The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing -- Edmund Burke
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
"We must prepare ourselves to rule the world and the only way to do that is to put forth views on the basis of the Expectation of the Return," Ahmadinejad said. "If we work on the basis of the Expectation of the Return [of the Mahdi], all the affairs of our nation will be streamlined and the administration of the country will become easier."
It's time to stop the knit picking while our troops are in harm's way.The enemy use the internet to exploit any wobbly back sliding.
"Our soldiers don't mind debates, they don't mind discussions," Hillier told more than 200 guests at an Empire Club luncheon in downtown Toronto.
"But you know what they tell me when I go visit them? 'Sir, the debate is over here ... we're committed, we're on the ground, we're on the job and we're putting ourselves at risk.'"
The Newfoundland-born warrior added: "They need the support of Canada to do that."
"Thus, to a large extent the Republican Party still has 30 weeks to demonstrate its capacity to fight for Republican ideas.
As a first step, the congressional leaders should think of changing their schedule. Currently they are on track to having the fewest legislative days since the Congress of 1948. Of course, staying in town more only makes sense if the Republicans can unite enough to pass some Republican legislation.
A good place to start would be to pass a budget that includes reduced spending, some forced spending restraint procedures and some tax cuts."....
"I don't want to prejudge the deal. But any deal that includes, inter alia, an ironclad, bullet-proof, fully funded and authorized, no smoke and mirror, non-ersatz, non-phony baloney secure southern border is probably a winner. Any deal without that is a sure loser"
"Any immigration legislation passed by Congress this year will not include the inflammatory provisions approved by the House last year that make it a felony to be in the United States illegally, Republican leaders on Capitol Hill said yesterday. "
Was there a windfall with increasing valuations?- what about seniors on fixed incomes that lived in the same home for decades?
Accountability Act.............A good start in cleaning up the system and dedicated civil servants like Cutler, McAdam, Stenhouse , Read and others
no longer have to fear losing their careers .
The Government of Canada will provide real protection for public-sector employees who disclose government wrongdoing. The Federal Accountability Act will:
make the Public Sector Integrity Commissioner an Agent of Parliament with an expanded mandate;
give public-sector employees direct access to the Commissioner to report wrongdoing in the workplace;
give the Commissioner the authority to deal with complaints, conduct investigations, and attempt to conciliate a settlement between the parties;
create an independent Public Servants Disclosure Protection Tribunal, with the power to decide whether reprisal occurred and to order action to remedy the situation and ensure that those who took reprisal are disciplined;
introduce specific penalties for offences under the Public Servants Disclosure Protection Act, including tougher penalties for those who willfully impede investigations of wrongdoing;
give the Commissioner the power to authorize free access to legal advice for both public-sector and non-public-sector employees;
remove the ability of the Government to exclude Crown corporations from coverage under the Public Servants Disclosure Protection Act;
provide more open access to information about disclosures of wrongdoing; and
recognize and reward public-sector employees who expose wrongdoing by instituting a special recognition award of up to $1,000.
The Federal Accountability Act will:
give the Auditor General the authority to "follow the money" by inquiring into the use of funds that individuals, institutions, and companies receive under a funding agreement with any federal department, agency, or Crown corporation;
require the Government to include provisions in all funding agreements that recipients keep records and co-operate with the Auditor General on request; and
require every department to review, at least once every five years, the relevance and effectiveness of its grants and contributions programs.
In addition, the Government will ensure that the Office of the Auditor General has adequate resources to fulfill its mandate. The Government will continue to respond publicly to the Auditor General's recommendations, and will make sure that independent departmental audit committees monitor the implementation of corrective action plans.
The Government will also establish an independent blue-ribbon panel to review the draft policy on transfer payments, identify barriers to accessing grants and contributions programs and consider eliminating legislative barriers, and report to the President of the Treasury Board by December 2006....
The Federal Accountability Act will:
create the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions to reside outside the Department of Justice (the Director will be selected in a manner similar to that used to make the most recent appointment to the Supreme Court of Canada);
give the Director of Public Prosecutions jurisdiction to conduct prosecutions for offences under federal jurisdiction, including new fraud provisions proposed under amendments to the Financial Administration Act;
give the Director the power to make binding and final decisions on whether to prosecute, unless the Attorney General instructs the Director to do otherwise by means of public written notice; and
require that the Director submit an annual report to the Attorney General for tabling in Parliament.
In addition, through the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Government will review lessons learned and best practices for prosecuting cases of fraud involving governments, in collaboration with other jurisdictions in Canada and international partners.
[Accountability Act Canada integrity]
"Columnist Robert Novak may have revealed Ms. Plame's name in his column as the CIA person who initially suggested sending Mr. Wilson on his fact-finding mission to Niger in the summer of 2002 to seek out information regarding Saddam Hussein's desire to obtain uranium yellow cake. But Mr. Wilson did as much as anyone to get his wife's name out in public during his crusade against the Bush administration. As he told this writer after a joint appearance at Voice of America in the summer of 2003, he would go to any length to destroy the "neo-conservatives" in the Bush administration."