Saturday, May 03, 2008

Welcome To The Fleet USS North Carolina (SSN 777)

The USS North Carolina is a Virginia Class attack sub commissioned May 3, 2008, Wilmington, NC. She now joins her sister ships USS Virginia, USS Texas and USS Hawaii. DEO VINDICE.

Propulsion: One nuclear reactor, one shaft
Length: 377 feet (114.8 meters)
Beam: 34 feet (10.4 meters)
Displacement: Approximately 7,800 tons (7,925 metric tons) submerged
Speed: 25+ knots (28+ miles per hour, 46.3+ kph)
Crew: 134: 14 Officers; 120 Enlisted
Armament: Tomahawk missiles, twelve VLS tubes, MK-48 ADCAP torpedoes, four torpedo tubes. Here are some videos and articles. May God bless her and her crew.

USS North Carolina Submarine Part 1




Part 2 and Part 3


USS North Carolina 'brought to life' again


N.C. namesake sub makes debut

Glenn Beck on Gov Palin

h/t: Draft Sarah Palin For Vice President

Big Brother endorses these playthings

by Bob Barr March 5, 2008

Two years ago in this column, I lamented the fact that toy manufacturers were cashing in on society's headlong rush toward constant and ubiquitous surveillance.

I highlighted a Lego construction set that included, as part of a police 18-wheeler, a surveillance and monitoring unit. I also noted a plastic "play set," manufactured and marketed by Playmobil, depicting a police officer wanding a civilian figure as pretend belongings go through a pretend X-ray machine. This trend toward "play" search and surveillance has continued, and now includes a functioning toy metal detector.

Wizard Industries Inc. recently heralded the latest children's toy —- as an "educational aid" —- designed expressly to make surveillance security "fun." The company's press release announcing its "Scan-It Toy X-Ray Machine" reveals much about the direction in which our society is moving. [
read more]

Bob Barr: Government Intervention and the Nanny State

Catholic League News Release

MEDIA WATCHDOG, FAIR, SMEARS POPE

Earlier this week, a media watchdog group, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) ran a story titled, “Pope Gets Pass on Church Abuse History.” The self-styled “progressive” group said that in 2001, before Joseph Ratzinger was named pope, the cardinal “sent a letter to church bishops invoking a 1962 doctrine threatening automatic excommunication for any Catholic official who discussed abuse cases outside the church’s legal system.”

Catholic League president Bill Donohue commented as follows:

“When we pressed FAIR to provide us with the evidence that would substantiate its claims, it cited an English newspaper,
the Observer
; it also asked us if the paper ever ran a correction. So this is the level of scrutiny that FAIR employs: it does no independent fact checking, relying instead on foreign sources to verify its accusations.

“We knew FAIR had been sucked in as soon as we read it. That’s because I took CBS Evening News apart in 2003 when they flagged this allegedly incriminating 1962 Vatican document. As I noted at the time, no other mainstream media outlet picked up this bogus story. With good reason.

“The document did not apply to sexual misconduct—it applied only to sexual solicitation that might take place in the confessional. By sexual solicitation it meant ‘whether by words or signs or nods of the head,’ the priest may have crossed the line. Because the policy was specifically aimed at protecting the secrecy of the confessional, it called for an ecclesiastical response: civil authorities were not to be notified because it involved a sacrament of the Catholic Church, not a crime of the state. Guilty priests could be thrown out of the priesthood and a penitent who told someone what happened had 30 days to report the incident to the bishop or face excommunication. In other words, the document detailed punitive measures for miscreants—just the opposite of a cover-up.

“FAIR, of course, has no time to read Vatican documents. Which is why it repairs to British tabloids to do its dirty work.”

Kiera M. McCaffrey
Director of Communications
Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
catalyst@catholicleague.org
New York, NY 10123
212-371-3191
212-371-3394 (fax)

http://www.catholicleague.org/release.php?id=1432

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Catholic League News Release

CATHOLIC DISSIDENTS ADVISE OBAMA

When Sen. Barack Obama recently announced the formation of his Catholic National Advisory Council, he said he was “deeply honored to have the support and counsel of these committed Catholic leaders, scholars and advocates.” Commenting on this group is Catholic League president Bill Donohue:

“The best advice I can give Sen. Obama about his Catholic National Advisory Council is to dissolve it immediately. Of the 26 Catholic former or current public office holders he has listed as either National Co-Chairs (5), or as members of the National Leadership Committee (21), there is not one who agrees with the Catholic Church on all three major public policy issues: abortion, embryonic stem cell research and school vouchers.

“Indeed, on the issue of abortion, their record is disgraceful. Consider the scorecard as issued by the most radical pro-abortion organization in the nation—NARAL. Of the two National Co-Chairs who have a NARAL tally, one agrees with the extremist group 65 percent of the time and the other agrees 100 percent of the time. Of the 20 National Leadership Committee members with a NARAL score, 17 have earned a 100 percent rating. Of those who have less than a perfect score, not one is in favor of school vouchers. [Click
here for the evidence.]

“Practicing Catholics have every right to be insulted by Obama’s advisory group. What is the purpose of having an advisory group about matters Catholic when most of its members reject the Catholic position? If Obama wanted input from gay leaders, would he choose those who don’t reflect the sentiments of the gay community? In short, to choose Catholic dissidents to advise him about Catholic concerns is mind-boggling.

“If these are the best ‘committed Catholic leaders, scholars and advocates’ Obama can find, then it is evident that he has a ‘Wright’ problem when it comes to picking Catholic advisors.”


Kiera M. McCaffrey
Director of Communications
Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
catalyst@catholicleague.org
New York, NY 10123
212-371-3191
212-371-3394 (fax)

http://www.catholicleague.org/release.php?id=1429

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Pro-Life Congressman Will Head Up Republican Convention Platform Committee

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
May 2, 2008


Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- A pro-life Congressman has been selected to head up the Republican Party's platform committee at its upcoming convention. Rep. Kevin McCarthy, a freshman California lawmaker, will lead the panel the last week of August to craft the party's positions on abortion and other issues.

McCarthy has already compiled a 100% pro-life voting record on abortion and bioethics issues, according to the National Right to Life Committee. [
read more]

Congressman Bill Sali's Update

As many readers know I am a supporter of Congressman Sali's re-election bid so here is some news from his campaign:

SALI STRESSES IMPORTANCE OF COMPREHENSIVE FIRE MANAGEMENT

WASHINGTON, D.C.
– Congressman Bill Sali, today sitting as Ranking Member at a House Natural Resources Committee hearing, made the case for a two-pronged approach to suppressing large wildfires as fire season nears.

The hearing discussed committee Chairman Nick Rahall’s (D-WV) bill, H.R. 5541, which dedicates funding for suppressing large wildfires.

“We cannot address funding for suppressing these large fires without addressing the cause as well – the increasing and unchecked fuel loads in our national forests that surround and threaten our homes and communities,” said Sali. “More must be done than simply adjusting funding like we are doing today. We are not addressing the real problem. We will continue to have larger and larger fires until we reduce fuel-loading.” [
read more]



Another Reason Congress Deserves No Pay Raise
SALI: RISING GAS PRICES ANOTHER REASON WHY CONGRESS DESERVES NO PAY RAISE

Co-sponsors bill to block automatic congressional pay raise

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Pointing out that Congress has failed to act on a series of vital issues, including high gas prices, Congressman Bill Sali today called on other members of Congress to join a bipartisan effort to stop automatic congressional pay increases. Sali said Congress must address half a dozen core issues, but rising gas prices reflects the latest in a long line of failings.

“The policies of Speaker Nancy Pelosi have generated $4 a gallon diesel and will soon lead to $4 gasoline. Gas prices are up by more than a dollar in my district. This ‘Pelosi Premium’ is a disaster in the making, and giving members of Congress a pay raise would be a callous and arrogant response,” said Sali. [
read more]

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Bob Barr

Taxes & Spending



American Economy



The Problem with the Other Parties

Media accepts unverified Arab claims on Gaza deaths

Monday, April 28, 2008 by Staff Writer

Media accepts unverified Arab claims on Gaza deaths

International and local media outlets on Monday prominently covered the deaths of at least seven Palestinians - including a mother and four of her children - whom Hamas sources claimed were killed when an Israeli artillery shell hit a house in the northern Gaza Strip.

The media made no visible effort to verify the claim, and nearly all English-language press ignored an Israeli army statement carried by Israel Radio and Army Radio explaining that there had been no artillery fire in the immediate area.

Army officials said that according to reports from the field, the civilian deaths occurred when terrorists wearing backpacks filled when ammunition used the house as cover during a firefight with Israeli troops. The ammunition exploded after being hit by Israeli fire, killing seven people and wounding six others.

Sticking to its own version of the story, Hamas forces fired at least 10 missiles at communities in southern Israel on Monday in retaliation for the alleged Israeli atrocity. One of the missile scored a direct hit on a house in Sderot, while a second landed just yards from a school in the hard-hit southern Israel town.

The other rockets all landed in open areas. No injuries were reported in any of the attacks.

Meanwhile, Israeli officials told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday that Israel is under increasing pressure from Washington to reach a ceasefire with Hamas prior to US President George W. Bush's arrival in the region on May 14.

Bush is coming to the region to participate in Israel's 60th anniversary celebrations and to give a push to his vision to see the birth of a Palestinian Arab state by the end of the year. Officials said Bush is not interested in having violence in and around Gaza interrupting his efforts to accelerate talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Article courtesy of Israel Today magazine, www.israeltoday.co.il.

U.S. ranks with China in privacy invasion

by Bob Barr January 9, 2008

What does the United States have in common with Thailand, Taiwan, Singapore, Russia, China, Malaysia and the United Kingdom? According to the most recent annual survey of 70 countries conducted by Privacy International, these seven countries — along with the United States — are the worst performers in terms of protecting the privacy of their citizens. These eight nations qualify as "endemic surveillance societies," in which privacy-invasive laws, policies and regulations are pervasive and systemic.

While some may discount the findings of Privacy International, a nearly 20-year-old watchdog organization headquartered in London, even a cursory look at recent privacy-related policies in the United States reveals why the latest ranking is deserved.

More than two years ago, it was revealed publicly that the current administration had for several years engaged in a surveillance program targeting private communications of American citizens without seeking or securing court approval as required by the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Amendments to FISA in August 2007 dramatically increased the universe of international communications (phone calls as well as e-mails) subject to warrantless surveillance.


Additional factors cited by the privacy watchdog group in support of the poor showing by the United States included the continuing move toward a national identification card (currently being implemented pursuant to the Real ID Act), the growing use of biometric identification programs with inadequate oversight and safeguards, and the burgeoning use of closed circuit television cameras to monitor citizens' movements. [read more]

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Cardinal Egan Upset Pro-Abortion Rudy Giuliani Took Communion

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
April 28, 2008


New York, NY (LifeNews.com) -- The head of the Catholic Archdiocese of New York said on Monday he's upset that pro-abortion former mayor and presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani took communion during a mass held by Pope Benedict during his visit.

Pro-life Catholics have been up in arms that Giuliani and other pro-abortion politicians received communion during the papal trip.

[read more]

Remembering Our Armed Forces

One Old Vet has a post on the deplorable situation our forces are living in at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Of course, any veteran can tell you that it is not isolated to Fort Bragg.

Dad’s video of run-down barracks sparks military response

GOP Catholics has a series of posts looking out for our veterans.

VA Ignores Facts, Bush Administration Goes To Court To Deny Mental Care For Veterans

Disabled Vets Struggle For Benefit Claims

My Take On The North Carolina Ad

I know this is late, but I wanted to comment on it. McCain is completely in the wrong on this. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this ad, yet McCain is attacking fellow Republicans over this legitimate ad. Do you really want four years of him back-stabbing fellow Republicans?

Monday, April 28, 2008

November Surprise?

Largest 3rd Party Presidential Candidate To Challenge “Big Box” Parties

Kansas City, Mo. (April 26,2008) The Constitution Party chose a presidential candidate at a nominating convention held this weekend in Kansas City, MO. Former Constitution Party Vice Presidential candidate Chuck Baldwin was chosen by delegates from state affiliates of the third largest federally-recognized political party, based on voter registrations (www.ballot-access.org).


Baldwin, a pastor, writer and conservative talk show host won the nomination from a field of eight prospective nominees, including former U.N. Ambassador and Asst. Secretary of State in the Reagan administration, Dr. Alan Keyes. [read more]

United Nations Human Rights Cmte Continues Pressuring Poland on Abortion

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
April 27, 2008


Geneva, Switzerland (LifeNews.com) -- A United Nations human rights committee continues to pressure Poland to promote abortion. According to a report from the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, the UN Human Rights Council pressured the Polish government during a meeting last week.

As C-FAM's Maciej Golubiewski wrote in the group's Friday Fax publication, the grilling came during something called the Universal Periodic Review. [
read more]

Catholic League News Release

FLORIDA SENATE WEIGHS CHRISTIAN LICENSE PLATES

Last week we criticized the Florida ACLU for opposing an “I Believe” Christian specialty license plate; those who want this plate would have to pay an additional fee. We subsequently contacted the Florida House urging members to adopt the plate. Now we are contacting the Senate: Sen. Minority Leader Steve Geller is leading the opposition to an amended bill by Sen. Ronda Storms.

Commenting on this development is Catholic League president Bill Donohue:

“It is not clear why Sen. Geller is opposing this specialty license plate, but it is not a stretch to say that he probably agrees with the position of Florida ACLU executive director Howard Simon. Simon argues that the license plate ‘sends a message that Florida is essentially a Christian state.’ If this is also Geller’s position, then what is needed is an ‘I Believe’ license plate adorned by a Star of David for Jews and a Crescent and Star for Muslims.

“To be against this proposal would invite serious questions. Why would Geller, a Democrat, want to put his fellow Democrats in the position of denying the public expression of religion? After all, for the last four years we have heard legions of Democrats loudly protest the notion that the Republicans own God. They are right to protest, but it remains true that voters want to know which party is truly religion friendly. And given that this is an election year, and the fate of the Florida Democratic primary has yet to be decided, why would any Florida Democrat want to play to the stereotype that the Democrats are not religion friendly?

“As pointed out last week, this is not a church and state issue—it is a choice issue. There will be more than Floridians watching this outcome.”


Contact our ally, Sen. Storms at storms.ronda.web@flsenate.gov
Also contact Sen. Geller at
geller.steven.web@flsenate.gov

Kiera M. McCaffrey
Director of Communications
Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
catalyst@catholicleague.org
New York, NY 10123
212-371-3191
212-371-3394 (fax)

http://www.catholicleague.org/release.php?id=1428
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Unemployment plummets after crackdown on illegals

By Jerome R. Corsi
© 2008 WorldNetDaily


Unemployment rates are rising across the United States, except Oklahoma. That state is experiencing the most dramatic reduction in unemployment since 2007, an improvement many in Oklahoma attribute to the passage last year by the state legislature of a strong employment-focused immigration reform law. [
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Sunday, April 27, 2008

More missiles from Gaza, rash of attacks in West Bank

Sunday, April 27, 2008 by Staff Writer


More missiles from Gaza, rash of attacks in West Bank

Palestinian forces operating out of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip fired six missiles at communities in southern Israel on Sunday, causing damaged but no injuries.

In the most serious attack, one of two Kassam rockets to strike the hard-hit southern Israel town of Sderot slammed into a family home and set it on fire. Fortunately, the house was empty at the time of the attack.

Earlier in the day, a Grad-type Katyusha missile hit a garage in the vulnerable industrial zone of the southern coastal city of Ashkelon. On Friday a similar Katyusha strike resulted in severe damage to a local cemetery in Ashkelon.

Three more rockets fired separately throughout the day on Sunday landed in open areas, one inside the boundaries of a southern Israel kibbutz, but caused no damage.

Meanwhile in Samaria, Palestinian assailants hurled firebombs and heavy stones at Israeli motorists near the Jewish community of Karnei Shomron on Sunday evening. No injuries were reported, but at least three vehicles were damaged.

Not far away, at least one Arab gunman opened fire on an Israeli passenger bus traveling through Samaria. The bus sustained minor damage, but no passengers were wounded.

Further south near the Judean town of Bethlehem, a group of Palestinian Arabs again hurled firebombs at passing Jewish motorists, again causing damage but no injuries.


Article courtesy of Israel Today magazine, www.israeltoday.co.il.

New York Abortion Center Closes After 40 Days for Life Pro-Life Campaign

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
April 25, 2008


New City, NY (LifeNews.com) -- A local abortion center in a northern suburb of New York City has closed as a result of the recent 40 Days for Life campaign. The Abortion Services facility in the New City, New York was one of more than 50 abortion centers across the nation that saw prayer vigils during the spring event.

David Bereit, national campaign director, told LifeNews.com on Thursday night that his group joins pro-lifers in Rockland County, New York in rejoicing over the news. [
read more]

Black Pro-Life Pastors, College Students Protest Abortion Racism to Congress

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
April 25, 2008

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- Black pro-life pastors and pro-life college students joined together on Thursday for a protest at Congress concerning recent news that Planned Parenthood abortion businesses took donations from obviously racist donors. The fake contributors wanted their money used to abort black babies.

The pro-life advocates hoped to further expose the racist tendencies behind Planned Parenthood and to petition both political parties not to accept money from the abortion giant. [read more]