Rumors are swirling that Russia will cease producing the ubiquitous rifle, but nothing better has yet come along.
Reports that the Russian Ministry of Defense has discontinued purchases of the legendary AK-74 assault rifle made headline news in the Russian media.
In fact, the Russian military stopped buying Kalashnikovs about 15 years ago, because there were too many of them. Both the army’s stockpiles and factory warehouses are overflowing with all versions of the rifles, as are the country’s armories. According to Russian experts, the stockpiles would supply several armies the size of Russia’s in addition to all the world’s armies combined. General Nikolai Makarov, the chief of the General Staff of Russia’s Armed Forces, indirectly corroborated those estimates several days ago
When a vehicle eclipses the flesh-and-bone actors and becomes the superstar of a film—that’s when it’s a great movie car. There are dozens of memorable cars in film, but to crack the top 10, a vehicle must influence a generation, inspire car culture, and become the stuff of every kid’s dreams. These are our favorites, in no particular order…
(Excerpt) Read more at autos.yahoo.com …
I was unhappy with the poor journalistic coverage of the #OccupyWallStreet protests, so I went to Wall Street myself to see what’s going on, and report on it.
It’s the quality of the coverage, not the amount that’s the problem. It’s been on the nightly news every night for the past week, but there has been little “serious” reporting.
(Excerpt) Read more at erratasec.blogspot.com …
A fellow tea-party candidate and Alaskan politician who drew Sarah Palin’s endorsement in 2010 says it’s not “out of the realm of possibility” that the former governor might still run for president in 2012 … as an independent.
Former Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller evaluated the chances Palin might run in a conversation with Aaron Klein during the host’s “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio” program on New York City’s WABC Radio.
When asked if Palin, who announced she would not seek the Republican nomination for president, might consider running as an independent, Miller replied, “You know, I think it’s unlikely. I don’t think it’s out of the realm of possibility, but certainly if you ask her today, I think she would affirm that there’s no way she would do that.
“In fact, she made it very clear in her statement that she is going to focus not only on making sure the Republican nominee wins in 2012, but also to assist in making sure that the Senate is retaken,” he continued. “So at least taking her opinion today, she would tell you no.”
Miller, however, refused to slam the door on the idea: “But I know Sarah, and the reality is she’s a fighter. If she sees the country in desperate need of leadership not being provided by either of the two parties, who knows? Maybe she would jump into it.”
(Excerpt) Read more at wnd.com …
Neither fund raising nor the building of grass-roots organizations in key primary states is driving the Republican presidential race. Endorsements haven’t mattered much either. Stump speeches have been of minimal importance. And policy papers—such as former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s 59-point economic plan or ex-Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman’s proposal for tax rate cuts—have been largely overlooked.
By far the biggest influence on the Republican contest has been the series of nationally televised debates. There have been more debates than ever—six so far—and they have attracted record audiences. The most recent debate on Sept. 22 on Fox News drew more than six million TV viewers, plus another six million watching on streaming video.
The debates have overwhelmed the Republican race. “They are about all there’s been to the campaign,” says Fox political commentator Brit Hume. After each debate the campaign has been frozen until the next one, except for arguments over issues spawned by the debates themselves…
(Excerpt) Read more at online.wsj.com …
Marine recruiters reach out at gay pride event in Pasadena
latimes.com ^ | Oct. 9, 2011 | Martha Groves
Posted on Sunday, October 09, 2011 9:17:50 PM by Free ThinkerNY
The Marines set up a booth at San Gabriel Valley Pride’s Community Unity Day at Pasadena City College. They were the only military branch to attend.
Marine Corps recruiters at the San Gabriel Valley Pride event at Pasadena City College on Saturday didn’t care whether the young men who lined up to test their strength were gay or straight.
The Marines just wanted to see some pull-ups done properly: Place hands about shoulder width apart, palms facing away; pull upward until chin is over the bar and then slowly return to the hanging position. Repeat until the feet feel like concrete blocks and the biceps like rubber bands about to snap.
Addison Arce, 23, a slight, sinewy man who ran cross-country at Burbank High School, impressed them with 13 brisk pull-ups. “I’ve always been fond of the military and what they do,” said Arce, who described himself as bisexual. “I’ve thought about joining. Whether it would be the Marines, the Navy or Coast Guard, I’m not sure.” These Marines, he added, “they really know how to put on a show.”
With the official repeal last month of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, the Marine Corps, the service that was most opposed to ending the policy, appears to be leading the charge into new recruitment territory.
(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com …
this one is making its rounds on facebook lately
Posted on Sunday, October 09, 2011 9:23:06 PM by mamelukesabre
Despite what some may think, Hillary would help bring some momentum back to Obama. She is popular with independents, blue-dog Dems, and would mobilize the female vote. If Hillary refuses, then he may pick someone like Senator Kristen Gillibrand. (The holder of Clinton‘s former Senate seat in NY.)
She has conservative, Tea-Party credentials and a previous Palin endorsement under her belt. I think she is impressive, but obviously nowhere near the energizer and “spark-filled,” visionary person Governor Palin is.
I admire Haley, but am not her biggest fan. Something about Haley seems too “safe” to me. She is willing to tow the conservative line, but she’s also very careful about not stepping on the machine’s toes. She’s also very deliberate about laying the groundwork for her political future. Hence why she never went out of her way to come to Palin’s defense or tout her praises until AFTER Palin made the decision not to run in 2012. — Hence why Romney would not mind working with Haley to bring his “less liberal than Obama, but still crony-driven agenda” forward.
By Bob Unruh
© 2011 WND
A New York Democrat has introduced a bill to Congress that would allow Barack Obama to keep secret his presidential documents after he leaves office, and one commentary already is speculating that the party is so worried about his 2012 election that preparations are being made for his status as a former president.
According to Judicial Watch, the Washington-based government corruption fighting organization, the proposal by Rep. Edolphus Towns of New York’s 10th District is “an obvious effort to protect President Barack Obama.”
“Ironically, Obama revoked a similar George W. Bush order in one of his first official acts as president. In 2001, Bush penned an executive order severely limiting public access to his presidential records. Shortly after swearing in, Obama killed it as part of his much-ballyhooed commitment to government transparency. At the time, the new president claimed that he was giving the American people greater access to ‘historic documents,’” Judicial Watch said.
“If the Democrats’ proposed measure (Presidential Records Act Amendments) becomes law, former presidents will be allowed to assert a new ‘constitutionally based privilege’ against disclosing records of their liking. Here is how it would work; the archivist of the United States would be required to notify the former president, as well as the incumbent, of intentions to make records public. Anything that either the former or current president claims should be kept private won’t be released,” the organization explained.
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People don’t hitchhike anymore.
At least not like the glory days of the ‘60’s and ‘70’s when hitchhiking was a popular, fun and even a safe thing to do.
But it went away. Colin Flaherty wondered where it went.
So this San Diego writer set out on three-month adventure with a pack and an extended thumb to try and find out.
(Excerpt) Read more at canadafreepress.com …
For a president who campaigned on the fact that he would be the great unifier of America, he has proven to be the exact opposite. Besides the fact that he has pitted political parties against each other in the most intense, ferocious ways since the American Revolution, he has also inflicted policies and programs that are fiscally murdering our country. He instigates social, economic and class warfare at every turn and his administration constantly and unjustly accuses Conservatives of racism.
The only way our states have been united lately was when 27 of them filed lawsuits against Obamacare.
Here are just a few of the states that have had tangles with Obama and his DOJ; I know there are more so please feel free to add your own in the comments below.
Alabama: The Obama administration asked an appeals court to block the enforcement of Alabama’s strict immigration law arguing it ‘invites discrimination against foreign-born citizens and legal immigrants and is at odds with federal policy.’
Arkansas: The DOJ sued the state of Arkansas over the state’s disabilities act.
Georgia: The DOJ threw out part of Georgia’s election laws.
Massachusetts: Obama interfered with Cambridge police, saying they ‘acted stupidly’ and resulting in a…beer summit…
New York: Obama is currently encouraging the slugs protesting on Wall Street, possibly because they represent his life’s work. He was (and will always be) a community organizer and he is absolutely taking advantage of this crisis as a way to once again blame President Bush for all his economic failures.
Oklahoma: DOJ tried to ‘strong-arm the state’ into rejecting an English-only referendum by saying ‘it could cost Oklahoma federal funding’.
Pennsylvania: Obama gave his speech about ‘bitter’ Pennsylvanians (and the Mid-west in general) clinging to their guns and religion.
Pennsylvania: The DOJ threw out the Black Panther voter intimidation case. Eric Holder summed his feelings about this case in a very strong way when he gave his “my people” speech: “When you compare what people endured in the South in the 60s to try to get the right to vote for African Americans, and to compare what people were subjected to there to what happened in Philadelphia—which was inappropriate, certainly that…to describe it in those terms I think does a great disservice to people who put their lives on the line, who risked all, for my people.”
Tennessee: The DOJ raided Gibson Guitars looking for illegal wood…
Tennessee: Obama ignored flooding in Tennessee.
Texas: Obama ignored Texas’ pleas for help with wildfires, sent help to Mexico instead. (Recently Obama mocked Governor Perry, claiming the Texas fires were caused by climate change…)
Texas: Obama ignored Governor Perry’s pleas for help with immigration. Perry gave Obama a letter on the airport tarmac asking for more National Guardsmen for Texas borders after Obama refused to meet with him.
Texas: Obama asked Gov. Perry to commute a Mexican national’s death sentence. Humberto Leal Garcia Jr. raped and murdered a 16-year old girl.
Virginia: Virginia ruled Obamacare unconstitutional. (A federal appeals court later dismissed the lawsuit.)
Meanwhile, the only time I can recall the Obama administration talking about defending American citizens was when DOJ’s Eric Holder said this:
“The President’s pledge for a new beginning between the United States and the Muslim community takes root here in the Justice Department where we are committed to using criminal and civil rights laws to protect Muslim Americans.”
And that pretty much sums it all up. Sigh
Everyone dances around it but the obvious fact is they work for forces opposed to America…..
Just like they clean out a business they take over until it fails and gets burned down for insurance, our government is being sold out from the inside, we’re using the DOJ to give heavy weapons to our enemies in Mexico and other places.
We announce to terrorists when we are leaving a country so they can prepare to take over when we leave…
We hamstring every legit business so they are headed for failure…
We use SEIU and other unions to organize ignorant kids to become protesters in the greatest opportunity country in the world, and they are led so easily……these kids are an embrassment….
We scare off any honest person from office so only “Their” people, GOP or Dem, get in…..
It’s clear as any gangster movie what’s happening…..they have Soros money to pay everyone off and guarantee jobs if they get caught…..
And no one will dare report it…..and whom do you report it to when the DOJ is bought and paid for….
The LSM is a part of the propaganda arm of the enemies that works against honest people all day every day…..
We are crippling our energy and manufacturing ability so those who plan to take over will have an even easier time of it…..
We are trying to kill religion to weaken the moral fiber of our country…..we dare not offend any Muslim because they might kill someone….except they are killing us now so what’s the difference……
And the saddest blow of all: We live in a time of NO HEROS
With their favored candidates for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination lagging or out of the race, many U.S. Tea Party activists are shifting focus to the struggle for control of the U.S. Senate.
The fizz has gone out of the presidential contest for some supporters of the fiscally conservative movement now that former Alaska governor Sarah Palin is not running and Texas Governor Rick Perry and congresswoman Michele Bachmann are slipping in polls.
“No one is going to get perfect in a general election candidate. That is why we think the Senate is a better place to focus,” said Matt Kibbe, president and chief executive of the libertarian FreedomWorks, a Tea Party group.
In the 2010 mid-term elections, Tea Party opposition to President Barack Obama’s policies played a big role in slashing the Democrats’ majority in the 100-member Senate to just six seats and eliminating their majority in the House of Representatives.
With 23 of the 33 Senate seats up for grabs next year now held by Democrats, and a wave of public hostility to incumbents, Tea Party activists said they looked forward to more Republican gains in 2012.
(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com …
1851: KARL MARX GETS HIS FOOT…
China is continuing its bold economic and geopolitical march through the Caribbean and Latin America, using its growing economic might to dole out grant aid and soft loans to win friends and influence governments, continuing its plans to displace the United States as the region’s major trading partner in the not-too-distant future.
For two days this week, a large Chinese delegation led by Vice-Premier Wang Qishan spent hours in talks with Caribbean leaders and business delegations. By the time the forum ended in Trinidad‘s capital of Port of Spain, Beijing had unveiled measures worth $6.3 billion aimed at sealing better relations with the 15-nation Caribbean trade bloc.
Among the measures Wang announced were the aforementioned concession loans to support regional economic development, a million-dollar donation to the Caribbean Development Fund, support for building a seismic tsunami warning center, increased training of doctors and nurses and a plan to woo Chinese tourists to the Caribbean.
This week’s activities centered around the third China-Caribbean forum and attracted more presidents and prime ministers than any of the previous forums, as well as cabinet ministers and business delegations from nearly every country.
For its part, China brought 13 ministers and 80 high-level officials, some of whom sauntered off with various countries to sign bilateral agreements.
(Excerpt) Read more at newamericamedia.org …
This is the continuing series of Frequently Asked Questions about Rick Perry intended to adequately explain his record without distortion. At a Tax Day Tea Party rally in Austin on April 15, 2009, Rick Perry addressed the crowd of people in the prepubescence tea party movement. Individuals in the crowd shouted, “Secede!” It was a day of very red-blooded rhetorical baiting that all involved caught into the moment.
(Excerpt) Read more at rickperryreport.com …
Rep. Ron Paul easily won a Republican presidential candidate straw poll Saturday at the conservative Values Voter Summit in Washington, while two of the most popular candidates in the race — Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney — finished near the bottom.
Mr. Paul won with 37 percent of the vote, while businessman Herman Cain, who has been surging in the polls recently, finished in second with 23 percent. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum finished third with 16 percent.
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com …
It is very necessary that we discuss, and I believe in detail, the pastors of early America and especially during the time of the Founders. These were the men that fanned the flame of independence by preaching the principles of Christianity. Historian B.F. Morris stated: The ministers of the Revolution were, like their Puritan predecessors, bold and fearless in the cause of their country. No class of men contributed more to carry forward the Revolution and to achieve our independence than did the ministers. . . . [B]y their prayers, patriotic sermons, and services [they] rendered the highest assistance to the civil government, the army, and the country. Alice Baldwin went one step further when she stated: The Constitutional Convention and the written Constitution were the children of the pulpit. (Emphasis added)
These pastors were more than simple people who gave a cute sermon on Sunday mornings. They were the leaders of the community. They were the teachers. They carried so much influence in the community that the British labeled them The Black Regiment for the color of the robes that they wore. The British even blamed these pastors for the war for independence and probably rightfully so as all the rights declared in the Declaration of Independence had been preached from the pulpits of America from long before 1763.
How would Aristotle classify or describe progressivism?:
In his book “The Politics“, Aristotle writes about different forms of government, in their upkeep, revolutions, and so forth. I’m going to highlight one particular part of book 5(Part XI), asking a series of questions along with making a couple of observations and let others decide for themselves if it applies.
If you truely wish to keep your freedom intact, this book is a near must to own. There are other writings which make fair substitutes, such as the STORM manual, but Alinsky’s book is the one to have. Regarding the preservation of tyrannies, here’s what Aristotle writes:………….
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The Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution is unequivocal: no American shall “be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.” No amount of ducking and diving will evade the inescapable fact that, for the first time, U.S. military officials in an aggressive overreach of constitutional authority deliberately targeted an American citizen for killing. And no amount of legalistic wordplay will alter the reality that al-Awlaki was denied due process.
Al-Awlaki was an acknowledged “bad guy” who incited, trained, and prepared others to commit heinous terrorist crimes designed to inflict death and injury upon his fellow countrymen. He was, assuredly, our self-confessed enemy, and he fully deserved to die — but not without due process. We don’t sanction the use of government hit squads to assassinate U.S. citizens who are responsible for the most unspeakable crimes. We don’t do it even when they admit to those crimes. Instead we invoke the moral authority of Constitution to insist on their right to due process, even in cases where the accused is unwilling to offer any defense. Only when due process has been exhausted and the accused is found guilty do we have the moral authority to invoke the ultimate punishment.
The government’s power to use lethal force against its own citizens should be strictly limited to circumstances in which the threat of life is concrete and specific, and also imminent.
(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com …
The Boy Scouts of America welcomes major religions, including Islam. It has incorporated under its banner a group called the National Islamic Committee on Scouting, or NICS, which provides Muslim scouts an opportunity to earn badges or emblems by participating in religious activities.
The NICS scouting emblems include an “Allahu Akbar” emblem, which means “Allah is greatest” in Arabic.
Formed in the 1920s after the demise of the Ottoman Islamic empire, the Muslim Brotherhood is the parent of most of the major jihadist groups in the world, including al-Qaida and Hamas. The prosecution of a terror-finance scheme in Texas presented evidence of the Brotherhood’s aim to destroy Western civilization and establish an Islamic society under the rule of the Quran.
The NICS’s chairman is appointed annually by the president of the Boy Scouts of America, which routinely advises the Islamic scouting group in an official capacity.
Make a donation of $25 to fight the Muslim Brotherhood’s attempt to stop the free flow of information about threats to America’s security and receive the book that exposes a major Brotherhood front group, “Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That’s Conspiring to Islamize America.”
The NICS is partnered with the Islamic Council on Scouting of North America, or ICSNA, which works officially with the Boy Scouts of America, as well.
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Last week the unthinkable happened. While you were distracted by the banal and only marginally important presidential primaries, the lion, Harvard Law School, publicly lay down with the lamb, the Tea Party Patriots. The long-term political implications are, potentially, far more potent than a mere presidency.
The SuperElite and the SuperPopulists convened at Harvard for a “Conference for a Constitutional Convention.” It was co-hosted by Lawrence Lessig, from Harvard, and by Mark Meckler, co-founder of the 850,000 member Tea Party Patriots……………….
Is Barack a Petrified Political Fetus?
Is Barack a Petrified Political Fetus?:
Doubtless Barack is over his head as president, in every measure of the concept. Whether he employs this as a plan to topple America from greatness—as some claim, or that he is simply an incompetent nincompoop, too selfish and irresponsible to care the damage he does—is now irrelevant.
But it is important to understand that Barack never rose to the challenge of becoming a great leader—as many prophesied of him—or even a competent one. Instead, he simply crumpled to the ground, clutching his knees while morphing into a human fetal fossil, never having grown a metaphorical inch before quitting. Therefore, he really is a person who parachuted into his position—to use Pelosi’s metaphor—who has no natural ability to do anything required for leadership, save read a sandwich board.
Obama has clearly drunk deep of socialist and Marxist philosophy during his life which he admitted to Joe the Plumber and others that he really believes.
If the goal of any self-respecting socialist is to foment revolution in any manner possible to bring about a Marxist state—Who are we to refuse to believe his sincerity when his actions seem to inevitably lead to socialist sabotage over any other possible theory?
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Aimless Obama walks alone
Aimless Obama walks alone:
The reports are not good, disturbing even. I have heard basically the same story four times in the last 10 days, and the people doing the talking are in New York and Washington and are spread across the political spectrum.
The gist is this: President Obama has become a lone wolf, a stranger to his own government. He talks mostly, and sometimes only, to friend and adviser Valerie Jarrett and to David Axelrod, his political strategist.
Everybody else, including members of his Cabinet, have little face time with him except for brief meetings that serve as photo ops. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner both have complained, according to people who have talked to them, that they are shut out of important decisions.
The president’s workdays are said to end early, often at 4 p.m. He usually has dinner in the family residence with his wife and daughters, then retreats to a private office. One person said he takes a stack of briefing books. Others aren’t sure what he does.
If the reports are accurate, and I believe they are, they paint a picture of an isolated man trapped in a collapsing presidency.
(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com …
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Conclusive link now admitted: swine flu vaccine causes chronic nervous system disorders
Sunday, October 9, 2011
(NaturalNews) The nation of Finland has now openly admitted that the swine flu vaccine “conclusively” causes narcolepsy, a chronic nervous system disorder that makes people uncontrollably fall asleep. The Finnish government, in acknowledging this link, says it will pay for “lifetime medical care” for 79 children who have been irreparably damaged by the swine flu vaccine. (http://news.yahoo.com/finland-vows-…)
Remarkably, even though the link between swine flu vaccines and permanent neurological damage in children is now openly admitted by the Finnish government, there is absolutely no talk about halting the utterly unscientific ritual of injecting children with flu vaccines in the first place. Not only are flu vaccines harmful to children (as is now admitted), but flu vaccines don’t even work! A simple daily dose of vitamin D would do far more to halt influenza than any vaccine (http://www.naturalnews.com/029760_v…)………………
U.S. refuses to admit vaccines harm anyone
Demonstrating that the influence of establishment Republicans remains strong in the party, Herman Cain came in a distant second.
Cain recently made the news when he said unemployment is basically the fault of the individual and not transnational corporations that have sent most of the decent jobs to slave labor gulags in China and Asia.
Cain is the former boss of the Kansas City Federal Reserve.
Here is the poll breakdown:
Ron Paul – 36.9% (732)
Herman Cain – 22.5% (447)
Rick Santorum – 16.3% (323)
Rick Perry – 8.4% (167)
Michele Bachmann – 7.9% (157)
Mitt Romney – 4.4% (88)
Newt Gingrich – 2.7% (54)
Undecided – 0.7% (13)
Jon Huntsman – 0.1% (2)
Note that the current darling of the global elite, Mitt Romney, comes in at a dismal 4.4%. Even the wash-out and faux Tea Party cowboy Rick Perry does better than Mitt.
One Hundred Heads(Reminder of the time we live in and the hard choices that might have to made)
One Hundred Heads(Reminder of the time we live in and the hard choices that might have to made):
Scout Sniper (MOS 0317, formerly 8541) is a specialist in the United States Marine Corps whose mission is to deny the enemy freedom of movement by killing enemy leaders, crew-served weapons operators, radiomen, observers, messengers, and other key personnel with single, well-aimed shots.
In addition, scout snipers also provide close reconnaissance and surveillance to the infantry battalion. Scout Snipers attached to Marine infantry battalions fall under the Surveillance and Target Acquisition units, usually a reduced platoon with the headquarters company. Marine Corps Scout Snipers are widely considered one of the elite forces of the US military and all branches of service send their best to be trained at one of the four school house locations.
As defined by the Marine Corps Scout Sniper Basic Course, a Scout Sniper is a Marine highly skilled in fields craft and marksmanship who delivers long range precision fire on selected targets from concealed positions in support of combat operations. — Wikipedia…………….
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The FBI by mid-January will activate a nationwide facial recognition service in select states that will allow local police to identify unknown subjects in photos, bureau officials told Nextgov.
The federal government is embarking on a multiyear, $1 billion dollar overhaul of the FBI’s existing fingerprint database to more quickly and accurately identify suspects, partly through applying other biometric markers, such as iris scans and voice recordings.
Often law enforcement authorities will “have a photo of a person and for whatever reason they just don’t know who it is [but they know] this is clearly the missing link to our case,” said Nick Megna, a unit chief at the FBI’s criminal justice information services division. The new facial recognition service can help provide that missing link by retrieving a list of mug shots ranked in order of similarity to the features of the subject in the photo……….
An Organizer In Need Of A Community
An Organizer In Need Of A Community:
In 2008, Candidate Barack Obama demonstrated his skills as a community organizer; drawing different groups of Americans to the common cause of getting him elected. Through soaring rhetoric, catchy slogans and promises to make everyone’s dreams come true, he goaded liberals, independents and moderates from both parties into ignoring his lack of qualifications and handing him the reins of government.
But as he seeks re-election with a dismal record and a job approval rating in the 30′s, he’s going to have some trouble getting those same people to fall in line.
(Excerpt) Read more at talkingsides.com …
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We are anonymous, We are legion:The hacker collective is far more evil than you ever imagined.
We are anonymous, We are legion:The hacker collective is far more evil than you ever imagined.:
It was in 2008, during their inappropriately celebrated “War on Scientology,” that the hacker collective known as Anonymous first began using the phrase
“We are Legion” in their communiques. Not being a Christian myself, it is usually hard for me to get too worked up over this sort of ham-fisted, pop-culture pseudo-Satanism. In most cases it is window dressing designed to distract people from the vapid and lazy “thought” that too many young people think is provocative.
With Anonymous however, it’s different. Anonymous, often heralded as heroic defenders of freedom and transparency, have a history of activities that go beyond the realms of subversive or even revolutionary and are quite simply evil…………
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welcome…to the savage lands of the Left Coast. You are here in California to answer an important theoretical question and now you have your answer.
Yes, this is what Barack Obama’s second term would look like.
Study it. Fear it. And then go home and make sure that it never happens to the rest of the country.
the tale of how, in the span of a single generation, the most prosperous and golden state in the nation became an economic basket case.
The political Left gradually gained dominance over California’s government and has imposed a disastrous agenda of radical and retrograde policies that have destroyed the quality of life that Californians once took for granted.
I submit to you that no conceivable act of God could wreak such devastation. Only acts of government can do that. And they have.
Our regulatory burdens are also years ahead of the rest of the nation – we’ve had our own version of Cap and Trade on the books for five years now, and even though the bulk of these restrictions yet to take effect, investors make decisions every day anticipating their impact.
This has already proven utterly devastating to energy generation, cargo and passenger transportation, cement production, construction, wine making, agriculture and manufacturing. When he signed this legislation, Gov. Schwarzenegger promised that this would produce a cornucopia of new green jobs.
But I need to remind you that the Obama administration is pursuing exactly the same policies nationally – and so far with the same results.
The humility…gave way to the hubris that the state knew better…at the core of this breakdown was the abandonment of our basic republican structure of government – and it began. right. here.
(Excerpt) Read more at realclearpolitics.com …
NILES, Ohio – The North Main Street building here marking William McKinley’s birthplace reconstructs the famous front porch of a president who won what historians consider to be one of our most turbulent elections.
Presidents become presidents either by winning the country or by winning their parties. In 1896, with America at the peak of a series of “wave” elections, McKinley won the country.
“It is no secret that President Obama is coming back to the base of the party,” says Adam Bonin, chairman of Netroot Nation, the granddaddy of today’s progressive movement.
“Seeming like the reasonable man in the middle didn’t work because the results haven’t been tangible,” Bonin said of Obama’s run to the middle in the first eight months of 2011. Now, he said, the president has some work to do to earn back progressives’ love.
Obama is feeling a lot of heat from his party’s base, according to Bert Rockman, Purdue University political science professor. “You first have to consolidate your party base before you move on to the uncommitted,” he added.
Obama’s re-election strategy – going to his base rather than winning the country – is born of necessity: He is not faring well with independents.
That also was President George W. Bush’s game plan in 2004, Rockman said – except that this time, “Republican legislatures and governors have tilted the playing field in such a way that full mobilization of the base will be harder (for Obama) to do than it was for Bush.”
Keep in mind that Bush came extremely close to splitting the independent vote.
Today America is “essentially split … between independents, Republicans and Democrats,” says presidential-election historian Lara Brown. If Republicans vote for their nominee and Democrats vote for theirs, she theorizes, then the winner will need either a good-sized majority of independents – say, a 60-40 split – or a crazily lopsided turnout of his own partisans to offset the other guy’s independent vote.
“In ‘wave’ years,” she said, “independents go strongly towards one party or another. So, really, offsetting them is almost impossible.”
The elections of 2006, 2008 and 2010 were “wave” years in which independents strongly sided with the party out of power. Independents split in 2000 and 2004, according to Brown, “and while Bush won in the Electoral College in 2000, he realized that if that happened again in 2004, he might lose since he had lost the popular vote.”
His team turned out huge numbers of Republicans in 2004 so that, if independents split again, he would still win.
Obama’s team realizes its best-case scenario is that independents will split in 2012; he can’t carry a majority of them because his “moderate” course has not worked.
Team Obama decided in August, after the federal debt deal, that he got no credit for compromising, so they repositioned him.
Obama needs roughly 80 percent of the Democrat base to win, according to one Washington-based party strategist who has had a hand in successful national elections. “He is currently in the mid 60s,” he contends.
If the president drastically improves his base numbers, he can go after independents by explaining why he is the safe alternative for the country. Selling such a message relies heavily on his strong likability in opinion polls.
Netroot Nation’s Bonin believes that, in pursuing his base, Obama must support marriage equity: “We are a year now since he said he was evolving on gay marriage. I wish he would evolve already.”
Democrats in the middle are less thrilled about the president moving left, however.
“My opinion is that that is not going to help him in Middle America,” said U.S. Rep. Jason Altmire, a Democrat whose southwestern Pennsylvania district is a post-card portrait of Main Street America.
Obama can succeed if the Republican field moves so far to the right that independents have nowhere to go. Yet such a strategy is tough; Bush never lost his base the way Obama has as of today, and Obama has a lot more ground to make up than Bush did in 2004.
“Plus, he is facing a nasty economy,” says the D.C. strategist. “The question really is, how much does the current team realize they are in trouble?”
The Daily Bell – John McManus on the John Birch Society, What It Stands For and Why It’s Been Attacked
The editors of The Daily Bell are pleased to present an interview with John F. McManus, President of the John Birch Society and publisher of the New American.
Introduction: In 1973, John F. McManus accepted an appointment by Robert Welch, the Society’s Founder, as the organization’s Director of Public Affairs. He later became its president. In this post, he became and remains the Society’s chief media representative throughout the nation. He has appeared on hundreds of radio and television programs. Mr. McManus has written and produced numerous audiovisual programs, including the popular DVD Overview of America, which is a moving tribute about America’s US Constitutional roots. He has also written several books including Financial Terrorism (1993), Changing Commands: The Betrayal of America‘s Military (1995), William F. Buckley, Jr.: Pied Piper for the Establishment (2002), and The Insiders 5th Edition (2004). In addition to being a regular contributor of articles to The New American magazine, he serves as its publisher. He is also publisher of the Society’s member-only monthly Bulletin. Mr. McManus was named president of The John Birch Society in 1991. Born in 1935 in Brooklyn, he served on active duty as a lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps for three years. For six years before accepting a staff position with the Society, he was employed as an electronics engineer.
Daily Bell: Thanks for your time. Explain what the John Birch Society is. What is its goal? Where did it get its name?
John McManus: The John Birch Educational organization was formed to preserve the American system, limited government under the US Constitution and independence. It got its name from Captain John Birch, a WWII hero who went to China in 1940 as missionary for his faith, and volunteered for service with the American forces when the war broke out. He actually led Colonel Jimmy Doolittle out of China after Doolittle’s famous raid over Tokyo early in 1942, and that’s when the American forces discovered him. General Claire Chennault, the head of the famous “Flying Tiger” organization in China, asked him to join their forces and to serve as an intelligence officer out of Chaplin. So he did that and for three years he performed excellent work for them. He should have been given the Congressional Medal of Honor, but he didn’t get it. He was murdered ten days after the war ended by Chinese Communists. Robert Welch, the man who founded the John Birch Society, found out about John Birch long before the society was formed, and he wrote a book in 1954 about the life of John Birch, a real American hero. So when the time came Robert Welch formed the educational organization that we are here, he asked the parents if he could use their son’s name and they happily said yes and became members right away, right from the beginning. So that’s how we became the John Birch Society.
Daily Bell: Why is the society disliked by the mainstream press?……