If the 8 or more Militias in Maine could put aside their differences and work together in a united, instead of divided manner, we could insure an honest election, we could have an honest secession vote, we could remove from office the likes of Michaud, and Pingree, Collins and Snowe. We could do as Athens, Tennessee did. We could exercise our Constitutional Right to be free: Silver at MaineTV.net
CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF MAINE
(Arranged by the Chief Justice of
the Maine Supreme Judicial Court and approved by
the Maine State Legislature,
Resolve 2003, chapter 98,
pursuant to the Constitution of Maine,
Article X, Section 6)
Objects of government. We the people of Maine, in order to establish justice, insure tranquility, provide for our mutual defense, promote our common welfare, and secure to ourselves and our posterity the blessings of liberty, acknowledging with grateful hearts the goodness of the Sovereign Ruler of the Universe in affording us an opportunity, so favorable to the design; and, imploring God's aid and direction in its accomplishment, do agree to form ourselves into a free and independent State, by the style and title of the State of Maine and do ordain and establish the following Constitution for the government of the same.
Section 1. Natural rights. All people are born equally free and independent, and have certain natural, inherent and unalienable rights, among which are those of enjoying and defending life and liberty, acquiring, possessing and protecting property, and of pursuing and obtaining safety and happiness.
Section 2. Power inherent in people. All power is inherent in the people; all free governments are founded in their authority and instituted for their benefit; they have therefore an unalienable and indefeasible right to institute government, and to alter, reform, or totally change the same, when their safety and happiness require it.
Section 3. Religious freedom; sects equal; religious tests prohibited; religious teachers. All individuals have a natural and unalienable right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their own consciences, and no person shall be hurt, molested or restrained in that person's liberty or estate for worshipping God in the manner and season most agreeable to the dictates of that person's own conscience, nor for that person's religious professions or sentiments, provided that that person does not disturb the public peace, nor obstruct others in their religious worship; -- and all persons demeaning themselves peaceably, as good members of the State, shall be equally under the protection of the laws, and no subordination nor preference of any one sect or denomination to another shall ever be established by law, nor shall any religious test be required as a qualification for any office or trust, under this State; and all religious societies in this State, whether incorporate or unincorporate, shall at all times have the exclusive right of electing their public teachers, and contracting with them for their support and maintenance.
Section 4. Freedom of speech and publication; libel; truth given in evidence; jury determines law and fact. Every citizen may freely speak, write and publish sentiments on any subject, being responsible for the abuse of this liberty; no laws shall be passed regulating or restraining the freedom of the press; and in prosecutions for any publication respecting the official conduct of people in public capacity, or the qualifications of those who are candidates for the suffrages of the people, or where the matter published is proper for public information, the truth thereof may be given in evidence, and in all indictments for libels, the jury, after having received the direction of the court, shall have a right to determine, at their discretion, the law and the fact.
Section 5. Unreasonable searches prohibited. The people shall be secure in their persons, houses, papers and possessions from all unreasonable searches and seizures; and no warrant to search any place, or seize any person or thing, shall issue without a special designation of the place to be searched, and the person or thing to be seized, nor without probable cause -- supported by oath or affirmation.
Section 6. Rights of persons accused. In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall have a right to be heard by the accused and counsel to the accused, or either, at the election of the accused;
To demand the nature and cause of the accusation, and have a copy thereof;
To be confronted by the witnesses against the accused;
To have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in favor of the accused;
To have a speedy, public and impartial trial, and, except in trials by martial law or impeachment, by a jury of the vicinity. The accused shall not be compelled to furnish or give evidence against himself or herself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, property or privileges, but by judgment of that person's peers or the law of the land.
obama Lied, clinton Lied, the Joint Chiefs Lied and four, maybe five men died!
"When the law no longer protects you from the corrupt, but protects the corrupt from you - you know your nation is doomed." -Ayn Rand
"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free." President Ronald Reagan
The Constitution and the Regulatory State’s Special Militias Published:Oct 31, 2013 Author:Edward J. Erler Post Date:2013-10-31 12:20:32 by tpaine
The Constitution and the Regulatory State’s Special Militias
by Edward J. Erler /
Filed Under: Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Heller, James Madison, Second Amendment, SWAT Teams, The Federalist
An article tucked away on the back page of my local newspaper caught my attention: the Library of Congress has become the latest federal agency to acquire a SWAT team. The Library of Congress?
We know that only members of Congress and high level executive department officials have check-out privileges, so it is unlikely that SWAT teams will be used to recall overdue books. What then? Is there evidence of a planned terrorist plot to destroy the Madison papers and thereby our memory of constitutional government? Perhaps an assault by Taliban negotiators on some of the still-secret Kissinger papers to learn how Le Duc Tho outwitted the U.S. in the Paris Peace accords? To clear the lobby of the unwashed homeless? Who knows? A call to the office of the Library’s Inspector General did not elicit any satisfactory answers as to why it was so urgent for the Library of Congress to join more than seventy other federal agencies in having a SWAT team.
Actually, we should be more precise: these are government militias, equipped and trained in the use of military weapons and military tactics.
In addition to the administrative agencies that we would expect to have militias, the Justice Department, Homeland Security, the Bureau of Prisons, and such, some unlikely federal bureaucracies actively train and use militias: IRS, Social Security Administration, Department of Education, Consumer Safety Products Commission, Bureau of Land Management, Department of Agriculture, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and a host of other agencies, both large and small. Sensational stories about the Environmental Protection Agency raids to enforce the Clean Water Act have surfaced in recent weeks; the Education Department has used its militia to terrorize citizens suspected of defaulting on student loans; and a few years ago, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, along with the militia from the Fish and Wild Life Service made a spectacular raid on a Miami business suspected of having violated the Endangered Species Act.
These raids were full-scale military operations to enforce administrative agency regulations. Government militias have become so active in the past several years that the rate at which they purchase ammunition for training purposes has caused widespread shortages in civilian markets—at times it has been almost impossible for civilians to purchase the most popular calibers used by government militias. What should we make of this dramatic expansion of the administrative state?
In The Federalist, Madison wrote that Americans will possess an advantage “over the people of almost every other nation”—“the advantage of being armed.” In “the several kingdoms of Europe . . . the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.” But in America, Madison argued, the people, not government, will be sovereign and it is essential that the sovereign element possess arms.
The Lexington Minuteman
As Madison also wrote in the Federalist, the principles of the Constitution were derived from “the transcendent law of nature and nature’s God, which declares that the safety and happiness of society are the objects at which all political institutions aim and to which all such institutions must be sacrificed.” Everyone recognizes this as a paraphrase of the Declaration of Independence which forms the principled foundation of the Constitution. The Declaration notes that all “just powers of government” are derived from the consent of the governed.” Thus the Declaration sets forth what the founders knew as the social compact origins of government. Madison frequently remarked that “all just and free government” derives from social compact. Social compact, Madison wrote, “contemplates a certain number of individuals as meeting and agreeing to form one political society, in order that the rights, the safety, and the interests of each may be under the safeguard of the whole.” The rights to be protected by the political society are not created by government—rights exist by nature. Governments are therefore created to protect those rights that it does not create. And we know from the Declaration’s central principle—that “all men are created equal”—that all human beings by nature possess equal rights, “life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness.” Thus political society exists to secure the equal protection of the equal rights of all who consent to be governed. This is the original understanding of what we know today as “equal protection of the laws.”
Each person who consents to become a member of civil society thus enjoys the equal protection of his own rights, while at the same time incurring the obligation to protect the rights of his fellow citizens. In the first instance, then, the people are a militia, formed for the mutual protection of equal rights. No one who is unwilling or unable to perform this primary obligation can be a member of civil society. From Madison’s analysis it is evident that disarming the people is tantamount to dissolving the moral and political existence of the people.
The people in establishing government delegate certain portions of their sovereignty to government to be exercised for their “safety and happiness.” This is the idea of limited government—the people delegate some portions of sovereignty but retain what they do not delegate. One aspect of sovereignty that the people may never delegate is the right to “alter or abolish” government when it “becomes destructive of the ends” for which it was instituted. This is known as the right of revolution, and it is the ultimate expression of the people’s sovereignty. It is the only duty that is mentioned in the Declaration; it is therefore both a right and a duty. The Declaration rightly warns, however, that this sovereign prerogative should be exercised only with utmost circumspection, since the dissolution of government—or even the fundamental alteration of governments long established—is a prospect that is fraught with great dangers. But we must be candid: if the people have the right to revolution, then they also have a right to the means of revolution—the people must have the right to keep and bear arms. It was this valuable nexus that was recognized in the Second Amendment.
Madison, of course, was the author of the Second Amendment, and it explicitly identifies the people as having the right “to keep and bear arms.” In District of Columbia v. Heller (2008), Justice Antonin Scalia writing for a 5-4 majority got some things right and many things wrong. Holding that the right to keep and bear arms was an individual right and not conditioned by membership in an organized militia was eminently correct. As Madison noted often enough all the rights in the Bill of Rights were “private” or individual rights. But where the Court went wrong was to say that the core of the Second Amendment is the right to possess weapons for self-defense in the home. Justice Scalia was wrong to argue that the Second Amendment merely codified the common law right of self-defense. It did not: it was meant to recognize natural rights which preexisted the establishment of government. Home defense is perhaps a part of the Second Amendment, but its essential part is political—a recognition of the fact that the people always reserve the right of revolution as an aspect of their sovereignty.
Justice Scalia suggested that there might be some arguments for the right to carry weapons for self-defense outside the home, but restrictions on carrying weapons into “sensitive areas” such as schools and government buildings would probably be valid. Scalia also suggested that there might be valid restrictions on the kinds of weapons that individuals might be allowed to own. Unusual or inherently dangerous weapons could be restricted or banned, including, the Justice, helpfully suggested, the automatic version of the current military infantry rifle. The question seems to be posed as one of which weapons are valuable for home defense. The Court says that the American people have overwhelmingly chosen the handgun for that purpose. Can so-called assault rifles be banned because they are not well adapted home defense? One California appeals court has made precisely this ruling— AR type weapons are not protected by the Second Amendment. But obviously the Second Amendment wasn’t designed for home protection. It was designed a means for a sovereign people to assert their sovereignty when government becomes oppressive and the ordinary constitutional channels of redress are no longer effective or available.
We can be assured, however, that the Constitution was the greatest document ever devised to render the exercise of the right of revolution unnecessary. But still, the recognition of that right—and even its celebration—should be the duty of all constitutionalists. I agree with President Obama when he says we should reject those who tell us that “tyranny is always lurking just around the corner.” This does not mean, however, that there is no such thing as tyranny or that constitutional governments cannot become tyrannical.
We live today in what some constitutional scholars call a “Post-Constitutional Age.” This is an age where administration has taken the place of the Constitution. Insofar as the Constitution with its requirement of elections and the separation of powers impedes the extension of the administrative state it must be rendered superfluous. It is in this manner that we must view the burgeoning growth of administrative militias.
The military exists to protect the security of the nation and there is little, I believe, to fear from the military as a whole. Even Al Gore, who believed he was the legitimate winner of the election of 2000, and was still a member of the executive branch, probably did not dream of calling on the military to install him in office by force as the rightful winner. Such a request would have been laughable. (Some friends I have visited in non-democratic regimes in the past few years ask why he didn’t do so? That is the way it would have happened in my country!)
The biggest challenge to our near term future is the special militias created by the administrative agencies, who seek, not to protect the country or the people, but to extend the sphere and magnify the power of executive agencies they serve. These are the kind of special militias the founders worried about. England before the Revolution had special militias based on sectarian divisions. Designating the whole people as the militia was designed to curtail the creation of special militias. The administrative agencies have become the “sectarian” special militias of our day—and they are no less destructive of constitutional government than they were in the seventeenth century. In our day, the goal of government militias is to replace the sovereignty of the people with the sovereignty of government, and with it the end of constitutional government.
What part does Common Core indoctrination and obamacare play in the destruction of the Republic?
WATCH This clip and see whre the two will lead us.
Tuesday October 29, 2013 update
Ted Cruz Tells Trayvon's Mother Why Stand Your Ground Laws
Can't Possibly Be 'Racist'
Editors note: The more we see of Ted Cruz and the more we hear him speak, the more we come to realize what a great man and Patriot he is. Why can't Maine send men like Senator Cruz to Washington instead of the homosexual loving, anti Republic, Christian hating, reprobated minded scum we do send.
Increasingly, the US government’s many police forces (often state and local ones as well) operate militarily and are trained to treat ordinary citizens as enemies. At the same time, the people from whom the government personnel take their cues routinely describe those who differ from them socially and politically as illegitimate, criminal, even terrorists. Though these developments have separate roots, the post-9/11 state of no-win war against anonymous enemies has given them momentum. The longer it goes on, the more they converge and set in motion a spiral of civil strife all too well known in history, a spiral ever more difficult to stop short of civil war. Even now ordinary Americans are liable to being disadvantaged, hurt or even killed by their government as never before.
Government’s violent treatment of citizens has become generalized and unremarkable. Consider.
This month in Washington DC, Federal police riddled with bullets a woman suffering from post-partum depression who, had she been allowed to live, might have been convicted of reckless driving, at most. She had careened too close to the White House and Capitol, but had harmed no one and her car had stopped. In the same month, California sheriffs’ deputies killed a 13 year-old boy who was carrying a plastic toy rifle. It is not illegal to carry a rifle, never mind a toy one. America did not blink. A half century ago, Alabama sheriff Bull Connor’s use of a mere cattle prod to move marchers from blocking a street had caused a national crisis.
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In a casual conversation, a friendly employee of the US Forest Service bemoaned to me that he was on his way to a US Army base, where he and colleagues would practice military tactics against persons who resist regulations. A forester, he had hoped to be Smokey the Bear. Instead, he said, “we are now the Department of Provocation.” In fact every US government agency, and most state and local ones now police their ever burgeoning regulations with military equipment, tactics, and above all with the assumption that they are dealing with people who should not be dealt with any other way.
Modern militarized government stems from the Progressive idea that society must mobilize as for war to achieve “the greater good.” Hence we have “wars” on everything from hunger and drugs and ignorance and global warming. Reality follows rhetoric. Since the health of “the environment” is a matter of life and death, the Environmental Protection Agency must deal with “enemies of the planet” with armored cars, machine guns, and home invasions. Apparently, even the Department of Education has SWAT teams.
The general population is increasingly inured to violence. The latest “Grand Theft” video game, for example, involves torturing a prisoner. Fun. That is only one step beyond the popular TV show “24” in which the audience cheered the hero’s torture of terrorist suspects. Contrast this with Dragnet, the most popular TV cops drama of the 1950s, whose Sergeant Joe Friday knocked on doors and said “yes ma’m, no ma’m.”
But governments, including ours, do not and cannot oppress citizens equally.
Persons who possess the greatest power have the larger opportunity to direct blame and distrust, even mayhem, onto those they like least. Since the mid- 1990s, authoritative voices from Democratic President Bill Clinton to Republican New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, echoed by the media have intoned a familiar litany: America is beset by racism, sexism, homophobia, and religious obscurantism, by domestic abuse, greed, and gun owners. These ills are not so different from those found in backward parts of the world where we fight “extremism” in order to fight terrorism. Indeed these ills argue for fighting extremism, indeed for nation- building in America as well as abroad. Who in America embodies extremism? Who is inherently responsible for social ills, including terrorism? Who will have to be re-constructed? No surprise: the ruling class’ political opponents: the conservative side of American life.
This has deep roots. In 1963, the ruling class imputed President John F. Kennedy’s assassination to the “climate of hatred” in conservative Dallas, Texas even though the assassin was a Communist. No less than Chief Justice Earl Warren indicted right wing “bigots.” Today, computer searches find that the term “extremist” correlates in the major newspapers with “conservative” or “right wing” at twelve times the rate it does with “liberal” or “left wing.”
The focus on “Homeland Security” has only added “terrorism” to our ruling class’ excuses for “going after” conservative Americans. And so, the Department of Homeland Security uses its intelligence “fusion centers” to compile ominously worded dossiers against such groups as “pro-lifers” and such “anti government activists” as “homeschoolers” and “gun owners.” The FBI infiltrates the Tea Parties as it once did the Communist Party. DHS conducts its “practice runs” against mockups of these groups. The IRS audits conservative groups.
Why not? President Barack Obama called these very groups “enemies of democracy,” and Vice President Joseph Biden has called them “terrorists.” Obama Administration spokesmen have referred to them as “jihadists,” “hostage takers,” persons “with bombs strapped to their chests, etc. Indeed a Rasmussen poll shows that 26% of the Obama Administration’s supporters – possibly not the least influential among them – regard the Tea Parties as the top terrorist threat to America.
No official act is needed for like-minded persons at the top of society to act in mutually pleasing ways. No law, no official policy, much less conspiracy is needed – only the prejudices and convenience, the intellectual, social, identity of those in power. Why should not officials all across the US government act according to their superiors’ opinions, to what they hear from the best people and what they read in the best media, indeed according to their shared beliefs?
NSA calls obama a liar!
White House OKd spying on allies, U.S. intelligence officials say
NSA and other U.S. intelligence agency staff members are said to be angry at President Obama for denying knowledge of the spying.
The U.S. Embassy, pictured to the above, sits near Germany's legislative buildings in Berlin. Chancellor Angela Merkel is among the leaders of U.S.-allied nations who have complained in recent days over reports of U.S. spying.
By Ken Dilanian and Janet Stobart
October 28, 2013, 7:25 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The White House and State Department signed off on surveillance targeting phone conversations of friendly foreign leaders, current and former U.S. intelligence officials said Monday, pushing back against assertions that President Obama and his aides were unaware of the high-level eavesdropping.
Professional staff members at the National Security Agency and other U.S. intelligence agencies are angry, these officials say, believing the president has cast them adrift as he tries to distance himself from the disclosures by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden that have strained ties with close allies.
The resistance emerged as the White House said it would curtail foreign intelligence collection in some cases and two senior U.S. senators called for investigations of the practice.
France, Germany, Italy, Mexico and Sweden have all publicly complained about the NSA surveillance operations, which reportedly captured private cellphone conversations by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, among other foreign leaders.
On Monday, as Spain joined the protest, the fallout also spread to Capitol Hill.
Until now, members of Congress have chiefly focused their attention on Snowden's disclosures about the NSA's collection of U.S. telephone and email records under secret court orders.
"With respect to NSA collection of intelligence on leaders of U.S. allies — including France, Spain, Mexico and Germany — let me state unequivocally: I am totally opposed," said Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee.
"Unless the United States is engaged in hostilities against a country or there is an emergency need for this type of surveillance, I do not believe the United States should be collecting phone calls or emails of friendly presidents and prime ministers," she said in a statement.
Feinstein said the Intelligence Committee had not been told of "certain surveillance activities" for more than a decade, and she said she would initiate a major review of the NSA operation. She added that the White House had informed her that "collection on our allies will not continue," although other officials said most U.S. surveillance overseas would not be affected.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), ranking minority member of the Armed Services Committee, said Congress should consider creating a special select committee to examine U.S. eavesdropping on foreign leaders.
"Obviously, we're going to want to know exactly what the president knew and when he knew it," McCain told reporters in Chicago. "We have always eavesdropped on people around the world. But the advance of technology has given us enormous capabilities, and I think you might make an argument that some of this capability has been very offensive both to us and to our allies."
In Madrid, Spanish Foreign Ministry officials summoned the U.S. ambassador to object to the alleged NSA communications net in Spain. Citing documents leaked by Snowden, El Mundo, a major Spanish daily, said the U.S. spy agency had collected data on more than 60 million phone calls made in just 30 days, from early December 2012 to early January 2013.
Precisely how the surveillance is conducted is unclear. But if a foreign leader is targeted for eavesdropping, the relevant U.S. ambassador and the National Security Council staffer at the White House who deals with the country are given regular reports, said two former senior intelligence officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity in discussing classified information.
Obama may not have been specifically briefed on NSA operations targeting a foreign leader's cellphone or email communications, one of the officials said. "But certainly the National Security Council and senior people across the intelligence community knew exactly what was going on, and to suggest otherwise is ridiculous."
If U.S. spying on key foreign leaders was news to the White House, current and former officials said, then White House officials have not been reading their briefing books.
Some U.S. intelligence officials said they were being blamed by the White House for conducting surveillance that was authorized under the law and utilized at the White House.
"People are furious," said a senior intelligence official who would not be identified discussing classified information. "This is officially the White House cutting off the intelligence community."
Any decision to spy on friendly foreign leaders is made with input from the State Department, which considers the political risk, the official said. Any useful intelligence is then given to the president's counter-terrorism advisor, Lisa Monaco, among other White House officials.
Jay Carney, the White House press secretary, said Monday that Obama had ordered a review of surveillance capabilities, including those affecting America's closest foreign partners and allies.
"Our review is looking across the board at our intelligence gathering to ensure that as we gather intelligence, we are properly accounting for both the security of our citizens and our allies and the privacy concerns shared by Americans and citizens around the world," Carney said.
Caitlin Hayden, spokeswoman for the National Security Council, said the review would examine "whether we have the appropriate posture when it comes to heads of state, how we coordinate with our closest allies and partners, and what further guiding principles or constraints might be appropriate for our efforts."
She said the review should be completed this year.
Citing documents from Snowden, the German news magazine Der Spiegel reported last week that the NSA's Special Collection Service had monitored Merkel's cellphone since 2002. Obama subsequently called Merkel and told her he was not aware her phone had been hacked, U.S. officials said.
Intelligence officials also disputed a Wall Street Journal article Monday that said the White House had learned only this summer — during a review of surveillance operations that might be exposed by Snowden — about an NSA program to monitor communications of 35 world leaders. Since then, officials said, several of the eavesdropping operations have been stopped because of political sensitivities.
Stobart is a news assistant in The Times' London bureau. Chicago Tribune writer Rick Pearson contributed to this report.
Vitamin B17 ~ Amygdalin ~ Laetrile
and their effects on cancer continued...
This is just a quick version of the facts found at this web site and
in the book "World
Without Cancer" by G. Edward Griffin. The book 'World
Without Cancer' covers a lot of information on studies that were covered
up and great scientist who where arrested when they began telling others
about the truth of vitamin B17. Highly annotated for the serious student
who wants to research the information for himself. Contains studies
on Amygdalin (vitamin B17, laetrile) that were conducted at the famous
cancer institute, Sloan Kettering and covered up. Full explanation of
the politics of cancer from Mr. Edward Griffin. Go through the pages
to learn from educated scientists and doctors.
1:29 And God said, Behold I have given you every herb bearing seed,
which is upon the face of all the earth , and every tree, in the which
is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
God (our Creator) hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise;
and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things
which are mighty;" 1 Corinthians 1:27
B-17 is found in most fruit seeds. Its components make it vital for
our survival without cancer. Seeds are for everyone to eat. Don't wait
and see if you develop cancer to start eating the seeds.
B17 is found in seeds such as the apple, peach, cherry, grapes, and
apricot. It is found in some beans and many grasses such as wheat grass.
The hard wooden pit in the middle of the apricot or peach for example,
is not supposed to be thrown away. In fact, the wooden shell is actually
a strong armor protecting one of the most important foods known to man,
the seed. It is one of the main courses of food in cultures such as
the Navajo Indians, the Hunzakuts, the Abkhazians and many more. Cultures
such as these have never had a reported case of cancer when eating their
don't need to make the seed a main course in our diets, but we do need
the equivalent of about seven apricots seeds per day. This will nearly
guarantee a cancer free life. Other foods that contain vitamin B-17
are: bitter almonds, millet, lima beans and more. (The bitter almond
tree has also been banned from the U.S. years ago.)
seeds have the highest content of B-17 on earth. They are chewable
and bitter and a necessity in our diet. Although apricot seeds are bitter,
they must be integrated into our diets. They may be added to food or
chopped up and swallowed with a teaspoon of honey or applesauce. The
seeds may be used in combination with the Laetrile Cancer Therapy. As
a preventative, Dr. Krebs (the scientist who discovered B-17) asserts
that 7 or more apricot seeds per day will make it impossible to develop
cancer in one's life time. One or two of the B-17 tablets (100 mg)
is an acceptable supplemental dosage per day. Stores do not sell "raw"
apricot seeds because of the raids the FDA made on those stores with
vitamin B17 and the apricot seeds years ago.
nearly all cases when the B-17 is taken in high doses the tumors shrink.
Now one is faced with the confusion of staying on the chemotherapy or
stopping the chemo, due to the unclearness of what shrunk the cancer.
Those that continue on with the chemotherapy have a relatively poor
outcome. We understand that once an individual is caught in the vacuum
cycle of chemotherapy, radiation and operations, it is very difficult
to pull away from this higher authority (principalities, prestigious
doctors and hospitals) and say "NO" to more chemotherapy.
My friend Jason still has a small tumor in his kidney and would not
let Dr. Nagler of Beth Israel Hospital remove his kidney despite his
certified "scare" letters sent to his house over and over
again. Hundreds of people make the wrong decisions
because they were expecting their tumor to disappear. ( This is one
of the things you have to know.) When it shrinks down that's it, start
rejoicing and continue on your natural regimen. Do not stop eating the
seeds. The tumor doesn't disappear. Most doctors will still see a tumor
and continue to give a person chemotherapy (until they're dead) in attempts
to make it disappear. Malignant (cancerous) tumors are only a small
percent cancer and when the cancer part starts dying off, the tumor
only shrinks down the percent that the tumor was cancerous. In other
words, if a kidney tumor is 10 percent cancerous the tumor will shrink
down only 10 percent. So if you get a CAT scan, which one should
never get (with 6 CAT scans there is over 60% more of a chance of one
developing Leukemia; MRI's are much safer as they use magnetic imaging
and not radiation) a 10 percent shrinkage will be concluded as "NO
CHANGE" by a doctor.
you have cancer and would like some information on how to take the B-17
as well as foods to eat and foods that you should not eat, keep reading.
are some helpful tips on improving your health and preventing cancer.
Note: Let your body get used to the new changes and start everything
at a low dosage and gradually build up or you may get sick.
you do not have cancer and you want to prevent it, eat 7 to 10 apricots
seeds daily (start out at a low dosage, such as 1 or 2 at a time and
work up to 7 to 10), stay away from refined sugar (sugar feeds cancer),
caffeine (very bad for your liver and kidneys), and white flour (easily
changed to sugars). Read your food labels and educate yourself on ingredients
that are listed. Try to eat more raw foods and stay away from the processed
food. If it has a warning label on it, you know what to do, right?
you have cancer now, after finishing this page please read the link
on the left labeled "Protocol". I have reworded the info here
as a short version of what is there.
least 21 days of the injectable B-17 at 9 grams per day or up to 6
seeds per hour. Start the seeds at a low dosage (such as 1 or 2 at
a time) as they must go through your digestive tract and can cause
nausea. The injectable needs to be put into a vein.
to eighteen 500 MG tablets per day or up to 6 seeds per hour for the
seeds (start out with a low dosage and build up).
Your digestive system must have time to accommodate the dosage.
there is a pancreatic enzyme that helps breaks down the protein wall
around a cancer cell. You can get this enzyme by eating raw organic
pineapple or you can order a product called " Megazyme
Forte" from the same place you got the seeds. Eat just a helping
or so of pineapple per day with the seeds.
taking a low dosage of vitamin
C every day (about 500 to 1000 MG) and slowly build your way up
to 10,000 to 25,000 MG per day. This will take some time to get your
body used to such levels so don't be too anxious about getting to the
higher dosages right away. Some symptoms of too high a dose could be
headaches, nausea, diarrhea, etc. This does not mean that the product
is not working. On the contrary, it means that your body is being detoxified
too fast so you need to back off on the dosage. You want to detox your
body at a slow rate so you won't get the symptoms described above.
if you have already torn down you immune system with chemo or radiation,
you will want to build it up as much as you can. One way to do this
is with a product called AHCC.
AHCC helps build your immune system up to the level that is needed to
fight cancer and other diseases.
a lot of pure water. Microwater is the best.
is good for your liver. You can get some beets and juice them with other
vegetables. It is very important that you start slow on this as it could
make you feel sick at first. Drink a small amount at first (such as
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Radio talk show host and conservative Fox News superstar Sean Hannity showed the world a side of him that the far left would pretend doesn’t exist.
During his radio show Monday afternoon, Hannity called the phone number President Obama told the public to use for help with Obamacare questions, since the website doesn’t work.
Phone worker Erling Davis answered Sean’s call and proceeded to field the questions about the Obamacare roll out that Sean prodded her with.
The friendly and good-natured Davis truthfully answered Sean’s questions about the fiasco surrounding Obamacare….and it seems that was her downfall. None of her answers cast the Obamacare roll out in a good light, especially when asked by Sean if any of her callers like the plan and she said “not really.” (Hear dialogue.)
Hannity had Ms. Davis on his show yesterday to ask if there were repercussions from speaking to him on his national radio show. She explained that the next morning, she was taken to a Human Resources meeting and was told she was fired. The reason given for her firing was “contact with the media.”
According to Ms. Davis, she was never told during her training that she was forbidden from taking calls from the media. “I was just out here trying to help everybody,” she told Hannity.
If you think about it, Ms. Davis was doing a better job of informing the public about Obamacare than the administration has been doing. She answered questions about the healthcare system and its website heard by millions of Americans listening to Hannity’s radio show.
Upon hearing that Ms. Davis had lost her job as a result of talking to him on national radio, Sean pledged to send her the year’s salary ($26,000) that she would have made if she remained at her job (and also promised to find her a new job.)
Ms. Davis was grateful for the help from Sean. Being a single mother of two suddenly losing her job was a fearful event for her, but Hannity took her under his wing and protected her.
Hannity said: “I’m very sorry that you had to go through that. I don’t want you to have to pay a price just for taking our call. So I want to help you out here.”
This isn’t the first time Sean Hannity has helped out people that he feels need a break; he has shown his generosity many times this way. But he is also known as a generous philanthropist behind the scenes as well, and many can attest to that.
But it also magnifies a stark fact that if you speak out against President Obama or his policies, you will pay a price for speaking the truth.
Benghazi Time Table
60 Minutes Script: Benghazi (Bombshell?)
The following script is from "Benghazi" which aired on Oct. 27, 2013. The correspondent is Lara Logan. Max McClellan, producer.
When Chris Stevens was killed in Benghazi, Libya, on the anniversary of September 11th last year, it was only the sixth time that the United States had lost an ambassador to its enemies. The events of that night have been overshadowed by misinformation, confusion and intense partisanship. But for those who lived through it, there's nothing confusing about what happened, and they share a sense of profound frustration because they say they saw it coming.
Tonight, you will hear for the first time from a security officer who witnessed the attack. He calls himself, Morgan Jones, a pseudonym he's using for his own safety. A former British soldier, he's been helping to keep U.S. diplomats and military leaders safe for the last decade. On a night he describes as sheer hell, Morgan Jones snuck into a Benghazi hospital that was under the control of al Qaeda terrorists, desperate to find out if one of his close friends from the U.S. Special Mission was the American he'd been told was there.
Morgan Jones: I was dreading seeing who it was, you know? It didn't take long to get to the room. And I could see in through the glass. And I didn't even have to go into the room to see who it was. I knew who it was immediately.
Lara Logan: Who was it?
Morgan Jones: It was the ambassador, dead. Yeah, shocking.
Morgan Jones said he'd never felt so angry in his life. Only hours earlier, Amb. Chris Stevens had sought him out, concerned about the security at the U.S. Special Mission Compound where Morgan was in charge of the Libyan guard force.
Now, the ambassador was dead and the U.S. compound was engulfed in flames and overrun by dozens of heavily armed fighters.
Although the attack began here, the more organized assault unfolded about a mile across the city at a top secret CIA facility known as the Annex. It lasted more than seven hours and took four American lives.
Contrary to the White House's public statements, which were still being made a full week later, it's now well established that the Americans were attacked by al Qaeda in a well-planned assault.
Five months before that night, Morgan Jones first arrived in Benghazi, in eastern Libya about 400 miles from the capital, Tripoli.
He thought this would be an easy assignment compared to Afghanistan and Iraq. But on his first drive through Benghazi, he noticed the black flags of al Qaeda flying openly in the streets and he grew concerned about the guard forces as soon as he pulled up to the U.S. compound.
Morgan Jones: There was nobody there that we could see. And then we realized they were all inside drinking tea, laughing and joking.
Lara Logan: What did you think?
Morgan Jones: Instantly I thought we're going to have to get rid of all these guys.
Morgan Jones' job was training the unarmed guards who manned the compound's gates. A second Libyan force -- an armed militia hired by the State Department -- was supposed to defend the compound in the event of an attack. Morgan had nothing to do with the militia, but they worried him so much, he could not keep quiet.
Morgan Jones: I was saying, "These guys are no good. You need to-- you need to get 'em out of here."
Lara Logan: You also kept saying, "If this place is attacked these guys are not going to stand and fight?"
Morgan Jones: Yeah. I used to say it all the time. Yeah, in the end I got quite bored of hearing my own voice saying it.
Andy Wood: We had one option: "Leave Benghazi or you will be killed."
Green Beret Commander, Lieutenant Colonel Andy Wood, was one of the top American security officials in Libya. Based in Tripoli, he met with Amb. Stevens every day.
The last time he went to Benghazi was in June, just three months before the attack. While he was there, al Qaeda tried to assassinate the British ambassador. Wood says, to him, it came as no surprise because al Qaeda -- using a familiar tactic -- had stated their intent in an online posting, saying they would attack the Red Cross, the British and then the Americans in Benghazi.
Lara Logan: And you watched as they--
Andy Wood: As they did each one of those.
Lara Logan: --attacked the Red Cross and the British mission. And the only ones left--
Andy Wood: Were us. They made good on two out of the three promises. It was a matter of time till they captured the third one.
Lara Logan: And Washington was aware of that?
Andy Wood: They knew we monitored it. We included that in our reports to both State Department and DOD.
Andy Wood told us he raised his concerns directly with Amb. Stevens three months before the U.S. compound was overrun.
Andy Wood: I made it known in a country team meeting, "You are gonna get attacked. You are gonna get attacked in Benghazi. It's gonna happen. You need to change your security profile."
Lara Logan: Shut down--
Andy Wood: Shut down--
Lara Logan: --the special mission--
Andy Wood: --"Shut down operations. Move out temporarily. Ch-- or change locations within the city. Do something to break up the profile because you are being targeted. They are-- they are-- they are watching you. The attack cycle is such that they're in the final planning stages."
Lara Logan: Wait a minute, you said, "They're in the final planning stages of an attack on the American mission in Benghazi"?
Andy Wood: It was apparent to me that that was the case. Reading, reading all these other, ah, attacks that were occurring, I could see what they were staging up to, it was, it was obvious.
We have learned the U.S. already knew that this man, senior al Qaeda leader Abu Anas al-Libi was in Libya, tasked by the head of al Qaeda to establish a clandestine terrorist network inside the country. Al-Libi was already wanted for his role in bombing two U.S. embassies in Africa.
Greg Hicks: It was a frightening piece of information.
Lara Logan: Because it meant what?
Greg Hicks: It raised the stakes, changed the game.
Greg Hicks, who testified before Congress earlier this year, was Amb. Stevens' deputy based in Tripoli - a 22-year veteran of the Foreign Service with an impeccable reputation.
Lara Logan: And in that environment you were asking for more security assets and you were not getting them?
Greg Hicks: That's right.
Lara Logan: Did you fight that?
Greg Hicks: I was in the process of trying to frame a third request but it was not allowed to go forward.
Lara Logan: So why didn't you get the help that you needed and that you asked for?
Greg Hicks: I really, really don't know. I in fact would like to know that, the answer to that question.
In the months prior to the attack, Amb. Stevens approved a series of detailed cables to Washington, specifically mentioning, among other things, "the al Qaeda flag has been spotted several times flying over government buildings".
When the attack began on the evening of September 11, Amb. Stevens immediately called Greg Hicks, who was back in Tripoli.
Greg Hicks: Ambassador said that the consulate's under attack. And then the line cut.
Lara Logan: Do you remember the sound of his voice?
Greg Hicks: Oh yeah, it's indelibly imprinted on my mind.
Lara Logan: How did he sound?
Greg Hicks: He sounded frightened.
In Benghazi, Morgan Jones, who was at his apartment about 15 minutes away, got a frantic call from one of his Libyan guards.
Morgan Jones: I could hear gunshots. And I-- and he said, "There's-- there's men coming into the mission." His voice, he was, he was scared, you could tell he was really scared and he was running, I could tell he was running.
His first thought was for his American friends, the State Department agents who were pinned down inside the compound, and he couldn't believe it when one of them answered his phone.
Morgan Jones: I said, "What's going on?" He said, "We're getting attacked." And I said, "How many?" And he said, "They're all over the compound." And I felt shocked, I didn't know what to say. And-- I said, "Well, just keep fighting. I'm on my way."
Morgan's guards told him the armed Libyan militia that was supposed to defend the compound had fled, just as Morgan had predicted. His guards -- unarmed and terrified -- sounded the alarm, but they were instantly overwhelmed by the attackers.
Morgan Jones: They said, "We're here to kill Americans, not Libyans," so they'd give them a good beating, pistol whip them, beat them with their rifles and let them go.
Lara Logan: We're here to kill Americans.
Morgan Jones: That's what they said, yeah.
Lara Logan: Not Libyans.
Morgan Jones: Yeah.
About 30 minutes into the attack, a quick reaction force from the CIA Annex ignored orders to wait and raced to the compound, at times running and shooting their way through the streets just to get there. Inside the compound, they repelled a force of as many as 60 armed terrorists and managed to save five American lives and recover the body of Foreign Service Officer Sean Smith. They were forced to fight their way out before they could find the ambassador.
Not long afterwards, Morgan Jones scaled the 12-foot high wall of the compound that was still overrun with al Qaeda fighters.
Morgan Jones: One guy saw me. He just shouted. I couldn't believe that he'd seen me 'cause it was so dark. He started walking towards me.
Lara Logan: And as he was coming closer?
Morgan Jones: As I got closer, I just hit him with the butt of the rifle in the face.
Lara Logan: And?
Morgan Jones: Oh, he went down, yeah.
Lara Logan: He dropped?
Morgan Jones: Yeah, like-- like a stone.
Lara Logan: With his face smashed in?
Morgan Jones: Yeah.
Lara Logan: And no one saw you do it?
Morgan Jones: No.
Lara Logan: Or heard it?
Morgan Jones: No, there was too much noise.
The same force that had gone to the compound was now defending the CIA Annex. Hours later, they were joined by a small team of Americans from Tripoli. From defensive positions on these rooftops, the Americans fought back a professional enemy. In a final wave of intense fighting just after 5 a.m., the attackers unleashed a barrage of mortars. Three of them slammed into this roof, killing former Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty.
Lara Logan: They hit that roof three times.
Andy Wood: They, they hit those roofs three times.
Lara Logan: In the dark.
Andy Wood: Yea, that's getting the basketball through the hoop over your shoulder.
Lara Logan: What does it take to pull off an attack like that?
Andy Wood: Coordination, planning, training, experienced personnel. They practice those things. They knew what they were doing. That was a-- that was a well-executed attack.
We have learned there were two Delta Force operators who fought at the Annex and they've since been awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and the Navy Cross -- two of the military's highest honors. The Americans who rushed to help that night went without asking for permission and the lingering question is why no larger military response ever crossed the border into Libya -- something Greg Hicks realized wasn't going to happen just an hour into the attack.
Lara Logan: You have this conversation with the defense attache. You ask him what military assets are on their way. And he says--
Greg Hicks: Effectively, they're not. And I-- for a moment, I just felt lost. I just couldn't believe the answer. And then I made the call to the Annex chief, and I told him, "Listen, you've gotta tell those guys there may not be any help coming."
Lara Logan: That's a tough thing to understand. Why?
Greg Hicks: It just is. We--, for us, for the people that go out onto the edge, to represent our country, we believe that if we get in trouble, they're coming to get us. That our back is covered. To hear that it's not, it's a terrible, terrible experience.
The U.S. government today acknowledges the Americans at the U.S. compound in Benghazi were not adequately protected. And says those who carried out the attack are still being hunted down.
Just a few weeks ago, Abu Anas al-Libi was captured for his role in the Africa bombings and the U.S. is still investigating what part he may have played in Benghazi. We've learned that this man, Sufian bin Qumu, a former Guantanamo Bay detainee and long-time al Qaeda operative, was one of the lead planners along with Faraj al-Chalabi, whose ties to Osama bin Laden go back more than 15 years. He's believed to have carried documents from the compound to the head of al Qaeda in Pakistan.
The morning after the attack, Morgan Jones went back to the compound one last time to document the scene. He took these photos which he gave to the FBI and has published in a book he has written. After all this time, he told us he's still haunted by a conversation he had with Foreign Service Officer Sean Smith, a week before the attack.
Morgan Jones: Yeah, he was worried. He wasn't happy with the security.
Lara Logan: And you didn't tell him all your worries?
Morgan Jones: No. No, didn't want to--
Lara Logan: Why not?
Morgan Jones: I didn't want to worry him anymore, you know? He's a nice guy. I sort of promised him he'd be OK.
Lara Logan: You think about that?
Morgan Jones: Every day, yeah.
The U.S. pulled out of Benghazi and al Qaeda has grown in power across Libya. When a member of our team went to the U.S. compound earlier this month, he found remnants of the Americans' final frantic moments still scattered on the ground. Among them Amb. Stevens' official schedule for Sept.12, 2012, a day he didn't live to see.
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Simple, I need the money that, hopefully, a year from now it will be able to generate.
But, I'm not alone, thanks to the US g0vt, I am not alone, for the US g0vt has destroyed the vast majority of retirement nest eggs.
Seniors Going Back To Work to Salvage Their Retirement Nest Eggs, Says AMAC
WASHINGTON, DC, Oct 25 – Seniors who went back to work after retirement used to do it to keep busy, but the Obama Recession and the uncertainties of the Affordable Care Act have made it an economic necessity for more and more older Americans, according to Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens.
“Two recent Gallup surveys show that there are more post-retirement job seekers out there than ever before, mainly because they’ve lost confidence in the economy. The historically destructive recession that started as the president took office and his inability to speed up the recovery have seniors scrambling for ways to salvage what’s left of their retirement. Bear in mind that while the net worth of all Americans has declined sharply during this period, seniors have been hardest hit.”
In one study released a few days ago, Gallup concluded that “Americans’ biggest financial concern is funding their retirement, with 61% worried about having enough money for that. This worry has been exacerbated by the recession’s aftermath, which has perhaps caused more seniors and baby boomers near retirement age to remain in the workforce and postpone retirement until they have replenished their nest eggs.”
Gallup also reported that confidence in the U.S. economy is hovering at lowest levels in five years and that its Standard of Living Index is down to discouraging levels, Weber noted.
The debut of Obamacare, he said, has been an unmitigated disaster and that while there may be fixes for the innumerable so-called glitches in its technological architecture, more substantial troubles may lie ahead.
“News coverage has put a spotlight on the fundamental flaws of the law. For example, people are finding out that their health insurance premiums are increasing faster and higher than anticipated. They are also discovering that deductibles are going to be super high. But, most important, the law is already having a negative impact on the job market—with employers opting for part time workers to avoid staggering new health insurance costs.”
Weber cited yesterday’s New York Times, one of the most liberal newspapers in the nation, which headlined its front page coverage with this banner: Health Care Law Fails to Lower Prices for Rural Areas. The story noted that: “As technical failures bedevil the rollout of President Obama’s health care law, evidence is emerging that one of the program’s loftiest goals — to encourage competition among insurers in an effort to keep costs low — is falling short for many rural Americans.” It went on to note: “rural areas and small towns have far fewer carriers offering plans in the law’s online exchanges. Those places, many of them poor, are being asked to choose from some of the highest-priced plans in the 34 states where the federal government is running the health insurance marketplaces.”
Is pro-abort Bellows The End Of pro-abort Collins? the other voice of communism in Maine, the bangor daily news
Senator Susan Collins has been untouchable as a United States Senator since she was first elected. Established politicians in Chellie Pingree and Tom Allen have been unable to succeed against the incumbent. As a three-term Senator who promised to retire after two terms, she obviously is a standard of honesty and honor. Both her and now-retired Olympia Snowe seemed to withstand any attack from any direction, whether it be from the Democrats or even within their own party.
Then Olympia Snowe then faced a fierce attack from the Tea Party Movement. While movements such as this typically are not dangerous to established politicians, a face on the movement to represent them in the race can be. And it was.
Scott D’Amboise and Andrew Ian Dodge entered early, with Dodge defecting from the Republican Party and D’Amboise remaining until Snowe officially launched the Angus King for U.S. Senate campaign with her last minute retirement announcement. With thunderous applause for D’Amboise from Republicans and a lukewarm response to Snowe at the caucuses, it became clear that faith was being lost in the establishment politician and fast.
The dynamic will be more interesting going forward this time around. It appears to be more unlikely that Senator Collins will face a primary challenge as Snowe did. But with the entrance of the former head of the Maine Civil Liberties Union, an alternative has been provided for libertarians.
Many libertarians have warmed up to her because of the hard fight on issues such as the drone legislation in the Augusta, while others such as former Ron Paul presidential campaign state director, now a State Senate candidate, Eric Brakey remain strong supporters of the re-election of Senator Collins.
Is Shenna Bellows pro-liberty? In terms of former Congressman Ron Paul and pure libertarianism, no. Does she have some pro-liberty stances? Absolutely. If you’re keeping a score, she likely has Senator Collins beat. But to be fair, my free-loading guinea pig is likely even more pro-liberty than Senator Collins, so that statement is hardly anything significant.
The problem Bellows poses for Senator Collins isn’t that she’s conservative, she’s not. She is progressive and will vote as such on a number of issues. The problem is that she holds civil libertarian stances that stand strong against the totalitarian stances of a woman who has refused to take a courageous stand against a number of tyrannical pieces of legislation. From the Patriot Act to the National Defense Authorization Act, Senator Collins has had a poor record on civil liberties. Bellows on the other hand, has fought against everything from the NDAA to drones, among other relevant issues.
When it comes down to weighing who will be less of a tyrant as a Senator, the score in some people’s minds may not place the incumbent Senator on top. Senator Collins’ record of burying our children in debt while protecting the government’s ability to monitor anyone getting too upset about it is a concern of any free American. These are issues Shenna Bellows has fought against time and time again.
While a debate between the strategic approach and pragmatism could last an eternity, it is undeniable that if the general election comes down to Senator Collins against Shenna Bellows, the Maine Republican Party may have to get used to dealing with two Senators from Maine who are not their own.
Weekend Update Tuesday October 25-27, 2013
Breaking News: Just as the Congresswoman Chellie Pingree's owned the voice of communism Portland Press Herald lied, Now comes the lie from the white house
Back a while ago, the liars at the Portland Press Herald, a paper owned by radical left wing democrat Chellie Pingree, made up a lie and reported it as the truth, they claimed that Governror LePage had said the obama hates white people. Well it seems that making up lies and claiming them to be news is nothing new in the party of the democrat and is not limited to the infamous left wing extremist pingree clones and subserviants at the Portland Press Herald.
The White House admitted Thursday that it was the source of a phony quote attributed to a top House Republican, who had allegedly told President Obama during a tense Oct. 10 meeting that 'I cannot even stand to look at you.'
Senator Dick Durbin claimed that a senior Republican House member blew up at President Obama during tense government-shutdown talks
The White House admitted Thursday that it was the source of a phony quote attributed to a top House Republican, who had allegedly told President Obama during a tense Oct. 10 meeting that 'I cannot even stand to look at you.'
Sen. Dick Durbin, the Senate Majority Whip, claimed in a Facebook post on Sunday that an unnamed GOP lawmaker had delivered the verbal slap in Obama's face, but everyone involved with the story now says it never happened.
Eighteen Republicans from Congress attended that meeting with the president during a 16-day partial shutdown of the federal government, with the GOP representatives trying to negotiate a solution and Obama insisting that he wouldn't bargain unless the government was reopened first.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney acknowledged Thursday that 'there was a miscommunication when we read out that meeting to Senate Democrats and we regret that misunderstanding.'
A 'read out' is a brief summary of a meeting provided to journalists or political allies. While reporters typically get sanitized versions, read outs between politicians of the same political party are often more detailed and include some participants' direct quotes.
The Huffington Post reported Thursday that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid relayed portions of the read out to colleagues during a caucus meeting.
Senate Democrats told the news outlet that White House deputy chief of staff Rob Nabors went further, naming Texas Republican Rep. Pete Sessions as the lawmaker who had allegedly insulted President Obama.
Durbin ran with it, perhaps not knowing the episode never occurred.
Never said it: GOP Rep. Pete Sessions was blamed for telling President Obama that he couldn't stand the sight of him, but now Democrats are walking that claim back and admitting that the rumor began in the White House
Blindsided? Numerous sources say it never happened, but Senator Dick Durbin's Facebook wall still claims it did
'Many Republicans searching for something to say in defense of the disastrous shutdown strategy will say President Obama just doesn't try hard enough to communicate with Republicans,' he claimed Sunday on his Facebook page.
'But in a "negotiation" meeting with the president, one GOP House Leader told the president: "I cannot even stand to look at you." What are the chances of an honest conversation with someone who has just said something so disrespectful?'
The post was still on Durbin's Facebook page three hours after Carney admitted the White House had gotten it wrong.
Asked about the senator's description of the exchange on Wednesday, Carney issued a flat denial.
'I looked into this and spoke with somebody who was in that meeting, and it did not happen,' he said during his press briefing on Wednesday.
And a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner, who participated in the meeting, seconded Carney's early statement.
Speaker of the House John Boehner's spokesmen both said Durbin was repeating a false rumor on Wednesday
MEA CULPA: Carney copped to the WHite House 'miscommunicating' with a Democratic Senate leader, which led to the phony quote circulating on Capitol Hill
'Senator Durbin's accusation is a serious one, and it appears to have been invented out of thin air,' said Boehner flack Brendan Buck.
Deputy White House Chief of Staff Rob Nabors is allegedly the official who told Sen. Harry Reid about the phony quote and attributed it to Rep. Pete Sessions
'The senator should disclose who told him this account of events, retract his reckless allegation immediately, and apologize.'
Durbin spokesman Max Gleischman shot back. 'Senator Durbin stands by his comments,' he said Wednesday.
'The speaker certainly didn't say that and does not recall anyone else doing so,' added another Boehner spokesman, Michael Steel.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee slammed Durbin, claiming that he, not GOP members of Congress, 'is at the crux of the partisan divide in Washington' as the No. 2 Senate Democrat.
'How can voters trust anything this man says? Durbin should either reveal his "source" or retract his partisan attack immediately and apologize,' spokeswoman Brook Hougesen told the Chicago Tribune. 'His credibility is waning.'
Buck added in a comment to the Huffington Post: 'This didn't happen and The Huffington Post should be looking into who started this false rumor.'
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
Have we found the front page splash feature the infamous left wing voice of communism, the Republic hating subserviant to the illegal in the oval office, the Pingree/Sussman Portland Press Herald, had prepared to herald in obmacare?
The Day One dizzying success of Obamacare has inspired several industries in the private sector to similar heights of achievement. “The private sector is always languishing behind the government,” said Jay Carney in a White House press release earlier today, “especially in terms of technology and efficiency. It is hoped that by our showing the world that success is achievable, others would be inspired to do as well."
Indeed, with the government to lead the way, private sector businesses, and even other governments, are beginning to think they could succeed, too. Consider some of the Obamacare inspired success stories of today:
Last week, Ford rolled out its Pinto II. Always on the cutting edge of green energy, the Pinto II boasts the new Internal Eco Drive, or IED powered engine. Selling like hotcakes, 8,327 Pinto IIs rode off the lot in the last seven days, and dozens of them carried their satisfied owners home without exploding. “We believe 48 of our new cars may have made it home safely, and there are reports of two or three more in another country that did the same. We’re just so grateful that our president showed us what’s possible,” said a Ford spokesman
In other news, Microsoft released its new SacreBleu! operating system. “We’ve had some bugs and glitches with the system initially,” said Microsoft on their website, “but just like ObamaCare, we’re seeing amazing success. Some of our customers, only 99.98%, reported system crashes and total data loss, but one man in Maryland said his computer is working just fine after installation. We’re waiting to hear what happens when he attempts to go online or actually install a program.”
Even our old Cold War foe, Russia, is taking its lead from the Obama adminisration and is revamping its fleet of attack submarines with a program called AkulaCare.
At a christening ceremony for a new Akula II, Vladimir Putin complimented his American counterpart for once again showing the world what was possible. “We would have never imagined what we could do with our new line of submarines,” said a shirtless Putin posing with a slingshot next to a sedated rhinoceros, “until we saw how ObamaCare met and exceeded all expectations. Then we realized we could perhaps do as well.” Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev was tragically killed when moments later the bow of the Akula II he christened exploded after being struck with a champagne bottle. However, one Akula II sold to India has not yet sunk, and observers are eagerly awaiting the results of its first dive.
“As I’m fond of saying,” said a justifiably proud President Obama, “you didn’t build that; somebody else made that happen. It just goes to show once again how if government succeeds like it has with my signature health care plan, everybody’s a winner.”
A veteran Washington D.C. investigative journalist says the Department of Homeland Security confiscated a stack of her confidential files during a raid of her home in August — leading her to fear that a number of her sources inside the federal government have now been exposed.
In an interview with The Daily Caller, journalist Audrey Hudson revealed that the Department of Homeland Security and Maryland State Police were involved in a predawn raid of her Shady Side, Md. home on Aug. 6. Hudson is a former Washington Times reporter and current freelance reporter.
A search warrant obtained by The DC police indicates that the August raid allowed law enforcement to search for firearms inside her home.
The document notes that her husband, Paul Flanagan, was found guilty in 1986 to resisting arrest in Prince George’s County. The warrant called for police to search the residence they share and seize all weapons and ammunition because he is prohibited under the law from possessing firearms.
But without Hudson’s knowledge, the agents also confiscated a batch of documents that contained information about sources inside the Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration, she said. Outraged over the seizure, Hudson is now speaking out. She said no subpoena for the notes was presented during the raid and argues the confiscation was outside of the search warrant’s parameter.
“They took my notes without my knowledge and without legal authority to do so,” Hudson said this week. “The search warrant they presented said nothing about walking out of here with a single sheet of paper.”
More at the source.
CryptoLocker: A particularly pernicious virus
Online attackers are using encryption to lock up our files and demand a ransom — and AV software probably won’t protectyou.
Here are ways to defend yourself from CryptoLocker — pass this information along to friends, family, and business associates.
Forgive me if I sound a bit like those bogus virus warnings proclaiming, “You have the worst virus ever!!” But there’s a new threat to our data that we need to take seriously. It’s already hit many consumers and small businesses. Called CryptoLocker, this infection shows up in two ways.
First, you see a red banner (see Figure 1) on your computer system, warning that your files are now encrypted — and if you send money to a given email address, access to your files will be restored to you.
Figure 1. CryptoLocker is not making idle threats.
The other sign you’ve been hit: you can no longer open Office files, database files, and most other common documents on your system. When you try to do so, you get another warning, such as “Excel cannot open the file [filename] because the file format or file extension is not valid,” as stated on a TechNet MS Excel Support Team blog.
As noted in a Reddit comment, CryptoLocker goes after dozens of file types such as .doc, .xls, .ppt, .pst, .dwg, .rtf, .dbf, .psd, .raw, and .pdf.
CryptoLocker attacks typically come in three ways:
Census: 49% of Americans Get Gov’t Benefits; 82M in Households on Medicaid
(CNSNews.com) - In the fourth quarter of 2011, 49.2 percent of Americans received benefits from one or more government programs, according to data released Tuesday by the Census Bureau.
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, President Barack Obama and then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in the White House on March 23, 2010, the day Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. (White House Photo/Pete Souza)
In total, the Census Bureau estimated, 151,014,000 Americans out of a population then estimated to be 306,804,000 received benefits from one or more government programs during the last three months of 2011. Those 151,014,000 beneficiaries equaled 49.2 percent of the population.
This included 82,457,000 people--or 26.9 percent of the population--who lived in households in which one or more people received Medicaid benefits.
Also among the 151,014,000 who received benefits from one or more government programs during that period: 49,901,000 who collected Social Security; 49,073,000 who got food stamps; 46,440,000 on Medicare; 23,228,000 in the Women, Infants and Children program, 20,223,000 getting Supplemental Security Income;13,433,000 who lived in public or subsidized rental housing; 5,098,000 who got unemployment; 3,178,000 who got veterans' benefits; and 364,000 who got railroad retirement benefits.
When Obamacare is fully implemented on Jan. 1, 2014, Americans earning up to 400 percent of the poverty level will qualify for a federal subsidy to buy health insurance.
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Police AR-15 rifle goes off at Chino school event; 3 students injured
CHINO, Calif. (KABC) -- Authorities are investigating after an accidental discharge of a weapon at an elementary school in Chino Wednesday morning.
The incident happened at an outdoor assembly recognizing "Red Ribbon Week" at Newman Elementary School in Chino.
Police said a student approached a police motorcycle that was on display and pulled the trigger of an AR-15 rifle that was locked into a weapons mount on the side of the motorcycle. The rifle was never removed from the mounting device.
Police say two boys suffered minor injuries when they were struck by metal debris that came from the bullet disintegrating as it hit a metal plate where the barrel rests against the weapons mount. According to officials, that's meant to be a fail safe measure, which worked.
A third student was assessed at the school and released to parents.
"When I heard it, I heard a big bang," said 11-year-old Leo Castaneda.
Castaneda says right before the gunshot, Chino police officers were hanging out with students as part of the drug prevention campaign activities.
"The cops were playing with the kids...and giving out stickers and they weren't watching the armor, so the kid got hold of the gun and he shot it at the ground and he got startled by the noise and dropped it and started running through the field," said Castaneda.
Police say they are trying to figure out how a young child was able to get access to the weapon. Many parents say they're just grateful no one was seriously injured or killed.
"You know, things happen. It's kind of strange a gun would have been accessible or not cleared prior to doing a demonstration," said Tim Everman, a father.
The Chino Police Department released a statement saying it is "conducting a thorough investigation into this matter in full cooperation with the Chino Valley Unified School District."
Editors note: Do you remember when you were young your mom told you never to lie becasue you couldn't remember a lie? Well, notice in paragraph three the police say "Police said a student approached a police motorcycle that was on display and pulled the trigger of an AR-15 rifle that was locked into a weapons mount on the side of the motorcycle. The rifle was never removed from the mounting device." Yet, moments later in paragraph eight the same police say ""The cops were playing with the kids...and giving out stickers and they weren't watching the armor, so the kid got hold of the gun and he shot it at the ground and he got startled by the noise and dropped it and started running through the field," said Castaneda." Cops must swear to the same oath of honesty as politicians do.
Illegal alien charged with killing sisters ages 6 and 11 in Oregon And still obama, king, collins , michaud, and pingree refuse to secure our borders.
On Tuesday, police in Forest Grove arrested Cinthya Garcia-Cisneros, 18, after she reportedly ran over and killed two girls on Sunday, and fled the scene.
The victims, 6-year-old Anna Dieter-Eckerdt and her step-sister, 11-year-old Abigail Robinson were playing in a pile of leaves in front of their house on Main Street, when the Nissan Pathfinder driven by Garcia-Cisneros plowed into them, according to court documents.
Garcia-Cisneros drove home and asked her boyfriend Mario Echeverria, 18, to check the vehicle for damage.
Echeverria was also in the vehicle at the time of the crash.
The Oregonian reported:
“ Echeverria, records say, told police he took the vehicle to Kaady Kar Wash in Hillsboro on Monday “to wash the car, eliminate the evidence, in order to protect” his girlfriend.”
Garcia-Cisneros has been charged with two counts of hit-and-run with injury, and is currently being held at the Washington County Jail on an immigration detainer.
Echeverria has also been charged with one count of hindering prosecution.
Both are due back in court on Oct. 30.
Special to MaineTV.net by Bruce Poliquin: If there's anything that unites the American people, it's their distaste for Congress.
This month, the Associated Press polled Americans about what they thought of their representation in Washington. Five percent -- five -- approved of the job the U.S. House and Senate are doing.
Every day, voters are fed up with the whole bunch - Democrats, Republicans, and so-called Independents alike. Clearly, the crop of career politicians in Washington would rather bicker and kick the cans down the street than work together for the betterment of We The People.
Our elected officials in Washington face critically important issues that must be addressed. Millions of struggling Americans look for jobs but can only find part-time work, if any at all. Reckless spending of our hard-earned tax dollars has piled up a $17 TRILLION mountain of debt that smothers our economy and kills jobs. Rising taxes to pay for huge government programs like Obamacare pulls more money from the pockets of our hurting families and small businesses. The high cost of gas and heating oil swamp family budgets because Washington doesn't allow the full development of our oil and natural gas resources here at home.
The right leadership in Washington can fix these serious problems. When we do, America's resilient free market economy will soar. More and better jobs will be created for all Americans, including us hard-working Mainers. Fatter paychecks, lower taxes, less welfare dependency, and lower energy and health insurance costs will help our deserving families enjoy more secure lives with greater freedom.
Unfortunately, our problems are now much bigger than just electing the right public officials -- those with plenty of business experience and a proven record of fiscal reform. To set ourselves on the new path for better lives, we must force our spendthrift representatives in Washington to do what's right by giving them no other choice. We should elect individuals who are committed to making structural changes to how our government operates.
For example, if honored to serve as your next Congressman, I will push for a balanced budget amendment to the United States Constitution. Our founding document has been amended 27 times. We should do it again.
By law, 49 states require their legislatures to match annual spending with tax revenues collected. (Vermont is the exception.) Our federal government hasn't even passed a budget in five years, let alone a balanced one. Washington simply spends every hard-earned federal tax dollar it collects from us, and then borrows how ever much more it wants to wastefully spend. That's why we have regular annual budget deficits and a monster $17 TRILLION national debt that are driving up taxes, suffocating our economy, and killing jobs.
Career politicians have proven they cannot control their appetites to spend our money and pile up debt. They must be forced to balance the federal budget every year via a 28th amendment to the U.S. Constitution. This will give confidence to business owners that America is a promising place to invest, grow their companies, and hire more workers.
Term limits is another fundamental change for which I will strongly advocate as your next Congressman. Term limits will finally put an end to elected office as a career path to perpetual power rather than an opportunity to serve We The People. Our Founders understood the dangers of an ever-expanding and intrusive government furthered by long-time, self-serving career politicians.
To me, among the most disappointing products of the Washington mess are the Cadillac retirement and health insurance benefits bestowed upon politicians and bureaucrats BY THEMSELVES. These generous benefits are paid by the taxpayers who do not have access to those same perks. This is completely unfair.
As your next Congressman, I will fight tirelessly for all Americans to be treated fairly. That means public officials, their staffs, and all federal employees live by the same rules and receive the same pension and health insurance benefits as the rest of us. That new reality will help save the insolvent Social Security and Medicare programs with lightening speed.
All of these structural changes should be designed to achieve one thing: to create a more responsible, frugal, and fair government that better represents its customers, We The People. Doing so will enable us to better pursue our happiness and live more prosperous lives with greater liberty.
Best wishes, Bruce Poliquin
Rafael Cruz tells Glenn Beck: "We have a ministry of misinformation"
Senator Ted Cruz's father and pastor Rafael Cruz sits down with Glenn to discuss the direction of the country and the solution to the nation's problems. "We have a ministry of misinformation in this country," says Cruz. "It's called the liberal media. They just tell us what they want us to hear. They are rewriting history."
Sen. Ted Cruz greeted in Arlington, Texas with 14-minute standing ovation
The liberals, the press, all of Maine's Congressional delegation, the illegal alien in the oval office, all the RINOS and other servants of the democrat hate him, but Patriots love him!
ESSAY BY A TEACHER IN A BLACK HIGH SCHOOL
The truth is usually a tough thing to accept, so I understand if this is flagged. It would be a cowardly thing to do, but I understand it. Some people just ignore unpleasant truths. However, if you think ignoring the problem, or trying to censor the truth, will help our black children improve, you’re dreaming. This is important, so I’m happy to repost – indefinitely if necessary. I find it interesting that NO ONE has had the intellect to refute anything in the essay. They can only attempt to censor it, as if doing so somehow makes it invalid. Weak minds, weak minds.
Until recently I taught at a predominantly black high school in a southeastern state.
The mainstream press gives a hint of what conditions are like in black schools, but only a hint. Expressions journalists use like “chaotic” or “poor learning environment” or “lack of discipline” do not capture what really happens. There is nothing like the day-to-day experience of teaching black children and that is what I will try to convey.
Most whites simply do not know what black people are like in large numbers, and the first encounter can be a shock.
One of the most immediately striking things about my students was that they were loud. They had little conception of ordinary decorum. It was not unusual for five blacks to be screaming at me at once. Instead of calming down and waiting for a lull in the din to make their point — something that occurs to even the dimmest white students — blacks just tried to yell over each other.
It did no good to try to quiet them, and white women were particularly inept at trying. I sat in on one woman’s class as she begged the children to pipe down. They just yelled louder so their voices would carry over hers.
Many of my black students would repeat themselves over and over again — just louder. It was as if they suffered from Tourette syndrome. They seemed to have no conception of waiting for an appropriate time to say something. They would get ideas in their heads and simply had to shout them out. I might be leading a discussion on government and suddenly be interrupted: “We gotta get more Democrats! Clinton, she good!” The student may seem content with that outburst but two minutes later, he would suddenly start yelling again: “Clinton good!”
Anyone who is around young blacks will probably get a constant diet of rap music. Blacks often make up their own jingles, and it was not uncommon for 15 black boys to swagger into a classroom, bouncing their shoulders and jiving back.
They were yelling back and forth, rapping 15 different sets of words in the same harsh, rasping dialect. The words were almost invariably a childish form of boasting: “Who got dem shine rim, who got dem shine shoe, who got dem shine grill (gold and silver dental caps)?” The amateur rapper usually ends with a claim–in the crudest terms imaginable — that all womankind is sexually devoted to him. For whatever reason, my students would often groan instead of saying a particular word, as in, “She suck dat aaahhhh (think of a long grinding groan), she f**k dat aaaahhhh, she lick dat aaaahhh.”
Black women love to dance — in a way white people might call gyrating. So many black girls dance in the hall, in the classroom, on the chairs, next to the chairs, under the chairs, everywhere. Once I took a call on my cell phone and had to step outside of class. I was away about two minutes but when I got back the black girls had lined up at the front of the classroom and were convulsing to the delight of the boys.
Many black people, especially black women, are enormously fat. Some are so fat I had to arrange special seating to accommodate their bulk. I am not saying there are no fat white students — there are — but it is a matter of numbers and attitudes. Many black girls simply do not care that they are fat. There are plenty of white anorexics, but I have never met or heard of a black anorexic.
“Black women be big Mr. Jackson,” my students would explain.
“Is it okay in the black community to be a little overweight?” I ask. Two obese black girls in front of my desk begin to dance, “You know dem boys lak juicy fruit, Mr. Jackson.” “Juicy” is a colorful black expression for the buttocks.
Blacks, on average, are the most directly critical people I have ever met: “Dat shirt stupid. Yo’ kid a bastard. Yo’ lips big.” Unlike whites, who tread gingerly around the subject of race, they can be brutally to the point. Once I needed to send a student to the office to deliver a message. I asked for volunteers, and suddenly you would think my classroom was a bastion of civic engagement. Thirty dark hands shot into the air. My students loved to leave the classroom and slack off, even if just for a few minutes, away from the eye of white authority. I picked a light-skinned boy to deliver the message. One very black student was indignant: “You pick da half-breed.” And immediately other blacks take up the cry, and half a dozen mouths are screaming, “He half-breed.”
For decades, the country has been lamenting the poor academic performance of blacks and there is much to lament. There is no question, however, that many blacks come to school with a serious handicap that is not their fault. At home they have learned a dialect that is almost a different language. Blacks not only mispronounce words; their grammar is often wrong. When a black wants to ask, “Where is the bathroom?” he may actually say “Whar da badroom be?” Grammatically, this is the equivalent of “Where the bathroom is?” And this is the way they speak in high school. Students write the way they speak, so this is the language that shows up in written assignments.
It is true that some whites face a similar handicap. They speak with what I would call a “country” accent that is hard to reproduce but results in sentences such as “I’m gonna gemme a Coke.” Some of these country whites had to learn correct pronunciation and usage. The difference is that most whites overcome this handicap and learn to speak correctly; many blacks do not.
Most of the blacks I taught simply had no interest in academic subjects. I taught history, and students would often say they didn’t want to do an assignment or they didn’t like history because it was all about white people. Of course, this was “diversity” history, in which every cowboy’s black cook got a special page on how he contributed to winning the West, but black children still found it inadequate. So I would throw up my hands and assign them a project on a real, historical black person. My favorite was Marcus Garvey. They had never heard of him, and I would tell them to research him, but they never did. They didn’t care and they didn’t want to do any work.
Anyone who teaches blacks soon learns that they have a completely different view of government from whites. Once I decided to fill 25 minutes by having students write about one thing the government should do to improve America. I gave this question to three classes totaling about 100 students, approximately 80 of whom were black. My few white students came back with generally “conservative” ideas. “We need to cut off people who don’t work,” was the most common suggestion. Nearly every black gave a variation on the theme of “We need more government services.”
My students had only the vaguest notion of who pays for government services. For them, it was like a magical piggy bank that never goes empty. One black girl was exhorting the class on the need for more social services and I kept trying to explain that people, real live people, are taxed for the money to pay for those services. “Yeah, it come from whites,” she finally said. “They stingy anyway.”
“Many black people make over $50,000 dollars a year and you would also be taking away from your own people,” I said.
She had an answer to that: “Dey half breed.” The class agreed. I let the subject drop.
Many black girls are perfectly happy to be welfare queens. On career day, one girl explained to the class that she was going to have lots of children and get fat checks from the government. No one in the class seemed to have any objection to this career choice.
Surprising attitudes can come out in class discussion. We were talking about the crimes committed in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and I brought up the rape of a young girl in the bathroom of the Superdome. A majority of my students believed this was a horrible crime but a few took it lightly. One black boy spoke up without raising his hand: “Dat no big deal. They thought they is gonna die so they figured they have some fun. Dey jus’ wanna have a fun time; you know what I’m sayin’?” A few black heads nodded in agreement.
My department head once asked all the teachers to get a response from all students to the following question: “Do you think it is okay to break the law if it will benefit you greatly?” By then, I had been teaching for a while and was not surprised by answers that left a young, liberal, white woman colleague aghast. “Yeah” was the favorite answer. As one student explained, “Get dat green.”
There is a level of conformity among blacks that whites would find hard to believe. They like one kind of music: rap. They will vote for one political party: Democrat. They dance one way, speak one way, are loud the same way, and fail their exams in the same way. Of course, there are exceptions but they are rare.
Whites are different. Some like country music, others heavy metal, some prefer pop, and still others, God forbid, enjoy rap music. They have different associations, groups, almost ideologies. There are jocks, nerds, preppies, and hunters. Blacks are all — well — black, and they are quick to let other blacks know when they deviate from the norm.
One might object that there are important group differences among blacks that a white man simply cannot detect. I have done my best to find them, but so far as I can tell, they dress the same, talk the same, think the same. Certainly, they form rival groups, but the groups are not different in any discernible way. There simply are no groups of blacks that are as distinctly different from each other as white “nerds,” “hunters,” or “Goths,” for example.
How the world looks to blacks: One point on which all blacks agree is that everything is “racis’.” This is one message of liberalism they have absorbed completely. Did you do your homework? “Na, homework racis’.” Why did you get an F on the test? “Test racis’.”
I was trying to teach a unit on British philosophers and the first thing the students noticed about Bentham, Hobbes, and Locke was “Dey all white! Where da black philosopher a’?” I tried to explain there were no blacks in eighteenth century Britain. You can probably guess what they said to that: “Dat racis’!” One student accused me of deliberately failing him on a test because I didn’t like black people.
“Do you think I really hate black people?”
“Have I done anything to make you feel this way? How do you know?”
“You just do.”
“Why do you say that?”
He just smirked, looked out the window, and sucked air through his teeth. Perhaps this was a regional thing, but the blacks often sucked air through their teeth as a wordless expression of disdain or hostility.
My students were sometimes unable to see the world except through the lens of their own blackness. I had a class that was host to a German exchange student. One day he put on a Power Point presentation with famous German landmarks as well as his school and family.
From time to time during the presentation, blacks would scream, “Where da black folk?!” The exasperated German tried several times to explain that there were no black people where he lived in Germany. The students did not believe him. I told them Germany is in Europe, where white people are from, and Africa is where black people are from. They insisted that the German student was racist, and deliberately refused to associate with blacks.
Blacks are keenly interested in their own racial characteristics. I have learned, for example, that some blacks have “good hair.” Good hair is black parlance for black-white hybrid hair. Apparently, it is less kinky, easier to style, and considered more attractive. Blacks are also proud of light skin. Imagine two black students shouting insults across the room. One is dark but slim; the other light and obese. The dark one begins the exchange: “You fat, Ridario!” Ridario smiles, doesn’t deign to look at his detractor, shakes his head like a wobbling top, and says, “You wish you light skinned.”
They could go on like this, repeating the same insults over and over.
My black students had nothing but contempt for Hispanic immigrants. They would vent their feelings so crudely that our department strongly advised us never to talk about immigration in class in case the principal or some outsider might overhear.
Whites were “racis’,” of course, but they thought of us at least as Americans. Not the Mexicans. Blacks have a certain, not necessarily hostile understanding of white people. They know how whites act, and it is clear they believe whites are smart and are good at organizing things. At the same time, they probably suspect whites are just putting on an act when they talk about equality, as if it is all a sham that makes it easier for whites to control blacks. Blacks want a bigger piece of the American pie. I’m convinced that if it were up to them they would give whites a considerably smaller piece than whites get now, but they would give us something. They wouldn’t give Mexicans anything.
What about black boys and white girls? No one is supposed to notice this or talk about it but it is glaringly obvious: Black boys are obsessed with white girls. I’ve witnessed the following drama countless times. A black boy saunters up to a white girl. The cocky black dances around her, not really in a menacing way. It’s more a shuffle than a threat. As he bobs and shuffles he asks, “When you gonna go wit’ me?”
There are two kinds of reply. The more confident white girl gets annoyed, looks away from the black and shouts, “I don’t wanna go out with you!” The more demure girl will look at her feet and mumble a polite excuse but ultimately say no.
There is only one response from the black boy: “You racis’.” Many girls — all too many — actually feel guilty because they do not want to date blacks. Most white girls at my school stayed away from blacks, but a few, particularly the ones who were addicted to drugs, fell in with them.
There is something else that is striking about blacks. They seem to have no sense of romance, of falling in love. What brings men and women together is sex, pure and simple, and there is a crude openness about this. There are many degenerate whites, of course, but some of my white students were capable of real devotion and tenderness, emotions that seemed absent from blacks — especially the boys.
Black schools are violent and the few whites who are too poor to escape are caught in the storm. The violence is astonishing, not so much that it happens, but the atmosphere in which it happens. Blacks can be smiling, seemingly perfectly content with what they are doing, having a good time, and then, suddenly start fighting. It’s uncanny. Not long ago, I was walking through the halls and a group of black boys were walking in front of me. All of a sudden they started fighting with another group in the hallway.
Blacks are extraordinarily quick to take offense. Once I accidentally scuffed a black boy’s white sneaker with my shoe. He immediately rubbed his body up against mine and threatened to attack me. I stepped outside the class and had a security guard escort the student to the office. It was unusual for students to threaten teachers physically this way, but among themselves, they were quick to fight for similar reasons.
The real victims are the unfortunate whites caught in this. They are always in danger and their educations suffer. White weaklings are particularly susceptible, but mostly to petty violence. They may be slapped or get a couple of kicks when they are trying to open a bottom locker. Typically, blacks save the hard, serious violence for each other.
There was a lot of promiscuous sex among my students and this led to violence. Black girls were constantly fighting over black boys. It was not uncommon to see two girls literally ripping each other’s hair out with a police officer in the middle trying to break up the fight. The black boy they were fighting over would be standing by with a smile, enjoying the show he had created. For reasons I cannot explain, boys seldom fought over girls.
Pregnancy was common among the blacks, though many black girls were so fat I could not tell the difference. I don’t know how many girls got abortions, but when they had the baby they usually stayed in school and had their own parents look after the child. The school did not offer daycare.
Aside from the police officers constantly on patrol, a sure sign that you are in a black school is the coke cage: the chain-link fence that many majority-black schools use to protect vending machines. The cage surrounds the machine and even covers its top. Delivery employees have to unlock a gate on the front of the cage to service the machines. Companies would prefer not to build cages around vending machines. They are expensive, ugly, and a bother, but black students smashed the machines so many times it was cheaper to build a cage than repair the damage. Rumor had it that before the cages went up blacks would turn the machines upside down in the hope that the money would fall out.
Security guards are everywhere in black schools — we had one on every hall. They also sat in on unruly classes and escorted students to the office. They were unarmed, but worked closely with the three city police officers who were constantly on duty.
There was a lot of drug-dealing at my school. This was a good way to make a fair amount of money but it also gave boys power over girls who wanted drugs. An addicted girl — black or white — became the plaything of anyone who could get her drugs.
One of my students was a notorious drug dealer. Everyone knew it. He was 19 years old and in eleventh grade. Once he got a score of three out of 100 on a test. He had been locked up four times since he was 13.
One day, I asked him, “Why do you come to school?”
He wouldn’t answer. He just looked out the window, smiled, and sucked air through his teeth. His friend Yidarius ventured an explanation: “He get dat green and get dem females.”
“What is the green?” I asked. “Money or dope?” “Both,” said Yidarius with a smile.
A very fat black interrupted from across the room: “We get dat lunch,” Mr. Jackson. “We gotta get dat lunch and brickfuss.” He means the free breakfast and lunch poor students get every day. “Nigga, we know’d you be lovin’ brickfuss!” shouts another student.
Some readers may believe that I have drawn a cruel caricature of black students. After all, according to official figures some 85 percent of them graduate. It would be instructive to know how many of those scraped by with barely a C- record. They go from grade to grade and they finally get their diplomas because there is so much pressure on teachers to push them through. It saves money to move them along, the school looks good, and the teachers look good.
Many of these children should have been failed, but the system would crack under their weight if they were all held back.
How did my experiences make me feel about blacks? Ultimately, I lost sympathy for them. In so many ways they seem to make their own beds. There they were in an integrationist’s fantasy–in the same classroom with white students, eating the same lunch, using the same bathrooms, listening to the same teachers–and yet the blacks fail while the whites pass.
One tragic outcome among whites who have been teaching for too long is that it can engender something close to hatred. One teacher I knew gave up fast food–not for health reasons but because where he lived most fast-food workers were black. He had enough of blacks on the job. This was an extreme example but years of frustration can take their toll. Many of my white colleagues with any experience were well on their way to that state of mind.
There is an unutterable secret among teachers: Almost all realize that blacks do not respond to traditional white instruction. Does that put the lie to environmentalism? Not at all. It is what brings about endless, pointless innovation that is supposed to bring blacks up to the white level. The solution is more diversity–or put more generally, the solution is change. Change is an almost holy word in education, and you can fail a million times as long as you keep changing. That is why liberals keep revamping the curriculum and the way it is taught. For example, teachers are told that blacks need hands-on instruction and more group work.
Teachers are told that blacks are more vocal and do not learn through reading and lectures. The implication is that they have certain traits that lend themselves to a different kind of teaching.
Whites have learned a certain way for centuries but it just doesn’t work with blacks. Of course, this implies racial differences but if pressed, most liberal teachers would say different racial learning styles come from some indefinable cultural characteristic unique to blacks. Therefore, schools must change, America must change. But into what? How do you turn quantum physics into hands-on instruction or group work? No one knows, but we must keep changing until we find something that works.
Public school has certainly changed since anyone reading this was a student. I have a friend who teaches elementary school, and she tells me that every week the students get a new diversity lesson, shipped in fresh from some bureaucrat’s office in Washington or the state capital. She showed me the materials for one week: a large poster, about the size of a forty-two inch flat-screen television. It shows an utterly diverse group — I mean diverse: handicapped, Muslim, Jewish, effeminate, poor, rich, brown, slightly brown, yellow, etc.–sitting at a table, smiling gaily, accomplishing some undefined task. The poster comes with a sheet of questions the teacher is supposed to ask. One might be: “These kids sure look different, but they look happy. Can you tell me which one in the picture is an American?”
Some eight-year-old, mired in ignorance, will point to a white child like himself. “That one.”
The teacher reads from the answer, conveniently printed along with the question. “No, Billy, all these children are Americans. They are just as American as you.”
The children get a snack, and the poster goes up on the wall until another one comes a week later. This is what happens at predominately white, middle-class, elementary schools everywhere. Elementary school teachers love All of the Colors of the Race, by award-winning children’s poet Arnold Adoff.
These are some of the lines they read to the children: “Mama is chocolate . . . Daddy is vanilla . . . Me (sic) is better . . . It is a new color. It is a new flavor. For love. Sometimes blackness seems too black for me, and whiteness is too sickly pale; and I wish every one were golden. Remember: long ago before people moved and migrated, and mixed and matched . . . there was one people: one color, one race. The colors are flowing from what was before me to what will be after. All the colors.”
Teaching as a career: It may come as a surprise after what I have written, but my experiences have given me a deep appreciation for teaching as a career. It offers a stable, middle-class life but comes with the capacity to make real differences in the lives of children. In our modern, atomized world children often have very little communication with adults — especially, or even, with their parents — so there is potential for a real transaction between pupil and teacher, disciple and master.
A rewarding relationship can grow up between an exceptional, interested student and his teacher. I have stayed in my classroom with a group of students discussing ideas and playing chess until the janitor kicked us out. I was the old gentleman, imparting my history, culture, personal loves and triumphs, defeats and failures to young kinsman. Sometimes I fancied myself Tyrtaeus, the Spartan poet, who counseled the youth to honor and loyalty. I never had this kind intimacy with a black student, and I know of no other white teacher who did.
Teaching can be fun. For a certain kind of person it is exhilarating to map out battles on chalkboards, and teach heroism. It is rewarding to challenge liberal prejudices, to leave my mark on these children, but what I aimed for with my white students I could never achieve with the blacks.
There is a kind of child whose look can melt your heart: some working-class castaway, in and out of foster homes, often abused, who is nevertheless almost an angel. Your heart melts for these children, this refuse of the modern world.
Many white students possess a certain innocence; their cheeks still blush. Try as I might, I could not get the blacks to care one bit about Beethoven or Sherman’s march to the sea, or Tyrtaeus, or Oswald Spengler, or even liberals like John Rawls, or their own history. They cared about nothing I tried to teach them. When this goes on year after year it chokes the soul out of a teacher, destroys his pathos, and sends him guiltily searching for The Bell Curve on the Internet.
Blacks break down the intimacy that can be achieved in the classroom, and leave you convinced that that intimacy is really a form of kinship. Without intending to, they destroy what is most beautiful–whether it be your belief in human equality, your daughter’s innocence, or even the state of the hallway.
Just last year I read on the bathroom stall the words “F**k Whitey.” Not two feet away, on the same stall, was a small swastika.
The National Council for the Social Studies, the leading authority on social science education in the United States, urges teachers to inculcate such values as equality of opportunity, individual property rights, and a democratic form of government. Even if teachers could inculcate this milquetoast ideology into whites, liberalism is doomed because so many non-whites are not receptive to education of any kind beyond the merest basics.
It is impossible to get them to care about such abstractions as property rights or democratic citizenship. They do not see much further than the fact that you live in a big house and “we in da pro-jek.” Of course, there are a few loutish whites who will never think past their next meal and a few sensitive blacks for whom anything is possible, but no society takes on the characteristics of its exceptions.
Once I asked my students, “What do you think of the Constitution?” “It white,” one slouching black rang out. The class began to laugh. And I caught myself laughing along with them, laughing while Pompeii’s volcano simmers, while the barbarians swell around the Palatine, while the country I love, and the job I love, and the community I love become dimmer by the day.
I read a book by an expatriate Rhodesian who visited Zimbabwe not too many years ago. Traveling with a companion, she stopped at a store along the highway. A black man materialized next to her car window. “Job, boss, (I) work good, boss,” he pleaded. “You give job.”
“What happened to your old job?” the expatriate white asked. The black man replied in the straightforward manner of his race: “We drove out the whites. No more jobs. You give job.”
At some level, my students understand the same thing. One day I asked the bored, black faces staring back at me. “What would happen if all the white people in America disappeared tomorrow?”
“We screwed,” a young, pitch-black boy screamed back. The rest of the blacks laughed.
I have had children tell me to my face as they struggled with an assignment. “I cain’t do dis,” Mr. Jackson. “I black.”
The point is that human beings are not always rational. It is in the black man’s interest to have whites in Zimbabwe but he drives them out and starves. Most whites do not think black Americans could ever do anything so irrational. They see blacks on television smiling, fighting evil whites, embodying white values. But the real black is not on television, and you pull your purse closer when you see him, and you lock the car doors when he swaggers by with his pants hanging down almost to his knees.
For those of you with children, better a smaller house in a white district than a fancy one near a black school.
I have been in parent-teacher conferences that broke my heart: the child pleading with his parents to take him out of school; the parents convinced their child’s fears are groundless. If you love your child, show her you care — not by giving her fancy vacations or a car, but making her innocent years safe and happy. Give her the gift of a not-heavily black school.
DALLAS, TX — On his first night staying in a new apartment, an Oak Cliff man says police opened fire on him as he stood in his doorway — unarmed — after he rebuffed their interrogation efforts during an operation to apprehend call girls and johns in the area. Welcome to the neighborhood.
41-year-old David Blair had just moved into his new residence with his girlfriend and 3-year-old son October 2nd and says he was speaking to his brother on the phone when police officers Richard Cantu and Jesse Aquino exited their cruiser and shined a spotlight in his face.
“I grab my son and his mom and we go back up to the back room,” he said. Blair was unscathed from the bullets that flew by him and blew through the walls of his apartment. His girlfriend and son, Daveion, who were inside, also managed to escape harm.
Police claim Blair came out of the apartment and shined a spotlight of his own at them before they heard a loud bang they believed to be a gunshot. Blair said a detective later told him the officers were probably reacting to the popping sound his screen door makes when it opens and closes.
“They had no business messing with me,” Blair said to the Dallas Morning News. “What if I came out with my son?”
Reverend Ronald Wright of an area civil rights group called Texas Justice Seekers said the police account “didn’t make any sense.” After nearly being shot to death, Blair was arrested for aggravated assault on a police officer. He was released after several hours in custody.
“I guess I wasn’t supposed to tell them to get the light out of my face,” Blair said.
And officer Jesse Aquino had been a subject of controversy before.
In 2011, the police department concluded he had falsified a report after striking a man he suspected was holding cocaine in his hand.
After internal affairs concluded Aquino had lied about details in his report, he was allowed to make revisions to his account of events and remain on the force.
Blair said he isn’t impressed with Aquino’s character, nor presumably the department’s emergency response efforts. He said after he heard the gunshots and hurried back into his home he “called 911 about four times.”
Fortunately no one was maimed or killed in yet another collision between overzealous police and the innocent citizens they’re ostensibly sworn to protect along the warpath abutting victimless crimes. Blair and his loved ones nearly had their lives snuffed out over a hooker dragnet. Sadly, so long as violent vice squads are sent out to stomp on victimless crimes, unwarranted state-sponsored violence will continue unabated.
While we all want to do our best to prepare for a coming crisis, and many of us realize the city is perhaps the worst place to live, very few people are really prepared to pack up the old Winnebago and head for the hills. Most Americans, whether they’re aware or not, are going to stay in the cities.
This is not a hasty decision for most people. Most of us depend on the city for our livelihood, and we can be better prepared by continuing to live in the city, earn a good income, and make preparations for exiting the city at the appropriate time or by staying in the city and living off existing supplies.
This special report explains some of the most critical dangers of living in a city and presents some solutions to surviving them. If you are one of the people who has decided to stay in the city, you’ll benefit greatly from this information.
CITIES ARE ARTIFICIAL
Every city is an artificial construct. Cities formed as people came together to conduct business, participate in social interaction, and benefit from efficiencies in public services (such as schools, sewers, water, etc.) and a common defense. Yet cities cannot survive alone. They need resources from the country; most notably, food, water and electricity. While electricity and water can sometimes be created or found within city limits, the acreage requirements of food dictate that no city could possibly feed its own people.
Read that last phrase carefully: No city can feed its own people. Not one. Cities are, by their very nature, dependent on the importation of food. The advent of just-in-time delivery systems to our grocery stores means that most cities would run out of food within a week if supplies were for some reason disrupted.
Remember, cities are not self-sufficient. Although they may seem to be in 2013, they have for a long time been entirely dependent on the American farmer for their support, something almost all Americans take for granted (except the farmer, of course.)
RISKS IN THE CITY
The city presents some serious risks during a crisis. The four most serious ones are:
While not every situation will appear in every city, every situation will most certainly appear in some cities. Will that include yours? We’ll tackle these one at a time:
1. THE COLLAPSE OF SOCIAL ORDER
“Social order” is a delicate thing, and it exists as a psychological barrier that could easily collapse under the right conditions. We all saw this during the L. A. Riots following the Rodney King trial verdict as citizens of L. A. set fire to their own town, yanked people from vehicles and beat them literally to death, and even fired guns at firemen attempting to save their buildings! More recently we were all witness to the looting, violence and total breakdown of society following Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.
Riots can spring up quickly.
What allowed this to happen? Simple: the simultaneous melting away of the psychological barrier of “order.” Once people realized 911 couldn’t handle the load, or was offline, that the local police were helpless or had simply abandoned their posts, “Law and Order” ceased to exist in their minds. They then conducted their lives in the way they always wanted to, but couldn’t because of the police. That is, they ran out to the local stores and just took whatever they wanted (looting). They took out their racial frustration on innocent victims who happened to be driving through the area, and they let loose on a path of destruction that only stopped when men with rifles (the National Guard) were called in to settle things down. In other words, only the threat of immediate death stopped the looting and violence. Rifles work wonders.
Imagine store owners lying prone on the roofs of their stores with AK-47?s, firing at anyone who approached. This is exactly what happened in Los Angeles. But worse, imagine the lawless horde firing at the rescue copters trying to bring in supplies to the desperate masses.
The National Guard eventually got things under control. This event was isolated, however, to one city. Imagine a hundred cities experiencing the same thing. Will the National Guard be able to handle the load? Not likely. What about local police? They aren’t fools; if things look bad enough, they’ll grab their families and head for the hills, just like they did in New Orleans. No pension is worth getting killed for. A few U. S. cities could be transformed into literal war zones overnight. It would require all-out martial law and military force to have any chance whatsoever of bringing order to these streets. And the reality is that there are not enough military in the USA to secure all of the cities if this happens.
This collapse of social order is perhaps the greatest risk of staying in the city during a crisis. What, exactly, would cause this collapse of social order? Lack of three things: food, water, and money. When people run out of food, some will begin ransacking their neighborhood, searching for something to eat. (Remember that in a city, a “neighbor” does not mean the same thing as a “neighbor” in the country. They are not necessarily your friends.) It won’t take long, then, for violence to take over in some cities. While certain regions will certainly manage to keep things under control and people will form lines at the local (depleted) Red Cross shelter, other cities will see an explosion of violence. Imagine the gang-infested regions of L. A., Chicago, New York, St. Louis & New Orleans. Do you think those people are going to stand in line and wait? They already have guns; now they finally get to use them. Pent-up racial tensions & hostilities will simply serve as justification for shooting people of the same or other color in order to get their food.
Even if the food somehow gets into the cities, lack of money (due to the government not sending out checks) could cause the same thing. Eventually, lack of money results in looting and mass theft. As the stealing balloons, it also results in a collapse of social order. Water; the same thing (but faster). The collapse of social order is also very dangerous because it doesn’t require any “actual” collapse of the power grid, telecommunications, transportation or banking. Social order is a psychological artifact. It is a frame of mind, and any global panic can quickly remove the mental barrier that right now keeps people basically “lawful.”
2. THE FAILURE OF WATER TREATMENT AND DELIVERY SYSTEMS
Will the water treatment facilities fail during a crisis? Many will. Some won’t. The problem lies in figuring out whether yours will. Certainly, they depend on electricity, and testing conducted on some plants has already revealed weaknesses in the system.
In one such test, the water treatment plant released a fatal dose of fluoride into the water system when tested. The computers thought they were 99 years behind in releasing minute doses of fluoride, so they made up the difference. If you happened to be downstream, drinking that water, you were dead. Fluoride, no matter what misinformed dentists tell you, is actually a fatal poison. A major crisis likely to demonstrate this fact in more than one city.
The most important question here, though, is about what will happen when the water stops flowing (or if it is flowing, but it’s not drinkable). As you are probably aware, while people can live without food for long periods of time (2-3 weeks), water is needed on a daily basis. You can go 2-3 days without it, at most, but beyond that, you’ll quickly turn to dust.
That means people will do anything to get water, because to not have it means death. And guess where it’s going to be the most difficult to actually get water? You guessed it: in the cities. During the first day of the water crisis, many people still won’t figure out what’s going on. They’ll figure it’s a temporary breakage of a water main and the government will get it fixed within hours. As those hours stretch into the next day, these people will get very worried.
By the second day, more and more people will realize the water isn’t coming. At that point, you could easily see a breakdown of social order, as described in the previous section (as you can see, these things all tend to cause each other.). People will begin their “search for water,” and the first place they’re likely to go is where they always go for liquids: the grocery store, the local Wal-Mart, the 7-11. The shelves will be cleaned out rather quickly.
Beyond that (because those liquids aren’t going to last long), you’re going to see people engaged in a mass-exodus from the cities. They’ll take the gas they have left in their tanks and they’ll leave the city in search of water. Some will go to “Grandma’s house” out in the country where they might at least find a pond or stream to drink from. Others will simply go on an expanded looting mission, stopping at any house they see and asking the residents (with a gun in their face, likely) if they have any water to “donate.”
As a result of all this, if water stops flowing, here are the events you can expect to see in some of the worse-off cities:
Looting of all the grocery stores by the second or third day (remember New Orleans?).
Minor outbreaks of violence during the looting. Shop owners, for example, may attempt to defend their shops with firearms (ala L. A. Riots).
Ransacking of any houses or farms within a gas-tank radius of the city.
Mass traffic jams on the outbound highways as people run out of gas and abandon their vehicles (if bad enough, this could actually block the highways and trap people in the cities) (Remember Hurricane Rita?).
Mass outbreak of water-borne diseases as people use streams and rivers as both a water fountain and a bathroom. People crapping upstream are going to infect the people drinking downstream. Very few have any kind of water filtration device. That last point is really critical. Once the water flow stops, disease is going to strike.
3. THE DEPLETION OF FOOD SUPPLIES
The food supplies will likely dwindle quickly as we approach a possible crisis due to people stocking up just in case. Once the crisis actually hits, expect to see breakdowns in the transportation sector that will result in major delays in food delivery. This means food may arrive in sporadic fashion in some cities (if at all).
Once this happens, food suddenly becomes really valuable to people (even though they take it for granted today). And that means any small shipment of food that arrives will be quickly grabbed and eaten or stored. It only takes one week without food to remind people how much they actually need it, so expect the atmosphere to be that of a “near panic” if food is delayed by as little as three days. The level of panic will vary from city to city. Some cities or towns may experience very little difficulty receiving food. Others may face near-starvation circumstances.
The shelves will be emptied quicker than you can say EBT.
Remember, the cities depend entirely on food shipped in from the farms and food processing companies. Also, note that if there’s a water problem as mentioned in the previous section, and the mass exodus begins, the highways may be jammed up at critical locations, causing gridlock for the trucking industry. If we’re lucky, some trucks will continue to roll. If we’re not, assume that nothing gets through.
A shortage of food ultimately results in the same behavior as a shortage of water. First, people eat what’s in the pantry, then they loot the grocery stores. After that, with all local supplies depleted and no hope on the horizon, they leave the city and start ransacking nearby homes. Some will hunt in nearby forests, but most city-dwellers don’t know how to hunt. In any case, anyone with the means to leave the city will likely do so soon after their food shortage begins.
4. THE FAILURE OF THE POWER GRID
Nothing is as suddenly obvious nor has such a gigantic psychological impact as the failure of the power grid. When the electricity stops, almost everybody knows it at the same instant (unless it happens at night).
Naturally, during the first few hours of the power failure, if it occurs, people will assume it’s a temporary situation. Maybe a tree fell on some power lines, or perhaps a transformer blew up somewhere nearby. They’ll sit tight and wait for the power to come back on.
What if it doesn’t? Then the city faces a severe problem. Without power, obviously, everything shuts down. Within hours, the looting begins in the more crime-ridden cities (we saw this in New York a few decades ago.). The longer the power stays off, the worse the social disorder.
The loss of power will bring the entire city to a halt. While vehicles may get around for a few more days (using whatever fuel they have left), businesses obviously won’t be operating. Houses that depend on electricity for heat will quickly reach Winter temperatures, freezing many occupants to death. While those that depend on electricity for Air Conditioning will just as quickly reach Summer temperatures, resulting in death from heat stroke. Hospitals and police stations may have generators on hand, with a few days worth of fuel, but in short order, that will be depleted, too.
But the water treatment plant will almost certainly be off-line without power, causing all the events mentioned in the water section, above. Let’s face it, the power is the worst thing to be without in the city. If you have power, you can survive a food shortage, perhaps even a short water shortage. But without power, all bets are off. If you have a “bug-out” vehicle stocked and ready to go (see below), this might be the time to bail.
SOLUTIONS IN THE CITY
Okay, so you’re stuck in the city. You’ve made the decision to stay. You’ve read the problems above, you believe they make sense, and you’re intelligently frightened. What now? You really have two strategies. You can:
Important! This is not an either/or situation. You can begin by staying in your house and assessing the situation. You’ll want to have a “bug-out” vehicle stocked and ready, just in case, if you can afford one, but you may never actually choose to bug out. You’ll have to be the ultimate judge of this. Just remember that when you bug out, you face major risks and disadvantages. Among these:
You expose yourself to social chaos, roadblocks, random violence, etc.
Your house will certainly be looted while you’re gone
You run the risk of mechanical breakdowns of your vehicle
You must have a place to go that you know is in better shape than where you currently are.
Being prepared to defend yourself is necessary.
In general, unless you have a specific, known safe place as your final destination, I don’t advise people to bug out. Just “heading for the hills” is a very poor plan. You might not make it. But heading for Grandma’s house or some known, safe place could be a very good plan indeed, depending on whether Grandma is ready, willing and able to accept you!
For these reasons (and more), staying and defending your house is sometimes the only reasonable course of action, even if it seems dangerous. For the most part, looters and people looking for food are going to have plenty of easy victims, so if you show a little willingness to use force to defend your property, you’ll likely send people on to the next house.
That is, until the next house is already empty and you appear to be the last house on the block with any food and water left. If you’re in a bad enough area, your neighbors may “gang up” on you and demand your supplies or your life. This is truly a worst-case scenario, and unless you literally have a house full of battle rifles and people trained to use them (and the willingness to shoot your neighbors), you’re sunk. This is why the best situation by far is to keep your neighbors informed and help them get prepared. Then you (both your member and non-member neighbors) can act as a group, defending your neighborhood and sharing the supplies you have with anyone willing to help defend you.
When you have this kind of situation going, your neighbors realize you are their lifeline. You supply them with food and water, and they will help support you because they are, in effect, supporting their own lives. The best situation is when your neighbors and other ward members have their own food and water supplies. That way, they aren’t depleting yours, and they have a strong motivation for getting together with you defend your neighborhood. (More on this below.)
STORING (AND HIDING) YOUR FOOD
Storing food is just as important in the city as in the country, but hiding it is far more important. That’s because in the worst areas, marauders will be going from house to house, demanding your food or your life. If you’re dumb enough to put everything you own in the obvious places, you might as well not buy it in the first place. They will find it. To count on having any amount of food left over after the marauders break in, you’ll need to hide your food.
One alternative is to plan on defending your home with force. If you have enough gun-wise people in the house, and enough firearms and ammo, you can probably pull this off. But most of us aren’t nearly as experience with firearms as the gang members. A better alternative might be to plan on bringing you supplies to your ward/stake building where all of the Saints can both pool and defend their resources. This of course will depend greatly on your local Bishop and Stake President.
Back to hiding: the best way to hide your food is to bury it. You’ll need airtight containers, long-term food that won’t rot and you’ll need to plan ahead. Bury your food at night so nobody will notice, and make sure you don’t leave the map on the refrigerator door! (Better to memorize it!) Try to get the ground to look normal after you’re all finished. You’ll want to bury your food as early as possible because it gives the grass time to regroup over the spot. If you’re in an area that snows, you’ll have a great concealment blanket! Most food marauders won’t go to the trouble to dig up food, especially if you insist you don’t have any.
Best plan: Have some smaller amount of food stashed around the house, letting them find something. Better to give them something and send them on their way. The art of hiding your food is an ancient one. You’ve got to get creative. Use the walls, the floors, and the structure of the house.
If hiding your food is simply not an available alternative, then try not to advertise it. Keep it put away in your house or garage in as discreet a manner as possible. Don’t make a point of telling people that you have a years supply (or more). Word gets around fast that Bro. Jones has a ton of food in his garage. Boxes of food fit nicely under beds, behind furniture, in the attic, etc.. Be Creative!!
To sum up the food storage, you really have three strategies here:
Store it all in your house and plan on defending it by force.
Bury it in your yard in case you get overrun by looters.
Store part of it in your house, and hide the bulk of it.
Relocate all of it as soon as you recognize a major disaster is in progress.
One of the best ways to store food for burying, although it will only last 2-3 years in high-humidity areas, is to purchase 55-gallon good-grade steel drums. Once you obtain the drums, dump in your grains or other food items. If you purchase bags of food from Walton Feed, this is the perfect way to store it. Don’t leave it in the bags unless you’re actively eating it. [Note: Plastic barrels do not rust.]
Then sprinkle some diatomaceous earth into the drum. You’ll need about two cups to treat a 55-gallon drum, and it must be mixed in well. Diatomaceous earth is made from ground up sea shells, and it kills bugs by getting into their joints.
You want diatomaceous earth that is food grade, and on the bag it says, “Fossil Shell Flour.”
Once you get these drums filled and sealed, you can then bury them in your yard. This is actually a HUGE UNDERTAKING and is a LOT more difficult than it sounds, since you’ll need to dig to a depth of around 5 or 6 feet in order to sufficiently bury these drums. You’re likely to attract a lot of attention unless you do it at night, and you’ll definitely be removing a lot of dirt that you’ll need to find some use for. Because the drums are steel, they will also deteriorate unless you line the outside with plastic (a good idea) and treat the drums with some kind of protectant or oil. (Don’t use WD-40.) Even Vaseline would work well, although you would definitely need a lot to coat a 55-gallon drum.
When you’re all done, you should have your protected grains in 55-gallon drums, buried in your yard and protected against the humidity of the surrounding earth. It’s a big effort, but then again, the food inside may save your life. You’ll find it much more efficient to bury several barrels at once; side by side.
In reality it would be faster and easier to simply build a false wall in your garage and seal up your food behind the false wall. Sure, you might loose 2-3 feet of useable space in your garage, but the tradeoff is knowing everything is safe and sound.
STORING EXTRA WATER
Water can be stored in exactly the same way, although you might want to bury the barrel before you actually fill it with water. Make sure you treat your storage water, rotate it or have filters on hand when you get ready to use it.
If you don’t have a yard, or it’s not practical to bury your water, you’ll have to store water inside your house. This can get very tricky because water takes up a lot of space and it’s very difficult to conceal. It’s best to get containers made for long-term storage, but in a pinch, you can use almost any container: soda bottles, milk jugs (although it’s very difficult to rinse the milk out), and even rinsed bleach bottles (in that case, you won’t need to add bleach). But a lot of these containers will deteriorate quickly, and they may break easily. Also, consider what happens if your water may be subjected to freezing. Will your containers survive? Be sure to leave enough air space to handle the expansion.
In order to prepare yourself for the water shortage, assuming you’re going to stay in the city, stock at least six months of water at a minimum two gallons a day per person. That’s nearly 400 gallons of water if you have two people.
Of course, even with the best in-house preparations, you may find yourself depleted of water supplies. In this situation, one of your best defenses is to have a really good water filter (like the Purificup Water Filter) that can remove parasites and bacteria from the water. You can also treat your water in other ways (iodine, distillation, silver solution, bleach, etc.). Armed with these items, you can safely use stream or river water (or even pond water) for drinking.
By far, the best solution for obtaining long-term water supplies is to drill a well. Buy the best-quality hand-pump available (cast-iron pumps available from Lehman’s) and a good cylinder. They will last a lifetime if installed properly. With this setup, you’ll have a near-unlimited supply of water.
The total cost of doing this, depending on where you live, ranges from about $4000 – $6000. Is it worth it? If you’ve got the money, I think so. However, many cities simply don’t allow the drilling of wells, so you may not be able to get one drilled even if you want to.
The deeper your well, the more expensive it gets. Most well drilling companies charge by the foot. When water is deeper, you also need a bigger pump and a more powerful cylinder, so the costs tend to really grow the deeper you go. If you can find water at 20?, you’re very lucky and it might not cost you even $2000. If you have to go down to 200?, it might cost you $7500, and you’re at the depth limit of hand-powered pumps anyway.
DEFENDING YOUR LIFE AND PROPERTY
Let’s talk about force. No doubt, there are plenty of nice people in this country, and I think that in small towns and rural areas, people are going to find ways to cooperate and get along. I also think, however, that some cities will suffer complete social breakdown and violence will rule. If you happen to be stuck in one of these cities, you’re going to need to use force to defend your house. The section that follows discusses what I consider to be extreme responses to violence in the most dire situations. Hopefully, you won’t find yourself in these circumstances, but if you do, the information below may be valuable.
Important: Do not use your lights at night. If you are stocking propane-powered lanterns, solar-powered flashlights, or other unusual supplies, using them at night will announce to everyone within line of sight that you have more than the “usual” supplies. Expect them to come knocking in your door. At most, let a fire burn in the fireplace, but in general, avoid drawing attention to your house.
Defending your house is a crucial element on your stay-in-the-city plan. Make your house your fortress, and hold drills to help other family members practice some of the more common activities such as hiding, defending, evacuating, etc.
Let’s go over these: The guard dog is certainly a welcome addition to any family trying to defend their house. Although he probably eats a lot of food, the investment is worth if. Dogs also tend to sleep light, so let them sleep right next to the food storage areas, and make sure you sleep within earshot. If the dog barks, don’t consider it an annoyance, consider it an INTRUSION.
Pepper spray is a great alternative to the firearm. It will incapacitate people and certainly give them a painful experience to remember. On the downside (potentially), it might just remind them that next time they come back for food, they better kill you first. So understand the limitations of pepper spray.
Firearms are useful for obvious reasons. In the worst-case scenario, when looting is rampant, you may have to actually shoot someone to protect yourself or your family. If you’re squeamish about pulling the trigger under these circumstances, don’t plan to stay in the city. Use the “bug out” plan instead.
Smoke bombs can be useful for covering a planned escape from your house. You can purchase high-volume smoke bombs that will quickly fill up any house with an unbreathable cloud of military-grade white smoke.
Trip wires are great perimeter defenses. You can buy them from Cheaper Than Dirt (they run a few hundred dollars). They will give you early warning if someone is approaching. You can connect the tripwires to flares, shotgun shells, light sticks or other warning devices. This way, you can have an audible or visible alert, your choice.
In addition to these devices, you can make significant fortification-style improvements to your home. While none of these are very affordable, they certainly help defend your home:
Replace glass windows with non-breakable Plexiglas.
Add steel bars to the windows.
Replace all outside door locks with heavy-duty deadbolts.
Replace all outside doors with steel doors, preferably without windows.
Remove bushes and other shrubs where people might hide.
Black out the windows entirely to avoid light escaping at night (similar to what residents of London did during the WWII bombing raids).
Build secret hiding places for food, coins, or even people.
Create escape hatches or passageways.
Rig pepper-spray booby traps.
These aren’t as absurd as they might at first sound. Many people living in rough cities already have steel bars covering their windows, and removing extra bushes and shrubs is a well-known tactic for making your home a safer place.
Use LED flashlights and rechargeable solar-charged batteries. You can buy all these items from the Real Goods catalog.
Use propane-powered lanterns. You can find these in the camping section of your local Wal-Mart. Be sure to purchase extra mantles and store lots of propane.
Purchase quality oil lamps from Lehman’s and stock up on oil. You can also purchase cheap kerosene lamps from the Sportsman’s Guide or Wal-Mart, then simply purchase and store extra kerosene.
Buy extra candles.
Purchase lots of olive oil. Not only can you cook with it (and besides, it’s a lot healthier than corn or vegetable oil), olive oil also burns as a clean candle fuel. You can float a wick in a jar half-full of olive oil and light the wick. Viola, a home-made candle. Olive oil is a fantastic item for your storage anyway because even if you purchase all the grains in the world, you’ll still need cooking oil, and you obviously can’t buy powdered cooking oil. Well-stored olive oil can last for thousands of years.
Did you know that people won’t steal giant logs? Although they may easily steal wood you’ve already chopped, most people won’t have any way of stealing logs. They’re too heavy, and the vehicles won’t have any gas left. For this reason, your best bet in regards to stocking fuel for your house is to stock up on UNCUT wood logs.
It takes a lot of extra research to find out how to get them (took me a few weeks of asking around), but you can find a source if you look hard enough. Or you can usually get a permit to go out and cut your own. The effort is worth it, because this will give you a ready-to-go source of heat and fuel that cannot be easily stolen.
The catch, of course, is that you’ll need equipment to cut and chop the wood. A chainsaw is REALLY nice in this way, but it requires fuel. Fortunately, chain saws don’t use much fuel, so if you have a way to store as little as 50 gallons or so, you’ve got enough to power your chainsaw for a few years (at least!). You’ll need fuel stabilizers, too, which you can buy at your local Wal-Mart. (Be sure to buy extra chains for your chainsaw, too.)
You’ll also need splitting hardware. You can buy log splitters or just buy an axe, a wedge, and a sledgehammer. Better yet, buy all four so you have a choice of what to use. And remember, wood splits much better when it’s frozen, too, so you might just wait until the cold hits in Winter to start splitting your wood. Only split a little at a time, because you don’t want to end up with a big pile of nicely-split wood sitting out in your yard. It will invite theft from people who don’t have any. If you already have trees on your property, you’re all set. Cut down about 4-5 cords right now, so they can start drying out, then chop them as you need them.
A “cord” of wood, by the way, is a volume measurement. It’s 8? x 4? x 4?, or 128 cubic feet of wood (stacked). Some people that sell wood will try to rip you off, so make sure you know what you’re buying. If you purchase logs, it’s better to get a price per linear foot, based on the diameter of the log. For example, you might ask for logs that are an average of 10? in diameter, and you’ll ask how much the charge per linear foot would be. Something in the range of $1 – $2 would be great.
RELATIONS WITH NEIGHBORS
I’ve already mentioned the importance of getting along with your neighbors. It really is crucial to your city-based survival plan. The best situation to be in, as mentioned before, is to have neighbors who are aware of the issue and who are getting ready for it by stocking their own food, water, and other supplies. Every neighbor that becomes self-reliant is one less neighbor or me....
The range of neighbor situations, from best to worst, is as follows:
Best case: your neighbor is aware of and both temporally & Spiritually prepared for an emergency with their own supplies and training.
Good case: your neighbor is aware of a potential crisis, and even though they don’t have their own supplies, they’re willing to help defend yours as long as you share.
Bad case: your neighbor didn’t prepare for it, figuring they would just steal from you if things got bad. They are aware of YOUR supplies but don’t have their own.
Worst case: your neighbor isn’t aware of anything, and he’s a violent, angry neighbor just released from prison. He is going to be caught off guard by the ensuing events and will likely attempt to use violence to get what he needs or wants.
Your decision on whether to stay in the city may depend greatly on the quality and quantity of your neighbors. If you do live in a bad neighborhood, do what you can to relocate. If you live in a good neighborhood, do the best you can to educate and inform your neighbors.
GUN CONTROL IN THE CITIES
No matter how you felt or thought about gun control in the past, it’s time to face disaster-induced reality. The gun-control politicians (and the people who supported them) have placed Americans in a situation where not only can the police not protect us in a timely manner, but we cannot lawfully defend ourselves. Criminals unlawfully have firearms; citizens lawfully don’t. Intentionally or otherwise, gun-control supporters have created a situation where an unfortunate number of innocent men, women and children are going to be in danger during a crisis simply because they could not obtain the tools of self-defense.
It also happens that the cities where the rioting will likely be the worst are precisely the cities where firearms are most likely to be banned from lawful ownership (and where criminals may wield near-absolute power for a while.). Perhaps when society recovers from it, we can review the fallacy in the cause / effect logic that keeps people voting for gun-control laws, but in the mean time, millions of people are going to have to resort to breaking the law in order to protect their families. And yes, you too will have to resort to breaking the law if you are to acquire a firearm in an area where guns are entirely banned from private citizens (like New York, Los Angeles, etc.).
After the disaster hits, if the rioting gets really bad, we’re going to see local police begging law-abiding citizens for help. Your firearm will be a welcome addition to the force of law and order, believe me. No local cop is going to mind you having a handgun if you’re manning a roadblock protecting a neighborhood of families with children. Act responsibly, tell them what you’re doing, and they’ll probably give you a big thanks. But if you’re carrying a gun while you smash a window of the Wal-Mart and walk off with a stereo; well that’s a different story. Be prepared to get shot.
See, cops don’t mind private ownership nearly as much as we’ve all been led to believe. I know, I work with law enforcement officers in a small town, and I ask them about topics like this. When the crisis hits, they’ll be more than happy to have your cooperation. We’re all going to need as many law-abiding gun-toting citizens as possible in order to fend off the criminals and establish some degree of order.
ONE MORE REASON TO MOVE OUT
If you really feel you need a firearm to protect yourself and your family, your best bet may be to move to a city or state where people are a lot more accepting of firearms. You’d be surprised what a difference the locale makes. Check the gun laws in any state you’re considering moving to. Obviously, “cowboy” states like Arizona, Texas and Wyoming will have fewer restrictions on firearms (and, interestingly, they have less of a problem with gun violence). States where the population is more dense (like California & New York) tend to have much greater restrictions on private ownership of firearms.
Suppose it’s July 19, 2013, and you’ve changed your mind about this city thing. You happened to be right smack in the middle of one of the worst-hit cities in the country. The looting is getting worse, the power has been out for two weeks, and your water supplies are running low. You still have enough gas in your truck to make it out of town if you can get past the gangs, that is. You’ve decided to BUG OUT!
SOME BASIC POINTERS:
Don’t try to bug out in a Chevy Geo. You will likely need a big heavy 4×4 truck in order to go off-road and around stalled vehicles.
Get something that can carry at least 1000 pounds of supplies. A big 4×4 pickup will do nicely! Yes, it requires more fuel, but you can carry the fuel as cargo.
Don’t bug out unless you can have someone ride shotgun, literally. You will need an armed passenger in case you run into not-so-nice people.
WHAT TO TAKE
Ahh, the bug-out supply list. All this will fit in your truck. Here’s what you should take if you’re preparing to bug out with two people:
Your 96 hour kits for each person in the vehicle
20 gallons of water
40 gallons of extra fuel or more (and a full gas tank)
WHERE TO GO
As mentioned earlier, if you have a designated place of refuge (Grandma’s house, a cabin in the woods, etc.), head straight for it. If not, you’re basically driving anywhere you can go, so try to head for an area that forested and near a creek or river where you can get some water.
Choosing to remain in the city is a rational choice for many people in many situations. However, as you have seen from the dangers described here, the further away you can get from the population centers in general, the better your chances of surviving.
Most people, perhaps yourself included, have a difficult time actually accepting that a major disaster is going to be as bad as described in this report. And after all, if you leave the city, sell out, quit your job, move to the country, and then nothing bad happens? You will have disrupted your life, and you may find yourself broke, jobless, and homeless. You COULD assume it will be a mild event, which I suppose is also a credible possibility. In that case, surviving in the city will be quite feasible, especially if you have neighbors that can support your efforts and you don’t live in a dangerous city with high racial tensions. However, the very nature of a major disaster means that if only one or two major infrastructure components goes down, the ripple effect will quickly create a much worse scenario. It seems there is very little room for “mild” effects unless they are miniscule. The most likely scenario at this point clearly points to massive disruptions, severe shortages in food and water, loss of power in some areas, and a breakdown of social order in certain areas where the population density is high.
But you can survive anything with good planning, an open mind, and plenty of practice. Why not start now?
WOW !! WOW !! AND WOW AGAIN !!
95 year old hero's Letter To Obama at Whitehouse Sent from 95 year Old Pearl Harbor Survivor!!
This venerable and much honored WW II vet is well known in Hawaii for his seventy-plus years of service to patriotic organizations and causes all over the country.
A humble man without a political bone in his body, he has never spoken out before about a government official, until now. He dictated this letter to a friend, signed it and mailed it to the president.
Dear President Obama,
My name is Harold Estes, approaching 95 on December 13 of this year. People meeting me for the first time don't believe my age because I remain wrinkle free and pretty much mentally alert.
I enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1934 and served proudly before, during and after WW II retiring as a Master Chief Bos'n Mate. Now I live in a "rest home" located on the western end of Pearl Harbor, allowing me to keep alive the memories of 23 years of service to my country.
One of the benefits of my age, perhaps the only one, is to speak my mind, blunt and direct even to the head man. So here goes. I am amazed, angry and determined not to see my country die before I do, but you seem hell bent not to grant me that wish. I can't figure out what country you are the president of. You fly around the world telling our friends and enemies despicable lies like:
" We're no longer a Christian nation"
"America is arrogant" – (Your wife even announced to the world,
"America is mean- spirited."
Please tell her to try preaching that nonsense to 23 generations of our war dead buried all over the globe who died for no other reason than to free a whole lot of strangers from tyranny and hopelessness.)
I'd say shame on the both of you, but I don't think you like America, nor do I see an ounce of gratefulness in anything you do, for the obvious gifts this country has given you. To be without shame or gratefulness is a dangerous thing for a man sitting in the White House.
After 9/11 you said,
"America hasn't lived up to her ideals."
Which ones did you mean? Was it the notion of personal liberty that 11,000 farmers and shopkeepers died for to win independence from the British? Or maybe the ideal that no man should be a slave to another man, that 500,000 men died for in the Civil War?
I hope you didn't mean the ideal 470,000 fathers, brothers, husbands, and a lot of fellas I knew personally died for in WWII, because we felt real strongly about not letting any nation push us around, because we stand for freedom. I don't think you mean the ideal that says equality is better than discrimination. You know the one that a whole lot of white people understood when they helped to get you elected.
Take a little advice from a very old geezer, young man.
Shape up and start acting like an American. If you don't, I'll do what I can to see you get shipped out of that fancy rental on Pennsylvania Avenue. You were elected to lead not to bow, apologize and kiss the hands of
murderers and corrupt leaders who still treat their people like slaves. And just who do you think you are telling the American people not to jump to conclusions and condemn that Muslim major who killed 13 of his fellow soldiers and wounded dozens more. You mean you don't want us to do what you did when that white cop used force to subdue that black college professor in Massachusetts, who was putting up a fight? You don't mind offending the police calling them stupid but you don't want us to offend Muslim fanatics by calling them what they are, terrorists.
One more thing. I realize you never served in the military and never had to defend your country with your life, but you're the Commander-in-Chief now, son. Do your job. When your battle-hardened field General asks you for 40,000 more troops to complete the mission, give them to him. But if you're not in this fight to win, then get out. The life of one American soldier is not worth the best political strategy you're thinking of.
You could be our greatest president because you face the greatest challenge ever presented to any president. You're not going to restore American greatness by bringing back our bloated economy. That's not our greatest threat.
Losing the heart and soul of who we are as Americans is our big fight now. And I sure as hell don't want to think my president is the enemy in this final battle...
Diaz told the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat that the last time he saw Lopez use the gun “it fell and the whole front of it broke in half so you could see the wires coming out…. You could tell it’s fake, easily.”
During a press conference held in the wake of the fatal shooting, police displayed the airsoft toy next to an actual AK-47, apparently for the purpose of demonstrating how similar the replica is to the real article. However, “in the light of the Finley Center the model Lopez carried was clearly plastic with a transparent center section. The BB gun also had a shorter barrel.” The fatal encounter between Lopez and the deputies took place at 3:15 in the afternoon, which means that such critical details were not obscured by twilight, and should have been recognized by people who are supposedly trained observers.
After spotting Lopez walking on the sidewalk, the deputies called for backup and pulled up behind him. They drew their guns, took cover behind the vehicle’s open doors, and ordered Lopez to “drop the gun.” The youngster, who was about 20 to 30 feet away from the officers, turned around to face the deputies — and was immediately shot. The entire encounter — from the time the deputies called for backup, to the fatal shooting — was just a few seconds.
According to Lt. Henry, the deputy who opened fire was a “law enforcement veteran” who “has quite a bit of experience with this kind of weapon,” meaning, presumably, an actual AK-47, rather than an obvious toy replica. “He’s aware of the damage these kinds of weapons can do” and that they can fire rounds able to “penetrate body armor, can penetrate the metal of his vehicle, and also the sides of houses and buildings in the area.”
Although that statement was offered by way of extenuation, it underscores the preoccupation with “officer safety” that leads to unnecessary police shootings.
A peace officer is paid to assume certain risks, including those necessary to de-escalate a confrontation with someone believed to be a heavily armed suspect in a residential neighborhood.
A “veteran” deputy with the mindset of a peace officer would have taken more than a shaved fraction of a split-second to open fire on a small male individual readily identifiable as a junior high school student, who was carrying an object that is easily recognizable as a toy — at least to people who don’t see themselves as an army of occupation, and view the public as an undifferentiated mass of menace.
But Not Maine
Nation's Capital Approves 'Choose Life' License Plate
(Photo: The Children First Foundation)
The final draft of the "Choose Life" license plate, which was made available for purchase in the District of Columbia.
A pro-life license plate has been approved for use in the nation's capital and has been made available for drivers to purchase.
The "Choose Life" plate was made available for purchase on Wednesday by The District of Columbia Department of Motor Vehicles.
The Choose Life plate, which has been approved in various states across the country, was submitted for consideration to the D.C. DMV by The Children First Foundation.
Elizabeth Rex, president of The Children First Foundation, told The Christian Post that the design for the license plate was submitted and approved during the summer.
"They said it would take six to eight weeks to manufacture the plate and then they notified us on Tuesday this week that it's ready," said Rex.
"It's really a win-win for the state. It raises revenue, and license plates are very popular with organizations and so everyone benefits."
Rex also told CP that the process "went very smoothly," as the pro-life group received "very professional" treatment and no resistance or opposition from the D.C. DMV.
"We're very grateful that we were able to get a license plate in D.C.," said Rex, adding that she hoped the cultural impact of the plate "will be very positive."
"I really believe that our nation wants to find a solution and I believe adoption is a very important part of putting children first."
Rex also told CP that she felt the Choose Life license plate showcased a decision about pregnancy that should transcend the usual sides of the abortion debate.
"Adoption is a pro-life choice that all Americans can support. It's a very important choice for women who are facing an unplanned pregnancy or an unwanted pregnancy or even an unwanted newborn," said Rex.
"I'm hoping that everyone, no matter whether they consider themselves to be pro-life or pro-choice, we can all support a pro-life choice."
The Children First Foundation was founded in 2001 by Rex and her husband. The group has successfully gotten Choose Life plates approved in other states, including New Jersey and New York.
Update for Tuesday October 22, 2013
Republic, power from the people to the govt, not a democracy where it is power from the g0vt over the people.
I truly pray this makes you sick to your stomach, for it is with the weapons and ammunition, paid for with your tax dollars, and given to this murderous scum by your US military and your elected scum in Congress and your elected muslim brotherhood pig in the oval office, that this is happening with.
Obama's religion of peace thinks the same of babies in the womb as our filth in the oval office does.
Is this the most sickening image of the war in Syria so far? Snipers 'target unborn children in chilling competition to win cigarettes'
Pregnant women targeted by snipers in Syrian war zone competitions
Sickening game sees snipers awarded with cigarettes if they hit 'targets'
British surgeon witnessed foetuses shot dead in their mothers' wombs
Dr David Nott described snipers' 'different targets' on civilian's each day
The unborn children of Syrian women are the targets of a sickening war game where a shooter who murders a foetus in its mother’s womb is awarded with cigarettes, a British surgeon has revealed.
Dr David Nott witnessed evidence of fighters using civilians as target practice and on several occasions shooting pregnant women in the stomach, killing their unborn babies.
Dr Nott, recently returned from volunteering at a Syrian hospital, said there are local rumours the rebel snipers are awarded when they ‘hit the correct targets’.
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Horrifying: The x-ray image shows a full-term foetus with a bullet lodged in its brain, shot dead in its mother's womb
Dr Nott, a vascular surgeon at Chelsea and Westminster hospital in London, has told of the horrors suffered by civilians caught between government troops and rebels, describing it as ‘hell beyond hell’.
Chilling game: A British surgeon has revealed that snipers are targeting women and children as they fetch food and supplies. such as here in Homs where a girl is seen collecting water
Unfathomable cruelty: The game sees snipers 'targeting' different body
parts on women and children and , according to local rumours, are
awarded with cigarettes when they hit them (pictured is an opposition fighter in Syria's northeastern city of Deir Ezzor)
Desperate; This little girl died of starvation shortly after she was filmed. There are reports that children are eating leaves because they are so hungry
civil war has killed more than 100,000 people and divided the Middle
East between Sunni Gulf states and Turkey which mostly support the
rebels, and Shi'ite Iran and Hezbollah which have backed Assad.
efforts are growing to convene peace talks in Geneva next month,
encouraged by rare agreement among global powers over the elimination of
Syria's chemical weapons after sarin gas attacks near Damascus in
But the United
States and Russia, responding to Syria's announcement that the talks
would go ahead in Geneva on Nov. 23-24, said on Thursday that no date
had yet been set.
international envoy for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, is due to hold talks in
the Middle East next week to try to prepare for the negotiations, his
These are the people obama and his lackey in the Congress, which include King, Michaud, and Pingree want to arm.
Church Ends 93-year Boy Scout Partnership Over Pro-Gay Stance Western Journalism
The recent decision by the leadership of Boy Scouts of America to allow homosexuals to join its ranks prompted many social conservatives to cut ties with the organization. For some, that decision was made more difficult because of a long relationship with the scouting group.
Such was the case with Aldan Union Church in Pennsylvania. Since 1920, the church has allowed local Boy Scout troops to meet at its facility and has maintained a close partnership with the organization in the decades since.
Rev. Paul Thompson realized, however, that the two groups now espouse very different views on the issue of homosexuality. As a result, church elders voted to discontinue their relationship with the Boy Scouts moving forward.
Calling the move “excruciating,” Thompson explained spiritual leaders sometimes must make such difficult choices in order to stay in line with the Bible’s teachings.
“As a church,” he said, “we have a responsibility to our convictions.”
He added that, while the church does not hate homosexuals, it is their position that such behavior violates God’s law.
“We try to have the authority being in the scriptures rather than ourselves,” he noted, adding the church cannot stand for any sinful behavior.
“We believe that among those sins is the sin of homosexuality,” he concluded.
One scoutmaster whose troop will now have to find a new home said he doesn’t agree with the decision but doesn’t “fault the church for their views.”
The fallout after scouting leaders announced gays would now be welcome in the organization was widespread among Christians. With homosexuality enjoying a favored status in our popular culture, more and more historically traditional now feel pressured to change their own policies in order to placate the minority.
In return, however, such updates alienate many of those who have long been supportive of their original mission.
–Western Journalism staff writer
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HIV Among Gay, Bisexual, and Other Men Who Have Sex With Men
Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (referred to here as MSM) are more severely affected by HIV than any other group in the United States.
Among all MSM, black/African American MSM bear the greatest disproportionate burden of HIV.
From 2008 to 2010, HIV infections among young black/African American MSM increased 20%.
Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM))a represent approximately 2% of the United States population, yet are the population most severely affected by HIV. In 2010, young MSM (aged 13-24 years) accounted for 72% of new HIV infections among all persons aged 13 to 24, and 30% of new infections among all MSM. At the end of 2010, an estimated 489,121 (56%) persons living with an HIV diagnosis in the United States were MSM or MSM-IDU.
In 2010, MSM accounted for 63% of estimated new HIV infections in the United States and 78% of infections among all newly infected men. From 2008 to 2010, new HIV infections increased 22% among young (aged 13-24) MSM and 12% among MSM overall.
Among all MSM, white MSM accounted for 11,400 (38%) estimated new HIV infections in 2010. The largest number of new infections among white MSM (3,300; 29%) occurred in those aged 25 to 34.
Among all MSM, black/African American MSM accounted for 10,600 (36%) estimated new HIV infections in 2010. The largest number of new infections among black/African American MSM (4,800; 45%) occurred in those aged 13 to 24. From 2008 to 2010 new infections increased 20% among young black/African American MSM aged 13 to 24.
Among all MSM, Hispanic/Latino MSM accounted for 6,700 (22%) estimated new HIV infections in 2010. The largest number of new infections among Hispanic/Latino MSM (3,300; 39%) occurred in those aged 25 to 34.
Estimates of New HIV Infections in the United States for the Most-Affected Subpopulations, 2010
Estimated HIV incidence among adults and adolescents in the United States, 2007–2010. HIV Surveillance Supplemental Report 2012;17(4). Subpopulations representing 2% or less of the overall US epidemic are not reflected in this chart. Abbreviations: MSM, men who have sex with men; IDU, injection drug user.
In 2011, in the United States, MSM accounted for 79% of 38,825 estimated HIV diagnoses among all males aged 13 years and older and 62% of 49,273 estimated diagnoses among all persons receiving an HIV diagnosis that year.
At the end of 2010, of the estimated 872,990 persons living with an HIV diagnosis, 440,408 (50%) were MSM. Forty-seven percent of MSM living with an HIV diagnosis were white, 31% were black/African American, and 19% were Hispanic/Latino.
In 2011, MSM accounted for 52% of estimated AIDS diagnoses among all adults and adolescents in the United States. Of the estimated 16,694 AIDS diagnoses among MSM, 39% were in blacks/African Americans; 34% were in whites; and 23% were in Hispanics/Latinos.
By the end of 2010, an estimated 302,148 MSM with an AIDS diagnosis had died in the United States since the beginning of the epidemic, representing 48% of all deaths of persons with an AIDS diagnosis.
The large number of MSM living with HIV means that, as a group, gay, bisexual, and other MSM have an increased chance of being exposed to HIV. Results of HIV testing conducted in 20 cities as part of the National HIV Behavioral Surveillance System indicated that 18% of MSM tested in 2011 were HIV-positive and that HIV prevalence increased with increasing age.
In this study, the overall percent of gay and bisexual men with HIV who knew of their HIV infection increased from 56% in 2008 to 66% in 2011. Among those infected, 49% of young MSM aged 18 to 24 years knew of their infection, whereas 76% of those aged 40 and over were aware of their HIV infection. Fifty- four percent of black/African American MSM knew of their infection, compared with 63% of Hispanic/Latino MSM and 86% of white MSM. Persons who don’t know they have HIV don’t get medical care and can unknowingly infect others. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all MSM get tested for HIV at least once a year. Sexually active MSM might benefit from more frequent testing (e.g., every 3 to 6 months).
Sexual risk behaviors account for most HIV infections in MSM. Anal sex without a condom (unprotected anal sex) has the highest risk for passing HIV during sex. It is also possible to become infected with HIV through oral sex, though the risk is significantly less than for anal or vaginal sex. For sexually active MSM, the most effective ways to prevent HIV are to limit or avoid anal sex, or for MSM who do have anal sex, to correctly use a condom every time. Gay men are at increased risk for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), like syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia, and CDC recommends that all sexually active MSM be tested annually for these infections.
Alcohol and illegal drug use increases risk for HIV and other STIs. Using substances such as alcohol and methamphetamines can impair judgment and increase risky sexual behavior.
Homophobia, stigma, and discrimination may place gay men at risk for multiple physical and mental health problems and affect whether they seek and are able to obtain high-quality health services.
What CDC Is Doing
Guided by the National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the United States, CDC and its partners are pursuing a high-impact prevention approach to reducing new HIV infections by using combinations of scientifically proven, cost-effective, and scalable interventions directed to the most vulnerable populations in the geographic areas where HIV prevalence is highest.
As part of high-impact prevention, CDC is aligning surveillance and program activities more closely. For example, while linkage to care soon after HIV diagnosis is relatively high, more people living with HIV should receive continuous care and antiretroviral treatment, and a greater proportion of persons infected with HIV should have a suppressed HIV viral load—the most important goal for maximizing a person’s health as well as reducing the risk of transmission. By increasing the reporting of CD4 and viral load data across the country, CDC will aid health departments and clinicians in monitoring treatment progress toward viral load suppression. Currently, CDC estimates that only 25% of the 1.1 million individuals with HIV have their viral loads adequately suppressed.
CDC is also encouraging MSM and their healthcare providers to take advantage of biomedical approaches to HIV prevention. Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), which involves taking antiretroviral medications prior to becoming exposed to HIV, can reduce the risk of HIV infection in individuals at very high risk of infection. Post-exposure prophylaxis, which involves taking antiretrovial medications soon after possible exposure to HIV, also plays a role in HIV prevention, but should be not be considered a primary means of HIV prevention. Also, while HIV treatments can dramatically improve the health of HIV-positive persons who are treated, they also have prevention benefits: individuals whose HIV viral loads are suppressed have a greatly reduced chance of transmitting the virus to their partners (Treatment as Prevention).
CDC continues to focus on HIV testing. To expand HIV prevention services for young gay and bisexual men of color, transgender youth of color, and their partners, CDC awarded $55 million over 5 years to 34 community-based organizations with strong links to these populations. This funding will be used to provide HIV testing to more than 90,000 young gay and bisexual men and transgender youth of color, with a goal of identifying more than 3,500 previously unrecognized HIV infections and linking those who are HIV-infected to care and prevention services. Additionally, CDC’s MSM Testing Initiative seeks to identify at least 3,000 MSM with HIV who were previously unaware of their infection and link at least 85% to care.
Through its Act Against AIDS campaigns and other collaborative activities, CDC aims to provide MSM with effective and culturally appropriate messages about HIV prevention. The REASONS/RAZONES testing campaign features Latino gay and bisexual men sharing their reasons for getting an HIV test, while Testing Makes Us Stronger campaign encourages black gay and bisexual men to get tested for HIV. Let’s Stop HIV Together focuses on raising awareness of HIV and AIDS and simultaneously combatting complacency and stigma by increasing support for people living with the disease.
CDC also funds state and local health departments and community-based organizations to support HIV prevention services for MSM. Through the Diffusion of Effective Behavioral Interventions (DEBI) project, CDC supports various behavioral interventions and other high-impact prevention strategies.
a The term men who have sex with men (MSM) is used in CDC surveillance systems. It indicates the behaviors that transmit HIV infection, rather than how individuals self-identify in terms of their sexuality. b New HIV infections refer to HIV incidence, or the estimated number of people who are newly infected with HIV each year. c HIV and AIDS diagnoses are the number of persons diagnosed with HIV infection and the number of persons diagnosed with AIDS, respectively, during a given time period. The terms do not indicate when the persons were infected.
Special to maineTV.net Russians Riot over Muslim Immigrant Crime in Moscow TitaniumDi
Russians Riot over Muslim Immigrant Crime in Moscow
Russians have not been celebrating the increased Muslim diversity in their nation. Jihadist terror has struck hard there, notably in the Beslan school massacre of 186 schoolchildren and the Moscow theater hostage crisis, both attacks committed by hostile Chechen Muslims.
The city of Moscow has one to two million Muslim residents who block streets by the thousands on their Allah holidays and they intimidate daily to force Islam on Russians. The breakup of the Soviet Union has accelerated the influx and the accumulation over the years has been brutal.
The RT.com video below begins with the announcer describing the reason locals are angry over a recent murder, “An uncontrolled flow of illegal migrants has turned the neighborhood into a crime center.” It’s remarkable there are not more riots over nation-changing immigration invasions.
The written report from RT similarly notes unhappiness with diversity-fueled crime.
Over 300 detained after anti-migrant riot in southern Moscow, RT.com, October 13, 2013
Moscow police said they detained some 300 people during the mass rioting in a southern district of the city. A mixed crowd of nationalists and locals attacked a warehouse run by natives of the Caucasus, blaming a migrant for the fatal stabbing of a local. [. . .]
The violent scenes came after a similar rampage took place at a nearby shopping center, where the rioters had originally gathered. The outraged crowd demanded that the police find the killer, allegedly a man from the Caucasus or Central Asia, and clamp down on illegal migration in the area.
The locals also lashed at the the authorities, accusing them of covering the wave of migrant crime. [. . .] Even the Associated Press report mentioned the Muslim angle, although with no context.
Moscow stabbing death sets off street riots, AP, October 13, 2013
The stabbing death of an ethnic Russian man has ignited anger in Moscow against people from the Caucasus, with demonstrators breaking into a shopping center and storming a vegetable warehouse Sunday evening. Police detained hundreds of people.
The man was believed to have been killed by a native of the North Caucasus, a region in southern Russia where the people are predominantly Muslim. Caucasus natives work in the shopping center and at many vegetable markets around the Russian capital. [. . .]
Constitutional moment, The Declaration of independence:
In Congress, July 4, 1776.
The UNANIMOUS DECLARATION
THIRTEEN UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their
Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent
of the governed. That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the
Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing
its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient
causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to
right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of
abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is
their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States.
If you don't teach it to your children and grandchildren, you can bet they will never learn it in the g0vt indoctrination centers called public schools.
The perfect time for Obama to kill the Legislative branch
Congress to close down, fly Air Force planes to Florida for funeral of Rep. C.W. Bill Young
By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times
Congress will shut down on Thursday, and leaders have told lawmakers the Defense Department will fly them to Florida for the funeral of Rep. C.W. Bill Young, who died late last week.
Mr. Young was the senior Republican in the chamber, and the move to close down business is a mark of respect for him — though it also means there will be no floor votes or committee meetings that day, cutting short what was already a mostly empty week.
After passing a deal to raise the debt ceiling and reopen government, the Senate went on an 11-day vacation. The House was slated to be in Tuesday evening through Thursday but will now just be in for a day and a half, with the chief business a vote on a public works legislation.
House officials told lawmakers to be ready to leave Washington from Joint Base Andrews early Thursday to make the funeral in Largo, Fla., and then plan to return late in the evening.
A Pentagon spokesman couldn’t say how much it will cost to fly the members to Florida for the funeral.
“We are currently evaluating options for support. Because no aircraft has been designated at this time, I can’t provide any additional information on cost,” said Cmdr. Bill Urban.
The move comes the week after Congress took heat for including a $174,000 payment to the widow of multimillionaire Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, who died earlier this year, leaving an estate estimated at more than $50 million.
Mr. Young’s estimated wealth was far less than Mr. Lautenberg’s, and it’s likely his widow, Beverly, will get a similar death gratuity payment, which is a regular occurrence when members of Congress die in office.
Editors note: We need to urge as many democrats, rinos and independents to be on that plane as possible, for while obama may kill his friends, it is a sure bet that he would order or cause the plane to blow up if only Republicans were on the plane. There is no way i would fly in the same plane with my favorite two US Senators, Mike Lee and Red Cruz. As for killing his friends, that is not as far fetched as one might think, watch the below video.
Got 20 minutes? Well watch this video. This is a 1985 interview with a KGB diplomat on how the communist take over, step by step. And then what happens after they take over, step, by bloody step.
Taken directly form English studies of Common Core
‘Nothing had prepared me for the searing pain’: Pro-choice woman describes RU-486 nightmare
by Sarah Terzo
October 20, 2013 (LiveActionNews) - RU-486, the abortion pill, is offered to women who are less than nine weeks pregnant. When it first became available in the United States, pro-choice activists rejoiced. They believed that it would make abortion more readily available to women.
Abortion providers say that RU-486 is safe and effective. According to abortion provider Dr. David Grimes:
I just don’t see any downsides. For those women who don’t like the invasiveness of surgery, it gives them a very important option.
In an article in Marie Claire titled “Betrayed by a Pill,” a pro-choice woman named Norine Dworkin-McDaniel gives another perspective when she describes her RU-486 abortion.
She starts out by talking about how happy she was when RU-486 became an option for women.
From the moment it was approved in 2000, I believed in the abortion pill. Finally! Abortion would finally become what it always should have been: a private medical matter between a woman and her doctor. It held the promise of swift, at home termination. There would be no more gauntlets of protesters at clinics, because who would know which physicians were dispensing the pills? Even better, the pill would keep abortion accessible at a time when fewer gynecologists were willing to perform them out of fear of attacks.
Dworkin-McDaniel eventually faced an unplanned pregnancy. According to her, when she became pregnant, she was using cocaine and would “work all day, and party, party, party all night.”
She worried that her drug use would cause medical problems for the baby:
No matter what I did from this point on, there would always be a chance that the baby would have problems – maybe physical ones, maybe psychological issues. I wasn’t willing to roll the dice with another life.
So Dworkin-McDaniel decided to end that life instead.
She describes how she decided not to have a surgical abortion:
There was the surgical option of course. I’d had one in college (so you think I would’ve learned this lesson already) and I dreaded the needle that would be used to numb my cervix.
The abortion would be done by RU-486, (mifepristone) which would kill the baby. Then a second drug (misoprostol) would cause her to expel the embryo and placenta.
The Mifeprex literature described some cramping and bleeding, “similar to or greater than a normal, heavy period.” This sounded far more appealing than surgical abortion. A few pills, a couple of cramps, and it would all be over. We could move on with our lives.
But it didn’t work out as she had planned.
She took the mispristone and then, two days later, prepared to administer the misoprostol:
Clinic staffers had directed me to insert the tablets into my vagina in the morning so I’d have the day to recover. I envisioned recuperating on the couch with some uncomfortable but bearable cramps and soothing myself with bad daytime TV.”
I never made it to the couch.”
She describes in detail what happened:
Nothing – not the drug literature, the clinic doctor, not even my own gyno – had prepared me for the searing, gripping, squeezing pain that ripped through my belly 30 minutes later. I couldn’t even form words when Stewart [her boyfriend] called to check on me. It was all I could do to gasp, “Come home! Now!” For 90 minutes, I was disoriented, nauseated, and, between crushing waves of contractions, that I imagine were close to what labor feels like, racing from the bed to the bathroom with diarrhea.”
Then, just as quickly, it was over. The next night, I started bleeding. I bled for 14 days. A follow-up ultrasound confirmed that I’d aborted. And that’s when the problems really began.
I had been prepared for the possibility that the pill wouldn’t work and I’d still need a surgical abortion – that happens in about 5 to 8 percent of cases. I also knew that I might bleed so heavily I’d need surgery to stop it… [But] what blindsided me, apart from being battered by the mifepristone, with a huge, cystic boils that soon covered my neck, shoulders, and back. I was also overcome by fatigue – an utter lack of ability to do anything more strenuous than sleep or lie on the couch. My brain felt so fuzzy – English seemed like a 2nd language, and I couldn’t work. On top of all that came depression; I sobbed constantly. I wouldn’t leave the house. I stopped showering.
It was only when I described my symptoms to my gynecologist that I discovered my experience wasn’t all that unusual. (The Mifeprex literature didn’t even mention it) “I think it’s underreported, but probably one in 3 women have dramatic side effects,” he told me. My body was in total chaos – pregnancy hormones clashing with anti-pregnancy hormones clashing with stress hormones. “I’ve seen a lot of women go through it – I don’t want to call it postpartum, but post event melancholy that’s more dramatic than people want to admit.” He prescribed antidepressants. “One day, you’ll feel just like your old self.” It took 9 months.
Dworkin-McDaniel describes going back to the clinic and talking to one of the clinic workers:
"We could have told you it wasn’t going to be easy,” a clinic staffer noted when I rattled off my complaints during my follow-up.
Why didn’t she speak up sooner?
Dworkin-McDaniel’s story is similar to that of Abby Johnson. Johnson was the director of a Planned Parenthood clinic when she had an RU-486 abortion. She too was unprepared for the ordeal. You can read her story here.
Johnson describes the agonizing pain and heavy bleeding she experienced. At one point she says:
I knew I had to get up and wash the blood off of me. I stood up slowly and straightened out my body. As soon as I was completely upright, I felt a pain worse than any other I had experienced. I began to sweat again and felt faint. I grabbed on to the side of the shower wall to steady myself. Then I felt a release…and a splash in the water that was draining beneath me. A blood clot the size of a lemon had fallen into my bath water. Was that my baby? I knew this huge clot was not going to go down the drain, so I reached down to pick it up. I was able to grasp the large clot with both hands and move it to the toilet. I stood in the warm shower for a few minutes…feeling a little relief from the cramping. Then came the excruciating pain again. I jumped out of the shower and sat on the toilet. Another lemon sized blood clot. Then another. And another. I thought I was dying. This couldn’t be normal. Planned Parenthood didn’t ever tell me this could happen. This must be atypical. I decided that I would call them in the morning…if I didn’t die before then. It was around midnight and I had been in the bathroom for a good 12 hours. I knew I couldn’t leave yet. I didn’t want to lay in the bed…the bleeding was too heavy. And the clots were still coming; not as often, but they were still coming. So, I decided to sleep on the bathroom floor that night…right by the toilet. The cold floor felt good on my face. I was physically depleted, but I could not sleep.
In the morning, she called the clinic:
The next morning, I called Planned Parenthood as soon as they opened and asked to speak to the nurse. I was told she would call me back soon. She did. I told her about my previous day. She told me, “That is not abnormal.” WHAT?? She could not be serious. All of the bleeding, the clotting, the pain…that was NORMAL??? “Yes,” she said. “Use heating pads, soak in a warm tub, and take Ibuprofen.” I was angry. How could they not tell me the side effects? I felt betrayed.
She goes on to say:
At a management meeting, I voiced my concerns. Why weren’t we talking about the risks? Why hadn’t anyone told me? “Well, we don’t want to scare them,” my supervisor said. “Oh, like they are scared when they think they are dying from the amount of blood they are losing because we choose not to tell them that is supposedly normal,” I responded. That didn’t go over too well. That was their answer? They didn’t want women to be scared?? The night of my medication abortion, lying on the cold bathroom floor, I had never been so scared.
It’s true that not every woman who uses RU-486 has such a terrible experience. But these bad experiences are more common than many abortion providers would have us believe. Abortion clinics present RU-486 as an easy option. Often, it is anything but.
Source: Norine Dworkin-McDaniel “BETRAYED BY A PILL” Marie Claire (US), Jul2007, Vol. 14 7, p184-186
Sarah Terzo is a pro-life author and creator of the clinicquotes.com website. She is a member of Secular Pro-Life and Pro-Life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians.
DHS Buys ‘No Hesitation’ Shooting Targets Depicting women, Children And The Elderly By Rob
The Department of Homeland Security has spent over $2 million dollars buying some very interesting targets for their agents to practice their shooting skills on. They come from a company called Law Enforcement Targets inc and were apparently made to DHS order to deliberately desensitize their agents when it comes to firing in situations that they might otherwise hesitate on, thus the name ‘no hesitation’. In the company’s words, thee targets are “meant to help the transition for officers who are faced with these highly unusual targets for the first time.”
The company has since dropped the images of the targets DHS purchased with your tax dollars from their website, but they’re pictured above in a screenshot.
Let’s see, we have here a pregnant woman in a nursery, a kid, a young woman, and a mother in a playground next to her kid, and grandma and there are also two pictures of aged males not shown here…all of them white, by the way, and somehow I doubt that was a coincidence.
Here’s the company’s full list of target descriptions – spelling uncorrected from the original:
NMH-1 Non-traditional threat dipicting a hostile pregnant woman in a nursery.
NMH-2 Non-traditional threat target of an older man holding a shotgun.
NMH-3 Non-traditional threat dipicting a hostile older man in his home holding a shotgun.
NMH-4 Non-traditional threat dipicting a hostile older woman in her home.
NMH-5 Non-traditional threat dipicting a hostile young mother surrouonded by children on a playground.
NMH-6 Non-traditional threat dipicting a hostile school aged girl on street.
NMH-7 Non-traditional threat dipicting a very young boy holding a real gun.
Now, in speaking to most law enforcement officers of my acquaintance, while experience has taught to expect the unexpected and to be prepared for it, common sense has also taught them not to just splatter Granny, Grandpa or Mom all over the room unless there’s no alternative…especially if there’s a child whom might possibly be in the line of fire.
That is apparently what they’re trying to train out of them with these ‘no hesitation’ targets.
And again, notice the average American look to these targets.That’s apparently what’s now considered a threat.
At least that’s what DHS and apparently a number of law enforcement agencies believe, since that’s how they’re training their agents.
Thanks to the infamous four from Maine, and the other rinos, democrats, and communist Republic haters in Congress,
U.S. debt jumps $300 billion — tops $17 trillion for first time
U.S. debt jumped more than $300 billion on Thursday, the first day the federal government was able to borrow money under the deal President Obama and Congress sealed this week.
The $328 billion increase is an all-time record, shattering the previous high of $238 billion set two years ago.
The giant jump comes because the government was replenishing its stock of “extraordinary measures” — the federal funds it borrowed from over the last five months as it tried to avoid bumping into the debt ceiling.
Under the law, that replenishing happens as soon as there is new debt space.
In this case, the Treasury Department borrowed $400 billion from other funds beginning in May, awaiting a final deal from Congress and Mr. Obama.
Usually Congress sets a borrowing limit, or debt ceiling, that caps the total amount the government can be in the red.
But under the terms of this week’s deal, Congress set a deadline instead of a dollar cap. That means debt can rise as much as Mr. Obama and Congress want it to, until the Feb. 7 deadline.
Judging by the rate of increase over the last five months, that could end up meaning Congress just granted Mr. Obama a debt increase of $700 billion or more.
Republicans initially sought to attach strings to the debt increase, but surrendered this week, instead settling on a bill that reopened the government and included some special earmark projects, but didn’t include any spending cuts.
Democrats insisted that the debt increase be “clean,” meaning without any strings attached. They say the debt increase only allows Mr. Obama to pay for the bills he and Congress already racked up, and that it doesn’t encourage new spending.
Just when you thought there couldn't possibly be a bigger fool in Congress than the four traitors from Maine, Along comes the Zombie from Vermont.
Sen. Bernie Sanders: Global warming ‘far more serious problem than Al Qaeda’
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) says global warming poses "a far more serious problem than al Qaeda" and accuses energy companies of being willing to "destroy the planet" for profits.
In an interview with Playboy magazine, Sanders targets coal and oil companies who he says have outsized influence over lawmakers on Capitol Hill.
“Big business is willing to destroy the planet for short-term profits,” Sanders said.
“And because of their power over the political process, you hear a deafening silence in the U.S. Congress and in other bodies around the world about the severity of the problem. Global warming is a far more serious problem than Al Qaeda,” he said.
The comment arrives in a broader economic critique of what Sanders, the Senate's most left-leaning member, calls a “hypercapitalist” society plagued by huge inequalities in wealth and political power.
Sanders alleges the Republican Party has become “extremist” but also criticizes Democrats. A tidbit from the interview:
Let me tell you a story outside of school. I go to the Democratic caucuses every week, and every week there is a report about fund-raising—Republicans have raised thus and thus; this is what we have done. In the six years I’ve been going to those meetings, I have never heard five minutes of discussion about organizing. It’s about raising money. Not five minutes to say, “Look, West Virginia, we have rallies, we’re doing this, we’re doing that, we’re knocking on doors.” In six years, I have heard no discussion about that at all.
Everyone knows that Dogs are bigger, more powerful, and more numberous than cats. Yet as you watch this video think that the people of the US are the dogs and the cats are the courts, the Congress, the police and the infamous left wing extremist media.
“We told you you would lose!” wail the Beltway bundlers of the Republican establishment.
“We told you you would lose!” moan neoconservative columnists from their privileged perches on the op-ed pages of the Beltway press.
“Look at what Ted Cruz and this Tea Party people did to us,” wails the GOP establishment. “Look what has happened to our brand.” And 2014 was looking wonderful.
What a basket of wimps.
While the political and communications strategy of the fight to defund Obama seems not to have been thought through, can someone explain what else a moral and principled Republican party could have done in the continuing resolution, other than try to defund Obamacare?
Have we lost sight of what a monstrosity this is?
It is an immense new entitlement program being hoisted upon a nation whose back is now breaking from Great Society entitlements.
Obamacare forces Catholics to provide sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs that trample upon traditional teachings about how they are to live their lives.
Recent days have exposed employers cutting back workers to 29 hours, insurance premiums surging, doctors rebelling. Obamacare moves America inexorably toward a national health care system such as they have in socialist Great Britain.
Finally, the rollout of Obamacare by Kathleen Sebelius’ Department of Health and Human Services has made the rollouts of Edsel and New Coke look like marketing triumphs.
How could any principled Republican conservative vote to impose this moral, fiscal, social and technological disaster upon our country?
Here was the recommended Beltway GOP strategy:
House Republicans should vote to fund Obamacare in a clean CR. Then exploit the disaster of the rollout to show what a horror it is. This will pump up our polls and improve our field position for 2014.
Then we can pick up some seats!
Bottom line: Let’s vote to impose Obamacare on America and make Democrats pay the price of the calamity we voted to impose.
Now there may be a more cynical strategy than deliberately doing permanent damage to your country to help your party.
Right now, I just can’t think of it.
A party that would do such a thing would not only not deserve office; it would raise valid questions about the reasons for its continued existence. If this is how Republicans will behave when facing a decision on moral and political principle, why would conservatives want such a crowd representing them?
The Beltway GOP had best step back and take a hard look at the nation they are supposed to defend.
A decades-long failure to address mass immigration has brought to our shores scores of millions now being moved wholesale to ballot boxes to vote the Party of Reagan out of power forever.
With GOP collusion, the welfare state has grown so immense — with half the nation paying no income taxes and half now reaping benefits — Republicans who stand for fiscal sanity face increasingly insuperable numbers in many states.
With the Greatest Generation and Silent Generations passing on, Baby Boomers, the largest generation in history, are two years into Social Security and Medicare. Those programs are exploding, as the share of our working population is steadily sinking.
Real incomes of Americans are stagnant. Since George H. W. Bush, we have run $10 trillion in trade deficits no one mentions but can be seen in the gleaming cities of Asia and East China and the corroded and collapsing infrastructure of America.
Though the debt is hitting $17 trillion and the Fed prints a trillion a year to buy up paper, T-bills and mortgage-backed securities, the U.S. growth rate remains anemic by historic standards.
Query: Did the Tea Party do all this to America, or was this caused by colossal Washington stupidity and legendary Wall Street greed?
Republican cravenness and cowardice before the commands of political correctness has gone on so long that the natural response to capitulate now appears a conditioned reflex of the Beltway Party.
Yet, how, without standing and fighting against the inexorable drive to remake our republic into a socialist democracy, where tax consumers are endlessly milking tax producers in a steadily debilitating and dying economy, do Republicans think they are going to stop this?
Or is their hidden agenda simply bipartisan comity and smiling acceptance of an endless series of retreats until the outcome is irreversible? Whatever one may say of the House Republican majority at least they fought.
When his troops were in a funk, FDR used to say, “Get me a bill down here I can veto!” What FDR meant was — Let’s start a fight with the Republicans; that will get the boys’ morale back up.
That’s what Republicans need now. They should tell the Democrats there will be no new taxes in any budget deal, and if there is no deal, the sequester rolls on.
Then they should demand that the incompetent at HHS be fired and her entire entourage with her. Unless, of course, the party fears it might be charged with waging a “war on women.”
Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of “Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?”
Common Core Assignment By: Diana Holcomb, Norway, Maine
There are people who think the Constitution is outdated and needs to be rewritten.
According to Common Core education materials, a sixth-grade class in Arkansas was given a homework assignment that instructed them to imagine they were part of a special committee put together by the government to update the “outdated” Bill of Rights. The assignment began “There has been a lot of controversy lately surrounding the War on Terror. Many Americans feel as though the Patriot Act is infringing upon our privacy and other individual liberties, while others feel protected by it. The government of the United States is currently revisiting the Bill of Rights. They have determined that it is outdated and may not remain in its current form any longer.” The students were required to select two Amendments to throw out, and add two new ones and put together persuasive speeches to market the idea.
In my opinion, this assignment is representative of the new national education standards for Common Core adopted by 45 states including Maine. Students are focusing on feelings, not facts. They were given no prior knowledge of the actual process of amending the Constitution or how an Amendment is ratified let alone a discussion of the Bill of Rights and the intentions of our forefathers. It implies that the Bill of Rights can be changed by a “special” committee instead of an Act of Congress. When told to imagine they were members of a committee, this creates a shift from factual education to mental manipulation and feeling-based learning. This strategy is used to manipulate minds to meet an agenda to shape world-class students who see reality through a multicultural filter which prompts them to reject their old home-taught morality and to embrace collective values.
Also, history books were recently adopted in Texas to help students understand the U.S. Constitution, quote the Second Amendment as follows: “Second Amendment: The people have a right to keep and bear arms in a State militia.” The Second Amendment as written in the Bill of Rights states: A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.
If this assignment concerns you, please talk with your students about their assignments and what they are learning in school.
Republican Sell-out: White House Wins on Budget, Debt
Written by Thomas R. Eddlem
The Republican congressional leadership capitulated completely to White House demands for full funding of the federal budget at fiscal 2013 levels and a suspension of the debt limit through February 7.
In the October 16 votes, the House of Representatives voted 285-144, with 144 Republicans voting nay, and the Senate voted 81-18, with 18 Republicans voting nay. President Obama signed the bill into law shortly after midnight after the evening votes.
“We fought the good fight,” House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said in a press conference after the House Republican leadership capitulated. “We just didn’t win.” Boehner and his leadership team, including Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Ohio), shown in blue tie, and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) voted in favor of the bill that failed to make any cuts to federal spending and gave a blank check to the White House to rack up new debt.
The New York Times accurately summarized the bill in “The Republican Surrender,” a house editorial: "The health care reform law will not be defunded or delayed. No taxes will be cut, and the deal calls for no new cuts to federal spending or limits to social welfare programs.”
The bill funds federal government appropriations at fiscal 2013 levels through January 15, confirms that many federal employees have just finished a two-week paid vacation and suspends the national debt limit until February 7 in a provision of the bill called the Default Prevention Act of 2013. It would also require — in a sop thrown to Republicans — that President Obama verify that those qualifying for subsidies under ObamaCare are indeed qualified to receive those subsidies. The White House panned the provision as symbolic only, and stressed that it would in no way interfere with the funding or implementation of ObamaCare.
Congressman Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), elected with Tea Party support in 2012, was among the majority of House Republicans opposing the bill, noting that the law “will increase our nation's debt limit by hundreds of billions of dollars while simultaneously refusing to make a single cut or reform to address our nation's spending problem.” He noted in a Facebook post, "The only sustainable way to avoid a debt crisis is to balance the federal budget." Massie was among the House Republicans who voted against the bill.
Only in America are the ones who want to balance the budget and make raising the national debt limit unnecessary labeled terrorists, and those who want to raise the national credit card limit to infinity deemed “reasonable.”
The debate over the budget and debt limit was symptomatic of the sickness that is infecting both American politicians and mainstream media:
• On the budget, the debate was largely about what was not in the spending bills (specifically, funding for ObamaCare), rather than what was in them.
• In the budget debate, the dysfunction in the system has now become the only function. It was once a sign of the failure of the appropriations process that an omnibus “continuing resolution” was needed to fund several of the regular 12 annual appropriations bills. President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) insisted that the budget be funded in a single bill, rather than through 12 different appropriations bills, as the rules of both houses of Congress require.
• The media and most politicians trumpeted only one option as a metaphysical necessity throughout the debate: They must raise the debt ceiling. Only a few Tea Party-supported congressmen ever discussed the alternative — balancing the budget — which would have made raising the debt ceiling unnecessary.
• The deadline over the debt limit extension seemed phony. Consider that the government shutdown, which stopped funding of 16-18 percent of the federal government during the first two weeks of October, matches almost exactly the projected deficit level for the same fiscal year. Why, if government spending was cut at the same level of the deficit, would the U.S. continue to accumulate debt? Why didn't the spending reductions, even if temporary, move the deadline needle at all?
Photo of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor: AP Images
More proof that you need to home school
A Pennsylvania woman set out with a video camera to learn what college students in her state know about the Holocaust — and discovered an incredible lack of knowledge not only of the genocide of the Jews, but of basic facts about U.S. history and World War II.
Rhonda Fink-Whitman visited college campuses in Pennsylvania this fall, including the venerated Ivy League institution the University of Pennsylvania, where she was repeatedly faced with a remarkable ignorance about events that took place in the last century.
Many Pennsylvania students interviewed knew shockingly little about the Holocaust and World War II (Screenshot via YouTube)
Students didn’t know where Normandy was, why U.S. forces landed there, why the U.S. even entered the war or who was president at the time. (Wilson, Eisenhower and JFK were among the guesses.) One student didn’t know who Anne Frank was, because he said he never read the book.
Another student thought African Americans may have been targeted in the Holocaust.
Fink-Whitman started her interviews with the simple question, “What was the Holocaust?” Here are some of the answers she heard:
“Uh, I’m on the spot now.”
“It was a, uh, I don’t know how to say it like. It was something that happened in. Oh my God, I know the answer but I don’t know how to explain it.”
“I have no idea.”
“I have no idea … is it Europe? I don’t think so.”
She also asked which country Adolf Hitler was the leader of:
At the University of Pennsylvania, Fink-Whitman asked students how many years ago the Holocaust occurred. One woman thought it happened around 1800 and then guessed 300 years ago.
Students couldn’t say what kind of camps prisoners were held in. When prompted with the letter “c,” a male student figured out the answer “concentration camps.” But he couldn’t name even one. He also didn’t know what Auschwitz was when asked.
The interviewees didn’t know what the Nuremberg Laws or trials were or which president “sent a boatload of Jews back to certain death in Europe.” One thought the Final Solution was the Nuremberg Trials.
One man thought 3 million Jews were killed, then revised his guess to 300 million.
Another student thought Winston Churchill was an American military leader.
One man thought a Star of David was tattooed on prisoners of Auschwitz, as opposed to numbers.
“Who were known as the allies?” Fink-Whitman asked.
“The allies of Hitler?” a female student replied.
“They were called ‘the Allies’ of America” the interviewer clarified.
Fink-Whitman also included in her YouTube video interviews with students who knew many facts about the Holocaust having studied it in high school.
Fink-Whitman, who wrote the book “94 Maidens” about her mother’s experience surviving the Holocaust, said that she would like to see Holocaust education be mandatory in Pennsylvania public schools from grades six through 12 as it is presently in California, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey and New York.
“You can’t blame the kids,” she said. “Nobody’s teaching it to them. By the time they get to college, they should know a thing or two about the Holocaust and other genocides so when the plague of denial creeps onto their campus they’re armed and ready with the truth.”
She says her video seen below is not meant to “embarrass, humiliate or shame” anyone.
Freeloader Calls Rush Limbaugh to Say Thanks
Rush Limbaugh.com | October 17, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
RUSH: Kalispell, Montana, as we head back to the phones. This is Bob. Thank you for waiting, sir. Great to have you on the program.
CALLER: Yeah, hello, Rush. Yeah, my story here is I just got notice that my health care coverage is gonna be terminated.
CALLER: It looks like the option I have to go to is to go on Medicaid.
RUSH: Why is your health insurance being terminated?
CALLER: They're canceling here in Montana, all high-risk policies, okay?
RUSH: Who? Who is? Who sent you the cancellation notice?
CALLER: It's a third party from Blue Shield.
RUSH: Okay, so an insurance company?
RUSH: They told you that they're canceling you?
RUSH: You're in a high-risk pool, preexisting condition?
RUSH: A-ha. That not supposed to happen. With Obamacare, you're supposed to be able to keep your doctor. You're supposed to be in Fat City. I mean, you're supposed to be in there.
CALLER: They give you some options, and one of them is you should go to Medicaid first and then whatever bronze, silver, or gold things they offer on those plans. So, anyway, I went to an insurance agent that's supposed to represent the exchanges for Medicare.
CALLER: Not Medicare. Obamacare. They said, "Yeah, it looks like you have to go to Medicaid first."
RUSH: Bob, do you mind if I ask you how old you are?
CALLER: I'm 57 years old.
RUSH: Fifty-seven years old. On Medicare at age 57.
CALLER: Well, I'm not on yet.
RUSH: In this cancellation, did they suggest these gold, silver, bronze plans? Did they tell you to go to the exchange at HealthCare.gov?
CALLER: No. They just said, "As of January 1st, we're canceling all policies in Montana."
RUSH: Oh. So you've got 'til January 1st. Well, you ought to go out and get health care every day and stock up on it. You know, get a bunch of health care, like put it in the bank.
CALLER: Yeah. Yeah, that's definitely an option I was playing with, but, anyway, you know, I'd like to carry my own load and pay for it, but isn't looking like it's gonna go that way.
RUSH: Why? Because you don't have the money?
CALLER: Well, I mean, I have to do something at the beginning of the year, and so what else can I do? I mean, hopefully nothing happens to me by the first of the year, and so I'll go on Medicaid and go that route.
RUSH: So you're gonna sponge off all the rest of us?
CALLER: That's why I'm calling. I'm not an ingrate. I want to thank you and the other producers in this country to allow me to sponge off ya.
RUSH: Well, at least you're thanking us. That never happens. We never, ever get a thank you. At least you had the gonads to do that.
RUSH: That's worth something.
CALLER: I appreciate that. Okay, and that's all I wanted to say. Okay, Rush?
CALLER: It was a pleasure talking to you.
RUSH: Yeah, I'm sure. I'm sure, Bob. Thanks very much.
So Bob was kicked off his policy. They told him to go to taxpayer-paid health care, and he just called to thank us. It took him awhile to get there, but he eventually got there. It must have been hard to do. (interruption) Well, it is. It's gotta be hard to do. I don't know about you. I never thank people who do anything for me, and it's gotta be tough for people like Bob to call in here and thank us. (interruption)
Take what seriously? (interruption) I know. I'm being facetious. I thank people all the time. I go overboard thanking people. It's the way I was raised. But that's why I'm being facetious. I figure nobody would believe it if I say I never thank anybody for doing things for me. Anyway, Bob did. He called thank us. He's at least thankful. That man has character. I mean, he gets a note from his insurance company saying, "We're off-loading you. Go freeload somewhere." And the regime gave him some freeloader ideas, and he just called to thank us. I don't know about you, but I kinda respect that.
Mixed Reactions to New Law Reopening Government
Written by Bob Adelmann
Once the 11th-hour vote to avoid the potential default was passed by the Senate and the House and signed into law by President Obama, key players in the just-ended game of fiscal chicken began issuing their justifications and frustrations.
That game, variously called “political brinkmanship,” a “temporary fix,” “a temporary ceasefire,” and “a political achievement for Obama,” does everything the president wanted while giving almost nothing away to the Republicans. Government spending will continue into early next year, the debt ceiling debate has been postponed until early February, and as yet unnamed “negotiators” will have until December 15 to make recommendations on cutting government spending. The Republicans even lost a skirmish there, too, as “sequestration” is on the table for the negotiators’ discussion.
As David Espo, writing at Newsmax, expressed it: “The president outmaneuvered Republicans by holding firm in defense of Obamacare to win the agreement, with few strings attached.” In the House the defeat was resounding, with the Senate bill passing without modification, 285 to 144. Translation: 88 of the 232 House Republicans sided with all the House Democrats to pass the bill.
Justifications had to be made, especially since every member of the House is up for reelection next year. It was necessary that explanations be issued, and “clarifications” be spun. Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.), who voted yes, was a prime example, although certainly not the only one. Sporting a dismal Freedom Index (FI) rating of just 45, Dent did the best he could: “This legislation must be supported, but it should not be celebrated. It’s not a win for anyone — not the Congress, nor the president.”
Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-Pa. with an FI of 69) explained his yes vote: “I've been calling for the political brinkmanship to end, and I’m encouraged [that] there is a measure that could get to the president’s desk. Washington cannot continue to operate in perpetual crisis mode.”
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio and an FI of just 54), who also voted “yea," was all for forgetting the past and moving on:
Our negotiating team will pursue real reforms that address the drivers of our debt [and] get control of spending [and] put us on a path to a balanced budget … these negotiations are a big opportunity.
Those who voted “nay” in the House expressed disappointment and frustration. As Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga. and a FI of 72) put it: “There’s nothing historic about this agreement. It is the response to a crisis manufactured by the president and a Democratic Party [that is] content with the nation’s fiscal ruin.” Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas and an FI of 67) explained his “nay” vote:
Not only as a congressman but as the father of an 11-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son I cannot, in good conscience, support an unconditional increase in the national debt ceiling without any plan or commitment to begin dealing with the debt.
Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn. and an FI of 63) voted “nay” as well, explaining,
I cannot support the Senate proposal in its current form. House Republicans have fought to provide the same relief to hard-working Americans that the Obama administration has generously provided to unions and big business.
Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga. and an FI of 90) said he voted no because “The Senate-negotiated deal does nothing to stop ObamaCare.… Anything less than a delay or a full defund is a letdown for the American people.”
Over in the Senate, Republicans were equally busy justifying their support of the bill that became law. Said Senator John Thune (R-S.D. and a FI rating of 56) who is chairman of the Senate Republican Conference: "This isn't a perfect proposal but … it will force Congress to have a broad debate about Washington’s dangerous levels of spending and debt.”
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C. and an FI of 63), who is up for reelection in 2014, provided plenty of ammunition for his primary opponent:
To say we as Republicans left a lot on the table would be one of the biggest understatements in American political history. We could have done much, much better.
Unfortunately … this agreement was the best [Senate Minority Leader Mitch] McConnell could do. By the time we got to this point, we were playing poker only holding a pair of twos.
Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas and an FI of 90), who fulfilled his vow to vote no, was much more direct: "This is a terrible deal. This deal embodies everything about the Washington establishment that frustrates the American people."
This deal kicks the can down the road. It allows yet more debt, more deficits, more spending, and it does absolutely nothing to provide relief for the millions of Americans who are hurting because of ObamaCare.
On Wednesday the establishment did what it does best — maintain the status quo, avoid tough votes and kick the can of hard decisions further down the road — all at the expense of the American people.
Unfortunately, Obamacare has been funded, big business and those with influence have been exempted from it, the debt limit has been increased and, sadly, the faith of the American people in their elected officials has decreased.
In summarizing the sellout, writer Thomas Eddlem of The New Americanobserved,
Only in America are [those] who want to balance the budget and make raising the national debt limit unnecessary labeled “terrorists” and those who want to raise the national credit card limit to infinity deemed “reasonable.”
Edward Klein, the author of The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House, knows exactly where the “terrorist” label came from: someone whom the media failed to mention in the aftermath of the Republican surrender. Known as “The Night Stalker” because she is the only presidential aide allowed to spend much time in the family quarters, Valerie Jarrett, according to Klein,
convinced the president that a government shutdown and default offered a great opportunity to demonize the Republicans and help the Democrats win back a majority in the House of Representatives in 2014.
Valerie came [up] with the idea of using the words “hostage” and “ransom” and “terrorists” against the Republicans.
[She told the president] do not cooperate one iota on Obamacare. Don’t give an inch. Let the Republicans stew in their own juice.
The real problem revealed by the defeat of the Republicans in the faceoff over ObamaCare and out-of-control government spending is that there are too many establishment types and too few true Americanists in Congress who understand what’s at stake. As Senator Ted Cruz explained in an interview following the vote on Wednesday,
We saw the House of Representatives take a courageous stand, listening to the American people….
That was a remarkable victory, to see the House engage in a profile of courage.
Unfortunately the Senate chose not to follow the House.… That was unfortunate. [If] the Senate Republicans had united and supported House Republicans, the outcome of this, I believe, would have been very, very different.
One lesson to be drawn from the confrontation may be this: At the moment there just simply aren't enough Americanists in Congress, such as Cruz and Lee, with the courage to confront the establishment. The strategy would have worked. All it would have taken is just a little more backbone in the Senate and the House.
Photo of U.S. senators before vote to end shutdown: AP Images
A graduate of Cornell University and a former investment advisor, Bob is a regular contributor to The New American magazine and blogs frequently at www.LightFromTheRight.com, primarily on economics and politics. He can be reached at
Army Officer Critical of Superiors Finally Receives Medal of Honor Written by Dave Bohon THE NEW AMERICAN
A retired U.S. Army captain, who risked his life to recover wounded and fallen
comrades during a 2009 battle against the Taliban in Afghanistan, has finally
received the Medal of Honor, but an investigation is ongoing as to why the medal
was so long in coming. President Barack Obama presented the nation's highest
military honor to Captain William D. Swenson at a White House ceremony October
15, even as U.S. Representative Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) launched an
investigation into allegations that Swenson's Medal of Honor nomination was set
aside because of his vocal criticism that higher-ups had refused to respond to
his desperate calls for air cover during the intense seven-hour battle,
negligence which Swenson said led to needless deaths.
According to Yahoo News, the 34-year-old Swenson, a Seattle native who was on
his second tour in Afghanistan, was serving as an advisor training members of
the Afghan National Security Force when his team of U.S. trainers and Afghan
soldiers was ambushed near the rural community of Ganjgal on the morning of
September 8, 2009 by some 60 well-armed Taliban fighters. In the firefight that
ensued, Swenson's team was quickly surrounded and outgunned by the Taliban,
which ultimately killed five Americans and 10 Afghan soldiers, wounding 17
others. The Army said that but for Swenson's actions the bloodshed would have
been far worse.
As reported in the Army's official account of the battle, over the many hours of
continuous fighting, “Swenson braved intense enemy fire, and willfully put his
life in danger against the enemy’s main effort, multiple times in service of his
fallen and wounded comrades, his unit, his country, and his endangered Afghan
But what was not reported, noted Yahoo News, was that Swenson “also repeatedly
radioed superiors at a nearby base to request air and artillery support to
rescue pinned-down troops. Subsequent investigations determined that three Army
officers rejected many of Swenson’s pleas and failed to notify higher commands
that troops were under fire.”
Another participant in the battle that day, Marine Corps Sergeant Dakota Meyer,
received the Medal of Honor last September for his actions, which included
working alongside Swenson to retrieve the bodies of dead comrades from the
battle site. While Meyer's medal nomination went through without a hitch,
Swenson's inexplicably disappeared, Meyer and others charge, because of
Swenson's bitter criticism of the military command that should have helped the
soldiers surrounded in the Taliban ambush.
In an effort to secure the Medal of Honor for Swenson, Meyer wrote to the senior
officer on the White House National Security Council, calling Swenson “the
centerpiece for command and control in a raging firefight that never died down.”
In his letter Meyer noted that during the desperate battle “Swenson controlled
all the helos. He picked out targets and kept situational awareness, radioing
cardinal directions and distances. Not everyone can do that when bullets are
continuously hitting the side of your truck. Swenson was not the senior
commander; he just took over and everyone deferred to him. To the extent that
anyone was in charge on the chaotic battlefield over the course of six or seven
hours, it was Captain Will Swenson.”
According to the Military Times, Swenson unloaded in anger on military
investigators looking into his charges that a nearby command center refused to
respond to his requests for air support to beat back the Taliban ambushers.
“When I'm being second-guessed by higher or somebody that's sitting in an
air-conditioned TOC, why [the] h*** am I even out there in the first place?”
Swenson told investigators. “Let's sit back and play Nintendo. I am the ground
commander. I want that f***er, and I am willing to accept the consequences of
that f***er.” Swenson added that “I’m not a politician. I’m just the guy on the
ground asking for that ammunition to be dropped because it is going to save lives.”
According to news reports, at least two Army officers were severely reprimanded
for negligence which contributed “directly to the loss of life which ensued.”
In his book published last year, Into the Fire: A Firsthand Account of the Most
Extraordinary Battle in the Afghan War, Meyer noted that Combined Joint Task
Force 82 was charged with handling Swenson's Medal of Honor packet while the
investigations into the battle were underway in 2009. Meyer wrote, however, that
Swenson's nomination “vanished into thin air, forgotten by everybody in the
chain of command,” and speculated that Swenson's bitter criticism of the command
that should have come to his team's rescue “conveyed the wrong message: failure
to support advisors, failure to provide artillery support, failure to deliver
timely air support, et cetera.”
According to an August 2012 report by the Military Times, Marine Gen. John
Allen, the top commander in Afghanistan, took an interest in Swenson's case “and
eventually endorsed Swenson's packet. It was subsequently endorsed by Marine
Gen. James Mattis, commander of U.S. Central Command,” leading to Swenson
belatedly receiving the medal over a year after Meyer.
Yahoo News reported that Army investigators “discovered there was an attempt to
reduce Swenson’s original nomination to a lesser award before it vanished. That
would have been in violation of Army and Defense Department regulations, since
only the president has the authority to downgrade a Medal of Honor nomination.”
While retired Army General David Petraeus, commander of U.S. troops in
Afghanistan at the time, told a McClatchy news reporter that he had “no
recollection of seeing” Swenson’s Medal of Honor nomination packet, Army
investigators discovered that Petraeus had actually signed the packet, which
An Army spokesperson insisted that “in Swenson's case, an official investigation
determined his packet was lost as a result of high turnover within the
organization recommending the award. The nomination packet was subsequently
re-created and forwarded for review. The Army is reviewing ways to ensure this
type of injustice does not happen again.”
But war historian Doug Sterner observed that “a Medal of Honor packet doesn’t
get lost unless somebody wants it to get lost.”
Among those who are demanding answers into the strange disappearance of
Swenson's Medal of Honor nomination is U.S. Representative Duncan Hunter, a
former Marine Corps officer, who called the Army's official account “crazy.”
Hunter, who has launched an official investigation, said that “the last thing
you should have is a politicized Medal of Honor process.” He charged that
Swenson's severe criticism of the Army over the incident led to the vanished
nomination. “He came out and was honest about what happened,” said Hunter. “He
was critical as an officer in the Army should be. You’re not supposed to be a
robot. You’re supposed to voice your opinions, especially when things go
Meanwhile Swenson, who said he was forced into retirement by the Army in 2011,
has asked to be reinstated to active duty. The Military Times reported that
Swenson “could rise to the rank of major once he rejoins. In order to
successfully re-up, Swenson will have to pass a physical, a drug test, and other
routine reviews. But officials were optimistic it would all fall into place.”
Photo of Captain William D. Swenson receiving the Medal of Honor: AP Images
How Turkey shopped Mossad spies to Iran: A story leaked by Washington to caution Netanyahu
DEBKAfile Special Report October 17, 2013, 10:52 AM (IDT)
Early last year, the Erdogan government blew the cover of up to 10 Israel agents in Iran who had been meeting inside Turkey with their Mossad case officers. This story was published in The Washington Post, by David Ignatius, who has excellent connections in the US capital, Thursday, Oct. 17 – the day after a two-day conference in Geneva between six world powers with Iran on its nuclear program. A chorus of Western powers led by the US hailed the event as “substantive” and “forward-looking.”
But on the quiet, the WP story was directed against Israel’s Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu as a caution to him to drop his “lone voice” posture against trusting Iran to abandon its nuclear weapon aspirations. Instead, he must look forward and start getting used to the “new Middle East" and role Barack Obama has assigned for Iran. If he persists in his defiant attitude, Israeli intelligence may face more debacles like the Turkish betrayal.
The WP story reveals from “knowledgeable sources” that Israeli intelligence had apparently run part of its Iranian spy network through Turkey, which has relatively easy movement back and forth across its border with Iran. “The Turkish intelligence service MIT had the resources to monitor those meetings, but after 50 years of cooperation with Turkey, Israel never imagined the Turks would “shop” Israeli agents to a hostile power.
Ignatius reports: “US officials assessed the incident as a problem of misplaced trust, rather than bad tradecraft.”
Still, the article presents Israel’s Mossad in an unflattering light, claiming that Israeli intelligence officers in 2010 complained to the CIA that Hakan Fidan Turkish intelligence chief was in fact “the MOIS station chief in Ankara.” MOIS is Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security.
He describes “Israeli anger at the deliberate compromise of its agents,” which he said may help explain why Netanyahu “became entrenched in his refusal to apologize to Erdogan about the May 2010 Gaza flotilla incident" in which nine Turks were killed. He did apologize later but the “severe strain with Erdogan continues.”
debkafile’s intelligence sources underline five lessons from the WP article and its timing:
1. The US never protested to Ankara about over its deliberate compromise of the Israeli network because President Barack Obama was intent on cultivating Prime Minister Erdogan as a key Muslim ally.
2. Washington wasn’t sure of Turkey’s motives. According to one theory, Erdogan was settling a score with Israel for its commando raid on the Turkish Mavis Marmama which was leading the flotilla to Gaza with pro-Palestinian activists.
3. Netanyahu’s apology, forced on him by Obama, did not ease strained relations with Ankara.
4. Although US officials treated the exposure of the Israeli network as an unfortunate intelligence loss, they continue to work with Hakan Fidan on sensitive issues despite his suspected collaboration with Tehran.
“This practice of separating intelligence issues from broader policymaking is said to be a long-standing US approach,” the writer reported.
5. “Kaleidoscopic changes” lie ahead of the Middle East, says Ignatius, and countries like Israel, Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Egypt are searching – openly as well as covertly - for alliances in the constantly changing Middle East.
The sixth lesson appears between the lines of the article. It is that if Netanyahu wants to escape more punishment over his bad relations with Erdogan and attitude on Iran, he must change his approach and acclimatize to the new Middle East, however cruel and cold, in which the US and Iran are beginning to cooperate.
The same message applies equally to Saudi Arabia and Egypt, both of which actively challenge Barack Obama’s approach to the region.
As usual in the covert world of intelligence and espionage, the WP story has another dimension. It is also the answer to a Wall Street Journal piece of Oct. 10 entitled “Turkey’s Spymaster Plots Own Course on Syria,” which quotes former US Ambassador to Turkey James Jeffrey as saying, “Hakan Fidan is the face of the new Middle East.” He accused Fidan of working against US policy by helping to supply arms and ammunition to the al-Qaeda-linked jihadis fighting with Syrian rebels. Jeffrey describes Fidan as one of three spy chiefs acting to shape the “new Middle East.” The other two are Prince Bandar bin Sultan, director of Saudi General Intelligence, and Gen. Qassem Soleimani, head of the notorious Iranian Al Qods Brigades intelligence and terror network.
Mossad chief Tomer Pardo did not make the list.
John Wayne’s Wisdom on Liberals From Nearly 40 Years Ago
Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013 isn’t exactly a banner day if you come from a politically conservative perspective.
It’s the first day after Congressional Republicans by many accounts made a big show over delaying Obamacare implementation during a government shutdown and then appeared weak, caving to Democrats in the 11th hour.
It’s also the day after Newark Mayor Cory Booker — who’s made news of late over a Twitter friendship with a vegan stripper, an allegedly imaginary drug-lord friend named T-Bone, and allegations that he doesn’t actually live in Newark — actually managed to win a U.S. Senate seat in New Jersey.
So if you’re feeling down, lend your ears to the hardscrabble words of John Wayne.
These excerpts from a 1975 interview — nearly 40 years ago — sound like the Duke could have uttered them today, as he digs into liberal political tactics and fiscal policies.
Update for Thursday October 17, 2013, 2014 update
King, Collins, Michaud and Pingree once again serve obama, Reid, and the Chinese instead of the people of Maine. I wonder how much they got? I wonder how much they got in cold hard cash, and how much in other more personal benefits.
Coming very soon, MaineTV.net's exclusive interview with members of the Maine State Militia council.
Once gain King and Collins, like pingree and michaud have put money, obama, and serving the best interest of the Chinese and other bankers of the US debt by voting to both put 800,00 unneeded, insignificant, non-essential bureaucrats back to harassing us, the People, and to add another trillion dollars to the national debt, a debt backed by the good faith and property of you, the tax payer.
He called Jarret the “architect” of the strategy of refusing to negotiate with Republicans over Obamacare.
“She convinced the president that a government shutdown and default offered a great opportunity to demonize the Republicans and help the Democrats win back a majority in the House of Representatives in 2014,” he explained.
“Valerie also came with the idea of using the words ‘hostage,’ and ‘ransom’ and ‘terrorists’ against the Republicans,” Klein maintained.
He said Jarrett’s advice to Obama was, “[D]o not cooperate one iota on Obamacare. Don’t give an inch. Let the Republicans stew in their own juice.”
Klein added, “Republicans walked into a trap set up by Valerie Jarrett and President Obama.”
Why you must arm your daughter when ever she leaves your home. So, you think your daughter is safe when you pack her off to college? Think again. Had this girl been armed, she would not have gotten raped.
By Glenn McEntyre
- An Ohio University student says she was raped, and the alleged assault was photographed and shared on social media.
Investigators say they have spoken to both the man and woman in the photo, and they are trying to determine exactly what happened.
They say one thing is clear: there were witnesses, and investigators want to speak with them.
The 20-year-old woman contacted Athens Police Sunday night and said she had been raped.
She said the assault happened on Saturday morning sometime between 1 and 6 a.m.
Within hours, photos and video of the incident were online and sparking outrage.
It is the photo that started a firestorm.
It shows a young woman against the window of a bank.
A man kneels in front of her, his hand on or near her genitals.
Along with the person taking the photo, there is at least one other bystander visible.
"You could view that picture and certainly suggest that a sexual assault took place,” said Athens Police Chief Tom Pyle. “You could also suggest other things."
Pyle is trying to determine exactly what happened Saturday morning at the corner of Court and Washington streets.
He says the photos and a video that were posted on social media are equal parts offensive and essential.
"While it certainly to the lay person would appear to be despicable that they're posting this information, it also assisted us in our investigation. So a real double-edged sword."
But OU Senior Allie Erwin sees no gray area here.
"Our first instinct as a community was not to intervene and help this woman, but to post it on social media, and make a mockery of probably the most traumatic experience of her life,” said Erwin.
Only an inner city public school drop out would believe this bull dung
Troops' Next Paycheck Disappears if U.S. Defaults
The troops will get paid on Tuesday, but the check after that could come in the form of an IOU if the nation defaults on its debt obligations, Treasury Department officials said.
Default on top of the government shutdown would cancel out the hastily-crafted legislation that brought back furloughed Defense Department civilian employees and allowed for the payment of back pay, death benefits, incentive pays, re-enlistment bonuses, veterans disability benefits and survivor benefits.
All would be eliminated if Congress and the White House fail to reach agreement on raising the debt ceiling to avoid default on Oct. 17, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said last week.
"The United States should not be put in a position of making such perilous choices for our economy and our citizens," Lew said in testimony to the Senate Finance Committee.
A military coalition of 33 veterans' service organizations representing 5.5 million members planned to hold a rally Tuesday at the National World War II Memorial to protest the looming threat of payless paydays for the troops and cutoffs of disability and survivor benefits.
"It's all because of failed elected leadership in Washington who would rather tell you who's to blame than fix the problem," William A. Thien, national commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, said in a statement.
Working against the Oct. 17 deadline, Senate Republicans and Democrats were reportedly close to a deal on lifting the debt ceiling and ending the government shutdown. However, there was no guarantee the compromise would be accepted by the House.
Defense budget analysts said that the immediate problems of default and the shutdown masked the long-term challenges of getting a budget for the military passed by Congress that will include planning for the spending cuts imposed by the sequestration process.
"[Under default], the first crunch will come when the Nov. 1 payroll is due," said Gordon Adams, a Stimson Center analyst and professor at American University. "The impact for anybody drawing pay [in the military] will grow increasingly severe," Adams said. "People are probably not going to get paid for a while."
A deal to resolve default and the shutdown does not resolve the underlying issue, Adams said.
"There's a fundamental disagreement about what the budget should be," Adams said. He explained that sequester spending levels should be "everybody's least distasteful fallback position."
Under sequestration, about $500 billion in defense spending would be cut over the next 10 years on top of $500 billion in cuts already underway. In Fiscal Year 2013, the military lost about $37 billion under sequestration, and another $52 billion in defense spending is slated to be cut in Fiscal 2014, Adams said.
"We used to view sequester cuts as a floor for defense spending. Sequester is now looking more like a ceiling," said Todd Harrison, an analyst with the Center for Strategic and Budget Assessments.
During an interview with Federal News Radio Harrison characterized the dilemma under sequestration as a choice between preserving the near-term readiness of the force or cutting modernization programs.
"There's very little clarity on the budget," Harrison said, "but the first thing they've got to accept is that cuts are coming."
The US GØvt has over 220 billion a month coming in from taxes, more than enough to meet all of it's legitimate exspences. If Social Security stops and if military pay stops, it is because obama orderes the Treasury to stop making those payments, not a short fall of money, a short fall of honesty, integrity, and repsonsibility.
Want to see how lying scum like Pingree and Michaud claim to have voted for something good, while they really didn't?
Below is yesterdays, work at the House of Representatives, if you are not ready to kick pingree and michaud out of the country yet, I don't know what it will take, these two are horrendous, they are the very worst of the party of the democrat.
U.S. House of Representatives Roll Call Votes
113th Congress - 1st Session (2013)
as compiled through the electronic voting machine by the House Tally Clerks under the direction of the Clerk of the House
(Result designators are P for Passed, F for Failed, and A for Agreed To)
Making continuing appropriations for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Bureau of Indian Education, and the Indian Health Service for fiscal year 2014, and for other purposes
This guy must think he is democrat congressman Mike Michuads chief of staff. (birds of a feather flock together you know)
The Rev. James McGonegal of the St. Ignatius of Antioch Church on the west side of Cleveland had a not-so-good Friday. First he told an off-duty Cleveland Metroparks ranger that he was just out “cruising” in his Jeep. Then the priest offered the ranger $50 to get him off before he began to masturbate in the crowded parking lot. And finally, after he was arrested, McGonegal admitted he was HIV-positive. The whole incident is another crushing defeat for vows of celibacy.
The police report makes the whole incident even sadder, as it inventories the priest’s cruising stash of poppers and cock rings:
While conducting a tow inventory of McGonegal’s vehicle three sexual devices, commonly referred to as “cock rings,” were located. One of these rings was wrapped around the lid to a bottle labeled “Pig Sweat.” The bottle logo was of a pig/man figure wearing buttocks-free chaps. Below the name of the bottle was writing stating the product was nail polish remover. The labeling also indicated that the product contained isobutyl nitrate, a harmful intoxicant.
An innocent police officer at the scene had to ask McGonegal to explain the “Pig Sweat.” The priest told the officer he would buy the Sweat from a sex shop and smelling the product would give him "a buzz.”
McGonegal, who has been a priest since 1971 and the pastor at St. Ignatius since the 1980s, faces charges of soliciting after positive HIV test, public indecency, and abusing harmful intoxicants. He was released Saturday morning on a personal bond.
At the 11 a.m. mass Sunday morning at his Cleveland parish, McGonegal was absent and no mention was made of his arrest other than a prayer: “Today we pray for this parish, and our pastor.”
If Michaud is Maine's next governor I wonder which church this pervert will pastor, one close to Mikie I would suppose.
DEBKAfileExclusive ReportOct 15, 2013, 8:07 AM (IDT)
A convoy of about 100 Syrian army trucks was sighted Monday, Oct. 15, transporting a large consignment of chemical weapons from their big depot at the Al Safira military base east of Aleppo to another facility in the town of Hama, some 160 kilometers to the south, debkafile discloses. This was the first time in the more than two and-a-half years of the Syrian civil war that a large shipment of chemical weapons has been moved out of Al Safira, where also CW-capable Scud missiles are stored.
Carr: EBT card shutdown? Now THAT’S outrage Howie Carr
A woman named Laura told me yesterday she was at the Market Basket in Salem, N.H. The woman in front of her took one EBT card from her designer purse, tried to run it through and failed. She shrugged and pulled out a second one.
That one didn’t work either, so she took out a third card and tried that. When it didn’t work, she pulled out a wad of cash that would choke a horse, all 50s and 100s, and paid cash.
“I’d been in MacKinnon’s (meat market) earlier, and they’d made the announcement,” Laura said. “I can barely afford to shop there, and I work. So I was wondering, how can somebody who’s poor afford to go to a pretty good butcher’s shop?”
A guy texted me: “I was in the BJ’s in Dedham. It was funny watching them pointing at the sign, but they all kept shopping. I wonder where they get their money.”
Surely a rhetorical question. Unlike Obamacare, where the layabouts can supposedly get instructions on how to pick up their latest handout in 180 different languages, most supermarkets announced the tragedy in English only.
“The illegals would get to the register, and they had no idea that they couldn’t charge it to Uncle Sam,” another listener said.
Many of those who found out they couldn’t pay with somebody else’s money just threw up their hands and walked out. You know, these people didn’t sneak into America with their eight kids to suffer such indignities. This kind of brutal treatment is why the Tsarnaevs turned on us infidels who’d been picking up the tab for their food, housing, medical care, education, clothing and child care.
According to a survey a few months ago, the average welfare “family” in Massachusetts collects the equivalent of a pretax income of $57,000 a year.
... more here Editors note: Three EBT cards and a pocketfull of 50's and 100's, I wonder if each night they say a prayer to the democrat thanking it for King, Michaud and Pingree?
How the US raid on al-Shabaab in Somalia went wrong
Navy seals launched a daring night-time raid in Barawe, but were forced to retreat an hour later without their target – why?
Al-Shabaab fighters in Somalia. The raid in Barawe aimed to capture Abdulkadir Mohamed Abdulkadir, a senior commander. Photograph: Farah Abdi Warsameh/AP
As a mother of young children, Fadumo Sheikh is used to rising early. Last Saturday she was due to prepare their breakfasts before they went to the local madrasa. But the day started earlier than ever when, at around 2am, she was woken by the sound of sporadic gunfire.
Within sight of Sheikh's home in Barawe, Somalia, crack American navy Seals had launched a lightning amphibious assault on the Islamist militant group al-Shabaab. Less an hour later they would be forced to retreat, their mission far from accomplished. Based on interviews with witnesses and members of al-Shabaab, as well as official statements and media reports, the Guardian can present the most comprehensive picture yet of the daring pre-dawn raid – and where it went wrong.
The Americans' target was an innocuous two-storey beachside house in Barawe, a fishing town of about 200,000 people that was a crucial slave trade port in the colonial era. In particular, they had planned the delicate operation of capturing, not killing, Abdulkadir Mohamed Abdulkadir, a Kenyan of Somali origin and senior commander of al-Shabaab who was linked to a number of terrorist plots.
The house, about 200 metres from the sea on the town's east side, is understood to be used by foreign extremists who have gone to Somalia to take up al-Shabaab's cause. The group's presence there was not news to Sheikh.
"I live in a house near the beach and I used to see the house every day. There were so many al-Shabaab fighters entering and coming out," she said. "I usually see them going back and forth but I had never thought that so important a person was living inside the house."
Early morning gunfire was unusual, Sheikh continued, except when al-Shabaab was conducting training exercises. "I raised my ears and I continued to hear the gunfire growing. I had no feeling or thought of such an attack from the Americans. I looked at my watch about 30 minutes later and heard one explosion and then, a few minutes later, another explosion occurred, like boom!"
What had been invisible to Sheikh and other residents of Barawe was the stealthy advance of navy Seal team six – the same unit that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan – in a speedboat towards the Somalian coastline before first light. The team consisted of about 20 Seals, according to leaked accounts, and their craft was flanked on the Indian Ocean by three small boats to provide back-up.
'They looked like three big cows'
The Seals swept ashore, but not everyone in Barawe was asleep in those chilly early morning hours. Abdurahman Yarow, a longtime resident of the town, recalled: "I was wrapping my turban on my neck and head to protect against the cold and heading to the mosque. When I had nearly entered it, I heard a sound behind me. I saw what looked like three big cows going towards the north of the mosque – it was dark so I could not identify well what they were.
"After only 10 minutes I heard the first guns – that is, when the gun battle occurred between al-Shabaab fighters in the house and the US forces. I now understand the big cows I saw in the night were the American special forces with their military bags on their backs going in the direction of the house they targeted."
The Seals took up positions inside the house's compound, according to a report by NBC, which continued: "Then a lone al-Shabaab fighter walked out into plain view, smoked a cigarette, and went back inside, one source familiar with the details of the raid said. The fighter played it cool, and gave no indication that he had spotted the Seals. But he came back out shooting, firing rounds from an AK-47 assault rifle."
The element of surprise had been lost and al-Shabaab's fighters unleashed gunfire and grenades in a cacophony that rang out across the town, murdering sleep before dawn prayers. But the Americans continued on the offensive, according to an elder who did not wish to be named. "The attackers from the US divided into two groups," he said. "Group one, comprising six men, stormed the house and began shooting the people inside it, while group two, also of at least six men, were staying outside the house. The worst shooting took place inside where one al-Shabaab fighter was killed. Al-Shabaab had more fighters inside and they fought extremely hard against the Americans."
The elder continued: "The Americans tried to enter room by room into the house to start searching for the big fish but al-Shabaab got reinforcing fighters from other houses and then the situation deteriorated until the Americans retreated."
According to the NBC account, several Seals could see Abdulkadir through windows but he was heavily protected; according to al-Shabaab, he was not in the building. While Pentagon officials have been reluctant to provide a full narrative, they have said US forces retreated from the gun battle out of a concern for potential civilian casualties. Details leaked to the press suggest that the compound contained far more women and children than the Seals expected.
The commandos returned to their boat, grateful for having suffered no casualties, and finally there was calm. Sheikh recalled: "At 3am the call for prayer started, and all the gunfire stopped. A neighbour called me on the phone and said there is an attack against the mujahideen. When it became safe enough to see everything outside, I came out to look around. Outside the house which came under attack there were some fighters of al-Shabaab and some residents come to witness the incident. Members of al-Shabaab, targeted in a failed US military raid on the Somali coast. Photograph: Feisal Omar/Reuters
"These al-Shabaab fighters were not talking to the people. Some of them were masked and you could not see their faces. I saw one dead man and he was loaded into a car for burial. They were saying 'the martyr', which is the only word that you can understand for an al-Shabaab member who's been killed."
The dead man was Abdulkadir's bodyguard, according to one source in the town. On Tuesday, the Somali defence minister, Abdihakim Haji Mohamud Fiqi, claimed two al-Shabaab members had been killed: "We have found that two senior commanders – one of them foreign – were killed in the attack despite the top target not being found." A UN official in Somalia also said two al-Shabaab figures had been killed: one Sudanese man and another of Somali and Swedish origin.
Sheikh continued: "There were more fighters and supporters of al-Shabaab coming to the house in the morning; they were vowing that they will kill anyone who is found working with the non-believers.
"On the beach, the residents were looking at items left by US forces. I saw a grey military bullet-proof jacket. There was also blood scattered on the ground. There were military boots on the ground which we suspect were those of the Americans."
In the aftermath of the US assault, al-Shabaab deployed more heavily armed fighters to patrol the streets of Barawe, while also posting men and anti-aircraft weapons on the beach. There was also a local backlash with a hunt for suspected informants who helped US intelligence locate the house. A man who frequently used the local internet café was arrested on Sunday and is still being held.
Al-Shabaab took control of Barawe in 2008 and it became a refuge for its senior figures after they lost control of the capital, Mogadishu, and other towns in 2011. These have included the leader Ahmed Godane, who has been described as Africa's most wanted man after the Westgate mall bombing in Nairobi; Omar Hammami, the so-called "jihadist rapper" from Alabama killed last month after falling out with Godane; and Abdulkadir himself. A destroyed section of the Westgate mall in Nairobi, Kenya, an attack blamed on al-Shabaab. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images
Barawe is about 135 miles (218km) from Mogadishu. The nearest town where government and African Union forces have control is Shalanbood, only 68 miles (110km) away. To the east is the Ambaresa training camp for al-Shabaab's foreign fighters. Forced marriage is common in Barawe: when al-Shabaab commanders including foreign fighters come for their daughter, few parents can say no, even if the girl is underage.
The events of Saturday 5 October could boost al-Shabaab's confidence in its defences but also give it notice that the world's most powerful military is ready to bring the battle to its doorstep. Speaking at a mosque in Barawe on Monday night, al-Shabaab's military operations spokesman Sheikh Abiasis Abu Mus'ab said: "Western countries … have to bear in mind we know that we are your target, but we will not be caught off guard.
"We know you are sharpening your knives to cut our heads off. We know our enemies. We will not oversleep so you can attack us at once. We are always vigilant and your cowardly attacks will end in failure."
Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, who studies Somalia and al-Shabaab at the Foundation for the Defence of Democracies, described Barawe as "right now the strongest area of sanctuary" for the militant group. He said it was likely that al-Shabaab expected something like a foreign raid after it perpetrated the attack on Nairobi's Westgate mall.
Gartenstein-Ross said the probable immediate response by al-Shabaab would centre around strengthening its internal security and grip on Barawe, rather than launching another terror attack.
"The raid has made them very nervous," he added. "In Barawe it's already been reported that al-Shabaab has implemented curfews. There will be an uptick in operational security and they will certainly use the way they repulsed this attack by navy Seals as a propaganda piece." US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel speaks to the press in Seoul. Photograph: Jacquelyn Martin/AP
But the US defence secretary, Chuck Hagel, said the operation in Somalia, along with a near-simultaneous one in Libya, demonstrated the "unparalleled precision, global reach and capabilities" of US counter-terrorism. "These operations in Libya and Somalia send a strong message to the world that the United States will spare no effort to hold terrorists accountable, no matter where they hide or how long they evade justice," Hagel said.
Pentagon spokesman George Little suggested that more special operations raids against al-Shabaab were yet to come. "Working in partnership with the government of the Federal Republic of Somalia, the United States military will continue to confront the threat posed by al-Shabaab," Little said in a statement on Monday. "The United States military has unmatched capabilities and could rely on any of them to disrupt terrorist networks and plots."
Update for Monday October 14, 2013, 2014 update
Note: I am not sure we have fixed the back door used to hack into MaineTV.net and shut us down for over a week, but, I think we have.
Thank you for your patience, Silver
Article Four Section 4 The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a republican form of government, and shall protect each of them against invasion; and on application of the Legislature, or of the executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened) against domestic violence.
FROM A FEDERAL EMPLOYEE
I have worked in the government on and off for 40 years. During that time I became quite familiar with requisitions, bidding, awarding contracts etc. It is a time consuming process with bean-counters and pencil-necked bureaucrats every step of the way. The simplest request takes months not days or hours.
In less than 8 hours of the shutdown, miraculously, professionally printed 3X4 foot signs appeared all over the country in the tens of thousands saying-“this [park, facility, etc. with custom logos] closed due to government shutdown. There has not been a government shutdown in 17 years.
These signs were designed, specifications were determined, signs were then requisitioned, bids were posted and vetted, government contracts were awarded. The materials were then ordered and the signs manufactured then distributed U.S. Mails or freight companies.
This shutdown was orchestrated and planned well in advance at least 6-8 month ago. Millions of tax dollars were appropriated and spent in this process. There is a paper trail a mile long leading directly to the White House.
If obama likes you; Feds reviewed only one bid for Obamacare website design
Federal officials considered only one firm to design the Obamacare health insurance exchange website that has performed abysmally since its Oct. 1 debut.
Rather than open the contracting process to a competitive public solicitation with multiple bidders, officials in the Department of Health and Human Services' Centers for Medicare and Medicaid accepted a sole bidder, CGI Federal, the U.S. subsidiary of a Canadian company with an uneven record of IT pricing and contract performance.
CMS officials are tight-lipped about why CGI was chosen or how it happened. They also refuse to say if other firms competed with CGI, or if there was ever a public solicitation for building Healthcare.gov, the backbone of Obamacare’s problem-plagued web portal.
Instead, it appears they used what amounts to a federal procurement system loophole to award the work to the Canadian firm.
CGI was one of 16 companies that had been qualified by HHS during President George W. Bush's second term to deliver, without public competition, a variety of hardware, software and communication products and services.
In awarding the Healthcare.gov contract, CMS relied on a little-known federal contracting system called ID/IQ, which is government jargon for “Indefinite Delivery and Indefinite Quantity.”
CGI was a much smaller vendor when it was approved by HHS in 2007. With the approval, CGI became eligible for multiple awards without public notice and in circumvention of the normal competitive bidding procurement process.
Battling the Media The Dallas Morning News, like the Pingree/Sussman Portland Press Herald is infamous for making up the news, lying, and using it's pages to slander their enemies.
Early on in our founding, The John Birch Society grew to be the target of the mainstream press. Not willing to toe the politically correct line of expanding the federal government beyond its constitutional limitations set the organization up as a figurehead of the conservative movement to be lambasted at will.
When one searches the organization online, many negative mentions and articles come up. Usually the resulting coverage revolves around a handful of smears which are easily debunked.
This past Sunday, the Dallas Morning News published a biased article attempting to implicate JBS as creating a "volatile atmosphere" in Dallas, Texas in 1963 that led to the assassination of President Kennedy.
In our response, we state:
"On November 22, Oswald shoots and kills the president. Yet, the Dallas Morning News article would have you believe a “volatile atmosphere” generated by “right-wing extremism” contributed to the death of the president. Are we to think that the Marxist Oswald surrounded himself with conservatives who led him to commit murder?
"This Dallas Morning News article is one of many in a trend the mainstream media has generated to use political correctness as a tool to discredit the discussion and the practice of limited government under the Constitution. For if the Constitution was obeyed, estimates show that the federal government would be about 20 percent its current size and cost. And for those politicians, lobbyists and crony capitalists who see the Constitution as a hurdle to be overcome or as an excuse to strengthen its grip on liberty, the idea and practice of constitutionally limiting the government is very dangerous and debilitating to their causes.
"The Dallas Morning News is merely playing its part in the smear of conservatives concerned about the country’s future. It’s a trend that will likely continue as long as big government advocates are losing the war they began on American liberty. We urge concerned Americans to read the Constitution and seek the solutions it contains to many of America’s ills. Then get organized and active to restore the liberties that have been taken away from us by an out-of-control federal government."
If you're part of any tea party group, you understand that the media doesn't just focus its ire on JBS. Effective action against big government comes with a price. Wear that badge proudly!
Miss World: ‘I’m pro-life’ and ‘Sex is for marriage’
October 14, 2013 – Viewers all over the globe appreciate the beauty of Miss World, Megan Lynn Young, but the reigning Miss Philippines recently told an interviewer that she appreciates the beauty of the unborn.
Miss World Megan Lynne Young
In August, Young told a Philippines-based broadcaster that she opposes abortion-on-demand, believes in abstinence before marriage, and sees marriage as a lifelong and unbreakable union.
“I'm against abortion,” Young told her interviewer flatly.
She expounded further when the interviewer asked about the nation's controversial Reproductive Health (RH) Law, which would require medical professionals to provide taxpayer-funded contraceptives and abortifacients to patients regardless of conscience objections, The Supreme Court halted the law in July.
“I'm pro-life,” she said, “and if it means killing someone who's already there, then I'm against that, of course.”
“My beliefs are, no abortion," she said.
When asked whether she supports the use of contraception, she replied. “I don't engage in stuff like that as of now.”
“Sex is for marriage,” she continued. “That's my belief.”
When asked how a woman “as gorgeous as yourself” could say no to sex, Young replied straightforwardly, “You say no.”
“If they try to push you, you step away, because that person doesn't value you, doesn't value the relationship as much,” she said. “If the guy is willing to sacrifice that, that means a lot.”
Marriage, she said, should never end in divorce. “I think that if you marry someone, that should be the person you are with forever, through sickness and health, through good or through bad,” she said.
The Virginia-born beauty queen, who is a VJ for the nation's ABS-CBN television network, gave the interview on August 22. On September 28, she was crowned Miss World in Bali, becoming the first Miss Philippines contestant to win the crown.
The interview will not please everyone. Although she said transgender men “should follow the rules” and stay out of beauty contests intended for women, she said she was “all love for them,” because she has friends who are transgender. “They're also people to be proud of, because they are Filipinos,” she said.
Finally the Republicans in the House of Representatives show some intelligence and courage and shut Pingree and Michald up, making them usless.
House Democrats are fuming about a rule change adopted by Republicans just before the government shut down on Oct. 1, arguing it shows GOP leaders closed agencies intentionally.
Under long-standing House rules, any member of the chamber can bring a measure to the floor. But Republicans altered the rule governing legislation to fund the government so that only House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) holds the power to make such a motion.
The practical effect of that change became apparent on Saturday, when Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), the ranking member of the House Budget Committee, tried to bring the Senate-passed continuing resolution (CR) to the floor, only to be shot down.
"That motion may be offered only by the majority leader or his designee," said Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), who was presiding over the chamber at the time.
The response didn't sit well with Van Hollen.
"Why are the rules rigged to keep the government shut down?" he asked.
The disagreement over how to reopen the government hinges on the scope of the chambers' spending proposals, with Democrats demanding the Senate's "clean" bill and most Republicans insisting any CR must make changes to ObamaCare.
Under the standing rules of the House, any member can make a "privileged" motion "to dispose of any amendment" when a "stage of disagreement" between the House and Senate "has been reached on a bill or resolution." That privilege, though rarely used, offers a roundabout way for the minority party to force votes on the floor.
But in the last hour of Sept. 30, Republicans on the House Rules Committee altered the rule governing the CR debate so that such a motion "may be offered only by the Majority Leader or his designee."
Explaining the change, Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-Texas) made no attempt to disguise the Republicans' motivations. The alteration was made, he said, to prevent Democrats from bringing the Senate's "clean" CR to the floor, just as Republicans were calling for a conference on the competing bills.
"There are rules related to privileged motions that could take place almost effective immediately, and we're trying to go to conference," Sessions said.
"I understand you are, but that doesn't tell me why you changed the regular order so that only Mr. Cantor can do that under the rule," Rep. Louise Slaughter (N.Y.), senior Democrat on the panel, responded.
"There could be a motion as early as tonight [and] a conference would be avoided," Sessions said. "And we want a conference. We want to have an actual discussion."
"Well, I think you've taken that away," Slaughter said of the motion option.
"That's what I'm saying, we took that away," Sessions said.
"Oh mercy, it just gets deeper and deeper," Slaughter said.
The rule passed out of the committee with every Republican voting for it and every Democrat voting against.
Saturday's exchange between Van Hollen and Chaffetz followed a similar arc, with Democrats accusing the GOP of keeping the government closed and Republicans simply invoking their rule change as a way to keep the Senate CR off the House floor.
"The Rules Committee ... changes the standing rules of the House to take away the right of any member to move to vote to open the government and gave that right exclusively to the Republican leader. Is that right?" Van Hollen asked.
"The House adopted that resolution," Chaffetz said.
More good reasons to keep the gØvt shut down and locked up.
WASHINGTON – Squirrels are living high on the hog thanks to the government stalemate – feasting on tomatoes from the First Lady’s beloved White House garden while federal gardeners remain idle.
With the shutdown entering its third week, the Park Service gardeners who normally tend the mushrooms, peppers, squash and other tasty items have only been permitted to water the plants.
Under the peculiar rules in effect, they are not allowed to rake or weed or even mow the grass.
First Lady Michelle Obama tending the White House Garden.Photo: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images
“The squirrels are always a problem in the garden, eating the berry crop in the summer months,” notes Kohan. “But they’re now kids in a candy store, gorging themselves” on Sungolds and other tomatoes.
Many White House staff members who normally volunteer to help weed the garden are on furlough.
Food from the garden gets served at state dinners as well as an array of other events, and has been featured prominently in Michelle Obama’s healthy eating campaign.
“Due to the shutdown, regular maintenance has stopped and only periodic watering is being done, consistent with other National Park Service managed landscape areas,” a White House official told the Post.
Photos: The showcase plot is filled with unharvested vegetables and weeds, and wildlife running amok... Washington, DC -The first government shutdown in seventeen years has had a dramatic impact on First Lady Michelle Obama's world-famous Kitchen Garden on the South Lawn, currently bursting with more than thirty kinds
of vegetables, including Presidential pumpkins awaiting
harvest just in time for Halloween. (Above, Mrs. Obama in the garden in happier days) In the eleven days since the shutdown began on Oct. 1, the pounds and pounds of ripe organic bounty have gone to waste. The vegetables filling the 1,500 square-foot plot are now rotting away on the vines and in the boxed beds, thanks to the mandate for "minimal maintenance" placed on the skeletal crew of National Park Service gardeners who remain on duty at 1600 Penn.
The gardeners are not allowed to harvest the crops, a White House source told Obama Foodorama. Weeds are springing up everywhere, and the vegetables that have already fallen off the vines are now mouldering on the ground. There are also mushrooms popping up inside and outside the garden beds, and leaf litter raining from the trees like confetti. The wildlife that lives on the historic 18-acre campus--including a newly arrived fox now making a home at the White House--are having a field day. It's
a big change for the iconic symbol for Mrs. Obama's Let's
Move! campaign, which she lovingly memorialized in her book American Grown. The First Lady has been credited with a national spike in home and school
gardening, but her Kitchen Garden is to a backyard plot as a Bentley is to a VW Bug. It is usually curated with obsessive precision, a masterpiece of living installation art.
Shutdown Day 4: On a foggy morning, a gardener waters
Right now, gardeners are allowed just two activities: Watering and removing trash. Though White House Supervisory Horticulturalist Jim Adams,
who oversees the Kitchen Garden, remains on duty, weeds and fallen leaves don't qualify as "trash," so the
gardeners are not allowed to destroy garden invaders, nor are they
allowed to rake. Also off limits: Trimming, fertilizing, transplanting, and mowing the grass. The vast automated sprinkler system that snakes through the campus can be used, and during last week's heat wave, the grounds were getting a daily drenching.
Squirrels relish White House kitchen garden as shutdown sidelines staff
By Roberta Rampton
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In the famous White House kitchen garden, tomatoes are rotting on the vine. Herbs have gone to seed. And the sweet potatoes - a favorite of President Barack Obama - have become worm food.
It's another impact of the government shutdown, one that only the fox and the many squirrels that live on the White House grounds could love.
A foodie blog called Obamafoodarama that obsessively covers the White House "food ephemera" and the administration's food policy has posted photos of the normally immaculate garden looking more like what most gardeners' plots appear at this time of the year - overgrown.
"Due to the shutdown, garden maintenance has been reduced considerably and only being watered as needed," a White House official confirmed, speaking on background.
First Lady Michelle Obama started the garden on the White House south lawn in 2009, the first time vegetables had been grown there since Eleanor Roosevelt's "victory garden" during World War Two.
She uses the garden as a vehicle to talk about healthy eating and reducing childhood obesity. Some of the produce is used at the White House, while much is donated to a local soup kitchen.
The foodie blog, run by editor Eddie Gehman Kohan, said White House gardeners are allowed only to water the plots and cannot harvest the vegetables. White House staff who normally volunteer to pick the weeds are off on furlough, Gehman Kohan said.
"Pounds and pounds of ripe organic bounty have gone to waste," she wrote.
"Weeds are springing up everywhere, and the vegetables that have already fallen off the vines are now mouldering on the ground," she said.
She posted photos from cameras near the garden beds at http://obamafoodorama.blogspot.com, including one of a squirrel eating a cherry tomato.
Squirrels are like "kids in a candy store, gorging themselves" on tomatoes and peppers, Gehman Kohan said.
Solution: One shot, one kill, one hole in the ground and one mouth that never utters a word about it. *******
Full Text of Obama’s Speech Against Raising the Debt Ceiling in 2006
From the Government Printing Office *and* the Heritage Foundation
March 16, 2006 CONGRESSIONAL RECORD—SENATE S2237-2238:
“Mr. OBAMA. Mr. President, I rise today to talk about America’s debt problem.
The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. Over the past 5 years, our federal debt has increased by $3.5 trillion to
$8.6 trillion. That is ‘‘trillion’’ with a ‘‘T.’’ That is money that we have borrowed from the Social Security trust fund, borrowed from China and Japan, borrowed from American taxpayers. And over the next 5 years, between now and 2011, the President’s budget will increase the debt by almost another $3.5 trillion.
Numbers that large are sometimes hard to understand. Some people may wonder why they matter. Here is why: This year, the Federal Government will spend $220 billion on interest. That is more money to pay interest on our national debt than we’ll spend on Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. That is more money to pay interest on our debt this year than we will spend on education, homeland security, transportation, and veterans benefits combined. It is more money in one year than we are likely to spend to rebuild the devastated gulf coast in a way that honors the best of America.
And the cost of our debt is one of the fastest growing expenses in the Federal budget. This rising debt is a hidden domestic enemy, robbing our cities and States of critical investments in infrastructure like bridges, ports, and levees; robbing our families and our children of critical investments in education and health care reform; robbing our seniors of the retirement and
health security they have counted on.
Every dollar we pay in interest is a dollar that is not going to investment in America’s priorities. Instead, interest payments are a significant tax on all Americans—a debt tax that Washington doesn’t want to talk about. If Washington were serious about honest tax relief in this country, we would see an effort to reduce our national debt by returning to responsible fiscal policies.
But we are not doing that. Despite repeated efforts by Senators CONRAD and FEINGOLD, the Senate continues to reject a return to the commonsense Pay-go rules that used to apply. Previously, Pay-go rules applied both to increases in mandatory spending and
to tax cuts. The Senate had to abide by the commonsense budgeting principle of balancing expenses and revenues. Unfortunately, the principle was abandoned, and now the demands of budget discipline apply only to spending.
As a result, tax breaks have not been paid for by reductions in Federal spending, and thus the only way to pay for them has been to increase our deficit to historically high levels and borrow more and more money. Now we have to pay for those tax breaks plus
the cost of borrowing for them. Instead of reducing the deficit, as some people claimed, the fiscal policies of this administration and its allies in Congress will add more than $600 million in debt for each of the next 5 years.
That is why I will once again cosponsor the Pay-go amendment and continue to hope that my colleagues will return to a smart rule that has worked in the past and can work again.
Our debt also matters internationally. My friend, the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, likes to remind us that it took 42 Presidents 224 years to run up only $1 trillion of foreign-held debt. This administration did more than that in just 5 years. Now, there is nothing wrong with borrowing from foreign countries. But we must remember that the more we depend on foreign nations to lend us money, the more our economic security is tied to the whims of foreign leaders whose interests might not be aligned with ours.
Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that ‘‘the buck stops here.’’ Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.
I therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase America’s debt limit”
h/t to recentlyenlightened. Yesterday, I had posted that the text of this speech was removed from the online Senate records after NRO linked to it. recentlyenlightened pointed me in the direction of this text that the Heritage Foundation dug up from the Government Printing Office this morning
Dem Congresswoman Suggests Martial Law To End Government Shutdown Please explain to me what this fool is saying.
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Ex-CIA Agent Claims Obama Killed Breitbart and Clancy
Doctor Jim Garrow, philanthropist and worker for one of the largest non-profit organizations on the planet to save female children from slaughter in China. He has been featured on several media outlets throughout the world. Last Sunday, as a guest of Now the End Begins internet radio program however, he dropped a bombshell on the world. Dr. Garrow claims that up to a week ago he was covert CIA. To top it off on the program, he states he knows that President Obama ordered the hits that killed Tom Clancy and Andrew Breitbart!
Doctor Jim Garrow is a man that works for ending genocide in China. He has a PhD, taught college classes in the United States, and throughout the world. He is also the founder of the Bethune Institute, which operates hundreds of schools throughout China. He was even given a secondary honorary doctorate from the North Carolina Collage of Theology and is one of the few Christian teachers in China. In fact many of the Chinese elite business members and military personnel send their kids to Doctor Garrow’s school.
Then Doctor Garrow started noticing the atrocities surrounding him in China. He started noticing that there was a diminishing value in the lives of females. With China issuing the order of one child per family due to over crowding, families were literally choosing to abort, sell, and even kill the female child to try for a boy to pass on their lineage and name sake.
Thus he founded Pink Pagoda Girls, a world non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue of unwanted girls in China. Pink Pagoda Girls even goes as far as finding homes for the female children. The work has become so recognized not just in the United States but around the world. Dr. Jim Garrow was even nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in saving the lives of over 50,000 young Chinese women.
So it came as an absolute shock when listening to the internet radio program on Now the End Begins radio that he made several startling revelations.
Dr. Garrow relieved was that he was actually asked to take the military litmus test that he outed in February 2013. Among the rumors that the United States Military was purging top brass using a “litmus test” of sorts. The high-ranking officials were being asked “would you fire on an American citizen”. If you said no, you found yourself unemployed. Several high-ranking officials have claimed this. Dr. Garrow spoke out about this on Alex Jones’s radio program, Now the End Begins radio, Glenn Beck, and several conservative internet mediums. If you wonder why several top officials were asked to step down or retire, this very well may be why. It left open the question as to why Dr. Garrow of all people would be asked this “litmus test”.
Well it seems that was when Dr. Garrow decided once again to shock the world by stating that up until October 3, 2013, that he was a CIA operative in the Obama Administration, and actually fired from the CIA by President Obama, or “outed” he called it, for his blowing the cover on the Military Litmus Test. The President’s branch director forced Dr. Garrow into early retirement for leaking “classified” information.
But the surprises kept right on coming.
Andrew Breitbart died under mysterious circumstances. The autopsy said that he died with no prescription drugs in his system and only a .04 blood alcohol content not days after taping an interview with the now also deceased “alleged” gay lover of President Barack H. Obama. So why if he died of natural causes did the FBI go after his widow for potential homicide?
Well according to Dr. Jim Garrow, Andrew Breitbart was not dead of natural causes. According to the interview, he was killed directly by the Obama Administration. Andrew Breitbart was known for his controversy against the administration and the news media. Several people believed he was killed including some of the main founders of www.breitbart.com in his memory.
Then there was Tom Clancy. Tom Clancy died last week at the age of 66. Although they say “natural causes”, the actual list of cause of death on his autopsy, cause of death unknown.
Tom Clancy once said:
I hang my hat on getting as many things right as I can. I’ve made up stuff that’s turned out to be real — that’s the spooky part.”-Tom Clancy to the New York Times
It is no secret when he wrote The Hunt for the Red October that he was met at the door by Pentagon officials and FBI agents demanding to know where he got top-secret documents. Dr. Garrow states that after the incident, the CIA “spoon fed” him classified information and scenarios to write his novels in a manner that was entertaining but contained that ever needed element of truth. Dr. Garrow says that is why he was killed because he was getting to close to a secret they don’t want the world to know. In fact Dr. Garrow attributes the statement quoted above as “a little too late”.
Dr. Garrow states President Obama had Tom Clancy killed as well and noted that it takes 5 days for plant toxins and most poisons to break down and leave no traces in the human body. Amazingly enough, or coincidentally, the doctors did not perform an autopsy on Tom Clancy’s body for 5 days.
Finally he revealed a revelation so shocking to the radio program that can be best described in their own words: