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Saturday, January 20, 2007

Sojourners': A Leftist Political Rag Posing as Christian Org

Washington, DC (TLS). Sojourners' is a so-called 'Christian ministry,' complete with a magazine by the same name, that since 1971 has been the rallying-point of extreme leftist politics. As you will see in the article below, Sojourners is actually a left-wing political group that does its work under the guise of being 'a Christian organization.'

The truth is that Sojourners uses Christian terminology to advance an anti-American, anti-free enterprise, and pro-Communist agenda.

'Discover the Networks' submits the following expose':

'Giving voice to Sojourners' intense anti-Americanism, Jim Wallis called the U.S. "the great power, the great seducer, the great captor and destroyer of human life, the great master of humanity and history in its totalitarian claims and designs."

'In the 1980s the Sojourners community actively embraced "liberation theology," rallying to the cause of communist regimes that had seized power especially in Latin America, with the promise of bringing about the revolutionary restructuring of society. Particularly attractive for the ministry's religious activists was the Communist Sandinista regime that took power in Nicaragua in 1979. Clark Pinnock, a disaffected former member of Sojourners, revealed in 1985 that the community's members had been "100 percent in favor of the Nicaraguan revolution."'

Read the complete story here:
  • Sojourners Expose'
  • Here Comes Hillary

    Washington, DC (TLS). Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-NY, has announced her bid for the Democrat Presidential nomination today. The announcement comes as no surprise, and indeed it is rather anti-climactic, given that everyone has known for years that this was her ultimate goal.

    My friends, if you think there is ample ammunition to use against Barack Hussein Obama, just wait till we get to work on Hillary's long involvement in political and social policy. Hillary's statements through the years will be ample evidence that she, like Obama, is an extremist leftist.

    It is to be noted that Hillary is on The Liberty Sphere Blacklist for voting to squelch the free speech rights of bloggers and grassroots citizens' organizations.

    Her candidacy will be a field-day for writers like me. Welcome to the campaign, Mrs. Clinton!

    Weekly Standard Blows Whistle on Duke University

    Washington, DC (TLS). Charlotte Allen, writing in The Weekly Standard, has blown the whistle on Duke University as a co-conspirator in the scheme to accuse, try, and convict the three Duke lacrosse players falsely accused of rape.

    As Allen's carefully detailed article shows, Duke University was aided and abetted by a most willing accomplice--the mainstream media.

    'Mike Nifong's handling of the case was clearly outrageous. But he would probably not have gone so far, indeed would not have dared to go so far, had he not been egged on by two other groups that rushed just as quickly to judge the three accused young men guilty of gross and racially motivated carnal violence. Despite the repeated attempts by the three to clear themselves, a substantial and vocal percentage--about one-fifth--of the Duke University arts and sciences faculty and nearly all of the mainstream print media in America quickly organized themselves into a hanging party. Throughout the spring of 2006 and indeed well into the late summer, Nifong had the nearly unanimous backing of this country's (and especially Duke's) intellectual elite as he explored his lurid theories of sexual predation and racist stonewalling.'

    Read the rest of 'Duke's Tenured Vigilantes' here:
  • Weekly Standard
  • Celebrate Victories But Don't Forget the Battle Isn't Over

    Well, my friends, there is much to celebrate here at The Liberty Sphere on this fine Saturday morning. And a friendly 'top 'o the morning' to each of you! I hope you have a great Saturday.

    I am still basking in the clear victory we achieved over the Democrat traitors in the Senate who attempted to silence bloggers, grassroots citizens' groups, and small issues-oriented enterprises by requiring us to register with Congress before we could encourage you, the readers, to contact your Senators and Representatives concerning pending legislation. Because of you and your willingness to let your voices be heard, it has been reported that the Senate was swamped with emails, petitions, phone calls, and faxes expressing sheer outrage over what they were about to do. The majority in the Senate, 55 to be exact, heard the outcry of the people and voted to strip Section 220 from bill S.1.

    A hearty thank-you goes to Senators Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, and Robert Bennett of Utah, for sponsoring the amendment to strip the ethics bill of its liberty-robbing language.

    We can all celebrate this victory.

    However, let's not forget that the battle isn't over, unfortunately.

    We must remember that 43 Democrats voted to silence the free speech of the grassroots citizens. If you think for one minute that they will let one defeat stop their march of madness against American liberty, think again.

    The House of Representatives has yet to formulate its own version of 'lobbying reform.' We can rest assured that Nancy Pelosi's gang of thugs will attempt to do the same thing Senate Democrats tried to do--silence free speech. Thus, we must be ever-vigilant. The forces in the U.S. Congress that seek to rob the citizens of their Constitutional rights are strong, forceful, and persistent.

    We need to gear up to fight the House version of lobbying reform should a provision be included that would severely hamper citizens from influencing others to contact Congress concerning pending legislation.

    But that's not all.

    Let's not forget that Congress is also poised to re-submit a version of the old so-called 'fairness doctrine,' which would give Democrats, liberals, and other liberty-robbers free air time to respond to talk radio hosts such as Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. The 'fairness doctrine' was dropped from federal law in the mid-1980s after the television and radio airwaves had been totally dominated by liberal bias for over 40 years.

    With the mainstream media still solidly liberal, seeking to elect Democrats to Congress and the White House, talk radio immediately arose as a powerful alternative in the late 1980s. It is precisely because we do NOT have a 'fairness doctrine' that conservative voices are heard.

    How is this the case?

    The liberal media denies it has a liberal bias. Thus, we would be consistently denied any demands for equal time to respond to the likes of Katie Couric, or Matt Lauer, or George Stephanopolis, or that Matthews creep on CNN. However, you can bet your bottom dollar that radio stations would be forced to provide free equal time to liberals if those stations air programs like Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity.

    And this is precisely why the so-called 'fairness doctrine' is actually the 'unfairness doctrine.' The deck will be stacked against conservative voices by the mainstream liberal media. Conservative talk radio will be silenced.

    So you see, this is another veiled attack on freedom of speech by Democrats in Congress. The consideration of the fairness doctrine will be coming up soon. We must be ready to fight it, just as we did the personal lobbying section of the ethics bill.

    I have every confidence that you who are the readers of The Liberty Sphere and other guardians of liberty will come through once again by defeating the fairness doctrine. I will keep you posted on this continually breaking story.

    Until then, have a GREAT day! And thanks again.

    Friday, January 19, 2007

    The Liberty Sphere Blacklist--SENATE TRAITORS!

    Washington, DC (TLS). As promised earlier today, The Liberty Sphere will publish the names of elected officials in the Senate and House who vote to place unnecessary and highly subversive restrictions on liberty. The Senate voted 55-43 to strip the new ethics reform bill of its provision to make criminals out of those of us who encourage citizens to contact their lawmakers concerning pending legislation.

    Democrats had vowed to keep the ominous Section 220 in the bill, criminalizing the encouraging of citizens to contact Congress concerning legislation. In order to engage in this activity legally, had the bill passed with Section 220, bloggers, grassroots organizations, and other citizens would have had to fill out endless forms and inquiries in order to gain 'permission' from Congress to exercise free speech.

    Senators Mitch McConnell and Robert Bennett, both Republicans, submitted an amendment to strip the bill of its free-speech robbing provisions.


    The Liberty Sphere is posting their names below for the simple reason that these traitors of American liberty voted to keep in the ethics bill a provision that would have criminalized influencing citizens to contact their lawmakers without prior approval of Congress. In our opinion, that makes them traitors. And thus, this is 'The Liberty Sphere Blacklist.'

    I am appalled, in fact, that some names are on this list. James Webb, the supposed 'conservative' Democrat from Virginia, voted against free speech. Joseph Lieberman, of all people, voted against free speech. I am, frankly, shocked and saddened that Lieberman would betray those of us who thought he was above such underhanded, subversive schemes.

    It is to be noted that not a single Republican Senator voted to squelch free speech.

    We have a Constitutional right under the provision of free speech, to freely petition our government without ANY restriction. But, as is so often the case, Democrats obviously think that any liberty is fair game in their subversive scheme to rob citizens of the rights GUARANTEED in the U.S. Constitution.


    Akaka (D-HI)
    Biden (D-DE)
    Bingaman (D-NM)
    Boxer (D-CA)
    Brown (D-OH)
    Byrd (D-WV)
    Cantwell (D-WA)
    Cardin (D-MD)
    Carper (D-DE)
    Casey (D-PA)
    Clinton (D-NY)
    Dodd (D-CT)
    Durbin (D-IL)
    Feingold (D-WI)
    Feinstein (D-CA)
    Harkin (D-IA)
    Inouye (D-HI)
    Kennedy (D-MA)
    Kerry (D-MA)
    Klobuchar (D-MN)
    Kohl (D-WI)
    Lautenberg (D-NJ)
    Leahy (D-VT)
    Levin (D-MI)
    Lieberman (ID-CT)
    Lincoln (D-AR)
    McCaskill (D-MO)
    Menendez (D-NJ)
    Mikulski (D-MD)
    Murray (D-WA)
    Nelson (D-FL)
    Obama (D-IL)
    Pryor (D-AR)
    Reed (D-RI)
    Reid (D-NV)
    Rockefeller (D-WV)
    Sanders (I-VT)
    Schumer (D-NY)
    Stabenow (D-MI)
    Tester (D-MT)
    Webb (D-VA)
    Whitehouse (D-RI)
    Wyden (D-OR)


    Washington, DC (TLS). The U.S. Senate voted today to pass an ethics reform bill, S.1, but without the ominous provisions of Section 220, which would have required bloggers, grassroots organizations, and other citizens to get the approval of Congress before influencing fellow citizens to contact their lawmakers concerning pending legislation. Senators Mitch McConnell, R-KY, and Robert Bennett, R-UT, submitted an amendment to the bill that stripped it of its overt infringement upon free speech.

    Had it not been for you, the readers, the citizens, who rose up in defiance and contacted your Congressmen and Senators, the Democrats would have slipped into law the most damaging attack on freedom of speech ever witnessed in the history of this country. Sources in Washington indicate that Senators were inundated with phone calls, letters, faxes, and emails decrying the provisions of Section 220.

    Your voices were heard.

    However, it is to be noted that 43 Senators voted AGAINST the McConnell-Bennett amendment! This means that 43 Senators ignored the overwhelming objections of citizens by doggedly attempting to ram through the Senate a bill containing provisions that would hamstring individual citizens, grassroots organizations, and bloggers in their attempt to alert the public about pending legislation. These 43 Senators would have made criminals out of those of us who criticize Congress, unless we secured approval from Congress first.

    This outright, open, brazen attack on our Constitutional right of freedom of speech is a sad and dangerous chapter in American history. Thus, in keeping with The Liberty Sphere's policy of publishing the names of lawmakers whose votes pose a threat to liberty, we will post the names of each and every Senator who voted against the McConnell-Bennett amendment.

    It is our fervent desire that you, the citizen, become aware of the threats to American liberty that exist RIGHT WITHIN THE HALLS OF CONGRESS!

    In an earlier article I referred to these scoundrels as traitors. While the precise definition of 'traitor' refers specifically to acts of aiding America's enemies during wartime, the broader definition fits this gang of thugs very well. What they did is to attempt to silence dissent in this country, to grant 'permission' to exercise freedom of speech. This is nothing less than sheer tyranny, and thus, those who voted in this manner are traitors to their country.

    Thus, before the day is through, the names of Senators who voted against the amendment to strip the lobbying reform bill of its provisions to rob citizens of their freedom of speech will be posted here on The Liberty Sphere.

    Reagan Was Right--Star Wars Technology Is Here

    Washington, DC (TLS). Shocking news has reached the United States late today as China announced that it had shot down a 4 ft. wide obsolete satellite with a missile shot from earth. The satellite was over 500 miles above the earth's surface, proving that China now possesses 'Star Wars' technology that President Ronald Reagan proposed that the U.S. develop 20 years ago during the midst of the Cold War.

    In the early to mid 1980s, President Reagan had made it his top priority to bring down the Communist Soviet Union by building up our military capability to the point that the Russians could not keep up, given their mounting economic woes. Their attempt to match Reagan's massive military build-up eventually broke the backs of the Communists, resulting in the disintegration of the Soviet Union. Prior to that disintegration, Reagan had proposed a visionary, futuristic program of missiles in space that would provide the United States with a 'defensive shield' should a nuclear attack be launched against us. The technology Reagan proposed would involve sophisticated monitoring systems that would detect and intercept missiles before they could reach their target. The missiles would then be shot down in space using our own 'Star Wars' missiles, far above the earth and well out of danger.

    Democrats had a field day with Reagan. So did the mainstream media. They mocked, ridiculed, and denigrated the President for suggesting such a preposterous idea. His proposal was also fodder for late-night comedians on network TV.

    Now let's see who is the real joke.

    While the United States laughed at and ridiculed its President for proposing a bold, visionary step that would greatly enhance our security in a dangerous world, Communist China went to work to develop such technology.

    The result? Communist China now possesses 'Star Wars' technology that poses a major threat to U.S. satellites and information systems that orbit the globe in space.

    The fact that the Communists now have a leg up on the United States in the development of this technology only shows how silly, shortsighted, and outright stupid Reagan's detractors were when he first proposed the system back in the 1980s. Some of these very clowns are still serving in Congress today, and some of their comrades in the mainstream media are still there filling the minds of American citizens with their usual propaganda.

    I would post the names of those who vilified Reagan for his proposal, but I will leave it to you, the reader, to figure that out. It is not difficult. Just look at who has served in Congress the longest on the Democrat side, and look at veteran news reporters who were on the scene 20 years ago.

    Just remember, when it comes time to fix the blame for this unnerving development, look no further than the Democrats and the mainstream media.


    Washington, DC (TLS). Senator Barack Hussein Obama, D-Ill., has become one of the stars of the Democrat Party and the darling of the mainstream news media. As his popularity has grown, fueled by the media frenzy that feeds off of Hollywood-type figures like a drug addict on cocaine, Obama has announced the formation of an exploratory committee to seek the 2008 Democrat Presidential nomination.

    Polls show that Obama's popularity has surged to the point that Hillary Clinton's bid for the nomination has taken a nose-dive among the Party faithful.

    It is clear, therefore, that the Democrat Party faithful find Obama to be an attractive candidate and a person whose views they can fully embrace.

    And this brings us to the problem. We all knew this moment would come. The only question was when.

    Explosive information has surfaced on Barack Hussein Obama that should make it crystal clear that the candidate is entirely outside the American mainstream, so much so that his views can be considered 'radical.' And this speaks volumes about the throngs of Democrats who wish to see this man in the White House.

    Take these verified facts from the record of Obama's eight years in the Illinois state legislature:

    *He voted against allowing citizens to use banned handguns to defend themselves against intruders in their homes.

    *He supported allowing retired police officers to carry concealed weapons but denied that right to average citizens.

    *He supports abortion on demand, receiving a 100% approval rating from Panned Parenthood.

    And the most damning of all, Obama voted against requiring medical care for aborted babies who survive.

    In short, this amounts to infanticide. Obama would not allow medical personnel to provide medical care for babies who survive abortion attempts. This refusal to help the helpless makes Barack Hussein Obama one of the most despicable and dangerous men in America.

    Yet this is the man who would be President--a man the mainstream media loves, and a man that the Democrats are chomping at the bits to place in the White House.

    Perhaps to the faithful within the Democrat Party infanticide is no big deal. Hopefully it is still a big deal to 99% of Americans. Only the most monstrous and barbaric among us would even think about supporting measures to withhold medical care from babies who survive the attempts of misguided, corrupt mothers and medical personnel to kill them.

    Another Congressman Demands Federal Probe of Nifong

    Washington, DC (TLS). U.S. House Representative Peter King, R-NY, has joined a growing chorus of voices demanding a federal investigation of the Duke lacrosse rape scandal and its central figure, D.A. Mike Nifong. On Tuesday of this week, Justice Department officials stated that they had rejected a similar request from Representative Walter Jones, R-NC.

    That rejection prompted a stinging rebuke from King, who wrote to U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez, stating, 'I am deeply disappointed by your apparent decision to defer a decision whether to investigate Mr. Nifong's prosecution of this case.' King maintains that it is essential that the FBI investigate whether the prosecutor violated the civil rights of the defendants, including due process of law.

    However, a spokesman for the Justice Department, stating that it is too early to launch such an investigation, indicated that it would be premature for federal intervention during an ongoing criminal trial in the state of North Carolina.

    That is a big mistake.

    The ongoing trial in North Carolina is a joke. Even with the removal of Nifong, questions swirl over the choice of the N.C. Attorney General as to who would prosecute the case. In a case that is already riddled with conflicts of interest, inflammatory rhetoric, prosecutorial misconduct, and inappropriate comments in the media from the D.A.'s office and Duke University officials and faculty, the North Carolina Attorney General appointed a prosecutor, who once worked with Mike Nifong, to handle the state's case. That prosecutor is none other than Mary Winstead, who worked as an Assistant District Attorney in Durham with Nifong in the late 80s and early 90s.

    This is a highly questionable choice since there is a definite history between Nifong and Winstead. Even if Winstead were an arch enemy of Nifong, such a choice blows to smithereens any objectivity that this case demands. Worse still, if Winstead considers Nifong a longtime friend and colleague, there is certainly no doubt that she will be highly reluctant to handle the case in such a manner as to cast aspersions upon Nifong's work.

    Thus, this begs the question, why would the North Carolina Attorney General choose a person to take over the case that has such a long-standing history with Mike Nifong and with the Durham community as a whole? Would not justice be better served by appointing a prosecutor to the case that has no such history? Objectivity is better served by having the case scrutinized by those who have absolutely no vested interest in the outcome and no personal agenda to save Nifong's reputation.

    This would seem to be a no-brainer. But remember, we are dealing with the North Carolina judicial system.

    The very fact that the N.C. Attorney General would appoint someone like Winstead to the case is ample reason for a federal investigation to be launched right in the middle of this process. In fact, it has become crystal clear that the ONLY way justice will be served is for the U.S. Attorney General to intervene. If the N.C. judicial system, including its Attorney General, cannot be trusted to provide an impartial investigation of this travesty of justice, then perhaps the U.S. Attorney General's office can.

    Pelosi's '9-11 Bill' Leaves Gaping Loopholes in Nation's Security

    Washington, D.C. (TLS). In the haphazard, ill-advised attempt to appear busy at the work of passing legislation for the good of all Americans, Nancy Pelosi's Democrat-controlled House of Representatives has rammed through bills in lightening speed in order to meet the self-imposed 'first 100-hours' deadline. This is not to mention that Pelosi's 'clock' is different from everyone else's, but that is a different story in itself. Pelosi prioritized the so-called '9-11 Commission Bill,' H.R. 1, in order to give Americans the impression that her comrades implemented all the provisions recommended by the 9/11 Commission.

    Nothing could be further from the truth.

    As you will see in the article reprinted below by the Counterterrorism taskforce, Pelosi's bill does nothing to address one of our nation's most glaring loopholes--the immigration problem. Counterterrorism authority Michael Cutler analyzes the bill and finds it woefully inadequate.

    New "9-11 Commission" Bill Does Not Seal Immigration Loopholes
    By Michael Cutler

    I did a cursory review of H.R. 1, the House bill that purportedly addresses the areas of concern raised by the 9-11 Commission, and I found no reference to any enhanced effort to deal with immigration benefit fraud, or to otherwise even mention any effort to improve security within the immigration system. You can read material relating to this legislation here.

    I would urge that you consider the findings of the 9-11 Commission on how the terrorists who attacked our nation gamed the immigration system to enter the United States and to embed themselves within our country. I would also ask you to consider this 2005 report on the immigration fraud perpetrated by scores of foreign-born terrorists who operated in the U.S. False identities are to criminals and terrorists what changes in coloration are to chameleons. False names enable the bad guys to conceal their true identities, criminal histories and intentions. On September 11, 2001 our immigration system became the unwitting accomplice of the terrorists. The failure of the House bill to address the lack of integrity of the immigration system as well as the statements made by many of the politicians from both sides of the aisle and in both houses of Congress has made it clear that for many of our "leaders" the desire for cheap labor and new voters trumps national security and the safety of our citizens.

    A sword of Damocles hangs over our nation, wielded by the terrorists, drug traffickers, gang members and assorted criminals who exploit the vulnerabilities of the immigration system to enter the United States. They would then seek to find and exploit additional vulnerabilities in the immigration system and other bureaucracies to be found in the United States to embed themselves in our country and then carry out their goals, to the extreme detriment of our citizens. For members of Congress and the administration to claim to be following the advice of the 9-11 Commission and then carefully pick and chose those recommendations that they like and thereby simply providing an illusion of attempting to protect our citizens and our nation is simply not acceptable.

    The truth is that the House bill does not address the need to restore meaningful integrity to the immigration system and also secure our nation's borders. The Visa Waiver Program continues on and the President has recently called for the expansion of this program that imperils our nation's security. The proposed legislation does not address this loophole that makes it far easier for criminals and terrorists to enter the United States. While American citizens are required to remove their shoes before boarding airliners because Richard Reid, the notorious "Shoe Bomber" secreted explosives in his shoes. Meanwhile, what is ignored is that as a British citizen, Reid was able to board that airliner he intended to destroy in midair with his bombs, without first applying for and receiving a visa, because of the Visa Waiver Program. We are highly restricted in being able to bring any fluids on board airliners because a number of terrorists had planned to bring quantities of liquids on board airliners that are harmless by themselves, but become explosives when mixed together with other fluids. This ingenious scheme involving binary explosives was put together by more citizens of Great Britain. They too, could have boarded airliners without first obtaining visas.

    Visas also help beleaguered inspectors at ports of entry in the United States better screen foreign visitors seeking entry into the United States. The inspector is supposed to conduct an inspection of an arriving alien in about one minute and decide on the admissibility of that alien. The visa process, if done properly, can help make this process more effective. The visa application contains about 40 questions that can provide invaluable information to law enforcement and intelligence officials should that alien ultimately become the focus of an investigation. If an alien lies on an application for a visa, that lie can result in prosecution for visa fraud. Such fraud is often easier to prove than it is to prove an alien is a terrorist. In fact, terrorist suspects are often charged with visa fraud. If it can be proven that an alien committed visa fraud in conjunction with drug trafficking, the penalty for such fraud increases to a maximum of 20 years in federal custody. The penalty further increases to a maximum of 25 years of incarceration should the alien be found to have committed visa fraud in conjunction with terrorism.

    However, under the Visa Waiver Program, none of these potential benefits can be brought to bear. I have been told that this is the case because the travel, hospitality and airline industries have powerful lobbyists and that they are concerned that the visa requirement would discourage aliens from visiting our country, thereby cutting into their profits. In my judgement, this is a foolish and flawed concern. First of all, in the days, weeks and months after the attacks of September 11,2001, many airlines found a huge drop in the number of passengers buying tickets. Hotels in New York had a significant drop in occupancy rates and the world economy reverberated for years in the aftermath of the attacks. Visas can be issued that are valid for up to 10 years so that well-established travelers can travel as frequently as they desire and apply for a visa once every ten years. Generally, motorists in the United States and in other countries as well, need to spend a day at the dreaded DMV to renew driver's licenses. Yet nobody would refer to that process as unreasonable. Before the attacks of 9-11 we used to be able to arrive at an airport 30 minutes before flight time to take a trip. Today we need to get to the airport at least 2 hours before flight time. If you take a couple of trips a year, you wind up spending more time at airports to comply with the ever more intrusive security requirements than an alien seeking a visa would have to spend at an American embassy or consulate. Yet our government refuses to require visas from the citizens of 27 countries that currently participate in the dangerous Visa Waiver Program. Incidentally, the e-passports that are finally being used are not a substitute for the visa requirement anymore than airbags do not obviate the need to wear seatbelts.

    The report that Senators Collins and Grassley recently requested that indicates that USCIS lost some 111,000 immigration files and subsequently adjudicated an estimated 30,000 applications for United States citizenship should provide more than ample evidence that there is no integrity to the immigration system. Over the last couple of years a number of spy rings were discovered and dismantled. In many of these cases the spies were naturalized United States citizens. Perhaps a better screening effort would have uncovered the true nature of these individuals so that they would have not been granted United States citizenship. This is only conjecture, but it is important to understand that the conferring of resident alien status and especially United States citizenship upon aliens represents handing the "Keys to the kingdom" to these people. That is why this process is so important.

    Today, the emphasis is on clearing the backlogs. In that classic comedy scene in which Lucille Ball, in an episode of "I Love Lucy" got a job at a candy factory and, accompanied by her friend Ethel, attempted to wrap candy headed their way on a conveyor belt. At first the job went well. Then the belt started to pick up speed and more and more candy hurtled at them. Ultimately, unable to wrap the candy, they tried eating them, they tried stuffing them down their dresses, but all to no avail! The audience howled with laughter! It was indeed a funny sight, but the situation at USCIS in which the applications are thrust upon the beleaguered adjudicators at USCIS is not the least bit funny. The adjudicators cannot eat the applications nor can they stuff them down their clothes. In order to get good evaluations, they need to move these applications as quickly as possible. The easiest way to do this is to approve them!

    Needless to say, this means that fraud-laden applications are often not detected and aliens receive a wide variety of benefits including United States citizenship to which they would not be entitled if the relevant facts were known. As more aliens get away with committing fraud, the 'word' spreads through the communities and more aliens are emboldened to commit fraud, further eroding any integrity that might have still remained in the process. When an application is denied, the alien is virtually assured that no special agent will be looking for him to seek his removal from the United States.

    As I said in the beginning of this e-mail, the entire immigration system lacks integrity. The 9-11 Commission recognized that this lack of integrity aided the terrorists who attacked our nation and slaughtered so many innocent people. Many more people, mostly first responders, are ill, sickened by their exposure to toxins at "Ground Zero." Their lives are being cut short because of the attacks. Yet the 'sacred cow' of immigration is being ignored by all too many politicians.

    Thursday, January 18, 2007

    The Barack Obama/Rick Warren Scheme to Redefine Christianity

    NOTICE! This posting contains important corrections to an earlier version of this article.

    Rick Warren is a Southern Baptist minister who went to the Saddleback community in California 20 years ago or so to start a new congregation. This would not be a typical Baptist church, however. Warren's novel approach would be to build a fellowship of Christians based upon the local culture.

    Demographical studies were undertaken that indicated the income level, interests, musical preferences, etc., of most of the residents of the Sattleback community. This information enabled Warren to devise a plan to attract people to his new kind of congregation based upon their preferences.

    Thus, there would be no choir and no 'sanctuary.' Worshippers or 'seekers' as they were called, would be greeting to the music of a jazz band upon entering the premises, which more often than not would be a school building that the Warren team had rented. Warren would wear no vestments, no robe, no stole, or anything else that gave the impression that anything 'religious' would be occurring. Rather, he often preached in shorts and a t-shirt, and he encouraged 'seekers' to dress casual.
    There would be no 'sermon' as such but a teaching session during which Warren would give a positive, inspirational didactic on topics of interest to most people in the Sattleback community, such as personal development and growth, child-rearing, finding meaning in a seemingly meaningless world, etc.

    At the end of the sessions seekers were invited to a special meeting afterward, if they wanted more information about the topic at hand, or if they had questions about the new 'church.'

    Thus, the Saddleback Community Church was born. By the way, Warren insisted that the term 'Baptist' not be used because in his demographical surveys he found that the word had a very negative connotation.

    Today, the fast growing congregation is one of the largest in the world, and Warren has found himself considered to be one of the new 'stars' within the evangelical movement. He has appeared on CNN, Meet the Press, and Fox News. His latest book, 'The Purpose Driven Life' is one of the top selling books in history.

    Recently Warren created quite a stir within the evangelical community by inviting U.S. Senator Barack Obama to Saddleback to participate in an AIDS conference. It seems many of the brethren were none too pleased that a liberal would be invited to speak before a group of predominately conservative Republicans.

    Obama, apparently, was able to work his magic on the crowd as he does just about anywhere he goes.

    But a deeper look will reveal a dangerous set of presumptions.

    Barack Obama often speaks of the fact that he is a Christian. What he fails to say is that he is a very liberal one. His faith group is one of the most extremist leftwing organizations in the country...the United Church of Christ. Barack's point of view is that since Jesus taught us to care for the poor, then that means government must confiscate money from its citizens in order to care for other citizens. Thus, people like Obama, and organizations like the United Church of Christ, support every single program of confiscation and redistribution that has ever been proposed.

    Yet nowhere did Jesus ever say that government should be involved in this.

    The message of Jesus is that the compassion of individual Christians toward the poor and needy should lead them to voluntarily give of their abundance. This was NEVER mandated as a government program in any of the Gospels.

    As Walter Williams recently stated, 'For me to reach inside my pockets voluntarily to help the needy is one of the most worthy endeavors with which one can be involved. But for government to reach into my pockets and TAKE my money to give to the needy is stealing and is to be condemned.'

    Amen, brother!

    The United Church of Christ is a participant in an endeavor called 'The Jesus Seminar,' which is the attempt of ultra-liberal theologians to essentially rewrite the New Testament. Their premise is that there is a mammoth gap between the Jesus of history and the Christ of faith as presented in the New Testament. The Jesus of history, so these 'scholars' claim, was a political radical who sought to overthrow Roman rule within the Jewish colony and implement a system where the ultimate good is expressed in giving to the poor. The scholars then go through the New Testament and rate each supposed statement of Jesus according to the likelihood that Jesus actually stated those words attributed to Him.

    Not surprisingly, the Jesus Seminar maintains that Jesus never said over three-fourths of the statements attributed to Him. The 'scholars' of the Jesus Seminar believe that only those statements in the New Testament that show a radical Jesus condemning the evil Roman imperialists and advocating for the poor are actually His statements. The rest were added later by a Church that wished to make the message of Jesus more palatable to the masses.

    Interestingly, many of the same scholars who participated in the radically heretical 'Jesus Seminar' are now part of something called 'The Jesus Project,' which questions if Christ ever actually existed.

    This is the religious mindset to which Barack Hussein Obama belongs as a member of the ultra-leftwing 'United Church of Christ.'

    And this brings us back to Barack Obama and Rick Warren. Speculation has been spread far and wide as news pundits opine on a potential new liaison between evangelical Christians and Democrat liberals. There is no doubt that Obama is part of a movement that would redefine Christianity and the message of Jesus to advocate for a massive expansion of government social programs. The fact that Rick Warren would lend his name and the prestige of his church to such a travesty of Christianity is unconscionable.

    It is not to be forgotten that Judas Iscariot was the one among the disciples who simply didn't get the message of Jesus. In paying no heed to Jesus' statement, 'My kingdom is not of this world,' Judas set his sights on the overthrow of the Roman government and the task of helping the poor. He even castigated Jesus for allowing a woman to anoint His head some expensive oil. Judas maintained it should have been sold and given to the poor. Jesus rebuked the misguided disciple and said, 'The poor will always be with you. But you will not always have Me with you.'

    As it turned out, this very disciple turned against Jesus PRECISELY because the focus of the message of Jesus was NOT about political upheaval or social issues.

    If the ultra-leftist, extremist view of Christianity presented by Barack Obama begins to take root within the evangelical world, we could well be on the brink of the worst schism in this nation's religious history. And Rick Warren may well come to attain the unintentional dubious honor of being the very one to help spearhead such a schism.

    Obama's background should be closely scrutinized. Both his father and his grandfather were devout Muslims (by the way, his full legal name is Barack HUSSEIN Obama), and his mother was an avowed atheist. Many Obama watchers in Illinois claim that the Senator is actually a Muslim who has been running from his faith. Even if that turns out to be false, it cannot be denied that his brand of Christianity draws more from liberal secular progressivism than Christianity. This is a mindset that clearly imposes a modern interpretation on an ancient document, i.e., the Bible. True scholarship insists that it be the other way around.

    My strong hunch is that the Christian rank and file will come to outright reject Barack Obama once they begin to look more closely at his actual views, statements, and record, as well as the extremist philosophical school of thought that led to them.

    LIBERTY ALERT!! Congress Set to Criminalize Its Critics

    Washington, DC (TLS). Like a nightmarish scene from Nazi Germany's march through Europe prior to WWII, or a scene from a horror film depicting Joseph Stalin's systematic plan to silence all government critics in the early days of the USSR, the United States Senate is preparing to criminalize its critics. In the most openly brazen and broad, sweeping attack on free speech in U.S. history, the Democrat controlled Senate is set to impose criminal penalties upon all those who fail to gain Congressional approval to engage in free speech when they encourage others to contact Congress concerning pending legislation.

    Democrats and a few turncoat Republicans have decided that since their ideas do not gain favor in the court of public opinion when engaged in direct debate with their opposition, their only alternative is to silence that opposition. For example, if this bill passes the Senate, for me to encourage you, the reader, to contact Congress concerning this bill in question would be a criminal offense, unless I get permission of Congress to do so by regularly providing Congress complete information on my enterprise, The Liberty Sphere, financial records, and the purpose for which I am asking you to contact your lawmakers.

    This law would have a chilling effect on free speech in the United States of America. One of the implicit freedoms guaranteed by the Constitutional provision of freedom of speech is the right to use that free speech to encourage fellow citizens to let their Congressional leaders know where we stand on proposed legislation. The attempt to prevent the citizens from letting their voices be heard is nothing less than tyrannical.


    Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, Castro, and many other despots found that the only way their ideas could be implemented was by silencing their critics either by passing laws that made criminals out of dissidents or by simply murdering those dissidents. With the attempt by the U.S. Congress to criminalize those who fail to get permission to criticize their elected officials, Democrats and their Republican turncoat comrades are placing themselves squarely in the camp of tyrants like Adolf Hitler.

    This should be an outrage to all Americans who cherish liberty.

    As you will see in the article below, Senator Mitch McConnell, R-KY, and two other Republican Senators have sponsored an amendment to this upcoming legislation that will negate the ominous section of the proposed bill, known as Section 220 of Bill S.1. Under the guise of 'lobbying reform' the Democrats have added this section to target bloggers, small grassroots citizens organizations, and others, requiring them to be treated under the very same laws as full-time, professional lobbyists. McConnell and his colleagues have offered the amendment to prevent the tyrants in Congress from sneaking Section 220 into law, resulting in the most serious attack on the First Amendment since this nation's founding.

    Interestingly enough, Senator John McCain, R-AZ, was one of the original sponsors of this bill. If McCain is serious about becoming President, he is going to have to do much better than this. It is not surprising that McCain's allies in this attack on our rights are Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, among others.

    This is much more than a Liberty Alert, my friends. This is an urgent call to action. If these Commie-Nazi liberty-haters in Congress are intent on going through with this plan to rob the citizens of freedom of speech, there will be heavy price to pay. I am already preparing my blacklist for the 2008 election. Anyone who votes in favor of Senate Bill Number One, known as S.1, that contains any portion of Section 220, will become an automatic target for defeat.

    In fact, as far as we are concerned here at The Liberty Sphere, we will hound these traitors each and every day of our existence--until the day we are jailed if need be--in order to call attention to this shameful, disgraceful trashing of our Constitution. We will publish on a regular basis the names of each and every Senator who votes in favor of this bill. We will mock them, hound them, denigrate them, vilify them, condemn them, and humiliate them for the traitors they are if they go through with this brazen scheme to silence the voices of the people.

    For further information on this continually breaking story, read here:

    Congress preparing
    to criminalize critics?
    Senate bill would 'create most expansive
    intrusion on First Amendment rights ever'

    © 2007

    'The Senate is considering legislation that would regulate grassroots communications, with penalties for critics of Congress. "In what sounds like a comedy sketch from Jon Stewart's Daily Show, but isn't, the U. S. Senate would impose criminal penalties, even jail time, on grassroots causes and citizens who criticize Congress," says Richard A. Viguerie, chairman of

    'Section 220 of S. 1, the lobbying reform bill before the Senate, would require grassroots causes, even bloggers, who communicate to 500 or more members of the public on policy matters, to register and report quarterly to Congress, as lobbyists are required.

    '"Section 220 would amend existing lobbying reporting law by creating the most expansive intrusion on First Amendment rights ever," Viguerie said.

    'For the first time in history, he stated, critics of Congress will need to register and report with Congress itself. Read the rest of the article here:
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  • LIBERTY ALERT!! U.S. Border Agents Sent to Prison

    Washington, DC (TLS). The two U.S. Border Patrol agents who fired at an illegal alien crossing the U.S./Mexican border with a stash of illegal drugs have been sent to prison. This travesty of justice should be enough to get any patriotic American's blood boiling. President Bush's failure to issue a pardon to these brave men is to be condemned, and the prosecuting attorney who brought the charges, and the Judge who sentenced them, should be removed from office and disbared.

    These two courageous American citizens were doing the job their country called them to do--protect our border from the constant onslaught of illegal aliens. They encountered a suspicious group of illegals, one of them ran, shots were fired, illegal drugs were found, and for this, the two border patrol agents were charged, tried, and found guilty of crimes. Now they sit in jail serving lengthy prison terms.

    The border situation is raging out of control. Even Tony Snow, Presidential Press Secretary, admitted that immigration laws were not being enforced.

    The question is, 'why?'

    If this nation cannot secure its own borders, then how in God's name can we secure citizens from terrorist attacks?

    This nation's immigration policy and border control issues are a danger to each and every citizen. Our American way of life is threatened by those who neither care for nor value our freedoms and form of government. If illegal immigrants are not expected to obey the law of the land and immigrate legally, then why should ANY citizen obey ANY law?

    The illogic of the manner in which our policy on immigration is carried out boggles the mind. And, as I have stated many times here on The Liberty Sphere, BOTH parties--Democrats and Republicans--are to blame for this fiasco. Democrats love illegals because they can buy the votes. Republicans love illegals because of the cheap labor. Both are aiding and abetting the breaking of the law. The message is being sent to illegals that it is perfectly acceptable to break the law if you are of a certain ethnic background. This is entirely unacceptable in a free society.

    I have a bit of advice to Republicans and Democrats as we set our sites on 2008--either change the way illegal immigration is handled in this country and secure our borders, or you will face the ire of the electorate in 2008.

    And I have a message to President Bush--Mr. President, SET THOSE BORDER AGENTS FREE!

    Wednesday, January 17, 2007

    Open Letter to the 'Concerned Duke Faculty'

    A group of so-called 'concerned Duke faculty' has written an open letter to the Duke University community, once again defending their actions in corrupting public opinion in Durham against the three Duke lacrosse students accused of rape. Early on in this case, a group of 88 faculty members of Duke took out an ad in the local newspaper which was used by the community as a whole to pass judgment on the three accused before any due process of law was implemented, and in the middle of an ongoing investigation.

    Repeatedly in the subsequent months, the group has defended its actions in the face of mounting criticism and public outcry. And now, the 'group of 88,' which now refers to itself as 'concerned Duke faculty' is defending itself once again. You can read their 'open letter to the Duke community' here:
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  • In response to the open letter to the Duke community, I have my own 'open letter to the concerned Duke faculty,' which you will find here:

    Your 'open letter to the Duke community' is a curious document. Once again, in your steadfast refusal to recognize your role in creating a climate in Durham that made it impossible for a fair trial to be conducted, you are proclaiming to the state of North Carolina, the nation, and the legal community in particular, that deep problems exist within the North Carolina judicial system that only a massive, top-to-bottom revamping of the system will solve. In fact, your latest attempt to defend the indefensible only amplifies your culpability in this entire charade. The more you protest the more you appear to be on the defensive as increasingly a chorus of near-unanimous voices are raised in condemnation not only of the manner in which this case was handled, but the manner in which certain members of the Durham community handled serious allegations long before any guilt could be established.

    Certain members of the Duke faculty are included in this sector of the local community that publicly raised the intensity of the rhetoric surrounding the case to a fever pitch, becoming judge and jury, and issuing the guilty sentence long before any due process of law was implemented. The only thing lacking in this despicable scenario was the lynching, and, as some within the Durham community went on record as stating, 'This would be payback for the times white people railroaded innocent Blacks through the courts through the years. It doesn't matter if those three white guys are guilty or not.'

    Whether you realize it or not, the fact that you would issue commentary in the local newspaper while an investigation is ongoing is at the very least the height of irresponsibility. Your words did, in fact, taint the case in the court of public opinion. Those who exhibited a desire to rush to judgment seized upon your words to incite a near-riot scenario that even further tainted the case. It really does not matter if this was your intention or not. The fact is, it happened, and your words became part of a mindset within the Durham community that the three young defendants were guilty even before they were tried, and the only thing left to do was to have a trial to formalize the verdict and the subsequent lynching.

    You have made a mockery of criminal justice. All across the country the citizens have been watching Durham in complete horror that such a fiasco could actually occur within a court of law within the United States of America. The fact that even now, at this late date, after all that has been revealed concerning the gross misconduct, errors, and possible crimes committed by persons involved in prosecuting this case, you would continue to defend yourselves, refusing to acknowledge your role in perpetuating the hoax, only highlights the suspicions about your integrity in the minds of most rational, thinking people.

    As the truth about what actually happened at Duke is hammered out by numerous investigations, the nation will clearly see that the justice system in Durham, and in North Carolina as a whole, is in shambles. If a rogue prosecutor can do this to three innocent young men, all with the tacit or implied blessing of the community, the Duke faculty and administration, and the local judiciary, then it is clear that getting a fair trial in Durham is next to impossible. In fact, the entire nightmare casts a long shadow of doubt on the integrity of the North Carolina judicial system as a whole.

    Thus, you cannot with any integrity continue to defend your actions and public statements. Your latest attempt to escape any culpability in this sad chapter in American jurisprudence is testimony either to your blindness and state of denial or your complete and utter corruption.
  • LIBERTY ALERT!! OKC Bombing Widow Issues Press Release

    Washington, DC (TLS). One of the widows of the Oklahoma City bombing case, Gloria Chipman, who lost her husband in the blast, has written to The Liberty Sphere requesting that we issue the following press release. The Victims of the OKC bombing have formed an organization to pressure Congress to open a full investigation into obstruction charges against the FBI and the Department of Justice.

    At the close of the 109th Congress late last year the Report of the Congressional subcommittee that delved into the OKC bombing concluded that both the FBI and the Department of Justice had engaged in obstruction when the committee attempted to gain access to links between the bombing and foreign terrorism.

    It is time for Congress to act on that Committee's findings.

    Here is the press release followed by my response to Ms. Chipman:

    Gloria Chipman said...
    My name is Gloria Chipman. I am passing along the Press Release our group sent to WND, which resulted in the article they published which you comment on. I am passing it on so that your readers, and all of America will stand up and have their voices heard. The OKC Bombing did not just happen to us, though we were the recipients;injured,dead,scared for life physically and emotionally,but it happened to this Nation. Here is our Press Release:

    Victims of Terrorism Information and Vital Exchange Services
    C/O Gloria Chipman
    OKC Bombing Widow and

    Press Release

    Victims of Terrorism Information and Vital Exchange Services

    Widows and widowers of the Oklahoma City Bombing formed V.O.T.I.V.E.S in August of 2001. This core group has been together since the bombing of April 19, 1995. We have grown to include bombing survivors, family members, and concerned citizens from across the nation.

    Congressman Dana Rohrabacher's report entitled The Oklahoma City Bombing: Was There A Foreign Connection? By the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee of the House International Relations Committee, clearly omitted additional information in Congressman Rohrabacher's possession. We hope that the omissions are due to his turning over the additional information to a Domestic Oversight Committee for further investigation.

    As presented in Rohrabacher's Report, we hope that the newly sworn in 110 Congress will take a serious stance against those in the FBI and the Department of Justice who impeded the original investigation, the capture of John Doe 2, and Others Unknown, into the Oklahoma City Bombing. We also hope, this newly elected Congress of the people, will investigate further and bring to justice, those that had prior knowledge of the bombing and did nothing to prevent it, as outlined in court released documents and FBI 302s obtained by Jesse Trentadue in his FOIA suite against the FBI. We contend that the senseless death and carnage of that day, which was forced on our loved ones, citizens and innocent children, could have been prevented.

    Evidence from the above-mentioned report shows the Oklahoma City Bombing case and the then worst terrorist attack on American soil is still an open murder investigation. With others unknown not yet apprehended, there is still a security threat to our country.

    We ask too, that a domestic subcommittee investigation take seriously the claims by Terry Nichols of knowing the others unknown as outlined in an affidavit dated Nov. 8, 2006, which can be found in its entirety on This 11-page affidavit outlines his knowledge of others unknown and how he has been prevented from getting this information out to the public.

    On January 4, 2007, the House of Representatives stood solemnly and prayed over this country and the offices they now hold in the 110 Congress. A portion of their prayer was that, 'the legislators of the 110 Congress may challenge, inspire and lead them to put aside self interests, to pursue the common good of all the people of this nation, and of especially of those who need them the most.'

    We, the victims of the Oklahoma City Bombing are among those that need you most! This country needs you to stand for Justice, where Justice has not been served.

    11:29 PM

    D. Martyn Lloyd-Morgan said...
    Ms. Chipman,
    Thank-you for your response and for the press release. Not only will I post it here in the comment section, but I will post a story on your organization on The Liberty Sphere.

    Best wishes in your efforts. I will do all I can to help.


    1:06 AM

    Dems To Use 'Fairness Doctrine' to Silence Conservatives

    Liberals have tried everything to gain a national audience that rivals that of conservative talk radio. Numerous attempts have been undertaken to start liberal radio networks, liberal talk radio, and the like, all to no avail. The public simply doesn't buy it. They cannot win in the court of public opinion when their views are truly laid out for all to see.

    Thus, they turn to the underhanded method, demanding 'equal time.' Their abject failure to make it in the marketplace has propelled them to try to hijack conservative radio by demanding that they be given free air time to answer Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, and others.

    This covert attempt to hijack the airwaves under the guise of 'fairness' must to stopped cold.

    CNS News is reporting the following:

    'Beware of Democrats reviving the "Fairness Doctrine," conservative groups are warning. Various Democrats have announced their intention to revive the legislation that once required competing viewpoints to get equal time on the nation's airwaves. Conservatives believe Democrats want to revive the Fairness Doctrine to muzzle the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and other conservatives who now dominate talk radio. Senator Bernie Sanders, an avowed socialist from Vermont, has been quoted as saying that he will push such a measure in the Senate. Under the "fairness doctrine," the FCC could require radio and television stations to give liberals "equal access" to the airwaves. The effect would be to shut down conservative talk-radio, as one conservative leader warned in December.'

    Read the complete story here:
  • Virginia Senator Jim Webb to Deliver Demo Response to State of Union

    Washington, DC (TLS). In a clear attempt to put a macho, military face on its pacifistic, anti-war policies, the Democrats have chosen Virginia Senator James Webb to deliver their response to President Bush's State of the Union address. Virginia's freshman Senator will have a rare opportunity for a first-term lawmaker to be the face of the Democrat Party on the national stage.

    You may remember that Webb avoided President Bush at a reception for incoming Congressional freshmen, exhibiting the inability to put political differences aside in order to greet the nation's Commander-in-Chief as everyone else managed to do at the reception. Thus, the President sought him out to inquire about the Senator's son, who is serving in Iraq. Webb's nasty retort became the talk of the town for weeks afterwards, as he clearly sought to engage the President in a hostile debate about the war in Iraq in response to a friendly question about the Senator's son.

    The Liberty Sphere had warned readers before the November midterms elections that the election of Webb would be a colossal mistake. Obviously lacking in accepted social graces and the wisdom of following accepted protocol in a formal setting in Washington, Webb comes across as an uncouth hooligan who has a grossly exaggerated opinion of himself.

    The Democrats, however, hope to make political hay out of trotting out before the public a military man, a macho hooligan who appears 'manly' even while supporting policies that will lead to our defeat in Iraq.

    No amount of macho packaging, however, can hide the fact that the policies he will espouse were born and bred by America-bashing woosies.

    Tuesday, January 16, 2007

    LIBERTY ALERT!! GOA Issues Urgent Appeal to Contact Senators


    Gun Owners of America has issued an urgent appeal to contact U.S. Senators concerning pending legislation that would silence the free speech of grassroots citizens' organizations. Contact your Senators TODAY. Below is the story from GOA, as well as a sample letter you can use to send to your Senators. NOW is the time to act to protect our FIRST AMENDMENT as well as our 2nd Amendment rights!

    Senate Takes Up Legislation To Stymie Grassroots Lobbying
    Gun Owners of America
    8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102
    Springfield, VA 22151

    Tuesday, January 16, 2007

    When you look at GOA's year-ending report, you can see that your grassroots efforts had a tremendous impact upon the legislative process last year.

    There is no doubt that you guys have made a difference.

    That's why GOA is so concerned about legislation currently pending on the Senate floor which would attempt to intimidate organizations like GOA that work with members and friends to pressure Congress to support the Second Amendment.

    The legislation (S. 1) would regulate "grassroots lobbying" by requiring groups like us to monitor and report the amount of money we spend to exercise our First Amendment rights on behalf of gun ownership.

    Suffice it to say that a government which can force us to monitor and report on our "grassroots" activity could just as easily force us to provide even more sensitive details of these efforts.

    This could include demands for our membership list -- that is, attempts to get REGISTRATION lists of gun owners' names -- and the specifics of communications with our friends!!!

    Thankfully, there is an effort underway to knock out the most egregious parts of this bill, found in Sec. 220. Senators Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Robert Bennett (R-UT) are offering an amendment (Senate Amendment #20) -- to be voted on later this week -- that will knock out the S. 1 restrictions on grassroots lobbying.

    That's why we need your help right now.

    The best way to keep from sliding down this slippery slope of unconstitutionality is to tell the government -- now -- to keep its nose out of our constitutional rights.

    Just as the Second Amendment guarantees our right to keep and bear arms, the First Amendment protects our rights to petition the government for redress of grievances. And the power to regulate and monitor our grassroots activities on behalf of gun ownership is, ultimately, the power to destroy those rights.

    ACTION: Contact your two Senators and ask them to support Senate Amendment #20 to S. 1. You can visit the Gun Owners Legislative Action Center to send your Senators a pre-written e-mail message. And, you can call your Senators toll-free at 1-877-762-8762.

    ---- Pre-written letter to your Senators ----
    Dear Senator:

    S. 1 is an effort to intimidate organizations, like Gun Owners of America, that work with members and friends to encourage Congress to support the Second Amendment. Thankfully, Senators McConnell and Bennett are offering Senate Amendment #20 -- to be voted on later this week -- that will knock Section 220 out of S. 1.

    I urge you to support that amendment. And if the amendment is defeated, then I would strongly urge you to oppose the underlying bill. Gun Owners of America will be rating both of these votes.

    Just as the Second Amendment guarantees our right to keep and bear arms, the First Amendment protects our rights to petition the government for redress of grievances. And the power to regulate and monitor our grassroots activities on behalf of gun ownership is, ultimately, the power to destroy those rights.

    Please know that this is as much a Second Amendment issue as direct efforts to seize our guns from our hands.

    (place your name here)

    Here is a link to the GOA:
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  • OKC Bombing Families/Victims Demand Pursuit of Ties to Islamic Terrorism

    Washington, DC (TLS). As reported previously on The Liberty Sphere, the Congressional panel that was charged with the responsibility of delving into the Oklahoma City bombing and its handling by the FBI and the Department of Justice has issued a report charging obstruction by the aforementioned agencies. Both the FBI and the Department of Justice refused to cooperate with the Congressional panel by failing to comply with requests for information, documents, records, and other sources of communication, including the methods used to track down leads in the case.

    The Committee concluded that the government's handling of the OKC bombing raises more questions than it answers, particularly in light of how quickly the two American front-men were executed, permanently burying any possible testimony that would help answer the questions raised. One glaring unanswered question is why did the FBI and the Department of Justice fail to pursue definite links between the OKC bombing and Islamic terrorism. Records show that foreign terrorists had traceable links to McVeigh and Nichol. Yet these two men alone were railroaded through the court system and executed expeditiously while there are others sitting on death row who have had their cases tied up in the criminal justice system for decades.

    Information has been received today that the families and victims of the OKC bombing are demanding pursuit of the ties between Islamic terrorism and the OKC bombing. They are growing increasingly impatient with the slowness of the federal agencies involved to provide solid answers to their questions, as well as the questions raised by the Congressional panel.

    There is much more here than what meets the eye. It is no secret, for example, that the Clinton Administration, under which the FBI and the Department of Justice operated during the aftermath of the OKC bombing, was very reluctant to acknowledge or face the danger to the U.S. posed by Islamic terrorists. The first World Trade Center bombing in the early 90s, countless embassies that were bombed, and the strike against the USS Cole were largely left unchallenged by the Clinton Administration, which preferred to view such acts of war as 'a law enforcement issue.' This is on top of the fact that the Clinton Administration botched several opportunities to get Osama bin Laden. For the Clinton Administration to acknowledge that the OKC bombing was in any way connected to Islamic terrorists would challenge the accepted modus operandi--downplay the significance of the threat of Islamic terrorism for the fear that it would incite demands from the public that the government engage military action against such terrorists and their state sponsors.

    Here is part of the article from WorldNetDaily:

    'Survivors and families of victims of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing are pressing lawmakers on Capitol Hill to take action on a congressional report that offers evidence of possible Islamic and foreign ties to the terrorist attack and concludes unanswered questions remain that could affect national security.

    'One victim advocacy group, VOTIVES, urges the new Congress to "take a serious stance against those in the FBI and the Department of Justice who impeded the original investigation" of the attack, which killed 168 people and wounded another 684.

    'VOTIVES spokeswoman Gloria Chipman, whose husband Bob Chipman was killed by the blast at age 51, told WND she was "ecstatic" about the release of the report Dec. 27 by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., but now she wants something done about its conclusions, including accusations of obstruction by the FBI and the Department of Justice.'

    For more information on the concerns of the OKC families and victims, go here to WorldNetDaily News:
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  • Chuck Hagel, Republican Turncoat

    Washington, DC (TLS). The Liberty Sphere's policy is to shine the spotlight on the nation's lawmakers who are so outrageously out of the mainstream that they deserve intense scrutiny. This includes Republicans as well as Democrats. The Liberty Sphere has not hesitated to take to task President Bush and Congressional Republicans when they support measures we abhor.

    We can now add Senator Chuck Hagel, R-NE, to the list of 'Republican turncoats.' Hagel has joined Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid in their 'let's see America defeated' campaign. In fact, the rhetoric Hagel has been using of late to denounce the buildup of troops in Iraq makes one wonder if he has been paid off by George Soro's, or perhaps Michael Moore has agreed to make a film about the Nebraska Senator. These, of course, are tongue-in-cheek charges used to make a point--Hagel has cast his lot with the extremist anti-war, anti-American, defeatist leftwing nutcases who have no plan for victory in Iraq.

    At present Hagel is the darling of ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN as they proudly proclaim 'broad bipartisan criticism of the President's plan to send in more troops,' although Hagel is the ONLY Republican mentioned who has joined the President's detractors. His vehement denunciation of the Bush policy in Iraq makes him a maverick who aids and abets those who wish to see America humiliated.

    This is not all. Gun Owners of America has given Hagel an anemic rating of 'C' on gun rights issues--better than most Democrats but not nearly good enough for most of us who value our Constitutional rights.

    If Mr. Hagel continues with his present course, he will most definitely be a target for defeat the next time he comes up for re-election.

    The Romney Problem

    Washington, DC (TLS). Republican Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, R-MA, is beginning to look like a long shot as he aims for the Party's nomination. In spite of a few high-profile endorsements among the Party faithful, such as Senator Jim DeMint, R-SC, Romney has a major problem on his hands. Where, exactly, does he stand on the issues?

    Romney is to be congratulated for his support for President Bush's plan for victory in Iraq. His traditional views on family, religion, and other ethical/moral values are certainly attractive to a large segment of the population. Yet Romney's penchant for flip-flopping on major issues is becoming highly problematic as voters seek to discover what, exactly, drives the candidate from the core of his soul.

    For example, Romney has a history of being pro-life AND pro-choice, depending on the circumstances. Early in his career, he was avidly pro-life. As Governor of Massachusetts he backed off from that stance and took more of a pro-choice stance. Now that he is seeking to be the Republican nominee for President, he is pro-life once again.

    Pray tell, how can one be so cavalier about such a critically important moral issue?

    In addition, the Boston Globe is reporting another instance of the Romney flip-flop. Where does he stand on the 2nd Amendment? Apparently as Governor he soft-peddled the issue and even went as far as to state at one point that he was in favor of 'strong gun control laws.' However, now he is claiming to be a member of the NRA and a staunch supporter of gun rights.

    Here again, where is the real Mitt Romney?

    Read the whole story here, in the Boston Globe:

  • Romney and Guns

    Washington, DC (TLS). The ACLU promotes itself as the defender of liberty. Nothing could be further from the truth. As the following expose' delineates, the ACLU was started by a person who, under the guise of working for liberty, promoted Communism. Since its beginning decades ago, the ACLU has a track record of waging war against Christians, businesses, corporations, and religion, seeking to destroy liberty in the name of liberty.

    The organization has also become one of the most dangerous guardians of terrorists in the nation today. In the report you will find below, you will discover the ACLU's consistent defense of radical Islamic fundamentalists at the expense of other religions and at the expense of basic civilized human dignity.

    Read the entire report here:

  • Caroline Glick on the War in Iraq, the War on Israel

    Washington, DC (TLS). One of the world's foremost authorities on the Middle East, Israel, and the Global Jihad, Caroline Glick, has shown how the War in Iraq is directly tied to the War on Israel being waged by the Islamic world.

    Most Americans, unfortunately, see no connection between the two. Rather, the general public has bought into the sound-byte rhetoric of anti-war extremists who attempt to deceive the public into believing that the outcome of the conflict in Iraq will have no ominous, widespread consequences for the entire Middle East, as well as placing Israel in the precarious position of having to defend itself from an even stronger extremist Jihad force, perpetrated by Iran, Syria, and Egypt.

    Glick correctly points out that Iraq cannot be accurately seen in a vacuum but viewed only within the context of the broader war waged by Islamic Jihadists who wish to annihilate Israel.

    Read the full story here, in the Jewish World Review:

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  • Monday, January 15, 2007

    Give U.N. the Boot, Build Up NATO

    Washington, DC (TLS). The United Nations is dead as a viable means of promoting peace and human dignity and liberty. With each passing year the organization becomes bogged down in attempts to placate terrorist regimes that promote the global domination of Islam, as well as other governments whose very existence makes a mockery of everything for which the U.N. originally stood.

    For me, the inclusion of Cuba and Syria on 'human rights' commissions was the absolute last straw. They may as well have put Hitler in charge of the humanitarian treatment of Jews. The organization is now a joke. The United States should once again withhold all funding from the U.N., except this time we should withdraw for good and place the funds into the building up of NATO as an alternative organization.

    This is the only rational approach to take with an organization that not only bashes the country that give it its birth, taking sides with the avowed enemies of human liberty, but is totally engulfed by massive corruption from top to bottom on a scale that has never been witnessed in human history.

    John Bolton, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, granted a rare interview recently, one of his first since leaving his post. During that interview, an excerpt of which was posted by Pamela Geller Oshry over at Atlas Shrugs, Bolton delineated a plan by which the U.S. could belong to an international organization of true allies that support our vision of human liberty while gradually withdrawing our presence from the U.N.

    Here is a part of the Bolton interview:

    'Bolton's disillusion with the UN is such that he would like it to face competition from other international organizations. The choice is to fix it or go somewhere else. Bolton favors building NATO as a rival in the belief that it could expand into a caucus of democracies--a permanent coalition of the willing.

    'Fifteen years ago people thought NATO would either go out of area or out of existence and now it is in Afghanistan and it is all but NATO--absent Germany and France--in Iraq,' he said. 'I think NATO should go global. There is no reason why Japan and Australia shouldn't join NATO.

    'NATO could also make room for Israel. Why not? he said. Israel is a European country, fundamentally. Turkey is a European country and it is further east.'

    This is the most sensible solution to the problem of the U.N. that I have heard in many a day. With Japan, Australia, and Israel joining NATO, we would have a powerful global presence of democracies that are committed to the common goal of human liberty. The U.N. would have trouble sustaining itself against the competition NATO would provide, particularly if the U.S. withdraws funding from the organization.

    And this brings us to the heart of the matter--the U.N. is no longer a relevant or trustworthy organization. Kofi Anan's reign proved just how corrupt and anti-American the U.N. has become. It is my view that the organization is too far gone to fix. It is dead as a viable organization that values human liberty and dignity. It is now time to bury it before its stench reaches unbearable proportions.

    The United States must put the taxpayers' money to use in international organizations that share our goals and values. NATO is that organization.

    More Corruption Surfaces Among Congressional Dems

    Washington, DC (TLS). With each passing day more corruption among the Democrat majority in Congress comes to light. Right out of the starting gate, Pelosi and Reid have put together one of the most corrupt Congressional classes in history, despite promises of 'open, ethical government.'

    With severely ethically challenged characters such as Conyers, Leahy, Reid, Murtha, Biden, Pelosi, and many others running the show, it is hardly a surprise that these self-righteous hyprocrites would place their own kind in positions of power.

    Now we have yet another ethically challenged Congressman to worry about. Representative Alan Mollohan, D-WV, is the new Chairman of the panel that determines the budget of the FBI. Low and behold, Mollohan is himself the subject of an FBI investigation for allegedly personally benefiting from the distribution of federal funds--a violation of the law.

    Mollohan is under investigation by the FBI. He will determine the FBI budget. Does anyone notice any conflict of interest?

    In the CNS News Report below, you will see how Mollohan's appointment as Chair of this panel is beginning to backfire. It's about time. There is more sleaze dripping all over Capitol Hill now than we have seen in many, many years.

    Mollohan's Bid to Allay Conflict of Interest Criticism Falters
    By Randy Hall Staff Writer/Editor
    January 12, 2007

    ( - Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-W.Va.), the new chairman of the panel that determines the budget of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, has promised to recuse himself from matters related to the FBI while he remains under FBI investigation, but the attempt to fend off criticism of his appointment appeared to have backfired.

    The FBI is examining charges that Mollohan illegally benefited from distribution of federal funds.

    On Wednesday, Mollohan was selected to head the House Appropriations Committee's subcommittee for Science, State, Justice, Commerce and Related Agencies, which oversees the Department of Justice, including the FBI.

    Read the rest of the story here:
  • Sunday, January 14, 2007

    Nicholas Stix Blows the Lid on Duke Rape Hoax

    Columnist Nicholas Stix has blown the lid on the Duke rape hoax. In an exhaustive definitive analysis of the Duke lacrosse rape scandal, Nix details the framing of three innocent young men for political gain and names the perpetrators.

    As you will see in Stix's explosive article, the corruption surrounding this case in Durham, North Carolina is astounding, implicating everyone from D.A. Mike Nifong, to the Durham Police Department, to officials and faculty members of Duke University, to the so-called 'victim' who is actually one of the perpetrators.

    'In the American criminal justice system, it is illegal for a prosecutor to charge anyone with a non-existent crime. And it is not the prerogative of any jury to decide the fate of falsely charged defendants.

    'The only "crime" the three defendants are guilty of, is of being white, heterosexual men. If those three young white men go to trial in Durham, they may suffer the obverse side of jury nullification—"heads we win, tails you lose"—being railroaded by a black-dominated, racist jury, with white jurors either excluded or too cowardly to do the right thing.

    Read the rest of this story at VDARE:
  • STIX
  • 84-Year-Old Homeowner Shoots Home Invader

    84 year old Willie Hancox of Memphis, Tennessee called 9-1-1 around 2 PM on Friday to state he had shot an intruder in a home invasion. Mr. Hancox stated that he fired two shots, hitting the intruder twice in the head, with a gun his family had tried to take from him only days before.

    Mr. Hancox's gun is probably the only thing that saved his life--yet another example of how gun ownership protects citizens from violent crime.

    Mr. Hancox should be congratulated for his bravery and willingness to defend himself, not to mention that he is a VERY good shot!

    Read the full story here:

  • WMC-TV News
  • Republican Turncoats

    In spite of breakthrough scientific research showing that stem cells are in abundant supply in amniotic fluid, the Democrat-controlled House voted 253-174 to expand research into EMBRYONIC stem cells.

    As expected the overwhelming majority of Democrats voted in favor this bill, HR 3, while most Republicans voted against it. However, a few Republicans turned their backs on ethics, morality, rational science, and their own Party's pro-life stance to vote with the Democrats in passing this bill.

    The Liberty Sphere intends to hold our representatives' feet to the fire. We will spare no one from having their names pasted here for all to see, in either Party, if votes are cast that we abhor.

    The following is the list of the Republican turncoats who voted with Democrats in passing this irrational bill--irrational in that embryonic stem cell research is no longer necessary. That money could be better spent on AMNIOTIC stem cell research, which holds the most promise for a long-term solution to some of the nation's worst diseases.

    Bill: H R 3
    Vote description: Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act
    Result: Passed, 253-174, with 8 not voting.
    Date/time: January 11, 2007, 3:11 p.m.
    Republican majority opinion: No
    Democrat majority opinion: Yes

    Republicans who joined Democrats in voting to approve the Bill:

    Joe Barton, Judith Biggert, Brian Bilbray, Mary Bono, Ginny Brown-Waite, Ken Calvert, Shelley Moore Capito, Michael Castle, Howard Coble, Tom Davis, Charles Dent, David Dreier, Jo Ann Emerson, Vito Fossella, Rodney Frelinghuysen, Jim Gerlach, Kay Granger, Dean Heller, Darrell Issa, Mark Kirk, Steven LaTourette, Jerry Lewis, Connie Mack, Buck McKeon, Todd Platts, Jon Porter, Deborah Pryce, Jim Ramstad, Ralph Regula, David Reichert, Dana Rohrabacher, Christopher Shays, Fred Upton, Greg Walden, Heather Wilson, Bill Young, Don Young