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Wednesday, January 16. 2008
Witches useful to police in Kenya.
Steve Jobs' keynote speech, summarized. Without a doubt, Apple=Gizmos.
No comment on Michigan. All of this micro-punditry is hot air.
Shelby Steele explains why Obama is correct about Iran. Not saying that I agree, but Steele makes an intelligent case.
Children who need parents - not pills. Daily Mail
Does anybody believe this? Asthma and diet. Smells like junk science to me.
If lightning never strikes twice in the same place, I guess we're safe up here in Yankeeland. The end is near for everybody else, though.
Is it true that Columbus brought syphilis to the old world?
Nifong files for bankruptcy
Yglesias critiques Goldberg's book. Atlantic
Not dead yet. Fred's raising $
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Thanks for the nice link. I mentioned it to my papa, Goomp -- a big fan of Maggie's -- who imailed back "It is good to know intelligent people are paying attention."
I have warned many times of our Representatives and Senators NOT representing their districts and states but rather going rogue and taking up the causes of foreign countries. This should help cement in the minds of those who doubt the true focus of large blocks of our government, from the North American Union to THIS:
THE NEW WORLD DISORDER
7-year plan aligns U.S. with Europe's economy
Rules, regs to be integrated without congressional review
Posted: January 16, 2008
1:00 a.m. Eastern
By Jerome R. Corsi
© 2008 WorldNetDaily.com
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, President Bush and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso at a White House summit meeting last April where they launched the Transatlantic Economic Council
Six U.S. senators and 49 House members are advisers for a group working toward a Transatlantic Common Market between the U.S. and the European Union by 2015.
The Transatlantic Policy Network – a non-governmental organization headquartered in Washington and Brussels – is advised by the bi-partisan congressional TPN policy group, chaired by Sen. Robert Bennett, R-Utah.
The plan – currently being implemented by the Bush administration with the formation of the Transatlantic Economic Council in April 2007 – appears to be following a plan written in 1939 by a world-government advocate who sought to create a Transatlantic Union as an international governing body.
An economist from the World Bank has argued in print that the formation of the Transatlantic Common Market is designed to follow the blueprint of Jean Monnet, a key intellectual architect of the European Union, recognizing that economic integration must inevitably lead to political integration.
As WND previously reported, a key step in advancing this goal was the creation of the Transatlantic Economic Council by the U.S. and the EU through an agreement signed by President Bush, German Chancellor Angela Merkel – the current president of the European Council – and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso at a White House summit meeting last April.
Writing in the Fall 2007 issue of the Streit Council journal "Freedom and Union," Rep. Jim Costa, D-Calif., a member of the TPN advisory group, affirmed the target date of 2015 for the creation of a Transatlantic Common Market.
Costa said the Transatlantic Economic Council is tasked with creating the Transatlantic Common Market regulatory infrastructure. The infrastructure would not require congressional approval , like a new free-trade agreement would.
Writing in the same issue of the Streit Council publication, Bennett also confirmed that what has become known as the "Merkel initiative" would allow the Transatlantic Economic Council to integrate and harmonize administrative rules and regulations between the U.S. and the EU "in a very quiet way," without introducing a new free trade agreement to Congress.
No document on the TEC website suggests that any of the regulatory changes resulting from the process of integrating with the EU will be posted in the Federal Register or submitted to Congress as new free-trade agreements or as modifications to existing trade agreements.
In addition to Bennett, the advisers to the Transatlantic Policy Network includes the following senators: Thad Cochran, R-Mich.; Chuck Hagel, R-Neb.; Barbara Mikulski, D-Md.; Pat Roberts, R-Kan.; and Gordon Smith, R-Ore.
Among the 49 U.S. congressmen on the TPN's Congressional Group are John Boehner, R-Ohio; John Dingell, D-Mich.; Kenny Marchant, R-Texas; and F. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wisc.
WND contacted Bennett's office for comment but received no return call by the publication deadline.
A progress report on the TEC website indicates the following U.S. government agencies are already at work integrating and harmonizing administrative rules and regulations with their EU counterparts: The Office of Management and Budget, the Food and Drug Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Securities and Exchange Commission.
A step toward world government
The Streit Council is named after Clarence K. Streit, whose 1939 book "Union Now" called for the creation of a Transatlantic Union as a step toward world government. The new federation, with an international constitution, was to include the 15 democracies of U.S., UK, France, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and South Africa.
Ira Straus, the founder and U.S. coordinator of the Committee on Eastern Europe and Russia in NATO, a group dedicated to including Russia within NATO, credits Bennett as TPN chairperson with reviving Streit's work "seven decades later."
A globalist with leftist political leanings, Straus was a Fulbright professor of political science at Moscow State University and the Moscow State Institute of International Relations from 2001 to 2002.
The congruity of ideas between Bennett and Streit is clear when Bennett writes passages that echo precisely goals Streit stated in 1939.
One example is Bennett's claim in his Streit Council article that creating a Transatlantic Common Market would combine markets that comprise 60 percent of world Gross Domestic Product under a common regulatory standard that would become "the de facto world standard, regardless of what any other parties say."
Similarly, Streit wrote in "Union Now" that the economic power of the 15 democracies he sought to combine in a Transatlantic Union would be overwhelming in their economic power and a clear challenge to the authoritarian states then represented by Nazi Germany and the communist Soviet Union.
Also writing in the Fall 2007 issue of the Streit Council journal "Freedom and Union," World Bank economist Domenec Ruiz Devesa openly acknowledged that "transatlantic economic integration, though important in itself, is not the end."
"As understood by Jean Monnet," he continued, "economic integration must and will lead to political integration, since an integrated market requires common institutions producing common rules to govern it."
Transatlantic Common Market by 2015
Last February, the Transatlantic Policy Network formed a Transatlantic Market Implementation Group to put in place "a roadmap and framework" to direct the activity of the Transatlantic Economic Council to achieve the creation of the Transatlantic Common Market by 2015.
the Transatlantic Economic Council is an official international governmental body established by executive fiat in the U.S. and the EU without congressional approval or oversight. No new law or treaty was sought by the Bush administration to approve or implement the plan to create a Transatlantic Common Market.
The U.S. congressmen and senators are involved only indirectly, as advisers to the influential non-governmental organization.
In a February 2007 document entitled "Completing the Transatlantic Market," the TPN's Transatlantic Market Implementation Group writes, "The aim of this roadmap and framework would be to remove barriers to trade and investment across the Atlantic and to reduce regulatory compliance costs."
The document further acknowledged the impact the Transatlantic Common Market agenda would have on U.S. and European legislators: "The roadmap and framework will necessarily oblige legislative and regulatory authorities in both Europe and the United States to take into consideration from the outset the impact their acts may have on transatlantic economic relations and to ensure that their respective governmental bodies involved have the necessary budgetary and organizational resources to work closely with each other."
Clinton administration roots
The work to create a Transatlantic Common Market can be traced back to the Clinton administration's decision to join in the 1995 New Transatlantic Agenda with the European Commission.
Today, the website of the Transatlantic Economic Council openly proclaims the TEC is "a political body to oversee and accelerate government-to-government integration between the European Union and the United States of America."
The first meeting of the TEC was held Nov. 9 in Washington, D.C., and the next meeting is scheduled for June.
A joint statement issued at the Nov. 9 meeting specified progress was being made "in removing barriers to trade and investment and in easing regulatory burdens" in a wide range of policy areas, including drugs and disease control, the importation into the EU of U.S. poultry treated with pathogen reduction treatments, federal communication commissions allowing suppliers to create declarations of conformity for products, uniform standards for electrical products and agreements on standards for pure biofuels.
Warren Kinsella likes to "engage" with Kate and sda readers. He is a putz of the first order, imho. Tight with big Libs like Chretien and Ontario Premier McGuinty. He thinks he is the James Carville of Canada. Wonder if he was drunk when he posted this one.
Re: Rush exasperated
Looking forward to a rant on MorMitt from the maestro but given that boy promising fellow Mighiganites capital expenditures galore from USA's largesse and his backing by yankee card holders it may never come.
Come on, Rush go for the lead charlatan.
Re: Shelby Steele explains
The War on Terror is a war for survival for USA.
Daring the President to land in Iran while it is the lead state sponsor of Islamic terrorism is stupid.
Endangering USA's national security in such manner is a fool's dare posited by a coward.
Your post is too immense for the reader. It's import may be magnitudes more important than other post's but it overwhelms the operator who must scroll down to read it all and then attempt to comprehend it's effects.
KISS my man, KISS.
Like this Habu
Pumpkin Pie Recipe
1 1/3 c Pumpkin; cooked & pureed
1 1/3 c Condensed milk
1/2 ts Salt
1 1/4 ts Cinnamon, ground
1/2 ts Nutmeg, ground
1/2 ts Ginger, ground
1/4 ts Cloves, ground
1 c ;Water, hot
Beat all ingredients together. Pour into a 9-inch pastry shell. Bake at 375 F. for 55 to 65 minutes.
"First he lost his credibility, then he lost his job, then he was sued, then he was disbarred, then he was sentenced to jail and now he has filed bankruptcy." Take heart, all you readers out there with money problems, personal problems or plain noisy neighbors. It could be worse."
Belmont comments on Nifong @
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It really doesn't matter if you watch the pot ... but turn away if it makes you feel better.
Things You'll Need
1Step OneChoose a pot that's large enough to hold the amount of water you want to boil, and has a lid that fits.
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3Step ThreePlace the pot on a stove burner and pour cold water from a measuring cup into the pot. Or, if you're doing something such as cooking pasta and don't need to measure, just run cold water from the tap into the pot, then place the pot on the burner.
4Step FourTurn the burner to high. Cover the pot.
5Step FiveCheck for steam escaping from under the lid, then lift the lid carefully to see how the water is doing.
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Tips & Warnings
You might be tempted to use water that's already warm or hot from the tap, but this water has been sitting in your pipes for some time, getting stale. Use cold water if you're going to drink it or cook with it.
Small bubbles that stay at the bottom or sides of the pot are air bubbles present in the water; they don't necessarily indicate that boiling is imminent. Wait for bubbles that rise to the top of the pot.
Boiling water remains at the same temperature for the entire time it's boiling.
Don't let your pot or kettle boil dry, or you risk ruining the pot.
Barack Obama and Israel
By Ed Lasky
The ascent of Barack Obama from state senator in Illinois to a leading contender for the Presidential nomination in the span of just a few years is remarkable. Especially in light of a noticeably unremarkable record -- a near-blank slate of few accomplishments and numerous missed votes.
However, in one area of foreign policy that concerns millions of Americans, he does have a record and it is a particularly troubling one. For all supporters of the America-Israel relationship there is enough information beyond the glare of the klieg lights to give one pause. In contrast to his canned speeches filled with "poetry" and uplifting aphorisms and delivered in a commanding way, behind the campaign façade lies a disquieting pattern of behavior.
One seemingly consistent them running throughout Barack Obama's career is his comfort with aligning himself with people who are anti-Israel advocates. This ease around Israel animus has taken various forms. As Obama has continued his political ascent, he has moved up the prestige scale in terms of his associates. Early on in his career he chose a church headed by a former Black Muslim who is a harsh anti-Israel advocate and who may be seen as tinged with anti-Semitism . This church is a member of a denomination whose governing body has taken a series of anti-Israel actions.
Much, much more
Most of you have never heard of this man. Mores the pity for he knows the world.
By Taki Theodoracopulos
Spectator, March 31, 2007
To the nation’s capital for a speech at the National Press Club about the Fifth Columnists among us. Actually it was a conference honouring Sam Francis, sponsored by the Fitzgerald Griffin Foundation. Sam Francis died two years ago and his latest book is a compilation of his brilliant writings about unlimited immigration, the neoconservatives, the war against Christmas and other such subjects anathema to the Trotskyites now posing as conservative and patriotic Americans.
Let's not go calling something 'junk science' just because we see it in print at the BBC. The link between diet during pregnancy and childhood asthma is being shown in study after study. And since childhood asthma is becoming near-epidemic, perhaps we shouldn't cast too many stones at those trying to prevent it.
Hey, Habu - put those walls of text up on our southern border. Maybe they'll bore enough hongry Mexicans into turning around and saving us some fence money.
Steve Jobs ROCKS! Just read the whole live-blog of MacWorld. It's too amazing for words.
Obviuosly you missed it again, buddy boo.
Though, MorMitt says he is political conservative, no evidence supports the claim.
He's a liar.
...his MBA mindset might lead him to think that professional qualifications alone are enough and to give sort shrift to ideological commitment to the administration's overall agenda. http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=MzgyZDExMWZlMzY1YjQyOTQ3MWY0MDdlYjA5MTg2OWE=