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>Foreclosed Second Homes–No Federal Help Expected

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Foreclosures: Banks Are Ready To Spend That $800 Billion

We are publishing an older blog because our readers should keep in mind the help the government is giving is not to the people who owned two or more homes. After December 1, 2008 you can contact your lender. Such companies as Loan America have already placed big notices on TV and the Net. They have advised this author that if you qualify, the government will buy out your high mortgage (assuming you are up-side-down in your mortgage) and let you refinance without closing costs.

(“Upside-down means the value of your house has dropped so much that you owe more than it’s currently worth.”)

However, you must qualify. That means you must demonstrate that you would have the income to pay off the new mortgage. Also, if approved you must remain in your home five years following the refinance deal. That is to avoid what happened before, when everyone waited two years to take advantage of no capital gains taxes on the increase, then hoped to drop their house onto the market.

A loud, long, heavy thud hit the market at once, driving down prices, plumeting us into this housing mess. The five-year provision should end the house-hopping and stabilize the market, keeping owners in their homes long enough for the economy to improve. Stay tuned for further details as they are released. Don White

>I Pledge Allegiance To The Flag of The United States of America, And To The Republic For Which It Stands, One Nation, Under God, Indivisible…With Li

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>Anger Knows No Gender–Woman In A Man’s World

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May 31, 2008–The Associated Press reported today in a story by Lauren Frayer that Muslim Al-Qaida women are feeling out of the loop and explosively impotent.

The Al-Qaida’s stance on women has sparked an extremist debate. In Cairo, Egypt Muslim extremist women are challenging al-Qaida’s refusal to include women in it’s “human bomb” ranks.

The article said that “In response to a female questioner, al-Qaida No. 2 leader Ayman Al-Zawahri said in April that the terrorist group does not have women. A woman’s role, he said on the Internet audio recording, is limited to caring for the homes and children of al-Qaida fighters.”

His remarks have since prompted an outcry from fundamentalist women, who are fighting or pleading for the right to be terrorists. The statements have also created some confusion, because in fact suicide bombings by women seem to be on the rise, at least within the Iraq branch of al-Qaida.

One woman signed an eight-page essay of protest online as Rabeebat al-Silah, Arabic for “Companion of Weapons.”

“How many times have I wished I were a man … When Sheikh Ayman al-Zawahri said there are no women in al-Qaida, he saddened and hurt me,” wrote “Companion of Weapons,” who said she listened to the speech 10 times. “I felt that my heart was about to explode in my chest…I am powerless.”

Such postings have appeared anonymously on discussion forums of Web sites that host videos from top al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden. While the most popular site requires names and passwords, many people use only nicknames, making their identities and locations impossible to verify.

Groups that monitor such sites say the postings appear credible because of the knowledge and passion they betray. Many appear to represent computer-literate women arguing in the most modern of venues — the Internet — for rights within a feudal version of Islam.

“Women were very disappointed because what al-Zawahri said is not what’s happening today in the Middle East, especially in Iraq or in Palestinian groups,” said Rita Katz, director of the SITE Intelligence Group, an organization that monitors militant Web sites. “Suicide operations are being carried out by women, who play an important role in jihad.”

It’s not clear how far women play a role in al-Qaida because of the group’s amorphous nature.

Terrorism experts believe there are no women in the core leadership ranks around bin Laden and al-Zawahri. But beyond that core, al-Qaida is really a movement with loosely linked offshoots in various countries and sympathizers who may not play a direct role. Women are clearly among these sympathizers, and some are part of the offshoot groups.

In the Iraq branch, for example, women have carried out or attempted at least 20 suicide bombings since 2003. Al-Qaida members suspected of training women to use suicide belts were captured in Iraq at least three times last year, the U.S. military has said.

Hamas, another militant group, is open about using women fighters and disagrees with al-Qaida’s stated stance. At least 11 Palestinian women have launched suicide attacks in recent years.

“A lot of the girls I speak to … want to carry weapons. They live with this great frustration and oppression,” said Huda Naim, a prominent women’s leader, Hamas member and Palestinian lawmaker in Gaza. “We don’t have a special militant wing for women … but that doesn’t mean that we strip women of the right to go to jihad.”

Al-Zawahri’s remarks show the fine line al-Qaida walks in terms of public relations. In a modern Arab world where women work even in some conservative countries, al-Qaida’s attitude could hurt its efforts to win over the public at large. On the other hand, noted SITE director Katz, al-Zawahri has to consider that many al-Qaida supporters, such as the Taliban, do not believe women should play a military role in jihad.

Al-Zawahri’s comments came in a two-hour audio recording posted on an Islamic militant Web site, where he answered hundreds of questions sent in by al-Qaida sympathizers. He praised the wives of mujahedeen, or holy warriors. He also said a Muslim woman should “be ready for any service the mujahedeen need from her,” but advised against traveling to a war front like Afghanistan without a male guardian.

Al-Zawahri’s stance might stem from personal history, as well as religious beliefs. His first wife and at least two of their six children were killed in a U.S. air strike in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar in 2001. He later accused the U.S. of intentionally targeting women and children in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“I say to you … (I have) tasted the bitterness of American brutality: my favorite wife’s chest was crushed by a concrete ceiling,” he wrote in a 2005 letter.

Al-Zawahri’s question-and-answer campaign is one sign of al-Qaida’s sophistication in using the Web to keep in touch with its popular base, even while its leaders remain in hiding. However, the Internet has also given those disenfranchised by al-Qaida — in this case, women — a voice they never had before.

The Internet is the only “breathing space” for women who are often shrouded in black veils and confined to their homes, “Ossama2001” wrote. She said al-Zawahri’s words “opened old wounds” and pleaded with God to liberate women so they can participate in holy war.

Another woman, Umm Farouq, or mother of Farouq, wrote: “I use my pen and words, my honest emotions … Jihad is not exclusive to men.”

Such women are al-Qaida sympathizers who would not feel comfortable expressing themselves with men or others outside their circles, said Dia’a Rashwan, an expert on terrorism and Islamic movements at the Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies in Cairo.

“The Internet gives them the ideal place to write their ideas, while they’re hidden far from the world,” he said.

Men have also responded to al-Zawahri’s remarks. One male Internet poster named Hassan al-Saif asked: “Does our sheik mean that there is no need to use women in our current jihad? Why can we not use them?”

He was in the minority. Dozens of postings were signed by men who agreed with al-Zawahri that women should stick to supporting men and raising children according to militant Islam.

Women bent on becoming militants have at least one place to turn to. A niche magazine called “al-Khansaa” — named for a female poet in pre-Islamic Arabia who wrote lamentations for two brothers killed in battle — has popped up online. The magazine is published by a group that calls itself the “women’s information office in the Arab peninsula,” and its contents include articles on women’s terrorist training camps, according to SITE.

The article read:
“We will stand, covered by our veils and wrapped in our robes, weapons in hand, our children in our laps, with the Quran and the Sunna (sayings) of the Prophet of Allah directing and guiding us.” AP called it an emotional debate that gives rare insight into the gender conflicts lurking beneath one of the strictest strains of Islam. Suicide bombings are done to personify hatred. In the West, clerics and other church leaders teach peace, not hate; and that woman is God’s most perfect creation. But in the Muslim world it is okay to be “God’s most perfect creation” and have a hatred for one’s enemy at the same time.

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>Obama is a Political "Error"

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AN OLD NEWNESS

Ideas of Thomas Sowell

Rose and Milton Friedman Senior Fellow
The Hoover Institution
Stanford University
Stanford, California 94305

I’ve heard Dr. Sowell express his views on some several talk programs. He’s the type of individual that could turn our country in the right direction as far as the economy is concerned. He is a brilliant man. His talent is not limited just to economics, as you will realize by reading below.

Many years ago, a great hitter named Paul Waner was nearing the end of his long career. He entered a ballgame with 2,999 hits — one hit away from the landmark total of 3,000, which so many hitters want to reach, but which relatively few actually do reach.

Waner hit a ball that the fielder did not handle cleanly but the official scorer called it a hit, making it Waner’s 3,000th. Paul Waner then sent word to the official scorer that he did not want that qu estionable hit to be the one that put him over the top.

The official scorer reversed himself and called it an error. Later Paul Waner got a clean hit for number 3,000.

What reminded me of this is the great fervor that many
seem to feel over the prospect of the first black President of the United States.

No doubt it is only a matter of time before there is a black president, just as it was only a matter of time before Paul Waner got his 3,000th hit. The issue is whether we want to reach that landmark so badly that we are willing to overlook how questionably that landmark is reached.

Paul Waner had too much pride to accept a scratch hit. Choosing a President of the United States is a lot more momentous than a baseball record. We the voters need to have far more concern about who we put in that office that holds the destiny of a nation and of generations yet unborn.

Ther e is no reason why someone as arrogant, foolishly clever and ultimately dangerous as Barack Obama should become president — especially not at a time when the threat of international terrorists with nuclear weapons looms over 300 million Americans.

Many people seem
to regard elections as occasions for venting emotions, like cheering for your favorite team or choosing a Homecoming Queen.

The three leading candidates for their party’s nomination are being discussed in terms of their demographics — race, sex and age — as if that is what the job is about.

One of the painful aspects of studying great catastrophes of the past is discovering how many times people were preoccupied with trivialities when they were teetering on the edge of doom. The demographics of the presidency are far less important than the momentous weight of responsibility that office carries.

Just the power to nomi nate federal judges to trial courts and appellate courts across the country, including the Supreme Court, can have an enormous impact for decades to come. There is no point feeling outraged by things done by federal judges, if you vote on the basis of emotion for those who appoint them.

Barack Obama has already
indicated that he wants judges who make social policy instead of just applying the law. He has already tried to stop young violent criminals from being tried as adults.

Although Senator Obama has presented himself as the candidate of new things — using the mantra of “change” endlessly — the cold fact is that virtually everything he says about domestic policy is straight out of the 1960s and virtually everything he says about foreign policy is straight out of the 1930s.

Protecting criminals, attacking business, increasing government spending, promoting a sense o f envy and grievance, raising taxes on people who are productive and subsidizing those who are not — all this is a re-run of the 1960s.

We paid a terrible price for such 1960s notions in the years that followed, in the form of soaring crime rates, double-digit inflation and double-digit unemployment. During the 1960s, ghettoes across the countries were ravaged by riots from
which many have not fully recovered to this day.

The violence and destruction were concentrated not where there was the greatest poverty or injustice but where there were the most liberal politicians, promoting grievances and hamstringing the police.

Internationally, the approach that Senator Obama proposes — including the media magic of meetings between heads of state — was tried during the 1930s. That approach, in the name of peace, is what led to the most catastrophic war in human history.

Everything seems new to tho se too young to remember the old and too ignorant of history to have heard about it.

Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institute and author of Basic Economics: A Citizen’s Guide to the Economy.

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>Obama Wants to Give The UN Your Money

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The above photo shows House Speaker Nancy Pelosi with the maffia. Actually they just represent the Maffia–people who steal your money–but are the cast of the Sopranos. One’s bad as the other. Both have their hands in your pocket.

Barack Hussein Obama does, in fact, have a legislative record in the Senate and one of his proudest accomplishments is The Global Poverty Act (S. 2433).

But wait just a minute! Isn’t combating poverty around the world a noble goal?

Well… the devil, as they say, is in the details!

Some conservative leaders are already sounding the alarm and telling us that, if passed, Barack Hussein Obama’s Global Poverty Act will commit us to a stealth United Nations-inspired global tax of $845 Billion dollars… that comes to approximately an $8500.00 tax burden for every household in the United States!

Cliff Kincaid of Accuracy in Media wrote:

“[T]he legislation, if approved, dedicates 0.7 percent of the U.S. gross national product to foreign aid, which… would amount to $845 billion ‘over and above what the U.S. already spends.'”

“The plan passed the House in 2007 ‘because most members didn’t realize what was in it.’ Congressional sponsors have been careful not to calculate the amount of foreign aid spending that it would require.”

Remember the Food for Oil Scandal? Let’s face it; the United Nation’s actual record on ending pain and suffering around the world is pathetic and dismal.

The questions to ask are, first, how much of our money that goes to the United Nations right now actually winds up lining the pockets of third-world dictators and despots? And, second, if Obama’s plan succeeds, how much of his new $845 billion giveaway will end up in those same pockets?

Barack Hussein Obama’s Global Poverty Act MUST be STOPPED! Time is of the essence! Obama’s Global Poverty Act actually has the support of some prominent RINOs such as Senator Richard Lugar and Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Joseph Biden, who just pushed Obama’s world welfare bill out of committee. It could be up for a vote in the Senate AT ANY TIME!

Barack Hussein Obama MUST be stopped. But more importantly, his so-called Global Poverty Act — which has already passed in the House (because most Members simply didn’t know what was in it) and is presently being pushed through the Senate — MUST be stopped.

>New No-Iron Shirts Could Save You Money

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The new No-Iron shirts eliminate the need to iron dress shirts. With these garments you just wash, dry and wear.

The Good Housekeeping Institute tested the shirts by washing them and tumble drying them up to 50 times. They are slightly more expensive (more than $32), but they are worth it. How much do you pay to have the laundry wash and press your white shirts? It could run from $2.00 to $3.00 per shirt, depending on where you live.

I pay $20 to $30 for a new shirt on sale, but they all need laundering. It would only take half a dozen professional launderings to make up the price difference. And when these “professionals” get through with my shirts, sometimes they end up damaged. Or at least, they don’t last as long because of the constant machine pressing. The new no-press shirts revealed the best results. The following brands performed best, according to Good Housekeeping: LL Bean, Brooks Brothers, Eddie Bauer, Liz Claiborne ($39.50-$65.00).