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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Fall Planning For Winter Bird Hosts | Birding 4 U

Fall Planning For Winter Bird Hosts | Birding 4 U

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Sharia, polygamy and wife-beating in Australia - Jihad Watch

Sharia, polygamy and wife-beating in Australia - Jihad Watch

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Pickled radishes - CSMonitor.com

Pickled radishes - CSMonitor.com

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

A Tweet from the Twitmo Jail

These are tweets that I didn't get to re-tweet or send while in Twitmo, last updated on 02/02/2012: 


RT @AynRandBot: Art is not concerned with actual occurrences or events as such, but with their metaphysical significance to man.

RT @jimmiebjr: "Cop Killer" #HolderPerpWalkMusic

RT @hisham_melhem: Today is the 30th anniversary of the Hama massacre; #Syria's day that will live in infamy. The bloodiest carnage in modern Syrian history.

RT @squire7: @JohnBoehner #Mr. Holder says Issa is nothing but a political act;; Mr. Holder it's POLITICAL when you are COVERING UP & tearing USA down.

RT @RandyNeugebauer: We continue our search for answers about how more than $1 billion in customer funds went missing from #MFGlobal. http://t.co/vavBA9PM

RT @PatDollard: Muslims Burn Historic Church After Christians Mock Koran http://is.gd/SMidz9

RT @DANEgerus: via @Jenfidel Protestants and Jews declare to White House: We stand with Catholics http://bit.ly/vafCO4 war on Christians was predicted.

RT @CO2HOG: via @RedState Speaking of Sastcrificing One’s Credibility at the Altar of the Romney Campaign… http://bit.ly/AkRKV5 #tcot #RS

A blizzard warning, yay!

RT @ashleyscorpio: Despite daily terrorist attacks on its citizens, @Israel coordinates tens of thousands of tons of goods to Gaza #Israel http://t.co/ex4aUUWf



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RT @mnrobot: Wasserman-Schultz: Not Gonna Apologize for Manifest Idiocy http://bit.ly/yXJqmy #tcot #gop #vrwc

New Gingrich ad: America’s starting to look like Cuba « Hot Air http://hotair.com/archives/2012/01/30/new-gingrich-ad-americas-starting-to-look-like-cuba/ via @hotairblog

RT @KLSouth: Gingrich's AD - Huckabee and McCain on untruthful #Romney ->
http://bit.ly/yviEa8 #FLsen #FL #sayfie #florida #sayfie #tbyr

RT @BoldFreshJew: Negative. RT @NolteNC: Serious Question: is [Romney] a better candidate if SCOTUS strikes down Obamacare? #tcot

RT @jmartpolitico: Michael Reagan in Tampa for Newt: "We have the rockefeller wing of the party and the reagan conservative wing of the party"

RT @NolteNC: I swear to GOD that during the general election the GOP will not have the stones to do to Obama what they did to Newt this week. #useless

RT @FreeWeThePeople: Pam already confessed to criminal behavior with Romney. They are both criminals. Did u miss that on Gretta? @JoeTheMailman @rushlimbaugh


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RT @allahpundit: Herman Cain: The liberal media forced me out of the race http://twurl.nl/eiz52y

RT @BreakingNews: More blizzard warnings issued for northeast NM; western and central KS - National Weather Service http://1.usa.gov/sY4vMJ

RT @NathanWurtzel: RT @sistertoldjah: RT @CBSSports: Update: Johnny Knox has movement in all extremities following vicious hit - http://bit.ly/KnoxBack

RT @elderofziyon: EoZ: More photos from the "open-air prison" of Gaza: Electronic Intifada writers normally spend their time telli... http://tinyurl.com/7beevk7

RT @2LiveinLiberty: RT @HomerWhite: ‘60 Minutes’ Edits Out Obama‘s Claim That He’s the Fourth Best President http://bit.ly/sCco5g

RT @ToddKincannon: To anybody else who wants to make criminal threats against me or my family, this is what happens: http://is.gd/CvakiJ

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RT @scrowder: To Muslim hatemailers; no I will not join your sick moon-cult. Stop asking. If you do ask, please don't do so after death threats. #TCOT

RT @jimgeraghty: "Weaselly little sh*t," "a**hole", "d*ckhead" "amoral d*ckhead". Man, your profanity is brave, son. You really stick it to the man, rebel.

RT @dominionpundit: Norwegian Muslims want beheading for failing to observe Ramadan fasting in Islamic schools‏ - YouTube http://t.co/FtH7Cr8 #tcot

RT @LachlanMarkay: RT @allahpundit: Terrorism experts tells BBC: "Helpers of the Global Jihad" were not behind Oslo attack http://is.gd/HDpqQD

RT @dphaw: @Kim_AE Your RTs are like looking into an alternate world where leftists have lived without any outside logic for years.

RT @Kim_AE: If you are pissed b/c people assume Oslo attack is committed by a Muslim then get pissed at "Helpers of Global Jihad" for assuming it too.

RT @dphaw: Why I fear government: The heartbreaking stories my dad tells me about living in Europe during WWII don't involve any corporate atrocities

RT @confederateyank: State Dept sold military weapons to Zetas front company in Dallas. Much worse than Fast and Furious. http://bit.ly/rdWobv #tcot #p2

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07/20/2011

RT @bdomenech: RT @jaketapper: To be precise, "Gang of 234" was coined by Rep Jim Jordan, R-Oh, chair of the Republican Study Committee .

RT @KimberTrent: I am proud to be a right wing extremist and I stand with Rep. Allen West.

RT @dphaw: Above borrowing $$ why does no one mention why we pay interest to borrow when our gov can print $$?

RT @GayPatriot: RT @jamestaranto: "We are a fat nation and getting fatter"--Roger Ebert  // Wow. That's like getting lectured by Bill Clinton on fidelity.

RT @terresamonroe: #g8m Excerpts From Issa Interview and More on Fast and Furious (Gunwalker) http://t.co/dqe5eVt #tcot #iamthemob

RT @toddstarnes: Remember the woman who allegedly groped the TSA agent? http://cbsloc.al/oDD4tV Turns out TSA didn't tell the whole story.

RT @th3j35t3r: Anyone wondering why #lulz still not dropped their touted #NOTW email trove?? - They haven't quite finished redacting & adding to it. #think

RT @PatDollard: I'm tired of my site never running properly. I'm tired of using 2% of my memory a month, no reimbursement, yet charged overages @Mediatemple

RT @dlb703: @AllenWest...Sir, with all due respect, do NOT apologize. Your comments were accurate; no apology necessary. #DebbieWassermanSchultz


RT @Pudingtane: The only way to deal with the despicable behavior of DEMS, is to call em on it. #tcot
I am tired of GOP being oh so polite.


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07/19/2011

RT @junerenner: "Michele Bachmann Criticizes Black Farmer Settlement!" http://huff.to/qOQx5r ~ Dem racists will B all over this! Divide & conquer?

RT @CO2HOG: Two words: Special prosecutor http://is.gd/fw0fcJ


.@xRedRoverx @Architekt010 Very good! Yes, she did. And I think @SissyWilliscaptured that answer perfectly bit.ly/qn38d7


RT @ConserValidity: President Obama Doesn't Know the First Thing About Economics - @FoxNews http://t.co/EJ8VEca

RT @t3dy: Robert Anton Wilson interview, "New Libertarian Notes/Weekly 39," September 5, 1976. http://t.co/44R1Jnj

RT @2getherhere: RT @yelowcanarychic: “@existenciala: Tell The National Animal Control Association: STOP EUTHANIZING & GASSIN… (cont) http://deck.ly/~clgRu

(07/13/2011)

@vermontaigne: This may bring my Presidency down, but . . . you should get a more fuel efficient car. How many?

@mercatus: This week on Surprisingly Free: Learn how the advice of a soviet engineer killed in '29 could have prevented the BP spill http://ow.ly/5DH5a

@sonjablair: Spin this, bitches. #obamawalksout #p2

@markknoller: Obama quoted as telling leaders "I've been very patient" and he wants agreement now.

@vermontaigne: Hmmm. GOP Freshmen Will Call for Congressional Investigation of Planned Parenthood

@keder: Thank you Obama for showing the nation and the world just how full of crap you are. You really did us a favor! #tcot #p2

RT @Jenfidel: RT @wiskey1249: EPA Kills 5 Power Plants Along Road to Darkness http://wp.me/p1ESPu-8Zq

RT @Barry_O44: And a Bong Hit!!! I'm Stressed - GP RT @HR_Cooper: @Barry_O44 , c'mon you stormed out of the room because you needed a smoke right

RT @kiradavis422: Am I the only one tickled at the notion of POTUS walking out? Seems like a win to me.


Dems Not Afraid To Tackle The Tough Issues, Like Banning Styrofoam Cups In The Congressional Cafeteria…

Dems Not Afraid To Tackle The Tough Issues, Like Banning Styrofoam Cups In The Congressional Cafeteria…: "

As always, they failed miserably.

(The Hill) — House Democrats are once again attempting to do away with Styrofoam products in congressional cafeterias, this time with an amendment to a fiscal 2012 Legislative Branch Appropriations bill.

Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) introduced an anti-Styrofoam amendment on Wednesday during an Appropriations Committee markup.

The proposed legislation did not get far, however. Committee members voted on the amendment down party lines, with the majority torpedoing the measure 26-18.

The amendment stipulated that “none of the funds made available in this act may be used to obtain polystyrene products for use in food service facilities of the House.”

“The House of Representatives should serve as a model institution for others to follow,” said Moran. “Eliminating the use of polystyrene in our cafeterias is [the] responsible, environmentally-friendly thing to do but the new Republican House Majority has again made clear they could care less.”

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Open Letter from an African to American President Barack Obama on the war in Libya

Open Letter from an African to American President Barack Obama on the war in Libya

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

HHS Secretary Sebelius: ObamaCare’s Penalty on Small Businesses a “Great Incentive” For Growth

Good grief.

HHS Secretary Sebelius: ObamaCare’s Penalty on Small Businesses a “Great Incentive” For Growth: "

Unbelievable.

(CNSNews.com) – Health and Human Services Secretary (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius told CNSNews.com on Monday that a provision in President Barack Obama’s health-care law that requires small businesses to begin buying health insurance for their workers when they hire their 50th employee–or otherwise pay a penalty to the federal government–”will actually be a great incentive” for businesses to grow.

CNSNews.com asked Sebelius, “Part of the health care law requires small businesses that grow to over 50 employees to provide health insurance to their employees or face a penalty [starting in 2014]. Do you think that may affect their incentive to grow–small businesses–to above 50 employees?”

“I hear, frankly, just the opposite from small business owners … where they say the way that they retain and recruit the best possible employees is with a benefit package that is solid; that often they lose good employees because they can’t provide affordable health coverage, they go down the street or around the corner, even though businesses like Frager’s are a family–absent that protection that people have for their employees,” Sebelius said at a press conference about the Affordable Care Act’s insurance exchanges at Frager’s Hardware on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

“So,” Sebelius said, ”I think that this will actually be a great incentive–as you know the 50 people also have lots of part time worker exclusions, seasonal worker exclusions–and I don’t hear anything from people who say, ‘Oh, I would never grow my business past this threshold’ but are very enthusiastic about the notion that this is a competitive issue. It’s a bottom line issue and when they’re being essentially in the market place paying substantially more than their competitors for exactly the same coverage, they feel at a great disadvantage so I think, what I hear from folks is they see this as a huge step forward.”

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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Number 3 Leader of Los Zetas Says Mexican Cartel Bought Guns From US Government

Number 3 Leader of Los Zetas Says Mexican Cartel Bought Guns From US Government: "

The number three leader of the Zeta Cartel Jesus Enrique Rejon Aguilar in Mexico told authorities during a recent video that the cartel’s guns were bought in the United States and rival cartels were buying guns from the United States government.



In an interview recorded with officials from Mexico’s Federal SSP (Ministry of Public Safety) and distributed to the Mexican media, Jesus Enrique Rejon Aguilar “El Mamito” revealed that the Los Zetas obtained their arms from the U.S. and that the rival Gulf Cartel was buying guns from the US goverment.


A top Mexican cartel leader told authorities that the cartels are buying guns from the US government.

Extrano’s Ally reported:


Jesus Enrique Rejon Aguilar, a chief of the Zeta Cartel, says “all of our guns are bought in the United States.


Briefly quoting the Borderland Beat report linked above: “Rejon Aguilar confessed that Los Zetas have “buyers on the other side” (in the U.S.) who are U.S. citizens that acquire the arms and sell them to Los Zetas. He also admitted hearing stories that the U.S. government was selling weapons.”


The “other side” would be the Zeta’s greatest enemy, the Gulf Cartel. And the Zetas territory fronts on the US border between approximately Brownsville and Eagle Pass, Texas. The Zetas are trying to penetrate Juarez, but have not managed to “capture the place” at this time.


And of course, they hear stories out of Texas; out of the Houston ATF office’s bailiwick, that the US government is selling weapons. Or causing weapons to be sold. Weapons that can be converted to full auto quite easily, using parts that can be made in almost any well equipped machine shop.


That sounds very much like something Senator Grassley and Representative Issa should look into. For another item badly in need of Congressional oversight, let’s go to another Borderland Beat report.


The Washington Times reported today that the gunwalker smuggling probe will expand.

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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Breaking News on “Atlas Shrugged” Parts 1 & 2 | Atlas Shrugged Movie

Breaking News on “Atlas Shrugged” Parts 1 & 2 | Atlas Shrugged Movie

Palin: Tackling the Debt is our #1 Priority

Palin: Tackling the Debt is our #1 Priority: "

The first real hard-hitting policy post in awhile. I wish she would do web videos of these:


Barack Obama’s big government policies continue to fail. He should put a link to the national debt clock on his BlackBerry. The gears on that clock have nearly exploded during his administration.


Yesterday’s terrible job numbers should not be a surprise because it all goes back to our debt. Our dangerously unsustainable debt is wiping out our jobs, crippling our economic growth, and jeopardizing our position in the global economy as the leader of the free world.


As a governor, I had to deal with facts, even unpleasant ones. I dealt with the world as it is, not as I wished it to be. The “elite” political class in this country with their heads in the sand had better face some unpleasant facts about the world as it is. They’ve run out of money and no amount of accounting gimmicks or happy talk will change this reality. Those of us who live in the real world could see this day coming.


Back in January 2009, as governor of Alaska, I announced: “We also have to be mindful about the effect of the stimulus package on the national debt and the future economic health of the country. We won’t achieve long-term stability if we continue borrowing massive sums from foreign countries and remain dependent on foreign sources of oil and gas.” Then I urged President Obama to veto the stimulus bill because it was loaded with absolutely useless pork and unfunded mandates.


Everyone knows my early and vocal opposition to that mother of all unfunded mandates known as Obamacare starting back in August 2009, and many recall my objections to the Federal Reserves’ inflationary games with our currency known as QE2 from November 2010. It’s a matter of public record that I did not go to Harvard Law School, but I can add.


The same “experts” who got us into this mess are now telling us that the only way out of our debt crisis is to “increase revenue,” but not by creating more jobs and therefore a larger tax base; no, they want to “increase revenue” by raising taxes on job creators who are taxed enough already!


As Margaret Thatcher said, “The trouble with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.” That’s where we are now. Hard working taxpayers have been big government’s Sugar Daddy for far too long, and now we’re out of sugar. We don’t want big government, we can’t afford it, and we are unwilling to pay for it.


This debt ceiling debate is the perfect time to do what must be done. We must cut. Yes, I’m for a balanced budget amendment and for enforceable spending caps. But first and foremost we must cut spending, not “strike a deal” that allows politicians to raise more debt!


See, Washington is addicted to OPM – Other People’s Money. And like any junkie, they will lie, steal, and cheat to fund their addiction. We must cut them off and cut government down to size.


To paraphrase Hemmingway, people go broke slowly and then all at once. We’ve been slowly going broke for years, but now it’s happening all at once as the world’s capital markets are demanding action from us, yet Obama assumes we’ll just go borrow another cup of sugar from some increasingly impatient neighbor.


We cannot knock on anyone’s door anymore. And we don’t have any time to wait for Washington to start behaving responsibly. We’ll be Greece before these D.C. politicians’ false promises are over. We must force government to live within its means, just as every business and household does.


We can’t close our $1.5 trillion deficit overnight, but we must get as close as we can as soon as we can. Little nibbles here and there over 10 years (spun to sound like they’re huge budget cuts) aren’t anywhere near enough. I know from experience that cutting government spending isn’t easy.


As governor, I made the largest veto cuts in my state’s history, and I didn’t make many friends doing it. But we will never recover, we will never get free of devastating debt, unless we make tough choices now. We don’t hear talk like this from leaders in D.C. or from those running for office because they say what they think we want to hear rather than what must be said.


We are in desperate need of real leadership, but President Obama’s solution to everything is to grow government by borrowing more money, spending more money, printing more money, and taxing our job creators. He once said that he “believes in American Exceptionalism…just as the Greeks believe in Greek Exceptionalism.” Well, the path he has us on will make us just as “exceptional” as Greece – debt crisis, stagnation, permanent high unemployment, and all.


As we approach 2012, there are important lessons we can learn from all of this.


First, we should never entrust the White House to a far-left ideologue who has no appreciation or even understanding of the free market and limited government principles that made this country economically strong.


Second, the office of the presidency is too important for on-the-job training. It requires a strong chief executive who has been entrusted with real authority in the past and has achieved a proven track record of positive measurable accomplishments. Leaders are expected to give good speeches, but leadership is so much more than oratory. Real leadership requires deeds even more than words.


It means taking on the problems no one else wants to tackle. It means providing vision and guidance, inspiring people to action, bringing everyone to the table, and with a servant’s heart dedicating oneself to striking agreements that keep faith with our Constitution and with the ordinary citizens who entrusted you with power. It means bucking the status quo, fighting the corrupt powers that be, serving the common good, and leaving the country better than you found it. Most of us don’t see a lot of that real leadership in D.C., and it’s profoundly disappointing.


But let me tell you where real hope lies. It’s not the hopey-changey stuff we heard about in 2008. Real hope comes from realizing how God has blessed our exceptional nation, and then doing something about it. We have been blessed with natural resources, hardworking entrepreneurs, and a Constitution that preserves the greatest form of government ever devised by man. If we develop those natural resources, allow our entrepreneurs to keep and invest more of what they earn, and adhere to the time-tested truths of our Constitution, we will prosper and endure.


But first and foremost we must tackle our debt. We don’t have the luxury of playing politics as usual. We need real leaders who will put aside their own political self-interest to do what is right for the nation. And if they don’t emerge… well, America has a do-over in November 2012.


- Sarah Palin


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Charlie And Jesus | RedState

This is really well-done:

Charlie And Jesus | RedState

Thursday, July 7, 2011

DSCC chair Patty Murray tries to get her some Koch campaign cash.

DSCC chair Patty Murray tries to get her some Koch campaign cash.: "

I can almost understand why DSCC chair Sen. Patty Murray would try to hit up the Koch Companies for ‘five figures’ (read: the maximum allowed by federal election campaign finance law). First off, Sen. Murray is not exactly the sharpest knife in the drawer (she’d almost have to be, given that Murray actually left a voice message as well as sent a letter*). Second, what’s the worse that the Koch Companies are going to do? Say no?


Well. There’s no, and then there’s no.


Below the fold is the letter that the Koch Companies wrote back, and which they have also helpfully put on their website. It does not really require much in the way of elaboration, or anything else except a certain aesthetic appreciation for the way that its author (Philip Ellender) manages to call Senator Murray (to say nothing of her party) a vicious, stupid hypocrite without once actually using any of those words. I have spent some time trying to learn how to be elegantly rude to people who richly deserve it, and let me tell you: Ellender has the right skill set. Enjoy.


Senator Patty Murray, Chair

Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee


Dear Senator Murray:


For many months now, your colleagues in the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee leadership have engaged in a series of disparagements and ad hominem attacks about us, apparently as part of a concerted political and fundraising strategy. Just recently, Senator Reid wrote in a DSCC fundraising letter that Republicans are trying to “force through their extreme agenda faster than you can say ‘Koch Brothers.’”


So you can imagine my chagrin when I got a letter from you on June 17 asking us to make five-figure contributions to the DSCC. You followed that up with a voicemail* indicating that, if we contributed heavily enough, we would garner an invitation to join you and other Democratic leaders at a retreat in Kiawah Island this September.


I’m hoping you can help me understand the intent of your request because it’s hard not to conclude that DSCC politics have become so cynical that you actually expect people whom you routinely denounce to give DSCC money.


It is troubling that private citizens taking part in the discourse have become the targets of White House and DSCC fundraising missives, and we would certainly encourage you to rethink that approach. Ultimately, I expect voters will see through that and will weigh the issues on the merits alone. But in the meantime, if you could provide me some insight on what exactly you are asking of us and why, I would be most grateful.


Sincerely,

Philip Ellender

President, Government & Public Affairs

Koch Companies Public Sector, LLC


Moe Lane


*I suppose that it is possible that Senator Murray simply picks up the telephone when told to and reads the words that her staff puts in front of her when told to, without ever actually thinking about what those words actually mean, or who ends up getting them (after all, this could have been an automated call). Whether that scenario would be an actual improvement is debatable; particularly if it was automated…

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Friends and allies: most major terror plots originate in Pakistan « Public Secrets

Friends and allies: most major terror plots originate in Pakistan « Public Secrets

What's up with this video...?

Two minutes until showtime!!!


MK12 | Follow the Sun | 2011 from MK12 on Vimeo.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

“Fast and Furious” Blows Sky-High

YES!!!111~11!!

“Fast and Furious” Blows Sky-High: "

This morning, there was a stunning development in Congress’s investigation of the Justice Department’s “Fast and Furious” gun-running program: it was revealed that on July 4, Kenneth Melson, the acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the Obama administration’s intended fall guy in the scandal, broke ranks with his superiors. Without their knowledge, he gave an interview to Darrell Issa’s House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, accompanied only by his personal attorney. While a transcript of that interview is not yet public, it is clear that he blew the whistle on senior officials in the Justice Department.

This morning, Issa and Senator Charles Grassley released a letter that they sent yesterday to Attorney General Eric Holder. It is explosive, to say the least. You should read it in its entirety; here are some excerpts:

Yesterday, Acting ATF Director Kenneth Melson participated in a transcribed interview regarding Operation Fast and Furious and related matters with both Republican and Democratic staff. He appeared with his personal counsel, Richard Cullen of McGuire Woods LLP. His interview had originally been scheduled through the Justice Department to occur on July 13 in the presence of DOJ and ATF counsel. As you know, however, under our agreement Department witnesses who choose to attend a voluntary interview with their own lawyer are free to exercise that right rather than participate with counsel representing the Department’s interests.

After being made aware of that provision of our agreement, Acting Director Melson chose to exercise that right and appeared with his own lawyer. We are disappointed that no one had previously informed him of that provision of the agreement. Instead, Justice Department officials sought to limit and control his communications with Congress.

DOJ’s effort to cover up the Fast and Furious scandal is one of the letter’s themes.

According to Mr. Melson, it was not until
after the public controversy that he personally reviewed hundreds of documents relating
to the case, including wiretap applications and Reports of Investigation (ROIs). By his
account, he was sick to his stomach when he obtained those documents and learned the
full story.

More on the DOJ’s attempt to hide the scandal from Congress:

Mr. Melson said that he told the Office of the Deputy Attorney General (ODAG) at the end of March that the Department needed to reexamine how it was responding to the requests for information from Congress.

According to Mr. Melson, he and ATF’s senior leadership team moved to reassign every manager involved in Fast and Furious, from the Deputy Assistant Director for Field Operations down to the Group Supervisor, after learning the facts in those documents. Mr. Melson also said he was not allowed to communicate to Congress the reasons for the reassignments. He claimed that ATF’s senior leadership would have preferred to be more cooperative with our inquiry much earlier in the process. However, he said that Justice Department officials directed them not to respond and took full control of replying to briefing and document requests from Congress. The result is that Congress only got the parts of the story that the Department wanted us to hear.

Issa’s committee has learned that other federal agencies, including the FBI and DEA, were involved in Fast and Furious, and that there was a failure to share information that was known to those other agencies:

When confronted with information about serious issues involving lack of information sharing by other agencies, which Committee staff had originally learned from other witnesses, Mr. Melson’s responses tended to corroborate what others had said. Specifically, we have very real indications from several sources that some of the gun trafficking “higher-ups” that the ATF sought to identify were already known to other agencies and may even have been paid as informants. The Acting Director said that ATF was kept in the dark about certain activities of other agencies, including DEA and FBI.

The evidence gathered by Issa’s oversight committee suggests that the Obama administration may actually have financed the purchases of firearms by known criminals, which then wound up in the hands of Mexican gangs and were involved in murders, including the murder of an American border patrol agent:

The evidence we have gathered raises the disturbing possibility that the Justice Department not only allowed criminals to smuggle weapons but that taxpayer dollars from other agencies may have financed those engaging in such activities. While this is preliminary information, we must find out if there is any truth to it. According to Acting Director Melson, he became aware of this startling possibility only after the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and the indictments of the straw purchasers, which we now know were substantially delayed by the u.s. Attorney’s Office and Main Justice.

Issa and Grassley link the Obama administration’s effort to slide Melson out of his position, making him the fall guy for the Fast and Furious operation, with Melson’s complaints to Deputy Attorney General James Cole, the number two official in the Department of Justice, about DOJ’s failure to respond adequately to Congress’s requests for information about Fast and Furious:

However, two days after he told Acting Deputy Attorney General Cole about serious issues involving lack of information sharing, the Wall Street Journal reported that unnamed sources said that Melson was about to be ousted.

The full transcript of Melson’s testimony, when released, will be a fascinating document. In the meantime, it appears clear that the Fast and Furious scandal reaches to the very top of Barack Obama’s Department of Justice.



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A quick lesson in Islamic history

Some typos, but solid.

A quick lesson in Islamic history: "By Vienna1683


If you are like most Americans you know very little about Islam or its violent history. Most Americans have never seen a Quran much less read it, nor do they know that in it contains 164 Sura’s (Verses) of violent Jihad, 511 passages of injustice, 384 of intolerance, 320 of cruelty and violence, and 46 insults to women. We have continually been feed propaganda about this Religion of Peace, in the Quran that is called “Kitman” literally “deception”, the purpose of which is to obscure the real truth, so let me clear up a few misconceptions with regard to Muhammad’s progeny and the barbaric and savage ideology they follow.


I must say from the outset that Islam is NOT a Religion of Peace but an all encompassing ideology of hate and intolerance and how did I reach that conclusion? I reached it by looking at Islam’s history from its beginnings in the year 622 AD to the present. It takes only a cursory look at the historical record to arrive at a realization that in its purist form Islam has laid waste to cultures and civilizations throughout its 1500 year existence. It becomes patently evident that Islam never has and never will co-exist with any culture or society. Unfortunately many acredimic historians either out if ignorance, or in deference to their Politically Correct department heads have glossed over or worst yet completely ignored the historical record. With that in mind I will try to give you a concise and factual record of Islam that indisputably shows Islam from its inception to be violent, intolerant and murderous ideology.


In the beginning


The story begins in the year 572 AD that is the year of Muhammad’s birth in the city we now know as Mecca. From 572 until 610 Muhammad was a humble camel driver. He encountered his first brush with death at the age of 25 when the Abyssinians attacked Mecca whereupon the Prophet of Allah cowardly ran away.


Nothing much happened in his life until he received a vision in a cave near Mecca in the year 610; most likely this vision was simply an epileptic fit. From that time forward he began prophesying and preaching until in the year 622 he fled with a hand full of his followers under the threat of death, 200 hundred miles north to the city we now know as Medina. There realizing that he would not be successful in this “Dodge City” of the Arabian Peninsula unless he appealed to its inhabitants who were mostly robbers, thieves and murderers, who preyed on the local Jewish clans, mostly merchants and farmers and the silk road caravans carrying wares from the far east.


Thus he morphed into a political warlord who preached only one gospel “what ever you can steal, by what ever means, you can keep”. The low life’s loved it, his popularity and following grew. Beginning in the year 623 AD he attacked and pillaged all who opposed him. He personally beheaded 600 defeated warriors of a rival Jewish tribe. The young boys were checked for pubic hair and if they were shown to have any they followed the fate of their fathers, their wives and daughters were raped and sold into slavery. For the next 9 years until his death he never looked back. To quote Osama Bin Laden; “Our prophet…did not remain three months in Medina without raiding or sending a raiding party into the infidels to beat down their strongholds and seize their possessions, their lives and their women.”


Spreading the word, Scimitar in one hand, Quran in the other It was in 635 AD, three years after Muhammad’s death, that the hordes of the Crescent Moon invaded Christian Syria and Palestine. In 638 they took Jerusalem. In 640 after conquering Persia, Armenia and Mesopotamia, they over ran Christian Egypt and Maghreb, present day Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco and in 668 they laid siege for fives years to the ancient capital of Byzantium, Constantinople, they failed in this first attempt but as history shows they would succeed later in a blood bath of unparalleled ferocity and brutal savagery. The year 711 finds Islamic armies crossing the Straits of Gibraltar taking possession of Portugal and the Iberian Peninsula where they remained until Queen Isabella finally drove them out seven centuries later, in the year that Columbus discovered America.


Whoever believes in the myth of “peaceful co-existence” that supposedly marks the relationship of the conquered to the conquerors, an idea which is perpetuated by Muslim propagandist organizations such as C.A.I.R, MSA and ITNA and swallowed hook line and sinker by naïve and ignorant acredimic historians, would do well to reread the stories of the burned convents and monasteries, the defaced Churches, the raped nuns and the Christian and Jewish women carted off and locked away in Muslim harems. They should ponder on the crucifixions of Cordoba. The hangings of Granada, the beheadings of Toledo and Barcelona, of Seville and Zamora, they should contemplate king Mutamid who used the severed heads of Jews and Christians to adorn his palace. Perhaps the acredimic frauds who laud the vizier Almanzor as the so called “patron of the philosophers”, the “greatest leader that Islamic Spain ever produced”, should consider the fact that under his reign invoking the name of Jesus meant instant execution by crucifixion, beheading, impalement or hanging! The same fate awaited those who rang church bells, wore green, a color reserved exclusively for Muslims or who forgot to bow and step aside for a passing Muslim.


The year 721 finds the armies of the Crescent Moon descending from the Pyreneans Mountains into French Christendom. Led by the Governor of Andalusia, Abd al-Rahman, they invaded the city of Narbonne where they massacred the entire male population raped the women and enslaved the children. From there they proceeded to Carcassonne, Nimes and finally to Lyons and Dijon, in each of these cities they continued rape and pillage. Friars were hacked to death and nuns raped on church altars after which the churches were burnt to the ground. Eleven years later with 380,000 infantry and 16,000 cavalry they reached Bordeaux and from there in 732 they marched on Poiters and Tours whereupon they met their match in the Frankish King Charles Martel who in the great battle of Tours defeated the Islamic hordes. Today every Islamist bemoans the loss of that battle and has vowed to return and avenge their defeat. They are making good progress toward that goal!


In 827 they landed in Sicily, massacring, beheading, impaling, and crucifying their way through Syracuse, Taormina, Messina and Palermo. The brave Sicilians resisted for 75 years but in the end surrendered to Islam, the Muhammadens stayed for two centuries until they were ejected by the Normans. Not to be deterred in there jihadist cause they landed in Brindisi in 836 marched on Bari and by 841 they had landed at Ancona. In the summer of 846 they took Ostia whereupon they sacked and burned it to the ground and then moved up river from the mouth of the Tiber reaching Rome shortly thereafter. Laying siege to the great city they finally breached the defenders lines, sacking and plundering the basilicas of St. Peter and St. Paul.


In order to prevent the complete destruction of Rome Pope Sergius II agreed to pay a Jizya tax (tribute) of twenty five thousand pieces of silver annually. Having left Rome, their pockets full of ill begotten booty the armies of Muhammad descended on Campania where they stayed for seventy five years while destroying Montecassino and Salerno, a city where they amused themselves by sacrificing a nun’s virginity every night on the cathedral’s altar. In 898 they landed in Saint Tropez settling there before crossing the Alps to enter Piedmont where they killed thousands of Christians in the cities of Turin and Casale. Soon after they reached the Graubünden Valley and the shores of Lake Geneva!


In the academic world and in the press these days it is fashionable to beat our breast in repentance for supposed Christian injustices perpetuated by the Crusades. Oh those poor innocent victimized Muslims. But before you go off believing these acredimic falsehoods and Muslim propaganda remember this, the Crusades were a counter offensive in response to four centuries of Islamic invasions and occupation by the Muslims! It was not your aunt Sally who invaded Jerusalem in the 7th century, the most revered and holy city in Christendom, the location of the Holy Sepulchre, burning and sacking it and who built a Mosque on the ashes of the Temple Mount, it was the sons of Allah!


The 14th century to the 20th


In 1356, eighty four years after the Eighth Crusade, the new representatives of Muhammad, we know them as Turks, took the Gallipolian Peninsula from which they launched their drive to conquer all of Europe and the Caucasus from the east. In a blink of an eye they invaded Thrace, Macedonia and Albania. They subdued greater Serbia and lay siege to Constantinople once again for five years. By 1444 they secured Wallachia, Moldavia, Transylvania, Bulgaria and Romania, in 1453 they again attacked Constantinople and this time they finally succeeded in overrunning this capital of eastern Christendom. On May 29th the city fell to the Turkish butcher Mehmet II.


For those Islamic appeasers who weep for the Muslims and not the millions of Christians, Hindus, Jews or Buddhist who were slaughtered at the hands of the Islamist it would be Politically Incorrect the mention the details of the fall of Constantinople but since I prefer the facts and the truth to lies, deception and academic fraud, here goes! The inhabitants of the besieged city awoke that morning to the thunderous shelling of the Theodosius walls; they took refuge in the cathedral of St. Sophia singing psalms. The patriarch celebrates his last mass by candlelight telling the fearful crowds “fear not, my brothers and sisters! Tomorrow you’ll be in the Kingdom of Heaven and your names will survive till the end of time!” meanwhile the Ottoman troops had breached the fallen walls and after hacking to death the defenders with their scimitars they burst into the church beheading everyone even the newborns, they entertained themselves by snuffing out the candles using the severed heads of the newborns.


That massacre lasted all day and did not stop until the Grand Vizier stood in the pulpit of St. Sophia and said; “rest, now this temple belongs to Allah!” All the while as this was happening the Muslim Turks burned the city, crucifying, hanging and impaling the citizenry, raping and butchering the nuns, four thousand in a few hours, putting the survivors in chains and hauling them off to the slave markets of Ankara. Mehmet II now drunk with victory and wines from Cyprus sent for the first born of the Greek Orthodox Grand Duke Notaras, a fourteen year old boy and in front of everyone raped him; he had a soft spot for pretty young boys, so much for the Islamic prohibition against homosexuality! After he was finished he sent for the boy’s family, his parents, uncles, nieces and grandmother and before this boy’s very eyes he beheaded all of them.


Not to be outdone by his trumpet at Constantinople, three years later Mehmet II conquered Athens burning and looting, destroying churches and building Mosques on their ashes. Muslims would hold Greece for four hundred years. By 1476 the Islamic armies had advanced into the Isonzo Valley and on July 28th the army of Ahmet Pasha lay siege to Otranto taking it in two weeks whereupon they repeated their Constantinople victory celebration by beheading the Archbishop and all the priests, abducted all the beautiful women throwing them to the soldiers and as for all the rest they, in topical Muslim barbaric fashion, killed and enslaved them.


During the century to follow the Ottoman Empire was taken over by a nice follow named Selim the Grim, he ascended to the Ottoman throne by virtue of fratricide, that is he strangled two brothers and five nephews. From the loins of Selim the Grim was born Suleyman the Magnificent whose grand scheme was to create the “Islamic State of Europe” with this in mind from now Islamized Romania in 1526 he launched an attack against Catholic Hungary which unfortunately for the indigenous population fell in forty eight hours. Upon reaching Buda, present day Budapest, he in usual fashion put it to the torch sending one hundred thousand of its residents, men women and children to the slave markets of Constantinople now renamed Istanbul. In the following year the bazaar’s and slave markets of Damascus, Baghdad, Cairo and Algiers saw three million Hungarians sold into slavery and debauchery, a fact little known or ignored by Islamic apologists and boot licking academics.


After a failed attempt to take Christian Austria in 1529 he retreated to Istanbul but not before impaling thirty thousand peasants whom he deemed unsuitable for the slave markets of the Middle East! Back in Istanbul he entrusted the reform of his navy to the famous pirate Khayr Ad Din known as Barbarossa, Red Beard. Red Bread made the Mediterranean a watery grave for many a merchantman. Barbarossa also made it possible for Suleyman the Magnificent to, in 1565 descend on the Christian stronghold of Malta. Suleyman died of a heart attack in 1566 and was replaced by his third son” Selim the Sot” who with the help of General LaLa Mustafa conquered Christian Cyprus. It is here in 1571 that one of the most infamous incidents of human debauchery can be laid at the feet of Sons of Allah. Paul Fregosi in his book ‘Jihad’ enumerates: “After signing the surrender terms the Governor of the island Marcantonio Bragadino went to LaLa Mustafa to discuss peace terms. And, being a stickler for form, he arrived in full pomp.


That is, mounted on an exquisitely turned-out steed and wearing the Senate violet robes. In addition, he was escorted by forty harquebusiers in uniform and by a strikingly handsome page boy Antonio Quirini who held a parasol over Bragadino’s head…according to a prearranged plan Mustafa’s Janissaries seized the boy and locked him into the seraglio where Mustafa deflowered the boy with even greater gusto than Mehmet II. Mustafa’s Janissaries then surrounded the harquebusiers and hacked them to death with their scimitars. Finally they unhorsed Bragadino and forthwith sliced off his nose and ears.” Fregosi goes on to regale us with the story of a bloodied Bragadino being forced to kneel before this monster Mustafa who orders him to be flayed.


The flaying took place thirteen days later, in the presence of the Cypriot population which had been compelled to attend. While Mustafa looked on his Janissaries made Bragadino carry bags of rubbish around town licking the ground every time he passed before LaLa Mustafa. Then the final torture he was flayed and died on the spot. LaLa Mustafa commanded that the body of Bragadino be stuffed with straw whereupon the stuffed puppet was put upon a cow and circled around town one more time before being hoisted atop the mainmast of his flagship, to the perpetual glory of Islam!


By the end of the 17th century the Ottoman Empire was posed to implement Suleyman the Magnificent’s dreams of an “Islamic State of Europe” In 1683 the Grand Vizier Kara Mustafa amassed an enormous army consisting of six hundred thousand soldiers, thousands of cannons, forty thousand horses, twenty thousand camels, one hundred thousand sacks of corn and fifty thousand bags of coffee plus one hundred wives and concubines. He marched on Vienna! The Europeans who were far smarter now began preparing to defend the capitol, which they saw as the bulwark of Christianity. From lands far and wide, Englishmen, Spaniards, Germans, Ukrainians, Poles and Italians, with the exception of the French who by the “Treaty of Alliance” signed by Louis XIV had been fornicating with the Muslims for many years, something they seem not to be able to stop even to this day. The French managed to stay neutral!


The Europeans formed a defensive line at the gates of Vienna and in stunning and extraordinary victory sent Kara Mustafa packing back to Istanbul but not before; to prevent his wives and concubines from falling into the hands of the infidel dogs he slit their throats one by one. Interestingly enough this battle took place on September 11, 1683. From this point on the fortunes of the Muslim Ottoman Empire were on the decline and after aligning themselves with the losing side in World War I their empire slowly faded away but not before one last Muslim hurray. The Empire’s last claim to fame came between 1896 and 1920 when the Turks ethnically cleansed and exterminated 1.2 million Christian Armenians. By some accounts they crucified on crosses sixty thousand Armenians a month between 1910 and 1920.


The Crescent Moon rises in the east


As we have seen Muslim invaders began moving west soon after the death of Muhammad in 632 AD, barely 100 years after the Prophets demise the armies of Islam stretched from the Arabian Peninsula to the shores of the Atlantic Ocean.


But that was just one half of the world picture, in those ensuing one hundred years Muslims moved east, conquering the Indian subcontinent. In the process they slaughtered 80 million Hindus and 10 million Buddhists. Not to mention the enslavement of millions. In the early 7th century Islamic eyes fell on Hind and Sind, which is to say the Indian Subcontinent. The Caliph Umar sent the first raiding expeditions in the year 634 AD. By 653 AD the Arab general Abdul Rahman had attacked and raised Kabul killing thousands of ‘infidels’ in the process. The heyday of Arab power was in the early 8th century. Wherever Muslim armies went they earned success and collected spoils. Muhammad Qasim Hindu Shah Farishtah, the 17th century historian is quoted as saying: “The conquest of Sind took place at the very time in which, at the opposite extremes of the known world, the Muhammaden armies were subjugating Spain, and pressing on the southern frontier of France, while they were adding Khwarizm to their already mighty empire.”


What many in the west do not understand and Islamic acredimic apologists refuse to teach is that while Buddhist adore only one Buddha, Christians only Jesus, Hindus worship millions of gods and goddesses this makes them ‘kafir’ number one on the Islamic hit list, they are enemy number one of Islam. Nothing symbolizes more the absolute belligerence of Muslims toward Hindus than the Hindu Kush. Historically, the passes across the Afghan mountains such as the Khyber were known as the Hindu Kush. They have been of great military significance, providing access to the northern plains of India for foreign invaders, starting with Alexander the Great in 327 BC, to Taimurlane in 1398 AD, and from Mahmud of Ghazni in 1001 AD to Nader Shah in 1739 AD. In Persian, the word “Kush” is derived from the verb “Kushtar” which means ‘to slaughter’, this is a reference to all the Hindus who died in those mountains, the word literally means “Kills the Hindus” a reminder of the days when, by the thousands, Hindus slaves from the Indian Subcontinent perished in the harsh Afghan mountains while being marched to the Muslim slave markets of Central Asia.


I will not belabor the point regarding the horrible brutality that this “Religion of Peace” wrought on the Hindus and Buddhists of the Indian Subcontinent for there are 80 or 90 million stories, but here as a summery of this Muslim debauchery, brutality and depravity is a story which sums it up. The raids of the Sultan of Ma’bar as told by Ibn Battuta (C. 1345 AD); “In the morning, the Hindus who had been made prisoners the day before were divided into four groups, and each of these was led to one of the four gates of the main enclosure. There they were impaled on the posts they had themselves carried. Afterwards their wives were butchered and tied to the stakes by their hair. The children were massacred on the bosoms of their mothers, and their corpses left there. Then they struck camp and started cutting trees in another forest, and all the Hindus who were made captive were treated in the same manner.”


Summary


It is said that nothing reveals the future more clearly than a study of the past. Thus Islamic past history reveals clearly an ideology which has only one single minded goal; world domination at any cost! Keep in mind that Islam was stopped at the gates of Vienna only some 325 years ago, it was defeated by determined Western societies, intent on preserving their heritage and cultures and possessed of better military and economic prowess. But now, today the tables seem to be turned. Western societies seem to be engulfed in an orgy of self immolation, and destructive guilt. The west has grown lazy and complacent while Islam is flush with petro dollars and all the advantages of modern technology.


Islam has risen out of the ashes of its once enormous empire and is busy reconstructing its dream of a world wide Islamic confederation “Umma”. Europe is being engulfed and will soon morph, if it has not already into Eurabia. Islam’s two most effective weapons political correctness/multiculturalism and wombs of their veiled women! In closing, in an attempt to shine the light of reality on Islam’s intentions for the west and the world I would like to direct your attention to the words of Al Hakim aka George Habash the founder of the “Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine”, Habash is quoted by investigative reporter Oriana Fallaci in an interview as follows: “Habash explained to me that the Arab’s enemy was not Israel alone; it was the whole West”. Further she quotes him: “Our revolution is a part of the world revolution. It is not confined to the reconquest of Palestine”. He said: “The time has come to admit that we want a war like the war in Vietnam.


That we want another Vietnam, and not only for Palestine but for all Arab countries! The Palestinian problem is not an aside problem. A problem separated from the Arab Nation’s realities. Palestinians are part of the Arab Nation.


Therefore the entire Arab nation must go to war against Europe and America. It must unleash a war against the West. And it will. America and Europe don’t know that we Arabs are just at the beginning of the beginning. That the best has yet to come; that from now on there will be no peace for the West.” He concluded with this statement: “To advance step by step, millimeter by millimeter, year after year, decade after decade, determined, stubborn and patient. This is our strategy, a strategy that we shall expand throughout the whole planet!” I leave you with this invective shouted from mosque minarets the world over:


Saturday First
Sunday Next
Death to America


Regards,


The Unbeliever


LAN ASTASLEM
I will NOT submit to Islam!
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Los Angeles Times Shills for Communists on Business Section Front Page

Los Angeles Times Shills for Communists on Business Section Front Page: "That's longtime local communist and union activist Paul Krehbiel at the photo, where he's featured at the front page of the Los Angeles Times' business section: 'Learning how to be a union activist.' He's wearing a militant clenched-fist solidarity shirt, red, with the slogan, 'Stand With Wisconsin.'

Los Angeles Times Communists

Krehbiel is the author of a memoir, Shades of Justice, and his biography states:
Since 2003, he has been active in the campaign to end the war in Iraq, working with the Coalition for World Peace, US Labor Against the War, and the Iraq Moratorium.
Coalition for World Peace is one of the many groups closely aligned with the World Workers Party (WWP), a Marxist-Leninist apparatus that backed Moscow's invasion of Hungary in 1956 and the Soviet army's brutal suppression of the Prague Spring in 1968. The Coalition for World Peace is listed an active affiliated group at the homepage of United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ). Here's this at the UFPJ at Discover the Networks:
UFPJ was officially created on October 25, 2002 in the Washington, DC offices of People For the American Way. Its initial membership consisted of approximately 70 organizations. Prior to UFPJ's founding, the anti-war movement had earned a reputation as a hodgepodge of radical elements. All the large-scale peace demonstrations to that point had been held under the auspices of International ANSWER, an organization aligned with the Marxist-Leninist Workers World Party; Global Exchange, headed by the longtime pro-Castro communist Medea Benjamin; and Not In Our Name, a project organized by Ramsey Clark and fellow leaders of the Revolutionary Communist Party. United For Peace and Justice was created explicitly to put a milder face on the anti-war movement, although from its inception UFPJ shared with the aforementioned groups a passionate hatred for the United States and for capitalism.

The Co-Chair and principal leader of UFPJ is Leslie Cagan, an original founder of the Committees of Correspondence (a remnant organization created by the American Communist Party upon going out of business) and a strong supporter of Fidel Castro since the 1960s; Cagan proudly aligns her politics with those of Communist Cuba.

The breadth of UFPJ's agendas extends well beyond anti-war activism. Passionately anti-American, this group condemns virtually every aspect of U.S. foreign policy and domestic life. It impugns America's 'daily assaults and attacks on poor and working people, on women, people of color, lesbians/gays and other sexual minorities, the disabled, and so many others.' It asserts that 'the government treats all immigrants as potential terrorist threats until proven innocent, in violation of the Constitution,' thereby 'expanding the scope and depth of racial injustice within the U.S.' ...

UFPJ has campaigned against American support for Israel's construction of an anti-terrorist security fence in the West Bank, which it describes as an illegal 'apartheid wall' that violates the civil and human rights of Palestinians.
UFPJ is a signatory to the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, a hardline anti-Zionist (anti-Semitic) organization that attacks Israel as an 'apartheid state.'

And back over at the CFWP homepage, we see that Krehbiel's group was a leading organizer for the March 21, 'Mass March and Rally in L.A.,' and the link there takes us to the announcement at the ANSWER Coalition's page, 'List of March 21 Organizing & Transportation Centers.' (More on ANSWER here.)

The Times article gushes about the workshop Kreibel was offering at Pasadena City College, where young students attending ' munched on the free chocolate chip cookies and potato chips they were provided...' (Right. Free, of course.) The article notes a couple of times how organized labor is trying to match the energy and effectiveness of the tea parties, and quotes a Teamsters union hack agitating to take back the streets: 'Those are our streets, that's where we need to be.'

And buried on page B4 we find this bland acknowledgement and evasion:
The Troublemakers School in Pasadena and five others like it held this year across the country were organized by Labor Notes, a Detroit nonprofit funded by membership dues and course fees, as well as donations from pro-labor individuals. There's no question this group leans heavily left: One student carried pamphlets about a meeting for anarchists.
Leans left? You think?

Here's the Labor Notes' manifesto from its 1993 conference, hosted at the Encyclopedia of Trotskyism Online (Marxist.org).

The bottom line is once again we see yet another mainstream media outfit reporting rapturously on the organizing activists of hardline communist cadres. It's be nice if the tea parties got a fraction of such fawning reporting by nation's media establishment.

Typical.
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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

General Motors – The Government’s Warped Definition of ‘Success’

General Motors – The Government’s Warped Definition of ‘Success’: "

In the Bizarro-world that is Washington, D.C. – and the federal government in possession thereof – the word “success” does not mean what it does here on Planet Earth.


It in fact often means exactly the opposite.



Let us take Social Security as but one example. Social Security is the world’s largest pyramid scheme – ever. A scam exponentially bigger than the biggest dreams of Bernie Madoff, Carlo Ponzi or any other confidence man ever to attempt a grift.


Social Security is on the verge of being trillions of dollars in debt. There is an alleged “Trust Fund” – but the program was shifted off the government’s books by President Lyndon Baines Johnson and his fellow Democrats.


So as to allow the excess coin then being collected to be spent as general revenue – in large part so as to pour it into the then newly-minted Medicare and Medicaid.


A move President Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats emulated with their 2010 heist of $500 billion from the also-on-the-verge-of-bankruptcy Medicare “Trust Fund” – so as to pour it into the newly-minted ObamaCare.


Quintessential, serial examples of the feds repeatedly rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.



Thusly did the Social Security and Medicare “Trust Funds” become just another couple of government Slush Funds. Into which the feds have for decades been putting IOUs – from the government to the government.


Which I would think make them IOIs.


Now that the Baby Boomers are hurtling en masse into Social Security and Medicare eligibility, those “Trust Fund” IOIs are coming due. And as we all know, the federal government doesn’t have any coin – at all.


Thusly do the pyramids come tumbling down.


But you’d never know any of this from the way the D.C. denizens – and those of Huge Government mindset – describe these schemes. Google “Social Security success” and you get myriad utterly delusional results, such as:


(Congressman) Clyburn touts healthcare reform, Social Security success


Building on Social Security’s success | Agenda for Shared Prosperity


NCPSSM: Celebrating 75 Years of Social Security Success


Social Security Success! Seminar


GUEST OPINION: Social Security: An American success


Only in Government Speak can something that is so thoroughly insolvent be so widely described as a “success.”


So too is it with the aforementioned Medicare and Medicaid. Two more Pharaoh-esque government constructs that are completely bankrupt – yet roundly lauded as “successes.”


The Progress Report: 44 Years Of Medicare Success


CBS’s Smith Cites Medicare as Socialist Success Story


Marie Cocco: The Marvel That Is Medicare


And…


Medicaid: Four Decades of Success


New Report Reveals Medicaid’s Enormous Success


Medicaid Reform: Saving an American Success Story


You will note that here on Planet Earth, nothing that is a success requires saving.


The likes of Microsoft and Apple do not need rescuing.


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Which brings us to General Motors (GM), and how the federal government “saved” it – with $50 billion of our money.


Except GM had to file for bankruptcy anyway.


Except that since being saved, GM has been an automotive recall machine.


General Motors recalls 154,000 cars (2011 Chevy Cruze) over technical problems


GM recalls 230,000 cars in China


GM recalls almost 7,000 Canadian vehicles


GM recalls 50,500 Cadillac SRXs in North America


GM recalls Cadillac CTS sedans for wheel problem


SAIC-GM-Wuling Automobile recalls 22,457 cars


GM recalling 10,000 trucks and SUVs


GM recalls midsize pickups for child seat problem


(Note: These are all different recalls – and there are more than those listed here.)


Except GM has been all too distracted with its tilting at Leftist ideological windmills.


How else to explain the continued expanded production of the expensive, unprofitable (yet heavily subsidized) and unpopular Chevy Volt?


How else to explain Administration-appointee Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dan Akerson calling for a $1-per-gallon gasoline tax hike? Which would demonstrably hurt his supposed industry – but is proffered in the perverse hope of forcing people into the Volts they thus far have avoided like the Bubonic Plague?


How else to explain the GM all solar-powered Volt plant? Solar paneling which cost $3 million to purchase and install – buy only saves them $15,000 a year in electricity.


Well, at least President Obama said we’ll make some coin on the deal.


…Obama once upon a time told us (the auto bailout) would return us a profit.


A fairy tale Obama has now amended to:


“The government will lose less than 20 percent of the $80 billion used to bail out the U.S. automobile industry.”


Obama’s National Economic Council had the audacity to add:


“The losses are less than the administration originally expected.”


Again – as we just cited – the Administration was seven months earlier claiming we would make money.


Outstanding – in accuracy, honesty – and “success.”


GM also looks to be exempt for years from federal taxes. President Obama has given Government Motors a multi-year Internal Revenue Service (IRS) waiver.


Crony capitalism, anyone?


Please keep this in mind as you read all those glowing stories about GM turning a first quarter profit.


It’s a lot easier to make some money when you don’t have to heave your pounds of flesh into the gaping maw of the federal Leviathan.


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So in Government Motors, we have a car company that makes cars that fall apart – or don’t make any money at all.


That adds multi-million dollar solar panels to production plants - to save thousands of dollars in energy.


That was supposed to turn We the People a profit – but is instead going to end up costing us tens of billions of dollars.


On which President Obama is campaigning for reelection – as a “success.”


Again, you’ll have to consult your Government-to-English dictionary.


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Saturday, July 2, 2011

For Libertarians

This is good advice from a trusted friend of mine: 

Libertarians should register in one of the two major parties (my hope is that you choose the Republican Party, but the choice is purely yours). (Note that if you register into the party you truly despise, you can cause mayhem, see below.)

The reason for the above is very simple, but I know a lot of you miss it:  If you register in one of the two major parties, you can attend that party's caucuses and meetings, and have an influence on who gets nominated to run for that party.  

Because when it comes down to it, when you are in the voting booth, you can vote for whoever you want to, right? 

(yours in Chaos, Scarlett)