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>Obama’s One World Governance Emerges From Arizona Conflict


    Barack Obama just invited the United Nations to join his ongoing fight against Arizona and dozens of other states attempting to enforce the immigration laws that he refuses to enforce.

     Unfortunately, you read that right. On August 20, the United States, for the first time ever, submitted a 29-page “Universal Periodic Review” (UPR) to the UN Human Rights Council, which outlines a laundry list of human rights abuses allegedly committed by the United States.

     Contained within that laundry list of so-called abuses is a direct condemnation of S.B. 1070, legislation enacted by the state of Arizona (and supported by an overwhelming majority of the American people), which seeks to do the job that the federal government has refused to do… secure the border.

     Specifically, the Obama Administration wrote in the report: “A recent Arizona law, S.B. 1070, has generated significant attention and debate at home and around the world. The issue is being addressed in a court action that argues that the federal government has the authority to set and enforce immigration law. That action is ongoing; parts of the law are currently enjoined.” 

     The submission of this UPR is the first step in a United Nations review process which will culminate with the issuance of a plan of action, approximately 90 days from now, from a panel of UN bureaucratsfrom France, Japan and Cameroon.

     At that point, the United States would be expected to “voluntarily”comply with the panel’s recommendations, but as the UN Human Rights Council states on its website: “The Human Rights Council will decide on the measures it would need to take in case of persistent non-cooperation by a State…”

     In short, Barack Obama has upped the ante. Not content with simply filing a frivolous federal suit against the people of Arizona, Obama has transformed his amnesty feud with the American people into an international human rights cause and effectively placed the people of Arizona (and other states that are considering similar border security bills) under the jurisdiction of a gang of America-hating United Nations bureaucrats.

>Feds Get Out: Abolish Land & Water Conservation Fund


Obama’s Land Grab Is a ‘Bad Idea’
The Obama administration plans to have the federal government acquire millions of acres of private land even though it can’t afford to maintain the land it already owns.
H. Sterling Burnett, a senior fellow with the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA), points out that the federal government already owns about one-third of the land in the United States, and in some states it owns more than half. But millions of acres of government-owned land are lost to wildfires largely due to federal mismanagement.
The country’s national parks suffer from a $9 billion-plus backlog for repairs, maintenance and improvements, Burnett notes. “Our country was never meant to be a crown colony or federal estate, and in this economy, it hardly seems right to increase funding to the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which will be used to purchase private lands,” Burnett says.
Acquiring more land is a “bad idea,” and instead federal lands could be sold to the states, nonprofit groups or private companies, which could use them to generate revenue and help reduce the deficit, the NCPA suggests.
And rather than have the Land and Water Conservation Fund spend money to buy new lands, the federal government could use the funds to improve and maintain the lands it already owns.
Said Burnett: “This would be a win-win for the public, the environment, and the federal Treasury.”
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6. We Heard …
THAT Fox News correspondent Major Garrett will forgo an opportunity to take a front-row seat in the White House briefing room and instead is leaving Fox to join National Journal as a congressional correspondent.
The main reason for the move is the frenetic pace of cable news, the Washington Post reported. Garrett said, “I want to talk less and I want to think more. I always considered myself an accidental TV reporter.”
Fox White House correspondents Mike Emanuel and Wendell Goler will share the front-row briefing room seat the network was recently awarded. It was vacated by Helen Thomas, who resigned under fire for her comments about Israel.
THAT Minnesota’s Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty will go on a national tour to promote his book “Courage to Stand,” to be published on Jan. 11 — a week after he leaves the governor’s mansion.
The book “will focus on his life, his experience as a conservative governor in a liberal state, and his vision for America,” said an aide, Alex Conant.
Pawlenty has frequently been mentioned as a Republican presidential candidate in 2012.
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>Iran Rules The World In Rhetoric


This photo released by the Iranian Defense Ministry, shows Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, second from left, applauding during a ceremony inaugAP – This photo released by the Iranian Defense Ministry, shows Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, second …
TEHRAN, Iran – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Sunday inaugurated the country’s first domestically built unmanned bomber aircraft, calling it an “ambassador of death” to Iran’s enemies.
The 4-meter-long drone aircraft can carry up to four cruise missiles and will have a range of 620 miles (1,000 kilometers), according to a state TV report — not far enough to reach archenemy Israel.
“The jet, as well as being an ambassador of death for the enemies of humanity, has a main message of peace and friendship,” said Ahmadinejad at the inauguration ceremony, which fell on the country’s national day for its defense industries.
The goal of the aircraft, named Karrar or striker, is to “keep the enemy paralyzed in its bases,” he said, adding that the aircraft is for deterrence and defensive purposes.
The president championed the country’s military self-sufficiency program, and said it will continue “until the enemies of humanity lose hope of ever attacking the Iranian nation.”
Iran launched an arms development program during its 1980-88 war with Iraq to compensate for a U.S. weapons embargo and now produces its own tanks, armored personnel carries, missiles and even a fighter plane.
Iran frequently makes announcements about new advances in military technology that cannot be independently verified.
State TV later showed video footage of the plane taking off from a launching pad and reported that the craft traveled at speeds of 560 miles per hour (900 kilometers per hour) and could alternatively be armed with two 250-pound (113.4-kilogram) bombs or a 450-pound (204.12-kilogram) guided bomb.
Iran has been producing its own light, unmanned surveillance aircraft since the late 1980s.
The ceremony came a day after Iran began to fuel its first nuclear power reactor, with the help of Russia, amid international concerns over the possibility of a military dimension to its nuclear program.
Iran insists it is only interested in generating electricity.
Referring to Israel’s occasional threats against Iran’s nuclear facilities, Ahmadinejad called any attack unlikely, but he said if Israel did, the reaction would be overwhelming.
“The scope of Iran’s reaction will include the entire the earth,” said Ahmadinejad. “We also tell you — the West — that all options are on the table.”
Ahmadinejad appeared to be consciously echoing the terminology used by the U.S. and Israel in their statements not ruling out a military option against Iran’s nuclear facilities.
On Friday, Iran also test-fired a new liquid fuel surface-to-surface missile, the Qiam-1, with advanced guidance systems.
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>What Is It Obama Doesn’t Understand About The Mexican Invasion?


Gov. Perry Slams Obama As Bullets Fly

Texas Governor Rick Perry has accused President Barack Obama of “gambling with American lives” after a bullet believed to be from a gun battle in Mexico hit a building in the US state.

“For the second time in two months, bullets from a gun battle in the escalating drug war in Juarez have struck a building in El Paso,” Perry said., a website belonging to the University of Texas in El Paso, said the incident occurred Saturday and a single bullet hit a building belonging to the university.

No injuries were reported, but Perry said the federal government’s failure to reinforce the border with Mexico was endangering US lives.

“It is unconscionable that the Obama administration is gambling with American lives,” the Republican governor said.

“It’s time for Washington to stop the rhetoric and immediately deploy a significance force of personnel and resources to the border.”

Perry noted that in June, a number of bullets believed to be from a gun battle in Ciudad Juarez hit a building in El Paso, and that a car and a building at the University of Texas-Brownsville were similarly hit a year ago.

Texas, like a number of US states on the border with Mexico, has expressed increasing concern about the drug trafficking-related violence raging next door.

The battle between drug cartels fighting over lucrative smuggling routes and Mexican government operations against the gangs have left some 28,000 people dead since December 2006.

>Optic Illusions We Can Understand



Is it an astronomical phenomenon or is your brain being duped?

By Mark Thompson 
Thu Jul 15, 2010 09:19 PM ET 
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A moonset behind the Very Large Telescope (VLT) at the European Southern Observatory (ESO), Paranal, Chile. Is the moon the right size? Click to enlarge this image. 
We’ve all been there, done it and got the t-shirt; glanced out the window and noticed a stunning, slightly orange-colored yet huge moon peeping over the horizon.
Maybe you’ve even tried to take a photograph of it only to be disappointed when confronted with a tiny image of the moon’s disk. That’s not how you remembered it… right?
You my friend have been duped, not by the strange effects of the Earth’s atmosphere but by one of nature’s very own optical illusions.
It’s fair to say at this point that the refractive properties (ability of the gas in the atmosphere to bend light) doslightly change the shape of the moon but the effects aren’t huge and it’s not this that is responsible for the “Moon Illusion.”
In fact, you can prove yourself that it’s just an illusion: take a long stick plus a small coin and when the moon is low, hold the piece of wood and attach the coin to it so the coin just covers the moon in the sky. Then wait until the moon is a lot higher later that night and check. The moon’s size hasn’t changed at all.
Lots of people have asked me over the years why the Moon is bigger when it’s nearer the horizon than when it’s high up in the sky. The answer is really quite simple and it lies in the way that the eye/brain combination interprets distance clues.
For example, take a look at this picture:
As you look at it, your brain interprets the path and brick wall heading off into the distance. Now turn your attention to the elephants. The one at the back looks bigger than the one at the front, right? Wrong, they are all identical.
The actual image that forms on the back of your eye shows each elephant is the same size. That is until your brain gets in on the act. Because you perceive the path heading off into the distance, you also assume the elephants are at different distances.
However, because the image in your eye of each elephant is identical, your brain decides that the elephant at the ‘back’ must be bigger than the elephant at the ‘front’ to allow it to form the same sized image. This illusion is named after its Italian discoverer Mario Ponzo who first demonstrated it in 1913.
Ponzo Illusion: 1 – You: 0.
So how does this apply to the moon? There are plenty of clues to distance on the horizon, other than the fact that we know the horizon is a long way away. Even clouds or flocks of birds are typically further away when near the horizon so we assume anything near the horizon is at a great distance, even the moon is perceived to be further away than when higher in the sky (due to the lack of distance clues).
Just like the elephants in the picture, the image of the moon in our eyes are identical regardless of whether it is high up or low down but the brain does the same thing again. It assumes that if both images of the moon are the same size because one is down by the horizon and thus further away, it must actually be a lot bigger to form the same size image! So our brains interpret the moon as looking bigger.
Apparently if you turn with your back to the moon bend forward and look at it through your legs, because you see everything upside down and different to usual, your distance clues are all gone and the moon looks its normal size. I’ve never tried that myself though, so I’ll leave that up to you.
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>Can We Trust Newsmax Anymore Than Bill McCullom?

> Rick Scott may or may not be guilty of the fraud allegations found in Steve Forbes article below. But as he says, “Legally the other participants in this case are bound by confidentiality agreements that won’t let them explain what really happened. Scott can waive that restriction – but won’t even though he is a candidate for governor.” 

   Steve Forbes isn’t an attorney and has no right advising us as if he were. I doubt he went to law school. But he knows that anyone involved in a fraud case has the right and the duty to the court not to reveal to editorial boards, reporters, and e-zines like Newsmax any particulars of the case. Notice, Scott hasn’t made counter allegations against anyone. This is a law suit, and if Scott or anyone else revealed that kind of information the Judge could hit them with stiff penalties and maybe even jail time. 

   It isn’t the case against Rick Scott that bothers me and the real Tea Party people (not the phony Florida one that has been discredited even by Dick Armey) so much. In the end the people will decide who will face the Democrat in the elections. But it is the persistent way Newsmax has attacked this man, not looking at the positives about having a non-career politician running for governor, that bothers me. Is it because Newsmax is really not a conservative news organ? 
   Who are you working for, the Bilderberg Club? Forbes doesn’t live in Florida. How much did you pay him to write that article.

   When the Tea Parties emerged, we the common folk thought people would turn their backs on career politicians like Bill McCollum. He’s been in Congress way back when Reagan was president. That’s not a plus in our minds, but a negative. Why couldn’t you have backed a citizen candidate who promised two terms only? And backed a new face? 
   Why so much of the negative about Rick Scott and nothing on the negatives about McCollum? Fair and balanced reporting, remember?
   They are out there if you look. But you don’t. Your man Bill isn’t shinny, faultless, and without glitches. What about the fact that he took a long time coming around to the idea that he was for an Arizona-type immigration bill? Then at the last minute, he made a political decision, not one that was made for the good of the people of Florida. We’re way ahead of him on many issues. Lest you conveniently forgot or don’t know, he flip-flopped on that issue, saying Arizona’s bill was too far out there for him. But why isn’t it too far out now? Is that the kind of true leadership we can expect from Bill McCollum? I hope not. If it is, all of us might as well vote for the Democrat in November.
   Power corrupts. He’s a long-time poilitician. If we examined him and found him to be perfect and that power hasn’t corrupted him, all of us would be mighty surprised. The longer we examined Bill McCollum the more glitches we would find. I’m a conservative who is very disappointed in the outsiders like Romney, Newt, Forbes, and the entire Republican Party 
(that has been as crooked at times as hell taking kickbacks, earmarks, and making deals) — that they should decide for us Floridians who who we should vote for and who should govern us in Tallahassee?
   Why don’t you write an article and tell us why Obama visited Newsmax and what shady deals you made with him? Obviously, all Newsmax is interested in is making money. The news and editorials are merely teasers to get people to read. That’s okay, if you are fair and balanced, which I haven’t seen.
Don White
Windermere, FL

— On Mon, 8/23/10,  wrote:

Subject: Forbes: You Can’t Trust Rick Scott
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Date: Monday, August 23, 2010, 1:15 PM
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Forbes: You Can’t Trust Rick Scott

By Steve Forbes
As someone who twice ran for president, I understand the circus atmosphere that can surround a campaign, but I’m not sure I’ve seen anything like the week Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott has had. Even as Scott remains unwilling to address his true role in the HCA/Columbia hospital chain’s criminal conduct when he was its CEO, new questions have been raised about allegedly similar fraudulent practices at his most recent healthcare venture.
Being a much bigger fan of disclosure than Scott is, I’ll say up front that I am supporting his opponent, Attorney General Bill McCollum. I’ve known Bill for many years. He’s an experienced leader with a fine record on conservative issues.
It’s going to take a lot of hard work for Florida to replace the more than 900,000 jobs the state lost during the recession. Bill’s economic plan, which will cut taxes, freeze property tax increases and remove regulatory roadblocks, will help get Florida’s economy moving again.
Rick Scott could have heard more about that economic plan had he not skipped out on the only statewide debate. Scott’s absence also deprived Florida’s voters of a golden opportunity to hear him answer the questions that continue to dog his campaign, like:
What did he know about his HCA’s criminal conduct?
Scott was CEO of HCA at a time when the company was systematically overcharging Medicare with fraudulent claims. Although Scott says he accepts responsibility for what happened, he refuses to explain what that actually means, since he also claims he never knew anything was amiss, right up to the point when the company pleaded guilty to 14 felonies in five states. How can Scott run on his record of managerial competence when he had no idea his company was engaged in widespread illegal activity? Of course, Rick Scott wasn’t done after HCA.
Since the last company Scott ran racked up unprecedented fines, shouldn’t he have been extra careful to make sure his new company didn’t repeat those mistakes?
So you’d think. However, two former doctors for Solantic, a chain of walk-in urgent care centers Scott co-founded after HCA’s board of directors dismissed him, describe a variety of unethical and fraudulent business practices in lawsuits against the company.
According to media reports, one doctor says he saw evidence of systematic overbilling, with Solantic charging Medicare for doctors’ visits when the patient had only been treated by a nurse. A former operations manager confirmed that these types of practices were “rampant” and amounted to “tens of thousands of dollars a month” in fraudulent government reimbursements.
A second doctor sued Solantic, claiming his medical license had been used without his permission in an effort to circumvent Florida’s legal safeguards for clinics. Just six days before entering the race, Scott was deposed in this case. But Scott refuses to discuss the case and will not release the videotape deposition or its 75-page transcript, calling it a “private matter.” Scott, though, voluntarily made himself a public figure when he ran for governor. Voters rightfully want to know what kind of person this wannabe governor truly is. Fraud allegations are no “private matter.”
Legally the other participants in this case are bound by confidentiality agreements that won’t let them explain what really happened. Scott can waive that restriction – but won’t even though he is a candidate for governor.
Just like Scott skipped out on the debate, he’s also refusing to meet with newspaper editorial boards, and is spending the limited time he talks with reporters stonewalling. Which leaves just one more question for Republican voters to ponder.
What else don’t they know about Rick Scott?
Steve Forbes is editor-in-chief of Forbes magazine and a former presidential candidate. 
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