News for May 12, 2005

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The End of America (May 12, 2005) - On Tuesday, May 10, 2005, America became a true police state. Your U.S. senators voted -- unanimously, with no discussion, and without even reading the bill -- to create a national ID card. The Real ID Act blackmails state governments into turning their drivers licenses into a draconian tool of the federal homeland security apparatus. If states refuse, their citizens lose such “privileges” as being allowed to board an airplane, enter a federal building, or apply for social security. President Bush is expected to sign the bill eagerly on Thursday. In three years -- by May 2008 -- this Stalin-style internal passport will be an American reality. But your government will have _more_ control over you than Stalin ever dreamed in his most violent, vicious, anti-freedom dreams. (See links to the text of the law and articles about it at the bottom of this article.) But that’s only the beginning. The creator of the Real ID Act, Rep. James Sensenbrenner, smiles and tells us that his Real ID Act is all about “solving illegal immigration” or “preventing terrorists from entering the country.” This is one of the biggest of the thousands of “Big Lies” we've heard from the tyrants in Washington. The Real ID Act is about tracking and controlling Americans. You. Me. Our children. Everybody. In May 2008, barring a miracle, America as we once knew it will be in ruins. It will be gone. And the rights of gun owners will be among the first scheduled for destruction.

Iris Scanning to Begin at Orlando International Airport - Florida’s busiest airport will begin using high-tech iris-scanning technology to filter out possible terrorists and add an additional layer of security, according to Local 6 News. People at Orlando International Airport will have both irises scanned at special computers to determine their identity. “This will be an additional layer of information that is enrolled, which will be biometric information,” OIA director of security Brigitte Rivera Goersch said. “Employees irises will be enrolled for the additional layer of security.”

GEYSERVILLE - 4.4 earthquake rattles The Geysers (May 9, 2005) - A magnitude 4.4 earthquake jolted the North Bay on Monday, rattling the area around The Geysers, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor, which lasted less than 10 seconds, occurred at about 3:37 p. m. Seismologists located its epicenter in a sparsely populated area roughly 3 miles southeast of The Geysers, 25 miles north of Santa Rosa.

Earthquake in Sakhalin's North (May 11, 2005) - An earthquake measuring 4.0 on the Richter scale hit Sakhalin’s north. The quake occurred 650 kilometers to the north of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, an officer on duty at the local seismological station told RIA Novosti on Wednesday.

Earthquake Shakes Seabed Off Sumatra (May 10, 2005) - A magnitude 6.4 earthquake shook the seabed southwest of Indonesia’s Sumatra island on Tuesday. There were no immediate reports of damage.

Taupo shaken by 4.5 earthquake - An earthquake measuring 4.5 on the Richter scale this morning shook the central North Island. The 9.58am earthquake, centered 30km south of Taupo and 5km underground, was likely to have been widely felt in the Lake Taupo region, Geological and Nuclear Sciences said in a statement.

Satan no match for God, says pope (May 12, 2005) - “History, in fact, is not in the hands of dark forces, left to chance or just human choices,” he told thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square. “Above the unleashing of evil energy, above the vehement interruptions of Satan, above the so many scourges of evil, rises the Lord, supreme arbiter of history,” the pope said in an address reflecting on the Book of Revelation in the Bible.

Bibles banned on playgrounds (May 12, 2005) - An elementary school principal who barred students from reading the Bible during recess after a complaint from parents is violating the Constitution, according to a public-interest law firm challenging his actions. In a letter to the Knox County School District in Tennessee, the Alliance Defense Fund declared the principal of Karns Elementary School is on “shaky constitutional ground.” “The Constitution does not prohibit Bibles during recess; it prohibits the wholesale banning of Bibles during recess,” said Charles Pope, the ADF-allied attorney who wrote the letter to the district.