May 162010
 

~NWV

Finally, the full concept of Sustainable Development is rooted in what we call the three E’s – Social Equity, Economic Prosperity, and Ecological Integrity. To simply focus on the planning aspects of Sustainable Development is to miss the entire social aspect of it.

Randall O’Toole Misses the Fine Print

At a recent property rights conference in Bozeman, Montana, anti-Smart Growth spokesman Randall O’Toole was taking part in a panel discussion when he was asked a question concerning my opposition to Agenda 21 and Sustainable Development. Said the questioner, “DeWeese calls the sustainability doctrine ‘a complete agenda of control,’ that has been largely embraced by most aspects of the government.” O’Toole was asked to comment on that.

O’Toole responded by downplaying the significance of the UN and Agenda 21. Whether it is true or not, he said, it is not relevant in the process of addressing the issues, and in fact, will most likely diminish credibility because it starts sounding like a “black helicopter” conspiracy. Instead, O’Toole said, the focus should be that “they are taking away our rights.” He then said, “it really isn’t the UN. It is our own urban planning profession and the American Planning Association.”

O’Toole’s comments have actually enlightened me to an issue that has been a puzzle for years. Why do so many in the Washington, D.C. conservative/libertarian movement ignore Agenda 21 and Sustainable Development? I’ve witnessed their passion to oppose the combined scams dealing with global warming and Cap and Trade. Sustainable Development is totally based on the premise that global warming is destroying the earth and that reducing green house gases through sustainable policy is the only way to prevent it.

Of course, O’Toole, with his ties to the CATO Institute and the Reason Foundation, aggressively opposes Smart Growth policy, which is one-fourth of Sustainable Development policy – yet he never mentions it. How can he be so involved in parts of the puzzle and yet leave out the major pieces? Now he tells us – to do otherwise would make him and his cohorts seem “silly” to the powers in government. We wouldn’t want that. O’Toole wants to be taken “seriously!” So, he will just deal with the immediate policy in front of him and ignore its roots. Got it.

Well, I beg to disagree with Randall O’Toole on so many levels. Agenda 21 and Sustainable Development are about much more than planning commissions and development. It is an entire philosophy that encompasses every aspect of our lives.

To ignore Agenda 21 and Sustainable Development is to disregard the REASONS behind and the EFFECTS of the policy in our daily lives. For example, O’Toole says we should just “focus on explaining the importance of our property rights.”

JUST educate yourself on Agenda 21

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May 162010
 

~ Fred W. Baker III, American Forces Press Service

The ceremony began much as any typical military procession does – with troops called to formation.

“I need a four-man front. Give me a four-man front,” yelled a platoon leader.

The troops joked and shifted, jostling about and adjusting spacing.

“Everybody in this row right here, shift back one,” the leader called out.

The commands for uniformity kept coming, customary of getting a platoon ready to look its best.

“If you’ve got a water bottle, get rid of it!”

“Zippers should be zipped up to the writing on the jackets.”

But for all of the commands sounded, one stood out and marked the uniqueness of both the occasion and the troops who made up the ranks.

“If you’re in a wheelchair, move to the front.”

About 200 servicemembers marched down the center of the U.S. Olympic Training Center here yesterday before an enthusiastic crowd of local people, families and volunteers at the opening ceremony of the inaugural Warrior Games.

Hundreds of spectators waved flags, took pictures and cheered and clapped as the formation of troops passed by basking in what has become the gold standard of community support this new generation of veterans enjoys. Hailed as hometown heroes well beyond their capability to take up arms on the battlefield, they are a group of war-wounded veterans who redefine the term “standing on your own two feet.”

The ceremonial torch was delivered by a double-leg amputee who had plans to parachute in, an entrance that high winds prevented. In fact, the five troops selected to represent their services carrying the torch along the Olympic path had barely two pairs of real legs among them.

Army Sgt. Robert Price took the torch for the first few steps. His right leg was claimed by a bomb in Iraq in 2007. Price has eyes on making the 2012 U.S. Paralympic team, and he describes himself as a “prior” wounded warrior. He now spends his time in the Army helping others who are just beginning their recovery.

Price joked that he was about as nervous carrying the torch as he was on combat missions in Iraq.

“It’s all eyes on you,” he said, and then he laughed.

It is not the physical limitations of these troops that define the games — the omission of the word “wounded” in the title is not unintentional. It is the spirit of these warriors that leaders hope to capture. It is the fight that is left that drives them to compete. It is their dreams that keep them alive.

Navy Master Chief Petty Officer James Wilson was grateful for the dark Ray-Ban sunglasses he wore as he traveled down the path carrying the torch. The salty, 32-year veteran sailor said he was glad no one could see the tears streaming down his face.

Wilson has always been athletic, and like most children, he once dreamed of a sports career on the playing field. But real life led to a career in the Navy. He stayed connected by coaching sports and staying in shape until a 40-foot-fall from a ship in 2003 broke his neck and back, and eventually claimed his right leg.

“I was speechless,” Wilson said of the moment he was asked to lead his team at the games. “That was a dream of mine since I was a child. I thought I’d never realize it.” This week, Wilson will stand against all odds on a sports field wearing a U.S. uniform and competing against troops half his age.

“I’m going to hold out just fine. It’s these guys I’m worried about,” he joked.

Jokes are as abundant here as prosthetic limbs.

Air Force Tech. Sgt. Israel Del Toro, who was burned over 80 percent of his body by a bomb blast in Afghanistan, is notorious for joking about his very visible injuries.

“I didn’t want to get burned,” he deadpanned when asked what he was thinking as he carried the torch for the Air Force.

Del Toro, or “DT” as he is called, will compete in a host of events, taking on all comers.

“I want to see how good I can do,” he said. “It doesn’t matter if I am first, second, third or last, as long as I finish.”

Del Toro noted that he and the other competitors here are part inspired, part inspiration. There is an odd, harsh reality among this group. A troop struggling with one amputation is encouraged by someone who has overcome the challenges of a double amputation. In turn, they are inspired by a triple amputee.

It is difficult to feel sorry for yourself in this crowd — not because someone always has it worse, but because people who had been through worse have gone on to realize dreams they never thought possible.

Former Marine Lance Cpl. Chuck Sketch was told a year ago that he had about six months to live. His friends told him to find a nursing home where he could live out his last days. Sketch had joined the Marines 1991. He found out he had a brain tumor in 1993. In 1997, he lost his sight. In 1998, both of his legs were amputated because of blood clots.

“I thought my life was over. I didn’t think I would be able to do anything again,” Sketch said. But with the help of a determined father and some new chemotherapy introduced to the medical field, Sketch is still alive. And in the past year, he has skied, surfed and swum his way across the country participating in nearly every disabled veteran, Paralympic-sponsored, get-off-your-butt-and-do-it program he can sign up for.

“I never thought I would be here. Not in a million years,” he said.

Sketch is even working on his master’s degree at night school. His comrades chose the former Marine to carry the torch on their behalf.

“They like my sense of humor, and I have the biggest mouth,” he joked.

Sketch said troops here have to work much harder than able-bodied athletes to be where they are. A regular athlete starts training at Square One, he said. These troops, he noted, start at Square “Minus 500.”

“You’ve got to do so much just to get to the point where you can start training,” he said.

But don’t mistake Sketch’s remarks as a plea for sympathy. You won’t find any of that here. Sketch trained intensely, and now can perform the 1,500-meter freestyle swim faster than many of his two-legged counterparts.

When asked how he likely will fare this week, Sketch’s solemn vow is characteristic of the never-say-uncle, intensely competitive nature of all the troops here. Bonded by the brotherhood of war, brought together by the shared pain of fighting for their very lives, only one thing separates them: the color of their uniforms.

“I’m going to kick the Army’s butt,” Sketch said.

We Can All Learn...

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May 162010
 

Hat Tip *Green Eyes*

By Muhammad Ali Siddiqi @ Dawn.com

The proceedings at the Deobandi ulema’s recent conference in Lahore must be studied less for its expected refusal to condemn suicide bombings and more for the insight it gives into the psyche of a large section of our powerful ulema community.

Of equal significance are the fissures that came to the fore between hardliners and harder-liners. Evidently, the latter carried the day.

It was gratifying that at least some ulema — among them Maulana Samiul Haq — were cognisant of the negative impact which acts of terrorism were having not on the nation but on the Deobandi image.

While the delegates did indeed plead with the militants to adopt peaceful and democratic means for the establishment of Sharia in Pakistan, a majority of the ulema, according to Nasir Jamal’s reportage (Dawn, May 2), said terrorism would continue to haunt Pakistan as long as “factors and causes” responsible for it continued. What was mind-boggling, however, was the principle some ulema propounded to establish a link between terrorism and government policies.

Briefly, the ulema at the Lahore moot said that the government’s foreign policy was pro-America, and this obedience to commands from Washington in their opinion was the reason behind the militants’ war against the government. That this war against the government and the army translates itself into a war on the state of Pakistan itself was an issue into which the ulema chose not go.

Some ulema suggest the government’s ‘pro-America’ foreign policy justifies the militants’ war against it.

The list posted Here Deadly Muslim Deobandi Movement Now Present Throughout America

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May 162010
 

It was an early endorsement by a major interest group for Kagan, who is solicitor general, the government’s top lawyer at the Supreme Court.

WASHINGTON — The NAACP gave its backing Saturday to Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan, expressing confidence in President Barack Obama’s pick after early hesitation that she might not be a forceful defender of civil rights.

The nation’s oldest and largest civil rights group voted unanimously at a board meeting in Florida to endorse Kagan, in line to succeed retiring Justice John Paul Stevens. It was an early endorsement by a major interest group for Kagan, who is solicitor general, the government’s top lawyer at the Supreme Court.

The NAACP’s president, Benjamin Jealous, told The Associated Press that the group initially was concerned because Kagan, who never served as a judge, had little direct evidence or a record that she would actively promote civil rights. Many were worried that she might have an overly expansive view of executive power at the expense of individual liberties, and the group also had hoped to see a black woman appointed to the high court.

The National Action Network and its board of directors also endorsed her nomination. Rev. Al Sharpton, president of the organization, said Kagan “is worthy of the support of the civil rights community.” Sharpton said she has shown balance and fairness throughout her career.”

Kagan, 50, has received some support from conservative groups because of her efforts to reach across ideological divides, including the recruiting of conservative professors while she was Harvard Law School dean.

Jealous said the group ultimately was swayed by Kagan’s work as a solicitor general as well as her tenure as White House aide during the Clinton administration, where she sought to strengthen hate crimes legislation and civil rights enforcement. He also noted that Kagan, who clerked for Thurgood Marshall, the first black justice, was effective in boosting enrollment of black and Hispanic students when she was at Harvard.

“We don’t think any Supreme Court nominee walks on water,” Jealous said. “It was not an issue of whether we could live with her on one thing or another, but the question was whether we believed she would be an asset to the court.”

“We looked at her record, we spoke to people who worked with her as well as the civil rights community as a whole. The discussions painted a portrait of someone committed to civil rights and civil justice,” he said.

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May 162010
 

Atlanta 11 Alive

Georgia has now joined nineteen other states that have filed a lawsuit against the new healthcare reform laws that were passed earlier this year by Congress.

But it still won’t be state Attorney General Thurbert Baker’s office handling the litigation.

The lawsuit contends the federal government overstepped its bounds on healthcare, both on individual rights and state sovereignty.

“For the first time congress has made citizens purchase a product and that exceeds congressional authority,” said attorney Josh Belinfante. “Second the role Congress had in the Medicaid program has been fundamentally altered in a way that does not respect states’ sovereignty and role in the federal system. And that’s unconstitutional. That’s being challenged.”

Belinfante is one of a small army of pro-bono attorneys who have stepped in at the request of Governor Sonny Perdue to fight the feds in court.

“I’m not aware of another time when 20 states have bonded together to challenge congressional action under the united states constitution,” added Belinfante. “And I think that speaks to the egregiousness of the act and the significance these states are going to have.”

But Georgia Attorney General Thurbert Baker says the lawsuit doesn’t stand a chance. And that’s why he refused to participate.

“I’ve said from day one that this litigation will go nowhere,” said Baker. “This is litigation that at the end of the day loses. That’s why I took the position early on that it would be a waste of tax payer dollars to pursue litigation to overturn healthcare reform in Washington DC.”

Baker, who’s running for governor, says the law is clear… no matter your politics.

“We looked at the US constitution, we looked at the supremacy clause, the commerce clause, we looked at everything out there; all the arguments that are being raised,” Baker insisted. “And I could honestly find no basis upon which to bring this kind of litigation.”

The federal government is expected to mount a vigorous defense demanding the case be dismissed when it finally goes before a judge, which could take months.

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May 162010
 

Reuters via Yahoo

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada is tracking more than 200 people linked to al Qaeda and other organizations considered to be terrorist, the head of the nation’s spy service said in a rare public appearance on Tuesday.

Richard Fadden, head of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), also said he was particularly concerned by radicalized youths, whose families may have been in Canada for several generations, but who have become disenchanted with Canadian society.

“Confronting the threat from al Qaeda, its affiliates and its adherents remains our number one priority,” he told a parliamentary committee.

“As of this month CSIS is investigating over 200 individuals in this country whose activities meet the (official) definition of terrorism.”

As an indication of the potential threat to Canada, Fadden also mentioned the so-called Toronto 18, a group of mainly young men who were accused of plotting al Qaeda-inspired attacks on Canadian landmarks.

He said the Toronto 18 were an example of “second or third generation Canadians, who in some ways are relatively well integrated” but who had become “appallingly disenchanted with the way we want to structure our society.”

He added: “There are a number of such groups that we are investigating.”

CSIS and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police have been involved in a string of high-profile anti-terror cases in recent years, sometimes coming under strong criticism.

In the most infamous case, an inquiry found the RCMP falsely told their U.S. counterparts that software engineer Maher Arar had extremist links. The United States deported him to Syria in 2002, where he says he was tortured.

CSIS is also under fire over the separate case of three Canadians of Middle Eastern descent who say they were arrested in Syria and asked questions that could only have come from officials in Ottawa.

Fadden defended the links CSIS had with around 275 different agencies in 150 nations, saying such ties were crucial in the war on terror.

“To shy away from such engagement would in my view a form of unilateral disarmament in a dangerous world,” he said.

(Reporting by David Ljunggren; editing by Rob Wilson)

VIDEO : L.I. Dunkin’ Donuts At Center Of Terror Probe ~ The feds have turned their attention to a Long Island Dunkin’ Donuts, thinking the store could have been a terror money drop spot in Faisal Shahzad’s failed Times Square bomb plot. Marcia Kramer reports.

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May 162010
 

As federal authorities continue to investigate the failed Times Square car bombing, New York lawmakers are lobbing accusations at the Obama administration of “short-changing” anti-terror funding there.

Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y. , is seen a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009. (AP)

As federal authorities continue to investigate the failed Times Square car bombing, New York lawmakers are lobbing accusations at the Obama administration of “short-changing” anti-terror funding there.

Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y says the Department of Homeland Security is giving the city $111 million for mass transit security, a 27 percent cut from last year, and $34 million for port security, a 25 percent cut from last year.

But the administration says King is ignoring $100 million in stimulus funding that gives New York City a total of $245 million for port and transit security, a 24 percent increase from the Bush administration.

King counters that the stimulus money is from last year and is not renewed each year.

The quarrel comes just two weeks after a failed car bombing attempt in New York’s Times Square. The primary suspect, Faisal Shahzad, is cooperating with federal authorities who arrested three Pakistani men on Thursday.

King and Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., have voiced frustration this week that the administration has decreased the amount of money New York will get to protect against terror attacks.

Schumer says New York is “the prime target for terrorism in the US,” and that “federal anti-terror funding needs to reflect that reality.”

But Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says the city has left more than $275 million in federal anti-terror funds on the table going back to 2006.

On Friday, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano sent a letter to King, saying her department is “concerned” that the funding for port and transit security “has not yet been drawn down.”

In the letter, Napolitano said that DHS wants to “ensure these funds are put to work quickly.”

But King says that is news to him.

“I met with Secretary Napolitano on Thursday morning. She never even mentioned this to me. What they are talking about?” King told Fox News on Saturday.

“Any money that has not been used is because it’s being held up in their bureaucracy,” he said. “For them to take this cheap shot is really disgraceful. Do you really think Mayor Bloomberg would be holding $275 million in the bank with all the terrible economic crisis that face New York and the terrible security crisis that face us?”

Fox News’ Molly Henneberg contributed to this report.

NOTE: I heard on FNC yesterday that the administration was holding up these funds and blatantly said “Now that’s what you get for voting against the HC bill”

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May 162010
 

~NWV

Thanks to Blackie SM for finding this

I can only say that I found the video profoundly disturbing. It started an uproar in my gizzard and when that happens I have to talk about it. I am having to face something that I didn’t actually realize: My president is deeply loyal, reverent, affectionate and promoting of the Muslim faith.

FeelTheChangeMedia — August 07, 2009 — Obama admits that he is a Muslim. Obama bowing before a Muslim king. Obama talking about his Muslim family. Obama quoting from the Koran. Obama defending Islam. Obama visiting a Mosque. And many more clips of Obama and his Muslim connections. Legal Disclaimer: The writers, producers, and editors of this video are not claiming or implying that Barack Hussein Obama is a Muslim, or that Obama said he was a Muslim, rather they are only examining the evidence surrounding the rumor that Barack Hussein Obama might be a secret Muslim.

Warning: Everytime I watch this I need my BP pill…Has anyone every queried if he was there as a child WHY then does he SPEAK with a PERFECT muslim accent?!?!?! Besides he’s angry like a radical…but thats JUST my opinion…

Will America wake up in time to elect a Christian?

We all get e-mails of all shapes and sizes. It is often difficult to edit the smorgasboard of information. Though loaded with important and stupendous information coming from all angles, it is seldom that any one slug of ultra-pertinent information stands out against the rest.

That is until yesterday when I received an email bearing a youtube video of our current president. What the film maker has done is to search what probably amounted to hundreds of speeches and interviews. Out of these the film was edited down to specific statements made by our president about the muslim faith. The film is ten minutes long and I urge you at this point to access it on your computer. Make up your own mind about what the message is here.

This is “supposedly” the video that FOX NEWS has been trying to show that is constantly blocked by the administration.

I can only say that I found the video profoundly disturbing. It started an uproar in my gizzard and when that happens I have to talk about it. I am having to face something that I didn’t actually realize: My president is deeply loyal, reverent, affectionate and promoting of the Muslim faith. I was somewhat aware of this before, but did not realize the extent of his devotion. I was aware that he had some background, etc. – but didn’t think that he was at all serious about it. After watching this film I am agape, agog and flabbergasted. I fear for my country!

JUST read what Bernie has to say…

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May 162010
 

Townhall.com

Hat Tip Blackie SM

This past week blood spurted from my eyes like a horny toad I caught back in the 7th grade. What caused the ominous stream to emanate from my tear ducts and then travel a distance of three feet, you ask? Well, first of all, thank you for asking.

And since you’ve been so sweet to inquire about what drew my ire, here’s this week’s lousy list:

1. AG Eric Holder waffles on saying whether or not radical Islam was remotely responsible for the Fort Hood massacre, the attempted Christmas Day crotch bombing and the failed Times Square attack. I’ve got two words for the aforementioned AG: “Allahu Akbar!”

2. Holder 2.0’s condemnation of Arizona’s SB1070 coming before he admittedly even read the damn thing

Michelle Malkin

3. BHO’s appointment of Kagan to the SCOTUS—a lady who has problems with both the 1st and 2nd Amendments

4. Obama cutting NYC’s Homeland Security cash 11 days after the Times Square car bomb attempt while he bails out the Greek goobers with mega money

5. Viewing a cute 13-year-old girl talk about getting chided by a public schoolteacher for drawing an American flag …

6. And that would be the same American flag that Mexican high school students in California threw to the ground this week in one of many Cali and Arizona displays of illegal alien disdain for Old Glory

These combined events caused my blue eyes to turn red. Oft times when I get angst-addled my pen suffers, which makes it difficult for me articulate how I truly feel in a short op-ed. Like Jim Croce, my words just come out wrong, so I’ll have to express my emotions in a song.

Now, before my lefty critics queue up to criticize my poetic skills below, let me state here and now that I suck at songwriting. Having said that, I suck less than you do.

Yes, I fully realize that I am no Bono. (By the way, shouldn’t Bono and Bon Jovi be writing songs about Nashville and doing telethons to raise money for the Music City? What’s the matter Bono and Jon? Nashville not liberal enough for U2? Too many white Christians concentrated along the Cumberland for you to be encumbered by their plight? I know … there is no George Bush to blame! That’s it. It was staring me right in the face and I didn’t see it. No Bush, no bash. I’m so slow, I know. That’s probably why my first dog left me. )

Anyway, without further ado here’s a song about America and the gross road these socialists are trying to take it down (to be sung to the tune of “Born in the USA,” by Bruce Springsteen):..

Banned in the USA. Clap your hands.

Draw a picture of the president
Teacher says boy our taxes well spent
Pen a picture of the American flag
The same teacher turns into a witch and a nag

[Chorus]
Banned in the USA
Banned in the USA
Banned in the USA
Banned in the USA

Grandpa’s told that he cannot pray
Crosses vandalized ‘n ripped off in the Mojave
Our founders wouldn’t have it this way
Our religious liberty has become so passé.

Banned in the USA
Banned in the USA
Banned in the USA
Banned in the USA

Freedom lovers are our great asset
Napolitano calls ‘em security threats.
Moms and pops who wouldn’t hurt a fly
Obama and his boys now love to despise.

Banned in the USA
Banned in the USA
Banned in the USA
Banned in the USA
Our Constitution is our great gain
The lefties treat it with such disdain
They’re workin’ hard to strip our rights
Our good is evil
And our wrongs are rights

I’m a patience-gone daddy in the USA
Banned in the USA
I’m a scrappy rocking daddy in the USA
Banned in the USA

(Music video forthcoming.) …in the meantime…

March 28, 2007 — I am aware of the message Bruce Springsteen is really giving in the song, I put that aside to show support for America reguardless.

Need to Watch & JUST enjoy…


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