Osama bin Laden / Barack Hussein Obama

Posted in Amazing on May 22nd, 2012 by MorningStar

I love a good conspiracy story as much as anyone and this one is about as amazing as any of them. I won’t even begin to speculate about the veracity of this story’s validity, but with all of the other lies being told by our current government administrators who can really say what is true anymore? It was sort of convenient the way Obama pulled that rabbit out of his hat just before the 2012 presidential campaign season began.

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Bin Laden died of natural causes: Former CIA agent

Press TV
Sat, 19 May 2012 15:51 CDT

A former agent of the CIA has revealed that al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has died of natural causes five years before the US announced his death.

In an interview with Russia’s Channel One, Berkan Yashar, who is also a Turkish politician, said the US has not killed the al-Qaeda leader.

“In September of 1992, I was in Chechnya, that’s when I first met the man whose name was Bin Laden. This meeting took place in a two-story house in the city of Grozny; on the top floor was a family of Gamsakhurdia, the Georgian president, who then was kicked out of his country. We met on the bottom floor; Osama lived in the same building,” Yashar said.

According to the former CIA agent, he personally knew Bin Laden’s three Chechen bodyguards, who had protected him until his death and witnessed his death on June 26, 2006.

“Even if the entire world believed, I could not possibly believe it,” Yashar said. “I personally know the Chechens who protected him, they are Sami, Mahmood, and Ayub, and they were with him until the very end.”

“Only three Chechens buried him, according to his will” in the mountains on the Pakistan-Afghan border, he said.

Yashar added that the CIA abducted one of the bodyguards, Sami, before the announced killing of Bin Laden last year.

He says the bodyguard disclosed to the US the exact place of burial in the mountains.

“There was no assault. I know the American operations from the inside: they find the grave, dig out bin Laden and tell everyone about this. They need to show how technologically the security services worked, how each step was controlled, and then present it as a great victory to show that taxpayers are not paying taxes for nothing,” he said.

Washington announced on May 2, 2011 that Bin Laden was killed by US forces in his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

The lack of transparency over bin Laden’s death has cast further doubt over the announcement.

Source: http://www.sott.net/articles/show/245717-Bin-Laden-died-of-natural-causes-Former-CIA-agent

 

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THE ORIGINAL FOX NEWS ARTICLE FROM 2001

Report: Bin Laden Already Dead

Published December 26, 2001
FoxNews.com

Usama bin Laden has died a peaceful death due to an untreated lung complication, the Pakistan Observer reported, citing a Taliban leader who allegedly attended the funeral of the Al Qaeda leader.

“The Coalition troops are engaged in a mad search operation but they would never be able to fulfill their cherished goal of getting Usama alive or dead,” the source said.

Bin Laden, according to the source, was suffering from a serious lung complication and succumbed to the disease in mid-December, in the vicinity of the Tora Bora mountains. The source claimed that bin Laden was laid to rest honorably in his last abode and his grave was made as per his Wahabi belief.

About 30 close associates of bin Laden in Al Qaeda, including his most trusted and personal bodyguards, his family members and some “Taliban friends,” attended the funeral rites. A volley of bullets was also fired to pay final tribute to the “great leader.”

The Taliban source who claims to have seen bin Laden’s face before burial said “he looked pale … but calm, relaxed and confident.”

Asked whether bin Laden had any feelings of remorse before death, the source vehemently said “no.” Instead, he said, bin Laden was proud that he succeeded in his mission of igniting awareness amongst Muslims about hegemonistic designs and conspiracies of “pagans” against Islam. Bin Laden, he said, held the view that the sacrifice of a few hundred people in Afghanistan was nothing, as those who laid their lives in creating an atmosphere of resistance will be adequately rewarded by Almighty Allah.

When asked where bin Laden was buried, the source said, “I am sure that like other places in Tora Bora, that particular place too must have vanished.”

Source:http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,41576,00.html

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Trayvon Got His Justice

Posted in News Events & Media Censorship on March 28th, 2012 by MorningStar

Inasmuch as this may well be one of the last postings published by me on Fungazi I figure I may as well clear the air on one last and controversial issue of current interest; The shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman on February 26, 2012, the furor in the aftermath, a few under-reported facts about the incident and, as always, a dose of personal opinion guaranteed to piss off three-quarters of the planets population.
To begin with I will state that it should always be considered a tragedy when a seventeen year old kid is shot and killed, regardless of the circumstances, the race of those involved, or the amount of press the death is given in the press.  From the guiltiest of young gang-banging criminals to the most innocent of senseless drive-by shootings toddler victims, their deaths diminish us as a people.

For the record, Zimmerman acted in self-defense.  He may be a somewhat unstable cop wannabe poking his nose into other people’s business but his emotional condition has little to do with the reported fact that Trayvon Martin attacked him, knocked him to the ground, beat his head against the concrete and was attempting to wrestle his gun away from him when Zimmerman shot him.  Zimmerman’s fantasies about being a cop of a freaking super-hero simply don’t matter under the circumstances.  Even if the guy was a full-blown schizophrenic he would still have the right to defend himself against being brutally assaulted, and the last time I checked, watching someone and even following them does not justify creeping up behind them, breaking their nose and pounding their head into the cement.  When the cops pulled up on the scene Trayvon Martin was laying face-down and he was unresponsive.  They began CPR, which was continued by the paramedics when they arrived, but at 7:30 p.m. they realized it was pointless and declared him dead.  The cops confirmed that Zimmerman had grass on his back and his back was wet, he was bleeding from the nose and had bloody lacerations on the back of his head.  Statements from witnesses confirmed details from Zimmerman’s statement to the police, specifically that Martin came up behind Zimmerman, sucker-punched him in the face, straddled him as he lay on his back and began beating his head on the ground.  At that point, Trayvon Martin youth and the color of his skin lost meaning.  Zimmerman was carrying a registered pistol for which he had a license to carry and he used that pistol exactly for the purpose it was intended, to protect himself against a violent criminal that could very well have killed him if he had not acted in his own self-defense.  Unlike the great state of California, it is still legal to protect yourself against violent thugs in the state of Florida, and after carefully weighing Zimmerman’s statement against that of the witnesses the police deemed Zimmerman’s action as appropriate.  In a nation ruled by justice and truth, that would be the end of the story.  Unfortunately, as a pathetic statement on life in modern-day America, the real drama of this, now largely fictionalized media event is now just beginning.

Regardless of the facts Trayvon Martin was black and George Zimmerman is one very white looking Hispanic.  The story is dripping with sensationalism and the manipulative journalistic opinion-shapers in the American news media are knocking each other out of the way in their race to see who can stretch this essentially simple story into something so bizarre that it would be completely unrecognizable for anyone with a vague idea of what went down.  These psychos of slant fantasize about penning Pulitzer Prize winning stories every bit as much as Zimmerman fantasized about being a cop.  The problem here is that the journalists have an audience and that audience largely believes anything that they dish out regardless of the truth.  Since a white racist blasting an innocent black kid sells more papers than a worthless thug gunned down by a conscientious neighbor, Zimmerman’s public image will float through the sewers with the turds while Trayvon Martin has become the image of Obama’s unborn son, and will, undoubtedly, be canonized as a saint before the end of next month.  The details of Zimmerman’s futile attempts to pass the police entrance exam and speculation that he harbors decidedly racist views made front page news across the country, while Martin’s suspension from high school for possession of pot was thrown in as if it were nothing but a meaningless afterthought mentioned in passing, and many news “sources” failed to mention it at all.  Granted, a suspension from school for possession of pot does not justify somebody shooting a person to death, nor is it evidence of the sort of personality prone to violence, and because of this these things should be as irrelevant as Zimmerman’s futile attempts to become a cop, but when the news media starts dragging out the irrelevant circumstances of a person’s life as an indication that they may be guilty of something greater it is hard to stop, and in the spirit of fair mud-slinging if you dig up shit on one side, somebody else will dig up shit on the other.  Realistically speaking none of these irrelevant factoids mean anything at all because we are not discussing the winner of a beauty pageant or a popularity contest, we are talking about a juvenile thug who broke a guy’s nose and began pounding his head into the ground, and we are talking about somebody afraid for his life who just happened to be legally carrying a gun and used it appropriately to make the threat against him go away.

So what’s the big problem with all of this?  It is partly due to the media feeding frenzy that cropped up more than three weeks after the fact when the other news worthy topics began to peter out, it is partly due to the racial hate mongers in the black community stirring up racial discontent like “magic” soup made from air, but primarily, it is the result of really stupid people who can’t look at the facts before them and use sound reason to assess the incident.  These are the same people that burned Freddie’s Fashion Mart in 1995, were convinced that Tawana Brawley was brutally raped in 1987, and screamed for the lynching of Bernie Goetz in 1984.  Like the unwashed illiterate that spins into an orgasm of outrage and violence whenever somebody whispers “burned a Koran” in some back alley of Afghanistan, these are people who proudly wear their stupidity on their chest like a medal of valor.  “Don’t need no facts motherfucker; I know racism when I see it!”  Go figure.

In 2011 the State of Florida passed a provision regarding the justifiable use of force.  This law is known as the “Stand your ground” law and it essentially re-establishes the citizen’s right to act in their own self-defense when threatened by violent criminal behavior.  A portion of that provision is given below:

“A person who is not engaged in an unlawful activity and who is attacked in any other place where he or she has a right to be has no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his or her ground and meet force with force, including deadly force if he or she reasonably believes it is necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony.”

The “Stand your ground” law is designed to give greater consideration to the victims of criminal violence than to the criminals themselves and that makes a lot of sense.  In California it’s the other way around and a homeowner would have to be shot at least once before he or she could safely shoot back at a criminal invader, and even then it wouldn’t be a sure thing.  The anti-gun laws of the more liberal states favor the rights of the criminal over the self-preservation instincts of their victims.

A lot has come out since the story of Martin’s shooting gained notice.  The racial hate mongers surged to the front of the line with their demands for Zimmerman’s arrest, Obama took advantage of the situation with his asinine comments on the situation, the New Black Panther Party offered a $10,000 bounty for Zimmerman’s “capture,” Trayvon’s Twitter postings and the compilation of his previous run-ins with the law have been made public, and it is now obvious that the news media, frustrated with no new developments, has tired of the story.  Just as well . . . I’m sort of bored with it myself.

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STROLLING THROUGH THE NEVER ENDING SWAMP OF FANTASIES

Posted in News Events & Media Censorship on September 3rd, 2010 by MorningStar

The first of the ten constitutional amendments adopted as “The Bill Of Rights” provides that, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” Additionally, this is perhaps the most misunderstood and one of the most abrogated amendments included in the Bill of Rights.

On December 15, 1791, when the Bill of Rights was ratified and included in the U.S. Constitution, the word “Press” was not synonymous with “news media.” During this period of American history newspapers cropped up like mushrooms and disappeared almost as fast. The average life expectancy of a newspaper was less than two years. They were weekly publications printed folio style or crown sheet style and they consisted of four sheets 11″ x 17″. The circulation of these publications was limited to a few hundred copies, and even the largest of them only had the capacity to print over a few thousand copies. It was the standard practice of the time to share one copy of a paper among many people. Much of the content was ripped directly, but somewhat belatedly from English and European newspapers but ample room among the four page weeklies was dedicated to political opinion, military events and stories of local interest including accidents, fires, crimes, storms, wrecks and agricultural yields. Between 1700 and 1824 more than 2000 individual newspapers began and ended their operations. During that same period of time there were only ten that remained in business for an extended period of time. The lag time between the release of a news article in London and its appearance in the United States was approximately six months. The New England Courant (1704 – 1775) was one example of a long lasting newspaper and it one of the more unusual papers of its time. Instead of filling its front page with the transcripts of speeches and discussions held in public meetings, James Franklin, Benjamin Franklin’s older brother outraged the orthodox New Englanders by filling the front page with facetious letters written by fictitious correspondents who sent their letters to the editor from such unlikely places as “The Moon.” These letters poked fun at the hypocrisy of the times, exposed the silly nature of popular fashions and exposed petty bureaucrats with hilarious observations. Benjamin Franklin contributed fourteen short essays to this paper while he was still very young, under the pseudonym Silence Dogwood dealing with the dogmatism and intolerance of authorities so arrogant and insolent in their personalities as to be entirely intolerable to those who had the misfortune to encounter them.

The founders of this nation may have had fond memories of many of those satirical articles, but given the brief lifespan and humorous nature of many newspapers during that time, the newspapers of the time were not considered as being “The Press” as the term is used in the Bill of Rights. The press our forefathers sought to protect was the printing press itself. Regardless of whether that press was used to reproduce newsprint, books, essays or letters for mass publication, our founding fathers sought to protect the right to an individual’s ability to publish and distribute anything they wrote without regard for merit or credibility. The American news media has taken great liberty with this freedom, and would have us believe that it was originally directed at them specifically. That is a misrepresentation of the truth. The freedom of speech and of the press go hand in hand as the freedom of personal expression and that freedom is not invested solely in the American news media, who like all individuals, remains free to lie through their teeth and mislead as many possible whenever and wherever they can. Unfortunately, most American citizens have grown up in an environment where, true or not, most of the garbage printed in the newspapers and appearing on television news broadcasts is accepted as being more or less credible. Generations of Americans have grown up this way and generations of Americans have been led off down the yellow brick road because of their delusion belief in the credibility of what the newspapers write. In fact, I will take it one step further by saying that many Americans believe that there is some sort of law that requires newspapers and television news anchors to tell the truth and to give it to us objectively. “They couldn’t print it if it wasn’t true” may be the dumbest popular myth in the entire history of mankind.

While individuals may abide by, and honor a personal set of ethical standards, journalists speak of ethical standards with the forked tongue of a Nigerian con man wanting to share his $30 million dollars with anyone gullible enough to fall for his con job, and the bottom line is that newspapers, news magazines, and television news shows are not, nor have they ever been especially honest or truthful. Over the course of the past fifty years, the American news media has increasingly come to see themselves as the primary agenda-setters of the nation believing that objective and non-biased reporting of the facts must take less priority to their ability to shape the destiny of the nation by reporting what they feel is important and should be taken seriously and what is less important and should be considered least, if at all. The theory of media agenda-setting was first proposed by Maxwell McCombs and Eugene F. Shaw in a study completed in 1970 and it has been repeatedly demonstrated in numerous studies since then that the public agenda is firmly set by the agenda of the news media.

In simple terms, the American public largely believes the manipulative, biased, fabrications passed off as actual news stories of credible merit by the pathological liars who establish the media’s agenda and set the priorities and policies by which they report, and thereby create the create the social reality held dear to the hearts of so many American citizens as “God’s Honest Truth.” Furthermore, since the honest truth about anything of real importance is so rarely published in the newspapers or discussed on the nightly news shows, it logically follows that, if we are not doing massive amounts of research on our own in the effort to ascertain what is true and what is not, we don’t know diddly squat about a damned thing, and to be entirely forthright about the matter, that is exactly what this and many other governments and the news media want. The more ignorant you are, the better they like it because being ignorant is synonymous with being gullible and gullible people are easily led, molded, stirred up, placated and confused according to the need of the moment. The government does not need to legislate the news media’s compliance with their wishes and there are certainly no laws obligating them to submit to the demands of elected officials, however, the news media is well aware of the power and control they wield and they possess the wisdom to know that it is far more beneficial to be a willing partner than a complicit servant.

Who can stand to the contrary when every newspaper and news broadcast in the nation says that this is true and that is not? The freedom to speak as one wishes and publish the words that come to mind are the blessings they enjoy as if they were meant only for them alone. The news media is free to distract their audience from important issues with mundane stories blown out of proportion. They are free to neglect vital statistical evidence and obscure issues with poorly written copy placed to the back of the paper beyond where few have the patience to continue reading. They are free to neglect certain facts altogether or give minimal coverage to something while implying that the entire event being discussed is somehow without merit or substance. They are free to portray the candidates of the political opposition as buffoons, overwrought, stammering, incompetent or possibly corrupt and send that message into thousands, if not millions of American homes. They are free to put what they like on the top half of the front page where it can be seen behind the window of thousands of newspaper vending machines standing on street corners all across America. They are not only free to lie repeatedly and brazenly, but they are secure in the knowledge that their lies will be believed by many who see them because there is no opposing voice with the capacity to reach out to the people as easily and as cheaply as they can.

The American news media is quick to defend their unethical and unscrupulous actions from the safety of a rhetoric fortress of journalistic ethics and standards of conduct. If the reading public does not like what they read or what they hear they can switch to another channel or cancel their subscription in favor of another newspaper. It is only after the readers and viewers have switched to a dozen different news channels and tried a half dozen different newspapers that the depth of the problem becomes evident. A reader can switch from one paper to the next until hell freezes solid and they are unlikely to find much variation beyond the level of local events. The articles related to domestic and foreign policies might be worded differently but the subtle opinions woven into the story, the slanted perspective, the neglected facts and the obfuscation of important information remains the same, and the more often the switch is made the clearer the problem eventually becomes until, at some point in the frustrating exercise, the individual searching for objectivity reaches the understanding that all of the well-established news outlets are working in concert and the perspective they give is established by an exogenous set of criteria established by a shared controlling interest.

There are literally thousands of newspapers published on a weekly or a daily basis in the United States, Canada and Great Britain. There are also thousands of radio and television news broadcasts flooding the radio and television broadcast spectrum, satellite broadcasts and cable channels carried directly into millions of homes and businesses across the western world. The allegation that all of these outlets are controlled by a common interest appears to be the product of raving lunacy at best. The concept is so staggering that it must certainly be the result of an individual over fatigued by staying up late into the night trying to perfect the world’s best tinfoil hat. Inasmuch as you, the reader of these words, know nothing at all about the author, there is the distinct possibility that I might be the Nigerian con man I wrote of earlier. I could be making all of this garbage up on my computer as I go along; giving free rein to my over-bloated imagination as it flows out onto the screen before me and ultimately makes its way onto the Internet to be read or ignored by millions. Visions of frantic conspiracy laden eyes behind the thick glasses of a grungy character hunched over a keyboard amidst boxes of books and file cabinets overloaded with newspaper clippings about UFO and sightings of Bigfoot may be running through your mind every time you visit this site. I may never know, and the truth of the matter is, that I care far less than you might believe. However, before you make that conclusive leap you may want to measure the width of the chasm before you, and while you are at it, look to see how far it is to the ground below. After all, there may be no bottom in sight. No human being likes to doubt what believe to be true, we stubbornly refuse to give way to doubts and dispersions cast on the things we cherish most, such as our entire concept of reality. However, human beings, like sheep, are very curious and inquisitive animals. In the time it takes you to read one newspaper from front to back, you could log onto your Internet account and run a few searches for yourself. Who knows what you might discover? You might find out what the term “Gatekeeping” has to do with journalism; you might read up on the prevalence of media manipulation; you could stumble over credible articles with significant substantiation regarding the concentration of media ownership, a particularly important topic since it directly relates to the sociological investigation of how the beliefs of a given society come into existence and how the actions of individuals are based on those beliefs; you might even discover that nearly all of the U.S., Canadian and United Kingdom newspapers, television and radio news broadcasts and weekly news magazines are owned and controlled by a mere six different international corporations. Any of these things could lead you to realizations of truly frightening proportions as you begin to see just how little you really know to be true, and if you continue looking I can almost guarantee that you will eventually be scared shitless by the obvious fact that you have been lied to so often and about so many things that you honestly know very little. Your entire concept of reality may end up being traumatized beyond repair, leaving you feeling cold and alone in a hostile world. You might be better off simply closing your eyes and making that jump, after all, everybody else is doing it and you wouldn’t want to be left behind. Ignorance is bliss.

AMERICAN TROOPS WITHDRAW – THE WAR IN IRAQ IS OVER

President Barack Obama said the withdrawal of United States combat troops from Iraq means “the war is ending” and Baghdad is in position “to chart its own course,” and the American news media pours this bit of news over your breakfast cereal as if you won’t notice the green curds and sour smell of the rotten milk they’re serving up. Nothing could be further from the truth. If Baghdad is in position “to chart its own course” as Obama says then why is the U.S. trying to negotiate a 50/50 power-sharing agreement with the unstable Iraqi government? The situation in Iraq is as bad as it ever was and may be worse today than it was before we invaded that nation. We may be pulling the regular infantry troops and the military support personnel out of the country but we are not pulling out many of the Special Forces personnel, and we are not only leaving many of the mercenary contract groups behind but the current administration intends to increase the number of U.S. paid mercenaries in Iraq. It would be far cheaper to leave the American military in Iraq than to replace them with high cost mercenary groups where each soldier is making ten times the pay of an equivalent American soldier and the American taxpayer is footing the bill. The only thing this accomplishes is that it allows Barack Obama to say that he kept his campaign promise and pulled the American troops out of Iraq. The American military may have been reduced but the American taxpayer is going to be paying even more for professional soldiers contracted to do the same job. With the government of Iraq teetering on the verge of a total revolution or complete anarchy, the high priced soldiers are going to face a tougher job than ever before and the casualties will increase substantially. We have lost thousands of American sons and daughters in the Iraqi conflict, it was a war that we never should have entered in the first place; we have wasted billions of American tax dollars during this insane war and now when the Iraqi government is about to fall completely apart, Obama decides to bail out for the sake of political expediency as if none of the sacrifices made over there are worth anything at all. It is an asinine decision and an insult to the American military personnel as well as to the intelligence of the American people. As far as the terrorists are concerned, this is a sure sign that America is weak, lacks conviction and is easily frustrated into giving up. This is not the sort of message we want to leave behind in the Middle East and it will certainly come back to haunt us in the future. As a result of U.S. military intervention, and more to the point, the mismanagement of that effort by Congress and the political decision to bail out early leaving millions of innocent civilians hanging in the lurch, the Iraq of today is going to end up being the Somalia of tomorrow.

THE GULF COAST OIL SPILL HAS BEEN SUCCESSFULLY TAKEN CARE OF:

The Obama administration has stated that the surface oil has been cleaned up and the dispersants and microbes have taken care of the oil beneath the surface; what little oil remains is insubstantial and is being taken care of by the millions of gallons of chemicals pumped into the gulf waters in the successful effort to save the environment of the gulf waters, the coastal wetlands, the beaches, the coral reefs and the breeding grounds for the fish and other wildlife. The claim that oil is gone and the environment saved is completely false. Crude oil is still washing up on beaches throughout the Gulf coast states and has spread to Florida where it is currently destroying the once pristine white sand beaches and killing sea life. The dispersants used to break up the oil are every bit as toxic as the oil itself. The oil has spread far into the coastal wetlands destroying millions of acres of breeding grounds for fish, birds, shrimp, oysters and other sea life. The commercial fishing industry in the area has been financially devastated and thousands of jobs have been eliminated as a result. In previously unaffected areas, fishermen are hauling in net loads of crude oil covered fish and massive globs of black crude oil. Despite the news reports of Obama’s great success in the gulf, it may take as long as twenty to thirty years to assess the full extent of the very serious damage the BP oil spill has caused to the environment as well as to the American economy. As a U.S. Senator, Barack Obama and his family enjoyed a comfortable upper middle class lifestyle, they had a nice home handed to them by a questionable individual in return for political favors and they had some money in the bank which is better than most of us can say. Barack Obama will retire from the oval office with multiple millions of dollars, certainly far more than his presidential salary can account for. Exactly how much of that money pours into offshore accounts accessible to him from the benevolent folks at BP nobody will ever know, but it can be safely assumed that he is not declaring the worst environmental disaster in American history “all taken care of” because that is the truth, and since it is obviously not the truth and the true extent of the disaster will take many years to realize, it’s a safe bet that Obama is not giving his assurances out of the goodness of his heart or in the spirit of forgiveness.

IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT IS MORE EFFECTIVE NOW THAN EVER BEFORE:
On August 12, 2010, prior to giving his approval to the newly passed Southwest Border Security Bill, Barack Obama stated, “I have made securing our Southwest Border a top priority since I came to office.” The Southwest Border Security Bill includes $600 million in supplemental funds for enhanced border protection and law enforcement activities along the border. Great news? Not quite. According to an article that recently appeared in the Houston Chronicle, on the orders of Barack Obama, “The Department of Homeland Security is systematically reviewing thousands of pending immigration cases and moving to dismiss those filed against suspected illegal immigrants who have no serious criminal records.” Culling the immigration court system dockets of non-criminal illegal aliens started in earnest in Houston about a month ago and has left local immigration attorneys stunned and slack-jawed when they report to the court for an illegal alien clients’ scheduled deportation hearing only to learn that the government has dismissed the case.

Having concluded that there is no possible way to pass an amnesty bill given the high unemployment rate in the United States and the highly vocal and contentious opposition of the American people to anything that looks like amnesty for illegal aliens, Barack Obama has done an end run around the will of the people and granted de-facto amnesty to the millions of illegal aliens currently in the U.S. as well as the 8,000 new illegal aliens entering the country every week. As the state of Arizona recently discovered, this has nothing to do with American law, it is all pure politics based not on what is best for the nation or what they American people want, but on what Barack Hussein Obama feels like doing at the moment, and any state that attempts to stop the illegal alien invasion will be sued in federal court before the most liberal judge that Obama can buy off.

The news media has been giving the American people the same estimated population number of illegal aliens in the U.S. for six years without any change, and despite the fact that the Border Patrol has reported that more than 8,000 new illegal aliens are entering the country every week despite the increase in the number of agents and $30 billion American tax dollars wasted on high tech gear that doesn’t work. Cameras hidden along trails through the Arizona desert continue to show an unending stream of illegal aliens entering the country, day after day, week after week and month after month, but the number of illegal aliens populating the U.S. never rises higher than 12 million according to the news media. More recently, the Pew Hispanic Center for Immigration Studies reported the doubtful statement that the population of illegal aliens in the U.S. has dropped by 8% as a result of the bad economy and increased border enforcement. While this is pure unadulterated bullshit, the news media reports it as if it were factual. The simple truth is that there is no possible way to accurately account for how many illegal aliens are in this country, and the primary reason for this fact is that illegal aliens are criminals; they hide their identity, falsify documents and do everything possible to appear legitimate. Since nobody, including the government, knows how many illegal aliens there are in the U.S. how is it possible to say that the number has dropped? The Pew Hispanic Center gets their data from the U.S. Census Bureau which is not exactly a reliable source of information on illegal aliens and admits it freely. According to the U.S. Census Bureau statistics, in 2000 there were 7 million illegal aliens in the U.S.; this figure was, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, little better than a guess. There are numerous ancillary sources of data available for the estimation of illegal aliens and none of them are factored into the Census Bureau’s pathetic attempt to give an accurate estimate.

School enrollments, foreign remittances, the Border Patrol’s reports of illegal border crossings, housing permits, Schip Program enrollment, the incidence of Social Security and public welfare fraud, the growth of language proficiency programs focusing on illegal aliens, and many other sources of data all indicate that the estimate of illegal aliens in the U.S. given by the Census Bureau is seriously flawed. In 2005, three years before their sale to JPMorgan Chase, Bear Sterns, a New York City based global investment bank and securities trading and brokerage firm felt the compelling need to assess the accuracy of the Census Bureau statistics. Their motivation stemmed from the fact that as a global investment bank their need to compile a more accurate estimate of the illegal alien population in the U.S. was a necessary requirement of asset management and would be useful in the decision making process of their future ventures. Bear Stearns independent study found that the number of illegal entries into the U.S. averaged around 962,000 per year from 1990 to 2000 and that several credible studies indicated that the number had increased to nearly 3 million per year thereafter. They found that nearly 8% of all American employees were illegal aliens and that four to six million American jobs have shifted to the underground market as more American employers began to take advantage of the vulnerability of the available illegal alien workforce, and that many employers of illegal alien workers have taken to using unrecorded revenue receipts to hide their actions from the federal government. At the time this study was completed, Bear Stearns estimated that more than 5 million illegal aliens were being paid on a cash basis and avoiding having to pay any income taxes.

The 2005 Bear Sterns report pointed out that the enormous influx of criminal aliens was having a tremendous impact on the U.S. economy, and that while there were many benefits to cheap, illegal labor, the long range costs associated with circumventing the labor laws were significant. The social expense of providing illegal aliens with tax payer subsidized health care, retirement funding, educational expenses and the financial demands placed on police departments and prison guards had reached $30 billion per year and was growing exponentially. Furthermore Bear Stearns pointed out that the U.S. government was losing a minimum of $35 billion per year in unpaid income taxes as a result of the underground employment situation, the employer’s failure to abide by the minimum wage laws, and the laissez faire government attitude towards immigration enforcement. The Bear Stearns study conclusively estimated that the U.S. Census Bureau’s estimate of illegal aliens in the U.S. indicated less than one third the probable number of illegal aliens in the United States. Following the Census Bureau’s year 2000 estimate of 7 million we can conclude that in 2000 the more accurate estimate would have been around 21 million and with the increase of illegal entries escalating to nearly 3 million per year in the ten years that followed, we can safely assume that there may be as many as 35 to 60 million illegal aliens in the U.S. today.

Additionally, while the unemployment rate among U.S. born Hispanics currently averages around 35% nationwide, the unemployment rate for illegal aliens is growing increasingly lower as more American employers take advantage of the vulnerable illegal aliens to supplement their workforce with cheap, below minimum wage, employees working “off the books.” The ever expanding unemployment rate among American citizens is firmly rooted in the simple fact that 35 to 60 million illegal aliens have little problem finding employment in the U.S. with unscrupulous employers who view them as a cheap alternative to employing American citizens. When the best paying job that a young woman with an advanced academic degree can find is working as a lap dancer in a sleazy dive, and young men with engineering degrees are waiting tables in restaurants to make ends meet, it is obvious that allowing 35 to 60 million illegal aliens to live freely in the U.S. with no government intervention is adversely affecting the American people, the U.S. economy and our ability to prosper individually and as a group.

While these facts are easily available to any newspaper journalist willing to do the research, and considering the fact that an expose of this situation would be sufficiently scandalous to increase any newspaper’s circulation rates, none of the newspapers are willing to cover the story because it is entirely contrary to the vision of America they are trying to form in the minds of their readers. That vision is the unrealistic product of the fertile minds of unfettered liberal socialists with the capacity to believe their own fabricated delusions as though they were the results of strict scientific experimentation. While they can no better afford to pay the consequences of implementing their half-assed ideas, they lack the foresight and the common sense to realize that their vision is the average working citizen’s nightmare; that personal liberty and freedom will be lost incrementally as their ideas become reality; and that the end result will be a financial slavery little different from the physical bondage of historical slavery as it was once practiced in this nation.

THE MUSLIM MOSQUE AT GROUND ZERO:
Instead of educating the American public with respect to the Sufi philosophy held sacred to the hearts of the people who are responsible for building the community center on Park Place two blocks from where the World Trade Center once stood, the American news media has repeatedly thrown their “Muslim Mosque at Ground Zero” headlines in the faces of the American people with the full intention of sparking outrage. Sufi’s may be Muslims but neither of the two dominant branches of the Islamic religion recognizes their legitimacy because of their refusal to abide by strict Islamic law. The Sunni and Shia branches have persecuted, harassed and killed the moderate Sufi Muslims to the point that they are nearly extinct throughout much of the Middle East. The community center they intend to construct on Park Place has been used as a place of worship for the Sufi worshipers for quite a while already and there are more than 200 Shia and Sunni Muslim mosques within walking distance of where the Twin Towers once stood. The news media pays scant attention to the Shia and Sunni mosques in New York City that preach venomous hatred of the United States but when a group of peaceful Sufi mystics attempt to construct something worthwhile on their own property in Manhattan the media acts like Osama bin Laden himself is paying for the construction of the first and only Muslim mosque and bomb building school in New York. Why do you think there are more than 200 Muslim mosques in New York City? The obvious answer is that there are millions of Muslims living in New York City and the American news media is attempting to make it appear as if the proposed Park Place community center is the only place in Manhattan that these Muslims are willing to gather. They have omitted the fact that the former Burlington Coat factory that currently stands there is already used as a place of worship by the same folks who will build the community center, and they have omitted the fact that the Sufi Muslims are the most moderate branch of Islam existing. Educating the public does not sell newspapers as well as fabricated articles that purposely omit relevant facts and mislead the American people into believing that all Muslims are a threat and some nefarious conspiracy may be underway near the site of the 2001 attack on the Twin Towers. I can’t imagine a better way to turn a group of very moderate Muslims into a radical Muslims than to intentionally foster widespread bigotry and hatred towards them. It is a stupid and irresponsible act of small minded manipulative liars and if that is what passes for “journalism” in the U.S. then we would be better off without it.

THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION’S ECONOMIC PLAN IS WORKING:
Hardly a week goes by without another headline piece about how the economy of the nation is now on the road to recovery. The news media admits that this recovery may be slow in coming but the path has been laid and the road we are on is the right one to take. Anyone who has exhausted his or her unemployment benefits and still can’t find a job, faces foreclosure, bankruptcy and the inevitability of living out of their car can tell you that the American media is full of crap. Billions of American tax dollars were given away to the richest of the rich in the form of bailouts and that money has bought the American people nothing at all. The unemployment rate is as high today as it was during the great depression but it is continuously reported as hovering around 10% which is inaccurate inasmuch as the number given is merely a reflection of those unemployed who still qualify for unemployment benefits. The unemployed who do not qualify because they have exhausted their benefits or for some other reason are not included and those people make up the majority of those without jobs. The nation’s economy is in far worse shape today than it was when Obama took office and the middle class taxpayer is the primary target for the burdensome taxes that will be used to enlarge the government’s new entitlement programs. The number of companies going under or moving out of the country is increasing and the unemployment rate will reach higher and higher in the future. Obama’s plan is not to redistribute the wealth so the poor can live comfortably, it is to make everyone equally poor so that everyone can suffer the same anxiety and pain while the government grows larger and larger and delivers less and less. Instead of portraying the economic situation in the United States objectively and without bias, the news media continues to dangle false hope and rapidly fading dreams to the ignorant masses willing to grab at anything in their desperation to survive. Just because the U.S. government hires another 4,000 petty bureaucrats it doesn’t mean the economy is recovering. Minor increases in payroll and hiring in the private sector do not indicate that the economy is recovering. Marginal increases in the manufacturing industries do not indicate and end to the financial woes of the nation. The economic problems of the United States will be over the day that the government steps out of the equation, quits bailing out the failing banks and lets the free market operate as it will. Then, and only then, will profits soar, jobs multiply, businesses grow and expand and unemployment will become a historical footnote in the history of a long string of corrupt leadership in America.

MANIPULATING THE MINDS OF THE PUBLIC:
American journalism is not what it should be and hasn’t been for many years. The news items presented to all of us are manipulative, biased, slanted and commonly dishonest. Instead of presenting the news that everyone should know, and has every right to know, we are being spoon fed bullshit and propaganda as if it were true and the assumption is that we are too stupid to check the fact ourselves and find out what is really going on. Instead of using the media to inform and educate the American people the news media is using it to manipulate popular opinion with fabricated accounts of events that are not accurate; furthermore, this is being done intentionally by people who are well aware that the American people would be outraged, and scared out of their wits if they were told the honest truth about certain events. If the American News Media began telling the absolute truth about everything that is going on in the United States today instead of covering things up or confusing the issues with irrelevant nonsense, if they began to educate the American people, to explain the illogical fallacies behind the political decisions that are being made, demonstrated the money trail that leads from the politicians pockets to legislative acts passed into law and then on to the major corporations and special interest groups that paid for them, the American people would be gearing up for a full blown armed revolution before the end of the week and by the end of the month the corpses of politicians would be dangling from light poles all across America. Then again, what’s the odds of that happening?

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Censored News about BP Cash in Obama’s Pockets

Posted in News Events & Media Censorship, Politics & Government on June 9th, 2010 by MorningStar

You would expect that with all the disastrous news on television and in the papers regarding the oil spill in the Gulf Of Mexico that at least a few of the so-called journalists would mention the fact that Barack Obama and elected representatives in the U.S. Congress have been taking campaign contributions for years from BP, the global corporation that owns the Deepwater Horizon platform where the BP designated MC252 well exploded initiating the single largest environment catastrophe in recorded history.

According to an article on the Politico website, BP and its employees have given more than $3.5 million to federal candidates over the past 20 years through the corporation’s political action committees and over a half-million dollars donated by individual employees. Furthermore, according to the Politico article, the majority of this money was filtered directly to Barack Obama, presumably for his campaign efforts, including $77,051 he received fro BP while he was in the U.S. Senate. On top of the contributions to Obama and other elected officials, BP spent nearly &16 million on lobbying efforts to influence energy policy in 2009.

Senator Mary Landrieu (D-La.) has been identified as the top congressional recipient of BP’s contributions, raking in nearly $17,000 in 2008 alone. Both the current and past executives of BP’s U.S. operations office have personally donated to Landrieu’s campaign treasury.

The Democrats are not the only recipients of BP money, Don Young, the Republican Representative from Alaska has received nearly as much as Obama. George Voinovich, the Republican Senator from Ohio got his share of the oil corporation’s money, and John McCain has his Republican arm buried in BP’s pocket all the way up to his elbow, which is pretty tricky considering where he normally keeps his head. Despite his advanced age, McCain is obviously one very agile politician.

Thinking back over all of Barack Obama’s false promises of hope and change, the BS about cleaning up government ethics, transparency, sending the lobbyists packing, and giving the American people back their voice in the U.S. government, to say nothing of the outright lie that he was not accepting contributions from federal lobbyists and political action committees, we should be able to assume that any credible disclosure of this snake oil salesman’s true nature would be headline news. Unfortunately, that is not the case. We are treated to the latest update on the U.N.’s additional meaningless and entirely ineffective sanctions against Iran, more anal verbiage flowing from the lips of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke about the out of control American economy, billionaire Whitman’s California victory, and CNN’s insight as to why Obama doesn’t dare act like an “Angry Black Man,” throughout which they avoid mentioning the fact that Barack Obama is about as “Black” as Al Gore’s daddy, but not a mention of BP bribing Obama and a good number of Democrat and Republican elected officials.

Where is the journalistic sensationalism that we are supposed to be seeing? What happened to the “go for the throat” reporters we’ve seen in the past; the sort of assholes that jump a terrorist victims father with the news that his son is dead while asking “How do you fell about your son being beheaded.” Why aren’t we seeing video images of Obama being backed into a corner by hundreds of foam covered microphones shoved into his face by reporters screaming “How does it feel to be the biggest lying sack of shit in the Nation?”

Do you think it is a matter of forgetting the articulate outrage expressed at lobbyists during Barack Obama’s 2007 campaign speeches, his stirring senatorial condemnation of lobbyists during the Washington, D.C. Lobbying Reform Summit of January 2006, and Obama’s “The Bedrock of This Nation” speech delivered at the Iowa Democratic caucus on 3 January 2008, where he received a cheering standing ovation after saying,

“We are choosing hope over fear. We’re choosing unity over division, and sending a powerful message that change is coming to America. You said the time has come to tell the lobbyists who think their money and their influence speak louder than our voices that they don’t own this government—we do. And we are here to take it back.”

Is it possible that the American Media, the television reporters and the newspaper editors knew all along who was financing Barack Obama’s presidential campaign and kept their mouths shut just like they are doing now?  Is the Pope a Catholic?

It is no coincidence that BP forks over millions of dollars to these politicians and gets the approval to go after this oil without an environmental impact study being done. Nobody gets that sort of preferential treatment without greasing the political skids. Obama, Landrieu, Voinovich, McCain, etc. get their pockets filled with money and we get stuck with the bill for the consequences of their corruption and a mess that will be with us forever.

Freedom of the press was established on the principle that the American people needed to be fully informed by an unbiased press, that the free flow of information was necessary to maintain a fully informed public, and that, to be truly effective and honest, our form of government was entirely dependent on the ability of the people to be well informed.

The fact that the report of this scandal has not been published on the front page of every American newspaper is proof that we, the American people, are be denied the truth, and the accurate unbiased information we must have in order to make truly informed decisions regarding our future and the destiny of this nation is being intentionally withheld.

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Gladiator Cemetery Discovered In England

Posted in Amazing on June 7th, 2010 by MorningStar

Every thing appears to be melting down in the U.S.; the economy is being dismantled, foreign invaders are being handed the keys to the U.S. treasury, constitutional rights are being trampled underfoot, and the entire planet hurtles inexorably through space towards a fate unknown as the population stands in dumbfounded apathy as zealots rampage across the globe slaughtering one another for the sake of long dead gods. The confluence of events set in motion by our own ignorant abusiveness intensifies to a shrieking peel of dooms final bell while the anxiety builds to new levels of intensity; but what the hell, the fat lady’s singing is still faint and distant, and to the best of my limited knowledge, I appear to still be alive, my pulse is constant, my heart still beats and something amazing has been unearthed in a far distant place that is well worth the distraction. . .

At a site located in Driffield Terrace, west of York, England, archeologists have found 80 human skeletons in what appears to be the only ancient cemetery, yet discovered, that was exclusively used for the disposal of Roman gladiators. Scientists working in the forensic anthropology laboratory at the University of Central Lancashire have stated that the remarkably well-preserved site has yielded ancient skeletons with unique peculiarities not commonly found on the remains previously discovered Roman skeletons.

The two thousand year old cemetery yielded a very significant indication that one of the individuals interred died as a result of being bitten by a large carnivore, such as a tiger or lion, which is exactly the sort of injury that, with a high degree of probability, would result from a battle staged in a Roman arena. Inasmuch as the largest carnivore in all of the British isles is the badger, it appears fairly obvious that a lion or tiger would have to be imported from elsewhere to provide a spectacle of this nature. Battles with badgers would probably not draw large paying crowds.

Many of the skeletons showed signs of one arm being far more developed than the other as could be expected of those who constantly trained to fight with the ancient weapons of gladiators. Many of the discovered skeletons bore indications of healed and unhealed wounds consistent with battle wounds and some had been killed by blows to the head by hammer-like weapons such as the war hammers favored by many gladiators. Most of those interred at the site appear to have been well developed males above the average height for the time. The age of the individuals at the time of their death ranges from around 18 to 23 years old. Obviously, a gladiator’s career was fairly brief and certainly exciting, but tended to end somewhat abruptly.

The archeologists at the site have noted that the deceased gladiators were buried with respect. Some appear to have been buried in coffins and many were buried along with the remains of funeral feasts and grave goods to accompany them to the next world.

The site was initially discovered in 2003 in an area scheduled for a housing development.

Additional information about this discovery can be found in the relevant articles published at the BBC web site, CNN and Fox News.

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The Corruption of Ethics and Integrity in American Journalism

Posted in News Events & Media Censorship on November 23rd, 2009 by MorningStar

On November 18, 2009 the Los Angeles Times ran an article entitled “The world’s most corrupt governments” in which they included the partial results of what amounted to a public opinion poll conducted by Transparency International.

Transparency International is an organization that purports to be a global coalition against corruption. According to the mission statement given on their web site the group is a “global civil society organization leading the fight against corruption, brings people together in a powerful worldwide coalition to end the devastating impact of corruption on men, women and children around the world. TI’s mission is to create change towards a world free of corruption.”
Working towards a world that is free of corruption is as lofty a goal as one could hope for and on anyone’s scale it would rank right up towards the top with World Peace and the recognition of the universal brotherhood of all men. This may be a bit naive in the grand scheme of things but it is irrefutably meritorious nonetheless.

Unfortunately, the way the article was presented by the Los Angeles Times is somewhat misleading, and even though the article states that the organization’s report is a measure of the “perceived levels of public sector corruption in 180 countries,” the headline for the article “The world’s most corrupt governments” and the list of the top 13 most corrupt governments followed by the list of the ten least corrupt governments implies more credibility than any perception poll should actually be given.

Given the availability of facts and data related to virtually every nation of the planet, it should not be too difficult for a resourceful organization to establish the procedures and parameters necessary to compile a fairly accurate, and properly ordered list of nations on the basis of each country’s level of government dishonesty without having to resort to the fickle nature of public opinion polls and surveys conducted among unknown businesses and anonymous experts. Providing a strict protocol mandating a high degree of impartial analysis was properly enforced, such a study could accurately be labeled “The world’s most corrupt governments,” as the Los Angeles Times headline for this particular article portrayed. However, the study referred to in the November 18th article was far from being an accurate representation of government corruption, and despite the headline, it appears that Transparency International makes every effort to accurately report the true nature of their study as an analysis of the “perceived levels of public sector corruption.” Unfortunately the Los Angeles Times does not distinguish between the “perception” of what is and substantive evidence supporting the conclusion that a given perception is warranted. There is a very distinct difference between perception and reality.

The Los Angeles Times, like many other news sources, would like to be perceived as being a credible source of information; however, the reality is that the L.A. Times is far from being considered impartial by any definition of the term. The Los Angeles Times, like the majority of American news media, is an extreme left-wing publication with a demonstrated propensity to deliver liberal political opinion disguised as unbiased fact, and that is intentionally dishonest. It would be somewhat self-defeating for a publication like the Los Angeles Times to admit that they are actively engaged in the dissemination of liberal propaganda on behalf of the Democratic National Party, but the fact is, the L.A. Times and the majority of American “newspapers” are intentionally misinforming the American people about important current events with the conscious intent to sway public opinion by reporting on actual events in a dishonest and entirely biased manner. Furthermore, it would not matter if they were schilling for the Democrats or the Republicans, the liberal agenda or the conservative agenda, propaganda is propaganda, it is intentionally dishonest by nature and the act of publishing it as actual “news” is a clear demonstration of the newspaper’s lack of journalistic integrity.

An informed population is the essential lubricant of a free republic. As a nation, the United States is facing critically important transformative changes that will alter the direction of our government and significant affect the fate of the American people for generations of future Americans. Honest and unbiased journalism characterized by impartial analysis of the facts, uncluttered by the personal and political perspective of editors and staff could play an important role in the formulation of American opinion and ultimately, in the final determination of legislators now poised to implement these very significant changes. Unfortunately, the American population is being intentionally denied the factual information required to make an informed decision about the proposed legislative changes because the American news media lacks the honesty and integrity necessary to present that information without slanting it so that it favors one partisan position over the other.

Admittedly, privately owned news outlets are not burdened by any constitutional obligation to maintain journalistic integrity, they have the inalienable right to report what they want to report, and do it in any manner they desire, truthful or not. There is no legal requirement mandating honest and truthful reporting by newspapers or television news broadcasters and that is a fact that is painfully apparent. The American news media is free to define its own ethical standard as it desires and it is blatantly obvious that the majority of American news outlets have exercised this freedom with full abandon. The unfortunate consequence of the news media’s nearly universal dishonesty is that the American people are starved for accurate information, and without that accurate information it is impossible to form an honestly informed opinion about anything that is going on in Washington D.C. with respect to the proposed legislative changes now being debated. The dishonesty of the American News Media is a grave injustice to the American people because it inhibits our ability to make an informed decision by denying us access to the necessary facts on both sides of a given issue.

The American people are a vital part of the American government despite the arrogant beliefs of some Washington D.C. politicians. “We the People” are the sole source of “authority” which our government wields for our benefit. “We the People” have the power to entrust or deny that authority to the American government as we deem appropriate. For so long as “We the People” trust the American government to act in our best interests, that is the best interests of the American citizens, we continue to entrust it with our authority to act, however, when we no longer believe that our government is acting in our best interests, or that our elected representatives are acting in a manner that is contrary to the continued freedom and prosperity of the American people then we have the ability, the right and the freedom to withdraw our entrusted authority from government and thereby render it entirely without power or the ability to control. The ability of the American people to grant or withhold the authority to govern is contingent on our ability to remain fully informed about the action of our leaders and when the ability to maintain an informed society is hindered by dishonest journalists it threatens our ability to remain vigilant and renders us defenseless against tyranny and despotism.

Yellow journalism such as that practiced by the Los Angeles Times and the majority of other American news media outlets may not be a violation of any state or federal law, it may be considered a classic example of the constitutional right to exercise free speech, but that does not imply that it is honest or truthful and it should be recognized as being an entirely despicable and manipulative attempt, by thoroughly deceitful groups, to force the American people into accepting as fact, outright lies and fabrications related to important legislation that will affect us all for generations. Propaganda is always deceitful regardless of the intention behind it. Providing misinformation, lies and embellished fabrications as actual facts is not the work of honest journalists, it is the effort of liars and con artists intentionally trying to manipulate public opinion for their own twisted purposes, and it is an effort that should not be condoned or supported by the intelligent members of a free society.

Transparency International’s 2009 report on the perceptions of worldwide corruption is interesting reading, and it should spark some serious debate, especially in the United States where the report indicates we have slipped a notch in the fight against corruption since Barack Obama took office. However, considering the importance of the proposed legislation before us and the numerous and seemingly insurmountable economic problems yet to be resolved, our place on the scale of corruption in the world’s view is somewhat of an irrelevant distraction. Any form of government that allows its legislators to be influenced by an institutionalized form of bribery legitimized under the term “Lobbying” can not afford to look too closely at any report on government corruption, and certainly shouldn’t give in to the urge to point fingers at others.

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United States Marines Abandoned To Die In Afghanistan

Posted in News Events & Media Censorship on September 24th, 2009 by MorningStar

While the self-inflated egos in the United States Congress debate healthcare reform and a former (and entirely worthless) U.S. President alleges that all opponents of Barack Obama’s socialist agenda are bigoted racists, approximately 7000 miles away in the small village of Ganjgal near Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan three young United States Marines and a Navy Corpsman were ambushed while on a training mission with Afghan forces. The NATO led group were detailed to provide guidance to the Afghan military as they searched the village for weapons and met with the village elders in the attempt to establish an agreement to plan police patrols.

Prior to their arrival the terrorist villagers had set up firing positions on both sides of the village and had men strategically stationed in the surrounding mountains armed with numerous RPGs and large automatic weapons. U.S, officials have been quoted as saying that they strongly suspect the terrorists knew about the training mission long before the troop’s arrival. The three Marines and the Navy Corpsman were at the head of the column making its way towards the small village when the terrorists opened fire. They immediately sought cover in one of the nearby houses but the terrorists had them pinned down and unleashed a barrage of gunfire from fortified positions on both flanks and RPG rounds from their positions in the nearby mountains. Some of the Afghan soldiers were killed in the initial burst of fire, but under the withering onslaught of automatic weapons fire and RPG rounds the penned down Americans knew that it would be suicidal to leave their only source of cover. As they returned fire from the dwelling they immediately radioed for assistance, close air support and artillery fire on the coordinates of their attackers. Those requests were denied. During the four hour battle between the trapped Americans, their Afghan allies and the terrorists, multiple appeals were made for assistance and every appeal for help was denied.

Navy medical corpsman James Layton, a petty officer third class, from Riverbank, California was endeavoring to give medical assistance to Marine Lt. Michael Johnson, of Virginia Beach, Va., when both were killed. A Marine Corporal who arrived after the battle reported that bandages and other medical gear covered the bodies and ground around the two men. Gunnery Sgt. Edwin Johnson Jr. of Columbus, Ga., and Staff Sgt. Aaron Kenefick of Roswell, Ga. were also killed during the ambush along with Eight Afghan soldiers and an Afghan interpreter. Three other American soldiers were wounded during the ambush.

According to the report of one embedded journalist accompanying the soldiers on the training mission the U.S. advisors assisting Afghan forces had been assured prior to the operation that “air cover would be five minutes away.” However, General Stanley McChrystal, the top commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan recently issued new restrictions on the use of military force and air raids that could potentially cause civilian deaths and further alienate the Afghan population. The direct consequence of this action is four dead American soldiers, four families left to grieve over the unnecessary death of their sons, a nation full of people deprived of four courageous souls, and a military that will for many years doubt the sincerity of their leadership.

While various versions of the story about the deaths of these four American soldiers have been reported by the American news media, no U.S. news source has mentioned anything about their repreated requests for assistance and the repeated denials they received following each plea for help. To the best of my knowledge the Agence France-Presse has been the only news source to release the full details of this incident. I can not understand why this news has been withheld from the American people by the press, but I suspect that the primary source behind the censorship is our own government.

Personally, I cannot due justice to the outrage I feel concerning the deplorable denial of assistance to American soldiers under direct attack by an overwhelming number of enemy fighters. Witnesses to this ambush later stated that women and children from the village were seen carrying boxes of ammunition and rockets to resupply the attackers. Clearly there were no civilians anywhere in the vicinity that would justify the denial for air support, and the personal conviction held by the author of these pages is that civilians, men, women and children have always suffered during times of war and always will. It is an inevitable and irrefutable fact of every combat engagement and any misguided attempt to mitigate or eliminate the inevitability of civilian casualties in combat situations will always result in The soldiers, bound by entirely ludicrous “rules of engagement” being placed at a distict disadvantage and significantly increase the probability of their being killed, wounded or captured. This is especially true throughout the Middle East where religious fanatics, who are well aware of the restrictive rules of engagement which our soldiers are required to follow, take full advantage of those restrictions by surrounding their firing positions with any available unarmed civilians. Furthermore, most of those unarmed civilians are willing participants fully committed to the fanatic religious belief that their death not only guarantees them an express ticket to Muslim paradise, it also supplies their fellow jihadists with additional opportunities to show the world how barbaric the American savages treat their “innocent” populace. The politically correct demands of misguided American officials to reduce the death of civilians in an area where no innocent civilians exist is directly proportional to the increased number of American soldiers killed and wounded. The best, brightest and most courageous of American youth; the young people who will one day become the future of this nation are being slaughtered needlessly in a distant and savage land that is not worth saving and in a war that history has repeatedly demonstrated is impossible to win. There is no better demonstration of pure unadulterated chaos than that provided by full-on combat situations. Survival depends entirely on excellent training, fast reflexes and good instincts; hesitation results in instant death, and rules of engagement demand hesitation. Under those circumstances survival is very unlikely and failure is certainly assured.

Navy medical corpsman James Layton, Lt. Michael Johnson, Gunnery Sgt. Edwin Johnson Jr., and Staff Sgt. Aaron Kenefick volunteered to serve their nation in time of war. Nobody forced them into becoming American soldiers; the decision to serve their nation’s need was the product of their own determination. Their deaths were unnecessary and avoidable. They were abandoned by their superiors and left to die while their officers, far removed from threat of flying lead and shrapnel, cautiously considered the political implications of giving these brave men the assistance that every American soldier, caught up in similar situations, should fully expect. Semper Fidelis is more than mere words; it represents an oath, a motto, a dedication to selfless service and a life-altering philosophy capable of transforming even the most common of undisciplined juvenile recruits into United States Marines who are capable of accomplishing miracles far beyond the limits of normal human endurance. It is an enduring transformation that can never be reversed and any individual that perseveres throughout the long and arduous process of going from recruit to Marine will remain a Marine forever. The experience behind the words I’ve written here is far in the distant past and I can appreciate the one true fact of life that all things are subject to change; however, despite any changes that have occurred over the last three decades, the thought that four American soldiers were abandoned by their superior officers remains incomprehensible to me. The entire concept simply refuses to compute. The thought that four American soldiers following the orders of their superior officers were caught up in a devastating ambush and unable to escape through the withering crossfire were denied assistance by military officials who fully understood that the consequences of their denied help would inevitably result in the death or capture of those four men is a thought that finds no possible path through my brain. The word “tragedy” does not define it, and “travesty” falls far from the mark. Semper Fidelis is neither a mere phrase, nor it some casually adopted philosophical concept casually picked up like a stray discarded coin from the street of lifetime experience. It is a blazing white hot brand that is seared into the heart and soul of the few who truly grasp its full implications. It is a secure bond and an life time oath of fealty to brothers in need and I personally cannot fathom any direct order, authoritative command or potential threat that has the capacity to overcome, supersede or even slightly reduce the immediate and instinctual affirmative response to render aid and assistance whenever and wherever it is required.

Military officers supervising and directing soldiers in combat situations are often required to direct troops into situations of great danger. They do so despite the knowledge that the men they direct may be seriously wounded or killed while attempting to fulfill the orders they have been given. It is a hard burden to bear. Combat soldiers routinely face death. Superior training, good instincts, fast reflexes, common sense and the sufficient mental discipline required to maintain a constant state of high alert characterizes those who survive but those characteristics do not guarantee survival. The remains of the lackadaisical, distracted grab-assers are bagged and tagged for shipment home when their inevitable fate meets a high caliber round or they stumble over a plainly evident trip wire while bird watching. The death of soldiers following the direction of their superiors is a lifetime burden carried by every combat commander. The faces of the dead and dying provide a lifetime of haunted memories and the stains of their blood burns deep into the soul. The bond that is formed between superiors and subordinates is a bond of trust. No soldier will be left behind if wounded or dead and assistance will be always be given when required. These are not unspoken assurances, they are readily apparent certainties without which, no trust is possible, order becomes chaos and confidence becomes anxiety.

Navy medical corpsman James Layton, Lt. Michael Johnson, Gunnery Sgt. Edwin Johnson Jr., and Staff Sgt. Aaron Kenefick died because their request for assistance was denied by their superiors. They were abandoned and left to die when the assistance they needed and repeatedly requested was available but withheld on the inexcusable basis of political necessity. Their blood forms a shameful stain on the finest traditions of the United States Marine Corps and that shame extends throughout the entire American military. The trust has been violated and the certainty destroyed. The soldiers who voluntarily serve this nation’s interests are all aware of what transpired in the village of Ganjgal even if the American news media has refused to fully disclose the shameful facts. What soldier will serve a nation that refuses to come to his or her assistance? Who can possibly trust a nation that abandons it’s most noble servants in their time of need? What soldier would want to serve under these conditions.

Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the man responsible for the current rules of engagement that resulted in the unnecessary deaths of those four soldiers has requested an additional 40,000 American troops be sent to Afghanistan. The General justifies this request as necessary to fulfill the counterinsurgency strategy envisioned in the face of growing resistance. Initially, the Obama administration told General McChrystal to put a cork in it for the time being, however, more than 4000 combat trained Marines unaccountably disappeared from the Marine base at Camp Pendleton within the last two weeks. It is not difficult to guess their ultimate destination. The enemy these American soldiers will face are infinitely adaptable and highly adept at using the newly adopted rules of engagement to their fullest advantage. An American victory in Afghanistan is unlikely under the currently existing conditions. Wars can not be won by self-serving politicians in Washington D.C., especially when the controlling majority is made up of inexperienced liberals who detest the American military nearly as much as they hate their own nation. Despite being the most formidable military force on the planet, the best trained, the best equipped and having most highly advanced technology conceivable, these young American soldiers are being sent to their death if they are not allowed to defend themselves as necessary and when necessary. Their ability to achieve success is entirely dependent on their being allowed to do what they were trained to do without the capricious restrictions of inexperienced political hacks demanding control over all situations. If Barack Obama, his administrative staff or the U.S. Congress demands the ability to approve or disapprove every aspect of every situation these soldiers will face in the coming months ahead then our failure is guaranteed and the American death toll will be enormous and the threat of worldwide terrorism will become much greater than ever before. The current administration has intentionally shaped, slanted and withheld information that every American citizen has the right to know. The freedom and liberty of our nation is standing on the brink of destruction, our economy is in tatters, and our government continuously expands its tyrannical control over every aspect of our daily lives. Government regulation of American free enterprise is gradually destroying the capitalistic source of American prosperity and the threat of eternal servitude and slavery of this nation’s citizens is staring us right in the face. While our national defense systems are being dismantled, our nation is being sold off to foreign interests and the pattern of these events displays an ominous unspoken agenda.

Conspiracies do happen and paranoia is often justified. Across this nation an ever increasing number of American citizens are waking up to the fact that out federal government is out of control and has usurped the authority of the people. Congressional representation for the American citizen is now nearly non-existent and legislative acts are being debated and passed despite the overwhelming opposition of the people. None of these things are coincidental. The direction our government is taking is set but we have not been told where it that path leads. The future looks bleak and we are being lied to by our elected representatives and by the news media. Important factual information is purposely being withheld and obscured and there is a reason behind all of it. The American people have the legal authority to hold their government leaders accountable for every action they take. We must exercise that authority before it is taken away from us.

As far as Afghanistan is concerned, if we can’t allow the military the freedom to do the job they are fully capable of doing because our politicians are afraid of stepping on too many sensitive toes, then we need to get the hell out of there until we have a real president who is competent enough to do the job right.

The full Agence France-Presse news report is available at Military.com

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Los Angeles Times Opinion Article on The Mythical Hispanic

Posted in News Events & Media Censorship on June 16th, 2009 by MorningStar

NOTE 1: The following article appeared in the Los Angeles Times this morning. The copyright for the article belongs to the L.A. Times and while I have included the full text of the article below I fully acknowledge the source and provide it without alteration for the its educational content. The inclusion of this article is intended to advance the reader’s understanding of political, human rights, economic, and social issues. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those interested in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. In case anyon’s interested there is a similar disclaimer at the bottom of www.fungazi.com covering everything on this site.

NOTE 2:The commentary following the article has been italicized to differentiate it from the LA Times article included. That commentary is my own and does not reflect the opinion of the Los Angeles Times editorial staff with whom I am not connected.

NOTE 3:
Initially I intended to post this piece on June 12, which is the same day the opinion article appeared in the L.A. Times, however, my intended publication was delayed by unforeseen circumstances not associated with the article or this blog. When I opened my email on the following morning I found that the newspaper had sent me an auto-response resulting from my attempt to get my full comment published in its original form as a letter to the editor rather than the slash and burn abridged version that ultimately appeared as an on-line submission commenting on the article. I may delay this posting even longer to see if the newspaper actually publishes the letter I submitted. The auto-response indicates they the editors will reach their decision to either use that letter or reject it within seven days, but I doubt that I will wait that long before posting this. I will be surprised if they choose to publish my letter.

NOTE 3:
Inasmuch as I posted the article entitled “The Myth of Hispanic Race” back on May 31, 2009, 13 days prior to the appearance of the LA Times article regarding “a mythic ‘Hispanic’,” the question of who stole what from whom would make for a lively debate.

Los Angeles Times
Opinion Section

Judge Sotomayor, a mythic ‘Hispanic’
By Jonathan Zimmerman
June 12, 2009

The supposedly racial term was pushed by Nixon to lump distinct Spanish-speaking groups into one voting bloc. There’s no such thing, and the judge should be appointed on her merits.

Here’s a good argument for putting Sonia Sotomayor on the Supreme Court: She’s knowledgeable, respected and deeply experienced. As a federal judge for nearly two decades, she’s heard thousands of cases and written hundreds of opinions.

And here’s a lousy argument for confirming Sotomayor: She would be the first “Hispanic” on the court.

I put the term in quotation marks because it’s a recent invention, dating to the 1970s and ’80s. Before then, when Sotomayor was growing up with her Puerto Rican family in New York City, she was not Hispanic.

And words make a difference. As many commentators have reminded us since President Obama nominated Sotomayor, judges are inevitably shaped by their life experiences. But these experiences are themselves shaped and, sometimes, distorted by the terms that we use to describe them.

How did Mexicans, Cubans, Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, Salvadorans, Panamanians, Nicaraguans and Guatemalans all become Hispanic?

Amid the African American civil rights struggle of the 1960s, many of these groups joined hands to demand voting rights, bilingual education and social services. Here they received a big assist from an unlikely source: Richard Nixon. Eager to bring Mexicans and other Latino immigrants into the Republican fold, Nixon also saw them as a potential bulwark against black political aspirations.

“All Spanish-speaking Americans share certain characteristics a strong family structure, deep ties to the church, which makes them open to an appeal from us,” wrote one GOP campaign strategist on the eve of Nixon’s 1972 presidential reelection bid. “The Democratic Party is under suspicion for favoring politically potent blacks at the expense of the needs of Spanish-speaking people.”

So Nixon threw his weight behind bilingual education, which has since become a bête noire for the GOP. He also ordered the Census Bureau to add a query on its 1970 form asking whether respondents were “Hispanic,” hoping to further solidify this new voting bloc.

Census Bureau officials balked, noting correctly that the term lacked scientific and historical precision. They also worried that respondents wouldn’t recognize it. So the most commonly used census form in 1970 asked respondents if they were of “Spanish” origin, not whether they were Hispanic.

All that would change in 1977, when the Office of Management and Budget instructed federal agencies to classify Americans as one of four races white, black, American Indian/Alaskan Native or Asian/Pacific Islander and also to distinguish between two ethnic categories, “of Hispanic origin” and “not of Hispanic origin.” Since then, the census has asked people their race and whether they’re Hispanic, which is not listed as a “race” per se.

Increasingly, however, Americans thought of it as such. Government agencies used “Hispanic” alongside “Asian” and “black,” making Hispanic into a de facto racial category. Businesses and educational institutions counted Hispanics or, sometimes, “Latinos” as a race in diversity and affirmative action reports.

Not surprisingly, then, Hispanics became more likely over time to identify themselves as a separate race too. In the mid-1990s, 60% of the respondents to a study of more than 5,000 Latin American immigrants self-identified as “white,” for example, but only 20% of their children did so.

That’s an unprecedented development, as the United States had continuously absorbed people formerly identified in the census as from nonwhite races into the white majority. Jews, Italians and Slavs were all once classified as separate races; now, they’re white. But Hispanics are moving in the opposite direction from white to nonwhite. In our minds, at least, they’ve become a minority race.

The language of race is a unifying one, blinding us to the irreducible diversity that a single category can contain. Consider Sotomayor’s now infamous comment that a “wise Latina woman” would render a better judicial decision than a white male. While GOP antagonists accused Sotomayor of reverse racism and Democrats rushed to her defense, nobody pointed out that wise Latina women come in all shapes, sizes and ideologies. Would a wise Cuban woman in South Florida see eye-to-eye with a wise Mexican woman in San Diego, or with a wise Salvadoran woman in Washington, D.C.? Probably not.

Even worse, the idea of race tricks us into seeing “Hispanic” as a biological category rather than a cultural one. I frequently do an exercise with my students, asking them how a scientist would identify their race. The most common reply is also the most troubling one: via a blood test. In fact, that would tell you the opposite: We all come from the same ancestor, in East Africa, and we’re all mongrels. The blood test does not identify your “race,” which primarily exists only in our minds.

As a child, Sotomayor was probably classified as white; now she’s Hispanic. But her DNA is the same. The only thing that has changed is the way we look at her. Belying every shard of evidence, we continue to believe that races are different under the skin.

So let’s hope that the Senate confirms Sotomayor, one of the most qualified nominees in the history of the Supreme Court. Then let’s welcome her as the first person of Puerto Rican descent on the court, not as the first “Hispanic.”

If you think the words don’t matter, you haven’t been listening.

Jonathan Zimmerman teaches history and education at New York University and is the author of the just-published “Small Wonder: The Little Red Schoolhouse in History and Memory.”

SOURCE: http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/la-oe-zimmerman12-2009jun12,0,4217416.story

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After carefully reading the opinion article above I attempted to post my comments regarding it through the form provided on the LA Times web site where this article appeared, however, that form restricts all submissions to a mere 633 characters (including the spaces between words, blank lines between paragraphs and punctuation marks). Obviously, the talent for succinct expression has never been one of my stronger characteristics, and while I did carve my comments down to a few brief sentences and managed to get a response accepted through the form provided, that comment was so carved up in the process that it lost the meaning that further explanation provides. Nonetheless, the desire to express a response to the opinion above persisted. I emailed a letter to the editor of the Los Angeles Times and was promptly rewarded with a note back saying basically don’t call us, we’ll call you if we use it and we reserve the right to edit it if we do use it. Still pretty unsatisfying and since the note also stated that they would review the letter within seven days, a point well beyond which my response will become meaningless to their subscribers average 33 second attention span, I began to feel downright frustrated, but what the hell, it’s their paper and this is my blog. What they won’t print, I will, and with that being said, here is an enlarged version of the response I sent to them.

If the deplorable decision Sotomayor participated in regarding Ricci v. DeStefano is not sufficient to dismiss her nomination to the Supreme Court then the two cases that Sotomayor presided over that have already been overturned by the higher court should be. Of the 150 cases she has participated in during her 10 years on the Second Circuit, Ricci v. DeStefano was, without any doubt, among the most important, and yet she, very casually blew it off along with the important constitutional issues it raised.

The Supreme Court of the United States has the ultimate responsibility to adjudicate legal issues, interpret the meaning of constitutional provisions, review the application of constitutional provisions with respect to local, state, and federal laws, settle disputes between two or more states or between the federal government and a state and to serve as the highest court of appeal in the nation. The Supreme Court lacks the institutional capacity to make political judgments that are better left by elected officials serving in their capacity as representatives of the American voters. The elected officials entrusted to make the policy decisions that affect the best interests of the American public can be held accountable by the American voters for the decisions they make, however, the Supreme Court justices are appointed for life and can not be held accountable by the American voters.

In her 2005 speech at Duke Law School, Sotomayor expressed the belief that the “Court of Appeals is where policy is made,” and if the news media is to be trusted, she has publicly repeated the belief that the role of an appellate court judge is to establish policy on three other occasions. If Sotomayor’s nomination is confirmed we can expect that she will exercise her expressed belief and use her authority as a Supreme Court Justice to establish government policies that are better left to the legislature and the administrative branches of government who have a better grasp on the political implications of their decisions and a greater understanding of how a given decision potentially impacts existing policies such as economic policies, foreign affairs or national security.

The United States Constitution provides the American people with a system of checks and balances by dividing the jurisdictional responsibilities of the federal government among the legislative, administrative and judicial branches. It is a system that has worked fairly well for more than 233 years and the fact that the American people still have some limited degree of freedom and liberty today is sufficient evidence to warrant that the established system is effective. Supreme Court justices legislating government policy from the bench is an erosion of the constitutional system of checks and balances and poses a very serious threat to the balance of power that has protected our freedom so far. Sonia Sotomayor’s belief that judges should exercise their ability to establish government policy is, by itself, ample justification for dismissing her nomination.

The fact that Sotomayor strongly identifies with a non-existent race might be an indication that she would render decisions that ultimately exacerbate this nation’s divisive disunity, but racial identification (mythical or otherwise) should not be considered when assessing her qualifications. There is plenty of substantiating evidence to indicate that her past performance as a judge has been weak and her personal philosophy is radically delusional.

By the Way, as far as being the first “Hispanic” to sit in the Supreme Court, if you consider being of Spanish and Portuguese descent as being “Hispanic,” the honor of being the first Hispanic to sit in the Supreme Court went to Benjamin Cardozo back in 1932.

As far as the term “Hispanic” is concerned, while some of Mr. Zimmerman says is correct, as a term of reference to the people from Mexico, Central and South America, it did gain a lot of ground during the Nixon Administration, however, whether or not he had any responsibility for it remains very questionable and it is a real stretch to blame Richard Nixon and the Republican Party for creating the illusion of a “Hispanic” race. It would be just as easy to make the claim that the Mexican, Central American and South American immigrants identified themselves by the term “Hispanic” as some of those individuals became more politically conscious and, in particular, aware of the progress that Black Americans were making at the time. Further research would be required to substantiate the casual acceptance of the term in modern times but the word itself is rooted a lot farther back than Mr. Zimmerman seems willing to admit. Hispania was the name given to the Iberian Peninsula and Hispanus was the Latin name given to a person from Hispania during Roman’s rule of the area that is now considered Spain. The literal translation of “Hispanic” would be “of Spain,” which by the way is considered a European country populated predominantly by white and Mediterranean people ranging from brown skin to white. While I am at it I may as well point out that the term “Latino” would similarly be translated as meaning “Of Latin” which is also fairly frustrating because it describes something originating in countries once dominated by Rome where Latin was spoken, including Sa

If the term “Hispanic” is taken to mean anyone from a country where Spanish is one of the dominant languages then there are at least 27 different countries that would be considered as being “Hispanic.” If the word “Hispanic” were to be defined by ethnic groups or cultures fluent in the Spanish language the whole thing becomes even more complex because Spanish is one of the primary languages spoken among 75 to 100 diverse cultural groups ranging from the indigenous Xicano people originally from southern Guatemala (and the origin of the term”Chicano”) to the Fang people of Equatorial Guinea on the African continent. In the United State there are people of Afghan, Estonian, German, Greek, Iranian, Irish, Jewish, Laotian, Nigerian, Romanian, Ukrainian, Vietnamese, Welsh, Bangladeshi and Arab descent who speak Spanish fluently and use it regularly to interact with their legal and illegal neighbors, customers and contacts. Every group has its own ethnic heritage and cultural differences and the color of their skin ranges from ebony to pale pink so it would pretty tough to label them all “Hispanics” simply because they happen to speak Spanish. “Hispanic” is not more a racial classification that “American” is a racial classification. There is not common culture, physical characteristic or genetic difference between a blonde, blue-eyed “Hispanic” from Barcelona and a blonde, blue-eyed American whose ancestors came from who knows where. “Hispanic” is a term that like “American” defies racial or scientific description. It might describe the political affiliation of a group of radical activists, it might describe a social cause shared by a group of people but it is not a racial classification and anyone whose feeble sense of self-identity is founded on a vague term like “Hispanic” is too mentally unstable to be considered credible and certainly shouldn’t be trusted with sharp objects, let alone the authority that comes with a seat in the Supreme Court.

The decision to support or reject Sonia Sotomayor should not be based on race, it should be based on her qualifications as a judge (qualifications she appears to be lacking), and it should be based on her ability to resist pushing her own personal racial and political agenda down the throats of the American people from a court room when those things should be determined by elected representatives we can get rid of when they prove themselves incompetent. Race has nothing to do with anything; the American people are well past all of that nonsense and shouldn’t be made to feel guilt for rejecting an unqualified nominee simply because she happens to identify with a non-existent race. If race is an issue it is her issue, not ours, and we can’t gamble the balance of our entire form of government against the sensibilities of a delusional, questionably qualified female. The stakes are simply to high.

FYI
The Los Angeles Times editorial staff usually reserves space for the letters of those expressing views contrary to the accepted liberal norm only when those letters appear to be written by someone who is entirely unhinged from reality. Intelligent arguments and debate appear to be as unwelcome in the L.A. Times as substantiated facts, solid evidence and objective journalism. Facts merely get in the way of a decently convincing lie.

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Manipulative Journalism – The Final Evolution of the News Media

Posted in News Events & Media Censorship on June 8th, 2009 by MorningStar

The final result of most of the rather lengthy articles written by myself and posted on these pages represents my own peculiarly developed style of writing. In the past I have authored newsletters for organizations that served a specific need and their focus was considerably narrower than the diverse array of topics I now cover. Those efforts were fairly straightforward. Relevant information and recent developments pertinent to the interest of that group were reported on, and while an occasional personal opinion would escape onto the final document prior to its release, those opinions were rarely shared by the readers and more often than not, I stoically endured the critical consequences of their inclusion. Following the conclusion of that effort this blog came into being, and quite unconsciously I began to approach the topics I wrote about through an entirely different strategy.

The best examples of this method are evident in the articles recently posted on Sonia Sotomayor and the article on Dr. George Tiller that I posted on June 3rd, 2009. In both of these examples, I began writing with no clear objective or in mind. Both were of those examples started as an exploration. The research involved in each of them occurred as the document was produced, and to be quite honest, the article about Dr. Tiller’s homicide was not even the document that I intended to write when I sat down that morning to begin writing. As I continued to write; following the train of thoughts as they came to the surface and landed on the screen before me, it slowly became apparent that I couldn’t get to where I wanted to be from where I was. However, I now realize that however belated that posting might now be considered, the fact that it is still bumping about in my head demanding to be released forces me to focus my attention on setting it free even if it does mean that I must once again cover a few points previously discussed in prior posting about Dr. Tillers murder and the topic of abortion in general.  However, this posting is more about the way the news media defines the publics perception of a homicide or an act of violence by glorifying some facts, minimizing others, and entirely ignoring most of the important information we should be told about.

Nearly two weeks after George Tiller was shot in the head by an individual who was obviously acting under the belief that he was doing this nation a favor, the news media is still telling us that Tiller’s death was a horrible tragedy and filling their blank spots with the statements of his friends and associates proclaiming Tiller’s dedication to “women’s health care issues,” which seems to be their euphemistic term for Tiller’s primary role as a specialist in late term abortions. The article that first purred my interest in this matter was the one that reported Barack Obama’s statement that he was “Shocked and Outraged by the murder of Dr. George Tiller.” Regardless of what I personally think about late term abortions or abortion in general, it is apparent that the American news media is intent on repeatedly portraying Tiller’s homicide as a senseless act of a mind unhinged by Evangelical Christians and anti-abortion groups, while portraying the late doctor as a martyr for Pro-Choice. I would seriously question the validity of Tiller’s status as a martyr to anything other than a demoralized society’s feeble attempt to justify the widespread acceptance of a practice that is immoral in all but a very few cases, but that is a digression I will not entertain at this time. Society in general, and more specifically, the liberal society of this nation, reject violence as an indication of mental instability, but the news media fully embraces specific cases of violence, especially when it increases the sale of newspapers, and provides them the opportunity to further the liberal agenda they ascribe to. However, this posting, while it touches the topic of Tiller’s murder and the multi-faceted aspects of abortion, is not about either. This posting is about the prioritization of homicidal acts in the American press, a system of valuation that increases or reduces the value of human life according to the whether it advances or detracts from their ability to manipulate the perception of their readers and further the social agenda they fervently endorse.

Approximately 450 miles south east of where that single bullet ended the life of George Tiller twenty four hours earlier, an act that prompted Barack Obama to exclaim his shock and outrage, presumably because he felt that the violent act was a clear demonstration of the anti-abortionist’s failure to respect the Pro-Choice beliefs, at 10:30 a.m. on June 1st, Abdul Hakim Mujahid Muhammad (aka Carlos Bledsoe) parked his black SUV in front of the Army-Navy recruiting office located in Little Rock, Arkansas, rolled down the passenger side window and opened fire with his cheap Chinese Kalashnikov knockoff at the two American soldiers standing outside. One died as the result of the injuries suffered. The other soldier remains in the hospital and is expected to survive, however, survival does not imply full recovery.

Abdul Hakim Mujahid Muhammad, peacefully surrendered to the police after his SUV was stopped shortly after the incident on Interstate 630. It has been reported that the authorities recovered the SKS semi-automatic assault rifle, a .22-caliber rifle and a pistol of unspecified caliber from Muhammad’s vehicle. Additional weapons, ammunition and home-made incendiary devices were reportedly discovered in his apartment during a later search by the police and an FBI-Homeland Security intelligence assessment released a few days following the incident suggests that there is evidence that Bledsoe/Muhammad had collected information on a number of Jewish and Christian targets he may have been considering prior to his attack on the recruiting center. He admitted to the police interrogators that he wanted to kill as many Army personnel as he could “because of what they had done to Muslims in the past.”

News sources report that Carlos Bledsoe became Abdul Hakim Mujahid Muhammad following his conversion to Islam sometime after his 2004 arrest for firearms violations. It has also been reported that he had recently traveled to Yemen, where he was arrested for using a Somali passport. His court appointed attorney claims that he was subjected to some form of abuse and may have been tortured while incarcerated in Yemen. This attorney also appears to be basing his defense of Bledsoe/Muhammad’s killing spree on the speculative theory that his Muslim torturers may have imbued him with anti-American military feelings subsequently resulting in his attack on the Army-Navy recruiting office. Four days following the incident the Associated Press released the news that Barack Obama had issued a statement saying he was “deeply saddened” by the shooting. The incident did make some of the newspapers but it was kept to the rear, reduced to filler material and lacked any note of importance. The fact that this character was a Muslim convert was noted in the press but his attack on the recruiting center was portrayed as the act on an independent nut job instead of what it actually was, an act of Islamic terrorism.

On May 20th, 12 days prior to Dr. Tiller’s homicide and 13 days before Bledsoe/Muhammad opened fire on the Little Rock recruiting center, federal agents of the FBI and new York City police arrested four men following a year long investigation of their plans to bomb a Jewish Center in Riverdale and shoot down a military plane as it took off from the Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh, New York where the four would-be terrorists lived. The culprits were apprehended immediately after planting what they believed to be a massive 37 pound high-explosive device outside the Riverdale Jewish Center. The Pakistani immigrant who informed the FBI of their activities did so because he was led to believe his assistance would be beneficial to his attempt to win leniency in his upcoming deportation hearing, a hearing that was based on his prior criminal activities in the United States. The informant also appears to be the individual who supplied the four men with the phony explosive device and promised to eventually provide them with the means to shoot down a military plane. Furthermore, it appears that the informant acted as the ragtag group’s cheerleader and main source of inspiration.

All available evidence seems to indicate that the primary characteristic shared by all four bombers was their abysmal stupidity, it has been reported that one of them was previously diagnosed as a schizophrenic and it appears that none of them shied away from committing crimes of violence. The four would-be terrorists, James Cromitie, David Williams, Onta Williams and Laguerre Payen had lengthy police records and three of them converted to Islam while doing time in prison. Their terrorist plot was hatched and developed in a Newburgh Islamic mosque, Masjid al-Ikhlas, which they attended regularly and where they eventually met the individual who not only encouraged their attempted bombing, but gave them the phony explosive device they were led to believe would turn the Jewish Center into an explosive fireball. Despite the religious affiliation of all parties concerned and the fact that the potentially murderous plot was hatched and developed in a Newburgh Islamic mosque, the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and the liberal press have repeatedly expressed the belief that there is no connection between these four dummies and al Qaeda, or any other Islamic organization. No effort has been wasted to persuade the citizens of this country that the four Muslim dumb shits are independent dumb shits and should not be considered as being representative of the large population of similar Muslim dumb shits engaged in similar pursuits around the country. I couldn’t locate any news report pertaining to Barack Obama’s expression of opinion on this particular matter, but then again, I didn’t look all that hard for one. I am sure he was “deeply saddened” However, of the numerous news reports covering this incident, very few mentioned the fact that these characters were Muslims and most seemed content to describe them in terms that implied they were little more than simpletons who hated America and the American military. Their religious affiliation as Muslims was significantly downplayed and while they were indeed less than brilliant, the essential truth is that they were Islamic terrorists.

In simpler terms, their efforts to blow a Jewish Center all over the state of New York, like Abdul Hakim Mujahid Muhammad (aka Carlos Bledsoe) homicidal rampage in Little Rock, Arkansas should not be used to cast the religion of Islam in a poor light, however, Doctor George Tiller’s homicide at the hands of an individual somewhat loosely connected to the Pro-Life, anti-abortion movement seems to be sufficient justification for the publication of critical comments, castigation and condemnation of evangelical Christians on the basis of the speculative assumption that many of them hold anti-abortionist views. Apparently it is politically incorrect to point out the fact that the majority of terrorist acts being perpetrated all over the planet are being committed by Islamic zealots but it is socially acceptable to heap scorn and blame on Christians and Christianity for the comparably small number of criminal acts perpetrated by Christian zealots.

Admittedly, the intent of this posting is not to excuse the action of either, nor is it my intention to cast scorn on anyone’s religious beliefs or organized religion in general. The intent of this posting is to point out the inconsistency apparent in the news media, and the fact that nothing even remotely resembling objectivity exists in the news media or what now passes for American journalism, is made evident by the multitude of inconsistencies they publish on a daily basis.

Unfortunately, at least as far as the majority of American people are concerned, the news media has seized the authority to define the terms of all major and minor issues. The news media’s white-knuckled grasp on the scepter of value judgments regarding all moral debates predictably results in winners and losers being carefully defined long before the battle begins, and as long as the news media is allowed to maintain that authority, the authority to manipulate how the society we live in perceives both sides of an issue, the authority to define the terms of every debate before us in accordance with their self-centered needs, desires, personal and political agendas, the moral authority of this nation and of the American people will continue the downward spiral into inevitable obscurity.

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Terrorist Threat Ignored & Unreported

Posted in News Events & Media Censorship on May 27th, 2009 by MorningStar

With all of Barack Obama’s socialistic new policies, ridiculous legislation proposed and passed through congress relatively unnoticed by the American public and the state of California melting down in more ways than anyone can imagine, there is a constant and never-ending supply of topics to write about and a limited amount of time to address them in the manner each is due. Because of the huge array of worthy targets and the weight of other obligations, I am forced to pick and choose, and occasionally, something that really catches my eye ends up getting buried in the stack and forgotten. Normally when these mislaid pieces are rediscovered at a later date I simply discard them, but once in awhile I will uncover some forgotten item that screams out for comment regardless of how old it might be. This posting is about an incident that occurred back around the middle of April and I was motivated to save it because it demonstrated a potential change in tactics by the pro-illegal alien advocates and because it received no press coverage beyond the local area where it occurred.

On Thursday, May 16, 2009, the mail delivered to the Weld County Sheriff’s Office, located in the county seat of Greeley, Colorado, contained an exciting surprise for the local authorities. An envelope containing a handwritten letter in Spanish demanded that the 58 inmates being held in the Weld County Jail while waiting for Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials to pick them up so they can be deported from the country, be released or multiple bombs would be set to go off around the city of Greeley on the following Monday (April 20, 2009) with the intention of killing judicial and law enforcement personnel. Along with the threat made towards the county government employees, the letter was quoted in a press release given to the Greeley Tribune as saying that the bombs would be situated with the “intent to kill the most number of Americans.”

According to the reports carried in the Greeley Tribune as well as those carried in the Loveland Daily Reporter, the Weld County Sheriff’s Office expressed a serious desire to apprehend the author of the threatening letter and warned the area residents to remain alert to any suspicious activity, but beyond that it appears that the threat was perceived as being somewhat less than entirely credible. Other than the three very brief articles carried in the Greeley Tribune and one article in the Loveland Daily Reporter on the day the threat was received, the story of the bomb threat was completely ignored by the remainder of this nation’s newspapers.

In the third week of April, the week in which the bomb threat appeared in the Weld County Sheriff’s inbox, the American news media were laughing their liberal asses off at the futility of the conservative malcontent’s waving teabags around to protest the increased tax burden that is sure to follow Obama’s multi-trillion dollar spending spree. Where space allowed, the liberal propagandists included a slew of “news” articles microscopically examining their somewhat myopic opinion that the Republican Party has been forever vanquished, is rapidly dwindling in size, and has lost all sense of reality. The human interest story of that week, a story that was carried in newspapers nationwide, was about the 300 Afghan women who marched in protest of the Afghan government’s passage of the Shia Family Law. The Shia Family Law is a legislative act of the Afghan government that criminalizes a married woman’s refusal to have sex with her husband unless she can prove that she is physically ill at the time of the refusal. The act also sanctioned the marriage of children to adults, gave fathers ultimate custody rights over their children and prohibited women from leaving their husbands house for any reason without first obtaining his permission. The displeasure of the women is easily understood, and yet crowds of angry Afghan men shouting “Whores” accompanied the 300 women as they made their way through the streets of Kabul under a constant barrage of rocks thrown at them be the angry men despite the presence of Afghan police.

Despite the worthy nature of the coverage dedicated to the Afghan women’s protest, and the space set aside to satisfy the liberal’s need to vent their animosity against all things conservative, virtually every major news paper in the country filled in their remaining space with minor Obamanations of little interest to anyone, warm up stories designed to prime the public’s pump for later releases of hysterical allegations of government sanctioned torture, and meaningful tidbits such as the story of the woman who discovered the questionable likeness of Barack Obama burnt into a piece of her morning toast. The liberal press, despite their dedication to keeping the population of America truly informed, failed to see any real value in reporting a radical pro-illegal alien extremist’s threat to kill the judges and law enforcement personnel of the 12th most populous city in the State of Colorado.

Alternatively, they may have recognized the incident as a potential change in the strategy of illegal alien advocacy groups and feared that national coverage would unleash a panic, or they may have recognized the incident as a potential change in the strategy of illegal alien advocacy groups for which they have demonstrated their unwavering support and purposely withheld the story (also known as “Censorship”) out of concern that national coverage might detract from their carefully crafted portrayal of illegal aliens as being a well-mannered, law abiding, hard working attributes to American society.

In light of the liberal news media’s consistent and nearly comprehensive refusal to publish any adverse information or reports related to the actions of illegal aliens in this country, I would have to make the educated guess that the story of the Weld County bomb threat was purposely withheld by the liberal press from national news coverage because it would detract from the false image of illegal aliens that newspapers around this country have so carefully crafted over the last five years.

With Obama and the Democrats controlling the U.S. Congress poised to slam illegal alien amnesty down the unwilling throats of the American populace at some point in the near future, the liberal press is cautiously attuned to the need to maintain the false image they have worked so long and hard to create. News coverage of incidents such as the Weld County bomb threat, the increase in the rate of sexual assault on minors by illegal alien predators, the constantly growing number of U.S. homicides attributed to illegal aliens along with the increased number of tragic automobile fatalities caused by drunk illegal aliens seriously detract from the news media’s phony portrayal, and it is quite possible that if the American people could wrap their simple thought processes around the unreported fact* that more than 4000 innocent Americans are killed every year by illegal aliens it might damage the liberal’s effort to provide the estimated 20+ million illegal aliens currently residing here in violation of American law, with full blown amnesty and generous entitlement programs for which the American tax payer will foot the bill.

Deborah Schurman-Kauflin of the Violent Crimes Institute has estimated that 93 sex offenders and 12 serial sexual offenders come across U.S. borders illegally per day. In her study of 1,500 illegal alien sex offenders she discovered that they had a combined total of 5,999 victims for an average of 4 victims apiece. She further broke down the numbers by pointing out that 35 percent, were child molestations, 24 percent, were rapes and 41 percent, were sexual homicides and serial murders. 6% of the rape victims were also mutilated by their attackers.

In April 2005, the Government Accountability Office released a study of 55,322 illegal aliens incarcerated in federal, state, and local facilities during 2003. That study disclosed that the 55,322 illegal aliens in the study represented a total of 459,614 arrests, or nearly eight arrests per illegal alien. The 459,614 arrests represented a total of 700,000 criminal offenses or 13 offenses for each of the 55,322 illegal aliens in the study. Furthermore, the study concluded that 36% of the 55,322 illegal alien participants had at least five previous arrests.

The only thing that has changed since the testimony of Representative Steve King was first given, the study of Deborah Schurman-Kauflin was concluded, and the Government Accountability Office published the results of their study in 2005, is that the number of illegal aliens coming into this country without legal authorization has increased, the accumulated number of children traumatized forever by illegal alien sex predators has increased, and the accumulated number of American citizens killed and raped by illegal aliens has also increased. The only thing that has truly decreased in the United States of America is the number of times the words “Illegal Alien” are published in the liberal controlled news media.

The liberal press is fond of keeping us all up to date on the latest statistics indicating how many American teenagers are considered grossly fat from pigging out on too many French fries, the miniscule (by comparison) number of accidental firearm fatalities, and mostly unsubstantiated estimates on the numbers of homeless people, people without medical insurance, the unemployed and so on, but they are amazingly silent on the horrendous slaughter of American citizens by illegal alien criminals. What Possible justification could exist for their silence on this obviously very relevant statistic? If you have a half dozen functioning brain cells remaining in your head the proper response to that question should be relatively easy to figure out. In the meantime, the Weld County Sheriff’s Office might want to consider taking bomb threats written in Spanish a bit more seriously.

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Twelve Americans are murdered every day by illegal aliens, according to statistics released by Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa. That translates to 4,380 Americans murdered annually by illegal aliens. That’s 21,900 since Sept. 11, 2001. During his testimony, Rep. Steve King also stated the shocking statistic that eight children are victimized by illegal alien sex predators every day in the United States.

http://www.house.gov/apps/list/hearing/ia05_king/col_20060505_bite.html

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