October 15, 2008

The Nightmare We Won't Get to Wakeup From

You have to pinch yourself – a Marxisant radical who all his life has been mentored by, sat at the feet of, worshipped with, befriended, endorsed the philosophy of, funded and been in turn funded, politically promoted and supported by a nexus comprising black power anti-white racists, Jew-haters, revolutionary Marxists, unrepentant former terrorists and Chicago mobsters, is on the verge of becoming President of the United States. And apparently it’s considered impolite to say so.

The whole thing here.

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October 14, 2008

More 'Change' From Obama

Let's pray to God that this sort of change isn't what Obama will bring to our country.

About 50 parishioners were locked into the Assemblies of God church before it was set ablaze. They were mostly women and children. Those who tried to flee were hacked to death by machete-wielding members of a mob numbering 2,000.

The 2008 New Year Day atrocity in the Kenyan village Eldoret, about 185 miles northwest of Nairobi, had all the markings of the Rwanda genocide of a decade earlier.

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The violence was led by supporters of Raila Odinga, the opposition leader who lost the Dec. 27, 2007, presidential election by more than 230,000 votes. Odinga supporters began the genocide hours after the final election results were announced Dec. 30.

Who is Odinga? Why he's Barack's guy!

Initially, Mr. Odinga was not the favored opposition candidate to stand in the 2007 election against President Mwai Kibaki, who was seeking his second term. However, he received a tremendous boost when Sen. Barack Obama arrived in Kenya in August 2006 to campaign on his behalf. Mr. Obama denies that supporting Mr. Odinga was the intention of his trip, but his actions and local media reports tell otherwise.

Mr. Odinga and Mr. Obama were nearly inseparable throughout Mr. Obama's six-day stay. The two traveled together throughout Kenya and Mr. Obama spoke on behalf of Mr. Odinga at numerous rallies. In contrast, Mr. Obama had only criticism for Kibaki. He lashed out against the Kenyan government shortly after meeting with the president on Aug. 25. "The [Kenyan] people have to suffer over corruption perpetrated by government officials," Mr. Obama announced.

"Kenyans are now yearning for change," he declared. The intent of Mr. Obama's remarks and actions was transparent to Kenyans - he was firmly behind Mr. Odinga.

Read the whole awful thing here.

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October 13, 2008

'Get In Their Face'

"I need you to go out and talk to your friends and talk to your neighbors," Barack Obama told a crowd in Elko, Nev. "I want you to talk to them whether they are independent or whether they are Republican. I want you to argue with them and get in their face." Actually, Obama supporters are doing a lot more than getting into people's faces. They seem determined to shut people up.

The Coming Liberal Thugocracy

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September 28, 2008

Fascism Is Alive and Well

Will I still be able to make a blog post like this if Obama wins? Or will I be hauled in front of some sort of 'Truth Tribunal'? Think it can't happen? He's doing it in Missouri right now. If the thought of Obama becoming President didn't scare the crap out of you before, it should now. What more will it take? Piles of books burning in our town squares?

"The Stench of Police State Tactics"

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July 15, 2008

The Real Threat

I've been saying this over and over. The global warming movement is authoritarian and totally about restricting our freedom.


Greens are the enemies of liberty: Environmentalists want to curb our freedom far more than the government's anti-terrorist laws ever will

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June 19, 2008

Best Friends in Iowa

Best Friends is on the move in Iowa, rescuing stranded pets and farm animals.

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May 29, 2008

More Missing Girls


The bitter irony of sex-selective abortion


Missouri state Treasurer Sarah Steelman recently earned the opprobrium of abortion-rights advocates by calling for a ban on sex-selective abortions. Critics have derided this as an attempt by the Republican gubernatorial candidate to pander to pro-lifers. But a quick glance at international statistics suggests that sex-selective abortion is no dystopian fantasy. It is a chilling reality throughout the world and in our own backyard.

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May 25, 2008

Sadness

I'm just glad my grandparents never lived to see this day.

Religious trends and our religious future

If recent reports of trends in religious observance prove to be correct, then in some 30 years the mosque will be able to claim that, religiously speaking, the UK is an Islamic nation, and therefore needs a share in any religious establishment to reflect this. The progress of conservative Islam in the UK has been amazing, and it has come at a time of prolonged decline in church attendance that seems likely to continue.

This progress has been enthusiastically assisted by this government in particular with its hard-line multi-cultural dogma and willingness to concede to virtually every demand made by Muslims. Perhaps most importantly the government has chosen to allow hard-liners to act as representing all Muslims, and more liberal Muslims have almost completely failed to produce any leadership voices to compete, leading many Britons to wonder if there are indeed many liberal Muslims at all, surely a mistake.

At all levels of national life Islam has gained state funding, protection from any criticism, and the insertion of advisors and experts in government departs national and local. A Muslim Home Office adviser, for example, was responsible for Baroness Scotland’s aborting of the legislation against honour killings, arguing that informal methods would be better. In the police we hear of girls under police protection having the addresses of their safe houses disclosed to their parents by Muslim officers who think they are doing their religious duty.

While men-only gentlemen’s clubs are now being dubbed unlawful, we hear of municipal swimming baths encouraging ‘Muslim women only’ sessions and in Dewsbury Hospitals staff waste time by turning beds to face Mecca five times a day — a Monty Pythonesque scenario of lunacy, but astonishingly true. Prisons are replete with imams who are keen to inculcate conservative Islam in any inmates who are deemed to be culturally ‘Muslim’: the Prison service in effect treats such prisoners as a cultural block to be preached to by imams at will. Would the Prison service send all those with ‘C of E’ on their papers to confirmation classes with the chaplain?! We could go on.

The point is that Islam is being institutionalised, incarnated, into national structures amazingly fast, at the same time as demography is showing very high birthrates. Charles Taylor’s new and classic work on the Secular Age charts the rise of the secular mindset and what he calls the ‘excarnation’ of Christianity as it is levered out of state policy and structures. Christianity is now regarded as bad news, the liberal elite’s attack developed in the 1960s took root in the educationalist empire, and to some extent even in areas of the church.

Today the Christian story is fading from public imagination, while Islam grows apace. There needs to be some fresh thinking in this area where the claims of Christ are sensitively explained. Our church leaders must develop ways of explaining this, as our feature on mission and evangelism this week demonstrates.

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April 24, 2008

Criminal

Here's another good article on the suffering ethanol has wreaked across the globe. One wonders how people like Al Gore and his ilk sleep at night. Of course, him his other wealthy frineds never have to worry about going hungry, do they?

Global Food Riots: Made in Washington, D.C.

That reminds me of the House Hunters episode we saw last night. Talk about the hypocrisy of the modern enviro nut. This well off couple who lived in New Mexico wanted a vacation home on the Oregon Coast. They prattled on about what great people they were because they recycled, and lived 'green'. And then they prattled on about how the vacation home they bought just had to be 'green' with energy saving appliances, etc.. They seemed to have not a clue about what hypocrites they were! If they're so interested in saving the planet and carbon footprints, why on earth would they want two homes? And just for the two of them? Not to mention two large homes. Homes that require either driving two days to get to or flying! By the end of the episode, I just wanted to slap them. Okay, I wanted to do that way before the end of the episode. I admit it.

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April 21, 2008

Chickens Coming home To Roost

Except there's nothing to feed them.

Food Crisis Shows How Bad Policies Can Be Deadly

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September 28, 2007

Help the People of Burma

Help the People of Burma -- Post this on Your Blog!

Note: This is a new kind of online protest that uses blogs to spread a petition globally. To participate, just add your blog by following the instructions in this blog post.

This not an issue of partisan politics, this is an issue of basic human rights and democracy. Please help to prevent a human tragedy in Burma by adding your blog and asking others to do the same.

By passing this meme on through the blogosphere hopefully we can generate more awareness and avert a serious tragedy. As concerned world-citizens this something we bloggers can do to help.

How to participate:

1. Copy this entire post to your blog, including this special number: 1081081081234

2. After a few days, you can search Google for the number 1081081081234 to find all blogs that are participating in this protest and petition. Note: Google indexes blogs at different rates, so it could take longer for your blog to show up in the results.

THE SITUATION IN BURMA AND WHY IT MATTERS TO ALL OF US

There is no press freedom in Burma and the government has started turning off the Internet and other means of communication, so it is difficult to get news out. Individuals on the ground have been sending their day-by-day reports to the BBC, and they are heartbreaking. I encourage you to read these accounts to see for yourself what is really going on in Burma. Please include this link in your own blog post.

The situation in Burma is increasingly dangerous. Hundreds of thousands of unarmed peaceful protesters, including monks and nuns, are risking their lives to march for democracy against an unpopular but well-armed military dictatorship that will stop at nothing to continue its repressive rule. While the generals in power and their families are literally dripping in gold and diamonds, the people of Burma are impoverished, deprived of basic human rights, cut off from the rest of the world, and increasingly under threat of violence.

This week the people of Burma have risen up collectively in the largest public demonstrations against the ruling Junta in decades. It’s an amazing show of bravery, decency, and democracy in action. But although these protests are peaceful, the military rulers are starting to crack down with violence. Already there have been at least several reported deaths, and hundreds of critical injuries from soldiers beating unarmed civilians to the point of death.

The actual fatalities and injuries are probably far worse, but the only news we have is coming from individuals who are sneaking reports past the authorities. Unfortunately it looks like a large-scale blood-bath may ensue ­ and the victims will be mostly women, children, the elderly and unarmed monks and nuns.

Contrary to what the Burmese, Chinese and Russian governments have stated, this is not merely a local internal political issue, it is an issue of global importance and it affects the global community. As concerned citizens, we cannot allow any government anywhere in the world to use its military to attack and kill peacefully demonstrating, unarmed citizens.

In this modern day and age violence against unarmed civilians is unacceptable and if it is allowed to happen, without serious consequences for the perpetrators, it creates a precedent for it to happen again somewhere else. If we want a more peaceful world, it is up to each of us to make a personal stand on these fundamental issues whenever they arise.

Please join me in calling on the Burmese government to negotiate peacefully with its citizens, and on China to intervene to prevent further violence. And please help to raise awareness of the developing situation in Burma so that hopefully we can avert a large-scale human disaster there.

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June 23, 2006

Slavery: Alive & Well

Turn and Look
Shining a spotlight on Germanys shame.


Two Russian women, Masha and Irina, have come forward to tell their stories of being trafficked into prostitution in Germany.

Both women are educated professionals: Masha is a lawyer; Irina is an engineer and an accountant. Both left Russia for Germany with the promise of employment as either a housekeeper or waitress. Masha was seeking an opportunity to see the world and learn a new language; Irina was in debt and wanted a better paying job.

Their stories are typical trafficking stories: When they arrived in Germany, they were met by members of the Russian mafia; their passports were taken away; and they were informed that the jobs they expected didnt exist and they would be prostitutes instead. They were told it was futile to resist and that the police would not help them because the pimps worked under police protection.

Irina resisted and was beaten. She was shown photographs of dead, mutilated women who tried to go to the police. The mafia had locations where thugs beat and sometimes killed uncooperative women. Irina fearfully decided to cooperate and earn enough money to pay off the debt the Russian mafia claimed she owed. Masha also decided to be compliant, going so far as to feign disappointment when a man chose another woman for sex, while she waited for an opportunity to escape.

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January 1, 2006

Eastern Bloc, Blocked

Russia's back to acting just like it did in the Cold War days: Arrogant, cruel, and vindictive. Now it's punishing the pro-West behavior of the Ukraine, Georgia, Hungary, and other former Soviet satellites by cutting off supplies of natural gas:

Russia's state-controlled OAO Gazprom, which holds a monopoly over roughly a quarter of the world's natural gas, halted the flow of gas through three of five pipelines into Ukraine at about 10 a.m. local time.

Gazprom described the action as the result of a simple price dispute with the Ukrainian gas company, and promised that European customers would remain unaffected as pipelines would continue to send gas across Ukrainian territory.

Within hours, however, Poland and Hungary reported decreased pressure in their gas pipelines, and Italy's gas utility was warning about possible disruptions to supply.

The price dispute ain't exactly over a few pennies, I should add. From the BBC:

Russia said it had no choice but to act after Ukraine refused to sign a new deal accepting an immediate increase in gas prices from $50 to $230 per 1,000 cubic metres. The average EU charge is $240.

I'm all for market rates and if the EU average charge is $240 per 1000 cubic meters, $230 is obviously reasonable--except that if you think Gazprom's applying that price increase fairly, well, you don't know much about how Russia operates:

Ukraine's neighbour Belarus has avoided such problems, still paying $47 per 1,000 cubic metres, but that country's authoritarian regime also enjoys warmer relations with Russia and recently agreed to sell control of its pipelines to Gazprom.

Translation: Kiss Putin's ass, and you can keep warm this winter. Push for greater freedom, and you'll get that, all right--freedom from discount energy prices.

As I've said, I support free markets. I certainly favor market-based pricing. The problem is, this isn't about going along with the market; this is about punishing those countries who won't hop aboard the mothership. It's only going to get worse as Russia cements its grip on the world's energy supply:

Russia's position in the energy market will also strengthen as construction begins on a Siberian pipeline scheduled to start pumping crude oil into Asia in 2008, and an undersea Baltic pipeline connecting Russia directly to Germany. PetroCanada is also discussing a deal with Gazprom that could send liquefied natural gas to North America.

These are some nasty bastards with a wealth of energy resources at their disposal. It's not an encouraging picture for the rest of us.

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October 13, 2005

Yemen

Jane Novak has a must read article up on her blog about what's going on on Yemen -- everything from drug smuggling to chemical weapons

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October 7, 2005

Info Overload

I've been reading thorugh the links on this flu pandemic info site, and my brain is hurting.

In a few places, I've seen a recommendation of getting a pneumonia vaccine to potentially ward of developing pneumonia as a result of the avian flu. Anyone out there with medical knowledge that knows if this is something one should do?

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October 5, 2005

1918=Birds

1918 killer flu 'came from birds'

The Spanish flu virus that killed 50 million people in 1918-19 was probably a strain that originated in birds, research has shown.

US scientists have found the 1918 virus shares genetic mutations with the bird flu virus now circulating in Asia.

Writing in Nature, they say their work underlines the threat the current strain poses to humans worldwide.

A second paper in Science reveals another US team has successfully recreated the 1918 virus in mice.

The virus is contained at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under stringent safety conditions.

It is hoped to carry out experiments to further understand the biological properties that made the virus so virulent.

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And analysis of the final three pieces of the virus' genetic code has revealed mutations that have striking similarities to those found in flu viruses found only in birds, such as the H5N1 strain currently found in south east Asia.

This strain has so far killed at least 65 people.

Many experts believe it is only a matter of time before H5N1, or a similar strain, causes many deaths in humans - possibly after combining with a human flu strain.

Crucially, the mutations identified by the US researchers were found in genes which control the virus' ability to replicate in host cells.

The researchers say these mutations may have helped the 1918 virus replicate more efficiently.

At this stage, they say the H5N1 strain shares only some, and not all, of these mutations.

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Dr Terrence Tumpey, of the US CDC, defended the decision to recreate the 1918 flu virus.

He said: "We felt we had to recreate the virus and run these experiments to understand the biological properties that made the 1918 virus so exceptionally deadly.

"We wanted to identify the specific genes responsible for its virulence, with the hope of designing antivirals or other interventions that would work against virulent pandemic or epidemic influenza viruses."

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October 4, 2005

Hopeful

You know my thing lately is the potential Avian Flu Pandemic. TMH's Bacon Bits has some hopeful news.

I was also pleased to read this today.

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September 28, 2005

Oh, Yay

Left-Handedness May Raise Breast Cancer Risk

When I first heard about this a few days ago, it sounded much worse than this article seems to think it is. Looks like I don't have much extra to worry about after all.

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September 16, 2005

Scary News For The Day

Avian Flu: Is the Government Ready for an Epidemic?

One the one hand, it's like any disaster, and we should prepare. But unlike an earthquake, this makes me feel more than a little hopeless. It's going to kill me regardless, so why bother? On the other other hand, pandemics are one of my life long 'big fears', so that probably fuels the 'hopeless' aspect. But what really upsets me is thinking about protecting my family, and if I get sick, what will happen to them? One of the downsides to being the family 'fixer,' I guess. My mum was ill a great deal, in and out of hospital, when I was young, and my father was emotionally useless, so I was the grownup at a young age. So my first reaction is to circle the wagons and organize the crap out of any given situation :) Can't really do that in this case.

Welcome to doom and gloom corner.

A little later: I've been mulling after reading a few things on the potential Avian Flu pandemic. What are we actually supposed to do? I'd like to know beforehand, as opposed to during, myself. For example, let's say you have your supplies and there's a pandemic. Should you self quarantine? I know back in the day, people would just stay home as much as possible so they wouldn't get sick. So do you stay home, basically quit your job, to hell with the creditors, and batten down the hatches? What about face masks? Will they help at all? What should, and what can we do, as far as caring for the sick in our own families since the medical system is going to be overwhelmed? Are there any medicines that could aid that you could actually get in advance to put in your emergency kit? What if you're someone like me who's had pneumonia twice and has asthma? Is there any other precaution we should take in dealing with a disease that kills by heading straight to the lungs? Should I get an oxygen tank? Heck if I know!

See? This is how my brain works, frightening as that is.

Later: World has slim chance to stop flu pandemic

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August 2, 2005

If or When?

When I read something like this, I always think "when", not "if". I have for decades now. Probably when I read a short story when I was a teenager about a nuclear bomb on a barge going off in New York Harbour. I don't remember who wrote it, or the title, but I do remember it placing the certain thought in my head that some event like that would happen within my lifetime. Back in the seventies, I'm not sure if I had a 'face' on the perpetrators -- but I do now.

That's me, Miss Doom & Gloom since 1968 (First grade when I thought the Soviets were going to bomb us due to a miscommunication about a pending 'duck & cover' drill)

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July 27, 2005

Luring Children

Happy Week leads to jail for women

Three women in Indonesia face jail sentences of up to five years if found guilty on charges of trying to convert children to Christianity. The case against Rebekka Zakaria, Ratna Mala Bangun and Ety Pangesti, stems from the trios involvement in a childrens holiday initiative -- Happy Week -- in West Java. The camp was organised for local Christian children, but allowed Muslim children to attend with parental consent and supervision.

The charges against the women was brought by the local chapter of the Indonesian Council of Muslim Clerics who alleged that the women enticed Muslim children to participate and also that they tried to convert the youngsters to Christianity. The women were arrested despite the fact that all children had full parental consent. None of the children changed religion and reportedly no complaints have been lodged by the childrens families.

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July 19, 2005

Perspective

When I read something like this, it certainly puts my problems in perspective.

.... China, in support of the North Korean regime and in violation of the United Nations treaty on treatment of refugees, arrests the refugees and sends them back to be interrogated, put in camps, and even executed. China reportedly has special units to hunt down and arrest refugees and pays bounties to people who turn in refugees in hiding.

Women and children are increasingly the majority of refugees crossing the river into China. If they can locate a friend or relative's house, they have a chance at finding a safe haven. But if the ethnic Korean Chinese traffickers find them first, they are abducted and sold, either to men as informal wives or concubines or to karaoke clubs for prostitution. Their price and destination are determined by their age and appearance. China's one-child policy has resulted in a deficit of women from selective abortions, infanticide, and the selling off of girl babies. Kidnapping and trafficking have become common ways that Chinese men acquire women.

The women are raped by sellers and buyers. Some of the traffickers are looking for a woman for themselves, and they sell the other ones. According to an activist who makes regular trips to China to assist refugees, women are mostly sold in cities in Jilin Province in northeast China. He has gone to karaoke clubs in search of women and found that the clubs were protected by Chinese police. A young woman refugee said that Chinese officials are complicit in the trafficking of North Korean women.

Once a woman is sold, she is completely powerless. If she offers any protest, she is threatened with exposure to the Chinese authorities. There are reported cases of vengeful men reporting women to the police. They are then deported to North Korea. Most often, women are resold to another man after the original buyer tires of them.

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June 20, 2005

Nightmare Scenario

Pandemics have always been both a fear and an interest of mine. Fear, obviously for the future, and interest in historical events like the Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918. So, as you might expect, my antenna has been all a buzz lately with the threat of an Avian Flu Pandemic.

Here's a link to an article I read today: A Nightmare Scenario

Also this: The Next Pandemic which has a roundup of several articles.

I remember reading a few years back that the head of the CDC had a remote cabin for his family to go to in case of another pandemic. That news certainly didn't do much to make me think that maybe I just worry too much. Realistically, how do you prepare? Other than living on a mountain somewhere like Grizzly Adams?

(Anyone else ever see the Brit series, "Survivors"?)

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May 12, 2005

The Hit List

Tomorrow, the latest base closure list comes out. Rumour has it that there's a good chance that DLI and/or NPGS will be on it. Keeping my fingers crossed it's not going to happen again (we lost Ft Ord already). And keeping good thoughts for you and your job, Eclectra!!

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March 26, 2005

More Random Thoughts

I guess what I keep coming back to, that in a country that's seemingly fixated on "conflicts of interest", that it isn't one for Michael Schiavo to be married in all but the "I do's" to another woman and have children with her. It would seem that even if his intentions were as pure as the driven snow, that fact alone would be enough to disqualify him from making death decisions for his, in all but the divorce papers, ex-wife. We keep hearing what "Terri would have wanted", so would she have still wanted to be legally married to a man who had a new wife and family?

Not really looking for answers, more I'm just thinking out loud. But don't let that stop anyone from contributing their 2 cents.

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March 24, 2005

How Will They Label Him?

Since they can't accuse Ralph Nader of being a rightwing, hysterical Christian fanatic, what will they call him?

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Small Government

I'm not a lawyer, or a constitutional scholar, and this is something I'm honestly confused about. I'm hoping someone out there can explain it to me in little tiny words I can understand. My confusion is basically this: conservatives who are angry with the President and Congress for taking on the Terri Schiavo case. They say it's "big government". Now, I'm all against big government, but to me big government is huge programs like trying to run local schools from a Federal level. Not sure that's the best example, but there you go. To me, this seems like "small government" -- our elected officials taking the time to be concerned with one woman, one citizen. Not some huge bureaucracy, but a single person, like you or me. Who, if not our elected representatives, should we be able to turn to when all else fails? Isn't a matter of life and death worth the time and attention of those we elect to represent us? I frequently get notices in the mail from my congressman with his office hours and contact information if I need to ask for his help with something. Seems to me that's what they're there for. Are we supposed to be at the mercy of the courts? Are they the final arbiters of all aspects of our lives?

So explain it to me if you would.

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March 10, 2005

Echoing My Dark Thoughts

The things that keep me awake at night: disease as a weapon, especially some sort of weaponized smallpox. I don't talk about it much, because frankly, it does bring people down. Most people I know don't really give such things a second thought, and probably think I'm a tad morbid for giving them as much thought, as much worry, as I do. I was pretty sure, when I was a teenager, that some bio-weapon would escape a lab and nearly wipe out the human race (rather like in the Brit series, "Survivors"). I used to plan in my head what I would do, how I would try and protect my family. Yes, I was a cheery child, huh? Now those dark imaginings are much more real to me. It would seem Peggy Noonan is having similar feelings:

.... Man has never devised a weapon he hasn't eventually used. When you live in the age of WMDs you have to assume they'll eventually be used. And if you assume that, then you have to take steps to keep people as safe as possible as long as possible, and you have to be thinking about how to help them if the next big bad thing happens. Right now, a wise man recently complained, we're essentially waiting to be attacked. Waiting does not seem prudent.

I am not saying nothing is being done. We are searching out the wicked in foreign lands; we are attempting to break terror cells; we are attempting to get imprisoned terrorists to talk. We have a Homeland Security Department but it is in a continual gearing-up stage, as new bureaucracies, as bureaucracies in general, tend to be.

[....]

As citizens I think we should ask questions every day. What is the status of vaccine production? Most of our children have never been vaccinated against smallpox. But we know smallpox is one biological weapon that terrorists may use against us.

[....]

To this day I don't think there is a politician in America willing to sound the gong consistently on civil defense, because to build up support for toughening our civil defense you have to tell people the facts, again and again. Politicians don't want to sound like fear mongers. They don't want to look eccentric or obsessed. And they don't want to be tuned out. I think the general feeling among political leaders on civil defense is they're afraid America will look at them and say, "You are ruining my high. You are so bringing me down." No one wants to hear again and again that you're a target. But we are a target.

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December 28, 2004

There Aren't Words

Like Jen, I really have no words for the disaster in South East Asia. Of course, disaster doesn't even begin to cover it. Biblical words like lamentation, cataclysm, desolation, and calamity keep going through my head. But what to actually say? I have no idea. What can you possibly say to convey such an unimaginable thing. And now I'm reading that the death toll is over 50,000. It just gets more horrific as every day passes.

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December 1, 2004

Holland, Eugenics, and Murder

The Captain has a well thought out post on the Netherlands and their policy of euthanizing children under twelve that have been deemed unfit to live.

Less than 60 Years after the horrors of the holocaust were revealed to the world, we are already back at the 1924 debate that raged in Germany over euthanaisa and who determines what people should live or die.
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September 14, 2004

Syrian WMD In Sudan?

This article just dropped on one of the many email lists I'm on: Syria tested chemical arms on civilians in Darfur region

Syria tested chemical weapons on civilians in Sudan's troubled western Darfur region in June and killed dozens of people.

The German daily Die Welt newspaper, in an advance release of its Wednesday edition, citing unnamed western security sources, said that injuries apparently caused by chemical arms were found on the bodies of the victims.

It said that witnesses quoted by an Arabic news website called ILAF in an article on August 2 had said that several frozen bodies arrived suddenly at the "Al-Fashr Hospital" in the Sudanese capital Khartoum in June.

Die Welt said the sources had indicated that the weapons tests were undertaken following a military exercise between Syria and Sudan.

Syrian officers were reported to have met in May with Sudanese military leaders in a Khartoum suburb to discuss the possibility of improving cooperation between their armies.

According to Die Welt, the Syrians had suggested close cooperation on developing chemical weapons, and it was proposed that the arms be tested on the rebel SPLA, the Sudan People's Liberation Army, in the south.

But given that the rebels were involved in peace talks, the newspaper continued, the Sudanese government proposed testing the arms on people in Darfur.

Of course, it makes you wonder if what the Syrians are using is courtesy of Saddam.

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August 18, 2004

MEMRI Reports

Iranian Talk Of an Attack On America

There are growing indications that Iran may be planning an attack on American soil. These indicators are not secret they appear in speeches,newspaper articles, TV programs, and sermons in Iran by figures linked to the supreme leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and other government officials, all discussing potential Iranian attacks on America, which will subsequently lead to its destruction.

A report on May 28 in Al-Sharq Al-Awsat reported that an Iranian intelligence unit has established a center called The Brigades of the Shahids of the Global Islamic Awakening.The paper claimed that it had obtained a tape with a speech by Hassan Abbassi, a Revolutionary Guards intelligence theoretician who teaches at Al-Hussein University. In the tape, Mr. Abbassi spoke of Tehrans secret plans, which include a strategy drawn up for the destruction of Anglo-Saxon civilization. In order to accomplish this, he explained,There are 29 sensitive sites in the U.S. and in the West. We have already spied on these sites and we know how we are going to attack them.

Posted by Ith at 11:17 AM

More On "Priorities"

After responding to the comments here, it occurred to me that it should be a post.

I can't remember exactly when I realized, that as a girl, I was very lucky to be living in the western world. By the time I was a teenager, the plight of women and girls in other parts of the world was something I was very passionate about. Like my commenter though, I found very little interest in discussing, or even acknowledging, the subject. Twenty odd years later, I'm still finding it frustrating.

Whether it's infanticide of girls in China and India, genital mutilation in Africa and using rape as a tool of terror (as referenced in the article linked here), the total lack of rights and abuse of women in some Islamic countries, the sex slave trade, or what was happening under the Taliban, there seems to be little will to try and do anything about it. As much as I loath organizations like NOW, they still have a powerful platform to shine light on the plight of women around the world. But it's something they seem to have no interest in doing.

We in the western world had no problem imposing sanctions on South Africa for apartheid. Why aren't we imposing sanctions on countries that practice gender apartheid? We aren't even willing to make a symbolic stand by banning those countries from competing in the Olympics. Yes, I'm aware that there are some aspects that are being addressed. I know the Bush administration is taking steps, and many Christian groups are working to stop the sex slave trade, but few people are aware they are, or even that such things exist.

Is there a solution? I don't know. I just know that I'm thankful every day for the life I'm blessed to lead here in this country. I can only hope that in the future, more and more women will be able to feel that sense of thankfulness in countries where they now are brutalized.

Posted by Ith at 9:52 AM | Comments (3)

August 10, 2004

Makes You Wonder

I'd read something about this last year, but Mind of Mog has some new information on Saddam and West Nile.

I gotta tell you, I'm as suspicious as hell.

Posted by Ith at 8:42 AM | Comments (4)

August 9, 2004

French Anti-Semitism At Auschwitz

Jewish students attacked at Auschwitz

While on a tour of the museum at the Auschwitz death camp in Poland on Sunday, a group of around 50 Jewish university students from Israel, the U.S. and Poland were verbally attacked by a three-member gang of French male tourists.

Evidently incited by the presence of an Israeli flag wrapped around the shoulders of Tamar Schuri, an Israeli student from Ben Gurion University, the first assailant ran at the group while its members were being guided through a model gas chamber and crematoria and began swearing and hurling anti-Semitic and anti-Israeli insults.

"He told us to go back to Israel and said that we were stupid and should be ashamed to walk around with an Israeli flag," testifies Maya Ober, a 21-year-old Polish student at the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan and member of the Polish Union of Jewish Students (PUSZ), which organized the 16-day summer learning program along with the World Union of Jewish Students (WUJS).

After the initial altercation, a second assailant grabbed Ober by the arm. "One of the guys held me by the arm and wouldn't let go," says Ober, who lost several members of her family at Auschwitz. "I was afraid. I couldn't move and I didn't know what he was going to do.

"I was shocked. Although I have met anti-Semitism many times, I never expected to meet it at Auschwitz, where so many of my relatives were killed," she says she spoke to the assailants in French and that in addition to being "brutish and vulgar," their sentiments "made absolutely no sense."

Posted by Ith at 9:33 AM | Comments (3)

July 22, 2004

Bomb Threat Aboard Turkish Ship off U.S.

Thursday, July 22, 2004

WASHINGTON A report of a bomb aboard a Turkish merchant ship Thursday forced the U.S. Coast Guard (search) to escort the vessel away from the port of Philadelphia and out into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Delaware, senior Defense officials told FOX News.

The ship's master notified authorities about the possible bomb, officials said. The information was revealed after the captain refused to have portions of the ship searched by the Coast Guard.

Upon reaching a safe distance off the coast, officials planned to inspect the ship.

This particular vessel is well known to authorities and its prior movements have been tracked, senior Defense officials said.

Posted by Ith at 11:47 AM | Comments (2)

Even Though...

I'm not a mom, I am a sister and a daughter, and this is how I feel too.

(So maybe I'm a "Security Spinster"?)

Later the next day: I just read this post of Katie's and I think being an "Eowyn Voter", is more pleasing than being a "Security Spinster" :)

(This Eowyn line, "Those without swords can still die upon them" has been a sig quote of mine for a few years now.)

Posted by Ith at 11:30 AM | Comments (3)

For Kicks?

According to this article at NRO, it appears the Syrians on Annie Jacobson's flight have been identified. I was thinking about it last night, and if these are the guys, and they did act in a purposely suspicious manner, you gotta wonder why? Now this is my cynical thought: because they got their kicks out of mentally terrorizing a bunch of infidels. I remembered that incident shortly after 9/11 when there was a group of Arab men in the Denny's who purposely made the woman sitting in the booth next to them think they might be terrorists. So the band members weren't terrorists, but there's a very good chance they have sympathy for terrorists and are in agreement with their cause and methods. Why not pass the time on the plane freaking out their fellow passengers?

Hey, I said it was a cynical thought. But that's the kind of gal I am.

Posted by Ith at 9:03 AM | Comments (3)

July 16, 2004

Keeping Updated

I really am trying to stick to happy, birthday type, posts, but I am also keeping up on the "Terror in the Skies" story from yesterday. New updates are here.

Posted by Ith at 1:12 PM

July 15, 2004

Still Freaked

I haven't been able to get my mind off the article in the post I did a few hours back. I saw a headline yesterday that said the airlines were expecting a record summer, and if you combine that with the concern in the government about potential attacks this summer, it all adds up to really, really bad.

If I wasn't in full "Nervous Nelly" mode before, I sure am now.

Later the next day: (technically this doesn't count as a post) Michelle Malkin has some updates.

Still later: A little background on the subject Willow talked about in the comments. (It's from a post I did in April, but it's relevant, I believe)

And yet later: Michelle Malkin has a followup.

A snippet:

.... the Washington Post has been sitting on the true story of Annie Jacobsen's "Terror in the Skies" account since last Friday.

Rod Dreher from The Corner adds to the information out there.

Posted by Ith at 4:10 PM | Comments (4)

Chilling

I found this link over on Michelle Malkin's blog. Remember what happened to James Woods just before 9/11? Yeah. That.

Posted by Ith at 12:42 PM | Comments (3)

July 12, 2004

Countdown To The Next Strike

Very good piece here.

Publicly, most government officials do not believe or at least will not confirm they believe Al-Qaida or other terrorists groups have acquired atomic weapons. Privately, as one senior intelligence official told me, there is growing concern the ultimate nightmare might be true.
Posted by Ith at 11:07 AM | Comments (1)

June 30, 2004

Their President?

Currently, I'm involved in a spirited email list conversation between the conservatives on the list and the liberals. Yesterday, I was talking about the hate out there for the President, and how Dems don't seem to be "for" Kerry, just "against" Bush. Everyday I see assorted bumper stickers, like, "Impeach Bush", "When Bush Became President a Village Lost Its Idiot", I've even seen one that said, "Barbara Bush Should Have Had An Abortion". Now, here in left wing headquarters aka Monterey, you aren't too surprised that the fringe is out in full force, but it's not just the fringe, is it?

This ad that was placed in "The Nation" magazine is exactly what I'm talking about. And then you have Al Gore in his now infamous "Digital Brown Shirts" speech. He isn't on the fringe, he's a mainstream Democrat. Yet he invokes not only Nazism in his speech, but Stalinism as well, and all to describe Republicans. It's what I expect from the looney left, the kind of folks who have the bumper stickers, but this is man who was almost our President. (and I say "our", not "their", the Democrats.) This man, who may have been my President thinks I'm a Nazi. If that isn't an expression of hate for those that disagree with him, I don't know what is. I never hated Al Gore, I didn't vote for him, but not because I hated him. However, Gore equates disagreement to being a "Digital Brown Shirt", a Nazi. And John Kerry hasn't even made a token attempt to distance himself from such smears, or similar pronouncements from other supposed "mainstream" Democrats. Should I perceive that as tactic agreement? And if he wins, what then? Will he be my President, or just theirs?

I never envisioned ever having to ask such a question. It saddens me that I have to.

Posted by Ith at 6:25 PM | Comments (6)

May 26, 2004

Good Point

Wanted to share this post of Michael Graham's from The Corner this morning:

SHUT DOWN ALL THE AIRPORTS--NOW! If I understand Mr. Moore and co. correctly, President Bush is responsible for the deaths in the World Trade Center and Pentagon because he didn't act on intelligence reports at the time.

Those intelligence reports went something like this:

"U.S. officials have obtained new intelligence deemed highly credible indicating al-Qaida or other terrorists are in the United States and preparing to launch a major attack this summer, The Associated Press has learned.

The intelligence does not include a time, place or method of attack but is among the most disturbing received by the government [in three years], according to a senior federal counterterrorism official who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Tuesday."

This is an AP report from TODAY. So if the Bush-bashers are right, why was Logan Airport open this morning? Shouldn't the president have grounded all commercial air traffic right now?

And if he did, can you imagine the reaction?

So tell me again, Mr. Moore--why was 9/11 President Bush's fault?

Posted by Ith at 10:46 AM | Comments (4)

May 17, 2004

Depressing

Sometimes, I think I should just shut the computer off. Just tabbing over to the Drudge Report was enough to put me off for the rest of the day. A picture of Michael Moore, smug in his triumph at making money off of lies, greets you, along with a headline that only confirms the hate and ignorance of the European & Hollywood entertainment class. And it's all downhill from there. All bad news all the time -- it's mentally exhausting.

While the Michael Moore types gloat and wallow in their hate, happy to be doing so, I get this prickling little feeling that they're the equivalent of those that would rearrange the deck chairs on the Titanic. We're headed for something bad and they're helping push us off the cliff.

I should have stayed in bed, right?

Posted by Ith at 10:58 AM | Comments (2)

May 7, 2004

A Grudge?

Does John McCain have some sort of grudge agaisnt Rumsfeld? I'm listening to this questioning on the radio, and McCain is just hammering at Rumsfeld like he's his mortal enemy. Very unpelasant.

Lord, now Kennedy has started pontificating.

Posted by Ith at 9:47 AM | Comments (5)

March 17, 2004

Here's Hoping I'm Wrong

The usual -- watching FNC just before work, and they had two former party heads (DNC & RNC) on commenting on a new article today on what we need to decide as a country before the election, should a terror attack happen. Now, I may have been too unawake to or something, but it sure seemed like the Dem guy was refusing to rule out using a terror attack before the election for political purposes. Every time the anchor pressed him on the point, he kept wriggling out of it. I guess I shouldn't be shocked, but I am. How hard would it have been to unequivocally state that they wouldn't use an attack to their political advantage right before the election?

Did anyone else see this segment? I'm hoping I got the nuances all wrong.

Posted by Ith at 7:50 AM

February 26, 2004

Where's My Handbasket?

I finally got to read the Orson Scott Card essay I'd been reading about all over, and as usual, it left me with lots to think about. It did touch upon what I think I have been most disquieted by; the courts, and public officials in San Francisco, taking it upon themselves to decide something that will have consequences we can't know. They shouldn't have that power.

.... Regardless of their opinion of homosexual "marriage," every American who believes in democracy should be outraged that any court should take it upon itself to dictate such a social innovation without recourse to democratic process.

[...]

You can't add a runway to an airport in America without years of carefully researched environmental impact statements. But you can radically reorder the fundamental social unit of society without political process or serious research.

What was supposed to be checks and balances seems to be becoming a system of elite know-it-alls imposing their vision of what's right and wrong on the rest of us. This isn't a new feeling, just one that has more or less crystallized over the last few weeks. I don't know, maybe the article just depressed me. I certainly feel depressed. I think it would be an easier on my psyche if I were firmly entrenched on one side of this or the other. But, I'm not, so I feel incredibly torn.

I guess I need to remind myself that every generation thinks that its the one that's going to go hell in a handbasket, and yet, we muddle through to the next one. Maybe that's the best anyone can hope for.

I'll try to quit with the maudlin posting now.

Honest.

Posted by Ith at 5:06 PM

February 9, 2004

Now Add A Little Doom & Gloom

Researchers Determine Reason For Deadly Spread Of 1918 Influenza

Climate Collapse: The Pentagon's Weather Nightmare

Now this one I found quite interesting. I've never subscribed to the modern man causing global warming theory, but I have been aware that nature can turn on a dime and we could experience swift and dramatic climate change. We've been fairly fortunate in the teensy space of time we inhabit, but there's no guarantee it'll last.Good to know the government is on the ball, just in case.

On a related note, I remember a book in the 80's, I think by Larry Niven, where there's a mini ice age in the near future and how we cope with it. Anyone else recall that one?

Posted by Ith at 5:28 PM | Comments (4)

February 5, 2004

Auschwitz Under Our Noses

If you read one of my links today, it should be this one.

.... Look, for example, at the international reaction to a documentary, aired last Sunday night on the BBC. It described atrocities committed in the concentration camps of contemporary North Korea, where, it was alleged, chemical weapons are tested on prisoners. Central to the film was the testimony of Kwon Hyuk, a former administrator at a North Korean camp. "I witnessed a whole family being tested on suffocating gas and dying in the gas chamber," he said. "The parents, son and a daughter. The parents were vomiting and dying, but till the very last moment they tried to save the kids by doing mouth-to-mouth breathing." The documentary also included testimony from a former prisoner, who says she saw 50 women die after being deliberately fed poison. And it included documents smuggled out of the country that seemed to sentence a prisoner to a camp "for the purpose of human experimentation."
Posted by Ith at 5:53 PM | Comments (2)

October 29, 2003

Update

Da Goddess has an update, and a roundup of links, on the San Diego fires.

Posted by Ith at 5:33 PM | Comments (1)

October 18, 2003

Iran & Nukes

They're interviewing the guy who wrote this book: The Road to Armageddon on FNC. He's saying that the Iranians currently have at least three warheads they bought from the Russians. The only thing keeping them from being operational is their inability to convert them for use on their missles.

Some happy news for your Saturday.

Posted by Ith at 1:49 PM | Comments (1)

October 13, 2003

Not How You Want To See Your Local News...

make the national news.

Two Women Found Dead in Cabin in California's Big Sur Region

Here's hoping we don't have a nutcase wandering the Central Coast.

Posted by Ith at 5:15 PM

October 4, 2003

Sometimes...

..I wonder if I should keep the TV and computer off at least one day a week.

Homicide Bomber Kills 19 in Haifa Restaurant

Posted by Ith at 1:32 PM

August 29, 2003

Flu Of Mass Destruction

Flu could be next terror weapon, warn scientists

Posted by Ith at 5:52 PM

July 3, 2003

Spanish Flu Revisited

Flu could be next terror weapon, warn scientists

Forget anthrax and smallpox, influenza could easily be turned into the next weapon of mass destruction, scientists said today.

They sounded their warning as researchers come close to completing the blueprint for the virus of the 1918 'flu epidemic that killed up to 40 million people globally.

"Taken together with the fact that influenza virus is readily accessible and may be causing more deaths than previously suspected, the possibility for genetic engineering and aerosol transmission suggests an enormous potential for bioterrorism," the University of Texas scientists said.

Writing in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, the team led by Dr Mohammed Madjid noted that last century a series of 'flu epidemics from Spain to Russia and Hong Kong had killed millions of people as the virus naturally mutated.

They pointed out that sequencing of the genome of the 1918 Spanish 'flu epidemic was nearly complete, opening the door to unscrupulous scientists to build an even more potent virus.

Posted by Ith at 5:07 PM