Bob Barr hits 8% in Ohio, 10% in Nevada, and 11% in New Hampshire

27 08 2008

Barr reaches 11 percent in state poll

Press release

ATLANTA — While Senators John McCain and Barack Obama spar over their houses and their vice president picks, Libertarian Party presidential nominee Bob Barr picks up steam in several battleground states that will play a key role in determining the outcome of the November election.

“It’s hard to ignore the numbers,” says Barr, who is polling in double-digits in some states according to a recent Zogby International poll released last week.

According to the poll results for 10 battleground states released on Aug. 23, Barr is polling at 11 percent in New Hampshire and 10 percent in Nevada. Barr is also polling 8 percent in Ohio, and has similar numbers across the country.

“Americans recognize that neither John McCain nor Barack Obama are agents of change in this country,” Barr says, explaining his increasing poll numbers. “Senators McCain and Obama are the remnants of a political establishment that has failed the American people, and will continue to do so as long as voters give them a chance. It’s time to send them a message; a message that says we will not tolerate another four years of business-as-usual in Washington.”

John Zogby, President and CEO of Zogby International, says that Barr “certainly can be” a significant factor in the upcoming election, and “can also throw McCain off balance with libertarian conservatives.”

“Liberals who are tired of the Democratic Party acting as a doormat to the government’s assault against civil liberties,” says Barr, “and conservatives who are tired of the Republican Party’s reckless abandonment of fiscal responsibility, are all potential Barr voters. As more voters realize that neither Obama nor McCain are candidates truly dedicated to reversing these trends, you can expect to see my numbers climb steadily higher.”

Libertarian Party presidential candidate Bob Barr represented the 7th District of Georgia in the U. S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 2003.





John McCain’s Hypocrisy on Candidacy Rights

26 08 2008

(Post from my other blog:  http://www.thinktoomuch.wordpress.com)

Soon, we will be posting an explanation of my endorsement of Bob Barr (with a banner to your right), for President. Until then, chew on this article:

From: http://westernstandard.blogs.com/shotgun/2008/08/pennsylvania-go.html

Monday, August 25, 2008

Pennsylvania GOP afraid of Bob Barr? And John McCain is a bit of a hypocrite

Here’s an excerpt from a Bob Barr press release (I’ve highlighted McCain quotes):

Bob Barr’s presidential campaign has recently learned of an action by the McCain campaign and the Pennsylvania Republican Party to have Barr removed from the state’s ballot, this despite McCain’s promise in the 2000 election that he would, “never consider, ever consider, allowing a supporter of [his] to challenge [his opponent]’s right to be on the ballot in all 50 states.”

In 2000, McCain told reporters, ”Let’s not have the kind of Stalinist politics that the state of New York, the Republican Party, has been practicing.”

“This move by the McCain campaign completely contradicts everything John McCain stood for in 2000 when his competitors were trying to keep him off the ballot,” says Barr. “McCain has become a part of the same corrupted machine he spoke vehemently against only eight years ago.”

“This is America, where people have a right to run for office and a right to compete for the chance to lead the people of this nation,” Barr continues. “I look forward to the chance to compete fairly against Senator McCain for votes in Pennsylvania and every other state.

And here’s Barr on the lawsuit and McCain’s two-facedness:

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Bed, Bath, and Beware

5 08 2008
Today I stepped into Bed, Bath, and Beyond with mom to pick up a few supplies, including some college-related items. I was donning an uncharacteristic frown because I was not wearing my fake tooth partial, since I’m still recovering from my surgery. Exhausted from late night loan-application projects, a post-surgery body, and a general disaffection with shopping (I’m an idealistic extrovert, mundane things like shopping for house supplies normally bores and exhausts me all at the same time…unless I’m in a rather autonomous or creative mood), I wandered aimlessly, very quickly, in order to draw large amounts of subconscious attention to myself. Anything for kicks. 

I passed by a platform of door-mats, designed mostly for dorm room entrances, and a seemingly patriotic door-mat caught my attention. I saw the word, “Life” and then the word “liberty” and finished the sentence in my head… “and the pursuit of happiness.” I was proud of my historical egotism. Yes, siree. I, Kyle Johnson, had the most famous line of the Declaration of Independence memorized. 

I continued with my wandering, headed towards the sliding doors to catch a glimpse of what freedom from ‘beyond’ looked like, all the while knowing that my bondage (mom) was still hovering in the midst of the bathroom supplies behind me. Somewhere in the middle of this thought, which I don’t really remember having, I came to a screeching halt once my visual perceptions caught up with the rest of me. Soon, a furrowed brow was added to my frown. I like pretending that I’m an old grouch sometimes. I took a closer look at the aforementioned door-mat and noticed the absence of 3 important words. The door-mat said “Life, liberty, happiness” instead of the Declaration’s real words, “Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

Hm…. why is it different?

Is this an immaterial difference? Does it matter? 

Perhaps, taken in context the door-mat simply is supposed to mean that, the people living at this house or dorm room have gained happiness because of their right to pursue it. Is that what it means? 

Or, does it mean that the Declaration of Independence argues that happiness is a right, just as life and liberty are? 

Who knows what the intentions behind this door-mat were, and who knows how many different interpretations people could take from the words. But these few words constitute a huge philosophical difference from what the Declaration actually says. 

According to the Declaration, happiness is NOT a right, the PURSUIT of happiness is a right. There is a HUGE difference. 

If happiness is seen as a right, someone can validly say that the government has the responsibility to make everyone happy. But this is impossible, and leads to all sorts of injustices. 

If happiness becomes a right, life and liberty very quickly are no longer treated as rights. It creates a huge mess. 

For starters, how can anyone define what happiness is? Happiness isn’t something that can be defined in moral terms like rights can. What if murder makes you happy? Someone could, rightfully so, argue that murder is not wrong because it makes someone happy, and they have the right to be happy. The right of the victim to live is taken away to give someone happiness. 

You’d be surprised what happens when nations don’t remember and don’t define the moral ideas they are based upon. 

This is a secular humanist, and in fact nearly a Marxist, idea. Marx would argue that if you change society, you can change people’s definitions of happiness so that they are content, thus government can and should make people happy. So, Marx designed a system that tried to make people happy. 

When anything stood in the way of Marxism, the iron-fisted government took away people’s lives and liberty (the first two rights) in order to institute ‘Utopia’ or happiness. That is what happens when happiness is seen as a right. 

Life, liberty, and happiness can’t all be considered rights at the same time. Those who want ‘happiness’ always will do so at the expense of liberty and sometimes even of life. People who disagree on what happiness is will try to gain power over the people who have another definition of happiness. The result is chaotic mob rule at worst, and at best, a government that cares more about special interests than liberty or life. 

See what a difference a few words can make? 

Thomas Jefferson, and those who helped revise the Declaration of Independence took great pains over every single word of that precious document. The document represented thousands of pages of philosophy, ideas, theories, etc… all on one page (granted, a very large page, but still just a page). Every word was important. Changing just a small part, changes a lot.

While we do not have a right to happiness, we have a right to pursue happiness. We have the freedom to make a life of our own, to own property, and to do with it what we will. But we can not use it to take away someone else’s freedom to pursue ‘happiness’. We can not use it to take away someone’s life. We can not use it to take away someone’s liberty. They are all in check, they are all limited, but the existence of the rights do not by their very nature conflict with each other. It’s beautiful. It’s just. It reflects the law which is ‘written on our hearts’, as it says in Romans. 

It is this freedom, beauty, and justice which has made our nation the shining city on a hill that it has been referred to by many wise individuals. It is this justice and freedom which has been a testament to what a country founded on the Justice of God can be. It is this Justice that glorifies God. It is this testimony of God’s glory which has been a powerful tool of the Gospel… a picture of what those trying to create a redeemed world can look like. 

Sure, we fail. Sure, our country is not what it once was… but what she tries to be, is beautiful.

Ideas have consequences, and just a few words can completely change an idea. With the large amount of historical revisionism forced into our public school textbooks, the last thing we need are stores selling misrepresentations of the principles of our country. 

If we forget what our country stands for, we might slowly accept these wrong ideas, and justice will eventually be destroyed. In fact, we’re well on our way. Our government, regardless of which party, currently revolves around using government to make people happy, to ‘fix’ people’s lives. Money is dished out to special interest groups. 

Whoever’s definition of happiness is shouted the loudest, gets the benefits. Often at the expense of the liberties of other people. If one demographic demands that they deserve something to make their lives better, a Democrat (or John McCain) will give them a government handout and a Republican will offer them a tax break. Even at the expense of all the other people groups. Either way, government is acting upon the idea that people deserve happiness, just as much as they deserve life or liberty. Even if it means taking a piece of someone else’s liberty away, which is always the consequence of treating happiness as a right. Happiness as a right can not co-exist with life or liberty as rights. Something has to give. Usually, it’s liberty or even life. 
(by the way, the great irony is that when people demand something to make them happy, they are rarely really happy. Usually they end up worse off. If not materially, spiritually or emotionally. See Theodore Dalrymple’s book ‘Life at the Bottom’ for more on that). 

Where will it end? Could it eventually lead to socialism, and even greater injustices? I wouldn’t be the first to say that America is well on its way to socialism, as are most of western forms of government. 

So let me bring you back to the words of the man who wrote our Declaration in the first place. He had some strong words to say on the topic of maintaining justice in our country: 

“Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that his justice cannot sleep for ever . . . .” — Thomas Jefferson





Skip Church

1 07 2008

Modern Christianity puts a lot of stock into worship. We have big Christian worship concerts with people like Chris Tomlin, David Crowder, Hillsong, or for some of us, The Gaithers. We go to festivals in the summer like Alive and Passion. Our churches spend a great deal of money on staging, and equipment for forms of modern worship, or for more liturgically conservative churches, we spend a great deal of money on ornate sanctuaries and huge organs. We’ve written lots of books on worship, and about prayer. I went to amazon.com and searched the word ‘prayer’. there were 314,704 book results. ‘Worship’ yielded 227,588 books and 6,491 CDs. One could say that we put a lot of work into prayer and worship, and who could blame us? We have the means, why not go to great lengths to praise our Lord? Yet I am here to present the highly unpopular and controversial idea that there are times when all of this work, money, and thought is for nothing. Is it possible that there are times when God ignores our prayers, and our worship? 

In the Old Testament, God entered into a covenant with his people, Israel. As a part of that covenant, there were certain prescribed methods of worship. Although our culture is very different, and the covenant of Christ we are in provides some ritualistic differences, there are actually a lot of similarities to worship now and then. We have festivals, so did they. We have weekly gatherings, so did they. We pray a lot, so did they. We worship with music, so did they. They sacrificed lambs, and goats, and other animals as atonement for their sins. Although we don’t follow those rituals anymore, we celebrate the sacrifice of The Christ, and partake in communion, which is symbolically the same thing. 

Yet, despite Israel’s devotion to ‘good worship’ and ‘prayer’ similar to our own, there is a time in Israel’s history that, by looking at Scripture, we can see that God paid no attention to their worship, he covered his ears, and he found their worship to be disgusting. 

Isaiah 1:11-15b
“The multitude of your sacrifices— 
what are they to me?” says the LORD. 
“I have more than enough of burnt offerings, 
of rams and the fat of fattened animals; 
I have no pleasure 
in the blood of bulls and lambs and goats.

When you come to appear before me, 
who has asked this of you, 
this trampling of my courts?

Stop bringing meaningless offerings! 
Your incense is detestable to me. 
New Moons, Sabbaths and convocations— 
I cannot bear your evil assemblies.

Your New Moon festivals and your appointed feasts 
my soul hates. 
They have become a burden to me; 
I am weary of bearing them.

When you spread out your hands in prayer, 
I will hide my eyes from you; 
even if you offer many prayers, 
I will not listen. 

——-

What did Israel do that made God so angry that he declares that He does not desire their worshp, that he takes no pleasure in it, and that he will not even listen to the prayers of His people? 

The context of this passage is a time in Israel’s history where some horrible things were happening. Much of Israel had resorted to idol worship, which brought with it all sorts of disgusting rituals. Worship to these false gods included the sacrificing of newly born babies, prostitution, and other forms of sexual immorality. 

Hebrew Law was partially based upon the concept of ‘victims’ rights’, where victims of crimes had the right to make sure that their case was prosecuted and that due punishment was given if guilt was found. The poor, orphans, and widows, were susceptible to being taken advantage of, but these victims’ rights laws were in place to make sure that they had a fair chance to have justice served against those who would oppress and terrorize them. In this time in Israel’s history, widows and orphans were being oppressed without their victims’ rights being defended. 

Although it is likely that only a small portion of Israel’s population were a party to such injustices, Hebrew Law gave a lot of ‘power to the people’ similar to the democratic elements in America’s foundation as a Constitutional Republic. The people had the political power to end these injustice, but history tells us that they were ignoring their civic duty to do so. This is why God goes on to say in Isaiah 1:15b

“You have blood on your hands”

If someone allows injustice to happen despite their power to do something about it, they share in the guilt for the injustice. 

and then God continues with: 

16 wash and make yourselves clean. 
Take your evil deeds 
out of my sight! 
Stop doing wrong,

17 learn to do right! 
Seek justice, 
encourage the oppressed. [a] 
Defend the cause of the fatherless, 
plead the case of the widow.


God told Israel that their worship and their prayers meant nothing unless they would live up to their personal and civic duty to ‘seek justice, encourage the oppressed, defend the cause of the fatherless, and plead the case of the widow’, which is what God had commanded in his law. 

Deuteronomy 16:20
“Follow justice and justice alone, so that you may live and possess the land the LORD your God is giving you”

Jesus spoke about injustice as well: 

Matthew 23:23
“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cummin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.”

Justice is very important to God, and injustice still exists in our world today. 

—There are now more slaves in the world than any other time in history. Children sold into sex slavery. People of all ages sent into forced labor. Human beings trafficked across borders. There are an estimated 27 million people in some sort of slave condition across the world, right now. 

—Since the Roe v. Wade ruling in the United States, 47 million unborn babies have been aborted. 

—In the Darfur region of Africa, an oppressive anti-Christian and now racially anti-African government has killed 400,000 civilians and displaced 2.5 million people from their homes. 

Jon Foreman, from the band Switchfoot, has written the following song which takes Isaiah 1:11-18 and replaces the cultural references with references to our times, culture, and modern mainstream Christianity: 

“Instead of a Show” by Jon Foreman

I hate all your show and pretense
the hypocrisy of your praise
the hypocrisy of your festivals
I hate all your show

Away with your noisy worship
Away with your noisy hymns
I stop up my ears when your 
singing ‘em
I hate all your show

Instead let there be a flood
of justice
An endless procession of righteous
living, living
Instead let there be a flood 
of justice
Instead of a show

your eyes are closed when you’re praying
you sing right along with the band
you shine up your shoes for services
but there’s blood on your hands

you turned your back on the homeless
and the ones that don’t fit in your plans
quit playing religion games
there’s blood on your hands

Ah! let’s argue this out
if your sins are blood red
let’s argue this out
you’ll be white as the clouds
let’s argue this out
quit fooling around

give love to the ones who can’t love at all
give hope to the ones who got no hope at all
stand up for the ones who can’t stand up at all
instead of a show
I hate all your show


In this song, Jon Forman parellels the writings of Isaiah to modern times. The passage in Isaiah begins by describing Israel’s worship rituals (sacrificing animals, etc…), and Jon Foreman describes modern worship rituals: 

“your eyes are closed when you’re praying
you sing right along with the band
you shine up your shoes for services”

No element of contemporary Christianity is let loose from Foreman’s criticism. He mentions ‘shining shoes’ which feels like a reference to the more conservative liturgical Christianity, as well as ‘singing along with the band’ as a reference to modern church worship. 

Isaiah speaks of God’s response to this worship, he does not delight in it, he does not listen to it, and he turns away from their prayers. 

Jon Foreman describes a similar response from God to our worship today: 

“Away with your noisy worship
Away with your noisy hymns
I stop up my ears when your 
singing ‘em
I hate all your show”

God tells Israel to fight for justice, and to stand up for the oppressed. 

What are the modern day injustices that Jon Foreman speaks of? 

“you turned your back on the homeless
and the ones that don’t fit in your plans
quit playing religion games
there’s blood on your hands”

First he mentions the homeless. 

Mainstream conservative Christianity sometimes has a tendency to ignore the poor, by pointing to the alcoholism, drug use, and laziness that is sometimes attached to the poor as an excuse to deny mercy and help. As Christians, we should not hold back compassion because of the poor choices and habits of those in poverty by declaring ‘It’s their own fault and their own problem’, but instead we should offer compassion more abundantly and help people overcome these personal problems that lead to poverty. We must also realize that there are causes of poverty besides poor choices and habits. Liberal Christianity, on the other hand, fools around with welfare programs, which in my opinion, only worsen the plight of the poor, and is nothing but an impersonal attempt at fixing very personal problems. Once again, it does not wish to touch the very complicated social and psychological problems associated with poverty. Yes, this is a gross-generalization, but mainstream Christianity both on the left and the right often seems to want nothing to do with the poor and their real problems. Even those of us who do care for the poor need to do better about encouraging others to do the same. *

Foreman’s reference to ‘those that don’t fit into your plan’ could perhaps be a reference to abortion. The common excuse for abortion is that ‘I did not plan for a child, thus I shouldn’t have to take care of it and deliver it’.

Mother Theresa’s words come to mind: “It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish.”

‘Those who can not stand’ also sounds like a reference to babies, who can not stand on their own.

Yet, this is just the tip of the iceberg. This is not to mention human trafficking, child prostitution, the genocide in Darfur, and other injustices. And perhaps God’s call to justice also requires a civic responsibility to stand up for justice in every detail of public policy. Fighting to have a traffic light installed in your town, which could save lives, perhaps glorifies God and reflects his love of justice as well.

Is American Christianity ignoring these injustices? 

Not totally, but perhaps we are not doing enough. 

Chuck Colson once said something along the lines of, “I have good news and bad news. The good news is that there are now more Christians in the world than ever before. The bad news is that it doesn’t seem to be making any difference” 

Just as God declares that there is blood on Israel’s hands for allowing injustice, specifically the murdering of newly-born babies, to occur… what is on our hands as we allow trafficking, abortion, and genocides occur when we have the political and economic power to do something about them? We all vote. We have access to our representatives. We have access to Washington. There are organizations fighting to stamp out these injustices. Why are we not more involved? Why is the church caught up with writing books about being better worshipers, while our ignorance of the poor, the needy, the oppressed, and the murdered destroys our worship in God’s eyes? 

Let us not turn a deaf ear to the oppressed, because if we do, will God turn a deaf ear to us? 

Scripture teaches that God hears the plight of the oppressed, why don’t we?

(From Exodus 22)

“22 “Do not take advantage of a widow or an orphan. 23 If you do and they cry out to me, I will certainly hear their cry.”

25 “If you lend money to one of my people among you who is needy, do not be like a moneylender; charge him no interest. [e] 26 If you take your neighbor’s cloak as a pledge, return it to him by sunset, 27 because his cloak is the only covering he has for his body. What else will he sleep in? When he cries out to me, I will hear, for I am compassionate.”

We go to big churches, Christian Music Festivals, worship concerts, and we pray.. yet if we ignore the injustice around us, it is all meaningless. God does not care, and it makes him sick. 

May we listen to history! May we respond to our Lord’s calling for us to stand up for justice! Let us end these worship charades, and put an end to these shows, until there is a flow of justice and righteousness, which is a music much louder than any amount of speakers and amplifiers can match. 

I would invite you all to join the Facebook event I will be creating, tentatively titled ‘International Skip Church Day’. This will be a day set aside to remember that our prayer and worship is nothing if we ignore justice and righteousness. This will be a day set aside for us to stay home from church to pray for God to gives us ears for the plight of the oppressed, and to forgive us for our political and social apathy on issues of injustice. Take this day to find out how you can become more politically involved. Take this day to encourage and pray for the people that you know who are in politics, or law, that they will have the heart of God as they seek justice. Take this day to do something practical for the countless organizations working against injustice in our world. Take this day to give some organization some money. Take this day to become smarter about injustice, which organizations are really making a difference? What is the nature of the injustices in the world? What are the possible solutions? Take this day to raise awareness about some issue of injustice. Take this day to read Hebrew Law in the Old Testament and see God’s heart for justice. Gather friends together to watch a movie that tells the stories of God’s work against injustice through Christians, such as ‘Amazing Grace’. Read about Mother Theresa or William Wilberforce. And take this day to remember, that God does not hear us if we harbor sin in our hearts, and allowing injustice to reside in our world when we have the power to fight against it, places the blood on our hands as well. Take this day to let Christ wash our hands of blood, in His grace, to seek justice, to stand up for the oppressed, and to praise God not just through our music, but through our compassion and our actions.   http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=23851572789

Skip church. The music can wait, God won’t. 

“There is a yearning for justice inherent in the lining of every heart, and a sense encircling every synapse that tells us things are not as they ought to be in this world. But it is a glorious and unique endeavor to fight against the disconnect of our privileged culture and start to breathe and move and embody the mandate to act on the yearnings, and respond to the sense, and ultimately live as if the Gospel is true, and freedom and justice are worth every ounce of blood, muscle, and thought, we could possibly offer.”

-Dan Haseltine of the band Jars of Clay

—-

*(Jon Foreman’s song ’somebody’s baby’ is a great piece on this subject… and in my interpretation takes a stab at welfare programs by saying ‘when people don’t want you they throw you money for beer’ …which in my estimation, is all that welfare does. It ignores the personal problems of poverty and just throws money around. Supporting welfare programs in no way makes you more compassionate than anyone else who walks by the homeless and pays them no attention. Both personal ignorance of the poor, and welfare programs send the same message of ‘I don’t want to touch you, so I’ll let the government touch you by throwing money at you from a far off capital building).





From Financial Sense.com

1 07 2008

The Enemy’s Scheme of Attack

by J. R. Nyquist

Weekly Column Published: 06.27.2008

http://www.financialsense.com/stormwatch/geo/pastanalysis/2008/0627.html

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Asmall war can grow into a great war. Superpowers may confront each other. In fact, it’s happening now. The world’s superpowers are suppressing Islamists in Iraq and Chechnya. Adjoining each conflict is another conflict, ready to flare up. On May 6 the Russian press declared: Russia-Georgia ‘close to war’, Tbilisi to blame – Russian NATO envoy. At the same time, Russia has warned the U.S. against preemptively striking Iran. The Americans are presented with a dilemma. If the U.S. doesn’t strike Iran before the November presidential election then Israel will launch a strike. Either way, the Middle East comes unhinged within seven months.

Many pundits assume that Russia and America are natural partners in the War on Terror. If only they could find common ground and work together. This idea is mistaken, however, since Russia’s war against Islamic terror isn’t the same as America’s war. The difference between the two superpowers is most obvious, most glaring when we realize that Russia is not afraid to pass nuclear secrets to Iran. She is not afraid to arm Palestinian terrorists or Latin American terrorists. From the very start, the war in Chechnya was a provocation. The speaker of the Chechen parliament, Dukvakha Abdurakhmanov, has publicly stated that “Russia created Dudaev, Maskhadov and Basayev [the leaders of the Chechen revolt].” He added that Basayev “was a GRU officer in Abkhazia….” He also said that Chechnya had “saved Russia from NATO” and would save Russia in the future. To understand his remark you must understand Russia’s long range policy. The entire Chechen War, with all its death and tragedy, was used by Moscow to justify Russia’s totalitarian revival under Putin. It feeds the vital diversionary rumor that Al Qaeda smuggled nuclear weapons out of Russia via Chechnya. Therefore, when Russian nuclear weapons are detonated in New York and Washington, Moscow will not be blamed. The Chechen alibi is in place.

Earlier this month U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates stated that Russia is modernizing and improving its missile and nuclear weapon technology. Russia is also building a highly professional army, based on mobile concepts and advanced weaponry. Early last year, in testimony before Congress, Gates noted that Russia and China are both “Pursuing sophisticated military modernization programs” that threaten U.S. security.

These are not new developments. They are ongoing developments that government officials, pundits and the media have generally chosen to ignore – with occasional exceptions. One such exception occurred on Aug. 8, 1998 when Stanislav Lunev testified before the Military Research and Development Subcommittee of the House of Representatives. Lunev was formerly a colonel in the GRU (Russian military intelligence) with knowledge of Russian military intentions. As the subcommittee chairman explained, Lunev’s testimony suggests that Moscow “continues to perfect war plans that would assassinate U.S. political and military leaders and sabotage key targets in the United States by using small man-portable nuclear weapons.”

But didn’t the Cold War end with the collapse of the Soviet Union?

According to Lunev’s 1998 testimony, “Russian intelligence activity against this country [America] is much more active than it was in time of the former Soviet Union…. And this activity … is much more dangerous for this country than it was before.” He further warned, “you can accept my information or not. But I can tell you … that before the USSR disintegration, we worked very hard trying to penetrate through this country’s national security secrets. And sometimes we were successful….”

Before the events of 9/11, before the American people knew anything about al Qaeda, Lunev was warning about Kremlin nukes being smuggled into the United States. “According Soviet military plans,” said Lunev, “very well in advance, maybe few months, maybe few weeks … before real war … Russian Special Operations Forces [will] come here to pick up weapons systems, because they will fly here as tourists, businessmen.” Once inside the United States they would locate prepositioned weapons of mass destruction. According to Lunev, “They need to come here with clean hands, only with documents. Maybe some money, that is all. But according to their tasking, in a few hours they need to physically destroy [and] eliminate American military chains of command, President, Supreme Commander-in-Chief, Vice President, Speaker of the House, military commanders, especially to cut [the] head from American military chain of command. They need to destroy communications system in this country and grow panic and chaos in this country before real war would be in place.”

Lunev defected from the GRU. He was familiar with Russian military plans. According to these plans, Russian military teams will come to America, pick up weapon systems, and fulfill their operational mission. When a Congressman tried to account for all this as Russian paranoia, Lunev corrected him: “they are not paranoid; they are really smart people. And they know if their policy will push to the next world war, it would be thermonuclear war…. As a result of this, they constructed huge underground facilities in Moscow, close to Moscow, with communications, underground communications with other places and cities, including Yamantau [Mountain]….”

Russian war preparations have continued through the 1990s up to the present moment. Congressman Owen Pickett of Virginia made the following statement before Lunev’s testimony: “I understand Col. Lunev will share with us his belief that Russian military service and intelligence personnel still regard the United States as the enemy, consider war between our two nations as inevitable, and that they are actively planning for a World War III.”

There is something else out of Russia that confirms Lunev’s testimony. It is the so-called “Surikov document” described by Weldon as “an internal Russian advisory document which also says that ultimately the United States will be Russia’s long-term enemy [and] considers a war with the United States as likely and even inevitable….” This document also refers to a future merging of Russia’s interests with those of various rogue states (i.e., Libya, Iraq, Syria, etc.). One should also consider Russia’s official military doctrine, confirmed in 1999, which emphasizes nuclear first strike “under a broad range of scenarios.”

Some will say this is old news. What everyone seems to miss is the steady consistency of Russian policy. The Kremlin knows where it is going and stays on course. Russian belligerence has become even more apparent since 1998, with the assassination of prominent dissidents like Anna Politkovskaya and Alexander Litvinenko. Through murder, oppression and support of rogue regimes the Kremlin has tipped its hand for all to see. Unfortunately, men are deluded by false concepts and wishful thinking. The Spanish philosopher, Jose Ortega y Gasset once wrote: “To create a concept is to leave reality behind.” Propaganda is superficially thought to consist in simplistic arguments or slogans to promote a cause. But there are higher, intellectual weapons available. With the aid of false concepts, facts can be misinterpreted. Reality itself can be distorted. The masses can be aroused against their leaders, the patriot can be led into treason, and the proletariat can be mobilized against the bourgeoisie. Just as naval supremacy gives an advantage in time of war, disinformation supremacy provides an even greater advantage – scrambling the enemy’s brain, dividing and conquering the various groups within the enemy camp.

False concepts pave the way to false facts which our liberals and conservatives readily take to heart. Bush and America are vilified, even by Americans. Communism is spreading throughout Latin America. The Third World is beating a path to Moscow and Beijing. Someone’s propaganda is succeeding. Look around you today. Is the information you’ve entertained leading you to positions consistent with national unity and final victory? Or have you been led to positions that make you vulnerable to the enemy’s scheme of attack? 

Copyright © 2008 Jeffrey R. Nyquist
Global Analysis Archive





Turn your Ears and you Heart to Darfur NOW.

14 04 2008
Turn your Ears and your Heart to Darfur NOW.

Today, April the 13th, is the Global Darfur Day of Action. All over the world today, projects and protests to raise awareness and lobby governments to take action in the Darfur region of the Sudan are taking place.

Because of an intense attack of allergies (the pollen count was around 160 where I am), and a possible sinus infection, I have been rendered unable to be involved in any local protesting. So I’m going to start a revolution from my bed, as the Beatles’ would say. In all actuality, I’m sitting at my desk, but that is of no consequence right now.

I am posting this note multiple times until every person on my friend list has been tagged, to tell everyone I know about what is happening in Darfur region. I apologize, but only a little bit, if I tag you multiple times by accident. Personally, I am very uneducated about the issue as a whole, but it is still close to my heart and often in my prayers and regularly on my mind….so I will share with you what I can.

I am posting some basic information, links for where you can find more information, and links for places you can get involved.

As a Christian, I want to begin with one thought as you read over the material below. In the book of Isaiah, our God strongly chides his people for the disconnect between their beliefs and their actions. They believed in and claimed that they wanted to follow God, but they denied this faith by their actions. Our God is a God of justice, and when they ignored the injustices going on in the world around them, God got angry with them. He even told them that he would not listen to their prayers, and that their worship made him sick. Instead, he said, “Learn to do good; Seek justice, Reprove the ruthless, Defend the orphan, Plead for the widow.” (Isaiah 1:17).

Turn your ear and your heart to Darfur, and learn to to good and seek justice, O children of God.

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What Is the Situation in Sudan? (From: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A20765-2004Jul1.html

An increasingly dire situation in Darfur in western Sudan has devolved into the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, according to international observers and the U.S. State Department. A State Department report issued Sept. 9 says that 1.2 million people have been displaced from their homes in Sudan while at least 200,000 have fled to neighboring Chad. As many as 405 villages have been destroyed and and more than 100 others significantly damaged. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees reports at least 50,000 people have died as a result of the conflict between government-backed Arab militias and Africans in western Sudan.

Living conditions in the region threaten hundreds of thousands of people. The U.N. World Food Program delivered food to nearly one million people in Darfur in August, falling short of its goal of 1.2 million people. If the situation persists, the U.S. Agency for International Development estimates that at least 350,000 people will die of disease and malnutrition by the end of the year.

The government-backed groups, known as “Janjaweed,” terrorize Africans, destroying villages, killing and maiming men, ransacking food supplies and blocking international assistance. The Washington Post’s Emily Wax reports that the Janjaweed also carry out systematic campaigns of rape against African women in an attempt to humiliate the women and their families and weaken tribal ethnic lines. Human rights groups say the government, by funding the Janjaweed militants, is carrying out an ethnic cleansing campaign.”


(basically, an Arab government in the Sudan is terrorizing and killing communities and entire tribes, leaving thousands upon thousands of people displaced or killed. I’ll note that some of the targeted groups have been Sudanese Christians)

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From http://www.savedarfur.org :

Darfur has been embroiled in a deadly conflict for over three years. At least 400,000 people have been killed; more than 2 million innocent civilians have been forced to flee their homes and now live in displaced-persons camps in Sudan or in refugee camps in neighboring Chad; and more than 3.5 million men, women, and children are completely reliant on international aid for survival. Not since the Rwandan genocide of 1994 has the world seen such a calculated campaign of displacement, starvation, rape, and mass slaughter.

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I want to turn the attention to China for a moment:

China has strong ties to the government in Sudan that is carrying out this violence.

http://savedarfur.org/page/content/china_sudan_darfur

Here are the highlights from the eye-opening website cited above:

Arms sales: Over the past decade and more, China has been the leading supplier of weapons and weapons technology to Sudan. Beijing defends its military sales to Khartoum as legal. UN and human rights organizations have reported sightings of Chinese-made small arms weapons, military trucks, and other war materiel being used by Sudanese government forces, and their janjaweed militia, in Darfur.

Oil: China is the world’s largest player in Sudan’s oil industry, with major roles in the development, extraction, and acquisition of Sudan’s oil. Oil accounts for 70% of Sudan’s total global exports ($5.25 billion in 2006). Reports suggest that a substantial majority of Sudan’s oil profits may go to the military.

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Something important to consider is the fact that we, the United States, trades a lot with China. It is one thing for our country’s commerce being used to grow the economy of a nation that requires forced abortions, persecutes the Church, makes and sells weapons to our enemies (including Al-Qaeda, Iran, Venezuala in connection with Russia, etc…), and who is specifically allowing and supporting the government in The Sudan that is committing these atrocities. However, it is another thing when we consider that our trade policies with China give them an economic advantage. They tax goods going into their nation, and we don’t tax goods coming into the United States, and as a result we have a HUGE trade deficit that is threatening our economy and giving China extra money to buy weapons that are sold to the Sudanese government to persecute the people of Darfur.

Our elected officials seem scared to stand up to the Chinese. Even our media is influenced by China… since they make their money off of their sponsors, and their sponsors make their money in China right now. That is why you rarely hear about Darfur in the mainstream news.

It’s just something to chew on. This is not a simple issue, it is not simply a mater of making the global community aware of the problem, it is not an issue of just sending food to Darfur… it is a complicated geopolitical issue based upon the evil of certain governments and their leaders (primarily the Sudanese government, and the Chinese government) and the fear or apathy of other nations.

When we learn about what happened in places like Nazi Germany (the holocaust), we sometimes say things like ‘never again’. We believe that we will never again allow something so terrible to occur. The events in Darfur is the only place in the world where a genocide has been declared by the US government while the events are taking place…and we are doing essentially nothing.

What will you do?

Visit http://www.savedarfur.org for some ideas and lots more information.

The most important, most foundational thing that you can do however… is to pray. Pray alone. Pray with your family. Pray with friends. Pray with strangers. Pray in the dark, or in a well-lit room. Pray in a crowded street or in your closet. Pray indoors or outside. But whatever you do, pray. Pray for the people of Darfur. Pray that we will find ways to be the hands and feet of Jesus and the justice he represents. Pray that our leaders will think of what is right, instead of appeasing an evil regime. Pray even for our enemies, those who are carrying out these atrocities, that they will see the errors of their ways and repent. Simply pray.

Remember that God made men equal. The men and women being terrorized in Darfur are fellow human beings. They are our people, because we are all people. Let us join together and pray and fight for freedom for our people. I want freedom for my people. And maybe, maybe one day soon, we can look across the Atlantic ocean, join our hearts together with our brothers and sisters in Darfur and exclaim,

‘Free at last! Glory to God hallelujah, free at last!’

But it starts with you. Now.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQwCCm-H-sU





Flippers, Floppers and Frauds vs. Duncan Hunter, Part 3

11 10 2007

Alexander J. Madison – October 9, 2007

After watching the Michigan GOP debate on the economy tonight, it may be understandable why casual GOP viewers might think “gee, we have a host of good choices”. Each candidate gave mostly reasonable answers to mostly reasonable questions, with at least an attempt at tying it to conservative principles. (I exclude Ron Paul, simply because he was on another planet for the evening, talking about cutting and running from the war against the terrorists in each answer).

But there was one moment that was most poignant, and it was not Mitt and Rudy’s amusing tit for tat on the constitutionality of the line item veto. It was when Duncan Hunter, after telling the audience about the loss of 54,000 manufacturing jobs in Michigan, turned to Fred Thompson, John McCain and Sam Brownback and said:

“And I would say to my colleagues, Senator Thompson, and the other senators, you all voted for Most Favored Nation trading status for Communist China. That set the groundwork for 1.8 million high-paying, manufacturing jobs moving offshore. Going offshore and some of them never to return. And what I would do is pass the Hunter-Ryan bill which would put countervailing duties on the Chinese when they cheat. They are cheating on trade right now. I’d bring those jobs back home to the United States. And I would connect up the middle class of America with the Republican Party one more time.”

Hunter was direct, in command and thoroughly convinced of his position. Fred was given the chance to respond and muttered something about the importance of ‘free trade’ being necessary for the US to maintain our economic strength.

However, the transparency of Thompson’s position was undercut by his subsequent admission that China was practicing unfair trade by devaluing their currency, the yuan, and that he would try to work that out.

But Hunter has been so far ahead of the curve on this issue, like on so many other issues, that Thompson and company now complaining about China is hollow rhetoric. First, notice the use of the term “communist China”. Above all else, Hunter recognizes these Mao protégés in charge of China are still an adversary, not a ‘partner’. The aforementioned Senators not only voted to give this communist nation a more than generous ‘permanent’ trade deal, but they did so at a time when many of their contemptible, hostile acts were being exposed. Those acts included illegally funneling money to democrats, a case that Thompson investigated and decided to turn into an advertisement for Campaign Finance Reform. They also included unprecedented theft of nuclear and military secrets from our labs and defense contractors, threats to nuke Los Angeles over the Taiwan situation, propping up North Korea’s and Pakistan’s nuclear programs, and bribing US companies and politicians for satellite (meaning missile) launch technology. And while doing this, the US congress each year passed another ‘extension’ of the Most Favored Nation trading status that they first obtained in the early nineties. And each extension was dutifully voted on and approved by McCain, Thompson and friends, while Hunter vociferously objected to this suicide pact. Hunter would bring out the intel folks to testify, publicize the Pentagon’s reports on the Chinese military buildup, point out the loss of manufacturing technologies, etc; all to no avail. PNTR was passed in 2000, eliminating the debate and removing any carrot-stick approach to trade with the chicoms for good.

So in addition to signing on to a horrible trade deal when China’s malfeasance was widely understood, the WSJ free traders opened the floodgates for computers and telecommunications equipment and automobile parts and everything in between being off-shored to a slave wage communist hellhole, at the expense of US manufacturing. Just look at the shelves in Home Depot today compared to 15 years ago. Power tools – Made in China. Hand tools – Made in China. Ceiling fans – Made in China. Light bulbs – Made in China. Microwave ovens – Made in China. Iconic ‘American’ products such as Masterlock – Made in China. Vise Grips – Made in China. Stanley – Made in China. Skilsaw – Made in China. For crap’s sake, the Radio Flyer Little Red Wagon is Made in China. The list is nearly endless.

The kicker is that these products are not only made in China, but that we have surrendered our manufacturing secrets and prowess, built up over many decades by preceding generations of US workers, to an enemy that has a strategy to take us down. Technology transfer is part and parcel of doing business with the People’s Liberation Army. Now, when a new high tech product like the Apple i-Phone is designed, it immediately goes to China for manufacturing. If China surpasses the US in microelectronics manufacturing, nothing will stop them from leapfrogging the United States in military system development in the future. All of this was bought and paid for by the blood, sweat and labor of the American worker. It is one thing to have ‘free trade’ with our longtime allies such as Canada, Britain and the Aussies, which Hunter supports. It is quite another to structure such a trade agreement with an adversary.

Duncan Hunter has understood this for a very long time. He has been the most consistent adversary of kowtowing to the Chinese. Hunter rightly points out that his good friend, the late, great President Reagan – a big believer in trade amongst nations- never gave the USSR a ‘free trade’ agreement. China is the new USSR, and it is only slowly that the GOP is now recognizing this fact, due primarily to Hunter’s non-stop, tireless pronouncements on Chinese duplicity.

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In fact, Hunter has not only been ahead of the curve on China, he has been ahead of the curve on Reaganite Conservatism, period. And out of the gaggle of candidates vying for the mantle of the New Reagan, he is the only one that even comes close. As the Vets for Hunter spokesman said recently, he is “more of a Reaganite than Ronald Reagan”. While certainly a stretch to compare a congressman to the Gipper in this manner, only Hunter is in the same ballpark.

When it was time to act on Reagan’s commitment to get a Constitutional Amendment to overturn the Court’s decision to ban school prayer – Reagan turned to Duncan Hunter.

When it was time to strong arm the defense build-up through the US House of Representatives – Reagan turned to Duncan Hunter.

When it was time to convince very skeptical European allies of the necessity and feasibility of the Strategic Defense Initiative – Reagan turned to Duncan Hunter.

When the entire weight of the Iran-Contra ‘scandal’ was tumbling down on Oliver North and President Reagan – only Duncan Hunter went toe to toe with the media and democrats.

When it was time to protect Duarte’s fragile democracy in El Salvador – Reagan relied on Duncan Hunter.

When Reagan proposed his massive tax cuts – Duncan Hunter was standing by his side.

When it was time to arm the contras and bring the Sandinistas to their knees – Reagan relied on Duncan Hunter.

When Reagan had incoming flack for his ‘evil empire’ speech from all quarters – Duncan Hunter punched them even harder, earning a place on Pravda’s enemies list.

When it was time to blunt the USSR’s power play in Europe with Pershing missiles on allied soil – Reagan had no firmer ally than Duncan Hunter.

When it came to Reagan’s eloquent defense of the unborn – there was no stronger believer than Duncan Hunter.

When Reagan saw the cracks in the Soviet armor – Duncan Hunter pulled out his pry bar.

When the entire world media, the democrats and most republicans lambasted Reagan from walking away from Reykjavik without an arms deal – Only Duncan Hunter vigorously defended the President.

When it came to slashing programs in the Federal Budget – Reagan could always rely on Duncan Hunter.

When it came time for Reagan to fire the Air Traffic Controllers for their illegal strike – Duncan Hunter gave him a spirited defense.

When it came to Reagan’s strong support for the 2nd Amendment – Duncan Hunter even upped the ante.

When it came to the Border Patrol, Duncan Hunter convinced Reagan to add hundreds more agents.

One huge area of disagreement, of course, was when Reagan proposed the 1986 Amnesty for illegal aliens. Hunter did not buy into that debacle for one minute, despite some arm twisting on the part of the Administration. Reagan eventually realized his friend was right.

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When Duncan Hunter was campaigning for and with Ronald Reagan, Fred Thompson was supporting Howard Baker for the presidency in 1980. In fact, even after Reagan won the nomination, Thompson did not donate to his campaign. He did not donate to it in 1984 either. Fred did, however, subsequently donate to GHWB’s and John McCain’s efforts for the top job, even becoming McCain’s co-chairmen in 2000. But a search of the newspaper data bases and political contribution records show nothing in terms of support for Ronald Wilson Reagan.

When Hunter was standing shoulder to shoulder with Ronald Reagan defending the goals and righteousness of the Vietnam War, Ron Paul was babbling on about foolish foreign adventures and unconstitutional wars, sounding more like John Kerry than anything resembling the Gipper. In fact, sounding a lot like he does today.

When Duncan Hunter was dropping out of college to go fight the communist stooges in Vietnam, Thompson, Romney, Rudy and Tancredo had convenient ‘outs’ to keep them out of harm’s way.

When Hunter was writing legislation to prohibit the lifting of trade sanctions with communist Vietnam – until they gave us unfettered access to POW/MIA archives – John McCain and Fred Thompson voted to give them the golden carrot.

When Duncan Hunter moved to threaten all trade with China for their 2001 downing and subsequent hostage taking of our airmen, it fell on deaf ears in the Senate.

While Hunter has worked tirelessly to secure the border and enforce the internal laws regarding illegal aliens year after year, Huckabee was calling law and order republicans racists, Fred was busy voting NOT to cut off their welfare benefits, and Brownback and McCain were hard at work on an amnesty plan.

When Duncan Hunter was telling our citizens that we “are a great country because we are a good country” and that he will “never apologize for America”, McCain was fretting about the “message” Club Gitmo was sending to the world and working fastidiously to hamstring our interrogators, Huckabee was channeling Barrack Obama with his “Our prestige in the world has been marred” baloney, and Ron Paul was urging us to listen to Osama Bin Laden’s complaints.

While Hunter was supporting the NRA’s and the pro-life movement’s first amendment rights, McCain and Thompson and Brownback were shoving Campaign Finance Reform down America’s throat, while Mitt and Rudy cheered from the sidelines.

When Duncan Hunter was becoming a board member of the American Conservative Union, forming the Conservative Opportunity Society with Newt Gingrich, being selected as President of the American Security Council and becoming the most knowledgeable member of the Armed Services Committee, Sam Brownback was earning D’s from the Americans for Better Immigration, Huckabee was raising taxes and singing Bill Clinton’s praises in Arkansas, McCain was hopping in front of CNN cameras touting his Gang of 14 maverick status, Rudy was telling Tim Russert about the necessity of partial birth abortion, and Fred was joining the Senate’s ‘Centrist Coalition’ and scheming on campaign finance reform with Russ Feingold.

And when Hunter stood tall and fought valiantly against Clinton’s gun grabbing Crime Bill, Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney offered high praise for the so-called ‘assault weapons ban’.

As Hunter so aptly stated during a previous debate, “We need to move away from the Kennedy wing of the Republican Party”.

Truer words have never been spoken.








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