Archive for February 5th, 2010

Poll Shows Kennedy in Danger of Losing Rhode Island Seat

By Jerry A. Kane

Hot on the heels of the Massachusetts miracle where Republican State Senator Scott Brown toppled Democrat Attorney General Martha Coakley, a recent WPRI-TV, Channel 12 poll reveals Congressman Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) could be facing his most difficult bid for re-election.

The poll, conducted by Fleming & Associates for WPRI-12, shows the eight-term incumbent with a 56 percent unfavorable rating in his district and a 62 percent unfavorable rating statewide. According to the poll, only 35 percent of voters in the First Congressional District said they would vote to re-elect him, 31 percent would consider a different candidate, and 28 percent would vote to replace him.

“It looks like it could be a very competitive race, which we haven’t seen in many years,” Eyewitness News analyst and pollster Joe Fleming said.

Among independents, only 26 percent would keep him in office, 42 percent would consider someone else, and 25 percent would vote ABK (anybody but Kennedy).

“The numbers for independent for [sic] voters have to be a big concern especially with what happened in Massachusetts with Scott Brown,” said Fleming. “He has to get independent voters back and support him in order to win re-election for congress.”

Republican state Representative John Loughlin who announced his candidacy Thursday was not mentioned in the telephone poll of registered voters, conducted between Jan. 27 and 31 with a margin of error of at least 3.8 percent.

“Clearly this is a Congressman who is out of touch,” Loughlin said. “He’s lost touch with his constituents and that’s certainly reflected in the numbers.”

Rhode Islanders are not just unhappy with Kennedy, none of the congressional Democrats polled well, including Senator Sheldon Whitehouse who managed only a 33 percent job performance rating, which is down 11 points from Brown University’s December poll.

The TV poll also shows that support for Obamacare has waned; only 38 percent of Rhode Islanders responded favorably to Washington’s health-care overhaul, a seven percent decrease from December.

Considering what happened among independent voters in Massachusetts, the son of leftist icon Edward M. Kennedy has reason for concern about his political future.

“This could become the race of Patrick Kennedy’s life,” said Fleming. “It depends on how strong his opponent is. If [they] can raise money, this could become a very serious race.”

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Surgical Implants Filled with Explosives Are Undetectable in Suicide Bombers

By Jerry A. Kane

Britain’s MI5 intelligence service reports that al-Qaida is recruiting female suicide bombers who have had explosives surgically implanted in their breasts. Male suicide bombers are undergoing similar surgeries; but instead of the breast area, the explosives are implanted in the buttocks or appendix areas.

MI5 agents report that Muslim doctors who were trained at leading UK teaching hospitals are returning to their native countries to perform surgeries that involve inserting plastic implants containing PETN (pentaerythritol Tetranitrate) explosives into women’s breasts and men’s bodies.

PETN was used by British shoe-bomber, Richard Reid, who tried unsuccessfully to blow up an American airliner in December 2001.

Jonathan Evans, head of MI5, warns that the body-bombers pose a serious threat to security because they can circumvent current methods of detection.  Surgeons from the UK’s National Health Service agree that plastic implants are “virtually impossible to detect by the usual airport scanning machines.”

“Given that the explosive would be inserted in a sealed plastic sachet, and would be a small amount, would make it all the more impossible to spot it with the usual body scanner,” NHS surgeons said.

Explosive experts calculate that five ounces of PETN in a plastic sachet inside a bomber’s body could easily blow a large enough hole in a fuselage to crash an airliner.  The bomber could detonate the explosives using a hypodermic syringe to inject TATP (Triacetone Triperoxide) through his or her skin into the explosives sachet.

Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab nearly blew up an airliner over Detroit on Christmas Day when he tried to inject TATP from a syringe to detonate the explosives he had stuffed down his underpants. Fortunately for the 280 passengers onboard, the fluid had ignited his clothes instead of detonating the explosives.

Security agencies fear that a body-bomber could board an airliner, subway train, or bus pretending to be a diabetic in need of an injection, and the ruse could prevent someone from intervening and stopping the suicide mission.

Officials think that body-bombers are al-Qaida’s response to body scanners at airports, whose purpose is to catch terrorists before they board flights.

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