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While Middle East Anticipates Bush Free World, White House Launches Propaganda Storm

Posted by bosskitty on August 12, 2007

Middle East already planning for Bush’s departure

Bush, Congress could collide on Iran By Matt Stearns | McClatchy Newspapers

WASHINGTON – Taking military action against Iran could put President Bush on a collision course with Congress, leading Democrats and a Republican lawmaker cautioned Friday following Bush’s threat of unspecified consequences for alleged Iranian meddling in Iraq.

Iraq pullout could create chaos By Nancy A. Youssef | McClatchy Newspapers
WASHINGTON — U.S. troops could withdraw from Iraq within months, but if Iraq’s government remains politically deadlocked, it probably would collapse and the nation would descend into chaos … the U.S. Army concluded earlier this month.

I feel disinformation raining down on my head. I feel another ‘marketing ploy’ to confuse important issues, again. BushCo wants to beat Musharraf at the ‘State of Emergency’ game! Watch out Iran … Darth Cheney has his eye on you …

Cheney’s Secret Escalation Plan? By Dan Froomkin Special to washingtonpost.com
At yesterday’s press conference, President Bush announced that he had put Iran on notice. “One of the main reasons that I asked [U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan] Crocker to meet with Iranians inside Iraq, was to send the message that there will be consequences for people transporting, delivering EFPs, highly sophisticated IEDs [improvised explosive devices] that kill Americans in Iraq.”
Describing Iran as “a very troubling nation right now,” largely because of its nuclear program, Bush warned its leaders that “when we catch you playing a non-constructive role [in Iraq] there will be a price to pay.”
So what price is Bush prepared to exact? Is this saber-rattling a harbinger of war? And perhaps most to the point: What is Vice President Cheney up to?
…..Cheney has long been said to be looking for some way to maneuver Bush into having no choice but to launch a full-scale attack against Iran. Vice President Cheney does not support President Bush’s tack towards Condoleezza Rice’s diplomatic efforts and fears that the President is taking diplomacy with Iran too seriously.     “This White House official has stated to several Washington insiders that Cheney is planning to deploy an ‘end run strategy’ around the President if he and his team lose the policy argument. . . .  “According to this official, Cheney believes that Bush can not be counted on to make the ‘right decision’ when it comes to dealing with Iran and thus Cheney believes that he must tie the President’s hands.'”    Isn’t that called TREASON?

Anger follows fear! Fear that the hijackers of this country are getting closer to taking a fatal step toward the Armageddon they so desperately want. Anger that I must sit here and watch worthless caucuses decide who our leader will not be. Yes, Iraq will need a babysitter. No, we do not have to threaten Iran with ‘mass destruction’ to pour water on the fire we set. As soon as America can demonstrate that religion of oil (the new Christianity) is not the solution, the middle east may be more negotiable. The last thing Americans should endorse is sending Christian Missionaries … shades of the Catholic Missionaries annihilating the natives of the New World who did not convert quick enough. When someone invades your country and shouts that you must renounce the faith of your fathers and embrace Jesus as their Savior, all hell will break loose! This is what Jihadists see. This is what they are called to die for, even thought politics and economics is still the bottom line. The convert or die mentality is the spark for an Armageddon conflagration! I am very angry at Bush for stirring up Christian Dominionists in this country to endorse a theocratic national agenda. Our soldiers are not evangelists! Keep religion out of politics! If the truth hurts, get out before you start a civil war in this country. We know you are watching and listening to our anger … bring it on!

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King George Is Writing What Secret Disaster Plan? … Ooooh, I Feel Safer Now

Posted by bosskitty on August 8, 2007

States Feel Left Out Of Disaster Planning

By Spencer S. Hsu Washington Post Staff Wednesday, August 8, 2007

A decision by the Bush administration to rewrite in secret the nation’s emergency response blueprint has angered state and local emergency officials, who worry that Washington is repeating a series of mistakes that contributed to its bungled response to Hurricane Katrina nearly two years ago. State and local officials in charge of responding to disasters say that their input in shaping the National Response Plan was ignored in recent months by senior White House and Department of Homeland Security officials, despite calls by congressional investigators for a shared overhaul of disaster planning in the United States.

“In my 19 years in emergency management, I have never experienced a more polarized environment between state and federal government,” said Albert Ashwood, Oklahoma‘s emergency management chief and president of a national association of state emergency managers.

The national plan is supposed to guide how federal, state and local governments, along with private and nonprofit groups, work together during emergencies. Critics contend that a unilateral approach by Washington produced an ill-advised response plan at the end of 2004 — an unwieldy, 427-page document that emphasized stopping terrorism at the expense of safeguarding against natural disasters.

Bruce Baughman, Ashwood’s predecessor as president of the National Emergency Management Association and a 32-year veteran of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said that a draft of the revised plan released to state officials last week marks a step backward because its authors did not set requirements or consult with field operators nationwide who will use it to request federal aid, adjust state and county plans, and train workers.

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The disagreement over the plan comes at a time of increasing mistrust between Washington and state homeland security officials. In recent months, they have sparred over dwindling federal grants, the adequacy of local intelligence-gathering efforts and what states regard as Washington’s reluctance to share information about potential threats.

“Coordination between state and local governments and the feds . . . seems to be getting worse rather than better,” said Timothy Manning, head of emergency management in New Mexico and a member of a DHS-appointed steering committee that initially worked on the emergency plan before being shut out of the deliberations in May.

Testifying before a House panel last week, Ashwood and colleagues openly questioned why the draft was revised behind closed doors. The final document was to be released June 1, at the start of this year’s hurricane season.

Federal officials, Ashwood said, appear to be trying to create a legalistic document to shield themselves from responsibility for future disasters and to shift blame to states. “It seems that the Katrina federal legacy is one of minimizing exposure for the next event and ensuring future focus is centered on state and local preparedness,” he said.

The blunt remarks spotlight a breakdown in joint efforts to fulfill a core recommendation by investigators who examined federal missteps after Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast in August 2005.

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…. a special Republican-led House panel on the Katrina disaster reported. Conflicting command roles under the plan also contributed to a bitter public feud between Chertoff and Michael D. Brown, who resigned as FEMA director in September 2005 after Chertoff relieved him of his on-site relief duties on the Gulf Coast.

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“The draft National Response Plan will be presented to the president after an extensive 30-day review period by federal, state and local officials, and we look forward to receiving the draft plan after that review period,” White House spokesman Scott Stanzel said.

…. John R. Harrald, a professor at George Washington University‘s Institute for Crisis, Disaster and Risk Management, cautioned that shutting out state and local voices during the plan’s preparation would be ill-advised. He said that the administration appears “to be guided by a desire to ensure centralized control of what is an inherently decentralized process. . . . Response to catastrophic events requires collaboration and trust in a broad network of organizations.”

What is so secret about a disaster plan? Why is it so complicated to include the disaster responders in coordinated planning? Didn’t the last disaster plan fail because the first responders and federal responders had no clue what each other were doing? This is another act of ‘weenie wagging’ that this administration is guilty of. They will take every opportunity to show you theirs is bigger than yours and they will remain in control, no matter how bad things turn out. Hiding stuff is what this administration is all about. I could make some really nasty comparisons, but for your sake, I will restrain myself.      I have had enough of these guys. I would vote for Larry Flint before I vote for another Republican. Why isn’t Larry running? Past indiscretions are no longer stop signs for politicians. Honesty is too rare and should be embraced where ever it comes from. Kucinich might just fill that void.

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Tough Choices: Who Should We Fear, Them Or Us

Posted by bosskitty on August 4, 2007

Maliki: timetable for US withdrawal not possible

Iraqi PM says neither Baghdad nor Washington can set timetable for withdrawal of US troops from Iraq.

Collapsing Bridges vs. War in Iraq

The Bush administration’s spending priorities – including an estimated $1 trillion for an unnecessary war – will cost the lives not only of US soldiers and Iraqi civilians but American citizens who will die from a decaying infrastructure and other government neglect, argues Stephen Crockett.

Daily demonstrations of corporate corruption, political corruption, missing cash, misused assets, and general bribery reminiscent of third world dictatorships. Corruption is an epidemic in the United States of America. Why? The ‘shock and awe’ of America’s decline is overwhelming. Republicans and Democrats share this disgusting tragedy. Republicans currently hold center stage and are too arrogant about being entitled to break every law this country has. Why? Aren’t tired of the word “FREEDOM” being used for everything from War to Viagra? What exactly are Americans FREE to do? Free to be lazy and complacent? Free to be led by the nose into total chaos by self-serving politicraps? America’s passion has been hi-jacked and is held hostage by political marketing!

Does anyone remember Nikita Khrushchev:

“Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river.”

He was the instigator of Soviet missile forces in Cuba and the Cuban missile crisis, the builder of the Berlin Wall, launched Sputnik and started the Cold War and the space race.  Nikita was a comic but worthy enemy.  His uneducated wisdom does ring true today.

We are victims of our own success and will be hung by our own rope, so espoused Nikita Khrushchev.

 

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Just Another Day: Military, Civilian Body Count

Posted by bosskitty on July 27, 2007

Following are the latest figures for military deaths in Iraq and Iraqi civilians killed in attacks since the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003:

U.S.-LED COALITION FORCES:

United States 3,646

Britain 163

Other nations 129

IRAQIS:

Military Between 4,900 and 6,375#

Civilians Between 67,945 and 74,336* This is the most disputed number!

Iraq Body Count The Last 5 Days

Sunday 22 July: 59 dead

Baghdad: motorcycle bomb near Kulfaa Square; mortars, Bab al-Sharqi; roadside bomb, Amin; 21 bodies. Taji: truck bomb kills 6. Mosul: 6 men killed in separate attacks.
Iskandariya: mortars kill 2; civilian is shot dead in clashes; gunmen kill policeman; drive-by shooting kills civilian; 3 bodies. Basra: father and son shot dead; body found.

Saturday 21 July: 91 dead

Baghdad: up to 18 civilians reported killed in 3:00am US air raid in Husseiniya -7 children among them; bomb in bus kills 5, Baladiyat; mortars, Mashtal, Rashad; 5 die in random shooting by unknown gunmen; 17 bodies. Mosul: roadside bomb kills 6 policemen; gunmen shoot dead 2 men watching football match in cafe; 11 bodies. Iskandariya: 5 bodies. Hilla: 2 bodies.
Kut: gunmen kill policeman and translator working for US military.
Samarra: 2 killed by US fire, after coming under attack.

Friday 20 July: 38 dead

Baghdad: gunmen kill policeman and his wife, Dora; 16 bodies.
Muqdadiya: gunmen kill 2 women; body found. Hassawiya: attacks kill 5 residents. Ajemi: attacks kill 4. Mosul: civilian dies in US helicopter fire.

Thursday 19 July: 55 dead

Baghdad: roadside bombs, mortars kill 10; 17 bodies.
Dhuluiya: 2 killed in drive-by shooting. Jidaydat al-Shatt, Mansuriyat al-Shatt: unmen attacks kill 10 residents. Mosul: 8 bodies. Iskandariya: 8 bodies.

Wednesday 18 July: 92 dead

Baghdad: roadside bombs, Al-Qanat; mortars, Zafaraniya; roadside bomb kills 4 Electricity Ministry employees, Salihiya; Iraqi police kill 3 in Amiriya; US troops shoot dead 2 people, after coming under attack, Adhamiya; 15 bodies. Khalis: gunmen attack bus, kill 7 passengers.
Basra: university professor shot dead; body found.
Hilla: gunmen kill mother, father, son. Latifiya: 3 truck drivers killed by gunmen.
Baquba: roadside bomb kills 3; 2 bodies. Mosul: gunmen kill KDP official, guard; 6 bodies.

In outsourced U.S. wars, contractor deaths top 1,000

But, we don’t count the ORPHANS and WIDOWS do we? Heaven and Hell must be outsourcing by now, don’t you think?

This crazy, arrogant, mega-low-maniacal, morons who are trying to grab and squeeze the last drop of oil out of Iraq, are creating multi-national populations of damaged souls and broken bodies.

I see a ‘mushroom cloud’ of hate spreading across the horizon that will cover all Americans whether they agreed with the war or not. No casualty really believes the American public is innocent, because this administration hides behind “the will of the American people” to do anything it wants. The “will of the American people” no longer exists … The more Americans are hated, the more King George claims “we are making PROGRESS”!

 

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Bush Administration Last Days – Are We Scared Yet?

Posted by bosskitty on July 1, 2007

Bush administration wants us to be scared of:

  • AlQaeda,
  • Other un-named terrorists,
  • Gays,
  • anyone who is not a radical Christian, anyone who is not with his agenda,

  • Inclusive health care
  • People who think

This administration wants his population to be white or act white, buy in to the Armageddon concept to justify:

  • atrocities against other cultures (anything outside of his world is PAGAN)
  • completely destroy other civilizations (because they are PAGAN)
  • grab oil resources wherever we can (so his greasy buddies can profit)
  • allow genocide to grow exponentially long enough so that if we DO step up to responsibility thousands or millions have already died,

End Time Christian’s wars against PAGANS are equal to Islam’s war against INFIDELS. Euphemisms abound to cloak atrocities against other populations to justify world domination. The Political Islamists have used terror against innocent Americans, OK, so have Political Christians:

    1. First of all crimes against Americans are results of economic suppression and interference in local politics with extortion and bribery.
    2. American businesses use underhanded tactics to secure advantageous pricing and cheap labor from disadvantaged and desperate.
    3. Americans or their Proxy Mercenary Armies have injured, threatened or killed opposition to their agendas throughout history – don’t get me started on the American Indians.

Pagan can be defined broadly:

Wikipedia – the faith traditions outside the Abrahamic monotheistic group of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. This includes the Dharmic religions (such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism), Native American religions and mythologies and Shinto as well as non-Abrahamic ethnic religions in general. More narrow definitions will not include any of the world religions and restrict the term to local or rural currents not organized as civil religions.

Both “Pagan” and “heathen” have historically been used as a pejorative by adherents of monotheistic religions (such as Judaism, Christianity and Islam) to indicate a disbeliever in their religion.

Religious Extremism: Answers.com, Wikipedia, BBS News

Wikpedia – Dominionist , Islam

Answers – Dominionism, Islam

Religious Tolerance – Dominionism, Islam

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Bush’s conversations with GOD have allowed Counterfeit Religion to be used as an excuse to conquer for OIL!

 

 

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US Strike Still Too Sloppy – Let God Sort ‘Em Out …

Posted by bosskitty on June 30, 2007

NEWS CENTRAL/S. ASIA

Many Afghans killed in air strike

 

 

 

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Civilian deaths caused by US and Nato-led troops have infuriated Afghan people and the Afghan president

An air strike in southern Afghanistan has killed at least 30 civilians and 39 armed Taliban, a Helmand official said.

Mohammed Daoud said that “30-37 civilians have been killed and tens of others have been injured” during an International Security Assistance Force attack in Helmand‘s Gereshk district.

 

US airstrikes kill 65 civilians

From correspondents in Lashkar gah, Afghanistan July 01, 2007 02:00am

  • NATO denies toll as high as 65
  • News agency sees bodies of children
  • Worst civilian death toll since 2001

ANTI-TALIBAN air strikes by US- and NATO-led forces in Afghanistan killed 65 villagers, including children, a local official said today, amid growing anger over civilian deaths.

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US probes Afghan civilian deaths

By Charles Haviland BBC News, Kabul

The US-led military coalition in Afghanistan says a number of civilians appear to have died in air strikes in the southern province of Helmand.

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U.S. Raids Baghdad Slum; 26 Iraqis Die

June 30, 4:35 PM (ET) By LEE KEATH

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BAGHDAD (AP) – Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki condemned a U.S. raid Saturday in Baghdad‘s Shiite Sadr City slum – a politically sensitive district for him – in which American troops searching for Iranian-linked militants sparked a firefight that left 26 Iraqis dead.

One Iraqi’s collateral damage  By Marc Perelman

Ahlam Al-Jabouri did fearless humanitarian work under the U.S. Army in Iraq — but when her life was torn apart by sectarian hatred, U.S. authorities were MIA.

 

US Papers Thursday: God, Money, and Oil War of the Mosques;  $150 Billion Contract Award; Iraq’s Washington Lobbyists

By CHRIS ALLBRITTON 06/28/2007 01:49 AM ET

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“What causes the documented high level of civilian casualties — 3,000 – 3,400 [October 7, 2001 thru March 2002] civilian deaths — in the U.S. air war upon Afghanistan? The explanation is the apparent willingness of U.S. military strategists to fire missiles into and drop bombs upon, heavily populated areas of Afghanistan.”

Professor Marc W. Herold   Ph.D., M.B.A., B.Sc.

 The percentage of innocent to combatant casualties is unacceptable.  These are not BATTLEFIELDS they are people’s HOMES!

The hateful mantra “let God sort ’em out” should held prosecutable!  Such a FINE example of American Values we are spreading throughout the tortured world.  Shove this example of Democracy down their throat with bullets!  Call it Christian compassion? Or Inquisition!  Oh NO! It’s about Christian OIL! 

 

 

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Fundamentalist Social Destruction Is Everywere

Posted by bosskitty on June 29, 2007

Egypt forbids female circumcision   By Magdi Abdelhadi  BBC Arab Affairs Analyst

Egypt has announced that it is imposing a complete ban on female circumcision, also known as genital mutilation.

the death of a 12-year-old girl in Upper Egypt a few days ago triggered an angry barrage of appeals from human rights groups to both the government and the medical profession to act swiftly and stamp out the practice. The doctor who carried out the operation has been arrested.

Egypt’s first lady, Susanne Mubarak, has spoken out strongly against female circumcision, saying that it is a flagrant example of continued physical and psychological violence against children which must stop.

The Grand Mufti and the head of the Coptic Church said female circumcision had no basis either in the Koran or in the Bible.

Recent studies have shown that some 90% of Egyptian women have been circumcised.

The practice is common among Muslim as well as Christian families in Egypt and other African countries, but is rare in the Arab world.

It is believed to be part of an ancient Egyptian rite of passage and is more common in rural areas.

Conservative families believe that circumcision is a way of protecting the girls’ chastity.

Gospels of the Demented are being imposed on people everywhere.

Anything is justified in the name of religion. 

 

Freedom of religion is the freedom to worship according to one’s own heart – NOT the freedom to impose YOUR rules, rites or beliefs onto the unwilling.
Religions have obscure interpretations that can be grabbed to justify any atrocity.

Case in point:  The Right To Life seems to be justifiable to unborn American children, but not the child victims of American warcraft.  How can we justify bombing a whole village in an effort to kill ONE or a DOZEN of the opposition. Collateral damage is NOT acceptable under any justification.

 

I am disgusted and sick to my stomach with the RIGHTEOUS of any religion bellowing from both sides of their mouth about “What God Wants”!  The arrogance of the HUMAN RACE to actually base it’s knowledge of what God wants on thousand year old texts or an army of self-serving blow hards behind pulpits.

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Texas Anger Swells Over Plans for Fence

Posted by nytexan on June 22, 2007

The idea of building a fence across the U.S. Mexico border is a sickening and a destructive non-solution to Texans. In Texas the fence will have an impact on endangered species, wildlife, small business, trade and families.

For those who have never been to the Texas Mexico border or the Rio Grande, you most likely think it’s a desolate waste land with no value. Therefore, the idea of a fence means nothing and its only impact will be to keep Mexicans out. You are very wrong, my friend. Let’s look at what the Texas border really is; the people who live and own property and how they feel about the fence that all of you so desperately want.

By the way the Rio Grande is the border and the fence isn’t going in the Rio Grande, its going on private land which will cut off access to the lake and the Rio Grande. Businesses will suffer.

Pictures at the end of the post are the areas and business that will suffer.

Generational Family Land:

ROMA, Tex. — Since 1767, some 150 acres of wooded riverfront along the Rio Grande has belonged to the family of Cecilia Ramirez Benavides, land granted to her ancestors by Spanish settlers who colonized Mexico, or New Spain, as it was then known.

Generations later, much of the Ramirez tract, with its mile of riverbank, remains undisturbed, overrun by huge mesquite and ebony trees, thick clusters of prickly pear cactus and chaparral. It is inhabited by the endangered ocelot — only 100 are believed to remain in the United States — the bright-orange Altamira oriole with its distinctive whistle and huge, pouchlike woven nests, and the green jay, with its bright-blue nape.

Already, the modern world has intruded on this privately owned mini-nature preserve. Cecilia Benavides and her husband, Noel Benavides Sr., have given the Border Patrol, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the National Guard permanent access to their land to apprehend illegal immigrants and drug smugglers.

“They’re going to destroy an ecosystem that took centuries and that’s never going to come back,” said Noel Benavides, an alderman in this small border city.

But the Department of Homeland Security’s latest entreaty is where the couple have decided they must draw the line. Their tranquil piece of riverfront — owned by the Ramirez clan long before northern Mexico became Texas — lies directly in the path of the federal government’s plan to build 700 miles of fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Texas will get 153 miles of fence; Arizona, 129 miles; California, 76 miles; and New Mexico, 12. A map of the proposed fencing was attached to the memo.

The documents sparked an outcry from border officials from El Paso down to Brownsville, as well as from farmers who plant vegetables, cotton and grain in the rich alluvium along the banks of the Rio Grande. Border businessmen who depend on Mexicans for a majority of their retail sales and private landowners, such as the Benavideses, were outraged, too.

For many, the Rio Grande may only conjure up television images of illegal immigrants swimming or tubing the river from Mexico to Texas. But in South Texas, the river is the source for municipal water systems and farm irrigation districts and of recreation. It is a natural boundary between two regions whose history, families and commerce are intricately connected.

Agriculture and Business:

Richard Drawe is not only concerned about his water rights and access to the land he farms on the banks of the Rio Grande. He’s also worried about the prospect of the federal government appropriating his land for a fence under eminent domain.

Drawe’s family has been farming the area since 1917, and today he grows grain sorghum, cotton and vegetables on 1,400 acres. The fence, as proposed, would cut Drawe’s farmland in half.

“All the land south of the fence would be unusable. We would be cut off from our land, plain and simple,” said Drawe, who supports the addition of Border Patrol agents and the high-tech surveillance towers. “For somebody that’s outside South Texas, it sounds like a great idea to have a fence. You have to have controlled borders, I know that. But there’s other ways to do it.”

Business and Ecomony:

Farming and drinking water are not the only water issues that will have an economic impact it will also affect Lake Amistad in Del Rio. Lake Amistad has marinas and small businesses that support them. Amistad is an international recreation area on the United States-Mexico border. The Amistad Reservoir on the Rio Grande includes 850 miles of Lake Shoreline, of which 540 are in Texas. Boating and water sports highlight activities in the U.S. section of the reservoir. In addition, the area is rich in archeology and rock art, and contains a wide variety of plant and animal life.

The Rio Grande also has water rafting, competition and recreational fishing, bed and breakfasts, horse back riding excursions and much more. All of these companies and small mom and pop business will shut down.

Eagle Pass Mayor Chad Foster, who said he crosses the bridge daily to Piedras Negras, the Mexican city across the Rio Grande, said the lawmakers “that voted for this fence have never seen the reality of the border” and seen “the relationship that we have with our neighbors.”

In Texas families that live on both sides and visit weekly, daily, on birthday and holidays. You don’t think the fence will affect these families. Think of it this way; you live in N.Y.C. and your parents live in Newark, N.J., you can’t go see them because there is a fence and Homeland Security requires documents so you can have dinner with your parents. Have you thought about this; probably not.

Did you know that there are many employee of U.S. companies that cross the border every day to go to work and then cross to go home. No, they are not all Mexicans many Americans live across the border because it’s cheaper. This will this affect their employment and the business that depend on them. Have you thought about this; probably not.

The Environment:

The environmental groups that oversee a corridor of 182,000 acres of wildlife refuge along or near the river — a top birding destination whose devotees infuse the deep South Texas economy with an estimated $150 million yearly — said the region is now under threat.

For two decades, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has spent $80 million buying property along the Rio Grande, replanting the land with native vegetation to attract animals and birds and to create the wildlife corrider. That effort, environmentalists say, is now directly threatened.

“Fencing in general creates problems for wildlife,” said Nancy Brown, a spokeswoman for the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge in Alamo. “This wildlife corrider is a string of pearls [that has] 20 federally listed threatened and endangered species. This adds one more layer of difficulty.”

Many Texans, myself included, find the whole idea of the fence a destruction to families, businesses, the environment and our way of life. If the rest of the country who so desperately wants a fence, I suggest that Texas erect the fence on its northern and western border. Then Texas won’t have to suffer the consequences of misguided and uniformed information or the hatred to our neighbors that the rest of the country has.

How do you put a fence here without destroying Texas? You thought this was a desert we’re talking about. I’m not surprised at your main stream media awareness or lack thereof of our state.

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Marina Lake Amistad in Del Rio

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Border bridges: Laredo, Texas, on the right, is the nation’s busiest inland port.

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Beware Christian Dominionists – God Tells Them To Kill

Posted by bosskitty on June 21, 2007

Beware the Dominionist “love bomb” By Kerry Tomasi Online Journal Contributing Writer

During a recent address to the Good Shepherd Baptists in Terre Haute Indiana, Col. J. Tyler Ryberg had this to say about our “war on terror”, and its current focal point, Iraq: ” . . . it’s an act of love to kill evil people who seek to kill Americans, it’s an act of love for our nation”. And with regards to those “Islamic jihadists” in Iraq seeking to kill us: “Peace is not an option.”

In light of the half million innocent (i.e. – not “Islamic jihadists”) Iraqi men, women, and children who may have been killed (thus far) as a result of our invasion, many have questioned where Col. Ryberg gets his reasoning (not to mention his definition of “love”).

But I’m not one of them. I know where he gets his reasoning. He gets it from what he deems the “supreme law of the land” – the Bible, and specifically the Old Testament.

Consider the biblical account of God’s ‘chosen ones’ (the first ones, not us) and their foray into the land of Canaan. Recall that God instructed Moses and Joshua to invade the “promised land” and kill everything and everyone they could get their hands on. They were to ” . . . save alive nothing that breatheth”. (Deut 20:16-17, 7:1-2, Josh 10:40)

When you combine this myopic “we’re special” conditioning with the reasoning espoused by Ryberg and others within the Dominionist movement (Google or Mash it), you create an extremely volatile and dangerous situation. And it’s all the more dangerous because these folks have infiltrated and/or control much of the Republican Party.

They want an authoritarian theocracy similar in design and kind to that in the days of Moses and Joshua.

A theocracy that believes it has a god-given right to exercise dominion over the entire earth, including other people and their property.

A theocracy that views billions of others not quite like themselves as evil.

A theocracy with enough nuclear firepower to destroy the planet.

So much for the Constitution …

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Bush – Cheney Playbook … Quote Hermann Goering

Posted by bosskitty on June 21, 2007

Hermann Goering:Naturally the common people don’t want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country. quote verified at snopes.com

If you don’t recognize the strategy implemented on Americans since September 11, 2001, then you are totally unconscious. Osama and his 9/11 catastrophe has given Bush & Co. the psychological tools to change America into a self-destructing megalomaniacal world bully. Osama is still at large. AlQaeda is growing stronger. We have definitely lost our way … but still use the names Osama and AlQaeda as an excuse to self-destruct.

Hermann Goering was familiar with this political formula.

Impeach this Nazi dictatorsip!

Theodore Roosevelt:

 

To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. (1918)

 

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