WHAT YA GONNA DO WHEN THE WELL RUNS DRY?
By Frosty Wooldridge
January 28, 2008
In this second of a three part interview, Michael Folkerth’s book: “THE BIGGEST LIE EVER BELIEVED” exposes America’s greatest crisis—growth. He epitomizes a humorous economist and the “King of Simple.”
Folkerth states this nation resembles a group of people boarding an airplane that expects a six hour flight to the destination, but the ground crew only pumped in four hours flying time of fuel. Everything will ‘appear’ normal until the fuel runs out two hours before destination. From that point, all hell breaks lose and sheer terror overwhelms the passengers—with an unknown crash ending.
THE POWER ELITE’S USE OF WARS AND CRISES
By Dennis L. Cuddy, Ph.D.
January 28, 2008
When Congressional Reece Committee research director Norman Dodd’s legal assistant Kathryn Casey looked at the planning documents for the founding the Carnegie Endowment, she found something quite revealing. She found that they determined war would be helpful in furthering their objectives. Relevant to this, Rene Wormser in FOUNDATIONS: THEIR POWER AND INFLUENCE (1958) wrote that the head of the endowment, Nicholas Murray Butler used the endowment’s funds to get the U.S. into World War I.
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January 28, 2008
“Due to the obvious fraud which occurred during the New Hampshire primary earlier this month, the fabulous Granny Warriors mobilized and not only found a GOP candidate who cares about the actual vote count, but raised an enormous amount of money in record time to get a recount underway in the state. “
America’s Aggressive Civil Rights Organization
January 28th 2008
JPFO ALERT: EVERY KEYSTROKE UNDER THE MICROSCOPE
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Monday, January 28, 2008
Obama: Watch your step!
“See, because I had the nerve to tell the unvarnished truth about Bill Clinton the sexual predator, I’ve been called a liar by more so-called “journalists” than I can count. My every utterance has been parsed and examined, just like yours will be.“
American Liberty Teetering on Edge of Abyss Paul Craig Roberts
Monday January 28, 2008
“Your papers please” has long been a phrase associated with Hitler’s Gestapo. People without the Third Reich’s stamp of approval were hauled off to Nazi Germany’s version of Halliburton detention centers.
Today Americans are on the verge of being asked for their papers, although probably without the “please.”
“ U.S. military leaders, including Rumsfeld’s successor, Robert M. Gates, now recognize that the nature of warfare itself is changing, from conventional conflicts between nations to “small wars” — counterinsurgency, counterterrorism, religious and ethnic strife — and that the Army must change with it.“
Everybody’s Against Sumpthin’
Title:Hank Williams, Jr. – I’m For Love
This is lyrics from www.lyrics007.com
Mothers against drunk drivers
The Pope is against the pill
The union’s against the workers
Working against their will
The President’s against the Congress
The Senate is against the House
People are against politicians
And I’m against cats in the house
The Accidental Congressman
The surprising success and strict constitutionalism of Georgia Rep. Paul Broun
President Bush’s post-terror attack martial law plan is so shocking that even sitting members of Congress and Homeland Security officials are barred from viewing it
Listen Up, Eye Rollers!
Part 1 of 2
AN OVERVIEW ON THE POLIO VACCINE
UNCOMFORTABLE FACTS AND CONVENIENT FICTIONS
SOROS BACKS CORPORATE DEMOCRATS
Los Angeles Times
January 27, 2008
January 27, 2008
“Do you think the Americans will fail to take action as a result of the National Intelligence Estimate?”
New York Times
January 26, 2008
Japan: U.S. Base Must Weigh Effect On Revered Creature
By Associated Press
Judge Marilyn Hall Patel of Federal District Court in San Francisco has ruled that the United States Defense Department violated the National Historic Preservation Act by failing to evaluate the potential effect of a planned United States air base in Okinawa on a recognized Japanese national treasure — a big, slow-moving aquatic mammal called the dugong — and ordered it to do so. The dugong, associated with traditional creation myths, is listed on Japan’s register of protected cultural properties. In the case, Okinawa Dugong v. Gates, No. 03-4350, the judge sided with environmentalists who said plans to relocate the Futenma Air Station, a Marine Corps base, to a site off the northeast coast of Okinawa would threaten the dwindling number of dugong that live in the seagrass beds. The decision, made Thursday, is the first time the Historic Preservation Act has been applied to an overseas project, Judge Patel said.
TIME FOR A LITTLE IRRELEVANCE
by Dr. W.R. Marshall, Ph.D
January 26, 2008
Hillary beats Barack. Barack beats Hillary—then Bill gets all snippy. McCain jumps in front of Romney. Romney jumps back in front of McCain—then Honest John takes money from the Swift Boat pukes he vilified in 2004. Huckabee’s still nipping at everybody’s heels—then pounding out a Noel Redding riff. Edwards still isn’t taking money from anyone—not that anyone is offering. Thompson is still napping. Rudy’s watch is still stopped on 9/11. There may actually be other people running for president who we don’t hear from anymore—hopefully Ralph Nader isn’t one of them. Speaking of not being heard from, anyone seen Cheney lately? And Dubya, fresh on the heels of his most recent failure in the Middle East (it’s a long list) is back trying to screw-up the economy just a little bit more…yeah, I didn’t think it was possible either, but Bush is a guy who went broke in the oil business.
So, this week I thought I’d ignore all that and write about the time I tried to become a caddy—you know, one of those guys who carries golf bags.
It’s simple really. I like golf. I like slinging my bag on my back and walking eighteen. I like all the cool stuff you can buy on EBay. I like plaid.
The problem is, I’m a working writer, and not a Carl Hiaasen or Tony Kornheiser working writer. I don’t have the cash to play Pebble or the connections to play Winged Foot—and apparently, neither do my editors. So you’ll usually find me in line at the local Muni waiting for the cheap rates to kick in.
Then something set a plan in motion that would get me on a course just a half an hour from my house, which just happens to be one of the best golf courses in America—an ad that read: “Caddies Wanted. Call CaddieMaster at…”
I made the call. The voice at the other end of the line was robotic but friendly. We chatted, the words “service industry” and “independent contractor” came up several times. I understood the first phrase meant I had to be polite, and the latter meant there were no benefits. He also asked if I would mind wearing a white jumpsuit.
Then I asked a question, “Do caddies get to play?”
“Any day after 3:00pm,” came the reply.
“I’d love to wear a white jumpsuit.”
I would get to play a track where the driving range was nicer then the course I play, and all I had to do was wear white prison issue and lug a few bags around this little piece of heaven a couple a days a week—they were even going to pay me a few bucks.
Now, you’d think the next step would be to head to the course, let the folks in charge see you’re not a degenerate or a congressman, do a few push-ups, and start looping.
The next step is a rather lengthy online test, somewhere around seventy-five questions, which, outside of one question asking if you’re Native American, concerns itself almost exclusively with finding different ways to ask the same two questions:
1) Are you a violent psychopath?
2) Are you a drug addict?
Good news; I’m neither.
Now I get the face to face. After going through security and having my shoes scanned for gelignite, I was directed to the caddy shack where I sat on plush leather furniture along with half a dozen other guys who, like me, were neither psychotic nor junkies.
After a while, a guy who looked like Scooter Libby came out. He told us, if hired, we would be working for an independent corporation hired by the golf courses to hire caddies, and business was booming. The company had caddies all over the nation and they were spreading overseas. Soon all caddies around the world would be wearing the white jumpsuit of the CaddieMaster Corporation.
Then he thanked us for coming and said we’d be getting one more phone call the following day.
Granted, all this seemed a bit much to just schlep some hedge fund hack’s golf bag, but it was a Top Ten Course according to Golf Digest.
The next day the call came. Not a single question about golf. Lots of questions dreamt up by humorless HR types about being a “team player” and the best ways to bow and scrape before the wealthy. Less than an hour later, I got a second call telling me I simply “wasn’t qualified” to be a caddie.
No closely mown fairways, no perfect greens?
“There must be some mistake. I have a PhD, I’ve trained with the ancient masters, I can cut back on red meat!”
“Yes,” he replied with his robot voice. “Yes…we’ll be watching you.”
And he hung up.
So now I’m back in line at the Muni, waiting for the Twilight Rates, hoping I don’t twist an ankle in one of the gopher holes on number 8, wondering how things went so wrong…and just the other day I was watching CNN from Iraq, and in the background I could have sworn I saw a Halliburton truck being unloaded by men in white jumpsuits.
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January 26, 2008
Academy Meal Spurs Debate
Lunch honoring civil rights leader raises questions about race
By Josh Mitchell, Sun reporter
An attempt by the Naval Academy to honor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. this week by serving fried chicken, greens and cornbread in the midshipmen’s dining hall sparked a debate on the Annapolis campus about racial sensitivity.
On Tuesday, the academy served those items along with mashed potatoes, pie and lemonade as clips of King speeches were broadcast in King Hall, named after an academy graduate. The meal was served Tuesday because classes were not held during the holiday honoring the civil rights leader.
An academy spokesman said the meal followed events at the academy and other Navy institutions that honored Hispanic Heritage Month, Black History Month and St. Patrick’s Day by serving cultural foods.
“The idea behind it is that it’s a traditional Southern meal,” said the spokesman, Cmdr. Ed Austin, adding, “It’s a fairly common thing throughout the fleet to do special meals on special occasions.”
But postings on GoMids.com, which includes a message board used by midshipmen and others affiliated with the academy, indicate some were offended by the attempt to honor King.
“I thought we were well past these stereotypes!!” one contributor wrote. The posting was part of a string of comments on Tuesday’s lunch. By yesterday, the string had been removed from the site.
Austin said the meal was planned by the academy’s director of food services, who is African-American, and her staff.
In September, midshipmen were served beef fajitas, flour tortillas and Spanish rice for Hispanic Heritage Month, he said.
Austin said he knew of no complaints made to officers at the academy about the menu, adding that the academy’s food staff has received nothing but positive feedback about the lunch event.
Retired Navy Cmdr. Jim Jackson, an academy graduate who is black, cautioned against being overly sensitive. He recalled starting a soul band with fellow Mids in the early 1970s.
“We were having to take tiny steps forward to introduce things that were going to reflect African-American culture,” said Jackson, a guidance counselor at Anne Arundel Community College. “What now may seem as trivial or insensitive a thing to have as soul food would have been much welcomed.”
Carl O. Snowden, who heads the Office for Civil Rights in the Maryland attorney general’s office, said he found nothing offensive about the academy’s actions, adding that it appeared to be a genuine attempt to honor King. He noted that the academy’s new superintendent, Vice Adm. Jeffrey Fowler, has made it a goal to increase minority recruiting and reach out to the African-American community.
But Snowden added that he could see why some might find the lunch honoring King offensive.
“It seems to me they might want to rethink that as a means of honoring him, simply because it would be open to misinterpretation,” he said.
Sun reporters Bradley Olson and Laura Vozzella contributed to this article.
San Diego Union-Tribune
January 26, 2008
Report: Osprey’s Assault Vehicles Can’t Carry Ammo
Jeeplike Growler is said to tip over
By Joseph Neff, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
RALEIGH, N.C. – When the Marines shipped their V-22 Osprey aircraft to Iraq last year, they had to leave behind the assault vehicles and mobile mortar system that fit inside the planes.
It turns out that the new mortar system can’t safely carry its ammunition.
That conclusion, from a government audit, is the most recent bad news for the Marines’ attempt to ferry firepower inside the Osprey. The Defense Department inspector general is investigating the program, which is two years behind schedule and $15 million over budget.
The system consists of a jeeplike vehicle called the Growler that pulls trailers carrying mortars and ammunition.
Each Growler costs $127,000 and is made in Robbins, N.C.
It can’t safely pull its ammunition trailer, according to interviews and the Government Accountability Office report. The trailer has a tendency to bounce or tip over, which could crush a Marine riding in the back of the Growler. A Growler without a trailer was reported to have tipped over last summer when it swerved to avoid a turtle in the road.
The Marines won’t discuss the program, known as the Expeditionary Fire Support System, because of the Defense Department’s investigation.
The Osprey is a rotorcraft that takes off and lands like a helicopter and tilts its huge rotors forward to fly like an airplane.
The aircraft, which costs $119 million, has suffered cost overruns, a string of crashes that left 30 dead and repeated watering down of specifications during its two decades of development.
The Pentagon has declared that most of the Osprey’s problems have been fixed, and the first squadron of 12 Ospreys went to Iraq in October.
In 1999, the Marines decided the Osprey program needed assault vehicles to carry men and mortars to the battlefield.
Some Growlers will pull the mortar systems on trailers. Others will be outfitted with a machine gun.
The Ospreys are designed to take off from ships and go inland faster than helicopters. Once they land, the Growlers would provide assault firepower or machine-gun cover for Marines on foot.
In November 2004, the Marines awarded the contract to General Dynamics, which produced the mortar system. The defense giant uses a company in Robbins, N.C., called Carolina Growler to build a modified dune buggy whose design recalls Vietnam-era jeeps.
Gov. Mike Easley awarded Carolina Growler a $25,000 grant, and U.S. Rep. Howard Coble, R-N.C., helped the company get a $300,000 grant and a $112,000 loan from the U.S. Agriculture Department.
The contract award was disputed because the founder of Carolina Growler, Terry Crews, is a retired Marine colonel with strong connections at Marine headquarters in Quantico, Va.
A selection committee had recommended that Rae-Beck Automotive of Michigan get the contract rather than Carolina Growler. But the committee was overruled.
A complaint filed in the case says Rae-Beck built a cheaper and technically superior vehicle that did not need to use a trailer to transport the ammunition.
In September, as the Marines were poised to give final approval to the full order of 66 mortar systems and 600 Growler assault vehicles, Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich. and chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, asked the Marines to postpone the decision so the Government Accountability Office could investigate. Levin wrote the letter after complaints came from a Michigan company and after a Detroit TV station reported that a Growler traveling at 22 mph, without a trailer, had rolled over at Camp Lejeune, N.C., when it swerved to avoid a turtle.
Carolina Growler President Bill Crisp wouldn’t discuss the turtle report, saying the accident report was classified: “That may or may not have been true.”
Los Angeles Times
January 26, 2008
Marines Were Shot At, Army Expert Testifies
A Humvee in their convoy bore evidence of small-arms fire, an explosives specialist says. Up to 19 Afghan civilians died in the March incident under investigation.
By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — An Army explosives expert testified Friday that a Humvee was hit by small-arms fire after a suicide car bomb attack last March on a Marine convoy whose gunners have been accused of killing as many as 19 Afghan civilians. Sgt. 1st Class Jason Mero offered the first definitive support for testimony by Marines on the convoy, who said their gunners fired because the Marines believed enemies were shooting at them. Attorneys for the Marines have said they fired on gunmen, not civilians.
Mero told a court of inquiry he was “100% certain” that small-arms fire struck the gunner’s turret shield on the convoy’s second Humvee, which was targeted by the car bomber. He said he was 90% certain that the Humvee’s windshield and headlight were hit by small-arms fire.
An Afghan human rights group has accused the Marines from a special operations unit of firing indiscriminately at civilian vehicles and pedestrians after the suicide attack. An Army colonel in charge of the area, saying he was “deeply ashamed,” told reporters and Afghans in May that the Marines had killed 19 Afghan civilians and wounded 50.
Mero, who examined the Humvee within two days of the March 4 incident, said he was pressured by the Air Force colonel in charge of the investigation to alter his conclusions. He said Col. Patrick Pihana first agreed that bullets had struck the Humvee, but changed his mind after talking to Afghan civilians near the bomb site.
“He was wanting me to change my opinion . . . to buck up his opinion” that the convoy was not fired on, Mero said. Though Pihana’s pressure made him uncomfortable, Mero said, he did not change his conclusions.
Pihana has testified during the three-week inquiry, but only in classified sessions closed to the press and public.
Mero said he based his conclusions on an examination of several “divots” in the windshield and a hole in the headlight. A hard plastic coating on the turret shield was bent inward by the impact of a bullet fired from outside the Humvee, “just missing the gunner,” he testified.
Mero also provided the inquiry’s first description of the car bomb, which slightly wounded the Humvee gunner but did not cause extensive damage to convoy vehicles. He said the bomb — made of fuel oil, ammonium nitrate fertilizer and mortars — detonated prematurely about 15 feet from the second of the convoy’s six Humvees.
Under cross-examination by a government attorney, Mero conceded that his investigation would have been more thorough if he had inspected the bomb site. But he said the Afghan government asked him not to travel there because local Afghans were “very, very angry.”
Earlier Friday, a retired Marine master sergeant testified that the Marine company was resented and undermined when it arrived in Afghanistan last winter — and wasn’t provided such basics as bunks and fuel.
The special operations command “really didn’t want us to do well” and placed “obstacles in our path,” said Master Sgt. Jim Elder, the company’s operations chief.
Elder’s testimony, for the defense, was the first to suggest rivalries within the Marine command in addition to tensions between Marine Special Operations Company F and U.S. Army commanders.
Such conflicts could be useful to the defense if they leave the impression that the Marine unit is being made a scapegoat by rivals.
The actions of two of the company’s top commanders are being investigated by the court of inquiry, which is a fact-finding body, not a criminal court.
The three Marine officers on the inquiry panel will report their findings to the head of the Marine Corps central command. No one has been charged in the case.
Attorneys for Maj. Fred C. Galvin, the company commander, and Capt. Vincent J. Noble, the convoy commander, questioned Elder about the unit’s reception as the first Marine special operations company deployed in combat.
Even before deploying, Elder said, Galvin had a “terrible” and “adversarial” working relationship with his battalion commander because the commander had not selected Galvin to lead the unit.
And a Marine liaison major in Afghanistan who was supposed to provide equipment for the company “did not deliver,” Elder testified.
The company was assigned to a run-down camp that lacked bunks, fuel, guards and food, and had fecal matter in the drinking water.
Though the liaison major was a Marine, Elder said, he developed “Stockholm syndrome” — identifying with Army commanders who dominated the joint special operations command.
“He Army’d up,” Elder said with disdain. Elder, now retired, was among the most outspoken of the three dozen witnesses who have testified in public at the inquiry, the first for the Marine Corps in half a century.
The special operations command ordered the Marine company out of Afghanistan after the shootings.
“No Better Friend–No Greater Enemy”
February 1, 2008
U.S. Special Forces Target Hearts And Minds
By Stew Magnuson
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines — The convoy was about to depart a free medical clinic when two pre-teen boys who spent their days picking through garbage ran up and told authorities about the suspicious looking rice sacks with wires sticking out that lay nearby.
In the convoy of Filipino soldiers, doctors and nurses were about 30 Americans who were participating in a civil affairs mission to spread goodwill in an area that had traditionally supported Muslim separatists.
The boys had seen a poster describing roadside bombs and remembered that there were rewards for those who tipped off authorities to their whereabouts.
The convoy was halted, the bombs rendered harmless, and the boys would receive about $4,000 each and a scholarship to finish school.
The poster the boys had seen were part of an information campaign designed by a U.S. special forces military information support team, better known as psychological operations. Civil affairs teams had organized the free clinic.
These two lesser known missions — designed to win the “hearts and minds” of local populations — are being increasingly recognized as an important tool for combating terrorism.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates expounded on the use of so-called “soft power” to achieve U.S. objectives. “One of the most important lessons from our experience in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere has been the decisive role reconstruction, development, and governance plays in any meaningful, long-term success,” Gates said.
“It is just plain embarrassing that al Qaida is better at communicating its message on the Internet than America,” he added.
Some have touted the operation in the southern Philippines as a model of an effective civil affairs and psy-ops campaign. Shortly after Operation Enduring Freedom began in 2001, U.S. special operations forces came to the area to advise and assist the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
Officials here said the operation is needed in order to counter terrorist organizations such as the Abu Sayyaf Group and Jemaah Islamiyah, which have targeted westerners — Americans and friendly national governments.
Stabilizing the Philippines is critical to maintaining a safe and secure Southeast Asia, which is one of the United States’ strategic security objectives, officials said.
“This is a different mission than any other I’ve been on,” said Maj. Chris Polites, commander of F-company 97th civil affairs battalion, 95th brigade, based at Ft. Bragg, N.C. There is a “long-standing relationship with the Philippines, and that’s different from any other theater.”
Despite the recognition that bullets and bombs alone aren’t going to win the so-called global war on terrorism, some experts have said the Defense Department has been slow to recognize the importance of these “indirect” effects.
Authors David Tucker and Christopher J. Lamb in a recent book, “United States Special Operations Forces,” contended that civil affairs and psychological operations units are poorly understood, often underutilized, “less valued” and “neglected by Special Operations Command leadership.”
That is not the case in the Philippines where these two esoteric specialties are being given credit for much of the success.
The AFP is taking the cue and quickly beefing up its own capabilities. In October, it established the National Development Support Command, a non-combat, non-regional civil engineering operation. And mass communications graduates from Filipino universities are being recruited into the military to help the armed forces deliver its messages.
In the past, bullets were seen as the only way to battle an insurgency. Military operations simply aggravated the situation, created ill-will, and the cycle of violence continued for decades.
Capt. Abdurasad Sirajan, a former member of the Moro National Liberation Front separatist group, who joined the Philippine army after that organization entered a peace agreement in 1996, said the AFP now recognizes that it needs to engage in the battle of ideas.
Defeating extremist ideology “can’t be done by using force,” he said.
“The stigma of psy-ops is that it manipulates people, which is not true,” said Capt. Jose Taduran, who leads the military information support team, or MIST.
MIST is the kinder, gentler acronym now being used for psychological operations, which is a term senior leaders here now discourage.
“What we’re here to do is advise the AFP on how to do better information operations,” Taduran said as he displayed a table spread with posters, pamphlets, comic books, videos and school items such as book bags, pens and notebooks.
Inside a nondescript building on Camp Navarro in Zamboanga City, he leads a team hunched over computers in a windowless, air-conditioned room.
One member monitors open sources — the local media and websites. The Philippines has a lively and free press, and separatist groups such as the Moro Islamic Liberation Front have their own websites.
A group of specialists develops surveys and questionnaires. AFP personnel and others conduct surveys in villages to gauge attitudes.
The U.S. operation is spread out over several islands and the main island of Mindanao. Messages must be tailored to each community, Taduran said.
The product development team creates the posters and printed matter that are disseminated throughout the islands.
Television and radio are used as well, although these media do not always reach some impoverished communities, Taduran said. The most common forms of communication on the islands are word of mouth, radio, and text messaging.
On the radio side, the MIST team has hired a well-known radio host, Salvation Acerat, better known to local listeners as “Miss Bingo.”
She hosts about six one-hour programs each week broadcast on a government-owned and a private station.
The overall messages are these: that the armed forces of the Philippines and the national government are here to assist the local population; the extremists are hindering economic development; and unless the people help the military rid the area of terrorists, prosperity will not follow.
“Their mission is to destroy humanity. Their mission is to destroy peace and order,” she tells listeners.
There are currently three targeted groups. The Moro Islamic Liberation Front is in long-standing peace negotiations with the government. However, there are militants inside the movement who are opposed to the negotiations and continue to fight.
More notorious is the Abu Sayyaf Group, which has conducted a series of kidnappings, beheadings and bombings. Also in the mix are members of the Indonesia-based Jemaah Islamiyah, who are alleged to have transferred their bomb-making skills and terror tactics to the Philippines.
The MIST team is waging an aggressive operation to capture the bomb makers.
Wanted posters offering awards in the millions of dollars are hung throughout the islands. The extremist groups are also the targets of a series of television commercials.
MIST has hired a Manila-based marketing firm to produce the TV spots.
One script targets the alleged mastermind of the Bali, Indonesia bombing in 2002.
Last March 2003, the JI bombmaker Dulmatin brought the terror to our shores. Nineteen lives were lost when he bombed the Davao airport. Another bomb ripped through the wharf in Davao; 16 more lives perished. An award awaits people with information leading to Dulmatin’s arrest. Don’t let this monster destroy our beautiful Mindanao.
Another ad features a 12-year-old Muslim boy whose father died in a 2005 bombing. Tears roll down his cheeks as he grieves. A similar ad shows the picture of a girl who was killed in a bombing.
“Enough is enough. Help stop terrorism. Answer the call for peace,” a child’s voice says.
Taduran said it’s important that all the information used in the campaigns is factual. Photos on posters are not manipulated. The facts in TV and radio ads and stories of the victimized children are real, he said.
There are varying degrees of messages, from “soft” to “hard,” he explained. The hard messages are those directed toward supporters of terrorists or members of the groups themselves. These come in pamphlets and posters left behind by the Philippine forces.
Word of mouth campaigns are softer. The AFP conducts town hall meetings in villages where officials show videos touting the economic progress and development that follows once peace and security are restored.
Bumper stickers, matchbooks, backpacks and other school supplies are given out as presents with a “Helping Hands” logo.
Taduran said the campaign is dynamic, so there are always adjustments to be made and messages must be updated frequently.
The MIST team will conduct a pilot program using text messaging, which is an increasingly common form of communication.
Inside the U.S. compound at Camp Navarro, a civil affairs soldier used mapping technology to help win hearts and minds in the southern Philippines. Geospatial software was employed to analyze where to best conduct free medical clinics.
Free medical, dental and veterinary clinics — called civil action programs — are used to support the AFP in gaining access to communities. Filipino doctors, dentists and veterinarians come in to provide free care. Of utmost importance, Taduran said, is putting a Filipino face on all these operations.
Other civil action programs include school and clinic renovations, wells and water projects, and road construction.
Polites has a small team of about 32 spread throughout the region. One of the basic services it provides is civil reconnaissance.
By populating maps with people, places and things, or “nodes” in CA lingo, it gives commanders the choice of where best to apply reconstruction projects or clinics he said.
“We don’t have the capacity to fix governance problems, and that’s not really our job … But what we’re good at doing though is recognizing what the problems are,” Polites said. His team works closely with the U.S. Agency for International Development, which has a larger budget and can pay for big ticket development projects.
Measuring success in civil affairs and psychological operations isn’t always easy.
Col. Jim Mishina, operations planner, said one indication of progress is when the extremists attempt to mimic U.S. tactics. The Moro Islamic Liberation Front is now conducting its own free medical clinics. And that’s okay with him.
“Instead of buying weapons and explosive materials, they’re willing to commit dollars to providing medical aid,” Mishina said from Special Operations Command Pacific headquarters in Hawaii.
The battle of ideas goes both ways, he noted. At the beginning of operations in the island of Jolo, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front spread images of the U.S. army dating back to the colonial era when Gen. John Pershing fought a bloody campaign against the local Tausug ethnic group.
Ultimately, it is about matching words with deeds, Mishina said. Improved infrastructure and better security provided by AFP troops are some tangible benefits that please the populace. “Otherwise we’re just putting out messages,” he said.
Despite the success, Taduran echoed the complaint that psy-ops and civil affairs teams don’t receive the respect and recognition as the more glamorous commando, or “direct action” teams.
“Nobody understands us,” he said. “We get no respect because it’s complicated. Nobody wants to sit down and listen to an explanation as to why we shouldn’t just go in and kick doors.”
Polites said that attitudes are changing. “I think people are recognizing more of the necessity [that] when you’re not engaged in high intensity conflicts, that you need resources like civil affairs and MIST.”
NEWS YOU WON’T FIND ON CNN
Don’t be fooled by the myth of John McCain
By Johann Hari
25/01/08 “The Independent” – — A lazy, hazy myth has arisen out of the mists of New Hampshire and South Carolina. Across the pan-Atlantic press, the grizzled 71-year-old Vietnam vet, John McCain, is being billed as the Republican liberals can live with. He is “a bipartisan progressive”", “a principled hard liberal”, “a decent man” – in the words of liberal newspapers. His fragile new frontrunner status as we go into Super Tuesday is being seen as something to cautiously welcome, a kick to the rotten Republican establishment.
But the truth is that McCain is the candidate we should most fear. Not only is he to the right of Bush on a whole range of subjects, he is also the Republican candidate most likely to dispense with Hillary or Barack.
McCain is third-generation navy royalty, raised from a young age to be a senior figure in the Armed Forces, like his father and grandfather before him. He was sent to one of the most elite boarding schools in America, then to a naval academy where he ranked 894th out of 899 students in ability. He used nepotism to get ahead: when he was rejected by the National War College, he used his father’s contacts with the Secretary of the Navy to make them reconsider. He then swiftly married the heiress to a multi-million dollar fortune.
Right up to his twenties, he remained a strikingly violent man, “ready to fight at the drop of a hat”, according to his biographer Robert Timberg. This rage seems to be at the core of his personality: describing his own childhood, McCain has written: “At the smallest provocation I would go off into a mad frenzy, and then suddenly crash to the floor unconscious. When I got angry I held my breath until I blacked out.”
But he claims he was transformed by his experiences in Vietnam – a war he still defends as “noble” and “winnable”, if only it had been fought harder. (More than three million Vietnamese died; how much harder could it be?) His plane was shot down on a bombing raid over Hanoi, and he was captured and tortured for five years. To this day, he cannot lift his arms high enough to comb his own hair.
On his release, he used his wife’s fortune to run to as a Republican senator. He was a standard-issue Reaganite corporate Republican – until the Keating Five corruption scandal consumed him. In 1987, it was revealed that McCain, along with four other senators, had taken huge campaign donations from a fraudster called Charles Keating. In return they pressured government regulators not to look too hard into Keating’s affairs, allowing him to commit even more fraud. McCain later admitted: “I did it for no other reason than I valued [Keating's] support.”
McCain took the only course that could possibly preserve his reputation: he turned the scandal into a debate about the political system, rather than his own personal corruption. He said it showed how “we need to drive the special interests out of Washington”, and became a high-profile campaigner for campaign finance reform. But privately, his behaviour hasn’t changed much. For example, in 2000 he lobbied federal regulators hard on behalf of a major campaign contributor, Paxson Communications, in an act the regulators spluttered was “highly unusual”. He has never won an election without outspending his opponent.
But McCain has distinguished himself most as an über-hawk on foreign policy. To give a brief smorgasbord of his views: at a recent rally, he sang “Bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran,” to the tune of the Beach Boys’ “Barbara Ann”. He says North Korea should be threatened with “extinction”.
McCain has mostly opposed using US power for humanitarian goals, jeering at proposals to intervene in Rwanda or Bosnia – but he is very keen to use it for great power imperialism. He learnt this philosophy from his father and his granddad Slew, who fought in the Philippine wars at the turn of the 20th century, where he was part of a mission to crush the local resistance to the US invasion. They did it by forcing the entire population from their homes at gunpoint into “protection zones”, and gunning down anybody over the age of ten who was found outside them. Today, McCain dreamily describes this as “an exotic adventure” which his grandfather “generally enjoyed”.
Then McCain’s father, John, led the US invasion of the Dominican Republic in 1965, at a time when there was a conflict on the Caribbean island. On one side, there were forces loyal to Juan Bosch, the democratically elected left-wing President who was committed to land redistribution and helping the poor. On the other side, there were forces who had overthrown the elected government and looked nostalgically to the playboy tyranny of Rafael Trujillo. John McCain Snr intervened to ensure the supporters of the democratic government were crushed, bragging that it taught the natives “how to behave themselves”. He saw this as part of a wider mission, where the US would take over Britain’s role as a “world empire”.
These beliefs drive McCain today. He brags he would be happy for US troops to remain in Iraq for 100 years, and declares: “I’m not at all embarrassed of my friendship with Henry Kissinger; I’m proud of it.” His most thorough biographer – and recent supporter – Matt Welch concludes: “McCain’s programme for fighting foreign wars would be the most openly militaristic and interventionist platform in the White House since Teddy Roosevelt… [it] is considerably more hawkish than anything George Bush has ever practised.” With him as president, we could expect much more aggressive destabilisation of Venezuela and Bolivia – and more.
So why do so many nice liberals have a weak spot for McCain? Well, to his credit, he doesn’t hate immigrants: he proposed a programme to legalise the 12 million undocumented workers in the US. He sincerely opposes torture, as a survivor of it himself. He has apologised for denying global warming and now advocates a cap on greenhouse gas emissions – but only if China and India can also be locked into the system. He is somewhat uncomfortable with the religious right (while supporting a ban on abortion and gay marriage). It is a sign of how far to the right the Republican Party has drifted that these are considered signs of liberalism, rather than basic humanity.
Yet these sprinklings of sanity – onto a very extreme programme – are enough for a superficial, glib press to present McCain as “bipartisan” and “centrist”. Will this be enough to put white hair into the White House? At the moment, he has considerably higher positive ratings than Hillary Clinton, and beats her in some match-up polls. If we don’t start warning that the Real McCain is not the Real McCoy, we might sleepwalk into four more years of Republicanism.
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The Man Behind The Curtain by Chuck Baldwin
January 25, 2008
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“Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!” is the famous quote
from the wizard in the movie classic, The Wizard Of Oz. However, when
it comes to national and international affairs, many, if not most,
Americans seem to have taken the mythical wizard’s advice. They seem
oblivious to the man behind the curtain. And make no mistake about it:
there is a man (or group of men) behind the curtain.
The American people seem mesmerized by the smoke and mirrors of the
political and media elite. For the most part, the people of this
country seem totally unaware that while the global elite who run this
country passionately promote the “war on terrorism,” those same elite
are also violently attacking the liberties of the heartland. While
they create a gargantuan Department of Homeland Security for our
“protection,” they are using that very same department to eviscerate
the constitutional protections of our republic. While they insist that
we are dependent upon oil from Saudi Arabia, they are ignoring giant
oil and natural gas discoveries located under the frozen tundra of our
49th State (and other places). The elite have brilliantly turned the
drumbeats of war against Islamofascism into a giant smokescreen to
hide their insidious plans to wage a different kind of war against the
The war against the American people is waged on a hundred fronts and
with a hundred agendas. But one word seems to best describe the heart
of the strategy. And that word is FEAR. The problem is, the man behind
the curtain has misdirected people’s fears.
The American people are continually besieged with the imminent threat
of what little, pipsqueak, piss-ant countries such as Iraq and Iran
pose to the safety and security of America. Hogwash! Iraq was never an
imminent threat to these United States and George W. Bush and rest of
his globalist neocons always knew it. Neither is Iran an imminent
threat to America. And the Bushkies know this too.
Iran does not even have the capability of inflicting serious damage
upon Israel, much less the United States. It has a ragtag army. No
navy. No air force. No nuclear weapons. No really sophisticated
weapons of any kind. Oh, they harbor several thousand fanatical sand
people who live in caves and who huddle together in antiquated forts.
They carry AK-47′s, and some short-range shoulder-fired missile
launchers. Yet, the Bush propagandists have conservatives worked up
into a frenzy, all prepared to support a nuclear attack against
Tehran. Believe me, if Israel thought that Iran was a serious threat
to its security, it has the ability to take that country further back
into the Stone Age than it already is.
Beyond that, if Bush believes that we are truly fighting a war against
terrorists in Iraq, why does he give $20 billion worth of military
weaponry to Saudi Arabia? Have you ever seen or even heard of a Saudi
army? How about a Saudi navy? A Saudi air force? You haven’t heard of
it? Neither has anyone else.
What we do hear from former CIA insiders is that much of any military
hardware shipped to Saudi Arabia often winds up in the hands of Muslim
terrorist organizations such as al-Qaeda. In addition, readers are
aware that many, if not most, of the al-Qaeda insurgents that are
shooting and killing our soldiers and Marines in Iraq do not come from
Iraq–they come from Saudi Arabia! So much for Bush’s “war on
What the globalists behind the curtain are doing is using the “war on
terrorism” to distract the American people from the war they are
How else can one explain the fact that, while the neocons are waving
the war flag against a schizophrenic but impotent Iran, they totally
ignore the very real threat posed by the People’s Republic of China.
If the American people want an enemy to be concerned about, China, not
Iran, is the place to look.
But do not ask Defense Secretary Robert Gates whether we should be
concerned about Red China. He recently said, “I don’t consider China
an enemy.” Pray tell, is Gates entirely stupid or just unbelievably
naïve? Or, is he trying to deliberately deceive us?
Besides the commonly reported foibles of Red China selling the United
States tainted food, poisoned toys, and crappy automobile tires, not
to mention all the junk Americans are forced to buy (produced with
slave labor, no less), the communist nation is also known to be
sending hordes of spies into our country. They are using a
multi-billion dollar trade surplus with the United States to build a
modern army and navy. In fact, they have developed a very
sophisticated submarine fleet capable of delivering nuclear missiles
(including some with multiple warheads) anywhere in the world. They
routinely track our submarines and use satellite technology to track
our troop movements.
And speaking of satellites, when is the last time you heard any
notable media personality or government spokesman acknowledge the fact
that Red China is now even using advanced weaponry to shoot satellites
out of the sky? In fact, experts predict that by 2010 China will be
able to knock out most of our satellites in low-earth orbit. You mean
the man behind the curtain did not tell you that? I wonder why?
Plus, do not lose sight of the fact that China’s growing military is
underwritten by American corporations along with the political
establishment within both major parties. It is American technology,
American materials, and American wealth that is enabling Red China to
create a very sophisticated and menacing global threat. But, again,
the man behind the curtain does not want you to know that.
Instead, the man behind the curtain–along with his water boys
Giuliani, Romney, Huckabee, McCain and members of the media–are
facilitating Red China’s usage of the Panama Canal and the new NAFTA
superhighway to allow China to increase its foothold in the government
and commercial markets of the U.S. And don’t overlook the fact that
the communist country is not only buying up vast amounts of the U.S.
debt, it is buying up vast amounts of private debt. And we hear nary a
peep from the man behind the curtain.
The other thing the man behind the curtain does not want us to see is
the impact that the forever war is having upon our economy. America is
being pushed to the brink of recession, maybe even depression. The
chief culprit of our economic woes is excessive federal spending. And
the biggest hole into which all this deficit spending is being dumped
into is none other than the forever wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Nearly $1 trillion dollars has already been spent or is in the process
of being spent, and conservative estimates of an additional $1
trillion will be spent to fight this forever war in the near future.
In addition, Bush’s oil buddies have successfully manipulated the
economy to the point that Americans are paying over $3 a gallon for
regular gasoline. Diesel is running even higher than that. (Gas was
$1.25 a gallon when G.W. Bush became President.) And economists are
predicting that gasoline will rise to over $4 a gallon in the very
At the same time, however, it is very likely that we discovered enough
oil and natural gas reserves beneath the surface of Alaska (and other
places) to supply all the oil and natural gas needs of the United
States for the next 200-300 years. But, guess what? Not only are we
not bothering to drill for these resources, our government and oil
industry moguls will not even acknowledge that such resources exist.
Once again, the old wizard creates his smoke and mirrors and implores
us to ignore that man behind the curtain.
Ladies and gentlemen, I have just scratched the surface. But the
bottom line is this: we have been had! Furthermore, the only
Presidential candidate who understands any of this is Congressman Ron
Paul. But don’t expect any of our media or political elite to get
behind Mr. Paul. Why? The man behind the curtain doesn’t like Ron
Paul, and that is putting it mildly. He knows that Ron Paul threatens
the global elites’ Machiavellian plans more than any other single
political figure today. This disdain for Dr. Paul does not apply to
other Republicans, of course.
The truth is, if the man behind the curtain has his way, he would much
prefer an establishment Republican to be elected this November. Oh,
don’t get me wrong: neither Hillary nor Obama will provide much
resistance to the globalist goons that are hiding behind the curtain.
It is just that when a liberal Democrat is in the White House,
conservatives and Christians seem to come out of hibernation and
actually start resisting some things. But when a Republican is in the
White House, the little goblins behind the curtain are free to wage
their war of globalism and elitism against an unsuspecting and sleepy
Therefore, it does not matter to a tinker’s dam whether it is
Giuliani, McCain, Huckabee, or Romney who wins the election this
November. The man behind the curtain will still produce his smoke and
mirrors and create more fear and panic over any and every convenient
distraction in the hopes that the Munchkins will not wake up in time
to realize that the one who needs to be feared (and fought) is none
other than the man behind the curtain.
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Ron Paul wins Florida Republican Debate, McCain stumbles on Economy Stu Norman
Friday January 25, 2008
There was a strong anti war pro Ron Paul crowd in the Florida Primary Republican Debate audience on the campus of Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida tonight. Results from a MSNBC post debate text messaging poll showed Ron Paul leading before the network decided not to post the official results at the end of the post-debate coverage. The move clearly gets conspiracy theorists abuzz on the Ron Paul posting forums. There was no doubt once again that the clear winner of the debate was Ron Paul. Sportsbook.com has Ron Paul at 25 to 1 odds to capture the 2008 Republican Party Presidential Nomination.
“We are moving into a new era,” stated Dr. Ron Paul.
Paul has yet to win a primary but his second place finish in the Nevada Caucus followed by his second place in yesterday’s Louisiana Caucus has boosted his campaign. Republican Presidential hopefuls such as John McCain, Mike Huckabee and Rudy Guiliani do not have the dough to survive that far beyond Florida giving Paul a nice advantage to outlast the other lower tiered candidates and gobble up some of their support once they leave the race.
Unlike the Democratic Party debate for the South Carolina Primary race, the Republicans had a nonaggression pact before the start of the Florida Primary debate. All of the candidates were cordial and refrained from attacking each other. Another difference between the two debates were the stances on the Iraqi War. It was very clear that all of the Republican Candidates, with the except of anti-war candidate Paul, will go into fall Presidential Race saying the war in Iraqi was worth it. It is looking more and more like it will be a PRO WAR vs ANTI WAR Presidential Race in 2008.
If Republican Presidential front runner John McCain wins the Florida Republican Primary, he should lock up the Republican Party’s 2008 Presidential Nomination. Sportsbook.com has John McCain at 4 to 7 odds to secure the 2008 Republican Presidential Nomination. The elder statesmen with the silver hair stumbled tonight when he was asked a question on the United States Economy by Ron Paul.
McCain has been endorsement by former New York Senator Alfonse D’Amato, a blow to Guiliani campaign. The endorsement could be a sign that the Poker Player Alliance is making some head way against the current “War on Internet Gambling ” taking place in Washington. The Poker Players Alliance (PPA) is an American nonprofit Interest group of over 840,000 members that was formed “to speak with one voice to promote poker, ensure its integrity, and, most importantly, to protect the players’ rights.” The PPA formed to serve as an advocacy group to Washington in order to establish a legal framework of rights and protections for United States online poker players. Alfonse D’Amato is chairman of the PPA.
The Rudy Guiliani campaign got another dagger when the New York Times endorsed John McCain saying “he is ready to be president…it is a difficult era….he can beat Hillary Clinton.”
All of these endorsements, including the recent one from Rambo, won’t help McCain with the GOP conservative base which does not like him. A lost in the Florida Primary will certainly be a blow to the cash strapped candidate who needs a win or strong finish to secure additional campaign contributions. Mitt Romney has already spent $40 million dollars of his own funds for his campaign and has plenty more to pour in if needed.
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The Essence of Liberty: Part 229 (1) The Imperial Judiciary: It Started with Marshall “The wolf by the ear”
The Essence of Liberty: Part 229 (1)
Dr. Jimmy T. (Gunny) LaBaume
A Summary of Gutzman, Kevin R.C. The Politically Incorrect Guide™ to the Constitution
(The book is available from the Ludwig von Mises Institute at http://www.mises.org)
Chapter 5: The Imperial Judiciary: It Started with Marshall
“The wolf by the ear”
Missouri applied for admission to the Union in 1819. The draft of their state constitution provided that slavery should continue in the territory. New York congressman, James Tallmadge, Jr. proposed that Congress amend the Missouri constitution to phase slavery out.
Jefferson knew that the Missouri dispute was the death knell for the Union . A geographical line had been established. Taking a metaphor from an ancient Greek proverb, he said, “We have the wolf by the ear, and we can neither hold him, nor safely let him go.”
To understand what he meant, we need to know two things. First, self-preservation was the highest goal of society. Only it could outweigh justice. Second, Jefferson’s memory of the Haitian Revolution of 1791-1804 (which resulted in the death or exile of every white person) caused him to expect similar results in the South—i.e. he feared that emancipation would lead to race war.
So, Jefferson opposed Tallmadge’s proposals on several grounds. First, he believed that the slaves would be better off if slavery were diffused across the whole continent instead of confined to the Southeast. Second, Tallmadge’s plan contradicted his concept of the Union. Congress could not impose conditions on a territory that would remain binding once it became a state. New states must be admitted on an equal footing with the other states—i.e. free, as other states, to make their own policies. After all, if a northern majority in Congress could impose its will on a state despite that state’s clear rights, what was to prevent the Yankees from doing the same to the older southern states?
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Interrogator: Invasion Surprised Saddam
(CBS) Saddam Hussein initially didn’t think the U.S. would invade Iraq to destroy weapons of mass destruction, so he kept the fact that he had none a secret to prevent an Iranian invasion he believed could happen. The Iraqi dictator revealed this thinking to George Piro, the FBI agent assigned to interrogate him after his capture.
Piro, in his first television interview, relays this and other revelations to 60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley this Sunday, Jan. 27, at 7 p.m. ET/PT.
Piro spent almost seven months debriefing Saddam in a plan based on winning his confidence by convincing him that Piro was an important envoy who answered to President Bush. This and being Saddam’s sole provider of items like writing materials and toiletries made the toppled Iraqi president open up to Piro, a Lebanese-American and one of the few FBI agents who spoke Arabic.
“He told me he initially miscalculated… President Bush’s intentions. He thought the United States would retaliate with the same type of attack as we did in 1998…a four-day aerial attack,” says Piro. “He survived that one and he was willing to accept that type of attack.” “He didn’t believe the U.S. would invade?” asks Pelley, “No, not initially,” answers Piro.
Once the invasion was certain, says Piro, Saddam asked his generals if they could hold the invaders for two weeks. “And at that point, it would go into what he called the secret war,” Piro tells Pelley. But Piro isn’t convinced that the insurgency was Saddam’s plan. “Well, he would like to take credit for the insurgency,” says Piro.
Saddam still wouldn’t admit he had no weapons of mass destruction, even when it was obvious there would be military action against him because of the perception he did. Because, says Piro, “For him, it was critical that he was seen as still the strong, defiant Saddam. He thought that [faking having the weapons] would prevent the Iranians from reinvading Iraq,” he tells Pelley.
He also intended and had the wherewithal to restart the weapons program. “Saddam] still had the engineers. The folks that he needed to reconstitute his program are still there,” says Piro. “He wanted to pursue all of WMD…to reconstitute his entire WMD program.” This included chemical, biological and nuclear weapons, Piro says.
Saddam bragged that he changed his routine and security to elude capture. “What he wanted to really illustrate is…how he was able to outsmart us,” says Piro. “He told me he changed…the way he traveled. He got rid of his normal vehicles. He got rid of the protective detail that he traveled with, really just to change his signature.”
It took nine months to finally capture Saddam, but U.S. calculations on where he might be early on turned out to be accurate. Saddam was at Dora Farms early in the war when the known presidential site was targeted with tons of bombs and many missiles. “He said it in a kind of a bragging fashion that he was there, but that we missed him. He wasn’t bothered by the fact that he was there,” Piro tells Pelley.
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Fred Thompson’s gone. Duncan Hunter’s gone. All these people are gone. Huckabee could become Huckabeen — gone by next Tuesday. So could Rudy after next’s Tuesday’s Florida primary.
All of a sudden you’ve got this Republican primary coming down to McCain, Romney, and Ron Paul. With all this uncertainty, just where can a conservative go? All of a sudden radio talk-show hosts, who reflect the opinions of grass-roots conservative voters, are all over the lot, hammering on Rudy, hammering on Romney, hammering on McCain, and hammering on Paul.
Listening to them you get an idea who they want or don’t want. They don’t like McCain. Most probably they support either Huckabee or Romney. Although they think Rudy is gone, he could come back however, if he wins in Florida next Tuesday.
If Huckabee is finished, I think they go to Romney, who is somewhat more conservative than the rest. At any rate, conservatives could be faced with backing either McCain, or Romney, or Huckabee or even Rudy.
Or they could end up backing none of them.
Who then could conservatives end up backing?
Well, who recently has come out with a new book? Who’s doing all the shows talking about his new book? Who is advocating common sense solutions to the most pressing problems America faces?
Newt Gingrich, that’s who. He was out of the race for a long time; he toyed with the idea of running until Fred Thompson entered the race; and then he more or less pulled back.
Why Newt? Ask yourself why Ronald Reagan won. He won because he was able to excite a group of people in America that the liberal wing of the Republican Party has never excited – the grass roots.
Newt Gingrich is the last Republican to do that — to reach out to the grass roots, to all those conservative Republicans and Reagan Democrats. Remember, it was Newt who engineered the miraculous Republican take-over of Congress in 1994 — something that was deemed impossible two years after Bill Clinton won the White House.
I wouldn’t be surprised if he was out there quietly working the phones and hoping for a wide-open convention where the delegates, and not the primaries that selected many of them, decide for themselves who they want to carry the GOP banner in the presidential election in November.
If Newt throws his hat in the ring he knows that in the blink of an eye he’s got the grass roots behind him.
Look at what happened Saturday in South Carolina. McCain won with 33 percent of the vote, which means 67 percent of the voters said we don’t want McCain; only 30 percent said yes to Huckabee, which means that about 70 percent said no to him; 15 percent went for Thompson; a mere 14 percent went for Romney; and 2 percent went for Giuliani.
So basically the voters said a resounding “no” to all of the above.
So who can electrify the base and get them to come out from their bunkers and ignite a groundswell? On the recod, the only person capable of doing that is Newt Gingrich.
Covering all the issues that concern the grass roots, Romney represents the Reagan economic approach, McCain, the national security issues, Giuliani represents the hard line on crime position, and Huckabee covers the religious position. Everybody has a piece.
Newt Gingrich covers all of those issues, and in the eyes of the grass roots, he covers them brilliantly. Just as his contract with America dealt with many of the issues that concerned the grass roots and won Congress for the GOP, his agenda goes right to the heart of our current problems. He’s offering concrete solutions to all the concrete problems and that’s what the grass roots craves.
As a result, if the nomination gets thrown open in a brokered convention, the person who comes out of the struggle the winner will most likely be Newt Gingrich.
If I’m right, I’ll back him to the hilt. If I’m wrong, I’ll follow my dad’s lead and support the nominee no matter who he is.
Flight instructor gets $5 million for catching ’20th’ hijacker
Clarence “Clancy” Prevost was an instructor at the Pan Am International Flight Academy in Eagan, Minnesota, when Moussaoui was a student there.
Moussaoui, sometimes called the “20th hijacker,” is the only person charged and convicted in connection with the September 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington.
Prevost received the reward from the State Department’s Rewards for Justice program in a closed ceremony at the State Department, the officials told CNN.
Moussaoui, an admitted al Qaeda operative, was prevented from participating in the 9/11 attacks because he was in jail. He was sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole in connection with his role in 9/11.
He is held at the federal Supermax facility in Florence, Colorado.
Prevost, a retired Northwest Airlines pilot, has never spoken publicly about Moussaoui, but testified during the sentencing phase of Moussaoui’s trial. He said that by the second day of teaching Moussaoui, he heard that Moussaoui paid the bulk of his $8,300 tuition for a flight simulator course in hundred-dollar bills. And that made Prevost think the FBI should be notified.
He testified that he found Moussaoui to be a “pretty genial guy” until a lunchtime conversation turned to the Hajj, a pilgrimage to Mecca made by Muslims during Ramadan. Prevost wanted to know if Moussaoui could explain the Hajj to him and asked, “Are you Muslim?”
Prevost testified that Moussaoui responded by raising his voice and saying, “I am nothing!”
Prevost testified that he approached his managers, and recalled telling them, “We don’t know anything about this guy, and we’re teaching him how to throw the switches on a 747.”
But he said his managers at first told him Moussaoui had paid his money and they didn’t care.
Prevost testified that he told his bosses, “We’ll care when there’s a hijacking and the lawsuits come in.”
He testified Moussaoui’s stated goal of learning to fly from Heathrow Airport in London to New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport was unusual from the beginning, because Moussaoui had 50-odd hours of flight time on a single-engine propeller plane and no pilot’s license.
Prevost testified he usually had students with more than 600 hours of flight time, and that they are usually professional pilots looking to upgrade their skills and fly bigger jets for a higher salary.
But Moussaoui, he testified, “had no frame of reference whatsoever with a commercial airliner. After 15 minutes I said, ‘Let’s get lunch.’ “
Prevost said he was worried that if Moussaoui completed the three four-hour 747 simulator sessions he had booked, he would know how to operate a real 747.
He testified that he let Moussaoui sit in on another student’s simulator session, but he never got any of his own sessions.
A day after Prevost went to his bosses with his concerns, two Pan Am program managers called the FBI, leading to Moussaoui’s arrest on an immigration violation. Moussaoui had stayed in the United States past his allowed 90 days on his French passport.
In November, the Air Line Pilots Association, International, presented Prevost with its 2007 Presidential Citation Award for his efforts to alert authorities to Moussaoui, according to an ALPA statement.
CNN’s Kevin Bohn contributed to this report.
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Reasons why I voted for Ross Perot
October-December 1996 Issue
By Ted Sampley
U.S. Veteran Dispatch
To America’s war veterans, H. Ross Perot is a superpatriot and a legendary figure, who unhesitatingly, in 1969, rallied the resources of his wealth and began a successful campaign to publicize the sufferings of American servicemen held prisoners of the Vietnamese communists.
Within financial circles, he is Perot, the idealist Texas billionaire who made it from “rags to riches.” He is one of the richest men in the United States. A corporate loner with a guerrilla fighting image, he is “willing to slug it out and take all the turbulence that goes with it” until he secures his goal. In 1986, Britian’s Prince Charles flew to Dallas to present Perot with the coveted Winston Churchill Foundation Leadership Award.
In his acceptance speech, Perot said that he once dreamed of being the pearl of an oyster, but that it eventually dawned on him that being a pearl was not his role in life. Instead, he was the grain of sand that irritates the oyster to produce the pearl.
Henry Ross Perot is a former Eagle Scout, who says that one of his favorite books was the Scout handbook–a clear, direct code for good citizenship, righteousness, and the seeds for an idealized American life.
At the age of seven, Perot, the son of a cotton broker and horse trader, began his trek into the business world when he began helping his father break horses.
By the age of twelve, he had developed a successful paper route in the black slums of New Town, Texarkana. Young Perot had talked the Texarkana Gazette into paying him more to deliver papers because no one else believed the shanty town route was worth developing. Rising before dawn and delivering papers on his pony, Ross proved them wrong.
It was that same go-getter drive that landed Perot an appointment to Annapolis. He was twice President of his class. Perot graduated from the Naval Academy at Annapolis in 1953 and was immediately sent to sea as the fire control officer on board the aircraft carrier Leyte. The Navy proved to be too confining for Perot. He had a natural call to greatness and the Navy’s system of lock-step promotions had hemmed him in. Perot left the Navy in 1957 and went to work as a salesman for IBM. Again he challenged his bosses to give him their toughest accounts so that he might make higher commissions. They did, and Perot made a fortune.
After five years at IBM, Perot was bored. His inner direction and wildcatting spirit took over, he left IBM, created his own business, Electronic Data Systems, and hired a small band of salesmen. By 1968 EDS’s business had skyrocketed and Perot had made his first $350 million…he was on his way to becoming one of the richest men in the United States.
When the war in Indo-China was at its height. Millions of Americans were protesting in the streets, demanding that the war was wrong and should not be won. Some Hollywood figures such as Jane Fonda were making public statements supporting the communist Vietnamese.
Fonda and her ilk began making propaganda trips to Vietnam. During one trip the communist allowed her to interview a group of American prisoners of war after which she told the international press that American POWs were either “liars or hypocrites” if they said they were being tortured by the Vietnamese.
In contrast, Perot was travelling America campaigning on behalf of the American servicemen who were fighting in the jungles of Indo-China.
Perot said that he once dreamed of being the pearl of an oyster, but that it eventually dawned on him that being a pearl was not his role in life. Instead, he was the grain of sand that irritates the oyster to produce the pearl.
American prisoners of war were being brutalized and many were dying from neglect at the hands of their Vietnamese captors. The communists were refusing to release even the most basic information, such as a list of names of the Americans they were holding prisoners. Hundreds of POW/MIA families did not know if their loved ones had been killed, wounded, or captured. The communists were arguing that because the United States had not declared war, they were not obligated by the rules of the Geneva Convention pertaining to the treatment of prisoners of war. They labeled the Americans they had captured as “criminals of war” and treated them accordingly. For Perot, the plight of America’s missing servicemen became close to an obsession, driven by moral outrage at the sufferings of the American prisoners and their families. Some of the missing servicemen were old friends from Annapolis.
Perot put together a small team of EDS executives and began an unsophisticated public awareness campaign directed at the international press and public His objective was to embarrass the North Vietnamese, who were successfully representing themselves to the world as innocent victims of a bully superpower, into improving the treatment of American prisoners of war.
In December, 1969, at a risk to his life and EDS, Perot hired two Boeing 707′s and flew to Southeast Asia in an attempt to deliver 26 tons of food and Christmas presents to American prisoners in Hanoi. When Hanoi rebuffed Perot’s efforts to deliver the food, the Texan flew to Laos and stood outside the North Vietnamese Embassy with a bullhorn, demanding “Let us have our men.” He bankrolled airline tickets so that families of American POW/MIAs could fly to Paris and confront the Vietnamese. During 1970, Perot stumped the country, giving speeches encouraging people to send protest letters to Hanoi. Americans sent so many that the Vietnamese postal system collapsed under the strain. Perot’s effort to deliver Christmas food and packages was not successful, but his overall strategy of international awareness had worked.
Badgered and embarrassed by the negative attention, the Vietnamese communists improved the treatment of American POWs, allowed more mail, and released some names of POWs. Later, the F.B.I. warned Perot that the Vietcong had asked a group of Black Panthers to assassinate him. Perot was forced to hire a security force to protect himself and his family. Several weeks later, a small band of men climbed the fence which surrounded his seventeen acre Dallas home, but were chased away by teeth-snapping guard dogs.
In 1973, anti-Vietnam fervor was at its height in the United States and returning Vietnam veterans were being shunned by the American public. Perot, the idealistic corporate guerrilla, rallied in support of the American serviceman. He wrote a check for a parade through downtown San Francisco to honor former prisoners of war.
Six years later, the Texas superpatriot once more demonstrated his ability to achieve the un-do-able. He recruited the legendary Green Beret Colonel “Bull” Simons and organized a commando unit that snatched two of his executives from a Tehran political prison. They had been arrested by militant Iranians and were being held without charges. Perot flew to Tehran, entered the prison in disguise, and engineered the escape while the U.S. Government struggled awkwardly, unable to free its own citizens. Since 1975, Perot has financed over 20 private attempts to search for America prisoners of war who were left behind at the end of the Vietnam War. Today, Perot is widely regarded as one of the most persistent and knowledgeable Americans on the issue of American prisoners of war abandoned in Indo-China. He has the following of an army of Vietnam veteran groups, POW/MIA families, and concerned Americans.
A U.S. House resolution (HCR129) sponsored by Rep. Bill Hendon, R-N.C., sought in 1985 to establish an independent, bi-partisan “Perot Commission to determine if prisoners of war are being held in Indo-China and what action should be taken to get them out.” The POW/MIA activist finally had someone they could trust to investigate the POW/MIA issue and they were thrilled. They rallied behind the “Perot” bill and lobbied in the halls of Congress. They gained 275 members of the House as co-sponsors of the POW/MIA investigative commission they wanted Perot to head.
In mid-October 1986, their hopes of a U.S. government sponsored Perot led investigation were dashed when Rep. Stephen Solarz, D-N.Y., managed with three proxy votes to wipe out the Perot legislation with a 4-to-4 committee vote before it could reach the floor of Congress and be voted on by the entire House of Representatives. Solarz, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asian and Pacific Affairs, said he killed the bill because the Reagan Administration did not support it. Perot has said repeatedly that he is “absolutely certain there are American fighting men in Vietnam who were taken prisoner and are still being held alive.” Yet, the effort to rescue those men has been the one “political brawl” that has frustrated Ross Perot. Up until the Reagan and Bush Administrations, Perot had been able to clearly identify his adversaries and wear them down until he got what he wanted.During the Vietnam War, the enemy was the communist Vietnamese. In 1979, Perot was up against militant Iranians who had kidnaped two of his employees. In both cases Perot had been able to find powerful allies inside the U.S. Government who helped him achieve his goals.
Ironically, what must be most devastating for the Texas “Lone Ranger” is the cold realization that it is not just the Vietnamese communist who have kept him from bringing our war veterans home and achieving one of the most important humanitarian goals in his life. It is his own political soulmates, people Perot thought believed in the basic moral principals of truth, justice, and loyalty, that have helped blocked his effort to rescue our men. Today this almost mythical man from Texas is igniting a renewal of faith among Americans who have long prayed for their country to be guided back on the righteous course it was set upon by our founding fathers. Many Americans feel that if any one American can accomplish this, that individual is H. Ross Perot.
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Advertiser Sues Don Imus, CBS for Insults
Reuters/NewsMax ^ | Jan. 24, 2008 | Staff
Posted on 01/24/2008 11:33:12 PM EST by jdm
A book publisher that bought an ad on Don Imus’s radio show is suing the shock jock and his former bosses at CBS Radio for more than $4 million, saying Imus insulted the book he was paid to promote.
It was the latest controversy to follow the radio personality, who was fired by CBS Radio in April 2007 for insulting a women’s basketball team with a racial slur. He has since returned to the air with another network.
Flatsigned Press said in a New York state court lawsuit filed late on Wednesday that Imus’ show had agreed to a script for the 30-second spot in January 2007 to promote a book by former President Gerald Ford on the investigation into the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Imus laughed as he read the script, calling it “cheesy,” the lawsuit said. “These bastards have been waiting for him to croak so they can unload” the books, Imus said on the air, according to the lawsuit.
Martin Garbus, Imus’ lawyer, said “The lawsuit is without merit and will be dismissed.”
Ford served on the Warren Commission that conducted the official inquiry and his book “John F. Kennedy: Assassination Report of the Warren Commission” was published shortly after Ford died in December 2006.
“Imus unilaterally changed the language of the live read, which was completely contrary the agreement agreed upon by the parties,” the lawsuit said.
The lawsuit also names Infinity Broadcasting Corp., Sports Radio 66-WFAN and CBS Radio. Infinity, which used to be a division of Viacom Inc., became part of CBS Radio when CBS and Viacom split in 2006.
“Imus in the Morning” was produced and broadcast by the CBS-owned WFAN radio station in New York and syndicated on some 60 stations nationally. The program also was simulcast on cable television’s MSNBC, but MSNBC did not air the ad and was not sued.
In December, Imus returned to radio with a nationally syndicated show broadcast out of WABC in New York in a deal with ABC Radio Networks, which is owned by Citadel Broadcasting Corp.