compiled by Dee Finney

9-9-05 - DREAM -  My ex-husband Edward and I were sledding in the snow. We went a long way very fast and went through a hole in a fence and kept going down an icy path along a concrete wall.  We came across a herd of cattle laying on the ice, and there were some people and some dogs laying in the ice as well. I was afraid of the cattle, but we rescued the people and the dogs anyway. I carried the puppy to the lady's house.

We took the people to their house and went inside, where I admired their huge house. There wasn't much furniture in it, but the rooms were larger than normal homes we see on a daily basis.

The two men left the house to go somewhere and the woman and I and her children began to make friends with each other. I was carrying a tall stemmed plant for some reason, trying to keep the stem straight and keeping the plant from tipping over as I moved from place to place.

She asked me if I wanted to see something. I said, "Sure!" and we went over to a large glass case that was like a museum diorama or animal cage. Just as she was going to point the object out she wanted me to see, her son moved the outer glass door and when it shifted I couldn't see into the glass case at what she was trying to show me.

I was trying to figure out where I knew this woman from. She was blonde and pretty - around age 30 or so, but I couldn't remember. It seemed like maybe I bought my first bird cage and bird from her, or she was a friend to my friend Kathy who lived on Fitzgerald mountain.

NOTE: Fitzgerald mountain is in Arkansas

(I've never been there)

We were getting along really well. I was helping her with something while she was doing the dishes. All of a sudden she got mad at me and said, "Thanks for helping me do the dishes.!"

It dawned on me that I should help her do the dishes instead of what I was doing.

I started to wash a water glass. I was planning to wash the glass, a small glass bowl, a larger glass bowl, and then a large glass bowl. There was no light over the sink and since the bowls were really very dirty,  I asked her if I could have some light.

She was getting madder and madder at me and I now see hatred and murder in her eyes for asking for 'light'.

We started arguing and I said, "I know what the problem is, you're jealous of me!"

She looked at me with such hatred, I decided I would get out of the house before she did something terrible to me. I stepped out into the back hall where my brown tweed winter coat was hanging on a hangar.

I put my coat on and stepped outside even though I was barefoot.

The men were just arriving home from somewhere when I went out the door.

Then I had a tremendous vision of the sky and something exploded violently in the sky.

In the center of the explosion was the word COSMIC.  Off to the side, it said, The Pope meets Dee - 856 days.

I was then told by a voice that this was a cosmic event, not meant to be a long term friendship.

Calculation results

From date: Friday, September 9, 2005

Added 856 days

Resulting date: Sunday, January 13, 2008

NOTE:  It is possible that the current Pope will die when the cosmic event occurs.  Cosmic events usually bring terrible events on earth.

An astrologer states these dates: The timing of the Third Secret of Fatima is in the immediate future. The slain "Bishop Dressed in White" is either Pope Benedict XVI or his immediate successor. The two highly dangerous vectors for the prophecy's fulfillment are October 2006 and May 2009.

NOTE:  Hillary Clinton is from Arkansas - maybe she is the blonde?

Hillary Rodham Clinton Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois - More sources »

William Jefferson Clinton
Birthplace: Hope, Ark. William Jefferson Clinton was born William Jefferson ...
Hillary Rodham CLINTON - CLINTON, Hillary Rodham (1947—) Senate Years of ...

NOTE: 9-13-05 - It came to me that the blonde is the same woman I met in a dream last month. She was running for political office in New Hampshire. I couldn't figure out how I could vote for her when I was in Wisconsin.  It had something to do with 'bumblebees' as well. 



11-25-07 - The first primary election for President in 2008 is January 3, 2008 in Iowa, the second primary is January 8, 2008, in New Hampshire.


Swift catches first cosmic blasts
By Paul Rincon
BBC News science reporter

Image: NASA's Swift Observatory
Swift's first image shows the Cassiopeia 
A supernova remnant

The Swift space telescope, launched in November, has seen its first gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) - the massive cosmic explosions it was built to study.

The telescope detected its first burst on 17 December, only a few days after its instruments were switched on.

On 19 December, the US space agency satellite caught three more.

GRBs are the most powerful explosions in the Universe, releasing more than one hundred billion times the energy our Sun emits in a year.

Swift orbits Earth in wait for a burst to come into its field of view.

Following a detection, the satellite veers round to point its X-ray telescope (XRT) and UV/Optical telescopes toward the blast.

Testing phase

Because the telescope is currently undergoing tests, scientists were not able to interrupt operations to chase the first few bursts.

But on 23 December, the telescope spotted a long GRB that lasted about two minutes and turned to observe it. The XRT obtained an accurate position, spectrum and decay light curve for its afterglow.

"We haven't quite got to the point yet where we're routinely cranking out bursts. That should happen in a couple of weeks," said senior Swift scientist Professor David Burrows of Penn State University, US.

When the satellite is fully operational, it will be able to turn to view the source within about a minute of detecting a cosmic blast.

"Speed is crucial, because clues to what caused the burst may disappear quickly," said Professor Alan Wells, leader of the UK's University of Leicester's XRT team.

"In the past, it has taken hours to view the afterglow with a high-quality telescope. Now we'll be on the scene within minutes."

Professor Burrows said that apart from a circuit problem with the thermal control on the XRT, the satellite was performing very well.

The mission aims to understand what GRBs are. Scientists know there are two types of burst which could be caused by entirely different types of event.

In one scenario, bursts occur when a star collapses in on itself, giving birth to a black hole.

Another possibility could be that bursts come from the collision between two neutron stars.

"If some bursts are coming from very old neutron stars, these may have drifted out of the galaxies, so we will see them coming from areas of blank sky. That's the kind of thing we want to try to study," Professor Burrows told the BBC News website.

The team has released the first image taken by Swift, of the Cassiopeia A supernova remnant. This object is the relic of a gigantic stellar explosion that was seen to occur in about 1680.


The Jupiter-Pluto Effect

Pluto, the slowest mover of all, is currently perched between 10 and 12 degrees of Sagittarius.. Jupiter, a speedier customer but a planet that packs an equally powerful punch, is at the opposite point in Gemini. The effect is rather like putting two Sumo wrestlers in a ring surrounded by strategically placed phials of nitro-glycerine. Pretty explosive.

Pluto correlates to anything of an underground nature, which means quite literally underground political movements and less obviously the rich mineral deposits to be found within the earth itself, like oil. (And there are many, many other correspondences upon which we can draw in time to come. But for now, let's deal with oil and politics.) (It can also relate to the 'unconscious mind')

What Pluto may ultimately do while he transits Sagittarius (until January 2008, just for the record) in the way of transformational events remains to be seen but these two astrological themes represent profound change on the one hand (Pluto) and in the areas of long - distance travel and communications on the other (Sagittarius).  And yes, we might indeed be speaking to alien intelligences by way of a Moog synthesizer.) The Internet is perhaps the most obvious manifestation of Pluto in Sagittarius so far. And even if you're a mite sceptical about a planet millions of miles away from Earth having any effect on the life of its inhabitants, you've got to admit the World-Wide-Web has transformed business, communications and education. And that's absolutely what you'd expect from a Pluto/Sagittarius combo.

Jupiter's presence in Gemini contains an echo of the above - the expansion (good Jupiter word) of communications and travel (Gemini). So the current alignment has much to offer us in the way of the advancement of our civilization. However, any astrological principle, be it a sign, a planet or an aspect, has a positive and negative effect. Let's take nuclear power for example (quite appropriate as it happens since that's another of Pluto's correspondences), this force can be put to the good - it can energize or it can annihilate. So that while we can experience terrific growth, psychologically, spiritually, intellectually - every which way - thanks to the combined force of Jupiter and Pluto, we can also spiral out of control and hasten the advent of the Great Conflagration!

I mentioned oil and politics earlier. Unless you were off the planet in September, you will remember there was a teeny-weeny crisis over oil. If you lived in England, the Dunkirk spirit was roused once again when the Brits found themselves without petrol and in some cases without bread. And all because the oil potentates in the Middle East decided to cut back their output, thus rocketing the price of oil globally. Across Europe lorry drivers blocked the roads in protest over the soaring cost of petrol. The crisis simmered down, with concessions made by some European governments and threats by others. But, of course, the oil issue has not gone away.

At the same time, the Yugoslavian people voted with their feet (and petrol bombs) successfully ousting Slobodan Milosevic from power and ushering in a new era of democracy. All very reflective of the Jupiter/Pluto opposition, which was at its closest on the 4th of September.

Now, this particular astrological aspect is not a nine day's wonder - it occurred for the second time on October 13th and will do so again on May 6th 2001. But rather than focus on precisely what happened and what is yet to happen on these dates , we should be a little more fluid with our expectations. We need to consider that between July of 2000 and June of 2001 a powerful theme is being played and it will resonate on many different levels. Certainly the flaring up of the conflict between Israel and Palestine (October 12th) was a one such resonance and the severe fall and rise of stock markets across the globe during that same period was another.

And although November did not contain an exact meeting of these two mighty planets the effect was surely there in the choice of the USA's President, Republican, George Bush - a party and an individual poles apart from his predecessor, Bill Clinton. A U-turn that I suspect will be repeated in other countries that have elections during this span of the Jupiter-Pluto opposition.

It is entirely possible that without your knowledge you have a planet in the same degree area as the aforementioned opposition, thus you are going through a period of sharp extremes, apparently for no good astrological reason. But if you have a birthday between the 29th May and 1st June, the 31st August and the 3rd September, the 1st and 4th December or the 27th February and the 2nd March, you are directly in the sights of Jupiter and Pluto. Translated this means that some area of life will either produce a bumper bundle or spiral out of control. Think boom/bust, win all-lose all and you won't go far wrong. It may be tempting to go all out to achieve your ends under this influence - and I'm all for huge efforts and great courage - but putting yourself at risk of losing all in the process is not advised. You must have a fall back position.

Then again, I cannot really talk about Pluto and Jupiter without mentioning the thorny issue of Fate. As Twentieth Century smarty-pants, we like to believe that we have control over our destiny. After all we have the power to clone ourselves, delay ageing and we have walked upon the moon and discovered that it is definitely not made of green cheese. Fate, luck, chance and the rest belong to an epoch where superstition ruled, where you were lucky if you survived childhood. But if you have ever had something happen to you, something over which you had no control; it was neither your choice nor in your philosophy, then you will have wondered whether indeed destiny has struck. And there is something decidedly destined about the Pluto effect. Usually, over a period of two years you will find that you have been moved to an entirely different space.

Let me give you an example: when Diana met and married Prince Charles in 1981 Pluto was hovering around her Ascendant (rising sign). Her life was utterly transformed between August of 1980 and July of 1981. She went from being a 'commoner' to a princess and within a month of marriage, she became pregnant, setting the stage for another role transformation, from blushing bride to mother of the future King of England (June of 1982). And while at the time her transformation seemed like a fairy-tale, in reality it was a bit Grimm. Likewise, some fifteen years later when Pluto once again made an appearance in her chart ('squaring' her natal Mars-Pluto conjunction) she underwent another transformation - from married to divorced. A new life was begun in 1996 and eighteen months later it was extinguished in the Alma Tunnel in Paris.

Now, I am not suggesting for a minute that if you have Pluto and Jupiter on your case right now that you will marry a Prince, become pregnant or lose your status - or worse - but I am implying that you will be at a cross-roads of some description in which Fate, or circumstance, plays a part. And the best way to handle such an experience is to recognize that you have been dealt a certain hand, but how you play it is your choice. And by becoming 'bigger' than the situation, you will play it well.

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Balloon-borne Experiment with a Superconducting magnet Spectrometer (BESS) and the Alpha Magnet Spectrometer (AMS) on the
Space Station.  The data from these projects are used to search for signatures of exotic matter (dark matter and cosmological antimatter),
to investigate cosmic ray transport processes, and to quantify the charge-sign dependence of solar modulation.   BESS has flown annually
since 1993.  AMS-01 flew in the STS-91 shuttle payload bay for 10 days in June 1998, and AMS-02 is to be launched to the Space Station
in January 2008. 

ABSTRACT: the Alpha Magnetic Spectrograph (AMS) is a composite particle detector to be accommodated on the International Space
 station (ISS)  in 2008. AMS is mainly devoted to galactic, charged Cosmic Rays studies, Antimatter and Dark Matter searches. Besides
the main classical physics goals, capabilities in the field of GeV and multi-GeV gamma astrophysics have been established and are under
investigation by a number of groups. Due to the unsteadiness of the ISS platform, a star-mapper device is required in order to fully exploit
the intrinsic arc-min angular resolution provided by the Silicon Tracker. A star-mapper is conceptually an imaging optical instrument able
 to autonomously recognize a stellar field and to calculate its own orientation with respect to an inertial reference frame. AMICA (Astro
Mapper for Instruments Check of Attitude) on AMS is responsible for providing real-time information that is going to be used off-line for
compensating the large uncertainties in the ISS flight attitude and the structural degrees of freedom. In this paper, we describe in detail
the AMICA sub-system and the accommodation/integration issues.


NASA’s first trip to Mercury in 30 years — and the closest look ever at the innermost planet — is set for Aug. 2, with a predawn launch
of the MESSENGER spacecraft from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. MESSENGER will conduct an in-depth study of Mercury, the least explored of the terrestrial planets that also include Venus, Earth and Mars. After a scheduled 2:16 a.m. EDT liftoff aboard a Delta II launch vehicle on Aug. 2, the first day of a 13-day launch period, MESSENGER’s voyage includes three flybys of Mercury in 2008 and 2009 and a yearlong orbit of the planet starting in March 2011.
SUNRISE is a high resolution balloon-borne solar telescope aiming to study the structure and activity of the magnetic field in the lower solar atmosphere. These questions are of fundamental importance for understanding the higher corona extending into the heliosphere
and interplanetary space.

The SUNRISE investigation is a joint project with contributions from the US (balloon, gondola, SUPOS, and telescope mirror), Spain (magnetograph) and Germany (main telescope, post-focus unit, image stabilization). German institutions providing hardware will be the Kiepenheuer-Institut für Sonnenphysik and the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research as PI institute. DLR funding will also include an industry contract covering the main telescope. The project shall result into a balloon flight in 40 km altitude over Antarctica in January 2008.

SUNRISE will for the first time allow observations of the Sun with a resolution of 35 km in a spectral range which is not accessible from the ground. The project shall also demonstrate the feasibility of a space-borne 1-m solar observatory.
NASA's Deep Impact Fly-by spacecraft will carry out a small mid-course trajectory correction today, Wednesday, July 20, 2005 ... which will bring it past the Earth in January, 2008, prior to flying by another comet (still unselected) several years after its successful mission to Comet Tempel 1 ....

F. Bernardi et al. presented a poster highlighting issues surrounding their unconventional discovery of 2004 MN4 and describing, among other things, the complex -- and highly appropriate -- reasons for naming the body Apophis. Still other ACM presentations evaluated the progress of the current Spaceguard Survey: it seems unlikely to meet its original target of discovering 90% of NEAs larger than 1 km diameter by early 2008, unless the total number is actually much less than the estimated 1100 [This total number, however, has not been revised based on recent data]. Pan-STARRS, which will begin to come on-line next year in Hawaii, will begin a new era of discovering ever-smaller NEAs. Plans for the later construction of the Discovery Channel Telescope at Lowell Observatory and the LSST were also presented. Still other talks, not specifically oriented towards hazardous NEAs, nonetheless presented information potentially relevant to the logistics of actually deflecting an NEA from Earth impact. For instance, K. Holsapple argued that small main-belt asteroids (though not necessarily NEAs) are not proven to be rubble-piles simply because of their failure to spin more rapidly than about once every couple of hours. Other speakers, however, argued that an increasing fraction of small bodies may be doubles (or even triples!), and thus more difficult to cope with.

In summary, the impact hazard was well integrated into this meeting that generally dealt with less practical, pure-science aspects of asteroids and comets.



Comet p17-Holmes exploded in the skies in October, 2007.  It grew so big, it exceeded the size of the sun and could be seen with the naked eye by everyone.

STRANGE COMET: Astronomers around the world agree, Comet 17P/Holmes is one of the strangest things ever to explode in the night sky. It's a comet, yet it looks like a planet with a golden core and a green atmosphere:

Chris Shur of Payson, Arizona, took this picture last night using his 12.5-inch telescope and a Canon XTi digital camera. "The comet was yellow and green, very bright in the viewfinder," he says.

Yesterday, Comet Holmes shocked sky watchers with a spectacular eruption, brightening almost a million-fold from 17th to 2.5th magnitude in a matter of hours. The comet is now visible to the naked eye--even from light polluted cities--high in the northern sky after sunset: finder chart.

   STRANGE COMET: Astronomers around the world agree, Comet 17P/Holmes is one of the strangest things ever to explode in the night sky. It's a comet, yet it looks like a planet with a golden core and a green atmosphere...
HOT NEWS: Comet 17P/Holmes shocked astronomers today with a spectacular eruption. The 17th magnitude comet has brightened by a factor of five hundred thousand or more during the past 24 hours becoming a naked-eye object in the evening sky. Look for a golden 2.5th magnitude fuzzball in the constellation Perseus after sunset.  "This is unbelievable!" says Iranian astronomer Babak Tafreshi. "I was amazed to find Comet Holmes so easily with the naked-eye in the light-polluted skies of metropolitan Tehran."

Pictures of 17P/Holmes (2007)  More  C/2006 P1(McNaught)  73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3  Deep Impact Tempel 1  Comments 2


Is Comet 17P/Holmes losing its tail?" asks Italian astronomer Paolo Berardi. "Last night I recorded an image showing a big disconnection event that was not present on Nov 8th."

Jack Newton of the Arizona Sky Village saw it, too: image. "The comet has a huge eruption moving along its tail. Holmes is more bizarre with each passing day."

This event does not necessarily signal a new outburst of Comet Holmes. Comet tails can be disconnected by gusts of solar wind which trigger magnetic storms around the comet akin to geomagnetic storms which fuel auroras on Earth. Such a storm and disconnection was observed earlier this year in the tail of Comet Encke: full story.

Got a telescope? Monitoring is encouraged: sky map, ephemeris.

3D BONUS: Grab your 3D glasses. Graphic artist Patrick Vantuyne has combined two photos of Comet Holmes, one taken by Jack Newton in Arizona and one by Ivan Eder in Hungary, to create an eye-popping stereo portrait: stereo image. "The stereo effect has nothing to do with the different locations of the photographers," he notes. "It is a result of the movement of the comet among between the two pictures."

Comet 17P/Holmes Photo Gallery
[Interactive World Map of Comet Photos]
[sky map] [ephemeris] [3D orbit] [Night Sky Cameras]

The Lunar Month of  Nov 9, 2007 - Dec 9,2007
 Ocurring on the New Moon of Nov 9, 2007
 Comet's Tail breaks away.

 "COMET TAIL: Exploding Comet 17P/Holmes continues to amaze onlookers.  On Nov. 8th and 9th part of the comet's blue tail broke away in view  of many backyard telescopes. Visit (Nov 10  to see photos of the "disconnection event" and speculation  about what might have caused it." (Quote from
The Full Moon of the Nov 9 Lunar Cycle conjoins Comet Holmes and  Mirphak in Perseus An excerpt from the Nov 9, 2007 Lunar Planner: "Comet Holmes' dramatic eruption in Perseus occurred in the last  lunar cycle (Oct 07). The Full Moon of Nov 24, 2007 significantly  conjoins Holmes while retrograde Holmes and Mirphak conjoin in both ecliptical longitude and latitude. What a significator! Comet Holmes  illumines and accentuates this Mirphak Full Moon theme; and perhaps our need to rise-to the occasion as the hero Perseus does in his  initiatory journey to claim the success and achievement that Mirphak  embodies. The realizations this Full Moon offers, whatever they may be for each of us, may be of extreme significance."
 More on Comet Holmes

Lockheed looses all profits 

Lockheed Martin Profits To Pay for NOAA N-Prime Repairs - [Go To Top Of News]

WASHINGTON -- Lockheed Martin will forfeit all profits associated with a U.S. government weather satellite that was severely damaged in a mishap that NASA attributed to a lack of procedural discipline throughout the company’s Sunnyvale, Calif., manufacturing facility.

Under an agreement with NASA and the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Lockheed Martin will help cover the cost of repairing the NOAA N-Prime satellite out of the profits it had earned, or was to earn, on the program. The government will foot the rest of the $135 million repair bill, according to NASA spokesman Dave Steitz. NASA buys and launches weather satellites for NOAA.

Steitz and Lockheed Martin Space Systems spokesman Buddy Nelson declined to quantify the company’s profit on the satellite, which is valued at $233 million. But the company took a $30 million charge against its 2003 third quarter earnings related to the factory-floor accident.

The NOAA N-Prime satellite was damaged in September 2003 when it fell nearly a meter onto a concrete floor at Lockheed Martin’s Sunnyvale plant. The physical cause of the accident was 24 missing bolts needed to secure the spacecraft to a device called the turn-over cart, which is used to rotate satellites from a vertical to horizontal position.

NOAA N-Prime is the last satellite in NOAA’s Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite program, which has provided weather and climate information to U.S. government agencies for decades. Lockheed Martin and its legacy companies have built all of the satellites under that civilian program. NOAA and the U.S. Department of Defense are collaborating on the replacement system, dubbed the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System, which is slated to begin launching around the end of the decade. Most of the damage to NOAA N-Prime was sustained by the spacecraft chassis, but two of its six instruments will have to be rebuilt or replaced, Steitz said. Those instruments are the high resolution infrared radiation sounder and the solar backscatter ultraviolet radiometer, he said.

At least 15 percent of the platform components will have to be replaced, Nelson said. The company is testing some other components that were on the spacecraft at the time of the accident to see if they can still be used or repaired, he said.

“Lockheed Martin has voluntarily contributed to the rebuild effort all profit previously earned and paid on the contract,” Nelson said. “The company will undertake the completion of the N-Prime satellite bus on a cost-only basis, forgoing all profits that otherwise might have accrued to Lockheed Martin for this spacecraft bus.” NOAA N-Prime now is scheduled to launch in December 2007 or January 2008. Before the accident, plans called for launching the satellite in 2008.

NASA, which probed the mishap, said Lockheed Martin personnel failed to follow proper procedures in handling the spacecraft. The “NOAA N-Prime Mishap Investigation: Final Report,” released Oct. 4, also cited ineffective government oversight as a contributing factor. The “operations team’s lack of discipline in following procedures evolved from complacent attitudes toward routine spacecraft handling, poor communication and coordination among operations team, and poorly written or modified procedures,” the report said. “It is apparent to the [investigation board] that complacency impaired the team directly performing the operation and those providing supervision or oversight to this team.”

The report concluded that the procedural problems were pervasive across the Sunnyvale facility. “Many of the findings uncovered in this mishap investigation are not specific to this mishap but are systemic in nature,” the report said.

Lockheed Martin has instituted stricter safety measures across all of its satellite manufacturing programs to prevent a similar mishap, Nelson said. “The evidence of our success is that our NASA and NOAA customers have asked us to rebuild the NOAA N-Prime satellite,” he said.

NASA and NOAA also have established improved oversight of Lockheed Martin, according to Steitz and John Leslie, a NOAA spokesman. “We are bumping up our oversight of Lockheed Martin programs at this facility,” Steitz said. “We will be looking at projects across the board.”

The only NASA-related satellites at the Sunnyvale facility are NOAA N-Prime and its sister satellite, NOAA-N, Steitz said. The facility has other work including several Department of Defense programs and integration and testing of commercial satellites manufactured at Lockheed Martin’s Newtown, Pa., facility.

NASA is satisfied with the efforts Lockheed Martin has made thus far, Steitz said. “We don’t think this will have an effect on future bids,” he said. “Our corporate partner has responded completely to the report.” (

Country: Turkmenistan
Leader: Turkmenbashi
Age: 64

In Power Since: 1990
Country’s Natural Resource: Natural gas, oil
Expected U.S. Invasion: January 2008
Greatest Hits: Forget Kim Jong Il – when it comes to out-of-control personality cults, the self-obsessed regime that rules this former Soviet republic beats them all. Niyazov – or as he prefers to be officially called, “Turkmenbashi” (translation: father of all Turkmen) – has installed the requisite golden statues of himself in every city (including one in the capital that rotates to always face the sun) and has, of course, put his face on all the currency… but it’s the little things that have earned him the top spot on our list. Things like restructuring the curriculum of every school around his published poetry, renaming the days of the week after members of his family and enforcing a peculiar national dress code (women may wear their hair in braids or under a hat… only!) But make no mistake, Niyazov is a man of the people. How else could you explain the 1999 parliamentary vote that elected him president for life? The vote? 2,500 to 0.


11-27-07 - The Vatican officials confirmed that the programme for Pope Benedict's visit to America next spring were almost completed, but that this has not dampened speculation that he could make a brief stop-over in Ireland en route to the United States.


Pell lobbies for World Youth Day Sydney 2008

 Sydney's Cardinal George Pell has confirmed that he has been talking with Vatican officials about the possibility of Sydney hosting World Youth Day in 2008.

According to a report in Catholic World News, no formal request has been made, but Cardinal Pell said the Australian bishops are "very interested" in the possibility.

"I have already spoken with the Pontifical Council for the Laity," he said.

Cardinal Pell, who has been in Rome with the other Australian bishops for the ad limina visit, added that he has written to the Pontifical Council (which sponsors World Youth Day), to say that the Australian bishops are studying the feasibility of hosting World Youth Day, and discussing the possibility with Australian government officials.

"My goal is to strengthen the faith of young Australians," the cardinal said.

He said that the Catholic community in Australia needs help in persuading young people to resist the lures of "alcohol, drugs, and the improper understanding of the Christian message on sexuality".

Australia's bid reportedly got off to a false start when earlier this year the head of the Pontifical Council for the Laity's Youth Section called the public announcement of bids including Australia's "inappropriate".

Meanwhile a report in the Roman news agency I Media in the past week suggested the event would be held in January 2008, with Australia's summer a lure for visitors from the winter of the northern hemisphere.

The German city of Cologne will host next year's event. A formal announcement of the 2008 "winner" will be made during that event.

World Youth Day in Sydney for 2008? (Catholic World News 29/3/04)

Pope Benedict to visit Canada in 2008

Source: CNA Catholic News Agency -


Quebec City, 20th May 2005 (CNA) - Pope Benedict XVI plans to make his first papal trip to Canada in 2008, “if God is willing.”
Organizers of the 49th International Eucharistic Congress in Quebec City announced that they are hopeful the new pontiff will attend and celebrate the closing mass.
The Congress will coincide with the city’s 400th anniversary and the 350th anniversary of the appointment of Blessed François-de-Laval as North America’s first bishop.
"I have a close relationship with him and I think he will come," Marc Cardinal Ouellet said Thursday. "Really. I am positive about that. He will come."
The archbishop of Quebec said he invited the Pope to the closing of the congress when he was in Rome for the papal conclave.
The Pope said he would be there, if God is willing, Cardinal Ouellet reported.
The Knights of Columbus are donating $1 million to help organize the event.

Veritas, 21st May 2005



Campaign 2008 Begins, Led by Clinton
Associated Press Writer

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday the nation has "gone off track" in Republican hands since the prosperous years of her husband's presidency, making her case along with other potential 2008 Democratic candidates to a group that helped Bill Clinton win the White House.

Sen. Clinton received a warm reception for her plea that the party adopt a hard line on national security and back an increase in troop strength, echoing the stance of the centrist Democratic Leadership Council. She also called for expanded health care, increased jobs and better education.

Her core message was a need for Democratic solidarity.

"After four years of Republican control, our country has not only gone off track, it has reversed course," the New York senator said. "Let's start by uniting against the hard-right ideology."

Among other possible 2008 candidates, Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack assumed the chairmanship of the DLC, and Virginia Gov. Mark Warner and Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh spent the weekend courting activists before delivering speeches on Monday at the group's annual meeting.

_ Vilsack said Democrats must have "a positive, progressive, practical agenda. We can't afford to be anti, against everything."

_ Warner made a pitch for expanding the Democratic electoral map. He said, "I am here today to tell you how important the heartland strategy is for the Democratic Party and the future of the country. ... We as Democrats neglect the heartland at our own peril."

_ Bayh said the party's future lies in the Midwest: "Our success as a party will largely be determined by how well we do here in the heartland. ... The time has come to be secure about our values. The time has come to lead."

Bayh described Clinton as a "very strong front-runner" for the Democratic nomination three years from now. Polls show the same thing, though there also are many voters who have a negative view of the former first lady.

Sen. Clinton's speech focused on domestic issues and improving the lot of average Americans, harking back to her husband's presidency.

"I know we can do all this because we've done it before," she told the nearly 400 activists gathered for the DLC's annual meeting.

In another allusion to her husband's eight years in the White House, she said, "They turned our bridge to the 21st century into a tunnel back to the 19th century. We are thinking Democrats, not lockstep Republicans."

The speech was coupled with the announcement that Clinton had been chosen to head the DLC's "American Dream Initiative," described by the organization as a national conversation with business, political, labor, civic and intellectual leaders on an agenda for the country and party.

The chairmanship will allow her to travel around the nation next year, at the same time she is seeking another term in the Senate. The job will be an opportunity to burnish an already high-profile image, one that energizes Democrats and Republicans _ in opposite ways _ as the former first lady is both revered and vilified.

Clinton talked tough on combating terrorism, calling for "a unified, coherent strategy focused on eliminating terrorists wherever we find them" while arguing that more can be done to bring other nations into the fight.

The Republican National Committee dismissed her comments, saying in a statement that "Sen. Clinton can talk the talk in an effort to grab headlines, but she can't run from her hard-left record."

She urged Democrats to put aside divisiveness.

"All too often we have allowed ourselves to be split between left, right and center," said Clinton. "It's high time for a cease-fire. It's time for all Democrats to work together."

Clinton has taken a course toward the political center as the speculation about 2008 has grown.

In January, she used an appearance before abortion-rights advocates to call for "common ground" on the issue and recently joined with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., to push for health care legislation like a single system for medical billing that all insurers and providers would use to save time and money.

In a nod to the political calendar, Pat Gerard, vice mayor of Largo, Fla., said a lot can happen between now and 2008.

"Star power doesn't always mean everything," said Gerard. The early star gets the most criticism, he noted.

Associated Press Writer John McCarthy contributed to this report.

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Mrs President

10/25/2005 2:58:03 PM (GMT +2)

In an extract from his provocative new book, DICK MORRIS, one of Bill Clinton’s former key advisers, argues that in 2009, America will have its first woman President. Will it be Condoleezza Rice or Hillary Clinton?

On 20 January 2009, at precisely noon, the world will witness the inauguration of the 44th President of the United States. As the chief justice administers the oath of office on the flag-draped podium in front of the US Capitol, the first woman President, Hillary Rodham Clinton, will be sworn into office. By her side, smiling broadly and holding the family Bible, will be her chief strategist, husband, and co-President, William Jefferson Clinton.

If the thought of another Clinton presidency excites you, then the future indeed looks bright. Because, as of this moment, there is no doubt that Hillary Clinton is on a virtually uncontested trajectory to win the Democratic nomination and, very likely, the 2008 election. She has no serious opposition in her party. The order of presidential succession from 1992 through 2008, in other words, may well become Bush, Clinton, Bush, Clinton.

But her victory is not inevitable. There is one, and only one, figure in America who can stop Hillary Clinton: Secretary of State Condoleezza 'Condi' Rice. Among all of the possible Republican candidates for President, Condi alone could win the nomination, defeat Hillary and derail a third Clinton administration.

Condoleezza, in fact, poses a mortal threat to Hillary's success. With her broad-based appeal to voters outside the traditional Republican base, Condi has the potential to cause enough major defections from the Democratic party to create serious erosion among Hillary's core voters. She attracts the same female, African-American and Hispanic voters who embrace Hillary, while still maintaining the support of conventional Republicans.

There is, perhaps, an inevitability to the clash: two highly accomplished women, partisans of opposite parties, media superstars and quintessentially 21st-century female leaders, have risen to the top of American politics. Each is an icon to her supporters and admirers. Two groundbreakers, two pioneers. Indeed, two of the most powerful women on the planet; Forbes magazine recently ranked Condi as number one and Hillary as number 26 in its 2005 list of the most powerful women in the world. For the first time in our history, a majority of voters say they would support a woman for President. In a May USA Today/CNN/Gallup Poll, an amazing 70 percent indicated that they 'would be likely to vote for an unspecified woman for President in 2008'.

Hillary Clinton has always wanted to be the first woman President of the United States. Shortly after her husband's election in 1992, the couple's closest advisers openly discussed plans for her eventual succession after Bill's second term. Things didn't turn out quite that way, but her election to the Senate in 2000 gave her the national platform she needed to launch her new image - the 'Hillary Brand' - and begin her long march back to the White House.

Hillary Clinton does not want any other woman to take what she regards as her just place in history. Yet, ironically, it is Hillary's candidacy that makes Condi's necessary and, therefore, likely. The first woman nominated by the Democrats can only be defeated by the first woman nominated by the Republicans. Were Condi and Hillary to face one another, it would be the next great American presidential race and one of the classic bouts in history: Hector vs Achilles; Wellington vs Bonaparte; Lee vs Grant; Mary, Queen of Scots vs Elizabeth; Ali vs Frasier. And now, Condi vs Hillary.

These potential combatants are as different as, well, black and white. In many ways, they are mirror images of each other: not only white/black but north/south; Democrat/Republican; married/single; suburban/urban; and, in policy interests, domestic/foreign.

Their backgrounds are not in the least similar. While Hillary grew up in the middle-class security of white, Protestant Park Ridge, Illinois, Condi came of age on the wrong side of the racial divide in pre-civil rights Birmingham, Alabama. It was Rice who came from an educated, professional family; Hillary's was far more blue-collar. It is not only their family backgrounds and geography that were distinctive. Their careers also took very different paths. For more than 30 years, Hillary's success has always been coupled with her relationship with one powerful man: Bill Clinton.

Unlike Hillary, Condi has never married and her success has never been a matter of hitching her wagon to the political fortunes of a powerful man. Instead, she advanced strictly on her merits. She began her career by excelling as an academic and specialising in foreign affairs. Eventually, she brought that expertise to a family of Presidents. But it was always Condi's record of accomplishment that made her a prominent national figure.

When she was still in her twenties, she was elevated to the Stanford University faculty because she amazed her colleagues with her abilities. She came to Washington during the administration of President George HW Bush because she had impressed national security adviser Brent Scowcroft, who met her at Stanford. She was only 34 when she became the administration's chief expert on the Soviet Union. Condi Rice, in short, reached her position of power on the strength of her achievements.

Condi's and Hillary's respective reputations in politics, too, were diametrically opposed. Condoleezza Rice has never been involved in personal or professional wrongdoing; Hillary has been embroiled in scandal after scandal, ever since she entered public life. She has always teetered on the ethical edge.

Both women deny having plans to run for President in 2008. In Hillary's case, the demur is traditional, usually couched in an often-repeated coy and calculated answer - 'Right now, I am focusing on being the best senator from New York that I can be' - rather than a flat-out rejection of the idea.

Condi's dismissals have been more emphatic. During an interview with the Washington Times in March, she said she had no intention of running for President. A denial, but a soft one: 'I have never wanted to run for anything,' Rice said. 'I don't think I even ran for class anything when I was in school.'

The fact that Condi has not laid out a plan to run for President does not, by any means, signify that she won't run. It's not that simple. Compared with Hillary, she merely approaches her future in a very different way. She has never planned her advancement with the same degree of precision that Hillary has. She hasn't had to. Her obvious talent has stood out among her peers and her rapid promotions have always been the result. Hillary is different. She is a plodder; she approaches the presidential race like a long to-do list. For her, the path to the West Wing in 2008 is already laid. The strategy is in place, the players are on the team.

For the past 15 years, the Clintons have systematically built up a network of wealthy donors, influential supporters and opinion leaders throughout the country, creating a Rolodex of millions. They used the power of the presidency to reward these people by appointing them to jobs and commissions. They also understood the allure of invitations to the White House and used events like state dinners and Christmas parties to solidify the loyalty of their stalwarts.

Under Bill's tutelage, but with the discipline he lacks, Hillary will scrupulously follow their jointly developed plan to recapture power. They may not spend much time together, but they are united on their journey back to Pennsylvania Avenue. Hillary will absorb all the lessons her husband's history has to teach and dramatically and obviously move to the centre. The Clintons have always understood that they cannot attract swing voters with a leftist agenda. So, for the campaign, Hillary will become a moderate, at least in public.

But Hillary's newfound centrism focuses only on issues at the margins of American politics. She may attack sex on television or call for more values in public life, but when the chips are down, she votes like a solid liberal, backing her party more than 90 percent of the time.

Condi's way to 2008 is totally different. She has none of the presumptive-nominee aura that Hillary has working for her. Her viability as a contender for the 2008 nomination will depend on whatever successes she has as secretary of state. She will first be seen as plausible, then as desirable, and, finally, as voters see Hillary move to the fore, irresistible. In the end, it is not Condoleezza Rice who will come to the voters asking for the nomination, but they who will come to her, imploring her to run.

Can Rice be nominated? The vacuum in the Republican 2008 field makes it quite possible that she can. There is no heir apparent. Dick Cheney's health isn't strong enough, and nobody else from the cabinet stands out. Rudy Giuliani and John McCain are the early front-runners, gathering together more than four out of every five decided votes in the polls. But Rudy is too liberal to win the nomination. And McCain showed his limited appeal to GOP primary voters in 2000, when he won the votes of Independents but lost the vast majority of registered Republicans to Bush.

As meritorious as these two men are, they aren't going to win the Republican nomination. Their likely demise will leave an enormous vacuum. There will be a search for a real candidate, someone of stature, someone charismatic who can beat Hillary. And the party faithful will turn to Condi Rice. America has not seen a real draft of a presidential candidate since Dwight D Eisenhower in 1952. Yet popular acclamation can be one of the highest expressions of democracy.

A draft is especially possible at this time in America's history, for, as the 2004 election results revealed, there has been a seminal change in US politics. That was the year that the political ruling class was turned upside down. On the left and on the right, ordinary people found themselves in the vortex of the national campaign in 2004, each battling to be heard, outshouting the mainstream media and creating in the process a new, lower centre of gravity for our politics. It's just the kind of environment in which the grassroots activists can decide who they want to be President

The same avalanche of individual activists can animate the draft-Condi movement. So widespread is the admiration for this self-made woman and so ubiquitous the fear of the Hillary juggernaut that it may well be the spontaneous outpouring of hundreds of thousands of people that could propel a Rice candidacy.

It almost happened once before. In the autumn of 1995, General Colin Powell, newly resplendent in his post-Gulf War prestige, published his memoirs just as the pre-primary process for the 1996 Republican nomination to oppose Clinton was gathering steam. Inside the White House, Clinton was panicked. He ranted and railed apoplectically, to all within earshot, that Powell didn't deserve the 'free ride' the media were giving him.

For a while, Powell seemed unstoppable. As he careened from one packed book signing to the next, his name soared to the top of all the presidential polls. Enigmatically, he refused to acknowledge the political firestorm around him and would not address the possibility that he might run in 1996.

Then came the bad news: Powell couldn't beat Bob Dole in a Republican primary. His support for affirmative action, gun control and an array of liberal positions undermined him and left him without a party. 'Congratulations,' I told Clinton after showing him the poll demonstrating that Powell wouldn't get the nomination and therefore, I said, would not run. 'You just won the election.'

But Condi is not Colin. And 2008 is not the same as 1996. Back then, Powell had to live off the residual legacy of his Gulf War achievements. But Condi will find her inadvertent candidacy fuelled by her real-time accomplishments on the world stage. And wouldn't a Condoleezza Rice candidacy change America? The very fact that an African-American woman could actually become President would send a powerful message to every minority child that there is no more ceiling, no more limit for black Americans in elective politics. The sky would now be the limit.

Make no mistake about it. If the next presidential election were held today, Hillary Clinton would be in your face, exuberantly delivering her victory speech on every television network and beginning the redecoration of the White House, starting with the designation of the office for her chief adviser and the new first husband, Bill Clinton. (His would be the one right next to the President's dining room, the one with the small, eye-level window in the door, so she can easily see what he's up to.) Hillary is hot. She's popular. She's confident - and with good reason. She is by far the Democrats' top choice and she has the support of women voters, the key swing group who make the difference in American elections.

Hillary has found her groove. Her message is tight, clear and controlled. It reads: Hillary Clinton is a hardworking, effective moderate who can collaborate with even the most conservative Republicans on joint, highly visible (and usually uncontroversial) projects. She's highly supportive of the military, capable in foreign affairs and fighting to keep pornography and violence away from children. She's experienced; she spent eight years in the White House. She's independent of her husband, although very much married, and she's serious. She is not - repeat, not - a liberal.

Condoleezza Rice can defeat Hillary Rodham Clinton. Were she to run, her candidacy would strike directly at the three pillars of the Democratic Party's political base: African-Americans, Hispanics and white women. The Democrats cannot win without fully tapping all three sources of votes. A Hillary Clinton candidacy is particularly strong because of her appeal to all three bastions of Democratic power. Because of her husband's long identification with minority voters, her efforts to court Hispanic voters and her own gender and record of feminism, she stands to cash in on the support of all three groups in a huge way.

But Condoleezza Rice, also a woman and an African-American, blocks Hillary's built-in advantages. How would Condi fare among blacks? Would she crack the solid phalanx of African- American support for the Democratic party, something no Republican has done in 50 years?

A number of prominent black Democratic politicians think she could. Bill Clinton's former secretary of agriculture, Mike Espy, the first black congressman from Mississippi and a lifelong Democrat, thinks Condi would run well among America's blacks. Espy was one of two African-Americans in Clinton's first cabinet.

'They are two brilliant women,' Espy says, 'evenly matched, both well rounded, both with interests outside politics.' How would the black community vote? 'Their heads would be for Hillary,' Espy predicts, 'but their hearts would be with Condi.' And which would they follow? 'We often are emotional and follow our hearts. We would all like to have parents like Condi's - focused, encouraging, nurturing - and we'd all like to have a daughter like Condi,' Espy says.

When I pressed him for a numerical prediction, the former congressman thought for a while and then said: 'My guess is that the race [among African-American voters] would be pretty much even. Hillary may have a bit of an edge because of the hegemony of the Democratic party base, but Condi would run much, much better than any other Republican. My guess would be a 60-40 Hillary margin.'

Condoleezza Rice's public record at the White House is of relatively recent vintage. It is her life story, more than her public career, that tells us why she could be a great President. Rice's biography is a unique story that bears elaboration. Condoleezza Rice has been defying odds since she was born in an all-black community in Birmingham, Alabama. Her family was solidly middle class, but in the Birmingham of those days, racial barriers could not be bypassed, even by money.

Shopping as a young girl with her mother at a local department store, an employee told her she could not use the 'whites only' dressing room and had to try on her clothing in a back storage cupboard. When Condi's mother refused and threatened to leave, the embarrassed employee relented. 'I remember,' Condi relates, 'the woman standing there guarding the [dressing room] door worried to death that she was going to lose her job.' But the event that seared its way most powerfully into Rice's memory was the 1963 bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, a few miles from her house. She heard the blast. Rice recalls the terror she felt, as an eight-year-old, that day.

'These terrible events burned into my consciousness,' she remembers. And as America shook its head in disbelief at the murder of four girls in the blast, Condi Rice was mourning the two she knew, including Denise McNair, her kindergarten classmate.

'I remember more than anything the small coffins and the sense that Birmingham was not a very safe place.' Racism also followed her to the University of Denver, where her professor lectured the 250 students in his class on the genetic inferiority of African-Americans, citing the pseudo-scientific work of William Shockley. Rice simmered as her professor recounted Shockley's belief that 'art, literature, technology, linguistics - all the treasures of Western civilisation - are the products of the superior white intellect'.

'Rather than crouch down in her seat to avoid the onslaught,' her biographer Antonia Felix reports, Rice 'sprang out of her chair and defended herself: "I'm the one who speaks French! I'm the one who plays Beethoven. I'm better at your culture than you are. This can be taught!'" Condi's mother and father tried to shield her from the arrows of racism. As Rice told Ebony magazine: 'Our parents really did have us convinced that even though I couldn't have a hamburger at Woolworth's, I could be President of the United States.'

In their differing backgrounds - and the life choices that flowed from them - Hillary and Condi reflect the different priorities of their political parties and the approach they take to the problems of social betterment, upward mobility and race relations. If the Democrats see individual upward mobility as a danger to group cohesion, the Republicans see the tendency to herd into a group and stick together as stimulating a sense of victimhood and class identification that is alien to true democracy.

Democrats accuse Republicans of callousness, saying they neglect those at the bottom and work only for the few who are well equipped to compete in life. Republicans accuse Democrats of wanting to enhance bloc voting by trying to keep the poor and minorities in a group, dependent on handouts from the political system for their upward mobility.

So what kind of President would Hillary be? How would Condi handle the job? Let's start with policy. Hillary Clinton would be the most liberal President since Lyndon Johnson. Bill Clinton is a moderate by choice and, sometimes, a liberal by necessity. But his wife is the exact opposite. Hillary believes that government delivers services well and that the quest for private profit is the root of all selfishness and vice in American life.

In foreign affairs, Hillary's views are less clear. She is only just learning about these issues and her real opinions have yet to emerge - and probably won't until after she is elected. During her White House years, she was a peacenik, opposed to foreign interventions, against American involvement in Somalia and concerned that the administration would be too preoccupied with the Balkans. But now, who knows? For her part, Condoleezza Rice shares the basic Bush/Republican outlook on public policy issues. She would likely seek to hold down taxes, limit the role of government and harness the private sector for the delivery of public services.

Like Hillary, Condoleezza Rice is a woman on a mission. But Rice's mission is the expansion of democracy. Where Hillary would focus primarily on expanding the role of the government at home, Rice would want to see America become more involved abroad. The election of 2008 will be the next great presidential race. With the possibility of two popular women as candidates, the voters will make history. We can only hope it's the right kind of history.

Extracted from Condi vs Hillary: The Next Great Presidential Race by Dick Morris and Eileen McGann published by Harper Collins. (c) Dick Morris and Eileen McGann 2005.

(The Observer)


 Dec 27, 8:31 AM EST

*Pakistan's Bhutto Killed by Bombing*

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan (AP) -- Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was assassinated Thursday in a suicide bombing that also killed at least
20 others at a campaign rally, a party aide and a military official said.

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan (AP) - Opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was seriously injured and was undergoing surgery Thursday after she was
wounded in a suicide attack that killed at least 20 other people, a party aide said.

Safdar Abbasi said Bhutto was hit in the bomb blast.

"BB is serious and she is in the operating theater," he told The Associated Press. Other top leaders of Bhutto's party were at the Rawalpindi General Hospital, crying.

The Prime Minister later died after surgery.


Assassination Poses Dilemma for US
    By Matthew Lee
    The Associated Press

    Thursday 27 December 2007

    Washington - The Bush administration scrambled Thursday with the implications of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto's assassination after investing significant diplomatic capital in promoting reconciliation between her and President Pervez Musharraf.

    While awaiting formal confirmation of Bhutto's death in an attack on an election rally, U.S. officials - who had labored to promote stability in the nuclear-armed country that has been an anti-terrorism ally - huddled to assess the impact of Bhutto's death just two weeks before legislative elections in the turbulent nation in which her party was expected to do well.

    "Certainly, we condemn the attack on this rally," said deputy State Department spokesman Tom Casey. "It demonstrates that there are still those in Pakistan who want to subvert reconciliation and efforts to advance democracy." His statement was echoed by White House spokesman Scott Stanzel, who is with President Bush at Bush's Texas ranch.

    A U.S. official speaking on grounds of anonymity confirmed that Bhutto was assassinated. No person or group has claimed responsibility for her death, the official said.

    In Crawford, Texas, Stanzel said Bush "has been informed about the situation in Pakistan. He was told about it this morning during his regular briefing" and said the president was to appear before reporters outside his ranch house here later Thursday morning to discuss the situation.

    Bhutto served twice as Pakistan's prime minister between 1988 and 1996. She had returned to Pakistan from an eight-year exile Oct. 18. Her homecoming parade in Karachi was also targeted by a suicide attacker, killing more than 140 people. On that occasion she narrowly escaped injury.

    The United States had been at the forefront of foreign powers trying to arrange reconciliation between Bhutto and Musharraf, who under heavy U.S. pressure resigned as army chief and earlier this month lifted a state of emergency, in the hope it would put Pakistan back on the road to democracy.

    Bhutto's return to the country after years in exile and the ability of her party to contest free and fair elections had been a cornerstone of Bush's policy in Pakistan, where U.S. officials had watched Musharraf's growing authoritarianism with increasing unease.

    Those concerns were compounded by the rising threat from al-Qaida and Taliban extremists, particularly in Pakistan's largely ungoverned tribal areas bordering Afghanistan despite the fact that Washington had pumped nearly $10 billion in aid into the country since Musharraf became an indispensible counter-terrorism ally after Sept. 11, 2001.

    Irritated by the situation, Congress last week imposed new restrictions on U.S. assistance to Pakistan, including tying $50 million in military aid to State Department assurances that the country is making "concerted efforts" to prevent terrorists from operating inside its borders.

    Under the law, which provides a total of $300 million in aid to Pakistan and was signed by President Bush on Wednesday, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice also must guarantee Pakistan is implementing democratic reforms, including releasing political prisoners and restoring an independent judiciary.

    The law also prevents any of the funds can be used for cash transfer assistance to Pakistan, but that stipulation had already been adopted by the administration.

    Despite the congressional move, Richard Boucher, the assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asian affairs who had been instrumental in engineering the Bhutto-Musharraf reconciliation, said he had little doubt that the administration would get the money.


    Associated Press reporters Eileen Sullivan in Washington and Ben Feller in Crawford, Texas contributed to this story.

 Bhutto's Son and Husband Named Party Leaders
    The Associated Press

    Sunday 30 December 2007

    Naudero, Pakistan - Benazir Bhutto's 19-year old son was chosen Sunday to succeed her as chairman of her opposition party, while her husband will serve as co-chairman, extending Pakistan's most famous political dynasty to another generation.

    The party also decided to contest upcoming elections, apparently ending the threat of a wholesale boycott by Pakistan's political opposition as the key U.S.-ally struggles to transition to full democracy after years of military rule.

    The decision was made at a closed meeting of the Pakistan Peoples Party central executive committee, three days after the two-time prime minister was assassinated in a suicide attack.

    It catapults Bilawal Zardari, an Oxford University student with no political experience, to the center of Pakistan's tumultuous public life.

    "The party's long struggle for democracy will continue with renewed vigor," he said at a news conference. "My mother always said democracy is the best revenge."

    Supporters chanted "Benazir, princess of heaven" and "Bilawal, move ahead. We are with you."

    Bhutto's husband Asif Ali Zardari, 51, is a party powerbroker who served as environment minister in her second government.

    As co-chairman he is widely expected to have hands-on leaderhip of the party.

    He immediately announced the group's participation in the vote, and appealed to the party of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to drop his plans to boycott the polls - planned for Jan. 8 but anticipated by many to be delayed following the assassination.

    The government has blamed an al-Qaida-linked militant for the murder, but the party disputes that and has suggested that elements in the ruling party could have been behind the slaying.

    Zardari appealed to the United Nations and British government to help investigate.

    THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

    Naudero, Pakistan (AP) - Benazir Bhutto's 19-year-old son was chosen Sunday to succeed her as chairman of her opposition party, while her husband will serve as co-chairman, extending Pakistan's most famous political dynasty to a third generation, party officials said.

    The party also decided to contest upcoming elections, apparently ending the threat of a wholesale boycott by Pakistan's political opposition as the key U.S.-ally struggles to transition to democracy after years of military rule.

    The decisions were made at a closed meeting of the Pakistan Peoples Party central executive committee, three days after the two-time prime minister was assassinated in a suicide attack, two party officials told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to disclose the information.

    It catapults Bilawal Zardari, an Oxford University student with no political experience, to the center of Pakistan's tumultuous public life. Bhutto's husband Asif Ali Zardari, 51, is powerbroker in the party who served as environment minister in her second government.



Mrs. Bhutto's Death Chart
Newscasts say she died from a fractured skull when her assailant blew himself up and not the gunshots

Astrological Analysis: Bhutto Killed in Pakistan

Astrological Analysis: Bhutto Killed in Pakistan
by Brandi Jasmine

Back in November, I spoke of my concern for Benazir Bhutto:

Last month I spoke of a woman in leadership coming to prominence, and of course the story of Benazir Bhutto fits nicely with the aspects I was watching then. Her potential is great, but I am afraid for her safety with the aspects I see right now. I would urge her to be more cautious than she has been in the past. The same for other women leaders who have polarizing or controversial pasts, who want to transform the world quickly or in radical ways. This is not the best time to push past people's prejudice. They will want to fight to hold on to the "old ways", and some of that push-back could be violent. I feel some of this energy could peak mid-month.

November came and went safely for Ms. Bhutto, but today, her good luck came crashing to an unfortunate end, and she was assassinated in the middle of a political rally. Looking at the astrological chart (above) for the time of death, the Ascendant is Cancer, ruled by the Moon (a prominent woman). The Moon in Leo (arrogant leadership, feeling invulnerable) is opposed North Node, T-Squared Venus (a strong woman crossed by unfortunate events). The 12th House Mars (secret plots, war, violence) is opposed by Pluto and Jupiter (religious extremism, the potential for great violence).

The AstroCartography chart for the death time is frightening. It places Jupiter, Mars and Pluto lines in Iran, with the Death-God Pluto directly over Tehran. Worse, the Uranus MidHeaven line (unexpected, shocking events in high profile people or leadership position) also crosses Tehran. There are two possible interpretations. It is possible this assassination was sponsored in Iran, or that Iran will be blamed for it, and there may be retaliatory assassinations in Iran as a result.

Uranus, Pluto, Mars and Jupiter are a dangerous, explosive mixture in this kind of configuration. This assassination could have repercussions that will echo around the world. It bodes ill for peace in 2008, the effects could stain the entire region under a cloud of violent bloodshed. There is a particularly high degree of danger as Pakistan is a nuclear-powered country, and the expanding chaos may put their stockpiles in jeopardy. I am loathe to predict a nuclear exchange, and I pray it is avoidable, but I would not be surprised if there were some kind of nuclear disaster in Pakistan or Iran in the next 18 months.

Mercury also plays a role in this chart, with the Mercury Rising line passing close to Atlanta (CNN headquarters), Washington DC and New York City. The same Pluto, Mars and Jupiter lines cross through the heartland of America. Clearly this news will have a huge impact in the United States as well, possibly leading to a wider spread of the war in Iraq, and a greater burden for "Middle America". The controversy may affect the US elections. I would be greatly surprised if the war in Iraq, and the broader war on terror do not spread dramatically as a result.

--Brandi Jasmine, editor in chief,

Dr. Turi states: 
Like Princess Diana, Steve Irwin and Ron Paul, Mrs. Bhutto did not possess "Cosmic Consciousness" and paid the ultimate price of ignorance of the "Universal Code" and all suffered (or will) the mighty power of their natal fated Dragon Tail.

Ron Paul has also been threatened:  See;

Again read this newsletter:

Subject:    Ron Paul
Dated:    Dec 17th 2007 5:52pm

Bhutto was born in January, with is the sign regulating the government and all forms of politics, thus there is no accident again for her to be attracted to politics and gain a position of respect after many years of strenuous work. What is
OBVIOUS to me (and any of my students) is that the Tail of the Dragon (dangerous) is fatefully placed in her 8th house of death. Sad enough modern astrology do not deal (or knows) about "The Power of the Dragon" and will give you all sorts of lengthy explanations to justify the chart when the Dragon is the MAJOR contributor to her shocking violent death in Pakistan.

Note also that she was born with Mars (danger to the head/violent death) in Cancer in her 7th house (facing the world) and of course my last window for December 24th 2007 has also and once more prove me right.






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I knew the next election was going to involve dirty politics. ... It was a curious election, with allegations of widespread voter fraud. ... -


"The greatest issue in this election, indeed the greatest issue before our country, is whether Britain is to remain a free, independent nation state or ...

ELECTION 2004. Morris: Clintons replacing Democratic Party. With Howard Dean on rise they fear losing control of purse strings ... -

... particularly by President Clinton, and anyone who paid attention to the last election between Gore and Bush, knows that the election in Florida should ... -

... on principle once it is in office is unworthy of winning the next election. ... in decades an urban policy argument may help shape a national election. ... -

Dick Gephardt - Democratic Candidate for President - 2004
... in Iowa than they have had in Missouri the last couple election cycles." ... than the war in Iraq as their most pressing concerns in this election, ... -

THE ELECTION - 2000 - DREAMS AND VISIONS ... if you have a dream about Al Gore, ... 9-22-92 - VISION - A newspaper will come out on election day that day ...

To the contrary, soon after his election Papa Wojtyla promoted the corrupt head of the ... White smoke is used to announce a pope's election to the world. ...

A large African American voter turnout in Missouri, one of the states where the NAACP worked to mobilize voteres during the presidential election, ...

Hillary Clinton is gearing up for a 2006 re-election bid seen by many as a prelude ... 2 presidential election. Clinton has been recovering from his Sept. ... -


DEMOCRATIC ELECTION - 2004 - THE REPO-MAN. Dean's Dilemma. By Howard Kurtz. Washington Post Staff Writer. Friday, June 27, 2003; 8:41 AM ... -

For me, it is not Edna Beard's election, but what she did once elected, ... The 1962 Election Law, for example, restricts the right to vote and run for ... -

''Or perhaps, when an election starts, they'll oversee the election. That would be deemed a larger role.'' Secretary of State Colin Powell, ...

Date: October 01, 2004 at 16:25:53 From: Stardanya, Subject: Papal Election process. But the ending of the dream sounds like the Anti Pope is on the way. ... -

The Changing of the Guard: Part V: The Oracle
The President needs peace in Palestine, especially as the election ... Keep them out of trouble before the election and boosts up the military "just in ... -

Democrat - Joseph Lieberman - 2003
In 1970, he won election to the Connecticut Senate by knocking off a Democratic incumbent, and was on his way to becoming the body's majority leader. ...

The fact that the PRI lost the election in Chiapas doesn't mean that all the bad guys are gone and only good guys will run things, but the wealthy have lost ... -

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It's evident from the 2000 Presidential election that America is being weighed in the balances and I pray that what happened on September 11, ...

It was the first time the Pope had missed a Christmas mass since his election in 1978. But on Sunday, he looked well and relaxed as he read in a firm voice ... -

Thursday's hospitalization was the pope's eighth since his election in 1978. ... He directs the election of a new pope, assisted by three Cardinals, ...

The documents below were leaked last September, prior to the US election. The document known as DSM was published after the below documents. ...

... Parliament: The members of this should be elected by the people in each country, and their election should be confirmed by their respective governments. ...

... Al Gore in the Democratic presidential primary, may shun Gore again in thegeneral election and give its backing to Green Party candidate Ralph Nader. ... -

Anti-War Global rallies protest possible US war on Iraq - Oct. 26 ...
... D-Minn., who voted against the congressional resolution authorizing force in Iraq, died Friday in a plane crash while campaigning for re-election. ...
Supreme Injustice - How the High Court Hijacked Election 2000, ... Even Jimmy Carter whose election in 1976 attuned Americans to born-again Christians left ...

Edward M. Kennedy at the family compound on Cape Cod where John F. Kennedy sweated out the results of a close election more than four decades ago. ... democratic-convention-2004.htm

The issue could have re-election ramifications for Bush, who believes China's policy is hurting America's shrinking manufacturing base. ...
THE ELECTION - 2000 - DREAMS AND VISIONS . ... DIRTY POLITICS ... during my election decision. I have protected my friends at Enron and ...

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The Changing of the Guard - Part One: Corporate Media ...
... United States despite his loss of the popular election, stands at center stage. ... going on since at least 1988, when George Senior "won" the election. ...

On Saturday, more than 3000 anti-government protesters marched in the capital Minsk urging Belarusians to join their boycott the election, which they have . ... -

The Changing of the Guard Part Four: Secrets of Skolnick
He was also aware in advance that there would be an election crisis, and that the next President would not go into office by normal means. ...
That would be the biggest funeral ever on TV, followed by the election of a new Pope which might likely be an African black man or a Mexican man ...

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... of the constituency Mr. Gore will need for his election drive next year. ... onto the support of labor and environmental groups in next year's election. ...
THE ELECTION - 2000 - DREAMS AND VISIONS ... Some world leaders have expressed impatience with the protests that have dogged ...
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... not calling for Bush's impeachment, adding that if Bush had misled the American public he would pay the price for it in the 2004 presidential election. ...

... talked with them about trying to get low gas prices before the election. ... who is blamed by many Democrats for Al Gore's loss in the 2000 election. ... -

... the present pope and millions of their countrymen, told John Paul after his election in 1978 that he would lead the church into the new millennium. ...

Besides, sir, we have no election. If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from the contest. There is no retreat, ... -

Mr Arafat also said he was disappointed to find that the election last year of Mr Barak as Israel's Prime Minister had not brought more hope. ... -

... he would have been 40 years old just after the 2000 Presidential election. ... who was a stickler for deadlines during the 2000 election. ...


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In this election year, both President Bush and Senator Kerry are declaring that they would not reinstate the draft, but there are two bills in Congress that ...

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Former Vice President Al Gore - Bush's general election opponent - as well as former President Clinton have called for greater cooperation between religious ...

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Amazingly, possibly because the biannual federal election for the Congress was only a few months away, the Congress moved quickly to nullify Executive Order ... united_nations_food_program.htm