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  • Nationalists urge Serbia to abandon EU plans, quit UN if Kosovo gains independence

    02/24/2007 10:16:33 AM PST · 25 of 31
    Smartass to Rodney King; Bokababe; kronos77; tgambill; joan; zagor-te-nej; Lion in Winter; Honorary Serb; ...

    "Sure. why not? Why would I want to prevent anyone from self government?"

    You're missing some very important points. The problem with that reasoning is, the center of Kosovo government will be from an Al Qaeda cave, in Afghanistan or Pakistan.

    So be careful what you wish for?

     

  • Bolton: Kosovo's status cannot be imposed

    02/23/2007 8:36:34 AM PST · 13 of 25
    Smartass to Bokababe; kronos77; tgambill; joan; zagor-te-nej; Lion in Winter; Honorary Serb; jb6; ...

    The vexing question is: Under whose authority, has the UN been given, ANY right to partition, a sovereign nation, be it Serbia, or Bum Orgy, Utah?

    Next question: Why is the UN/NATO still illegally occupying Kosovo, when this is Serbian territory, and should be under their jurisdiction, and security?

     

  • Can a Traditional American Conservative Win the Presidency and Secure the Nation and our Liberty?

    02/22/2007 12:34:11 PM PST · 367 of 384
    Smartass to Seadog Bytes
    You're welcome


     

  • Can a Traditional American Conservative Win the Presidency and Secure the Nation and our Liberty?

    02/21/2007 2:30:47 PM PST · 339 of 384
    Smartass to harrowup; Jim Robinson; zook; Antoninus; OB1kNOb; MadIvan; Jim Noble; potlatch; ntnychik; ...

    Jim Robinson "Huh? Where is a woman's right to kill her unborn child listed in the constitution? It's not there. It's a made up "right" forced on us by a liberal activist court. If you wish a constitutional right to kill children, you'd better start working on amending the constitution to allow it. Good luck with that."
    A correct statement!


    " A woman has a right to choose and while your opinion is valid, by insisting she does not have that right you are imposing your will over something that is none of your business."
    A typical, hypocritical, liberal statement!

    Interesting legal comment. I take it you say, anything or anybody can kill, and it's nobodies business? Since Rove v. Wade, 50 million or more babies have been murdered. Adolph Hitler couldn’t have done it better. The poor aborted souls weren’t given a say, or choice in their deaths? So where's a baby's civil rights? With that said, how can liberal b**tards like you sleep nights, or look into a mirror knowing that, that much murder has been made legal, by a misguided U.S. Court. Yet more privilege is given to say, "Spotted Owls eggs," than to new born human life?

    No harrowup, that rational, and reasoning sucks, and so do you.

     

  • Report: Court to reject Bosnia's genocide lawsuit (Bosnia vs. Serbia)

    02/15/2007 9:40:26 AM PST · 16 of 49
    Smartass to Hoplite; Bokababe; kronos77; tgambill; joan; zagor-te-nej; Lion in Winter; Honorary Serb; jb6; ...
    "How on earth did I
    ever get it backwards
    "
    Real easy Hoplite, real easy!


     

  • About 40 Israeli volunteers fight on the side of Serbs

    02/09/2007 4:38:02 PM PST · 42 of 68
    Smartass to Hoplite; Bokababe; kronos77; tgambill; joan; zagor-te-nej; Lion in Winter; Honorary Serb; jb6; ...
    WHAT THE HELL SMELLS? A PITIFUL HOPLITE!


     

  • About 40 Israeli volunteers fight on the side of Serbs

    02/09/2007 4:28:01 PM PST · 39 of 68
    Smartass to kronos77

    Lol, only if you don't snore.

  • About 40 Israeli volunteers fight on the side of Serbs

    02/09/2007 4:09:32 PM PST · 33 of 68
    Smartass to Hoplite; dennisw; Bokababe; kronos77; tgambill; joan; zagor-te-nej; Lion in Winter; ...
    Good evening Hoppy...


     

  • PRAYER REQUEST--KOSOVO-NEW PETITION NO INDEPENDENCE FOR KOSOVO: CHRISTIANITY VS. ROGUE MUSLIM STATE

    02/06/2007 10:37:57 AM PST · 6 of 6
    Smartass to Bokababe
    Signed it...
    Prayers up, that Kosovo remain with Christ.

     

  • Ben Is So Right (Hooray for Ben Stein)

    02/05/2007 9:31:35 AM PST · 13 of 13
    Smartass to Purple GOPer
    Thanks for the ping
  • I'LL END WAR: ANGRY PLEDGE: MAKE ME PREZ AND IT'S DONE!

    02/05/2007 9:29:47 AM PST · 156 of 156
    Smartass to PhilDragoo
    Thanks Phil...

    :o)

  • Serbia rejects Kosovo breakaway (NO to UN plan)

    02/03/2007 10:33:59 AM PST · 48 of 48
    Smartass to LjubivojeRadosavljevic; Bokababe

    :o)

  • Serbia rejects Kosovo breakaway (NO to UN plan)

    02/02/2007 9:28:16 PM PST · 42 of 48
    Smartass to LjubivojeRadosavljevic; Joey Silvera; Bokababe; kronos77; tgambill; joan; zagor-te-nej; ...

    A quick search has shown, this Islamic apologizing clown Joey Silvera has been on every Bosina, Kosovo, Serbian thread spreading his venom. So stop the one liners Joey, and tell what's really eating at your crotch? We're adults, tell us all?

     

  • Serbia rejects Kosovo breakaway (NO to UN plan)

    02/02/2007 9:13:34 PM PST · 41 of 48
    Smartass to Joey Silvera; Bokababe; kronos77; tgambill; joan; zagor-te-nej; Lion in Winter; Honorary Serb; ...

    Yes we always go back and read history, however, I could give a rats butt less what happened in 1991. I'm concerned about Islam being in the business of stealing Slavic lands today. Like my opinion or not, Kosovo has been, is now, and always will be Serbian territory. That's simply not going to change...ever!!!

     

  • Serbia rejects Kosovo breakaway (NO to UN plan)

    02/02/2007 5:48:43 PM PST · 37 of 48
    Smartass to Bokababe; kronos77; tgambill; joan; zagor-te-nej; Lion in Winter; Honorary Serb; jb6; ...

    Thanks for the ping Babe...
    Ahh yes, a Muslim Newspaper Editor-In-Chief, self declaring himself being the architect of nation stealing building.

    Indeed, a truly 'Dangerous precedent.' What's next? If it is allowed to happen in Kosovo, than why not in liberal Londonstan, UK. Then next, right here in the good ole-U.S.A, like for example in Dearbornistan, Michigan!

    I just hope and pray, Serbia doesn't cave in, and instead hold a hard line on giving anything up to Islam. Do not surrender one inch of it's territory to evil.

     

  • PRAYER REQUEST for ZACS MOM - (Update at post #490 - sadly, she has passed away)

    01/13/2007 8:55:57 AM PST · 581 of 636
    Smartass to potlatch; Hi Heels; Zacs Mom; ntnychik; PhilDragoo; OXENinFLA; bitt; JustPiper; KittyKares; ...




    Psalm 23
    for Zacs Mom


    The Lord is my shepherd;
    I shall not want.

    He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
    he leadeth me beside the still waters.

    He restoreth my soul;
    he leadeth me in the paths of
    righteousness for his name's sake.

    Yea, though I walk through the valley of
    the shadow of death, I will fear no evil;
    for thou art with me;
    thy rod and thy staff
    they comfort me.

    Thou preparest a table before me in the
    presence of mine enemies:
    thou anointest my head with oil;
    my cup Runneth over.

    Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
    all the days of my life:
    and I will dwell in the house of
    the Lord forever.



    Deus vobiscum

     

  • Senators Re-Introduce Coal-to-Liquids Legislation

    01/10/2007 10:30:11 PM PST · 36 of 38
    Smartass to potlatch; Seadog Bytes
    Nope, missed that one.

    Hey Potlatch, great looking gif and idea.
    LOL, as usual, I stole it.

     

  • Senators Re-Introduce Coal-to-Liquids Legislation

    01/10/2007 4:56:43 PM PST · 34 of 38
    Smartass to Seadog Bytes
    LOL, good one Seadogbytes.
    I Love your work.

     

  • Saddam Hussein Hanging LIVE Thread

    12/30/2006 2:44:05 PM PST · 4,966 of 5,138
    Smartass to MeekOneGOP; potlatch; ntnychik; PhilDragoo; OXENinFLA; bitt; JustPiper; KittyKares; MamaDearest; ...

    *** 2007 ***
    Happy New Year to All

     

  • CROATIA: INTER-FAITH CHRISTIAN GATHERING STARTS

    12/30/2006 2:42:35 PM PST · 5 of 8
    Smartass to Bokababe; kronos77; tgambill; joan; zagor-te-nej; Lion in Winter; Honorary Serb; jb6; ...

    *** 2007 ***
    Happy New Year to All

     

  • Saddam could be executed within days-U.S. official

    12/28/2006 6:44:57 PM PST · 84 of 92
    Smartass to PhilDragoo; potlatch; Czar; texastoo
    Thanks folks.
    LOL, You put a big grin on me with that one Phil.
    Saved it.

     

  • Saddam could be executed within days-U.S. official

    12/28/2006 6:41:00 PM PST · 83 of 92
    Smartass to kronos77
    Me to...

     

  • Saddam could be executed within days-U.S. official

    12/28/2006 2:44:43 PM PST · 60 of 92
    Smartass to potlatch; ntnychik; PhilDragoo; OXENinFLA; bitt; JustPiper; KittyKares; MamaDearest; ...

    Ringing in the New Year

     

  • U.S. report predicted Yugoslavia's bloody demise

    12/25/2006 1:00:57 PM PST · 26 of 32
    Smartass to tgambill; Bokababe; kronos77; joan; zagor-te-nej; Lion in Winter; Honorary Serb; jb6; ...
    Have you seen this article yet?




    How Clinton Created
    Serb War

    WorldNetDaily Exclusive Commentary
    Charles Smith SOFTWAR

    Clinton's war in the former Yugoslavia started within days of his taking office in 1993. In 1993, Croat and Bosnian Serbs, backed by the Milosevic regime in Belgrade, were battling with Croat and Bosnia Muslims. The war was dominated by a U.N. arms embargo against the fractured Yugoslavia. No new weapons could get into the country to feed the widening civil war. The arm embargo was strictly enforced by NATO and the newly elected Clinton.

    Initially, the Serbs were winning. They out-gunned the larger Croat and Bosnian forces, because they were backed by tanks from their friend in Belgrade, Milosevic.

    Starting in 1993, the Croats and Bosnians suddenly acquired loads of Chinese-made artillery and anti-tank rockets. The new arms arrived in Bosnia on Iranian C-130 cargo planes, in violation of the NATO embargo. The Iranian arms shipments were credited with stopping a major Serbian offensive and costing Milosevic victory in the long war.

    Ironically, the same weapons also cost former the Clinton National Security advisor, Anthony Lake, his bid to be CIA Director. During Senate hearings, Lake was forced to admit that the U.S. knew of the Iranian arms flights and did nothing to stop them. Lake, who was then up for the newly vacated CIA Directorship, admitted the misdeeds and resigned in disgrace.

    The sudden admission of a U.S./Iranian plot to arm the Muslims strained relations and embarrassed the Clinton administration. European allies and Russia had enforced the embargo with aircraft and naval warships.

    Yet, Iran did more than just send guns. Ali Fallahan, the top spy for Iran, was also sent into Yugoslavia along with the Chinese-made AK-47s, artillery and rocket launchers. Ali Fallahan was then head of the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence and Security, or Vavak. Fallahan also is known to preside over the Iranian overseas operations planning committee. It is this committee that approves all Iranian sponsored terrorist attacks abroad.

    In 1996, the accidental discovery of a Vavak base in Bosnia by NATO forces provided the hard evidence of Iranian actions and of Fallahan's activities. NATO troops found a treasure trove of advanced communications and bugging devices from around the world purchased by Fallahan. The equipment was quickly tracked back to each respective supplier and thus the Germans re-constructed Fallahan's travels.

    Once in Europe, Fallahan drove anywhere he wanted, and frequently did. It was during one stop in Germany that Fallahan helped set up the assassination of Kurd rebel leaders exiled in Berlin.

    Fallahan also masterminded a huge buy of German, Russian and Japanese state-of-the-art listening devices, encryption and communications equipment, which was shipped to Iran in 1994 and 1995. This equipment was used to outfit both the Iranian and Bosnian intelligence services, some of which was found by the NATO forces in the Bosnian Vavak raid.

    In 1997, Fallahan was found guilty -- in absentia -- by the Germans for the assassination of Kurdish leaders in Berlin. The discovery of Fallahan, the advanced equipment, plans and hordes of Iranian spies on Euro soil finally shocked western Europe into demanding Bosnia disconnect itself from Tehran.

    Today, while American airpower hurls itself on the suburbs of Belgrade for CNN cameras, there is another war. The flashy shows of missile strikes and stealth attacks being played out in the skies dominate the press. The real dirty war in Kosovo is fought with an AK-47 or SKS rifle at close range.

    The initial supply of guns for the KLA was taken from the armories of the Yugoslavian and Albanian communist states as they disintegrated. The first batch of local guns was not enough to sustain a war. The aging equipment has since been re-enforced with brand new Chinese made rifles.

    In the 1980s, the CIA combined with Middle Eastern heroin smugglers and Chinese weapons makers to assist the Afghans during their long war against the ex-Soviet Union. The dirty war in Afghanistan bred the CIA trained, Saudi millionaire, Bin Laden. Bin Laden fought the Soviets with U.S. and Chinese made equipment.

    The KLA has rearmed using the same not-so-old religious connection through the Iranians and Chinese arms smugglers. The KLA "Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition" strategy includes drug smugglers well known to the CIA and former Albanian communists, now backing the KLA.

    Two benefactors from Clinton's dirty little war in Kosovo are Poly Technologies and NORINCO, both arms firms owned by Chinese Generals. Norinco SKS assault rifles currently grace the KLA forces operating inside Kosovo. NBC and CNN have shown KLA rebels, armed with Chinese SKS rifles and their distinctive, fixed, 10 round clip. You can see the same SKS rifles in the well known picture of Clinton reviewing Chinese troops in Tiananmen square on the cover of the book "Year of the Rat."

    Poly Tech is better known to the Clinton administration. Poly Technologies was busted in 1996 by U.S. Customs agents posing as drug dealers trying to buy a couple of AK-47s. The customs raid netted over 2,000 fully automatic AK-47s, hand grenades, anti-tank rockets and shoulder fired surface-to-air (SAM) missiles. The Chinese arsenal was hidden in a cargo container freshly unloaded from a COSCO (China Ocean Shipping Company) ship, docked in Los Angeles.

    The Poly Tech workers have all been released by the inept Reno Dept. of Justice. Some fled the country and have returned to China. Following the fiasco, Clinton officials issued a statement, saying the arms were destined for "drug" dealers in the United States.

    Poly Tech is also known to Janet Reno for another reason. Charlie Trie and Poly Tech President Wang Jun met with Commerce Secretary Ron Brown after donating over $50,000 to the DNC. In fact, Poly Tech President Wang Jun met with Ms. General Reno's boss, Mr. Clinton, inside the White House just after that donation through Trie and Brown.

    In April 1996, Secretary Brown lost his life in the former Yugoslavia. Brown died in a plane crash just outside of Dubrovnik, Croatia. Brown died along with a host of the highest and mightiest of U.S. Corporate heads.

    The death of the Secretary came as a blow to the White House and to the criminal investigations of Ron Brown's Commerce Dept. It was well known that a Special Prosecutor was preparing heavy evidence of corruption. Brown's death stopped that investigation just before the 1996 election.

    The blow to the White House was displayed by Clinton himself who personally burst into tears at Ron's funeral. Clinton had just stepped out of his limo, laughing his guts out, when he noticed several TV cameras were focused on him. It was then Clinton burst into the "boo-hoos" for Brown.

    However, another Commerce employee was involved in the fatal Croatia trip. Ira Sockowitz, a DNC fundraiser, New York banker and co-worker of John Huang at the Commerce Dept. was scheduled to fly into Cilipi airport along with Brown. Curiously, Sockowitz chose to leave ahead of Brown on an advance flight instead of going with the Secretary on a flight packed with DNC fat-cats.

    After the crash, Sockowitz was the man in Croatia that identified Ron Brown's body. Once he was safely back in D.C., Ira Sockowitz collected a vast array of information on Bosnia and Croatia given to Ron Brown for that last flight.

    In August of 1996, Ira Sockowitz quietly took detailed bios of the Bosnian and Croatian leaders out of the secured facility at the Commerce Department to his new job at the Small Business Administration. These secret documents would join a host of other classified material from the Department of State, NSA, CIA, Commerce, Russia, and France. All hidden in a personal safe just before the 1996 Presidential election.

    There are many questions about that last fatal flight. For example, there were several interesting companies represented on Brown's trip into Dubrovnik. Dubrovnik is an ex-Yugoslav submarine base and a few of the dead had their own under-water kills.

    For example, Stuart Tholan, President of Bechtel Corp., a well known contractor to the CIA and a prime contractor on sub base building for DOD. Another flyer was David Ford, President and Chief Executive Officer for Interguard Corp., a company that provides high tech security guards for Navy bases. Finally, there was Walter Murphy, Senior Vice President for AT&T Submarine Systems Sub Communications Systems.

    In July 1996, Secretary Kantor replaced Ron Brown and led a new delegation of corporate contributors to Bosnia. The list of big companies riding with Kantor is covered with blacked-out sections withheld by the Commerce Dept. Some of those traveling with Kantor include ABB, AT&T, Bechtel, Boeing, Enron, McDonalds, and Motorola.

    In his televised attempt to explain the NATO airstrikes, Clinton noted that there was some amount of money at stake in the crisis over Kosovo. So far, the Pentagon estimated we have spent $500 million in bombing Serbia. After the bombs, Clinton will propose a "re-building" package of U.S. aid to repair the Serb Police HQ and all the bridges destroyed by NATO forces. More billions to hand out as corporate pork.

    Yet, while the bombs fall and the innocent victims die, liberal lovers of Bill Clinton need to ask themselves, just what are we fighting for? Is it to save the Kosovo people or to protect the profits of war?

    © 1999 Western Journalism Center


     

  • FReeper Canteen ~ Guest Pastor ~ Awaiting The Messiah ~ (Long, Great Read!) ~ 24 Dec 2006

    12/24/2006 12:22:13 PM PST · 109 of 236
    Smartass to potlatch
    Thank you Potlatch...
    Merry Christmas to you and your's.

    LOL, I can see "Piper's" still in charge.

     

  • North Korea activities show preparations for second nuclear weapons test

    12/22/2006 11:32:25 AM PST · 27 of 39
    Smartass to potlatch; ntnychik; PhilDragoo; OXENinFLA; bitt; JustPiper; KittyKares; MamaDearest; ...

    Merry Christmas and a
    Happy New Year to all

     

  • Criminal proceedings (Slobodan Milosevic's case)

    12/22/2006 11:27:42 AM PST · 28 of 32
    Smartass to joan; Bokababe; kronos77; tgambill; zagor-te-nej; Lion in Winter; Honorary Serb; jb6; ...

    Sretam Bozic. Vesela Nova Godina





    Serbia has been the world court punching bag long enough. The Hague is a sham, instead of chasing shadows they should be going after real world murderers, Lord there’s enough of them out there. Next time they, (the Hague) want Serbia to turn over a shadow...refuse, then tell them it’s an internal problem, and to look at themselves or elsewhere, and then, tell them to go to hell.

     

  • North Korea activities show preparations for second nuclear weapons test

    12/21/2006 9:55:34 AM PST · 24 of 39
    Smartass to potlatch
    LOL,
    Good one Potlatch.

     

  • FReeper Canteen~Christmas/Holiday Traditions~Dec.20th.2006

    12/20/2006 2:14:09 PM PST · 721 of 823
    Smartass to potlatch
    LOL, guess who, ahhh Piper?

    SmileyCentral.com
  • Free trade proves costly

    12/19/2006 3:21:22 PM PST · 83 of 92
    Smartass to potlatch

    :o)

  • Free trade proves costly

    12/19/2006 12:05:21 PM PST · 70 of 92
    Smartass to hedgetrimmer; texastoo; B4Ranch; potlatch; ntnychik; PhilDragoo; OXENinFLA; bitt; JustPiper; ...
    Free Trade, huh? 

     
    (Photograph) DISPLACED: Pillowtex workers carried belongings as they left the plant in Kannapolis, N.C., for the last time July 30. Chinese competition was a key factor in the job cuts.
    GARY O'BRIEN/THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER/AP

    Booming China trade rankles US

    Trade deficit with China, now running at $120 billion a year, surpasses the total US trade gap of six years ago.
    | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor
    She was the weaver; he was the loom-fixer.

    For the past 20 years of their marriage, Delores and Robert Gambrell strode the heart-of-pine floors at Pillowtex's Plant 16. The noise from the looms forced the couple to communicate in a sign language. They even had their own signal for "I love you." Those days are over for now - the victim of a flood of imports from China. The nation's third-largest textile company, where the Gambrells worked, closed its doors last week. For the moment, that means the end of sheets and towels with the household names of Cannon and Fieldcrest.

    The trend reaches far beyond the textile industry or Kannapolis - a community whose name means "city of looms" but which is shedding 5,000 Pillowtex jobs. Manufacturing businesses from electronics to furniture and fishing lures are closing their doors or moving production to China.

    The rapid erosion of well-paying jobs has wide implications for the economy. Consider that the US trade deficit with China is now running at an annual rate of $120 billion - a record single-country amount that is larger than America's entire trade deficit only six years ago.

    "This will become the dominant economic policy issue in the US [over] the next five years," says Don Straszheim of Straszheim Global Advisors in Santa Monica, Calif.

    Indeed, China's export push is already becoming a front-burner issue in Washington. Congress has asked everyone from think-tank experts to Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan for answers to the problem. Three members of the president's cabinet on a cross-country jaunt to promote the Bush economic plan have gotten an earful from angry businesspeople trying to compete with Chinese imports made by workers getting 50 cents an hour. The loss of jobs to imports is almost certain to be a recurring theme in the Presidential campaign next fall and beyond.

    The numbers are eye-opening. Chinese exports soared 22 percent last year. And it's not just low-cost towels. Exports of computer and telecom products are growing 60 percent annually. While American firms have struggled, Chinese companies reported profits rose in the first quarter by 56 percent from the previous year.

    To some, this may seem like a replay to the 1980s, when the US trade deficit with Japan swelled to about $50 billion a year. It seemed as if Japanese automakers and semiconductor companies would devastate the US economy.

    "The atmosphere today reminds me of the 1980s," says Clayton Yeutter, who was the United States Trade Representative back then. "Everyone worried about the Japanese being 10 feet tall, and all of that turned out to be inaccurate," recalls Mr. Yeutter, now of counsel at Hogan & Hartson, a Washington law firm.

    Back then one of the major complaints was about the Japanese yen, which many felt was kept unreasonably low to benefit the big exporters. Today, business is complaining about the value of the Chinese yuan, which is pegged to the US dollar. "It is hugely undervalued," says Frank Vargo, of the National Association of Manufacturers. "It could be as much as 40 percent undervalued, and that is a major reason for the trade deficit." The argument has been picked up quickly by members of Congress. Last week, Rep. Donald Manzullo (R) of Illinois, chairman of the House Small Business Committee, was among 14 cosigners of a letter to the administration encouraging "stronger action."

    Last week, Treasury Secretary John Snow said it was a critical issue that he intended to discuss with the Chinese during a planned trip this fall.

    Yeutter says a floating yuan would make China, now a corn exporter, a net importer of corn and soybeans.

    Mr. Manzullo says his district is among those feeling the heat from China. Unemployment in Rockford, Ill., is now 11.3 percent. Machine tool manufacturers, tool and die companies, and bolt and screw manufacturers are all struggling.

    One of those who has testified at the end of June before Congress is businessman Jay Bender of Falcon Plastics Inc. in Brookings, S.D. In an interview, he recounts how one of his customers, a manufacturer of fishing lures, has decided to move its production from the US to China. This would allow the company to cut its manufacturing costs by half. It asked him to bid on molds to make the plastic bait. He bid $25,000 per mold. "That was a competitive price," he says.

    Instead, the company found a Chinese source for $3,000 a piece. "I can't even buy raw materials for that," he says. "There are two possibilities: Either they are subsidized by the government or they gave away the molds to get the manufacturing business," says the businessman, who has to lay off 30 percent of his workforce so far.

    But Mr. Bender has fared well compared with the US textile business. US markets are getting flooded by Vietnamese and Chinese goods. "People are moving jobs faster than you can count," says Charles Bremer of the American Textile Manufacturers Institute, which is lobbying for emergency protection.

    It may get worse for the industry. In 2008, all quotas come off Chinese imports. "At that point, the Chinese will completely dominate the market," says Mr. Bremer.

    The effects can be seen in Kannapolis, where the Cannon Mill closing has taken on the air of a natural disaster. The layoffs are the largest in state history, and social workers are descending on the town to set up satellite offices. People are turning off cellphones, cutting cable TV, and pleading with creditors. Already, 200 have had their water shut off.

    "They're going from $35,000 a year with overtime to making maybe $9,000 a year," says Joe Rogers, a local official with the Union of Needletrades and Industrial Textile Employees (UNITE!).

    Sen. John Edwards says he will try to secure $38 million in federal aid, and Sen. Elizabeth Dole is opening an office in town to take questions. But workers are leery: "We don't want questions answered, we want a paycheck," says Mr. Rogers.

    Hundreds of businesses rely directly and indirectly on the mills, including everything from pizza palaces to mortgage brokers. For the Gambrells, the plan now is for Ms. Gambrell, in her early 50s, to go back to school, while Mr. Gambrell tries to find a job - doing what, he doesn't know. "We always said we wouldn't do anything if we couldn't do it together," says Ms. Gambrell, offering a tired smile to her husband.

     

     

  • Senator Kerry urges dialogue with Iran, Syria

    12/16/2006 11:30:14 AM PST · 108 of 108
    Smartass to Seadog Bytes
    Thanks again Seadog.
    "Hanoi John" ceases to be a wonderment!

     

  • Senator Kerry urges dialogue with Iran, Syria

    12/15/2006 2:38:06 PM PST · 66 of 108
    Smartass to Seadog Bytes
    Thanks Seadog.
    There's no end to Kerry's treasonous activities!!!
  • FReeper Canteen~Holiday's With The Troops~07 Dec. 06

    12/07/2006 4:02:24 PM PST · 456 of 516
    Smartass to Seadog Bytes
    Thank you Seadog Bytes

    SmileyCentral.com
    Merry Christmas to you and your's


     

  • Iraq Study Group A Complete Failure - NEWS RELEASE

    12/07/2006 3:54:06 PM PST · 88 of 91
    Smartass to Czar
    Thanks Czar.   More like "Dhimmi" diplomacy.
    The stakes are to high to "cut and run" in this conflict.

     

  • Iraq Study Group A Complete Failure - NEWS RELEASE

    12/07/2006 9:39:57 AM PST · 86 of 91
    Smartass to ntnychik; potlatch
    Hi Chik.
    IMO, O'Connor was a waste on the Court, and likewise here!

     

  • Iraq Study Group A Complete Failure - NEWS RELEASE

    12/07/2006 9:26:32 AM PST · 85 of 91
    Smartass to PhilDragoo
    Thanks and another good one Phil.
    They could have very well titled it:
    French Study Group Surrenders

     

  • Iraq Study Group A Complete Failure - NEWS RELEASE

    12/06/2006 7:50:21 PM PST · 59 of 91
    Smartass to texastoo
    Pitiful CFR globalists. Why am I not surprised?

     

  • Iraq Study Group A Complete Failure - NEWS RELEASE

    12/06/2006 6:57:17 PM PST · 55 of 91
    Smartass to Impeach98; potlatch; ntnychik; PhilDragoo; OXENinFLA; bitt; JustPiper; KittyKares; MamaDearest; ...

    THE IRAQ STUDY FOOLISH GROUP

    We'll pay forever for this nonsense

     

  • White al Qaeda in Bosnia

    12/05/2006 8:06:44 AM PST · 29 of 35
    Smartass to Bokababe; kronos77; tgambill; joan; zagor-te-nej; Lion in Winter; Honorary Serb; jb6; ...


    The destruction of the Church of the Holy Trinity by the religion of peace in 1999. Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Raska and Prizen Kosovo, Yugoslavia See further examples of muslim zero tolerance for Catholicism in Catholic Serbian Kosovo thanks to the rapist president and his policy for the muslim occupation of Kosovo carried forward by the incumbent president:
    Islamofacists interfaith ecumenism.
    Let us not forget these nuts have a very long history of destroying anything contrary to their false religion . These pros' have a very long history of blotting the history of mankind; going back to the total elimination of ancient manuscripts, artifacts, and historical records stored in the greatest library of ancient times - the Library.of Alexander the Great. May His hand smite the heathen leaders of this false religion who intentionally deny the divinity of Christ Jesus to the ignorant masses blindly following the evil instructions intended to destroy Catholicism throughout the world. When our warriors were protecting the billionaire members of the Saudi family in Saudi Arabia, they refused to allow our men and women to display any kind of religious material in their country that didn't promote the religion of death -
    is-lam!!!
  • London Stock Trader Urges Move to 'AMERO'

    11/29/2006 10:22:49 AM PST · 214 of 264
    Smartass to yoe
    Thanks for info and links.
    Keep the info coming.


    Click for Phoenix, Arizona Forecast

     

  • London Stock Trader Urges Move to 'AMERO'

    11/28/2006 1:06:45 PM PST · 145 of 264
    Smartass to Kimberly GG; potlatch; ntnychik; PhilDragoo; OXENinFLA; bitt; JustPiper; KittyKares; MamaDearest; ..
    Thank you. Good informative post.

     

  • Protesters occupy church in Turkey

    11/22/2006 10:33:53 AM PST · 28 of 77
    Smartass to CottShop; Bokababe; kronos77; tgambill; joan

    "If we, the USA, continue to ridicule God’s servants and God’s ways, we will eventually fall prey to our enemies as did the un Godly Kings in the old testament."

    Thanks for the post Bokababe, and for link Cottshop.
  • **THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE SECRETARY RUMSFELD! (Melanie Morgan MAF Email)**

    11/09/2006 9:41:39 PM PST · 101 of 153
    Smartass to Seadog Bytes; potlatch; ntnychik; PhilDragoo; OXENinFLA; bitt; JustPiper; KittyKares; ...
    Thanks Seadog Bytes...Yeah a bandwidth problem.
    It was such a good pic of Rummy, I'm reposting it.

     

     

  • **THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE SECRETARY RUMSFELD! (Melanie Morgan MAF Email)**

    11/09/2006 11:27:38 AM PST · 68 of 153
    Smartass to Impeach98; kristinn; potlatch; ntnychik; PhilDragoo; OXENinFLA; bitt; JustPiper; KittyKares; ...
    Thank you Secretary Rumsfeld
    God Bless

     

  • Prayer Requested for 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Update at #3168)

    11/02/2006 8:09:44 PM PST · 2,603 of 3,459
    Smartass to bitt; potlatch; ntnychik; PhilDragoo; OXENinFLA; JustPiper; KittyKares; MamaDearest; ...

    FOOTPRINTS IN THE SAND

    Mary Stevenson's Footprints in the sand written in 1936
    © U.S. Copyright 1984


    One night I dreamed I was walking
    Along the beach with the Lord.

    Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.

    In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand.

    Sometimes there were two sets of footprints.

    Other times there were one set of footprints.

    This bothered me because I noticed that
    During the low periods of my life when I was
    Suffering from anguish, sorrow, or defeat,
    I could see only one set of footprints,
    So I said to the Lord, "You promised me,
    Lord, that if I followed You,
    You would walk with me always.

    But I noticed that during the most trying periods
    Of my life there have only been
    One set of prints in the sand.

    Why, When I have needed You most,
    You have not been there for me?"

    The Lord replied,
    "The times when you have seen only one set of footprints
    Is when I carried you."


    The Lord is with you Tonk.

     

  • The Hillary Questions (barf alert)

    10/25/2006 7:01:47 PM PDT · 13 of 29
    Smartass to potlatch

    REPENT...lol.

  • U.S. Supreme Court: Ariz. can seek photo ID for vote

    10/21/2006 11:56:48 AM PDT · 176 of 215
    Smartass to texastoo; B4Ranch; Paul Ross; jmc813; hedgetrimmer; Kimberly GG; potlatch; ntnychik; PhilDragoo; ...

     

  • Border Agents Sentenced for Shooting Drug Smuggler(Outrageous!)

    10/21/2006 11:43:47 AM PDT · 62 of 85
    Smartass to texastoo; B4Ranch; Paul Ross; jmc813; hedgetrimmer; Kimberly GG; potlatch; ntnychik; PhilDragoo; ...

    U.S. Department of Justice
    U.S. Attorney’s Office
    Western District of Texas

    Johnny Sutton, U.S. Attorney

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Shana Jones, Special Assistant
    Daryl Fields, Public Affairs Officer
    610 N.W. Loop 410
    January 20, 2005 San Antonio, Texas 78216
    (210) 384-7452
     

    ILLEGAL ALIEN SMUGGLERS SENTENCED
     
    U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton announced today the sentencings of the
    following individuals for their roles in an illegal alien smuggling
    operation:
     
    Alfredo Lopez, 28, a legal permanent resident from Mexico, and resident of
    Tornillo, Texas, was sentenced yesterday to 46 months in federal prison and
    5 years of supervised release;

    Dwayne Hector Ortiz, 40, of El Paso, Texas, was sentenced on December 15,
    2004, to 41
    months in federal prison;

    Leticia Martinez, 34, of El Paso, Texas, was sentenced on November 16,
    2004, to 32
    months in federal prison;

    Justin Wade Davenport, 31, of Farmington, Arkansas, was sentenced on
    October 19,
    2004, to 12 months plus 1 day in federal prison;

    Martial John Chamberland, 32, of Spring, Texas, was sentenced on October
    21, 2004, to
    33 months in federal prison;
     
    Lawrence Elmer Pearce, Jr., 34, of Cantonment, Florida, was sentenced on
    October 21,
    2004, to 87 in federal prison and
     
    Gregory James Schottenloher, 43, originally from Tampa, Florida was
    sentenced on
    October 20, 2004, to 27 months in federal prison.
     
    On or about April 4, 2004, a group of illegal aliens who congregated in
    Juarez Mexico, were guided into the United States to a ranch in Tornillo,
    Texas.  There Alfredo Lopez transported at least 15 illegal aliens to El
    Paso, Texas, to a residence being rented by Dwayne Hector Ortiz and Leticia
    Martinez.
    In the meantime, another individual, who remains a fugitive from justice,
    was in contact with Lawrence Elmer Pearce, Jr. who was a truck driver. 
    This fugitive sought from Pearce a driver to take a group of aliens to
    Dallas, Texas, and then to Chicago, Illinois.  Pearce had obtained from
    this fugitive approximately 600 pounds of marihuana and could not take the
    aliens.  Pearce was accompanied at the time by Gregory James Schottenloher.
     Pearce was in contact via cell phone with Melinda S. O’Brien, another
    truck driver who was en route to El Paso from Yuma, Arizona.  O’Brien
    agreed to pick up a group of 6 aliens in El Paso.
     
    The fugitive provided Pearce a phone number to give to O’Brien, that being
    Ortiz’s and Martinez’s phone number.  O’Brien contacted Ortiz and Martinez
    and they agreed to a rendevous at a warehouse on the far east side of El
    Paso.  On the night of April 4, 2004, Ortiz and Martinez brought a group of
    six aliens from their house to the warehouse where they then got into the
    sleeper of O’Brien’s semi tractor. O’Brien left El Paso en route to Dallas.
     
    In the early morning of April 5, 2004, O’Brien had a collision with a
    southbound tractor trailer.  O’Brien’s tractor became separated with its
    trailer.  A northbound pick-up driven by Paul Wesley Wilkins, of Kermit,
    Texas, was unable to avoid the trailer and died in the collision. O’Brien,
    and three of the six aliens also died in the accident.  An autopsy revealed
    that O’Brien had illegal drugs in her system.
     
    On May 1, 2004, Pearce and Chamberland were apprehended at the Sierra
    Blanca U.S. Border Patrol Checkpoint on Interstate 10 and were caught with
    577 pounds of marihuana. Defendants Lopez, Ortiz, Martinez, Pearce, and
    Schottenloher pled guilty to Conspiracy to transport illegal aliens for
    profit which resulted in death. Defendant Pearce also pled guilty to two
    counts of possession of over 100 kilograms of marihuana with the intent to
    distribute. Defendant Chamberland pled guilty to one count of possession of
    over100 kilograms of marihuana with the intent to distribute.  Defendant
    Davenport pled guilty to Misprision of a Felony in that he was aware of the
    conspiracy to transport aliens, but was not directly involved, but did not
    report the matter to authorities immediately.
     
    This case was investigated by the Texas Department of Public Safety, Pecos,
    Texas, and by the U.S. Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement from
    Fort Stockton, and Alpine. Assistant United States Attorney James J.
    Miller, Jr. prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.
  • U.S. Supreme Court: Ariz. can seek photo ID for vote

    10/20/2006 8:36:20 PM PDT · 142 of 215
    Smartass to Kimberly GG

    The ruling, by far is not a silver cure all bullet, however a start in the right direction to bring honesty back into our election process.

    The court's ruling left the door open in many areas though:
    Their ruling in part...
    "“A State indisputably has a compelling interest in pre- serving the integrity of its election process.” Eu v. San Francisco County Democratic Central Comm., 489 U. S. 214, 231 (1989). Confidence in the integrity of our elec-toral processes is essential to the functioning of our participatory democracy. Voter fraud drives honest citizens out of the democratic process and breeds distrust of our government. Voters who fear their legitimate votes will be outweighed by fraudulent ones will feel disenfranchised."