Commentary on the News, 19-21 November 2006 (See page 2 for the rest of
I hope everyone had a grand day on Thanksgiving, and would like to speak
a bit about Thanksgiving.
No matter how many problems we have in the United States of America, no
matter how corrupt and decadent our society has become, no matter how
socialist and no matter many freedoms we have lost, it is still true that
we enjoy, overall, more freedom, more liberty, than virtually any other
people or land on this poor benighted planet. I am very grateful to live
here rather than in other parts of the world where there is no freedom,
no liberty, and their centuries of tyranny from both people and culture
have failed to allow for the technological progress that we in this Union
take for granted. It is only our tremendous blessing of past freedom and
its benefits in the form of technology and institutions that makes it
possible for us to be like this today, despite the efforts of so many
to enslave us more and more. And Im grateful for that. In my column
today, Ill touch on some more things to be thankful about and for.
'Heroes' spark concern with civil defense
World Net Daily
Americans are not only eating up the fall's only two hit network
TV shows both dealing with nuclear attacks, they are also showing
more interest in preparing for the disasters U.S. officials have
characterized as inevitable in the future. 'Jericho' on CBS depicts
how Americans deal with aftermath of nuclear detonation. In
NBC's "Heroes", the main characters are trying to prevent a
global calamity that would strike first in Manhattan, while in CBS'
"Jericho", the cast is dealing with the fallout from a
widespread nuclear attack that has destroyed much of the country
and isolated a small Kansas town. "Jericho" has been averaging
11.3 million viewers on Wednesdays, while "Heroes" draws
an average 14.3 million viewers on Mondays, making it the No. 1 new
series in the nation.
to Scott for this one!
Weve gone for 61 years now without an atomic bomb dropped in anger.
But every day, someone rolls the dice, and one of these days, the number
will come up: it might be a bomb in Moscow or some other target suitable
for a Chechen terrorist, it might be an Iranian warhead on Tel Aviv, it
might be a NKA warhead on Seoul or even Japan, or a Red Army warhead on
Taipai, or even a Provo IRA bomb in Liverpool but it is likely
to be an Al Qeuda bomb or a Chinese bomb or a pro-Venezuelan or pro-Reconquista
or pro-something bomb on Philadelphia (Independence Hall), Boston (Bunker
Hill), NYC, DC, Houston, San Francisco, or San Diego. And then where will
we be? Surrender and self-abasement will not prevent this and government
surely wont be able to prevent someone determined to do so. Are
we prepared? Of course not. Are you and I prepared? Maybe.
Feet to Safety" summary.]
Note: There are a great many ways to prepare for the coming disasters,
and many are far better than digging bomb shelters. Moving AWAY from the
likely targets is a real good place to start. Learning how to live and
prosper without the nanny state - in peaceful cooperation with others
- is the next requirement.
Human shields stump Israel
The Australian [Australia]
"The successful Palestinian use of human shields to foil an Israeli
airstrike on the Gaza Strip over the weekend has sent Israeli tacticians
back to the drawing board. To limit Palestinian civilian casualties, Israeli
officers have in recent months telephoned houses targeted for air attacks
to warn residents to get out. ... On Saturday night, the head of a rocket
cell in the northern Gaza town of Bait Lahiya, Mohammedweil Baroud, received
a warning call. Instead of getting out with his family, however, he summoned
neighbours and others who surrounded the building and stood on its roof
in the glare of lights. Israel called off the attack. Baroud is head of
the Popular Resistance Committees rocket-firing team in the town."
[FND editor's note: This is a good move on the Palestinians' part
... IF it is coupled with abstention [sic] from murdering civilians on
the part of their armed factions as well. If not, then it will simply
highlight the perceived "barbarism differential" that the Israelis
have had the advantage of in the past - TLK] (11/21/06)
point is well taken but I dont think that Hamas and all the
others are willing to stop being barbarians eventually they will
goad the Israelis into attacking their human shields. The problem is that
the missiles or rockets are NOT a legitimate means of self-defense: they
are clearly aggressive because they attack other innocent people, NOT
those who are actually attacking their homes as the various Arab factions
claim. Thankfully, these people were able to stop one attack, and thankfully,
we dont have similar situations in the US yet.
Lebanon: Hezbollah urges protests
New Bern Sun Journal
"Hezbollah's leader urged his followers to prepare for mass demonstrations
to topple the government if it ignores the militant group's demand to
form a national unity coalition. In a speech broadcast Sunday, Sheik Hassan
Nasrallah railed against President Bush's administration, calling Secretary
of State Condoleezza Rice a 'bloodsucker' and claiming the current Lebanese
government is a puppet of Washington." (11/19/06)
for the peace-loving Hezbollah they are willing to
kill their own brethren and countrymen for the sake of power. Thankfully,
we dont have this kind of political speech in the US
but more and more politicians are coming closer to it all the time.
MA: Romney seeks to force marriage
"Governor Mitt Romney said yesterday that he would ask the Supreme
Judicial Court to override the Legislature and let voters decide whether
to ban same-sex marriage, telling a boisterous crowd of several thousand
at a State House rally that lawmakers are violating the state constitution
by refusing to act on the proposal. Conservative [sic] and religious groups
gathered a record 170,000 signatures on a petition to put the proposed
ban on same-sex marriages on the 2008 ballot, but the measure also requires
the support of at least 50 legislators in two consecutive sessions to
qualify for a statewide referendum. On Nov. 9, legislators voted 109 to
87 to go into recess rather than vote on the gay marriage ban, all but
dooming its chances of appearing on the 2008 ballot." (11/20/06)
of where you might stand on this, it appears reasonable for the legislature
to have this appear on the ballot. Clearly the framers of Massachusetts
constitution did NOT trust the people to do much but there is a limit
this kind of arrogant cowardice deserves a rebellion at the very
least. Thankfully, even a state like Massachusetts has not completely
abandoned its first love of liberty but I cant imagine Lexington,
Concord, or Bunker Hill taking place in the MA of 2006, either.
backs increased car monitoring
"The threat of arrest and punishment, for decades the primary
tactic against drunken drivers, is no longer working in the struggle to
reduce the death toll, authorities say. Instead, they are proposing to
tackle the problem by turning to technology: alcohol detection devices
in every vehicle. In the first phase of the plan, Mothers Against Drunk
Driving, backed by a national association of state highway officials and
car manufacturers, will announce here today a campaign to change drunken-driving
laws in 49 states to require that even first offenders be made to install
a device that tests drivers and shuts down the car if it detects alcohol."
[FND editor's note: This article has tantalizing language about a
"first phase" targeting actual DUI convicts, implying universal
monitoring later ... but no details on that - TLK] (11/20/06)
I too heard
a news item stating that ALL vehicles would eventually be equipped with
the devices. Will this be more effective than mandatory alcohol abuse
classes and counseling, or draconian fines and removal of driving privileges?
Probably not: the chronic drunk driver will just drive another vehicle
(even if it is necessary to steal it, I hate to say) or disable the device,
even if that is illegal. This will NOT instill responsibility in these
idiots. (And I wish I knew what would but I DO know that if we
start making them pay for the results of their irresponsible behavior,
in various ways (restitution to families, replacement of damaged vehicles
and roads, maybe even making them clean up the accident scenes and clean
up the dead bodies of the slain) that some of the problems with drunk
driving will be reduced. Thankfully, more and more people are resisting
the nanny-state-enabling groups like MADD.
Note: And what's next? There are probably hundreds of things that CAN
be the distraction or impairment that contributes to a wreck, but the
ONLY component common to them is the human being behind the wheel. Alcohol
is not unique, or even the worst part of this equation. Personal responsibility
for our choices and actions is the core, and no mechanical device or set
of "laws" will ever replace or create it. Unfortunately, these
folks just don't "get it."
Report: Birth mothers deserve better
"Mothers deciding to place their infants for adoption deserve
better counseling, more time to change their minds, and more support in
trying to keep track of the children they relinquish, a leading adoption
institute recommends in a sweeping new report. The Evan B. Donaldson Adoption
Institute said its report, being issued today, is the most comprehensive
devoted to birth mothers, whom it described as 'the least understood and
most stigmatized participants' in the adoption process." (11/19/06)
choice between the welfare (physical, mental, emotional, you name it)
of the child and of the mother, the child should take priority. This seems
to be the opening gambit in an attack on the crisis pregnancy center
community a network dedicated to helping prevent abortion by allowing
mothers a way to give their child life instead of death. Thankfully, there
ARE a lot of people who care very much about children (and, yes, their
mothers, also) and are working hard to keep more from being killed.
from last week)
Culture Wars: NV- town to fine for
The Nevada town of Pahrump is taking a stand not just against illegal
immigrants but flags they may bring with them. The elected town board
in the remote Mojave Desert community voted 3-2 on Tuesday to enact an
ordinance making it illegal to fly a foreign nation's flag by itself.
Flying another country's flag, whether it is a British Union Jack or the
flag of Mexico, is punishable by a $50 fine and 30 hours' community service,
unless it is flown below an American flag.Old Glory is sovereign,
says Paul Willis, a retired carpenter and board member. You can't
fly any other nation's flag higher than the American flag.The law
passed as part of a package of measures that also declared English the
official language of Pahrump and denies town benefits to illegal immigrants.
government trick by a lot of people who should know better. Id be
tempted, if Pahrump were just a bit closer, to show up with a Texian flag
(the Bonny Blue), a Scots (the Saint Andrews), and a Comanche (Numu) flag
to see if I could force a prosecution.
Note: Hmmmm... I know a dear lady of liberty who lives in that town. Wonder
what she's up to? I'll bet she'd love to have a piece of this action.
some readers that would like to donate or loan flags for her to fly in
defiance of the ban? Imagine having a souvenir like that "This Scots
flag was flown over the house of so-and-so on date of 2006 in defiance
of the unconstitutional and immoral ban of free speech."
like to donate a flag for this, or set up a similar demonstration in Pahrump,
let us know!
IBM S/W helps call centers improve
"Even as Indian call centers have thrived in the past decade,
helping U.S. companies cut costs and creating hundreds of thousands of
jobs, they have faced a seemingly insurmountable problem: Most Indian
employees speak heavily accented English. Now IBM Corp.'s India Research
Lab says it has a way to help operators fix the harsh consonants, local
idioms and occasionally different grammar of Indian English, often a source
of frustration of those who call in search of tech support and other information.
IBM, which operates large call center facilities here, has developed a
Web-based training technology that can help improve language skills of
operators. Although the technology was initially developed for its call-center
employees in India, it has broad applicability for individuals as well
as in schools and businesses, said Ashish Verma, who led efforts to develop
the tool at the India Research Lab in New Delhi." (11/19/06)
been far too long coming, and is badly needed. But shucks, if actors (as
braindead and stupid as most of them appear to be) can learn to speak
clearly and do various accents, then surely these very intelligent and
(wanting to get ahead) young men and women can learn how to speak standard
English (or for that matter, Queens English) to do better. And then
it can be used for the denizens of too many inner cities in the United
States. Thankfully, there are still many companies who use stateside employees.
Note: Yes indeed, it's nice to call and hear someone who can speak English.
Now, if they only knew what the heck they were talking about... "Customer
service," for the most part, is pretty darn useless unless you have
one of the three or four standard questions - most of which you can actually
answer for yourself if you read the instructions!! And some of those are
written by people who only THINK they speak English.
FL: GOP candidate certified, Dem sues
"Vern Buchanan was named the official winner in the battle to
succeed Katherine Harris in Congress, but his Monday victory could be
short-lived now that his Democratic opponent has sued in a case destined
once again to place Florida's elections in the national spotlight. Moments
after Buchanan was certified as Florida's newest congressman, Democrat
Christine Jennings filed a suit that asks a judge to take him out of office
and either declare her the winner or hold a new election for the Southwest
Florida seat. The race was one of the most expensive in the nation, costing
an estimated $14 million. The suit, which will likely end up before the
state Supreme Court soon, could become a national test case on the validity
of ATM-style voting machines." (11/21/06)
too soon when I said that the whining about fair elections didnt
seem to be as loud this year. Thankfully, there have been very few lawsuits
this year, unlike in Mexico (see story below). Actually, as of Tuesday
the 21st, there were at least six House races in which this kind of fuss
was or is being made: a good summary
can be found here, which discusses accusation of voter suppression,
dirty tricks and much else. So far, NO one is claiming computer fraud,
which would make most other dirty tricks unnecessary anyway.
Europe: Testing Highway Anarchy
Der Spiegel (Germany)
The new traffic model's advocates believe the only way out of this
vicious circle is to give drivers more liberty and encourage them to take
responsibility for themselves. They demand streets like those during the
Middle Ages, when horse-drawn chariots, handcarts and people scurried
about in a completely unregulated fashion. The new model's proponents
envision today's drivers and pedestrians blending into a colorful and
peaceful traffic stream. It may sound like chaos, but it's only the lesson
drawn from one of the insights of traffic psychology: Drivers will force
the accelerator down ruthlessly only in situations where everything has
been fully regulated. Where the situation is unclear, they're forced to
drive more carefully and cautiously.
weve heard it: You have to have rules on the highways and
streets, or people will die, and if you dont have government, you
cant have rules. For all that time, weve argued that
government isnt essential to have rules and signs and
warnings which is true, but seems to be hard to explain: that voluntary
agreements and associations and companies can do the same thing as government,
but better. Now, this experiment is already showing that it may be even
more simple than that: liberty can win even in the high-speed, deadly-dangerous,
unguided-missile marketplace called the urban streetscape.
All right! This is one test Im going to pay attention to.
EU proposes ban on sale
of cat, dog fur
"The European Union's executive commission proposed Monday to
extend a ban on the sale, import and production of dog and cat fur to
all 25 EU nations, saying the measure was taken a response to an overwhelming
public outcry. The European Commission said it found cat and dog fur in
some clothing, personal accessories and soft toys for children being sold
on the European market, either falsely labeled as another kind of fur,
or hidden within the product." (11/20/06)
advertising and false labeling is one thing but an outright ban
is wrong, as wrong as laws in the US against eating horse meat, or in
India against eating cows. (Please dont get me wrong Im
a cat lover, but this is a stupid way to protect cats. Dogs, on the other
<grin>. And yes, Im thankful for my familys
cats they help keep me (sorta) sane.
Note: "...or hidden within the product." Now, just a
darn minute! My carpets are at least 25% dog hair right now! Of course,
they didn't COME that way, but just the same... Does this mean I have
to actually vacuum more often so my carpet doesn't get "banned?"
I sure don't intend to get rid of the dog in any case. I'm not ashamed
to say he's probably the reason I have ANY sanity left. <G>
TV terrorists charged
"A man was charged Monday with supporting terrorists by enabling
customers to obtain satellite broadcasts of a Hezbollah television station,
the second person accused in a case that has drawn scrutiny over how far
the government can go in claiming someone is aiding terrorist groups.
Saleh Elahwal, 53, of Matawan, N.J., and Javed Iqbal, 42, of Staten Island,
could each face up to 110 years in prison if they are convicted of all
11 counts in a rewritten indictment unsealed Monday in U.S. District Court
in Manhattan. They pleaded not guilty." (11/21/06)
pretty far-fetched to me, and it seems a shame that these two men have
to go through this for a clearly unconstitutional and illegal law denying
the First Amendment applies, even to terrorist groups. Thankfully, I think
that even OUR court system can find twelve jurors who will realize that
giving someone a strange cable or satellite channel is NOT terrorism.
WA: SAF sues library system
over Net censorship
Liberty For All
"The Second Amendment Foundation and three Washington State residents
have filed a federal lawsuit against a north-central Washington regional
library system for denying them access to websites that include information
on firearms and publications dealing with guns. The lawsuit was filed
in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington in Spokane.
Joining SAF in the lawsuit are Sarah Bradburn of Republic, Ferry County;
Pearl Cherrington of Twisp and Charles Heinlen of Okanogan, both towns
in Okanogan County." (11/20/06)
see proof of what many of us have been saying for years: if you censor
ONE kind of distasteful speech (say, pornography, or flag-burning) you
will soon find much else banned for exactly the same justification: it
is bad for children. Stupid act, stupid government. Im thankful
that Im not in Washington State, though.
Note: Agreed, of course, but I just wonder why these folks don't get their
own computer to start with. It's easy to censor things in the library,
but a bit more difficult in your own home. That's were the battle really
is. There should be no such thing as a government, theft supported library
to start with. Seems to me these folks want their own freedom at someone
Other Milton Friedman
By Cal Thomas. The death last week of Milton Friedman, "the
grandmaster of free-market economic theory," as The New York Times
accurately labeled him, ended a great life. But there was another Milton
Friedman many obituary writers overlooked, or mentioned only in passing,
that may offer him an even greater legacy than his economic theories about
limited government. In the last 10 years of his 94-year life, Friedman
and his wife, Rose, dedicated themselves to school choice. They viewed
school choice as a companion to economic freedom. Through the Milton and
Rose D. Friedman Foundation they enthusiastically promoted school choice
as a means of liberating the poor from failing government schools. Failing
schools produced failing students, they reasoned, depriving children of
the tools they would need to attain economic independence. Friedman first
proposed school vouchers in 1955, but it wasn't until 1996 that he and
Rose started their foundation to take advantage of the growing interest
in school choice.
dont have commentary (by others, that is) in this column, but this
article by Cal Thomas points out an important aspect of Friedmans
life. Yes, vouchers are at best a temporary stopgap on the way to the
complete separation of school and state,
but they ARE a step, and even small steps are important when you have
a mess as bad as the worldwide educational syndicalism we have today.
(I use the word syndicalism with specific care, since it is
a system of government in which labor unions run both government AND business
certainly the case in our GRTF schools operated by the NEA and the
AFT.) I am thankful that we had people like this. They help prepare people
for our own radicalism.
Note: Here I must disagree. Tax (theft) support of any kind of school,
by whatever tortured logic, opens the door for government CONTROL of that
school. This is simply too obvious to ignore. The only way private schools
and homeschooling will remain in any way independent and able to properly
educate the children in their care is to remain as separated from any
form of government as possible - and those involved must fight endlessly
on that front as it is, without the threat imposed by government funding
in any form.
Admissions boards face "grade
San Francisco Chronicle
"Josh Zalasky should be the kind of college applicant with little
to worry about. The high school senior is taking three Advanced Placement
courses. Outside the classroom, he's involved in mock trial, two Jewish
youth groups and has a job with a restaurant chain. He's a National Merit
semifinalist and scored in the top 3 percent of all students who take
the ACT. But in the increasingly frenzied world of college admissions,
even Zalasky is nervous about his prospects. He doubts he'll get in to
the University of Wisconsin, a top choice. The reason: his grades. It's
not that they're bad. It's that so many of his classmates' are so good.
Zalasky's GPA is nearly an A minus, and yet he ranks only about in the
middle of his senior class of 543 at Edina High School outside Minneapolis.
That means he will have to find other ways to stand out." (11/18/06)
I am surprised that colleges use GRTF school grades at all any more. Even
40 years ago, scores on SAT/ACT and other similar methods determined far
better how well someone would do in college. Of course, Id say this
guy has holes in his head for wanting to go to UW; a hotbed of liberalism
fuzzymindedness that ruins more people than it helps. Thankfully, more
and more, there are alternatives.
English teachers seek reform of No
Child Left Behind
"The National Council of Teachers of English announced this morning
at its annual conference in Nashville that it plans to lobby the U.S.
Congress with specific recommendations to reform the federal No Child
Left Behind law. The councils executive committee approved five
issues that will be presented in Washington in January, asking lawmakers
to adequately fund the 2001 law, by, among other things, allocating more
money for teacher development to enhance learning. The group, which has
50,000 members, also wants to see that multiple assessments be used to
measure student progress accurately and that teachers and schools are
credited with progress made by students even if they miss the federal
benchmarks mapped out by the law. The NCLB is up for reauthorization next
a suggestion replace the NCLB law with a No Government Involvement
in Education act which makes it illegal for the federal government
to have ANY role in education, and encourages states to adopt the same
prohibition, right down to the township/school district level. Thankfully,
there are alternatives!
Your bra is ringing -- Students defy ban
New York Daily News
"From paying to stash cell phones at delis to burying them 'where
the sun don't shine,' students across the city are going to new heights
to skirt the unpopular ban backed by Mayor Bloomberg. 'It isn't hard for
girls at all. We just put the phone in our underwear,' said Veronica Abreu,
16, from Martin Luther King High School in Manhattan. MLK students used
to leave their phones at a nearby bodega, but after a clerk took off with
their money and a bunch of phones, they got creative. 'If the metal detector
goes off, they only search your lower legs and upper body,' Abreu said.
Girls said they also sneak them in for the boys. ... Since spring, the
Education Department has been clamping down on cell phones in schools.
The toughened stance has sparked controversy -- and ingenuity." [FND
editor's note: I assume the prison ... uh ... school system's response
will be strip searches - MLS] (11/16/06)
in prison, eh? Right. Just like no knives, guns, or other deadly weapons.
Thankfully, more and more parents are pulling their kids out of these
Note: Thankfully, when I was teaching in community college 20 years ago,
cell phones were not that common, but "beepers" were all the
rage. At the start of each class I would politely ask the students to
turn their pagers OFF. After that, if a pager sounded, the student was
asked to leave the room for the remainder of the class time - losing credit
for attendance that day. It didn't take long for everyone to decide that
courtesy was better than lost attendance. Again, there ARE alternatives.
Gonzales: Relax and learn to love
"Attorney General Alberto Gonzales contended Saturday that some
critics of the Bush administration's warrantless surveillance program
were defining freedom in a way that poses a 'grave threat' to U.S. security.
Gonzales was the second administration official in two days to attack
a federal judge's ruling last August that the program was unconstitutional.
Vice President Dick Cheney on Friday called the ruling 'an indefensible
act of judicial overreaching.'" (11/19/06)
these people are now using the language of liberty in a way that totally
corrupts it. There are no multiple ways to define freedom,
and the most grave threat to US security is ANYTHING and ANYONE that takes
away freedom, who despise liberty.
Note: Ah yes, Mr. Gonzales... war is peace, hate is love, liberty is being
spied on and locked in a cage...
US to unveil
new citizenship test
Christian Science Monitor
"To gain American citizenship, immigrants must be able to answer
such questions as: What was the 49th state added to our Union? What color
are the stars on our flag? And who wrote the Star Spangled Banner? Sound
trivial? The US government thinks so, and plans to roll out a new pilot
test this winter. It will continue to be an oral test, conducted in English,
and will have 10 questions. Six correct answers will earn a passing grade.
But the content, which is tightly under wraps, is expected to shun simple
historical facts about America that can be recounted in a few words for
more explanation about the principles of American democracy, such as freedom."
[FND editor's note: Given how little concern the government has shown
for preserving those principles (or even knowing what they are?), this
can hardly bode well - SAT] (11/19/06)
is certainly palatable, but as Steve says, expect the government to muck
it up. Therefore I propose a reader survey on What ten questions
would you expect ANY American citizen to be able to answer? Im
curious to see what people come up with: send your suggestions to TPOL-News-at-LibertyHaven.com,
and well run the lot!
Note: Your responses will be placed on a special page! We may use this
address for all future feedback as well. If you've missed the Mailbag,
respond to this and let us know you want that feature back!
Marine claims he was denied attorney
"A Marine charged with helping to kidnap and murder an Iraqi civilian
said Monday that government officials violated his basic rights when they
interviewed him about the incident -- claims military prosecutors denied.
Lance Cpl. Robert B. Pennington, 22, made the allegations as part of an
effort to discredit some of the key pieces of evidence against him: statements
he gave in which prosecutors say he admits wrongdoing. Pennington testified
at a hearing Monday that when Naval Criminal Investigative Service agents
interviewed him after the April 26 death of Hashim Ibrahim Awad, they
threatened him with the death penalty and told him it would be a mistake
to ask for an attorney." (11/20/06)
least, does things in an orderly and bureaucratic manner, and I would
find it pretty near unbelievable that he was denied an attorney. But he
has seen that merely confessing and fingering others is NOT enough (fortunately)
to get off from stupid, murderous, and hideous acts committed. If he did
kidnap and kill this man, he deserves to die, and that should have been
obvious to him without the CID guys telling him so. Thankfully, this creep
is no longer going to be disgracing his uniform, no matter what the verdict
Thousands protest military academy
"Thousands of demonstrators paraded, chanted and raised white
crosses Sunday outside the Army's Fort Benning as they continued a 17-year-long
effort to close a military school they blame for human rights abuses in
Latin America. ... Sixteen demonstrators, including two grandmothers,
got around, under, or over three chain-link fences -- one topped by coils
of barbed wire -- and were arrested for trespassing on military property.
Each could face up to six months in a federal prison and a fine of up
to $5,000. ... The demonstrations are timed to commemorate six Jesuit
priests who were killed along with their housekeeper and her daughter
in El Salvador on Nov. 19, 1989. Some of the killers had attended the
School of the Americas." (11/19/06)
School of the Americas is an anachronism, as is this bizarre
little annual ritual. What is now known (since 2001) as the Western
Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, is a training school
roughly equivalent to US Army Basic and Advanced Officer Courses, taught
to all US Army lieutenants including National Guard officers. With more
than 60,000 graduates, it is no surprise that some are bad apples, just
as of the hundreds of thousands of US Army officers in the past 40+ years,
there have been a lot of bad apples who have served (and sadly still do)
in uniform. It is not the training that makes these people bad, it is
the use to which they put the training, and this pathetic 20 year attempt
to shut down a school makes as much sense as blaming gun violence on the
Polygamist accused in illegal marriages
"Room 15 at the Caliente Hot Springs Motel seems like an unlikely
place for a wedding. There are no flower-covered arbors, pews or candles.
It is an apartment-style room with a kitchenette, a bed, a dresser, a
table and a couch. But it was in Room 15 that dozens of weddings took
place between underage girls and men from a polygamist sect, church insiders
say. The sect's charismatic leader, Warren Jeffs, has been charged with
rape as an accomplice for his alleged role in arranging one of those marriages
-- that of a 14-year-old girl who claims she was forced to wed her older
first cousin in 2001." (11/20/06)
eh? At the same time as the feds are prosecuting Jeffs, they welcome other
polygamists (many of whom have married underage first cousins) with open
arms and photo opportunities at the White House, donate billions of dollars
and thousands of lives to protect them and keep them in power, and ignore
their persecution, up to and including murder, of Christians. Of course,
those OTHER polygamists are Islamic, and everyone knows that Islam is
a religion of peace whereas fundamental LDS and related sects
are anything but. If Jeffs wore a headcloth and spoke in Arabic and cut
off the hands of thieving children, hed be wooed by the State Department,
not in jail as a rapist. (By the way, will they have four
witnesses to this rape in accordance with Sharia law
if not, then the 14-year-old girl should be punished for illicit
sex, after all.) (Sarcasm alert! ML)
and Tech Issues:
files frivolous suit v. MySpace
Top Tech News
"Citing rampant copyright infringement among MySpace users, Universal
Music Group has filed a lawsuit in U.S. Federal Court against the popular
social-networking site run by the News Corp. media conglomerate. According
to news reports, the suit charges MySpace with ignoring the free exchange
of music video clips protected by copyrights and making it easy for subscribers
to send such clips to others or distribute them to other Web sites."
hubris of the music tycoon-tyrants and their sister companies in the mainstream
media is amazing, isnt it?
Note: Makes as much sense as Kimberly-Clark filing a lawsuit against everyone
who calls any tissue a "kleenex." They, at least, are bright
enough to see this as free advertising - at least so far...
and Technical News:
Drug for troops labeled dangerous
"A blood-coagulating drug designed to treat rare forms of hemophilia
is being used on critically wounded U.S. troops in Iraq despite evidence
it can cause clots that lead to strokes, heart attacks and death in other
patients, The (Baltimore) Sun reported for Sunday's editions. Recombinant
Activated Factor VII, which is made by Danish pharmaceutical company Novo
Nordisk, is approved in the United States for treating forms of hemophilia
that affect fewer than 3,000 Americans. It costs $6,000 a dose. The Food
and Drug Administration said in a warning last December that giving Factor
VII to patients who don't have the blood disorder could cause strokes
and heart attacks. Its researchers published a study in January blaming
43 deaths on clots that developed after injections of Factor VII."
to me that if the choice is between someone bleeding out completely and
dying, versus a 43 in 3000 chance of a stroke or heart attack but living,
that the drug should be considered. In a strictly mercenary view of life,
if $6,000 can save, 2757 times out of 3000, just the cost of paying $250,000
out in GI life insurance to say nothing of all the rest of the death benefits
well, that just reinforces the decision, doesnt it? But heaven
forbid that we not use ANY drug which isnt completely free of risk.
Note: Maybe it's just too simple, but I have a much better idea. How about
we bring all the troops home so we don't have any need to risk the 43
in 3,000? We'd better get this through our heads pretty soon, however.
I've been reading about some of the next generation in antipersonnel weapons,
and "bleeding" is simply not going to be one of the problems.
No drug will help against instant coagulation. They'll simply be dead,
in large numbers.
At least 112 die in attacks across
Iraq [sic Mesopotamia]
Allentown Morning Call
"Syria's foreign minister called Sunday for a timetable for the
withdrawal of American forces to help end Iraq's sectarian bloodbath,
in a groundbreaking diplomatic mission to Iraq that comes amid increasing
calls for the U.S. to seek cooperation from Syria and Iran. At least 112
people were killed nationwide, following a week that had already seen
hundreds of deaths. Walid Moallem, the highest level Syrian official to
visit since the 2003 ouster of Saddam Hussein, denounced terrorism in
Iraq even as Washington mulled its own overture to Damascus for help in
ending Iraq's violence." (11/19/06)
I am sure
that Syrian troops could do just as much to end the bloodshed in Mesopotamia
as they have done in Lebanon dead people dont kill people,
after all. Opps? Did I just hear that someone assassinated a Lebanese
minister? Didnt know the US was in Lebanon even the Israelis
arent in Lebanon (right now). Syria would welcome the opportunity
to meddle in Mesopotamia Syria has been trying to annex much of
it permanently ever since Alexander kicked the bucket and his general,
Antiochus, became the first military dictator of the country. Of course,
if you look at Syrian websites and historical sites, you will find that
Syria actually claims that modern Jordan, Israel, Gaza, the West Bank,
Lebanon, and a good chunk of Turkey are all an integral part
Note: And, of course, almost nobody even considers the fact that the people
- each individual - of all those places actually does, and should, own
themselves and their property - not one government or the other. Maybe
someday they'll get tired of being pushed, pulled and slaughtered by the
war lords and marketers of false religion. ...and maybe not.
Iraq [sic]: Even Kissinger gets it
"Military victory is no longer possible in Iraq, former Secretary
of State Henry Kissinger said in a television interview broadcast Sunday.
Kissinger presented a bleak vision of Iraq, saying the U.S. government
must enter into dialogue with Iraq's regional neighbors -- including Iran
-- if progress is to be made in the region. 'If you mean by 'military
victory' an Iraqi government that can be established and whose writ runs
across the whole country, that gets the civil war under control and sectarian
violence under control in a time period that the political processes of
the democracies will support, I don't believe that is possible,' he told
the British Broadcasting Corp." (11/19/06)
to believe anything this man says about ANYTHING is beyond me. The man
betrayed millions of innocent people to death, slavery, and tyranny, and
upheld some of the slimiest regimes in the worlds history while
pretending to believe in freedom.
Note: Yes, but even a stopped clock is right twice a day, unless it's
a digital. Kissinger is a digital, but he's still got this one sort of
Iran invites Iraqi, Syrian presidents
Johnson City Press
"In an apparent bid to counter U.S. influence in the region, Iranian
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad invited his Iraqi and Syrian counterparts
to a weekend summit in Tehran to tackle the chaos in Iraq, Iraqi lawmakers
said Monday. The diplomatic gambit coincided with a groundbreaking visit
to Baghdad by Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem, who was challenged
over Damascus' role in supporting the Sunni insurgency. The Iraqi government
said diplomatic relations between the two countries -- severed nearly
a quarter-century ago -- would be restored by Tuesday." (11/20/06)
above, this is perfectly in line with Irans actions.
analysis finds no Iranian nuclear weapons drive: report
WASHINGTON (AFP) - A classified draft CIA assessment has found no firm
evidence of a secret drive by Iran to develop nuclear weapons, as alleged
by the White House, a top US investigative reporter has said.
does just about cinch it, doesn't it? Despite all claims made by everyone
that Iran is not developing nukes and that the Bush Administration is
completely out to lunch on this, and just looking for an excuse to go
to war with Iran, too, we now know that any day we may wake up to turn
on the news and hear that an Iranian nuke has been detonated just offshore
from Tel Aviv or Haifa, or perhaps just outside the gates of a major American
base outside Baghdad or Kandahar. Or maybe Diego Garcia. Why? Because
we now have the final proof - the CIA has stated that the Iranians are
not developing nuclear weapons. Given the track record of the CIA, especially
as regards Iran and its ayatollahs and such, this is very, very scary.
The question now is not "if" but "how many" and "how
Supposedly, the Bush Administration doesn't want to initiate direct talks
with the Iranians, preferring to let the French, Brits, and other Europeans
talk to them - so that the US has a "clear view" to a "military
solution," at least that is what is claimed by opponents of the Bush
administration. Actually, direct talks are about the worst thing they
could do - Americans do so poorly at negotiating things like that (look
at our record on Middle East peace, or North Korea, or much of Latin America).
Far better to have the Brits and Germans front for us.
As for a "military solution" - well, what on earth does the
GOP or Bush gain? We are already burning our troops out at a hideous rate
in Afghanistan, Mesopotamia, and dozens of other locations. Somalia is
going downhill like a bug getting sucked down the bathtub drain. Venezuela
is looking to merge with Cuba and Nicaragua, and if any more people take
"refuge" in Canada, Ottawa may declare war on us because of
the invasion. As long as we are bogged down in Mesopotamia trying to get
them to stop killing each other, they don't need Iran to promote a "war-mentality"
on the nation. And the Democrats surely aren't going to get embarrassed
by supporting another "go-to-war" resolution about Iran (like
they did for Iraq) unless there is (a) a glowing crater somewhere, with
Persian markings on it, or (b) the Iranian president going on international
television introducing the world to his "new baby," the bomb.
In other words, if there is going to be a war, it is Iran that will start
it, and it won't be able to do it n a small way - I suspect even a commando
raid by Iranian troops in their own uniforms with a flag flying and band
playing directly on the White House itself would be viewed only with approval
by the new Democratic majority in Congress. Iran will have to do something
really, really nasty - like gunning down Ted Kennedy and Nancy P. on CNN
- to get the US to go to war with it, especially in the last two years
of Bush II's administration.
The one thing that is clear is that Iran, like North Korea and Venezuela,
will seek any method possible to provoke, irritate, and embarrass the
US, especially the Bush-led US. And the rest of the West, as well - they
need to demonstrate to the rest of dar al'Islam that they have the moxie
to be the leaders of Islam, and they need the abuse from the West to shore
up their claim of martyrdom as part of that leadership. Nukes would go
a long ways towards doing that, but it is not the only requirement: otherwise,
Pakistan would be in the race for leadership. But Iran has a far better
claim to Islamic leadership than anyone to the east of them, because the
Persians were the only real competitors to the Arabs for leadership in
the first half-millenium of Islamic history, and have been contenders
pretty much all along. Maybe Iran figures that they can use the US in
the entire ummah ("brotherhood" or "domain" of Islam)
the same way the Sunni and Shi'a have been using it in the current Mesopotamian
swamp: put it (and its soldiers and civilian workers) halfway between
the two firing lines: Iran and the rest of Islam, as a "common enemy"
that is trying to stop them from killing each other. Or maybe they are
starting to believe their own propaganda about the "Great Satan."
sworn as head of "parallel government"
Santa Fe New Mexican
"Leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador was sworn in as Mexico's
'legitimate' president Monday, launching a parallel government that he
hopes will revive a movement aimed at keeping President-elect Felipe Calderon
from governing." (11/21/06)
of Mexico continues apace. Expect more violence and the first stages of
outright civil war in the near future, possibly as soon as the inauguration
of the other candidate. Hmmm. Wonder why Gore (or Kerry) didnt try
this little stunt? Oh for two US presidents at the same time just
like the popes and anti-popes back in the 1400s.
Note: Of course, I'm not wishing civil war on anyone, but if they can
fall short of that and just wind up with a good gridlock, they'll probably
all be better off. I highly suspect it wouldn't work here, however. Those
who manage to claw their way to the top of the heap in DC (district of
criminals) don't suffer any rivals. I suspect the challengers wouldn't
have enough supporters to fill a phone booth anyway. Americans just don't
seem to be that passionate about their freedom. Too bad...
Cuba inches into the Internet Age
Los Angeles Times
"In this most literate of Latin American nations, where free higher
education is one of the proudest achievements of Fidel Castro's revolution,
Cubans are being left in the dust as the rest of Latin America surges
ahead on the Internet's information highway. The Cuban government has
long sought to shield its citizens from outside sources of news and other
information. Cubans are prohibited from having personal computers at home
without official authorization, and PC use is closely monitored in schools
and workplaces. Less than 2% of the country's 11.4 million citizens have
Internet access. But in apparent recognition of the risks of being left
on the sidelines of the global cyber-revolution, the state-owned telecommunications
monopoly in recent months has expanded Internet access points, allowing
broader use of the Web, or at least its ideologically vetted venues."
to missionaries, the Cuban claims about universal literacy and free
higher education is baloney most people, especially anyone who
does not buy the state-sponsored atheism, are barely educated and can
only dream of college. Like China, North Korea, Vietnam and their ilk,
this most valuable tool is as illegal as a private printing press or radio
to Defend Ourselves:
UT: Victim disarmament push faces
Daily Utah Chronicle
"President Michael K. Young advocates restoring the campus gun
ban, but he is likely to face tough opposition from Utah legislators.
Young is currently lobbying capitol leadership to bring back some form
of the now-suspended policy prohibiting U students, staff and faculty
from carrying guns on campus. But some state legislators aren't welcoming
Young with open arms. The relationship between the U administration and
the Republican-dominated Utah State Legislature has been tense on the
gun issue. ... Now, after the Utah Supreme Court struck down the gun ban
earlier this year, the U has chosen to temporarily suspend the policy
and withhold action on a federal suit in hopes of resolving the issue
with the Legislature. The move allowed concealed weapons permit owners
to bring their guns on campus. ... Mark Shurtleff, Utah attorney general,
said the U is making the right move in going to the Legislature, but he
doesn't think Young will be able to secure a campus-wide ban. 'I don't
think it's possible that (legislators) would make the entire campus a
gun-free zone, but they may be willing to do things like dormitories,'
Shurtleff said." (11/15/06)
to me that Young could care less about the welfare of either his students
OR his faculty and staff. A ban on guns in dorms would open them wide
for attacks like posting a Gun-Free Home sign on your
to Defend Ourselves:
OH: No charges in fatal shooting of
"Prosecutors say no charges will be filed in the shooting death
of a teenager last month. A Kennedy Heights homeowner, 61 year-old Bennie
Hall Jr., shot and killed 14 year-old Quavale Finnell after police say
the teen was driving away in the shooter's car. The Hamilton County Prosecutor's
Office announced Friday: 'Due to the rise in violence in his neighborhood
and the fact his own grandson was a shooting victim right down the street,
Mr. Hall had taken the proper steps to get a Concealed Carry Permit. Forensic
evidence also confirms that at the time of the first shot, the car was
moving directly towards Mr. Hall. This is consistent with the statements
of Mr. Hall and a witness. It is the opinion of this office that Mr. Hall
acted in self-defense and no charges will be filed against him.'"
the first sentence claims the little scumbag was driving away
but the forensic evidence is that the criminal was trying to run down
the car owner.
to Defend Ourselves:
FL: Motorist with gun holds down tip
Sarasota Herald Tribune
"A would-be robber found out the hard way Friday afternoon that
restaurant workers aren't easily parted from their tips. The unidentified
man grabbed about $20 from the countertop tip jar at the Chinese restaurant
Chung Shing without saying a word, employees said. 'I said, 'Hey, that's
my money,'' said restaurant manager Diane Lin. 'He didn't care.' He also
didn't have a chance. Employees chased him outside into the parking lot
of the strip mall on U.S. 301 and behind the stores. A passerby with a
concealed weapons permit stopped and pulled his gun on the man, witnesses
said. Minutes later, a Manatee County Sheriff's Office patrol car drove
by and a deputy arrested the tip thief." (11/19/06)
Why do we need state-owned cops? They could have had a jury seated in
minutes, had a judge elected and the trial held in under a half-hour,
with the guy sentenced to a day or two of washing pots and pans almost
as quickly. He might have to pay a bit more to cover the cost of posting
the notice of trial, conviction, and sentence on-line with a contract
court clerk website.
Note: I love the bit about the "passerby with a concealed weapons
permit." What the hell difference did the "permit" make?
None at all. What made the difference was the presence of someone who
was armed and ready to do what was necessary. Those being robbed should
have been both willing and able to defend themselves, of course. What
if the robber had been armed and none of them ever made it to where the
guy with the "permit" could see them. Someone could easily be
dead by now, and it wouldn't be the robber.
to Defend Ourselves:
PA: Robber shot and killed by victim
"A 19-year-old Philadelphia man was shot and killed after he tried
to rob another man early yesterday in the 1600 block of West Susquehanna
Street, police said. The robber approached from behind as the man left
a bar near 15th Street, police said. The robber stuck a gun in the man's
back, and demanded money. The man began to comply, then shot the robber
in the head, shoulder, chest and right arm with a registered handgun,
police said." (11/19/06)
they didnt call him a child or teenager.
Oh, I do wonder about four shots, and the locations: it might have been
overkill though Boston T.
Party would certainly not fault the guy for anything but the headshot.
Of course, he might have been a bit rushed.
Note: Once again, note the totally useless reference to "a registered
handgun." Did that make his aim better? Would he have less right
to defend himself otherwise? And why?
Jackson taken off Hobbit film
The Age [Australia]
"WANTED: feature film director to start immediately. Must have
affinity with small dwarfish beings, taste for epic landscape, and ability
to generate more than $300 million at the box office. Pointy ears not
necessary. Beard optional. The vacancy has arisen after Peter Jackson,
the bearded New Zealand-born director of the The Lord of the Rings trilogy,
was told by a Hollywood studio that his services would not be required
for a film based on the J. R. R Tolkien book The Hobbit." (11/21/06)
pretty stupid to me. Why mess with success?
MN: Imams removed from flight
International Herald Tribune [France]
"Six Muslim imams were removed from a US Airways flight at Minneapolis-St.
Paul International Airport and questioned by police for several hours
before being released, a leader of the group said. The six were among
passengers who boarded Flight 300, bound for Phoenix, around 6:30 p.m.
Monday, airport spokesman Pat Hogan said. ... The six Muslim scholars
were returning from a conference in Minneapolis of the North American
Imams Federation, said Shahin, president of the group. Five of them were
from the Phoenix-Tempe area, while one was from Bakersfield, California,
he said. Three of them stood and said their normal evening prayers together
on the plane, as 1.7 billion Muslims around the world do every day, Shahin
said. He attributed any concerns by passengers or crew to ignorance about
sorry, but if Im sitting on a plane, disarmed (courtesy of a loving
government), and a bunch of bearded guys with turbans stand up and started
speaking in Arabic, I am going to be mildly disturbed and ask for some
immediate action no matter how much I know about Islam, which is
a fair amount. Besides, these people are apostate, obviously, if they
stand up for prayers instead of kneeling as commanded in the Quran.
NJ: Mayor threatens land theft for
Home News Tribune
"After hearing the details of a controversial plan to redevelop
the Witty's Liquors site, the Lincoln School and the Old Eckerd building,
affected property owners last night reiterated what they've been saying
all along: They are absolutely opposed. 'I will not allow this to happen,'
said Charles Fornal, owner of the vacant property surrounding Witty's
Liquors on Old Bridge Turnpike. 'I won't go along with it one iota,' said
Arthur Fritsch Sr., co-owner of the Old Eckerd site on Main Street. 'No
way.' Their stances raise the specter of eminent domain, a maneuver the
borough could use to take property through condemnation. The mayor [of
South River] has said he would consider the move as a last resort, though
the entire council opposes it. ... The plan calls for creating landscaped
'buffers' to bordering property, demolishing all existing buildings and
helping affected businesses relocate."
who is behind this little bit of local political tyranny? If the opponents
can find out where the money is coming from, they have a good chance of
stopping it. Isnt kakocracy wonderful?
Watchdog Group Names Thune 'Porker of the Month'
A government watchdog group Friday named Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) "Porker
of the Month," for his part in securing a record $2.3 billion federal
loan for a railroad company. Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW)
noted that the loan guarantee from the Federal Railroad Administration
(FRA) would allow the Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern Railroad (DM&E)
to expand and improve a rail line used mainly to transport coal from Wyoming
to Minnesota. CAGW said Thune was anticipating the loan and was instrumental
in increasing the FRE's loan guarantee authority from $3.5 billion to
$35 billion in the 2005 Safe, Accountable, Flexible and Efficient Transportation
Equity Act. According to Bearing Point, a strategic consulting firm, the
loan would require an annual payment of $246 million on top of the $15
million from another loan. And even if the rail upgrade increases the
railroad's revenue, the deal is seen as a poor credit risk to taxpayers
who will be forced to pay for it if the company defaults. "Like most
special interests, DM&E argues that its handout is in the national
interest. Thune says it will 'transform South Dakota's economy for generations.'
Such pronouncements fall apart next to the simple logic that if the project's
benefits vastly exceeded its costs, a federal loan would not be necessary,"
said CAGW in a press release.
known John for years, and no one deserves this award more. Way to go,
John you are making a name for yourself and all your dreams will
no doubt come true. Too bad you arent sincere about service and
freedom, but hey, you cant eat those things, and you can eat pork.
Another example of kakocracy in action!
babbling about draft again
"Americans would have to sign up for a new military draft after
turning 18 under a bill the incoming chairman of the House Ways and Means
Committee says he will introduce next year. Rep. Charles Rangel (news,
bio, voting record), D-N.Y., said Sunday he sees his idea as a way to
deter politicians from launching wars. 'There's no question in my mind
that this president and this administration would never have invaded Iraq,
especially on the flimsy evidence that was presented to the Congress,
if indeed we had a draft and members of Congress and the administration
thought that their kids from their communities would be placed in harm's
way,' Rangel said. Rangel, a veteran of the Korean War who has unsuccessfully
sponsored legislation on conscription in the past, said he will propose
a measure early next year. While he said he is serious about the proposal,
there is little evident support among lawmakers for it." (11/19/06)
the man who told a campaign rally that if the Dems won the election and
he was head of the Ways and Means Committee, he would thereafter expect
to be treated like the world leader which he was. The man has been pushing
this for years, and is absolutely off his rocker Ive heard
him speak many times and he is scary. Fortunately, I think his fellow
thugs think he is bananas also.
Note: It was about 20 degrees outside last night, with a stiff breeze
that probably put the wind chill factor down to around 15. We could put
him out in that "draft" for a while and see if it brings him
to his senses...
McCain wants to be president,
"Without additional troops to ensure victory in Iraq, the U.S.
could find itself more vulnerable to terrorist attacks at home, Sen. John
McCain said Sunday. Taking the opposite tack, newly empowered Democrats
pressed their case for a phased withdrawal of American forces. They hoped
a blue-ribbon advisory panel would propose a way ahead for Iraq, while
making clear the U.S. military mission shouldn't last indefinitely."
should have labeled this Campaign 2008 but I refuse to. Sadly,
McCain is clued in no more than the other 99 members of the Worlds Most
Elite Buying Club and Criminal Gang.
Frank offers business "grand
"Representative Barney Frank has proposed in a series of meetings
with business groups a 'grand bargain' with corporate America: Democrats
would agree to reduce regulations and support free-trade deals in exchange
for businesses agreeing to greater wage increases and job benefits for
workers. Frank, the Newton Democrat who is in line to chair the House
Financial Services Committee, has struck a conciliatory posture with financial-industry
leaders in recent years. But since the morning after Election Day, he
has moved quickly to lay out an ambitious plan to try to end the political
stalemate between Republicans and Democrats on broad economic issues."
[Editor's note: Problem is, this 'grand bargain' will mostly ensure
that a lot of entry-level jobs get eliminated. If only Barney knew something
about real-world economics! - SAT] (11/19/06)
are being punished for our sins as this newly-powerful thug shows
us. Barneys problem is that he ISNT a big purple stuffed-toy
dinosaur, but a flaming liberal who will do anything to expand government
power and end free enterprise of any degree.
Dem patronage chief sentenced
"Although the sentence was lighter than it could have been, U.S.
District Judge David Coar was sharply critical of Robert Sorich, saying
Sorich sat at the top of a corrupt operation. ... Sorich lawyer Tom Durkin
argued for no prison time, saying his client didn't take bribes or otherwise
gain anything personally. ... A jury convicted Sorich, McCarthy and two
others -- who are still to be sentenced later this afternoon -- in a scheme
to award jobs and promotions to city applicants who were politically connected."
it, that the Illinois Democratic Party isnt named as a codefendant,
coconspirator, and a corrupt organization?
OH: GOP grifter sentenced to 18 years
"A former GOP fundraiser at the center of a scandal-plagued state
investment in rare coins that helped Democrats seize power in the midterm
elections was sentenced Monday to 18 years in prison. Tom Noe, a prominent
coin dealer accused of taking at least $2 million, was convicted last
week of theft, corrupt activity, money laundering, forgery and tampering
with records. 'Based on a review of the record, a short prison term would
demean your conduct,' Lucas County Common Pleas Judge Thomas Osowik told
for the Democrats (above) applies to the GOP as well.
Costa Rica: Drug cops nab coke submariners
"Tipped off by three plastic pipes mysteriously skimming the ocean's
surface, authorities seized a homemade submarine packed with 3 tons of
cocaine off Costa Rica's Pacific coast. ... Two Colombians, a Guatemalan
and a Sri Lankan were captured and taken to the United States, because
they were captured in international waters ..." (11/21/06)
is probably piracy, on the part of Costa Rica, with the US as an accessory
after the fact. Yeah, these four guys were more than a bit incompetent,
to boot who trusted them with several million dollars in coke?
But also, what was a Sri Lankan doing trying to get smuggled into
the US? And for what? Next time, maybe the submariners will be able to
defend themselves. I wonder if Captain Nemo would have used the Nautilus
to meet market demand?
UK: Poisoned spy was Putin critic
Toronto Star [Canada]
"A former Russian spy poisoned in Britain and now hospitalized
under guard may have been targeted for his criticism of former colleagues
and his investigation into the killing of a prominent anti-Kremlin journalist,
friends and fellow dissidents said Sunday. Col. Alexander Litvinenko,
a former KGB agent, said earlier this week that he fell ill on Nov. 1
following a meal with a contact who claimed to have details about the
slaying of Anna Politkovskaya, the Russian journalist gunned down last
month in Moscow. ... A doctor treating Litvinenko told the British Broadcasting
Corp. that tests showed he was the victim of poisoning by thallium --
a toxic metal found in rat poison." (11/20/06)
like the Cold War, eh? Some things dont change, do they?
Note: "Rat poison?" Isn't that a little crass? Surely they have
more sophisticated things to use than rat poison? Not cool, folks. What
would 007 think?
Indonesia: Police foil anti-Bush rally
Malaysia Sun [Malaysia]
"Indonesian police and barricades foiled a demonstration Monday
by some 8,000 people protesting a visit by U.S. President George Bush.
... some 8,000 members [of the Prosperous Justice Party] marched against
U.S. policy .... However, more than 15,000 police had barricaded a monument
in a square they had planned to occupy, Antara said." (11/20/06)
like they still had the protest march. And it sounds like nobody really
paid attention to it. It is ironic that this protest is in the worlds
largest Islamic country, when the current US president has done more to
promote Islamic security, peace, and acceptance than any western leader
since about 1900. (Sarcasm, I think... ML)
Bush opens stock exchange in Vietnam
Ventura County Star
"President Bush paid tribute to new symbols of capitalism in this
struggling communist country Monday and offered encouragement for Vietnam's
battle against bird flu and other public health challenges. The president
was quickly touring this city, once known as Saigon, before flying to
Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, where thousands angrily
protested America's policy in the Middle East and wars in Iraq and Afghanistan."
the Third Reich and Fascist Italy had stock markets.
Congo: Gunfire, street fighting erupt
"Gunfire and street fighting erupted in Congo's capital Tuesday
and a fire broke out at the supreme court as a hearing began over fraud
allegations in the country's presidential runoff election. The shooting
outside the court first interrupted the proceedings and continued for
about 45 minutes as U.N. forces arrived in armored vehicles and people
fled for cover. Dozens of fights broke out among about 200 people who
had gathered outside to support losing candidate Jean-Pierre Bemba."
our election problems, we can count our blessings we have, for
the most part, avoided this kind of mess, no matter how crooked our elections
are. But I fear we are reaching that point, as Mexico has, and as may
be the case in many other countries around the world.
Note: I have a marvelous idea! Let's not "elect" anyone at all!
Then we won't have any disagreements and can all begin to manage our own
lives and money as we see fit. Doesn't that sound good? I mean, except
to the politicians, of course.
2 Click HERE Link checked!!
Special After Thanksgiving page this week!! More good stories and commentary.
Check it out!
Barton is writing this from a wonderful place in the West, which might
be in the Black Hills of South Dakota or Wyoming, or might be in one of
the Four Corners States. Exactly where it is, the breezes blow with the
scent of liberty, and the sound of the pines or the pinions is the sound
of freedom. For thousands of years, people have fought and died for the
liberty that Americans in the great spaces of the West enjoy, and he writes
these commentaries in the hopes that continued generations will be able
to do so, until the end of Time.
to visit my blog, Liberty's
Feature! Add your signature to the NEW
Declaration of Independence
By Robert Greenslade
people have asked about buying Gadsden Flags (the rattlesnake "Don't
Tread on Me flags used by the June 23d Movement and other Property Rights
can get them for $10.00 plus shipping here.
previous Commentaries, go
to the archives page and click onto the link for the week. The commentaries
are linked from the weekly front pages.
note: Information about readers is never given or sold to anyone
for any purpose. Remember, however, that many people can read and recover
anything posted to web sites or email unless it is carefully encrypted.
Please take personal responsibility for what you post anywhere. MamaLiberty)
Review News Digest
Commentaries are on the front page for each week.
Check the archives page.
sources require registration, use this