Canadians call for vote on SPP

October 15, 2007

 World Net Daily

“The Prime Minister of Canada and his cabinet in both Liberal and Conservative regimes support the unification of North America as witnessed by the fact of [former Prime Minister] Paul Martin and [current Prime Minister] Stephen Harper being signatories to the SPP process,” said Connie Fogal, leader of the Canadian Action Party.

“A decision about the restructuring of Canada into an integrated North America is not a decision for parliament, but for the citizens of Canada,” Fogal says. “What every Parliamentarian should do is call for a no confidence vote on this issue to cease unification of Canada, the USA and Mexico, and then run a campaign on the life of Canada not its death.”

“So far, only 30 CEOs from North America’s richest corporations, including Lockheed Martin, Bank of Nova Scotia, Chevron, Power Corporation and Merck, have had any meaningful input,” a news release on Barlow’s website proclaims. “Only they have been invited to annual closed-door meetings of SPP leaders and ministers, such as the one that took place in Montebello, Quebec, in August.”

As WND previously reported, the North American Competitiveness Council, or NACC, dominated the SPP closed-door meetings with the SPP trilateral working groups, the trilateral cabinet members in attendance and President Bush, Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon, and Harper at the third annual SPP summit in Montebello, Quebec, on Aug. 20-21.

WND has also reported the NACC is a shadowy council of 30 top North American multinational corporations self-appointed by the Chambers of Commerce in each of the three countries to constitute the sole outside advisory to the SPP.

The 30 companies composing the NACC are listed on a memo posted on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce website.

In the United States, the companies on the NACC are:

  • Campbell Soup Company
  • Chevron Corporation
  • Ford Motor Corporation
  • FedEx Corporation
  • General Electric Company
  • General Motors Corporation
  • Kansas City Southern
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Merck & Co., Inc.
  • Mittal Steel USA
  • New York Life Insurance Company
  • Procter & Gamble
  • UPS
  • Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
  • Whirlpool Corporation


Dr William Gray: Gore is a moron

October 15, 2007

Sidney Morning Herald

ONE of the world’s foremost meteorologists has called the theory that helped Al Gore share the Nobel Peace Prize “ridiculous” and the product of “people who don’t understand how the atmosphere works”.

“We’re brainwashing our children,” said Dr Gray, 78, a long-time professor at Colorado State University. “They’re going to the Gore movie [An Inconvenient Truth] and being fed all this. It’s ridiculous.”

Dr Gray, whose annual forecasts of the number of tropical storms and hurricanes are widely publicised, said a natural cycle of ocean water temperatures – related to the amount of salt in ocean water – was responsible for the global warming that he acknowledges has taken place.

“We’ll look back on all of this in 10 or 15 years and realise how foolish it was,” Dr Gray said. “The human impact on the atmosphere is simply too small to have a major effect on global temperatures,” Dr Gray said.

“It bothers me that my fellow scientists are not speaking out against something they know is wrong,” he said. “But they also know that they’d never get any grants if they spoke out. I don’t care about grants.”


Ron Paul Introduces Bill To Make Tips Tax-Free

October 5, 2007

 The Bulletin

To help lift the tax burden from working America’s shoulders, Dr. Paul has recently introduced the Tax Free Tips Act and, if passed, the bill would exempt tips and gratuities from federal payroll taxes.

“Tips often compose a substantial portion of the earnings of waiters, waitresses, and other service-sector employees. However, unlike regular wages, a service-sector employee usually has no guarantee of, or legal right to, a tip. Instead, the amount of a tip usually depends on how well an employee satisfies a client,” stated Dr. Paul from the House floor.

The Texas Congressman criticized the taxation of tips, arguing that the current tax system punishes workers for doing a good job.

It’s about time.


Strippers for Ron Paul

August 30, 2007

Wow.


Pentagon cuts armored vehicles due in Iraq in 2007

August 23, 2007

Huh?

U.S. troops in Iraq will receive at least 1,000 fewer special armored vehicles than expected this year due to the amount of time needed for shipment, the Pentagon said on Wednesday.Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell said the Defense Department expected defense contractors to produce 3,900 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles this year. But only 1,500 would make it to the war zone — down from the Pentagon’s previous shipment target of 2,500 to 3,000.

“If we could get 1,500 to theater by the end of this year, that would be a positive development,” Morrell said.

The new goal of 1,500 was first reported by Stars & Stripes, the newspaper for troops overseas that is partially funded by the Defense Department.

Why can’t this country figure out a way to build vehicles for the war?


Bush Compares Iraq to Vietnam (yeah, seriously)

August 23, 2007

Bush compares Iraq departure to Vietnam pullout

President George W. Bush was accused of twisting history Wednesday after a surprising speech in which he said leaving Iraq now will only provoke the same horrendous bloodbaths that followed the U.S. withdrawal from Vietnam. Bush, who’s been under intense pressure to set a timetable for pulling U.S. troops from Iraq, served notice he’s not caving. But using the Vietnam War to make his argument was stunning when so many Americans view the conflict as a tragic, unnecessary quagmire that lasted far too long and produced only humiliating defeat.

The president turned those lessons upside down in a major political gamble.

“One unmistakable legacy of Vietnam is that the price of America’s withdrawal was paid by millions of innocent citizens whose agonies would add to our vocabulary new terms like boat people, re-education camps and killing fields,” he told a national convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Kansas City.

“Then, as now, people argued the real problem was America’s presence and that if we would just withdraw, the killing would end.”

Bush said leaving Vietnam in 1975 provided fodder for future terrorists like Osama bin Laden, the 9-11 mastermind, to cite the U.S. as losers who cut and run.

“Here at home, some can argue our withdrawal from Vietnam carried no price to American credibility, but the terrorists see it differently,” he said.

Apparently Karl Rove (“Bush’s Brain”) has left a bit early.


Papers Please

August 20, 2007

Americans may need passports to board domestic flights or to picnic in a national park next year if they live in one of the states defying the federal Real ID Act.

The act, signed in 2005 as part of an emergency military spending and tsunami relief bill, aims to weave driver’s licenses and state ID cards into a sort of national identification system by May 2008. The law sets baseline criteria for how driver’s licenses will be issued and what information they must contain.

The Department of Homeland Security insists Real ID is an essential weapon in the war on terror, but privacy and civil liberties watchdogs are calling the initiative an overly intrusive measure that smacks of Big Brother.

More than half the nation’s state legislatures have passed or proposed legislation denouncing the plan, and some have penned bills expressly forbidding compliance.

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Many states have revolted. The governors of Idaho, Maine, Montana, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Washington have signed bills refusing to comply with the act. Six others have passed bills and/or resolutions expressing opposition, and 15 have similar legislation pending.

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“This is not a mandate,” Chertoff said. “A state doesn’t have to do this, but if the state doesn’t have — at the end of the day, at the end of the deadline — Real ID-compliant licenses then the state cannot expect that those licenses will be accepted for federal purposes.”