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Saturday, October 6, 2012

Nystagmus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Nystagmus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Mitt Romney is right | Fox News

Mitt Romney is right | Fox News



There is no sin greater in a presidential race than telling the truth. Romney is being excoriated for accurately describing the situation in America today. Here are the stats:

*49% of all Americans pay no fed income tax

*47% receive a check from the government of which more than half are means tested welfare checks (Medicaid, welfare, food stamps, etc.)

*36% of all Americans of working age are either not working or looking for work.
We must remember, however, that a great many of those who receive checks from the government have earned them. Some by their taxes over the years to Social Security and Medicare and others by paying a deeper price by service to their country. 

The benefits Romney was talking about are means tested benefits, distributed based on income. All together 100 million Americans receive such benefits (out of a total population of 308 million), these benefits include welfare, food stamps, Section 8 housing, Medicaid and other such programs.

Generalities are always unjust. And painting with broad strokes will do many individuals an injustice. But the fact remains that our electorate is basically bifurcated into those who pay taxes and those who receive benefits.

The danger comes not with the benefit but with the sense of entitlement. Why do so many people feel Romney will be better at improving the economy and yet still plan to vote for Obama? The answer is that they care more about preserving their entitlements than about improving the economy. They have come to rely on political action more than economic growth as the key to their solvency.

Did Romney err in telling it like it is? It would have been better if he had made a forthright, factual statement on the issue. It looks bad for these unpleasant facts to come out in a "gotcha" moment at a videotaped private event. But the fact remains that an Obama reelection would turn the tide psychologically in America from the land of upward mobility through hard work and initiative and toward a country akin to Greece: dependent on government aid in the form of a subsidy and government handouts.
By stating this fundamental truth, albeit off the record, Romney has done a service for which he should be praised not excoriated. It all boils down to what John Kennedy said: There are those who ask what their country can do for you, and those who ask what you can do for your country.

Dick Morris is a Fox News contributor and author. His latest book is "Screwed!: How Foreign Countries Are Ripping America Off and Plundering Our Economy-and How Our Leaders Help Them Do It." Visit his website: www.dickmorris.com and follow him on Twitter@dickmorris.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Billy Corgan Speaks Out Against the NWO

Big jump observed in scientific research fraud | Watts Up With That?

Big jump observed in scientific research fraud | Watts Up With That?

SEIU Caught Red Handed | The National Right to Work Committee®

SEIU Caught Red Handed | The National Right to Work Committee®

Project Veritas has released a new video exposing evidence of a quid pro quo relationship between liberal Senator Robert Menendez and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).
“The purpose of this investigation is to demonstrate the clear conflict of interest that exists when an elected representative of the American people is bought and paid for by organized labor,” says James O’Keefe. “As we demonstrated in July, these union bosses don’t have the taxpayers’ interests in mind. Their primary objective is to get more public funding for make-work projects to increase compulsory dues and then use those dues to purchase political influence.”
In a previous report released in July, top New York union bosses were caught in candid discussions regarding a federally funded program known as ”Green Jobs, Green New York,” with one leader calling much of the $112 million program “bullshit.”
The latest video from Project Veritas captures Newark SEIU President Rahaman Muhammad laying out in explicit terms the nature of the relationship between his union and lawmakers like Democrat Senator Robert Menendez.
“Unfortunately,” explains O’Keefe, “This arrangement doesn’t benefit the taxpayer. They’re the ones picking up the tab while unions and politicians profit from boondoggles like $112 million dollars in ‘bull****’ Green Jobs.”


Articles: Obama's Mask Slips

Articles: Obama's Mask Slips: By Pamela Geller

Much is being made of the devastating blow that Mitt Romney administered to President Obama in the first presidential debate Wednesday night. Romney was masterful; Obama was incomprehensible. Romney was presidential; Obama was incoherent. Romney schooled Obama; Obama responded by doing the hand motions to "The Wheels On the Bus Go Round and Round." Republicans and conservatives alike were cheering. Even Romney skeptics like me happily conceded that Romney was the right guy all along. There will be an October surprise from the Obama camp, but they got one themselves Wednesday night.

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Obama Campaign Shifts Into Extreme Attack Mode | The Blog on Obama: White House Dossier

Obama Campaign Shifts Into Extreme Attack Mode | The Blog on Obama: White House Dossier: Casting completely aside the Obama 2008 brand of a hopeful unifier, Obama’s operatives Thursday dived straight the jugular, working on multiple fronts to brand Romney a liar. The campaign, Obama aides made clear, would henceforth be conducted exclusively Chicago style.

delve Extreme Attack Mode

CBO | Monthly Budget Review

CBO | Monthly Budget Review: The federal government’s fiscal year 2012 has come to a close, and CBO estimates that the federal budget deficit for the year was about $1.1 trillion, approximately $200 billion lower than the shortfall recorded in 2011. The 2012 deficit was equal to 7.0 percent of gross domestic product, CBO estimates, down from 8.7 percent in 2011, 9.0 percent in 2010, and 10.1 percent in 2009, but greater than in any other year since 1947. CBO’s deficit estimate is based on data from the Daily Treasury Statements; the Treasury Department will report the actual deficit for fiscal year 2012 later this month.

California Gas Prices Shoot Up Overnight « CBS San Francisco

California Gas Prices Shoot Up Overnight « CBS San Francisco: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Californians woke up to sticker shock Friday as overnight gasoline prices jumped by up to 20 cents a gallon in some areas, prompting some stations to close and others to charge more than $5 a gallon.

Twitter / mjbanks: remember, the white house ...

Twitter / mjbanks: remember, the white house ...: remember, the white house arbitrarily alters the jobs report numbers according to seasonal adjustment estimates, it's way worse than 7.8%

$4 gas: Get used to it - The Term Sheet: Fortune's deals blog Term Sheet

$4 gas: Get used to it - The Term Sheet: Fortune's deals blog Term Sheet

Finally: 4th Amendment Underwear

Finally: 4th Amendment Underwear: The Cargo Collective gets inspired by the TSA furor (false media alarm or no) and sells underwear with metallic text designed to be seen by scanners.

Zen Mind: The Beginner’s Mind – Control | My Strange Mind

Zen Mind: The Beginner’s Mind – Control | My Strange Mind: To give your sheep or cow a large, spacious meadow is the way to control him. So it is with people: first let them do what they want, and watch them. This is the best policy. To ignore them is not so good; that is the worst policy. The second worst is trying to control them. The best one is just to watch them, just to watch them, without trying to control them.

No Demonstrations in Pakistan When Christian Girls Raped - International - Catholic Online

No Demonstrations in Pakistan When Christian Girls Raped - International - Catholic Online:

By Michael Terheyden
10/5/2012
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

The wave of anti-Christian violence has not stopped in Pakistan. Abuses continue to be perpetrated in the name of the blasphemy law

Just about the time that the demonstrations over the infamous video clip about the prophet Muhammad seem to be dying down, I am reminded of the degradation that Christians suffer in Muslim countries and the hypocrisy of it all.

The Gateless Gate - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Gateless Gate - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Fact Checkers v. Obama: Debate Edition

Fact Checking Obama - GOP

Fact Checking Obama - GOP

Obama Stumbled On The Facts

LIE #1: OBAMA SAYS HEALTHCARE COSTS ARE BECOMING MORE AFFORDABLE

THE CLAIM: Obama Said “Health Care Premiums Have Gone Up — It Is True — But They Have Gone Up Slower Than Any Time In The Last 50 Years.” OBAMA: “The fact of the matter is that when Obamacare is fully implemented, we are going to be in a position to show that costs are going down. Over the last two years, health care premiums have gone up — it is true — but they have gone up slower than any time in the last 50 years. We are already seeing progress.” (President Barack Obama, Presidential Debate, Denver, CO, 10/3/12)
THE FACTS: For Now, There Is Little Evidence That The Affordable Care Act Has Made Healthcare Any More Affordable For The Vast Majority Of Americans.” “President Obama reiterated a claim that his healthcare law will reduce costs, a promise he made when he started pushing for an overhaul as a candidate four years ago. Then, Obama said he would cut family health insurance premiums by $2,500 by the end of his first term. Today, this stands as one of the president’s biggest unfulfilled promises. In fact, the average employee share of an employer-provided health plan jumped from $3,515 in 2009 to $4,316 in 2012, an increase of more than 22%, according to a survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research & Educational Trust. The total cost of an average employer-provided family health plan – shared by the employer and the employee -reached $15,745 in 2012. When the law is fully implemented in 2014, some low- and middle-income Americans will qualify for government subsidies to help them afford health insurance. And other provisions of the law could help slow the growth in healthcare costs over the long term. But for now, there is little evidence that the Affordable Care Act has made healthcare any more affordable for the vast majority of Americans.”(Noam N. Levey, “Fact Check: ‘Obamacare’ Hasn’t Yet Reduced Health Insurance Costs,” Los Angeles Times’ Politics Now , 10/3/12)

LIE #2: OBAMA SAYS GOV. ROMNEY’S PLAN IS A $5 TRILLION TAX CUT

THE CLAIM: Obama Said “Gov. Romney’s Central Economic Plan Calls For A $5 Trillion Tax Cut.” OBAMA: “Gov. Romney’s central economic plan calls for a $5 trillion tax cut – on top of the extension of the Bush tax cuts, that’s another trillion dollars – and $2 trillion in additional military spending that the military hasn’t asked for. That’s $8 trillion. How we pay for that, reduce the deficit, and make the investments that we need to make, without dumping those costs onto middle-class Americans, I think is one of the central questions of this campaign.” (President Barack Obama, Presidential Debate, Denver, CO, 10/3/12)
THE FACTS: “Obama’s Claim That Romney Wants To Cut Taxes By $5 Trillion Doesn’t Add Up.” “Obama’s claim that Romney wants to cut taxes by $5 trillion doesn’t add up. Presumably, Obama was talking about the effect of Romney’s tax plan over 10 years, which is common in Washington. But Obama’s math doesn’t take into account Romney’s entire plan.” (Calvin Woodward, “FACT CHECK: Presidential Debate Missteps,” The Associated Press, 10/3/12)
  • Romney’s “Goal Is A Simpler Tax Code That Raises The Same Amount Of Money As The Current System But Does It In A More Efficient Manner.” “Romney proposes to reduce income tax rates by 20 percent and eliminate the estate tax and the alternative minimum tax. The Tax Policy Center, a Washington research group, says that would reduce federal tax revenues by $465 billion in 2015, which would add up to about $5 trillion over 10 years. However, Romney says he wants to pay for the tax cuts by reducing or eliminating tax credits, deductions and exemptions. The goal is a simpler tax code that raises the same amount of money as the current system but does it in a more efficient manner.” (Calvin Woodward, “FACT CHECK: Presidential Debate Missteps,” The Associated Press, 10/3/12)
  • ABC’s Jon Karl: Obama’s Claim That Romney Has A $5 Trillion Tax Cut Plan Is “Mostly Fiction.” KARL: “Okay, so, the big thing there, and he came back to it several times, is Governor Romney has a $5 trillion tax cut plan. I rate that mostly fiction.” (ABC’s “Your Voice: 2012Presidential Debates,” 10/3/12)

LIE #3: OBAMA SAYS HIS PLAN IS BALANCED IN THE MANNER OF SIMPSON-BOWLES

THE CLAIM: “Obama Often Claims That His Plan Has The ‘Balanced Approach’ Of The Simpson-Bowles Deficit Commission Proposal, But The Simpson-Bowles Plan Is Actually Quite Different.” “Obama often claims that his plan has the ‘balanced approach’ of the Simpson-Bowles deficit commission proposal, but the Simpson-Bowles plan is actually quite different, calling for tough spending cuts and substantial tax reforms – not the faux proposals contained in the president’s budget.” (Glenn Kessler, “Fact Check: Obama’s Faux Deficit Plan,” The Washington Post’s Fact Checker , 10/3/12)
THE FACTS: “When The Two Plans Are Compared Apples To Apples, Simpson-Bowles Yields About $6.6 Trillion In Deficit Reduction – 50 Percent More Than Obama’s Plan.” “For instance, Simpson-Bowles envisioned $4 trillion in debt reduction over nine years; the president’s plan would spread the cuts over 10 years. A good chunk of the savings from deficit reduction piles up in that last year. When the two plans are compared apples to apples, Simpson-Bowles yields about $6.6 trillion in deficit reduction – 50 percent more than Obama’s plan.” (Glenn Kessler, “Fact Check: Obama’s Faux Deficit Plan,” The Washington Post’s Fact Checker , 10/3/12)
  • THE FACTS: “Moreover, The Administration Is Also Counting $848 Billion In Phantom Savings From Winding Down The Wars In Iraq And Afghanistan… Independent Budget Analysts Were Not Impressed And Called The Maneuver ‘A Major Budget Gimmick.’” “Moreover, the administration is also counting $848 billion in phantom savings from winding down the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, even though the administration had long made clear those wars would end. In other words, by projecting war spending far in the future, the administration is able to claim credit for saving money it never intended to spend. (Imagine someone borrowing $50,000 a year for college-and then declaring that they have an extra $500,000 to spend over the next decade once they graduate.) Independent budget analysts were not impressed and called the maneuver ‘a major budget gimmick.’” (Glenn Kessler, “Fact Check: Obama’s Faux Deficit Plan,” The Washington Post’s Fact Checker , 10/3/12)

LIE #4: OBAMA SAYS HE MADE ADJUSTMENTS TO SIMPSON-BOWLES FOR HIS OWN PLAN

THE CLAIM: Obama Said He Had Made Adjustments To The Simpson-Bowles Commission Recommendations. JIM LEHRER: “Governor Romney, do you support Simpson-Bowles?” MITT ROMNEY: “I have my own plan it is not as Simpson-Bowles. But in my view the President should have grabbed it. If you have some adjustments, make it, take it to Congress, fight for it.” BARACK OBAMA: “That’s what we’ve done. Made some adjustment to it. Putting it before Congress right now. $4 trillion plan.” (President Barack Obama, Presidential Debate, Denver, CO, 10/3/12)
THE FACTS: When Bowles Simpson Failed To Come To The Floor, “The White House Looked The Other Way.” “Obama, answering a challenge from Romney, said that he did take an adjusted version of the Simpson-Bowles deficit-reduction framework to Congress, and that he has proposed $4 trillion in deficit reduction. Not quite. After the Simpson-Bowles commission failed to get the necessary votes needed to introduce its plan–which would reduce deficits by $4 trillion over 10 years through a combination of discretionary spending cuts, broad tax reform and entitlement savings–to the floor in December 2010, the White House looked the other way. (Meghan McCarthy, Katy O’Donnell, Amy Harder, and Catherine Hollander, “Fact Checking The Presidential Debate,” National Journal, 10/3/12)

LIE #5: OBAMA SAYS HIS PLAN REDUCES THE DEFICIT BY $4 TRILLION

THE CLAIM: Obama: “I’ve Proposed A Specific $4 Trillion Deficit Reduction Plan.” OBAMA: “I’ve proposed a specific $4 trillion deficit reduction plan. … The way we do it is $2.50 for every cut, we ask for $1 in additional revenue.” (President Barack Obama, Presidential Debate, Denver, CO, 10/3/12)
THE FACTS: Obama’s $4 Trillion Figure Includes Money From Legislation Enacted With Republicans And From War Savings That Would Occur Anyway. “In promising $4 trillion, Obama is already banking more than $2 billion from legislation enacted along with Republicans last year that cut agency operating budgets and capped them for 10 years. He also claims more than $800 billion in war savings that would occur anyway. And he uses creative bookkeeping to hide spending on Medicare reimbursements to doctors.” (Calvin Woodward, “FACT CHECK: Presidential Debate Missteps,” The Associated Press, 10/3/12)
  • “Take Those ‘Cuts’ Away And Obama’s $2.50/$1 Ratio Of Spending Cuts To Tax Increases Shifts Significantly More In The Direction Of Tax Increases.” (Calvin Woodward, “FACT CHECK: Presidential Debate Missteps,” The Associated Press, 10/3/12)
Obama “Twisted The Truth” With The $4 Trillion Figure. “Obama also twisted the truth when he repeated the claim that his proposals would reduce the 10-year deficit by $4 trillion. In fact, the Congressional Budget Office found that Obama’s budget would increase cumulative deficits by well over $2 trillion over that time period.” (Meghan McCarthy, Katy O’Donnell, Amy Harder, and Catherine Hollander, “Fact Checking The Presidential Debate,” National Journal, 10/3/12)
MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reminded Viewers That “The Bipartisan Non-Profit Committee For Responsible Federal Budget Has Called That A Gimmick Because Those Wars Were Deficit-Financed In The First Place.” MITCHELL: “That estimate comes from the left-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. $3.8 trillion to be exact over ten years. The President is counting money saved by letting the Bush tax cuts expire for people making more than $250,000 a year. But he’s also counting $1 trillion in savings over ten years by drawing down the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The bipartisan non-profit Committee for Responsible Federal Budget has called that a gimmick because those wars were deficit-financed in the first place. And The President is also counting on savings agreed to last year when the White House and Congress agreed to raise the debt ceiling. Mitt Romney claimed tonight that President Obama’s health reform would take $706 billion — 16 billion dollars out of Medicare.” (NBC’s “2012 Presidential Debate,” 10/3/12)

LIE #6: OBAMA SAYS HE HAS CREATED 5 MILLION PRIVATE JOBS

THE CLAIM: Obama: “Over The Last 30 Months, We’ve Seen 5 Million Jobs In The Private Sector Created.” (President Barack Obama, Presidential Debate, Denver, CO, 10/3/12)
  • THE FACTS: “That Statistic Tries To Obscure The Fact That The Overall Job Record So Far In This Presidential Term Has Been Negative.” “He claimed 5 million jobs have been created in the private sector in the past 30 months; that statistic tries to obscure the fact that the overall job record so far in this presidential term has been negative.” (Glenn Kessler, “Fact Check: Obama’s Jobs Stat,” The Washington Post’s Fact Checker , 10/3/12)

LIE #7: OBAMA MAKES FALSE ACCUSATIONS ABOUT GOV. ROMNEY’S ECONOMIC PLAN

THE CLAIM: Obama: “Governor Romney Has A Perspective That Says If We Cut Taxes, Skewed Towards The Wealthy, And Roll Back Regulations That We’ll Be Better Off.” (President Barack Obama, Presidential Debate, Denver, CO, 10/3/12)
  • THE FACTS: This Is “A Claim That Earned Him [Obama] Three Pinocchios This Week.” “The President also suggested that Romney would adopt the same policies as the bush administration -cut taxes and roll back regulation-that led to the economic crisis, which is a claim that earned him Three Pinocchios this week.” (Glenn Kessler, “Fact Check: Obama’s Jobs Stat,” The Washington Post’s Fact Checker , 10/3/12)

LIE #8: OBAMA SAYS SOCIAL SECURITY IS “STRUCTURALLY SOUND”

THE CLAIM: Obama Claimed That Social Security Is “Structurally Sound.” OBAMA: “Social Security is structurally sound. It’s going to have to be tweaked the way it was by Ronald Reagan and Speaker — Democratic Speaker Tip O’Neill. But the basic structure is sound.” (President Barack Obama, Presidential Debate, Denver, CO, 10/3/12)
THE FACTS: MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Said That “But According To The Congressional Budget Office, Social Security Will Run Into Financial Trouble Too.” MITCHELL: “President Obama said that unlike Medicare Social Security does not have to be fixed to remain solvent but according to the Congressional Budget Office, Social Security will run into financial trouble too. By 2030 the amount Social Security pays out will exceed the tax revenue coming in. So in about 20 years the program will not be able to pay for itself through the payroll tax that’s we all pay in. So Brian, the debate will continue on twitter and everywhere else as these facts are checked and counterchecked.” (NBC’s “2012 Presidential Debate,” 10/3/12)


Bandida Lyric Meaning - Audra Mae Meanings


For certain you go onwards,
For certain you will fight
For certain you will meet your death and meet the stars this night.
Take your blade and armor,
I’ll cloak my face and hide
You’ll fight your nation’s battle,
And I’ll battle at your side.

(Ahhh, Ahhh)


What nation meets (needs) no army,

What army meets no foe?
What soldier travels far and wide,
While wives are free to go?
What would I do to keep you?
I’ll cloak my face and hide
I’ll veil myself in black and steel,
And battle at your side.

(Ahhh, Ahhh)

No mercy have I for you,

No God can save my soul.
It’s love and life I fight for
With blade and gun in tow.

(Hey, ahhh)


My darling, please forgive me

I’m feared in every town.
I’m stopless now to save you,
The bandida’s comin’ round.
What would I do to find you?
I’ll cloak my face and hide.
I’ll veil myself in black and steel,
And battle at your side.

Romney Lands Punches Against Absent Obama In First Debate - 2012 Presidential Debate - Fox Nation

Romney Lands Punches Against Absent Obama In First Debate - 2012 Presidential Debate - Fox Nation

Record cold and snow to hit Great Plains | Watts Up With That?

Record cold and snow to hit Great Plains | Watts Up With That?: “An early-season winter storm is expected to develop across eastern North Dakota into northern Minnesota beginning Wednesday night, as colder air filters into the region. Rain developing during the day on Wednesday will mix with or change to snow by Thursday morning, with the possibility for six inches or more of accumulation by Thursday morning.

Barack Obama Executive Orders Disposition Tables

Barack Obama Executive Orders Disposition Tables

Administration of Barack Obama (2009-Present)

Disposition of Executive orders signed by President Barack Obama:
  • Subject Index
  • 2009 - E.O. 13489 - E.O. 13527 (39 Executive orders issued)
  • 2010 - E.O. 13528 - E.O. 13562 (35 Executive orders issued)
  • 2011 - E.O. 13563 - E.O. 13596 (34 Executive orders issued)
  • 2012 - E.O. 13597 - E.O. 13623 (27 Executive orders issued)

135 Total Executive orders Issued
NOTE: The total number of Executive orders issued for each administration includes number-and-letter designated orders, such as 9577-A, 9616-A, etc.


Benjamin Disraeli: Miliband leads the No Nation party, not the One Nation party The Tory Diary

Benjamin Disraeli: Miliband leads the No Nation party, not the One Nation party The Tory Diary

 You cannot follow Lord Beaconsfield on Twitter, since he hasn't a clue what it is.

 

Obama ‘destroying records’ in ‘cyber bonfire’

Obama ‘destroying records’ in ‘cyber bonfire’

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

QE3 Set to Kill Dollar - Let's Go Iceland!

'Obama phone' viral video puts spotlight on FCC’s phone-access program - The Hill's Hillicon Valley

'Obama phone' viral video puts spotlight on FCC’s phone-access program - The Hill's Hillicon Valley

Atheism Is a Religion - Reason.com

Atheism Is a Religion - Reason.com

The Volta Show NY: Ryan Brown

The Volta Show NY: Ryan Brown: Born 1977 in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, USA



Ryan Brown presents an installation of sculptures and drawings that represent shelves of books as collective knowledge. The images and text that form the covers are polemically charged but due to their diversity and abundance tell no linear narrative. The space opened up amidst these polarized points is a silent space that becomes anew through each personal encounter.



A majority of the subject matter comes about through free association and is culled from Brown's daily interactions, a novel, news article, television show or compelling conversation. The online experience has also strongly influenced Ryan's recent work and it is both an inspiration as much as a medium. His work is a portrait of the meandering mind guided equally by intellectual interest and spontaneous desire. The path along this way is documented and represented through many historically recognizable faces appropriated from a wide array of sources; some new, some old, some real, some imagined.

American Crossroads: "Truth"

Obama waives sanctions on countries that use child soldiers | The Cable

Obama waives sanctions on countries that use child soldiers | The Cable


U.S. President Barack Obama issued a new executive order last week to fight human trafficking, touting his administration's handling of the issue.

"When a little boy is kidnapped, turned into a child soldier, forced to kill or be killed -- that's slavery," Obama said in a speech at the Clinton Global Initiative. "It is barbaric, and it is evil, and it has no place in a civilized world. Now, as a nation, we've long rejected such cruelty."
But for the third year in a row, Obama has waived almost all U.S. sanctions that would punish certain countries that use child soldiers, upsetting many in the human rights community.
Late Friday afternoon, Obama issued a presidential memorandum waiving penalties under the Child Soldiers Protection Act of 2008 for Libya, South Sudan, and Yemen, penalties that Congress put in place to prevent U.S. arms sales to countries determined by the State Department to be the worst abusers of child soldiers in their militaries. The president also partially waived sanctions against the Democratic Republic of the Congo to allow some military training and arms sales to that country.
Human rights advocates saw the waivers as harmful to the goal of using U.S. influence to urge countries that receive military assistance to move away from using child soldiers and contradictory to the rhetoric Obama used in his speech.
"After such a strong statement against the exploitation of children, it seems bizarre that Obama would give a pass to countries using children in their armed forces and using U.S. tax money to do that," said Jesse Eaves, the senior policy advisor for child protection at World Vision.
The Obama administration doesn't want to upset its relationships with countries that it needs for security cooperation, but the blanket use of waivers is allowing the administration to avoid the law's intent, which was to use force the U.S. government to put a greater priority on human rights and child protection when doling out military aid, he said.
"The intent in this law was to use this waiver authority only in extreme circumstances, yet this has become an annual thing and this has become the default of this administration," Eaves said.
The Romney campaign has made Obama's record on human rights a feature of its foreign-policy critique, with top advisors accusing the president of deprioritizing the issue, often in sweeping terms.
"Barack Obama has broken with a tradition that goes back to Woodrow Wilson about human rights and values animating our foreign policy. This administration has not been an effective voice for human rights," said Romney campaign senior advisor for foreign policy Rich Williamson, who also served as George W. Bush's special envoy to Sudan, told The Cable in July.
Bush signed the child-soldiers law in 2008. It prohibits U.S. military education and training, foreign military financing, and other defense-related assistance to countries that actively recruit troops under the age of 18. Countries are designated as violators if the State Department's annual Trafficking in Persons report identifies them as recruiting child soldiers. The original bill was sponsored by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL).
Obama first waived the sanctions in 2010, the first year they were to go into effect. At that time, the White House failed to inform Congress or the NGO community of its decision in advance, setting off a fierce backlash. A justification memo obtained by The Cable at the time made several security-related arguments for the waivers. Sudan was going through a fragile transition, for example. Yemen was crucial to counterterrorism cooperation, the administration argued.
But NSC Senior Director for Multilateral Affairs Samantha Power told NGO leaders at the time that the waivers would not become a recurring event.
"Our judgment was: Brand them, name them, shame them, and then try to leverage assistance in a fashion to make this work," Power said, saying the administration wanted to give the violator countries one more year to show progress. "Our judgment is we'll work from inside the tent."
But the next year, in 2011, Obama waived almost all the sanctions once again, using largely the same justifications, except that the administration argued that the law didn't apply to South Sudan because it wasn't a country until July 2011. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) tried to pass new legislation to force Obama to notify Congress before issuing the waivers.
Fortenberry called the decision an "assault on human dignity," and said, "Good citizens of this country who do not want to be complicit in this grave human rights abuse must challenge this administration."
This year, the State Department held a briefing for NGO leaders and human rights activists to answer questions about the waivers and try to ally their concerns.
"They are addressing the concerns of the legislation in a more pragmatic and useful way than in the past, but they still have a ways to go and this was a clear missed opportunity," Rachel Stohl, a senior associate at the Stimson Center who attended the briefing, told The Cable. "You want the waivers to be used very sparingly but some of these countries get the waiver every year."
Stohl rejects the administration's argument that countries like Libya and South Sudan are so fragile that they can't be leaned on to do better on human rights.
"I would argue that this is exactly the right time to make clear to Libya what the parameters are," she said.
Jo Becker, advocacy director for the children's rights division at Human Rights Watch, told The Cable that where the United States has used some pressure, such as in the DRC, where there was a partial cutoff of military aid last year, there was a positive effect.
"After years of foot-dragging, Congo is close to signing a U.N. action plan to end its use of child soldiers," she said. "But in other countries with child soldiers, including South Sudan, Libya, and Yemen, the U.S. continues to squander its leverage by giving military aid with no conditions."
NSC Spokesman Tommy Vietor did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

ABC's Stephanopoulos Attempts to Torpedo Romney's Debate Performance Ahead of Time

ABC's Stephanopoulos Attempts to Torpedo Romney's Debate Performance Ahead of Time

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Former MTV VJ Kennedy on Her Libertarian Evolution

Occupy THUGS Push Older Woman Down Some Stairs as She Was Attending a “Tribute to Ronald Reagan” Dinner ~ Video > Citizens 4 Freedom

Occupy THUGS Push Older Woman Down Some Stairs as She Was Attending a “Tribute to Ronald Reagan” Dinner ~ Video > Citizens 4 Freedom

VA employees turned Orlando conferences into taxpayer funded vacations | WashingtonGuardian

VA employees turned Orlando conferences into taxpayer funded vacations | WashingtonGuardian

Full 2007 Video of Obama Emerges of Then-Senator Obama Claiming Federal Discrimination Against New Orleans - ABC News

Full 2007 Video of Obama Emerges of Then-Senator Obama Claiming Federal Discrimination Against New Orleans - ABC News

Oh, the humanity! Ted Cruz’s classless opponent self-destructs in Texas ‘debate’ | Twitchy

Oh, the humanity! Ted Cruz’s classless opponent self-destructs in Texas ‘debate’ | Twitchy


Colorado to Feds: Turn on the water | Fox News

Colorado to Feds: Turn on the water | Fox News: "Well, it's been proposed in some form or another 20 years ago," according to Werner, whose agency has been shepherding the Northern Integrated Supply Project. "We've been in the environmental permitting process, the formal piece of this for the last 10 (years)."

Owner: Loitering teens have taken over Detroit gas station - Fox 2 News Headlines

Owner: Loitering teens have taken over Detroit gas station - Fox 2 News Headlines

2 US border agents shot, 1 killed, near major drug corridor in Arizona | Fox News

2 US border agents shot, 1 killed, near major drug corridor in Arizona | Fox News

Obama Increased Foreign Aid 80%; Spent 76% More on Foreign Aid Than Border Security | CNSNews.com

Obama Increased Foreign Aid 80%; Spent 76% More on Foreign Aid Than Border Security | CNSNews.com: (CNSNews.com) - From fiscal 2008 to fiscal 2011, according to the U.S. Treasury, the federal government increased spending on foreign aid by 80 percent and, in fiscal 2011, spent 76 percent more on foreign aid than it did securing the borders of the United States.

World’s Largest Muslim Group Demands U.N. Criminalize Imaginary Condition Called Islamophobia « Pat Dollard

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Mitt Romney: A New Course for the Middle East - WSJ.com

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Hundreds line up for $1.84 gas at Mt. Morris Township gas station as part of political attention-getter | MLive.com

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Tucker On Obama Speech: 'This Is Not A Dog Whistle, It's A Dog Siren'

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Blog: Syria tells UNSC they support 'terrorism'

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Report: Nine in 10 would pay more taxes after the ‘fiscal cliff’ - The Hill's On The Money

Report: Nine in 10 would pay more taxes after the ‘fiscal cliff’ - The Hill's On The Money

Iran’s Islamic Morality Police Believe Women’s Hair Emits “Sex Rays”… | Weasel Zippers

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No Life Til Metal - CD Gallery - Slayer

No Life Til Metal - CD Gallery - Slayer: Lyrically, the band is all over the map on this one. As usual, the overall feel of the album is pretty dark and angry. "Bitter Peace", for instance is a song that speaks of the inevitable war that the world faces. What would a thrash album be without some criticism of the U.S. Government. "Overt Enemy" starts off with a spoken-word intro that claims, “the government is supposed to be We the People!” Indeed! Perversions of Pain is about sadistic torture. Well what did you expect? Slayer certainly aren’t going to be singing about puppies and cup cakes. (Though it would be hilarious to hear them do a cover of Spinal Tap’s "Cups and Cakes".) "In the Name of God" echoes back to the bands Slaytanic image, with lyrics that criticize the church and question Christianity, much along the lines of "Jesus Saves". The album finishes with a fast and furious thrasher called "Point" featuring some of Paul Bastoff’s finest drum work.

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Godsmack - Awake Lyrics

Godsmack - Awake Lyrics
Tearing it back unveiling me.
Taking a step back so I can breathe.
Hear the silence about to break.
Fear resistance when I'm awake.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Efficiency - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Efficiency - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Efficiency in general describes the extent to which time or effort is well used for the intended task or purpose. It is often used with the specific purpose of relaying the capability of a specific application of effort to produce a specific outcome effectively with a minimum amount or quantity of waste, expense, or unnecessary effort. "Efficiency" has widely varying meanings in different disciplines.

Tech at Night: More on Republican support of the Marketplace Fairness Act | RedState

Tech at Night: More on Republican support of the Marketplace Fairness Act | RedState: And yes, those are all Republican governors, some of whom were part of the 2010 landslide. It’s only Republicans I’m seeing back MFA, not Democrats. Democrats are fine with just passing new taxes or raising old ones. They aren’t as hard up to maximize collections of old taxes as Republicans are.


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Mitt Romney: 28 Years of Work for No Pay

Mitt Romney: 28 Years of Work for No Pay

Supreme Court opens door to another challenge to Obamacare | Fox News

Supreme Court opens door to another challenge to Obamacare | Fox News

American Communism and the Rise of Feminism - henrymakow.com

American Communism and the Rise of Feminism - henrymakow.com


"Rape is an expression of ... male supremacy ... the age-old economic, political and cultural exploitation of women by men."
Does this sound like a modern radical feminist? Guess again. It is from a American Communist Party pamphlet from 1948 entitled "Woman Against Myth"by Mary Inman.
In a 2002 book, Red Feminism: American Communism and the Making of Women's Liberation, feminist historian Kate Weigand states: "ideas, activists and traditions that emanated from the Communist movement of the forties and fifties continued to shape the direction of the new women's movement of the 1960s and later."(154)
In fact, Weigand, a lecturer at Smith College, shows that modern feminism is a direct outgrowth of American Communism. There is nothing that feminists said or did in the 1960's-1980's that wasn't prefigured in the CPUSA of the 1940's and 1950's. Many second-wave feminist leaders were "red diaper babies," the children of Communists.
Communists pioneered the political and cultural analysis of woman's oppression. They originated "women's studies," and advocated public daycare, birth control, abortion and even children's rights. They forged key feminist concepts such as "the personal is the political" and techniques such as "consciousness raising."
In the late 1940's, CPUSA leaders realized that the labor movement was becoming increasingly hostile to Communism. They began to focus on women and African Americans. They hoped "male supremacy" would "bring more women into the organization and into the fight against the domestic policies of the Cold War." (80)
Communist women who made up 40% of the party wanted more freedom to attend party meetings. After the publication of "Women Against Myth" in 1948, the CPUSA initiated a process of "re-educating" men that we recognize only too well today.
For example, in the party newspaper "The Daily Worker" a photo caption of a man with a young child read, "Families are stronger and happier if the father knows how to fix the cereal, tie the bibs and take care of the youngsters." (127)
The Party ordered men who didn't take the woman question seriously to complete "control tasks involving study on the woman question." In 1954 the Los Angeles branch disciplined men for "hogging discussion at club meetings, bypassing women comrades in leadership and making sex jokes degrading to women." (94)
A film Salt of the Earth, which critic Pauline Kael called "Communist propaganda", portrayed women taking a decisive role in their husbands' labor strike. "Against her husband's wishes, Esperanza became a leader in the strike and for the first time forged a role for herself outside of her household... [her] political successes persuaded Ramon to accept a new model of family life." (132) Portrayals of strong assertive successful women became as common in the Communist press and schools, as they are in the mass media today.
Communist women formalized a sophisticated Marxist analysis of the "woman question." The books In Women's Defense (1940) by Mary Inman, Century of Struggle (1954) by Eleanor Flexner and The Unfinished Revolution (1962) by Eve Merriam recorded women's oppression and decried sexism in mass culture and language. For example, Mary Inman argued that "manufactured femininity" and "overemphasis on beauty" keeps women in subjection (33).
The founder of modern feminism, Betty Frieden relied on these texts when she wrote The Feminine Mystique (1963). These women all hid the fact that they were long-time Communist activists. In the 1960, their daughters had everything they needed, including the example of subterfuge, to start the Women's Liberation Movement.
THE COMMUNIST CHARACTER OF FEMINISM
Feminism's roots in Marxist Communism explain a great deal about this curious but dangerous movement. It explains:
  • Why the " woman's movement" hates femininity and imposes a political-economic concept like "equality" on a personal, biological and mystical relationship.
  • Why the "women's movement" also embraces equality of race and class.
  • Why they want revolution ("transformation") and have a messianic vision of a gender-less utopia.
  • Why they believe human nature is infinitely malleable and can be shaped by indoctrination and coercion.
  • Why they engage in endless, mind-numbing theorizing, doctrinal disputes and factionalism.
  • Why truth for them is a "social construct" defined by whomever has power, and appearances are more important than reality.
  • Why they reject God, nature and scientific evidence in favour of their political agenda.
  • Why they refuse to debate, don't believe in free speech, and suppress dissenting views.
  • Why they behave like a quasi-religious cult, or like the Red Guard.
It is hard to escape the conclusion that feminism is Communism by another name. Communism is designed to give power to the puppets of central bankers by fostering division and conflict. Divide and Conquer. Having failed to peddle class and race war, Communism promoted gender conflict instead. In each case they fostered a sense of grievance in the target group. Now the traditional feminine role "oppressed" women.
The "diversity" and "multicultural" movements represent Communism's attempt to empower and use other minorities, gays and "people of color," to further undermine the majority (European, Christian) culture. Thus, the original CPUSA trio of "race, gender and class" is very much intact but class conflict was never a big seller.
The term "politically correct" originated in the Russian Communist Party in the 1920's. Its usage in America today illustrates the extent society has been subverted. Feminist activists are mostly Communist dupes. The Communist goal is to destroy Western Civilization and establish a veiled dictatorship called "world government" run by the toadies of the central bankers.
We have seen this destruction in the dismantling of the liberal arts curriculum and tradition of free speech and inquiry at our universities. We have seen this virus spread to government, business, the media and the military. This could only happen because the financial elite in fact sponsors Communism.
In Communism, government is the ultimate monopoly. It controls everything, not just wealth but also power and thought. It is the instrument of monopoly capital (i.e. Rothschild, Rockefeller.) Everybody from the President on down works for them.
A LOCAL EXAMPLE
"Political correctness" has dulled and regimented our cultural life. In 2002, here in Winnipeg, Betty Granger, a conservative school trustee referred to house price increases in Vancouver caused by "the Asian invasion." Granger was pilloried mercilessly in the press. People sent hate letters and dumped garbage on her lawn.
At a meeting, the School Board Chairman acknowledged that Granger is not a racist. He acknowledged that Asians actually have married into her family. Nonetheless, Granger was censured because, and I quote, "appearances are more important than reality." This slippage from the mooring of objective truth is the hallmark of Communism.
The atmosphere at the meeting was charged. Mild mannered Canadians, all champions of "tolerance," behaved like wild dogs eager to rip apart a wounded rabbit. Betty Granger repented and voted in favor of her own censure.
These rituals of denunciation and contrition, typical of Stalinist Russia or Maoist China, are becoming more common in America. They are like show trials designed to frighten people into conforming. We have "diversity officers" and "human rights commissions" and "sensitivity training" to uphold feminist shibboleths. They talk about "discrimination" but they freely discriminate against Christians, white heterosexual men and traditional women. They use the spectre of "sexual harassment" to fetter male-female relations and purge their opponents.
CONCLUSION
redfem.gifIn 1980, three women in Leningrad produced 10 typewritten copies of a feminist magazine called Almanac. The KGB shut down the magazine and deported the women to West Germany. In the USSR, feminism has largely been for export. According to Professor Weigand, her "book provides evidence to support the belief that at least some Communists regarded the subversion of the gender system [in America] as an integral part of the larger fight to overturn capitalism."(6)
In conclusion, the feminist pursuit of "equal rights" is a mask for an invidious Communist agenda. The Communist MO has always been deception, infiltration and subversion using social justice issues as a pretext. Communism can take any form that empowers the puppets of the central bankers. The goal is the destruction of Western civilization and creation of a new world order run by monopoly capital. This has largely been accomplished.
Kate Weigand's Red Feminism demonstrates that the Communist agenda is alive and well and living under an assumed name.


Sunday, September 30, 2012

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The mutiny came so sudden, killing yesterday

Thoughts that forced discordance away, once more an era is fading
Whatever dreams we're reaching to claim decides the path we are taking

Gone Forever we are done with world views mechanical
None shall ever be a slave to thoughts inside their head

mind is the master, morphogenesis
this structure remained untrodden, a new reality

Gone Forever we are done with world views mechanical
None shall ever be a slave to thoughts inside their head

Gone Forever we are done with world views mechanical
None shall ever be a slave to thoughts inside their head

bleeding through all spheres
all our thoughts, all our fears gaining life
soul, mind, heart, feeding starts now
rising from ashen dust
through our sins, karmic cost
measured souls
weigh our hearts, judge our thoughts- no

Thoughts that forced discordance away, once more an era is fading
Whatever dreams we're reaching to claim decides the path we are taking

Gone Forever we are done with world views mechanical
None shall ever be a slave to thoughts inside their head

Obama Bumbles: 'I Want To Outsource More Jobs' :: TeaParty.org

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The Suppliants (Euripides) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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After Oedipus leaves Thebes, his sons fight for control of it. Polyneices lays siege to Thebes against his brother Eteocles. Polyneices has married the daughter of Adrastus, King of Argos. And so Polyneices has on his side the Argive army, leaders of which help form the Seven Against Thebes. The invaders lose the battle, and Polyneices and Eteocles both die. Creon takes power in Thebes and decrees the invaders are not to be buried. The mothers of the dead seek someone to help reverse this, so their sons can be buried.

 

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