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This Week’s Mail Bag
Follow the Money
So glad to listen to your show "follow the money" this morning. I hope that your guests will go a lot further than the Rutland Herald to make this information available to the public because if we can concentrate on some of the more important legislators and highlight the groups that are funding them, we've got a real chance of voting them out. On a larger scale if we could get a list of Companies like Hormel, Pepsi,etc. so that a grass root effort could be made to boycott these groups.
I'm not sure if you saw the letter below submitted by Carolyn Schwalbe in the R.H. but she seems to be involved in some of the Chittenden School Board Meetings.
I only wished we had a conservative radio talk show like yours here in So. Vt. so people would wake up because around here you might as well talk to your fence.!!!
Keep up the good work and I try and help whenever I can.
Manchester Ctr. Vt.
The Third Jihad film showings
The Defenders Council of Vermont will host a showing of the film "The Third Jihad" on Sunday 4/30 at 6:30pm at Lyndon Bible Church in Lyndon.
For more information contact:
802 695 1448
The Defenders Council of Vermont will also host a showing in the Fletcher Free Library's Community Room on College Street in Burlington on Sunday May 24th from 3PM to 6PM.
The Third Jihad was inspired by the translation of a document entitled "An Explanatory Memorandum: On the General Strategic Goal for the Group In North America". This document was written in 1991 and was the one that the Justice Department introduced into evidence at the Holy Land Foundation trial in Dallas. The FBI captured it in a raid on a Muslim suspect's home in Virginia. It is the blueprint for “Cultural Jihad” in America.
For more information contact:
Defenders Council of Vermont
P.O. Box 444 Burlington VT. 05402
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"Thus, our national circulating medium is now at the mercy of loan transactions of banks, which lend, not money, but promises to supply money they do not possess."
-- Irving Fisher
(1867-1947) American economist
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||Vermont Weekly News Round-Up
by STEPHANIE M. PETERS Rutland Herald April 16, 2009
Outrage about government bailouts, taxing and stimulus spending on Wednesday cut across party lines, professional backgrounds and generations.
Pointing to the words Democrat and Republican on a homemade sign she waved along West Street, Kate Thompson, a para-educator from Cambridge, said she made the two-hour drive to Rutland because she "was tired of nobody listening."
"This is the first time I've ever felt like I had to do something like this to help my kids and my grandkids," she said.
Caledonia Record, April 17, 2009
According to the AFL-CIO and the members of the Health Care is a Human Right organization, everyone should call up their employer on May 1 and tell them they are sick and won't be in.
After lying to the employer, the employee should then head to a noon rally on the state house lawn promoting "Health Care is a Human Right."
Vermont Tiger – April 18, 2009
So, an anti-nuke protester dumps a pile of 'compost' on a Nuclear Regulatory Commissioner...
Sadly, this isn't the set up for a joke but what passes for political dialog in this state. Indeed, childish displays of ignorance and disrespect also pass for news these days.
Caledonia Record, April 16, 2009
Legislatures and legislators frequently forget who put them into positions of power. Often, then, they develop an arrogance that escapes them in unguarded moments, when they say things that shock their constituents. That happened last week, when the House Democratic caucus met to hear the details of its Appropriations Committee's proposed $4.4 billion budget for the next fiscal year.
In the middle of her explanation of a budget that contains unfunded expenses of at least $24 million, a member of the caucus asked Martha Heath, D-Westford, chair of the committee, if her committee had suggestions on how to raise the needed revenue. She said, "That's not our job. It's our job to spend the money. It's up to other committees to raise the money."
Vermont Tiger, April 17, 2009
Montpelier has come up with a really slick way of balancing the state’s 2009 budget. It is going to stiff the towns.
This is not a new tactic by higher forms of government. Anyone who has ever served on a local school board (and a more thankless task has never been devised by the hand of man) knows about “unfunded mandates.” This is where higher, more august levels of government decree that this or that shall be done throughout the land and then neglect to provide any money to pay for it. Towns, counties, school districts, and so forth are on the hook when it comes to that.
So Montpelier is going to cut the money that it had said it would be sending to the towns to pay for transportation projects. Filling potholes, mostly, which is something that must be done, come Spring, in Vermont.
By Dan McLean • Free Press Staff Writer • April 16, 2009
Vermont is the 15th most expensive state in the U.S. for renters, according to a report jointly released by the National Low Income Housing Coalition and the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition.
Vermont's housing wage has risen to $17.57 per hour, or $36,553 per year. The housing wage is the hourly wage a family must earn -- working 40 hours a week, 52 weeks a year -- to avoid spending more than 30 percent of income on rent and utilities for a two-bedroom apartment. The current wage is a 53 percent increase since 2000, according to the report, titled "Out of Reach 2008-2009."
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Global War on Terrorism
The abolition of slavery, rights for religious minorities and women, free speech, or the very idea of civil society -- all of these did not advance without Western pressure and the enormous seductive power that Western values have for Muslims. Although Muslims in the Middle East have been talking about political reform since they were first exposed to Western ideas (and modern military might) in the 18th century, the discussion of individual liberty and equality has been more effective when Westerners have been intimately involved. The Middle East's brief but impressive "Liberal Age" grew from European imperialism and the unsustainable contradiction between the progressive ideals taught by the British and French -- the Egyptian press has never been as free as when the British ruled over the Nile valley -- and the inevitably illiberal and demeaning practices that come with foreign occupation.
Although it is now politically incorrect to say so, George W. Bush's democratic rhetoric energized the discussion of representative government and human rights abroad. Democracy advocates and the anti-authoritarian voices in Arab lands have never been so hopeful as they were between 2002, when democracy promotion began to germinate within the White House, and 2006, when the administration gave up on people power in the Middle East (except in Iraq).
by Tim Sumner 9/11 Families for a Safe & Strong America, April 14 2009
Perhaps purely motivated by profit, Somalian pirates are shuttling weapons and terrorists in and out of the country and sharing up to fifty-percent of the ransoms with al-Shabab, what it reaps from hijacking ships. Formed as the Islamic Courts Union’s (ICU) military wing, al-Shabab announced in March its affiliation with al Qaeda after regaining control of most of southern Somalia earlier this year when Ethiopia withdrew its forces.
As we try to understand where the Obama administration will fall with regards to the global threat of political Islam, the first few months have provided a number of hints, not least of which was the tenor of the recent visit to Turkey. It was painfully obvious after witnessing the length to which the Obama team went to avoid any substantive discussion on political Islam and the threat it poses to human rights abroad and domestically. Domestically, in the weeks preceding his trip, Islamists inside the Beltway began to more openly play their cards to what they obviously perceive to be a friendly administration. Groups like the Congressional Muslim Staffers Association (CMSA) are trying to establish themselves in a position of influence inside the White House, the House, and the Senate.
While President Obama was speaking in Prague about nuclear disarmament, North Korea delivered the most tellingly timed comment on The Trip. The Pyongyang rogue regime -- proprietor of a nuclear arsenal -- defiantly launched an intercontinental multi-stage rocket in violation of an explicit U.N. Security Council resolution. The President used strong words about the rocket launch:
"Rules must be binding. Violations must be punished. Words must mean something."
Obama flunked his first 3 A.M. test.
"Islamic bankers should do some missionary work in the Western world to promote the concept of Shariah banking, for which many in the West are more than ready now," Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said at the World Islamic Economic Forum last month in Jakarta.
Such statements have given rise to fears that Shariah finance is a stalking horse for hidden political or religious aims. Shariah finance is an extension of Islamic law, pushing a faith-based alternative to Western banking.
by Harsh V. Pant, Middle East Quarterly, Spring 2009
In April 2008, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visited Pakistan as part of a whistle-stop tour of South Asia. The meeting was cordial but tense. While the two neighbors were once staunch Cold War allies, the Islamic Revolution, Afghanistan's civil war, and Pakistan's nuclear development have transformed the relationship into one of tense rivalry. As Afghanistan's stability has become a U.S. strategic concern, preventing Pakistan-Iran tensions from again transforming Afghanistan into a proxy battlefield should be a U.S. interest. Unfortunately, so long as the Iranian and Pakistani governments remain concerned with the defense of Shi'i and Sunni sectarian interests respectively, U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan may not be able to bring stability but at best may remain referees in a struggle that extends far beyond that country's borders.
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Dan Miller Environment & Climate News > May 2009
Environmental activists are less concerned about any crisis posed by global warming than they are eager to command human behavior and restrict economic activity, the president of the Czech Republic told the opening session of the second International Conference on Climate Change.
Vaclav Klaus, who also is serving a rotating term as president of the European Union, triggered the approving applause of about 700 attendees when he said, “Their true plans and ambitions: to stop economic development and return mankind centuries back.”
By Judge Andrew Napolitano, FOX News Senior Judicial Analyst
My guess is that the sentiments revealed in the report I read are the tip of an iceberg that the DHS would prefer to keep submerged until it needs to reveal it. This iceberg is the heavy-hand of government; a government with large and awful eyes, in whose heart there is no love for freedom, and on whose face there is no smile.
By Shannon Brea FOXNews.com April 14, 2009
Gabriel Calzada Alvarez, a professor, has released a study with startling claims about what's happened in Spain and what he predicts will play out in America.
Calzada says for every green job that's created with government funding, 2.2 regular jobs are lost and that only one in 10 green jobs wind up being permanent.
By INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY April 16, 2009
Politics: The hundreds of tea parties thrown Wednesday were part of one of the most extraordinary grass-roots uprisings in our history. And they spell a golden opportunity for freedom-loving politicians.
The rights of conscience, Pope John Paul II once wrote, are the "primary foundation of every authentically free political order." If that is so, then we better redouble our vigilance. Here in the United States, where we fancy ourselves religiously tolerant, recent high-profile cases suggest that First Amendment rights are widely misunderstood.
In an ongoing imbroglio, Catholics around the country have lodged objections to the University of Notre Dame's decision to grant an honorary degree to President Barack Obama. They are upset that the university's honor comes in the wake of a series of decisions that flout Catholic teaching on abortion and they judge that Notre Dame's action contradicts a directive issued by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in 2004. Some of these objecting Catholics happen to be bishops, Cardinal Francis George of Chicago among them. In response, William M. Daley, in an op-ed in the Chicago Tribune, reacted with dismay. The former co-chairman of Obama's presidential campaign called the cardinal's remarks part of "a worrisome pattern in which the Catholic hierarchy in America is mixing religion with politics." Faith, he implied, is a private matter, and religious figures violate the separation of church and state by offering their opinions in a way that might affect the public discourse.
By MAX SCHULZ
The Wall Street Journal April 18 2009
A town of 4,000, Dyersville is best known as the location of the 1989 film "Field of Dreams." In the film, a voice urges Kevin Costner to create a baseball diamond in a cornfield and the ghosts of baseball past emerge from the ether to play ball. Audiences suspended disbelief as they were charmed by a story that blurred the lines between fantasy and reality.
That's pretty much the story of ethanol. Consumers were asked to suspend disbelief as policy makers blurred the lines between economic reality and a business model built on fantasies of a better environment and energy independence through ethanol. Notwithstanding federal subsidies and mandates that force-feed the biofuel to the driving public, ethanol is proving to be a bust.
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