Congress Expected To Consider CAFTA_DR

CAFTA-DR is a proposed agreement between the United States and the five countries of Central America (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua) and the Dominican Republic. The agreement promotes free trade and expands regional opportunities for workers, manufacturers, consumers, farmers and services providers in the participating countries.

Congress is expected to begin consideration of CAFTA-DR this month.

Is it just me or does this agreement appear to be detrimental to our own interests? How can we compete with cheap labor from Central America? I guess we are going to have to make sure everyone has enough skills and education to move into the tech field, because manufacturing is not the future of America.


The Morning After Pill Or Confirmation

April 6 (Bloomberg) — Democratic Senators Patty Murray and Hillary Clinton said they would block confirmation of Lester Crawford as Food and Drug Administration chief because of delays in approving over-the-counter sales of Barr Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s Plan B contraceptive.

“I just got an explanation that was very unsatisfactory to me,” Murray told a group of reporters in her Washington office. “The FDA should make decisions based on science. The credibility of the agency is at stake if that doesn’t occur.”

Ok folks, no matter what side of the Abortion issue you are on, I think we can agree that taking a pill after having sex is better then going out and getting an abortion. Letâââs all try and be rational.

U.S. Cuts U.N. Funding

WASHINGTON, April 6 (Xinhuanet) — The US Senate voted Wednesday to reduce Washington’s share of the costs of UN peacekeeping operations from 27.1 percent to 25 percent.

The Senate agreed to a Republican-backed measure to reduce the cap on the US share of UN peacekeeping costs, and by a vote of 40-57, rejected a Democratic amendment to maintain the current contribution for at least another two years.

“The negotiations at the UN regarding UN reform and the lowering of UN peacekeeping dues is underway. Let us ensure that our next ambassador to the United Nations has an opportunity to go to New York and work on this issue,” said Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist.

Yeah, Yeah, Democrats whined.

The United States is expected to contribute about 1 billion dollars on peacekeeping operations this year, and the administration is seeking about the same amount for next year. The House has not taken up its version of the bill.

Maybe This is going to be a trend.

San Francisco May Regulate Blogging

This may be nothing to worry about, but it could be.

From The Personal Democracy forum :

Just when you thought the Federal Election Commission had it out for the blogosphere, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors took it up a notch and announced yesterday that it will soon vote on a city ordinance that would require local bloggers to register with the city Ethics Commission and report all blog-related costs that exceed $1,000 in the aggregate.

Blogs that mention candidates for local office that receive more than 500 hits will be forced to pay a registration fee and will be subject to website traffic audits, according to Chad Jacobs, a San Francisco City Attorney.

The entire Board is set to vote on the measure on April 5th, 2005. I wonder if they’ll be forced to register their own blogs!

The legislation was written by Supervisor Sophie Maxwell.
So, Iâââll do what I always do and issue a challenge!

Letâââs all send quick e-mails âââ even just a sentence or two âââ to Supervisor Maxwell.
Encourage her to treat bloggers and cyber-citizens as she would treat traditional journalists and voters. When it comes to protecting our privacy and First Amendment rights, it shouldnââât matter what medium we use.

Now we have to worry about local governments trying to regulate political free speech. What is going on in this country? I still do not understand how the Campaign Finance Bill got past the Supreme Court. What is happening to my country?

Liberal Group Think

I was surfing the my favorite blogs when I came across this on Political Dogs.

Recent letters to the editor of the New York Times suggest that the reason the nations college professors are so heavily liberal is due to deficiencies in conservative ideology. One such letter stated:

“Academics look at evidence and come to conclusions. Today’s conservatives start with a conclusion and then try to find anything to support that conclusion to the exclusion of all contrary evidence. Their arguments tend to fall apart under the lightest scrutiny. It is no wonder that the vast majority of well-educated academics are “liberal.”

You donââât say? I tend to see it a bit differently. Liberal Progressive individuals tend to ignore the facts that dispute their ideology in favor of, what appears to be, faith. Letâââs take a look at their most beloved beliefs:

Socialized health care. Well that has not worked well in Canada or Britain; but they ââÅbelieveââ? it will work in the U.S.

Banning guns prevents violent crime. Hmm, every country that has banned guns has had a huge rise in violent crime.

Welfare. Boy that has worked out wonderfully. Whole generations of families that have never had a job in their life living on tax dollars. No thinking person can think welfare is a bad idea. No. No feeling person can think welfare is a bad idea.

Public education. It is not working to properly educate our children so through more money at the problem. It has to work! It must be under funded!

I could go on but why bother? It is always the same, liberals think with their feelings. They believe in ideas that have failed. They believe it can work. They believe Utopia can be achieved. This sure sounds like religious faith to me!

The Patriot Act

Should we keep the Patriot act? I am uncomfortable, as you know, with giving our government more power; and I am completely against giving them unconstitutional powers.

Keep in mind a number of the provisions in the Patriot Act are written in way that allows them to be used in non-terrorism activities. As a matter of fact, it has only been used to prosecute non-terrorist cases to date. In Fact, some pretty bad people have been caught using the provisions in the Patriot Act. We have no way of knowing, however, if it has been used to prevent terrorist attacks.

There are three or four most complained about problems with the Patriot Act, none of which are subject to the sunset clauses:

People complain about the ââÅself writtenââ? warrants, well that is just spin. They still need a judge to sign the warrant. So there is no problem there.

The sneak and peek, which allows agents to enter a house without the owners knowledge; I personally do not care for this provision. But I am not near as worried about this provision as I am the existence of no knock warrants! They existed prior to the Patriot Act and exist today. Someone kicks in my door and I am going to reach for my gun that resides on my nightstand! This means I end up shooting a police officer and/or being shot myself. They have been known to get the address wrong!

The “thou shall not speak” aspect, which says if you are the subject of a search warrant, you can’t tell anyone about it. You can’t tell news reporters, your spouse, or your lawyer about it. This is a direct violation of the 1st Amendment to the Constitution in my opinion. I donââât quite get the thinking on this one.

Some of these, as well as the provision that makes it a crime to provide material assistance to someone the government calls a terrorist has been shot down as unconstitutional in Federal Court. This was related to an attorney for the accused being charged under this provision. They have not made it to the Supreme Court yet.

These provisions are not subject to the sunset clauses and probably won’t even be debated by the Congress. So we are not even debating the most troubling provisions!

People complain about health records, and library records etcetera. I just donââât see a reason to care. If the government has a reason, to care enough about me, to look at my library and health records, more power too them.

I have yet to hear of one case where the government has abused the powers granted it under the Patriot Act.

Over all I have to support the efforts of the justice system to fight terrorism and give it the tools to do their job. Although some provisions are troubling, it is not the big, bad, terrible, monstrous document the Left would have us believe.

You can read The Patriot Act in its entirety here.

Read highlights of the Patriot Act here.

Inequality For Black Americans

Oh please! If I have to read one more aritcle on how the “African-American” has not reached the level of “white-American” in this country I am going to be sick. Do they ever tell you that millions of “African-Americans”, which are NOT from Africa BTW, who are on WELFARE! This tends to bring their stats down a bit, don’t you think?

I used to be a NYC Paramaedic. I worked in the ghettos of NYC. There are whole generations of people there that have never worked a day in their lives! It is the most depressing place I have ever had the misfortune of being in. I lived on those streets 8-16 hours a day, 5 days a week. That is right, lived on the streets. We parked on a corner. We did not have any nice station to respond from; at least in those days. I was completely immersed in their environment. These people need to be forced to work! Nothing short of having no other choice will make any difference whatsoever.

So stop listening to all these studies. They are nonsence. If they get off their lazy butt and contribute to society they have MORE opportunities then white folk! But no that would make them an “Uncle Tom”. Yeah they called all the Black EMTs and Medics “Uncle Toms” for actually supporting their families. The problem is not “The Man” keeping them down, the Black people and their leaders keep them down.

I don’t judge a man by his skin color; I judge him by his actions.