He set out plans for massively increased state intervention in the homes of 'nuisance' families to tackle anti-social behaviour.
In a desperate attempt to show that his premiership has not run out of steam despite increasing demands from Labour MPs for him to step down, he said 'pre-birth' action would be taken if necessary.
The plan for what were promptly dubbed 'Fasbos' - anti- social behaviour orders for foetuses - prompted outrage at Westminster last night. Critics dubbed it the ultimate encroachment of the nanny state into the home. Labour MPs fear that Mr Blair, who yesterday was still refusing to publish a detailed timetable for his departure, is trying to shackle his expected successor Gordon Brown to contentious policies in the dying days of his regime.
But the Prime Minister insisted it was right to force teenage mothers to accept state help even before their children were born - and insisted the reforms would continue 'long after I'm gone'. He highlighted young single mothers as being a particular cause for concern.
'If we are not prepared to predict and intervene far more early, children are going to grow up in families that we know perfectly well are completely dysfunctional,' he said. 'The kids a few years down the line are going to be a menace to society and actually a threat to themselves.'
Mr Blair, who held a seminar on 'social exclusion' with ministers this week, is due to make what Downing Street claims will be a 'keynote' speech on the issue next week.
A Government policy paper is expected to follow. But in an interview with the BBC, the Prime Minister gave a taste of what was to come and defended the need for increasing state intervention.
'I think we need to deal with these particular issue... (more)
Tony Blair has said it is possible to identify problem children who could grow up to be a potential "menace to society" even before they are born.
Setting out plans for state intervention to prevent babies born into high-risk families becoming problem teenagers of the future, the prime minister said teenage mothers could be forced to accept state help before giving birth,... (more)
This new "census" form is 24-pages long, and demands that you lay bare every detail of your life, including how much you earn, what your home is worth, details of your health, when you leave for work, previous addresses, pregnancies, monies received from government, and on and on.
A few days ago, as the five-year anniversary of the attacks approaches, the National Institute of Standards and Technology posted a FAQ sheet on it's website entitled "Answers to Frequently Asked Q... (more)
All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.
--Arthur Schopenhauer, German philosopher (1788 - 1860)
The second stage of Truth has begun.
In the wake of growing skepticism,
Christian Zionists form a growing part of the pro-Israel lobby in the United States, the Jewish state's main ally. They believe the return of Jews to the Holy Land and establishment of Israel are proof of God's promises to biblical patriarchs.
"The Jerusalem Declaration On Christian Zionism"
posted 09/01/2006, 11:44 PM (J-Diocese) [Category: Commentary] Christian Zionism is a modern theological and political movement that embraces the most extreme ideological positions of Zionism, thereby becoming detrimental to a just peace within Palestine and Israel. The Christian Zionist programme provides a worldview where the Gospel is identified with the ideology of empire, colonialism and militarism. In its extreme form, it laces an emphasis on apocalyptic events leading to the end of history rather than living Christ's love and justice today. ... (more)
A report on KWTX said the tollway to be built by the Spanish-based Cinta-Zachry consortium is part of an "ambitious" $184 billion plan for a network of superhighway transportation corridors around the state.
These findings could prove key "to understanding how memories can be augmented, for example in diseases that affect memory, like Alzheimer's," said neuroscientist Mark Bear at the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory at MIT.
The research could also help treat pain that d... (more)
In the segment before Oliver North declared that electing a Democratic Congress could bring about a nuclear catastrophe, he was confronted by Alan Colmes about just how close Iran really is to having a nuclear bomb. At each question, North paused, o... (more)
After fighting the White House for a year, the 9/11 families learned in November 2002 they would finally get their independent investigation. President Bush's first act was to name former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger to chair ... (more)
Fascists? Look who's talking
posted 09/01/2006, 11:41 PM (Asia Times) [Category: Commentary] WASHINGTON - The aggressive new campaign by the administration of President George W Bush to depict US foes in the Middle East as "fascists" and its domestic critics as "appeasers" owes a great deal to steadily intensifying efforts by the right-wing press over the past several months to draw the same comparison.
The Rupert Murdoch-owned Fox News Network and the Weekly Standard, as well as the Washington Times, which is controlled by the Reverend Sun Myung Moon's Unification Churc... (more)
But how many people know how Hitler actually became a dictator? My bet is, very few. I’d also bet that more than a few people would be surprised at how he pulled it off, especially given that after World War I Germany had become a democratic republic.
Right At Your Door, written and directed by Chris Gorak and starring Rory Cochrane, is a relatively low budget Independent thriller that was snapped up by UK company Lionsgate and will be mass distributed this September. The film will be released in the US sometime in 2007.
No one in attendance voiced opposition to rules submitted by Attorney General Jim Petro's office to the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review, consisting of members of the Ohio House and Senate.
The committee's decision not to interfere with the rules puts Ohio in ... (more)
Is Hamas a Terrorist Organization?
posted 09/01/2006, 11:39 PM (Mike Whitney) [Category: Commentary] The Bush administration should seriously consider removing Hamas from the State Department’s list of terrorist organizations. Most people don’t realize that Hamas (Islamic Resistance Party) has kept its truce with Israel and stopped all suicide bombing missions for over a year and a half. Their restraint shows that they are serious about finding a peaceful way to resolve the decades-long dispute.
Despite Hamas’ attempts to forgo violence, Israeli attacks on Palestinians have incre... (more)
The show's opening segment featured Fox reporter James Rosen at the State Department. The chyron that ran during Rosen's segment summed up his report: "Defiant Iran Blows Off U.N. Nuke Deadline."
Next came Reza Pahlavi, the son of the former Shah of Iran who, per Cavuto's introduction, would talk about how the average Iranian feels about... (more)
For Whom the Heart Bleeds Not
posted 09/01/2006, 11:39 PM (Paul Craig Roberts) [Category: Commentary] With mainstream media, such as William M. Arkin in the washingtonpost.com and Keith Olbermann and Joe Scarborough on MSNBC, taking up my emphasis on the moronic and fascist character of the Bush regime, the gates are open for Democrats to begin the task of bringing to an end the pointless, costly, and illegal war that is doing America’s cause so much damage and that is strongly opposed by a majority of Americans.
A no-brainer. So what did the Democrats do? They sent out an appeal ... (more)
Goats and Hussars: A British Harbinger of American Defeat
posted 09/01/2006, 11:35 PM (Chris Floyd) [Category: Commentary] Don Rumsfeld is fond of historical analogies when pontificating about Iraq; he particularly favors comparisons to the Nazi era and the Allied occupation of Germany after World War II. Unfortunately, any historian will tell you that Rummy's parallels are invariably false, even ludicrous. So we thought we'd give the beleaguered Pentagon warlord a more accurate and telling analogy to chew on.
Try this one, Don. Imagine that British occupation troops in, say, Hanover, had been forced ... (more)
Arizona Plans to Install Roadside Motorist Tracking Cameras
posted 09/01/2006, 11:35 PM (TheNewspaper) [Category: Big Brother/Orwellian] The Arizona Department of Public Safety is considering installing roadside automated number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras that will record the time and date an individual motorist moves along the highway. Already, six state police cars already are equipped with mobile versions of the technology to scan passing motorists. The stated purpose of the devices is to find stolen vehicles, but in practice the technology has been used in Connecticut, Virginia and the UK to locate individuals that can ... (more)
The chairman was referring to a recent statement by Bush branding Muslim extremists “Islamic fascists.” He also warned against deliberate smear campaigns targeting Islam, saying they would have dangerous consequences.
Bin-Humaid denounced attempts by some political and r... (more)
The writer of the movie is an unabashed conservative named Cyrus Nowrasteh. Last year, Nowrasteh spoke on a panel titled, “Rebels With a Cause: How Conservatives Can Lead Hollywood’s Next Paradigm Shift.” He has described Michael Moore as “an out of control socialist weasel,” and conducted interviews with right-wing websites like Fro... (more)
The program will likely involve about 100 Mexican trucking companies, the Department of Transportation says.
Under the North American Free Trade Agreement – NAFTA – the borders were to open partially to truckers from both countries in 1995.... (more)
Sanctions: Another Step in the Shock and Awe of Iran
posted 09/01/2006, 11:34 PM (Kurt Nimmo) [Category: Commentary] John Bolton, the “interim,” that is to say installed, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, has announced there is no doubt Iran plans to build nuclear bombs. Although there is no evidence of this, it of course makes perfect sense for Iran to hanker after nukes, as nations with nukes, or believed to have nukes, such as North Korea, are not invaded by the United States.
Iran fully understands what the U.S. under the rule of the perfidious neocons plans to do—all they need do is l... (more)
During a fundraiser Wednesday with first lady Laura Bush, the three-term Montana senator talked about terrorism, tax cuts and the money he has brought to his state. Burns is one of the more vulnerable Senate incumbents, facing a tough challenge from Democrat Jon Tester.
But Chancellor Angela Merkel was quick to jump up and kiss the hem of Charlotte Knobloch, president of the Central Council of German Jews, after she angrily complained that mentioning such is antisemitic.
“Knobloch, a Holocaust survivor, has repeatedly complained about what she terms a growing mood against... (more)
In his declaration to run for the presidency of the governing Liberal Democratic Party, Mr. Abe, the chief cabinet secretary, also said that Japan should seek a larger role in the world and further strengthen its alliance with th... (more)