The Pope, the President and dictatorial relativism / Pay ransom to get a kidnapped kid and get barred from entering the USA? / President Jimmy Carter and Hamas / Obama: Still "clinging to religion" / Senate looks at human-animal hybrids / Deal making for judges / Senator: "We just can't fix the roads" / McDonald's gay burger / Watch for Mother's Day?
NEW APRIL CHAIRMAN'S REPORTS AVAILABLE - The April, 2008 Chairman's Report from William J. Murray is now available online in PDF version. The Chairman's Report contains some material not seen in these updates. Click here to view
BUSH ADMINISTRATION PUNISHES THOSE WHO PAY RANSOM In a bizarre twist the Christian families who have been forced to pay ransom to terrorists for the release of kidnapped loved ones are now being refused entry into the United States for "aiding terrorism." The Bush Administration logic is that by paying ransom instead of allowing their children to be killed, the family "assisted" the terrorists. Oddly, there are actually people (mostly at Fox News) who think the mastermind of this logic at the State Department, Secretary Condoleeza Rice, should he Senator McCain's pick for VP. Click here for a full report.
PRESIDENT CARTER AND HAMAS - The head HAMAS cleric declares that Rome will fall to Islam soon, as Jihad takes over Europe and then the United States. Former President Jimmy Carter's response to this outrage is to announce that he will meet with HAMAS leaders to discuss peace. The only "peace" HAMAS wants is the quiet graveyards of Christians and Jews. HAMAS CLERIC LINK
CLINTON SAYS OBAMA IS ELITIST - Senator Hillary Clinton has told the world what conservatives already knew: Harvard educated Barac k Obama is an elitist who looks down his nose at working class folks. There is something far more telling about Obama's remarks that poor rural folks "cling to religion." It shows that Senator Obama is an out and out fake who attends church while mocking church goers at elitist parties held at the homes of secularists and atheists in San Francisco.
DEAL MAKING FOR JUDGES - Republican Leader McConnell (R-KY) has made a deal with Majority Leader Reid (D-NV) to allow confirmation of three Circuit Court judges in return for allowing technical changes in a 2005 transportation appropriations by passing a "Highways Technical Bill." The judges have not yet been named. Meanwhile, literally hundreds of other Bush appointments have been stalled to the point that some federal agencies cannot operate.
SPEAKING OF HIGHWAYS - A Senator who was instrumental to the passage of the 2005 transportation appropriations act that funded highways for five years, says the funds were so inadequate that they do not even keep up with repair. President Bush has threatened to veto greater funding. As a result, this Republican Senator told me, the interstate system may have to eventually be handed over to private companies to operate as toll roads in order to stay operational.
MCDONALD'S GAY BURGER- At the Oak Brook, Illinois office of McDonald's restaurants a secretary reported that management has projections that joining the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce will increase sales. Management believes there will be a huge increase in the number of gays visiting its stores during the hours right after school now that the restaurant chain has given its stamp of approval to homosexuality.
NEW APRIL CHAIRMAN'S REPORTS AVAILABLE - The April, 2008 Chairman's Report from William J. Murray is now available online in PDF version. The Chairman's Report contains some material not seen in these updates. Click here to view.
MORE IRAQI REFUGEES IN A SWEDISH TOWN THAN IN ALL USA - The United States has admitted less than 5,000 Iraqi refugees between April 2003 and April 1st of this year. During the same time period, Sweden has accepted 34,000 according to Congressman Alcee Hastings, chairman of the Helsinki Commission. Mayor Anders Lago of Sodertalje, Sweden told the Helsinki Commission that his small city of about 80,000 has accepted 6,000 Iraqis. "More refugees than the United States and Canada together," he pointed out.
AFGHAN STUDENT DEATH SENTENCE APPEAL - An Afghan student journalist who was sentenced to death in January for spreading a document calling for women's rights under Islam, has been granted an appeal according to Bloomberg Reports. Sayed Parwez Kambakhsh, 23, was moved from a prison in Balkh to the capital, Kabul, according to the London-based Institute which is an international advocate for press freedom. I personally spoke with my White House contacts about the situation and was promised "quiet action." Unfortunately "quiet action" does not correct the root cause of death sentences for exercising free speech.