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Governor Rick Perry, Two Felony Indictments – Will His Chances for a Presidential Run Be Squashed?

imageedit_2_2470108859A two-count felony indictment, that’s what Texas Governor Rick Perry is facing. He was charged last week with abuse of power by Travis County’s state grand jury but has stated that the prosecution is “outrageous.”

It was Perry’s veto of watchdog state ethics funding that has investigated well-known Texas Republicans that landed him in the hot seat. Perry was trying to force Rosemary Lehmbers resignation after she was arrested for extreme driving drunk. Unless she quit, Perry threatened to veto funding to her office. Perry did just that. He vetoed $7.5 million that was supposed to go to the Public Integrity Unit run out of Travis County to fight official corruption.

It wasn’t that he vetoed the funding, Perry has that right. The fact that he threatened to veto it and then carried it out is the issue.

The two felony counts of abuse and coercion of a public servant could carry a maximum sentence of over 100 years in prison.

Defense lawyer Tony Buzbee stated that the veto was lawful and that “Governor Perry will fight this indictment 100 percent.”

“This is nothing more than banana republic politics… [The charges] are an outrageous assault on the rule of law.”

A well-known presence in the courtrooms of Texas, Buzbee has won millions of dollars for individuals who after a refinery explosion near Huston in 2005 and has won billions, collectively, for his clients. Perry is seeking the best to defend him, and at a huge expense. A former Marine Corps infantry officer, Buzbee has been described as one of the most prominent and successful trial lawyers in the country.

There is a lot of taxpayer money being spent already on this indictment. An Austin attorney has been paid at least $80,000 in taxpayer money since April when the grand jury was first seated to discuss the allegations against Perry. That’s $450-per-hour for defense attorney David L. Botsford alone.

Buzbee stated, “Which of these lawyers will be paid for by the state of Texas and which will be paid by other funds, whether it be a defense fund or whatnot, that hasn’t been sorted yet.”

Perry is the first Texas governor in almost a century to be indicted, and just when he was polishing up his image with his sights on the presidential run in 2016.

It was Craig McDonald’s complaint that led to the investigation. McDonald, “of Texans for Public Justice, a watchdog group…has countered Mr. Perry’s assertion, noting that the special prosecutor who oversaw the investigation is a Republican from San Antonio,” according to The New York Times. “No Democrat has had a finger on this. For the governor to say this is a partisan witch hunt just doesn’t stand in the face of the facts.”

But Perry stands his ground and denies any wrongdoing what-so-ever. It was Republican Bert Richardson, the judge overseeing the case, who determined an arrest warrant would not be necessary and granted a legal summons instead.

Perry turned himself in to authorities on Tuesday. The crowd cheered outside the Travis County justice building in Austin as he entered the courthouse. Perry told the crowd that he did not regret his actions.

“I’m here today because I believe in the rule of law, and I’m here today because I did the right thing,” stated Perry. “I am going to enter this courthouse with my head held high knowing that the actions that I took were not only lawful and legal, but right.”

Gov. Perry was then fingerprinted and a mug shot taken. He left shortly thereafter.

Will this scandal squash Perry’s chances for a 2016 presidential run? Pundits and reporters will most likely be trying to answer that question over the next several weeks. Perry seemed to be struggling before his indictment, according to recent polls. He was at 7 percent in Iowa and 5 percent in New Hampshire. His numbers are way down since announcing his candidacy in 2012. The next several months will tell if he will recover by the 2016 elections.

 

By Lorra B. Chief Writer for Silent Soldier

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Pentagon’s robo-dog plan had ethics problem

imageedit_2_9105816725WASHINGTON — The director of DARPA, the Pentagon office responsible for developing secretive high-tech gadgets, took an exceptional interest in developing bomb-sniffing robo-dogs five years ago. The goal: to help trace the origins of roadside bombs that were killing hundreds of American soldiers a year in Afghanistan.

But there was a problem. The company that came up with the idea just happened to be run by Vince Dugan, the father of the DARPA director, Regina Dugan.

Pentagon inspectors now say Regina Dugan “used her position to endorse a product” in violation of ethical rules. The investigative report was completed last year but just released by the Pentagon Wednesday — with about half its contents blacked out — in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.

Dugan was the director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency from July 2009 to March 2012. Before that, she was CEO of RedXDefense, a Rockville, Md., technology firm where she developed a system for stopping roadside bombs that she called The Bookends. Before that, she was a program manager for DARPA, responsible for the “Dog’s Nose” program to employ dogs to sniff for land mines.

She had a similar solution for the improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, in Afghanistan. The military would equip bomb-sniffing dogs with global positioning units and set them loose. Every time the dog smelled explosives, it would lie down, triggering a computer to record its position. Those positions could then be analyzed to help find the locations of bombmakers, much like a map of cholera cases could be used to determine the locations of tainted wells.

U.S. forces could target the bombs at their source. Her marketing slogan for this system was, “Shoot the archer, not the arrow.”

As DARPA director, Dugan gave a presentation on the concept for military brass on Sept. 11, 2009. The presentation included RedX logos and copyright symbol, and the “shoot the archer” slogan.

She also gave further presentations, with or without those marketing materials. And when Dugan returned from a fact-finding trip to Afghanistan in 2010, she decided the lED problem there required “more noses.”

In her defense, Dugan told inspectors that she spoke only generally about the concepts, and didn’t explicitly advocate any one company’s solution. She also said she cleared her activity through ethics officials, but the report said she failed to tell those officials the full story.

The presentations, while not explicitly sales pitches, “created potential business opportunities” for her former company, the inspector general’s report concluded. Wired magazine and The Los Angeles Times first reported on the conflict of interest in 2011, noting that the firm received $1.8 million in Pentagon contracts during Dugan’s tenure there — while the firm still owed her $250,000.

None of those contracts were for the system Dugan gave presentations on.

The inspector general did not make any recommendations for disciplinary action against Dugan because she’s already left the government. In 2012, Dugan left the agency for Google Inc., where she is now vice president of engineering, advanced technology and projects.

Dugan responded through a statement by Google spokeswoman Iska Saric: “This matter was closed over a year ago. At no time did Dr. Dugan use her position as the Director of DARPA to make any endorsement — explicit or implied.”

The investigation started with a complaint from the Project on Government Oversight, an accountability and transparency advocacy group. POGO’s general counsel, Scott Amey, said Wednesday that he was disappointed with the “no harm, no foul” conclusion of the report. “This makes it seem that if you’re out of government service, you can’t be made accountable,” he said.

The report noted that Dugan tried to have parts of the report classified — both for national security reasons and because some of the information was “highly prejudicial” to her.

RedXDefense CEO Vince Dugan, Regina Dugan’s father, did not return a call seeking comment.

Originally posted in USA Today – By Gregory Korte

 

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Nancy Pelosi’s Husband Stiffs NFL Legends

imageedit_5_7040154300Mr. Nancy Pelosi is ignoring a California arbitrator’s order to pay former NFL coach Dennis Green nearly $1 million for coaching his defunct football team.

In February, an arbitrator ordered multi-millionaire Paul Pelosi, husband of the House Democratic leader, and his business partner, William Hambrecht, to pay former NFL coach Dennis Green $990,000 for his work in the United Football League (UFL). Neither Pelosi, nor Hambrecht have paid Green, though it has now been six months since the decision.

“Pelosi is in a defiant position now. He has lost the arbitration but now still thinks he cannot be made to pay,” Green said in an email.

Green, former head coach of the Minnesota Vikings and Arizona Cardinals, inked a $1.5 million deal to lead Pelosi’s Sacramento Mountain Lions in the upstart league in 2009.

Pelosi failed to pay Green’s bi-weekly $62,500 paycheck in full throughout his tenure in the league. The San Francisco real estate developer’s paychecks to Green fell far below that threshold, according to Green’s 2012 lawsuit. At times, Pelosi paid Green as little as $5,000 per pay period.

Hambrecht, a multimillionaire investor, founded the UFL in 2007. Pelosi purchased a $1 million stake in the league and took over ownership of the Sacramento Mountain Lions for $12 million in 2009, at which point he hired Green.

Pelosi’s ownership stake cost the family big time. Mr. and Mrs. Pelosi lost between $2 to $10 million on the league in 2011, according to the minority leader’s 2012 financial disclosures. Despite the losses, Pelosi continued to invest in the UFL. He injected between $2.75 and $6.6 million into the league—sometimes selling large amounts of stock just days before issuing new investments—even as he refused to pay Green.

Neither Paul, nor Nancy Pelosi returned requests for comment.                                    

The multi-million dollar losses represent a drop in the bucket for the Pelosis. Nancy Pelosi was the fifteenth-richest member of congress in 2013 with a net worth of nearly $25 million, according to Congressional Quarterly.

Harmeet K. Dhillon, an attorney at Dhillon & Smith LLP and California Republican Party Vice Chairman, has added her legal muscle to the fight.

Dhillon slammed Pelosi and Hambrecht for “employing a series of delay tactics to avoid their responsibilities” to Green and others connected to the league.

“It is unfortunate that wealthy, public figures continue to believe their elite status allows them to ignore the California Labor Code and basic contract principles,” Dhillon said in a release. “Pelosi and Hambrecht’s refusal to pay wages they promised their employees is repugnant, and even after a judgment in Green’s favor, they continue to stiff Mr. Green.”

Green is not the only one who has suffered from the UFL’s stinginess.

San Diego Chargers coaching legend Marty Schottenheimer filed suit against Pelosi and Hambrecht in 2012 for failing to make good on his lucrative contract. Nearly 80 players, who earned as little as $25,000 per season to suit up for the UFL, sued Hambrecht in 2013 for “failing to honor their contracts.”

Pelosi had made personal guarantees that he and his business partners would make good on their contracts when the financial solvency of the league was called into question.

“Players have not been paid yet, but the reality is that they will be paid; we guarantee they will be paid in full and the coaches will be paid in full and we’re going to do that very soon,” Pelosi told CBS Sports during halftime of an October 2012 game. “We’re very sympathetic and understanding of their plight.”

The league folded less than a month later.

The Pelosi family has a history of shady financial dealings.

Peter Schweizer, author of the 2011 bestseller Throw Them All Out, revealed that Pelosi invested between $1 million and $5 million in Visa as she blocked major reforms to the credit card industry. The Washington Free Beacon reported in July that the Securities and Exchange Commission charged a company co-founded by Paul Pelosi Jr. with securities fraud.

 Originally posted in The Washington Free Beacon – By Bill McMorris 

 

 

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Nathan Sommers, Kicked Out of the Military for His Personal and Religious Beliefs ?

imageedit_2_7402588423In The United States of America a soldier can be forced out of the Army for simply reading books he enjoys and displaying bumper-stickers on his personal car. Just ask Master Sergeant Nathan Sommers, he did. Of course, that wasn’t all Sommers did. He also served Chick-fil-A sandwiches at a party.

This 25-year veteran said he was forced to retire due to his religious beliefs and his conservative political beliefs.

Sommers, a 15-year soloist for the Army Band, claims he was “systematically persecuted” by taking steps to censor not only his speech, but his expressions of faith as well, stated Army Times. He filed a complaint in U.S. Federal Court on August 1. Should it have mattered that Sommers had anti-Obama stickers on his personal car or read books by a conservative radio host like Sean Hannity, David Limbaugh and Mark Levin or that he served Chick-fil-A (a Christian-based fast food restaurant) sandwiches at a party? Some are asking, why didn’t his commanding officer simply ask him to remove the bumper-stickers if they were against regulation?

John Wells, Sommers’ attorney, stated that he was a “true hero” and had been targeted by higher ranking officials for sticking to his guns about his religious beliefs. According to Wells, Sommers became front and center once his traditional marriage views had been discovered.

“Those who protect our rights must be allowed to exercise them,” stated Wells. “Master Sergeant Sommers did nothing to interfere with good order and discipline. He was the perfect soldier.” For Sommers’ outstanding performance as a soloist at Fort Myer, he received an Army commendation medal from former First Lady Betty Ford, the first of its kind. He followed his orders and respected his commanding officers. Still, Sommers was told that reading books such as “The Great Destroyer,” written by Limbaugh, was causing “unit disruption” and was “offending” other soldiers, Wells stated.

Sommers said that “I wasn’t reading aloud…I was just reading privately to myself. I was told they were frowning on that and they warned me that I should not be reading literature like that backstage because it was offensive.”

It was during a recent promotion party that Sommers decided to serve Chick-fil-A. Ironically, it was “in honor of the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ that the party was being thrown. Sommers tweeted, “In honor of DADT repeal, and Obama/Holder’s refusal to enforce DOMA act, I’m serving Chick-fil-A at my MSG promo reception for Army today.”

DADT allowed any gay individual to serve openly in the military without fear of reprisal or dismissal.

At the same time the tweet went out Chick-fil-A was knee-deep in a controversy concerning its stand on same-sex marriage.

The bumper-stickers on his car advised those who read them to “Pray for Obama – Ecclesiastes 10:2. This verse says “A wise man’s heart tends toward his right, but a fool’s heart tends toward his left.” No actions were taken against those who sported pro-Obama stickers on their cars, according to Wells.

These incidents, according to Sommers, directly resulted in his discharge from the Army. He was told that he wasn’t obeying lawful orders, making false statements and being absent when he did not have leave. Sommers denies all of these charges.

Wells stated, “Congress has enacted laws to protect the free expression of religious beliefs in the armed forces. The Army Band broke those laws, and they will be held accountable.”

“I am certain that General ‘Black Jack” Pershing, a true leader, is spinning in his grave at the actions taken by the organization that bears his name.”

Wells went on to say that The United States Army Band Chorus, “Pershing’s Own,” flew against its very own core principals by singling Sommers out for his religious beliefs.

The Army, after attempting to gain further information on the matter, stated that they do not make comments on any pending litigation matters.

Officials stated that it was Sommers tweet that was “coming under fire.” “As a Soldier you must be cognizant of the fact that your statments can be perceived by the general public and other service members to be of a nature bordering on disrespect to the President of the United States,” according to official documents.

Sommers said, “I had no idea a Chick-fil-A sandwich would get me in trouble.”

Wells stated, “Just because someone joins the military, they do not give up their rights as a citizen. Unfortunately, in this world of political correctness, some Commanders believe they can force their will on subordinates.” There are others in the military that differ with this and say that when you join you “Do surrender some of your rights,” according to a post on Military.com. “Sucks, but that’s the way the boat floats.”

The Army’s Quality Management Panel demanded Sommers discharged from the military. Due for his retirement, Sommers chose to do so. He filed the lawsuit the next day, July 31.

The lawsuit demands that Sommers not only be returned to active duty, but with full pay as well.

 

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NASCAR’s Tony Stewart hits, kills driver at dirt-track race in New York

imageedit_2_3193270523(CNN) — NASCAR driver Tony Stewart hit and killed another driver who was walking on a track during a dirt-track race in upstate New York, authorities said early Sunday.

Kevin Ward Jr., 20, died from injuries suffered in the incident, which occurred Saturday night at the Empire Super Sprints series event at the Canandaigua Motorsports Park.

The track is about a two-hour drive from Watkins Glen International race track, where Stewart had been scheduled to race in a NASCAR event Sunday.

“There aren’t words to describe the sadness I feel about the accident that took the life of Kevin Ward Jr.,” Stewart said Sunday, according to a written statement tweeted by NASCAR. “It’s a very emotional time for all involved. … My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and everyone affected by this tragedy.”

Stewart’s team director, Greg Zipadelli, said Sunday morning the driver had decided not to drive in the event.

Racer Tony Stewart

Will Stewart face criminal charges?

“Our hearts go out to Kevin’s family,” Zipadelli said. “This is a very tough, very emotional time for everybody — his family, our family at Stewart-Haas Racing.”

On Saturday night, Ward’s sprint car hit the outside wall during lap 14 of a 25-lap race, Ontario County Sheriff Philip C. Povero said.

A video of the incident shows two cars coming out of a turn with Stewart’s No. 14 car sliding up the track toward Ward’s No. 13 car. The two cars get close and appear to make contact before Ward’s car hits the wall and spins out. Another car narrowly avoids hitting the 13 car as its sits on the track facing the wrong direction.

Ward gets out of his crashed car, walking on the track toward the race cars, which had slowed for a yellow flag. Ward points a finger and appears to be yelling. One car swerves to avoid Ward on the half-mile dirt track.

Stewart’s car passes close to Ward, and it appears that its right rear tire hits him.

An ambulance took Ward to a hospital, but he died before it arrived, Povero told reporters.

“Stewart has fully cooperated” with an investigation, Povero said. “He acknowledges the collision with the driver.”

Povero said it appeared to be an on-track incident.

“But I want to make it very clear, there are no criminal charges pending at this time,” he said.

At an afternoon news conference, Povero said investigators had gone to Watkins Glen and hoped to speak with Stewart again.

Ward, from Port Leyden, New York, was in his fifth season in the Empire Super Sprints series. He began racing when he was 4, running go-kart events.

Stewart’s spokesman said they are trying to sort out the details.

“A tragic accident took place last night during a sprint car race in which Tony Stewart was participating,” Mike Arning said. “Tony was unhurt, but a fellow competitor lost his life. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.”

A competitor, which runs the car that swerved around Ward, expressed sympathy.

“Our deepest condolences go to the entire Ward Family. We are one huge ESS family; you will be truly missed bud! #RIP13,” Hebing Racing tweeted.

Tony Stewart will not drive Sunday in a NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen International race track.

Stewart is a three-time champion in NASCAR’s top division and also won a sprint car championship in 1995.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends, and fellow competitors of Kevin Ward Jr.,” NASCAR said in a written statement Sunday. “We support Tony Stewart’s decision to miss today’s race, and we will continue to respect the process and timeline of the local authorities and will continue to monitor this situation moving forward.”

Stewart also owns a dirt race track in New Weston, Ohio, and has frequently raced sprint cars during the NASCAR season. He broke a leg last year in a crash that ended his racing season. He has raced the full NASCAR season this year, but only returned to sprint cars in July.

By Joe Sutton and Steve Almasy, CNN  –  Updated 7:59 AM EDT, Mon August 11, 2014

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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

http://SilentSoldier.us

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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

http://SilentSoldier.us

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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

http://SilentSoldier.us

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PELOSIUM – The Most Dense Element Ever Found

imageedit_5_2911831460PELOSIUM:

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

 

Eric Holder and Valerie Jarrett Give Phone Conference Calls To Black Leaders On “Their” Efforts and Investigation In Ferguson…

Originally posted on The Last Refuge:

RACE WARS – The Death Star is almost complete and fully functional.   ValJar and Holder combine to deliver briefings to community.  Test Run in 3… 2… 1.. 

Move out of urban areas immediately.

WASHINGTON DC - Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. left Washington early Wednesday for a day of meetings in Ferguson, Mo., as the highest-ranking Obama administration official to visit the tension-filled community where nightly protests have led to dozens of arrests. [...]

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The administration has been working behind the scenes to assure leading civil rights groups that it is determined to see justice achieved as Obama — who has been criticized by some African American leaders for not visiting Ferguson himself — seeks to preserve his support in the black community with his handling of the racially charged case.

Holder and senior Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett briefed 1,000 African American leaders, community organizers and civil rights groups…

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Journo James Foley Beheaded; Interrupts Obama’s Vacation

Originally posted on Regular Right Guy:

NYPostWait. I was thinking of David Cameron. The British PM canceled his vacation to return home because he must think the vile beheading of an American journalist was important enough to warrant his undivided attention.

Aren’t you glad we don’t have a silly emotionally unstable president like that?

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Over there: “U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer vacation to return to London and chair urgent meetings on the threat posed by ISIS in Iraq and Syria, calling the video ‘shocking and depraved.’”

Over here: President Obama went back to his vacation on Martha’s Vineyard Tuesday evening following less than 48 hours in Washington, leaving people puzzled over why he came back in the first place.

Obama’s two days in Washington were mostly quiet, and concluded with the president receiving his daily national security briefing in the morning, and joining Vice President Biden to huddle with members…

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The Engineered Incineration Of California

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Dane Wigington
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The once “Golden State” is literally being fried by what can only be considered an all out weather warfare assault. Our own governments ongoing climate engineering programs are wreaking havoc on American populations. The constant aerosolizing of the atmosphere is radically reducing precipitation over California as well as totally disrupting the storm track upstream from the State. Rain that should have fallen in the West is increasingly coming down in deluges further east, welcome to geoengineering. The map below is stark confirmation of the factors already mentioned.

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The satellite image below clearly shows grid pattern blanket spraying of the eastern Pacific Ocean which completely derails rainfall patterns. It is important to remember that even if visible spraying and/or silvery white skies are not evident on certain days, the weather makers are always hard at it in other locations.

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The photo below was taken in California and…

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RT: Watchdog groups slam Ferguson police ‘harassment’ of reporters

Originally posted on 2012: What's the 'real' truth?:

Published time: August 20, 2014 13:20

Police officers arrest a demonstrator on August 19, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri (AFP Photo / Joe Raedle)

Police officers arrest a demonstrator on August 19, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri (AFP Photo / Joe Raedle)

As tensions continue to simmer following nine days of street protests in Ferguson, Missouri, where a teenager was shot dead by a police officer, two watchdog groups have slammed the heavy-handed police tactics.

To compound the physical and mental strain of reporting on the weeks-long protests in Ferguson, where the public is desperate for justice after a white police officer shot black teenager Michael Brown to death, journalists themselves are finding themselves the target of police tear gas, rubber bullets and flash bang grenades.

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However, Robert Mahoney, Deputy Director of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), said the police tactics would not prevent reporters from doing their jobs.

“Ferguson is an international story and journalists are going to cover it. They have a…

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RT: Obama condemns killing of photojournalist James Foley

Originally posted on 2012: What's the 'real' truth?:

Published time: August 20, 2014 16:57

U.S. President Barack Obama (Reuters / Larry Downing)

U.S. President Barack Obama (Reuters / Larry Downing)

United States President Barack Obama condemned the gruesome videotaped killing of American journalist James Foley Wednesday afternoon in a statement from Martha’s Vineyard.

“Today the entire world is appalled by the brutal murder of James Foley by the terrorist group ISIL,” Pres. Obama said during a live address from the Massachusetts island, where he resumed his vacation late Tuesday after unexpectedly returning to the White House earlier this week.

Hours before Pres. Obama returned to Martha’s Vineyard, an online video surfaced purported to show the beheading of Foley, a photojournalist, being carried out by members of the Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS or ISIL. The group controls vast swaths of land in Iraq and Syria (or the Levant). On Wednesday morning, the National Security Council confirmed the authenticity of the footage.

“The US Intelligence…

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Holder: ‘Change is coming’ after police shooting

Originally posted on BLOGGING BAD w/Gunny G ~ "CLINGERS of AMERICA!":

Holder: ‘Change is coming’ after police shootingAP ^ | August 20, 2014 | Nigel Duara, Associated PressPosted on 8/20/2014, 2:52:02 PM by maggiefCLAYTON, Mo. — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is meeting with college students as part of his trip to Missouri stemming from a white police officer’s fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old.

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Firearms Program Attorney: MO Allows Property Owners to Defend Themselves from Looters

Originally posted on CBS St. Louis:

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – How far can Ferguson, Mo., business owners legally go to protect themselves from looters?

Firearms Program attorney Edwin Walker, who was a guest on Total Information AM, said Missouri is one of the states that allows property owners to defend themselves in certain circumstances.

” … you’re allowed to use deadly force in defense of your dwelling, especially. And then, also you’re allowed to use deadly force in defense of any forcible felony,” he said.

Walker said from the coverage he’s seen from Ferguson, store owners have fully complied with the law.

TIMELINE: The Death of Michael Brown and Unrest in Ferguson

Time and again, protestors have demanded an indictment of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, who fatally shot Michael Brown on Aug. 9.

What will it take for that to occur? KMOX posed that question Walker, as well.

“If the officer’s the one taking it to the next level…

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