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Unborn Twins Killed In Bennington Car Crash
Mary Beerworth

On August 11, 2009, six-month old pre-born twins Kaleb Michael Blair and Harley Olivia Blair, lost their lives as a result of a head-on car crash in Bennington, Vermont. The driver of the car that collided with the Blair family minivan is expected to be cited with responsibility for the accident - but she will not stand trial for the deaths of the six-month old pre-born twins because Vermont statutes do not recognize them as human persons.

"No one will be charged with killing my babies," Mrs. Blair said in an interview with Vermont Catholic Magazine,. "In Vermont, it doesnít matter."

Vermontís Economy: What Could Be
By Robert Maynard

Other cutting edge companies choose IBM for its patented copper wiring technology. The point is that we have a world-class technology leader right here in Vermont and we seen to be doing everything in our power to drive it away. Numerous promising companies have already beat feet for the exits. We lost out on a chance to land IBMís big next generation 300mm plant FAB 2000 because of our crippling tax and regulatory policies. There is no indication that we have learned a lesson from that loss, as these policies are on the verge of getting even worse. Add to that the problems with an aging and archaic transportation infrastructure and the very real possibility that we are about ready to make the most idiotic decision one could imagine and shut down our most reliable source of electricity in Vermont Yankee. Are we now on the verge of losing out in the reemergence of 200mm plants as suppliers of the microelectronic devices that power a new generation of digital electronic end user devices?

Vermont still has the potential to be a key player in the coming technology boom in spite of its political ineptitude. To do so, we need to change course and remove the shackles that kill off growth and innovation.

It Ainít Our Job
By Martin Harris

Itís said, in both criticism and defense of the American legal system, that anyone can sue anyone else. There are exceptions; one is "sovereign immunity",  the modern description of the feudal rule that "the king can do no wrong", which has been adopted for political safety and legal shelter by all levels of contemporary government (look at the recent events in Berkshire for an example). Another arises when a court declines to hear the case, which has just happened in a suit against the Feds by a handful of States (proudly led by Vermont, and in Vermont proudly led by now-retired Brandon school superintendent William Mathis) demanding and arguing on behalf of public education for Ėno surprise here-- more money.

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"We are trying on every front to increase the role of government."

-- Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) replies to an accusation by Ralph Nader that the Democrats were not doing enough to regulate the financial industry.

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Vermont Weekly News Round-Up

Greenpeace Founder Supports Nuclear Power
From WCAX-TV, November 6, 2009

A co-founder of the environmental activist group Greenpeace argued in favor of nuclear power during Vermont appearances Friday. To many environmentalists, Patrick Moore is a heretic. But Moore urged a classroom of students to think critically about environmental issues -- and not to dismiss nuclear power out of hand.

Bankrupting Employers To Protect The Unemployed
Caledonia Record Editorial, November 4, 2009

The current maximum Vermont unemployment benefit is $425 a week and ranks among the states that offer higher benefits. These days Vermont is paying out more money in unemployment benefits than it has collected from employers. By all accounts, the fund will be drained soon after the 2010 legislative session opens for business. In the short term, Vermont will have to borrow money from the federal government and pay interest on the loan.

RFaxis Selects IBM Microelectronics to Manufacture Its RF Front-End Integrated Circuits
From Marketwire, October 27, 2009

RFaxis, a fabless semiconductor company focused on innovative, next-generation RF solutions for the wireless and connectivity markets, today announced that it has selected IBM Microelectronics to manufacture its fully integrated, single-chip, single-die RFeICs (RF Front-end Integrated Circuits). The RFeICs will be manufactured using IBM Microelectronics' BiCMOS process technology, at its semiconductor facility in Burlington, Vermont.

Vermontís Take on Maine Vote
Gay marriage defeat a setback for some, victory for others 
By Terri Hallenbeck, Free Press Staff Writer, November 05, 2009

Steve Cable, meanwhile, found reassurance in Maineís vote and contends that together with 30 others states that have had public votes on marriage, "the people of America have spoken."

Going Solar
The Wrong Way to Choose Suppliers.
From Valley News, November 4, 2009

Someone should turn a light bulb on in Montpelier, where state officials recently used a random lottery -- rather than careful evaluation -- to move Vermont toward generating more electricity through solar power.

Attack Of The Culture Snobs
Caledonia Record Editorial, November 7, 2009

The Vermont Legislature has, in recent years, given itself unprecedented jurisdiction over everything that happens in Vermont. The legislators' ravenous appetite for control led to a confrontation this week with the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources.

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Freedom Under Fire:
The Global War on Terrorism

Fort Hood: The Largest ĎTerror Actí Since 9/11
By Dr. Walid Phares, Family Security Matters, November 6, 2009

The Fort Hood killings, perpetrated by Major Malik Nadal Hasan, a psychiatric doctor by training, no matter what the judiciary reports will conclude is, for now, the largest single Terror act in America since 9/11. This quantitative finding will take into consideration dramatic change in the data released by authorities. However the most important matter now is not to fail in our analysis of the motives. This is not an issue of sheer frustration because of foreign policy or revenge for racist slurs, nor this is an issue of simply being a Muslim American or a member of any faith. This is an issue of radicalization of individuals by an extremist ideology, Jjhadism, which fuels acts of terror. And the main question should be, when did Hasan radicalize and who indoctrinated him? Everything else will fall in place once we have these answers. Moreover, this would allow us to detect other potential terror acts that may be in the making. 

Confidence in War on Terror PLUMMETS With Obama's Vacillation
The Lid, November 3, 2009

President Obama's lack of leadership is beginning to effect morale in the United States. Its  been three months since General McCrystal sent  his report on next steps for the War In Afghanistan. Since the President has been sitting on his military assets, confidence in the War on Terror has plummeted, and now the confidence is falling for both Iraq and Afghanistan.

Jihadi Training Compounds, U.S.A. 
By Ryan Mauro, Front Page Magazine, November 3, 2009

A battle in the war against radical Islam in Detroit was briefly waged on October 28 when the FBI engaged in a deadly shootout with an extremist imam refusing to be arrested. The imam was a leader in "Ummah," meaning "the brotherhood," a group said to consist of mostly African-Americans, many of whom converted in prison. This group isnít the only one trying to create an Islamic state within the borders of the U.S., and this shoot-out should be expected, unfortunately, to be a sign of more violent conflict coming down the line in this country with Islamic militant groups. 

It's Radical Islam, Stupid
By Steven Emerson, The Hudson Institute, November 2, 2009

In 1993, a secret meeting of the Muslim Brotherhood Palestine Committeeómostly senior Hamas leaders--was held in a Philadelphia Marriott. The group discussed new ways to secretly funnel money to Hamas and of creating a new public relations organization to deceive the American about their true objectives of helping Hamas.

Less than a year later, the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) was created to serve as a front group for Hamas. Since that time, it has morphed into a quasi legitimate "Islamic civil rights" group portrayed in some circles as the equivalent of the NAACP. For 14 years, CAIR got away with the lying to us about who they are, justifying Islamic terrorist attacks, legitimizing suicide bombings, presenting speakers who had been Holocaust deniers, making incendiary presentations about the United States and urging Muslims not to talk to the FBI. CAIR claims that that there is no such thing as radical Islam, but rather a secret cabal to attack all of Islam, while secretly receiving millions of dollars from Saudi financiers and attacking  terrorist prosecutions as somehow an "attack on Islam."

Five Years After Van Gogh's Murder, Free Speech Is Under Attack
By David J. Rusin, Islamist Watch, November 2, 2009 

On November 2, 2004, Dutch columnist, filmmaker, and all-around provocateur Theo van Gogh was shot and stabbed to death as he biked to work on an Amsterdam street. The killer, Mohammed Bouyeri, insisted that Islam "compels me to chop off the head of anyone who insults Allah and the prophet." He targeted the anti-Islam van Gogh because of his movie Submission, which graphically highlights Koranic verses often used to justify the mistreatment of women.

A half decade later, Islamists still answer free speech with violence. Two Chicago-area Muslims were charged last week with plotting attacks against those involved in publishing the Danish Muhammad cartoons. Shortly before that, Dutch MP Geert Wilders was welcomed to the UK by Islamist thugs who warned him ó and everyone else ó to "take lessons from people like Theo van Gogh," because "whoever insults the prophet, kill him."

Our Brain Dead Country
By David Horowitz, November 6, 2009

A Muslim fanatic with an Internet site praising Islamic suicide bombers as defenders of their comrades is a Major in the U.S. Army with access to military intelligence and lethal weaponry. And itís not as though the army didnít know that he was a Muslim fanatic and supporter of the Islamic jihad against the West. He was under investigation for six months because of his anti-American, jihadist rantings. He did not want to be deployed. He wanted to be discharged.

But despite his identification with Americaís enemies, the army kept him in its officer corps. How in Godís name was this possible? But it was. And so, after calling America the "aggressor" in Afghanistan and Iraq this Muslim jihadist traitor army officer picks up his semi-automatic weapons and heads for the center at Ft. Hood where soldiers are being deployed to fight the jihadists in Afghanistan to conduct his massacre. Yet this morning the Fox News Channel chiron says "Investigators search for a motive in the Ft. Hood killings." Is everybody out of their mind?

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From Elsewhere

Will the Entrepreneur Boom Miss the U.S.?
By Rich Karlgaard, Forbes Magazine, November, 2009

Will entrepreneurs and innovation bail us out again? They're already doing so. The rub is that most of this entrepreneurship and innovation is occurring outside the U.S. Americans--the mainstream media and the political class, especially--are terribly parochial regarding this. For example:

--How many Americans have heard of Huawei, the Chinese rival of mighty Cisco ( CSCO - news - people )? Huawei was started in 1988 and will sell $30 billion in telecom gear in 2009. Cisco was started in 1984 and will do $40 billion in sales. But Huawei's recent sales trajectory is steeper. It's possible Huawei could pass Cisco during the next few years.

--Did you know that Korean automaker Hyundai achieved record sales numbers in the lousy month of August? The J.D. Power quality ratings put Hyundai solidly in the top half, which belies the image of junky Korean cars.

--Did you know that Brazil's aircraftmaker Embraer ( ERJ - news - people ) has taken the airplane press by storm with its innovative light jets, the Phenom 100 and 300? In my Oct. 5 column I quoted Cessna's CEO, Jack Pelton, as saying he's "scared to death" of Embraer.

--Are you aware that outcomes of heart bypass surgeries are as good in India as anywhere else in the world?

--Or that Singapore is willing to pay U.S. research stars in biotechnology about $715,000 in annual salary?

Mutiny in Scrutiny?
By Jeffrey H. Anderson, National Review, November 8, 2009

It was always clear that the real health-care battle would be in the Senate.  But what would have been shocking eight months ago is to hear that it would take until November for the Democrats to pass a bill even in the House.  It would have been even more shocking to have heard that, even after a full-court-press by the White House, the bill would pass by only five votes ó meaning that if just three of the 435 members had changed their minds, it would have changed the bill's fate.  And it would have been shocking to have heard that 39 Democrats would jump ship.??

The House bill has passed ó barely and belatedly ó and it is now dead.  Nothing like it will ever pass the Senate.  The question now is whether anything will, now that the voters have spoken in New Jersey and Virginia ó and now that the exceedingly narrow margin in the House will likely invite even greater scrutiny of that which is being proposed.

Climate Change Belief Given Same Legal Status as Religion
By Stephen Adams & Louise Gray, Telegraph (UK), November 3, 2009

An executive has won the right to sue his employer on the basis that he was unfairly dismissed for his green views after a judge ruled that environmentalism had the same weight in law as religious and philosophical beliefs.

Uncivil War: Conservatives to Challenge a Dozen GOP Candidates
By Charles Mahtesian & Alex Isenstadt, The Politico, November 3, 2009

In what could be a nightmare scenario for Republican Party officials, conservative activists are gearing up to challenge leading GOP candidates in more than a dozen key House and Senate races in 2010.

Conservatives and tea party activists had already set their sights on some of the GOPís top Senate recruits ó a list that includes Gov. Charlie Crist in Florida, former Rep. Rob Simmons in Connecticut and Rep. Mark Kirk in Illinois, among others.

Anti-Beck, Dobbs Efforts Dropped by Church Coalition
By Jeffrey Lord, American Spectator, November 3, 2009

The petition to the FCC citing Rush Limbaugh for hate speech has lost yet another supposed religious sponsor from So We Might See following the revelations here in this space, making this the third church in a row to reject the petition in as many weeks.

And still more news.

It turns out two of the funders for the Media Democracy Fund campaign targeting Fox News and talk radio personalities are -- wait for it -- ACORN money pots.

And yes, more news still.

The Catholic Bishops are unhappy. The Methodists are out. The Disciples of Christ just said no. The United Church of Christ is furious.

GOP Gains Edge on Economy
By John D. McKinnon The Wall Street Journal, November 3, 2009

If itís the economy, stupid, Republicans have the edge, at least for now. And that message isnít coming from the GOP.

New research from Democracy Corps says Republicans are getting the better of the debate on the economy in 60 battleground congressional districts Ė a problem for Democrats as the 2010 midterm elections begin to come into focus.

Media Coverage of Communism, 20 Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall
By Rich Noyes & Scott Whitlock, The Media Research Center, November 2009

What follows is the record of the mediaís communism coverage, as compiled by the Media Research Center over the past 22 years. Before, during and after those momentous events two decades ago, the liberal media too often whitewashed the true nature of communism, or suggested capitalism was somehow worse.

Related: Berlin to Mark the 20th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

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