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The secret to Greenpeace success: “It doesn’t matter what is true, it only matters what people believe is true…You are what the media define you to be.” (Greenpeace co-founder Patrick Watson).
(“I am not sorry at all. I think there are a lot of people who feel this way even on Petraeus’s own staff,” he told Army Times. “Colonels came up to me and shook hands and said ‘you were right’.”He said the article was an attempt to challenge the conduct of the war after he grew disillusioned with his role.”) Colonel Lawrence Sellin: Man fired for his sniping will not go quietly – Americas – World – The Independent
A senior officer in General David Petraeus‘s support staff, who was fired for publicly criticising the US military’s “PowerPoint culture”, has issued a fresh broadside against what he says is a bloated, ineffective bureaucracy at America’s headquarters in Afghanistan.
Colonel Lawrence Sellin was fired from his role after he wrote a column attacking the system for using relentless slide-show presentations to “cognitively challenged” generals instead of formulating coherent policy.
Col Sellin, a 61-year-old army reservist, said he had no regrets about his action and that others at the main base of the International Security Assistance Force in Kabul congratulated him for speaking out.
“I am not sorry at all. I think there are a lot of people who feel this way even on Petraeus’s own staff,” he told Army Times. “Colonels came up to me and shook hands and said ‘you were right’.”He said the article was an attempt to challenge the conduct of the war after he grew disillusioned with his role. “I had added no value to the war effort,” he said.
He had emailed his superiors suggesting ways to improve the headquarters’ efficiency, but to no avail.Soon afterwards Col Sellin, who had also served in Iraq, wrote an article for the United Press International agency, saying:
“For headquarters staff, war consists largely of the endless tinkering with PowerPoint slides to conform with the idiosyncrasies of cognitively challenged generals in order to spoon-feed them information.”…..
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SOPA bill takes on new name in the Senate Print The Alex Jones Channel Alex Jones Show podcast Prison Planet TV Infowars.com Twitter Alex Jones’ Facebook Infowars storeRussia TodayFriday, February 17, 2012The Senate is attempting to return the controversial SOPA bill but under a new name.
Why nation needs debate on eligibility (“It’s not my contempt for Obama alone that drives my passion on this. I want to see America overcome Obama. I would like for history to judge him as a completely failed leader – someone who sparked a renaissance of love and respect for the Constitution and the Founding Fathers and what they bequeathed to us”)
Almost four years into Barack Obama’s first term, it’s time for a national debate on eligibility – the one I’ve been trying to stimulate for five years.It’s not just about Obama – as I’ve said all along.It’s about the Constitution and its meaning – its original intent, if you will.
Do you believe, as I do, that the Founding Fathers were especially gifted men, inspired by God, learned, who adopted biblical principles and created the second, after the nation of Israel, deliberately self-governing nation in the history of the world?Is that concept worth trying to maintain – to keep alive?If so, the issue of presidential eligibility is paramount.We can’t afford to ignore it. We can’t afford to sweep it under the rug because it is politically inconvenient. We can’t afford to put it off for another time. Now is the time, as we approach the first presidential election in what could be a post-Obama America.Will we allow the taint of Obama to dumb-down constitutional standards in hopes of returning to constitutional standards? It’s crazy to believe that.Obama doesn’t respect the Constitution. He seems to hate it. Even his own rhetoric suggests that.
That’s why we can ill afford to see the Republican Party, which claims to still believe in the Constitution, nominate for president or vice president someone who does not meet the standard of eligibility –without question and without free and open debate.I can surely understand why liberal Democratic voices don’t want to have such a debate. They want Obama to be re-elected, and they want all constitutional restraints on who can seek the presidency and vice presidency to go the way of the horse and buggy.What I cannot understand is why conservative and Republican voices want to allow the aberration of Obama to forever set new low standards of constitutional eligibility.And I know I am not alone.
It’s not my contempt for Obama alone that drives my passion on this. I want to see America overcome Obama. I would like for history to judge him as a completely failed leader – someone who sparked a renaissance of love and respect for the Constitution and the Founding Fathers and what they bequeathed to us.
Don’t get me wrong: Elections are important; the law is a moral teacher. But all the laws and political victories will not help us if we lose the culture. Our job is the same no matter who is in office: that is, to make serious disciples and to bring Christian truth to bear in all of life.” America is in need of a spiritual Awakening; no politician can accomplish this.“In 1739 arrived among us from Ireland the Reverend Mr. Whitefield, who had58 The Kingdom Of God Will Not Arrive On Air Force Onemade himself remarkable there as an itinerant preacher. He was at first permitted to preach in some of our churches; but the clergy, taking a dislike to him, soon refused him their pulpits, and he was obliged to preach in the fields.
The multitudes of all sects and denominations that attended his sermons were enormous, and it was matter of speculation to me, who was one of the number, to observe the extraordinary influence of his oratory on his hearers, and how much they admired and respected him, notwithstanding his common abuse of them, by assuring them they were naturally half beast and half devils.
It was wonderful to see the change soon made in the manners of our inhabitants. From being thoughtless or indifferent about religion, it seemed as if all the world were growing religious, so that one could not walk thro’ the town in an evening without hearing psalms sung in different families of every street.”
More telling, however, is what she said about the current GOP nomination battle and the possibility of a brokered convention.Palin’s comments leading into the South Carolina primary, encouraging people to vote for Newt Gingrich because the party is strengthened by a long primary battle, were bewildering at the time.“I want to see this thing continue, because iron sharpens iron, steel sharpens steel. If I had to vote in South Carolina to keep this thing going, I’d vote for Newt and I would want this to continue.”Leaving aside metallurgical analysis comparing honing knife blades to the hammer blows of negative campaign ads, the comments were incomprehensible from a strategic point of view. Gingrich at that time was administering a beating to the entire capitalist system, with his attacks on Romney’s wealth and the investment world.
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Ron Paul House Floor Speech: Republic Almost Completely Dead: “The Defense Authorization Act or H.R. 1540, aka The Forever War Act of 2012, was overwhelmingly approved by the House of Representatives earlier today on a vote of 322 to 96.
An email leaked by multiple active duty personnel shows that the military has issued a warning to troops encouraging them not to take part in the upcoming Veterans for Ron Paul 2012 march in Washington on Monday.
I am no expert. I have not written any books. I am, however, a natural born skeptic. I was nine when I would sneak out of bed to watch the footage from Desert Storm on TV. I remember the threat of the dreaded Scud missile, and the air raid sirens blaring.
I wondered why they always showed the lights in the sky and the aftermath, yet no footage of the actual strike.I was thirteen, and home from school on April 19, 1995, when the TV show was interrupted by breaking news from Oklahoma City. After initial reports of explosives being discovered inside the building, I wondered why this was later denied. I was curious whatever became of John Doe number three.On the morning of September 11, 2001, I wondered how, after such a massive and complete failure of so many levels of American security and intelligence, Bin Laden was nearly immediately identified as the key suspect. I was twenty, and I started reading books.Since that time, like so many other people, I have waded through a virtual ocean of books and videos.
Each time I thought I was nearing the center of the labyrinth, I would find I was back at the beginning. Every time I thought I had identified the spider, I realized I was still tangled in the web.CHANGE THROUGH CONTROLLED OPPOSITIONEarly on I learned of the Hegelian theory of controlled opposition. To achieve synthesis requires two opposing forces. I could see how the theory applied to so many things, a magnet for one, with its opposite poles balanced in attraction, and the understanding that came when applied to so many “conspiracy theories”.
Capitalism vs. communism = financial control; moon landings vs. hoaxed moon landings = secret space mission; weapons of mass destruction vs. “no blood for oil” = occupation of ancient Babylon. I realized that this theory could be applied to some “conspiracy theorists” as well. Truth vs. disinformation = confusion amongst truth seekers.
The provocateurs out themselves when they lash out at other researchers and refuse even to acknowledge key pieces of information.The late, great, Milton William Cooper told us to be suspicious of anyone claiming to tell the truth, especially him. Cooper was and still is subject to accusations ranging from disinformation agent to straight up whacko.In the forward to his book “Behold a Pale Horse” Cooper states:…..
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Federal agency seeks to track “effectiveness of public affairs messaging”
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has followed in the footsteps of the DHS in looking to hire a private contractor that will monitor news coverage of the agency’s activities on a 24/7 basis.
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“FEMA is planning to award a 100% small business set-aside contract to a media monitoring firm that can monitor, archive and measure all local news in “major Nielsen markets,” all nationally broadcast news and all cable outlets for their news coverage of FEMA activities in the field across the U.S.,” reports Government Security News.
The program is similar in nature to a Department of Homeland Security monitoring effort that stoked controversy and a congressional hearing after it emerged that the DHS had hired an outside contractor, General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, to monitor social media outlets along with a list of websites, on a “24/7/365 basis,” in order to uncover “any media reports that reflect adversely on the U.S. Government and the Department.”
This included monitoring remarks by residents of Standish, Michigan in “newspaper comment talkbacks, local blogs, Twitter posts, and publicly available Facebook posts,” to gage the response to a plan to bring Guantanamo Bay detainees to a local prison.
Although the FEMA contract does not specifically mention the monitoring of blogs and comments made by Internet users, it does call for the program to “Monitor the effectiveness of public affairs messaging,” which implies that feedback from citizens regarding FEMA’s activities will be part of the process.
The FEMA contract for the monitoring service explains that the agency is looking for information on “media statistics including the audience exposure and publicity value” for news items related to FEMA.
Concerned about its reputation in the eyes of American citizens who are growing increasingly wary of big government, this is not the first time FEMA has reached out to try and massage its image following the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, which “evoked some of the harshest criticism the agency has ever faced.”
Chicago, the city that launched the career of President Barack Obama, now has the dubious title of being the nation’s most corrupt city, according to a lengthy study done by University of Illinois Political Science Professor, Dick Simpson.
He is pointing to the fact that “the Chicago area has logged more public corruption convictions by federal prosecutors than any other city.” The two worst crime zones, Simpson says, are “the governor’s mansion in Springfield and the city council chambers down the hall.”His research revealed a staggering 1,531 convictions since 1976!Additionally, Illinois is the only state which will have two former governors in federal prison at the same time when former Democrat Governor Rod Blagojevich reports to Littleton, Colorado’s federal pen this March.He was convicted for attempting to sell Obama’s U. S. Senate seat.In federal lockup in Oxford, WI, is former Republican Governor George Ryan, convicted for a complex scheme involving sale of Illinois drivers’ licenses to unqualified drivers when Ryan served as Secretary of State.
Actual title is :Is this Media Matters ‘favorite’ WashPost columnist?: Undisclosed group instrumental in promoting Obama’s political career.
A Washington Post columnist to which Media Matters reportedly pushed its content has a previously undisclosed connection to President Obama – the two were part of a small group at Harvard University that met for a period of three years purportedly to promote involvement with U.S. community institutions.
Participants at the research project, which took place between 1997 and 2000, included scores of individuals with ties to Obama, including several activists who were later appointed to positions in the Obama administration. Other participants were instrumental in promoting Obama’s political career.
Will Mitt Romney‘s “victory” in the February 11 Maine presidential caucuses be taken away like his phony victory in Iowa? That now seems quite possible. The Maine GOP declared the former Massachusetts Governor the narrow winner of the state’s presidential caucus February 11, but Romney’s 194-vote margin of victory over Texas Congressman Ron Paul is being whittled away as more results have been reported.
Moreover, the state’s rural Washington County – along with a few other communities that postponed their caucuses February 11 – will hold the final caucuses Saturday, February 18 and may decide the victor of the non-binding straw poll.
But GOP Party Chairman Charlie Webster insists that he will not release updated results from the additional caucuses, even as he comes under increasing fire from his fellow Maine Republicans and national Ron Paul campaign officials. In results in the three counties that have been released to the public, Ron Paul won more votes than were reported in the official results. Webster claims that the missing votes – when all of them are counted — will favor Romney, and that he is not going to give the press access to updated results. “No one has access,” he told the Daily Caller February 15. “There will be no access. We will give it to the committee on March 10. We are not going to release them [the missing votes]. People can whine and complain and plead, but I’m not going to make them public.”
My days as a political analyst at MSNBC have come to an end.
After 10 enjoyable years, I am departing, after an incessant clamor from the left that to permit me continued access to the microphones of MSNBC would be an outrage against decency, and dangerous.
The calls for my firing began almost immediately with the Oct. 18 publication of “Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?”
A group called Color of Change, whose mission statement says that it “exists to strengthen Black America’s political voice,” claimed that my book espouses a “white supremacist ideology.” Color of Change took particular umbrage at the title of Chapter 4, “The End of White America.”
Media Matters parroted the party line: He has blasphemed!
A Human Rights Campaign that bills itself as America’s leading voice for lesbians, bisexuals, gays and transgendered people said that Buchanan’s “extremist ideas are incredibly harmful to millions of LBGT people around the world.”
Their rage was triggered by a remark to NPR’s Diane Rehm — that I believe homosexual acts to be “unnatural and immoral.”
“Buchanan has shown himself, time and again, to be a racist and an anti-Semite,” said Foxman. Buchanan “bemoans the destruction of white Christian America” and says America’s shrinking Jewish population is due to the “collective decision of Jews themselves.”
Well, yes, I do bemoan what Newsweek’s 2009 cover called “The Decline and Fall of Christian America” and editor Jon Meacham described as “The End of Christian America.” After all, I am a Christian.
And what else explains the shrinkage of the U.S. Jewish population by 6 percent in the 1990s and its projected decline by another 50 percent by 2050, if not the “collective decision of Jews themselves”?
Let error be tolerated, said Thomas Jefferson, “so long as reason is left free to combat it.” What Foxman and ADL are about in demanding that my voice be silenced is, in the Jeffersonian sense, intrinsically un-American.
Consider what it is these people are saying.
They are saying that a respected publisher, St. Martin’s, colluded with me to produce a racist, homophobic, anti-Semitic book, and CNN, Fox News, C-SPAN, Fox Business News and the 150 radio shows on which I appeared failed to detect its evil and helped to promote a moral atrocity.
If my book is racist and anti-Semitic, how did Sean Hannity, Erin Burnett, Judge Andrew Napolitano, Megyn Kelly, Lou Dobbs and Ralph Nader miss that? How did Charles Payne, African-American host on Fox radio, who has interviewed me three times, fail to detect its racism?
Last Saturday, the Maine Republican Party declared Mitt Romney the winner of the Maine caucuses. The non-binding caucuses were a low turnout affair, but Romney’s victory over Ron Paul – who he beat by less than 200 votes – was a chance for Romney to reclaim some momentum in the wake of Rick Santorum‘s three-state sweep four days earlier.
Now, however, it looks like Romney could ultimately be stripped of that victory. If that happens, it will be the second time this cycle Romney has been stripped of a caucus victory. The first came in Iowa, where Santorum was declared the winner following a (flawed) recount.
The Maine GOP allowed communities to schedule their caucuses between Feb. 4 and Feb. 11 if they wanted them to be counted in the final tally. Some areas elected to schedule their caucuses outside that window, and the Maine GOP said those caucuses would not count. Fair enough. But according to the Bangor Daily News, some caucuses that took place within the designated window were also not counted.
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