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In typical media bias, Reuters is reporting that the massive fires over the November 15, 2008 weekend that devastated more than 20,000 acres and numerous residences was of course caused by, global warming.  Reporters Dan Whitcomb and Jill Sergeant of Reuters wrote,  “California’s fire season, which traditionally ran from June to October, has been a year-round menace as global warming has brought higher winter temperatures and less rainfall.” http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSTRE4AG0Z320081117

Oh, contra-ire mi com-padres, investigators say the fire that destroyed more than 1000 homes in the Santa Barbara and Montecito region was “human caused.” http://www.mercurynews.com/news/ci_11004172?nclick_check=1 Doug Lannon, a spokesman with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, said Sunday that investigators have eliminated all accidental causes of the fire. The fire began Thursday night in a Montecito landmark called the Tea House. Lannon said the area is a popular hangout for teenagers, and it’s possible someone was smoking in the brush or started a campfire there.

Yes, we need to protect our environment.  I don’t want to swim in a cess pool of garbage in our oceans and I don’t like breathing in smog, but in a prediction that differs from most in the public domain, I believe that there is evidence of cooling and I am not alone. 

David Archibald at the International Conference on Climate Change, March 2008 writes, “We have to be thankful to the anthropogenic global warning proponents for one thing.  If it weren’t for them and their voodoo science, climate science wouldn’t have attracted the attention of non-climate scientists, and we would be sleepwalking into the rather disruptive cooling that is coming the next decade.”  http://www.warwickhughes.com/agri/Solar_Arch_NY_Mar2_08.pdf On Archibald’s site you can read more scientific data supporting the claim we are going to be colder.  http://www.davidarchibald.info/

Last year, barring our annual snow bird migration to Florida, here in the upper quadrant of the States, we froze and it was in fact the 54th coolest winter since national records began in 1895. http://www.farmersalmanac.com/weather/a/record-breaking-winter-weather-from-2008.  Don’t buy into the Farmer’s Almanac as reliable?  “Evidence has been supplanted by hard scientific fact. All four major global temperature tracking outlets (Hadley, NASA’s GISS, UAH, RSS) have released updated data. All show that over the past year, global temperatures have dropped precipitously.  http://www.dailytech.com/Temperature+Monitors+Report+Widescale+Global+Cooling/article10866.htm and

Recent data from the Ulysses spacecraft, a joint NASA-European Space Agency mission, shows that sun has reduced its output of solar wind to the lowest levels since accurate readings became available. http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2008/sep/HQ_08241_Ulysses.html  Furthering the claim that it is simply getting colder, not warmer.

The faulty reporting from Reuters reminds us how often times governments and citizens are coerced by a minority to act and legislate against a problem that does not exist, and that we really have no control over at all.  The fire has obviously scarred peoples lives and the earth but Reuters continues to loose credibility to The Associated Press, UPI, and CNNewsWire when it’s reporters rely on their own assessments in reporting the news. 

Just the facts, please.  As a side note, in politically correct circles, global warming has been rebelled  climate change.  Stay warm friends.

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The U.S. Constitution has apparently been suspended in parts of America in an effort to protect its borders from everything from illegal immigration to terrorists.  Rightful to protect its border, except that the border has been seemingly redefined to include a 100 mile wide strip that goes around the entire “external boundary” of the entire United States.

“The extraordinary authority that the U.S. government possesses at its borders is spilling into regular American streets, affecting large populations of its citizens. Nearly two-thirds of the entire population of the country now lives within 100 miles of the U.S. land and coastal borders, an area that has been designated by the government as a “Constitution Free Zone”.  http://www.naturalnews.com/024734.html  and posted similarly at  http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/10/22/163652/37/734/638977

Could all liberties are put aside if you are rightly or wrongly id’s as having done something wrong?  Would there will be no guarantee of The Bill of Rights protection, no referring to case law and no lawyers to argue on your behalf? 

The ACLU lays claim that “Border Patrol agents are not remaining confined to a border security purpose.”  http://www.aclu.org/privacy/37293res20081022.html and it’s blog http://blog.aclu.org/?s=constitution+free+zone says that “U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is allowed to exercise extraordinary authority that would not normally be permitted under the Constitution.

(ATS) traveler risk assessment program, identity and tracking systems such as electronic (RFID) passports, the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI),  Secure Border Initiative Network (SBINet) or “virtual border fence” and unmanned aerial vehicles (aka “drone aircraft”) all monitor movement.   

The Department of Homeland Security is in itself, necessary.  Agents of the FBI, CIA, NSA must cooperate to protect the homeland, but using the word ‘homeland’ outside of a historical discussion of Germany has allowed law enforcement authorities access to broad powers and is just a creepy reminder of Gestapo tactics.  To assume an abuse of power is fear mongering, but fair minded caution must be exercised.  The Patriot Act, Military Commissions Act, and FISA-Protect America Act were enacted post 9-11 for good reason and have been tweaked numerous times to keep America Safe with as little intrusion as possible.

It becomes paramount that we question how secure the technology is in foreign countries and in our own country.  http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article9930.shtml  The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America author James Bamford writes about how spying on American citizens has been outsourced to companies closely linked to Israel’s intelligence services. “With unrivaled access to sources and documents, Bamford details how the agency has conducted domestic surveillance without court approval, and he frames it in the context of the NSA’s ongoing hunt for information about today’s elusive enemies. http://www.amazon.com/Shadow-Factory-Ultra-Secret-Eavesdropping-America/dp/0385521324

The Department of Homeland Security “claims that data gathered for law enforcement purposes will be “in compliance with privacy and civil liberties laws and policies of the United States,” the GAO found that “by broadly sharing information with non-federal users, who are not bound by the Privacy Act, personal information could be at risk of being used in ways not specified when it was originally collected.” Considering that some 70% of U.S. intelligence assets are employees of private security and defense contractors, NAO is a civil liberties disaster waiting to happen.” http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=viewArticle&code=BUR20081109&articleId=10864

The far side would have us believe that we have a ruling oligarchy that professes an agenda of militarism, corporatism, and socialism that encroaches itself upon citizens at the expense of the general population with more domestic control and intimidation.  Maybe the far isn’t so far off? Obama has proposed a mandatory civilian force http://www.rightpundits.com/?p=2318 with equal funding to the military which is already on active duty on our soil http://www.armytimes.com/news/2008/09/army_homeland_090708w/, Charles Rangle has a Draft Bill just lying in wait http://www.talkleft.com/story/2006/11/19/152217/04  , “The Bailout” has the government owning banks and Obama’s policies in waiting have been compared to Marxism. http://louisproyect.wordpress.com/2008/10/01/are-bailouts-marxist/

For now, we will wait to see what decisions Obama makes to shield our country from danger and protect her citizens.  “Let’s be clear here and shed whatever illusions one may have about the outcome of last Tuesday’s election. Despite the overwhelming rejection of the Bush administration and their surrogates by the American people, the incoming Obama administration will pay lip-service to civil liberties and the rule of law. This however, will amount to no more than a better public relations campaign, image management and product roll-out. America rebranded.” wrote Tom Burghardt  http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=viewArticle&code=BUR20081109&articleId=10864  His blog can be found at http://antifascist-calling.blogspot.com/

For now though our Bill of Rights are safe.  In an all too plausible court case, The Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision narrowly “ruled to uphold the Bill of Rights, the very tenets upon which American society is based. “After carefully considering the relevance of the 10 inviolable rights that comprise the ideological foundation on which our nation is built, the court finds that these basic freedoms remain important for the time being, and should not be overturned,” read the majority opinion authored by Justice Anthony Kennedy, who cast the tie-breaking vote. “Until such time as it can be definitively proven that citizens no longer require the protections provided by the Bill of Rights, it shall remain the principal legal guidance for the United States of America.” The Supreme Court’s latest decision comes on the heels of last month’s 6-3 ruling to abolish the pursuit of happiness from the three inalienable rights guaranteed by the Declaration of Independence. http://www.theonion.com/content/news_briefs/supreme_court_upholds_bill?utm_source=onion_rss_daily   Kudos to Justice Anthony Kennedy for saving The Bill of Rights and shame, shame, shame on those Justices who sought not to protect the Bill of Rights and who did solemnly swear to uphold those rights. From Wiki-  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oath_of_office#Federal_judicial_oaths

For readers are not familiar with The Onion, the Supreme Court Ruling is a satire and did not occur.  No Court has had issue with the Constitution Free Zone, yet.  When standing behind, beside or in front of the ACLU, keep in mind it may not stand up to protect all of The Bill of Rights either, “ACLU doesn’t mean all of the original 10 amendments because its policy No. 47 says, “Except for lawful police and military purposes, the possession of weapons by individuals is not constitutionally protected,” thereby ignoring the Second Amendment.”  http://www.stoptheaclu.com/archives/2008/09/06/aclu-very-selective-in-upholding-bill-of-rights/

Defending our borders, The U.S. Constitution and our privacy laws is a balancing act that will require Obama’s political vision be clear and forthright through out his entire Presidency.   Good luck with that theory of  a President being forthright though. Obama himself has barred the public from seeing his birth certificate, college transcripts, medical background, etc., so I’d say Obama’s privacy has been protected pretty dang well here in America.

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 NBC News and the group Election Protection are partnering up on election day to provide Americans with a completely slanted, liberal, Obama supporting socialitstic “spread the wealth around” view of Election Day news coverage.  

http://www.866ourvote.org/newsroom/press-releases?id=0026 “With less than 14 days before Election Day, NBC News and Election Protection will be joining forces to help voters ensure that their vote will count. The news leader and the nation’s largest nonpartisan voter protection coalition will work together to promote the 1-866-OUR-VOTEHotline and http://www.866ourvote.org [sic-  http://www.866ourvote.org./ ] website so that voters can receive live assistance if they encounter problems, and access the information before they head to the polls now through Election Day.

(Jonah) “Goldman along with Barbara Arnwine and John Strasburger will offer regular updates on the “state of voting”, share their expert opinions on the voting issues dominating news headlines, and provide insight and advice for how voters and lawmakers can minimize the barriers voters face when registering and casting a ballot. ….Election Protection has more than 100 partners at the national, state and local level and is providing live voter protection services now through Election Day across all 50 states. On November 4, Election Protection will mobilize tens of thousands of volunteers, including 10,000 legal volunteers to monitor polling places, educate voters, facilitate a dialogue .”  A dialogue with Obama supporters leading the way.

100 Parners all for the most part support the platform of Senator Barack Hussein Obama for President.  The ACLU is one of those partners.   Roger Baldwin, the founder and main inspiration in the ACLU said  “I am for Socialism, disarmament, and ultimately for abolishing the state itself as an instrument of violence and compulsion. I seek social ownership of property, the abolition of the propertied class, and sole control by those who produce wealth. Communism is the goal. It all sums up into one single purpose-the abolition of dog-eat-dog under which we live.” http://www.stoptheaclu.com/archives/2005/10/26/the-aclu-is-not-non-partisan/ 

NBC wants the American public to believe that Barbara Arnwine and John Strasburger are going to offfer unbiased news reporting, I don’t think so.  In her interview with Essence, Arnwine stressed that the law is especially important to African Americans. “It defines who we are much more than it does anybody else,” she said. “We’re not all equal under the Constitution. Our equality hinges on three amendments, and the court is constantly amending the import of those amendments. It’s constantly in flux.” http://www.answers.com/topic/barbara-arnwine She has openly criticized the civil rights record of the Bush and Reagan administrations.   To think that the law is more important to African Americans than white Americans is quite a statement. 

Election Partners is a who’s who of organizations that support Obama.  Main Stream NBC is hardly unbiased and like Obama’s other associations with people of character like The Reverend Wright, William Ayers, Atoin Tony Rezko, ACORN, put the liberal reform agenda for government handouts first and foremost. 

  • Logo Lawyers’ Committee For Civil Rights Under Law
  • Logo National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
  • Logo Women Donors Network
  • Logo Advancement Project
  • Logo American Civil Liberties Union
  • Logo Artists for a New South Africa
  • Logo Alliance for Justice
  • Logo NBC News
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  • Logo American Bar Association
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  • Logo Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
  • Logo BET
  • Logo Brennan Center for Justice
  • Logo National Bar Association
  • Logo Campaign Legal Center Voting Rights Enforcement Project
  • Logo Center for Community Change
  • Logo Color of Change
  • Logo Committee of Seventy
  • Logo Common Cause
  • Logo CREDO mobile
  • Logo Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington
  • Logo Democracia USA
  • Logo Demos
  • Logo Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • Logo Fair Elections Legal Network
  • Logo Go Vote Absentee
  • Logo Hispanic National Bar Association
  • Logo Human Rights Campaign
  • Logo Impact
  • Logo Just Vote Colorado
  • Logo Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund
  • Logo LULAC
  • Logo Mobilize.org
  • Logo National Disability Rights Network
  • Logo NAACP LDF
  • Logo Native Vote
  • Logo National Black Law Students Association
  • Logo National Lesbian and Gay Law Association
  • Logo NAPABA
  • Logo National Coalition for the Homeless
  • Logo National Council of Jewish Women
  • Logo NCLR
  • Logo Nonprofit Voter Engagement Network
  • Logo National Campaign For Fair Elections
  • Logo NALEO Educational Fund
  • Logo Our Faith Our Vote
  • Logo People for the American Way
  • Logo PRLDEF
  • Logo Progressive Future
  • Logo Rock the Vote
  • Logo TV One
  • Logo SEIU
  • Logo Sierra Club
  • Logo New Voters Project
  • Logo The Campaign Legal Center
  • Logo USHLI
  • Logo United States Student Association Foundation
  • Logo U.S. PIRG
  • Logo Verified Voting Foundation
  • Logo Voto Latino
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    All “….will offer regular updates on the “state of voting”, share their expert opinions on the voting issues dominating news headlines, and provide insight and advice for how voters and lawmakers can minimize the barriers voters face when registering and casting a ballot.  Expert opinions that sound like Obama soundbites.

    Shame, Shame on you NBC.

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