Just in time for Halloween
This latest Congress has been a disgrace, accomplishing nothing over the past 11 months. Finally they have passed a bill that actual means something… Internet Tax suspended another 7 years. Now we will see if the Dems make good on any of their other promises they used to get elected and have not fulfilled…
Well I guess the Dems are desperate to get some votes in 2008… Image the backlash if they did not pass this. One thing the past few years has proven is the Internet’s influence on politics, good or bad, they need all the avenues to the people.
Well hopefully then next step will be a permanent ban.
It’s not easy to get the partisan Congress to vote unanimously on anything these days, but apparently both parties can agree that Internet access should not be taxed.
With only two days to spare, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 402-0 on Tuesday morning to extend the moratorium on state and local Internet taxes. The move was applauded by Internet service providers, wireless carriers, and other Web companies that said that prices for Web access could shoot up as much as 17% without it.
Originally passed as the 1998 Internet Tax Freedom Act, the ban was extended to Nov. 1, 2007 as the Internet Tax Nondiscrimination Act of 2004. The new bill prohibits “bit taxes” and the like through 2014.
Republican lawmakers including Rep. John Sununu of New Hampshire, the author of today’s bill, have called for a permanent ban on taxing Internet traffic, but Congress is apparently not quite ready for such a radically revenue refusal. The House had earlier approved a four-year version of the tax relief. The Senate passed a bill calling for a seven-year ban last week, so the measure now goes to President Bush, who is expected to sign it in time to meet Thursday’s deadline.
Loath to miss a chance for a partisan dig, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California, released a statement that included the following: “Unlike the Republican-controlled Congress, which allowed the moratorium on taxes on Internet access to expire for more than a year, the Democratic Congress voted today to extend the moratorium on time, ahead of the expiration date of November 1.”
Also applauding today’s measure was Verizon (NYSE: VZ). “Broadband access is now a crucial driver of America’s economy, and this moratorium extension will ensure continued investment and growth in the broadband marketplace,” said Peter Davidson, senior VP of federal government relations at Verizon, said in a statement.
The new legislation also broadens the tax ban to include forms of online communication beyond simple Web access. “These changes will protect instant messaging and e-mail, including voice and video messaging services as well as personal storage and other video services regardless of who provides them,” said Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), who helped push through the changes, in a statement.
So Mr. Kunicich what is your stance on Aliens? Since you were so moved, should we grant these aliens amnesty? How about giving them drivers licenses and healthcare and maybe even Social Security benefits… Maybe you should get yourself checked out for possible mental illness, never mind President Bush. I wonder if you have had any revelations about past lives with Shirley, maybe you were the Calaphite in a past life…
Serious people is this a man you want as the next President of the United States? Well at least he doesn’t stand a chance against Hillary, not that she is a much better choice…
Kucinich sees UFO, new book claims
Posted by Mark Naymik October 22, 2007 16:25PM
Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich has seen a UFO, writes Shirley MacLaine in her new book, “Sage-Ing While Age-Ing.”
Kucinich, she writes on page143-144 of the book, “had a close sighting over my home in Graham, Washington, when I lived there. Dennis found his encounter extremely moving. The smell of roses drew him out to my balcony where, when he looked up, he saw a gigantic triangular craft, silent, and observing him. It hovered, soundless, for ten minutes or so, and sped away with a speed he couldn’t comprehend. He said he felt a connection in his heart and heard directions in his mind.”
Representatives of Kucinich’s presidential campaign and congressional office have not responded to calls and e-mail asking whether the Cleveland Democratic congressman in fact saw a UFO or if there is another explanation for MacLaine’s recollection.
MacLaine is a well-known believer of UFOs and reincarnation. And she’s been close to Kucinich for decades. MacLaine is the godmother of Kucinich’s daughter and attended Kucinich’s 2005 Cleveland wedding to third wife, Elizabeth, who’s often campaigning by his side.
MacLaine also recommended in the 1980s that Kucinich visit New Mexico spiritual adviser Chris Griscom, whom MacLaine featured in her then-best-selling book, “Dancing in the Light,” describing how Griscom helped her communicate with trees. (Kucinich has insisted that Griscom was not his spiritual adviser but a “teacher and a very good friend.”)
MacLaine, who shares Kucinich’s opposition to using weapons in space, doesn’t shed any more light in her book on Kucinich’s close encounter, including when it happened. But to read more about MacLaine’s beliefs, pick up a copy of the book. It goes on sale next month — on Election Day.
Or at least a hearing check. Kucinich is questioning Bush’s mental health based on his comment about AVOIDING world war III by preventing Iran from obtaining the capability of nuclear weapons. In the comment Kucinich is critisizing, Bush does not say anything violent, however Kucinich obviously was having some Freudian thoughts about the topic. Nice liberal spin Kucinich, can’t beat Hillary so let’s go Bush bashing, page 2 of the liberal handbook…
I am a little bit more concerned about your mental health Mr. Kucinich, in that you hear voices like this inside your head… Violent Voices… Voices to attack Bush…. Voice to allow Iran Nuclear Weapons Capability… Voices…
By the way, Dennis, have you seen any UFO’s lately…
Kucinich, with wife Elizabeth, questioned the president’s mental health.
(CNN) — Strong words from Democratic presidential contender Dennis Kucinich may be nothing new, but his comments to a newspaper Tuesday questioning President Bush’s mental health are raising a few eyebrows.
“I seriously believe we have to start asking questions about his mental health,” the Ohio congressman told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “There’s something wrong. He does not seem to understand his words have real impact.”
Kucinich’s comments were in reference to the president’s recent remarks on Iran, in which he suggested World War III could occur if the country obtained nuclear capabilities.
“I’ve told people that, if you’re interested in avoiding World War III, it seems like you ought to be interested in preventing them from having the knowledge necessary to make a nuclear weapon,” Bush said at a news conference earlier this month.
The Democratic presidential candidate later said he does not consider questioning the Bush’s mental health inappropriate, according the Inquirer’s Web site.
“You cannot be a President of the United States who’s wanton in his expression of violence,” Kucinich said. “There’s a lot of people who need care. He might be one of them. If there isn’t something wrong with him, then there’s something wrong with us. This, to me, is a very serious question.”
Alas, most have already forgotten the nuclear threat from Al Qaeda… Most Americans sleep at night blind to what is right in front of them. For years now, the threat has been made, then the liberal media brushes it under the rug and everyone becomes compacent…
Well a little reminder, Osama bin Laden, Al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations around the world want to attack us, on our land, in our places of work, at our homes. They have made clear they want to attack with nuclear, biological or chemicals weapons. They have made clear they are trying to put together a program. They have repeatedly claimed to have such devices. What more does America need to tackle the big problems out there. Countries like Iran, Syria and N. Korea are more than willing to aide terrorists in attacking the west. Russia has shown its alliances to the Triad of Terror. Russia has shown it will sell weaponary to anyone willing to pay the price.
This is why we bring the battle to them, our next President needs to have the resolve that President Bush once had. We need a President willing to make the hard decisions, the decisions that may not be the popular choice, the decision to protect Americans.
Now, Al Qaeda and Bin Laden constantly make threats to try and prove they are still realevant, even though they are a diminishing reality, however it only takes one lucky shot to do the damage they need to become a leading terrorists in the world again. They thrive on the need to be seen as the ultimate martyrs in the Islamic world. We must not let our guard down against them, we must not under estimate them, we must not turn a blind eye because we think they are weaken and ineffectual…
Sleep fitfully America.
Nuclear attack on America: Hiroshima Paul Williams
The Global Islamic Media Front, the leading al Qaeda website, has posted a report that verifies Osama bin Laden’s possession of nuclear weapons and his intent, if provoked, to deploy these weapons against the United States.
The report maintains that bin Laden, when asked what will happen if the US uses nukes against his terrorist organization, said: “If they hit us with them, we will hit them with the same.”
In November 2001, bin Laden henchman Dr. Ayman al Zawahri provided a similar response to the same question during an interview with Hamid Mir. “We have chemical and nuclear weapons,” he told the Pakistani journalist. “If America uses chemical or nuclear weapons against us, then we may resort with chemical or nuclear weapons.” When Mir asked bin Laden where he obtained such weapons, the al Qaeda leader said: “It is not difficult [to acquire such weapons], not if you have contacts in the Russian underworld.”
The Global Islamic Media Front report goes on to say that al Qaeda, prior to 9/11, had commissioned an Egyptian scientist to prepare its arsenal of nuclear weapons–obtained from arms dealers, such as Semion Mogilevich of the Ukraine and black-market sources in Russia, Chechnya, China, Kazakhstan, Iran, and Sudan. This scientist, according to the Front, “tested exploding a miniature nuclear bomb and caused a huge, tremendous explosion which made the leaders of the mujahadeen very happy. Sheikh Osama personally was following the project through its various phases.”
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Atlas Shrugs reports that prominent Muslim Mosques in London, ones tied to the Saudi Royals, is providing hate literature, hey is this really a shoker to anyone. Pretty soon London will be the new Mecca… People need to wake up to the invasion they are facing.
Here’s a tough one to believe.
Lessons in hate found at leading mosques Times Online
Books calling for the beheading of lapsed Muslims, ordering women to remain indoors and forbidding interfaith marriage are being sold inside some of Britain’s leading mosques, according to research seen by The Times.
Where do they think this is all going to lead?
Some of the fundamentalist works were found at the bookshop in the London Central mosque in Regent’s Park, which is funded by the Saudi regime and is regularly visited by government ministers. Its director, Ahmad al-Dubayan, is also a Saudi diplomat and was among those greeting King Abdullah when he arrived in Britain last night for his official state visit.
Extremist literature, including passages supporting the stoning of adulterers and waging violent jihad, was also found on sale at many other mosques regarded as mainstream institutions.
More than 80 books and pamphlets were collected during a year-long project in which researchers visited 100 mosques across Britain.
You gotta monitor the mosques.
One book, Fatawa Islamiyah, which urges the execution of apostates, was found in bookshops at Regent’s Park mosque and at the huge East London mosque in Whitechapel. Muhammad Abdul Bari, the secretary-general of the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), is the chairman of the East London mosque.
The researchers said that they found further controversial works during visits to mosques in Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Oxford and High Wycombe.
The Times has learnt that five of the books that were acquired by researchers had been also found in searches during Scotland Yard antiterrorist investigations since 2001. About half of the books collected were in English – raising questions about the emphasis placed by the Government in combating extremism by training more English-speaking imams.
More political BS in trying to attack the Blackwater security forces for protecting State Department officials. Over and over we keep hearing about if Blackwater forces were being attacked when they shot “civilians”, the answer is yes, they were reacting to a massive explosion that had targeted them and their package. Now investigators granted minimal immunity for sworn testimony and again the media is all over Blackwater as if this was their fault or that it was wrong in doing so. Yes any prosecutor that is going to go after Blackwater forces will have more work to do, however as it stands their job is just as difficult as the scene was scrubbed prior to US forces being able to gather evidence.
This uproar over immunity is a joke as these forces could have just as easily refused to answer any questions, but as the liberals in the world think, that would be a guilty admission. The employees of Blackwater are under attack from those investigating them, where the answers were predetermined by the liberal media and no matter what really happened, what the Blackwater employees say under oath, not under oath, does not really matter because judgement has already been reached and they are just waiting for the media’s sentencing…
As the report below states, regardless of the immunity deal, prosecutors would have a hard time prosecuting this case.
ABC News has learned the exact wording of the immunity deal the State Department granted Blackwater security guards involved in a September shooting incident that left 17 Iraqis dead.
The security guards were given a limited immunity called “use immunity” in exchange for giving sworn statements about their involvement in the Sept. 16 shooting incident.
The wording of the immunity is included at the beginning of the Blackwater guards’ sworn statements, which have been obtained by ABC News.
In each of the statements, the guards begin by saying “I understand this statement is being given in furtherance of an official administrative inquiry,” and that, “I further understand that neither my statements nor any information or evidence gained by reason of my statements can be used against me in a criminal proceeding, except that if I knowingly and willfully provide false statements or information, I may be criminally prosecuted for that action under 18 United States Code, Section 1001.”
The immunity deal was granted in the immediate aftermath of the shooting by State Department officials in Iraq who were under intense pressure to quickly explain what happened in the face of allegations by Iraqi officials that the contractors murdered civilians in cold blood.
News of the immunity deal caught State Department officials in Washington off guard.
“If anyone gave such immunity it was done so without consulting senior leadership at State,” a senior State Department official initially told ABC News.
State Department spokesman Sean McCormack would not comment directly on the immunity given to the security guards, but said Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is determined to hold anybody guilty of wrongdoing accountable.
“Secretary Rice’s attitude is that if there are individuals who broke rules, laws or regulations they must be held to account,” McCormack told reporters. “Every action that she has taken during the course of the aftermath of this incident has been consistent with that approach.”
McCormack refused to discuss the specific shooting and the subsequent investigation. However, he did say that the State Department “would not have asked the FBI and the Department of Justice to get involved in a case that we did not think that they could potentially prosecute.”
“The kinds of, quote, ‘immunity’ that I’ve seen reported in the press would not preclude a successful criminal prosecution,” he insisted.
“The Department of State cannot immunize an individual from federal criminal prosecution,” he added.
McCormack refused to answer questions as to whether the type of immunity provided to the Blackwater guards would in fact make prosecution much harder, citing the ongoing investigation.
“The secretary doesn’t want us to say anything that would potentially jeopardize an ongoing investigation,” he said.
Scope of Immunity Is Limited
The immunity granted to the Blackwater guards is more limited in scope than so-called “transactional immunity” which would prevent any proscution for the alleged crimes. But the immunity granted to the guards means that anything said in the statements — and anything learned as a result of the statements — cannot be used by prosecutors.
“It’s a nightmare for prosecutors,” said legal expert Eugene Fidell.
Even without immunity, however, it would be extremely difficult to prosecute the Blackwater security guards in U.S. courts.
Shortly after the Sept. 16 Blackwater incident, Secretary Rice dispatched a panel of experts to Iraq to examine the use of private security contractors.
The panel’s report, drafted by Ambassador Patrick Kennedy, concluded that even if a private security guard committed cold-blooded murder, there may be no legal basis for prosecuting the guard in U.S. courts under current law.
“The panel is unaware of any basis for holding non-Department of Defense contractors accountable under U.S. law,” the report concluded.