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  • The Minuteman Project and "Operation Sovereignty"

    09/06/2006 10:14:15 AM PDT · by madfly · 25 replies · 832+ views ^ | Sept. 6, 2006 | Jim Gilchrist and Jerome R. Corsi, Ph.D
    Welcome to the Minuteman Project The Minuteman Project and "Operation Sovereignty" by Jim Gilchrist, Founder of The Minuteman Project and Jerome R. Corsi, Ph.D.From all over the nation, volunteers of The Minutemen Project are loading up their lawn chairs and binoculars, preparing to head to Laredo, Texas to join us on the border for Operation Sovereignty. From 9/11 until the November Election Day, The Minutemen Project plans to bring to national attention the threat to our national sovereignty that this massive invasion of illegal immigrants represents. As co-authors of Minutemen: the Battle to Secure America's Borders, we have sought to...
  • The North American Union "matrix"

    06/16/2006 10:26:30 AM PDT · by madfly · 40 replies · 1,401+ views
    eco-logic Powerhouse ^ | June 15, 2006 | Steven Yates
    Back in 2004, I published The Real Matrix, in seven parts (read them here). I had little idea how the process outlined there would accelerate in 2005 and 2006. Indeed, even those still "plugged in" ought to be wondering why the U.S. Senate just gave thumbs-up (62 yeas vs. 26 nays) to an immigration bill that most of the public does not want, and that would clearly be destructive of this country's long-term best interests – educationally, culturally, and economically. Those of us out here in the Desert of the Real are aware that the Senate just took us one...
  • Ft. Huachuca to lose 371 jobs in base realignment

    08/31/2005 2:33:22 PM PDT · by madfly · 8 replies · 401+ views
    KVOA Tucson ^ | Aug. 27, 2005 | Elizabeth Vall
    Aug 26, 2005, 3:16 PM The Department of Defense took its final vote on Ft. Huachuca. It will not be one of 33 major bases closed, but it will be one of the 29 bases realigned.That means a loss of 371 jobs.The DOD is moving the communications security division from Ft. Huachuca to a base in Maryland, taking those 300-plus jobs with it.It's a tough move for families, but experts say it will have little impact on the base, considering the 12,000 other positions at Ft. Huachuca remain intact. Sierra Vista's city manger also projects little trickle-down economic impact.Mary Jacobs, Sierra Vista Assistant City Manager says, "What...
  • A TOTAL LOSS (former St. Bernard's parish official)

    08/31/2005 1:37:03 PM PDT · by madfly · 7 replies · 1,837+ views
    GOPUSA.COM ^ | Aug. 30, 2005 | Mike Bayham
    Editor's Note: An additional article by Mike Bayham, Katrina's Wrath, can be found here. For 90% of the day I have been furiously calling anyone in New Orleans-St. Bernard for information, without much success. By midnight New Orleans time, the cell phone transmitters in the area were mostly operational (with the exception of Verizon) and I was finally able to reach a member of the sheriff's office for an update. What he said sent chills down my back. Almost all of St. Bernard was destroyed by the hurricane. The crevasse in the levee system led to the flooding as did...
  • Environmental group loses suit filed by cattleman (Ctr. for Biological Diversity)

    08/20/2005 10:22:32 AM PDT · by madfly · 36 replies · 1,159+ views ^ | Aug. 19, 2005 | Jim Carlton
    ARIVACA, Ariz. -- Jim Chilton is one of hundreds of ranchers targeted by environmental groups for allegedly allowing cattle to despoil the West's backcountry. Now Mr. Chilton is showing ranchers how to turn the tables on the green groups by using their own playbook. The Center for Biological Diversity in Tucson is known for its lawsuits against ranching practices -- and for its methods of posting photos on the Internet that it says depict land destruction. So when the Center came after Mr. Chilton, he struck back with a defamation suit in Arizona Superior Court in Tucson last year....
  • Illegal Aliens with Hazmat CDLs Arrested

    06/29/2005 7:01:30 PM PDT · by madfly · 44 replies · 944+ views ^ | Jun. 27, 2005 | Fleet Owner
    Dept. of Homeland Security's U.S. Immigration and Custom's Enforcement (ICE) officials reported arresting an illegal alien who was driving gasoline trucks for Exxon in Maryland, as well as six illegal aliens in Illinois who had also been issued state commercial driver's licenses (CDLs) with hazardous materials endorsements. The gasoline truck driver, a Pakistan national identified as Mansoor Hassan, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Baltimore on six counts of making false statements about his citizenship to work for different gas companies. (?date) In 1996, Hasaan had been ordered by an Immigration Judge to voluntarily leave the U.S....
  • Teamsters Mobilize Against CAFTA in Fight to Protect U.S. Jobs: Official Statement of Teamsters

    06/26/2005 3:28:41 PM PDT · by madfly · 43 replies · 1,304+ views
    Yahoo Press Release ^ | Jun. 23, 2005 | James R. Hoffa
    WASHINGTON, June 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The following is a statement from Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa: The clock started ticking today on thousands of jobs in the United States with the introduction of the Central American Free Trade Agreement, or CAFTA. Congress has only 90 days to reject this job-killing trade proposal. I call on my 1.4 million brothers and sisters in the Teamsters Union, along with working families across the United States and around the world, to mobilize against CAFTA and for job protections and basic international labor standards. The time constraints imposed by the fast track...
  • Senate panel wants stricter nonprofit laws (Nature Conservancy)

    06/09/2005 4:38:55 PM PDT · by madfly · 29 replies · 596+ views ^ | June 7, 2005 | MARY DALRYMPLE, AP TAX WRITER
    WASHINGTON (AP) - After two years dissecting The Nature Conservancy, the Senate Finance Committee reported Tuesday that large charities may need stricter laws to prevent insider deals, regulate moneymaking ventures and open more activities to public scrutiny. Committee Chairman Charles Grassley said the panel's report, to be examined in a Wednesday hearing, shows The Nature Conservancy engaged in aggressive planning to maximize tax advantages. It acted no differently than many large corporations, and such planning is probably widespread among large charities, Grassley said. "Current law has not kept up with the sophistication and complexity of many of today's charities," the...
  • A Sound Immigration Proposal

    05/23/2005 11:23:27 AM PDT · by madfly · 22 replies · 1,135+ views
    Voices Magazine ^ | May 20, 2005 | Jon E. Dougherty
    Finally, someone in government has offered a rational proposal to help solve the nation's chronic illegal immigration problem. Interestingly, the idea has been before us for years.Robert Bonner, Customs and Border Protection commissioner, suggested to members of the House Government Reform Committee last week the Border Patrol begin to train and utilize scores of civilian volunteers, as a cost-saving force multiplier aimed at boosting the pairs of eyes along our porous southwestern border."We need more Border Patrol agents, there's no question about that," Bonner said. But in recognition of the cold, hard fiscal facts, he also knows he's not...
  • The jobs that who won't do?

    05/22/2005 9:43:30 PM PDT · by madfly · 42 replies · 1,510+ views ^ | May 22, 2005 | Ruben Navarrette Jr. - (Wash. Post Writers Grp)
    <p>About 10 years ago, I had a nightly radio show in Los Angeles with an African-American co-host. The hot issue of the day was -- surprise -- illegal immigration.</p> <p>One night, we were arguing about whether immigrants take jobs away from African-Americans. I insisted that they didn't and that there were a lot of jobs that blacks wouldn't take. My co-host challenged me to name one. OK, I said, bearing in mind the historical context: "How about picking cotton?"</p>
  • Mexico's Fox Defends Comments on Radio

    05/22/2005 6:27:53 PM PDT · by madfly · 133 replies · 2,282+ views ^ | May 22, 2005 | MORGAN LEE, Associated Press Writer
    President Vicente Fox on Sunday defended his commitment to minorities and human rights on a U.S. radio program, in his first public response to his controversial comment that Mexicans take the U.S. jobs that "not even" blacks want. U.S. civil rights activist Jesse Jackson pressed the Mexican president for an apology for the remark that has strained already tense relations between U.S. blacks and Hispanics, during an interview on a Chicago gospel station. "I very much regret the misinterpretation," said Fox, touting laws created under his administration that outlaw discrimination and protect minorities. Fox met with Jackson behind closed...
  • New Bush anti-terror chief to visit Arizona border (Chertoff)

    04/30/2005 5:04:01 PM PDT · by madfly · 41 replies · 800+ views
    The Business Journal ^ | Apr. 29, 2005 | Mike Sunnucks
    New federal Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff will be in Arizona on Thursday touring the Mexican border and meeting with top state officials. Chertoff, who took over as homeland security czar for Tom Ridge earlier this year, will be in Douglas to tour border areas and talk about security. Chertoff will meet with Democratic Gov. Janet Napolitano and Republican U.S. Sens. John McCain and Jon Kyl during his Arizona visit. Border security and illegal immigration continues to be a major concern for the state. Arizona is a prime crossing point for illegal immigrants entering the U.S. Those migrants often...
  • THE CLEAR ACT OF 2005 AND THE MINUTEMEN -- NORWOOD (House of Representatives - April 28, 2005)

    04/29/2005 11:41:40 AM PDT · by madfly · 34 replies · 1,196+ views
    Congressional Record April 28th 2005 ^ | Apr. 28, 2005 | Cong. Charles Norwood (R-GA)
    THE CLEAR ACT OF 2005 AND THE MINUTEMEN -- (House of Representatives - April 28, 2005) [Page: H2721] ---    The SPEAKER pro tempore. Under a previous order of the House, the gentleman from Georgia (Mr. Norwood) is recognized for 5 minutes.    Mr. NORWOOD. Madam Speaker, this month the Minuteman Project has accomplished with just a few hundred citizen volunteers what the Federal Government has been unable to do and actually told us was impossible to do, and that is stopping illegal immigrants crossing our borders.    In the process of focusing the Nation's attention on the insecurity of our borders,...
  • Comments from Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus on Minutemen

    04/29/2005 8:19:30 AM PDT · by madfly · 19 replies · 698+ views
    Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus ^ | Apr. 27, 2005 | Carlos Espinosa
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – From today’s Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus (CIRC) meeting with the Minutemen: “I would like to thank the Minutemen on behalf of the millions of Americans who can’t be here with you today.  You have the courage to say to the government of the United States, ‘Do your duty! Protect our borders! Protect our communities! Protect our families! Protect our jobs!’  You are good citizens who ask only that our laws be enforced. When did that become such a radical idea?” said Congressman Tom Tancredo (CO-06), Chairman of Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus. “Our outdated immigration laws are no longer enough...
  • Activist campaigns and terrorism concerns give illegal-immigration issue fresh urgency

    04/21/2005 12:20:51 PM PDT · by madfly · 13 replies · 649+ views
    Mercury News ^ | Apr. 21, 2005 | Jim Puzzanghera (Wash. Bureau)
    WASHINGTON - On a November night in 1989, San Diego County resident Muriel Watson drove her white Buick to the Mexican border and joined 22 other motorists in shining their headlights into the darkness as a highly visible statement against illegal immigration.Although her initiative, known as ``Light up the Border,'' grew dramatically over the next year, the participants were mostly local. Concern about illegal immigration back then was largely limited to California, where nearly half of all undocumented Latinos made their homes.``I made many lobbying trips into Washington and talked to many congressmen from many states . . . and...
  • Border Patrol, Minutemen Have Double Standard on Immigration (Dem Press Release)

    04/21/2005 11:17:56 AM PDT · by madfly · 133 replies · 2,599+ views ^ | Apr. 20, 2005 | Kyrsten Sinema
    PHOENIX, AZ (April 20, 2005) - Apparently the U.S. Border Patrol believes that national TV and radio stars don't have to play by the same rules as others. Mr. Sean Hannity, a well-paid commentator for Fox News, climbed over a barbed wire fence separating the United States from Mexico yesterday at about 3:15 p.m. A few minutes later he climbed back over the fence, breaking federal law by reentering the U.S. illegally. Mr. Hannity's border violations were videotaped by ACLU Legal Observers. The Border Patrol was contacted, but they chose not to arrest or cite Mr. Hannity for his willful...

    03/19/2005 3:55:33 PM PST · by madfly · 32 replies · 912+ views ^ | Mar. 16, 2005 | William LaJeunesse
    PHOENIX — This is part two of a five-part series looking at how illegal immigration affects U.S. border security, the criminal, health care and education systems, as well as the economy. Watch the series this week on FOX News Channel.Many police officials in states along the U.S.-Mexican border say they are fed up with the number of illegal aliens populating American prisons, many of them incarcerated for violent crimes such as murder, rape and robbery.Almost one in six inmates in Arizona, for example, is a Mexican citizen."It is a phenomenon that law enforcement recognizes as a major problem," said one undercover detective,...
  • Stop The Nature Conservancy?s Midnight Sweetheart Deal!

    03/12/2005 8:04:54 AM PST · by madfly · 15 replies · 1,150+ views
    Magic City Morning Star ^ | Mar. 10, 2005 | American Land Rights Association
    Two years ago the Washington Post ran a series that exposed of The Nature Conservancy's fast and loose manipulation of the U.S tax Code. These articles along with grassroots contacts from folks like you resulted in the Senate Finance Committee conducting an investigation of the Nature Conservancy's practices. It appears The Nature Conservancy has hired high priced Washington lobbyists who are conducting private negotiations with the Senate Finance Committee. In exchange for some modest changes of the tax law, the investigation will end. Then things will largely remain business as unusual for The Nature Conservancy to continue its battle against...
  • More Visas for Foreign Engineers

    03/10/2005 1:15:36 PM PST · by madfly · 73 replies · 1,326+ views
    Consulting Specifying Engineering Magazine ^ | Mar. 8, 2005 | Consulting-Specifying Engineer
    A massive omnibus spending bill passed by Congress in December and signed by President Bush raises the annual cap on H1-B visas, according to a report in the January issue of the National Society of Professional Engineer’s Engineering Times. Congress added the provision at the last minute, says the report, and legislators approved the bill. NSPE had gone on record as being opposed to raising the visa cap. The agreement increases the number of H1-B visas for foreign workers in specialty occupations, such as engineering, from 65,000 to 85,000 per year. Theadditional 20,000 H1-B visas would be available only...
  • Businesses Will Be Scrambling For Help In Absence Of H-2B Visas

    03/10/2005 12:51:55 PM PST · by madfly · 125 replies · 1,810+ views ^ | Mar. 10, 2005 | by William F. Galvin
      Finishing lunch at Kuyaba, a restaurant on the beach in Negril, Jamaica, 2,000 miles away from the reality of work, freezing temperatures and a fresh snowfall, a waiter extended a pen to sign the bill.    Reality crept in: the insignia on the pen advertised The Chatham Wayside Inn, Main Street. Wondering if the pen was left from the previous day’s dinner, the question of its origin is posed to the waiter.            “No mon, that’s my pen,” responded Hopeton Lee.            For the past two summer seasons Lee has worked the bar and restaurant at the centerpiece Main Street inn,...
  • Woman who raised terrorism concerns with altered passport deported (Houston)

    03/09/2005 12:22:11 PM PST · by madfly · 12 replies · 729+ views ^ | Mar. 9, 2005 | Associated Press
    By The Associated Press(3/09/05 - HOUSTON) — A woman whose arrest at a South Texas airport with a mutilated passport raised terrorism concerns was deported Tuesday to South Africa, never having faced terrorism charges. Farida Goolam Mahomed Ahmed, 49, was convicted of criminal charges of illegal entry into the United States, making false statements to federal authorities and misuse of an altered South African passport. She was sentenced Dec. 7 to the time she was held on the charges and was ordered deported Dec. 22. Ahmed waived her right to appeal the judge's decision. She was turned over to...
  • Promises to keep? (CEDAW)

    03/09/2005 10:38:26 AM PST · by madfly · 8 replies · 521+ views ^ | Mar. 7, 2005 | Janice Shaw Crouse, Ph.D.
    At Beijing +5, former first lady Hillary Clinton told the delegates and representatives of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that the Beijing documents were “promises agreed to” and that those promises were both “a road map” and a “rallying cry.” Beijing +10 was to be the radical feminists’ finest hour –– the culmination of Mrs. Clinton’s prediction that “women’s rights” would become “human rights.”  She made it clear that “women’s rights” included abortion, “gender mainstreaming,” preferences and quotas. Yet, the timing of Beijing +10 couldn’t be worse for radical feminists.  They were counting on this conference to be the capstone of...
  • Authorities in southern Mexico capture 441 Central American migrants

    03/06/2005 3:17:17 PM PST · by madfly · 20 replies · 694+ views ^ | Mar. 6, 2005 | AP
    TUXTLA GUTIERREZ, Mexico – Police in five cities across southernmost Chiapas state apprehended 441 undocumented Central American migrants over the weekend, nearby all of whom hoped to pass through Mexico en route to the U.S. border, authorities said. The largest group was discovered Saturday in the state capital, Tuxtla Gutierrez, where police officers stopping a cargo truck whose driver ran a red light discovered 168 Central Americans who had sneaked illegally into the country, said Moises Grajales, a local transit police captain. The truck's driver and a passenger are wanted on suspicions of people smuggling, but flashed pistols at...
  • Judge Confirms $600,000 Libel Award and Finds Fault with Environmentalists

    03/04/2005 7:03:38 AM PST · by madfly · 45 replies · 2,119+ views
    Judge Confirms $600,000 Libel Award and Finds Fault with Environmentalists (Tucson) Judge Richard Fields entered formal judgment on March 2, 2005 against the Center for Biological Diversity, an environmental activist corporation, and found that they must pay $600,000 in actual and punitive damages to Arizona rancher Jim Chilton and the Chilton Ranch and Cattle Company. The formal judgment confirmed a Tucson jury’s verdict, delivered on January 21, 2005, finding the Center for Biological Diversity guilty of making “false, unfair, libelous and defamatory statements” against Jim Chilton, a fifth generation Arizona rancher whose pioneering ancestors drove cattle into Arizona in the...
  • The War's Far from Won: Harvey Kushner homes in on the home front.

    02/16/2005 4:06:25 PM PST · by madfly · 30 replies · 795+ views
    The National Review ^ | Feb. 7, 2005 | Q&A by Kathryn Jean Lopez
    Q&A by Kathryn Jean Lopez"If we don't wake up to this, we could lose it all," that's Harvey Kushner's message to Americans — and American intelligence officials. Harvey Kushner is a familiar face to many Fox viewers. The terrorism expert is a frequent TV commentator. In his full-time work in terrorism prevention, he has been a consultant to major government agencies including the FBI, INS, and U.S. Customs. Kushner's most recent book is Holy War on the Home Front: The Secret Islamic Terror Network in the United States, written with Bart Davis.Kushner recently answered some of NRO editor Kathryn...

    02/10/2005 3:40:08 PM PST · by madfly · 28 replies · 971+ views
    The Denver Post ^ | Feb. 9, 2005 | Al Knight
    Not so many years ago, immigration - especially illegal immigration - was one of those topics best discussed in lowered tones and in small settings. Time passed and suddenly there are signs all over the place that immigration has become one of the nation's most fashionable topics. For example, last Sunday's Denver Post contained an article detailing Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo's plans to keep the issue front and center even if it means he will have to mount a quixotic campaign for president. Tancredo's determination to go on the offensive is best understood as part of a larger political...
  • Crime-Friendly Neighborhoods: “New Urbanist” planners sacrifice safety

    02/10/2005 8:35:00 AM PST · by madfly · 43 replies · 1,437+ views
    Reason Online ^ | Feb. 8, 2005 | Stephen Town and Randal O’Toole
    Crime-Friendly Neighborhoods How “New Urbanist” planners sacrifice safety in the name of  “openness” and “accessibility” Burras Road was a pleasant cul-de-sac of 21 new homes in Bradford, England. Its residents were blissfully unaware that, just east of the site, approval for a proposed new shopping center required the breaching of their cul-de-sac by a bicycle-pedestrian path.Planners favored this requirement because, they say, cul-de-sacs do not encourage movement and therefore are “auto-dependent” and “anti-urban.” Opening up the site would connect residents to local services, and the path would promote walking and cycling.The path connecting the shopping center to the cul-de-sac...
  • Messages in the mosques

    02/08/2005 12:36:25 PM PST · by madfly · 21 replies · 1,332+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | Feb. 8, 2005 | Arnaud de Borchgrave
    Muslims in the United States should "behave as if on a mission behind enemy lines." Not the admonition of a crank or a freak from the lunatic fringe, but Saudi-funded religious pamphlets distributed to mosques throughout America. Says who? Says Freedom House, one of the oldest human rights groups in the U.S. and headed by James Woolsey, CIA director in the first Clinton administration. The organization did a one-year study of the kind of "hate propaganda" the Saudi government has paid to print and distribute to U.S. mosques. The 89-page report, based on 200 Saudi documents, released by Freedom...
  • Feds OK Voting Portion of Prop 200 (AZ)

    02/02/2005 7:37:14 AM PST · by madfly · 14 replies · 506+ views
    Arizona Capitol Times ^ | Feb. 2, 2005 | Daniel Burnett
    The U.S. Department of Justice has approved the voting portion of Prop. 200, which now puts the burden on counties to set up means to verify that new voters are indeed citizens of the United States. “The counties are now working very hard to make sure they have systems in place,” Secretary of State Jan Brewer said the week of Jan. 24. The Justice Department reviews any changes to Arizona’s elections under authority of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which found several states, including Arizona, had a history of denying voting rights to members of minority groups. Prop....
  • No more border games (Lou Dobbs)

    01/30/2005 6:49:03 PM PST · by madfly · 235 replies · 3,247+ views
    US News and World Report ^ | Jan. 31. 2006 | Lou Dobbs
    Lou Dobbs current column in US News.No more border games President Bush has again vowed to spend his political capital to grant legal status to the millions of illegal aliens who live and work in this country. The president rationalizes his guest-worker program by constantly referring to the nation's need to match willing workers with willing employers. The president's "proposed reform" has already met stiff resistance from the 109th Congress, which is apparently ready to finally take on the critically important issue of illegal immigration. Many from the president's own party say they'll fight his guest-worker proposal, and many...
  • Local rancher awarded $600,000 in battle with green group (SW AZ)

    01/30/2005 1:05:20 PM PST · by madfly · 30 replies · 1,442+ views ^ | Jan. 27, 2005 | George C. McQueen
    Nogales International After seven years, a Santa Cruz County rancher has won a judgment of $600,000 for alleged libelous and false statements posted on the internet by an environmental activism group. On Friday, Jan. 21, a Tucson jury found the Center for Biological Diversity, an environmental group based in Tucson, guilty of making "false, unfair, libelous and defamatory statements" against Jim Chilton, a Southern Arizona Rancher. Chilton owns the Montana Allotment, which extends west of Nogales from the U.S./Mexico border, along the Buenos Aires Refuge around the hamlet of Oro Blanco and ghost town of Ruby and into Pima...
  • Cattle Update: Arizona Cattleman Wins Libel Suit

    01/30/2005 10:56:12 AM PST · by madfly · 46 replies · 1,148+ views ^ | Jan. 26, 2005 | National Cattlemen's Beef Association
      Washington, D.C. (Jan. 26, 2005) – A Pima County jury has awarded Arizona rancher Jim Chilton $600,000 in a libel suit against the Tucson-based environmental group, Center for Biological Diversity.  On Jan. 21, jurors in Pima County Superior Court voted 9-1 that the Center made “false, unfair, libelous and defamatory statements” regarding Chilton's management of his Forest Service grazing allotment.   Chilton, a fifth generation producer and member of the Public Lands Council (PLC) and National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA), claimed the Center made false statements about him in a news advisory, and that the Center posted defaming photographs of his operation on its web site.  The photos of Chilton’s...
  • Congressman Questions Border Security Commitment

    01/28/2005 7:39:40 AM PST · by madfly · 36 replies · 469+ views ^ | Jan. 28, 2005 | Tom Tancredo (Talon News)
    WASHINGTON (Talon News) -- Congressman Tom Tancredo (R-CO) issued a statement on Thursday blasting soon to be former Homeland Security Sec. Tom Ridge after reports that funding for 2,000 additional border patrol agents mandated by the recently passed intelligence reform bill would likely not be included in the DHS budget proposal. "I'm disappointed but not surprised as Mr. Ridge has never taken border security too seriously," said Tancredo, head of the Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus. "It's equivalent to denying a crime ridden city more officers for protection, it simply makes no sense." Tancredo also expressed concern that three years after...
  • Government Media Bribes Must Stop

    01/09/2005 8:29:13 AM PST · by madfly · 42 replies · 777+ views
    The Leader Online ^ | Jan. 7, 2005 | Opinion
    THE ISSUE | Revelations that the Bush administration used taxpayer money to promote its agenda on news shows. OUR OPINION | These tactics are reprehensible and threaten the freedom of the press guaranteed in the Constitution. The term "state-run media" is normally associated with nations that control and censor its media outlets such as China and North Korea. Hopefully that term will not apply to outlets in the United States, but recent actions by the Bush administration should make all of us stand up and take notice Last week, it was revealed that the Education Department paid commentator Armstrong...

    11/14/2004 8:27:49 AM PST · by madfly · 31 replies · 3,391+ views ^ | Nov. 8, 2004 | Mary Grady
    The Transportation Security Administration issued an advisory on Friday that a Piper PA 25 Pawnee crop-dusting aircraft was stolen from Ejido Queretaro, near Mexicali, Mexico, on Nov. 1. "Although there is currently no indication that this has any connection to terrorist activity," the TSA said, "the theft is cause for concern. Past information indicates that members of al-Qa'ida may have planned -- or may still be planning -- to disperse biological or chemical agents from cropdusting aircraft." The stolen aircraft is registered in Mexico and bears the tail number XBCYP. If you see the aircraft, the TSA says you...
  • Officials: Border 'attractive' to terrorists (Ridge & Creel in Mex. City)

    11/13/2004 8:41:09 AM PST · by madfly · 19 replies · 536+ views ^ | Nov. 10, 2004 | Wire Services
    Interior Secretary Creel meets with U.S. Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge to coordinate security measures. Wire services El UniversalMiércoles 10 de noviembre de 2004 Top U.S. and Mexican authorities said Tuesday they had taken significant steps to increase security along their shared border, but acknowledged it is a "very attractive" possible route for terrorists wanting to harm the United States. U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge and Mexican Interior Secretary Santiago Creel said officials on both sides of the border have redoubled their security efforts without interrupting the steady flow of commerce that is so important to the strong...
  • Powell Outlines Progress, Challenges in U.S.-Mexico Relations (Transcript-Mexico City)

    11/12/2004 1:34:05 PM PST · by madfly · 41 replies · 2,265+ views
    USINFO.STATE.GOV ^ | Nov. 9, 2004 | Press Release/TRANSCRIPT
    Powell Outlines Progress, Challenges in U.S.-Mexico RelationsCites progress on security issues and challenge of immigration reform The United States and Mexico have enjoyed particularly productive relations during the past four years, but there is considerable work ahead, including comprehensive immigration reform and efforts to make North America more globally competitive and secure, according to Secretary of State Colin Powell.At the November 9 inaugural of the 21st U.S.-Mexico Binational Commission (BNC) in Mexico City, Mexico, Powell said that the United States and Mexico have deepened and broadened law enforcement cooperation -- particularly counter-narcotics cooperation -- as well as intensified and expanded...
  • Charities' Tax Breaks Scrutinized

    06/28/2004 7:24:36 AM PDT · by madfly · 6 replies · 370+ views ^ | June 20, 2004 | Albert B. Crenshaw
    Congress has reacted angrily to revelations of abuses by a wide variety of charities, including scandals at well-established organizations such as United Way and the Nature Conservancy, and the disclosure that some tax-exempt groups have been acting as "accommodation parties" in abusive tax shelters. In the wake of a long-running series of scandals and controversies involving charities and nonprofits, Congress's tax-writing committees are launching an effort this week to crack down on fraudulent activities and tighten laws governing tax exemptions for those groups. The Senate Finance Committee will look at a broad range of possible revisions, including changes that would...
  • Input wanted on Sierra Conservancy (Tim Leslie)

    06/27/2004 8:47:05 AM PDT · by madfly · 6 replies · 286+ views
    The Sierra Sun ^ | June 22, 2004 | Assemblyman Tim Leslie, 4th District
    Dear Sierra friends, I am seeking your thoughts. As you know, I am carrying AB 1788, which would create a Sierra Nevada Conservancy. A state conservancy is an agency that delivers state funds to areas of special value, such as Lake Tahoe or the California Coast. It makes grants and undertakes projects for a wide range of efforts, from acquisition of habitat to fire prevention and economic development. Unlike entities such as the "Coastal Commission" or the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, a conservancy does not have any power to regulate lands. As a staunch defender of private property rights...
  • The Nature Conservancy joins forces with the US Corps of Engineers

    06/26/2004 10:44:36 AM PDT · by madfly · 24 replies · 361+ views
    The Illinois Leader ^ | 6-23-2004 | Joyce Morrison
    OPINION -- The Mighty Mississippi River is truly unique - it is the main artery dividing the East from the West. This magnificent river is multi-purpose. The river supports habitat for all kinds of plant and animal species on its many islands and along the extensive shoreline. There are hundreds of little fingers and coves where recreation abounds, while co-existing with many species that call the river area their home. Long overdue legislation has been introduced authorizing 1200 foot locks to be built on the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers to replace the outdated 600 foot locks. The shipping industry, commercial...
  • Cannon win may hurt illegal-immigrant foes (Utah)

    06/26/2004 9:52:50 AM PDT · by madfly · 75 replies · 337+ views ^ | 6-26-2004 | Tad Walch and Deborah Bulkeley
    OREM — Rep. Chris Cannon's radio ads in the weeks before his convincing Republican primary victory conjured up images of a vast national conspiracy mobilized against him. "I just wish the special interests would quit their negative attacks," a woman's voice said in one radio spot for Cannon. And it was true that for months, Cannon was attacked in the media for sponsoring a bill that would provide temporary legal status to undocumented workers. The ads, on radio and billboards and in newspapers, were paid for by out-of-state groups that want to unseat Cannon and other like-minded Republican members...
  • California Environmental Law Challenged by Foreign Investors Using NAFTA (Hearing)

    06/07/2004 10:22:46 AM PDT · by madfly · 22 replies · 199+ views
    US NewsWire (News Release) ^ | June 4, 2004 | Martin Wagner
    California Environmental Law Challenged by Foreign Investors Using NAFTA; Methanex v. U.S. Hearing Open for Public Viewing June 7 To: Assignment Desk, Daybook Editor, Environment Reporter Contact: Martin Wagner of Earthjustice, 510-550-6700, Marcos Orellana of the Center for International Environmental Law, 202-785-8700, Howard Mann of the International Institute for Sustainable Development, 613-286-5383 News Advisory:WHO: Three-Member Arbitral Panel administered by ICSID (International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes)WHAT: Hearing in the case Methanex Corporation v. United States of AmericaWHERE: Ground Floor of the MC Building of the World Bank (adjacent to the Preston Auditorium), Entrance to broadcast will be the...

    06/02/2004 9:51:46 AM PDT · by madfly · 22 replies · 200+ views
    The Illinois Leader ^ | June 2, 2004 | Joyce Morrison
    OPINION -- At a financial seminar last weekend we were told our government is $17 trillion dollars in debt and only $6 trillion can be generated from taxes to apply to this indebtedness. This leaves a deficit of $11 trillion to be found from somewhere . . . but where? This raises the question of how revenue can be generated to pay this tremendous debt, some of which is held by foreign nations? If we have no gold or silver standard to support our currency, what do we have? We have land and resources with great value. But over...
  • Whither PEMEX?

    05/21/2004 11:20:21 AM PDT · by madfly · 18 replies · 203+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | May 19, 2001 | Allan Wall
    PEMEX (Petróleos Mexicanos) is the world's fifth-largest oil company. It is protected from competition in Mexico, where it enjoys a legal monopoly on the exploration, processing and sale of petroleum. And its privileged status in national mythology affords it a certain immunity from criticism. PEMEX is also in deep trouble. It's heavily-indebted and unable to provide the capital necessary to locate and exploit Mexico's oil deposits. Energy Minister Felipe Calderon recently announced that, without more investment, Mexico's known reserves could be depleted within 13 years. This wasn't the future envisioned by President Lazaro Cardenas, who expelled the foreign oil...

    05/09/2004 10:13:16 AM PDT · by madfly · 29 replies · 153+ views ^ | May 3, 2004 | Tom DeWeese
    RETURN OF THE CARA MONSTER It seems that some elected officials will stoop to any low to force their schemes on the rest of us. A case in point is Congressman Don Young (R ?AK). For the past five years Don Young has been trying to push through a bill that would establish a massive funding process to lock away millions of acres of private lands across the nation. Property rights advocates have fought a courageous and thus far semi-successful battle to stop those efforts. But Young keeps pushing. First, in 1999 Young introduced the Conservation and Reinvestment Act (CARA)....

    10/14/2003 2:05:20 PM PDT · by madfly · 51 replies · 190+ views
    The Hill ^ | Oct. 01, 2003 | Betsy Rothstein
    Tancredo will seek to abolish race caucusesColorado Rep. is insensitive: Critics By Betsy RothsteinRep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.) plans to introduce a rule to abolish all race-based congressional caucuses. The rule would banish all caucuses created on the basis of ethnicity, such as the Black, Hispanic and Asian Pacific caucuses. His suggestion, which the congressman said he knows will spark outrage, immediately drew accusations of insensitivity from members of the caucuses he proposes to destroy. Tancredo told The Hill: “You should not have any organization, a caucus especially, based solely on race. I mean on issues? You bet. But on...
  • ***Repeal of Alien Driver's License Law Good First Step for Arnold, But . . . ***

    10/12/2003 9:53:49 AM PDT · by madfly · 29 replies · 284+ views
    U.S. Newswire ^ | Oct. 10, 2003 | Diana Hull
    Repeal of Alien Driver's License Law Good First Step for Arnold, but Group Says Threat of Amnesty for Illegals a Big Mistake10/10/03 3:57:00 PM To: National Desk Contact: Diana Hull of Californians for Population Stabilization, 805-564-6626 SANTA BARBARA, Oct. 10 /U.S. Newswire/ -- A leading California population control group lauded Governor-Elect Schwarzenegger's courage in promising to repeal a law allowing illegal aliens to obtain driver's licenses that was hastily signed by recalled Governor Gray Davis. However, the group called Schwarzenegger's promised action just a "first step of many" that need to be taken in order to slow California's skyrocketing...
  • Farmers Unite to Preserve Their Fields: In Calif., 8 Join Pact to Put Developers on Hold

    05/18/2003 8:35:05 AM PDT · by madfly · 15 replies · 172+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | May 18, 2003 | Rene Sanchez
    MADERA, Calif. -- The only way of life that Denis Prosperi and his ancestors here have ever known is disappearing. He hears the same unsettling news all the time. Another farmer gives up and cashes out. And more rooftops start rising up in place of the great multitude of crops that have long swept across and sustained this land. Prosperi figured that might be his fate, too. But he is busy this spring tending to fields of almonds and grapes, same as ever. So are all of his neighbors. No one is budging from his farm -- for good....
  • Big Green Blues (Nature Conservancy)

    05/17/2003 6:41:46 PM PDT · by madfly · 36 replies · 949+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | May 12, 2003 | Editorial
    Big Green Blues IN ITS 52 YEARS, the Nature Conservancy has been a force for good in protecting the global environment. With its "bucks and acres" program to buy land and thereby promote biodiversity, the Conservancy -- with $3 billion in assets the world's richest environmental group -- has acquired millions of acres, and it manages millions more. Those good works notwithstanding, a series last week by Post reporters David B. Ottaway and Joe Stephens revealed a number of disturbing aspects about the Arlington-based group's operations. One is the tricky position the organization has put itself in by taking contributions...
  • Insider trading infects Nature Conservancy

    05/17/2003 6:19:04 PM PDT · by madfly · 26 replies · 468+ views
    Palm Beach Post ^ | May 15, 2003 | Editorial
    Insider trading infects Nature Conservancy Palm Beach Post Editorial Thursday, May 15, 2003 The Nature Conservancy, whose brand name is right up there with Good Housekeeping, has been running a scam worthy of Enron. As described last week in a Washington Post series titled "Big Green," the environmental charity bought pristine lands, then sold them at a discount to trustees for fabulous private-home sites. Nature Conservancy President and CEO Steven J. McCormick whined that the Post had "painted a distorted picture" and "misrepresented our motives and methods." Wrong response. The Nature Conservancy, with 1 million members and $3 billion in...