Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Guns, Bees, and Spies

Cracking the whip on the internets, making everyone git in line, for the GOP.

There is an enormous amount of information out on the web regarding Smartechcorp, pleas Google it to understand how extensive their tentacles are extended, virtually into every one of our lives, unless you are 'off the radar'.

If there are missing e-mails, they are in a former bank building basement in Chattanooga right now on their servers. In addition they handle all credit card transactions done by Veri-Sign. Combine this with the RNC using 35% of the available space on their servers and you see why I am concerned.

Bees is my other 'hot button' issue. While it is not being said to avoid panic I suppose, the missing bees story will have enormous implications as soon as next year. The price of food is going to go through the roof, never mind gas prices. Bees are the one link in Mother Natures operation that, if compromised, will bring about global starvation of biblical proportions.

Right now, research has to be done to substitute the actions done by bees pollinating plants, never mind figuring out where they went for now we need alternatives NOW! This story is not receiving the coverage it deserves by the media now, but by next year when crops fail in enormity, it most likely will. This key element jeopardizes human existence far more than Global Warming, far more than wars, and must be addressed by scientists.

Lastly guns. Judging by the responses of my post yesterday, many of you are passionate with your opinions and I respect that. This is a free country and many Americans share your ideas.
As many of you have heard the State of Virginia has the most lax requirements for purchasing a gun of any type. New York has a problem with criminals going to VA to do their gun buying because of those weak restrictions. Maybe if the laws were not so lax, this horrendous scene could have been avoided, no one knows for sure and hindsight is always 20-20.

By improving scrutiny of gun buyers, it would have a tremendous effect on who could or could not buy guns. 18 is the minimum age in VA, and resident aliens are allowed to buy them.
Might as well sell guns on the street corner like lemonade with those rules. After this incident I think VA will make the necessary changes, I hope so anyway.

OK fire up the keyboards and lets get to bloggin!


micki said...


April 18, 1969 : Nixon says prospects for peace in Vietnam are better

At a news conference, President Nixon says he feels the prospects for peace have "significantly improved" since he took office. He cited the greater political stability of the Saigon government and the improvement in the South Vietnamese armed forces as proof.

micki said...


April 18, 1983 : Suicide bomber destroys U.S. embassy in Beirut

The U.S. embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, is almost completely destroyed by a car-bomb explosion that kills 63 people, including the suicide bomber and 17 Americans. The terrorist attack was carried out in protest of the U.S. military presence in Lebanon.

In 1975, a bloody civil war erupted in Lebanon, with Palestinian and leftist Muslim guerrillas battling militias of the Christian Phalange Party, the Maronite Christian community, and other groups. During the next few years, Syrian, Israeli, and United Nations interventions failed to resolve the factional fighting, and on August 20, 1982, a multinational force featuring U.S. Marines landed in Beirut to oversee the Palestinian withdrawal from Lebanon.

The Marines left Lebanese territory on September 10 but returned on September 29, following the massacre of Palestinian refugees by a Christian militia. The next day, the first U.S. Marine to die during the mission was killed while defusing a bomb, and on April 18, 1983, the U.S. embassy in Beirut was bombed. On October 23, Lebanese terrorists evaded security measures and drove a truck packed with explosives into the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, killing 241 U.S. military personnel. Fifty-eight French soldiers were killed almost simultaneously in a separate suicide terrorist attack. On February 7, 1984, U.S. President Ronald Reagan announced the end of U.S. participation in the peacekeeping force, and on February 26 the last U.S. Marines left Beirut.

Gerald said...

Where do I stand?

We will have to live with the fact that regardless who is in power there will be more spying on the citizens.

Bees are very important in our ecosystem!!!

I have never owned a gun. Guns make me nervous. None of our sons own a gun.

However, I believe that people should be free to own a gun. But, there should be a period of time to check who is buying the gun, maybe 7 to 10 days. I see nothing wrong with a background check.

Since a I am a bit of a maverick, I believe the people should be free to purchase an uzie, hand grenades, shoulder to air missile launchers, bazookas, mininuclear weapons, etc. The reason why I favor people being free to own an arsenal of weapons centers on the fact that Nazifascists control our country and they will always control our country regardless of a political party. An arsenal in the hands of many Americans would give these fascist pigs some thought before entering a person's space.

Alan said...

Carol, I think you are right about Debbie Downer and her assault rifle for home defense. In case y'all don't know, an AR-15 is the civilian version of the M-16 and is semi-auto (each trigger pull shoots a bullet) instead of switchable back 'n forth between semi-auto and fully automatic. It's NOT a good weapon for home defense. Close quarters, room-to-room type defense of the home would be better done with a good pistol. They are faster to the target and easier to wield around a corner or from behind a counter or chair.
Personally, I doubt she even has an AR-15, and I bet without Googling it, that she could even tell you what caliber it is. haha

Alan said...

Den, what happened to the "cell phones or their towers are killing bees" story? Think that is more wide-spread than we thought? Could that be the answer to the bees disappearance?

Gerald said...

Pace is trying to make a case to nuke Iran. War drums are beating louder and louder!!!

Iranian-Made Arms Seized in Afghanistan, Pace Says (Update1)

By Tony Capaccio

April 17 (Bloomberg) -- Iranian-made arms bound for the Taliban were intercepted by coalition forces in Afghanistan within the past month, General Peter Pace, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, said today.

U.S. and coalition forces seized mortars and explosives in Kandahar, a city in southeast Afghanistan near Pakistan, Pace told reporters at a breakfast meeting in Washington. He said it's not known if the Iranian government was involved in the transfer.

It ``is not as clear in Afghanistan, which Iranian entity is responsible, but we have intercepted weapons headed for the Taliban that were made in Iran,'' Pace said.

His remarks are the first to disclose that Iranian weapons are showing up in Afghanistan, where Taliban fighters have increased attacks in an effort to destabilize the government of President Hamid Karzai. The U.S. since last year has accused Iran of supplying weapons and technology to Shiite insurgents in Iraq.

Assuming Pace's remarks are accurate and the arms transfers are sanctioned by the Iranian government, the disclosure ``is highly significant'' because it indicates that Iran is becoming ``more aggressive'' in it attempts to inflict damage on U.S. troops in the region, said Ken Katzman, a terrorism analyst with the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress.

Iran, for example, doesn't have ``a natural alliance'' with the largely Sunni Taliban, Katzman said.

`Do Not Know'

Pace said ``we do not know with the same clarity we know in Iraq who is delivering those weapons and who was involved.''

``We should continue to be aggressive inside Iraq and aggressive inside Afghanistan in attacking any element that's attacking U.S. and coalition forces,'' he said.

Pace did not tie the Iranian government directly to the arms shipments to either country. While the U.S. has captured in Iraq Iranian Quds soldiers who are under the control of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps that protects the religious leadership, the Pentagon isn't sure how high the authority goes, he said.

``We know there are munitions that were made in Iran that are in Iraq and Afghanistan,'' Pace said. ``We know that the Quds works for the IRGC. That's what we know. We surmise from that one of two things -- either the leadership of the country knows what their armed forces are doing or they don't know. In either case, that's a problem.''

While the U.S. will aggressively pursue Iranian networks in Iraq and Afghanistan, ``there's a lot more diplomacy between the U.S. and Iran and all the nations that can still be brought to bear to change Iran's attitude,'' Pace said. ``Military force is your last tool. There are still many international tools available to address Iranian interference.''

To contact the reporter on this story: Tony Capaccio at at

Alan said...


The lyrics to the theme song are as follows:

You're enjoying your day
Everything's going your way
Then along comes Debbie Downer.

Always there to tell you 'bout a new disease
A car accident or killer bees
You'll beg her to spare you, "Debbie, Please!"
But you can't stop Debbie Downer!

Wikipedia - Debbie Downer

The character's name is connected to a slang phrase which refers to someone who has a persistent need to add bad news or negative feelings to a gathering, thus bringing down the mood of everyone around them. [1]

Dratch's character would make these types of negative opinions and pronouncements at every turn, making her very unpopular to be around.

*fits her like a glove

Gerald said...

Almost only counts in horseshoes!!!

Bush: "Almost" Human
by Timothy Gatto | Apr 18 2007 - 10:19am | permalink
article tools: email | print | read more Timothy Gatto

The only thing that George W. Bush will be remembered for is that he “almost” did something right. He “almost” got Bin Laden, he “almost” got elected President legitimately, he “almost” destroyed the nation, and he “almost” finished his term before he got himself impeached with a little help from Dick Cheney and Alberto Gonzales.

The last almost is a work in progress. I hope that he realizes that going to Virginia Tech and making that heartfelt , emotional speech wasn’t fooling anyone. This man doesn’t understand the concept of needless death. He doesn’t really understand the pain a loved one feels when they are told that they will never see their child again, for no matter what the age of a person, to their mother and father they will always be “their child”. If he truly knew the meaning of needless , wanton death under cruel circumstances, he would never have began his failed war in Iraq.

He went to Virginia State but he never went to see Cindy Sheehan camped out in his driveway. He minimizes the death that manifests itself in Iraq day after day. The government won’t allow pictures of caskets with the flag over them loaded into C-5A Galaxy’s. God forbid that our people see those caskets and understand the true meaning of war.

There was good reason to go to Virginia Tech. The parents and friends of those students senselessly gunned down by another maniac this society has produced are more important to his political standing than the parents of the soldiers that die in Iraq. The soldiers that die in Iraq in the most part didn’t come from wealthy families and could probably not pay for tuition, which was probably the biggest reason they joined the service. This is something I know a little about, for I was a recruiter when we had a more sensible government.

I’m not saying that the soldiers are somehow more important than those that died at Virginia Tech. A life is a life, and a young life coming to a violent end is the worst possible thing that one can imagine. What I will say is that we will hear days and weeks of introspection on what happened at Virginia State and follow the story minute by minute until all that can be said has been said. Not so those that die in Iraq for reasons so intangible that the government has changed their mission many times. We know why they are dying. Not to stop terrorists from coming over here, or because “they hate us for our freedom”, or because we want to “free” the Iraqi people, we are doing it so that the American Oil Companies can get their hands on Iraqi oil and make us pay as much as they can get from us.

This President “almost” succeeded at a few things but always came up short...always. One thing he did succeed at was to make the defense contractors billions of dollars. He succeeded in spending over $420,000,000,000.00 (Billion) dollars and spreading it around enough so that his “base” and family will be forever grateful. He succeeded in making himself the most hated man on Earth since Adolf Hitler.

There is one question that is still left unanswered. When history looks back on the Bush Administration in the future, what will they say about our form of government. Will they say that he “almost” installed a dictatorship on the American people? Let’s hope that the word “almost” will be the operative word. If not, we will be reading what they want us to read.
Timothy V. Gatto

Gerald said...


Gerald said...

Praying Each Day: April 18

Gerald said...


We must NEVER forget that we are all brothers and sisters in God!!!

Alan said...

don't watch this c/w singer's message (3-minute song) to the troops if you're offended by adult-themed lyrics and's pretty funny though

DEN said...

Gerald, yup make them think twice before they goose step up to your door! I don't believe bush when he proclaims second amendment rights though, if you take what the neo-cons say at just the opposite, it looks like they will be gunning for our weapons so we CANNOT stop the goose steppers, we will see.

Alan, cell phones were thought to be a cause but it is still in debate.
Bees started disappearing last year, cell phones have been here for 15 years. Nope I ain't buying the phone thing, too recent for that.
Oh and Alan, she does have an AR-15, and why not? I want one but money needs to be spent elsewhere.


Alan said...

Bees started disappearing last year, cell phones have been here for 15 years.

I don't think so. I read some-damn-where, where the bees have been disappearing for quite awhile, its only that it's getting much worse lately. Could that be directly related to the prolifferation of cell phones (and towers), because they've been multiplying by orders of magnitude.

Also, how can you say what 'what's her name' owns... have you seen a picture of her posing with an AR-15? ... or been out shooting it with her? And I still bet she coulnd't tell you what caliber it is... 'cept she's prolly googled it by now. haha 'Home defense' is an excuse to own one, but not a good one. Why not just admit they are amazing guns and you like to shoot 'em? Then, protect your home with a good .357.
*mine's a Dan Wesson (designed and made by the grandson of the Smith and Wesson guy)

DEN said...

Alan S&W are the finest handguns made in the USA, period! Kimber is close second.

Glock is a POS, figures a psycho would buy one! HA!

micki said...


micki said...

Dr. B -- thank you for mentioning what the Aussies are doing -- and have been doing in this area of concern!

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DEN said...

Union of Concerned Scientists action items.

ยบ¿carol said...

The killer was mentally ill, eh? When Engler was governor of MI they closed the mental hospitals. The mentally ill are now housed in our prisons.

There was a guy that worked with my husband that had mental problems and the health insurance policy wouldn't cover anything to do with it.

I'd say we should all be worried because I think roughly half the population is nuts!

Gerald said...

den, Bush claims that he is for people owning guns. If we look at Bush and his Nazi pals, they want to control the people. Eventually, they will take away our right to have arms. The Nazis will control the people because we will have no guns to protect our families.

The right to have arms is a voting ploy for people to win elections. The NRA does not want a check period on the buyer of weapons. There must be some investigation on a person who purchases weapons.

Will the Supreme Court ever hear a case for the people to have universal health coverage? If they do have such a vote, how will they vote? The Supreme Court has voted to support life in the mother's womb. Will they support life outside the mother's womb? Or, will they stand and protect corporate rights over individual rights on health coverage? Corporate America has bought and sold the Supreme Court!!!

Inconsistencies brings about distrust for our courts and our government.

Bush is inconsistent because he is a mass murderer and a war criminal. Is it okay to kill Iraqis and Iranians? With Bush he salivates at the idea when it comes to killing people.

DEN said...

Oh yea he was NUTZ alright, REAL NUTZ!

Read this

DEN said...

Gerald, Take the number killed on 9/11, add the number killed in the war including innocent Iraqi's, take that total to the MSM and see what happens.

Crickets chirping.

But 1 psycho kills 32 people and the MSM prattles for a week.

And another thing, why don't we ever see injured and dead soldiers but always see injured or dead Iraqis on the MSM.

Selective crisis reporting by slime media bought and paid for by evil corporate dollars.


Gerald said...

Michigan has closed its mentally ill institutions because the thrust was for inclosure into the world would benefit the mentally ill person. The problem is that we cannot make a blanket decision to include all mentally people. Some mentally ill persons will require institutional care.

The decision to close the institutions was to save money and not for the benefit of mentally ill people.

My true hope is that when I die, God will show me mercy because an eternity of the living hell on earth would be too much. Crap on earth and crap in hell, what a pathetic way to live.

Gerald said...

den, excellent comment on our MSM!!!!!

Don Imus gets canned for stupid comments but the hate messages of Ann Coulter and Bill O'Reilly are glorified by the majority of the people who are diehard Nazis.

Don't you just love American stupidity???

DEN said...

Corporate media control= textbook fascism.

David B. Benson said...

Bees --- Nobody has the first clue as to the nature of the problem. So there are lots of plain ol' guesses (scientists like to call these by the fancy name of hypotheses) which have to be checked by experiments.

Very few agricultural scientists specialize in bees and not many zoologists, either.

Bad scene. And I can't (yet) blaim this problem on global warming...

DEN said...



David B. Benson said...

Two more good stories on honeybee CCD to be found on Spiegel Online today...

micki said...

I found a site about bees -- these two items caught my attention:

I am a beekeeper (whose bees are not yet dead.) I think there is plenty of indication that the neonicitines (imidacloprid) is responsible and I am worried since all of the garden aisles are full of it this year. It goes by the name of Merit (also Gaucho) and is made by Bayer Crop Science. It is advertised to control grubs and ticks in lawns, virtually all insects on fruit trees, etc. etc. It is also used to control termites. The symptoms, advertised by Bayer, of poisoned termites sound just like the symptoms seen in bees - ie overgrowth of disease and loss of memory. It was banned in France but we Americans get no news from abroad anymore. HELP!!!

Caron said a new class of pesticides used on plants, called neonicotinoids, don’t kill bees but hamper their sense of direction. That leaves them unable to find their way back to their hives.

Hampers their sense of direction? Loss of memory?

David B. Benson said...

Micki --- That was fast detective work! This seems a likely cause. I encourage you to find some way to communicate these to bee researchers.

Was there a previous post (by Den?) which was from Cornell? There is a big ag school there, maybe that is a way to go.

And if these neonicotinoids are indeed to blaim, the stuff will be banned, but first, unfortunately, some proof will be required.

DEN said...

Cornell Master Beekeeper

I'm going in!

DEN said...

FUGGETABOTIT! No Usable data.


David B. Benson said...

Den --- I didn't exactly follow your last two comments. Care to 'splain?

DEN said...

OK I have get hold of my daughter, she's smarter than me and works for the USDA, to get to the bottom of this, went and got my OCD all fired up!

Doc, you must have a few connections with the 'U' for some Entomology info?

Dang bugs!

DEN said...

Doc, I thought Cornell's site had some info but it had not been updated since last year, false alarm on my part.

I had read somewhere they were already studying the pesticide angle but do not remember where.(old age)

Other than contacting faculty personally, there is not much to do except find a good research group on the CCD issue alone and ask.

Gotta Go Google some more.

David B. Benson said...

Den --- OCD?

No, the only person I knew in Entomology retired a few years ago and moved away...

DEN said...

Doc, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, I tend to focus a bit to intensely at times of needing repairs and solving problems, no bees is a problem, a really big one, I'm nervous.

Gotta Go Google.

DEN said...

OK good article here

DEN said...

Tis article says Canada has no CCD issues.

micki said...

"In this case, young bees leaving the hive to make orientation flights may not be able to learn the location of the hive. It is also possible that this is not the sole cause of the dwindling, but one of several contributing factors."

I was somewhat facetious, but admittedly cynical, the other day when I suggested that Bayer funded the "research" that blamed the problem on cellphones. would be interesting to see WHO did fund the "research" wouldn't it?

Note the comment above about orientation and not be able to learn the location of the hive.

Hello! France banned this chemical EIGHT YEARS AGO!

DEN said...

THIS not tis, sheesh, be sure to read the updates at the bottom of the article,

now i can rest.

micki said...

Hey, Den, that "good article" you linked is where I got the two "pull quotes" -- one from the blog that follows and one from the article.

micki said...

Beekeepers wary of weird bee disease

The disorder tends to affect beekeepers who move their hives around the country to follow the pollination cycle.  But this type of activity has been done for years, and there is no reason for the bees to leave because pollination is paramount to their survival

Okay, if it affects beekeepers who move thier hives around to follow the pollination cycle, how might this "moving about" be a factor in CCD?

DEN said...

More exposure to many different pesticides and chemicals by 'traveling around'.

Weak immune systems sounds like chemical interference beyond survivable levels for the bees from the overuse of pesticides.

Little critters are delicate like many others going extinct right now.

DEN said...

Micki, The comment at the bottom of the article referred to cell phones as the cause, written by Bernie Lomax?

DEN said...

Nite all!