“If we have to use force, it is because we are America. We are the indispensable nation. We stand tall. We see further into the future.”
This panegyric to what is commonly called “American Exceptionalism” could have been composed by any of a number of GOP-aligned media figures, such as Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, or their legions of local imitators. Those words were actually spoken by Madeleine Albright in 1998, when she was the Clinton administration’s Secretary of State. She was defending the U.S. role in enforcing an embargo on Iraq in the aftermath of the first Gulf War in 1991.
Albright had memorably addressed that issue in a different fashion three years earlier during an interview on the CBS program 60 Minutes.
“We have heard that a half million children have died,” observed interviewer Leslie Stahl. “I mean, that’s more children than died in Hiroshima. And, you know, is the price worth it?”…..
Without challenging the statistics, or displaying even a tremor of remorse, Albright replied: “I think this is a very hard choice, but the price – we think the price is worth it.”
By reconciling Albright’s statements we learn that when “we have to” impose policies that result in the avoidable death, through starvation and disease, of hundreds of thousands of children, “it is because we are America…. We stand tall. We see further into the future.”
For some reason, the self-styled seers and visionaries who defended the Iraqi embargo didn’t foresee how that policy, coupled with decades of U.S. meddling in the Middle East, would cultivate and nurture the seeds that bore murderous fruit on September 11, 2001.
To ordinary people not blessed with Albright’s oracular insight, it seemed obvious that some variety of murderous blowback would be the inevitable product of a foreign policy that featured deliberate mass starvation punctuated with bombing raids. However, the custodians of permissible opinion have decreed that history began on the morning of 9/11 – that nothing the U.S. government did prior to that date has any organic connection to the motives and actions of those who carried out the attack (at least as that attack is described in the officially sanctioned narrative). To suggest that Washington’s policies had some relationship to anti-American sentiment in the Middle East is to commit a grave blasphemy against American Exceptionalism – the official creed of the ruling Establishment, irrespective of party.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told a House committee that she is “not aware” of any actions the Obama administration has taken against countries that will not accept back illegal immigrants in “deportation status,” some of whom have committed crimes. After a “six-month detention period,” the illegal immigrants are released within the United States.
“DHS is supposed to order or give the country that refuses to take back its aliens — the Secretary of State ‘shall order’ — that the visas to its citizens be suspended,” Adams concluded. ”How many have you recommended under Section 243(d)?”
Napolitano answered, “We have not — what we have done is work with — there are countries that systemically refuse to accept their aliens back.
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A top Marine Corps general told Congress on Thursday that cutting the Corps to 150,000 Marines, as some analysts project, would mean it could not fulfill its mission during a major war, or respond adequately to crises and humanitarian disasters around the world.
“A hundred and fifty thousand would put us below the level that’s necessary to support a single contingency,” said Gen. Joseph Dunford, who as assistant commandant is the nation’s No. 2 Marine.
Furthermore, the Marines, known as America’s 911 response force, would be limited in carrying out an array of special missions.
“We will not be there to deter our potential adversaries,” he told the House Armed Services subcommittee on readiness. “We won’t be there to assure our potential friends or to assure our allies. And we certainly won’t be there to contain small crises before they become major conflagrations.”
The Pentagon is searching for $465 billion in cuts over 10 years as man dated by a Congress-White House budget deal. If a congressional supercommittee can’t agree on a larger debt-reduction road map, the Pentagon would face another $450 billion slash, a move that Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has said will lead to a “hollow” military.
Gen. Dunford made his stark warning about diminishing Marine Corps capabilities amid news reports that the supercommittee is not close to an agreement as the Nov. 23 deadline approaches.
A committee Republican staff memo says the Marine Corps stands at 202,000 troops and is slated to shrink to 173,000 under current planning. But if the supercommittee fails to reach an agreement, the Corps would be forced to cut another 28,000 Marines to 145,000, the memo said.
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com …
In 1936, Franklin Delano Roosevelt defeated Alfred Landon by an electoral vote of 523 to 8. This was the only contested election in which the major losing candidate received fewer than 10 votes (1788, 1792 and 1820 were uncontested). The landslide came on the heels of what appeared to be an economic recovery. Unemployment fell, productivity rose; people believed the New Deal really worked and they rewarded FDR accordingly. Shortly into the second term did the ugly truth reveal itself. The so-called recovery had been built entirely on government spending. Massive borrowing and government make-work projects put money in enough people’s pockets that the economy grew. FDR, who always thought of himself as a fiscal conservative, began rolling back the WPA and other spending programs. When that happened, the economy collapsed. This was the second dip of the Great Depression, and it sent FDR into his own personal depression. The truth was that the so-called recovery that had propelled FDR to his historic landslide win in 1936 was built entirely on government spending. The economy was still on life support and the New Deal policies had only made recovery harder.
Why is this relevant? It’s relevant because we are going to see it again in the coming months. The signs are there: a strong month for the Dow, 2.5% growth in the third quarter, a decline in unemployment, a slowdown in foreclosures. These trends, if sustained, will make Obama look like a genius come next June. But, like the FDR recovery of 1935 and 1936, the Obama recovery of 2012 will be based entirely on government hiring, government borrowing and government spending. The media will proclaim the Obama Recovery and compare him to Reagan with the GOP and Cain’s 9-9-9 plan playing the part of Mondale. Will the voters fall for it? Yes. Will the GOP be savvy enough to ask where the private sector went? Maybe. Will the RNC have the guts to harp on the real unemployment number- the one that accounts for the underemployed and those who have given up? No.
The multitude of mysteries revealed following the death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs’ death now includes one that puzzled car enthusiasts for years: How did Jobs get away with driving without a license plate? It was common knowledge that Jobs would park his Mercedes SL55 AMG in a handicapped spot at Apple’s Cupertino, Calif., headquarters, with nothing to identify his vehicle other than the tiny barcode that usually rests behind the rear license plate. According to Walter Isaacson’s new biography, Jobs wanted to avoid having a plate for privacy reasons; and yet when having a license-less silver Mercedes became a kind of trademark, Jobs kept motoring without one “because I don’t.” [snip] You’ll have to read at the link to find the answer. ;)
(Excerpt) Read more at autos.yahoo.com …
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Republican presidential candidates Michele Bachmann criticized a directive by President Barack Obama to ease student loan debt as an “abuse of power” that will give people incentive to dodge debt.
The candidates reacted Thursday to a decision Obama announced a day earlier to cap required payments for some college loan borrowers at a lower percentage of their income and forgive payments for others after 20 years. He used executive authority to accelerate a law that wasn’t supposed to go into effect until 2014.
“I believe it is abuse of power from the executive to impose via an executive order a wholesale change in the student loan,” Bachmann, a Minnesota congresswoman, said during an education forum in New York put on by The College Board and News Corp.
(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com …
Orlando Jones, the actor and comedian, is in hot water over a tweet in which he compared former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to Moammar Gadhafi and suggested liberals band together and kill her.
Though Jones, under a withering Internet onslaught for the idea, has been pleading he was just kidding and that he has a constitutional right to say he wishes anyone he wants to be killed, the tweet is fraught with irony.
Palin was accused of fomenting violence in the wake of the Gabrielle Giffords shooting because of a map her PAC distributed placing the congresswoman’s district in cross hairs during the 2010 election cycle. While individuals and some of the conservative media have been incandescent in their outrage, the same mainstream media who took Palin to task over the cross hairs map have been strangely silent over the actual death threat directed against her.
(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com …
Yesterday, radio host Thom Hartmann challenged guest Pat Buchanan over his recent writingabout minorities and test scores. Hartmann said that “a lot of people are taking what you’re saying as code for inferior genes” and twice pressed Buchanan to disavow that theory. Buchanan did not, instead claiming that he doesn’t “know anything” about the topic.
(Excerpt) Read more at kaystreet.wordpress.com …
…The retired naval aviator went on to describe his admiration for the then commander in chief, who boldly ordered more than 5,000 American troops ashore to prevent the 800 medical students and staff members from being taken hostage by the Cuban-supported communists who had seized control on the island. He added: “It was a high-risk decision, the right thing to do and the ‘beginning of the end’ of the Soviet empire. President Reagan knew who our enemies were, knew what needed to be done — and did it.” My interlocutor then asked a question I could not answer: “Are there any Ronald Reagan Republicans running for president?”
“There do not seem to be,” was all I could reply. Anyone paying attention can see that President Barack Obama is taking us down the path of massive defense cuts and unilateral disarmament. Unfortunately, none of the leading GOP candidates has addressed our national security risks or set forth a plan to defend us…..
Alex covers a new wave of street lights equiped with a homeland security computer program, as well as a loud speaker, video surveillance and the ability to issue emergency alerts. In a further development, the promotional video for the technology was pulled after an Infowars article was prominently linked on the Drudge Report.
(CNN) – A tea party group has a surprising and harsh urging for long-time tea party favorite Michele Bachmann: quit the presidential race.
“It’s time for Michele Bachmann to go,” reads the first line of a statement from American Majority President Ned Ryun. His group operates in seven states, trains thousands of tea party supporters and is “liked” by over 371,000 people on Facebook.
“Bachmann, the leader of the so-called tea party caucus in the House and the most vocal about her affiliation with the Tea Party than any other Presidential candidate, has consistently presented herself as a champion of the movement and its values,” Ryun’s statement continued.
(Excerpt) Read more at politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com …
A U.S. Supreme Court justice recounted over cocktails a while ago his travails with his hometown zoning board. He wanted to build an addition onto his house, containing what the plans described as a home office, but he met truculent and lengthy resistance. This is a residential area, a zoning official blustered—no businesses allowed. The judge mildly explained that he would not be running a business from the new room; he would be using it as a study. Well, challenged the suspicious official, what business are you in? I work for the government, the justice replied. Okay, the official finally conceded—grudgingly, as if conferring an immense and special discretionary favor; we’ll let it go by this time. But, he snapped in conclusion, don’t ever expletive-deleted with us again.
Isn’t that sort of petty tyranny? I asked.
Yes, the justice replied; there’s a lot of it going around.
Tyranny isn’t a word you hear often, certainly not in conversations about the First World. But as American voters mull over the election campaign now under way, they’re more than usually inclined to ponder first principles and ask what kind of country the Founding Fathers envisioned. As voters’ frequent invocations of the Boston Tea Party recall, the Founding began with a negation, a statement of what the colonists didn’t want. They didn’t want tyranny: by which they meant, not a blood-dripping, rack-and-gridiron Inquisition, but merely taxation without representation—and they went to war against it. “The Parliament of Great Britain,” George Washington wrote a friend as he moved toward taking up arms several months after the Tea Party, “hath no more Right to put their hands into my Pocket without my consent, than I have to put my hands into your’s, for money.”…..
RUSH: Paul Ryan yesterday went over to the Heritage Foundation to deliver a speech about conservatism, Obama, and class warfare. We have three sound bites. It was a terrific speech, and I think Congressman Ryan is one of the leading intellectual lights in elected Republican circles for defining modern-era conservatism.
RYAN: The president has opted for divisive rhetoric and the broken politics of the past. He’s going from town to town impugning the motives of Republicans, setting up straw men and scapegoats and engaging in intellectually lazy argument as he tries to build support for punitive tax hikes on job creators.
RUSH: He continued.
RYAN: Instead of appealing to the hope and optimism that were the hallmarks to his first campaign, he has launched his second campaign by preying on the emotions of fear, envy, and resentment. This has the potential to be just as damaging as his misguided policies. Sowing social unrest and class resentment makes America weaker, not stronger.
RYAN: Pitting one group against another only distracts us from the true sources of inequity in this country. Corporate welfare that enriches the powerful and empty promises that betray the powerless.
RUSH: He’s right. The whole speech was superb. There was a Q&A afterward. The moderator was the president at Heritage, Ed Feulner. He said, “What do you make of Elizabeth Warren‘s comments that successful people are successful only because of the things government provides and that confiscatory taxation is justified because it’s not really their success?”
RYAN: This is what I call “the fatal conceit of progressivism.” It’s upside down. It’s the presumption that money and wealth made and created in America is the government’s unless they benevolently expend it back to people.
In 1976, the GOP had just nominated Gerald Ford for the Presidency. The GOP delegates enthusiastically chanted until Ronald Reagan(who had just narrowly lost) came to the dais and gave an impromptu speech…
I am posting this because I am getting tired of hearing all of the GOP people belly-aching about their predicament.
The Oakland Police Department, who shot and critically injured an unarmed 24 year old U.S. Marine with a tear gas cannister last night, has placed 2nd only to Israel in “terrorism” training exersizes two years in a row.
Scott Olsen, 24, suffered a fractured skull and brain swelling and is in critical condition as a result of Tuesday’s shooting.
Participating in operation Urban Shield for several years, Oakland PD has come in second place for the last 2 years and won first place in 2009. In a press release issued a week prior to Tuesdays shooting, Oakland PD boasted: “OPD Excels in SWAT Competition- “The Oakland Police Department placed 2nd among SWAT teams in the recently completed Urban Shield 2011 Training Exercise. In its 5th year, Urban Shield is the nation’s premiere tactical training exercise competition that tests the capabilities of first responders. The event is hosted by the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office and has obtained international recognition with representatives coming as far away as Israel and Jordan.
WND previously reported that two private investigators working independently have asked why Obama is using a Social Security number set aside for applicants in Connecticut while there is no record he ever had a mailing address in that state. WND also has reported a private investigation revealed that the Social Security number being used by Obama does not pass a check with E-Verify, the electronic system the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has created to verify whether or not someone is authorized to work legally in America.
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‘Rogue websites’ bill introduced in US House
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‘Rogue websites’ bill introduced in US House
10-27-2011 • Breitbart.com
US lawmakers introduced a bill on Wednesday that would give US authorities more tools to crack down on websites accused of piracy of movies, television shows and music and the sale of counterfeit goods.
The Stop Online Piracy Act has received bipartisan support in the House of Representatives and is the House version of a bill introduced in the Senate in May known as the Theft of Intellectual Property Act or Protect IP Act.
The legislation has received the backing of Hollywood, the music industry, the Business Software Alliance, the National Association of Manufacturers, the US Chamber of Commerce and other groups.
But it has come under fire from digital rights and free speech organizations for allegedly paving the way for US law enforcement to unilaterally shut down websites, including foreign sites, without due process.
House Judiciary Committee chairman Lamar Smith, a Republican from Texas, said the bill “helps stop the flow of revenue to rogue websites and ensures that the profits from American innovations go to American innovators.
“Rogue websites that steal and sell American innovations have operated with impunity,” Smith said in a statement.
“The online thieves who run these foreign websites are out of the reach of US law enforcement agencies and profit from selling pirated goods without any legal consequences,” he said.
“The bill prevents online thieves from selling counterfeit goods in the US, expands international protections for intellectual property, and protects American consumers from dangerous counterfeit products,” Smith said.
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NEW YORK, October 24, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The recommended curriculum for a mandatory sex education course to be implemented in New York middle and high schools next year directs students to a website that details “safe sex” practices regarding bestiality, coprophagia, and other extreme sexual fetishes…..
BLOGGER.GUNNY.G.1984( ): LINCOLN’S MARXISTS by Al Benson, Jr. and Walter Kennedy:
The Republican Party roots are, without a doubt, embedded in Communism. Their second candidate for office, Mr. Lincoln‘s actions prove his acceptance of all Communism could give him. When one compares the works of Adolph Hitler with those of Lincoln, their commonalities become shockingly evident.
The Communist 1848ers arrived in America. And thus began the story of lies that exploded into the bloodiest, most unnecessary war our America has ever known. Even in this year of 2011 there remains an unending story full of sound and fury signifying the deliberate, cold-blooded murder of American women and children, the murder of imprisoned Confederate soldiers and the U.S. Constitution. Today it has an added “New World Order,” twist which is pro- United Nations, pro-hedonism, anti-Christian-anti-God, anti-family, the anti states-right, and, of course anti-Constitution.
Benson and Kennedy, clearly and succinctly -without any fanciful literary pirouetting, present the facts, prove the relationships of the Marxist-Communists with dishonest, obviously non-Christian Abe Lincoln………
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Newt Gingrich doesn’t seem fazed by criticism from Meghan McCain that his campaign is just a “vanity project.”
“How would she have a clue?” asked the former Speaker of the House in a Wednesday interview with The Daily Caller.
Gingrich seemed surprised by the accusation from the Daily Beast columnist and daughter of Senator John McCain — especially since his poll numbers mirror her father’s in 2007.
Watch, and learn what Gingrich really thinks about Meghan McCain, Rick Perry’s flat tax and the Occupy Wall Street protests.
Barack Obama barely beats them in hypothetical head-to-head match-ups (and, occasionally, polls show they would beat him), but, apparently, if Hillary Clinton were to run for president on the Democratic ticket, she would make mincemeat of Mitt Romney, pommel Rick Perry and clean Herman Cain’s clock:
A national poll conducted for TIME on Oct. 9 and 10 found that if Clinton were the Democratic nominee for President in 2012, she would best Mitt Romney 55% to 38%, Rick Perry 58% to 32% and Herman Cain 56% to 34% among likely voters in a general election. The same poll found that President Obama would edge Romney by just 46% to 43%, Perry by 50% to 38% and Cain by 49% to 37% among likely voters…..
…I asked, “Well what is going to happen to those people we can’t reeducate, that are diehard capitalists?” And the reply was that they’d have to be eliminated.
And when I pursued this further, they estimated they would have to eliminate 25 million people in these reeducation centers.
And when I say “eliminate,” I mean “kill.”
Twenty-five million people.
I want you to imagine sitting in a room with 25 people, most of which have graduate degrees, from Columbia and other well-known educational centers, and hear them figuring out the logistics for the elimination of 25 million people and they were dead serious.
On October 28, Bob Owens of pajamasmedia.com published a recent interview he had conducted with Grathwohl, expanding on his statements in No Place to Hide 26 years ago.
Here is a portion of the interview, which can be read in entirety at pajamasmedia.com.
BACHMANN: Well, we are in the process of hiring new people in New Hampshire. We are hiring new people in South Carolina and Iowa, but quite honestly, nobody asked me about the staffing and what is going on. What they talked to me about is my real jobs right now plan. That’s my plan to turn the economy around. People can find that at MicheleBachmann.com. I am much more than a tax plan, I’m a comprehensive job creation plan. And people have been very excited about it wherever we’re going around the country.
BACHMANN: No. What I’m saying is that we are replacing people in New Hampshire as new hires, and we’re very excited about where the campaign is at right now. We are adding new people in all of the states and we are growing. So, we are very excited.
But just this last week, I gave a major economic address at the commonwealth club in San Francisco and I laid out my economic plan for turning the country around. I’m a former tax lawyer. I started to run a successful, profitable company. I understand what needs to be done and people can find that on MicheleBachmann.com.
BACHMANN: Well, actually, I would love to come on your show and talk about my plan. It’s been out there for several weeks. And I actually like what Governor Perry is coming up with because it’s, in essence, my plan.
HANNITY: A flat tax?
BACHMANN: They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and I’ve been talking for months about a simpler, flatter system that you can do on — do on a postcard and send in. And so I’m grateful that Governor Perry has endorsed my plan and adopted it.
BACHMANN: My plan has everyone paying something.
(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com …
The New York Times article is a good example of what is wrong with journalism. I saw the headline and I was eager to read it – I would like to know about Herman Cain’s campaign. How is it doing?
Instead the article below is rank gossip – check the orange text below and it is almost 100 % anonymous sources. Really? Anonymous sources trashing a campaign? Is that journalism? A bunch of former unnamed aides? Is that what the New York Times call journalism?
Does the NY Times think we are so dimwitted that we are supposed to think each of their unnamed sources is a fair minded person without an axe to grind wanting to give us real facts? Where are the names? Journalists, not gossips, would have convinced the sources to step up to the plate and identify themselves. If the sources would not have identified themselves, the New York Times should have the pride in their product and walked away from the story. You know – and I guess the NY Times does not – that hiding behind anonymity is an invitation to do a drive by hit on someone you don’t like. Why would the New York Times want to be used like this? Don’t they get it?
(Excerpt) Read more at gretawire.foxnewsinsider.com …
During a speech Tuesday in Las Vegas, President Obama said that the U.S. economy is in trouble, and that “we can’t wait for an increasingly dysfunctional Congress to do its job. Where they won’t act, I will.” The president pushed hard against what he sees as a do-nothing Congress, explaining what he planned to do about mortgages and student loans without the legislative branch’s say-so. On “The Laura Ingraham Show” Thursday, Speaker of the House John Boehner pushed back.
The Ohio Republican blasted Obama and accused him of usurping the authority that the U.S. Constitution grants to Congress.
“I thought we were a nation of laws and that our country was governed by our Constitution,” Boehner said.
(Excerpt) Read more at thedc.com …
President Barack Obama’s new student loan policy will force working class Americans to pay the ballooning college costs of middle class Americans, and will also hinder needed reform of the bloated education sector, say critics.
Obama is “shifting the burden of paying for college to all of those Americans who did not graduate from college — the waitresses, construction workers, mechanics — and that should infuriate the taxpayers who worked hard to pay off their loans, who decided to live a modest lifestyle to pay off their loans,” said Lindsey Burke, an analyst at the Heritage Foundation.
Obama’s policy is also widening the class division between working-class Americans and those with college credentials, said Matthew Denhart, a researcher at the Center for College Affordability and Productivity in Washington, D.C.
(Excerpt) Read more at thedc.com …
Did the most powerful police commissioner in America have a secret meeting with leftist financier George Soros?
Len Levitt, the police journalist and blogger behind NYPD Confidential, claims in a piece on HuffPo that Soros scored a clandestine conference with Kelly at One Police Plaza, the NYPD’s headquarters, just last week. According to Levitt, Soros was “escorted in by a retired NYPD cop, driving a wine-colored Mercedes, [and] the left-leaning billionaire was whisked in and out of police headquarters with no one being the wiser.”
Levitt claims that a Soros official confirmed the meeting to him. But NYPD has remained mum on the subject.
Soros’s face-to-face with Ray Kelly comes amidst accusation that the Open Society Institute has been a key source of funds for Occupy Wall Street. Reuters even published a story on the connection, which led to widespread outrage in the mainstream press
(Excerpt) Read more at theblaze.com …
The Obama admin. told Rep. Darrell Issa that Kevin O’Reilly – Gunwalker’s possible connection to Obama — was “in Iraq and unavailable.” He’s there, but available. After we called him, his phone number was deactivated.
The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform led by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) is investigating to what extent the White House was aware of — or involved in — the “Fast and Furious” gunwalking scandal.
The committee recently requested to speak with former White House National Security Staffer Kevin O’Reilly. According to CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson, the Obama administration answered:
O’Reilly is on assignment for the State Department in Iraq and unavailable.
Through a tip, PJ Media learned that Kevin O’Reilly was unexpectedly named director of the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Bureau for Iraq (INL-Iraq). Long-time INL-Iraq employee Virginia Ramadan had been expected to get the position — many were quite surprised when she did not.
The previous occupants of the Director, INL-Iraq position — Joe Manso and Francisco Palmieri — were not considered “unreachable” to press or government access. A quick internet search reveals Palmieri, while director, attended a media event on August 23, 2010 .
For all intents and purposes, the Patriot Act eviscerated the 4th and 5th amendments to the US Constitution (and seriously injured many of the others). The Posse Comitatus Act, which dates back to 1878, was flushed down the toilet during the presidencies of George Herbert Walker Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and now Barack Obama. Since 1968, 2nd Amendment liberties are only a shell of what America’s founders intended and established. And the above-mentioned story out of the State of Tennessee is just the latest example of how the US and State governments are continuing to shred the Bill of Rights–and virtually every other protection of individual liberties once thought sacred.
The State of Tennessee should be ashamed of itself–and the people of Tennessee should be outraged!
What does it look like when a civilization falls apart at the seams?
Let the four recent news stories below serve as vignettes to show exactly what it looks like.
Introducing… the Computerized Toilet! The world’s on fire, but when you’re perched on one of these luxury high-tech “Numi” toilets from the Kohler Company, what do you care? For a mere $6,500, you can get a toilet that opens and closes by itself, plays music, warms your feet, remembers your favorite water temperature, and for all I know, gives you red-hot stock tips, too. Ideal for sitting under the stars in your glass-walled penthouse: see the ad. Just don’t get caught there during an electrical storm.
Real-life superheroes, in capes and masks, have been turning up in many cities, Startribune reports. Some folks are watching too many movies, reading too many comic books. (They’ve got their own website) Supposedly they’re out to stop crime in their neighborhoods. Police are afraid these costumed kooks will barge in on a situation and injure some innocent citizen, or wind up getting shot, stabbed, or beaten up by some annoyed criminal.
Gee whiz! No one ever beats up Batman! Follow the script, people! I’ve got a cape, I’ve got a mask, I’m wearing tights and a Speedo—what could possibly go wrong?
“The solutions Buchanan calls for will never happen. It’s far too late to save yourselves from the mess you allowed to be created. It is you, the American people, who continually vote our benefactors back into office over and over and over again. (Examples: Senators Harry Reid, John McCain, Barbara Boxer, Diane Feinstein, Mark Udall, Mike Bennet, Charles Schumer, etc.) Now you must deal with the repercussions of your foolish actions.
Maybe if there were more real men in this country, things would be different. I can almost sympathize with you. I don’t give a sh*t about this country, I’m just here to suck as much out of this bloated b*tch as I can before the collapse comes. And there are millions more here just like me! (Illegals and legal immigrants cost U.S. taxpayers $346 billion annually across 15 federal welfare agencies; source: http://www.thesocialcontract.com with economist Edwin Rubenstein’s report)
On the bright side, at least we don’t want to convert you all to Islam. Have you been to Dearbornistan lately?
Texas congressman and current Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul defended the rights of gay military servicemen and servicewomen to serve, saying “everybody has the same rights as everybody else.”…
…“And there’s a lot more heterosexuals in the military, so logically they’re causing more trouble than gays.”…
…Mr. Paul, who has emphasized his campaign’s support from the military, was one of five House Republicans to vote for the repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy earlier this year. The Texas Republican has repeatedly expressed support for repealing the controversial policy, which took effect last month
(Excerpt) Read more at thestatecolumn.com …
Dangerous HPV Vaccinations Forced on Boys with Dr. Sherri Tenpenny
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Thursday, October 27, 2011
Alex Jones interviews Dr. Sherri Tenpenny on the attempt to now push dangerous HPV vaccinations on boys.
Judge Napolitano did the following interview with Glenn Beck on 10/26/11 to promote his new book: It Is Dangerous to Be Right When the Government Is Wrong. When a judge explains why we must stop obeying unjust laws, it is time to evaluate if the United States is still a country which follows the rule of law. Based on the abuse of power of the current administration, the impotence of the Congress and an activist judiciary, we must question our resolve to maintain our Republic. As the occupation of our cities across the nation continues, it appears that the desire for Socialism in the guise of Democracy will determine the fate of our government and children.
Or is there still a spark of the American spirit left that will stand up and challenge the government and the people to restore our rights as guaranteed by natural law?
(Excerpt) Read more at ncrenegade.com …
27:47 – 4 years ago
A Time for Choosing, also known as “The Speech”, was presented on a number of speaking occasions during the 1964 U.S. presidential election campaign by Ronald Reagan on behalf of Republican candidate Barry
Thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you and good evening. The sponsor has been identified, but unlike most television programs, the performer hasn’t been provided with a script. As a matter of fact, I have been permitted to choose my own words and discuss my own ideas regarding the choice that we face in the next few weeks.
I have spent most of my life as a Democrat. I recently have seen fit to follow another course. I believe that the issues confronting us cross party lines. Now, one side in this campaign has been telling us that the issues of this election are the maintenance of peace and prosperity. The line has been used, “We’ve never had it so good.”
But I have an uncomfortable feeling that this prosperity isn’t something on which we can base our hopes for the future. No nation in history has ever survived a tax burden that reached a third of its national income. Today, 37 cents out of every dollar earned in this country is the tax collector’s share, and yet our government continues to spend 17 million dollars a day more than the government takes in. We haven’t balanced our budget 28 out of the last 34 years. We’ve raised our debt limit three times in the last twelve months, and now our national debt is one and a half times bigger than all the combined debts of all the nations of the world. We have 15 billion dollars in gold in our treasury; we don’t own an ounce. Foreign dollar claims are 27.3 billion dollars. And we’ve just had announced that the dollar of 1939 will now purchase 45 cents in its total value.
Today, everyday citizens find ourselves at a crossroads. Abandon the ideals of the American Revolution, or take control of our destiny. The American people are called to action. Every generation must decide if it wants to leave politics to the politicians — or whether we are ready for our rendezvous with destiny.
Forty-seven years ago this week, then-actor Ronald Reagan made his national political debut when he delivered what came to be known as “The Speech” in support of presidential candidate Barry Goldwater.
Confronted with many of the same problems we face today — a large deficit, growing national debt and growth in government — Reagan’s speech is as applicable today as it was in 1964.
Paid for by Brothers for Goldwater, which was chaired by John Wayne, the program was a half-hour television production delivered by Reagan to a studio audience. The basis for the speech had been built from 1954 until 1962, when Reagan was traveling across the country as a spokesman for General Electric Co. On what Reagan liked to call the mashed-potato circuit, he honed his message.
The concept behind General Electric’s program was the belief that citizens should be engaged in political education between elections rather than just during elections. Lemuel Boulware, a GE vice president who championed the program, believed, “The average citizen cannot afford to leave politics to the politicians.”
Reagan delivered the speech rapidly with passion and enthusiasm, and it is worth taking the time to watch it on YouTube today. What is most striking is the large number of facts that Reagan provides while weaving in his trademark humor and reminders of America’s core beliefs.
The following Reagan messages are still applicable today:
“This idea that government is beholden to the people, that it has no other source of power except the sovereign people, is still the newest and the most unique idea in all the long history of man’s relation to man.”
“This is the issue of this election: Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capital can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves. …
“You and I are told increasingly we have to choose between a left or right. Well, I’d like to suggest there is no such thing as a left or right. There’s only an up or down — (up) man’s old-aged dream, the ultimate in individual freedom consistent with law and order, or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism. And regardless of their sincerity, their humanitarian motives, those who would trade our freedom for security have embarked on this downward course. …
“A government can’t control the economy without controlling people. And they know when a government sets out to do that, it must use force and coercion to achieve its purpose. …
“We have so many people who can’t see a fat man standing beside a thin one without coming to the conclusion the fat man got that way by taking advantage of the thin one. So they’re going to solve all the problems of human misery through government and government planning. …
“No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. So governments’ programs, once launched, never disappear. … Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this Earth. …
“Those who would trade our freedom for the soup kitchen of the welfare state have told us they have a utopian solution of peace without victory. They call their policy ‘accommodation.’ And they say if we’ll only avoid any direct confrontation with the enemy, he’ll forget his evil ways and learn to love us.”
At the end of the speech, Reagan challenges his audience to be more, to do more, noting: “You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We’ll preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we’ll sentence them to take the last step into a thousand years of darkness.”
Nearly half a century later, the question remains a compelling one: are we ready and willing to have our rendezvous with destiny?
PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE DEFINES HIS PLATFORM
by One Pissed-off Vietnam Vet
Do today’s Americans understand the true price of liberty?
(Oct. 27, 2011) — “If I can see farther than others, it’s because I stand on the shoulder of giants,” written by Sir Isaac Newton in 1676. I don’t mean to be presumptuous, but I’m going to count myself standing on the shoulders of Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, and every author of every book I’ve ever read. I am an unique individual, in that I have no ambition; just ask my ex-wives. I’ve never sought fame or fortune, my name in print or my picture in the paper, and I still don’t. And as I’ve informed the Federal Election Commission and the Republican Party, I will not, under any conceivable circumstances, accept one penny in any campaign contribution, from individuals or PAC’s (Political Action Committees) or from the government’s matching funds.
I am a legal American citizen, born in the USA, as were my parents. I am part Native American Indian, and a town in Oklahoma is named after my great grandfather, a government Indian Agent who married the Chief’s daughter. Obviously, he was one of the few honest agents and regarded very highly.
I’ve never been in politics but have always taken a keen interest. And I wouldn’t be writing this if I didn’t think it was necessary, and it is. Obama is killing America and everyone who’s come down the pike to replace him, all of these Approved Republican Party Hopefuls, just do not have what it’ll take to get us on track…..
Ron Paul on Freedom Watch ~10/24/11
10-26-2011 • Daily Paul
“On Monday, Congressman Ron Paul returned to Fox Business’ Freedom Watch, to talk to the Judge about President Obama’s new housing mortgage plans and his proposed new law to only allow people under 30 to vote.”
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UKIP’s Nigel Farage breaks down the reality behind the EU ‘deal’.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
The poll is part of Gallup’s annual Crime poll, conducted Oct. 6-9. This year’s poll finds support for a number of gun-control measures at historical lows, including the ban on handguns, which is Gallup’s longest continuing gun-control trend, according to their website.
Gallup notes that the acceptance of gun ownership is not related to crime.
“In 2008, Gallup found widespread agreement with the idea that the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right of Americans to own guns. Americans may also be moving toward more libertarian views in some areas, one example of which is greater support for legalizing marijuana use,” Gallup reports.,,,
Frustrated at “media circus” response overshadowing issue of government intrusion
October 27, 2011
The woman who was subjected to a humiliating experience at the hands of the TSA when a screener left a note commenting on a sex toy in her luggage, says she is disappointed with the response the incident has received.
As we reported earlier this week, not satisfied with fumbling through Americans’ private possessions, one TSA screener saw fit write the words “GET YOUR FREAK ON GIRL” on a TSA inspection note after finding a sex toy in blogger Jill Filipovic’s luggage.
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Filipovic initially tweeted a picture of the note with the caption “Total violation of privacy, wildly inappropriate and clearly not ok, but I also just died laughing in my hotel room,”
She later told ABC News that she found the note “offensive” and has decided to file a complaint with the TSA.
“I hope they do see the complaint, they’ll look into it and remind their staff that going through people’s personal belongings is a responsibility that should be treated with some modicum of professionalism,” Filipovic said.
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The TSA announced yesterday that the offending worker has been removed from checking baggage, yet Filipovic, who is also a lawyer, says the TSA, along with the corporate media, is completely missing the point.
Writing on her blog, Filipovic states:
“It’s easy to scape-goat one individual here, but the problem with the note is that it’s representative of the bigger privacy intrusions that the U.S. government, through the TSA and other sources, levels every day,”
“The invasion is inherent to the TSA’s mission, regardless of whether a funny note is left behind — the note only serves to highlight the absurdity of all this security theater,” she continued.
“As much as this is a funny and titillating story, when I put the note on Twitter for what I thought was a relatively limited audience I was hoping it would open up a bigger conversation about privacy rights (or lack thereof) in post-9/11 America,” she added.
“It unfortunately hasn’t done that, and instead has turned into a media circus. I would imagine that the TSA agent in question feels the same way I do at this point: I just want this story to go away.”
In a further tweet Filipovic joked “Lesson learned: Don’t tweet anything you don’t want to appear on The View.”
While TSA agents are seemingly adept at identifying Americans’ intimate belongings, they fare less well when it comes to identifying potentially dangerous weapons and contraband.
As we also reported this week, The chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, John Mica told reporters that recorded instances of pat downs and body scans failing to detect contraband are “off the charts.”
Referring to still classified security performance reports, Mica described the TSA’s record as “sort of like the record of the Marx Brothers”.
While the TSA says it has initiated “appropriate disciplinary action” in the case of Ms Filipovic, she reiterates that the wider picture cannot be overlooked.
“The note was inappropriate, the agent in question acted unprofessionally when s/he put in in my bag, there should be consequences and I’m glad the TSA takes these things seriously,” she writes.
“But I get no satisfaction in hearing that someone may be in danger of losing their job over this. I would much prefer a look at why ‘security’ has been used to justify so many intrusions on our civil liberties, rather than fire a person who made a mistake.”
DHS chief tells House committee she had nothing to do with gun running scandal, when she helped launch precursor to the program in 2009
Paul Joseph Watson
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Despite telling a House Judiciary Committee yesterday that she only learned of operation Fast and Furious in December last year when the controversy went public, Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano actually helped launch the previous incarnation of the program, Project Gunrunner, at a White House press conference in March 2009.
“Napolitano, at one point likening the questioning to a cross-examination, said repeatedly she only learned of “Fast and Furious” after Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was killed in December,” reports Fox News. “She emphasized the operation, conceived and run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, “was an ATF operation,” under the auspices of the Justice Department, not her department.”
However, as the video above documents, not only was Napolitano aware of the ATF program to put guns into the hands of Mexican drug lords, she actually helped launch the previous incarnation of it, Project Gun Runner, at a White House press conference alongside Deputy Attorney General David Ogden in March 2009.
Operation Fast and Furious, which began in the fall of 2009, was merely an offshoot of Project Gun Runner, which was the umbrella program for a series of gun running projects under the ATF that stretched back to 2006.
In the 2009 video, Napolitano clearly explains the process of using the eTrace system to track guns as they went into Mexico under Project Gunrunner. This same system would later be used for the subsequent phase of the same overarching program, Operation Fast and Furious.
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Of course, the entire notion of the federal government tracking the firearms in order to target Mexican drug cartels lost credibility when it was revealed that when the guns reached the border “the agency seemed to lose track of the weapons,” which were later used to kill border patrol agent Brian Terry and other innocent people. Of the 2,000 guns knowingly released by ATF agents, 1400 were never recovered.
During yesterday’s testimony, Napolitano also dubiously claimed that she had not spoken to Attorney General Eric Holder about Fast and Furious.
Contrary to his Congressional testimony, records show that Holder was sent briefings on Fast and Furious by both Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer and the National Drug Intelligence Center in July 2010, almost a year before he told a Judiciary Committee hearing, “I’m not sure of the exact date, but I probably heard about Fast and Furious for the first time over the last few weeks.”
Napolitano’s claim that she knew nothing of Fast and Furious until it hit the news headlines is almost certainly a brazen lie, since she was responsible for launching the previous incarnation of the same program less than two years earlier. If the DHS chief is found to have lied under oath, she is guilty of perjury and obstruction of justice, and faces a jail sentence of a minimum of five years.
Earlier this week, Rick Perry said, “It’s fun to poke at [Obama] a little bit and say, “Hey, let’s see your grades and your birth certificate.”” And why shouldn’t he find birtherism fun?
Racism is supposed to be fun for white people who choose to engage in it. I mean, it’s gotta be fun to be powerful and dominant and flaunt white privilege. Right?
In a country where lynchings once doubled an occasion for barbeques — the strangling and perhaps burning of a Black body as the central performance act at a pleasant Southern picnic — why shouldn’t racism be fun for white people?
Birtherism is absolutely racism. It’s a clever, coded, politically-correct way to remind people Obama’s Black and untrustworthy and not one of us. It’s otherization: making him into an other makes him easier to demonize. For a candidate to say, “Obama’s Black, don’t vote for him,” would be too naked, impolite, and distasteful. But that same message is activated by the suggestion that he’s not like us because he’s not from this country.
See, racism seeks to put Blacks in a second-class position and to say we’re lesser than: lesser intelligence, value and/or humanity. We’re not one of the real Americans. Birtherism subtly says to the audience, “Obama’s not really one of us Americans. We can’t be sure he’s really from here. Is he a full-fledged American? We just can’t be certain.”
(Excerpt) Read more at ideas.time.com …
Obama Is Not Alone
By admin ~ October 27th, 2011 @ 06:25
By Aaron Cantor USAF (ret) ©
If you are delusional enough to think just getting rid of that thing who calls himself the President will turn the tide you are sadly mistaken because in this case, just cutting off the head of the snake will not cure the cancerous infestation which our government has become.
This situation didn’t just happen overnight, it has been slowly growing in stages just like a cancer which is still metastasizing daily.
In October 2009, the “Democratic Socialists of America” released in its newsletter a list of 70 members of the U.S. Congress who are members of the organization:…..
President Barack Obama’s political machine is increasingly making common cause with Texas Gov. Rick Perry against a shared enemy: Mitt Romney.
Romney is the opponent Democrats most fear, and whom Obama strategists view as the near-certain Republican nominee. Yet even among strategists who assume Romney will be Obama’s opponent, Perry’s newly feisty performance on the campaign trail has raised hopes that he may drag out the primary fight and bloody Romney ahead of the main event.
Obama supporters aren’t exactly coordinating attacks with Perry. But the Texas governor and national Democrats are reinforcing and amplifying a single, sharply negative message that benefits them both: that Romney is a soulless political opportunist who doesn’t deserve the presidency.
It’s a familiar attack that could resonate with voters in both the primary and general elections — and that strategists say can be delivered from the left and right with almost equal effect.
“Federal Agent Jesus Diaz was sentenced to two years in prison for allegedly roughing up a suspected drug runner who was caught with other illegals, bringing 150 pounds of marijuana across the border from Mexico into the US.”
(Excerpt) Read more at theblaze.com …
Project Veritas’ latest investigation is aptly titled, “To Catch a Journalist.”
Over the past several weeks, our citizen journalists have interviewed the so-called “media elite” and the people they walk with.
To Catch a Journalist Catch a Journalist Part 1 is sure to make waves as we call into question the reporters behind the headlines.
First up is the Huffington Post and their White House Correspondent, Sam Stein.
Just days ago in response to a Project Veritas investigation, Stein reported in defense of what he described as a “den for unbending liberals” — the Economic Policy Institute (EPI).
Our investigation (that Stein attempted to pro-actively undermine) found a Rutgers University professor and author at EPI willing to fully admit that when an EPI study ended with results contrary to their agenda, “they pay for it and THEY KILL IT.”
Coincidentally, while Stein had been investigating Project Veritas’ work, our team had been investigating him as part of our “To Catch a Journalist” series.
Watch the results here.
And stay tuned for more releases this week.
Scott Olsen survived two tours of Iraq, but his life could be over after being critically injured by a police projectile at Occupy Oakland, The Guardian reports. He’s 24 years old.
As we know, Occupy Oakland got incredibly ugly this week as police tried to remove protesters from their camp in front of City Hall by using tear gas, fire crackers, and rubber bullets.
Olsen suffered a head injury on Tuesday night, and is now in critical condition in Oakland’s Highland Hospital. Jay Finneburgh, a photographer on the scene, managed to witness and take pictures of the incident. Police policy specifically prohibits the firing of these weapons at a person’s head.
“This poor guy was right behind me when he was hit in the head with a police projectile. He went down hard and did not get up,” Finneburgh wrote.
At first, Doctors told Olsen’s friends that he was in critical, but stable condition. Now they’re being told that his skull has been fractured and his brain is beginning to swell. Neurologists are in the process of determining whether or not he will require surgery.
According to Keith Shannon, a friend who served with Olsen during his time in Iraq, Olsen was hit in the head with a tear gas or smoke canister, and he has the scar on his head to prove it.
Meanwhile, Oakland police admit that they used tear gas and baton rounds, but have denied the use of flash bang grenades. Protesters, however, say they saw police use them, and the more video that comes out, the harder it is to believe the police.
Olsen hails from Wisconsin, served tours of Iraq in 2006 and 2007, and is active in both Veterans for Peace and Iraq Veterans Against the War.
(Excerpt) Read more at businessinsider.com …
Why Republicans Will Never Address Obama’s Crimes
THE EXTENT OF THE DECEPTION PERPETRATED BY OBAMA SUPPORTERS IS MINDBOGGLING
by Lawrence Sellin, ©2011
The Republican Party was founded in 1854 on an anti-slavery platform and came to dominate the northern region of the country by 1858
(Oct. 22, 2011) — I have received information from multiple sources that Congressional Republicans are fully aware that Barack Hussein Obama is a Constitutionally illegal President and has committed felonies both before and after occupying the Oval Office.
Specifically, Obama is not a natural born citizen and, therefore, has never been eligible for the office of President. In addition, Obama has forged his birth documents and Selective Service registration and uses a Social Security number not issued to him.
The Republican establishment has decided that challenging Obama on those issues will be ineffective and will cause complete havoc in the country.
It is clear to me that Obama and the mainstream media have been thoroughly successful using Saul Alinsky’s Rules 5 and 9 of “Rules for Radicals”: