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"LIONS, TIGERS, AND BEARS, OH MY!":
THE SORDID STATE OF OUR AFFAIRS, PART 1


By FREEDOM WRITER
Aug. 11, 2006
ANCHORAGE, ALASKA

This commentary was too huge & was ever evolving due to current affairs, so I will make it into 2 parts. It looks like are are creating our own 21st century "The Wizard of Oz" but with a different ending than L. Frank Baum's original version, hence the title.

  1. NATIONAL DOMESTIC AFFAIRS

President George W. Bush pushed for the Dubai Ports World take-over of 22 American ports even though 83% of the American public didn't want it & the practice of foreign government owned shipping terminal operators has been in place for several years:

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Dubai Ports World (DPW) was to have relinquished its control of the various terminals after the public outcry in February, but, to date, still has not transferred ownership to any American firm. Internet columnist Patrick Briley summed up this Administration's intent to have the so-called "war on terror" fail, yes FAIL, in his article entitled "Bush Promotes China's [COSCO] and UAE's Terror Access to US Ports":

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To add insult to injury, please read this article from the World Tribune:

UAE buys British firm that runs U.S. military facilities
SPECIAL TO WORLD TRIBUNE.COM
Friday, March 3, 2006

WASHINGTON: The United Arab Emirates intends to operate U.S. military factories.

The Bush administration has informed Congress of a review of the UAE acquisition of a British manufacturer of engine components for U.S. military aircraft and main battle tanks. The British firm operates nine factories, including military production facilities in Connecticut and Georgia.

Officials said Dubai International Capital has acquired the London-based Doncasters Group for $1.2 billion. Doncasters produces engine components and turbine blades for military platforms, and its clients include Boeing, General Electric, Honeywell and Pratt and Whitney, Middle East Newsline reported.

"It's a standard business deal by a consortium that seeks opportunities," an official said. "But it also fits in well with Dubai's plans to create an aerospace industry."

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States completed a standard 30-day review and last week decided to extend the investigation for another 45 days. Dubai International is part of Dubai Holding, the third-largest shareholder in DaimlerChrysler.

The latest reviews by CFIUS came amid sharp opposition in Congress to the panel's decision to approve the UAE takeover of operations of six U.S. ports. In January, CFIUS approved the $6.8 billion takeover of Dubai Port World of a British company that has long operated the American ports.

Congressional sources said the Senate Banking Committee was informed of the CFIUS investigation of Dubai International on Feb. 27. The committee was also informed that the Treasury panel has ordered a 45-day review of a proposed Israeli takeover of a U.S. contractor for the American intelligence community.

On Thursday, Deputy Treasury Secretary Robert Kimmitt said the additional review of Dubai International stemmed from what he termed unresolved security questions. He would not elaborate.

Officials acknowledged that CFIUS has reduced security reviews of foreign companies that aim to establish a presence in the United States. In 2005, 65 foreign companies were investigated, compared to 204 in 1989.

"We clearly have to do some things inside the departments, and we clearly have to do quite a bit in finding ways to provide you more promptly with the information you need," Kimmitt told the Senate Banking Committee.

Officials identified the Israeli suitor as Check Point Software Technologies, a company traded in Israel and the United States. Check Point has offered $228 million for the Maryland-based firm Sourcefire, which supplies security software for the Defense Department and intelligence agencies.

"Check Point and Sourcefire are both committed to working cooperatively with the committee during the investigative period," Check Point said in a statement.

Earlier this week, Congress was informed that CFIUS would undertake an additional 45-day review of Dubai Port World. The first review lasted for the standard 30 days.

"Dubai cannot be trusted," House Armed Services Committee chairman Rep. Duncan Hunter said.

"I intend to do everything I can to kill the deal."

Another internet columnist Frosty Wooldridge asked the most relevant question to date, when in March he wrote an article entitled "How Stupid is this President":

AMERICAN PORTS BELONG TO AMERICA, NOT FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS OR FOREIGN COMPANIES OWNED BY FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS, MR. PRESIDENT!

In June the U.S. House of Representatives voted themselves a $3,300 pay hike:

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Did they earn it? NO. Did you get a $3,300 pay hike in the private sector this year? Probably not. Did the House members deserve it? Other than holding the line against the illegal alien invasion by pressing for "Border Security First" legislation, in contrast to the Senate, the answer is NO.

This spring & summer have seen our President & U.S. Senate completely ignore the will of the clear majority of the American people by pushing for & passing legislation ("comprehensive immigration reform") that would grant amnesty to illegal aliens, increase guest worker program slots, allow for Social Security benefits for illegal aliens, & enlarge the floodgate for millions more in the future, regardless of the status of our so-called "war on terror" & regardless of how the U.S. House of Representatives previously voted on the matter ("border security first"). S.2611 was passed by the U.S. Senate 62-36:

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Even Alaska's two senators (Ted Stevens & Lisa Murkowski) voted FOR this unconstitutional anti-American bill.

In July the U.S. Senate recently voted down monies for building a border fence that they previously voted to build:

Question: Sessions Amendment No. 4659, As Modified ) Vote #200
Voting Date: July 13 2006 at 3:44pm
Required for Majority: 1/2 Voting Result: Amendment Rejected
Vote Count YEAs 29 NAYs 71

Amendment No: S. Amendment 4659 to HR 5441 (Dept of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2007)

Purpose: To appropriate an additional $1,829,400,000 to construct double-layered fencing and vehicle barriers along the Southwest border and to offset such increase by reducing all otherdiscretionary amounts on a pro-rata basis Alphabetical by Senator Name

  • Akaka (D-HI), Nay
  • Alexander (R-TN), Nay
  • Allard (R-CO), Nay
  • Allen (R-VA), Yea
  • Baucus (D-MT), Nay
  • Bayh (D-IN), Nay
  • Bennett (R-UT), Nay
  • Biden (D-DE), Nay
  • Bingaman (D-NM), Nay
  • Bond (R-MO), Nay
  • Boxer (D-CA), Nay
  • Brownback (R-KS), Yea
  • Bunning (R-KY), Yea
  • Burns (R-MT), Yea
  • Burr (R-NC), Yea
  • Byrd (D-WV), Nay
  • Cantwell (D-WA), Nay
  • Carper (D-DE), Yea
  • Chafee (R-RI), Nay
  • Chambliss (R-GA), Yea
  • Clinton (D-NY), Nay
  • Coburn (R-OK), Yea
  • Cochran (R-MS), Nay
  • Coleman (R-MN), Nay
  • Collins (R-ME), Nay
  • Conrad (D-ND), Nay
  • Cornyn (R-TX), Nay
  • Craig (R-ID), Yea
  • Crapo (R-ID), Yea
  • Dayton (D-MN), Nay
  • DeMint (R-SC), Yea
  • DeWine (R-OH), Yea
  • Dodd (D-CT), Nay
  • Dole (R-NC), Yea
  • Domenici (R-NM), Nay
  • Dorgan (D-ND), Nay
  • Durbin (D-IL), Nay
  • Ensign (R-NV), Yea
  • Enzi (R-WY), Yea
  • Feingold (D-WI), Nay
  • Feinstein (D-CA), Nay
  • Frist (R-TN), Nay
  • Graham (R-SC), Nay
  • Grassley (R-IA), Yea
  • Gregg (R-NH), Nay
  • Hagel (R-NE), Nay
  • Harkin (D-IA), Nay
  • Hatch (R-UT), Yea
  • Hutchison (R-TX), Nay
  • Inhofe (R-OK), Yea
  • Inouye (D-HI), Nay
  • Isakson (R-GA), Yea
  • Jeffords (I-VT), Nay
  • Johnson (D-SD), Nay
  • Kennedy (D-MA), Nay
  • Kerry (D-MA), Nay
  • Kohl (D-WI), Nay
  • Kyl (R-AZ), Nay
  • Landrieu (D-LA), Nay
  • Lautenberg (D-NJ), Nay
  • Leahy (D-VT), Nay
  • Levin (D-MI), Nay
  • Lieberman (D-CT), Nay
  • Lincoln (D-AR), Nay
  • Lott (R-MS), Yea
  • Lugar (R-IN), Nay
  • Martinez (R-FL), Nay
  • McCain (R-AZ), Nay
  • McConnell (R-KY), Nay
  • Menendez (D-NJ), Nay
  • Mikulski (D-MD), Nay
  • Murkowski (R-AK), Nay
  • Murray (D-WA), Nay
  • Nelson (D-FL), Nay
  • Nelson (D-NE), Yea
  • Obama (D-IL), Nay
  • Pryor (D-AR), Nay
  • Reed (D-RI), Nay
  • Reid (D-NV), Nay
  • Roberts (R-KS), Yea
  • Rockefeller (D-WV), Nay
  • Salazar (D-CO), Nay
  • Santorum (R-PA), Yea
  • Sarbanes (D-MD), Nay
  • Schumer (D-NY), Nay
  • Sessions (R-AL), Yea
  • Shelby (R-AL), Yea
  • Smith (R-OR), Nay
  • Snowe (R-ME), Nay
  • Specter (R-PA), Nay
  • Stabenow (D-MI), Nay
  • Stevens (R-AK), Nay
  • Sununu (R-NH), Nay
  • Talent (R-MO), Yea
  • Thomas (R-WY), Yea
  • Thune (R-SD), Yea
  • Vitter (R-LA), Yea
  • Voinovich (R-OH), Nay
  • Warner (R-VA), Nay
  • Wyden (D-OR), Nay

That same day the same Senate voted down monies to hire immigration enforcement investigators:

Question: Sessions Amendment No. 4660, As Modified ) Vote #201
Voting Date: July 13 2006 at 3:48pm
Required for Majority: 1/2 Voting Result: Amendment Rejected
Vote Count YEAs 34 NAYs 66

Amendment No: S. Amendment 4660 to HR 5441 (Dept of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2007)

Purpose: To appropriate an additional $85,670,000 to enable the Secretary of Homeland Security to hire 800 additional full-time active duty investigators to investigate immigration laws violators and to offset such increase on a pro-rata basis. Alphabetical by Senator Name

  • Akaka (D-HI), Nay
  • Alexander (R-TN), Nay
  • Allard (R-CO), Nay
  • Allen (R-VA), Nay
  • Baucus (D-MT), Yea
  • Bayh (D-IN), Yea
  • Bennett (R-UT), Nay
  • Biden (D-DE), Nay
  • Bingaman (D-NM), Nay
  • Bond (R-MO), Nay
  • Boxer (D-CA), Nay
  • Brownback (R-KS), Yea
  • Bunning (R-KY), Yea
  • Burns (R-MT), Yea
  • Burr (R-NC), Yea
  • Byrd (D-WV), Nay
  • Cantwell (D-WA), Nay
  • Carper (D-DE), Yea
  • Chafee (R-RI), Nay
  • Chambliss (R-GA), Yea
  • Clinton (D-NY), Nay
  • Coburn (R-OK), Yea
  • Cochran (R-MS), Nay
  • Coleman (R-MN), Nay
  • Collins (R-ME), Nay
  • Conrad (D-ND), Nay
  • Cornyn (R-TX), Nay
  • Craig (R-ID), Yea
  • Crapo (R-ID), Yea
  • Dayton (D-MN), Nay
  • DeMint (R-SC), Yea
  • DeWine (R-OH), Yea
  • Dodd (D-CT), Nay
  • Dole (R-NC), Yea
  • Domenici (R-NM), Nay
  • Dorgan (D-ND), Nay
  • Durbin (D-IL), Nay
  • Ensign (R-NV), Yea
  • Enzi (R-WY), Yea
  • Feingold (D-WI), Nay
  • Feinstein (D-CA), Nay
  • Frist (R-TN), Nay
  • Graham (R-SC), Nay
  • Grassley (R-IA), Yea
  • Gregg (R-NH), Nay
  • Hagel (R-NE), Nay
  • Harkin (D-IA), Nay
  • Hatch (R-UT), Yea
  • Hutchison (R-TX), Nay
  • Inhofe (R-OK), Yea
  • Inouye (D-HI), Nay
  • Isakson (R-GA), Yea
  • Jeffords (I-VT), Nay
  • Johnson (D-SD), Yea
  • Kennedy (D-MA), Nay
  • Kerry (D-MA), Nay
  • Kohl (D-WI), Nay
  • Kyl (R-AZ), Nay
  • Landrieu (D-LA), Yea
  • Lautenberg (D-NJ), Nay
  • Leahy (D-VT), Yea
  • Levin (D-MI), Nay
  • Lieberman (D-CT), Nay
  • Lincoln (D-AR), Nay
  • Lott (R-MS), Yea
  • Lugar (R-IN), Nay
  • Martinez (R-FL), Nay
  • McCain (R-AZ), Nay
  • McConnell (R-KY), Yea
  • Menendez (D-NJ), Nay
  • Mikulski (D-MD), Nay
  • Murkowski (R-AK), Nay
  • Murray (D-WA), Nay
  • Nelson (D-FL), Yea
  • Nelson (D-NE), Yea
  • Obama (D-IL), Nay
  • Pryor (D-AR), Nay
  • Reed (D-RI), Nay
  • Reid (D-NV), Nay
  • Roberts (R-KS), Yea
  • Rockefeller (D-WV), Nay
  • Salazar (D-CO), Nay
  • Santorum (R-PA), Nay
  • Sarbanes (D-MD), Nay
  • Schumer (D-NY), Nay
  • Sessions (R-AL), Yea
  • Shelby (R-AL), Yea
  • Smith (R-OR), Nay
  • Snowe (R-ME), Nay
  • Specter (R-PA), Nay
  • Stabenow (D-MI), Nay
  • Stevens (R-AK), Nay
  • Sununu (R-NH), Nay
  • Talent (R-MO), Yea
  • Thomas (R-WY), Yea
  • Thune (R-SD), Yea
  • Vitter (R-LA), Yea
  • Voinovich (R-OH), Nay
  • Warner (R-VA), Nay
  • Wyden (D-OR), Nay

Now Pres. Bush has had his behind the scenes dealing with Mexico's President Vicente Fox exposed with the spotlight on a "North American Union" with the "Amero" replacing the "dollar" as a result of the "Security & Prosperity Partnership of North America" & the building of the Trans-Texas Corridor, stretching from Texas through America's heartland, that will be under foreign control:

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Lou Dobbs, longtime CNN commentator & a Republican, has summed up this Congress very eloquently:

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This Administration & most of this Congress ARE COMPLETELY OUT OF TOUCH WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE & ARE CONSISTENTLY & CONTINUOUSLY VIOLATING THEIR OATHS OF OFFICE. Therefore, the culprits DO NOT DESERVE TO BE RE-ELECTED & maybe impeachment proceedings should begin against Bush for his "economic treason".

  1. FOREIGN AFFAIRS -- MIDDLE EAST -- ISRAEL VS. LEBANON/HEZBOLLAH

Watching this on-going "battle" the past 3 weeks over FNC, CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, or whatever TV or cable channel, has been turning my stomach & has been increasing my hypertension & has been accelerating my nausea episodes, regardless of any historical context regarding the present "state of Israel", Jews, or Zionism.

It's one thing to counterattack against a terrorist activity, but the excessive collateral damage of innocent civilian deaths, mostly in Lebanon, is too much for me to continue to bear. After all, Lebanon used to be a Christian nation, the only one in the Middle East, until Islamo-fascism took over. Lebanon could have been an ally against terrorism with "Israel" & the west until now if the new government was given a chance to expel the Hezbollah. But since Hezbollah has taken such a stronghold within Lebanon, both socially & within the governmental infrastructure, why would "Israel" think that air attacks & special operations incursions against terrorist sites along the border eliminate Hezbollah? That's mighty wishful thinking on their part! GET REAL! If it's well known that the source of personnel, funding, & Katyusha rockets are Syria & Iran, then why not go after the "head(s) of the snake" rather than it's tail? That's about as effective a strategy as the Washington DC politicos use in our so-called "war on terror": We don't go after the main source of funding from Saudi Arabia; we don't secure our borders against the illegal alien invasion from Mexico; & we don't stop the foreign purchase of management contracts at our ports; but we force on the American people all sorts of warrantless domestic spying & excessive body searches of our domestic travelers at our airports. It's as if both America & "Israel" would rather perpetuate the war machine, vis-a-vis the military-industrial complex (follow the money!), rather than eliminate the sources of terrorism once & for all. Instead America is quickly eliminating its' Middle Class & chipping away at our personal freedoms while "Israel", in trying to defend herself against terrorism, is slowly eliminating a potential ally -- Lebanon -- and becoming a terrorist nation itself.

The present "state of Israel" (notice that I use that term in quotation marks throughout my dissertation!) has a history of excessive collateral damage against known terrorists since 1947-1948 that rivals the Islamo-fascist terrorism, not that "Israel" purposefully does this (I used to believe this until the past few years). Now there is no real difference between the "miiltary or terrorist" activities of the Islamo-fascists or the IDF (Israeli Defense Force). Both sides are NUTS!

I, for one, & there are others, believe that the Biblical Israel consisted of the 10 northern tribes & Judah consisted of the 2 tribes of Levi & Benjamin. So the so-called present "state of Israel", as long as they embrace Judaism as their "state religion", should more appropriately be called "Judah" or "Judea" & not Israel. Biblical scholars & some historians can better explain the dichotomy.

I do not wish to start taking any new medication to help me "cope" with this continuing bad news about the Middle East. I'm changing channels. It's not that I don't care. It's not that I don't acknowledge our country's Judeo-Christian heritage. This "sibling rivalry" between the Arabs/Muslims/Islam & the Israelites/Jews/Judaism has been going on for thousands of years. America should let it be & let them resolve it, not that they ever can. I suspect that until one side completely destroys the other side or until the second coming of Christ, that this perpetual gang war will continue. America & its political leaders have more pressing matters to resolve amongst ourselves & with our neighbors to the north & south of our borders. Maybe the Bush Administration, in its continuing long standing tradition of supplying military arms & financial assistance to "the present state of Israel", has lost the moral high ground in dealing with the Middle East. We have more than enough "on our plate" & we should start minding our own business, first.

AMERICA FIRST!

-----Freedom Writer

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