The St. Petersburg Times has an interesting Op-Ed about how President Putin has built up Russia’s security apparatus to the point that it now it exceeds the power the feared KGB once held in the Soviet Union.
As a former KGB man himself, Putin has spent his Presidency rebuilding the secret police and intelligence services that former President Yeltsin dismantled. After the fall of the Soviet Union, the KGB was reborn as the FSB as it is called today.
Yeltsin felt that under Soviet rule the KGB had too much power and influence. He liked the U.S. system of spreading... Read More
The Civil War was about State’s Rights versus Federal Government Rights. The Confederacy believed that the States should have the right to decide for itself whether or not to enter the Union as a slave state or a free state. The Missouri Compromise was Congress’ attempt to settle the argument once and for all, but the Confederacy wanted nothing to do with it and thus began America’s first Civil War.
May 11, 2008 may be the start date of the second.
The 50 States have until May 11, 2008 to comply with the RealID Act – an Orwellian de facto national... Read More
The Associated Press reported yesterday that included in a tax rebate deal hammered out between Congress and The White House is a provision to raise the limits on FHA loans and the mortgages that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac may purchase. Originally it was reported that this limit would be up to $725,000 in high-cost areas, such as Southern California. Today it is being reported that the limits would be up to $730,000 for FHA loans, and 125 to 150% of an area's median home price for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgages, that would be considered conforming loans.
Conforming loan limits... Read More
There is an old folk saying that goes along the lines of “If at first you don’t succeed, find out if there is a prize for the loser”. However in the case of Senator Fred Thompson, there will be no prize, just humiliation, and looming lack of recognition as to who he is, aside from “That guy old white guy from Law and Order who is not Sam Waterston or Jerry Orbach”. No, a month from now, maybe even less, people will forget the name Fred Thompson and he’ll be just as unknown as he was when he first started his snail-paced race towards the White House.... Read More
During the war, soldiers and other poachers killed vast amounts of herds, planted landmines and destroyed the park's infrastructure. By the 1990s, the park that was once hailed as paradise was all but abandoned and the area was not unlike many other communities of waste and ruin that we are told about by our parents when they generally want children to eat up and not waste any food. There are so many people in the world who are not as lucky as you, so thank the lord and eat hardy. I know all of us can remember that episode as a child, I certainly can relate to that myself. The question... Read More
Specifically the United States was to blame for it. Supposedly Vladimir Putin believes that the State Department had something to do with the rallies over the weekend and had words with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's ODIHR. Which
I couldn't see why the rallies might of happened with the way Putin runs the country. I mean with him sending in the police and arresting people on the charges of "unsanctioned" rallies specifically Garry Kasparov and "dozens" others out a crowd of approximately 2000. Kasparov was convicted and sentenced to five days in jail almost... Read More
Perhaps I am an unusual sort of guy; I enjoy a good civil debate, tempered with levelheaded rules of course. The first rule is to debate your point of view using evidence through researched material. But the main rule is to always keep it civil as the debate can become dislodged from the purpose of its intent (purpose of a debate is to seek out the truth through adamant research on the part of both debating competitors).
The point here is to debate with knowledge as your choice of weapons and with mutual respect for the opposition and his or her counterviews. It is without a doubt that... Read More
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I believe that someday all military operations will be reduced and we will be able to make agreements using international negotiations. War never changes things to better, never!