Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Guantanamo cell is better than freedom, says inmate fighting against release
Sean O’Neill
An inmate of Guantanamo Bay who spends 22 hours each day in an isolation cell is fighting for the right to stay in the notorious internment camp.
Ahmed Belbacha fears that he will be tortured or killed if the United States goes ahead with plans to return him to his native Algeria.
The Times has learnt that Mr Belbacha, who lived in Britain for three years, has filed an emergency motion at the US Court of Appeals in Washington DC asking for his transfer out of Guantanamo to be halted. He was cleared for release from Camp Delta in February and his lawyers believe that his return to Algerian custody is imminent.
Mr Belbacha says that if he returns to Algeria, he faces the threat of torture by security services and murder by Islamist terrorists.
Zachary Katznelson, senior counsel with the human rights lawyers Reprieve and Mr Belbacha’s lawyer, has asked the US courts to block any transfer. “Ahmed is being held in camp six, the harshest part of Guantanamo,” he said. “His cell is all steel, there are no windows, he is not allowed to communicate with other prisoners and he gets just two hours exercise each day in a metal cage.
The men who wait
2002 The detention centre at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, opened
750 men have been held there
360 remain
7 Britons were freed in 2004-05
7 British residents are still there
95% Proportion of Guantanamo detainees who posed at least a “potential threat”
Sources: Amnesty International, US Dept of Defence, Times archive, Reprieve

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Peru cold snap kills 70 children

At least 70 children have died during a spell of freezing weather in the Andean regions of Peru, officials have said. The children, all under five years old, died of pneumonia and other respiratory illnesses over the past three months.

They lived in rural areas at high altitude, where temperatures in some cases are reported to have plummeted to as low as -20C (-4F).

Peruvian Health Minister Carlos Vallejos said almost 2,000 medics had been deployed in the affected areas. He told the BBC he expected the situation to get worse before it improves.

The National Civil Defence Institute (Indeci) has launched a campaign to provide clothing and shelter to the worst affected areas. The institute's General Luis Salomino said he had collected 300 metric tons of clothes and other supplies from businesses, individuals and government departments in the capital, Lima.

Forecasters in Peru are predicting the cold spell will continue until September.
Even low-lying jungle regions are facing unusually cold weather, with temperatures dropping to 10C (50F).
Many adults have also died during the harsh winter, and thousands of people are suffering from pneumonia and other respiratory infections.
Story from BBC NEWS:http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/americas/6916717.stm

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Forecaster cuts 2007 hurricane outlook
Tue Jul 24, 2007 8:56PM EDT

NEW YORK (Reuters) -The 2007 hurricane season may be less severe than forecast due to cooler-than-expected water temperatures in the tropical Atlantic, private forecaster WSI Corp said on Tuesday.

The season will bring 14 named storms, of which six will become hurricanes and three will become major hurricanes, WSI said in its revised outlook. WSI had previously expected 15 named storms of which eight would become hurricanes and four would become major hurricanes.

"Because the ocean temperatures have not yet rebounded from the significant drop in late spring, we have decided to reduce our forecast numbers slightly," said Todd Crawford, a WSI seasonal forecaster. The energy and insurance industries are keenly watching the 2007 storm season after the record damage caused by hurricanes two years ago.

During the 2005 season, hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated parts of the U.S. Gulf Coast and temporarily knocked out a quarter of U.S. crude and fuel production, sending energy prices to then-record highs.

We feel the general threat to the western Gulf is reduced slightly, with a corresponding increase in the threat to the eastern Gulf and Florida," Crawford said.
© Reuters 2007. All rights reserved.

Friday, July 13, 2007

This Is So-o-o-o-o politically incorrect!
(. . . like that’s gonna stop me!!)

A big earthquake, 8.1 on the Richter scale, hits Mexico.

Two million Mexicans have died and over a million are injured.

The country is totally ruined and the government doesn't know where to start with asking for help to rebuild.

The rest of the world is in shock.

Canada is sending troops to help the Mexican army control the riots and maintain order.

Saudi Arabia is sending oil. Other Latin American countries are sending supplies.

The European community (except France) is sending food and money.

The United States, not to be outdone, is sending . . .

DRUM ROLL PLEASE.........................

Two million Mexicans to replace the dead ones.

God Bless America!!!!

Thursday, July 12, 2007


"We the sensible people of the United States, in an attempt to help everyone get along, restore some semblance of justice, avoid more riots, keep our nation safe, promote positive behavior, and secure the blessings of debt-free liberty to ourselves and our great-great-great-grandchildren, hereby try one more time to ordain and establish some common sense guidelines for the terminally whiny, guilt ridden, delusional, and other liberal bed-wetters. We hold these truths to be self evident: that a whole lot of people are confused by the Bill of Rights and are so dim they require a Bill of NON-Rights."

ARTICLE I: You do not have the right to a new car, big screen TV, or any other form of wealth. More power to you if you can legally acquire them, but no one is guaranteeing anything.

ARTICLE II: You do not have the right to never be offended This country is based on freedom, and that means freedom for everyone -- not just you! You may leave the room, turn the channel, express a different opinion, etc.; but the world is full of idiots, and probably always will be.

ARTICLE III: You do not have the right to be free from harm. If you stick a screwdriver in your eye, learn to be more careful; do not expect the tool manufacturer to make you and all your relatives independently wealthy.

ARTICLE IV: You do not have the right to free food and housing. Americans are the most charitable people to be found, and will gladly help anyone in need, but we are quickly growing weary of subsidizing generation after generation of professional couch potatoes who achieve nothing more than the creation of another generation of professional couch potatoes. (This one is my pet peeve...get an education and go to work....don't expect everyone else to take care of you!)

ARTICLE V: You do not have the right to free health care. That would be nice, but from the looks of public housing, we're just not interested in public health care.

ARTICLE VI: You do not have the right to physically harm other people. If you kidnap, rape, intentionally maim, or kill someone, don't be surprised if the rest of us want to see you fry in the electric chair.

ARTICLE VII: You do not have the right to the possessions of others. If you rob, cheat, or coerce away the goods or services of other citizens, don't be surprised if the rest of us get together and lock you away in a place where you still won't have the right to a big screen color TV or a life of leisure.

You do not have the right to a job. All of us sure want you to have a job, and will gladly help you along in hard times, but we expect you to take advantage of the opportunities of education and vocational training laid before you to make yourself useful. (AMEN!)

ARTICLE IX: You do not have the right to happiness. Being an American means that you have the right to PURSUE happiness, which by the way, is a lot easier if you are unencumbered by an over abundance of idiotic laws created by those of you who were confused by the Bill of Rights.

ARTICLE X: This is an English speaking country. We don't care where you are from, English is our language. Learn it or go back to wherever you came from! (Lastly....)

ARTICLE XI: You do not have the right to change our country's history or heritage. This country was founded on the belief in one true God. And yet, you are given the freedom to believe in any religion, any faith, or no faith at all; with no fear of persecution. The phrase IN GOD WE TRUST is part of our heritage and history, and if you are uncomfortable with it, TOUGH!

If you agree, share this with a friend. No, you don't have to, and nothing tragic will befall you if you don't. I just think it's about time common sense is allowed to flourish. Sensible people of the United States speak out because if you do not, who will?

Tuesday, July 10, 2007


Buenos Aires gets first snow since 1918
By BILL CORMIER, Associated Press WriterMon Jul 9, 7:20 PM ET
Thousands of Argentines cheered and threw snowballs in the streets of Buenos Aires on Monday as the capital's first major snowfall since 1918 spread a thin white mantle across the region.

"Despite all my years, this is the first time I've ever seen in snow in Buenos Aires," said Juana Benitez, an 82-year-old who joined children celebrating in the streets.

Argentina's National Weather Service said it was the first major snow in Buenos Aires since June 22, 1918, though sleet or freezing rain have been periodically reported in decades since.
One man stripped to his shorts to welcome the snow. Children scraped snow of cars and threw snowballs. Motorists honked horns, some with small snowmen on their hoods. Some fender benders were reported on slick suburban streets.

The snow followed a bitter cold snap in late May that saw subfreezing temperatures, the coldest in 40 years in Buenos Aires. That cold wave contributed to an energy crisis and 23 deaths from exposure.
Copyright © 2007 The Associated Press. All rights reserved

Thursday, July 05, 2007

A little thought I had today..

Every nation secures its borders in some fashion. Some tighter than others. The most repressive regimes build walls to keep their subjects in. Our simply refuse to let them leave on their own free will. What happens when America's borders are left open? Do Americans stream towards the borders in massive hoards to escape? No they don't. But the massive hoards on the other side try and succeed in invading this nation for one reason or another. Some come to try and create a better life for themselves wishing to make America their new home. Others come to work, and work hard to send their hard earned wages back to whatever 3rd world "Hell Hole" they came from. Still many many others come and have a more nefarious agenda.

A secure border is tantamount to a strong nation. It is imperative for this country to survive that we secure not only our Southern border with Mexico but our Northern border with Canada. We can ill afford the cost of illegal immigration anymore. The cost to the American taxpayer is to high. So high that is cutting into vital services that many Americans need, depend on and have a right too. America can longer bare the burden these illegal aliens are imposing upon our society. Don't believe me? Check out your local Hospital Emergency Room. Chances are it is filled with illegal aliens who are using it as a walk in clinic for their ingrown toenails.

Do not forget the security risks involved with open borders. Every citizen of the US has the right to expect and demand that the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT secure the borders and remove those who reside in this nation illegally. It is that simple and there is not a lot of room for a gray area. The situation is as black and white as it can be.

The critical question is why does the government (ie The White House and Congress) fail to grasp the basic tenants of the issue?

A plausible explanation in a nutshell is for the Republican Party illegal aliens mean cheap labor for business. For the Democratic Party illegal aliens mean more voters. While one is legally supposed to be a US Citizen to vote there is NO LAW requiring proof of citizenship to be check at the voting both. Efforts by Republicans to enact legislation requiring ID to be presented at the polls has been repeatedly shot down by the Democrats. There are other factors of course. Some people truly believe that America should have an "open door" policy for immigrants. While I understand and appreciate this sentiment, it is foolhardy at best.

A strong and effective immigration policy doesn't mean you close the door to people seeking a better life. An effective policy insures that those who do come to the US do so in a lawful manner. Do we as a people of the US want criminals from other nations setting up permanent shop within or borders? Murders, Pedophiles and Rapists? Those who want to come to the US should be required to bring something to the table. Something to enrich this country. There has to be a "give and take". We don't need freeloaders collecting welfare and Social Security that are a collective drain on society.

New immigrants should be required to learn English as part of the Citizenship process. One of the strongest and fundamental things that binds a nation together is a common language. Teaching children in the public school system American History in Spanish, Portuguese or any other language is a disgrace. With a bi, tri or quad lingual nation, pride and nationalism are nearly impossible to accomplish. Exceptions to the rule can be found but these are the exceptions.

Some argue that America has always been a "Multi Cultural" society and as a result the current immigration issue is nothing to be worried about. The counter argument is America is not and has not ever been MULTI Cultural. America is MULTI ETHNIC. While the people who have made up the face of the nation have been from all four corners of the Earth past immigrants have considered themselves Americans once they arrived. They worked hard in their jobs. Learned the language and strived to blend into society. They demanded their children go to school and get an education. They wanted and believed in this nation. And they succeeded.

The current immigrants we are challenged with are refusing to learn English. In many parts of the country basic traffic signs are now bi lingual.They are not instilling themselves or their children with a sense of nationalistic pride about America. The drop out rate from high school is as high as 70% even 80% in some urban areas. They do not wave the flag of this country, choosing to instead wave the flag from whatever country they come from at pro immigration rallies. They do not offer in any great numbers to serve in the Military, even though Military Service is pathway to "fast track" Citizenship. They seem to want all the rights and benefits of being an American without the duties and responsibilities that come with it. Income tax avoidance is rampant as well as a general disrespect for the law. Starting with their illegal entry into the country and yet most claim they want to be an American.

A true and comprehensive Immigration Reform bill that is passed into law will allow for people to come to the US providing they do so legally. We can start by deporting the 12 to 20 million that are here illegally now. New applicants cannot have a criminal record from their home country. They must have a job and pay taxes. NO Welfare or Social Security. There can be ZERO tolerance for a new immigrant that breaks the law. If convicted of a felony (and that includes Drunk Driving, Unregistered Car and Driving without Insurance) they must be deported. They should be required to learn English and pass not only a written but ORAL test as well. A basic American History test should also be given as well as having to name EVERY STATE and its Capitol. New immigrants should also bring something to the table besides a strong back. Those with a degree or qualified trade or skill should be given precedence. Children born to immigrant parents while waiting to EARN citizenship should not be given automatic citizenship as the law is now. The "Anchor Baby" law must be scrapped.

If they truly want to be an "American" then they must show us that they do. If these points are enacted this country can separate the wheat from the chaff.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Happy 4th of July!

I hope everyone has a GREAT and SAFE 4th of July. The BIRTHDAY of this GREAT NATION!!!!!!


Monday, July 02, 2007

Fourteen Reasons for a Strong Immigration Bill.

The biggest glaring hole in the recently defeated "Immigration Bill" was that it was put together "behind closed doors." No commitee hearings were held. It never faced the scrutiny that every other bill presented to Congress faces. The "do something, ANYTHING. NOW!!" politicians were exposed for their elitist attitude toward the governed. This is not a liberal versus conservative issue. Both Bernie Sanders I-VT (somewhere to the left of Nancy Pelosi) and John Cornyn R-TX (somewhere to the right of Dick Cheney) voted to kill the bill.

The important issue is ILLEGAL ALIENS! Not legal ones. I hope that these 14 reasons are forwarded over and over again until they are read by the majority of Americans. Then they will have something to yell at their Senators and Representatives who are more interested in their careers than following the will of their constituents..

1. $11 Billion to $22 billion is spent on welfare to illegal aliens each year. http://tinyurl.com/zob77

2. $2.2 Billion dollars a year is spent on food assistance programs such as food stamps, WIC, and free school lunches for illegal aliens. http://www.cis.org/articles/2004/fiscalexec.html

3. $2.5 Billion dollars a year is spent on Medicaid for illegal aliens. http://www.cis.org/articles/2004/fiscalexec.html

4. $12 Billion dollars a year is spent on primary and secondary school education for children here illegally and they cannot speak a word of English http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.html

5. $17 Billion dollars a year is spent for education for the American-born children of illegal aliens, known as anchor babies. http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.html

6. $3 Million Dollars a DAY is spent to incarcerate illegal aliens. http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.html

7. 30% percent of all Federal Prison inmates are illegal aliens. http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.html

8. $90 Billion Dollars a year is spent on illegal aliens for Welfare & social services by the American taxpayers. http://premium.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0610/29/ldt.01.html

9. $200 Billion Dollars a year in suppressed American wages are caused by the illegal aliens. http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.html

10. The illegal aliens in the United States have a crime rate that's two and a half times that of legal aliens. In particular, their children are going to make a huge additional crime problem in the United States . http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0606/12/ldt.01.html

11. During the year of 2005 there were 4 to 10 MILLION illegal aliens that crossed our Southern Border also, as many as 19,500 illegal aliens from Terrorist Countries. Millions of pounds of drugs, cocaine, meth, heroine and marijuana, crossed into the U. S. from the Southern border. Homeland Security Report: http://tinyurl.com/t9sht

12. The National Policy Institute, "estimated that the total cost of mass deportation would be between $206 and $230 billion or an average cost of between $41 and $46 billion annually over a five year period." http://www.nationalpolicyinstitute.org/pdf/deportation.pdf

13. In 2006 illegal aliens sent home $45 BILLION in remittances back to their countries of origin. http://www.rense.com/general75/niht.htm

14. "The Dark Side of Illegal Immigration: Nearly One Million Sex Crimes Committed by Illegal Immigrants In The United States". http://www.drdsk.com/articleshtml

There is no estimate of the impact of communicable diseases carried into this country by illegal aliens. So using the LOWEST estimates, THE ANNUAL COST OF ILLEGAL ALIENS is $338.3 BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR! So if deporting them costs between $206 and $230 BILLION DOLLARS, Get rid of em', We'll be ahead after the 1st year!!!

Imagine the benefits of applying that money to cancer research, defeating aids, improving education, and on and on..........Please pass this on. Americans need to wake up! (I think most legal Americans are awake, but it's our politicians who must act responsibly) Special thanks to The COLONEL for passing this to me.

Sunday, July 01, 2007

And Even more GLOBAL WARMING MY ASS......

Alarmist global warming claims melt under scientific scrutiny (http://www.suntimes.com/news/otherviews/450392,CST-EDT-REF30b.article)
June 30, 2007
In his new book, The Assault on Reason, Al Gore pleads, "We must stop tolerating the rejection and distortion of science. We must insist on an end to the cynical use of pseudo-studies known to be false for the purpose of intentionally clouding the public's ability to discern the truth." Gore repeatedly asks that science and reason displace cynical political posturing as the central focus of public discourse.

If Gore really means what he writes, he has an opportunity to make a difference by leading by example on the issue of global warming.

A cooperative and productive discussion of global warming must be open and honest regarding the science. Global warming threats ought to be studied and mitigated, and they should not be deliberately exaggerated as a means of building support for a desired political position.

Many of the assertions Gore makes in his movie, ''An Inconvenient Truth,'' have been refuted by science, both before and after he made them. Gore can show sincerity in his plea for scientific honesty by publicly acknowledging where science has rebutted his claims.

For example, Gore claims that Himalayan glaciers are shrinking and global warming is to blame. Yet the September 2006 issue of the American Meteorological Society's Journal of Climate reported, "Glaciers are growing in the Himalayan Mountains, confounding global warming alarmists who recently claimed the glaciers were shrinking and that global warming was to blame."

Gore claims the snowcap atop Africa's Mt. Kilimanjaro is shrinking and that global warming is to blame. Yet according to the November 23, 2003, issue of Nature magazine, "Although it's tempting to blame the ice loss on global warming, researchers think that deforestation of the mountain's foothills is the more likely culprit. Without the forests' humidity, previously moisture-laden winds blew dry. No longer replenished with water, the ice is evaporating in the strong equatorial sunshine."

Gore claims global warming is causing more tornadoes. Yet the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change stated in February that there has been no scientific link established between global warming and tornadoes.

Gore claims global warming is causing more frequent and severe hurricanes. However, hurricane expert Chris Landsea published a study on May 1 documenting that hurricane activity is no higher now than in decades past. Hurricane expert William Gray reported just a few days earlier, on April 27, that the number of major hurricanes making landfall on the U.S. Atlantic coast has declined in the past 40 years. Hurricane scientists reported in the April 18 Geophysical Research Letters that global warming enhances wind shear, which will prevent a significant increase in future hurricane activity.

Gore claims global warming is causing an expansion of African deserts. However, the Sept. 16, 2002, issue of New Scientist reports, "Africa's deserts are in 'spectacular' retreat . . . making farming viable again in what were some of the most arid parts of Africa."

Gore argues Greenland is in rapid meltdown, and that this threatens to raise sea levels by 20 feet. But according to a 2005 study in the Journal of Glaciology, "the Greenland ice sheet is thinning at the margins and growing inland, with a small overall mass gain." In late 2006, researchers at the Danish Meteorological Institute reported that the past two decades were the coldest for Greenland since the 1910s.

Gore claims the Antarctic ice sheet is melting because of global warming. Yet the Jan. 14, 2002, issue of Nature magazine reported Antarctica as a whole has been dramatically cooling for decades. More recently, scientists reported in the September 2006 issue of the British journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society Series A: Mathematical, Physical, and Engineering Sciences, that satellite measurements of the Antarctic ice sheet showed significant growth between 1992 and 2003. And the U.N. Climate Change panel reported in February 2007 that Antarctica is unlikely to lose any ice mass during the remainder of the century.
Each of these cases provides an opportunity for Gore to lead by example in his call for an end to the distortion of science. Will he rise to the occasion? Only time will tell.
James M. Taylor is senior fellow for environment policy at the Heartland Institute.