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Stop Glorifying Football Players and Start Glorifying Soldiers

 

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September 19, 2014

TIME: No football player is a hero in the way that a man or woman who risks his or her life in a just cause is a hero

And yet one still wonders what this misbehavior is all about.

When I posed the question to a friend of mine, he responded directly. What do you expect? They’ve been worshipped like gods ever since they were kids, he told me. And that’s true enough. Adults have melted in awe at their ability to fling a ball down a field, dodge a tackler, or knock another player on his can. Of course some have outsized egos and a royal sense of entitlement. Of course some think they can get away with more than the rest of us. If someone had treated you like a monarch from the time you could wear shoulder pads, so would you. If people took you for a hero because you could create first downs or stop them, what would you be like?

I thought about what my friend said (and what I heaped on to his observation myself) and after a while I suspected that he was on to something. The operative word here was a common enough one. The operative word was “hero.”

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In our culture we treat sports players as heroes. Of course we do: because what they achieve on the playing field is amazing. Baseball players and hoop stars and of course gridiron greats perform spectacular feats all the time. And so we worship them—of course we do.

But is a football player (or an ace b-baller or a twenty game winning pitcher) really a hero? If you think so, you are parting company with tradition.

In the Western tradition a hero is, in the earliest manifestation, a warrior. It’s someone like Homer’s Hector, or Virgil’s Aeneas, who is willing to fight and if necessary to die to defend his people. Hector has to face the amazing Achilles in defense of Troy—and of course Hector loses. Aeneas fights all enemies, including the formidable Turnus, to secure the founding of Rome. In the Hebrew tradition, David steps up to Goliath to save his nation.

Other heroic archetypes come along over time. People learn to stand in awe not only of warriors, but of saintly individuals like Jesus and Buddha and Confucius. People learn to salute great thinkers like Plato and Aristotle and later major scientists like Einstein. Human beings first find their heroes among warriors and spiritual leaders and men and women of imposing intellect. The saint, the warrior, the true thinker: these were the original heroes.

We still need heroes. Everyone at every time has. But we cannot find our martial heroes on the battlefield anymore. We do not know if our recent wars are just. We do not know if our causes are true. Were we right to invade Afghanistan? Were we ultimately justified in going into Iraq? Most people are not sure.

The newspapers don’t tell us many stories of the men and women who fight under our colors in the Middle East. We usually do not know who they are and what they are doing. Right now we do not have bona fide martial heroes to praise.

So we worship football players instead. We worship athletes: we swoon at the feet of simulation heroes. The average NFL fan can probably name 20 football heroes. How many heroes from the war in Iraq or the war in Afghanistan can the fan name?

Football players can be brave: it’s true. What they do on Saturday and Sunday afternoons is graceful, beautiful and dangerous. But no football player who ever lived or ever will live is a hero in the way that a man or woman who risks his or her life in a just cause is a hero. Those are real heroes. The Greeks were devoted to sports: they were, of course, the inventors of the Olympic games. But no Greek would tell you that an athlete was more important than Leonidas and the three hundred Spartans who stopped the Persians at Thermopylae. No Greek could imagine that an athlete was more to be praised than Themistocles and his sailors, who won the victory at Salamis.

Sports heroes are simulation heroes. I love sports—don’t get me wrong. But we’ve blown the games and the players all out of proportion.

The players: we treat them like Hector and Achilles and Aeneas and Ajax. We look at them as though they were man-gods. And after a decade and a half of being worshipped, is it surprising if pro athletes turn out to be willful, spoiled, bullying and selfish? Remember how the gods in the Greek myths were prone to act? They were willful and selfish and all the rest.

If we could start worshipping real heroes—true thinkers and just warriors and lovers of humanity—we could take back a little bit of our investment in football idols. That would be a fine change for us all—and I’ll bet it wouldn’t be a half bad thing for the players, either.

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By Lorra B. Chief writer for SilentSoldier

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“Banning Word of ALLAH is Liking Banning Word of GOD” Reports AceWorldNews

imageedit_2_2250760853AceWorldNews: South East Asia News      September 18, 2014

The following article was written by AceWorldNews and isn’t about religious beliefs but about censorship and the absurdity of what is being done in Malaysia.

For long, Malaysia has been a multi-religious country where most people can adhere to their own religion even though Islam is the official religion. A state with a history of its diverse faith followers that lived in peace with each other. However, recent years have seen a drastic rise in growing intolerance towards the religious and ethnic minorities.

In recent developments, are the infamous Malay Court Ban limiting the use of the Arabic word Allah for Muslims “ONLY.

The country has come under fire for its systematic evidence of targeting Christian community; the church burnings, grave desecration and the seizure of 300 Bibles. This Bible raid was justified under the Court ruling as it contained the word Allah. Come again.

When one thinks that the word Allah has been used by Malaysians for over 600 years and the name Allah was used in the Gospel printed in Malaysian 400 years ago, we can better comprehend the senselessness and impropriety of this prohibition. Ridiculous:.

The followers of Christ in the Arabian Peninsula, including some 12 million followers of Christianity are using the word Allah without any qualms or statutory rulings.

So why and what is wrong in Malaysian Christians using the word Allah?

The Koran itself is very clear on this subject, by affirming that Muslims should say to Jews and Christians that “our God and your God is one”.

However, many Malay Muslims have a rigid and schematic view of Islam. The challenge is to “educate the masses” and to promote religious freedom. Moreover, the government says Allah should be reserved exclusively for Muslims — who make up nearly two-thirds of the country’s 29 million people — because if other religions use it that could confuse Muslims and lead them to convert.

For crying out loud, is this really happening?

The Allah ban is a direct result of our failure in Nation Building as a peoples. Everyone is responsible for it and everyone should play a role in the reconciliation process. We will have to look back as a nation and ask where did we go wrong. Then from there, we will need to find new creative ways to bridge the cross cultural gaps that led to this point,” says Malaysian human rights defender and Director, Dignity International (an international human rights based organization) Adrian Periera.

On-ground human rights groups have joined hands with Malaysian Catholics in campaigning against this ruling. One good that came out of this inanity, is the renewal of the Malaysians spirit that is seen into coming together as a united force. Needless, the Malays Catholics don’t find themselves alone in this battle and can count on the support of Muslim groups.

Organizations like Sisters in Islam (SIS) and the Front for Islamic revival (IRF) have launched initiatives on social networks to promote accurate information removed from the ideology and propaganda of the government and extremist movements.

God, what is your religion?” This cryptic question, spotted on a T-shirt worn by a Malay Muslim woman demonstrator in a public protest for expressing solidarity with minority Christians over who can use the term ‘Allah’.

This debate has crossed national borders and sparked a debate among Muslims around the world.

In Pakistan, the English daily newspaper Daily Times questioned the ruling, asking why Malaysia would deny people of other faiths to “own God in all His attributes”. Similarly a newspaper in the United Arab Emirates called the court ruling “wrong”, and said the word Allah was never exclusive to Islam but used by both Christians and Jews to refer to God even before the advent of Islam.

“So. My God is not your God. And your God is not mine”

Is this making sense to any sane person within Malaysia and elsewhere? I guess not.

Reza Aslam, Muslim Academic writer said that the world was “laughing” at Malaysia over the court ruling that he described as a political decision more than anything else. “That you can control people’s ideas, their behavior, their faith and their minds simply by trying to control the words that they use, is absurd. It is an embarrassment to a modern, constitutional, democratic and deeply Muslim state like Malaysia,” said the religious scholar.

Indeed, congratulations to Malaysia being the first country to ban God’s name and to limit God to themselves.

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Ace Related News:

1. Malaysia’s Top Court Rules Non-Muslims Cannot Use the World Allah to        Refer to God 

2. Ban on use of Allah is Dangerous  

 

By Lorra B. Chief Writer for Silent Soldier

http://SilentSoldier.us

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‘Hard Choices’ Will Face Hillary Clinton Should She Seek Another Presidential Run

imageedit_2_7401037219Hillary Clinton ran and lost in the 2008 presidential elections and many Americans wonder if and why she would run again. Others, however, eager to see her as our next president, wonder what would keep her from seeking the elusive office for a second time.

In July CNN asked the question, “What would cause Hillary Clinton not to run for president?”

Two months ago Clinton answered that question and said, “It would be wholly personal…Because I know so much about the job and how hard it is; I am very struck by the historic nature of a campaign that I might, in the future, undertake.”

Explaining that the job has gotten more difficult and is now a much bigger undertaking, Clinton addresses that issue by saying, “You’ve got to get the money from the Congress to really improve what you’re doing, personnel policies, and all the rest. So the job is as challenging as it’s always been, but I would say almost to a degree of amplification that’s hard to imagine.”

Now, in September, things are looking a little clearer.

It has been since 2008 that Clinton has graced Iowa with her presence. Her visit there on Sunday began fanning the flames of speculation about a possible 2016 presidential run stating that she has “a few things on [her] mind” of late.

“There’s that other thing [referring to the rumored presidential run]. It is true I am thinking about it.”

Why would Clinton want to run for president again? Clearly, the ultimate goal of becoming the first female American President has its own rewards but is it worth going through the process again? In July President Obama was interviewed by New Yorker and was asked if he believed Hillary Clinton [and/or Joe Biden] was ‘Oval Office material.’imageedit_8_3242661770

“For both Joe and Hillary, they’ve already accomplished an awful lot in their lives. The question is, do they, at this phase in their lives, want to go through the pretty undignifying process of running all over again?” stated Obama.

That is a question that we are still left wondering as Clinton told reporters on Sunday that the reason for her Iowa visit was “to support candidates.”

“It is true, I am thinking about it,” Clinton said. “But for today, that is not why I am here. I am here first and foremost for Tom [Harkin], for [Tom’s wife] Ruth and for the great candidates that you have a chance to elect.”

Clinton has stated that she will make a decision “probably after the first of the year.”

America is in a very different place than in 2008 and its issues are tremendous. Being the first woman president would be an enormous milestone but with issues like war and terrorism, not to mention financial and social upset, Clinton may have an upward climb.

“To win the nomination, let alone the general election, Clinton will have to lay out her vision of the way forward,” reports TruthDig.

Tom Harkin told Dan Balz of The Washington Post that “…she is much more progressive in her thoughts and her inclination than most people may think.”

“There is much we know about Hillary Clinton by whatever label she chooses to wear or hide behind,” reported Quad-City Times. “She has been in the national spotlight for more than two decades and most people have already decided what they think of her.”

At this point Clinton has a 43% approval rating, a 41% negative rating, and 16% are undecided or neutral, according to a Wall Street Journal poll.

The question then becomes whether she can bounce back from a very high negative rating when the campaign has not even begun yet nor have the political ads.

imageedit_5_9417111910“Some Democrats who backed other candidates in the state’s caucuses in 2008 say they haven’t yet warmed to Mrs. Clinton,” stated Peter Nicholas of The Wall Street Journal. “Others bristled at her recent criticism of President Barack Obama’s Mideast policy…some say they want to see a more accessible and authentic candidate than the one who finished third behind Mr. Obama and former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina (in 2008).”

Negative ratings are not Clintons only obstacle. What memorable things did she do when she was first lady that sticks out in voter’s mind? She did vote to give authority to President Bush to carry out the Afghanistan and Iraq wars when she was senator. But most of Clinton’s resolutions and legislation were not memorable except when she failed to protect the three Americans and U.S. ambassador who were killed in Benghazi. I can see the political ads now and they won’t be pleasant.

Clinton was also notoriously unkind to her Secret Service detail, according to the book ‘In the President’s Secret Service.’ There were agents who had been assigned to her that referred to there assigned detail as “a form of punishment.”  This, too, will not play well in the media.

“An indication of how difficult it will be to sell Mrs. Clinton as a competent president comes from a column by Nicholas Kristof of The New York Times, who tries his best to create a positive record for her,” reports Quad-City Times. “Clinton achieved a great deal and left a hefty legacy—just not the traditional kind. …For starters, Clinton recognized that our future will be more about Asia than Europe.”

“More fundamentally, Clinton vastly expanded the diplomatic agenda. Diplomats historically focused on hard issues, like trade or blowing up stuff, and so it may seem weird and soft to fret about women’s rights or economic development.”

Advocates for Clinton, however, have a different view her. Harkin praised Clinton’s dedication to health care reform, (though ‘Hillarycare’ did not go over well). “Her fingerprints are all over that legislation (Obamacare). It would not have happened but for her strenuous advocacy all those years.”

A union member from Fort Dodge, Cindy Sturtz, stated, “I honestly believe she will be the next president.”

The support for Clinton was obvious in Iowa during the annual steak fry with over 5,000 Democratic activists. There were chants of “Hillary, Hillary, Hillary!” and much applause as she tip-toed around the possibility of her re-run for presidency.

imageedit_14_7279605843Though the overall popularity polls show Clinton in the negative, early polls have shown her leading other Democrats by a large margin, including Maryland’s Governor Martin O’Malley, and Vice President Joe Biden.

Traveling to Des Moines next week, Biden has not dismissed the possibility of another campaign. O’Malley has made many trips to Iowa and plans on dispatching staff members this fall.

Mitt Romney chimed in his opinion of Clinton running for president and stated, “Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are two peas in the same pod, and the American people have tasted that and have said, ‘Look, that’s not a good taste. It’s not right for the American people.”

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We will have to wait until after the first of the year to discover what Hillary Clinton will do but it is clear she will have an up-hill battle if she chooses to run for the presidency again and many “Hard Choices” to make concerning the issues facing the United States.

 

By Lorra B. Chief Writer for Silent Soldier

http://SilentSoldier.us

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Joint Chiefs Chairman Opens Door to US Boots on Ground in ISIS Fight

imageedit_2_7392884321Fox News.com: The top U.S. military leader opened the door Tuesday to U.S. troops on the ground in the fight against the Islamic State, testifying before Congress that he could recommend “U.S. military ground forces” if the international coalition being formed proves ineffective against the terror group. 

Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey made the statement during testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee. Though President Obama vowed last week that the U.S. would “not get dragged into another ground war in Iraq” and military leaders say ground troops are not needed at the moment, Dempsey said he could change his recommendation if he found circumstances “evolving” in the region. 

“My view at this point is that this coalition is the appropriate way forward,” Dempsey said. “I believe that will prove true, but if it fails to be true and if there are threats to the United States, then I of course would go back to the president and make a recommendation that may include the use of U.S. military ground forces.” 

Dempsey provided one example of a scenario where he might recommend U.S. ground forces, saying they could be used to help Kurdish and Iraqi forces retake Mosul, now controlled by the Islamic State, or ISIS. 

The statement comes as the administration faces a deep divide in Congress that muddies traditional partisan lines over the possibility of ground forces being introduced. Many Democrats and Republicans oppose U.S. combat troops entering the fight. But some Republican lawmakers have criticized the president for appearing to rule out that option. 

“ISIS is an army,” Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., top Republican on the committee, said Tuesday. “It will take an army to beat an army.” 

Inhofe also criticized the administration for its “indecision and hand-wringing” before last week and expressed concern that the administration is still treating the mission as a chiefly counterterrorism mission. 

Dempsey and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, though, defended the U.S. strategy in Iraq and Syria. And, for those uneasy about the U.S. entering yet another conflict in the Middle East, they claimed the group will directly threaten the U.S. homeland if left unchecked. 

“It considers itself the rightful inheritor of Usama bin Laden’s legacy,” Hagel said. 

The testimony was interrupted several times by anti-war protesters, who appeared to be from the group Code Pink and shouted “no more war” before being led out of the room. 

The military leaders stressed the differences between this campaign and the last Iraq war. 

“This won’t look like a ‘shock and awe’ campaign because that’s simply not how ISIL is organized, but it will be a persistent and sustainable campaign,” Dempsey said. 

In a lengthy opening statement, Hagel said ISIS has gained strength by exploiting Syria’s civil war and sectarian strife in Iraq. 

“As it has seized territory across both countries and acquired significant resources and advanced weapons, ISIL has employed a violent combination of terrorist, insurgent, and conventional military tactics,” he said.

 

By Lorra B. Chief Writer for Silent Soldier

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Feds Step Up Terrorist Recruitment Fight in U.S.

In a video message posted on the Justice Department’s website, Holder said a series of cities “across the nation” will be chosen to participate in a pilot program that will involve an extra effort to combat the message of groups like ISIL and to intervene with those susceptible to that message before they take action.

“These programs will bring together community representatives, public safety officials, religious leaders, and United States Attorneys to improve local engagement; to counter violent extremism; and – ultimately – to build a broad network of community partnerships to keep our nation safe,” Holder said. “Under President Obama’s leadership, along with our interagency affiliates, we will work closely with community representatives to develop comprehensive local strategies, to raise awareness about important issues, to share information on best practices, and to expand and improve training in every area of the country….Ultimately, the pilot programs will enable us to develop more effective – and more inclusive – ways to help build the more just, secure, and free society that all Americans deserve.”

A Justice Department official said the specific communities participating in the new effort will not be announced until next month. Last week, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced that the White House will host a conference in October on what government officials refer to as “countering violent extremism.”

The same official said the new pilot program is aimed at broadening current outreach efforts to involve more people from outside the ranks of law enforcement. “This new initiative will supplement existing efforts by engaging the resources and expertise available from a range of social service providers including education administrators, mental health professionals, and religious leaders to provide more robust support and help facilitate community-led interventions,” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The U.S. Government’s current efforts to stem terrorist recruitment and so-called “lone wolf” attacks by people receptive to extremist rhetoric have been criticized for being unfocused and underfunded. In addition, many experts have questioned whether U.S. Attorneys—the top federal prosecutors in various communities—are best-suited to lead the government’s anti-extremism campaign.

Many leaders in the Muslim community are reluctant to work with prosecutors because of deep concern over Federal Bureau of Investigation sting operations used to target potential terrorists. However, efforts in the U.S. to use means other than traditional law enforcement to intervene with individuals susceptible to extremist messages have been few, due to concerns about civil liberties as well as fears about what could happen if that kind of intervention failed in a specific case.

Holder’s statement Monday seemed to acknowledge some of those concerns. While the outreach efforts are expected to focus primarily on communities with large Muslim populations, his video message made no reference to the religion aside from his use of the acronym for the terrorist group which has grabbed attention for its brutal tactics assembling territory across Syria and Iraq.

“As we move forward together, our work must continue to be guided by the core democratic values – and the ideals of freedom, openness, and inclusion – that have always set this nation apart on the world stage,” Holder said. “We must be both innovative and aggressive in countering violent extremism and combating those who would sow intolerance, division, and hate – not just within our borders, but with our international partners on a global scale.  And we must never lose sight of what violent extremists fear the most: the strength of our communities; our unwavering respect for equality, civil rights, and civil liberties; and our enduring commitment to justice, democracy, and the rule of law.”

 

By Lorra B. Chief Writer for Silent Soldier

http://SilentSoldier.us

 

 

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Which is it – ‘ISIS’ or ‘ISIL’ – What’s the Difference

imageedit_2_7986459359Many Americans are becoming confused as The White House has bounced between the two acronyms “ISIS” and “ISIL” and are left wondering what the difference is.

The majority of media are using the acronym ISIS so it is no wonder that when government officials of the United Nations, U.S. State Department and President Obama, have switched to using ISIL confusion ensues.

ISIS and ISIL refer to the same terror group, however, there are differences. ISIS is an acronym for Islamic State in Iraq and Syria while ISIL stands for Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. ISIS’s group is on both sides of the border between Iraq and Syria while ISIL is in the entire area east of the Mediterranean from Egypt, east to Iran and Turkey.

This distinction is very important because our administration use “ISIL instead of ISIS to emphasize the group’s goal to expand its influence beyond the borders of Syria and Iraq,” according to WCHS6.

imageedit_5_5717958629ISIS is an al-Qaeda associated faction and is accountable for thousands of deaths during the Syrian civil war and also in Iraq. Building a new country is their aim. This new country would consist of Syria, Iraq and some other Middle Eastern Countries.

ISIL, on the other hand, is “now being used by the U.S. State Department as well as the United Nations, since the group wants to extend that influence even further,” reported CBS5. “That reach is called…the Levant. Therefore they are the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL.”

CNN reported, “The U.S. has stuck with ISIL because the group appears to have to set its sights beyond Iraq and Syria. And also because Washington doesn’t want to recognize their plans for a caliphate.”

“We believe this is the most accurate translation of the group’s name and reflects its aspirations to rule over a broad swath of the Middle East,” vice president for The Associated Press reported. “…so better stick to ISIL and clarify that it’s the same as ISIS, but a more accurate translation from the Arabic.”

CNN went on to report that “The jihadists,” on the other hand, “like to refer to themselves simply as the Islamic State, a term more accurately reflecting the organizations aspirations of creating a caliphate across national borders.”

Though both ISIS and ISIL are both correct to use and refer to the same terrorist group. The term ISIL encompasses more geographical territory and is, therefore, being used by government officials to avoid confusion. The irony isn’t lost on many.

 

By Lorra B. Chief Writer for Silent Soldier

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Lower Manhattan, the world marks 9/11 anniversary

imageedit_8_9383749082NEW YORK — With The Star-Spangled Banner, a bagpipe tribute and a moment of silence, a ceremony marking the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks solemnly kicked off in Lower Manhattan on Thursday.

The White House marked the anniversary with a moment of silence. Events also took place at the Pentagon and the field in Shanksville, Pa., where the other planes crashed that day.

In New York, the roll call of the victims began shortly after 8:46 a.m., the same time 13 years ago that the first plane hit the north tower of the World Trade Center.

Faith Tieri read several names including that of her brother, Sal Edward Tieri, Jr. “Your memory and my love for you will last forever,” she said. “This day should be a day of reflection and memory only.”

Mary Ann Marino also read names including that of her son, Kenneth Marino. “We love you,” she said. “We miss you everyday. You are in our hearts and we cherish the memories.”

Others reading names included a young man who had never met his uncle killed on 9/11, a wife who lost her husband of 30 years and Barbara Pandolfo whose only child, a daughter, was killed.

As the readings continued, some family members stood silently staring at those uttering the victims’ names. Others pushed strollers holding children who were not yet born during the terrorist attacks while some walked around the memorial looking at the names etched into the nearby memorial.

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Thursday, the museum was opened only to family members. However, at 6 p.m. the public will be allowed to visit the plaza.

“We wanted to take it back to the state where it was freely accessible to the public at night,” said Joe Daniels, president and CEO of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.

“The memorial pools will be lit themselves, which looks absolutely stunning at night,” Daniels said. Additionally, the “Tribute in Light” twin beams representing the two destroyed towers will shine from sunset Sept. 11 until sunrise Sept. 12.

In Washington, President Obama and members of his staff honored the victims of 9/11 at 8:46 a.m. with a moment of silence on the South Lawn of the White House. The solemn ceremony took place at 8:46 a.m. A bell tolled and a military bugler played Taps as the president, first lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Biden, and aides stood with hands over hearts.

Obama then spoke at a Pentagon commemoration hosted by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey. A moment of silence was observed at 9:37 a.m., the moment a jet hit the Pentagon.

“Over more than a decade of war, this 9/11 generation has answered our country’s call,” Obama said. “Today, we honor all who have made the ultimate sacrifice over these 13 years.”

In Shanksville, Pa. The Flight 93 National Memorial will be open to the public all day. An observance there included the reading of the names of Flight 93 passengers and crew, ringing of Bells of Remembrance, a wreath laying and brief remarks by former House speaker Dennis Hastert.

USA Today   Contributing: David Jackson in Washington

By Lorra B. Chief Writer for Silent Soldier

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The CIA Has Legal Justification to Kill American Citizens

imageedit_2_2876208674Monday a federal court released the outline of the legal justification for the 2011 killing of Anwar al-Awlaki which was previously declared a secret government memo. Al-Awlaki, killed in a drone strike in Yemen, was a U.S. Citizen and had been accused of being an al-Qaeda operative.

It was David Barron from the First Circuit Court of Appeals who gave President Obama the legal justification, without a trial, to kill this American citizen.

Because of his suspected dealing and ties to al-Quada, al-Aulaki was targeted and killed by our administration. Barron and another lawyer, Marty Lederman, were the authors of the first two memos on how the administration could rationalize this act.

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The Central Intelligence Agency’s first memo consisted of only seven pages and was deficient. “As that length suggests, the memo, which could have resulted in a human’s death at any moment, was woefully incomplete as a legal analysis,” stated The Atlantic.

The judicial logic in the memo was lacking to say the least. Both Barron and Lederman agreed and they became uncomfortable with the content of their first memo.

imageedit_10_6173133797The next memo the Barron and Lederman drew up was much longer and went into much more description of how al-Aulaki was not only guilty but that he needed to die.

 

The 22-page memo entitled “Legality of a Lethal Operation by the Central Intelligence Agency against a U.S. Citizen” provides the reasoning behind fatal operations by the agency.

Because of a very lengthy lawsuit against the Justice Department, the document was released under the order of the U.S, Court of Appeals and the memo was given to Vice News. The Obama administration had fought for years to keep the memo secret from the public, not to mention several other aspects of the targeted-killing agenda.

imageedit_14_5545698773“We do not believe that al-Aulaki’s U.S. citizenship imposes constitutional limitations that would preclude the contemplated lethal action,” by the CIA or United States military, the memo stated, and made it possible for a drone strike knowing it would cause powerful political and legal debate.

Ex Parte Quirin, the 1942 Supreme Court decision, states that “by universal agreement and practice, the law of war draws a distinction…between those who are lawful and unlawful combatants. [A]n enemy combatant who without uniform comes secretly through the lines for the purpose of waging war by destruction of life or property” is an illustration of a confrontational individual who is an “offender against the law of war subject to trial and punishment by a military tribunal.”

It was the New York Times and the American Civil Liberties Union who filed the Freedom of Information Act lawsuits to obtain the release of the document in July 2012.

“The release of this memo represents an overdue but nonetheless crucial step towards transparency,” stated Jameel Jaffer. Jaffer is the deputy legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Jaffer stated, “The release of this memo will allow the public to better understand the scope and implications of the authority the government is claiming.”

Legal analysis, Conor Friedersdorf wrote, “Barron and Lederman signed off on an American’s death before delving into intelligence reports and doing other due diligence they completed for the later memo, which would be more than four times as long as their earlier effort.”

“High-Level government officials have concluded, on the basis of al-Aulaki’s activities in Yemen, that al-Aulaki is a leader of al-Qaeda [in the Arabian Peninsula] whose activities in Yemen pose a ‘continued and imminent threat’ of violence to the United States persons and interests…The contemplated DoD operation, therefore, would be carried out against someone who is in the core of individuals against whom Congress has authorized the use of necessary and appropriate force,” stated Barron and Lederman in the second memo.

However, reports state that sections of importance in the Justice Department’s legal analysis were omitted and revised before being released to the public. The accusation states that the sections explaining why the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel “determined that killing Awlaki in a drone strike would not violate the Fourth Amendment, which guarantees due process to U.S. citizens accused of crimes,” reports The Washington Post.

Kevin Jon Heller, an international law expert and professor of criminal law at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, said that the government is worried about the status of the CIA.

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“There’s absolutely no question that if any of these CIA agents involved in al-Awlaki’s killing ever went on vacation in Yemen or ever went on vacation in a state that has universal jurisdiction over war crimes, they could be arrested and prosecuted for murder. They certainly have committed murder under the laws of other states. Whether they have committed murder under American domestic law is another question.”

There are three statutes that could forbid the CIA from lethal force against U.S. citizens who are abroad, the War Crimes Act, the foreign murder statute, and conspiracy to murder a citizen outside the U.S.  There are also two provisions in the constitution that apply here, the Fourth Amendment that prohibits unreasonable seizures or searches, and the Fifth Amendment that guarantees due process.

There are two doctrines, however, the 2001 Authorization to use Military Force (AUMF) and the not so well-known doctrine called the “public authority justification” that were used to prove Barron and Lederman’s point. They used these doctrines to explain that the CIA’s actions were well within the legal realm and that no law prohibited the killing of a U.S. citizen by the CIA.

Barron and Lederman stated that “Awlaki’s relationship with al-Qaeda brings him within the scope” of the use of military force, according to the document. CIA and Pentagon were cited as references by the memo and stated that Awlaki “has operational and leadership roles [with al-Qaeda] and continues to plot attacks intended to kill Americans.”

According to The Washington Post, “The administration has acknowledged killing three other U.S. citizens in Yemen, including Awlaki’s teenage son in a separate strike a month after his father was killed. But only the elder Awlaki was targeted intentionally, according to U.S. officials who have said the others were killed incidentally in strikes against other targets.”

As long a U.S. citizen possess “an imminent threat of violent attack against the United States” and to capture them alive is not an option, Eric Holder is in agreement that killing them is acceptable as a last resort.

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Heller told Vice News, “They clearly realize they needed to come up with their independent justification of why [the CIA] has public authority to kill. Unfortunately, the memo doesn’t really tell us anything because of the way it’s been redacted. If the Question is, Where does the CIA get their authority to use lethal force abroad?, given that’s the necessary condition for them to avoid this foreign murder statute, this memo doesn’t tell us anything. It could be there. But if it is, it’s behind a redaction.”

When another memo was written by the Justice Department on November 8, 2011, explaining the “lawfulness” of assassinating a U.S. citizen, it took seven months for the Justice Department to share the memo with the Judiciary Committee and Senate Intelligence Committee, among other departments.

“Obama nominated the author of the targeted killing memo, David Barron, to serve as a judge on the First Circuit Court of Appeals,” reports, Vice News. His nomination was held up by lawmakers over the White House’s refusal to share a copy of his memo with them. The administration relented, and in late May he was confirmed by the Senate in a near party-line vote of 53-45.”

Republican Rand Paul of Kentucky refused to support the nomination of Barron’s, however.

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Paul, on the senate floor, stated, “I rise today to oppose the nomination of anyone who would argue that the president has the power to kill an American citizen not involved in combat and without a trial. I rise to say that there is no legal precedent for killing citizens not involved in combat and that any nominee who rubber stamps and grants such power to a president is not worthy of being one step away from the Supreme Court.”

A member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) stated a hope that “the memo would generate new pressure for the executive branch to answer other pressing questions.” Wyden wanted to know if a president can order the killing of an American citizen “anywhere in the world” and also what it means “to say that capturing an American must be unfeasible.”

Paul is not alone in his concerns and many commend his public stand against the nomination.

Americans are donning a new age in American citizenship and they, too, want to know the answers to Wyden’s questions and more.

 

By Lorra B. Chief Writer for Silent Soldier

http://SilentSoldier.us

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Fast-Food Wage Wars Comparison: Who’s right, Who’s Wrong?

imageedit_2_6108274973Improved benefits, a $15 minimum wage increase, respect, and the right to organize are the reasons stated for fast-food workers going on strike from cities such as California, Missouri, New York, and many other cities throughout the United States.

However, not everyone’s convinced a pay increase will be the answer and that it will lead to unemployment, large price increases and the use of robot technology.

But protesters still took  to the streets in numbers and on September 4 hundreds of workers and supporters were arrested during the protests.

“’The ‘Fight for 15,’ a movement by fast food and other low-paid workers across America, began in November 2012. Actions took place in eight cities on a Day of Action in June 2013; 4 September saw actions in over 100. They are the result of an intense summer of organizing, including a national convention held in Chicago at the end of July,” reported Lemberge Cooper.

A Chicago Police tactical officer stated “Paddy Wagon’s on its way.”  This was in the morning of September 4. Before long the crowd began to grow to over 300 demonstrators, including over 100 of the fast food strikers. They all began to chant, “Take the Street!”

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Take the street is exactly what the crowd began to do. Traffic was blocked on Chicago’s South Side’s 87th Street for approximately 20 minutes.

“As Tyree Johnson awaited arrest by advancing police officers, he explained to Working In These Times why he was willing to go to jail. ‘I’m still living at the poverty level,’ said Johnson, who has been employed by McDonald’s since 1992. ‘After 22 years, they refuse to pay me a decent living wage.’ Johnson and his compatriots were taken to patrol cars, and 19 were cited and released this morning,” reported SocialistWorker.org. Events such as this went on around different protester sites.

The fast food wars are causing much debate and much frustration on both sides of the fence. While low-income workers deserve a fighting chance to have the means to get by, pay their bills, or even get themselves off of welfare, companies who employ these workers deserve the right to run their business the way they choose and the right to raise prices to cover their costs. So, the fight continues.

Currently, the federal minimum wage is $7.25 and both The White House and Labor unions are also demanding the wages be increased for these workers, although a vote for an increase stalled last spring in the house.

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Reportedly, fast food workers are hit hard in this economy. On average, the median wage is about $8.25 compared to an $18 median wage for other non-related industries and, as of now, fast food workers are not allowed to have a union though they are fighting tooth and nail to attain one.

“No surprise: It’s a debate that has divided an already extremely partisan capital. In a speech before a crowd of minimum-wage-hike supporters on Monday, President Barack Obama said, ‘There is no denying the simple truth: America deserves a raise,’ and referred back to his executive order calling for raising the rate to $10.00 an hour,” stated Bianna Golodrya of Yahoo News.

“Minimum-wage workers have not had a raise for seven years. CEOs are making a whole lot more money than they did before; the stock market has rebounded far more than it did before. The Fortune 500 companies are making money, and people stuck at the bottom can’t even pull themselves out of poverty. Now, my view on this is we raise the minimum wage as one of the ways that we help families that work hard, protect themselves. Give ’em a little chance to build something, to stabilize the—themselves and to go forward,” said Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

But those are fighting words too many in the business community and to many Republicans. They say that to have a fixed minimum wage would actually hurt low-paid workers, not protect them.

“The minimum wage, they say, is an artificial, government-imposed value for an individual worker,” stated HowStuffWorks. They suggest that a “workers value should be decided in the open market.”

If a worker is new to a job, like factory work, he will not produce the same amount of product than an employee that has been there a while will produce. Therefore, a lower pay scale is applied and they earn their increases.

The opponent of the minimum wage would dispute that if the owner is forced into paying new workers an inflated wage he would not hire the worker at all because it doesn’t make financial sense to him and because the new worker would be bringing in much less money to the factory. Now the worker is unemployed.

“Another argument against minimum wage is that it contributes to inflation. Here’s how it works: if a manufacturer is suddenly forced to pay his workers $7.25 an hour instead of $6.55 an hour, he needs to raise the price of his product to recoup the costs. This is called cost-push inflation and some economists believe the minimum wage is one of the worst culprits.”

Fast food restaurants confirm that in order to afford to pay their employees $15 an hour a nearly two-fifth price raise will be needed. It is predicted that this would cause sales to drop “by more than one-third, and profits to fall by more than three-quarters,” stated The Heritage Foundation.

The Heritage Foundation went on to say that, “Absent the widespread adoption of labor-saving technology, the union-led ‘fight 15’ would make fast food much more expensive for Americans.”

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These are the 10 reasons stated by Demos for a price increase in wage for low-wage earners:

  1. It would create jobs. “Economic growth is being held back by low wages.”
  2. It would reduce poverty. “More than 10 million…live below the poverty line.”
  3. Companies can afford it. “With profits in the billions…they can afford it.”
  4. It would reduce inequality. “Inequality is correlated to a host of social problems.”
  5. Companies that invest in their workers thrive. “This investment …pays off in lower turnover and higher worker productivity….”
  6. It would reduce…public assistance to the working poor. “…would not have to rely on food stamps, Medicaid, or other poverty alleviation programs.”
  7. Workers make the Company. “Workers…are stakeholders in the fast food industry and deserve a say in what they do.”
  8. It would push up wages for other underpaid workers. “The ripple effects start with increased consumer demand and economic growth, and create pressure in the labor department to raise wages…”
  9. Workers are leading where government and business have failed. “Economic gains have…largely accrued to the top earners, and low-wage earners have seen their earnings drop, even as they become better educated and productive.”
  10. It would reaffirm the fundamental American value that work pays. “The American Dream is a commitment to the opportunity for every person to achieve a better live if she works hard and plays by the rules.”

 

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 What most Republicans are not hearing is a plan or an argument to quiet those who believe this to be a grave mistake to our country. What are they saying about a rate increase leading to roughly 500,000 job cuts? What are they saying about the cost of fast-food skyrocketing and increases across the board if this “ripple effect” takes place?

Will this rate increase really help them or will it put them right back in the same predicament? Although raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour will bring about 1 million out of poverty, and as one protester stated, “It would just give me a little more money to help my dream and move along better,” how long will this last before price increases take up the wage increase?

There are many questions left unanswered. But what is being considered by the fast food restaurants to solve the problem could cause more unemployment.

“Fast-food restaurants could reduce labor costs by (a) substituting entry-level workers for more skilled and more productive workers and (b) replacing workers with machines,” reports The Heritage Foundation. “Fast-food jobs involve many routine tasks that are particularly susceptible to automation.”

According to studies, if the fast food industry is forced to raise wages it will hurt consumers and workers. Prices would increase by 38 percent and the profit margin would drop by 77 percent. Many restaurants would be forced to close their doors or use robot technology and, therefore, eliminating jobs.

Who’s right, who’s wrong? Time will tell.

By Lorra B. Chief Writer for Silent Soldier.

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The Modern American Patriot: A New Hope

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The SHTF Journal

american_patriot_0905The modern American patriot is an anomaly in our country. In a nation full of self absorbed and vapid people, the American patriot stands as a symbol for everything that makes this nation great. We patriots are the last holdouts, the last bit of resistance in a nation that is imploding into apathy and delusion. While everyone else focuses on who will win the Super Bowl or who will be on The Bachelor next season, the patriot stands ready to defend our nation and the Constitution. This nation was founded by tough men and women who wouldn’t take crap and who understood that liberty was worth fighting and dying for and this nation will be saved by the same people.

It is interesting to consider the varying backgrounds of the modern American patriot because we are not universally anything. We are not exclusively Christian, we are not exclusively a specific gender, we are not exclusively veterans, nor are we exclusively anything else. It is just something inside of a small percentage of this nation, a seed in our souls that has told us that we cannot sit idly by and watch our nation burn. We, the few who are willing to lay down our lives, our relationships, and are very freedom in defense of what we know is right is so unusual in a nation full of sheep who have their eyes blindfolded to the truth. No matter what some will say, we are the best of this nation. American patriots hardly align on almost anything and our ranks are rife with infighting and discord, but we universally understand the value of what this nation means and everything that we are losing.  We understand that our lives mean nothing without freedom and we understand that liberty, more than anything else granted to us by God, is worth fighting for.  We patriots stand ready to defend the rights of people who aren’t willing to fight for anything greater than themselves.

It is not easy to be a modern American patriot and it comes with many dangers and pitfalls. We are scorned by the individual citizen all the way up to the highest levels of government. We have been labeled domestic terrorists and wing nuts. We are monitored and we are threatened. Our belief in a nation where all men have the right to life, liberty and property has created a separation between us and the rest of a nation that worships a concept where everyone is part of a collective. We are mocked when we speak of the concept of the strength of the individual.  We are feared when we say that we believe that every man and woman should have the right to be able to defend themselves from criminals and tyrants. We believe that this right, which is granted to us by God shall not be infringed by any man or by any governmental agency.

revowarleadDo you want to see what our founding fathers and those who stood with them against British tyranny looked like? Move away from your laptop, your tablet or your phone.  Stand in front of a mirror and see the face of those who pulled together with will and blood the greatest nation the world has ever seen.  Look at the face of America and the face of America’s salvation. When or if it becomes necessary to wrestle our country back from the brink. When there are no more options left and there are no ways left in the current political system to affect change, the face staring back at you in the mirror will be part of what will bring our nation back. Your dedication and willingness to sacrifice for what is right will make the difference between destruction and rebirth. God bless you all and God bless the Republic.

 


Editor of SHTF Journal. Served as a Cavalry Scout from 2005-2009. Iraq Veteran.

 

By LorraB. Chief Writer for Silent Soldier

http://SilentSoldier.us

 

 

Bill Clinton and Charlie Crist: The odd couple

imageedit_2_7718281298Politico: While everyone’s focused on Hillary Clinton’s next potential campaign, it’s Bill Clinton who’s been racking up frequent-flier miles, trying to get Democrats elected in the midterms.

He’s crisscrossed the country in the past eight months, doing more than 20 events for Democratic hopefuls from Florida to Kentucky to Rhode Island as the party’s most sought-after surrogate and rainmaker. In some cases, he’s gone to bat for candidates who supported his wife six years ago; in others, he’s gotten behind contenders who have long relationships with the former first couple. And the former Arkansas chief has an obvious soft spot for governors, a group that has received little attention from the current president.

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At a campaign rally in Miami Friday, Clinton will test the strength of a relatively new relationship, with Charlie Crist, the Republican-turned-Democrat who’s running for his old job as Florida’s governor. Crist was once a harsh Clinton critic, denouncing him during the impeachment scandal in the late 1990s — a fact states Republicans have been quick to resurrect.

But now, as his wife is eyeing another national campaign, the perennial battleground of Florida looms potentially large for the Clintons. And Bill Clinton and Crist have developed a rapport, speaking a number of times since Crist launched his candidacy, multiple sources familiar with the conversations told POLITICO. Clinton, a famous dispenser of campaign advice with an eye for the granular in a race, has occasionally chewed over Crist’s own bid against GOP Gov. Rick Scott.

“Whoever wins Florida is the next president of the United States,” said John Morgan, a major Democratic donor whose law firm employs Crist. “That’s just math.”

The governor is “extremely important,” Morgan added. “They control the secretary of state, voting days, voting hours.”

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It wasn’t until Crist won his primary last week against Nan Rich that Clinton was able to formally back him. Rich was a supporter of Hillary Clinton, Morgan noted, and now that Crist is the nominee “I think [Clinton’s] hands are untied.”

Clinton and Crist had their first real dealings in 2010, when Crist was running for the U.S. Senate as an independent. His advisers sought help from Bill Clinton to get the Democrat, Rep. Kendrick Meek, a longtime Clinton ally, to drop out of the race and thwart then-state Sen. Marco Rubio from winning. Clinton tried, but Meek stayed in and Rubio won. Still, it established some level of political discussion between the Clinton and Crist camps.

The appearance with Crist will cap a week of campaigning for Democratic gubernatorial candidates by Clinton. Earlier, he attended events for Connecticut Gov. Daniel Malloy and Maine candidate Mike Michaud. While in Maine, he stopped by Kennebunkport to pay a visit to former President George H.W. Bush, with whom he has forged a bond since working with him on post-Hurricane Katrina relief.

Clinton will attend a fundraiser on Saturday for embattled Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu and another one the following weekend for Georgia Democratic Senate hopeful Michelle Nunn.

The former president did an ad for Rhode Island treasurer candidate Seth Magaziner, the son of Clinton’s longtime adviser Ira Magaziner. He is doing a direct mail piece for Nina Turner’s secretary of state race in Ohio, another key presidential proving ground.

Clinton’s team prefers to let campaigns he helps announce the visits as they see fit. That typically means as much local exposure as possible to move voters but little attention in the national media, meaning some events slip under the Beltway radar.

This month, Clinton will also host a fundraiser for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, before joining his wife in Iowa for the final Sen. Tom Harkin Steak Fry in Indianola. Clinton’s appeal is global in a way that few other surrogates’ is, a far cry from 2010, when the White House asked him for surgical help in a brutal mid-terms cycle.

This time around, it’s President Barack Obama whom many campaigns are steering clear of, and Bill Clinton who is in high demand.

“I’d like to think these are just previews to a robust schedule over the next eight weeks,” said DCCC Chairman Steve Israel, saying there are 70 House districts in which either Clinton could be a huge help.

At the same time, Bill and Hillary Clinton are expecting a grandchild, which will most likely affect their political schedule.

“I would imagine … that if the baby is born before the election, he or she will also be in great demand in these districts,” Israel joked. “I do not imagine that grandma and grandpa will allow that to happen, however.”

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Bill Clinton’s focus has been both future-looking but also personal. He is deeply invested in races in Arkansas, talking frequently with people there about how Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor and gubernatorial hopeful Mike Ross are faring.

Clinton is known for being difficult to control as a principal, with a deep love for campaigning and a willingness to stop in front of a waiting microphone even as aides try to shove him along. But despite that free-wheeling aspect to his political approach, his allies believe the perception that he is quick to go off-message is unfair.

“There are two politicians who are best at staying on-message and sticking to the script, and that’s Bill Clinton and Jeanne Shaheen,” said Terry Shumaker, a co-chair of Clinton’s 1992 and 1996 campaigns in New Hampshire.

“When he campaigns for other candidates, it comes across as very sincere and also genuine — he’s also knowledgeable about issues in an election which a lot of surrogates frankly aren’t,” he added. “He just connects with people in a way that I’ve never seen any other politician do.”

Written By MAGGIE HABERMAN, Politico

 

 

By Lorra B. Chief Writer for Silent Soldier

http://SilentSoldier.us

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No Military Dogs Should Ever be Left Behind

imageedit_2_3850556936“A dog is a man’s best friend,” is a popular quote that most of us have heard of. But have any of you heard that “A man’s best friend is his equipment?” Well, that’s how the Pentagon labels military dogs, “equipment” and as such can be left behind after their troop owners are sent home.

Brenner Brief reports, “In a small, nondescript cemetery a stone’s throw from Highway 17 running alongside the sprawling Camp Lejeune Marine Corps base on the North Carolina coast, 30 Marines have been laid to rest over the years with special markers on each grave recounting the history of each fallen Leatherneck. All those buried in the quiet little cemetery died in the service of their country, all were interred with every honor due a fallen hero. It’s fitting that the 30 Marines laid to rest at the Camp Lejeune Special War Dog Cemetery are surrounded by Live Oak and Cyprus trees shrouded by Spanish Moss, that’s exactly the kind of place dogs love.”

A number of military dogs, however, will never receive those honors or resting place because they have been left behind and abandon overseas in shelters in war zones.

Military Dogs save around 150 American lives during their service but when they become too old, shell-shocked or simply combat fatigued, they are left behind instead of bringing them home for adoption.

USA Today’s, Jonah Goldberg, stated, “It is one thing to ask these warriors to say goodbye to their dog when it is still on active duty and is assigned a new handler, which often happens. It is quite another to ask them to leave these dogs behind when the dogs are effectively abandoned overseas, left to languish in shelter—or worse. That’s why handlers are sometimes forced to make incredible sacrifices to get their four-legged comrades home on their own.”

The expense to these combat veterans can be devastating and well into thousands of dollars.

Things have gotten better for combat dogs since President Clinton signed a 2000 law, but its still happening, “even with half-empty cargo planes transversing the globe daily,” reports CNN.

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“It would be more than feasible to place a retired military working dog on the transport plane back to the continental United States,” CNN added. “Uncle Sam got them over there, and it’s a point of honor for Uncle Sam to get his soldiers, whether they are four-legged or two-legged, back to the U.S.”

For years, understanding the moral wrongness of leavening military dogs behind, Congressman Walter Jones (R-NC) has been fighting to change this, though without success. Jones has tried to have military dogs reclassified to “canine member of the Armed Forces” from being labeled as “equipment.”

However, getting any politicians to consider the K-9 Corps is almost hopeless when politicians have their hands full dealing with human vets and the VA scandals.

Thor, who former Marine Corps Sgt. Deano Miller was forced to leave behind, was finally reunited recently. “They said they’d give us time to say goodbye. They didn’t.” Miller could barely contain his tears when he gazed upon the large yellow Labrador.

“It was like I was abandoning my best friend and he couldn’t understand why.”

The question on many American hearts is why? All military working dogs are completely recognized as members of our Armed Forces. They receive medals and are promoted right on up the ranks, just like their masters. Each military dog even has its own Service Record Book. Why, then, are we leaving our military soldiers behind? They are heroes who save lives, yet are tossed away like so much trash. It seems unconscionable.

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Gerry Proctor, a spokesman for Lackland Air Force Base, told CNN, “While there is a proper, legal classification for a working dog, we know they are living things, and we have great respect and admiration for them. A handler would never speak of their dog as a piece of equipment. The dog is their partner. You can walk away from a damaged tank, but not your dog. Never.”

If you still feel you need convincing how wrong this all is, watch the 2013 Animal Planet documentary covering U.S. war dogs in Afghanistan. The documentary goes over how very important these animals are and how tight the bond is between canine and handler.

“Your dog has to be able to trust you,” stated Lance Cpl. Kent Ferrell. Ferrell’s German shepherd, Zora, was trained to not only find explosives but to attack the enemy. “The relationship between you and your dog is the most important part of your partnership.”

It must feel much like leaving a sibling behind. Just a most siblings have your back, so do these brave canines. Our heroes come home dealing with so many issues; does this too have to be added to their plate?

“Organizations such as the United States War Dog Association, the American Humane Association and K9’s of the War on Terror do heroic work to reunite them when possible, at no taxpayer expense,” reports Goldberg.

Jones has been pushing legislation that military dogs could only be retired upon return to the U.S. though has been decaying in Congress for years.

“Politically, and morally, it’s understandable that the top priority must be given to providing human veterans with adequate care, particularly amid the horrific Veterans Affairs scandals plaguing the Obama administration,” reports USA Today. “No politician wants to be accused of caring more about dogs than people. But that’s largely a false choice. The cost of finding room on military transports is negligible, according to many. Private organizations can handle the rest.”

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“During the invasion of Sicily, Chips and his handler were pinned down on the beach by an Italian machine-gun team,” reports Brenner Brief. “Chips broke from his handler and jumped into the pillbox, attacking the gunners. The four crewmen were forced to leave the pillbox and surrendered to US troops. In the fight he sustained a scalp wound and powder burns. Later that day, he helped take 10 Italians prisoner. For his actions during the war, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, and Purple Heart; however, these awards were later revoked due to an Army policy preventing official commendation of animals. His unit unofficially awarded him a Theater Ribbon with an Arrowhead for an assault landing, and Battlestars for each of his eight campaigns. Chips was discharged in December of 1945.”

If our country and military are responsible for these brave dogs and benefit from their service, then there is a moral obligation to do the right thing and bring these K-9 soldiers home. No military dog should ever be left behind.

 

By Lorra B. Chief Writer for Silent Soldier

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Obama: Vision of peaceful Europe threatened by “Russia’s aggression”

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Washington (CNN) — As Air Force One landed in Estonia’s capital Wednesday, President Barack Obama’s message to Vladimir Putin — only 500 miles away in Moscow — was clear: Stay put.

Obama’s trip to the former Soviet state, ahead of this week’s NATO summit in Wales, is meant to reassure nervous Eastern Europe that Putin’s support for separatists in Ukraine doesn’t mean he has a free pass for territorial gains elsewhere.

In a speech in Tallinn, Obama said the vision of a Europe dedicated to peace and freedom is “threatened by Russia’s aggression against Ukraine,” but said NATO will not allow that aggression to go unchecked.

“We will defend our NATO allies, and that means every ally,” he said. “We will be here for Estonia. … You lost your independence once before. With NATO, you will never lose it again.”

Added to the schedule only last month, the stop in Estonia supplements the message coming from NATO leaders gathering in Cardiff, Wales, who are set to announce the positioning of troops and equipment closer to Russia in Eastern Europe.

“In order for us to accomplish that, the first phase has been to make sure we’ve got an Iraqi government that’s in place, and that we are blunting the momentum that ISIL was carrying out.

“And the airstrikes have done that. But now, what we need to do is make sure that we’ve got the regional strategy in place that can support an ongoing effort, not just in the air, but on the ground, to move that forward.”

Analyst: NATO must adapt

The original reason for the summit was to determine how NATO’s mission will proceed in Afghanistan when combat troops depart at the end of the year.

But the global unrest, while causing political strife for Obama in the United States, could provide a new purpose for the 65-year-old NATO alliance, which is suffering an “identity crisis,” according to one analyst.

Russian official: Russia is emotionally in Ukraine, its troops are not.

Putin’s actions in Russia have “required NATO to really adapt and change fairly dramatically,” said Heather Conley, who directs the Europe program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.

“In some ways, NATO should thank Vladimir Putin, because it was really searching for its purpose,” Conley said.

Warning Putin

NATO members that border Russia, watching the once unthinkable breach of Ukraine’s borders, are looking to the military alliance to affirm its commitment to the North Atlantic Treaty’s Article 5, which provides for collective defense of states under attack.

Ukraine isn’t a NATO member, though leaders did invite the country’s new President, Petro Poroshenko, to Wales this week. Other former Soviet states, like Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, joined NATO in the past decade, hoping to bolster ties to the West while increasing their own security frameworks.

As reassurance to those countries, NATO leaders plan to approve the creation of a “high-readiness” force that places new equipment and thousands of troops in Eastern Europe.

Ukraine warns of return to ‘full-scale war.’

White House officials say the move is meant to be defensive rather than a provocation for Russia, though initial reaction from the Kremlin — which called the move an “external threat” — foreshadowed a potential escalation of the crisis.

NATO and Russia have agreed since 1997 that no permanent NATO troops will be positioned in Eastern Europe, meaning member states will rotate forces through bases closest to Russia.

Charles Kupchan, Obama’s top adviser for European affairs, said leaders will describe the new effort as a “persistent” force in the easternmost countries, rather than “permanent.”

“We will see persistent rotation, persistent exercises to ensure that Estonia and that other countries in Central and Eastern Europe are provided the reassurance from NATO and the presence of NATO needed to meet their security needs,” he said.

Opinion: What’s Russia doing in Ukraine, and what can the West do?

Battling ISIS

Not on the official agenda in Wales, the ongoing spread of ISIS fighters in Iraq and Syria will nonetheless play a major role in Obama’s discussions in Wales.

The meeting comes after a video posted Tuesday that shows the beheading of a second American, Steven Sotloff.

The killing of Sotloff follows a threat made by ISIS last month during the videotaped beheading of American journalist James Foley. The latest video threatens the life of another man, a British citizen.

Obama has said he wants to form a coalition of governments willing to take on the group, which has taken over huge swaths of territory and terrorized ethnic minorities. Officials say that could include a role for NATO, though in what capacity is so far unclear — after all, Obama himself hasn’t yet decided whether to undertake airstrikes against ISIS in Syria.

Western European leaders must also confront the growing threat of “homegrown terrorism” — citizens leaving to fight with militant groups in Syria and Iraq, and potentially returning to stage a terror attack at home.

The host of the NATO summit, British Prime Minister David Cameron, already announced new measures to combat that threat after a London-accented militant was filmed beheading journalist James Foley.

ISIS video shows beheading of second journalist.

“There will have to be an acknowledgment that individual European countries, and certainly the United States, are taking action, actively working militarily on issues relating to Iraq and then potentially Syria,” said Kathleen Hicks, the director of the international security program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Afghanistan‘s future

Just as the United States is anxiously watching the final outcome of Afghanistan’s recent election, NATO member states are wondering what their role will be there after this year ends.

Both candidates in the contested vote have said they’ll sign an agreement allowing U.S. troops to remain there past 2014. But without a winner, the Bilateral Security Agreement remains unsigned.

Hanging over the decision is the security situation in Iraq, which completely unraveled after U.S. troops’ withdrawal. Neither Obama nor his NATO counterparts want the same thing to happen in Afghanistan.

“We’re moving into a world in which NATO will be less salient in Afghanistan, but in which we want to capitalize on the lessons that we’ve learned, the partnerships that we’ve built,” Kupchan said.

No expansion

NATO last admitted new members in 2009, but leaders are quick to note this year’s summit isn’t about expansion.

The appetite for letting countries like Bosnia and Macedonia — labeled “aspirant countries” — into the club has waned. It’s hard enough to get the 28 current members to agree on things, officials say.

Case in point: NATO is having a tough time convincing its members to spend more on their militaries, a requirement for membership. The United States spends about 4.4% of its gross domestic product on defense, according to NATO figures; the European average is 1.6%.

NATO’s guidelines encourage countries to spend at least 2% of their GDP on defense.

“Part of the reason I think this NATO meeting is going to be so important is to refocus attention on the critical function that NATO plays to make sure that every country is contributing in order to deliver on the promise of our Article 5 assurances,” Obama said at a news conference last week.

But analysts say that as long as economic conditions in Europe remain bleak, countries will remain hesitant to ramp up their military spending, even as external threats grow.

“The Ukraine crisis has been a wake-up call,” said Conley, the Europe program director at CSIS. “Now, whether the Europeans will hit the snooze button or not, again, I don’t know, but it has certainly shaken them that they have allowed their military defense spending to atrophy to a point where they are now vulnerable.”

Written by Kevin Liptak

 

 

By Lorra B. Chief Writer for Silent Soldier

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Boys Witnessing the Horrors of ISIS—From Beheadings to Crucifixions

imageedit_2_4524093277One might never know when looking into the young, angelic faces of these boys, who likely have no real understanding of how dark the world can be, that you might be gazing upon trained, methodical killers–The horrors of ISIS. 

Shocking to contemplate but killers these young boys are being trained to be. They aren’t playing in the playground with their friends or involved in sports. They aren’t going to school dances or pondering their first kiss. Instead, these boys are being trained in ISIS camps in northern Syria, their innocents forevermore obliterated. 

Wearing a black balaclava, a small boy clenching an AK-47 “…pulls the trigger and the recoil of the shot knocks him back, his limbs unable to control the rifle,” reports CNN.

“An adult takes the weapon from the boy’s hands as he stands up and steps away, casting a blank glance into the camera.”

To the shock and concern of most Americans, these are the videos being seen, around the world. The United Nations [UN] have also stated concerns about the boys who are being forced to join Islamic State training camps. The UN said that many horrifying acts where done in the presence of young children, many of which being crimes of war.

 

 

Barrel bombs have been dropped on civilian areas by the Syrian government, including bombs with poisonous gas chlorine, according to Express.

“We’ve looked at eight instances of alleged chlorine attacks and we found specifically that according to our evidentiary test, they were dropped—the chlorine came with the barrel bombs—dropped from government helicopters particularly onto civilian areas,” stated UN commissioner Vitit Muntarbhorn.

“Children have been present at the executions, which take the form of beheading or shooting in the head at close range.”

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“Bodies are placed on public display, often on crucifixes, for up to three days, serving as a warning to local residents.”

The UN went on to say that and choice by the United States to bomb the “Sunni militant group must respect the laws of war. We are aware of the presence of children in training camps, we think this decision by the United States must respect the laws of war and we are concerned about [the] presence of children,” stated chairman of the UN panel, Paulo Rinheiro.

Declaring an independent Islamic state – from northern Syria to central Iraq—the Sunni brag of its young recruits and begin to cram the ISIS’s twisted ideologies down the youngster’s throats, youngsters who are mostly too immature to grasp their new and sickening reality.

According to CNN, a young boy, Mohammed, was one of them. His name has been withheld for reasons of his safety.

Mohammed was just 13 when ISIS suggested he go to a northern Syrian children’s camp.

“My friends and I were studying at the mosque, and they taught us that we should enroll in jihad with the [Islamic State]. I wanted to go, but my father did not allow me to,” Mohammed told CNN.

Not going to the camp was not an option and their home was visited by a militant patrol. Mohammad was told that if he failed to go they would cut off his fathers head. His father, who refused to be named, stated, “They were armed…and you saw the slaughter in your own eyes.”

So, off to the camp Mohammed went where he was groomed with their teachings, took oaths that he had a hard time understanding and watched boys, men and women being tortured and killed.

Mohammad was lucky though. His father was finally able to get him out of the camp and they fled to Turkey where they remain hidden.

Mohammed is not the only child with an ISIS story. Abdullah, a 10-year-old, is the youngest volunteer known to be fighting with ISIS.

The Daily Beast tells of a young Abdullah sauntering into a local grocery store. What should have been an every-day occurrence was nothing short of shocking. Abdullah was not only masked but also carrying a machine gun that was “about as big as him.”

Reportedly, Abdullah is optimistic about the prospects for the ISIS. 

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A gunman, who The Daily Beast reports as responsible for the young Abdullah, stated, “We believe they will conquer all of Iraq and Persia and that they will liberate Jerusalem. They have a dream and their dream is to establish an Islamic state.”

Unlike Mohammed, Abdullah volunteered to join ISIS, following in the footsteps of his father and brothers.

 The moment that ISIS overruns a city, Sunni jihadists begin praying on the young boys and men, between 10 and 30 years-of-age, “both to control the territories they have and to join the fight on other fronts within Iraq,” reports The Syria Deeply.

 These ISIS camps are being presented to the boys and young men as places designed specifically to teach the Quran and the foundation of Islam, according to Mohammed. But, as he quickly learned, that was not the case because these camps were so much more than that.

“The training was divided into two parts,” Mohammed said. “In religious classes, they taught us their version of Islam, the extremist methods they follow, and the necessary foundations of creating an Islamic caliphate state—their ultimate goal. They also try to convince us of jihadist ideology, like the greatness of martyrdom.” Combat lessons are also included in this training and lasts about 25 days.

 Clearly, these are just two examples in a sea of youngsters who face an unfortunate and horrifying future. Many hundreds upon hundreds of children and young adults are being recruited, many forcefully, into camps. They are said to be ‘brainwashed’ by ISIS and put immediately into service, claim the boys who were lucky enough to escape.

“We are teaching children who are less than 15 years old to fight and use arms in order to build a generation of strong fighters who follow the righteous path,’ stated Abou al-Ghanem, an ISIS fighter who trains children in these camps. “To fulfill the duty upon us all to fight the enemy and learn the foundations of jihad and the true teachings of Islam,” is the reason stated for snatching up all these children.

 “That’s why we created these camps.”

 

 

By Lorra B. Chief Writer for Silent Soldier

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The First Spacecraft to Orbit a Comet, Europe’s Rosetta

imageedit_2_3828765429Europe’s Rosetta spacecraft encountered a comet in deep space on Wednesday and is already sending incredible photos of it. Rosetta is the first spacecraft to ever catch up with a comet.

The images show great details on the surface of this comet, Comet67/Churyumov-Gerasimerko, as none have seen before, an accomplishment that took a decade. There is great hope that scientists will be able to unlock some of the mysteries of the solar system with this landmark mission.

There were cheers all around Darmstadt, Germany’s ESA’s (European Space Agency).

mission control center when Rosetta swung alongside the comet. It is a mission that went beyond many expectations.

It wasn’t an uncomplicated mission. Rosetta, since it launched in 2004, was forced to make three “gravity-assist flybys of Earth and one of Mars to help it on course to its rendezvous with the comet.” Because of this, Rosetta was able to pass alongside the asteroids Steins and Lutetia. This maneuver allowed Rosetta to collect scientific data and extraordinary views of the asteroids.

“Comet 67/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and Rosetta now lie 405 million kilometers from Earth, about half way between the orbits of Jupiter and Mars, rushing towards the inner Solar System at nearly 55000 kilometers per hour,” according to ESA.

Mark McCaughrean, the senior scientific advisor with the ESA’s Directorate of Science and Robotic Exploration, stated during a webcast from Rosetta, “We’ve arrived. Ten years we’ve been in the car waiting to get to scientific Disneyland, and we haven’t even gotten out of the car yet and look at what’s outside the window. It’s just astonishing.”

“After ten years, five months and four days traveling towards our destination, looping around the Sun five times and clocking up 6.4 billion kilometers, we are delighted to announce finally, ‘we are here,’ stated Jean-Jacques Dordain, ESA’s Director General.

The chief investigator for Rosetta’s OSIRIS instrument, Holger Sierks, stated that “This is a very, very emotional moment. You see a lot of detail coming out here. We see the bright areas. We see the head. We see the depression and a lot of stuff laid out there. We see the sides, the body of the nucleus and a lot of detail.”

The mission’s objective is to orbit the comet at a distance of 100 kilometers and watch as it rushes toward the sun.

In November, if all goes as expected, Rosetta will be the first to drop a robotic lander, Philae, onto a comet’s surface.

“We know what the comet’s shape is,” stated Rosetta’s flight Director Andrea Accomazzo to Reuters. “But we haven’t really measured its gravity; we don’t know yet where the center of mass is.” Needing to learn as much about the comet as possible, scientists are running ragged to collect as much data as possible.

“We have come an extraordinary long way since the mission concept was first discussed in the late 1970’s and approved in 1993, and now we are ready to open a treasure chest of scientific discovery that is destined to rewrite the textbooks on comets for even more decades to come…Today’s achievement is a result of a huge international endeavor spanning several decades,” stated Alvaro Gimenes, ESA’s Director of Science and Robotic Exploration.

ESA says that for the next few weeks Rosetta will “be in a triangular orbit until it gets to about 18 miles of the surface when it starts to close observations.” Hoping to collect data about the comet’s composition and if they could have possibly brought water or even chemicals to the Earth that might have begun life as we know it.

“It really is such a step forward to anything that has come before”, stated Matt Tayor, project scientist.

When a comet begins to approach the sun, ice begins to melt and turn into an “ionized gas tail.” A close proximity study is the goal of Rosetta scientist. This study will enable the team to understand and observe the comets nucleus, now and as it approaches the sun.

Taylor went on to say, “We are there for over a year to see this complete development to the extent that you may even be able to measure the decrease in the volume of the nucleus…see how much material has left the comet. We [then] will begin final preparations for another space history: landing on a comet.”

Unlike Chury’s comet, that reappears every six years, or Halley’s Comet that won’t be visible from Earth until 2061, comet 67P will not be visible to the naked eye but will be shown on Rosetta’s blog for those interested in watching this unfold.

 

By, Lorra B. Chief Writer for Silent Soldier

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Russian Hackers Have Stolen Over 1.2 Billion Email Addresses and Passcodes

imageedit_2_9009810421A group of Russian-based hackers have pulled off what has been called the largest security breach known in America.

It took Hold Security, a firm based in Milwaukee, 18 months to uncover the breach. This gang stole 1.2 billion email addresses and passcodes. They also took over 500 million email addresses, according to the New York Times. These hackers, however, do not appear to be connected to the Russian government.

The criminals have compromised large companies and websites, even websites within Russia. It seems they are using the information to spread spam and have not of yet sold any of the information online.

Hold Security is not releasing the names of the hackers, the victims or how it acquired the data. It will, however, for a fee, offer “breach notification services” to those worried about their computers being  infected and to also offer monitoring for ongoing threats, according to their website.

The founder and chief information security officer of Hold Security, Alex Holden, stated that he wanted “to avoid discussing details about the hacker’s whereabouts and names in case law enforcement has an ongoing investigation.”

The fees Hold Security is charging, according to Holden, is to recoup the expense of confirming “website ownership and prove to them that we are the good guys. Believe it or not, it is a hard and often thankless task.”

It took Hold Security seven months to research and identify the criminals dubbed CyberVor, or Cyber-thief in Russian.

“The hackers pulled off the data heist, which ultimately scooped up 4.5 billion records, using unsuspecting systems of botnet network victims (in this case, computers with viruses that allowed a single operator to control a large group of affected systems) to test websites for SQL vulnerabilities. When a vulnerability was discovered, the hackers were then able to execute SQL injections, enabling them to send malicious comments to a website and steal its data, including usernames and passwords,” according to Mashable.

Botnets are incredibly dangerous and allows hackers to contaminate thousands upon thousands of computers with malware which enables them remote access.

Based in south central Russia, the gang started as amateur spammers in 2011. It is not know if they then partnered with a larger unit since that time.

In a statement to Business Insider, Todd Morris, CEO of the security firm BrickHouse Security, said “These remote capabilities can allow the hacker to try and penetrate other systems without the user’s knowledge.”

This would make it almost impossible to detect that your computer was even attacked, let alone discover the starting place of the attack.

So, how do you protect yourself? Morris stated that the surest way to protect all your data is by being sure you do not use the same password for all of your accounts. “So many people use the same password over and over again for different websites. If people were using more unique passwords, it would be a more limited threat.”

Facebook, after costumer’s credentials were ripped off from Adobe last fall, revealed that a lot of their users had used the very same passcodes for their Facebook accounts.

“It doesn’t really matter which websites they get passwords from,” according to a security analyst at Garner, Avivah Litan.  She went on to say that this type of theft has been around “for a long time,” although the number of records being stolen was remarkable.”

420,000 Web addresses were hit, including both small and large sites. The sites affected “include many leaders in virtually all industries across the world, as well as a multitude of small or even personal websites,” according to Hold.

There is a way to protect yourself, according to Nicholas Percoco, vice president of strategic services at security firm Rapid7. By enabling two-factor authentication, a “feature that sends a code to your smartphone that’s required to log in after entering your username and password,” even if a hacker gets your information, they cannot access your account.

If you have not taken the time to update your passwords, today would be a good time. “Adam Kujawa, head of malware intelligence at security company Malwarebytes Labs,’ told Mashable, “Make sure it’s a strong password containing capital and lowercase letters, numbers and special characters. Also, don’t use the same username and password combo for every site. This is especially true for sites that have personal information like the site to your bank or credit card,” according to Mashable.

 

By, Lorra B. Chief Writer for Silent Soldier

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Fear of Ebola Virus Outbreak Growing in the United States

Thimageedit_2_3900182019e United States is warning that the Ebola Virus is out of control. Dr. Tom Frieden stated that the U.S. is “surging its response” to the situation and claimed this to be the worst Ebola outbreak in history.

In a statement to ABC America, Frieden said “The plain truth is that we can stop Ebola…We know how to control it.”

However, the fear the Ebola virus is generating is growing rapidly. Ebola “is moving faster than our efforts to control it,” stated director-general of the World Health Organization, Margaret Chan. “This is an unprecedented outbreak accompanied by unprecedented challenges. And those challenges are extraordinary.”

The strain in West Africa is the first Ebola outbreak, and the most deadly strain of Ebola. “If the situation continues to deteriorate, the consequences can be catastrophic in terms of lost lives but also severe socioeconomic disruption and a high risk of spread to other countries,” stated Chan.

We now have an American infected with Ebola in our United States. The medical plane brought this unfortunate victim from Liberia to Georgia on Saturday.

Dr. Kent Brantly was quickly rushed to Atlanta’s Emory University Hospital to be treated. Brantly contracted this deadly virus while working on the outbreak in West Africa and is one of two Americans who have been stricken.

Nancy Writebol, a fellow missionary with Brantly, has also contracted the Ebola virus while in Africa and will arrive in the U.S. early next week.

Brantly seems to be improving with the treatments, though it is too soon to predict if he will survive. His wife, Amber Brantly, stated that her husband was in good spirits and able to walk with help. “He thanked everyone for their prayers,” she said.

The number of deaths, as of Monday, has reached an alarming 887 in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria. The number of cases confirmed by the World Health Organization is 909, though they believe the number to be closer to 729 deaths and 1323 cases.

“The outbreak is by far the largest ever in the nearly four-decade history of this disease,” stated Chan. “It is the largest in terms of numbers of cases and deaths. It is the largest in terms of geographical areas already affected and others at immediate risk already affected and others at immediate risk of further spread.”

The United States is sending 50 public health officials to Africa to aid in the fight to control the Ebola virus.

American heath experts will begin their work in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone over the next 30 days.

Moving faster than the efforts to control the Ebola virus, the World Health Organization warned that the risk of Ebola evolving into even deadlier strains increases with each person infected.

This has heightened concerns over the risk of bringing these Americans victims back to the U.S. for treatment.

“I certainly understand that concern,” stated Frieden. “At CDC we had lapses in our laboratories, fortunately no one was hurt and nothing was released into the laboratory environment.”

“If there are patients with possible Ebola or confirmed Ebola in hospitals, that doctors and the entire healthcare team are super careful, they have protocols in place and make sure that everyone of those protocols is followed.”

Infectious diseases specialist at Emory University Hospital, Bruce Ribner, also stated that bringing the American victims home does not pose a threat. “We do not believe any health care worker, any other patient or any visitor to our facility is at any way at risk of acquiring this infection.”

The mortality rate for the Ebola virus is 57 percent. There are no vaccines for Ebola. The only way to contain it, according to health officials, is to stop the spread of infection by isolating patients.

U.S. health officials, responding to Social Media and public concerns, don’t seem worried about it spreading, although other officials say it’s just a matter of time before it is also in the U.S.

According to CNN Health,” Ebola is aggressively infectious, which means that those infected are highly likely to get sick. But it’s not very contagious, meaning it doesn’t spread easily. It’s transmitted only through bodily fluids while the infected patient is exhibiting symptoms. “Experts say our health care system would be able to identify and contain the virus swiftly.”

“To date, more than 60 health care workers have lost their lives in helping others. Some international staff are infected,” Chan said. “These tragic infections and deaths significantly erode response capacity.”

Although the Ebola virus is at just below 60 percent fatality rate, up to 90 percent of those who catch it can die.

 

By Lorra B. Chief Writer for Silent Soldier

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Eric Cantor to leave Congress altogether on Aug. 18

imageedit_2_9583802394Rep. Eric Cantor, the just-departed House majority leader, announced Friday morning that he would also resign altogether from Congress, effective Aug. 18.

The seven-term congressman, stunned by a June 10 upset in Virginia’s primary, stepped down from his Republican leadership position on Thursday.

“It has been the highest honor of my professional life to serve the people of Virginia’s 7th District in Congress,” Cantor said in a statement Friday morning. “That is why it is with tremendous gratitude and a heavy heart that I have decided to resign from Congress, effective Aug. 18.”

In his statement, Cantor says his resignation would allow his successor, likely to be Republican nominee David Brat, to get an edge in seniority by taking office in November rather than January.

The surprise decision caps off a nearly 14-year career in Congress for the hard-charging 51-year-old Virginian, whose name became synonymous with ambition as he soared through leadership ranks at a relatively young age and charted the course for a new generation of Republicans in the Capitol.

Some congressional leaders have made similar decisions to retire altogether after brief stints returning to rank-and-file status, but Cantor’s move remains unique because he’s the highest ranking House member to ever lose his own party’s nomination.

Rather than stay in the House through the end of December, he said he would pave the way for his successor — presumably Brat in the Republican-tilting district surrounding Richmond — to be an active participant in the expected lame-duck session after the November elections. “That way he will also have seniority, and that will help the interests of my constituents [because] he can be there in that consequential lame-duck session,” Cantor told the Richmond Times-Dispatch, which first reported his plans to leave Congress early.

Cantor has asked Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) to schedule two elections Nov. 4, one that will fill out the remaining weeks of his existing House term and the other for the next full tw0-year term. The decision will leave Virginia’s 7th Congressional District without a representative for two-and-a-half months, but most of that time the House will be adjourned to allow lawmakers to campaign before November.

The move also allows Cantor, a lawyer with strong ties to Wall Street and the financial community, to begin his private-sector life several months earlier than if he had served out his term.

Cantor’s sudden departure, after so many years at the center of fiscal drama in showdowns with President Obama, is somewhat dizzying.

Unaware of the revolt brewing among his district’s conservative voters, Cantor left the Capitol the afternoon of June 10 for the 100-mile drive to Richmond expecting a coronation in his primary race against Brat, a conservative professor at Randolph-Macon College. Brat had run a shoe-string campaign and seemed unaware that he was on the verge of one the great upsets of modern politics.

Instead he routed Cantor by more than 10 percentage points, even as outside conservative groups who have elevated long-shot bids against other Republican incumbents doubted Brat’s credentials.

Easily poised to succeed House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio), his sometime internal rival, Cantor announced the next day he would resign as majority leader effective July 31, keeping to himself his plans to quit Congress outright in mid-August before his seventh term expired.

The final coda for Cantor’s public service came in an unusually bipartisan moment Thursday just before noon, when he delivered a farewell address. He received long standing ovations from friend and foe, including Democrats who often decried his partisanship and Republicans who distrusted his ambition.

As Cantor addressed the House chamber Thursday in his last act as majority leader, the always emotional Boehner dabbed his eyes with a handkerchief.

Cantor told the House that his friend was an “example of firm leadership” who was unafraid to show his “kind heart and soft spot from time to time.” Cantor mentioned Boehner’s “patience” during their regular meetings, which he said took place at least once a day, every day the House had been in session the past five years.

The one-time rivals have led in lock step in recent years as they struggled to wrangle an unruly bloc of conservatives into line with the rest of the Republican caucus. Cantor’s last official day was emblematic of much of his tenure, with the leadership team battling another tea party-fueled rebellion, this one against immigration legislation backed by Boehner (R-Ohio).

Boehner has been magnanimous to his partner in those battles as Cantor has bowed out from the GOP leadership. This week, Boehner paid his own tribute at a meeting of the National Leadership Assembly for Israel. Before discussing the urgent matter of the day — the situation in Gaza — the speaker thanked the only Jewish Republican now in Congress.

A three-minute video was released that charts Cantor’s ascension to House majority leader and the highlights of his leadership — including the passage of the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act, which diverted $126 million in federal funds to fight childhood cancer and other pediatric diseases. Cantor has said the bill is a highlight of his tenure.

In the House, Cantor told the assembled members that it had been “an honor and a privilege” to serve as majority leader and thanked his colleagues for “their service, their friendship and their warmth.” He also warned that “our nation and our economy cannot meet its full potential if we in America are not leading abroad,” citing the ongoing crises in the Middle East and Ukraine. “We’ve got to make leadership abroad a priority.”

Cantor was given a standing ovation for several minutes from across the House chamber and received hugs from two of his closest allies — the incoming majority leader, Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.).

Thursday marked the unexpected end of a star’s rise. It was assumed that Cantor would play a key role in the GOP’s leadership for some years to come. He sat in the House for two years before rising to chief deputy whip, later taking the role of minority whip and then, in 2011, majority leader.

Although his name was not mentioned as a future presidential candidate, no one expected his fall to come so soon. Cantor was knocked off his perch despite outspending Brat 40 to 1.

Former Virginia governor James S. Gilmore has known Cantor most of his life and witnessed the evening he lost the primary for Virginia’s 7th District. Gilmore describes a “sense of frustration” among voters and believes that Cantor’s reelection loss had more to do with anger toward the GOP’s leadership than toward the congressman himself.

“There’s a lot of people who don’t like the direction of the country, and Eric was a symbol for the state of the affairs,” Gilmore said. “Maybe if he had talked up his accomplishments in the leadership and the 7th District more, he might not have lost.”

What’s next for the still relatively young Cantor? “I do want to play a role in the public debate,” he told ABC’s “This Week.”

Even his political opponents think he isn’t quite finished. During his tribute in the House, Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) said, “I know that he will not be leaving the public community, the public square, that his voice will still be a voice of influence and he will make a difference in whatever area he pursues.”

The GOP leaders have similar thoughts. At the end of the House Republican’s video tribute, which had 3,500 views on YouTube by late Thursday afternoon, Cantor’s voice concludes that “each setback is an opportunity, and there’s always optimism for the future.”

Reported by The Washington Post

By Lorra B. Chief Writer for Silent Soldier

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WHISTLEBLOWER: L.A. Planning to Forcibly House Homeless Citizens in FEMA Camps

imageedit_2_9137855630Insider: Supervisor told U.S. citizens “cannot leave” housing facilities

A whistleblower who claims to work inside the Los Angeles Department of Health Services has told Infowars that L.A. officials are planning to forcibly remove homeless people from the streets later this summer and house them in facilities which they will not be permitted to leave.

The source, an office clerk within the LADHS, said that during a policy meeting on the morning of June 18th last month, his supervisor announced that the Los Angeles County Dept. of Health Services had struck a deal with the government to open up “low cost housing” facilities for homeless people, otherwise known as “FEMA camps.” The source said that his supervisor ordered staff not to use the term “FEMA camps.”

The program is focused around removing or relocating homeless people from the streets of downtown L.A., starting with Skid Row.

“We will approach them on the street asking if they need or want help usually offering food to get their direct attention, if they come into the office it makes our jobs twice as efficient,” said the supervisor. “In most cases the decision is already made for them unless they become combative or belligerent in which case we send them in for a 72 hour psych evaluation and then transfer them while under sedation or heavy medication to the “facility.”

The supervisor stressed that the program would be “humane,” that it would help clean up the streets, and that the citizens being processed into the housing units would receive medical treatment, an RFID chip, room and board, but that “they cannot leave.” The supervisor elaborated that the facility was not a prison, but that its population would be kept there “for their own health and safety.”

The whistleblower points to a page on the Department of Health Services official website which details how “roving teams” will help “provide short-term housing with health oversight to homeless DHS patients who are recovering from an acute illness or injury or have conditions that would be exacerbated by living on the street or in shelters.”

The post also mentions “a 38 bed recuperative care site in South LA” which will be opened “this summer” to cater for the homeless.

The notion of forcing homeless people off the streets into detention facilities is not a conspiracy theory and has already been taking place across the United States. Los Angeles is already making moves to force charities for the homeless off the streets as part of plans for the “gentrification” of entire areas.

Last year, the city of Columbia, South Carolina voted to make homelessness a crime, creating police patrols which gave homeless people the choice of either forcibly entering a shelter on the edge of town or being sent to jail.

More than 50 cities all over the nation have also made feeding the homeless a crime, while in places like Camden, N.J., authorities are bulldozing entire tent cities.

Reported by D.C. Clothesline

 

By Lorra B. Chief Writer for Silent Soldier

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PELOSIUM – The Most Dense Element Ever Found

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A major research institution has just announced the discovery of the densest element yet known to science. The new element has been named Pelosium.

 

Pelosium has one neutron, 12 assistant neutrons, 75 deputy neutrons, and 223 assistant deputy neutrons, giving it an atomic mass of 311.

 These particles are held together by dark forces called morons, which are surrounded by vast quantities of lepton-like particles called peons.

The symbol of Pelosium is PU.

Pelosium’s mass actually increases over time, as morons randomly interact with various elements in the atmosphere and become assistant deputy neutrons within the Pelosium molecule, leading to the formation of isotopes.

The characteristic of moron-promotion leads some scientists to believe that Pelosium is formed whenever morons reach a certain quantity in concentration.  Author, unknown.

Please, use caution when coming into contact with this unstable matter.

 

By Lorra B. Chief Writer for Silent Soldier

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Silence – 104,366 Brave, Silent American Soldiers

imageedit_6_6717250909About six miles from Maastricht, in the Netherlands, lie buried 8,301 American soldiers who died in “Operation Market Garden” in the battles to liberate Holland in the fall winter of 1944.

Every one of the men buried in the cemetery, as well as those in the Canadian and British military cemeteries, has been adopted by a Dutch family who mind the grave, decorate it, and keep alive the memory of the soldier they have adopted. It is even the custom to keep a portrait of “their” American soldier in a place of honor in their home. Annually, on “Liberation Day,” memorial services are held for “the men who died to liberate Holland.” The day concludes with a concert. The final piece is always “ll Silenzio,” a memorial piece commissioned by the Dutch and first played in 1965 on the 20th anniversary of Holland’s liberation. It has been the concluding piece of the memorial concert ever since.

This year the soloist was a 13-year-old Dutch girl, Melissa Venema, backed by Andre` Rieu and his orchestra (the Royal Orchestra of the Netherlands). This beautiful concert piece is based upon the original version of taps and was composed by Italian composer Nino Rossi.

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After you watch the above site, check out our European arrogance, in alphabetical order:

  1. The American Cemetery at Aisne-Marne, France…A total of 2289
  2. The American Cemetery at Ardennes, Belgium…A total of 5329
  3. The American Cemetery at Brittany, France…A total of 4410
  4. Brookwood, England – American Cemetery…A total of 468
  5. Cambridge, England…A total of 3812
  6. Epinal, France – American Cemetery…A total of 5525
  7. Flanders Field, Belgium…A total of 368
  8. Florence, Italy…A total of 4402
  9. Henri-Chapalle, Belgium…A total of 7992
  10. Lorraine, France…A total of 10,489
  11. Luxembourg, Luxembourg…A total of 5076
  12. Meuse-Argonne…A total of 14,246
  13. Netherlands, Netherlands…A total of 8301
  14. Normandy, France…A total of 9387
  15. Oise-Aisne, France…A total of 6012
  16. Rhone, France…A total of 861
  17. Sicily, Italy…A total of 7861
  18. Somme, France…A total of 1844
  19. St. Mihiel, France…A total of 4153
  20. Suresnes, France…A total of 1541

Apologize to no one.

Remind those of our sacrifice and don’t confuse arrogance with leadership.

The count is 104,366 dead, brave Americans.

And we have to watch an American elected leader who apologizes to Europe and the Middle East that our country is “arrogant!”  How many French, Dutch, Italians, Belgians and Brits are buried on our soil…after defending us against our enemies?

We don’t ask for praise…but we have absolutely no need to apologize! Do think about this. Author – Unknown.

104,366 brave, silent American Soldiers. 

 

By, Lorra B. Chief Writer for Silent Soldier

http://SilentSoldier.us

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Millions in Taxpayer Vacations – Isn’t Life Grand Mr. President?

imageedit_7_4252998750Vacations are a beautiful thing indeed, especially when taxpayers are footing the bill. Having been nicknamed our “most well-traveled, expensive” president to date, by many Americans, President Obama has spent an unimaginable 44 million dollars on vacations and travel.

Granted, it is a well know fact that a president is rarely fully on vacation-mode due to the nature of the job and may merely be enjoying a different sense of scenery but the expense of these outings are arguably outlandish. When the taxpayer is the one who is mostly responsible for footing the bill, it’s a problem.

Yes, each president elect has claimed that because he always travels with staff and handles key communications business, location isn’t an issue. Compared to former President George W. Bush, who visited his Crawford ranch repeatedly, Obama’s foreign travels require much more revenue, staff, security and communications.

“Any American would understand that sending the president and Secret Service to a small Texas town is a lot cheaper than an ostentatious vacation in Martha’s Vineyard and Hawaii,” stated Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, a taxpayer watchdog group.

Since taking office in 2009 Obama has taken 31 international trips, more than any other president. That’s 119 days spent overseas as of March of this year and has cost taxpayers millions.

Obama, in addition to all of his international travels, spends a considerable amount of time accompanied by his family while traveling. The Obama’s have vacationed on “exclusive beaches in New England, private clubs in Key Largo and, of course, luxurious beaches in Hawaii,” according to The Daily Caller.

Next month is Obama’s 16-day summer vacation break to “Martha’s Vineyard in Mass…he will have taken all or part of 141 days of vacation, time split between summers on the island, winters in his native Hawaii and birthday weekends at his Chicago home,” stated the Washington Examiner.

“Obama has been criticized for taking costly and lengthy vacations, especially compared to the short trips most Americans take. The U.S. Travel Association reports that the average American vacation lasts just 3.7 days.”

The cost of the Obama’s trip to Hawaii, from June 27 to July 3, included three countries in Africa, Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania. According to Air Force records, transportation costs for flights were a whooping $228,288 an HOUR. $8,104,224 was the flight expense alone!

According to the Washington Post, the African trip cost taxpayers just around $100 million. The Honolulu vacations cost taxpayers right around $15,885,585.30 according to Judicial Watch. “Here we have a president that gets on the budget line by line, but this apparently doesn’t apply to his travel…We’ve got this financial crisis here in Washington and the president and his family need to be more sensitive as to the cost concerned with his travel. We are especially concerned about the excessive luxury travel, such as his trip to Hawaii,” stated Fitton.

It also seems we taxpayers are not privy to the actual cost of the Obama’s escapades. Information pertaining to items such as the cost of housing, Secret Service and their equipment, staff, meals and beverages are frequently not available to view or missing completely from the data reports.

According to Fitton, “The Obamas are abusing the public trust and the taxpayers with unnecessary luxurious vacations and travel. These staggering costs show why these documents were covered up and we had to sue in federal court to get them. Another transparency fail for the Obama gang.”

It is disconcerting, to say the least, that one would have to sue our public servant in order to get an expense report. The answer is yes, Mr. President, you work for us. Indeed, there are things of a security nature that would make it unwise to share with the public…but a vacation expense report?

These are the expense items that we do know the White House refuses to disclose for “security reasons,” according to Watchdog.org:

 

  • An entire floor of an office building in Kailua on the canal during the president’s stay.
  • Security upgrades, such as bulletproof glass and additional phone lines added to private homes; existing security systems are disabled.
  • Rental cars and fuel for staff and security, as well as additional costs for Secret Service and White House staff traveling ahead of the president.

 

“The cost to taxpayers of President Obama’s travel, especially his luxury vacation travel, are beyond pale…and the secrecy surrounding these costs shows that Obama’s vows of transparency are rubbish,” said Fitton.

 This begs the question that if you’re trying to hide vacation expense reports what other, much more important items, are you hiding from us?

 

By Lorra B. Chief Writer for Silent Soldier

http://SilentSoldier.us

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Washington Pot Shop Customers Cheer 1st Legal Sale

imageedit_4_9062128745Cale Holdsworth strode to the counter at Top Shelf Cannabis, inspected and sniffed a glass jar filled with marijuana, and said: “I’ll take two grams.”

Holdsworth paid $26.50 and held up the brown bag containing his pot as people applauded the store’s first transaction as Washington on Tuesday became the second state to allow people to buy marijuana legally in the U.S. without a doctor’s note.

“This is a great moment,” said the 29-year-old from Abilene, Kansas, as a swarm of reporters and television cameras recorded the moment.

People began buying marijuana at 8 a.m. at Top Shelf Cannabis, which started selling the drug as soon as it was allowed under state regulations. Before it opened, several dozen people lined up outside the shop in this liberal college town of about 80,000 north of Seattle.

Holdsworth was first in line, along with his girlfriend, Sarah Gorton, and her younger brother. They showed up at 4 a.m.

Gorton said the trio was in Bellingham for her grandfather’s 84th birthday. State law allows both Washington residents and people from out of state to purchase a limited amount of pot.

“It’s just a happy coincidence and an opportunity we’re not going to have for a long time,” said Gorton, a 24-year-old with dreadlocks and homemade jewelry. “I’m really thrilled to be a part of something that I never thought would happen.”

In Seattle, hundreds of people waited in the warm sunshine outside the city’s first pot shop, CannabisCity, which opened at noon.

Store owner James Lathrop, holding a large scissors to cut the ribbon for the official opening, said it was time to “free the weed.”

The first customer, 65-year-old retiree Deb Greene, hugged and thanked Alison Holcomb, the author of Washington’s marijuana law, before she placed her order for 8 grams, total $160.01 with tax.

“It’s so remarkable,” Greene said. “We’re showing the way.”

The start of legal pot sales in Washington marks a major step that’s been 20 months in the making.

Washington and Colorado stunned much of the world by voting in November 2012 to legalize marijuana for adults over 21, and to create state-licensed systems for growing, selling and taxing the pot. Sales began in Colorado on Jan. 1.

Washington issued its first 24 retail licenses Monday. An Associated Press survey of the licensees showed only about six planned to open Tuesday: two in Bellingham, one in Seattle, one in Spokane, one in Prosser and one in Kelso. Some were set to open later this week or next, while others said it could be a month or more before they could acquire marijuana to sell.

It’s been a bumpy ride in Washington, with product shortages expected as growers and sellers scrambled to prepare. Pot prices were expected to be higher than what people pay at the state’s unregulated medical marijuana dispensaries.

That was largely due to the short supply of legally produced pot in the state. Although more than 2,600 people applied to become licensed growers, fewer than 100 have been approved — and only about a dozen were ready to harvest by early this month.

Colorado already had a regulated medical marijuana system, making for a smoother transition when it allowed those dispensaries to start selling to recreational pot shops Jan. 1.

Washington’s medical system is unregulated, so officials here were starting from scratch as they immersed themselves in the pot world and tried to come up with regulations that made sense for the industry and the public.

The rules include protocols for testing marijuana and requirements for child-resistant packaging. Officials also had to determine things like how much criminal history was too much to get a license, and what types of security systems pot shops and growers should have.

Washington law allows the sale of up to an ounce of dried marijuana, 16 ounces of pot-infused solids, 72 ounces of pot-infused liquids or 7 grams of concentrated marijuana, like hashish, to adults over 21.

Brian Kost, a 45-year-old Bellingham man, was among the first in line at Top Shelf Cannabis, in an industrial area off Interstate 5. He said he hadn’t smoked marijuana in 17 years because he didn’t like the hassle of trying to find it on the illegal market.

“With the chance to buy it legally, I just couldn’t pass it up,” Kost said. “I never thought I’d see the day.”

Gorton said she, her brother and boyfriend planned to head back to their relatives’ house and sample their purchase.

“We’re probably going to break open a bottle of wine, sit on the porch and enjoy this,” she said.

By GENE JOHNSON Associated Press

                                                                                   

 

By Lorra B. Chief Writer for Silent Soldier

http://SilentSoldier.us

 

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Could the White House be Coming Down Like a House of Cards?

imageedit_5_2203792702Could the Internal Revenue Service scandal bring down the White House? Republican Michele Bachmann (Minn) believes it could do just that.

The IRS blames dated technology for the loss of emails from 2009 through mid-2011 do to a computer crash and says that they will likely never be recovered. Ironically, or not, this is the time period encompassing the first year the IRS in Cincinnati began looking through Tea Party applications more closely.

Republicans in Congress became incensed and began accusing the IRS commissioner John Koskinen of not being truthful. Republicans, and most, understand that back-ups are required. Not having a back-up of years of emails did not set right with most.

Democrats, however, were quick to point out that there is no evidence of any wrongdoing or that the computer crash was intentional in the slightest. Democrats accuse Republicans of stirring the pot with new and unfounded allegations.

Lois Lerner, former IRS official, has been pleading her Fifth Amendment rights and has only spoken through her lawyers since this scandal over lost emails erupted over a year ago.

“This is a so-called congressional investigation with no pretense of objectivity or bipartisanship,” stated Taylor, Lerner’s attorney. “Critics of Ms. Lerner and the IRS seize indiscriminately on small pieces of fact to claim they prove scandal.”

“It’s a scandal of epic proportions, big enough that it could bring down a presidency…The only thing that’s phony are all of the denials that are coming out of the White House,” stated Bachmann.

In May 2013 Lerner admitted publicly that certain political groups had inappropriately been targeted by the agency.  Over the months, the scandal has escalated with new stories fueling suspicions that the Obama administration has used the IRS as a political tool.

“In the absence of a special prosecutor, the best opportunity for piercing the veil of secrecy and evasion that surrounds the IRS handling of groups perceived as enemies of the Obama administration lies is civil litigation. The National Organization for Marriage has just obtained a $50,000 settlement from the IRS for its criminal release of confidential donor information to an opposition group.”

“Confidential tax return information about the National Organization for Marriage donors was published on the website of a political adversary. But so far Eric Holder’s Justice Department is not pursuing inquiries into who feloniously released that information,” according to American Thinker.

When her computer crashed, Lerner lost an untold about of emails, items that were actively being sought by congressional investigators. Lerner is being investigated for her role in the agency’s controversy that they improperly scrutinized application by some Tea Party groups,” and publicly admitted as much.

There are also claims that Lerner singled out GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley implying she was in “cahoots” with the justice Department.  Taylor stated that Lerner neither saved nor printed official emails on a backup computer and many dispute this claim. Email back-up is a record-keeping law.

“Lerner’s admission…that the IRS had been singling out applications for tax-exempt status using terms such as “tea party.” Followed by a critical inspector general report days later, set off the original storm. The groups in question were seeking status as a social welfare organization, or a 501(c)(4), which is allowed to engage in a limited amount of political activity.”

Yesterday, a pro-Israel group seeking a tax exempt status was told its application was being held up because “…these cases are being sent to a special unit in the DC office to determine whether the organization’s activities contradict the Administration’s public policies.”

Unlawful viewpoint discrimination is what Z-Street’s lawsuit claims. Washington, DC’s federal court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, an Obama appointee, dismissed the lawsuit stating that Z-Street was suing over “viewpoint discrimination evidenced by what it was told by IRS agent Diane Gentry about contradicting administration policies – the process by which the IRS made the determination on tax exempt status.” In other words, and according to the Jerusalem Post, “The Z Street case may be what forces the IRS to pull its carefully constructed curtain and reveal how it made decisions regarding organizations deemed out of step with the current US administration.”

Published in 2012 by the Human Rights Campaign, which are supporters of gay rights, is the donor information of John Eastman’s association that opposes same-sex marriages.

“As a former tax official, if I would have done that as an employee of the IRS, I would have been refereed to the Justice Department, the criminal division,” stated Bachmann. “I would have been subject to a felony of five years hard time, in a federal penitentiary. That’s what we are talking about, that’s how serious this is. The IRS has broken laws and the American people need a redress of this grievance.”

On Monday, an MSNBC panel believed this premise of the IRS targeting “conservative groups, misleading investigators, and then failing to produce evidence relating to that investigation because they had destroyed it,” wasn’t that big a problem or worry but declared it “the single most important issue of our time.”

According to HotAir, MSMBC also stated, inaccurately, that “the liberal groups were also targeted by the IRS with equal fervor.”

A Fox News poll from last week, however, shows quite a different story. It showed that “74 percent support a congressional investigation into the targeting scandal, including 86 percent of Republicans, 65 percent of surveyed independents, and 66 percent of Democratic respondents.” The poll went on to declare “76 percent believe the IRS intentionally destroyed hardware in order to hide evidence relating to the targeting scandal from investigators.”

A survey from A Quinnipiac University last week also showed that “74 percent want a special counsel appointed in order to investigate the scandal. Again, there is no partisan, age, gender, or race gap in the findings…63 percent of Democrats and 78 percent of independents calling for a special prosecutor,” reported The Hill.

Bachmann stated that the IRS scandal “is only the beginning…We also know that over 1.1 million documents were wrongfully sent by Lois Lerner to the Justice Department criminal division. The criminal division only looks at employee behavior but yet Lois Lerner wanted the Justice Department to look at the behavior of the non-profits themselves.”

We may never know how many emails are gone but the IRS was able to piece together emails from 82 IRS employees and come up with around 24,000 Lerner emails from 2009-2011.

“The IRS is committed to working with Congress…the IRS has remained focused on being thorough and responding as quickly as possible to the wide-ranging requests from Congress while taking steps to protect underlying taxpayer information,” stated the IRS.

Lerner’s case is now held by the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia after having been found in contempt of Congress in May, and after having refused to answer questions that could incriminate her.

 

By Lorra B. Chief Writer for Silent Soldier

http://SilentSoldier.us

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Aborted Fetuses Burned For Fuel in Oregon – Graphic

Human, aborted imageedit_2_9577583126fetuses are being shipped to the United States from British Columbia and being incinerated to provide electricity for Oregon residents.

Thinking this too outlandish and, frankly, quite unsettling, I checked with Snopes.com to make sure this wasn’t some sick prank. I can assure you it is quite true.

The remains of aborted humans are being shipped to a US power facility, in order to provide electricity to Oregon residents.

“The British Colombia Health Ministry has confirmed that ‘medical waste’ is sent to our country to be converted to electricity in waste-to-power plants. ‘Medical waste,’ in this brave new world of ours, includes amputated limbs, cancerous tissue, and the bodies of murdered children,” according to Snopes.com.

The Oregon incinerator was stopped by the County commissioners on Thursday from receiving any waste from medical facilities until it is ensured that fetal tissue will no longer be burned for fuel.

Sam Brentano and Janet Carlson, Marion County commissioners, said they strongly disagree with abortions and that they were “horrified” that the Marion County Resource Recovery Facility could actually be using human remains to fuel Oregon.

“We’re going to get to the bottom of it,” said Carlson. “I want to know who knew, when they knew, how long they had known this was going on.

Brentano acknowledged that all human tissue can be accepted at the waste-to-energy plant, but stated, “No rule or law has been broken, but there’s an ethical standard that’s been broken.”

“We provide an important service to the people of this state and it would be a travesty if this program is jeopardized due to this finding. We thought our ordinance excluded this type of material at the waste-to-energy facility. We will take immediate action to ensure a process is developed to prohibit human tissue from future deliveries,” continued Brentano.

“We are outraged and disgusted that this material could be included in medical waste received at the facility,” Carlson stated. “We did not know this practice was occurring until today. We are taking immediate action and initiating discussions with Covanta Marion to make certain that this type of medical waste is not accepted in the future.”

The United Kingdom went through a similar experience last month when similar reports of aborted fetuses being incinerated for energy caused upheaval and caused the U.K. authorities to halt the “totally unacceptable” practice.

According to reports, over 15,000 babies, miscarried or aborted, were included in the clinical waste and incinerated.

“As many as 10 employees at England’s National Health Service admitted to having burned fetal remains that had been mixed with garbage, and two other employees said the aborted or miscarried bodies were used in the country’s “waste-to-energy” plants to generate power for heat,” reported Britain’s Telegraph newspaper.

The Obama administration’s Securities and Exchange Commission stated on February 28, 2012, that this type of use is well within the confines of “ordinary business.”

An email from Gayle Atteberry, an Oregon Right to Life’s Executive Director, was sent to LifeNews when she got wind of this new “alternative energy.”

As horrified as I am to hear of the bodies of Canada’s smallest citizens being burned to create electricity for our homes, I am not surprised. When we do not respect the unborn babies’ right to life, what is stopping us from using their bodies for our own gain, whether that be burning them for electricity or destroying them for embryonic stem cell research? The next question is: are Oregon’s babies being burned as well?”

Many pro-life advocates tend to compare abortion with the Holocaust for which the pro-abortion quickly condemn them. Though, the comparison is a gruesome reminder of the despicable way humans were treated in Nazi Germany.

According to Jeff Bickford, the environmental services division manager in Marion County, waste material has been taken from British Columbia for up to 7 years. “You’ve got biological agent and infectious diseases in there”…that need to be incinerated.

Brentano stated that in order to insure that no fetus tissue enter the incinerator, new ordinances need to be written.

Carlson asked during a meeting, “So if someone loses an arm, loses a finger?”

Brentano replied, “That should go in and be burned, as gross as that is.”

The Department of Health issued a ban prohibiting hospitals from the misuse of the bodies of babies “victimized by abortion any further.”

By Lorra B. Chief Writer for Silent Soldier

http://SilentSoldier.us

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Sudanese Christian Mom Spared From Death ReArrested 24 Hours Later

imageedit_2_4608762815It was for renouncing Islam and embracing Christianity that Meriam Ibrahim, 27, was sentenced to hang for apostasy, igniting outrage from at home and from overseas. She was released on Monday and arrested again Tuesday as she and her family were trying to leave the country of Africa.

The National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) agents, about 40 of them, detained her, her husband and their two children at Khartoum Airport, just 24 hours after her release.

A head Sudanese official said she would be released “soon,” according to BBC News. “Abdullahi Alzareg from the ministry of foreign affairs told BBC’s Newshour program that Mrs. Ibrahim had been arrested because she did not have the correct travel documents.”

Then why did it take almost 40 agents to arrest her at the airport and why did they detain the family?

“We don’t have a reason as to why,” said Al-Sharif Ali, a member of her legal team. “Her husband is also being detained. We have tried to see them, but it has been very difficult. The National Security Force will not allow us to meet with them.”

Ibrahim is Sudanese and she was using emergency South Sudanese papers with a U.S. visa. Her husband, a Christian from South Sudan, has U.S. nationality.

The facility Ibrahim, Daniel Wani and their children were taken to is used by Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Service. “A source close to the family told FoxNews.com…They have travel documents furnished by the U.S. embassy, but Ibrahim did not have a passport, the source said.”

“She is either banned from traveling or the NISS could also create “paper issues” if they don’t want her to leave the country.”

A man who claims to be the brother of Ibrahim, Al-Hadi, said on Tuesday that his family’s honor had been tarnished because of the case and he is seeking revenge.

Ibrahim, while in court, denied being related to Al-Hadi.

The whole can of worms started when a relative of Ibrahim’s, a Muslim, said her family was stunned to realize she had married a Christian after having been missing for a number of years, according to her lawyer.

Because Ibrahim’s father was a Muslim the courts considered her a Muslim even though she said she had never practiced Islam and professed to be a Christian. “She was charged with adultery, because a Muslim woman’s marriage to a Christian man is illegal in Sudan, and with apostasy, accused of illegally renouncing what was alleged to be her original faith,” stated CNN.

“I am a Christian,” Ibrahim stated during her hearing last month, “and I will remain a Christian.” Her mother is an Ethiopian Orthodox Christian and raised her children as such. Ibrahim’s father, a Muslim, abandoned her at the age of 6.

“It’s very disappointing,” Elshareef, the family’s lawyer, said. “They were very angry. They took us (family’s lawyers) outside, and took the family to a NISS detention center. They have not been given access to lawyers.”

Because the appeals court had overturned all of Ibrahim’s convictions, Elshareef believes that political differences within their government about the case could have played a role in preventing her from leaving.

“I’m very concerned. When people do not respect the court, they might do anything,” said Elshareef.

This case attracted international criticism and more than 1 million people supported a crusade by Amnesty International to set her free.

David Cameron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, said he was “absolutely appalled” by the treatment given to her. Political and “religious leaders, celebrities and human rights organizations” condemned her imprisonment. The British Foreign Office and U.S. sate department welcomed her release.

“This is a deeply troubling development,” stated Jordan Sekulow, executive director of the American Center for Law and Justice. The ACLJ collected over 300,000 signatures in a petition demanding her release. “The decision to take the entire family into custody is a violation of international law and we call on Sudan to release them without delay. Meriam and her family’s fate are now unclear.”

By Lorra B. Chief Writer for Silent Soldier

http://SilentSoldier.us

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One of the Greatest Intelligence Failures in American History

imageedit_2_5041333720One thing about the advance of ISIS is the deathly silence from our best ally in the Middle East, Israel. What concerns me is that the U.S. seems to believe time is on our side relating to ISIS – and we’re not taking this sophisticated threat seriously. I pray Israel is.

It’s always helpful to gain a window into the enemy by reading the enemies’ words. Franklin Lamb, writing for Media With Conscience was afforded an opportunity to interview members of the Islamist army, who clearly laid out their frightening plans.

He writes, “One need not be present to understand the unfolding “Jihadi Spring” is fueling the plans and perhaps destiny of ascendant Islamists in this region with the increasing help of in-country nationalists, including remnants of the Iraqi Baath Party. This, according to more than a dozen ardent supporters of The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), known locally as DAASH, whose representatives allowed this observer over the past six months to interview some of its supporters.”

Lamb explains that the final “S” in the acronym “ISIS” relates to the Arabic word “al-Sham” which itself is variously used to refer to the Levant, Syria or even Damascus. But DAASH (ISIS) means the Levant or Eastern Mediterranean including Cyprus, Palestine, Jordan, Syria, and southern Turkey. ISIS has just announced that Raqqa, the only one of 14 Governorates it controls in Syria, is now the “Capital” of their emerging “Caliphate” which so far is a swathe of territory encompassing much of eastern and northern Syria and western and northern Iraq. The Emir is to be their military strategist and leader and successor of Abu Mus’ab Zarqawi, Dr. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

What we fail to comprehend is that an Islamic caliphate is a borderless empire ruled by singular leader under strict Islamic law, the Koran. It does not respect secular leadership, as we are witnessing in Libya, Syria, and elsewhere in the Islamic world. In Egypt, the removal of the Muslim Brotherhood set back their march towards being a part of an Islamic caliphate – which our own Secretary of State has problems understanding.

So what does ISIS think of Israel’s existence?

Lamb says jihadist recruiters working with a claimed new specialized DAASH unit organized at the beginning of 2013 are “focusing exclusively on destroying the Zionist regime occupying Palestine.” DAASH’s “Al Quds Unit” (AQU) is currently working to broaden its influence in more than 60 Palestinian camps and gatherings from Gaza, across Occupied Palestine, to Jordan, and Lebanon up to the north of Syria seeking to enlist support as it prepares to “Liberate” Palestine.

How in God’s name did the Obama administration not see this coming? This may be one of the greatest intelligence failures in American history. President Obama referred to this as “whack-a-mole” – hardly, this is not just some terrorist organization; it is an army with a structure. It is no different from Hezbollah in Lebanon or Hamas in Gaza.

A DAASH member supposedly claims, “Zionists call us masked, sociopathic murderers but we are much more complicated and representative of those seeking justice than they portray us. Are we more barbaric than the Zionist terrorists who massacred at Dier Yassin, Shatila twice at Qana, and committed dozens of other massacres? History will judge us after we free Palestine. DAASH claims it can do the job in 72 months.

Lamb says there are several reasons why Palestinians should hold out hope for ISIS succeeding in their cause when all other Arab, Muslim, and Western-claimed resistance supporters have failed. “All countries in this region are playing the sectarian card just as they have long played the Palestinian card but the difference with ISIS is that we are serious about Palestine and they are not. Tel Aviv will fall as fast as Mosul when the time is right,” a DAAH ally explained. Another member insisted, “DAASH will fight where no one else is willing.”

ISIS appears uniformly contemptuous of the “Zionist regime” and its army and also appears eager to fight them in the near future despite expectation that Israel will use nuclear weapons.

“Do you think that we do not have access to nuclear devices? The Zionist knows that we do and if we ever believe they are about to use theirs we will not hesitate. After the Zionists are gone, Palestine will have to be decontaminated and rebuilt just like areas where there has been radiation released.”

This is a real threat and nothing ISIS has done is contrary to their intent and purpose. We do not want an entrenched Islamist army as we have in Hezbollah and Hamas. The situation for Israel is dire since those two Islamic terrorist formations exist to their north and south. If ISIS is successful in moving against Jordan, then there is a greater threat to the east. The clock is ticking and truly, I don’t believe Barack Hussein Obama gives a damn.

Written by Allen West

 

By Lorra B. Chief Writer for Silent Soldier

http://SilentSoldier.us

 

Is the Obama Administration Posturing to Start Another War?

 

imageedit_2_8484186291“Recently I was asked why I am writing so much about “politics.” Well, I have not written too much about U.S. politics because the two party system is hopelessly broken where a vote either way is either thrown away counted incorrectly and really doesn’t matter because your choices are two sides of the same coin. Writing about U.S. internal politics is pointless. I have written quite a bit recently about international or “geo” politics and even make comments on religion. There is a valid reason for this, because when all is said and done it all boils down to the dollar which is becoming like a political ping pong ball.

“If you ignore geopolitics or religion (in the Middle East) today then you might as well spin your self around 3 times with a blindfold on and then try to walk a straight line. Without understanding global politics, you will have zero percent chance of ever understanding where “this” is headed. I believe that there is now a raging fire behind the financial scenes. The tried and true way to divert attention from anything “internally bad” has always been to either start a war overseas or create some other scandal or false flag event.

“The above said, we (the U.S,) are pushing and shoving in two areas, the Ukraine and Iraq situations. Let me take these one by one so that I can add them up for you. First, let’s look at Ukraine. There exists anecdotal evidence that we in fact stirred up this pot to get it boiling in the first place, but let’s assume that the unrest would have started and did start as we are “told.” So far we have sanctioned Russia twice which are like pokes in the eye. They have remained relatively restrained to their point. Today, Russia has somewhat turned the tables on the U.S. and rather than go tit for tat, they announced an “anti dollar” policy. Putin’s aide proposes anti-dollar alliance to force U.S. to end Ukraine’s civil war.

“Please understand what is happening here, or I should say “already” happened. For Russia to announce an “Anti Dollar” policy is the equivalent of a declaration of war. Were this to have been done by anyone, anywhere on the planet even 10 years ago would have resulted in immediate military action by the U.S,. Maybe this is Russia’s way of getting Washington to throw the first punch but I don’t think so. Rather, I believe that Russia has already held talks with many other foreign nations to get their anticipated response were Russia to announce this anti dollar policy. We know that the Chinese are on board, we know that 9 our of 10 Gazprom customer are OK with non dollar settlement and who knows how far and wide Russia may have had high level discussions on this topic. My point is this, Russia would NEVER, EVER make a leap (and do it publicly) as big as announcing an anti dollar policy if they had not already lined up 99% of their ducks. Do you see what I am saying here? The deal, in my opinion, to dump the dollar had already been planned and is being hatched right here and now by the Russians! I will get back to this momentarily but we have another hot spot in Iraq that I believe is connected and needs to be explained.

“ISIS” has run wild in northern Iraq taking 5 city/towns and leaving a trail of murdered and beheaded Iraqis in their wake. Again, there is evidence that ISIS in Syria has received U.S. funding but let’s assume they did not so as not to muddy the waters further. ISIS is now about 30 miles outside of Baghdad and the U.S. has received requests from Iraq for help. Iraq is run currently by Shia’s, ISIS are Sunni so there is your religious divide. Now, Saudi Arabia is Sunni while Iraq is primarily Shia, another divide but one that is very important. Saudi Arabia has now warned Iran to stay out of the fray in Iraq and it turns out that we (the U.S.) have had talks with Iran about helping their Shia brethren in Iraq. Do you see the problems here? Oh, and to illustrate the problems, Saudi Arabia has now warned Iran to stay out of the fray as the U.S. negotiate their help. This is the current picture; our Middle East policy looks like it is being formulated and implemented by a bunch of moronic clowns trying to play one side against the other but ends up in a dead end of logic.

“OK, so let me add this 1+1 together for you. We have pushed Russia far enough for them to publicly announce an unprecedented “anti-dollar policy.” As I said above, they would never have done this on their own as it would mean their financial destruction. Russia has also shut off the gas supply to Ukraine…knowing full well that Ukraine would then shut Russia’s supply of gas through their pipelines to Europe into the mix. Will this bring Europe closer to the U.S.? Or, will it prod Europe to tell the U.S. to ease up on sanctions as their economy starts to shut down and the weather begins to get cold? This is “1” which is the ridiculous policy we are following in the Middle East. Iran is and has already been shut off of the dollar, what will happen if (I believe “when” is a foregone conclusion) Saudi Arabia announces that they will no longer accept only dollars for oil? Actually, what if they were to announce that they will no longer accept dollars at all? And that if you want their oil you must pay in something OTHER THAN dollars? How would this work out?

“To do the “addition” for you, this works out to the death of the dollar. It would not, in my opinion, be a long and convoluted process. Jim Sinclair believes that the dollar will trade down to the 70-72 level from here which would be a 10-12% drop…on its way down to 56. I don’t usually disagree with Jim on many topics but I do on this one because if Russia were to attract Saudi Arabia to their anti dollar policy, country after country would then follow (or are already lined up to). It would be like flipping a light switch and the dollar’s light would just go out. Maybe we move to the 56 level but I cannot see it holding for long without a reset or going to an internal/external dollar which is another subject altogether.

“Before finishing, I’d like to mention one other aspect that you should expect. When this happens, “dollars” which are now largely held overseas will come back home to…buy “stuff” (dumped) in a frenzied and panicked manner. This will be incredibly inflationary. Some of these dollars will be pointed at “our” gold. You can expect a massive amount of contracts for silver and gold standing for delivery that will not be willing to accept “dollar bribes” to accept a premium and “go away” quietly in the night; I believe that a force majeure will be the result. If I am correct about my 1+1 premise, it would be foolish for “the world” not to finish off the COMEX and LBMA.

“So, why so much politics? Because foreign politics seems to be aimed directly at the dollar at the same time our own foreign policies (and internal) seem to simultaneously be aimed at our own currency’s Achilles heel. What is happening right now is all about the dollar and its planned demise. Let me remind you that gold IS the “anti dollar.” I believe that right now you are witnessing the reason for these many years I have screamed “gold” from the rooftops for anyone willing to listen. I believe the plan is to destroy thoroughly the dollar. Externally for sure and possibly even from within if you view our official financial and economic policies, no one could be this ignorant. Could they? If this is the case and I 100% believe it is, you would then want to own as much “anit-dollar” as possible.”

Regards, Bill Holter

 

By, Lorra B. Chief Writer for Silent Soldier

http://SilentSoldier.us

 

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Rising Gasoline Prices – Do All Roads Lead to the White House?

 

imageedit_2_4711911138The price of gasoline seems to be out of control with the average price per gallon in the United States at a whooping $3.74, and most likely rising. That is a 29-cent increase within the last month alone. According to the Associated Press, the price of gasoline has never been more costly during the summer months.

Today, June 19, is the 1274rd day that the national average price of regular gasoline costing above $3 a gallon. That’s almost three and a half years.

Many American’s tend to blame President Obama for the continuing cost increases for gasoline but are they correct in their assumptions?

Summer consistently brings high gas prices and people have begun placing responsibility for the price escalation on Obama. “Blaming presidents for gas prices is nothing new, and the upcoming election hasn’t helped curb the attacks,” reported US News.

The president isn’t putting forth the effort to control rising gasoline prices, critics say, by utilizing U.S. oil reserves. “The president actually has some opinions that make a lot of sense to a lot of Americans and that option, of course, is to increase American energy production,” stated Sen. John Barrasso, a Wyoming Republican.

The Obama supporters believe that the cost of gasoline is out of his hands. They believe that spikes in oil prices are hard to analyze and they indicate that conflict with Syria, strain with Iran and demand from China are the real culprits to the increases in oil prices.

There are others who believe the EPA is to blame for the continued spike in gasoline prices. “Part of the blame lies with the EPA, which monitors the renewable fuel standard and is responsible for determining what the ration of crude to renewable in the gasoline mix will be each year. The figures for 2014 have not been finalized and are, in fact late. The proposal currently on the table would require 15.21 billion gallons to be blended in 2014, considerably less than the 16.55 billion gallons blended in 2013. This first ever cut in the required amount was lauded as a step in the right direction by industry leaders, including, Charlie Drevna, (president of the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufactures Association), when it was first announced but, he told reporters Tuesday, it was worrisome that EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy ‘has been remarking that the volumetric requirements for the finalized [standard] may be different than the proposed rule.’ The powerful pro-ethanol lobby would benefit if the number was revised upwards in the final rule, requiring more corn-based ethanol be produced and sugar-based ethanol be imported from Brazil to meet the standards, but at the expense of American consumers who, because the promise of cellulosic ethanol has not yet been realized, are putting part of their food money in their fuel tank every time they fill up,” reported Frontiers of Freedom.

On Monday, the Associated Press reported biofules being made from the waste of harvested corn plants could actually be harmful to the environment. $500 million dollars was spent on a university study, paid for by the federal government (us), that disputes arguments from the Obama Administration that biofules help to deter climate change. “Released in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Climate Change, it found biofules made with corn residue release 7 percent more greenhouse gases in the early years compared with conventional gasoline. It may be the whole business was a fool’s errand from the start,” reports Frontiers of Freedom.

The corn ethanol was supposed to be a conduit to improved and non-crude renewables “such as cellulosic ethanol.” But things like cellulosic ethanol are not available yet and won’t be made commercially available until the year 2022. “Meanwhile we’re supposed to keep on putting more and more corn into the system in order to meet the requirements of the renewable fuel standard year after year.” Does this make sense?

“They can export more if you’re in the export market because this law doesn’t apply to exports or they could cut runs, neither of which is good for the American consumer. The only way out of the mess Congress has created, it seems, is to repeal the renewable fuel standard, once and for all,” stated Drevna.

The EPA could certainly be blamed for the rising costs of gasoline but they wouldn’t be alone. Many are also blaming the unrest in Iraq and Syria. So just what is the impact of Iraq and Syria on the oil prices in the United States?

One of the largest oil reserves on the planet is in Iraq and has surpassed the Islamic Republic of Iran as the second largest manufacturer of crude oil. The world’s economy, as well as the price of oil, is largely impacted by any unsteadiness in Iraq. In turn, this instability greatly affects the ordinary citizens of the U.S.

“The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria have already been capable of bringing a significant surge in oil prices. Brent crude hit 114.69 dollars a barrel this week; the largest weekly gain this year. And, of course, countries such as the Islamic Republic of Iran and monarchies such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar will be the ones that benefit from this rise. On the other hand, ordinary people in the U.S. will have to pay the price.”

The swift rise of Jihadi Islamists is much more treacherous than Al-Qaeda, according to Front Page, both economically and ideologically. “There recent triumph and captures of several parts of Iraq and Syria may have tremendous repercussions on American national security, the global economy, and the lives of every American. Unfortunately, President Obama still insists on ignoring the danger and seriousness of these extremist movements.”

There are many factors that contribute to the rising cost of fuel in our country, from issues with the EPA to the ongoing situations in Iraq and Syria, all over the world for that matter. Unlimitedly, however, don’t all roads lead to the white house?

 

By Lorra B. Chief Writer for Silent Soldier

http://SilentSoldier.us

 

Did Senator Orrin Hatch Just Censor Testimony on the Retirement Crisis?

Originally posted on wchildblog:

Source: Wall Street on Parade, by Pam Martens and Russ Martens

Senator Orrin Hatch, Republican from Utah, is not the Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. That post is held by Democrat Ron Wyden – whose party currently holds the majority of seats in the Senate. But this Tuesday, in a hearing that he was not even chairing, Senator Hatch appeared to be attempting to censor the speech of the witnesses before they testified by admonishing them not to use a list of specific words and phrases.

The hearing was convened to take testimony on the retirement crisis facing millions of Americans because of the disappearance of corporate funded pensions and the inability of most Americans to build up a sufficient nest egg on their own because of stagnant wages and 401(k) fees imposed by Wall Street eating up their savings.

Hatch, with a stern face, told the panelists: “What…

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US accuses Syria of chlorine gas attacks

Originally posted on Christian Patriots:

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.(AFP Photo / Alex Wong)
The US claims Syrian President Bashar Assad has broken the chemical weapons treaty he agreed to earlier this year, by launching chlorine gas attacks in Syrian villages. It comes as the Senate officially approved a plan to arm and train Syrian rebels.

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday accused Assad of breaching the terms of the global pact on chemical weapons, by unleashing chlorine gas via barrel bomb attacks earlier this year. 

“We believe there is evidence of [President Bashar] Assad’s use of chlorine, which when you use it – despite it not being on the list – it is prohibited under the Chemical Weapons Convention,” Kerry told the US House of Representatives. “He’s in violation of the convention.” 

Kerry went on to add that Washington is studying ways to hold Assad to account. 

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Chicago Plans For Barack Obama High School Dropped Because Area Too White…

Originally posted on The Last Refuge:

Imagine the media reaction if advocates for a Ronald Reagan High School petitioned for dismissal because the neighborhood was too black? Apparently advocates for Obama High would prefer the school to be located based on skin color…. Yeah, the irony is not lost.

Obama_Martin_Luther_King_2CHICAGO – Mayor Rahm Emanuel backed off Thursday from naming a new elite high school after President Barack Obama amid ongoing criticism from African-Americans who felt the honor inappropriate for a school slated for a wealthy, predominantly white part of the Near North Side. [...]

“Over the last few months, my team has listened to questions and concerns from the community, ranging from location of the building to the naming of the school. We take that community input seriously, which is why – as we continue to look for a thoughtful way to honor President Obama – we will look for other possible names for this future…

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Gulf Widens Between Obama, U.S. Military Over Strategy to Fight Islamic State

Originally posted on pundit from another planet:

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The White House and Pentagon have scurried this week to insist there is no hint of dissent in the ranks, though in some cases their efforts have focused only more attention on the issue.

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 “Half-hearted or tentative efforts, or airstrikes alone, can backfire on us and actually strengthen our foes’ credibility. We may not wish to reassure our enemies in advance that they will not see American boots on the ground.”

– Retired Marine Gen. James Mattis

WaPo‘s Craig Whitlock reports: Flashes of disagreement over how to fight the Islamic State are mounting between President Obama and U.S. military leaders, the latest sign of strain in what often has been an awkward and uneasy relationship.

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 “I think it’s very important that he does follow the advice and counsel that he receives, the professional advice of the military. They are the ones best suited to do that.”

– Rep. Howard P. “Buck”…

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WE ARE AT WAR

Originally posted on The Lantern Journal:

THE LANTERN JOURNAL

Editorial Article and Special Report

by Jim Lantern

9:11 p.m. CT Thursday 18 September 2014

To hell with what the Obama administration claims. WE ARE AT WAR. Here, and elsewhere.

BREAKING NEWS UPDATES

Report from 8:20 p.m CT Thursday 18 September 2014:

Law enforcement bulletin warned of ISIS urging jihad attacks on US soil – Fox News

A law enforcement bulletin obtained by FoxNews.com warned that Islamic State fighters have increased calls for “lone wolves” to attack U.S. soldiers in America in recent months, citing one tweet that called for jihadists to find service members’ [home] addresses online and then “show up and slaughter them.”

More at…

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/09/17/law-enforcement-bulletin-warned-isis-urging-jihad-attacks-on-us-soil/

It can happen here in the United States of America.

My advice: If you can legally carry a gun when going out, do so, and don’t go out anywhere alone. Do not let them take you prisoner – kill…

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O-Bam! You’ll love Pat Sajak’s take on Obama’s ‘line in the sand’ [photo]

Originally posted on Twitchy:

Snicker. But where did “Wheel of Fortune” host Pat Sajak find Obama?

Yep, that’s Obama’s kind of “line in the sand.”

One problem:

Heh.

And here’s an exit suggestion to make it better:

https://twitter.com/marymcconnell77/status/512746611466723329

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​The Catholic Holocaust in Africa

Lorra B.:

Impactful…

Originally posted on :

Comment by Jim Campbell, Citizen Journalist, Oath Keeper and Patriot.

Muslims in Africa kill for the sake of killing, it’s all they know, a warlord pays them money to do his bidding and that’s how they make their money.

images-1Eventually U.S. and coalition troops will be heading back and bomb them into submission.  Mass civilian casualties and death will result but extermination is the object, nothing less.

index ​Interestingly the area in green inhabited by Christians has virtually no outbreak of Ebola.

Coincidence?  I don’t believe in coincidence.

David Horowitz owner of Front Page Magazine  and founder of “The Freedom Center,” allows a supporter of Hamas to make a fool out of herself.  What a guy.

What is happening globally as the Muslims continue their goal to force the entire world into Islam with Christians becoming their targets.
​The Catholic Holocaust  in Africa……​ What you see and learn here, you will…

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An Unbearable and Choking Hell: The Loss of Our Freedoms in the Wake of 9/11

Originally posted on Nwo Report:

An Unbearable and Choking Hell: The Loss of Our Freedoms in the Wake of 9/11

What a strange and harrowing road we’ve walked since September 11, 2001

Source:  JOHN W. WHITEHEAD | RUTHERFORD INSTITUTE |

“I tell you, freedom and human rights in America are doomed. The U.S. government will lead the American people in — and the West in general — into an unbearable hell and a choking life.”—Osama bin Laden (October 2001), as reported by CNN

What a strange and harrowing road we’ve walked since September 11, 2001, littered with the debris of our once-vaunted liberties. We have gone from a nation that took great pride in being a model of a representative democracy to being a model of how to persuade a freedom-loving people to march in lockstep with a police state.

What began with the passage of the USA Patriot Act in October 2001 has snowballed into the eradication of every vital safeguard against government overreach, corruption and abuse. Since then…

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America 2014: Students Have No Right To wear American Flag Apparel Because Some Mexicans Might Be Offended

Originally posted on :

crew-2231Comment by Jim Campbell, Citizen Journalist, Oath Keeper and Patriot.
Apparently these politically incorrect leftist have forgotten about “Freedom of Expression,” in the First Amendment. 
For that each member should be impeached, not just for this ruling but the majority of cases they get wrong.
Appeals Court Considers Recall Election Arguments
It is filled with perfect lift-wing candidates who would destroy the U.S. Constitution in a heartbeat if ever given the chance.
Located in CA it has jurisdiction over the states  on “The left Coast.” in mint green shown below.
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The Daily Caller

It’s official: the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has issued an order declining a request for an en banc hearing in a case involving four students in at a California high school…

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