Mike Corthell

Mike Corthell
Editor & Publisher at Fryeburg Free Press MEDIA

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The CIA Should Have Already Killed Julian Assange

The first step towards convincing other nations that they can trust us again would be make this a better world by removing Julian Assange from it.

''One of the weirder tics of modern civilization is that oftentimes, even in matters of life and death, many people would prefer to lose in a politically correct manner than win easily, but make people angry in the process. So, we put nonsensical, self-defeating limitations on ourselves to try to avoid angry editorials and hurt feelings.''

Wikileaks’ deliberate disclosure of these diplomatic cables is nothing less than an attack on the national security of the United States, as well as that of dozens of other countries. By disseminating these materials, Wikileaks is putting at risk the lives and the freedom of countless Americans and non- Americans around the world. -- Joe Lieberman
These documents also may include named individuals who in many cases live and work under oppressive regimes and who are trying to create more open and free societies. President Obama supports responsible, accountable, and open government at home and around the world, but this reckless and dangerous action runs counter to that goal. By releasing stolen and classified documents, Wikileaks has put at risk not only the cause of human rights but also the lives and work of these individuals. -- Robert Gibbs http://townhall.com/columnists/JohnHawkins/2010/11/30/5_reasons_

Just part of The Brave New World, kids

''Our “shadow government” - those in positions of power strongly suspected it would be possible for them to control the whole world with the push of a button.''

Aldous Huxley in his 1932 Brave New World said a really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers (czars) control a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced, because they love their servitude which brings us to the airport gropings, cancer causing cumulative radiation scanners and dirty gloves.
Are today’s leaders, who have been dreaming for decades for more control over our business, economy and personal lives, about to slam shut the communist gate? Its younger sister, socialism has been putting regulatory and entitlement posts in the ground since President Wilson with the unconstitutional Federal Reserve followed by the FDR era with Social Security, Johnson with Medicare and Medicaid and not wanting to be outdone by the Democrats, Republican president George W. Bush with his prescription drug boondoggle causing the U.S. to become insolvent. We were allowed to walk back and forth between the posts and then we had 9/11 and George W. Bush’s Patriot Act when the barbwire fence was strung on the posts but the gate remained open but with more and more restrictions on freedom to travel. Will we wake up one of these mornings to find the gate closed but the borders still open? Those who wanted “safety” over “liberty” may end up with neither. http://www.newswithviews.com/Betty/Freauf179.htm

Obama's scatterbrain policies

''So, here we are—having completed mid-term elections, with Mr. Obama having taken a “shellacking.” Will that wake him up? Undoubtedly no. Ask yourself the age-old question: Are we better off now than we were before Obama?''

As time passes, I am continually growing dismayed and livid over what our president, his Cabinet, and puppy-tail Dems (really Progressive Liberals or Socialists) are doing to our country. I have been working on this series all year, hoping that offering my thoughts in “Parts” would allow me to gain some perspective on the situation, and give Mr. Obama a better chance of rectifying the damage he has done to our country. However, I see that giving him additional time to make things right has only topsy-turvied our nation even more, and thus, we are now in worse shape than ever. Let’s look at additional factors that give our country a sense of malaise, a sense of defeat, and an overwhelming anger...

Mr. Obama shows no true patriotism or loyalty to our country, and even called his own kingdom “arrogant.” Our president shows little pride for our nation.

Resorts to melodrama hyperbole and rhetoric, as well as scapegoating. Obama relies on his rhetoric, which is often punched up with mendacity or false impressions, outright lies.

Mr. Obama displays total disregard for our freedoms and the unfair use of cronyism. Mr. Obama has forced socialized medicine down our throats for a mere 30 million people who either do not have or do not want to purchase health care.

Imposed governmental control not only on health care, but also in the auto industry (with Mr. Obama becoming CEO of GM), and the banking system. The President did this with little to no business experience via various bailouts of big businesses that have not helped our economy, and he is now headed for take-overs in other sectors of our country. http://www.newswithviews.com/Hayes/gianni130.htm

Even in Oregon Islam

''Yet despite Mohamud’s avowedly Islamic motivations, the Imam Yosof Wanly of the Salman Al-Farisi Islamic Center in Corvallis, Oregon, followed a predictable and oft-repeated pattern when he downplayed Mohamud’s connection to the local Muslim community.''

A nineteen-year old Somali Muslim named Mohamed Osman Mohamud was arrested Friday in Portland, Oregon, just as he was trying to blow up a van loaded with explosives at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony...Mohamud’s Islamic motivations
Mohamed Osman Mohamud’s own statements make it unmistakably clear that he was hoping to commit mass-murder in the name of Islam, in what he saw as an Islamic jihad attack. For a video he made explaining his motives, he dressed in a white robe with a red and white headdress, telling undercover agents whom he thought were his accomplices that he wanted to dress “Sheikh Osama style.” He began the video by repeating traditional Islamic prayers and invocations: “I take refuge in Allah from Satan the accursed; in the name of Allah, the merciful, the compassionate; all praise be to Allah, we praise him, we seek his assistance and forgiveness.”
He then warned Americans that “a dark day is coming your way,” for “as long as you threaten our security, your people will not remain safe.” He asked: “Did you think that you could invade a Muslim land, and we would not invade you,” and boasted that “Allah will have soldiers scattered everywhere across the world.” He challenged Muslims living in the United States: “What has stopped you from fighting in the cause of Allah?” And he predicted that “you will see the victory of Islam.”

Band-Aid Diplomacy

Stop nurturing your child's self-esteem

''...violent criminals have higher self-esteem than most people, and if Rosemond is right, and people who do not grow up with high self-esteem are more likely to be among the finest human beings, then society has the strongest interest in not promoting self-esteem among children. Society's sole interest should be creating people of good character, not people with high self-esteem. And good character is created by teaching self-control, not self-esteem.''

By now, most people (with the exception of many psychotherapists) recognize that the self-esteem movement officially launched by California in 1986 has been at best silly and at worst injurious to society, despite whatever small benefit it may have had to some individuals.
The movement was begun by California Assemblyman John Vasconcellos. As the New York Times reported, "Mr. Vasconcellos, a 53-year-old Democrat, is described by an aide as 'the most radical humanist in the Legislature.'"
In an interview at the time, Vasconcellos told me he had personally benefited from therapy. It enabled him to improve the poor self-esteem he had inherited from his childhood. He therefore concluded that improving other people's self-esteem would greatly help society.
And so, California created its Task Force to Promote Self-Esteem and Personal and Social Responsibility, whose guiding principle was to raise young people's self-esteem in order to increase the number of socially responsible people in society.
This belief – that increasing self-esteem among the members of society will increase goodness in society – spread through the rest of America like proverbial wildfire.
It turns out, however, that the premise was entirely misguided. There is no correlation between goodness and high self-esteem. But there is a correlation between criminality and high self-esteem. http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=234437

European Union: R.I.P.?

''How long will Germans play the "good Europeans" and use their savings and a solid credit rating earned through years of sacrifice to bail out deadbeat nations whose welfare states are more lavish than their own? After constant repetition, the Three Musketeers' slogan of "all for one, and one for all" can get rather tiresome.''

When communism collapsed in Moscow, Prague and Belgrade at the end of the Cold War, ethnic nationalism surged to the surface in all three nations and tore them apart into 24 countries.
Economic nationalism is now resurgent across Europe. And it is hard to see how a transnational institution like the European Union, run by faceless bureaucrats, and the 16-nation eurozone it created can long survive.
As of Monday, Greece and Ireland had been bailed out – Greece with $145 billion, Ireland with $89 billion. All eyes have now turned to Iberia, to Portugal and Spain, where bond prices are sinking and interest rates are rising, and investors are eying the exits.
Monday's stock and bond sell-off across Europe testifies to a belief that this storm is far from over.
Why cannot a series of bailouts, cobbled together by the EU and International Monetary Fund, contain these serial crises?
Two reasons: populism and a return of economic nationalism. http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=234417

Social issues and the tea party

''History cannot be denied. When fiscal and social conservatives unite, we win. Any group that seeks to divide the two needs to be viewed with suspicion because when the two are separated, we end up with bad, losing candidates.''

Raging across the blogosphere and the tea-party world is the question: What role should social issues play in the tea-party movement?
This flame up started two weeks ago, when GOProud released a letter addressed to the new Republican leadership. This letter was problematic for two reasons. First, GOProud is not now, nor has it ever been, a tea-party group, yet it claimed to speak for this movement. Second, the homosexual group told the Republicans to stay away from social issues.
One of the biggest problems with the GOProud letter was that it did not define social issues. The non-conservatives at GOProud simply by fiat wanted to order the GOP to stay away from issues this group did not want them to act on.
The tea-party movement is made up of both fiscal conservatives and social conservatives. There is no bright line that defines or separates the two groups. The two groups are not mutually exclusive nor are they antagonistic. http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=234325

Obama's Korea non-response

''As I have said, I don't care for the man or his policies, but he is the leader of my country, and as such, I want him to be successful in handling this threat, not only for the sake of South Korea, but for the sake of my country.'' Obama needs to take decisive action, and he cannot find the courage to do that by throwing temper tantrums and playing basketball.

During the 2008 presidential primaries, a Hillary Clinton campaign ad asked, "It's 3 a.m. and your children are asleep. But there's a phone in the White House, and it's ringing. Something's happening in the world. Your vote will decide who answers that call, whether it's someone who already knows the world's leaders, knows the military – someone tested and ready to lead in a dangerous world. It's 3 a.m. and your children are safe and asleep. Who do you want answering the phone?"
It may have been an ad designed to frighten people into voting for Hillary, but in November 2010, the phone call wasn't at 3 a.m., it came at 4 a.m. – and it came with the notification that a certifiable bad guy had just launched an artillery barrage on South Korea.
This wasn't a skit on "Saturday Night Live" – the question must be asked, is this the man we want in the White House during these perilous times? Look, I have made no pretense of not liking Obama. I don't like him, I don't trust him, and I have zero confidence in the socialist, anarchistic cabal called his administration. Most importantly, I view him as being incapable of making the decisions all leaders at some point during their tenure must make.
Obama's ability to juggle playing golf, basketball and surviving a fat lip, while blaming former President George W. Bush for his own failings, is not representative of the leadership America needs.
He has an amazing propensity for being wrong-minded and committed to theorized political correctness wrapped in a vestige of socialist progressivism – but at the very time when he should be taking strident steps to keep us safe, he gives all the appearance of undermining our security. http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=234285

Monday, November 29, 2010

America is hiding from reality

''While we stagger into 2011, our president and this Congress continue importing 3.1 million legal immigrants and their children annually with no end in sight. Does it make sense? Who chose this path? Why do we continue to follow it? Who benefits? Why does our Congress continue to do this to American citizens?''

NBC’s Brian Williams last week reported, “The latest figures show 72 percent of African-American newborns in the United States arrive from single mothers, most of them teenagers.” (Date: November 7, 2010, NBC Nightly News) They immediately land on welfare rolls as “Aid to Dependent Children.” Similar figures include Hispanic teen single mothers. These unmarried teen mothers fail to graduate from high school—while they birth two, three, four and more children while living full-time off welfare.
The rate of U.S. taxpayer welfare dollars for this new generation of illiterate, irresponsible, unemployed and un-trainable armada of citizens and non-citizens—grows annually with massive immigrant loading of 3.1 million. (Source: http://www.cis.org/, Dr. Steven Camarata) Legal immigrant mothers birth 900,000 newborns annually within the United States.
Additionally, figures show that an average of 350,000 to 400,000 illegal alien un-wed women and pregnant visa over-stayers also land on welfare rolls—paid for by U.S. taxpayers. U.S. citizens must pay for assisted housing, medical care, breakfasts and lunches, food stamps, K-12 education and more.
Seventeen percent of Asians, 29 percent of whites, 53 percent of Hispanics and 66 percent of Native Americans were born to unwed mothers in 2008. (Source: David Salano, KIAH TV Houston, November 7, 2010) http://www.newswithviews.com/Wooldridge/frosty614.htm

Globalism: Move forward to what?

Bill knows about the Kings of the East.

''UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon remarked: “There is such a thing as the global public good. And for that very reason, we need to think about the issues of global governance needed to manage them.” He also talked about the need for “global economic management” and global disarmament.''

Substituting for Rush Limbaugh, radio host Mark Steyn on November 19 referred to a statement by New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman in which the latter asserted that although the Chinese Communist leaders are dictators, because their management of China is “reasonable” they can move their nation forward. Steyn correctly asked, “Forward to what?” What Steyn doesn’t realize is that Friedman’s remark is part of a pattern. Remember that in The New York Times (April 10, 1973), CFR chairman David Rockefeller wrote about the “progress” of China under the dictatorship of Chairman Mao, “whatever the price of the Chinese Revolution.” It was common knowledge that Mao had brutally tortured and killed tens of millions of innocent Chinese.
And regarding the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) new invasive pat-downs, Rush Limbaugh on November 22 said, “I don’t care how you slice this. This is a police state.” He said the Obama Administration’s attitude is we’re going to “subject everyone to a police state. Get used to it!”] http://www.newswithviews.com/Cuddy/dennis195.htm

The bad dream of environmentalism

''Copenhagen was not a political breakdown. It was an intellectual breakdown so astonishing that future generations will marvel at our blind credulity. Copenhagen was a classic case of the emperor with no clothes.''

Just a year ago, 15,000 of the world’s leaders, diplomats, and UN officials were gearing up to descend on Copenhagen to forge a global treaty that would save the planet. The world’s media delivered massive coverage. Important newspapers printed urgent front-page calls for action, and a popular new U.S. President waded in to put his reputation on the line. The climate talks opened with a video showing a little girl’s nightmare encounter with drought, storms, eruptions, floods and other man-made climate disasters. “Please help the world,” she pleads. After two weeks of chaos, the talks collapsed in a smouldering heap of wreckage. The only surprise was that this outcome should have come as a surprise to so many intelligent people. These people actually seemed to believe that experts and politicians have supernatural powers to predict the future and control the climate. They believed that experts know how fast temperatures will rise by when, and what the consequences will be, and that we know what to do about it. They believed that despite the recent abject failure of Kyoto (to say nothing of other well-intentioned international treaties), the nations of the world would willingly join hands and sacrifice their sovereignty in order to sign on to a vast scheme of unimaginable scope, untold cost and certain damage to their own interests. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/margaret-wente/can-environmentalism-be-saved-from-itself/article1815408/

The disease that's killing us all

''What’s a terrorist? It’s someone who doesn’t agree with how you are living and is willing to die, himself, as long as he kills you, too. The only way he can be successful is if he kills all of us, and that won’t happen. So he is doomed to fail. But there IS another way for him to win. He can win if he scares us all into accepting us living in a country where freedom is lost.''

Let’s really set the stage of events, Sheeple of America. Let’s get a proper perspective on what is being done to all of us, to the very fabric of our society and country. Let’s start on the Mexico/Arizona border, where the president of all the sheeple has declared that nobody may be asked to identify themselves to a law officer. Our splendid president has taken the people of Arizona to federal court, and to a UN court (where Cameroon will decide how we should behave, what laws we should pass), to make sure that our southern border remains wide open to anyone who cares to come into our country. If they get here, their chances of staying here are very good, since Mr. President has decreed them off limits to being exposed as being here illegally. There’s no one screening these people. There is no one patting down anyone. Barack Obama says we can’t. http://www.thedcpost.com/thedcpost/john-wayne-where-are-you-now-that-we-need-you/

The Real 'Teabagger'

SPLC: The wolf who cried 'hate'

''Following to the letter Saul Alinsky's admonition to "pick the target, freeze it, personalize it and polarize it," the SPLC, in its most recent Intelligence Report, has "officially" labeled a number of highly influential mainstream conservative and Christian organizations as "hate groups."''

Prior to November's secular-socialism rollback, America's ever-shrill "progressive" machine contorted in a desperate effort to paint the Tea Party movement as a horde of hateful, inbred racists. Judging by the results, it was an epic failure.
Instead, and thanks at least in part to the left's overreaching smear campaign, the grass-roots Tea Party groundswell - representing every facet of traditional American values - grew to become a political force of nature.
Now the frays of the fanatical fringe have done it again. These so-called "progressives," led by the Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center SPLC, have gifted the American mainstream with yet another teachable moment. The SPLC is a small, hard-left political activist outfit known for promoting a panoply of radical liberal causes. Thecenter holds itself out as an objective monitor of potentially violent or subversive hate groups such as the Ku Klux Klan, skinheads and other white supremacists. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/nov/26/splc-the-wolf-who-cried-hate/

Liberals hate tax facts

''We know that ignoring the facts doesn't make the facts go away. Most Americans realize that the surest form of economic stimulus is for the federal government to get out of the way. Raising taxes gets in everybody's way, especially businesses. Tax facts don't lie. And most Americans know the truth.''

Here we go with the liberal rhetoric again. You've seen the Democrats whine that keeping the "Bush tax cuts" would stuff the pockets of the richest Americans, while doing nothing to help the middle class. But that simply isn't the truth.
Here's the truth:
Congress is not voting on tax cuts, but rather, whether or not they should allow tax increases to take effect Jan. 1, 2011.
The Democrats have tried to convince the American people that the Republicans want to pass "tax cuts for the rich." But, in reality, conservatives want to provide a bit of economic certainty by maintaining the current tax rates for all. In fact, Speaker-elect John Boehner, R-Ohio, says that keeping these tax rates is the most sensible way to "reduce the uncertainty in America and help small businesses begin to create jobs again."
This may come as a shocker to liberals: He's exactly right. http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=233969

Obama denies God 7 times

''To me, it is not only what a man includes, but omits, that tells you everything about him. As Leo F. Buscaglia once said, "Things omitted are often more deadly than errors committed."''

With Thanksgiving behind us and Christmas before us, we are once again reminded of the integrated ways our Creator has a role in our culture from the beginning. But will it stay that way?
As far back as the Declaration of Independence, our founders affirmed together, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness"
Now, 250 years later, however, some media caught how President Obama twice omitted the words "by their Creator" when reciting the Declaration in speeches over the past several weeks.
But I discovered actually seven presidential "Creator" omissions in just the past few months! http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=233693

Islam can defeat America

''The Arab-Muslim world is powerful and influential because of its enormous oil wealth. It is well invested in U.S. media, educational institutions and politicians.... Compare this with the blind naïveté of George W. Bush who said, "Islam is a religion of peace."....
Compare this with worshipful Barack Obama who says the Muslim call to prayer is "the most beautiful sound in the world."''

Do you want to know why the radical Islamists around the world can defeat the U.S.?
The answer is quite simple.
It's because we refuse to acknowledge that they are a force to be reckoned with. We refuse to come to grips with this significant movement within the religion of Islam. We refuse to wage war – or even defend ourselves – from the real enemy.
In fact, we refuse to admit the real enemy has anything to do with Islam at all. Instead, we declare war on "terrorism," which is nothing more than a tactic, not an ideology or an enemy.
That's why the danger we face from Islamists is so grave.
Keep in mind conflict between the West and Islam virtually defines world history for the last 1,300 years. Communism is but a tiny blip of 70 years during that period. Nazism, even less. But if you take a wide view of history through conflicts – conflicts that have killed untold millions – it's been 13 centuries of war between Islam and most of the rest of the world, not just the West.
In fact, during that time, there was only a very brief respite from major conflict – from the end of World War I and defeat of the Ottoman Empire until 1979. That represents only 61 years of relative peace between Islam and the rest of the world. And, even during that period, there were four major regional wars in the Middle East between Israel and the Arab states, all prompted by Islamic hatred of the Jewish state.
So how can we be so blind to the tide of history?

Look who went from Christian to satanist

''Did you know Karl Marx was once a professing Christian(so was Hitler)? Did you know the architect of communism later joined a satanic cult?''

Why did Marx became a God hater who invented not only one of the worst tools of oppression to Christianity, but also to all of humanity? Why did Engels become his accomplice? The turning point in both of their lives occurred at the universities they attended when they learned of a new "Christian doctrine'' called "liberal theology." Engels was aware of the danger of this theology and even wrote against it, yet in the end was not able to conquer the error. He wrote: "I pray every day, indeed almost all day, for truth, and I have done so ever since I began to doubt, but still I cannot go back. My tears are welling as I write."
Wurmbrand exposes how Marx, a former Christian, went on to become a hater of God and the Christian. Marx eventually joined the satanic cult of his closest comrades, and this book explains in detail the evidence of that decision.
The reader learns that Marx was initially opposed to the ideas of socialism and Communism until Moses Hess persuaded him of the usefulness they had in being agents of the destruction of mankind, which was Marx's ultimate satanic goal. Why was Marx so bent on the destruction of mankind? We will never know for sure, but we do know what he wrote in this poem: "... I wander godlike and victorious Through the ruins of the world And, giving my words an active force, I will feel equal to my Creator." The parallel to Scripture is obvious. http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=232217

Sunday, November 28, 2010

North Korean WAR: Discuss it here!

''The options for dealing with North Korea from President Obama and the Washington foreign policy establishment have ranged from mediocre to bad. Securing a region vital to the United States, and protecting the freedom won at the cost of tends of thousands of American lives, can only be achieved in the long run by ending the North Korean regime. This can be done peacefully, but only if Washington gets its head in the game with better policies and tools to help the North Korean people liberate themselves.''

Willie Nelson defines America today...

America is defined by depravity level.

A U.S. Border Patrol spokesman says country singer Willie Nelson was charged with marijuana possession after 6 ounces was found aboard his tour bus in Texas.
Patrol spokesman Bill Brooks says the bus pulled into the Sierra Blanca, Texas, checkpoint about 9 a.m. Friday. Brooks says an officer smelled pot when a door was opened and a search turned up marijuana.
Brooks says the Hudspeth County sheriff was contacted and Nelson was among three people arrested.
Sheriff Arvin West didn't immediately return a phone message left at his home Friday, but he told the El Paso Times that Nelson claimed the marijuana was his. The singer was held briefly a $2,500 bond before being released.

How to Take Down North Korea

Thinking about Saddam Hussein

''The options for dealing with North Korea from President Obama and the Washington foreign policy establishment have ranged from mediocre to bad. Securing a region vital to the United States, and protecting the freedom won at the cost of tends of thousands of American lives, can only be achieved in the long run by ending the North Korean regime. This can be done peacefully, but only if Washington gets its head in the game with better policies and tools to help the North Korean people liberate themselves.''
As with every other crisis in the two-year tenure of our president, the November 23rd North Korean assault on South Korea was met with a dithering response from a commander-in-chief who appears to be in command of little. President Obama refused to deviate from a schedule that took him to Indiana to tout his auto-industry bailout and later had him sit with Mrs. Obama for an interview by Barbara Walters. But Mr. Obama finally did weigh in by stating that “We strongly affirm our commitment to defend South Korea.”
Our democratic allies in the Pacific can be forgiven for doubting this resolve, given that the White House has focused more effort recently on passing the START treaty, which could eviscerate our missile defense and further impair our strategic deterrence, than addressing the threat at hand, with its broadening nuclear ambitions and brazen aggression. Reality is calling, but Mr. Obama refuses to answer, entranced still by his naive nuclear-free-world utopianism and instinctive liberal distrust of America standing up for itself and its allies. http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2010/11/26/north-korea-waging-war/

Oklahoma earthquake scare: A Big One?

It’s been an active week for earthquakes in central Oklahoma.
A 2.5 magnitude quake was recorded about 10:09 a.m. Thursday with the epicenter about three miles east of Arcadia.
Another 2.8 magnitude earthquake followed about a minute later, centered about four miles from Arcadia.
Two more earthquakes also were felt Wednesday. Read more: http://newsok.com/active-week-for-earthquakes-in-central-oklahoma/article/3518457#ixzz16ZO2SYpW

North Korea prepares for war

''A mass exodus of North Korean workers from the Far East of Russia is under way, according to reports coming out of the region. As the two Koreas edged towards the brink of war this week, it appears that the workers in Russia have been called back to aid potential military operations.''
Vladnews agency, based in Vladivostok, reported that North Korean workers had left the town of Nakhodka en masse shortly after the escalation of tension on the Korean peninsula earlier this week. "Traders have left the kiosks and markets, workers have abandoned building sites, and North Korean secret service employees working in the region have joined them and left," the agency reported. Russia's migration service said that there were over 20,000 North Koreans in Russia at the beginning of 2010, of which the vast majority worked in construction. The workers are usually chaperoned by agents from Kim Jong-il's security services and have little contact with the world around them.http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/expats-recalled-as-north-korea-prepares-for-war-2145018.html

North Koreans waking up

''With its ruthless dictator, network of forced labour camps and iron grip of its ruling party, North Korea is the last country one might expect to see a middle-aged woman berating a policeman for demanding a bribe.''

But extraordinary video images smuggled out of North Korea, combined with reports of graffiti and posters critical of the regime, indicate a growing willingness among a previously cowed public to speak out and demand change.
Such dissent would once have been unthinkable in the reclusive state, but now hunger and plummeting living standards are now triggering demands for freedom - something that no North Korean has ever experienced. In one dramatic clip, a woman who is trying to board a truck to take her to work flies into a rage after a uniformed policeman demands a bribe. She shouts at him and waves her finger in his face until he backs away. Emboldened, other people come to her aid, shouting at the officer.
The clip ends with the unidentified woman yelling: "This cop is an idiot!" http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/southkorea/8165274/North-Koreas-undercover-journalists-reveal-misery-of-life-in-dictatorship.html

Mythology of Immigration

''No question on the national agenda is more important than the resolution of our immigration policy. The U.K., France, Spain, and Germany have discovered that, as German Chancellor Angela Merkel stated recently, multiculturalism has "utterly failed." Nor do we have to go as far as Europe. The Separatist Movement has long been an expensive and divisive thorn in Canada's side.''

Here are three myths central to the problem of immigration:
Myth No. 1: "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses/The wretched refuse of your teeming shore..." Well, not quite. Emma Lazarus's 1883 poem "The New Colossus" -- written in the year the Statue of Liberty was dedicated -- has been taken by many to reflect a true picture of immigration. This is not the case. From the colonial period on, there were standards that immigrants had to meet. Originally addressed at the regional level, then by the states, they were eventually federalized. The immigration stations, such as the one at Ellis Island in New York harbor, were not welcoming centers. They were processing points for the inspection and certification of new arrivals. Individuals with physical or mental problems, or who were known to be criminals in their country of origin, were denied entry. Older or underage family members required sponsorship. All of this was to ensure that the newly arrived immigrants would not be a burden to their new country and could either support themselves or be supported by others.

Forgetting America’s Christian Heritage

''Christianity used to be the foundation of our government, our educational system, media and the source of true spirituality. Our government through the judiciary has regulated Christianity to within the four walls of the church, even though our 1st Amendment states that ‘Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.’''

Our nation has gone from being a people of strong religious values that governed every aspect of our lives, personal, political and business, to a nation where our Christianity has the least influence in society that it ever has. The only way that we will restore the culture that made us the greatest and most prosperous nation is for Christians to take a stand and not allow our religious heritage to be eliminated from the public arena any further AND demand that the rights and freedoms that our Founders enjoyed be reinstated, i.e. Christian prayers at school and school events, Christian prayers at government meetings, public displays of our Christian heritage and the teaching of how Christianity was the foundation of the lives of our Founding Fathers. http://www.newswithviews.com/Anghis/roger139.htm

DREAM Act: Does it fool you?

''First of all I want to remind you that the DREAM Act is an acronym for: Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act. As I have noted on a number of previous occasions, it is absolutely misleading to say that this legislation is intended to assist "Minor Alien."''

By now I am certain that you know that the administration and members of both houses of Congress are planning to make yet another attempt at ramming the DREAM Act down our throats. I hate being partisan about this but, for the most part, it is the "leadership" of the Democratic Party that is most heavily involved in this legislative betrayal. http://www.newswithviews.com/Cutler/michael190.htm

Playing politics with your food

''Retail giant Wal-Mart is not satisfied to have almost single-handedly created the Communist Chinese global economic menace that has created a massive US trade deficit. Now it is also determined to enforce Sustainable Development on the world’s food industry. Wal-Mart announced “aggressive goals” for improving ways that food is grown and transported across the globe. In other words, Wal-Mart is now going to enforce Sustainable farm policy on all of its suppliers and customers – just like Whole Foods.''

As I’ve reported many times, Sustainable Development affects every aspect of our lives. Yet Americans continue to think of it as simply harmless, helpful environmental conservation. In reality Sustainable Development is a radical political agenda designed to control and change our society to fit into a top-down global governance structure.
Here are two quick examples of Sustainable policy and propaganda that have dire effects on us all. http://www.newswithviews.com/DeWeese/tom184.htm

Globalism Revisited

''In his letter to President George Bush dated December 25, 2000, Mikhail Gorbachev insisted that America’s extraordinary privilege is not tenable over the long run. To the contrary, the one-world vision demands “equitable distribution” of the world’s finite resources. This Robin Hood approach to wealth distribution is classic Marxism.''

Proclaiming the cosmos (universe) as his god, Mikhail Gorbachev handpicked deep ecology as the handy “international disaster key” required for establishing global governance driven by civil society, or non-governmental organizations (NGOs). To this end, Gorbachev calls for integrated global policies that smack of Native American earth servitude.[1]
Gorbachev insists that “necessary” environmental regulations be imposed worldwide. His is a type of planetary commandment rooted in the 1992 Rio Earth Summit. Called the Earth Charter, this key document is one-of-three designed to solidify political, economic, social, and religious changes deemed essential in a new world order. The other two are the UN Charter and the International Declaration of Human Rights.[2]
Once secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, essentially the national leader, from 1985 to 1991, Gorbachev has since created a new political party called the Independent Democratic Party of Russia, which he characterizes as “social-democratic.” http://www.newswithviews.com/Rae/debra180.htm

Saturday, November 27, 2010

You have done well Sam Walton

''This concentration that moved farmers off the land, also closed the stores and shops on Main Street. Today, Wal-Mart’s influence has changed America.''

When I was growing up on the farm, there were very few farm families that didn’t have a few chickens, a few hogs, a few cows and maybe some sheep, ducks or geese. We grew most of our vegetables and all the feed for our livestock and poultry. The typical farmer was completely self sufficient. The chickens and eggs paid for the food items that were not grown at home: flour – bananas – coffee – sugar – salt. The hogs and cattle made the farm mortgage payments and paid for other farm expenses and living expenses. In the late 1940s, the Colleges of Agriculture at the Land Grant Universities began teaching the younger generation of “agriculturalists” that farmers must become more efficient – get bigger – get better – concentrate on expanding production.
The little two plow tractors were replaced with larger models, neighbors bought out the farm next door, the beef herds grew and farmers began buying their milk and eggs at the grocery store. The small flocks of 100 laying hens were no longer, and only a few farmers put up laying houses that housed thousands of birds. Then – Corporate agriculture entered the picture, building “processing plants” and feed mills. It wasn’t long until Purina, Tyson, Cargill, and a handful of other corporations, had complete control of the poultry and egg industry. There was no longer a free market and poultry farmers became “serfs” on their own land. Learning from their own experiences in the poultry industry, these same corporations began expanding into hog production. It didn’t take but a few years and pork production had gone the way of the poultry farms. http://www.newswithviews.com/brownfield/brownfield186.htm


Why America is on it's death bed

''Clearly, to save America, we need to remove the lawyers from running industry and the government. Lawyers are a staff function. They support the line functions. We Americans made a mistake by placing lawyers in executive operational positions. There is time to correct this. We need to remove all the lawyers from line functions and replace them with operational executives.''

The United States just elected (in 2008) the first president with no operational leadership experience. All 43 previously elected presidents (yes, all 43) had operational leadership experience before being elected president. Some were military officers like JFK, Grant, Eisenhower and even Lincoln. Some were government executives like Jefferson, Carter, FDR and Clinton. Some lacked international experience and some lacked legislative experience, but none lacked operational leadership experience until Obama. He is a lawyer who lacks any operational executive experience.
So where does that suggest the United States is in its maturity/life cycle?
Let's look at the Obama platform during the 2008 election. Redistributing wealth. Health-care insurance – not health care as a product, but health-care insurance. Redirecting funds from Iraq to service projects. Appointing liberal judges. Changing laws about union voting rules, gun ownership and the "Fairness Doctrine." What stages are these? http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=233141

Dangers of a 'sustainable community'

''Sustainable development is coming to your community, or is already there. Your property rights have been diminished, or soon will be. The only way to protect your community and your property and profit is to reject the entire concept of government-dictated land use and behavior codes.''

The term "sustainable community" sounds warm and fuzzy. Who could possibly oppose a sustainable community? "Sustainable" means something that lasts – or is sustained – forever. When the term is applied to "community," one might conclude that a sustainable community is one that will last forever. One who draws such a conclusion in today's world would be wrong, terribly wrong.
The term "sustainable community" is an offspring of the term "sustainable development," which was coined by the World Commission on Environment and Development back in 1987, and refined in Agenda 21, adopted by 179 nations (including the U.S.) at the U.N. Conference on Environment and Development in 1992. Among the first recommendations found in Agenda 21 is the recommendation that each nation establish its own program of "sustainable development" to implement all the recommendations in the 40 chapters of Agenda 21. President Bill Clinton complied with this recommendation when he issued an Executive Order to create the President's Council on Sustainable Development. http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=233065

Let's dump California

''It was nice while it lasted, but the state has become a burden to the rest of us. It's mooching. It's a sponge. It's also oppressing the other 49 states by advancing wacky agendas that impact all of us.''

I think the United States has to secede from the state of California.
Imagine how much better off the rest of us would be without being unequally yoked to the former Golden State.
Everyone knows California is economically and morally bankrupt. That's not to say there aren't a lot of nice, hard-working, moral people in the state. There are. Millions of them, in fact. But they are not in control of their state. It's being run by people who are insane.
Imagine how good Election Day would have looked if not for California. While the rest of the country was rejecting retread politicians, California elected Jerry Brown as governor and sent Barbara Boxer back to Washington as senator. Do I need to say more?
And here's the latest from the Left Coast: The California Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that illegal immigrants are entitled to in-state tuition in public colleges and universities.
Did you hear what I said?
People who are in California unlawfully get breaks on tuition not available to citizens in neighboring states!
You don't suppose this will serve as a magnet for more illegal immigration, do you?
Or is that precisely what the elite in California want?
Do they want their state to look more and more like a Third World country?
Do they want to go bankrupt faster? http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=233061

Me, a 'domestic extremist'?

''Look, it's not just the naked scans and crotch gropes at airports that I find offensive, though they're bad enough; it's that when anyone makes a natural objection against something so invasive and so patently unconstitutional, we are automatically labeled as "domestic extremists." Folks, this is getting creepy.''

We have some dear friends who are Traditional Catholics. Like many conservative Christians, this means the women dress modestly and in skirts. Their 15-year-old daughter, GG, is attending a boarding school in our region, and since she's so far from home, we're blessed to have her with us this Thanksgiving weekend.
But her parents are worried about GG's Christmas break. "What with the whole nude body scanner/groping issue at the airport, I'm fretting about having her fly home," wrote her mother.
Let's face it, the (cough) "security" measures being implement by the TSA right now are daunting enough for an adult, but for a modest teen girl flying alone, they're terrifying. "I won't let them touch me," GG told me, panic in her voice. The thought of strangers running their hands over her intimate parts is completely antithetical to both her religious and her personal convictions.
And for that bit of unacceptable defiance, our young friend can be labeled a "domestic extremist."
According to an article by Doug Hagmann at the Canada Free Press, an internal memo with the DHS "officially addresses those who are opposed to, or engaged in the disruption of the implementation of the enhanced airport screening procedures as 'domestic extremists.'" http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=233109


''Tens of millions of travelers understand what is going on. They know how unproductive and indeed counterproductive the new TSA practices are in terms of their avowed purpose. Americans will put up with a lot of inconvenience in the name of enhanced security if they can see some logical reason for it. In the case of TSA, there is no logical relationship between national security and groping a three-year-old or a 65-year-old veteran on crutches.''

Travelers looking for an explanation for the idiocy of the TSA full-body scans and intimate pat downs are missing the boat if they think TSA employees are a group of voyeurs or just plain stupid. There is a method to the madness.
The TSA madness is a logical expression of political correctness carried into the realm of national security. These new TSA practices do not make travelers safer, but they do something more important to the federal bureaucracy. They satisfy the politically correct mandate, "Thou shalt not profile."
Since TSA must avoid "profiling" at all costs, they must treat everyone – literally everyone – as a potential terrorist. This makes no sense as a security measure, but it makes a lot of sense if your primary goal is to avoid lawsuits for "profiling." In the TSA world, profiling is the cardinal sin, even if it is the rational way to identify likely terrorists.
To be fair, profilophobia did not start with TSA. It's been with us for decades. However, we can thank TSA for spotlighting the malaise in a very dramatic fashion. Thanks to TSA, every American now understands the consequences of political correctness run amok. http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=233101

Friday, November 26, 2010

Dancing with America's destruction

Time to downsize America

''Bad times are coming, to be sure. Runaway inflation? Maybe. A deflationary collapse? Maybe. Both? Maybe. The truth is, no one knows. The only thing all honest, rational people (which eliminates most politicians and pundits) can agree on is that $100-200 trillion in debt and unfunded liabilities must end badly.''

Glenn Beck recently did a show in which he talked about how he and his wife had decided to downsize their lives. As a result, he said they literally cut their possessions in half, and he urged his audience to do the same. He believes it's an important step in preparing for the bad times ahead. As has been the case with Beck so often in the past, his little talk about the efficacy of downsizing inspired me.
That there are bad times on the horizon is a given. I was writing about the probability of a runaway inflation and subsequent collapse of the foundations of American society as early as the late seventies. I was far from alone in my thinking … Harry Browne, Gary North, Jim Blanchard and a number of other "hard-money" newsletter writers come to mind.
At the time, of course, establishment political types and the mainstream media dismissed all of us as doomsayers. When I did television shows, I think the producers and hosts saw me as a kind of novelty – sort of like a Richard Simmons in a suit and tie. They must have been thinking, "Isn't he hysterical? The collapse of Western civilization? The next thing you know, he'll be telling us there's a Marxist conspiracy afoot to fundamentally transform the United States of America."
But I digress … back to Glenn Beck and downsizing. Like most entrepreneurs, small businesspeople, writers and other independent professionals, I've thrown out hundreds of thousands of letters and documents over the years. And in my personal life, I've gotten rid of countless possessions, including, all too often, items I never even got around to using. http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=232717

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Done Great Things

From Dream to Nightmare in Two Centuries

“For generations, parents have told their children about “The American Dream.” Basically it has meant building a life based on the foundational principles that created and have sustained America for more than 200 years.”
Greater than any other country in the modern world, the United States offered, from 1776 to 2010, unprecedented opportunities to the common citizen to manifest the “American Dream.” Every resident enjoys the choices of “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
How do you define the American Dream? Basically, it allows average citizens to enjoy higher education, greater choices and fulfillment of their personal goals. Those aspirations allow farm boys to play in the New York Philharmonic, or a Texas kid to sing the National Anthem in Yankee Stadium, or a poor black girl like Oprah Winfrey to become a movie star, fabulously rich and the host of the Oprah Show. She that educates and enlightens millions around the world. It allows inner-city ghetto kids like O.J. Simpson to gain stardom, money and a mega-wealthy home—only to sit in prison for his transgressions.
It allows men like Bernie Madoff to rise to astonishing wealth only to fall into disgrace and prison. The American Dream allows a poor white kid like Abe Lincoln to rise to the presidency as well as an illegitimate black kid like Barack Obama to sit in the White House in 2010. The American Dream allows anyone with fortitude, integrity, drive and creative talents to chase their dreams. http://www.newswithviews.com/Wooldridge/frosty613.htm

Do the math, America!

''Rebuilding a marriage culture will also obviate the leading reason why conservative Muslim countries hate our guts. They see America as a moral-and-ethics-free wasteland in his commentary about Las Vegas and the nation): “The proof that Vegas and America are two sides of the same chip is the simple fact that America’s economy functions like a casino.”

We simply cannot afford the aggregated costs of the war on terrorism and our massive welfare state. Deficit spending primarily arises from welfare and (now) national health care (which will roughly double social spending). This spending would be a minor issue if marriage were the norm. It is now the straw breaking the camel’s back.
Do the math, America! The combined costs of marriage-absence and the war on terror will destroy the dollar and our financial institutions. America must change its game to remain a world leader. We must rebuild a natural marriage-based culture or face certain financial ruin.
Rebuilding a marriage culture will also obviate the leading reason why conservative Muslim countries hate our guts. They see America as a moral-and-ethics-free wasteland (also recently noticed by non-terrorist Pulitzer prizewinning writer J.H. Moehringer in his commentary about Las Vegas and the nation): “The proof that Vegas and America are two sides of the same chip is the simple fact that America’s economy functions like a casino.” http://www.newswithviews.com/Usher/david196.htm

How about a Chinese Junk?

God gave us the imposter - for a time

''The surest defense against Evil is extreme individualism, originality of thinking, whimsicality, even, if you will, eccentricity. That is, something that can't be feigned, faked, imitated; something even a seasoned imposter couldn't be happy with.''

This Thanksgiving, I'm especially grateful for the gift of irony. How else to explain that an undocumented immigrant who has spent almost $2 million over the past two years hiding his own identity and documentation papers now demands that other Americans present their identity papers – as well as their private parts for government examination – prior to boarding an airplane and traveling for the holidays.
The gift of irony also helps us to appreciate the humor in Hillary Clinton's actions at the State Department. For the past several months, Mrs. Clinton has facilitated (read paid large sums of taxpayer money to) Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour, who negotiated with the Afghan government, the United States and NATO on behalf of the Taliban in Afghanistan. Fortunately or unfortunately for all involved, Mr. Mansour was an impostor. Who better than Hillary to carry bags of money and diplomatic messages back and forth between a Taliban impostor and an Oval Office impostor?

Be thankful for technological gifts

''If anything, the world we now occupy is, in some key ways, more advanced than "Star Trek" ever thought of being, if only because there are technological applications we now take for granted that people even 10 years ago, much less 20 or 30, could not have imagined. Social networking is a good example; Scotty never would have said, "The Twitter feed canna hold nae more than 140 characters, Captain!"

Recently, I had my first Skype phone call. For those of you who don't know, Skype is one of many "Voice Over IP," or VoIP, services. These enable users to make phone calls using the Internet. An elaborate variety of phones for Skype and VoIP services are available, but in my case all I needed was my computer, a microphone and a webcam.
As I chatted with my business contact, who was seated in his library several states away, I marveled at the high sound quality and the clear picture – a picture that was better on his than on mine, if it matters, because he had a better-quality camera. We wrapped up our business concerning some freelance writing projects and I reached for the mouse.
Then it hit me. It's the future.
The same sensation came to me during a late-night drive on the busy four-lane highway carved across most of the breadth of New York State. Every car that passed me had glowing lights inside. I saw countless GPS devices, DVD players and kids playing video games ... all in the comfort of their cars at 75 miles per hour. As a child, I dreamed of being able to watch television or play video games during the four-hour drive across the state to visit my grandparents. Now, kids take those fantasies for granted. If they don't have a video-game system in their parents' cars, they've got one in their pockets – and that portable device with its full-color screen plays games more advanced than those I played on the primitive Atari and Nintendo consoles of my youth.
It's the future. Everything we ever dreamed about, everything we ever pictured in science fiction movies and television, has come to pass. Sure, we're still a ways away from the jet packs and rocket cars laughably predicted for the late '70s by magazines like Popular Mechanics, but we've got robots performing surgery. Our cars talk to us, know where we are and tell us where we need to go. Our phones have access to the Internet and thousands of other applications both useful and pointless, up to and including telling us what song we're listening to. http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=232241

Have God over for dinner

''Yes, Thanksgiving is a time of celebration – a time to thank God for the bounty He has provided so generously to us. But it's always a good time to pray – to pray for victory, to pray for safety, to pray for health, to pray for your country. Remember to invite God to your table today. Ask Him to continue blessing America – to purge it of evil and to shower it with His love.''

I'm appalled at the way Americans have forgotten the meaning of Thanksgiving.
Have you checked out what your children are learning about this holiday in both government and too many private schools? The Pilgrims had a rough time when they first landed on Plymouth Rock. Finally, the friendly native Americans taught the European plunderers how to fish and plant corn. The harvest feast held by William Bradford and the gang was a way for the Pilgrims to thank the Indians for saving their lives. Thus, Thanksgiving.
Some schools go even further, suggesting Thanksgiving should be a time of national mourning because of the way the indigenous native Americans, my ancestors included, were exploited by white settlers in the New World.
As for me, Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays, a time for family, a time for reflection, a time for feast and a time for praising God for all He has bestowed upon us – all of us who believe in Him and worship Him.
I love it!
Though it's a uniquely American tradition, the roots of Thanksgiving go back to ancient Israel. In a real sense, the Jews invented Thanksgiving. I count 29 references to the word "thanksgiving" in the King James Bible – all but nine in the Old Testament. For the ancient children of Israel, thanksgiving was a time of feasting and fasting, of praising God, of singing songs. It was a rich celebration – and still is for observant Jews today. http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=232225

Feeling up Frank, molesting Pelosi

''Nancy Pelosi is more likely to engage in a terrorist attack on America than any grandmother or 8-year-old. Just look at what she did to our health care.''

As long as the head of the TSA refuses to get rid of the intrusive, possibly dangerous airport searches, how about requiring members of Congress to go through the same security screening in order to enter hallowed congressional office buildings?
Not just Barney Frank – I mean all members of Congress. "We've patted you down twice, Congressman Frank. Why don't you just go to your office now?"
The Rayburn House Office Building is a far more likely target for a terrorist attack than a random flight out of a random American airport. But every passenger on every flight in America must allow a TSA agent to get to second base with them, in some cases third base, or appear live in a nude video in order to board the plane.
If that's necessary to keep us airline passengers safe, why not use the same security procedures to protect members of Congress?
According to the FAA, there were about 37,000 commercial flights per day in 2008. A mere six buildings contain the offices of every member of our country's entire legislative branch. http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=232349

Subjugate the American people?

''During the presidential campaign, Barack Hussein Obama said he wanted to create a domestic military force that was as equally funded as the military. That frightening statement was lost on most voters, who were hypnotized by a mass-media propaganda campaign. It didn't dawn on them that it was a statement of malicious intent directed toward them.''

One of the worst human qualities is the desire or addiction of gaining pleasure from the pain of other human beings. It is a seemingly universal trait that in its most benign form manifests as laughter when someone trips. In its most maniacal form it manifests as torture and oppression as commonly demonstrated in totalitarian societies.
Alarmingly, this is what we are witnessing give birth right before our eyes. The Obama administration has now engaged in a systematic campaign of terror against those that refuse to be submitted to an illegal search of their person by way of the invasive porno scanners. The punishment for not obeying the federal government is the humiliating experience of having to undergo a sexual assault as TSA thugs grope traveler's genitalia. There have been repeated instances of little children being sexually molested by TSA agents, the elderly being traumatized and the chronically ill being humiliated.
To date, the only politician on the national stage that has addressed the issue properly is Texas Rep. Ron Paul. Are the other potential presidential candidates really that dumb, or are they all bought and paid for? There seems to be a lot of politicians that talk about the Constitution in an election year that aren't too outraged over its trampling right after an election.
The Obama administration has declared war on freedom, war on human dignity and war on Americans. If it is unlawful to peep at someone in the nude against their will or to grope their genitals without their permission, then it is unlawful for the government to do so. The government gets is power from the consent of the governed, and if the people the government gets its power from haven't granted such a power, then the government can't invent it. http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=232305