Sunday, December 30, 2007
“Given Ron Paul’s support in New Hampshire and his recent historic fundraising success, it is outrageous that Dr. Paul would be excluded,” said Ron Paul 2008 campaign chairman Kent Snyder. “Dr. Paul has consistently polled higher in New Hampshire than some of the other candidates who have been invited.”
Snyder continued, “Paul supporters should know that we are continuing to make inquiries with Fox News as to why they have apparently excluded Dr. Paul from this event.”
Contact FoxNews and let them know how you feel.
Friday, December 21, 2007
Brief Overview of Congressman Paul’s Record:
He has never voted to raise taxes.
He has never voted for an unbalanced budget.
He has never voted for a federal restriction on gun ownership.
He has never voted to raise congressional pay.
He has never taken a government-paid junket.
He has never voted to increase the power of the executive branch.
He voted against the Patriot Act.
He voted against regulating the Internet.
He voted against the Iraq war.
He does not participate in the lucrative congressional pension program.
He returns a portion of his annual congressional office budget to the U.S. treasury every year.
Congressman Paul introduces numerous pieces of substantive legislation each year, probably more than any single member of Congress.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
The picture, a copy of which was obtained by the Herald, shows Romney and his wife Ann at a house party fund-raiser in Scituate with Nicki Nichols Gamble, who was the president of the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts at the time. Romney has already downplayed ties to Planned Parenthood after revelations that Ann Romney donated $150 to the group.
Gamble said the pic was snapped at an event at GOP activist Eleanor Bleakie’s house and that she “clearly” remembered speaking with Romney at the event. At the time, Romney was running as a pro-choice Republican against U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.).
Monday, December 17, 2007
In a 24-hour period on December 16, the campaign raised $6.026 million dollars, surpassing the one-day record of $5.7 million held by John Kerry.
During the day, over 58,000 people contributed to Dr. Paul’s campaign, including 24,940 first-time donors. Over 118,000 Americans have donated to the campaign in the fourth quarter.
The $6 million one-day total means the campaign has raised over $18 million this quarter, far exceeding its goal of $12 million.
"We have the right message: freedom, peace and prosperity," said Ron Paul 2008 campaign chairman Kent Snyder. "We also have the right candidate: Dr. Ron Paul."
Congressman Paul will be campaigning in Iowa today and will be holding a press conference at 12:45 pm at the Des Moines Marriott in the Des Moines Room.
These actual experts on the topic believe that global warming is a natural phenomenon, and they point to reams of data they say supports their assertions. Unlike Al Gore, they have degrees in this field of study.
These conclusions are in sharp contradiction to those of the United Nations politisized Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which reached its conclusions before looking at the data.
The UN body of about 3,000 experts, including several renown US scientists, jointly won the award with former US vice president Al Gore for their work to raise awareness about the disastrous consequences of global warming. However, Al Gore's movie has been found to have multiple scientific errors.
Thier theory is that carbon pollution, emitted especially by the burning of oil, gas and coal, traps heat from the Sun, thus warming the Earth's surface and inflicting changes to weather systems.
A group of US scientists who are experts however disagree, and have written an article on their views that is published in The International Journal of Climatology, a publication of Britain's Royal Meteorological Society.
"The observed pattern of warming, comparing surface and atmospheric temperature trends, doesn't show the characteristic fingerprint associated with greenhouse warming," wrote lead author David Douglas, a climate expert from the University of Rochester, in New York state.
"The inescapable conclusion is that human contribution is not significant and that observed increases in carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases make only a negligible contribution to climate warming," Douglas wrote.
According to co-author John Christi from the University of Alabama, satellite data "and independent balloon data agree that the atmospheric warming trends do not exceed those of the surface," while greenhouse models "demand that atmospheric trend values be two to three times greater."
Data from satellite observations "suggest that greenhouse models ignore negative feedback produced by clouds and by water vapor, that diminish the warming effects" of human carbon dioxide emissions.
The journal authors "have good reason, therefore, to believe that current climate models greatly overestimate the effects of greenhouse gases."
For Fred Singer, a climatologist at the University of Virginia and another co-author, the current warming "trend is simply part of a natural cycle of climate warming and cooling that has been seen in ice cores, deep sea sediments and stalagmites . . . and published in hundreds of papers in peer reviewed journals."
How these cyclical climate take place is still unknown, but they "are most likely caused by variations in the solar wind and associated magnetic fields that affect the flux of cosmic rays incident on cloudiness, and thereby control the amount of sunlight reaching the earth's surface and thus the climate."
Singer said at a recent National Press Club meeting in Washington that there is still no definite proof that humans can produce climate change.
The available data is ambiguous, Singer said: global temperatures, for example, rose between 1900 and 1940, well before humans began to burn the enormous quantities of hydrocarbons they do today. Then they dropped between 1940 and 1975, when the use of oil and coal increased, he said.
Singer believes that other factors -- like variations of solar winds and terrestrial magnetic field that impact cloud formations and the amount of sunlight reaching the Earth's surface, and thus determining the temperature -- are much more influential than human-generated greenhouse gas emissions.
The goal of the Boston Tea Party 2007 was to raise as much money as possible on the Internet in one day on the anniversary of the Boston Tea Party. The campaign's previous fundraiser brought in $4.2 million on November 5th.
At midnight EST, donations were over $6 million, according to the campaign Web site. Those donations are processed credit card receipts, said Paul campaign spokesman Jesse Benton. Benton said the median donation is about $50 in the fundraiser, which was the idea of a few Ron Paul supporters who are not officially connected to the campaign.
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Sunday, December 16, 2007
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Mike Huckabee says abortion should be decided by the states in 2006, “I think Roe v. Wade is based on a real stretch of Constitutional application -- that somehow there is a greater privacy issue in the abortion concern -- than there is a human life issue -- and that the federal government should be making that decision as opposed to states making that decision. So, I've never felt that it was a legitimate manner in which to address this and, first of all, it should be left to the states, the 10th Amendment, but secondly, to somehow believe that the taking of an innocent, unborn human life is about privacy and not about that unborn life is ludicrous.”
Mike Huckabee rejects the idea that states should decide abortion in 2007, “If morality is the point here, and if it's right or wrong, not just a political question, then you can't have 50 different versions of what's right and what's wrong. For those of us for whom this is a moral question, you can't simply have 50 different versions of what's right."
Huckabee on Isolating HIV carriers
Mike Huckabee said in 1992, “If the federal government is truly serious about doing something with the AIDS virus, we need to take steps that would isolate the carriers of this plague.... It is difficult to understand the public policy towards AIDS. It is the first time in the history of civilization in which the carriers of a genuine plague have not been isolated from the general population, and in which this deadly disease for which there is no cure is being treated as a civil rights issue instead of the true health crisis it represents."
Mike Huckabee in 2007 on his comments in 1992, “Chris, I didn’t say that we should quarantine. I said it was the first time in public health protocols that when we had an infectious disease and we didn’t really know just how extensive and how dramatic it could be and the impact of it, that we didn’t isolate the carrier.”
Huckabee On National Taxation
Mike Huckabee adopted the National Governors Association policy in 2000 “The nation’s Governors oppose a national sales or transactional value-added tax. Such taxes would intrude into a tax area that has traditionally been reserved for and relied on by state and local governments. If enacted, either of these taxes would seriously threaten the ability of state and local governments to maintain their tax base.”
Mike Huckabee wanted a flat tax in 2002, “During the 2000 presidential race, Steve Forbes advocated simplification of the tax code and the implementation of a flat tax. While far from perfect, moving toward a tax that is both flatter and fairer is a goal we should adopt.”
Mike Huckabee in 2007 not decides he wants a national sales tax, “Voters want somebody who talks about true tax reform like the fair tax. They embrace that idea in New Hampshire when I talk about it--a complete just gutting of this incredibly complex and arcane tax code we have and replace it with a simple consumption tax that really elevates our economy, gives it a fresh start.”
Huckabee on AIDS funding
Mike Huckabee said in 1992, “At the present time, the per capita federal spending on AIDS is $15,450. That compares with $285 spent per capita on cancer victims, $33 per capita spent for victims of heart and vascular diseases, and $25 per capita spent on victims of diabetes. In light of the extraordinary funds already being given for AIDS research, it does not seem that additional Federal spending can be justified.”
Mike Huckabee says in 2007, “I support the current Administration’s proposal to double our initial commitment from $15 billion to $30 billion over the next five years for the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).”
Huckabee on Cuba
Mike Huckabee wrote in 2002 argued that the Cuban embargo "continues to harm our own agricultural and business interests here at home and has certainly not helped the people of Cuba."
Mike Huckabee said in 2007, “As president, I commit that we would veto any legislation that would lift the embargo that is currently in place, because we must keep that pressure on.”
Huckabee on School Vouchers
Mike Huckabee said in 2005 that he didn't support school vouchers because, “If the state were to give you a voucher, then in essence the state would be funding a faith school and would have some control over that faith school. That's problematic for me as a person of faith."
Mike Huckabee said in 2007, “While I think vouchers has some tremendous potential, I also believe in charter schools. I think parents ought to make home school an option. More than saying about vouchers, here`s what we ought to say. Empower mothers and fathers to make these education decisions. Give them a stake in it. Ultimately moms and dads, not governments, ought to decide what`s best for their children.”
Huckabee on his degree
Mike Huckabee said in 2007 “I'm as strong on terror as anybody. In fact I think I'm stronger than most people because I truly understand the nature of the war that we are in with Islam-o-fascism. These are people that want to kill us. It's a theocratic war. And I don't know if anybody fully understands that. I'm the only guy on that stage with a theology degree. I think I understand it really well."
Mike Hucakabee responded when challenged on his degree, “I have a bachelor of arts in religion and a minor in communications in my undergraduate work. And then I have 46 hours on a master's degree at Southwestern Theology Seminary. So, my degree as a theological degree is at the college level and then 46 hours toward a masters -- three years of study of New Testament Greek, and then the rest of it, all in Seminary was theological studies, but my degree was actually in religion."
Huckabee on Guantanamo
Mike Huckabee favored keeping Guantanamo open in early 2007, “It's more symbolic than it is a substantive issue, because people perceive of mistreatment when, in fact, there are extraordinary means being taken to make sure these detainees are being given, really, every consideration. But I'll tell you, if we let somebody out and it turns out that they come and fly an airliner into one of our skyscrapers, we're going to be asking, how come we didn't stop them? We had them detained. I can tell you, most of our prisoners would love to be in a facility more like Guantanamo and less like the state prisons that people are in the United States. If we’re going to make a mistake right now, let’s make it on the side of protecting the American people.”
Mike Huckabee in late 2007 wants to close Guantanmo, “I’ve been to Guantanamo, I was there, I guess it’s been about a year and a half ago. I think the problem with Guantanamo is not in that its facilities are inadequate. It’s the symbol that it represents. It’s clearly become a symbol to the rest of the world as a place that has become problematic for us as a nation. I was quite frankly impressed with the quality of the facilities and even the attention to care that was given to the detainees, but that aside, it doesn’t alter that Guantanamo to the rest of the world is a symbol that is not in our best interests to continue pursuing.”
Friday, December 14, 2007
Huckabee Denies He Ever Called For Quarantining AIDS Patients, Contradicts His Own Comments
On Fox News Sunday this morning, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee denied that he ever called for quarantining AIDS patients in 1992, claiming that he “didn’t say that we should quarantine,” but that the onset of the AIDS epidemic “was the first time in public health protocols” that “we didn’t isolate the carrier”:
Chris, I didn’t say that we should quarantine. I said it was the first time in public health protocols that when we had an infectious disease and we didn’t really know just how extensive and how dramatic it could be and the impact of it, that we didn’t isolate the carrier.
Huckabee then asserted that he stands by his 1992 comments, saying he wouldn’t “run from” or “recant” them.
Huckabee is being disingenious at best when he says he didn’t call for quarantining AIDS patients. As ThinkProgress noted yesterday, Huckabee told the Associated Press in 1992 that “we need to take steps that would isolate the carriers of this plague“:
In 1992, Huckabee wrote, “If the federal government is truly serious about doing something with the AIDS virus, we need to take steps that would isolate the carriers of this plague.”
“It is difficult to understand the public policy towards AIDS. It is the first time in the history of civilization in which the carriers of a genuine plague have not been isolated from the general population, and in which this deadly disease for which there is no cure is being treated as a civil rights issue instead of the true health crisis it represents.”
As Fox’s Chris Wallace noted this morning, “seven years before” Huckabee “made” his statement, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) “said that AIDS could not be spread by casual contact.” At the time of his comments, the CDC had recently reported that there were almost 200,000 AIDS patients in the United States, and 126,159 people had already died from the syndrome.
UPDATE: “Dictionary.com: quar-an-tine (noun) a strict isolation imposed to prevent the spread of disease.”
Transcript of Huckabee Lying:
CHRIS WALLACE: As you rise in the polls, I don’t have to tell you that your past is becoming more of an issue.
It now turns out that when you ran for the Senate back in 1992, you called for quarantining AIDS patients, you opposed increased federal funding to find a cure, and you also said that homosexuality was a, quote, sinful lifestyle that could pose a dangerous health risk.
Do you stand by any of that now, Governor?
MIKE HUCKABEE: Chris, I didn’t say that we should quarantine. I said it was the first time in public health protocols that when we had an infectious disease and we didn’t really know just how extensive and how dramatic it could be and the impact of it, that we didn’t isolate the carrier.
Now, the headlines yesterday started saying that I called for quarantines, which if you’ll go back and read my comments, I did not.
I had simply made the point, and I still believe this today, that in the late ’80s and early ’90s, when we didn’t know as much as we do now about AIDS, we were acting more out of political correctness than we were about the normal public health protocols that we would have acted — as we have recently, for example, with avian flu, which — I spent hours and hours, and months, in fact, as a governor dealing with a pandemic plan that we were looking at which called for isolating carriers if they contracted that disease.
WALLACE: But, Governor, forgive me. I don’t think that’s right. All the way back in 1985, this wasn’t political correctness. The Centers for Disease Control back in ‘85, seven years before you made your statement, said that AIDS could not be spread by casual contact.
HUCKABEE: There was also the case of Kimberly Bergalis, who testified before Congress in 1991. She had contracted AIDS from her dentist.
We didn’t think that there was a casual transmission. There were studies that showed that. But there were other concerns being voiced by public health officials.
Now, would I say things a little differently in 2007? Probably so. But I’m not going to recant or retract from the statement that I did make because, again, the point was not saying we ought to lock people up who have HIV/AIDS.
But again here are Mike Huckabee's words in 1992, “If the federal government is truly serious about doing something with the AIDS virus, we need to take steps that would isolate the carriers of this plague.”
Mike Hukabee is a Liar.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
They also plan in the long term to do away with the American dollar and create one currency for the Americas called the “Amero.” This will put our monetary system in the hands of multinational corporations out side the authority and direction of congress all together. It’s like giving over our monetary system to the UN.
The only candidate talking about this and who will fight and stop it is Ron Paul.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Huckabee received 112,000 of gifts in one year alone
He was given all kinds of gifts like guitars, gold jewelry diamonds, gift certificates, vacations, free dental care, free dry cleaning, $23,000 for clothes for his wife and so on...
Why did he get all these gifts??? Why were people giving him all this stuff?
Example: In 1999 business man Jennings Osborne gave Huckabee $53,000 dollars in gifts. Wow! How did Huckabee show his gratitude? That same year Huckabee appointed him to the stadium commission which helped the Mr. Osborne financially.
See how that works?
These gifts are legal. However, Huckabee was admonished five times by the Arkansas ethics board for failing to report all the gifts he recieved as the law requires.
What was he trying to cover up?
Saturday, December 8, 2007
Friday, December 7, 2007
1) Every Clinton Scandal of the 1990s had a precedent in the Clinton Governorship of the 1980s. Just as the Clintons abused the presidential pardon power when they left the White House and took property that was not their own, so did they abuse the pardon power and pilfer from the Governor's Mansion upon leaving it in 1981. Just as they have been caught taking money from the shadowy Norman Hsu this year and from other dubious Asian figures in the 1990s, so too were their 1980s campaigns marked by financial irregularities. The first Asian donors entered their political lives in 1986 with the Indonesian Chinese Riady family. In 2001 the Riadys paid over $8 million in FEC fines for their munificence in the 1990s. Hsu's donations are of a piece with what might be called the Clintons' "Chop Suey Connection." The Clintons dismiss all this as "old news," but that is only because they are what law enforcement officials call "repeat offenders."
Even Hillary's healthcare fiasco of 1993-94 had a precedent in her statewide education reform in Arkansas that left Arkansas still at the bottom of the heap in national education ratings.
2) For years the Clintons have bullied the press, political opponents, prosecutors, and those women who caught Bill's eye. Their successful efforts to suppress the recent GQ story by Josh Green show that their bullying continues. Since the 1980s the Clintons have employed private investigators, for instance, Terry Lenzner, Jack Palladino, and Anthony Pellicano, the last of whom is a convicted felon. Gennifer Flowers, Monica Lewinsky, and Kathleen Willey are but the most famous of the many women who have been harassed by the Clintons' private detectives. In my recent book, The Clinton Crack-Up, I report that at least one Independent Counsel in the 1990s took to carrying a gun after being harassed on Washington streets. The harassment was very similar to harassment my reporters experienced in Little Rock in the mid-1990s.
3) Rumors of Senator John McCain's temper have haunted his campaign. Hillary's temper is even more widely documented, by disaffected Secret Service agents, military aides, Arkansas state troopers, and others. Hillary has repeatedly been in rows with agents whom she importuned to carry her bags despite Secret Service regulations against the practice. While First Lady, Hillary threw a book at the back of an agent's head, as reported to me by White House military personnel. She has repeatedly thrown temper tantrums in front of staff, used foul language, and hit her husband, as reported by security and other staff members.
4) She is given to what the historian Richard Hofstadter termed "The Paranoid Style in American Politics." In 1998 she famously claimed that a "vast right-wing conspiracy" had mobilized against her and her husband. She has repeatedly characterized simple two-party partisanship as the consequence of secretive conspiratorial maneuverings. No modern American politician so high in American politics has so frequently manifested the paranoid style, a style Hofstadter associated generally with political extremists, generally extremists on the far right.
5) The Clintons have, to use the words of President Harry Truman -- who while president scrupulously insulated the White House from fundraising and in retirement refused speakers' fees -- "commercialized the presidency." They used the White House, most notably the Lincoln Bedroom, to reward donors. Bill Clinton himself has earned over $43 million in speakers' fees since leaving the White House, including millions from the Red Chinese and the United Arab Emirates. Such venality by a retired president is unprecedented, and his encroachments on campaign finance regulations have been numerous.
6) Very little of this has escaped the notice of journalists and of Democratic leaders. Yet, after every scandal they forget their public denunciations of the Clintons. Here are some flavorous reminders. After the Clintons and their siblings were caught in the 42nd president's last-minute pardon scandal, Jimmy Carter called them "disgraceful." Robert Reich opined that "Clinton is utterly disgraced." Al Hunt called Clinton the "albatross" of his party who should "drop dead." Al Gore's campaign manager, Donna Brazile wrote in the New York Times that "It's time to let Bill Clinton go -- go on and live the rest of his life and allow a new generation of Democratic leaders to renew their fight on behalf of working families in America." New York Times columnist Bob Herbert affirmed that "Bill Clinton has been a disaster for the Democratic Party. Send him packing. It's time for the Democratic Party to wise up. Ostracism would be a good first step. Bill Clinton should be cut completely loose....some of Mr. Clinton's closest associates and supporters are acknowledging what his enemies have argued for years -- the man is so thoroughly corrupt it is frightening."
Editorially in February 2001 the New York Times asserted that "the former president...seemed to make a redoubled effort in the last moments of his presidency to plunge further and further beneath the already low expectations of his most cynical critics and most of his world-weary friends." And the newspaper lamented that it might "never understand the process by which a departing president and his wife come to put sofas and flatware ahead of the acute sense of propriety that ought to go with high office." The New York Observer assessed Hillary's election to the Senate "a terrible mistake," adding that "Hillary Rodham Clinton is unfit for elective office."
Those are some of the unlovely things said about the the Clintons by their friends. Now are the Democrats really going ahead with a Hillary nomination?
7) The press has been lax in reporting the Clintons' unprecedented record of ethical failings and outright corruption. Most glaringly even the conservative columnists remain inert. The conservatives have adopted the position that all of the above is passe and to dwell on it is unseemly and awkward.
Well, call me unfashionable, but I find the Clinton record alarming.
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Governors seldom reduce sentences in other states – and almost never for murderers serving life without parole or for rapists or for habitual drunk drivers, while in Arkansas it's a regular habit with Huckabee.
Other governors use their clemency power only rarely, while Huckabee has made it routine. As we've told you before, he has issued more than 700 pardons and commutations during his eight years in office – more than 137 this year alone – and more than his three predecessors combined.
Here are the figures for neighboring states since 1996, when Huckabee took office (and keep in mind the population of these states is nearly 20 times ours):
___ >> Louisiana – 213.
___ >> Mississippi – 24.
___ >> Missouri – 79.
___ >> Oklahoma – 178.
___ >> Tennessee – 32.
___ >> Texas – 98 (in-cludes 36 inmates released because they were convicted on drug charges with planted evidence).
Total: 624 vs. Huckabee's 703.
Click here for one example of his freeing killers.
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
He increases government spending, size and scope and passes legislation that destroys the constitution in the form of the patriot act. He’s a democrat in sheep’s clothing. He is totally in opposition to the traditional republican positions of Goldwater, Taft, and Reagan. He is neither compassionate nor conservative. He is a socialist who supports the fleecing of the American people through the IRS and Federal Reserve.
He does not respect our sovereignty and is quietly planning a North American Union of the US, Canada and Mexico without congress involved. He has absolutely betrayed his oath of office with the immigration issue alone. And the greatest security risk is not Iran but rather someone group purchasing a nuke from a nation from the former Soviet Union and bringing it in through our unprotected boarders.
The morning of September 11th there was not a jet fighter to be found in defense of our nation? Bush is weak on defense. And we reelected him?
We comfort our selves with the thought that he is better than John Kerry. Is he? Is eating a pound of rat poison better than eating a pound and a half? They both are lethal. Both Kerry and Bush are lethal to our liberty.
All the republican candidates remain silent in their opposition to this pseudo-republican but rather repeat the same blather as him. Only Ron Paul stands alone against the tide of totalitarian socialism being pushed off on a naive public memorized by a tabloid media.
When the federal government spends more each year than it collects in tax revenues, it has three choices: It can raise taxes, print money, or borrow money. While these actions may benefit politicians, all three options are bad for average Americans.
Jobless men pay $500 bribes to join the police force. Families build houses illegally on government land, car washes steal water from public pipes and nearly everything the government buys or sells can now be found on the black market.
Painkillers for cancer (from the Health Ministry) cost $80 for a few capsules; electricity meters (from the Electricity Ministry) go for $200 each and even third-grade textbooks (stolen from the Education Ministry) must be bought at bookstores for three times what schools once charged.
"Everyone is stealing from the state," said Adel al-Subihawi, a prominent Shiite tribal leader in Sadr City, throwing up his hands in disgust. "It's a very large meal and everyone wants to eat."
Corruption and theft are not new to Iraq, and government officials have promised to address the problem. But as Iraqis and U.S. officials assess the effects of this year's U.S. troop increase, there is a growing sense that, even as security has improved, Iraq has slipped to new depths of lawlessness.
One recent independent analysis ranked Iraq the third most corrupt country in the world. Out of 163 countries surveyed, only Somalia and Myanmar were worse, according to Transparency International, a group based in Berlin that publishes the index annually.
Political progress must follow security gains in Iraq, U.S. saysU.S. to rely more on Iraqis' measurements of violence
And the extent of the theft is staggering. Some U.S. officials estimate that as much as a third of what they spend on Iraqi contracts and grants ends up unaccounted for or stolen, with a portion going to Shiite or Sunni militias.
In addition, Iraq's top anti-corruption official estimated this fall - before resigning and fleeing the country after 31 of his agency's employees were killed over a three-year period - that $18 billion in Iraqi government money had been lost to various theft schemes since 2004.
The collective filching undermines Iraq's ability to provide essential services, a key to sustaining recent security gains, according to U.S. military commanders. It also sows a corrosive distrust of democracy and hinders reconciliation as entrenched groups in the Shiite-led government resist reforms that would cut into reliable cash flows.
In interviews across Baghdad, though, Iraqis said the widespread thieving affected them at least as powerfully on an emotional and moral level.
The Koran is clear on stealing: "God does not love the corrupters," one verse says. And for average Iraqis, those ashamed of the looting that took place immediately after the fall of Saddam Hussein, the current era of anything-goes is particularly crushing because almost no one can avoid its taint.
For many, it is not a question of getting rich. Theft and corruption have become survival tools, creating a spiral of dishonest transactions that leave nearly everyone feeling dirty.
Cash is also often what leads to promotions - with the help of a fake college degree, purchased for about $40 - and theft is no less common. One government worker, who goes by the name Abu Muhammad, said a senior administrator at the ministry where he worked recently sold computers, laser printers, office furniture and other supplies that appeared to have been paid for with U.S. aid. The official was never caught or prosecuted, he said.
Haider Abu Laith, an engineer at the Culture Ministry, said that a close friend and fellow engineer at a government agricultural agency recently told him he was being pressured to inflate the cost of equipment purchased abroad so that senior officials could skim the surplus. His said his friend quit, fearing that he would be killed if he refused.
And at the Health Ministry's main warehouse in Baghdad, U.S. troops discovered this summer that two trucks full of medicines and medical equipment had disappeared while several guards on duty said they saw nothing.
Even some Iraqi lawmakers admit that the free-for-all has become too extensive to stop easily.
"The size of the corruption exceeds the imagination," said Shatha Munthir Abdul Razzaq, a member of Parliament's largest Sunni bloc. "Because there are no tough laws, no penalties for those who steal."
Stuart Bowen Jr., who runs the Office of the Special Inspector-General for Iraq Reconstruction, said Prime Minister Nouri Kamal al-Maliki actually undercut anti-corruption efforts this year by requiring that investigators get permission from his office before pursuing ministers or former ministers on corruption charges.
Maliki has also not rescinded a law, opposed by the Americans, that lets ministers exempt their employees from investigation.
"Those two legal positions within the fledgling Iraqi government are incompatible with democracy," Bowen said in an interview. "My concerns about the corruption problem have risen."
And President Bush want to send them 50 Billion more this year! Ron Paul is the only one running for president who says "no!"
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Please check it out after you read the info below.
Wouldn’t a "long shot" candidate that polls at less than 5% nationally be expected to finish consistently near the bottom of every straw poll?
Ron Paul has finished in the top 3 in 83% of the straw polls (38 out of 46)
Ron Paul has finished in the top 2 in 67% of the straw polls (31 out of 46)
Ron Paul has finished 1st in 54% of the straw polls (25 out of 46)
winning 25 out of 46 is 54%
winning 6 out of 46 is 13%
winning 2 out of 46 is 4%
Wouldn’t winning just 2 straw polls be a huge success?
Even if a candidate were to win their “fair share” of 1 out of 8, winning 6 straw polls would be fantastic.
Ron Paul won 25 out of 46 straw polls, how does a "long shot" candidate win 54% of the straw polls?
Ron Paul would seem to be a "top tier" candidate according to the straw polls.
These polls reflect the public opinion of voters that watched the debates. This is where the citizens see the candidates side by side and decide for themselves who they like.
The web polls were blocked from receiving more than one vote per IP address or computer
The text polls were blocked from receiving more than one vote per telephone number
If Giuliani and Romney are the frontrunners as the media says, why don't the debate polls reflect that?
May 3, 2007 - Simi Valley, California
Online Poll Vote Results - MSNBC.com
Ron Paul received the most votes from the MSNBC voters in all but two categories: "most rehearsed answers," who was John McCain, and "who avoided the questions" who was Rudy Giuliani.
Who stood out from the pack?
Ron Paul 47%
Mitt Romney 19%
John McCain 6.7%
Who showed the most leadership qualities?
Ron Paul 42%
Mitt Romney 18%
Rudy Giuliani 15%
Who was the most convincing candidate?
Ron Paul 45%
Mitt Romney 18%
Rudy Giuliani 13%
May 15, 2007 - Columbia, South Carolina
Text Poll Vote Results
Who won the debate?
Mitt Romney 29%
Ron Paul 25%
Rudy Giuliani 19%
June 5, 2007 - Manchester, New Hampshire
Online Poll Vote Results - CNN.com
Ron Paul received the most votes from the CNN voters in all but two categories: "snappiest dresser," who was Mitt Romney, and "most disappointing performance" who was Rudy Giuliani.
Who do you think won the debate?
Ron Paul 60%
Who seemed to know most about the issues?
Ron Paul 59%
Whose performance was most surprising?
Ron Paul 39%
Whose campaign got the biggest boost from the debate?
Ron Paul 55%
August 5, 2007 - Des Moines, Iowa
Online Poll Vote Results
Ron Paul won the debate with 63% of votes. Paul's vote total was nearly eight times as many as runner-up Romney. Now the poll results website show nothing.
ABC TV apparently reset its tally of who won the Republican debate it broadcast on August 5, Sunday morning.
At 10 AM EST, Congressman Ron Paul (R-Tex) was winning the debate with over 1,000 votes. Mitt Romney was next with 106. After the debate at approximately 11:10 AM EST when the tally was rechecked, ABC showed Ron Paul had just 445 votes. Second was “Nobody Won. I’m Voting Democratic.”
DrudgeReport.com put up a post-debate poll that showed Ron Paul winning the debate by wide margins (with 45% of the vote) as of 12:30 PM EST. Ron Paul continued to pull away in the ABC TV poll as well, despite the apparent tampering.
September 5, 2007 - Durham, New Hampshire
Text Poll Vote Results
Who won the debate?
Ron Paul 33%
Mike Huckabee 18%
Rudy Giuliani 15%
September 17, 2007 - Fort Lauderdale, Florida
The First Ever Values Voter Presidential Debate Straw Poll, held last night at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, declared Governor Mike Huckabee as the pro-family winner.
Mike Huckabee 63%
Ron Paul 12%
Alan Keyes 7%
September 27, 2007 - Baltimore, Maryland
October 9, 2007 - Dearborn, Michigan
Online Poll Vote Results - CNBC.com
According to online CNBC.com poll, which was taken down after several hours when total number of votes were over 7,500. Ron Paul received over 70% of the votes in all three categories.
Which candidate won the debate?
Ron Paul 74%
Mike Huckabee 7.2%
Mitt Romney 5.7%
If the GOP primary was to be held today, which candidate would you vote for?
Ron Paul 75%
Mike Huckabee 7.2%
Fred Thompson 5.7%
Which Republican candidate is best for your money?
Ron Paul 75%
Mike Huckabee 7.3%
Mitt Romney 5.7%
October 16, 2007 - Washington, D.C.
The Republican Jewish Coalition debate at the Grand Hyatt Hotel Independence Ballroom featured five candidates: Sam Brownback, Rudy Giuliani, John McCain, Mitt Romney, and Fred Thompson. The Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported that sources close to the RJC leadership said that Paul was excluded due to his "record of consistently voting against assistance to Israel and his criticisms of the pro-Israel lobby".
October 21, 2007 - Orlando, Florida
Text Poll Vote Results
Who won the debate?
Ron Paul 34%
Mike Huckabee 27%
Rudy Giuliani 11%
November 28, 2007 - St. Petersburg, Florida
Online Poll Vote Results - CNN.com
Ron Paul received the most votes from the CNN voters in all but one category:
"most disappointing performance" who was Rudy Giuliani.
Who do you think won the debate?
Ron Paul 51%
Who seemed to know most about the issues?
Ron Paul 50%
Who had the best response to user-generated content?
Ron Paul 47%
Whose performance was most surprising?
Ron Paul 37%
Whose campaign got the biggest boost from the debate?
Ron Paul 46%
Who had the most creative campaign video?
Ron Paul 44%
Please examine the amount of web traffic to each candidate site according to Hitwise, Google Trends, Compete, Alexa and Quantcast.
RonPaul2008.com gets more unique vistors than all other Republican candidates
RonPaul2008.com gets more page views than all other Republican candidates
Does it make sense that a "long shot" candidate would consistantly dominate the "top tier" candidates in web traffic?
Congressman Paul issued the following statement in response to the report:
“We needlessly and foolishly threaten Iran even though they have no nuclear weapons. I find it incomprehensible that as the failure of our Iraq policy becomes more evident, some want the same kind of policy toward Iran. A policy of peace, trade and diplomacy, is superior.”
The report’s finding that Iran halted its nuclear weapons program in 2003 supports Congressman Paul’s view that military action against Iran is contrary to American national security. The report found that any Iranian nuclear weapon capability is not imminent, and noted that the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research judges that Iran is unlikely to have the capability to produce a nuclear weapon before 2013.
“While candidates with virtually zero foreign policy experience like Rudy Giuliani are advocating escalation, Dr. Paul – an Air Force veteran and member of the House Foreign Relations Committee – has been a staunch opponent of expanding war into Iran,” said Ron Paul spokesman Jesse Benton. “More than any other candidate, Ron Paul understands that America cannot afford to make the same mistakes with Iran that were made with Iraq.”
Republican presidential nomination reached another milestone as it surpassed GOP opponent Rudy Giuliani’s third quarter fundraising total.
With over one month still remaining in the fourth quarter, Congressman Paul has currently raised $10,259,765. By comparison, Rudy Giuliani raised only $10,258,019 during the three-month period from July to September of this year.
“This milestone is the latest indication that Dr. Paul’s message of freedom, peace, and prosperity is resonating strongly with voters across the United States,” said Paul campaign spokesman Joe Seehusen. “New money means new support.”
Congressman Paul also recently placed first in the New York Young Republicans poll, in Giuliani’s home state.
The Paul campaign has publicly set a $12 million fourth quarter fundraising goal, to be raised by December 31. Congressman Paul is also the first presidential candidate in history to make fundraising numbers publicly available in real-time.
Recently, Paul received widespread recognition for his record $4.2 million one-day fundraising haul on November 5. Over 37,000 citizens contributed in one single day.
Monday, December 3, 2007
Saturday, December 1, 2007
ABC News' Eloise Harper reports: A day after dealing with a hostage crisis, Sen. Hillary Clinton faced a tough crowd in Iowa. Clinton did not receive the warmest of welcomes at the Heartland Form in Des Moines, IA, and although the hostage scare was mentioned, the announcer brushed it off quickly in order to get to questions. Clinton, who was forced to call in to speak to the crowd of thousands because of weather difficulties, took questions on topics from healthcare to illegal immigration.
The senator was asked if she would "make a decision to give undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship" during her first 100 days in office. Clinton responded saying, "I have been favoring a plan to citizenship for years. I voted for it in the Senate, I have spoke out about it around Iowa and the country and in my campaign. And as president comprehensive immigration reform will be a high priority for me."
Soft booing could be heard from the audience. The man repeated his question about the first 100 days. Clinton replied, "Well you've to get congress to pass the legislation and the president to do as much as possible, which I will do." Louder boos came from the crowd.
Clinton was thanked for her appearance and the moderator expressed sympathies for the ordeal she suffered yesterday. Clinton thanked the moderator. More booing could be heard from the crowd again after she hung up the line.
Barring any travel troubles, Clinton is still planning on attending the Brown and Black Presidential Forum in Des Moines Saturday night.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
The documents, obtained by Politico under New York’s Freedom of Information Law, show that the mayoral costs had nothing to do with the functions of the little-known city offices that defrayed his tabs, including agencies responsible for regulating loft apartments, aiding the disabled and providing lawyers for indigent defendants.
At the time, the mayor’s office refused to explain the accounting to city auditors, citing “security.”
The Hamptons visits resulted in hotel, gas and other costs for Giuliani’s New York Police Department security detail.
Giuliani’s relationship with Nathan is old news now, and Giuliani regularly asks voters on the campaign trail to forgive his "mistakes."
It’s also impossible to know whether the purpose of all the Hamptons trips was to see Nathan. A Giuliani spokeswoman declined to discuss any aspect of this story, which was explained in detail to her earlier this week.
But the practice of transferring the travel expenses of Giuliani's security detail to the accounts of obscure mayoral offices has never been brought to light, despite behind-the-scenes criticism from the city comptroller weeks after Giuliani left office.
The expenses first surfaced as Giuliani's two terms as mayor of New York drew to a close in 2001, when a city auditor stumbled across something unusual: $34,000 worth of travel expenses buried in the accounts of the New York City Loft Board.
When the city's fiscal monitor asked for an explanation, Giuliani's aides refused, citing "security," said Jeff Simmons, a spokesman for the city comptroller.
But American Express bills and travel documents obtained by Politico suggest another reason City Hall may have considered the documents sensitive: They detail three summers of visits to Southampton, the Long Island town where Nathan had an apartment.
Auditors "were unable to verify that these expenses were for legitimate or necessary purposes," City Comptroller William Thompson wrote of the expenses from fiscal year 2000, which covers parts of 1999 and 2000.
The letter, whose existence has not been previously reported, was also obtained under the Freedom of Information Law.
Long Island bills
The receipts tally the costs of hotel and gas bills for the police detectives who traveled everywhere with the mayor, according to cover sheets that label them “PD expenses” and travel authorizations that describe the trips.
New York's mayor receives round-the-clock police protection, and there's no suggestion that Giuliani used his detail improperly on these trips.
Many of the receipts are from hotels and gas stations on Long Island, where Giuliani reportedly began visiting Nathan’s Southampton condominium in the summer of 1999, though Giuliani and Nathan have never discussed the beginning of their relationship.
Nathan would go on to become Giuliani’s third wife, but his second marriage was officially intact until the spring of 2000, and City Hall officials at the time responded to questions about his absences by saying he was spending time with his son and playing golf.
The receipts have languished in city files since Giuliani left office, apparently in part because of City Hall's decision to bill police expenses to a range of little-known city offices.
"There is no really good reason to do this except to have nobody know about it," Carol O'Cleireacain, a Brookings Institution senior fellow who was budget director under Giuliani's predecessor, David Dinkins, said of the unusual billing practices.
A Giuliani spokeswoman, Sunny Mindel, declined to comment on any aspect of the travel documents or the billing arrangements.
A Giuliani aide who would speak only on the condition of anonymity denied that the unorthodox billing practices were aimed at hiding the expenses, citing "accounting" and noting that they were billed to units of the mayor's office, not to outside city agencies.
The aide declined to discuss Giuliani's visits to Long Island.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
This world is whacked. Global warming is unproven and no one cares. Al Gore and the UN say it's real so it must be. He must have invented the internet too!
The mood surrounding Waller County Ranch was highly secretive. At the entrance to the test site stood a Houston police road block, making sure only those invited were let through. HPD lieutenants refused to answer any questions from KPRC reporters, but KPRC still managed to gain footage of the "test [we] were not supposed to see."
"[The] drone was able to use a high-powered camera to track us," says Stephen Dean, who tracked the drone for KPRC. "Those cameras can actually look into people's homes or even follow them in moving cars."
Drone Planes are not new to the United States. The military has been using drones for secret war zone surveillance for years; drones were also used to put out the California wildfires last month. The drones used for the test in Houston weigh only 40 pounds, but can carry 15 pounds more in gear. They are able to stay airborn 15 to 24 hours without landing.
According to Dean, the fact that Houston police will be able to employ such high tech security devices raises "all sorts of new questions." One question: how will law enforcers will utilize the drones? A policeman conducting a search needs probable cause or a warrant -- will drone planes adhere to the same laws?
When the HPD realized their "secret test" was being filmed, they "hustled together" a news conference.
"I wasn't ready to publicize this," said Martha Montalvo, the executive assistant police chief.
She said that potential public safety applications include "mobility, evacuations, homeland security, search and rescue, as well as tactical."
Montalvo said that it was "too early to tell" what else HPD will do with the aircraft.
Police helicopter pilots said the entire air space surrounding the test site was restricted and, according to Dean, "threatened ... two investigative pilots with action from the FAA if [they] didn't leave."
But, when KPRC checked with the FAA, they learned there never was a flight restriction.
For Dean, that leaves some wonder "whether the police are now ready to use terrorism fears since 911 to push the envelope further into our private lives."
"We've seen that some of these technologies that are being used in the aftermath of 9/11 that we thought were necessary to protect our security in that time are now being used to diminish privacy in other contexts," said an unidentified male filmed by KPRC. "And that is extremely worrisome."
Who would respond to criticism from the Club for Growth by calling the conservative, free-market campaign organization the "Club for Greed"? That sounds like Howard Dean, Dennis Kucinich or John Edwards, all Democrats preaching the class struggle. In fact, the rejoinder comes from Mike Huckabee, who has broken out of the pack of second-tier Republican presidential candidates to become a serious contender -- definitely in Iowa and perhaps nationally.
Huckabee is campaigning as a conservative, but serious Republicans know that he is a high-tax, protectionist advocate of big government and a strong hand in the Oval Office directing the lives of Americans. Until now, they did not bother to expose the former governor of Arkansas as a false conservative because he seemed an underfunded, unknown nuisance candidate. Now that he has pulled even with Mitt Romney for the Iowa caucuses and might make more progress, the beleaguered Republican Party has a frightening problem.
The rise of evangelical Christians as the force that blasted the GOP out of minority status during the past generation always contained an inherent danger: What if these new Republican acolytes supported not merely a conventional conservative but one of their own? That has happened with Huckabee, a former Baptist minister educated at Ouachita Baptist University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. The danger is a serious contender for the nomination who passes the litmus test of social conservatives on abortion, gay marriage and gun control but is far removed from the conservative-libertarian model of Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan.
There is no doubt about Huckabee's record during a decade in Little Rock. He was regarded by fellow Republican governors as a compulsive tax-and-spender. He increased the Arkansas tax burden 47 percent, boosting the levies on gasoline and cigarettes. When he lost 100 pounds and decided to press his new lifestyle on the American people, he was hardly being a Goldwater-Reagan libertarian.
As a presidential candidate, Huckabee has sought to counteract his reputation as a taxer by pressing for replacement of the income tax with a sales tax. More recently he signed the no-tax-increase pledge of Americans for Tax Reform. But Huckabee simply does not fit within normal boundaries of economic conservatism, such as when he criticized President Bush's veto of a Democratic expansion of the State Children's Health Insurance Program. Calling global warming a "moral issue" mandating "a biblical duty" to prevent climate change, he has endorsed a cap-and-trade system that is anathema to the free market.
Huckabee clearly departs from the mainstream of the conservative movement in his confusion of "growth" with "greed." Such ad hominem attacks are part of his intuitive response to criticism from the Club for Growth and the libertarian Cato Institute about his record as governor. On "Fox News Sunday" on Nov. 18, he called the "tactics" of the Club for Growth "some of the most despicable in politics today. It's why I love to call them the Club for Greed, because they won't tell you who gave their money." In fact, all contributors to the organization's political action committee (which produces campaign ads) are publicly revealed, as are most donors financing issue ads.
Quin Hillyer, a former Arkansas journalist writing in the conservative American Spectator, called Huckabee "a guy with a thin skin, a nasty vindictive streak." Huckabee's retort was to attack Hillyer's journalistic procedures, fitting a mean-spirited image when he responds to conservative criticism.
Nevertheless, he is getting remarkably warm reviews in the news media as the most humorous, entertaining and interesting GOP presidential hopeful. Contrary to descriptions by old associates, he is now called "jovial" or "good-natured." Any Republican who does not sound much like a Republican is bound to get friendly press, as Sen. John McCain did in 2000 (but not today, with his return to acting more like a conventional Republican).
An uncompromising foe of abortion can never enjoy full media backing. But Mike Huckabee is getting enough favorable buzz that, when combined with his evangelical base, it makes real conservatives shudder.
Friday, November 23, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Government Welfare Programs
The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.
A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor and bread it has earned - this is the sum of good government.
I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.
Federal Reserve is the central bank
Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies.
I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country.
I sincerely believe that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies, and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.
Power To The People
Leave no authority existing not responsible to the people.
Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories.
I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them but to inform their discretion.
It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.
Never spend your money before you have earned it.
Commerce with all nations, alliance with none, should be our motto.
Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none.
Peace and abstinence from European interferences are our objects, and so will continue while the present order of things in America remain uninterrupted.
Peace and friendship with all mankind is our wisest policy, and I wish we may be permitted to pursue it.
Conquest is not in our principles. It is inconsistent with our government.
If there is one principle more deeply rooted in the mind of every American, it is that we should have nothing to do with conquest.
When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe.
We did not raise armies for glory or for conquest.
No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.
Every citizen should be a soldier. This was the case with the Greeks and Romans, and must be that of every free state.
For a people who are free, and who mean to remain so, a well-organized and armed militia is their best security.
The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.
Small Federal Government
That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves.
My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.
Our country is now taking so steady a course as to show by what road it will pass to destruction, to wit: by consolidation of power first, and then corruption, its necessary consequence.
I own that I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive.
The Value of Liberty
I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.
Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty.
The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.
The boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave.
Liberty is to the collective body, what health is to every individual body. Without health no pleasure can be tasted by man; without liberty, no happiness can be enjoyed by society.