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Japan to re-enter fight against terrorists

Yesterday in the Wall Street Journal’s Opinion Journal section, there was a pretty interesting article about the new Prime Minister of Japan, Mr. Yasuo Fukuda. It seems that Japan has been watching the US Senate, because they were put in a position where they had to use the ‘constitutional option’ in the lower house (two-thirds yes vote is necessary) in order to override the vote of the upper house. Pretty cool, eh? If only we had the stones here…

What was the vote needed to do? Since 1951, the constitutional option has not been used, but the upper house did not want to join in the war against those who are terrorize the world. Prime Minister Fukuda saw the situation differently. Apparently, so did the lower house! Please read the article. Have a great day.

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I have a few articles for you today that should be brought to the attention of the world outside of China. The fight for civil rights is alive and well in China, but we hear little of this. It truly is a fight, because people are imprisoned when they get caught. While in prison, they are beaten badly.

This first article is about a man whose only crime was he saw the humanity in each person. For this, they threw him in prison where he was beaten.

Chinese Rights Lawyer Beaten, Staging Hunger Strike in Prison.
December 28, 2007.

HONG KONG–Prominent Chinese civil rights lawyer Guo Feixiong has been beaten in prison and is now on the fifteenth day of a hunger strike, his wife and sister have told Radio Free Asia (RFA).

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“He told me he was beaten for a long time. The prisoner stopped beating him only when the onlookers began to boo and shush to express their displeasure. In the process of the beating, he fell from the stairs, about two meters,” Zhang said.

Guo Feixiong, the professional name of Yang Maodong, is serving a five-year sentence for conducting illegal business activities, after publishing a book about a political scandal and helping villagers lead a campaign to oust local officials accused of corruption. [Continue reading.]

There is also, in this article, news about his hunger strike, “Official says beating ‘impossible'” and international attention. Please read this article. Learn about China. You may think you know why you don’t like China, but find out how the people who live there are living. It may open your eyes to these claims of ‘free trade’.

I am a fair trader, not a free trader. Remember, there is NO SUCH THING as a free lunch. Just something to ponder.

Now onto some other links:

There are many issues in this post that need broader attention. Slavery? Rape? Permanent most favored nation??? I think NOT!

I may not write another open trackback tomorrow, but we’ll see. I have to catch up with my military posts, so maybe I will make a post out them. I’ll give you the title and a little about the article. That’s if I do it. I’m still waiting for that phone call from across this land mass…so have a Happy New Year, I pray for many blessings to all of you, and post what you will. Just make sure you add a link back to me and include me in your post. Also, no porn. This is Rosemary signing off for now.

Posts I’ve trackbacked to at Linkfest and others:

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Many of my readers are familiar with the Daily News from Iran which is written by Dr. Zin. I have learned why we have not heard from him recently or seen any news on his site. It appears that they have frozen his site because he could not afford to keep running it without our contributions. Well, I’m not going to sit by and allow this to happen. Unfortunately, I am not rich. The total he needs is over $1000. I am going to be contributing $15. It may be small, but it will help. If we all give $15, it will only take 70 people to help get wonderful site back up and running. Remember how much information he brought to us? I believe he deserves this help. If you would like to heop, you may donate by PayPal (I don’t have the address) or at this address:

    Regime Change Iran
    PO Box 3373
    Tustin, CA 92781

Thank you.

I have several articles and videos from John over at Stop the ACLU that you may have missed. Here they are ones I kept:

Many of you know that I have been following a ‘moderate’ Muslim and what he has to say. I believe we should give him a chance, while others are not open to this idea. It is a decision that is totally up to you. I do, however, have a few articles from him if you are interested (and even if you’re not! lol). Here is an article written by Frank Gaffney: CAIR-TV on September 5, 2007 concerning CAIR.

One of my favorite radio hosts and authors has written another marvelous article entitle, “10 “Inconvenient” Questions for Al Gore and His Fellow Man Made Global Warming Believers. Wow. This is a must read.

Another good friend of mine lives in Japan. He was in television forum to discuss Japan’s pacifist constitution. Here are some of the things he wished he had time to discuss, seeing as it was hard enough to get a word in edgewise! lol Postscript of NHK Forum 1: Japan Has to Be a Pretty Boy in the Middle East? No way! and Postscript of NHK Forum 2: Inseparable Alliance between Japan and the United States. Here are some of the issues that he actually had the opportunity to mention in the forum: Media and Jurists’ Humiliation to the Iraq War and the War on Terror. These are a little long, but they are well worth your time. Besides being important issues, he is a fine writer.

Last, but by no means least, I have two articles from Michael Yon. These are always must reads, so I’ll just say that before I post them. Here they are: A Marine. A Mentor. A Model Approach. and Ghosts of Anbar, Part IV of IV. Michael has also started a channel on YouTube. If you would like to subscribe to it, click here. Then click on the subscribe button right there by Michael’s name.

Well, I guess that’s enough news for a little while. Boy, I can hardly wait for tomorrow…arghh! This is just the news I’ve saved. Oh brother!

This is Saturday, and everyone is probably out having a great time. I hope they are. I received some sad news tonight as I was putting this together, but I am not at liberty to discuss it. All I can do is ask you to continue praying and supporting our men and women in the Armed Forces who are protecting our butts so we can write crap like this that means so little when you realize what we are really facing…this is my open trackback post.

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These are the posts I’ve trackbacked to: Big Dog’s Weblog, Is It Just Me?, Webloggin, Colloquium, The Yankee Sailor, Conservative Cat, The World According to Carl, and Shadowscope, Adam’s Web, and walls of the city, thanks to Linkfest Haven Deluxe.

These are the people and their post who were kind enough to return the favor:

  • Webloggin: Another Blow to the Democrats’ Desire for Failure – Sunnis End Boycott of Iraqi Parliament.
  • The Florida Masochist: The Knucklehead of the Day award.
  • The Florida Masochist: Weekly Dolphins Prediction.
  • Planck’s Constant: George Washington was a Terrorist.
  • the so-called me: Link Fest – Week One.
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    Most people are familiar with President Sarkozy’s speech that he gave this week to a group of diplomats. Because it was to a group of diplomats, it took me a while to get around to forcing myself to read it. WOW!

    …On Afghanistan, he told the assembled diplomats, “the duty of the Atlantic Alliance as well as that of France,” is to “increase efforts.” He then announced he would be sending additional trainers to assist the Afghan Army. On Israel, he said he “would never budge” on its security. He warned about Russia, which “imposes its return on the world scene by playing its assets with a certain brutality,” and he cautioned against China, which pursues “its insatiable search for raw materials as a strategy of control, particularly in Africa.”

    In his speech this week to the diplomats, Mr. Sarkozy warned of the need for tough diplomacy, including “growing sanctions,” to avoid the “catastrophic alternative: the Iranian bomb or the bombing of Iran.” That doesn’t sound far from Senator John McCain’s useful formulation that “There’s only one thing worse than the United States exercising the military option; that is a nuclear-armed Iran.” The important point is that Mr. Sarkozy has put on record that he won’t let Iran develop a bomb under cover of feckless Western diplomacy. [Continue reading.]

    I knew I was happy to see Chirac leave (hope your jail cell is as rotten as you are), but I did not expect such a good replacement. Finally, France has learned to stand on their own two feet. Good job, France, and thank you. It gets kind of tiring being the only country in the world who gives a damn…

    What will the Democrats do now? They say they want to ‘fix’ our relationships with our allies. Our allies are moving to the right. Oops! Then they go and visit our enemies. Is this what they mean? They desire to speak with the same people whose only thoughts are about destroying us? Hmm. Indeed, they are in more than a pickle!

    Breaking news: Sorry to ‘distract’ you with this, but Larry Craig just gave a press release stating that he has the ‘intent’ of leaving the US Senate on September 30, 2007 so that he can pursue his legal options without ‘distracting’ the necessary work the Senate must do at this very serious time of war. Phooey! I had to write it, but that doesn’t mean I had to enjoy it.

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    This is today’s Open Trackback. Please read the article. It really is a good one by Opinion Journal online.

    As always, I would like you to sign-up at Linkfest to participate in these open trackbacks. For my friends, you can still trackback, but really, check it out. 😉

    These are the posts I have trackbacked to: Is It Just Me?, Leaning Straight Up, Conservative Cat, The Amboy Times, Mac’s Opinion, MacBro’s Place, and DeMediacratic Nation, Potbelly Stove, The Florida Masochist and Planck’s Constant, thanks to Linkfest Haven Deluxe.

    These are the people that were kind enough to trackback to me:

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    Source: Radio Free Asia.

    The Chinese (and therefore the Tibetans) celebrate the birth of the People’s Liberation Army on August 1. This year, however, there were protests in Tibet to allow the Dalai Lama to be allowed to come back home.

    “Rongyal Adrak is generally a religious and good person, but because he was frustrated at being unable to meet the Dalai Lama…he shouted in the midst of all the people that the Dalai Lama must be invited home,” one source said.

    “[He said,] ‘If we cannot invite the Dalai Lama home, we will not have freedom of religion and happiness in Tibet.’” [Continue reading

    I believe this to be true. The communists, no matter where they are (that means you, too, ACLU), hate any and all things religious. Why? Because if you do not have to depend on the government for your sustinence, then you may even encounter a thought all of your own!

    As the report goes, it started out with only a few people in jail, but now there are over 200 people in jail. Imagine this. What would you do if, in America, they started locking up people for going to Church? The point is to do something and everything you can before we get to that point! If you do not believe this can happen, just pick up a paper. It already has.

    Update: I have two more articles you may be interested in reading.

    As you are having nice day today, please say a prayer for those less fortunate. Thank you.

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    Michael Yon is one terrific guy, but gosh, can he move or what? I write one post and it seems as though there are three more of his! Oh, I’m not really complaining. NO! I love his writings most of the time. At least I know I will get a glimpse of what is really happening and truthfulness.

    Well, let’s get down to it. I have been backed up pretty much on everything, and Michael is no exception. Let me confess right now. I’ve taken on too much. I have too many sites, and that is why I started this one. Everything goes here, as you now know. One blog, well, two. I have kept my DoD Daily News-2 blog for military news. I just have to know what is happening, because I certainly am not getting any news from our media.

    And that brings us back to Michael. This is how I found Michael around three years ago. I am certainly grateful that I did. Here are his latest articles:

  • 7 Rules: 1 Oath.
  • American Legacy: Wayne Downing.
  • Bird’s Eye View, The Battle for Baqubah.
  • Video.
  • Bread and a Circus: Part One.
  • These are full of information you will never read in our newspapers. I highly recommend you spend some time really trying to educate yourself about what is happening over here. Do not let anyone bamboozle you. You are smarter than that. You are more deserving than the junk you’ve been receiving as ‘news.’ Have a wonderful day.

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    Radio Free Asia News 8.1.2007

    North Korea Cracks Down on ‘Korean Wave’ of Illicit TV.
    SEOUL — Authorities in North Korea are intensifying a crackdown on smuggled imports of South Korean popular culture, especially television dramas, but the South’s “Korean Wave” may already have taken hold in the isolated Stalinist state. South Korean music, soap operas, and movies have already taken the rest of East Asia by storm, and, according to North Koreans now living in the South, North Korea is no exception. “North Koreans enjoy South Korean TV drama because it is interesting and realistic,” one North Korean defector told RFA’s Korean service. “North Koreans love the fact that South Korean TV drama is not about politics, but about love and life, the fundamentals of human existence anywhere in this world.”

    Chinese Authorities Close Tibetan Literary Web Site.
    HONG KONG — Authorities in the northern Chinese city of Xian have closed a literary Web site run by a Tibetan, apparently for posting “political” content, the editor said. The site, known as “The Lamp,” claimed some 800 registered forum users. It was closed July 4 by Internet police in the city, the editor told RFA’s Tibetan service. “When we called the [service provider], they thought perhaps it was due to the detection of political content by the Chinese Internet police,” the editor said, adding that the Chinese service provider was unsure of the reasons for closure.

    Education, Employment Top Concerns for Tibetan Youth.
    WASHINGTON — Tibetan youths seeking jobs inside Tibet are increasingly frustrated by a system that depends on making the right connections and learning Mandarin Chinese, young Tibetans and outside experts say. “Since we do not have any connections, we are unable to do anything,” one Tibetan college student in China tells RFA’s Tibetan service.

    Bhutanese Lama Saves Animals from Slaughter.
    A Buddhist teacher in Bhutan has set up an unusual network of sanctuaries in the hills and jungles of the tiny Himalayan kingdom and in its giant neighbor India to care for hundreds of animals saved from slaughter. “I would like to save as many animals as I can, but it won’t be possible to save them all,” the lama, Kunzang Dorjee, said in an interview. “No one can do that. But we have to do whatever we can.” Lama Kunzang began to rescue animals seven years ago, he said, when five bulls escaped from a slaughterhouse and made their way directly to his monastery in Kalimpong, India, passing other houses on the way. The bulls refused to leave the temple grounds, and it seemed to him that they were seeking help, Lama Kunzang said.

    China Confiscates Muslims’ Passports.
    HONG KONG — Authorities in northwestern China have begun confiscating the passports of Muslims, mostly ethnic Uyghurs, in an apparent bid to prevent them from making the annual pilgrimage to Mecca , local residents and officials say. An officer who answered the phone at the Tengritagh district public security bureau [police department] of the Xinjiang regional capital, Urumqi , said local residents were required to “register” their passports with local neighborhood committees, the basic building blocks of social control in China . “The authorities of local residential offices are collecting the passports,” he told RFA’s Uyghur service. “Local residential offices are collecting the passports in order to register them…The authorities will keep the passports for the public. If they want to go to other countries, they can come to fetch their passports. The authorities will give the passports back to them accordingly.”

    Radio Free Asia is a private, nonprofit corporation that broadcasts news and information in nine East Asian languages to listeners who do not have access to full and free news media. The purpose of RFA is to provide a forum for a variety of opinions and voices from within these Asian countries. Our Web site adds a global dimension to this objective. RFA is funded by an annual grant from the Broadcasting Board of Governors. To add your name to our mailing list, send an e-mail to Join RFA News.

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