Wednesday, February 28, 2007
George Orwell, "Animal Farm"
... apparently, authorities believe Navy and Marine personnel are not as "equal" as others?
WorldNetDaily, the leading independent Internet news site, has been blocked from computers on U.S. Navy and Marine Corps bases across the country for an undetermined period of time, and an investigation has been launched into how – and why – that happened.
Ironically, for the past 10 years WorldNetDaily has been immensely popular among U.S. military personnel, with countless service people both stateside and abroad emailing WND insider news tips, concerns and notes of appreciation. Indeed, from recent stories like the dismissal of Navy Chaplain James Klingenschmitt for unauthorized praying all the way back to one of the defining issues of the 2000 presidential election – the suppression of the military vote and the subsequent court-ordered recount of Florida's military votes – WND has taken the lead on stories important to the U.S. military.
... we'll continue to follow the story ...
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Sunday, February 25, 2007
As Florida enjoyed its third or fourth real estate boom of the 20th century, the growing population required more government services which required more revenue. With no state income tax to share, local governments began to raise millage rates and valuations. As the rising tide of the real estate boom lifted the value of all homes, humble and ostentatious alike, tax bills began to reflect the new market values.
The Good Intention
As the population and wealth flowed into the state, real estate prices began to rise and with them, higher ad valorem tax burdens which threatened to drive many voting citizens from their homes. In 1995, the Florida Constitution was amended with the "Save Our Homes" amendment prohibiting any government from raising property taxes by more than 3% a year. To offer more tax relief voters approved a constitutional amendment granting a second $25,000 homestead exemption.
So much for the good intentions.
The Unintended Consequences
Florida now finds itself in the beginnings of another tax revolt as the owners of new or resale homes are receiving tax bills based on valuations at the market value while their neighbors who are protected under the SOH amendments pay 30%-50% less. The unforeseen consequence was that government, unable to curb its appetite fo revenue would demand that new property owners make up for the losses and limitations of the SOH amendment. In addition, the second $25 k exemption will result in significant revenue losses for many of the smaller, less affluent counties in the state.
Task Forces and Interest Groups throughout the State have been looking at various ways to rectify the situation and this past week, Republicans in the Florida Legislature went so far as to float the idea of no property taxes on homesteads at all. Instead, the state sales tax would be raised to 8.5% which it is said will be the highest in the nation. Coupled with local option sales taxes, the tax bite on retail sales could be near 10% in some counties and cities. Aside from the usual liberal objections about progressive taxes and tax cuts in general, the sticking point in the proposal is that businesses and non-residents would continue to pay the property taxes. This may not be constitutional. Constitutional or not, it certainly doesn't seem fair or sustainable.
Once again, a politically expedient patch could have unintended consequences as business owners and non-homesteaded properties are targeted to make up for the lost revenue.
Saturday, February 24, 2007
In return, 100 U.S. trucking companies will be allowed to operate in Mexico but at a later date.
Calling for congressional hearings, Teamsters General President Jimmy Hoffa compared the announcement to the "Dubai Ports debacle," charging President Bush is "playing a game of Russian roulette on America's highways."
The Teamsters Union posed to WND a series of "unanswered questions," including:
Friday, February 23, 2007
I saw something eerie this week. It wasn't an apparition exactly, but rather a head-spinning blur of headlines about global jihad that, rather incredibly, began to take on the unmistakable shape of a British old school tie.
How? Maybe I should start by explaining it was the old school tie that came to mind first in the form of a new publication on British education: namely, a 72-page manifesto (sorry, "guidance") from the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) on how British state schools might better accommodate children from the Muslim community, which, according to the 2001 census, makes up 2.7 percent of the British population.
Did I say "better" accommodate their Muslim pupils? I mean, much, much better accommodate them. In fact, if the British were to adopt half of the MCB's recommendations for making British schooling Muslim-friendly, they might as well re-issue the 19th-century boy's school classic as Abdullah Brown's School Days. At the crux of the Muslim council's document is a call for special treatment for Britain's Muslim students that is so special as to reorient the entire British system according to Islamic law.
... a well written piece from Diana West of the Wash Times, and a road we're headed down ...
Thursday, February 22, 2007
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Friday, February 16, 2007
“Then there is the hair,” she adds, referring to the spiky highlights that sharpen her live-wire manner.
What has brought this Uganda-born Asian-Canadian to prominence is her book, “The Trouble With Islam Today,” just out in paperback in the United States where she has been touring and talking.
“Through our screaming self-pity and our conspicuous silences, we Muslims are conspiring against ourselves,” she writes. “We’re in crisis and we’re dragging the rest of the world with us. If ever there was a moment for an Islamic reformation, it’s now.”
... Wow! A Lesbian Muslim - In Canada! With All Those Radical Muslims!
Islamists around the United States are playing games with the American public. While supporting extremist causes and the hate-filled ideologies of the Muslim Brotherhood – the violent group that spawned Hamas and Al-Qaeda – they have gotten involved, as well, in interfaith activities. Of course, it’s difficult to criticize someone that is engaged in something so innocuous as interfaith. It highlights a danger in our society of a fifth column disguised as a friend.
Bagby: "If I might add, I've seen some of the material produced by black and white Evangelical Christian groups that are aimed at Muslims. The black material is a lot more objective, if you will. Just as pointed to try to convert someone from Islam to Christianity, but a lot more objective…”
Bedier: “More intelligent.”
Bagby: “More intelligent – probably because black people are more exposed to Islam, and therefore, they really can’t get away too much with slanting stuff completely, totally out of line, that everybody knows what that just doesn’t hold water. Whereas the white Evangelical material is a lot more venomous, as you said, and hateful.”
... folks, this is the same group supported and protected by former Gov. Jeb Bush, President Bush and the Republican Party of Florida. You draw your own conclusions!
Thursday, February 15, 2007
From the article, you might remember when this story was in the news:By the end of WWI, socialists realized that something was amiss, for the world's proletariat had not heeded Marx's call to rise up in opposition to evil capitalism and to embrace communism instead. They wondered what had gone wrong.Separately, two Marxist theorists-Antonio Gramsci of Italy and Georg Lukacs of Hungary-concluded that the Christianized West was the obstacle standing in the way of a communist new world order. The West would have to be conquered first.Gramsci posited that because Christianity had been dominant in the West for over 2000 years, not only was it fused with Western civilization, but it had corrupted the workers class. The West would have to be de-Christianized, said Gramsci, by means of a "long march through the culture." Additionally, a new proletariat must be created. In his "Prison Notebooks," he suggested that the new proletariat be comprised of many criminals, women, and racial minorities.The new battleground, reasoned Gramsci, must become the culture, starting with the traditional family and completely engulfing churches, schools, media, entertainment, civic organizations, literature, science, and history. All of these things must be radically transformed and the social and cultural order gradually turned upside-down with the new proletariat placed in power at the top.
"In Aug., 2003, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced the results of their $1.2 million tax-payer funded study. It stated, essentially, that traditionalists are mentally disturbed. Scholars from the Universities of Maryland, California at Berkeley, and Stanford had determined that social conservatives...suffer from ‘mental rigidity,' ‘dogmatism,' and ‘uncertainty avoidance,' together with associated indicators for mental illness." http://www.edwatch.org/ ‘Social and Emotional Learning" Jan. 26, 2005)Even the terms used in the article are both frightening and distasteful. Words like "Cultural Marxism and polymorphous perversion," are ominous and threatening. Critical Theory and Cultural Determinism seem diabolical. The article is a catalog of nightmares.
Critical TheoryIf you hold Judaeo-Christian based, traditionalist worldview, this article will strike a chord. You'll understand and you'll will realize that the assault on Western Civilization is much worse than you had imagined. You might even think it's supernatural.Critical theory is yet another psychological ‘command and control' device. As stated by Daniel J. Flynn, "Critical Theory, as its name implies, criticizes. What deconstruction does to literature, Critical Theory does to societies." (Intellectual Morons, p 15-16)
Critical Theory is an ongoing and brutal assault via vicious criticism relentlessly leveled against Christians, Christmas, the Boy Scouts, Ten Commandments, our military, and all other aspects of traditional American culture and society.
ht: Habu at the EB
All courtesy of the concept of federal "hate crimes" legislation, which unless defeated soon could be mandatory in the United States, warns a rising chorus of critics.
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Al-Maghrib’s educational courses are accredited by the American Open University, which in turn is accredited by Al-Ahzar University in Cairo – the headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood, the oldest and largest radical Islamic organization in the world. The courses offered by Al-Mahgrib count only as course credit for the AOU’s Bachelors in Islamic Studies degree, the only English language program offered by AOU.
But the Muslim Brotherhood influence is not the only troubling aspect to Al-Maghrib’s programs and message. In fact, all six of Al-Maghrib’s instructors have degrees from Saudi institutions controlled by the extremist Wahhabi sect:
-Muhammad Alshreef, the founder of Al-Maghrib Institute and a Canadian citizen, graduated from the Islamic University of Medina in 1999 with a degree in shari’a. The University of Medina was founded in 1961 by the ruling Saud family specifically for the propagation of Wahhabism worldwide.
-Yasir Birjas, a Palestinian, graduated from the Islamic University of Media as the 1996 class valedictorian. He subsequently worked for a “relief charity” in Bosnia.
AbdulBary Yahya and Yasir Qadhi both obtained degrees from the Islamic University of Medina.
-Mohammed Faqih obtained his initial degree from the Institute of Islamic and Arabic Sciences (IIAS) in Fairfax, VA, and then graduated from the King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Osama bin Laden’s alma mater and haven for Muslim Brotherhood teachers who fled persecution from the Nasser regime in Egypt during the 1950s and 1960s. Sayyid Qutb’s brother, Mohammed, was a long-time instructor in Jeddah and was one of bin Laden’s primary mentors, as was Abdullah Azzam, the founder of Al-Qaeda. The IIAS was operated by Saudi diplomats as a branch of the Saudi Al-Imam Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic University until it came under pressure from the US government when the diplomatic visas of 16 school’s instructors were withdrawn by the US, according to a report in the Washington Post; after the Saudis withdrew their support in 2004, the Institute was closed and searched by the US government for its links to terrorism.
-Waleed Basyouni attended the Al-Imam Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic University in the Saudi capital of Riyadh, the academic heart of Wahhabi Islam, where he obtained a Bachelors and a Masters Degree. According to Basyouni’s DiscovertheNetwork.org profile, he studied under Sheikh Abdelaziz bin Baz, who author Gilles Kepel identifies as “the principal Wahhabite ideologist” in his book, Jihad: The Trail of Political Islam (p. 210).
... folks, this "institution" is operating right here - IN AMERICA!
Check out the terms of the latest agreement with North Korea. Pyongyang gets $400 million in aid, chiefly in the form of energy, and we ease economic sanctions. In return they agree to begin to give up the means to produce new nuclear weapons, and establish working groups to discuss maybe shutting down their nuclear program at some future date as yet undetermined. They also get to maintain their current nuclear stockpile. The deal is a dramatic diplomatic victory, but unfortunately not for the U.S.
The terms sound suspiciously like the Clinton-era Agreed Framework.
... and, they can keep enriching uranium! That deal comes later! : ) I'm going to puke!
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Sunday, February 11, 2007
Saturday, February 10, 2007
Friday, February 09, 2007
During World War II, the CPUSA wielded great influence in Hollywood that reached all the way into Washington. The head of the Hollywood branch, John Howard Lawson, helped pen the 1944 Democratic Party platform.
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
First Lt. Ehren Watada, 28, faces a charge of missing movements when he refused to ship out to Iraq with his brigade last summer, and two charges of conduct unbecoming an officer for statements criticizing the war as illegal and immoral.
Watada, whose supporters say he is the first Army officer to publicly refuse to deploy to Iraq, could face up to four years in prison and a dishonorable discharge if he is convicted on all charges.
... 4 years would be going easy on him! This will be a great test case to see how far Left the military has gone.
For lo these six-plus years, the Bush administration’s Iran policy has been incoherent. Axis of evil ... but no regime change; incorrigible destabilizer supporting both Sunni and Shiite terror in Iraq ... yet Iraq's helpful neighbor who has no interest in destabilization; the terror master who cannot be negotiated with ... but a rational actor we believe will be brought around by negotiations.
Monday, February 05, 2007
Saturday, February 03, 2007
"The situation in the class played no small part in creating this state of affairs – the high noise levels and cancelled classes prevented her from receiving the educational assistance she needed during school hours," the German organization said.
Since she had good grades in all the other classes, she and her parents decided she would be tutored individually at home to meet her needs. She still took part in music and sang in her school's choir.
But school officials were unhappy, and expelled her, so the Busekros family continued educating her at home. At the end of the 2005-2006 school year she was no longer subject to full-time attendance requirements, but the Jugendamt, or Youth Welfare Office still created a case in Family Court and ordered the family to appear at a hearing.
Then this week social workers accompanied by police officers appeared at the home one morning, demanding that Melissa be handed over to them immediately, providing as authorization a ruling by the Erlangen Court dated Jan. 29.
It said, "The relevant Youth Welfare Office is hereby instructed and authorized to bring the child, if necessary by force, to a hearing and may obtain police support for this purpose."
The teen was taken to the Child Psychiatry Unit and interrogated for nearly four hours, after which she was returned home, the Netzwerk said. However, the worst was still to come ...
Friday, February 02, 2007
A Texas deputy sheriff who fired shots at a fleeing vehicle after the driver tried to run him down faces 10 years in prison for injuring one of the passengers, a Mexican national being smuggled illegally into the United States. The U.S. attorney, who won lengthy prison terms last year for two U.S. Border Patrol agents in the shooting of a drug-smuggling suspect, also prosecuted Edwards County Deputy Sheriff Guillermo F. Hernandez, who is to be sentenced next month.
... Michael Ledeen writes a wonderful piece here!
... meanwhile, Lebanon is falling to the Radicals while Israel and America sleep!
... the West is in a Trance!
... and they are Running from Reality!
Thursday, February 01, 2007
What is Iran's strategy in Iraq? "The Iranian government sees an unprecedented opportunity to bring Iraq into its sphere of influence and prevent it from re-emerging as a threat to Iranian interests," the Defense Department said in its November report, "Measuring Security and Stability in Iraq."
"Iran seeks to ensure that the Coalition bears political, economic and human casualty costs to deter future U.S. regional intervention. To achieve these objectives, Iran continues to pursue a dual-track strategy of supporting Shia unity and a stable government in Iraq -- either a functioning, unified Shia-dominated government or a federated one -- on one hand, while facilitating militia activities in Iraq on the other."
Iran, in fact, is allied with Iraqi Shiites who are part of the Iraqi government.
... until President Bush and Congress realize we're in a world-wide fight against tyranny, countries will be partitioned and subdued piece-meal throughout the world. German Neo-Nazis will combine with Islamists, Sharia Law communities will continue to grow in Europe and America, and the American public will continue to be trained to accept Islam!
In his new book, "The Politically Incorrect Guide to the South (and Why It Will Rise Again)," Florida native Clint Johnson exposes the Left's aggressive attempts to destroy the culture and heritage that make up the southern states. What liberals don't realize is that the South is the essence of what makes America unique and original -- everything from rock and roll to barbeque to NASCAR -- can trace its origins back to the South.
The South is under attack because it is the last region of the nation to resist being homogenized into an amorphous mass of people who think alike, sound alike, vote alike, buy alike. Nothing angers politicians, marketers, pollsters, and the politically correct crowd more than a group of people who absolutely refuse to get into line.
The number one myth that the book exposes is that the South is not steeped in racism. The South has many multi-cultural firsts, including the first two Jewish U.S. senators (who both served in the Confederacy.) Virginia elected a black governor 20 years before any northern state did. Today we have more black elected officials than any other region. Despite what Hollywood and the East Coast’s liberal elite want you to think, Southerners are the first to say that slavery was a moral evil.
Slavery is perceived to be exclusive of the South, but slavery was spread through all 13 colonies and beyond. Most slaves came to America on northern slave ships and even decades after importing slaves had been made illegal by Congress, one of the largest and most profitable industries in New York City was outfitting slave ships. Even the impending war between the North and the South did little to slow the slavers operating out of New York City.
... read the entire Interview here. The "North" has long ago given up any pretence of loving and fighting for Freedom. Their GOD has become the Federal Government. Unfortunately, the Southern regions cannot resist this onslaught of political correctness for long. It is being invaded, as we speak, by an Hispanic hegemony, initiated by the Feds.