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Judge Rules Effort to Strip ACORN of Federal Funds Unconstitutional: "ACORN claimed in its lawsuit that Congress' decision to cut off its funding was unconstitutional because it punitively targeted an organization.... Quigley said millions of dollars in funds should begin to flow again to ACORN next week.... ACORN has been dogged by allegations of voter-registration fraud and embezzlement."
Audio From ACORN Claims Jerry Brown Will Whitewash Investigation by Capitol Confidential: "Lagstein is ACORN’s chief organizer in the San Diego area.... Lagstein notes that the Attorney General is a 'political animal.' He states that he has been in communication with Brown’s office and assures the crowd that 'the fault WILL be found with the people that did the video — not ACORN.' If that’s true, then the fix is in and Brown’s investigation is just a scam on the public. But, targeting the filmmakers will also put Brown’s office in an especially difficult position."
Rep. Bachmann: Federal Funding of ACORN Is Set to Resume at Month’s End: [Video] Criminals hired for census?
Crime, Census and Censorship: "....botched fingerprinting by ill-trained employees led to the hiring of some 36,000 census workers with insufficient background checks. 'More than 200' of those workers may have had serious criminal records.... Approximately 750 (42 percent) (of those) were terminated or were further reviewed because the Bureau determined their criminal records -- which included crimes such as rape, manslaughter and child abuse -- disqualified them...' ...Then there's the troubling alliance between the Census Bureau and the aggressively partisan Service Employees International Union -- whose many leading officials and organizing tactics are inextricably intertwined with ... the ACORN community organizing racket."
ACORN May Face Trial for First Time as Nevada Prosecutors Allege 'Widespread' Criminal Policies: "ACORN was using the names of those casino games as a cover to illegally pay workers to sign up voters as part of an illegal quota system. ...authorities have secured guilty pleas from several who admitted to falsifying voter registration forms. ...'We came across policy manuals that outline their [ACORN's] policy of creating a quota system...This, in fact, was something that was widespread and something the organization itself knew about...."
Bertha's Bolsheviks: "Why is ACORN's chief organizer friendly with the Marxist anti-American governments of two South American countries? ....Both Bolivia and Venezuela are now headed by radical, anti-American leftists friendly to Communist Cuba -- and officials of those hostile nations somehow ended up as business associates of Bertha Lewis. ....[Hugo] Chavez calls capitalism 'savagery' and has allowed Hezbollah and the Palestinian Hamas terrorists to open offices in Venezuela's capital, Caracas."
Acorn Who? "Mr. Obama took great pains to act as if he barely knew about Acorn. In fact, his association goes back almost 20 years. In 1991, he took time off from his law firm to run a voter-registration drive for Project Vote, an Acorn partner that was soon fully absorbed under the Acorn umbrella. The drive registered 135,000 voters and was considered a major factor in the upset victory of Democrat Carol Moseley Braun....Mr. Obama's success made him a hot commodity on the community organizing circuit. He became a top trainer at Acorn's Chicago conferences. In 1995, he became Acorn's attorney, participating in a landmark case to force the state of Illinois to implement the federal Motor Voter Law. That law's loose voter registration requirements would later be exploited by Acorn employees in an effort to flood voter rolls with fake names. /In 1996, Mr. Obama filled out a questionnaire listing key supporters for his campaign for the Illinois Senate. He put Acorn first (it was not an alphabetical list)....in a  speech to Acorn's leaders prior to their political arm's endorsement of his presidential campaign, Mr. Obama was effusive: 'I've been fighting alongside of Acorn on issues you care about my entire career.' Given his longstanding ties with Acorn, President Obama's protestations of ignorance or disinterest in the group's latest scandal seem preposterous."
Sued for exposing ACORN's suggestions for prostitution, tax fraud: "A defense fund is being launched for Hannah Giles, the 20-year-old student who with filmmaker James O'Keefe ran an undercover sting on the ACORN organization for which President Obama worked, revealing a multitude of recommendations from employees of the community organizers on how to facilitate underage prostitution and avoid taxes."
U.S. charges Obama fund-raiser in $290 million fraud: "Hassan Nemazee, a fund-raiser for Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and other Democrats, has been indicted.... Nemazee [was] head of a private equity firm and an Iranian American Political Action Committee board member...."
Obama is governing as a community organizer: "Obama was a community organizer with Project Vote, an affiliate of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN).... The recent effort by the White House to keep track of all of the rumors about the healthcare reform bill must lead all but the most ardent Obama supporters to acknowledge one thing: The White House has implemented the radical tactics the president learned in the streets of Chicago, organizing for ACORN. In a book written in 1986... titled 'Organizing the Movement,' author Gary Delgado a 14-year ACORN organizer, trainer, and recruiter explicitly and unapologetically outlines the guerilla response of ACORN when confronted by opposition. ... He writes: 'Organizing campaigns implement what organizers call the three I's: Identify the enemy, isolate him, and ice him."
Planned revolution?Inside Obama's Acorn: By their fruits ye shall know them: "In the few stories where Obama's role as an Acorn 'leadership trainer' is noted, or his seats on the boards of foundations that may have supported Acorn are discussed.... Acorn, says Stern, grew out of 'one of the New Left's silliest and most destructive groups, the National Welfare Rights Organization.' In the 1960's, NWRO launched a campaign of sit-ins and disruptions at welfare offices. The goal was to remove eligibility restrictions, and thus effectively flood welfare rolls with so many clients that the system would burst. [Sounds like what might happened if Healthcare bill passes!] The theory, explains Stern, was that an impossibly overburdened welfare system would force 'a radical reconstruction of America's unjust capitalist economy.'
"Instead of a socialist utopia, however, we got the culture of dependency and family breakdown.... Acorn's radical agenda sometimes shifts toward 'undisguised authoritarian socialism.' Fully aware of its living-wage campaign's tendency to drive businesses out of cities, Acorn hopes to force companies that want to move to obtain 'exit visas.' 'How much longer before Acorn calls for exit visas for wealthy or middle-class individuals before they can leave a city?' asks Stern, adding, 'This is the road to serfdom indeed.'...
"Few people have a clear idea of just what a 'community organizer' does. A Los Angeles Times piece on Obama's early Chicago days opens with the touching story of his efforts to build a partnership with Chicago's 'Friends of the Parks,' so that parents in a blighted neighborhood could have an inviting spot for their kids to play.... It's far from the whole story....
"As Talbot was led away handcuffed, charged with mob action and disorderly conduct, she explicitly justified her actions in storming the meeting. This was the woman who first drew Obama into his alliance with Acorn, and whose staff Obama helped train.... Obama's long service with Acorn led many members to serve as the volunteer shock troops of Obama's early political campaigns....
"Obama's memberships on those foundation boards, 'allowed him to help direct tens of millions of dollars in grants' to various liberal organizations, including Chicago Acorn, 'whose endorsement Obama sought and won in his State Senate race.'... Obama helped train Acorn's leaders in how to play this game." And now, our president will oversee the training of facilitators for community groups across the country! See Service Learning" through Soviet Brainwashing
Weaken America to change it? Everyone drills for oil off Florida – except U.S.: "...while the British have made yet another find of massive oil reserves in the Gulf, Russia prepares to drill with Cuba off Key West and China negotiates with Canada for rights to develop Alberta's vast oil-sands resources. 'The inevitable result of Obama administration's energy policy is that U.S. dependence on foreign oil is likely to continue another four years, while Russia and China are left free to exploit for their benefit abundantly available oil and natural gas resources that should be ripe for U.S. energy development.'"
GOP pressures Obama, IRS to sever Acorn ties: "In their letter to Obama, the leaders cite the Census bureau's decision to cut ties, adding: 'It is evident that ACORN is incapable of using federal funds in a manner that is consistent with the law. Immediate action is necessary to ensure that no additional tax dollars are directed to ACORN."
Senate Votes to Keep Housing Funds from ACORN: "...the Senate yesterday voted overwhelmingly to prohibit Housing and Urban Development grants from going to the group."ACORN Workers Face Charges of Alleged Voter Registration Fraud in Florida: "Six people were taken into custody Wednesday as arrest warrants were issued for 11 workers hired by the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now -- or ACORN -- on charges of voter registration fraud."
After Census Severs Ties, ACORN May Face Scrutiny of Housing Grants: "ACORN Housing Corporation received $1.6 million in federal money to provide housing services to low-income communities in this fiscal year Conservatives have cheered the Census Bureau's decision to sever ties with ACORN because it had lost confidence in the group, but the hidden-camera videos that prompted ACORN to fire four workers this week could raise more questions about the federal funding ACORN receives for housing outreach."See Acorn
Barack Obama Sneaks Through 'Union Only': "Contractors would also be required to make contributions to union pension funds and other union programs that non-union workers will never benefit from.... The Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that only 15.6% of private construction workers in America belong to unions. In other words, 8 out of 10 construction workers in America will be legally denied the right to work on federal building projects." See Shepherds & Prophets who mislead their flocks
FBI trained NJ blogger to incite others: "Hal Turner worked for the FBI from 2002 to 2007 as an 'agent provocateur' and was taught by the agency 'what he could say that wouldn't be crossing the line,' defense attorney Michael Orozco said.... 'His job was basically to publish information which would cause other parties to act in a manner which would lead to their arrest.'... Prosecutors have acknowledged that Turner was an informant who spied on radical right-wing organizations, but the defense has said Turner was not working for the FBI when he allegedly made threats against Connecticut legislators and wrote that three federal judges in Illinois deserved to die. ....In June, Turner urged his readers to 'take up arms' against Connecticut lawmakers and suggested government officials should 'obey the Constitution or die,' because he was angry over legislation." See Yuri Bezmenov on demoralization
Thirty Degrees Below Zero: "...the Englewood building wasn't the only one of Rezmar's properties that had scores of code violations. At least a dozen times, Rezmar had to be sued in order to simply turn on the heat in its properties.... 17 buildings ended up in foreclosure, 6 are boarded up... and taxpayers were stuck with millions in unpaid loans.
"All of these buildings were in -- or just blocks away from.... [a] district belonging to ... Barack Obama.... There's a simple reason Obama didn't lift a finger to protest these horrific violations. His political patron, Tony Rezko, was the driving force behind Rezmar. And Rezko helped raise a quarter of a million dollars for Obama's various campaigns.... While Obama didn't expend an ounce of energy to protest Rezko's outrageous violations, he did take time to write letters on behalf of Rezko in his efforts to secure an additional $14 million in taxpayer funds." See Human Nature apart from God
Stimulus Funds Used for Porn: "The National Endowment for the Arts may be spending some of the money it received from the Recovery and Reinvestment Act to fund nude simulated-sex dances, Saturday night "pervert" revues and the airing of pornographic horror films at art houses in San Francisco. ....Similarly, the director of Frameline, the gay and lesbian film house, told FOXNews.com in an e-mail that their $50,000 grant was not to support any program in particular. See Moral, Spiritual & Cultural Corruption
'Islamist lawfare': Will you be silenced next? "When Internet journalist Joe Kaufman wrote an article exposing terrorist connections in two American Muslim groups, he was sued by a swarm of Islamic organizations.... The technique is called by some 'legal jihad' or 'Islamist lawfare,' and the Thomas More Law Center... claims Muslim advocates are using the strategy to bully online journalists into silence.... 'Indeed, for the last several years, Muslim groups in the U.S. have engaged in the tactic of filing meritless lawsuits to silence any public discussion of Islamic terrorist threats.'... By making it costly to defend against their lawsuits, they hope journalists will refrain from writing about the threat to our nation." See Rockefeller and the Global Media Censors.
Not a clue what to do: "The anti-government protests in Iran following the government's rigged elections are doubtless a little more than the 'robust debate' among Iranians that President Obama welcomed.... Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is the country's supreme leader. Having lost confidence in the police and members of the street militia... he called out the Revolutionary Guard to clamp down on the protests. Interestingly, the head of the guard in the province of Tehran, Gen. Ali Fazli, a veteran of the Iraqi-Iranian war, refused to fire on his own countrymen and has been arrested. The guard itself is a powerful force in the country, with its own institutions and considerable independence from the government and the Rev. Khamenei's Guardian Council. Now it seems likely that the guard will turn Iran into a military dictatorship." See Human Nature
Who's funding the Obamacare Astroturf campaign? "...it’s the same few Leftist billionaires, union bosses, and partisan community organizers pushing the socialized medicine agenda....
"MoveOn, of course, is the recreational political vehicle of radical liberal sugar daddy George Soros. The magnate’s financial fingerprints are all over the HCAN coalition.... And two more left-wing heavyweights joining the HCAN parade: the corruption-riddled SEIU... and Obama’s old chums at fraud-riddled ACORN.... ACORN and HCAN are linked by left-wing philanthropist Drummond Pike, who heads the non-profit Tides Foundation/Tides Center. ....Pike is the same philanthropist who assisted ACORN founder Wade Rathke after his brother, Dale, was caught embezzling nearly $1 million from the community organizing group." See Star Wars Joins United Religions at the Presidio
ACORN is Changing its Name: "The new moniker, Community Organizations International (COI), is the nefarious organization's attempt to change its thuggish image. ACORN is under investigation for voter registration fraud in at least 14 states... There are also mounting charges from a growing list of current and former ACORN employees with allegations ranging from threats and intimidation to systemic fraud and financial mismanagement." See Training a Socialist Army of World Servers
Obama's history is off: "In his speech... in Cairo, President Obama proclaimed he was a 'student of history.' ... Mr. Obama proclaimed then that during World War II, his great-uncle had helped liberate Auschwitz and that his grandfather knew fellow American troops who had entered Auschwitz and Treblinka. Both are impossible. The Americans didn't free either Nazi death camp.... In the same speech, Mr. Obama seemed to suggest the world had come to together to save Berlin during the airlift. In fact, it was almost an entirely American and British effort - written off by most observers as hopeless....
"Mr. Obama also claimed that 'Islam... carried the light of learning through so many centuries, paving the way for Europe's Renaissance and Enlightenment.'...Europeans, Chinese and Hindus, not Muslims, invented most of the breakthroughs Mr. Obama credited to Islamic innovation." The ends justify the [dishonest] means according to Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals
U.S. Technology Being Used Against U.S. Troops in Iraq and Afghanistan Because of Lax Export Controls: "Technology that is legal to buy and sell within the U.S. but is illegal to export because of its potential military applications has been used to build weapons deployed against U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan because of loose export controls, according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report issued last week."
ACORN probed: Homeless voter registers 9 times Prosecutor office: "After Darnell Nash, a homeless man, was registered to vote nine times last year using fraudulent names and addresses, a prosecutor's office has confirmed that ACORN is now part of a deeper investigation." See More about ACORN
Charles of Arabia: "Never let it be said that America isn't a country of remarkable openness. You can go directly from effectively working for the Saudis and Chinese to the country's top intelligence analyst. Only in the land of opportunity.
"This is the career trajectory of Chas Freeman, the former diplomat whom the Obama administration intends to make chairman of the National Intelligence Council. Freeman was ambassador to Saudi Arabia, the most lucrative diplomatic posting in the world because the ambassadors usually end up in the employ of the Saudis after leaving public service....
"Before he became ambassador to Saudi Arabia (and then, basically, a Saudi ambassador to the U.S.), Freeman served in China.... The Weekly Standard unearthed an e-mail from Freeman about the Tiananmen Square massacre in which he regretted only that the Chinese hadn't cracked down faster and noted, 'I do not believe it is acceptable for any country to allow the heart of its national capital to be occupied by dissidents intent on disrupting the normal functions of government."
Freeman under fire for ties to Chinese, Saudis: "President Obama's nominee for a top intelligence post [Charles 'Chas' Freeman] withdrew his name from consideration today amid controversy concerning his associations and alleged business connections, including receiving large sums from Saudi Arabia and serving on the board of a Chinese government-owned company accused of acting against U.S. national security." See The Transformation of America
The Fierce Urgency of Pork: "The Daschle affair was more serious because his offense involved more than taxes....But what made this case intolerable was the perfectly legal dealings that amassed Daschle $5.2 million in just two years.
"...more damaging to Obama's image than all the hypocrisies in the appointment process is his signature bill: the stimulus package... It's not just pages and pages of special-interest tax breaks, giveaways and protections.... It's the essential fraud of rushing through a bill in which the normal rules... are suspended on the grounds that a national emergency requires an immediate job-creating stimulus -- and then throwing into it hundreds of billions... that are little more than the back-scratching, special-interest, lobby-driven parochialism..."Human Nature apart from God
Corruption. Ill. governor parlor game: Psychotic or political? "'Wacko' is among the unscientific diagnoses suggested by many after prosecutors this week accused Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich of essentially trying to sell the president-elect's open U.S. Senate seat to the highest bidder.... Assessing the embattled governor's state of mind has become a sort of parlor game as the enormity of the stunning allegations against him sinks in. Everyone seems to be wondering, was it lunacy, or just an extreme form of politics-as-usual?
"'Blagojevich's defense lawyers might want to consider an insanity defense,' wrote Mark Brown, a Chicago Sun-Times columnist.... Not so fast, Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass said.... 'The pundits who make such diagnoses have never talked to a Chicago machine politician in their lives. How do they think Chicago politicians talk in private when they're muscling some other guy for cash?"See Human Nature
In the above case, defenders might use mental illness to save a corrupt politician from prison. In the next link, corrupt politicians use mental illness to put honest people in prison.
Communism & Mind Control. Whistle-blowers in China sent to mental hospital: "Local officials in Shandong Province have apparently found a cost-effective way to deal with gadflies, whistle-blowers, and all manner of muckraking citizens who dare to challenge the authorities: dispatch them to the local psychiatric hospital.
"...public security officials in the city of Xintai in Shandong Province have been institutionalizing residents who persist in their personal campaigns to expose corruption or the unfair seizure of their property. Some people said they were committed for up to two years, and several of those interviewed said they were forcibly medicated. The article, in The Beijing News, said most inmates were released after they agreed to give up their causes. ... Xintai officials... boasted that hospitalizing troublemakers saved money otherwise spent chasing them to the capital.... They can prove embarrassing to local officials, especially if they make it to Beijing." See "Yuri Bezmenov on demoralization"
Bailed out Citigroup fund spends $10 billion buying 44 foreign toll roads: "Just one week after receiving a pledge of $306 billion in support from US taxpayers, Citigroup announced the intended $10 billion acquisition of a debt-laden Spanish toll road group." See The emerging New World Order
AIG Offers First Takaful Homeowners Insurance Product for U.S.: "...a subsidiary of AIG Commercial Insurance, is introducing what it says is a first in the U.S.: a homeowners insurance product that is compliant with key Islamic finance tenets and based on the concept of mutual insurance.... The Takaful home policy is the first installment in Lexington Takaful Solutions, a series of Shari'ah-compliant (Takaful) product offerings in the U.S....Muslim countries only account for 5 percent of the global insurance market although they represent 25 percent of the world's population, according to AIG.... [which has already received a $85 billion loan from taxpayers]" See Human Nature
Obama’s ‘Change’ Likely to Include Funding Abortions Abroad: “'There’s a lot that the president can do using his executive authority without waiting for congressional action, and I think we’ll see the president do that,'John Podesta, head of Obama’s transition team.... One of those executive orders is the Mexico City Policy, or as critics call it, the 'global gag act.'... The Reagan policy required all non-governmental agencies, or NGOs, that received population aid dollars from the United States to agree to not perform or actively promote abortions. ... [T]he result will be hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars going to organizations in developing countries that promote abortion." See Moral, Spiritual & Cultural Corruption
Background information on melamine contamination [in America]: "Food ingredients that may have been contaminated with melamine have been exported from China to all over the world including at least 2 million pounds of it to the United States....The White Rabbit Candy in the story above did NOT have powdered milk listed as an ingredient, yet it still had melamine in it. The other product the FDA identified in this news item sounds like some kind of off-brand coffee/dairy creamer combination.... Until the FDA comes clean, I'd avoid ALL food products manufactured in China regardless of what's in the listed ingredients. I'd also avoid ALL manufactured food products that contain powdered milk sold by ANY company, US or otherwise, that won't clearly state that they do not buy powdered milk (and eggs and other bulk commodity ingredients) from China." See Moral & Cultural Corruption
"Martial Law" In House of Representatives: "Washington, Sep 28 - Under the martial law procedure, long-standing House rules that require at least one day between the unveiling of significant legislation and the House floor vote on that legislation — so that Members can learn what they are being asked to vote on — are swept away. Instead, under 'martial law,' the Leadership can file legislation with tens or hundreds of pages of fine print and move immediately to debate and vote on it, before Members of Congress, the media, or the public have an opportunity to understand fully what provisions have been altered or inserted into the legislation behind closed doors. This is the procedure that the Leadership intends to use to muscle through important bills in the next two days." Regionalism
Unpopular bailout plan on track in Congress: "Democrats and Republicans alike are livid that they are being asked by what they view as a discredited administration to spend such an astonishing sum, which will top $1.3 trillion when previous loans and bailouts related to the mortgage meltdown are included....
"Republicans are especially insistent that none of the bailout money be passed through the liberal low-income housing group known as ACORN, which had activists on Capitol Hill this week. They also are pinning the roots of the subprime crisis on an expansion of the Community Reinvestment Act by the Clinton administration that required banks to lend money to people with shaky credit, designed to prevent banks from "redlining" poor neighborhoods by refusing loans." See Reinventing the World
(Youtube) Senator Jim Bunning Comments on Federal Bailout: "We can either let the people who made bad decisions bear the consequences of their actions, or we can spread that pain to others. And that is exactly what the Secretary proposes to do – take Wall Street’s pain and spread it to the taxpayers. The plan has not even passed, and already Americans are paying for it because of the fall in the dollar as a result of all the new debt we will be taking on.... The Paulson plan will not bring a stop to the slide in home prices. But the Paulson plan will spend 700 billion [or much more] dollars to prop up and clean up the balance sheets of Wall Street. This massive bailout is not the solution, it is financial socialism...."
Thomas Sowell: Bankrupt 'Exploiters': "...the New York Times blames 'the lucrative lending practices' of banks and other financial institutions for helping create the current financial crisis.... [But Sowell has a different explanation:] It was not that many years ago when there was moral outrage ringing throughout the media because lenders were reluctant to lend in certain neighborhoods....
"It was government intervention in the financial markets... that created the problem in the first place. Laws and regulations pressured lending institutions to lend to people that they were not lending to, given the economic realities. The Community Reinvestment Act forced them to lend in places where they did not want to send their money.... Politics is largely the process of taking credit and putting the blame on others-- regardless of what the facts may be." See Economics Undone
UN Security Council May Not Sanction Mugabe: "Long accused by critics of a timid approach to the crisis in Zimbabwe, the government of neighboring South Africa is now leading opposition in the U.N. Security Council to U.S.-led efforts to impose sanctions against Robert Mugabe's regime. South Africa has the support of three other elected members of the Security Council -- Libya, Vietnam and Indonesia -- as well as permanent members China and Russia...." That makes sense. If corrupt rulers are disciplined, the same disciplines could be used against them." See Hope, Hate & Human Nature
Mexican law enforcement competing with drug cartels: "This competition is, in large measure, responsible for the extreme escalation in violence in Mexico and especially along the US / Mexican border. Since Mexican President Calderón took office, more than 4,000 people have been killed in Mexico as a result of that violence that has been spilling across our border with Mexico.... I fear that providing money and training to the Mexican authorities may be comparable to providing 'protection money' to Tony Soprano... That a judge would release the alleged killer of a United States Border Patrol agent is an outrage that is emblematic of the challenges we face in dealing with a corrupt government." See Regionalism & Global Management
But our government planned the solution to this "crisis" long ago:
ECHELON: America's Secret Global Surveillance Network (an old but relevant article): "In the greatest surveillance effort ever established, the US National Security Agency (NSA) has created a global spy system, codename ECHELON, which captures and analyzes virtually every phone call, fax, email and telex message sent anywhere in the world." See Echelon: Who
Burma Gives 'Cronies' Slice of Storm Relief: "Just seven days after Cyclone Nargis devastated Burma last month, the ruling military junta parceled out key sections of the affected Irrawaddy Delta to favored tycoons and companies.... Some of the most notorious business executives in Burma, including Tay Za... were given control of 'reconstruction and relief'....The government estimated it needed more than $11 billion in reconstruction aid shortly after the May 2-3 cyclone....
"Some of the conglomerates given business in the delta... were also tasked with building the country's new capital at Naypyidaw, more than 200 miles from the old capital of Rangoon....
"Much of the country, in fact, is a forced labor camp, with more than 60 prisons, labor camps and detention centers, according to a report this year by the Burma Fund, an anti-government activist group. People forced into construction are paid minimal wages, if at all.... Htoo Trading, which was given control of Heingigyum and Ngaopudaw townships, forced cyclone victims to work for 800 kyat a day, roughly 70 cents.... But a quart of water in the delta now costs the equivalent of $1.50..." See PrayerPlanned Parenthood's Obscene Profits: "In April, the annual report for Planned Parenthood Federation of America revealed that the abortion giant had a total income of $1.02 billion -- with reported profits of nearly $115 million. Taxpayers kick in more than $336 million worth of government grants and contracts at both the state and federal levels. That's a third of Planned Parenthood's budget. And what market-distorting results do we get for those government incentives? In 2006 alone: 289,750 abortions. ... But the executives of Planned Parenthood have escaped government scrutiny and public accountability for their predatory behavior, dangerous medical practices, deception and deadly windfall.... Where is the concern for the women and children who were mistreated by Planned Parenthood clinics in Kansas...? ...For whatever reason, Washington has turned a blind bipartisan eye to this bloody, government-funded business...."
U.N. Warns of Huge Crop of Afghan Opium Poppies: "Afghanistan will produce another enormous opium poppy crop this year, close to last year’s record harvest, and Europe and other regions should brace themselves for the expected influx of heroin, the United Nations warned.... Afghanistan supplies 90 percent of the world’s opium.... The cultivation of cannabis, the plant that yields marijuana and hashish, is increasing, the report added, making Afghanistan one of the biggest suppliers of cannabis as well.... In 2007, 477,000 acres were under poppy cultivation, yielding an estimated 9,000 tons of opium.... Most poppy farmers in the south and west of the country said they paid a tax to mullahs, the Taliban, or local officials..."
Informer tells of corrupt Mexico: "Ramirez told U.S. Immigration Judge Joseph R. Dierkes in Minnesota that cartel bosses made 'arrangements' with 'high-level government people,' including Mexican military, politicians and police officials, to protect the drug gangs and their smuggling operations. He said he witnessed two Mexican police officers kill one drug-cartel rival... and helped supervise the burying of others whom Mexican police officials tortured and killed." Regionalism
Britain's biggest fake drugs racket: "Four people, including two of Indian origin, have been found guilty of masterminding a multi-million pound global racket of selling counterfeit Viagra and other drugs over the Internet after procuring them from India, Pakistan and China." See Isaiah 30:9
Iran: As repression escalates, Iranians grow restless: "Iran's Islamic theocracy was created through the union of Shi'ite activism and Marxist revolutionary thought.... Christianity is severely repressed. Citizens who are 'born' Christian (Christian ethnic minorities such as Armenians and Assyrians) are 'protected' (graciously permitted to live) as long as they remain subjugated. It is forbidden for Christians to share their faith, and it is forbidden for a Muslim to change his religion.... But as Christ said, if you want to be His follower, you have to forsake all, including your life.'... 'There are close to 50-million young people, possibly more, under the age of 25 [in a population of 70 million]."'
Government Corruption. [CDC=Centers for Disease Control] CDC's outlandish spending habits: "In 2003, taxpayers shelled out $300,000 for a conference in New Orleans that featured a workshop on how to defund abstinence education.... At a 2004 conference in Thailand, attended by 150 federal employees, attendees could see a 'drag' show, art shows, fashion parades and Brazilian dresses made from condoms. ....Other ludicrous uses of CDC grants include a transgender beauty pageant, a 'safe sex' event featuring a porn star, a 'Bar Night' by the San Francisco-based STOP AIDS Project and an article on how to throw an alcohol party by the same group, using federal funds designated for HIV prevention." See Chart: The Transformation of America
Jury Rigged --Identity thieves trick the unwary: "The scammer calls claiming to work for the local court and claims you've failed to report for jury duty. He tells you that a warrant has been issued for your arrest. The victim will often rightly claim they never received the jury duty notification. The scammer then asks the victim for confidential information for 'verification' purposes.... Social Security number, birth date, and sometimes even for credit card numbers and other private information — exactly what the scammer needs to commit identity theft. So far, this jury duty scam has been reported in Michigan, Ohio, Texas, Arizona, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Oregon and Washington." See Moral, spiritual & cultural corruption
Youths Kick Man to Death on Crowded Antwerp Bus [Belgium]: "Guido Demoor, a father of two, intervened when six 'youths' got on bus 23 in Antwerp and began to intimidate passengers.... Demoor asked the 'youths' to calm down, whereupon they turned on him, savagely beating and kicking the man.... They then pulled the emergency brake and jumped from the bus leaving their victim to die.... Three Moroccans, two of whom are minors, were arrested....
"...bus drivers in Sint-Niklaas refused to drive out in protest against the aggressive behaviour of immigrant youths on the buses. In today’s De Morgen drivers, who have all asked to remain anonymous for fear of reprisals, relate experiences of 'buses being demolished while en route' and of 'youths harassing girls, who beg the driver to protect them.' One of the drivers said: 'If they refuse to buy a ticket I leave it. I do not want to be beaten up....' Another driver said: 'Last week an old man was beaten up on my bus. The youths were angry because he did not put away his luggage fast enough." See The fall and rise of human violence and Global Migration
Porn, pedophiles, our kids and MySpace: "What most teens see as just a fun place to connect with friends has become a sexual predator’s and pornographer’s playground.... [T]the site’s content has become so skanky that even some corporate advertisers, including Weight Watchers and T-Mobile, are either pulling their ads from MySpace or threatening to do so."
Uganda shaken by fund scandal: "Uganda, which continues to win praise from President Bush and others as a model of success battling AIDS, is reeling from the disclosure that top officials, their relatives and colleagues siphoned off tens of millions of dollars in grants from the Geneva-based Global Fund.... 'The money came, and people were diving in for the kill,' said Justice Ogoola..... As of last year, the United States had given the fund$1.49 billion....The investigation uncovered typical tokens of corruption, including brand-new luxury cars and junkets to exotic cities.... grossly inflated salaries... largely undocumented expense allowances."
Corruption has been a continual problem in developing countries as well as within the UN (whose leaders rarely live by Christian values). Remember the oil-for-food scandal! See next link:
A Real Washington Scandal: "...perhaps the most important story, in terms of its impact on average Americans, has gone virtually unreported. Later this month our Treasury once again will hit the 'debt ceiling,' a figure based on federal law that limits the amount of money the federal government can borrow. The total amount of federal debt as of this month is a staggering $8.2 trillion.... Our overseas creditors, particularly Asian central banks, already hold billions of U.S. dollars and are losing their appetite for lending us more money. They are wary of our enormous federal deficits and reckless economic policies." Trust
Slave Labor: Made in the U.S.A.: "Under the influence of disgraced super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff, former House Majority Whip Tom DeLay became an apologist for slave labor camps — on American soil.... The female garment workers were lured to the labor camps, which are run by members of the Chinese Communist Party, with promises of wages extravagant by their standards.... But before they were hired, the women had to sign 'shadow contracts' that effectively made them slaves to the company....
"...the female garment workers are subject to the regime’s repulsive one-child policy. They are forbidden to marry or have boyfriends. Those who become pregnant are forced to have their children aborted. ...
"...the designer clothing that emerges from those island factories is labeled 'Made in the USA.' This is actually a case of truth in labeling, since these Chinese labor camps were established on Saipan, a territorial possession of the United States." Corruption
NSA Accused of Psychologically Abusing Whistleblowers: "Five current and former National Security Agency (NSA) employees have told Cybercast News Service that the agency frequently retaliates against whistleblowers by falsely labeling them 'delusional,' 'paranoid' or 'psychotic.' The intimidation tactics are allegedly used to protect powerful superiors who might be incriminated by damaging information."
Political corruption (Thomas Sowell): "There are still more trillions of dollars being promised in Social Security pensions and Medicare payments.... It is like writing checks without enough money in the bank to redeem them. Present members of Congress win votes by promising such goodies. That leaves it up to future members of Congress to figure out how to welsh on those promises, which could not be met without jacking up tax rates to unprecedented levels....
"Getting millions of people to rely on pensions that are not going to be there is corrupting government on a scale that makes bribing a few Congressmen look like minor league stuff." His Peace in the midst of turmoil
Soccer World Cup boosts sex trade: "The soccer world cup in Germany, June 9 – July 9, will not only bring excitement to millions of sports fans but also misery to many women. Experts estimate that at least an additional 40,000 women, mainly from Eastern Europe, will be forced to work as prostitutes." See The fall and rise of human violence
Scandals are a symptom, not a cause: "...the U.S. government is the largest and most powerful state in the history of the world. Today's federal government consists of fifteen huge departments, hundreds of agencies, thousands of programs, and millions of employees. It spends 2.4 trillion dollars in a single year. The possibilities for corruption in such an immense and unaccountable institution are endless.... The fundamental problem is not with campaigns or politicians primarily, but rather with popular support for the steady shift from a relatively limited, constitutional federal government to the huge leviathan of today." See Charts: Total transformation & Ban truth - Reap Tyranny
Boy's Web cam opens portal to a grim world: "The 13-year-old boy sat in his California home, eyes fixed on a computer screen....But on this day, Justin Berry's fascination with cyberspace would change his life. Weeks before, Justin hooked up a Web camera to his computer, hoping to use it to meet other teenagers online. Instead, he heard only from men who chatted with him by instant message as they watched his image on the Internet. To Justin, they seemed just like friends, ready with compliments and always offering gifts." See Are Campus Pornography Courses Sexual Abuse?
Cable Biggies Bringing Homosexual Networks into America's Homes: "...two homosexual cable networks will soon be widely available, compliments of some major cable carriers that provide services to millions of American homes. As a result, homosexual-oriented programming will be available around the clock for the first time. ...Comcast and Cox Communications will offer the homosexual network titled 'here!' through their video on-demand offerings. Billing itself as 'America's first gay television network,' here! was established in 2002 by Regent Entertainment and boasts current availability in more than 40 million households."
This is just a brief warning for parents; no need to read further.
Respected child psychologist caught in kiddie porn dragnet: "Others arrested include an elementary school teacher, priests, school principals, school coaches, school janitors, camp counselors, campus ministers, pediatricians, circus clowns, Boy Scout leaders, police officers, firefighters, and many others with access to children.... [Peter] Mies is the latest individual to be arrested as part of a massive, ICE child pornography investigation targeting an internet billing company based in Minsk, Belarus and its affiliated entities in the United States." See Are Campus Pornography Courses Sexual Abuse?
Aruba - A Drug Trafficker's Paradise: "Located only 20 miles off the coast of Venezuela, the island paradise of Aruba serves as a trans-shipment point for illicit drugs.... Smugglers generally move large loads of cocaine into Aruba on fishing vessels, private yachts, and go-fast boats.... Most of the cocaine transiting Aruba is destined for European markets—primarily the Netherlands." Romans 1:22-32
Calculated confusion: "Judges who impose their own preferences, instead of following the law as it is written, have long been known as 'judicial activists' while those who carry out the law, instead of rewriting it to suit themselves, have been said to be following the 'original intent' of the law. But now a massive effort to muddy the waters has been launched by those who want judges who will continue to impose the liberal agenda from the bench. Words like 'activists' and 'intent' are being twisted beyond recognition. ... When Justices Scalia and Thomas enforce the limits set by the Constitution, that is not writing 'their own new laws,' no matter what Senator Leahy claims." See From U.S. Sovereignty to Global Conformity
Will SA go the way of Zimbabwe? "President Mugabe of Zimbabwe must be extremely grateful to President Mbeki of South Africa, without whose constant support and encouragement he would probably not have been able to sustain his tyranny. ... When Mugabe slaughtered 20,000 black people in southern Zimbabwe in 1983, nobody outside Zimbabwe, including the ANC, paid it the slightest attention. Nor did they care when, after 2000, he drove thousands of black farm workers out of their livelihoods.... But when he killed a dozen white farmers and pushed others off their farms... Mugabe became a hero.... That he has ruined Zimbabwe, a beautiful and naturally blessed country; that he has turned it from a food exporter to a hungry food importer... none of this matters compared with his glorious triumph in beating up a handful of white farmers. ...
"The farms taken from the whites in Zimbabwe did not, of course, go in the main to ordinary black people in Zimbabwe but to a handful of rich cronies.... In the ANC's ideology of 'transformation', this is fine. 'Transformation' does not mean reducing inequality or improving the living standards of all. It means changing the race of ownership and power." See the first 2 items on this page: Corruption
The Threat From South Africa: "President Bush has issued a statement on 'Ten Years of Democracy in South Africa,' conveniently ignoring the fact that South African President Thabo Mbeki who has surrounded himself with followers of radical Islam....
"...the white government of South Africa produced 6 atomic bombs. Those were reportedly destroyed when a black majority government took over. But remnants of South Africa's nuclear program remained. The white government had cooperated with Israel but that cooperation was terminated after Nelson Mandela was elected president of South Africa. That's apparently when the Iranian mullahs stepped in." See Gorbachev's Plan For A United World
Mugabe takes his revenge on poor by destroying thousands of homes: "Amid the wreckage, entire families huddle together under plastic sheets to get some shelter from the winter chill.... A church worker, who preferred not to be named, hands out small sacks of porridge to the gathering crowd. 'This is devastating...' he says. '...these people who have nothing are being punished for voting against Mugabe.'"
Europe and the liberal illusion: "Most of the policy ideas advocated by American liberals have already been enacted in Europe: generous welfare measures, ample labor protections, highly progressive tax rates.... And yet far from thriving, continental Europe has endured a lost decade of relative decline....
"The West European standard of living is about a third lower than the American standard of living, and it's sliding. ... The liberal project of the postwar era has bred a stultifying conservatism...."
The European masses cling to the hollow promises of the welfare state, but deny God, the only true source of hope and security.
Abbas publishes anti-Semitic screed: "An official Palestinian Authority information website directly affiliated with President Mahmoud Abbas has published on its Arabic language section a copy of the 'Protocols of the Elders of Zion,' a classic anti-Semitic forgery." These "Protocols" were used by Soviet leaders to build murderous hatred toward Jews during the last century.
Socialism reaches new low: "Germany legalized prostitution in 2002 and now expects unemployed women under the age of 55 who collect unemployment benefits for more than a year to accept employment in the sex industry, including whorehouses....
"Excuse me? How many times have we had to listen to glassy-eyed liberals chant, 'You can’t legislate morality'? So what have the Dutch and the Germans done? They have legislated immorality. They have the temerity to believe that they can declare by law that the oldest profession is not immoral....
"Employment centers that do not wish to list the whorehouse ads can be sued for that and for allowing women to refuse to become prostitutes. Women who have worked as telemarketers for legitimate businesses can be recruited into telephone-sex services. ... This is another wretched result of 'women’s lib': women and children have lost traditional protections." See Mine is the Power
Agents bust multi-state drug ring: "A regional narcotics task force working with federal agents arrested more than a dozen suspects in a multi-million dollar multi-state drug ring that used Hampton Roads as a base for distributing massive amounts of marijuana and cocaine and laundering the proceeds ... At least 10 of the defendants are women.... One of them, Pamela Yvette Hoffler-Riddick, is the regional assistant superintendent for Prince George's County, Md., schools and a former school administrator.... Hoffler-Riddick deposited large sums of money into banks and credit unions." See the first link at Mind Control
Kid Rock too vulgar for inauguration?"Kid Rock, a popular vulgar rock-rapper whose lyrics wouldn't begin to pass muster with the Federal Communications Commission, is headlining the youth concert during the inauguration festivities for President Bush....
"The Detroit-based rapper, who dedicated his first album to songs about oral sex and who was voted the Sluttiest Male Celebrity at the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards, will perform Jan. 18 at the Washington, D.C., Armory....
"...featured on his 1990 debut album is 'Pimp of the Nation,' which ironically takes a swipe at Bush's mother....
"Randy Thomasson, president of Campaign for Children and Families, was outraged the rapper would be a part of the president's festivities. 'I just read Kid Rock's sexually explicit lyrics and feel ashamed and dirty for even looking at his songs.'"
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