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"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free....... ~Ronald Reagan~

Monday, May 29, 2006

Personal Memorial Day Tribute

Milan Babich
xxx 104th Regiment, 26th Infantry Division
xxx Serial Number 35577002
xxx Date of Death: 30-Dec-44
xxx Battle of The Bulge, Ardennes, Belgium
Plot F, Row 13 Grave 2 XXXXXX "Wars May Be Fought with Weapons, But They Are Won By Men." XXXXXX ~General George S. Patton~

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Sunday, May 28, 2006

Courting the Enemy Iran

UPI reports Iran's foreign minister arrived in Iraq Friday, the first such visit by a senior Iranian official since the formation of the new Iraqi government. The visit of Manouchehr Mottaki is also the first such since the election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as Iran's president, reports the BBC. The two countries fought a bitter 8-year war in the 1980s when Iraq was under Saddam Hussein. The official Iranian media said Mottaki, leading a high-ranking political delegation, was received by his Iraqi counterpart Hoshyar Mahmud al-Zebari and Iraq's Ambassador to the United Nations Hamid al-Bayati. "The visit indicates the high importance Tehran attaches to the Iran-Iraq relations both in the bilateral and regional fields," the Iranian report said. The BBC report said Iran strongly opposes the presence of U.S. forces in Iraq but has much influence in that country because of Iraq's large Shiite Muslim population. The report said Iran wants a relatively stable Iraq and may offer to use its influence with the Shiite groups toward that goal.
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"Iran doesn't claim that they want to obtain a nuclear weapon or a nuclear bomb, so there is no need that we ask them for any guarantee now," Hoshyar Zebari said after meeting with his Iranian counterpart, Manouchehr Mottaki.
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Next I turn on Fox News and their is Afghanistan President Hamad Karzai laughing and shaking hands with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran's president.
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I understand the need for diplomacy but watching the insurgency in Iraq, the indecisiveness of Iraqi leaders and the return of the Taliban in Afghanistan, I must wonder out loud. What will be the long-term effects in those regions where we, the United States, have given so much for freedom? I especially don't appreciate comments from Iraq about Iran's "rights" to pursue nuclear energy.

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Saturday, May 27, 2006

Da Vinci Code - The Book, The Movie

I've read the Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown and I've thoroughly criticized "The Church" and Opus Dei for their extraordinary defensiveness about the movie by the same name.
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The book was a thriller, a detective story, fast-paced and thought provoking. In the end the book may have left more questions than answers, it certainly created a stir. Over 40-million copies sold and presumed read. Currently ranking 43 at Amazon. It was a good read.
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I went to see the movie, Ron Howard is a terrific film director and extremely conscientious. Details are important to him and it consistently comes out in his work. Tom Hanks is one of my favorite actors. I was not disappointed. The movie followed the book very closely and the critics are either prejudice, arrogant, over-worked, intellectually inept or simply ignorant.
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Roger Ebert started his review by ripping Dan Brown, his book and than the movie. Joe Morgenstern at The Wall Street Journal is obsessed with Ian McKellen. Critics didn't like Tom Hanks performance. I thought Hanks portrayed a Harvard professor in Religious Symbology quite well. What did they expect, James Bond? The character unexpectedly became caught up in a crime and was accused of murder. Actually set up. How would one react to finding themselve suddenly dropped into a crime scene and then accused of committing the crime, knowing they are totally innocent?
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All the characters played their parts very similar to what I imagined while reading the book, a real page turner. Critiquing the movie or book simply to criticize the "religious" aspects is petty. I view the book as an exciting mystery with thrilling scenes. The movie mimicked the book quite well, the scenery, the on location filming and the casting served each theme well.
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To go off on political questions is demeaning to the film critic and their supposedly objective critique of the book or film. To start a critique by blasting the author or actors is a disservice to the reader. It seems the critics didn't read the book or missed something and then felt obliged to be negative about the movie.
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In the end, I felt compelled to read the book again and research other aspects within the story such as the Knight's Templar and indulge myself with more ancient history. One particularly good scene in the movie was Tom Hanks and Ian McKellen arguing points about myths and facts of religious history. This is what should happen in the real world, active discussion and forum participation.
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When the Vatican attacks a book and movie with such vengeance, one should question the church and their sordid history and ask for answers. Separating truth from myth is an interesting intellectual exercise. Burning books and boycotting movies is censorship. Believing the critics, pundits, Opus Dei and the Vatican would be buying into their mythology and accepting blind faith.

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Moon Bat of The Week Award!

U.S. Senate
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By a 62 to 36 vote, the Senate passed legislation that offers eventual citizenship to millions of illegal immigrants. The measure is so complicated it may set up conditions for even more illegal immigration down the road. Even supporters warned that the Senate bill would be difficult to enforce.
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Many House Republicans remain staunchly opposed to a central tenet of the Senate bill that would allow most of those immigrants to eventually become citizens. We agree! If liberals like this bill so much it must be flawed.
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The final straw, besides the untold amount of amendments, was Arlen Spector (R-PA) who wrote a 110-page document requiring "persmission" through consultation with Mexico before any border fencing could be built. This is perposterous.

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Saturday, May 20, 2006

Rep. Murtha, Source's Pronounce Marines Guilty

Rep. John Murtha (D-PA), who last year called for the immediate pullout of U.S. troops from Iraq, this week accused an entire Marine company of murdering 15 Iraqis "in cold blood." Mr. Murtha claims he received his information from sources inside the Pentagon, which is conducting an investigation into the Nov. 15 incident in the town of Haditha. Mr. Murtha concedes that he has not read any part of the Pentagon's unfinished report. All he has are his "sources." "Our troops overreacted because of the pressure on them and they killed innocent civilians in cold blood," he said.
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The incompetent Murtha has no evidence, only his conjecture and innuendo. Murtha is blatantly irresponsible and should take his war against the Bush administration elsewhere. Outrageous claims by Murtha should never be made public or in press conferences where harm is done to our troops.
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Charging Marines of crimes without proof is a crime in itself. Murtha continues to commit open atrocities with his poisonous bias and errant mouth. Maybe it's time the censure him!

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Moon Bat of The Week Award!

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV)
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Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid called a proposal to make English the official language "racist" on the Senate floor yesterday. "This amendment is racist. I think it's directed basically to people who speak Spanish," the Democrat said during the already tense debate over immigration reform. Moments later, the Senate approved the measure on a 63-34 vote. Virtually all Republicans were joined by 11 Democrats to approve the largely symbolic amendment. Immediately following that vote, the Senate approved a second amendment, declaring on a 58-39 vote that English is the "common and unifying language."

Reid is off base with his outlandish remarks and out touch with his colleagues and the American people.

  • A poll by Zogby International earlier this year found that 84 percent of Americans say English should be the official language of government operations.
  • The same Zogby poll found that 77 percent of Hispanics agree.
  • It's a bipartisan issue, according to the Zobby poll, which found that 92 percent of Republicans and 82 percent of Democrats approve making English the country's official language.

Reid is a sinister character for making insulting remarks to congressional colleagues, the President and now to the citizens of the United States. He owes an apology for citing race as an issue when discussing English as an official language.

No one would suggest people of all cultures shouldn't speak their native languages. English is a unifier and assimilator to common culture in the United States.

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Thursday, May 18, 2006

Good Riddance Mr. Feingold

A Senate committee approved a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage Thursday, after a shouting match that ended when one Democrat strode out and the Republican chairman bid him "good riddance."
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"If you want to leave, good riddance," Specter finished.
xxx "I've enjoyed your lecture, too, Mr. Chairman," replied Feingold, D-Wis., who is considering a run for president in 2008. "See ya."
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How about Feingold and Gore running for President. Two hot head liberals who want the power of the Presidency and their finger on the nuclear button. We're sure an apology is forth coming, as always, once the bluster is out and they publicly act like small children who don't get their way. Tsk, Tsk!
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Source: FoxNews

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General Michael Hayden - Political Arguments Carry Little Weight

The current argument by the Bush political foes against General Michael Hayden for CIA Director is nothing more than smoke and mirrors. Once again, the politicians demonstrate their ignorance when attacking a well qualified individual for a prominent leadership position.
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Hayden received criticism from the media when he spoke at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on January 23, 2006 about the policy to eavesdrop on international communications between persons within the U.S. and suspected terrorists overseas without a warrant granted by a F.I.S.A. court pursuant to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The Supreme Court in Vernonia School District 47J, Petitioner v. Wayne Acton, et ux., etc. on writ of certiorari to the united states court of appeals for the ninth circuit [June 26, 1995] wrote: Where a search is undertaken by law enforcement officials to discover evidence of criminal wrongdoing, this Court has said that reasonableness generally requires the obtaining of a judicial warrant, Skinner, supra, at 619. Warrants cannot be issued, of course, without the showing of probable cause required by the Warrant Clause.
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But a warrant is not required to establish the reasonableness of all government searches; and when a warrant is not required (and the Warrant Clause therefore not applicable), probable cause is not invariably required either. A search unsupported by probable cause can be constitutional, we have said, "when special needs, beyond the normal need for law enforcement, make the warrant and probable-cause requirement impracticable."
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Another baseless argument on General Hayden is he is a military officer and this would not be acceptable for the director of the CIA. False again. History is on General Hayden's side and the commentary from the Senate is a non-starter. One would think before making statements about these matters a simply check on past directors would be secured. Here is a list of past CIA directors who were military at the time of their nominations and confirmations as well as individuals with varied military experience.
  • Harry Truman appointed Rear Admiral Sidney Souers, a Navy officer, who was the first man to hold the position; Lt. General Hoyt S. Vandenberg, an Air Force officer; Rear Admiral Roscoe H. Hillenkoetter, a Navy officer who was just prior Captain of the USS Missouri; General Walter Bedell Smith, an Army officer
  • Lyndon B Johnson appointed Vice Admiral William Raborn, a Navy officer; Richard Helms, who served in the Navy during World War II
  • Richard Nixon appointed William Colby, who volunteered for the Army in 1941
  • Gerald Ford appointed George H.W. Bush, who was a decorated naval aviator from World War II
  • Jimmy Carter appointed Stansfield Turner, who was a U.S. admiral in the Navy after World War II
  • Ronald Reagan appointed William Hedgcock Webster, who was a lieutenant in the United States Navy during World War II
  • George H.W. Bush appointed Robert Gates, who was in the Air Force
  • Bill Clinton appointed R. James Woolsey, who was a Captain in the U.S. Army from 1968-70

What we have is an attempt to bring down the Bush administration and if character assassination of an exceptional person is needed so be it. We need leadership and experience to head the CIA. Arguably the most qualified person is General Michael Hayden. This will indeed come out in his confirmation hearings.

As Daniel Henninger writes:

If confirmed, Gen. Michael Hayden's biggest problem at the CIA will be that some of his employees are the products of a culture that no longer understands or respects the sense of purpose, discipline and honor of the best Cold Warriors, who understood that the government is an elected hierarchy of constitutional responsibility and not a faculty senate free to undermine mere presidents. He will have to make clear that any official who finds internal dissent procedures inadequate to his or her "moral obligation" to overturn strategic doctrine, affect election outcomes or destroy an intelligence operation should get out or be willing to risk criminal prosecution. And it would help this country's sense of purpose if he made that clear not only to the CIA but in public to the American people.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Iran's Economic Bribe

FoxNews is reporting Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman said Wednesday Tehran was willing to offer strong economic incentives to the European Union in return recognition of Iran's right to enrich uranium. xxx "We are prepared to offer economic incentives to Europe in return for recognizing our right (to enrich uranium)," Hamid Reza Asefi was quoted by state-run radio as saying.
xxx "Iran's 70-million population market is a good incentive for Europe," the radio quoted Asefi as saying. xxx European countries now have access to the Iranian market, but Tehran has in recent years turned more frequently to Russian and China for trade deals. xxx The comments followed Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad disdainful rejection of European plans to offer incentives to his country to give up its uranium enrichment program, saying it would be like trading gold for chocolate.
But in a nationally televised speech before thousands of people in central Iran, [Iran's President] Ahmadinejad cast scorn on the proposal. xxx "Do you think you are dealing with a 4-year-old child to whom you can give some walnuts and chocolates and get gold from him?" he said. xxx Senior diplomats and EU government officials said Tuesday that the tentative plans were being discussed among France, Britain and Germany as part of a possible package to be presented to representatives of the five permanent U.N. Security Council members and Germany at a meeting in London.
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With all the rhetoric coming out of Iran it's difficult to tell who is running the Iranian insane asylum.

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FairTax Blogburst

The Curse of the Tax Refund by Jordan LeDoux of The Politicker Tax refunds are perhaps the worst things I have ever conceived a government doing. I'm sure you're asking "why", wondering what could possess me to deride your check that bought you the iPod in your hands, or the new TV in your entertainment room. Perhaps you are wondering what this has to do with the FairTax. Well allow me to explain. What exactly is a tax refund? Well, a tax refund is a check that the government sends you for overpaid taxes. Overpaid, eh? Do you ever remember sending them a check for those overpaid taxes? I'm pretty sure that you wouldn't have overpaid them if you had written them a check. No, the overpayment comes from the concept of withholding. Withholding is how most income taxes are collected. You get your check, and it has gross pay, then some deductions, right? Those deductions are taxes that you are paying. Or, in other words, the government is taking your money from you before you ever get it, and before they even know how much to take. Many people don't get this fundamental principal. In fact, you'll hear people say things like "I didn't pay any taxes this year! In fact, I got money back!" That the government has been able to convince the public of this is disturbing. Government spending would not be as hog-wild as it is, were it not for the fact that average Americans just aren't outraged. And the primary reason they aren't outraged, is that they don't see taxes as ever being their money. They never get that money, so why should they see it as theirs? This creates the illusion that government has an inherent right to take your money... to levy a tax. This is not true at all. Government is granted to right to levy a tax by the people because the people feel that the service provided by the government is worth the money paid. But most people never understand this concept. Taxes are simply there. They just exist. You don't know your tax rate on each check... payroll takes care of that for you. I'm sure that many Americans would be shocked at the revelation that they make 15-30% more money than they think they do. This creates a dangerous indifference to tax changes. If people never have possession of the money, they put don't put up a fight when you steal more of it. Since withholding has been enacted, taxes have increased at an unheard of rate. Because people never see this money, there is also less money to invest. I was looking at investing about $500 this month. In reality, my $500 is about $700... but about $200 was taken out before I even received it. Then, once I invest it, they will take out another 18% in Capital gains taxes if I liquidate my assets. In other words, in order to compensate for the tax money I have lost, I need to turn my $500 into $871, or I need to earn nearly 75% on my investment. But taxes aren't an expense, you say. They cannot be counted against investments as an expense, because they are not an expense of investing. Oh really? Enter the FairTax. Because there are no Capital gains taxes in a FairTax government, I no longer have to return that 18%. Further, because there are no more business taxes, the money I am investing to is no longer taxed. And yet further, because I receive 100% of my paycheck, I'll have my full $700 to invest, avoiding triple taxation. The FairTax will create wealth by providing an enormous amount of investment capital for the economy, and will turn nearly every American into an investor. Many claim that the FairTax would create a larger disparity between the rich and poor. But as this average middle class college student will attest to, the FairTax makes middle class investing exactly what it should be: Fair. The FairTax Blogburst is jointly produced by Terry of The Right Track Blog and Jonathan of Publius Rendezvous. If you would like to host the weekly postings on your blog, please e-mail Terry or Jonathan . You will be added to our mailing list and blogroll.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Bush Immigration Speech - Tepid at Best

Viewing excerpts from President Bush's immigration speech it seems he was only paying lip service and wasn't really serious at applying core conservative principles to illegal immigration. The Presidents excerpts are in blue:
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We must begin by recognizing the problems with our immigration system. For decades, the United States has not been in complete control of its borders. Once here, illegal immigrants live in the shadows of our society.
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Tell us something not so easily recognizable and call it a law enforcement failure.
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We are a Nation of laws, and we must enforce our laws. We are also a Nation of immigrants, and we must uphold that tradition, which has strengthened our country in so many ways. These are not contradictory goals -- America can be a lawful society and a welcoming society at the same time.
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But Mr. President, we can't welcome immigrants who break the laws and expect them to suddenly become law abiding citizens.
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First, the United States must secure its borders. This is a basic responsibility of a sovereign Nation. The men and women of our Border Patrol are doing a fine job in difficult circumstances -- and over the past five years, we have apprehended and sent home about six million people entering America illegally. Despite this progress, we do not yet have full control of the border, and I am determined to change that.
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How many have we missed? What about the one's that can easily be arrested in workplaces and at the recent protests. These illegal, law-breaking people could have been rounded up and the law could have been easily enforced. Don't insult me by implying my immigrant family, who obeyed the laws of immigration and passed through Ellis Island early in the past century, should not be respected for adhering to the United States law.
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We will construct high-tech fences in urban corridors, and build new patrol roads and barriers in rural areas. We will employ motion sensors, infrared cameras and unmanned aerial vehicles to prevent illegal crossings. America has the best technology in the world -- and we will ensure that the Border Patrol has the technology they need to do their job and secure our border.
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How about the Mexican government participating by constructing a feasible economy that provides jobs for it's citizens? Why doesn't Vincente Fox build an economy that respects it's citizens and advanced their cause within their own borders. Further, why isn't the Mexican government accountable for allowing illegal passage from it's borders? Why don't they bear the cost?
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The Guard will assist the Border Patrol by operating surveillance systems … analyzing intelligence … installing fences and vehicle barriers … building patrol roads … and providing training. Guard units will not be involved in direct law enforcement activities -- that duty will be done by the Border Patrol.
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So are we not increasing the Border Patrol units adding more trained personnel to take care of law enforcement? Is this another missed opportunity?
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The United States is not going to militarize the southern border. Mexico is our neighbor, and our friend.
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Why appease the Mexican government, they are part of the problem, a major part. If they were truly our friends they wouldn't be protesting the will of the American public. Don't we have inherent rights as citizens? It's the governments responsibility to safeguard and protect our borders and issue warnings to governments who allow illegal border crossings from their country.
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English is also the key to unlocking the opportunity of America. English allows newcomers to go from picking crops to opening a grocery … from cleaning offices to running offices … from a life of low-paying jobs to a diploma, a career, and a home of their own.
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Then why do we condone freely educating non-English speaking illegals? Why do we have dual language phone and ATM menus? Why is this necessary? It's because politicians speak out of both sides of their mouth and citizens don't protest loudly enough. If you provide an easy way to communicate in Spanish then what is the incentive to learn English?
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Second, to secure our border, we must create a temporary worker program. … A temporary worker program would meet the needs of our economy … would reduce the appeal of human smugglers -- and make it less likely that people would risk their lives to cross the border.
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Oh really? How is that implemented and enforced? What about the 11 to 20 million illegal aliens now in the country? This is lip service Mr. President, we want solutions and tough ones. We must not be politically correct, we must eliminate the problem. We have laws that would put me in jail if I broke them but we give a free pass the the multitude of laws broken each day by illegal aliens.
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Third, we need to hold employers to account for the workers they hire. It is against the law to hire someone who is in this country illegally. Yet businesses often cannot verify the legal status of their employees, because of the widespread problem of document fraud.
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Tell us something we don't know Mr. President. Keyword...ENFORCEMENT!
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Fourth, we must face the reality that millions of illegal immigrants are already here. They should not be given an automatic path to citizenship. This is amnesty, and I oppose it.
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The question is, How do we face the problem? Where does the legal immigration line end? Shouldn't that be the starting place after arrest and deportation?
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Some in this country argue that the solution is to deport every illegal immigrant -- and that any proposal short of this amounts to amnesty. I disagree. It is neither wise nor realistic to round up millions of people, many with deep roots in the United States, and send them across the border.
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Is this cat herding 101? Government helped created the problem and private citizens have condoned it. We're going to pay one way or the other so make the tough choices Mr. President. You can send troops to war, so send the illegals back home. And home is not the United States. Home is where much of the illegally earned, tax free income is sent. Mexico and South America.
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I believe that illegal immigrants who have roots in our country and want to stay should have to pay a meaningful penalty for breaking the law … to pay their taxes … to learn English … and to work in a job for a number of years. People who meet these conditions should be able to apply for citizenship - but approval would not be automatic, and they will have to wait in line behind those who played by the rules and followed the law.
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This was nothing more than a speech to draw some attention without proposals that would solve the enormous burdens of illegal immigration. President Bush has done nothing to satify the conservative base. The speech was failing because it didn't offer strong medicine for a country he says is ruled by laws.
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Wrong again Mr. President. How do they wait in line if we don't deport them first? The one's who are not yet citizens remain in line, some for over 20 years. Where is this line and how do the illegals get there?

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Anti-Da Vinci Code Moon Bats and Censorship

I've written plenty of criticism about the Vatican and other's who are openly ranting against the book and movie, "The Da Vinci Code." My view is against censorship, which is what the "Church" wants.
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It's pathetic the "Church" thinks they are the holy grail of religion, ignoring other forms of Christianity, placing themselves on top of the religious mountain. The "Church" is not my church. They don't speak for me and shouldn't speak for society as a whole.
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As I have asked before, "What next, the Salem Witch Trials?" The Greek Orthodox Church has come out in protest very recently, but their diatribe isn't as open and malicious. The criticism is no better than Islam threats over cartoons and caricatures however.
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Below are links to reviews from many outlets on the book, "The Da Vinci Code." Reading them will demonstrate why the book is a great thriller. As far as religion, it creates healthy debate, which should be welcome in all societies. The religious zealots and critics have done more to promote the book as well as the movie than any advertising could possibly do. Free worlds open the minds of people, they don't monitor and close them.
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Read national reviews here and then read the open letter by the Catholic League. The different interpretations are stunning and demonstrates the "Church" paranoia. What do they fear?

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Monday, May 15, 2006

Duke LaCrosse Team - Pronounced Guilty by DA

"At the outset of this investigation, I said that it was just as important to remove the clouds of suspicion from the members of the Duke University lacrosse team who were not involved in this assault as it was to identify the actual perpetrators," Nifong said. [Durham County District Attorney]
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"For that reason, I believe it is important to state publicly today that none of the evidence that we have developed implicates any member of that team other than those three against whom indictments have been returned."
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Nifong is removing suspicion while stating who was and wasn't involved in an alleged rape. The individual indicted today was picked out of a picture lineup of only Duke LaCrosse players. But wait! There's more!
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David "Dave" Forker Evans, 23, of Bethesda, Md also went to the Durham Police Department and gave officers a statement without any attorneys present, as well as a DNA sample and access to his e-mail, Evans said. He also offered to take a polygraph test, but said that police investigators refused his offer.
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Evans' attorney, Joe Cheshire, also said Monday that the alleged victim identified Evans in a photo lineup with "90 percent certainty," but that she was not 100 percent sure because he did not have a mustache.
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DNA has been used to prove that people found guilty of crimes in court did not, in fact, commit the alleged crimes. In this case, no DNA evidence and evidence that would normally release an individual as a suspect is good enough to bring an indictment.
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Source: WRAL.com

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Communist News Network Gaff - CNN Airs Bush Rehearsal

CNN aired President Bush rehearsing his immigration speech from the Oval Office on Monday night! The embarrassing images and audio [16 seconds total] captured the president starting and stopping his message, then looking at the White House media advisor for direction. [Click for video capture]
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"The president is rehearsing and the network pool inadvertently went to the president as he is rehearsing," anchor Wolf Blitzer explained. FOXNEWS, MSNBC, CBS, ABC and other outlets did not air the rehearsal.
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Leak Gate - Polygraph Tests Upcoming?

Jim Kouri, currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police writes at MichNews.com:
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The United States government and its intelligence community are adopting a series of initiatives to discourage government employees from leaking classified information to journalists, The Washington Post reported in its Sunday edition.
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The efforts include several FBI probes, a polygraph investigation inside the CIA and a warning from the Justice Department that reporters could be prosecuted under espionage laws, the Post said. During the Bush Administration, a nexus of politicians, government workers and members of the news media have worked overtime in leaking classified information.
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From the secret terrorist prisons to the National Security Agency's super-secret surveillance program, intelligence officials and the Bush Administration have had to watch their counter terrorism efforts neutralized for political reasons.
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Special agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation recently interviewed dozens of employees at the CIA, the NSA and other intelligence agencies as part of an intense and wide-reaching investigation. Many employees who possess security clearances at the CIA, FBI, the Justice Department and other agencies received letters from the Justice Department forbidding them from discussing even unclassified intelligence programs.
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But people such as former deputy-undersecretary of Defense Jed Babbin don't think the Justice Department investigators and prosecutors have the guts to indict a US senator. Babbin said it would cause a battle royal on the Hill, if not a constitutional crisis.
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He did say however, that any senator or Congressional staffer that holds a security clearance can be asked at any time to take a polygraph. The individual can of course refuse to take the test, but failure to do so is reason to remove that person's security clearance. Babbin further said that Senators Rockefeller, Durbin, and Wyden, and some on their staffs will soon be requested to take polygraphs.
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Indicting a Senator or two will only look politically motivated and it's doubtful anything will stem from this dog and pony show.

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Boston College and Condi Rice

On May 22, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will give Boston College's 2006 commencement address. In addition, the university will award her an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. A letter is circulating the campus in an effort to petition Ms. Rice off campus, reflecting religious values versus foreign policy. This should be a non-starter and demonstrates how academics are using religion as a vehicle to promote their agenda. This campaign is transparently political and reflects more the signers' anti-American bias than their Catholic principles. An open letter signed by approximately 150 faculty members, purports to protect "Boston College's commitment to the values of the Catholic and Jesuit traditions" and "the humanistic values that inspire the university's work." The argument against Ms. Rice is Catholic and humanistic conviction, that all people are linked together in a single human family, and that all nations in our interdependent world have a duty to protect the common good of the entire human family. This premise disregards threats by leaders of North Korea, Iran and other countries who flaunt human rights abuse such as Sudan, Libya, China and Cuba. The letter, "Condoleezza Rice Does Not Deserve a Boston College Honorary Degree," states two grounds for its position: "moral principle and practical moral judgment." The moral principle argument is simply stated: "Rice maintains that U.S. foreign policy should be based on U.S. national interest and not on what she calls the interests of an illusory international community," state Theology Department Chair Kenneth Himes and theology professor David Hollenbach. The professors must believe a world community including tyrants is more important than self-preservation. “It takes a village”, is impractical on a macro scale and only works on a micro-community premise locally. Himes and Hollenback seemed to believe the United Nations, an impotent organization with rampant corruption and no moral compass best serve foreign policy management. This is not only an attempt to insult Secretary Rice, it’s a misguided political rant aimed at the Bush Administration. Ms. Rice’s address will bring a positive spotlight on Boston College and the school should be honored in her presence.

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Sunday, May 14, 2006

McCarthyism - Liberalism

Paranoia is alive and well in the halls of Congress:
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"It is evident that there is a deliberate calculated program being carried out not only to protect Communist personnel in high places, but to reduce security and intelligence protection to a nullity. . . . On file in the Department is a copy of a preliminary report of the FBI on Soviet espionage activities in the United States, which involves large numbers of State Department employees. . . this report has been challenged and ignored by those charged with the responsibility of administering the department..."
~Sen. Joseph McCarthy (R-WI)
Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations
February 9, 1950
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"That the government may be secretly collecting, and using data mining to analyze, the phone records of millions of law-abiding Americans, as reported in the press today, is a frightening prospect. ... It is time for the administration to come clean with Congress and the American people."
~ Sen. Russ Feingold ( D-WI)
Member of the Judiciary Committee
May 11, 2006
Must be that Wisconsin cheese!

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Geraldo Rivera - FOX's Unbalanced Side

"They are demonstrating for justice and fair play for the 11 or 12 million living and working in the United States illegally. Many taking to the streets for these May 1st rallies are drawn from the community of the undocumented, others are citizens of the U.S. who, like myself, believe this nation of immigrants has room for more. Driven in part by the hysterical response of vigilante groups like the so-called Minutemen and by opportunistic congressmen who’d make felons of all those who are here illegally. Millions more of us today ask our fellow countrymen to treat the undocumented as honored guests."
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One must wonder how Geraldo is so able to make a career with rants based on his invalid rhetoric. We should ask Mr. Rivera if he can spell "illegal" and "Ellis Island."
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There is a measured difference between passing into freedom legally and skirting the law. In the same breadth we must criticize the lack of law enforcement and border protection that is insufficient. Bringing credibility to illegal anything is misguided.
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What did Rivera learn in law school? We suggest, nothing!
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Source: NewsBusters

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Saturday, May 13, 2006

Hey Liberals - Data Mine This!

Senator Leahy (D-VT) stood at the podium on the Senate floor holding the USA Today tabloid article of ficton, once again calling for President Bush's head. Do these people getting anything of substance accomplished while sniffing blood at every turn?
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California Democrat Dianne Feinstein predicts "a major constitutional confrontation" over Fourth Amendment guarantees against "unreasonable search and seizure." Michigan's John Conyers -- who would take over House Judiciary if Democrats win in November -- wants a bill to ensure that phone records are collected within the confines of FISA although data mining doesn’t involve wiretapping.
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It's disturbing when politicians go on the offensive based on headlines from second rate pubications and the written word of journalists who leave out the facts for sensationalism.
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In SMITH v. MARYLAND (1979) the Supreme Court held the following:
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Application of the Fourth Amendment depends on whether the person invoking its protection can claim a "legitimate expectation of privacy" that has been invaded by government action. This inquiry normally embraces two questions: first, whether the individual has exhibited an actual (subjective) expectation of privacy; and second, whether his expectation is one that society is prepared to recognize as "reasonable." Katz v. United States, 389 U.S. 347 . Pp. 739-741. "there is no constitutionally protected reasonable expectation of privacy in the numbers dialed into a telephone system and hence no search within the fourth amendment is implicated by the use of a pen register installed at the central offices of the telephone company." Id., at 173, 389 A. 2d, at 867. Because there was no "search," the court concluded, no warrant was needed.
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Once again, politicians make threats in hopes that diminishing poll numbers and rhetoric can bring down a presidency without total disregard for the ultimate security and safety of the American homeland.

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Moon Bat of The Week Award!

Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI)
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"We must get out of our political foxholes and be willing to clearly and specifically point out what a strategic error the Iraq invasion has been," Feingold told a National Press Club audience. "I believe the situation would probably get better" if U.S. troops left, he said. "The lesson of insurgency is when the occupying power leaves, it tends to lessen, rather than increase, the level of violence."
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The prospective left-wing presidential candidate is misinformed and illogical. Feingold is, at best, the anti-war, cut and run politicial, dangerous to troops on the ground and security against terrorists.
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Insurgency lessons when "occupiers" leave. Feingold should check the definition of "insurgency."
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Insurgency - an armed revolt or insurrection against an established civil or political authority, such as a constituted government or an occupation by an invading force. Persons engaging in insurgency are called insurgents, and may engage in regular or guerrilla combat against the armed forces of the established regime, or conduct sabotage and harassment in the land.
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Occupy - to seize possession of and maintain control by or as if by conquest.
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First, the United States is in currently in Iraq at the request of the democratically elected officials of the Iraqi government.
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Second, al-Qaeda is mostly a foreign insurgency with pockets of local militants from the former dictatorial Bathe Party.
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Feingold and his left-wing faction enjoy tossing out rhetoric but fail to use words that tell the truth. Liberals attempt to "occupy" the air waves to anyone who will listen and maintain their own "insurgency" against the democratically elected Bush administration using words that convey false impressions.
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In the world outside of politics, Feingold would be considered guilty of "libel."

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Thursday, May 11, 2006

Lapdogs - Author Eric Boehlert Attacks MSN Pit Bulls

Yikes! I just watched an interview with "author" Eric Boehlert who attempted a straight face while explaining his book "Lapdogs" demonstrates how mainstream fixtures such as The New York Times, Washington Post, CBS, CNN, and Time magazine too often ignored the administration's missteps and misleading words, and did not call out the public officials who betrayed the country's trust.
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Amazon only has 4 reviews for this book, the liberals have begun defending this gibberish of complete fiction already. Who is Boehlert kidding or is he simply residing at a crack house deep in the bowels of New York City?
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Boehlert asserts that the Bush White House never subscribed to the view -- commonly held by previous administrations -- that a relationship with the press is an important part of the democratic process. Instead, it saw the press as just another special interest group that needed to be either appeased or held at bay -- or, in some cases, squashed.
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The administration actively undermined the basic tenets of accurate and fair journalism, and reporters and editors accepted their reduced roles without a whimper. To an unprecedented degree, journalists too often stopped asking uncomfortable questions of people in power. In essence, the entire purpose and pursuit of journalism was sacrificed.
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New White House Press Secretary, Tony Snow, has just begun his campaign to set the record straight with rebuttals against complete misstatements made by the press and Boehlert is living in a world of delusion calling the same press irresponsible.
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Boehlert admits he has never attended a White House press briefing. We suppose NBC's David Gregory and Helen Thomas are "lapdogs", afraid to attack the President with direct insults.
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"Lapdogs" is a book, not to read, but to place in the kitty litter, bird cage or used for potty training your puppy.

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FINALLY! Tony Snow, White House Fight Back!

Better late than never, new White House Press Secretary Tony Snow is starting off in an aggressive stance against the press by issuing detailed rebuttals to what he considers unfair coverage of Bush. After years of MSN fiction, forged document and completely unfair, biased coverage it’s time to set the record straight on a daily basis. “The New York Times continues to ignore America’s economic progress,” read the headline of an e-mail sent to reporters Wednesday by the White House press office.
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On Tuesday, the White House wrote “USA Today’s misleading Medicare story.” xxx “USA Today claims ‘poor, often minority’ Medicare beneficiaries are not enrolling in Medicare drug coverage,” the press office complained. “But by April, more than 70 percent of eligible African Americans, more than 70 percent of eligible Hispanics, and more than 75 percent of eligible Asian Americans are enrolled or have retiree drug coverage.”
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White House sources said Snow, who started on the job Monday and has yet to give his first public press briefing, is determined to aggressively counter what the administration considers unfair assertions in both news and editorials about Bush.
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It will be interesting if anything changes now that every misleading or false story is challenged openly. This will be the first time the press will need some accountiblity in their written words during the Bush administration. The punching bag is punching back! Will the press even flinch?
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Source: Examiner

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Tampering with Duke LaCrosse Defense Witness

A Durham police detective investigating the Duke University lacrosse case arrested an alibi witness Wednesday on a 2 1/2-year-old misdemeanor warrant. Taxi driver Moezeldin Elmostafa said Investigator R.D. Clayton and another officer asked whether he had anything new to tell them about the rape case before driving him to the Durham County jail. "The detective asked if I had anything new to say about the lacrosse case," Elmostafa said. "When I said no, they took me to the magistrate." He was held for five hours, until a friend posted his bail on a shoplifting charge. Ernest Conner, a Greenville lawyer who represents defendant Reade Seligmann, said the cabbie's arrest amounted to intimidation. "It appears to me they are trying to pressure a witness who supports our defendant's rock-solid alibi," Conner said. Elmostafa signed a sworn statement in April saying he picked up Seligmann from a Duke lacrosse team party just after midnight March 14. Sgt. Mark Gottlieb, the supervisor of the investigation, refused to answer questions Wednesday night.
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What past crime did the taxi driver actually commit? Elmostafa was charged with a misdemeanor larceny that occurred Sept. 2, 2003, when a woman stole five purses worth $250 from the Hecht's department store at Northgate Mall.
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Elmostafa said that he had picked up Lisa Faye Hawkins and her daughter at their home and had taken them to the mall. Elmostafa said he waited in the taxi with the daughter while Hawkins shopped and then he drove the two home. xxx Elmostafa said he later received a call asking him to speak with Hecht's security. The security officer at Hecht's said Hawkins had stolen some purses before getting into the taxi, Elmostafa said. xxx Elmostafa said he gave the woman's address and a copy of his driver's license to the security guard, who thanked him for his help. The driver was arrested for an alleged crime, he did not commit, two years after the crime was committed by another person.
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On the surface this looks like police intimidation, coercion and tampering with a witness.
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Immigration - A Medical X-File

Dr. Katrina S. Firlik, a neurosurgeon in Greenwich, Connecticut writes an interesting article in today's Wall Street Journal (subcription) concerning the spread and dread of diseases uncommon in the United States, yet brought in by illegal immigrants. Dr. Firlik also brings up the high cost of medical care for illegal immigrants and how one hospital went bankrupt.
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Here is the story of one Guatemalan immigrant working in the U.S. illegally.
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He'd been doing landscaping work until he was admitted to Greenwich Hospital in Connecticut, with an excruciating headache. The medical team discovered that he had active tuberculosis, so fulminant that it had even invaded his spinal fluid. Thus, the headache. Needless to say, tuberculosis meningitis is not the type of thing we're used to seeing in Greenwich, or anywhere in the U.S., for that matter. He'd been in the hospital for a month by the time my surgical services were called upon. He was staying in a private isolation room. His strain of TB was proving to be multi-drug-resistant, and the medical team just couldn't clear it. I was paged by an intern on a Sunday morning. An MRI revealed a large mass that was compressing his spinal cord to an impossibly thin strand. The mass spanned an incredibly lengthy 10 vertebral segments, nearly from the base of his neck to the top of his low back. I'd never seen anything like it. Neither had the internist, the infectious disease specialist, the neurologist or the radiologist. I took the patient to the operating room and spent the rest of my Sunday in the hospital. I wore a special mask designed to hug the face tighter than most OR masks, but the thought crossed my mind that I was putting myself and the entire OR staff at risk. I made the longest incision I'd ever made in my surgical career, carefully opened 10 segments of spine, and worked away at the inflammatory mass that was plastered to his spinal cord. I called a pathologist in to examine the pieces of specimen I was removing. He heard the full story, refused to contaminate his equipment, and left. It wasn't possible to get more than half the mass out without risking even more damage to his spinal cord, so I stopped, forcing myself to settle for the less-than-satisfying achievement of having at least decompressed the spinal cord by removing the bony elements from behind (unroofing the spinal canal to allow for more room). The patient spent an additional six weeks in the hospital after surgery, not because of surgical concerns, but because the medical team still couldn't clear his infection. His sputum samples kept coming back positive. After 2½ months on multiple antibiotics, he was finally clear to leave the hospital. He left in a wheelchair. I knew I'd never see him again.
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Not an isolated case:
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How many other diseases are being brought in by how many other undocumented and unexamined workers? Somehow, here, a social worker was able to track down the friends and relatives who came to the U.S. with this patient. They all tested positive for TB, and were all working behind the scenes in local restaurants.
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The Cost:
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Why should our hospitals have to eat the cost of disease brought in by undocumented workers? I found out that his bill totaled $200,000. This excludes professional fees, meaning everything that would have been billed separately by the many physicians treating him over 10 weeks (including what I'd have charged for surgery). We all worked for him free.
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Six months later the patient did, in fact, return to Dr. Firlik's office. He walked in and stated he was looking for another job. Normally people return with paperwork for disability. In this instance Dr. Firlik felt admiration and her previous resentment had washed away.
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It is admirable that someone with a genuine work ethic will go at any lengths to earn a living. However, laws are laws and they should be fully enforced. Illegal aliens place a huge burden on our economy, well beyond the services they provide as we demonstrated here.
xxx Admiration is one thing, the dangerous instance described in this medical case was unusual and appeared to be an alien disease viewed only on the X-Files. However, it was documented that relatives and co-workers of this one patient had the same disease and worked in public places.
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It may be dangerous to cross the border and risk one's life for American freedoms but how dangerous is it to unsuspecting citizens who come into contact with diseases that are life threatening and not common in our medical community.
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As a society we must demand more from our political leadership all the way to the White House. It is unacceptable to allow a free pass to illegal immigrants now residing in the United States. Forget the "threats" to our economy. The real threat is well beyond economics; it threatens the health and well being of everyone.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Deceiving Headlines - They Report, We're Fooled

Here is the Bloomberg headline, although it could be from any newswire:

Bombing in Northwest Iraq Kills 17, Including Women, Children
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Now for the story...well maybe
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At least 17 civilians, including women and children, were killed late today by a suicide truck bombing in Tal Afar, a northwestern Iraqi city, according to President Jalal Talabani's Kurdish political party.
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Let us now digress from the headline:
The violence came in a city that President George W. Bush has cited as an example of progress in fighting rebels in Iraq. Bush in March said his confidence in his Iraq strategy stemmed from the success that U.S. and Iraqi personnel have had in Tal Afar, a city of about 290,000 people. The city was a staging ground for insurgents until the U.S. began an offensive in September that stabilized the city ``block by block,'' and allowed people to resume their daily lives, Bush said.
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Let's get a little further from the headline now:
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Bush's job approval rating fell to a record low of 31 percent in a USA Today/Gallup poll released yesterday. The survey, carried out May 5-7, offered no details on which issues hurt Bush the most. Other public opinion polls show that dissatisfaction over the war in Iraq, along with concern about rising gasoline and health care costs, have sapped Bush's popularity.
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Shoddy reporting would be an understatement. Editorializing under the guise of a news story is what this really is.

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The New Politically Correct European Dictionary

The European Union is busy “cleaning” up its self-prescribed dictionary of Islam as part of its counter-terrorism strategy. The EU's changes are intended to fight the radicalization of Muslims in Europe by avoiding words that could unnecessarily offend. "We want to take away any possible motivation or justification for people who are on the brink of becoming terrorists," EU spokesperson, Mr. Roscam Abbing said. Called a "non-emotive lexicon for discussing the issues in order to avoid linking Islam to terrorism." Some examples:

  • "Islamic terrorists" could soon become "those who have an abusive interpretation of Islam."
  • The word "jihad" might be banned too. That's because it "can also mean the internal struggle to become a better man."

The definition of political correctness is:

  • Of, relating to, or supporting broad social, political, and educational change, especially to redress historical injustices in matters such as race, class, gender, and sexual orientation.

The EU believes placating is a strategy against terrorism. People who despise cultures other than their own should be appeased. Blowing up subways and trains has not made believers out of the “soft on terrorist” Europeans.

A zero-tolerance stance against religious fundamentalists is preferable than appealing to groups who have one goal, death to non-believers.

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Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Censorship and The Da Vinci Code - The Madness Begins

Singapore film censors have barred those under 16 years of age from watching "The Da Vinci Code" because they are afraid some children might see it as a factual movie.
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Read more here and here by Liberally Conservative.
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Source: Breitbart

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FOX Going to the Dogs - Murdoch's Flimsy Excuse

Financial Times is reporting Rupert Murdoch, the conservative media mogul whose New York Post tabloid savaged Hillary Clinton’s initial aspirations to become a US senator for New York, has agreed to host a political fundraiser for her re-election campaign. Mr Murdoch will host the fundraiser, due to be held by July, on behalf of News Corp., owner of FoxNews and The New York Post. One person involved in the event said it reflected his views of her as a senator, rather than as a presidential candidate.
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“They have a respectful and cordial relationship. He has respect for the work she has done on behalf of New York. I wouldn’t say it was illustrative of a close ongoing relationship. It is not like they are dining out together.” The decision reflects an assiduous courtship by Mrs Clinton and former President Bill Clinton. Last month Mrs Clinton surprised Washington by attending the “Fox News Sunday” 10th anniversary party, where she chatted with Mr Murdoch. One media lobbyist said: “Murdoch will be for the Republicans but he is also smart enough to know that the Republicans might not win. At some level, whether nationally or in New York, Hillary is the future and what savvy businessman would not want to put a line of interest in someone who will be the future?”
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So much for speaking out of both sides of the mouth. It looks like FoxNews is headed for my personal trash bin; it is too much to support anything that smells of Clinton.

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Monday, May 08, 2006

Blood for Oil

There's an unusual sign catching drivers' eyes on South Main Street in Las Cruces. It reads "donate plasma for gas money." It's caught the eye of many passers-by including Erin Scott, who told KFOX she's stopped driving her Suburban to save money. "You just sit here and pump your hand to get the blood flow and you get paid and you can use it for gas money," Scott said. Employees of Las Cruces Biologicals told KFOX they're seeing more drivers coming in for gas money. Scott said even if the price of gas comes back down again, she'll keep going back to donate. After all,it's an act that's benefiting others, she said.

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Vatican Unhinged - Breaking the Da Vinci Code

Reuters is reporting Cardinal Francis Arinze, a Nigerian who was considered a candidate for pope last year says Christians should respond to the book and film, "The Da Vinci Code" with legal action because both offend Christ and the Church he founded. "Christians must not just sit back and say it is enough for us to forgive and to forget," Arinze said in the documentary made by Rome film maker Mario Biasetti for Rome Reports, a Catholic film agency specializing in religious affairs. "Sometimes it is our duty to do something practical. So it is not I who will tell all Christians what to do but some know legal means which can be taken in order to get the other person to respect the rights of others," Arinze said. "This is one of the fundamental human rights: that we should be respected, our religious beliefs respected, and our founder Jesus Christ respected," he said, without elaborating on what legal means he had in mind.
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One must wonder what they are thinking, when pedophilia ran rampant through the Catholic church for centuries, with cover-ups and denials, and a book listed as "fiction" is so troubling. And what about free speech.
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The novel is an international murder mystery centered on attempts to uncover a secret about the life of Christ that a clandestine society has tried to protect for centuries. The central tenet of the book is that Jesus married Mary Magdalene and had children.
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"Those who blaspheme Christ and get away with it are exploiting the Christian readiness to forgive and to love even those who insult us. There are some other religions which if you insult their founder they will not be just talking. They will make it painfully clear to you," Arinze said.
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The Vatican is treating Dan Brown like Salman Rushdie, author of "The Satantic Verses." Rushdie was issued an Islamic death sentence for his writings. Dan Brown has written a best-selling novel, which is highly intriguing and thought provoking. I would sincerely disagree the book is blasphemous.
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Further, I would question why the Vatican and Opus Dei are so defensive about a book, written as fiction and a corresponding movie. Last month, another broadside against "The Da Vinci Code" was launched by Archbishop Angelo Amato, the number two official in the Vatican doctrinal office which was headed by Pope Benedict until his election last year. xxx Amato urged a boycott of the film and Arinze, like his fellow cardinal, also blasted the credibility of the book. Catholic group Opus Dei has told Sony Pictures that putting a disclaimer on the movie stressing it is a work of fiction would be a welcome show of respect toward the Church.
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What next, return to the "Dark Ages" or "Salem Witch Trials?" As Elvis Presley wrote in "Clean Up Your Own Backyard":
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Back porch preacher preaching at me Acting like he wrote the golden rules Shaking his fist and speeching at me Shouting from his soap box like a fool
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Come Sunday morning he's lying in bed With his eye all red, with the wine in his head Wishing he was dead when he oughta be Heading for Sunday School
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Clean up your own backyard You tend to your business, I'll tend to mine

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Sunday, May 07, 2006

West Wing Actor Tells Polish Joke to Rip Bush Administration

Actor Bradley Whitford, who plays “Josh Lyman” on NBC's The West Wing, related how he “just had a friend who went to Europe and I gave her a Canadian flag to put on her bag.” Whitford declared that the U.S. policy in Iraq “has desecrated” the American flag since we are “treating the rest of the world with contempt, dropping bombs on people who don't need bombs dropped on them” and “killing civilians...based on an assumption that an Iraqi life is worth less than ours." "It's obscene." Earlier, Whitford contended: "There's no military, conventional military solution to terrorism. If there were, Israel would be the safest country in the world.” (But if Israel didn't use their military, would Israel still exist?) Turning his anger on the Bush administration, the actor who on The West Wing plays the Chief-of-Staff to “Democratic President-elect Matt Santos,” charged: “I think the whole approach by these bungling, violent, violence-addicted people in this administration, it's like the Polish joke: You lose your ring in the dark and so you look for it where there's light, where you know how to do it."
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We suppose after the show Whitford was seen chasing parked cars outside the studio.
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Source: NewBusters

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