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Waiting for Faroe. Welcome to the happy home of Snarkasm.
Bianca Ryan sings
Check out the new Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee ad. Do tell, what impresses you most?
Poor Heath Shuler. The one-time Tennessee Vile and NFL bust, may have just become the next victim of Kos' Kiss of Death. Strange how Kos picks and chooses his moderates. Shuler doesn't sound as moderate as Sen. Lieberman, he sounds better:
On Family Values and Abortion
I am a pro-life Democrat and I believe that all life is sacred.
I have never shied away from openly discussing my faith.
Make no mistake about it; this is a National Security issue. The security of the United States and its citizens must be the foremost priority in formulating border and immigration policies. We must know if terrorists are entering our country and whether our visitors are abiding by their visas and our laws. These are legitimate concerns that need to be addressed by our immigration policies.
We must control immigration and secure our borders. The lessons of September 11th clearly displayed the inability of our immigration policy to keep criminals and terrorists out of our country. We have millions of illegal immigrants in our country and our government has no idea who they are and if they pose a threat to us. Make no mistake about it; this is a National Security issue. The security of the United States and its citizens must be the foremost priority in formulating border and immigration policies. We must know if terrorists are entering our country and whether our visitors are abiding by their visas and our laws. These are legitimate concerns that need to be addressed by our immigration policies.
I do not support granting amnesty to people who have broken the law.
Owning a home has always been a fundamental part of the American dream. However, the recent Supreme Court decision in Kelo v. New London, CT. has endangered that right. This decision resulted in a corporation taking private property away from an individual under the pretext of eminent domain.
I strongly disagree with the Supreme Court’s decision in the Kelo case and I will never support using eminent domain to take away any individual’s private property for the benefit of another individual or corporation.
While this case must be remedied at the state level, I will work closely with the Governor and our state legislature to protect the rights of individual property owners.
On the Second Amendment
I strongly support the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America which clearly states that “the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”
As a life-long hunter and sportsman, I understand how the 2nd Amendment protects our culture and heritage. I am a member of several hunting and firearm organizations including: Quail Unlimited, Ruffed Grouse Society, Ducks Unlimited and the National Rifle Association.
I will always support the rights of law-abiding citizens to own firearms, to hunt and to protect their life and property.
LGF points it out. Another example of British self-guilt over last year's subway bombings.
A year on, we in Britain should have now been able to measure the progress and lessons learned from the dreadful London bombings with better intelligence, greater understanding between communities, a deep analysis of the causes and roots of extremism, and thus a greater sense of security. Unfortunately, the reality is that very little of this has been achieved.
We are told by our police and intelligence services that several hundred terrorists may be ready to strike within the UK. We are told that al-Qaida may have infiltrated MI5. We have had the peak of counter-terrorism operations - allegedly to find chemical weapons - resulting in an innocent law abiding citizen being shot, but nothing else. At the same time, the solution in the houses of parliament has been to draft an unprecedented set of laws infringing basic civil liberties, handing victory at once to those who want to change our way of life.
So what have we learnt? Clearly, Tony Blair is still playing deaf and dumb and his comments this week made me think one thing - if he would stop creating terrorists,
perhaps the Muslim community wouldn't have to then root them out for him. Our government continues to fail to recognise that it played a role in the attacks of July 7, but this cannot stand up to even the lightest scrutiny.
Although I personally don't lay the blame for the radicalisation of young Muslim men entirely at the feet of our foreign policy, the release of Shehzad Tanweer's video
suggests at least the tragedy of July 7 was driven in the main by men sympathetic to the plight of thousands of innocent civilians who died because of our government's actions. For those actions, we paid the price with over 50 British civilian lives.
In the analysis of what leads to terrorism, many theories have been propounded. While there are numerous factors such as social issues, fundamentalist influences and disaffection with the government that have been blamed for political extremism, the London bombers did not fall within such a mould. When Blair tells us that we, as a community, are not doing enough to root out terrorists, he is assuming we have influence over any radicalism that exists and that those with extreme views are open about their feelings and intentions. He is refusing to pay heed to the ghost of the bombers telling us exactly why they carried out their ghastly mission. Until this government stops laying the blame and responsibility with those who are largely powerless to prevent terrorism, we will all continue to live in perpetual fear of another strike.