Thursday, August 9, 2012


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Army colonel ignites firestorm with article on crushing a 'tea party insurgency'

A retired U.S. Army colonel who now teaches modern warfare to soldiers at the University of Foreign Military and Cultural Studies at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. has co-written an article with a Civil War expert that has ignited a firestorm today among those increasingly concerned about what some say is a distinct anti-civilian tone that has infected much of the military and Homeland Security since 2009.
Retired Col. Kevin Benson and Jennifer Weber, Associate Professor of History at the University of Kansas, co-wrote an article for Small Wars Journal on a 2010 Army report titled, "U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, The Army Operating Concept 2016 - 2028."
The report describes how the Army will respond to threats "at home and abroad" in the coming two decades and in doing so has made clear that a monumental cultural shift has occurred in the thinking of those at the top levels of military command. This shift has some government watchdogs worried, particularly given that Benson is using the platform provided at Fort Leavenworth to educate military personnel in his vision of the nature of modern warfare in America. According to the vision articulated by Benson, future warfare will be conducted on our own soil. The military will use its full force against our own citizens. The enemy will be average citizens whose values resonate with those articulated by the tea party.
The fictitious scenario used in the Army report as a teaching tool is a future insurrection of "tea party activists" in South Carolina. As the scenario goes, the tea party group stages a takeover of the town of Darlington, S.C. The mayor is placed under house arrest and prevented from exercising his duties. The police chief, the county sheriff, and other law enforcement officials are removed from office and told not to interfere. The city council is dissolved. The governor of the state, who had previously expressed solidarity with tea party goals, does little to address the situation.
A news conference is called by the new town leaders, all tea party activists, who tell the media that due to the failure of central government to address the concerns of the citizens, the Declaration of Independence has been re-imposed and the local government has been declared null and void. From the report:
When the leaders of the group hold a press conference to announce their goals, they invoke the Declaration of Independence and argue that the current form of the federal government is not deriving its “just powers from the consent of the governed” but is actually “destructive to these ends.” Therefore, they say, the people can alter or abolish the existing government and replace it with another that, in the words of the Declaration, “shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.” While mainstream politicians and citizens react with alarm, the “tea party” insurrectionists in South Carolina enjoy a groundswell of support from other tea party groups, militias, racist organizations such as the Ku Klux Klan, anti-immigrant associations such as the Minutemen, and other right-wing groups.
Several items of interest are to be noted in the scenario the Army uses to describe the tea party activists -- "right wing," "extremists," "insurrectionists," all of whom are lumped together with militias and organizations that are considered "racist" and "anti-immigration."
By contrast, those who oppose the tea party are referred to as "mainstream."
The obvious question that arises is why would this sort of scenario, with its obviously biased and skewed portrayals, be presented as a teaching tool to military personnel? Why would the U.S. military consider the tea party to be "extremist" or "insurrectionist?" And why would the tea party be classified together with groups that are "racist, "anti-immigration," and "extremist right wing?"
In the numerous tea party rallies that have occurred across the nation no racism was noted by any observer. Speakers included persons of all races and ethnic backgrounds. No sentiment was expressed against legal immigration but outrage was directed toward those break the law and enter the country by illegal means. And the charge that the tea party is extremist right wing is difficult to justify given that the main thrust of the movement is the protest against runaway government spending that has placed the nation on the brink of economic ruin due to its enormous and unsustainable debt.
Yet repeatedly since the election of Barack Obama in 2009, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has referred to the tea party as "potential homegrown terrorists."
Why? Not a shred of evidence remotely suggests that the tea party has any connection whatsoever with terrorists. Yet some of President Obama's closet longtime friends have not only been associated with terrorism but actively participated in it, such as Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn, who as members of the Weathermen from the 1960s and 70s bombed federal buildings that resulted in the deaths of police officers.
But if one listens to the rhetoric emanating from the White House, DHS, and now the U.S. military, one gets the impression that none of the president's friends ever posed a threat to the country but hundreds of thousands of tea party activists are ticking time bombs lying in wait to unleash a nuke on an American city at the drop of a hat.
The brainwashing against conservatives by this administration has had a definite impact on the military. One analyst who works for retired U.S. Maj. Gen. Paul E. Vallely told this reporter that now over half of Pentagon personnel are solidly in Obama's corner and share his values and world view.
And with the publication of the Benson and Weber article, it is now clear that the U.S. Army considers it a valid proposition to assume that a future civil war will be sparked not by extremist Islamists with dirty bombs or left wing insurrectionists inspired by Alinsky or Ayers but by the tea party and the conservatives who participate in it.
 by wp:   Sadly ,this confirms even more the fears I have shared with several friends, much to their dismay.  They refuse to see that even our own military is being corrupted and lied to in the federals moves to create their one world government.  Have you noticed how more and more of our troops are being kept out of the USA fighting senseless and useless wars that we should not be involved in??  The pentagon and federalists do not want the troops that would stand for the Constitution and freedom anywhere close to America to help the free Americans defend themselves.  Regular troops will be easily ordered for the main thrust and then removed by UN and foreign troops in the takeover.  BE AWARE AND DO NOT BE FOOLED.  THE FEDERALISTS ARE NOT AMERICANS.


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High-Ranking Mexican Drug Cartel Member Makes Explosive Allegation: ‘Fast and Furious’ Is Not What You Think It Is

A high-ranking Mexican drug cartel operative currently in U.S. custody is making startling allegations that the failed federal gun-walking operation known as “Fast and Furious” isn’t what you think it is.
It wasn’t about tracking guns, it was about supplying them — all part of an elaborate agreement between the U.S. government and Mexico’s powerful Sinaloa Cartel to take down rival cartels.
The explosive allegations are being made by Jesus Vicente Zambada-Niebla, known as the Sinaloa Cartel’s “logistics coordinator.” He was extradited to the Chicago last year to face federal drug charges.
Sinaloa Cartel Operative Jesus Vincente Zambada Niebla Makes Explosive Allegation About Operation Fast and Furious
Jesus Vincente Zambada-Niebla (Source: MSNBC)
Zambada-Niebla claims that under a “divide and conquer” strategy, the U.S. helped finance and arm the Sinaloa Cartel through Operation Fast and Furious in exchange for information that allowed the DEA, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and other federal agencies to take down rival drug cartels. The Sinaloa Cartel was allegedly permitted to traffic massive amounts of drugs across the U.S. border from 2004 to 2009 — during both Fast and Furious and Bush-era gunrunning operations — as long as the intel kept coming.
This pending court case against Zambada-Niebla is being closely monitored by some members of Congress, who expect potential legal ramifications if any of his claims are substantiated. The trial was delayed but is now scheduled to begin on Oct. 9.
Zambada-Niebla is reportedly a close associate of Sinaloa Cartel kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman and the son of Ismael “Mayo” Zambada-Garcia, both of which remain fugitives, likely because of the deal made with the DEA, federal court documents allege.
Based on the alleged agreement ”the Sinaloa Cartel under the leadership of defendant’s father, Ismael Zambada-Niebla and ‘Chapo’ Guzman, were given carte blanche to continue to smuggle tons of illicit drugs into Chicago and the rest of the United States and were also protected by the United States government from arrest and prosecution in return for providing information against rival cartels which helped Mexican and United States authorities capture or kill thousands of rival cartel members,” states a motion for discovery filed in U.S. District Court by Zambada-Niebla’s attorney in July 2011.
A source in Congress, who spoke to TheBlaze on the condition of anonymity, said that some top congressional investigators have been keeping “one eye on the case.” Another two members of Congress, both lead Fast and Furious Congressional investigators, told TheBlaze they had never even heard of the case.
One of the Congressmen, who also spoke to TheBlaze on the condition of anonymity because criminal proceedings are still ongoing, called the allegations “disturbing.” He said Congress will likely get involved once Zambada-Niebla’s trial has concluded if any compelling information surfaces.
“Congress won’t get involved in really any criminal case until the trial is over and the smoke has cleared,” he added. “If the allegations prove to hold any truth, there will be some serious legal ramifications.”
Earlier this month, two men in Texas were sentenced to 70 and 80 months in prison after pleading guilty to attempting to export 147 assault rifles and thousands of rounds of ammunition to Mexico’s Los Zetas cartel. Compare that to the roughly 2,000 firearms reportedly “walked” in Fast and Furious, which were used in the murders of hundreds of Mexican citizens and U.S. Border Agent Brian Terry, and some U.S. officials could potentially face jail time if they knowingly armed the Sinaloa Cartel and allowed guns to cross into Mexico.
If proven in court, such an agreement between U.S. law enforcement agencies and a Mexican cartel could potentially mar both the Bush and Obama administrations. The federal government is denying all of Zambada-Niebla’s allegations and contend that no official immunity deal was agreed upon.
To be sure, Zambada-Niebla is a member of one of the most ruthless drug gangs in all of Mexico, so there is a chance that he is saying whatever it takes to reduce his sentence, which will likely be hefty. However, Congress and the media have a duty to prove without a reasonable doubt that there is no truth in his allegations. So far, that has not been achieved.
Zambada-Niebla was reportedly responsible for coordinating all of the Sinaloa Cartel’s multi-ton drug shipments from Central and South American countries, through Mexico, and into the United States. To accomplish this, he used every tool at his disposal: Boeing 747 cargo planes, narco-submarines, container ships, speed boats, fishing vessels, buses, rail cars, tractor trailers and automobiles. But Guzman and Zambada-Niebla’s overwhelming success within the Sinaloa Cartel was largely due to the arrests and dismantling of many of their competitors and their booming businesses in the U.S. from 2004 to 2009 — around the same time ATF’s gun-walking operations were in full swing. Fast and Furious reportedly began in 2009 and continued into early 2011.
According Zambada-Niebla, that was a product of the collusion between the U.S. government and the Sinaloa Cartel.
Sinaloa Cartel Operative Jesus Vincente Zambada Niebla Makes Explosive Allegation About Operation Fast and Furious
Soldiers and police officers guard packages of seized marijuana during a presentation for the media in Tijuana, Mexico. (AP Photo/Guillermo Arias)
The claims seem to fall in line with statements made last month by Guillermo Terrazas Villanueva, a spokesman for the Chihuahua state government in northern Mexico who said U.S. agencies ”don’t fight drug traffickers,“ instead ”they try to manage the drug trade.”
Also, U.S. officials have previously acknowledged working with the Sinaloa Cartel through another informant, Humberto Loya-Castro. He is also allegedly a high-ranking member of the Sinaloa Cartel as well as a close confidant and lawyer of “El Chapo” Guzman.
Sinaloa Cartel Operative Jesus Vincente Zambada Niebla Makes Explosive Allegation About Operation Fast and Furious
Joaquin Guzman Loera, aka "El Chapo" (STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Loya-Castro was indicted along with Chapo and Mayo in 1995 in the Southern District of California in a massive narcotics trafficking conspiracy (Case no. 95CR0973). The case was dismissed in 2008 at the request of prosecutors after Loya became an informant for the United States government and subsequently provided information for years.
In 2005, “the CS (informant Loya-Castro) signed a cooperation agreement with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California,” states an affidavit filed in the Zambada-Niebla case by Loya-Castro’s handler, DEA agent Manuel Castanon.
“Thereafter, I began to work with the CS. Over the years, the CS’ cooperation resulted in the seizure of several significant loads of narcotics and precursor chemicals. The CS’ cooperation also resulted in other real-time intelligence that was very useful to the United States government.”
Under the alleged agreement with U.S. agencies, “the Sinaloa Cartel, through Loya-Castro, was to provide information accumulated by Mayo, Chapo, and others, against rival Mexican Drug Trafficking Organizations to the United States government,” a motion for discovery states.
In return, the United States government allegedly agreed to dismiss the charges in the pending case against Loya-Castro (which they did), not to interfere with his drug trafficking activities and those of the Sinaloa Cartel and not actively prosecute him or the Sinaloa Cartel leadership.
Taken directly from the motion filed in federal court:
“This strategy, which he calls ‘Divide & Conquer,’ using one drug organization to help against others, is exactly what the Justice Department and its various agencies have implemented in Mexico. In this case, they entered into an agreement with the leadership of the Sinaloa Cartel through, among others, Humberto Loya-Castro, to receive their help in the United States government’s efforts to destroy other cartels.”
“Indeed, United States government agents aided the leaders of the Sinaloa Cartel.”
The government has denied this and says the deal did not go past Loya-Castro.
Zambada-Niebla was arrested by Mexican soldiers in late March of 2009 after he met with DEA agents at a Mexico City hotel in a meeting arranged by Loya-Castro, though the U.S. government was not involved in his arrest. He was extradited to Chicago to face federal drug charges on Feb. 18, 2010. He is now being held in a Michigan prison after requesting to be moved from Chicago.
“Classified Materials”
During his initial court proceedings, Zambada-Niebla continually stated that he was granted full immunity by the DEA in exchange for his cooperation. The agency, however, argues that an “official” immunity deal was never established though they admit he may have acted as an informant.
Zambada-Niebla and his legal council also requested records about Operation Fast and Furious, which permitted weapons purchased in the United States to be illegally smuggled into Mexico, sometimes by paid U.S. informants and cartel leaders. Their request was denied. From the defense motion:
“It is estimated that approximately 3,000 people were killed in Mexico as a result of ‘Operation Fast and Furious,’ including law enforcement officers in the state of Sinaloa, Mexico, the headquarters of the Sinaloa cartel. The Department of Justice’s leadership apparently saw this as an ingenious way of combating drug cartel activities.”
“It has recently been disclosed that in addition to the above-referenced problems with ‘Operation Fast & Furious,’ the DOJ, DEA, and the FBI knew that some of the people who were receiving the weapons that were being allowed to be transported to Mexico, were in fact informants working for those organizations and included some of the leaders of the cartels.”
Zambada’s attorney has filed several motions for discovery to that effect in Illinois Federal District Court, which were summarily denied by the presiding judge who claimed the defendant failed to make the case that he was actually a DEA informant.
In April, 2012, a federal judge refused to dismiss charges against him.
From a Chicago Sun Times report: “According to the government, [Zambada-Niebla] conveyed his interest and willingness to cooperate with the U.S. government, but the DEA agents told him they ‘were not authorized to meet with him, much less have substantive discussions with him,’” the judge wrote.
Sinaloa Cartel Operative Jesus Vincente Zambada Niebla Makes Explosive Allegation About Operation Fast and Furious
In this courtroom artist's drawing Jesus Vincente Zambada-Niebla appears before U.S. District Judge Ruben Castillo Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Verna Sadock)
In their official response to Zambada-Niebla’s motion for discovery, the federal government confirmed the existence of “classified materials” regarding the case but argued they “do not support the defendant’s claim that he was promised immunity or public authority for his actions.”
Experts have expressed doubts that Zambada-Niebla had an official agreement with the U.S. government, however, agree Loya Castro probably did. Either way, the defense still wants to obtain DEA reports that detail the agency’s relationship with the Sinaloa Cartel and put the agents on the stand, under oath to testify.
The documents that detail the relationship between the federal government and the Sinaloa Cartel have still not been released or subjected to review — citing matters of national security.

 by wp:   The continual flow of instances where the federal government has consistently lied and altered events to cover its own illegal activities continues in everything they say and do.  We can no longer believe anything that comes out of Washington as all evidence has proven the feds will lie even when the truth is simpler.


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The Truth About Lying

I am a handsome, charismatic, brilliant, successful, wonderful person.
I am also a person who lies to himself -- a lot.
It may seem to you that it's a waste of time to lie to yourself when there are so many other people you can lie to, but there are real advantages to lying to yourself, or practicing "self-deception," as we scientists call it. (Yes, I have advanced degrees in astrophysics, molecular biology and modern dance. It says so on my resume.)
I first heard the buzz about self-deception from the "Work & Family" columnist for The Wall Street Journal, Sue Shellenbarger. "Lying to yourself," Shellenbarger writes, "can actually have benefits."
Before you hop on the fantasy train, take a moment to reflect. If you think it's easy to lie to yourself, you're lying to yourself.
According to Canadian psychology professor, Del Paulhus, "self-deception isn't just lying or faking ... (it) is deeper and more complicated."

If you don't speak Canadian, let me translate -- convincing your boss that you are the right person to take on a big assignment is easy. Convincing yourself is hard. As Professor Paulhus explains, you can only practice self-deception by accessing the "strong psychological forces that keep us from acknowledging a threatening truth about ourselves." While convincing your boss -- and yourself -- that you're not the bungler you know you are can get you into trouble, it can also get you promoted. "Believing we are more talented or intelligent than we really are can help us influence and win over others," says Robert Trivers, an anthropology professor at Rutgers University.
Here's how it works -- your bubblehead of a CEO has completely convinced herself that she is a business genius. As result, she lays out her lamebrain schemes with such vigor and assuredness that your fellow employees are persuaded she actually knows what she's talking about.
Of course, since your fellow employees have also been deceiving themselves about how smart they are, everyone falls in line in this marvelous chain of self-deception, which can continue for years -- right up until the moment the company goes belly up.
Exactly what causes us to practice self-deception is not exactly clear. Evolutionary psychologists theorize that self-deception is an inborn personality trait. For born liars, "different parts of the brain can harbor conflicting beliefs at the same time." I don't believe it. Any caveman who faced a charging dinosaur and said to himself, "I'm way too nice a person to be eaten by a Tyrannosaurus," did not survive long enough to contribute his DNA to our genetic pool.
While some self-deceivers are born with the ability, others learn the technique "as a way of coping with problems and challenges." Environment can also play a part in creating liars. In an ingenious study developed by Colgate University psychology professor Carrie Keating, two groups of women were asked to sketch outlines of their bodies. Then, the women were divided into two groups. One group was "asked to read about buildings and architecture." The other group was put into a romantic mood by reading a story about dating.
Sent back to the drawing board, the love-crazed women sketched themselves as slimmer, with narrower waists. This demonstrated an effort to "block out any negative information about their bodies." They also rushed out and purchased copies of "Fifty Shades of Gray." The women who read about architecture "didn't much change their sketches." However, they were seen to be hanging around in the lobbies of public buildings, and one is currently dating the Lincoln Memorial.
The urge to lie to ourselves is not limited to our work lives. Self-deception plays a role in deciding whether or not to diet and exercise, neither of which we have to do, if we only can only believe ourselves when we tell ourselves that our bodies are perfect. (This finding does not apply to you. You are perfect. Now go eat that three-layer chocolate cake you've got hidden in your file cabinet.)
In the final analysis, it seems that a little self-deception can be a good thing. If you can fool yourself into thinking you are a competent human being, you can probably fool others. On the other hand, too much self-deception can be dangerous. You might be able to convince yourself that your knucklehead CEO really knows what she is doing, but eventually, the truth will come out. And then you'll have to convince yourself that you really do like being unemployed.


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The Trouble With Harry

Harry Reid may be majority leader of the U.S. Senate, but that's just his day job. His real calling, his true vocation, the arena in which he seems most his lowdown self, is that of ax man. And he's got a real talent for it. By now there are few tricks of that dirty trade he hasn't mastered. Sen. Reid seems to enjoy the seamy side of politics so much it's hard to envision him being anything but the crass pol he is and may always be.
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Yes, I know, the possibility of redemption is eternal, but odds are odds. And who better to live by the odds than a U.S. senator from Nevada, epicenter of the country's gambling industry? And the odds are long against Harry Reid's suddenly turning into a knight in shining armor; his whole record demonstrates his preference for the cheap shot, the low rumor, the transparent dodge. And why not? It's paid such political dividends in his case -- from tenure in the Senate to national prominence.
The man is a case study in how to rise in politics by sinking ever lower. He may lack Richard Nixon's all-time record for general shadiness, but the senior senator from Nevada will do for this middling era, at least till a pol even lower becomes a mainstay of the news.
The way Harry Reid has played this game indicates he's going to be a lifetime recidivist where the art of the smear is concerned. Maybe he just can't help himself, he enjoys the sport so much. I hear tell there are folks who love mud-rasslin', too.
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Harry Reid's latest class act is to say he's been told that that Mitt Romney, the GOP's presidential nominee-to-be, didn't pay any income taxes for 10 years.
Really? Who told the senator so? That the senator refuses to say.
Where's his proof? He doesn't need any, this being an American presidential campaign.
When pressed by Mr. Romney ("Put up or shut up"), Sen. Reid challenges Mitt Romney to disprove his allegation. He only makes the accusations; it's up to the accused to disprove them.
The spirit of Joe McCarthy yet lives -- and once again prowls the halls of the U.S. Senate. Not that it ever entirely disappeared. Politics hasn't been beanbag at least since Mr. Dooley's turn-of-the-last-century day.
Thanks to the Harry Reids and other successors to the sainted junior senator from Wisconsin, aka Tail Gunner Joe, politics has become more like character assassination. And now it's Mitt Romney's character that's in the bull's-eye. It comes with the territory known as an American presidential election. There's no telling what you'll hear about Barack Obama, either, that Kenyan Muslim.
Still, you have to admire the twist Harry Reid has given his latest smear job. He says the rumor about Mr. Romney and his taxes came not from just a "credible" source, but an "extremely credible source." Also an extremely anonymous one, but no matter. Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain -- if there is one.
It's all part of a not-so-grand American tradition that goes back to the presidential election of 1800, when both Jefferson and Adams attracted the support of smear artists eager to tar the other. Now no presidential election would be complete without a flurry of unfounded accusations.
When cornered, the accuser can just repeat the charge, or even elaborate on it. By now Sen. Reid has claimed "a number of people" as sources. It will not surprise Gentle Reader to learn that they, too, are anonymous. It's good to see American traditions continued. But not this one.
Naturally, the senator has consistently declined to release his own income tax returns over the years. That's only for lesser creatures, like Republican presidential candidates.
This is a game anyone can play. Like so:
I have been told -- and by an extremely credible source, too -- that Sen. Reid closely coordinated this smear with Barack Obama and the rest of the bunch now occupying the White House. A "number of people" have told me the same thing.
If the senator denies it, it would be easy enough to resolve the matter: Just have him release the transcripts of his every communication with all the president's men -- and women, too, over the past decade. Just as he's said that all Mitt Romney has to do to clear up this matter of his income taxes is release the last five, 10, or maybe 20 years of his tax records. (What, not his father's, too?)
Let the senator from the casino state also prove that he's stopped beating his wife.
There. See how easy it is? All it takes is a little imagination and sheer nerve.


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'Mad Dog' Harry Reid

'Mad Dog' Harry Reid

To call Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid a "mad dog," as Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank did, is an affront to the canine community and those suffering from legitimate mental illness. Reid was completely sane when he spread hearsay about an anonymous Bain Capital investor who allegedly told him Mitt Romney paid no taxes for 10 years. Doesn't Reid, a Mormon like Romney, subscribe to the prohibition in the Ninth Commandment: "Thou shall not bear false witness"? He appears to pay no political price because he's a Democrat and unlike Joe McCarthy, to whom some are comparing him, no prominent fellow Democrat or top media figure has asked Reid the question put to the commie-hunting McCarthy by attorney Joseph Welch in 1953: "Have you no sense of decency, sir?" Reid is a sideshow, a clown in a political circus that seeks to draw the public's attention away from President Obama's record. Romney's tax returns won't create a single job or revive the economy. Romney must change the subject by shifting the focus to where it belongs: to President Obama, his failed promises and his disastrous economic mismanagement. If he wants to belabor the point, Romney can challenge Obama to release his college records and other information mentioned in his book "Dreams from My Father." He can offer to release more years of his tax returns in return for the transparency Obama promised. Or Romney can reiterate that he has fully complied with the law, including the payment of all taxes owed. Would his critics prefer he pay more than his legal obligation? In addition, Romney has certainly made sizable charitable contributions, while Biden and his wife, according to USA Today, averaged just $369 in annual charitable contributions over a 10-year period. What about the president? Here's what Washington Post Fact Checker Glenn Kessler wrote: "When then-presidential candidate Obama released his tax returns during the 2008 campaign, it was revealed that he began making significant gifts to charity after he started making serious money from his books -- and after he decided to run for president. Here's what the numbers look like: 2005: $77,315 to charity out of income of $1.66 million (4.6 percent); 2004: "$2,500 out of $207,647 (1.2 percent); 2003: $3,400 out of $238,327 (1.4 percent); 2002: $1,050 out of $259,394 (0.4 percent)." In 2010, the number increased to 13.6 percent. We can go tit for tat on contributions or income taxes forever. The tax returns issue is a smoke screen for the Obama administration's failures. The Romney campaign now appears to be doing what it should to reclaim and redirect the narrative. Romney can prevail if the issue becomes government spending. People know that waste is a moral failure. Romney could go after Pentagon waste. Washington Post columnist Walter Pincus recently wrote: "How can the Pentagon keep $2.5 billion left over from a canceled program sloshing around for 'reinvestment by the Army' when Capitol Hill and the White House are worried about Pentagon budget cuts and national security?" Romney has begun to press the president on his "reform" of welfare reform. The Department of Health and Human Services announced last month it will consider waivers to the work requirements for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. Requiring welfare recipients to work was a hard-won provision of the landmark welfare reform law passed by a Republican Congress and signed by Bill Clinton in 1996. And it worked. Those receiving welfare benefits, instead of relying on government assistance, were compelled to transition themselves toward work or educational opportunities as a way of creating a better life for themselves and for their families. Senator Reid is a stink bomb at the garden party. Let "Dirty Harry," as some have dubbed him, continue to demonstrate his flawed character. Romney should not descend to the gutter with him. He should ignore Reid and focus on what most Americans care most about: rebuilding our shattered economy. 
 by wp :   If Harry Reid is considered a Mormon in good standing then the LDS church needs to re-examine its tenets and standards.  As a former member of the LDS Church  I find it hard to believe they would sanction or countenence the behavior and blatent dishonesty shown by mr. Reid.  mr.Reid needs to be reminded about the penalty for the sin of lying and theft as well as the Mandate given the LDS church to defend the Constirution of the United States through prophecy to their Prophet.  mr. Reids ignoring of these basic tenents leads to the likelyhood that he is a jack Mormon.  Mormon in name only and a rider on the train to hell.


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Gazillions. That's the number of times the federal government has spied on Americans since 9/11 through the use of drones, legal search warrants, illegal search warrants, federal agent-written search warrants and just plain government spying. This is according to Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who, when he asked the government to tell him what it was doing to violate our privacy, was given a classified briefing. The senator -- one of just a few in the U.S. Senate who believes that the Constitution means what it says -- was required by federal law to agree not to reveal what spies and bureaucrats told him during the briefing.
The rules for classified briefings of members of Congress on areas of government behavior that the government wants to keep from its employers -- the American people -- are a real Catch-22. Those rules allow representatives and senators to interrogate government officials about government behavior that they are afraid to reveal, and they require those officials to answer honestly and completely. But the rules keep the interrogations secret, and they expressly prohibit members of Congress from telling anyone what they have learned.
So Paul and his colleagues who joined in the secret briefing now know the terrible truth about the government watching us, but they cannot reveal what they know. Paul -- who is the son of Rep. Ron Paul, the greatest congressional defender of limited government in our era -- when asked what he learned at these secret briefings and aware that he could be prosecuted for telling the truth, chose a fictitious word to describe the vast number of violations of privacy at the hands of federal agents: gazillions. Paul's personal courage in using a word like gazillions to convey an oblique message of truth in the face of an unjust law that commanded his silence reminded me of St. Thomas More's silence in the face of an unjust law that commanded his assent to the king's headship of the church.
The feds are no happier with the senator's personal courage than the king was with St. Thomas More's, but there is not much they can do about it. If you check out your dog-eared dictionary, you will find that if it is listed at all, it gets a mention as slang. Yet most of us hearing or seeing that word understand it to mean some huge -- perhaps even incalculable -- number.
The point here is terrifying. If the government derives its powers from the consent of the governed, how can it do things to us to which we have not consented? And when it does these things -- like send a drone over your back yard to learn who is coming to your Saturday barbeque or to see what fertilizer you are using in your vegetable garden or to take a peek into your living room or bedroom -- and when the laws the government has written prevent our elected representatives from telling us what it is doing, we are at the doorsteps of tyranny. The government gave Paul the distinct impression that it was afraid of our exercise of our personal freedoms, and thus it needs to watch us as we do so. This is the same government whose stated principal purpose is to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution, and thus personal freedom.
What has become of the Jeffersonian value of the primacy of the individual over the government in a free society? How have we lost the American value that the government works for us, and we don't work for the government? What remains of the constitutionally guaranteed right to be left alone?
The answer to these questions goes to the nature of human freedom and personal courage. Freedom lies in our hearts, but to survive, it must do more than just lie there. Its essence is the exercise of unfettered choices, and the unfettered choices we make address our perpetual yearning for truth. This is a natural process that -- just like the muscles in our bodies -- will atrophy if unused.
So, when the government scares us into the disuse of freedom, we have only ourselves to blame when Big Brother comes calling. And when he does come, on his face there will be no smile.


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Gabby's Hair -- An Issue of Life and Death?

Gabby's Hair -- An Issue of Life and Death?

Gabrielle Douglas became the fourth American -- and first black female -- to win a gold medal in women's individual all-around gymnastics. Effervescent and attractive, Gabby stands to make millions of dollars in endorsements. But she has received criticism -- in the social media, via Twitter, Facebook and, according to The Daily Beast, several "black blogs." It's about her hair: "Gabby Douglas gotta do something with this hair! These clips and this brown gel residue aint it." "She needs some gel and a brush." "She has to 'represent.'" "My mama sitting (here) screaming at Gabby Douglas on TV because her hair not fixed." "i don't care ... 16 or 26, black or white ... gabby douglas' hair is ratch." (Ratch, according to Urban Dictionary, means gross or disgusting.) Dismiss these morons for what they are -- few in number and hardly worth the energy to become annoyed about. But the issue of "black hair" is important for serious reasons: blacks and drowning and blacks and obesity. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, black kids ages 5 to 14 are almost three times more likely to die by drowning than white kids. Nearly 70 percent of black kids do not know how to swim, versus 40 percent of white kids, according to a USA Swimming survey. And, per the CDC, blacks are 51 percent more likely to be obese than whites. This brings us back to Gabby Douglas' hair. 1996 Olympic gold medalist Dominique Dawes, a black female athlete, said:
"Unfortunately ... our self-esteem, many times, is wrapped up in our hair. I know a lot of African-American women, including myself -- when my hair was relaxed, I did not like working out when I was training for those three Olympic Games. I was constantly sweating. My hair was relaxed, so it would be dry and brittle because of the relaxer. I didn't want to get into pools, because the chlorine mixed with the chemical-treated hair does not make it look good whatsoever. And that's what people have been attacking little Gabby Douglas about. And it's sad that it's not on her achievement and her performance."
Many black women wear chemically treated hair, and water makes the hair revert to its natural kinky texture. Since treating the hair again takes time and costs money, many black women simply choose not to go into the water to avoid damage to the chemically treated hair. Why bother learning how to swim? Couple this with the fact that 70 percent of black kids are born without a father in the home, and this often means there is no one in the home who knows how to swim and can teach it. Fox's black sports columnist Jason Whitlock said: "We have a health crisis in the African-American community, and it's particularly acute with African-American women, and some of it is related to their hair. They're afraid to exercise because they don't want to sweat and hurt their hair. ... It's a $9 billion industry, straightening out our hair." Dawes said: "It's what we call the 'creamy crack' (straightening out our hair). ... A number of women will not work out, because they don't want to sweat that perm out. They spent so much money. Nowadays, it's about $120-plus to get your hair relaxed. ... They don't want to sweat their hair out, so they're not going to work out, and they're not going to jump in the pool. And it's a shame because it really is costing us African-American women our health." By the way, if it is true that some black women have insecurity on the issue of hair, they do not suffer a lack of self-esteem because of it. Studies show that black girls have higher self-esteem than white girls, in part because they are more confident about their bodies. White girls, on the other hand, reported more insecurity about their figures. White girls are more likely than black girls, for example, to hold up the Barbie doll body type as the ideal. Black girls were comfortable with varied, heavier body types. And what Americans define as a pretty face differs from past standards of "white" beauty. A UCLA professor studied the faces of models during the last five decades of the 20th century. He found: "Today in American society the African-American female does not have to display Caucasian-like features in order to be considered beautiful. African-American models displayed fuller lips than the Caucasian models, who showed fuller lips than the average Caucasian. It now appears that the non-Caucasian face with fuller lips is now viewed more beautiful than the traditional thin-lipped Caucasian." Gabby appears to be holding up quite well to the criticism. Gabby's mother described her daughter's reaction when she learned of the snarky tweets: "'Really?! I won two gold medals and made history, and my hair is trending?' So we laughed about it." Now then, Gabby hair haters, think about this. In calling Gabby's hair "ratch," are you dissuading young blacks from protecting themselves by exercising or learning how to swim?


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By Debbie Schlussel

August 8, 2012, - 2:13 pm

EXCLUSIVE: Top NY Homeland Security Cop Sues Napolitano; Alleges Obama DHS Officials’ Anti-Straight Discrimination, Demands for Oral Sex – “J-No Appointed Lesbian Girlfriend, ICE Chief of Staff Harassed Male Agents”

By Debbie Schlussel
New York’s top Department of Homeland Security cop is suing Department of Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano in an explosive but heretofore unnoticed federal lawsuit alleging Homeland Security employment discrimination against straight male agents by Napolitano (READ the federal complaint) in favor of her lesbian girlfriend and sexual harassment of male agents by Napolitano’s handpicked Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Chief of Staff, Suzanne Barr. The lawsuit alleges that Barr demanded a male ICE Special Agent engage in oral sex with her and that she relocated three top male ICE agents’ offices to the men’s bathroom at ICE headquarters. All of the alleged misconduct was the behavior of Barack Obama’s hand-picked people running the Department of Homeland Security, who’ve created a hostile work environment for straight male agents, a story I recently broke on this site.
Many of the key allegations are stories I’ve broken on this site over the years, and the federal civil rights lawsuit gives more details. The 21-page federal federal complaint was filed in late May by New York Special Agent in Charge of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) James T. Hayes, New York’s top Homeland Security official. He was previously the ICE Director of Detention and Removal Operations, in charge of the deportation of illegal aliens around the country. It’s not every day that a federal official at that level files a lawsuit against the head of his agency.



NY ICE Special Agent in Charge Jim Hayes (top left) Sues Homeland Security Chief Napolitano Over Sexual Harassment by Suzanne Barr (bottom left) and Anti-Straight Discrimination in Favor of J-No Girlfriend Dora Schriro (bottom right)

Aurora Massacre: Press Sueing to See Evidence

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Aurora Massacre: Press Sueing to See Evidence

by Scott Creighton
According to the first version of the story, the defense had requested the judge seal the case and put a gag order on everyone involved… now it turns out, it was the prosecution that demanded that little adjustment. RT has a story on the legal battle shaping up over the nation’s right to see and evaluate the details of the case…
The decision to seal the documents off from public access “undermines our nation’s firm commitment to the transparency and public accountability of the criminal justice system,” said media lawyer Steven Zansberg in a written statement.
The Associated Press along with 20 other news agencies is appealing for the dissemination of the documents in court this Thursday.
Judge William Sylvester closed the case on July 20 at the request of the prosecutors, who claim that releasing the files could potentially jeopardize the case investigation. The move sparked a wave of protest from the media, saying the public had a right to see the documents.
Press attorneys argue that the explanation given for the sealing of the files is not adequate and needs to be elaborated on if the bar is to remain in place. In most court cases in the US the documents pertaining to the trial are available to the public. However, exceptions are made if files obstruct an ongoing police investigation or encroach on the privacy of family members of the victims.
The files in question include the affidavits the police would have filled in before defendant James Holmes was arrested, detailing why officers thought that he was the murderer. The bar on the documents makes it impossible for observers to follow the arguments put forward by the defense and the prosecution during the trial because they reference the files by number only. Russia Today
What would it do to the case if the people found out that James Holmes was discovered in his car drugged up and out of it to the point where they thought they needed a spine board to move him and they couldn’t even take his mug shot during processing at the jail?
What would it do to the case if the prosecution had to start explaining how they found a second gas mask 60 yards away from where they claim they arrested Holmes in a location that Holmes couldn’t have gotten to in his condition?

Wednesday, August 8, 2012


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Tuesday, 07 August 2012

The kids are screwed. The unemployment rate among Americans aged 18-29 is 50 percent higher than the national average. More than 43 percent of recent college graduates who have jobs do work which does not require a college education.

If the Obama administration policies which keep unemployment high are reversed, for most of us the recession will end. But the kids will still be screwed, because they don't know what they need to know to survive in the global economy.

The key is STEM education -- Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics. The US used to be the world's leader.  Today, we're one of just 3 of the 34 countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development where the kids know no more about these subjects than their parents did.

The kids don't know much of anything else, either. They've taken Sam Cooke's 1959 hit, Don't know much about history, don't know much about geography, to heart.

More than half of high school seniors scored "below basic" in their knowledge of history, said the National Assessment of Education Progress in 2010.  Half of Americans aged 18-24 in a National Geographic survey couldn't find New York state on a map.  In Oklahoma, only 3 percent of high school students could pass the citizenship test foreigners must take to become Americans.

Only a handful of the roughly 6,000 students who've passed through his classroom know how to form a sentence or write an intelligible paragraph, a retiring high school teacher told San Francisco Chronicle reporter Mark Morford.  "Recently, after giving an assignment that required drawing lines, (the teacher) realized that not a single student actually knew how to use a ruler."

"If you think education is expensive, try ignorance," said Derek Bok, president of Harvard University from 1971 to 1990.

Boy was he right! We spend, on average, $10, 615 per pupil in the public schools for monumental ignorance.  That's almost 250 percent more, in real terms, than we spent in 1970, when students learned stuff.

Kids today don't even know how little they know. "Many students tell me that they are the most well-informed generation in history," said George Mason University professor Rick Shenkman.

The kids would learn more if we had more teachers, and paid them more, teacher unions say. Since 1970, the number of teachers and administrators in public schools has risen 11 times faster than enrollment.  This has meant more union dues and more campaign contributions for Democrats. But students learn less.

This isn't because teachers are underpaid. Their compensation is 150 percent more than for private sector workers with similar skills, according to a study last year by the Heritage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute.  On an hourly basis, teachers earn more than most accountants, architects and nurses.

By far the most important factor in determining how much students learn is the quality of the teacher. If we could get rid of the worst 7 percent of teachers, that alone would vault our schools back among the world's best, says the Hoover Institution's Eric Hanushek.  But it's for that 7 percent teacher unions go to bat.

About 30 percent of high school students studying math, and 60 percent studying the physical sciences, are taught by teachers who did not major in the subject in college, or are not certified to teach it.

"How in the world can we expect our students to master science and technology when their teachers may not have mastered it?" asked U.S. News publisher Mortimer Zuckerman.

The retired or laid-off professionals who could fill the gap are kept out of the classroom because they haven't taken the dreck education courses the cartel has made prerequisites.

Schools of education are by no means the only reason why things are as bad -- or worse -- at the next level. Students are more likely to leave college with massive debt than with marketable skills. We rank near the bottom in the OECD in STEM degrees.

For Democrats, support for "education" means giving teacher unions whatever they want. More Americans disagree.  In Gallup's annual poll in June, only 29 percent of Americans expressed confidence in public schools, the lowest level ever recorded.  That's down from 58 percent when Gallup first asked the question in 1973.
Enrollment in public school districts in big cities is plunging as more parents find ways to help their children escape from schools where they are more likely to be shot or stabbed than prepared for college.

The greed and corruption of the education establishment is made the more repugnant by arrogance, deceit and hypocrisy. "We're doing it for the children," they say as they feather their own nests. They're not doing it for the children, they're doing it to the children

Thanks chiefly to the teacher unions and the educrats, the only thing young people today will have more of than their parents or grandparents is debt.  For many if not most, a well-paying job, a satisfying career, a home of their own are beyond their grasp.

The ignorance of our youth has reached crisis proportions, endangering not only their futures and our prosperity, but also the viability of our democratic institutions. "If a nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be," said Thomas Jefferson.

"How much ignorance can a country stand?" Mr. Shenkman asked. "There have to be terrible consequences when it reaches a certain level."

We'll find out what those consequences are real soon, Mr. Morford's teacher friend thinks. He is "very seriously considering moving out of the country so as to escape what he sees will be the surefire collapse of functioning American society in the next handful of years."

Jack Kelly is a former Marine and Green Beret and a former deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force in the Reagan administration. He is national security writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
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