Late-Term Abortion Doctor Killed at Church

George Tiller knew the dangers of being one of few physicians in the USA who provided late-term abortions His Wichita clinic was bombed in 1985 and has been repeatedly vandalized. He survived a shooting by an activist more than a decade ago. Opponents protested daily in front of his clinic, his home, homes of his staff and volunteers and almost weekly in front of his church. On Sunday, Tiller, 67, was shot dead as he served as an usher at Reformation Lutheran Church in Wichita. The killing was condemned by abortion rights opponents and mourned by abortion rights advocates as a devastating loss. Police have a suspect in custody, a 51-year-old man from Merriam, Kan.

  • No matter what we think of Tiller’s abortion activities, murder is never the answer. In fact, it will hurt the pro-life cause.

U.S. Promotes Debauchery

According to the Washington Post, tonight marks the beginning of a new offensive in Iraq: the homosexual invasion. At the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, government employees are gearing up for their first-ever gay pride theme party. “Come celebrate the start of summer…in costume,” reads the invite. “Dress in DRAG or as a GAY ICON. Prizes will be awarded.” Although a spokesman said that the drag contest was “sponsored by a group of employees” who are just using the facility’s bar, the invitation was distributed over an official government wire, meaning that taxpayer resources were used in its promotion.

  • The reach of the Gay Agenda and the decline in America’s morality go hand-in-hand with the full support of our government.

New Border Regulations

Americans returning from Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and parts of the Caribbean will need more than a driver’s license to get back into the USA beginning Monday — and efforts are underway to prevent that from turning into a truck backlog at the borders. Commercial truckers are among those who will be affected by the more stringent documentation requirements, the latest in a series of anti-terrorism efforts put in place after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C. Their imposition fulfills one of the key recommendations of the 9/11 Commission, a blue-ribbon panel of experts convened after the attacks. The Department of Homeland Security faces a tricky balancing act: trying to secure the nation’s 5,000 miles of border with Canada and 1,900 miles of border with Mexico while not disrupting trade. On an average day last year, Customs officers processed more than 70,000 truck, rail and sea containers. U.S. citizens must now present both an identification and citizenship document; for example, a driver’s license and a copy of a birth certificate or naturalization certificate.

  • Obama better not leaven the country again, ‘cause he won’t be able to get back in.

Israeli Attack on Iran Unlikely to Succeed

A new study casts serious doubt on Israel’s ability to destroy Iran’s nuclear capabilities and warns of the repercussions of an Israeli attack. The study is detailed in a 114-page paper by two senior scholars at Washington’s Center for Strategic & International Studies: Anthony Cordesman, former national security adviser to Sen. John McCain, and Abdullah Toukan, who was an adviser to the late King Hussein of Jordan. Their conclusion: Chances of a strong success defined by how much of Iran’s uranium enrichment program is destroyed or the number of years the attack delays Iran’s acquisition of material sufficient to build a nuclear bomb seem dubious,” the Jewish publication Forward reports, “while the risks of the undertaking and its harsh military and destabilizing geopolitical consequences seem overwhelming.”

A recent poll by Tel Aviv University’s Center for Iranian Studies found that half of all Israelis favor an immediate Israeli attack on Iran. And Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently said in a meeting with members of his Likud Party, discussing who will eliminate Iran’s threat to Israel: “It is us or no one.” As for the repercussions of an Israeli attack, Iran and its Shiite allies in neighboring countries would launch retaliatory attacks against Israel, American military forces in Iraq, and Western interests in the region, the authors warn. These attacks would include ballistic missiles including some with chemical, biological and radiological warheads targeting “Tel Aviv, Israeli military and civilian centers, and Israeli suspected nuclear weapons sites,” the authors note, adding that Israeli’s air defenses would not be able to cope with the tens of thousands of missiles.

U.S. Seeks Closer Economic Ties with China

After years of acrimonious economic relations with China, the U.S. insists it wants to turn the page and develop closer ties with the world’s third largest economy. U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, who arrived Sunday in Beijing for two days of talks with Chinese leaders, said he wanted to foster the same kind of working relationship with China that the United States has enjoyed for decades with European economic powers. Geithner said the Obama administration was committed to forging a new relationship with China after trade disputes with the U.S. over the past decade. Those fights have reflected record U.S. trade deficits with China. U.S. critics of China’s economic policies say they have contributed to the loss of millions of American manufacturing jobs. But China is America’s biggest creditor, holding $768 billion in Treasury securities.

  • China’s recent record of tainted goods and human rights abuses should not be ignored. In addition, China’s working relationship with North Korea is quite worrisome.

Geithner says Obama will Bring Down Deficits

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner sought to assure America’s biggest creditors on Monday that the Obama administration is committed to attacking soaring budget deficits. Facing skeptical students at China’s prestigious Peking University, Geithner said that once the current recession and financial crisis are over, the administration will get America’s fiscal deficit in order.

Ø      The unprecedented debt that the Obama administration has created will be with us for a very long time despite any protestations to the contrary

It’s official: GM seeks bankruptcy protection

General Motors, the century-old automaking juggernaut reeling from the economic downturn, mounting debt and management problems, filed for bankruptcy early today, launching a complicated, $59 billion effort to save it from collapse. The filing is the largest in U.S. manufacturing bankruptcy. It is tantamount to a massive reorganization designed to keep the American institution running. The carmaker’s good and bad assets would be separated under what the Obama administration hopes will be a speedy Chapter 11 reorganization. It is part of a risky gambit by the White House to shrink the American icon to a sustainable size and give a majority ownership stake to the federal government. GM employs 92,000 in the USA, and is indirectly responsible for 500,000 retirees.

Today’s historic filing is the low point for a once-mighty industrial giant. Fifty years ago, GM sold about half of the cars and trucks Americans bought, and was so dominant that some questioned whether the company should be broken up to allow for greater competition. The company pioneered rich benefits that, with other automakers and manufacturers, ushered in the rise of a great American middle class and earned GM the nickname “Generous Motors.” But those health and retirement benefits became a burden as foreign competitors arrived — without the legacy costs and with cars that were far more fuel efficient and durable than GM’s. Earlier this year, based on 2008 results, Toyota finally took the crown as the world’s largest automaker.

  • The government now has a 60% ownership stake in GM, which is quite troubling following its recent large stakes in several major banks and insurers.

Chrysler Wells Most of its Assets to Fiat

A federal bankruptcy judge late Sunday approved the sale of most of Chrysler’s assets to Italy’s Fiat, moving the American automaker a step closer to its goal of a quick exit from court protection. Judge Arthur Gonzalez said in his ruling that a speedy sale — the centerpiece of a restructuring plan backed by President Obama’s automotive task force — was needed to keep the value of Chrysler from deteriorating and would provide a better return for the company’s stakeholders than if it had chosen to liquidate. Chrysler has maintained that selling the bulk of its assets to Fiat Group is the only way it can avoid selling itself off piece by piece. If a deal does not close by June 15, the Italian automaker has the option of pulling out.

Economic News

Consumer spending fell in April, even as personal income posting the largest increase in 11 months, a government report showed Monday, pointing to lackluster consumption activity in the second quarter. The Commerce Department said spending slipped 0.1%, which was slightly better than market expectations. Personal income rose 0.5%, the biggest increase since May last year, after falling by a revised 0.2% in March.

The savings rate rose to 5.7% in April, the highest level since February 1995, from 4.5% the previous month. Households, buffeted by job losses and falling asset values, are cutting back spending on non-essential items, preferring to save any extra income.

Cuba Debate to Dominate OAS Meeting

A fight over Cuba’s possible readmission into the Organization of American States is set to dominate the group’s meeting this week in Honduras and may put Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in an uncomfortable position. With numerous Latin American countries pushing to reverse the 1962 expulsion of the communist island nation from the bloc, the Obama administration’s willingness to engage with Cuba will be tested at the session that Clinton plans to attend on Tuesday. U.S. officials say they are ready to support lifting the resolution that suspended Cuba from the 34-country group but they insist on tying the island’s readmission to democratic reforms under a charter the organization adopted in 2001.

The U.S. and Cuban governments have agreed to resume talks on migration and re-establishing postal service between the two countries, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Sunday in San Salvador. There have been no diplomatic relations between the USA and Cuba since 1961 when President Eisenhower severed ties in response to Havana’s alliance with the Soviet Union.

Hamas, Palestinian Police Clash

Top Hamas fugitives lobbed grenades and fired automatic weapons Sunday to push back Palestinian security forces storming their hideout, leaving six dead in the bloodiest clash since the Palestinian president launched a crackdown on Hamas in the West Bank two years ago. Two top Hamas militants — on the run from Israel for years — were among those killed, along with an unarmed Hamas supporter and three Palestinian policemen. The Islamic militant Hamas immediately hurled angry accusations at the Western-backed president, Mahmoud Abbas, accusing him of betraying Palestinians resisting Israeli occupation and threatening revenge. Relations have been sour since Hamas seized Gaza by force two years ago, leaving Abbas only in control of the West Bank.

Weather

Summer is three weeks away, but many regions already are sweating out unseasonably warm weather that promises plenty of dog days ahead. Above-normal temperatures have registered in 13 states in the South and Southwest so far this year. Also, Portland, Maine, topped 90 degrees for the first time in April. And Washington Dulles International Airport outside the nation’s capital notched its earliest three-day string of 90-degree days since records began in 1962. The spring heat could be a sign of a toasty summer ahead, according to the Climate Prediction Center. It forecasts a warmer-than-average season for the entire Eastern seaboard from Maine to Florida. Much of the Gulf Coast and West are also likely in for higher temperatures, with the Desert Southwest forecast to endure an even hotter summer than usual.

Wildfires

Three wildfires are burning in southern Arizona, having consumed 2,000 acres or over three square miles as of Monday. Another wildfire in Alaska has burned 25,757 acres, or about 40 square miles.

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