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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Chinese man detained for Twitter joke about Communist party meeting

Chinese man detained for Twitter joke about Communist party meeting: A rights group said Zhai's case could be seen as a test of whether China's incoming leaders will continue a steady crackdown authorities have imposed on the country's small community of activists, dissidents and lawyers in recent years.

"The new leadership has two choices: continue down the path of criminal prosecution to signal that they are unwilling to change, or release Zhai to show goodwill that it is responding to popular demands for greater freedom," said Maya Wang, a Hong Kong-based Asia researcher for Human Rights Watch.

Chromatius - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Chromatius - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Chromatius was also active as an exegete. Until the modern age only seventeen treatises were known to be authored by him on the Gospel according to St. Matthew (iii, 15-17; v-vi, 24), besides a fine homily on the Eight Beatitudes (counted as an eighteenth treatise). In 1969 a researcher[1] discovered thirty-eight sermons and published them.[2]

His feast is celebrated 2 December.

Saint Bibiana - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Saint Bibiana - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Feast December 2

The earliest mention in an authentic historical authority of Saint Bibiana (Viviana, Vivian, or Vibiana), a Roman Virgin and Martyr, occurs in the "Liber Pontificalis,", where, in the biography of Pope Simplicius (468–483), it is stated that this pope "consecrated a basilica of the holy martyr Bibiana, which contained her body, near the 'palatium Licinianum' " (ed. Duchesne, I, 249). The Basilica of Santa Bibiana still exists.


Legend

In later times a legend sprang up concerning her, connected with the Acts of the martyrdom of Saints John and Paul and has no historical claim to belief. According to this legend, Bibiana was the daughter of a former prefect, Flavianus, who was banished by Julian the Apostate. Dafrosa, the wife of Flavianus, and his two daughters, Demetria and Bibiana, were also persecuted by Julian. Dafrosa and Demetria died a natural death and were buried by Bibiana in their own house; but Bibiana was tortured and died as a result of her sufferings. Two days after her death a priest named John buried Bibiana near her mother and sister in her home, the house being later turned into a church. It is evident that the legend seeks to explain in this way the origin of the church and the presence in it of the bodies of the above mentioned confessors. The account contained in the martyrologies of the ninth century is drawn from the legend.[citation needed]



An alternate account says that in the year 363, Emperor Julian made Apronianus Governor of Rome. Bibiana suffered in the persecution started by him. She was the daughter of Christians, Flavian, a Roman knight, and Dafrosa, his wife. Flavian was tortured and sent into exile, where he died of his wounds. Dafrosa was beheaded, and their two daughters, Bibiana and Demetria, were stripped of their possessions and left to suffer poverty. However, they remained in their house, spending their time in fasting and prayer. Apronianus, seeing that hunger and want had no effect upon them, summoned them. Demetria, after confessing her faith, fell dead at the feet of the tyrant. Bibiana was reserved for greater sufferings. She was placed in the hands of a wicked woman called Rufina, who in vain endeavored to seduce her. She used blows as well as persuasion, but the Christian virgin remained faithful. Enraged at the constancy of this saintly virgin, Apronianus ordered her to be tied to a pillar and beaten with scourges, laden with lead plummets, until she expired. The saint endured the torments with joy, and died under the blows inflicted by the hands of the executioner.Her body was then put in the open air to be torn apart by wild animals, yet none would touch it. After two days she was buried.

International Day for the Abolition of Slavery - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

International Day for the Abolition of Slavery - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: The International Day for the Abolition of Slavery[1] is a yearly event on 2 December, organized by the United Nations General Assembly. The Day was first celebrated in 1986.

The Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others[2] was approved by the United Nations General Assembly[3] on 2 December 1949. Besides, by resolution 57/195 of 18 December 2002, the Assembly proclaimed 2004 the International Year to Commemorate the Struggle against Slavery and its Abolition.

Special Exhibit | Global Museum on Communism

Special Exhibit | Global Museum on Communism: As Mikhail Gorbachev aptly stated, the Soviet communist state carried out a comprehensive “war on religion.” 1 He lamented that the Bolsheviks, his predecessors, even after the civil war ended in the early 1920s, during a time of “peace,” had “continued to tear down churches, arrest clergymen, and destroy them. This was no longer understandable or justifiable. Atheism took rather savage forms in our country at that time.” 2

The Soviet Union, reflective of the communist world as a whole, was openly hostile to religion and officially atheist; it was not irreligious or unreligious, with no stance on religion, but took the position that there was no God. Moreover, that atheism translated into a form of vicious anti-religion that included a systematic, often brutal campaign to eliminate belief. This began from the outset of the Soviet communist state and still continues in various forms in communist countries to this day, from China to North Korea to Cuba.

SCOTUS Directs Appeals Court To Address HHS Mandate Challenge

SCOTUS Directs Appeals Court To Address HHS Mandate Challenge: The Supreme Court has directed the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider a case that challenges the HHS mandate. In its ruling on November 26th, the high court vacated the appeals court’s prior dismissal of the challenge to the mandate by Liberty University, a Christian institution that has argued that the HHS mandate violates both the free exercise of religion, as protected by the Constitution, and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA).

Obamacare Is Still Vulnerable - Michael F. Cannon - National Review Online

Obamacare Is Still Vulnerable - Michael F. Cannon - National Review Online

President Obama has won reelection, and his administration has asked state officials to decide by Friday, November 16, whether their state will create one of Obamacare’s health-insurance “exchanges.” States also have to decide whether to implement the law’s massive expansion of Medicaid. The correct answer to both questions remains a resounding no.
State-created exchanges mean higher taxes, fewer jobs, and less protection of religious freedom. States are better off defaulting to a federal exchange. The Medicaid expansion is likewise too costly and risky a proposition. Republican Governors Association chairman Bob McDonnell (R.,Va.) agrees, and has announced that Virginia will implement neither provision.
There are many arguments against creating exchanges.
First, states are under no obligation to create one.
Second, operating an Obamacare exchange would be illegal in 14 states. Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah, and Virginia have enacted either statutes or constitutional amendments (or both) forbidding state employees to participate in an essential exchange function: implementing Obamacare’s individual and employer mandates.
Third, each exchange would cost its state an estimated $10 million to $100 million per year, necessitating tax increases.
Fourth, the November 16 deadline is no more real than the “deadlines” for implementing REAL ID, which have been pushed back repeatedly since 2008.
Fifth, states can always create an exchange later if they choose.
Sixth, a state-created exchange is not a state-controlled exchange. All exchanges will be controlled by Washington. Seventh, Congress authorized no funds for federal “fallback” exchanges. So Washington may not be able to impose Exchanges on states at all.
Eighth, the Obama administration has yet to provide crucial information that states need before they can make an informed decision.
Ninth, creating an exchange sets state officials up to take the blame when Obamacare increases insurance premiums and denies care to the sick. State officials won’t want their names on this disastrous mess.
Tenth, creating an exchange would be assisting in the creation of a “public option” that would drive domestic health-insurance carriers out of business through unfair competition.
Eleventh, Obamacare remains unpopular. The latest Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that only 38 percent of the public supports it.
Twelfth, defaulting to a federal exchange exempts a state’s employers from the employer mandate — a tax of $2,000 per worker per year (the tax applies to companies with more than 50 employees, but for such companies that tax applies after the 30th employee, not the 50th). If all states did so, that would also exempt 18 million Americans from the individual mandate’s tax of $2,085 per family of four. Avoiding those taxes improves a state’s prospects for job creation, and protects the conscience rights of employers and individuals whom the Obama administration is forcing to purchase contraceptives coverage.
Finally, rejecting an exchange reduces the federal deficit. Obamacare offers its deficit-financed subsidies to private health insurers only through state-created exchanges. If all states declined, federal deficits would fall by roughly $700 billion over ten years.
For similar reasons, states should decline to implement Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion. The Supreme Court gave states that option. All states should exercise it.
Medicaid is rife with waste and fraud. It increases the cost of private health care and insurance, crowds out private health insurance and long-term-care insurance, and discourages enrollees from climbing the economic ladder. There is scant reliable evidence that Medicaid improves health outcomes, and no evidence that it is a cost-effective way of doing so.
My colleague Jagadeesh Gokhale estimates that expanding Medicaid will cost individual states up to $53 billion over the first ten years. That’s before an emboldened President Obama follows through on his threats to shift more Medicaid costs to states.
Neither the states nor the federal government have the money to expand Medicaid. If all states politely decline, federal deficits will shrink by another $900 billion.
Now is not the time to go wobbly. Obamacare is still harmful and still unpopular. The presidential election was hardly a referendum, as it pitted the first person to enact Obamacare against the second person to enact it. Since the election, many state officials are reaffirming their opposition to both implementing exchanges and expanding Medicaid.
If enough states do so, Congress will have no choice but to reopen Obamacare. With a GOP-controlled House, opponents will be in a much stronger position than they were when this harmful law was enacted.
— Michael F. Cannon is director of health policy studies at the Cato Institute and co-editor of Replacing ObamaCare (Cato, 2012).


Lenin's Nook

Lenin's Nook: Lenin: the deity of earth, toil,
and light bulbs, the giver of
beets, vodka, and happiness.
A principal deity of the Soviet
People who worshiped his
mummy while believing he was
still alive. Lenin's birthday
is an important Marxist festival,
also known as Sacrificial Earth
Shoveling, or simply Earth Day.

THE MIDAS EFFECT LYRICS - MALEFICE


The greed compels you to sell your soul for wealth
Blinded by materialistic and selfish views
With not a moment to spare, you wish your life away again
So let the darkness consume you
You tied the rope yourself
And what you really want isn't always what you'll get
With not a moment to spare, I watch you sign your life away

Be careful what you wish for lest it comes true
Punished for his temptation
The Midas touch finally opened his eyes

I watch events unfold
The curse of the touch of gold

So you get what you ask for, an unspoken truth
Money can't buy you everything, especially respect
With not a moments haste
Your world comes crashing down on you

Be careful what you wish for lest it comes true
Punished for his temptation
The Midas touch finally opened his eyes

Reverse this and disperse this
An overwhelming sense of regret
Another liar to rely on, what more else can you expect?

Reverse this and disperse this
An overwhelming sense of regret
Another liar to rely on, what more else can you expect?


Awaken from this trance pull yourself together
Engage your mind, remove all fantasy

I watch events unfold
The curse, of the touch of gold

Be careful what you wish for lest it comes true
Punished for his temptation
The Midas touch finally opened his eyes 





How's That #$%&ing Gun Ban Working, Dip$#!&s? - The Vexatious Monkey - Open Salon

How's That #$%&ing Gun Ban Working, Dip$#!&s? - The Vexatious Monkey - Open Salon

6 dead, 11 wounded across city overnight - chicagotribune.com

6 dead, 11 wounded across city overnight - chicagotribune.com: Four people were shot and killed Friday night and Saturday morning, and a fifth person who may have been dead for days or weeks was found with gunshot wounds.

In addition to the shootings, a man was stabbed to death on the Southwest Side about 12:45 a.m. Saturday.

At least 11 others were wounded by gunfire in shootings from the Uptown neighborhood on the north to the Chatham neighborhood on the south, police said.

Gun Control - Just Facts

Gun Control - Just Facts: A 1982 survey of male felons in 11 state prisons dispersed across the U.S. found:[21]



• 34% had been "scared off, shot at, wounded, or captured by an armed victim"

• 40% had decided not to commit a crime because they "knew or believed that the victim was carrying a gun"

• 69% personally knew other criminals who had been "scared off, shot at, wounded, or captured by an armed victim"[22]

Australia's Gun Ban NOT Working So Well | Military.com

Australia's Gun Ban NOT Working So Well | Military.com:





It has now been over 10 years since gun owners in Australia were forced by new law to surrender 640,381 personal firearms to be destroyed by their own Government, a program costing Australia taxpayers more than $500 million dollars. The statistics for the years following the ban are now in: 1. Accidental gun deaths are 300% higher than the pre-1997 ban rate 2. The assault rate has increased 800% since 1991, and increased 200% since the 1997 gun ban. 3. Robbery and armed robbery have increase 20% from the pre-97 ban rate. 4. From immediately after the ban was instituted in 1997 through 2002, the robbery and armed robbery rate was up 200% over the pre-ban rates. 5. In the state of Victoria alone, homicides with firearms are now up 171 percent. Learn more at http://www.reasonorforce.com/2010/08/australian-gun-ban-facts-statistics.html

Blog: Don't Pooh-Pooh Pee-Powered Generators

Blog: Don't Pooh-Pooh Pee-Powered Generators

Barack Obama is encouraging most minorities to bilk the system, give up hope, and continue to embrace racial animosity.  Meanwhile, in poverty-stricken Nigeria, four teenage girls have come up with a way to harness the power of urine to run a generator. 
Nigerian High school students Duro-Aina Adebola, Akindele Abiola, and Faleke Oluwatoyin, all 14, and Bello Eniola, 15, entered their pee project in the Maker Faire Africa in Lagos, Nigeria.  Sounding like an African version of Yankee ingenuity, the Maker Faire Africa describes itself as "a community of makers."

Newt: Fiscal Cliff 'Artificial Invention'

Newt: Fiscal Cliff 'Artificial Invention': Newt Gingrich: "Well, I think there are a lot worse things than going over a man-made cliff that I think is entirely artificial. And I think the reality is, the President of the United States has not come forward with any serious spending cuts. What the Democrats are proposing is to take the tax increase now, and then sometime next year, eventually, possibly, we might have some kind of entitlement reform. That's a really bad deal for the American people."

AP Exaggerates Claim That 'Some' Democrats Open to Entitlement Cuts

AP Exaggerates Claim That 'Some' Democrats Open to Entitlement Cuts: In a November 28 article, the Associated Press tried to give cover to Democrats by insisting that they are somehow divided over cuts in entitlements to help solve the "fiscal cliff" problem. But the truth is that Democrats are virtually united against these cuts, not divided.

My $142K…in Debt | Tea Party Patriots

My $142K…in Debt | Tea Party Patriots

Light, seeking light, doth light of light beguile - Shakespeare Quotes

Light, seeking light, doth light of light beguile - Shakespeare Quotes

Berowne:
Why! all delights are vain, but that most vain
Which, with pain purchas'd, doth inherit pain:
As, painfully to pore upon a book
To seek the light of truth, while truth the while
Doth falsely blind the eyesight of his look.
Light, seeking light, doth light of light beguile;
So ere you find where light in darkness lies,
Your light grows dark by losing of your eyes.
Love's Labor's Lost Act 1. scene 1, 72–79

Berowne's speech has hardly been embraced in everyday English, but it should be better remembered. "Light, seeking light, doth light of light beguile" has all the makings of a proverb. The very absurdity of the alliteration and the self-conscious sophistry of Berowne's "proof" only make the line more charming.

The occasion for Berowne's remarks is a pact drawn up by the King of Navarre, requiring its signatories to forsake for three years the company of women and all other "trivial" pleasures, such as regular meals. The King's object is to establish a "little academe" (he invents the word "academe," by way of Plato); in it, he and his fellows will pursue wisdom with such dedication that their fame will spread across space and time.
Berowne's objection, as contrived as it sounds, has an essential grain of wisdom. Staring too long at books, he argues, is painful; why should anyone give up pleasures in order to pursue pain? Reading is blinding: "Light" (the eye), by "seeking light" (in seeking truth), "doth light of light beguile" (deprives itself of vision). If you think you're going to find "truth" in the dark recesses of books, pretty soon you'll be plunged in despair, because blindness will bar you from truth.


Twitter / Maxew3: So there I was, listening ...

Twitter / Maxew3: So there I was, listening ...


France Won't Nationalize ArcelorMittal Steel Plant - WSJ.com

France Won't Nationalize ArcelorMittal Steel Plant - WSJ.com: PARIS—French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said Friday the government had ruled out nationalizing a steel plant that owner ArcelorMittal MT -0.85% wanted to partially close, after receiving assurances from the steel giant it would invest in the complex and not cut jobs.

Rep. LaShawn Ford indicted on bank fraud charges - chicagotribune.com

Rep. LaShawn Ford indicted on bank fraud charges - chicagotribune.com: State Rep. LaShawn Ford, D-Chicago



Friday, November 30, 2012

Persuasion Vs. Force: “Taxation is the price we pay…” « Independent American Party – Official

Persuasion Vs. Force: “Taxation is the price we pay…” « Independent American Party – Official: Freedom without responsibility only leads to the destruction of civilization, as evidenced by Rome and other great civilizations of the past. As Alexis de Tocqueville said, “Despotism may govern without faith, but liberty cannot.” In a similar vein, Henry Ward Beecher added, “There is no liberty to men who know not how to govern themselves.” And Edmund Burke wrote, “What is liberty without wisdom and without virtue?”

Obama's Hawaii Vacation to Cost Taxpayers $4 Million

Obama's Hawaii Vacation to Cost Taxpayers $4 Million



Sacrifice and Obedience | Hills Bible Church Blog

Sacrifice and Obedience | Hills Bible Church Blog: The Sacrifice of Isaac by Caravaggio

In the first book of Samuel, chapter 15, King Saul neglects the direct commands of God. Samuel’s prophetic word in response to Saul’s sin is as follows:
Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of divination, and presumption is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, he has also rejected you from being king.
Here, in chapter 15:22-23, Samuel states clearly what the Lord’s prefers to receive from Saul. He prefers obedience, for “to obey is better than sacrifice.” It is a striking example of God’s requirements upon his people, and it is not the only instance that this juxtaposition between sacrifices and obedience is made. The people were definitely required by God to offer sacrifices; if they didn’t they could not be in fellowship with their God. Yet, it seems that obedience is a sweeter offering to the Lord “than the fat of rams.“ How do these two categories, sacrifice and obedience, fit into redemptive history? What do they mean for us, in light of the work of Jesus Christ?

New Covenant Sacrifice

Jesus is our sacrifice. He is the fulfillment of every animal slain to atone for sin, every piece of grain burnt to make peace with God. Hebrews 9:11-12 says he is our high priest who offered himself as a sacrifice. He is a priest, who climbs upon the altar and offers himself before the Lord. In Hebrews 9:26, it states that Jesus has suffered “once for all” to end the need for sacrifices. Romans 3:25 says that Jesus was put forth as a “propitiation,” an atoning sacrifice for sins. Jesus is the New Covenant sacrifice. Therefore, we don’t need to sacrifice anymore, because  Jesus is the final sacrifice. You might say he is the real sacrifice, as he was the only one that could truly wipe away sins (Hebrews 9:28).

New Covenant Obedience

We New Covenant protestants are very aware that we’re saved by God’s sovereign grace alone, and not by any human endeavor or work. However, despite this wonderful truth, God’s requirement of obedience remains upon us. Indeed, the juxtaposition between sacrifice and obedience is heightened in the New Covenant, because sacrifice is no longer required. Obedience, on the other hand, is definitely required. Jesus constantly called people to “follow me,” which requires an obedient act. In Mark 10:17-22, he commands the otherwise obedient rich man to be even more obedient! In Matthews gospel, chapters 5 and 6, Jesus “ups the ante” on the Jews, re-interpreting God’s Law in light of the New Covenant. The epistles are full of exhortations to “do” and “not do,” which all imply obedience. In short, the requirement for obedience has not been done away with in the New Covenant. We must still seek the will of God, and live in accordance with his Law. We must not be conformed to the world, but be transformed so that we can know God’s will (Romans 12:1-2). We must be doers of the word (James 1:22).

ObamaCare…Chief Justice Roberts Is A Traitor | Real Jew News

ObamaCare…Chief Justice Roberts Is A Traitor | Real Jew News

Charles Manson - Wikiquote

Charles Manson - Wikiquote: A lot of you young people, even though you go through college, you still don’t understand that courtroom. That courtroom is the court of the kings and lords of the world. We as human beings can invoke the ground here called the United States of America. And the reason our system has perpetuated in such a way is because all the powers of Europe and England and monarchies and all those big people; we have come over here and started another world where each man in the United States has that power because he has that courtroom. That courtroom belongs to every human being in the United States. And if you take that courtroom away from one human being, you’re taking that courtroom away from all human beings. Then what follows is you got kings and queens of yesterday – they’re gonna come and play croquet with your heads. They’re gonna take your courtrooms. They’re gonna take your money and they’re gonna take your country. They’re gonna take your resources. They’re gonna rip you off in every way you can think of because you didn’t give your own children the benefit of the courtroom that your fathers fought in battles and died for.

Interview with KALX radio at Vacaville






Thursday, November 29, 2012

Illinois state Representative Ford indicted on federal bank fraud charges

Illinois state Representative Ford indicted on federal bank fraud charges





Ford, 40, is the second state legislator from Chicago to be indicted this year.

In a complaint filed by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois, Ford, a Democrat, was charged with obtaining a $500,000 increase in a line of credit from the failed ShoreBank by submitting false income information.


SSDD, new acct

CKY LYRICS Familiar Realm

"Familiar Realm"

With the pressure on,intent is to run,
When you're feeling ineffective and dumb,
You bet it's true, the event is you,

Invaded by a swarm of confliction,
Been penciled, in but never begun,
Infected sense, the insistent one,

If grieving is today, you've entered a familiar realm,
With pessimistic views, you've entered a familiar realm,

Break out and carry on,

If responsibilities are ignored,
Then the penalties will soon be endured,
Potential risks beyond control,

Fortune isn't fame, you've entered a familiar realm,
If they've told you who to be, you've entered a familiar realm,

Break out and carry on,

Invaded by a swarm of confliction,
Been penciled, in but never begun,
Potential risks are beyond control,

If nothings left to say, you've entered a familiar realm,
If they all get in the way, you've entered a familiar realm,

If they've told you who to be, you've entered a familiar realm,
Fortune isn't fame, you've entered a familiar realm

Obama distorts facts in effort to expand welfare state | WashingtonExaminer.com

Obama distorts facts in effort to expand welfare state | WashingtonExaminer.com

Obama’s Welfare State: More Beneficiaries Now Above Poverty Line than Below - By Eliana Johnson - The Corner - National Review Online

Obama’s Welfare State: More Beneficiaries Now Above Poverty Line than Below - By Eliana Johnson - The Corner - National Review Online

Welfare State Grows by Nearly 19% Under Obama – to Almost $1 Trillion a Year | CNS News

Welfare State Grows by Nearly 19% Under Obama – to Almost $1 Trillion a Year | CNS News

Obama’s Welfare State Needs Republican Guardians - Bloomberg

Obama’s Welfare State Needs Republican Guardians - Bloomberg: For most of the past century, the U.S. and continental Europe have followed different paths. Social Democrats often ran European governments, which typically taxed and spent a greater share of their national incomes on social programs, such as public health care. The U.S. has been far more conservative.

Our last Democratic president, Bill Clinton, accepted this fact, and won re-election as the triangulator who declared that “the era of big government is over.” But President Barack Obama was re-elected on an aggressively progressive program. Is the U.S. finally converging toward the European model?

DC Takes Top Honors -- for Worst Graduation Rate in U.S. | CNS News

DC Takes Top Honors -- for Worst Graduation Rate in U.S. | CNS News: Washington, D.C., had the worst high school graduation rate in the country in 2011, according to state-by-state statistics released Monday by the U.S. Department of Education.

There’s an underground garden in Fresno, CA that’s meant to mimic Greece! - History - Interesting Facts and Fun Facts - OMG Facts

There’s an underground garden in Fresno, CA that’s meant to mimic Greece! - History - Interesting Facts and Fun Facts - OMG Facts: Baldassare Forestiere made his underground world after the ancient catacombs of Greece, his native land. Forestiere made his catacombs with well-lit courtyards and grottos to bring about beauty to his creation. Upon finishing the home, it encompassed 10 acres with 100 rooms. Arches are everywhere and provide beauty and stability to the underground garden.

Forestiere’s home boasted a winter and a summer bedroom, a parlor with a fireplace, a courtyard with a bath and fish pond, and a kitchen with conveniences of his era. Today, the home is an open garden that is open to the public to visit. Forestiere built the catacombs out of the farmland that he bought to raise a citrus empire in 1900.

When it became apparent that it was an impossible task, he spent the next 40 years carving out the catacombs and planting citrus trees and grapevines throughout the underground maze.

California Democratic campaign treasurer gets eight years for fraud | Reuters

California Democratic campaign treasurer gets eight years for fraud | Reuters: (Reuters) - A Democratic campaign treasurer accused of defrauding the campaign war chests of U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein and other California politicians was sentenced to eight years in prison and ordered to pay $10.5 million in restitution on Wednesday.

Zurich to open drive-in sex boxes - Telegraph

Zurich to open drive-in sex boxes - Telegraph

Twitter / FreeBeacon: Collins: “What troubles me...is ...

Twitter / FreeBeacon: Collins: “What troubles me...is ...



Two-thirds of millionaires left Britain to avoid 50p tax rate - Telegraph

Two-thirds of millionaires left Britain to avoid 50p tax rate - Telegraph: Almost two-thirds of the country’s million-pound earners disappeared from Britain after the introduction of the 50p top rate of tax, figures have disclosed.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Conflict Simulation

Conflict Simulation

Political Protest and Cultural Revolution: Nonviolent Direct Action in the ... - Barbara Epstein - Google Books

Political Protest and Cultural Revolution: Nonviolent Direct Action in the ... - Barbara Epstein - Google Books



Political Protest and Cultural Revolution:

Nonviolent Direct Action in the 1970s and 1980s
Front Cover
University of California Press, 1991 - 327 pages
From her perspective as both participant and observer, Barbara Epstein examines the nonviolent direct action movement which, inspired by the civil rights movement, flourished in the United States from the mid-seventies to the mid-eighties. Disenchanted with the politics of both the mainstream and the organized left, and deeply committed to forging communities based on shared values, activists in this movement developed a fresh, philosophy and style of politics that shaped the thinking of a new generation of activists. Driven by a vision of an ecologically balanced, nonviolent, egalitarian society, they engaged in political action through affinity groups, made decisions by consensus, and practiced mass civil disobedience.
The nonviolent direct action movement galvanized originally in opposition to nuclear power, with the Clamshell Alliance in New England and then the Abalone Alliance in California leading the way. Its influence soon spread to other activist movements--for peace, non-intervention, ecological preservation, feminism, and gay and lesbian rights.
Epstein joined the San Francisco Bay Area's Livermore Action Group to protest the arms race and found herself in jail along with a thousand other activists for blocking the road in front of the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory. She argues that to gain a real understanding of the direct action movement it is necessary to view it from the inside. For with its aim to base society as a whole on principles of egalitarianism and nonviolence, the movement sought to turn political protest into cultural revolution.

In Communist Cuba, the Tax Man Cometh - Business News - CNBC

In Communist Cuba, the Tax Man Cometh - Business News - CNBC: The government's free market reforms introduced over the last two years, are designed to encourage small businesses, private farming and individual initiative, along with plans to pay state workers more. Under the new tax code the state hopes to get its share of the proceeds.

The government also envisions replacing subsidies for all with targeted welfare, meaning that the largely tax-free life under a paternalistic government is on its way out.

Oscar Stanton De Priest - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Oscar Stanton De Priest - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Oscar Stanton De Priest (March 9, 1871 – May 12, 1951) was an American lawmaker and civil rights advocate who served as a Republican U.S. Representative from Illinois from 1929 to 1935. He was the first African American to be elected to Congress in the 20th century.

Muslim Ashura: Bloody Ritual in Iraq, Greece, India, Lebanon and ... St. Louis, USA - Atlas Shrugs

Muslim Ashura: Bloody Ritual in Iraq, Greece, India, Lebanon and ... St. Louis, USA - Atlas Shrugs

Blog: Now they tell us: Majority against government health insurance guarantee

Blog: Now they tell us: Majority against government health insurance guarantee: The low information voter will be the death of America.

A new Gallup poll shows a majority of Americans now disagree with liberals that it is the government's responsibility to see that all Americans have health insurance:

Egyptian court sentences seven Christians to death for Muhammad video - Jihad Watch

Egyptian court sentences seven Christians to death for Muhammad video - Jihad Watch: Since Obama has repeatedly condemned this video, don't expect him to stand up for the freedom of speech or say a word about this new advance of Sharia in glorious "Arab Spring" Egypt.

"Egyptian Christians sentenced to death for anti-Islam film," from Reuters, November 28 (thanks to Twostellas):

CAIRO - A Cairo court on Wednesday sentenced to death seven Egyptian Christians tried in absentia for participating in an anti-Islam video that was released on the Internet in September and had prompted violent protests in many Muslim countries.

"The seven accused persons were convicted of insulting the Islamic religion through participating in producing and offering a movie that insults Islam and its prophet," Judge Saif al-Nasr Soliman said....

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Road to Serfdom - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Road to Serfdom - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Hayek argues that Western democracies, including the United Kingdom and the United States, have “progressively abandoned that freedom in economic affairs without which personal and political freedom has never existed in the past.”[10] Society has mistakenly tried to ensure continuing prosperity by centralized planning, which inevitably leads to totalitarianism. “We have in effect undertaken to dispense with the forces which produced unforeseen results and to replace the impersonal and anonymous mechanism of the market by collective and ‘conscious’ direction of all social forces to deliberately chosen goals.”[11] Socialism, while presented as a means of assuring equality, does so through “restraint and servitude”, while “democracy seeks equality in liberty”.[12] Planning, because coercive, is an inferior method of regulation, while the cooperation of a free market is superior “because it is the only method by which our activities can be adjusted to each other without coercive or arbitrary intervention of authority”.[13]

Tragedy, Accountability, and Obama - Conservative News and Views

Tragedy, Accountability, and Obama - Conservative News and Views

Barack Obama lacks accountability

Only in this generation and largely in this decade has it been openly denied and defied. Examples of the lack of accountability to higher authority and the confusion it creates are many, but one of the best can be found in the recent proclamation made by Barack Obama about his evolved view of same sex marriage.
If he is truly a Muslim as some still suspect, or if he really respects the Muslims as it seems he does in his blessings on Ramadan and his welcome to the Muslim Brotherhood, he is in direct defiance of the tenants and authority of that religion. In countries where there is a Muslim majority there are strict laws against homosexuality with punishments ranging from 3 to 20 years imprisonment and in some of those countries the punishment for practicing homosexuality is death.
Most Muslim nations that adhere strictly to the teachings of Muhammad and the Qur’anic verses and the hadith completely disallow and condemn cross dressing and homosexuality in all of its forms and expressions.
The bottom line is that Mr. Obama is not accountable to the Muslim faith in any way, but before we give up, let’s see if he is accountable to the Christian faith he openly claims is his own.
He has announced that the bible’s admonitions on the sinfulness of the homosexual lifestyle are in an obscure part of the bible and thus needn’t be taken too seriously. (Romans 1: 1f) Mr. Obama says his favorite passage of scripture comes from the Sermon on the Mount. Obviously his Pastor, Jeremiah Wright, must have failed to tell the president that the writings of Paul come to us as one of the latest and most accurate books in the New Testament.
Nor was the president told that Christ gave full authority to the apostles to speak in his stead. “He that heareth you heareth me; and he that despiseth you despiseth me; and he that despiseth me despiseth him that sent me.” (Luke 10: 16) You can’t have the Sermon on the Mount without the teachings of Romans one!
Is it cultural naiveté, bad theology or merely being a ‘respecter of persons,’ (Col 3: 22) by which the president errs or is it as the evidence indicates a simple matter of being un-accountable to anyone but himself? With over 900 executive orders under his belt and dozens of traditions and protocols highly respected in America being dissed, dumped and ignored it is more than reasonable to think that the president is answering to no one but himself.
If the Muslim and Christian faiths can be dismissed by the president; what might we expect him to do with “We the People?”
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Tragedy, Accountability, and Obama - Conservative News and Views

Tragedy, Accountability, and Obama - Conservative News and Views

Anatomy of Moral Decline

The Bible. Does tragedy result when people ignore It?
Altar and Bible at St. John’s Lutheran Church. Released to the public domain.
In the last generation we have removed prayer from schools and the knowledge of God from the collective conscience of most of our young through, feel good philosophies, situation ethics, new age morality, atheism, and the theory of evolution. Now we have a generation who are accountable to no one, but themselves.
If we emerged from the one cell amoeba why should we have to answer to a creator? If we live under the endless rights we perceive to be part of our constitution why should we have to answer to anyone from the cop to the president? Does anyone know how to spell anarchy?
Next it’s the TV and the full range of that body of influence that today we call the media. Hollywood liberals and media moguls on all levels have sniffed the flow of money and the penchant for the prurient as surely as the wolf smells the blood; they have tracked it to the homes and dwellings of the American family and there begun to grope for the door.
When the Sodomites in Genesis 19 were struck blind by the divine visitors (angels) in Lot’s house it is said that, “they wearied themselves to find the door.” (Gen 19: 11) It is apparent that in our generation that by means of TV, films, games and electronic handhelds that they have finally found the door into every American home and heart.
Dumping accountability goes beyond our nation and some have dared to say that we play a big part in its worldwide acceptance. We once led in moral standards and stability, but now our example is anything but shining. All is not lost, there may still be time to stand and recover what remains, but in the interim, the picture both here and internationally does not look good.
Starting with the Old Testament, can anyone explain why the only nation in the mid-east that has full freedoms has decided to ignore the laws, mandates and commands held dear by millions of Orthodox Jews in the nation of Israel. The tenth gay pride parade was held in recent days in the birth place of Jesus Christ and the home of many of the Bible’s great kings and patriarchs.
The clear warning in the Torah about the abomination that today is called homosexuality is set aside for the Jewish sense of freedom and equality. Here is the perfect example of not being accountable to any power, above self. It is the formula that is being used worldwide which is in all of its simplicity, a way of replacing doing what is right with holding rights to do whatever you want.
The examples from the New Testament are too many to list, but suffice it to say, that the condemnation of homosexuality survived 4,000 years of the OT, the 400 years of the intertestamental period and 2,000 years of Christianity intact and is still respected and believed to be valid by millions.

Tragedy, Accountability, and Obama - Conservative News and Views

Tragedy, Accountability, and Obama - Conservative News and Views: Tragedy and Accountability

Could it be that we are running headlong into all new more drastic tragedies by the day because we have failed to recognize the senseless slaughter of our own offspring? When will we allow 154,000,000 abortions to be called…a tragedy?

It is easy to point out that we live in a nation where everyone has rights, the right to marry same-sex partners, and to change their sex are but a few. When did the idea of having rights become the proof that nothing could be labeled as wrong?

This is where the question of, why, needs to be asked long before an irreversible tragedy ensues. How is it that having ‘rights’ has somehow canceled what was formerly considered wrong? In a single word the answer is accountability, but to be more accurate it is the lack of accountability.

Tragedy, Accountability, and Obama - Conservative News and Views

Tragedy, Accountability, and Obama - Conservative News and Views

Inadequate reasons for tragedy

Psychology gives its standard answers which usually have to do with childhood upbringing, abusive parents or childhood traumas. Finally there are chemical imbalances, pathological problems of every sort and description, including severe psychotic problems.
As the dust settles and the media intensity subsides we are often left with a larger void than when we first heard of the latest tragedy. The very word ‘tragedy’ has become the catchphrase of the decade. This is exactly why it begs to be scrutinized more carefully and perhaps re-defined.
When moral decline, callousness, indifference and distractions are the cause of tragedy it is like a sudden call to attention, a firecracker in a crowd or a bump in the road that turns heads, but only for a while. A tragedy becomes just something momentarily out of the normal flux of the day. It becomes little more than a distraction, except for those directly victimized.
The word is now lighter than air and the questions and answers of why a tragedy occurs has become standard hype. An example of this is perfectly illustrated in a relatively new website called Liberal Logic 101. One of their many graphic illustrations is two pictures joined together for comparison.
The first is the Century 16 Theater in Aurora Colorado where 12 people were shot and killed by James Holmes. The caption attached to the picture says “…national tragedy.”
The second picture is of an un-named abortion clinic somewhere in the US that says “thousands slaughtered…”a choice”
It took me a mere 99 words to explain what is in these pictures, but the reality is that one look at this picture would be worth far more than a thousand words to the heart that is open and not distracted.


Tragedy, Accountability, and Obama - Conservative News and Views

Tragedy, Accountability, and Obama - Conservative News and Views: A plethora of incredibly hard to believe events takes place in America almost every day. Some are unexpected. Many are quite persistent like the nearly 1200 murders a year in Chicago. Others are horrendous events like the recent shooting in Aurora where over a dozen people were killed and several dozen wounded. All these events carry the label tragedy.

Following these events the media is buzzing with coverage and commentary from all the experts, but the question most often asked is – why.

War Of Ages - Wages Of Sin Lyrics

War Of Ages - Wages Of Sin Lyrics:

We've reached our destination yet we've failed you.
Dragged through our consequences in our wake we fall.

Rise to the satisfaction.
Hold to the pain we bear.
With our demise we: Rise in all our glory.
Rise to avenge our past.
Rise as hearts ret glare.
Rise with every heart beat.
Rise!

Why have we used our pain as an excuse to fight so boldly.
Here I am use me in every moment I have left.
We fall.

For those of you who hide in the shadows of our forefathers
"We are hard pressed on every side but not crushed;
Perplexed but not in despair;
Persecuted but not abandoned;
Struck down but not destroyed!"

Push through this final hour, truth lies within destiny.
We bow in your presence, bring forth the fallen world.
Stand for what's been promised, we've reached our destination.
Throughout life we waver and falter and now we wage war.

Hold me in your arms, how patiently we wait for our own death.
We wait for you oh Lord to come and fill the emptiness inside me.

Why have we used our pain as an excuse to fight so boldly.
Here I am use me in every moment I have left.



Supreme court revives challenge to Obama health law | Yahoo! Health

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What's the Real National Debt? $211,000,000,000,000

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First Transgender Elected to Office Asked to Resign Over Past Conviction - ABC News

First Transgender Elected to Office Asked to Resign Over Past Conviction - ABC News: Stacie Marie Laughton, a Democrat, made history this month when she was elected to a seat in the New Hampshire House of Representatives from Hillsborough County, which includes Nashua. But a story in the Laconia Daily Sun revealed that Laughton was a convicted felon who served more than four months in jail for ”conspiracy to commit credit card fraud” in 2008.

The Ten Worst Fact-Checks of the 2012 Election - Forbes

The Ten Worst Fact-Checks of the 2012 Election - Forbes

Twitter / drudgefeed: Gun Sales Hit Record High... ...

Twitter / drudgefeed: Gun Sales Hit Record High... ...



Report: Obama Administration Uses ‘Green Energy’ Loans To ‘Recycle’ Money Back To Donors - Obama - Fox Nation

Report: Obama Administration Uses ‘Green Energy’ Loans To ‘Recycle’ Money Back To Donors - Obama - Fox Nation

Thousands in Cairo Rally Against President's Decree - WSJ.com

Thousands in Cairo Rally Against President's Decree - WSJ.com: CAIRO—Tens of thousands of Egyptians opposed to President Mohammed Morsi's recent effort to expand his power descended on central Cairo to voice outrage over the move.



Body of Yasser Arafat Exhumed in Ramallah - Reason 24/7 : Reason.com

Body of Yasser Arafat Exhumed in Ramallah - Reason 24/7 : Reason.com

Animals as Leaders - Soraya (Studio Version)

Cliffs cutting iron production, affecting 625 jobs in Michigan, Minnesota | The Detroit News | detroitnews.com

Cliffs cutting iron production, affecting 625 jobs in Michigan, Minnesota | The Detroit News | detroitnews.com

Monday, November 26, 2012

White House silent as Egypt’s president grabs power, moves toward Shariah Islamic law | The Daily Caller

White House silent as Egypt’s president grabs power, moves toward Shariah Islamic law | The Daily Caller

RR: PRAVDA: Obama Voters are Ignorant Tools- 'Re-Elected by Illiterate Society'; 'a Communist Without Question'; 'Their Suffering Has Only Begun'

RR: PRAVDA: Obama Voters are Ignorant Tools- 'Re-Elected by Illiterate Society'; 'a Communist Without Question'; 'Their Suffering Has Only Begun'



PRAVDA: Obama Voters are Ignorant Tools-
'Re-Elected by Illiterate Society';
'a Communist Without Question';
'Their Suffering Has Only Begun'


This from people that know a thing or two 
about the pitfalls of socialism...

In the wake of unlikely GOP defeat, am I the only one that's gone from hating on the lyin', cheatin' progs... to blaming Romney... 

to the-more-I-think-about-it wanting to go out and wring 

each-and-every Obama voter's goofy neck personally? 





The 60s had the go-getter 'jet set'- guess we've got the tool set:


Pravda (highlights mine):


Recently, Obama
has been re-elected for a 2nd term by an illiterate society and he is
ready to continue his lies of less taxes while he raises them...



 He is a Communist without question promoting the Communist Manifesto without calling it so. 


How shrewd he is in America. 



His cult of personality mesmerizes those who cannot go beyond their ignorance.
They will continue to follow him like those fools who still praise
Lenin and Stalin in Russia. Obama's fools and Stalin's fools share the
same drink of illusion... 



Back in 2009, libs
gleefully discredited a rumored statement by Vladimir Putin that went
'Obama is either intentionally trying to destroy the US economy, or he's an idiot'.



Seems the story was generated by a satirical bit, but now that we're getting basically the same angle from Pravda,
it does lend credence to the idea this is what Putin actually thinks-
indeed, the news service/paper is closely allied to the Kremlin. 


And while I'm no big fan of Vlad the Invader's
foreign policy, the domestic agenda sounds one-hulluva-lot better than
what job creators face in today's Obammunist Amerika. Some have even
gone so far to call him 'Russia's Reagan',
since the Putin Administration maintains a personal income tax rate
well below most of the rest of Europe (13% flat, no deductions), an
entirely reasonable 20% corporate tax (US = 35.6%!), and has even cut
capital gains taxes dramatically...


Pravda:


Putin in 2009 outlined his strategy for economic success. Alas, poor Obama did the opposite but nevertheless
was re-elected.
Bye, bye Miss American Pie. 



The Communists have won in America with Obama
but failed miserably in Russia with Zyuganov who only received 17% of
the vote. Vladimir Putin was re-elected as President keeping the NWO
order out of Russia while America continues to repeat the Soviet
mistake.







But even the Russians aren't sure that a majority of American voters were actually stupid enough to re-hire this incompetent, neo-Bolshevik clown:
for many, the possibility that
the election was stolen remains a far more viable explanation- and they're starting to wonder how long we're willing to put up with it:

Let's give American voters the benefit of the doubt and say it was all voter fraud and not ignorance or stupidity in electing a man who does not even know what to do...

Instead we'll say it's true that the Communists usage of electronic voting was just a plan to manipulate the vote. 

Soros and his ownership of the company that counts the US votes in Spain helped put their puppet in power in the White House. 

According to the Huffington Post,
residents in all 50 states have filed petitions to secede from the
Unites States. We'll say that these Americans are hostages to the
Communists in power. 



How long will their government reign tyranny
upon them?
 ....


How long will America suffer and to what depths...?



Sunday, November 25, 2012

Punch and Judy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Punch and Judy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Punch and Judy is a traditional, popular puppet show featuring Mr. Punch and his wife, Judy. The performance consists of a sequence of short scenes, each depicting an interaction between two characters, most typically the violent Punch and one other character. It is often associated with traditional English seaside culture.

Impending Doom - Peace Illusion Lyrics

I do believe
But perverted religions
They all spread like disease
Untrusting and deceived
Governments leading the blind
Controlling society with
NOISE!
PEACE!
ILLUSIONS!
Riots fill our streets
NOISE!
PEACE!
ILLUSIONS!
I have said nothing new
I'm not a revolutionary
I'm not the world's leader
But I'm a part of holding it together
I have such a different view of this place
It seems that the faces of evil
Always seem to change
I'm not a revolutionary
I'm not the world's leader
But I'm a part of holding it together
I have such a different view of this place
It seems that the faces of evil
Always change
In this generation, over and over again
Something has to be said
This is not a threat noise!
PEACE!
ILLUSIONS!
Death is in the air
NOISE!
PEACE!
ILLUSIONS!
NOISE!
PEACE!
ILLUSIONS!
Riots fill our streets
NOISE!
PEACE!
ILLUSIONS!
Peace is an illusion
Death has come!

Info: List of US Federal Government Funding Programs

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Funding Programs: 1607

Comma splice - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Comma splice - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Couple lose foster kids over immigration views

Couple lose foster kids over immigration views: (London Telegraph) A couple had their three foster children taken away by a council on the grounds that their membership of the UK Independence Party meant that they supported “racist” policies.

The husband and wife, who have been fostering for nearly seven years, said they were made to feel like criminals when a social worker told them that their views on immigration made them unsuitable carers.

The couple said they feared that there was a black mark against their name and they would not be able to foster again.

Campaigners representing foster parents have described the decision as “ridiculous” and warned that it could deter other prospective foster parents from volunteering.


Rahm Emanuel: Entire Nation Should Do It The Chicago Way - Rahm Emanuel - Fox Nation

Rahm Emanuel: Entire Nation Should Do It The Chicago Way - Rahm Emanuel - Fox Nation:

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"I guess maybe he's right...murder rate highest in the nation, corruption running rampart, drugs in every school yard and street corner...more armed citizens then the military and more of a free fire zone...yeah, Rahm exactly what I want my kids growing up to emulate."

PJ Media » ObamaCare’s Muslim Exemption

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