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Many patriotic Americans, including many retired and former military personnel, are increasingly chagrined at the direction the U.S. armed forces are taking. For one thing, there were numerous instances in the Clinton and both Bush administrations when American GIs were required to serve under foreign or United Nations commanders. Does anyone remember the Michael New case? How can any American GI, who has taken an oath to the U.S. Constitution, willingly surrender himself to a foreign commander, flag, or uniform? That is a potential conflict that has caused many to question modern military service.

Another potential moral conflict in modern military service (at least for Christians) is the inter-sex training and quartering that is now required in every branch of military service (except the Marine Corps). To put healthy young adults of the opposite sex in such close and, many times, compromising environments is more than problematic for those wishing to stay morally pure. (Christian parents should know that many state colleges and universities now require students to live in coed dorms, including using coed bathrooms and showers.) Add to this President Barack Obama’s determination to expunge the Department of Defense’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, thereby allowing open homosexuals to serve in the military. All of the above has many Christians questioning the wisdom of giving their sons and daughters to today’s U.S. military.

Another disconcerting element of modern military service is the reality that today’s American military is more and more being used as the tool of globalists to forge an international New World Order. For instance, both Republican and Democratic Presidential administrations will send U.S. military personnel (including the National Guard) to guard the borders of foreign countries, but never ask them to protect our own borders. Sending the National Guard overseas, especially, strains the principles of constitutional government. But maybe that explains why we have so many foreign troops on U.S. soil. After all, did President George W. Bush not ask foreign troops to monitor our borders and skies in the weeks and months following the attacks on 9/11?

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FNC’s Beck: They’re Going to Silence Voices Like Mine, Bill O’Reilly, Rush

May 6, 2009 1 comment

FNC’s Beck: They’re Going to Silence Voices Like Mine, Bill O’Reilly, Rush
NewsBusters ^ | May 6, 2009 | Jeff Poor

Posted on Wednesday, May 06, 2009 7:51:57 PM by Rufus2007

Call it an ominous warning, but Fox News Channel afternoon host and ratings sensation Glenn Beck is warning the government is strengthening its grip of power it’s not going to stop at the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Beck, on his May 6 program cautioned viewers on his May 6 broadcast that the government is out of control, noting that Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests were a weekly occurrence, including efforts to make the TARP bailout more transparent earlier this year from the Treasury Department.

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Who is the Fifth Estate and What is Its Role in Journalism’s Future? (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

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Who is the Fifth Estate and What is Its Role in Journalism’s Future? (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)
Poynter Online ^ | May 5, 2009 | Roy Clark

Posted on Tuesday, May 05, 2009 7:37:30 AM by abb

Who is the Fifth Estate and What is Its Role in Journalism’s Future?

I recently heard the term “Fifth Estate” used at a Poynter conference to describe an emerging landscape for news, information, community and citizenship. It has also been used to describe the work of bloggers, but that circle may be too small for such a big term.

In my head, the Fifth Estate includes the Fourth Estate, the idea and value of a professional press corps as a way of informing and engaging the populace, and holding the powerful accountable. This vision of a Fifth Estate sees the Fourth Estate as necessary but insufficient for democratic life. The Fifth Estate could express what Jay Rosen has described as a “pro-am” model for the future of news, a frame that sees that the freedoms and responsibilities of the First Amendment empower not just a professional caste of news gatherers and distributors, but potentially every citizen.

We all know, for example, that police cannot protect a community without the cooperation of people who live within it; and while vigilantism is a vice not a virtue, a well-regulated neighborhood watch program can help keep a community safe.

The insufficient number of ordained priests within the Catholic Church has had, in the opinion of many, an unintended but beneficial side effect: the training of lay people to become deacons, and the promotion of men and women into positions of responsibility within parishes.

The medical field provides another useful example. No longer are doctors treated as gods. “Informed consent” is now an ethical requirement. More and more patients get useful information from medical Web sites, and go into their doctors’ offices with knowledge and questions unavailable to previous generations.

You do not want me to perform brain surgery on your granny, but I assure you that if granny is choking in a restaurant, I’d know how to perform the Heimlich maneuver on her. I’ve done it twice before -– successfully! -– because of training I received at Poynter. And I don’t know a single adult who has not practiced medicine without a license –- encouraging people to get colonoscopies, sharing experiences with pregnant moms, diagnosing a rash, even dispensing that cortisone cream. For one thing, medical services are too expensive to be left to professionals alone.

Run amok, amateurism can become a dangerous substitute for trained, responsible behavior. But in the right context, with appropriate training, amateurs can contribute to the professions and to society as “paraprofessionals,” the title my 90-year-old mom still carries into the schools when she helps teach reading. Amateurism may have special potential in a field like journalism where you do not need a license to practice.

Like the police, we had a name for non-professionals who help journalism in the public interest. We called them “tipsters” or “sources.” But to see how the role of the amateur has grown, one only has to acknowledge that in almost any catastrophe -– from tsunami to school shootings -– the first and most important images (still and video) are being captured by eyewitnesses, rank and file amateurs.

There is another important factor at work here. In the last two years, thousands of journalists have left news organizations, by choice or by coercion. Many “expatriates” find themselves in jobs aligned with journalism. Many others find satisfying or dissatisfying work with businesses, nonprofits, government, education and media.

But what happens to a journalist who leaves a news organization? Is he stripped of his values and experiences? Does she have to turn in her badge and her gun? Do their skills wither and die? We know that many are hired for their new work not in spite of but because of their journalism credentials. Remember the priest and nuns who left their orders in the 1960s? Many of them played key roles in carrying out the educational and social mission of the church.

Whom the Fifth Estate might comprise is as open-ended as many other parts of our culture these days, but as I imagine it, it could clearly include:

* Professional journalists from legacy news organizations. * Freelance journalists, including magazine writers and book authors. * Documentary film and video makers. * Online journalists working for traditional and new journalism sites. * Producers and programmers who aggregate, curate and disseminate the news. * Journalism educators at every level and educators who use the news media, critique the news media or write about media. * Former journalists who use their j-skills in the public interest or who serve -– whatever their new fields -– as advocates of good journalism and First Amendment rights. * Bloggers, especially those whose work enhances journalism in the public interest. * People who use social networking to form, inform and build communities. * Nonprofit organizations that contribute resources to journalism in the public interest. * Civic leaders who are trained to evaluate the news critically, and who advocate more and better journalism in their communities. * Students and teachers working on news literacy projects.

Indulge me as I take a side-trip into the world of golf. Most golfers, it must be said, are not professionals, but their interest, participation, knowledge and resources make them part of an audience that supports and enhances the work of professionals. As a result of professional golfers, I play with better equipment, understand some of the rules and adhere to a code of conduct that involves courtesy to other players. And while I could never come within 20 shots of an active professional, I am capable of making a birdie on a hole a professional might screw up with a bogie.

The point is that the professional golfer wants me and needs me to play. I am an essential part of the economic model that supports the PGA and LPGA. But I am not just eyeballs on the screen. I am an amateur golfer who has come to love the game. To become a citizen golfer, I need to develop some basic skills, learn some basic rules, practice the game and demonstrate a level of care toward the course and my fellow players. In the same way, professional journalists need to develop an analogous connection with non-professionals who might want to play.

In the Fifth Estate, what would constitute a measure of amateur competence? For years we at Poynter have described a pyramid of journalism competence. One cornerstone is news judgment. The other is the solid evidence that comes from reporting. The capstone includes ethics, mission and purpose. Training can help amateurs understand both traditional and innovative definitions of news -– stuff that matters in the public interest. Critical literacy also means the ability to evaluate evidence used in works of journalism, for example, to distinguish the levels and reliability of sources.

Many amateurs, many non-journalists take advantage, free of charge, of the work of NewsU and Poynter Online. Whoever they are, they see themselves as part of something. Maybe it’s time to give that something a brand: The Fifth Estate.

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Ron Paul’s Economic Theories Winning GOP Converts

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Ron Paul’s Economic Theories Winning GOP Converts
The Washington Independent ^ | 5-5-09 | David Weigel

Posted on Tuesday, May 05, 2009 9:14:34 AM by AmericanHunter

From time to time, a few members of Congress—as many as 10, sometimes fewer—gather with Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.) to eat lunch and hear from an author or expert whose opinion he thinks is worth promoting. They grab something to eat off of a deli plate. They take notes. They loosen up and ask questions.

“It’s not all that easy for the other members to get here,” said Paul in an interview with TWI, sitting just outside of his office before heading back to Texas for a few days. “It’s just that there’s so much competition. Once they get here and they get going, they all seem to enjoy it.”

A funny thing has started happening to Paul since his long-shot presidential campaign ended quietly in the summer of 2008. More Republicans have started listening to him. There are the media requests from Fox Business and talk radio where he’s given airtime to inveigh on sound money and macroeconomics. There is HR 1207 , the Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2009, a bill that would launch an audit of the Federal Reserve System, and which has attracted 112 co-sponsors. When Paul introduced the Federal Reserve Board Abolition Act just two years ago, no other members of Congress signed on.

And then there are the luncheons. The off-the-record talks have brought in speakers such as ex-CIA counterterrorism expert Michael Scheuer, libertarian investigative reporter James Bovard, iconoclastic terrorism scholar Robert Pape, and George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley. Perhaps the most influential guest has been Thomas Woods, a conservative scholar whose previous books include “The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History” and “Who Killed the Constitution?: The Fate of American Liberty from World War I to George W. Bush,” and whose current book “Meltdown” has inspired Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) to question Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner about economic fundamentals.

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Report: Obama’s Security Chief Stopped Secret US/German “Suicide Mission” to Rescue Pirate Hostages

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Report: Obama’s Security Chief Stopped Secret US/German “Suicide Mission” to Rescue Pirate Hostages
Naval Institute Blog ^ | May 5, 2009 | Eric Wertheim

Posted on Wednesday, May 06, 2009 1:11:25 PM by Saint X

President Barack Obama’s National Security Advisor, GEN James Jones Jr., USMC (Ret.) reportedly made the difficult decision last month to call off a massive hostage rescue effort that was to have been undertaken by German counter-terrorism forces and launched from the USS Boxer, a U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship that was also involved in the April rescue of Captain Richard Phillips of the Maersk-Alabama.

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Who’s hunting Michael Savage? Exclusive: Joseph Farah sees fingerprints of White House on banning of talker in U.K.

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Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Who’s hunting
Michael Savage?

Exclusive: Joseph Farah sees fingerprints
of White House on banning of talker in U.K.

Posted: May 06, 2009
1:00 am Eastern

By Joseph Farah

I don’t believe for a minute that the United Kingdom decided to ban entry to U.S. talk-radio star Michael Savage on its own initiative.

First of all, Savage was not asking to enter the U.K.

Second of all, while Savage is a big fish in the U.S., his program is not widely known across the pond.

What would possess Home Secretary Jacqui Smith to single out Savage on a short list of 16 people worldwide who would not be welcome?

I think I know the answer.

But first, you have to understand the backdrop to this story.

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Barack Obama and the Democrat-controlled Congress are conducting a scorched-earth war on the First Amendment. The Federal Communications Commission will soon be headed and controlled by an appointee who thinks government, not the free market, should control broadcast programming. The appointee to be regulatory czar for the administration has flirted with ideas like a “Fairness Doctrine” for the Internet and mandatory 24-hour, cooling-off periods before sending angry e-mails. As we speak, local “commissar commissions” are being established in every radio market to monitor programming and challenge broadcast licenses on the basis of content. Hate-crimes legislation has passed the House and is headed for the Senate – a bill that would punish thoughts and speech and provide, for the first time, special protections to a new “victim class” of pedophiles.

There is little question for any serious and objective observer that the new Washington power structure is targeting the most significant voice of dissent left in America – talk radio.

I believe with near 100 percent certainty, though I admit I can’t prove it, that the initiative for this symbolic effort to ban Michael Savage from a country he had no intention of visiting came not from London, but from Washington.

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White House to Release Photo From New York Flyover

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White House to Release Photo From New York Flyover
FOXNEWS ^ | May 06, 2009 | FOXNEWS

Posted on Wednesday, May 06, 2009 4:06:58 PM by Son House

“We’ll release its findings and release a photo,” he said.

That was after Gibbs indicated Tuesday that the White House would not release any images.

“I’ve watched CNN,” he said at the time, noting the considerable coverage from amateur footage. “I didn’t notice a lack of archival material from that flight.”

The flyover triggered panic among New Yorkers as well as the internal review by the Obama administration.

Officials last week sent an Air Force One backup plane to fly over lower Manhattan to capture the presidential plane with the Statue of Liberty in the background. The public was not notified in advance that there should be no cause for alarm.

Some New Yorkers were reminded of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, sparking chaos as employees evacuated office buildings and inundated emergency call centers to raise the alarm.

President Obama soon after denounced the photo-op, which cost $328,835, calling it “a mistake.”

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