Archive for April, 2009

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Cartoons: You’ll want to see

April 30, 2009

Rose Is Rose

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Ax UAW ‘Jobs Bank,’ Save GM

April 30, 2009

Ax UAW ‘Jobs Bank,’ Save GM

By INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY | 28 April 09

Detroit: While General Motors was losing billions, it was pumping billions into a union welfare system set up to pay workers not to work. In addition to axing Pontiac, it should kill the notorious “Jobs Bank.”

Missing from Washington’s post-mortems on GM is this two-decade-old program. It’s also missing from the automaker’s new turnaround plan to satisfy the Obama administration, which is squarely in the UAW’s corner.

The latest restructuring includes shedding GM’s Pontiac unit and offering the government a controlling stake in GM’s stock. It would also give the UAW shares in exchange for pension relief.

The restructuring of General Motors means that the Pontiacs sitting alongside Chevy Malibus outside this assembly plant in Michigan may be among the last of that brand to be made by GM. Union contracts have helped cripple the automaker.

The nation’s biggest automaker is living on $15 billion in government loans, and hopes to get another $12 billion in bailout money to avoid bankruptcy.

UAW contracts helped put GM on this road to ruin. The UAW Jobs Bank has cost the company billions, acting as a major drag on earnings.

Still, the union is fighting to keep the program, though it recently agreed to allow management to suspend payments into the massive fund until the company can regain its footing.

“To give up the jobs bank is to give up everything the union fought decades to win,” said a UAW boss in Flint, Mich.

The Jobs Bank was created as GM made its plants more flexible and automated to compete with the Japanese. As GM became more efficient, it no longer needed as many workers to run a plant. The union demanded that it keep paying workers displaced by the new technology.

The UAW argued that if workers knew they had job security in spite of the advances in automation, they might embrace the new methods.

Of course, the UAW got its concessions and then some, while still fighting the plant closings. The Jobs Bank became little more than a welfare system for laid-off workers, who are still paid most of their wages and benefits.

Many of the Flint job-bankers, for example, worked in a plant that no longer exists: the huge Buick City factory that closed 10 years ago. Yet GM has paid them up to $85,000 a year. They also still enjoy health care coverage, while continuing to collect years of service toward their pensions.

Rewriting labor contracts is not what the Obama administration is looking for in a restructuring plan. It wrongly assumes that GM’s foray into the gas-guzzling SUV market sealed its fate.

And it wants the nation’s largest automaker to roll out more eco-friendly hybrids, even though SUVs were for years a cash cow — and could be again, now that gas prices have settled back down. Hybrids are once again viewed as the expensive joke that they were.

The unreported, unspoken reason that GM is careening toward bankruptcy is the crushing labor mandates it’s had to fund each year.

In addition to the billions spent on the Jobs Bank, GM has spent $103 billion during the past 15 years funding its pension and retiree health care obligations, according to industry analysts. That’s nearly $7 billion a year — more than GM’s capital spending budget for new models this year.

Meanwhile, Honda and other nonunion companies didn’t have to bear such costs. Japanese automakers even built cars inside America with relatively young nonunion labor that, unlike their UAW counterparts, quickly learned to adapt and thrive in the leaner assembly systems that Japanese companies operated.

You won’t hear President Obama or House Speaker Nancy Pelosi or Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid mention this in their analysis of the auto industry’s woes from their driver’s seats in Washington.

If GM and Chrysler don’t survive this recession, blame the unions, not SUVs.

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Photo: Wilders | Free Speech Summit

April 30, 2009

The free world rests in the hands of these brave warriors – Gaffney, foreground, Solomon, Wilders.

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100 Days, 100 Mistakes

April 30, 2009

From: Gary L. Bauer
29 April 2009

100 Days,  100 Mistakes

Today the radical Left is celebrating Barack Obama’s 100th day in the White House.  To honor the occasion, I am asking all of our supporters to go to our website atwww.cwfpac.com and make a special gift of $100.  We need $100 to help us fight Obama’s 100 mistakes in his first 100 days. 

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Obama’s 100 Mistakes, Misstatements and Missteps in his First 100 Days

Undermining Our Values

1. Calling for the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act on the White House website.
2. Calling on the White House website for the expansion of federal hate crimes to include homosexual behavior.
3. Calling on the White House website for policies like the “Fairness Doctrine” that could silence conservative and Christian talk radio.
4. Repealing limitations on taxpayer-funding of human embryonic stem cell research.
5. Repealing limitations on taxpayer-funding of abortions overseas.
6. Pledging $50 million to the United Nation’s Population Fund, which supports China’s draconian one-child policy.
7. Proposing new rules to gut conscience clause protections for pro-life doctors and other medical personnel who don’t want to be forced to perform abortions or other procedures that violate their values.
8. Proposing increased funding for the nation’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood.
9. Calling on the White House website for “a goal that all middle and high school students do 50 hours of community service a year,” (mandatory volunteerism).
10. Inviting homosexual families to the White House Easter Egg Roll.
11. Allowing his attorney general to call for the reinstatement of Clinton-era restrictions on the Second Amendment.
12. Breaking his promise not to appoint lobbyists to his administration. He hired 17 in his first two weeks.
13. Breaking his promise to sign legislation only after a five-day period of public comments.
14. Asking that the monogram for Jesus Christ be covered up during a televised speech at a Catholic university in which Obama quotes the Sermon on the Mount.

Undermining Our National Security

15. Apologizing for America in Europe and Latin America.
16. Bowing before the Muslim king of Saudi Arabia.
17. Pledging to base America’s foreign policy toward Iran on “mutual respect” in a video to the Iranian people and Iran’s Holocaust-denying dictator.
18. Returning the bust of Winston Churchill given to George Bush after 9/11 by our British allies.
19. Giving British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, the leader of America’s most loyal ally, a box of DVDs that don’t work in British DVD players.
20. Ordering Guantanamo Bay closed without any idea of where to send the terrorist suspects held there.
21. Suggesting that some of those terrorists now at GITMO may kill again, but may also be released onto U.S. soil and set up with welfare benefits.
22. Caving to communist Cuba by relaxing travel restrictions and remittances for Cuban Americans before any Cuban political prisoners have been released.
23. Shaking hands with Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez.
24. Sitting silently though a 50-minute anti-American diatribe by Nicaragua’s communist president, Daniel Ortega.
25. Releasing Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, the suspected of masterminding the 2000 suicide bombing of the U.S.S. Cole.
26. Releasing classified CIA memos outlining our interrogation techniques.
27. Telling our CIA agents not to be discouraged when he acknowledges their “mistakes.”
28. Declaring a new openness to “truth commissions” and prosecuting intelligence officials involved in enhanced interrogations of terrorists.
29. Proposing to send a $900 million foreign aid package to Palestinians in Gaza.
30. Asking Congress to relax the law so that some of that money could go to the terrorist organization Hamas.
31. Calling for the U.S. to eliminate its nuclear weapons.
32. Telling Russian President Demitri Medvedev that America’s commitment to missile defense is negotiable.
33. Dropping the term “enemy combatants” for GITMO detainees.
34. Dropping the term “terrorism” for “man-made disaster.”
35. Dropping the term “Global War on Terror” for “overseas contingency operations.”
36. Giving his first interview as president to the Arab language network Al-Arabiya.
37. Telling the Muslim world that his “job” was to communicate “that the Americans are not your enemy,” when it’s Muslim extremists who have declared war on us.
38. Proposing that military veterans use private insurance for the cost of a service-related injury before they would be eligible for coverage through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Undermining Free Enterprise

39. Signing the trillion-dollar plus so-called “stimulus” bill, which the Congressional Budget Office said would actually hurt long-term economic growth.
40. Saying Caterpillar wouldn’t lay off workers if his trillion-dollar stimulus bill passed Congress. Obama signed the bill on Feb. 17th. On March 17th, Caterpillar laid off nearly 2,500 workers.
41. Hosting a “Fiscal Responsibility Summit” one week after signing the trillion-dollar “stimulus” bill.
42. Railing against “outrageous recklessness and greed” of AIG bonuses that were legally protected in the so-called “stimulus” bill he signed four days after it passed, not five as he promised.
43. Breaking his promise on earmark reform by signing the $410 billion “omnibus” spending bill with billions in earmarks.
44. Proposing a $3.6 trillion budget that doubles the national debt in five years and triples it in ten years.
45. Proposing a “carbon cap and trade” scheme that will raise energy taxes by hundreds of billions, even trillions, of dollars.
46. Burning more than 9,000 gallons of jet fuel to fly to Iowa for Earth Day to promote “wind power.”
47. Proposing $634 billion in higher taxes for socialized health care.
48. Proposing to raise taxes on small business owners.
49. Saying the White House is open to the idea of taxing employer-sponsored health care benefits as income.
50. Signing a massive expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, calling it “a down payment on my commitment to cover every single American.”
51. Establishing the Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research to give bureaucrats the power to ration health care and tell your doctors what care you can and cannot have.
52. Signing the 2009 Omnibus Public Land Management Act, which the Sierra Club praised specifically because it “will safeguard millions of acres … from oil and gas leasing.”
53. Suggesting he has found $1.5 trillion in bogus “savings” by not spending money in Iraq that we were not planning to spend years from now.
54. Ordering his Cabinet to “cut” $100 million in spending in 90 days, after proposing nearly $5 trillion in spending in his first 90 days.
55. Proposing to limit tax deductions for home mortgage interest.
56. Proposing to limit tax deductions for charitable donations.
57. Refusing to allow banks to repay TARP money.
58. Bailing out AMTRAK with a 10% increase in its taxpayer subsidies.
59. Bailing out the United Auto Workers Union with billions of taxpayer dollars to GM and Chrysler.
60. Bailing out the United Auto Workers by giving it a majority ownership stake in Chrysler. Yes, the union will own the company.
61. Bailing out Big Labor by issuing an executive order mandating that infrastructure projects paid for with “stimulus” funds must use union labor, guaranteeing higher costs for the taxpayer.
62. Bailing out Big Labor again by repealing regulations requiring the disclosure of how union dues are spent. So much for “transparency.”
63. Saying, “The United States government has no interest in running GM,” then vowing that the government will back auto warranties.
64. Saying, “The United States government has no interest in running GM,” then firing the CEO of General Motors.
65. Allowing states to set their own fuel efficiency and emissions standards, making it harder for struggling auto makers to compete.

Personnel Is Policy

66. Nominating Timothy “The Turbo Tax Evader” Geithner as Treasury Secretary to oversee the IRS.
67. Nominating as attorney general Eric Holder, who urged Bill Clinton to pardon tax evader Marc Rich and 8 FALN terrorists.
68. Nominating David Ogden, a prominent attorney for the pornography industry, to be Deputy Attorney General.
69. Nominating Tom Daschle, who owed more than $140,000 in back taxes, as Health and Human Services Secretary.
70. Nominating Kathleen Sebelius, who is ardently pro-abortion and owed $8,000 in back taxes, to be HHS Secretary.
71. Nominating Janet Napolitano, who said, “crossing the border is not a crime per se,” as Homeland Security Secretary.
72. Nominating Steven Chu as Energy Secretary. Last September, Chu said, “Somehow, we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe,” which at that time were roughly $8.00 a gallon.
73. Nominating Ron Kirk, who owed more than $6,000 in back taxes, as Trade Representative.
74. Nominating Bill Richardson, who was embroiled in an ethics scandal, as Secretary of Commerce.
75. Nominating Nancy Killefer, who also owed back taxes, to be the government’s “Efficiency Czar.”
76. Nominating Rosa Brooks, a leftwing acolyte of George Soros, as an advisor to the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy.
77. Nominating Harold Koh, an ardent supporter of using international law in the interpretation of our Constitution, to be the top legal advisor to the State Department.
78. Nominating Carol Browner, who was a member of the Socialist International, to be “Climate and Energy Czar.”
79. Nominating John Holdren, an environmental extremist and advocate of population control, as the White House Science Advisor.
80. Nominating Dawn Johnsen, who is so pro-abortion she once compared pregnancy to slavery, to to direct the Office of Legal Counsel at the Justice Department.
81. Nominating Charles Freeman, an anti-Israel, pro-Arab apologist, to be head of the National Intelligence Council.
82. Nominating Tony West, who represented American Taliban John Walker Lindh and exposed the Bush Administration’s terrorist surveillance program, to the Justice Department’s Civil Division.
83. Nominating Annette Nazareth to be Deputy Treasury Secretary, who withdrew after a month-long probe into her taxes.
84. Trying to nominate pro-abortion Catholics to be ambassador to the Vatican, a move even John Kerry opposed.
85. Appointing Ellen Moran of the pro-abortion group Emily’s List as his White House communications director.
86. Appointing Melody Barnes, a board member of Emily’s List and Planned Parenthood, as his director of the Domestic Policy Council.
87. Appointing Harry Knox of the Human Rights Campaign (the largest homosexual rights lobbying group) to the White House’s Faith Based Advisory Council.
88. Appointing Adolfo Carrion as Director of White House Office of Urban Affairs, even though he is under investigation for kickbacks in a scandal nearly identical to one that cost GOP Senator Ted Stevens his election.
89. Nominating David Hamilton as his first appointment to a federal appeals court. Judge Hamilton has issued a number of controversial rulings, including prohibiting the Indiana House of Representatives from opening sessions with prayers in the name of Jesus.

Other Obama Outrages

90. Telling congressional Republicans to stop listening to Rush Limbaugh.
91. Coordinating attacks on Rush Limbaugh, Rick Santelli and Jim Cramer out of the White House.
92. Hosting weekly parties at the White House, serving up $100-a-pound Waygu beef during what Obama called, “the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.”
93. Laughing it up on 60 Minutes as the country is mired in a recession.
94. Allowing Air Force One to buzz the Statue of Liberty and lower Manhattan, creating panic in New York City.
95. Disparaging Special Olympians on the Tonight Show.
96. Allowing his Department of Homeland Security to issue a report accusing pro-life, smaller government conservatives and returning Iraq/Afghanistan veterans of being “rightwing extremists.”
97. Promising to push for comprehensive immigration reform, i.e., amnesty.
98. Killing the school voucher program in the District of Columbia, while sending his two daughters to an elite private school, rather than D.C.’s public schools.
99. Moving the Census out of the Department of Commerce and into the White House.
100. Relying too much on his teleprompter.

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Geert Wilders: Why I Am In America…

April 30, 2009

Why I Am In America Fighting for Free Speech

By Geert Wilders | 04/29/09 | 06:41 PM

Freedom of expression is under attack. This is a theme I am addressing here in America this week as part of the Free Speech Summit being held in Florida under the sponsorship of the Florida Security Council. And it is clear that a serious discussion of the threats to our freedoms in the West cannot come too soon.

For example, my friend Rep. Adam Hasner, the majority leader of the Florida House of Representatives was attacked in a press release issued by the national office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) on Monday for daring to appear at a private event with me this past weekend. Because of that appearance, CAIR is demanding that Rep. Hasner step down or be removed from his position.

This attack on a friend and fellow legislator is of grave concern to me. CAIR’s assault on Rep. Hasner strikes at the very heart of our most basic freedoms. In fact, it is but the latest episode in that organization’s long-running and determined effort to silence its critics. Indeed, CAIR seeks to suppress all those who dare to challenge the theo-political-legal program that authoritative Islam calls “Shariah.” In so doing, they are seeking to impose what amount to Shariah blasphemy codes.

It is especially important to note that Adam Hasner is not only being attacked for comments he made that are deemed offensive by those who seek to impose Shariah in America. His career is now being threatened for comments made by others in his presence – in this case, by me. Thus the Islamists are infringing not only on this country’s constitutionally protected freedom of expression but also freedom of association.

If a high-ranking public official – elected by the people and appointed to his leadership position by his peers – cannot speak honestly and openly about his concerns, and do so in places and the company of his choosing, without fear of suppression or other retribution, who among us is safe?

I know these threats firsthand. Even before the international release last year of my short documentary film, Fitna, I have faced constant death threats and protests. My name has appeared on assassination lists. I have been subject of an Al-Qaeda death fatwa. I will be charged with blasphemy and contempt of Muslims by Jordanian prosecutors. I face prosecutions in my own country and elsewhere. I was recently banned from the United Kingdom because the Home Secretary believed my mere presence in the country constituted a national security threat.

In this trying time let us recall that in the darkest hours of World War II, when the world faced a global threat from German Nazism, Italian Fascism and Japanese Imperialism, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill challenged his people to rise to the occasion and fight. He told them, “Never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”

This is why I am in America this week talking about the fight we now must wage in the West to defend our liberties. Freedom of association is one of the basic liberties guaranteed not only by the US Constitution but by the European Convention of Human Rights. And yet CAIR wants to silence and punish Rep. Hasner for associating with me. If America needs a poster child for the threat to our freedoms from Islamic extremism, no better example than CAIR could be found.

This episode underscores that the threat to freedom posed by creeping Shariah imposed by CAIR’s type of stealthy jihad is not just a problem in the Middle East, or Europe. It is also a problem in America.

I will not be bullied by Islamic thugs who want to use our freedoms to destroy those very same freedoms. And I will not stand by as they seek to do it to others.

Founded and directed by members of the international network of the Muslim Brotherhood, CAIR has an explicit agenda to subvert our freedoms and impose Islamic Shariah law on non-Muslims. This is not speculation on my part. This is the testimony of one of CAIR’s founders and chairman emeritus, Omar Ahmed, who told a California audience in 1998 that this was their agenda. “Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant,” he said. “The Koran, the Muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth.” When CAIR officials say that this is their ultimate objective, we should believe them.

In just the past few weeks, the Council on American Islamic Relations has sought to silence another courageous lawmaker, Rep. Peter King, the ranking member on the Homeland Security Committee in the US House of Representatives. His “offense”? Rep. King correctly observed that CAIR and other Muslims were not providing enough assistance to the law enforcement authorities in combating terrorism-related activities in American mosques.

CAIR has attempted to silence other critics, as well. They have sued bloggers; they have defamed journalists who have asked too many questions about their terrorist ties; and they have tried to intimidate publications that have published articles challenging their putative “civil rights mission.” If they get away with it, CAIR will seek to threaten the careers of more politicians with the courage to say things and associate with those of challenge Shariah and the effort to impose it in this country.

It is utterly hypocritical that, on the one hand, CAIR claims to be defending freedom of religion in attacking Rep. Hasner when, on the other, they actively seek support from Islamic regimes that are among the worst of the worst human rights abusers on the planet – and notorious for suppressing religious freedoms.

I have been told that in an Arabic News article that CAIR officials have solicited and received financial support from Saudi Prince Al-Walid Bin Talal, whose country outlaws any religious expression except its own Wahhabi strain of Islam. You can’t even own a Bible or wear a cross in the country run by their patrons, and yet CAIR wants to lecture us about religious freedom?

The land for CAIR’s Capitol Hill office in Washington D.C. was purchased with a $250,000 donation from the Saudi-backed Islamic Development Bank and the deed to their headquarters is held by the foundation of United Arab Emirates Defense Minister Gen. Sheik Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum. Sheik al-Maktoum’s country prohibits any non-Islamic religious proselytizing and threatens anyone caught with distribution of non-Muslim religious literature with imprisonment.

In September 2006, CAIR hosted an exclusive dinner with former Iranian President Mohammed Khatami. Under Khatami’s regime religious minorities were severely persecuted, non-Muslims were regularly harassed, and hundreds of student protestors murdered. The fact that CAIR chose to honor this dictator who is still a senior member of the Islamic theocracy in Iran tells us much.

Whether it is in America or back home in my own country, we are under attack by groups like CAIR who aim to silence their critics. This is why I am here in America. I aim to continue to fight regardless of the threats and intimidation and I am asking Americans to join with us. And when they attack good men like Rep. Adam Hasner, we must realize that they are attacking each and every one of us and the freedoms that we hold dear.

Geert Wilders is a member of the Dutch Parliament and Chairman of the People’s Freedom Party.

http://www.redcounty.com/why-i-am-america-fighting-free-speech-0

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Torture and the ‘Truth Commission’

April 29, 2009

Torture and the ‘Truth Commission’

Why has Congress failed to outlaw waterboarding?

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Sen. Patrick Leahy (D., Vt.) wants a commission that will get to the “truth” about torture. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) says she wants a truth commission too. And so does Rep. John Conyers (D., Mich.).

On CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday, Mr. Leahy said a truth commission would help get to the heart of how the recently released memos on CIA interrogation techniques were drafted. “I want to know why they did that,” he said. “What kind of pressures brought them to write things that are so off the wall and to make sure it never happens again. That’s why I want [a Truth Commission].”

Mr. Leahy overlooks a small point here: Under our Constitution, the truth commission is supposed to be Congress.

Our Founders didn’t look to outsource our most controversial public issues to appointees. They established institutions and arrangements that would hold those who have power accountable to the American people. And when the people’s lawmakers believed the people’s president was misinterpreting the law, the Founders expected the former to stand up and do something about it.

Over the past few years, the Democrats have moved to ban waterboarding only when it was clear that such a bill would not pass– or would be vetoed by George W. Bush. In September 2006, Sen. Edward Kennedy introduced an amendment to the Military Commissions Act that would have effectively defined waterboarding as a war crime, and it was defeated largely along partisan lines. In February 2008, when Democrats were in control of Congress, they made a big fuss about sending a bill that would have limited interrogation to techniques found in the Army field manual. They did so knowing President Bush would veto it, and that he had the votes to sustain that veto.

Today the Democrats have an even larger majority — plus a president who would sign such legislation. So why the call for a truth commission instead? The answer is a nasty one: If Congress made waterboarding illegal now, they would be making clear that it was not illegal before.

Andrew McCarthy is the former assistant U.S. attorney who put Omar Abdel-Rahman (the blind sheik) behind bars for the first bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993. Mr. McCarthy explained it this way to me: “When Senate Democrats didn’t have the votes, they voted to make waterboarding illegal. Now they have the votes, but there’s no effort to ban waterboarding. And the reason is that they are more interested in setting off a partisan witch hunt than passing a principled ban on something they say is torture.”

In other words, what the Beltway has planned is a circus — where the decks are stacked, people are smeared, and conclusions are foregone. In such an environment, the only way to restore some sense of fairness is with fuller and more honest disclosure. Here are a few places to start.

First, former vice president Dick Cheney has called for the release of classified memos that he says show the CIA’s interrogation program produced valuable intelligence that helped us break up terrorist plots and save innocent lives. Though CIA Director Dennis Blair fudged his own answer to Mr. Cheney’s claim by issuing two separate statements — one for public consumption, one for internal use — he did concede that the program yielded “high value” intelligence. Since then, we’ve had nothing but claims and counterclaims. How about releasing the info and allowing the American people to judge?

Second, Mrs. Pelosi has categorically declared the CIA never told her waterboarding was being used. “My experience was they did not tell us they were using that, flat out,” she recently told reporters. “And any, any contention to the contrary is simply not true.”

Her claim puts her at odds with Porter Goss, a former CIA director who had at the time of the briefings served on the same House Intelligence Committee with Mrs. Pelosi. In an op-ed for the Washington Post on Saturday, Mr. Goss said he was “slack-jawed to read that members claim to have not understood that the techniques on which they were briefed were to actually be employed.”

Surely the CIA kept notes about those briefings. How about releasing the record — how many briefings there were, when they occurred, who was at them, what was said, how our political representatives reacted — and let the people judge who’s telling the truth?

Finally, thus far all the focus has been on the techniques approved by the White House. The impression is that Mr. Bush allowed every technique to go forward. How about releasing any memos that speak to techniques that were rejected — and the reasons? If there’s information in any of these classified documents we don’t want our enemies to see, they can easily be redacted on a case-by-case basis.

And if after all this, members of Congress still insist that waterboarding is a war crime, maybe they could explain to the American people why they don’t just go ahead and outlaw it.

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Iran’s New Target: Egypt

April 29, 2009

They’re all in bed together.  They wear different jackets for different work shifts.  Don

Iran’s New Target: Egypt

Cairo’s desire for Mideast peace threatens Tehran’s ambitions.

WSJ: 28 April 09

On April 8, Egypt announced it had uncovered a Hezbollah cell operating inside its borders. This startling pronouncement offers a rare insight into the way Iran and its proxies are manipulating Middle East politics.

According to Egyptian authorities, the cell was tasked with planning attacks against tourist sites in Sinai, conducting surveillance on strategic targets including the Suez Canal, and funneling arms and money to Hamas. Hezbollah’s leader, Hassan Nasrallah, has admitted that the ringleader of the cell was indeed a member of his organization to provide “logistical support to help the Palestinian brothers in transporting ammunition and individuals.”

These latest actions by an emboldened Hezbollah have been spurred on by Iran, which is seeking to further its quest for power in the Arab Middle East. In the past six months, there have been irrefutable signs of Iran’s determined effort to sabotage Egypt’s attempts at regional stability. At Tehran’s instigation, Hamas rejected the renewal of the six-month, Egypt-brokered cease-fire last summer between it and Israel. This rejection led to the Gaza war in December. At the height of that war, Mr. Nasrallah called on the people of Egypt and its army to march on the city of Rafah to open the border to Gaza by force, a highly inflammatory appeal aimed at causing insurrection.

After the war ended, Egypt resumed its efforts to reach a long-term cease-fire. Iran pressured the Hamas leadership to resist. Cairo’s ongoing effort to build a Palestinian unity government, by bringing together Fatah and Hamas, has also been undermined by intense Iranian pressure on Hamas.

Tehran sees Egypt as its greatest rival in the region, and the most formidable Arab bulwark opposing its influence. It is in this context that Hezbollah actions in Egypt should be assessed. Acting as a front for Iranian objectives, Hezbollah is tasked with distracting Egypt from the diplomatic process that will hopefully lead one day to a two-state solution in the Palestine-Israel conflict.

Egypt’s persistent attempts to bring about peace in this arena and its encouragement of other Arab countries to follow its path with Israel threaten to deprive Iran of the single most potent regional issue that it can exploit to further its radical agenda. Thus Tehran seeks to undermine the prospects for this peace — and it, along with its clients, believe the way to do this is by undermining Egypt. Similarly, Egypt’s security interests in the Gulf, and its traditional role as a force for regional stability, present a clear obstacle to Iran’s wider regional ambitions.

For President Barack Obama and members of his administration watching from the sidelines, the implications should be clear. A final settlement of the Palestine-Israel conflict is indispensable if the U.S. wishes to check Iran’s expanding influence in the Middle East.

Meanwhile, the U.S. administration will have to contend with a right-wing Israeli government that has yet to subscribe to the principle of a two-state solution in defiance of international consensus. It will also have to press Israel to halt its illegal settlement activity, which now more than ever endangers the fundamental basis for a solution.

The administration’s focus on the immediate issue of Iran’s nuclear program should not distract it from addressing Tehran’s overall posture towards the peace process or its support for terrorism. Iran’s challenge to the regional status quo is multifaceted, which is why Washington must adopt a comprehensive approach as it formulates its nascent engagement with Iran.

It is said that Mr. Obama is still weighing when and where to deliver a major speech to the Arab world. If he were to make such a speech in Cairo, it would give heart to millions in the region who want to see the peace process succeed. It would also send a firm message to Tehran that America stands with Egypt on the side of peace and stability.

Mr. Aly is director of the Al Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies in Cairo.

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Photo: Geert Wilders

April 29, 2009

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For more photos – PLEASE ALSO VISIT: https://bijenkorf.wordpress.com/2009/05/04/photo-update-geert-wilders

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Tom Sowell: A New Defense Posture

April 29, 2009

A New Defense Posture: Bend Over Backward

By THOMAS SOWELL | IBD 29 April 2009

It used to be said that self-preservation is the first law of nature. But much of what has been happening in recent times in the United States, and in Western civilization in general, suggests that survival is taking a back seat to the shibboleths of political correctness.

We have already turned loose dozens of captured terrorists who have resumed their terrorism. Why? Because they have been given “rights” that exist neither in our laws nor under international law.

These are not criminals in our society, entitled to the protection of the Constitution of the United States. They are not prisoners of war entitled to the protection of the Geneva Conventions.

There was a time when people who violated the rules of war were not entitled to turn around and claim the protection of those rules. German soldiers who put on U.S. military uniforms, in order to infiltrate American lines during the Battle of the Bulge, were simply lined up against a wall and shot.

Nobody even thought that this was a violation of the Geneva Conventions. American authorities filmed the mass executions. Nobody dreamed up fictitious “rights” for these enemy combatants who had violated the rules of war. Nobody thought we had to prove that we were nicer than the Nazis by bending over backward.

Bending over backward is a very bad position from which to try to defend yourself. Nobody in those days confused bending over backward with “the rule of law,” as Barack Obama did recently. Bending over backward is the antithesis of the rule of law. It is depriving the people of the protection of their laws, in order to pander to mushy notions among the elite.

Even under the Geneva Conventions, enemy soldiers have no right to be turned loose before the war is over. Terrorists — “militants” or “insurgents” for those of you who are squeamish — have declared open-ended war against America. It is open-ended in time and open-ended in methods, including beheadings of innocent civilians.

President Obama can ban the phrase “war on terror,” but he cannot ban the terrorists

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Video: New York – AirForce One

April 29, 2009

In New York, 9/11 Isn’t Over Yet

By INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY | Posted Tuesday, April 28, 2009 4:20 PM PT

Homeland Security: A White House jet buzzes lower Manhattan, bringing back memories of 9/11 and drawing an apology from President Obama. Firings are now urged, but what needs changing is attitude.

The White House and Federal Aviation Administration seemed to think it would be business as usual to fly a 747 government jetliner and an F-16 escort along the flight path of 9/11 near New York skyscrapers to update publicity file photos.

Wrong. The entire move created an unexpected panic among New Yorkers, who weren’t in on the plan until the planes whooshed by. The FAA had insisted the mission be “classified” — as if it were possible to conceal a jetliner going past skyscraper windows. So New Yorkers were left with just one conclusion when the jets roared overhead at low altitude, and they fled for their lives.

New Yorkers fled by the thousands at the sight of a low-flying presidential jet buzzing around Manhattan Monday in an image reminiscent of the 9/11 terror attack. Some citizens took cell phone photos, such as this one by Jason McLane, to record the event.

New Yorkers fled by the thousands at the sight of a low-flying presidential jet buzzing around Manhattan Monday in an image reminiscent of the 9/11 terror attack. Some citizens took cell phone photos, such as this one by Jason McLane, to record the event.

They responded the way they did because they’d been changed after the September morning that left thousands dead and their World Trade Center in ruins. The Obama administration, unfortunately, hadn’t. The prospect of triggering panic by flying jets at low altitude above skyscrapers simply didn’t exist on their radar.

Nothing showed it better than in the initial response of White House spokesman Robert Gibbs. He first dismissed a reporter’s question about the incident with no answer, but then promptly switched course once the news rolled in and the YouTubes went up about the panic the White House inflicted on victims of history’s worst terror strike.

Maybe the internal poll numbers came in, or maybe the White House switchboard was flooded. Sounding like a customer service rep, President Obama then apologized, “for any distress that flight caused.”

But it wasn’t as good as it could have been. The names of low-level officials involved got out, followed by recriminations from pundits calling for the head of Louis Caldera, the military director who’d been involved in the planning. Somehow, we doubt the criticism would have reached as low as aides if the “mistake” had been made by, say, President Bush.

Firing underlings won’t do any good, though. This is happening not because of Caldera, but because of a certain indifference at the top. Obama and his party have wrapped the war on terror around the persona of George W. Bush instead of the security of the U.S.

To them, fighting terror is fighting Bush’s war, not stopping the terrorists still trying to kill us. This wasn’t the only event that shows it.

On his first full day in office, Obama outraged 9/11 victims’ families by drafting an order to suspend war crimes trials of prisoners being held at Guantanamo Bay.

After that, he issued an order to close the Cuban prison, raising the prospects of 9/11-linked terrorists possibly walking free to do more harm.

He also ordered the release of CIA memos demonstrating tough interrogation tactics, showing that unlike the public with the airline flyover in Manhattan, terrorists had a right to know.

Now he’s opened the door to prosecutions of Bush administration officials who fought the 9/11 terrorists, as if this were a matter of law and order, and not a real war that could still hit Manhattan.

One can argue that these decisions have a political merit, but in all cases they diminish the importance of ensuring another 9/11 never happens again.

The worst act of war on American soil becomes secondary to what lawyers and special interests want, or what Europe thinks. The quest for imagery over public terror is merely icing on the cake of how many things take precedence over the tough presidential decisions needed to ensure there isn’t another attack.

Instead of Obama apologizing, firing Caldera or saying the airline photo op will never happen again, it would be more encouraging to learn that Obama is thinking about the implications of this PR fiasco and taking the war on terror as seriously as New Yorkers do.

This war requires tough decisions, like those Bush made, to dismantle terror organizations from top to bottom. Obama has criticized his predecessor for using “terrorism as a club to make the American people afraid.”

Well, as the Manhattan fiasco showed, Americans are afraid, but not because of Bush. Our new president should re-examine his attitude about 9/11 and realize that now, it’s his war as much as it was Bush’s.

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Cartoon: Arlen Spector

April 29, 2009

Arlen Spector is changing parties.  You mean he’s going to become a Republican?

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Cartoon: Obama Swine Flu

April 28, 2009

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Lord Pearson Interview

April 28, 2009

Free Speech Summit: Lord Pearson Interview

Interview courtesy by: http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/

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Press Release: Historic Press Conference TODAY

April 28, 2009

 

Contact: TOM TRENTO; 561-767-0982 Tom@FloridaSecurityCouncil.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 5 P.M. EDT, April 27, 2009

 

 

HISTORIC PRESS CONFERNCE ON INTERNATIONAL FREE SPEECH AND THE THREAT OF RADICAL ISLAM FEATURING DUTCH PARLIAMENTARIAN GEERT WILDERS AND BRITISH LORD MALCOLM PEARSON SPEAKERS WILL ADDRESS PUBLIC ATTACK AGAINST FLORIDA HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER REP. ADAM HASNER BY COUNCIL ON AMERICAN-ISLAMIC RELATIONS BOCA RATON, FL, APRIL 28, 2009: A group including prominent Dutch parliamentarian and a member of the British House of Lords will be addressing the threat to free speech from radical Islam and the public attack this week of Florida House Majority Leader Rep. Adam Hasner by the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR). This will be the first joint US appearance of both Wilders and Lord Pearson. Pearson had invited Wilders to screen his controversial documentary, Fitna, in the House of Lords this past February, but Wilders was refused entry into the UK after Home Secretary Jacqui Smith determined that his presence would constitute a national security threat. All of the speakers at tomorrow’s press conference will be addressing the Free Speech Summit sponsored by the Florida Security Council held this evening in Boca Raton.

 

PRESS CONFERENCE

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………… TUESDAY, APRIL 28, NOON to 1 p.m.

WHERE

………. HILTON SUITES BOCA RATON 7920 Glades RD BOCA RATON, FL 33434

The speakers will include:

Geert Wilders, Dutch Member of Parliament and chairman of the People’s Freedom Party;

Lord Malcolm Pearson, Member, UK House of Lords;

Bjorn Larsen, Board of Directors, International Free Speech Society;

Tom Trento, Director, Florida Security Council;

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Video: Geert Wilders Synagogue Speech

April 27, 2009

Free Speech Summit: Video Palm Beach, Florida

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Video: Geert Wilders: Free Speech Summit Florida

April 27, 2009

Part 1

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Free Speech Summit: Geert Wilders Speech Transcript

April 27, 2009

FREEDOM OF SPEECH: TEXT OF GEERT WILDERS SPEECH

As posted on: http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/

Atlas reader Denice gifted us with a trancription of Geert Wilders remarks at the Free Speech Summit. Atlas readers are the very best. xoxo

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GEERT WILDERS FREEDOM OF SPEECH SUMMIT

I wish I had come to a place they call they call sunshine state with better news but it would be very unwise to deny that the situation indeed is very gloomy, and it might take a while for you to understand the situation that we are in now. Maybe you as Americans still think that Europe is a place with a great culture and a profound way of looking at things. Maybe you see immigration as something that is inherently good for our country as it contributed so much for the United States, and I understand that. But Ladies and Gentleman the Europe as you know it from visiting Europe or from stories from your parents or friends or whoever, is on the verge of collapsing.

We are now witnessing profound changes that will forever alter Europe’s destiny and might send the Continent in what Ronald Reagan once called: “A thousand years of darknes

And the takeover of Europe, that is currently taking place, is part of a global fight, a global fight of Islam for World domination.

Continue reading “FREEDOM OF SPEECH: TEXT OF GEERT WILDERS SPEECH” »

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Video/Photos: Free Speech Summit: Lord Pearson on Wilders

April 27, 2009

FREE SPEECH SUMMIT: LORD PEARSON VIDEO SPEECH, ECHOES OF CHURCHILL

As posted on: http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/

One can understand how Britain was once the world’s most powerful nation when listening to a great statesman like Lord Pearson.

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It was at the invitation of Lord Pearson that Wilders was to speak and screen Fitna in the House of Lords. But the British government, the horrid Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, that Wilders was banned from entering Britain. Lord Pearson would not tolerate the “mother of all parliaments” giving in to threats to Lord Nazir Ahmed (who threatened riots by tens of thousands of Muslims). Hence he decided to reinvite Mr. Wilders. Black Rod, the head of security at the House of Lords, has ordered extra security for the event.

That ban united in opposition Lord Pearson, the Dutch Government—unusual allies.

WILDERS: “Threat to society? I’m an elected member of Parliament; I have done nothing wrong,” “I’m a normal, law-abiding democrat. You might agree or disagree with my political point of view, but I’m no threat to anyone.”

Despite being banned from once Great Britain, “Fitna” was shown to a private gathering at the House of Lords sponsored by Lord Pearson and Baroness Cox.

Pearson is fearless in his remarks. Much thanks to Pamela Hall for cleaning up the video – lightening it up.
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**NEW VIDEO** DEBATE FOR THE SAKE, THE SURVIVAL OF A NATION: THE HOUSE OF LORDS

GEERT WILDERS DETAINED! REFUSED ENTRY

BREAKING: WILDERS DENIED ENTRANCE TO UK!

WILDERS: “LET THEM ARREST ME AT HEATHROW”

Letter to Wilders from the UK Home Secretary

Low Life LORD NAZI AHMED: Arrest British Jews fighting for IDF 2/4/09
WILDERS: THE HOUSE OF LORDS STANDS UP FOR FREEDOM AND FITNA 2/3/09
BRITS CAVE TO ISLAMIC SUPREMACISTS: CANCEL FITNA SCREENING 1/25/09

Wildersletter

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Photos/Video – Geert Wilders Palm Beach

April 27, 2009

FREE SPEECH SUMMIT: GEERT WILDERS “WE ARE ALL ISRAEL NOW”

Geert Wilders: Free Speech Summit – Synagogue in Palm Beach

As originally posted on: http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/

Wilders synagogue

The kipah and the American flag? Priceless

Wilders spoke to a number of different audiences and I can tell you with great joy, that the crowds get bigger and more enthusiastic as word spreads.Wilders spoke this evening at a large synagogue in Palm Beach.

In this segment he address Israel and the Middle East. How wonderful if the Israeli Prime Minister spoke iwith such conviction. Yes, that would be divine.

VIDEO UPDATE: Want to see the whole thing Watch Part I here and Part III here –

Some random shots of a glorious day

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Peter Poole (back left),  Frank Gaffneyand his lovely wife, and Rich Sweir, Red County

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Nidra Poller and attendee

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Lady and Lord Peason

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The War On Terror Just Won’t Go Away

April 27, 2009

The War On Terror Just Won’t Go Away

By INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY | Posted Friday, April 24, 2009

Fighting Terror: It’s a very real threat when people who are our sworn enemies suddenly begin capturing territory at the expense of our allies. And today, that’s exactly what’s happening in Pakistan.

“Taliban Militants Stay In Control Near Pakistan Capital.” That headline should send a chill through you.

Because it means the forces of medieval darkness and terror in Afghanistan and Pakistan are gaining ground — and are perhaps just one leap away from capturing Islamabad, Pakistan’s capital, and its nuclear arsenal.

Pakistan’s government made the big mistake a week and a half ago of agreeing to let Taliban-linked groups in the North-West Frontier Province enforce Sharia, or Islamic law, in the Swat Valley.

Since then, the Taliban and its radical affiliates have begun infiltrating members into surrounding areas, especially the Buner Valley — just 60 miles from Islamabad. They smell weakness on the part of the Pakistani regime, and are going to push until they’re stopped.

At this rate, if unchecked, they’ll control Pakistan by year-end — not to mention the Pakistani government’s 24 to 55 nuclear weapons.

We’re glad to see this isn’t going unnoticed.

“Pakistan poses a mortal threat to the security and safety of our country and the world,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said last Wednesday, in blunt remarks that took some by surprise.

This, surely, is the “test” that Vice President Joseph Biden warned that President Obama would face early in his presidency.

Now, the question is, recognizing the problem, what do we do?

The answer’s unclear. True, Obama has sent 17,000 added troops to Afghanistan. And pressuring the Pakistani government to “do more” will at least put the heat on it to take the Taliban seriously.

But what concerns us is this administration’s failure to recognize, as the previous administration did, that this isn’t only about Pakistan; it’s about Islamic extremism, a worldwide movement whose ultimate goal is to weaken, subvert, defeat and replace a demoralized West.

Pakistan would be quite a prize for the extremists. As we said, that nation has nuclear weapons

It lies adjacent to India, Pakistan’s most bitter enemy, one of our best allies and the world’s largest democracy.

We agree with Clinton that this is a mortal threat. We wonder, though, how we can defeat our enemies if we can’t even bring ourselves to call them terrorists. How we can win the global war on terror when we downgrade it rhetorically to merely an “overseas contingency operation”?

And how can we defeat them if we’re on the verge of revealing dozens of photographs that purport to show U.S. military personnel mistreating captives in Afghanistan?

Surely, that will inflame Muslims in Afghanistan and Pakistan, making the job of our military now engaged in a life-or-death struggle for Afghanistan with the Taliban all the more difficult.

It will end up costing American lives. And for what? To score a few cheap political points against former President Bush’s policy of pursuing terrorists to the hilt?

The problem is, the only reason Pakistan’s government made a deal with the Taliban in the first place is, frankly, it doubts the bona fides of the Obama administration when it comes to fighting terrorism.

Better to cut a deal with the renegades and hope for mercy later than to have the U.S. sit and do nothing to aid a vital ally, as we did when the shah of Iran fell in 1979.

Worse, if we and Pakistan’s feckless government allow a Taliban takeover, how seriously will Iran take our protestations as it marches toward its own nuclear answer to the West?

Last week, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair called on the world to defeat Islamic extremists, calling them as big a threat as communism was in the 20th century.

“Our job is simple,” Blair said. “It is to support and partner those Muslims who believe deeply in Islam, but also who believe in peaceful co-existence, in taking on and defeating extremists who don’t.”

We agree. But it will take more than pressuring the locals and their governments to do the job.

We have a major problem in Pakistan, and no, contrary to the assertions of the Obama White House, it’s not just al-Qaida. It’s only one part of a multifaceted, international problem, as Blair rightly pointed out.

And while we show an interest in diplomacy, these foes see diplomacy as the last resort of weaklings. At the very least, we must insist that Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani reassert control over the country.

We also must recognize that the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan, which U.S. forces treat as something real and inviolable, is little more than fiction.

The war on terror has no borders.

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Cartoon: The Hokey Pelosi

April 27, 2009

Nancy Pelosi is “pushing back” against charges that she was aware of — and acquiesced in — the CIA’s harsh interrogations of terrorist detainees nearly from the moment the practice began, reports the Politico Web site. Maybe she’s suffering from amnesia.

Maybe, for instance, the speaker doesn’t remember that in September 2002, as ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, she was one of four members of Congress who were briefed by the CIA about the interrogation methods the agency was using on leading detainees. “For more than an hour,” the Washington Post reported in 2007, “the bipartisan group . . . was given a virtual tour of the CIA’s overseas detention sites and the harsh techniques interrogators had devised to try to make their prisoners talk.

“Among the techniques described,” the story continued, “was waterboarding, a practice that years later would be condemned as torture by Democrats and some Republicans on Capitol Hill. But on that day, no objections were raised. Instead, at least two lawmakers in the room asked the CIA to push harder.”

Or maybe the speaker never heard what some of her Democratic colleagues were saying about legal niceties getting in the way of an effective counterterrorism strategy.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

“Unfortunately, we are not living in times in which lawyers can say no to an operation just to play it safe,” said Democrat Bob Graham, chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence during the 2002 confirmation hearing of Scott Muller to be the CIA’s general counsel. “We need excellent, aggressive lawyers who give sound, accurate legal advice, not lawyers who say no to an otherwise legal opinion just because it is easier to put on the brakes.”

Or maybe the speaker forgot that after 9/11, the operative question among Americans, including various media paladins, wasn’t whether the Bush administration had gone overboard. On the contrary:

“I asked the president whether he and the country had done enough for the war on terror,” writes Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward in his book “Bush at War.” “The possibility of another major attack still loomed. . . . Was it not possible that he had undermobilized given the threat and the devastation of September 11?” (My emphases.)

Or maybe the speaker missed what former CIA Director (and Bill Clinton appointee) George Tenet writes in his memoir, “At the Center of the Storm,” about the CIA interrogation of 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed:

“I believe none of these successes [in foiling terrorist plots] would have happened if we had had to treat KSM like a white-collar criminal — read him his Miranda rights and get him a lawyer who surely would have insisted his client simply shut up. In his initial interrogation by CIA officers, KSM was defiant. ‘I’ll talk to you guys,’ he said, ‘after I get to New York and see my lawyer.’ Apparently he thought he would be immediately shipped to the United States and indicted in the Southern District of New York. Had that happened, I am confident that we would have obtained none of the information he had in his head about imminent threats to the American people.”

Mr. Tenet continues: “From our interrogation of KSM and other senior al Qaeda members . . . we learned many things — not just tactical information leading to the next capture. For example, more than 20 plots had been put in motion by al Qaeda against U.S. infrastructure targets, including communications nodes, nuclear power plants, dams, bridges and tunnels.”

Maybe, too, the speaker no longer recalls what she knew, and when, about the Bush administration’s other much-reviled counterterrorist program, the warrantless wiretaps.

“Within weeks of the program’s inception,” writes Mr. Tenet, “senior congressional leaders were called to the White House and briefed on it. . . . At one point in 2004 there was even a discussion with the congressional leadership in the White House Situation Room with regard to whether new legislation should be introduced to amend the FISA statute, to put the program on a broader legal foundation. The view that day on the part of members of Congress was that this could not be done without jeopardizing the program.”

Maybe, finally, the speaker has forgotten the role that previous grand congressional inquisitions played in gutting U.S. intelligence.

“After the Watergate era,” the bipartisan 9/11 Commission reported, “Congress established oversight committees to ensure that the CIA did not undertake covert action contrary to basic American law. . . . During the 1990s, tension sometimes arose, as it did in the effort against al Qaeda, between policy makers who wanted the CIA to undertake more aggressive covert action and wary CIA leaders who counseled prudence and making sure that the legal basis and presidential authorization for their actions were undeniably clear.”

The speaker and her partisans are the current beneficiaries of this politics of amnesia. It won’t be so forever. And when the time comes to pay the price for their forgetfulness, it will not be small.

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Weaponized Flu Pandemic -Swine Flu

April 27, 2009

The Weaponized Flu Pandemic, WPF, Appears to Have Begun

“It first looked mostly like a swine virus but closer analysis showed it is a never-before-seen mixture of swine, human and avian viruses, according to the CDC.”

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N24524032.htm

“Don’t be concerned”, say the pundits of officialdom, “but this virus has killed 61 people in Mexico and has spread to the US.”  In Mexico, the victims have died while in the US they have not.  I must assume that this is because their immune systems were in better shape. You will find specific information relating to that vital truth at the end of this message.  Please take the time to read it all because it could save your life.

The article in Reuters goes on to say, “Because there is clearly human-to-human spread of the new virus, rising fears of a major outbreak, Mexico’s government canceled classes for millions of children in its sprawling capital city and surrounding areas.

“Our concern has grown as of yesterday,” U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention acting director Dr. Richard Besser told reporters in a telephone briefing.” but the CDC and WHO go on to note that you should not alter your travel plans even though they also say they think that there may be as many as 1000 cases in Mexico…

Eight people were infected with the new strain in California and Texas, but all of them have recovered. Mexico said it had close to 1,000 suspected cases there.

“The CDC’s Besser said scientists were working to understand why there are so many deaths inMexico when the infections in the United States seem mild. Worldwide, seasonal flu kills between 250,000 and 500,000 people in an average year, but the flu season for North America should have been winding down. The U.S. government said it was closely following the new cases. ‘The White House is taking the situation seriously and monitoring for any new developments. The president has been fully briefed,’ an administration official said. Mexico’s government cautioned people not to shake hands or kiss when greeting or to share food, glasses or cutlery for fear of infection….The WHO said it was ready to use rapid containment measures if needed, including antivirals, and that both the United States and Mexico are well equipped to handle the outbreak. Both the WHO and the CDC said there was no need to alter travel arrangements in Mexico or the United States.”

I believe, on the contrary, that you SHOULD alter you travel plans.  If you have any means to, or reason to, or thoughts of, being outside the US and Mexico RIGHT NOW, do it.  Get a ticket and get out.  Why?  Because the flu may not sicken or kill you, but the forced vaccinations very well may.

It has also been noted in officialdom that although there is no evidence that this year’s seasonal flu would provide cross “protection,” that “possibility” is being “studied.”

5 will get you 10 that the official pronouncement comes forth that, indeed, this year’s flu vaccinemiraculously confers “protection” against this mystery disease and, aren’t we lucky?  We can all take the Seasonal Flu vaccine and get “protected”.  I will be literally astonished if that is not the thrust of this “investigation” of a “lucky coincidence”.

Vaccines, an uninsurable risk, are damaging and deadly at the best of times and have never been proven either safe or effective, despite the near-religious fervor of their well-funded supporters.  Despite the total lack of scientific evidence that the antibodies produced by an irritated immune system provide protection for people against what they were injected for, epidemics continue to occur primarily in vaccinated populations (just as Avian Flu continued to appear in vaccinated flocks living in industrial conditions).  But epidemics make for great crowd control opportunities and for wonderful population reduction exercises.

If this “strange brew virus” is the beginning of the Pandemic we have been promised for so long, it will LITERALLY signal the end of our lives as we know them, or even the ending of our lives.  The monsters intentionally working this scheme have said over and over that there WOULD be a Pandemic, that it COULD be any time. The Powers That Kill (PTK) decided some time ago that there were simply too many of us “Useless Eaters” and they have concocted several schemes to accomplish the culling to get rid of what the US Government, the UN, WHO and others have decided is “necessary” for a sustainable planet: 80-90% of us dead.  Remember, information is appearing which says that the new virus is a “strange brew” of swine flu, avian flu and human flu.  Such “Strange Brews” do not occur by themselves.  They occur in laboratories where mad men/women and their murderous gutless, spineless technicians and helpers assist them.

We have a warning to those who would perpetrate this horror: “just following orders” is not a defense to a charge of Crimes Against Humanity. You will be found out. You will be blamed. Just like the enlisted soldiers who were the scapegoats at Abu Grave, your superiors will disavow you and leave you hanging in the wind. Just like what may be about to happen to the NeoCon torturers of the last USAdministration.

Two days ago, we heard rumblings of a mystery “Swine Flu” which was killing people in Mexico, but, not to worry!  This was, the media soothed, not, repeat not, the start of a Pandemic.  Yesterday we heard that there were now cases of this mystery disease in the US and today, at 1:30 PM, Recombinomics Commentary, a virology journal, tells us that this ISthe start of the Pandemic.

Click here – http://www.healthfreedomusa.org/?p=2515 – for source articles and references.

But they also tell us that the gene sequences are totally novel and that such a virus has not been seen before.

Not outside of a weapons virology laboratory, that is. If this engineered Pandemic does not fizzle as several recent attempts we’ve tracked, you are being set up for one of three events.  If it does fizzle there WILL be another attempt after this one,  and another and another… until they get what they are after: genocidal depopulation — unless we stop these atrocities.

Here’s what you are looking at in the very near future:

You will face either FEMA or the Department of Homeland Security running the country with:

1. Martial Law and forced vaccinations, if you accept them.  These vaccine will have GOD ONLY KNOWS WHAT in them (perhaps some of the same goodies that were used to sterilize 3,000,000+ women in the Philippines without their knowledge, according to the conviction handed down by the Philippine Supreme Court, or the ones that were used, starting in 1985 by the WHO, to make enough women sterile in Africa to “eliminate 150,000,000 excess Sub Saharan Africans”) or something in there to make sure that you have the flu or develop leukemia from the known contaminating viruses permitted in vaccines by the FDA for decades, or poisonous aluminum, fluoride and mercury, or MSG, or, or….

2. Martial Law with forced internment for an indefinite period if you refuse the “treatment” or “prevention” offered to you.  If you think that this internment will be for your good health and survival, guess again. The DOJ no doubt already has a Memo drafted that it is perfectly legal.

This is not conspiracy theory – this is conspiracy fact: there IS a conspiracy to kill you and yours. Disregard this information and warning at your own peril.  What are the consequences if you are unable to incorporate this information and it is true?  What are the consequences if you do deal with it and it turns out to false or the weaponized virus fails in its mission?

You can see pretty quickly that this is a time to act on the basis that it IS true and do a Monday Morning Quarterback session if it’s not.  If it is correct, and we fear it may be, then not acting on it can, quite simply, destroy you and yours.

Not convinced? Simply think about Baxter’s contamination of seasonal flu vaccine with highly infective weaponized Avian Flu Virus – followed by no criminal investigation, no firings, nothing and add in the fact that Baxter was applying for a license to sell their new Avian Flu vaccine against the same strain found in the vaccines in the very same 18 countries and you cannot miss the conspiracy.

But time has run out to try to persuade people.  Frankly, at this point, you either follow your intuition and get it or you do not.

You are about to read for yourself the way it is and if you can see it, fine.  If you cannot, well, the consequences will be on your own head.  But the cost of ignoring what you are about to read, and not sharing it, may be truly life-and-death horrendous.  Let me add here that I pray to my God that this deadly attempt on our lives and our way of life fails as the other attempts we’ve documented have.

DEAR GOD, LET ME BE WRONG!

Some of the intentional plagues, like SARS, have fizzled miserably (or gloriously for us who do not wish to die). Avian Flu simply would not get off the ground – 64% of the chickens in Indonesia, for example, developed a gene which makes them immune to the novel, weaponized Avian Flu with which they have been injected!

The Wellcome Trust of drug giant Burroughs Wellcome/SmithKleinGlaxo recently handed out grants to figure out why the Avian Flu was NOT causing a pandemic.  Highly pathogenic (disease-causing) agents went through several transmissions and, DANG!, they lost their punch so that Egyptian toddlers are, as a recent news article said, unexpectedly not dying.

The fact, however, that they were not dying of the Avian Flu was, in the bizarre and twisted logic of that writer, a cause for even greater concern (and more vaccinations?) because then people would spread it without dying and there would be more deaths.  Say what? Logic is not a strong point of those who hire themselves out to TPK.

Laws have been put in place to allow the mere utterance of the word “Pandemic” by the Secretary of Health and Human Services to close the trap on anyone inside, entering or leaving the US, compelling vaccination or internment via martial law and other “emergency measures”:

~ Accept either Mandatory Vaccination or involuntary internment (“quarantine”) for an unspecified period of time.  More than 630 camps, with a total capacity of close to 30 million people, have been built and staffed (Patriot Acts I, II, BARDA, State Emergency Medical Powers Acts in virtually every state make refusing a vaccine when called for by the Governor a felony offense punishable by immediate imprisonment).

~ Presidential Emergency Powers which authorize the stripping of your citizenship and habeas corpus rights and authorizing holding you as a suspected terrorist if you disagree with the system’s desires (Executive Order, October 17, 2007).

The Sec of HHS needs no scientific substantiation, no advice and consent from Congress, no validation from anyone.  Just the magic word, “Pandemic!” CAN and WILL trigger Health Fascismsuch as we have never seen outside of the concentration camps of Germany.  You see,

~ The Warren Commission Act (October 17, 2006),  authorizes holding “suspected terrorists” [see above] without a trial or with a trial before a military tribunal but without legal representation, the right to confront one’s accusers, the right to examine the evidence against you or be informed of the charges against you, and subjecting you to the possibility of a secret execution as a “suspected terrorist” while –

~ President Bush’s Executive Order of October 17, 2006 cancels habeas corpus, the rights granted under the English Common Law System to not be kidnapped by the state without notifying people that you are being held, the right to legal representation, the right to a speedy trial, the right to know the charges against you, the right to examine the evidence being held against you, the right to face your accusers, the right, in short, to justice under the US Constitution. Gone.

Natural Solutions Foundation has been warning for some time that a bio-engineered, weaponized flu virus and/or weaponized flu vaccine is in the offing.  See, for example, Intellegence Report on Weaponized Avia Flu, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2r-njxcVt5U,  Smoke and Mirrors… shards of truth – http://www.healthfreedomusa.org/?p=965 and Avian Flu “Accident” -http://www.healthfreedomusa.org/?p=2220.

If you recall, it was the Natural Solutions Foundation which broke the Weaponized Flu story in July, 2008 and have followed it up vigorously with videos, on the radio and in writing since then.
OK.  NOW WHAT?

An official in Indiana recently claimed that he had been briefed along with others that FEMA has a plan to vaccinate every man, woman and child in the US within 48 hours of the start of an official “Pandemic”.  While that is an enormous logistical task, given that battle veterans are in place “backing up” police departments throughout the nation, who knows what might be accomplished? Rounding up people, putting them in holding centers and administering these shots forcibly under armed guard as was done to the children of Prince George’s County, MD, school district in November, 2007?  You will recall that the State’s Attorney in this action, Mr. Glenn Ivey, stated that his own young children were protected under an exemption in the state which he had filed for them because the vaccines were dangerous.

Could mercenaries who work for companies like Xe, the renamed Blackwater, the hundreds of thousands of foreign soldiers reported to be quartered in the US (despite the “outmoded” [according to President Obama] US Constitution’s prohibition of such quartering) and newly retrained US and Canadian troops round people up and sort out the accepters from the refusers, shipping off the refusers to camps and jails prepared for them.  No? Why not?  After all, they would be indoctrinated to believe that you, unvaccinated, would pose a danger that the rest of us and therefore, if you were reluctant to do your duty for society and accept the vaccination, you would have to be removed from society.  Can’t happen?  That’s what the ghastly, inhuman and ineffective, but ever-burgeoning prison system is based upon.  Precisely.

Given that in July of 2008, within 24 hours of each other, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Homeland Security declared that their goal was to vaccinate every man, woman and child in the United States against the Avian Flu (now, of course, it would be the “Mysterious” Swine Flu), starting, as they so chillingly put it, with those who want it, there is no reason to think that this is not what lies in store for us.

My advice to you: DO NOT accept injections.  Protect your immune system by starting a vigorous, but sensible, detoxification program NOW and by giving up any sort of packaged food that is not labeled organic and GMO free.  Read the information below on how to do that with safe, clean and effective products which also provide support to the Natural Solutions Foundation so that we can continue fighting for you and your rights.

Pushback Victory No. 1. EPA Attack on Silver Tarnished by Public Outcry!

The Mouse that Roared is a 1955 novel by Irish writer Leonard Wibberley about an imaginary impoverished country, the smallest in the world, which declares war against the United States – and wins!

Well, we have been doing a pretty good job of riding, and roaring with, the Freedom Mouse.  In fact when we roar loud enough, the Corporate Lion in the Board Room backs off. We roared out a huge number of emails to our Congressional Public Servants and to the head of involved agencies.  We said, in essence, “Don’t you dare, EPA, take away a safe, effective and proven method of disease control!”

And guess what?  EPA decided to back off, put out a call for research proposals which it will not begin to sift through until this summer and take some years to “study” the situation.  And it decided that, because of the [Freedom] Mouse that Roared, it could not divest the citizens of the US of their choice in health promotion aides without a whole, whole let more backup in the form of scientific papers, information and justification.

The information we have is that the size of the public outcry was the determining factor! Mouse Warriors, congratulate yourself on a push back well-executed.

Now that you have that pleasure under your belt, hang on for a ride here.  EPA and its multinational backers are not backing off. They’ll be back.  But we are not backing out.

March 20 was the last day for public comments on the absurd and potentially disastrous ploy to declare nano silver a “pesticide” and declare the equipment that makes it also a “pesticide”.

Now if the US had a pesticide free food supply, such an approach might, just MIGHT, make some sort of sense. As it is, the US is completely happy for us to eat pesticide laden foods, spray pesticides on our soil and lawns and, in general, make a lot of pesticide manufactures, and their multinational owners, quite happy without giving a thought to the real dangers of these dangerous chemicals.

But silver, especially nano silver, is safe and effective for the disease-causers outside of you body and multiplying happily inside of it.  After all, silver is pretty much universal nutritional support for normal immune response to the multitude of things that can make us sick or even kill us.  And it is cheap, really cheap, especially compared to expensive, dangerous and damaging medications to which the bugs are increasingly resistant.

Because of the way nano silver works, no pathogen can become resistant to it.  It nourishes an immune system that can overcome the bad guys and let the good guys (beneficial probiotics) alone.  Here is where you can get enough to tide you and your loved ones over through this horrifying situation if you can either leave the country OR self quarantine.  See our guide to self quarantining here -http://www.healthfreedomusa.org/?p=752. And get your Nano Silver here:

http://www.Nutronix.com/naturalsoluitons

, click on “Products” tab, scroll down the left hand side to “Silver Solutions” and lay in a supply.  If you are so inclined, you can either buy enough for yourself and others whom you care about or become a distributor and make some money on selling this outstanding health aide.

Inside information on the dangerous farm bills which will hand ALL food production to the industrialized food system:

1. We are creating the necessary pushback against HR 875 and S 425 and that is due to YOUR actions.  Thank you, Mouse Warriors! We have been informed that congressmen are approaching 875’s sponsor and asking what her bill is about, because their offices are being flooded with our emails protesting this legislative assault on sense and survival.

This is outstanding.

2. However, it is clear that H.R. 875/S. 425 are just stalking horses,  and the real danger has always been H. R. 759.  If you recall, Natural Solutions Foundation has been saying this for some time. H.R. 875/S. 425 moves the usual FDA bureaucrats to a new Food Safety Agency and gives them more power. HR 759 simply gives them more power to abuse.

We now understand that the fervor mounted against 875/425 can be used by the other side to clear the path to passage of the even worse HR 759. We are, however, on to the strategy being used: wear us out with 875/425 and sneak 759 in over our exhausted bodies.

Well, you and I are having none of it. We are tired, but we are far from exhausted. Click here –

http://www.healthfreedomusa.org/?p=2498

– to read a side by side comparison of 875 and 759 to see why both are bad, but 759 is even worse.

Our response to this common political ploy? More messages to Congress!!! Just the thing they are counting on us not being able to muster.

We can, we are and we will muster that response.  It is imperative that we once again rise to theMouseWarriorHeights that we have achieved in the campaign against 875/425 and surpass it. Here is the link to cut and paste in order to take action:http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/568/t/1128/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=26714.

You can also go to our Health Freedom Blog to read our White Paper on Codex and the (sic) “Food Safety” Bills here –

http://www.healthfreedomusa.org/?p=2394

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You can read about the issue in more detail, take the actions required and then send it off on its viral journey.
Once you do take the action steps, you know the drill: viralize, viralize, viralize!

Kansas Governor Sebelius, Obama’s Pick for Head of Health And Human Services, Vetoes Milk Labeling Bill!

Who knows?  Maybe she will resist yelling “Pandemic”, too!

In a victory for local dairy farmers and consumers, Gov. Sebelius vetoed a highly controversial bill that would have limited rbGH labeling on dairy products in the state. Under the provisions of the bill, consumers would have not been able to determine if the milk they were drinking had been produced by cows made ill, but more productive, with Monsanto’s Prosilac, or recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone.

The bill, HB 2121, faced massive opposition from dairy, consumer, health, animal welfare and environmental organizations across the country; nearly 30 of which wrote a letter to Governor Sebelius urging her to veto HR 2121.

Consumers and organizations flooded the office of the Governor and the pushback worked! The controversial bill passed by the Kansas State Legislature would have required an additional disclaimer on labels for dairy products produced from cows not treated with recombinant bovine growth hormone (rbGH or rbST), a genetically engineered, artificial hormone that induces cows to produce more milk.

The Governor’s office sent out a press release late this afternoon, explaining why she vetoed the bill:

“…the Bill before me…provides for changes in dairy labeling that could make it more difficult to provide consumers with clear information. The milk labeling provisions negatively impact a dairy producer’s ability to inform consumers that milk is from cows not treated with recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBST).”

“Supporters of the bill claim it’s necessary to protect consumers from false or misleading information.  Yet there has been overwhelming opposition by consumer groups, small dairy producers and retailers to this proposed legislation. Therefore, pursuant to Article 2, Section 14 of the Constitution of the State of Kansas, I veto HB 2121.”

Pushback is a mighty force.  Keep riding the Freedom Mouse, Mouse Warriors!

Of course, there could be attempts to over-ride the veto, and our coalition is already making preparations to keep this veto intact. The final session of the Kansas legislature starts April 28 and could go as long as 10 days. We’ll be ready. Stay tuned for further updates.

What you are about to read was intended to be today’s email blast.  The appearance of a potential novel “Pandemic” virus meant that we had to cover that situation carefully and thoroughly first.

But read on.  The health equivalent of Freedom Mouse Pushback is protecting your immune system. It is your ONLY defense  against being overwhelmed with whatever they throw at us while you use safe, clean products.  All of the products listed below are important for your health.  Use them.  And without spending a penny more, you will be supporting the Natural Solutions Foundation at the same time.

Of course, we need your direct tax deductible donations, too. Click here -http://www.healthfreedomusa.org/?page_id=189 – to give whatever you can, large or small, on a recurring basis. We are fighting for your health and freedom.  We need your help to do that.

Defying the Deadly Illness Agenda Through Effective Detox and Natural Strategies

A Special Focus Health Report from Dr. Rima
Rima E. Laibow, MD
Medical Director
Natural Solutions Foundation
http://www.HealthFreedomUSA.org
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“Dr. Leonard Coldwell, NMD, ND, PHD, DNM, CNHP, a specialist in the natural  and the Natural Solutions Foundation have formed an alliance in order to move health freedom forward. Dr. Coldwellis the author of numerous best-selling books including the breakthrough book designed to help you survive your doctors, “Instinct Based Medicine – How to Survive Your Illness and Your Doctors -www.InstinctBasedMedicineStore.com

It is a book that you need to read and that the Powers That Kill (PTK) have worked hard to keep you from reading.

Information is power and those PTks are spending a good deal of time and effort on taking away both the information and the tools they we can use to get – and stay – drug free and healthy. Since your access to information and natural health options, including strategies to help keep you maintain – or regain – your health, including clean food, is under major attack, we have decided to offer a special group of products in a series of email blasts.

These products are special for two reasons:  First, they are all superior examples of their class, doing their jobs well and offering you outstanding value for the money.  Second, their manufacturers understand the health freedom battle and are willing to support the Natural Solutions Foundation by making generous donations for each product sold.  That means that with each purchase of these products you are making a contribution to the Natural Solutions Foundation without adding a penny to your total expenses – and with all the others on our two virtual stores:
http://www.Organics4U.org and http://www.NaturalSolutionsMarketPlace.org

Of course, if you can make an additional tax deductible donation to the Natural Solutions Foundation, we would appreciate that greatly.  Our mailing list is nearly a quarter of a million strong so even small donations from every person on it would give us the funding we need to push back the toxic health tyranny forces – permanently.  Click here – http://www.healthfreedomusa.org/?page_id=189

– to make that contribution now, while you are thinking about it.  Large or small, it all adds up.

Since we are talking about toxic forces, let’s start with detoxification ….

Detoxification is perhaps the single most important health promotion act after eating clean, healthy food and exercising.

We live in a toxic world filled with toxins, including processed, pesticided foods and drugs (fluoride, synthetic hormones, etc., etc,.), industrial chemicals (like the bis phalate which leaches from our plastic water bottles), mercury from China’s pollution, fish and high fructose corn syrup and about 100,000 other sources of chemical and radiation contamination carelessly (intentionally?) fouling our world and polluting our bodies, even before we are born.

That is a pretty grim picture when you consider that a toxic (e.g., acidic, contaminated and malnourished) terrain, your body, is the ONLY breeding ground for the diseases of our age: Auto Immune Diseases, Arthritis, Alzheimer’s Disease, Cancer, Diabetes, Flu, Heart Disease, Hepatitis, Infections, Neurological Disorders, Osteoporosis, Parasites, Senile Dementia, Stroke, Tuberculosis, Vascular Disease, and the rest.  Add to that the reality that, despite billions of dollars of hype and deception to the contrary, drugs do nothing to address underlying causes of disease and therefore we can safely say, “No drug ever cured ANY disease, but merely suppressed symptoms of the disease” and you can see the course for wellness lying ahead of your clearly:

Assure nutritional sufficiency (NOT available from the processed and genetically modified “food” on your supermarket shelves”, detox properly (see below) and THEN, and only then, repair the damage done and provide proper nutrition.
That’s it, in a nutshell.  Literally.  The know-how to accomplish that is, of course, not quite so simple sometimes and the skills of deeply knowledgeable people are often required to help you move along that path to the successful outcome you seek: Radiant Well-Being.

The BePureCleanse Detox System (http://healthfreedomusa.bepurecleanse.com%20/) described below is the product of years of research by brilliant, well-trained and talented healers, the kind with lots of letters after their names.

BePureCleanse – http://healthfreedomusa.bepurecleanse.com%20/ – is the result of a collaboration of the leading minds in the field of treatment and prevention of terminal (that is, in essence, autoimmune) diseases. Dr Leonard Coldwell NMD ND PHD DNM CNHP, Dr Thomas Hohn MD NMD and Dr Holger Crone MD ND HD are leading international lights in natural medicine and healing.  BePureCleanse – http://healthfreedomusa.bepurecleanse.com%20/ – is made from ONLY all organic, all natural, all vegetarian, all US based (not Chinese) products free of any allergenic elements.

Dr. Coldwell, who worked most of his life with cancer and other so-called “incurable” diseases, and is responsible for documented cures in more than 35,000 cancer patients (!) says the following aboutBePureCleanse – http://healthfreedomusa.bepurecleanse.com%20/ – “I believe BePureCleanse system is the most important action you can take to launch you on your journey to life-long health and happiness”.

And because of Dr. Coldwell and his dedication to Health Freedom and the Natural Solutions Foundation, BePureCleanse -http://healthfreedomusa.bepurecleanse.com%20/ – is donating $60 for each product sold through the Natural Solutions Foundation to support our work.  So your cleanse and that of the people you know can help clean up your body and help clean up the world of toxic forces.

BePureCleanse  http://HealthFreedomUSA.bepurecleanse.com

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Nutrients for Health

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Environmental contamination, drugs, demineralized foods, preservatives, artificial colors, GMOs, industrial chemicals, “cides” (pesticides, herbicides, fungicides), vaccine ingredients and a host of other toxins all pile up in our bodies.  We did not evolve with the enzymes to detoxify these poisons so it is no wonder we become ill.  The wonder of it is that we have been trained to believe that this illness is normal.  It is not.  Toxic bodies create toxic illness and toxic aging.  Why not supply your body with organic (NOT from genetically modified “food” or organisms), balanced and absorbable nutrients compounded by Dr. Coldwell?

The diseases of the “Modern World” are, in essence, the diseases of high calorie under-nutrition.  Click here

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to find your source for wholesome, organic and beautifully blended nutrients to replace – and repair – the deficits which precede disease and in which disease takes root.

Again, because of Dr. Coldwell, for every purchase, Universal Formulas will contribute 25% to the Natural Solutions Foundation to carry on our efforts to make sure that you can continue to buy high potency nutrients.  In Europe, these products have become illegal because they contain effective, high potency nutrients.  IF you don’t want the same Codex-compliant health tyranny in the US, support the Natural Solutions Foundation AND your body by purchasing your nutrients from http://HealthFreedomUSA.awesomesupplements.com

Protect your body and your health freedom at the same time.

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What Do I Eat and Where Do I Get It?

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While you are detoxing, and once you are as toxin free as you can be, what can you eat that will nourish, strengthen and support your health, not retoxify you?  You can grow your own clean food, work with a Sustainable Community Agriculture program, make friends with, and buy from, local producers whose clean food growing you can see from yourself, shop at a local farmers’ market, buy strictly organic and Bio Dynamic foods AND you can look for sources like Whole Foods Farmacy,

http://gmofree.wholefoodfarmacy.com/2005/ga_home.asp!

Whole Foods Farmacy takes its name from the fact that clean food is healing food.  They offer a diverse line of GMO free, chemical free, delicious, nutritious and wholesome foods at reasonable prices.  You’ll find detox programs, snacks, soups, health aides and a lot more.  And, once again, every purchase you make there will bring a contribution to the Natural Solutions Foundation.

Help us by helping yourself and together we can create the necessary pushback to assure our health and our freedom to be as healthy as we choose.

Whole Foods Farmacy – http://gmofree.wholefoodfarmacy.com/2005/ga_home.asp

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Water is Life.  Clean Water is Essential for Healthy Life

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Despite bogus “science” purporting to show that tap water is safe to drink, the fact is that it is only safe according to 19th century standards which focused on fecal contamination (e.g., E. coli) and a few dangerous compounds which are permitted at levels which we now know to be dangerous (e.g., arsenic).  The reality is that your water, whether in plastic bottles (which have their own hazards and may be simply tap water in a bottle that leaches toxins into it) or from your tap, is dangerous to your health.  In most of the US, aluminum is added to give it “sparkle” despite the considerable dangers of ingesting this neurotoxic metal (think “Alzheimer’s Disease”), Fluoride is added to allegedly protect your teeth and bones while in reality it does nothing of the kind, instead increasing the rate of cancers, diabetes and, most importantly, poisoning your brain so that, like the prisoners of Stalin’s Gulags, you become complacent.  Aluminum in the presence of fluoride, by the way, makes both of them synergistically much more toxic than either of these toxic substances alone.

Chlorine interacts with the hydrocarbon contaminants in the water to make chlorinated hydrocarbons and new cancer agents are born, winding up in your tissues where they add to the contamination already present.

Then, of course, there are the drug and chemical residues which have been documented to contaminate water all over the world, and their dangers, both known and unknown.  Add to this the damage that water of the wrong pH can do to the alkaline balance necessary for your health and you have a recipe for the health disaster that the “developed” world is suffering – an epidemic of preventable diseases.

What can you do about this intake of illness called “contaminated water”?  Well, I recommend that you visit an exceptional site with a wide range of products,

http://www.ewater.com,

http://www.ewater.com/?tuul_aff=laibow.  If you drink water, and you are not among the fortunate few who know for certain that their water is truly clean, you need a good filter.  If your water is fluoridated (as most water is in the US), you urgently need to get a water filtration system that removes that toxic chemical.  Most filtration systems, even very good ones, do not.  So you need to take special care to make sure that it is removed.

Some of the technologies on this page will be familiar to you and some, I am sure, will provide you with new ideas that will offer you new options for using the amazing new options that energy science is providing to you.

The people http://www.ewater.com, http://www.ewater.com/?tuul_aff=laibow, understand water purification.  They also understand that health freedom is under severe attack and so they have offered to make a 10-15% contribution to the Natural Solutions Foundation on all of their products if you purchase them through our link, http://www.ewater.com, http://www.ewater.com/?tuul_aff=laibow .

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Want to Assess Your Toxic Load?

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HelpingAmerica.com, http://www.helpingamerica.com/cmd.php?af=970782 has home tests for metals available as well as a selection of other products focused on assessing, and removing metals and other toxins.  Like the other companies mentioned, they understand the dangers facing our choices for natural health and healing so they, too, are offering to support Natural Solutions Foundation when you make your purchases by using this link, http://www.helpingamerica.com/cmd.php?af=970782. What that means to you is that you have access to remarkable self-care products and tests. What it means to Natural Solutions Foundation is that we support the Wellness Industry and they help us to help them stay in business to provide you with healthcare options.  Helping America.com,http://www.helpingamerica.com/

cmd.php?af=970782, will contribute 10% of your purchase price to us.

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This is Really Stressful!

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Indeed it is.  We live in a world that poses threats unknown to any other generation anywhere in the world.  We know now (after decades of ridicule of the work of the pioneers who were sneered at so roundly and soundly) that stress decreases immune function in what can be a cataclysmic way.  We know that short term stress has a significant impact but that a well nourished and well-balanced person can recover from it without adverse effects if they live in a supportive environment, have good mental habits for detoxification, exercise regularly, etc.

The rest of us, who live in a toxic world, often struggling against on-going forces that are toxic physically, emotionally and psychologically which just do not quit need something more to protect that most valuable capacity, our immune system.

Once again, the Natural Solutions Foundation is grateful to Dr. Coldwell because, as a good physician should be, he is working to protect the whole patient.  I asked Dr. Coldwell about his Stress Reduction CD Program and here is what he said:

“My CDs are the most sold and worldwide endorses Stress Reduction, Self Healing and Self Help Education CDs ever – They are based on 30 years of research and experience and unmatched results ( success ). The Handbook explaining everything is on the site and makes using the CDs successfully intuitive and easy.”

Stress destroys over time.  I strongly suggest that you take the time to de-stress to avoid distress!  Here’s how:

Go to http://ibmsaudio.com/home.php?partner=health

and get yourself some vital tools for mastering stress, protecting your immune systems from its devastating effects and feeling better, all at the same time.  Of course, you are also helping the Natural Solutions Foundation while you accomplish all of this.

Once again, this is a purchase that supports you and health freedom at the same time.  Dr. Coldwell is contributing 50% of the purchase price to the Natural Solutions Foundation.  That means that you, and we, get the support we need.  yours is immune and emotional, ours is financial so we can protect, defend and extend health freedom. http://ibmsaudio.com/home.php?partner=health

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A Final Note:

http://www.Organics4U.org
http://www.NaturalSolutionsMarketPlace.org

Natural Solutions Foundation owns and operates two online stores:

http://www.Organics4U.org

is chock full of products which are free of GMOs and toxic chemicals.  Virtually every purchase you make there gives you an instant donation as our way of saying “Thank you for supporting us” and outstanding products to help you regain and/or maintain your health.  And every one of your purchases there supports the beleaguered Wellness Industry.

How beleaguered is it?  Very.  The mad, and deadly, FDA permits toxic food as the American norm (so much so that advanced health practitioners commonly refer to what Americans eat, and die from, as the “Standard American Diet” or “SAD”!) but attacks legitimate manufacturers (and customers) of healthy products and devices on a daily basis, sometimes with legal assaults and sometimes with clubs, guns and dogs.  Literally.  They burn books to this very day, too, when the book say that you are free to control your own health destiny without their most profitable source of income: drugs.

Our other store, http://www.NaturalSolutionsMarketPlace.org offers you products and services which are also of great quality and value.  These products are different from the ones on http://www.Organics4U.organd, like our

Organics4U.org

products, are also high value, outstanding products and services.

Why do we run stores?  Simple.  The Wellness Industry needs support, your health needs support and the Natural Solutions Foundation needs support.  You can make a tax deductible donation(http://www.healthfreedomusa.

org/?page_id=189

) to the Natural Solutions Foundation with or without a purchase, of course. Every single bit helps.  As little as one dollar a month, for example, from every person on our list would give us the resources we need to win the health freedom war!

AND, you can make the purchases you are going to make from the generous and far sighted companies mentioned in this email.  Oh, by the way, if your company believes in supporting health and health freedom, contact us at
maketplaceinfo@gmail.com

with “WELLNESS” as the subject and let us know about your product or service, too, and the nature of the support you have in mind.

Our primary list is about a quarter of a million people.  They forward and forward and forward so a great many people see our emails.  Mutual support is essential for this struggle.  Help us to help you, whether you are a CEO, professional or consumer.  We all need health freedom!

Yours in health and freedom,

Dr. Rima

Rima E. Laibow, MD

Medical Director

Natural Solutions Foundation

http://www.HealthFreedomUSA.org

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Islamic Law IS Islam

April 24, 2009

From the cover of today’s Investors Business Daily  24 April 09

ISLAMIC LAW IS ISLAM – Wake up folks.  Don

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Taliban Gunmen stand outside a mosque where tribal elders met with members of the Taliban in Daggar, just 60 miles from Pakistan’s capital in Islamabad.  Residents said Thursday that the meeting yielding a similar truce to one in Pakistan’s Swat Valley that resulted in the imposition of Islamic law just 10 days ago.

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New Third Rail Is Rationing Of Health Care

April 24, 2009

New Third Rail Is Rationing Of Health Care

By CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER | Posted Thursday, April 23, 2009 4:20 PM PT

Unified theory of Obamaism, final installment:

In the service of his ultimate mission — the leveling of social inequalities — President Obama offers a tripartite social democratic agenda: nationalized health care, federalized education (ultimately guaranteed through college) and a cash-cow carbon tax (or its equivalent) to subsidize the other two.

Problem is, the math doesn’t add up. Not even a carbon tax would pay for Obama’s vastly expanded welfare state. Nor will Midwest Democrats stand for a tax that would devastate their already crumbling region.

What is obviously required is entitlement reform, meaning Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid. That’s where the real money is — trillions saved that could not only fund hugely expensive health and education programs but also restore budgetary balance.

Except that Obama has offered no real entitlement reform. His universal health care proposal would increase costs by perhaps $1 trillion. Medicare/Medicaid reform is supposed to decrease costs.

Obama’s own budget projections show staggering budget deficits going out to 2019. If he knows his social agenda is going to drown us in debt, what’s he up to?

He has an idea. But he dare not speak of it yet. He has only hinted. When asked in his March 24 news conference about the huge debt he’s incurring, Obama spoke vaguely of “additional adjustments” that will be unfolding in future budgets.

Rarely have two more anodyne words carried such import. “Additional adjustments” equals major cuts in Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid.

Social Security is relatively easy. A bipartisan commission (like the 1983 Alan Greenspan commission) recommends some combination of means testing for richer people, increasing the retirement age and a technical change in the inflation measure (indexing benefits to prices instead of wages). The proposal is brought to Congress for a no-amendment up-or-down vote. Done.

The hard part is Medicare and Medicaid. In an aging population, how do you keep them from blowing up the budget? There is only one answer: rationing.

Why do you think the stimulus package pours $1.1 billion into medical “comparative effectiveness research”? It is the perfect setup for rationing. Once you establish what is “best practice” for expensive operations, medical tests and aggressive therapies, you’ve laid the premise for funding some and denying others.

It is estimated that a third to a half of one’s lifetime health costs are consumed in the last six months of life. Accordingly, Britain’s National Health Service can deny treatments it deems not cost-effective — and if you’re old and infirm, the cost-effectiveness of treating you plummets. In Canada, they ration by queuing. You can wait forever for so-called elective procedures like hip replacements.

Rationing is not quite as alien to America as we think. We already ration kidneys and hearts for transplant according to survivability criteria as well as by queuing. A nationalized health insurance system would ration everything from MRIs to intensive care by a myriad of similar criteria.

The more acute thinkers on the left can see rationing coming, provoking Slate blogger Mickey Kaus to warn of the political danger. “Isn’t it an epic mistake to try to sell Democratic health care reform on this basis? Possible sales pitch: ‘Our plan will deny you unnecessary treatments!’ . . . Is that really why the middle class will sign on to a revolutionary multitrillion-dollar shift in spending — so the government can decide their life or health ‘is not worth the price’?”

My own preference is for a highly competitive, privatized health insurance system with a government-subsidized transition to portability, breaking the absurd and ruinous link between health insurance and employment.

But if you believe that health care is a public good to be guaranteed by the state, then a single-payer system is the next best alternative. Unfortunately, it is fiscally unsustainable without rationing.

Social Security used to be the third rail of American politics. Not anymore. Health care rationing is taking its place — which is why Obama, the consummate politician, knows to offer the candy (universality) today before serving the spinach (rationing) tomorrow.

Taken as a whole, Obama’s social democratic agenda is breathtaking. And the rollout has thus far been brilliant. It follows Kaus’ advice to “give pandering a chance” and adheres to the Democratic tradition of being the party that gives things away, while leaving the green-eyeshade stinginess to those heartless Republicans.

It will work for a while, but there is no escaping rationing. In the end, the spinach must be served.

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When Expenses Outweigh Benefits

April 24, 2009

When Expenses Outweigh Benefits

By INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY | 24 April 2009

Regulation: Should the Environmental Protection Agency place limits on carbon dioxide emissions, the costs to the oil industry, its customers and consumers in general will be stiff. Fighting global warming is not cheap.


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For now, we’ll forget that there’s no reason to go to war against a mythical enemy that has been created through vain imaginings and focus on the expenses humanity will incur in the battle to keep man from heating his planet. Because either through EPA regulation or by legislative initiative, there’s a better than even chance carbon emissions will one day be regulated in America, and those rules won’t come without costs.

But before the rules are carved into the cornerstone of the Washington Monument, it’s policymakers’ duty to take a sober look at the price and determine if demon carbon is worth the prohibition crusade.

U.S. petroleum refineries discharge hundreds of million of tons of CO2 into the sky each year. Oil companies don’t spew carbon into the air out of malice toward the environment or through a misanthropic negligence. They do it to make products, in particular motor fuels, the world demands and the global economy needs if it is to continue growing.

The oil industry employs a complex finishing process for crude and will not be able to simply flip a switch that will reduce its carbon dioxide discharges. It will have to make expensive changes in its operations if it is to keep providing the market with energy. The power it uses to run its refineries and light its buildings will cost more. To comply with regulations, oil companies will likely have to sink resources into new equipment that is not as cost-effective as what they are running now.

At the production level, costs will increase as the industry will no longer have the same economies of scale that keep prices down. With demand being lowered by regulation, the volume that oil companies will be able to spread their costs over will shrink, making each unit more expensive to produce.

Karen Campbell, a macroeconomic policy analyst at the Heritage Foundation, says that to operate within the government-imposed limits oil companies will have to cut their production by “about 2.2% below where it would be in the baseline scenario.” In terms of costs to the industry, “Producers of refined petroleum would see their price index (costs) grow 81% more than the baseline.”

Congressional Democrats and agitators on the left would have the public believe that the additional expenses incurred by the oil industry will come out of the pockets of the obscenely (in their minds) wealthy Big Oil executives. Some of it will. If the companies become less profitable, workers at all levels will lose income.

But consumers, some of whom support CO2 caps, will take a hit, as prices are expected to increase by 28% over the next 20 years. Oil industry workers will be affected, as well, with as many as 14,000 in both the oil and coal industries losing their jobs, Campbell reckons.

Meanwhile, investors, some of whom also support CO2 caps, will find that their investments in the oil industry will lose strength.

“The increase in prices and decline in operations is not only bad for consumers and employees, but also bad for all the owners of these stocks — pension funds, mutual funds, 401(k)s, etc. — who would get an average 3.25 percentage points lower return on their equity — about 11%,” said Campbell.

“The power of compounding makes this loss in return, year over year, significant. A $1 million investment would grow at a slower rate over the 20 years resulting in about $20 million less wealth accumulated for the saver or fund that invested in the petroleum industry.”

It’s hard to see how this trade-off could ever be of any real benefit. In exchange for a decrease in anthropogenic emissions of carbon dioxide, American jobs must be sacrificed; investors will have to expect — and receive — lower returns; capital in an essential sector that needs investment to find and produce new sources will be depressed; and consumers will have no choice but to use a greater share of their incomes for energy.

Washington, as is too often the case, has it wrong on CO2 emissions. It is treating speculation as if it were a genuine emergency. The political leadership needs to stop, take a deep breath and rethink the trendy position on carbon.