Archive for January, 2007

heil-hugo.jpgVenezuela’s congress took one more step in anointing the worlds next dictator; Hugo Chavez..

Chavez to get Decree Powers

Venezuelan lawmakers said Monday they would give President Hugo Chavez special powers to make changes to the country’s oil, gas and electricity industries by presidential decree.

National Assembly President Cilia Flores said lawmakers loyal to Chavez would approve an “enabling law” allowing the leader to pass measures by decree for 18 months in the “energy sphere” in addition to 10 other areas announced earlier, ranging from the economy to defense.

Other plans include rewriting the constitution and expects to hold a referendum on the changes by the end of the year.

Among the changes, Chavez has proposed doing away with presidential term limits to allow for indefinite re-election. Term limits currently bar him from running again in 2012.

Chavez claims he has no plan to seize private property yet recent statements on his weekly television show indicate otherwise.

Chavez recently announced plans for a “luxury tax” targeting second homes, art collections and expensive cars that would be aimed at redistributing wealth to the poor.

“Oh, you have a yacht? Perfect, give to me, buddy,” he said at the time. “You have a house where you live and another one by sea … You have some marvelous art collections _ come here, buddy.”

The same article brings out memories of Soviet Style Reeducation camps..

During a live broadcast from a cattle ranch in Venezuela’s central plains, Chavez inaugurated a series of centers where he said Venezuelans will study socialist ideals while undergoing job training.

The effects of the Chavez reign can be seen in the increase in the number of Venezuelans seeking U.S. asylum.

The latest figures show a surge of Venezuelans moving to the United States either through asylum, permanent residence or other visas. The number of Venezuelans who got green cards in 2005 – almost 11,000 U.S. permanent residents – was more than double those in 2000.

And that just represents those coming here legally….

As disturbing as Chavez’s regime is to Venezuela, his role in international affairs is even more so.  Chavez was successful in buying a Nicaraguan election for his socialist counterpart Daniel Ortega, and came perilously close to doing the same thing in Mexico with his support for Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.  He has forged economic treaties with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, courted support from Syria and expressed support for Hizbollah, and thankfully failed in purchasing a seat on the UN Security Council. Hugo Chavez has an agenda. That agenda is not one that is friendly to US interests, basic human rights, or freedom and democracy nor is it confined to Venezuela’s borders.

Some other Posts I have made on Hugo Chavez:

 Venezuela’s Chavez says “GRINGOS GO TO HELL!”

Chavez linked televison reporter arrested for terrorism.Chavez linked televison reporter arrested for terrorism.

Chavez couldn’t buy his UNSC Seat, but Nicaragua is bought & paid for

Hezbollah Linked to Bomb Scare At US embassy in Venezuela

Latino Congress Meets in Los Angeles to Tackle Immigration Reform, Sponsored by Hugo Chavez

Venezuela’s Chavez planning arms-for-oil trip to N. Korea, and Why Surrender Mom is on a diet…

Chavez gets his first shipment of Russian Weapons

Hugo Chavez refers to Convicted Terrorist as a “Good Friend”

Hugo Chavez Building a Latin Anti-American Alliance

British Police Arrest 8 Terror Suspects

Counterterrorism police arrested eight men in an alleged kidnapping plot during pre-dawn raids Wednesday, police said, while a broadcaster reported the suspects wanted to abduct a British Muslim soldier and behead him. Police would not comment on Sky News reports about that, or about a plan to post the beheading on the Internet. Counterterrorism officials speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the investigation said the plot was the first of its kind to be uncovered in Britain.

The potential victim was in police custody, Sky reported, saying the kidnapping was going to be an “Iraq-style” execution.

N.Korea eyes 2nd test if dispute not resolved

BEIJING (Reuters) – North Korea will feel compelled to announce plans for another nuclear test if a financial dispute with Washington is not resolved, a source said on Wednesday, a sign of Pyongyang’s impatience with a lack of progress in talks.

U.S. Deputy Assistant Treasury Secretary Daniel Glaser resumed talks with North Korean officials in Beijing on Tuesday over the dispute over currency counterfeiting. He said the talks were inching forward and had “established a framework” for more negotiations.

New York sees first death sentence passed for 50 years

A man who shot two undercover police officers in the head has become the first person in more than 50 years to be sentenced to death in a federal case in New York and could become the first man executed there since the 1960s.

Ronell Wilson, 24, from Staten Island, stuck his tongue out at the family of his victims after his sentence was delivered.

Global meth bust includes 20 Arizona labs

Maricopa County authorities were involved on Tuesday with an international drug bust that dismantled at least 100 meth-making labs worldwide, including 20 in Arizona. A Scottish couple is suspected of supplying chemicals to make methamphetamine to people around the world and now faces extradition to the U.S.

Iran’s schools are nurturing a siege mentality in children with textbooks showing preparations for war and depicting Israel and the West as the enemy, an Israel-based think tank said on Tuesday.

One textbook gave 13-year-olds a basic overview of light arms while one early reader book depicted the murder of a Palestinian toddler by an Israel Defense Forces soldier, a survey by the Center for Monitoring the Impact of Peace (CMIP) found.

“Iran’s war curriculum is a danger to the world’s peace and security. This is the way the books develop a siege mentality in the minds of the students,” CMIP director of research Arnon Groiss told a news conference in Brussels.

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Hat tip Red State

With the Democratic majority in both the House and Senate Shamnesty may become a reality.  I hope I am wrong… it has happened before once or twice…  It seems as though politicians feel the best way to fight crime is to eliminate the laws… No Laws no Criminals…

Conditions are ripe for immigration reform

President Bush, trotting out his latest domestic initiatives during last week’s State of the Union address, renewed the push for an immigration overhaul.

Here is where Bush may have his best chance for success across the partisan divide, and he deserves credit for once again bringing the issue to the forefront.

Bush called on Congress to pass comprehensive reform. Addressing the problem of illegal immigration and “delivering a secure, productive, orderly and fair system” is a must, he said.

Bush faces opposition from Republicans such as Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Roanoke, who view reform proposals as rewarding illegal immigration with amnesty.

Citizenship paths may stall immigration overhaul

With a new Democratic-controlled Congress and a president newly committed to bipartisan accomplishments, prospects for an overhaul of U.S. immigration laws have never seemed brighter.

But reform efforts could stumble over the stickiest issue: how to craft a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants that will win the support of lawmakers who draw the line at “amnesty.”

In the House, where these conservatives could derail a bill, the job of finding that middle ground falls to Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., who heads the immigration subcommittee.

And the Minot Daily News offers an article that in the Last paragraph said it better than I ever could have..

Clearly, action needs to be taken concerning immigration reform. But it should not be a vote for failure, in effect granting amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants who continue to thumb their noses at our laws, then have the audacity to seek amnesty. Instead, lawmakers should enact reforms intended to make our borders more secure.

Unfortunately with the Shamnesty proponents in the House, Senate and the White House odds are that some form of Immigration Reform that includes Amnesty for the 12 million criminals here illegally will be enacted.

Here are some other CAII Posts:

Enforcing Immigration Laws – Return to Sender from Liberally Conservative, Take Back Georgia has More on Gang Violence in Georgia Schools, See Bear Creek Ledger for Another Military Base caught with illegals working – Naval Air Station Key West & Double Barreled Opinions has Here we go again, A Call To Reunite by Illegal Immigrants! 

**This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration(CAII). If you would like to participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, email the coalition and let me know at what level you would like to participate.

Tyson sued over illegal immigration issue

CHATTANOOGA (AP) — A lawsuit that contends Tyson Foods depressed wages by hiring illegal immigrants and should pay damages to legal workers will go to trial in March 2008, a judge said Monday in a conference with attorneys.

The lawsuit contends Tyson hired illegal immigrants at eight plants since April 1998.

U.S. District Judge Curtis L. Collier set the March 3, 2008, trial date after agreeing to allow an attorney for the world’s largest meat company time to file a motion challenging the makeup of the class of plaintiffs before the court involves a mediator to attempt reaching a settlement.

“My client is not inclined to participate in anything that would lead to a settlement,” said Tyson’s lead attorney, Tom Green of Washington, D.C. Green said the legal fight is “about costing Tyson millions of dollars to be in a case we believe we ought not to be in.”

I agree with Mr Green in one respect… Tyson Foods is in a case they should not be in… They should have hired LEGAL workers.

**This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration(CAII). If you would like to participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, email the coalition and let me know at what level you would like to participate.

 

Shiite cult leader among scores of fighters killed

BAGHDAD — An apocalyptic Shiite cult leader claiming to be the messenger of a revered 9th Century figure was among more than 200 people killed in the fierce battles that erupted Sunday near the southern Shiite city of Najaf, Iraqi officials said Monday.

Hamas commander killed in Gaza despite truce

Gunmen shot dead a Hamas commander in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday and the Islamist group blamed a Fatah-dominated security service for the first killing in the territory since a ceasefire went into effect overnight.

Hospital officials in the southern town of Khan Younis said Hussein Shabasi was shot in the head.

A spokesman for Hamas’s armed wing said he was killed by the Preventive Security Service, most of whose members belong to President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah faction. The security service denied any connection with his death.

North Korea Nuclear Talks to Resume Feb. 8 in Beijing

Six-nation talks on dismantling North Korea’s nuclear weapons program will resume Feb. 8 in Beijing, after negotiations broke down last month over U.S. allegations of money laundering by North Korean companies.

“We believe that the six-party talks is a gradual and complicated process, but it’s the best mechanism for arriving at the goal of denuclearizing the Korean peninsula,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said today at a briefing in the capital after announcing the date. “We hope each party will continue to head toward that goal.”

Another outbreak of bird flu hits Japan

Another outbreak of bird flu was suspected in southern Japan on Tuesday after 23 chickens were found dead at a farm, fueling concern about a string of cases in the country’s poultry industry.The latest outbreak occurred in the town of Shitomi in southwestern prefecture of Miyazaki, which saw two separate bird flu cases earlier this month, Agriculture Ministry official Yasushi Yamaguchi said.

The case would mark Japan’s fourth bird flu incident in the past month. Authorities found 23 chickens dead at the farm in Shitomi, and seven of 13 birds that were tested showed initial signs of bird flu, Yamaguchi said.

Deputies seeking abducted mom and child 

ramirez.jpgMESA – Sheriff’s deputies are looking for a 19-year-old woman and her 13-month-old son who were abducted by two men Monday, authorities said.

Noemi Ramirez’s landlord arrived home to see two men forcing Noemi into a pickup truck and her infant son Isidro already taken and sitting in the back seat, authorities said.

Ramirez was able to relay to her landlord that she believed the men were going to take her to California, authorities said.

The suspected kidnapping happened early this morning in the 100 block of North Crismon Road in East Mesa, but Sheriff’s deputies didn’t hear of the crime until about 2 p.m., authorities said.

Authorities are still trying to sort out why it took so long, said Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Paul Chagolla.

The men took Noemi and Isidro in a 1990 extended cab blue Chevy pickup truck, lowered with wide wheels and Arizona license plate 709-SCM, authorities said.

Noemi is 5 feet tall, 170 pounds with black long straight hair wearing black spandex pants with a rose on her leg, authorities said.

Isidro is about two feet tall and 40 pounds, wearing a diaper, authorities said.

One suspect is described as Hispanic, 6 feet tall, 180 pounds and 22 to 24 years old, muscular and light brown pants. The other suspect is only described as Hispanic.

Anyone who sees the vehicle is asked to call 911 immediately or anyone with any information is asked to call the sheriff’s office at (602) 876-1011.

Amber Alert and other news articles:

Amber Alert Issued for 1 Year Old Arizona boy 

Police search for missing baby, mother 

Mother and toddler missing, Amber Alert issued

Mother and toddler missing
 

The old media continues to spew headlines of carnage and death in Iraq, while congress debates to cut off funding for US Operations, and public support for our efforts there diminish. There are some other headlines that should have been given some air time, but since these articles did not support the liberal media and Democrat agenda of Bush bashing and undermining our support for the war, they seldom get any publicity.

Here are a few articles that never made it onto the headlines or in the evening news.

Troops, Residents Celebrate School Reopening

BAGHDAD, Jan. 29, 2007 — Do you remember your first day of school? It was one of the first times you’d be away from your family, and you were probably a little nervous. Now, imagine walking through one of the worst neighborhoods in Iraq just to go to school. 

Iraqi-Led Team Finds Torture House, Weapon Caches

CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq, Jan. 26, 2007 — Iraqi police and Marines completed Operation Three Swords in an area south of Fallujah, Jan.23, 2007. The purpose of the operation was to detain members of murder and intimidation cells within the rural area of Zaidon and the villages of Albu Hawa, Fuhaylat and Hasa. It was led by the Iraqi police with support from the Marines of Regimental Combat Team 6 and Marines and soldiers of I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) Headquarters Group. 

Army Engineers Help Develop Port Capacity

BASRAH, Iraq, Jan. 24, 2007 — The Port of Umm Qasr directly influences the economy of Iraq and the U.S Army Corps of Engineers works to help improve the services of the Iraqi berths to handle the cargo flowing in or out of the country.

New Schools Open in Mushahidah

MUSHAHIDAH, Iraq, Jan. 23, 2007 — It has been said that fostering education is one of many steps toward improving safety and stability for Iraq’s future — its children.

Public opinion of the war in Iraq has diminished considerably, poll results and the November elections demonstrated that full well. Public opinion is driven in a very large part by what the media portrays.  The media’s portrayal of Iraq has been extremely one sided… The side of the terrorists…  

PA: Iran, Syria promoting civil war

Palestinian Authority officials on Sunday accused Iran and Syria of pushing the Palestinians toward civil war, saying Hamas is acting on orders from Teheran and Damascus. Hamas and Fatah gunmen, meanwhile, contiuned to battle each other across the Gaza Strip early Monday, attacking security compounds, knocking out an electrical transformer and kidnapping several local commanders in some of the most extensive factional fighting in recent weeks.

Homocide Bomb Kills 3 at Bakery in Israel

A Palestinian suicide homocide bomber detonated his explosives inside a bakery in the Red Sea resort town of Eilat today, killing three people.

Sudan’s Darfur Crisis, Somalia Cloud African Union’s Summit

Jan. 29 (Bloomberg) — The African Union’s annual summit opens today in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, clouded by a bid by Sudanese President Umar al-Bashir to assume the 53-nation group’s chairmanship and the conflicts in Darfur and Somalia.The AU denied Bashir the post last year because of rights abuses by the military in Sudan’s Darfur region. It named Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso as chairman and said Bashir could assume the position this year.

Israeli Cabinet Approves Muslim Minister

Israel was on the verge of installing the first Muslim Cabinet minister in its 58-year history Monday after the government overwhelmingly approved the appointment.

Parliament was scheduled to convene to give final approval to Raleb Majadele’s appointment, which the government billed as a step toward equality for Muslim Arabs, Israel’s largest minority.