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"To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public." Theodore Roosevelt

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Friday, April 15, 2005

Behold the Power of Big Brother

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. law enforcement officials captured more than 10,000 fugitives around the country in a week-long drive to round up some of the most violent criminals who had previously evaded justice.

U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said on Thursday a total of 10,340 fugitives were captured by an operation led by the U.S. Marshals Service between April 4 and April 10 -- about 10 times as many fugitives who were arrested the same period a year ago.

We might find out some day soon, the nature of these people's crimes. Sure, plenty of the arrests will be proper and justified; I'm willing to bet that many people have been arrested erroneously.

Where are they being detained?
Where will they ultimately be held?
Under what conditions?
For how long?
How long have they already been held?
Is Habeus Corpus being followed?

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Operation Iranian Liberation

Are you ready for some fear, America?

A commercial produced by an organization fighting for the freedom of Iran that depicts a nuclear terror attack in America – the kind many experts believe is possible should Tehran get the bomb – will run in 20 markets across the country this month. Titled "An Atomic 9-11: When Evil is Appeased," the spot, sponsored by the Iran Freedom Foundation, is based on a scenario described in the new WND Books release "Atomic Iran: How the Terrorist Regime Bought the Bomb and American Politicians," by Jerome R. Corsi, co-author of the best-selling "Unfit for Command."

The drums of war begin again, but how can we start another war with so few troops?

The draft is certainly on its way.

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Support the Troops

Doesn't that equate to support the vetrans? Appently not in the mind of the GOP. These people should be ashamed of themselves. Where is all the outrage from the "Nascar Dads" and "Security Moms" with their yellow ribbons on their suvs and minivans?

WASHINGTON — Republicans on Tuesday defeated a Democratic effort to provide almost $2 billion in additional healthcare funding for veterans, rejecting claims that Veterans Affairs hospitals were in crisis. The proposal was part of an $80.6-billion emergency spending bill for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and other military costs. The bill is slightly less than the $82 billion President Bush sought and the $81.4 billion approved by the House.

Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) proposed providing $1.98 billion in additionl funding for veterans' care. She said VA hospitals were underfunded and overcrowded. "There's a train wreck coming," Murray warned. Republicans denied that the VA facilities had such serious problems. They noted that the Bush administration had said the additional funding wasn't needed and that it had enough money to cope with emergencies.

Funding is not needed? Tell that to a vet.

This is a system in need of reform no doubt but the reform should be in the nature of more doctors and health care services, so it doesn't take 6 months or longer to get an appointment. When David Cline our national president spoke so eloquently at a recent council hearing about learning that a referral to a podiatrist supposedly on another floor at the First Ave. VA hospital was actually now relocated to the Brooklyn VA Hospital. My question was why shouldn't both facilities have podiatry clinics at a minimum. That sounds reasonable to me. Why should Dave and other vets have to travel to Brooklyn ? Especially, when they are already in a VA facility right here in Manhattan .

The Looming Energy Crisis

A sobering article from Rolling Stone summarizes the impending doom related to the "peak oil" crisis.

It has been very hard for Americans -- lost in dark raptures of nonstop infotainment, recreational shopping and compulsive motoring -- to make sense of the gathering forces that will fundamentally alter the terms of everyday life in our technological society. Even after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, America is still sleepwalking into the future. I call this coming time the Long Emergency.

Most immediately we face the end of the cheap-fossil-fuel era. It is no exaggeration to state that reliable supplies of cheap oil and natural gas underlie everything we identify as the necessities of modern life -- not to mention all of its comforts and luxuries: central heating, air conditioning, cars, airplanes, electric lights, inexpensive clothing, recorded music, movies, hip-replacement surgery, national defense -- you name it.

The few Americans who are even aware that there is a gathering global-energy predicament usually misunderstand the core of the argument. That argument states that we don't have to run out of oil to start having severe problems with industrial civilization and its dependent systems. We only have to slip over the all-time production peak and begin a slide down the arc of steady depletion.

As I read the article I can't help but think the following:

1. It really is sad that a music rag has more salient reporting and critical thinking than most of our prominent news sources.

2. The pending energy crisis parallels the biblical story of Noah's ark. While Noah went about building his arc to escape the flood, the people of the day went about business as usual despite numerous warnings.

3. What do I need to do today to start preparing?

4. Maybe returning to a simpler way of life, much like colonial times won't be so bad after all.

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