Saturday, May 23, 2009




JOEL 3:2
2 I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.


Heres the scripture 1 week = 7 yrs Genesis 29:27-29
27 Fulfil her week, and we will give thee this also for the service which thou shalt serve with me yet seven other years.
28 And Jacob did so, and fulfilled her week: and he gave him Rachel his daughter to wife also.
29 And Laban gave to Rachel his daughter Bilhah his handmaid to be her maid.

DANIEL 9:26-27
26 And after threescore and two weeks(62X7=434 YEARS+7X7=49 YEARS=TOTAL OF 69 WEEKS OR 483 YRS) shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary;(ROMAN LEADERS DESTROYED THE 2ND TEMPLE) and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.(THERE HAS TO BE 70 WEEKS OR 490 YRS TO FUFILL THE VISION AND PROPHECY OF DAN 9:24).(THE NEXT VERSE IS THAT 7 YR WEEK OR (70TH FINAL WEEK).
27 And he( THE ROMAN,EU PRESIDENT) shall confirm the covenant with many for one week:(1X7=7 YEARS) and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease,(3 1/2 yrs in TEMPLE SACRIFICES STOPPED) and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

14 Wherefore hear the word of the LORD, ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem.
15 Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:
16 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.
17 Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place.
18 And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it.
19 From the time that it goeth forth it shall take you: for morning by morning shall it pass over, by day and by night: and it shall be a vexation only to understand the report.


Updated May 21, 2009 19:19
Analysis: Obama: An innocent abroad By JONATHAN SPYER

The London-based Arabic newspaper Al-Quds al-Arabi has published what it claims are key details of the new Middle East peace plan to be presented by President Obama in his speech in Cairo on June 4. Details of the plan made the front page of two leading Israeli newspapers. World If the revelations prove accurate, they reveal a US administration as yet unacquainted with several basic facts of life concerning politics and strategy in the Middle East. There were those in Israel who suspected Obama of being a kind of wolf in sheep's clothing, preparing with a friendly smile to offer up Israel as a sacrifice to its regional enemies. The picture emerging from the alleged details of his plan suggest a different, though not necessarily more comforting characterization: When it comes to the Middle East, Obama is an innocent abroad. Observe: We are told that the new plan represents a revised version of the 2002 Arab peace plan and is to offer the following: a demilitarized Palestinian state approximating the armistice lines of June 5, 1967. Territorial exchanges may take place on the West Bank. This state will be established within four years of the commencement of negotiations. On Palestinian refugees: The refugees and their descendants will be naturalized in their countries of current residence, or will have the right to move to the new Palestinian state. In parallel to the negotiations with the Palestinians, separate negotiating tracks with the Syrians and Lebanese will be established.If the Obama plan does indeed include these elements, its failure is a certainty, because it has been formulated without reference to regional realities.

Currently, west of the Jordan River there are three political entities: Israel, the West Bank Palestinian Authority, and a Hamas-run, quasi-sovereign body in the Gaza Strip.Entities 1 and 3 are in a state of war with each other. Entity 2's existence is underwritten by entity 1, without which it would be devoured by entity 3.The Obama plan, it would appear, simply fails to take into account the fact of Hamas-run Gaza's existence. Yet the decision this week by West Bank PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to form a narrow government is testimony to the Hamas-led statelet's durability. There is no Palestinian force able, or other force willing, to destroy it. It has made clear that it does not intend to negotiate itself out of existence. For as long as it is there, armed by Iran and opposed to all moves toward reconciliation, all plans based on authoritative peace negotiations between Israel and the PA are divorced from reality.

The refugee question is to be addressed by naturalization or a return to the borders of the new Palestinian state. There is no significant Palestinian faction which will agree to this. The Islamist factions, obviously, will reject it out of hand. It will also be opposed by Fatah. This movement is in any case in a state of disarray and disunity. But the trends at rank and file level in it are toward greater religiosity and greater radicalism. The issue of the return,far more than the issue of the Palestinian state,is the foundation stone of Palestinian nationalism as imagined by Fatah. There is no way that the movement could abandon it. If it did, it would be almost certain to cede the leadership of the Palestinian national movement. Regarding the issue of the naturalization of refugees and their descendants, it is not quite clear how Lebanon and Syria, home to large Palestinian populations, are to be persuaded to grant full citizenship to their residents of Palestinian origin. Opposition to the tawteen (naturalization) of Palestinian residents is one of the very few issues on which all Lebanese political factions are united. A government dominated by Hizbullah is likely to emerge following the Lebanese elections on June 7.Its default position will be support for the Iranian-led regional bloc, and opposition to all attempts at a negotiated peace between Palestinians and Israelis. Certainly, such a government will feel no inclination toward helping out the US administration by abandoning a key, consensual Lebanese political stance. Syria will also not abandon a core pro-Palestinian position in order to accommodate Washington. As for the view of even Washington's allies among the Palestinians for this option - naturalization was overtly rejected by Mahmoud Abbas on a visit to Lebanon last year.

Above and beyond the details, the plan revealed in Al-Quds al-Arabi fails to acknowledge the salient fact of current Middle East strategy: namely, the division of the region into an Islamist resistance bloc led by Iran, and a loose coalition of all those states opposed to this bloc. There is a conspiracy theory according to which Obama, with Machiavellian cunning, knows that his plan is unworkable, and intends to use its failure to cast blame and accusation on Israel. Who knows? Perhaps evidence will yet emerge in support for this thesis. It seems more likely, however, that the president remains enthralled by the sunny illusions of the peace process of the 1990s, and is about to give them another run around the block. He has four years to follow the well-trodden path from innocence to experience. The problem is that further afield, there are other, more urgent clocks ticking. The writer is a senior researcher at the Global Research in International Affairs Center, IDC, Herzliya.


12 And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.(THIS IS THE ATATURK DAM IN TURKEY,THEY CROSS OVER).

44 But tidings out of the east(CHINA) and out of the north(RUSSIA, MUSLIMS WHATS LEFT FROM WAVE 1) shall trouble him:(EU DICTATOR IN ISRAEL) therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many.( 1/3RD OF EARTHS POPULATION)

12 One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter.
13 And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God,
14 Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.(IRAQ-SYRIA)
15 And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.(1/3 Earths Population die in WW 3 2ND WAVE)
16 And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand:(200 MILLION MAN ARMY FROM CHINA AND THE KINGS OF THE EAST) and I heard the number of them.
17 And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone.(NUCLEAR BOMBS)
18 By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.(NUCLEAR BOMBS)

Turkey's foreign policy shift confuses Western allies, report says SAT MAY 23,09

ISTANBUL - Turkey’s allies are confused by the shift in its foreign policy and its pronounced Eurasian and/or Middle Eastern bent, an independent Finnish research agency finds. Although some believe the country is turning its back on the West; others say Ankara’s foreign policy is well balanced in all directions, while yet others find Turkey’s conduct to be essentially directionless.Turkey’s recent flurry of diplomatic activity has been confusing to the country’s partners and neighbors despite projecting the image of a dynamic and assertive international actor, according to a report by an independent Finnish research institute. The perceptions of Turkey’s international behavior range from the country turning its back on the West; to Ankara’s foreign policy being well balanced in all directions; to Turkey’s conduct being essentially directionless,according to a report published by the Institute of International Affairs, or UPI.The UPI is an independent research institute that produces topical information on international relations and the European Union.For quite some time, the Turkish top leadership has been tirelessly crisscrossing the globe,read the report.Everywhere they go the Turks tend to air new diplomatic initiatives, offer mediation, advance blueprints for new regional security regimes and, last but not least, seek to boost trade ties.According to the report, one feature of recent Turkish policy that catches the eye is that almost all of Turkey’s foreign policy moves have a pronounced Eurasian and/or Middle Eastern bent.

The key questions that trouble Western analysts would appear to be: To what extent will Turkey’s new assertiveness and ambitions remain compatible with the West’s strategic objectives? How independent is Ankara prepared to be in crafting good neighborly relations with the countries that the West regards as problematic? asked the report.One concern among some of Turkey’s Western allies is that Turkey is increasingly moving away from its pro-Western orientation and Euro-Atlantic institutions.Instead, this outlook holds, Turkish foreign policy’s center of gravity is shifting towards other regions, mostly the Muslim Middle East,read the report.

Yet some believe Turkey’s new foreign policy and Ankara’s aspirations to play a more assertive role in its immediate geopolitical neighborhood should be seen as complementary, rather than contradictory, to its more traditional Western strategic alignments. According to this train of thought, Ankara’s enhanced regional profile can be regarded as an asset that potentially increases Turkey’s strategic attractiveness for its Western partners, read the report.Citing European and U.S. goals for a more peaceful region in the neighborhood, the report added: Turkey is well able to contribute to reaching these goals while pursuing its regional agenda – provided it reinvigorates efforts to realize its European bid.Yet another view is that the Turkish government is pursuing a highly contradictory foreign policy devoid of any clear-cut conceptual or strategic basis.For these critics, the [Justice and Development Party] AKP’s foreign policy outlook is at heart a highly unprincipled one, being influenced mainly by populist considerations, naked opportunism and the desire of the AKP elite to retain political power,read the report. It added that the result was chaotic policies and a directionless Turkey.

New strategic identity taking shape
The report found that Turkish behavior is shaped by both domestic and external factors. It is being influenced by the shifts in the country’s international identity and the changes in Turkey’s vision of its new geopolitical role.These, in turn, are the result of powerful processes that are reshaping the socio-political life of the country. These processes are the economic development in the Anatolian hinterland, the broadening of the elite through the emergence of the new ambitious provincial social actors, who are economically dynamic and culturally conservative, and the increasing role of elected officials and thus a stronger government.These changes generate important shifts in national identity, leading (among other things) to the rise of religious sentiment, which paves the way for identification and affinity with Turkey’s Muslim neighborhood,read the report.The report found that the trend toward greater strategic independence became more apparent with new Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu. Instead of being perceived as a perennially peripheral country that sits on the outer margins of the European Union, NATO or Asia, Turkey, according to Davutoğlu’s strategic vision, should be seen as being located in the very heart of Eurasia.Ankara’s new, and seemingly more ambitious, international outlook appears to be driven by three main factors: the shifts in Turkey’s own international identity, new threat perceptions, and an acute awareness of the intimate interconnectedness between external and domestic developments.Turkey’s growing strategic interest in and involvement with the troubled region of the Middle East is a perfect illustration of those important factors at work.The report cites a Western commentator on Ankara’s new strategic vision: [It] is at once independent, nationalistic, Islamic, pan-Turkist, global, and Western.However, the true challenge, the commentary continues, is to integrate and reconcile these various interests with specific policies.


We see full out assaults from the Obama Administration on Capitalism and Free Speech This Monster has many socialist tentacles By Laurie Roth PHD

Nationalized Banks

Control central, the Obama administration continues to intrude upon, manipulate and take over industry after industry. First we have seen the intrusion and distortion with America’s banks. We know now that many Banks needed help from the Tarp fund AND MANY DID NOT, but amazingly all the main banks were forced to take Tarp funds or they were told no one would get any. Now many have been told they are not allowed by congress to pay back the money…..certainly not on THEIR terms and from THEIR realities. Of course, watch this Government spin their plans to control, run and manipulate the banking industry.

Control of the automobile industry

We see the same control, manipulation and some lenders even say threats with the auto industry. Chrysler was forced to merge with Fiat whether many involved wanted to or not. The CEO of GM, Rick Wagner was fired by the President. That kind of action has never been done in the history of our country. So we see the transformation and control of the entire auto industry, morphing them into businesses that make expensive, environmentally sensitive cars that no one would want in a million years. Forget getting a date for the prom Ted. When you pick your date up in your Tinker Toy sized green car that blows out legalized THC out of the tail pipe she will run and hide under the bed!

Control over Talk Radio

The last time around the Fairness Doctrine push got clobbered by the masses and radio broadcasters so boldly, it was pulled. Mr. Smooth, President Obama came out and said he was against the Fairness Doctrine on national TV. I knew instantly when he stated that he was planning to work the powers he has and the FCC to change verbiage, then push it even harder, under the radar and with new definitions. That is exactly what is happening. According to the Texas Association of Broadcasters Bulletin, Volume 4, Issue 5, May 2009, FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell visited three Texas markets talking about several items but also…….drum roll, the agency’s “localism” proceeding. McDowell cautioned broadcasters that the now-dormant localism proceeding would be front and center once the new FCC commissioners are appointed.

This is the Fairness Doctrine Pie squared and on steroids!

Commissioner McDowell was also saying that stations would have a mandatory 24-7 staffing requirement and demand the main studios be in the city of license. As it is now for common sense economic reasons, many stations don’t need staffing around the clock, nor could they afford it! Many station and network owners, small, medium and large cluster their main studios together in one building to also save money. These two idiot requirements alone would start closing if not bankrupting many radio businesses. Of course that is what they want. Talk Radio is the enemy. We are the last bastion of freedom of speech for the people and usually say what is really on our minds.

Another rule designed to control and destroy talk radio is the FCC’s push (as soon as the new FCC commissioners are appointed) to propose community advisory boards, which would have mysteriously defined power to influence programming and license renewals.

This will be HEAVEN for the special interest groups on the left!

CAIR, Gay Activist groups, Extreme groups representing Illegal aliens, Pro Abortion groups etc.. will line up to be on various community boards. This will be too perfect of an opportunity to destroy freedom of speech by leveling complaints about conservative or Christian programming, thus affecting license renewals!

We are seeing a socialist take over right before our eyes!

So far we have seen the take over of major chunks of the Auto industry, banking industry, and soon the medical and health industry.

In the line up of horror and rights violations will be the continued push into place, as Obama promised he would do, of FOCA, the Freedom of choice act. You know, the bill that would trump all states rights and sovereignty, force all hospitals, Christian, Catholic or otherwise, and all doctors, even if they thought it violated their Hippocratic oath, to give abortions on demand!

Also in the line up of horrors will no doubt be more slanderous reports from Homeland Security and various Fusion centers targeting domestic terrorists being pro lifers, Christians, those supportive of 2nd amendment rights, state and federal sovereignty, border security, less taxation and Government accountability and supportive of freedom of speech and Capitalism.

Just as Obama lied about his not being for the Fairness Doctrine, but really was, he and Secretary Napolitano also stand behind what was said in the April release of the Homeland Security Report. We heard the usual, half-baked and lame apology from Napolitano, implying a misunderstanding by Vets who were rightfully upset by being named as potential terrorists. You watch, they will work hard on forcing the Fairness doctrine to quiet Talk Radio and Broadcasters and leak various reports identifying more domestic terrorists. Watch what may come out around the next series of Tea Parties July 4th. Expect something….some plants in the various Tea parties to cause trouble and take pictures, some manipulation and a series of lies to follow.

What can we do?

We must work VERY HARD in our various states to get behind REAL conservatives who will defend sovereignty, capitalism, freedom of speech, our laws and the constitution. Work hard to help them get elected so we can take back the House in the mid term elections, then the Senate. Lets pray and hope that this next four years that the Republicans and other conservatives get REAL CLEAR on their message and principles. They must stop compromising. Conservatives must deliver REAL candidates who can compete, have guts and can communicate from passion and love for their country.



Pope 2.0: Vatican launches Facebook application By ARIEL DAVID, Associated Press Writer MAY 22,09

VATICAN CITY – Web surfers can now send virtual postcards of Pope Benedict XVI to their Facebook friends or follow the pontiff's travel on their iPhones.Under a papacy that has suffered communication woes, the Vatican is taking new, technologically savvy steps to bring its message to social networking sites and smartphones.In its first day of operation Thursday, the Pope2You portal gathered some 45,000 contacts and 500,000 page views, while a Facebook application that sends postcards with photos of Benedict and excerpts from his messages was used around 10,000 times, the head of the project said.Also available on the portal is an application for iPhone and iPod Touch that gives surfers video and audio news on the pope's trips and speeches, as well as on Catholic events worldwide.The new Web site is the latest update in the Vatican's efforts to broaden the pope's audience and reach out to young people. In January, Benedict got his own YouTube channel, which is now linked to the portal.

Earlier this year, the Internet figured in one of Benedict's most criticized moves — lifting the excommunication of a renegade bishop who had denied the Holocaust.

Benedict sparked outrage by reaching out to excommunicated, ultraconservative bishop, Richard Williamson, whose denial of the Holocaust during an interview with Swedish TV shot around the world on the Net.In a rare public acknowledgment of Vatican mistakes, the pope released a letter saying that officials should have searched the Web for information on Williamson, and said the Holy See needed to make greater use of the Internet.While warning against the potential use of new media to spread violent messages and pornography, the 82-year-old Benedict also has encouraged young Catholics to use the Internet responsibly.On Wednesday he told pilgrims at his weekly audience in St. Peter's Square that young people should use the Internet to build a better world through bonds of friendship and solidarity, adding that the digital world can help make the Gospel known.For the Rev. Paolo Padrini, an Italian priest and tech whiz who led the Pope2You project, giving Benedict a presence on the world's largest online social network was in keeping with the church's communications strategy, which has evolved over the centuries.The walls of our churches are painted by the greatest artists of all time, Padrini said. "This means that the church has always invested in the culture of each period, using the best instruments available to communicate with people.Padrini, 36, works in the small village of Stazzano in northern Italy and routinely chats online with his 2,500 parishioners. He also was behind another Vatican foray on the Web: iBreviary, an application that brought the book of daily prayers used by priests onto iPhones.Padrini said the new project aimed to put the focus on the church by creating a Facebook application rather than a personal profile for Benedict like those made for stars and world leaders, including President Barack Obama.The pope is not a Hollywood star who signs autographs, Padrini told The Associated Press in a telephone interview Friday. We don't follow a concept of leadership. The pope has always made it clear that he is a servant of the church.

Some top clergymen do have profiles on Facebook, including Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe, the archbishop of Naples.The Pope2You portal is run by the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Social Communications and is available in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.Padrini didn't know if the pope had been informed of the Web site, but said the initiative was consistent with the message the pope had prepared for the Vatican's World Communications Day this Sunday. Addressing the digital generation, Benedict praises new media for helping people keep in touch and creating new friendships and communities worldwide. But he also warns that social networking can become obsessive,isolating individuals from real-life interaction. It would be sad if our desire to sustain and develop online friendships were to be at the cost of our availability to engage with our families, our neighbors and those we meet in the daily reality of our places of work, education and recreation,Benedict says in the message, which can be downloaded from the portal. The Vatican has been constantly upgrading its Internet presence since the time of Benedict's predecessor, Pope John Paul II, who avidly used mass media and information technology to get out his message.John Paul oversaw the 1995 launch of the Vatican's Web site, which today includes virtual tours of the Vatican Museums and audio feeds from Vatican Radio.

Under John Paul, the Vatican started sending via text message the pope's prayer of the day. The Vatican's press office alerted the world to John Paul's death in 2005, by sending an e-mail with a text-messaged alert to journalists.
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The Bible bill? – Fri May 22, 5:40 am ET

When the clock strikes midnight on Dec. 31, 2009, Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) hopes you’ll be ringing in the Year of the Bible.It’s probably just wishful thinking.

Broun’s simple congressional resolution aimed at honoring the Good Book has produced a push-back of biblical proportion in the blogosphere, with critics dismissing it as either unconstitutional or a waste of time. Jews in Congress and atheist activists are dismissing the resolution, while none of the many Democrats in Congress who are Christian have bothered to sign on as co-sponsors. According to, the resolution is among the most-blogged-about pieces of legislation, with most posts less than complimentary in nature. Does that mean 2009 is not the year of the Bible? mocked Rep. Barney Frank ­(D-Mass.), who is Jewish.What is 2012 the year of? The Quran?

That’s an endorsement of religion by the federal government, and we shouldn’t be doing that,said Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), even though he has introduced his own legislation dealing with religion. Republican lawmakers with apparently too much time on their hands and no solutions to offer the country are pushing a resolution that will not address the nation’s problems or advance prosperity or even untangle their previous governing mistakes,blogged the Progressive Puppy.

Broun rejects the critiques leveled at this effort.

This doesn’t have anything to do with Christianity,he said in an interview with POLITICO. Rather, he says, it seeks to recognize that the Bible played an integral role in the building of the United States, including providing the basis for our freedom of religion that allows Muslims, Hindus and even atheists to vocalize their own beliefs.And even as Nadler criticized Broun, he has done his own share of mixing religion and legislation.Last year, he introduced a bill that would overturn a federal appeals court ruling — an idiot decision, he says — that a condominium board in Chicago had the right to ban Jews from installing mezuzahs, which consist of a piece of parchment inscribed with a specific religious text put inside a case and hung on a door frame.Condo boards shouldn’t be able to interfere in an individual’s right to practice his or her religion, Nadler said.But he himself declined to install a mezuzah on his congressional office door when asked by a rabbi, even though he does so at home.That’s my religious symbol, and the office does not belong to me; it belongs to the people of the congressional district, and no one should feel uncomfortable walking into the office if it’s not their religion, Nadler said, describing his feelings on religion and Congress. Same thing with the Bible. ... It’s not everybody’s religion. And the federal government should not be imposing religious viewpoints.Atheists, who might feel themselves a particular target with the declaration of a biblical year, aren’t even worried about Broun’s effort. Right now, we’re seeing atheism on such a rise,said David Silverman, vice president and national spokesman of American Atheists, a group dedicated to fighting for the civil rights of atheists.We are seeing Christianity on such a dramatic decline that we’re not particularly worried about it. We’re thinking that this kind of old-style George W. Bush Republicanism is about to go away,Silverman said, referring to the latest Pew Forum survey of American religious life, which showed nonreligious Americans as the fastest-growing group.

And it may be the best-selling book of all time, as Broun’s resolution points out, but the Bible isn’t such a popular legislative topic.A search of Thomas, the online congressional database, for Bible yields just one other bill: a resolution to have the Lincoln-Obama Bible on permanent display in the Capitol Visitor Center. The resolution specifically asks the president to issue a proclamation calling upon citizens of all faiths to rediscover and apply the priceless, timeless message of the Holy Scripture which has profoundly influenced and shaped the United States and its great democratic form of government.As for the economy, health care, global warming and all the other issues on Congress’ plate? While we must focus on fiscal policies that provide relief to families during these tough economic times, an endeavor I have been working tirelessly towards in this Congress, we must also not forget to protect and celebrate our fundamental freedoms that the Bible has influenced,Broun said.

Broun has gathered 15 co-sponsors, all Republicans, but says he’s looking for more and hopes Democrats will sign on, as well.This is not a partisan issue,he said.I want it to be bipartisan.Whether he’s successful or not — the same measure didn’t go anywhere last year — at least Broun and his fellow supporters can take heart in one fact: They already had a year of the Bible.Ronald Reagan designated 1983 as one, with Congress’ blessing.


GENESIS 6:11-13
11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.(WORLD TERRORISM,MURDERS)
12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence (TERRORISM) through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.


MATTHEW 24:7-8
7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.

MARK 13:8
8 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:(ETHNIC GROUP AGAINST ETHNIC GROUP) and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.

LUKE 21:11
11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.


Earthquake shakes Mexico Reuters Last updated 10:38 23/05/2009

A moderate 5.7 magnitude earthquake has rocked central Mexico, shaking buildings in the colonial city of Puebla and the capital Mexico City, but there were no reports of casualties or major damage. The US Geological Survey said the quake, the second medium-sized tremor to strike Mexico in the last few weeks, hit 56km south of Puebla at a depth of 97km.It felt long and intense, said a spokesman at the Volkswagen plant in Puebla, where 3000 workers were evacuated from the assembly line. Children were also evacuated from nearly schools.The magnitude 5.7 quake was strong enough to send office workers and residents fleeing on to the streets in the capital and knock things off shelves and desks.My desk jumped and all the photos on it were knocked off. The walls shook. I ran out with my friends, said Guadalupe Rojas, who works in an 11th floor law office.There were no reports of serious injuries or damage to buildings in the state of Puebla, known for its old colonial churches, the state's head of emergency services Miguel Angel Martinez said.Helicopters flying over Mexico City, 137km from the epicentre, also spotted no serious damage to buildings, although residents reported power cuts and stuck elevators.We have not identified any major damage,said Mexico City's mayor, Marcelo Ebrard.Residents in Mexico's teeming capital of around 20 million people are jittery at any sign of a tremor since a devastating 1985 quake killed thousands of people.I was really scared because around here earthquakes can hit really hard,said housewife Alma Rodriguez, 32.The USGS initially estimated the quake at magnitude 5.6 and Mexican seismologists pegged it at 5.9.

Los Angeles area hit by second earthquake in three days 2009-05-20 13:14:29

LOS ANGELES, May 19 (Xinhua) -- The Los Angeles area was struck by a second moderate earthquake on Tuesday, but there was no immediate report of major damages, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said. The magnitude-4.1 earthquake was centered in Hawthorne not far from downtown Los Angeles, with a depth of 7.5 miles (12 kilometers) , according to the USGS. The shaker followed a magnitude-4.7 temblor that struck the Los Angeles area Sunday evening, with its epicenter 10 miles southwest of downtown Los Angeles. As it did on Sunday, the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) went briefly into earthquake emergency mode, which requires the nearly 1,100 on-duty LAFD personnel to actively survey the department's 471-square-mile (754-square-kilometer) jurisdiction from the ground and air. Less than an hour later, the LAFD resumed normal operating status, according to spokesman Brian Humphrey, who said firefighters in neighborhoods closest to the epicenter reported no significant damage, fires or injuries.We received quite a few phone calls,said Lt. Jim Royer of the Hawthorne Police Department.As of right now, we've experienced no damage and no cessation of city services.In the Hawthorne vicinity, there were sporadic reports of items and pictures knocked off shelves and walls in homes and stores.

Minor damage from Sunday's quake included shattered front windows at a business in Long Beach, about 40 miles (64 kilometers) south of Los Angeles and items falling off store shelves, according to police and fire officials. Sunday's quake, which was felt throughout the Greater Los Angeles area and as far away as San Diego and Riverside counties, marked the strongest quake to strike Southern California since a magnitude-5.5 hit the region last July 29.Editor: An


LUKE 21:25-26
25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity;(MASS CONFUSION) the sea and the waves roaring;(FIERCE WINDS)
26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.

Floods in Haiti kill 11 people, destroy homes By JONATHAN M. KATZ, Associated Press Writer – MAY 22,09

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Floods have killed at least 11 people this week as heavy rains swamp towns still rebuilding from last year's hurricanes, Haiti's civil protection department said Friday.Most of the victims were swept away by swollen rivers or died when their flimsy homes collapsed, officials said. Five of the deaths were reported in the rice-growing Artibonite Valley.Rains that began a week ago have been heaviest on the southern peninsula near Les Cayes and Camp Perrin, where 1,000 homes have been flooded. Some areas received nearly 3 inches (74 millimeters) of rain Thursday night, Haiti's meteorological office said.New flood alerts were issued Friday for all of Haiti's 10 administrative regions.Even small amounts of rain can swell rivers and overflow fields in this poor Caribbean nation, which is particularly vulnerable to flooding because of erosion from farming and deforestation.President Rene Preval visited the west-coast town of St. Marc to view flooding Wednesday and urged residents to stop building homes in ravines, Radio Kiskeya reported.With a new hurricane season officially starting June 1, officials worry new floods could damage Haiti's struggling agriculture and economy. Last year, four tropical storms killed some 800 people and caused $1 billion of damage, aggravating chronic malnutrition in several areas.International donors pledged $324 million last month to help Haiti rebuild, but the government said it could need three times that amount.

Thousands evacuate in Australia flood emergency By Rob Taylor – Fri May 22, 6:35 am ET

CANBERRA (Reuters) – Authorities moved to evacuate thousands of people from a second Australian town Friday as floodwaters from days of torrential rain inundated large parts of the country's east coast.About 5,000 residents in Lismore, in northern New South Wales (NSW) state, were evacuated from their homes as floodwaters, in some places more than 10 meters (32 feet) deep, surged across riverlands stretching along 300 km (185 miles) of coastline.Authorities also urged 9,000 people to evacuate the nearby town of Grafton, with floodwaters up to 8 meters deep expected to hit the town late Friday. State authorities declared disaster zones in six areas, unlocking government help.The declaration will provide for a range of assistance to cover personal hardship and distress as well as funding for those who have suffered property damage,NSW Premier Nathan Rees said.The flooding followed days of rain and cyclonic winds which battered southern Queensland state and northern NSW, killing one man and trapping hundreds of people as roads were cut, forcing authorities to use helicopters to rescue some.The storms left 16,000 people without power as fallen trees brought down lines and blocked roads.Floodwaters washed cars into the sea and huge waves pounded major ports, including the world's biggest coal export port at Newcastle, where ship movements were disrupted.There have been some vessel disruptions, but effects on coal throughput are negligible,a spokesman for Port Waratah Coal Services Limited told Reuters.Rivers burst banks at the towns of Murwillumbah, Tweed Heads and Grafton, although major coal-mining operations to the north and west in Queensland were unaffected.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd offered help to flood-hit areas.

It is critical residents follow the instructions of local authorities and as far as possible stay indoors and avoid the roads,Rudd said.Further south near Coffs Harbour, the Bellinger River was expected to peak at more than 8 meters, with more than 3,000 people isolated in the towns of Thora, Darkwood and Bellingen.In southeast Queensland, hundreds of roads remained cut on Friday, with homes flooded and industrial suburbs in popular tourist beach areas transformed into canals.While the rain had mostly moved south Friday, a massive clean-up operation in the state continued as beaches were swamped with huge waves and high tides.(Editing by Paul Tait)

NOAA forecasts 9 to 14 tropical storms this season By RANDOLPH E. SCHMID, AP Science Writer - Thu May 21, 9:57 pm ET

WASHINGTON – Hurricanes will strike the United States this season and Americans must be prepared, federal forecasters said Thursday. They predicted nine to 14 named tropical storms this year.Current projections call for a near normal year for hurricanes, Gerry Bell, lead Atlantic hurricane forecaster for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said at a briefing. The named storms are expected to include 4 to 7 hurricanes of which 1 to 3 are likely to be major storms.Hurricane season is upon us. We need to communicate down to the personal level, preparedness, now is the time, said National Hurricane Center Director Bill Read.Have a plan and follow it, he said, waiting to see if the forecast changes can mean life or death.

Added Craig Fugate, head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency: Hurricanes will make landfall in the United States, hurricanes will destroy homes, people need to heed the preparedness message and be ready to act,And Commerce Secretary Gary Locke noted that,Today, more than 35 million Americans live in regions most threatened by Atlantic hurricanes.Regardless of the total number of storms, Bell pointed out that it only takes one to make it a very bad season.People in hurricane-prone areas need to think about how these storms and their flooding might affect their lives, and to have a hurricane preparedness plan in place before the season begins, he said.

Hurricane season officially starts June 1. Last year there were 16 named storms, of which 8 grew into hurricanes and 5 were major. About 1,000 people lost their lives, mostly in flash flooding in the Caribbean.NOAA's forecast comes just days after the Department of Homeland Security urged Americans to be prepared for hurricane season.

Competing climate factors complicate the forecast, Bell noted.

Raising the possibility of a busy season are an ongoing high-activity era that began in 1995, which includes enhanced rainfall over West Africa, warmer Atlantic waters and reduced wind shear.However, Pacific Ocean conditions also can have an impact on Atlantic and Caribbean hurricanes and currently conditions are neutral for warming or cooling of the Pacific sea surface. If an El Nino warming were to develop, that would have the effect of reducing Atlantic hurricanes.NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco noted that the forecast will be updated in early August, normally the start of the busiest part of hurricane season.Forecasters give a tropical storm a name when wind speeds reach 39 mph and upgrade it to a hurricane when sustained winds reach 74 mph. Major hurricanes have winds of more than 111 mph. The same type of storm is known as a typhoon or tropical cyclone in other parts of the world.The first storm of this year in the Atlantic, Caribbean or Gulf of Mexico will be Ana, followed by Bill, Claudette and Danny.Researchers at North Carolina State University say between 11 and 14 storms will develop in the Atlantic and 6 to 8 of them will become hurricanes. At Colorado State University, researchers forecast 12 named storms, including 6 hurricanes.On the Net: NOAA: Hurricane preparedness: List of hurricane names:


7 And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.
8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse:(CHLORES GREEN) and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword,(WEAPONS) and with hunger,(FAMINE) and with death,(INCURABLE DISEASES) and with the beasts of the earth.(ANIMAL TO HUMAN DISEASE).

WHO to consider severity of sneaky swine flu By FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press Writer MAY 22,09

GENEVA – The World Health Organization said Friday it will change the rules for declaring a swine flu pandemic, a virus the agency's chief called sneaky because of its ability to spread quickly from person to person and potentially mutate into a deadlier form.Under political pressure from many of its 193 members to consider factors other than just the spread of the disease before announcing a global epidemic, WHO's flu chief said course corrections were being made.What we will be looking for is events which signify a really substantial increase in risk of harm to people,Keiji Fukuda told reporters in Geneva.So far the virus has been mild, sickening 11,168 people and causing 86 deaths, most of them in Mexico, according to WHO.But experts worry it could evolve into a more deadly strain or overwhelm countries unprepared for a major flu outbreak.Many countries fear a pandemic declaration would trigger mass panic, and be economically and politically damaging. For developed countries that already have activated their pandemic preparedness plans, a pandemic declaration would change little in their response strategies.

Earlier this week, Britain and other countries urged WHO to reconsider its pandemic definition.WHO hastily responded to these concerns, as Fukuda said the agency would revise the conditions needed to move from the current phase 5 to the highest level, phase 6, which makes it a pandemic.The countries are telling us now that moving from phase 5 to 6 is not so helpful,Fukuda said. He said the alert phases were developed before the outbreak hit, and now need to be adjusted to the reality of the situation.

The virus' lethality could become one of the required criteria before a pandemic is declared, Fukuda said.Fukuda's comments echoed those of WHO Director-General Margaret Chan, who told governments she would heed their call to caution in declaring a pandemic.At the same time, Chan warned against complacency.This is a subtle, sneaky virus,she said at the close of the weeklong meeting. It does not announce its presence or arrival in a new country with a sudden explosion of patients seeking medical care or requiring hospitalization.We expect it to continue to spread to new countries and continue to spread within countries already affected,Chan said.

Countries taking part in the Geneva meeting agreed Friday to delay efforts to finalize a deal on sharing flu viruses, instead instructing Chan to find a solution by early next year.Developing countries lobbied hard to ensure they would benefit from any drugs created using their virus samples.Against that, the United States and the European Union called for samples to be shared without restriction, arguing that this was in the best interest of science and global efforts to combat disease.Both sides agreed Chan should form a task force to investigate unresolved questions, including whether countries should have to share samples and resulting drugs could be patented. They also want the task force to consider whether doses of any new pandemic flu vaccine should be reserved for developing countries, and to report back to members in January with recommendations. WHO said confirmed cases of the new virus — termed A/H1N1 — increased by 134 since Thursday. The U.S. has reported the most laboratory-confirmed cases with 5,764 — an increase of 54 — followed by Mexico with 3,892.Japan raised its tally by 35 to 294, while in Chile the caseload rose by 19 to 24. Overall there have been 86 deaths linked to swine flu. Of those, Mexico have been in 75, nine in the U.S., and one each in Costa Rica and Canada.


LAPD Implies Owning Guns Is Illegal .Meltdown of 40,000lbs of firearms aimed at ‘keeping illegal guns off the streets’ yet most of weapons were legal and handed in by law-abiding citizens who kept guns at home Paul Joseph Watson Prison
Friday, May 22, 2009

A CBS News clip out of California that was prominently featured on the front page of today showed the LAPD melting down 40,000lbs worth of illegal weapons to prevent them ending up on the streets in the hands of criminals and yet most of the guns shown were perfectly legal and were handed in by law-abiding citizens who had kept them in their own homes.The sheer gall of the propaganda on show here is staggering, because for anyone who doesn’t have a decent knowledge of firearms, the clip leaves the impression that guns are illegal and owned by criminals - despite the fact that the vast majority of the guns shown being melted down, many of them rifles and pistols, are perfectly legal.We’re taking illegal weapons off the streets and putting them to better use, states the LAPD officer at the end of the clip, failing to mention the fact that most of the guns being destroyed are perfectly legal and were handed in by law-abiding citizens who had kept them at home.The anchor states, Weapons that could have ended up in the hands of criminals are melted down,implying that the LAPD is doing everyone a favor by destroying legal firearms owned by law-abiding citizens.

Only fully automatic firearms can be deemed illegal,yet most of the guns shown in the clip, which include a M1 carbine, used in deer hunting, a Walther PPK pistol, as well as a Winchester Ranger Model 120 shotgun, are completely legal to own.One officer shows a street sweeper Tommy gun noting that it is very dangerous implying that it is illegal when in fact, though the gun is hard to procure in the U.S., it is not illegal.The news anchor makes out that the guns were delivered off the streets and yet an LAPD officer later admits, It’s not just criminals but people who have them in their homes that really didn’t want them - that’s where you get the kids accidentally shooting themselves.Here’s a newsflash - hardened criminals who plan to commit more criminal acts in future are not going to blithely hand their guns in to the police. The vast majority of people who handed in their legally owned guns, or illegal weapons as the LAPD would make out, for this buyback program are now totally defenseless from a home invasion by a real criminal.This news clip featured on the front page of, the most visited website in the world, for hours today, meaning that millions of viewers now think that legal firearms are in fact illegal weapons that should be handed in to police and melted down.


2 TIMOTHY 3:1-5
1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,
7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.


2 TIMOTHY 3:13
13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.


5 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.
7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them.
8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:

Media Ignores Real Controversy Behind Torture Photos; They Show Prison Guards Raping Children .Former Governor Jesse Ventura: Let Me Judge Torture Photos On Behalf Of The American People Paul Joseph Watson Prison Thursday, May 21, 2009

The real reason behind Obama’s reversal of a decision to release the torture photos has been almost completely ignored by the corporate media - the fact that the photos show both US and Iraqi soldiers raping teenage boys in front of their mothers.The Obama administration originally intended to release photos depicting torture and abuse of detainees in Afghanistan and Iraq by the end of May, following a court order arising out of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit first filed by the ACLU in 2004.

However, a reversal of Obama’s decision was announced this week, after he changed his mind after viewing some of the images and hearing warnings from his generals in Iraq and in Afghanistan that such a move would endanger US troops deployed there, according to a Washington Post report.In response, the ACLU charged that Obama has essentially become complicit with the torture that was rampant during the Bush years by being complicit in its coverup.The Obama administration has also sought to protect intelligence officials involved in torture from prosecution at every turn.The primary reason why Obama is now blocking the release of the photos is that some of the pictures, as well as video recordings, show prison guards sodomizing young boys in front of their mothers, both with objects as well as physical rape.This horrific detail has been almost completely ignored by the establishment media in their coverage of the story this week, despite the fact that it’s been in the public domain for nearly five years, after it was first revealed by investigative Seymour Hersh during an ACLU conference in July 2004.Some of the worst things that happened you don’t know about, okay? said Hersh.Videos, there are women there. Some of you may have read that they were passing letters out, communications out to their men. This is at Abu Ghraib …The women were passing messages out saying Please come and kill me, because of what’s happened and basically what happened is that those women who were arrested with young boys, children in cases that have been recorded. The boys were sodomized with the cameras rolling. And the worst above all of that is the soundtrack of the boys shrieking that your government has. They are in total terror. It’s going to come out.

Hersh’s contention that minors were raped by prison guards while others filmed the vulgar spectacle is backed up by a leaked Abu Ghraib memorandum highlighted in a 2004 London Guardian report, in which detainees Kasim Hilas describes the rape of an Iraqi boy by a man in uniform. The testimony was also part of the military’s official Taguba Report into the torture at Abu Ghraib.I saw [name blacked out] fucking a kid, his age would be about 15-18 years. The kid was hurting very bad and they covered all the doors with sheets. Then when I heard the screaming I climbed the door because on top it wasn’t covered and I saw [blacked out], who was wearing the military uniform putting his d--- in the little kid’s a--,Mr Hilas told military investigators.I couldn’t see the face of the kid because his face wasn’t in front of the door. And the female soldier was taking pictures.

Another inmate, Thaar Dawod, described more abuse of teenage boys.

They came with two boys naked and they were cuffed together face to face and Grainer [Corporal Charles Graner, one of the military policemen facing court martial] was beating them and a group of guards were watching and taking pictures from top and bottom and there was three female soldiers laughing at the prisoners,he said.A 2004 London Telegraph report also described photos which showed US soldiers beating an Iraqi prisoner nearly to death and having sex with a female PoW,as well as a videotape, apparently made by US personnel, which shows Iraqi guards raping young boys.Former Governor Jesse Ventura today offered a solution to the controversy surrounding President Obama’s decision to reverse an earlier promise to release the torture photos - let Ventura see the photos on behalf of the American people and then decide if they should be released.Ventura told the Alex Jones Show today, How about if I step forward on behalf of the taxpayers and the citizens of the great United States of America - and I wanna go public with this - I will represent us, let me go where these photos are, let me go inside and see them and let me come out and report back as to what these photos are.I think I have the right to do that, I think they have no right to keep me from doing that, you know why? I pay their salaries and I’m a governor, I’m a mayor, I’m a former Navy SEAL, I had a top secret security clearance - I think I’m fully qualified to walk in and view these photos,said Ventura, adding,I’ll report to the public, what it is why we shouldn’t be able to see them because I understand it could infuriate the enemy, but I’m not the enemy and therefore I think I have every right to see these photos in private.


then the angel said, Financial crisis will come to Asia. I will shake the world.

JAMES 5:1-3
1 Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.
2 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten.
3 Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.

REVELATION 18:10,17,19
10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.
17 For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off,
19 And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate.

19 They shall cast their silver in the streets, and their gold shall be removed: their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the LORD: they shall not satisfy their souls, neither fill their bowels: because it is the stumblingblock of their iniquity.

16 And he(FALSE POPE) causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:(CHIP IMPLANT)
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.(6-6-6) A NUMBER SYSTEM



Greens Celebrate Cap-and-Trade Victory — Cautiously
By Bryan Walsh Friday, May. 22, 2009

Representative Peter Welch asks to be recognized by Representative Henry Waxman, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, during a markup session on the Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Act on May 20, 2009 Joshua Roberts [EM] Bloomberg News /Landov

Environmentalists savored a long-awaited victory on Thursday when the carbon cap-and-trade bill fashioned by Democratic Representatives Henry Waxman and Edward Markey passed out of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, putting it on the road to becoming a law. Supporters had to withstand more than 400 amendments filed by Republicans during the markup of the bill this week, but it's now possible the U.S. could see climate legislation go into effect by the end of the year.The bill represents a crucial step forward in addressing the global climate crisis, the need for millions of new green jobs to end the recession and the national-security threats that have long been linked to our growing dependence on foreign oil and other fossil fuels,said former Vice President Al Gore after the bill was passed. But the environmental movement isn't one big green happy family, and there are those who are unhappy with the Waxman-Markey bill — and quietly, with the general direction the Obama White House has taken on environmental issues. Though mainstream groups like the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Environmental Defense Fund have lined up behind Waxman-Markey, Greenpeace and other dark green groups claim that the bill — which aims to reduce carbon emissions 4% below 1990 levels by 2020 — is too weak. They argue that climate scientists are telling us, with greater confidence, that developed countries like the U.S. need to bring down carbon emissions far more rapidly — at least 25% to 40% below 1990 levels by 2020 — to avert severe warming in the not-so-distant future. Legislation needs to be based on the science, not based on which lobbyists paid the most,says Phil Radford, executive director of Greenpeace USA.We haven't taken a single step.(See the top 10 green stories of 2008.)

Groups like Greenpeace may be the aggressive conscience of the environmental movement, but Congress isn't universally green, either — far from it. Waxman, the new chairman of the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee, faced virtually unified opposition of Republicans and skepticism of many Democrats, especially those who hail from the coal-dependent Southeast and Midwest. And there's the minor fact of the recession, which makes any bill that would raise prices for businesses — as cap-and-trade would for energy, albeit nowhere near as high as its opponents claim — a tough sell in this climate. Even Radford says that Waxman is a real champion who has done great work for this legislation.Still, there's a nagging worry among more moderate groups as well that what has made the Waxman-Markey bill politically passable may have rendered it all but toothless. To calm the fears of the fossil-fuel industry, Waxman reduced the amount of carbon allowances that would be auctioned off to companies, and would give more of them away for free. (In cap and trade, companies are given the right to emit a certain amount of carbon — called allowances — and must reduce emissions below that level by the target date, or purchase offsets to compensate.) The revenue from auctions could have been used to fund alternative-energy research and development — in fact, Obama's 2010 budget dedicated $15 billion a year from a carbon auction to energy research. But an analysis by the Breakthrough Institute indicates that Waxman and Markey would generate as little as one-twentieth of that amount for R&D — just 5% above the current energy research budget.We should be spending billions on R&D for new technologies,says Michael Shellenberger, president of the Breakthrough Institute.We're not.There's also the possibility that Waxman-Markey's carbon cap may not be as tight as it appears. The bill includes provisions that allow capped polluters to purchase carbon offsets — usually through funding projects elsewhere that reduce carbon, like reforestation. Up to 1 billion tons worth of those offsets can be done by U.S. companies in international projects each year, a limit that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can raise to 1.5 billion tons if needed. Offsets are good in theory — CO2 is a universal pollutant, so a ton of carbon reduced anywhere in the world is as good as a ton reduced in the U.S. — but in practice many have proven to be little more than hot air. Another analysis by the Breakthrough Institute found that if all those offsets were used — and if buying offsets is cheaper for U.S. companies than paying to reduce their own emissions — actual carbon emissions in the U.S. might not fall for years, even though the country will be operating under the Waxman-Markey cap. The benefits could be largely illusory, and the climate would keep warming. Actual emissions out of the U.S. might not dip below the levels they would be without the cap until 2030. Let's be clear — it's not a binding cap,says Shellenberger.Maybe people will want to believe in it so badly that they will ignore the fact that it does not require real emission reductions in the U.S. until 2030.

The fact that the Waxman-Markey bill passed out of the energy committee and seems likely to pass in the House (the 60 required votes in the Senate will be a higher hurdle) is still a victory for environmentalists and the climate. At the very least, it will give the U.S. a bargaining chip at the upcoming U.N. climate summit in Copenhagen this December, and some of those international offsets could go to slow the frightening rate of tropical deforestation in developing countries — definitely a worthy cause. The political reality is that the U.S. — and the ruling Democratic Party — includes more than just the green coasts, and any bill that can satisfy California and Kentucky will need to be a compromise.The House Energy and Commerce Committee achieved something extraordinary — passage of a bill that sets us on a path to tackle climate change, drive our economic recovery and advance our energy independence,said Eileen Claussen, president of the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, after the bill passed. But the very reason that Waxman and Markey made it through the energy committee could be that, in the end, it will be too weak to make much difference. Rich Boucher, a Democratic Representative from West Virginia who pushed hard to water down the bill, reassured his local paper that the act wouldn't slow down the state's vital coal industry. The offsets would enable electric utilities like American Electric Power to invest in forestry, agriculture and projects like tropical-rain preservation in order to meet with their CO2 requirements,Boucher told the Bluefield Daily Telegraph on May 16.They can comply with the law while continuing to burn coal.If Waxman-Markey can't slow down the coal industry — the single biggest source of greenhouse-gas emissions in the world — today's green celebrations will be just as unsustainable as the legislation itself.


Posted on Friday, December 14, 2007 10:46:54 AM by DaveyB
Global Carbon Tax Urged at UN Climate Conference

BALI, Indonesia – A global tax on carbon dioxide emissions was urged to help save the Earth from catastrophic man-made global warming at the United Nations climate conference. A panel of UN participants on Thursday urged the adoption of a tax that would represent a global burden sharing system, fair, with solidarity, and legally binding to all nations.Finally someone will pay for these [climate related] costs, Othmar Schwank, a global tax advocate, told Inhofe EPW Press Blog following the panel discussion titled A Global CO2 Tax.Schwank is a consultant with the Switzerland based Mauch Consulting firm Schwank said at least $10-$40 billion dollars per year could be generated by the tax, and wealthy nations like the U.S. would bear the biggest burden based on the polluters pay principle.The U.S. and other wealthy nations need to contribute significantly more to this global fund,Schwank explained. He also added, It is very essential to tax coal.The UN was presented with a new report from the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment titled Global Solidarity in Financing Adaptation.The report stated there was an urgent need for a global tax in order for damages [from climate change] to be kept from growing to truly catastrophic levels, especially in vulnerable countries of the developing world.The tens of billions of dollars per year generated by a global tax would flow into a global Multilateral Adaptation Fund to help nations cope with global warming, according to the report.

Schwank said a global carbon dioxide tax is an idea long overdue that is urgently needed to establish a funding scheme which generates the resources required to address the dimension of challenge with regard to climate change costs.

Diminish future prosperity

However, ideas like a global tax and the overall UN climate agenda met strong opposition Thursday from a team of over 100 prominent international scientists who warned the UN that attempting to control the Earth's climate was ultimately futile.The scientists wrote, The IPCC's conclusions are quite inadequate as justification for implementing policies that will markedly diminish future prosperity. In particular, it is not established that it is possible to significantly alter global climate through cuts in human greenhouse gas emissions.The scientists, many of whom are current or former members of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), sent the December 13 letter to the UN Secretary-General. (See: Over 100 Prominent Scientists Warn UN Against Futile Climate Control Efforts – LINK)

Redistribution of wealth

The environmental group Friends of the Earth, in attendance in Bali, also advocated the transfer of money from rich to poor nations on Wednesday. A climate change response must have at its heart a redistribution of wealth and resources, said Emma Brindal, a climate justice campaigner coordinator for Friends of the Earth. (LINK)
Calls for global regulations and taxes are not new at the UN. Former Vice President Al Gore, who arrived Thursday at the Bali conference, reiterated this week his call to place a price on carbon dioxide emissions. (LINK)In 2000, then French President Jacques Chirac said the UN’s Kyoto Protocol represented the first component of an authentic global governance. Former EU Environment Minister Margot Wallstrom said, Kyoto is about the economy, about leveling the playing field for big businesses worldwide. Canadian Prime Minster Stephen Harper once dismissed Kyoto as a socialist scheme.(LINK)

A bureaucrat's dream

MIT climate scientist Dr. Richard Lindzen warned about these types of carbon regulations earlier this year. Controlling carbon is a bureaucrat's dream. If you control carbon, you control life, Lindzen said in March 2007. (LINK) In addition, many critics have often charged that proposed tax and regulatory solutions were more important to the promoters of man-made climate fears than the accuracy of their science.Former Colorado Senator Tim Wirth reportedly said in 1990, We've got to ride the global warming issue. Even if the theory of global warming is wrong, we will be doing the right thing — in terms of economic policy and environmental policy.

IMF sees Canada's near-term outlook challenging Fri May 22, 11:46 am ET

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Canada's strong policy framework and proactive response have put it in a better position than most countries to deal with the global financial crisis, but the country's near-term economic outlook remains an issue, the IMF said on Friday.The near-term economic outlook will be challenging in light of the sharp deterioration in the global environment and Canada's strong international linkages, the International Monetary Fund said in a report.The Fund sees risks, including ones from macro-financial linkages, as tilted to the downside and urged continued vigilance, given what it described as the challenging credit cycle underway.Canada's financial sector has been little affected by the global credit squeeze, and no bank has required government capital injections or guarantees.Vigilance will be particularly warranted with regard to exposures to commodity-affected sectors, non-banks such as insurers and pension plans, and highly indebted households, with a special focus on cross-institution spillovers,the IMF report said.Consolidation of securities regulation pursued by the government would further strengthen the framework for preserving financial stability.The Fund also said Canada was well placed to participate in a further, internationally coordinated, stimulus effort, if warranted, saying that this would not put debt sustainability at risk.The IMF repeated its earlier forecasts, which see the Canadian economy shrinking 2.5 percent in 2009, with gross domestic product growth expected to rise to 1.2 percent in 2010. The country's unemployment rate was forecast at 8.4 percent in 2009 and rising to 8.8 percent next year.The IMF also noted that its staff's assessment of the Canadian dollar was broadly in line with economic fundamentals, as the currency has weakened with the decline in commodity prices.(Reporting by Lucia Mutikani; Editing by Padraic Cassidy)

Oil stays above $61 amid weakening US dollar By PABLO GORONDI, Associated Press Writer – Fri May 22, 9:45 am ET

Oil prices held above $61 a barrel Friday, helped by a weakening dollar, which typically has an inverse relationship with crude markets. Investors often buy commodities such as oil as a protection against the inflation that can result from a weaker U.S. dollar.Benchmark crude for July delivery was up 67 cents to $61.72 a barrel by mid-afternoon in Europe in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. On Thursday, the contract fell 99 cents to settle at $61.05.The dollar fell Friday to a four-month low against the euro, which was trading at $1.3985. The dollar bought 94.10 yen, down from 99 yen two weeks ago.Crude prices have also been buoyed this week by two refinery fires in the U.S. and renewed fighting between the government and rebels in oil-rich Nigeria, Africa's largest oil producer.Investors brushed off pessimistic comments this week from the U.S. central bank. The Federal Reserve sees significant downside risks for the U.S. economy, with the global financial system still vulnerable to further shocks, according to minutes of a Fed meeting released this week.The comments helped push stocks down, with the Dow Jones industrial average falling 1.5 percent Thursday. Most Asian stock indexes also dropped Friday, while in Europe most showed gains of around 1 percent.

Olivier Jakob of Petromatrix in Switzerland said that oil prices holding on near $60 a barrel was a further sign of confirmation that crude oil is starting to have a trading life of its own rather than being a pure correlation to equities.Oil prices have jumped about 75 percent since March on expectations the worst of a severe recession is over.We're going to see a recovery but it looks like its going to be very muddled,said Christoffer Moltke-Leth, head of sales trading for Saxo Capital Markets in Singapore.If stocks keep falling, oil will eventually follow.In other Nymex trading, gasoline for June delivery rose 2.21 cents to $1.8218 a gallon and heating oil gained 1.36 cents to $1.5430 a gallon. Natural gas for June delivery was down 0.6 cent to $3.597 per 1,000 cubic feet.In London, Brent prices rose 72 cents to $60.65 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange.Associated Press writer Alex Kennedy in Singapore contributed to this report.

GM prepares for bankruptcy By Kevin Krolicki and David Bailey - MAY 22,09

DETROIT (Reuters) – General Motors Corp won a cost-cutting deal from its Canadian labor union on Friday, part of a package of concessions the automaker is expected to take into a federal bankruptcy court by the end of this month in a showdown with its bondholders.GM's tentative agreement with the Canadian Auto Workers union comes a day after the embattled automaker won parallel concessions from its major union, the United Auto Workers.The deals to cut operating costs at GM's North American factories help clear the way for the automaker to be steered into bankruptcy with the backing of the Obama administration if a longshot attempt to win over bondholders fails.GM has been kept in operation since the start of the year with more than $15 billion in emergency federal loans and has said it will need billions of dollars in additional financing if it moves into bankruptcy.All of our discussions that we had, it's very likely that they will go into Chapter 11, said CAW President Ken Lewenza at a Toronto news conference to announce the union's tentative contract agreement with GM.GM bondholders, who hold about $27 billion of the company's debt, have balked at the terms they have been offered which would give them a 10 percent stake in a restructured company.A spokesman for a committee representing GM bondholders said institutional investors remained solidly opposed to that offer as unfair.It's been a universal no from the get-go,said Nevin Reilly, a spokesman for the committee. Bondholders are being seen as speculative bad guys, but bondholders are investors, many of whom put their retirement money into GM.GM faces a June 1 deadline to restructure its debt and operations and has said it could file for bankruptcy if it fails to get bondholders to agree to forgive some $24 billion of the amount they are owed.Creditors and auto dealers have complained their rights have been ignored in the restructuring of both GM and its smaller rival Chrysler, which has been operating in bankruptcy since April 30.


Critics argue that the Obama administration has favored the position of unionized auto workers and has run roughshod over claims from other creditors in the process.

But the U.S. government's strong direction of the Chrysler bankruptcy has moved the carmaker much faster toward a sale of its main business to Italy's Fiat than skeptics had suggested.That transaction now appears on track for completion by the end of the month, a stunning achievement given the complexity of the Chrysler bankruptcy.There is a clear path to the sale going through. And the court is really trying to help that along, said Carren Shulman, a partner in the bankruptcy practice at Sheppard Mullin.Under its deal with GM, the UAW agreed to change the payment terms on some $20 billion it is owed for a trust that will pay for retiree healthcare. In exchange, GM offered the union a 39 percent stake in a reorganized company.Four Republican lawmakers complained to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner that the restructuring of GM subverts the rights of bondholders, according to a letter from the lawmakers obtained by Reuters on Friday.The restructuring favors the claims of the United Auto Workers "over the rights and claims of the company's diverse group of bondholders, who collectively hold $7 billion more in General Motors debt than the UAW's health trust and are equal members of the creditor class," the lawmakers said. Bondholders must have a seat at the table during negotiations in how the company would be restructured,said the letter to Geithner from Representatives Jeb Hensarling, Eric Cantor, Mike Pence and Pete Sessions.Austan Goolsbee, a member of the White House Council of Economic Advisers and the Obama administration's autos task force, said GM bondholders needed to recognize that they would have to sacrifice.

You know the bondholders are going to have to take some haircut. What we've seen over past months is the bondholders in some cases holding out, thinking that the government will step in and bail out the car companies and we'll get paid off, Goolsbee told Reuters Television in an interview.Goolsbee said he expected GM's restructuring efforts to run right up to the June 1 deadline but not beyond. Usually these things, and as you saw with Chrysler, go right up to the deadline,Goolsbee said.The CAW's Lewenza said the Canadian union had been told that it needed to reach a new contract deal with GM urgently so that President Barack Obama could review the terms of the automaker's business plan.Lewenza said he was told that Obama would need to see the GM business plan, which will include details of how many jobs it will cut, by the weekend.We wanted to be on President Obama's desk as part of the business plan moving forward,he said.GM shares, which the automaker has warned could be worthless in bankruptcy, were down 34 cents or 17.7 percent at $1.58 on Friday afternoon on the New York Stock Exchange.(Additional reporting by John McCrank in Toronto, Kevin Drawbaugh and John Crawley in Washington, Walden Siew, Tom Hals and Caroline Humer in New York, editing by Matthew Lewis)

U.S. 10-Year Note Falls Most Since June on Supply, Credit
By Susanne Walker

May 22 (Bloomberg) -- Treasuries fell, pushing 10-year notes to their biggest weekly loss since June 2008, as investors prepared for the U.S. government to resume debt sales after a two-week hiatus. Ten-year yields rose above 3.4 percent for the first time since November amid concern the record supply of Treasuries to pay for a mounting budget deficit may jeopardize the U.S.’s AAA credit rating. Longer-maturity notes and bonds led the declines, sending yields on 10-year securities to 2.56 percentage points above those on two-year notes, the most since November. We are testing key levels on the long end of the market, said Hicham Hajhamou, a trader in New York at BNP Paribas, one of the 16 primary dealers that trade with the Federal Reserve. There’s a lack of confidence in dollar assets and the bond market is repricing itself.The yield on the 10-year note rose nine basis points, or 0.09 percentage point, to 3.45 percent at 2:15 p.m. in New York, according to BGCantor Market Data. The price of the 3.125 percent security due in May 2019 fell 3/4, or $7.50 per $1,000 face amount, to 97 1/4. The yield has surged 32 basis points this week, the most since gaining 35 basis points to 4.26 percent in the period ended June 13 on concern about inflation. Yields on 10-year notes touched the highest level since Nov. 19 after Standard & Poor’s cut its outlook on the U.K.’s AAA credit rating yesterday and Pacific Investment Management Co.’s co-chief investment officer, Bill Gross, said the U.S. will eventually lose its top rating.

$6.36 Trillion

President Barack Obama has pushed the nation’s marketable debt to an unprecedented $6.36 trillion. His administration raised on May 11 its estimate for the deficit this year to a record $1.84 trillion, up 5 percent from the February estimate, and equal to about 13 percent of the nation’s GDP. It’s not an issue of whether the rating changes now,Mohamed El-Erian, Pimco’s chief executive officer, said in a CNBC interview today.It’s whether the markets start pricing in some change.White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Obama isn’t concerned about a change in our credit rating.Asked if he expects a change, Gibbs said, I don’t believe they will be cut. Gibbs was responding to questions at his regular briefing. The U.S. will issue a record $3.25 trillion of debt in fiscal year ending Sept. 30, according to Goldman Sachs Group Inc., another primary dealer.

U.S. Dollar Weakness

The Treasury announced this week it will auction $40 billion in two-year notes on May 26, $35 billion in five-year notes on May 27 and $26 billion in seven-year notes on May 28. The Treasury also sell $61 billion in three-month and six-month bills weekly auction on May 26. We are at a point where the supply considerations are overwhelming to the dealer community,said David Ader, head of U.S. government bond strategy at Greenwich, Connecticut-based RBS Greenwich Capital, in an interview on Bloomberg Radio.The world is having a hard time digesting all this supply.After gaining 14 percent in 2008 as investors sought a refuge from mounting losses on securities tied to subprime mortgages, Treasuries have lost 3.86 percent since December, according to Merrill Lynch & Co.’s U.S. Treasury Master index. German bunds have lost 0.8 percent, according to Merrill data. Weakness in the U.S. dollar has made U.S. assets less attractive to foreign investors. The Dollar Index, used by the ICE to track the U.S. currency versus the euro, yen, pound, Swiss franc, Canadian dollar and Swedish krona, has fallen 11 percent from its high this year of 89.624 on March 4.

Credit Default Swaps

The urgency for money managers with large U.S. dollar holdings to diversify could well intensify,analysts led by Callum Henderson, global head of currency strategy in Singapore at Standard Chartered Bank, wrote in a research note today. Central bank data indicates continued foreign demand for U.S. assets. The Fed’s custodial holdings of Treasuries for foreign accounts including central banks rose to a record $1.89 trillion, according to the Fed. Foreign holders added $26.7 billion of Treasuries for the week ended May 20, the largest increase since December. The cost to hedge against losses on U.S. government bonds for five years climbed to a three-week high, indicating perceptions the nation’s credit quality is deteriorating. Credit-default swaps on U.S. debt rose 3.5 basis points to 41, the highest since April 29, according to prices from CMA Datavision in New York. An investor would have to pay $41,000 a year to protect $10 million of debt from default. Credit-default swaps, contracts to protect against or speculate on default, pay the buyer face value if a borrower fails to adhere to its debt agreements.

Fed Purchases

Treasury yields rose even as the Fed bought $18.277 billion of U.S. debt in three purchase operations this week and minutes of the central bank’s April 28-29 policy meeting showed some officials judged the policy makers may need to boost asset purchases to secure a stronger economic recovery, while all agreed to hold off on such a move.Ten-year yields have increased 92 basis points since March 18, when the Fed announced it would buy up to $300 billion in U.S. debt over six months in an effort to lower consumer borrowing costs.The Fed may have to announce a change in quantitative easing to help support the market,said Thomas Tucci, head of U.S. government bond trading in New York at RBC Capital Markets, the investment-banking arm of Canada’s biggest lender.The Fed will have to have an alternative or expansion to the current quantitative easing policy to help support the market.The central bank has bought $122.984 billion in government securities through the program. The Fed’s next purchase is scheduled for May 26, when it will buy Treasury Inflation Protected Securities maturing between January 2010 and April 2032, followed by a purchase of debt maturing between May 2012 and August 2013 on May 27. To contact the reporter on this story: Susanne Walker in New York at


EZEKIEL 38:1-12
1 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
2 Son of man, set thy face against Gog,(RULER) the land of Magog,(RUSSIA) the chief prince of Meshech(MOSCOW)and Tubal,(TOBOLSK) and prophesy against him,
3 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech(MOSCOW) and Tubal:
4 And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws,(GOD FORCES THE RUSSIA-MUSLIMS TO MARCH) and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:
5 Persia,(IRAN,IRAQ) Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:
6 Gomer,(GERMANY) and all his bands; the house of Togarmah (TURKEY)of the north quarters, and all his bands:(SUDAN,AFRICA) and many people with thee.
7 Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them.
8 After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them.
9 Thou shalt ascend and come like a storm, thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land, thou, and all thy bands, and many people with thee.(RUSSIA-EGYPT AND MUSLIMS)
10 Thus saith the Lord GOD; It shall also come to pass, that at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought:
11 And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates,
12 To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land.

1 The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.

PSALMS 83:3-7
3 They (ARABS,MUSLIMS) have taken crafty counsel against thy people,(ISRAEL) and consulted against thy hidden ones.
4 They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.
5 For they (MUSLIMS) have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee:(TREATIES)
6 The tabernacles of Edom,and the Ishmaelites;(ARABS) of Moab, and the Hagarenes;
7 Gebal, and Ammon,(JORDAN) and Amalek;(SYRIA) the Philistines (PALESTINIANS) with the inhabitants of Tyre;(LEBANON)

DANIEL 11:40-43
40 And at the time of the end shall the king of the south( EGYPT) push at him:(EU DICTATOR IN ISRAEL) and the king of the north (RUSSIA AND MUSLIM HORDES OF EZEK 38+39) shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over.
41 He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon.(JORDAN)
42 He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape.
43 But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps.

EZEKIEL 39:1-8
1 Therefore, thou son of man, prophesy against Gog,(LEADER OF RUSSIA) and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech (MOSCOW) and Tubal: (TUBOLSK)
2 And I will turn thee back, and leave but the sixth part of thee, and will cause thee to come up from the north parts,(RUSSIA) and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel:
3 And I will smite thy bow out of thy left hand, and will cause thine arrows to fall out of thy right hand.
4 Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands,( ARABS) and the people that is with thee: I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort, and to the beasts of the field to be devoured.
5 Thou shalt fall upon the open field: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD.
6 And I will send a fire on Magog,(NUCLEAR BOMB) and among them that dwell carelessly in the isles: and they shall know that I am the LORD.
7 So will I make my holy name known in the midst of my people Israel; and I will not let them pollute my holy name any more: and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel.
8 Behold, it is come, and it is done, saith the Lord GOD; this is the day whereof I have spoken.

JOEL 2:3,20,30-31
3 A fire(NUCLEAR BOMB) devoureth before them;(RUSSIA-ARABS) and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them.
20 But I will remove far off from you the northern army,(RUSSIA,MUSLIMS) and will drive him into a land barren and desolate, with his face toward the east sea, and his hinder part toward the utmost sea, and his stink shall come up, and his ill savour shall come up, because he hath done great things.(SIBERIAN DESERT)
30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.(NUCLEAR BOMB)
31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.

Russia alarmed over new EU pact MAY 22,09

As predicted, the summit failed to produce any breakthroughs .Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has warned the European Union not to turn a proposed partnership with former Soviet countries against Moscow.Mr Medvedev was speaking at the end of a Russia-EU summit held against a background of deep divisions over security, trade and energy supplies. He also signalled a new gas crisis may lie ahead, suggesting Ukraine lacks the money to pay for gas Russia provides. A row over prices severely affected supplies to Europe in January. The BBC's Richard Galpin in Moscow says divisions between Russia and the European Union seem to be growing ever wider, and this latest summit, held in the far east of Russia, made that abundantly clear, with little sign of progress on any significant topic.

Anti-Russian bent

We would not want the Eastern Partnership to turn into partnership against Russia. There are various examples,Mr Mevedev told a news conference at the end of the summit.I would simply not want this partnership to consolidate certain individual states, which are of an anti-Russian bent, with other European states,he said.

Moscow has accused the 27-member bloc of creating new dividing lines in Europe by offering closer ties to six former Soviet republics. The Eastern Partnership Initiative aims to forge close political and economic ties in exchange for democratic reforms.Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine have signed up to the initiative, which seeks to bolster stability in the region. However it does not offer the prospect of eventual EU membership.

Divisive issue

On the divisive issue of energy supplies, President Medvedev raised questions about whether Ukraine can afford billions of dollars to top up its gas stocks.We have doubts about Ukraine's ability to pay,he said. He also proposed that Moscow and the EU should help Ukraine get a loan for gas payments.

Ukraine has denied there is any problem.

Russia supplies 42% of EU gas imports. Its decision to cut all gas to Ukraine - a vital transit country - meant that many EU member states also lost their supplies of gas for two weeks in January.Speaking in Khabarovsk, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso warned there should be no more disruptions to gas supplies from Russia.


Iran's Missile Test: A Message to Obama and Netanyahu By TONY KARON Tony Karon – Fri May 22, 5:15 am ET

Iran's latest missile test may have less to do with advancing its military capability than with getting a last word in on Monday's conversation between President Barack Obama and Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. After all, the weapon whose test-firing was announced Wednesday by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on the election campaign trail does not significantly extend the reach of others already in Iran's arsenal. Instead, it appears to have been a ballistic message, to Iranian voters as well as to the U.S. and its Mideast allies, that Iran isn't about to be intimidated into backing off its nuclear development, and that it has the means to retaliate against any military strikes.Netanyahu emerged from Monday's White House meeting saying he and Obama saw exactly eye to eye on the Iran issue, and some media reports suggested that Obama had agreed to a deadline of the end of 2009 for his diplomatic efforts to succeed in persuading Iran to reverse course on its nuclear program. In fact, Obama was more nuanced in response to the Israelis' agitation for a time limit on Washington's outreach to Tehran, refusing to impose an artificial deadline but affirming that his patience was not unlimited, and that by year's end he would have a good idea whether Iran was making a good-faith effort to resolve differences.The President seeks to avoid being strung along by Tehran in open-ended talks, but is also mindful of the futility of simply reiterating ultimatums that have until now left the Iranians unmoved.

Iran insists its nuclear intentions are confined to generating electricity, but the concern of the U.S. and its allies is that the infrastructure of a civilian nuclear program - particularly uranium enrichment - puts a nuclear weapon within short-term reach should Iran decide to assemble one. (Israel and U.S. believe that Iran has not yet taken such a decision, and to do so it would have to expel the international inspectors that currently monitor its enrichment facility at Natanz. That's because the uranium already enriched there would have to be reprocessed to a far higher degree of enrichment to create bomb matÉriel.) The position adopted until now by the U.S. and its European allies and Israel is that Iran should not be permitted to develop even breakout capacity of the type maintained by, for example, Japan - i.e., a peaceful nuclear-energy infrastructure that could be quickly converted to bomb production should the government choose to weaponize. The Israelis want to limit the diplomatic time frame out of fear that Iran will use open-ended talks as a cover for expanding its nuclear infrastructure. After all, even the Bush Administration had, in its final years, backed away from demanding that Iran suspend uranium enrichment as a precondition for talks, and Obama is unlikely to resuscitate a position to which the Iranians have shown no intention to concede. Instead, he seeks to create the most favorable conditions for diplomacy to work, because the alternatives are so unpalatable. Military strikes against Iran's nuclear facilities are deemed by the U.S. military to be likely to cause more problems than they'll solve - at best, they'd simply set back the Iranian program by a few years, at the price of potentially triggering a regional war that could imperil the interests of the U.S. and its allies, including Israel, for years to come. Winning Chinese and Russian support for harsher sanctions remains unlikely absent Iran taking actual steps towards nuclear weaponization, while an economic blockade could prompt a confrontation.The timetable for talks is obviously less important than the result, however, so the key question facing Obama is this: Can Washington and Tehran agree to a compromise on Iran's nuclear program, and would such a formula be acceptable to the Israelis?

Until now, the European diplomacy backed by the Bush Administration has aimed at getting Iran first to suspend uranium enrichment and then to agree to forgo the right to enrichment on its own soil, instead importing the fuel for its nuclear-energy program, in exchange for a package of political, economic and diplomatic incentives. Even if the U.S. agrees to talk while Iran's centrifuges are spinning, what's less clear is whether Washington and its allies will eventually settle for less than Iran forgoing enrichment altogether, and accept some level of low-grade enrichment being conducted under an expanded inspection regime. The purpose of seeking to deny Iran enrichment capability had been, as President Bush stressed, to prevent Iran from mastering the technology to create bomb-grade matÉriel. But Iran has clearly now mastered enrichment technology, producing a steadily growing stockpile of low-enriched uranium. While the U.S. would obviously like Tehran to dismantle its enrichment facilities, there's widespread doubt in Washington and beyond that the Iranians would agree.It is highly unlikely that the United States will be able to persuade or pressure Iran to forgo uranium enrichment entirely, former Bush Administration State Department official and current Council on Foreign Relations president Richard Haass recently noted.The best that can be hoped for is a ceiling on what Tehran does - in particular, not enrich uranium to a concentration required for a weapon - and intrusive inspections so that the world can be confident of this. The outcome is less than ideal, to say the least, but it is one we could live with.

Whether the Israelis would be ready to live with Iran maintaining a measure of breakout capacity,albeit under a far tighter inspection regime, remains to be seen. Israeli officials have in the past insisted on a quick and complete end to uranium enrichment in Iran, failing which they'll consider military action - although Netanyahu has undertaken to refrain from attacking Iran without first consulting Washington. But Iran is unlikely simply to climb down. It will likely show flexibility in seeking a formula that addresses Western concerns over its nuclear intentions, but on its own terms. What either side will offer, or be willing to accept, of course, must remain a matter of conjecture: diplomatic opening bids seldom resemble bottom lines in resolving a strategic stalemate. But the conversation between Obama and Netanyahu on Iran could yet prove testy in the months ahead.

Biden links US aid to outcome of Lebanon election By SAM F. GHATTAS, Associated Press Writer MAY 22,09

BEIRUT – Vice President Joe Biden said Friday that future U.S. aid to Lebanon depends on the outcome of upcoming elections, a warning aimed at Iranian-backed Hezbollah as it tries to oust the pro-Western faction that dominates government.Confident its alliance will win, Hezbollah criticized Biden's visit as a U.S. attempt to influence the June 7 vote and held a mass rally to show its popular support.Biden is the highest-level U.S. official to visit Lebanon in more than 25 years and the attention shows American concern that the vote could shift power firmly into the hands of Hezbollah. U.S. officials have said before they will review aid to Lebanon depending on the composition of the next government, apparently meaning military aid.The election of leaders committed to the rule of law and economic reform opens the door to lasting growth and prosperity as it will here in Lebanon, Biden said. The U.S. will evaluate the shape of our assistance programs based on the composition of the new government and the policies it advocates.The U.S. considers Hezbollah a terrorist group and Biden's one-day visit was clearly timed to bolster the Western-leaning faction led by Prime Minister Fuad Saniora ahead of the vote. He expressed strong support for the government.I assure you we stand with you to guarantee a sovereign, secure Lebanon, with strong institutions,he said after the meeting with President Michel Suleiman.With the election about two weeks away, Lebanon is in the throes of an increasingly abrasive campaign that has split voters into two main camps. One made up mainly of Sunnis favors close ties to America, France and moderate Sunni Arab countries while the other is dominated by Shiites and backed by U.S. foes Iran and Syria.

Biden said the U.S. did not want to interfere in the elections and tried to steer clear of the political divisions by meeting the neutral president, Saniora and Hezbollah-allied parliament speaker Nabih Berri.But he signaled a tilt toward America's allies when he met behind closed doors with leaders of Saniora's faction at a private residence. A similar meeting between U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice during the monthlong Hezbollah war with Israel in 2006 was broadcast on TV and drew months of sharp condemnation from Hezbollah.Biden said the Lebanese stand to benefit from Arab-Israeli peace and called for the isolation of opponents of the process.Lebanon has suffered terribly from war and we have a real opportunity now ... for peace,he said after talks with the president. So I urge those who think about standing with the spoilers of peace not to miss this opportunity to walk away from the spoilers.Biden's visit caps a transformation in American policy toward Lebanon. It began four years ago after more than two decades of steering clear of the country long viewed as a quagmire. Pro-Iranian militants targeted Americans with bombings and kidnappings in the 1980s during the civil war and more than 250 Americans were killed. That led to a 12-year U.S. ban on citizens traveling to the country that was lifted in 1997.But by stepping into Lebanon's political fray, the United States risks deepening the rift between rival factions. If it does not win, an embittered Hezbollah could take a harder line against its opponents.While the vice president was still in Beirut, Hezbollah flexed its muscle by holding a mass rally in the southern city of Nabatiyeh to mark the 2000 departure of Israeli forces from southern Lebanon. Tens of thousands of flag-waving supporters listened to leader Hassan Nasrallah's video address on a giant TV screen. He spoke from his hiding place in south Beirut.

Hezbollah said the visits by Biden and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton a month ago raised strong suspicion and amounted to a clear and detailed interference in Lebanon's affairs.The militant group, which is highly critical of U.S. Mideast policy and has a strong anti-Israel agenda, is looking to strengthen its political hold beyond the veto power it currently has in the government. The Shiite group has only 14 seats in the 128-seat parliament, but got the veto power after a show of force a year ago when its gunmen overran Sunni neighborhoods in Beirut. Hezbollah and its allies have a total of 58 seats, while the Western-backed majority holds 70.The coalition dominated by the heavily armed Hezbollah stands a good chance of winning, which could increase the influence of its sponsors Iran and Syria in the region. Israel and U.S. Arab allies such as Saudi Arabia and Egypt are concerned about the growing influence of Iran in the Middle East, especially through the militant groups Tehran backs such as Hezbollah and Hamas in Gaza.The U.S. has provided Lebanon with more than a billion dollars in assistance since 2006, including $410 million to the military and the police. At the airport before leaving, Biden said the United States was committed to meeting your army's needs.He reviewed a display of the military hardware the U.S. has provided to Lebanon including a tank, a helicopter and an armored carrier.Lebanon is still trying to chart its own direction four years after Syria pulled its army out of the country and ended nearly three decades of domination. The withdrawal came in the wake of the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in 2005 in a bombing that his supporters blamed on Syria. Damascus denied the accusations, but mass protests in Lebanon and U.S.-led international pressure forced Syria out of Lebanon.

U.S. support for Lebanon shot up after the Hariri assassination under the former Bush administration, which had isolated Syria. But the Obama administration has shifted policy, reaching out for a dialogue with Syria and Iran. Those moves have alarmed America's allies in Lebanon, prompting recent reassurances from U.S. officials that they will not sell out Lebanon in any dialogue with Syria. The last U.S. vice president to visit Lebanon was George H.W. Bush under President Ronald Reagan. He came in October 1983, days after a massive suicide truck bombing destroyed the U.S. Marine base at Beirut airport and killed more than 240.

Israeli talks offer useless without Golan: Syria By Khaled Yacoub Oweis MAY 22,09

DAMASCUS (Reuters) – Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem said on Friday resuming peace talks with Israel would be useless without a commitment by the Jewish state to withdraw from the Golan Heights.Responding cautiously to an Israeli offer to open the talks without preconditions, Moualem reiterated Syrian calls for an Israeli commitment to restore the Golan and described it as not a precondition but a requirement for peace.If Israel does not honor these requirements then there is no point of conducting useless negotiations,Moualem said.Negotiations will be futile if there is no true Israeli will to make peace and no U.S. involvement. We will not go back to wasting time,he told Syrian state television.Indirect talks between Syria and Israel, mediated by Turkey, were formally suspended in December during the Israeli invasion of the Gaza Strip,Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said the talks stopped just as Syria was waiting for an Israeli response to Damascus's definition of what constituted the Golan boundary, which would have set the benchmark for any Israeli withdrawal.Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday after meeting U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington that he was ready to resume the talks with Syria immediately but indicated he would not make any commitments on land first.Israel says openly now it wants peace for the sake of peace, which is laughable,Moualem said.


Last week, Turkish President Abdullah Gul said Ankara was ready to continue as a mediator between Syria and Israel.Diplomats in Damascus said Gul had been urging Assad and Netanyahu to resume the talks, and that Washington could help the Turkish efforts, partly because they might contribute to distancing the Syrian government from its ally Iran.George Mitchell, Obama's Middle East envoy, is expected to visit Damascus and meet Assad after Lebanon's parliamentary election next month.Moualem said Syria was ready to cooperate with the United States to stabilize the Middle East but there would have to be normal relations between the two countries first.We are still in the phase of testing intentions,he said.Washington imposed sanctions on Syria in 2004 for what it suspected as a Syrian role in backing insurgents in Iraq and Damascus's support for militant groups.The United States withdrew its ambassador from Syria a year later, following the assassination of Rafik al-Hariri, a Lebanese parliamentarian and former prime minister who had turned against Syria's role in Lebanon.Washington supervised 10 years of direct talks between Syria and Israel that collapsed in 2000 when the late Syrian President Hafez al-Assad, the current president's father, refused an Israeli offer to pull out of the Golan but keep several hundred meters (yards) on the northeastern shore of the lake of Galilee.

Israel occupied the Golan, a fertile plateau overlooking Damascus and the Sea of Galilee, in the 1967 Middle East War. Syria defines the occupied Golan as the territory Syria held on June 4, 1967, before the war broke out, including the northeastern shore of the lake, Israel's main water reservoir. (Editing by Ralph Gowling)

Muslims protest alleged defacement of Quran By DEREK GATOPOULOS, Associated Press Writer – Fri May 22, 10:42 am ET

ATHENS, Greece – Authorities fired tear gas and stun grenades at hundreds of Muslims in central Athens on Friday as they protested a Greek policeman's alleged defacement of a Quran owned by an Iraqi immigrant.The clashes occurred outside Parliament as the demonstrators threw rocks and plastic bottles at police, and smashed windows of a luxury hotel in central Syntagma Square. A police helicopter hovered overhead.

Chanting God is great! and waving leather-bound copies of Islam's holy book, about 1,000 Muslim immigrants had begun the demonstration with a march to Parliament to express their outrage. The clashes occurred after the protest had dwindled to about 300.We want the officer or officers involved to be prosecuted, and the government to issue an apology, protester Manala Mohammed, a Syrian national, told The Associated Press.We want people to show us respect.In a less violent demonstration on Thursday, police fired tear gas to dispel a few stone-throwing protesters. Later Thursday, police arrested an Afghan man on suspicion of trying to firebomb an Athens police station in an attack that left him severely burned.Police said they will investigate the allegation that a police officer tore up the immigrant's copy of the Quran while checking his identity papers in Athens on Wednesday.

Most native-born Greeks are baptized into the Christian Orthodox Church.

Waves of illegal immigration over the past few years have led to an influx of Muslims, mostly from Pakistan and Afghanistan. The majority live in squalid, overcrowded apartments in poor areas.Greek rights activist Thanassis Kourkoulas, one of the protest organizers, said the marches were intended to show immigrants have a voice.He said,What happened is a great insult to every Muslim, every immigrant and every Greek who respects democracy.


DANIEL 11:40-45
40 And at the time of the end shall the king of the south( EGYPT) push at him:(EU DICTATOR IN ISRAEL) and the king of the north (RUSSIA AND MUSLIM HORDES OF EZEK 38+39) shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over.
41 He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon.(JORDAN)
42 He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape.
43 But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps.
44 But tidings out of the east(CHINA 2ND WAVE OF WW3) and out of the north(RUSSIA, MUSLIMS WHATS LEFT FROM WAVE 1) shall trouble him:(EU DICTATOR IN ISRAEL) therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many.( 1/3RD OF EARTHS POPULATION)
45 And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him.

18 And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe.
19 And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.
20 And the winepress was trodden without the city,(JERUSALEM) and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.(200 MILES) (THE SIZE OF ISRAEL)

The Third and Final Wave of WW3 is when all Nations march to Jerusalem, but JESUS bodily returns to earth and destroys them,sets up his KINGDOM OF RULE FOR 1000 YEARS THEN FOREVER.


12 And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.(THIS IS THE ATATURK DAM IN TURKEY,THEY CROSS OVER).

44 But tidings out of the east(CHINA) and out of the north(RUSSIA, MUSLIMS WHATS LEFT FROM WAVE 1) shall trouble him:(EU DICTATOR IN ISRAEL) therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many.( 1/3RD OF EARTHS POPULATION)

12 One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter.
13 And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God,
14 Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.(IRAQ-SYRIA)
15 And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.(1/3 Earths Population die in WW 3 2ND WAVE)
16 And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand:(200 MILLION MAN ARMY FROM CHINA AND THE KINGS OF THE EAST) and I heard the number of them.
17 And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone.(NUCLEAR BOMBS)
18 By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.(NUCLEAR BOMBS)

Japan: NKorea warns ships away from missile base Fri May 22, 8:15 am ET

TOKYO – North Korea has warned ships to steer clear of waters off a coastal city near a missile launch base, Japan's coast guard said Friday, suggesting Pyongyang may be preparing for a short-range missile test.South Korea's Yonhap news agency also reported heightened activity near a military base Friday, saying they indicate that the North is preparing to carry out a short-range, ground-to-ground missile test.The apparent preparations came less than two months after the isolated communist nation launched a rocket, prompting U.N. condemnation. North Korea responded with threats to carry out more missile and nuclear tests.While the latest mobilizations appeared only for short-range missiles, any kind of weapons test was bound to exacerbate already high tensions in the region.A Japanese coast guard ship picked up a North Korean broadcast Thursday warning its ships to stay away from the northeastern city of Kimchaek, coast guard spokesman Shinichiro Tanaka said.The warning covers North Korean coastal waters. It only affects North Korean ships, he said, adding that Pyongyang gave no reason for the warning, which is effective until May 30.Kimchaek is just 28 miles (45 kilometers ) south of North Korea's Musudan-ri missile launch base.

Tanaka stressed Japan's coast guard will not send patrol ships following the warning. We picked up a similar warning from North Korea in April.Pyongyang launched a rocket from Musudan-ri on April 5, defying U.N. sanctions that bar the North from ballistic missile activity.North Korea has claimed the April liftoff was a peaceful satellite launch. But other nations believe it was a test of its long-range missile technology.

The U.N. Security Council condemned the launch and imposed sanctions on three North Korean companies as punishment. That prompted North Korea to abandon ongoing disarmament negotiations with five other nations, and to threaten to carry out nuclear and missile tests.On Friday, South Korea's Yonhap cited unnamed government sources as saying there have been brisk movements of vehicles with mobile launchers in the North's northeast coast for the past few days.Officials at the South Korean Defense Ministry and the Joint Chiefs of Staff could not confirm the Yonhap report.

North Korea test-fires short-range missiles a couple of times a year as part of its military exercises.North Korea conducted its first-ever nuclear test in 2006 and is believed to have enough plutonium for at least half a dozen atomic bombs.Associated Press writer Jae-soon Chang in Seoul contributed to this report.


Revolution in the air By Dan Jones Author, Summer of Blood MAY 22,09

The anger in the air is palpable. The ordinary people hold the political class in contempt.The government is failing, as war and economic catastrophe are dealt with in increasingly unconvincing fashion by second-rate public servants. There is, for the first time in a generation, a sense of revolution brewing. This is not today's Britain. It is England in 1381, the year that witnessed one of the greatest popular risings in our history: the Peasants' Revolt.

Lessons of the Peasants' revolt
Between May and November that year, England was seized by spasms of popular rebellion, provoked by poll taxes and a disastrous war, and underpinned by the common belief that the government was a pack of scoundrels. Towns and villages from Somerset to Scarborough rose against their rulers, beating and sometimes killing MPs, lawyers, landowners and politicians, tearing down their homes and vandalising their land.

Bloody revenge

At the heart of the rising was a march on London on Corpus Christi weekend (Thursday 13 to Saturday 15 June).Traditionally this was a time of mystery plays and festive processions. In 1381, the main procession consisted of villagers from the Thames estuary marching along the pilgrim road between Canterbury and London, burning houses and taking political prisoners as they protested against their venal, incompetent masters. The peasant's revolt ransacked London before it was put down
When the protestors, led by their general Wat Tyler and the maverick preacher John Ball, reached London, they found they had significant common cause with the townsmen.

The London populace bore long-held grudges towards their own ruling elites - which included the oligarchic, super-rich merchant traders in the City as well as the hapless courtiers who governed in the name of 14-year old King Richard. Common fury with the state of lordship bound rural and urban rebels in a compact to clean up government.So the town mice opened their gates to the country mice, and together they all set about the cats.At first there were organised protests, attacks on specific, symbolic landmarks: the Savoy Palace, home of the powerful and unpopular duke of Lancaster, was burned to the ground; the Temple, home of the legal profession, was sacked. Prisons were broken open and the Tower of London, where the government had holed up, was besieged.Demonstrations became riots. A chopping block was set up at Cheapside, where the street ran sticky with the blood of the condemned. Kind Richard II was only 14 years old when faced with the rebellion .The Archbishop of Canterbury had his head hacked off on Tower Hill. The Treasurer was murdered, as - in Suffolk - was a Chief Justice.Some 140 Flemish merchants and their families were butchered on the banks of the Thames, in a shocking xenophobic massacre. But for the luck of the young king, Richard II, and the fortitude of a few good men around him led by Mayor of London, William Walworth, the City would have been burned to the ground. Tyler and his mob were eventually defeated at Smithfield, but it took nearly six months to calm the rest of the country.

Political revolt

The summer of discontent left a profound mark on the English political consciousness.

A few lines written, prior to the rebellion, by the Kentish poet John Gower, were suddenly recognised as an important tenet of government. There are three things of such a sort that they produce merciless destruction when they get the upper hand,he wrote.One is a flood of water, another is a raging fire and the third is the lesser people, the common multitude; for they will not be stopped by either reason or by discipline.I have thought many times during the past months that our politicians would benefit from revisiting the events of the Peasants' Revolt. In many ways it is a tale of mutual misunderstanding: the ordinary folk thought the worst of their politicians, and politicians saw their people as an economic resource, to be taxed and tormented as the necessities of government demanded. The Black Death was a major factor in fermenting anti-government feeling .This government, like the government in 1381, has been caught out by a global crisis of unprecedented severity. In the fourteenth century it was the Black Death, which killed 40% of Europe's population.

The government's reaction - to impose labour laws that stifled economic recovery but preserved the social hierarchy, was vastly unpopular, for it prevented ordinary people from improving their lives.Now, it is the collapse in global credit which has brought a different sort of misery to millions. No doubt there are many differences between 1381 and 2009. They were medieval, we are modern. And history never repeats itself as exactly as historians sometimes wish.But if I were an MP today, I would make it my business to learn the course and the lessons of 1381 by heart. Then I would give thanks that there are no longer any chopping blocks at Cheapside. Dan Jones is the author of Summer of Blood.

The Treaty of Lisbon Europe’s Next Step?

A unified body: A photo taken on June 21, 2008, shows the second day of the Conference of Speakers of the European Union Parliaments at Sao Bento Palace in Lisbon.Source: Francisco Leong/AFP/Getty Images.Most expect Europe to take another step toward political unity this year. What is the Treaty of Lisbon, and what does it mean for the EU and the world? By mark p. denee March 06, 2009 The dream of a united Europe, which empires there have previously attained through history, is alive and well.

With the formation of the European Economic Community (EEC) in the 1950s, most of Europe has slowly progressed toward fulfilling this dream.The European Union (EU) currently consists of 27 member states and nearly 500 million citizens, and produces the world’s greatest gross domestic product, at $14.96 trillion.Yet the EU is not a single legal entity, but remains a fragile union of independent states, unable to sign international treaties, for instance. Therefore, its involvement in geopolitical relations and processes is bureaucratic and inefficient.For example, the EU attempted to pass into law a European Constitution in 2004, which most considered a natural “next step” in becoming a unified legal entity. However, the majority of France and the Netherlands voted against it in 2005.Three years later, the European Union signed the Treaty of Lisbon, intending that all member states ratify the new laws by the end of 2008, and it be in force for the 2009 European elections. Yet a June 2008 referendum in Ireland resulted in no, putting the treaty’s implementation on hold. The Irish government will seek to ratify it, via a second referendum, by October 2009.However, what is the Treaty of Lisbon? Does it differ from the formerly proposed European Constitution, and if so, how?

Recent History
Several treaties currently govern the European Union. For example, the 1957 Treaty of Rome formed the EEC, which the 1992 Treaty of Maastricht amended to form the EU and prepare for the Euro. Both the 1997 Treaty of Amsterdam and the 2001 Treaty of Nice consisted of amendments to the Rome and Maastricht treaties. All of these treaties and many others remain in force to this day.Expand Image In addition, the member states require unanimity to amend any of the EU treaties, which partly explains the difficulty and inefficiency that the European Union faces.In 2001, the European Council—the highest political body of the EU, consisting of the heads of state of all members—established the European Convention, chaired by former French President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing. Its purpose was to produce a draft constitution. After much debate, the Convention presented the final text in June 2004.A major goal of the constitution was to replace all overlapping treaties with one set of fundamental laws for Europe: 18 member states ratified the constitutional text; seven postponed their process following the Netherland’s and France’s rejection.When it was Germany’s turn to take over the six-month rotating EU presidency in 2007, German Chancellor Angela Merkel declared the period of reflection that followed the failed ratification of the constitution to be over. During the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, in March of that year, Germany led all member states to adopt the Berlin Declaration, consisting of a timeline for a new treaty to replace the failed constitution.That June, the European Council met in Brussels and negotiated a new treaty, addressing key issues. The Polish government was concerned about European Council voting; the United Kingdom and Poland were concerned with the EU Charter of Fundamental Human Rights being able to overturn domestic law; and Dutch citizens desired a greater role for national parliaments in the EU decision-making process.Completed by October, the member states signed the treaty into law two months later in Lisbon.Ratification was to take place during 2008, with the expectation that the new treaty would enter into force by Jan. 1, 2009.

The Treaty of Lisbon
As the preamble states, the purpose of the treaty is to complete the process started by the Treaty of Amsterdam (socioeconomic standards, broader immigration and civil judicial oversight, protection and enforcement of human rights, and an increase in the power of the European Parliament) and by the Treaty of Nice (largely preparation for the admission of new members from eastern Europe, adjustments to the power of the Commission, and adjustments to voting rules to allow easier passage of laws), with a view to enhancing the efficiency and democratic legitimacy of the Union and to improving the coherence of its action.Significant changes introduced with the Treaty of Lisbon include more qualified majority voting in the EU Council. Therefore, a majority vote in the Council of Ministers (which represents national governments) will be carried if 55% of nations representing 65% of the overall EU population say yes (The Economist).More importantly, majority voting will become the rule in some 50 policy areas currently decided by unanimity: most dramatically migration, criminal justice and judicial and police co-operation, where the European Court of Justice (ECJ) will also gain broad oversight for the first time(ibid.).This will significantly increase the ability to change and/or introduce law, as well as its enforcement.The Treaty of Lisbon will also eliminate the pillar system—the co-existence of three separate and equal bodies that make up the EU: the European Community, the Common Foreign and Security Policy, and the Police and Judicial Co-operation in Criminal Matters. All functions will merge into the European Union as a single entity, thus enabling it to have a legal personality—including the ability to sign international treaties.The treaty will create two significant offices—President of the European Union and High Representative for Foreign Affairs—presenting a united position on EU policies. The treaty also allows member states to push ahead with military co-operation.

Commenting on the current six-month rotation of the EU presidency, former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger once asked,If I want to call Europe, who do I call?
The new President will be voted into office by the members of the European Council, and will sit for a renewable, two-and-a-half-year term.The new High Representative for Foreign Affairs will have political power, a substantial budget and a diplomatic corps. In effect, he or she will serve as the continent’s Foreign Minister, speaking on behalf of the European Union, such as before the United Nations.Finally, if ratified, the Treaty of Lisbon will make the Union’s human rights charter—the Charter of Fundamental Rights—legally binding. The BBC reported that the UK secured a written guarantee that the charter could not be used to alter British law.Nonetheless, experts are divided on how effective this will be. The bottom line: Most of the above was part of the original constitution treaty, and that most European leaders acknowledge that the main substance of the constitution would be preserved (ibid.).

The Implications
Because it is a reform treaty (in fact, it is also known as the Reform Treaty), it is amending previous treaties rather than replacing them, as the constitution would have. Consequently, almost all member states have been able to ratify the Lisbon Treaty without holding national referendums.The constitution contained articles regarding the symbols of the European flag, an anthem, and a motto. While these will continue to exist, they are not part of the Lisbon treaty.Several countries will continue to hold opt-out clauses on various policies, namely Ireland and the UK regarding asylum, visas and immigration; Poland possibly in regard to the Charter of Fundamental Rights; and Denmark regarding justice and home affairs. While these members have garnered political points at their respective homes, they also provide for the possibility that certain countries may find themselves someday on the outside, looking in. This could take form via the two-speed Europe, or even possibly with some current members completely outside any formal union.Some politicians, however, hold a skeptical view, accusing their nations’ governments of propaganda. For example, UK Labour MP Gisela Stuart, who was a member of the European Convention that wrote the original constitution, maintains that 96 percent of the Treaty of Lisbon is a word-for-word carbon copy—significant enough that the British people should be first asked, via a referendum. She calls it a deeply dishonest process (BBC).Expand Image A cry for help: Protestors take part in a demonstration calling for a referendum on the European Union (EU) Lisbon Treaty, outside the Houses of Parliament in central London, England (Feb. 27, 2008).

Source: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images Harry van Bommel, spokesman for the Dutch Socialist Party, insists the creation of the new president and the foreign minister imply a significant transfer of sovereignty to the European level, without any satisfactory democratic control being exercised over this.He continued,In our view, it’s up to the people to decide whether to transfer sovereignty to the EU(BBC).A December 2008 Economist article stated the EU, under French President Nicolas Sarkozy, was a glimpse of what the world might be like should the Reform Treaty be successful. Mr. Sarkozy’s leadership was described as a thundering pace and reckless disregard for the rules—something Europe is not used to, yet (at least in part) desires.Due to circumstances (the Irish no vote, the 2008 Russian-Georgian War, the current world economic crisis), Mr. Sarkozy did not have time to consult and identify the consensus view. Consequently, his bold leadership startled some and angered others, bypassing the EU foreign policy chief in proposing a peace deal in Georgia. In addition, at an EU-Russia summit, his statements regarding American missile-defense in Poland and the Czech Republic were beyond the normal for safe, middle-of-the-road Europe. He, in a sense, acted as if the Lisbon treaty were already in force (The Economist).In summing up his stint as EU president, Mr. Sarkozy maintained that a strong Europe depends on its strong nations. Although the larger European countries do not have more legal rights than the smaller nations, he added they do have more responsibilities.

The Delay
Several issues have delayed implementing the treaty. As already mentioned, Ireland voted against it in a national referendum. Under EU rules, a treaty cannot come into force if any of the 27 member states fail to ratify it.Expand Image Every vote counts: Irish President Mary McAleese and her husband Martin McAleese cast their votes for the Lisbon Treaty at St. Mary’s Hospital in the Phoenix Park in Dublin, Ireland (June 12, 2008). Ireland voted in a knife-edge referendum on the European Union’s new reform treaty, threatening to plunge the 27-nation bloc into new crisis if it is rejected.Source: Stringer/AFP/Getty Images Having obtained pledges from the EU addressing various concerns voiced by Irish voters, the Irish government has agreed to hold a second referendum by October of this year. It is unclear as to what will happen if the treaty fails a second time.Currently, according to a January 2009 Angus-Reid poll, 55 percent of respondents said they would vote in favor of the treaty; 37 percent said they would oppose it.Elsewhere, both the Czech Republic and Poland have yet to ratify it. Czech President Vaclav Klaus is a Euro-skeptic, and does not like the Treaty of Lisbon. Even the Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek has tied his country’s willingness to ratify the treaty to the proposed installment of a U.S. radar base. As for Poland, President Lech Kaczynski insists on waiting until the Irish question is resolved.A significant concern regarding the elections for the European Parliament, to occur June 4-7, 2009, among the EU member nations, is that the Irish delay may offer the opportunity for more debate across Europe on the treaty.

It is likely the global economic crisis could bear political consequences, and may have an effect on either the Irish, or the European Parliament vote. The International Herald Tribune indicated that the leader of the Irish no campaign, Declan Ganley, said he wanted to field candidates opposed to the Lisbon Treaty in all 27 countries, giving them the referendum they didn’t have.Nick Clegg, leader of Britain’s Liberal Democrat Party, said that mainstream pro-Europeans would need to respond with ever more clarity and the need to be more engaged(ibid.).There is no doubt,Mr. Clegg added,that in the teeth of recession with people losing their jobs and worrying about putting food on the table, an angry message of rejection of the status quo could go down well. It is a fertile time for populism and simplicity.Also potentially complicating the issue is the British Conservative Party’s position that if elected, it would scrap the Lisbon Treaty altogether. According to the Irish Times, Conservative leader David Cameron has put his party on election alert amid speculation that UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown might call a snap election to take advantage of his rising popularity due to his handling of the recession.The British Conservatives maintain the treaty dilutes national sovereignty by transferring too much power to Brussels, the EU capital.In an interview with the Financial Times, Mr. Cameron said there was a 50/50 chance for an election as early as April. If the Conservatives won, he stated, they would hold a national referendum on the Treaty of Lisbon by October, and lead a no campaign against it. This would wreak havoc on the Irish vote and potentially doom the treaty, throwing the EU into a major crisis.

The Future
The treaty’s immediate future remains unclear. Other factors, such as the economic crisis, an election in the UK, or some other major geopolitical event (such as the outcome of the Israeli election, and possible action against Iran) could have a significant role.Nevertheless, here is what we do know. First, the EU is becoming desperate for changes allowing a stronger, more unified leadership and control of its resources. Second, the Treaty of Lisbon is essentially the same as the European Constitution, and provides for these needs. Third, Bible prophecy indicates we are near the time of the seventh and final restoration of the Holy Roman Empire. (For more information, read our literature Out of the Ashes – The Rise of Europe, and Who or What Is the Beast of Revelation?)Mr. Sarkozy said, It is untrue that institutions stop Europe from taking decisions (The Economist).Europe’s problem is a lack of political will—but that will is on the verge of becoming strong and obvious.



UPDATE - HR 1207 Now Up To 179 co-sponsors! Posted May 12th, 2009 by sunny
Updated on May 22.On record so far on

Title: To amend title 31, United States Code, to reform the manner in which the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System is audited by the Comptroller General of the United States and the manner in which such audits are reported, and for other purposes.(TO AUDIT,THEN ABOLISH THE FEDERAL RESEVE) Sponsor: Rep Paul, Ron [TX-14] (introduced 2/26/2009) Cosponsors (179)Latest Major Action: 2/26/2009 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

Here's 3 related (WORKING) links for easy access:

DEMOCRATIC List of Shame

REPUBLICAN List of Shame

S 604: F R Sunshine Act of 2009. Companion bill to HR1207

HR 1207 Co-Sponsors (as of 5/22/2009)

Rep Kagen, Steve [WI-8] - 2/26/2009
Rep Bachmann, Michele [MN-6] - 2/26/2009
Rep Bartlett, Roscoe G. [MD-6] - 2/26/2009
Rep Jones, Walter B., Jr. [NC-3] - 2/26/2009
Rep Rehberg, Denny [MT] - 2/26/2009
Rep Posey, Bill [FL-15] - 2/26/2009
Rep Broun, Paul C. [GA-10] - 2/26/2009
Rep Poe, Ted [TX-2] - 2/26/2009
Rep Burton, Dan [IN-5] - 2/26/2009
Rep Abercrombie, Neil [HI-1] - 2/26/2009
Rep Woolsey, Lynn C. [CA-6] - 2/26/2009
Rep Garrett, Scott [NJ-5] - 3/5/2009
Rep Chaffetz, Jason [UT-3] - 3/6/2009
Rep Kingston, Jack [GA-1] - 3/6/2009
Rep Young, Don [AK] - 3/6/2009
Rep Rohrabacher, Dana [CA-46] - 3/6/2009
Rep Stearns, Cliff [FL-6] - 3/6/2009
Rep McClintock, Tom [CA-4] - 3/6/2009
Rep Heller, Dean [NV-2] - 3/6/2009
Rep Duncan, John J., Jr. [TN-2] - 3/6/2009
Rep Taylor, Gene [MS-4] - 3/6/2009
Rep DeFazio, Peter A. [OR-4] - 3/9/2009
Rep Alexander, Rodney [LA-5] - 3/10/2009
Rep Price, Tom [GA-6] - 3/10/2009
Rep Petri, Thomas E. [WI-6] - 3/10/2009
Rep Foxx, Virginia [NC-5] - 3/10/2009
Rep Grayson, Alan [FL-8] - 3/11/2009
Rep Marchant, Kenny [TX-24] - 3/11/2009
Rep Wamp, Zach [TN-3] - 3/16/2009
Rep Blackburn, Marsha [TN-7] - 3/16/2009
Rep Buchanan, Vern [FL-13] - 3/17/2009
Rep Castle, Michael N. [DE] - 3/17/2009
Rep Fleming, John [LA-4] - 3/18/2009
Rep Akin, W. Todd [MO-2] - 3/19/2009
Rep Platts, Todd Russell [PA-19] - 3/19/2009
Rep Peterson, Collin C. [MN-7] - 3/19/2009
Rep McCotter, Thaddeus G. [MI-11] - 3/19/2009
Rep Lummis, Cynthia M. [WY] - 3/19/2009
Rep Burgess, Michael C. [TX-26] - 3/19/2009
Rep Sessions, Pete [TX-32] - 3/23/2009
Rep Deal, Nathan [GA-9] - 3/23/2009
Rep Franks, Trent [AZ-2] - 3/23/2009
Rep Miller, Jeff [FL-1] - 3/24/2009
Rep Blunt, Roy [MO-7] - 3/24/2009
Rep Stark, Fortney Pete [CA-13] - 3/26/2009
Rep Culberson, John Abney [TX-7] - 3/26/2009
Rep Paulsen, Erik [MN-3] - 3/30/2009
Rep Gingrey, Phil [GA-11] - 3/30/2009
Rep Terry, Lee [NE-2] - 3/30/2009
Rep Carter, John R. [TX-31] - 3/31/2009
Rep Capito, Shelley Moore [WV-2] - 4/1/2009
Rep Wittman, Robert J. [VA-1] - 4/1/2009
Rep Fallin, Mary [OK-5] - 4/2/2009
Rep Smith, Lamar [TX-21] - 4/2/2009
Rep Westmoreland, Lynn A. [GA-3] - 4/2/2009
Rep Lucas, Frank D. [OK-3] - 4/21/2009
Rep Lamborn, Doug [CO-5] - 4/21/2009
Rep Ehlers, Vernon J. [MI-3] - 4/21/2009
Rep Bilbray, Brian P. [CA-50] - 4/21/2009
Rep Pence, Mike [IN-6] - 4/21/2009
Rep Manzullo, Donald A. [IL-16] - 4/21/2009
Rep McCaul, Michael T. [TX-10] - 4/21/2009
Rep Cole, Tom [OK-4] - 4/21/2009
Rep Roe, David P. [TN-1] - 4/21/2009
Rep Herger, Wally [CA-2] - 4/21/2009
Rep Bishop, Rob [UT-1] - 4/21/2009
Rep Baldwin, Tammy [WI-2] - 4/21/2009
Rep Olson, Pete [TX-22] - 4/21/2009
Rep Latham, Tom [IA-4] - 4/21/2009
Rep Luetkemeyer, Blaine [MO-9] - 4/21/2009
Rep Doggett, Lloyd [TX-25] - 4/21/2009
Rep Rooney, Thomas J. [FL-16] - 4/22/2009
Rep Massa, Eric J. J. [NY-29] - 4/22/2009
Rep Johnson, Sam [TX-3] - 4/22/2009
Rep Thompson, Glenn [PA-5] - 4/22/2009
Rep Brady, Kevin [TX-8] - 4/22/2009
Rep Smith, Adam [WA-9] - 4/22/2009
Rep Shimkus, John [IL-19] - 4/22/2009
Rep Graves, Sam [MO-6] - 4/22/2009
Rep Jenkins, Lynn [KS-2] - 4/23/2009
Rep Gohmert, Louie [TX-1] - 4/23/2009
Rep Inglis, Bob [SC-4] - 4/23/2009
Rep Kaptur, Marcy [OH-9] - 4/23/2009
Rep Johnson, Timothy V. [IL-15] - 4/23/2009
Rep Brown, Henry E., Jr. [SC-1] - 4/28/2009
Rep Biggert, Judy [IL-13] - 4/28/2009
Rep Pitts, Joseph R. [PA-16] - 4/28/2009
Rep Tiahrt, Todd [KS-4] - 4/28/2009
Rep Myrick, Sue Wilkins [NC-9] - 4/28/2009
Rep Putnam, Adam H. [FL-12] - 4/28/2009
Rep LaTourette, Steven C. [OH-14] - 4/28/2009
Rep Tiberi, Patrick J. [OH-12] - 4/28/2009
Rep Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana [FL-18] - 4/28/2009
Rep Hoekstra, Peter [MI-2] - 4/28/2009
Rep Miller, Candice S. [MI-10] - 4/28/2009
Rep Granger, Kay [TX-12] - 4/28/2009
Rep Simpson, Michael K. [ID-2] - 4/28/2009
Rep Barrett, J. Gresham [SC-3] - 4/28/2009
Rep Goodlatte, Bob [VA-6] - 4/28/2009
Rep Smith, Adrian [NE-3] - 4/28/2009
Rep Wilson, Joe [SC-2] - 4/29/2009
Rep Hall, Ralph M. [TX-4] - 4/29/2009
Rep Kline, John [MN-2] - 4/29/2009
Rep Bono Mack, Mary [CA-45] - 4/29/2009
Rep Murphy, Tim [PA-18] - 4/29/2009
Rep Calvert, Ken [CA-44] - 4/29/2009
Rep McDermott, Jim [WA-7] - 4/29/2009
Rep Upton, Fred [MI-6] - 4/29/2009
Rep Bachus, Spencer [AL-6] - 4/29/2009
Rep Buyer, Steve [IN-4] - 4/30/2009
Rep Neugebauer, Randy [TX-19] - 4/30/2009
Rep McHenry, Patrick T. [NC-10] - 4/30/2009
Rep McCarthy, Kevin [CA-22] - 5/4/2009
Rep Barton, Joe [TX-6] - 5/4/2009
Rep Hensarling, Jeb [TX-5] - 5/4/2009
Rep McMorris Rodgers, Cathy [WA-5] - 5/4/2009
Rep Bilirakis, Gus M. [FL-9] - 5/4/2009
Rep Moran, Jerry [KS-1] - 5/4/2009
Rep Cassidy, Bill [LA-6] - 5/4/2009
Rep Walden, Greg [OR-2] - 5/4/2009
Rep Crenshaw, Ander [FL-4] - 5/4/2009
Rep Campbell, John [CA-48] - 5/4/2009
Rep LoBiondo, Frank A. [NJ-2] - 5/4/2009
Rep McHugh, John M. [NY-23] - 5/4/2009
Rep Schakowsky, Janice D. [IL-9] - 5/6/2009
Rep Linder, John [GA-7] - 5/6/2009
Rep Aderholt, Robert B. [AL-4] - 5/6/2009
Rep Davis, Geoff [KY-4] - 5/6/2009
Rep Dent, Charles W. [PA-15] - 5/6/2009
Rep Radanovich, George [CA-19] - 5/6/2009
Rep Schock, Aaron [IL-18] - 5/6/2009
Rep Herseth Sandlin, Stephanie [SD] - 5/6/2009
Rep Austria, Steve [OH-7] - 5/6/2009
Rep Adler, John H. [NJ-3] - 5/6/2009
Rep Sensenbrenner, F. James, Jr. [WI-5] - 5/7/2009
Rep Lungren, Daniel E. [CA-3] - 5/7/2009
Rep Walz, Timothy J. [MN-1] - 5/7/2009
Rep Shuster, Bill [PA-9] - 5/7/2009
Rep Michaud, Michael H. [ME-2] - 5/7/2009
Rep Conaway, K. Michael [TX-11] - 5/7/2009
Rep Shadegg, John B. [AZ-3] - 5/7/2009
Rep Boozman, John [AR-3] - 5/7/2009
Rep Guthrie, Brett [KY-2] - 5/7/2009
Rep Flake, Jeff [AZ-6] - 5/11/2009
Rep Hastings, Doc [WA-4] - 5/11/2009
Rep Lance, Leonard [NJ-7] - 5/11/2009
Rep Gerlach, Jim [PA-6] - 5/11/2009
Rep Harper, Gregg [MS-3] - 5/11/2009
Rep Hare, Phil [IL-17] - 5/11/2009
Rep Royce, Edward R. [CA-40] - 5/12/2009
Rep Fortenberry, Jeff [NE-1] - 5/12/2009
Rep Mack, Connie [FL-14] - 5/12/2009
Rep Barrow, John [GA-12] - 5/12/2009
Rep Mica, John L. [FL-7] - 5/12/2009
Rep Maffei, Daniel B. [NY-25] - 5/12/2009
Rep Inslee, Jay [WA-1] - 5/12/2009
Rep Rogers, Mike D. [AL-3] - 5/13/2009
Rep Minnick, Walter [ID-1] - 5/13/2009
Rep Boustany, Charles W., Jr. [LA-7] - 5/13/2009
Rep Turner, Michael R. [OH-3] - 5/13/2009
Rep Hunter, Duncan D. [CA-52] - 5/13/2009
Rep Perriello, Thomas S.P. [VA-5] - 5/13/2009
Rep Ortiz, Solomon P. [TX-27] - 5/14/2009
Rep Ryan, Paul [WI-1] - 5/14/2009
Rep Whitfield, Ed [KY-1] - 5/14/2009
Rep Pastor, Ed [AZ-4] - 5/20/2009
Rep Brown-Waite, Ginny [FL-5] - 5/20/2009
Rep Altmire, Jason [PA-4] - 5/20/2009
Rep Latta, Robert E. [OH-5] - 5/20/2009
Rep Reichert, David G. [WA-8] - 5/20/2009
Rep Rogers, Mike J. [MI-8] - 5/20/2009
Rep Berry, Marion [AR-1] - 5/20/2009
Rep Schauer, Mark H. [MI-7] - 5/20/2009
Rep Scalise, Steve [LA-1] - 5/20/2009
Rep Forbes, J. Randy [VA-4] - 5/20/2009
Rep Ross, Mike [AR-4] - 5/21/2009
Rep Berkley, Shelley [NV-1] - 5/21/2009
Rep Welch, Peter [VT] - 5/21/2009
Rep Thornberry, Mac [TX-13] - 5/21/2009


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