A Republic, if you can keep it

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

POW/MIA Activist Accused Of "Intimidating and Harassing" Vietnam's Primer Minister

My wife, my 13 year old Grand Daughter and I all three wear POW/MIA bracelets with the name of a United States soldier that served in Vietnam on them. We haven't seen anything that tells us the public has been told the truth about POW's/MIA's that were left behind after any war this country was ever involved in as of yet. Tonight we got an E-mail from our friend's, Chuck and Mary Schantag of the Pow Network (www.pownetwork.org) in Skidmore, Missouri. It contained a link to a U.S. Veteran Dispatch (www.usvetdsp.com) article that you probably won't see in your local paper. The article tells about POW/MIA activist Jerry Kiley managing to get close enough to Communist Vietnam's Prime Minister, Phan Van Khai to toss a glass of wine onto the carpet in front of the podium Khai was standing at. Kiley set the glass on a table and said the wine represents the blood of all the political prisoners and POW's that Khai and the Communist government he represented were responsible for murdering. Senator John McCain claims that he and Khai were splashed by the symbolic blood and that constituted assault. Kiley was arrested by United States Secret Service Agents and charged under Title 18, United States Code, Section 112(B). As a rule I don't condone violating the law, but sometimes I guess you have to take drastic measures to draw the publics attention to issues our elected officials would like us to forget. Kiley is securing an attorney and has said McCain will be subpoenaed as a witness. I feel this could get interesting. I hope you will take the time to read the Dispatch article at, http://www.usvetdsp.com/kiley_arrest.htm

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Crime Rate Is Down

Last fall (before Sept.) quite a few people were concerned about what was going to happen when the Assault Weapons Ban expired. I read letters to the editor that made it sound like our streets would become rivers of blood. Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales was in favor of keeping it in place, his Brother is a law enforcement officer and he was convinced that if the ban expired it would cause more officers to lose their lives. I wish there was some way I could put this article (http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/opinion/la-oe-lott28jun28,1,3942842.story in the hands of everyone that was concerned about the murder rate going up when the ban expired. The ban has been gone for just over nine months now and the murder rate continues to decline. In the seven states that have their own ban the murder rate has not dropped as much as in the states without a ban. Like the article says while the ban was in place you could get legal weapons that had the same capabilities as one of the banned weapons, they just looked different. I don't think the ban ever did a thing to prevent crime, the only thing it did was wake-up the gun owners and put some anti-Second Amendment politicians out of work.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Monday, June 27, 2005

Rumsfeld expects Iraq to get worse

Defense Secretary Rumsfeld is saying the violence in Iraq "could go on for any number of years", http://www.deseretnews.com/dn/view/1,1249,600144430,00.html I felt that this was going to last longer and cost more in lives and tax dollars than the war in Vietnam did when we first invaded Iraq.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Straight Talk With Sam, Honoring Old Glory

I subscribe to my United States Representative Sam Graves (R-MO) E-mail Newsletter, Straight Talk With Sam. This month he talks about an amendment that would prohibit the desecration of the United States Flag. Some people would oppose this for Constitutional reasons. Others say it is just a piece of cloth and it has no meaning. Some of the amendments supporters say the Flag represents our rights and freedoms. I feel the Flag represents our rights and freedoms, but it also represents each and every man and woman that has ever lost their life while serving in the United States military. The desecration of our Flag shows a lack of respect for the price they paid. I want to share the latest Straight Talk With Sam with you.

Honoring Old Glory

On February 23rd, 1945 the Stars and Stripes were famously raised over Iwo Jima by Marines who had fought for four days to reach its peak. Pictures of the flag being raised were sent back to the United States where it helped rally a war-weary America. If pictures are worth a thousand words then this one surely says honor, courage and freedom.

Our flag represents more than colored cloth. The American flag is an enduring symbol of liberty, democracy and justice. It represents the ideals that so many Americans have fought and died defending. On the island of Iwo Jima alone more than 6,000 troops were killed in battle.

On Wednesday the House of Representatives passed a Constitutional Amendment to prohibit the desecration of our flag. Since 1994, there have been over 119 documented cases of flag desecration. Old Glory was meant to be flown proudly, not burned.

I proudly supported that Amendment. Burning the flag is a slap in the face to all that it stands for and to all those who defended it. In order to become law it needs to pass the Senate by a two-thirds vote and then be ratified by three-fourths of the states.

This Fourth of July when you see the flag pass by, I hope that you will stand and honor it. For 229 years it has flown over the land of the free and the home of the brave. We should treat it with the honor and respect it has earned.

Sam Graves
Member of Congress

Not much there that I would disagree with. Sam calls it Fourth of July and I was taught to call it Independence Day. Like Rep. Graves I hope you will stand and show respect when the Flag passes by, but I would like to take that a little farther. If you have young ones with you this Independence Day that would be the time to teach them what the Flag represents.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic

Sunday, June 26, 2005

Question Of The Week 6/26/05

Some of you might think I'm getting ahead of myself, (and everyone else) but I don't think it's ever to soon to start thinking about the next Presidential Election. So, this weeks question is, What will be the top three (most important) issues in the next Presidential Campaign? I will post my answer in the comment section late Sunday night or early Monday morning.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Thursday, June 23, 2005

A Message From Gun Owners Of America

I'm not feeling well today (back problems) so I'm going to try to make this short. I think some of you know I support the United States Constitution as it was written. The Second Amendment to the Constitution says, "A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."I feel that firearms registration is one step towards confiscation which would be infringing upon our Second Amendment rights. I hope you will take the time to read this message (http://www.gunowners.org/a062305.htm) from Gun Owners Of America (GOA), www.gunowners.org. If the Patriot Act Reauthorization bill (1266) is passed firearms dealers will be required to keep copies of all 4473 forms, this is a step towards registration. After reading the message I hope you will contact your elected officials and urge them to oppose S. 1266. GOA has provided a prewriten message which you can edit. Just remember, anytime your elected officials don't hear from you they assume you approve of what they are doing.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

For Immediate Release

I got an E-mail from Chuck and Mary Schantag at, www.pownetwork.org that says, " Company Condems Teamsters Officials Calling Vietnam Vet "Baby Killer"

Canton, Mass., June 22, 2005 Northeast Electrical Distributors/Eagle Electric is calling on the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local 25 to publicly apologize to Vietnam Veterans employed by the Company for using the term "baby killer" in reference to one of the Company's supervisors, a decorated Viet Nam veteran. "For Local 25 union officers to call anyone who has proudly served his country a "baby killer" has brought Local 25 to a new low," states Lou Brady, Vice President of Operations who himself served during the Viet Nam era. The Company, an electrical distributor with 17 locations in New England, is engaged in a labor dispute with infamous Teamsters Local 25. Teamsters Local 25 is the same union local that was under federal investigation for several years for shaking down movie producers in the Boston area, as well as allegedly having a woman beaten for refusing to turn her concession stand over to the Teamsters. Amid union strike threats, Company locked out 30 drivers. On June 1st, after Local 25 officials threatened to call the Company's 30 unionized drivers out on strike, the company was forced to lock out it's drivers to protect its customer service and the livelihoods of the Company's 345 other employees. Immediately following the lock out, working employees, customers, and vendors were besieged with threats, physical intimidation, and vulgar name calling by union picketers and officers of the Teamsters Local 25. Teamsters call Vietnam Vet "Baby Killer" On Friday, June 3, 2005, Teamster officers and picketers began calling one of the Company's supervisors "baby killer" from the picket line. Upon being called this derogatory term, the supervisor (a man who proudly served his country during the Viet Nam War) took an immediate leave of absence. Upon leaving, the supervisor went home, donned his old military uniform, gathered two family members, his American and Marine Corps flags, and returned to confront the union officers and picketers with his patriotism. "Although we shouldn't be surprised by anything this local does," stated Brady, "to denigrate those of us who served our country during the Viet Nam War is unconscionable. Many of us lost good friends and many of us still carry scars physical and emotional from that war." Company asks for help in denouncing Teamsters' use of the term "Baby Killer" "We are not asking for anyone to choose sides in this labor dispute," states Lou Brady. "However, we are asking for our military brethren to either call or write a letter to the Teamsters Local 25 leadership and demand a public apology for disparaging our men and women who proudly served during Viet Nam." Please demand a public apology by faxing or writing to:
ATTN: Ritchie Reardon, President
Teamsters Union Local 25
544 Main Street
Boston, Ma 02129

Local 25 Fax number: 617-242-4284 ".

I don't think it should matter if we were ever in the military or if we are union or non-union. We should be able to see that the actions taken by Local 25 members are disrespectful to the United States Military as a whole. Please take the time to contact Mr. Reardon and let him know that you feel he and his local members owe our Veterans an apology.

The United States is now involved in another unpopular war. I hope that the citizens of the United States have grown up some since Vietnam. When the men and women now serving in our military return home I pray they will be shown the respect they deserve.

If you are interested in POW/MIA or Veterans issues please visit the site hosted by Chuck and Mary Schantag, www.pownetwork.org

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Monday, June 20, 2005

Get Serious About Border Security

I was checking my E-mail after I got home from work last night and found two articles that proves something needs to be done about our immigration policies and border security. The first one (http://www.seacoastonline.com/news/06092005/editoria/46656.htm I'd heard about before. In fact I've seen several other articles about Gregory Despres who made his way "to the Canadian border crossing at Calais, Maine carrying a homemade sword, a hatchet, a knife, brass knuckles and a chain saw stained by what appeared to be blood." United States customs officials have came up with a bunch of lame excuses for why they couldn't hold him. I haven't heard if any of them thought to ask him what that was on his sweatshirt. If I'm not mistaken possession of brass knuckles is against the law, you can always try to pass them off as a paper weight. The second article (http://www.washingtontimes.com/national/20050414-115247-2595r.htm also tells about something I had heard about before. Illegal aliens that are facing immigration proceedings are being released by authorities. There is some good news in this article, some Republicans are saying the Bush administration is "not serious" about this issue. Something about the end of the article really bothers me. Known criminals are being released but, "Members of the subcommittees also ended up taking sides on whether the Minutemen patrolling the Arizona border are "vigilantes," as President Bush called them. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts Democrat, said he agreed with Mr. Bush's characterization, and told Mr. Cerda to let him know what the Department of Homeland Security's policy was on dealing with vigilantes." Known murderers, rapists and child molesters are being released and Mr. Kennedy is concerned about United States citizens that want to secure our borders. I'm thinking maybe Sen. Kennedy has been in D.C. just a little to long and needs to go home for some much needed rest. Please contact your elected officials and urge them to get serious about fixing our failed immigration policies and secure our borders.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Sunday, June 19, 2005

Question Of The Week, 6/19/05

Before I ask this week's question I'd like to wish all of you Dad's a very Happy Father's Day! Since this is Fathers Day this week's question will have something to do with being a Father. You don't have to be a Father to answer. I'm sure that all of us now know that no matter how tough or strict Dad was he cared about us and wanted to help us plan for the future. In the past Dad's might even suggest you think about going into the military, "think of the benefits, stay in for twenty years and your set up for life". So this week's question is. If you had a teenage Son or Daughter would you suggest they consider a career in the military? My answer will be posted in the comment section Monday morning.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Saturday, June 18, 2005

History Does Repeat It's Self

I'm sure all of you have heard remarks about history repeating it's self. Have you ever given any thought to how much the United States has in common with Hitler's Nazi Germany? I hope you'll take the time to read Chuck Baldwin's column (http://www.chuckbaldwinlive.com/chuckwagon.html) that shows how some of the principles and tactics that Hitler used in the 1930's are being used in the United States today. Mr. Baldwin was the Constitution Party's (http://www.constitutionparty.com/) 2004 Vice Presidential candidate.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Sheriffs Want Their Names Removed From Opposition Letter

I read an article (http://www.nraila.org/CurrentLegislation/Read.aspx.?ID=1643 that tells about four Nevada Country Sheriffs whose names had been added to the list of names of law enforcement officials opposing H.R. 800. The letter had been posted on the Million Mom March and the Brady Campaign to Prevent Handgun Violence websites. It seems that these four sheriffs never agreed to having their names on the list. I hope you will take the time to read the link. These four men have been listed as opponents of legislation they support. I don't know if their names were added to the list by mistake or if they were added to make a more impressive list.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

China/United States

I can remember thinking China was a backward (third world) nation that had a military that was willing to go to war with any country and fight to the death. Some things have changed since then. China still has a military that all other countries should be concerned about, but it is no longer thought of as a backward nation. A trip to any department store in the United States will prove that. I read a What We Now Know article today that says a large number of people feel China/United States trade deals are beneficial to the American public. OK, we can get shoes and clothing (stuff) that is MADE IN CHINA for less money than we would pay for the same product if it was made in the United States. I don't see that as a benefit when you figure most of the factories that made these products in the United States have closed their doors and reopened in China. A few years ago I heard about a shirt a man wore to a China trade protest. The message on the shirt read, "EVERYTHING IS MADE IN CHINA, including your future", I feel that could be very true. I hope you will take the time to read this over the fence look at China, http://www.investorsinsight.com/wwnk.aspx

God Bless America, God Save The Republic

Sunday, June 12, 2005

Question Of The Week, 6/12/05

The Supreme Court recently said NO! to medical marijuana. What do you think, should cancer victims and people with other chronic medical conditions be allowed to use medical marijuana? I'll post my answer in the comment section some time late Sunday or early Monday morning.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

United Nations and Pro Wrestling

A Washington Times article (http://www.washtimes.com/world/20050608-115321-5117r.htm) was e-mailed to me. This article has got to be about one of the most corrupt organizations on the face of the earth, the United Nations. It is financially supported by the United States. If you send financial aid to an organization aren't you telling them you support their policies? So we have been telling the United Nations that things like the oil-for-food program and sexual abuse by United Nations peacekeeping troops are acceptable. I don't think they are and these a just a couple of reasons I'd like to see the United States give up it's membership in the United Nations. Since we can't get enough of our elected officials to agree to do that I feel the action mentioned in the above article is a step in the right direction.

When I was young one of our neighbors was a professional wrestler, (Thor Hagen, one of the good guy's) since I ran around with his kid's I became a wrestling fan. This article and the United Nations reminded me of something that happened during a wrestling match some time in the late 50's or early 60's. One of the bad guy's had been disqualified. He then attacked one of the officials at the time keepers table. After the referee got him pulled off the official and sent him to the locker room he announced that he would levy a fine against him. He said that the only way to hurt these bullies was to hit them in the pocketbook. OK, professional wrestling is probably fake. The referee got it right. The only way we will get the United Nations to reform it's self will be to hit it in the pocketbook. Cut their funding.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Today In History, June 8, 1967

On June 8, 1967 a United State Navy vessel was attacked, 34 members of her crew were killed and 172 were wounded. The United States government took no action against the country that carried out this act of war. In fact the United States government played a major role in covering the incident up. They said it was a case of "mistaken identity", I don't believe that to this day. I feel that the country that carried out the attack was afraid the ship had listened in on radio transmissions about other war crimes they had carried out. War planes that had been sent to defend the ship in distress were called back by Washington, D.C., they didn't want to embarrass the country that carried out the attack. After all that country was our friend and ally Israel.

Every year on this day I spend a little time thinking about the men that made up the crew of the USS Liberty. I wonder how they felt when their ship was first attacked by a country that is supposed to be our friend. When I started going to the sites I visit as a part of this I found that one of them ( http://ussliberty.org/) had added a new link, "War Crimes Report Filed By Liberty Survivors". I hope you will go to the site I posted and read that. While your there you can read the list of names of the crew members that were murdered that day, it is a very interesting site. Some time today I will also be watching a 52 minute video, "Loss Of Liberty", I watch it every year on this day. The video has footage of the USS Liberty before and after the attack and interviews with crew members. If your interested in getting a copy check out, http://www.veteransforpeace.org/Loss_of_liberty_021704.htm I feel it is well worth watching. Please take a few minutes to check out the links I've posted, and Remember The Liberty.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Senator Jim Talent On The District Of Columbia Personal Protection Act

In my Wednesday May 25, 2005 post, "Help D. C. Area Residents" I ask you to help Washington, D. C. residents regain their Second Amendment rights by contacting your elected officials and urging them to support two pieces of legislation, H.R. 1288 and S. 1082. Today I got a response to the letter I sent to one of my United States Senators, Jim Talent (R-MO) . I wanted to share my mail with you.

Dear Mr. Schantz

Thank you for contacting me regarding the District of Columbia Personal Protection Act. I appreciate the time you have taken to share your views with me, and welcome the opportunity to respond.

As you know, I have long been a supporter of the right law-abiding citizens to own firearms. The second Amendment is clear- it guarantees citizens' right to keep and bear arms.

I have often remarked that gun control is not effective crime control. Gun control merely restricts the rights of law-abiding citizens and ensures that only criminals will own guns. The perverse effect of any gun control is to increase violent crime because criminals know their victim is less likely to be able to defend him or herself. For example, there is growing and powerful evidence that violent crime has gone down in states which permit honest citizens to carry firearms on their persons. Furthermore, Washington, D.C. had the highest murder rate in the country throughout much of the last two decades, and again in 2002, even though it has long banned all firearm ownership.

I support eliminating D.C.'s gun ban, which effectively outlaws ownership of all firearms including rifles, because I believe it is a clear violation of the Second Amendment. There has been much debate, however, over weather the best way to overturn the law is through Congress or the courts. Besides the D.C. Personal Protection Act, there is a lawsuit pending in federal court in which six D.C. residents are suing the city to have their Second Amendment rights restored. I see nothing wrong with either the legislative or judicial approach to this problem, and I am hopeful that one way or another, the Second Amendment rights of the 570,000 residents of D.C. will soon be recognized.

I will continue to support the Second Amendment rights of my constituents and indeed, of all Americans. Again, thank you for contacting me. If I may be of further assistance, please don't hesitate to call or write.

Thank you for your email. To contact me on this or any other subject, please go to http://talent.senate.gov/Contact/default.cfm

Senator Jim Talent

There are a countless number of attacks on citizens by thugs and thieves every day. It is unrealistic to think that the police will always be there to protect you. A countless number of legally owned firearms are also used every day by private citizens to protect property and save lives, many times without a shot being fired. Those cases don't get the news coverage that mass a murder in a school or work place get. Articles on firearms saving lives don't sell papers like articles about mass murder do. Every once in a while one makes it to print if there is something unusual about it like this one, http://www.kansas.com/mld/eagle/news/local/crime_courts/11832399.htm . Once again I want to ask you to contact your elected officials and urge them to support H.R. 1288 and S. 1082 all honest United States citizens should have the right to keep and bear arms rather they exorcise that right or not should be up to each citizen.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

1912 Villisca,Iowa Axe Murders, Coroners Inquest

This isn't going to be like most of my past post. When I answered question #3 in yesterdays post, Tag, Your It I said that I would explain why I read, "1912 Villisca, Iowa Axe Murders, Coroners Inquest" at some time in the future. Well the anniversary of the Villisca, Iowa axe murders is just a few days off so I guess this would be a good time to do that. My Grand Mother passed away when my Mother was fairly young. From what I understand her Father didn't think a man should raise girls without the help of a woman in the house so he turned to family friends to raise his four Daughters, his two son's stayed with him. He didn't abandon the girls he went to visit as often as he could. My Mother went to live with Mr. & Mrs. C. A. Moore. I grew up calling them Grandpa and Grandma, they were the only Grand Parents I ever got to know, the others on both sides of the family passed away when I was very young. So, what does this have to do with me reading a coroners inquest?

On the evening of June 9, 1912 (Before my Mother went to live in the Moore home) the six members of the Josiah Moore (Brother to C. A. Moore) family and two young visiting guest, Lena and Ina Stillinger went to the Josiah Moore home after church. The next morning all eight of them were found dead. All eight of them were murdered with an axe. The case is Iowa's worst mass homicide and it is still unsolved. Since my Mother spent part of her time growing up in the home of C. A. Moore I feel like six of the victims are family, that's why I took an interest in the murders. If you would like to read about it go to, www.villisca.com , click on, "Villisca Living with a mystery" that will take you to several more links, I think "The Mystery" is a good one to start with. There is a lot of interesting reading here if you are into reading unsolved murder stories. The home the murders took place in is now a museum, if your ever around Villisca, Iowa I'd like to suggest you check it out.

My last two post have been a lot of fun. I'll be back to my normal self by the next one.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic

Monday, June 06, 2005

Tag, Your It

I got tagged by http://whymrhymer101.blogspot.com . That means I need to post the answers to four questions and then tag five others. If you found an invitation to read this in your Comment Section that means you have been tagged. So here are the questions and my answers.

(1) Number of books you own: I don't really know, I have shelves full in the house, and box's full (that I'm going to read again some day) stored out in the shed.

(2) Last book bought: Pray for Our Nation. It is a book of prayers for a country in trouble. My Grand Daughter pointed it out to me when I gave her a ride to the book store.

(3) Last book I read: 1912 Villisca, Iowa Axe Murders, Coroner's Inquest I'll have to post a message on the subject to explain why I read that at some time in the future.

(4) Five books that mean a lot to me: That's a tough one, all books are important. I'll have to say:

(1) The Federal Siege At RUBY RIDGE by Randy & Sara Weaver. Randy and I lived in the same area until I was four years old. I have an autographed copy.

(2) The Art Of War by Sun Tzu. His thoughts and ideas are still taught and used in China today. If your concerned about China's policies you should read this book.

(3) Pray for Our Nation. What more can I say about this?

(4) The Church Deceived by Martin "Red" Beckman

(5) UNBRIDLED POWER Inside The Secret Culture Of The IRS by Shelley Davis

If your site is on the following list that means you have been tagged, your "IT", it's up to you. It's your turn to post your answers to the four questions I answered, then you tag five more sites. Have fun, here's my list:

(1) Chris http://politicalforecast.blogspot.com
(2) http://sailorinthedesert.blogspot.com
(3) http://theyetimn.blogspot.com
(4) http://gindy.blogspot.com
(5) Eddie http://powersnotdelegated.blogspot.com

God Bless America, God Save The Republic

Sunday, June 05, 2005

Question Of The Week, 6/5/05

It's been a busy week and I hadn't thought of a Question Of The Week of my own. I got the idea for this week's question from my local news paper, the St. Joseph News-Press, www.stjoelive.com . Do you think U.S. troops will be out of Iraq by the time President Bush leaves office? I know my answer, I'll post it some time Monday in the Comments Section.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Letter From My United States Representative

I got a letter from My United States Representative, Sam Graves (R-MO.) today. It was in response to one I had sent him asking about his views on the Online Freedom Of Speech Act. I wanted to share his response with you.

Dear David,

Thank you for contacting me regarding H.R. 1606/S. 678, The Online Freedom Of Speech Act. I appreciate the opportunity to share my thoughts with you.

This legislation seeks to exclude Internet communications from the meaning of "public communication", as defined in the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971. When Congress passed the Bipartisan Campaign Finance Reform Act (BCRA) in 2002, the legislation did not identify the Internet as a target of regulation. However, a federal judge has ruled that the Federal Election Commission's (FEC) exemption is not permissible since there was no clear direction from Congress.

This bill would provide that clear direction and allow all citizens the ability to be involved in politics on all aspects of local, state, and federal elections. I do not support restrictions that infringe on the freedom of speech and undermine the political process.

The bill has been referred to the House Committee on House Administration. I will continue to monitor this legislation with your thoughts in mind, and I can assure you that I will fight to preserve our first amendment rights.

Thank you again for contacting me and please do not hesitate to reach me in the future or visit my website at www.house.gov/graves if I can be of assistance.

Sam Graves
Member of Congress

Representative Graves does have a good record when it comes to supporting our Second Amendment rights. I hope he will work to protect the First Amendment in this case.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Central American Free Trade Agreement

I see there are more articles on the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) showing up in the print media. I take that to mean that the push is on to get the next big job give away passed and the supporters of free trade are afraid that United States citizens aren't going to take it very well. I read one article that said it took President Bush less than three months to push separate trade deals with Australia, Chile, Morocco and Singapore, but the biggest one CAFTA has been lingering for a year. I think they might have slipped some of those agreements past the public while everyone was reading about the War in Iraq. At one time it was predicted that Congress would vote on CAFTA in May, now supporters are saying the vote will come in late June or early July. Another article on CAFTA said that the agreement was patterned after the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Well we have had plenty of time to see how well NAFTA worked now. It was a real good deal if you had a factory you wanted to move out of the country so you could save money on the cost of labor. What made the deal even better was the idea of shipping your product into the United States tariff free and selling it for more than you sold it for when it was made in the United States. You can get information on CAFTA, and how to stop it at, http://www.stopcafta.org/ . If CAFTA is passed we'll have six new free trade partners, so you can multiply the number of jobs lost to NAFTA by about five or six to get some kind of an idea about what CAFTA will cost the United States work force. I hope you will contact your elected officials and urge them to oppose CAFTA.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.