Artorius Castus

Activists accuse HUD over foreclosures

Posted in Uncategorized by Patrick Truax on March 31, 2008

By Kris Hamel
Detroit

Published Mar 30, 2008 11:54 PM

Organizers with the Michigan campaign for a moratorium on foreclosures, evictions and utility shut-offs demonstrated on March 20 at the McNamara Federal Building in downtown Detroit. The campaign, a struggle project of the Michigan Emergency Committee Against War and Injustice (MECAWI), has been pressuring Gov. Jennifer Granholm to declare a state of economic emergency and impose a moratorium on home foreclosures. Michigan ranks among the worst states for the numbers of workers losing their homes due to racist, sexist subprime mortgages.

But this time, activists had another target—the Department of Housing and Urban Development. According to MECAWI literature: “The U.S. government through HUD is bailing out the banks and lending institutions by paying off loans on foreclosed homes, and then forcing the occupants onto the street. Everyone knows that these homes will immediately be vandalized and stripped. Why is the government making people homeless and destroying neighborhoods?

“HUD’s own rules call for a mandatory moratorium on foreclosures when the federal government declares a state of disaster. Michigan is in a state of economic disaster. We are in a state of emergency. Whole neighborhoods are being destroyed as homes are abandoned after foreclosure by the banks. Detroit’s neighborhoods look just like the Ninth Ward in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina hit. HUD imposed a moratorium on foreclosures in response to that disaster. We demand the federal government impose a moratorium on foreclosures and evictions on all HUD properties in our state.”

MECAWI leader Jerry Goldberg told Workers World: “In Detroit alone over 10,000 foreclosures are the results of defaults on FHA [Federal Housing Authority] loans. While the federal government doesn’t think twice about bailing out the big investment banks like Bear Stearns, that have caused this crisis for poor and working people, it also doesn’t hesitate to throw the poorest families out onto the streets. This government complicity in the subprime mortgage crisis is criminal. HUD is supposed to stand for housing and urban development, not homelessness and urban destruction. We demand a national moratorium on foreclosures and evictions to stop this crisis and give desperately needed relief to the people.”

MECAWI has reserved a bus to go to Washington, D.C., for the April 16 demonstration outside the Mortgage Bankers Association conference, called by the newly formed Ad Hoc National Network to Stop Foreclosures and Evictions. Organizers will bring foreclosure victims and members of devastated communities to Washington to put a human face on the widespread crisis caused by the bankers.

Good Lord. Who knew people like the Communists at World Worker or whatever its called, really existed? Where is the FBI? 40 years ago, these folks would have been rounded up and interrogated. Now they have their own newspaper. Didnt we just spend 70 years fighting communism? Oh well, these commies are always good for a laugh.

Artorius Castus: Posting the whole commie article so you wont have to click on the site…

Kyrgyzstan’s quiet health revolution

Posted in Uncategorized by Patrick Truax on March 31, 2008

By Imogen Foulkes
BBC News, Kyrgyzstan

High in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan, a quiet health revolution is under way.
Narin province is the poorest region in a country which is now among the poorest of the former Soviet states.

The population lives primarily from sheep farming. Tiny villages, at altitudes of 1,500m (4,900ft) and more above sea level, each with just a few hundred people, are spread out across a wide area.

Even in a rich country, health care would not be easy to deliver in such terrain. In Narin province, the collapse of the Soviet Union and the abrupt end of funds from Moscow led to an almost complete collapse of the health system.

“In Soviet times there was a very extensive network of primary health services in each village,” explains Tobias Schueth, of the Swiss Red Cross.

“They even used to fly helicopters up to the high pastures to do vaccinations.

“And they had a very extensive hospital system. But with the collapse of the Soviet Union that whole system broke down.”

Decaying hospital buildings

The Swiss Red Cross (funded by the Swiss and Swedish governments) is now implementing a project to improve primary health care in Narin province – and that is a challenging task.

Schoolgirls in Kochkor

Decaying hospital buildings

The Swiss Red Cross (funded by the Swiss and Swedish governments) is now implementing a project to improve primary health care in Narin province – and that is a challenging task.

Kochkor is the largest town in Narin, and right at its centre is clear evidence of the collapse of the health care system. Of 20 hospital buildings, just three are now in use.

“This was typical for Soviet times – very big hospitals, and huge bed numbers,” says Tobias.

“The hospitals got their resources according to their bed numbers. And now this is all that is left of a hospital that once had 400 beds.”

But the lack of hospital beds need not have disastrous consequences for public health.

The Red Cross has devised a project which allows local people to identify their biggest health problems, and then the project provides support to tackle them.

The scheme relies on the formidable energy of village health committees, primarily women, elected by their local communities.

“We are on our own now,” explains Akjoltoi Majikova, who is chairwoman of the committee in the village of Simisbel.

“We have had to learn for ourselves how we get ill, and we are learning how to prevent these illnesses.

“In Soviet times everything was free, we had medical specialists – we got used to having everything done for us.”

Not anymore: the committees have identified several problems which they say are damaging the health of their communities. Chief among them is anaemia, which is caused by poor diet. Alcohol abuse and iodine deficiency are also high on the list.

Checking out the gardens

To tackle anaemia, the project has paid for seeds for vegetables such as sugar beet, and the committee has distributed them to householders.

A Muslim cemetery – many aspects of life haven’t changed for centuries

But it doesn’t stop there. Committee members have been checking out each garden, and counting how many sugar beet have been planted. It is all carefully documented in handwritten files.

To tackle iodine deficiency, the women have visited local shops, and demanded the right to test all the salt on sale.

Villagers have been encouraged, in no uncertain terms, to boycott the non-iodised variety.

These no-nonsense women are unapologetic about what some might call their nosiness.

They point instead to their results – a drop in levels of anaemia, and the fact that 98% of households in Narin are now using iodised salt.

Goodbye to vodka

But when it comes to cutting alcohol consumption, the committees have a harder task in achieving that level of success.

“It’s common to consume vodka at all sorts of occasions here” explains Tobias Schueth. “From funerals, to parties celebrating the birth of lambs.”

And in this frequently cashless rural society, vodka is often used as payment for work done.

Tackling such entrenched traditions sounds difficult but the committee women are undaunted.

The committee meeting room in the village of Arakul boasts an enormous chart.

In exhaustive detail, it lists every bottle of vodka consumed, at every funeral, lamb party, wedding or any other occasion over the last two years.

And faced with such tenacity on the part of the committees, it begins to become clear why alcohol consumption in Narin is indeed falling.

In Arakul, under the watchful gaze of committee members, the practice of paying for work in vodka has almost completely died out.

And the level of alcohol consumed at festive occasions is falling too, although more slowly.

“People don’t get exactly angry with us when we ask about their alcohol consumption,” laughs Akjoltoi Majikova.

“But if they’ve got a bottle of vodka at home already for a party or something, they tell us they’ll just drink that one and then give up. Promises, promises!”

Nationwide project

And despite confronting such tricky subjects as vodka drinking, the committees enjoy widespread support in Narin province.

The women clearly enjoy their work and there is no shortage of committee members, despite the fact that they do not receive any payment.

“I want our village to be healthy, I want our schoolchildren to be healthy so I don’t mind working for free,” explains Burul Chomokova, from Arakul.

“I’m doing it from the bottom of my heart. It’s one of our sayings here in Kyrgyzstan you know: ‘health is the first wealth’. ”

Such is the success of Narin’s village health committees, that the Kyrgyz government has decided the project should go nationwide.

Hundreds more committees are being set up across the country, so those Kyrgyz villagers who still enjoy a vodka or two better watch out because the committee ladies are coming.

Healthcare with a twist. Pretty interesting article about Kyrgystan..

BBC

Fever-hit Rio residents flock to military hospitals

Posted in Uncategorized by Patrick Truax on March 31, 2008

31 Mar 2008 19:38:33 GMT
Source: Reuters
By Pedro Fonseca

RIO DE JANEIRO, March 31 (Reuters) – The Brazilian military opened three field hospitals on Monday in Rio de Janeiro to help prevent more deaths from a dengue fever epidemic that has overwhelmed public clinics.

The outbreak has killed 54 people since January and infected more than 43,500 in Rio de Janeiro state, according to official figures.

About 1,200 military doctors and staff will work in the hospitals, which have a total of 140 beds. They will stay open around the clock.

In addition, 500 more troops will be deployed in the streets to help eradicate the dengue mosquito.

Among those turning up at a field hospital on Monday was Jorge Luiz Carvalho Alves. He had taken his 6-year-old daughter to four public hospitals only to find long lines. Over the weekend, a private clinic diagnosed her with the potentially lethal hemorrhagic form of dengue.

Alves said he had to borrow money to pay for the private consultation but it did not include treatment so he brought her to the field hospital’s intensive care unit.

“Apparently she is in bad shape and will be hospitalized,” he said, tears in his eyes, outside the camouflaged tents of an air force field hospital in Barra da Tijuca neighborhood. “Many people, many children will die still if it’s left to public hospitals.”

Dengue is a viral disease spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito and there is no vaccine or drug for it. Treatment primarily involves increased fluid intake, administered orally and intravenously.

It has various strains, including one that causes the hemorrhagic form. It tends to affect people who previously have contracted a weaker strain.

‘HERE IT’S WONDERFUL’

The waiting lists at military hospitals were short on the first day and triage efficient.

“In the hospital you wait and wait and people have no respect for you. Here it’s wonderful,” said Ana da Silva Henrique, a 29-year-old cleaning maid who took a bus for 90 minutes to get to a field hospital on Monday morning.

She was put on an intravenous drip an hour after coming. At a public hospital near where she lives, she had waited in line for four hours and been sent home with pains and fever after a quick consultation.

Authorities have deployed cars equipped with powerful insecticide sprays and were checking areas with pools of stagnant water where mosquitoes can breed.

Last week, Health Minister Jose Temporao blamed a poor disease prevention network and fragile public health system for the crisis.

In 2005, the military also set up field hospitals in Rio after a breakdown in the state public health system led to long lines at hospitals.

Authorities hope the outbreak will ease in the coming weeks with the arrival of cooler weather after a hot, wet summer.

Most of the affected areas are relatively far from tourist districts, but no one is completely safe from the mosquito-borne disease. (Writing by Andrei Khalip; Editing by Angus MacSwan and Xavier Briand)

Why doesnt this thing ever happen here? That’s a rhetorical question, of course. One thing is for certain, we will pay for it one way or another-either by letting anyone with diseases come into this country, ot by giving aid, money and drugs to countries that dislike us.

We wont care, though. It is what we do. Why does everyone want to come here if they hate us so much? For that matter, why do they hate us? Personally, I dont think the hatred is as bad as people would have us believe. The liberal media in Germany is just as leftist as the media here, so it stands to reason we will hear only what they want us to hear. But despite all the bad press, the snubbed invitations, opposition in the UN, and the Diplomatic cooling, America will always be there to bail someone out. Europe twice in the last century, along with Korea and VietNam. Phuket in 2005 was a classic example of America’s freindship. GWB dispatched a Navy Task Force, along with the Japanese, Austrailians and New Zealanders to Thailand in the immediate aftermath of the tsunami. Providing power from two nuclear reactors on the Carrier, the group of nations put up field hospitals, shelters, and cooked food around the clock as part of the relief effort. Elements of these nations were on site before the Useless Nations even convened.

So when I read stories about things like this, all I can think of is how can a country in the 21st century not be prepared or educated enough to take care of something like public health? These things dont happen here becuase in a free and democratic society like ours, we vote and pay taxes for services like public health. Its not perfect, but then we dont have outbreaks of Dengue and other diseases like some of these countries do. Yet we are the bad guys. Brazil, where this outbreak is occuring, is very cozy with Chavez and is very critical of the US. Yet, they have one of the highest incidences of AIDs in the world, poverty that will make you cry, and infectious disease outbreaks. But true to form, if things get out of hand, America will be there to help and asking nothing in return. Its what we do…

Story at Reuters…

Accused Saddam Agent Says He Met With Hillary at White House

Posted in Uncategorized by Patrick Truax on March 29, 2008

IRAQI’S MEETING WAS IN WHITE HOUSE IN 1996, HE CLAIMS
By IRA STOLL, STAFF REPORTER OF THE SUN | March 27, 2008

A Michigan man facing federal criminal charges of illegally working for Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi Intelligence Service says he met with Hillary Clinton at the White House in May 1996.

In a 1997 interview with this reporter, Muthanna Hanooti said that at the meeting, Mrs. Clinton was “very receptive” to his request for an easing of the American sanctions on Iraq that were in place at the time. He said Mrs. Clinton “passed a message to the State Department” about the need to implement the oil-for-food deal, which was intended to allow Saddam to sell billions of dollars’ worth of oil to pay for food for Iraqi citizens.

Back in 1997, a spokesman for the first lady referred inquiries about the meeting to the National Security Council. At the time, a spokesman for the National Security Council, Eric Rubin, responded by saying that President Clinton, not the first lady, sets foreign policy.

Asked whether Senator Clinton recalls the meeting or whether the presidential campaign had any further comment on the meeting in light of Mr. Hanooti’s indictment, the Clinton presidential campaign yesterday offered no formal response.

White House schedules for Mrs. Clinton that were released earlier this month by the National Archives show a May 9, 1996, “Private Meeting w/ Congressman Bonior and Chaldean-Americans” in the Map Room. David Bonior, who was a member of the Democratic leadership in the House of Representatives until he stepped down in January 2003, backed Mr. Hanooti’s efforts to ease the American blockade of Baathist Iraq. Mr. Bonior has been back in the news this week for having been one of the congressmen on an October 2002 trip to Iraq that Mr. Hanooti organized and that, apparently unbeknownst to the congressmen, was paid for by Saddam’s government. Chaldeans are Iraqi Christians.

For the Clinton campaign, already reeling from Mrs. Clinton’s misstatement on another 1996 episode — a landing at an airport in Bosnia that she claimed took place under sniper fire — the indictment of Mr. Hanooti and the disclosure of his claim to have met with her could not have come at a worse time. Mrs. Clinton has made her foreign policy experience in the White House an important part of her argument to voters that she is the only Democratic presidential candidate who would be ready to serve as president if the red phone rings at 3 a.m.

Mrs. Clinton and her defenders may claim that no one could have known in 1996 that Mr. Hanooti would become an agent of Saddam Hussein, engaged in what a grand jury and federal prosecutors say was a criminal conspiracy. The indictment charges that the conspiracy began “in or about 1999.” Mr. Hanooti has pleaded not guilty.

But to reporters on the foreign policy beat in Washington at the time and to those active in the Iraqi opposition to Saddam, it was clear whose agenda was being advanced. The news article in 1997, published in the Forward, that described Mrs. Clinton’s involvement with Mr. Hanooti began: “The American-led blockade of Iraq is crumbling, following an intensive, domestic lobbying effort that has involved Rep. David Bonior and Senator Abraham — and, according to some sources, Hillary Rodham Clinton.”

In the October 1997 interview, Mr. Hanooti identified himself as a Palestinian and said he had recently visited Iraq. He also said he had recently met with America’s U.N. ambassador, Bill Richardson, to make the case against U.N. sanctions on Iraq.

“Of course we want the sanctions to be lifted, because we don’t believe in it,” Mr. Hanooti said. He added that the sanctions hurt the Iraqi people but do not affect the Iraqi regime.

When a reporter identified the Forward as a Jewish newspaper, Mr. Hanooti said, “It is interesting that our cousins are interested in this issue. We believe that part of the problem we have is their lobbying against lifting the sanctions.”

Mr. Hanooti described the impact of the sanctions on Iraqis as “another Holocaust, like the one which happened to the Jews.” He claimed that 1 million Iraqi children have died because of the lack of food and medical supplies there, and he said had raised the matter in the May 1996 meeting at the White House with Mrs. Clinton.

Mr. Hanooti’s dealings with politicians reach beyond Mrs. Clinton. Federal Election Commission records show he donated to the campaigns of Mr. Bonior, of President Bush, and of Spencer Abraham, a Republican senator of Michigan who served as Mr. Bush’s energy secretary. He also gave to Rep. Tom Campbell, a Republican of California, and to Rep. John Conyers, a Democrat of Michigan.

Asked yesterday about the donation to Mr. Bush’s presidential campaign, the White House referred The New York Sun to the Republican National Committee, which in turn offered no immediate comment. A Republican familiar with the president’s 2000 campaign said the compliance committee for the campaign had disbanded. Nonetheless, this official, requesting anonymity, said, “We are looking into this.”

As a senator, Mrs. Clinton voted to authorize the Iraq war, but she has since stated both that she regretted the vote and that she thought it was a vote to allow more time for diplomacy and inspections by allowing the diplomacy to be backed by the threat of force. She is campaigning for president on the theme of bringing the troops home from Iraq.

Did Oil for Food money make it into the Clintons hands???

New York Sun

Clinton’s Belfast role draws criticism

Posted in Uncategorized by Patrick Truax on March 29, 2008

By SHAWN POGATCHNIK
Associated Press Writer

AP Photo/Charles Dharapak

BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton cites her role in bringing peace to Northern Ireland as one of the top foreign policy credentials of her presidential bid.

Her critics point to an empty, wind-swept Belfast park – which Clinton a decade ago proclaimed would become Northern Ireland’s first Catholic-Protestant playground – as evidence that her contribution as peacemaker was more symbolic than substantive.

“She was in charge of christening this wee corner (of the park) as some kind of peace playground. It never made any sense then, and there’s nothing there today,” said Brian Feeney, a Belfast political analyst, author and teacher. “Everything she did was for the optics.”

Critics say the playground-that-never-was illustrates the wider lack of accomplishment from Clinton’s half-dozen visits to Northern Ireland – that they emphasized speechmaking, chiefly to women’s groups, leaving no lasting mark.

Clinton twice addressed audiences of schoolchildren at Belfast’s Musgrave Park, in September 1998 and May 1999. She declared that Protestant and Catholic youths must learn to play together but needed a safe place to do it – and helped plant a tree on the spot where a special cross-community playground would be created. Belfast did have other parks.

Nearly a decade later, Musgrave Park remains as it was: a well-groomed, rather lonely place sandwiched between a hospital and a highway, where adults jog and walk their dogs amid birdsong and spring flowers. The Belfast group touting the “Play for Peace Fund” silently shelved the idea within months although Clinton often referred to the project as an inspiration to a divided world.

Clinton and her campaign aides say her championship of a greater role in the peace process for women on both sides in Northern Ireland’s conservative, male-dominated politics made a substantial contribution to the result.

“Women … were persistent in the process … (Clinton) came back to Ireland time and time again to be with them, to hear them out, to hear about the progress they were making,” said Melanne Verveer, a Clinton aide who now works on the campaign.

That’s a view supported by the recollections of some U.S. officials involved in the peace process at the time.

Former Democratic Sen. George Mitchell, who brokered the peace accord, recalled Clinton as having “a sustained interest over a long period of time” in Northern Ireland’s troubles and that she “became very knowledgeable about the issues and the participants.”

“By virtue of her position, her stature, I think she made a real contribution to encouraging and supporting that phase of the process and the entire process itself,” said Mitchell, who has remained neutral in the drawn-out struggle between Clinton and Illinois Sen. Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination.

Clinton has described herself as a catalyst for bringing Catholics and Protestants together, even though these activists regularly were meeting each other at many forums by the mid-1990s.

In 1997 she delivered a speech to the University of Ulster that was supposed to inaugurate an annual lecture series honoring a Belfast peace activist, the late Joyce McCartan, whom Clinton briefly met in 1995 during her husband’s first of three whirlwind tours of Northern Ireland. The university hosted one more such speech, in 2000, none since.

A political party established in 1996 to promote women in politics, the Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition, drew inspiration from Hillary Clinton’s words and example. Voters weren’t as convinced; the party folded in 2006 after all its candidates lost in two straight elections.

“It’s crazy for Hillary to say she played a role in bringing peace to Northern Ireland. … She seems to be confusing her record with her husband’s,” said Robin Wilson, founder of a Northern Ireland think tank, Democratic Dialogue.

In a December 2007 interview with ABC News, Clinton said: “In just the last few weeks, the new leaders of the Northern Ireland government, Dr. Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness, made a special effort to see me. Why? Because I helped in that process, not just standing by and witnessing, but actually getting my hands into it, creating opportunities for people on both sides of the sectarian divide to come together.”

Clinton’s longtime claims to have played a difference-making role in Northern Ireland attracted no criticism until the buildup to St. Patrick’s Day this year. To some ears, her most recent comments have raised a false impression that she helped produce the landmark Good Friday peace accord of 1998.

Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern came to Clinton’s defense, meeting with the senator in Washington – and making his first phone call to Obama.

“I think for anyone to try to question the Clintons’ huge support (for Ireland) and start trying to nitpick and saying, ‘But she wasn’t sitting down at the negotiation table’ – sure, we know she wasn’t sitting down at the negotiation table,” Ahern said.

After suffering criticism from rival Obama’s campaign and Protestant politicians in Northern Ireland, Clinton this month backed off language that suggested she was ever involved in the 22 months of negotiations that preceded the Good Friday pact.

But Clinton still suggests that she wielded a hidden hand over the diplomatic triumph.

“I wasn’t sitting at the negotiating table, but the role I played was instrumental,” she said in a March 13 interview with National Public Radio.

Clinton’s campaign has distributed statements backing up her claim from Nobel laureate John Hume, the Catholic intellectual heavyweight of the peace process, who credited her with making “countless calls and contacts,” and leaders of Sinn Fein, the party that former President Clinton helped to bring in from the diplomatic cold caused by Irish Republican Army violence.

In Northern Ireland, the endorsements from Hume, Sinn Fein and Ahern are broadly recognized as reflecting Irish Catholics’ desire for maximum international sympathy, specifically from the U.S. The retired Hume, in particular, boosted his clout by carefully cultivating friendships with U.S. politicians, chiefly Democrats.

For them, a President Hillary Clinton offers the best chance of a return to the pro-Irish policies of her husband, who broke with decades of State Department deference to Britain, an approach resumed under George W. Bush.

When the ASS-ociated press turns on the Clintons, it’s all over but the shouting. It is amazing to me that her campaign is being taken seriously..

Will someone not rid me of this troublesome woman?

FBI Focusing on ‘About Four’ Suspects in 2001 Anthrax Attacks

Posted in Uncategorized by Patrick Truax on March 28, 2008


WASHINGTON — The FBI has narrowed its focus to “about four” suspects in the 6 1/2-year investigation of the deadly anthrax attacks of 2001, and at least three of those suspects are linked to the Army’s bioweapons research facility at Fort Detrick in Maryland, FOX News has learned.

Among the pool of suspects are three scientists — a former deputy commander, a leading anthrax scientist and a microbiologist — linked to the research facility, known as USAMRIID.

The FBI has collected writing samples from the three scientists in an effort to match them to the writer of anthrax-laced letters that were mailed to two U.S. senators and at least two news outlets in the fall of 2001, a law enforcement source confirmed.

The anthrax attacks began shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, further alarming a nation already reeling from the deaths of 3,000 Americans. Five people were killed and more than a dozen others were infected by the deadly spores in the fall of 2001.

A leading theory is that the anthrax was stolen from Fort Detrick and then sealed inside the letters. A law enforcement source said the FBI is essentially engaged in a process of elimination.

Much of the early public focus fell on a Fort Detrick scientist named Steven Hatfill, who is suing federal authorities for identifying him as a person of interest. Now the FBI is focusing on other scientists at the facility.

“Fort Detrick is run by the United States Army. It’s the most secure biological warfare research center in the United States,” a bioterrorism expert told FOX News.

Asked to comment on the likelihood that the anthrax originated at the facility, the expert said:

“It’s not suprising, except that it would underscore that there was serious security deficiencies that existed at one time at Fort Detrick — the ability of researchers to smuggle out some type of very sophisticated anthrax weapon and in some quantity. And, nevertheless, it was possible.”

In December 2001, an Army commander tried to dispel the possibility of a connection to Fort Detrick by taking the media on a rare tour of the base. The commander said the Army used only liquid anthrax, not powder, for its experiments.

“I would say that it does not come from our stocks, because we do not use that dry material,” Maj. Gen. John Parker said. The letters that were mailed to the media and Sens. Tom Daschle and Patrick Leahy all contained powdered anthrax.

But in an e-mail obtained by FOX News, scientists at Fort Detrick openly discussed how the anthrax powder they were asked to analyze after the attacks was nearly identical to that made by one of their colleagues.

“Then he said he had to look at a lot of samples that the FBI had prepared … to duplicate the letter material,” the e-mail reads. “Then the bombshell. He said that the best duplication of the material was the stuff made by [name redacted]. He said that it was almost exactly the same … his knees got shaky and he sputtered, ‘But I told the General we didn’t make spore powder!'”

Asked for comment, an Army spokeswoman referred all calls to the FBI. The FBI would not comment about the pool of suspects, but a spokeswoman said the investigation clearly remains a priority.

BS, we all know where the spores came from. And we all know how well the counter-terror operations of the FBI work, just ask Richard Jewell..

On Fox..

Wing Panel Cracks Window While Jet Flies

Posted in Uncategorized by Patrick Truax on March 25, 2008

It was a scary ride aboard a U.S. Airways flight over the weekend.

Some passengers said they saw parts of their plane’s wing come off in midair.

The plane took off from Orlando on Saturday. Officials at U.S. Airways said a small part of the wing came off and hit the plane while in flight.

A passenger who was seated in the 19th row snapped a picture just after he saw the panel rip off and crack a window.

Nobody was hurt.

The plane landed safely in Philadelphia. U.S. Airways said the plane was taken out of service, and an investigation is under way.

Bad weekend for US Air..

Pilot’s gun discharges on US Airways flight

Posted in Uncategorized by Patrick Truax on March 25, 2008

By DIANA RUGG / WCNC
E-mail Diana: DRugg@wcnc.com

CHARLOTTE, N.C.– A gun carried by a US Airways pilot accidentally discharged during a flight from Denver to Charlotte Saturday, according to a statement released by the airline.

The statement said the discharge happened on Flight 1536, which left Denver at approximately 6:45 a.m. and arrived in Charlotte at approximately 11:51 a.m.

The Airbus A319 plane landed safely and none of the flight’s 124 passengers or five crew members was injured, according to the statement. It was a full flight. An airline spokeswoman said the plane has been taken out of service to make sure it is safe to return to flight.

WCNC’s Mark Boone talked to a US Airways spokesperson on Monday, who said she did not know if the plane was still grounded. A source told WCNC that the plane remains inside a hanger at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

A Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman reached by WCNC Sunday said the pilot is part of TSA’s Federal Flight Deck Officer (FFDO) program, which trains pilots to carry guns on flights. Andrea McCauley said the gun discharged in the cockpit, but she could not release how the gun was being transported at the time. She did not release the pilot’s name, but said he was authorized to carry the weapon and was last requalified in the FFDO program last November.

A statement from TSA said the airplane was never in danger, and the TSA and the Federal Air Marshals Service are investigating the incident.

“We know that there was never any danger to the aircraft or to the occupants on board,” said Greg Alter of the Federal Air Marshal Service.

It was the first time a pilot’s weapon has been fired on a plane under a program created after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to allow pilots, for example, to use a firearm to defend against any act of air piracy or criminal violence, he said.

The TSA initially opposed the Flight Deck Officer program to arm and train cockpit personnel. Agency officials worried that introducing a weapon to commercial flights was dangerous and that other security enhancements since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks made it unnecessary. Congress and pilots backed the program.

“The TSA has never been real supportive of this program,” said Mike Boyd, who runs the Colorado-based aviation consulting firm The Boyd Group. “It’s something I think Congress kind of put on them.”

Pilots must volunteer, take a psychological test and complete a weeklong firearms training program run by the government to keep a gun in the cockpit.

Boyd said the only way he can surmise a gun going off in flight is if it was not properly stored.

“A properly stored weapon with the safety on does not go off,” he said. “The gun had to be out in the open. The gun had to be handled. The gun had to be in somebody’s control.”

Boyd said he supports the program to arm pilots, saying, “if somebody who has the ability to fly a 747 across the Pacific wants a gun, you give it to them.” But he said Saturday’s incident could have been much worse.

“If that bullet had compromised the shell of the airplane, ” he said, “i.e., gone through a window, the airplane could have gone down.”

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

OOPS!!

Pilot’s gun discharges on US Airways flight

Posted in Uncategorized by Patrick Truax on March 25, 2008

By DIANA RUGG / WCNC
E-mail Diana: DRugg@wcnc.com

CHARLOTTE, N.C.– A gun carried by a US Airways pilot accidentally discharged during a flight from Denver to Charlotte Saturday, according to a statement released by the airline.

The statement said the discharge happened on Flight 1536, which left Denver at approximately 6:45 a.m. and arrived in Charlotte at approximately 11:51 a.m.

The Airbus A319 plane landed safely and none of the flight’s 124 passengers or five crew members was injured, according to the statement. It was a full flight. An airline spokeswoman said the plane has been taken out of service to make sure it is safe to return to flight.

WCNC’s Mark Boone talked to a US Airways spokesperson on Monday, who said she did not know if the plane was still grounded. A source told WCNC that the plane remains inside a hanger at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

A Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman reached by WCNC Sunday said the pilot is part of TSA’s Federal Flight Deck Officer (FFDO) program, which trains pilots to carry guns on flights. Andrea McCauley said the gun discharged in the cockpit, but she could not release how the gun was being transported at the time. She did not release the pilot’s name, but said he was authorized to carry the weapon and was last requalified in the FFDO program last November.

A statement from TSA said the airplane was never in danger, and the TSA and the Federal Air Marshals Service are investigating the incident.

“We know that there was never any danger to the aircraft or to the occupants on board,” said Greg Alter of the Federal Air Marshal Service.

It was the first time a pilot’s weapon has been fired on a plane under a program created after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to allow pilots, for example, to use a firearm to defend against any act of air piracy or criminal violence, he said.

The TSA initially opposed the Flight Deck Officer program to arm and train cockpit personnel. Agency officials worried that introducing a weapon to commercial flights was dangerous and that other security enhancements since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks made it unnecessary. Congress and pilots backed the program.

“The TSA has never been real supportive of this program,” said Mike Boyd, who runs the Colorado-based aviation consulting firm The Boyd Group. “It’s something I think Congress kind of put on them.”

Pilots must volunteer, take a psychological test and complete a weeklong firearms training program run by the government to keep a gun in the cockpit.

Boyd said the only way he can surmise a gun going off in flight is if it was not properly stored.

“A properly stored weapon with the safety on does not go off,” he said. “The gun had to be out in the open. The gun had to be handled. The gun had to be in somebody’s control.”

Boyd said he supports the program to arm pilots, saying, “if somebody who has the ability to fly a 747 across the Pacific wants a gun, you give it to them.” But he said Saturday’s incident could have been much worse.

“If that bullet had compromised the shell of the airplane, ” he said, “i.e., gone through a window, the airplane could have gone down.”

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

OOPS!!

U.S. Web Host Pulls Dutch Lawmaker’s Site Promoting Anti-Islam Film

Posted in Uncategorized by Patrick Truax on March 23, 2008

A northern Virginia-based Internet host provider has suspended the Web site set up by a Dutch politician to promote his new film critical of Islam, after a spate of complaints and fears of a possible backlash, the French news service Agence France Presse reported.

Network Solutions pulled Dutch Member of Parliament Geert Wilders’ page Sunday while it reviewed whether its contents conformed to company policy forbidding offensive material, according to the report.

Over the past few weeks, angry mobs in Pakistan and Afghanistan have demonstrated against the film, which they say is as an insult to Islam.

Dutch lawmakers had urged Wilders to drop the project, fearing a repeat of the kind of protests seen worldwide following the publication in a Danish newspaper of cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammed — protests which led to tightened security at embassies across the Muslim world.

Network Solutions said it took Wilder’s site offline due to technical reasons including “excessive use of services which shall impair the fair use of other Network Solutions customers”, the report stated.

The far-right lawmaker planned to make the 15-minute film available to viewers over the Internet after failing to find a distributor. Although Wilders’ Web site is offline, he said Sunday that he still wants to put out the movie “on the Internet quickly,” though he did not specify how, AFP reported.

Wilders told FOX News in January that he believed Western culture was better off than the “retarded” Islamic culture. He also likened the Koran to Adolf Hitler’s book, ‘Mein Kampf.’

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Freedom of the press, media or speech only applies when applicable. Confused? Me, too. Fear of complaints or backlash,eh? What about the teddybear teacher in Africa who was jailed for naming a bear Mohammed? What about Nicolas Berg? The countless people killed by Islamic extremism?

When the Catholics and Protestants were butchering eachother in the UK, each side of non-combatants would scream bloody murder that Catholics dont condone this crap. The same with a majority Protestants when the loyalists committed terror acts. After centuries of fighting and bad blood, the two sides said enough and went to the table. Now, there hasnt been any violence in a couple of years, and the two sides are really working hard to stay on civil terms.

I know that a faith that boasts a billion followers cant all be butchers. But the only time you hear from them en masse, is when they are “offended” by something. And quickly everyone scrambles to appease. I can no longer NOT paint with a broad brush-its not fair that we have to adjust our lifestyle and culture to a people that pays lip service to us while plotting against us. Until enough of the “peaceful” Muslims start speaking out against the madness, I have to be wary.

It troubles me greatly to be in this situation, but how can we be welcoming if the welcomees dont like us, preach hate against us in their houses of worship, and use our civil liberties as weapons against us?

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