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How the Left Wing Energy Scam Works...
By Rob Roper

Democrats are using Vermonter's heart-felt concern for our environment as cover for a massive, tax-payer-funded pay-off to their own big donors. David Blittersdorf, CEO of Earth Turbines and Founder of NRG Systems, and his wife Jan have given the Vermont Democrat Party over $75,000 since 2003 (This number does not include donations to individual politicians). This seems pretty generous... until you juxtapose it to the 20 cent a kilowatt guarantee for their product. Then it looks like a pretty sweetheart investment. A small price to pay for a slice of that $19 million pie.

Pro-Life News and Notes
Mary Hahn Beerworth

The latest news from Vermontís pro-Life community, including Consensual Texting: The Planned Parenthood Way and Pro-Lifers Protest Abortion & Physician-Assisted Suicide at the Health Care Rally.

When Happy Regulators Contemplate Residential Sprinklers
By Martin Harris

Occupying a place of honor, sort of,  on my interesting-clippings bulletin board is a 2001 quote from one Martha Kent, then Director of the Safety Standards Program for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. In it she says that issuing a regulation is: "Öa thrill, a high. I love it. I absolutely love it. I was born to regulate. I donít know why, but thatís very true. So long as Iím regulating, Iím happy". You can read the full account for yourself in the 11 March 01 issue of Reason Magazine.

A Report on the Attempt to Audit the Federal Reserve
By Jessica Bernier

HR 1207 is a U.S. House Bill that calls for auditing the Federal Reserve. This is a report on attempts to convince Representative Welch to support the bill.

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"We are in a situation now where it is not only too expensive to live in Vermont, it is too expensive to die in Vermont and now it is too expensive to leave.  And if we want to drown our sorrow over high taxes in drink, it is too expensive to do that."  -- Sen. Randy Brock

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Vermont Weekly News Round-Up

Vt. Yankee Supporters Rally
From WCAX-TV May 4, 2009

A rally at the Vt. Statehouse Monday by people who want the state's only nuclear power plant to stay open. The group came by the busload from southern Vermont. They're opposed to a bill that would force Yankee's owners to set aside hundreds of millions of dollars to take the plant apart if it shuts down.

Putting Blinders On The State Board Of Education
From the Caledonia Record, May 7, 2009

In a recent consideration of school choice, Vermont Education Commissioner Armando Vilaseca convinced the State Board of Education not to consider a joint publication of Vermonters for Better Education & The Friedman Foundation - the Stragetic Vision Survey on Vermonters' attitudes toward education and school choice. ...

Having succeeded in blanking that disagreeable news, Commissioner Vilaseca appears now to be maneuvering to block all other such unfriendly discoveries. Retta Dunlap, of Vermonters for Better Education, reports that at its April 14 meeting, the board considered a policy that would not allow the board to "endorse, support, sponsor or approve the work of other organizations or individuals." The drafted policy would apply "to all work of other organizations or individuals, regardless of format, and includes, but is not limited to, surveys, studies, data collections, analyses, reports, findings, conclusions, and other expressions of opinion."

Dems Vote to EXPAND Education Spending and RAISE Property Taxes
From VTGOP RollCall

In a truly jaw dropping vote, Vermont House Democrats voted to eliminate the cost-containment cap on Pre-Kindergarten enrollment that was part of the 2007 agreement for Pre-K passage. This decision to further expand Vermont's already troubled K-12 education funding system puts Vermont property taxpayers on the hook for what is potentially a $30 million tax increase.

Related: Is Universal Preschool Really a Good Idea?
Also: Access a free on-line copy of "Reroute the Preschool Juggernaut"

Running Out Of Time
From Vermont Tiger May 7, 2009

With only a few hours left in the legislative session, three large items of business remain unfinished in Montpelier and are likely to be unresolved, still, at adjournment, probably this weekend. Left hanging fire are...

Crocodile Tears
From the Caledonia Record, May 8, 2009

Last week's Senate passage of new taxes in a terribly down economy was characterized by a chorus of pious declinations of responsibility from its Democratic supporters. Murmers of "It's too bad that..." I wish I didn't have to..." "I had to hold my nose before voting for it..." "I'm really struggling with this..." Yada, yada, yada. This from the party that refused to cut anything meaningful from the menu of entitlements, or support a reduction of the total of state employees.

Subsidies Unbound
From Vermont Tiger May 5, 2009

The budget is not the only contentious matter that Montpelier is dealing with this week.  There is also the question of subsidizing renewable energy sources.  One is tempted to ask, in the face of the budget impasse, why legislators think we can afford to subsidize anything, but never mind.  For the moment, the question comes down to this: should utilities be compelled to buy electricity generated by wind, the sun, or the burning of methane gas and to pay for it at rates that guarantee the producers will make a profit and the consumers' bills will go up?

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Freedom Under Fire:
The Global War on Terrorism

Pakistani Troops Pummel Taliban as Up to 500,000 Flee
From Fox News, May 06, 2009

Helicopter gunships and mortar teams pounded militant strongholds, killing dozens outside emerald mines, the military said, as Taliban reinforcements poured down from their mountain hide-outs and seized homes and government buildings.

The army began taking the fight to militants entrenched in both the Swat Valley and in Buner, just 60 miles from the capital, as Pakistan's leader prepared to hear demands from President Obama for forceful action from a struggling ally.

Related: Pakistani refugees escape Army offensive Ė and Taliban rule

Iran Launches Airstrikes Into Iraq
From The Weekly Standard, May, 2009

Iranian aircraft attacked three villages inside Iraq over the weekend. The airstrikes ó Iranís first on Iraqi soil since the U.S. invasion ó could complicate the Obama administrationís efforts to normalize relations with Tehran.

"The bombardments appeared to have targeted the Party of Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK), an Iranian Kurdish separatist group which has launched attacks on Iran from rear-supply bases in the mountains of northern Iraq," AFP reports. Iran has attacked the Kurdish group before, with artillery. But this is the first time the Iranians followed up, with assaults from the air.

Words Matter in the War on Terror
By Raymond Ibrahim, Middle East Forum, May 4, 2009

Would the free world have understood the Nazi threat if, instead of calling them what they called themselves, "Nazis," it had opted to simply call them "extremists" ó a word wholly overlooking the racist, expansionary, and supremacist elements that are part and parcel of the word "Nazi"?

Unfortunately, the U.S. government, apparently oblivious to this interconnection between language and knowledge, appears to be doing just that. Even President Obama alluded to this soon after taking office when he said, "Words matter in this situation because one of the ways we're going to win this struggle [war on terror] is through the battle of [Muslims'] hearts and minds."

According to an official memo, when talking about Islamists and their goals, analysts are to refrain from using Arabic words of Islamic significance ("mujahidin," "salafi," "ummah"); nor should they employ helpful English or anglicized words ("jihadi," "Islamo-fascism," "caliphate"). Instead, vague generics ("terrorists," "extremists," "totalitarians") should suffice.

Al Qaeda Strengthening in Troubled Pakistan
From Fox News, May 11, 2009

Al Qaeda is seizing on the turmoil in Pakistan to create chaos and strengthen its presence in the country while bolstering other Islamic militant groups there, U.S. and Pakistani officials have reportedly said.

Israel and the Iranian Bomb
A briefing by Steven J. Rosen, Middle East Forum

Aside from well-known facts, such as Iran's sponsorship of Hamas in Gaza and insurgent forces in Iraq, recent months have witnessed further examples of Iran's unchecked belligerence: Iranian-backed Hezbollah continues to destabilize Lebanon; Iranian operatives were arrested in Egypt for plotting to overthrow the government; Iran occupies islands belonging to the United Arab Emirates; and the speaker of the Iranian parliament has claimed that Bahrain is part of his country.

Most disturbing of all, Iran is on pace to complete its first nuclear weapon as early as next year. Mr. Rosen warned that this would redraw the strategic landscape of the Middle East. On the one hand, the mullahs might decide to use the bomb as soon as it becomes operational, fearing an Israeli strike. The constant hate-mongering emanating from the theocrats makes this a distinct possibility. On the other hand, an emboldened Iran could employ "a nuclear weapon as an umbrella," deterring responses to its aggression. Mr. Rosen further opined that if Iran obtains the bomb, Arab nations will feel more pressured to attain their own, creating an even more volatile Middle East.

America's 'Punk the FBI' Imam Gets Punked by Britain
By David J. Rusin, Islamist Watch, May 8, 2009

On May 5 the British Home Office published a list of "individuals banned from the UK for stirring up hatred." The inclusion of radio host Michael Savage has garnered most of the press, given his placement alongside terrorists such as Samir Kuntar. However, another American on the roster deserves some attention of his own: Abdul Alim Musa.

Born Clarence Reams, Musa converted to Islam in jail and now heads a D.C. mosque. He founded the radical organization As-Sabiqun, which seeks the "establishment of Islam as a complete way of life in America," citing Muslim Brotherhood thinkers and Ayatollah Khomeini as influences. According to the Washington Post, Musa "has been trying for years to build an Islamic community [in D.C.] Ö that he would like to see replicated nationwide until the United States becomes an Islamic state."

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From Elsewhere

Pope Calls for Universal Recognition of the Natural Law as the Basis of Human Rights
By Deacon Keith Fournier, Catholic Online, May 7, 2009

Pope Benedict XVI strongly reaffirmed the position of the Catholic Church that there is a Natural Law and that this Natural Law can be known by all men and women through the exercise of reason. He affirmed that this Natural Law has also made known to all men and women the existence of fundamental human rights which are binding upon all Nations and for all time: "The Church has always affirmed that fundamental rights, above and beyond the different ways in which they are formulated and the different degrees of importance they may have in various cultural contexts, are to be upheld and accorded universal recognition because they are inherent in the very nature of man, who is created in the image and likeness of God. If all human beings are created in the image and likeness of God, then they share a common nature that binds them together and calls for universal respect."

From Crisis to Creative Entrepreneurial Liberation
By Anthony B. Bradley Ph.D., Acton Institute for Religion and Liberty

Necessity is the mother of invention, said Plato, and the truth of the proverb has been borne out once again. Necessity is generating entrepreneurial energy amid Americaís current economic crisis, according to a new study by the Kansas City-based Kaufman Foundation. The study reveals an increase in business startups during 2008, as the recession was taking hold. The rise is consistent with similar previous trends, such as the boomlet occurring after the tech bust of the 1990s. Throughout human history, a nationís best resource in time of crisis has been the unleashed creative and entrepreneurial spirit of its citizens.

According to the study, U.S. entrepreneurship rates increased for lowest-income-potential and middle-income-potential types of businesses from 2007 to 2008 but decreased for the highest-income-potential types of businesses. In other words, the highest growth rates were among necessity-inspired everyday Americans. The entrepreneurial spirit embedded in all human persons has been stirred in women and men at all levels of society.

Obama, Hayek, Central Planning and Despotism
By Lee Cary, American Thinker, May 06, 2009

"A claim for equality of material position can be met only by a government with totalitarian powers."  F. A. Hayek (1899-1992)

President Obamaís attempt to circumvent the Rule of Law in the bankruptcy deliberations concerning the disposition of Chrysler is the act of a despot.

A harsh and audacious claim, for sure. But so are Obamaís effort to use the power of his office, supplemented by alleged intimidation of those representing some Chrysler bond holders by one or more persons in his administration. All of it as part of an orchestrated move to give to the United Auto Workers (UAW) privileged consideration in the Chrysler bankruptcy disposition over against the claims of some bond holders.

Obama Criticism Shuts Down Conversation
BY Laura Varon Brown, Detroit Free Press, May 3, 2009

Parties were more fun when George W. Bush was president. You could debate, argue even, praise and condemn, throw darts and laurels and solve the world's problems over a bottle of wine.

No more. At least not in my circles. If you want to stop a conversation in its tracks, just question something President Barack Obama has said or done. It's not open to debate -- and I don't think that's healthy, for the country or the president.

Global Something
By Randall Hoven, American Thinker, May 06, 2009

How do we know the globe is warming?  Because glaciers are melting, silly.

Well recently, we found that glaciers have been shrinking for the last 700 to 6500 years, depending on where you look.  I don't know about you, but I wasn't driving a car, cutting a lawn, barbequing, or even breathing that long ago. It wasn't my fault.

But apparently, not all glaciers are shrinking now.  Discovery reports on a group of 230 glaciers that are growing, and have been for three decades.

Washington Is Hooked on Subsidy Programs
By Chris Edwards, Cato Institute, May 8, 2009

Most people know that federal spending and budget deficits are soaring. But an equally troubling trend is that the government is funding a growing array of activities that used to be left to state governments, businesses, charities, and individuals. An increasing part of American society is suckling on the federal subsidy teat.

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