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Thursday, March 31, 2011
Margaret Hutchon, a former mayor, had been waiting since last June for a follow-up stomach operation at Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford, Essex.
But her appointments to go under the knife were cancelled four times and she barely regained consciousness after finally having surgery.
Her devastated husband, Jim, is now demanding answers from Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust - the organisation where his wife had served as a non-executive member of the board of directors.
He said: 'I don't really know why she died. I did not get a reason from the hospital. We all want to know for closure. She got weaker and weaker as she waited and operations were put off.'
"United States District Judge John Antoon II has issued an order that will clear the way for the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) to obtain a specialty license plate from the State of Florida Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
The order, just released by the Federal Middle District Judge, upholds the First Amendment right to have the plate issued by DMV, regardless of the inaction of the Florida Legislature in failing to consider or approve the plate and rules
against DMV’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit.
The case (Case No. 6:09-cv-134-Orl-28KRS) SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS, FLORIDA DIVISION, INC. JOHN W. ADAMS -vs- JEFFREY H. ATWATER, LARRY CRETUL, ANDY GARDINER, RICHARD GLORIOSO,and ELECTRA THEODORIDES-BUSTLE was filed nearly a year ago following two (2) years of legislative inaction to approve the plate"
One of the nation's largest military bases is reportedly under tighter security after three Middle Eastern men tried to enter without proper authorization.10News learned the three men -- 40-year-old Afghani Ahmad Rahmani Naeem, 41-year-old Iranian Vahik Petrossian and 27-year-old Iranian Sengekdi Norvik Avanosian -- attempted to get into Camp Pendleton last weekend under what was considered suspicious circumstances.On Wednesday, base officials said there was no threat, but others on the base told 10News security has been stepped up. Video and more HERE.
"President Barack Obama has an unlikely ally for his Libya policy: Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida. The conservative freshman even wants to ramp it up, as he wants Congress to approve a resolution authorizing Obama’s decision to attack Libya and giving him the authority to take out Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi, The Hill reports.
Understand that this goes straight to the doorstep of the White House. It was not a "sting gone bad." They did not care about dead bodies -- Mexican or American. What they wanted was stacks of bodies to justify further inroads against the liberties of American firearm owners. It was a deliberate conspiracy to subvert the Second Amendment and yes, that is treason.
During "In the Arena," Jon Lee Anderson, staff writer for The New Yorker reporting from Benghazi, Libya, tells Eliot Spitzer that the number of opposition fighters on the front lines are fewer than anyone would think and that they are poorly armed and badly trained. Anderson says, "Effective number of fighting men, well under 1,000. Actual soldiers, who are now in the fight, possibly in the very low hundreds on the opposition side."
Gun Rights Examiner
"Someone could be setting a trap. We saw it happen after Waco . . . our Man said nothing at the Congressional hearings—and an almost apocalyptic period of recrimination and payback took place within ATF. The FBI Man could not keep his mouth shut! His BS babbling resulted in more FBI agents, two or three more HRT squads, and more money than could be possibly spent . . . well, in a perfect world at most law enforcement agencies.
Now, another ATF Director is refusing to testify before Congress. I figure they told him to suck it up and stonewall the committee by his DOJ bosses and people in the White House.
This refusal is exactly what some politicians want. If the “failure to cooperate” continues, ATF is in for another blood bath . . . maybe a fatal one this go-around. It could be an effortless task, a simple matter–while appearing logical to most uninformed citizens. Cost-cutting measures, directed at government employees, are a ready-made excuse to lop off heads. In 1992 - ‘93, ATF appeared to eat their own by purging nonconformist with a disastrous reorganization scheme where smoke and mirrors were the management tools of the day.
Another contrived metamorphosis may not work, even if the new team of ATF managers gives away the farm. When Bureau was on the ropes after Waco, the FBI peeled away some great jurisdictional “stuff” from ATF’s naive managers at the time."
"It is becoming increasingly clear that Obama is not eligible to hold the office he is presently usurping. This nominal debate between two San Diego columnists clearly demonstrates that the pro-Obama side has no defense for its position that Obama is a natural-born U.S. citizen and therefore Constitutionally eligible for the presidency other than snark and nonsensical appeals to conspiracy theory. The claim that doubts about Obama's eligibility might lead to another Holocaust even though the writer can't figure out how that might come to pass is particularly noteworthy.
Question 2) Where is the controversy today?"
Enter the Obama administration's gun control agenda, which breathed new life into Gunrunner and re-established the ATF leadership's standard ops tempo: SNAFU.
While Project Gunrunner failed in charting weapons distribution channels south of the border, Democrats saw its utility as a means to implement new gun regulations north of the border by asserting that all the violence in the region is the result of gun sales in the U.S.
The Obama administration hoped to make a case that Mexican organized crime syndicates depend on illegal U.S. sales of so-called "assault weapons." In doing so, they hoped to revitalize their political agenda to register and regulate the sale of those weapons -- a major Leftist goal for the last two decades.
With its mission transformed, in 2009 and 2010 the ATF expanded Project Gunrunner offices to McAllen, Texas, El Centro, California, Las Cruces, New Mexico, Sierra Vista, Arizona, and Brownsville, Texas, and added new Gunrunner teams in Tucson and in El Paso, Texas. Project Gunrunner's focus became exposing the illegal sale of guns in the U.S. in support of Obama's political objectives.
But the ATF's Gunrunner is now the subject of a political firefight.
On 28 December 2010, I was contacted by a career federal agent who, like many of his colleagues, honors his oath to "support and defend" our Constitution, whose support and defense is contingent on the Second Amendment's prohibition against government infringement on the right of citizens to keep and bear arms.
The contacting agent, who has a good track record of identifying government agendas designed to thwart 2A rights, told me that he suspected the weapon used in the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry on 14 December was among those lost by the ATF during the Gunrunner operation a few months earlier. Senior career agents in Phoenix and Tucson confirmed that some of the weapons recovered at the scene of the murder of Agent Terry were, indeed, Project Gunrunner weapons, but because the ATF took control of the weapons, it could evade the establishment of any ballistic link between Project Gunrunner and the bullet that killed Terry.
Further, the agent I spoke with confirmed that the mission of Project Gunrunner was now purely political, an effort to "implement the registration of 'assault-type' rifles purchased anywhere in the United States." Obama's political appointees at ATF rejected numerous objections from field agents, including supervisory agents. Some objections were career terminators, including that of the ATF's attaché in Mexico City, Darren Gil, whose objections resulted in forced retirement on 31 December 2010, just two weeks after the murder of Brian Terry.
Follow the Money
Part 4 of 5
Money has been the primary path to Muslim Brotherhood power and influence in the United States. There would not be over 1,200 mosques in the United States without Saudi oil money. When the Saudi bankrolled Muslim Brotherhood fronts speak, people listen. Politicians, universities, great corporations, and the media listen, and people believe the relentless propaganda that Islam is a religion of peace and tolerance despite overwhelming contrary evidence from the Koran, the teachings of Muhammad, and 1,400 years of history
Few insurgencies in history have been so generously endowed with financial power to influence and infiltrate a nation’s economy, educational systems, media, and government.
Most of our largest financial institutions have been falling all over themselves for two decades to lure Middle Eastern oil money into their banks and investment funds. Multi-millionaire and billionaire clients are extremely profitable plums. Naturally, competing financial institutions are willing to accommodate the special religious needs of their Muslim clients to get, keep, and develop more Muslim business. This is called Sharia Compliant Finance (SCF).
Sharia compliant investments prohibit such impure products as pork, tobacco, gambling, music, drugs, pornography, and Western defense. SCF investments might include anti-aircraft missiles for Syria and nuclear weapons for Iran, but not a single bullet or weapon for the United States, Israel, or their allies. Once the financial institution has taken the bait, the next step is to hire Muslim approved SCF advisors. The next step might be to name a Muslim corporate board member. Then objections arise about the financial institution’s other clients and investments. Anxious to keep their Saudi or Dubai billions, their policies are molded to promote whatever the Muslim Brotherhood wants and to prohibit dealing with Israel, defense firms, politically conservative media, or anyone the Muslim Brotherhood wishes to hinder or destroy. Sharia finance begins small, but grows into a Trojan Horse that dominates all major financial decisions. AIG is the biggest promoter of SCF products. Six of the 10 largest U.S. financial institutions offer SCF products. Even the U.S. Treasury Department promotes it.
In addition, with vast sums of oil money from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and the Gulf Emirates, the Muslim Brotherhood can support thousands of immigrants planted in the United States for stealth Jihad. The Muslim Brotherhood does not have to depend on volunteers. They can subsidize businesses and place people in jobs.
How about a major endowment for your favorite university? The Muslim Brotherhood, under some front name, can help. Of course, they will want to approve the department head and the major professors. Eventually the instructors and graduate students will reflect the gratitude of the university to wealthy Muslim Brotherhood donors. The Muslim Brotherhood’s priority for university endowments is Religious Studies. These give them religious credibility and moral influence in passing off Islam as being as American as apple pie. Only the new American apple pie will be anti-Jewish, anti-Christian, anti-Western, and anti-everything America has stood for in the past.
The Saudi government and wealthy Saudi Muslim Brothers are also buying large blocks of stock in U.S. companies. Saudi Prince al-Waleed bin Talai now owns 7 percent of News Corporation, the parent company of Fox News. He is the second largest stockholder next to Australian Rupert Murdoch. Several years ago al-Waleed called his friend Murdoch to complain about Fox News coverage of Muslim riots in France. The Fox News coverage changed its description from “Muslim riots” to “riots against poverty and inequality.”
The American people are just beginning to wake up to the fact that Islam’s primary front in its war against America is right here in America. It is a strategy followed successfully by the Communists in driving the French and later the Americans out of Vietnam.
This war against American culture is being fought in a philosophical and intellectual environment that severely inhibits American resistance. Too many American minds have been numbed and cowed into accepting the false tenets of multiculturalism and relativism. Too many cannot discern the distinction between reasonable and absurd applications of tolerance and between beneficial and unreasonable and destructive applications of diversity. Multiculturalism and diversity press upon the issues of race and religion, and on the issues of race and religion political correctness now precludes challenging data, logic, or conclusions.
Hence a Muslim Army Major at Fort Hood, Texas, can voice terrorist sentiments to his. Army associates, and everybody is so cowed by political correctness that no one sounds the alarm. In November 2009, he killed 13 and wounded 29 people, but the Army and FBI report refused to admit it was a terrorist act, even though he was repeating “Allahu Akhbar” (Allah is great) as he murdered and maimed American soldiers. The Obama administration refuses to use such terms as ”terrorism” in connection with “Islam” or “Muslim.” Meanwhile, the U.S. Army teaches a sensitivity course to American soldiers going to Afghanistan that denies the violent nature of Islam taught in the Koran and practiced by Muhammad and his followers for 14 centuries. Chinese General Sun Tsu’s most famous principle of warfare was “know your enemy,” yet we insist on denying the reality of our enemy’s nature by embracing a fictional version of Islam rather than the truth.
"How did the Libyan rebels get formed and armed so quickly? The answer is the same as every previous rebel versus government war – by the CIA. The Libyan rebels have been recruited, financed and armed by the United States through the CIA. The CIA orders are to secure the Libyan oil installations before a US lead invasion. Libyan rebels work for the US."
C.I.A. Agents in Libya Aid Airstrikes and Meet Rebels
"The Central Intelligence Agency has inserted clandestine operatives into Libya to gather intelligence for military airstrikes and to contact and vet the beleaguered rebels battling Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s forces, according to American officials.
While President Obama has insisted that no American military ground troops participate in the Libyan campaign, small groups of C.I.A. operatives have been working in Libya for several weeks as part of a shadow force of Westerners that the Obama administration hopes can help bleed Colonel Qaddafi’s military, the officials said."
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
-- Shakespeare, Julius Caesar Act II, Scene II
"T is saying "Brock will write back saying 'I met the Hermit in 196?' or else he'll write back and say 'I wanted to go meet the Hermit, but Mother said we shouldn't be messin around them kind of people'." :)
Via Jamey, SDYC
President Obama finally and quietly accepted his “transparency” award from the open government community this week — in a closed, undisclosed meeting at the White House on Monday.
The secret presentation happened almost two weeks after the White House inexplicably postponed the ceremony, which was expected to be open to the press pool.
This time, Obama met quietly in the Oval Office with Gary Bass of OMB Watch, Tom Blanton of the National Security Archive, Danielle Brian of the Project on Government Oversight, Lucy Dalglish of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, and Patrice McDermott of OpenTheGovernment.org, without disclosing the meeting on his public schedule or letting photographers or print reporters into the room.
"President Barack Obama has signed a secret order authorizing covert U.S. government support for rebel forces seeking to oust Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, government officials told Reuters on Wednesday."
Long thought to have been burned the way the North set fire to the cotton at Tara, the final typescript of the last four chapters of Margaret Mitchell’s “Gone With the Wind” has turned up in the Pequot Library in this Yankee seaport town. If not quite a spoil of war, the manuscript is a relic of some publishing skirmishes, and it will go on exhibit starting on Saturday, before traveling to Atlanta, Mitchell’s hometown, in time for the 75th anniversary of the novel’s publication in June.
Via Ann, Belle Grove
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Contact information: Calvin E. Johnson, Jr., Chairman of the Confederate History Month Committee of the Sons of Confederate Veterans1064 West Mill Drive, Kennesaw, Georgia 30152
Phone: 770 428 0978
Cell Phone: 770 330 9792
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 1-30th 2011 is Confederate History and Heritage Month throughout the USA!
The Confederate History Month Committee of the National and Georgia Division Sons of Confederate Veterans proudly recognizes and appreciates the signing of proclamations by Southern governors, mayors and county commissioners since 1995 designating the month of April as “Confederate History and Heritage Month.”v
In 2009, the Georgia General Assembly approved Senate Bill No.27 and was signed by Past Governor Sonny Perdue, officially and permanently designating April as Confederate History and Heritage Month in Georgia.
In 1999, Texas Senate Resolution No. 526 passed designating April as Confederate History and Heritage Month in the “Yellow Rose” State of Texas.
The 150th Anniversary “Sesquicentennial” of the War Between the States ”1861-1865” is now underway through 2015 and the Confederate History Month Committee encourages everyone to make it a family affair and learn more about this important time in our nation’s past. See Georgia Division SCV Sesquicentennial Committee website at: http://www.150wbts.org/
Confederate History Month commemorates the men and women of the Confederate States of America who came from all races and religions that include: Irish-born General Patrick R. Cleburne, Black Confederate drummer Bill Yopp, Mexican born Colonel Santos Benavides, Cherokee Born General Stand Watie and Jewish born Confederate Nurse Phoebe Pember who was the first female administrator of Chimboraza Hospital in Richmond, Virginia where she served until the end of War Between the States.
The Confederate History Month Committee salutes the women of Old Dixieland like Sally Tompkins of Richmond, Virginia who was commissioned a Captain by President Jefferson Davis and who financed and ran the Robertson Hospital in Richmond, Virginia during the war and….
Mrs. Charles J. Williams of Columbus, Georgia who was among those responsible for getting Confederate Memorial Day recognized as a legal holiday in Georgia by act of the Georgia legislature in 1874. For over 100 year’s members of the Ladies Memorial Association, United Daughters of the Confederacy and Sons of Confederate Veterans have held annual Confederate Memorial days on or near April 26th. Other states celebrate Confederate Memorial Day on May 10th and June 3rd--the birthday of Confederate President Jefferson Davis.
Read more about Confederate History Month at: http://www.
|Patriots rallied in support of Governor Brewer, Sheriff Arpaio |
The sweep will include the use of 30 aircraft patrolling for at least 30 days, armed posse members, drug-sniffing dogs, and SWAT teams equipped with M-16s.
"Author. Conservative Thinker and Commentator. Atheist who nonetheless decries the Mainstream Media’s treatment of Christianity. Talk show host. Hunter. All these words and more describe the vivacious, articulate, stunning SE Cupp, the woman who proves, conclusively, that brains, beauty, logic, reason, and wry humor can come in a single package. I am in awe. Although the peripatetic Ms. Cupp’s travel schedule precluded a phone interview for now (although hope springs eternal), I was able to get her to answer some questions in writing about guns, the 2nd Amendment, and how a hunter can survive in the asphalt jungle of New York City."
[Politics, Murder, and Love in Stalin's Kremlin: The Story of Nikolai Bukharin and Anna Larina • By Paul R. Gregory • Hoover Press, 2010 • 196 pages]
"A man and woman who have known each other for more than two decades realize that they are in love. They marry and quickly have a son. Soon thereafter, the man is arrested for treason based on false charges. He's thrown in jail, endures a show trial, and is summarily executed.
The woman is also arrested on grounds of being a co-conspirator. She is thrown in prison and exiled, separated from her son, who grows up in orphanages. He does not see his mother, Anna Larina, again until she seeks him out nearly two decades later."
"The Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions." --American statesman and senator Daniel Webster (1782-1852)
"A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves."--French philosopher Bertrand de Jouvenel (1903-1987)
Buried in Barack Obama's failed trillion-dollar stimulus program was a $10 million bloody border racket that has now cost American lives. This goes far beyond the usual waste, fraud and abuse underwritten by progressive profligacy. It's bloodstained government malfeasance overseen by anti-gun ideologues -- and now anti-gun ideologue Attorney General Eric Holder will "investigate."
Welcome to Project Gunrunner. Prepare for another Justice Department whitewash.
North Carolina is losing out on a congressional seat and future tax dollars because so many of its military personnel were deployed during the U.S. Census and counted in population totals for other states, according to an Associated Press review.
The Census counts most troops at the base where they live and work. But for personnel who are deployed overseas, the government tallies them for their home state -- often where the servicemember grew up or has family.
For example, a Soldier based at Fort Bragg in North Carolina could list his home as being in Oklahoma because that's where he was raised. That Soldier would be counted in Oklahoma if he was deployed overseas during the Census.
The gap of some 28,000 troops was costly: The state was about 15,000 people shy of getting an extra congressional seat from Minnesota. Those seats are doled out based on population figures in order to ensure fair representation in the U.S. House.
ATF Deals Death In Massive False-Flag Psy-Op
“When mankind lost sight of the way to live, came codes of law and order.”
- Lao Tzu, circa 500 BC -
Blow-Back’s A BitchWhat would take the average writer an afternoon has taken me well over a week. Yet I must acknowledge that this story is breaking like storm waves on the government’s beach, and every time I think I’ve got the story covered another breaking wave of new developments hits home hard. Suffice, that this story is going to “grow legs”, with much credit to CBS’s Sharyl Attkisson.
As I write tonight, Thursday, March 24, 2011, I’ve viewed a video of President Obama discussing this case with a Mexican journalist. He used the interview like a pick-me-up photo-op as he slyly got in a plug for the Security and Prosperity Partnership, and boldly confronted reality with a Presidential air of denial.
Attorney General Eric Holder is under the heat-lamp, and so is head of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Janet Napolitano. Not to mention every salty dog atop the ATF’s hierarchy of internal power, the big-wigs of America’s most rogue Federal enforcement agency, the allegedly brilliant but certainly power-damaged minds of ATF’s leadership.
This story is going to grow and spread universally, and its gravity is more than significant. It is a scandal of extreme proportions, enough-so that the President is now asserting that neither he nor Attorney General Eric Holder was aware of this massive criminal ploy by ATF.So as readers dive in below, recall this is just an accounting of facts I’ve gathered as of March 24, 2011. I’ll give links to a couple of the original timelines by David Codrea and Mike Vanderboegh below.
As a backdrop to this post, I recommend reading this post from Doug Ross. In it are quotes from Ahmadinejad and cronies which are very scary, but not exactly late-breaking news. If you've been following this psycho in the news, you'd have known for quite a while that he has been clinically proven to be a nutjob, and will sacrifice all 74 million Iranian citizens for an opportunity to destroy the little and great Satan - Israel and the United States.
Here are a few choice lines from that post:
"We have a strategy drawn up for the destruction of Anglo-Saxon civilization... we must make use of everything we have at hand to strike at this front by means of our suicide operations or by means of our missiles." - Hassan Abbasi, "strategic adviser" to Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
"We are in the process of an historical war between the World of Arrogance [the West] and the Islamic world, and this war has been going on for hundreds of years... Is it possible for us to witness a world without America and Zionism? ...you had best know that this... goal [is] attainable." - Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
"Our revolution's main mission is to pave the way for the reappearance of the 12th Imam, the Mahdi." - Mahmoud Ahmanutjob
"Is there art that is more beautiful, more divine, and more eternal than the art of martyrdom? A nation with martyrdom knows no captivity." - Same nutjob
We can make fun of the monkey-faced lunatic all night long (I'm too busy during the day), but the fact remains that he has an advanced technology, has advanced missile and space technology, is giving that technology to terrorist organizations worldwide, and is avidly pursuing nuclear weapons.
How do we fight a nation that is hell-bent on destroying you, at all costs? How to you deter such a nation when that very deterrence is seen as the ultimate reward? How do you frighten a person who spends each day conjuring up the scariest Armageddon scenarios and gleefully pursues them?
First, let's think about how you don't fight them:
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
-- Rudyard Kipling
I’ve been in law enforcement for the past 18 years. I have attended a variety of training over those years. During the 1990s, most training I attended was community-oriented, sponsored by local agencies or private companies specializing in police training. Themes common to training of the past included topics such as Constitutional rights, community partnerships, youth-oriented programs and problem-oriented policing.
During the past several years, I have witnessed a dramatic shift in the focus of law enforcement training. Law enforcement courses have moved away from a local community focus to a federally dominated model of complete social control. Most training I have attended over the past two years have been sponsored by Department of Homeland Security (DHS), namely the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
No matter what topic the training session concerns, every DHS sponsored course I have attended over the past few years never fails to branch off into warnings about potential domestic terrorists in the community. While this may sound like a valid officer and community safety issue, you may be disturbed to learn how our Federal government describes a typical domestic terrorist.
These federal trainers describe the dangers of “extremists” and “militia groups” roaming the community and hiding in plain sight, ready to attack. Officers are instructed how to recognize these domestic terrorists by their behavior, views and common characteristics. State data bases are kept to track suspected domestic terrorists and officers are instructed on reporting procedures to state and federal agencies. The state I work in, like many others, have what is known as a “fusion center” that compiles a watch list of suspicious people.
So how does a person qualify as a potential domestic terrorist? Based on the training I have attended, here are characteristics that qualify:
-- John Adams
"Confederate Secretary of State, Judah P. Benjamin, fled after the War to England where be became a barrister & Queen's Counsel. I have read, but cannot now footnote, that Benjamin's advice on the Act helped guide it toward federalism, such as the United States union was until converted by the genocide revolutionary Lincoln into a monolithic unitary state.
The Independent Institute
Allied airstrikes alone might not bring down Moammar Gadhafi. High-level Libyan officials seem prepared to dig in their heels--rather than turn on their leader--perhaps comforted by a well-founded belief that their military could take shelter in the nation's urban areas, where large civilian casualties by coalition bombs would conflict with the rationale behind the United Nations resolution authorizing a no-fly zone. An unsuccessful no-fly zone, coupled with ineffective economic sanctions and unaided by boots on the ground, could mean that Gadhafi would stay in power for years to come--just as Saddam Hussein survived similar challenges for more than a decade after the first Gulf War. That prospect could add to pressure for a coalition ground invasion of Libya staffed partly by U.S. troops. This is one reason why President Obama would have been wise to resist calls from U.S. foreign-policy elites, and their backers, to intervene in Libya, according to Ivan Eland, director of the Independent Institute's Center on Peace & Liberty.
"Obama, analytical and seemingly a reluctant warrior by nature, has utterly capitulated to such interests," Eland writes in his latest op-ed. "This outcome gives little hope that future presidents will be able to reverse the tide, run a more restrained and sensible foreign policy, and lead the world by example instead of extreme measures."
In a separate op-ed, Independent Institute Senior Fellow Charles V. Pena also argues against U.S. intervention in Libya. Although Gadhafi is bad for Libyans, "he doesn't pose a threat to the United States--which should be the one and only criterion for using U.S. military force," Pena writes. "America would be wise to remember the so-called Pottery Barn rule that former Secretary of State (and before that Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff) Colin Powell warned about prior to invading Iraq: 'You break it, you own it.'"
"Buy Two Wars, Get Another for Half Price," by Ivan Eland (3/23/11)
"The Libya Folly," by Charles V. Pena (3/28/11)
Federal Terrorism "facilitator" Shahed Hussain, aka "Maqsood."
In signaling her willingness to hear the Newburgh 4's appeal, Federal District Judge McMahon candidly described the supposed terrorist conspiracy as a pure Federal fabrication: "The plot was created before our very eyes in this courtroom," she stated.
"The law allows that to happen," lied Assistant U.S. Attorney David Raskin in reply.
This is actually quite a stunning admission, coming as it does from someone of exalted rank within the "Justice" Department: He acknowledged that the Feds consider it to be legal and proper to manufacture terrorist plots in order to justify what can only be described as show trials.
Seldom do I waste time with rebutting articles, and especially not from publications like Rolling Stone. Today, numerous people sent links to the latest Rolling Stone tripe. The story is titled “THE KILL TEAM, THE FULL STORY.” It should be titled: “BULLSHIT, from Rolling Stone.”
The story—not really an “article”—covers Soldiers from 5/2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT) in Afghanistan. A handful of Soldiers were accused of murder. It does in fact appear that a tiny group of rogues committed premeditated murder. I was embedded with the 5/2 SBCT and was afforded incredible access to the brigade by the Commander, Colonel Harry Tunnell, and the brigade Command Sergeant Major, Robb Prosser. I know Robb from Iraq. Colonel Tunnell had been shot in Iraq.
The brigade gave me open access. I could go anywhere, anytime, so long as I could find a ride, which never was a problem beyond normal combat problems. If they had something to hide, it was limited and I didn’t find it. I was not with the Soldiers accused of murder and had no knowledge of this. It is important to note that the murder allegations were not discovered by media vigilance, but by, for instance, at least one Soldier in that tiny unit who was appalled by the behavior. A brigade is a big place with thousands of Soldiers, and in Afghanistan they were spread thinly across several provinces because we decided to wage war with too few troops. Those Soldiers accused of being involved in (or who should have been knowledgeable of) the murders could fit into a minivan. You would need ten 747s for the rest of the Brigade who did their duty. I was with many other Soldiers from 5/2 SBCT. My overall impression was very positive. After scratching my memory for negative impressions from 5/2 Soldiers, I can’t think of any, actually, other than the tiny Kill Team who, to my knowledge, I never set eyes upon.
The online edition of the Rolling Stone story contains a section with a video called “Motorcycle Kill,” which includes our Soldiers gunning down Taliban who were speeding on a motorcycle toward our guys. These Soldiers were also with 5/2 SBCT, far away from the “Kill Team” later accused of the murders. Rolling Stone commits a literary “crime” by deceptively entwining this normal combat video with the Kill Team story. The Taliban on the motorcycle were killed during an intense operation in the Arghandab near Kandahar City. People who have been to the Arghandab realize the extreme danger there. The Soviets got beaten horribly in the Arghandab, despite throwing everything including the Soviet kitchen sink into the battle that lasted over a month. Others fared little better. To my knowledge, 5/2 and supporting units were the first ever to take Arghandab, and these two dead Taliban were part of that process.
I’d like to start by saying that this product is going to shock you like nothing you have ever seen. I don’t know what the future of it will be, and I don’t think that anyone does at this point. At present it comes with an ATF letter saying that it is a legal AR-15 accessory, and several thousand have been sold. The use of “simulated automatic fire” here are my words, not those of the manufacturer. There isn’t going to be any way to get around what this thing does and I think it is best to call it what it is.
The Slide Fire is a $369 replacement stock for your AR-15 that when used properly, simulates automatic fire. Since the invention of the semi-automatic rifle people have been learning to do what is called “bump firing” the gun. You hold the gun in a loose way and allow it to rock back and forth against the trigger finger, which simulates automatic fire. It is fun, but it burns a lot of ammo without any real ability to aim at anything.
The inventor of the Slide Fire, Jeremiah Cottle, a US Air Force veteran of three conflicts, took the bump fire concept and eliminated all of the variables that makes bump firing impractical. The result is a product that bump fires perfectly, is completely controllable, every time, with no special training. There are no permanent modifications to the gun and installation of the Slide Fire does not impair function of the rifle at all.
Monday, March 28, 2011
As I reported on Friday, Libyan rebel commander Abdul-Hakim al-Hasadi has admitted to fighting in Afghanistan – namely, on the side of al-Qaeda and the Taliban – and even to recruiting Libyans to join al-Qaeda in Iraq. Al-Hasadi made these admissions in conversation with Roberto Bongiorni of the Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore. Bongiorni’s report from al-Hasadi’s hometown of Darnah contains another interesting detail: one that suggests just how widespread the participation of the locals in the Afghan and Iraq “jihads” must have been.
And another lie by Obama.
"The U.S. military dramatically stepped up its assault on Libyan government ground forces this weekend, launching its first attacks with AC-130 flying gunships and A-10 attack aircraft, which are designed to strike enemy ground troops and supply convoys, according to senior U.S. military officials."
--Charlie Stokes '56 Greenbrier Military School & US Army Special Operations
Via Sipsey Street Irregulars
"In a letter to the director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Senator Chuck Grassley pressed for additional details about the bureau’s knowledge of the straw purchasers of the guns involved in the killing of Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent Jaime Zapata.
Today’s letter follows a March 4 letter where Grassley cited press reports and a Justice Department press release that raised the prospect that the ATF strategy of allowing straw purchasers to continue to operate in hopes of making bigger cases may have contributed to the shooting of Zapata. The Justice Department responded to Grassley’s letter on behalf of the ATF but refused to provide any substantive information, citing an investigation by the department’s inspector general."
"I cannot in my worst dreams imagine Michelle Obama speaking to the graduating class of the United States Military Academy at West Point ! How much arm twisting went on to accomplish this? If anyone, it should have been the Commander in Chief who would speak to them. After all, he is the one that can send them into battle and to their deaths all too often. Or is it that he just can't face them, and so toss it to Michelle. Who knows?"
Obama is scheduled to speak at University of Northern Iowa, Spelman College, the U.S. Military Academy and Quantico Middle High School -- institutions that share a commitment to service and have students actively involved in improving the world around them, Obama's office Friday said in a release.
Real estate mogul Donald Trump thinks the governor of Hawaii should be "investigated" for saying he remembers when President Obama was born.
Speaking on "Fox and Friends" Monday, Trump said that Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D) was just trying to help fellow Democrats defend accusations that Obama was born outside the United States and therefore is ineligible to be president.
“I think this guy should be investigated," Trump said. "He remembers when Obama was born, give me a break. He is just trying to do something for his party.”
Trump, who has been mulling running for president in 2012, has been voicing skepticism that Obama was born in the U.S. In an interview on ABC's "The View" Trump demanded to see Obama's birth certificate.
"Why doesn't he show his birth certificate?" Trump asked. "I wish he would, because I think it's a terrible pale that's hanging over him."
Trump's repeated statements about Obama's birth certificate are in line with claims by so-called "birthers" movement that Obama is not an American citizen.
Abercrombie, a former Democratic congressman, has been a staunch opponent of this claim. The Hawaii governor has said in past interviews that he remembers Obama when he was a baby in Hawaii and remembers seeing him at social functions. Additionally, Abercrombie says he knew Obama's parents.
During his presidential campaign, Obama released his birth certificate to the public to satisfy the birthers.