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We Have a Problem
By Robert Maynard
It comes as no surprise that
we should close out the year 2009 thinking about an attempted terrorist
attack because the year has seen a sharp increase in such attacks. That
is the conclusion reached in a December 23rd 2009 Time Magazine
article by Bobby
Ghosh entitled: "Domestic-Terrorism Incidents Hit a Peak in 2009".
Mr. Gosh notes that:
"...by the calculations of
Rand Corp. expert Brian Jenkins, more terrorist threats were uncovered
in the U.S. in 2009 than in any year since 2001.
"'There appears to be an
increase in [terrorist] activity in the U.S.,' warns Jenkins, who calculates
that there have been 32 terrorism-related events on these shores since
9/11 and that 12 of them occurred in 2009."
In short, almost 38% of the
terrorist attacks that have occurred on our shores since 9/11 took place
in 2009. To paraphrase our former astronauts: "America We Have a Problem".
By Martin Harris
there’s beau geste, the seemingly noble but actually futile
(or, worse, for show only) action, made famous in the 1939 P.C. Wren novel
of the same name, describing an upper-class English youth of the same (nick)name
who, with his brothers, joins the French Foreign Legion after a mysterious
jewel robbery at home. Beau dies on the ramparts of the Saharan Fort Zinderneuf
during a Tuareg attack, while his brother returns home to tell the tale
and explain the noble basis for flight....
(3) the cynical action, exemplified
by the infantry captain who loudly volunteers to lead his company in a
frontal assault, secure in the expectation that his battalion or regimental
CO will veto his theatrical proposal. In this beau (faux) geste
category are two recent political posturings which the actors themselves
hope and expect will fail: one, at the national level, involves gentry-left
California politicians going before the cameras to demand acres of solar
panels be erected on land they also demand be saved untouched for endangered
species; and the other, at the State level, involves nearly an infantry
squad of gentry-left Vermont politicians solemnly promising their gubernatorial-ambitions
supporters that they will shut down the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant,
knowing full well that it can’t be done without inflicting a possibly lethal
burden on the already-troubled State economy.
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are no easy answers' but there are simple answers. We must have the courage
to do what we know is morally right."
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Weekly News Round-Up
The Burlington Free Press,
January 3rd, 2010
Last I checked, the official
total at the National Weather Service office in South Burlington was 32
inches. To clear up some confusion, a headline that we put up at the Free
Press main page described this as Vermont's biggest snowstorm. Almost.
It was the biggest as measured by the National Weather Service, at their
Unlike almost every snowstorm
we've ever gotten, the Burlington area got more than anywhere else in Vermont.
For instance, I picked up about 14 inches here at my house in St Albans,
and a lot of places in Vermont, especially east of the Green Mountains
and south of Route 2, got only a few inches.
So the total volume of snow
dumped on Vermont this weekend was less than that of the Valentine's Day
blizzard of '07 and the big storm of December, 1969.
Good Advice Goes Unheeded
From Vermont Tiger, January
In searching for economic
development studies done by the state of Vermont, one can
occasionally strike some gold. This Strategic
Plan for Economic Development was published in 2002, but
it does highlight continuing challenges within Vermont in terms of growing
its economy - and offers a brief outline of what's required to grow Vermont's
City’s Muni Wi-Fi $50 Million in Debt
From Heartland Institute,
The mayor of Burlington,
Vermont is being asked by the city council and residents why his administration
tried to hide the fact its Burlington Telecom project is approximately
$50 million in the red.
Burlington Telecom, a city-run
service providing fiber-to-the-home for residents, launched with great
fanfare four years ago. Until recent months, the service’s biggest controversy
was over its decision to carry the English-language version of al Jazeera--a
Qatar-based television network often accused of airing anti-American propaganda.
That fracas is now the least
of Burlington Telecom’s problems. In late October city officials revealed
the service had borrowed $17 million from the city’s rainy-day fund in
2008 and 2009 and failed to pay any of it back within 60 days, as required
Unemployment Caims Increase Slightly
From Vermont Business, December
There were 1,402 new regular
benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance last week, an increase of 39
from the week before. Altogether 13,056 new and continuing claims were
filed, an increase of 398 from a week ago and 672 more than a year earlier.
The Department also processed 5,085 First Tier claims for benefits under
Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 791 more than a week
ago. In addition, there were 2,650 Second Tier claims for benefits processed
under the EUC08 program, which is an increase of 683 from the week before.
The Unemployment Weekly Report can be
found here. Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other
UI reports can be found here.
Announcement for New York's 114th Assembly District
As some of our readers here
in Vermont may be aware of, True North Radio is picked up in some parts
of Northern New York. Last year we had the pleasure of supporting the Doug
Hoffman campaign for U.S. Congress. Now, a member of the Hoffman Campaign
is running for New York’s 114th Assembly District. Follow these links to
find out more about David Kimmel’s campaign:
Bridge demolished this morning
From Vermont Business, December
With snow falling, the Lake
Champlain Bridge connecting Addison, Vermont, with Crown Point, New York,
was demolished in the blink of an eye at 10:02 this morning. The sequence
of charges appeared to go off as planned and the superstructure of the
bridge debris fell straight down into lake. Reporters at the scene were
caught off guard as a one-minute warning alarm went off just a handful
of second before the bridge was detonated. Smoke and snow obscured what
was left of the bridge for several minutes.
Replays of the demolition
can be found at the local network affiliates and at
this website. Construction of the new bridge is expected to start this
spring. A temporary ferry is expected to start running soon very near the
site of the now former Champlain Bridge.
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Global War on Terrorism
Insider Predicts Regime Change
A leading figure in
Iran's opposition movement says it is time to separate religion and politics
From The Bangkok Post, January
Despite working for many
years in the secrecy-shrouded intelligence section of the Iranian government,
Mohammad Reza Madhi, 46, a former high-ranking officer in Iran's elite
Revolutionary Guards' intelligence service and once the right-hand man
of the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has decided it is time to
Related Article: Why
the Mullahs are so Vulnerable
Incidents Hit a Peak in 2009
By Bobby Ghosh, Time, December
You may not have noticed,
because most of the plots were foiled, but 2009 saw an unprecedented surge
in terrorism events on U.S. soil. When analysts tally these events, they
refer to anything from a disrupted plot to U.S. citizens traveling abroad
to seek terrorism training or a lone gunman running amok in the U.S. And
by the calculations of Rand Corp. expert Brian Jenkins, more terrorist
threats were uncovered in the U.S. in 2009 than in any year since 2001.
"There appears to be an increase
in [terrorist] activity in the U.S.," warns Jenkins, who calculates that
there have been 32 terrorism-related events on these shores since 9/11
and that 12 of them occurred in 2009.
Related Article: Rash
of 2009 Homegrown Terror Plots Ends ‘Denial’
By James Lewis, American
Thinker, December 27, 2009
Green Stalinism is what we
are seeing today, but the color is purely decorative. It has nothing to
do with real environmentalism; after all, eco-icon Rachel Carson got DDT
outlawed on totally phony evidence, thereby saving hundreds of millions
of tsetse flies in Africa at the cost of millions of African children.
How is that for really evil racism? How many deadly flies would you trade
for the life of a child? Maybe that's what environmentalism really comes
down to, but in that case, how do you tell eco-freaks from Stalinists or
Hitlerites? You shall know them by their deeds, and their deeds show no
difference. The whole intention behind Fraudenhagen was to impoverish the
West and to hold back the developing world from creating prosperity for
its people. Even Stalin destroyed Soviet agriculture only inadvertently.
These folks want to do it.
sees victory ahead in Afghanistan
By Drew Brown, Stars and
Stripes, January 2, 2010
U.S. and allied forces in
Afghanistan "are not winning yet, but we are going to win," Gen. Stanley
McChrystal, commander of the NATO-led International Security Assistance
Force, told Stars and Stripes in an interview Friday.
But the general said it was
not possible to say how long it will take to achieve victory, which he
defined as a situation where "the insurgency is not an existential threat
to the government or the people" of Afghanistan. He added that protecting
civilians remains the goal of the allied counterinsurgency strategy.
in Iran: The Vindication of George W. Bush
By Larry Elder, Town Hall,
December 31, 2009
The Iraq War-achieved-zero
crowd begrudged Bush nothing even after the democratic Cedar Revolution
in Lebanon. Never mind that Walid Jumblatt, a Lebanese Druze Muslim leader,
said: "It's strange for me to say it, but this process of change has started
because of the American invasion of Iraq. I was cynical about Iraq. But
when I saw the Iraqi people voting (in 2005), 8 million of them, it was
the start of a new Arab world." ...
What does this cleric says
about Iraq's possible influence on his native country? In February 2005,
he said: "I think the Iraqis can make what we wanted to create but were
unsuccessful: a real Islamic Republic. By that I mean a republic with Islamic
values, democracy with Islamic values ... (where) the clergy has no special
rights. If they have a good government with Islamic democracy and without
any special or divine rights for the clergy, the Iranian government won't
be able to justify its situation to the Iranian citizens."
agent: Threat from al Qaeda greater now than on 9/11
From CNN Politics, January
The man once charged with
overseeing the CIA’s hunt of Osama bin Laden said Sunday that the threat
posed by al Qaeda is greater now than at the time of the September 11,
2001 terror attacks that bin Laden orchestrated.
"We’ve killed some of the
al Qaeda leaders and every dead al Qaeda leader is a success. But all we
have is a body count," former CIA analyst Michael Scheuer said Sunday on
CNN’s State of the Union.
But Scheuer suggested that
such individual successes could be misleading.
"We now have al Qaeda – the
main al Qaeda – in the Pakistan and Afghanistan theater. We have a fully
fledged wing in Yemen. We have a full fledged wing in Iraq, a fully fledged
wing in north Africa and a nascent wing in Somalia. How can [al Qaeda]
be less threatening to us?"
The threat posed by al Qaeda
is "much greater than it was on 9/11," Scheuer told CNN Senior Political
Analyst Gloria Borger.
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Justice: Not What You Think It Is
By Michael Novak Heritage
Foundation December 29, 2009
For its proponents, "social
justice" is usually undefined. Originally a Catholic term, first used about
1840 for a new kind of virtue (or habit) necessary for post-agrarian societies,
the term has been bent by secular "progressive" thinkers to mean uniform
state distribution of society's advantages and disadvantages. Social justice
is really the capacity to organize with others to accomplish ends that
benefit the whole community. If people are to live free of state control,
they must possess this new virtue of cooperation and association. This
is one of the great skills of Americans and, ultimately, the best defense
For Broke: Big Newspapers Enter 2010 In Bankruptcy
Sass, Media Daily News, December 24, 2009
2009 took a toll among traditional
media companies, with a record number of bankruptcies among newspaper publishers.
Some are set to continue into 2010, despite assurances from top executives
that they would be resolved before year's end.
The biggest ongoing newspaper
bankruptcy is Tribune Co.'s Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, which celebrated
its first anniversary on Dec. 8, two years after the ill-fated deal engineered
by Sam Zell to take the company private as an employee-owned business at
a cost of $8.8 billion.
Good the Start of 2010 Would Have Looked in Early 2009
By Jeffrey H. Anderson,
National Review, December 30, 2009
So, as 2010 began, the circumstances
would be as follows: Public opinion would be clearly and solidly against
Obamacare; Democrats would have passed separate bills with the support
of only one Republican, by votes of 220–215 (needing 218) in the House
and 60–39 (needing 60 for cloture) in the Senate. Now, with the divisive
issue of abortion looming and other issues simmering, they would have to
find a way to blend the bills, amid public discontent, without losing even
three votes in the House, or any in the Senate.
If someone had told you at
the start of 2009 that this would be the situation at year’s end, would
you have felt demoralized — or rejuvenated? I suspect the latter. Buoyed
in your hopes, you likely would have been ready to join the fight. And
you should do so today.
In The Tank With Fannie, Fred
From Investor’s Business
Daily, December 29, 2009
Fiscal Follies: While Americans
are distracted by the holidays and a failed terror attack, Washington is
giving another blank check to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Say, isn't this
how we got into trouble before?
on Offensive as Hill Debate Shifts from Health to Security
By Susan Ferrechio, The
Washington Examiner, January 4, 2010
As Congress convenes a new
session this week, the attempted bombing of Detroit-bound Flight 253 has
shifted the political debate from health care and jobs to national security,
giving Republicans an opening to attempt to paint President Obama and Democratic
lawmakers as soft on terrorism.
Prospects for Revolt in 2010
getting fed up with big-government foul-ups.
From The Washington Times,
January 1, 2009
Democratic Rep. Parker Griffith
announced Tuesday that he's switching parties – saying he can no longer
align himself "with a party that continues to pursue legislation that is
bad for our country, hurts our economy and drives us further and further
No Attention to the Scandal In Front of Your Face
From the Media Research
After two weeks of silence
about the "ClimateGate" scandal showing left-wing scientists engaged in
data manipulation and efforts to silence global warming skeptics, network
reporters insisted no damage had been done to Al Gore's alarmist hypothesis.
"It doesn't matter what's in those e-mails -- the Earth is changing,"
Press Staff Dismisses ClimateGate Emails
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