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A reader asks, why ?

April 23, 2009

Mr Gibb, The question must constantly be asked:
Why have Democrats changed their tune?
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Here's what Democrats were saying before the 2000 election of George W. Bush:

"[M]ark my words, [Saddam] will develop weapons of mass destruction. He will deploy them, and he will use them... Iraq [is] a rogue state with weapons of mass destruction, ready to use them or provide them to terrorists, drug traffickers or organized criminals who travel the world among us unnoticed. If we fail to respond today, Saddam, and all those who would follow in his footsteps, will be emboldened tomorrow by the knowledge that they can act with impunity... Some day, some way, I guarantee you he'll use the arsenal." - President Bill Clinton (D)

"[Saddam] will develop, deploy and use WMD." – President Bill Clinton (D)
"Our purpose is clear: We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq's weapons of mass destruction program... Saddam must not be allowed to threaten his neighbors or the world with nuclear arms, poison gas or biological weapons. Earlier today I ordered America's armed forces to strike military and security targets in Iraq. They are joined by British forces. Their mission is to attack Iraq's nuclear, chemical and biological-weapons programs and its military capacity to threaten its neighbors... I have no doubt today, that left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will use these terrible weapons again." – President Bill Clinton (D)

"Saddam's ability to produce and deliver weapons of mass destruction poses a grave threat... to the security of the world." - Vice President Albert Gore (D)

"We must stop Saddam from ever again jeopardizing the stability and the security of his neighbors with weapons of mass destruction... Iraq is a long way from Ohio, but what happens there matters a great deal here. For the risk that the leaders of a rogue state will use nuclear, chemical or biological weapons against us or our allies is the greatest security threat we face." – Secretary of State Madeleine Albright (D)

"[Saddam will] use those weapons of mass destruction again as he has ten times since 1983." – National Security Advisor Sandy Berger (D)

"The problem is not nuclear testing; it is nuclear weapons... The number of Third World countries with nuclear capabilities seems to grow daily. Saddam Hussein's near success with developing anuclear weapon should be an eye-opener for us all. [Saddam] is too dangerous of a man to be given carte blanche with weapons of mass destruction." – Sen. Harry Reid (D)

"If you don't believe...Saddam Hussein is a threat with nuclear weapons, then you shouldn't vote for me." – Sen. John Kerry (D)

"Serving on the Intelligence Committee and seeing day after day, week after week, briefings on Saddam's weapons of mass destruction and his plans on using those weapons, he cannot be allowed to have nuclear weapons, it's just that simple. The whole world changes if Saddam ever has nuclear weapons." – Sen. John Edwards (D)

"One of the most compelling threats we in this countryface today is the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Threatassessments regularly warn us of the possibility that...Iraq...mayacquire or develop nuclear weapons. [Saddam's] chemical and biologicalweapons capabilities are frightening." – Sen. Dick Durbin (D)

"Saddam Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons of mass destruction technology, which is a threat to countries in the region, and he has made a mockery of the weapons-inspection process." – Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D)

"We urge you, after consulting with Congress and consistent with the U.S. Constitution and laws, to take necessary actions, including, if appropriate, air and missile strikes on suspect Iraqi sites to respond effectively to the threat posed by Iraq's refusal to end its weapons of mass destruction programs." - Sens. Levin, Lieberman, Lautenberg, Dodd, Kerrey, Feinstein, Mikulski, Daschle, Breaux, Johnson, Inouye, Landrieu, Ford and Kerry in a letter to Bill Clinton (D) – All of them

"In the next century, the community of nations may see more and more of the very kind of threat Iraq poses now - a rogue state with weapons of mass destruction, ready to use them or provide them to terrorists, drug traffickers, or organized criminals who travel the world among us unnoticed. If we fail to respond today, Saddam, and all those who would follow in his footsteps, will be emboldened tomorrow by the knowledge that they can act with impunity, even in the face of a clear message from the United Nations Security Council, and clear evidence of a weapons of mass destruction program." – President Bill Clinton (D)

"[L]et's imagine the future. What if he fails to comply and we fail to act, or we take some ambiguous third route, which gives him yet more opportunities to develop this program of weapons of mass destruction and continue to press for the release of the sanctions and continue to ignore the solemn commitments that he made? Well, he will conclude that the international community has lost its will. He will then conclude that he can go right on and do more to rebuild an arsenal of devastating destruction. And some day, some way, I guarantee you he'll use the arsenal. And I think every one of you who has really worked on this for any length of time, believes that, too." – President Bill Clinton (D)

"Other countries possess weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles. With Saddam, there is one big difference: He has used them, not once, but repeatedly. Unleashing chemical weapons against Iranian troops during a decade-long war. Not only against soldiers, but against civilians, firing Scud missiles at the citizens of Israel, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Iran. And not only against a foreign enemy, but even against his own people, gassing Kurdish civilians in Northern Iraq. The international community had little doubt then, and I have no doubt today, that left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will use these terrible weapons again." – President Bill Clinton (D)

"[I]f you allow someone like Saddam Hussein to get nuclear weapons, ballistic missiles, chemical weapons, biological weapons, how many people is he going to kill with such weapons? He's already demonstrated a willingness to use these weapons; he poison gassed his own people. He used poison gas and other weapons of mass destruction against his neighbors. This man has no compunctions about killing lots and lots of people." – Vice President Al Gore (D)

"This is a man who has used poison gas on his own people and on his neighbors repeatedly. He's trying to get ballistic missiles, nuclear weapons, chemical and biological weapons. He could be a mass murderer of the first order of magnitude. We are not going to allow that to happen." – Vice President Al Gore (D)
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Secretary of Defense Cohen appeared on ABC’s "This Week” in 1997 to talk about Saddam’s weapons of mass destruction. To illustrate the danger, he brought a five-pound bag of sugar.

Cohen: It’s important when we talk about weapons of mass destruction that we translate that into something that the American people, and hopefully, the world community can understand. If you take a five pound bag of sugar and accept – call this anthrax (holding up a 5-pound bag of table sugar). This amount of anthrax could be spread over a city – let’s say the size of Washington. It could destroy at least half the population of that city. If you had even more amounts ...

One of the things we found with anthrax is that one breath and you are likely to face death within five days. One small particle of anthrax could produce death within five days.

VX is a nerve agent. One drop from this particular thimble as such – one single drop will kill you within a few minutes.

Cokie Roberts: Would you put that bag down please.

Cohen: Now I want to point out – I will spill it on the table – point out that he has had enormous amounts and I’d like to go to some of the lies that have been told about this, because originally, if we could look at this particular chart, the original declaration of Iraq, he said he had small quantities of nerve agent for research. We found almost four tons of VX – that little vial I just showed you – four tons of it
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Here's what Democrats were saying in advance of Operation Iraqi Freedom:

"Saddam has thumbed his nose at the world community and Ithink the President is approaching this in the right fashion." – Sen. Harry Reid (D)

"We have known for many years that Saddam Hussein is seeking and developing weapons of mass destruction." – Sen. Ted Kennedy (D)

"I will be voting to give the president of the U.S. the authority to use force if necessary to disarm Saddam because I believe that a deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in his hands isa real and grave threat to our security... Without question we need to disarm Saddam Hussein... These weapons represent an unacceptable threat." – Sen. John Kerry (D)

"In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological-weapons stock, his missile-delivery capability,his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists including al-Qa'ida members. It is clear, however, that if left unchecked Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons... I can support the President because I think it is in the long-term interests of our national security." – Sen. Hillary Clinton (D)

"Hussein has chemical and biological weapons, there is no question about that." – Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D)

"According to the CIA's report, all U.S. intelligence experts agree that Iraq is seeking nuclear weapons. There is little question that Saddam Hussein wants to develop nuclear weapons." – Sen. John Kerry (D)

"In the four years since the inspectors, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program. ... It is clear, however, that if left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capability to wage biological and chemical warfare and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons." – Sen. Hillary Clinton (D)

"[It] is Hussein's vigorous pursuit of biological, chemical and nuclear weapons, and his present and potential future support for terrorist acts and organizations, that make him a terrible danger to the people to the United States." – Sen. Chuck Schumer (D)

"We must eliminate that [potential nuclear] threat now before it is too late. But that isn't just a future threat. Saddam's existing biological and chemical weapons capabilities pose real threats to America today, tomorrow. ... [He] is working to develop delivery systems like missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles that could bring these deadly weapons against U.S. forces and U.S. facilities in the Middle East. He could make these weapons available to many terrorist groups, third parties, which have contact with his government. Those groups, in turn, could bring those weapons into the United States and unleash a devastating attack against our citizens. I fear that greatly." – Sen. Jay Rockerfeller (D)

"We have known for many years that Saddam Hussein is seeking and developing weapons of mass destruction.” – Sen. Ted Kennedy (D)

"There is no question that Iraq possesses biological and chemical weapons and that he seeks to acquire additional weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear weapons. That is not in debate. I also agree with President Bush that Saddam Hussein is a threat to peace and must be disarmed, to quote President Bush directly." – Sen. Chris Dodd (D)

"We know that [Saddam] has stored away secret supplies of biological weapons and chemical weapons throughout his Country." – Vice President Al Gore (D)

"Countering terror is one aspect of our struggle to maintain international security and peace. Limiting the dangers posed by weapons of mass destruction is a second. Saddam Hussein's Iraq encompasses both of these challenges.” – Secretary of State Madelyn Albright (D)

"Iraq is a long way from [America], but what happens there matters a great deal here. For the risk that the leaders of a rogue state will use nuclear, chemical or biological weapons against us or our allies is the greatest security threat we face. And it is a threat against which we must and will stand firm. In discussing Iraq, we begin by knowing that Saddam Hussein, unlike any other leader, has used weapons of mass destruction even against his own people." – Secretary of State Madelyn Albright (D)
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The quotes above have been compiled from all over the internet.........It's not hard, since the Democrats made thousands of comments on the subject.

Again, why have they changed their tune?

Yolanda

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shutting detroit down for real

April 25, 2009

John Rich has the video that tells the story of what is going on in our beloved town of Detroit. Take a look and listen.

http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=55446708

Read on:

America's Most Dangerous Cities

by Zack O'Malley Greenburg
Friday, April 24, 2009provided by FORBES.com


Detroit is currently the most dangerous U.S. city.

In March 2008, Kwame Kilpatrick was charged with eight felonies, including perjury and obstruction of justice. In August, he violated his bail agreement and was thrown in jail. His actions were deplorable for anybody, but Kilpatrick was no Average Joe--he was the mayor of Detroit.

Unfortunately for the Motor City, Kilpatrick, 38, is just one ripple in the area's sea of crime. Detroit is the worst offender on our list of America's most dangerous cities, thanks to a staggering rate of 1,220 violent crimes committed per 100,000 people.

"Detroit has, historically, been one of the more violent cities in the U.S.," says Megan Wolfram, an analyst at iJet Intelligent Risk Systems, a Maryland-based risk-assessment firm. "They have a number of local crime syndicates there--a number of small gangs who tend to compete over territory."

Detroit was followed closely on the list by the greater Memphis, Tenn., and Miami, Fla., metropolitan areas. Those three were the only large cities in America with more than 950 violent crimes committed per 100,000 people.

Behind the Numbers

To determine our list, we used violent crime statistics from the FBI's latest uniform crime report, issued in 2008. The violent crime category is composed of four offenses: murder and non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault. We evaluated U.S. metropolitan statistical areas--geographic entities defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget for use by federal agencies in collecting, tabulating and publishing federal statistics--with more than 500,000 residents.

Though nationwide crime was down 3.5% year over year in the first six months of 2008, the cities atop our list illustrate a disturbing trend: All 10 of the most dangerous cities were among those identified by the Department of Justice as transit points for Mexican drug cartels.

Run by crime lords like Joaquin Guzman Lorea, these gangs--and their violent turf wars--are spreading into the American Southwest and beyond. Places like Stockton, Calif., nearly 500 miles from Tijuana, have seen an uptick in related violent crime.

"Stockton is a major transit point along the I-5 corridor on the way to Seattle and Vancouver," says Wolfram. "A lot of it is similar to crime happening in the Southwest. For the most part, it's drug gang on drug gang."

Motown Blues

The situation in Mexico has escalated in recent years, but Detroit has been dealing with the same problems for decades. An industrial boomtown during the first half of the 20th century, the population of Detroit proper swelled from 285,000 in 1900 to 990,000 in 1920, reaching a peak of 1.8 million in 1950.

Only half that number still lives within city limits. Starting in the 1960s, Detroit began a precipitous decline. Most scholars blame rapid suburbanization, outsourcing of manufacturing jobs, and federal programs they say exacerbated the situation by creating a culture of joblessness and dependency. Residents fled to the suburbs and to other regions of the country entirely, leaving behind a landscape littered with abandoned buildings.

"Factories that once provided tens of thousands of jobs now stand as hollow shells, windows broken, mute testimony to a lost industrial past," wrote Thomas J. Sugrue in his book The Origins of the Urban Crisis. "Whole sections of the city are eerily apocalyptic."

Detroit isn't the only city on the list that's suffering from abandonment issues.

In Las Vegas, Nev., for example, the housing boom created loads of excess inventory. When the market tanked, homeowners suddenly found themselves with properties worth far less than the mortgages they'd taken out. In the worst cases, banks foreclosed, leaving people without homes--and with more debt than they'd had to begin with. As a result, Sin City is even emptier than Detroit.

"Detroit has trouble showing improvement in its crime rate because dedicated, desperately needed and appropriate resources are not invested in public safety. Painfully, it is not a priority," says Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney Kym L. Worthy. "I wish that those with the resources would view domestic terrorism like they do terrorism across the water. It used to be that we were keeping our head above water and treading quickly. Now we are drowning, and no one seems to really care. All they tell me to do is cut some more."

Few Signs of Improvement

Making matters more difficult, as municipal budgets shrink during this recession, crime-fighting funds are often among the first casualties.

"There's less public spending during downturns," says Wolfram. "Police departments and incarcerations systems are tough to fund."

The news has been bad for decades, but there may yet be hope for Detroit. The city's new mayor, Kenneth V. Cockrel Jr., assumed office on Sept. 19, 2009--and hasn't committed a single felony.

For more sad pictures follow the link below:

Please note: This photographic essay of Detroit is not meant to imply that all areas of the city in question resemble the photographs.


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Rock ‘n’ Roll History is Alive and Well In Torch Lake Michigan

May 1, 2009

Rock ‘n’ Roll History is Alive and Well In Torch Lake Michigan. Tom Wright lives there.

I just finished reading Raising Hell on the Rock and Roll Highway by Tom Wright. Tom is a dear friend and for many years ran the Grande Ballroom for me while in between grande gigs, road managing The Who and many other great bands of the 60’s and 70’s, all the while taking thousands of incredible photographs of behind the scenes of rock n roll history.

His definitive collection is housed in the American Photography Collection located at the University of Texas in Austin. If you are a rock n roller and kicked out the jams on the rock n roll highway, you’ll want to read this book. The forward is by Pete Townshend of The Who and is published by Omnibus Press.

This indeed is the real roadwork when it comes to rock n roll. I too lived this scene.

If you really interested then you should check out following websites:

www.Thegrandeballroom.com
www.Answers.com/topic/russ-gibb
www.Keener13.com/jocks/russ_gibb.htm
www.Russgibbatrandom.com

russ gibb

russ@yournewsDetroit.com

politics

Allison, Take this !!!!

May 4, 2009

Allison,

Obviously, you are caught up in the rhetoric of a rock star president.
Your ignorance of the direction this country has gone under democratic president’s shows.

Moderate thinking president? What are you talking about? Mr. Obama needs to have a teleprompter where ever he goes so he knows what to say. If he answers questions, he fumbles them. All presidents start out with high approval ratings. Mr. Obama has been president for over 100 days. What has he done? (1) He has increased government spending. (2) He has sold out the manufacturing sector to other countries. (3 ) He is cutting back on the military so that he can fund social programs and cut the debt he and the democrats are racking up. (4) Moderate thinking? It took him 4 days to decide to take out the pirates that were holding the captain hostage. Out of frustration, the Navy Special Warfare Officer in charge made the call and we got the captain back. (5) When he was a senator he voted for the TARP legislation. No oversight and no responsibility for paying back the money. (6) Just for the record, the national debt is such that every man, women and child are looking at a debt of $184,000 each. Can you write a check for that amount?

Something for you to consider, if Mr. Obama is such a sharp business man, then, why he is a politician and not in business? It seems that he can tell companies that they need to improve, etc but doesn’t give them any substance.

Ignored the warnings? The U.S. had the opportunity to get Bin Laden when Clinton was president. He declined, because he did not want to irritate all those people that have made him a millionaire since leaving office. Also, No one ever thought that a 747 would be used as a weapon. No one can plan against that type of weapon.

The current economic downturn that we are in is because of the lending practices that the Clinton administration forced on the banking industry in 1999.

Obviously, you in that79%. Look around you, the country is burning down and is moving toward a more socialist rather than democratic government. From the tone of your posting, it seems that you have never served in the military or left the U.S. You have no comprehension on what is to protect the rights that you have to post on a website.


--by Retired Military on 5/4/09 Lives: Detroit area

politics

President Obama and the Unions

May 6, 2009

I’m a union teacher. Granted I’m retired now, but I still belong to the union and proud of it. In fact in my early days of teaching I got fired for starting a union in Romulus Michigan. It took men like Mike Berry and Roger Craig and the late Bernie Fieger to take the case to court and get me reinstated and then the next year I came to Dearborn. So don’t accuse me of being anti union. It just won’t stick.

Now I must say that I am a little concerned about President Obama and his cozying up to the union big shots. Now you got to know that there are business crooks, we’re told about that by the media all the time, but very little do we hear about union crooks. Some union leaders take the dues of there members and do what they want with the money. Frankley, this practice has been controlled under the Bush administration, but now under Obama, he’s loosening up these rules and the union bosses again will not have to disclose what they do with all the money. They’ll just say that we spent 60 million on “this” and not tell you exactly what “this” is, à la Bill Clinton

So much for Obama and his transparency. He’s paying back the unions for their support and they’re also working on the Employees Free Choice Act. Well the Free Choice Act really means that two or three union guys can come up to you in your home or anywhere and say “Are you for the union or not? “ Now in a public situation it is very hard to tell your fellow employees that you’re not for a union, or that you may feel better off without a union.

This is a strong arm deal that they are pushing. So much for fairness, and so much for Obama’s treatment of unions. If you haven’t figured it out, Obama’s in the union bag. Obama is paying back the unions for their support during his elections. No question. Now if you disagree with me fine, just write me and tell me your side of the story and I’ll be glad to put it up.

education

may peace reign

May 8, 2009

Good news! It seems that Pope Benedict XVI is recognizing the legitimacy of the Muslim religion. Two of the many great religions of this planet, the Christian and the Muslim worlds are being visited by the Pope. Realize that immigration is spreading the influence of the Islamic world.


Saying that, take a look at this video and understand that not all Muslims are terrorists and there is a peaceful side to the spread of Islam just as there is a peaceful side to Christianity.

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american

May 10, 2009

This came to me the other day. All I can say is that I too am proud to be an American.

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Stars ,Cars and Guitars

May 15, 2009


Tour of Cool

As anybody from Detroit knows the real rock ‘n’ roll center of the rock world is not New York, LA, or Cleveland Ohio but the Motor City! Deee-troit!

From now until September 7th the heart and soul of rock ‘n’ roll is in Dearborn Michigan at The Henry Ford Museum.

The curators have assembled a group of the stars cars and guitars ranging from Elvis Presley’s Cadillac to Metallica’s James Hetfield’s custom Buick.





There is also Pete Townshend’s Lincoln Continental.



And on and on it goes. Incredible! The guitars range from the famous Lucille of BB King to Pete Townshend’s smashing ala the Who guitar on the Grande stage, and more and more and more. It’s an incredible collection.



Photo’s by: Jennifer Estrada

Over one hundred of classic rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia. It’s amazing. If there’s one thing you do this summer take your booty and roll on down to The Henry Ford Museum for the rock ‘n’ roll spectacular of the year.

Russ Gibb. Still rockin and sometimes reelin.

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West Slide Story

May 19, 2009

If you are concerned about the amount of the debt president Obama has overseen for your children and grandchildren take a look at this musical take off of West Side Story. I know that president Bush got us in debt to the tune of one trillion dollars, which took him eight years, and Obama less than a hundred days over four trillion dollars, and counting! So deny what you want, but the truth hurts.



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juggling the beatles

May 21, 2009

Yes, I met Paul Mc Cartney and the Beatles. Twice to be exact. The last time I buried him on the radio. Remember Paul is Dead, play the record backwards? Number nine, number nine, turn me on dead man, turn me on dead man.


The first time I met Paul in real life was at the old Olympia Stadium, home of the Detroit Red Wings, now torn down. They were a young teeny bopper band and I was a young Dj on the pop station called WKMH. The Beatles were playing their first concert here in Detroit and the Olympia was filled with screaming young teenage girls. As the host disc jockeys, we were all ushered into a room and were introduced to the Beatles. We had a chance to shake their hands and were then ushered out of the room. So the truth be known,I really did'nt know Paul well, but did have many pals that were close to him.


Over the years I watched the Beatles become one of the top music groups of the century. Recently I came across this video of a juggler, Chris Bliss, juggling to one of their tunes. It's an amazing video. The music is great. So sit back, listen, watch and enjoy.
- russ gibb

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