06/8/11

Rep. Allen West’s first six months

By: Andrea Shea King
The Radio Patriot

Congressman West Accomplishments in the First Six Months in the House of Representatives

(Ft. Lauderdale) – Congressman Allen West (FL-22) today announces a 6 month update of his accomplishments since being sworn into the United States Congress on January 5, 2011.

In his first 151 days, Congressman West has achieved the following:

  • cast 412 votes on the Floor of the House of Representatives
  • introduced 6 bills
  • cosponsored 104 bills
  • passed a bill on the House Floor by a vote of 393-0
  • held 10 Town Hall meetings
  • attended 62 hearings or briefings in the House Armed Services Committee
  • included 6 amendments in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012
  • attended 18 hearings or briefings in the House Small Business Committee
  • held 139 meetings on Capitol Hill with constituents from Florida
  • participated in 230 total meetings on Capitol Hill
  • participated in 135 events in Washington, D.C.
  • held 92 meetings in the Congressional District with constituents
  • participated in 140 events in Florida
  • toured 30 businesses in the Congressional District
  • responded to more than 17,500 letters or emails from constituents
  • flown roundtrip from Washington DC and Florida 14 times
  • traveled to Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
  • traveled to New York City for the CORE Martin Luther King Dinner
  • traveled to the Florida State Capital to meet with the Governor, Lt. Governor, and Attorney General
  • spent 67 Days on Capitol Hill and 79 Days in the Congressional District

“I have the greatest honor serving the 22nd Congressional District,” West said. “I provide this information to my constituents so they have an understanding of what I am doing on Capitol Hill and in Florida on their behalf. I will continue every day to work my hardest to fulfill my oath to the citizens of this district.”

06/8/11

Justice System Lottery

By: T F Stern
T F Stern’s Rantings

In the never ending game of Justice System Lottery taxpayers in Harris County, Texas will be coughing up $3 million dollars after an appeals court upheld Shirley Nagel’s wrongful death case against Harris County in 2009. Nagel originally called police when her 52 year old son, Joel Don Casey, stopped taking his medication and became violent. “Deputies Tasered him 18 times and his hands and feet were bound.”

“The medical examiner said Casey died from psychotic delirium and heart disease that was impacted during the restraint.”

A couple of thoughts came to mind; his mother knew her son needed treatment. Why’d she call the police instead of an ambulance? There must have been some kind of violence, either actual or threatened for her to summon police. She was afraid of her own son and thought it reasonable and prudent to have him removed.

If it was reasonable and prudent for her to be afraid then why wouldn’t it be just as reasonable and prudent for officers upon being confronted with a violent psychotic man to use necessary force to halt the violence? Would they have been justified in taking his life or had they done what they could to keep from using lethal force?

I read another account of this incident written by Leticia Juarez which added an interesting consideration:

“When asked on the stand what he would do differently, Deputy Gehring said he “would do it the same.”’

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‘“Very unfortunate, but they were just trying to do their job,” Harris County Attorney Frank Sanders said.”

Having been a patrol officer and worked the street, too many times we confronted similar violent individuals. It took several officers to take them down and literally “hog tie” them to keep them from kicking or biting. Let me tell you, that’s about as dangerous as police work gets because some of these folks are drugged up, feel no pain and keep on coming at you.

I have to wonder, if confronted by a violent psychotic would Deputy Gehring really do it the same all over again? Even if he followed the Department’s Standard Operating Procedure Manual to the letter, it would only be natural to pause, even if for half a moment to consider the death of Joel Don Casey and wrongful death lawsuit which followed.

In that half moment, where a sliver of doubt might exist is where added danger lurks for police officers and the public. Instead of acting swiftly to contain a violent individual with less than deadly force, tasers most of the time are not fatal and usually have no long lasting effects. A delay of action could bring about disaster for officers and/or the public.

Our thanks to Shirley Nagel and her attorney for helping create a sliver of doubt which one day will creep into some officer’s mind at that moment when he/she is carefully determining how to best survive a dangerous situation. I have all the compassion in the world for her loss; however, according to all accounts, her son was clearly violent and there was no way of knowing the outcome.

This is our Justice System Lottery, for those who fell off the turnip truck on their way into the big city. Every now and then one lucky winner takes home a bundle of money. Just like other lotteries, for that one person to win millions, millions of others must pay; in this case the taxpayers of Harris County, Texas paid the winning ticket.

This article has been cross-posted to The Moral Liberal, a publication whose banner reads, “Defending The Judeo-Christian Ethic, Limited Government & The American Constitution.”

06/8/11

Investors Salivating Over Mongolian Energy Resources – Mongolia – Place Your Bets?

By: Dr. John C.K. Daly for OilPrice.com

Sometime in the next 12 months, an energy IPO offering in distant Mongolia already has foreign investors salivating.

The darling of the international energy community is coal company Erdenes-Tavan Tolgoi (“Five Hills”) Ltd., popularly known as TT, which has yet to begin operations.

To give an idea of the potential foreign interest, analysts believe that the IPO will be handled by Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Deutsche Bank AG.

What is TT bringing to the market that has caused such interest? A massive deposit located in the east Tsankhi area of the Gobi desert and estimated to hold over 6.4 billion metric tons of coking coal, the world’s biggest untapped deposit of its kind.

Mongolia’s government is currently selecting an operator for the massive deposit and is expected to be a large, experienced foreign mining company. Heightening investor interest was a successful public offering last fall in the autumn of 2010 by Mongolian Mining Corp., Mongolia’s largest privately held domestic producer and exporter of coking coal, whose Ukhaa Khudag (UHG) mine is within the Tavan Tolgoi coal formation in the southern Gobi. Mongolian Mining Corp.’s IPO was floated on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and raised $651 million.

In contrast, analysts are predicting that the TT IPO could raise as much as $10 billion.

What makes the TT IPO unique is that the Mongolian government has just given each citizen 538 shares in the Erdenes-Tavan Tolgoi IPO. If the IPO hits its anticipated $10 billion, each Mongolian shares would be worth about $360. The government stock giveaway totaled 1.5 billion shares, equal to 10% of TT and reserved another 1.5 billion TT shares for thousands of Mongolian business enterprises. Besides the 20 percent handed out to local enterprises and citizens, the government aims to retain 50 percent of TT, with the remaining 30 percent to be listed on an overseas stock exchange.

The TT stock giveaway is an integral part of a governmental effort to convince its citizens that its decision to pursue large-scale mining in Mongolia will have a direct bearing on their well-being, following several earlier contentious mining deals.

Mongolians complained bitterly about the arrangements surrounding the $6 billion Oyu Tolgoi project, jointly owned by Canada’s Ivanhoe Mines , Rio Tinto and the Mongolian government, which will be the world’s biggest copper mine outside Chile once full operation starts in 2013.

Underwriting Mongolia’s mining boom, two years ago the Ulsyn Ikh Khural (State Great Hural, or Parliament) finally repealed the 68 percent windfall profit tax on foreign mining operations, which came into effect in January, setting the stage for massive foreign investment.

Even Russia has gotten into the act. Earlier this month, Mongolian President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj visited Moscow and met with Russian President Dmitrii Medvedev, who commented on rising bilateral trade possibilities, “We need new powerful projects such as nuclear projects or Tavan-Tolgoi, which will promote bilateral cooperation.”

Besides coal, copper and gold, Mongolia has massive deposits of other materials the world desires, including uranium and rare earth elements (REEs.) As these deposits are developed, analysts predict the economy will flourish, with the International Monetary Fund predicting that Mongolia’s annual economic growth may surge to 23 percent in 2013 as Oyu Tolgoi and other projects begin production.

With energy-hungry China next door, a Mongolian energy or mining investment is looking like one of the global economy’s more certain bets, and in the case of TT, one doesn’t need the resources of a Goldman Sachs to buy in – yet.

Source: http://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/Investors-Salivating-Over-Mongolian-Energy-Resources.html

By: Dr. John C.K. Daly for OilPrice.com. For more information on oil prices and other commodity related topics please visit www.oilprice.com.

06/8/11

Leftist Humala Wins in Peru – Another Domino Falls

By: Trevor Loudon
New Zeal

Leftist former military man, Ollanta Humala, has won a narrow victory in Peru’s election.

Hugo Chavez and Comrade Ollanta Humala

Humala, a close ally of Venezuela’s communist leader Hugo Chavez, was immediately congratulated by several of Latin America’s other Marxist led governments, including, Bolivia, Brazil, Nicaragua and Venezuela.

From China’s Xinhua.net:

Leftist former military commander Ollanta Humala won Peru’s presidential election after a bitterly fought runoff with the daughter of imprisoned ex-President Alberto Fujimori.

According to official figures published by the National Office for Electoral Processes (ONPE) on Monday, with 96 percent of the vote counted, Humala won 51.54 percent, as against 48.45 percent for Keiko Fujimori.

Fujimori was quick to recognize Humala’s victory and conceded defeat.

“I recognize the triumph of Ollanta Humala. I salute his victory and wish him luck,” Fujimori said.

She also said she was ready to open a dialogue with Humala’s team to look for areas of cooperation to ensure national unity prevails in Peru.

Humala, who takes office in July for a five-year term until 2016, quickly got words of congratulations from across Latin America.

Heads of state from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Nicaragua and Venezuela were among the first to congratulate Humala on winning the election.

This was the second time Humala ran for president in Peru after losing narrowly in 2006 to Alan Garcia in the second round of elections.

The Cuban/Brazilian/Venezuelan orchestrated “Red Tide” has now engulfed most of Latin America.

Honduras, Colombia, Mexico, even Chile, are all under threat.

From whence comes the counter-revolution?

06/8/11

Communists, Islamists – Unite in Jordan

By: Trevor Loudon
New Zeal

All over the Middle East, Europe, even the US, communist and Islamic groups are uniting against their common enemy – us.

From the Jordan Times:

Former prime minister Ahmad Obeidat on Saturday announced the launch of a pro-reform political coalition that includes opposition parties and unionists to call for the “rule of law” in Jordan.

Constitutional amendments, government accountability, combating corruption, new economic policies, redefining the role of security agencies, judicial reforms, press freedoms and revisiting the education system are the main cornerstones of the newly established National Front for Reform (NFR), according to a statement released by the coalition…

The coalition includes the Islamic Action Front (IAF), the Jordanian Communist Party, the Jordanian Democratic Popular Unity Party (Wihda), the country’s two Baathist groups, the Jordanian People’s Democratic Party (Hashed), the Nation Party, the Social Left Movement and the Jordanian Women’s Union.

Other members include a handful of professional associations and trade unions, in addition to independent figures, Obeidat said…

The NFR is, predictably, strongly anti-Israel.

The NFR statement concluded by reiterating the right of return for all Palestinian refugees and their grandchildren living in Jordan to their homes in historical Palestine.

“The existing and the coming Zionist threat is the main challenge targeting Jordan, as it has targeted Palestine,” said the statement.

06/8/11

Watcher’s Council Nominations: Erections Have Consequences Edition

From: The Watcher’s Council

Welcome to the Watcher’s Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the ‘sphere and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council. Then we vote on the best two posts, with the results appearing on Friday.

This week’s Contest is dedicated to the U.S. 2nd Ranger Battalion and Torpedo Squadron 8, men of valor…and to Huma Abedin, because this too shall pass.

Council News:

This week, The Pagan Temple, Liberty’s Spirit and Texas4Palin took advantage of my generous offer of link whorage and earned honorable mention status.

You can too. Want to see your work appear on the Watcher’s Council homepage in our weekly contest listing? Didn’t get nominated by a Council member? No worries.

Simply head over to the ‘Contact Me’ page at Joshuapundit and post your link along with an e-mail address in the comments section no later than Monday 6 PM PST to be considered for our honorable mention category and return the favor by creating a post on your site linking to the Watcher’s Council contest for the week.

It’s a great way of exposing your best work to Watcher’s Council readers and Council members. while grabbing the increased traffic and notoriety. And how good is that, eh?

So, let’s see what we have this week…

Council Submissions

Honorable Mentions

Non-Council Submissions

Enjoy!