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  • We fight back against Cap & Trade

    06/27/2009 11:44:59 AM PDT · by dvan · 17 replies · 826+ views
    Our Country Deserves Better ^ | June 27, 2009 | NA
    By now you've heard the news: the House has passed the cap & trade bill that will saddle Americans with thousands of dollars in new taxes, fees and costs each year. It's just the latest big government, quasi-socialistic policy that the Obama/Pelosi/Reid team are trying to force through in their efforts to remake America into a nation that our Founding Fathers wouldn't recognize. Today there will be protests all across the nation against this measure - and the Our Country Deserves Better Committee will be having our staff, leadership and supporters out joining the resistance against these un-American leftist policies....
  • The Saga Of The Bearer Bonds

    06/13/2009 4:51:15 PM PDT · by FromLori · 41 replies · 3,153+ views
    The Market Ticker ^ | 6/`13/09 | Karl Denninger
    It just gets more and more odd after my original report, with the latest coming from a German newspaper (translation courtesy of Google): Hit for the Zöllner: The contraband securities valued at 134 billion U.S. dollars are apparently real. Die italienische Finanzpolizei hatte zwei Japaner ertappt, die im doppelten Boden eines Koffers milliardenschwere Anleihen in die Schweiz schaffen wollten. The Italian financial police had two Japanese caught in the false bottom suitcase billion-dollar bonds in Switzerland wanted to create. Von dem Fund profitiert das hochverschuldete Italien. Note that this has received very little coverage in the so-called "mainstream US media"...
  • FDA to allow Plan B birth control for 17-year-olds

    04/22/2009 2:36:11 PM PDT · by greatdefender · 10 replies · 375+ views
    WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration says it will allow 17-year-olds to get the 'morning-after' birth control pill without a doctor's prescription. The FDA said Wednesday it will not appeal a federal judge's order overturning restrictions that were imposed during the Bush administration. U.S. District Judge Edward Korman ruled that Bush administration appointees let politics, not science, drive their decision to allow over-the-counter access only for women 18 and older. Korman ordered the FDA to let 17-year-olds get the medication. He also is ordering the agency to evaluate whether all age restrictions should be lifted. In a statement, the...
  • A New Federal Police Force?

    04/21/2009 9:02:35 AM PDT · by dvan · 46 replies · 2,258+ views ^ | April 21, 2009 | Thomas Sowell
    Are You an "Extremist"? While the rest of us may be worried about violent Mexican drug gangs on our border, or about terrorists who are going to be released from Guantanimo, the Director of Homeland Security is worried about "right-wing extremists." Just who are these right-wing extremists? According to an official document of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, right-wing extremists include "groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration." It also includes those "rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority." If you fit into any of these...
  • Citizen Representatives and Senators

    04/11/2009 1:05:19 PM PDT · by dvan · 18 replies · 577+ views
    self | 4/11/2009 | dvan
    I know this is a radical idea that certainly won't be accepted by our present government. As conservatives one of our core principles is Limited Government. The less the better. This was a principle that was accepted during the earliest years of our Republic. Sending legislators to Washington, D.C. fulltime apparently hasn't worked for either political party. Today we find ourselves 'dominated and governed' rather than represented. Term limits haven't succeeded either. they simply overturn them ignore them or declare them 'unconstituional' while they sponsor 'pork barrel' earmarks that guarantee that they are re-elected by their special interests. We need...
  • Gov't transparency website faces private rival

    03/27/2009 4:09:25 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies · 546+ views
    The Hill ^ | 3/27/09 | Reid Wilson
    As critics slam the administration's website for a lack of accessible data, a private company has launched a rival — Onvia, a 12-year old consulting group, started with the goal of providing real-time data on spending that comes out of the $787 billion stimulus bill. "If the money is being spent now, we need folks looking at the dollars being spent now to flag anything that might be inappropriate or might be wasteful," Jerry Brito, a senior research fellow at George Mason University, told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee
  • Gov't stimulus projects include wage requirements

    03/26/2009 1:22:52 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies · 353+ views
    Breitbart ^ | 3/26/09 | SCOTT BAUER
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Welders, bricklayers and other construction workers under the U.S. government's $787 billion stimulus law would earn significantly higher wages in some areas than crews on private, non-stimulus projects. Wage rules in the law are a potential bonus to workers' wallets but they're upsetting contractors who say it will increase their costs and reduce the numbers of projects that can be funded. Tucked within the 407-page law is a requirement that laborers and mechanics employed on government stimulus projects be paid "prevailing wages," which is defined as the salary and fringe benefits for corresponding work on similar...
  • Gov't asks Supreme Court to dismiss Al-Marri case

    02/28/2009 1:01:20 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 331+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/28/09 | Mark Sherman and Devlin Barrett - ap
    WASHINGTON – Suspected al-Qaida sleeper agent Ali Al-Marri is now facing criminal charges, but the Obama administration is refusing to rule out the future use of indefinite detention for terrorism suspects picked up in the United States. The administration urged the Supreme Court Friday to dismiss al-Marri's challenge to the president's authority to detain people in the U.S. indefinitely and without charges. Al-Marri was the only person being held inside this country without being charged, the administration said in court papers, and President Barack Obama "has ordered a comprehensive review of all military detention policies worldwide." The transfer signals that...
  • Change is Coming

    02/22/2009 5:44:22 PM PST · by dvan · 105 replies · 6,076+ views
    NA | NA | Pat Dollard
    I am a student of history. Professionally, I have written 15 books in six languages, and have studied it all my life. I think there is something monumentally large afoot, and I do not believe it is just a banking crisis, or a mortgage crisis, or a credit crisis. Yes these exist, but they are merely single facets on a very large gemstone that is only now coming into a sharper focus. Something of historic proportions is happening. I can sense it because I know how it feels, smells, what it looks like, and how people react to it. Yes,...
  • $75 billion to prevent 9 million Americans from losing their homes.

    02/18/2009 8:55:41 AM PST · by dvan · 53 replies · 1,626+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 2/18/2009 | MARK S. SMITH and ALAN ZIBEL
    Obama to unveil $75 billion mortgage relief plan President Barack Obama's plan to tackle the foreclosure crisis will spend $75 billion in an effort to prevent up to 9 million Americans from losing their homes.
  • Downsizing. It's Only Fair!

    02/17/2009 10:06:18 AM PST · by dvan · 7 replies · 464+ views
    email | NA | NA
    When a company falls on difficult times, one of the things that seems to happen is they reduce their staff and workers. The remaining workers need to find ways to continue to do a good job or risk that their job would be eliminated as well. Wall street, and the media normally congratulate the CEO for making this type of "tough decision", and his board of directors gives him a big bonus. Our government should not be immune from similar risks. Therefore: Reduce the House of Representatives from the current 435 members to 218 members and Senate members from 100...
  • UK gov't official in anti-Semitism storm

    02/09/2009 8:01:58 AM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies · 524+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 2/9/09 | staff
    A top UK Foreign Office official has been arrested on suspicion of an anti-Semitic outburst at a gym, the Daily Mail reported Monday. Rowan Laxton, who is head of the South Asia Group at the Foreign Office, was watching TV reports of the IDF offensive in Gaza while on an exercise bike at a gym when he was allegedly heard shouting: "F**king Israelis, f**king Jews," and saying that IDF soldiers should be wiped off the face of the earth, the UK newspaper reported. His tirade reportedly continued even after he was approached by other exercisers at the London Business School's...
  • Netanyahu: I Won't Form an Extreme Right-Wing Gov't

    01/25/2009 10:28:33 AM PST · by Nachum · 17 replies · 591+ views
    Arutz 7 ^ | 1-25-09 | Hillel Fendel
    ( Front-running prime ministerial candidate Binyamin Netanyahu told foreign diplomats over the weekend that he does not plan to form an "extremist right-wing" government, if elected in the February 10th elections. Netanyahu’s remarks appear to be a reaction to accusations by Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, running at the head of the Kadima Party, that if Netanyahu is elected, he will form “an extremist right-wing government” that will “lead to a split between Israel and the United States.” The Likud has long been leading in polls, and Netanyahu is expected to receive the nod from President Shimon Peres to form Israel’s...
  • Matheson again fights automatic pay hike (how about the retirement and other perks?)

    12/30/2008 4:46:29 AM PST · by personalaccts · 8 replies · 491+ views ^ | 12/30/08 | Lee Davidson
    Matheson again fights automatic pay hike By Lee Davidson Deseret News Published: Dec. 29, 2008 12:00 a.m. Despite the country's economic meltdown, Congress is about to receive an automatic $4,700 pay raise on Thursday — a 2.8 percent increase over the current $169,300 salary for most members. Rep. Jim Matheson says that is unconscionable, and he's vowing to renew his annual fight to stop such automatic raises. He says the bad economy might just help him win this year, and a government watchdog group is joining his battle to say the raise is a bad idea in such times.
  • Bailout payout tops $8 trillion

    12/17/2008 12:43:16 PM PST · by BGHater · 38 replies · 900+ views
    Politico ^ | 16 Dec 2008 | Jeanne Cummings
    As the holiday season commences, it’s worth taking stock of the last gift that President George W. Bush and the 110th Congress have left for U.S. taxpayers. It’s a package of about $8.7 trillion dollars’ worth of potential taxpayer commitments for loans, guarantees and other bailout goodies for businesses and distressed homeowners. Amid the tissue paper: • More than $1.5 trillion in Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. loan guarantees, including a $139 billion assist to the lending arm of General Electric Corp. • $1.8 trillion in cash, tax breaks and loan guarantees doled out from the Treasury Department to taxpayers, financial...
  • Thailand slashes rates as protests hit economy [financial crisis continues]

    12/03/2008 3:00:05 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 7 replies · 481+ views
    Reuters ^ | 2008-12-04 | Kitiphong Thaichareon
    BANGKOK, Dec 3 (Reuters) - The Bank of Thailand surprised markets by cutting interest rates by a full point on Wednesday, saying the economic damage wrought by political unrest and the global downturn triggered its first easing since mid-2007. A rapid retreat in inflation in recent months made it easier for the central bank to slash rates by the biggest margin in over eight years to help the economy, hit by anti-government protests that culminated in an eight-day siege of Bangkok's main airports. "The political problem is having quite a severe impact on the economy," BoT Assistant Governor Duangmanee Vongpradhip...
  • Another Jew from Clinton Gov't to Join Obama-Biden Team

    11/13/2008 8:49:08 PM PST · by Nachum · 22 replies · 1,501+ views
    Arutz 7 ^ | 11-14-08 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    ( Vice President-elect Joe Biden has appointed former Clinton administration aide Ran Klain as his chief of staff, one week after President-elect Barack Obama tapped Clinton aide Rahm Emanuel to head the White House as chief of staff. Both appointees are Jewish, but while Emanuel is an observant Jew, Klain intermarried more than 20 years ago and his family observes Christmas. Klain, like Emanuel, promoted the Oslo Peace Accords, which eventually exploded into the Oslo War that has been raging since September, 2000. Emanuel choreographed the handshake between Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin and Yasser Arafat on the White House lawn...
  • Washington Windfall (to bad we can't have this plan)

    10/10/2008 3:43:54 AM PDT · by personalaccts · 8 replies · 578+ views ^ | unknown | unknown
    Generous congressional retirement benefits are turning former lawmakers into pension millionaires. Some want to change this. But will they create a true "citizen's Congress," or just a rich person's club? By most standards, Colorado's Pat Schroeder and Pennsylvania's Robert Walker have had long and productive careers representing their constituents in the US House of Representatives. Schroeder, a Democrat, is Congress's leading advocate for women in combat, and was an early coauthor of the 1993 Family and Medical Leave Act. Walker, a Republican, has chaired the House Science Committee in the 104th Congress and is a key deputy to Speaker Newt...
  • (NV) State revenues up $400 million in 2007

    02/08/2008 7:04:29 AM PST · by sf4dubya · 9 replies · 167+ views
    Nevada Appeal ^ | February 8, 2008 | Appeal Capitol Bureau
    The State of Nevada's revenues grew $396.6 million in fiscal year 2007, a 5.67 percent gain to $7.4 billion. But the state's expenses for 2007 were $7.2 billion, a full $1 billion higher than the previous year. The data is contained in the state's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report released by Controller Kim Wallin this week. She said the economic downturn, which caused the governor to call for budget reductions from all agencies receiving General Fund money, has created a lot of interest in the report. She pointed out the budget cuts are based not on the Fiscal 2007 report but...
  • AP: Thousands of Pets Massacred, Thrown Off Bridge in Puerto Rico

    11/15/2007 3:14:22 PM PST · by dynachrome · 18 replies · 49+ views ^ | 11-15-07 | AP via Fox News
    TRUJILLO ALTO, Puerto Rico — Back roads, gorges and garbage dumps on this tropical island are littered with the decaying carcasses of dogs and cats. An Associated Press investigation reveals why: possibly thousands of unwanted animals have been tossed off bridges, buried alive and otherwise inhumanely disposed of by taxpayer-financed animal control programs. Witnesses who spoke with the AP said that, despite pledges to deliver adoptable strays to shelters and humanely euthanize the rest, the island's leading private animal control companies generally did neither.
  • Freep a Poll! (Non-citizens serve on gov't boards? Colorado)

    09/05/2007 5:50:35 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 18 replies · 219+ views ^ | 9-5-07 | Denver Post
    Do you think noncitizens should serve on government boards? Yes No I don't know
  • Hevron's Jews: Gov't Must Return Jewish Property

    08/30/2007 12:48:12 PM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies · 201+ views
    Arutz 7 ^ | Aug 30, 2007 | Hillel Fendel
    ( The Hevron Jewish Community has released a sharp, detailed report accusing the Israeli Government of breach of trust, abuse, and hostility towards the Jewish owners of Arab-stolen property in the City of the Patriarchs. Entitled "The State of Israel's Management of the Stolen Jewish Property in Hevron," the report was issued this month in honor of the 78th anniversary of the Hevron massacre. In August 1929, Arabs brutally murdered 67 of their Jewish neighbors in their homes and in the local yeshiva. The Jewish survivors were then removed from Hevron, leaving behind their homes and land to be stolen...
  • Hello California

    01/25/2007 12:32:30 AM PST · by debbieargel · 3 replies · 603+ views
    Hello California, I have sent messages to the Governor for a private meeting. This is a request to discuss several issues. One of the most important issues is the vote of the troops that are deployed. As the Director of Military Outreach for Move America Forward, I have many contacts from the Troops. They now have issues that their votes have not been counted, or that their votes come too late in the process. For the left, this is good news. They do not want to hear from the troops and support for this war,which is a vote against defeat....
  • Freep a poll!(Foxnews. Gov't should help close "wealth gap"?)

    11/21/2006 4:17:10 PM PST · by dynachrome · 17 replies · 420+ views
    foxnews,com ^ | 11-21-06 | Fox News
    Should the government initiate steps to close the 'wealth gap' in America? Yes No Not Sure

    06/24/2006 11:49:02 AM PDT · by MrsPatriot · 14 replies · 730+ views
    Office of the Governor, Tim Pawlenty ^ | June 24, 2006 | MrsPatriot
    A STATEMENT FROM THE GOVERNOR -- June 22, 2006 The following is a statement from Governor Tim Pawlenty regarding the full-page ad in today’s Star Tribune from the “Growth & Justice” think tank calling for a $2 billion per year tax increase. “After decades of struggle, we are proud to have moved Minnesota out of the top ten in taxes. We now have budget surpluses and double digit revenue growth to the state. We are not undertaxed and will be able to fund our key priorities like education without raising taxes. “Having read the names of those who signed the...
  • Defense: Gov't Manufactured Enron Case - Enron, Lay, Skilling trial, final arguments

    05/16/2006 8:39:27 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 269+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/16/06 | Kristen Hays - ap
    HOUSTON - The government bore down on Enron Corp. as it would the Mafia, intimidating top lieutenants into pointing fingers at their bosses because someone had to pay for crimes that preceded the company's stunning collapse, the lawyer for former Chief Executive Jeffrey Skilling said Tuesday. "This was all manufactured after the fact," Daniel Petrocelli declared in an impassioned plea for jurors to acquit his client of all 28 fraud and conspiracy counts against him. "Because it's Enron. After all, somebody has to pay. It's Enron." In a searing closing argument, Petrocelli sought to drive home the defense theme that...
  • Israel Holds Hamas-Led Gov't Responsible

    04/18/2006 6:44:12 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 505+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/18/06 | Karin Laub - ap
    JERUSALEM - Israel said Tuesday that it holds the Hamas-led Palestinian Authority responsible for the deadliest suicide bombing in nearly two years and debated whether to target it directly as an "enemy entity" — even though the attack was carried out by a different militant group. Monday's blast outside a packed Tel Aviv fast-food restaurant killed nine civilians and wounded dozens during the Jewish Passover holiday, and troop reinforcements were deployed across Israel for fear of more attacks. The 21-year-old bomber, a West Bank university dropout, was sent by the Iranian-backed Islamic Jihad group. Israel's U.N. ambassador, Dan Gillerman, warned...
  • Audit: Poor Oversight of Gov't Contracting

    04/11/2006 1:13:03 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 201+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/11/06 | Hope Yen - ap
    WASHINGTON - From Iraq reconstruction to Hurricane Katrina, poor contracting oversight enables Alaska Native corporations to capitalize on multimillion-dollar no-bid deals at a potential cost to taxpayers and small businesses, a federal audit says. A report by the Government Accountability Office, obtained Tuesday, indicates gaps in the overseeing of federal contracts, which have boomed in recent years in part due to provisions backed by Sen. Ted Stevens (news, bio, voting record), R-Alaska. The review of 16 no-bid contracts found that administration agencies routinely picked Alaskan firms — which can be designated legally as "small and disadvantaged," regardless of their size...
  • Gov't Seeking to Deport Chinese Scholar

    01/22/2006 2:15:14 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 491+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/22/06 | Matthew Barakat - ap
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Nearly five years ago, the U.S. government exerted high-profile diplomatic pressure on China to secure the return of scholar Gao Zhan, a researcher at American University whom Beijing believed was a spy for Taiwan. Now, the Department of Homeland Security is pushing with equal vigor to have her deported back to China. Gao's case, set for a hearing Monday on the latest twist, became international news in February 2001 when she and her family were arrested by the Chinese on suspicion of espionage. Her husband, Xue Donghua, and the couple's 5-year-old son were released after a month...
  • State, Justice Will Appear at MPAC, Causing Concern

    12/20/2005 7:31:07 AM PST · by nuconvert · 6 replies · 360+ views
    N.Y. Sun ^ | December 16, 2005
    State, Justice Will Appear at MPAC, Causing Concern BY MEGHAN CLYNE - Staff Reporter of the Sun December 16, 2005 WASHINGTON - Outrage and puzzlement are mounting over the Bush administration's participation this weekend in the fifth annual convention of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, to be headlined by a vociferous administration critic and a former ambassador to Iraq, Joseph Wilson. The convention also will include leaders of MPAC who have made statements considered by many to be anti-Israel and anti-Semitic, and to be supportive of the terrorist organizations Hamas and Hezbollah. "It's really regrettable, because it sends the wrong...
  • 'I'm scared of how I might die' (Death with Dignity Act)

    11/17/2005 10:52:03 PM PST · by F14 Pilot · 10 replies · 508+ views
    BBC News ^ | BBC News medical producer in Oregon
    Proposals to allow doctors to help some terminally ill patients to die have been submitted for consideration by the House of Lords. Lord Joffe's bill is modelled around Oregon's Death with Dignity Act. Since its introduction in 1994 over 200 people have used the law to hasten their death. Nora Nicolaidas is settling up. She has put her house on the market, the childcare she performed for her daughter for the last four years has now passed to a minder, and all her bills are paid. But it is not her home town of Portland Oregon she is settling accounts...
  • Tehran seeking new ways to censor the Internet and track dissidents

    10/19/2005 1:56:57 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 3 replies · 333+ views
    Reporters Without Borders ^ | 18 October 2005
    More sites banned, overhaul of filtering system planned Reporters Without Borders today accused the Iranian government of seeking to increase its control of the Internet in recent measures that have included contracting an Iranian company, Delta Global, to set up a new online censorship system. While developing a woefully oppressive model of Internet management, Iran is participating actively in international talks about Internet governance that are being held as part of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), the press organisation said. “These new measures point to an ideological hardening in the Iranian government and a desire by the...
  • Pentagon wants new spying powers in US

    10/11/2005 2:12:04 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 6 replies · 696+ views
    Pentagon says it won't spy on 'innocent' Americans, but critics say past record shows this is false. Claiming it needs greater latitude for the war on terror, the US Senate Intelligence Committee has approved a request from the Pentagon for the right to "covertly" gather intelligence on US citizens in order to determine whether they can recruit them as informants, without telling them that they are doing so on behalf of the US government. Reuters reported Friday that the Pentagon said the measure, which is aimed at the Muslim community in the US, could help them fight insurgencies in Iraq...
  • Liberal secularism is the answer to combatting terrorism

    09/01/2005 11:15:51 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 5 replies · 586+ views
    On Line Opinion ^ | Friday, 2 September 2005 | By Cameron Riley
    In Muslim nations that go to the ballot box, such as Indonesia, Malaysia and Bangladesh, extremist political parties get crushed by voters. Those extremists are not able to earn more than a small per cent of the vote. Most people want good government, the electricity to work, the trains to run on time, low crime and so forth. The people are wise, and with a proper outlet to let that wisdom flow to government, superior outcomes prevail. Voters choose secular political parties over religious ones, and moderate parties over extremists. Saudi Arabia and Iran are the two best examples of...
  • Hardline Mullah 'Jannati': Iran is the winner in nuclear game

    08/26/2005 2:47:54 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 4 replies · 240+ views
    Tehran's substitute Friday Prayers Leader Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati stressed that Iran, and not the US, is the winner in the nuclear game. He made the remark here Friday before thousands of worshipers who had gathered at Tehran University campus for the weekly Friday Prayers. He said the ground was apt in the country for gaining progress and prosperity and noted that the new government, too, relying on the high number of positive votes it managed to gain from the public, is quite ready to serve people and move towards progress. Ayatollah Jannati who is also secretary of the Guardians Council,...
  • Al-Sadr allies to boycott gov't duties (in protest after pro and anti- Al-Sadr groups clash)

    08/24/2005 12:48:52 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 334+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/24/05 | AP - Baghdad
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - A Cabinet minister and 21 lawmakers allied with radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr will boycott their official duties to protest an attack Wednesday on their leader's office in Najaf, a key supporter said. The move could seriously complicate efforts to convene parliament to vote on a new constitution and raises fears of internal conflicts among the Shiites at a time when Sunni Arabs are outraged over the new draft constitution. The statement by Fattah al-Sheik was confirmed by Transport Minister Salam al-Maliki, who said he had "suspended" his membership in the Cabinet to protest the burning of...
  • War Resisters in Canada (Deserters) - Know them better!

    08/22/2005 9:00:12 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 8 replies · 623+ views
    Jeremy Hinzman Jeremy Hinzman was a U.S. soldier in the elite infantry division, the 82nd Airborne. He served in Afghanistan in a non-combat position after having applied for conscientious objector status. After being refused CO status and returning to America, he learned that they would be deployed to Iraq. Hinzman did not believe the stated reasons for the Iraq war. In January 2004 he drove to Canada to seek asylum. He is currently living in Toronto with his wife Nga Nguyen and son Liam. His refugee claim was turned down in March 2005 by the Immigration and Refugee Board. That...
  • Hungering for Reform in Iran

    08/20/2005 10:55:19 AM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 12 replies · 307+ views ^ | Aug 20, 05 | By Roya Hakakian
    Akbar Ganji Puts His Life on the Line By Roya Hakakian Sunday, August 21, 2005; Page B03 The debate over Iran's quest for nuclear weapons has produced thousands of headlines over the past couple of years, but anyone who's been following closely should know this much: There is no real news there. The issue has become a mere political symphony in which the same theme gets repeated over and over with only small variations. Yet it still gets significant coverage in the global media. To those, like me, who lived through the 1979 hostage crisis in Iran, this is eerily...
  • Republican senator calls for talks with Iran (Chuck Hagel)

    08/19/2005 10:11:25 AM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 35 replies · 804+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 19/08/05 | Alan Elsner - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Party foreign policy expert Sen. Chuck Hagel is calling for the United States to open talks with Iran's new president and has dismissed President George W. Bush's talk of a military option against Tehran as an empty and foolish threat. In an interview with Reuters during a trip across his home state on Wednesday, Hagel said the United States should greet the new Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with a bold diplomatic stroke. "You've got a new president, a new opportunity to do something bold here. Why not take that opportunity and do something bold? Iran is...
  • Eminent Domain: Property Rights in Danger in Florida, Too - (it's becoming a national epidemic!)

    07/18/2005 5:37:52 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 14 replies · 1,070+ views
    PACIFIC LEGAL.ORG ^ | JULY 17, 2005 | Valerie A. Fernandez
    Last month the U.S. Supreme Court, in the Connecticut case of Kelo vs. New London, gave local governments the power to seize the homes of property owners and give the land to private companies. Florida Attorney General Charles Crist and other sources have been quoted as saying that Floridians don’t have to worry about this decision because state law provides greater protection for private-property owners than the U.S. Constitution or Connecticut law. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Florida’s Community Redevelopment Act that allows “blighted” areas to be condemned by local governments under eminent domain gives public entities unbridled discretion in...
  • Panel criticizes Spanish gov't over bombs (3/11)

    06/22/2005 7:21:28 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 218+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 6/22/05 | Daniel Woolls - AP
    MADRID, Spain (AP) - The Spanish government in power at the time of the Madrid train bombings underestimated threats from Islamic militants and responded to the massacre by misleading voters in the face of an imminent election, a panel of lawmakers said Wednesday. Seven of eight parties represented in Spain's Parliament voted Wednesday to approve a 300-page report investigating the March 11, 2004, attacks, which killed 191 people and wounded more than 1,500. The conservative Popular Party - which ruled at the time of the attack and which was blamed in the report for releasing misleading information - abstained from...
  • French Reject EU Constitution, Gov't Says

    05/29/2005 1:41:55 PM PDT · by Libloather · 125 replies · 2,222+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 5/29/05 | JOHN LEICESTER
    French Reject EU Constitution, Gov't Says By JOHN LEICESTER, Associated Press Writer 5 minutes ago PARIS - French voters rejected the European Union's first constitution Sunday, early government results showed — a stinging repudiation of the ambitious, decades-long effort to further unite the continent. With about 83 percent of the votes counted, the referendum was rejected by 57.26 percent of voters, the Interior Ministry said. The treaty was supported by 42.74 percent, the ministry said. All 25 EU members must ratify the text for it to take effect — and nine already have done so. The Dutch vote Wednesday, with...
  • RAKING IT IN - (time to privatize government jobs?)

    04/23/2005 12:49:05 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 51 replies · 1,109+ views
    NEW YORK SUN.COM ^ | APRIL 22, 2005 | Staff Editorial
    So after all those years of hearing the argument that extraordinarily generous pension, holiday, vacation, and health care benefits for government employees were justified because they made lower salaries than private sector workers, the premise turns out not to be true. The Citizens Budget Commission draws our attention to recently released 2004 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. They show that in the New York City region, fringe benefits aside, state and local government employees actually earn 15% more on average than private sector employees - $28.26 an hour compared to $24.62 an hour. The attention raised by the...
  • 'Tis the Season to Be Angry - (the tax man cometh)

    04/12/2005 5:01:56 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 8 replies · 336+ views
    "Congress shall create a Tax Code weighing more than the combined poundage of the largest member of the House and the largest member of the Senate, plus a standard musk ox." Article I, Section VI of the Constitution of the United States (according to "Dave Barry Hits Below the Beltway") It's that time of year again. Dig out the receipts showing every possible legal deduction. Find all those canceled checks proving that you paid all those doctor bills last year. Add up the mileage for all those business-related trips you took. Put it all into a shoebox, take it down...
  • Destroying the trees on the Gettysburg Battlefield (vanity)

    03/18/2005 10:44:28 AM PST · by Old Phone Man · 200 replies · 3,386+ views
    Old Lady ^ | March 18, 2005 | Old Lady
    If you care about the Gettysburg battlefield, drive out to Devil's Den and look at the beautiful old trees. You won't find many because the park service just cut most of them down. Some of these trees were over a hundred years old. Some were "witness trees" when the Civil War veterans came back to dedicate their monuments. The trees provided a place of shady contemplation in the hot summer sun for thousands of visitors. Many of us who care about the battlefield are sickened by their loss. The park service plans to make the landscape look like 1863 so...
  • (AP/Ipsos) Poll: 7 in 10 worried about gov't secrecy

    03/12/2005 9:50:59 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 450+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 3/12/05 | Robert Tanner - AP
    Americans feel strongly that good government depends on openness with the public, with seven out of 10 people concerned about government secrecy, a new poll says. The poll, conducted by Ipsos-Public Affairs for Sunshine Week, a coalition of media organizations and other groups pressing for government access, found that more than half of Americans believe government should provide more access to its records. Even more - 70 percent - are either "somewhat concerned" or "very concerned" about government secrecy. Nearly as many felt access to public records was "crucial" to good government. The results come amid growing debate about openness...
  • Highway Bill is a Bad Deal for Arizona

    03/11/2005 2:30:41 PM PST · by hsmomx3 · 1 replies · 111+ views
    email-The Shadegg Source | John Shadegg (R-AZ)
    Shadegg Votes Against Legislation That Sends Our Money to Other States Washington - The federal highway bill that passed the House of Representatives yesterday is a pork-stuffed budget-buster that shortchanges Arizona. "Arizona is one of the fastest-growing states in the country, and we need new and improved highways," said U.S. Congressman John Shadegg. "What we don't need is a system that sends our gas tax money to Washington and doesn't send it all back." The federal government levies an 18.4-cent tax on every gallon of gas sold in America. That money is collected by the federal government and returned to...
  • Leaders to fix pizza and health care delivery systems

    02/02/2005 2:12:15 PM PST · by hsmomx3 · 2 replies · 224+ views
    email | Craig J. Cantoni
    The Foundation for American Pizza Leadership recently issued this press release: "Senator Frist has made arrangements to bring together a cross section of more than 100 business and administrative policy experts on February 2 to discuss 84 practical policy recommendations that are doable over the next four years to make sure that 95 percent of American households can order a pizza with the toppings of their choice and have it delivered piping hot within 45 minutes." Just kidding. The above press release is phony. But a similar one on fixing American health care is not phony. The Foundation for American...
  • Conservative Goals for 2005 - (New Nathan Tabor Column...and he's right!)

    01/06/2005 5:38:05 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 1 replies · 237+ views
    “Expect the worst, and you’ll never be disappointed.” Some people, and especially lots of liberal media pundits, seem to live by that philosophy. As I look forward to the New Year I believe that a spirit of optimism and hope is appropriate. I personally prefer great expectations instead of cynical pessimism any day. So here are some good things I’m hoping for in 2005. On the domestic front, I believe that we are going to see the influence of real, true blue conservatives continue to increase as we work overtime to build and strengthen our base nationwide. The fact is,...

    01/06/2005 12:41:56 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 25 replies · 3,689+ views
    Let’s Roll! By Judson Cox A few months ago, I announced plans to start a conservative, state wide newspaper in my home state of North Carolina. The outpouring of support was overwhelming. The North Carolina Conservative is now a reality! First of all, we would like to thank our contributors: Charlie Daniels, Dr. Fred Decker, John Plecnik, Rep. John Rhodes, Sen. Fern Shubert, Jason Lewis, Mark Ruscoe, John Armor, Chris Adamo, Al Klemm, Megan Fox, Linda Fryer, Lilly Nelson, Karen Pittman, Lee Ellis, Robert Parks, Frank Salvato, Nancy Salvato, Barbara Stock, Dave Swanson, Resa Kirkland, Mike Nevin, Howard Nemerov, Angela...