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Big Brother Is Watching YOU

imageedit_2_2628985572October 20, 2014

The Washington Post: If you take to Twitter to express your views on a hot-button issue, does the government have an interest in deciding whether you are spreading “misinformation’’? If you tweet your support for a candidate in the November elections, should taxpayer money be used to monitor your speech and evaluate your “partisanship”?’

My guess is that most Americans would answer those questions with a resounding no. But the federal government seems to disagree. The National Science Foundation , a federal agency whose mission is to “promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity and welfare; and to secure the national defense,” is funding a project to collect and analyze your Twitter data.

The project is being developed by researchers at Indiana University, and its purported aim is to detect what they deem “social pollution” and to study what they call “social epidemics,” including how memes — ideas that spread throughout pop culture — propagate. What types of social pollution are they targeting? “Political smears,” so-called “astroturfing” and other forms of “misinformation.”

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Named “Truthy,” after a term coined by TV host Stephen Colbert, the project claims to use a “sophisticated combination of text and data mining, social network analysis, and complex network models” to distinguish between memes that arise in an “organic manner” and those that are manipulated into being.

But there’s much more to the story. Focusing in particular on political speech, Truthy keeps track of which Twitter accounts are using hashtags such as #teaparty and #dems. It estimates users’ “partisanship.” It invites feedback on whether specific Twitter users, such as the Drudge Report, are “truthy” or “spamming.” And it evaluates whether accounts are expressing “positive” or “negative” sentiments toward other users or memes.

The Truthy team says this research could be used to “mitigate the diffusion of false and misleading ideas, detect hate speech and subversive propaganda, and assist in the preservation of open debate.”

Watching 3Hmm. A government-funded initiative is going to “assist in the preservation of open debate” by monitoring social media for “subversive propaganda” and combating what it considers to be “the diffusion of false and misleading ideas”? The concept seems to have come straight out of a George Orwell novel.

The NSF has already poured nearly $1 million into Truthy. To what end? Why is the federal government spending so much money on the study of your Twitter habits?

Some possible hints as to Truthy’s real motives emerge in a 2012 paper by the project’s leaders, in which they wrote ominously of a “highly-active, densely-interconnected constituency of right-leaning users using [Twitter] to further their political views.”

Truthy reminds me of another agency-funded study, in which the Federal Communications Commission sought to insert itself into newsrooms across the country. That project purported to examine whether news outlets were meeting what researchers determined were the “critical information needs” of the American people. And it involved sending out government-funded researchers to ask editors and reporters questions about their news philosophy and editorial judgment.

Once this study was brought to the attention of the American people, howls of protest from across the political spectrum led the FCC to scrap the project — thankfully. The episode reaffirmed that the American people, not their government, determine what their critical information needs are and that the First Amendment means the government has no place in the newsroom.

Watching 7That principle applies here. Truthy’s entire premise is false. In the United States, the government has no business entering the marketplace of ideas to establish an arbiter of what is false, misleading or a political smear. Nor should the government be involved in any effort to squint for and squelch what is deemed to be “subversive propaganda.” Instead, the merits of a viewpoint should be determined by the public through robust debate. I had thought we had learned these lessons long ago.

Now, I do understand the motivation behind this scheme, even though I disagree with it. To those who wish to shape the nation’s political dialogue, social media is dangerous. No longer can a cadre of elite gatekeepers pick and choose the ideas to which Americans will be exposed. But today’s democratization of political speech is a good thing. It brings into the arena countless Americans whose voices previously might have received inadequate or slanted exposure.

The federal government has no business spending your hard-earned money on a project to monitor political speech on Twitter. How should it instead have reacted when funding for Truthy was proposed? The proper response wouldn’t have required anywhere near 140 characters. It could have been, and should have been, #absolutelynot.  By Ajit Pai

 

By Lorra B. Chief Writer for Silent Soldier

http://SilentSoldier.us

 

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It’s FunDay-Friday, Shake Off the Week! Political Break Time—Enjoy the Videos!

October 17, 2014

It’s Funday-Friday! It’s time to take a political break from the trials of your week and the madness around the globe. Please, kick back and enjoy these 4 short videos!

 

1. This first video is probably the best mother-son dance I have ever seen captured on video. It starts out like every other wedding dance, slowly. But with all of these videos, stick with it because you’re in for a treat!

 

 

 

2. I was really touched by this next video. We all, well many of us, know the feeling of being judged by either our appearance, our economic position, or simply because of the way we talk. There are a multitude of reasons we feel judged. In this next video there is a lesson to be learned. Never judge a book by its cover…

 

 

3. For our next fun bit of entertainment I picked a great video that just may get you up off your chair and dancing in your cubical! It starts out with a few flight attendance walking thru the airport and unsuspecting patrons being swept up in the moment when they are joined with more and more people….

 

 

4. Finally, I leave your with a video that will get your heart pumping! Buckle up and enjoy the ride!

 

 

 

Silent Soldier wishes you a great and safe weekend!

 

By Lorra B. Chief Writer for SilentSoldier

http://SilentSoldier.us

 

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Fangate Outshines Sharp Debate Between Gov. Rick Scott and Charlie Crist

October 16, 2014

Tampa Bay Times : In the weirdest start of a gubernatorial debate, Florida Gov. Rick Scott initially refused to take the stage Wednesday night because Democrat Charlie Crist insisted on using a fan to keep him cool.

 


The Republican governor finally emerged at least six minutes late as flummoxed moderators struggled on live TV to figure out what to do with a bemused Crist standing solo on stage at Broward College.

“Are we really going to debate about a fan? Or are we going to talk about education and the environment and the future of our state?” Crist asked. “I mean, really.”

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The sharp elbows started almost as soon as Scott walked out, looking rattled. Scott went on offense quickly, but some of his supporters privately fretted that the fan incident could be a defining and damaging moment for the incumbent in the final stretch of a close race.

Scott stayed on message: jobs.

“Charlie is the zero-wage governor: 832,000 people went from wages to zero wages when he was governor,” Scott said.

Crist was having none of it.

“Rick, there you go again: trying to blame the global economic meltdown on me,” Crist said. “You just can’t trust Rick. It’s sad. And it’s unfortunate.”

Scott shot back with a one-liner: “Charlie’s campaign slogan should be ‘Charlie Crist — powerless for the jobless.’ What you just heard is he couldn’t do anything.”

Fangate will likely prove to be the most memorable moment of their first high-profile televised debate. But for the about 7 percent of voters who remain undecided there were plenty of clear issue differences to consider:

  • Crist supports allowing same-sex marriage in Florida and said Florida’s ban is discriminatory. Scott declined to say whether he considers it discriminatory but said he supports “traditional marriage.”
  • Crist wants the state to accept federal funding to expand Medicaid coverage to more than 800,000 Floridians. Scott does not.
  • Crist supports increasing the minimum wage. Scott does not.

The hour-long debate sponsored by Leadership Florida and the Florida Press Association was punctuated periodically with cheers and jeers from partisans in the audience.

It included a segment during which Florida journalists mentioned social media reactions and questions. Asked what was trending early into the debate, Naples Daily News executive editor Manny Garcia reported the obvious:

“Well, the fan.”

Rick ScottIt took less than 40 minutes before the Crist campaign fired off a fundraising email signed by campaign manager Omar Khan saying Scott embarrassed the state: “If you’re as amazed as I am by what you just saw, chip in a few bucks right now to make sure this guy doesn’t get to stay our governor.”

The Scott campaign released its own statement: “Charlie Crist can bring his fan, microwave, and toaster to debates — none of that will cover up how sad his record as governor was compared to the success of Rick Scott. Crist should buy a fan for the 832,000 Floridians who lost their jobs while he was governor.”

The candidates went into the debate amid a dead-heat race, with Crist and Scott each receiving 40 percent support from likely voters in a new Tampa Bay Times/Bay News 9/UF Bob Graham Center poll. Libertarian Adrian Wyllie, who was excluded from Thursday’s debate because of low poll numbers, drew 6 percent support.

The poll showed that voters don’t really trust either candidate, with 32 percent saying Scott was honest and ethical, and 34 percent saying that of Crist. The survey results reflect the negative tenor of the campaign’s $72 million in ads — $50 million from Scott and $22 million from Crist.

Viewers trying to sort through their assorted claims and charges Wednesday night over who did a worse job as governor likely saw little reason to improve their perceptions.

Rather than the standard “Are you better off than four years ago?” question, voters still on the fence might have more of gut check question: Do you expect to be better off four years from now with Rick Scott in charge or Charlie Crist?

Scott boasted about halting automatic tuition increases at Florida colleges and for spending record amounts on prekindergarten, K-12 and higher education. Scott repeatedly directed viewers to learn more by going to his website, factsforflorida.com.

Crist changed the subject and referenced Scott’s former leadership of the troubled Columbia/HCA hospital chain.

“Rick talks about telling the truth,” Crist said. “That’s an interesting thing to assert from a guy who ran a company that had to pay the largest fine for fraud in the history of the United States of America.”

Boos from Scott supporters filled the debate hall.

Charlie Christ“The truth hurts sometimes,” Crist said in response. “And Rick, this is also the fact: You pled the Fifth 75 times so you wouldn’t have to answer questions.”

On the environment, Scott played up his successful settling of litigation over the Everglades, saying Crist “sat on his hands” by contrast when he was governor from 2007 to 2011.

“He did nothing on the environment,” Scott said.

Crist shot back with an anecdote about how Scott wouldn’t talk to residents upset over pollution in the Treasure Coast.

“They were so upset,” Crist said. “He wouldn’t show up and talk to them or answer their questions. It’s a pattern.”

Floridians are casting absentee ballots — 535,000 as of Wednesday morning. Republicans, who excel at mail-in voting, lead Democrats in casting absentee ballots 48 percent to 35 percent. Early in-person voting, which Democrats dominate, begins Monday.

The number of voters who saw Wednesday’s debate wasn’t immediately clear, and the longterm effect of the bizarre fan incident isn’t, either.

Still, CBS4 anchor and debate host Eliott Rodriguez wanted a little more information about what happened. In the closing minutes, Rodriguez sternly asked Crist why he insisted on bringing a fan on stage when he knew it would be a contentious issue.

“Why not?” Crist responded. “Is there anything wrong with being comfortable?”

The widely read Drudge Report quickly had a banner headline online: “DYSFUNCTIONAL FLORIDA TRIES DEBATE.” By Adam C. Smith and Marc Caputo

 

By Lorra B. Chief Writer for Silent Soldier

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Please Read at Your Own Risk — “And Maybe Mine As a Blogger?”

 

October 15, 2014

The following is a provocative post that I am daring to share and was originally posted on GeeezBlog. I am very interested in your thoughts on this controversial issue.

Readers of GeeeZ;  This might be the most inflammatory piece  I have ever published in the approximately 10 years I’ve blogged.  I am including the ‘introduction’ another blogger wrote at the top in italics because I rather share the sentiment.   This was written in 2008, got a lot of understandable outrage, and is worth reading/contemplating.  I hope you take the time as I’d love your comments:

This just sent to me and takes some digesting. Is it all true or am I missing some real and substantial flaw in the logic of it all.  The moral and ethereal issues are clear but can they offer solutions to the realities of the situation?  I shrink from acceptance of the arguments but purely on moral grounds.  I am searching for a solution which will satisfy my conscience and successfully combat the facts as presented. Is there one?

 


This report by K. Myers appeared in The Irish Independent:

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Somalia is not a humanitarian disaster; it is an evolutionary disaster. The current drought is not the worst in 50 years, as the BBC, and all the aid organisations claim. It is nothing compared to the droughts in 1960/61 or 73/74. And there are continuing droughts every 5 years or so. It’s just that there are now four times the population; having been kept alive by famine relief, supplied by aid organisations, over the past 50 years. So, of course, the effects of any drought now, is a famine. They cannot even feed themselves in a normal rainfall year. Worst yet, the effects of these droughts, and poor nutrition in the first 3 years of the a child’s life, have a lasting effect on the development of the infant brain, so that if they survive, they will never achieve a normal IQ. Consequently, they are selectively breeding a population, who cannot be educated, let alone one that is not being educated; a recipe for disaster.

We are seeing this impact now, and it can only exacerbate, to the detriment of their neighbours, and their environment as well. This scenario can only end in an even worse disaster; with even worse suffering, for those benighted people, and their descendants. Eventually, some mechanism will intervene, be it war, disease or starvation. So what do we do? Let them starve? What a dilemma for our Judeo/ Christian/Islamic Ethos; as well as Hindu/Buddhist morality. And this is beginning to happen in Kenya, Ethiopia, and other countries in Asia, like Pakistan. Is this the beginning of the end of civilisation? AFRICA is giving nothing to anyone outside Africa — apart from AIDS and new disease. Even as we see African states refusing to take action to restore something resembling civilisation in Zimbabwe, the Begging bowl for Ethiopia is being passed around to us out of Africa, yet again.

It is nearly 25 years since the famous Feed The World campaign began in Ethiopia, and in that time Ethiopia’s population has grown from 33.5 million to 78+ million today. So, why on earth should I do anything to encourage further catastrophic demographic growth in that country? Where is the logic? There is none. To be sure, there are two things saying that logic doesn’t count. One is my conscience, and the other is the picture, yet again, of another wide-eyed child, yet again, gazing, yet again, at the camera, which yet again, captures the tragedy of children starving. Sorry. My conscience has toured this territory on foot and financially. Unlike most of you, I have been to Ethiopia; like most of you, I have stumped up the loot to charities to stop starvation there. The wide-eyed boy-child we saved, 20 years or so ago, is now a low IQ, AK 47-bearing moron, siring children whenever the whim takes him, and blaming the world because he is uneducated, poor en left behind.

There is no doubt a good argument why we should prolong this predatory and dysfunctional economic, social, and sexual system; but I do not know what it is. There is, on the other hand, every reason not to write a column like this. It will win no friends, and will provoke the self-righteous wrath of, well, the self-righteous, hand wringing, letter writing wrathful individuals, a species which never fails to contaminate almost every debate in Irish life with its sneers and its moral superiority. It will also probably enrage some of the finest men in Irish life, like John O’Shea, of Goal; and the Finucane brothers, men whom I admire enormously. So be it. But, please, please, you self-righteously wrathful, spare me mention of our own Irish Famine, with this or that lazy analogy. There is no comparison.

Within 20 years of the Famine, the Irish population was down by 30%. Over the equivalent period, thanks to western food, the Mercedes 10-wheel truck and the Lockheed Hercules planes, Ethiopia’s population has more than doubled. Alas, that wretched country is not alone in its madness. Somewhere, over the rainbow, lies Somalia, another fine land of violent, AK 47-toting, khat-chewing, girl-circumcising, permanently tumescent layabouts, and housing pirates of the ocean. Indeed, we now have almost an entire continent of sexually hyperactive, illiterate indigents, with tens of millions of people who only survive because of help from the outside world or allowances by the semi communist Governments they voted for, money supplied by lending it from the World Bank! This dependency has not stimulated political prudence or common sense. Indeed, voodoo idiocy seems to be in the ascendant, with the president of South Africa being a firm believer in the efficacy of a little tap water on the post-coital penis as a sure preventative against AIDS infection. Needless to say, poverty, hunger, and societal meltdown have not prevented idiotic wars involving Tigre, Uganda, Congo, Sudan, Somalia, Eritrea etcetera. Broad brush-strokes, to be sure. But broad brush-strokes are often the way that history paints its gaudier, if more decisive, chapters. Japan, China, Russia, Korea, Poland, Germany, Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia in the 20th century have endured worse broad brush-strokes than almost any part of Africa.

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They are now — one way or another — virtually all giving aid to or investing in Africa, whereas Africa, with its vast savannahs and its lush pastures, is giving almost nothing to anyone, apart from AIDS. Meanwhile, Africa’s peoples are outstripping their resources, and causing catastrophic ecological degradation. By 2050, the population of Ethiopia will be 177 million; the equivalent of France, Germany and Benelux today, but located on the parched and increasingly Protein-free wastelands of the Great Rift Valley.

So, how much sense does it make for us actively to increase the adult population of what is already a vastly over-populated, environmentally devastated and economically dependent country?

How much morality is there in saving an Ethiopian child from starvation today, for it to survive to a life of brutal circumcision, poverty, hunger, violence, and sexual abuse, resulting in another half-dozen such wide-eyed children, with comparably jolly little lives ahead of them? Of course, it might make you feel better, which is a prime reason for so much charity! But that is not good enough. For self-serving generosity has been one of the curses of Africa.

It has sustained political systems which would otherwise have collapsed. It prolonged the Eritrean-Ethiopian war by nearly a decade. It is inspiring Bill Gates’ programme to rid the continent of malaria, when, in the almost complete absence of personal self-discipline, that disease is one of the most efficacious forms of population-control now operating. If his programme is successful, tens of millions of children who would otherwise have died in infancy will survive to adulthood, he boasts. Oh good: then what? I know, let them all come here (to Ireland) or America. (not forgetting Australia!). Yes, that’s an idea.   END OF ARTICLE

Z: HOLY SMOKE this raises a lot to think about.   Who wouldn’t want to save the dying ANYWHERE in the world particularly CHILDREN?   But did the experiment of butting in to help go wrong?  Our hearts hurt for these people and, as we let the meaning of this piece sink in,  I ask that everyone, Left and Right, at least consider Myers’ thinking.  It’s very troubling…we have to look at it head on.

Article by GeeezBlog

 

By Lorra B. Chief Writer for Silent Soldier

http://SilentSoldier.us

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“Ugly As Sin” and “Drag Queen” — Rep. Steve Vaillancourt Calls Rep. Ann McLane Kuster in Grade-School-ish Attack

imageedit_2_9200657382October 15, 2014

Have the elections been reduced to grade-school name calling? Some would say that is exactly what has happened. A Republican state lawmaker posted a comment on a blog last week that U.S. Rep. Ann McLane Kuster (D-N.H.) is “ugly as sin” and that “looks matter in politics.”

Miscellany Blue is the blog in question. It stated that Rep. Steve Vaillancourt (R-NH) said Kuster would most likely lose to her Republican challenger, Marilinda Garcia, “who is truly attractive.”

Vaillancourt stated that his blog post is relevant for today’s politics because he recalls some “new polling” indicating “an attractive candidate can have as much as a seven to ten point advantage over a less attractive (or even unattractive) candidate.”

“Let’s be honest…Does anyone not believe that Congressman Annie Kuster is as ugly as sin? And I hope I haven’t offended sin. If looks really matter and if this race is at all close, give a decided edge to Marilinda Garcia,” posted Vaillancourt.

I don’t intend on reducing myself to the level of Mr. Vaillancourt. I will, however, ask if he owns a mirror at home? Who is he to judge the beauty, or lack thereof, of anyone?

Of course, I don’t have to point out the obvious because the New York Post did it for me when they wrote “The lumpy, balding Vaillancourt fawned all over Republican challenger Garcia.” Who am I to argue with the New York Post’s analysis of the situation?

Vaillancourt 2Vaillancourt’s blog also stated that “Republican Marilinda Garcia is one of the mot [sic] attractive women on the political scene anywhere, not so attractive as to be intimidating [sic], but truly attractive.”

Digby writes: This form of sexism is among the most common — and the most difficult to deal with. It’s quite powerful:

March survey of 1,500 likely voters nationwide found that no matter what is said about a female political candidate’s appearance, it has a negative impact on what potential voters think of her.

“When voters heard that coverage focused on a neutral description or a positive description or a negative description of the woman candidate’s appearance, it hurt her liability and it made voters less likely to vote for her,” the groups report of the study, which was conducted by Lake Research Partners and Chesapeake Bay Consulting.

“Appearance coverage damages voters’ perceptions of the woman candidate on all key traits we tested, but the greatest average losses are on being in touch, being likable, confident, effective and qualified,” they said.

In short, the moment a woman contending for power within the system of power gets talked about as if she’s contending for top marks within the system of beauty, it diminishes her standing in the other power realm.

Not that it will hurt his career since men are not held to the same standard, but as with so many who love to make these sorts of comments, George Clooney he ain’t…

Ann McLane KusterFurious over Vaillancourt’s judgment, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) reached out to fellow Democrats and asked them to donate to Kuster’s campaign efforts.

On Tuesday, Gillibrand stated, “It’s disgusting…New Hampshire Congresswoman Annie Kuster is an intelligent, strong Democrat who has championed our values from day one, yet this attack insults everything we have worked to accomplish.”

Vaillancourt even went so far as to state Kuster resembled a drag queen! “By now you probably know why I think of Annie Kuster whenever I walk by Mados; sad to say the drag queens are more attractive than Annie Kuster…not that there’s anything wrong with that.”

Really, Vaillancourt? Show a little class. When you grow up and can show fellow human beings and fellow constituents some respect let us know…we’re all waiting.

By Lorra B. Chief Writer for Silent Soldier

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Death Tax

Kill the Death Tax and Boost Our Economy

 

Death TaxOctober 14, 2014
Washington Times:  Death and taxes are two of life’s certainties, but the tax on death itself should certainly be eliminated. A recent analysis by The Heritage Foundation’s Center for Data Analysis found that doing away with the federal death tax would provide a much-needed, long-lasting boost to the nation’s economy. Indeed, it would increase economic growth by $46 billion over the next 10 years and add an average of 18,000 jobs per year throughout that period.

The federal death tax (officially known as the “estate tax”) confiscates 40 percent of the income and assets, above a specified exemption, that individuals leave behind after their death. The exemption currently stands at $5.34 million. Because of this high exemption level, the death tax hits only a small fraction of Americans directly — a fact that makes the levy popular among those who believe it is good tax policy to “soak the rich.” Yet for years pollsters have found widespread popular support for eliminating death taxes.

imageedit_14_2071784734Perhaps Americans despise the death tax because taxing someone for dying just seems wrong. Or perhaps they recognize that income and assets seized by the death tax have already been taxed once — if not twice — by the feds. Or maybe antipathy toward the tax abounds because the American Dream instills the hope that we, too, may someday accumulate significant wealth to pass on to our children.

Americans’ disapproval of the death tax is primarily rooted in fairness, but the economics confirm that the death tax is also inefficient. For starters, some can avoid the death tax through careful — albeit expensive and time consuming — financial planning. But this kind of planning promotes second-rate decision making; in attempting to avoid the death tax, individuals spend more and invest less, while companies voluntarily restrict their growth. These substandard choices mean other companies lose out on investments that are not made, and other workers and consumers lose out on jobs, products and services that are never created.

graves 2Despite careful planning, some individuals and businesses cannot avoid the death tax. For example, many small, family-owned businesses are asset-rich but cash-poor. When the owner of such a business dies and the government comes to collect 40 percent of the assets left behind, many of those family-run operations are forced to sell off part or all of their business. This is great news for large corporations who can swoop in and buy up those enterprises at fire-sale prices, or who reap the benefits of reduced competition, but it is bad news for the employees of those businesses who lose their jobs and for the communities who lose their products, services and community involvement. Despite the devastating impacts on those it affects, the death tax brings in only a minuscule amount of federal tax revenue, making it one of the most inefficient forms of taxation. The death tax is a tax on capital, which often has been double-taxed (as regular income and dividend income) before death. Higher taxes on capital reduce the amount of investment in the economy. Lower investment means workers are less productive. Lower productivity means lower wages. And lower wages, in turn, generate less tax revenue.

Although estimates of the death tax’s effects on economic growth and tax revenues vary, the inefficiency of the death tax is well documented. An extra $46 billion in economic growth over the next 10 years may not sound like all that much in a $17 trillion economy. But considering that the death tax generates just about one-half of 1 percent of all federal tax revenues, its elimination would actually provide a lot of bang for the buck. What’s more, incorporating additional distortions of the death tax — such as its compliance costs and cause of inferior decision-making — would lead to even bigger economic gains. Some estimates have even found that eliminating the death tax would generate so much economic growth that tax revenues would rise.

gravesFederal policymakers should heed the will of the people and kill the death tax once and for all.

Originally appeared in the Washington Times.

 

By Lorra B. Chief Writer for Silent Soldier

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A POLITICAL BREAK FOR TODAY: Be Encouraged and, Yes, LAUGH A LITTLE!

imageedit_2_6564001329October 14, 2014

Horror seems to be lurking around almost every corner we turn these days. Beheadings, War, Ebola, Homelessness, Veteran Affairs… The truth is the list is longer than my tolerance for it today. So, this day, we are going to search for the GOOD still to be found in this topsy-turvy world we live in. Enjoy these four uplifting and funny videos; the last one might start your day off with a smile!

1. The first story to touch my heart this morning was learning about a U.S. Veteran who has been trying to get by on the streets of Las Vegas who, according to Today News, “just wanted to make people smile, even if they didn’t give him any money.” The veteran, Alen McKracken, didn’t know what hit him when he met Rob Anderson.

“Homeless trying to get by/Anything helps/God Bless,” was the sign the homeless man carried. “Does that help?” asked Anderson as he took the sign from the man and drew dollar signs on it…then he tore it up! What came next was heartwarming…

 

 

2. Our military veterans endure more than most could fathom and sacrifice in a way that can simply never be repaid. Many come home from war suffering physical damage that can be unimaginable. Others come home with emotional scars deeper than the ocean and some come home with both.

For one soldier, Jason Haag, who came home suffering from Post Traumatic Stress disorder (PTSD), salvation came in the form of a 3-year old German shepherd, Axel.

Axel has been a true gift and has helped to ‘save’ the life of Haag. Haag stated, “Axel’s been the star of the show. I’m just the guy at the end of the leash.”

Watch how a man’s best friend has worked miracles in a soldier’s life.

 

3. There is so much hunger in our world and too few who seem either able or ready to step up to the plate to make a difference.

In Minneapolis, however, a man has gone above and beyond the call of duty and has dedicated his “life to putting the needs of others before his own–regardless of what he’s dealing with,” according to Huffpost Good News.

The former teacher, Allan Law, is retired but has filled his days and nights for the past 14 years with delivering food and other essential to the homeless in Minneapolis. Though he is riddled with arthritis and has been fighting cancer himself, he remains dedicated and steadfast to his work.

The Starfish Throwers is a documentary that is following Law’s journey, as well as two others who are dedicated as well to feeding the homeless.

Watch this brave and caring man in action:

 

4. I will end today’s tribute to those who go out of their way for others, make a difference, promote good feelings, or simply wish to put a smile on someone’s face with a video that I hope puts a big smile on your face!

Peter Sharp had the right idea when he boarded a train car in Perth, Australia and that idea is that we are not all that different and probably enjoy many of the same things.

So, “on Aug. 23, sharp suited up and arranged to meet eight of his friends on a train car…When their train pulled into the station, Sharp got on and got ready to get down.” What follows started out slow but brought a huge smile to my face and made me actually want to join in! That’s the point, maybe. Is life so hard and so complicated that we forget to enjoy it?

Here’s to you, your families and your happiness. Life is short…live it to the fullest.

By Lorra B. Chief Writer for SilentSoldier

http://SilentSoldier.us

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Democrats Are Going All-In to Unseat McConnell–Polls Give GOP Leader Edge


imageedit_5_5752133503October 13, 2014

Fox News:  Even as most polls show Mitch McConnell holding the lead against challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes, the prospect of knocking off the Senate’s top Republican is proving too much for Democrats to resist.

Senate Democrats’ campaign arm, in the closing month of the Kentucky race, is making a major bet on the contest. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) recently threw $1.4 million behind their candidate — this, on top of the half-million reportedly already spent on the race.

The party clearly is hoping for a game change. The two candidates will meet for their only debate on Monday night. But outside of that, the race largely will play out on the airwaves across Kentucky.

The $1.4 million from the DSCC funded an ad buy painting McConnell as a Washington insider who is abandoning Kentucky.

imageedit_2_9933872036“Sure seems Mitch has Washington working for him, and not us,” the narrator in one ad says.

Still, as some other Democratic candidates falter — and control of the Senate itself hangs in the balance — the $2 million investment on this one race raises the question of whether Democrats are being tantalized by the possibility of running Mitch out of town.

“[The] DSCC has the resources to play in Kentucky,” Kyle Kondik, with the University of Virginia Center for Politics, told FoxNews.com. “But if they end up having a bad night and McConnell wins, there may be some Monday morning quarterbacking on whether that money was well spent.”

Democrats show no qualms over being all in on Kentucky. DSCC spokesman Justin Barasky told FoxNews.com that defeating McConnell is “absolutely” one of the party’s main priorities in November.

“Kentucky is a very close race and middle-class families there deserve a senator who will fight for them instead of Mitch McConnell, the walking talking embodiment of everything people dislike about Washington,” he said in an email.

The race is close, but a Real Clear Politics average of recent polling has McConnell up by 3 points. And although a Bluegrass Poll last week had Grimes edging McConnell by 2 points, a Fox News poll the same week showed McConnell leading 45-41 percent.

Political forecasters still think McConnell has a good shot at keeping his seat. The Rothenberg Political Report lists the race as “lean Republican,” which is in line with most other predictions from similar outfits.

Meanwhile, as the DSCC invests in Grimes, Democratic incumbents are fighting tooth and nail to keeps their jobs across the country.

imageedit_7_9982240002Take Arkansas. Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor is trailing Republican challenger Rep. Tom Cotton by moreimageedit_10_8072855990 than 4 points, according to the RCP average of polls. The DSCC had spent $1.6 million there as of Oct. 6, according to an analysis of TV ad spending by the Center for Public Integrity.

Or Colorado, where Democratic Sen. Mark Udall is in a dead heat with Republican Rep. Cory Gardner. The DSCC had spent $2 million there as of Oct. 6, according to the Center for Public Integrity.

Kondik said he does not think vulnerable Democratic candidates are hurting for cash, or have been abandoned by the national party.

But he said it is clear Democrats would love to oust McConnell, noting the campaign has a “certain level of PR value.”

“[There is] really kind of an inherent PR value in going against the leader rather than going after an average senator,” he said.

Kondik said another factor is that “pretty clearly Democrats don’t like Mitch McConnell,” including, he said, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

“It’s going to be pretty hard for Democrats to win [Kentucky] but that said, I understand why they are doing it,” he said.

Barasky said the notion that the DSCC is spending money in Kentucky that could be better spent helping other Democrats is “ridiculous.”

“We have outraised the NRSC by $30 million and can afford to play in races all across the map,” Barasky said.

The McConnell campaign told FoxNews.com that the national party’s spending on the race proves Grimes will only further President Obama’s agenda if elected.

“Alison Grimes is now relying on a group funded almost exclusively by Obama enthusiasts who support an agenda that could not be more hostile to our way of life in Kentucky,” spokeswoman Allison Moore told FoxNews.com. By Stephanie McNeal

 

By Lorra B. Chief Writer For Silent Soldier

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Clinton Library

Released Clinton Documents About Kagan, Gays, Huckabee

 

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October 11, 2014

Eric Bradner, CNN:   Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan once fretted that she “may have really f—ed up” after a miscommunication with other aides about a segment on the CNN show “Crossfire.”

Her comments were in a note to her boss, White House Counsel Jack Quinn, that was among the nearly 10,000 documents released Friday by the Clinton Presidential Library.

Kagan, an associate counsel in the Clinton White House whom President Barack Obama later nominated to the Supreme Court, was explaining to Quinn a “right-hand-left-hand” communication problem as aides prepared for media appearances amid Paula Jones’ sexual harassment allegations.

“God, do I feel like an idiot,” Kagan said.

Clinton documents show ‘West Wing’ mindset

In another document released Friday, Kagan offered an interesting recommendation for who should defend Clinton against Jones’ sexual harassment accusations at the Supreme Court: John Roberts.

A handwritten note lists Roberts with the word “Hogan” underneath his name — a reference to the law firm now called Hogan Lovells, where he then worked. Another page lists Roberts’ name again, this time with some biographical details.

Kagan and Roberts now serve on the Supreme Court together. Roberts never worked on the Jones case.

June: More Clinton documents released: Here are the highlights

The documents released Friday cover the entire Clinton presidency from 1993-2001 and are the last batch of documents released by the library under the Presidential Records Act. The act says the documents must be made available to the public 12 years after the end of a president’s administration.

al goreThe Clinton Library began releasing the documents in batches starting in February.

Here are four other interesting tidbits disclosed in Friday’s release:

- In a January 1993 meeting with Clinton six days after his inauguration, members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff voiced opposition to gays serving openly in the military. Marine Corps Gen. Carl Mundy says those who admit to being gay or who associate with Gay Pride “will have a negative effect” and that it “fractures teamwork.”

For a person to “proclaim: I’m gay” is the “same as I’m KKK, Nazi, rapist,” Mundy says.

Apparently Vice President Al Gore didn’t like Mundy’s comments; the notes indicate he called them “borderline.”

Clinton2Clinton tells the military chiefs that the whole issue causes him “great discom(fort)” as he wrestles with the idea of gay men and women who are patriotic and devoted to the armed forces but unable to serve because they declare they are gay.

Later in the meeting, he says the “people I would like to keep (in the military) wouldn’t show up at (a) Queer Nation parade.”

- Keith Olbermann, then in his first run as an MSNBC host, sent Clinton a letter apologizing for the network’s coverage of the Monica Lewinsky scandal and for “whatever part I may have played in perpetuating this ceaseless coverage.”

Olbermann added that he had a career change in the works, writing, “I’ll be headed back to my previous career in sports as quickly as possible.” Clinton aide R. Scott Michaud said he planned to flag the letter for the president to see, and also asked if it’d be OK to send Olbermann a generic response.

- Jennifer Palmieri, who is now President Barack Obama’s communications director, makes an appearance when she receives an explanation for how to open an email attachment. “It can be accessed by hitting ‘launch,'” she is advised.

- Mike Huckabee, who was then the governor of Arkansas, needed a “warm response” to his letter to Clinton declaring May 8, 1999, as “Safe Television for All Ages Day” in his state and asking the president to make it a national proclamation.

HuckabeeA White House aide noted atop the letter that Huckabee “hates” Clinton and was planning to run against Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln. “He needs a quick/warm response,” the note says.

Clinton documents: Much has changed, but much still the same 

Lorra B. Chief Writer for Silent Soldier

http://SilentSoldier.us

 

Israel News

Welcome to Islamic State TV: Officials Battle ‘slick’ ISIS Media Arm

 

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Israel News

October 11, 2014

Fox News Lucas Tomlinson:  While U.S. fighter jets wage a battle against the Islamic State from the air, the terror network with aims of establishing its own caliphate is waging a battle for followers — over the airwaves.

America’s point person for countering Islamic State, or ISIS, propaganda said this week that the militant group now has seven TV stations in two major cities in Iraq and Syria. This, on top of the robust social media operation ISIS already is well known for, is posing a steep challenge for western officials trying to chop off the tentacles of the group’s media ops monster.

Alberto Fernandez, coordinator of the State Department’s Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications (CSCC), explained how ISIS, also known as ISIL, is using its outreach to bolster recruitment.

“ISIL controls five TV stations in Mosul and two in Raqqah [Syria],” he said at an event earlier this week. As ISIS militants ravage towns, execute soldiers and behead journalists, Fernandez said that from the Islamic State’s perspective, still, “media is more than half the battle.”

The office Fernandez runs was established in September 2010 to “coordinate government-wide public communications activities directed at audiences abroad … against terrorist organizations,” according to the State Department.

In short, its job in large part is to counter propaganda from ISIS and other groups – an increasingly challenging task.

“There is a Mount Everest of radicalization material and only a foothill of counter-propaganda,” Fernandez said.

In July 2014, ISIS launched a new TV channel called “Dabiq,” stationed in the Iraqi city of Mosul, according to Baghdad-based Almasalah.com. It also was reported that ISIS had started an Arabic and English electronic newspaper under the same name. ISIS based the name “Dabiq” on a decisive victory by the Ottoman Empire over the Mamluk Sultanate, based in Cairo, during the Ottoman-Mamluk War in the early 16th Century. The Ottoman Empire’s victory in this battle gave it control of the entire Syria region.

Israel News 4On Twitter, the hashtag #dabiq has proved to be a rallying cry and tool of recruitment for ISIS. The group also has named its official magazine “Dabiq,” another vehicle to push its extremist views and report on the latest fighting in Syria and Iraq.

Given this growth, U.S. officials say ISIS has made media a major part of its campaign plan, and the United States must aggressively counter the message.  

“[ISIS has] very slick social media and very slick propaganda,” Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Thursday in Washington, D.C. But he warned that the danger from ISIS’ media operation is not limited to Iraq and Syria. He said he’s also concerned about U.S.-based “lone wolf acts of terror inspired by the social media of [ISIS] groups … We have seen cases where somebody arrested, prosecuted was motivated by some literature put out by a terrorist organization.”

Fernandez, who spoke at George Washington University, lamented that “it is difficult to match” ISIS propaganda like its recent 55-minute “Flames of War” video. “It really draws on young people’s emotions,” and there are many more “ISIS fan boys” and “knights of the upload” who help spread their ideology, he said.   

Fernandez’ unit has tried to battle the message with its own videos. The team produced the scathing “Welcome to the Islamic State land” and released it in August 2014 as a way to “contest the space” of jihadist propaganda.

“Run – do not walk to ISIS Land,” the video implores viewers. The video, which includes graphic images, sarcastically tells recruits they can learn “useful new skills” — like “blowing up mosques” and “crucifying and executing Muslims.”

It has generated close to 800,000 views on YouTube worldwide, and is part of the State Department’s “Think Again Turn Away” campaign.

Explaining the apparent appeal of the terror group, Fernandez described it as “murder for a good cause, a cool flag, a slogan.” The Syrian rebellion against President Bashir al-Assad provided that “good cause” initially, according to Fernandez.  

trash2He said the “thrill of adventurism [in joining ISIS] looks like the Call of Duty.” The personal testimony seen in well-produced ISIS propaganda films also serves to boost recruitment, he said. “The lack of personal testimony is a challenge to the West,” said Fernandez, who wants to hear more from those that have fought for ISIS but became disenchanted.  

One woman did come forward and spoke with CNN recently to tell her story about meeting a Tunisian man on social media pages who convinced her to join an all-female ISIS brigade. It is this type of account that Fernandez would like to highlight. His targeted audience is the “fence sitters,” those that have not already joined ISIS.   

The “Think Again Turn Away” Facebook page lists the most engaged readers as being from Baghdad in the 25-35-year-old demographic. “Our mission is to expose the facts about terrorists and their propaganda,” the page says. While noting the English page has only 8,000 “likes,” Fernandez said there are over 70,000 on its Arabic Facebook page.

To counter the violent ideology of Islamist radicals, Fernandez says he has 15 full-time professionals messaging in Arabic, four in Urdu, two in Somali and two in English.  

Fernandez summed up the strategy in 2013: “What we try to do is not to affirm the positive about ourselves but to emphasize the negative about the adversary. It is about offense and not defense. The third goal is to try to unnerve the adversary, to get in their heads.”

 

By Lorra B. Chief Writer for Silent Soldier

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The Advice of an Israeli Agent

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October 10, 2014

I have no doubt that most of you will not read all of this, a mistake in my opinion. Nothing is impossible at this point in our history. The following was sent to me and not written by me, but it may make sense to you. Terrorism is certainly imminent anywhere in the world these days. These were the predictions and advice of an Israeli Agent…Do with them what you may.

“Juval Aviv was the Israeli Agent upon whom the movie “Munich” was based. He was Golda Meir’s bodyguard, and she appointed him to track down and bring to justice the Palestinian terrorist who took the Israeli athletes hostage and killed them during the Munich Olympic Games.

“In a lecture in New York City he shared information that EVERY American needs to know—but that our government has not yet shared with us.

He predicted the London subway bombing on the Bill O’Reilly show on Fox News stating publicly that it would happen within a week. At the time, O’Reilly laughed, and mocked him saying that in a week he wanted him back on the show. Unfortunately, within a week the terrorist attack had occurred.

“Juval Aviv gave intelligence (via what he had gathered in Israel and the Middle East) to the Bush Administration about 9/11, a month before it occurred. His report specifically said they would use planes as bombs and target high-profile buildings and monuments. Congress has since hired him as a security consultant.

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‘Now for his future predictions: He predicts the next terrorist attack on the U.S. will occur within the next few months.’

“Forget hijacking airplanes, because he says terrorist will NEVER try and hijack a plane again as they know the people onboard will never to down quietly again. Aviv believes our airport security is a joke—that we have been reactionary rather than proactive in developing strategies that are truly effective.

FOR EXAMPLE:

 

  1. Our airport technology is outdated. We look for metal, and the new explosives are made of plastic.
  2. He talked about how some idiot tried to light his shoe on fire. Because of that, now everyone had to take off their shoes. A group of idiots tried to bring aboard liquid explosives. Now we can’t bring liquids on board. He says he’s waiting for some suicidal maniac to pour liquid explosives on his underwear; at which point, security will have us all traveling naked! Every strategy we have is reactionary.
  3. We only focus on security when people are heading to the gates.

 

 “Aviv says that if a terrorist attack targets airports in the future, they will target busy times on the front end of the airport when/where people are checking in. It will be easy for someone to take two suitcases of explosives, walk up to a busy check-in line, ask a person next to them to watch their bags for a minute while they run to the restroom or get a drink, and then detonate the bags BEFORE security even gets involved. In Israel, security checks bags BEFORE people can even ENTER the airport.

“Aviv says the next terrorist attack here in America is imminent and will involve suicide bombers and non-suicide bombers in places where large groups of people congregate. (i.e., Disneyland, Las Vegas casinos, big cities –‘New York, San Francisco, Chicago, etc.’– and that it will also include shopping malls, subways in rush hour, train stations, etc., as well as, rural America this time. The inter-ands (Wyoming, Montana, etc.).

“The attack will be characterized by simultaneous detonations around the county (terrorists like big impact), involving at least 5-8 cities, including rural areas.

“Aviv says terrorists won’t need to use suicide bombers in many of the larger cities, because at places like the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, they can simply valet park a car loaded with explosives and walk away.

imageedit_2_2133784536“Aviv says all of the above is well-known in intelligence circles, but that our U.S. Government does not want to ‘alarm American citizens’ with the facts. The world is quickly going to become ‘a different place,’ and issues like ‘global warming’ and political correctness will become totally irrelevant.

“On an encouraging note, he says that Americans don’t have to be concerned about being nuked. Aviv says the terrorist who want to destroy America will not use sophisticated weapons. They like to use suicide as a frontline approach. It’s cheap, it’s easy, it’s effective; and they have an infinite abundance of young militant more than willing ‘meet their destiny.’

“He also says the next level of terrorist, over which America should be most concerned, will not be coming form abroad. But will be, instead, ‘homegrown,’ having attended and been educated in our own schools and universities right here in the U.S. He says to look for ‘students’ who frequently travel back and forth to the Middle East. These young terrorists will be most dangerous because they will know our language and will fully understand the habits of Americans; but that we Americans won’t know/understand a thing about them.

“Avis says that, as a people, Americans are unaware and uneducated about the terrorist threats we will inevitably face. America still has only a handful of Arabic and Farsi speaking people in our intelligence networks, and Aviv says it is critical that we change that fact SOON.

“So, what can America do to protect itself? From an intelligence perspective, Aviv says the U.S. needs to stop relying on satellites and technology for intelligence. We need to instead follow, Israel’s, Ireland’s and England’s hands-on examples of human intelligence, both from an infiltration perspective as well as to pay attention to, and trust ‘aware’ citizens to help. We need to engage and educate ourselves as citizens, ‘like babies.’ Our government thinks we ‘can’t handle the truth’ and are concerned that we’ll panic if we understand the realities of terrorism. Aviv says this is a deadly mistake.

“Aviv recently created/executed a security test for our Congress, by placing an empty briefcase in five well-traveled spots in five major cities. The results? Not one person called 911 or sought a policeperson to check it out. In fact, in Chicago, someone tried to steal the briefcase!

“In comparison, Aviv says that citizens of Israel are so well ‘trained’ that an unattended bag or package would be reported in seconds by citizens who know to publicly shout, ‘Unattended Bag!’ The area would quickly & calmly be cleared by the citizens themselves.

imageedit_5_9077541023“Unfortunately, America hasn’t been yet ‘hurt enough’ by terrorism for their government to fully understand the need to educate it’s citizens or for the government to understand that it’s their citizens who are, inevitably, the best first-line of defense against terrorism.

“Aviv also was concerned about the high number of children here in America who were in preschool and kindergarten after 9/11, who were ‘lost’ without parents being able to pick them up, and about our schools that had no plan in place to best care for the students until parents could get there. (In New York City, this was days, in some cases!)

“He stresses that importance of having a plan, that’s agreed upon within your family, of how to respond in the event of a terrorist emergency. He urges parents to contact their children’s schools and demand that the schools, too, develop plans of action, just as they do in Israel.

“Does your family know what to do if you can’t contact one another by phone? Where would you gather in an emergency? He says we should all have a plan that is easy enough for even our youngest children to remember and follow.

“Aviv says that the U.S. government has in force a plan, that in the event of another terrorist attack, EVERYONE’S ability to use cell phones, blackberries, etc., will immediately be cut-off, as this is the preferred communication source used by terrorists and is often the way that their bombs are detonated.

“How will you communicate with your loved ones in the event you cannot speak to each other? You need to have a plan.

 

These were the predictions and advice of an Israeli Agent. Do with them what you may.

 

By Lorra B. Chief Writer for Silent Soldier

http://SilentSoldier.us

Secret Service

Cartagena Prostitution Scandal Hangs Over Secret Service Issues

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October 9, 2014

(CNN) — Echoes of the 2012 prostitution scandal in Cartagena, Colombia, lie at the root of the turmoil that has upended the Secret Service, prompting the ouster of its director in the wake of security lapses.

One link to the White House, involving a former unpaid intern, the son of an Obama donor, who was investigated for possible involvement in the scandal, has caused internal complaints about the fairness of the 2012 probe.

The scandal eventually led to the ouster of eight employees, and discipline against a handful of others at the Secret Service. However, in the years since, current and former employees, as well as congressional investigators, have complained that White House links to the episode weren’t properly investigated, perhaps for political reasons, and that the punishment against Secret Service was too severe.

How to make a President safe again

The internal dissension over Cartagena is one reason why, according to current and former employees, a series of recent security lapses prompted whistleblowers to go to Congress to report the Secret Service’s incomplete accounting of security lapses that have further embarrassed the agency.

In the wake of the Cartagena scandal, the White House counsel’s office conducted a probe, interviewing more than a dozen staffers who worked on advance preparation for the presidential trip to Colombia, according to a person close to the probe. It also reviewed a single document purporting to show that a woman had signed her name and a room number on a hotel a piece of paper that appeared to be a sign-in sheet; the room number corresponded to the volunteer’s room. The paper didn’t bear a logo, or any indication of being hotel stationery or official business record, according to the person close to the probe.

Richard Sauber, an attorney for the former intern, says his client “categorically denies having a prostitute in his room and neither he nor his father contacted anyone at DHS or the [White House] to seek special treatment – the allegations are false and everyone involved knows they are false.”

The White House determined that the paper, which didn’t include any official logos or stationary marks, couldn’t be relied on as proof of wrongdoing. The White House investigators deemed his denial credible.

The Washington Post published a story Wednesday night alleging that the incident was covered up, and citing complaints from a former investigator with the Homeland Security Department’s inspector general who claimed that political interference from the White House prompted changes to be made to the DHS inspector general’s report on the Cartagena incident.

The Post also cited multiple government officials who argue the White House investigation into the volunteer was nowhere near as extensive as the weeks long probe into the Secret Service agents and Pentagon personnel.

Secret Service 2Can the Secret Service actually change?

The person close to the internal probe disputed that there was a coverup, citing multiple media accounts of the possible White House link that have been published in the past two years.

An administration official said the White House’s review was thorough and that purported hotel records wrongly implicated at least two people: one, the White House intern, and the other, a Secret Service employee. The White House concluded that there was no inappropriate conduct by the intern, the official said.

“We took this very seriously,” the person close to the probe said. “The idea that this [investigation] was done flimsily is just not true.”

Complaints that Secret Service employees were treated more harshly than a White House intern overlook one fact, the person close to the probe said. The Secret Service agents implicated are armed U.S. government employees charged with protecting the life of the president and should be held to a higher standard than an unpaid White House volunteer who technically wasn’t a government employee, the source argued.

Despite the White House denials, inside the Secret Service, the handling of the Cartagena incident has led to dissension.

Some of the Secret Service employees who were implicated were required to sign non-disclosure agreements as part of the disciplinary process, which has further aroused suspicion about the handling of the matter.

According to current and former employees, low morale among some Secret Service employees is behind some of the recent lapses. And it has prompted employees to report their complaints to Congress, instead of using internal channels to report problems. Julia Pierson, the agency’s director appointed to help clean up the aftermath of Cartagena, was ousted last week.

Her predecessor, Mark Sullivan, under whose watch Cartagena and other lapses occurred, is now a Washington consultant.

Sullivan was the subject of probes by the Justice Department’s public integrity section and the Homeland Security inspector general’s special investigations unit. They investigated allegations he lied to Congress when he testified that the prostitutes involved in the scandal posed no issues for U.S. intelligence agencies. Investigators determined that U.S. intelligence community had information about at least one of the women involved because of possible links to drug cartels, according to people close to the probe.

The Justice Department and DHS inspector general separately concluded after investigating that the allegations didn’t merit prosecution.

Joshua Hochberg, Sullivan’s attorney, said “Questions that arose concerning Mr. Sullivan were looked at and determined to be unfounded.”

Sullivan recently was appointed to help the government come up with best practices in the aftermath of the Benghazi terrorist attacks. By Evan Perez, CNN.

 

By Lorra B. Chief Writer for Silent Soldier

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Commission Says Christian Business Owners Should Leave Their Religion at Home

 

 

imageedit_9_4517098207October 9, 2014

Fox News Todd Starnes : The Human Rights Commission in Lexington, Kentucky has a chilling message for Christian business owners who refuse service to LGBT organizations: leave your religion at home.

“It would be safe to do so, yes,” Executive Director Raymond Sexton told me. “Or in this case you can find yourself two years down the road and you’re still involved in a legal battle because you did not do so.”

On Tuesday, a Lexington Human Rights Commission hearing examiner issued a recommended ruling that the owner of a T-shirt company violated a local ordinance against sexual-orientation discrimination. You can read the ruling by clicking here

Take just a moment and let that sink in – a Christian business owner is being ordered to attend diversity training – because of his religious beliefs. That’s a pretty frightening concept and a mighty dangerous precedent.

“It was a landmark decision,” Sexton said. “This is a very important ruling for us.”

The examiner concluded that Blaine Adamson of Hands On Originals broke the law in 2012 by declining to print shirts promoting the Lexington Pride Festival. The Gay and Lesbian Services Organization subsequently filed a complaint.

Alliance Defending Freedom, a law firm that specializes in religious liberty cases, represented Adamson, a devout Christian.

“No one should be forced by the government or by another citizen to endorse or promote ideas with which they disagree,” said ADF attorney Jim Campbell. “Blaine declined to the request to print the shirts not because of any characteristic of the people who asked for them, but because of the message that the shirts would communicate.”

Christians

ADF also pointed out that Hands On Originals has a history of doing business with the LGBT community as well has hiring LGBT workers.

But Sexton told me the law is the law. And in Lexington it’s against the law to discriminate against the LGBT community – regardless of religious beliefs.

“We’re not telling someone how to feel with respect to religion, but the law is pretty clear that if you operate a business to the public, you need to provide your services to people regardless of race, color, sex and in this case sexual orientation,” Sexton said.

The hearing examiner recommended the following punishment:

First, Hands On Originals cannot discriminate against individuals because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. In other words, the T-shirt company must service LGBT customers – no questions asked.

The examiner also ordered Adamson to attend “diversity training” conducted by – wait for it – the Lexington Human Rights Commission.

Take just a moment and let that sink in – a Christian business owner is being ordered to attend diversity training – because of his religious beliefs. That’s a pretty frightening concept and a mighty dangerous precedent.

“That is certainly one of the dangers of an order like that – for the government to step in and order (what is essentially) a re-education of its citizens,” Campbell told me. “That’s a dangerous precedent for the government to engage in.”

In essence, the Human Rights Commission is telling Christian business owners they have to change their religious beliefs. It’s the idea that the government knows best and Christians must reorient their beliefs.

Sexton, who said he is a Christian, said he’s just upholding the law.

“The law in Lexington is pretty clear,” he said. “You cannot discriminate against people on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Regardless of what your religious beliefs are – if you have a public business – then that’s how you have to operate.”

It seems to me if a Christian business owner does not want to do business with an LGBT organization – that should be their right. And should an LGBT business choose not to do business with a church that should be their right, as well.

There’s no denying there’s a conflict. Even Sexton admits to that.

“Our local law has exemptions for religious organizations,” he said. “However, religious organizations are narrowly defined. You actually have to be some sort of religious institution to get the exemption.”

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Meanwhile, a growing number of hardworking Christian business owners are caught in the crosshairs of the culture war.

“There does tend to be a trend toward that,” attorney Campbell told me. “Business owners are being targeted for simply trying to operate their business consistent with their beliefs.”    Todd Starnes

 

By Lorra B. Chief Writer For Silent Soldier

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Over 137 High-Ranking Military Officers Fired at Unprecedented Rate–Military Purging?

 

 

imageedit_3_7122212227October 8, 2014

Since Barack Obama has been in the White House, according to General Paul Vallely, high-ranking military officers have been removed from their positions at a rate that is absolutely unprecedented. Things have gotten so bad that a number of retired generals are publicly speaking out about the ‘purge’ of the U.S. military that they believe is taking place.

As you will see below, dozens of highly decorated military leaders have been dismissed from their positions over the past few years. So why is this happening? What is going on right now is absolutely crazy especially during a time of peace. Is there a deliberate attempt to reshape the military and remove those who don’t adhere to the proper ‘viewpoints’? Does someone out there feel a need to get officers that won’t cooperate out of the way?

Throughout world history, whatever comes next after a military purge is never good. If this continues, what is the U.S. military going to look like in a few years? Perhaps you are reading this and you think that ‘purge’ is too strong a word for what is taking place. Well, just consider the following quotes from some very highly decorated retired officers:

-Retired Army Major General Paul Vallely: The White House protects their own. That’s why they stalled on the investigation into fast and furious, Benghazi and Obamacare. He’s intentionally weakening and gutting our military, Pentagon and reducing us as a superpower.  Anyone in the ranks who disagrees or speaks out is being purged.

-Retired Army Major General Patrick Brady: There is no doubt he (Obama) is intent on emasculating the military and will fire anyone who disagrees with him.

-Retired Army Lt. General William G. Jerry Boykin: Over the past three years, it is unprecedented for the number of four-star generals to be relieved of duty, and not necessarily relieved for cause.

-Retired Navy Captain Joseph John: I believe there are more than 137 officers who have been forced out or given bad evaluation reports so they will never make Flag (officer), because of their failure to comply to certain views.

A Pentagon official who asked to remain nameless because they were not authorized to speak on the matter said even young officers, down through the ranks have been told not to talk about Obama or the politics of the White House. They are purging everyone and if you want to keep your job just keep your mouth shut.  Now this trend appears to be accelerating.

General Vallely’s comment:

Coincidence? Every communist regime on the planet did this as soon as they gained power.  I am doing my part by sending this email, I hope you will do the same.

Paul   (General Paul Vallely)

The following is a list of our military elite who have been dismissed or fired under Obama.

Gen. John R. Allen  Fired Nov, 2012

Gen. John R. Allen
Fired Nov, 2012

Commanding Generals fired:

 

� General John R. Allen-U.S. Marines Commander International Security Assistance Force [ISAF] (Nov 2012) � Major General Ralph Baker (2 Star)-U.S. Army Commander of the Combined Joint Task Force Horn in Africa (April 2013) � Major General Michael Carey (2 Star)-U.S. Air Force Commander of the 20th US Air Force in charge of 9,600 people and 450 Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (Oct 2013) � Colonel James Christmas-U.S. Marines Commander 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit & Commander Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response Unit (July 2013) � Major General Peter Fuller-U.S. Army Commander in Afghanistan (May 2011) � Major General Charles M.M. Gurganus-U.S. Marine Corps Regional Commander of SW and I Marine Expedit ionary Force in Afghanistan (Oct 2013) � General Carter F. Ham-U.S. Army African Command (Oct 2013) � Lieutenant General David H. Huntoon (3 Star), Jr.-U.S. Army 58th Superintendent of the US Military Academy at West Point , NY (2013) � Command Sergeant Major Don B Jordan-U.S. Army 143rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command (suspended Oct 2013) � General James Mattis-U.S. Marines Chief of CentCom (May 2013) � Colonel Daren Margolin-U.S. Marine in charge of Quantico ‘s Security Battalion (Oct 2013) � General Stanley McChrystal-U.S. Army Commander Afghanistan (June 2010) � General David D. McKiernan-U.S. Army Commander Afghanistan (2009) � General David Petraeus-Director of CIA from September 2011 to November 2012 & U.S. Army Commander International Security Assistance Force [ISAF] and Commander U.S. Forces Afghanistan [USFOR-A] (Nov 2012) � B rigadier General Bryan Roberts-U.S. Army Commander 2nd Brigade (May 2013) � Major General Gregg A. Sturdevant-U.S. Marine Corps Director of Strategic Planning and Policy for the U.S. Pacific Command & Commander of Aviation Wing at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan (Sept 2013) � Colonel Eric Tilley-U.S. Army Commander of Garrison Japan (Nov 2013) � Brigadier General Bryan Wampler-U.S. Army Commanding General of 143rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command of the 1st Theater Sustainment Command [TSC] (suspended Oct 2013)

Commanding Admirals fired:

� Rear Admiral Charles Gaouette-U.S. Navy Commander John C. StennisCarrier Strike Group Three (Oct 2012) � Vice Admiral Tim Giardina(3 Star, demoted to 2 Star)-U.S. Navy Deputy Commander of the US Strategic Command, Commander of the Submarine Group Trident, Submarine Group 9 and Submarine Group 10 (Oct 2013)

Naval Officers fired:

(All in 2011 & 2012) � Captain David Geisler-U.S. Navy Commander Task Force 53 in Bahrain (Oct 2011) � Commander Laredo Bell-U.S. Navy Commander Naval Support Activity Saratoga Springs , NY (Aug 2011) � Lieutenant Commander Kurt Boenisch-Executive Officer amphibious transport dock Ponce (Apr 2011) � Commander Nathan Borchers-U.S. Navy Commander destroyer Stout (Mar 2011) � Commander Robert Brown-U.S. Navy Commander Beachmaster Unit 2 Fort Story , VA (Aug 2011) � Commander Andrew Crowe-Executive Officer Navy Region Center Singapore (Apr 2011) � Captain Robert Gamberg-Executive Officer carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower (Jun 2011) � Captain Rex Guinn-U.S. Navy Commander Navy Legal Service office Japan (Feb 2011) � Commander Kevin H arms- U.S. Navy Commander Strike Fighter Squadron 137 aboard the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln (Mar 2011) � Lieutenant Commander Martin Holguin-U.S. Navy Commander mine countermeasures Fearless (Oct 2011) � Captain Owen Honors-U.S. Navy Commander aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (Jan 2011) � Captain Donald Hornbeck-U.S. Navy Commander Destroyer Squadron 1 San Diego (Apr 2011) � Rear Admiral Ron Horton-U.S. Navy Commander Logistics Group, Western Pacific (Mar 2011) � Commander Etta Jones-U.S. Navy Commander amphibious transport dock Ponce (Apr 2011) � Commander Ralph Jones-Executive Officer amphibious transport dock Green Bay (Jul 2011) � Commander Jonathan Jackson-U.S. Navy Commander Electronic Attack Squadron 134, deployed aboard carrier Carl Vinson (Dec 2011) � Captain Eric Merrill-U.S. Navy Commander submarine Emory S. Land (Jul 2 0 11) � Captain William Mosk-U.S. Navy Commander Naval Station Rota , U.S. Navy Commander Naval Activities Spain (Apr 2011) � Commander Timothy Murphy-U.S. Navy Commander Electronic Attack Squadron 129 at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island , WA (Apr 2011) � Commander Joseph Nosse-U.S. Navy Commander ballistic-missile submarine Kentucky (Oct 2011) � Commander Mark Olson-U.S. Navy Commander destroyer The Sullivans FL (Sep 2011) � Commander John Pethel-Executive Officer amphibious transport dock New York (Dec 2011) � Commander Karl Pugh-U.S. Navy Commander Electronic Attack Squadron 141 Whidbey Island , WA (Jul 2011) � Commander Jason Strength-U.S. Navy Commander of Navy Recruiting District Nashville , TN (Jul 2011) � Captain Greg Thomas-U.S. Navy Commander Norfolk Naval Shipyard (May 2011) � Commander Mike Varney-U.S. Navy Commander attack submarin e Connecticut (Jun 2011) � Commander Jay Wylie-U.S. Navy Commander destroyer Momsen (Apr 2011) Naval Officers fired: (All in 2012): � Commander Alan C. Aber-Executive Officer Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 71 (July 2012) � Commander Derick Armstrong- U.S. Navy Commander missile destroyer USS The Sullivans (May 2012) � Commander Martin Arriola- U.S. Navy Commander destroyer USS Porter (Aug 2012) � Captain Antonio Cardoso- U.S. Navy Commander Training Support Center San Diego (Sep 2012) � Captain James CoBell- U.S. Navy Commander Oceana Naval Air Station’s Fleet Readiness Center Mid-Atlantic (Sep 2012) � Captain Joseph E. Darlak- U.S. Navy Commander frigate USS Vandegrift (Nov 2012) � Captain Daniel Dusek-U.S. Navy Commander USS Bonhomme � Commander David Faught-Executive Officer destroyer Chung-Hoon (Sep 2012) � Commander Fra n klin Fernandez- U.S. Navy Commander Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 24 (Aug 2012) � Commander Ray Hartman- U.S. Navy Commander Amphibious dock-landing ship Fort McHenry (Nov 2012) � Commander Shelly Hakspiel-Executive Officer Navy Drug Screening Lab San Diego (May 2012) � Commander Jon Haydel- U.S. Navy Commander USS San Diego (Mar 2012) � Commander Diego Hernandez- U.S. Navy Commander ballistic-missile submarine USS Wyoming (Feb 2012) � Commander Lee Hoey- U.S. Navy Commander Drug Screening Laboratory, San Diego (May 2012) � Commander Ivan Jimenez-Executive Officer frigate Vandegrift (Nov 2012) � Commander Dennis Klein- U.S. Navy Commander submarine USS Columbia (May 2012) � Captain Chuck Litchfield- U.S. Navy Commander assault ship USS Essex (Jun 2012) � Captain Marcia Kim Lyons- U.S. Navy Commander Naval Health Clinic New England ( A pr 2012) � Captain Robert Marin- U.S. Navy Commander cruiser USS Cowpens (Feb 2012) � Captain Sean McDonell- U.S. Navy Commander Seabee reserve unit Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 14 FL (Nov 2012) � Commander Corrine Parker- U.S. Navy Commander Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 1 (Apr 2012) � Captain Liza Raimondo- U.S. Navy Commander Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River , MD (Jun 2012) � Captain Jeffrey Riedel- Program manager, Littoral Combat Ship program (Jan 2012) � Commander Sara Santoski- U.S. Navy Commander Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 15 (Sep 2012) � Commander Kyle G. Strudthoff-Executive Officer Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 (Sep 2012) � Commander Sheryl Tannahill- U.S. Navy Commander Navy Operational Support Center [NOSC] Nashville , TN (Sep 2012) � Commander Michael Ward- U.S. Navy Commander submarine USS Pittsburgh (A u g 2012) � Captain Michael Wiegand- U.S. Navy Commander Southwest Regional Maintenance Center (Nov 2012) � Captain Ted Williams- U.S. Navy Commander amphibious command ship Mount Whitney (Nov 2012) � Commander Jeffrey Wissel- U.S. Navy Commander of Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron 1 (Feb 2012)

Naval Officers fired:

(All in 2013): � Lieutenant Commander Lauren Allen-Executive Officer submarine Jacksonville (Feb 2013) � Reserve Captain Jay Bowman-U.S. Navy Commander Navy Operational Support Center [NOSC] Fort Dix , NJ (Mar 2013) � Captain William Cogar-U.S. Navy Commander hospital ship Mercy’s medical treatment facility (Sept 2013) � Commander Steve Fuller-Executive Officer frigate Kauffman (Mar 2013) � Captain Shawn Hendricks-Program Manager for naval enterprise IT networks (June 2013) � Captain David Hunter-U.S. Navy Commander of Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron 12 & Coastal Riverine Group 2 (Feb 2013) � Captain Eric Johnson -U.S. Navy Chief of Military Entrance Processing Command at Great Lakes Naval Training Center, IL (2013) � Captain Devon Jones-U.S. Navy Commander Naval Air Facility El Centro , CA (July 2013) � Captain Kevin Knoop-U.S. Navy Commander hospital ship Comfort’s medical treatment facility (Aug 2013) � Lieutenant Commander Jack O’Neill-U.S. Navy Commander Operational Support Center Rock Island , IL (Mar 2013) � Commander Allen Maestas-Executive Officer Beachmaster Unit 1 (May 2013) � Commander Luis Molina-U.S. Navy Commander submarine Pasadena (Jan 2013) � Commander James Pickens-Executive Officer frigate Gary (Feb 2013) � Lieutenant Commander Mark Rice-U.S. Navy Commander Mine Countermeasures ship Guardian (Apr 2013) � Commander Michael Runkle-U.S. Navy Commander of Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit 2 (May 2013) � Commander Jason Stapleton-Executive O ffice Patrol Squadron 4 in Hawaii (Mar 2013) � Commander Nathan Sukols-U.S. Navy Commander submarine Jacksonville (Feb 2013) � Lieutenant Daniel Tyler-Executive Officer Mine Countermeasures ship Guardian (Apr 2013) � Commander Edward White-U.S. Navy Commander Strike Fighter Squadron 106 (Aug 2013) � Captain Jeffrey Winter-U.S. Navy Commander of Carrier Air Wing 17 (Sept 2013) � Commander Thomas Winter-U.S. Navy Commander submarine Montpelier (Jan 2013) � Commander Corey Wofford- U.S. Navy Commander frigate Kauffman (Feb 2013)

 

By Lorra B. Chief Writer for Silent Soldier

http://SilentSoldier.us

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Obama Alienates Right & Left on this 1 Critical Issue

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Conservatives United.com: President Obama has made a lot of people unhappy, but perhaps nowhere more so than on the subject of immigration. There, he has managed to anger the Right and alienate the Left equally. Conservatives detest what they regard as Obama’s lack of respect for legal process, and Liberals decry his record on immigration as a mishmash of broken promises, failed attempts, and political cowardice.

Largely because of Obama’s pro-immigration reform stance, the country’s Hispanic voters lined up with Liberals to elect him. Immigration reform was one of the issues Obama promised to address within his first year in office. It soon became apparent this was easier said than done. Immigration reform had failed during his predecessor’s tenure, despite President George W. Bush’s support. Overall, opposition in the country ran high.

After he was elected, Obama appointed Rahm Emanuel his Chief of Staff. Emanuel had been counseling Democrats for years to avoid the controversial issue. The first year passed, and other issues took precedence. No immigration bill was introduced. Meanwhile, in an attempt to placate the Right, the administration increased enforcement of existing law, and Hispanic groups began referring to Obama as Deporter in Chief.

Finally, in 2010, the Obama administration sent proposed legislation to the Hill. The DREAM Act was designed to provide protection and certain advantages of citizenship to young people brought into the United States as small children. The Act did not pass, although the administration later instituted parts of the proposal through Executive Order. Hispanics were somewhat encouraged, but frustrated at the general lack of progress.

While the most conservative wing of the Republican Party never wavered in their opposition to immigration reform, some in the party believed it was important to win over Latino support. In 2013, eight senators introduced a full immigration reform bill, which passed the Senate. The bill died in the House, however, where the Republican majority strongly opposed it. A recent ABC News poll shows that most of the country still opposes any reform that includes a path to citizenship for illegal aliens.

In the absence of any hope of passing legislation, the administration has been considering more executive action. But the recent influx of young people from Central America has turned up the heat on this issue. Red State candidates in the November 2014 elections fear they face defeat if they support reform. Consequently, Democratic hopefuls have been leaning on the President to put off any further action, and he has agreed. An administration official recently announced, “Because of the Republicans’ extreme politicization of this issue, the President believes it would be harmful to the policy itself and to the long-term prospects for comprehensive immigration reform to announce administrative action before the elections.” Now, more than ever, immigration supporters are incensed.

Overall, among both Conservatives and Liberals, Americans’ approval rating for Obama’s handling of immigration has dropped to 31%. A full two out of three of Americans disapprove of the way this president is handling immigration. ConservativesUnited.com

 

By Lorra B. Chief Writer For SilentSoldier

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Military Families in Danger—ISIS Supporters Instructed to Slaughter Them—Sleep Well, Everything is Under Control

imageedit_2_2124977335October 3, 2014

Fox News obtained an Army intelligence report that stated ISIS are asking their ‘supporters’ to hunt through all social media avenues for the addresses of U.S. military and their families.

ISIS, using Twitter in this case, called on their supporters to use the ‘Yellow Pages’ and then go to their perspective homes and “slaughter them” [the military family members].

According to the Intelligence report, this threat was intercepted by the Army Threat Integration Center (ARTIC) whose job it is to issue warnings of impending terror threats to Army posts around the world.

The report is recommending several precautions for military and their families in order to protect themselves, their homes and their online identities.

thXUSBRWO5“Given the continued rhetoric being issued by ISIL’s media services and supporters through various social media platforms the ARTIC is concerned of the possibility of an attack,” the report stated. “Soldiers, Government Civilians, and Family Members are reminded to be vigilant of their surroundings and report suspicious activities to their respective military or local law enforcement.”

The intel group, according to ARTIC, has not discovered “any corroborative or definitive extremists plots” centered around U.S. military or their families. What they are warning against, however, is an attack based on all the social media rhetoric that ISIS is putting out on Twitter and Facebook, among others.

“This document is a reminder to stay vigilant,” reported the Army. “It provides renewed emphasis on force protection measures to ensure the safely and security of our DOD components, defense critical infrastructure, personnel, and communities.”

With the recent beheading of an Oklahoma woman and murder of New Jersey’s Brandon Tevlin, these Twitter threats of retaliatory violence against the U.S. are being taken seriously and all links to terrorist ties are being investigated.

imageedit_1_9488366179It is the strategic objective for al-Qaeda to increase the cost of security in the U.S. even though ISIS has broken from al-Qaeda.

It has been reported before that ISIS is using social media such as Facebook and Twitter to recruit supporters and Mike Rogers (R-Mich) confirmed this on Wednesday. Rogers indicated that as many as 3,400 people a month are being recruited by this technique.

There are currently about 300 Americans fighting alongside ISIS, according to the US Government. “This is an increase from an initial estimate of 100,” stated ARTIC. “There is concern that these Americans could return to the US and commit attacks using the skills they have learned overseas.”

It wouldn’t take much of an imagination stretch to see many of these American traitors finding their way back into the U.S. and carrying out an agenda. What’s really to stop them?

It is no surprise to most Americans that our borders remain open, with no help coming anytime soon to remedy the situation. With our borders open and American traitors in our midst, or soon to be, citizens are frightened and frustrated. They want answers.

While our troops are sent to help contain a tragic Ebola outbreak, no troops are being sent to help protect our borders from domestic or foreign threats.

While Americans are looking for answers and a sense of security, Pentagon officials are finding it difficult to supply answers or provide security due to “significant gaps in intelligence.”

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American Citizens and our Military are looking over their shoulders in anxiety as more and more ISIS supporters are being recruited. They are worried about being tracked down and slaughtered, or worse. Yet, amazingly, our borders remain unsecured, the Pentagon is having intelligence issues, and the Secret Service is having a hard time keeping armed citizens away from our president and the White House.

Sleep well America, everything is under control.

 

 

By Lorra B. Chief Writer for Silent Soldier

http://SilentSoldier.us

 

Obama Tries to Pivot, But Voters Want Follow Through

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October 2, 2014

FOX News: OBAMA TRIES PIVOT, BUT VOTERS WANT FOLLOW THROUGH
Improbable as it may sound, President Obama today will deliver a speech in Chicago explaining why Americans are wrong about the condition of the economy. The message: You are better off than you were six years ago, you just don’t know it. Not only are voters are unlikely to reappraise their dismal view of the economy, that’s not the topic they are most interested in right now. Whether it is the arrival of Ebola on our shores or the growing concerns that the war against ISIS is not making adequate headway, what Americans are really talking about – and really concerned about – are things that require action rather than explanation. Just look at the polls.

Eye off the ball – In a new Fox News poll, 78 percent of voters expressed concern about an attack on U.S. soil by Islamist militants, which helps us to understand why, in a remarkable turnabout, 51 percent would support the use of ground forces if air strikes weren’t enough to root out ISIS. Worse, 64 percent of respondents did not believe President Obama had a clear strategy to defeat ISIS and 54 percent said it is “crazy” to announce war plans in advance. While the president stopped his summer-long slide in the polls, his job performance rating stood at 40 percent, only 2 points better than it was just before his Sept. 10 announcement escalating the war. We can’t know whether the president’s pivot is any good on the golf course, but his record at issue pivots in public is pretty dire. There’s little reason to believe that given the deepening anxieties on epidemics and Islamism that this one will be anything but a hosel shot.

The Judge’s Ruling: Fox News Senior Judicial Analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano analyzes President Obama’s attempt to blame the rise of ISIS on U.S. intelligence under Director James Clapper :“Yet, if Clapper and his spies so miserably failed to educate the president about a threat he now claims is real, why do they still have their jobs? They have their jobs because if the president fires them, they might freely speak the truth, and the truth is the president’s enemy. They have their jobs because the president is so bad at performing his.”

“I know the nature of the enemy. Anybody who kills 3,000 innocents and beheads people because of their religion or because of their point of view is dangerous. And there is a short-term strategy, which is to bring them to justice, and a long-term strategy, which is to encourage free societies to prevail so as to marginalize their ideology.” – Former President George W. Bush on “FOX & Friends” explaining his motive for urging, unsuccessfully, his successor to keep U.S. troops in Iraq after the war there ended.

– 33 days until Nov. 4 –

BUBBA BACKS GRIMES IN HIS FIRST AD OF 2014
Kentucky Democratic Senate challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes is out with a new ad featuring former President Bill Clinton, a friend and political ally of her father. “…Nobody can tell me it’s not a senator’s job to create jobs. And I choose Alison because she will work with people from both parties to do what’s right for you. Send Alison to the Senate.” Hitting the airwaves statewide today, the ad marks the first time Bubba has appeared in a Senate candidate ad this election cycle.

Warren wing flapping in key states – The Hill: “A super-PAC pushing Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., to run for president is staffing up in key presidential states. Ready for Warren, the group that aims to draft the senator to run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, is hiring new staff in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, three important early voting states, according to a report from MSNBC.

Mitt RomneyMITT’S CAMPAIGN SWING HEADS TO MICH., KY.
AP: “Talking to reporters Wednesday, [2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney] downplayed his role in a Republican Party that has ‘a whole series of different voices that are pulling in different directions.’ ‘My role is just as one more voice,’ he said. ‘I was honored to become the Republican nominee, so I continue to have some voice. But I’m not running for anything — just trying to run to help people who are running for something, and I’m making my effort known in the states that welcome me.’ [Today] he headlines a GOP rally in Michigan before a Kentucky fundraiser to benefit Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. It’s the kind of schedule usually reserved for a political party’s elite, not a twice-defeated elder statesman who insists his political career is over.”

WITH YOUR SECOND CUP OF COFFEE…
Invisibility has always been the stuff of fantasy and science fiction, but researchers at the University of Rochester’s Physics and Advanced Optics Departments are developing an “invisibility cloak.” John Howell, a professor of physics at the University of Rochester, and graduate student Joseph Choi used four standard lenses to bend light around objects, to eliminate them from view or “cloak” them. Real life possibilities exist for cloaking applications including allowing a surgeon to see through his hands to directly what is being operated on as well applying similar principles to for drivers to see through blind spots. Howell, Choi explain in a recently published paper, but also demonstrate their techniques in more engaging fashion (with some help from the kids) in a brief video.

POLL CHECK
Real Clear Politics Averages
Obama Job Approval: Approve – 41.9 percent//Disapprove – 53.6 percent
Direction of Country: Right Direction – 28 percent//Wrong Track – 65.7 percent
Generic Congressional Ballot: Democrats – 42.8 percent// Republicans – 45.7 percent

ORMAN GOES NEGATIVE IN KANSAS
Kansas Senate candidate Greg Orman is out with this new ad blasting Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., for being part of the mess in Washington, saying, “If you listen to Pat Roberts and his Washington buddies, they’ll tell you that President Obama and Harry Reid are the reason Washington is such a mess and you know what, they’re half right, but the other half of the mess, Mitch McConnell and Pat Roberts, the truth is both parties are more interested in political games than problem solving, and both parties are failing Kansas, that’s why I’m running for the United States senate as an independent.”

sam BSources: Wolf to endorse Brownback – Washington Examiner: “Vanquished Republican Senate candidate Milton Wolf is expected to endorse Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback before the midterm elections, GOP sources said Wednesday…Republican sources remain doubtful that Wolf will publicly back Roberts, citing hurt feelings left over from a vicious primary. “Wolf has agreed to endorse Brownback at some point,” a Republican source said. … Kansas GOP insiders, as well as representatives from the Brownback and Roberts campaigns, have met with Kansas Tea Party leaders to mend fences. Roberts has called many of these individuals personally…”

Pick Six: Dust in the wind – Republicans need to pick up six more Senate seats to take control of the upper chamber. Which blue seats are the most vulnerable in this year’s midterms? Here are the top picks among Fox News First readers: Arkansas (13.6%), Montana (13.0%), West Virginia (12.2%), Louisiana (11.8%), South Dakota (11.7%) and a tie for sixth at 8.6 percent between Alaska and North Carolina. Reader JoAnne Johnson says that despite recent polling saying Republican Sen. Pat Roberts could lose in Kansas, the magic number for the GOP remains six. “Kansas was a real concern until the GOP finally woke up and realized that Roberts had become vulnerable. Fortunately, Greg Orman peaked too soon in the campaign, and Roberts will hold the seat that had been considered safe for Republicans.”

Iowa remains out of the running, but readers have been nudging the Hawkeye State race closer to the top of the crop, now with 5.7 percent of reader votes. Is Iowa moving up? Will the Alaska/North Carolina deadlock be broken? You know what to do…

CROSSROADS’ BIG BUY IN N.H.
Boston Globe: “American Crossroads, the juggernaut GOP-aligned super PAC co-founded by Karl Rove, has bought $3 million worth of TV time for the week of Oct. 14 in the New Hampshire US Senate race, according a Republican familiar with the massive TV buy. The big influx of money into the race could be a huge boon to the candidacy of Republican Scott Brown, who polls have find in a tight contest with incumbent Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen. The buy, according to the Republican, is on cable and broadcast television in New Hampshire and also includes broadcast stations in the Boston media market, which reach a wide swath of residents in the southern part of the Granite State.”

The Architect says don’t be “cautious, timid or unclear” – In his WSJ column, Karl Rove discusses how Senate Republicans can close the gap, saying, “Republicans have a month to close the sale. It won’t be easy, and because Democrats are desperate and loaded with cash, it won’t be pretty. The way for Republicans to extend their leads or move ahead in the final stretch is not to be cautious, timid or unclear.”

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GM, CHRYSLER BAILOUT TAKES CENTER STAGE IN MICHIGAN SENATE RACE
Following accusations from state Democrats and Democratic opponent Gary Peters about her support of the 2008-2009 federal bailout and takeover of General Motors and Chrysler, Republican Senate nominee Terri Lynn Land is fighting back with this ad, saying “Hypocrite Gary Peters talks about standing up for American automakers but Peters backed a half billion tax payer funded loan to a company that built cars overseas, then went bankrupt before being sold to Chinese owners. With American automakers struggling, Gary Peters outsourced our money on bad loans to foreign care manufacturers using our taxes to hurt our auto industry. Peters isn’t putting Michigan first.”

ERNST BEATS BRALEY IN THIRD QUARTER FUNDRAISING
Des Moines Register: “Both Joni Ernst and Bruce Braley substantially ramped up third-quarter fundraising in their U.S. Senate race, but Ernst took in the bigger haul, according to information supplied by their campaigns. Ernst, a Republican state senator, will report raising over $4.5 million in the quarter…That haul more than doubles her second-quarter number…Braley, a Democratic congressman, will report raising $2.8 million, his best quarter to date…”

Braley on defense over veterans after missing meetings – Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, under fire for having skipped key hearings on the Veterans Affairs Committee ahead of the revelation of the scandal at the VA, says veterans’ issues are very important for him in a new ad. “I get very upset when I see these ads suggesting I don’t care about veterans.”

HAGAN STAYS ON EDUCATION ATTACK
Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., continues to hit Republican nominee Thom Tillis on education in this ad saying, “…Speaker Thom Tillis cut 500 million dollars from our schools, increasing class sizes, leaving students without textbooks and Tillis opposed a bill to make college loans more affordable. Kay Hagan, strengthening our public schools and community colleges and took on Wall Street to pass a new law making college loans more affordable.”

Court battle rages over N.C. voting rules – NYT: “A federal appeals court on Wednesday forced North Carolina officials to restore two provisions for ballot access that had been eliminated in a law passed by the state’s Republican-controlled Legislature that civil rights groups said would disproportionately harm black voters … Josh Lawson, a spokesman for the state Board of Elections, said that lawyers for the state planned to appeal the decision to the United States Supreme Court as early as Thursday.”

CASSIDY CRITICIZES LANDRIEU ON BORDER AND AMNESTY
Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La., uses border security and her support for granting legal status to illegal immigrants to slam Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., in this latest ad, saying, “…Mary Landrieu voted against hiring more border patrol agents and even called a border fence dumb…no wonder Mary Landrieu favors amnesty and supports Barack Obama 97 percent of the time. Bill Cassidy supports a border fence and he opposes amnesty.”

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Executive action on amnesty a litmus test for Holder replacement – With news that more GOPers are signing on to Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions’ vow to blockade any replacement for Attorney General Eric Holder, who supports the legality of broad executive action to grant legal status to illegal immigrants, the coming lame duck session starts to look more interesting. If vulnerable Democrats are obliged to take a position on the issue, it could complicate White House plans to shove through a controversial nominee under the rewritten Senate rules. And the three names floated by the White House today – former White House counsel Kathy Ruemmler, Labor Secretary Tom Perez and Solicitor General Donald Verrilli – could all face a more difficult path.

DEMOCRAT PRYOR TOUTS ‘SMALLER’ GOVERNMENT
Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., is running a new ad touting his support to shrink the government and his opposition to EPA regulations, saying, “The EPA wanted to write a federal regulation regulating agriculture dust. Obviously, Washington knows nothing about farming…working to help make Washington smarter and smaller.” Pryor is also hitting his opponent, Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., in this attack ad for voting against “equal pay for women” and against “helping women who are victims of domestic violence.”

A new Baronial rule – Michael Barone updates an outdated axiom: “[Election analysts] used to have a rule that incumbents running below 50 percent against lesser known challengers would inevitably lose. Everyone knows them, the logic went, and half aren’t voting for them. That rule doesn’t seem to apply anymore, but perhaps another one does. The Real Clear Politics average of recent polls puts Democratic incumbents in [Alaska, Arkansas, Louisiana, Colorado and North Carolina] at 41 to 44 percent of the vote. In seriously contested races in the last six Senate cycles, starting with 2002, only two incumbents polling at that level in September ended up winning. One was appointed to an open seat and thus probably not widely known. Both ended up with less than 50 percent and won by plurality.”

MORNING IN NEBRASKA
Republican Nebraska Senate candidate Ben Sasse is out with this ad celebrating his “93 Days, 93 Counties, 93 Big Ideas” state-wide tour, saying, “One rickety RV, three little kids, one great wife, and 93 counties in 93 days. Not just driving through, either. Listening, Learning. Finding out that you’re just as sick of what’s happening in Washington as I am. We’re looking for someone to push parties aside and finally just fix our problems. Well, that’s why I’m running for the Senate.”

BURKE SEEKS TO DEFEND FILCHED JOBS PLAN
Buzzfeed: “…TV ads in closely-watched Wisconsin gubernatorial contest are battling over Democratic candidate Mary Burke’s jobs plan. Republicans in the state have seized on the large portions of plagiarized text in Burke’s jobs plan and now Burke is fighting back with a new TV ad attempting to define the issue on her own terms. ‘In August, Wisconsin lost 4,300 jobs. That’s why in September, Scott Walker is attacking my jobs plan, saying it takes ideas from other states. Well, of course it does,’ Burke says in her ad titled “September.”…Walker, likewise, has his own TV ad, “Plagiarized,” hitting Burke over the copied text. The ad features a press conference where Burke stumbled when asked to define what plagiarism was…The Republican Governors Association also announced last week their own ad “Integrity,” knocking Burke over the passages taken from other Democrats.”

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PELOSI PREDICTS DEMOCRATIC HOUSE TAKEOVER… IN 2016
The Hill: “House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) predicted a Democratic sweep in 2016. If Republicans keep the House in November, Pelosi said they wouldn’t hold their majority for long. ‘Their days are numbered. I know that in two years, I know we’ll have a Democratic Congress and a Democratic president,’ she told reporters at her weekly press conference.”

NEVER A WRONG TIME TO DO RIGHT
Robert Atherton, a 67-year-old engineer from Phoenix, was reliving the glory of the summer of 1964 when he and two high school buddies bought Vespas and cruised across Italy. Going through his old suitcase, though, Atherton discovered an old injustice: An unpaid parking ticket he got in the Italian village of Lerici. The Los Angeles Times reports Atherton found the ticket when went looking for a journal he kept of his Italian adventure as a 17-year-old. Being no ugly American, Atherton adjusted the $1.50 fine for inflation and sent $50 and an apology letter to town officials. Marco Caluri, the current mayor of Lerici was surprised to receive the payment and in another twist of fate, Caluri is actually the son of the police officer who wrote the original ticket. The story has taken on a life of its own in the town with Atherton receiving many notes of gratitude and appreciation from residents.

By, Chris Stirewalt  Fox News.

 

By Lorra B. Chief Writer for Silent Soldier

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Nancy Pelosi’s Lies Exposed on National Television

Nancy Pelosi is in the News yet again and is accused of lying about statements made during the Hobby Lobby birth control scandal. 

Tea Party Politics: “Megyn Kelly of Fox News was able to quickly dismantle the ridiculous arguments posited by leading Democrats in which they claim the Hobby Lobby ruling continues the so-called “war on women.”

As Kelly points out, Pelosi lied through her teeth when she was discussing the drugs in question. Kelly then sets the record straight.

Democrats have claimed that Hobby Lobby tried to block employees from getting access to contraception, when in fact the opposite is true.

Watch the video and leave your comments below.”

 

In a world where information is at the fingertips of almost every American, it is only a matter of time before deception is found out and uncovered. Nancy Pelosi being caught in another lie probably will not surprise a lot of Americans but may disappoint many.

 

By Lorra B. Chief Writer for Silent Soldier

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Doctor Dons Ebola Protection Suit to Protest CDC

imageedit_2_3720197737October 2, 2014

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Two days after a man in Texas was diagnosed with Ebola, a Missouri doctor Thursday morning showed up at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport dressed in protective gear to protest what he called mismanagement of the crisis by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dr. Gil Mobley checked in and cleared airport security wearing a mask, goggles, gloves, boots and a hooded white jumpsuit emblazoned on the back with the words, “CDC is lying!”

“If they’re not lying, they are grossly incompetent,” said Mobley, a microbiologist and emergency trauma physician from Springfield, Mo.

Mobley said the CDC is “sugar-coating” the risk of the virus spreading in the United States.

Watch the CDC discuss the Ebola case here.

“For them to say last week that the likelihood of importing an Ebola case was extremely small was a real bad call,” he said.

“Once this disease consumes every third world country, as surely it will, because they lack the same basic infrastructure as Sierra Leone and Liberia, at that point, we will be importing clusters of Ebola on a daily basis,” Mobley predicted. “That will overwhelm any advanced country’s ability to contain the clusters in isolation and quarantine. That spells bad news.”

Mobley, a Medical College of Georgia graduate who had an overnight layover after flying to Atlanta from Guatemala on Wednesday, said that he feels that the CDC is “asleep at the wheel” when it comes to screening passengers arriving in the United States from other countries.

“Yesterday, I came through international customs at the Atlanta airport,” the doctor told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “The only question they asked arriving passengers is if they had tobacco or alcohol.”

The CDC on Wednesday sent a team to the airport in Monrovia, Liberia, where the Texas patient began his recent trip from Liberia to the United States, to make sure health officials there are screening passengers properly.

“There were no signs of any disease when the gentleman boarded the flight,” said Dr. Tom Kenyon, director of the CDC’s Center for Global Health. “This was not a failure of the screening process at the airport.”

Also Wednesday, customs workers at Hartsfield started handing out Ebola information leaflets to passengers holding passports from West African countries such as Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Information on Ebola is also displayed on posters and TV monitors in the customs area.

By Mike Morris and John Spink   The Associated Press contributed to this article.

 

By Lorra B. Chief Writer for Silent Soldier

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To Arm or Not to Arm—Don’t Allow the Senate to Decide For You, VOTE In November!

October 1, 2014

The war on guns in this country is not a new one. With the upcoming elections in November it is a bitter war. Gun activists are praising U.S. Senator’s efforts to rid us of the burden of protecting ourselves and gun enthusiasts are wanting to lynch them for trying to take away our Second Amendment Rights. 

Gun control Activists will scream at the top of their lungs that guns are killing so many innocent people and need to be banned while gun enthusiasts scream just as loudly that guns do not kill people, people do. This is a battle that has been going on for decades.

However you feel about it, bearing arms is our fundamental right in the good old USA. The question should be whether government be allowed to take our constitutional right from us.

imageedit_5_2029032785“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God,” is the oath of office administered to each and every U.S. Senator.

To many Americans it is this oath that they believe has been breached by way of not supporting Amendment 139, which narrowly passed with a 53 to 46 vote in March of 2013. This amendment, presented by Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK), was to confirm that foreign treaties could not overrule the U.S. Constitution. Think of the precedence this would set.

“Mr. President,” stated Inhofe while on the Senate floor, “I want to make sure that everyone understands what the United Nations trade treaty is. The trade treaty is a treaty that cedes our authority to have trade agreements with our allies in terms of trading arms.

“I want to very briefly read this so nobody over there or over here misunderstands what this amendment does. This is right out of the amendment. Uphold the Second Amendment rights, that is one thing. And secondly, prevent the United States from entering into the United Nations arms trade treaties.”

imageedit_2_8662962943To many Democrats, those were fighting words. They simply could not understand Inhofe’s assertion that the U.S. Constitution over-ride that of the UN. The Democrats wanted the UN to be able to overturn the U.S. Constitution.

“The Department of Justice Attorneys led by Eric Holder have just started advancing an argument at the Supreme Court that could allow them to invoke international treaty for policies such as gun control and conflict within the United States. This would include conflicts like the planned EBT shortage. It would also enforce the unconstitutional UN Small Arms Treaty that was signed by John Kerry despite the US Senate garnering the 53 votes necessary to block it from ever being signed. The act itself was committing Treason under Article 3 of the Constitution,” according to The Free Patriot.

The UN Small Arms Treaty would have placed a global ban on small firearms for both importing and exporting. This would have been devastating for private gun owners in the U.S. The language used in the bill would have put into practice an international gun registry on all private guns and ammunition.

What is probably the most interesting point in the UN Resolution 2117 is number 11. The amendment lists 21 points dealing with firearms control and number 11 stands out like a sore thumb because it calls for member states to support weapons collection and disarmament of all UN countries.

Whether there are grounds to call for treason is something for each and every American to decide.

What each and every American can and should do is get out and vote in November.

When you go to the voting polls in November keep in mind which of the 46 out of 100 Senators were willing to give your Constitutional rights to the UN. Not all of them were Democrats as previously reported, 2 were Independents (in red).

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Baldwin (D-WI)                               Harkin (D-IA)                         Nelson (D-FL)

Baucus (D-MT)                                Hirono (D-HI)                         Reed (D-RI)

Bennett (D-CO)                               Johnson (D-SD)                      Rockefeller (D-WV)

Blumenthal (D-CT)                         Kaine (D-VA)                           Sanders (I-VT)

Boxer (D-OH)                                  King (I-ME)                               Schatz (D-HI)

Cantwell (D-WA)                             Klobuchar (K-MN)                  Schumer (D-NY)

Cardin (D-MD)                                 Landrieu (D-LA)                     Shaheen (D-NH)

Carper (D-DE)                                  Leahy (D-VT)                           Stabenow (D-MI)

Casey (D-PA)                                    Levin (D-MI)                            Udall (D-NM)

Coons (D-DE)                                   McCaskill (D-MO)                  Udall (D-NM)

Cowan (D-MA)                                Menendez (D-NJ)                    Warner (D-VA)

Durbin (D-IL)                                  Merkley (D-OR)                       Warren (D-    MA)

Feinstein (D-CA)                             Mikulski (D-MD)                     Whitehouse (D-RI)

Franken (D-MN)                             Murphy (D-CT)                        Wyden (D-OR)

Gillibrand (D-NY)                           Murray (D-WA)

 To arm or not to arm, don’t let Senators decide for you. Don’t let anyone decide for you. You have a voice, use it!  Vote in November.

 

By Lorra B. Chief Writer for Silent Soldier

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7 Questions for Secret Service Director Julia Pierson After White House Intrusion

 

 

 

September 30, 2014

ABCNews: On the heels of the Washington Post’s revelation that the armed man who scaled the White House fence earlier this month not only entered the executive mansion but bolted past a guard and into the East Room, the Secret Service has come under fire once again.

According to White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, President Obama was “obviously concerned” about the September 19 perimeter breach – and in a rare moment of accord, the Republican-controlled House share his concern.

Today, members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will grill Secret Service Director Julia Pierson about the agency’s repeated lapses. Here’s seven questions lawmakers are likely to ask:

1. Why the lack of transparency?

Yesterday’s revelations don’t exactly square with the agency’s original explanation, which seemed to imply that the 42-year-old fence jumper, Omar Gonzalez, had been apprehended just inside the entrance.

The day after the incident, the Secret Service released a statement saying simply, “Gonzalez failed to comply with responding Secret Service Uniformed Division Officers’ verbal commands, and was physically apprehended after entering the White House North Portico doors.”

2. Didn’t Gonzalez’s erratic history raise a red flag?

Secret Service investigators interviewed Gonzalez, an Iraq vet, at least twice before he stormed into the White House on September 19.

Two months before the incident, authorities in Virginia discovered a sawed-off shotgun and a map marking the White House stashed in Gonzalez’s car. They confiscated the weapons but concluded he wasn’t a threat to the president. And about a month later, officers spotted Gonzales wandering along the south fence with a hatchet in his waistband. They determined they didn’t have enough evidence to hold him.

Gonzalez’s motives aren’t clear: Though he had armed himself with 3 ½ inch knife, he claims his only intent was to warn the president that the “atmosphere was collapsing.” Still, the fact that a man repeatedly flagged by Secret Service managed to make it so far into what was once considered most secure residence in the nation is troubling.

3. Why didn’t agents fire?

The Secret Service Uniformed Division supposedly maintains “five rings” of protection to create a secure perimeter around the executive mansion. But it was a counterassault agent patrolling the interior – an agent who was never supposed to come face-to-face with a would-be fence jumper – who eventually subdued Gonzalez.

The first apparent failure came at the North Gate, where a plainclothes surveillance team posted outside the gate failed to notice Gonzalez clambering over the eight-foot fence.

Then, in quick succession, a guard booth officer, SWAT team, and K-9 unit all failed to respond.

According to the Associated Press, agents decided to hold their fire when they (incorrectly) assessed that Gonzalez wasn’t carrying weapons, nor was he wearing clothing that could easily conceal explosives.

They allowed Gonzales to dart into the White House, which had been vacated by the first family just minutes before.

4. Why didn’t they release the dogs?

The K-9 unit, a team of Belgian Malinois dogs trained to attack intruders, was also not deployed.

Sources say officers were afraid the dogs would attack the officers pursuing Gonzalez instead of the intruder himself.

5. Why wasn’t the door secured?

Gonzales didn’t have to force the front door or pick the lock. It wasn’t locked.

Secret Service agents generally wait for notice of an intruder to lock the front door – but the officer guarding the entrance on September 19 wasn’t aware of a fence jumper until he was almost upon her.

Gonzales dashed past her and ran past the entrance to the first family’s private quarters and into the ceremonial East Room on the first floor.

6. Why is the Secret Service taking direction from hospitality staff?

According to the Washington Post’s Carol Leonnig, someone had apparently muted a “crash box” alarm designed to alert officers of intruders – at the behest of the usher’s office.

Apparently, the alarm frequently went off without provocation, disturbing the staff. Even so, some lawmakers are chiding the agency for disabling the crash box “to appease superficial concerns of White House ushers.”

7. How did the President actually react?

In public, President Obama appeared calm, saying that the Secret Service “does a great job.” But previous security breaches have reportedly left the president and first lady fuming.          By Erin Dooley

 

By Lorra B. Chief Writer Silent Soldier

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Obama admits ISIS threat was misjudged as U.S. splits emerge

 

Time: Washington (CNN) — A week after U.S.-led airstrikes in Syria began, lawmakers continued to question President Barack Obama’s strategy for defeating the militant group ISIS, which he admitted in a televised interview Sunday was more powerful than the U.S. initially believed.

Echoing sentiments also expressed by James Clapper, the head of U.S. intelligence services, Obama said the government “underestimated what had been taking place in Syria” during its civil war, allowing Syria to become “ground zero for jihadists around the world.”

Speaking in a taped interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes,” Obama said the terrorists were remnants of al Qaeda in Iraq, which after being diminished by U.S. forces “went back underground.”

“Over the past couple of years, during the chaos of the Syrian civil war, where essentially you have huge swaths of the country that are completely ungoverned, they were able to reconstitute themselves and take advantage of that chaos,” Obama said, adding later the U.S. also overrated Iraq’s security forces, which were quickly overrun by ISIS when it took over the northern city of Mosul this summer.

The President stressed that the issue in Iraq is not simply a military problem; it’s a political one.

“This is America leading the international community to assist a country with whom we have a security partnership with, to make sure that they are able to take care of their business,” he told “60 Minutes.”

The President added: “If we do our job right and the Iraqis fight, then over time our role can slow down and taper off.”

Obama spent much of last week rallying international support for his mission against ISIS at the United Nations, telling leaders there the fighters represent a “network of death” that must be defeated.

An air campaign, which began last week and included coalition support from five Arab nations, continued over the weekend with strikes on the northern Syrian city of Ayn al-Arab, where Kurdish forces have been battling ISIS.

The mission is meant to “degrade and ultimately destroy” ISIS, Obama says. The White House has remained adamant there won’t be any U.S. combat forces deployed in Iraq or Syria, though military “advisers” have been sent to Iraq in the hopes of fortifying local security forces.

The President warned the campaign probably won’t conclude any time soon.

“There is a cancer that has grown for too long that suggests that it is acceptable to kill innocent people who worship a different God.

“And that kind of extremism, unfortunately, means that we’re going to see for some time the possibility that in a whole bunch of different countries, radical groups may spring up — particularly in countries that are still relatively fragile, where you had sectarian tensions, where you don’t have a strong state security apparatus.

“And that’s why what we have to do is, rather than play whack-a-mole and send U.S. troops wherever this occurs, we have to build strong partnerships,” Obama told “60 Minutes.”

Aides to Obama have been careful to underscore that the military operation in the Middle East won’t resemble the wars of the past decade, which left many Americans skeptical of intervention abroad.

“We’re doing this in a very different way than in the past,” Tony Blinken, a deputy national security adviser, said on CNN’s “State of the Union” with Candy Crowley.

“We’re not sending in hundreds of thousands of American troops,” Blinken continued. “We’re not spending trillions of American dollars. What we are doing is empowering local actors with some of the huge assets we can bring to this, like our airpower, intelligence, training and equipping, advising and assisting.”

The “no boots on the ground” mantra was questioned Sunday by House Speaker John Boehner, who said if local forces aren’t trained to battle ISIS quickly enough, U.S. troops would be required.

“Maybe we can get enough of these forces trained and get ‘em on the battlefield. But somebody’s boots have to be there,” the Republican leader said on ABC’s “This Week.”

Boehner added later that if Obama advanced a new resolution authorizing the military action in Syria, he would be willing to call lawmakers back from the campaign trail to vote on it.

Obama claims he doesn’t need Congress’ permission for the air campaign under way in Iraq and Syria, citing the 2001 authorization to go after al Qaeda. He has said he would “welcome” Congress showing its support for the mission.

Sen. Chris Murphy, a Democrat from Connecticut, said Sunday an authorization vote would allow lawmakers — and by turn the American public — to hear more about long-term plans in Syria.

“I think the reason that we need to have the debate is so that we can get a better explanation as to what the endgame is in Syria,” Murphy, who sits on the Foreign Relations Committee, said on “State of the Union.”

“In the end, that’s the check on a war without end: a Congress speaking for the American people who can put an end date on an authorization for military force or put a limitation, so that you can’t use ground troops,” he said. By Kevin Liptak, CNN White House Producer

By Lorra B. Chief Writer Silent Soldier

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Political Correctness–Treading On My Rights to Get Yours?

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September 26, 2014

Whether you consider yourself politically far to the Right, far to the Left, or somewhere in between, Political Correctness has probably had some type of effect on you.

“The cliché term Political Correctness or ‘PC’ usually refers to upholding a social taboo against language and attitudes that might be considered offensive and/or stupid,” according to RationalWiKi.

Wikipedia defines “Political correctness…[as] the attitude or policy of being excessively careful not to offend or upset any group of people in society who are believed to have disadvantages.”

How did this liberal degrading of our freedom of speech begin in which the words we speak or the actions we take can be deemed politically incorrect? Not surprisingly, this political trend can be pin-pointed to the 1960’s and in American Universities.

It began, innocently enough some would say, when feminists took great notice of the inequality when gender neutral pronouns where being used, such as him, he or his. It was at this point that emphasis was stressed in the importance of using politically correct terminology such as he, she or them.

The argument for this revelation was “that no one would be able to understand that the masculine gender included the feminine gender in neutral contexts,” according to Conservapidia.

imageedit_5_8690305944It was at Universities all across America that PC sprung up with undeniable speed and liberals began to push this new ideology down the throats of every citizen. Political correctness was used by liberals to prevent acknowledgment of gender, sexual orientation, nationality, and religious differences.

What, then, did this new world of political correctness mean to Americans? It meant that freedom of speech rights would start to look a little different, a little stifled. It meant that Americans would have to alter the way they chose to speak in order that no one would be offended. It meant that “groups which (or whose putative leaders or other activists) claim some status a systemically oppressed of discriminated against will periodically attempt to change the terms by which they are referred to and demand that society as a whole change its usage of words as well,” according to Conservapidia.

The Constitution recognizes that freedom of speech, the First Amendment, is one of Americans most fundamental rights and is the foundational stone of our freedom.

But something has happened to our First Amendment rights since the 1960’s and they look much different today then they did then.

“Most people use the term political correctness to describe different things—but in the end it does not matter what the issues are—because all political correctness is designed to control the actions and behaviors of others,” stated nbcnews.com.

In our new world citizens are asked to do things such as to remove the American Flag from their work stations, lockers and their school children. Soldiers are asked not too wear their uniforms to schools. God is being taken out of most everything, including holidays. Many common words are no longer acceptable and the list goes on and on and on. How, then, are First Amendment rights being honored? In the name of PC, topics, symbols, expressions and ideas have been deemed off-limits for Americans.

There are vast miles between the idea of not wishing to offend another to the destination we have arrived, thus causing conflict, intimidation, censorship, and a restriction to our fundamental freedoms which is spreading through our society like wildfire. 

These are only a few examples of PC in our country. Most citizens might agree that they seem extreme. Most might even go so far as to admit they can see where freedom of expressional rights had been violated. Yet, this is the road America is driving down.

There are those who believe PC is a good and a just thing because, after all, who wouldn’t want to make the world a better place, a kinder place? Who wouldn’t want to knock out phrases constructed to hurt people or put a stop to racial hatred completely? In theory this is a great idea.

For Pro-PC citizens, banishing things that can be interpreted as Politically Incorrect is viewed as a blessing necessity.

By banning offensive speech, wearing particular items of clothing, writing in a way as not to offend, or a plethora of other activities in the name of political correctness, you tread on the rights of other citizens and threaten the very ideal of what this great nation was founded on. Those who scream for their rights to PC step all over the rights of others who scream for their First Amendment rights. How is this justice exactly?

imageedit_8_2557589951“In this day and age those willing to make the biggest fuss, the PC vigilantes or PC Police, so to speak, seek to set the agenda for what constitutes offensive or unacceptable speech…But this violates the principles of freedom of speech and freedom of expression,” stated The Pendulum: Political Correctness Has Gone too Far.

For example: Some holidays have been robbed of their former glory. Jesus, who is the whole reason Christians celebrate Christmas, has been all but eliminated in the name of PC as not to offend those who don’t believe in Him. Easter Eggs (though not the reason for Easter, but that’s a whole other topic) are no longer what some kids are allowed to bring to school. They bring Easter Spheres instead. Halloween has been banned in many school districts claiming it to be an overly religious holiday. Let’s not forget Frosty the Snowman. He is now called a Snowperson.

“Other than just robbing us of our cardinal civil liberties, the over-the-top PC movement has further, unintended ramifications that are lost on all of those who further push its absurd agenda,” The Pendulum went on to say. “Not only does political correctness wrongly censor personal opinions, but it does nothing to address any underlying problems driving statements and actions in question. Often times it just breeds increased resentment or relegates the topic to non-discussion—that is not progress.”

What if you were fired or forced to resign because of your opinions or because of the causes you supported? If you think that’s only something that could happen in, say, Hitler’s time, think again because it’s happening today and all in the name of PC.

For example: 

  • Mozilla CEO and co-founder, Brendan Eich was forced to resign because he donated to a campaign to ban gay marriage in California. It is his right, whether you agree with him or not, to donate his money where he chooses, right? 
  • NPR fired Juan Williams for admitting he was concerned when he saw Muslims on an airplane even though he cautioned not to brand Muslims as terrorists. Where are his rights protected to express himself freely? 
  • NBA’s Donald Sterling was banned for life from the NBA and fined $2.5million for his racist comments. Where the comments awful and offensive? Most would agree that, yes. Not the point.

We are not talking about whether a person used unbelievably bad judgment or even if the comments were in bad taste. What we are talking about is the slow and meticulous death of the foundations this country was built on.

“The obsession of the morally superior, sensitive, and conspicuously compassionate elite with the subjective feelings of people is part of today’s prevailing therapeutic vision of man,” writes Rebirth of Reason.

“This infatuation with sensitivity has spread throughout the media and academia, leading to the creation of feel-good euphemisms which part with accuracy and unambiguity in the interest of feeling and sympathy.

“Unfortunately, these ‘linguistic smile buttons’ simply camouflage reality rather than change it.”

The mind can not be forced into submission simply because it is deemed politically correct to do so. How does changing the language we use erase a history of belief systems or the cruelty of eons of bad behavior? Will policing our behavior, our language, our self expression keep hate or any other ignorant forms of prejudice from rearing its ugly head in future generations?

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Because the facts are presented to us in pretty packages with pink bows does not mean that what’s inside of it isn’t ugly.

Understanding can only come through open dialogue. You cannot change someone’s mind by censoring thoughts or words.

“When the policing of this thought crime occurs, minds are not being changed—but hearts are being hardened,” Elon University’s Student News Organization. 

 

By, Lorra B. Chief Writer Silent Soldier

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50 Years Ago, Doctors Called Domestic Violence ‘Therapy’

 

imageedit_2_2960416607Time: In light of recent news about domestic violence, looking back at a 1964 study that extols its benefits

In the last month, issues of domestic violence in the news have spurred discussion about why women stay in abusive relationships. The Twitter campaign #WhyIStayed allowed victims to share their rationales: some felt too scared to leave, some had grown up with domestic abuse and others always thought that their partners would finally change.

Though the NFL’s handling of domestic violence scandals suggests that our society still has a long way to go when it comes to understanding domestic abuse, we’ve made a lot of progress since 50 years ago when doctors thought “wife beating” was therapeutic. An article in the issue of TIME dated 50 years ago today — Sept. 25, 1964 — highlights a mind-boggling study that concludes couples stay in abusive relationships because their fighting can “balance out each other’s mental quirks.”

Yep, seriously. “Mental quirks.”

The study, which was published in the Archives of General Psychiatry, looked at 37 cases of assault between couples in Massachusetts courts and found a common trend: “though reasonably hard-working and outwardly respectable, [the husbands] were in reality ‘shy, sexually, ineffectual mother’s boys.’ The wives also fitted a pattern—’aggressive, efficient, masculine and sexually frigid.’”

Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised that 1960s scientists subscribed to such rigid gender norms wherein shy men were “mama’s boys” and bold women were “frigid.” But the science behind alcohol causing a role reversal in every couple, which was another element of the study, is questionable at best: “Usually the wife was boss, and her weak-willed husband was content to play the subservient role — until he had a few drinks. Then ‘role alternation’ would take place, and the husband would insist belligerently upon his conjugal rights.” (By “insisting on conjugal rights” the writer does probably mean rape.)

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What’s most shocking is that doctors believed that a man beating his wife under these circumstances was actually a good thing. They called it “violent, temporary therapy”:

‘The periods of violent behavior by the husband,’ the doctors observed, ‘served to release him momentarily from his anxiety about his ineffectiveness as a man, while giving his wife apparent masochistic gratification and helping probably to deal with the guilt arising from the intense hostility expressed in her controlling, castrating behavior.’

The idea that women ought to feel guilty for being more assertive than their husband is tantamount, of course, to victim blaming. But the study also overly simplifies the assailant-victim relationship to a temper tantrum. We now know that physical violence is only one part of domestic abuse: abusers often use other means like isolation, threats to family members and pets, controlling of personal finances and psychological abuse to hurt their victims. Domestic violence is not a way to sort out issues: it’s a systematic and calculated means for perpetrators to control their victims.

And, of course, it’s very possible we’ll yet learn more about the causes of such violence. Though the science of the ’60s can be cringe-worthy, articles like these are also a reminder that studies can be the product of their times, used to justify the cultural norms: perhaps in 50 years some of our psychological research will seem backwards too. By, Eliana Dockterman

 

Read the article here, in TIME’s archives: The Wife Beater & His Wife

 

By Lorra B. Chief Writer for Silent Soldier

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Transgender, Formerly Army Private Bradley Manning, Files Lawsuit Against U.S. Government

imageedit_2_4927925840September 23, 2014

Chelsea Manning, formerly known as Army private Bradley Manning, is back in the news from her prison cell stating that the military is just giving her “lip service” and not addressing the gender-reassignment treatment she asked for last year.

In August of 2013 Manning was found guilty of 20 charges that ranged from espionage to theft. For the disclosing of hundreds of thousands of classified documents Manning received 35 years imprisonment at Fort Leavensworth.

“I am Chelsea Manning. I am female,” Manning stated. “Given the way that I feel, and felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible. I hope that you will support me in this transaction.” It has been a year since she made those statements. 

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On Tuesday, Manning stated that the military has failed to provide her with the medical treatment for the condition she has been diagnosed with, Gender Dysphoria.

“Gender identity disorder (GID), also known as gender dysphoria, is the formal diagnosis used by psychologists and physicians to describe persons who experience significant dysphoria (discontent) with the sex they were assigned at birth and/or the gender roles associated with that sex,” according to Wikipedia.

Manning was diagnosed with GID in 2010. According to the suit, the American Civil Liberties Union states that it was the Army medical personnel who diagnosed her.

Because of the pending litigation, Army Lt. Col. Alayne Conway, a spokeswoman from the Pentagon, stated that she could not comment of the situation.

Filed in U.S. District Court, the lawsuit points out that Manning is a high risk of ‘self-castration.’ The suit also indicates that if she does not receive the proper treatment for her gender dysphoria she is at a high risk for suicide as well.

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ACLU attorney Chase Strangio stated, “Such clear disregard of well-established medical protocols constitutes cruel and unusual punishment.”

Grooming principles are also at the heart of the lawsuit. Manning is seeking the right to groom herself according to female standards, including the length of her hair and her attire. She would like to use cosmetics and receive hormone treatments “in order to express her female gender,” the suit explains.

Manning’s lawyers stated that she “will suffer continued pain, depression and anxiety…,” all of which can to lead to suicidal inclinations.

Excited that she had been granted the rights to be formally know as Chelsea Elizabeth Manning, she said, “I’ve been working for months for this change, and waiting for years.”

“I requested that the military provide me with a treatment plan consistent with the recognized professional standards of care for trans [gender] health. They quickly evaluated me and informed me that they came up with a proposed treatment plan.

“However, I have not yet seen their treatment plan, and in over eight months, I have not received any response as to whether the plan will be approved or disapproved, or whether it follows the guidelines of qualified health professionals,” Manning said.

The truth is, having never dealt with this type of situation, that the Army has struggled with just how to handle Manning’s situation. Federal prisons have the ability to handle cases of transgender inmates. Military prisons, on the other hand, do not. Technically, a person who is transgender would not even be able to serve in the military.

Manning, according to the Army, is still considered a male and she will continue to be held with male inmates.

Read Chelsea Manning’s ‘The Fog Machine of War.’

 

By Lorra B. Chief Writer for Silent Soldier

http://SilentSoldier.us

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When A Soldier Cries

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September 23, 2014

When A Soldier Cries

A tattered picture, nearly faded to white
Faces of the ones for whom a soldier fights
In the empty silence of a world so far away
On the rocky ground, the only place to lay

A father dreams of home, family, and friends
In war, there is no guarantee he will see them again
Thunder roars with fury, lightning burns the darkened skies
The mighty angels shed a tear, when a soldier cries

She walks across the street, a young child stands alone
Memories haunt her dreams of the daughters she left at home
She tries to smile, show happiness through the tears
Although she wants to help, the child retreats in fear

At night she dreams of home, bedtime hugs and kisses
She prays to one day have again, everything she misses
She can still see their faces as they spoke their last goodbyes
Nothing can soothe a heart, when a soldier cries

In the pouring rain he stands guard, rifle in hand
Just two years out of high school, his parents don’t understand
He wanted something greater than just video games and fun
He dedicated his life to become more than just an ordinary son

A young man dreams of home and wishes upon a distant star
The letters are few and far between, only time can heal a wounded heart
In the gathering shadows, just beyond where the unseen lies
Those who have gone before, bow their heads when a soldier cries

The growl of crunching metal, searing heat and flames surround
Voices of the wounded, silent screams that have no sound
She left college early and signed up to answer the call
Now lying in the wreckage, she wonders if it’s time to give it all

The young woman dreams of home, but she doesn’t surrender to the fear
She knows if they’re alive, they will come back and find her here
Chaos and confusion, in a place where hope and fate collide
She fights for every breath, there’s no shame when a soldier cries

They stand in single file, one hand raised to touch their brow
Men and women, young and old, bound together by a sacred vow
Silently they watch as each car drives slowly past
A beautiful flag covers every casket, heroes returning home at last

Mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, bravery at its best
Defined by the unselfish act of sacrifice, courage passed the ultimate test
With a will stronger than iron, nerves of steel and no compromise
There’s nothing to give but respect and honor…when a soldier cries

 

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When a Soldier Cries
Copyright 2013 Chris Martin

 

By Lorra B. Chief Writer for Silent Soldier

http://SilentSoldier.us 

 

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Secret Service to beef up presence after two White House security incidents

imageedit_6_8135381046WASHINGTON (CNN) — The U.S. Secret Service is planning to boost its presence and its surveillance measures around the White House on Monday after an Iraq war veteran, who is apparently suffering from PTSD, jumped over a White House fence.

Officers patrolling the area will be out in greater numbers and will be “looking for individuals who don’t look like tourists,” a federal law enforcement officer told CNN.

Two security incidents in two days have raised concerns about the safety at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

On Friday, Omar Gonzalez hopped the north fence and sprinted just past the north portico White House doors when he was stopped, Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary said.

Gonzalez carried a Spyderco VG-10 folding knife with a 3-and-a-half inch serrated blade in his pants pocket, according to an affidavit.

A Secret Service officer said he yelled at the intruder to stop. Gonzalez told a Secret Service agent “that he was concerned that the atmosphere was collapsing and needed to get the information to the President of the United States so that he could get the word out to the people,” according to the affidavit.

President Barack Obama and his family were not at home at the time.

Deteriorating mental state

Gonzalez’s former stepson told CNN’s Mary Grace Lucas that Gonzalez is an Iraq war veteran who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Gonzalez did three tours in Iraq and is a “great, great guy,” his ex-stepson Jerry S. Murphy said. He said the knife that was found in Gonzalez’s pocket was a weapon the veteran routinely carried.

Murphy said Gonzalez’s eight-year marriage to Murphy’s mother ended two years ago — information that marriage records supports.

He said he last spoke to Gonzalez around the time of the split but knows that Gonzalez was seeing a therapist on base at Fort Hood in Texas. Murphy said his former stepfather was diagnosed with PTSD and paranoia, and his base psychiatrist had prescribed medication for both conditions.

Murphy views Gonzalez as a “hero” who took great pride in serving his country.

But after each deployment, Gonzalez’s mental state seemed to deteriorate, Murphy said.

Gonzalez is accused of unlawfully entering a restricted building or grounds while carrying a deadly or dangerous weapon, officials said. He is set to appear in court Monday.

Minutes before Gonzalez jumped the fence, the President and his daughters left the South Lawn by helicopter. It is not clear where First Lady Michelle Obama was, but officials tell CNN that the family was staying at Camp David, Maryland, for the weekend.

Another security incident

In the second security incident over the weekend, Kevin Carr is accused of driving up to a security barrier Saturday and trying to walk to and enter the White House.

Carr, of Shamong, New Jersey, was arrested and charged with unlawful entry, Leary told CNN. Records show Carr was born in 1995, making him about 19 years old.

According to Leary, the incident happened at the entrance at 15th and E streets, where the driver did not stop when the Secret Service ordered him to do so.

The man’s car did not hit the barriers at the entrance, and the driver got out of his vehicle. Carr was arrested after he refused to leave, Leary said.

The Obamas were not at home at the time of the second incident either.

Criticism of White House security

The Secret Service said Gonzalez should have been stopped faster and are investigating personnel and reviewing security policies and procedures.

Rep. Peter King, R-New York, demanded a full investigation and called for a congressional hearing to ensure that changes are made.

“There can be a lot of conspiracies against a President. A lot of very complex assassination plots,” King said on Fox News. “This is the most basic, the most simple type of procedure and how anyone, especially in these days of ISIS, and we’re concerned about terrorist attacks, someone could actually get into the White House without being stopped is inexcusable.”

In a statement from White House on Saturday night, spokesman Frank Benenati said the President expressed his support for the Secret Service.

“The President has full confidence in the Secret Service and is grateful to the men and women who day in and day out protect himself, his family and the White House,” the statement read.

“The Secret Service is in the process of conducting a thorough review of the event on Friday evening, and we are certain it will be done with the same professionalism and commitment to duty that we and the American people expect from the USSS.”

CNN’s Jim Acosta, Cassie Spodak, Erin McPike and Evan Perez reported from Washington. Holly Yan and Ashley Fantz reported and wrote from Atlanta.

 

By Lorra B. Chief Writer for Silent Soldier

http:SilentSoldier.us

 

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2016 – What the next US President should do

 

 

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Don’t Tread On Me: Vernon Pope: Tell us what YOU think; do you agree or disagree and why? Many thoughts you will agree with and some you won’t. We would truly like you to speak your mind and let the chips fall where they may! Thank you!

Ok, since the mainstream press is already salivating over the next presidential election cycle (never mind that we haven’t had this year’s mid-term elections yet!) – I’m going to put forward the platform I would support, endorse, or at least like to see some candidate use.  This is a living document, subject to periodic reviews by me, and updated as I feel it is needed.

Islam -

I have many posts on my blog about the nature of Islam and what Muslims believe and are willing to do.  I don’t want to belabor that point here, but suffice it to say that if all of humanity is a single living organism, it is my belief that Islam behaves like a cancer cell in that organism.  We’d be foolish to not address it in the same way medicine would address a cancer.

If I were to suddenly find myself filling Obama’s shoes, I would use an Executive Order to put Islam and all parasitic support organizations (Nation of Islam, Muslim Brotherhood, ISIS, Hamas . . .) on the list of officially recognized terrorist groups, and order all Islamists expelled from the country – as a start. Freeze, no confiscate, all their assets in this country, and divert the cash to compensation funds for the relatives & survivors of the acts of terror they have committed against the US.  Sell all real estate holdings and add those proceeds to the compensation funds as well. Back Israel in securing it’s borders and providing for their defense. Help all our North American and European allies to move towards implementing the same rules towards Muslims that Japan uses – and move us that direction as well. That’s a good start.

Jobs -

I’ve seen estimates saying we currently have 20 million legal US residents who are either completely unemployed, or working only part-time while wanting full-time work.  I’ve also seen estimates putting the number of illegal immigrants who currently hold full-time jobs in the US at around 12 million.  This means, by taking those jobs from the illegals and giving them to tax-paying citizens, we could effectively reduce unemployment by more than HALF.  Putting US citizens and LEGAL residents back to work should be a major priority. As such, here is a suggestion that would actually work:

Mandate the use of E-Verify for all employers nationally, no exceptions. This would need teeth – I propose a $10k fine, per undocumented worker per incident. Which would mean that if INS raided a factory and found 200 non-documented workers there, that one incident would generate a $2 Million fine. If it happened again 30 days later, that’s another $2 Million. We should use the fines to cover the cost of immediately deporting the illegal workers; no free time in our jails on the taxpayer’s dime. Also, no corporate bailouts or tax breaks for any corporation that imports more than 10% of the parts used in manufacturing or imports more than 15% of the retail goods it sells. No imported parts are to be used AT ANY POINT in the manufacture/repair of government or military equipment, as a national security concern.

Government -

Lobbying is one of the largest parasites in the US, and only serves to move our Republic towards becoming an oligarchy. We need a total firewall between civil service and private sector employment, not a revolving door. We also need to totally prevent corporations from funding the studies that federal agencies use to determine the safety of products, medicines, and foods. The reason for that should be obvious – it creates a conflict of interest. Besides, even a dog knows not to bite the hand that feeds it. You will hear that phrase again.

Direct corporate lobbying shall be prohibited. Private sector employment at any corporation that employs over 1000 US workers shall be grounds for disqualification from civil service appointments, and vice-versa. US government branches like the EPA and FDA shall be directed to put public safety ahead of corporate profits, and where the two clash to always assume that nature’s own solutions are better than manufactured ones.

Taxes -

I support totally abolishing the income tax system, and transitioning to a flat national sales tax. However, that does not go far enough to disengage the government from your pockets. Beginning with those who are under 30 years old now, we need to begin making individuals responsible for their own retirement plans for the future. This nation’s original architects did not envision a society where Uncle Sam took care of you – you were supposed to take care of yourself. Churches and family were the expected backups, the government was NOT supposed to be a part of the process. I believe that you can take care of yourself, if we get rid of a lot of government interference and incentive not to.

Voting Rights -

Originally, only males who owned land could vote. Voting has always been a privilege that you had to meet qualifications for, not a right. Back in the early days of the Republic, you had to work for a living to have a voice in government. To some degree we still need this. While the definition of citizenship has changed, and needed to, in the last 2 centuries, what has not changed is that outside influence and internal entitlement are tearing our country apart.

So, another change to voting law is needed, IMHO. Only those legal citizens who work full-time jobs, are self-employed, or have been honorably discharged from the US Military, should have the right to vote. That not only excludes those who support themselves on welfare alone, but those who make more money from investments than they do from wages. A government-issued photo ID should be required.

Additionally, we need to reform the Electoral College. As it stands right now, candidates can focus on less than 6 states and have a viable shot at winning the Presidency. That is totally ridiculous. Every state matters, and anyone who dismisses the heartland of the country as “the Fly-Over States” doesn’t deserve to be our national President. So, instead of apportioning Electoral College votes by population, they should reflect the number of seats each state holds IN THE US SENATE.

Education -

This is probably going to be controversial, but I’m going with it anyhow. All post secondary education centers should be privatized and treated as for-profit organizations, subject to taxation. While nothing should prohibit those who can afford to do so from studying “impractical” liberal arts courses, the focus should be on graduating job-ready candidates who meet acknowledged industrial or commercial needs. This means a lot less need for “BA or MA” schools, and a lot more Vo-Tech. I would salute anyone who completed a vo-tech school, went to work, and then took his/her own money and continued their education along lines they were personally interested in. In the words of JFK, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.”

Health Care -

For the last 50-60 years, we’ve been engaged in the wrong discussion. The practice of medicine should be focused on maintaining health/wellness first, and repairing it second. Every high school graduate should know as much about health and nutrition as they do about mathematics. Every medical doctor, and every pharmacist, should know as much about nutrition as they do about human anatomy and pharmacology.

The United States has the finest trauma and crisis centers in the world, and we do need them – but trauma care should be the END of the for-profit medical journey. When dealing with illness, we need a system more like the older oriental approach, where each “general practitioner” would have a specific group of people under his/her care, and as long as they stayed well, they pay him a set fee every month. If they get ill during that month, not only do they not pay the fee, but treatment of the illness is free. Patients would be allowed to seek out the best caregiver they could find, creating competition between caregivers to do the best job of keeping people healthy. There would be NO need for insurance companies or other parasites between the doctor and the patient, and no reason why the doctor’s treatment records would need to be seen by anyone else.

Foreign Policy -

When I was in the US Army, I loved traveling abroad. The year I spent in Germany was magical, to me. However, I was not blind to the undercurrents of anti-US sentiment (specifically in Europe, since that was where I was stationed, but more generally around the globe as well). Therefore, the next president should immediately order the following:

End all international aid programs except NATO and Israel, and keep the money at home where we can spend it on our own prosperity and security. Make it official policy to allow all other nations to decide for themselves how to live, and turn in our “World Police” badge. Immediately recall all troops assigned outside the physical boundaries of the US, except those directly attached to Embassy Security details (which should be doubled immediately). Those troops returning to US soil who are wishing to remain on active duty should be assigned to the border patrol. All National Guard units and assets are returned to the control of their respective state governors, for use as those governors see fit.

Domestic Policy -

Even the most minimalist estimates say our current national debt is over $17 Trillion – and that is money we’re borrowing from our kids and grandkids before they even start school. It is inexcusable. While there has been a lot of talking about balanced budgets, that only tries to keep the beast from getting larger. We need to curtail spending to sustainable levels that enable us to responsibly pay down the debt, with a clear (and achievable) goal of being debt-free within 20 years. That means paying the full interest on our debt every year, plus paying down 5% of the principle based on the current debt level.

We also need to learn the lessons of the past – specifically regarding Prohibition. The US needs an end to the domestic “War on Drugs” immediately, and re-purpose that $50 Billion/year on long-term, in-patient mental health facilities, and paying down the debt. All non-violent drug offenses of the past should be granted a Presidential Pardon, and the prisons directed to return those so incarcerated to civilian life. Finally, we need a Constitutional Amendment to prevent any more experiments with imposing morals on society as a whole through national law. Prohibition failed, the War on Drugs failed, and there are 2 or 3 other experiments currently working their way through either Congress or the Courts that I predict will fail because of one thing – Nobody Ever In History has ever been capable of getting over 300 Million people to all agree on anything. Trying to force it is only asking for trouble. Look at history for lessons on this.  Ghengis Khan & Rome may have had two of the largest empires in global history, but their longevity was not because of imposed uniformity. Instead, both integrated local societies that were empowered to continue pretty much as they already were, except that they were sworn to loyalty to the empire. The lesson for the US is that State Governments should have more influence on their residents than the Federal Government, and each state should be allowed (even encouraged) to be as individual and distinct as it wants to be, in comparison to the others.  Citizens who dislike the social environment in one state should be encouraged to relocate to a state more to their liking.

Immigration -

As long as we have over 20 million of our own workers either unemployed or working in jobs outside their field of training, we have no need to import new labor of any kind. Especially when we have engineers who are unemployed because their job was given to a sponsored immigrant who cost the company 20% less. Here is my immigration/naturalization proposal:

1. No automatic birth citizenship unless at least one parent is already a permanent citizen of the US, regardless of where the birth occurs. Yes, I know we’d probably have to change the wording of the 14th Amendment through another Amendment, but it’s what we need to do for the good of the United States.  It is possible that the Supreme Court could fix this by simply overturning the earlier ruling.  It wouldn’t be the first time a sitting SCOTUS overturned a ruling by an earlier SCOTUS.  It’s worth looking into.

2. Anyone caught illegally entering the US (or illegally overstaying a visa by more than 30 days) will be automatically deported and prohibited from legally returning for at least 10 years, regardless of familial ties.

3. Anyone illegally within the US who is convicted of any felony will be automatically deported and placed on a list of persons permanently prohibited from re-entry.

4. Anyone who is not able to produce verification of legal residence is prohibited from utilizing any of our national entitlement programs, either for their own benefit or on behalf of any dependents. Anyone who can’t pass a credit check is prohibited from renting any place of residence.

5. English will be the language of national business – if you can not speak or read it well enough to properly fill out the paperwork, you are not eligible to become a naturalized citizen. Government employees who primarily deal with the US public should not need to be bi-lingual, and government offices should not need to employ translators for any non-English language.

6.  One of the major motivations of those who illegally enter the US is the ability to quickly make much more money than they would be able to earn legally in their home country, and then use wire transfers to send a lot of that back to relatives still at home.  The final (I think) plank in a sound plan to reverse illegal immigration would be to block all wire transfers to Mexico and Central America.

7. Every legal resident of the US keeps ID with them almost constantly. You must have it to drive a car. You must have it to cash a check, or pay with a check at any merchant. You must have it if a police officer asks you for it. Additionally, anyone who has traveled abroad can confirm that US Citizens are required to have ID to check in at any motel or hotel, anywhere in the world – and in developed nations like Europe most hotels will HOLD your ID at the desk, available to police inspection upon request.

THERE IS NOTHING unreasonable about expecting legal visitors to our country to expect the same conditions we confront internationally. If any US police officer encounters someone who refuses to produce papers that verify legal entry and/or legal residence, it is fair to assume that is an illegal and begin processing them for deportation.

2nd Amendment -

Let’s face it – after the Revolutionary War, our Founding Fathers’ had two unifying fears; that the world’s greatest existing military would return to continue the fight; or that our nation’s government would some day be as bad or worse than the one they had just kicked out. The purposes of the 2nd Amendment were to ensure that anyone, anywhere, would have the physical means of mounting an effective resistance to an armed invasion force landing on our soil, and that if it was ever necessary, the citizens of this country would have the means to resist the abuse of power by our own government. Thanks to technology and our standing military, we don’t have to worry about being surprised by an armed invasion. However, the revelations by Edward Snowden have shown us that the threat of our own government abusing it’s power has never been more real. The 2nd Amendment applies to individuals, and to any firearm or weapon an ad-hoc group of civilians might use to defend themselves against armed government agents/military. If the government can justify arming cops with it, law-abiding citizens should be allowed to buy it. The same also goes for defensive gear – if the police and military have Kevlar, no private citizen should be prohibited from buying it if they can afford to. We also need to fully reinstate the “Posse Comitatus” Act, and set it in stone that our military forces will NEVER have authority to act against our own civilian population.

Military Reform -

Many of the veterans my age or older will confirm that we were taught that we had a duty to disobey illegal orders. However, in talking with some of them more recently, I’ve seen some serious “rose-colored glasses” about the consequences of doing such. Having been in that position myself, I can tell you that disobeying a direct order results in an automatic non-judicial punishment (Article 15, when I was in the Army). If, however, you want to seek legal counsel on whether or not to fight the Article 15, the act of doing so automatically escalates the punishment to a Courts Martial proceeding. For the record, I chose the Article 15, for reasons to be explained as I continue. Conviction at a Courts Martial will usually mean, at a minimum, a dishonorable discharge with loss of pay and pension/benefits. The Courts Martial will be judged by an officer of the same branch of service, usually from your current chain of command, and the prosecutor and defense attorneys will both usually be officers from your unit, or at best the local post’s own JAG office.

It’s a stacked deck, and it’s no wonder that most Courts Martial trials result in conviction. Add to that the fact that the ENTIRE military takes orders from the POTUS, and Private Manning never had a chance at a fair trial. To fix that, I propose that the UCMJ be abolished, and that all military disciplinary actions be handled in civilian courts, under civilian judges, and open to the public and media scrutiny. The members of the military should never obey an order to do anything they would feel needs to be hidden from the public they serve.

Government Reform -

I struggled to try to include these thoughts in one of the areas above, but they are so large that they didn’t fit anything specifically. Anyhow, here we go:

The original architects of the US government envisioned that it should be a controlled beast, kept on a short leash, run by people who themselves worked and lived under the policies invoked in it’s name. From 1776 to the advent of the Civil War, most of the routine business of the US government could be done in a few weeks, up to 3 months – mostly during the winters. This was by design – the elected officials went back home to run farms and businesses that needed attention through the rest of the year. Doing this kept them plugged into their local communities, where they knew the problems their friends faced and whether national or international policy had caused any of those problems. The more remote the government is from those it governs, the LESS power it should wield directly over their lives.

The only elected officials who should be paid directly from the coffers of the national government are the President and Vice-President. All congress electees of both chambers should be paid by the states that elected them – for the reason that this keeps them more accountable to the state than to the national behemoth. Congressional benefits packages should be identical to the benefits available to any military service member or G-2 employee, and to adjust congressional pay should require a super-majority of the participating voters at the next national election to ratify it.

National elected officials should be prohibited from serving more than 2 terms of elected office, as an accumulated total. This would cause a constant turnover, which would reduce the likelihood of corruption. A 2nd term senator could not run for the house or the presidency. An appointed Vice-president who then serves one term as an elected Vice-president would be eligible for a maximum of one term as the President, unless he/she has previously served in the national Congress. Those currently serving elected terms who have already exceeded that limit would be allowed to complete the current term, but prohibited from running for national office ever again.

As a matter of national policy, we need to strip corporations of “person-hood”. The only thing a corporation has in common with a person is it’s natural inclination towards self-preservation. It does not create anything – the people working in it do. It does not make anything – the people working in it do. It often seeks to preserve itself at the expense of those working for it. It should not have the ability to own Intellectual Property, nor should it have the ability to influence elections.

The NSA should be directed to immediately shut down all domestic surveillance operations that are not supported by unsealed, non-classified judicial warrants. All judicial surveillance warrants should be available to public/media scrutiny. The TSA should be fully de-funded and dismantled, having failed to accomplish any of it’s mission objectives.

Written by Vernon Pope

 

By Lorra B. Chief Writer For Silent Soldier

http://SilentSoldier.us

 

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Stop Glorifying Football Players and Start Glorifying Soldiers

 

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September 19, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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By Lorra B. Chief writer for SilentSoldier

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

imageedit_2_2250760853AceWorldNews: South East Asia News      September 18, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For crying out loud, is this really happening?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ace Related News:

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

2. Ban on use of Allah is Dangerous  

 

By Lorra B. Chief Writer for Silent Soldier

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

By Lorra B. Chief Writer for Silent Soldier

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

By Lorra B. Chief Writer for Silent Soldier

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Feds Step Up Terrorist Recruitment Fight in U.S.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

By Lorra B. Chief Writer for Silent Soldier

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

By Lorra B. Chief Writer for Silent Soldier

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Lower Manhattan, the world marks 9/11 anniversary

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

USA Today   Contributing: David Jackson in Washington

By Lorra B. Chief Writer for Silent Soldier

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The CIA Has Legal Justification to Kill American Citizens

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

By Lorra B. Chief Writer for Silent Soldier

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Lorra B. Chief Writer for Silent Soldier.

http://silentsoldier.us

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The Modern American Patriot: A New Hope

imageedit_6_3203503698The Modern American Patriot: A New Hope

The SHTF Journal

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

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

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

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

 


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

 

By LorraB. Chief Writer for Silent Soldier

http://SilentSoldier.us

 

 

Bill Clinton and Charlie Crist: The odd couple

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Written By MAGGIE HABERMAN, Politico

 

 

By Lorra B. Chief Writer for Silent Soldier

http://SilentSoldier.us

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No Military Dogs Should Ever be Left Behind

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

By Lorra B. Chief Writer for Silent Soldier

http://SilentSoldier.us

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Analyst: NATO must adapt

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

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

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

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

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

Warning Putin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Battling ISIS

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

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

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

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

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

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

ISIS video shows beheading of second journalist.

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

Afghanistan‘s future

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

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

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

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

No expansion

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Written by Kevin Liptak

 

 

By Lorra B. Chief Writer for Silent Soldier

http://SilentSoldier.us

 

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Boys Witnessing the Horrors of ISIS—From Beheadings to Crucifixions

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 “That’s why we created these camps.”

 

 

By Lorra B. Chief Writer for Silent Soldier

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

By, Lorra B. Chief Writer for Silent Soldier

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Russian Hackers Have Stolen Over 1.2 Billion Email Addresses and Passcodes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

By, Lorra B. Chief Writer for Silent Soldier

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Fear of Ebola Virus Outbreak Growing in the United States

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

By Lorra B. Chief Writer for Silent Soldier

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Eric Cantor to leave Congress altogether on Aug. 18

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Reported by The Washington Post

By Lorra B. Chief Writer for Silent Soldier

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Reported by D.C. Clothesline

 

By Lorra B. Chief Writer for Silent Soldier

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PELOSIUM – The Most Dense Element Ever Found

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

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Huckabee Calls for Pastors to Flood Houston Mayor With Sermons

Originally posted on OmniTalk:

Now that’s a novel idea.  Seems the lesbian could use some.  Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee wants the nation’s pastors to send Bibles and copies of all of their sermons to Houston Mayor Annise Parker, who has issued a broad subpoena demanding the city’s pastors hand over copies of their sermons and communications concerning the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance.

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Two Thumbs Up For Those Conservative God-Fearing Obstructionists!

Originally posted on Cry and Howl:

To any and all liberals who think the demise of America is because the Homo-in-Chief and his band of perverts and racists were “obstructed” from completely “transforming the United States” from a free nation to one run by tyrants … know of a certainty you and the likes of Barack Obama and his ilk will be obstructed every step of the way by patriots who love this nation. We’ll not sit back and let you undermine the Constitution, God and the people who have given their lives to make this nation great.

So, go eat your Burger King homo-burgers  (one liberal phony said he was going to buy a dozen, and I’ll be a month’s pay he didn’t … why? because liberals lie)  and dry those tears.

Here are some young folks who obstructed anti-God liberal freaks and I think it’s one of the best examples of how we’re not going…

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Pony Up Feds: Feds Forced To Do Their Jobs As Local Jails Refuse To Hold Illegal Immigrant Offenders

Originally posted on Whiskey Tango Foxtrot:

Local police agencies across the country are frustrating efforts at the federal level to detain and deport criminal illegal immigrants, leaving immigration officials scrambling to track them down.

In the last nine months, 275 counties have refused to honor requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement that they be notified before releasing an illegal immigrant from custody.

In doing so, those jurisdictions have released some 9,000 with criminal records who otherwise would have been removed from the U.S.

In the past, these so-called “detainer requests” from ICE were routinely granted.

Now, however, the very counties that once turned over thousands of illegal immigrant felons to ICE are refusing — afraid of being sued for holding the wrong person or forced to renege by immigrant-friendly policies in Democrat-dominated districts.

According to ICE Field Supervisory Agent David Marin, police are releasing murder suspects, firearms offenders, drug traffickers and documented gang members, despite requests…

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Pony Up Feds: Feds Forced To Do Their Jobs As Local Jails Refuse To Hold Illegal Immigrant Offenders

Originally posted on Whiskey Tango Foxtrot:

Local police agencies across the country are frustrating efforts at the federal level to detain and deport criminal illegal immigrants, leaving immigration officials scrambling to track them down.

In the last nine months, 275 counties have refused to honor requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement that they be notified before releasing an illegal immigrant from custody.

In doing so, those jurisdictions have released some 9,000 with criminal records who otherwise would have been removed from the U.S.

In the past, these so-called “detainer requests” from ICE were routinely granted.

Now, however, the very counties that once turned over thousands of illegal immigrant felons to ICE are refusing — afraid of being sued for holding the wrong person or forced to renege by immigrant-friendly policies in Democrat-dominated districts.

According to ICE Field Supervisory Agent David Marin, police are releasing murder suspects, firearms offenders, drug traffickers and documented gang members, despite requests…

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Crowd walks out on Obama

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crew-2231Comment by Jim Campbell, Citizen Journalist, Oath Keeper and Patriot.

I wonder if Obama has finally begun to figure it out?

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Obama’s presence at an event is like the  Bubonic Plague of the Middle Ages

U.S. President Obama waves as he arrives for a campaign rally for Maryland Lt. Gov. Brown at a High School in Upper Marlboro(Reuters)

UPPER MARLBORO MD.

President Barack Obama made a rare appearance on the campaign trail on Sunday with a rally to support the Democratic candidate for governor in Maryland, but early departures of crowd members while he spoke underscored his continuing unpopularity.

With approval levels hovering around record lows, Obama has spent most of his campaign-related efforts this year raising money for struggling Democrats, who risk losing control of the U.S. Senate in the Nov. 4 midterm election.

Most candidates from his party have been wary of appearing with him during their election races because of his sagging popularity.

Not so Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown of Maryland, who is running for governor…

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Obama advisers appear at odds over US troop role, as ISIS holds ground

Originally posted on OmniTalk:

Obama’s key advisors are still at odds over the use of American boots on the ground in Iraq, as Islamic State militants – at the very least – seemed to be holding their own against U.S.-led airstrikes and local security forces. National Security Adviser Susan Rice stressed that no American military commander has recommended “ground combat forces” in Iraq.

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Hong Kong Protest and Social Media: Man Arrested Over Online Messages

Originally posted on pundit from another planet:

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HONG KONG — Gillian Wong reports: A man was arrested on suspicion of posting messages online that urged people to gather and agitate at a protest site, police said Sunday.

“The arrest marks a relatively new tactic in Hong Kong police’s attempts to curb the demonstrations that have paralyzed key sections of the city for weeks.”

The move—one of the first such arrests during three weeks of d”emonstrations here—could potentially chill the protesters’ use of the Internet and social media to mobilize large crowds.

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The Hong Kong Police Force said in a statement on its website that a 23-year-old man had been arrested Saturday on suspicion of “accessing a computer with illegal or dishonest intentions” and illegal assembly.

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A preliminary police investigation revealed the man had posted messages on online discussion boards urging others to go to Mong…

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Drunk woman arrested after confusing jail for a bar

Originally posted on FOX6Now.com:

PAW PAW, Mich. (AP) — One is a building with bars. The other is a building with a bar. A very drunk woman apparently had trouble telling them apart and ended up in a southwestern Michigan jail cell.

The Van Buren County sheriff’s department says a 39-year-old woman mistook the Van Buren County jail for the bar where she was trying to pick up her boyfriend.

The department says Deputy Robert Miersma spotted the Hartford-area woman backing into the jail parking lot in Paw Paw about 2 a.m. Sunday and noticed she smelled of alcohol and appeared intoxicated.

It says a breath test showed her with more than twice the 0.08 percent blood alcohol considered drunk in Michigan. She’s expected to face drunken driving charges.

Paw Paw is about 15 miles west-southwest of Kalamazoo.

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