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  • Police captain punished for refusing to attend Muslim Brotherhood-linked mosque

    10/14/2014 1:10:39 PM PDT · by backtothestreets · 54 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | October 13, 2014 | Unknown
    The city of Tulsa, Oklahoma, punished one of its own veteran police commanders for his refusal to attend a Muslim religious service being held at a mosque he said practiced radical Islamic dogma, according to court records. He also "dared" to refuse to order his officers to visit a mosque he alleges has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.
  • Removing intolerant organizations that teach and practice the elimination of non-members.

    09/20/2014 8:53:44 PM PDT · by backtothestreets · 18 replies
    I am the source | 20 September 2014 | Chuck Plante (backtothestreets)
    Our great nation was formed by people of diverse nationalities, primarily Europeans with differing religious identities. While some mistrust existed, occasionally igniting localized conflicts, the religions of these many cultures did not teach and engage in the extermination of people of differing faiths. The world is now facing such a religion of extreme intolerance. It has a toehold in the USA and most other western nations, but cannot be allowed to remain because a religion of extreme intolerance teachings that dictates the elimination by death of nonbelievers does not, nor ever will be compatible with our historical embrace of religious...
  • College Students Sign Petition To Support ISIS… On 9/11

    09/16/2014 4:00:05 PM PDT · by backtothestreets · 23 replies
    Yahoo ^ | September 15, 2014 | The Daily Caller
    <p>Multiple college students signed a petition to support the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) last week.</p> <p>Media Research Center TV reporter Dan Joseph went to the campus of George Washington University on Thursday, Sept. 11, and collected a dozen signatures from students on a petition to President Barack Obama to not only stop bombing ISIS, but also actively support the terrorist group. ISIS has beheaded two American journalists, James Foley and Steven Sotloff.</p>
  • Want Peace? Give a Nuke the Nobel

    11/13/2009 12:42:24 PM PST · by backtothestreets · 12 replies · 751+ views
    Time Magazine ^ | Sunday, Oct. 11, 2009 | David Von Drehle
    President Barack Obama was surprisingly given the Nobel Peace Prize "primarily for his work on and commitment to nuclear disarmament," according to Agot Valle, a Norwegian politician who served on the award committee. Valle told the Wall Street Journal that the stewards of the prize wanted to "support" Obama's goal, as expressed recently at the U.N., "of a world without nuclear weapons." It's tough to think of a goal more widely espoused than the dream of an H-bomb-free planet. President Ronald Reagan and activist Jane Fonda, political opposites, came together on this one — in his second term, Reagan stunned...
  • Ending death penalty could save US millions: study

    10/20/2009 2:32:26 PM PDT · by backtothestreets · 58 replies · 1,941+ views
    AFP / Yahoo News ^ | Oct 20, 2009 | by Lucile Malandain
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – Even when executions are not carried out, the death penalty costs US states hundreds of millions of dollars a year, depleting budgets in the midst of economic crisis, a study released Tuesday found. "It is doubtful in today's economic climate that any legislature would introduce the death penalty if faced with the reality that each execution would cost taxpayers 25 million dollars, or that the state might spend more than 100 million dollars over several years and produce few or no executions," argued Richard Dieter, director of the Death Penalty Information Center and the report's author. "Surely...
  • 50 million new patients? More primary docs a must

    09/14/2009 12:30:40 AM PDT · by backtothestreets · 12 replies · 1,124+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | September 13, 2009 | STEVE LeBLANC, Associated Press Writer
    BOSTON – When Dr. Robert Flaherty launched a private practice in 2001, he soon found himself cramming in as many patients as possible to make ends meet, leaving little time to discuss with them the steps they could take to prevent future health troubles. "I constantly felt that conflict of going faster than I should," said Flaherty, 40, of Mashpee, who gave up his practice after four years for a hospital post. "Everyone knows if you want to make a decent living, become a specialist; if you want to be banging your head, go into primary care." Among the many...
  • Why We Must Fix Our Prisons

    03/30/2009 2:17:52 PM PDT · by backtothestreets · 22 replies · 704+ views
    Parade | March 29, 2009 | Senator Jim Webb
    America's criminal justice system has deteriorated to the point that it is a national disgrace. Its irregularities and inequities cut against the notion that we are a society founded on fundamental fairness. Our failure to address this problem has caused the nation's prisons to burst their seams with massive overcrowding, even as our neighborhoods have become more dangerous. We are wasting billions of dollars and diminishing millions of lives.
  • Santa Ana's jail will house more immigrant detainees

    03/21/2009 12:18:11 PM PDT · by backtothestreets · 7 replies · 419+ views
    The Orange County Register ^ | MARCH 21, 2009 | DENISSE SALAZAR
    SANTA ANA – The Santa Ana City Jail, which receives the most federal revenue of any city jail in the Greater Los Angeles area for housing immigration detainees – is planning to boost its revenue by housing additional detainees and negotiating a rate increase. Unfilled job vacancies, budget cuts and the lack of new revenue have motivated the Santa Ana Police Department to increase its revenue through immigration detention. The department plans to add 32 additional beds to bring its population capacity to 512 beds by May, said Santa Ana Police Chief Paul Walters.
  • Missing Las Vegas boy's grandfather sought (Mexican Drug Cartel Involvement)

    10/17/2008 10:20:37 PM PDT · by backtothestreets · 11 replies · 745+ views
    United Press International (UPI) ^ | October 17, 2008 | UPI
    AMBER ALERT LAS VEGAS, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Las Vegas police say they are looking for the grandfather of a missing boy who was presumed kidnapped in a case that apparently involves drug trafficking. Police Friday said Clemens Tinnemeyer was a "significant person of interest" in the abduction of 6-year-old Cole Puffinberger, and was believed to be involved in drug dealing when he was last seen in May. Tinnemeyer last had contact with his family in August. He was reported missing last month and was last seen driving a white 2004 Dodge pickup with Mississippi license plate KA6251. The Las...
  • China and our pollution woes

    08/10/2008 2:58:26 PM PDT · by backtothestreets · 11 replies · 119+ views
    10 August 2008 | Chuck Plante - aka backtothestreets
    The subject may be trivialized by some, but the effect of air pollution originating from China and Eastern Asia has dire consequences for Americans and our economy. I am located in the Central San Joaquin Valley of California. A couple weeks ago I noticed something that alerted me to a rapid change in our skies. First the night skies became the clearest they had been in many years. This week the daytime skies cleared too giving us a summertime view of the high Sierra Mountains that had been noticeably absent for over a decade. Local news had reported on this...
  • Good Medicine for all FReepers, especially Jim Robinson

    05/20/2008 12:42:00 PM PDT · by backtothestreets · 10 replies · 38+ views
    YouTube ^ | August 16, 2006 | Aaron Wilburn
    Knowing laughter is some of the best medicine, and knowing too that Jim Robinson (and possibly many other FReepers) could use it as well as prayers right now, take a moment and enjoy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egCeIwjIuZM
  • Where Global Warming Begins

    04/08/2008 1:10:10 PM PDT · by backtothestreets · 33 replies · 622+ views
    the daily green ^ | April 8, 2008 | By Dan Shapley
    Just where is all that global warming pollution coming from? The Northeast pumps out an awful lot of carbon dioxide, but the Southeast, Midwest and Southern California are also responsible for voluminous pollution that billows out each day. The precise sources of carbon dioxide have now been mapped, with 100-times more detail than was previously available, by Vulcan project researchers at Purdue University. The high-resolution, interactive maps combines emissions data from power plants, factories and vehicles, and produces maps and movies that compare the relative contribution of pollution from various parts of the country on an hourly basis. One of...
  • God, Darwin, and the prototypes

    03/06/2008 11:11:46 AM PST · by backtothestreets · 7 replies · 107+ views
    March 6, 2008 | Chuck Plante - aka backtothestreets
    Just thinking "out loud". So, when something troubles me, I just try to identify what the trouble is, then try to think it through. I was greatly disappointed with the History Channel "Universe" series segment last week that was to discuss what was before the "Big Bang". The program never really discussed this. Nonetheless, since I totally discount that an absolute absence of everything can somehow create anything, I still adhere to God for all. Fortunately, my discouragement with the program got me to regurgitate a thought. Think of it a God, Darwin and the prototypes. I know you have...
  • English Language Requirement

    03/06/2008 9:18:54 AM PST · by backtothestreets · 3 replies · 140+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | March 6, 2008 | Yahoo! News
    The Yahoo link is a video link. I'm posting it to stress a point about the English language. While there have been many discussions about making English the official language of the USA, I seldom involve myself with the politics of the proposal. Instead, I have always maintained English is the worldwide language of commerce. This video clip supports my position. Not requiring English proficiency, especially in the USA, almost certainly assures certain people will be imprisoned in the lower class.
  • Speculation adds to oil price surge

    03/04/2008 12:23:24 PM PST · by backtothestreets · 59 replies · 220+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | March 4, 2008 | H. JOSEF HEBERT
    WASHINGTON - Market speculation on energy prices may have added as much as 10 percent to crude oil costs and the peak may be yet to come, a top Energy Department official said Tuesday. Guy Caruso, head of the department's Energy Information Administration, told a Senate hearing that supply and demand would suggest a price of about $90 a barrel. Prices fluctuated around $102 a barrel Tuesday — although futures prices later dropped below $100 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange — on word that the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries are likely to keep production as is...
  • Mexico under fire for treatment of own illegal immigrants

    02/26/2008 4:14:45 PM PST · by backtothestreets · 86+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | February 26, 2008 | Yahoo News
    Yahoo News Video - Click the link to view and listen http://news.yahoo.com/page/mexico_immigrants
  • McCain retracts comment he could lose on Iraq

    02/25/2008 8:47:55 PM PST · by backtothestreets · 79 replies · 248+ views
    Yahoo! News! (Reuters) ^ | February 25, 2008 | Andy Sullivan
    Republican presidential front-runner John McCain on Monday retracted his earlier statement he would lose the November election if he did not convince Americans they were winning the war in Iraq. "I don't mean that I'll, quote, lose," McCain told reporters on his campaign bus. "I mean that it's an important issue in the judgment of the American voters." "It's not often I retract a comment," said the likely Republican nominee. McCain, a staunch supporter of the Iraq war, said earlier in the day he would lose the election if he did not convince the American public the U.S. military was...
  • History Channel - The Universe - Before the Big Bang

    02/25/2008 1:30:39 PM PST · by backtothestreets · 113 replies · 1,398+ views
    February 25, 2008 | Chuck Plante - aka backtothestreets
    Heads up! Tomorrow night (February 26, 2008 at 9:00 PM), the History Channel will air a new segment of their Universe series that could be very interesting. It will try to address what was before the Big Bang. This is a subject I don't see anyway of discussing without raising religious beliefs.
  • High oil prices cause hard time for Mideast's middle class

    02/25/2008 12:41:38 AM PST · by backtothestreets · 9 replies · 214+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Feb. 24, 2008 | ROBERT F. WORTH
    AMMAN, JORDAN — Even as it enriches Arab rulers, the recent oil-price boom is helping to fuel an extraordinary rise in the cost of food and other basic goods that is squeezing this region's middle class and setting off strikes, demonstrations and occasional riots from Morocco to the Persian Gulf. Here in Jordan, the cost of maintaining fuel subsidies amid the surge in prices forced the government to remove almost all the subsidies this month, sending the price of some fuels up 76 percent overnight. In a devastating domino effect, the cost of basic foods like eggs, potatoes and cucumbers...
  • Food Prices Call for Revaluation (Developing)

    02/25/2008 12:22:23 AM PST · by backtothestreets · 11 replies · 155+ views
    Dubai: Currency reforms are the key to fighting food prices in the UAE and other Gulf states where inflation is in double-digit territory and the rising cost of food imports is adding to imported inflation, according to economists. "The rise in food prices is part of a global trend which has seen food price inflation over the last few years. The UAE is a net importer of food given its arid climate. It is a case of imported inflation; a problem that could be remedied through foreign exchange reform," said Marios Maratheftis, regional head of research, and Mary Nicola, an...
  • Political Party Delivers Hope to be Herd

    02/16/2008 2:28:08 PM PST · by backtothestreets · 67 replies · 116+ views
    February 16, 2008 | Chuck Plante - aka backtothestreets
    The World of Politics is in upheaval The time has come for the Gnu Party  Before the Gnu Party there was no order or direction  The Gnu Party brought order and directionOnly Together Will We Be herd!  Before the Gnu Party, some did not know how to express their views  The Gnu Party took these to the polls  Stay Informed on Breaking Gnus  And Fast Breaking Gnus  Plus ... Plain Braking Gnus  Never confuse a Gnu (wildebeest) member with a Hildebeast!  Do Not confuse the Gnu Party with the Newt Party that is only after your money  The Gnu Party...
  • Economics Question

    02/14/2008 4:31:42 PM PST · by backtothestreets · 1 replies · 17+ views
    February 14, 2008 | backtothestreets
    Have there been any studies done that estimate the number of jobs created in the USA for each person added to the population? Odd question I know, but since every person requires food, clothing, and other goods/services, every person in the USA contributes to jobs. Still, without facts, there's no way of knowing if each additional person creates a number of jobs equal to themself, or if there is a slight gain/loss. Example: One additional person might create 1.1 jobs, or .08. I know there has to be an answer. Could be it hasn't been researched as yet. I'd really...
  • Gates: Pause in troop cuts makes sense

    02/11/2008 12:02:07 PM PST · by backtothestreets · 55+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | February 11, 2008 | ROBERT BURNS, AP Military Writer
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE FALCON, Iraq - In a clear sign the drawdown of U.S. forces from Iraq will be suspended, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Monday he favors taking time this summer to assess security gains before more troops leave the country, an idea President Bush is expected to support. It was Gates' first public endorsement of a possible suspension, and it would seem to mark an end to the Pentagon chief's previously stated hope that conditions in Iraq would permit American troops to withdraw in the second half of this year as rapidly as they are leaving now. "A...
  • Three US Senators Seek the White House - No Free Pass

    02/07/2008 3:08:55 PM PST · by backtothestreets · 6 replies · 165+ views
    February 7, 2008 | Chuck Plante - aka backtothestreets
    I attentively listened to Senator John McCain (R-AZ) address CPAC today. It was during his speech that a memory from the 1970 California Gubernatorial race resurfaced. That particular race pitted “Bid Daddy” Jess Unruh, then Speaker of the California Assembly , and arguably the most powerful person in state office, against then Governor Ronald Reagan, seeking reelection. While working on the Reagan campaign, I made a statement that became a tenet of the Reagan campaign. I had asked the simple question that hounded the Unruh campaign. That question asked why California voters should trust Unruh to make changes as Governor...
  • ALERT: The Nearly Diversionary Presidential Elections

    02/06/2008 3:57:35 PM PST · by backtothestreets · 24 replies · 217+ views
    February 6, 2008 | Chuck Plante - aka backtothestreets
    Listen Up! Senator John McCain may be the Republican nominee for President, and will most likely face either Clinton or Obama in the General Election. One of the great concerns Republicans voice with McCain is his pro-amnesty stance, which coincidently is shared by the presumed Democratic rivals. They believe McCain as President, or either of the Democrats, would grant amnesty to illegal aliens. Well, our current President wasn't able to accomplish that, and this fact had better make conservatives pay closer attention to all the elections taking place this year. Class II of the Senate has 33 seats up for...
  • Political Rollar-coaster Ride

    02/05/2008 4:06:44 PM PST · by backtothestreets · 46+ views
    February 5, 2008 | Chuck Plante - aka backtothestreets
    Politically, we're in for one heck of a ride, one which everyone has no choice but to be on, with no safety features built for our own protection, and half the time we are in the dark. No telling what's coming next. Since last Summer, I had an extraordinarily strong sense our economy was going to be a major factor in the elections this year. Now the question isn't if the economy will be a factor, but how much so. If McCain wins the Republican nomination, he loses in the General Election. While he would travel the nation talking up...
  • Broke homeowners linked to arsons

    02/02/2008 5:24:40 PM PST · by backtothestreets · 23 replies · 2,516+ views
    MSN Money Watch ^ | February 2, 2008 | Marilyn Lewis
    Authorities in economically stressed cities see an increase in torched houses. Is the nation's mortgage mess transforming more Americans into criminals? Arson is nothing new in Detroit. It's a time-honored weapon of the angry, vengeful, distressed and dispossessed in a city that gets hurt harder and sooner than others, making it a perfect place to spot early evidence of stress from the real-estate meltdown. The Detroit Fire Department can't draw a definitive link between its rising arson rate (151 arrest warrants in 2007), rising foreclosures (up more than 65% last year) and falling housing prices (the region's median house price...
  • The Democratic & Republican Primaries

    01/28/2008 12:48:38 AM PST · by backtothestreets · 35+ views
    Observations | January 28, 2008 | Chuck Plante - aka backtothestreets
    Let’s set aside the individual candidates running for president, and instead look upon, and compare the party primaries. Both the Democratic Party and Republican Party are going through a purification process. Until this past weekend, I’d have ventured a guess that the eventual Democratic candidate had a slight edge in the General Election. My guess would have been predicated, not upon any inherent strength the Democratic candidate might have, but the deep divisions within the Republican ranks. This is the purification process. Republicans are bickering over which of the candidates best represent conservative ideals, and toes the party line, which...
  • Stocks Fall, Giving Up Early Gains

    01/25/2008 4:57:40 PM PST · by backtothestreets · 5 replies · 54+ views
    Yahoo! Finance ^ | January 25, 2008 | Tim Paradis, AP Business Writer
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Wall Street ended a tumultuous week with a sharp decline Friday, backtracking following two days of stunning gains as investors turned cautious and cashed in some of their winnings. The Dow Jones industrial average still managed to record its first weekly advance of 2008, even as it fell more than 170 points on the day. The week, which started with a 465-point drop in the Dow soon after the market opened Tuesday, showed that the stock market is still fractious but may be going through healthy process of trying to establish a bottom following weeks of...
  • Catholics play vital role in helping migrants to U.S.

    01/11/2008 7:27:41 PM PST · by backtothestreets · 107 replies · 277+ views
    Reuters - Yahoo News ^ | January 11, 2008 | By Robin Emmott
    NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico (Reuters) - At a Catholic-run shelter just across the border from Laredo, Texas, dozens of Latin American migrants say grace and tuck into a hearty meal of sausages, beans and rice, before trying to swim across the Rio Grande into the United States. Weary migrants on their journey north often recharge their batteries at a network of similar shelters run by the Roman Catholic Church -- a lifeline sanctioned by the Vatican, despite increased U.S. efforts to keep out illegal immigrants. "Migration is a human right and migrants are some of the world's most vulnerable people. It...
  • Ties between organized labor and illegal immigration

    11/29/2007 9:08:11 PM PST · by backtothestreets · 4 replies · 231+ views
    November 29, 2007 | Chuck Plante - aka backtothestreets
    I could be way off the mark, but I think there is a bond between organized labor in the USA and illegal immigration that has gone unnoticed. I am among the number of US citizens that recognize the Mexican government is corrupt, but I am also very aware that large public protests in Mexico are organized by labor unions within Mexico. Was their a correlation between labor union activities in Mexico and the large pro-amnesty marches in the USA this last May? I think there was, but except for mimicking such protests realized in Mexico, I have absolutely no proof...
  • Irving, Texas cannot detain some illegal immigrants

    11/21/2007 12:43:02 AM PST · by backtothestreets · 11 replies · 141+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | November 20, 2007 | BRANDON FORMBY and STEPHANIE SANDOVAL
    Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials in North Texas will no longer detain most illegal immigrants arrested for Class C misdemeanors, citing a dramatic increase in referrals and limited resources. The agency began notifying area cities this week that it wants to target for deportation suspected illegal immigrants charged with more serious crimes. Dallas ICE spokesman Carl Rusnok said Tuesday that increased awareness of the Criminal Alien Program has led to a recent spike in referrals the agency receives from local law enforcement. "These additional referrals required additional resources not immediately available," said Mr. Rusnok, whose office covers 128 Texas counties...
  • United in Purpose - The Citizens Response to Illegal Immigration

    11/13/2007 9:26:18 PM PST · by backtothestreets · 29 replies · 176+ views
    November 13, 2007 | Chuck Plante - aka backtothestreets
    In response to an email plea to scores of organizations strongly opposed to illegal immigration, and the presence of illegal immigrants in our nation, asking these organizations to pool their resources and take our grievances to Congress, many responded. The suggested strategy was simple. Have a single nationwide petition campaign, with all petitions written exactly the same. Have a nationwide day when Citizens will assemble peaceably at district offices of all members of the House of Representatives. Present the petitions of grievances to the Representative, or duly appointed staff member for a redress of grievances. All response were positive. Most...
  • Hey! No Joke!

    11/12/2007 5:08:30 PM PST · by backtothestreets · 5 replies · 28+ views
    November 12, 2007 | backtothestreets
    A couple weeks ago I had a dream so funny it made me laugh, and actually awakened me from my sleep. The dream seemed the setup to a good humorous punch line only a few years back. It went something like this: What do you have when there is an Italian-American, a woman, and an African-American running for President? Somewhere in my dream world, the reality of my conscious world sunk in, and the laugh the dream provided me awoke me. Well, it seems pollsters have seen something of this social phenomena also and taken it further, adding a Hispanic...
  • Fourteenth Amendment Discussion – Pros and Cons

    11/12/2007 6:25:30 AM PST · by backtothestreets · 40 replies · 2,345+ views
    November 12, 2007 | backtothestreets
    This is an invitation for people to tell me why I should be thankful for the Fourteenth Amendment. It is likewise an invitations to others like me to discuss the pitfalls of this amendment. I would just as well like to see the amendment repealed, but maybe someone with an unbiased, rational, balanced perspective can articulate how the benefits of this amendment (if they exist) outweigh the liabilities. Personally, I feel the Fourteenth Amendment rewrote the Constitution the Founders of our nation gave us.The Fourteenth Amendment has a troubled history. From the beginning, when states withheld ratification, attempted to withdraw...
  • Illegal Immigration or Invasion

    11/10/2007 12:03:03 AM PST · by backtothestreets · 130 replies · 837+ views
    November 9, 2007 | backtothestreets
    I've snipped some Articles from three different sources for this posting. MS-13 (Mara Salvatrucha) is classified as a gang by our government, but MS-13 was, and for all practical purposes, still is a paramilitary organization. With 200,000 members nationwide, and most illegal immigrants, it is an army, an invasion, and should be treated as such.Anyone can search Yahoo or Google news for MS-13 any day of the week, and they will find murder after murder, and often the victims are US citizens. It is madness.In remarks Wednesday, DHS Secretary Chertoff said ICE was deporting criminal MS-13 members. Nothing different then...
  • The Conservative Dilemma

    11/08/2007 8:36:15 PM PST · by backtothestreets · 55 replies · 62+ views
    November 8, 2007 | backtothestreets
    A Conservative Dilemma I’m looking for answers! I had an interesting discussion with a middle-aged woman today. She had immigrated to the USA a couple decades back, is now a US citizen, and thinks herself a conservative. She wants to restore the USA to what it was a couple decades ago. I’ve got my agenda aimed at a much earlier era. The discussion led me to make a presumption. That presumption is that there are generational conservatives, and they are not so much looking to conserve, but to restore a past way of life. I’m wondering if anyone else sees...
  • Justice not served by delaying death row inmate's execution

    11/03/2007 11:57:20 PM PDT · by backtothestreets · 31 replies · 179+ views
    The Fresno Bee ^ | 10/25/2007
    Billy Ray Hamilton, who killed three people with a sawed-off shotgun inside Fran's Market in Fresno more than a quarter-century ago, has died in prison. We have to ask the same question asked by the parents of one of his victims: Why did Hamilton spend 27 years on death row? His prison stay lasted more than one and a half times as long as his youngest victim's entire life. His victims were Douglas White, 18, Josephine Rocha, 17, and Bryon Schletewitz, 27. We support the death penalty. At the same time, we believe those sentenced to death must have every...
  • Many states seen facing water shortages

    10/26/2007 9:00:10 PM PDT · by backtothestreets · 46 replies · 61+ views
    Yahoo ^ | October 26, 2007 | BRIAN SKOLOFF, Associated Press Writer
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - An epic drought in Georgia threatens the water supply for millions. Florida doesn't have nearly enough water for its expected population boom. The Great Lakes are shrinking. Upstate New York's reservoirs have dropped to record lows. And in the West, the Sierra Nevada snowpack is melting faster each year. Across America, the picture is critically clear — the nation's freshwater supplies can no longer quench its thirst. The government projects that at least 36 states will face water shortages within five years because of a combination of rising temperatures, drought, population growth, urban sprawl, waste...
  • California to sue federal government

    10/20/2007 7:03:47 PM PDT · by backtothestreets · 24 replies · 210+ views
    United Press International ^ | October 20, 2007 | UPI
    SACRAMENTO, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's office announced this week the state will sue the federal government over a delayed emissions law. Schwarzenegger's press secretary, Aaron McLear, said the lawsuit would target President George Bush's administration for repeatedly delaying the state's request for a law limiting auto emissions, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Saturday. McLear said Friday that after waiting for an official decision from the Environmental Protection Agency since December 2005 on the matter, a lawsuit will be filed Wednesday by state officials. "There's really no excuse at this point why we shouldn't be granted a...
  • Illegal Immigration Opposition - Help Please

    10/19/2007 4:56:45 PM PDT · by backtothestreets · 16 replies · 38+ views
    October 19, 2007 | Chuck Plante - aka backtothestreets
    Does anyone have, or know of, a list of all or most organization in opposition to illegal immigration? I want to contact as many as possible with a proposal. Rather than wait for Congress to deliver the next blow, I think it necessary for US citizens to deliver a punch first. I have wondered how American citizens can captivate the attention of politicians in Washington D.C. back on the citizens they were elected to serve. The most absolute way is also the least practical. That way would have the approximate 275 million citizens* all converge on Washington D. C. at...
  • Conservative California - Had Enough Yet?

    10/14/2007 5:55:54 AM PDT · by backtothestreets · 119 replies · 178+ views
    October 14, 2007 | Chuck Plante - aka backtothestreets
    "When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation." Declaration of Independence 1776 I have proposed the State of California be divided to form two states.  The new state would encompass all the unshaded areas seen on the map...
  • H.R. 3494 - Make states and local government enforce federal immigration law

    10/02/2007 4:08:23 PM PDT · by backtothestreets · 8 replies · 161+ views
    GovTracks.us ^ | September 7, 2007 | Rep. Marsha Blackburn [R-TN]
    H.R. 3494: To provide for enhanced Federal, State, and local assistance in the enforcement of the immigration laws, to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act, to authorize appropriations to carry out the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program, and for other purposes. Read the full text of the bill at the source URL. Should be linked, but just in case: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h110-3494
  • Our Current Government Campaign Financing System – Skimming Your Tax Dollar

    09/30/2007 3:31:11 PM PDT · by backtothestreets · 4 replies · 198+ views
    September 30, 2007 | Chuck Plante - aka backtothestreets
    Hundreds of millions of tax dollars are currently making their way into election campaign war chests. It merely cost our country hundreds of billions to make it possible. In the odd twist only irony provides, the campaign financing employed has conservative, liberal, and moderate taxpayers financing campaigns running the entire political spectrum. It is all due to a masterful skimming scheme that leaves voters scratching their heads and wondering what is going on. It is really quite simple. Political parties are now businesses, BIG BUSINESSES. Their business is all about winning elections to gain access to the public treasury. Now,...
  • THE WAR - A Necessary War - Documentary

    09/23/2007 10:46:59 PM PDT · by backtothestreets · 35 replies · 225+ views
    PBS ^ | September 23, 2007 | A Ken Burns Documentary
    THE WAR is the story of the Second World War through the personal accounts of a handful of men and women from four American towns. The war touched the lives of every family on every street in every town in America and demonstrated that in extraordinary times, there are no ordinary lives.
  • Global Warming or Global Cooling

    09/19/2007 12:53:47 AM PDT · by backtothestreets · 21 replies · 601+ views
    September 19, 2007 | Chuck Plante - aka backtothestreets
    I have questions that might seem dumb, but being I am not a scientist, I rely a good deal upon qualified people with truthful answers. Answers that can be substantiated with facts. Global Warming is widely discussed today. That is fine. I'm just seeking some straight answers. While Global Warming is widely discussed, the history of the world less discussed. Every book I have ever read about human history details mass deaths in the millions when Global Cooling enveloped the earth. By contrast, books about earth before humanity detail a much higher abundance of plant and animal life worldwide when...
  • Nebraska

    09/18/2007 8:03:24 PM PDT · by backtothestreets · 26 replies · 330+ views
    September 18, 2007 | Chuck Plante - aka backtothestreets
    How do FReepers from Nebraska feel about their unicameral legislature, and the nonpartisan elections of the legislative members? What do you, the Nebraskans, feel are the strengths and weaknesses of a unicameral legislature?
  • Petraeus, Bush unable to sway negative Iraq war opinions

    09/18/2007 3:47:54 PM PDT · by backtothestreets · 15 replies · 498+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | September 18, 2007 | AP
    Polls: Distaste for Iraq war unchanged WASHINGTON - Gen. David Petraeus' report to Congress and President Bush's nationally televised address have had little impact on Americans' distaste for the Iraq war and their desire to withdraw U.S. troops, polls show. Fifty-four percent still favor bringing the troops home as soon as possible, a measurement that has not changed in months, according to a poll released Tuesday by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center. And despite slight improvements in peoples' views of military progress, more said the U.S. will likely fail in Iraq than succeed by 47 percent to 42 percent, about...
  • Government funding of political campaigns

    09/18/2007 1:51:49 AM PDT · by backtothestreets · 2 replies · 352+ views
    September 18, 2007 | Chuck Plante - aka backtothestreets
    Here is how I have viewed politics the past couple decades: Politicians and their political parties cannot legally dip directly into the federal treasury to extract money to fund their campaigns and pay the hefty salaries of their campaign staff members, consultants, strategists, speech writers, poll takers, plus travel expenses, phones, mail, office supplies, signs, bumper stickers, campaign buttons, and whatever else strikes their fancy. There is an alternative legal means the politicians employ. They must first find a way of getting treasury money out of government and into the hands of special interests that will share a small portion...
  • Blame the Government, Not the Market, for Exorbitant Health-Care Costs

    09/17/2007 6:53:16 PM PDT · by backtothestreets · 14 replies · 250+ views
    The Ayn Rand Institute ^ | September 13, 2007 | Alex Epstein
    ~~~ EXCERPT ~~~ "Health-care is one of America's most controlled and socialized industries--beginning with the fact that we are all forced to pay for one another's health-care through Medicare and the government-induced third-party-payer system. In the name of the individual's 'right' to health-care and the government's 'responsibility' to provide it, the government has reached its tentacles into every facet of medicine, from how many doctors are allowed to be licensed to which medical professionals may perform what procedures, to what procedures insurance companies must provide on their plans. Is it any wonder that health-care is a mess? Full article link:...