How does one Verify Trust with these Characters?


 

John R. Houk

© September 14, 2013

 

Hmmm … Fox News reports that the USA and Russia have worked out an agreement format to collect Assad’s Chemical Weapon arsenal. I wonder if Obama is plugged into President Reagan’s “trust but verify”?

 

I have had the feeling of being a Conservative lone wolf because I favored the forcible removal of Chemical Weapons from Syria with the caveat that the USA did not do it alone. Also my thoughts included forcible removing any Chemical Weapons the Syrian Rebels may have acquired clandestinely from perhaps Saudi Arabia or even Libyan Chemical Weapon stores clandestinely sent via U.S. involvement.

 

It is my personal feeling to not trust Obama (and his Dem Administration), Putin and Iranian client Bashar al-Assad. So I have doubts the U.S./Russia accord is worth the paper it is spelled upon:

 

Framework for elimination of Syrian chemical weapons

The U.S. and Russia have agreed to work together on a new, binding U.N. Security Council resolution that would ensure verification of the agreement to secure and destroy Syria’s chemical weapons stocks and remove its capability to produce such weapons.

 

SEPTEMBER 14, 2013

 

FRAMEWORK FOR ELIMINATION OF SYRIAN CHEMICAL WEAPONS

 

Taking into account the decision of the Syrian Arab Republic to accede to the Chemical Weapons Convention and the commitment of the Syrian authorities to provisionally apply the Convention prior to its entry into force, the United States and the Russian Federation express their joint determination to ensure the destruction of the Syrian chemical weapons program (CW) in the soonest and safest manner.

 

For this purpose, the United States and the Russian Federation have committed to prepare and submit in the next few days to the Executive Council of the OPCW a draft decision setting down special procedures for expeditious destruction of the Syrian chemical weapons program and stringent verification thereof. The principles on which this decision should be based, in the view of both sides, are set forth in Annex A. The United States and the Russian Federation believe that these extraordinary procedures are necessitated by the prior use of these weapons in Syria and the volatility of the Syrian civil war.

 

The United States and the Russian Federation commit to work together towards prompt adoption of a UN Security Council resolution that reinforces the decision of the OPCW Executive Council. This resolution will also contain steps to ensure its verification and effective implementation and will request that the UN Secretary-General, in consultation with the OPCW, submit recommendations to the UN Security Council on an expedited basis regarding the UN’s role in eliminating the Syrian chemical weapons program.

 

The United States and the Russian Federation concur that this UN Security Council resolution should provide for review on a regular basis the implementation in Syria of the decision of the Executive Council of the OPCW, and in the event of non-compliance, including unauthorized transfer, or any use of chemical weapons by anyone in Syria, the UN Security Council should impose measures under Chapter VII of the UN Charter.

 

The proposed joint US-Russian OPCW draft decision supports the application of Article VIII of the Chemical Weapons Convention, which provides for the referral of any cases of non-compliance to the United Nations General Assembly and the United Nations Security Council.

 

In furtherance of the objective to eliminate the Syrian chemical weapons program, the United States and the Russian Federation have reached a shared assessment of the amount and type of chemical weapons involved, and are committed to the immediate international control over chemical weapons and their components in Syria. The United States and the Russian Federation expect Syria to submit, within a week, a comprehensive listing, including names, types, and quantities of its chemical weapons agents, types of munitions, and location and form of storage, production, and research and development facilities.

 

We further determined that the most effective control of these weapons may be achieved by removal of the largest amounts of weapons feasible, under OPCW supervision, and their destruction outside of Syria, if possible. We set ambitious goals for the removal and destruction of all categories of CW related materials and equipment with the objective of completing such removal and destruction in the first half of 2014. In addition to chemical weapons, stocks of chemical weapons agents, their precursors, specialized CW equipment, and CW munitions themselves, the elimination process must include the facilities for the development and production of these weapons. The views of both sides in this regard are set forth in Annex B.

 

The United States and the Russian Federation have further decided that to achieve accountability for their chemical weapons, the Syrians must provide the OPCW, the UN, and other supporting personnel with the immediate and unfettered right to inspect any and all sites in Syria. The extraordinary procedures to be proposed by the United States and the Russian Federation for adoption by the OPCW Executive Council and reinforced by a UN Security Council resolution, as described above, should include a mechanism to ensure this right.

 

Under this framework, personnel under both the OPCW and UN mandate should be dispatched as rapidly as possible to support control, removal, and destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons capabilities.

 

The United States and the Russian Federation believe that the work of the OPCW and the UN will benefit from participation of the experts of the P5 countries.

 

The United States and the Russian Federation strongly reiterate their position on Syria as reflected in the Final Communique of the G-8 Summit in Northern Ireland in June 2013, especially as regards chemical weapons.

 

The two sides intend to work closely together, and with the OPCW, the UN, all Syrian parties, and with other interested member states with relevant capabilities to arrange for the security of the monitoring and destruction mission, recognizing the primary responsibility of the Syrian Government in this regard.

 

The United States and the Russian Federation note that there are details in furtherance of the execution of this framework that need to be addressed on an expedited basis in the coming days and commit to complete these details, as soon as practicable, understanding that time is of the essence given the crisis in Syria.

 

Well it reads as an altruistic good thing to remove Chemical Weapons from Assad’s Syria. I have to wonder what will happen if Russia, Syria and probably Iran (even though the Iranian name is not mentioned in the agreement) do something to expose the agreement is a political sham.

 

Everyone was worried that an Obama attack on Syria would ignite into a WWIII. I wonder what ‘everyone’ will think when agreements are abrogated heinously an obligations to attack the abrogator leads to WWIII?

 

JRH 9/14/13

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JAMES BUCHANAN’S NEW CELLMATE (Or the Price we pay for electing a Mental Weakling


BHO - Yes we can flip-flop

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Intro to ‘JAMES BUCHANAN’S NEW CELLMATE’

Intro by John R. Houk

Posted September 9, 2013

 

Who is James Buchanan? Buchanan was the 15th President of the USA elected as a Democrat (You know, the same political party as Barack Hussein Obama). Buchanan’s term of Office was from 1857 to January 11, 1861. Even though Buchanan was from Pennsylvania he supported the Slave States’ position on slavery. Buchanan mouthed his support of the U.S. Constitution and the Union of the United States of America; however as President he took no action to preserve America’s Union. Controversies of if a new State should be admitted as slave or free knocked loggerheads together politically. After Abraham Lincoln was elected as a Republican President in 1860, Southern State after Southern State seceded from the Union and formed the Confederate States of America to preserve a slave economic culture in the South.

 

You have to understand Buchanan’s ineptitude to comprehend the title of John Bert’s essay castigating President Barack Hussein Obama Foreign Policy and specifically Obama’s desire to engage Syria militarily.

 

BTW – I believe I am at least one of the reasons that John Bert reposted this essay. You can tell this might be about a week or so dated; nevertheless the thoughts are still valid. I might point out I don’t completely agree with John Bert on the issue if engaging Bashar al-Assad is not to our National Interest. I believe it is to the USA’s interest (See Also HERE) but NOT the Obama is trying to convince people to engage Assad. The lone wolf path will make things worse before it is better.

 

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JAMES BUCHANAN’S NEW CELLMATE (Or the Price we pay for electing a Mental Weakling)

 

By John Bert

Reposted September 9, 2013 2:27 pm

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JAMES BUCHANAN’S NEW CELLMATE (Or the Price we pay for electing a Mental Weakling)

Well…Folks GET READY…Obama has JUST CHECKMATED the Congress with the Syria issue. I am CERTAIN he did not make these decisions on his own…someone with an actual working brain made these calculations…not Obama.

Here is where we are:

1.) At this point there is NO Tactical advantage (or otherwise) for the type of military strike that the imbecile in chief, Obama, has been broadcasting to the enemy that we would be making.

2.) It is most assuredly NOT in our “National Interest” or in the “Security Interests” to proceed with limited military action of the sort the “president” has proposed. There is No pressing nor imminent danger. These horrible poison gas weapons are being used in theater only.

3.) Many months back Obama’s teleprompter (we have to blame it on anyone BUT him, right?) caused Obama to shoot off his mouth about “red lines”. The “red line” has been repeatedly crossed. Now, trapped by his own mouth, he had to put up or shut up. Shutting up makes him (and the country by default) look WEAK, which is no shock to anyone who has observed HIM for more than 5 minutes, as the Russians and Iranians surely have.

4.) So now, feeling the heat (and MOST importantly watching his poll numbers plummet) he had to try to find a “way out”. Now he (or actually one of his handlers) has done so. By “seeking the authority of congress” he has effectively REVERSED the tables. Now the BLAME will fall on Congress for whatever mess comes out of Obama’s desperate need to save face for his earlier case of diarrhea of the mouth about “red lines”. Maybe we should call this approaching debacle the “Vanity War”?

Here is what WILL HAPPEN NOW… The very people that you have heard repeatedly saying taking military action against Syria was a BAD IDEA with no goal and no plan and worse, it could cause the entire region to go up in flames, these very SAME PEOPLE will now (many of them) FLIP and say the Congress MUST authorize the President to do something that an hour ago they were vehemently AGAINST. Yep…you read that right. The reason will be that we MUST authorize the President to make an asinine mistake, because if we do not Iran and everyone in the world will see the USA as weak and not living up to our word (Well…not our word…but the imbecile’s). In other words by Obama seeking congressional authority he has abdicated his leadership and authority to act and will have it BOTH WAYS…

a.) If Congress denies him the authority he will point the finger at CONGRESS.

b.) If Congress grants him the authority whatever happens when he does launch his military action against Syria, now THEY–CONGRESS will stand right with him in assuming the blame for the consequences of military action with NO clear objective and no real benefit to the USA.

THIS IS PURE GENIUS!! Either way Congress is holding the bag!!

Just when you thought this Amateur could not screw things up worse he pulls a rabbit out of his hat and promptly drops it in the lap of Congress.

The price to pay for this one move will ripple forward in time with ramifications that are hard to fathom on sooo many fronts.

If it could not get worse…it will…Obama is getting ready to fly to RUSSIA for the G20 summit. This will be a circus. Do you remember the videos of Obama walking along a line of dignitaries in Russia and NO ONE SHAKING HIS HAND…Obama sticks his hand out and NO ONE takes it…reason?? Russians are proud people and would rather be shot dead than be seen with a WEAKLING and COWARD. They KNOW who and what Obama is and they will not shake the hand of a coward…it is as simple as that. So watch as the White House staff does their best to shepherd Obama clear of any opportunities for another round of videos of folks refusing to shake his hand.

The dire foreign policy issues will multiply from this decision. Israel now knows (if they had not before they SURE DO NOW) that they are on their own. Iran now knows beyond any illusions that Obama’s word is worthless…utterly. Russia already knew.

Remember Obama did NOT seek congressional approval for Libya did he? NO. It is being done here for Obama’s VANITY reasons, NOT for the benefit of the USA. It is a Parlor Trick to pull HIS ass out of the fire and stick Congress in his place. He knows historians will look on this as abdication of authority and he is desperate to find a scapegoat…he now has, IF the Congress is stupid enough to fall for this ploy.

This man is a travesty beyond comprehension. This little stunt will be paid for and I fear the price in American lives will be STEEP.

As a side note Obama has made a laughingstock out of his brand New Secretary of State. Kerry has gone out on a limb trying to assemble “partners” making a vocal and impassioned plea for military action NOW, while Obama just sawed off the limb Kerry was clinging to. Want to bet THAT picture will quickly emerge in the Political Cartoons?? I wish I could draw!

Brilliant, right? Destroy the country’s credibility. Weaken foreign policy. Throw your Sec of State under the bus….and on and on…trust me this will NOT be the last act. I could write a BOOK on what MIGHT happen from here….none of it will be good. This idiot just sealed his fate historically as probably the most inept President. Move over James Buchanan you have a new cellmate.

Postscript: I have already heard Ambassador Bolton and Charles Krauthammer, two men that have repeatedly said the Syria military intervention is a horrible idea, now start sounding like Obama’s cheerleader for authority to act based upon the premise I recite above…geez…it did not take long.

Friends and Countrymen IF we are to stop this madness we NEED to let our Senators and Congressmen KNOW that voting for military intervention of the type Obama has proposed in Syria is STILL a HORRIBLE IDEA, and does NOT serve any security interest of this Country, only now, if they grant him the authority, THEY will join him in the history books as the Village Idiots who got out foxed by an Rank Imbecile.

You have my permission to post this as you see fit.

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© John Bert

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Putin the Friend of Christians?


Czar Vladimir Putin 2

John R. Houk
© August 9, 2017
 
I read an essay posted as a guest columnist at the RaymondIbrahim.com – Islam Translated website by Ralph H. Sidway. The theme of the essay is that there are persecuted Christians in the Muslim Middle East and that President Vladimir Putin is aligning the Russian government with the Russian Orthodox Church to act as a Russo-Christian advocate for the persecuted.
 
I have long been a proponent of exposing the tyranny heaped upon the persecuted Church in Muslim lands. I have formed a semi-journalistic relationship with Pakistani-Christian Shamim Masih living in Pakistan in order to give readers a snapshot of the persecution going on in Pakistan. I wish I had a Shamim in Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, and Syria as well as among the Arabs that call themselves Palestinians also of the Christian faith that would also provide snapshots of local Christian treatment perspectives. Unfortunately I do not.
 
My first reaction ran something like, ‘Good for Putin in focusing global attention on the plight of Christians in Muslim lands.’ Sidway writes an effective essay upholding Putin as a friend of the Middle Eastern persecuted Church while Obama has done his best globally to proclaim that America is a friend of Islam and that Biblical Christianity is a primitive practice of backward Americans that love their guns and religion.
 
Okay, I can’t help it. Here’s an Obama jab:
 
 
 
 
So anyway I thought a bit on Putin’s Christian advocacy and Obama’s war on Christianity. Initially I was embarrassed for America. Until the infusion of Leftists transforming America away from faith, Christianity was the moral foundation of American Culture. I mean after all Obama’s 2008 election slogan was ‘Change’.
 
And then I begin to think of Putin’s past. I mean this guy was the KGB apparatchik of the dying Soviet Union. The Soviet Union’s goal from its 1917 revolution was to transform Russia into the Leninist and then Stalinist vision of Marxism which can better be described with the image of anti-Americanism that the word ‘Communism’ instilled into Americans from the Post-WWII days of the Cold War. Karl Marx’s idea of a utopia was a State-less society free of property ownership and the abolishment of all religion. Lenin initiated the plan Russian-style to force a rapid transformation. Then Stalin took the transformation concept to an even more severe path that resulted in a genocide that made Hitler’s Holocaust look like a picnic. Hitler’s genocide most notably was the extermination of 6 MILLION Jews; however there is another 6 MILLION Non-Jews killed by Hitler.
 
The Holocaust was more than a Jewish event. Records kept by the Germans prove they exterminated millions of Communists, Czechs, Greeks, Gypsies, homosexuals, Jehovah’s Witnesses, mentally and physically handicapped, Poles, resistance fighters, Russians, Serbs, Socialists, Spanish Republicans, trade unionists, Ukrainians, Yugoslavians, prisoners of war of many nations, and still others whose identity may never be recognized.(1) Their victims, according to one survivor of four different concentration camps, “were of some thirty nationalities, from Nepalese to Andorrans, and of a variety of racial and linguistic stocks ranging from Basques to Buriats and from Ladinos to Lapps”.(2) When people were not immediately exterminated, they were sent to work and/or concentration camps. There the prisoners were divided into six penal categories and given patches on their clothing for identification purposes. Ordinary criminals were assigned green; political prisoners wore red; black was worn by asocials (slackers, prostitutes, procurers, etc.); homosexuals wore pink; conscientious objectors wore purple, and the Jewish people wore yellow.(3)  (Overlooked Millions: Non-Jewish Victims of the Holocaust; by Karen Silverstrim)   
 
Now conservatively Stalin is accused of killing 7 MILLION of his own citizens in the USSR. R. J. Rummel published by the University of Hawaii utilized a definition of mass murder from the word Democide to indicate so much more than the Holocaust:
 
The murder of any person or people by a government, including genocide, politicide, and mass murder.
 
According Rummel and Democide, Joseph Stalin was responsible for 43 MILLION murdered people:
 
Stalin himself is responsible for almost 43,000,000 of these. Most of the deaths, perhaps around 39,000,000 are due to lethal forced labor in gulag and transit thereto. (HOW MANY DID COMMUNIST REGIMES MURDER? By R. J. Rummel; Hawaii.edu)
 
This Communist extermination is the legacy that Vladimir Putin inherited. Putin had a KGB spy career in the old Soviet Union and was involved with some brutal stuff to spread the Soviet National Interests abroad and to keep USSR citizens towing the line of Soviet Communism. This would include enforcing atheism the social hallmark of the Marxist transformation for Soviet Communist society. Russia’s President Yeltsin eventually promoted Putin to the head of the FSB which has become the new Russia’s version of the KGB in the old USSR.
 
So what is Putin doing in promoting the Russian Orthodox Church and advocating for Christians in the Muslim Middle East?
 
Since the end of the post-Soviet days Christianity has been exploding in Russia. Indeed American missionary work converted so many Russian citizens to Christianity that they began to challenge the numbers of the traditional Russian Orthodox Church. The Russian Orthodox Church has always considered itself as the State Church of Russia. In Czarist Russian days this was the case. Of course Communist Russia’s anti-religion stance disenfranchised the Russian Orthodox Church; however the Soviet government basically ran the Russian Patriarchate as a government fiefdom as a Marxist propaganda tool. The collapse of the Soviet Union brought a new opportunity for Orthodox Church to once again to be the enfranchised Church of Russia. That has not happened as of 2013; however the Putin-Medvedev team has mysteriously been promoting the connection between Mother Russia and the Russian Orthodox Church. This seems to me that Orthodox enfranchisement is around the corner.
 
I expect a Russian government and Russian Orthodox persecution of Russian Evangelical Christians to occur once a State Church is enfranchised. Persecution would be inevitable of the Protestant Evangelicals (which are largely Charismatic) under Russian Orthodox enfranchisement. So again, why would an old Soviet Communist Putin snuggle up to the Russian Orthodox Church?
 
Here is the reason. Vladimir Putin wants to make Russia a Super Power like in the days of the old USSR. Soviet-Communist ideology is no longer the paradigm used to unite a people to be loyal to the State. Putin intends to use the Russian Orthodox Church to not only give Russians a patriotic nationalism to unite behind, but also to reach out beyond the current Russian borders to Christians that consider themselves Eastern Rite Christians. This is the case even though most of the Eastern Rite Christians that are in Muslim lands are not necessarily Eastern Orthodox like the Russian Church. Many of the Eastern Rite Churches under Muslim domination that have an ancient history were under the Eastern Orthodox domination of the Greek Church that was the State Church of the Byzantine Empire conquered by the Ottoman Turks ultimately in 1453. In 1453 Ottoman Empire conquered the last remnant of the Byzantines at the slaughter of the sack of Constantinople. The Ottoman’s Islamized Constantinople killing priests and nuns and desecrating Churches especially the oldest Christian edifice of its day the Hagia Sofia (Turkish government Islamization) the seat of the Patriarch of the Greek Orthodox Church considered second in primacy to the Pope of Rome (although Eastern Rite Churches had long broke off their Patriarchate relationship with the Latin Church headed by the Pope).
 
Muslim Apologists use the differences that existed between the Greek Orthodox Church and other Eastern Churches as an excuse of liberation rather than forced conquest. There may have been some pockets of truth to the Muslim Apologist assertions; nevertheless after the so-called liberation of Eastern Rite Churches from the Greek Orthodox of the Byzantine Empire, brutal Islamization began [See Also HERE] so that the majority Christian population slowly converted to Islam and Arabic speaking rather than live under dhimmi repression.
 
Vladimir Putin’s interest in Eastern Rite Christianity of the Middle East is certainly more political than appearing as the Defender of the Faith. The greatest example is the Syrian civil war thatVladimir Putin - Defender of the Faith essentially pits the Sunni majority against the al-Assad Shia Alawite minority regime. Al-Assad has been a protector of Syria’s Christian minority against Radical Islam which apparently dominates the Sunni Muslim rebels. Putin is invested in Iran militarily and economically and undoubted because of oil. Iran is the parent to its client state the al-Assad government of Syria.
 
If Putin successfully places himself as the Defender of the Faith to his Russian people then the Russian Orthodox Church will be the instrument that unites Russia [See Also HERE] under the rule of Putin.
 
And so Putin’s image on the face of it appears to outshine Obama’s in being vocal against Christian persecution perpetrated by Muslims in Islamic nations. Putin has a political agenda that includes the age old practice of expanding Russia’s borders and influence while uniting Russians via the Russian Orthodox Church projecting a patriotic nationalism of Mother Russia with Christ on his side.
 
At the same time Obama is increasingly demonizing Biblical Morality and producing the illusion of a Living Constitution to install a Socialistic transformation based on Leftist Moral Relativism, Egalitarian Social Justice and Secular Humanism. Deleting the Christian influence from American Society will only succeed in making America into a corrupt culture in which all right and wrong will be measured by what the State proclaims to be good. The reality of such a Leftist proclamation will result in America ceasing to be good. After America ceases to be good we will no longer be a homogenous unified nation. Rather America will collapse into political fiefdoms of Multicultural Diversity opening the USA to become the Fractured States of America.
 
JRH 8/9/13

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Glick: Obama’s war of ideas


Uncle Sam wants YOU to Impeach BHO

 

If anyone has the guts in Congress to investigate Barack Hussein Obama concerning the numerous scandals that will divulge illegal activities, there are other reasons to get rid of Obama for just bad management that is not unconstitutional. Perhaps it is time to Amend the Constitution to place a No-Confidence vote into the House of Representatives with repercussions that limit the Office of President’s Executive Power until the House is satisfied there is enough confidence in the Office to perform his/her job.

 

Caroline Glick writes about Obama’s incompetence. Perhaps Obama is so incompetent that we can finally catch him breaking the law á la Chicago-style.

 

JRH 6/28/13

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Obama’s war of ideas

 

By Caroline Glick

June 28, 2013, 3:15 AM

CarolineGlick.com

 

US foreign policy is failing worldwide.

 

The Russian and Chinese embrace of indicted traitor Edward Snowden is just the latest demonstration of the contempt in which the US is held by an ever increasing number of adversarial states around the world.

 

Iran has also gotten a piece of the action.

 

As part of the regime’s bread and circuses approach to its subjects, supreme dictator Ali Khamenei had pretend reformer Hassan Rohani win the presidential election in a landslide two weeks ago. Rohani has a long record of advancing Iran’s nuclear program, both as a national security chief and as a senior nuclear negotiator. He also has a record of deep involvement in acts of mass terror, including the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires that killed 85 people and wounded hundreds.

 

Yet rather than distance itself from Rohani the phony, the Obama administration has celebrated Iranian democracy and embraced him as a reformer. Obama’s spokesmen say they look forward to renewing nuclear talks with Rohani, and so made clear – yet again – that the US has no intention of preventing Iran from becoming a nuclear power.

 

Rohani responded to the administration’s embrace by stating outright he will not suspend Iran’s nuclear enrichment activities. In other words, so great is Iran’s contempt for President Barack Obama and his administration, that it didn’t even pay lip service to the notion of cutting a deal.

 

And that makes sense. Obama only has one card he is willing to play with Iran: appeasement. And so that is the card he plays. His allies are already talking about containing a nuclear Iran. But that’s not an option.

 

A government’s ability to employ a strategy of nuclear containment is entirely dependent on the credibility of its nuclear threats. Obama is slashing the US nuclear arsenal, and Snowden reportedly just gave the Russians and the Chinese the US’s revised nuclear war plans. Obama has no credibility in nuclear games of chicken. He has no chance of containing Khamenei and his apocalyptic jihad state.

 

Iran, its Russian ally and its Lebanese Hezbollah proxy now have the upper hand in the Syrian civil war. In large part due to Obama’s foreign policy, the war is spilling into Lebanon and threatening Jordan and Iraq – not to mention Israel. In response to this state of affairs, Obama has decided to begin arming the al-Qaida-dominated Syrian opposition forces. Now it’s true, Obama is planning to transfer US arms to the Supreme Military Council of the Free Syrian Army that is recognized by the US. But that is no reason not to worry.

 

The Free Syrian Army is dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood. It condemned the US’s decision to designate the Syrian al-Qaida affiliate, Jabhat al-Nusra, a foreign terrorist organization. FSA fighters and commanders regularly collaborate with (and sometimes fight) Al-Nusra. At a minimum, there is no reason to believe that these US arms will not be used in conjunction with al-Qaida forces in Syria.

 

In truth, there is little reason from a US perspective to view a Syria dominated by any of the warring parties – including the FSA – as amenable to US interests or values. There is no ideological distinction between the goals of the Muslim Brotherhood and those of al-Qaida, or Hamas or a dozen other jihadist armed groups that were formed by Muslim Brotherhood members. Like Iran and its proxies, they all want to see Western civilization – led by the US – destroyed. And yes, they all want to destroy Israel, and Europe.

 

But for the Obama administration, this ideological affinity is not relevant.

 

The only distinction they care about is whether a group just indoctrinates people to become jihadists, or whether they are actively engaged – at this minute – in plotting or carrying out terrorist attacks against the US. And even then, there are exceptions.

 

For instance, the Taliban are actively waging war against the US in Afghanistan. But since the Obama administration has no will to defeat the Taliban, it is begging them to negotiate with US officials.

 

Obama’s default position in the Muslim world is to support the Muslim Brotherhood. Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood is the wellspring of the Sunni jihadist movement. And Obama is the Brotherhood’s greatest ally. He facilitated the Brotherhood’s rise to power in Egypt, at the expense of the US’s most important Arab ally, Hosni Mubarak.

 

He even supported them at the expense of American citizens employed in Egypt by US government-supported NGOs. Forty-three Americans were arrested for promoting democracy, and all the administration would do was facilitate their escape from Egypt. Robert Becker, the one US aid worker who refused to flee, was abandoned by the State Department. He just escaped from Egypt after being sentenced to two years in prison.

 

The Obama administration supports the Morsi government even as it persecutes Christians. It supports the Muslim Brotherhood even though the government has demonstrated economic and administrative incompetence, driving Egypt into failed state status. Egypt is down to its last few cans of fuel. It is facing the specter of mass starvation. And law and order have already broken down entirely. It has lost the support of large swathes of the public. But still Obama maintains faith.

 

Then there are the Palestinians.

 

John Kerry is knocking on our door again this week in an obsessive effort to restart the mordant phony peace process. For its part, as The Jerusalem Post’s Khaled Abu Toameh reported this week, the supposedly moderate Fatah-ruled Palestinian Authority has adopted a policy of denying Jews entrance to PA-ruled areas. Jewish reporters – Israeli and non-Israeli – are barred from covering the PA or speaking with Fatah and PA officials.

 

Jewish diplomats are barred from speaking to PA officials or joining the entourage of diplomats who speak with them. Jewish businessmen are barred from doing business in the PA.

 

As for the radical Hamas terror group that rules Gaza, this week Hamas again reiterated its loyalty to its covenant which calls for the obliteration of Israel and the annihilation of world Jewry.

 

But Kerry is coming back because he’s convinced that the reason there’s no peace process is that Israelis are too rich, and too happy, and too stingy, and too suspicious, and too lacking in empathy for the Palestinians who continue to teach their children to murder our children.

 

You might think that this pile-on of fiascos would lead Obama and his advisers to reconsider their behavior.

 

But you’d be wrong. If Obama were asked his opinion of his foreign policy he would respond with absolute conviction that his foreign policy is a total success – everywhere. And by his own metrics, he’d be right.

 

Obama is a man of ideas. And he has surrounded himself with men and women who share his ideas. For Obama and his advisers, what matters are not the facts, but the theoretical assumptions – the ideas – that determine their policies. If they like an idea, if they find it ideologically attractive, then they base their policies on it. Consequences and observable reality are no match for their ideas. To serve their ideas, reality can be deliberately distorted. Facts can be ignored, or denied.

 

Obama has two ideas that inform his Middle East policy. First, the Muslim Brotherhood is good. And so his policy is to support the Muslim Brotherhood, everywhere. That’s his idea, and as long as the US continues to support the Brotherhood, its foreign policy is successful. For Obama it doesn’t matter whether the policy is harmful to US national security. It doesn’t matter if the Brotherhood slaughters Christians and Shi’ites and persecutes women and girls. It doesn’t matter if the Brotherhood’s governing incompetence transforms Egypt – and Tunisia, and Libya and etc., into hell on earth. As far as Obama is concerned, as long as he is true to his idea, his foreign policy is a success.

 

Obama’s second idea is that the root cause of all the problems in the region is the absence of a Palestinian state on land Israel controls. And as a consequence, Israel is to blame for everything bad that happens because it is refusing to give in to all of the Palestinians’ demands.

 

Stemming from this view, the administration can accept a nuclear Iran. After all, if Israel is to blame for everything, then Iran isn’t a threat to America.

 

This is why Fatah terrorism, incitement and anti-Semitism are ignored.

 

This is why Hamas’s Deputy Foreign Minister Ghazi Hamad reported that he met with senior US officials two weeks ago.

 

This is why Kerry is coming back to pressure the rich, stingy, paranoid, selfish Jews into making massive concessions to the irrelevant Palestinians.

 

Obama’s satisfaction with his foreign policy is demonstrated by the fact that he keeps appointing like-minded ideologues to key positions.

 

This week it was reported that Kerry is set to appoint Robert Malley to serve as deputy assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs. Malley has built his career out of advancing the ideas Obama embraces.

 

In 2001, Malley authored an article in The New York Times where he blamed Israel for the failure of the Camp David peace summit in July 2000. At that summit, Israel offered the Palestinians nearly everything they demanded. Not only did Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat refuse the offer. He refused to make a counteroffer.

 

Instead he went home and ordered his deputies to prepare to initiate the terror war against Israel which he started two months later.

 

As Lee Smith wrote in a profile of Malley in Tablet in 2010, Malley’s article, and subsequent ones, “created a viable interpretative framework for continuing to blame both sides for the collapse of the peace process even after the outbreak of the second intifada. If both sides were at fault, then it would be possible to resume negotiations once things calmed down. If, on the other hand, the sticking point was actually about existential issues – the refusal to accept a Jewish state – and the inability, or unwillingness, of the Palestinians to give up the right of Arab refugees to return to their pre- 1948 places of residence, then Washington would have been compelled to abandon the peace process after Clinton left office.”

 

In other words, Malley shared the idea that Israel was to blame for the pathologies of the Arabs. Stemming from this view, Malley has been meeting with Hamas terrorists for years. He belittled the threat posed by a nuclear Iran and accused Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu of exaggerating the Iranian nuclear threat to divert attention away from the Palestinians. He has also met with Hezbollah, and has been an outspoken supporter of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

 

AFTER THE September 11 attacks, the US pledged to wage a war of ideas in the Muslim world. And in Obama’s foreign policy, we have such a war of ideas.

 

The only problem is that all of his ideas are wrong.

 

Originally published in The Jerusalem Post. 

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No Doubts – Snowden is a Traitor


Ed Snowden Map of present & possible fleeing

John R. Houk

© June 24, 2013

 

I wrote a blog post on June 10th entitled “I Consider Snowden a Hero-Whistleblower – For Now”. The “For Now” part has elapsed. During his stay in Hong Kong Edward Snowden provided some of those secret NSA documents over to the South China Morning Post (SCMP). The SCMP is a Hong Kong newspaper. Hong Kong is a former British Colony forced to be returned to Communist China when the lease agreement was up. Hong Kong operates autonomously BUT is still under the Red Chinese government. Hello Mr. Snowden! Communist China is not exactly on friendly terms with the USA. In fact our American government has been complaining about Chinese hackers committing cyber war against the USA. So what does Snowden do?

 

Snowden tells Chinese press the USA has been hacking China for years. Essentially Snowden placed his Country in an awkward position publicly. Personally I doubt Red China is so gullible and stupid not to know that we would allow a challenger to our National Interests and National Security to have an anti-American agenda go unchecked. So when Snowden reveals to the international public that which China already knows, then Snowden is providing our unspoken enemy China a diplomatic international coup against the USA. That moves Snowden from Hero-Whistleblower thinking of his fellow Americans privacy to Treasonous-Dog revealing classified info to foreign nations.

 

The media has managed to follow Snowden from Hong Kong to Moscow (link last updated at this post as 1:41 PM ET). Most of the media believed Snowden was going to board a Russian passenger Aeroflot jet bound for Venezuela then Ecuador. Nobody knows what has happened except Snowden did not board the Aeroflot jet. Personally I believe Mother Russia is talking to Edward Snowden to get some NSA Intel just as China has managed to do:

 

Experts said it was likely that the Russians were questioning Snowden, interested in what he knew about U.S. electronic espionage against Moscow.

 

“If Russian special services hadn’t shown interest in Snowden, they would have been utterly unprofessional,” Igor Korotchenko, a former colonel in Russia’s top military command turned security analyst, said on state Rossiya 24 television. (Excerpted from: Snowden not on flight to Cuba, whereabouts unclear; by MAX SEDDON; Associated Press; 6/24/13 1:22 PM EDT)

 

DEFINETLY Edward Snowden has evolved from a NSA Hero-Whistleblower exposing that our government has been spying on all Americans to a cowardly traitor that has become a double agent style spy for China and Russia. As an American traitor á la Benedict Arnold and Bradley Manning, Snowden needs to be captured and prosecuted. If a guilty verdict is given his punishment should be according to the damage he has accomplish giving classified information to China and Russia. I don’t know what that information is but if it was critical as in Julius and Ethel Rosenberg giving nuke secrets to the old USSR so that the USA would not have a monopoly on Atomic Weapons. The act was treasonous and the Rosenbergs were convicted of a Capital Crime on April 5, 2013 and were fried in the electric chair on 1953.

 

Below are two articles exposing Edward Snowden’s wretchedness:

 

Report: Snowden took job to gather NSA cyber evidence

 

Edward Snowden Blows It Part 1 & 2

 

JRH 6/24/13

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Boston Marathon Bombers Islamic Terrorists Bros. Tsarnaev So Far


 

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, left, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Photograph AP

 

John R. Houk

© April 20, 2013

 

I am certain loads of more information will surface about the Islamic terrorists Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as the next few days’ progress. Until then here are some links that summarize the info I have perused.

 

Tsarnaev brothers’ parents believe they were innocent and somehow set up:

 

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/boston-marathon-bombings-parents-of-dzhokhar-and-tamerlan-tsarnaev-defend-their-sons-and-father-says-fbi-interviewed-the-older-brother-two-years-ago-8581259.html

 

Page 1 WaPo article on Tsarnaev background speculation:

 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/details-emerge-on-suspected-boston-bombers/2013/04/19/ef2c2566-a8e4-11e2-a8e2-5b98cb59187f_story.html

 

Page 2 WaPo – Father believes sons were a part of set-up; Ma and Pa left USA back to Russian Republic of Dagestan; Pa was ill and Ma investigated for shop lifting; more background on Tsarnaev brothers:

 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/details-emerge-on-suspected-boston-bombers/2013/04/19/ef2c2566-a8e4-11e2-a8e2-5b98cb59187f_story_1.html

 

Page 3 WaPo – Tamerlan married to American Katherine Russell age 26; Previous Tamerlan girlfriend complained of assault and Tamerlan was charged; Wife Katherine began dressing in traditional Muslim female garb and acted the good Muslim by rarely going out; Dzhokhar graduated from High School in 20011 and was the captain of his wrestling team. Dzhokhar was attending college at UMass; apparently an avid skateboarder with the intention of becoming a dentist; Tsarnaev brothers’ uncle Ruslan Tsarni is a Muslim that proclaims shame for carnage perpetrated by his nephews; Ruslan sticks up for his brother and father of Tsarnaev terrorist brothers by asserting that Anzor Tsarnaev had little influence over his sons:

 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/details-emerge-on-suspected-boston-bombers/2013/04/19/ef2c2566-a8e4-11e2-a8e2-5b98cb59187f_story_2.html

 

Chechnya connections build picture of Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev- The Guardian – 19 April 2013 18.11 EDT

 

 

The Tsarnaev family moved to Dagestan, a Muslim republic neighbouring Chechnya, sometime between 1999 and 2001. According to his page on the Russian social network VKontakte, the younger Tsarnaev attended School Number One in Makhachkala, Dagestan’s capital. Irina Bandurina, an administrator at the school, said Tsarnaev studied there in 2001, after moving from Kyrgyzstan, and left for the United States in 2002.

 

The family appears to have settled in Cambridge, Massachusetts. But according to US law enforcement officials cited by the Wall Street Journal, the two brothers arrived separately: one with his parents in 2002, the other in 2004. The officials said that one or both of the brothers had returned to the Caucasus for some time after emigrating to the US.

 

Tamerlan is thought to have spent around six months of last year out of the US, during which time he saw his father in Dagestan. Anzor Tsarnaev told the New York Times that during the visit he and his son “went to Chechnya to visit relatives”.

 

Authorities in Chechnya, in the midst of a massive campaign to show that life in the republic has normalised despite a continuing low-level insurgency, harshly denied any links to the brothers. “Any attempt to make a link between Chechnya and the Tsarnaevs, if found guilty, is in vain,” the republic’s leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, wrote on Instagram on Friday. “They grew up in the US, their views and beliefs were formed there. The roots of evil must be searched for in America.”

 

Yet the brothers left internet evidence that showed their deep ties to the republic. The last entry on Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s page on VKontakte, posted on 19 March, shows a video of his brother humorously imitating various accents from the region, in fluent Russian. It shows that among the three groups to which he belongs are “Chechen’s” and “Chechnya: Everything about the Chechen Republic”.

 

Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s links run even deeper. A YouTube account that appears to have been run by the elder Tsarnaev includes a playlist devoted to Timur Mutsuraev, a Chechen singer now in exile who sang of the republic’s battle for freedom from Russia. His account also includes a playlist devoted to “terrorism”, including one video in English entitled “The Emergence of Prophecy: The Black Flags from Khorasan”. He also maintained a playlist devoted to Islam.

 

Chechnya’s separatist cause struck Tamerlan Tsarnaev deeply, according to a report by photographer Johannes Hirn, who profiled the young Chechen when he was training for a boxing match in 2010. One caption in the report reads: “Unless his native Chechnya becomes independent, Tamerlan says he would rather compete for the United States than for Russia.” The elder Tsarnaev fought for a while as a competitive boxer, taking time off from his studies at Bunker Hill community college in Charleston, Massachusetts.

 

The report also shows him to have been very religious, and poorly integrated in the US. According to Hirn’s report, the Chechen once said: “I don’t have a single American friend, I don’t understand them.” Read in Entirety

 

Boston Bomb Suspect’s Dad Learns of Son’s Capture: ‘Tell Police Everything’ – ABC News – April 19, 2013

 

Anzorf Tsarnaev

 

ABC News VIDEO: Suspect’s Father Speaks, Urges Son to Give Up Peacefully

 

The father of a suspected Boston Marathon bomber started to cry when ABC News told him that his son had been captured alive.

 

“Thank God,” Anzor Tsarnaev said, speaking in Russian, thanking ABC News for relaying word that his son, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was in custody and alive.

 

Asked what he wanted to tell his son, Anzor Tsarnaev said, “Tell police everything. Everything. Just be honest.”

 

Tsarnaev spoke to ABC News on more than one occasion today from his home in Makhachkala, the capital of Dagestan, Russia, as Boston police carried out an intense dragnet for his son.

 

 

The elder Tsarnaev, in a series of conversations with ABC News, insisted his sons were innocent, but said he would appeal to his son to “surrender peacefully.”

 

“Give up. Give up. You have a bright future ahead of you. Come home to Russia,” the dad said.

 

The father warned, however, “If they killed him, then all hell would break loose.”

 

“If they kill my second child, I will know that it is an inside job, a hit job. The police are to blame,” the father told ABC News. “Someone, some organization is out to get them.”

 

Anzor Tsarnaev said that his sons were “set up” and that they are “very nice kids” who have no experience with weapons and explosives.

 

The father said his two daughters, ages 22 and 24, live in the U.S. One lives in West New York, N.J.

 

READ ENTIRETY

 

Boston Bomb Suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Clings to Life – ABC News – April 20, 2013

 

The man whose brief life on the lam paralyzed Boston clung to life today as investigators waited for a chance to ask him why he and his brother attacked the Boston Marathon.

 

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was in Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center today. It is the same hospital where Tsarnaev’s older brother Tamerlan, 26, was brought early Friday after a shootout with police. Tamerlan died of his wounds.

 

A hospital spokesperson said early this morning that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was still alive, however the FBI asked they give no updates on his condition.

 

 

Police believe Dzhokhar Tsarnaev he was initially wounded Thursday night in the gunbattle that killed his brother. Police said they found blood in a car he abandoned and blood at a house. Police said he went undetected by the massive manhunt because he had managed to get just one block outside the search perimeter.

 

It is unclear whether Tsarnaev was hit again during a final volley before his arrest in the boat.

 

Investigators — who are expected to be the country’s elite counterterror unit — are hoping that Tsarnaev survives because they are intent on determining what triggered the shocking attack and whether he had any help. The bombing killed three, including a young boy, and wounded about 170. An MIT security officer was allegedly killed by the duo on Wednesday night and a Boston transit cop was badly wounded in a subsequent shootout.

 

Read Entirety

 

Boston Bomb Suspect’s Dad Learns of Son’s Capture: ‘Tell Police Everything’ – Page 2

 

 

A senior Justice Department official told ABC News that federal law enforcement officials are invoking the public safety exception to the Miranda rights, so that Tsarnaev will be questioned immediately without having Miranda rights issued to him. Read Entirety

 

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Tony Newbill Conspiracy Emails from 2-11 to 3-10-13


Days of Decline - Econ Collapse

By Tony Newbill

Edited by John R. Houk

© April 7, 2013

 

Tony Newbill has been looking for info that informs you on how a dollar collapse, economic collapse, Eco-Marxist agenda and so on will affect an American’s way of life or existence. Many of my readers may have read similar information either here or another source; nonetheless it is important to realize much of this information has swung away from uncertain Conspiracy Theory toward the realm of Conspiracy Fact.

 

The last item of these emails I am posting from Newbill is an exposé on privatized prisons in America. Needless to say privatized prisons as they exist today are horribly run on the scale of a third world nation and that includes juvenile imprisonment. Not only are living conditions appalling but privatized prisons are utilizing prisoners as near slave labor.

 

As a Conservative I believe privatized prisons sounds good as far as the taxpayer goes, but the taxpayer is not off the hook. A substantial amount of the funding comes from the government. And so since privatized prisons exist to make a profit more than house or rehabilitate unproductive criminal malcontents, profit via exploitation is reprehensible. After all America fought a Civil War over the issue of slave labor. AND I don’t have with making a profit, BUT I do have a problem with exploiting humans for modern slavery regardless if they are criminals or are persecuted for their beliefs.

 

Thus privatized prisons is an example for a reason to have government regulation and mandates instead of less government. Standards must be set and the staffing of the appropriate amount of Inspectors needs to be maintained and executed. Capitalism for human exploitation is evil. Capitalism for the Pursuit of Happiness for individuals and the common good is good for Americans. Slave labor and third world living conditions – especially for juveniles – is not the common good.

 

Surprisingly Newbill agrees with the Left in that the solution for the Crony Capitalism of privatized prisons is to shut down for profit prisons in favor of government run prisons only. That solution is tossing out the baby with the dirty bath water.

 

The kind of treatment that prisoners are receiving in privatized prisons should be criminalized that everyone the least prison guard on up the corporate ladder to corporate officers prosecuted for breaking the law. AND if there is not an adequate legal provisions then State and Federal legislation must get on the ball!

 

Enjoy this latest volume of Tony Newbill emails.

 

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Why we are Losing our Economy UNFAIRLY!!!

Sent: 2/11/2013 11:37 PM

 

Right here this makes the case that the way the trade policy is designed it does NOTHING about Asian Pollution standards. Yet these exporting nations can dump their products on other nations that have strict Pollution standards. This makes for unfair production values and is why we are losing our industrial base unfairly!

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=CiIaPhvHa-w

 

WASHINGTON, D.C.– A leak today of one of the most controversial chapters of the Trans- Pacific Partnership (TPP) reveals that extreme provisions have been agreed to by U.S. officials, providing a stark warning about the dangers of “trade” negotiations occurring under conditions of extreme secrecy without press, public or policymaker oversight, Public Citizen said.

“The outrageous stuff in this leaked text may well be why U.S. trade officials have been so extremely secretive about these past two years of TPP negotiations,” said Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch. “Via closed-door negotiations, U.S. officials are rewriting swaths of U.S. law that have nothing to do with trade and in a move that will infuriate left and right alike have agreed to submit the U.S. government to the jurisdiction of foreign tribunals that can order unlimited payments of our tax dollars to foreign corporations that don’t want to comply with the same laws our domestic firms do.”

Although the TPP has been branded a “trade” agreement, the leaked text of the pact’s Investment Chapter shows that READ THE REST below the Youtube video (Leaked TPP Draft: Global Corporate Dictatorship; posted by TinFoilAddict; 6/14/13)

 

 

Here is Obama’s biggest Environmentalist Czar [John P. Holdren] and he is taking down the market with the trade policy. So right there you have to ask WHY???

 

http://cnsnews.com/node/75388 

 

(CNSNews.com) – In a video interview this week, White House Office of Science and Technology Director John P. Holdren told CNSNews.com that he would use the “free market economy” to implement the “massive campaign” he advocated along with Population Bomb author Paul Ehrlich to “de-develop the United States.”

 

In his role as President Barack Obama’s top science and technology adviser, Holdren deals with issues ranging from global warming to health care.

 

“A massive campaign must be launched to restore a high-quality environment in North America and to de-develop the United States,” Holdren wrote along with Paul and Anne H. Ehrlich in the “recommendations” concluding their 1973 book Human Ecology: Problems and Solutions.

 

“De-development means bringing our economic system (especially patterns of consumption) into line with the realities of ecology and the global resource situation,” Holdren and the Ehrlichs wrote.

 

http://www.mrctv.org/public/checker.aspx?v=hdkU8zuznz

 

(READ THE REST: White House Science Czar Says He Would Use ‘Free Market’ to ‘De-Develop the United States’; By Nicholas Ballasy; CNS News; 9/16/10)

 

And especially when the same group of supporters are begging this President to change this path of destruction we are on we must ask, “why – why – why???”

 

http://economyincrisis.org/wto

 

The World Trade Organization is a self serving and undemocratic organization that operates outside of our control. The U.S. Constitution states that all treaties made under the authority of the United States become supreme law of the land (Article VI). When our government stymied under pressure from foreign-represented lobbyists and signed the WTO treaty our government effectively weakened our sovereignty.

 

Our laws, regulations and administrative procedures are now open to challenge.

 

Since entering the WTO in 2001, trade with China has resulted in the loss of 2.8 million jobs through 2010, according to the most recent study by the Economic Policy Institute. Those fortunate enough to retain their jobs witnessed their annual earnings decrease by roughly $1,400. American workers are put in direct competition with one another as more and more employers look to offshore production to nations with lower wage rates.

 

Jobs losses have affected every sector of the economy in both white and blue-collar occupations. Over that time we READ THE REST (The WTO Now Controls Our Economy, Fate and Future; Economy in Crisis)

 

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Watch this it is Lou Dobbs on Fox Business. It’s only 5 mins

Sent: 2/12/2013 11:27 AM

 

[SlantRight Editor: Lou Dobb is in an interview discussing the potential reasoning for why President BHO is accruing a huge stockpile of ammunition and comparing that with BHO past speeches on building a well equipped uniformed national police force.]

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOhn9RmV5Yc

 

Now inject This Market Traders Comments …… Karl Denninger

 

[SlantRight Editor: Denninger talks about an economic collapse in 2013[

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=j5pOEyllZm8

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Tony Newbill Response to this email I sent him:

 

What do you think of the idea that Russia and China are hoarding gold? The theme of an article I found on The Economic Collapse asserts that Russia and China are hoarding gold as a precursor to end the prominence of the US Dollar, the currency of exchange among the OPEC nations. In other words it is a ceasing the use of the petro-dollar.

http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/petrogold-are-russia-and-china-hoarding-gold-because-they-plan-to-kill-the-petrodollar
 

 

RE: Russian and Chinese Gold

Sent: 2/13-14/13

 

http://investmentwatchblog.com/get-far-away-from-usa-its-collapse-will-be-messy-globally-japan-will-be-the-first-one-to-fall-this-is-the-most-dangerous-time-in-the-human-history-we-are-heading-toward-a-historic-global-f/

 

Get Far Away From USA…Its Collapse Will Be Messy… Globally, Japan Will Be The First One To Fall… This Is The Most Dangerous Time In The Human History… We Are Heading Toward A Historic Global Financial Meltdown!!

 

[SlantRight Editor: At this point in the article there was a video with a similar title. Youtube removed the account from which the video was embedded. Below is also a similar title but I am unsure if it was the original intended video by the author of the article.]

 

VIDEO: Get far away from USA…its collapse will be messy: Jeff Berwick

 

GOLD BANK RUN ACCELERATING: First Venezuela, Then Germany, The Netherlands, And Now Switzerland Want Their Gold Back!!

 

The Start Of A Historic Global Financial Meltdown: US Economy Is Slipping Into Reverse, Europe Goes Back Into Collapse Mode, And Hyperinflation Is Coming To Every “Developed” Country Near You!!

 

World’s central bankers at Davos warn cheap money’s blowing a new asset bubble. Dr. Doom, Marc Faber, “loves the high odds of a ‘big-time’ market crash.” Another, Nouriel Roubini, says “prepare for a perfect storm,” while Bond King Bill Gross sees a “credit supernova” dead ahead.

 

Yes, the Dow and S&P500 hit new highs. But the rally’s hiding huge risks: “GDP turns negative as U.S. economic recovery stalls,” screams one headline. Another hears a “Ticking Time Bomb.”

 

World’s central bankers at Davos warn cheap money’s blowing a new asset bubble. Dr. Doom, Marc Faber, “loves the high odds of a ‘big-time’ market crash.” Another, Nouriel Roubini, says “prepare for a perfect storm,” while Bond King Bill Gross sees a “credit supernova” dead ahead.

 

Rally? Bubble? Crash? Global? Is the economy “peaking?” Are we on a long, slow-growth downhill slide to a 1% GDP? Is our banking system infested with a soul-sickness virus? Is Adam Smith’s capitalist ideal turning against our markets and economy, accelerating the odds of more brutal competitive wars over an ever-shrinking, low-margin profits pool?

 

READ THE REST

 

 

John this will cause the break away from the dollar as Argentina will defect from the dollar as settlement currency and fold in with China. I bet Argentina freezes prices to break the inflation spiral.

 

http://www.myfoxny.com/story/20958959/argentina-freezes-prices-to-break-inflation-spiral

 

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina announced a two-month price freeze on supermarket products Monday in an effort to break spiraling inflation.

 

The price freeze applies to every product in all of the nation’s largest supermarkets — a group including Walmart, Carrefour, Coto, Jumbo, Disco and other large chains. The companies’ trade group, representing 70 percent of the Argentine market, reached the accord with Commerce Secretary Guillermo Moreno, the government’s news agency Telam reported.

 

 

The government announced the price freeze on the first business day after the International Monetary Fund formally censured Argentina for putting out inaccurate economic data. The IMF has given Argentina until September to bring its statistics up to international standards, or face expulsion from the world body in November.

 

… (READ IN ENTIRETY: Argentina freezes prices to break inflation spiral; By ALMUDENA CALATRAVA; MyFoxNY.com; Posted: Feb 04, 2013 12:51 PM CST Updated: Feb 18, 2013 12:51 PM CST)

 

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Hey take a Look at this…

Sent: 2/16/2013 9:45 AM

 

Hey take a Look at this … More Fascism to corrupt the economic system and an alliance to network on data mining???

 

Hey Wall Street Who Needs True value Growth when all you have to do is Kiss up to the State and fold into the Harness of Tyranny!!!!

 

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-02-15/facebook-gets-a-multi-billion-dollar-tax-break

 

It hasn’t drawn much attention, but Facebook’s first annual earnings report contains an accounting gem: a multibillion-dollar tax deduction for the cost of executive stock options and share awards.

 

Even though Facebook (FB) reported $1.1 billion in pre-tax profits from U.S. operations in 2012, it will probably pay zero federal and state taxes—and even receive a federal tax refund of about $429 million—according to a Feb. 14 statement from Citizens for Tax Justice.

 

… (READ THE REST: Facebook Gets a Multibillion-Dollar Tax Break; By Peter Coy; Bloomberg Businessweek; 3/15/13)

 

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USDA Promoting Racial Division at Taxpayer Expense

Sent: 2/17/2013 8:58 AM

 

Why????????????????

 

http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2013/02/15/usda-promoting-racial-division-at-taxpayer-expense-n1513622

 

Government watchdog Judicial Watch has released video footage of a sensitivity training produced by the United States Department of Agriculture, a training mandatory for USDA employees. The footage reveals the instructor telling class attendees he doesn’t like the word “minorities” but instead prefers “emerging majorities.” He also tells the class pilgrims were illegal aliens and that the “insiders” of America get nervous about the “outsiders.”

 

“Say the pilgrims never gave their passport to the Indians,” he said to the class while creepily asking for reinforcement of his points through chanting of “bam.” “I want you to say the pilgrims were illegal aliens.”

 

VIDEO: Clip 2: USDA respecting its “cultural transformation” training session

 

VIDEO: Clip 3: USDA “cultural transformation” training session

 

First off, why are taxpayers paying for sensitivity training at all and second, why is the USDA diving into diversity education?

 

Meanwhile, the USDA is offering Hispanics and females who felt they were discriminated against between 1981 and 2000 a $1.3 billion payday.

 

… (READ THE REST: USDA Promoting Racial Division at Taxpayer Expense; By Katie Pavlich; Townhall; Feb 15, 2013 03:20 PM EST)

 

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The Trigger has been pulled, the Crash has begun. How are things going to play out? My Take

Sent: 2/24/2013 10:52 AM

 

http://investmentwatchblog.com/the-trigger-has-been-pulled-the-crash-has-begun-how-are-things-going-to-play-out-my-take/#KiWUdCMDOAGR08CV.99

 

We have obviously crossed the threshold folks, things are falling apart by the day and the game of Kick the Can has at long last gone as far as it can. The rest of the World no longer has a choice, the United States is no longer the big bully on the playground who won WWII and their fingers are no longer so firmly around the throat of the planet. The long lunatic nightmare of Bernanke monetary ponzi schemes cannot continue.

 

It will be interesting to see what their plan is to try and switch the U.S. (and possibly the World) to a new currency system. My take?

 

There will be an immediate bank holiday across the board, stopping all transactions of any kind in all avenues of banking and stock markets. This will likely happen on a Friday afternoon, and there will be no warning. A temporary state of martial law will be instituted, in which people are told to basically stay at home as though they are taking a sudden ‘cheap holiday’ and things like trucking of supplies of normal groceries and the like will be the only thing still going on under strict military rules, keeping all emergency supplies of diesel available to those lines of credit used for that infrastructure. Military escorts of supply convoys will be the only thing moving on U.S. highways for perhaps several weeks until they restart the engine under the new rules. Police in all cities will be given total freedom to ‘shoot first, ask questions later’ for any deviation from total movement restriction of citizens. Examples will be made, and the media will carpet bomb the public with this message.

 

The U.S. will lock down the dollar (both digital and paper) to a complicated SDR basket of currencies around the World, the Canadian dollar will figure heavily in this. This will obviously include devaluation across the board of many world currencies, and some of the currencies (like our Canadian dollar) will also be strictly controlled during this time (wanna know why we care so much? 90% of our economy is still directly tied to you Yanks) The U.N. and IMF will be token heads of an emergency council that all countries of the World will have no choice but to agree to (barring a few examples in the Middle East and North Korea, Cuba, a few South American countries, etc).

 

Debt restructuring will be performed from top to bottom. The 1.4 Quadrillion derivatives bubble will … (READ THE REST: The Trigger has been pulled, the Crash has begun. How are things going to play out? My take…; InvestmentWatch; 2/22/13)

 

 

This is the stage in which the EU will shift to a Yuan settlement Currency, dividing the EU and USA for first time since WW2 and cause the dollar to collapse and Hyper inflation on goods and services in the USA.

 

http://investmentwatchblog.com/implosion-alert-europe-on-the-verge-of-a-social-political-systemic-breakdown-and-the-last-remaining-hope-to-save-europe-is-slipping-away/

 

BREAKING: HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS ARE MARCHING IN MADRID, SPAIN against Corruption, Bank debts, politicians’ high wages; Spanish POLICE ON ALERT

 

They are going to demonstrate in front of the House of Representatives. People is fed up with politicians’ corruption and private debt. Far-right and far-left groups are marching along with liberals, libertarians, social-democrats, conservatives, communists, anarchists against the political corruption.

 

A Government’s representative has said that this demonstration is a coup d’état. Hope everything goes fine.

 

Greece might stop paying salaries by summer

 

As EU bankers squeeze Greece beyond its ability to pay, the social consequences mount.

 

Unions question the wisdom of austerity as unemployment grows and a contracting economy means less tax revenue.

 

Greece’s austerity policies could create a crisis of insolvency within the country, undermining the very reason they were implemented – to repay the country’s debt – says the country’s biggest labour confederation.

 

“I am afraid that we may see a phenomenon that could cause a social explosion,” says Savvas Robolis, scientific director for the Labour Institute of the General Confederation of Workers in Greece (GSEE), the private sector’s confederation of unions. “Right now many people can’t pay their taxes. That’s why state revenue fell 300 million euros ($395m) short of January targets. If that continues, I don’t know if the state will be able to meet its obligations by June or July. It may not have the cash to pay salaries and pensions.”

 

The state heavily subsidises approximately 1.3 million pensions, according to finance ministry data. It also pays the salaries of almost 800,000 state employees, roughly a quarter of all people still working in the country. Failure to pay those pensions and salaries in full would greatly impact on the state’s own tax revenues, and therefore … (READ THE REST: IMPLOSION ALERT: Europe On The Verge of A Social, Political, Systemic Breakdown And The Last Remaining Hope To Save Europe Is Slipping Away; InvestmentWatch; 3/23/13)

 

 

Here is the China Yuan currency deal taking shape between EU and China:

 

http://investmentwatchblog.com/dollar-collapse-update-bank-of-england-closes-in-on-china-currency-deal-fed-downplays-new-bubble-worries-and-planning-qe5-g20-imf-push-for-global-fed-global-currency-and-worlds-largest-gold-s/#disqus_thread

 

Bank of England closes in on China currency deal

 

Sir Mervyn King, Governor of the Bank of England, is on the brink of striking a deal with the People’s Bank of China which would cement the UK’s role as the leading G7 trade hub for the world’s fastest growing currency.

 

The Bank of England expects to sign a final agreement to set up a three-year yuan-sterling swap line “shortly”, during a meeting between Sir Mervyn and his counterpart Zhou Xiaochuan in Beijing.

 

European and US officials have been pressing China for years to do more to open up the yuan to market forces, saying its artificial weakness was one of the key imbalances of the global economy.

 

Beijing is slowly delivering, although it still keeps a tight rein on gains for the currency for fear it will weaken its export-powerhouse economy, which has been the biggest engine of global growth for a decade.

 

… (READ THE REST: Dollar Collapse Update: Bank of England Closes In On China Currency Deal, Fed Downplays New Bubble Worries And Already Planning QE5, G20 & IMF Push for Global Fed, Global Currency, And World’s Largest Gold Storage Dumping US Customers!! InvestmentWatch; 2/23/13)

 

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Would the stock market be as high if this were not going on????????

Sent: 3/5/2013 9:33 AM

 

$253.5B—Obama Borrowed Nearly 6x as Much in February as Sequester Cuts All Year

 

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/2535b-obama-borrowed-nearly-6x-much-february-sequester-cuts-all-year

 

 

In its Budget and Economic Outlook for Fiscal Years 2013-2023, published in February, the CBO explained that only $44 billion in planned federal spending will be cut during this fiscal year as a result of sequestration.

 

The CBO also says additional cuts that will be “attributable” to fiscal 2013 will actually take place “in later years”—not in fiscal 2013.

 

“By CBO’s estimate, budgetary resources for defense (other than spending for military personnel) will be cut by around 8 percent across the board, and nondefense funding that is subject to the automatic reductions will be cut by between 5 percent and 6 percent,” said CBO. According to that estimate, discretionary outlays will drop by $35 billion and mandatory spending will be reduced by $9 billion this year as a direct result of those procedures; additional reductions in outlays attributable to the cuts in 2013 funding will occur in later years.”

 

The combined $35 billion in discretionary cuts and $9 billion in mandatory cuts—or $44 billion–that will actually take place this year equal approximately one-sixth of the new debt the federal government accumulated in February.

 

Bottomline: In February alone, the government borrowed nearly 6 times as much as it intends to save with the sequester over the rest of the fiscal year. (READ IN ENTIRIETY: $253.5B—Obama Borrowed Nearly 6x as Much in February as Sequester Cuts All Year; By Terence P. Jeffrey; CNSNews.com; 3/4/13)

 

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Gang way to the Global Currency war and dollar collapse

Sent: 3/9/2013 10:44 AM

 

The rally right now is going to cause an epic currency war of the worlds to break out very soon as food prices and defection from the dollar emerge. Last Month’s 253 Billion dollar Cash Expansion in buying t-Bills and MBS away from the banks by the Fed is a tell tale sign of just how bad things have become. This cash going into the market is fueling foreign nations’ inflation that will force them to reject the dollar. The market will ricochet like a rocket when China offers these 2 nations [Australia and New Zealand] an option to trade without the dollar as their settlement currency. Once this domino falls, it will set off a series of rejections in the EU and its OVER for the dollar as the world trade currency and we will see an explosion of inflation in the USA on existing supply. Whatever Little bit of Foreign supply we import, Oil will rocket to the point that Obama will have to declare a National emergency and nationalize the markets. The Ammo and armaments build up are for this.

 

Here’s a signal of how the Global Food riots will cause the breakdown of the Dollar trade currency war that’s coming. We saw it bring on the 2008 collapse and it’s here again because all the real cash investments have been consolidating into Ag related Investments over the past 4 years since the financial collapse and the Federal Reserve has accelerated this now to the point we are going to see this finale  ……

 

http://www.agweb.com/livestock/dairy/article/chinese_real_estate_bubble_could_deflate_dairy_markets/?smartid=ZZZZZZGZ2111211Z2ZZZZZZZZ2&spMailingID=41120401&spUserID=Mzc4MzU1MTMwMjUS1&spJobID=180325439&spReportId=MTgwMzI1NDM5S0

 

The U.S. dollar is gaining marginal strength against Australian and New Zealand currencies, which makes our dairy exports slightly less competitive.

 

“The weakness in the Australian and New Zealand dollars is tied to potential problems with the Chinese economy,” says Jim Dunn, an agricultural economist with Pennsylvania State University.

 

“The Chinese government is trying to limit speculative property investment. China has been building expensive apartments and office complexes without any market to occupy these buildings for years, and this bubble might burst.”

 

The Australian and New Zealand economies are tied closely to exports they send to China, says Dunn. Dairy exports are crucial to both the Australian and New Zealand economies, and a loss of even a portion of the Chinese market would be felt worldwide as more Aussie and Kiwi dairy products would become available for sale elsewhere.

 

… (READ THE REST: Chinese Real Estate Bubble Could Deflate Dairy Markets; By Jim Dickrell, Dairy Today Editor; AgWeb.com; 3/6/13)

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Allan Savory: How to green the desert and reverse climate change

Sent: 3/9/2013 1:26 PM

 

http://www.ted.com/talks/allan_savory_how_to_green_the_world_s_deserts_and_reverse_climate_change.html?utm_source=newsletter_weekly_2013-03-09&utm_campaign=newsletter_weekly&utm_medium=email&utm_content=bottom_right_button

 

[SlantRight Editor: The above link is to a proprietary video on Green info and Climate Change.]

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Private Profit Prisons and their Influence on Gun Rights Changes – needs Investigation NOW

Sent: 3/10/2013 10:32 AM

 

Privatized Prison Capitalistic Corruption

 

How does being a For Profit Detention Corporation keep from Lobbying for Reforms to say Gun Rights and or any other Constitutional Changes to create More and More Criminal traffic to increase their profits???? Think what the Possibilities are here for them to Lobby for a Mental Health Gun Law Change that would Open up the expansion of their Facilities in their Housing of a Mental Health Criminals that was for example Caught in possession of a weapon thus creating the expansion to drive up PROFITS?????  I BET These people are Lobbying the Federal Government Right Now for Gun Law Changes. They are getting to draft the Mental Health Provisions that Determine a Person’s State of Mind to Possess a Gun that will make them a Potential criminal for these Profit Prisons to Capitalize on with tax Payer bailout Money from the 2008 Bailouts. Plus I bet they are getting a Capital Injection through Investment vehicles that access Federal Reserve Discount window Funding as in how the QE Spending that’s Been going on.

                                                                                                                                                

http://ir.correctionscorp.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=117983&p=irol-irhome

 

Corrections Corporation of America is the nation’s largest owner and operator of privatized correctional and detention facilities and one of the largest prison operators in the United States, behind only the federal government and three states. CCA currently owns and operates more than 65 facilities including 47 company-owned facilities, with a design capacity of more than 90,000 beds in 19 states … More

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Biggest threat to Liberty in America and the Most Egregious form of Fascism ever seen in the USA!!!!!

Sent: 3/10/2013 12:38 PM

 

Here’s a ton of research that proves this is the Biggest threat to Liberty in America and the Most Egregious form of Fascism ever seen in the USA!!!!!

 

http://apainfultruth.com/private-prisons/

 

Private Prisons are created by corporations who are now allowed to take control of something that should remain in the governments (sic) hands… the imprisoning of its citizens. The ethical implications of this are endless and it has turned prisoners into products. Corporations have one goal… to increase revenue each year. The only way private prisons do that is by incarcerating more and more people. They do this though the typical means that large corporations use… they lobby congress aggressively and donate to politicians who will champion new legislation that assures more and more people are placed in prison.


“Private prison companies… have worked hard over the past decade to create markets for their product. As revenues of private prison companies have grown over the past decade, the companies have had more resources with which to build political power, and they have used this power to promote policies that lead to higher rates of incarceration.” (Justice Policy Institute)

 

HOW COMPANIES EXPLOIT INMATES

 

Phone companies charge astronomical rates for prisoners to call out making it difficult if not impossible for them to stay connected to family, which is imperative to their stability upon release. Dial Back Phone Rates for Prisoners

 

“In many state prison systems, what on the outside would be a 10-cent call costs $9.”

(Elsner, Alan (2006). Gates of Injustice: The Crisis in America’s Prisons (p. 47)

 

Many prisons require inmates to work, which is reasonable. However, the monitary (sic) compensation is not and neither is the exploitation that happens with “free” prison labor. Prisoner’s make pennies on the dollar, some as little as .17 cents an hour, for large corporations who prosper from free “slave” labor. (READ THE REST: Private Prisons Turn Inmates Into Commodities; A Painful Truth)

 

http://www.thenation.com/article/173120/how-private-prisons-game-immigration-system#

 

 

Damon Hininger, the chief executive of CCA, sounded an optimistic note when asked about the impact of reform on an investor call earlier this month, noting, “There’s always going to be a demand for beds.”

 

In recognition of the profits at stake, the prison companies have invested in key legislators leading the reform process—although the companies are coy about their purpose, denying that they are attempting to influence Congress’s deliberations.

 

Their lobbying efforts are nothing new. CCA and other large private prison companies have forged ties with political insiders by spending huge sums on lobbying firms, campaign contributions and grants to friendly think tanks. An analysis by the Associated Press last year found that the three major private prison corporations—CCA, the Geo Group, the industry’s largest two companies, along with a smaller company, the Utah-based Management and Training Corporation—spent roughly $45 million over the past decade to influence state and federal government.

 

The private prison industry has cultivated support from Republican leaders on immigration policy, from Senator Marco Rubio, the “face of comprehensive immigration reform,” to the right edge of the House Republican caucus, a review by The Nation has found.

 

Unlike other stakeholders involved in today’s process, prison companies have stayed away from the headlines, and have told reporters that they are not planning to engage.

 

(READ IN ENTIRIETY: How Private Prisons Game the Immigration System; By Lee Fang; The Nation; 2/27/13)

 

http://www.wistv.com/story/16956452/report-slams-arizonas-private-prisons

 

A study by the American Friends Service Committee says privately run prisons are not cost-effective and are more difficult to monitor than state-run correctional facilities.

 

The Quaker advocacy group says Arizona paid $10 million more for private prison beds between 2008 and 2010 than it would have for equivalent beds in state prisons.

 

That report also alleges 157 security failures in the five private prison, including malfunctioning cameras, doors, and alarms; holes under fences; and broken perimeter lights and cameras.

 

A spokesman for the State Department of Corrections says they haven’t had sufficient time to review the report. (Report slams Arizona’s private prisons; By Sarah Cantey; wistv.com; Updated: Feb 16, 2012 9:50 PM CST)

 

Private Profit Prisons and their Influence on Gun Rights Changes needs Investigation NOW!

 

The Prison Industry in the United States: Big Business or a New Form of Slavery?

 

http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-prison-industry-in-the-united-states-big-business-or-a-new-form-of-slavery/8289

 

Human rights organizations, as well as political and social ones, are condemning what they are calling a new form of inhumane exploitation in the United States, where they say a prison population of up to 2 million – mostly Black and Hispanic – are working for various industries for a pittance. For the tycoons who have invested in the prison industry, it has been like finding a pot of gold. They don’t have to worry about strikes or paying unemployment insurance, vacations or comp time. All of their workers are full-time, and never arrive late or are absent because of family problems; moreover, if they don’t like the pay of 25 cents an hour and refuse to work, they are locked up in isolation cells.

 

 

“The private contracting of prisoners for work fosters incentives to lock people up. Prisons depend on this income. Corporate stockholders who make money off prisoners’ work lobby for longer sentences, in order to expand their workforce. The system feeds itself,” says a study by the Progressive Labor Party, which accuses the prison industry of being “an imitation of Nazi Germany with respect to forced slave labor and concentration camps.”

 

The prison industry complex is one of the fastest-growing industries in the United States and its investors are on Wall Street. “This multimillion-dollar industry has its own trade exhibitions, conventions, websites, and mail-order/Internet catalogs. It also has direct advertising campaigns, architecture companies, construction companies, investment houses on Wall Street, plumbing supply companies, food supply companies, armed security, and padded cells in a large variety of colors.”

 

 

PRIVATE PRISONS

 

The prison privatization boom began in the 1980s, under the governments of Ronald Reagan and Bush Sr., but reached its height in 1990 under William Clinton, when Wall Street stocks were selling like hotcakes. Clinton’s program for cutting the federal workforce resulted in the Justice Departments contracting of private prison corporations for the incarceration of undocumented workers and high-security inmates.

 

Private prisons are the biggest business in the prison industry complex. About 18 corporations guard 10,000 prisoners in 27 states. The two largest are Correctional Corporation of America (CCA) and Wackenhut, which together control 75%. Private prisons receive a guaranteed amount of money for each prisoner, independent of what it costs to maintain each one. According to Russell Boraas, a private prison administrator in Virginia, “the secret to low operating costs is having a minimal number of guards for the maximum number of prisoners.” The CCA has an ultra-modern prison in Lawrenceville, Virginia, where five guards on dayshift and two at night watch over 750 prisoners. In these prisons, inmates may get their sentences reduced for “good behavior,” but for any infraction, they get 30 days added – which means more profits for CCA. According to a study of New Mexico prisons, it was found that CCA inmates lost “good behavior time” at a rate eight times higher than those in state prisons.

 

IMPORTING AND EXPORTING INMATES

 

Profits are so good that now there is a new business: importing inmates with long sentences, meaning the worst criminals. When a federal judge ruled that overcrowding in Texas prisons was cruel and unusual punishment, the CCA signed contracts with sheriffs in poor counties to build and run new jails and share the profits. According to a December 1998 Atlantic Monthly magazine article, this program was backed by investors from Merrill-Lynch, Shearson-Lehman, American Express and Allstate, and the operation was scattered all over rural Texas. That state’s governor, Ann Richards, followed the example of Mario Cuomo in New York and built so many state prisons that the market became flooded, cutting into private prison profits.

 

After a law signed by Clinton in 1996 – ending court supervision and decisions – caused overcrowding and violent, unsafe conditions in federal prisons, private prison corporations in Texas began to contact other states whose prisons were overcrowded, offering “rent-a-cell” services in the CCA prisons located in small towns in Texas. The commission for a rent-a-cell salesman is $2.50 to $5.50 per day per bed. The county gets $1.50 for each prisoner.

 

… (READ IN ENTIRIETY: The Prison Industry in the United States: Big Business or a New Form of Slavery? By Vicky Pelaez; GlobalRearch; 3/10/08)

 

Oh My God The Powerful elite in Washington that want More Power and these Private prison Corporations lobbying for More Laws that Put people behind bars will supersede Civil Rights around the edges. Given the Limited Boundaries in the New laws like the NDAA [Background on NDAA 2013 and Civil Liberties] opens the door to this Private Prison Industry to BOOM!!! This is a Bad thing for Civil Liberties to stay alive!!!!!

 

http://www.salon.com/2011/12/01/how_private_prisons_game_the_system/ 

 

Corporate jails are corrupt, violent and costly. And they’re lobbying hard to get more people behind bars

 

 

While the implications of an industry that locks human beings in cages for profit is an old story, there is an important part of the history of private prisons that often goes untold.

   

Just a decade ago, private prisons were a dying industry awash in corruption and mired in lawsuits, particularly Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the nation’s largest private prison operator.  Today, these companies are booming once again, yet the lawsuits and scandals continue to pile up.  Meanwhile, more and more evidence shows that compared to publicly run prisons, private jails are filthier, more violent, less accountable, and contrary to what privatization advocates peddle as truth, do not save money.  In fact, more recent findings suggest that private prisons could be more costly.

 

So why are they still in business?

 

In a recently published report, “Banking on Bondage: Mass Incarceration and Private Prisons,” the American Civil Liberties Union examines the history of prison privatization and finds that private prison companies owe their continued and prosperous existence to skyrocketing immigration detention post-September 11 as well as the firm hold they have gained over elected and appointed officials.

 

 

Immigration Detention Saves the Day

 

In 1999, independent auditors were skeptical about whether CCA could stay afloat because beds were empty and the company experienced a $72 million net loss in revenue. By 2000, an article in BusinessWeek declared “the industry is in a rut, and its prospects have been severely trimmed. Overbuilding and ill-fated financial schemes have hammered stock prices. States, once eager to outsource their inmates, are backing out of private prison contracts. News of escapes and violence at private prisons adds to a climate of distrust.”  The article concludes that “the industry’s heyday may already be history.”

 

 

With demand down, private prisons were forced to seek out new markets if they were to survive, so they turned to immigration detention. …

 

 

According to the ACLU report, heightened immigration enforcement following the 2001 terrorist attacks were largely responsible for resurrecting the private prison boom,…

 

 

Since 2001, CCA revenues have increased 88 percent, earning over $1 billion annually for the last eight years in a row. Today, CCA receives 40 percent of its business from the federal government, including Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Federal Bureau of Prisons. GEO Group revenues shot up as well, from $517 million in 2002 to $1.3 billion in 2010, a 121 percent increase.

 

 

Gaming the System

 

Although these companies are increasingly depended on immigration detention, they have not given up on the criminal justice market. For private prisons whose profits are dependent on a constant and growing pool of prisoners, that means supporting policies that maintain and even increase the incarceration rate.  For inmates, that translates to longer sentences, unsanitary conditions, and as Shapiro documents in the ACLU report, brutal violence, corruption, and abuse with little to no oversight.

 

“Leniency and sentencing changes actually pose a threat to business models of these companies. The more crime there is the more business private prison companies get, and the more strict sentencing laws there are the more taxpayer money is poured into private prison companies incarcerating individuals for nonviolent offenses,” says Shapiro.

 

 

In other words, a more humane criminal justice and immigration detention system threatens the very existence of these companies, and according to the ACLU report, they have flooded government at the state and federal level with cash and armies of lobbyists to keep the laws as harsh and cruel as ever.

 

That explains why CCA spent over $18 million on federal lobbying between 1999 and 2009 and has spent  $970,000 on federal lobbying in 2010 alone. As for state government influence-peddling, the ACLU report cites a study by the National Institute on Money in State Politics which found that from 2003 to 2011 CCA hired 199 lobbyists in 32 states while GEO Group hired 72 lobbyists in 17 states.

 

The Justice Policy Institute (JPI) released a comprehensive report in June called “Gaming the System,” that comprehensively lays out the tactics private prison companies exercise to push for tougher sentencing policies that add to the private prison population.  While their strategy is built largely around campaign contributions and lobbying, they also cultivate and maintain special relationships with current and former elected and appointed officials, which can lead to disastrous consequences. 

 

The Human Cost

 

Despite numerous cases of corruption, the private prison industry continues to thrive with little oversight, largely due to a revolving door between public and private corrections that, according to Shapiro, “may contribute to the ability of some companies to win contracts or to avoid sufficient scrutiny from the corrections departments charged with overseeing their operations.”

 

… (READ IN ENTIRIETY: How private prisons game the system; By Rania Khalek; Salon.com; 12/01/11 07:00 AM CST)

 

http://seattlefreepress.org/2012/05/16/private-prisons-lobby-for-harsher-sentences/   

 

If you’re looking for one of the reasons why the United States imprisons more people — by miles — than any other nation, you can look to the development of private prisons as a means of making some people rich. Those people spend millions of dollars to lobby elected officials to do two things: Convert government-run prisons to private prisons, and lock up more people for longer periods of time. Because that makes them even richer.

 

A new study by the Justice Policy Institute reaches exactly that conclusion and … (READ THE REST: Private Prisons Lobby for Harsher Sentences; Seattle Free Press; 5/16/13 7:18 pm)

 

http://www.apfn.org/apfn/private-prisons.htm

 

 

Private Prisons, Politics & Profits
http://www.followthemoney.org/press/ZZ/20000701.phtml

 

Torture in US Prisons
http://www.freedomsphoenix.com/Article/078650-2010-11-14-torture-in-us-prisons.htm

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VIDEO: US judges tragic kickback greed exposes prison system profiteering

 

… (READ OR VIEW IN ENTIRIETY: Private Prisons – for Profit Out of Control; apfn.org; Last updated 08/06/2011)

 

A State and or Federal Revenue stream should fund these facilities and their success should be based off of a Lower prison population due to an Active and Productive society and community in a State or Federal jurisdiction that’s positively productive and  this leading to a Lower amount of Crime. We cannot lower crime if the society is Idle and not being self-providing and creating a self-respecting feeling of accomplishment that leads to Honor, Respect and Dignity in a people!!!!  That should be the Goal of a Community organizing system. Not just getting government assistance and then the Denigration of Self-respect be what lowers self-esteem and leads to negative behavior. A person’s Ambitions and goal setting should be the Plan of setting the course of Creating a hopeful and healthy Society.

 

This looks like the Exact Opposite of what we as a society should be looking for in productivity in building a sustainable economy!!!

 

http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/08/03/627471/private-prisons-spend-45-million-on-lobbying-rake-in-51-billion-for-immigrant-detention-alone/?mobile=nc 

 

Nearly half of all immigrants detained by federal officials are held in facilities run by private prison companies, at an average cost for each detained immigrant is $166 a night. That’s added up to massive profits for Corrections Corporation of America, The GEO Group and other private prison companies:

 

 

As the AP explains, these remarkable profits come in the wake of an equally remarkable lobbying campaign. In the past decade, three major private prison companies spent $45 million on campaign donations and lobbyists to push legislation at the state and federal level. At times, this money has gone to truly nefarious legislation. A 2011 report found that the private prison industry spent millions seeking to increase sentences and incarcerate more people in order to increase the industry’s profits. … (READ IN ENTIRIETY: Private Prisons Spend $45 Million On Lobbying, Rake In $5.1 Billion For Immigrant Detention Alone; By Aviva Shen; Think Progress; 8/03/12 12:00 pm)

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© Tony Newbill

 

Edited by John R. Houk

Gold and Oil work for USA rather than Against


Petro_Gold

John R. Houk

© February 14, 2013

 

Not long ago I posted on how OPEC controls the global economy which of course affects the U.S. economy through a monopolizing bloc controlling oil. The theme of the post ran something like if the USA developed alternative fuels for motor vehicles it would eliminate the OPEC stranglehold on our economy. Here is a quote for thought:

 

If you follow our email alerts you know that last year we actively supported a bill called The Open Fuel Standard Act. Simply put, this bill would break up the liquid fuel monopoly that now exists. This monopoly guarantees that the only fuel you can buy for your car or truck is gasoline (or, at most, gasoline containing a small percentage of ethanol).

If we are to ever really break the back of the OPEC price-fixing cartel, we must break the gasoline monopoly. The first step is ensuring that cars can actually run on other fuels such as methanol, which can be made from natural gas, coal, even waste such as grass clippings.

Did you know that, with just a few minor alterations to your car, it’s possible to run it on methanol—at a significant savings over the cost of gas?

 

I was excited about this visionary thinking.

 

NOW I just finished reading an article about Russia and China hoarding gold as a medium of exchange by eliminating U.S. dollars as the global currency thus ending the power of petrodollars. You have to realize that Russia and China are friends with the OPEC giants.

 

The implication of the article is gold-currency will replace petrodollars thus placing a coffin nail in the U.S. economy.

 

I am just thinking out loud here. What if Russia and China succeed in replacing petro-gold for petrodollars? Essentially the fall of the dollar would again bring back a gold standard as the foundation of the global economy. I think that is a good thing.

 

Yes adjustments would have to be made for the U.S. dollar. A forced global gold standard could force America back to a gold standard because of the global oil economy. AND STILL the USA can use innovation to develop alternative fuels to at least end any American dependence of OPEC oil. Russia and China might succeed in supplanting the dollar with gold, but a transformed fuel economy free of fossil fuel from OPEC would also stimulate the U.S. economy. Suddenly America might become the exporter of alternative fuel competing with OPEC fossil fuel.

 

So here’s the thing. Gold replaces debt as the standard for the U.S. economy. A new industry involving alternative fuel for motor vehicles will effectively compete with OPEC but also place a huge crunch in their profits which in turn might actually drive down the price of fossil fuel again.

 

Essentially folks this is a win-win for the U.S. economy in placing the dollar back on a market economy rather than a debt economy while at the same time innovating a globally competitive industry again strengthening America as a financial giant.

 

Like I said I am just thinking out loud because I certainly am no economist. Nonetheless, grass roots Capitalism will benefit all Americans over the Eco-Marxism that fearless leader President Obama supports.

 

JRH 2/14/13

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If YOU Think Peace will Break-out in the Middle East, You’re Dreaming


Israel-Iran war map in German

John R. Houk

© August 18, 2012

 

I don’t have to be a prophet to predict that a war will explode in the Middle East soon. The Muslim nations surrounding Israel have been trying to destroy the Jewish State ever since their modern independence in 1948. For some Islamic Supremacist jealousy cannot court the concept of a sliver of land that a religion other than Islam sets the parameters for governance in the region.

 

Couple this with the old Arab League set up of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) which has been legitimized by Western Powers by linking the PLO to a Western created Palestinian Authority (PA). Western reasoning for the PA is idiotically attempting to set up Israeli-Arab peace by grabbing Israeli land by forcing Israel to accept a Jew-hating sovereign Palestine to Israel’s East.  Of course there is PLO-independent Hamas to the southwest of Israel which is a tool of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood and there is Iranian client terrorists Hezbollah to the north of Israel. Iran has been rattling swords against Israel for over half a decade. Egypt is becoming a Radical Muslim State as the Muslim Brotherhood tentacles spread through its government. Muslim Brotherhood Clerics have been voicing a call for unity among Muslim-Arabs for a pan-Islamic State with Jerusalem as its capital city. Syria directly north and east of Israel has been an Iranian client rattling swords against Israel ever since 1948 but they are having a problem with a civil war currently. I look to Syria to continue hostility with Israel no matter who wins that civil war. And there is Lebanon to the north which has become a client of the Shia dominated Hezbollah. Lebanon essentially has become a State within a State.

 

This report from the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) and written by Christopher Harmer will give you an idea what an all out war in the Middle Eastern region will look like. And by all out war I mean more than the USA and any coalition of the willing trying to use Western concepts in rebuilding a nation-state.

 

This war will have the appearance initially of multiple Muslim nations and Islamic terrorists attacking tiny Israel. If America honors its treaty with Israel will enter into the fray. If America enters the fray I have little doubt that Russia and Communist China will at first join in the Muslim side because of oil. America’s NATO allies will have to join on our side because an increasingly militant Russia will be a little scary for Europe that has diverted most of its money to Socialist programs that are barely staying afloat PLUS the issue of oil will force Europe to join USA-Israel so they are not cut off by a potential Russia-China-Iran victory.

 

I might point out the allegiance of nations I am pointing out here is conditional only our Treaty allies honor the military treaty terms. It could go bad for the USA if other variables take place in which treaties are broken.

 

The first broken treaty that would make a lot of nations very pleased is if America fails to honor our military treaty with Israel. If Obama is around when this war breaks out Obama could very easily throw Israel under the bus to see if another 1948 miracle occurs with Israel surviving multiple fronts of invasion.

 

Another scenario is that various European nations break away from NATO to join the Russia-China-Iran axis for petroleum and petro-Dollars/petro-Euros with the hope of abandoning America would ease the socio-economic pain that will occur if the NATO is honored on the European side.

 

When all out war breaks out globally this time it will make the ugliness of WWII look like a picnic.

 

WWIII Imagery

 

JRH 8/18/12 (You can also read the ISW text version of “Threat and Response: Israeli Missile Defensedirectly below these thoughts at SlantRight 2.0.)

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Russia, US Nearing Proxy War in Syria


Chaos-in-Syria map

At worst one has to wonder how much Communism is still an influence in the Russian government. At least one has to wonder if Russian expansionism in the increasing aiding of rogue nations or anti-American nations.

 

At any rate the civil war in Syria is beginning more and more to look like an old fashioned Cold War between the U.S. of A. and Russia. INN has the details.

 

JRH 6/15/12 (Hat Tip: Danny Jeffrey)

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