Wikinews interviews former Congressman Virgil Goode, Constitution Party presidential candidate

Monday, February 27, 2012

Former Congressman Virgil Goode of Virginia spoke with Wikinews reporter William S. Saturn about his newly announced 2012 presidential campaign. Goode is currently seeking the nomination of the Constitution Party, a U.S. third party.

Goode served in the Virginia State Senate for twenty-three years. In 1996, he was elected to represent Virginia’s Fifth U.S. congressional district as a Democrat, and was re-elected two years later. Goode left the Democratic Party before his second re-election campaign in 2000, and ran as an Independent. He joined the Republican Party ahead of the 2002 election, and was re-elected three additional times until his defeat in 2008. Since then, Goode has joined the Constitution Party, and has served on its executive committee.

The Constitution Party was founded in 1991 as the U.S. Taxpayers Party. Eight years later, it changed to its current name. The party advocates states’ rights, gun rights, limited government, protectionism, and non-interventionism. It strongly opposes abortion and illegal immigration. In terms of voter registration, it is the third largest U.S. political party with 367,000 members. Pastor Chuck Baldwin won the party’s 2008 presidential nomination, and appeared on 37 state ballots receiving 199,314 votes (0.15%).

Goode had been speculated to make a run for the party’s presidential nomination since last year. In fact, the executive committee passed a resolution last spring to convince him to run. Goode filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) on February 10, and announced his candidacy to the Daily Caller six days later.

The 2012 Constitution Party National Convention will be held in April. Other candidates seeking the nomination include former Savannah State football coach Robby Wells. National chairman Jim Clymer described Goode last summer as the frontrunner for the party’s nomination.

To Wikinews, Goode affirmed his credentials for the presidency and shared his view on the Obama administration. Among other issues, he addressed immigration, spending, energy, and foreign policy.

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Why Kitz Valves Are The Ideal Choice For Demanding Applications


Kitz has long been known as a brand and a company with a top reputation in developing durable, long-lasting and easy to work with parts and components. The line of Kitz valves offers all of these benefits, making the valves offered by the manufacturer a top option in even the most demanding and critical types of applications.

Options in Valves

As can be expected from one on of the leading manufacturers of valves on the planet, the types of valves the company produces are extensive. They are known for a top selection in globe, check, gate, ball and butterfly valves as well as strainer types of valves as well.

Unlike some valve manufacturers only offering standard sizes to meet the system requirements in specific industries, Kitz and their brands are designed to fit pipes and work in systems from a half an inch to up to 48 inches in their general product range.

In all, the company produces over forty thousand different types, sizes, and options in standard valves. They also manufacture specialty valves for customers around the world.

Specialized Valves

Specialized Kitz valves can be ordered to manage oversized pipe, high pressure ranges outside of the ANSI class ratings on standard valves as well as to meet specific temperature requirements.

For custom and standard valves, the company also offers a range of materials including stainless steel, carbon steel, titanium, Inconel, Hastelloy, Duplex and other types of specialized materials for demanding and unique applications.

When choosing to use Kitz valves on any job, contractors and project managers know they are getting a reliable, tested valve. The company completes full stress-testing and analysis on all valves to ensure they can stand up to the jobs for which they are rated.

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Abu Musab al-Zarqawi killed in airstrike

Thursday, June 8, 2006

The head of al-Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, has been killed in an air strike on a building north of Baqubah city, according to the Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki.

“Today [sic] Zarqawi has been terminated,” he said Thursday, and suggested the man the United States had placed a $25 million price tag on for death or capture was located through intelligence.

“What happened today is a result of co-operation for which we have been asking from our masses and the citizens of our country,” he said.

The leader of coalition forces in Iraq, General George Casey said al-Zarqawi was killed in a two-storey safehouse about 8 km north of the city in Diyala province.

Several aides also died with him in the Wednesday evening raid by U.S. F-16 warplanes, including his key lieutenant and spiritual adviser Sheik Abdul Rahman. Some analysts believe a US counter-terrorism unit, Task Force 145, was involved in the attack.

Al-Zarqawi’s body, recovered after two 500-pound bombs had blown through his cover, was identified through fingerprint, tattoo and scar analysis and head likeness. Al-Zarqawi, whose real name was Ahmed Fadhil Nazzal al-Khalayleh, was believed to be in his late 30s when he died of injuries while US forces gave medical aid.

The first munition exploded at 6:15pm was a GBU-12 laser-guided bomb that was shortly followed by the newer GBU-38; both carried 500lb of explosives for total cost of $40,000.

The self-proclaimed frontman for Osama Bin Laden’s activities in Iraq, al-Zarqawi, a Jordanian national, is said to have been involved in the beheading of foreigners, hundreds of suicide attacks, and an insurgency against coalition forces after the Iraq war in 2003.

It had been reported Al-Zarqawi’s most recent campaign was to create problems between Shi’ite and Sunni groups in Iraq with ethnic killings.

For the Iraqi government the killing of the wanted murderer is what they sought but it remains unknown what effect the removal of this known figurehead of the Iraq insurgency will have on levels of violence in the country. Al-Zarqawi was not the only person to oppose the US-backed Iraqi government.

“Zarqawi didn’t have a number two. I can’t think of any single person who would succeed Zarqawi…In terms of effectiveness, there was no single leader in Iraq who could match his ruthlessness and his determination,” was the view of Rohan Gumaratna at the Institute of Defense and Strategic Studies in Singapore.

Applause was heard as Mr Maliki, with U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad and U.S. Gen. George Casey, by his side, told news reporters “al-Zarqawi was terminated.”

Sources claiming to be Al-Qaeda in Iraq later confirmed that al-Zarqawi had been killed and said that they would fight the United States and the interim Iraqi government despite his death.

United States President George Bush spoke to journalists in the White House Rose Garden about al-Zarqawi’s death. “Zarqawi’s death is a severe blow to al-Qaeda. It’s a victory in the global war on terror, and it is an opportunity for Iraq’s new government to turn the tide of this struggle,” he said.

The US military also confirmed that six people were killed in the strike, including al-Zarqawi, and his spiritual adviser Sheikh Abd-al-Rahman The death toll is reported at three men, three women.[1] Some reports had said al-Zarqawi’s wife and daughter died. However U.S. officials state that there is no evidence confirming the death of al-Zarqawi’s wife and daughter.

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Germany legalises medical use of cannabis

Friday, January 20, 2017

Yesterday, the German Bundestag passed a law to legalise cannabis drug for medicinal purposes. The law is to come under effect in March.

“Seriously ill people must be treated in the best ways possible” ((de))German language: ?Schwerkranke Menschen müssen bestmöglich versorgt werden., German health minister Hermann Gröhe tweeted. Doctors can prescribe marijuana — cannabis — for patients suffering from multiple sclerosis, chronic pain, or loss of appetite or nausea from cancer’s chemotherapy treatment.

Christian Democrats (CDU) lawmaker Rainer Hayek said this law would still prevent recreational use of cannabis. The cost of cannabis is to be covered under health insurance. Patients can buy dried buds or cannabis extracts from pharmacies with a prescription or get synthetic derivatives from other countries, though possession of the drug in large quantities is not allowed.

Cannabis cultivation is to be monitored by the government. Germany has joined other European countries such as Austria, Spain, France, Italy, Portugal and Netherlands in legalising the drug to some extent.

In October, a 53-year-old multiple sclerosis patient showed cannabis was the only solution to reduce his pain, and the court granted him permission to grow as many as 130 plants in one year for personal use. Purchasing, rather than growing, medical cannabis at the time cost about €15 (US$16.85) per gram.

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The Radiant Texas Home Loan Company

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One of most important aspects that make them so popular is their low interest rate. Apart form that there one can also find many attractive loan offer. They also offer the customers the quickest home loans. After you apply for loan they only take some few weeks to pass you the loan. As they are local and have a large experience about the present economical market of the Texas one can rely on them. The main factors that works to maintain the frequency between the money lender and the recipient is the trustworthiness of the company. In this company one can very easily maintain this rule. However, the reliability should be applied from the both sides.

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Wikinews interviews Robert Sarvis, Libertarian Party nominee for Governor of Virginia

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Attorney Robert Sarvis, the Libertarian Party’s nominee for Governor of Virginia, answered five questions submitted via e-mail by accredited Wikinews reporter William Saturn.

Sarvis has garnered double digits in opinion polls for the 2013 Virginia gubernatorial election, an unusual feat for a third party candidate. The latest Newsmax/Zogby poll from late September placed him at 13 percent, 14 points behind Republican Party nominee Ken Cuccinelli, Virginia’s Attorney General, and 19 points behind Democratic Party nominee Terry McAuliffe, the former Democratic National Committee chairman, with 24 percent undecided. Whoever wins election on November 5, 2013, would replace outgoing governor Bob McDonnell.

On his campaign website, Sarvis notes he favors parental school choice through student vouchers, simplification of Virginia’s Tax Code, US Second Amendment — gun — rights, same-sex marriage, and reform of the state’s drug laws. With Wikinews, Sarvis discusses his background, views on McDonnell’s tenure, keys to campaign success, plan to implement his agenda, and the former Virginia governor he most admires.

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US economy added 290,000 jobs last month, unemployment at 9.9%

Friday, May 7, 2010

Latest figures from the US government say that the country’s economy gained 290,000 jobs in April, the largest single-month gain since March 2006.

According to the Labor Department, excluding temporary workers for this year’s census, the number of non-farm jobs increased by a seasonally adjusted 224,000.

The unemployment rate, meanwhile, increased from 9.7% to 9.9%; the apparent contradiction is because 195,000 people who previously gave up searching for jobs started looking for work again, entering the labor force and augmenting the jobless rate.

The increases were larger than expected by economic analysts; according to a survey done by MarketWatch, economists believed the country would have added 185,000 jobs for last month.

President Obama commented on the numbers earlier today at the White House, saying: “This is the largest monthly increase in four years […] we’ve now seen job growth for four months in a row. These numbers are particularly heartening when you consider where we were a year ago, with an economy in freefall.”

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PTS Taiwan holds “Why Democracy?” the Movie Pre-launch Seminar to examine the democratic process in Taiwan

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Prior to the October 8 global launch of the political documentary film “Why Democracy?”, Public Television Service Taiwan (PTS Taiwan) held a preview seminar and invited some professionals at Eslite Bookstore Tung-nan Branch, Taipei City today.

“Because we noticed on the importance of the democratic process in Taiwan, PTS Taiwan imported this series film from Netherlands. I hope that citizens, governmental level, and academic professionals in Taiwan can learn some experiences from the series movie.” Yuan-huei Hu said. “Without democracy, Teng-hui Lee and Shui-bian Chen won’t be the elected President of the Republic of China.” Ron Chen remarked at opening.

At the Executive Panel, Thomas Peng pointed out problems of politics and democratic process in Taiwan, and mentioned the disadvantage such as bribery at voting and process of a election on the movie “Please Vote For Me” ever happened in Taiwan. “Democracy has its advantage or not.” Peng said. “A leader should play a suitable role after elected by supporters with their anticipation and understand what they need.” Chi-chang Hung said.

Even though the documentary film Please Vote For Me is directed by Wei-jun Chen (Producer of Wuhan Television), but due to the political problem, this film is available world-wide except China. “If we review this film without political factor, this series film exposed some experiences and problems in some of democratic countries.” Wen-tang Cheng (Film Director in Taiwan) mentioned after the highlights played at the seminar.

“This series film will be suitable for persons who has a great expect on politics and democracies in Taiwan. Governments in Taiwan should learn some valuable experiences from this series film whether those experiences are good or not. If governmental person can understand those meanings in this film, politics and democracy in Taiwan will have a good process.” Chien-jen Tsai (Chief Editor of Taiwan Lihpao) said at Executive Panel.

After the seminar, PTS Taiwan predicted that more than 300 million people in 200 countries will watch this series film and attract some discussions and topics on politics and democracy. The two sponsors of this series film are Taiwan Competitiveness Forum and New Taiwanese Cultural Foundation.

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What Is Included With Workers Compensation Benefits

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byAlma Abell

When it comes to filing for workers’ compensation, there are various benefits that an employee may be entitled to. The best way to ensure that you receive the benefits you are entitled to is to hire a Workers Compensation Attorney in Jonesboro, GA. An attorney can help provide you with valuable information that will help determine which benefits are most applicable in your situation. When it comes to workers’ compensation, a person is generally entitled to medical care, wage compensation benefits related to dismemberment or total disability. The type of benefits will vary based upon the injuries that a person incurs.

Here are how some of the benefits with workers’ compensation are broken down.

* Surviving members can receive death benefits

* Compensation during the injured employee’s absence from work

* Dismemberment or disfigurement benefits due to permanent disfigurement of the hands, face, neck or other areas of the body

* Wage differential benefits if injured person has to accept a lower paying job due to disability

* Temporary partial disability

Those are just some of the types of benefits that a Workers Compensation Attorney in Jonesboro, GA can help determine whether or not the injured party will qualify for. The workers’ compensation attorney can also give you advice on what other benefits may be available. They can also give you guidance on other claims that you may need to file that are related to your case.

There are also other benefits that a person could qualify for. These include items such as lump sum settlements or other types of financial support. The laws regarding workers’ compensation can be confusing. Having an attorney to represent you will alleviate any of that confusion. It will also help expedite the claims filing process and ensure that all proper documentation is done correctly.

The final determination of what type of benefits a person may qualify for can be a complex task. The Monk Law Firm has the experience to help with that determination. They can also help with every step of the claims filing process. This is an extra assurance that you will receive any benefits to which you are entitled.

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Interview with Jimbo Wales

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Saturday, December 10, 2005

While this wasn’t Interview with the Vampire, getting a live interview with Jimmy Wales of the Wikimedia Foundation is requiring more work and planning than ever. Four contributors to four different Wikinews language editions (with Swedish, Netherlands, and Polish) arranged to interview “Jimbo” in the Wikinews IRC channel, squeezed in before interviews with a periodical and a cable news source.

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