2Small2Succeed Report

Money For Border Security Gets Cut

Greg Dingrando

TUCSON – The National Guard may be on its way to the border but extra funding to go along with them won’t be.

Late Friday night U.S. Senate voted down a supplemental appropriations bill stripping about $700-million from beefed up security along the border…Read More

Oliver Stone: ‘Jewish-Dominated Media’ Prevents Hitler from Being Portrayed ‘in Context’

By Alana Goodman

Director Oliver Stone belittled the Holocaust during a shocking interview with the Sunday Times today, claiming that America’s focus on the Jewish massacre was a product of the “Jewish domination of the media.”

The director also defended Hitler and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and railed against the “powerful lobby” of Jews in America.

Stone said that his upcoming Showtime documentary series “Secret History of America,” seeks to put Hitler and Communist dictator Joseph Stalin “in context.” …….Read More

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Gov. Christie Vetoes Millions to Planned Parenthood

By Peter J. Smith

TRENTON, New Jersey, July 26, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – As New Jersey’s Republican Governor Chris Christie continues to fulfill a campaign pledge to restore state government to fiscal sanity, he has vetoed a bill that would have dedicated $7.5 million in state to “family planning” clinics, most of which are run by Planned Parenthood.

New Jersey’s Star Ledger reported that Christie in his veto message said that “the state simply cannot fund every worthy program” and would not restore $7.5 million for family planning clinics that he had cut from the state’s budget for fiscal year 2011.

Marie Tasy, executive director of New Jersey Right to Life, praised Christie for standing by his decision to cut funds for Planned Parenthood.

“The taxpayers of New Jersey are under no obligation to fund the radical and failed social agenda of Planned Parenthood,’’ said Marie Tasy, according to the Star-Ledger. “We commend Governor Christie for his steadfast opposition to restoring these funds.”…….Read More

Taliban Responds to WikiLeaks

by Mushtaq Yusufzai

A high-ranking Taliban commander reacts to the release of classified military documents, and denies any links with Pakistan’s spy network. Mushtaq Yusufzai reports.

Responding to WikiLeaks’ release of tens of thousands of pages of classified military documents about the war in Afghanistan, a high-ranking Taliban commander rejected reports that the Taliban had any links with Pakistan’s spy agency.

“Look, we’re at war and would like to get aid from anyone to fight against the U.S. and its allies who invaded our homeland,” Sirajuddin Haqqani, a senior leader of the Haqqani network, told The Daily Beast on Monday, denying any existing links with Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence, known by its acronym ISI…Read More

Texas Straight Talk

Posted by Ron Paul (07-26-2010, 01:02 PM) filed under Civil Liberties, Foreign Policy, Privacy

A weekly column

On the Bloated Intelligence Bureaucracy

I have often spoken about the excessive size of government, and most recently how waste and inefficiency needs to be eliminated from our military budget.  Our foreign policy is not only bankrupting us, but actively creating and antagonizing enemies of the United States, and compromising our national security.   Spending more and adding more programs and initiatives does not improve things for us; it makes them much much worse.  This applies to more than just the military budget.

Recently the Washington Post ran an extensive report by Dana Priest and William M. Arkin on the bloated intelligence community.  They found that an estimated 854,000 people hold top-secret security clearances.  Just what are all these people up to?  By my calculation this is about 11,000 intelligence workers per al Qaeda member in Afghanistan.  This also begs the question – if close to 1 million people are authorized to know top secrets, how closely guarded are these secrets?

They also found that since the September 11 attacks, some 17 million square feet of building space has been built or is being built to accommodate the 250 percent expansion of intelligence organizations.  Intelligence work is now done by some 1,271 government organizations and 1,931 private contracting companies in about 10,000 locations in the United States.

The former Director of National Intelligence, Adm. Dennis Blair, has asserted that US intelligence now has the authority to target American citizens for assassination without charge or trial.  How many of these resources are being devoted to spying on American citizens for nefarious reasons at home rather than targeting foreign enemies abroad?

It has been pointed out how much information we had about the impending attacks on 9/11, but because of layers upon layers of bureaucratic inefficiencies, our intelligence community was unable to act meaningfully on that information.  Obviously we needed drastic change.  But it was pretty clear that we did not need more bureaucracy, more confusion, more expenditures and more government.

It is even claimed by some leaders that the intelligence community has grown this way by design; that it is advantageous to have more than one set of eyes looking at the same information.  With this logic, is there any number of intelligence employees at which we achieve diminishing returns?  Can there ever be too many cooks in the kitchen, in their view?

Are there any problems at all that the government wouldn’t attempt to solve by throwing more money at them?  Even now, the government is trying to solve our economic problems related to too much government spending and debt, with more government spending and debt.

The problem with our intelligence community before 9/11 was not an inability to collect information.  Therefore, the post-September 11 build-up of the surveillance state does nothing to enhance safety.  Instead what Americans have gotten in return for the billions of tax dollars spent on security is a surveillance state that reads our e-mails, wiretaps us without warrants, and strip searches grandmothers at airports.  This is yet another instance in which Americans would be safer, richer and freer if our government would simply look to the Constitution and respect the boundaries it has set. ……Source Congressman Ron Paul

Cal Thomas: GOP has to walk the walk on ethics

By: Cal Thomas
Examiner Columnist
July 27, 2010

Given what members of Congress get away with these days, it takes a lot to break House ethics rules. But that’s what a House ethics subcommittee has accused 20-term Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., of doing.

Rangel might have avoided a trial had he admitted to any of the charges against him, but after 40 years in Congress, it’s as if he sees himself as invincible. Rangel will face a jury of his congressional peers, which, to some, might look a lot like organized crime members trying one of their own…Read more

Goldman reveals where bailout cash went

By Karen Mracek and Thomas Beaumont, Des Moines Register
Goldman Sachs sent $4.3 billion in federal tax money to 32 entities, including many overseas banks, hedge funds and pensions, according to information made public Friday night.

Goldman Sachs disclosed the list of companies to the Senate Finance Committee after a threat of subpoena from Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Ia.

Asked the significance of the list, Grassley said, “I hope it’s as simple as taxpayers deserve to know what happened to their money…Read More

NAACP neglects to speak up for whites, too

By: Gregory Kane
Examiner Staff Writer

Published: Jul 26, 2010
Boy, did Shirley Sherrod get reamed. Those who did the reaming admitted as much. And one of them was not, I repeat, not, Andrew Breitbart. Sherrod was the U.S. Department of Agriculture official who worked in Georgia before Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack gave her the boot. In 1986, Sherrod was director of the Georgia State Office for the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund. In that capacity she found herself in the position of helping a white farmer. For Sherrod, a black woman, this presented a conflict. In a story she recounted at an NAACP fundraising dinner in Douglas, Ga., in March, Sherrod admitted that she didn’t help the man as much as she should have,…  Read More washingtonexaminer

Tancredo declares run against GOP

By Valerie Richardson

Former Republican Rep. Tom Tancredo made good on his high-noon ultimatum Monday by announcing that he would enter the Colorado governor’s contest as a third-party candidate, essentially dashing the GOP‘s last hopes of winning the race.

“I am going to seek the nomination of the American Constitution Party for Governor of Colorado,” said Mr. Tancredo in a statement.

Mr. Tancredo still must file papers with the Colorado secretary of state and register as a member of the American Constitution Party. Even so, the mere announcement of his candidacy appeared to doom any chance of victory for likely Republican nominee Scott McInnis while ensuring victory for the likely Democratic pick, Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper.

Tancredo‘s determination to do this pretty much negates the race,” said Denver pollster Floyd Ciruli.

Mr. Tancredo had said he would become a third-party candidate unless Mr. McInnis and businessman Dan Maes agreed to drop out of the race the day after the Aug. 10 primary. If a nominee withdraws after the primary, the party may appoint a replacement…...read more

WALKING TALL: President Obama makes an exit after delivering a statement in the Rose Garden at the White House on Monday. Mr. Obama pushed for a Senate measure that would require more disclosure on campaign contributions. (Bloomberg)

Obama portrays GOP as lackeys

By Kara Rowland

President Obama on Monday aimed a new arrow at Republicans who he said are beholden to special interests, arguing that their expected filibuster this week of a new bill to rein in corporate spending on political ads is the latest in a line of votes in which the GOP has tried to protect special interests.

The broadside comes as Mr. Obama has sought to paint the fight over new campaign finance rules as yet another choice between businesses and average Americans — much as the president did in the fights over health care, new financial regulations and extended unemployment benefits…..Read more

Obama: Post-Racial, Post-Partisan, or Post-Sanity?

July 26, 2010 – by Dan Miller

Confession time: Back in April of 2008, during the presidential primary campaign, I wrote that the racial healing which Senator Obama seemed to promise and might portend would be good. At about the same time, I suggested that Senator Obama was saying some things other politicians weren’t saying but should. Some of the things he said seemed problematical, but like many others I thought I understood what he meant; I wanted to understand him and hoped that he might be a better president than Senator Clinton. It seemed as though his election might stunt the weeds of racism and partisan governance. However, soon those weeds were in full bloom. They are now producing their own fruit; the flavors have merely become more pungent.

There is no less racism now than pre-Obama, and there is no less partisanship; there may well be more of both.

I was wrong in thinking that these things might diminish, and while having voted against him provides a bit of comfort, it provides very little. That there is now even less sanity provides no solace whatever.

When it appeared very likely that Senator Obama would get the Democratic Party presidential nomination, Daniel Schorr said on NPR:……Read more

Chris Christie’s Reagan-Style Governance Raising His 2012 Profile

A political breath of fresh air in a season of massive discontent.

When Ronald Reagan was sworn in as president in January 1981, the country was at low ebb. Jimmy Carter had spent the four previous years running the nation into the ground, leaving unemployment above 10%, inflation above 15%, Communist operatives laughing at our perceived weakness, and Iranians holding 53 of our fellow citizens hostage for 444 days…Read more

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