Thursday, May 31, 2007

Young Women Being Raped & Killed in Muslim Countries

Non-Muslim Girls, their faces exposed, their hair uncovered, how can a Muslim man in Pakistan or Egypt resist the opportunity to Rape these young innocent girls?

In Australia's New South Wales Supreme Court, a visiting Pakistani rapist testified that, "...his victims have no right to say No, when they do not wear head scarves."

Sheik Yusaf al-Qaradawi an Egyptian Scholar in 2004 told the 'London Telegraph', "Female rape victims should be punished if they were dressed immodestly when they were raped...for her to be absolved of guilt, a raped Woman must have shown good."

Lebanese Sheik Faiz Mahmoud gave a lecture in Sydney, Australia and informed his audience, "...rape victims had no one to blame but themselves...Women who wear skimpy clothing invite Men to rape them."

In Copenhagen, Islamic Mufti and Scholar Shahid Mehdi stated in 2005, "...Women who do not wear a head scarf were asking to be raped."

Muslims claim that Woman are to be treated with dignity and respect, how much respect is being afforded to victims of Rape? Under Islamic 'Sharia Law' the law only provides for punishment in cases of adultery and then if "both parties admit to having committed the crime" if this is not the case, four independent witnesses must be found (they must be Male) a pregnancy as a result of a rape counts as evidence of adultery committed by the Woman, the victim then has to prove that she really was raped.

In Iran a 13 year old girl was sold to a Man who forced her into prostitution, at the age of 18 she was arrested and sentenced to death for adultery, her Pimp only paid a fine.

Growing up female in Iran where the law has no respect for Women's Rights, the Iranian authorities marked 'International Women's Day 2007' (the global day connecting all Women throughout the world to inspire all Women to achieve their full potential, observed on March 8) by breaking up a peaceful assembly to honor all Women.

Where is the moral outrage by Rosie O'Donnell, to the abuses of Human Rights by Islamic Fundamentalists upon young women?

Degradation of Women & Islamic Fanaticism

Mahmoud whose life was based upon the victimization of innocent persons was a murderous terrorist thug who taught his disciples that violence towards the 'Infidels' and the Rape and Torture of Women was acceptable behavior.

The "Lunacy of Mahmoud" and the teachings of the Quran, condoned the massacre, raping of Women and plunder of the 'Tribe of Banu-L-Mustaliq' in 626 AD as Mahmoud in a surprise attack killed many members of the tribe, looted and captured up to 500 Women as they were then forced to watch as their Fathers, Sons and Brothers were slaughtered by the invaders. Later that night, Mahmoud and his gang of terrorist thugs raped and tortured all the Women they had captured. Following the brutalization of the Women, one of the captors inquired of Mahmoud, "We were lusting after Women and chastity had become too hard for us so we wanted to use the 'Azl'. (Coitus Interruptus) Mahmoud instructed his disciples, "You are not under any obligation to stop yourself from doing like that. Subsequently the captors paid the Women and children money to save their honor.

Ayatollah Khamenei was born on April 18, 1939 the Islamic leader of Iran and pursued his studies of the debauchery of Mahmoud, the Quran and 'Darsi Kharij' (advanced studies) passionately with Islamic scholars and tutors such as Grand Ayatollah Milani.

Following the Iranian invasion of its neighbor Iraq in September, 1980 it quickly became apparent to the Iranian military planners that its Army was no match for the well armed and better trained Iraqi Army and to compensate for this disadvantage, the Ayatollah Khomeini organized Iranian children (some as young as 12) who became part of the early Basiij to march in formation across the mine fields before every mission. A key was hung around the necks of the children who were told, it would open up the gates of paradise for them should they become martyrs for the
Iranian nation.

Islamic fanaticism taught by Mahmoud and presently taught by the Ayatollah's and Mullah's place no value on human life of Women or Children.

Praising the early Iranian Basiij, Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Khamenei the 'Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran' speaking to the "Families of Martyrs" on May 17, 2007 said, "...the Iranian nations progress and honor are owed to the self-sacrifice, perseverance and commitment of martyrs."

The Basiij today, is a special unit of fanatical terrorist thugs who are deployed throughout Iran enforcing Islamic religious laws of the Mullah's, Basiij form an important political base for President Ahmaddinejad who had served as an instructor of the Basiij during the Iran-Iraq war.

Islamic religious leader Ayatollah Khamenei teaches Basiij students, " keep their vigilance and strong presence on the people at all times...a Basiij individual seeks justice and should call upon the implementation of policies aimed at administrating social justice..."

The Basiij today have been called upon to be Islamic-Religious Police and operate under the control of the Intelligence Ministry. These ruthless band of terrorist thugs are used by the oppressive government of Iran to repress student demonstrations by beating and murdering student demonstrators. In January 2006 there was a published report by the 'Persian Gay and Lesbian Organization' (PGLO) citing evidence that Basiij would throw student demonstrators out of windows to their deaths to thrawt future events by students.

Likewise these Basiij Thugs according to PGLO kidnap and torture the Iranian undesirable community of homosexuals, prostitutes and drunkards.

The morally bankrupt and tyrannical Islamists use propaganda in films and media accusing Israel of kidnapping children so that they can harvest their hearts, kidneys and other useful organs. On the Iranian Shahar Channel, the producer 'Ahmed Mir Alawii' who is also responsible for the film "Zahra's Blue Eyes" which premiered on the same channel in December, 2006 portrayed Israeli physicians operating on Arab children and harvesting their organs for transplants. The Mullahs of Iran condone lying and anti-Israeli propaganda because of their hatred of both the United States and Israel, accusing the United States " practically the main culprit of these tragedies on Arab children."

Ayatollah Khamenei in a message to the student Basiij organization on May 26, 2005 said, "...the officials of the United States who are used to prattling...these morons do not know that whatever they say, the Iranian people will act contrary to that.

In a message to the Islamic World on August 01, 2006 Ayatollah Khamenei threatened the United States saying, "...because of it's support for the Zionist crimes and criminals and because of it's flagrant violation of the Muslim nations' rights, the United States and Zionists should be awaiting on the hard slap and crushing blow of the Muslim Ummah...the Islamic world and Muslim youth in all Islamic countries know that the only way to confront the wild wolf of Zionism and the aggressiveness of the Great Satan is by all out resistance marked by devotion and martyrdom. Submission to the adventurous and belligerent U.S. Politicians will only increase their covetousness and impudence."

The continuing policy of negotiations and appeasement with these Islamic terrorist thugs that are willing to sacrifice the lives of young people by encouraging martyrdom only emboldens continued extremism and fanaticism, endangering the security of the United States, Israel and our Allies.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Preparing for War with Iran

Iran's coastline is approximately 1,516 miles long and during a visit to the port city of Bandar Abbas, Defense Minister Mahmoud Najjar said, "One of the strategies of the defense ministry is to promote our operations and combat forces capabilities by building ships and submarines and through the cooperation with the Gulf states...that the Navy applies creative and innovative methods, uses asymmetric warfare and depends on domestically made products...Iran will use nuclear weapons if threatened by any power."

Of course this all comes at a time when Iran continues to claim that its Nuclear programs are for peaceful energy producing purposes and not military applications.

Approximately 38,000 Men serve in the Iranian conventional Navy and the "Iranian Revolution Guard Corps" (IRGC) under the direction of General Yaha Rahim-Safavi, has said that, "...the plans of the corp is using asymmetric warfare by improving projection capabilities...the Navy wants to improve its missile systems and surveillance capabilities..."

Iran claims that its "peaceful need to protect its own bases and oil facilities." (Including the ones that Iran has attacked and illegally seized) Iran's Navy attacked and took control of a Romanian Oil Platform working in the Persian Gulf in the 'Salman Field'. Iranian President Ahmadinjed has likewise been threatening the United Arab Emirates to help seize other oil platforms close to the Straits of Hormuz, which 20% of the worlds oil supplies move through.

Iran's Naval strength is divided into 2 main forces, one is the Navy within the Iranian Regular Armed Forces and the other with the IRGC. Both forces have been updating and improving their equipment. Iran likewise has a small submarine fleet of Iranian and Russian made submarines which Vladimir Pakhomov, Deputy Director General of 'Rosoboronexport' is helping to modernize the Iranian submarine fleet.

As Iran's submarine fleet continues to modernize, last year it launched a long range missile in a test from a submarine in the Persian Gulf.

The Iranian build up towards war is becoming increasingly evident as it expands its mini-submarine fleet that it manufactures domestically and last year it displayed its latest Patrol Boats (PT Boats) during their military exercises. These PT Boats are an effective naval vessel that could be utilized to attack larger ships. "Joshan" a new PT Boat enjoys the latest technology with a speed of 45 knots and capable of using various missiles and rockets with a range beyond 62 miles and with a high maneuverability to help it escape torpedo's.

The likelihood of a war in the middle east is quite high and if a war is to be waged against the Islamic fundamentalists Iran & Syria, as continued diplomatic efforts appear to be failing, there is a need for the United States and its Allies to continue to build up and re-deploy Naval forces in the region.

Phillip Sherwell writes that "...the U.S. prepares for a military blitz against Iran's Nuclear sites..." ( Daily Telegraph, February 12, 2006) Despite the public posturing of diplomacy, preparations for a military invasion may take months to prepare. An example of this is 'Operation Overland' (D-Day) which officially took 18 months to set the stage of that invasion during W.W.II

As U.S. Naval Forces are being seen building up off the Iranian coast from 3 different strike groups, there is also considerable military movement in the region and build up of Allied Forces as countries such as Italy has re-deployed troops to the region from Iraq. Spanish units are being deployed, German warships (the first German deployment to the middle east since W.W.II) the coalition includes the Governments of Great Britain, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Greece, Netherlands, Turkey, and France.
Both Israel and NATO would play a major roll in any U.S. led invasion, the Naval armada in the region is largely under U.S. Command.

Should an attack on Iran be launched, Israeli Intelligence Mossad has stated, "...from a hypothetical point of view, one should not assume any attack would be just limited to Iranian nuclear facilities, other targets of significant interest that could be attacked would include military bases, oil facilities and certain industrial facilities...the Iranians should not make the assumption that just because they hide a few nuclear sites they are safe, there are enough targets to exact a very heavy price on Tehran, so much so that it would render their entire nuclear exercise a losing proposition."

Many people have argued that with the United States involved in both Afghanistan and Iraq, the United States doesn't have the means to implement an attack on Iran. Uzi Arad, former Director of Mossad Intelligence Unit said, "...Iranians should not view Americas troubles in Iraq as an impediment to its ability to attack Iran...the Iranian planners should not make the easy assumption that Iraq will hamper United States efforts, Iraq gives the United States a good staging base and certain important strategic and tactical air campaign could be launched from Iraq."

Should Iran be permitted to proceed with its nuclear programs, it will be disastrous for the entire world as it will place nuclear weapons in the hands of a totalitarian regime under the mystical direction of an apocalyptic Mahmoud Ahmadinjed and its Allies of Arab Terrorist Thugs who continue to wage their savage assault of 'Jihad" upon the Infidels.

Islam rejects reason as a means of gaining knowledge, it holds, "that all important truths are grasped by faith in the supernatural beings and sacred texts." The Quran explicitly states,"that knowledge comes from revelation, not thinking..." Islam advocates the subordination of every sphere of life, legal, politics, economics, family life and its religious dogma. The individual is not to think independently but to selflessly subordinate themselves to the dictates of Islamic religion and its theocracy.

The "War on Terror" is a War on Islam which has declared that all individuals should be subjugated to Islamic law worldwide and the killing of any Infidels that stand in their way.

Military force must be utilized in the preservation of our culture, self-defense against a country and its allies that intend to harm us. The adoption of a pacifist stand or to engage in endless negotiations that result in nothing but providing an enemy an opportunity to strengthen its military and nuclear programs will only result in surrender to the Islamic fascists and the world to an Islamic extremists brutality.

Al-Qaida's Connection with Iran

The relationship between Al-Qaida and Iran dates back to June, 1996 when Osama bin-Laden attended a terrorism summit in Tehran with other Islamic fascists such as Ahmed Jibril (Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and connected to the bombing of Pan Am # 103 in December, 1988 which claimed the lives of 269 innocent persons and Andrea Rosenthal); Ahmed Salah (Egyptian Islamic Jihad); Mahmoud Ali Ahmad (Al-Qaida) Mustafa al-Liddawi (Hamas); Imad Mugniyah (Hezbollah) just to name some of Arab Terrorist Thugs in attendance to plan and coordinate attacks on both the United States and Israel.

Israeli Mossad has reported that Al-Qaida has already obtained nuclear suitcase bombs from the Russian Black Market (weapons tested in Afghanistan in 2000) and Al-Qaida has numerous 'sleeper cells' in the United States waiting on the Order to detonate the suitcase bombs against innocent Americans. Many of these Al-Qaida terrorists are believed to be Algerian and Chechean who obtained European passports and are masquerading as Christians and Jews.

Two weeks ago, the Intl. Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported that Iran is currently enriching uranium on a production level never before seen, at its Natanz Nuclear Facility and Iranian Nuclear Engineers were already using 1,300 centifuges and are producing fuel that may be used in reactors.

A single centifuge can only enrich a very small amount of uranium so many are linked to form a chain (called a cascade) when uranium is enriched it can be used to form an explosive core for a nuclear weapon.

Andrew Grotto, Senior Natl. Security Analyst at the Washington based 'Center for American Progress' said, "...about 3,000 centifuges are needed to produce enough enriched uranium to make 1 bomb."

William Graham, Ph.D. (Science Adviser to Pres. Reagan) said, "...Iran is developing nuclear weapons and has already tested ballistic missiles that are designed specifically to destroy the infrastructure of the United States...the radical Shiite regime has conducted successful testing to determine if their 'Shahab 3' ballistic missiles were capable of carrying a nuclear war head that can be detonated by a remote control device in high altitude...there is no other explanation for conducting such tests than the planning and preparation for the deployment of electromagnetic pulse weapons that can knock out Americas critical electrical and technological infrastructure effectively sending the United States back to the 19th Century with a recovery time of months to years."

By launching such a missile from an Iranian freighter off the United States coastline and in International Waters, there is little risk of being detected and no risk of smuggling such a device into the United States.

Dr. Graham added, " electromagnetic pulse attack on the United States would interact with the earths atmosphere producing electromagnetic pulse radiating down to the earths surface at the speed of light, knocking out an already stressed power grid...if electrical power is knocked out and circuit boards fried, telecommunications are disrupted, energy deliveries are curtailed, the financial system break downs, food, water and gasoline become scarce."

This loss of energy would result in devastation to our society as telecommunications would become nearly impossible, lack of refrigeration would result in food rotting in warehouses, motorists would be unable to purchase fuel as gasoline is pumped by electricity, there would be an inability to sanitize and distribute fresh drinking water which would threaten public health.

Islamic fascists are eager to continue to wage their 'Jihad' against the United States which they see as the 'Big Satan' and Israel as the 'Little Satan' these Jihadists believe fervently that Islam is the revealed word of Allah and that their selfless submission to Allah is their purpose in life. Islamic fascists teach that "...all individuals should be subjugated to Islamic law under a theocracy, spreading the rule of Islam worldwide and killing any 'Infidels' who stand in the way of Islam." These present day fascists are morally outraged by the American ideal of individual liberty and regard for our capitalistic culture and see it as an evil that must be destroyed by any means possible---even by an electromagnetic pulse attack on the United States.

We must defend ourselves against this militant, zealous movement and must have the resolve to destroy with a devastating blow these present day fascists--Iran and her allies, in our defense of freedom.

The continuing policy of appeasement with terrorists nations such as Iran has only encouraged Islamic extremism as the Arab terrorists have waged a war murdering thousands of innocent people in both the United States and Israel and other free and open democratic societies.

As the present day fascists continue to march forward in their quest for Islamic totalitarianism, these Muslim fundamentalists are waging a war against the United States, Israel and our free and open democratic allies. Iran continues to finance insurgents that are killing United States and Allied Forces in both Afghanistan and Iraq and innocent other persons throughout the world. Our enemy is Islam and the radical ideals of Mahmoud Ahmadinjed, Osama bin-Laden and their gangs of Islamic Terrorist Thugs such as the PLO, Hamas, Hezbollah and Al-Qaida.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Apocalyptic Iranian President Ahmadinejad

Iranian President Ahmadinejad who has denied the Holocaust and has announced to the world that Israel will one day be "wiped from the map" believes in a mystical ideology of the return of the 12th Imam known as 'Mahdi' who has been said to have gone into occlusion at the age of 5 in 875 AD and his return will be preceded by a cosmic chaos, war, bloodshed and pestilence and following the cataclysmic confrontation the 'Mahdi' will lead the world to universal peace.

When Mr, Ahmadinejad became President of Iran, he pledged $20 Million Dollars to the 'Jamkaran Mosque' a popular site for the Islamic faith who may drop their missives into the Hidden Imam--the Holy Well for the Mahdi. A recent addition is one written by President Ahmadinejad and signed by his entire ruling Cabinet.

The 'Mullahs' currently are teaching the "Signs of Qiyama" are the signs for the end of times, some of these signs include: a Brother in the west may be able to speak to a Brother in the east; Women would be singing and dancing everywhere; Women would abort children; Homosexuality; Dajjal (Deceiver) would leap through the clouds, wade across the oceans and bring back the dead. In the 1980's the Mullahs interpreted these prophesies were fulfilled with the inventions of the telephone, airplanes, railroads, highways and ships and restoring the dead meant the discovery of medicines.

Since the Mullahs are teaching that there is no future, Islamic extremists have been willing to volunteer for 'Mahdi's Army' and fly airplanes into buildings on 9/11 and strap explosives to themselves and walk into public buildings and blow themselves up in Israel, the Best Friend the United States has in the middle east.

Iranian General Mahmoud Kossari who heads the Security Bureau said last year, "...we have identified all the weak points of our enemies and have sufficient cannon fodder (suicide bombers) in Mahdi's Army ready to strike at sensitive locations."

Iran's most influential cleric 'Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hasemi-Rafsanjani has told Muslims in Tehran, "...a day comes when the world of Islam is duly equipped with the arms of Israel has in it's possession the strategy of colonialism will face a stale mate because the application of an atomic bomb would not leave anything in Israel...Jews shall once more be scattered and wandering around the globe when they are extracted from the region of the Muslim world."

Islam is very clever in their pursuit to destroy Israel by the use of terrorists waging a 'Jihad' and feeding the numerous dedicated Liberals' with propaganda in the United States and Western Democracies, that the anti-terrorism steps being taken violate both peoples civil liberties and human rights.

The 'Islamic News Agency' has reported that President Ahmadinejad as saying, "...everybody knows the Zionist regime was created to establish dominion of arrogant states over the region and to enable the enemy to penetrate the heart of the Muslim land...the illegitimate regime is on the verge of disappearing. The Intifada of the Palestinians' will continue until the cause of the Palestinians' is materialized, there is no doubt the Palestinian nation and Muslims as a whole will emerge victorious."

Addressing about 4,000 students gathered at the Interior Ministry Conference Hall, President Ahmadinejad has called for "...Palestinian unity, resistance and a point where the annihilation of the Zionist regime will come. The Islamic umma (community) will not allow its historic enemy to live in its heartland...we should not settle for a piece of land, anyone who signs a treaty with the Zionists which recognize the entity of Israel means he has signed the surrender of the Muslim world...any leaders in the Islamic umma who recognize Israel face the wrath of their own people."

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad views himself as the 'Mahdaviat' (Rightly Guided One) which is the word derived from the Mahdi and following a speech to the United Nations in September, 2005 he said upon his return to Iran, " of our group told me that when I started to say O mighty Lord, he saw a light around me and I was placed in an aura, I felt it myself..."

Mossad is raising concerns that President Ahmadinejad mystical preoccupation with the coming of the Shiite Islamic messiah figure (Mahdi) that a nuclear armed Iran could trigger the kind of global conflagration he envisions that will set the stage for the end of the world.

During a speech in November, 2005 President Ahmadinejad said that he sees his "...main mission as paving the path for the glorious reappearance of Mahdi, may Allah hasten his reappearance."

Hamiderza Taraghi, Head of the Islamic Coalition Society has said, "A top priority of President Ahmadinejad is to challenge America which is trying to impose itself as the final salvation of the human being and insert its unjust Zionist state in the Muslim region...the United States is trying to place itself as the new Mahdi, this will mean no peace with Iran."

Meir Amit, Former Chief of Israeli Intelligence Mossad (now retired) said in February, "...Ahmadinejad is the pusher of the Muslim world towards fanaticism and civilization is on the verge of World War III, a massive conflict in which the Islamic world is attempting to impose its ideology on Western nations...I am worried about a regional war but we need to look at the bigger picture and see that Islam is fighting in Western nations, look at the terror in Spain, France, London and the United States."

Mossad Chief Amit further said, "...the issue of suspension of Iran's nuclear activities is not acceptable under any condition, Iran will never agree to suspend...Iran is currently fostering region-wide instability funding and aiding insurgency against U.S. Troops in Iraq (fighting a proxy war) and directing the Lebanese Hezbollah militia and funding Palestinian terrorism in Israel...Mr. Ahmadinejad believes himself to have a mystical movement and that he needs to prepare the way for a return of Mahdi.

"Persons with a preoccupation with apocalyptic end of the world teaching and practices, may feel that they are personally responsible for leading the messianic age believing that they are special agents of God with a divinely inspired mission. These religious themes and teachings are often misinterpreted by people experiencing emotional problems. (DSM-IV, 1994) American Psychiatric Assn.

Yossi Halevi & Michael Oren writing for the 'Shalem Center' in Israel said, "In denying the Holocaust, Ahmadinejad aims to undermine what he believes to be the sole justification for Israel's existence. In the years before W.W. II Nazi propagandists prepared Europe for the 'Final Solution' by dehumanizing Jews. Today President Ahmadinejad is preparing the Muslim world for the destruction of Israel by delegitmizing its history, also Holocaust denials are aimed at the threatening to destroy Israel and by attaining the means to do so, Iran violates the twin taboos on which the post W.W. II order was built: never again Auschwitz; never again Hiroshima. The international community has an opportunity to uphold that order, if it fails, Israel will have no other choice but to uphold its role as a refuge of the Jewish people..."

The United States may be the last hope in stopping tyrannical Islam from escalating the current war into an apocalypse brought on by a mentally unstable President Ahmadinejad.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Iran the Nuclear Menace to World Security

In April 2006 Iranian President 'Mahmoud Ahmadinejad' posed for photos with a vial of Uranium Gas to confirm to the world that enrichment had occurred. While President Ahmadinejad has claimed to the world that Iran's Nuclear program is merely for peaceful purposes, one must examine closer Mr. Ahmadinejad claims in light of other things he has said.

In 2005 Mahmoud Ahmadinejad issued an 'annihilation warning to Israel' calling for Israel to be wiped off the map, previously he said, "...Israel is a rotten tree that could be blown away by a single storm..." Mr. Ahmadinejad restated his desire to see "...Israeli Jews resettled in Europe..." with the warning, "...this fake regime cannot logically continue to live..."

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad views himself as the 'Mahdaviat' which the word is derived from Mahdi and in Arabic means the "Rightly Guided One" and when addressing the United Nations in September, 2005 he concluded his remarks with a prayer for 'Mahdi's Appearance': "O mighty Lord, I pray to you to hasten the emergence of your last repository, the Promised One, that perfect and pure being, the one that will fill the world with justice and peace."

On returning to Iran, President Ahmadinejad recalled the U.N. Speech this way, " of our group told me that when I started to say O mighty Lord, he saw a light around me and I was placed in an aura, I felt it myself. I felt the atmosphere suddenly change and for those 27 or 28 minutes the leaders of the world did not blink...they were rapt. It seemed as if a hand was holding them there and had opened their eyes to receive the message from the Islamic Republic."

According to Amir Mohebian (political editor of Resalat Newspaper) "Mahadviat is a code for the revolution...if I think Mahdi will come in 2 or 3 or 4 years why should I be soft? Now is the time to be strong and be heard."

Hamiderza Taraghi of the Islamic Coalition Society has said, "Mr. Ahmadinejad desires to create a powerful model state based on Islamic democracy...he has predicted trouble ahead unless the Americans fundamentally change their ways."

Iran's support for international terrorist groups such as 'Hamas' and it's calling for the destruction of Israel should set off alarm bells across the world.

Fawzi Barhoum of Hamas in Gaza declared this week, "...that it was signed and sealed within the party that Israel would be wiped off the map and replaced with a Palestinian State...rockets and missiles are the means of removing Israel."

As Tehran and it's terrorist puppets escalate the conflict in Israel, Israeli Intelligence (Mossad) has recognized the following: (a) Tehran has instigated the violence and recent terror attacks to distract the worlds attention from it's nuclear program; (b) all of the terrorist activities are being organized by Iran which pays for all of the military training and weapons being launched against Israeli civilians; (c) Israeli Defense Forces have located tunnels underneath the 'Philadelphi Corridor' in which Hamas trained terrorists have smuggled weapons and long range rockets into Gaza; (d) Mossad estimates that Iran may be much closer in the development of nuclear weapons than CIA estimates and Iran may master the technology to produce nuclear weapons within the next 2 years and not the 5-10 years estimated by the CIA.

Given the repeated threats by President Ahmadinejad, of Israel's right to exist and the latest threats this week by Hamas calling for the destruction of Israel, these repeated threats must be taken very seriously.

Iran's nuclear menace is far reaching and not just limited to Israel. Mordechai Kedar, Ph.D. a researcher at 'Ben-Han University' at the Begin-Sadat Centre for Strategic Studies reported last week, "...Iran poses a grave threat to the Australian national security...Tehran aims to combine it's nuclear capabilities with submarines and missiles...Australia isn't any more distant than the rest of the world. One submarine in the Indian Ocean, another in the Atlantic and a third in the Pacific, at a distance that would allow Iranian subs to hit Tokyo, Sydney, New York or London and Iran will rile the world..." Dr. Kedar has further said, "...Irans's primary target is not Israel but rather the Persian Gulf which Tehran aims to control with the help of Shi'ite communities in Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Iraq...Iran's nuclear facilities can still be destroyed by air without the need of a land invasion."

Former Israeli PM and Likuid Party Head 'Benjamin Netanyahu' who visited the United States earlier this year has encouraged the world to apply economic pressures on Iran which Mr. Netanyahu said, "...Tehran is extremely vulnerable to economic pressures and the West must through divestment pull the plug on investing in the American people are invested in Iran, not directly as that is against U.S. law rather through pension, savings plans and other diversified investment dollars...mostly through European companies that do business with Iran. By insisting that investment dollars not be used in Iran, the American people can send a powerful and effective message...for some European companies, the decision to pull the plug on investing in Iran will be more painful but these companies will adapt quickly to a divestment environment...the blow to Tehran could prove fatal as fewer and fewer companies will enter Iran as more and more investment dollars leave the country and technology that it purchases will dry up. Tehran will face a stark choice, change it's policies to win back investment or maintain it's policies and face economic collapse...divestment against Iran is right for the same reason why divestment from Nazi Germany in the 1930's and 1940's would have been the right thing to do."

Islamic extremism is being exported to the USA as 'Al-Qaida' is aggressively recruiting Americans to convert to Islam as Al-Qaida attempts to lower it's Arab profile and to reduce the odds that it's terror cells operating within the United States will be subjected to security scrutiny. Non-Arab Al-Qaida operatives could find it easier to operate since they may not fit typical profiles. In the latest message from Al-Qaida's #2, Dr. Ayman al Zawahiri, he clearly seeks to sow the political and racial discontent among African Americans as he has made frequent references to 'Malcom X' and which he has said, "...I want African Americans in the USA to know that they are waging a Jihad to lift oppression from all mankind and to follow the example of Malcom X who was not afraid to sacrifice his life to fight American oppression. Freedom is something that you have to do for yourself, the price of freedom is death."

Dr. Zawahiri focus may be benefiting from the input of 'Adam Gadahn" from Southern California and a caucasian convert to Islam and currently a Senior Member of Al-Qaida's media committee. Mr. Gadahn is currently wanted by the FBI for Treason against the United States having been now indicted in Federal Court in California and the first American since 1952 to have been indicted for Treason. More may be learned about Adam Gadahn at:

In a taped message, Mr. Gadahn warns, "...imminent attacks on America unless the USA halts it's military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan..." Mr. Gadahn likewise threatens Great Britain and Australia and on the rest of his tape, Mr. Gadahn attempts to dispel rumors that Osama bin Laden is dead and he closes by mentioning the names of the 9/11 hijackers who flew passenger planes into buildings in New York and Washington and then concludes saying, "Everyone is Mahmoud Atta."

Iran is a very real and serious threat to global peace and security as it continues to export terrorism through it's network throughout the world and through operatives within the United States. This threat must be taken very seriously and must not be ignored hoping that somehow everything will just work itself out.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Fraud at the Gasoline Pump

On the 10th of May, 2007 Kentucky Atty General (Greg Stumbo) filed suit against Marathon Petroleum Company and it's subsidiary Speedway/SuperAmerica, alleging that they have overcharged motorists purchasing fuel in Kentucky by more than $89 Million Dollars in violation of the states 'Consumer Protection Act' following hurricanes Katrina & Rita in 2005. (See: Commonwealth of Kentucky, Ex Rel Gregory Stumbo, Atty General v. Marathon Petroleum Co. , LLC. et. al. Case No. 07-C1-00751, Franklin Circuit Ct. Division 11)

Following an 18 month long extensive investigation, Mr. Stumbo uncovered, "...evidence of massive overcharging of the Defendants as Marathon Oil Co. reported in January 2006 that, refining, marketing and transportation rose from $398 Million Dollars for the 4th Qtr. 2004 to $1.166 Billion Dollars for the 4th Qtr. 2005...the increase was primarily due to a higher refining and wholesale marketing margin realized in the 3rd Qtr. due to the impact that hurricanes Katrina and Rita had on refined product margins..."

While Americans are paying ever increasing fuel costs, between 2001-2006 the Top 5 Oil Companies have recorded profits in excess of $342 Billion Dollars and no oil company is turning any of those massive profits into consumer savings.

Rep. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has written, "...these record breaking prices have a devastating impact on millions of Americans who are struggling to make ends meet. Senior citizens and lower income individuals...will lose a significant part of their pay checks if we do not stop price gouging by Big Oil...the time is long over due for Congress to take real action that will lower prices at the pump..."

Hold the phone! Tax collection on the production and import of gasoline by federal and state governments are at record levels and government has collected more than $1.34 Trillion Dollars in taxes during the last 30 years from motorists.

For all the hype by 'Members of Congress' one has to really wonder how really serious the Democratic Majority is about taking any form of significant legislative action to help the American consumer? Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) who is likewise running for President will be hosting Congressional Sub-Committee Hearings starting June 07, 2007 on gasoline concerns.

As American motorists are getting squeezed at the pump by oil companies and paying massive sums to both federal and state tax coffers, it has been reported in the 'LA Times' (Not Just Inflated Prices but Inflated Fuel--May 09, 2007) " fuel expands when temperatures rise...gasoline station nozzles don't adjust for this change and motorists and truckers end up with less energy...motorists could be losing 3 cents of every gallon...with drivers in the State of California using almost 16 Billion gallons of fuel a year...could be costing them nearly $480 Million Dollars annually..." in additional costs.

The U.S. Govt. defines a gallon of gasoline: "At 60 degrees a gallon is 231 cubic inches." When fuel is warmer than 60 degrees the liquid which motorists are paying for expands when it is cooler it contracts.

Gasoline expands or contracts 1% for every 15 degrees change in fuel temperatures (Diesel volume changes 0.6%) According to the Natl. Institute of Standards and Technology.

Oil companies that are reporting record profits could fix this problem by installing equipment that recalculates volumes based upon fuel temperatures but this would of course cut into their profit margins.

As the price of a fuel edges closer to $4.00 a gallon, consumers must demand that they are receiving all of the gasoline that they are actually purchasing.

Oil companies have realized 'Rigging Production' by restricting supplies, that they can continue to realize higher and higher profits as the American consumer has no other choice but to pay the ever increasing price at the pump.

According to the 'Congressional Quarterly' Energy Political Action Committees (PAC's) have already donated in 2007 $1,118.686.00 to the "Pan Handlers" of the Democratic Party and $1,290,036.00 to the Republican Party.

Likewise Clarence Cazalot, CEO of 'Marathon Petroleum Co.' has donated $5,000.00 to the Democratic Senatorial Committee in 2006; $8,500.00 to Sen. Mary Landrieu, (D-LA) between 2002-2004 and has made political donations of $104,334.00 in total to both Democrats and Republican "Pan Handlers" during the last 10 years.

A little more than $100,000.00 is a small price to pay to political coffers when the rewards are so lucrative.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Disposable People Unhealthy Lives

Thanks to society and our voracious drive for instant gratification, our relationships with each other are becoming a mess. We have learned to treat one another as disposable diapers and trash bags and we as a society are becoming so self absorbed in our own frail images, that we have forgot, other people do matter.

Friends are an essential part of our lives but in our 'Me, Myself & I Generation' we have choked off the virtues of building lasting relationships with one another and often wonder why that nearly 50% of all marriages end in divorce in our nation.

Women tend to have relationships with other Women but Men have fewer confidants outside the family and according to an online study in 'Mens Health' (5-18-07) "Men mask their pain and men experience more depression, distress and anxiety after a break-up of a relationship...then Women do as Women tend to cry after a break up..."

Not maintaining friendships poses the same risks to ones health as high blood pressure, obesity and smoking. During the last 20 years both sexes have established fewer confidants, "Women & Men of every race and educational level report fewer intimate friends and this can lead to more mental and physical problems..." according to a study co-authored by Lynn Smith-Lovin, a Socialogist at Duke University.

We are not connecting to one another, we lead sheltered lives and are isolated from our neighbors. On March 31, 2007 the 'LA Times' reported that in South Hampton, NY "...a blind man died alone in front of his television set in a lounge chair...a neighbor called Police only after she noticed a pipe had burst at his house..." Authorities concluded that they man had been deceased for at least 13 months.

Is it any wonder why crime accounts for more deaths, injuries and loss of property than all natural disasters according to FBI crime statistics.

Likewise suicide in the USA is at epidemic rates and much of this is attributed to loneliness of society with over 30,000 suicides annually, with males completing suicide 4 times more often than females and suicides are highest among divorced and separated than married individuals.

Do people really care about other's than themselves? In our isolated and self-indulgent society do we really want to know other people?

According to a study by the 'Institute of Social Research at the University of Michigan' over 50% of Americans consider religion to be very important in their lives and according to the '2005 Year Book of American & Canadian Churches' the Catholic church in the USA with 67.2 million members is the largest group of all other religious bodies. Does church teaching really affect peoples everyday lives?

The scriptures teach us "To Love the Lord our God and to Love our Neighbor..." Mark 12:28-31 and to "Love one another..." John 13:34-35

Too many Americans appear to have little to no interest in their neighbors next door or in our global neighborhood. Many in our society do not speak kindly about our Brethren across the boarder in Mexico, or neighbors across the ocean in China, Japan or in the many other nations on our tiny planet that we call earth. Many persons choose to selectively interpret the scriptures to mean something other than what the 'Good Rabbi Jesus' taught.

How will society ever be able to see others as equal if one continues to teach divisions? "Jiao ge peng you duo tiao lu shu ge di ren duo du qiang." (A friend made is a road paved an enemy created is a wall built.) Chinese Proverb

"The more people meet, the more they understand one another and the more they are exposed to other cultures and diversity, people become friends and trade as friends and welcome one another as partners." Chen Simeng, CRI News, China, Shanghai

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Immigration Fuels the American Economy

Many educators often credit Christopher Columbus with the Discovery of America in 1492 however archaeologists have unearthed discoveries from the Chinese Ming Dynasty that Explorer 'Zheng He' may have actually discovered the New World nearly 70 years before Columbus set sail. Artifacts unearthed in what is now New York and Boston show evidence of Zheng He's fleet of ships.

Father Junipero Serra (Founder of the California Missions) was born in 1713 and at the age of 16 became a Monk, some twenty years later Father Serra was determined to become a Missionary in the 'New World' and at the age of 54 was given charge to establish the California Missions.

Some 500 years after Chinese Explorer Zheng He, Discovered America and 238 years after the founding of the California Missions by Father Serra from Majorea of the Kingdom of Spain, many Americans are choosing to forget our rich heritage that we are a land of immigrants.

In the sometimes heated debate about immigration and the political rhetoric we have become all too familiar with, public sentiment often wants to cast blame on immigration as the chief culprit of all the many problems we are experiencing.

One of the biggest myths about immigration is that foreign born nationals steal jobs away from Americans that are desperately seeking employment opportunities and that immigrants are responsible for the ever increasing costs of social welfare.

Contrary to this myth, the U.S. Dept. of Labor (prepared by the Bush Administration) reports that Immigrants pay over $90 Billion Dollars in taxes every year and only receive about $5 Billion in social welfare programs.

Immigration is fueling the American economy and during periods of high immigration, we have experienced high economic growth in the United States. As reported in the 'Washington Times' (May 01, 2006) '...during the late 90's when immigration surged to a peak of 1.5 million entrants a year, economic growth picked up by more than 4% a year and unemployment fell to below 4% the lowest level in a generation. By contrast, when immigration dropped dramatically after 9/11 to about 1 million a year, economic growth stagnated and the job market sank into a recession and a sluggish recovery. The jobs recession finally receded in 2004 about the time that immigration picked up again to 1.2 million...'

Without immigrants we would have a declining labor force in the United States, immigration is crucial for the continued strength of our present growing economy.

Currently we are experiencing a crack down of undocumented workers, when in May, 2006 the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security began an operation called 'Return to Sender' where Immigration Agents have netted more than 18,000 individuals nationwide and in Los Angeles County, Agents have detained more than 1,500 people, tearing apart families.

Economists have argued that not only does the United States benefit from the lower costs as a result of the lower wages undocumented workers are paid but the availability of lower wage labor helps to create more job opportunities for higher skilled and higher paid workers who tend to be native born.

During the crack down by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) shortages of undocumented workers needed to harvest the lettuce crop in California resulted in what some farmers estimated to be a $1 Billion Dollar loss for the industry and this resulted in higher prices for the consumer.

In 2006 Congress passed legislation for the construction of a massive wall between the United States and Mexico that will cost tax-payers $1.2 Billion Dollars to build even though wide gaps will exist in the wall in such places as Tribal Lands that may not permit the construction of a wall.

This boon doggle legislation enacted by Congress with wide bi-partisan support helps to facilitate the continued exploitation of undocumented workers by helping to foster a continued atmosphere of distrust of the government within immigrant communities.

A 1994 study of 'Unemployment and Immigration' by Richard Vedder and Lowell Galloway of Ohio University, spanning 100 years (from 1891-1991) concluded, '...that higher rates of foreign born population historically have corresponded to lower unemployment rates...that immigrants expand total output and the demand for labor, tends to be highly more productive and helps to promote capital formation through higher savings rates.'

Immigration contributes to the strength of our economy by helping to keep overall costs lower which helps to spur continued investment, further development and growth of our economy.

We are a land of immigrants and we are all better off in our land of rich culture and diversity by our many new friends that choose to live and work with us in this great land of freedom and opportunity.

Our 110th Do Nothing Congress

In the opening hours of the 110th Congress, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) promised a marathon 100 hours in the opening days in which Democrats were going to 'hit the ground running', passing legislation to ensure the most open and honest Congress in the nations history.

At first the Democrats' domestic agenda appeared to be sailing through the
House with overwhelming bi-partisan support for Homeland Security initiatives, a higher federal minimum wage and student loan interest rate cuts only to have these bills stall in the Democratic controlled Senate. Not a single priority of the Democrats' agenda has been enacted into law.

Nancy Pelosi's Congress is not much different than many before her. Harry Truman called the Congress in his time the 'Do Nothing Congress' and since then salaries for Members of Congress have steadily risen from $12,500.00 to $165,200.00

So to be fair our 'Do Nothing Congress' does know how to increase their own pay and spend the peoples money.

From 1789 to 1815 Members of Congress only received a per diem of $6.00 a day while in session. In 1989 Congress passed a resolution allowing for automatic pay raises unless specifically voting to reject the pay increase.

In the 'Wall Street Journal' (Nov. 11, 1999) Albert Hunt wrote about the 'Sorry 106th' Congress and said, "...the majority showed they cared more about campaign contributors than voters. Among the items side tracked were a patient bill of rights and campaign finance reform..." (Of course between 1998-2000 Congressional salaries rose from $136,700.00 to $141,300.00)

Former Congressman Joe Scarborough who was the first Republican to represent Northwest Florida since 1873 was elected to Congress in 1994 and wrote in the 'Wall Street Journal' (Sept. 23, 2004) "Ten years ago the Republican congressional candidates like me were running as Washington outsiders, promising to balance the budget...We campaigned against the Imperial Congress and promised Americans that if we got elected, we would be different. We lied."

In 2004 Joe Scarborough published 'Rome Wasn't Burnt in a Day' which provides an inside look into what really goes on behind closed doors in Washington and how this contributes to reckless federal spending. Currently Mr. Scarborough may be seen nightly on his program 'Scarborough Country' on MSNBC

From 2001-2004 runaway federal spending in the Republican controlled Congress increased 25% to an average cost of $20,000.00 per household (Defense spending since the attack on 9/11 amounted to less than 50% of the federal spending increases) So where has all the money gone?

In 2006 the Republican controlled Congress included money in spending bills:

$13.5 Million Dollars for an Irish group that funds the 'World Toilet Summit'
$6.4 Million Dollars for 'Wood Utilization Research'
$1 Million for water free urinals
$500,000.00 for a Tea Pot Museum in Sparta, NC
$100,000.00 for the 'Richard Steele Boxing Club' in Henderson, NV

Today's Congress under the management of Nancy Pelosi has insisted that she be provided regular use of Air Force passenger jets which she claims is required for her security. Former Republican House Speaker Dennis Hastert relied upon Air Force commuter type jets which he gained access to following the 9/11 attacks.

In recent weeks, the Democratic House have included a provision in a water development bill that will benefit property in which Nancy Pelosi's husband owns in San Francisco. This $15 Billion Dollar 'Water Resources Development Act' passed the House by a vote of 394-25 and pays for hundreds of projects across the country.

It is business as usual in Washington, sending Congressional Pork home and in Nancy Pelosi's case, she has learned how to bring home the bacon quite literally.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Chasing Indecency & Self Indulgence

In 1988 when Senator Gary Hart withdrew from the Presidential Race because of his affair with Donna Rice he told Staffers, "...through thoughtlessness and misjudgment I've let each of you down and I deeply regret that..."

About two decades later in this country, we seem to have lost any moral compass for decency, society has no shame and one has to fear that we may becoming desensitized by immodesty.

Last week XM Satellite Radio hosts, "Opie & Anthony" (Greg 'Opie' Hughes & Anthony Cumia) broadcast on their program remarks by a guest named "Homeless Charlie" in which the guest said that he wanted to sexually assault Condelezza Rice, Laura Bush & Queen Elizabeth. During this interview Greg Hughes and Anthony Cumia laughed when they imagined the "violation and horror" of the sexual assault on Dr. Rice as she would be punched in the face.

This was not the first time this morally bankrupt pair were responsible for airing sexually explicit remarks, in 2002 they were fired by CBS for running a contest in which they said two listeners had sex in St. Patrick's Cathedral.

While Greg Hughes & Anthony Cumia have made public apologies for their outrageous behavior, are we to take their apology seriously? It has been said by one wiser than I, "actions speak louder than words."

Likewise only one month after CBS fired Don Imus for making insensitive remarks about the Rutgers Womens Basketball Team, CBS Radio has terminated Jeff Vandergrift & Dan Lay ("The Dog House with JV & Elvis") after these two made racial slurs and disparaging remarks about Chinese in a prank phone call rife with offensive Asian sterotypes broadcast on WFNY-FM (in New York City)

This frequent exposure to sexual innuendo, bigotry, violence and graphic reality of instant news on television, radio and the Internet may have attributed to the desensitization in society, acceptance and tolerance of bad behavior and punitive action only occurs when there is a public outcry. If there is no public outrage for inappropriate conduct, there appears to be no consequence and---society will have validated indecent behavior.

Take for example the public advertisement which Ray Peterson of "Peterson Thermal Equipment Company" in Columbus, Ohio ran in 2006 which Mr. Peterson advertised for College Cuties to deliver food to his offices and he wanted the would be employees to,"...just inside the door you drop your coat and reveal you are wearing very little. A little flirting, neck rub and serving up the food..." Mr. Peterson offered to pay $75.00 for this indecent proposal.

These events provide an insight into how far society has traveled down the road of moral decadence, a path of immoral and intellectual discipline, the corrosive decline and erosion of moral traditions. Decadent societies are often times economically prosperous though usually have serious social and economic inequalities.

Former President Bill Clinton skillfully dismissed the scandalous indecent conduct of his administration by claiming it was irrelevant to the governing of the country.

Since the lack of virtue, modesty, discipline and respect for decency by Bill Clinton during his White House years, has society benefited or have we spiraled downward?

Sadly society has earned the consequences by our lack of moral discipline and today we are facing a creeping barrage of bigoted, sexists, repulsive and vulgar comments being made in the name of Entertainment in our day of mindless self indulgence.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Donkey See & Donkey Do

Children learn by example but as Adults are crying foul and are protesting Wal Mart continued development in California, the 'life lessons' being demonstrated to children are that "one doesn't have to think as long as there is an opportunity to protest the latest cause."

The latest battle lines in the war against Wal Mart have been drawn and as the 'Puppet Master' pulls the strings, the people of Northern California follow in step just as so many have done before them. Why lead by example when one can surely follow another's folly.

'Puppet Master' (Attorney Carl Pearson) has led the fight against Wal Mart by issuing talking points to his disciples instructing them what to do, what to say and what to write in editorials in order to work others up into a frenzy while he makes millions for his lucrative law practice by instituting suit after suit against such companies as: Wal Mart, Sams Clubs, Auto Zone, Advance Auto Parts, CSK, Pep Boys, Discount Auto Parts, Barnes & Noble and Borders Book Stores.

The political fault lines are drawn and 'Puppeteer Pearson' continues to manipulate public opinion in order to manufacture yet another superfluous law suit on the backs of an unsuspecting citizenry.

A few year ago in the Los Angeles suburb of Inglewood, political activists screamed about Wal Mart proposal to build a Super Store on 60 barren acres of nothing but smut shops and roach infested crack houses. Today in a similar battle being waged by political activists in the City of Chico, CA. where according to data from the 2000 Census the average median income is $29,359.00 and per capita income is $16,970.00 and over a quarter of the homes (26.6%) live below the federal poverty line.

Political activists want the California public to swallow the notion that
Wal Mart will somehow stifle competition and cost jobs with 40 new Super Stores in a State where 36,457,000 people call home.

As Wal Mart faces political opposition, Costco has recently been give the 'green light' to expand their retail establishment in Chico, CA.

Jim Sinegal (Costco, Chief Executive) who is a Democrat has said that, "...George Bush's $1.7 Trillion dollars in tax cuts unfairly benefit the wealthy..."and in 2004 was an outspoken supporter of then Presidential hopeful John Kerry.

Mr. Sinegal likewise was the only Chief Executive of a company in the Standard & Poors 500 Index to donate money to independent political groups formed to oust George Bush according to public records compiled by the Internal Revenue Service.

Californians' are being duped by a 'Sleazy Lawyer, Political Activists and Politics' and have swallowed the rhetoric fed by slick advertisers by a well financed propaganda enterprise without doing very much thinking for themselves.

Wal Mart is built on opportunity in which many of their employees are young people or semi-retired individuals seeking to supplement their incomes.

All across our great nation, the American consumer is benefiting from the capitalist spirit of Wal Mart which has stimulated innovation, encouraged efficiency and has driven down prices which helps fuel the continued expansion of a growing United States economy.

In recent developments brought to the American consumer by Wal Mart, more Americans' may soon be able to obtain basic medical care at their neighborhood Wal Mart Super Store which in selected markets (with plans to expand the program nationwide) are offering shoppers at in store health clinics, fast access to routine medical services for a nominal charge of between $25.00 to $60.00 these new clinics are aimed for everyone during normal business hours 7 days a week. In addition to basic medical care, Wal Mart was the leader which fostered a new program selling $4.00 commonly prescribed generic drugs in all of it's 3,810 pharmacies nationwide.

Wal Mart has been a good neighbor.

Americans' should be outraged by a 'Sleazy Puppeteer, Political Activists, Alarmists and Liberals' who in their bag of phony tricks and mirrors need to keep the public dependent on centralized government for the transfer of wealth, corruption and manipulated influence.

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Happy Days are Here Again

The beloved music score "Happy Days are Here Again" was the music sound track from the 1930 film, 'Chasing Rainbows' starring Jack Benny, Bessie Love and Charles King. Fast forward now 77 years and our days will soon lose the peace, quietness and serenity as the 55th consecutive quadrennial
election for President and Vice President of the United States that is running full throttle.

It was not always this way, in fact, in the first 34 years of our Republic we had no popular vote to speak of at all as the first 5 Presidents were chosen by the 'Electoral College' but way back then, the 'Electors' in many States were simply appointed by the various state lawmakers. In time however the States allowed voters to pick the 'Electors' and for the first time in our nations race for the Oval Office in 1824 there were 356,035 ballots cast for President.

Campaigning for President when our nation was yet in it's infancy did not require the expenditures of vast sums of money to become President. George Washington spent virtually nothing to become President and it was not until William McKinley who raised and spent $7 Million dollars for his race did the political fund raising take off like a wild fire.

Michael Toner (Chairman of the FEC) estimates that the 2008 Presidential Race will cost at least$1 Billion dollars and that any serious candidate must raise at least $100 Million dollars over the course in the months ahead.

Currently Republican candidate Rudy Giuliani and Democrats Hillary Clinton and Barak Obama are well on their way to to raise sufficient capital to stay in the race for the long haul but for all the money that is being raised, what will we expect to learn about these Presidential hopefuls that we don't know already?

The sky is not falling and all is not gloomy with the nations economy. In fact the stock market (which is the leading economic indicator for the next 6 months) is presently in record territory and over 13,000 which is evidence that our economy is strong and growing.

There are however genuine issues that must be addressed with real substance instead of the all too common sound bites and rhetoric by the professional orator pandering to would be voters.

In our nation of Immigrants we are constantly being fed a diet that our global neighbors don't somehow belong in this country and many have gone to great lengths to stop the pursuits of achievement and prosperity by attempting to stop new Immigrants from entering this country, wanting to create a better life for themselves and their families.

The American-Hispanic community of nearly 42 million people strong adds strength and vitality to our economy, our diversity makes us a strong nation as free people supporting our families and working to contribute to our society.

Likewise our Asian-American friends and neighbors make up just under 13 million enthusiastic and ambitious people that have taught us that perseverance and virtue brings honor to others and our nation is better off because of the multitudes of cultures that live and work side by side.

The great 'Immigration Debate' that professional politicians believe that they may somehow have hit pay-dirt with Voters, is doing nothing but stirring up more mud and this has served no useful purpose in our nation but creating walls of separation between our neighbors.

Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1781, "It has been a wise policy of these States to extend the protection of their laws to all those who should settle among them of whatever nation or religion they might be and to admit them to a participation of the benefits of civil and religious freedom and...the benevolence of this practice as well as it's sulutary effects has rendered it worthy of being continued in future times."

As this nation remains at war with 'extremism' yearning to change the fabric of our free society and disrupt the lives of our innocent neighbors and friends, we need to stop the constant bickering amongst ourselves as we struggle for our very survival.

Thomas Jefferson said in 1806 "...a nation while it holds together, is strong against it's enemies but breaking into parts, it is easily destroyed." (Address to Osage Nation)

With all the vast sum of monies that are being collected in the campaign coffers, the electorate must demand more than continuing rhetoric from those wanting to serve all of the people of our great land of opportunity and diversity.

Actions do speak louder than words, at least one hopes that this is still yet true but all too often it appears that people are ready to believe the sweetness and stale words of candidates chasing votes.

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Lying and Bloggers and Tears Oh My

In a nation where we have acquiesced superfluous celebrities like Paris Hilton to occupy the national spotlight is it any wonder why truth is no longer relevant in either politics, business or in peoples everyday lives.
We have entered a new election cycle even though the Presidential Elections are more than a year away, we are being 'entertained by wanna be chief executives' feeding us a constant diet of rhetoric without substance.
Tabloid Flair appears to be everywhere in 2007 have we succumb to this as all we can expect for our future?
It could be simply that 'lying, gossiping and cheating and the rest of the evils that your Mother warned you about' have become acceptable behavior. What are the dangers of bad behavior? Could it really be that everyone does it, so what is the harm?
Gossiping and Lying are not gender exclusive, in a study by the 'Social Issue Research Center' it was reported, "...that Men gossip as much as Women but define it differently by calling it 'sharing of information' likewise Men talk about themselves with other Men while Women use technology such as cell phones as symbolic body guards..." to spread the news of the day, even if one has to make up parts to make a story complete.
Why do we permit ourselves to be duped into believing fiction for truth?
Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama, has mastered the craftiness of lying and according to some political polls it shows that he is running even with Hillary Clinton, the master architect of the Whitewater Fiasco, who was unable to remember the details of the Whitewater Land Development Charade when she was called to testify before Congress some years ago.
Senator Obama has claimed in campaign materials that his parents got together and that he was born as a result of the 'Selma March in 1965' , Mr. Obama has said, "...if it hadn't been for Selma, I wouldn't be here..." Senator Obama was born on the 04 August, 1961 in Hawaii--that would be 4 years before the Selma March.
Likewise Illinois Senator Obama has claimed, "...seeing a photograph in Life or Ebony Magazine at the age of 9 as my racial awakening...was an article and two accompanying photographs of an African-American man physically and emotionally scarred by all his efforts to lighten his skin." (At the request of the Chicago Tribune it was determined that no such photo exists in the archives of either publication, none of which what Senator Obama recalled)
At Punahou High School of Hawaii where "Barry Obama" (as he was known to his classmates) attended, some former classmates of Barry remembered that they were struggling with race and racism but Barry was absent from those discussions.
Politicians have become a 'mirror image of societies norms' and it could be that one expects nothing more of a wanna be chief executive, than one expects of themselves.