Lest We Forget 9/11

The Liberals urged us to put the original 9/11 attacks behind us.  They never were very happy about the attacks, other than that the hijackers destroyed a hated symbol of Western Capitalism.  That was great, but the attacks also created an unintended backlash of united patriotic fervor.  People started chanting “U.S.A.!  U.S.A!  U.S.A.!” 

They had to wait for the unifying grief and anger to abate before they could begin attacking the country again.  The war in Iraq provided the perfect platform to begin tearing the country down again as an empirical, colonizing super-power, rife with every sort of –ism and phobia.  Racism.  Bigotry.  Misogyny.  Intolerance.  Homophobia.  Colonialism.  Capitalism.  Disrespect for minorities.  The Liberals eventually got the country back on its eternal Guilt Trip.

Freedom was an antiquated notion, though no more “antiquated” than Communism which began in the 19th Century.  Freedom is not nearly as “antiquated” as tyranny, which dates back to the ancient Romans and the Egyptians, who were actually Grecian ex-patriates who enslaved the real Egyptians.

Yes, the Liberals thought the 9/11 “Never Forget” era was forgotten.  So it was, too, until last week when the builders of the 9/11 mosque, looking to expand their building found a piece of the wing wedged between two buildings, a five-foot trailing edge flap support structure, rather than a piece of the landing gear.  A piece of the landing gear crashed through the building where the mosque is now, plummeting straight to the cellar, gutting the building.

The police aren’t certain which plane the debris came from, though it wouldn’t be hard to speculate that it came from the plane that hit the South tower, which was flying northward.  If the landing gear and the wing landed three blocks from Ground Zero, where must the forward section of the plane have landed?  How much farther north?

In any case, this resurrected piece of the 9/11 aircraft serves as a reminder that we should never stop searching for the truth.  Whether we’re looking for the truth about Benghazi, the Boston Marathon bombing, or 9/11, we must never stop insisting on transparency and justice.  We must never forget that we were attacked and never forget that it was an unwarranted attack.  Of the cadre of hijackers on 9/11, 19 were from Saudi Arabia.

These were all attacks against freedom and liberty.  They were the acts of tyrants, thugs, and theocrats who would impose their will upon a free world.  Terror and fear are mighty weapons that can cause the timid to falter, to accept conspiracy theories, to accept blame where no fault exists, and to accept infringements upon their freedom in the name of security.

Now is the time to ask questions and demand answers from our government.  Charged with our national security, this administration’s performance is not only unacceptable, but bordering on treason.  Saudi Arabia claims to fear for its governance, yet it unabashedly funds, with oil money, the Wahhabist schools, some right here in the United States, that brainwash and train future terrorists.

Open the Keystone Pipeline and put an end to dependence upon Arabian and South American oil.  When we cut the terrorist pipeline, we will deprive them of the fuel to come here and wreak havoc, kill innocent Americans, and put our freedoms – of speech, self-defense, and religion – at risk.

Make it suck to be a Saudi.

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Published in: on April 30, 2013 at 12:38 pm  Leave a Comment  

Say “No” to the Dress

Seems like Moms (and Dads) have been under peer pressure forever.  “But Mother, no one is wearing hoop skirts anymore.”  “But Mama, corsets are so out of style.”  “But Mother, skirts above the ankle are the latest fashion.”  “Really, mother, all the girls are wearing nylons these days.”  “Why can’t I wear red lipstick? I’m 16!”  “Mom, no one wears anklets anymore.  That’s so 1950s; it was just to protect the gym floor during sock hops!”  “Come on, Mom; the skirt is only just above the knee.”  “No, I’m not wearing a bra, anymore.  No one is.  All the girls are burning their bras.  It’s not like I’m 13, you know.”  “But Muther, all the girls wear bikinis nowadays!  It’s just a two-piece bathing suit.”  “You wore two piece-bathing suits.  There is so enough material.  All the important places are covered up.  What do you mean, ‘they look like the strings on the Venetian blinds’?  They’re supposed to look that way!”

I remember being in school when the older girls were being measured for how far up from their knees their skirts were.  I remember the fandango over girls wearing pants to school.  I was a fan of that particular fad.  I remember when, finally, no one cared what they wore to school.  Actually, the kids in my day were more covered up at school, not less.  Baggy was just starting to come into fashion.  It came up from the cities, of course, being very convenient for hiding stolen booty.

The other week, a friend held a “facial” party for her 10 year-old daughter.  Girls still love to play dress up and practice putting on make-up.  I wasn’t allowed to even think about it until I was 13 – and then, it was just a little mascara.  This group of young girls got the full treatment, including facial scrub and some sort of vegetable masque.  The mother meant well, but it was a disaster once the girls put the masque on.  I gave the birthday celebrant’s chief a cursory brush with my finger, wondering how tender her skin was and what the masque – intended for older women – would do to it.  Her skin was dewy fresh.  She no more needed that masque than I needed to tie my hair up in pink ribbons and chew bubble gum.

The other ladies at the party helped the girls apply the masque cream.  Immediately, upon application, their skin began to burn and the girls started crying.  Luckily, each girl had a wash bowl filled with water and towels.  The matron attendants immediately removed the scrub.  Once it was off, though, the girls twittered about how soft their skin felt – now.  The next application was moisturizer which hopefully undid the damage of the masque.

Where do girls get these notions about fashion and style?  They start out as little Disney Princesses and wind up like Lindsay Lohan or Britney Spears (No. 4 on a list of the 200 greatest female singers.  Judy Garland only managed a mere 115; Peggy Lee was even further down on the list, somewhere in the 120s.  Garland’s daughter, Liza, did much better).  Spears was so sweet as a young girl.  But it all turned out to be a mirage, to the dismay of fathers everywhere.  Didn’t hurt her career, though.

Girls and women have always looked to Hollywood for their fashion yardstick.  They also look to the fashion magazines.  The Big Four are Seventeen (for the pre- and early teens), Glamour (for the older teens and college freshmen), Vogue (for the college girls looking forward to their graduation into womanhood), and Cosmopolitan (for the young, single career woman possibly looking for a career man, or just a hook-up).

The current style of the strapless gown no doubt began on Hollywood’s red carpet, where only women with artificial breasts could possibly stand up to the demands of what is also known as a décolletage gown.  They’re not unheard of or necessarily objectionable, under the right circumstances, such as a ball.  An adult ball.  There’s a famous scene in the 1957 film The King and I when Anna reveals an off the shoulder gown with a decidedly low neckline.  The King (Yul Brynner) points out the, well, hypocrisy of such a gown when she’s dressed his harem up in “proper” European clothes.  She demurs about revealing shoulders.

The strapless craze really heated up about a decade or so ago when brides started showing up at the church door revealing far more than mere shoulders.  At the height of the fad, a bride could not find a modest gown.  Magazines like Bride and Modern Bride overflowed with voluptuous models displaying minimalist bodices.  Soon, real life brides were donning these half-dresses.  Reality TV shows featured real young brides battling with their mothers and grandmothers over the suitability of such dresses at a church wedding.  Princess Kate helped bring modesty somewhat back into fashion at her 2011 wedding, looking slim and extremely modest in a long-sleeved gown.

The latest flap over wardrobe malfunctions is a middle school in New Jersey where the principal has abolished strapless gowns at an 8th grade dance.  The parents of the students are paying a whopping price for this party – something like $1,200 per student.  But the protest is over the girls’ attire and how it will “distract” the boys, hence the ban.

We can sympathize with the principal’s intentions and agree that strapless gowns are highly inappropriate for 13 year-old girls.  Still, we must remind ourselves that is parents who must make the final decision about what their children wear, not the government, not even when we agree with them and appreciate their help.  Progressives are already claiming publicly that our children don’t belong to us but to the community.

Parents of America, that should be over your dead bodies.  Real fathers would let their 13 year-old daughters out of the house over their dead bodies.  Real mothers would let their husbands see their daughters dressed that way over their dead bodies.  Hollywood, never a good role model for children, is a hopeless case.  Starlets have nothing between their ears but hairspray and hemp.  We should have realized something was wrong when normal brides started dressing that way for their weddings.

Thanks to Princess Kate, couturiers are grudgingly offering brides some sort of choice in the way of more modest gowns.  Still, the designer ads even in Martha Stewart’s Wedding magazine show page after page of “shoulders.”  Not to mention mini-skirt wedding dresses and even flapper wedding dresses.  One model in a web ad looked more like she was wearing a one-piece strapless bathing suit than a dress.  Other ads are beginning to show models outfitted for lesbian weddings.  Of course, not every young woman is endowed with the physique to pull off that look.  Some look like scarecrows and others look, well, Rubenesque.

Wasn’t there a time when women didn’t want to be regarded as “sex objects?”  Especially when they were getting married?  In a church?  This is what our 13 year-olds aspire to now.  Every girl used to dream of how beautiful she would look on her wedding day.  This generation is dreaming of how “sexy” they’ll look ten years from now. 

Well, that’s what comes of putting the cart before the horse and saying “you may” and instead of “you will not” wear that dress to our judgment-challenged teeny-boppers.  It’s up to you, Moms and Dads, not the school and not the government.  Just say “no” to the dress.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Published in: on April 27, 2013 at 6:23 pm  Leave a Comment  

CISPA is Dead; Long Live Freedom of Speech

CISPA – the Cyber Information Sharing and Protection Act, which passed the House of Representatives last week, was tabled by the U.S. Senate today.  On Monday, there was a call for a blackout of the Internet in protest of CISPA.  Ultimately, 917 websites participated.

However the protests of SOPA (the Stop Online Privacy Act) and PIPA (the Protect IP Act) in January 2012 drew thousands of protesting websites, including Wikipedia, Google, Reddit and MoveOn.org.  The online protest of CISPA was so much smaller because many of the major companies actually support the bill.

Companies like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon support CISPA because it removes the burden of monitoring users’ activity.  Had CISPA passed, sites could give any potentially threatening information they wanted to the government, who would then deal with it.  The site would not have been sued for breaking its terms of service.  How very convenient.

While CISPA could have made a service provider’s day-to-day operations and monitoring easier, it would have put users’ personal information at risk, especially since a proposed amendment to the bill, preventing employers from asking for employees’ Facebook passwords.  Even Obama threatened to veto the bill.

Bill sponsor Sen. Jay Rockefeller said CISPA’s passage was “important,” but its “privacy protections are insufficient.”

The bill would have allowed the federal government to share classified “cyber threat” information with companies, but it also provided provisions that would have allowed companies to share information about specific users with the government. Privacy advocates also worried that the National Security Administration would have gotten involved.

That’s not to say Congress won’t pass any cybersecurity legislation this year. Both Rockefeller and President Obama want to give American companies additional tools to fight back against cyberattacks from domestic and foreign hackers.

Obama threatened to veto the bill and the Senate tabled it.  That doesn’t mean Big Brother doesn’t favor listening in and squelching free speech.  It’s just that enough free speech got out there, making citizens keenly aware of the freedom they were about to lose, to cause an uproar that silenced CISPA instead of free speech.

Congress is working on separate cybersecurity to bills to address such issues as hackers and terrorists.

Score one for the First Amendment!

 

 

 

 

Published in: on April 27, 2013 at 3:32 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Knock-Off Jihadists

 “I know what I know; I saw what I saw.  I know my rights; I know the law!”  Miss Minchin

                                                                                                   The Little Princess (1939)

Minimizing or marginalizing a story in which the government plays the role of buffoon, if not villain, is a common practice in the art of propaganda.  The government knows Glenn Beck is on their trail with proof that the Saudi Arabian first noticed by the New York Post in the Boston Marathon Bombing was involved in the bombing, and that he has a previous record with the FBI as a terrorist.

At this point, the government sends in the clown, Joe Biden, to prance and caper before the press court, just as Arthur Treacher did in 1939’s The Little Princess.  All that’s missing is the jackanapes costume and pointed hat.  The aping Biden mocks the notion that the Chechen-American bombers were anything but professional terrorists.  According to Biden and the Department of Homeland Security, they had no ties to any international terrorist organizations and that the elder brother returned to Russia merely to take a very long nap.

Part of the propaganda campaign aims to present Glenn Beck as a “conspiracy theorist” at whom we should laugh and ignore.  Beck, for his part, replied that they were right and it’s up to them to prove him wrong.  Well, no; it isn’t.  Not exactly.  He’s made the charge.  According to our justice system, even the government is innocent until proven guilty.  Only the government is not accountable.  The government can’t be charged with any crimes.  The best Beck can do is publish the papers and let the people decide for themselves.  If, upon reflection, they believe he’s right and the government, particularly Janet Napolitano, is guilty of a cover-up in the Marathon Bombing, they can contact their Congressional representatives, who can hold the bureaucrats guilty of the cover-up to account.

Beck is being targeted by left-wing blogs such as Salon.com as being a “conspiracy theorist,” which is awfully funny considering it’s the left-wing blogosphere that gave us the 9/11 Truthers.  Those are the true crazies who think that 9/11 was an elaborate set-up by the government involving 3-D space canopies that simulate an alien invasion, a space laser that actually melted the Twin Towers, which conflicts with their earlier assertions that thermite brought the Towers down.

That was their belief until they discovered that thermite is a World-War II age weapon that burns rather than explodes.  Yes, it can certainly “melt” or soften steel until its strength is compromised and it collapses.  But it doesn’t explode.  The puffs of smoke and the explosions people on the scene on 9/11 saw and heard was the air pressure increasing as the floors pancaked, driving the air out from the lower floors and blowing out windows.

These liberal sites also insist that no one was onboard the planes.  The passengers were taken out to sea, beyond the scope of radar, and sunk into the ocean.  But if, as they believe, the thermite could do the job, why bother hijacking airliners.  Well, they don’t have the answers to everything.  “I want explanation for this!” Miss Minchin demands.  “Yes,” replies Sara (Shirley Temple).  I will; as soon as I can think of one.”

In more recent times, we have The Birthers, those people who believe Obama was born in Kenya, not Hawaii.  Many Conservatives and Tea Partiers fell for this one.  This rumor was begun by none other than Hillary Clinton.  Unfortunately, the Tea Partiers fell for it.

But the Liberals are back in form, busy covering up a bombing and then accusing Conservative reporters, bloggers, and pundits of manufacturing conspiracy theories.  Now it’s Joe Biden and the Knock-Off Jihadists.  More people (14) died in the West, Texas fertilizer manufacturing plant than in Boston, but more people lost their legs and are maimed for life in Boston.

Why the cover-up over Saudi Arabia?  How can they just walk all over our country and overturn justice?  What connection do the Saudis have to Obama and the Keystone Pipeline?  The Keystone Pipeline would certainly upset the balance of oil.  If The Kingdom lost its “pipeline” to U.S. assistance, we would see a worse uprising than the one in Egypt.  In addition, nepotism is rife in Saudi Arabia.  Thousands and thousands of royal family members are employed either in the government or the oil industry.  They have a good deal to lose if the monarchy is overthrown.

Yet they’re the ones funding the Wahhabi sects and mosques.  They’re educating knock-off jihadists right here in the United States.  To the conspiracy theorists who believe Obama is secretly a Muslim, this cover-up is a feast.  No wonder they’ve got Joking Joe out there trying to convince the public that there’s nothing to see in Boston, and even less to see on Glenn Beck’s program or in the pages of the New York Post.

In the case of Building 7 during the 9/11 attack, I can give the municipal government and New York City fire department some credit.  I can well imagine that they imploded the building.  The fire had been burning for countless hours.  The architecture of the building, with an open plaza under the building made it susceptible to collapse as the Twin Towers came down, blasting debris under the building with a hurricane force draft.

The NYFD was losing men trying to fight the main fire.  There was no saving Building 7.  All they were doing was wasting water, chemicals and manpower trying to fight it.  The building was empty by then.  It made perfect sense for the fire chief to decide to implode the building and put an end to that fire.  No wild conspiracy theories.  No government cover-up.  No blunders.  Just common sense.

In the case of the Boston Marathon Bombing, the government gets no credit, nor does its public relations, mainstream media, bloggers, and Twitterheads.  The two Chechnyans made the perfect white fall-guys.  They were willing.  The older brother had a record.  But neither being employed, they didn’t have the means to carry out the deed.  Or the know-how.  How did the older brother afford the trip back to Russia?  How did DHS miss his record?

Keep on asking questions, America.  Remember the Kennedy Assassination?  Remember how they convinced us of the Lone Gunman theory, only to find out years later that Kennedy was shot from the front, right between the eyes?  The Liberals are trying to play the same psychological games today, trying to discredit credible sources.  We know now from the Kennedy Assassination that it’s not the numbers (of believers); it’s the facts.  Just the facts.

 

Published in: on April 25, 2013 at 3:35 pm  Leave a Comment  

U.S. Navy Scuttles Fleet Week

Citing the budgetary crisis code-named “The Sequester,” the United States Navy announced that it is cancelling Fleet Week, the naval armada up New York Bay past the Statue of Liberty and the World Trade Center the week before Memorial Day weekend. 

The ships turn around at the George Washington Bridge then dock along the Hudson and East Rivers.  The crews are then permitted a week of liberty, where they tour Manhattan, go shopping and buy souvenirs for wives, sweethearts, and children, see Broadway shows, and do what seamen have done since ships first set sail – spend their money.  The spree generates $20 million for New York City.  $20 million taxable dollars.

The Navy states that it has had to make hundreds of millions of dollars in cuts and scuttling the annual armada – parade of ships – was one way.  However, the Navy hasn’t divulged just how much Fleet Week costs them.  It can’t be the salaries.  The seamen are paid no matter where you send them.  It can’t be the fuel; the ships sit in dock for a week.  Some of the ships that participate are sailing ships.  It’s really hard to imagine just what costs could be involved in participating in Fleet Week.

Let’s take a look at some real porkulus expenditures in 2013:

$430 million for Hollywood through “special expensing rules” to encourage TV and film production in the United States.  Producers can expense up to $15 million of costs for their projects.

    • $331 million for railroads by allowing short-line and regional operators to claim a tax credit up to 50 percent of the cost to maintain tracks that they own or lease.
    • $222 million for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands through returned excise taxes collected by the federal government on rum produced in the islands and imported to the mainland

Then there’s the Hurricane Sandy relief.  The Fleet Week line-up begins, ironically enough, at Sandy Hook (not the school; it’s a point on the Jersey Shore).  Here’s what the federal taxpayers are on the “hook” for: 

  • $56.8 million for charting the debris from last year’s Japanese tsunami.
  • An undisclosed amount for fisheries in Alaska
  • $20 million for a nationwide “Water Resources Priorities Study”.
  • $188 million for new Amtrak lines (not repair, whole new lines).
  • $100 million for the federal Head Start day care program.

Yet the government would have us believe, even as they send hundreds of billions of dollars in aid to Palestine, that the Memorial Day Fleet Week flotilla is a waste of resources during an economic downturn.  The Navy thinks it’s “wasteful” to salute the lost heroes of the waves, pay homage to the World Trade Center site, and salute one of our greatest symbols of freedom, the Statue of Liberty, whose pedestal was not built with taxes but the donations of thousands of schoolchildren’s pennies in 1886.

Politicians are renowned for such maneuvers when the public clamors for restraint in spending and the cutting of waste.  Connoisseurs of public pork, politicians and bureaucrats select only the choicest, most popular of programs to cut in order to teach the public a lesson.  In this instance, they choose to cut an event that has grown popular with the public over the years and that has the added advantage of saluting the heroes of freedom. 

Our politicians and bureaucrats certainly do not salute freedom.  They point to the national debt as the excuse, but there is no greater debt our nation owes than to the men and women who perished defending our freedom.  Cancelling Fleet Week puts us deeply in arrears of that debt.

 

 

 

 

 

Published in: on April 24, 2013 at 6:25 pm  Leave a Comment  

Sinister CISPA Rules

Sinister CISPA Rules

Americans in general have the greatest respect for law enforcement.  The last thing anyone wants to do is hinder or endanger an investigation that will either prevent or prosecute a crime, especially a federal crime against the country.  Older Americans still remember the broadcasts of “Hanoi” Jane Fonda.  Loose slips sink ships.

In theory, Americans agreed with the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2011, giving the government the right to classify certain information for national security purposes.  What is the difference, though, between classified information and a cover-up, sensitive information and a secret?  When do Americans have the right to know what’s going on?

Rand Paul and Judge Andrew Napolitano had their Facebook and Twitter posts “redacted” – blacked out – yesterday.  Paul is a U.S. Senator, Napolitano a former Federal judge.  They aren’t some conspiracy theorist yahoos blaming the Boston Marathon bombings on “crisis actors” – they’re extremely credible and responsible sources who would never endanger operatives overseas or our military.

We’ll never know what was blacked out on their Facebook sites.  The posts have completely vanished.  When the government has that much control over information, when we can’t even question what the subject was, much less what information they were disclosing, freedom of speech has one foot in the grave.  We expect to see those ominous black marks in official government reports, not on the Internet.  Not on Facebook or Twitter.

When the government redacts information on an official document like the 9/11 Report, no one’s really surprised; the case isn’t closed.  When they redact information on Benghazi or the background of the Marathon bombers – the third bomber, that is, which the New York Post reported on – and mysteriously redact all information and refuse to press any charges against the Saudi national – the government draws suspicion upon itself.  The case was opened and closed before anyone could even ask, “What really happened?”

 CISPA is a black mark on American history and the First Amendment.  We were warned.  The black mark is an ominous sign for the fate of truth and justice.

H.R.3523 – Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2011

To provide for the sharing of certain cyber threat intelligence and cyber threat information between the intelligence community and cybersecurity entities, and for other purposes.

Official: To provide for the sharing of certain cyber threat intelligence and cyber threat information between the intelligence community and cybersecurity entities, and for other purposes. as introduced.

Short: Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2011 as introduced.

Short: Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act as reported to house.

Short: Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act as passed house.

 ‘‘CYBER THREAT INTELLIGENCE AND INFORMATION SHARING

‘‘SEC. 1104. (a) INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY SHARING OF CYBER THREAT INTELLIGENCE WITH PRIVATE SECTOR AND UTILITIES.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—The Director of National Intelligence shall establish procedures to allow elements of the intelligence community to share cyber threat intelligence with private-sector entities and utilities and to encourage the sharing of such intelligence.

‘‘(2) SHARING AND USE OF CLASSIFIED INTELLIGENCE.

—The procedures established under paragraph (1) shall provide that classified cyber threat  intelligence may only be—

‘‘(A) shared by an element of the intelligence community with—

‘‘(i) certified entities; or‘‘(ii) a person with an appropriate security clearance to receive such cyber threat intelligence;

 ‘‘(B) shared consistent with the need to protect the national security of the United States; and

“(C) used by a certified entity in a manner which protects such cyber threat intelligence from unauthorized disclosure.

Published in: on April 23, 2013 at 5:07 pm  Leave a Comment  

Happy Lenin’s Birthday

Today is Earth Day, aka Vladimir Lenin’s Birthday.   In 1969, the United Nations proposed March 21, 1970, as the first official, international Earth Day.  In the United States, a separate Earth Day holiday was declared by Sen. Gaylord Nelson on April 22, 1970, which also happened to be  the 100th anniversary of Lenin’s birth.  Ironically, Nelson was later awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom award for his work.

 

Denis Hayes, of the nonprofit Earth Day Network, chaired the first Earth Day in 1970, proclaiming it the largest secular holiday in the world. 

Nelson chose the date in order to maximize participation on college campuses for what he conceived as an “environmental teach-in”. He determined the week of April 19–25 was the best bet as it did not fall during exams or spring breaks.  Moreover, it did not conflict with religious holidays such as Easter or Passover, and was late enough in spring to have decent weather. More students were likely to be in class, and there would be less competition with other mid-week events—so he chose Wednesday, April 22. The day also fell after the anniversary of the birth of noted conservationist John Muir.

Unbeknownst to Nelson, April 22, 1970, was coincidentally the 100th anniversary of the birth of, Vladmir Lenin when translated to the Gregorian calendar (which the Soviets adopted in 1918).   Time magazine reported that some suspected the date was not a coincidence, but a clue that the event was a Communist trick, and quoted a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution as saying, “subversive elements plan to make American children live in an environment that is good for them [the Communists, that is]. 

FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover may have found the Lenin connection intriguing; it was alleged the FBI conducted surveillance at the 1970 demonstrations.  The idea that the date was chosen to celebrate Lenin’s centenary still “persists” [according to Wikipedia] in some quarters, an idea borne out by the similarity with the subbotnik [Volunteer Day] instituted by Lenin in 1920 as days on which people would have to do community service, which typically consisted in removing rubbish from public property and collecting recyclable material. Subbotniks were also imposed on other countries within the compass of Soviet power, including Eastern Europe, and at the height of its power the Soviet Union established a nation-wide subbotnik to be celebrated on Lenin’s birthday, April 22, which had been proclaimed a national holiday celebrating communism by Nikita Kruschev in 1955.

On this Earth Day, I celebrate the fact that the resident squirrels took out a second bird feeder on my Ugly Neighbor’s property.  They took the first one down while she was away (possibly in the hospital).  It’s how I knew she wasn’t around.  The thing lay on the ground for two weeks before the landscapers moved, and lay on the porch for yet another week before it disappeared.

 

In retaliation, she tried to smash my “Welcome” statue; but she succeeded in only breaking the back, not the front.  To further annoy me, she placed her trash barrel on the side of her patio nearest mine, which she had been told not to.  Happily, this gave Mr. & Mrs. Squirrel more convenient access to her second bird feeder.   Within a week, it was gone.

I have nothing against feeding birds.  As a matter of fact, I had an excellent birdfeeder tower that allowed maximum birdfeeding.  I derived great enjoyment watching the sparrows squabble over food.  But then the Bag of Bones moved in, and promptly called the Health Department and complained about scattered seed (seed which she herself had scattered), further whining that it drew wild animals.  Ironically, she has – or had – numerous birdfeeders set up around her patio.  In addition, she feeds the wild ducks along the brook, which our by-laws specifically forbid.

 

So on this Earth Day, I would like to thank the squirrels for their (unintentionally) beneficent work.

 

            Thank you for the food we eat

            Thank you for the world so sweet.

            Thank you for the birds that sing

            Thank you, God (and the squirrels) for everything.

 

 

Published in: on April 22, 2013 at 3:40 pm  Comments (2)  

The Silent Partner

After the barrage of the gunfights between law enforcement and the Boston Marathon Bombers, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, and Dzhokar Tsarnaev, 19, the entire city of Boston and its suburbs, especially to the west, fell silent.  The silence was eerily reminiscent of the New York area after the September 11th, 2001 attacks.  Broadway went dark.  Lower Manhattan was literally in the dark, as the crash of the buildings had cut critical communications and power lines.

 

To the west of New York Cities suburbs, the scene was different.  The city itself may have been busier than its suburbs.  No one stirred.  There was no traffic on the roads.  Stores were closed.  Families stayed home, clinging to one another in sorrow.

 

For Boston residents, the silence was a little different.  This was an imposed silence, a curfew mandated by law enforcement while they hunted down the bombers.  Businesses were ordered closed.  Businesses that were open were told to shelter their employees in place.  Public transportation was shut down and cars were ordered off the roads.  Residents couldn’t leave their homes, particularly in Watertown, where the firefight had occurred the night before.

 

There were three possibilities: the 19 year-old was holding a family captive; he was hiding in woods or in someone’s shed; he had stolen a car and fled the area, possibly heading for New York City.  His last tweet was that he would avenge his brother’s death.  He was finally discovered by a Watertown resident who noticed his covered boat had been disturbed.  When he looked into the boat, there was Jokhar.  The resident called the police, who quickly converged on the residence.

 

Curfews have been known to be imposed when a prisoner escapes from jail.  For their own safety, local residents are ordered to stay inside their homes with their doors locked.  But this was a major city and its suburbs shut down in order to track down one, albeit extremely dangerous, man.

 

Bomber No. 1, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was dispatched in a firefight after hijacking a car at a 7/11.  His younger brother got away.  Tamerlan had spent some time on the border between Russia and Chechnya, one of the most ruthless terrorist training grounds in the world.

 

Firefights, manhunts, the shut-down of an entire city.  All exciting stuff that kept the unemployed glued to their televisions all of Friday.  Meanwhile, the Media was silent on a third suspect, a Saudi Arabian student in the United States on a student VISA.  A couple of Saudi Arabian bigwigs suddenly turned up, including the Saudi Arabian ambassador begging that the boy be released, even though he was photographed at the site of one of the bombs just before they went off, and seen speaking with what appeared to be Bomber No. 1.  Suddenly, the Media went silent.  Nothing to see hear, folks; let’s take a look at the shoot-outs.

 

Only Glenn Beck and his news outlet The Blaze refused to remain silent.  Following is the information they recovered:

 

Background points:

  • A Saudi national originally      identified as a “person of interest” in the Boston      Marathon bombing was set to be deported under section 212 3B —      “Security and related grounds” — “Terrorist activities” after the bombing
  • As the story gained traction,      TheBlaze’s Chief Content Officer Joel Cheatwood received word that the      government may not deport      the Saudi national, originally identified as Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi
  • Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano refused      to answer questions on the subject when confronted by Rep. Jeff Duncan      (R-SC) on Capitol Hill.
  • An ICE official said a different Saudi national is in      custody, but is “in no way” connected to the bombings.
  • A congressional source,      however, says that the file on Alharbi was created, that he was “linked”      in some way to the Boston bombings (though it is unclear how), and that      documents showing all this have been sent to Congress.
  • Key congressmen of the      Committee on Homeland Security request a classified briefing with Napolitano
  • Fox News’ Todd Starnes reports that Alharbi      was allegedly flagged on a terrorist watch list and granted a student visa without being properly      vetted.  Sources close to the investigation also told him the Saudi      is still set for deportation.
  • New      information provided to TheBlaze reveals Alharbi’s file was altered early Wednesday evening to disassociate      him from the initial charges
  • Sources say the Saudi’s student      visa specifically allows him to go to school      in Findlay, Ohio, though he appears to have an apartment      in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Sources tell us this will most      likely now be kicked from the DHS to the DOJ and labeled an ongoing      investigation that can no longer be discussed.

Monday morning Glenn Beck laid out what he knows about the Saudi connection to the Boston marathon bombings.  It is a story that the mainstream media has all but completely ignored, though Beck says TheBlaze’s Chief Content Officer Joel Cheatwood reached out to numerous other networks in an effort to get the story out.   Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano refused to acknowledge the story even existed when questioned by Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) last Friday.

But now a number of congressional sources have confirmed that the story is as TheBlaze reported last week, and Beck is presenting more pieces of the big picture.

“This week has changed me,” he said at the top of his radio program on Monday.  “The events in Boston changed me….The events in Washington around Boston changed me.”

We crossed an “extraordinarily disturbing threshold” last week, Beck said, but we know “exactly who we’re dealing with now.”

After a discussion of how Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is currently under guard in the hospital, wasn’t read his Miranda rights, Beck proceeded to lay out a number of key points on the case.

 “While the media continues to look at what the causes were of these two guys, there are, at this hour, three people involved,” he said.  “The first one is the one we are going to address.”

Beck proceeded to highlight the background of the Saudi national first identified as a “person of interest” in the Boston bombings, Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi, noting that the the NTC issued an event file calling for his deportation using section 212, 3B which is proven terrorist activity.

“We are not sure who actually tagged him as a ’212 3B,’ but we know it is very difficult to charge someone with this — it has to be almost certain,” Beck explained.  “It is the equivalent in civil society of charging someone with premeditated murder and seeking the death penalty — it is not thrown around lightly.”

Beck continued, noting that after Secretary of State John Kerry met with Saudi Foreign Minister Saud on Tuesday, the FBI began backtracking on the Saudi national from suspect, to person of interest, to witness, to victim, to nobody.

Then, on Wednesday, President Obama had a “chance” encounter with Saudi Foreign Minister Saud and Saudi Ambassador Adel al-Jubeir.

“Wednesday at 5:35 p.m. the file is altered,” Beck said.  “This is unheard of, this is impossible in the timeline due to the severity of the charge….You don’t one day put a 212 3B charge against somebody with deportation, and then the next day take it off.  It would require too much to do it.”

“There are only two people that could revoke the deportation order — the director of the NTC could do it after speaking with each department, the FBI, the ATC, etc. — which is impossible to do in such a short period of time, — or, somebody at the very highest levels of the State Department could do it.  We don’t have any evidence to tell you which one did it,” Beck said.

Congressman Duncan is in possession of the original event file along with other members of the House Homeland Security Committee, and have sent a formal letter of request (which we have a copy of) to Napolitano for a classified briefing on the Saudi national and the deportation order. 

Beck proceeded to highlight more key points: The Saudi national was allegedly once flagged on a terror watch list and granted a student visa without being properly vetted.

If, as an ICE official said last week, there is actually a second Saudi in custody, who is it? Beck asked.  Why were there were no names, no pictures presented?  The fact is, an event was created for one Abdul Rahman Ali Al-Harbi indicating he was to be deported for terrorism activity related to the Boston bombing. If this file was created with another Abdul Rahman Ali Al-Harbi in mind, don’t you think we should know about it?”

Beck proceeded with more exclusive information:

The Saudi’s student visa specifically allows him to go to school in Findley, Ohio.  He has been in this country six months.  He has an apartment in Boston, Massachusetts.

If this is a case of mistaken identity, then who is the person named in the file, with the same name, with the 3B charge?  And If DHS was working with the person as a source to out the bombers, then why was there a 3B Charge? 

Exclusive: Why wasn’t the Congressional Committee on Homeland Security notified?  Why are they being cut out of all information?  This is protocol. 

We are working on the family connections, and there is more to come. 

Sources tell us this will most likely now be kicked from the DHS to the DOJ and labeled an ongoing investigation that can no longer be discussed.  This will be the reason Napalitano won’t It is still unclear why the government is stonewalling the media on information as to why the file initially labeled Alharbi as a threat, only to change that designation later in the week.  Is there a legitimate threat that’s being covered up?  Did the government have actual concerns about Alharbi, but was too quick to connect him in this instance and is now trying to stave off embarrassment?

Bottom line, Beck said: “I need you to call your congressmen right now.  There are congressmen who are aware of this, have seen the documentation — they need your support, they need your help…If we do not stand up, he is on a plane tomorrow or he is already gone.”

“We demand answers from the Justice Department and this administration.”

Beck proceeded to put the issue in a larger perspective, noting that multiple news outlets reported after 9/11 that prominent Saudis were allowed to leave the country, even as all flights were grounded.

“The Bush administration would later block the investigation into Saudi involvement into 9/11, even though 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudis, and would eventually force the redaction of a answer the Homeland Security Committee’s request for a briefing.  Like Benghazi they have heavy into a disinformation campaign floating a variety of scenarios to confuse the media — but that apparently doesn’t take much — to prevent the story from being pursued… They are also working very hard to discredit those on the scent.

28-page chapter of the 9/11 Commission report regarding foreign, specifically Saudi, support for some of the Al-Qaeda hijackers,” Beck said, noting that the questionable relationship between Saudi Arabia and the United States goes back further than the current administration.

But, he said, we have now taken that relationship to a whole new level. “On January 14, 2013 President Obama met with Saudi Minister of Interior,” Beck remarked.  “Two days later Janet Napolitano signed agreement with Saudi minister allowing ‘trusted traveler’ status on Saudi student visitors, meaning greatly reduced security checks and scrutiny.”

“This is trusted traveler status that we don’t give to some of our most trusted allies, and we gave it to Saudi Arabia last January?” Beck said.  “So they can just walk into our country no questions asked?”

“There is a pattern,” he said.  “There is a relationship between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia the American public doesn’t know about. The case of Abdul Rahman Ali Al-Harbi is only the latest example.”

The brothers were white.  You can’t get “whiter” than a couple of guys from the northern Caucasus in Russia.  The third guy was of a decidedly different tint.  But never mind.  Okay.  The brothers were white.  Fine.  They were killers.  They got one, the one the Russian warned U.S. officials about.  He was an Islamic terrorist not a Chechen separatist.  His family lived on the Russian side.  But he was decidedly Muslim.  He forced his wife to wear the hijab and he probably recruited his younger brother.

 

Questions need to be asked about the third man.  We should be asking our Congressional representatives questions.  If they give us the brush off, we should push back.  These brothers had more targets in mind.  That’s why they didn’t try to escape.  They didn’t think we were paying attention.  They thought we were asleep, the way we were on Sept. 10th.

 

But on Sept. 10th, digital cameras were a relatively new thing.  We were still learning how to use them.  On Sept. 10th, I was still using my trusty film camera.  That was 12 years ago.  Technology has taken giant steps.  Digital video cameras are ubiquitous and now there’s a platform – YouTube – which anyone can post their videos to.  Or share with the police.

 

Few people were watching on Sept. 11th.  That was yesterday.  Today, everyone has their eyes open.  Now they just have to learn to open their mouths and say something to our government.

 

Published in: on April 22, 2013 at 2:18 pm  Leave a Comment  

Black, White, or Somewhere in Between

In the on-going saga of the Boston Marathon, there’s been much speculation about the color of the skin of the suspects, who were captured on one of Lord & Taylor’s security cameras.  Most media reported, without publishing the photos, that they were “brown.”  CBS reported that they were “white.”

The intrepid New York Post went ahead and published the photos of the alleged bombers: they’re brown and appear to be of Middle Eastern descent.  What’s more, the FBI and the State Department, in collaboration with the Saudi Arabian embassy have been playing ball with the Saudi Arabian student here in the States on a student VISA.  He’s going to be deported.  No, wait!  He’s staying!  No, wait!  He’s going – he wants to go home.  No, he’s staying!  No, he belongs to an important Saudi family; he’s going.  No, wait!  He’s a material witness and possible suspect in the bombing – he’s staying.

They’ve also checked out the marathon hero.  However, it’s the brown-skinned guy who was first wearing, and then was missing, the backpack identified as carrying the bomb.  It’s pretty damning evidence, even though they haven’t caught him, much less arrested him, arraigned him and put him on trial, along with his cohort.

Now that we sort of know who the suspects are, the Liberals have quickly switched back to the theme of gun control legislation, which the Senate has rejected.  There’s been outrage from Gabby Gifford, Sandy Hook parents, and of course, Obama.  He threw a royal temper tantrum when he learned about the bill’s fate.

 “The American people want this (gun control legislation)!” he cried.

No, they don’t.  They want to know who set off the Boston Marathon Bomb.  Now that it looks as if it may have been Arab/Islamic/Muslim terrorists, the Media has turned away from the story.  Old news.  “Only” three people died, compared to the 26 in Newtown, Conn.  They’re not interested in why the government is in a hurry to ship off the Saudi Arabian student.  They’re not interested in why no one was concerned about that bag sitting in front of the guard rail at the finish line.

But they are interested in the suspects’ skin color.  Now that papers can publish color photos and broadcasting companies have websites, nothing is black or white anymore.  You can better distinguish features more accurately.  Nor do the professional photographers have the monopoly on photos, choosing what you can see.  Today, everyone has a camera.  Stores have video cameras.  Tourists have video cameras.  Bloggers have video cameras.

Now you can – perish the Progressive thought – “discriminate.”

 

Published in: on April 18, 2013 at 1:43 pm  Comments (1)  

Don’t Fire Until You See the White of Their Skin

The Media and the Right-Wing blogs are all agog in speculating about whether, and especially who the FBI may or may not have in custody for the Boston Marathon bombings.  CBS is already crowing that the suspect is identified as a white male wearing a black jacket, grey hoodie, and white baseball cap (backwards).

Up until yesterday, I willingly jumped to the conclusion that it was Islamic terrorists.  They deserve our suspicion.  However, experts noted that the bomb was inexpertly constructed.  The gunpowder wasn’t tamped down, which meant it wouldn’t give off as much bang for the buck.  When Al Qaeda blows people up, they go all the way.  They’re probably quite indignant that we would suspect them of such a half-baked job.  Although, even if they didn’t do it, Muslims in the Arab world were celebrating all the same.

The Progressive Media is anxious for the culprit to be a white, male Tea Partier.  They would consider a gift from the Space Aliens, if not God.  Think of the mileage they would get out of trouncing the Tea Party for producing such a criminal.

An interesting point about these bombs were that they were aimed low, according to a physician who was on scene, practically next to the bomb, and yet received no injuries at all.  That doesn’t sound like Arab terrorists.  Not exactly, anyway.  The bomb was of the Afghan-type:  pressure cooker, steel parts, metal fragments, nails, miscellaneous projectiles.  Someone was aiming for the legs.  At the Boston Marathon, a leg-running race.  Message?

The first wild speculation would be the bomber or bombers were veterans from Afghanistan, possibly having suffered leg injuries.  They wouldn’t be Conservatives, however, because this was definitely an anti-war statement.  The Liberals might just have to own the criminal after all, though they’ll take advantage of the opportunity to criticize the war and Blame it on Bush.

Though the three deaths, one a child, were tragic, the bombers could have killed many more people.  Thank God, they didn’t.  But why the relatively low body count?  In fire department lore, there have been arsonists who turned out to be firefighters who set the fire then returned to be the hero rescuing people and putting out the fire.

Well, we’ll know in a little while.  This is definitely a story that has legs.

 

Published in: on April 17, 2013 at 4:58 pm  Comments (1)