Archive for December, 2004

Bush raises aid by $315 Million

December 31, 2004

Just as the American and International Left thought they had another issue to bash the President–America the rich and stingy– George Bush shows our enemies…who their daddy is, by increasing the US People’s Aid to the victims of the Tsunami by ten fold!

That’s right…that’s $350 Million dollars. More than the World Bank!

Now who are you going to call stingy, you anti-american, anti-freedom, condescending terrorist lovers?

(Looking inside the Liberal playbook) Their next play will be— say the President is stingy,( in order to shame him into giving more money towards Tsunami relief) then we will claim responsibility for the increased funding. Liberals are so predictable!

More from Reuters:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States will provide $350 million in aid for victims of Asia’s devastating tsunami, a government official said on Friday.

The official said final details of the aid package were still being worked out and it was not clear whether the money was in addition to the $35 million already pledged.

I’ll call you 35 Million, and see you 315 Million!

Way to go Mr. President, or shall I call you King George!

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Aid pledges from non-affected countries

December 31, 2004

Non-affected countries has pledged donations to countries affected by this global disaster.

World Bank $250m
UK $96m
EU $44m
US: $35m
Canada: $33m
Japan: $30m
Australia: $27m
France: $20.4m
Denmark: $15.6m
Saudi Arabia: $10m
Norway: $6.6m
Taiwan: $5.1m
Finland: $3.4m
Kuwait: $2.1m
Netherlands: $2.6m
UAE: $2m
Ireland $1.3m
Singapore: $1.2m

If a poor country like Ireland can give $1.3 million dollars, where are the donations from the African countries?

Source: Reuters and United Nations

(hat tip: Tsunami Disaster in Penang Island)

(UPDATE 1/1): Traditionally Ireland has been a poor country however it has prospered over the last 20 years due to increased foreign investments. But you get my point–where are the donations from the prosperous African countries?

Tsunami Update

December 30, 2004
  • Death Toll: 114,000
  • Firedoglake has complied links to all the major airlines if you are short on cash but would like to donate your frequent flyer miles.

Continental Airlines: Accepts donations for American Red Cross, AmeriCares, Careforce and Healing the Children. They make it really easy, you just log in and donate.

Delta: Accepts donations for The United Way and CARE. They have an automated telephone system you an call, at 1-800-325-3999. You can also email them at here. You need to include your SkyMiles account number, the amount of mileage you wish to donate, and the name of the organization you want to receive your donation.

Northwest Airlines: You can donate your WorldPerks miles to the Red Cross, AmeriCares, Habitat for Humanity, OxFam and Unicef by contacting Northwest directly at 1-800-327-2881.

United Airlines accepts donations to the Red Cross. To donate, call Mileage Plus Customer Service at 1-800-421-4655.

Asia Miles Cathay Pacific will let you contribute your miles to Unicef. Click on the link and download a donation form.

American Airlines allow you to donate AAdvantage miles to provide transportation for children who require medical treatment. You can donate online or call Customer Service at 1-800-421-0600.

(hat tip: bob jots)

Follow the Leader

December 30, 2004

The US, Australia, Japan and India have formed an international coalition to lead aid efforts after the Indian Ocean sea surges, the US president has said.

“We will stand with them as they start to rebuild their communities,” George W Bush announced at his ranch in Texas.

The US has already pledged $35m and sent its navy to help the aid effort.

“Together the world will cope with their loss. We will prevail over this destruction,” Mr Bush said.

I am so proud of President Bush for once again showing the world who leads this world. The US is the leader for peace and freedom when Islamic terrorism rears its ugly head– and the US is the leader in generosity and compassion whenever disaster strikes.

I know that everyone–the MSM– wanted President Bush to purse his lips in a Clintonesque manner and utter some banal words of condolences to the affected populations. But Bush one ups the competition once again–by not only expressing his concerns for the people of the Asian disaster but–by announcing his creation of a coalition to act as a clearinghouse–in conjunction with UN–to ensure that aid reaches the affected wherever assistance is needed.

Deeds, not words, are what matters. Follow the Leader!

Laughing Liberally!

December 29, 2004

I found this cartoon while visiting the Cox and Forkum blog. I was reading about the Tsunami’s aftermath, when I thought I’d rather laugh at the Liberals. And Michael Moore in all his wacky liberalness is always a hoot!

Indian Ocean Tsunami

December 28, 2004

Strongest earthquake in 40 years hits Indonesia

Sri Lanka rejects Israeli rescuers


Tsunami toll over 55,000!

(Update 12/29):

Officials are finding dead bodies everywhere, but where are the dead animals?

Red Cross expects 100,000 deaths

Criminal behavior linked to Fatherless Households

December 26, 2004

With 70% of all children being born to households without a father, Larry Elder re-examines the latest attempts to promote out of wedlock as a “badge of honor.”

According to The World Almanac 2005 — which now lists illegitimate birth rates under the politically correct heading “Nonmarital Childbearing” — nearly 70 percent of black children are born outside of wedlock. With Latinos, the rate is almost 45 percent, whites nearly 30 percent, and Asians 15 percent. Overall, about 34 percent of America’s children today are born outside of wedlock.

According to the Heritage Foundation, children born outside of wedlock were more likely to engage in early sexual activity and have children out of wedlock. The report further stated, “Compared to children living with both biological parents in similar socioeconomic circumstances, children of never-married mothers exhibit 68 percent more antisocial behavior, 24 percent more headstrong behavior, 33 percent more hyperactive behavior, 78 percent more peer conflict, and 53 percent more dependency. Overall, children of never-married mothers have behavioral problems that score nearly three times higher than children raised in comparable intact families.”

Many studies show that the best predictor of violent crime in a community is not the race or economic status, but the proportion of households without fathers. Most juvenile and adult offenders come from homes without fathers.

What would be your advice to a community, whose out-of-wedlocks births were 70% and if you had documentation that fatherless households resulted in higher drop out rates, higher incarceration rates, higher proverty rates and more illegitimate births?

We have such a community in our great country and your countrymen need your advice?

A Shameful Thing: Sexual Abuse by UN Peacekeepers

December 23, 2004

While the UN and Kofi Annan accuse the US of “illegal” activities in Iraq, the UN Peacekeepers in Congo have been exchanging food and shelter for sex …

and this is not the first time that UN Peacekeepers have been investigated for abusing the children of a country where they are suppose to be the protectorate.

The United Nations has been forced into damage control mode lately, with a sexual harassment scandal around High Commissioner for Refugees Ruud Lubbers followed by new allegations of sexual abuse by international peacekeeping staff in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The UN has sent special teams to the DRC to investigate 150 allegations, including rape and pedophilia. There’s even photographic evidence of some abuses committed by UN civilian and military staff.

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan says he’s outraged. And he has every reason to be, says Vanessa Kent, a senior researcher at the Institute for Security Studies in South Africa, in this interview with Radio Netherlands:

“This is a shameful thing for the United Nations to have to say, and I am absolutely outraged by it,” UN chief Kofi Annan told the press on a visit to Tanzania. He said the allegations concerned a small number of UN personnel and promised to hold those involved accountable.

“I have long made it clear that my attitude to sexual exploitation and abuse is one of zero tolerance, without exception, and I am determined to implement this policy in the most transparent manner,” Mr. Annan added.

“Our evaluations are quite serious. If you remember a few months back, we had reports relating to 30-odd cases and then it went up to 60-odd. I think any time that those who are mandated to protect, who are in positions of power or in authority, are the very ones who are exploiting the people that they’re meant to be protecting, these allegations are quite serious. In fact, that’s why the UN has mandated the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) to go conduct an investigation right now in the UN mission in the Congo.”

Oddly enough:

RN: “This is not the first time that the United Nations has admitted to cases of abuses from its staff, but this seems to be on a much bigger scale…”
“It is indeed, but I don’t know how often the UN has actually admitted to having a problem, however. We can go back as far as the UN mission in Cambodia [in the early 1990s], where the national women’s organization reported a four-fold increase in prostitution. In fact most of the prostitutes in Cambodia were trafficked in from the region.”

“Two UN High Commissioner for Refugees’ reports actually focused on abuse committed by UN peacekeepers and humanitarian workers in West Africa, where they identified the exchange of food and shelter and goods for sex. At that point, the OIOS office also went in to investigate, and out of 53 cases, they were only able to substantiate ten. At the time, Sierra Leone was hosting the largest peacekeeping operation in the world, with 17,500 peacekeepers deployed. With 10,500 peacekeepers right now in the Congo, this might be the tip of the iceberg.”

NGO sources in the DRC say the almost daily reports of sexual abuse involve mainly Indian and South African members of Monuc, the UN’s mission in the strife-torn country.

“Often the soldiers encourage the girls to go near them by offering them sweets and biscuits. Then they rape them,” the Congolese head of a women’s shelter told Pretoria News.

Defending Thomas

December 22, 2004

Great article by Tom Kranawitter of the Clairemont Inststitute in defense of Clarence Thomas

Thomas is one of the few jurists today, conservative or otherwise, who understand and defend the principle that our rights come not from government but from a “Creator” and “the laws of nature and of nature’s God,” as our Declaration of Independence says, and that the purpose and power of government should therefore be limited to protecting our natural, God-given rights.

Aids is an epidemic in the Black Community

December 21, 2004

AIDS is now the No. 1 cause of death among African-Americans between the ages of 25 and 44.

Star Parker has the answer and it is simple–we need to reinstall values into our families.

It is also clear that in a world of abstinence, monogamy and sex exclusively within the framework of marriage, AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases in general would be rare.

Do we have what it takes to stop this plague that is upon us? Or are we going to succumb to this beastly scourge without a fight?