Archive for May 2008

Czech President says Environmentalism the new communism

May 30, 2008

Finally someone else gets it!

From The Washington Times:

Environmentalism, says Czech President Vaclav Klaus, is the new communism, a system of elite command-and-control that kills prosperity and should similarly be condemned to the ash heap of history.

The provocative Mr. Klaus, an economist by training and former prime minister, said in an interview that today’s global warming activists are the direct descendants of the old Marxists who trampled on individual freedoms and undermined free markets in pursuit of a greater good.

“I understand that global warming is a religion conceived to suppress human freedom,” he told editors and reporters at The Washington Times. “It is used to justify an enormous scope for government intervention vis-a-vis the markets and personal freedom.”

The 66-year-old Mr. Klaus was in Washington this week for talks with senior U.S. officials, including Vice President Dick Cheney, and to tout his new book, “Blue Planet in Green Shackles,” about the dangers to life, liberty and prosperity posed by the modern environmental movement. [snip]

An admirer of conservative former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, he has emerged as a leading voice in Europe for free markets and individual rights. [snip]

Former Vice President Al Gore – whom Mr. Klaus has challenged to a public debate – won the Nobel Peace Prize and the Czech Republic ratified the Kyoto climate treaty seven years ago, but Mr. Klaus insisted he had the world’s “silent majority” behind him in the green debate.

“I don’t feel alone,” he insisted.

Yeah Al, why not debate Global Warming? You won a Nobel Peace Prize for your work on Global Warming, certainly you know enough to debate the man, no? what are you afraid of, hmm?

He rejected the “fashionable” idea of a cap-and-trade pollution control system, endorsed by Republican presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain and his two Democratic rivals, Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Under cap-and-trade, the government would set a ceiling under which companies could trade “credits” on how much carbon they produce.

“It’s a scheme to play the market and I refuse to accept that concept,” he said. “Please don’t try to play the market.”

More practically, he said, government bureaucrats will be so afraid of setting the cap too low – stifling all economic activity – that they will set the ceiling too high, making it “meaningless.”

Mr. Klaus pointed to the sharp rise in global energy prices as a sign the market is a far better engine for social change than politicians or bureaucrats.

The recent price increase “is so much more than any government would dare to do,” he said. “Can you imagine if the U.S. Congress tried to introduce such a tax to cut consumption? The Congress would disappear tomorrow morning.” [snip]

Mr. Klaus was a leading figure in the first Prague governments after the collapse of the Soviet Union, and was prime minister when the former Czechoslovakia broke into two countries in the “Velvet Divorce” of 1993.

Global warming is based on junk science and we the people are not causing global warming. In fact, The temperature has no warmed at all since 1998 and now scientyist are saying we are entering a decade of global cooling.

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Rep. Bruce Braley Still Pandering to Illegals

May 25, 2008

Cross posted from InMuscatine:

U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley on Tuesday asked federal officials for a tally of the costs of last week’s immigration raid in Postville and similar enforcement actions in 2006 at Swift & Co. meatpacking plants in Marshalltown and five other Midwest cities.

“It is important that my constituents in Iowa and all U.S. taxpayers know how their tax dollars are being spent,” the Waterloo Democrat said in a letter to Immigration and Customs Enforcement Assistant Secretary Julie Myers.

[From Braley wants to know how much raids cost | The Des Moines Register]

Mr. Braley :

Since you have decided to become a watchdog on spending, we suggest you look into these areas as well :

* The Congressional budget

* Social Security

* Medicare

* The EPA budget

We will hazard a guess there is more waste, fraud and abuse in the Congressional budget alone than the government spent on enforcement of our laws at Postville, Iowa.

But that is not what you are interested in, is it Mr. Braley?

Braley said it’s important for federal immigration officials to be as transparent as possible when enforcement actions occur.

Translation : it’s important for Braley to harass immigration officials when enforcement actions occur.

The congressman asked for a breakdown of ICE’s expenses, including planning, execution, processing, detention and deportation costs. He also asked for the budgets of other cooperating agencies that assisted with the raids.

To what end, save the harassment of those performing their duties? From what we have seen, Mr. Braley should be more worried about executing his oath of office than pandering to the criminals flowing across our borders. Save that, there should be a recall election mounted to force Mr. Braley from office for not upholding his oath of office.

In the wake of the Postville raid, Braley said he supports an investigation into whether Agriprocessors Inc. violated workplace safety, child labor and immigration laws.

Wait a minute. On one hand, Mr. Braley would have us believe he is the watchdog of the American taxpayer dollar, and on the other he is calling for open-ended, God-knows-how-expensive investigations which would be mostly pointless. Call us crazy, but this is the best example of pandering we think we could possibly offer up.

Shame be on you, Mr. Braley. That is, it would be if you had any concept of what shame is.

**This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration (CAII). If you would like to participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, email brianbonner90-at-gmail-dot-com and let us know at what level you would like to participate.

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Jews defend Rev. Hagee’s words

May 25, 2008

I was wondering if anyone would defend his comments…

From The Washington Times:

Jewish allies of the Rev. John Hagee rushed to his defense yesterday to say the Texas evangelist is not anti-Semitic despite Sen. John McCain campaign’s repudiation Thursday of the evangelist’s endorsement.

“John Hagee is one of the Jewish people’s best friends,” Los Angeles talk show host Dennis Prager said on the air yesterday morning. “Identifying John Hagee with anti-Semitism would be like identifying Raoul Wallenberg, the great Swede who saved thousands of Jews in the Holocaust, with anti-Semitism.”

Orthodox Rabbi Aryeh Scheinberg, of Congregation Rodfei Sholom in San Antonio, appeared at an afternoon press conference yesterday to say Mr. Hagee’s “words were twisted and used to attack him for being anti-Semitic.”

In actuality, Mr. Hagee “interpreted a biblical verse in a way not very different from several legitimate Jewish authorities,” the rabbi said.

“Viewing Hitler as acting completely outside of God’s plan is to suggest that God was powerless to stop the Holocaust, a position quite unacceptable to any religious Jew or Christian,” the rabbi said.[snip]

At issue was Mr. Hagee’s reference — in a late 1990s sermon and in his 2006 book “Jerusalem Countdown” to Adolf Hitler being a “hunter” used by God to force Jews to emigrate to Israel.

In a reference to the Book of Jeremiah, whose author predicts a scattering of the Jewish people but saying God would bring them back to the promised land, Mr. Hagee says in the sermon: “How did [the Holocaust] happen? Because God allowed it to happen. Why did it happen? Because God said my top priority for the Jewish people is to get them to come back to the land of Israel.”

There is nothing wrong with Hagee’s Statement, many Jewish scholars believe the same thing. In fact, many believe that the Jewish people have brought all their tragedies upon themselves by breaking their Covenants with God.

McCain and the pundants where too quick to denounce Rev. Hagee with a knee jerk reaction to what the man said. He was not being anti-semetic, he was being a biblical scholar and thinker

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Border Patrol Provides Free Taxi Service for Illegal Aliens

May 16, 2008
Cross posted from Bear creek Ledger:

From the Corruption Chronicles:

Instead of arresting thousands of illegal immigrants who qualify for prosecution for entering the country multiple times, the U.S. Border Patrol simply gives them a ride home knowing that they will likely return.

In some cases the cycle repeats itself on dozens of occasions or more than 100 times with no consequences for the illegal border crossers. The illegal aliens get caught repeatedly and, rather than getting arrested or charged, they get a free ride south of the border. Most have no intention of staying in the U.S., but rather make it north to panhandle with their children in front of American businesses located near the border.

They mostly include groups of women who use their children to lure sympathy and money from Americans. They solicit at strip malls and other businesses far enough from the border to avoid federal agents. Then, when they are ready to return home with their dollars, they purposely loiter at stores near the U.S.-Mexico border and agents drive them back south.

Each year the agency in charge of protecting the nation’s borders gets played in this manner by thousands of illegal aliens. In the last fiscal year alone, nearly 500 Mexican women and children have been rounded up and returned home. One woman sneaked across the border at least 128 times in the past eight years and each time she used the Border Patrol as a free taxi service from El Paso Texas to her hometown of Oaxaca Mexico.

The Border Patrol admits that the repeat offenders qualify for prosecution, but claims that a crucial humanitarian factor—not separating a family—plays a role in its decision not to arrest the illegal immigrant women with children. Agents use a loophole that gives them discretion to keep adults and children united and out of prison. An agency spokesman justified it, saying that these particular Mexicans are coming to beg and not trying to further their entry into the United States.

Isn’t that so nice of the BP, not only do they not charge these illegal aliens with illegal entry but they then turn around and use taxpayers dollars to provide a free taxi ride. The Border Patrol goes from insult to injury with American citizens. I would suppose since none of these illegals are charged that would mean their biometrics are not on file. If charged, the second illegal re-entry would be considered a felony.

Hogwash to the justification used by the BP on separating the adults from their children. The illegal aliens choose to illegally cross the border with their children, it’s their problem if arrested. How about these illegal put their energies into finding work in Mexico instead of begging off of Americans. The BP is encouraging another generation of Mexicans to beg and sponge off of Americans, way to go.

**This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration (CAII). If you would like to participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, email brianbonner90-at-gmail-dot-com and let us know at what level you would like to participate.

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Congress decidedly passes farm bill

May 16, 2008
I wish President bush had dusted off the veto stamp in his first term…

From the boston globe:

With veto-proof margins, Congress yesterday sent President Bush a bill that would boost farm subsidies and money for food stamps to help the poor deal with rising grocery prices.

Bush has threatened to veto the $290 billion bill, saying it is fiscally irresponsible and too generous to wealthy corporate farmers in a time of record crop prices.

But Congress disagreed, with both chambers passing the measure by well more than the two-thirds’ majority needed to override a veto. The Senate voted 81 to 15, a day after the House passed the bill with 318 yes votes.

About two-thirds of the bill would pay for domestic nutrition programs such as food stamps and emergency food aid for the needy. An additional $40 billion is for farm subsidies, while almost $30 billion would go to farmers to idle their land and to other environmental programs.

Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer again criticized the bill after Tuesday’s House vote, saying it has the wrong priorities.

“It does not target help for the farmers who really need it, and it increases the size and cost of government while jeopardizing the future of legitimate farm programs by damaging the credibility of farm bills in general,” he said.

Congress has overridden only one veto, on a water projects bill, during Bush’s two terms.

Congressional negotiators met for weeks in an effort to come closer to the White House on the amount of money to be paid to wealthy farmers – one of the chief sticking points with the administration. But drastic cuts to subsidies were not possible, lawmakers said, because of the clout of Southern lawmakers who represent rice and cotton farms, which are more expensive to run.

Yup let us give tax payer dollars to farmers who are now getting more than 4 times what they used to get for their crops, while people are starving thanks to ethanol production, which we also subsidize by the way.

They can throw our money at wealthy farmers, but not fund our troops, interesting.
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House defeats bill for more war funding

May 16, 2008
From the boston globe:

The Democratic-led House yesterday rejected more funds to pay for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; many Republicans angry over the majority party’s tactics sat out the vote. It did approve more money for the jobless and an expansion of GI education benefits.
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In a rapid series of votes on the war-funding bill and accompanying components, Republicans withheld their votes in protest, leading to the defeat of the Iraq-funding legislation by a 149-to-141 tally. Nearly two-thirds of the House’s Democrats voted against continuing to fund the war.[snip]

A total of 132 Republicans withheld their votes for the troops-funding bill in protest, saying the strategy by Democrats to load the war-funding measure with unrelated provisions would unnecessarily delay getting funding to service members in the field.

“We’re playing political games on the backs of our troops – you know it,” said the House minority leader, John Boehner, Republican of Ohio. “All this bill’s going to do is delay the process for weeks and weeks and weeks while we play political games.”

Don’t worry this will be temporary it will be back and the troops will be funded. I cannot believe the dems will want to be hit with not providing for the troops. However…

A total of 132 Republicans withheld their votes for the troops-funding bill in protest, saying the strategy by Democrats to load the war-funding measure with unrelated provisions would unnecessarily delay getting funding to service members in the field.

“We’re playing political games on the backs of our troops – you know it,” said the House minority leader, John Boehner, Republican of Ohio. “All this bill’s going to do is delay the process for weeks and weeks and weeks while we play political games.”

The politics behind this is to remove the Iraq war issue from the discourse in the general election. However on a positive note…

Thirty-two Republicans joined with Democrats on a 256-to-166 vote to sharply boost education benefits for Iraq-Afghanistan veterans under the GI Bill, despite an accompanying tax surcharge on the wealthy and small businesses, and voted to provide a 13-week extension of unemployment benefits.[snip]

The White House weighed in again yesterday with a promise to veto the bill over the rejection of war spending, the new tax surcharge, and restrictions on President Bush’s ability to conduct the war in Iraq.

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Passport cards called security vulnerability

May 16, 2008
I thought we killed the RFID…

From The Washington Times:

The State Department will soon begin production of an electronic passport card that security specialists and members of Congress fear will be vulnerable to alteration or counterfeiting.

The agency has contracted with L-1 Identity Solutions Inc. to produce electronic-passport cards as a substitute for booklet passports for use by Americans who travel frequently by road or sea to Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.

About the size of a credit card, the electronic-passport card displays a photo of the user and a radio frequency identification (RFID) chip containing data about the user. The State Department announced recently that it will begin producing the cards next month and issue the first ones in July.

RFID means radio frequency identification and that means it transmits your information. this is asking for identity theft to occur. Anyone with the right information could access the persons personal information. This is not something I am comfortable with having.

Security specialists told The Washington Times that the electronic-passport card can be copied or altered easily by removing the photograph with solvent and replacing it with one from an unauthorized user.

James Hesse, former chief intelligence officer for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Forensic Document Laboratory, which monitors fraudulent government documents, said the card should have been designed with a special optical security strip to make it secure and prevent counterfeiting. The selection of a card with an RFID chip is “an extremely risky decision,” Mr. Hesse said in an interview.

“The optical strip has never been compromised,” he said. “It’s the most secure medium out there to store data.”

Joel Lisker, a former FBI agent who spent 18 years countering credit-card fraud at MasterCard, said the new cards pose a serious threat to U.S. security. “There really is no security with these cards,” he said.

Hmm, so why are they going with a less secure option?

The State Department rejected a more secure card because it is “surrendering to speed over security, essentially creating new vulnerabilities. … It will not take long for the bad guys to figure out which ports have readability and which do not,” he said.

Ther it is speed over safety, our government at work…
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