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Contents
  • Arlen Specter's Tangled Web Of Pork
  • Government Waste of Taxpayer Money
  • Letter from mayor of Iraqi city describing conditions before and after US troops
  • Senator Allen's Bill Helps in the Budget Battle
  • Al Gore's Un-American Comments
  • VP Cheney Accident
  • Conserving Energy with Wind Turbines
  • US Lawmakers Lean on Hamas
  • Terrorists in U.S. 'training for war'
  • Bush's India challenge
  • Ilan Halimi and Israel
  • Your Tax Dollars Hard At Work Fighting AIDS
  • No U.S. Troops for UN Peacekeeping Mission in Darfur

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GOPUSA:  Arlen Specter's Tangled Web Of Pork by Chuck Muth
Hey, boys and girls. It's that time of year again when Uncle Sam dons the red-suit-and-beard and hangs pork ornaments on the "Emergency Spending" tree. If you're not quite familiar with this annual congressional festival, let me share with you just one example from last year's taxpayer-funded earmark orgy.  >> Read Full Column 

WO Comment:  Read the above shocking article on Arlen Specter's reprehensible abuse of the public trust, misuse of his elected public office for personal gain, and betrayal of the common good. Then take action--write or call elected officials and demand an end to bribery conveniently labeled "political contributions," an end to selling favors for contributions, an end to lobbying, an end to "budget earmarks," and an end to pork barrel spending.

 

Government Waste of Taxpayer Money

Go to Take Action to read more and find links to send emails to government officials and other actions you can take as a participant in the New Millennium Enlightenment dedicated to reasoned activism for the public good.

The Government Junkets You Fund  By Michelle Malkin
$1,401,104,263. That's how much of our hard-earned money has gone to subsidize the spring break-style trips and conferences of the federal government over the last five years.   (That's one and a half BILLION dollars!)

GOPUSA:  Too Many Legislators Receiving Failing Grades on Spending by Bobby Eberle
The National Taxpayers Union recently issued its annual report on the "big spenders" in Washington DC, and although some legislators received stellar marks from the organization, far too many continue on a spending spree that must stop. A big part of the problem is the Washington mind set that it is "their" money. Perhaps it would come as a shock to them to learn that it's ours! 

Survey: 'Mainstream' Media Out of Touch with Mainstream

A new survey points to some disturbing findings regarding the state of the press in America. More and more, the so-called mainstream media continue to push an agenda-driven approach to news reporting which is out of touch with mainstream America.  >> Read full story

The Patriot Post

Read This:  Letter from mayor of Iraqi city describing conditions before and after US troops

"Our schools, governmental services, businesses and offices were closed. Our streets were silent, and no one dared to walk them. Our people were barricaded in their homes out of fear; death awaited them around every corner. Terrorists occupied and controlled the only hospital in the city. Their savagery reached such a level that they stuffed the corpses of children with explosives and tossed them into the streets in order to kill grieving parents attempting to retrieve the bodies of their young. This was the situation of our city until God prepared and delivered...the courageous soldiers of the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, who liberated this city, ridding it of al-Zarqawi's followers after harsh fighting, killing many terrorists and forcing the remaining butchers to flee the city like rats to the surrounding areas, where the bravery of other 3rd ACR soldiers in Sinjar, Rabiah, Zumar and Avgani finally destroyed them. To the courageous men and women of the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, who have changed the city of Tall Afar from a ghost town, in which terrorists spread death and destruction, to a secure city flourishing with life, to the lion-hearts who liberated our city from the grasp of terrorists who were beheading men, women and children in the streets for many months, to those who spread smiles on the faces of our children and gave us restored hope, through their personal sacrifice and brave fighting, and gave new life to the city after hopelessness darkened our days and stole our confidence in our ability to reestablish our city... God bless this brave Regiment; God bless the families who dedicated these brave men and women. From the bottom of our hearts we thank the families. They have given us something we will never forget... Let America, their families and the world be proud of their sacrifice for humanity and life." —Najim Abdullah Abid Al-Jubouri, mayor of Tall Afar in the Iraqi province of Nineveh (Tall Afar was the main base of operations for the terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi)

GOPUSA:  Contempt Motion Filed Against New Orleans Mayor, Police Chief
The Second Amendment Foundation and the National Rifle Association filed a motion on Wednesday to have New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin and Police Superintendent Warren Riley held in contempt of court.  >> Read full story

Dictator's Anti-Americanism Neglected by Media, Study Says
Higher oil prices generate more media attacks on oil companies and their executives, but the anti-American behavior and alleged human rights violations of Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez receive much less critical coverage from network news, according to a free market group dedicated to challenging media misconceptions about free enterprise.
>> Read full story

Senator Allen's Bill Helps in the Budget Battle

"... if you fail to pass appropriations bills by the start of the fiscal year -- which is your job, which is what you are paid to do -- your paycheck will be held until you complete your job -- period."  --Senator George Allen --

Senator Allen just proposed a bill (S. 2262) which calls for the withholding of congressional paychecks if Congressmen and Senators fail to pass all appropriations bills by October 1.  This bill is part of a three-pronged attack to reign in pork barrel spending that also includes:

the passage of a balanced budget amendment
and giving the President a line-item veto

WO:  Now there's a unique concept--do your job or no paycheck.  Here's another:  do your job or get fired, that is, not re-elected.
Urgent Action Needed! Use the "Write Congress" button on the left above to email the President, your senators & representative urging them to support Allen's common sense, reasonable bill (S.2262).

Marriage Protection Amendment

The U.S. Senate will vote on the Marriage Protection Amendment (MPA) in June. This constitutional amendment will make marriage between one man and one woman the only legal marriage. Your help is needed in sending  emails to the Senate.  Click here to go to an American Family Association page with a pre-written email that you can send to your senators by entering your zip code in the box provided.   You may prefer to use the "Write to Congress" button on the left above to send your own email voicing your opinion on this issue.

Al Gore's Un-American Comments

The tale of two VPs by Marie Jon'  February 18, 2006

While America was being told we all need to await with bated breath to hear every single detail about a tragic hunting accident, the real story was all about a former Vice President named Al Gore.

Vice President Dick Cheney took time out of his very busy day to comment about the accidental shooting that wounded one of his best friends last Saturday . . . [Click for more]

From Fox News

All Right With Al Gore?
Speaking at a conference in Saudi Arabia, former Vice President Al Gore said, "Arabs in the United States have been indiscriminately rounded up, often on minor charges of overstaying a visa or not having a green card in proper order, and held in conditions that were just unforgivable." Read more.

FNC's Bill O'Reilly says that Al Gore owes all Americans an apology — What do YOU think? E-mail us at speakout@foxnews.com.

From  GOPUSA

Gore's Remarks in Saudi Arabia Draw Strong Criticism
A speech in which former Vice President Al Gore told a mostly Saudi audience that the U.S. had committed "terrible abuses" against Arabs after 9/11 continues to make waves, with critics calling the remarks disloyal and "inappropriate during a time of war."
>> Read full story

Forum:  Al Gore Event Funded by Bin Laden's Family  

Al Gore Personifies Liberal Disloyalty To America
By Christopher G. Adamo
In the midst of the heated controversy over Danish cartoons disparaging Islam, a couple of drawings of a much more inflammatory nature suddenly were disseminated throughout the Muslim world, adding significant fuel to the fires of their outrage.

Townhall.com:  Al Gore's diminished capacity

The more Al Gore opens his mouth, the more grateful Americans should be that he didn't win the presidency in 2000. Normally his rants sound like sour grapes and can be ignored, or relegated to the Jimmy Carter school of bitterness, but not lately.

AgapePress.org:  Bauer Slams Gore for 'Vitriolic' Anti-American Speech in Saudi Arabia
A pro-family activist says former Vice President Al Gore has once again given ammunition to America's enemies by verbally attacking his own country during a recent speech in Saudi Arabia.

VP Cheney Accident

GOPUSA

Cheney Doesn't Owe the Media an Apology

The hissy fit thrown by the national media appears to be working. Just like spoiled children, the media's temper tantrum over the lack of information flowing directly to them regarding Vice President Cheney's hunting accident has now started to yield results. Democrats, media members, and even some Republicans are beginning to criticize the vice president. Get real! Iran is enriching uranium, and the only concern in Washington appears to be the hurt feelings of left-wing journalists.  >> Read full story

Media Making Mountain out of Mishap

It's quite interesting to see what stories the national media will latch onto and elevate to a matter of "national importance." Since the Saturday afternoon accidental shooting of attorney Harry Whittington by Vice President Cheney while hunting quail, the incident has dominated the headlines and put the Washington press corps in a tizzy.>> Read full story

Bradys 'Dancing In Blood' Over Cheney Mishap, Group Says
A gun rights group Monday blasted founders of a leading gun control group for making fun of Vice President Dick Cheney's shooting accident in Texas on Saturday.>> Read full story

Townhall

Why weren't we informed? Isn't it obvious?

There are few less edifying sights than Terry McAuliffe in full battle cry. But alas there was no avoiding him after the Cheney hunting accident.

Hunting story out of control

I'm just glad he didn't shoot Scalia.  Well, everyone's entitled to one Quailgate joke, so that's mine.

Hunting hysteria

The politics of kneecapping failed utterly last week, when partisans tried to make hay of Vice President Dick Cheney's having shot hunting partner Harry Whittington.

Hunting Cheney

I seem to recall a certain prominent (and very likeable) political leader who once drove a car off a bridge. A passenger in that car died. He then waited a little longer than "immediately" before notifying law enforcement officials.

WO:  And Kennedy was breaking the law--driving while intoxicated--and having an illicit relationship with the woman who died.  Cheney was not breaking the law nor was he having an illicit relationship with his hunting partner.

The Patriot Post

The White House press corps has exploded in righteous fury over the question of the vice president's little shooting party last weekend."

They are outraged that Dick Cheney was too busy making sure his hunting buddy, Harry Whittington, was okay to contact the White House press corps (though the local media was given the whole story). Apparently, they think 911 should have been Mr. Cheney's second call.

Of course, the press has been more patient about notification about accidents involving certain past administrations. For example, you may recall that a month after 9/11, a former White House Co-President, Ms. Hillary Clinton, was a party to a hit-and-run. Senator Clinton was in a hurry to get to her local Westchester County, N.Y., airport on her way to a fundraiser—such a hurry in fact that her driver refused to stop at a security checkpoint at the airport entrance, running down a police officer and dragging him some 300 feet beyond the checkpoint before stopping.

The victim, officer Ernest Dymond, said, "I didn't know if we had a terrorist," and expressed his considerable dismay that neither Senator Clinton nor anyone from her office bothered to contact him in the hospital to check on his condition, much less apologize.

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"We live at a moment of revolutionary change in the international order. The rise and violence of radical, possibly caliphate-forming Islam and the huge, culture-changing, unexamined consequences of rampant globalization make the present one of the least predictable moments to be alive. Both government officials and citizens are in desperate need of a national press corps that is alive to the change and digging to find factual hints of the near future. We need the kind of future-oriented intellectual vigor, curiosity and genuine iconoclasm that typified American reporters in the first half of the last century. Instead, as the shooting-party incident exemplified, we have in the White House at the most elite level of American journalism, self-absorbed, self-important men and women who stand on their prerogatives even over marginal and inconsequential matters. Should they ever have a truly daring, creative, productive, hard-researched idea about what is going on in this dangerous world—they should alert the media." —Tony Blankley

'Micro' wind turbines are coming to town:  A handful of start-ups are making mini turbines that go on top of city buildings and turn wind power into electricity.
PHOTOS: Harnessing wind

WO:  For years we've wondered why there has been no concerted nationwide effort to harness wind and solar power in a major way by placing wind turbines and solar panels on the tops of buildings throughout the country.  The technology exists and this is a good example of the Enlightenment concept of knowledge, research, and inventions for "public utility" and progress for mankind.  Now what we need to do is "just get 'er done."

GOPUSA:  US Lawmakers Lean on Hamas
Democrats and Republicans found something to agree on Thursday, when the House passed a concurrent resolution saying that the United States should not provide direct assistance to the Palestinian Authority if Hamas continues to call for the destruction of Israel.  >> Read full story

WO:  A good example of putting politics aside and working together for the common good.  What about taking action against the President of Iran and others who also call for the destruction of Israel?   

WorldNetDaily

Convicted terrorist to 'moderate' Hamas?

Only in the volatile Middle East - which may shortly go nuclear -- could an imprisoned convicted murderer, terror group founder and confessed plotter of the Palestinian intifada that began in 2000, killing 993 Israelis and 3,781 Palestinians so far, be seen as the key to peace. WND's Aaron Klein explores it all with the wife of Marwan Barghouti, the man some say will be the next PA president.

Terrorists in U.S. 'training for war'

A Pakistani terrorist group is using Islamic schools in the United States as training facilities, confirms a joint investigative report by an intelligence think tank and an independent reporter who made a covert visit to an encampment in the Catskill Mountains. Intimidated neighbors fear retaliation if they make a report to law enforcement officials.
Read the article on WND.com

Townhall:  Bush's India challenge  by Peter Brookes 02/27

President Bush finds himself in a bit of a "proliferation pickle" as he begins an historic visit to South Asia this week.

Townhall:  Ilan Halimi and Israel  by Caroline B. Glick 02/26

Ilan Halimi's barbarous murder in France should awaken all Jews to the most significant truth of our times: Today, every Jew in the world is on the front lines of war.

GOPUSA:  Your Tax Dollars Hard At Work Fighting AIDS by Chuck Muth
If you missed the taxpayer-funded AIDS conference sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week in Philadelphia, you missed a doozy.

No U.S. Troops for UN Peacekeeping Mission in Darfur
"The President should reject Kofi Annan's plea for U.S. military forces to be used in a United Nations peacekeeping mission in the troubled Darfur region of Sudan," said Freedom Alliance President Tom Kilgannon.

 

 

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