There is NO distinction between the First Amendment and the Second. One enforces, and reinforces the other. Either direction.
Saturday, July 04, 2009
The Dark Side of Dubai: Part 2
The sun is always shining in the UAE. There is hardly ever a chance of rain and never a chance of snow. In this barren wasteland, all that can be seen under the shining sun for miles is either sand or steel and concrete structures. Dubai, the so-called economic capital of the UAE, is a city where you can see tall buildings everywhere—this is a city they “think” will be more successful than Singapore and Hong Kong.
Dubai does not really have any established businesses except, of course, the property market and the financial help that it gets from neighboring Abu Dhabi. As these recent economic crisis hit Abu Dhabi, which is the seat of presidency of the UAE, sanctioned $20 billion to be given to Dubai for it to get out of the mess it has gotten itself into. How was Abu Dhabi not affected by these crisis and was easily able to roll out $20 billion? Well, the answer is simple: The west buys the oil that Abu Dhabi pumps out and it buys it at the price asked by Abu Dhabi.
I know I titled this post “the dark side of Dubai” but I just want to show here that if not for Abu Dhabi, Dubai probably wouldn’t exist in the state it does today to have any dark side whatsoever. All the slave labor and endless supply of money is sanctioned by Abu Dhabi that does not fear anything because it produces oil. Yes, oil!! Won’t we just about do anything for oil?!! The western governments have decided to overlook everything for oil. Before it was only Saudi Arabia that got a free pass to do whatever it wanted as long as the oil pipelines remained open but now Abu Dhabi is added to the list also.
What I am trying to refer to is (and I am doing my best as I am stopping myself from falling asleep—its 2:30 AM and I got work tomorrow!!) the “very recent” torture video (link below) that was released on ABC. Americans were outraged, there were demands for justice, some said they could not believe what they saw and others said it was inhumane. All these things were and still are true, however, for some reason this story has faded into oblivion. The mainstream media doesn’t care anymore. It is still more important to blame the Bush administration than to follow this story of a supposed ally of the US. This ally that sanctions torture on a government level still continues to receive US support. The US is selling state of the art weapons to the UAE and is also buying up oil.
All I am doing right now is repeating what has been said already but for some reason it lands on deaf ears. Any criticism of the UAE or the Muslim world is met with charges of Islamophobia, well, I am not going to shut up just because we have said this already. I hope we continue to demand justice. It does not matter whether the person that tortured was from the royal family or just your average Joe. What we see in this video is plain barbaric and whoever perpetrates these acts should not go unpunished! But sadly, I think that the call for a just punishment would remain for a long time just that…call for a just punishment. Leaders in the west are nothing but silent witnesses that would condone anything as long as they get what they want, namely, oil and business!
(Adopted by Congress on July 4, 1776) The Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America
When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security. --Such has been the patient sufferance of these colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these states. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his assent to laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good. He has forbidden his governors to pass laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of representation in the legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved representative houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the legislative powers, incapable of annihilation, have returned to the people at large for their exercise; the state remaining in the meantime exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavored to prevent the population of these states; for that purpose obstructing the laws for naturalization of foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migration hither, and raising the conditions of new appropriations of lands.
He has obstructed the administration of justice, by refusing his assent to laws for establishing judiciary powers.
He has made judges dependent on his will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, standing armies without the consent of our legislature. He has affected to render the military independent of and superior to civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his assent to their acts of pretended legislation:
For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by mock trial, from punishment for any murders which they should commit on the inhabitants of these states:
For cutting off our trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing taxes on us without our consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of trial by jury:
For transporting us beyond seas to be tried for pretended offenses:
For abolishing the free system of English laws in a neighboring province, establishing therein an arbitrary government, and enlarging its boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule in these colonies:
For taking away our charters, abolishing our most valuable laws, and altering fundamentally the forms of our governments:
For suspending our own legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated government here, by declaring us out of his protection and waging war against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burned our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large armies of foreign mercenaries to complete the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of cruelty and perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow citizens taken captive on the high seas to bear arms against their country, to become the executioners of their friends and brethren, or to fall themselves by their hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian savages, whose known rule of warfare, is undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these oppressions we have petitioned for redress in the most humble terms: our repeated petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have we been wanting in attention to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, enemies in war, in peace friends.
We, therefore, the representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the name, and by the authority of the good people of these colonies, solemnly publish and declare, that these united colonies are, and of right ought to be free and independent states; that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the state of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as free and independent states, they have full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances, establish commerce, and to do all other acts and things which independent states may of right do. And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.
New Hampshire: Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton
Massachusetts: John Hancock, Samual Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry Rhode Island: Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery
Connecticut: Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott
New York: William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris
New Jersey: Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark
Pennsylvania: Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross
Delaware: Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean
Maryland: Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton
Virginia: George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton
North Carolina: William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn
South Carolina: Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton
Georgia: Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton
Why Did Sarah Palin Announce Her Resignation On Friday Afternoon Of A Major Holiday Weekend?
Usually, when a politician wants to hide something from the scrutiny of the public and the media, they will address it late on a Friday afternoon, thus insuring they will have two days of relative media silence after making the announcement.
This means there is little chance for negative momentum to build.
Announcing something on the Friday afternoon of a major Holiday would seem to assure even more cover.
And yet, obviously, it does not appear Palin has anything to hide. So, why did she choose a weekend which would seem likely to bury her announcement?
Sarah Palin’s has announced she intends to quit as Governor of Alaska, fueling speculation that she is clearing the decks to focus on a Presidential run. The Wall Street Journal writes “Her decision not to run for a second term will likely fuel speculation about whether she may make a presidential bid in the 2012 election.” The Washington Postcalls it an unusual move by an unconventional politician. It writes:
One strategist who assumes she has aspirations to run for president called the decision to resign her office “puzzling,” another described it as “nutty.” “If this is about running for president, it’s about as odd a way as we’ve ever seen,” said John Weaver, a Republican strategist. …Yet, it has been obvious that Alaska is a difficult place from which to participate in the national debate — both because of its physical distance from the rest of the United States but also because of its unique culture and identity. Freed of the constraints of her office, Palin could, if she chooses, become a more engaged participant in the national debate.
“My contrarian take is almost everyone I talk to thinks it’s crazy but I wonder maybe it’s crazy like a fox,” said Bill Kristol, editor of the Weekly Standard, who has been out defending Palin this past week.
If Sarah Palin has resigned in order to focus on the 2012 it will have the effect of starting the election season early. Both President Obama and Republican Presidential hopefuls must consider whether they can stay on the starting blocks while the former of Governor of Alaska runs down the track at her own pace. The President will probably try to ignore her; with his publicists portraying her as “looney” or trying to escape her responsibilities in Alaska. There may even be one or two exposes commission to allege that Palin had something to hide in the Great North and was running from it. By leaving her destruction to his public relations minions instead of taking her seriously, the incumbent can portray her as beneath his dignity to take seriously. But if Palin’s campaign begins to acquire momentum, then every other Presidential hopeful will be forced to respond whether they like it or not.
The word “campaign” must be used advisedly. The text of her announcement, as excerpted by the AP suggests that she may be aiming to position herself as the center of a movement rather than than as the aspiring Republican Presidential candidate for 2012. Sarah Palin may be calculating that, with employment rates at their lowest point in decades and with polls showing a widespread fear for the country’s future, that a crisis is brewing or will soon burst. A crisis would seek a natural center, a point around which to rally; and she would be it.
In a hastily arranged news conference at her home in suburban Wasilla, Palin said she will formally step down July 26, and Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell will be inaugurated at the governor’s picnic in Fairbanks. She said she had decided against running for re-election as Alaska’s governor, and believed it was best to leave office even though she had two years left to her term. …
Palin hinted she had a bigger role in mind, saying she wanted to make a “positive change outside government.” But she kept supporters in suspense, promising on Twitter: “We’ll soon attach info on decision to not seek re-election … this is in Alaska’s best interest, my family’s happy … it is good. Stay tuned.”
If something resembling a crisis does break out in the next six months then Sarah Palin’s “unconventional” or “puzzling” move will be retroactively described as an act of genius.
From the website of the U.S. Army garrison Hohenfels:
Garmisch-Partenkirchen travel warning July 3-6: U.S. personnel in the Garmisch-Partenkirchen area on the Fourth of July weekend are advised to maintain an elevated situational awareness and increased vigilance in and around areas where U.S. and other military personnel are known to gather, such as restaurants, bars or other venues which coincide with ongoing celebrations.
Background: Authorities are worried that a "German group" might be going to "seek revenge" for an "incident" at a local nightclub. US-citizens are asked by the Munich Consulate General and the German police to, so to say, watch their backs this weekend. A speaker of the Polizeipräsidium Oberbayern-Süd at Rosenheim stated that the situation is "being taken seriously" and that the security measures will be stepped up accordingly.
What had happened? According to information from the magazine "Focus online" and the daily "Münchner Merkur", the "incident" late in June had in fact been an encounter between a civilian employee of the U.S. Army and a, as the politically correct jargon goes, "German of Turkish origin". One of the "Germano-Turks" involved was said to have threatened the American to come back within the next couple of days to take revenge.
And that's why Americans better avoid now one of the most gorgeous holiday resorts in Europe.
Something we should meditate upon as we celebrate our nation's birthday:
Watching the above video got me to thinking about the state of our commitment to patriotism today. How many of us right now would be brave enough and committed enough to put everything on the line for the sake of the ideals of freedom? How many of us right now are willing today to emulate our Founders and to step outside our comfort zone so that the ideals we claim to hold dear can be upheld and passed to our posterity? We are the heirs of the sacrifices and the dedication of our Founders — and of those patriots who came after them. Today I'm wondering how many Americans are worthy to be rightful heirs.
Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence?
Five signers were captured by the British as traitors and tortured before they died.
Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned.
Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army, another had two sons captured.
Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War.
They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.
What kind of men were they?
Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists. Eleven were merchants, nine were farmers and large plantation owners; men of means, well educated. But they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured.
Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the British Navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts, and died in rags.
Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly. He served in the Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him, and poverty was his reward.
Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton.
At the battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson, Jr., noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters. He quietly urged General George Washington to open fire. The home was destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt.
Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months.
John Hart was driven from his wife's bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill were laid to waste. For more than a year, he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished. A few weeks later, he died from exhaustion and a broken heart.
Norris and Livingston suffered similar fates.
Such were the stories and sacrifices of the American Revolution. These were not wild-eyed, rabble-rousing ruffians. They were soft-spoken men of means and education. They had security, but they valued liberty more.
Standing talk straight, and unwavering, they pledged: "For the support of this declaration, with firm reliance on the protection of the divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other, our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor."
They gave you and me a free and independent America. The history books never told you a lot about what happened in the Revolutionary War. We didn't fight just the British. We were British subjects at that time and we fought our own government!
Some of us take these liberties so much for granted, but we shouldn't.
So, take a few minutes while enjoying your 4th of July Holiday and silently thank these patriots. It's not much to ask for the price they paid. Remember: Freedom is never free!
It's time we get the word out that patriotism is NOT a sin, and the Fourth of July has more to it than beer, picnics, and baseball games.
Report: Palin resigning as Alaska governor Former vice presidential hopeful won't finish out first term
WASILLA, Alaska - Sarah Palin made a surprise announcement Friday that she will resign as governor of Alaska in a few weeks, saying she will try to "affect positive change" from outside government.
The former Republican vice presidential candidate hastily called a news conference Friday morning at her home in suburban Wasilla, giving such short notice that only a few reporters actually made it to the announcement.
She said the decision has been "in the works" for a while and comes after "prayer and consideration" and discussions with her family.
She is handing the reins over to Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell, who will be sworn in at the governor's picnic in Fairbanks on July 26. Parnell and most of Palin's cabinet and Palin's family were at the announcement.
Palin was vague about why exactly she is stepping down rather than finish out her first term, which ends in 2010.
"We know we can affect positive change outside government at this point in time on another scale and actually make a difference for our priorities," she said. She added that she was tired of what she described as "superficial, wasteful, political bloodsport."
Some have speculated in the past that Palin may be interested in running for president in 2012, but she did not mention running for another office at her press conference. Sources told NBC's Andrea Mitchell that this resignation announcement indicates Palin is out of politics for good.
No 'lame duck' Palin said she didn't want to be a "lame duck" politician.
“Many just accept that lame duck status and they hit the road. They draw a paycheck and they kind of milk it. I’m not going to put Alaskans through that. I promised efficiencies and effectiveness," she said.
Later, on the micro-blogging service Twitter, she promised supporters more details: "We'll soon attach info on decision to not seek re-election ... this is in Alaska's best interest, my family's happy ... it is good. Stay tuned."
Palin's decision even took Parnell by surprise. He said he was told on Wednesday evening, and was not aware that any presidential ambitions were behind the move.
Palin was elected Alaska's youngest and first woman governor in 2006 at age 42. She emerged from relative obscurity nearly a year ago when she was tapped as Republican presidential candidate John McCain's running mate.
She was only the second woman to appear on a major party presidential ticket — Democrat Geraldine Ferraro was the first when she ran unsuccessfully for vice president with Walter Mondale in 1984.
'You bectha!' Palin made headlines from the start of the campaign, with comedian Tina Fey famously imitating her elaborate hairstyle and folksy "You betcha!" on "Saturday Night Live."
Most recently, she was involved in a public spat with "Late Show" host David Letterman over a joke he made about one of her daughters being "knocked up" by New York Yankees baseball player Alex Rodriguez during the governor's recent visit to New York. Palin's 18-year-old daughter, Bristol, is an unwed, teenage mother.
Letterman later apologized for the joke.
Palin's family and the ridicule they endure being in the public eye was apparently part of her decision to step down as governor. She complained that her 14-month-old son, Trig, who was diagnosed with Down's syndrome, had been "mocked and ridiculed by some mean-spirited adults recently." She didn't elaborate.
Palin campaigned on ethics reform in the 2006 election, defeating incumbent Gov. Frank Murkowski in the Republican primary and a former two-term Democratic governor, Tony Knowles, in the general election.
She enjoyed an extended honeymoon with lawmakers and voters alike. Her popularity was in the 80 percentile range, even though that fell after the bruising, partisan presidential campaign.
Iranian cleric: British Embassy staff to be tried Claim of employees' 'confessions' alarms EU, fuels calls for tougher action
Editor's note: Iranian authorities have barred journalists for international news organizations from reporting on the streets and ordered them to stay in their offices. This report is based on the accounts of witnesses reached in Iran and official statements carried on Iranian media. A top Iranian cleric said Friday that some of the detained Iranian staffers of the British Embassy in Tehran will be put on trial, and he accused Britain of a role in instigating widespread protests that erupted over the country's disputed presidential election.
The announcement by Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati alarmed European nations and fueled calls for tougher action against Tehran. Britain is pressing for members of the European Union to pull their ambassadors out of Tehran to protest the arrest of its embassy staffers last week — a step that the EU so far has hesitated to take.
After Jannati's comments, French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Friday expressed backing for Britain, saying "our solidarity with our English friends is total." He said France backs sanctions "so that Iranian leaders will really understand that the path that they have chosen will be a dead end."
The United States and Europe have been wary of reacting too harshly in Iran's post-election crisis, even as the government cracked down heavily on protests that erupted following the declaration of a landslide victory for incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the June 12 presidential election. The West has been hoping to keep open prospects for future dialogue with Tehran — particularly over its controversial nuclear program.
Cleric says staffers 'made confessions'Jannati, a powerful hard-liner who is close to Iran's supreme leader, told worshippers during a Friday prayer sermon at Tehran University that the detained staffers "made confessions."
"In these events, their embassy had a presence," he said, referring to the post-election turmoil. "Some people were arrested. Well, inevitably, they will be put on trial."
He did not say how many staffers will be tried or on what charges. Earlier Iranian officials said all but one of the nine embassy personnel originally arrested had been released, but British officials say two are being held.
In London, Foreign Secretary David Miliband said Britain is "deeply concerned" about the staff members.
Britain is "confident that our staff have not engaged in any improper or illegal behavior," Miliband said in a statement, adding that the ministry was seeking urgent clarification from Iranian authorities and that he would speak with Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki about the issue.
In Sweden, which currently holds the rotating EU presidency, Foreign Minister Carl Bildt said "it's not acceptable to file charges against the ones released or the ones still in custody," though he added that the report had not yet been confirmed.
EU summons Iranian ambassadors On Thursday, EU countries demanded the release of the staffers, but held off on any sanctions for the time being. They took an further step Friday, summoning Iranian ambassadors across the 27-nation bloc in a joint protest over the arrests. Jannati does not hold a position in the government or judiciary, but is the head of the Guardian Council, a powerful body in Iran's ruling clerical hierarchy that stands above the elected government.
The council oversees elections, and it carried out a partial recount which was ordered after Ahmadinejad's pro-reform rival Mir Hossein Mousavi cried fraud and said he was the victor. The recount ultimately upheld Ahmadinejad's election victory. Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei declared the results would stand, and ruling clerics promptly called the elections "pure" and "healthy."
Iranian authorities have since depicted the widespread protests that erupted after the election as the work of outside enemies of Iran.
Jannati told the thousands of worshippers that the British "had designed a velvet revolution ... In March, they said (in their Foreign Ministry) that street riots were possible during June elections. These are signs ... revealed by themselves."
Protests quashed by crackdown Giant protests erupted in Tehran and other cities over the results, but they were quashed in a tough crackdown after Khamenei declared unrest would no longer be tolerated. Iran's police chief has said 20 "rioters" were killed during the violence. During his sermon, Jannati said seven or eight members of the paramilitary Basij militia were also killed. Basijis took a leading role in putting down the protests, often clashing with demonstrators.
There have been no street protests since Sunday, but Mousavi appears driven to maintain his opposition and even to raise the stakes. In a defiant statement on Wednesday, he said he considered the government illegitimate and demanded political prisoners be released. Still, he has been laying low, making no public appearances for days amid calls by many hard-liners for him to be prosecuted.
Jannati took a tough line, indirectly accusing Mousavi of treason.
Though he did not name Mousavi directly, Jannati pointed out that Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, leader of Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution, once said that "anyone disrupts unity has not only committed a sin but also has committed treason against the Islamic Republic and the system."
Jannati demanded that those involved in the protests "repent and ask God to forgive them."
President Obama's myopic pursuit of his engage the Islamist terrorist regime policy is making him reluctant to upset the Iranian government, with new sanctions. Its Neville Chamberlain time in the oval office:
The United States is opposed to enacting a new set of financial sanctions against Iran that are due to be discussed in the G8 summit next week, diplomatic officials in New York reported Friday.
According to officials, sanctions against Iran are expected to top the G8's agenda. Sources are also predicting a pointed debate between the heads of the industrialized nations over an appropriate response to Iranian authorities' suppression of reformist demonstrations in Iran led by Mir Hossein Mousavi and other Iranian opposition leaders.
... diplomatic sources in New York reported that American officials are working behind the scenes to prevent new sanctions from being imposed against Iran.
“Why? Why would the Obama administration oppose using sanctions as a diplomatic and economic device to put pressure on the Iranian mullahs to reform?” To which I once more reply: look at who he is, look at who he’s always been. Tyranny’s where his heart is, to twist a venerable old phrase.
Throughout his misbegotten political career, he has never yet passed up a single chance — not one — to align himself closely with dictators, murderous kleptocrats, and goons, in opposition to freedom and democracy. He vilifies and undermines the security of the only functioning democracy in the Middle East, and encourages those who machine-gun school buses, launch rocket and mortar attacks against peaceful, noncombatant residential districts while hiding in hospitals or ambulances, and blow up innocent civilians in restaurants. He insults our free-world allies and sucks up to hideous oppressors at every turn. He threatens a nation in our hemisphere struggling to protect its constitutional government against a dimestore dictator’s thuggish ambitions, while refusing to meaningfully and forcefully engage one of the worst autocratic regimes in human history.
What more does he have to do, tattoo “I AM THE SCOURGE OF HUMAN LIBERTY” on his forehead or something? Wear a super-hero costume with the words “BAD GUY” emblazoned across his chest? Have John Carpenter’s Darth Vader’s Theme played every time he walks into another of his rigged press conferences or “town halls?” What?
----------------------------------- As I state in my 4th of July post, we are on the march to dictatorship. No president in the history of America has gone so far out of his way to align himself with the worst of the worst in the world.
Obama's mission to emulate the likes of Chavez and Castro is written in florescent lights across his forehead.
From Christine (who is temporarily unable to post here because of a Blogger Glitch):
On this, the 4th of July 2009, the day we Americans celebrate our freedom and independence, those ideals are in peril. Ever since Obama took office we have watched in shock? and awe at the extremes, both domestically and internationally, he is willing to go to change America.
His motto "Hope and Change".
Change? He has destroyed our economy, taken over the auto industry, blackmailed and is attempting to take over the banking industry, made a deal with the media to spread his propaganda, the unemployment rate has grown steadily worse, his energy bill will raise taxes, further bankrupt us and raise the energy bill of everyone in America, he is hellbent on Socializing medicine when it is well known that socialized medicine is a disaster. He plans on creating his own "people's army", funding ACORN to run the next election and has made a deal with the Muslim Brotherhood and other shady groups of Islam, to indoctrinate Americans.
Internationally, he has gone on a worldwide tour to apologize for everything America has ever done, said or created. He has allienated our allies, made friends with our enemies. Refused to meddle in "democracy in action" in Iran, when it was in their and our best interests, to do so. Yet, he is meddling with "democracy in action" in Honduras. Attempting to undo a constitutionally legal action, that should be applauded. In doing so, he is again pleasing our enemies and creating new one's in the Honduran people.
The action's regarding both Iran and Honduras will not only affect the people of those countries. His actions will cause a loss of hope in the people of many other countries looking for freedom. America has always stood up for freedom and democracy. And in some way or another, has helped the process along.
In Iran and Honduras, he not only didn't help it, he helped stop it.
He is alienating Israel and forcing their hand, by siding with the Palestinians and continuing on a losing mission of discussing the nuclear issue with Iran.
He has all but ignored North Korea's process of becoming a very dangerous (to us) nuclear state. And as I write this, North Korea is in the process of preparing to shoot a missile towards Hawaii.
The change Obama had planned and is in the process of instilling, is moving us one step closer to a dictatorship. A dictatorship that will incorporate very heavy elements of Islam. All of the evidence is there, if you are willing to open your eyes and see it.
The hope? Is all his own.
On this, the 4th of July 2009, the day we Americans celebrate our freedom and independence, those ideals are in peril.
This 4th of July, each and every one of us need to take the time to reflect on why and how we came to celebrate this day. It is not too late to undo the process that is currently taking place. But, we need to stop being apathetic. Remove the idea completely from our minds that "it can't happen here".
Because it can and it is happening right before our eyes.
In violation of Article 1, Section 2, of the U.S. Constitution, President Barack Obama has assumed complete control of the 2010 Census.
This Article, which concerns the legislative rather than executive branch of government, stipulates that the “enumeration” be conducted by a commerce official under the supervision of the Senate and the House of Representations. It reads:
Representation and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers … . The actual Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as they (the House of Representatives and the Senate) shall by Law direct.
When the Oval Office side-stepped this stipulation, Senator Judd Greg, who was then Mr. Obama’s choice as Secretary of Commerce, announced his withdrawal from consideration.
“This was simply a bridge too far for me,” Mr. Greg said.
In violation of Title 8 Section 1325 of the U.S. Code, Mr. Obama has ordered federal border patrol officials to scale down enforcement so that the Census will be artificially swollen by the influx of millions of illegal Latinos.
Defending Mr. Obama’s illegal directive, Deputy Census Director Preston Jay Waite told the press that raids on illegals occurred during the population count would make a “distrustful group” less likely to cooperate with government workers who are supposed to obtain an accurate head count of the people living in the U.S.
Mr. Obama has adopted a further means to guarantee the outcome so that the redistribution will serve his agenda.
A whopping $14 billion has been set aside for the Census.
With this money, Mr. Obama has obtained the services of “Census partners” - - organizations that will assist the Commerce department in the head count.
A lion’s share of the $14 billion has been set aside for a “community-based” organization that specializes in fraud and deceptive practices.
Why would Mr. Obama go to such extremes for the sake of the Census?
The answer is simple.
The tally will re-chart the political map of the country.
It will determine which states gain seats in Congress and which ones lose them.
It will divert billions in federal funds to states and cities with the greatest number of illegal aliens.
And it will forever change the racial composition of the home of the free and the land of the brave.
All of us, every single man, woman, and child on the face of the Earth were born with the same unalienable rights; to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. And, if the governments of the world can't get that through their thick skulls, then, regime change will be necessary.
"The problem is if they think they )the citizens) are not doing anything that’s wrong, they don’t get to define that. The central government does, the central government defines what is right and wrong and whether or not they target you. So, it’s not up to the individuals. Even if they think they aren't doing something wrong, if their position on something is against what the administration has, then they could easily become a target."
--- William Binney, National Security Agency
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