Archive for May 22nd, 2008

Trail of Tall Tales: Hillary Clinton

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

Sen. Hillary Clinton presents the image of a seasoned, ever-disciplined politician whose experience as first lady and a New York senator makes her ready to be commander-in-chief. But a series of misstatements — exaggerations, half-truths and lies — made by Clinton over the last 15 years have at times undermined her image and called her credibility into question.

1. Travelgate, June 23, 2000

2. Iraq War Vote, Jan. 13, 2008

3. Sniper Fire, March 17, 2008

4. Vince Foster Documents, April 22, 1994

5. Iraq War Criticism, April 5, 2008

6. Brokering Irish Peace, Jan. 6, 2008

7. Chelsea Jogging, Sept. 17, 2001

8. Death of a Mother, March 2008

9. Refugee Borders, March 12, 2008

10. Origins of the Name, April 2, 1995

11. National Guard Health Insurance, Dec. 20, 2007

12. Bill Kennedy Endorsement, April 15, 2008

Read the full accounts of each lie here.

Global Terrorism in Sharp Decline

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

This is something you will not hear very much about in the mainstream media.

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – A study released on Wednesday reports a decline in fatal attacks of terrorism worldwide and says U.S. think-tank data showing sharp increases were distorted due to the inclusion of killings in Iraq.

“Even if the Iraq ‘terrorism’ data are included, there has still been a substantial decline in the global terrorism toll,” said the 2007 Human Security Brief, an annual report funded by the governments of Canada, Norway, Switzerland, Sweden and Britain.

For example, global terrorism fatalities declined by 40 percent between July and September 2007, driven by a 55 percent decline in the “terrorism” death toll in Iraq after the so-called surge of new U.S. troops and a cease-fire by the Shi’ite militant Mehdi Army, the brief said.

“We have concluded that the expert consensus (on terrorism) is probably misleading,” Andrew Mack, director of the Human Security Report Project, told a news conference.

Despite apparent declines in terrorism deaths, many U.S. think-tanks continue to report sharp increases.

Data of the Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism (MIPT), funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, points to more than a fourfold increase in worldwide deaths due to terrorism from 1998 to 2006. The sharpest increase came after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Other institutes have reached similar conclusions, including the U.S. National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC).

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Alaska to Sue to Block Polar Bear Listing [as ‘Threatened’]

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

This statement is very important to this issue:
“We believe that the listing was unwarranted and that it’s unprecedented to list a currently healthy population based on uncertain climate models.”
Polar Bear populations have increased significantly over the last 30 years and the true aim of the environmentalist was not really to protect the bears, but to get the government to buy into the global warming scam more then they already are.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – The state of Alaska will sue the U.S. government to stop the listing of the polar bear as a threatened species, arguing the designation will slow development in the state, Gov. Sarah Palin said on Wednesday.

Palin said the state will file a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Washington challenging U.S. Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne’s decision to grant Endangered Species Act protections to the polar bear.

The Republican governor has argued that the ice-dependent polar bear, the first mammal granted Endangered Species Act listing because of global warming, does not need additional protections.

“We believe that the listing was unwarranted and that it’s unprecedented to list a currently healthy population based on uncertain climate models,” said Alaska Assistant Attorney General Steven Daugherty.

Even though Kempthorne enacted a rule aimed at precluding any new restrictions on oil and gas operations as a result of the listing, the Palin administration believes a wide variety of other development activities in Alaska would be hampered if the listing goes through, Daugherty said.

Any development or activity requiring federal permits or using federal funds would have to engage in a “consultation” process to ensure that polar bears are not harmed, he said.

That consultation, mandated by the Endangered Species Act, “is a long and time-consuming process,” he said. “It’s just, basically, a big time-and-money-waster.”

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Daughter of Gospel Star Steven Curtis Chapman Hit, Killed by Car

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

Please join me in praying for Steven Curtis Chapman and his family during this tragic time.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The 5-year-old daughter of contemporary Christian music star Steven Curtis Chapman was struck and killed Wednesday by a sport utility vehicle driven by her brother, authorities said.

The girl, Maria, was hit in a driveway on the family residence Wednesday afternoon by a Toyota Land Cruiser driven by her teenage brother, said Laura McPherson, a spokesman for the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

McPherson said no charges are expected.

“It looks like a tragic accident,” she said.

She said several members of the Chapman family witnessed the accident, which happened in Williamson County just south of Nashville.

The brother apparently did not see the little girl, McPherson said. She did not have the name or exact age of the brother, only that he is an older teenager.

The girl died later at Vanderbilt Medical Center, hospital spokeswoman Laurie Holloway said.

Chapman, originally from Paducah, Ky., and his wife have promoted international adoption and have three daughters from China, including Maria.

Chapman has won five Grammy awards and 51 Dove awards from the Gospel Music Association.

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