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The UN Scandal Continues to Grow

Posted by Mark on November 18, 2004

The Scandal in the UN continues to grow and grow. Here’s an update from National Review.

Alan Gerson, an international-law expert, has been a leader in the litigation of antiterrorist cases. He told me that when a person or an entity â?? even a government â?? has aided and abetted terrorism, its immunity can be bypassed in legal proceedings. When someone violates the “commitment to peremptory norms” â?? i.e., when it helps fund terrorism â?? it effectively gives up its immunity from legal action. The president can and should act on this idea.

The president could determine â?? and issue an order saying â?? that the U.N. Oil-for-Food program, according to the available evidence, violated that “commitment to peremptory norms” and thus waived its immunities to congressional and other U.S. legal proceedings. At that point, Coleman’s PSI could issue enforceable subpoenas against the U.N., its staff, and the companies that participated in the program. The U.N. would then be in a position such that it had to either cooperate with the investigation or be held in contempt of Congress. (Which it manifestly is right now.)

The American system of government is based on the principles of checks and balances, and accountability. The U.N. is now unaccountable to anyone but its members. We give about $7 billion a year to the U.N. and its agencies. If the U.N. remains contemptuous of Congress â?? and the American people â?? it should suffer the loss of those funds until it decides to cooperate fully. There is no reason to trust the U.N. to investigate and punish those who abused the program, or to recover any of the funds that were looted by Saddam through the U.N.’s program. Congress should use its power of the purse to compel the U.N. to cooperate. And the president could make that much easier by declaring the U.N.’s immunities waived by its involvement in terror.

See you in court, Kofi.

This scandal continues to grow exponentially. It’s past time for the President to step up and call it for what it is.

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Testing BlogJet

Posted by Mark on November 18, 2004

I’ve installed an interesting application – BlogJet. It’s a cool Windows client for my blog tool (as well as for other tools). Get your copy here: http://blogjet.com

I’ll play with it and see if its worth paying for.

“Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.” — Pablo Picasso

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The UN Scandal Continues to Grow

Posted by Mark on November 18, 2004

The Scandal in the UN continues to grow and grow. Here’s an update from National Review.

Alan Gerson, an international-law expert, has been a leader in the litigation of antiterrorist cases. He told me that when a person or an entity �?? even a government �?? has aided and abetted terrorism, its immunity can be bypassed in legal proceedings. When someone violates the “commitment to peremptory norms” �?? i.e., when it helps fund terrorism �?? it effectively gives up its immunity from legal action. The president can and should act on this idea.

The president could determine �?? and issue an order saying �?? that the U.N. Oil-for-Food program, according to the available evidence, violated that “commitment to peremptory norms” and thus waived its immunities to congressional and other U.S. legal proceedings. At that point, Coleman’s PSI could issue enforceable subpoenas against the U.N., its staff, and the companies that participated in the program. The U.N. would then be in a position such that it had to either cooperate with the investigation or be held in contempt of Congress. (Which it manifestly is right now.)

The American system of government is based on the principles of checks and balances, and accountability. The U.N. is now unaccountable to anyone but its members. We give about $7 billion a year to the U.N. and its agencies. If the U.N. remains contemptuous of Congress �?? and the American people �?? it should suffer the loss of those funds until it decides to cooperate fully. There is no reason to trust the U.N. to investigate and punish those who abused the program, or to recover any of the funds that were looted by Saddam through the U.N.’s program. Congress should use its power of the purse to compel the U.N. to cooperate. And the president could make that much easier by declaring the U.N.’s immunities waived by its involvement in terror.

See you in court, Kofi.

This scandal continues to grow exponentially. It’s past time for the President to step up and call it for what it is.

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Testing BlogJet

Posted by Mark on November 18, 2004

I’ve installed an interesting application – BlogJet. It’s a cool Windows client for my blog tool (as well as for other tools). Get your copy here: http://blogjet.com

I’ll play with it and see if its worth paying for.

“Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.” — Pablo Picasso

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Garrison Keillor on who should not have the right to vote

Posted by Mark on November 18, 2004

Garrison Keillor, host of A Prairie Home Companion on NPR, said on November 3rd that he was heading an organization to take away the right to vote from gays, Jews, and black people. He said further that if Gays, Jews and blacks are allowed to vote, why not Canadians?

This was said at a fund raiser in Chicago for a Children’s Hospital. The audience laughed and applauded in agreement.

Are you offended?

Wondering why this wasn’t page one in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, or Washington Post?

Wondering why Chris Matthews wasn’t screaming about this on MSNBC?

Wondering why Nightline hasn’t devoted multiple episodes to these racist, bigoted comments?

The reason is that Garrison Keillor said the above about born again Christians, not Gays, Jews, or African Americans.

Here’s the actual quote:

“I am now the chairman of a national campaign to pass a constitutional amendment

to take the right to vote away from born-again Christians. [enthusiastic

audience applause] Just a little project of mine. My feeling is that born-again

people are citizens of heaven, that is where there citizenship is, [laughter] is

in heaven, it’s not here among us in America. …”

Where’s the outrage at this blatant bigotry? Apparently its quite acceptable to say this about Christians, as they are apparently not a protected class, and therefore can be made targets for tax subsidized humor from an National Public Radio host. And the Mainstream Media can stay silent in agreement.

I’m reminded of an old quote:

First they came for the Communists,

and I didn’t speak up,

because I wasn’t a Communist.

Then they came for the Jews,

and I didn’t speak up,

because I wasn’t a Jew.

Then they came for the Catholics,

and I didn’t speak up,

because I was a Protestant.

Then they came for me,

and by that time there was no one

left to speak up for me.




by Rev. Martin Niemoller, 1945



If Garrison Keillor is allowed to get away with this, what will be next?

Hat tip to Mike Gallagher for this story.

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Garrison Keillor on who should not have the right to vote

Posted by Mark on November 18, 2004

Garrison Keillor, host of A Prairie Home Companion on NPR, said on November 3rd that he was heading an organization to take away the right to vote from gays, Jews, and black people. He said further that if Gays, Jews and blacks are allowed to vote, why not Canadians?

This was said at a fund raiser in Chicago for a Children’s Hospital. The audience laughed and applauded in agreement.

Are you offended?
Wondering why this wasn’t page one in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, or Washington Post?
Wondering why Chris Matthews wasn’t screaming about this on MSNBC?
Wondering why Nightline hasn’t devoted multiple episodes to these racist, bigoted comments?

The reason is that Garrison Keillor said the above about born again Christians, not Gays, Jews, or African Americans.

Here’s the actual quote:

“I am now the chairman of a national campaign to pass a constitutional amendment
to take the right to vote away from born-again Christians. [enthusiastic
audience applause] Just a little project of mine. My feeling is that born-again
people are citizens of heaven, that is where there citizenship is, [laughter] is
in heaven, it’s not here among us in America. …”

Where’s the outrage at this blatant bigotry? Apparently its quite acceptable to say this about Christians, as they are apparently not a protected class, and therefore can be made targets for tax subsidized humor from an National Public Radio host. And the Mainstream Media can stay silent in agreement.

I’m reminded of an old quote:

First they came for the Communists,
and I didn�t speak up,
because I wasn�t a Communist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn�t speak up,
because I wasn�t a Jew.
Then they came for the Catholics,
and I didn�t speak up,
because I was a Protestant.
Then they came for me,
and by that time there was no one
left to speak up for me.


by Rev. Martin Niemoller, 1945

If Garrison Keillor is allowed to get away with this, what will be next?

Hat tip to Mike Gallagher for this story.

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Silencing the Christmas Bells

Posted by Mark on November 18, 2004

Okay, so I’m not following my own “shhhh-shing” advice. But this story is just to sad to pass up. How can Target, Best Buy and Circuit City not allow The Salvation Army Bell Ringers this Christmas?!?!? It’s incredibly sad, and will influence where I do my Christmas shopping this year. Those bells are as much a part of Christmas as presents or Christmas trees. Shame on those stores for not allowing the bell ringers.

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Shhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!

Posted by Mark on November 18, 2004

Peggy Noonan’s post-election advice:

Everybody, take a breath.

Be Still.

Wise and Wonderful Words.

I’m gonna go to bed, now.

Without watching FoxNews.

Without reading National Review, OpinionJournal, or anything else, including blogs.

Good Night.

And, Happy Thanksgiving.

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