Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day 2010

Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates U.S. men and women who perished while in military service to their country. First enacted to honor Union soldiers of the American Civil War

Traditional observance
Many people observe this holiday by visiting cemeteries and memorials. A national moment of remembrance takes place at 3 p.m. US Eastern time. Another tradition is to fly the U.S. flag at half-staff from dawn until noon local time. Volunteers usually place an American flag upon each grave site located in a National Cemetery.

In addition to remembrance, Memorial Day is also used as a time for picnics, barbecues, family gatherings, and sporting events. One of the longest standing traditions is the running of the Indianapolis 500, which has been held in conjunction with Memorial Day since 1911. Some Americans also view Memorial Day as the unofficial beginning of summer and Labor Day as the unofficial end of the season. The national "Click It or Ticket" campaign ramps up beginning Memorial Day weekend, noting the beginning of the most dangerous season for auto accidents and other safety related incidents. The U.S. Air Force "101 Critical Days of Summer" begin on this day as well. Many Americans use Memorial Day to also honor any family members who have died, not just servicemen.

Memorial Day formerly occurred on May 30, and some, such as the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW), advocate returning to this fixed date, although the significance of the date is tenuous. The VFW stated in a 2002 Memorial Day Address, "Changing the date merely to create three-day weekends has undermined the very meaning of the day. No doubt, this has contributed a lot to the general public's nonchalant observance of Memorial Day." Hawaii's Senator Daniel Inouye, a World War II veteran, has repeatedly introduced measures to return Memorial Day to its traditional day since 1987.

Community Observance
In addition to national observances, many individual communities hold memorial observance for fallen soldiers who were from that town by having a ceremony in a church or town memorial park. It is also common for fire and police departments to remember and honor members lost in the line of duty. Towns often hold a memorial day parade to remember those people. Participation in such a parade is by community organizations such as members of the local emergency services and their vehicles, Rotary Clubs, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and bands from the local high school or church groups. Communities may also hold a town-wide picnic barbecue at a local park in which the whole town is invited to attend.

Following the end of the Civil War, many communities set aside a day to mark the end of the war or as a memorial to those who had died. Some of the places creating an early memorial day include Charleston, South Carolina; Boalsburg, Pennsylvania; Richmond, Virginia; Carbondale, Illinois; Columbus, Mississippi; many communities in Vermont; and some two dozen other cities and towns. These observances eventually coalesced around Decoration Day, honoring the Union dead, and the several Confederate Memorial Days.

According to Professor David Blight of the Yale University History Department, the first memorial day was observed in 1865 by liberated slaves at the historic race track in Charleston. The site was a former Confederate prison camp as well as a mass grave for Union soldiers who had died while captive. The freed slaves reinterred the dead Union soldiers from the mass grave to individual graves, fenced in the graveyard & built an entry arch declaring it a Union graveyard; a very daring thing to do in the South shortly after North's victory. On May 30 1886? the freed slaves returned to the spiffed up graveyard with flowers they'd picked from the countryside & decorated the individual grave-sites, thereby creating the 1st Decoration Day. A parade with thousands of freed blacks and Union soldiers was followed by patriotic singing and a picnic.

The official birthplace of Memorial Day is Waterloo, New York. The village was credited with being the birthplace because it observed the day on May 5, 1866, and each year thereafter, and because it is likely that the friendship of General John Murray, a distinguished citizen of Waterloo, and General John A. Logan, who led the call for the day to be observed each year and helped spread the event nationwide, was a key factor in its growth.

General Logan had been impressed by the way the South honored their dead with a special day and decided the Union needed a similar day. Reportedly, Logan said that it was most fitting; that the ancients, especially the Greeks, had honored their dead, particularly their heroes, by chaplets of laurel and flowers, and that he intended to issue an order designating a day for decorating the grave of every soldier in the land, and if he could he would have made it a holiday.

Logan had been the principal speaker in a citywide memorial observation on April 29, 1866 at a cemetery in Carbondale, Illinois, an event that likely gave him the idea to make it a national holiday. On May 5, 1868 in his capacity as commander-in-chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, a veterans' organization, Logan issued a proclamation that "Decoration Day" be observed nationwide. It was observed for the first time on May 30 of the same year; the date was chosen because it was not the anniversary of a battle. The tombs of fallen Union soldiers were decorated in remembrance of this day.

Many of the states of the U.S. South refused to celebrate Decoration Day, due to lingering hostility towards the Union Army and also because there were very few veterans of the Union Army who lived in the South. A notable exception was Columbus, Mississippi, which on April 25, 1866 at its Decoration Day commemorated both the Union and Confederate casualties buried in its cemetery.

The alternative name of "Memorial Day" was first used in 1882 but did not become more common until after World War II and was not declared the official name by Federal law until 1967 . On June 28, 1968 the United States Congress passed the Uniform Holidays Bill which moved three holidays from their traditional dates to a specified Monday in order to create a convenient three-day weekend and for the first time recognized Columbus Day as a federal holiday.

The holidays included Washington's Birthday (which evolved into Presidents' Day), Veterans Day and Memorial Day. The change moved Memorial Day from its traditional May 30 date to the last Monday in May. The law took effect at the federal level in 1971 . After some initial confusion and unwillingness to comply at the state level, all fifty states adopted the measure within a few years, although Veterans Day was eventually changed back to its traditional date. Ironically, most corporate businesses no longer close on Columbus Day or Veterans Day, and an increasing number are staying open on President's Day as well. Memorial Day, however, has endured as one holiday during which most businesses stay closed because it marks the beginning of the "summer vacation season," as does neighboring Canada's Victoria Day which occurs on the prior Monday.

In literature and music
The southeastern U.S. celebrates Decoration Day as a day to decorate the graves of all family members, and it is not reserved for those who served in the military. The region observes Decoration Day the Sunday before Memorial Day. Jason Isbell of the rock band Drive-By Truckers chronicled such an event in his epic ballad "Decoration Day," which is also the title cut to the eponymous album.

Charles Ives's symphonic poem "Decoration Day" depicts the holiday as he experienced it in his childhood, with his father's band leading the way to the town cemetery, the playing of Taps on a trumpet, and a livelier march tune on the way back to the town. It is frequently played with three other Ives works based on holidays as the second movement of A New England Holidays Symphony. Memorial Day USA
I am going to post this tribute to our war dead, to my sons and all our men and women serving and those that have served in the past. I have to take some time out for a cook out etc. before my better half revolts but I will try to stop in on occasion. You all have a nice day!

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma

The Gulf oil disaster is Obama's Katrina on steroids: Another disaster compliments of Bush/Cheney

People keep telling me to forget about Cheney and Bush as they are gone. However as I keep saying, we will never be able to forget them.

We will be living with their destructive militaristic oil legacy for decades at least but centuries if we are around that long.

This is no exception! I noticed this morning that Rove said this gulf oil gusher is Obama's Katrina. I have to agree but on steroids and Bush and Cheney created it and like everything else they did, this too will be much worse. Newt Gingrich accused Obama of dereliction of duty while Bush and Cheney are guilty of dereliction.

Remember Bush and Cheney's secret White House meetings with the so called energy czars? Remember, the rest of the world by law must use an acoustic valve in case of emergency that would have prevented this. Since oil ran this country Bush and Cheney decided at 1/2 million per valve it was too expensive for oil companies as profit and cutting corners was their only goal not the people and the environment. This is factual and right on! Bush Cheney and the energy czars

All inspections of drilling and platforms stopped in 2001. Obama's mistake was not re instituting them instantly. Failure to do so could have been outside influence as I suspect.

This resultant nightmare is just beginning, will be planetary life changing in many respects, And is another one of their destructive legacies. Remember, life as we know it started in the ocean. We have got to keep it life sustaining. Remember, you kill one level of life all levels will eventually go down as life is a pyramid.

This was our own fault for putting oil "Bush and Cheney" in control of America! I did hear something this morning I did not know. We keep hearing comparisons between this BP "British petroleum" Gulf oil disaster and the Valdez disaster promulgated by Exxon who I thought was another company and a competing guilty party.

That said, I found out the Exxon Valdez was run by a consortium led by BP so BP was responsible for that disaster too. BP hell British Petroleum is not even an American Company, they are British and we have been letting them do as they wanted in our America. We are letting the British destroy us as they could not during the Revolution and it must stop period!

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Thanks to Bush's success Baghdad has been named the worst city in the world to live in!

War-torn Baghdad is the worst, a survey said Wednesday. For its annual survey, Mercer assessed the quality of living in 221 cities worldwide ranking Baghdad #221 the absolute worst. Baghdad ranked 221st, remaining at the bottom of the list with rankings also based on water availability and drinkability, waste removal, quality of sewage systems, air pollution and traffic congestion. The basic necessities of life! vienna is best city to live in, Baghdad worst: study

A 2007 U.S. Report gave Blame to Iraqi's for Bush's Guaranteed Failures!

While we continuously listened to the lies and propaganda that Bush has had many successes in Iraq and that his surge succeeded We already know but many of Bush's declared successes are in fact failures. Low and behold it all boils down to Security fears. What a surprise! What happened to his successful surge? Kill all the Al Qaeda you want they can not still provide the basic needs of life in a successful society.

Isn't that Bush's fault? If he had stayed in Afghanistan as he should have instead of diverting from the war on terror to attack Iraq so he could start implementing his new middle east order, Iraq may have had a Dictator but they would have security, electricity, water, fuel, and a lot more than they have now or will have in the future.

Al Maliki, Malawi, or whoever takes control they cannot and will not bring stability back to Iraq. Despite the political rhetoric it will get a lot worse and then spread throughout the entire middle east. We will never be able to bring services anywhere close to the level they were at when Saddam was in power. It is laughable to think that anyone thought they would be better post Saddam.

The Congressional investigation into reconstruction in Iraq found that six out of eight projects the Bush administration claimed to be a success were falling apart, throwing doubts over the long-term viability of much of the $30 billion program. I have to tell you, the entire program, the surge, Democracy, everything, was guaranteed lost from the get go. What ever is built will be destroyed.

The report which was published 3 years ago but could be today, looked at hospital projects that at last count there was only one capable of operating at all. It does not matter how much money or effort we put into Iraq. Iraqi's as a whole do not want new Iraqi order they want their own version. They want the basic needs of life satisfied and they do not care who supplies them in the end.

Each sect is only concerned with looking out for their own interest and future and as we are told to ignore everyday because it is not "the reality on the ground" reality is much worse! The inspectors found serious plumbing and electrical failures due to looting, equipment lying idle to me primarily because people are scared to death to venture out into the reality Bush has created for them. US report blaming Iraqi's for failures

From the Political system to the oil Industry, Hospitals, electricity, plumbing, security, everything, It will not be turned around and will only get a lot worse before it spreads throughout the entire middle east. Supposedly we are hoping to start withdrawing our troops this year and have them all out by next fall. Regardless of what happens we better stick to that schedule, leave whatever supplies the Iraqi's need, and see just how much they want to live together under a system that will supply their needs. It is in the end up to them!

I have to reiterate something I have said too many times since Bush chose to ignore all warnings of total civil war spreading throughout the entire Middle East so he could attack Iraq and straighten out the Middle East as God spoke to him and instructed him to. You know I firmly believe and have said so a million times by now that since 9/11 everything was construed to allow Bush to gain the power he needed to prosecute his new order not just in the Middle East but on the entire world! He diverted from Afghanistan to get back into the Middle East with the goal of setting up a larger safety zone for Israel and going after Iran.

Bush has created a hell on earth for Iraq that he calls liberty and success with promises to spread it throughout the entire Middle East.

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma

Saturday, May 29, 2010

US to boost covert operations: Will Mogadishu fall? Africa and the world can not allow it!

The Pentagon has ordered an expansion of covert missions by US special operation forces in the Middle East and Central Asia. The New York Times newspaper said it has seen the copy of a seven-page order by the head of US Central Command, General David Petraeus. The directive - signed in September - focuses on gathering of intelligence and building ties with local forces.

According to the New York Times, US troops will carry out special missions in both friendly and hostile nations and Gen Petraeus's order is aimed at making such efforts more systematic and long term. The paper says the order calls for small teams of American troops - presumably special operations forces - to fill intelligence gaps.

Its goals are to build networks that could penetrate, disrupt, defeat, or destroy militant groups like al-Qaeda, and also prepare the environment for future attacks by American or local military forces. Somalia here we come! US 'to boost covert operations'

I will never forget Black Hawk down but Somalia has been racked by violence since it lost its last central Government in 1991. Gunfights and shelling are common in Mogadishu the Capital as the transitional government backed by African Union troops and UN funds - controls only a small part of the capital as they battle for control.

This is only the Capital one city, one militant group Al Shabab! The rest of the country is ruled by warlords, al-Shabab or other Islamist militias. Rebels 'pour into Somali capital'

Hizbul-Islam and Al-shabab's long simmering battle amongst themselves has erupted into open warfare. The interim Government is pretty happy about this as they think they will be busy killing each other and not them and the African Union troops but they should not be. They smell blood as they sense victory over the so called Government.

They are strong and are fighting to see who comes out on top and gets the palace. Al Shabab is more strict but they both want Islamist rule in Somalia. Al-shabab is also smaller but has Al Qaeda members in its ranks and is confident enough to send fighters over to Yemen to help Al Qaeda there. Islamist rivalry

BBC News who had plans to interview Al Shabab and learn more about them planned to stay in Wajid one of their strongholds until they learned that al-Shabab had just publicly beheaded three men in the area and shot dead a community leader. They changed their plans quickly. Al-Shabab is bitter towards the puppet Government as they demand strict Sharia law and feel the Government want humanity has sold out the Religion of Islam.

They proceeded to Dusamareb the headquarters of a moderate Sufi Islamic movement. The leader of Ahlu Sunnah is bitterly opposed to al-Shabab. Significantly, Ahlu Sunnah has just signed a formal agreement to co-operate militarily with the embattled government in Mogadishu. Meeting al-Shabab

Ahlu Sunnah's chairman Sheikh Omar Sharif Muhammad said he hoped the alliance could defeat al-Shabab. But it badly needed international help, he added. He is right Somalia better wake up! Amputations and beheadings is not a desirable way of life. Al-Shabab are not even humans," said Sheikh Omar. "They're desecrating our culture, and destroying our sovereignty and our religion.

"They're very dangerous and must be driven out. They recruit young, innocent children to become suicide bombers. Islam does not allow that. However Sharia law does. Though Ahlu Sunnah has thousands of fighters and is allied with the Government shored up by African Union troops we have to somehow get them help too. We can not let Somalia fall to Sharia law because it will only spread from there. Outside the meeting people were singing wake up Somalia Lean against each other and the entire world better pay heed!

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma

Friday, May 28, 2010

March’s secret meeting to Declare Martial Law if things keep getting worse as they are!

As you know things in this country just keep worse and worse so I thought we better revisit the countries preparation for civil unrest, "the secret meeting many of us heard Congress held last March on declaring Martial Law if things continue to get much worse and sure enough! That was March 2008 under Bush and you know how things have gotten since and of late.

A secret meeting of Congress discussed immanent martial law? B A Brooks The United American Freedom Foundation March 13, 2008 On March 13th 2008 there was a secret closed door meeting of The United States House Of Representatives in Washington. In the history of The United States this is only the fourth time a secret meeting was held by the house. Even though Representatives are sworn to secrecy by House Rules XVII, some of the members were so shocked, horrified, furious, and concerned about the future of America by what was revealed to them inside the secret meeting, that they have started to leak this secret information to independent news agencies around the world. The mass media said almost nothing about the secret meeting of the House, mentioning only one of the items being discussed. (The new surveillance techniques that are going to be used by the US Government to watch all American citizens).

* The story was first released in a newspaper out of Brisbane, Australia revealing the contents of the secret US Government meeting and plans for America including all of it’s citizens. Shortly there after, David J Meyer from Last Trumpet Ministries found it and made it more available for the world to see… Here is what was revealed: The imminent collapse of the US Economy to occur sometime in late 2008 The imminent collapse of the US Government finances sometime in mid 2009 The possibility of Civil War inside the United States as a result of the collapse The advance round-ups of “insurgent US Citizens” likely to move against the government The detention of those rounded up at The REX 84 Camps constructed throughout the United States The possibility of public retaliation against members of Congress for the collapses The location of safe facilities for members of Congress and their families to reside during massive civil unrest The necessary and unavoidable merger of The US with Canada and Mexico establishing The North American Union The issuance of a new currency called the AMERO for all three nations as an economic solution. Except for a few hundred thousand US Patriots, most Americans have no clue what has really been going on within The United States over the past 100 years, and the sad thing is that most do not want to know the truth.

The further you look into the rabbit hole, the deeper it gets. Go to any currency conversion site and convert US dollars to Euros so you can see for yourself the massive decline of the dollar. Look at how much money is and has been spent on the Iraq War to date, ($12 billion per month)… Look at our currency and when it stopped being backed by gold… The Federal Reserve is not federal but a private bank who does not have Americans best interests at heart. We no longer have any manufacturing really based out of America and there is no way that our economy can survive this incredible strain very much longer… The IRS strong arms every American yearly with income taxes, yet there are no laws saying an income tax is to be paid… The CIA is involved in everything from global drug trafficking and covert military missions, to assassinations around the world and including US Soil. Look at JFK for instance. It did not take long after JFK announced that he was going disband the CIA that he was shot in Texas… America’s new Stasi The Department Of Homeland Security is and has been slowly eradicating our rights for a few years now based organization called House Bill H.R. 1955/S-1959 was read by the senate and then sent to DHS for some reason, but is now back and sure to pass. Once passed, this bill introduced by Jane Harman (D/CA), will be the proverbial last nail hammered into every American patriots coffin. H.R. 4279 or the Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act of 2008 which was recently passed by the US House of Representatives, will give the government draconian powers to do just this…

This legislation gives the government the power to seize property that facilitates the violation of intellectual property laws The legislation also mandates the formation of a formal Intellectual Property Enforcement Division within the office of the Deputy Attorney General to enforce this insanity… It has been revealed that F.E.M.A. has been building internment camps all over America granting Halliburton a massive $385 million dollar construction contract to make this happen. Most of these sites only need refurbished because they are mostly closed prisons, old WW2 internment camps still intact and other facilities taken over by the government. Some people have referred to them as FEMA Death Camps where the infamous Red list/Blue Lists will be used to decide who goes where…

Whether you believe that The NWO/Illuminati/Globalization is real or not, there is a lot of proof that exposes definite plans or plots by the rich, political and religious elite to bring on an era of the end times. It is almost like some individuals are trying to make bible prophecy come true in their own sick and twisted ways. Not to mention that the world only has about 10 to 15 years of drinking water left before the wars fought for oil today will be fought for water in the near future. It has been said that these powers want to depopulate the planet of over 30% of it’s human inhabitants in the coming years… Examine all of the executive orders that have been signed into place allowing the president to basically become dictator in control of all government from tribal to federal in the event of any national emergency… If you did not know, In late 2006, Congress revised the Posse Comitatus Act and the Insurrection Act to make it far easier for a president to declare martial law. Those changes were repealed at the end of this January as part of Public Law 110-181 (HR 4986), the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 (signed into law by President Bush on January 28, 2008)… Unfortunately it is not the great victory in which one might think because of the total militarization of all local and State police forces all across America… Will there be martial law? Is martial law coming soon to America? When you see law enforcement being armed with automatic weapons, bullet proof vests and riot gear in small towns that have not had a murder or crime in years, then you have to ask yourself why… please watch the video and or read you need to know the rest

** Mind blowing! We have not been wrong once yet but are always laughed at and dismissed as conspiracy theorists so the real conspiracy the destruction of America can be carried out. The perfect manufactured storm to achieve that end is coming to a head. You see the regular problems of life in today’s society continue to degrade; you see many States wanting to defend themselves against the Federal Government, You see all the militia’s growing all around the country, Arizona’s immigration law, too many calls for a second revolution, Now in this Corporatocracy the worsening horrific gulf oil disaster, Stay united and be prepared please!

James Joiner
Gardner Ma

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Despite Republican criticism Obama's border plan similar to Bush's

Obama's border plan similar to Bush's

Why Mexico welcomes Obama's plan to send 1200 US troops to border C

Bush failed so Republican's want Obama to fail! President Bush urged lawmakers unsuccessfully to "summon the political courage" to support his top domestic priority, an immigration overhaul that was hanging by a thread in Congress. First, whatever happened to "stop playing Politics? I had to say that beyond securing the borders that despite the rhetoric and half assed efforts it will never happen and it didn't!

Bush needed open Borders but to appease concerned Americans he needs to create another facade. This time feigning concern for average Americans and our security, once again to get his way he was performing a balancing act.
Bush purposely gave hope to illegal immigrants by increasing the rhetoric over the years that they would be allowed citizenship someway, somehow. There were some 5 million during his reign alone. Now that he had the low end wage earners he needed to fuel his idea of a new societal order he tells you he wanted to secure the borders.

Bush's measure would have tightened borders and workplace enforcement, create a new guest worker program and provide pathways to legal status for most of the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants in the country. With 19 months left in Bush's presidency, some saw immigration reform as his last hope for a major domestic achievement, and Bush himself made clear it is his main legislative priority for the year. He failed as usual!

Bush did not care about us and our America or illegal immigrants and a secure border. Only finishing his plan for a new societal order and you live in the mess he created. As an incentive for those who are skeptical about the government's ability to carry out the legislation's enforcement provisions, Bush publicly signed onto a plan for $4.4 billion in immediate funding for border security and workplace enforcement.

The accelerated funding would have been paid back by new fines and fees for illegal immigrants in the bill. However, of course pouring $Billions into this and securing the borders with half assed fences and promises is worthless. No one can really think fines and fees for illegal immigrants to that tune will be collected I hope.
He also said people caught crossing the border illegally will be permanently barred from returning to the United States on a work or tourist visa, those known to have taken part in illegal gang activity can be denied admission. Boy that's a threat. They would just do what they currently do and turn around and come back again. What the heck realistically would be the gain for average Americans and our America?

I absolutely have no stance on the issue of illegal immigration but I do want the border secured. I just know what you see is not what you got with Bush and this was no exception. This would not have made the problem go away but as Reagan's legalization of 3 million did, it would only necessitate more to come fill the ranks as the legalized would no longer be cheap labor. Just think about it! Theoretically we could have up to 12 million more people here vying for a rapidly decreasing job base that is ceaselessly being sent overseas, unemployment?

I say this is a good time for Congress to start the process of doing the right thing for "our America" and "we the people" and start doing the peoples work. Stand up as Bush said and really secure the border before anything else is done. Watching the masses still racing for our border despite the hardships tells you 1200 troops are inadequate but it is the right start.

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma

With threat of war Japan PM points to North Korea to explain decision to keep a controversial US airbase on Okinawa: What about China?

Lee: NKorea Must Pay for Torpedo Attack on Ship

NKorea Must Pay for Torpedo Attack on Ship
Pentagon and UN Chief Put New Pressure on North Korea 

N Korea 'severs ties' with Seoul

Japan PM points to North Korea to explain US base plan 

War drums: North Korea military 'on combat alert' after South Korea warship row


Pressure on North Korea over the sinking of a South Korean warship intensified Monday as the United States announced it would conduct joint naval exercises with South Korea and the top United Nations official said the Security Council would need to take some action against the North. Despite warnings from North Korea that they would silence the speakers with missiles the South has started blaring propaganda across the border. This threatens to trap South Korean workers in the DPRK. Also to ratchet this up we are going to conduct naval exercises in the disputed area and I believe they are ongoing.

The naval exercises are aimed at improving the ability of South Korea and the United States to detect enemy submarines and halt banned shipments of nuclear materials. This is the Pentagon's first statement since the sinking of the warship. I hope they have proof that it was not an old torpedo or mine because shutting off trade and waterways to North Korea would instigate war unless China takes her role and steps up to the plate, As we keep saying, they have more at stake than anyone with the exception of the Korea's.

Knowing that, Little Progress on Korea Dispute as China Talks End China and the United States wrapped up three days of high-level meetings here on Tuesday with some modest trade and energy agreements, but the United States made little progress on winning China’s backing for international measures against North Korea over the sinking of a South Korean warship. Predictable but not good for anyone!

I refuse to believe the US and South Korea would be purposely trying to keep the two Korea's divided but feel free to set me straight.Kim Tae Woo senior North Korea Analyst at the Korea Institute says the extremes will be avoided, that is doing nothing and tit for tat retaliation. The US and South Korea will together go before the UN and request tighter sanctions.

Personally I had big hopes that Kim Jong Il was trying to pave the way for peace and for his son to take over when he died. It does not look that way for sure. That said we know Kim Jong Il was just in China looking for money and more help. China is critical in Asia's future and resolving the issues between the Korea's as we have said numerous times. I hope they step up!

As we discussed in the past, being North Korea's next door neighbor China has more at stake than anyone except North Korea. They must do more! China does not seem to have the leverage they use to or I thought they had. They do have an abstract leverage! They should want to be key players here. They are our banker and we owe them trillions. Being North Korea's immediate neighbor they would be the recipient of hundreds of thousands of refugees if not more. Regardless of the past that is gone. We have to be concerned with the future now.

China is increasingly getting more clout in the world's finance structure and in Asia. I hope they step up here and do what they can to play peace maker and resolve this issue. They have a lot at stake here and I hope they step up!

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Obama to Send 1200 Guard Troops to Mexico Border, that's a start!

Obama to Send 1200 Guard Troops to Mexico Border President Obama will send up to 1,200 National Guard troops to the Southwest border and increase spending on law enforcement, yielding to demands from both Republican and Democratic lawmakers there that border security be tightened, administration officials said.

It is not just illegal immigration as you know, that border can be hell because of the gun running and drug trafficking. Forget poor Mexico, forget Nixon's 40 year war on drugs, end America's Own 100 Year Failed War on Drugs! There really is a simple answer to all this!

We have been fighting a self professed war on Drugs for one hundred years! I wish someone would be able to figure out at what cost. It seems to me that the drug war has spilled over the Border with Mexico. However it went north to south. It is our drug war that has spilled into Mexico. It is us that have made Mexico the narco State it is. I do believe we should at least put American military on the border and do not really understand why it is not. That would go a long way in stopping the problem so I do not understand why they are not on the Border unless it is because a certain political interest still does not want the border secured to enable illegal immigration? Why else? A desire to keep this war going? For gain? of what?

I do believe we can end this! Put our National Guard on the Border in shifts! After I got out of the military I joined the reserves. I do not know how it works today because our troops are flat out. Besides one week end a month we use to be required to do 2 weeks as a unit somewhere to train. With 50 States they could all do their required 2 weeks on the border doing one thing or the other. The other half of the equation:

Legalize marijuana at least then if it works follow with the rest! That would kill much of the incentive for Cartels to be waging a war on drugs. Yes there is cocaine heroine and other drugs but marijuana is America's number one cash crop! That blew me away. According to official Government figures The value of the annual harvest exceeds that of corn, soybeans, or hay, the country's top three legal cash crops with an annual crop value of $35 Billion. There have been an estimated 100 million pot plants destroyed between 1981 and 2006 yet production has still increased 10 fold to 22 million pounds!

Legalize it, secure the border! Just imagine what it would be if it was legalized. Regulate it like alcohol, sell it in package stores! Tax it! Look at the potential revenue. Legalizing marijuana would end a hell of a lot of problems and create exactly zero! Think about it! The number one abused drug in the world is legal, Alcohol! It destroys numerous lives! What sane argument is there against legalization? None, none whatsoever! All we are doing with this insane war on drugs is driving people and not just kids to experiment and find a legal way to get high with common household products. We are only making the problem exponentially worse. END IT! LEGALIZE!

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma

Tic tac toe Afghanistan style in Kandahar Taliban's stronghold!

Taliban offensive in full effect in Afghanistan

US troops, Afghan police storm Taliban stronghold

Taliban Defiance On Show With Attacks

Believe it or not I think this is looking good and we are in their stronghold taking them on and bringing them out. Now is a critical time over there and we must be more vigilant and relentless than the militants are. This can go either way and we better make damn sure it goes our way period so we do not join Afghanistan's graveyard of nation's. As we have discussed numerous times, this really is crunch time and since Mullah Baradar’s capture in Afghanistan and Pakistan things keep getting better and better

The Taliban said Sunday they were behind an attack on NATO's main base in southern Afghanistan, the third on international forces in a week, showing their determination to meet fire with fire, AFP reported. As U.S. and NATO troops escalate operations against the militants in their heartland of Kandahar province, the Taliban are making good on threats of a nationwide campaign against targets allied with the Kabul government.

The attack in Kandahar was the third on international forces in a matter of days after a suicide attack in the capital on Tuesday and an attack on Bagram Airfield, about 35 miles (60km) north of Kabul, the following day. Seven hours of fighting at Bagram resulted in the deaths of an American contract worker and 16 militants, NATO said. Nine NATO soldiers were wounded.

Earlier this month the Taliban announced a new nationwide campaign of attacks in Afghanistan, targeting diplomats, Afghan parliamentarians and foreign contractors, as well as foreign forces. Taliban Defiance On Show With Attacks

At West Point President Obama correctly predicts Biblical times are ahead but we will be victorious as long as all Nations hold together. He is right! He drew sharp contrasts to the go it alone, war monger, Bush he proceeds.

Biblical times are ahead and much worse than he realizes because of President Bush and Islamic militants. Religion on both sides of the issue guaranteed it.

We all knew Iraq and Afghanistan were mistakes but we do not matter. Gates said if we have to go after DPRK we will use air and navy and they are not over extended. They will be if that and Iran happens! Any sane man would have saved themselves for eventualities as they will arise like it or not. That said, we are in this to win and win we must so we can go home and fight from there as this is still barely beginning.

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Jean-Michel Cousteau on the gulf disaster: This is the greatest environmental disaster of our lifetimes and it has only just begun

With the Gulf of Mexico oil spill still increasing, Jean-Michel Cousteau urges widespread involvement to ban any new offshore oil drilling and to increase support for renewable energy.

Jean-Michel Cousteau interviews Billy Nungesser, President of the Plaquemines Parish in Louisiana, where oil is now entering nearby marshes. Matt Ferraro of the Ocean Futures Expedition Team explores the now oily marsh and finds plants and animals coated in oil.

Dispatch from the Gulf Oil Spill: Philippe Cousteau Tours the ..

This is the greatest environmental disaster of our lifetimes and it has only just begun. Photos and videos from Cousteau in the Gulf of Mexico. Jean-Michel Cousteau, one of the world's leading ocean explorers, has spoken of his “frustration at the human species” over the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster.

This is going around the world as it is going to the Gulf stream. I was ridiculed when I first said that but with the likes of Jean Michael Cousteau stating this is a chain that will kill everything it touches in the ocean and everything that lives because of it "think about that" also that it will get into every other ocean we have still unfolding a disaster of epic proportions just beginning to unfold.

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma

President Layed Out Security Strategy to West Point Grads Based in Diplomacy, warns of Biblical future!

President Layed Out Security Strategy to West Point Grads Based in Diplomacy

President Obama correctly predicts Biblical times are ahead but we will be victorious as long as all Nations hold together. He is right! He drew sharp contrasts to the go it alone war monger Bush he proceeds. Biblical times are ahead and much worse than he realizes because of President Bush and Islamic militants. Religion on both sides of the issue guaranteed it.

As we have said for years, religious wars are the longest and the worst and at the same time we are destroying the planet.Remember 5 years ago: The Raising Of a Christian Crusader Army

Remember when Bush was first looking for an excuse to attack Iraq to get into the Middle East and establish a new Middle East order? I will spare you but I did a story called Bush's 10 point plan for attacking Iraq. That was because Bush changed his excuse and reason for attacking 10 times before he found one people fell for. One theme however remained constant.

He was doing Gods work and he was on a Crusade. As usual he slipped and spoke the truth. Bush on national television called his quest a crusade. It really was no accident but the country took offense as they should have and the verbiage was changed as we were smart enough to know the sh@% would hit the fan with Islam and the world if that were the case. Many of us knew it was though denied but advertising that stupidity would have been to our demise.

As usual the truth will again be denied but it is coming out. The truth about the perverted Christians and their new crusades is coming out. This would have gone over well with our allies and the Muslim world wouldn't it have? What the hell was wrong with that idiot? No wait a minute I know. The Islamists, the Muslim world, and us were right all along once again. To Rummy and Bush this was a Religious war.

Rummy was quoting Biblical passages to Bush to update his endeavors and Crusades in Iraq and the Middle East. We knew the idiot thought he talked to God. We knew he thought God told him to go back to the Middle East and straighten out its problems. We knew the fool was talking to someone but it was not God. Well we were right! It was Rummy the Dummy who was filling his full of crap. Rummy was appealing to his perverted Christian Crusader mind or lack there of.

Rumsfeld's use of Biblical military quotes in his daily reports to psyche Bush up makes sense. All along there were those who said Bush was being misled and played by those he trusted. Me I was not sure. Now I do! It now looks like Bush was played, a pawn of more than Cheney's. The chief idiot was being played by everyone. Rumsfeld used quotes from the bible to fire up and manipulate Little Georgie.

Daily DOD reports and classified briefings were covered with militaristic Crusader quotes from the Bible about fighting and winning battles. Proverbs and Isaiah were favorites. Bush loved the imagery and symbolism. Bush suspected early on the Rumsfeld was over his head so he played Bush into complacency by appealing to his inflated Evangelical Crusader ego.

I guess Rummy was overwhelmed as we knew he was. Rumsfeld did not want to help during Katrina either. All he had to do was send the 82nd that was not in Iraq or combat ready but they would have made the difference in New Orleans. Bush did not even know what was going on there until he saw the awful truth on a video. To his credit he chastised Rummy for his inactivity saying it looked like a third world country. Sadly some of it still does. Rumsfeld mixed Bible with intelligence for Bush: report

Anyway I wished then and still do that Bush would have been honest and up front about his Christian Crusader reasons for attacking Iraq as it never would have happened and he knew it. I am so sick of living a lie but in this instance, of Bush being called deeply Religious. He was deeply religiously perverted. If the public and the world knew Bush was Using Religious scripture to justify this war it would have been devastating.

* In closing we now know for a fact that Bush was using the Christian Religion to justify inflicting horror against Islam. As we said from Day one, Bush was doing the same thing we have been accusing Al Qaeda and all the so called Islamists of doing. That reminds me of one of the quotes Rummy used. It is God's will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men. Peter 2:12 Does that apply to Bush co too? Intelligence was cherry picked and justified military action by feeding Bush Biblical military quotes. Republicans are down playing this as nothing new. Which means it is of consequence. Bush was after all talking attacking a Muslim Nation justified by Christian Biblical quotes. You bet this is of consequence!
Yes President Obama is right, Biblical times are ahead but we will prevail as long as we syay together. I am very thankful we have Obama at the helm and not the loser Bush!

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma

Monday, May 24, 2010

It is horrible to watch your country implode! The latest in this end is the Texas textbook massacre!

Texas rewriting history, changing school text books to teach conservative values

Texas rewriting history, changing school text books to teach conservative values. It is horrible to watch your country implode! The latest in this end is the Texas textbook massacre! It is a terrible thing to watch your your country, your homeland, your place of birth implode. I so wanted to pass this great nation on to my Grandchildren in the condition it was when I was lucky enough to be born here.

It is terrible to think of our Grandchildren's future in this mess we have made of our beautiful united America and our world. Remember America the Beautiful? United we stand divided we fall? I am afraid not enough do and we are in serious trouble! What a shameful legacy we have built and are leaving. We have nothing to be proud of and I am sick with what we have done to what we were left.

Texas State Board of Education approves new curriculum standards

Textbooks are being changed, slavery denied, Christianity advocated, and separation of church and state denied. The NRA is being promoted too and this is sick. I was in the NRA in high school but having it pushed in school with lying conservative values instead of the truth is only designed to destroy our union. This is shameful!

They say we have gone too far and they want to reign in Liberalism. This is a terrible development no matter what they say. These books are sent all around the country. I know we supposedly keep learning. We always hear that we are still a work in process which I never understood.

I thought we were making a more perfect union? This is too much! In the past I have often said time only goes one way, forward! You can turn a clock back but it is still the same time it was. Texas is attempting to go back and undo all we have accomplished, to teach our children a known lie. I am sick!

I like and respect President Clinton. I respect what he has done for the country and the world especially since leaving office. However his shenanigans with Monica Lewinsky allowed the perverted religious right to gain too much power and influence. The result was Bush and the devolution of our America, the world, and existing world order.

Capitalism has run amok as you know. The latest example is the BP oil deluge being allowed to destroy our environment. It will be much worse than they know, realize, or will admit let alone care. Knowing this I am sickened at the likes of Rand Paul castigating President Obama saying he is un-American for being so angry at BP. That is BS! Obama is being very pro American, world, and our America, anti corporatocracy and that is the problem.

* In closing, Rand calls BP's wanton crime a mistake, come on! Since President Obama was elected the right has endeavored to destroy his efforts for a better Democracy, equality, and a more perfect union. They want a return to the mess Bush made, a return to two economies. As you know, we have heard for a while now calls for Texas to secede, a second revolution. Teaching Conservative lies and idiocy in our schools go hand in hand with this. I am sick!

Texas board adopts new social studies curriculum

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma

Sunday, May 23, 2010

The proud ignorance of tea party darling Rand Paul!

Rachel Maddow vs Rand Paul

The Proud Ignorance of Rand Paul

Rachel Maddow had Rand Paul squirming and looking for a way out. He does not stand a chance against a Democrat period!   Rand is against institutional racism in that every restaurant must allow everyone in the door. He goes on to say they have the right to decide who sits at their counter or is allowed to use their bathroom. That guy is gone!

Chris Matthews Discovers Rand Paul's Extreme Views on Civil Rights ...

He is his fathers son after all! Attorney General Jack Conway is the Democratic nominee for Senate in Kentucky. He'll face Republican Rand Paul in November. Piece of cake!

Rand would like to repeal the Civil Rights Act of 1964. He said that he would like to repeal the Americans With Disabilities Act and let the private marketplace take care of it. In a state like Kentucky, he wants to do away with the Department of Agriculture, he wants to do away with the Department of Education.

Rand Paul: Obama's criticism of BP 'un-American'  What the hell is he on? BP should be hung out to dry!

     Rand Paul: Obama's criticism of BP 'un-American' 

Taking another unconventional stand, Kentucky's Republican Senate nominee Rand Paul criticized President Barack Obama's handling of the Gulf oil spill Friday as anti-business and sounding "really un-American. What? What Obama is doing is very pro American and our America not the corporatocracy. Rand Paul said sometimes accidents happen. That was no accident! Their never ending resultant lies are no accident either. Defending BP is un-American and again shows Rand Paul has no place in our Government.

I respect his father but like his Father he has a lot of flaky views and is his own worse enemy! Kentucky is hurting like the rest of the country. Like the rest of the country they do not want to go backwards. The masses do not want a return to Republicanism which caused all the problems they are living today. Any Democrat merely has to stay true to the people and help them. Republicans will continue to defeat themselves.

Rand wants businesses and restaurants to have the right to keep Blacks from using their bathrooms and eating at their lunch counters. Get real! He says civil rights is a violation of the 1st amendment. His Libertarianism has already gotten him in trouble. Like his father too many of his views are anti society. This guy is toast!

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Pakistan arrests Army Major complicit with Taliban and Faisal Shahzad! Pakistan must be aware alert and relentless

Shahzad's Taliban connection

To me that guy was just a dupe with all the prerequisites to look like a half assed terror attempt. They made a little smoke and proved their point. They have the capability to amass a car bomb somewhere off location drive it to New York city or wherever and detonate it.

     You know the Pakistani Taliban have been threatening us with a wave of attacks now they know it is possible. There is no smoking gun or in this case a car or a van just a detonation capable of bring down city blocks and killing and maiming hundreds of innocent civilians. They are praising people for being vigilant. If they were vigilant Shahzad would not have made it to the point of parking the vehicle there loaded with what "could" have been put together to be lethal.

     People, all people in every neighborhood better start paying attention to what is going on around them. Be nosy! Ask questions, notify police of suspicious behavior in your neighborhood. We have been warned, They now know we are vulnerable to their standard methods of terror right here. We all better be alert and be prepared, this is coming period!
     I am actually more concerned with Pakistan. We know Faisal's father is a retired Pakistani air marshal. We know he had help getting to Waziristan and getting connected with Pakistani Taliban who gave him training and money. What I am bothered by is that after all this time and house cleaning by Pakistan of those in the military with Taliban ties, sympathies, and those clandestinely aiding them we find this out.

     I have to wonder if this Major first, knew Faisal's Father. Secondly it is obvious that Pakistan's Government, the military, and the
Inter-Services Intelligence "the super secret ISI" will always have sympathizers towards the militants and against us and their Government. We will always have to have our own "black ops" keeping keenly aware of what is happening behind the scenes there. We can never relent period!

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma

Friday, May 21, 2010

Louisiana fears oil onshore is just the start as Congressman says Oil Leak Estimate was Dead Wrong', "you mean a lie" Watch the live cam!

Congressman: Oil Leak Estimate 'Dead Wrong'

On Wednesday, Representative Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts wrote a letter to Lamar McKay, chief executive of BP America, asking the company to make its real-time camera feed of the gulf oil spill publicly available.

BP has complied, and the feed is up at the Web site of the Energy and Commerce Committee, of which the Democratic lawmaker is chairman. Now, the only problem is that the site’s servers are unable to handle the traffic. As of early this afternoon, the video was not viewable. “We’re working around the clock as we speak to fix this,” said Eben Burnham-Snyder, a spokesman for Mr. Markey. “The enormous demand for this video means that it’s now taxing the servers.”

Mr. Markey had hoped that the video, from 5,000 feet below the oceans surface, would better inform both scientists and the general public. “This video will allow the world to see the damage that is occurring in our oceans, and reinforce the urgency to end this disaster,” he said in a press release. watch the live feed, this is terrible

LIVE: Oil leak cam shows gusher

Latest Footage of Gas Burn Off at BP Oil Spill Site and BP calls this an industrial accident? BP, under fire, says its oil leak control advances

They call this an industrial accident? WTF? * BP says now capturing 5,000 barrels per day of crude, what That should mean it is capped since they kept saying 5,000 gallons per day were leaking.
* U.S. wants independent verification of leak quantity! What the hell did they wait so long for?

* Louisiana governor says heavy oil sheets coming ashore. oil is in the loop heading for the gulf stream and BP says it is only a little. To them we know a little is a lot! Many of us figured the truth to be 200000 barrels per day at a minimum and the damage so far is proving that to be true.

I am disgusted with BP. They are still lying and downplaying this. Thick oil is now in the Mississippi river delta 10 miles in. I am thinking those massive underwater plumes are going under the booms and entering the Delta and estuaries.

Louisiana fears oil onshore is just the start

Florida prepares for oil spill; BP exec says Gulf `will recover'

Last week some were accusing me of fear mongering for saying we were being lied to, this was much more monstrous and devastating than we were being told, and this was going into the Gulf stream period. It is all true and much worse. This is the worst possible scenario as thick oil is 10 miles into the Mississippi river delta destroying the marshland and it is in the loop headed for the East coast. while BP admits the so called leak is 10 times worse than they admitted. I am disgusted!

James Joiner

Gardner, Ma

North and South Korea closer to war than ever!

South Korea 'to formally blame North Korea' for ship sinking It's done now what's next?

US military cancels annual S. Korea evacuation exercise

Obama Promises to Back South Korean Response to Ship Sinking

North Korea calls rare parliament session, silent on agenda

South Korean Foreign Minister Yu Myung-hwan told local reporters earlier that the involvement of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) in the Cheonan incident was "obvious," saying that the ongoing investigation has revealed that the previously unidentified explosion was caused by "the detonation of a torpedo."

Of course the DPRK denied any involvement and warned that South Korea was “seriously mistaken if it thinks it can weather its domestic crisis by misleading the public opinion through such trite campaign as straining the situation and bedeviling the inter-Korean relations. They warned of merciless and resolute measures to US and South Korean war mongering. DPRK accuses South Korea of worsening relations over warship sinking

I refuse to believe the US and South Korea would be purposely trying to keep the two Korea's divided but feel free to set me straight.Kim Tae Woo senior North Korea Analyst at the Korea Institute says the extremes will be avoided, that is doing nothing and tit for tat retaliation. The US and South Korea will together go before the UN and request tighter sanctions.

Personally I had big hopes that Kim Jong Il was trying to pave the way for peace and for his son to take over when he died. It does not look that way for sure. That said we know Kim Jong Il was just in China looking for money and more help. China is critical in Asia's future and resolving the issues between the Korea's as we have said numerous times. I hope they step up!

As we discussed in the past, being North Korea's next door neighbor China has more at stake than anyone except North Korea. They must do more! China does not seem to have the leverage they use to or I thought they had. They do have an abstract leverage! They should want to be key players here. They are our banker and we owe them trillions. Being North Korea's immediate neighbor they would be the recipient of hundreds of thousands of refugees if not more. Regardless of the past that is gone. We have to be concerned with the future now.

China is increasingly getting more clout in the world's finance structure and in Asia. I hope they step up here and do what they can to play peace maker and resolve this issue. They have a lot at stake here and I hope they step up!

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Experts rightly say the climate is our biggest security threat as the Worlds Water wars increase

Upriver Nile Countries Sign New Nile Treaty Without Down-river Countries

Entebbe, Uganda (AHN) - Four East African countries signed an agreement on Friday seeking more water from the River Nile - a move strongly opposed by Egypt and Sudan.

East Africa seeks more Nile water from Egypt

Three years ago I decided to Google water wars as I know there are many problems developing daily around the world as countries harness water sources running through their land and was horrified at what I was finding. There were 136,000 stories encompassing water wars around the world. Let alone within ones own boundaries. What the hell is wrong with the world? We are already at war! We are already in the fight of our lives, why are we racing to end them? The Washington Post had a good article. Global warming will intensify drought, and it will intensify floods: As the air gets warmer, there will be more water in the atmosphere. That’s settled science. Where the atmosphere is configured to have high pressure and droughts, global warming will mean long, dry periods. Where the atmosphere is configured to be wet, you will get more rain, more gully washers.”

The droughts will be especially bad. How bad? Richard Seager, a senior researcher at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, looked at 19 computer models of the future under current global warming trends. He found remarkable consistency: Sometime before 2050, the models predicted, the Southwest will be gripped in a dry spell akin to the Great Dust Bowl drought that lasted through most of the 1930s. Droughts and water shortages already been driving conflict around the globe: The potential for conflict is more than theoretical. Turkey, Syria and Iraq bristle over the Euphrates and Tigris rivers. Sudan, Ethiopia and Egypt trade threats over the Nile. The United Nations has said water scarcity is behind the bloody wars in Sudan’s Darfur region. In Somalia, drought has spawned warlords and armies. Already, the World Health Organization says, 1 billion people lack access to potable water. In northern China, retreating glaciers and shrinking wetlands that feed the Yangtze River prompted researchers to warn that water supplies for hundreds of millions of people may be at risk. This was 3 years ago! Water wars will worsen

Water has emerged as a key issue that could determine if Asia is headed toward cooperation or competition. No country would influence that direction more than China, which controls the Tibetan plateau, the source of most major rivers of Asia. Tibet's vast glaciers and high altitude have endowed it with the world's greatest river systems. Its rivers are a lifeline to the world's two most-populous states - China and India - as well as to Bangladesh, Burma, Bhutan, Nepal, Cambodia, Pakistan, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. These countries make up 47 percent of the global population.

Yet Asia is a water-deficient continent. Although home to more than half of the human population, Asia has less fresh water - 3,920 cubic meters per person - than any continent other than the Antarctica and China is taking it. The looming struggle over water resources in Asia has been underscored by the spread of irrigated farming, water-intensive industries and a growing middle class that wants high water-consuming comforts like washing machines and dishwashers. Household water consumption in Asia is rising rapidly, although several major economies there are acutely water-stressed. The specter of water wars in Asia is also being highlighted by climate change and environmental degradation in the form of shrinking forests and swamps that foster a cycle of chronic flooding and droughts. The Himalayan snow melt that feeds Asia's great rivers could be accelerated by global warming. Man am I naive! Yesterday I couldn't understand China's wanting to control Tibet, the Himalaya's, and the Dali Lama, today I know. Asia's water wars

We talk often about the worlds growing food and water wars however it is worsening right here! A "water war," worsening droughts and a growing, thirsty population make the Catawba-Wateree river system the most endangered river in the country, an environmental advocacy group announced Wednesday. With the designation, American Rivers hopes to focus public attention on what it called "backwards water management plans" and to push legislators in North Carolina and South Carolina to approve water-sharing agreements that would regulate users and water levels left in the rivers and streams. The Catawba flows from the North Carolina mountains and joins the Wateree in the Midlands. The system provides nearly half the water that flows into the Marion-Moultrie lakes, the source of drinking water for most of the Low country. The system is the focus of a South Carolina lawsuit against North Carolina over proposed water withdrawals from its basin. The lawsuit is now being heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The "endangered" designation comes as South Carolina legislators grapple with a proposed state water plan, a law that would create a permitting system and set withdrawal limits for most large surface water users. Having a plan is pivotal to being able to work out water-sharing agreements with neighboring states and might be vital to winning the Supreme Court lawsuit. But the proposed plan has business and environmental interests, including American Rivers, hotly lobbying legislators over whose use and how much use it would restrict. The designation also comes as the waterway recovers from six months of drought in both states that led to communities along the rivers mandating water conservation measures. On Wednesday, the State Drought Committee declared much of South Carolina to be in a less severe drought, but the state as a whole is still in drought or threatened with drought.

The Washington-based environmental group annually ranks 10 "most endangered" rivers across the country to push conservation efforts for them. In 2005, the Santee River was named the sixth-most-endangered as the Santee-Cooper hydro-electric project underwent a contentious federal relicensing. Gerrit Jobsis, American Rivers' conservation director in the Southeast, called the Catawba-Wateree system a poster child for the kind of lapses in regional planning that lead to water shortages and Western-style "water wars" now erupting in this region. "It really is ground zero for a collision between limited water supply and unchecked population growth," Jobsis said. "Both states are guilty of having poor water management planning and regulation in place to deal with today's water issues. This is our time to get it right. The best, fastest, cheapest way of protecting water supplies is to initiate water conservation efforts." "It certainly highlights that water problem we are having. Hopefully, it leads to greater attention. We need legislation in this state and legislation is being considered," he said. This is fromk 2008 Most endangered rivers in the Nation

You know about Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, and surprisingly to me Florida, let alone the expected States of California and Nevada and most other States, Lakes, and Rivers. It blew me away to hear my favorite wilderness river was in major trouble. This list is not good for entire Country.

The country's most endangered rivers, according to Washington-based advocacy group American Rivers:
1. Catawba-Wateree River
2. Rogue River (Ore.)
3. Cache la Poudre River (Colo.)
4. St. Lawrence River (N.Y., Canada)
5. Minnesota River (S.D., Minn.)
6. St. John River (Fla.)
7. Gila River (N.M., Ariz.)
8. Allagash Wilderness Waterway (Maine)
9. Pearl River (M.S., La.)
10. Niobrara River (Wyo, Neb.)

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

BP doubles estimate of oil siphoned from leak: who the hell cares? Their and Salazar’s lie is headed to the gulf stream!

BP doubles estimate of oil siphoned from leak

Obama to name special panel on oil disaster
Oil, dispersants could smother deep-sea reefs
BP rig inspections were fewer than advertised

Hurricane season nears, adding to worries

This is a catastrophe! "All efforts on the shoreline and at sea, the booms and structures and rigs involved in cleanup and containment, could stop working."As thousands of spill responders gird for a cleanup that could last for months or years after the leaking well is capped, weather and ocean currents are emerging as major unknowns, raising anxiety levels, economic and environmental stakes in the Gulf as storm season nears.
Compounding the uncertainty is how little research has been done on how storms affect oil spills. Some believe storm surges may help disperse the oil off shore or break down the slick. Other research suggests the oil slick itself could keep storms from gathering strength.

NYT: Large undersea plumes found innumerable and the one they measured was 10 miles by 30 miles and 300 feet thick!
nteractive: Trajectory of the oil spill

It is too frigging late now, it was a given from day one we were lied to, this was disastrous, it was monstrously larger than they are still admitting, and it was head to the Gulf stream. Anyway now Scientists are worried that oil is streaming into a major ocean current that could carry it through the Florida Keys and up the East Coast.

please watch the video Whistleblower More than a year before the Deepwater Horizon exploded, a veteran oil industry manager raised concerns about BP's safety practices on an offshore platform. NBC's Lisa Myers reports.

watch asBP's haste lays waste to Gulf waters Rachel Maddow shares reports that BP's pressure on Transocean to skip steps in the drilling process to expedite oil extraction from the well led to the explosion that killed 11 workers and created an ecological catastrophe.

The day this happened and I warned of the enormous lie and definite catastrophe as this is a frigging oil well not a pipeline. I warned of the obvious fact that this was going to enter the gulf stream and head up the East coast before it crossed the Atlantic hit Europe and Norway before it went full circle. During its course it will hit all the other currents as they are interconnected.

Look at the illustrations and read about the influence the Gulf Stream has on the entire world. The Gulf Stream - An Overview of the Gulf Stream Current in the ... Images of the Gulf stream current around the world

Supposedly the Government said the tar balls have started washing up at Key West and they were 6 or 8 inches wide. I saw a report and there was 20 and they were up to 30 inch tar balls. Secretary Salazar's head should roll along with Bush Cheney and all the rest of those involved with this oil lie. They better close them down before we have a worse disaster there. Supposedly there are worse wells there that would dwarf this horrific mess.

Salazar says the Government is partially responsible for not doing their job and enforcing the law. That gets BP off the hook. Screw them, drain the swamp. We and the world have to live with this somehow. As we said from day one, it does not take a so called expert or a scientist, this is going to be enormous and is already catastrophic. Look at the big picture! Look down the future! They brag they spent 650 million so far. Just shut up!

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Despite call for united front Somali Piracy surges: There is a simple solution

EU naval officer: Piracy in Somali Basin "surges"

UN chief urges fight against piracy

EU's top diplomat warns over piracy ahead of Africa visit

Medvedev urges tougher measures for punishing pirates

There is a simple solution here now and Somalia has supplied it! It would be nice if we could feed the people there and get cooperation but that is not going to happen. The firing of mortars at Representative Payne's plane shows it is not even safe to be there. We do know where the Pirates come from. We know where they live. We know where they are. I listened to an expert and for once he had it right. Must be because he was foreign. Anyway he said he knows where they come from. He said it was two clans in northern Somalia. I hope to hell someone is talking to him on the sly.

Somali pirate's made $80 million from ransom's last year. We pissed them off! They have made a lucrative business of intimidating the world's shipping interests. It has become a game to them and they up to now have killed no one. We had to react the way we did but the ante has now been upped! Black Hawk Down taught us years ago we can not even help these people. We certainly can not leave them to fester either.

We can deal with this but I have not heard the right answers yet at least not from our so called experts. With one million miles of ocean to cover there, there is only one way to do this. We do not have enough ships in the world to monitor and secure all shipping interests in the world in the Indian ocean the way it is done now but a 3 pronged attack at the issue would bear instant results.

* 1. Let Puntland monitor the coastline and the gulf given the equipment they need. Seems like a good business for them and it would be a win, win for us. 2. Sounds like a great job for unmanned drones. One of the links above show we are thinking of attacking pirate bases. We should do that but should be watching with the drones land and sea areas. Lastly 3. This most definitely will work and I can not believe it is not employed. We have already moved the shipping lane to now 20 miles off the coast. That should be a safe zone! Anyone in it must be preregistered. It can be as wide as specified with a one mile buffer zone. Any little boat screwing around in there should be immediately sunk no questions asked. These guys are obvious as they did with the Alabama they harass ships for weeks. This is no game and we must start treating this like the serious issue it is!

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma