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41% Say U.S. Focus on Economy Raises Risk of Terrorist Attack

March 12, 2009

“He who defends everything, defends nothing,” said Frederick II (1712-1786).

President Barack Obama is defending everything: the economy, earmarks, his health care plan, environmental plan, energy plan, education reform, government spending, bigger government, the rights to free and open seas (re: China), a stronger U.N., an encircled North Korea, the Muslim world, the power of negotiations (with Syria, Iran, and others), the ramp up of troops in Afghanistan, etc.

You get the idea.

In many ways I see this president as going the right things.  But then again he is doing everything.

He is pro-immigration and today he said he’d send troops to our border with Mexico, maybe.

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/03
/12/obamas-border-talk-i-call-bull/

Michelle doubts that.

But then again: doesn’t everything depend upon the economy; followed closely by national security and stoppong terrorists?

But terrorists and terrorism are gone from our public discussion….deleted from the Obama lexicon.

Hmmm.

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From Rasmussen Reports
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Forty-one percent (41%) of U.S. voters worry that America’s preoccupation with the ongoing economic crisis will make us more vulnerable to a terrorist attack, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.

But 43% disagree and say it’s not a concern while 16% are not sure.

Forty percent (40%) also say America has more enemies than friends among the nations of the world, although 44% say we have more friends.

Voters are closely divided, too, over whether the current worldwide economic crisis is more likely to create tension between the United States and other nations or more likely to foster cooperation. Forty-four percent (44%) see more tension to come, while 43% expect greater cooperation between America and other countries.

Confidence in how America is doing in the War on Terror dropped dramatically in late February, but it is not yet clear whether the numbers are a statistical blip or a reflection of recent news developments.

Iran continues to be the country the plurality of voters (35%) expect to be the first to seriously test the Obama Administration. Nineteen percent (19%) say North Korea will be the new president’s first major threat, while 12% predict China. Eight percent (8%) say Russia will be the first serious challenger, but one-out-of-four voters (25%) are not sure which country is the greater threat.

Read the rest:
http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_con
tent/politics/general_politics2/41_say_u_s_
focus_on_economy_raises_risk_of_terrorist_attack

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Guantanamo Terrorists Getting More Rights Than Blagoyevich, Judge Says

January 22, 2009

In his upcoming impeachment trial, “Illinois Governor Blagoyevich has fewer rights than a terrorist in Gitmo,” said Judge Andrew Napolitano, a noted legal expert and TV commentator today. on Thursday called his upcoming impeachment trial a “sham,” saying it would deny him the right to due process because he couldn’t call witnesses.

Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich pauses as he presides over ... 
Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.(Frank Polich/Reuters)

Gov. Rod Blagojevich

Even terrorists held in the  Guantanamo Bay detention center, in Cuba, can call witnesses in their own defense, according to Judge Napolitano.

President Barack Obama signed an order to close gitmo today, one of his first acts as President of the United States.

The Illinois Governor learned of the state senate’s rules for his umppeachment trial today.

“The impeachment trial is a sham,” Blagojevich said before going on his morning run.

“What the Senate and the House and Legislature is trying to do is to thwart the will of the people and remove a governor elected twice by the people without a fair hearing, without due process,” he said.

Senior Al-Qaeda leader Khalid Sheikh Mohammed -- seen here after ...
More right than the Illinois Governor during impeachment? Senior Al-Qaeda leader Khalid Sheikh Mohammed — seen here after his arrest in 2003 — was the self-proclaimed mastermind of the September 2001 attacks on New York and Washington. A judge at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp has suspended the trial of five alleged September 11 attack plotters, after a request by President Barack Obama.(AFP/HO/File)

Related:
Obama Orders Gitmo Closed
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090122/ap_on_go_
pr_wh/obama_suspected_terrorists;_ylt=A
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Blago Call Trial a “Sham”
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090122
/ap_on_re_us/illinois_governor

President Barack Obama signs an executive order closing the ... 
President Barack Obama signs an executive order closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington.(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Cambodia’s problems with new sex trafficking law

December 27, 2008

Chantha said there was nothing else she could do in Cambodia but become a prostitute.

“If you don’t even have a dollar in your pocket to buy rice, how can you bear looking at your starving relatives?” she said.

“You do whatever to survive, until you start to realize the consequence of your deeds.”

by Kounila Keo
AFP

Cambodian sex workers in Phnom Penh. Chantha says there was ... 
Cambodian sex workers in Phnom Penh. Chantha says there was nothing else she could do in Cambodia but become a prostitute(AFP/File/Tang Chhin Sothy)

Chanta, in her early twenties, was working in a small red-light district west of the capital Phnom Penh several months ago when she was arrested under Cambodia‘s new sex-trafficking law.

Police nabbed her in a raid and charged her with publicly soliciting sex, fining her nearly two dollars. Then, Chanta claims, the arresting officers gang raped and beat her for six days in detention.

Bruises covered her body, but none of her assailants were brought to court, she said.

The Cambodian government began prosecuting a new “Law on Suppression of Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation” in February after years of pressure from the United States to clamp down on sex trafficking.

Since then, authorities have conducted brothel raids and street sweeps, but rights groups complain the new law has in many ways worsened the exploitation of women.

Read the rest:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20081226/lf_afp/cambodia
prostitutiontrafficking_081226040116

Speaking at Obama’s Swearing-In: Pro-Life, Anti-Gay Pastor Rick Warren

December 18, 2008
Prop. 8 supporter Rick Warren of Saddleback Church will give the inaugural invocation, a choice that angers gay rights activists.
Paloma Esquivel
The Los Angeles Times
December 18, 2008
Nationally known author and pastor Rick Warren has accepted an offer to deliver the invocation at President-elect Barack Obama’s inaugural swearing-in ceremony, drawing fury from gay rights activists and opponents of Proposition 8.

Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, accepted the invitation to participate in the ceremony within the last few days, said Kristin Cole, a spokeswoman for the 20,000-member, four-campus mega-church. According to a program released by the Joint Inaugural Committee, Warren will give the invocation immediately after opening remarks by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California).
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Earlier this year, as the debate over same-sex marriage raged in California, Warren publicly endorsed Proposition 8, which amends the state Constitution to declare that “only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.”

Since the proposition passed in November, hundreds of protesters have gathered near his Orange County church to condemn the stance.

Related:
Obama To Gays: Pastor Rick Warren Will Help Us All “Come Together”

Barack Obama and Rick Warren: Odder Than a Three Dollar Bill 

Gay Leaders Furious with Obama Over Rick Warren

Red the rest:
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-na
-obama-warren18-2008dec18,0,1985681.story

Obama, inauguration, Paston Rick Warren 
Above: Barack Obama with pastor rick Warren.  Photo:  Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

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From the Body File:
(Christian Broadcasting Network)

Pro-Lifer Rick Warren At Obama Swearing-In, Will Speak

Pro-life pastor Rick Warren will give the invocation at President-Elect Barack Obama’s inauguration. It makes a whole lot of sense. Even though Warren and Obama disagree on the life issue, they do see eye to eye on many social justice issues. This move is also classic Obama because it is a signal to religious conservatives that he’s willing to bring in both sides to the faith discussion in this country. Obama has never shied away from that.

The benediction will be led by Reverend Dr. Joseph E. Lowery. The Civil Rights leader seems to be the perfect pick on such an historic day in this nation’s history. …

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http://www.cbn.com/CBNnews/503643.aspx

Obama: No person ‘more qualified’ than Shinseki to head VA

December 7, 2008

President-elect Barack Obama formally announced Sunday that retired Army Gen. Eric Shinseki is his pick to be secretary of Veterans Affairs.

CNN

Obama names Shinseki as choice for VA chief 

“There is no one more distinguished, more determined, or more qualified to build this VA than the leader I am announcing as our next secretary of Veterans Affairs — General Eric Shinseki,” Obama said at a press conference. “No one will ever doubt that this former Army chief of staff has the courage to stand up for our troops and our veterans. No one will ever question whether he will fight hard enough to make sure they have the support they need.”

Read the rest:
http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/1
2/07/obama.shinseki/index.html