Saturday, December 27, 2008
The CIA is reportedly using the "male-enhancement" pill, Viagra, to bribe Afghan warlords and tribal leaders. In lieu of money and other methods, CIA operatives are obtaining information valuable to fighting al-qaida and Taliban from distributing the pharmaceutical.
Who knew? The CIA and the US Military have been hunting down Osama bin Laden and other Taliban and Terrorists for 8 years and we're just now getting intelligence from dirty, old Afghan men?
While the spin from the Obama team is obviously filled with support the troops mumbo jumbo, other outlets have a different take.
Does the military respect their new boss?
As Obama entered the room, it was absent of the regular fanfare of cheering and clapping. The diners were polite, staying seated at their respective tables and waited for the president-elect to come to them to stand up.Maybe it's because he never supported them and told Katie Couric that he still believes the troop surge in Iraq was the wrong idea.
Homeland Security Presents: Grim Terrorism Outlook, 5-year Threat and Border (In)Security Obama Doesn't See How Border Security Is Important
President-Elect Obama once said border security has nothing to do with Homeland Security, Town Hall's Hugh Hewitt reported in 2007.
Harry Reid certainly didn’t want to have this measure voted on, because he didn’t want to look foolish and have the Republican parts of the immigration bill passed around him on an end run, so he asked the chair for a ruling that the Graham amendment be stricken because it wasn’t germane to the original bill.
That’s right, the Democratic leader of the Senate wanted a ruling that border security funding has nothing to do with homeland security funding. All eyes turned to the chair, currently occupied by Barack Obama. Here is what he had to say.
HR: We have to have a ruling here first.
BO: The chair is not aware of an arguably legislative provision in the House bill, HR 2638 [the homeland security funding bill], to which Amendment number 2412 offered by the Senator from South Carolina [the border security funding amendment] could conceivably be germane.
Judd Gregg: So the amendment is germane?
BO: No, that the chair does not believe that the defense of germaneness is appropriately placed at this time.
So there you have it. Senator Barack Obama, the man who is trying to win your vote to be the president of the United States, the commander-in-chief, the man whose primary mission is to protect and defend the country, can’t see how border security has anything to do with homeland security. Unbelievable, but true.
Now, Homeland Security Chief Michael Chertoff warns that the terror threat to the USA remains a real, probable threat. Chertoff cites continuing border security challenges as a major factor.
From USA Today/Associated Press:
The terrorism threat to the United States over the next five years will be driven by instability in the Middle East and Africa, persistent challenges to border security and increasing Internet savvy, says a new intelligence assessment obtained by The Associated Press.
Terrorists will continue to try to evade U.S. border security measures and place operatives inside the mainland to carry out attacks, the 38-page assessment said. It also said that they may pose as refugees or asylum seekers or try to exploit foreign travel channels such as the visa waiver program, which allows citizens of 34 countries to enter the U.S. without visas.
Long waits for immigration and more restrictive European refugee and asylum programs will cause more foreigners to try to enter the U.S. illegally. Increasing numbers of Iraqis are expected to migrate to the U.S. in the next five years; and refugees from Somalia and Sudan could increase because of conflicts in those countries, the assessment said.
Because there is a proposed cap of 12,000 refugees from Africa, officials expect more will try to enter the U.S. illegally as well. Officials predict the same scenario for refugees from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan. Intelligence officials predict the pool of radical Islamists within the U.S. will increase over the next five years due partly to the ease of online recruiting means. Officials foresee "a wave of young, self identified Muslim 'terrorist wannabes' who aspire to carry out violent acts.
Equally alarming, is Obama's choice of Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano to head Homeland Security.
Free Republic gives us the Governor's mixed record she often appears soft on immigration and border security.
Scary times are getting scarier with The Messiah-in-Chief looming on the horizon. Stay vigilant, America. We may need to rely on ourselves for protection.
Terrorist Leader Ahmadinejad claims Jesus would side with Islam.
"In the Name of God the Compassionate, the Merciful.
"Upon the anniversary of the birth of Jesus, Son of Mary, the Word of God, the Messenger of mercy, I would like to congratulate the followers of Abrahamic faiths, especially the followers of Jesus Christ, and the people of Britain.
"The Almighty created the universe for human beings and human beings for Himself.
"He created every human being with the ability to reach the heights of perfection. He called on man to make every effort to live a good life in this world and to work to achieve his everlasting life.
"On this difficult and challenging journey of man from dust to the divine, He did not leave humanity to its own devices. He chose from those He created the most excellent as His Prophets to guide humanity.
"All Prophets called for the worship of God, for love and brotherhood, for the establishment of justice and for love in human society. Jesus, the Son of Mary, is the standard-bearer of justice, of love for our fellow human beings, of the fight against tyranny, discrimination and injustice.
"All the problems that have bedevilled humanity throughout the ages came about because humanity followed an evil path and disregarded the message of the Prophets.
"Now as human society faces a myriad of problems and a succession of complex crises, the root causes can be found in humanity's rejection of that message, in particular the indifference of some governments and powers towards the teachings of the divine Prophets, especially those of Jesus Christ.
"The crises in society, the family, morality, politics, security and the economy which have made life hard for humanity and continue to put great pressure on all nations have come about because the Prophets have been forgotten, the Almighty has been forgotten and some leaders are estranged from God.
"If Christ were on earth today, undoubtedly He would stand with the people in opposition to bullying, ill-tempered and expansionist powers.
"If Christ were on earth today, undoubtedly He would hoist the banner of justice and love for humanity to oppose warmongers, occupiers, terrorists and bullies the world over.
"If Christ were on earth today, undoubtedly He would fight against the tyrannical policies of prevailing global economic and political systems, as He did in His lifetime.
"The solution to today's problems is a return to the call of the divine Prophets. The solution to these crises is to follow the Prophets - they were sent by the Almighty for the good of humanity.
"Today, the general will of nations is calling for fundamental change. This is now taking place. Demands for change, demands for transformation, demands for a return to human values are fast becoming the foremost demands of the nations of the world.
"The response to these demands must be real and true. The prerequisite to this change is a change in goals, intentions and directions. If tyrannical goals are repackaged in an attractive and deceptive package and imposed on nations again, the people, awakened, will stand up against them.
"Fortunately, today, as crises and despair multiply, a wave of hope is gathering momentum. Hope for a brighter future and hope for the establishment of justice, hope for real peace, hope for finding virtuous and pious rulers who love the people and want to serve them – and this is what the Almighty has promised.
"We believe Jesus Christ will return, together with one of the children of the revered Messenger of Islam and will lead the world to love, brotherhood and justice.
"The responsibility of all followers of Christ and Abrahamic faiths is to prepare the way for the fulfilment of this divine promise and the arrival of that joyful, shining and wonderful age.
"I hope that the collective will of nations will unite in the not too distant future and
with the grace of the Almighty Lord, that shining age will come to rule the earth.
"Once again, I congratulate one and all on the anniversary of the birth of Jesus Christ. I pray for the New Year to be a year of happiness, prosperity, peace and brotherhood for humanity. I wish you every success and happiness."
The world is a scary place! We pray for Obama to make the right decisions. We can only hope he does nothing to legitimize Ahmadinejad or terrorists.
"It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama" -- Joe Biden
As Israel launches military strikes against terrorist group Hamas in the Gaza Strip, and tensions build between nuclear powers Pakistan and India and as Mahmoud Ahmadinejad claims Jesus would side with Islam (and against Israel and the United States) we wonder how the President-Elect will handle international crises.
Post your thoughts in the comments section.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Merry Christmas to all! "...with the chang(e)ing, there's nothing to lose."
Nothing To Lose
As organized drumbeats
the seasons comes playing
with all the colors
so fervently swaying.
The season awakens
with texture and feel
such as the colors
that seem so surreal.
In organized fashion
the winter winds blow
the leaves off the trees
with colorful flow.
The rhythms are playing
as an orchestra tuned
to the Fall colors swaying
what my eyes consumed.
All the tasty morsels
of each color seen
are better than any
I've had in a dream.
I can feel the winter winds
now in a rhyme
speaking so fluently
of its own time.
Soon snow will follow
and cover this view
which now this moment
is yellow to blue.
As organized drumbeats
the seasons will prove
that with the changing
there's nothing to lose.
Courtesy of anoldfashionedchristmas.com.
Copyright Bill Pearce.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Washington State Liberalism Strikes Again: Seattle Refuses to Use Salt on Icy Streets, Puget Sound More Important Than Human Safety
Liberal environmentalism opened a new chapter this week in Seattle. Unusually inclement weather brought a big snow storm to parts of Washington State. The Liberal Seattle public works team refuses to use salt to clean its roads, relying instead on "snow packed" roads.
What does this mean? People slip and slide all over the place. Instead of properly removing the snow via normal means, Seattle prefers to let its citizens risk injury and damage to themselves and their cars
The Seattle Times reports:
The icy streets are the result of Seattle's refusal to use salt, an effective ice-buster used by the state Department of Transportation and cities accustomed to dealing with heavy winter snows.
"If we were using salt, you'd see patches of bare road because salt is very effective," Wiggins said. "We decided not to utilize salt because it's not a healthy addition to Puget Sound."
Does anyone else see this as odd? The Puget Sound is more important than driver safety? Can we get back to a society which places more importance on humans than bodies of water?
Tuesday is Rahm day. The Obama Transition Team's internal audit will be released tomorrow.
Reports are indicating that Rahm will be cleared of any wrongdoing, but that he did speak at least once to Blago and on several occasions to Blago's Chief of Staff. But what did Rahm discuss with respect to his own Congressional seat?
The whole thing still stinks of dirty Chicago politics. Obama will not be accused of anything illegal, but the way he has handled his first controversy does not bode well for the next 4 years. His carefully phrased responses and overall silence on the issue seem like he is trying to cover up something. Let's not forget that the Transition Office is not beholden to the Freedom of Information Act which would make all emails, voice mails, etc subject to the public record.
The candidate who ran on transparency sure has a disdain for the media asking him questions related to the scandal. How dare the media question the darling they helped create?
Time will tell and maybe Obama will learn from his mishandling of this scandal so when things actually get rough, he won't be the arrogant, megomaniacal untouchable lawyer he has proven to be so far.
Monday, December 22, 2008
From Newsmax. Interview on Fox News Sunday
WASHINGTON – Vice President Dick Cheney says he's guessing that al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden is still alive.
Bin Laden has escaped capture since the Sept. 11 attacks. Cheney says capturing him is something the Bush administration "clearly would love to do" in the last few weeks in office.
Cheney says he and President George W. Bush would have preferred to have gotten bin Laden right after the attacks in 2001. But Cheney says the U.S. has made progress in undermining the al-Qaida network.
Cheney says bin Laden has been holed up in a such a way that there are questions about whether he is even running the al-Qaida operation.
Cheney spoke on "Fox News Sunday."
Cheney also defended the Bush administration's effort to combat terrorism and the resulting expansion of government to do so.
But Vice President Dick Cheney says what Abraham Lincoln did during the Civil War and what Franklin Roosevelt did during World War II went far beyond what the Bush administration has done.
Cheney says the Bush administration has exercised what he thinks is the legitimate authority of the president's constitutional powers as commander in chief to help defend the country. Cheney is defending policies on detainees, terrorist surveillance and intelligence gathering as justified in a time of war.
It's amazing to us how little respect the Liberals and the moveon.organists have for Cheney. The character assassination on both him and President Bush show nothing than more than how uneducated and blinded the Left have become.
We respect and admire Cheney for his lifetime of service to America.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
"Mr. Warren compared same-sex couples to incest. I found that deeply offensive and unfair. If he was inviting the Rev. Warren to participate in a forum and to make a speech, that would be a good thing. But being singled out to give the prayer at the inauguration is a high honor. It has traditionally given as a mark of great respect. And, yes, I think it was wrong to single him out for this mark of respect."