Korean-American Charged in Rocket Technology Plot – and guess what nation he was spying for?

Korean-American Charged in Rocket Technology Plot

Locust: and guess what nation he was spying for?

More news stories on Asian Immigrants

Curt Anderson, AP, April 29, 2009

A Korean-American man who served prison time for trying to broker the sale of sarin nerve gas bombs to Iran has been indicted on charges of attempting to export advanced rocket technology to South Korea.

The federal indictment filed Wednesday in Miami charges 68-year-old Juwhan Yun (Joo-‘WAHN Yun) of Short Hills, N.J., with illegally trying to arrange a deal for rocket propulsion systems for a South Korean satellite launch vehicle.

Yun was convicted in 1989 of conspiracy involving the nerve gas plot and served about two years in prison.

The new charges carry a maximum sentence of 60 years. Yun’s attorney and the South Korean embassy in Washington did not immediately return calls seeking comment. Yun was arrested April 15 and is being held without bail.

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Minuteman Founder Simcox to Challenge Arizona Senator John McCain

Minuteman Founder Simcox to Challenge Arizona Senator John McCain


Jim Small, Arizona Capitol Times (Phoenix), April 24, 2009

Minuteman Project co-founder Chris Simcox is gearing up to challenge Arizona’s senior senator next year, saying John McCain has lost touch with everyday Arizonans and has abandoned the conservative values he claims to represent.

Simcox has gained national notoriety for his activism on border security issues. In 2005, he and Jim Gilchrist started the Minuteman Project, which organized citizens to monitor the country’s Southern border in order to stem the flow of illegal immigrants. He later split with that group and formed the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps.

Illegal immigration will be one of the central themes of Simcox’s campaign against McCain, who in 2006 spearheaded an effort to reform immigration laws that was panned by critics as ‘amnesty’ for illegal immigrants currently in the country.

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But top aides for Simcox’s campaign say he is not a single-issue candidate and will show voters he is a conservative Republican on all planks of the party’s platform.

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He was critical of McCain for his attempts to reform federal immigration laws, for sponsoring campaign finance laws that restrict certain donations to candidates and for his efforts to limit sales of firearms at gun shows.

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But Simcox’s campaign manager, Robert Kiley, said fundraising won’t be a problem, given Simcox’s national profile because of his work with the Minuteman Project.

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Simcox said during his announcement that he has already started getting donations from across the country through his Web site.

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Wary of a challenge in 2010, McCain has stockpiled $3.6 million in his campaign account for 2010, as of the end of March, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission. He raised $380,000 in the first quarter of the year. E-mails and calls to McCain officials were not returned.

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(Posted on April 30, 2009)

America’s Most Dangerous Cities

America’s Most Dangerous Cities

More news stories on Hispanic Immigrants

Zack O’Malley Greenburg, Forbes, April 24, 2009

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Unfortunately for the Motor City, [the former mayor, Kwame] Kilpatrick, 38, is just one ripple in the area’s sea of crime. Detroit is the worst offender on our list of America’s most dangerous cities, thanks to a staggering rate of 1,220 violent crimes committed per 100,000 people.

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Detroit was followed closely on the list by the greater Memphis, Tenn., and Miami, Fla., metropolitan areas. Those three were the only large cities in America with more than 950 violent crimes committed per 100,000 people.

Behind the Numbers

To determine our list, we used violent crime statistics from the FBI’s latest uniform crime report, issued in 2008. The violent crime category is composed of four offenses: murder and non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault. We evaluated U.S. metropolitan statistical areas—geographic entities defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget for use by federal agencies in collecting, tabulating and publishing federal statistics—with more than 500,000 residents.

Though nationwide crime was down 3.5% year over year in the first six months of 2008, the cities atop our list illustrate a disturbing trend: All 10 of the most dangerous cities were among those identified by the Department of Justice as transit points for Mexican drug cartels.

Run by crime lords like Joaquin Guzman Lorea, these gangs—and their violent turf wars—are spreading into the American Southwest and beyond. Places like Stockton, Calif., nearly 500 miles from Tijuana, have seen an uptick in related violent crime.

“Stockton is a major transit point along the I-5 corridor on the way to Seattle and Vancouver,” says Wolfram. “A lot of it is similar to crime happening in the Southwest. For the most part, it’s drug gang on drug gang.”

Motown Blues

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Detroit isn’t the only city on the list that’s suffering from abandonment issues.

In Las Vegas, Nev., for example, the housing boom created loads of excess inventory. When the market tanked, homeowners suddenly found themselves with properties worth far less than the mortgages they’d taken out. In the worst cases, banks foreclosed, leaving people without homes—and with more debt than they’d had to begin with. As a result, Sin City is even emptier than Detroit.

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Few Signs of Improvement

Making matters more difficult, as municipal budgets shrink during this recession, crime-fighting funds are often among the first casualties.

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Top 5 Most Dangerous Cities:

No. 1 Detroit, Mich.
(Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, Mich., metropolitan statistical area)
Population: 1,951,186
Violent Crimes per 100,000: 1,220

No. 2 Memphis, Tenn.
(Memphis, Tenn.-Miss.-Ark. metropolitan statistical area)
Population: 1,295,670
Violent Crimes per 100,000: 1,218

No. 3. Miami, Fla.
(Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, Fla. metropolitan statistical area)
Population: 2,401,971
Violent Crimes per 100,000: 988

No. 4 Las Vegas, Nev.
(Las Vegas-Paradise, Nev., metropolitan statistical area)
Population: 1,834,533
Violent Crimes per 100,000: 887

No. 5 Stockton, Calif.
(Stockton, Calif., metropolitan statistical area)
Population: 684,406
Violent Crimes per 100,000: 885

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Czech Far-Right March Without Major Incidents

Czech Far-Right March Without Major Incidents


CTK, Ceske Noviny (Prague), April 25, 2009

Krupka—A far-right march of about a hundred supporters of the extremist Workers’ Party (DS) took place in Krupka without any major incidents.

Heavily armed police prevented a clash between the radicals and Romanies from the local housing estate.

When the extremists marched to the estate, two young Romanies threw a metal bar and a beer mug at them.

After this incident, Human Rights and Minorities Minister Michael Kocab who also arrived at the housing estate he calmed down the locals, supported by Romanies arriving from other places.

“A clash must be avoided. This would escalate and turn into a street guerilla war and we must let this happen,” Kocab told CTK.

Several extremist marches recently occurred in north Bohemian towns. Last weekend, unknown attackers threw Molotov cocktails in a house inhabited by Romanies in north Moravia. Three people very severely injured in the fire, including a small girl whose condition remains critical.

DS deputy head Petr Kotab criticised Krupka mayor for supporting “parasites” living at the local housing estate during the march this afternoon.

The Workers’ Party held a similar march a week ago.

After the organisers ended the march, a group of anarchists tried to attack them, but the police separated the two groups.

Far-right activists plan a massive protest on May Day in Brno.

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Mexico Drug Gangs Now Entrenched in U.S.

Mexico Drug Gangs Now Entrenched in U.S.


Newsmax, April 23, 2009

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As violence spirals across the border in Mexico, law enforcement officials on the U.S. side of the Rio Grande Valley in south Texas say they have not seen significant spillover.

But while American border towns have not seen anything remotely approaching the blood-stained carnage of some north Mexican cities where rival drug cartels are in a high-stakes war that killed over 6,000 people last year, criminal street and prison gangs have long been a way of life in south Texas.

And while the links they may have to the Mexican cartels are often murky there are concerns that the drug lords to the south can tap this ready-made criminal infrastructure for a range of nefarious purposes.

In semi-rural Hidalgo County which lies to the north of the Rio Grande River separating Texas and Mexico, Sheriff Guadalupe Trevino reckons that there are about two dozen hardcore gangs operating—a staggering number for a county with about 750,000 people.

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The extent of the problem—the gangs often keep their fighting among themselves—is hard to comprehend driving past citrus orchards or down the busy roads leading to the border. Some of the towns here are among the safest in the country.

But driving in poor, run-down neighborhoods in an unmarked SUV, heavily armed members of Trevino’s elite gang enforcement unit point out gang graffiti scrawled on the sides of ramshackle homes. “Brown Pride” and “Tri-City Bombers” are among the many gangs competing for local turf.

The unit pulls over one heavily tattooed and shabbily dressed young man walking with a limp. It transpires that he has a small amount of marijuana on him in violation of his parole and so he is arrested, cuffed and put in the SUV. The limp is from an old gunshot wound.

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Gangs and their culture of violence, drugs and crime are one of America’s pressing social ills. But in the borderlands the problem has an urgency that has federal investigators worried.

“In the United States the local gangs play a major role in the distribution of the drugs brought in from Mexico. In southern California there has been significant cooperation between the drug cartels and the gangs there,” said Matthew J. Desarno, acting unit chief of the Safe Streets and Gang Unit at Federal Bureau of Investigation headquarters.

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In other small border towns such as Douglas in Arizona, hardened gangs from Los Angeles are carving out turf as part of a scramble to make money from the tons of illegal drugs pouring north from Mexico each month.

NO HONOR AMONG THIEVES

Investigators and police say cross-border links between the cartels and gangs face one obstacle more formidable than the Rio Grande River: trust.

The cartels will deal with the U.S. gangs on some levels but there are clear lines in the sand. Business stays in the family.

“The gangs are a resource for them but not their primary resource. I’ve been working this for 37 years and the Mexican drug dealer is a very parochial individual. He will rather deal with a family member than someone just entering the business,” said Sheriff Trevino.

The FBI’s Desarno says for example that the Mexican drug lords would not entrust an American gang with the task of bringing large quantities of cash—the profits of their trade—back to Mexico.

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(Posted on April 24, 2009)

The Plague of Obama

The Plague of Obama

Okay, all you Politically Incorrect netheads out there, please adopt the following terminology for maximum effect. The pestilence currently sweeping the world is to be referred to as:

*The Mexican Flu, for its point of origin (the “Spanish Influenza” of 1918 actually originated on a U. S. Army base in Kansas, and we exported it to the rest of the world on World War One troop ships.)

*The Brown Plague.

*The Brown Death.

*The Plague of Obama.

Yes, I know he has nothing personally to do with it–or does he?–but it’s happening on his watch. The Byzantine Emperor Justinian didn’t have anything to do with the Plague of Justinian in the sixth century A.D. which was worse that the medieval Black Death and wiped out what remained of the ancient Roman world, but he got his moniker stuck on it, and it is one of the things for which Justinian is remembered.

Life ain’t fair sometimes, and Obama should have thought of that before he stole the Presidency of the United States in a fraudulent election on November 4th, 2008. He wanted to sit in de White folks’ house, he can damned well take the White folks’ heat.

Obama, under the name Barry Soetoro, received financial aid as a foreign student from Indonesia as an undergraduate at the school.

Obama – Smoking gun finally found?

(AP) WASHINGTON D.C. – In a move certain to fuel the debate over Obama’s qualifications for the presidency, the group “Americans for Freedom of Information” has released copies of President Obama’s college transcripts from Occidental College.

Released today, the transcript indicates that Obama, under the name Barry Soetoro, received financial aid as a foreign student from Indonesia as an undergraduate at the school.

The transcript was released by Occidental College in compliance with a court order in a suit brought by the group in the Superior Court of California. The transcript shows that Obama (Soetoro) applied for financial aid and was awarded a fellowship for foreign students from the Fulbright Foundation Scholarship program.

To qualify, for the scholarship, a student must claim foreign citizenship. This document would seem to provide the smoking gun that many of Obama’s detractors have been seeking.

The news has created a firestorm at the White House as the release casts increasing doubt about Obama’s legitimacy and qualification to serve as president. When reached for comment in London, where he has been in meetings with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Obama smiled but refused comment on the issue.

Meanwhile, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs scoffed at the report stating that this was obviously another attempt by a right-wing conservative group to discredit the president and undermine the administration’s efforts to move the country in a new direction.

Britain’s Daily Mail has also carried the story in a front-page article titled, “Obama Eligibility Questioned,” leading some to speculate that the story may overshadow economic issues on Obama’s first official visit to the U.K.

In a related matter, under growing pressure from several groups, Justice Antonin Scalia announced that the Supreme Court agreed on Tuesday to hear arguments concerning Obama’s legal eligibility to serve as President in a case brought by Leo Donofrio of New Jersey. This lawsuit claims Obama’s dual citizenship disqualified him from serving as president.

Donofrio’s case is just one of 18 suits brought by citizens demanding proof of Obama’s citizenship or qualification to serve as president.Gary Kreep of the United States Justice Foundation has released the results of their investigation of Obama’s campaign spending.

This study estimates that Obama has spent upwards of $950,000 in campaign funds in the past year with eleven law firms in 12 states for legal resources to block disclosure of any of his personal records. Mr. Kreep indicated that the investigation is still ongoing but that the final report will be provided to the U.S. attorney general, Eric Holder.

Mr. Holder has refused to comment on the matter.

100 Days of Reckless Photo-Op Hubris

100 Days of Reckless Photo-Op Hubris

By Michelle Malkin

Come on, who’s surprised? The White House-engineered photo-op of low-flying Air Force aircraft that caused terror in New York City this week epitomizes the Age of Obama. What better way to mark 100 days in office than with an appalling exercise in pointless taxpayer-funded stagecraft?

The superficiality, the unseriousness, the hubris, the obliviousness to post-9/11 realities: They were trademarks of the Obama campaign, and they are the tattoos on his governance.

He never leaves home without his teleprompter. All the Obama world’s a stage. Or a world ready to be staged.

So is it any wonder he would staff his White House military office with a clueless paper pusher who saw nothing wrong with spending inordinate government resources—and re-creating 9/11 havoc—to update Air Force One publicity shots? And who planned, believe it or not, to do the same in Washington, D.C., next month, where the 9/11 jihadists murdered 53 passengers and 6 crewmembers on board American Airlines Flight 77, and 125 military and civilian personnel inside the Pentagon?

All for some publicity shots.

No one should be shocked. Remember: Barack Obama is the frivolous man who concocted his own presidential-looking Great Seal before he was elected. An ego big enough to publicly display a ridiculous “Vero Possumus” (“Yes, we can” in Latin) motto and a regal eagle with the Obama campaign logo emblazoned on its chest is an ego capable of far more reckless things. Obama orchestrated a grand photo-op in Berlin, Germany, to declare his world citizenship at the Siegessäule—the Victory Column—a soaring monument of arrogance championed by Adolf Hitler and Third Reich architect Albert Speer. He manufactured his own Open Temple of The One in Denver for the Democratic National Convention last summer, replete with fake Greek columns.

Since taking office, Obama has remained in perpetual campaign mode, idling in 9/10 gear. The photo album has filled up quickly with megalomaniacal moments. When his massive pork-filled stimulus package was in trouble, he ran to Ft. Myers, Fla., for a carefully choreographed revival meeting with his most ardent supporters. “It is such a blessing to see you. Oh! Gracious God, thank you so much!” one young booster exclaimed.

The president’s famous embrace with another questioner—homeless woman Henrietta Hughes, a perpetually unemployed drifter looking for a handout—turned up on the White House online retrospective of the stimulus bill victory. (Missing: The photos of hundreds of thousands of Americans who took to the streets in Tea Party protests to oppose this massive act of generational theft and expansion of the entitlement state.)

Another Kodak moment from the stimulus campaign exposed Obama’s hype of the spending boondoggle’s effects. Using a Caterpillar plant and workers as a backdrop, Obama grandly promised that if the stimulus passed, Caterpillar would rehire laid-off workers. It made front-page headlines. After the photo-op: Caterpillar’s own CEO refuted the bogus promise and last week posted its first quarterly net loss in 16 years. After the signing, it finally dawned on pliant media outlets that the stimulus money was stupendously wasteful, and the job creation estimates, bogus. No pictures of those epiphanies.

Obama’s photo-ops abroad have been more unsettling: Bowing and scraping before Saudi King Abdullah, trashing America as “arrogant” (talk about a pot and kettle moment) in front of adoring French and German students, chumming it up with Venezuelan thug-in-chief Hugo Chavez. These are the defining images of a stunt(ed) presidency blind to our enemies and in a perpetual state of (re)pose.

Obama appointed Leon Panetta, a chief of intelligence with no intelligence experience. He gave us Hillary Clinton, a secretary of state who cackled about the Somali pirate hijacking and laughed off serious questions about the effectiveness of enhanced interrogation techniques. He installed Rosa Brooks, a radical George Soros-trained ideologue, as a top Pentagon adviser. He came close to embracing Charles Freeman as top U.S. intelligence analyst—a jihadi-sympathizing conspiracist who blamed America for 9/11.

And he appointed Janet Napolitano, the homeland security secretary who can’t get her facts straight about the 9/11 terrorists, pooh-poohed our immigration laws, disseminated a hit job on conservatives and veterans as right-wing extremist threats, and redefined acts of terrorism as man-caused disasters.”

“Man-caused disaster.” That’s a perfect description of the Scare Force One torture photo-op that took place this week and an apt summary of the last 100 days. Say cheese.

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Michelle Malkin [email her] is author of Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists, Criminals, and Other Foreign Menaces to Our Shores. Click here for Peter Brimelow’s review. Click here for Michelle Malkin’s website. Michelle Malkin’s latest book is “Unhinged: Exposing Liberals Gone Wild.

Know Thine Enemy: The “Collaborators” Of The Religious Left

Know Thine Enemy: The “Collaborators” Of The Religious Left

By Peter Gadiel

My parents were German—my father Jewish, my mother Protestant. Their families were strong supporters of the democratic Weimar Republic established after the First World War and were strongly anti-Communist and anti-Nazi.

In 1931, two years before Hitler came to power, my father, foreseeing the collapse of civilized government in Germany, persuaded his parents to emigrate with him. But his sister Lotte, a naïve woman who incapable of believing anyone could be so evil as to want to harm her, refused to join them in France until 1934.

My mother, a Protestant as yet unmarried, was not in danger and remained in Germany. But she refused to obey the ban on Protestants shopping at Jewish-owned stores until that became too dangerous. Then she slipped across the border to France in 1936. The very next day the Gestapo came to arrest her for her resistance to the “New Order.” (Her mother was once saved from arrest for her anti-Hitler remarks only because neighbors lied on her behalf.)

In 1939, violating Nazi race laws carried the death penalty. Nevertheless, my parents married in France. When the Germans conquered France in 1940 they escaped again. They and many like them survived the War only because they could recognize evil, fought it as long as they could, and escaped when that became necessary.

But naïve Aunt Lotte refused to leave her village in what was now Nazi-occupied France, believing that as a law abiding German, no fellow German would bother her. She duly registered her domicile with Nazi officials and lived peacefully in the town of Bains Les Bains. According to neighbors interviewed after the War, she was very happy being able to speak German to Occupation troops, and they were very nice to her.

Then one morning before dawn in November 1942 the Krauts rousted her out of bed, sent her to the infamous transit camp at Drancy and, according to the Germans’ own precise records, on November 11, 1942 put her on Transport # 42 and shipped her to Auschwitz.

Nothing further of her is known, but from what we know of her it is likely she remained innocent and docile right to the moment she was herded into the gas chambers.

Aunt Lotte was a collaborator in her own death. Not actively of course, but—like millions of others—her refusal to wake up and resist allowed Hitler to commit the mass murder of which she became a victim.

In America today we’ve got a lot of Aunt Lottes, and the modern threat they refuse to recognize is the massive invasion of illegal aliens. But there’s an important difference between my Aunt Lotte and many of her modern counterparts: the latter aren’t just passive, they are militant activists in the promotion of this evil. They “collaborate” with this invasion, just as quislings all over Occupied Europe collaborated with the Nazis. Their collaboration has resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands of Americans at the hands of criminal aliens—including my own son, who died on 9/11—and the permanent physical, emotional and financial ruin of hundreds of thousands of others.

You’ll find these collaborators in control of the religious groups which form an essential part of the Illegal Alien Lobby. They include the United Church of Christ (Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s outfit); United Methodists; Quakers; Unitarians; Presbyterian Church; and, influenced by the radicals who have infiltrated its bureaucracy, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Catholic Church.

Sadly, among the collaborators are Jews, especially members of the liberal Reform Jewish organizations such as the Union of American Hebrew Congregations. Typical of these is the so-called Anti-Defamation League which mocks its own name by defaming as “racist” anyone who dares oppose illegal immigration. Considering the vicious anti-Semitism of the Moslems and many of the Hispanics taking advantage of our open borders it appears that these American Jews are just as eager as Aunt Lotte to conspire in their own disappearance.

These religious types are distinct from the cynical crowd in Congress, La Raza, US Chamber of Commerce, ACLU, or the Communist Party who support illegal immigration for reasons of financial or political profit. The people in these churches are Believers.

They, like Aunt Lotte, know only what they want to know. They do not care that illegal immigration results in suffering and death for innocent Americans as the result of violent crimes. They are fanatics who, having convinced themselves they are doing God’s work, feel entitled to ignore or justify the violence and death that results from following what they see as The Holy Word.

It used to be said that the Episcopal Church was the Republican Party at prayer. But study the website of the Episcopal Church and you’ll see that this should be updated: “The Episcopal Church is the Far Left at prayer.

Except for the God talk, these religious denominations are near clones of the ACLU, Center for American Progress, or MoveOn.org. Name the political issue and these politicized churches have a position on it and a lobbying effort nearly always identical to that of the Far Left. They have a fanatical adherence to this radical political agenda and the zeal to spread the Revealed Word through political activism.

Don’t take my word for it; look at their websites: United Church of Christ, www.ucc.org; www.episcopalchurh.org; Quakers, www.afsc.org; United Methodists, www.umc.org; www.uua.org; Union of Reform Judaism, www.urj.org; Presbyterian church USA, www.pcusa.org.

About that last URL: for if you type in www.CPUSA instead of www.PCUSA you’ll get the Communist Party USA instead of the Presbyterian Church USA. However, not to worry; the mistake isn’t serious, since on most issues there isn’t much difference.

On those websites under the letter “I” you’ll see “Immigration,” or Immigrants’ (sic) Rights.” There you’ll see the Religious Left does acknowledge that the United States has a right to have borders, but for these people the full extent of that “right” is to put a line on a map; there appears to be not a single concrete step they support that would in any other sense create a border between the US and Mexico.

Increased enforcement? Nope, God’s against it. More Border Patrol officers? No; that’s against the will of God. A fence? No, God is opposed to walls. Denying to any illegal alien benefits such as access to jobs, housing etc.? No; the word from God is that this is wrong.

And they have it on good authority that God favors amnesty for all.

It’s a curious thing. According to the ACLU, a kid can’t say his prayers in school, because that breaches the wall between church and state. However, the ACLU seems to have no concerns whatsoever about that “wall” when it comes to liberal churches lobbying.

We could dismiss these people as easily as Aunt Lotte ignored the forces of darkness that gathered around her. But to do so is just as dangerous for us as it was for her.

I can tell you from personal experience that these people lobby. They are lobbying Congress, the legislatures, the city councils, county commissions. They probably have their lobbyists at meetings of sewer commissions. And always for more benefits and “rights” for illegals.

Speak to the Religious Left of the victims of violent crimes committed by illegal aliens or “legal” aliens improperly allowed to enter the US due to the failure to enforce our laws (for example the 9/11 terrorists) and you cannot pierce the wall of denial, the faith that Open Borders are more important than the murder victims, the rape victims, the gang victims, drug distribution.

It matters not to them that real people are the victims of real violence by people from other countries. These Church people speak of “human rights” and “social justice,” but by their actions they demonstrate their belief that these concepts do not apply to innocent Americans.

Until a few decades ago such a large percentage of Americans were members of these “mainline” denominations that their numbers made these churches an influential part of American life.

But those days are long gone. As radicals such as Rev. Jeremiah Wright of Trinity United Church of Christ assumed leadership positions and pushed the churches far to the left, membership fell drastically.

Still, though their membership in large part abandoned them for more conservative denominations the radical leadership inherited control of vast untaxed wealth provided by earlier members who would be appalled by the causes their money supports today. That money will remain the source of great power in the hands of the Jeremiah Wright as these churches recruit new members from among the illegal alien population they have helped to import.

Americans have a choice. They can either resist like, my parents. Or they can ignore reality like my Aunt Lotte.

We know what path Reform Jews and liberal Protestant sects are following.

Time will tell what the rest of America will do.

Peter Gadiel (email him) is president of 9/11 Families for a Secure America. His son, 9/11 World Trade Center victim James Gadiel (North Tower, 103rd floor), was 23 at the time of his murder.

Tyranny Raises its Evil Face – Lawmakers fight off changes to ‘hate crimes’ bill

PatriotPost.US
Monday Brief
Vol. 09 No. 17
27 April 2009

THE FOUNDATION
“The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.” –James Madison

LIBERTY
“In response to an unprecedented expansion of federal power, citizens have held hundreds of ‘tea party’ rallies around the country, and various states are considering ’sovereignty resolutions’ invoking the Constitution’s Ninth and Tenth Amendments. For example, Michigan’s proposal urges ‘the federal government to halt its practice of imposing mandates upon the states for purposes not enumerated by the Constitution of the United States.’ While well-intentioned, such symbolic resolutions are not likely to have the slightest impact on the federal courts, which long ago adopted a virtually unlimited construction of Congressional power. But state legislatures have a real power under the Constitution by which to resist the growth of federal power: They can petition Congress for a convention to propose amendments to the Constitution. An amendments convention is feared because its scope cannot be limited in advance. The convention convened by Congress to propose amendments to the Articles of Confederation produced instead the entirely different Constitution under which we now live. Yet it is precisely the fear of a runaway convention that states can exploit to bring Congress to heel. …[A] Federalism Amendment would provide tea-party enthusiasts and other concerned Americans with a concrete and practical proposal by which we can restore our lost Constitution.” –Georgetown University professor of constitutional law Randy Barnett

INSIGHT
“It really is difficult to imagine how people who have entirely given up managing their own affairs could make a wise choice of those who are to do that for them. One should never expect a liberal, energetic, and wise government to originate in the votes of a people of servants.” –French political thinker and historian Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859)

GOVERNMENT
“One of the most important events of our lifetimes may have just transpired. A federal agency has decided that it has the power to regulate everything, including the air you breathe. Nominally, the Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement … only applies to new-car emissions. But pretty much everyone agrees that the ruling opens the door to regulating, well, everything. According to the EPA, greenhouse gases include carbon dioxide — the gas you exhale — as well as methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons and sulfur hexafluoride. It is literally impossible to imagine a significant economic or human activity that does not involve the production of one of these gases. Don’t think just of the gas and electricity bills. Cow flatulence is a serious concern of the EPA’s already. What next? … Whether or not global warming is a crisis that warrants immediate, drastic action (I don’t think it does), and whether or not such wholesale measures would be an economic calamity (they would be), the EPA’s decision should be disturbing to people who believe in democratic, constitutional government. …[T]he EPA has launched its power grab over all that burns, breathes, burps, flies, drives and passes gas.” –National Review editor Jonah Goldberg

FAITH AND FAMILY
“If torturing terrorists works — as the Obama administration had to admit grudgingly [last] week — is it okay? No, of course not, the chattering class proudly concluded. One wonders why. What do they care? Having already accepted abortion and euthanasia — which are nothing more than the expedient killing of the unborn and the elderly — why should the expedient torture of terrorists, a lesser evil, trouble them? Oh, that’s right: the terrorists are guilty and the guilty under the ministrations of modern liberalism never suffer. Pain in modern life is for the innocent. Terrorists, we’re told by pro-abortion liberals, suffer excruciating pain while the ejected unborn and euthanized elderly feel nothing. And even if the latter do suffer pain, say these liberals, that pain is worth it. After all, abortion and euthanasia sustain a pleasant and peaceful lifestyle for the strong. Let the dead bury the dead. … Obama’s liberalism is not an opponent of human rights abuses but an embodiment of them. The CIA restricts itself to methods far less ruthless than those permitted by the platform of the Democratic Party. When will Obama bring his own platform into line with the Geneva Accords? It is a little late in the day for Obama to worry about America’s moral reputation. Resisting evil even ‘when it is hard’ hasn’t interested liberalism for at least four decades. It rests on an ideology of expedient evil and crass utilitarianism.” –Catholic World Report editor George Neumayr

CULTURE
“The debate over the just-released Justice Department memorandums on interrogation techniques ended as soon as they were dubbed the ‘torture memos.’ … Rightly considered, the memos should be a source of pride. They represent a nation of laws struggling to defend itself against a savage, lawless enemy while adhering to its legal commitments and norms. Most societies throughout human history wouldn’t have bothered. … If we had a more mature political culture, this and other questions could be examined thoroughly by a special congressional committee. (As it happens, the CIA produced a memo on the benefits of the interrogation program that has never been released.) But such an inquiry inevitably would descend into a hyperpoliticized takedown of the CIA and the Bush Justice Department for ‘war crimes.’ The frenzied reception of the ‘torture memos’ is just a preview.” –National Review editor Rich Lowry

Comment: Criminalizing the conscience by way of speech codes and hate crime laws is a favored tactic of totalitarians. Specifically, these tactics were used by the immoralists–the psychopaths who controlled the Soviet Union, Nazi Germany, Red China, North Vietnam, and Cuba. If Hugo Chavez has not yet instituted hate crime laws, he WILL do so. When the UN finally takes control of the entire world, it WILL enact onerous hate crime laws and speech codes. On Nov. 5th, foolish Americans—seeking a savior to save them from their chaos-causing immorality—elected a spellbinding totalitarian. Yet Obama is himself a puppet on-strings. In back of him are the truly hideous psychopaths, biding their time with barely constrained impatience, waiting for totalist power to fall into their hands. If we do not fight hate crime laws today—while we still can— we will live to regret not doing so tomorrow….Linda

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Lawmakers fight off changes to ‘hate crimes’ bill
Vote postponed after GOP seeks to include unborn, military, pregnant women

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Posted: April 22, 2009
5:57 pm Eastern

By Chelsea Schilling
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Supporters of the “hate crimes” bill spent the day fighting an “onslaught of hostile amendments” and were not able to reach a final vote after five hours of discussions today, a Washington, D.C., gay and lesbian news source reports.

According to the Washington Blade, the hearing began at 10:30 a.m. and is set to reconvene tomorrow morning, when lawmakers are scheduled to vote on H.R. 1913, or the Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act, a bill that some say might allow federal officials to prosecute Christians who speak out against homosexual behavior.

It has 42 co-sponsors and was introduced into the House on April 2 by U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.

In a speech, Conyers said, “The bill only applies to bias-motivated violent crimes and does not impinge public speech or writing in any way.”

Section 10 of the act states, “Nothing in this Act, or the amendments made by this Act, shall be construed to prohibit any expressive conduct protected from legal prohibition by, or any activities protected by the free speech or free exercise clauses of, the First Amendment to the Constitution.”

However, critics cite United States Code Title 18, Section 2, as evidence of how the legislation could be used against people who merely speak out against homosexuality. It states:

Whoever commits an offense against the United States or aids, abets, counsels, commands, induces or procures its commission, is punishable as a principal.

They argue that under this reasoning, a Christian pastor or other teacher could be tried for openly speaking out against homosexuality if someone misconstrues their message as encouragement to commit a violent crime against another person – even if the Christian leader never advocated the offense.

There was lengthy debate about several amendments to the act today.

Republican lawmakers sought to include unborn children, military members and pregnant women in the measure, according to the report. Others tries to strip “gender identity” language from the bill.

The amendments were rejected.

Matt Barber, director of cultural affairs at Liberty Counsel, has spoken out repeatedly in opposition to the act.

“The Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees equal protection under the law,” he said. “Hate crimes legislation is … [a] violation of the Fourteenth Amendment in that it elevates one class of citizen based upon their chosen sexual behaviors above other people.”

Jeff King, president of International Christian Concern, warned Christians to speak up before the legislation passes. He said they are acting like the proverbial frog in a slowly heating kettle that boils to death.

“They need to wake up and take action to oppose this threat to religious liberty.”

The following is a list of seven Republican co-sponsors of H.R.1913 alphabetized by state:

Rep. Mary Bono Mack, R-Calif.
Rep. Michael Castle, R-Del.
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla.
Rep. Judy Biggert, R-Ill.
Rep. Mark Kirk, R-Ill.
Rep. Anh Cao, R-La.
Rep. Leonard Lance, R-N.J.

The following is a list of 35 Democrat co-sponsors of the bill alphabetized by state:

Rep. Howard Berman, D-Calif.
Rep. Lois Capps, D-Calif.
Rep. Diane Watson, D-Calif.
Rep. Lynn Woolseym D-Calif.
Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo.
Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Fla.
Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Fla.
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla.
Rep. Sanford Bishop, D-Ga.
Rep. Neil Abercrombie, D-Hawaii
Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa
Rep. Dennis Moore, D-Kan.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md.
Rep. William Delahunt, D-Mass.
Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass.
Rep. James McGovern, D-Mass.
Rep. John Olver, D-Mass.
Rep. Gary Peters, D-Mich.
Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn.
Rep. William Clay, D-Mo.
Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev.
Rep. Gary Ackerman, D-N.Y.
Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y.
Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y.
Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y.
Rep. José Serrano, D-N.Y.
Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y.
Rep. Nydia Velázquez, D-N.Y.
Rep. Steve Driehaus, D-Ohio
Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy, D-Ohio
Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio
Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore.
Rep. Raymond Green, D-Texas
Rep. James Moran, D-Va.
Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis.

Concerned individuals may contact representatives by calling (202) 224-3121 or by searching for their last names in the U.S. House of Representatives database.

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Why the Law is Foreign to Ginsburg By Selwyn Duke

Why the Law is Foreign to Ginsburg

552042_low By Selwyn Duke

There is an old saying, “A man who is capable of deceiving only others is not nearly as dangerous as a man who is capable of deceiving himself.” Truer words were never spoken. When a person lies, he is deceiving others about reality, but at least knows he is engaging in deception. But when someone rationalizes – which is when you lie to yourself – he is truly lost. He then not only bends reality for others as a by-product of bending it for himself, but he can render untruths without having to lie. This is because a lie is when you tell an untruth knowing it’s untrue. It’s much like when the ever-prevaricating George Costanza character on Seinfeld gave his advice for beating a polygraph machine, “just remember . . . it’s not a lie if you believe it.”

I think of this when I hear Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader-Ginsburg tout the use of foreign law by American judges sworn to uphold the Constitution – that would be our constitution. Speaking about this recently at Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law, she said,

“I frankly don’t understand all the brouhaha lately from Congress and even from some of my colleagues about referring to foreign law [when handing down court rulings] . . . .”

Well, you know what? I believe her. She and her fellow travelers really don’t understand. That is, they don’t grasp the correct legal philosophy well enough to understand what they’re rejecting.

Note that I called the legal philosophy “correct” and not “strict constructionism,” and for good reason. When you call it correct, it follows that other positions are incorrect. But what is the other side of the coin of constructionism? It would be living-document legal philosophies. To accept these categorizations implies that we just have a bunch of different credible perspectives on constitutional law, and who is to say what is correct? Call it, legal relativism. But more on this in a moment.

At her speech at Moritz College, Ginsburg served notice that – like so many in legal circles today – she is in fact very confused about her role on the bench. As an example of this, Adam Liptak at The New York Times tells us,

“She added that the failure to engage foreign decisions had resulted in diminished influence for the United States Supreme Court.

The Canadian Supreme Court, she said, is ‘probably cited more widely abroad than the U.S. Supreme Court.’ There is one reason for that, she said: ‘You will not be listened to if you don’t listen to others.’”

This is a striking statement, and it vindicates something I’ve long believed. I once wrote that part of the problem with our judges is that they’re not content to just be judges. A judge is much like an umpire at a baseball game. It’s not his place to make or alter the rulebook (Constitution); his is simply to determine whether or not it has been violated. And whether he likes or dislikes a given rule should be of no consequence.

Yet today we have judges who would be kings. They’re not satisfied to just umpire; that’s too small a role for them. They want to be agents of activism, molders of men, shapers of society – and they want the ego satisfaction attending such status. They want to be respected by their peers around the world, fellow members of the global judicial class. This is evidenced in Ginsburg’s statements.  Why should she care if the Canadian Supreme Court is cited more than ours? Popularity doesn’t equate to perspicacity.  After all, rap stars are far more popular than the most sublime moral philosophers. And, as for the matter of whether foreigners listen to her court, here’s a newsflash: It matters not to normal Americans whether they do or not. Foreigners are not governed by American law; thus, our judges’ rulings may be irrelevant to them. And foreign rulings should certainly be irrelevant to our judges.

Thus, it seems these things matter to Ginsburg because she isn’t satisfied with her role (a common failing of man). She wants prestige and respect; she wants to set trends. Perhaps she should have started a cult. I hear there’s some land available in northwestern Guyana.

Yet, living-document justices are comforted in their misfeasance by rationalizations they conjure up to justify it. One that Ginsburg has used is to criticize the view that the Constitution is “stuck in time.” But she has it wrong. It is not stuck in time but stuck in law. Law can be changed through legal measures – in the case of the Constitution, the amendment process – but until then it’s supposed to be “stuck.” The alternative to being stuck in law is being subject to the caprice of those with greater power. This would mean that you could appear before a judge and he could rule based on whim or that a policeman could arrest you because he believed he had just experienced an epiphany about what the law should be. In other words, this thinking is no different from the rule of kings, where a Herod could deliver John the Baptist’s head on a plate to please his wife. It is why G.K. Chesterton said, “There are only two ways of governing: by a rule and by a ruler.” It is why we should have “the rule of law” and not the rule of lawyers.

And this is why some of us have likened our Supreme Court to a de facto oligarchy. After all, on what basis does an oligarchy rule? Its members make decisions guided by nothing more than the dictates of their own consciences. Thus, people can put as much lipstick on this pig as they want. They can wrap their living-document legal philosophy in a million pseudo-intellectual arguments. But, at the end of the day, it boils down to might makes right. When justices depart from constitutional constraints, they cannot be voted out of office or fired. The only thing constraining them then is their own consciences – just as with an oligarchy

This is why I would have far more respect for someone who overtly defies the law (think Martin Luther King and civil disobedience) and simply refuses to comply. For he is deceiving neither himself nor others. He is simply saying that the law is wrong, that it violates a higher law and that it’s the duty of all good people to defy it. It is the difference between an open declaration of war and the use of subterfuge and subversion.

This brings us to a question. If Supreme Court Justices can rule contrary to the letter and spirit of the supreme law of the land on the basis that the Constitution is not “stuck in time,” why can lower courts not apply the same reasoning to what is called “settled law” (areas where the Supreme Court has interpreted the Constitution “definitively”)? After all, how can law ever be “settled” if it can never be viewed as “stuck”? Why can a lower court not say, “Well, sure, the Supreme Court ruled that way five years ago, but times are a-changin’ fast. The law has a different meaning today”? If the Black Robes won’t be constrained by the Constitution, why should others be constrained by their unconstitutional precedents?

We now come to the supreme arrogance of our oligarchs-cum-jurists. For their living-law philosophy isn’t for all, is it? It’s not for the citizen; for him law is stuck in time. It’s not for the cop on the beat; interpretation isn’t his luxury. It’s not for the lower-court judge; for him precedent is to be pre-eminent. It’s not even for the president, for the laws he signs are subject to Supreme Court judgments. And judgments based on what? Not the Constitution, obviously. It is again merely their own judgment.

This raises the question of why we should respect the rulings of these usurpers. If they will not view the Constitution as being stuck in law, why should we view the law as being stuck in courts? Are the dictates of black-robed oligarchs to be viewed as the only immutable elements in an ever-changing universe of laws? Oh, ignoring court rulings would lead to a breakdown in the rule of law and this isn’t a good thing?

Exactly.

The point is that activist judges undermine the rule of law by setting an example of contempt for it. Others are then placed in the position of asking what adherence to the rule of law really means. Should they defer to court judgments made by those who don’t view themselves as constrained by law? Or, should they rather use their own judgment – as the justices are doing – as to the real meaning of the supreme law of the land, the Constitution?

This is what living-document legal rationalizations breed. And it is why I’ve often said that all our designations for jurists, such as “constructionist” and “pragmatist,” are nonsense. Because, really, there are only two kinds of justices: Good justices and bad justices. Good ones do their job and abide by the Constitution. Bad ones lawyer the law.

Hey, maybe Ginsburg and her fellow travelers should just be honest and boil this down to its bare essence. They could simply quote infamous occultist Aleister Crowley and say, “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law.”

© 2009 Selwyn Duke — All Rights Reserved

America’s Ship of State: Adrift on an Ocean of Lies – U.S. Becoming History’s Largest Welfare (Slave) State

By Alan Caruba Saturday, April 25, 2009
“The most common of all follies is to believe passionately in the palpably not true. It is the chief occupation of mankind.”—H.L. Mencken

Does this make sense to you?

The President is closing in on his first hundred days in office, but records that would normally be made available during the course of a campaign or on request have not been made available.

They include:

Occidental College records
Columbia College records
Columbia Thesis paper
Selected Service Registration
Medical records
Illinois State Senate Schedule
Certified copy of original Birth Certificate
Embossed, signed paper Certification of Live Birth
Record of baptism
This President who keeps calling for “transparency” has one of the most opaque “paper trails” of his own life. There must be a reason, right?

What is “Torture”?

The controversy over whether the United States “tortures” people known to engage in terrorist plots against our nation includes condemnations of such practices as:

Water boarding
Sleep deprivation
Food deprivation
Continuous music
Lights on all the time
Confinement to a small cell
Meanwhile, jihadist websites and others in the Middle East have shown videos of the following:

Hostages being beheaded
Homosexuals being hanged
Improvised explosive devices killing American soldiers
Snipers killing American soldiers
In some Middle Eastern nations:

Women are subject to “honor killings”
Women are gang raped based on nothing but an accusation
Women are buried up to their shoulders and stoned to death for adultery
Public floggings are a common practice
Hands are chopped off as criminal punishment
This goes on while some seek to portray America as an uncivilized nation that “tortures” in order to protect its citizens. Meanwhile, there is no reporting on our military’s free medical clinics in Afghanistan that treat people who often walk for a day or more to get there.
Heating Up Support for a New Tax:
Three days of yet another Congressional charade wrapped up this week as proponents of legislation to impose “cap and trade” restrictions on energy use—a huge tax—trotted out witnesses to declare that “global warming” requires it.

When Al Gore testified, he neglected to mention that, since leaving the office of Vice President, he has made millions from the sale of carbon credits and his investments in companies making “green” technology. This legislation would make him even more wealthy. Add this to his lies about “global warming” and then draw your own conclusion.

And, it need be said loudly and often, there is NO global warming. The planet is in a ten-year-old cooling cycle.

History’s immutable Lessons:
History is replete with examples of barbarity and deception. It is naïve to think we should be exempt just because we live in “modern” times.

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Posted: April 26, 2009
8:26 pm Eastern

© 2009 WorldNetDaily

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President Obama may be determined to use the current economic crisis as an excuse for “Obamanomics” to transform the United States into the world’s largest socialist state, Jerome Corsi’s Red Alert reports.

Data emerging from the Congressional Budget Office and various international agencies, including the International Monetary Fund and the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development, or OECD, indicate the Obama administration’s $3.6 trillion federal budget will dramatically increase government spending as a percentage of gross domestic product, or GDP, on a scale that rivals even the European Union social welfare states of France, Great Britain and Germany.

Moreover, with the Obama administration suggesting the U.S. Treasury could convert bailout loans to the 19 largest U.S. banks into common stock to extend the remaining $100 billion or so of Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP funds, a government nationalization of the nation’s top banks is a real possibility, Corsi wrote.

This, following the Obama administration’s decision to fire General Motors chairman and chief executive Rick Wagoner, extends central government management of the private economy under President Obama to a degree many would only expect in socialist nations.

Before President Obama took office, the OECD projected total U.S. government spending is expected to be 39.9 percent of gross domestic product, or GDP, by 2010, compared to 47.1 percent in the Eurozone, a gap of less than an 8 percent.

Only a decade earlier, U.S. government spending was 34.3 percent of GDP, compared with 48.2 percent in the Eurozone, a gap of approximately 14 percent.

The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that the cumulative deficit from 2010 to 2019 under President Obama’s proposed $3.6 trillion federal budget would total $9.3 trillion, a figure that would nearly double the nation’s current $11 trillion national debt.

Before including the Obama administration’s plan to pass a government-funded universal health care insurance program, the Congressional Budget Office estimated that federal spending on Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security will increase from the current 18.2 percent of GDP, to 28.3 percent in 2050, and 35.3 percent in 2082.

Adding to the calculation the interest payments required to service the national debt, the Congressional Budget Office estimated federal spending will hit 41.8 percent of GDP in 2050 and 75.4 percent by 2082.

Including the interest payments on the Obama administration’s proposed expansion of the national debt means Congressional Budget estimates that interest payments on the national debt could reach 75.4 percent of GDP by 2082 are too low, Corsi wrote.

Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., senior Republican on the Senate Budget Committee and President Obama’s first choice to be secretary of Commerce, emphasized the point by telling National Public Radio on April 14, that President Obama’s proposed federal budget deficits would “take our national debt up to about 80 percent of our gross domestic product,” when a nation does not qualify for membership in the European Union if the nation’s debt is 60 percent of GDP.

The Congressional Budget Office has repeatedly warned that running federal budget deficits that result in dramatically expanding national debt by trillions of dollars in the next few years will diminish the prospects for growth in the U.S. economy.

In a letter to Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., dated May 19, 2008, Peter Orszag, director of the Congressional Budget Office, explained that trillions of dollars in projected federal deficits “would crowd out productive investment in capital in the United States” by absorbing funds from the nation’s pool of savings and absorbing foreign capital that might otherwise be invested in the U.S. private economy.

At the G20 meeting in London on April 2, French Prime Minister Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel rejected proposals by President Obama and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown to engage in massive deficit spending to fund increased social welfare spending to stimulate the global economy out of recession.

Just prior to the G20 meeting, Merkel told the Financial Times in London that Berlin intends to be more responsible than Washington, respecting as a restraint Germany’s €1.54 trillion ($2.057 trillion) public debt – a figure that looks small in comparison to the U.S. national debt, which just topped $11 trillion.

Merkel suggested Germany was not in the same position as China.

“I think China can do much more [than Germany] to encourage domestic demand because of its massive reserves,” Merkel told the Financial Times. “We are in a completely different situation, we have negative reserves.”

China currently has nearly $2 trillion in foreign exchange reserves, the most held by any country in world economic history, gained largely through China’s massive and continuing positive balances of international trade with the United States.

China has committed to an $800 billion economic stimulus program of its own, having lost some 20 million jobs, largely because its manufacturing plants have had to close by the thousands as U.S. consumer demand has weakened.

Merkel further warned that President Obama was repeating the problem that caused the global economic meltdown in the first place.

Specifically, her charge was that the economy collapsed because the economic stimulus after Sept. 11 depended entirely upon the credit abundantly made available when then-Fed Chairman Greenspan held interest rates at 1 percent in 2003 and 2004.

“This crisis did not come about because we used too little money but because we created economic growth with too much money, and it was not sustainable growth,” Merkel told the Financial Times. “If we want to learn from that, the answer is not to repeat the mistakes of the past.”

On March 26, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown received a similar warning in the European Parliament, when conservative British EU Member of Parliament Daniel Hannan gave a tongue-lashing to Brown that went viral on the Internet and became the most watched clip of any kind in the world in 48 hours.

Red Alert’s author, whose books “The Obama Nation” and “Unfit for Command” have topped the New York Times best-sellers list, said just as Hannan warned Brown “you have run out of our money,” Merkel intends for Obama to hear the same admonition from her next week.

Corsi received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in political science in 1972. For nearly 25 years, beginning in 1981, he worked with banks throughout the U.S. and around the world to develop financial services marketing companies to assist banks in establishing broker/dealers and insurance subsidiaries to provide financial planning products and services to their retail customers. In this career, Corsi developed three different third-party financial services marketing firms that reached gross sales levels of $1 billion in annuities and equal volume in mutual funds. In 1999, he began developing Internet-based financial marketing firms, also adapted to work in conjunction with banks.

In his 25-year financial services career, Corsi has been a noted financial services speaker and writer, publishing three books and numerous articles in professional financial services journals and magazines.

For more information on Obama’s plans for socialism and for financial guidance during difficult times, read Jerome Corsi’s Red Alert, the premium, online intelligence news source by the WND staff writer, columnist and author of the New York Times No. 1 best-seller, “The Obama Nation.”

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U.S. Declares Public Health Emergency in Wake of Swine Flu

U.S. Declares Public Health Emergency in Wake of Swine Flu

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said 25 percent of the stockpile for the swine flu anti-viral medication has been released as the U.S. declares a public health emergency.

FOXNews.com

Sunday, April 26, 2009

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WASHINGTON — The United States has activated an emergency plan to combat swine flu as the Obama administration announced measures Sunday to contain the sometimes deadly virus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified the strain of swine flu and is prepared to distribute a quarter of the U.S. stockpile of 50 million doses of anti-viral medications in places around the country where swine flu has been located or may be expected to spread, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said in a briefing at the White House.

Travel advisories have not been issued by the State Department, Napolitano said, nor is the United States going to screen passengers on flights arriving from Mexico. She said funds have been freed up in case a larger response is needed.

Hand-washing, mask-wearing and other measures will help prevent the spread, Napolitano said explaining how the public can help slow potential contaminations.

“If you are sick, stay home,” Napolitano said. “Take all of those reasonable measures that will help us mitigate and contain” the illness.

People who are ill should not go on airplanes, to school or other places, added Dr. Richard Besser, the acting head of the CDC.

Besser said the United States is working with the World Health Organization, Canada and Mexico as well as other organizations to reduce the spread of the virus, which appears to have originated in Mexico and has resulted in up to 81 deaths there.

The CDC has issued advice on its Web site on how to avoid the sickness and how to react if people think they are infected.

Click here for the CDC Web site.

“Every outbreak is unique” and it’s very hard to say how long it will be before it’s contained. But Besser said since it’s near the end of flu season right now, a decline would be likely.

However, he added, “We view this more as a marathon. We do think this will continue to spread but we are taking aggressive actions to minimize the impact on people’s health.”

“Even if this outbreak is a small one we can anticipate that we may have a subsequent of follow on outbreak in several months from now,” Napolitano said.

In a press conference held Sunday, New York Governor David Paterson said the eight potential cases in Suffolk County have been tested.

“It’s a situation we’re monitoring but it seems there’s no real danger ahead,” said Gov. Paterson.

Gov. Paterson said daily updates are being given to 25,000 physicians, hospitals and health care providers.

In the U.S., 20 cases of swine flu have been confirmed in California, New York, Texas, Ohio and Kansas. Patients have ranged in age from 9 to over 50. Besser said that all the cases have resulted in recovery and one person remains hospitalized.

However, the same flu has sickened more than 1,324 in Mexico since April 13.

As the briefing was occurring, Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard announced that two more people died overnight in the capital of swine flu, and three other deaths are suspected to have been caused by the new strain. Ebrard said 73 more people have been hospitalized with influenza and authorities are investigating how many of them may have been infected with swine flu.

John Brennan, assistant to the president for homeland security, said President Obama has offered his full support to the Mexican government and people. Brennan said early communications and quick response will be the key to combating an outbreak.

“Early identification is vitally important,” Brennan said. “Communications have been robust and medical surveillance efforts are fully activated.”

The incubation period for swine flu is 24-48 hours. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said despite reports Obama did not have a medical exam since it’s been nine days since he left Mexico.

Gibbs said earlier Sunday that now is not the time to panic.

“We are increasing the monitoring and preparedness that we would need to have in place in order to deal with any sort of emergency, but it is of concern to the White House,” Gibbs said on “Meet the Press.”

Israel, New Zealand, Spain, France and Canada have reported suspected isolated cases after citizens from those countries returned home from Mexico.

The Israeli Health Ministry said the biggest concern is a spread of the disease from person to person.

“The main route of contamination would be from person to person and not from pigs. There is no swine flu in pigs in Israel. There are not many pigs in Israel,” said Dr. Hagai Levin.

“You can not get the swine flu from eating pork,” Napolitano said during the briefing.

Swine flu is dangerous because it changes its form and takes on characteristics like bird flu, and there is no vaccination, said Dr. Isador Rosenfeld, a FOX News contributor.

However, Baxter International Inc. of Illinois is working with the World Health Organization on a potential vaccine, the company announced Sunday.

“Baxter has the R & D pandemic planning and expertise to develop vaccines for emerging diseases and viruses,” Baxter spokesman Christopher Bona told FOX News. “Upon learnign about the swine flu outbreak, Baxter requested a sample of the virus from the WHO to begin lab testing for developing a potential experimental vaccine.”

Rosenfeld said swine flu is usually a mild infection. He suggested staying away from crowded places where people are sneezing and coughing and washing hands. But he said he’s a bit confounded about why so many people in Mexico have died because swine flu does respond to Tamiflu and other anti-viral medicines.

“This thing is treatable,” he said.

Is America Going Insane? 86% of respondants to a Channel 13 poll in Houston stated they favor secession.

Is America Going Insane?

[Found this in the archives from a couple of years ago. The answer is yes. - HAC]

After two generations of liberalism, political correctness, and now neoconservatism, I genuinely believe that it is time, and more than time, for us to ask ourselves a deadly serious question.

Is America as a nation is losing its mind? Are we becoming collectively dysfunctional and insane as a society?

Consider two recent news articles, stories that appeared on the wire services and as yet haven’t excited much comment, even from professional ghouls like Nancy Grace and the Discovery Channel.

From New Orleans comes yet another story of bizarre and lunatic crime, along with the shoplifting transvestites and other high weirdness which has been going on since Katrina. A white man, Zackery Bowen, apparently killed his girl friend, butchered her carcass, and roasted her up in a cannibal barbecue.

A NOLA online news articles states that “A suicide note in the pocket of a man who jumped off the Omni Royal Orleans Hotel late Tuesday led police to the grisly scene of his girlfriend’s murder, where they found her charred head in a pot on the stove, her legs and arms baked in the oven and the rest of her dismembered body in a trash bag in the refrigerator… The man, Zackery Bowen, a tall 28-year-old man with long blond hair, confessed in the note to have killed his girlfriend, Adriane “Addie” Hall, 30, on Oct. 5th.” (Almost two weeks ago, so Bowen had plenty of time to engage in his version of Cajun Kitchen.)

“…Detectives found two pots on the stove, one containing a the victim’s head and the other her hands and feet. Next to the pot containing the head were carrots and potatoes that had been cut up, but none had been placed in the pots.”

Sounds like quite a gumbo Bowen was making. Hopefully he followed famous Cajun chef Justin Wilson’s advice and used plenty of Lea and Perrins Worcestershire sauce on the brisket.

No, seriously. I know people make tasteless and silly jokes about things like this, and you can rent a slasher film from the video store that shows worse stuff. But think about what has to happen to a man’s mind before he can do something like this for real. I have written some pretty heavy sade scenes in my novels, but I damned well know the difference between reality and fantasy. Somehow or other this guy Bowen’s mind just sort of melded with the Batshit Cosmos, and it’s happening to more and more people.

“In the oven were turkey-basting trays containing human legs and arms, the source said. At least one of the pans had seasoning sprinkled on the human remains, the source said…[Bowen] claimed in his note to have sexually violated the body several times, eventually passing out in a drunken stupor on the futon next to his girlfriend’s corpse. The next day, after he got off work delivering groceries, Bowen moved the body to the bathroom tub and dismembered her remains with a handsaw and knife….’He appeared to clean up the bathroom a lot after he did it,’ one officer said.”

Well, at least he’s a clean cannibal.

Interestingly, Bowen and Hall had featured a year ago in a New York Times article on how people in New Orleans were coping with Hurricane Katrina. Unlike the blacks, the white couple did not flee the city, and according to the Times, Hall developed a novel way of making sure the mostly black police force patrolled their street regularly–she flashed her breasts at every cop car that passed by. Oh, and they also lived in an apartment above a voodoo shop.

Moving right along here, comes a story from the Big Apple that vies in gruesomeness with the one from the Big Sleazy. It seems that a number of funeral home directors in Brooklyn and throughout the New York City area have been running a unique kind of “chop shop”–human organs and tissue and body parts they strip from the corpses of their clients.

According to an Associated Press article, “Seven funeral home directors linked to a scheme to plunder corpses and sell the body parts for transplants pleaded guilty to undisclosed charges and have agreed to cooperate with investigators….The unidentified directors secretly pleaded guilty in the probe of what investigators say was a plot to harvest bone and tissue and sell it to biomedical supply companies, Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes said.”

Seven of them, and judging from the article, more to come.

“The seven entered their pleas in closed courtrooms and their names were withheld, but defense attorneys said that among those cooperating was the director of a funeral home that took parts from the body of Masterpiece Theatre host Alistair Cooke, who died in 2004.” One wonders, what body parts could that old coot have had that would still be serviceable? He must have been well into his seventies.

“Prosecutors allege Michael Mastromarino, a former oral surgeon, and three other men secretly removed skin, bone and other parts from up to 1,000 bodies from funeral homes, without the permission of families. He allegedly made millions of dollars by selling the stolen tissue to biomedical companies that supply material for common procedures including dental implants and hip replacements.”

Up to one thousand corpses stripped down for everything from eyeballs to knuckle bones. This wasn’t just the act of some isolated insane ghoul; this was an organized and methodical business venture based on hard cash.

What was going on in these men’s minds when they did this shit? Have we become a society so completely devoid of propriety and conscience that they simply honestly didn’t see anything wrong in violating one of the most ancient religious and moral taboos, mutilating the dead, in order to make money? Has the mindless worship of money really replaced every last sense of spiritual balance and ethics in our minds?

Looks like it. In Prohibition there were bootleggers, cigarette smugglers in New York are often known as buttleggers, and now we’ve got bodleggers, apparently.

People, what in God’s name is going on here?

Okay, throughout history there have been occasional outbreaks of demented violence and macabre crime in this country, from people like Belle Gunness and Albert Fish and the infamous Benders of Kansas. But those cases occurred maybe once every half century or so, they were completely atypical, and they attracted infamy because of their incredible rarity.

In “the old days” (like when I grew up), people didn’t have to worry about Mr. Dibble the local funeral director secretly disassembling old Aunt Ida’s corpse for parts, and while guys occasionally killed their girl friends they did not subsequently cook them and serve them up as an Irish stew.

It’s almost like when the white man lost our alpha gene, we also ended up with some kind of weird, mutated crazy gene that’s now running wild. There is simply too much of this mad and bad craziness going on these days to try and explain it away as some kind of odd conjunction of sick individuals. Madness has gotten into our blood.

One theory is that since the white man has the most highly developed an complex brain of any human organism, the sheer pressure of having to live in the unnatural world of political correctness, Jew-worship, feminism, money-worship and materialism to the exclusion of all else, increasingly open sexual perversion and the browning of America has driven many white people of both sexes around the twist. This kind of weird mess is happening almost every week now.

It’s as if prolonged association with Third World savages and prolonged exposure to Jews, a psychotic people who practice paranoid schizophrenia as a religion, has contaminated and warped our minds to the breaking point. There is no “normal” any more.

It has to end, people.

America. We have to kill it, or it will kill us.

Doomer Doug on the Tree of Liberty blog states that CW-2 began on April 20 when a citizen shot an AZ traffic radar van tech, though that may be a bit premature. I love to see violent resistance to the obsequious shakedown, though would prefer see it happen to federal treasury goons instead of a civilian contracted to a lez-governed state. What a great day to begin taking this country back, though- God knows that the government provocations are numerous and increasing!

In any case, citizen dissatisfaction is nearing the boiling point as jobs vanish, taxes & expenses escalate, and the wetback invasion continues unabated.

Without the coming martial law, the ZOG will not be able to hold things together much longer as more & more citizens discover they have nothing to lose and nowhere to turn. With the sinking economy, it is inevitable that manurity crime against whites will make a sharp upturn and be met with stiff armed resistance which ZOG will attempt to crack down on, further alienating white citizens. increasing numbers of whites will realize that the ZOG is their enemy and that peaceful coexistence with manurities is a liberal pipe dream.

Noted is that last week, 86% of respondants to a Channel 13 poll in Houston stated they favor secession. Wait ’til the unemployment rate hits 25% and Gore & Soros slap their global carbon tax on us!

Viva la revolution!

Now For Something Completely Different

Now For Something Completely Different

Sometimes I’m sure we all wonder in the privacy of our own thoughts (which is about the only place left where we’re able to wonder about these things) just how low they can go. Just how incredibly silly can political correctness get?

Well, let’s try this one for size.

USA Today reports: “Next year, San Francisco will issue municipal identification cards showing the usual name, birthdate and photo. What the card won’t include: gender. When other cities considered issuing ID cards without regard to legal status, the debate was over illegal immigrants. In San Francisco, where the Board of Supervisors approved such an ID on Tuesday, transgender activists added gender to the discussion.

“Transgender is a broad term for people who do not identify with their birth sex. Those who refer to themselves as transgender include cross-dressers and transsexuals.”

In other words, being a drag queen who dresses up in women’s clothing, like being a sodomite, is now supposedly not something a strange person chooses to do, it is something they are. No. I am not making this up.

“‘The card really makes gender a non-issue,’ says Kristina Wertz, legal director of the Transgender Law Center in San Francisco. Wertz says legally changing a name and gender designation can be time-consuming and cost hundreds of dollars. IDs that don’t match appearance could out people and make them vulnerable to discrimination or abuse, she says.”

Does this silly woman or whatever he/she/it is really believe that with California’s draconian mandatory Political Correctness hanging over everything, there is really anyone left in San Francisco who would dare to discriminate against or abuse a drag queen? I honestly think all the normal people fled from there years ago.

“Martin Rawlings, 30, is a female-to-male transsexual.” (I.e. the bullest of bull dykes.) “When he legally changed his name in 1999, he had trouble getting his employer to change it on his paycheck. His bank, though, had changed his name. As a result, he had trouble depositing his checks. A municipal ID would have helped, he says. ‘It’s often a barrier to finding work, not having an identification that matches your presentation,’ he says.”

Okay, I guess we all need to stop worrying about the collapsing economy, the ongoing Obama Depression, Iraq and Afghanistan, millions of home foreclosures, massive illegal immigration, crumbling infrastructure, the destruction of the middle class and rampant nigger crime, and we must all concentrate on the terrible problems facing sex-change freaks.
“Supervisor Tom Ammiano, who introduced the measure, says illegal immigrants will benefit most. They will be able to open bank accounts and use the card for city services such as checking out library books. He expects others, including transgender individuals, to find it useful.”
Uh…illegals can already get pretty much anything they want in San Francisco by way of ID, benefits, free housing, free medical care etc. It’s a “sanctuary city,” which is another reason why normal people have pretty much all fled and the place is a basket case. So how will Juan and Jose and Rosalita benefit from having no gender on their Monopoly money ID cards that San Francisco gives them?

Do these idiots ever actually think about what they’re saying?