Thursday, December 31, 2009

When We Were Free

Modern governments spend millions and billions to combat ’”terrorism”, even tough terrorism is not an enemy with a face, but rather a state of imposed atmosphere. Despite the spending of huge resources, terrorism still thrives.

Though the governments assure us continually of how they are taking care of the public, in the last three US sky-attempts to inflict carnage upon the population, private citizens taking individual action, without rules, have stopped the intended result. It was not the government.

United Flight 93, ordained to fly into the White-House, the shoe-bomber and the latest flight over Detroit were all stopped from completing their evil mission by individual citizens who basically said, “No! This shall not happen,” and took successful action with their own hands and determination to thwart the intended outcome.

How wonderful it is to be able to live free and do what is right, rather than to live “securely” like mini-scardies herded like cattle and subject to no end of very questionable, expensive, and often dehumanizing, “safety-restrictions” that are full of holes.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Chinese Cars

Ford said it has agreed to substantive parts of a deal to sell its Swedish brand, Volvo, to the Chinese car maker, Geely. Ford says it is hoping to close the sale by the end of March next year.

Separately, another Chinese car maker, Beijing Automotive, bought some technology from a different Swedish brand owned by an American car maker, Saab, which General Motors is desperate to unload.

A couple of months ago, yet a third Chinese company agreed to buy Hummer.

Healthier Trends

Divorce rates in the US are now at their lowest point since 1970.

The divorce rate is part of a steady decline that has lasted 30 years.

Those who married in the 90s are one-fifth less likely to have divorced in the first decade of marriage than those who married in the 70s.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Jesus ... Immanuel

Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a son ... God with us.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Things Heard

The goal of the environmentalist movement is not anything so trivial as capping our carbon. It's about crushing our spirits. It's about breaking the ambition of man the achiever the explorer, the adventurer, the discoverer, the builder and replacing him with man the meek, a modest little paper-shuffler constrained to live a small, inoffensive existence.

There is a new movement, most visible in North America and Australia, but now apparently everywhere, that "will not be constrained by taxes, gun laws, regulations, health and safety, especially by environmental restraints.

They are aware of world governments that want to make man feel small. Make man feel guilty. Kill his aspiration and his integrity.

Perhaps more important is the spirit behind it: to not allow men to be happy. Happy men are free men. So kill their joy in living. Bring them to a state where saying "I want" is no longer a natural right but a shameful admission.

The new world government wants to bring mankind to the point where all sacrifice and none profit. Let all suffer and none enjoy. Let progress stop. Let all stagnate.

Friday, December 18, 2009

A Voice

Part of Joseph Farah’s Column From World Net Daily

www.wnd.com

http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=119202

It's time to bring all US soldiers home from Afghanistan now.

I don't know where Code Pink is these days.

I don't know where that anti-war movement went.

I don't understand why the escalation of a war by leadership that cannot define victory is not a problem for more Americans.

In effect, the war against al-Qaida and the Taliban has deteriorated into a police action not much different than the one cops in America wage every day against common criminals at home.

  • No night or surprise searches;
  • Villagers are to be warned prior to searches;
  • Afghan National Army or Afghan National Police must accompany US units on searches;
  • US soldiers may not fire at insurgents unless they are preparing to fire first;
  • US forces cannot engage insurgents if civilians are present;
  • Only women can search women;
  • Troops can fire on insurgents if they catch them placing an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) but not if insurgents walk away from where the explosives are.

I'm just a little surprised that US soldiers are not required to read suspects their Miranda rights before capture.

Clearly, this is no way to win a war. America has never achieved victory this way in the past. No army has. No military could.

We are literally requiring our soldiers to fight with both arms tied behind their backs.

No "surge" is going to help a situation like this.

Barack Obama doesn't want to win. He doesn't even like to use that word. He's simply trying to save face.

In doing so, his actions will result in more deaths of American soldiers – needless, pointless deaths.

This strategy will not work, and he knows it.

Keep in mind, this is the war Obama wanted to fight. This was the conflict he supported from the beginning. Yet, he can't bring himself to fight it to win.

Nothing could be worse for America than to prolong the conflict in Afghanistan without a decisive victory even in the plan. But that's what Obama is projecting.

It's a holding action – one based on his own political re-election schedule rather than on the life-and-death costs to American soldiers and the message he sends to our enemies.

We need out of this war now because our commander in chief is unfit for office and unfit for command.

He alone is ultimately responsible for the rules of engagement that ensure more American deaths on behalf of a losing strategy.

By next year, all Americans will see that Afghanistan is lost.

We will be well on the way to being chased out with our tail between our legs.

Like it or not, the war has already come home. That's what attacks like Fort Hood are all about. Obama won't say it. The news media won't say it. But that's the truth. And it is likely to get much worse before it gets better.

That's what happens when you decide to fight a war like it's a cop show.

Busy

December 14th was FedEx’s busiest day this year. They handled almost double the normal number of packages.

FedEx shipped about 13 million packages on December 14, compared with an average day of 7.5 million.

The Memphis facility had 150 aircraft land, 12 more than usual. Within 3½ hours all cargo found itself unloaded, sorted and reloaded for its various destinations.

Outer View

By Old Willy Longbeard

WillyLongbeard@boundaryfreepress.com

There are gangs everywhere. Too many gangs.

The first gang is the police gang. I say that gang first because they got the most guns. The guys with the most guns are powerful gangs. The police gangs are sort of the good guys, except the good guys aren’t in charge of them.

The guys in charge of them are the political gangs. The political gangs say they don’t like guns and that people shouldn’t have them. But the politicals have gun-carrying policemen surrounding them wherever they go. They get other people to do their work for them.

Another big gang is the lawyer gang. Only special people belong to the lawyer gang. If you aren’t part of their gang then you can’t play. They are very territorial, like most gangs are.

Then there is the judge’s gang, but they are really part of that same lawyer gang. They have special status.

The lawyer gang makes all the rules everywhere.

Of course there are the street gangs and biker gangs. One thing I notice is that the street and biker gangs don’t bother the police, political and lawyer gangs none. It is in their best interest not to do that. They sort of have a silent understanding.

There are lots of other powerful gangs too. There are big union gangs who aren’t immune to causing some thuggery and extortion. There are aboriginal and minority gangs who hide under the disguise of rights and get the political gangs to give them lots of money. There are even artist gangs who get the political gang to tax people and then turn over to them the “free” money. Because the money is free and unearned they have license to produce junk that everyone else is forced to look at. The political gang calls it culture. Common sense people call it welfare excrement that would never survive without the stolen handouts that the political gangs give out.

And there are inspector gangs, and gangs that feed off government contracts, prison guard gangs, border agent gangs, environmental officer gangs, government-fee gangs, carbon tax gangs, and bureaucratic gangs.

I just got real tired of gangs.

'Til next time. Farewell.

Whatever Happened?

Has anyone else noticed that over the past decade both the police and government officials have fenced themselves behind larger and larger barricades?

It is almost as if they are saying, “Don’t bother us. We are not interested in touching base with the public. We are too busy. Go away.”

Simple Truth

The Divine law of consequences is that a person reaps what he sows, more than he sows, and later than he sows.

The principle is unchangeable whether you believe in God or not.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

From Marketplace

Author Greg Mortenson has been in and out of Afghanistan for almost 20 years. He says the solution to Afghanistan's problems should start with education.

"I grew up in Tanzania for 14 years and there I learned a proverb that says, 'If you educate a boy, we can educate an individual; and if we educate a girl, we can educate a community.'"

The organization Mortenson founded, the Central Asia Institute, has built more than 130 schools, mostly for girls, in the most remote parts of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

"I learned both from my father and a wise old village chief ... let the people make the decisions. And that's the basis of all our efforts. We provide skilled labor, materials, teacher training, but the community has to provide free land, free resources, free sweat equity, meaning 2 to 5,000 days of free manual labor. But they also make the decisions.

"From day one we've never taken a dime of federal money. It frees us up so we're not perceived as an instrument of the US government. So we can freely talk with the US military commanders or the Taliban or anybody that we want to. We have a program called Pennies for Peace, and that's a program where children learn about philanthropy. They're also encouraged to do things on their own. And last year we raised $1.4 million just from Pennies.

"You could build 40 to 50 schools. And over the term of maybe 20-30 years educate about 100,000 children.

"I really think the key to peace in the world is education. But what it is, is it's really about ignorance and hatred. And to overcome that what we need is education, we need tolerance."

Government Inaction To Date

- from The Jerusalem Post

Like his predecessors, President Barack Obama is delaying moving the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.

A 1995 US law recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital and ordered that the embassy be relocated there.

The law states that "Jerusalem should be recognized as the capital of the State of Israel and the United States Embassy in Israel should be established in Jerusalem no later than May 31, 1999."

But the law also permits the president to delay the move for six-month periods, based on national security grounds.

Former US presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush invoked the clause during their presidencies.

Obama notified US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton of his latest decision ten days ago. He first delayed moving the embassy in June.

In contrast to Obama's stance on the embassy move, members of the US House of Representatives presented Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, during his November visit to the US, with initiatives to recognize Jerusalem as the "undivided capital of Israel". They called to move the US embassy there.

Sen. Joe Lieberman informed Barkat that six senators had sponsored a bill that would remove the president's right to a waiver and finally implement the Jerusalem Embassy Act.

Running Scared In The Land Of Delusion

We seem to live in the days when people are afraid of so many things. People become freaked out by the “latest” disease or climate change scare, or maybe it is a mad cow or a chicken-virus. “Henny-Penny, the sky is falling,” they say. “We are all doomed!”

At the same time people are so very willing to easily believe a lie, and then call it the good news of hope.

When Words Have No Meaning

It is a very strange occurrence to see a man who is fighting two huge wars, with many of people dieing and families destroyed everyday, win a Nobel Peace Prize.

But then Yasser Arafat, one of the world's deadliest terrorists won a Nobel Peace Prize too.

Events such as these demean the value of the word "peace".

Friday, December 11, 2009

Crocodile Tears?

In an interview, after the federal decision to allow competition in the cellphone market, Rogers chief executive officer Nadir Mohamed warned that the wireless market could not sustain a fourth national service. Rogers is the country's largest mobile phone service provider.

“There's no question in my mind that Canada cannot support more than three national facilities-based players,” said Mr. Mohamed. “It's inconceivable to me.”

Many translate his words as really saying, “This is not good. Now we cannot continue to radically gouge Canadians as we have been doing in the past.”

Globalive Allowed To Enter Canadian Cellphone Market

Industry Minister Tony Clement has overturned a CRTC ruling preventing Globalive from entering the Canadian cellphone market.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Abortion

The desperate slaying of innocent children shows the complete loss of respect for human worth.

Unelected Interference

The unelected, overpaid and appointed-for-life Senate has voted in favour of changing a Conservative crime bill that would have imposed a mandatory six-month minimum sentence on people operating illegal grow-ops.

Amendments also further entrench racism and special favours in Canada by providing aboriginal convicts with an exemption from minimum sentences.

The Conservative government has sharply criticized the Senate for tinkering with legislation that elected representatives already passed.

Justice Minister Rob Nicholson called the changes, "An early Christmas present from the Liberals to the people in the grow-op business --- it sends out the complete wrong message in my opinion."

Canadian Border Services

When you leave Canada, even for a few hours, do you feel like your are being welcomed home by a fellow Canadian or do feel more like you are being challenged by a cold, unhappy, impersonal prison guard masquerading as a Border Officer?

It seems like only a very few of the border personnel treat you with decent respect and a modicum of sincere pleasantness. God bless those few. This rebuke does not belong to them. Somehow they have managed to avoid the poison emanated by their peers.

Many of the border personnel seemed to have picked up a very complacentalong with a “we’re a better people than you”attitude that is most common in federal unions such as the one encompassing many of the inside workers at the post office.

They have developed a fine art of being invective without actually using invective words.

It is almost as if they are reluctantly going through the motions of their high-paying jobs while silently thinking, “Just send me my money; meanwhile I will make people feel as small as I can.”

More and more it seems like some of them are just thugs with jobs.

Again, sorry to the ones who are fair-minded and respectable towards their fellow citizens.

To the other whip-masters, keep treating the people the way you do and reactions such as this are bound to become common. So far in this “peaceful nation” reactions are restricted to just words, but violent revolts have stemmed from frequent belittlement before.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

A Word

Delight yourself in the Lord. And He shall give you the desires of your heart.

Monday, December 7, 2009

A Word

Sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under the law but under grace. Do you believe?

Friday, December 4, 2009

Afghanistan From The BBC













Breakdown of ISAF troop contributing nations

Albania

250

FYROM*

165

Norway

480

Australia

1,350

Georgia

1

Poland

1,910

Austria

4

Germany

4,365

Portugal

145

Azerbaijan

90

Greece

145

Romania

990

Belgium

530

Hungary

360

Singapore

2

Bosnia and Herzegovina

10

Iceland

2

Slovakia

245

Bulgaria

460

Ireland

7

Slovenia

130

Canada

2,830

Italy

2,795

Spain

1,000

Croatia

290

Jordan

7

Sweden

430

Czech Rep

480

Latvia

175

Turkey

720

Denmark

690

Lithuania

250

Ukraine

10

Estonia

150

Luxembourg

8

UAE

25

Finland

165

Netherlands

2,160

UK

9,000

France

3,095

NZ

300

US

34,800

Total (approx.): 71,030

* Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia


Most reports put the current total of US troops in Afghanistan at 68,000, with 40,000 more to come.