Tuesday, March 8, 2011

O’Keefe: More Controversial NPR Videos to Come

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There’s more video where that came from, says James O’Keefe, the muckraking activist behind TheProjectVeritas.org. The controversial video-sting impresario tells Newsmax that he’s prepared to release yet more embarrassing revelations about NPR, but first he wants to gauge NPR’s reaction to the bomb he dropped Tuesday.

In an exclusive Newsmax interview, O’Keefe says he’s waiting to see whether NPR comes clean “about what is going on” before he doles out more video.

Billionaire Carl Icahn Tells His Investors: Take Your Money Back

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On the eve of the bull market's second anniversary, billionaire investor Carl Icahn had an unsettling message for his investors: Take your money back. Icahn told investors in his hedge funds that he didn't want to be responsible to them for "another possible market crisis," especially given the rapid increases over the past two years. Stocks have nearly doubled since hitting 12-year lows on March 9, 2009.

Icahn, who has built a fortune from taking stakes in well-known companies and then pressing for changes, also said he was concerned about the economic outlook and political tensions in the Middle East. Icahn's targets over the years have included Yahoo Inc., RJR Nabisco and Revlon.

"While we are not forecasting renewed market dislocation, this possibility cannot be dismissed," Icahn said in a letter to his limited partners. The letter was dated Monday and disclosed in a regulatory filing Tuesday.

N. B. Forrest's Speech, Memphis Daily Avalanche, August 7, 1868, Page 5

Photo above via Kimberly, Belle Grove

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Forrest Speech 1868.pdf

Via Robert, Belle Grove

Collective Bargaining Dollar Waste

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A Year’s Worth of Pay for 30 Days of Work

Teachers Receiving Two Pensions

Almost $10,000 Per Year for Doing Nothing

No Volunteer Crossing Guards Allowed

$6,000 Extra for Carrying a Pager

Arbitrator Reinstates Porn-Watching Teacher

‘Outstanding First Year Teacher’ Laid Off

Union Opposes Cost-Saving Lawn Mowing Program

The $150,000 Bus Driver

$150,000 Correctional Officers

And More!

"Gullible friends"

Via A trainwreck in Maxwell

"Living in the wrong neighborhood...?"

Via Refreshing the Tree of Liberty

$PLC Declares Itself A "Hate Group"

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The Dan Stein Report

By Ira Mehlman

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) spends most of its time and most of its donors' money designating organizations they disagree with as "hate groups." Business is brisk: they managed to find 1,002 groups to slap with the designation in 2010.

One vexing problem for SPLC is that they have never clearly defined what a hate group is. It seems to be a fluid definition that keeps changing to suit SPLC's needs. In a March 2nd webcast, which featured SPLC President Richard Cohen "grilling" hate-designator-in-chief Mark Potok, a new definition emerged. According to Potok a hate group is an organization that engages in "deliberate lying and defamation."

Engaging in "deliberate lying (is there any other kind of lying?) and defamation." Isn't that kind of your job description Mr. Potok? Applying that definition, it's surprising SPLC was only able to come up with 1,002 groups to earn the designation.

Via Richard, SWR

Team Obama Directly Working to Recall Wisconsin Republicans

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"How's this for states' rights?

This morning, Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said in a radio interview that President Obama's political team is directly involved in burgeoning efforts to recall Republican elected officials (emphasis on the word "elected," as in chosen by the people of Wisconsin in a democratic vote four months ago):

"There's many people that are beginning to believe this is a delay tactic by the Democrats in the Senate so that these recall elections can be organized by the Obama team out of Chicago, which they are, as we start to do the research on the people that have filed the petition," Fitzgerald told Newsradio 620 WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Morning News."

When asked whether Fitzgerald knew that for a fact, he responded, "The organizer against (River Hills Republican Senator) Alberta Darling definitely has direct links to the Obama camp. There's no doubt about it. These guys might be out until June. Unfortunately, what they're trying to do is flip the majority, and I think that's becoming very evident."

Documents point to ATF "gun running" since 2008

"Multiple sources now tell CBS News the questionable tactics were used in more than one operation, and date back as far as 2008 in the Tucson area. One case was called "Wide Receiver."

Via The Truth About Guns

"Polite" Union Goon Again

Why Do The Ruling Elite Despise The Confederate Flag?

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"One of these days you may be driving along an interstate highway and be surprised to see a huge garrison sized Confederate battle flag flying proudly. These flags are part of the Sons of Confederate Veterans Flags Across the South program.

The crimson battle flag with a blue cross and thirteen white stars is the most recognized symbol of the South, and the Civil War in America, and across the globe. In fact, if you think for a moment, does any other region in the United States have a symbol? Does the powerful northeast? Does the West Coast? How bout the Heartland? The answer is no.

Only the South has a regioal symbol, and even a quasi-national anthem, Dixie.

Three decades ago these symbols flew at NASCAR race tracks, at many college and high school football games, and Dixie was played as a fight song for many schools.

But somewhere in the 80's the ruling elite decided that these symbols of Southern regionalism and pride had to be erased. The excuse, that they offended black Americans. They made every effort to associate the Confederate battle flag with raciest organizations. Slavery was embraced as the sole PC subject connected with the American Civil War."


Why Do The Ruling Elite Despise The Confederate Flag?

2012 Presidential Poll

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Welfare State: Handouts Make Up One-Third of U.S. Wages

"Government payouts—including Social Security, Medicare and unemployment insurance—make up more than a third of total wages and salaries of the U.S. population, a record figure that will only increase if action isn’t taken before the majority of Baby Boomers enter retirement."

Senator Grassley Requests Independent Investigator To Probe ATF

Good news, but I don't have any confidence that an unbiased one will be appointed. We need hearings under oath in the House and Senate. Then the truth will come out.
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"Senator Chuck Grassley today said that he did not have confidence that the Justice Department Inspector General’s office could produce a report that the public would view as frank and unbiased in its investigation of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) policy of letting guns “walk” along the Southwest border—a policy that may have contributed to the death of a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agent."

In a letter today to Kevin Perkins, the head of the Integrity Committee of the Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency, Grassley cited several conflicts that lead him to believe that the Office of the Inspector General at the Department of Justice cannot be seen as completely disinterested and independent."

Via Sipsey Street Irregulars



Warrenton, VA 600 Confederate Dead (My Old Stomping Grounds)

BLACK MOUNTAIN – SLRC Executive Director Roger McCredie told a reporter from Bloomberg, the web-based business and financial journal, that it is “already painfully clear” that the nation’s sesquicentennial observance of the War Between the States “will be the apogee of thirty years’ worth of South-bashing.,” in stark contrast to the comparatively respectful tone that marked the war’s centennial memorials.

McCredie was responding to questions put by Dave Shiflett, who usually writes as a critic for Bloomberg’s arts and entertainment section. Bloomberg had e-mailed McCredie asking how the SLRC would be “marking the anniversary.” He also asked if the SLRC had noticed “a trend away from focusing on the war itself “ and whther the SLRC felt American society “views the traditionalist Southern cause these days – more accepting [or] more hostile?”

McCredie's full reply was as follows:

Two Hands Good, One Hand Better Pt. 1

When was the last time you saw a picture of a shooter using a one-handed grip? On most firearms-related websites, advertisements, TV show and movies, shooters are shown using a two-handed grip. Thumb position and stance may vary, but the general message is clear: two-handed is the “best,” the only “proper” way to shoot a pistol. Maybe so. For target shooting or competition, two-handed shooting works just fine. If it wasn’t optimal for gun control, no one would shoot two-handed at the range. In its 2003 Combat Pistol Manual, the US Army recommends two-handed shooting for engaging an enemy at less than five yards and for night firing . . . . . . . .

There is no proof of the general advantage of two-handed shooting in close quarters defensive shooting situations. Common sense suggests the opposite: a shooter may not be able to extend both of his or her arms far enough forward to shoot two-handed in a close-quarters life-threatening situation.

The War On America

Via Refreshing The Tree Of Liberty

Obama's Gunwalker was a deliberate conspiracy vs. the 2nd Amendment.

Sounds par for the course to me.
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Let me tell you what this was, and where it came from, based on a conversation I had with a long-time, well-informed veteran of American government intelligence operations the other day.

"Do you think," he asked me, "that this happened accidentally in a vacuum?" Meaning that one day "Gunwalker Bill" Newell, Phoenix SAC, just got a wild hair and decided to invent his own foreign policy. "Things like this happen because of meetings. People sit in meetings and they decide what they want to happen. And then they take decisions, make policy and implement that policy to achieve those ends." He added, "That's why State is so nervous. They signed off on this. In a meeting."

Gunrunner, I pointed out to him, predated the Obama administration. "Yes, but 'walking guns' didn't." I told him it seemed to me that given the dates on the documents that the meetings crafting this policy must have taken place sometime in mid-2009. "And who took power in January, 2009?" he replied.

He continued, summing up this way. The gun issue was known to be radioactive. Every time the Democrats embraced it they got killed at the polls the next election cycle. What was needed, in Rahm Emanuel's parlance, was a good crisis to exploit, something to change the paradigm. The gun confiscationists had always danced in the blood (my term, not his) of every mass shooting and gotten nowhere, to their chagrin and frustration. What was needed was a game changer. Something that fit the meme of "we've got to tighten up on American gunowners, gun stores and gun shows because they are feeding the slaughter." Mexico was perfect. The ATF controlled the reporting of the statistics, the headlines were lurid and if the rest of us gunnies knew that you don't get automatic weapons, hand grenades and RPGs from gun shows and gun stores, most of the American people were too ignorant of the issue to care about the distinction. But the fact was, as the IG report and other sources concluded, the amount of weapons from those legitimate American sources did not meet the allegation. More importantly the statistics didn't meet the policy need. So, how to "fix" that? Project Gunwalker. If there weren't enough semi-auto "assault rifles" in Mexico, the ATF could fix that. And the murders would follow, justifying the policy change of cracking down on "assault rifles," gun shows and the like.

"So," I said, "you're saying that this was a deliberate attempt by policymakers at the highest levels of the Obama administration to subvert the Second Amendment and further diminish the free exercise of firearm rights of honest citizens?"

"You got it. Sucks, huh?" He laughed bitterly.

NPR executives caught on tape bashing conservatives and Tea Party, touting liberals

"A man who appears to be a National Public Radio senior executive, Ron Schiller, has been captured on camera savaging conservatives and the Tea Party movement.

“The current Republican Party, particularly the Tea Party, is fanatically involved in people’s personal lives and very fundamental Christian – I wouldn’t even call it Christian. It’s this weird evangelical kind of move,” declared Schiller, the head of NPR’s nonprofit foundation, who last week announced his departure for the Aspen Institute.

In a new video released Tuesday morning by conservative filmmaker James O’Keefe, Schiller and Betsy Liley, NPR’s director of institutional giving, are seen meeting with two men who, unbeknownst to the NPR executives, are posing as members of a Muslim Brotherhood front group."

Apache Action

Gander Mountain Virtual Shooting Range

Via The Truth About Guns

Republican Senator Lugar Opposes House GOP's Budget Cut Bill

TEA Party In The Country

DOA in 2012.

"Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), the most senior member of the Senate Republican conference, said Tuesday he will oppose the House-passed proposal to make drastic cuts to the federal budget.

He is the first Senate Republican to publicly state his opposition to a plan that Democrats have blasted as “reckless.”

Lugar, who is facing a Tea Party-backed challenge in the 2012 Indiana Republican primary, is taking a political risk. But he and other centrist Republicans have concerns about steep spending cuts that will eliminate funding for some federal programs in mid-year."


Update: One hour and 26 minutes later........

GOP Sen. Lugar says he'll support House Republican spending cuts

An Absolutely, Insane Downhill Bike Race In Chile

"A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but when once they lose their virtue then will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader."
--Samuel Adams, letter to James Warren, 1779

Via Cousin Colby

The Deliberate Lies That Shift Attention Away From The Economy

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made a blatant admission during a U.S. Foreign Policy Priorities committee meeting by arguing that the State Department needs more money because the US military-industrial complex is losing the information war to the likes of Russia Today and Al Jazeera. This loss of course is due to the US corporate media having completely abandoned real news.

This holds true especially with the propaganda war being waged in the United States that specifically targets the American public. Why is it that Hillary thinks she’s losing the infowar? Perhaps because people are now becoming more skeptical to the recent string of FBI entrapment cases deceitfully called "sting operations," by which young Muslim men have been caught trying to use "weapons of mass destruction" and were directed to plant bombs on synagogues by their FBI handlers. A clear onslaught of disinformation, half-truths, and especially the paralyzing appeal to fear and prejudice have gripped the American psyche.

Today's Patriot Post Cartoons

NEA to UN: More Graphic Sex-Ed Needed

"After a shooting spree, they always want to take the guns away from the people who didn't do it. I sure as h*ll wouldn't want to live in a society where the only people allowed guns are the police and the military."
-- William S. Burroughs
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Perhaps you thought public school sex education programs are graphic enough as it is. Not so, according to a statement by the National Education Association's (NEA) Diane Schneider to a U.N. panel last week. According to a report by C-FAM, Schneider told the audience at a panel on combating homophobia and transphobia that “[o]ral sex, masturbation and orgasms need to be taught in education,” and that anyone opposing homosexuality is “stuck in a binary box that religion and family create.”