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California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (L) looks over a photo locator guide with Darryl Griffen, Chief of the San Diego Sector, U.S. Customs and Border Protection during an aerial tour of the border between San Diego and Mexico June 21, 2006, in advance of the anticipated arrival of National Guard troops on June 15 at the border.

AP: Schwarzenegger Denies Bush Troop Request

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger this week rejected a request from the Bush administration to send an additional 1,500 National Guard troops to the Mexican border, the governor’s office confirmed Friday.

The National Guard Bureau, an arm of the Pentagon, asked for the troops to help with the border-patrol mission in New Mexico and Arizona, but Schwarzenegger said the request would stretch the California Guard too thin in case of an emergency or natural disaster.

Schwarzenegger spokesman Adam Mendelsohn confirmed the governor’s decision Friday after two California National Guard officials revealed it to The Associated Press.

Mendelsohn said the governor believed sending more troops would create an inappropriate burden on the state and disrupt the guard’s training schedule.

The overall deployment for the border mission will remain at 6,000 soldiers.

This sounds like an excuse for the Governor who is running all around the state pandering for Hispanic votes, but visitng the National Guard troops at the border and then criticizing the Congress or the President or anyone not the great Governator for illegal immigration problems.

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California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, center, and Pico Rivera mayor Pete Ramirez, right, pose for a photo, as he campaigns Saturday, June 10, 2006, in Pico Rivera, Calif. Schwarzenegger is campaigning in several California cities after he won the Republican nomination for governor on Tuesday. Man on the left is unidentified.

Arnold has an incoherent policy on illegal immigration.

First, he was with the Minutemen. Then, he was against a border wall. And he BLAMED the federal government for inaction.

And…….now what?

Come on Arnold…..tell us what you plan?

You veto driver’s licenses for illegal aliens but want to include healthcare fiunds for illegal alien children in your budget.

Arnold, what is your policy?

Is your policy to get you re-elected?

On June 1, Schwarzenegger agreed to send the California National Guard to the Mexican border to help the federal government’s effort to curb illegal immigration. That ended a 17-day standoff with the Bush administration over whether the state would join the border patrol effort and who would pay for it.

California has committed to putting 1,000 troops on the border by July 31 and has 250 there already.

Schwarzenegger initially criticized the administration’s plan to deploy troops to the border, saying it was the wrong approach to dealing with illegal immigration.

The governor finally relented after the Pentagon signed a document promising to pay for the entire mission, a cost that could top $1.4 billion nationally.

Schwarzenegger also wanted the Bush administration to commit to a firm end date. It did not, but Schwarzenegger signed an executive order saying he would not authorize the deployment beyond the end of 2008.

***Flap to Arnold – SECURE THE BORDERSEND THE NATIONAL GUARD***

Arnold, you have been insulting conservative GOP voters with your flip flops on illegal immigration and other issues. It is increasingly hard for any conservative to vote for you this November even if it means California Democrat Treasurer Phil Angelides wins. At least you will know where he stands on the issues.

Good Grief, Arnold, are you this stupid?

Stay tuned……

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A US Border Patrol officer patrols the fence at the US-Mexico border near Nogales, Arizona.

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share save 120 16 North Korea Watch: Director of the Missile Defense Agency Henry Obering Confident of North Korean Missile Interception

 North Korea Watch: Director of the Missile Defense Agency Henry Obering Confident of North Korean Missile Interception

Lt Gen. Henry A. Obering III, Director of the Missile Defense Agency

Official: U.S. Can Hit N. Korea Missile

The Pentagon’s missile defense chief predicted on Friday that interceptor rockets would hit and destroy a North Korean missile in flight if President Bush gave the order to attack it on a path to U.S. territory.

Air Force Lt. Gen. Henry A. Obering III, director of the Missile Defense Agency, told reporters he has little doubt that the interceptor system would work, even though it has never been used in a real emergency and even though the U.S. government knows relatively little about how the North Korean missile would perform.

Obering refused to say whether the U.S. missile defense system is ready now for a possible intercept mission, but noted that it has been designed specifically to defend U.S. territory against known missile threats from North Korea.

“(From) what I have seen and what I know about the system and its capabilities, I am very confident,” he said when asked at a news conference about the likelihood that one of the 11 missile interceptors based in Alaska and California would succeed against North Korea’s long-range Taepodong 2 missile.

Obering refused to discuss more specifically the level of his confidence.

He also would not say whether the missile defense system, which includes missile-tracking radars and a communications system linked to the interceptors in underground silos, is currently in an “operational” status. He said it is shifted from a test mode to an operational mode frequently. “We do it all the time,” he said.

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Missile interception by Ground-Based Interceptor (GBI)

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Missile Interception by Aegis Ship-Based BMD

Noting that North Korea has not conducted a test flight of a ballistic missile since 1998, Obering said that means the Pentagon has a limited amount of information about how a long-range Korean missile would function.

“It’s very, very difficult to understand what they may have, how it may perform,” he said, adding that any long-range ballistic missile would have to follow known trajectories in order to reach U.S. territory.

The Taepodong 2 missile is a newer version that has never been flight tested.

U.S. officials and private experts say they are uncertain of North Koreans’ motives for apparently preparing to launch a Taepodong 2, which U.S. officials believe has a range of between 5,000 miles and 7,500 miles. They may be planning a test flight of the missile to verify its design and gain other technical data for further improvements to the system, or they may use the missile to try to thrust a satellite into orbit.

There is no expectation that the missile would be launched as a deliberate attack on the United States, but without knowing for sure in advance the Pentagon has been considering the circumstances under which it would try a mid-flight intercept, on Bush’s order.

The North Korean missile program is especially troubling to the United States, Japan and other countries potentially within missile range because of North Korea’s declared _ but unproven _ possession of nuclear weapons.

Alan Romberg, an Asia policy expert and former State Department official, said in an interview Friday that he believes it is likely that North Korea has managed to fashion a number of weapons from its nuclear materials, but he finds it questionable to conclude that they have one that could be carried atop a long-range missile.

The three United States options remain:

1. Preemptive Destruction

2. Interception and Destruction

3. Diplomacy to prevent launch

Stay tuned……

 North Korea Watch: Director of the Missile Defense Agency Henry Obering Confident of North Korean Missile Interception

A commercial satellite photo of North Korea’s Nodong missile launch site taken on by a Digital Globe satellite and annotated and released by analysts at GlobalSecurity.org on May 24, 2006. The United States and Japan warned North Korea on Monday against a missile launch that experts say could reach as far as Alaska and threatened harsh action if the test flight goes ahead.

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share save 120 16 President Bush Issues Executive Order Protecting Private Property Rights

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U.S. President George W. Bush (C) delivers opening remarks before a Tee Ball game on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington June 23, 2006.

On the anniversary of the Kelo v. City of New London, 125 S. Ct. 2655 (2005)[1]
case, President Bush issued the following Executive order:

Executive Order: Protecting the Property Rights of the American People

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and to strengthen the rights of the American people against the taking of their private property, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. Policy. It is the policy of the United States to protect the rights of Americans to their private property, including by limiting the taking of private property by the Federal Government to situations in which the taking is for public use, with just compensation, and for the purpose of benefiting the general public and not merely for the purpose of advancing the economic interest of private parties to be given ownership or use of the property taken.

Sec. 2. Implementation. (a) The Attorney General shall:

(i) issue instructions to the heads of departments and agencies to implement the policy set forth in section 1 of this order; and

(ii) monitor takings by departments and agencies for compliance with the policy set forth in section 1 of this order.

(b) Heads of departments and agencies shall, to the extent permitted by law:

(i) comply with instructions issued under subsection (a)(i); and

(ii) provide to the Attorney General such information as the Attorney General determines necessary to carry out subsection (a)(ii).

Sec. 3. Specific Exclusions. Nothing in this order shall be construed to prohibit a taking of private property by the Federal Government, that otherwise complies with applicable law, for the purpose of:

(a) public ownership or exclusive use of the property by the public, such as for a public medical facility, roadway, park, forest, governmental office building, or military reservation;

(b) projects designated for public, common carrier, public transportation, or public utility use, including those for which a fee is assessed, that serve the general public and are subject to regulation by a governmental entity;

c) conveying the property to a nongovernmental entity, such as a telecommunications or transportation common carrier, that makes the property available for use by the general public as of right;

(d) preventing or mitigating a harmful use of land that constitutes a threat to public health, safety, or the environment;

(e) acquiring abandoned property;

(f) quieting title to real property;

(g) acquiring ownership or use by a public utility;

(h) facilitating the disposal or exchange of Federal property; or

(i) meeting military, law enforcement, public safety, public transportation, or public health emergencies.

Sec. 4. General Provisions. (a) This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.

(b) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

(i) authority granted by law to a department or agency or the head thereof; or

(ii) functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budget, administrative, or legislative proposals.

(c) This order shall be implemented in a manner consistent with Executive Order 12630 of March 15, 1988.

(d) This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity against the United States, its departments, agencies, entities, officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

GEORGE W. BUSH

THE WHITE HOUSE,

June 23, 2006.

Let the litigation and rehearing of the controversially decided Kelo case ultimately by the United States Supreme Court begin. Note well that the United States Supreme Court has two new conservative justices that are prone to support private property rights. But, conservative justices will need one more vote, probably from Justice Anthony Kennedy.
Flap handicaps that Kelo will be overturned/redecided……

If not, a constituional amendment will be drafted.
Stay tuned…….


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share save 120 16 North Korea Watch: Former Vice President Mondale Supports Preemptive Strike Against North Korea

 North Korea Watch: Former Vice President Mondale Supports Preemptive Strike Against North Korea

Former Vice President (under Jimmy Carter) and 1984 Democrat Presidential candidate Walter Mondale debates President Ronald Reagan in 1984.

KARE TV: Mondale: Force an option for stopping North Korea

Former Vice President Walter Mondale says he supports a pre-emptive U.S. strike against a North Korean missile that is raising nuclear fears around the globe.

Earlier this week North Korea announced it was preparing to test a missile that could reach United States mainland. Tensions rose further when the North Koreans put fuel into the missile, and continued to insist that a test firing was imminent.

Mondale said on WCCO-AM Friday that the United States should tell North Korea “defuel that missile. It has three boosters. Dismantle it and put it back in the sheds. Because if you’re getting ready to fire this, we’ll take it out.”

Mondale, who’s also a former U.S. ambassador to Japan, calls the North Korean missile “one of the most dangerous developments” in recent history.

“Nuclear weapons can destroy hundreds of millions of people in one strike – destroy major cities -it is the danger of our time,” Mondale said. “Here’s this bizarre, hermit kingdom up there, with a paranoid leader getting ready to test a missile system that can hit us. We’ve got to stop it.”

And wasn’t Mondale against the Strategic Defense Initiative and National Missile Defense? But, this is the second Democrat in a few days that has urged the President to preemptively strike North Korea.

“This is such a legitimate thing for the United States to do,” Mondale said. “The nature of the threat is so serious that I think we should knock it out right there if they won’t stop.”

President Clinton’s defense secretary, William Perry, advocated such a pre-emptive strike in The Washington Post. Current National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley brushed aside Perry’s suggestion, saying he hoped that North Korea would see the unanimously negative reaction from the international community to the test and return to the negotiating table.

Now, one has to ask if Mondale and Perry are providing diplomatic cover for President Bush – noting the severity of a potential nuclear missile launch against the United State mainland?

Or are the providing disinformation for North Korean consumption?

Stay tuned……

 North Korea Watch: Former Vice President Mondale Supports Preemptive Strike Against North Korea

A commercial satellite photo of North Korea’s Nodong missile launch site taken on by a Digital Globe satellite and annotated and released by analysts at GlobalSecurity.org on May 24, 2006. The United States and Japan warned North Korea on Monday against a missile launch that experts say could reach as far as Alaska and threatened harsh action if the test flight goes ahead.

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Remember the ridicule of President Reagan when he announced the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI)?

SDI is believed to have been first dubbed “Star Wars” by opponent Dr. Carol Rosin, a consultant and former spokeswoman of Wernher von Braun. Some critics used that term derisively, implying it is an impractical science fiction fantasy, but supporters have adopted the usage as well on the grounds that yesterday’s science fiction is often tomorrow’s engineering. In comments to the media March 7, 1986, Acting Deputy Director of SDIO, Dr. Gerold Yonas, described the name “Star Wars” as an important tool for Soviet disinformation and asserted that the nickname gave an entirely wrong impression of SDI.[22]

How the world has changed!

And thanks to President Bush who in 2001 ordered the accelelerated deployment of a National Missile Defense – now the Missile Defense Agency.


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