Thursday, August 30, 2007
By Frank J. Gaffney Jr.
The Washington Times 8/30/2007
What do the following recent news items have in common?
--Sen. John Warner returns from a weeklong excursion to Iraq in the company of inveterate defeatist and Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin to announce the United States must begin withdrawing 5,000 troops from Iraq by Christmas. The Virginia Republican says he wants to use this symbolic step — which he might or might not try to impose legislatively in coming weeks — to pressure the Iraqi government to make more progress on various fronts.
--Director of National Intelligence Michael McConnell revealed to the El Paso Times that the United States had caught Iraqi terrorists trying to get into the country across its still-unfenced southern border. According to a report subsequently published in WorldNetDaily, Adm. McConnell's office revealed that, "During fiscal 2006, there were 14 Iraqi nationals caught trying to enter the U.S. illegally, while so far in 2007, that number is 16." The online publication quoted the DNI as saying, "The goal is for terrorists to gain admittance to the United States, and then produce 'mass casualties.' "
--Outgoing Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' Justice Department is paying the Islamic Society of North America for the privilege of having government lawyers man a booth at ISNA's upcoming annual convention in Chicago. The Washington Times' indefatigable Audrey Hudson broke the story, noting that federal employees at Justice are concerned this "outreach" to the Muslim-American community will jeopardize an important terrorism trial now under way in Dallas. After all, ISNA is one of a large number of Islamist front organizations identified as an unindicted co-conspirator by federal prosecutors in the Holy Land Foundation terror-financing case.
These three developments actually have several things in common:
(1) They each shed light on the magnitude of the threats we face in what truly is a War for the Free World. Mr. Warner's trial balloon is a reminder of the greatest danger we face in waging that war — the prospect of being defeated politically on the home front. Adm. McConnell's revelations make it clear that our enemies overseas are not waiting for such a defeat, and the humiliating withdrawal from Iraq it will precipitate, to try to attack us here at home. And the hash-up by the Justice Department calls attention to the fact that, even if no more foreign-based terrorists get into our country, we already have in our midst organizations that are sympathetic with, if not actually serving the interests of, our Islamofascist foes.
(2) Each of these news items tends, if anything, to understate the problem. Mr. Warner's is not only the latest of congressional demands to begin the surrender of Iraq to those who wish us ill there. It is also perhaps the most modest. The more irresponsible seek the immediate removal of all U.S. forces — a logistical impossibility and strategic disaster. Others envision changing the mission at once, quickly removing some of our troops and putting the rest on remote bases, effectively ceding much of Iraq to the terrorists and their enablers.
For his part, Adm. McConnell's admission raises the obvious question: If we caught more than a dozen Iraqi terrorists slipping into the U.S. during each of the last two years, how many were not intercepted? Typically, the ratio is something like for every one nabbed, 10 get through.
Indeed, WorldNetDaily reports that "the U.S. Customs and Border Protection intercepted 60 Iraqis crossing the nation's southwestern border in 2006 who were seeking asylum in the U.S., while that number so far in 2007 is 178." What is interesting is that the El Paso Times was told by a U.S. intelligence analyst, "There's been evidence that human smugglers, or coyotes, are telling Iraqis to ask for amnesty if they are caught." How many desiring to do us harm are among those seeking amnesty (caught and uncaught) — and whose wish might be realized if extraordinarily ill-advised legislation like H.R. 2265 recently introduced in Congress is adopted? (For a troubling analysis of this bill, see here).
The problem with the Islamic Society of North America is but the tip of the iceberg. There are dozens of such groups in this country. Most were established by, funded from or otherwise lashed up with Saudi Arabia. They typically are vehicles for promoting the intolerant Wahhabi strain of Islam, inculcating a sense of separateness and grievance among American Muslims and advancing the insidious, even seditious, agenda of the Muslim Brotherhood.
The three headlines also, regrettably, indicate a certain cluelessness in the U.S. government. Congressional figures, intelligence officials and bureaucrats in various governmental departments are neither fulfilling their sworn obligations to defend the Constitution of the United States nor serving the American people well by their failures to recognize — let alone deal effectively with — the great and growing dangers we face, abroad and at home.
It is past time for an honest rendering of the facts suggested by "connecting these dots": America will not be made more secure by surrendering in Iraq. Our porous borders pose an open invitation to terrorists. Our continuing failure to secure them will, in due course, make possible not just "mass casualties" but possibly national calamity. And Islamist organizations may declare themselves the self-appointed leaders of the Muslim-American community, but no good can come from our government associating with or otherwise legitimating them.
... Photo of Mr. Hsu and Clinton from NY Times ...
This sort of "Hillary" problem seems to be a habit. Remember this?
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
... Well, the Bush administration has done exactly that!
The Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America summit in Canada released a plan that established U.N. law along with regulations by the World Trade Organization and World Health Organization as supreme over U.S. law and set the stage for militarizing the management of continental health emergencies.
The "North American Plan for Avian & Pandemic Influenza" was finalized at the SPP summit last week in Montebello, Quebec.
At the same time, the U.S. Northern Command, or NORTHCOM, has created a webpage dedicated to avian flu and has been running exercises in preparation for the possible use of U.S. military forces in a continental domestic emergency involving avian flu or pandemic influenza.
With virtually no media attention, in 2005 President Bush shifted U.S. policy on avian flu and pandemic influenza, placing the country under international guidelines not specifically determined by domestic agencies.
The policy shift was formalized Sept. 14, 2005, when Bush announced a new International Partnership on Avian and Pandemic Influenza to a High-Level Plenary Meeting of the U.N. General Assembly, in New York.
Under the International Partnership on Avian and Pandemic Influenza, Bush agreed the U.S. would work through the U.N. system influenza coordinator to develop a continental emergency response plan operating through authorities under the WTO, North American Free Trade Agreement and the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization.
WND could find no evidence the Bush administration presented the Influenza Partnership plan to Congress for oversight or approval.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
China may be the powerhouse of Asia. But it now wants to become a power in Latin America, a region over which it has been steadily expanding its economic and political influence.
The Asian economic tiger is aggressively making inroads in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean as it seeks the resources to feed its super-heated economy. Some critics wonder if China's involvement will supplant the United States' near-hegemonic role in terms of trade and finance.
... "While the United States has been pre-occupied elsewhere, China has launched a diplomatic and economic offensive in the region, with uncertain intentions and outcomes," Sen. John McCain told the Florida Association of Broadcasters recently.
Meanwhile, an overwhelming majority - 83 percent - of Americans believes China's Latin American presence poses a threat to the United States, according to a recent poll by Zogby Interactive.
Here is a country-by-country overview of China's influence in Latin America.
China buys 23 percent of its soy from Argentina. During a visit to Argentina in November 2004, Chinese President Hu Jintao pledged about $5 billion in Chinese investments in the Argentine oil industry over five years.
Argentina has also cooperated with China on space projects, such as a satellite laser ranging project at Argentina’s San Juan University, and has discussed collaboration in designing a new-generation nuclear reactor.
Bolivia's air force has acquired two Chinese-made MA60 aircraft after getting a $35 million credit from Chinese authorities. The planes are scheduled to be delivered in October.
Chinese companies will participate in the exploration of El Mutun, Bolivia's largest iron ore deposit, Bolivian officials announced in August. Chinese companies may also invest in oil and gas in Bolivia.
In 2004, the Chinese companies Lutianhua Group - China's largest producer of urea for fertilizers and plastics - and China Chengda Chemical Engineering Corporation agreed to build an urea project in Bolivia with local partner, Iisa-Tum Par Group.
U.S. officials are concerned about Chinese-Brazilian cooperation in satellite technology since it could lead to military applications associated with high-resolution satellite imagery.
Chinese-Brazilian trade is growing strongly. Brazil now accounts for 45 percent of China's soybean imports. Brazil-based CVRD (the world's largest iron ore producer) plans to build a steel plant in Brazil with Chinese steelmaker Baosteel.
Meanwhile, China-based Sinopec has signed several cooperation agreements with Brazil’s state-owned oil company Petrobras for joint oil exploration, production, refining, product sales, petrochemicals, pipelines, and technical assistance. They have also signed a memorandum of understanding regarding a $1.3 billion gas pipeline linking the southeast to the northeast of Brazil. And two other Chinese oil companies are in talks with Petrobras for similar joint operations.
In late 2004, Brazil gave China "market economy" status and opened up its economy to Chinese imports.
China and Chile signed a free trade agreement two years ago and have boosted ties dramatically since then. There are now more than 5,000 Chilean businessmen in China and Codelco, Chile's state-owned copper company, is increasingly dependent on exports to China. Chile aims to become the key entry point for Chinese goods to Latin America.
Sinopec (and Indian company ONGC Videsh) last year paid $800 million to acquire a 50 percent share of oil company Ominex de Colombia.
China and Costa Rica are planning to negotiate a free-trade agreement following the formal establishment of diplomatic ties in June, five days after the Central American nation broke its long-standing ties with Taiwan. "Promises of closer trade and economic ties essentially lured Costa Rica into the diplomatic switch," U.S.-based consulting firm Global Insight said.
Trade between China and Costa Rica reached $2.1 billion in 2006, an increase of 87 percent from 2005. Trade has grown another 65 percent during the first half of this year. On August 22, Taiwan's President Chen Shui-bian accused China of buying Costa Rica's diplomatic relations with an offer to give up to $500 million.
China played a key role in upgrading Cuba's air defense system and has a presence at Cuban military facilities at Bejucal and Santiago, which can potentially be used to collect intelligence data on the United States.
Hong Kong-based Hutchison Port Holdings, which has close ties with the People's Liberation Army, plans to open a new terminal at the Pacific port city of Manta this year. Manta is home to a U.S. Air Force base through 2008, when its lease runs out. Hutchison received a 30-year concession for the terminal last year and plans to invest $523 million to build it. The Chinese presence could be used in the future by the Chinese state for intelligence collection or other activities, experts warn.
In March, Chinese officials included Ecuador on a list of nine countries that its oil companies should target for investments. A Chinese partnership invested $1.4 billion in 2005 to acquire the Ecuador assets of Encana and Chinese companies are currently operating oilfields previously owned by Occidental Petroleum, which was forced to leave in May 2006.
Grupo Poma, a Salvadoran conglomerate, expects to sell 100,000 Chinese-made Cherry cars in Central America this year and another 300,000 next year, company officials said in August.
China has become the second-largest exporter to Mexico after the U.S. But in Mexico, China is seen more as a rival than a partner. Credit Suisse estimates Mexico lost a total of $15.7 billion in exports to the United States between 2002 and 2006 thanks to Chinese competition. Despite the tension, Mexico currently supports China's bid to formally join the Inter-American Development Bank.
Hutchinson-Whampoa has a 50-year lease on management of the ports on each side of the strategic Panama Canal. The port operations allow it to monitor military and commercial traffic transiting the canal, and potentially to deny transit through this strategic chokepoint, experts say.
Another Chinese company, Cosco Pacific, is among the bidders for the development of a rival port on the Pacific side of Panama. China may also participate in the $5.2 billion expansion of the canal.
Paraguay, the only country in South America still allied with Taiwan, has been looking for a free-trade agreement with China since 2005. An increasing share of Paraguay's soybeans are ending up in China via Argentina, Brazil or Uruguay.
The Chinese National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) owns 45 percent of Pluspetrol Norte, the largest foreign oil operator in the country. CNPC subsidiary Sapet is also exploring for oil in an area near Peru's Camisea gas fields.
Venezuela is China's closest political ally in South America and has the most extensive military cooperation with the Chinese in Latin America outside of Cuba. It has bought three JYL-1 mobile air defense radars and is looking at also buying fighter jets from China.
Chavez has visited China four times, most recently in August 2006, when the two countries signed $11 billion in energy and transportation accords.
As U.S. oil giants ExxonMobil and ConocoPhillips were leaving their oil production in Venezuela's Orinoco belt this summer, CNPC was one of several foreign oil companies that reached an agreement with the Chavez government to continue their operations there. Sinopec plans to explore in the Orinoco area as well.
China and Venezuela also have a joint venture that plans to manufacture wireless phones in Venezuela.
In March, China and Venezuela signed various agreements that translate into investments worth more than $6 billion in Venezuela, of which the Chinese will provide $4 billion. The agreements included creating several joint venture companies that would explore for oil in Venezuela, produce oil in the Orinoco belt, provide maintenance for oil wells, transport oil and build ships.
China will also participate in the construction of three refineries in Venezuela for oil found in the Carabobo bloc, while Venezuela guarantees uninterrupted deliveries of oil to China. Those agreements come on top of a strategic energy plan that commits Venezuela to increase oil exports to China through 2011.
Monday, August 27, 2007
What!?! PC influence at its best! Our politicians do this also!
Justice lawyers have objected to the affiliation with ISNA, fearing it will undermine the case against the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development in Dallas.
"There is outrage among lawyers that the Department of Justice is funding a group named as a co-conspirator in a terrorist financing case," said a Justice lawyer who spoke to The Washington Times on the condition of anonymity.
According to an e-mail from Susana Lorenzo-Giguere, acting deputy chief of the Voting Rights Division, the sponsorship will involve sending government lawyers to man a booth for the Labor Day weekend event in Illinois.
"This is an important outreach opportunity, and a chance to reach a community that is at once very much discriminated against, and very wary of the national government and its willingness to protect them," Mrs. Lorenzo-Giguere said in an e-mail obtained by The Washington Times.
"It would be a great step forward to break through those barriers. And Chicago is lovely this time of year," Mrs. Lorenzo-Giguere said.
... eventually, you have to come to the question; Is anyone in the Bush administration in charge of anything? The answer seems to unfortunately be, YES! ... and that our government is actually working against its own people.
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Sorry I couldn't get any "tighter" on them. You'll see them in person soon enough, if you haven't already. You might want to go back and read the story. It's apparent to me that the intent behind this new coin is to hide the famous words. In order to read; E Pluribus Unum, In God We Trust, and the year 2007, I had to use a magnifying glass.
Border Patrol Chief Rejects Mission Against Aliens, Drugs
A Border Patrol chief at one of the nation's most dangerous Southwest border crossings says the agency's mission doesn't include apprehending illegal aliens or seizing narcotics — perplexing front-line agents and angering a congressional critic of illegal immigration.
"I've said it before and I'll say it again," Carlos X. Carrillo, Border Patrol chief of Laredo, Texas, told guests at a town-hall meeting Thursday. "The Border Patrol's job is not to stop illegal immigrants. The Border Patrol's job is not to stop narcotics. ... The Border Patrol's mission is not to stop criminals."
"The Border Patrol's mission is to stop terrorists and terrorist weapons from entering the country."
... Rep. Tom Tancredo, Colorado Republican, called for Mr. Carrillo's resignation Friday. He also questioned how the recently appointed official could tell the difference between an illegal alien and a terrorist.
"If the Border Patrol has developed a new technology that can distinguish between terrorists and other illegal border crossers without first catching them and checking them out, that is good news," said Mr. Tancredo, an outspoken critic of illegal immigration and a presidential candidate. "But if that is not the case, Mr. Carrillo's statements are extremely irresponsible and demoralizing to officers in the field."
... the incompetence within the Bush administration has risen to a level way beyond the most extreme stupidity one can imagine. Next thing we'll see is President Bush giving this guy a medal!
Friday, August 24, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
August 21, 2007
President George W. Bush
The White House
Washington D.C. 20500
Dear Mr. President:
It is clear that we are falling behind in the construction of border security fencing as mandated by the Secure Fence Act (P.L. 109-367), which you signed into law on October 26, 2006. Unless construction is promptly accelerated, deadlines for the completion of fencing will not be met.
In addition to a completion date of May 30, 2008 for 392 miles of fencing extending from Calexico, California, to Douglas, Arizona, the Secure Fence Act mandates that 30 miles of fencing be completed in the Laredo, Texas, sector by December 31, 2008. Unfortunately, these scheduled mandates will be missed unless fence construction commences immediately in these locations.
It is my understanding that approximately $800 million is currently available for the installment of border infrastructure. Despite this funding, only 17.9 of the 854 miles of fencing called for in the Secure Fence Act have been completed as of August 10, 2007. This lack of progress is unacceptable, especially when adequate funding is available to earnestly proceed with fence construction.
My recommendation is that you immediately direct the Department of Homeland Security to execute contracts in such a way that all fencing locations identified in the Secure Fence Act are constructed concurrently. This will allow the construction of fencing to continue as necessary while ensuring specific fence construction deadlines are met.
Not only is our open and unprotected Southern land border a major exposure in the War on Terrorism, but large and increasing numbers of illegal aliens, as well as dangerous criminal populations, continue to move freely across the border. For the security of the United States and safety of our nation's citizens, I respectfully request that border fence construction be immediately accelerated.
Thank you for your attention to this matter. Please let me know if I can be of any assistance in delivering this much needed element of security to our Southern land border.
Member of Congress
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Gingrich spokesman Rick Tyler responds to Fred Barnes
In his recent article on immigration, Fred Barnes suggests that the Republican party should not "emotionally" dwell "on the problem of illegal immigration" because, he fears, the GOP will end up "alienating Hispanic Americans, the fastest growing voting bloc in the country." Barnes describes what he calls an "obsessive emphasis," on the "bashing [of]" illegal immigrants by Republicans.
Let's check the sum of his political miscalculation. First, if Barnes is right, then the GOP must subordinate national security to the political concern of not upsetting Hispanic voters. Second, the GOP, according to Barnes, must insist that someone arrested for a felony can not be questioned about his legal status because Hispanic voters would be offended--even if the person was arrested for the rape of a five year-old child, which was the case of the illegal alien who allegedly murdered execution-style three Newark college student and critically wounded a forth.
... Does Barnes really believe that keeping illegal aliens accused of felonies in jail is "overkill," or that condemning an alleged child rapist and murderer who is in the United States illegally constitutes "immigrant bashing?"
The sum of the Barnes political calculation, had he calculated it, would have us open our borders to everyone including drug dealers, criminals, and terrorists. His advice would also have the GOP in support of allowing illegal felons to roam the streets at will to prey upon law abiding Americans.
... with all apologies to friend, Allen; if the Republican Party were building ovens to bake Jews in, Fred Barnes would find a reason to support it! - Tiger
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Do you notice how prominent Democrats are now coming out FOR the Surge? Do you notice how they're doing it in a coordinated way, making sure several people announce the "good news" around the same time? Something good must be happening in Iraq; at least, by Washington standards.
... Clinton said new tactics have brought some success against insurgents, particularly in Iraq's Anbar province.
"It's working. We're just years too late in changing our tactics," she said. "We can't ever let that happen again. We can't be fighting the last war. We have to keep preparing to fight the new war."
Top Senate Democrats have started to acknowledge progress in Iraq, with the chairman of the Armed Services Committee yesterday saying the U.S. troop surge is producing "measurable results."
Sen. Carl Levin of Michigan highlighted improved security in Baghdad and al Qaeda losses in Anbar province as examples of success — a shift for Democrats who have mainly discounted or ignored advances on the battlefield for weeks.
... The measure of success in Iraq has shifted many times, ranging from establishment of a "democratic" style government in Iraq to simple stability by bringing terrorist attacks to a halt. Just what is the "end game" in Iraq and Afghanistan? Well, whenever we do pull out Troops from these countries the result will be as if absolutely nothing has ever taken place. The defining factor in this world-wide battle is ISLAM. As long as Islam exists, these areas of operation will eventually revert back to their old ways, this time with a renewed, stronger vengence against the West.
History has shown that when a country fights a war to subdue an enemy only; when it fights to cause an ememy to draw back and think twice before it attacks again; then that enemy will eventually come back stronger and more hateful than ever before.
Wars must never be fought to simply subdue and warn. They must be fought with all-out effort to result in complete and utter capitulation and humiliating defeat for the enemy. We have not even come close to this in the last few years. Our war colleges need to be shut down - they are as inept as our public schools. Everyone arm yourselves now, in a big way, because we will someday have to fight along side our neighbors, protecting ourselves from the Muslim enemy AND the centralized one at home.
...it just so happens that Victor Davis Hanson speaks to the willingness of Americans to give up the fight in an interview with FrontPageMag. It's very educational.
...think about it. If we give up now, as VDH implies, will we ever have courage to fight for own homes?
Two reactions are appropriate to the Bush administration’s decision to place Iran’s Revolutionary Guard on the State Department’s list of terrorist organizations. First, one should cheer. Second, one should ask how much longer it will take the president to resolve the contradiction at the heart of his Iran policy.
One should cheer because the Revolutionary Guard is among the world’s most effective forces for barbarity and chaos. Separate from Iran’s regular military, it espouses the revolution-exporting ideology of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Ali Khamenei (the latter of whom possesses ultimate control of its actions). It has killed Americans gladly, as at the Khobar Towers. Its current specialty is killing American soldiers in Iraq, through Iraqi proxies, with armor-piercing bombs. These things alone do not make it a terrorist group in the precise sense of that term, but its arming and financing of Hezbollah certainly does. Likewise the massacres of civilians that its aid to Iraqi militants has made possible.
... What the designation does do is lay bare the contradiction in President Bush’s Iran policy. After September 11, in a moment of great strategic clarity, Bush said that the U.S. would not distinguish between terrorists and the governments that harbored them. Yet his administration has approached Iran — the world’s foremost state sponsor of terrorism — as though it were a legitimate government, capable of being persuaded to adopt positions agreeable to liberal democracies.
On Iran’s nuclear program, Bush has deferred first to Europe and then to Condoleezza Rice’s State Department in allowing years of negotiating, followed by a few more years of negotiating, followed by (wait for it) more negotiating.
Worse than do nothing, this strategy created an illusion that the world was seriously confronting Iran when just the opposite was true.
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Saturday, August 18, 2007
The Bush administration cannot seem to stay out of trouble! After repeatedly denying the NAFTA Superhighway, NASCO, and the SPP (Security and Prosperity Partnership) even exists, President Bush is now being told by Congress to STOP! This is quite an astounding thing to do for something that has been constantly denied!
Twenty-two members of the U.S. House of Representatives – 21 Republicans and a Democrat – are urging President Bush to back off his North American integration efforts when he attends the third summit meeting on the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America next week in Montebello, Quebec.
They make it clear that continuing any such agenda at this point would be disregarding growing apprehension in Congress about the plans.
"As you travel to Montebello, Canada later this month for a summit with your Canadian and Mexican counterparts, we want you to be aware of serious and growing concerns in the U.S. Congress about the so-called Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) you launched with these nations in 2005," the letter said.
... One particularly disturbing comment was noted in the official conference record of the speeches given, as recorded in the "Rapporteur Notes" obtained by the Judicial Watch FOIA request. In Section VI of the conference, entitled "Border Infrastructure and Continental Prosperity," the reporter summarized as follows:
To what degree does the concept of North America help/hinder solving problems between the three countries?
-Vision is helpful
-A secure perimeter would bring enormous benefit
-While a vision is appealing working on the infrastructure might yield more benefit and bring more people on board ("evolution by stealth")
Reflecting on those perceptions, Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said, "It is not encouraging to see the phrase 'evolution by stealth' in reference to important policy debates such as North American integration and cooperation. These documents provide more information to Americans concerned about the Security and Prosperity Partnership. The more transparency the better."
... the more they lie, the more they're mistrusted!
Friday, August 17, 2007
The irony here is that Mr. Martinez did this while purporting to lecture the hopefuls on "leadership." "Presidential contests are about leadership," he said in Florida this week. "It's about leading on the tough issues... It was easy to say, 'This wasn't good enough, this isn't right, I don't agree with Martinez'... But at the end of the day what is your answer? How would you solve this?" He later mentioned Messrs. Romney and Giuliani by name as two who had mischaracterized the failed immigration plan.
The gall. Mr. Martinez knows "the answer," and he knows the "leadership" behind it: Enforcement first. He may not agree, but neither can he pretend not to hear. Enforcement first was propounded time and again by conservatives. Messrs. Giuliani and Romney are two recent (and welcome) converts. The "leadership" card may play to the audience but in this instance is pure chicanery. It is Mr. Martinez whose conduct ill suits his office. Half a year from now, in a flurry of inevitable election-year attacks against the nominee, Mr. Martinez will be ruing this statement — provided he lasts that long. How much less credibility he will have for undercutting the contenders.
This is one of those cases where the substance, the party protocol and the partisan motives are all aligned in a single direction — letting the new blood speak. And yet Mr. Martinez has just injected the Bush line. Congress is finished debating; no need for it there. Oddest of all, the White House's enforcement announcement this week edges away from six years of open borders. At least Mr. Martinez still has Sen. Ted Kennedy and the Democrats.
The presidential contest is more than gesticulating about "leadership." It is about formulating new policy. Mr. Martinez represents the old policy. He has used his position of party influence to push that old line, and he is wrong to do so.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Saraa wants to be a doctor. If she can't, the young star of Hamas television's best-known children's show said, she would be proud to become a martyr. Saraa says little Jewish girls should be forced from their homes in Israel so that Palestinians can return to their land.
With the show's producer helpfully offering written tips during an interview, Saraa didn't get into how she hopes to die for her cause, be it homicide bombing, fighting the Israeli military or some other way. She carefully sidestepped any suggestion that she is subtly calling for the destruction of Israel.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
'Enough is Enough': While Washington Vacations, a War Rages Here at Home - Illegals Kill More Americans
The Government of the United States Is Not Protecting the People of America.
... young Americans in our inner cities are massacred by people who should not be here.
There is a war here at home that is just as important as the war against terrorism overseas.
There are combat casualties here in America just as there are combat casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan ...
... We should demand more of our leaders, or we should get new leaders.
Gingrich makes declarations ...
Monday, August 13, 2007
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Saturday, August 11, 2007
All of these materials would be indiscriminately treated the same as high explosives. THIS WOULD MEAN THAT YOU CAN OWN ALL THE GUNS YOU WANT, BUT COULD NOT PURCHASE OR STORE THE BULLETS FOR THEM! This would happen because the proposed rule changes from the Bush administration, would:
- Prohibit possession of firearms in "commercial facilities containing 'explosives'" - an obvious problem for your local gun store. (Remember, ammunition would be declared as 'explosives')
- Require evacuation of ALL FACILITIES containing 'explosives' - even your local Wal-mart - during an electrical storm. (How long would store owners and customers put up with this before all ammo and powder come off the shelves? - Not to mention gun store location? - You can't have that store here!)
- Prohibit smoking and even the possession of flammable mechanisms (matches, lighters, Whit - after he's had that bean burrito!) within 50 feet of facilities containing 'explosives'.
- End shipment of 'explosives' by FedEx, UPS, and all other delivery services. (many gun enthusiasts buy their ammo and primers from Internet sites because it's cheaper)
- A ban on all "spark producing or flaming devices" within any facility containing 'explosives'. (say goodbye to your Gunsmith!)
- A ban on all "cleaning solvent" materials within any facility containing 'explosives'. (almost all gun and metal cleaners contain solvent!)
- Limit display of powder and primers to 21-pound containers and 10,000 primers.
Please go to the OSHA website now, search for Docket Number OSHA-2007-0032 (use Advanced Search) and lodge a complaint/comment about these proposed rule changes! The document explains how to email or fax a comment.
And, DON'T EVER TRY TO TELL ME G.W. BUSH IS A CONSERVATIVE!
...Associated WND article...
Friday, August 10, 2007
... read the whole story!
Thursday, August 09, 2007
A ranking House Republican yesterday demanded a hearing based on recent reports that Islamic terrorists embedded in the United States are teaming with Mexican drug cartels to fund terrorism networks overseas.
Rep. Ed Royce, ranking Republican on the House Foreign Affairs terrorism and nonproliferation subcommittee, said the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) document — first reported yesterday by The Washington Times — highlights how vulnerable the nation is when fighting the war on terrorism.
"I'll be asking the terrorism subcommittee to hold a hearing on the DEA report's disturbing findings," said Mr. Royce of California. "A flood of name changes from Arabic to Hispanic and the reported linking of drug cartels on the Texas border with Middle East terrorism needs to be thoroughly investigated."
... meanwhile; goodbye Whitey! - Report: Whites Now Minority in 1 in 10 U.S. Counties
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
By Rabbi Aryeh Spero
In today's America, you can burn our flag but you can not mistreat the Koran. Burning the flag is freedom of expression, a form of allowable speech our courts tell us, but mistreating the Koran is a criminal felony punishable under hate-crime legislation. If you are a Moslem you can, together with your brothers, wave posters at public protests on college campuses calling for "Killing the Jews", "Destroy Israel" and declare "Jews are Sons of Apes". This our college administrators tell us is "free speech". However, you have no right, even in private, to demean a book if it is the Koran. If you do, you go to jail. This is a form of expression unallowable -- perhaps America's only remaining prohibition.
... How distressing it is that so few are willing to accept, and engage in, the confrontation necessary to preserve our culture, and that so many have become so soft that they make exuses for their cowardice. How alarming it is that so many in high places here no longer believe in our own heritage, seeing in it only evil and racism while imputing to all other cultures, and Islam, nobility only.
People give respect and gravitate to those things in society that society venerates. In the past, it was Chritianity and the American civilization. If, because of political correctness, we raise the Koran above the Bible, as Pace University has done, cherish Moslem sensibilities over Jewish life, as San Francisco State has done, then our children will look to Islam for those things transcendant. After all, our courts and universities are telgraphing that message.
How pitiful it is that the Judeo-Christian community has become so intimidated, insecure, and cuckolded that one of the primary defenders of our culture, a person willing to fight the Islamic propagandists face-to-face and head-on, is Christopher Hitchens, an atheist.
... terrific article; read it all here.
Some Americans say our government has done a great job keeping us safe, after all, no attacks since 9-11, right? WRONG! We're being attacked on a daily basis! This new type of warfare (actually an old type) makes inroads into a nations culture and institutions. Countries like America and England are especially vulnerable because of our freedom loving societies and well-meaning nature. The combination of POLITICAL CORRECTNESS and Islamic Insurgent activity is bringing us down as sure as any bomb.
Monday, August 06, 2007
Yahya Hendi, a prayer leader who teaches at Georgetown University, said the September 11, 2001, attacks on U.S. cities spurred Americans to learn more about Islam and Muslims to affirm their U.S. identity.
... Mr. Hendi said U.S. Muslims were working on "nationalizing" Islam as part of the fabric of U.S. society, including cutting funding links to Muslim countries. ...
... the Bush-Saudi connection just might be illustrated for all to see in this article from the WashTimes. Bush promotes and allows (turns his head from Saudi fund-raising) so that Mosques and Madrassas may be built and supported in America. In return Saudi Arabia supposedly helps us in ME concerning the W.O.T. ... we have nothing but anti-Americans in D.C. - I'm convinced of that now.
The Government Accountability Office is reportedly conducting a review after a July 31 report revealed that Iraqi insurgents may have gotten their hands on weapons and body armor intended to equip Iraqi troops. One senior Pentagon official told the Post that some of the weapons likely are being used against U.S. forces.
... Memo to Government Management, Civilian and Military; if you give weapons to an Iraqi and he gives them to the Insurgents, he's NOT OUR FRIEND! Or, is this just a way to prolong the fighting?
... Jesus H. Christ! save us from ourselves!
Sunday, August 05, 2007
Gingrich cited the example of Detroit - which he had previously discussed on Fox News Sunday - as an indicator of this failure. Detroit epitomizes the failure of the bureaucracy-based approach, he said. The Motor City has lost nearly half its population over the last 60 years. Its residents now have a per-capita income that is ranked 62nd in the nation. In 1950, Detroit ranked first.
Today, only 25 percent of Detroit's high school freshmen eventually graduate on schedule. And a majority of those who drop out of high school, said Gingrich, are likely to end up in jail. "How can we tolerate systems more likely to send people to prison than to college?" he said.
As for President Bush's global war on terror, "none of you should believe we are winning this war," said Gingrich. "There is no evidence that we're winning. ... This is a phony war."
Further, the failure to swiftly detect and deal with the terrorist cell members involved in the planned attack on Fort Dix, and the lawsuit of the "flying imams" against US Airways revealed that "our system is broken," said Gingrich, and that "something is fundamentally wrong."
To defeat the threat of radical Islamists, America must devote more resources to its intelligence, defense and foreign relations services, he said, adding that Web sites and religious services that incite Muslims to commit jihad should be shut down.
... Newt tells it like it really is, and that's why he'll never be elected President.
Saturday, August 04, 2007
Friday, August 03, 2007
Thursday, August 02, 2007
A new government study is being condemned by the Christian ministry the Barnabas Fund because its proposals would move closer to imposing Islam in the United Kingdom as "a religion of state."
Among the proposals from the study being considered for implementation is the provision by universities for Islamic studies for all students.
The report was initiated by Bill Rammell, the minister of state for higher education and lifelong learning, officials said. He appointed Ataullah Siddiqui, senior research fellow at the Islamic Foundation, to write it.
The Barnabas Fund, in an analysis, said the report "signals another step toward the Islamisation of Britain and its education system"
"Should this report be implemented, education will be handed over more and more to Muslims who will train and shape the next generation," the analysis said.
... it's not just the UK. The Tigress has taught subject matter within the International Baccalaureate Program, a program used throughout America. It has an Islamic Study segment!
... follow the "IB" link and do a search on Islamic Studies. You'll be surprised!
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
WND: The Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett has called a document called "The Declaration of North American Integration" a "pretty stupid thing to get involved with." And he has repudiated his signature on that 2004 document. Question: Does the president have a concern that more opposition will develop to such plans for expedited procedures to transfer goods and people across national borders?
Kinsolving: In the president's speech to the American Legislative Exchange Council in Philadelphia, the transcript quotes him as saying, on page 7, "I believe you'll be driving to work over the next couple of years in an automobile powered by electricity and it won't have to look like a golf cart. Question: Is that possibly a typo with the word years instead of decades?
Kinsolving: One of the world's most widely syndicated media features, Gary Trudeau's Doonesbury, featured 'the White House briefing room where a new $20 million upgrade …' Question: Is this true or false – and how much does the White House press office cost the taxpayers?
And on WND's Mr. President Forum, a reader, "nmpatriot," asked: Mr. Bush, why have you turned your back on America and those Americans who elected you to the office of President of the United States? Can you honestly believe that we put you there so that you could betray OUR America – to sell OUR country out to a one-world government having no concept of nor desire to respect individual freedom?
The questions come from WND, its readers and Les Kinsolving, longtime WND White House correspondent. Kinsolving, a veteran of presidential briefings since Richard Nixon was in office, is no longer attending the daily sessions.
Joseph Farah, founder and editor of WND, explained the decision to have Kinsolving absent was made after a "rebuke, and a threat" from White House spokesman Tony Snow in what apparently is "an attempt to control Les Kinsolving and WND's right to ask questions at the White House."
Some of the questions that have made the normally unflappable press secretary most angry have been about sending U.S. Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonzo Compean to prison, Farah noted.
The new questions for today's press briefing, scheduled at 12:30 p.m. are:
WND: WND has documented a wide range of products from China that have been rejected as contaminated or defective, from pet food to seafood to toothpaste to tires. Now a team of U.S. health officials has been sent to Beijing for talks on this issue. Question: What confidence can the American people have in the product inspection process in China when officials there have complained that additional restrictions on such imports are "unacceptable?"
Kinsolving: WorldNetDaily's Jerusalem correspondent reports that the United States-backed Fatah organization has admitted it has been thoroughly infiltrated by Hamas, in a 200-page investigation report. Question. Since this admission comes as the U.S. has just sent large quantities of weaponry to Fatah, will the president order a halt to this and supplying millions of dollars to Fatah?
This official Fatah committee's 200-page report also details the conduct of Fatah leaders and security officers who lost the Gaza Strip to Hamas last month. Question. Given that loss and this report, how does the president believe that Fatah can possibly keep the West Bank from being taken over by Hamas, as well?
And on WND's Mr. President Forum, a reader, "paulpuckett," asked: Mr. President: Why are we now going to give Saudi Arabia, who has proven many times to be our foe, $20 billion of military assistance, [it is] the very cradle of Islam's birth, Medina and Mecca and funds terrorism on an ongoing schedule. What are you thinking? Most or all of the world's problems and wars can be pointed back to them as the source of origin. And why do you consider Islam to be a religion of peace when most of the world knows it is not?
If the questions are answered during the press briefing, WND will publish the answer. If not, WND will report that, and will keep a tally of the questions answered, or not.