While Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was praising the role that the internet played in toppling oppressive regimes (ironically enough, close U.S. allies), the Justice Department was in court in Alexandria, Virginia seeking to invade the privacy and political rights of WikiLeaks supporters even as it shields well-connected "War on Terror" fraudsters.
Scarcely batting an eyelash, Madame Clinton told her audience at George Washington University that "the goal is not to tell people how to use the internet any more than we ought to tell people how to use any public square, whether it's Tahrir Square or Times Square."
Rich with rhetorical flourishes that should have evoked gales of laughter but didn't (this is America, after all), Clinton averred that "together, the freedoms of expression, assembly, and association online comprise what I've called the freedom to connect. The United States supports this freedom for people everywhere, and we have called on other nations to do the same."
Here's a behind-the-scenes look at Security Theatre: An undercover TSA agent was able to slip through the full-body scanners at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport with a handgun stashed in her undies... And not just once, but five times.
According to NBC, citing a source at the TSA, the agent was testing that airport's security checkpoints and was able to pass through the scanners with the gun every time.
The source says that while the screeners in this situation were disciplined, they are still working at the airport and operating the scanners. MORE
Hundreds of thousands of Egyptians gathered in Cairo‘s Tahrir Square Friday to hear the words of one the Islamic world’s most popular and controversial theologians.
Ending his three-decade exile, Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the “spiritual leader” of the Muslim Brother, called on Egyptians to preserve national unity as they press forward in reforming the country’s government. “Don’t let anyone steal this revolution from you – those hypocrites who will put on a new face that suits them,” he said. “The revolution isn’t over. It has just started to build Egypt … guard your revolution.”
Qaradawi’s words serve as a warning for the national military not to drag its feet in handing over the governing powers it seized after President Hosni Mubarak stepped down exactly one week ago. MORE
Many of us older racing fans long for the days of the grass roots racing of the 60's and 70's when great drivers such as AJ Foyt, Richard Petty and Johnny Rutherford was the mega-stars of their day. Even non-racing enthusiasts knew who they were and fans saw them as giants with abilities far superior than the rest of us, handling cars at speeds not even comprehendable to the average fan.
Things changed, Indy car racing became the national sport of the third world, but it lost its unique American flavor by the early 1990's. NASCAR, however continued to grow and dominate the world's racing scene throughout the 80' and 90's and actually began to rival baseball and football in fan attendance and loyalty. Then something happened. Actually, I believe two distinct "wounds" occurred in NASCAR which started a decline in the sport that we see to this day. The first wound was that of the death of Dale Earnhardt. He was a super star equal to any baseball or football star, and was killed at the home of NASCAR and the biggest race in that organization's year- The Daytona 500. The Daytona 500 is the Super Bowl of NASCAR racing, and it would be as an American icon football player was killed while playing in the Super Bowl. It shocked the sport. Then that shock turned to anger against NASCAR. To the fans, somehow NASCAR covered up the truth of the death, or worse, was even responsible.
The second wound was even worse for NASCAR. NASCAR, like the proverbial doctor who leaves the wife who put him through med school while working 12 hours a day in some diner, for his 23 year old bimbo nurse! The wife gets mad! NASCAR wanted to expand outside the South East. That was understandable. However, when they did this, they turned their back on the girl who paid their way through college--The Southern fan! They began to take dates away from famous Southern races like at Darlington and moved them to other parts of the country. Owners of tracks, like Bruton Smith started buying up Southern tracks, closing them down and moving the coveted date to other tracks, including one in Yankee land - New Hampshire! Then Rockingham lost all of their dates, and ceased being a NASCAR track. This final straw, coupled with the loss of Dale Earnhardt spelled a messy divorce between the owners of NASCAR (The France Family) and the fan base. It has never recovered.
This weekend, racing websites like www.racerap.com are filled with this feud, and the down-right hatred that the Southern race fan now has for the sport they once loved. Many claim that they will not even watch today's race. It's boring. It's fixed. It's just not real racing.
In some aspects I agree, in others I do not. NASCAR does need to listen to their fans again. In my opinion, the France family needs to step down from the public decision making of their sport and start to hire the experts and the "names" needed to bring back that loyal fan base. Ford Motor Company did it, the France's need to do it too.
However, the fan must also remember that the same people who helped build the sport, laid the seeds of its trouble today. "Big" Bill France broke the driver's union and forced an unsafe race to occur in 1969 Talledega. The top names boycotted the race, but France found others to take their place. The message? Safety came second in NASCAR. The result? Watch the videos below and look at the photograph to one of the most horrendous accidents to have ever happened on a race track. It was actually replayed on ABC Wide World of Sports! Yes, not everything was great about racing "back in the day!"
In October, 2010 copyright infringement extortionist, Righthaven, received its first judgment to date among their 238 lawsuits against websites and blogs; the case was dismissed on "fair-use" grounds. The defendant re-posted the first 8 sentences of a 30-sentence article originally published by Righthaven's partner Las Vegas Review-Journal. U.S. District Judge, Larry Hicks, who granted the motion, explained his decision:
'The court finds that this use weighs in favor of a fair use of the copyrighted material,' Hicks wrote in his ruling, citing case law stating 'copying only as much as necessary in a greater work (story) to provide relevant factual information weighs in favor of fair use.'
Although this decision is potentially great news for all blogs and sites who aggregate information, Righthaven announced this week that it will appeal the decision. Steve Green of the Las Vegas Sunquoted Righthaven lawyers as saying, “Righthaven strenuously maintains the court erred in dismissing Mr. Nelson from this case by finding his infringing conduct was protected by the defense of fair use.”
However, Green reported that the dismissal of the case has caused "Righthaven to alter its litigation strategy to limit its lawsuits to entire stories, photos and graphics — rather than partial stories — that were reproduced without authorization." Yet, even lawsuits against websites that posted full articles are looking as though they may also be dismissed.
As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave her speech at George Washington University yesterday condemning governments that arrest protesters and do not allow free expression, 71-year-old Ray McGovern was grabbed from the audience in plain view of her by police and an unidentified official in plain clothes, brutalized and left bleeding in jail. She never paused speaking. When Secretary Clinton began her speech, Mr. McGovern remained standing silently in the audience and turned his back. Mr. McGovern, a veteran Army officer who also worked as a C.I.A. analyst for 27 years, was wearing a Veterans for Peace t-shirt.
Blind-sided by security officers who pounced upon him, Mr. McGovern remarked, as he was hauled out the door, "So this is America?" Mr. McGovern is covered with bruises, lacerations and contusions inflicted in the assault.
What we are witnessing, thanks in large part to zero tolerance policies that were intended to make schools safer by discouraging the use of actual drugs and weapons by students, is the inhumane treatment of young people and the criminalization of childish behavior.
Ninth grader Andrew Mikel is merely the latest in a long line of victims whose educations have been senselessly derailed by school administrators lacking in both common sense and compassion. A freshman at Spotsylvania High School in Virginia, Andrew was expelled in December 2010 for shooting a handful of small pellets akin to plastic spit wads at fellow students in the school hallway during lunch period. Although the initial punishment was only for 10 days, the school board later extended it to the rest of the school year. School officials also referred the matter to local law enforcement, which initiated juvenile proceedings for criminal assault against young Andrew.
Andrew is not alone. Nine-year-old Patrick Timoney was sent to the principal’s office and threatened with suspension after school officials discovered that one of his LEGOs was holding a 2-inch toy gun. That particular LEGO, a policeman, was Patrick’s favorite because his father is a retired police officer. David Morales, an 8-year-old Rhode Island student, ran afoul of his school’s zero tolerance policies after he wore a hat to school decorated with an American flag and tiny plastic Army figures in honor of American troops. School officials declared the hat out of bounds because the toy soldiers were carrying miniature guns. A 7-year-old New Jersey boy, described by school officials as “a nice kid” and “a good student,” was reported to the police and charged with possessing an imitation firearm after he brought a toy Nerf-style gun to school. The gun shoots soft ping pong-type balls.
Obama recycles his Tunisia-Egypt script, demands Algerian government “play nice”
The State Department said the rights of the Algerian people “must be respected,” after demonstrators fed up with President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s regime clashed with police Sunday, a day after 2,000 protesters were confronted by 30,000 riot police. “We note the ongoing protests in Algeria, and call for restraint on the part of the security services,” State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said in a statement. “We reaffirm our support for the universal rights of the Algerian people, including assembly and expression,” he added. “These rights apply on the internet. Moreover, these rights must be respected.”
“The legislation says that companies such as broadband providers, search engines or software firms that the US Government selects “shall immediately comply with any emergency measure or action developed” by the Department of Homeland Security. Anyone failing to comply would be fined,” reports ZDNet’s Declan McCullagh.
So have you wondered what those criminal Rothschild devils are doing toward the one world government lately? Well, their lieutenant, Darth Soros, is hard at work to team together the muslim brotherhood of evil and the marxist communists and socialists across the Middle East. This effort is visible as these as these key players have effected the overthrow of Egypt’s government, and are currently moving across the Middle East to do the same elsewhere.
And even America’s very own marxist traitor to the U.S. Constitution, Obama himself, is lending a hand toward this worldwide revolution, just read on and see. This excellent article was written by Terresa Monroe-Hamilton over at NoisyRoom.net:
“Over the last couple of weeks, I have heard many ask who was behind the Egyptian Revolution. Few will admit what should be obvious to all by now. Forces that I consider to be nothing short of evil have joined in what they see as their 'chance' to bring down the West and capitalism; to replace it with their given ideology du jour... Whether it be Islamofascism, Socialism, Communism or a progressive mixture of a number of isms, they look to ring the death knell of Western society and bring it down through glorious revolution and chaos. And the international dominoes have started to fall.
The latest and most astonishing global gambit is called AYM and Wikipedia provides us some information about the group, as follows: "The Alliance for Youth Movements (AYM) began with a December 2008 summit in New York City to identify, convene, and engage 21st century movements online for the first time in history. The United States Department of State partnered with Facebook, Howcast, MTV, Google, YouTube, AT&T, JetBlue, Gen-Next, Access 360 Media, and Columbia Law School to launch a global network and empower young people mobilizing against violence and oppression.” MORE
America’s Godly heritage has come under attack from every angle. Like holocaust deniers, there are those who have revised history to demonize America’s Founders and disparage their faith and actions.
Let us reject the lies of Godless fools to the contrary, for any person who has objectively studied the matter must concede that this Nation was found upon Christian ideology and morality. Our Founders actually acknowledged that Christianity was SUPERIOR to other belief systems in their establishment of this Nation upon the Word of God, His laws and timeless truth. MORE
The Chinese food contamination freak show is back in full swing with new reports out of Singapore indicating that certain Chinese companies are now mass producing and selling fake rice to unwitting villagers. According to a report in the Korean-language Weekly Hong Kong, the manufacturers are blending potatoes, sweet potatoes, and plastic industrial resin to produce the imitation rice.
A report in Very Vietnam states that an official from the Chinese Restaurant Association has announced that eating three bowls of this fake rice is the equivalent of eating an entire plastic bag. Consuming such plastic material is obviously a serious health hazard, and officials are allegedly gearing up to conduct an investigation into the factories accused of producing the phony rice.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - A letter from the Department of the Army telling units to destroy their records after the end of Operation Desert Storm has made it more difficult for injured veterans to get the medical benefits they need.
The letter, never made public before now, says units were told to destroy their records because officials had no room to ship the paperwork back to the United States. The letter goes on to say it was in direct contradiction to existing Army regulations.
"This could have been one, five, six, a couple of hundred or this could be thousands (of soldiers)," says Andrew Marshall, a Florida regional officer with the nonprofit Disabled American Veterans group. "You don't know."
One solider trying to get help from the Veterans Administration for combat-related injuries says he has been turned down because his records are missing. He did not want to be identified.
The probability that the U.S. will be hit with a weapons of mass destruction attack at some point is 100 percent, Dr. Vahid Majidi, the FBI’s assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate, tells Newsmax.
Such an attack could be launched by foreign terrorists, lone wolves who are terrorists, or even by criminal elements, Majidi says. It would most likely employ chemical, biological, or radiological weapons rather than a nuclear device.
As it is, Majidi says, American intelligence picks up hundreds of reports each year of foreign terrorists obtaining WMD. When American forces invaded Afghanistan, they found that al-Qaida was working on what Majidi calls a “nascent” weapons of mass destruction effort involving chemical and biological weapons.
In every other case so far, the reports of foreign terrorists obtaining WMD have turned out to be unfounded. However, Majidi’s directorate within the FBI investigates more than a dozen cases in the U.S. each year where there was intent to use WMD.
These grocery shelves in the High Arctic community of Arctic Bay, Nunavut, have people talking this week — $38 for cranberry cocktail, $29 for Cheez Whiz, and a whopping $77 for a bag of breaded chicken.
Arctic Bay-based MLA Ron Elliott, who represents three of Canada's most northern communities, said he is concerned about already high food prices going up even more in the High Arctic.
"It's sort of the talk of the town," he told CBC News on Thursday. "You go in and people are pointing [things] out, and it's obvious to see that this has gone up, and that's gone up."
While groceries in Canada's remote northern communities are generally more expensive than elsewhere in the country, due to shipping costs, Elliott said prices in his communities have skyrocketed since the federal government changed its northern food subsidy program in the past year.
Elliott said the new subsidy program, called Nutrition North, does not cover food items that are considered not to be healthy or perishable, although those items used to be covered under the government's old Food Mail Program.
Elliott said the price hikes are hurting the most vulnerable people in his region, like elders and those on social assistance.
It's unlikely that Howard Dean intended to expose one of his party's greatest weaknesses in August 2009 when he explained why Obamacare could not include a tort reform provision that experts said could save up to $400 billion in health care costs.
Speaking at a Northern Virginia town hall meeting, the former Democratic presidential candidate and Democratic National Committee chairman stunned many in the nation's capitol with these unexpected words:
"Here's why tort reform is not in the bill. When you go to pass a really enormous bill like that, the more stuff you put into it, the more enemies you make. And the reason the tort reform is not in the bill is because the people who wrote it did not want to take on the trial lawyers in addition to everyone else they were taking on and that is the plain and simple truth."
St. Valentine’s Day is the world’s “holiday of love.” Since the Bible states that God is love (I John 4:8, 16), does He approve of the celebration of this day? Does He want His people—true Christians—partaking of the candy and cards, or any customs associated with this day?
When God says He wants you to live life abundantly (John 10:10), does that include celebrating a festive, seemingly harmless holiday like Valentine’s Day? The God who gives us everything—life, food, drink, the ability to think for ourselves, etc.—surely approves of St. Valentine’s Day, the holiday for lovers to exchange gifts—right?
Do not be so certain. Do not assume anything. Do not even take this article’s word for it. Go to history books and encyclopedias. Go to the Bible. Then you will know the real truth behind St. Valentine’s Day. And you will know what God expects you to do about it!
Like Christmas, Easter, Halloween, New Year’s and other holidays of this world, St. Valentine’s Day is another attempt to “whitewash” perverted customs and observances of pagan gods and idols by “Christianizing” them.
As innocent and harmless as St. Valentine’s Day may appear, its traditions and customs originate from two of the most sexually perverted pagan festivals of ancient history: Lupercalia and the feast day of Juno Februata.
Celebrated on February 15, Lupercalia (known as the “festival of sexual license”) was held by the ancient Romans in honor of Lupercus, god of fertility and husbandry, protector of herds and crops, and a mighty hunter—especially of wolves. The Romans believed that Lupercus would protect Rome from roving bands of wolves, which devoured livestock and people.
1 Then I stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns,[b] and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name. 2 Now the beast which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority. 3 And I saw
one of his heads as if it had been mortally wounded, and his deadly wound was healed. And all the world marveled and followed the beast.
For years many have wondered and postulated on what exactly is meant by the mortal wound which the end time beast of Revelation recovers from that will astound the world. In the past, some said that it was the wound that Ronald Reagan survived from after being shot. Most of course who held that theory never contemplated the fact that the wound Reagan suffered was not in the head. Others have said that this event in Revelation hasn't been fulfilled yet, and that it will be THE ANTICHRIST, who is shot in the head and miraculously recovers from his wound on live TV! Here is the question, can we even know what is meant in this prophecy? Does the Bible answer what the wound is?
Yes things are bad, but what can we do? Intolerable acts drove colonial men subjected to the sting of tyranny into action over two centuries years ago. Before the great battles of the American Revolution took place and the victory that followed, the Founding Fathers took it upon themselves to declare their independence not only by writ, but also by action. Our Founding Fathers ceased the import of British goods, they created their own monetary system, they assembled their own militias, and most importantly they formed their own government based upon their own values, not King George's self-interest.
This truly measurable independence turned out to be the key to their success, for independence is freedom, and freedom from tyranny is victory. The battle they fought was not one to free themselves, instead, it was fought to defend the freedom from the British system they had already achieved.
Muslim religious authorities are concluding a clandestine eight-month dig on the Temple Mount that is intended to erase traces of the Jewish Temple's Altar, Temple activists charge.
The digs have been taking place under the Dome of the Chain, believed to have been built over 1300 years ago. For eight months, the dome - which has a diameter of 14 meters - has been surrounded by a metal fence and black cloth, which hide whatever activity has been going on there from outside inspection. The Muslim Waqf religious authority has claimed the activity is simply a refurbishing of the structure, but refuses adamantly to let Jews or tourists near.
Jewish activists made various attempts to enter the Dome, but met with no success. In the end, the Our Temple Mount news outlet found an Arab who was willing to take photos inside the compound in return for a handsome fee (see below). The man said that it appears the Waqf has already completed its digs and is now covering the dig with dirt.
Our Temple Mount notes that according to Jewish tradition, the place where the Dome of the Chain is located is the spot upon which the sacrificial Altar stood in Temple times. Temple activists said that the Muslim digs are intended to erase the Jewish connection to the Temple Mount.
JERUSALEM – Philanthropist billionaire George Soros has funded opposition organizations in Egypt and throughout the Middle East, where anti-regime chaos has already toppled the pro-Western leader of Tunisia and is threatening the rule of President Hosni Mubarak, a key U.S. ally.
Mohamed ElBaradei, one of the main opposition leaders in Egypt, has also sat on the board of an international "crisis management" group alongside Soros and other personalities who champion dialogue with Hamas, a violent offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood.
The Brotherhood, which seeks to spread Islam around the world in part by first creating an Islamic caliphate in Egypt, now backs ElBaradai, who has defended the group in the news media the last few weeks.
ElBaradei suspended his board membership in the International Crisis Group, or ICG last week, after he returned to Egypt to lead the anti-Mubarak protests.
Soros is one of eight members of the ICG executive committee.
U.S. board members include Zbigniew Brzezinski, who was national security adviser to Jimmy Carter; Samuel Berger, who was Bill Clinton's national security adviser; and retired U.S. ambassador Thomas Pickering, who made headlines in 2009 after meeting with Hamas leaders and calling for the U.S. to open ties to the Islamist group.
Another ICG member is Robert Malley, a former adviser to Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign who resigned after it was exposed he had communicated with Hamas. WND first reported Malley had long petitioned for dialogue with Hamas.