July 29, 2011

Government Surveillance

[From article]
"After 9/11, the White House promised to build a super computer that would track every email, cell phone call and bank transaction in order to prevent the next attack.

But when the details of the new program -- called "Total Information Awareness (TIA)" -- leaked out, Congress was forced to cancel the program because it seemed so Orwellian and ripe for abuse."


Paranoid state
Post-9/11, 'Person of Interest' set to be first series about brighter side of gov't surveillance
New York Post
Last Updated: 10:32 AM, July 27, 2011
Posted: 10:43 PM, July 26, 2011

Media Hype Ignores Basic Problems of Economy

[From article]
"Here's a quick rundown of what we know, or think we know, is going on in Washington this week: Democrats and Republicans have yet to reach a deal to raise the nation's $14.3 trillion debt limit.
[. . .]
Tim Geithner already used trick accounting a couple of months ago when he started borrowing from government workers' pension funds.
[. . .]
First, nothing that's being done in Washington right now will help the economy grow.
[. . .]
the ultimate result will be an economy growing slower than it currently is and more people unemployed.
[. . .]
If there is no agreement soon or Washington looks incompetent (a line that we've probably already passed) interest rates will likely rise, maybe swiftly, and stock prices are going to fall. Those are the market realities.


Debt-limit debate: Congress has lost its mind!
John Crudele
New York Post
Last Updated: 3:30 AM, July 28, 2011
Posted: 11:26 PM, July 25, 2011

US Companies Doing Business With Iran

[From article]
"It's past time for US policymakers to at least acknowledge Iran's war with our nation and adopt appropriate policies and laws -- especially when it comes to the international business community and its all-too-convenient blinders.
[. . .]
While some companies, such as Caterpillar and Terex, have voluntarily and commendably pulled out of Iran, such multinationals as Nokia, Nissan and Honeywell continue their business there. And even as they enrich a regime engaged in killing Americans, these corporations benefit from US federal and state contracts worth billions."


Trading with the enemy
As Iran helps kill our troops, multinationals do biz with both sides
New York Post
Last Updated: 12:52 AM, July 26, 2011
Posted: 11:54 PM, July 25, 2011

July 28, 2011

US Is Already Over the Debt Limit

[From article]
"According to everything you've heard, the US will reach its borrowing limit next Tuesday, or maybe the Tuesday after that, or the one after that -- depending on which clown you are paying attention to.
Well, here's news for you -- we are already over the limit and through the ceiling.
[. . .]
But as of July 25 -- which was this past Monday -- the nation's "total public debt outstanding" was $14.343 trillion. If you don't believe me, look it up at treasurydirect.gov/NP/BPDLogin?application=np.
[. . .]
Of that $14.34 trillion in debt, $4.6 trillion is intergovernmental loans -- mostly borrowings from Social Security.
[. . .]
Nothing Washington will do on the debt limit, whether it's spending cuts or tax increases, is going to help the econ omy. In fact, it'll do the opposite. You can't lay off government work ers or raise taxes without the economy slowing.


In DC, the sky is really the limit
John Crudele
New York Post
Last Updated: 9:23 AM, July 28, 2011
Posted: 12:21 AM, July 28, 2011

Free Pot To Register to Vote


Clinic Offers Free Pot for Registering to Vote
by Publius
July 28, 2011

Landlord Spies On Women Tenants

[From article]
"The tiny cameras were hidden in smoke detectors and motion sensors, placed in the bedrooms and bathrooms of a west Hillsborough apartment."


Two women Bulgarian students find hidden cameras in apartment near Westchase
St. Petersburg Times
By Jessica Vander Velde, Times Staff Writer
In Print: Thursday, July 28, 2011

UK Health System Rations Surgeries


Cataracts, hips, knees and tonsils: NHS begins rationing operations
Almost two-thirds of trusts affected as cuts bite
By Oliver Wright, Whitehall Editor
Thursday, 28 July 2011

Chinese Officials Beat Disabled Man To Death


Last updated: July 27, 2011 5:04 pm
Chinese riot after killing of fruit vendor
Financial Times
By Jamil Anderlini in Beijing

Piers Morgan on Hacking Scandal


Morgan defiant as enemies try to implicate him in hacking scandal
By Ian Burrell, Media Editor
Thursday, 28 July 2011
Independent (UK)

AU Protects Food Aid In Somalia

[From article]
"The al-Shabab militants already have killed men who tried to escape the famine with their families, saying it is better to starve than accept help from the West.
[. . .]
In the past, the militants have blocked aid workers from helping those in need in Somalia, fearing that foreign assistance would undermine their control.
[. . .]
Somalia has been mired in conflict since 1991 when long time dictator Siad Barre was overthrown by warlords who then turned on each other. Islamist militants led by al-Shabab are attempting to overthrow the weak U.N.-backed government that is being propped up by about 9,000 AU peacekeepers from Uganda and Burundi."


6 die in offensive to protect Somali relief effort
By JASON STRAZIUSO, Associated Press
July 28, 2011

Jet Blue Business All You Can Jet


JetBlue offers new unlimited flight package
AP Airlines Writer
Yahoo News
July 28, 2011

July 27, 2011

Good Argument, Unsupported Conclusion

Cogent argument that politics, ideas and books do not cause violence. But irrational unsupported conclusion that mental illness caused the violence. Most people accused of mental illness, like most "normal" people are harmless law abiding individuals. Suggesting that mental illness causes violence shows a bias as intense as that of any stereotype. Two groups appear after every heinous crime. One blames political interests for the crime. The other blames mental illness. Neither makes sense. Evil exists and people justify their crimes for many reasons. If mental illness causes crime why does this become an issue only after a person commits a violent crime? Why not allow psychiatrists with their made up illnesses to decide who should remain free and who belongs in jail? Unlike criminal court actions psychiatry has no due process protections. Communists, Nazis and control freaks love psychiatry for that reason alone. The essay begins well but has an illogical conclusion.

[From article]
"according to the website religionofpeace.com, Islam has been the motivation behind 17,498 acts of international terrorism since 9/11 to the present? That is a rate four-to-five each day, every day for almost ten years. Can any other group, save perhaps Mexican drug cartels, boast such a steady stream of violence against so many innocents? That bloody fact remains … Norway notwithstanding.
[. . .]
I pray that the free speech warriors of the left do not fall down their familiar rabbit hole of hypocrisy by giving any credence beyond mental illness to this Norwegian’s vile actions. The dead of Oslo and Utoya Island deserve better than to be used as a pawn to advance a political agenda."


NY Times Thinks Free Speech, Not Deranged Thoughts, Kill
Posted by Brad Schaeffer
Jul 26th 2011 at 11:25 am

McDonald's Manager Punches Woman With Service Dog

[From article]
"A Marietta McDonald’s manager has been fired after being accused of punching a mother who brought a service dog and her autistic children into the restaurant. Tiffany Denise Allen is charged with battery, assault, fear and disorderly conduct."


Knuckle Sandwich With Ketchup: McDonald’s Manager Fired After Allegedly Punching Customer
July 25, 2011 7:08 PM
CBS News Atlanta GA

CA Approves Funds for Illegal Aliens

Funny how public officials spend other people's money. When I was a first year law student, I ran out of money to pay my rent and expenses. I petitioned the dean for funding. He told me in 1970 before affirmative action was institutionalized that if I was black or Hispanic he could give me money but I wasn't and he couldn't. I saw students whose parents were doctors and professionals getting funding. But since I was paying my own way and was white I got nothing. As liberal icon JFK said, "Life is not fair." So why do politicians and homosexuals demand fairness? Why only for them and not white citizens too? Now they give taxpayer funds to illegal aliens. Of course this article says it is private. But today words have little meaning so private can also be taxpayer money.


California governor signs the Dream Act okaying financial aid for illegal alien students
By Katy B. Olson
Daily Mail (UK)
Last updated at 9:38 PM on 26th July 2011

Suicide Bomber Kills Mayor, Bomb in Turban

[From article]
"A suicide bomber hiding explosives in his turban assassinated the mayor of Kandahar"


Suicide bomber kills Kandahar mayor in Afghanistan
Associated Press
July 27, 2011

Dancing In The Rain

Dancing In The Rain
[What kind of person wrote this? See answer below.]

It was a busy morning, about 8:30, when an elderly gentleman in his 80's
arrived to have stitches removed from his thumb. He said he was in a hurry as he had an appointment at 9:00 AM.

I took his vital signs and had him take a seat, knowing it would be over
an hour before someone would to able to see him. I saw him looking at his watch and decided, since I was not busy with another patient, I would evaluate his wound.

On exam, it was well healed, so I talked to one of the doctors, got the
needed supplies to remove his sutures and redress his wound.

While taking care of his wound, I asked him if he had another doctor's
appointment this morning, as he was in such a hurry.

The gentleman told me no, that he needed to go to
the nursing home to eat breakfast with his wife. I inquired as to her

He told me that she had been there for a while and that she was a victim
of Alzheimer's Disease.

As we talked, I asked if she would be upset if he was a bit late.

He replied that she no longer knew who he was, that she had not recognized
him in five years now.

I was surprised, and asked him, "And you still go every
morning, even though she doesn't know who you are?"

He smiled as he patted my hand and said, "She doesn't
know me, but I still know who she is."

I had to hold back tears as he left, I had goose bumps on my arm, and
thought, "That is the kind of love I want in my life."

True love is neither physical, nor romantic.

True love is an acceptance of all that is, has been, will be, and will not

The happiest people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they
just make the best of everything they have.

Life isn't about how to survive the storm,
But how to dance in the rain.

Answer: [The person who wrote this is a woman practicing medicine without a license. She was arrested two days ago, after this message was sent out on the internet.]

Facts With Humor Helps The Medicine Go Down

John Crudele keeps his sense of humor while telling it like it is. Why is that unusual in current public discourse? Are all those elite college grads with exquisite credentials, loved by Barry Obama so lacking in common sense and sense of humor?

[From article]
"Tim Geithner already used trick accounting a couple of months ago when he started borrowing from government workers' pension funds.
[. . .]
First, nothing that's being done in Washington right now will help the economy grow.
[. . .]
the ultimate result will be an economy growing slower than it currently is and more people unemployed.
[. . .]
If there is no agreement soon or Washington looks incompetent (a line that we've probably already passed) interest rates will likely rise, maybe swiftly, and stock prices are going to fall. Those are the market realities."


Debt-limit debate: Congress has lost its mind!
John Crudele
New York Post
Last Updated: 11:26 PM, July 25, 2011
Posted: 11:26 PM, July 25, 2011

DEA Busts Two Drug Rings Working With Terror Groups


[Video embedded]
07/26/2011 04:37 PM
Feds Arrest Four On Drug-Related Terrorism Charges
By: NY1 News

July 26, 2011

Homosexuals Abuse Due Process Protections

[Latest comment]
So is this the situation with regard to New York State approving same sex marriage? The most corrupt state government in the history of New York approved same sex marriage. The homosexual lobby wants the rest of us, sinners and breeders alike, to believe that the New York state government passed this law based on civil rights? Ahem! Where is that bridge you want me to buy?

[Initial comment]
Due Process violations are pervasive in the methods the Homosexual Lobby uses to obtain their way with same sex marriage. In Massachusetts the state constitution declares that matters of marriage are to be left to the Governor and the legislature. The state Supreme Judicial Court decision which used the state constitution's equal protection clause to legalize same sex marriage is flawed. My several written reports to state officials and journalists were simply ignored. It appears that homosexuals control government mechanisms and selectively use laws for their own purposes. This is life imitating art--Animal Farm.

[reply from kenwhite]
What do you care who marries whom? Why is it any of your business? Why do you care about other people's marriages? What's wrong with you? Get what is called a life.

[My Reply to kenwhite]
Nothing wrong with me. Some fascists have problems with free expression. Nothing new there. Intolerant control freaks lack respect for others and their rights. If you don't extend the right to free speech to others with whom you disagree in public discourse try Iran. You'll like it there. When inarticulate readers have no rational argument they always resort to personal attacks, the first rule of propaganda. You show your lack of reason. Wahhhhh.

[reply from kenwhite]
Did I once say you're not entitled to your opinion. My questions still stand, most importantly, why do you care who marries whom? I could care less if two guys or two girls want to get married. If they're consenting adults and want to commit to each other formally and before our government, its no skin off my teeth. It won't affect my marriage, it won't affect yours (assuming you're married) and it won't affect anyone's. You're entitled to your opinion, but actually going out and working toward denying others the right to marry is just plain wrong. For the millionth time on various threads, if a person wants to marry someone who wants to marry them, neither you, me or anyone has the right to tell them no. What is so hard to understand about that? Can't Americans live their lives and enjoy their liberties? Can't they pursue happiness?

[my reply to kenwhite]
You are so used to being intolerant that you consider normal, accusing someone who disagrees with you of being defective. "What's wrong with you?" you ask. My reply is what's wrong with you? Why are you more likely a resident of Iran? You do not respect others who disagree with you. You believe you are right and anyone who disagrees is wrong or perhaps insane, or evil, stupid for sure. Liberal graduates of Ivy League colleges argue like that, using personal attacks. Do you know what a personal attack is? I see the pattern in your other posts mocking religious people. You show your hatred for religions too. You may be the one who is wrong, evil, stupid and insane. I never mentioned concerns about marriage. You show your lack of understanding of the notion of constitutional rights which apply to everyone not just homosexuals. The right to practice a religion that says your beliefs are wrong is a guaranteed right. Mocking that religion shows hatred and intolerance. Aren't you proud? What is wrong with you? You say no one has the right to deny the right to marry. There is no such right. Marriage is a privilege, not a right. What is wrong with you? State laws say a brother and sister cannot marry. A mother cannot marry her son. A father cannot marry his daughter. A man cannot marry a horse. In many states two people of the same sex cannot marry. What you say is a right is illegal in some states. Do you know the difference?

[Reply from kenwhite]
Again, marrying animals.Animals can't consent to marriage. As for religion, when people bring that up in these cases they show a woeful lack of knowledge about America. They don't seem to realize that religious law does not trump civil law. In other words, just because something goes against a particular religion does not mean that it can't become legal here. A lot of people delude themselves into thinking that America is a Christian nation. Well, it isn't and never has been and never will be. It is a nation of people who practice many faiths and not one of those faiths holds dominion over civil code, civil law. And when people like Jim DeMint say the want more God in government they are just plain stupid. You mention Iran. Well, DeMint should look there for an example of what happens when religion and government jump into bed together. Most of my friends are conservatives Christians and one is a pastor himself. Even he doesn't stick his nose into other people's marriages. Now, as for moms and dads marrying kids and the other stuff, that is a common tactic. That is, take the uncommon and unlikely and apply it to the more common as an example as to why it should not be allowed. By your logic, guns shouldn't be sold to citizens because they can be used to kill people. Nice try but it doesn't work. You're entitled to your opinion and I never said you weren't. But people who go out and stick their noses into other people's rights and other people's marriages and bedrooms are disgusting. Ain't none of your business who marries whom and it ain't none of mine. The only reason I comment on it is because gays are being denied their civil rights and I can't stand that. I would have been complaining if I were around when women wanted the vote or when African Americans were seeking their civil rights.

[my reply to kenwhite]
Your argument: I want the government to give me something, therefore it is my right to have it. All homosexuals and useful idiots join me. We are victims and morally superior to those who do not want to let us have what we want. Therefore they are wrong and we the superior homosexuals are right. They are evil and we are good. They are insane and we are sane. They are bigots and we are victims of bigotry. Corrupt politicians accept your campaign contributions and pass laws contrary to constitutional protections for all citizens, even homosexuals, to cater to your money. How is what the homosexual lobby does different from what the arms merchants, the drug companies and the insurance companies do? Homosexuals are an elitist interest group, gaming the corrupt political system, which focuses only on helping homosexuals. Non homosexuals are attacked as haters, and breeders. Good for you assisting the division of Americans into two warring camps. Keep it up. How many homosexuals are in the country? How many breeders?

[From article]
"New York State Open Meetings laws were violated, said New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms and Torah Jews for Decency in their lawsuit. There were also irregularities in the Senate voting procedures, and “unprecedented Senate lockouts” in which lobbyists and the public were denied access to lawmakers."


Values groups file suit to overturn law on homosexual marriages
Cheryl Wetzstein
The Washington Times
5:14 p.m., Monday, July 25, 2011

Detroit Police Out of Control

Last line of this tragicomedy is the funniest.

[From article]
"Gary Brown, the council member, said while the money paid out to settle lawsuits against Hughes is high, the officer is not unique.

"He's not the worst," Brown said. "There are worse."


Last Updated: July 25. 2011 5:27PM
Gang cop's actions cost Detroit $677,000
Robert Snell/
The Detroit News

FDA Threatens Walnut Sellers

[From article]
"But while the claims are backed up by research, including 35 published medical papers supporting assertions that eating walnuts improves vascular health and may reduce risk of heart attacks, the FDA is said to have insisted the company is 'misbranding' its foods because the 'product bears health claims that are not authorised by the FDA'.
[. . .]
'This kind of bureaucratic tyranny sends a strong signal to the food industry not to innovate in a way that informs the public about foods that protect against disease.


Walnuts are DRUGS! FDA makes bizarre claim after seller says they 'reduce risk of heart disease and cancer'
By Paul Bentley
Daily Mail (UK)
Last updated at 6:53 AM on 26th July 2011

Holder's Role in ATF Scandal Not Good

[From article]
"“How is it that the No. 2, 3, 4 at Justice all knew about this program, but the No. 1 didn’t?,” Mr. Issa said. “Is it because he said ‘don’t tell me’? Is it because they knew what they were doing is wrong, and they were protecting their boss? Or is it that Eric Holder is just so disconnected … ?
“Whichever it is — he knew and he’s lied to Congress, or he didn’t know, and he’s so detached that he wasn’t doing his job — that really probably is for the administration to make a decision on, sooner not later,” Mr. Issa said.


[Video embedded]
Issa: Obama admin intimidating witnesses in ATF gun probe
Stephen Dinan and Chuck Neubauer
The Washington Times
Updated: 8:12 a.m. on Tuesday, July 26, 2011

George Will: Obama a Demagogue and a Liar

Thank you George Will, who calls Obama a demagogue and a liar. I call Obama a conman and a demagogue. I figured him out after 20 minutes listening to him during the 2008 campaign.


Congress Reminds Obama He's President, Not King
Investor's Business Daily
Posted 07/25/2011 06:45 PM ET

Journalists, Lawyers, Useful Idiots Saying Insanity is Cause of Killings

Amateur psychiatrists are already blaming mental illness for the killing of 73 Norwegians. Psychiatrists promote moral relativism trying to eliminate evil and to make criminals out of persons accused of mental illness. It is all about increasing business for the human services industry enabled by useful idiot journalists and lawyers. It is bad enough that courts deny legal access to constitutional rights for persons accused of mental illness. But journalists demonize these people who are mostly harmless law abiding individuals.


Norwegian killer 'insane,' surprised he was not stopped, lawyer says
New York Post
Last Updated: 8:27 AM, July 26, 2011
Posted: 8:26 AM, July 26, 2011

* * *

[From article]
Lawyer Geir Lippestad: ''This whole case has indicated that he is insane''


26 July 2011 Last updated at 08:59 ET
Norway attacks: Anders Behring Breivik insane - lawyer

Lawyers' Phones Hacked Too


Now it's the lawyers' turn to be sucked into the phone-hacking scandal
Butterworth and Bowcott on law
Guardian (UK)
July 25, 2011

City Official Blocks 2 Disabled Parking Spaces, Attacks Man Trying To Use One

Here are allegations of a pervasive national pattern -- public officials are the most egregious abusers of persons with disabilities. Often it is employees of discrimination agencies who refuse to prosecute unlawful disability bias. It explains why persons with disabilities remain excluded from mainstream America, while members of other vulnerable groups now enjoy prosperity. In this case it is a Planning Board member, a constable and a hotel manager all in one. What a charming guy.

[From article]
"A Fairhaven Planning Board member was charged with impersonating a cop and assaulting a man who uses a cane in a dispute over a handicapped parking spot.
Fairhaven police said it started Friday night at the Seaport Inn and Marina, where Joseph Morra, an elected board member who is a constable and the hotel’s manager, had parked his car to take up two handicap parking spots, though he has no special plate or placard.
When a disabled man could not park his own vehicle, he took pictures of the car in the spot, police said. Morra flashed a badge, started swearing, poked the man in the chest and shoved him, police said. The victim was taking Morra’s picture with his cell phone when Morra knocked it to the ground, breaking it into pieces, cops said."


Cops: Man assaulted over handicap spot
By O’Ryan Johnson
Boston Herald
Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Dem Fund Raising Encourages Divisions

[From article]
"These action campaigns, which are praised with phrases like “grassroots participation in the political process,” are a form of what James Madison called “pure democracy,” in opposition with the representative democracy of our small-R republican government. Madison wrote in Federalist 10 about the danger of a minority faction controlling a pure democracy: “such [direct] democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property.” Exhibit A: The Take Back Wisconsin campaign emphasized by ActBlue; the demonstrations in Madison were profoundly un-democratic—more like thuggish mob rule. Rather than accept the wishes of the Wisconsin electorate, unelected groups outside Wisconsin pour money into recall movements to overturn the vote.
One could contrast this activity with the Tea Party--another grassroots movement that encourages citizens to join the political process. The Tea Party however does not occupy state houses and threaten legislators. Rather it seeks to nominate candidates and to influence elected representatives."


The Right View: Fundraising for 'Democratic action'
By Peter Wilson/The Right View
Cambridge Chronicle
Posted Jul 25, 2011 @ 10:26 AM

Hospitals Much More Dangerous Than Flying

[From article]
"If you were admitted to hospital tomorrow in any country... your chances of being subjected to an error in your care would be something like 1 in 10. Your chances of dying due to an error in health care would be 1 in 300," Liam Donaldson, the WHO's newly appointed envoy for patient safety, told a news briefing.
This compared with a risk of dying in an air crash of about 1 in 10 million passengers, according to Donaldson, formerly England's chief medical officer.


Going into hospital far riskier than flying: WHO
By Stephanie Nebehay
Thu Jul 21, 2011 2:23pm EDT

Free Film Cambridge MA

Community Film Series presents:

“The Waterdance” (1992)

Saturday, August 6, 2011

2 PM - 5 PM

An All-Ages (18+) Event

Citywide Senior Center

806 Mass. Ave.

Central Sq., Cambridge

Come to a FREE matinee screening of writer/director Neil Jimenez's semi-autobiographical film about his rehabilitation after spinal cord injury, focused on his relationships with peers in rehab, and with his married woman lover. Eric Stoltz, Wesley Snipes, Helen Hunt and William Forsythe play the lead ensemble coming to terms with dramatic life changes in a sometimes funny, sometimes surprising story.

The film will be followed by an open audience discussion, led by John Kelly, founder of Neighborhood Action Group and a member of the Boston Commission for Persons with Disabilities.

This is a scent-free event. Out of consideration for people with environmental illness and/or multiple chemical sensitivity, please refrain from using perfume or other scented products.

For sign language interpreters or other accommodations, please contact the Commission for Persons with Disabilities by July 29 at 617-349-4692 (voice) or 617-492-0235 (TTY) or e-mail kthurman@cambridgema.gov.

Sponsored by:

Cambridge Commission for Persons with Disabilities

Cambridge Department of Human Service Programs

Join our “Disability Reframed” Facebook group!

July 25, 2011

Sharia Law In Australia


July 25, 2011
Is a 'Little Bit of Sharia' Okay?
By Alyssa A. Lappen and Andrew G. Bostom
American Thinker

Is This a Question?


CURL: Is Obama a pathological liar?
By The Washington Times
7:17 p.m., Sunday, July 24, 2011

History of Scientology, Book Review

[From review]
""He would use his mind, in other words, to repair his soul. And soon, he would show others how to use their own minds to do exactly the same thing."
[. . .]
His "scientific" alternative to psychotherapy required only a partner, several "auditing" sessions and an investment in his book,
[. . .]
Increasingly isolated in his last years, he ceded control to David Miscavige, one of his young lieutenants. Reitman depicts Miscavige, who has spent his entire life within the organization, as highly adept at intimidation. Lacking Hubbard's gift for reinventing Scientology to suit the times, Miscavige has focused on buying real estate and recruiting celebrities."


Author delves 'Inside Scientology'
By Diane Winston
For the Washington Post
July 24, 2011

Obama's Talking to Himself

[From article]
"When he speaks on the debt negotiations, he is not only extremely boring, with airy and bromidic language—really they are soul-killing, his talking points—but he never seems to be playing it straight. He always seems to be finagling, playing the angles in some higher game that only he gets. In two and a half years he has reached the point that took George W. Bush five years to reach: People aren't listening anymore.


Out of the Way, Please, Mr. President
The Gang of Six puts forward some ideas worth pursuing.
Peggy Noonan
July 23, 2011
Wall Street Journal

Billions Lost in Iraq

[From article]
"As of November of last year, US taxpayers spent over $900 billion on the Iraq War. Of that, $9 billion has gone missing or is unaccounted for, along with $549.7 million in spare parts and 190,000 guns.
[. . .]
In 2003, the US sent $2.4 billion in pallets of cash to Iraq via a C-130 cargo plane, followed by other such flights, carryng a total of $6.6 billion. Astoundingly, all of the money went missing, and last June, the US and Iraqi governments said they’d been unsuccessful in tracking any of it down and were closing the case.
[. . .]
This past Wednesday, an audit published by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction said that the US can’t account for all of the $70 billion sent to Afghanistan throughout the now 10-year-old war and found both countries to blame.
[. . .]
no amount of military might or peaceful propaganda could compete for the allegiance of Iraqi citizens the way the US dollar could.
[. . .]
It was, and remains, common for multiple contracts to be given to different companies for the same job. “One school can be painted three times,”
[. . .]
“In that culture, it’s about blood money,” Whiteley says. A slain child has degrees of value, depending on how many wives a man has, how many children, and the ratio of males to females. (A dead boy is worth more than a girl.) A killing during an ambush also raises the price.
[. . .]
“The guys from the CIA and other spook agencies said, ‘You guys aren’t authorized to have informants.’ ”


Hookers, booze & bribes
The secret weapons of our shadow war in Iraq — and how we lost $9 billion
Maureen Callahan
New York Post
Last Updated: 4:20 AM, July 24, 2011
Posted: 10:37 PM, July 23, 2011

TSA "Thieves Steal at Airports"


TSA stands for 'Thieves Steal at Airports'
New York Post
Last Updated: 12:41 AM, July 25, 2011
Posted: 12:41 AM, July 25, 2011

Homelessness is Big Business

[An edited version of this letter was published in the New York Post on Sunday July 31, 2011 here


The federal government creates procedures not to end homelessness, but to allow businessmen to acquire taxpayer funds. US Department of Housing and Urban Development issues guidelines for local communities to get grants to address homelessness. They are required to submit a plan to end homelessness in ten years. In Cambridge MA the City created a committee to create a plan. Fifty people, citizens, politicians and bureaucrats met several times and came up with a plan. They submitted the plan to HUD. The city got the money then allocated it to provide goods and services to persons without homes. They waste the money funding one room hotel units for families. The motel owners make good money. It costs more than an apartment would cost the taxpayers. But business is business even when human lives are the commodity.

[From article]
"the Department of Homeless Services. DHS spends $98.50 a day — $3,000 a month — per single adult in shelters. For families, that figure is even higher. So in 2009, the Bowery Residents Committee, the “nonprofit” behind the Chelsea shelter, took in more than $24 million in government contracts, not counting $6 million in Medicaid checks, $6 million in “program service fees” and $1.5 million in “other grants.”
[. . .]
In Houston, for instance, a room at a shelter is costing taxpayers $3,340 per month even though a two-bedroom apartment goes for an average of $743.
[. . .]
Rosenblatt was an official in the Department of Homeless Services starting in the Koch administration and stayed there until 1999, rising to the level of acting commissioner.

Now he cashes DHS checks he used to write. Powered by your money, the carousel of Big Homelessness goes round and round."


Homeless, inc.
Shelters are a booming business in New York City — even though no one (except ‘nonprofit’ CEOs) wants them
Kyle Smith
New York Post
Last Updated: 4:00 AM, July 24, 2011
Posted: 10:11 PM, July 23, 2011

Fined For Signs Criticizing City Hall, Courts

[From article]
"In 2009, Brink scuffled with a neighbor who had parked in front of Brink's home and allegedly hurt Brink's elderly mother. After Yonkers Judge Michael Martinelli found the neighbor not guilty of assault, Brink shot back with a sign.
"NO TRESPASSING Violators Will not be Prosecuted. Thank Judge Martinelli," it read.

SIGN OF TROUBLE: Cindy Brink was hit with fines for putting signs in the front yard of her Yonkers home.
Angel Chevrestt
SIGN OF TROUBLE: Cindy Brink was hit with fines for putting signs in the front yard of her Yonkers home.


Letter of the lawn
Gal vs. poster police
New York Post
Last Updated: 7:21 AM, July 24, 2011
Posted: 12:10 AM, July 24, 2011

Pension Abuses

[From article]
"Douglas Zeigler got $193,601 after stepping down as an NYPD chief and its highest-ranking African-American officer. He is still collecting a paycheck, though. He earns $127,000 as director of security at the MTA."


Ailing Apple's $ick payouts
New York Post
Last Updated: 7:21 AM, July 24, 2011
Posted: 12:10 AM, July 24, 2011

Baseball Collector Exposed as Fraud

[The below article was removed from the New York Post's web pages. An attorney wrote to me on September 4, 2011, saying he wrote to the New York Post which removed the story after receipt of his letter. All references to the aggrieved party are removed from this site as of September 4, 2011 at 5:10 PM eastern daylight time.]


Treasure trove is baseball's history in the faking
Ruled foul: Shock as top collector is revealed as scammer-abilia king
New York Post
Last Updated: 6:56 AM, July 24, 2011
Posted: 12:04 AM, July 24, 2011

Amy Winehouse, Joins "27" Curse


Another rocker falls to the '27' curse
New York Post
Last Updated: 6:58 AM, July 24, 2011
Posted: 11:32 PM, July 23, 2011

July 24, 2011

Response to Terror in Norway as in USA Targets Freedom

One police official said on camera that Norway is a peaceful and open nation where the Prime Minster walks from his home to his office. He added that will end now. Just as in the USA the response to terror is to eliminate freedoms. Eventually there will be none left in the name of ending violence. Why is there so little recognition among police leadership that their mission is to protect freedom not to eliminate it?

[From article]
"Liberty, after all, is a relatively new experiment in humanity having been
around a scant 250 years of several thousand years of human history. In
fact dictatorship, autocracy, and tyranny are the norm."

July 15, 2011
The Soft Dictatorship
Robert Eugene Simmons, Jr.
The American thinker

* * *


Twin Attacks in Norway Leave At Least 91 Dead
By Leanna B. Ehrlich,
Published: Friday, July 22, 2011

Women Complain When Asked to Remove Their Bras

No male reporters or male guards complained.

[From article]
"Foreign journalists on Friday spoke of their distress after being asked to remove their bras for a security check before being allowed into the offices of Israel's prime minister."


Israel PM guards tell women reporters to remove bras

Fri, Jul 22, 2011

TSA Screener Stole Valuable Watches, Debit card


TSA worker stole watches, debit card from LAX bags, officials say
July 22, 2011 | 2:36 pm
Los Angeles Times

Man Gets 4 Years for Facebook Stalking

[From article]
"He looked for email accounts on Facebook pages then gleaned enough personal information from postings to answer basic security questions, such as the name of an elementary school or favorite color.
[. . .]
"The victims we went to said 'I had very robust passwords.' But it didn't matter how robust the password was if the recovery question is easy," he said. "Lost your password? What's your favorite color or what high school did you go to? Or what's your dog's name? And he was able to glean that information from social media."
[. . .]
Authorities started investigating after one victim called Connecticut State Police, which referred the complaint to the California Highway Patrol.
Victims turned up in Alabama, Arizona, California, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, Virginia and Washington."


Calif. man gets 4 years for stalking on Facebook
Associated Press
July 22, 2011

Identity Theft and Credit Agencies

[From article]
"So I called Experian and the operator asked if I had authorized someone named Brandy and another person named James to use my credit card to get their credit reports. My own credit report, thankfully, hadn't been ordered. The operator gave me the last initials of James and Brandy just in case I might have forgotten.
No, I hadn't authorized them to do anything with my card.
[. . .]
I inquired: Would James and Brandy be notified that someone tried to steal their credit reports? The Experian operator said they wouldn't, because the company didn't know how to reach them.
What? Of course you do! You have all their personal information on the credit report, I yelled."


Chinese takeout with a side of financial fraud
John Crudele
New York Post
Last Updated: 3:09 AM, July 21, 2011
Posted: 11:56 PM, July 20, 2011

College Administrators Target Campus Sex

[From article]
"A new mandate from the federal Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights forces all universities that get federal funding to judge claims of sexual assault using a "preponderance of the evidence" standard -- the lowest standard of proof, at about 50.01 percent certainty.
[. . .]
Plus, the campus panel that heard the case had been "trained" using documents boldly proclaiming that "everyone should be very, very cautious in accepting a man's claim that he has been wrongly accused of abuse or violence" and that one indication of an abuser is that he will "act persuasive and logical."
[. . .]
What's more, these absurd definitions of consent and reduced due-process protections in sexual-assault cases reek of sexist assumptions -- that women are so weak that a drop of alcohol negates our ability to make choices, that we're incapable of living as equals in a free and fair society."


The feds' mad assault on campus sex
New York Post
Last Updated: 12:26 AM, July 20, 2011
Posted: 11:18 PM, July 19, 2011

Eight-year-old Girl With Cerebral Palsy Found Dead

[From article]
"An 8-year-old who was supposed to be a flower girl in her cousin's wedding Saturday was found dead in her home, and her mother was found unconscious by her side in a possible suicide attempt, Nassau County police said.
The little girl was believed to have cerebral palsy, and there were no obvious signs of trauma to her body, said Lt. Kevin Smith."


NY flower girl, 8, found dead; mom unconscious
New York Post
Last Updated: 9:07 PM, July 23, 2011
Posted: 5:39 PM, July 23, 2011

Woman Survives Rape and Attempted Murder by Former Marine

Brutal story about a young California woman who miraculously survived a rape and attempted murder by a former Marine, Andrew Urdiales. He admitted killing eight other women, five in California and three in Chicago where he lived with his parents. At no time did police have him under surveillance until they were able to find a gun he owned which police seized in Illinois. The gun linked him to three murders. While this was going on police and FBI informants not only watched me 24/7 but actively harassed me and assassinated my character. For 40 years beginning in 1970 when I was a student in law school, government criminals conducted a political and personal campaign to destroy my career and reputation. In 2011 Harvard University employees coordinate the continuing campaign with young police sociopaths who enjoy attacking the remaining carcass of a human being. This is current police priorities. James "Whitey" Bulger, on trial in July 2011, is accused of 19 homicides while working for the FBI. He was a fugitive for 16 years living in upscale Santa Monica CA. A young Norwegian man wearing a police uniform killed up to 73 persons in Norway. Neither were watched by police. The FBI and police watch harmless citizens to cover up government abuses, not dangerous criminals.


[Link to video included]
July 23, 2011 10:58 PM
48 Hours Mystery: Escape from a serial killer
(CBS News)
Produced by Katherine Davis
[This story originally aired on Oct. 23, 1010]

July 23, 2011

Misguided Police Priorities

There are enough police employees who watch me to prevent thefts like this. It is all a matter of police priorities. It is more important to keep me under 24/7 surveillance and harassment than to prevent crime.


WFAA Dallas Ft. Worth TX
Posted on July 21, 2011 at 7:06 PM
Updated yesterday at 1:32 AM

150 human animal hybrids grown in UK labs


150 human animal hybrids grown in UK labs: Embryos have been produced secretively for the past three years
Daily Mail (UK)
By Daniel Martin and Simon Caldwell
Last updated at 12:42 AM on 23rd July 2011

July 22, 2011

Prostitution Study

[From article]
“We had big, big trouble finding nonusers,” Farley says. “We finally had to settle on a definition of non-sex-buyers as men who have not been to a strip club more than two times in the past year, have not purchased a lap dance, have not used pornography more than one time in the last month, and have not purchased phone sex or the services of a sex worker, escort, erotic masseuse, or prostitute.”
[. . .]
Prostitution has always been risky for women; the average age of death is 34, and the American Journal of Epidemiology reported that prostitutes suffer a “workplace homicide rate” 51 times higher than that of the next most dangerous occupation, working in a liquor store.
[. . .]
because she has to shut down in order to perform sex acts with 10 strangers a day, and she can’t turn it back on. What happens is called somatic dissociation; this also happens to incest survivors and people who are tortured.”
[. . .]
In Farley’s study, one thing that johns and men who don’t buy sex agreed on was the ease of access to such children: nearly 100 percent of men interviewed in the study said that minors were virtually always available for purchase in Boston.
[. . .]
“for every john arrested for attempting to buy sex, there are up to 50 women in prostitution arrested,” Farley reports.
[. . .]
In 1999 Sweden decided that prostitution was a form of violence against women and made it a crime to buy sex, although not to sell it. This approach dramatically reduced trafficking, whereas the legalization of prostitution in the Netherlands, Germany, and much of Australia led to an explosive growth in demand that generated an increase in trafficking and other crimes.
[. . .]
It’s a multibillion-dollar industry; it makes more money than the NFL, the NBA, and Major League Baseball combined.”


The John Next Door
by Leslie Bennetts
July 18, 2011

Judge Threatens Clerk Over Pledge and Prayer

[From article]
"As county clerk, Nichols keeps the minutes of the proceedings of the Commissioners Court, which are held before an audience and begin with a prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance. While Nichols was away attending a county clerk training conference on June 13, the Commissioners Court voted to remove the invocation from the minutes of a previous meeting. Why? Nichols said that County Judge Sterling Lacy told her that he “didn’t want some group like the ACLU to come in and sue.” They removed the Pledge of Allegiance from the minutes also.

According to Red Flame Wire, last Monday Lacy tried to spin the removal of the Pledge and the prayer from the minutes to lessen his own responsibility for their removal, whereupon Nichols got angry and interrupted, telling him: “But you’re lying.” And he was. “It was Lacy,” says Red Flame Wire, “and three other members of the court who voted to remove the Pledge and Prayer from the records from a June 13th meeting in which Nichols was out of town. Nichols refused to do so. There is one problem for Lacy, it was caught on tape.”


Unholy War in Texas Escalates
by Pamela Geller
July 21, 2011

China Tests Electronic Weapons

No discussion of less powerful anti personnel electromagnetic weapons being used for harassment, crowd control, and to disable individual humans and their personal computers. Five states have laws regulating such weapons. Local police remain negligently trained, cannot or will not stop criminal use of high tech weapons. Police pretend they are unaware of their use. Police employees, FBI informants, and various sociopaths love to torment others and to interfere with computer transmissions contrary to law. US law carries $2 million fine for use with no enforcement when individuals are victims. Corporations and government agencies have institutional protections with varying efficacy. Individuals have no defense available.

[From article]
"China’s electronic weapons are part of what are called “trump card” or “assassin’s mace” weapons that “are based on new technology that has been developed in high secrecy.”
[. . .]
According to the report, China conducted EMP tests on mice, rats, rabbits, dogs and monkeys that produced eye, brain, bone marrow and other organ injuries. It stated that “it is clear the real purpose of the Chinese medical experiments is to learn the potential human effects of exposure to powerful EMP and [high-powered microwave] radiation.”
The tests did not appear designed for “anti-personnel [radio frequency] weapons” because of the limited amounts of radiation used.
However, the report said another explanation is that the Chinese tests may have been research “intended primarily for torturing prisoners,” or the tests may have been conducted to determine safety or shielding standards for military personnel or weapons.
[. . .]
Peter Pry, a former congressional aide who helped direct a commission on EMP [is] president of the group EMPact America.


Beijing develops pulse weapons
Blasts thwart all electronics
By Bill Gertz
The Washington Times
8:12 p.m., Thursday, July 21, 2011

Three Presidents

THREE PRESIDENTS (both parties)...

with the strength to do what was right


No one in either party today has the courage to do this.
Three Presidents...

What did Presidents Hoover, Truman, & Eisenhower have in common?

During the great depression, Herbert Hoover ordered the deportation of ALL illegal aliens in order to make jobs available to American citizens that desperately needed work.

Harry Truman deported over two million illegal aliens after WWII to create jobs for returning veterans.

In 1954, Dwight Eisenhower deported 13-M Mexicans.The program was called Operation Wetback. It was done so WWII & Korean veterans would have a better chance at jobs. It took two years, but they deported them!

Now, if they could deport the illegal aliens back then, they could sure do it today.

Why can't they do this today? Hoover, Truman, & Eisenhower were men of honor, not untrustworthy politicians pandering for votes!

Women Celebrated, Men Demonized


Why aren’t we mad at the mistresses?
By Roland C. Warren,
Published: July 8, 2011
Washington Post

Obama Cancels Day of Prayer, Prays With Muslims

In 1952 President Truman established one day a year as a "National Day of Prayer."


In 1988 President Reagan designated the First Thursday in May of each year as the National Day of Prayer.


In June 2007 (then) Presidential Candidate Barack Obama declared that the USA "Was no longer a Christian nation."


This year President Obama canceled the 21st annual National Day of Prayer ceremony at the White House under the ruse of "not wanting to offend anyone."


BUT on September 25, 2009 from 4 AM until 7 PM, a National Day of Prayer FOR THE MUSLIM RELIGION was held on Capitol Hill, beside the White House. There were over 50,000 Muslims in D.C. that day.


Undefeated in Theaters July 22-24, 2011

New film about Sarah Palin in these theaters weekend of July 22-24, 2011.

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July 21, 2011

Actress Killed Herself, Was Taking Psychiatric Drugs

[From article]
"At the time she was on medication for bipolar disorder, the coroner heard."


20 July 2011 Last updated at 10:02 ET
BBC News
Bond actress Angela Scoular died drinking acid cleaner

High Paid NYC Hooker Ring Busted

[From article]
"One john dropped a whopping $170,000 in one year, said Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes
[. . .]
Asked what that client got for his 170 grand, Hynes quipped, "God knows."

How does Hynes know that?


Biz had 'hooks' in VIP johns
$10,000-a-night escorts & coke on call: DA
New York Post
Last Updated: 6:41 AM, July 21, 2011
Posted: 2:37 AM, July 21, 2011

Squeezing The Taxpayer

An emergency evaluation with no treatment? No wonder it was difficult to get an appointment. If it is not an emergency what is the hurry? Depressed people can read a funny book, eat ice cream, cake, and candy, and see a funny movie while they wait. By that time they may no longer be depressed. Having an emotion is not a mental illness as psychiatrists believe. This is one more effort to squeeze more taxpayer money for the psychiatric industry and the human services industry.

[From article]
"Researchers at Cambridge Health Alliance and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center called 64 mental health facilities within a 10-mile radius of downtown Boston. They posed as patients with Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance who were evaluated for depression at emergency departments and discharged with instructions to get a psychiatric appointment within two weeks.
The researchers say just four facilities could accommodate an appointment that soon."


Survey: Psychiatric care hard to find in Mass
By Associated Press
Boston Herald
Thursday, July 21, 2011

MA Courts Are Thoroughly Polluted

At least he has a lawyer working to free him of the conviction. After I complained about police harassment, Cambridge police arrested me and held me for three months. I fired seven lawyers who were paid to not put on a defense. One judge threatened me that if I testified about what happened to me, he would stop the trial call the psychiatrists and have me put into a hospital. So much for state courts in Massachusetts.

[From article]
“Obviously, he’s very angry at Mr. Dixon,” the civil rights lawyer said, adding that although Powell, who was exonerated by DNA testing and freed in 2004, attended Dixon’s arraignment in 2008, “Anthony wants to see him. It’s just something that’s cathartic for Anthony, to see the man people said he looked like. It’s very hard to get back those years of his life."


Clerical error delays justice in case of 1991 serial rapes
By Laurel J. Sweet
Boston Herald
Thursday, July 21, 2011

Police Use License Plate Scanners

Once government gathers information, it is shortly available to criminals. No government is free of corruption in this century. Being in digital form makes it easier for criminals to obtain. This is a less invasive technology than what is being used currently by police, FBI informants (i.e., criminals), and crime families to monitor law abiding civilians even in their homes. The police either pretend to be unaware of the problem or they do not know how to stop the abuses. In either case they are negligently trained.

[From article]
“We’re currently working to develop a policy that balances the effective use of this powerful law enforcement tool with the privacy concerns we’re keenly aware of,” Harris said.


Lawyer: Cop scanner ‘crosses line’
By O’Ryan Johnson
Boston Herald
Thursday, July 21, 2011

* * *

[From article]
"America isn't walking into a mine field; it is already deep within the field and in mortal peril of having freedom as we know it perish from the earth. Liberty, after all, is a relatively new experiment in humanity having been around a scant 250 years of several thousand years of human history. In fact dictatorship, autocracy, and tyranny are the norm. The problem with America right now is that people are too anesthetized by the latest reality TV show, celebrity trial, or sex scandal to pay attention to the fact that their freedoms are being stripped from them one at a time. The only hope is for America to finally wake up and return to the libertarian principles that founded the nation.


July 15, 2011
The Soft Dictatorship
By Robert Eugene Simmons Jr.
American Thinker


State tries to address scanner concerns
By O’Ryan Johnson and Hillary Chabot
Boston Herald
Friday, July 22, 2011



George W. Bush speech after capture of Saddam Hussein:
The success of yesterday's mission is a tribute to our men and women now serving in Iraq.
The operation was based on the superb work of intelligence analysts who found the
dictator's footprints in a vast country. The operation was carried out with skill and precision by a brave fighting force. Our servicemen and women and our coalition allies have faced many dangers in the hunt for members of the fallen regime, and in their effort to bring hope and freedom to the Iraqi people. Their work continues, and so do the risks. Today, on behalf of the nation, I thank the members of our Armed Forces and I congratulate 'them.

Barack Hussein Obama speech, Sunday, May 1, 2011:
And so shortly after taking office, I directed Leon Panetta, the director of the CIA, to make the
killing or capture of bin Laden the top priority of our war against al Qaeda, even as I continued our broader efforts to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat his network.
Then, last August, after years of painstaking work by my intelligence community, I was briefed on a possible lead to bin Laden. It was far from certain, and it took many months to run this thread to ground. I met repeatedly with my national security team as we developed more information about the possibility that we had located bin Laden hiding within a compound deep inside of Pakistan. And finally, last week, I determined that I had enough intelligence to take action, and I authorized an operation to get Osama bin Laden and bring him to justice.
Today, at my direction, the United States launched a targeted operation against that compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

Double Standard in UK Hacking Scandal

[From article]
"But now the rest of us have to watch while the mainstream media pursue their personal grudge against Rupert Murdoch for allowing Fox News to exist. They demand his head for owning a British tabloid where some reporters used illegally obtained information, something The New York Times does defiantly on a regular basis."


Media Mogul Charged with First Degree Murdoch
by Ann Coulter
Human Events

Storming Las Vegas

Just finished reading this exciting book. Some say the film Scarface starring Al Pacino as a Cuban drug dealer in Miami is about Jose Vigoa, the subject of the book. But the film omits his training as a Russian special forces officer, his command in Afghanistan and Angola, and more importantly his attacks on Las Vegas casinos. He is currently in prison in northern Nevada.

Storming Las Vegas: How a Cuban-Born, Soviet-Trained Commando Took Down the Strip to the Tune of Five World-Class Hotels, Three Armored Cars, and Millions of Dollars [Hardcover]


Film About Crime in Italy

Informative film about deaths of Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellini in Sicily and the aftermath. Includes scenes from the Maxi Trials of 344 defendants; the war between Palermo families and the Corleonesi. 70 year-old photographer Leitizia Battaglia helps narrate. Giuseppe Ayala: "The mafia is an organic part of the Italian political system." Silvio Berlusconi current Italian Prime Minister says, to want to be a magistrate is "to be mentally disturbed." One comment reveals that the crime families are not concerned with left or right politics. They are only concerned with power and who has it. Rosaria Scifani, a widow of one of the many murder victims, says that the government cannot be trusted to protect them from the crime families. Sounds just like the United States.

Excellent Cadavers (2005)


Directed by Marco Turco. With Giuseppe Ayala, Letizia Battaglia, Alexander Stille.

July 20, 2011

What's Good For Syria and Libya is Good For the USA

30 groups met in Turkey to discuss removing Syria's leader. NATO forces are trying to force Libya's leader to leave his position. Where are the groups to demand that Obama leaves?

[From article]
"Over the weekend, representatives of more than 30 groups and parties met in Istanbul, Turkey, and agreed to form a National Council for Transition. The conference was connected via webcam to a parallel meeting in Damascus of the leaders of the internal opposition."


New hope for Syria
Even as Washington dithers
Amir Taheri
New York Post
Last Updated: 12:35 AM, July 19, 2011
Posted: 10:50 PM, July 18, 2011

Rabbi Kidnaps Husband To Force Divorce

[From article]
"Briskman was placed in a taxi with Wax while a van followed them. Wax told his captive that the trailing van was driven by an "Italian team" that would "take [Briskman] to the Poconos and bury him alive," according to the complaint.
[. . .]
"Everything that's written is all speculation," David Wax said outside his home last night. "I'm a plain Joe."


Silly rabbi! Bust for divorce force
Snatched & beat reluctant hubby: feds
New York Post
Last Updated: 8:06 AM, July 19, 2011
Posted: 1:27 AM, July 19, 2011

Exposing Black Racism

Individual rights and responsibilities are American values. Collectivism was imported from socialist countries and think tanks. Racism, sexism, homophobia are socialist propaganda tactics to divide Americans. Oleg Kalugin, chief KGB agent in the US, revealed the goal of dividing Americans. They did a great job. It was perhaps the Frankfort School In Germany which first proposed political correctness. That was adopted by socialists and added to collectivism.

[From article]
"Collective guilt is a notion that is so laser-focused on race, it is actually racist.
It's also anti-God because no legitimate religion preaches culpability based on race or gender. According to Hinduism and Buddhism, we each reap what we sow karmically. Christians and Jews believe in individual accountability for sins on Judgment Day."

July 20, 2011
Black Privilege
Robin of Berkeley
American Thinker

Man Kills Man After A/C Water Dropped on Sister

Just the facts Ma'am.


Chicago man kills another over dripping air conditioner
WLSAM Radio Chcago IL
Posted 7/19/11 8:45 a.m.

Twinkies and The Devil Are Responsible

So you see Flip Wilson was right. The Devil did make him do it.

[From article]
"The lawyer for a Pittsfield man accused of fatally beating his live-in girlfriend says his client was under the influence of alcohol and drugs and did not intend to kill the woman.


Lawyer: Pittsfield man didn’t intend to kill girlfriend
By Associated Press
Boston Herald
Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Popular Harvard Psychology Professor Resigns

"I have also been offered some exciting opportunities in the private sector,” Hauser wrote in a resignation letter dated July 7. Does that mean he was employed by a government agency? Or that Harvard University is a government agency?
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Edward Allen Penis [Moderator] in reply to menckenlite
Oh lord, you're a moron if you cannot distinguish academia from the private sector.
8 people liked this.

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You argue with morons? Harvard University academics may be in a self deluded atmosphere above ordinary humans, but legally it is a private not for profit corporation with for profit divisions. Why do elitists use personal attacks when they are confronted with unpleasant facts? Being in Cambridge Massachusetts, one may understand why Harvard academics believe they are a political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Controlling as they do the Executive, the Judiciary, much of the Legislature, in additon to the local city goverment of lap dogs Harvard academics see themselves as master public officials keeping clear of the dreaded private sector. With a President who shares that view of the world private becomes public and upside down is right side up. Welcome to the Harvard in Wonderland world of words mean what I want them to mean.
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Edward Allen Penis [Moderator] 12 hours ago in reply to menckenlite
After reading your blog, I've concluded that I do, indeed, argue with morons. Congratulations.

indipete [Moderator] 17 hours ago in reply to Edward Allen Penis
So what are you saying? That "academia" is in the public sector? Or that it constitutes a sector in and of itself?

realsleep Replying to menckenlite

Sorry, but --- Marc Hauser's research was funded in large part by the federal government. Many of his graduate students and postdocs were likewise paid 100% of their salary by the government.
So, in a very real sense, he worked for the government. And this is why even a private university is not quite the same as a private company. There are faculty at Harvard Medical School who draw a majority of their pay from government grants.

menckenlite Replying to realsleep

Harvard get millions in research money from taxpayers. One year it was $460 million from the NSF alone. Obtaining research grant money is big business. Rainmakers are rewarded and given wide latitude within their institutions. Researchers do not become employees of the taxpayer when using their money. Contrary to the high standards of most graduate student researchers some researchers believe they are above the laws and that the benefits of their research outweighs any harm to individuals (the defense used by the Nazi doctors at the Nuremberg trials). Harvard has three IRBs and sends one letter of assurance to the NIH each year promising to obey all US research laws (Title 45 CFR 46) for all their research. US officials whose mission is to ensure compliance take Harvard at its word in their letter. They demand evidence of wrongdoing from the human subjects harmed. When it comes to Harvard and their researchers there is no compelling reason to comply with the laws. There are no consequences. Under law Harvard would lose all of its taxpayer research grants from one violation of the laws.

[From article]
"I have also been offered some exciting opportunities in the private sector,” Hauser wrote in a resignation letter dated July 7.


Embattled Professor Marc Hauser Will Resign from Harvard
Controversial professor came under fire for allegedly faking data
By Gautam S. Kumar and Julia L Ryan,
Published: Tuesday, July 19, 2011

July 19, 2011

Census Poor Figures Misleading

[From article]
"Data from the Department of Energy and other agencies show that the average poor family, as defined by Census officials:

● Lives in a home that is in good repair, not crowded, and equipped with air conditioning, clothes washer and dryer, and cable or satellite TV service.

● Prepares meals in a kitchen with a refrigerator, coffee maker and microwave as well as oven and stove.

● Enjoys two color TVs, a DVD player, VCR and — if children are there — an Xbox, PlayStation, or other video game system.

● Had enough money in the past year to meet essential needs, including adequate food and medical care."


Modern Poverty Includes A.C. and an Xbox
July 18, 2011 10:39 A.M.
By Ken McIntyre
National Review Online

Brave Mexican Women Leave For US

[From article]
"Valles called her husband and told him to grab their 1-year-old son. She got her two sisters on the phone, and then her parents. Within half an hour, the entire family was mobilized.
[. . .]
the family held its collective breath for the 20 or so miles it took to arrive at the shared border with Texas.
[. . .]
Many of the gun smugglers the ATF sought may have been informants for the FBI and the US Drug Enforcement Administration, Melson said. The ATF was kept in the dark about the smugglers’ connection to other law enforcement agencies, he testified.
[. . .]
In the past four years, there were 34,612 drug-related killings in Mexico, according to government figures. Last year was the bloodiest on record — 15,273 people were killed in drug-related violence.
[. . .]
Marisela Escobedo Ortiz, was murdered in broad daylight on the steps of a Chihuahua government building on Dec. 16, 2010. Escobedo was pressing the local government to pursue the murder of her daughter, Rubi, killed a year earlier, allegedly by a member of the Zeta gang."


Life inside the asylum
Bloody drug cartels, an ATF sting gone bad and a 21-year-old sheriff begging for protection threaten to spark a war on the Mexican border
New York Post
Last Updated: 4:37 AM, July 17, 2011
Posted: 8:32 PM, July 16, 2011

Non Profit Corruption

Same thing goes on in Massachusetts with no media scrutiny.

[From article]
"Here’s how it works: Legislative leaders dole out cash to their members in return for loyalty, support and votes. The members, in turn, toss the cash around in their districts to buy political backing. That’s corrupt enough.

But lawmakers increasingly steer the money to “nonprofit” groups that they, their relatives and/or their friends control. That makes the whole practice — both in Albany and at City Hall — just another way for pols to line their own pockets and those of friends and family."


Stop the slush!
The Post calls for a ban on ‘member items’ steered by lawmakers into the pockets of family and friends
New York Post
Last Updated: 4:37 AM, July 17, 2011
Posted: July 17, 2011

Obama's Health Care Fantasies Exposed

[From article]
"Since ObamaCare passed, the amount workers pay in health care premiums has soared an average of nearly 14 percent; thousands of businesses have sought waivers in search of relief from the law's onerous mandates; and the private individual health-insurance market is in critical condition. Post-ObamaCare, truth is bloodier than pro-ObamaCare fiction."


Dems' parade of health-care lies
Michelle Malkin
New York Post
Last Updated: 3:09 AM, July 16, 2011
Posted: 9:41 PM, July 15, 2011

Texas Hold 'Em Bluff Against Nothing

[From article]
"The first principle of poker is not to give any indication that you're bluffing. Presi dent Obama violated it at one of the increasingly farcical White House meetings on the debt ceiling. He reportedly left the confab with a warning to Republicans: "Don't call my bluff."
[. . .]
The paralysis in the House means Obama can beat nothing with nothing. His nothing is made up of phantom spending cuts that he's never compelled to reveal but that he takes credit for proposing in negotiations. Free of any obligation to put them on paper, let alone get them scored by the Congressional Budget Office, he can pose as the most regal of fiscal hawks.
[. . .]
The House Republican nothing is much more literal. Republican leaders don't know their next move. To extend the poker analogy, they are all-in with no hand to play."


Calling Bam's bluff
GOP is bumbling debt fight
Rich Lowry
New York Post
Last Updated: 3:09 AM, July 16, 2011
Posted: 9:39 PM, July 15, 2011

NYC Contractor Heavy Duty Polluted

[From article]
""Very rarely does the federal government exercise suspension against a major contractor even when they've been convicted and been involved in criminal activity."
[. . .]
One SAIC exec has pleaded guilty and agreed to roll over on others implicated in the scandal.
And another SAIC exec has been indicted.
Eight other contractors on the project have also been indicted on federal charges."


CityTime scandal firm wins feds' big bucks
New York Post
Last Updated: 6:40 AM, July 15, 2011
Posted: 2:12 AM, July 15, 2011

Bulger Had Fake Social Security and Birth Certificates

[From article]
"They slept in separate bedrooms and used false Social Security cards and birth certificates, some belonging to real people, although it's not clear how Bulger obtained them."


'Whitey' Bulger hid guns, cash in makeshift safes in apartment
New York Post Wire Services
Last Updated: 9:34 AM, July 14, 2011
Posted: 2:02 AM, July 14, 2011

Bronx Crescent Avenue Crew Busted


Fed drug-gang arrests in Bx.
New York Post
Last Updated: 9:31 AM, July 14, 2011
Posted: 1:55 AM, July 14, 2011

DEA Arrests Albanian Merchants


Raids roll up Albania mob
New York Post
Last Updated: 7:14 AM, July 14, 2011
Posted: 1:06 AM, July 14, 2011

Media Bias Gives Obama ATF Pass

Network Ignores Obama's, Holder's ATF Scandal


Probing Bachmann, Palin, and Gingrich, NBC's Investigative Unit Ignores Obama's ATF Debacle
By Alex Fitzsimmons
July 18, 2011 | 16:46

Cheating Allows Students To Pass Standard Tests

[From article]
"for 10 years, hundreds of Atlanta public school teachers and principals changed answers on state tests in one of the largest cheating scandals in U.S. history, according to a scathing 413-page investigative report released Tuesday by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal." The report says that more than three-quarters of the 56 Atlanta schools investigated cheated on the 2009 standardized National Assessment of Educational Progress.
[. . .]
The Detroit Free Press and USA Today (3/8/2011) released an investigative report that found higher-than-average erasure rates on tests taken by students at 34 schools in and around Detroit in 2008 and 2009. Overall, their report "found 304 schools where experts say the gains on standardized tests in 2009-10 are so statistically improbable, they merit further investigation. Besides Michigan, the other states (where suspected cheating was found) were Ohio, Arizona, Colorado, Florida and California." A Dallas Morning News investigation reported finding high rates of test erasures in Texas."


Walter Williams

Walter E. Williams

Education Is Worse Than We Thought
COPYRIGHT July 18, 2011

Obama's Words Have No Meaning

This is an example of Obama-Speak -- George Orwell (1903-1950): "Political language. . . is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind."


July 19, 2011
One Obama Presser, 36 Obama Lies and Deceptions
By Charlie P Brannan
American Thinker

HBO Basher Attacks Palin's Children


‘Eunuchs’: Did Anyone Notice Bill Maher Trashing Sarah Palin’s Children as ‘Family of Inbred Weirdos’?
Posted by John Nolte
Jul 18th 2011 at 3:17 pm

July 18, 2011

Police Ignore Black Racism

Ah, yes and if it was the the other way around Al Sharpton would be in front of FBI headquarters demanding a civil rights probe and reparations. For 35 years one black racist FBI informant (now called witness protection) has stalked me and slandered me. No one in local state or US offices would act and ignored my repeated complaints. On one occasion local police arrested me after my complaint and held me for three months. I fired seven lawyers who were paid to not put on a defense. They all worked for black police. Racism, black racism, is alive, well and encouraged by liberal government officials under Obama and Holder, and their acolytes in the media.

[From article]
""People started saying stupid little comments - cracker this, white boy this, f----t this," Fordell said. "I told them the only reason they were saying this is there was four of them and one of me."
[. . .]
The case is being investigated by detectives, but has not been assigned to the NYPD hate crimes task force because cops are unsure if the suspects were motivated by bias, sources said."


I was beaten, taunted for being white, Bronx man says after subway attack
BY Barry Paddock and John Lauinger
Monday, July 18th 2011, 4:00 AM

Lawyer Politicians Promote More Controversies

Lawyers want more litigation. In most states elected officials who are lawyers dominate legislatures, executive branches and especially the judiciary. From self interest these politicians write laws that increase the number of disputes. Stirring up controversies makes for more business, just as the psychiatric industry does persuading everyone that all criminals are mentally ill, and thus all persons accused of mental illness are criminals too. Illogical? Yes, but when does that matter for legislation?

[From article]
"(And I think I speak for all Americans when I say we're looking for ways to get more pointless litigation into our lives.)


Get Rid of Government--But First Make Me President!
by Ann Coulter
Human Events

Undefeated, Film Review

[From Review]
"The media dare not show you the entirety of her speeches, because Palin is a passionate, well-spoken, and thoroughly polished speaker who knows what it is that she believes, and why she believes it.
[. . .]
The opening gives you a taste of the sort of attacks Palin has come under, many of which the media has not reported. Prepare to feel shame at what's been done. Steady yourself for the sadness at the realization of what's been done to this woman and her family. Know that it will anger you to see the litany of four-letter harangues and threats aimed at Palin. For a parent, in an emotional sense, it's a bit like watching helplessly as your own daughter is violently assaulted. If it doesn't get a rise out of you, you're likely dead inside, and this movie isn't for you."


We and She: The Undefeated
by Mark America on Saturday,
July 16, 2011 at 11:12am

Undefeated, The Film Released

[From article]
The Sarah Palin I deeply appreciate, the accomplished, effective and popular citizen of Alaska, was the highest rated U.S. Governor in the history of Gallup polling, one who maintained statewide favorability ratings that exceeded 80% during both 2007 and 2008. She actually enjoyed an Alaska voter approval rating of 88% on the very August day in 2008 she was selected as the Republican party's vice presidential candidate. Her life is remarkably extraordinary, yet one our traditional media refuses to tell.
[. . .]
It will awaken the senses for those previously unconvinced of exactly how the modern day "progressive" movement comfortably uses lies, ridicule, false narratives and intellectual laziness to mislead their audiences. This movie delivers a massive body blow to the media, it dilutes the effectiveness of liberal scare tactics and will vaccinate millions against infection from traditional "news" reporting.


July 9, 2011
A Rogue Warrior's Strategy for Conservatives
By Rob Cunningham
American Thinker

Former Murdoch Chief Arrested

The cozy relationship between journalists and politicians exists as sordidly in the USA as in the UK. What is discouraging is the way that the ACLU now works with police and the FBI instead of protecting civilians from government abuses. The ACLU and major news facilities have become advocates for liberals and socialists. They use propaganda to deceive and to mislead civilians.

[From article]
"On Sunday she showed up for a prearranged meeting with London police investigating the hacking and was arrested. She questioned on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications — phone hacking — and on suspicion of corruption, which relates to bribing police for information.

Brooks' spokesman, David Wilson, said police contacted her Friday to arrange a meeting and she voluntarily went "to assist with their ongoing investigation." He claimed that Brooks did not know she was going to be arrested.

Hours after Brooks' arrest, Stephenson said he was resigning as commissioner of London's force because of "speculation and accusations" about his links to Neil Wallis, a former News of the World executive editor who was arrested last week in the scandal. Wallis worked for the London police as a part-time PR consultant for a year until September 2010."


Ex-Murdoch aide Brooks arrested; Police chief out
Associated Press
July 18, 2011

UK Hacking Scandal

One report I read alleged that when the voice mail box of "murdered 13-year-old Milly Dowler" was full the hackers deleted some so that they could hear more. In the 1990s before I settled into an apartment after many years of moving, I used a voice mail system. I knew that someone was deleting voice mails but had no way of proving it. Police treated me as if I was imagining this. Twenty years later the police remain negligently trained to stop high tech criminal abuses. They either are participants pretending that it does not happen or they are clueless. In either case they are useless to stop criminal abuses of civilians. When police and the FBI are criminals where does one go to get relief and protection from government criminals?

[From article]
"The News of the World, which published its final edition a week ago, is alleged to have hacked up to 4,000 phones including that of murdered 13-year-old Milly Dowler,"


Hacking scandal fells UK top cop
By Kate Holton and Keith Weir
July 18, 2011

July 17, 2011

Moonbows at Yosemite


Somewhere over the... moonbow: Dazzling arc of colour lights up night sky at Yosemite National Park
By John Stevens
Daily Mail (UK)
Last updated at 12:28 AM on 17th July 2011