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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, February 10, 2007

Drug smuggler left cell phone in van

But Ramos-Compean prosecutor claimed no evidence against him

"The Department of Homeland Security's report on the case of imprisoned Border agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean notes the drug smuggler they pursued left behind his cell phone, but there appears to be no evidence investigators made any attempt to identify him.

Moreover, the disclosure directly contradicts prosecutor U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton's repeated statements that there was no evidence that permitted law enforcement officers to track down the drug smuggler, Osbaldo Adrete-Davila, for prosecution.

The DHS report, which was heavily redacted, notes the discovery of the cell phone as follows..." Read on.

China executes Muslim ‘extremist’

TimesOnline: "China has executed a Muslim activist for attempting “to split the motherland” and possessing firearms and explosives."

Friday, February 09, 2007

Gobal Warming's Globalist Backers

"The other shoe has dropped concerning global warming. Fasten your seat belts: an 'international authortity' to act as enforcer has been demanded. Concurrent with the release of the International Panel on Climate Control's 'report' (actually a twenty-page 'summary for policy makers' with the report itself to be released eventually, maybe in April, maybe in May), we have a demand for an international authority to be set up to police compliance, voiced by none other than Jacques Chirac and seconded by no less than 45 countries. As yet no goals or specific regulations have been designated. But rest assured that 'experts' will be consulted to spare us from the menace of carbon dioxide." -- American Thinker

Democrats Offer Big-Government Response to Bush Budget

"There was a hint of 1980s nostalgia in the way lawmakers reacted to President Bush's latest budget plan. Leading Democrats updated their hoary denunciations of President Reagan's budgets while most Republicans hit long-forgotten Reaganesque notes as they defended Bush's vision on tax burdens, spending levels and national security.

To most Democrats, Bush wants to spend too little on social programs and too much on national security." --By Mike Franc, Human Events

No change in political climate

"I would like to say we're at a point where global warming is impossible to deny. Let's just say that global warming deniers are now on a par with Holocaust deniers, though one denies the past and the other denies the present and future." --Ellen Goodman, Boston Globe

Hillary's Presidential Announcement

"Well Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?"

"A republic if you can keep it." -- Benjamin Franklin

1751 - 1836
"I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents...." --James Madison

"The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined [and] will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation and foreign commerce." --James Madison
1805 - 1859
"Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word: equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude." --Alexis de Tocqueville, French historian and political thinker
1818 - 1883
"From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs." --Karl Marx
1882 - 1945
"Here is my principle: Taxes shall be levied according to ability to pay. That is the only American principle." --Franklin Delano Roosevelt
1894 - 1971
"We can't expect the American people to jump from capitalism to communism, but we can assist their elected leaders in giving them small doses of socialism, until they awaken one day to find that they have communism." --Soviet dictator Nikita Khrushchev
"Many of you are well enough off that ... the tax cuts may have helped you," Clinton said, according to the Associated Press. "We're saying that for America to get back on track, we're probably going to cut that short and not give it to you.

"We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good." --Hillary 'Marx' Clinton

“The other day the oil companies recorded the highest profits in the history of the world. I want to take those profits." -- Hillary Marx Chavez Robbem Rodham Clinton

Senate Takes Up Border Agent Case

The U.S. Senate is set to launch an investigation into why an imprisoned former Border Patrol agent who should have had special protection was assaulted by four other inmates.The investigation will also look at the entire controversial case of two border agents who were convicted and jailed after...

Read more: Senate Takes Up Border Agent Case

Mecca Summit Moves Abbas Closer to Islamic Extremists

Jerusalem (CNSNews.com) - Hamas and Fatah, the rival Palestinian factions, have agreed to form a unity government, but to Israel's dismay, it appears that Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and his Fatah faction are moving closer to Hamas' radical ideology than the other way around.At a summit hosted by Saudi King Abdullah in Mecca, the two factions said the goal of their unity government is to stop...

Al Gore Urged to Jump into 2008 Race

Hillary Blasts ‘Hate-Filled’ Palestinian Texts

Author of DHS border-agent report lied to Congress

Senate Democrats give Feinstein OK to hold hearing on Ramos-Compean case.

Border-agent investigator had tie to smuggler

Played major role in Ramos-Compean case but name blacked out in report.

Time to step up for the border guard

The anguish in Monica Ramos’ voice was clearly evident over the phone.

The wife of jailed border patrol agent Ignacio Ramos had been told by her husband how a group of Hispanic inmates had beaten him bloody a few days earlier. Read on.

"That wise Men have in all Ages thought Government necessary for the Good of Mankind; and, that wise Governments have always thought Religion necessary for the well ordering and well-being of Society, and accordingly have been ever careful to encourage and protect the Ministers of it, paying them the highest publick Honours, that their Doctrines might thereby meet with the greater Respect among the common People."

-- Benjamin Franklin

Thursday, February 08, 2007


“Well, the election campaign in the country is picking up speed... All the candidates are talking about health care now. Don’t they realize that it’s their campaign speeches that makes us sick?” —Bob Hope

Help in Understanding Democrat Tax Refunds

If you don't understand the Democrats' version of tax refunds, this is for you:

50,000 people go to a baseball game, but the
game was rained out.

A refund was then due.

The team was about to mail refunds when a group
of Congressional Democrats stopped them and suggested that they send out the ticket refunds based on the Democrat National Committee's interpretation of fairness.

Originally the refunds were to be paid based on
the price each person had paid for the tickets.

Unfortunately that meant most of the refund money would be going to the ticket holders who had purchased the most expensive tickets. This, according to the DNC, is considered totally unfair.

A decision was then made to pay out the refunds in this manner:

People in the $10 seats will get back $15. After all,
they have less money to spend on tickets to begin with. Call it an "Earned Income Ticket Credit." Persons "earn" it by having few skills, poor work habits, and low ambition, thus keeping them at entry-level wages.

People in the $25 seats will get back $25, because
it "seems fair."

People in the $50 seats will get back $1, because they already make a lot of money and don't need a refund. After all, if they can afford a $50 ticket, they must not be paying enough taxes.

People in the $75 luxury box seats will each have
to pay an additional $25 because it's the "right thing to do."

People walking past the stadium that couldn't afford
to buy a ticket for the game each will get a $10 refund, even though they didn't pay anything for the tickets. They need the most help. Sometimes this is known as Affirmative Action.

Now do you understand?

If not, contact Representative Nancy Pelosi, Senator
Ted Kennedy, Senator John Kerry or Senator Hillary Clinton for assistance.

Entitlement is a Disease

Herman Cain

"Entitlement is a disease, much like cancer. I fought and won my personal war against cancer, but have thankfully never suffered from entitlement. If there is indeed a divide in our country, as liberals in both political parties are all too willing to espouse and exploit, it may very well be between those Americans who feel entitled to guarantees of health care, retirement income and protections of their self-defined class, and the rest of us who have read the Constitution.

Our nation was founded upon the notion that government should..." Read on.

World Poverty

"If you're looking for a map of world poverty, check out the "2007 Index of Economic Freedom" jointly published by the Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal. You might think that's a strangely titled source for a poverty map.

The 13th edition of the "Index of Economic Freedom" examines 10 economic characteristics of 157 countries. Among those characteristics are property rights, monetary stability, and freedom from government, trade restrictions, business regulations and government corruption. Using these measures of economic freedom, countries are ranked.


....The economic development lesson is clear: Have a system of economic freedom and grow rich. Extensive government control, weak property rights and government corruption almost guarantee poverty. A country's institutional infrastructure is critical to its economic growth and the well-being of its citizens. The most critical are protection of private property, enforcement of contracts and rule of law." Read more of Walter E. Williams here.

A 'Spartan and Skimpy' Budget

Cal Thomas

"Only a Democrat like Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland could say with a straight face that President Bush's proposed $2.9 trillion budget for 2008 is 'spartan and skimpy.' Democrats never have enough of our money to spend on their favorite entitlement programs - the ones that keep them in office.

There are some good things in this budget, which Democrats see as bad and some bad things, which Republicans see as good.

Among the good is the president's proposal for......"

Read more.

“Hillary says the president should ‘talk to bad people’ to see what they want (the ‘bad people’ have already said exactly what they want, loud and clear). John Edwards says he would get tough as president, and if talk doesn’t work he’ll talk some more. But of course. Isn’t that what senators do?” —Wesley Pruden


“We have no moral high ground... [Growing up] I was taught to look at the United States not from the inside out but from the outside in. The signs you see are very disheartening. It is probably the worst time ever for us internationally. When you go to Europe, for the most part, they just hate us. Not individually, but they think we are just like these big bullies—and quite honestly, we have acted like that.” —George Clooney


“The bottom line is we’re asking everybody to share in the responsibility of making health care work in this country. Employers, those who are in the medical insurance business, employees, the American people—everyone will have to contribute in order to make this work. Yes, we’ll have to raise taxes.” —John Edwards

“Societies at war cannot wait for bombs to be phoned in to 911. We must stop the Islamists before they strike. That in turn means knowing who they are, what they say, and where they are. Even if we would rather not.” —Jeff Jacoby

“Republicans should be able to declare that Islamo-Nazi terror must be defeated and destroyed, not understood, not appeased, and not just negotiated to a standstill.” —Michael Medved

“In Iowa last weekend, Sen. Clinton showed why she shouldn’t—and I believe won’t—be president. She deliberately misled the audience about her vote to authorize President Bush to use force against Saddam Hussein.” —Cal Thomas

“The American left has long deplored Bush’s rhetorical reliance on such vulgar conceits as ‘good’ and ‘evil.’ But it seems even ‘victory’ is a problematic concept, and right now the momentum is all for defeat of one kind or another.” —Mark Steyn

“Drawing the lessons from our 20th-century confrontation with totalitarian menaces, Ronald Reagan counseled that weakness is provocative. That insight is eternal. Today, America has the economic and military capacity to lead the world—but our psychological fitness for the part is in serious doubt. There is no end to the malevolent forces who will be eager to fill the role if we decline it...” —Mona Charen

“Consensus is the negation of leadership.” —Margaret Thatcher

“I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious.” —Thomas Jefferson

The reckless caution of John Edwards and Hillary Clinton.


Give our troops the tools our cops have.


Hillary on Iraq

From stalwart hawk to get out fast.
Opinion Journal

One pleasant surprise of Hillary Rodham Clinton's tenure as New York Senator has been her tough-minded approach on national security. She responded to 9/11 by supporting President Bush's strategy of taking on not just terrorists but the states that harbor them. She also voted for the war in Iraq and has refused to follow much of her party in alleging that Mr. Bush 'lied' about weapons of mass destruction.

But as Mrs. Clinton bids to win the Democratic Presidential nomination, she is taking a marked turn to the left. Pressured by other candidates and by her party's left wing, she is walking back her hawkish statements and is now all but part of the antiwar camp. The polls show her to be the favorite to be the next Commander in Chief, so what she really believes, and how firmly she'll stick to it, deserves to be debated. Here's a summary of the arc of Mrs. Clinton's public thinking on Iraq...... Read on

Global Warming Skeptics Shunned

"The political climate isn't good for scientists with dissenting views on global warming, leaving some researchers to fear that honest research could be blackballed in favor of promoting a 'consensus' view............."

Nancy Pelosi Wants Bedroom on Jet

"Critics charge that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is abusing the perks of power by asking for a jumbo military jet with sleeping accommodations for her flights across the country.

After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Pentagon agreed to provide the speaker, who is second in the line of presidential succession, with a military plane for added security during trips back home.

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, an Illinois Republican, flew in a small commuter-sized Air Force jet.

Pelosi wants a larger aircraft that can fly to her San Francisco district without stopping to refuel.

Some sources are claiming that Pelosi demanded access to the C-32, which seats 45 and has a stateroom for the primary passenger, a conference facility, an entertainment system and three convertible beds." More....

I actually heard someone today trying to defend this colossal waste of taxpayers money by trying to weave in Jack Abramoff, for crying out loud, as a defense. One has nothing to do with the other. They're not even remotely related.


Global Warming: Just Another Liberal Orthodoxy
By Christopher G. Adamo

American liberals claim a virtual monopoly of “tolerance.” Yet the facts indicate otherwise. Under the preposterous auspices of “tolerance,” liberals have over the past several decades sought to squash any stance, any opinion, or any logical question that threatens their agenda. So it is no surprise that the latest catechism of their “true believers,” is conversion, by force if necessary, to an acceptance of “global warming” and all of the necessary precepts of the liberal agenda needed to “fix” it. This mandatory conversion is being pursued with a fervor rarely witnessed outside of the most oppressive cults…

"If the federal government should overpass the just bounds of its authority and make a tyrannical use of its powers, the people, whose creature it is, must appeal to the standard they have formed, and take such measures to redress the injury done to the Constitution as the exigency may suggest and prudence justify." -- Alexander Hamilton

Al Qaida attacks music stores, western-dressed women in Gaza

GAZA CITY — Hamas has found an ally in its war for control of the Gaza Strip. Al Qaida cells have come to Hamas's aid in the militia war against Fatah, particularly in the northern Gaza Strip.

Israel charges Egypt ignoring tunnels near border

What's so hot about fickle science?

By Mark Steyn

"From the 'Environmental News Network': 'Science Is Solid on Climate Change, Congress Told.' 'The science is solid,' says Louise Frechette, deputy secretary-general of the United Nations.

'The science is solid,' says Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

'The science is really solid,' says TV meteorologist Heidi Cullen. 'The science is very solid.'

And at that point, on 'Larry King Live' last week, Richard Lindzen, professor of atmospheric science at MIT, remarked: 'Heidi says the science is solid and I can't criticize her because she never says what science she's talking about.'

Indeed. If the science is so solid, maybe they could drag it out to the Arctic for the poor polar bears to live on now that the ice is melting faster than a coed's heart at an Al Gore lecture."

Heh. heh. Priceless. (Emphasis mine. HH) Read the rest of Steyn here.

Hamas government warns it will 'prosecute media' in Gaza

"GAZA CITY — The Hamas-led Palestinian Authority has for the first time threatened the media in the Gaza Strip.

The Interior Ministry's Executive Force announced a crackdown on media outlets that criticize the Hamas-led government.

"We will prosecute media that engages in lying and deception, and ignores the obvious realities," EF said in a statement on Thursday."

Ban Ki-moon hits the ground stumbling, but at least Kofi is gone

By John Metzler

Gates announces Gulf buildup


"Officials said the naval build-up would contain two aircraft strike
carriers in the largest U.S. presence in the Gulf since 2003. They said this would consist of more than 50 warships and support vessels." More details.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Democratic presidential candidate wants to 'take' oil profits to fund her own projects.

By Dan Gainor
Business & Media Institute

"Longtime internet users will recognize the phrase 'All your base are belong to us.” It’s a comically stupid but popular English translation from a late ’80s Japanese video game. In a nutshell, it is a declaration of dominance – everything of yours is now mine.

That sentiment has emerged in Washington – from Hillary Clinton. The presidential candidate used it when she made her feelings about private property known at the Democratic National Committee’s winter meeting .

Clinton must have been shocked that the free market works so well that some Americans actually profit from dealings other than Whitewater. So she decided this sort of thing must end.

“The other day the oil companies recorded the highest profits in the history of the world. I want to take those profits. And I want to put them into a strategic energy fund that will begin to fund alternative smart energy, alternatives and technologies that will begin to actually move us toward the direction of independence,” she told the audience. Notice she didn’t say tax the profits. She just said “take.” I shouldn’t be shocked. A left-wing politician wants to take from people who earn a profit and spend it on something that hasn’t made a profit, like much of the alternative energy field." Read more....

Four Qassam rockets fired at Israel, causing damage but no injuries

"Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday fired four Qassam rockets at Israel. One of the rockets landed near....."

Taiwan President Sees Military Balance With China Slipping

"TAIPEI, Taiwan -- China's military strength is growing exponentially, making it imperative for......"

Experts: North Korean Nuke Crisis Could Lead to U.S., China Conflict

"A prominent Chinese arms control expert says..."

Gen. Tom McInerney: Haditha Defendants' Rights Violated

"The U.S. Marines accused of murder and other charges in the case of the Haditha killings in Iraq cannot get a fair trial, says...."

Ahmadinejad and Chavez Ride a Downward Spiral

"Despite being thousands of miles apart, the regimes of Hugo Rafael Chavez in Venezuela and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Iran are starting to look quite similar.

Both are becoming more fragile, not so much due to the strength of the popular opposition, but due to the blunders they commit.

Mounting Tension in Iran

In Iran, Ahmadinejad's honeymoon is over. A few weeks ago more than half of......."

Poll: Rudy Giuliani Has 'Rock Star Quality' in N.H.

"New Hampshire residents likely to vote in the Republican presidential primary a year from now think more highly of former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani than any of his rivals, a poll released Tuesday shows.

Giuliani's net favorability rating - the proportion of people viewing him favorably minus the proportion viewing him unfavorably - was 56 percent, well ahead of Sen. John McCain, 32 percent, and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, 26 percent, in the University of New Hampshire poll for WMUR-TV in Manchester.

'He's the lesser-known candidate, but he has that rock star quality,' poll director Andy Smith said of Giuliani. 'He has a charisma that was built after 9-11.'

This long before an election, political professionals pay more attention to......"

Iraqi Gov't: Al Jazeera 'Spreads Death and Destruction'

"Iraq's government on Wednesday accused Al Jazeera television, which it kicked out of the country two years ago, of helping to 'spread death and destruction' in its reporting.

The cabinet called on parliament to take legal action against the......"

Condoleezza Rice: Hugo Chavez 'Destroying' Venezuela

"U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Wednesday she believed Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was destroying his country economically and politically.

Venezuela's Congress on January 31 granted Chavez powers to rule by decree for 18 months as he tries to force through nationalizations key to his...."

"If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people, under the pretence of taking care of them, they must become happy." -- Thomas Jefferson

Police investigate wave of seven letter bombs

Series of blasts, at least three targeting motoring groups, raises fears of vigilantism.

"Police chiefs today issued a nationwide warning to companies, organisations and the public after seven 'viable explosive devices' were sent through the post, injuring at least seven people, over the last three weeks." Telegraph.co.uk

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

US to get Africa command centre
President George W Bush approves Pentagon plans for a US military command centre for Africa.
Read on...

Seven dead in Acapulco ambushes

BBC NEWS : "At least seven people have been killed in simultaneous attacks on government offices in Mexico's resort of Acapulco.

In one attack, gunmen opened fire at a state attorney general's office, killing two policemen, a public prosecutor and a secretary. Elsewhere, two policemen and a secretary were killed when another group attacked a police station.

The attacks come after President Felipe Calderon ordered thousands of troops to the city to tackle drug-related crime." Read on.


“[Ronald Reagan] believed that people were the most important resource and that our natural resources should be used in ways that would benefit mankind. Ronald Reagan knew that a growing economy and an improving environment would go hand-in-hand. He understood the absolute necessity of employing sound science to management of natural resources and environmental standards. He rejected the Socialist view of environmental management and the regulatory scheme of ‘one size fits all’ regulations. He supported the principle of federalism in environmental management and was strongly committed to the principle of protection of property rights. And Reagan knew that environmental policies that emanate from liberty are the most successful.” —Becky Norton Dunlop

“And I hope that someday your children and grandchildren will tell of the time that a certain president came to town at the end of a long journey and asked their parents and grandparents to join him in setting America on the course to the new millennium—and that a century of peace, prosperity, opportunity, and hope followed. So, if I could ask you just one last time: Tomorrow, when mountains greet the dawn, would you go out there and win one for the Gipper?” —Ronald Reagan

“Tuesday would have been Ronald Reagan’s 96th birthday, which is amazing when you consider he is, in a way, more with us than ever: his memory and meaning summoned in political conversation, his name evoked by candidates. I remember 10 years ago when there was controversy over the movement to name things for him—buildings and airports. I was away from home at the time, and I realized that to talk to people in Washington about it, I’d have to land at JFK, take the FDR Drive and go through the Lincoln tunnel. This is America; we remember our greats. You tell yourself who you are by what you raise a statue to... It’s part of why when you next fly to Washington, you’ll land at Reagan National Airport.” —Peggy Noonan

There can be no security anywhere in the free world if there is no fiscal and economic stability within the United States. Those who ask us to trade our freedom for the soup kitchen of the welfare state are architects of a policy of accommodation. -- Ronald Reagan

The Founding Fathers knew a government can't control the economy without controlling people. And they knew when a government sets out to do that, it must use force and coercion to achieve its purpose. So we have come to a time for choosing. -- Ronald Reagan

Public servants say, always with the best of intentions, "What greater service we could render if only we had a little more money and a little more power." But the truth is that outside of its legitimate function, government does nothing as well or as economically as the private sector. -- Ronald Reagan

“So now we declare ‘war on poverty’... Now, do they honestly expect us to believe that if we add $1 billion to the $45 million we are spending... one more program to the 30-odd we have—and remember, this new program doesn’t replace any, it just duplicates existing programs—do they believe that poverty is suddenly going to disappear by magic?... Yet anytime you and I question the schemes of the do-gooders, we are denounced as being against their humanitarian goals. They say we are always ‘against’ things, never ‘for’ anything. Well, the trouble with our liberal friends is not that they are ignorant, but that they know so much that isn’t so.” —Ronald Reagan

The Race to the Bottom

"In the race to the bottom for votes to win office, or to preserve themselves in office, it would be difficult to out-run Republicans as they pander to the Hispanic vote by refusing to control our southern border against an invasion by millions of illegal aliens. Democrats are trying and they may soon pass Republicans in their cynical pursuit of political power."

By Cal Thomas

Liberals Don't Ask "What Happens Next?"

By Dennis Prager: "In general, the Left does not ask the question, 'What will happen next?' when formulating social policy. Not thinking through the long-range consequences of their positions is liberalism's tragic flaw......


The major reason the Left advocates tax increases is not that these tax increases will help the American economy. Higher taxes rarely help the economy, and most liberals don't even make that argument. Their argument is about equality, the Left's paramount value. The animating factor for the Left is narrowing the gap between the rich and poor. That is why so few on the Left have had moral problems with Fidel Castro's totalitarian regime -- Cubans may not have liberty, but almost all Cubans are equally poor. Likewise, that explains left-wing support for Venezuela's Hugo Chavez even as he develops into a Castro-like dictator: He advocates economic equality." Read on.

Why Liberals Want to Reimpose the ‘Fairness Doctrine’
By Paul M. Weyrich

Liberals know they cannot compete in radio on an honest and level playing field. So they have fallen back on their old stand-by plan: when you need money, let the taxpayers foot the bill. When you can’t compete, force popular radio programs that make a profit to give you equal time. Reinstitute the Fairness Doctrine and the liberals get free airtime while conservative talk radio continues to operate as a business should, meeting its payrolls and paying taxes…

Beware of the 'Security and Prosperity Partnership'
By Tom Fitton

Judicial Watch continues to push for transparency regarding high-level meetings between officials from the U.S., Canada and Mexico under the auspices of the “Security and Prosperity Partnership.” The partnership was launched on March 23, 2005, by President Bush, former Mexican President Vincente Fox and former Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin during a meeting in Waco, Texas, with the expressed goal of producing “a safer, more prosperous North America.” Since that time, high level meetings have taken place between officials from all three nations, making some people very anxious...



Monday, February 05, 2007

Global Warming: The Cold, Hard Facts?

This is an excellent article appearing today February 5, 2007 in the Canada Free Press, written by Timothy Ball.

Global Warming is not due to human contribution of Carbon Dioxide

"Global Warming, as we think we know it, doesn't exist. And I am not the only one trying to make people open up their eyes and see the truth. But few listen, despite the fact that I was the first Canadian Ph.D. in Climatology and I have an extensive background in climatology, especially the reconstruction of past climates and the impact of climate change on human history and the human condition. 'Few listen, even though I have a Ph.D, (Doctor of Science) from the University of London, England and was a climatology professor at the University of Winnipeg.' For some reason (actually for many), the World is not listening. Here is why." Read on.

Patriot Minutemen classified as domestic terrorists

Arizona Rep proposing legislation that will classify patriots as "domestic terrorists"
By Douglas J. Hagmann Northeast Intelligence Network

Arizona House of Representative Kyrsten Sinema (District 15, Phoenix) is proposing legislation that would revise an Arizona criminal statute that would make felons out of patriots, and classify groups such as the Minutemen, Guardian Angels or anyone daring to voluntarily identify and report illegal activity in her state as "domestic terrorists" and worthy of a 6-month minimum stint in prison. Read on.

Born-Again Supply-Sider?

Robert D. Novak writes in his piece, Born-Again Supply-Sider?:
Sen. John McCain, who echoed Teddy Kennedy on taxes when he ran for president in 2000, now sounds more like Jack Kemp as a 2008 candidate. 'I've never voted for a tax increase in 24 years,' he told me last week. 'Never, ever, not under any president including President Reagan, and I will never vote for a tax increase, nor support a tax increase.'

He wants to make permanent the Bush tax cuts. ('If I didn't vote to make those tax cuts permanent, it would have the effect of a tax increase.') He supports radically scaling down the....."

Later, in his second to the last paragraph:
It is difficult to measure how much transformation of McCain from taxer to tax-cutter has contributed to his fading popularity among Washington's media elite, but the romance is gone........"

You had to see this coming. The media was going to give a platform to McCain as much as possible as long as it suited their objective. Once it does not, well look out. For as long as McCain runs for the Presidency, he will be on their hit list.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Britain preparing for Beslan-style sieges

British forces have been practicing counter-terrorism exercises amid concerns Britain could be the target of Beslan-style sieges.
Read on...

Iranian Boast Is Put to Test

New York Times

Litvinenko widow asks Putin to find killers

The widow of murdered former KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko has made a desperate plea to Russian president Vladimir Putin to bring her husband's killers to justice
Read on...

President 'stood his ground on Iraq' at meeting with Dems

Los Angeles Times

WILLIAMSBURG, Va - President Bush ventured today into enemy territory--a meeting of House Democrats--and found ground for agreement on at least one aspect of the Iraq war. He said the government of Prime Minister Nouri Maliki must move in beside American forces to quell sectarian violence.............

Cell Phones to be TKO'd by Solar Flares?

In a few short years solar flares could knock out cell phones.

A flare is defined as a sudden, rapid, and intense variation in brightness. A solar flare occurs when magnetic energy that has built up in the solar atmosphere is suddenly released.1

These flares travel at very high speeds and can reach the earth in just a matter of hours carrying high amounts of energy. Solar flare activity will be building to an apex in 2010.

Ok, but what is a CME? To answer this, let's visit the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research.
"Without warning, the relatively calm solar atmosphere can be torn asunder by sudden outbursts of a scale unknown on Earth. Catastrophic events of incredible energy...stretch up to halfway across the visible solar surface, suddenly and unpredictably open up and expel their contents, defying the Sun's enormous gravity." (Sun, Earth, and Sky by Kenneth R. Lang)

These catastrophic events that the author is speaking about are coronal mass ejections (CME's).

Coronal mass ejections are explosions in the Sun's corona that spew out solar particles. A lot of material is thrown out into the solar wind. Coronal mass ejections can be dangerous when they hit the Earth.

CME's can seriously disrupt the Earth's environment. Intense radiation from the Sun, which arrives only 8 minutes after being released, can alter the Earth's outer atmosphere, disrupting long-distance radio communications. Very energetic particles pushed along by the shock wave of the CME can endanger astronauts or fry satellite electronics. These energetic particles arrive at the Earth (or Moon) about an hour later. The actual coronal mass ejection arrives at the Earth one to four days after the initial eruption, resulting in strong geomagnetic storms, aurorae and electrical power blackouts.

Coronal mass ejections will become more and more frequent as we near solar maximum. CME's, not discovered until the 1970's, are difficult to detect. That is why we need satellites such as the ACE satellite which acts as a spaceweather station while in orbit. ACE can provide a one-hour advance warning of any geomagnetic storms that would affect the Earth.

We have seen a rather rapid increase in our dependence on satellites for banking transactions, credit card processing, television, radio as well as our phones. With this increasing dependence on satellites for communication, and let's not forget defense, it does seem a little odd that we have not hearing or reading about this.

Nonetheless, there are some scientists who are expressing that this could have a devastating effect claiming when these flares reach their greatest peak they could cause the downing of mobile phones and GPS navigational systems - a telecommunication blackout.

Says Markus Aschwanden, a solar physicist at the Solar and Astrophysics Laboratory, Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center when these solar flares reach their max in 2010:
"These solar flares and Coronoal Mass Ejections from the sun have the ability to travel all the way to the earth and create a black-out of cellular phone services and navigational systems like the GPS.

Because of its ability to cause widespread damage on the Earth, more and more scientists are keen to understand the phenomenon inside the sun which gives rise to such flares.

If a solar flare or a CME collides with the Earth, it can cause a geomagnetic storm. A few years back, these solar flares destroyed the satellite Galaxy 4."

These solar flares run in an eleven year cycle. They are in a constant state of flucuation, yet gradually building until they reach their peak at the end of their cycle.

And that will wrap up our science lesson for today.

Radical Liberal Themes

By Lyle H. Rossiter, Jr, MD

"Certain neurotic themes are dominant in the radical liberal mind’s perceptions of the world. All of them portray the citizen as a suffering child who is victimized, helpless and in need of rescue. All are evident in various liberal platforms. They represent the liberal mind’s transference of childhood dynamics into the world of adult relationships. As expressed in his most passionate political pronouncements, the radical liberal mind believes that:" Read on....

Listen Up America: Hillary Isn't Really Listening

By Mike Gallagher: "Does anyone really think Hillary Clinton is a particularly good 'listener?'

No one plays the political game harder or better than Clinton. If the book 'Primary Colors' is an accurate, behind-the-scenes look at the political rise of Billary, make no mistake about it: The woman is large and in charge when it comes to figuring out ways to get elected. After all, how many scorned women would continually stand behind their adulterous men?

It seems pretty obvious that the woman who has presidential aspirations would — and did. When Hillary decided......."

Sleeper Cells in the United States and Canada

An interesting piece, and frightening, but I cannot say surprising:

American Thinker
By Dave Gaubatz

"There is every reason to suspect that we will endure suicide missions by Islamist sleeper cells. They are already in place. They are waiting for the right time. I know this from experience.

I have worked over 15 years as a U.S. Federal Agent, a U.S. State Department Arabic linguist, and the first civilian Federal Agent deployed into Iraq at the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. Since returning from Iraq I have been involved in terrorism analysis, specifically the mindset of terrorists. During my extensive research on sleeper cells I have talked with hundreds of people from the Middle East from all walks of life, and have talked with Iraqi Government officials, Iraqi military, and Iraqi police officers. In addition I have interviewed numerous counter-terrorism specialists in the U.S. and abroad. In the last year alone I have trained over 4000 U.S. Law Enforcement officers in Basic Investigative Arabic and counter-terrorism. The conclusion of my research is the title of this article.....


........Al-Qaeda now has a strong hold in Iraq and they will not let go. Terrorist operations are active in the U.S. and are being operated/financed in Michigan. U.S. citizens need to understand there are people trained and prepared to carry our suicide missions in the U.S. and nothing is off limits. Churches, malls, and even the schools our children attend are not off limits to suicide bombers. It is only a relatively short time before the U.S. will begin seeing suicide terrorist missions."


Bush: Medicare, Social Sec. must change

Yahoo! News

"President Bush, poised to submit his new budget to Congress next week, warned Saturday that unless programs like Medicare and
Social Security are changed, future generations will face tax hikes, government red ink or huge cuts in benefits.

Controlling spending requires the government to address the unsustainable growth of entitlement programs such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, Bush said in his weekly radio address. He said spending for the programs is growing faster than inflation, faster than the U.S. economy and faster than taxpayers' ability to pay for them.

'Unless we act, we will saddle our children and grandchildren with tens of trillions of dollars of unfunded obligations,' Bush said. 'They will face three bad options: huge tax increases, huge budget deficits or huge and immediate cuts in benefits.'

The budget Bush submits on Monday for the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1 will start a new debate with the Democratic majority in Congress." Read on...

Giuliani Filing Doesn't Say "Republican," Campaign Says Its No Mistake

New York, NY (AHN) - Former Mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani may have ran the Big Apple as a Republican, but in his official papers as part of his possible presidential run, the section for the candidate's political party was left blank.

When confronted about the omission by a newspaper, a lawyer for the campaign says it was the team's "judgment that we didn't have to fill in that box," leading some to speculate that Giuliani may be considering leaving the GOP and running as an Independent.

Giuliani spokeswoman Katie Levinson dismisses such rumors, saying, "The mayor continues to be a proud member of the Republican Party, and we are extremely encouraged by the response from Republicans across the country to his potential run for president."

Also, upon further questioning by newspaper Newsday, the campaign says it fixed the omission, and has listed the former Mayor as a Republican.

However, according to the paper, that form couldn't be found on the Federal Election Commission Web site.


Taliban commander killed in Afghanistan
International Herald Tribune -
Reuters, AP. KABUL -- As the United States took command of NATO-led troops in Afghanistan, a precision strike Sunday killed a key Taliban commander near a southern Afghan town overrun by militants..........

Al Jazeera:
Nato begins Afghan offensive. Musa Qala had been seized by Taliban forces on Thursday.

"Nato forces in southern Afghanistan have begun an operation to retake a town from the Taliban.

The group seized Musa Qala on Thursday after a truce deal between Nato's British forces and the Taliban - brokered by local tribal elders in October - broke down.

Nato said on Sunday it carried out an air strike on a vehicle carrying Mullah Ghaffour, the Taliban leader in the area, killing him and an unknown number of fighters."

China cuts investment in N.Korea over nuke

United Press International

"China has cut its investments in North Korea since Pyongyang's nuclear test last October, South Korean officials said Friday. 'China has made no investments in North Korea since the nuclear test on Oct. 9,' a government official said.

Before the nuclear test, China had........"

Analysis: Odds of U.S.-Iran conflict?

United Press International

"Is a spring offensive by the United States against Iran to shatter the Islamic republic's nuclear ambitions in the offing? Or will diplomacy and common sense prevail?

There are two schools of thought when it comes to dealing with....."

Analysis: From Muslim hordes to atom bomb

(UPI) -- "For the third time in its history, Islam is trying to bring 'the true faith' to the rest of the world. However, this time is particularly dangerous, according to one of the world's leading authorities on Muslim history.

In a series of lectures at Israeli academic institutions, Princeton University Professor Bernard Lewis talked of the widespread Muslim-Shiite belief that time has come for a final global struggle between the forces of good and the forces of evil.

"The fact that some of the societies are acquiring, or will soon acquire ... weapons of destructive power beyond Hitler's wildest dreams ... is something that we should be very concerned about,' he said.

Muslim believers consider themselves 'the fortunate recipients of God's final message to humanity and it is their duty not to keep is selfishly to themselves ... (but) to bring it to the rest of mankind,' Lewis noted.

In their first attempt to do so, they emerged from......"

U.N. worried about Afghan rights abuses

Feb. 2 (UPI)

"The top U.N. human rights official voiced concern that a plan passed by Afghanistan's parliament could lead to human rights abuses going unpunished.

The national stability plan passed by Afghanistan's lower parliament "will undermine the process towards securing long term peace," said Louise Arbour, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights Friday.

Her statement called on the Afghan government to fulfill the commitments it has already made to ensure effective justice.

Those previous commitments include an Action Plan on Peace, Reconciliation and Justice launched by the Afghan President Hamid Karzai last year. One of the action plan's objectives is to end amnesty for human rights violations, Arbour's statement said.

Insecurity threatens Chad relief work

GENEVA, Switzerland
Feb. 2 (UPI)

"The U.N. refugee agency warns insecurity in eastern Chad is making it impossible for humanitarian workers to come to the assistance of refugees.

Fighting between Chadian anti-government forces and the Chadian army in the town of Adre left about a dozen civilians dead and at least 40 wounded Thursday.

The heavy fighting forced all nearby aid agencies to remain at their bases. As a result, agencies did not have access to three refugee camps which together house about 62,000 Sudanese refugees from the neighboring Darfur region.

The agency is also concerned about reports that all sides of the conflict are attempting to recruit refugees to fight." Read more.

Hezbollah raises its flag across border

TYRE, Lebanon
United Press International

"Hezbollah's flags were erected across southern Lebanon near the Israeli border Friday as U.N. peacekeepers there changed commanders.

Some 30 large green-and-yellow banners were raised across southern Lebanon, just several meters from the Blue Line that divides Lebanon and Israel, for the first time since last summer's war between the two sides." Read on.