transcript of the program obtained by the Raese campaign Thursday afternoon, Byrd says, “(Raese’s) father was my friend. I think his father would have been … somewhat ashamed. His father would be supporting me today I feel if he were alive.” Raese fired back, saying, “It is Senator Byrd who should be ashamed for smearing my father – and my family by extension – when he knows my father is deceased and cannot speak for himself. I am ...

National Poll: United Nations

In a recent poll, Rasmussen reports just 31% of Americans have a favorable opinion of the U.N.

Just 31% of American adults have a favorable opinion of the United Nations.

Those numbers reflect an erosion of support for the world body. Two years ago opinion was evenly divided.

Democrats have a positive attitude —48% favorable and 25% unfavorable. The GOP have just an 18% positive opinion. Independents have a favorability position of 25%.

Women are evenly divided while men hold an unfavorable opinion by a 2-to-1 margin.

"People who are wrapped up in themselves make small packages."

-- Ben Franklin

"We dare not forget today that we are the heirs of that first revolution. Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans -- born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage, and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this nation has always been committed, and to which we are committed today at home and around the world.

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and the success of liberty." -- John F. Kennedy


By Byron J. Richards, CCN

September 22, 2006


Health Freedom in Jeopardy

There he stood, a man with a captive audience of fellow anti-American neo-cons bent on one world government. His mission: to lay out the military and security integration of Canada, Mexico, and the United States. The date: September 13, 2006. The place: Banff Springs Hotel, Alberta, Canada. The forum: a secret meeting of the powerful elite, a meeting that all of a sudden become not so secret. The man: Donald Rumsfeld, point puppet for the Bush administration’s planned integration known as the North American Union. This is serious government collusion behind the backs of the citizens of the United States, Canada, and Mexico. It is government for the elite, not government representing the people.

The story was first leaked to Canadian freedom fighters. It did not make it into the mainstream Canadian press, but did appear in the local media. Our Canadian friends have supplied a complete list of attendees as well as the meeting agenda. This secret meeting came to my attention courtesy of John Hammell, president of the International Advocates for Health Freedom. Mr. Hammell has been following the planned North American Union very closely, especially as it relates to the destruction of health freedom in America. He is actively helping our Congressional leaders see the light and needs your support. Urgent action is needed by American citizens to stop this illegal shadow government.

Read the rest here.


I'm hoisting a cool one in celebration for the Minnesota Twins who just won the Central Division championship. Woo hoo!

I went to the game Friday night, and although they lost that night, it was a very exciting 9th inning.

It is unbelievable that they were able to win their division considering the slow start they got off to and being 8 games under .500 ball and 12 games out of 1st place. It has been a fun year.

Oh no. Oil is getting too cheap?

For once, the worry is that oil may be getting a little too cheap

But analysts are divided as to why - and what might happen next.

Sunday October 1, 2006
The Observer

"Nothing spooks the markets like the oil price. The fear of running out, the threat of terrorism, panic over US house prices, all of these are built into that most volatile of sums: the price of a barrel. Now, after years of fretting over rising prices, traders and economists are finding reasons to shiver over its fall, and what it tells us about the global economy.

So last week, instead of worrying about confrontation between the US and Iran - concern that helped drive oil to a $78 August peak - the fears were of a nasty US slowdown, thanks in part to a crumpling housing market, that will undercut demand for crude. The price fell to $60, a six-month low.

Is that fall here to stay, and is it really a harbinger of economic doom? It depends whether what has happened in recent weeks is driven more by real changes or by the feverish speculation of traders."

Sen. Barack Obama: GOP Strategy is 'Fear'

Translation: Come vote for us and we can all stick our heads in the sand together!
Sen. Barack Obama: GOP Strategy is 'Fear': "Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, a potential presidential candidate for 2008, called on Democrats to embrace the national security debate in the campaign's closing weeks.

'I am happy to have a national security debate with the Republican Party,' Obama said Saturday during his second visit in two weeks to Iowa, which traditionally opens the presidential nominating season. 'What we need is a tough and smart national security agenda.'"
Ahhhhh... yes. The ol' "tougher, better, and smarter plan". No matter what the issue, this is their solution. Could you be a little more specific, you disgusting, wining, obstructing, pathetic appeasers.

Congress Approves Ports Security Bill

WASHINGTON -- "Congress approved a major ports security bill early Saturday, providing new steps to prevent terrorists from slipping a nuclear, chemical or biological device into one of the 11 million shipping containers entering the nation every year."