October 31, 2007

Al Gore, Nobel Peace Prize Winner or Popular Delusion

Inside Politics

By Greg Pierce

The Washington Times, October 22, 2007

A prominent environmental scientist, who does not deny that the Earth is warming, says climate alarmists have veered from reality except to the extent that it will affect life — ours, and that of all living things on Earth. Moreover, contrary to the latest news, the evidence that global warming will have serious effects on life is thin. Most evidence suggests the contrary,” writes Daniel B. Botkin, president of the Center for the Study of the Environment and professor emeritus in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Professor Botkin, writing in the Wall Street Journal, added: “I’m not a naysayer. I’m a scientist who believes in the scientific method and in what facts tell us. I have worked for 40 years to try to improve our environment and improve human life as well. I believe we can do this only from a basis in reality, and that is not what I see happening now.

“Instead, like fashions that took hold in the past and are eloquently analyzed in the classic 19th-century book ‘Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds the popular imagination today appears to have been captured by beliefs that have little scientific basis.”

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October 30, 2007

Hillary Clinton Reverts to Form

The Washington Times October 15, 2007

If Hillary Clinton is to chart her own course independent of her husband, why did she choose Sandy Berger to give her advice on foreign policy? This suggests re-union time for cronies. In 2003, Mr. Berger took several highly classified documents about the Clinton-era Millennium terror plot from the National Archives while “aiding” the September 11 commission.

Mr. Berger then successfully negotiated a plea bargain and received only two years probation, along with a security-clearance suspension and a $50,000 fine. Were he anything less than a member of the permanent Clinton establishment, he would be in sitting in a prison cell, with few prospects.

But no sooner was his probation time over — it ended last month — than Mrs. Clinton put him back in the game, presumably with a new pair of pants big enough to accommodate purloined documents. This issue is a larger subset of the looming “first lady” question. In a Hillary Clinton administration, first husband Bill Clinton would inevitably loom large. The Berger news suggests that his old friends and cronies would, too.

Purely on merits, there’s no question Mr. Berger should be finished in Washington’s national security officialdom. This could, of course, be merely a symbolic appointment with no future for him at the National Security Council or anywhere else in government. The episode reeks nonetheless. The Clintonistas (read Stalinistas) try to dismiss the Berger thievery as just another crazy caper in the story of eccentric Sandy. It could not have been that, since the theft was deliberate and elaborate.

Mr. Berger ferreted the highly classified documents out of the Archives —just how is not clear and he denies one popular account that he hid them in his pants — and put them temporarily under a construction trailer. He returned to retrieve them later and subsequently destroyed the documents at his office. This was hardly the work of an overworked man, as the Clintons portrayed it.

If this wasn’t some kind of bid to alter the historical record, we’re not sure what it would be. The report of the inspector general of the National Archives concludes that he did not steal original documents, merely copies. However, no one has determined whether he stole documents on previous visits. Whatever the motive, a serious law was broken.

Mrs. Clinton is of course free to fill her foreign-policy ranks with such people, and she is free to open herself to charges of cronyism. She is free to dismiss the fact that Sandy Berger violated the government’s most stringent security rules. Nevertheless, she can’t escape responsibility for it. If the Clintons spend whatever capital they have to help old friends find work, they remind us loud and clear with whom we are dealing.

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October 28, 2007

The Long and the Short of the Iranian Bomb (G-d forbid) Crisis

(The Short range view: Based primarily on denial, avoidance, fear, jealousy, spite and rationalization.

The Long range view: We will all suffer the dire consequences of not standing up to the latest world bully – shades of Adolph Hitler and Jos. Stalin and Neville Chamberlain.) Jsk

October 25, 2007

Who's Afraid of an Iranian Bomb?

By Victor Davis Hanson

(Addendum from Chas. Krauthammer)

At first glance, it would seem a straightforward thing to stop a relatively weak but volatile Iran from obtaining a nuclear bomb. It would also seem to be something a concerned world community would be actively working to do.

After all, the Sunni Arab states surrounding Iran don't want a Shiite nuclear power on their borders.

Europe, which isn't all that far from Tehran and lacks a missile-defense shield, certainly doesn't want to be in range of Iran's missiles.

Israel can't tolerate an Iranian theocracy both promising to wipe it off the map and then brazenly obtaining the means to do so.

The Russians and the Chinese, both already concerned about India, Pakistan and North Korea, don't need another rival Asian nuclear power on their borders.

And the United States, already worried about Iranian threats to Israel and involved in daily military battles in Iraq with pro-Iranian agents and terrorists armed with Iranian-imported weapons, doesn't want a nuclear Iran expanding its Persian Gulf influence.

But in truth, most players don't care enough to stop Iran from getting the bomb, or apparently don't think it's worth the effort and cost. Some may even see some advantages to a nuclear Iran.

The Arab Gulf monarchies, for example, know that their enormous dollar reserves would likely buy them some reprieve from a nuclear Iran, or at least bring in the U.S. Navy to offer them deterrence from attack.Meanwhile, the current tension and ongoing fear of disruption in the Persian Gulf sends billions in windfall oil profits the Gulf States' way.

Leaders of Arab states also have to fear their own populations' reactions to any action taken against Islamic Iran. Despite his religious Shiite background, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is far more popular among Sunni populations in the Gulf than George Bush -- and even perhaps more popular than the autocratic Arab thugs and dictators who run most of the Middle East.

The European Union, like the Arab states, believes as a last resort that its economic clout and deft diplomats can always work out some sort of arrangement with Tehran's clerics, who, after all, need customers to buy their high-priced oil. So, most in Europe bristle at French President Nicolas Sarkozy's warnings about an impending war to stop an Iranian bomb. Instead, they feel it's an American problem to organize global containment of Iran.

Israel also has reason to fear a war with Iran. If Israel were to attack Tehran, it could find itself in three instantaneous wars -- and be hit with thousands of missiles from the West Bank, Gaza, Lebanon, Syria and Iran. That shower would make last year's Hezbollah barrage seem like child's play.

In Russia, Vladimir Putin's foreign policy is nursed on grievances about a lost empire, America as the sole superpower and the independence of cocky former Soviet republics. In the thinking of oil-exporting Russia, anything that causes America to squirm and world oil prices to soar is a win/win situation. That's why Russia supplies Iran with its reactor technology and stirs the nuclear pot.

China, like Russia, is a large nuclear power and doesn't fear all that much Iranian missiles that it thinks are more likely to be pointed westward anyway. True, it would like calm in the Gulf to ensure safe oil supplies, but thinks it still could do business with a nuclear Iran.

In addition, as in the case of Russia, anything that bothers the United States can't be all that bad for Beijing. While Ahmadinejad ties the U.S. down in the Middle East, China thinks it will have more of a free hand to expand its influence in the Pacific.

Then there's the complacent situation here at home. After Afghanistan and Iraq, most Americans don't feel we're up to a third war. Some point to nuclear Pakistan and believe we could likewise live with Iran having the bomb.
A few on the left even feel that a nuclear Iran would remind us of our own limitations in imposing our will and influence abroad. They belittle the current warnings of George Bush and Dick Cheney about Iran's nuclear program, shrugging that the two used to say similar things about Saddam and his nonexistent arsenal of weapons of mass destruction.

Meanwhile, much of the rest of the world, represented in the U.N.'s General Assembly, feels that a nuclear Iran offers comeuppance to a haughty United States, Israel and Europe without threatening anyone else. Ahmadinejad may be viewed across the globe as a dangerous religious nut. However, to many, he, like Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez, also represents an anti-capitalist, anti-globalization popular front against America and therefore shouldn't be ostracized.

So, who wants a nuclear Iran?
No one and everyone.

(And, how very sad and terrifying) Jsk

Victor Davis Hanson is a classicist and historian at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and author, most recently, of "A War Like No Other: How the Athenians and Spartans Fought the Peloponnesian War." You can reach him by e-mailing author@victorhanson.com.

Chas. Krauthammer October 25, 2007 on Fox News All-Star Panel

"I don't think that this administration will choose to leave office with the Iranian nuclear threat in place."

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October 26, 2007

Rabbinical Statement in advance of the Israeli-PA Negotiations at Annapolis MD

The Rabbinical Council of America
305 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10001

October 22, 2007

In advance of the forthcoming Annapolis conference, the Rabbinical Council of America, consisting of almost 1000 rabbis, respectfully urges the American sponsors of this conference to consider the following:

It is obvious that the State of Israel remains a small island of freedom in the Middle East, and is America's only reliable ally in that region. Any harm that comes to Israel will redound to the detriment of the United States as well. Any pressures on Israel to adopt positions that are fundamentally harmful to her interests will teach terrorists - and their proxies - that their modus operandi always reaps ultimate rewards.

The Palestinian Authority is an unreliable Peace Partner

· It is equally obvious that the Palestinian Authority (the PA) is a singularly unreliable entity.
· It has proved unable to stop the daily shelling of Israeli town and
it has done nothing to stop terror.
· Its schools continue to teach children to hate Israel, and to hope for the day that Israel will be destroyed.
· It crumbled completely in the face of the terrorist Hamas organization, and even handed over to Hamas arms that were supplied to the PA by America.

The PA's weakness is demonstrated in the continuous Kassam attacks on Sderot since the Gaza disengagement and the resulting Hamas ascendancy in Gaza. We are concerned that an IDF withdrawal from the West Bank or the division of Jerusalem would result in a similar Hamas takeover, and an ensuing barrage of Kassam rockets throughout the heartland of Israel, including major population centers and its capital, Jerusalem.

The PA under Abbas remains as corrupt as it was under Arafat. It does not have the backing of its own people, and is either unwilling or unable to live up to any promises it makes.

Given America's previous painful experience with the PA, America must not be gulled by the facade of smiles and lip service to peace. To make concrete concessions in exchange for the verbal commitments of such a "peace partner" poses a mortal danger to the future of Israel. Only solid evidence of a sustained and profound change in PA attitudes and actions can serve as a basis for serious negotiations.

Jerusalem

We respectfully remind the American sponsors that Jerusalem is not merely a piece of territory. Since Biblical times Jerusalem has been and remains central to Jewish faith and practice. For Jews it is in fact the "holy city" par excellence. To barter even parts of its sovereignty away, or to weaken its Jewish character in exchange for some ephemeral pledges of "peace" from an unreliable PA, poses a severe threat to the very soul and morale of the Jewish State. An undivided Jerusalem is a statement of strength and faith and thus a guarantor of peace. A divided Jerusalem is surrender to weakness which will ultimately become a festering sore that will create misery in the region.

(As it certainly was before being re-united in the 1967 Six Day War)jsk

The countries of the Middle East respect strength. A show of vacillation and weakness in support of Israel will give a green light to anti-American interests. A show of resolve and strength by the USA in support of Israel's integrity will buttress hopes for a lasting peace in the region.

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October 23, 2007

Presidential Candidate Rudy Giuliani on American Foreign Policy

Excerpted from: Toward a Realistic Peace

By Rudy Giuliani
Foreign Affairs September/October

WINNING THE EARLY BATTLES OF THE LONG WAR

THE FIRST Step toward a realistic peace is to be realistic about our enemies. They follow a violent ideology: Radical Islamic Fascism, which uses the mask of religion to further totalitarian goals and aims to destroy the existing international system. These enemies wear no uniform. They have no traditional military assets. They rule no states but can hide and operate in virtually any of them and are supported by some.

Above all, we must understand that our enemies are emboldened by signs of weakness. Radical Islamic terrorists attacked the World Trade Center in 1993, the Khobar Towers facility in Saudi Arabia in 1996, our embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998 and the U.S.S. Cole in 2000. In some instances, we responded inadequately. In others, we failed to respond at all. Our retreat from Lebanon in 1983 and from Somalia in 1993 convinced them that our will was weak.

We must learn from these experiences for the long war that lies ahead. It is almost certain that U.S. troops will still be fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan when the next president takes office. The purpose of this fight must be to defeat the terrorists and the insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan and to allow these countries to become members of the international system in good standing.

We must be under no illusions that either Iraq or Afghanistan will quickly attain the levels of peace and security enjoyed in the developed world today. Our aim should be to help them build accountable functioning governments that can serve the needs of their populations, reduce violence within their borders, and eliminate the export of terror.

As violence decreases and security improves, more responsibility can and should be turned over to local security forces. However, some U.S. forces will need to remain for some time in order to deter external threats. We cannot predict when our efforts will be successful. However, we can predict the consequences of failure: Afghanistan would revert to being a safe haven for terrorists, and Iraq would become another one - larger, richer and more strategically located.

Parts of Iraq would undoubtedly fall under the sway of our enemies, Particularly Iran, which would use its influence to direct even more terror at U.S. interests and U.S. allies than it does today. The balance of power in the Middle East would tip further toward terror, extremism and repression. America’s influence and prestige—not just in the’ Middle East but around the world would be dealt a shattering blow. Our allies would conclude that we cannot back up our commitments with sustained action.

Our enemies—both terrorists and rogue states—would be emboldened. They would see further opportunities to weaken the international state system that is the primary defense of civilization. Much as our enemies in the 1990s concluded from our inconsistent response to terrorism then, our enemies today would conclude that America’s will is we ask and the civilization we pledged to defend is tired failure would be an invitation for more war, in even more difficult and dangerous circumstances.

Our goal is to see in Iraq and Afghanistan the emergence of stable governments and societies that can act as our allies against the terrorists and not as breeding grounds for expanded terrorist activities. Succeeding in Iraq and Afghanistan is necessary but not sufficient. Ultimately, these are only two battlegrounds in a wider war. The United States must not rest until the al Qaeda network is destroyed and its leaders, from Osama bin Laden on down, are killed or captured. Moreover, the United States must not rest until the global terrorist movement and its ideology are defeated.

America must remember one of the lessons of the Vietnam War. Then, as now, we fought a war with the wrong strategy for several years. Moreover, then, as now, we corrected course and began to show real progress. Many historians today believe that by about 1972 we and our South Vietnamese partners had succeeded in defeating the Vietcong insurgency and in setting South Vietnam on a path to political self-sufficiency. However, America then withdrew its support, allowing the communist North to conquer the South. The consequences were dire, and not only in Vietnam: numerous deaths in places such as the killing fields of Cambodia, a newly energized and expansionist Soviet Union, and a weaker America.

... The election of Hamas in the Palestinian-controlled territories is a case in point. The problem there is not the lack of statehood but corrupt and unaccountable governance. The Palestinian people need decent governance first, as a prerequisite for statehood. Too much emphasis has been placed on brokering negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians - negotiations that bring up the same issues again and again. It is not in the interest of the United States, at a time when it is being threatened by Islamist terrorists, to assist the creation of another state that will support terrorism. Palestinian statehood will have to be earned through sustained good governance, a clear commitment to fighting terrorism and a willingness to live in peace with Israel. America’s commitment to Israel’s security is a permanent feature of our foreign policy.

... The next president must champion human rights and speak out when they are violated. America should continue to use its influence to bring attention to individual abuses and use a full range of inducements and pressures to try to end them. Securing the rights of men, women and children everywhere should be a core commitment of any country that counts itself as part of the civilized world. Whether

... Finally, we need to look realistically at America’s relationship with the United Nations. The organization can be useful for some humanitarian and peacekeeping functions, but we should not expect much more of it. The UN has proved irrelevant to the resolution of almost every major dispute of the last 50 years. Worse, it has failed to combat terrorism and human rights abuses. It has not lived up to the great hopes that inspired its creation.

Too often, it has been weak, indecisive and outright corrupt. The UN’S charter and the speeches of its members’ leaders have meant little because its members’ deeds have frequently fallen short. International law and institutions exist to serve peoples and nations, but many leaders act as if the reverse were true - that is, as if institutions, not the ends to be achieved, were the important thing. Despite the UN’S flaws, however, the great objectives of humanity would become even more difficult to achieve without mechanisms for international discussion. History has shown that such institutions work best when the United States leads them. Yet, we cannot take for granted that they will work forever and must be prepared to look to other tools.

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October 21, 2007

The Hard Truth About Israel’s Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert

By Steve K. Walz
The Jewish Press, October 19, 2007

According to Israeli newspaper and TV reports, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is the only leader in the state’s 59-year history who has been suspected of being involved in so many alleged wrongdoings that the police and attorney general have been forced to open three criminal files against him. It makes no difference whether Olmert will be exonerated in even one of the investigations. The fact remains that Attorney General Menachem Mazuz, who has shown a great lack of fortitude in prosecuting a growing list of corrupt officials, is being forced to lower the boom on Olmert due to a growing mountain of evidence against him and his closest political crony, former finance minister Avraham Hirchson.

It has been reported repeatedly that former prime minister Ariel Sharon concocted the Gaza withdrawal “peace offering” (together with Olmert) in order to deflect several criminal investigations against Sharon and his sons. Omri Sharon was forced to resign from the Knesset after his indictment on criminal charges, but has yet to serve one day in jail — claiming that his father’s irreparable coma has had a deleterious affect on his family. That hasn’t prevented him from attending many social functions, where he’s been greeted with admiring hugs from business and political associates.

When Olmert rose to power after Sharon’s second stroke, he personally took credit for creating the Gaza withdrawal concept and convincing Sharon to execute it. This is Olmert’s vision of peace, along with his disastrous adventure in Lebanon. Understand that there are two sets of laws in Israel, one for the public and one for the powerful political elite. The only politicians who have served significant jail time are former Shas leader Aryeh Deri, who, according to many media and legal pundits, was railroaded, and ex-Likud Member of Knesset (MK) Naomi Blumenthal, who was caught red-handed trying to buy off Likud Party committee members.

The Israeli police and attorney general have so far failed to nail Olmert because of his strong ties to Israel’s business and political elite. Additionally, Olmert controls the Justice Ministry through his own appointments. The Labor Party, which has threatened to bolt the government due to Olmert’s legal troubles, doesn’t have the guts to do so because they have nowhere to go. Labor leader Ehud Barak and other senior party members have also been mentioned as possible future criminal investigation targets.

Last week, not one newspaper or TV poll supported Olmert’s latest “peace efforts” with the Palestinians vis-à-vis the Annapolis Summit. The Yesha Council has initiated a new bus poster and sticker campaign against the summit, calling it the “Olmert-Abu Mazen Bluff’ conference. The country wants Olmert to resign and stop the current negotiations with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

Olmert has also provoked Lithuanian haredi sage Ray Elyashiv, by actually having the unmitigated gall to discuss dividing Jerusalem and relinquishing control of the Temple Mount. In a rare display of bipartisanship, Sephardic and Ashkenazic sages from the religious Zionist and haredi movements are now mobilizing a street effort to loudly protest Olmert’s potentially fatal peace efforts. Shas and Yisrael Beiteinu would be wise to bring the government down now, before Olmert makes any commitments to Abbas and/or Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

For his part, Olmert and his circle of powerful associates have positively laughed in the faces of the police, attorney general and public, claiming that the criminal investigations are not only a nuisance, but are also getting in the way of “governing the nation at this critical juncture. Just as Sharon tried to deflect attention away from his troubles by entering into the Gaza withdrawal nightmare, Olmert is determined to try and win the Nobel “Peace” Prize with the Palestinians — before the scales of justice finally catch up with him.

Of course, we all know how much peace the Oslo Accords brought to Israel. Two of the three signers (Yitzhak Rabin and Yasir Arafat) who won the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize for their “achievements” are no longer with us to see the love that has broken out between Israel and the Palestinians. And the third architect of Oslo - Israel’s current president, Shimon Peres, cut a deal with his close confidante Olmert to support his current efforts with Abbas in return for buying him his current job. This allows for Peres to continue promoting his utopian vision of a “new” Middle East. Is it any wonder why Syria’s Assad and Iran’s Ahmadinejad are laughing their heads off?

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October 19, 2007

Fiorella LaGuardia or Rudy Giuliani?

By His Words Shall You Know Him

By Jason Maoz, Senior Editor
The Jewish Press, October 12, 2007

With its Oct. 5 front-page story on Rudy Giuliani’s experience hosting an often boisterous weekly call-in show on WABC radio - for the better part of his mayoralty - the New York Times found yet one more way to portray the Republican presidential frontrunner as a reckless hothead; reflexively rude. A politician perhaps but still not at all willing to suffer fools (or even just annoying callers) gladly. But, for every exquisitely sensitive Manhattan liberal - (few if any of whom will be voting for Rudy in 2008 anyway) - offended by the former mayor’s politically incorrect temerity, there doubtless are hundreds of hardier souls who found themselves rejoicing in Giuliani’s refreshing take-no-prisoners demeanor. And, who hope to see more of that side of him in the coming months on the national campaign trail.

Giuliani’s outspokenness and his utter refusal to play by the rules of public etiquette as dictated by the New York Times editorial page, was preserved for posterity in 2000 by CUNY political science professor (and occasional Jewish Press op-ed contributor) Ron Rubin in his book Rudy, Rudy, Rudy: The Real and the Rational. It is a bracing compendium of hundreds of Giuliani quotes from his days as a federal prosecutor through most of his two terms as mayor.

Rubin made no secret of his view of Giuliani: “While critics have derided him as out of control and mean spirited,” he wrote in the book’s introduction, “his warrior’s persona has produced stunning results.... So remarkable is the city’s turnaround that historians debate whether it’s Rudy or Fiorello La Guardia who ranks as the twentieth century’s greatest mayor.” The cumulative portrait is that of a man by turn reflective and reactive, sympathetic and sarcastic, principled and prickly.

· Parrying one of former mayor Ed Koch’s numerous hostile remarks: “I think the less attention he gets the better it will be for his character development.”

· Cutting David Dinkins, another former mayor and constant critic, down to suitable size: ‘If I had his record, I’d be kind of embarrassed to show my face.’

· Responding to those, like the faux-plebe columnist Jimmy Breslin, who claimed to miss the old sleazy, crime-infested Times Square: “People who insist on romanticizing the disorder of the past should realize that the reason they have the luxury of nostalgia is that today things have improved.”

· Refusing to pander to a caller to his radio show whose son, a robbery suspect, was killed by police:
“I think I also have an obligation to deal with the hurt and the harm done to these police officers who were put in a position where they had to kill your son
because he was a criminal that wanted to kill other people.”

· Psychoanalyzing a caller who complained about the city’s ban on keeping ferrets as pets: “You need somebody to help you. I know you feel insulted by that, but I am being honest with you. This excessive concern with little weasels is a sickness. I’m sorry, that’s my opinion. You should go consult a psychologist or a psychiatrist with this excessive concern — how you are devoting your life to weasels.”

· On the Black Ministers Conference of Greater New York not inviting him to its 1998 tribute to Martin Luther King: “The last time I was there it looked like some gathering of the local Democratic convention. It was filled with every elected Democratic official fighting with each other about who would sit in front, who would sit next to each other, who would sit in each other’s lap.’

· Scorning the liberal intelligentsia: “The thinking establishment goes into convulsions over the idea that we could ask people on welfare to work, or that we should fingerprint them to prevent fraud. It’s almost as if a secular religion had developed in which these are the things that you must believe to be considered an educated, intelligent and moral person.”

· Remembering Crown Heights: “I believe if I had been mayor of New York City, they would have made arrests at the first moment that a rock was thrown through a store window, a car was burned or a person was beaten up because they were Jewish or for any other reason.”

· Rejecting moral equivalence in the Middle East: “I see a difference, I always have, between the State of Israel and the Palestinian Authority.... I see the necessity of negotiations and compromise, but I believe right now the pressure is being put on one side and not on the other.’

· Deconstructing Hillary Clinton: “When I look at the people around her, they tend to be the most left-wing of the left-wing Democrats
.”

· Reliving a moment from early in his first term: ‘Would I throw Arafat out of Lincoln Center again? Yes. And Castro too.’

(How can you help but love him and vote for him? Or, are you looking for someone morally perfect? Let him or her throw the first stone. We just need a guy that we trust to get the job done, to protect our country and cut all the left wing political BS as Giuliani does so well in the commentary above) Jsk

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October 17, 2007

BIRTHING A PALESTINIAN STATE AT ANNAPOLIS?

By Professor Louis Rene Beres
Department of Political Science, Purdue University

15 October 2007

As the Bush administration prepares to create a Palestinian state next month in Annapolis, an ironic fact remains widely unnoticed. It is that all “official” as well as unofficial Palestinian groups remain sworn enemies of the United States. All Palestinian terror groups, including the American-supported Fatah “government” of the Palestinian Authority, are quietly but very determinably expanding ties to al-Qaeda. There is no doubt about this.

Fatah, Hamas, Islamic Jihad and al-Qaeda all share a deep ideological and religious hatred of the United States. Operationalizing this common antipathy, these kindred foes have now gone beyond a mere conceptual affinity to active field cooperation. Indeed, with growing commitments to shared weaponry and information as well as to the joint establishment of safe houses and crucial tactical resources, such ties could soon produce nuclear and/or biological mass-destruction attacks against major American cities.

Why, then, do we Americans sponsor such a misconceived “peace conference” in Annapolis? Immediately after September 11th, Hamas audaciously approached al-Qaeda, and so did Arafat's own Fatah. Of course, Fatah had previously embraced "martyrdom operations" against Israeli civilians. Although Palestinian terrorists hardly needed al-Qaeda to prod them to commit further assaults of unspeakable cruelty, the example of September 11th offered them unprecedented encouragement. In its interrelated cell and command structures, al-Qaeda has drawn special comfort from Palestinian collaborators’ grateful references to the openly exterminatory Hadith: "Oh Allah, annihilate the Jews and their supporters...."

The Jihadist idea of killing for the presumed sake of Islam is glorified both by all the principal Palestinian terror groups and by al-Qaeda. Both also approve of certain religion-based killing within the Islamic community. Both describe Muslims who allegedly collaborate with the United States as murtaddun (apostates) and both prescribe the sentence of murtadd harbi; to wit, the "ally with Satan" is given a fatwa, a death-sentence.

The relevant Qur'anic verse is this: "The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His Prophet and strive to make mischief in the land, is only this - that they should be murdered or crucified, or their hands and feet should be cut off on opposing sides....” There is no difference made here between man and woman: "It is permissible to shed the blood of a woman who is a heretic (harbiyya), even if her fighting is limited to singing." And yet, President Bush seeks a Palestinian state at Annapolis.

Contrary to the conventional wisdom, which is almost always unwise, al-Qaeda's hatred of the United States has little to do with American support for Israel. If Israel ceased to exist, al-Qaeda’s contempt for America would surely continue. The true “problem” lies in the “sin” of America’s ties to "apostates and criminals.” This refers to those who rule in such Islamic countries as Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Kuwait, Jordan, the Emirates and Pakistan.
On December 2, 2002, al-Qaeda first announced the establishment of the "Islamic Al-Maida Organization in Palestine."

This announcement declared "a vow of allegiance to the Emir of the Mujahideen, the leader Osama bin Laden, by means of whom Allah strengthened the Nation of Islam." Calling for an end to regimes that "serve only the murderous Jews and the Great Satan," it ended with an unambiguous plea to "our brothers in Islam in Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia to attack the American interests and the heretical institutions of apostasy. ...Death to the Jews and Zionism; death to America; strength to Allah, Allah is great, and victory to Islam."

Al-Qaeda now operates less than secretly in the West Bank (Judea/Samaria) and altogether openly in Hamas-controlled Gaza. Years ago, Yasser Arafat first imported Hezbollah fighters to assist with terror attacks against Israel. Today, Osama bin Laden's Islamist fighters are an integral part of the Islamist insurgent mix.

Yasser Arafat first gathered together a diverse collection of Iranian Revolutionary Guards, Hezbollah, Popular Front - General Command, various Iraqi military intelligence units (Palestinian terrorists had always been extremely close to Saddam Hussein, even sending Palestine Liberation Army units to help torture Kuwaitis in 1991), the pro-Iraqi Arab liberation Front, and, since April 2002, al-Qaeda.

To be sure, this very same crosscut of Islamist terrorist groups also exists within the United States, although here they function "only" as sleeper cells. Absolutely none of this seems to have been understood by President Bush or Secretary of State Rice, who now offer advanced military assistance to one Palestinian terror group (Fatah) against another (Hamas).

How can we possibly support creation of a Palestinian state at Annapolis? Any war requires us to distinguish friend from foe. Joint Palestinian/al-Qaeda teams are currently planning cooperative mega-terror strikes against both Israel and the United States. Isn’t it time, therefore, for Washington to acknowledge that the so-called “Road Map” is a disingenuous bit of cartography (“Land For Nothing”), and that any further empowering of Palestinian terror organizations will only add to the power of al-Qaeda? With such an indispensable acknowledgment, America could finally begin to recognize that the so-called Middle East Peace Process has plainly undermined our national security, and that birthing a Palestinian terror state from the still-living body of Israel would be a very grave error.

LOUIS RENÉ BERES, Professor of International Law
Princeton (Ph.D., 1971), publishes very widely on strategic and legal aspects of terrorism. The author of some of the first major books on nuclear war and nuclear terrorism, he has counseled various agencies of government in Washington and Jerusalem.

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October 15, 2007

(Clarence Thomas vs. Al Sharpton & Jesse Jackson)

Clarence Thomas

By Thomas Sowell
The Detroit News, October 11, 2007

It would be hard to think of anyone whose portrayal in the media differs more radically from reality than that of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. His recent appearances on ‘60 Minutes'; the Rush Limbaugh program and other media outlets provide the public with their first in-depth look at the real Thomas. These media appearances are part of the promotion of his riveting new memoir, “My Grandfather’s Son.”

In an era too many judges, including justices of the Supreme Court, seem to be playing to the media gallery— if not writing opinions or leaking information with an eye toward favorable coverage in the press. Thomas’ refusal to play that game tells us a lot about him. His memoir tells us more. Born in material poverty beyond anything experienced even by people on welfare today, Thomas was raised with an abundance of discipline and character-building that would pay off in later life.

This was largely the work of his grandfather, who raised him, and whom he now calls ‘the greatest man I have ever known.” But, that was not his view at the time - when he was a child. His grandfather, however, was not pre-occupied — like so many modern parents — with how the children see things. He took his role as a parent to see things that children could not see, including challenges they would encounter in later life.

The metamorphosis of Thomas went through many phases — from altar boy to seminary student to a campus radical and racial militant, before eventually coming full circle back to the values his grandfather taught him and an understanding of the law and society that he acquired on his own.

One sign of where he was in his radical and militant phase was that, when someone gave him a book of mine to read, he threw it in the trash basket. But, by the time I first met him, in 1978, he had already reached the same conclusions on his own that I had reached

Thomas’ own experiences shocked him into a realization that ‘affirmative action” and other policies being pushed by civil rights organizations and by liberals generally were doing more harm than good, both to blacks and to America.

In an era when so many people have neither the time nor the patience to examine arguments and evidence, critics have tried to dismiss Thomas as someone who ‘sold out” to advance himself.
In reality, as late as the time of his nomination to the Supreme Court, Thomas’ net worth — everything he had accumulated over a lifetime — was less than various civil rights “leaders” make in one year. Nobody sells out to the lowest bidder.

Clarence Thomas’ sense of humor is terrific. Whenever I am on the phone with someone and laughing repeatedly, my wife usually asks me afterward, “Was that Clarence?” It usually is. Now, thanks to his book, the public can get to know the man himself, rather than the cardboard image created by the media.

Thomas Sowell’s column is distributed by Creators Syndicate

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October 12, 2007

Pat Boone addresses President GW Bush and Secretary of State C. Rice:

Who needs Israel anyway?

July 2007

By Pat Boone

Many Western and European political leaders, having heard the deprecations and the determination to wipe Israel off the face of the earth, from the likes of Palestinian Yasser Arafat, Saudi Arabian Osama bin Laden, Iraq's Saddam Hussein, Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and so many other power brokers in the region have come dangerously close to deciding that little Israel is the "thorn in the side" of world order.

The next logical thought is: "Who needs Israel? Let her be erased, her people dispersed (or whatever), and the Middle East can settle comfortably into a harmonious Islamic community of states. Problem solved!"

What folly. What suicidal blindness. I just returned from a momentous event in our nation's capital. An organization called Christians United for Israel, or CUFI, convened 4,000 people from all 50 states in several days of briefings and strategy sessions, culminating in an exhilarating, rousing rally in the D.C. Convention Center featuring Jewish leaders and top Christian ministers celebrating the things we hold in common and the spiritual bonds that unite us. The next day, several thousand of the participants fanned out over Washington and Capitol Hill, lobbying virtually every representative and senator on behalf of Israel and its sovereignty.

Why? Couldn't we all see this is an exercise in futility - an unnecessary bother that we'd all be better off if Israel didn't exist? No, we all see clearly that the world needs Israel - The whole world. What do I mean? Consider:
Israel, the 100th smallest country, with less than 1/1000th of the world's population, can make claim to an astounding number of society's advances in almost every direction!

· Intel's new multi-core processor was completely developed at facilities in Israel.
· In addition, our ubiquitous cell phone was developed in Israel by Motorola, which has its largest development center in the little land.
· Voice over Internet Protocol (V0IP) technology was pioneered in Israel.
· AirTrain JFK the 8.1-mile light rail labyrinth that connects JFK Airport to NYC's mass transit is protected by the Israeli-developed Nextiva surveillance system.

· Bill Gates calls Israel, "a major player in the high-tech world."
· Most of Windows NT operating system was developed by Microsoft-Israel;
· The Pentium MMX Chip technology was designed in Israel at Intel;
· Both Microsoft and Cisco built their only R&D facilities outside the U.S. in Israel;
· In addition, with more than 3,000 high-tech companies and start-ups, Israel has the highest concentration of high-tech companies in the world apart from the Silicon Valley.

Get this: Israel leads the world in the number of scientists and technicians in the workforce, with 145 per 10,000, as opposed to 85 in the U.S., over 70 in Japan, and less than 60 in Germany. With over 25 percent of its workforce employed in technical professions, Israel places first in this category as well! It goes on and on.

The Weidman Institute of Science has been voted "the best university in the world for life scientists to conduct research." Israeli researchers have:
· Discovered the molecular trigger that causes psoriasis.
· Developed the Ex-Press shunt to provide relief for glaucoma sufferers.
· Unveiled a blood test that diagnoses heart attacks ... by telephone!
· Found a combination of electrical stimulation and chemotherapy that makes cancerous metastases disappear and developed the first fully computerized, no-radiation, diagnostic instrumentation for breast cancer!
· Designed the first flight system to protect passenger and freighter aircraft against missile attack.
· Developed the first ingestible video camera so small it fits inside a pill used to view the small intestine from the inside, enabling doctors to diagnose cancer and digestive disorders!
· Perfected a new device that directly helps the heart pump blood, an innovation with the potential to save lives among those with congestive heart failure, synchronizing the heart's mechanical operations through a sophisticated system of sensors.

These are only a few of Israel's recent contributions to the welfare of the world. There are just too many to list here. Water shortage, global warming, space travel, anti-virus, anti-smallpox, blood pressure, solar power, paralysis, diabetes, data storage these and hundreds more are being addressed by Israel's scientists. They're pioneering in DNA research, using tiny strands to create human transistors that can literally build themselves and playing an important role in identifying a defective gene that causes a rare and usually fatal disease in Arab infants!

WHO NEEDS ISRAEL? WHO DOESN'T?
· Israel produces more scientific papers per capita than any other nation by a large margin;
· It has the largest number of startup companies globally, second only to the U.S.;
· It is No. 2 in the world for venture capital funds, financing all these advances;
· Its $100 billion economy is larger than all of its immediate neighbors combined;
· Moreover, Israel is the only liberal democracy in the Middle East.
· In addition, while it maintains, by far, the highest average living standards and per-capita income, exceeding even those of the UK, Israel is the largest immigrant-absorbing nation on earth, relative to its population. It is truly an unparalleled marvel of our time.

So, what's the point of all this?

Simply that the very idea of eradicating or even displacing Israel from its historic home is suicidal to the rest of the world, not just her Arabic neighbors. Though there are ominous biblical consequences pronounced on those who "curse Israel," there are also wonderful blessings promised those who "bless" her and we're seeing those real, practical, humanitarian blessings proliferate around the world, blessing all humanity.
Stop just for a second and imagine a world today that never knew Israel. And then go further: Given their living standards, ideologies and attitudes toward all who dare to disagree with them, imagine what our world would be like if Israel's enemies held sway. Would you rather live in an Iran, Iraq, Syria or Afghanistan? Or an Israel?

Who needs Israel? Let's be honest. We all do.


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October 11, 2007

Condi Rice and the Saudi Arabian Umbrella Pension Plan?

Redacted and supplemented from an article

By Emanuel A. Winston, Mid East Analyst & Commentator

Have you wondered why America’s Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice has been at the forefront of most hostile moves against Israel? Was it that she was the voice of the Bush family attitude and their special connection to the Saudi Kings? Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld and Alyssa A. Lappen wrote in the Washington Times, November 22, 2006:

"Middle East petrodollars pay hefty retainers to former diplomats to influence public opinion and lobby for change in public policy and laws. Their money buys them the best. Former ambassadors to Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries, such as Robert Jordan of Baker Botts LLP; Edward Walker, president of Middle East Institute; and Charles Freeman Jr., president of the Saudi-backed Middle East Policy Council, give their paymasters their money's worth in Washington. ... And the lure according to former Saudi Ambassador Prince Bandar bin Sultan, attracts 'much better friends' ... who are just coming into office."

For example, a former board member of Chevron — whose partners include Saudi ARAMCO and MOTIVA Enterprises, which owns and operates portions of at least 17 U.S. ports is U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice." Does this previous and perhaps on-going relationship speak to Rice’s attitude toward Israel? Those treated to the opulence of Saudi attention seem forever imbued with the Saudi doctrine. That doctrine encompasses extreme hostility towards the Jewish nation (Not to mention our entire Western civilization – jsk) reflecting the Wahhabi brand of extreme Islam, now appropriately called Islamo-Fascism. Wahhabism is every bit as radical as what we see in the Taliban.

Such powerful hatred saturates the minds of Westerners such as American diplomats or Board Members of oil companies who slavishly adopt the Saudi thinking and doctrine of hate. The fact that the Saudis have been funding terrorists and creating Madrassas to teach hate for all infidels (non-Muslims) for decades make no difference to those Americans wired to Saudi goals. They know that America was on Saudi radar as a target to subvert and eventually convert to the Saudi view of Islam. Employed Americans soon became unwitting foreign agents for Saudi doctrine which they assist in injecting into the veins of Washington politicos.

Is that why Condoleezza Rice is leading the pack of Wahhabi wannabes to "Lynch Israel" in the coming International Conference? As many as 40 nations have been invited, coincidentally, consisting of every enemy nation of the State of Israel? Is this to be her last assignment as she closes the books for the Bush Administration and their obligation to the Saudis before they leave office? Every mission Rice has undertaken to Israel to speak of peace is invariably an arm-twisting, no less than the Saudis and the State Department would expect.

Additional commentary by Jerome S. Kaufman

Rice has many advisors but James Baker III, Co-Chairman of the Iraq Study Group and whose law firm is the beneficiary of millions of dollars of Saudi largess each year, is a key figure. Source Watch presents an extensive resume’ of James Addison Baker III and his obvious conflicts of interest:

“James Addison Baker, III is a senior partner in Baker Botts LLP and most recently served as Special Presidential Envoy to Iraq. "The appointment of James Baker, the big Houston law firm, ought to be a reassuring sign to Big Oil and other Bush-Cheney cronies trying to divvy up the spoils in Iraq,” James Ridgeway, wrote in the December 10, 2003, Village Voice.

"Until now," Naomi Kelin wrote October 12, 2004, in The Nation, "there has been no concrete evidence that Baker's loyalties are split, or that his power as Special Presidential Envoy--an unpaid position--has been used to benefit any of his corporate clients or employers. But according to documents obtained by The Nation," Klein wrote, "that is precisely what has happened.

Carlyle has sought to secure an extraordinary $1 billion investment from the Kuwaiti government, with Baker's influence as debt envoy being used as a crucial lever. "The secret deal involves a complex transaction to transfer ownership of as much as $57 billion in unpaid Iraqi debts. The debts, now owed to the government of Kuwait, would be assigned to a foundation created and controlled by a consortium in which the key players are the Carlyle Group, the Albright Group (headed by another former Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright) and several other well-connected firms. Under the deal, the government of Kuwait would also give the consortium $2 billion up front to invest in a private equity fund devised by the consortium, with half of it going to Carlyle."

Brent Scowcroft, another key figure in international conferences of this kind was former National Secretary Advisor under GW’s father and a long time confidante of James Baker III and also a very likely prime beneficiary of the Saudi Arabian Pension Umbrella Plan.

Michael Ledeen writes of Scowcroft in NRO, August 6, 2002:

... Here's a guy who still says he was right to advise his president to allow Saddam Hussein to survive in 1991; a guy who fought mightily to preserve the Soviet Union by advising his president to support Gorbachev against Yeltsin and the democrats; a guy who went home early the night Iraq invaded Kuwait because he refused to believe such an attack could take place; and a guy who pooh-poohs the very idea that Saddam Hussein might be part of the terror network. He's still pushing Saudi Arabia's Prince Abdullah's line that you've just got to deal with the Palestinian question. ... This is the head of the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Commission? Doesn't he read the newspapers?

And, don’t we all read the papers – even those of the overwhelmingly Left wing press? Mahmoud Abbas is obviously, simply a weaker clone of Yasser Arafat and the chances of making peace with him are about as likely as with his progenitor. American and Israeli concessions of any kind via this lynching conference can only result in a guarantee of the loss of more and more Israeli and American lives. Why aid and abet our mortal enemies, naively weakening our own will and ability to wage the incessant war against Islamo-fascism that has been thrust upon us?

Jerome S. Kaufman

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October 09, 2007

BUSH KICKS OFF PROBLEMATIC MIDDLE EAST SUMMIT

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By: David Bedein, The Philadelphia Bulletin

Jerusalem - U.S. administration sources confirm that President George W. Bush plans to launch his Middle East Summit on Nov. 15 at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., the 300-year-old city that once hosted the early days of the U.S. Continental Congress. The choice of Nov. 15 coincides with the annual "General Assembly" of more than 3,000 well-organized Jewish community councils and Jewish federations from all over the United States, which convenes under the aegis of the United Jewish Communities. The General Assembly takes place this year in Nashville, Tenn., between Nov. 13 and Nov. 15.

Representatives of the Bush administration and the Israeli government are scheduled to address the UJC general assembly on Nov. 14. It is hoped that those speeches will generate grassroots enthusiasm amongst American Jews for the planned summit. As a matter of policy, the UJC promotes the policies of the government of Israel - no matter how unpopular the policies are in Israel itself or how unwise they may be.

Throughout the 1990s, the UJC enthusiastically supported Israel's controversial initiatives with the PLO terror organization with great alacrity. The UJC even decided to honor PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat with the Isaiah Peace Award in October 1999. Only after the UJC decision to bestow an award on Arafat was publicized prematurely did the UJC decide not to grant Arafat that award.

Meanwhile, although the list of prospective invitees to the November Middle East Summit has not been finalized, assessments are that Syria will be invited and will send representatives to the conference. U.S. officials said they believed that Syria would try to exact a number of preconditions before announcing its acceptance of the invitation. Aside from Syria, representatives from Israel, the Palestinian Authority, Egypt, Jordan, Qatar, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and the Quartet-Russia, the European Union and the United Nations will also be invited.

The decision to invite Syria constitutes a reversal in U.S. foreign policy, since the administration has refused to engage in any contact with Damascus, which it has accused of being a member of the "axis of evil" and of sponsoring terrorism. The reason for the change in the American position apparently lies in the American recognition that it would be better for Syria to be part of the process than to have it try to torpedo it. American sources who were quoted by the wire services said that the decision to invite Syria was geared to spur the other Arab states to attend the conference.

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas also asked to have Syria invited so as not to break Arab unity. Regarding Saudi Arabia, the U.S. administration considers it to be of great importance to have the kingdom attend the conference and play an active role in it. Riyadh has yet to announce whether it intends to attend. What complicates matters is that Saudi Arabia remains in a formal and active state of war with Israel since 1948, having never agreed to any peace treaty (like Jordan and Egypt) or truce (like Syria and Lebanon).

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is going to chair the summit. However, President Bush intends to play an active and meaningful role in the talks. The assessment is that the president's expected presence will spur the invited countries to send high-ranking delegates.

King Abdullah of Jordan hinted this week that he intended to send his foreign minister to attend the conference. "Only if it becomes evident that the conference is going to deal with substantive issues and the final settlement will we agree to send a high-ranking delegation, which will be headed by the prime minister," he said.

Egypt has also hinted that it intended to dispatch its foreign minister to attend the Summit, but this weekend Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak held talks with the Saudi king about the possibility of raising the level of the delegation sent. Syria, if it accepts the invitation, is expected to send Foreign Minister Walid Muallem, who formerly served as its ambassador to the U.S.

Phase one of the original Road Map declaration requires the Palestinian Authority to implement a policy to crush terror. That policy has yet to be created or implemented. Ms. Rice doesn't make it a red line. Instead, the red line is "commitment" rather than achievement. While the road map spoke of action, Ms. Rice's red line appears to be only declarative in nature.

Ms. Rice repeats repeatedly that she envisions an independent, sovereign and armed Palestinian state to emerge from the November Middle East Summit. She deliberately ignores and downplays the Palestinian role in constant terror against Israeli civilians. She has chosen to totally ignore the lethal terrorist activities of Mahmoud Abbas’ own so-called “Moderate” Fatah movement.

(Rice evidently expects the Israeli lambs and their august American organizations to go quietly to the slaughter. Hopefully, an unlikely Israeli Samson will dramatically appear, remove Ehud Olmert and his coterie of self-destructive sycophants and once again save the day for G-d’s supposed Chosen People.) Jsk

David Bedein @ Media@actcom.co.il. His Web site is www.IsraelBehindTheNews.com

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October 07, 2007

Radical Islam is Alive and Well in America

Thanks to the tacit cooperation of US government agencies

Excerpted from an interview of STEVE EMERSON, Executive Director, Investigative Project on Terrorism

Jerusalem Post International, October 11, 2007

BY RUTHIE BLUM

Steven Emerson’s delicate delivery belies the pungency and punch of his words. Whether this is the result of having heard it all and said it all in every possible forum is not clear. In fact, delving beneath the surface of radical Islamic activity only to discover additional layers with each dig, could just as easily have the opposite effect on one’s demeanor - particularly when the information being uncovered is pooh-poohed in some fashion or, when its disseminator is dismissed as alarmist at best, and anti-Muslim at worst. But Emerson — an investigative journalist turned NGO director - doesn’t appear to be perturbed on a personal level. It’s the public response to what he claims is a pernicious network of terrorist cells within the United States, fronted as humanitarian organizations, that gets to him.

“The US government, the media and the intelligentsia are witting and unwitting enablers of radical Islam,”
says Emerson, a best-selling author, whose books include American Jihad: The Terrorists Living Among Us (2002) and Jihad Incorporated: A Guide to Militant Islam in the US (2006), and creator of the prize-winning documentary film Jihad in America (1994).

In Israel last month to speak at the seventh annual conference of the International Institute for Counter-terrorism (ICT) in Herzliya, Emerson, who founded and heads the Washington DC-based Investigative Project on Terrorism, gave The Jerusalem Post an overview of the situation he believes will only really be solved when Islam undergoes a genuine reformation.

In an hour-long interview at the David Intercontinental Hotel in Tel Aviv on the eve of the conference, Emerson, so, punctuated this sentiment by pointing to the Dolphinarium across the street — the site of the 2001 suicide bombing that left 21 people dead and more than 100 wounded. “What we’re looking at,” he says, poker-face intact, “is the marker of where ‘lesser jihad’ was carried out against young Israelis at a discotheque.”

... Blum: Here you are at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism and you have General Wesley Clark as the keynote speaker at the ICT conference. How do you feel about that?
Emerson: Clark is not someone for whom I have much respect, since he’s been championing the notion that we should be talking to Iran and Syria, effectively rewarding them for their terrorist activities. He has also spoken about being nicer to terrorists. In fact, in 2004, when he was running for president, he sent a tape of an address to a radical Muslim convention greeting participants as though they were members of the Rotary Club. Now, this was a combined group of Muslim American Society and the Islamic Circle of North America, both of which have long been affiliated with radical Islamic groups, and whose previous conventions have been full of invectives for the US and Israel, replete with calls for jihad. Had Clark cared to do any due diligence, he would have discovered the extremist ideologies of these groups. But either he didn’t bother to investigate, or he simply bought into the propaganda that these two groups were “moderate.”

Blum: How do you rate Israel’s response to terrorism?
Emerson: Israel responds in the same way most Westerners respond. If there’s blood in the streets, they respond. If there’s not, they don’t. That’s why Yasser Arafat was touted as a “man of peace,” when all he was was a terrorist thug. His legacy will be the introduction of the greatest amount of arms and explosives into the most concentrated territory in the world on both sides of Israel’s border. So, now Israel has three Lebanons.

This is not only Arafat’s legacy, but also that of the Israeli politicians and of former US president Bill Clinton, who brought them together, and whose advisers for seven long years deliberately averted themselves to the consistent and massive violations of the Oslo Accords by Arafat and his henchmen.

Blum: What about incumbent President George W. Bush
— whose own legacy will include backing Israel’s disengagement from the Gaza Strip, Egypt’s control of the Philadelphi corridor and PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s being supported as a moderate?
Emerson: Indeed, Abbas is not capable of doing anything - not even tying his own shoelaces — let alone controlling any security force or representing anybody other than himself and his family. It’s a charade that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is propping up. That Bush has bought into the malarkey is partly a function of Israeli leaders’ blinding him to the cold reality.

Blum: Why would he allow himself to be blinded?

Emerson: He was getting hit over the head by the press and politicians who kept saying that he wasn’t “engaged” - a euphemism for putting pressure on Israel - propounded by the likes of [former US ambassador to Israel and current Brookings Institute fellow) Martin Indyk and [former Mideast envoy and current director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Dennis Ross. (Still the darlings of naive uninformed, “negligent” American Jewish establishment groups deliberately buying into the same nonsensical confrontational-avoiding lies – Jsk). This euphemism, “engaged” has re-surfaced as a result of Bush’s being besieged on Iraq. Needing a foreign policy victory that Rice said she could deliver, Bush went along with it. And, he lost control of his agencies.

... Blum: Has Bush, perhaps, relinquished his earlier convictions -those that dominated his speeches in the immediate aftermath of 9/11?
Emerson: He goes back and forth - one minute denouncing “Islamo-fascism,” another saying that peaceful jihad has been hijacked by those who “pervert” Islam. What crockery! Jihad is jihad.

... Blum: Where does Iran come into all of this, and how do you explain the Bush administration’s talk of negotiating with President Mahmoud
Emerson: Iran plays a vicious role in world affairs, though it is not the spiritual center of jihad; that still resides in Saudi Arabia. Nevertheless, certain terrorist groups, like Hamas and Islamic Jihad, could not exist without the training and funding they receive from Iran. The reason the US suddenly decided to invite Iran to negotiate was repeated pressure from the anti-Israel types — i.e. the Council on Foreign Relations, so-called Middle East “analysts” and the media - who kept saying that no harm could come of talking to the Iranians.

Well, harm does come from talking. You wouldn’t have sat down in 1933 with the Nazis. Yet, that’s exactly what’s being done today. Iran is being given legitimacy by coming to the table - Which is exactly what Iran wants — not to reciprocate the gesture by any agreement on its part to lower the temperature - but to use the talks as a cover for continuing to carry out covert activities against the West.

... Blum: Where US policy vis-à-vis Iran and radical Islamic terrorism is concerned, will it make any difference whether a Democrat or a Republican wins the next presidential election?
Emerson: It might make a difference. In the debates so far, several of the Democratic candidates have been taking the military option off the table, whereas few Republicans have. .... The ultimate question is whether any president has the guts to do what is necessary. And, what is necessary is military action to take out the Iranian nuclear facilities. This doesn’t mean the massive carpet bombing of urban centers. It means the pinpointing and elimination of underground facilities, with the purpose of retarding the nuclear program. It’s an issue of buying time. But then, Israel’s whole existence has been one of buying time.

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October 03, 2007

Petition to President Bush

Social Security Changes

PLEASE sign this petition and flood the President's inbox with e-mails that tell him that, even if the House passes this bill, he needs to veto it. It is already impossible to live on Social Security alone. If the government gives benefits to 'illegal' aliens who have never contributed, where does that leave those of us who have paid into Social Security all our working lives?

The Senate voted this week to allow illegal aliens access to Social Security benefits. Attached is an opportunity to sign a petition that requires citizenship for eligibility to that social service. If you don't forward the petition and just stop it, we will lose all these names. If you do not want to sign it, please just forward it to everyone you know. Thank you! To add your name, click on FORWARD or better yet, COPY AND PASTE if you know how. You will be able to add your name at the bottom of the list and then forward it to your friends.

When the petition hits 1,000, send it to comments@whitehouse.gov

Dear Mr. President Bush:

We, the undersigned, protest the bill that the Senate voted upon recently which would allow illegal aliens to access our Social Security. We demand that you and all Congressional representatives require citizenship as a prerequisite for social services in the United States .

We further demand that there not be any amnesty given to illegals, NO free services, no funding, no payments to and for illegal immigrants. We are fed up with the lack of action about this matter and are tired of 'paying' for services to illegals!

Signed,

1. Mary Takami , Calif.
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127. Gypsy N. Hicks
128. Neil H. Dobbins, AR
129. Regina M Dobbins, AR
130. Ida L. Kennedy, AR
131. Frank Bonner, Ca
132. DeAndra Boydd , CA
133. Marcus B oydd, CA
134. Danny Michaels , CA
135. Daniel Meditz , CA
136. Dorothy Gehring , CA
137. Harvey B. Walker, Anaheim ,Ca
138. Linda L. Walker, Anaheim , Ca
139. KC Douglas, Anaheim , Ca
140. Brandi L. Walker Anaheim Hills, Ca
141. Zach Bevans, Anaheim Hills, Ca
142. Devin D. Schroeder, Corona , Ca
143. Paul Schroeder, Corona , Ca
144. Nancee Micham, Taneyville , Mo
145. Mike Micham, Taneyville, Ca
146. Helen Sabin, Rancho Palos Verde s, Ca
147. Julie Clarke, San Pedro , CA
148. Nikola Brajevich, Rancho Pal os Verdes , Ca
149.Richard B! ulot, San Pedro , CA
150. Joe B.. Cagle, Irvine , CA
151. Ronald A. Cotta, Redondo Beach , CA
152 Carol Waselenchuk , FL
153 Jeanette J. Brooks
154. Sheryl L Brooks
155. Kyleen Madsen , FL
156. Rand Madsen , FL
157 David A. Whitehorn, Fl.
158 Mary Whitehorn, Fl.
159 James H. Peak
160 Janith E. Peak
161 Bill Millholland
162 Barbara Millholland
163 Gerald Powell
164 Linda Powell
165 RAYMOND KUHN
166 Dolores Kuhn
167 Roger Parrish
168 Joanne Parrish
16 9 Mike Volpe, Florida
170 Betty Volpe, Florida
171 Kyle L. Hartzell , Florida
172 Thom Milnor, Douglasvil le, GA
173 Eileen Milnor, Douglasville , GA
174 Gary Milnor, Douglasville , GA
175 Jackie Francis, Douglasville , GA
176 Lawrence P Pate , Avon Park , Florida
177 Penny Socin, Arlington , Texas
178 Jerry Socin, Arlington , Texas
179 Rader , Belvidere , Illinois
180 Marnie Mowles, Marion , Montana
181 Willi am R. Miller Jr, KANSAS
182 Linda Miller, KANSAS
183 David Dielman
184 Orland Rosell
185. Amber Brooks
186. Jason Rosell
187.Courtney B rooks, Pensacola , Florida
188.. Becky Brooks, Pensacola , Florida
189. Pam Leonard, Cantonment, FL
190. James T.., Pensacola , FL
191. W.Thomas TN
192. H Thomas TN
193. Fort Wayne Hopper, AL
194. B Clark , AL
195. C. Jordan, Al.
196. R. Knight
197. D. H. Blackwelder , FL
198. K. Dougherty , MD
199. R. Dougherty , MD
200. M Ranalla , ME
201. C. Ranalla , WA
202. ANGELA RYNIAK, JEFFERSON , PA
203. WALTER G. RYNIAK
204. JOY RYNIAK
205 Marilyn Monroe
206 William Young Levittown , PA
207 Karren Young Levittown , PA
208 Betty Lefevre
209 Carl D. Hoagland
210 Ma xine Hoagland
211 William Jarvis Albany , Ga.
212 E! lizabeth Jarvis Albany , Ga.
213 Jane Lyons Elwood, In
214 Rachel Lyons Elwood, In
215 Mary McFall Elwood , IN
216 Louis Frederick
217 J ames Davis
218 Gary Rogers219 Rita Rogers
220 Yolonda L. Hiser
221 sonja boozier FL
222 Phyllis Campeau, Clinton Twp., MI
223 Lowell Gordon, Montpelier , IN
224 Carolyn Gordon, Montpelier , IN
225. Charles D. Gordon
226. Wayne & Betty Lake Mi
227. Ron Phyllis Zacharias, stanwood michigan
228. Vera Mihaltan Livonia, Mi.
229 David L. Deckard, Murfreesboro . TN
230 Wayne Fought, Elberta , AL
231. Stephen Reno, Trenton , MI
232. Lorraine Reno , Trenton , MI
233. Randine Scheffler
234. D ennis Scheffler
235. Bart Jeannette
236. Tracy Jeannette
237. Brad Pruett
238. Carol Pruett
239. David M. Levely
240. Claretta Hegwood, Clinton Twp., MI
241 Nancy Zurawski, MI
242 Paulette Adams
243. Charleen Kaltz Michigan
244. Constance M.. Buffa, New Baltimore , ! MI
245. Kathleen M. Allen, Warren , MI
246. Betty Delligatta, An aheim , CA
247. Pat Delligatta, Anaheim , CA
248. Diane Motyka, Northfield , OH
249. Pat Bruckner, Mantua , OH
250. Bill Radke, Solon, OH
251. Deanna Radke, Solon, OH
252. Peggy Weist Bedford , Oh
253. Thomas Manacapilli Universal City , TX
254. Sharon Manacapilli Universal City , Tx
255. Sarah Manacapilli Universal City , Tx
2 56. Luke Manacapilli Universal City , Tx
257. Rita Dufala Northfield Center, Oh
258. Naomi Polovich, Coconut Creek , Florida
259. Linda L.Emery, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
260. Melinda Bindas, Girard , OH
261. Mary Peter sen, Orwell , OH
262. Tracey Myers, Warren , Oh
263.Norma Roudebush, Louisaville , Ohio
264.Barbara Orberson... Clarksville , Indiana
265 Norm Whiteland
266 Barbara Ann Bogue, Marshall , TX
267 Marion Lee Bogue, Marshall , TX
268. Sandra A. McCartney, Fort Worth , TX
269. Jack D. McCartney, Fort Worth , TX
270. Elaine Perry Verdin, LaMarque , TX
271.Adam J. Verdin, LaMarque , TX
272. Wade Verdin, Georgetown , TX
273. Carol Ann Verdin, Georgetown , TX
274. Brian Verdin, Krum , TX
275. Bonnie Regini, Bayou Vista , TX
276. Ray Regini, Bayou Vista , TX
277. Renee Hitchcock , Texas City , TX
278. John Hitchcock , Texas City , TX
279. Tiffany Hitchcock , Texas City , TX
280. Rose Mary Smith, La Marque , TX
281. Peggy Smith, La Marque , TX
282. Sue Porter, Commerce, TX
283.. Schelly Porter, Co mmerce, TX
284. Paul Hooper , Missouri City , TX
285. Earl Gremillion, Ruidoso , NM
286. T.F. Hewell, Jr., Katy TX
287. Peggy Hewell, Nixon TX
2 88. John Hewell, N ixon TX
289. Shawn Hewell, Nixon , TX
290. Wildajean Hewell, Nixon , TX
291. Damita Cirillo Huffman , Tx
292. Lewis Walker Huffman, Tx
293. Denise Baker, Houston , TX
294. Cody Baker, Houston, T X
295. Roy Brown, Crockett , TX
296. Ruby Brown, Crockett , TX
297. May Ree Nix, Crockett , TX
298. Rachel Brown, Houston , TX
299. Vern DeSplinter, Houston , TX
300 Kathryn DeSplinter, Houston , TX
301 Lauri DeRouen, Orchard, Texas
302. David DeRouen, Orchard, Texas
303. Deanne Ewing, Orchard, Texas
304. Jeanne Jeffcoat, Galena Park , Texas
305. Jerry Coenen, Malibu , CA
306. Gloria Coenen, Malibu , CA
307. Dawne Salopek, Houston , TX
308. Karen I. Miller, Oak Creek , Wi
309. Faith Hall, Crystal Falls , Mi
310 Terri Conde, Troy , TX
311. Willis Brewer, Lexi! ngton TX
312. Walter Johnson , Colorado City , TX .
313. Bobbie Johnson , Colorado City , TX
314. Kerry Sweatt Leakey Tx
315. Monty Shank , Tx
316. Ron ny Fite , Tx
317. Lynn Fite , Tx .
318. RICK WALLER , TX
319. DEBRA WALLER, TX
320. Johnny Wesley , TX
321. Jennie Wesley. TX
322. Kay Howard , Tx
323. gary ledger TX
324. Mary Cowan TX
325. Bill Cowan TX
326. Jeff Cowan TX.
327. Misty Vaughn TX.
328.Linda Anderson Tyler , Tx
329. Samuel G Anderson Tyler , Tx
330. Deborah Carnes Flint TX
331. Ben Carnes Flint TX
332. Donna Partin Tyler , TX
333. Joyce Baham , Tx
334. Jim Baham , Tx
335 Ross Pittman Tx
336 Beth Pittman TX
337 C. Robinson, Louisiana
338. Scott Glover
339. David A Calhoun Sr., Louisiana
340. Marj ie S. Calhoun, Louisiana
341. Gerald Wittenberg , Kansas
342. Maxine Wittenberg , Kansas
343. Lue Asmussen , Kansas
344 Dorothy McCaslin , Kansas
345 Carol Van Sickle , MI
346 Wayne Van Sickle , MI
347 Donna Barnickol, CA
348 Margaret Russell, Cornelius , OR
349 Michelle Case, Hillsboro , OR
350 Cin dy Falter Vancouver , WA351 Darlene Kieser, Brush Prairie, WA
352 Sammie Rhyne, Brush Prairie, WA
353 Brett Croft, Brush Prairie, WA
354. John J. & Nancy J. Kotrlik, Vancouver , WA
355. L Ceccoli, Brush Prairie, WA
356. Ken Love Battle Ground, WA
357. Julie Love Battle Ground, WA
358. Jon Love Vancouver , WA
359. Marc Love Vancouver , WA
360. Larry W. Shaw Reno , NV
361. Charlie Brown, S an Antonio, Texas
362. Roxie Brown, San Antonio , Texas
363. Randall J Lee, Fern Park , FL
364. Marie L Lee, Fern Park , FL
365. Robert E. Nicholl, FL
366. Janice Nicholl , FL
367. scott liberty, FL
368. Janice Rathman, Fl
369. Betty Gill , Ga
370. Betty Hewitt , GA
371. Pat Smith
372. Bobby Hicks, Ga.
373. Jackie HIcks, Ga.
374. BJ. Hicks II, Ga.
375. Tina Hicks, Ga.
376. Frank J Klima , GA
377. Tammie S Klima, GA
378. Bruce N Klima, GA
379. Richard Bennett , Ga.
380. Sharon Bennett , Ga.
381. Mar k D. Sammons, Ga.
382. Al Burgamy , Ga.
383. Sheila Burgamy , Ga.
384. David D. Settle, Ga
385. Gary P. Freeman
386. Terry Thompson , Mo
387 Mickie Curt, Mo.
388 Warren Curt , Mo.
389 Sandy Counts, MO
390 MARY ALLGEYER, MO
391 Pam B ickelhaupt, SC
392 BOB PAH LMAN , IL .
394 Rick Wright, IL
395 Marilyn McClure , IN
396. Kathy Miller , FL
397. Karen Rothrock
398. Martin Rothrock
399 Mike Succio FL
400. Myrtle Succio FL
401 Tonya Succio FL
402 Michael Succio FL
403 Billie Bordwine Fl
404 Larry Dickerson, Fl
405 Bob Register, Fl
406 Stan Phillips , NC
407 Willie Wright - NC
408 Thomas Sledge, NC
409 Etta Glover , NC
410 Kermit Glover, NC
>411 Carolyn Garris, NC
>412 Stanley Garris, NC
>413 Gail Garris, NC
>414 Adrian Garris, NC
>415 Sandi Taylor, NC
>416 Keith Taylor , NC
>417 Annette Markham , NC
>418 Marvin Markham , NC
>419 Denise Landino, NC
& gt;420 Mark Landino, NC
>421 William Mele, NC
>422 JoAnn Forsythe , OR
>423 Robert Benson , OR
>424 Sharon Benson , OR
>425 Richard Bogle, Or
>426 Marcia Hocker, OR
>427 Marilyn Layn e, NY
>428 David Hutcherson, Ga
>429 Lena L. Solomon, NY
>430 Mike Boylan, NY
>431 Gwen Johnson , NY
>432 Doris Johnson , NY
>433 Vernon Symes , NY
>434 Jacqueline Hardy NY
>435 Joan Moses NY
>436 Marlene Sherman VA
>437 Enid Davidowitz, NY
>438 Warren Kolinsky NY
>439 Freyda Kolins ky NY
440 Max Konigsberg NY
>441 Claire Konigsberg NY
>442 Sharon Cernese, NY
>443 Stephanie Jacobson, NY444 Virginia C. Schroder, NY
>445 Pattie Sullivan, GA
>446 Joanne Pope, AL447 Kathleen Hunter, AL
>448 Sandra Kiser Stuart, FL
>449 Harvey Kiser Stuart, FL
>450 Carole Murphy, Temecula, Ca
>451 Arthur Murphy, Temecula, Ca
>452 Cindi Hitt, Simi Val ley , CA
>453 Anita Chrisman, Simi Valley , CA
>454 Diane Kammerich, Simi Valley , CA
>455 Judith Heinz, Palmdale , CA
>456 Gyula Feher, Littlerock , CA
>457 JAMES &nbs p; COLLINS, Simi Valley , Ca
>458 Teresa Troutman Simi Valley CA
>459 Tina Goodfellow , Moorpark, Ca
>460. Marianne Hudis, AZ
>461. SANDEE HONISCH, LAKE HAVASU AZ
>462. Harold Wiener, Las Vegas.NV
>463. Sandra Hollander, Las Vegas , NV
>464. Joanie Mandel, Las Vegas , NV
>465. Mary Huds on
>466. Barry Hulunian, Las Vegas NV .
>467. John H. Warner, Marietta , GA
>468. Kathleen Pace Warner, Fl.
>469 Donna Tidwell, Canton , Ga.
>470. Shayne Henderson, Gatlinburg , TN
>471. Richard henderson, Gatlinburg , TN
>472. Shari Reagan, Gatlinburg , TN
>473. Kenneth Collins , GA
>474. Melissa Collins , GA
>475 Cody Payne , GA
>476. Ashley Payne , GA
>477. Kasey Collins , GA
478. Kurt Payne , GA
>479. Kyle Collins , GA
>480. Brett Collins , GA
>481. Tomi Payne , GA
>482. Nick Pendergrass , GA
>483. Hershell Pe ndergrass , GA
>484. Eva Pendergrass , GA
>485. Roy Pendergrass , GA
>486. Francis Pendergrass , GA
>487. Deborah Harper , GA
>488. Daniel Harper , GA
>489. Chelsey Harper , GA
>490. Rhett Harper , GA
>491. Taylor Harper, ga
>492 Geneva English, GA
>493. Raymond English , GA
>494. Denise Davis , GA
>495. Walt Davis , GA
>496. Amber Hawkins , GA
>497. Danny Hawkins , GA
>498. Devon Birge
>499. CLINT HARWOOD
>500. Thelma Wichman , TN
>501. Charlotte Clark , TN
>502. A H. Clark, TN
>503. Susan Koop. IN
>504. Dennis Hites. Fl
>505. Sandra Sexton , FL
>506. Stanley B. Sexton, Fl
>507. Louise sova Pa
>508. Don Sova Pa
& gt;509. Jennifer Frazee Pa
>510 Dee F razee Pa
>511. Lisa Stewart Pa
>512 Jeff Stewart Pa
>513. Wendy Mayo Pa
>514 & 15 Mr. & Mrs Allen G. Wood Cerrito s , Ca.
>516 L.B Strawn
>517 Mary Strawn
>518 Ann Tack
>519 H. L. Williamson
>520 Nancy Williamson
>521 J H Arra
>522 M A Arra
>523 Susan Kent, Fountain Valley , CA
>524. THOMAS KENT, FOUNTAIN VALLEY , CA
>525. VICKI REDDING , PLACENTIA , CA
>526. Pamela Thomas Saulls, Wetmore , KS
>527. Anglo E.Saulls, Wetmore , KS
>528. Jerry J. Thomas, Whiting, KS
>529. brett lyon utah
>530 Linda Moore Gardner , Ks.
>531. Penny Bumgarner, Mo.
>531. Jeff Bumgarner, Mo.
>532. Joe Hess, Mo.
>533. L.J. Lightle , Mo.
>534. Jena Bernstein , Mo.
>535. Evan Bernstein, Mo.
>536. Janelle Ford
>537 Aaron Ward, Mo.
>538. Francine Medina, VA
>539. Edward Medina, VA
>540. Sylvia Harrison, TX
>541. Jenn ifer Carson , GA
>542. Steve Carson, GA
>543. William Inman
>544. Sylvia Inman&nbs p;
>545. Ken Gillespie , GA
>546. Annette Gillespie, GA
>547.Carol Edwards
>54 8.Valerie Dues, GA.
>549. Della Thomas, GA
>560. Melba L. Wallace, GA
>561. Nancy Lewis, Va
>562. Melvin Lewis, Va
>563. Beverly Grigsby, AR
>564.Lyn Keaster, AR
>565 Kathy Gonten, AR
>566 Kathy Smith PA
>567 Terry Smith PA
>568 Tristan Smith ND
>569 NIcholas Smith PA
>570 Colin Smith PA
>571. Dwight Damschroder OH
>572 L. Anatra Ohio
>573. Paul A. Nickles OH.
>574. Mary Ann Nickles OH.
>575. Martha Rae Enold OH
>576. Ernest T. Enold OH
>577. Regina J. Mattox CO
>578. Veronica Staron, WV
>578. Donald E. Mattox CO
>579. Stephen H. Yost
>580. Ronald Johnson, Wheeling , W. Va.
>581 Kenneth Burns, Wheeling ,Wva.
>582. Steven Derer, Pittsburgh , PA
>583. Charles Town , Indianapolis , Indiana
>584. Amber Brandt, Indianapolis , Indiana
>585 Becky Garrette Nashville , TN
>586 Jackie Hammond Nashville , TN
>587. Jeri Vincent-Nashville, TN
>588 Gina Kresge, Nashville , TN.
>589 Kathy Schrader, Knoxville , TN
>590.. Sue Bragg, Louisville , TN
>591. Tom Bragg, Louisville , TN
>592. Ronald Watson, Spanish Fort AL .
>593 BEVERLY COLEMAN, MOBILE , AL
>594 Susan Baker, Chunchula , AL
>595 Rita Darlene Hadley, Perdido , AL
>596 Lydia Olivier, Cantonment FL
>597 Michael Olivier, Cantonment FL
& gt;598 Levie Leyba, Pensacola , FL
>599 Nicholas Leyba, Pensacola , FL
>600. Lucy Leyba, Merrillville , IN
>601. Robert Leyba, Merrillville , IN
>602. Lisa Vanderbye, Whiting, IN
>603. Linda Dull Pasadena Tx
>604. John Dull Pasadena Tx
>605. Bob Dull Pasadena Tx
>606. Cynthia Vrla, Southmay d TX
>607. Corey Vrla, Southmayd , TX
>608. Mark Guynes, Houston , TX
>609. Jocelyn Guynes, Houston , TX
>610. Michael L. Sadler
>611. Michael T. Sadler, Victoria , TX
>612. Helen Seargeant, Brackettville , TX
>613. Karen Bizzell, Lakehills , TX
>614. Mary Bullard, Greenwich , NY
>614. Art Bullard, Greenwich , NY
>615 Don Campbell Norfolk , N.Y.
>616 Winnie Campbell Norfolk , N.Y.
>617&618 GEORGE & ARLENE HARRIS NORFOLK NY
>619 Donna A. Woodcock, Norfolk , New York
>620. Tina Winks, West Monroe , NY
>621. Joseph Winks, West Monroe , NY
>622. Kris tin Lyon, Brewerton , NY
>623. Patrick Wallace, Brewerton , NY
>623. Lynn House, Clay , NY
>624. Donald House, Clay , NY
>625. Donna Marrocco, Rochester , NY
>626. Paul Larobardiere, Phoenix New York
>627. Bob Cook, Fulton , NY
>628. Debbie Hall, Fulton , NY
>629 Dick Colvin
>630. P hillip Eno, Martville , NY
>631. Elaine Eno, Martville , NY
>632. John Perry Baldwinsville, NY
>633. Robert C. Swartz Syracuse N. Y.
>634. Lou Miceli, Syr. NY
>635. Richard L Filippi Syracuse , NY 13215
>636. Laurie R Marshall, Holland Patent, NY
>637. Joan Crookes, Ilion , NY
>638 Debbie Donahue Mohawk NY
>639. Patrick Donahue Mohawk NY
>640 Walter Boyles Ilion NY
>641 Jacqueline Boyles Ilion NY
>642Debbue Webb Jefferson City, TN
>643 Harrell Webb Jefferson City, TN
>644 Robert Gibson Mooresville, NC
>645 James S. Pope
>646 Phillip Griffin
>647 Jack Snow
>648 Mel Kersey
>649 Ron Reid, KansasCity , MO
>650 Robert Reid, Chattanooga , TN
>651 Ann Reid, Chattanooga , TN
>652 Michael R. Kraus, Fostoria , OH
>653 Richard A. Krieger
>654 Phyllis J. Dehring - Ohio
>655 Roger L. Dehring - Ohio
>656 Pat Delcamp
>657 Jim Delcamp
>658 Norma Paugh - Fl.
>659 Donald Paugh - Fl.
670 Opal Whitsit, FL.
671 Richard Whitsit, FL.
672 Mary Williams, IN
673 Les Williams , IN
674 John Cox, IN
675 Fred Catellier
676 Kathy Catellier
677 Jackie Williams
678 Ron Blankenship
679 Melody Blankenship
680 Pamela Fiscus
681 James Fiscus
682 Sylvia Jackson
683 Patty Page
684 Vicki Parker, Indpls , IN
685 Ferzelle Jones
686 George Jones
687 Walter Crawford
688 Melvin Crawford
689Georgette Sims
690 Georneé Conway
691 Denise Mahrling
692 Sally Boothe, Greenfield , IN
693.Carol Burton, Carmel , IN
694.Marcia Patrick, Indianapolis , IN
695.Larry Patrick, Indianapolis , IN
695. Claudia Garver, Indianapolis , IN
698. Jenny Austin, New Castle IN
699. Tina Austin, New Castle IN
700. Christie Lewis Indpls, In
701. Terrie Grantham, Indianapolis , IN
702. Cecilia Wylie, Gaston , IN
703. Betty Ramey , IN
704. Russ Ramey , I N
705. Jeanette Walling - TX
706. Cherry Guthrie , TX
707. Carl Oswalt , Texas
708. Helen Oswalt , Texas
709. Richard Duckworth
710. Beverly Duckworth
711. William Yost, Dallas TX
712. Billy G. Bruner, Cedar Hill, TX
713. Janet A. Bruner, Cedar Hill , TX
714. Barbara Arrington, Greenville , Texas
715. Tom Muse, Terrell , TX
716. Judy Muse, Terrell , TX
717 S. Williams, Grand Prairie , TX
718. C. Williams, Grand Prairie , TX
719. Jim Morrow, Grand Prairie , TX
720 Kenneth Evins, Tulsa , OK
721 Diann Evins, Tulsa , OK
722. Brenda Barnes, Broken Arrow , OK
723. Wendy Ponce, Tulsa , OK
724. Carol Buckley, Tulsa , OK
725. Jeanette Burgess, Grand Prairie , TX
726. Rosa Logsdon , TX
727. Brenetta H. Ross, TX
728. Cheryl Price , MD
729 Margrit Lane, NJ
730. M. Austin , NJ
731. P. Pettus, NJBot
732. Rosalind Thompson, NJ
733. Olin Thompson, Sr-NJ
734. Olin Thompson, Jr-NJ
736. Ajane Thompson , NJ
< B>737. Malia Timmons , NJ
738. Italee Hodge , NJ
739. Chyna Thompson , NJ
740. Dyamond Thompson , NJ
741. Amir Phelps , NJ
742. Brittney Bridges , NJ
743. Doris Colem an , NJ
744. Dana Coleman , NJ
745. Ronald Coleman , NJ
746. Ronald Coleman, Jr., NJ
747. Delores McLamb , Delaware
748. Rosemary Samuda , Maryland
749. Shirley Davis , S.C.
750. Catherine Jones , SC
751. Cheryl Lambrese , RI
752 Vincent Flemming , RI
753. Lisa Johnson GA
754. Carol Greissinger, Rome , GA
755. Connie Burnes, Rome , GA
756. Frank Redwine, Rome , GA
757. Patty H. Moseley, Rome , GA
758. Ann & Herbert Bailey, Rome , GA
759. Preston and Trudy Cody, Cookeville , TN
760. William L. Cody
761.Arlene MCNeal
762Gladys McNeal 'Tn
763 Roy South , TN
764 Stella So uth, TN
765 Joan Mayse
765 Velma Phillips , TN
766 Barbara Eldridge TN.
767 William Eldridge Tn.
768 Mary Foist FL
769 Wilfred Foist FL
770 Barb Sweeney Picayune Ms
771Chris Depew Picayune Ms
772 Charles Sweeney Picayune Ms
773 Ellen Pemkiewicz PCB Fl
774 Paula Horne, Secane , PA
775 Jackie Tyler, Johnston , Rhode Island
776 JANELLE HEIMGARTNER, NIAGARA , NY
777 JOHN HEIMGARTNER, NIA GARA , NY
778 RITA CANTIE, NO. TONWANDA , NY
779 JOSEPH CANTIE, NIAGARA , NY
780 sarah horton, Niagara falls , NY
781 RICKY HORTON ,NIAGARA FALLS,NY
782 Jerry Phillips, Niagara Falls, NY
783 Samantha Phillips, Niagara Falls, NY
784 Jennie Rowland Niagara Falls NY
785 Gloria Calabro
786. Jill Jakubowicz , Tonawanda , NY
787. William Huse, FL
788. Margaret Huse, FL
789. Gail Hess , NY
790. Mark Hess , NY
791. Darlene Beckett, Grand Island , NY
792. Steve Belliveau Lockport , N.Y.
793. Bob Brado, Buffalo , N.Y.
794. Brian Codd, Lockport , N.Y.
795. DAVE CATON LOCKPORT NY
796. NICK SALVATORE, ALBION , NY
797. BRENDA GAYLORD, ALBION , NY
798. JEFF BISCHOFF, MEDINA , NY
799. KATHY BISCHOFF, MEDINA , NY
800. Paul D. Coon, Kingsland , GA
801. Marina B. Coon, Kingsland , GA
802. Kristina P. Coon, Kingsland , GA
803. Beverly J Coon, Hibbing , MN
804. Richie D. Coon, Norfolk , VA
805. Joe St. Esparza III, Camp Arifjan , Kuwait
806. Guy Gerard Nosti
807. Gerald W. Schweigert II, Marysville WA .
809. Deborah L. Anderson , Greenbank , Wa .
810. Phillip A. Anderson, Greenbank , Wa
811. Megan E. Marolich, Sammamish , WA
812. James P. Marolich, Sammamish , WA
< FONT face="Times New Roman" color=#000000 size=-1>813. Nina R. Larabee, Orondo , WA
814. Brian C. Larabee, Orondo , WA
815. Barbara Ostenberg, Everett , WA
816. Terry Ostenberg, Everett , WA
817. Valerie Harris, Lancaster , VA
818. J. Beane, Lancaster , VA
819 M Sheffield, Marietta , Ga.
820 E. Sheffield , Marietta , Ga
821 John Palmer, Santa Rosa , CA
822 Ann Palmer, Santa Rosa , CA
824 Clinton Everett Huntsville , AL
825 Lois V. Taylor , Amarillo , TX
826 Charlotte L Davis, Parker, CO
82 7 George F Davis, Parker, CO
828. Gwen W Porter, San Diego , CA
829. David J Porter, San Diego , CA
830. Jane A. Heard, Denver , CO
831. Shirley Wood, Denver, CO
832. Lynne Wells, Denver, CO
833. Keith Wells, Lakewood , CA
834. Cynthia McKee, Lakewood , CA
835. Robert S. McKee, Lakewood , CA
836. Cynthia Calderman, Fayetteville , GA
837. Michael Calderman, Fayettevile , GA
838. Donald Martini Garden Grove Ca.
839. Mary Martini Garden Grove Ca;
840. Robert Arutunian, Huntington Beach , CA
841 Tina Gonzalez, Garden Grove , CA
842 Mario Gonzalez, Garden Grove , CA
843 Roger Wilgus, Texarkana, Tx
844 Peggy J. Wilgus, Texarkana, TX
845. Debra J. Hughes, Terrell, TX
846. Nicholas A. Hughes, Terrell, TX
847. Brittany J. Hughes, Mesquite, TX
848. Miguel A. Ardito, Mesquite, TX
849. Jennifer Pemberton, Richardson, Tx
850. Brook Pemberton, Richardson, Tx
851. Breanna Lee, Richardson, Tx
852. Karen Thomas, Rockwall, TX
853. Gary Thomas, Rockwall, TX
854. Joe Elrod, Abilene, TX
855. Chris Berry, Aledo, TX
856. Gloria Speak, Ft. Worth, TX
857. Brenda Hopkins, Bedford, TX
858. Ruth Storms, Azle, TX
859. Elizabeth Thomson, Pasadena, CA
860. William Thomson, Pasadena, CA
861. David Butler, Sedona, AZ
862. Darryl Thompson, Sedona, AZ
863. Carolyn Benson, Marana, AZ
864. Don Dery, Ocklawaha, Fl
865. Audrey Huey, Ocklawaha,Fl
866. John Daniels, Ocala, Fl
867. Kathryn Daniels, Ocala, Fl
868 Janice J. Gallagher, Los Gatos, CA
869. Charles B. Groat, Concord, NC
870. Thomas E. Gallagher, Los Gatos,CA
871 . William L. Gallagher, San Francisco, CA
872. Dale F. Redig, Sacramento, CA
873. Victoria R. Powers, Lakewood, WA
874. Christine M. Houlihan, Portola Valley, CA
875. Philip M. Houlihan, Portola Valley, CA
876. Karen H. Bennett, Portola Valley, CA
877. C. Wayne Bennett, Portola Valley, CA
878. Dennis M. Bennett, Dayton, MN
879. Nedy E. Bennett, Dayton, MN
880. Kim Acker, Howell, Mi
881. Marthann Acker, Howell, Mi
882. Ed Kulnis, Birmingham, MI
883. Claudia Kulnis, Birmingham, MI
884. Dennis Francisco, Plymouth, MI
885. Kathleen Malloy, Plymouth, MI
886. Jerome S. Kaufman, Bloomfield Hills, MI


If you don't forward the petition and just stop it, we will lose all these names. If you do not want to sign it, please just forward it to everyone you know.

To add your name, click on FORWARD or better yet, COPY AND PASTE if you know how. You will be able to add your name at the bottom of the list and then forward it to your friends.

1000th signer... please e-mail to: comments@whitehouse.gov

And ... please start a new one of your own sending to your e-mail list.

Posted by Jerome S. Kaufman at 05:53 AM | Comments (0)