Friday, August 07, 2009

When the Absurd Becomes Reality! (Part 2)

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Genetically Modified Mosquitos
By Brandon Turbeville
Global Research, December 13, 2010
Activist Post
While “scientists” have been genetically modifying insects for years, only in the last few have they begun to openly discuss releasing them into the environment. As always, the fact that public discussion has just now begun to take place on the issue means that the project has already been initiated. This much has been borne out by the facts in that the release of the insects has already been announced.
Under the guise of eradicating Dengue fever, GM mosquitoes were released into the environment in the Cayman Islands in 2009. Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne, virus-based disease that has largely been non-existent in North America for several decades. Dengue fever can morph into a much more dangerous form of the illness known as Dengue Hemorrhagic fever. Symptoms of Dengue fever are high fever, headache, pain behind the eyes, easy bruising, joint, muscle, bone pain, rash, and bleeding from the gums. There is no known cure or treatment for Dengue fever besides adequate rest and drinking plenty of water.
Generally speaking, it is one specific type of mosquito, Aedes aegypti, which transmits the virus.
The publicly given method for using these GM mosquitoes in the eradication of Dengue fever was that the genetically modified mosquitoes were “engineered with an extra gene, or inserted bacterium, or have had a gene altered so that either their offspring are sterile and unable to spread dengue, or simply die.” More specifically, the male GM mosquitoes are supposed to mate with natural females which produce larvae that die unless tetracycline, an antibiotic, is present. Without the antibiotic, an enzyme accumulates to a level that is toxic enough to kill the larvae.
It is important to note that these GM mosquitoes, known as OX513A, necessarily have to be of the Aedis aegypti type in order to achieve the goals publicly stated by the developers. Therefore, the millions of male mosquitoes that were released into the open-air environment in 2009, and again in 2010, were all of the dengue fever carrying type.
The OX513A mosquitoes were developed by a British biotechnology company named Oxitec and their subsequent release was overseen by the Mosquito Research and Control Unit (MRCU) in the Cayman Islands, a British overseas territory.
Although Oxitec Limited was the developer who engaged in most of the groundwork for the GM insects, the project was not theirs alone. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Health Organization, The PEW Charitable Trusts, and government agencies in the United States, England, Malaysia, and others were all involved in the development and promotion of the GM mosquitoes.
What has been quite suspicious, however, is the fact that Dengue fever, which has been nonexistent in North America for decades, has recently surfaced in Florida. Initially, the fever was found in 2009, but by 2010 the cases had vastly increased. In July 2010, a CDC study was released to very little media attention indicating that about 10 percent of the population of Key West had been infected with Dengue fever. This had doubled from 2009 where 5 percent had been infected. One might wonder what caused a virus that had been almost entirely eradicated to suddenly reappear with such vigor. That is, one might wonder if the answer weren’t so blatantly obvious. Of course, official reports do not address whether or not
the Dengue fever is connected to the millions of mosquitoes capable of carrying the fever which were released just miles away in the Cayman Islands.
While Dengue fever had been eradicated in terms of naturally occurring outbreaks in the United States, cases that were research-related and laboratory-generated have occurred in the country for many years. This is because Dengue fever has been of particular interest to the United States government, US Army, and CIA since at least the middle part of the 20th century. There is a great deal of evidence suggesting that the biochemical research facilities at Fort Detrick were conducting tests on Dengue fever as a bio-weapon as far back as 1942. It is generally known that in the 1950s the CIA partnered with Ft. Detrick to study Dengue fever and other exotic diseases for use as biological weapons.
It is also interesting to note that, according to CIA documents as well as a 1975 congressional committee, the three locations of Key West, Panama City, and Avon Park (and two other locations in central Florida) were testing sites for Dengue fever research.
As is generally the case, the experiments in Avon Park were concentrated in low-income neighborhoods, in areas that were predominantly black with newly constructed housing projects. According to H.P. Albarelli Jr. and Zoe Martell of Truthout, CIA documents related to the MK/NAOMI program revealed that the agency was using the Aegis aegypti type of mosquito in these experiments as well. In one of these experiments, 600,000 mosquitoes were released over Avon Park and in another 150,000 insects were released in specially designed paper bags that were designed to open up when they hit the ground.
Truthout interviewed residents (or test subjects) of Avon Park still living in the area who related that there were at least 6 or 7 deaths resulting from the experiments. As quoted by Truthout, one resident said, “Nobody knew about what had gone on here for years, maybe over 20 years, but in looking back it explained why a bunch of healthy people got sick quick and died at the time of those experiments.” Truthout goes on to point out that around the same time of the Avon Park experiments “there were at least two cases of Dengue fever reported among civilian researchers at Fort Detrick in Maryland.”
In 1978, a Pentagon document titled, “Biological Warfare: Secret Testing & Volunteers” revealed that similar experiments were conducted in Key West by the Army Chemical Corps and Special Operations and Projects Divisions at Fort Detrick.
Like the current situation, U.S. government agencies teamed with NGOs, academia, and other organizations
to conduct mosquito-related projects. Operation Bellweather, a 1959 experiment consisting of over 50 field tests, was conducted over several states including Georgia, Maryland, Utah, and Arizona, and Florida. Operation Bellweather was coordinated with the Rockefeller Institute in New York; the facility that actually bred the mosquitoes. What's more, the experiment was aided by the Armour Research Foundation, the Battelle Memorial Institute, Ben Venue Labs, Inc., the University of Florida, Florida State University, and the Lovell Chemical Company.
The military and CIA connections to Dengue fever outbreaks do not end with these experiments, however. It is widely believed that the 1981 outbreak in Cuba was a result of CIA and U.S. military covert biological attacks. This outbreak occurred essentially out of nowhere and resulted in over one hundred thousand cases of infection. Albarelli and Martell write:
American researcher William H. Schaap, an editor of Covert Action magazine, claims the Cuba Dengue outbreak was the result of CIA activities. Former Fort Detrick researchers, all of whom refused to have their names used for this article, say they performed ‘advance work’ on the Cuba outbreak and that it was ‘man made.’
In 1982 the CIA was accused by the Soviet media of sending operatives into Pakistan and Afghanistan for the purposes of creating a Dengue epidemic. Likewise, in 1985 and 1986, authorities in Nicaragua made similar claims against the CIA, also suggesting that they were attempting to start a Dengue outbreak.
While the CIA has characteristically denied involvement in all of these instances, army researchers have admitted to having worked intensely with “arthropod vectors for offensive biological warfare objectives” and that such work was conducted at Fort Detrick in the 1980s. Not only that, but researchers have also admitted that large mosquito colonies, which were infected with both yellow fever and Dengue fever, were being maintained at the Frederick, Maryland facility.
There is also evidence of experimentation with federal prisoners without their knowledge. As Truthout reports:
Several redacted Camp Detrick and Edgewood Arsenal reports indicate that experiments were conducted on state and federal prisoners who were unwittingly exposed to Dengue fever, as well as other viruses, some possibly lethal.
With all of the evidence that CIA and military tests have been conducted regarding Dengue fever, there is ample reason to be concerned when one sees a connection like the recent release of mosquitoes and the subsequent outbreak of Dengue fever in Florida, a traditional testing site for these organizations.
The response to the Dengue outbreak should also be questioned as aerial spraying campaigns were intensified. While these sprayings were claimed to be for the eradication of the Dengue-carrying mosquitoes, the number of people who contracted the illness actually rose.
Another questionable incident related to mosquito-borne Dengue fever and the sudden outbreak occurred on November 15, 2010. A University of South Florida molecular biologist apparently committed suicide by drinking cyanide at a Temple Terrace hotel. Dr. Chauhan, had studied mosquitoes and disease transmission at the University of Notre Dame. While ordinarily this would not be cause for concern, when one considers the level of interest maintained in mosquito-borne illnesses by both the military and intelligence agencies, the death of Dr. Chauhan might well be something that should be investigated further.
Until her death, she was a post-doctoral researcher in the Global Health department in the College of Public Health. Those who knew her described her as both very bright and very enthusiastic. Maybe this is a coincidence, but regardless, it is one that should be looked at closely.
Unfortunately, the issue of GM insects being released into the wild does not end with increasing Dengue fever and malaria. In 2009, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation awarded $100,000 each to researchers in 22 countries in order to develop mosquitoes that would act as “flying syringes.” Essentially, the mosquitoes would be genetically engineered to deliver vaccines with each bite.
The money was distributed to a wide variety of academic institutions, non-profit organizations, government agencies, and private companies. The funding was part of what was termed in an AFP article “the first round of funding for the Gates Foundation’s 'Grand Challenges Explorations,' a five-year 100-million-dollar initiative to ‘promote innovative ideas in global health.’” The basic premise
behind the flying mosquito vaccines is that an insect will be genetically modified to produce antibodies to a certain disease in their saliva, which is then transmitted to the individual when the mosquito bites them.
There is a host of problems with this method that range from the moral to the scientific. First, the presence of antibodies does not necessarily mean immunity, and the transfer of them does not in any way provide immunization to the subject being injected with them. The science related to antibodies and immunity is still largely unsettled. Vaccines, themselves, are completely ineffective and have never been proven effective by a study that was not connected to a drug company or a pharmaceutical company. They are, essentially, faith-based medicine.
Even more frightening is the potential of releasing genetically modified mosquitoes that contain actual diseases in their systems to purposely cause a human pandemic. Those who have weakened immune systems would be at the highest risk, but this would no doubt include everyone else as well since they would also be infected with the viruses when bitten. Person-to-person spreading would take over where the mosquitoes left off. Add to this the potential for simultaneous pandemics (if different versions of the insects were used simultaneously) and one has the recipe for genocide on a mass scale. Unfortunately, this is the scenario that many have envisioned for some time.
Nevertheless, although Gates has invested so much money, and so many hardworking individuals and prestigious universities have invested so much time and effort, the general consensus of the media is that the flying syringes will never take flight. This is because, as Science NOW reports,
The concept of a ‘flying vaccinator’ transgenic mosquito is not likely to be a practicable method of disease control, because ‘flying vaccinator’ is an unacceptable way to deliver vaccine without issues of dosage and informed consent against current vaccine programs. These difficulties are more complicated by the issues of public acceptance to release of transgenic mosquitoes.
However, it is quite difficult to believe that the Gates Foundation distributed such a vast amount of money to researchers without first questioning whether or not their efforts were feasible for future use. It is likewise very hard to believe that once these issues were considered, that the Gates Foundation would simply throw away money on a project that was doomed to failure. In fact, anyone who actually believes this is unfortunately very na├»ve. Clearly, we are being conditioned to accept and expect these organisms to be released on the public on some future date. What the context will be, however, is anyone’s guess.
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Teacher Bans Pencils from Class, Cited Potential ‘Weapon Making’
Matt Ryan
Infowars.com
November 30, 2010
In another example of children being considered potential terrorists, a Massachusetts teacher sent home a note to each parent of her sixth-grade class banning all pencils and pens from school including the student’s person, backpack, and on the bus citing that they could be used in “weapon making”.
The letter read:
students would no longer be allowed to bring writing implements to school. It said pencils would be provided for students in class and any students caught with pencils or pens after Nov. 15 would face disciplinary action for having materials “to build weapons.”
After receiving several calls from the media, the school district quickly retracted the ban, stating that the teacher sent the notice on their own authority without prior approval of the school board.
This isn’t the first case of a teacher or school taking a drastic stance against minor and otherwise harmless items at school. A school in Rhode Island banned one student from wearing a hat that featured an American flag and plastic toy soldiers made in honor of soldiers. The 8-year-old boy made the hat as part of an assignment when they were to meet their pen-pals. He decided it would be a good idea to decorate it to be patriotic. The school disagreed.
A 7-year-old was expelled for over a year after a teacher found a toy gun in his backpack. The toy never left
his bag, and wasn’t used in any threatening manor. The school board determined that the young boy should have to risk repeating the second grade as a just punishment for bringing a toy with him to school.
If that wasn’t crazy enough, a student was nearly expelled over a 2-inch Lego gun made for a policeman figure. The Staten Island student was playing with Legos during his lunch period when a teacher spotted a tiny toy gun no bigger than a quarter. This landed him in big trouble resulting in threatened suspension and even expulsion.
Are teachers, principals, and school board members taking their zero-tolerance policies just a little too far? While there is no denying that bringing a live firearm on school property should be strictly forbidden, instilling fear of retaliation by public employees for even possessing a toy leaves a lasting and potentially harmful mark on a child’s psyche. This is an early conditioning that teaches students to fear their own actions, and with notes like the one above banning writing utensils, to possibly submit to restrictions on creativity and expression. Keeping a journal or writing about your experiences was also banned in Orwellian 1984.
Note from Alex Jones: This is a form of mind control to teach children that the image of a gun in a slave’s hand is evil, while the same weapon in the hands of a swat team is good.
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Senate Confirms 2nd Jewish Lesbian to Court
by Henry Makow Ph.D.
August 5, 2010
But never say Zionists have taken over.
The Senate Thursday confirmed Elena Kagan as the 112th justice and fourth woman to serve on the Supreme Court. The vote was 63-37 for President Barack Obama's nominee to succeed retired Justice John Paul Stevens.
The confirmation of the unsightly Solicitor General signals that the Illuminati satanic cult that governs America intends to use government institutions to enslave Americans.
Both of Barack Obama's appointees have been Jewish lesbians. This is significant now that the California ban on gay marriage is headed for the court.
The first appointee Sonya Sotomayor is no more a "Latina" than I am. She is a Marrano crypto Jew who belonged to the lesbian Belizean Society.
Her boss, Barack Obama, is the son of an Illuminati Jewess. Kagan is a lesbian who, like Obama, hails from Chicago where Sabbatean Jews (Illuminati) perform child sacrifices. See the testimony of Vicki Polin.
With the appointment of Kagan, four of the nine Supreme Court judges will be Jews. That's 44.4% for a minority group consisting of less than 2% of the population. There will be no White Protestants, which illustrates the true meaning of "diversity."
Clearly the Illuminati do not intend to represent the 83% of Americans who self-identify as Christians.
Many people have remarked on Kagan's unfitness for the job. Not only has she never been a judge; she hasn't even been an attorney! Like Barrack, her academic career is notable for a lack of publications. Like Obama, her qualifications consist of her usefulness to the cult.
She supports massive government censorship of TV, press and Internet. She is prepared to use the law to silence "hate speech" i.e. opposition to "diversity" (i.e. the advancement of homosexual values and "minority" rights.)
"We live in a society marred by racial and gender inequality. Certain forms of speech perpetuate and promote this inequality. The disappearance of such speech would be cause for great elation," she said in a law journal article.
Who better to rule against defenders of traditional marriage and family than a militant lesbian?
We also know she supports indefinite detention without trial.
This is consistent with being a go'fer for a satanic cult intent on enslaving us. Her name "Kagan" is the name for the imperialist Khazar Jewish king. Her namesake Lazar Kaganovich was Stalin's deputy responsible for the genocide of millions of Ukrainian farmers and the great purge.
Not just the names are the same. So is the agenda. These Satanists are determined to corrupt, degrade and destroy America. Impostors and traitors, they have taken control of government.
Chicago Jewish gangster Rahm Emmanuel and the media mounted a major hype campaign to "rahm" this nomination through.
Kagan was portrayed as "brilliant" and a "conservative" because of her hard line stand on [state-sponsored] terrorism. Communist is more like it.
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(Sotomayor, above)
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A group called "Americans for a Constitutional Government" ran feel -good ads on CNN supporting her nomination. You can bet they are an Illuminati Communist front.
Kagan, who could be on the court for thirty years, is the last nail in the coffin of marriage, family and American freedom.
Obama makes appointments on the basis of ethnic or sexual identity. So it is quite appropriate to comment in these terms. But in reality, these appointments simply Illuminati puppets.
(Right: Young Kagan. Misfits rise to serve Luciferian bankers)
Clearly, we are witnessing an assault on heterosexual Americans of Christian European origin. The object is to destroy American sovereignty and democracy; and meld the US into a Luciferian world government and religion controlled by Illuminati (Masonic Cabalist) bankers.
When will average Americans realize their country has been subverted by a satanic cult? And when are Jews going to realize that, wittingly or unwittingly, they are fronting for this cult?
Americans are being set up for a fall by the Illuminati but they are no more alarmed than sheep grazing outside an abattoir.
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Wikileaks Confirm US Funds Taliban
August 2, 2010
by Henry Makow Ph.D.
Oh! The horror! The betrayal!
Wikileak documents reveal that Pakistan has been funding the Taliban.
"The Taliban are stronger than ever and a crucial component of their success is the support they receive from Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). The military spy agency nurtured the Taliban in the 1990s and has maintained ties to the group ever since."
And guess who has been funding Pakistan and the ISI to the tune of billions of dollars? Billions of which "go missing?"
Just two weeks ago, Hillary Clinton announced millions more. Obama officials say the US-Pakistani relationship will not be harmed by these revelations. [Read: http://www.newsweek.com/2009/10/21/about-those-billions.html#]
Of course not. The goyim must continue to destroy themselves in Afghanistan.
Pakistani support for the Taliban is spun in terms of rivalry with India. In fact, the Pakistani Interservices Intelligence Agency takes its orders from the CIA, and the CIA is run by the Illuminati bankers.
The Illuminati bankers can't embroil the goyim in perpetual wars without financing both sides. Otherwise the wars would end abruptly. Similarly, North Vietnam was dependent on Russia and China during the Vietnam war. And Russia/China were funded by same bankers.
The Illuminati bankers have waged war on humanity by starting and financing every war and revolution for more than 400 years, all to wear us down in preparation for their world tyranny, the New World Order.
(from April 26 2009 "American Taxpayers Finance the Taliban" by Henry Makow)
The Illuminati bankers have to finance both sides of every war, and Afghanistan is no exception. As they have pilfered the US government's credit card, this means the American tax payer is paying for the Taliban. And since Barack Obama is sending an additional 68,000 soldiers, "over the next several years", this won't be small Change.
The role of America's Illuminati political "leadership" is to shepherd these funds through Congress (i.e. the credit card terminal.) Last week, Hillary Clinton sounded critical of Pakistan but she was actually campaigning for $7.5 billion in "economic" aid and $3 billion in military assistance for Pakistan. She said the money is needed for more "government services." No doubt, this includes the Illuminati's payment for providing America with an enemy. [Read: http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2009/apr/23/1n23pak00468-pakistan-abdicating-taliban-clinton-s/?uniontrib]
The Illuminati hide in plain sight. Just Google "Pakistan Aid to Taliban" and discover what US legislators and media should know. The Taliban is financed, trained and run by Pakistan's Interservices Intelligence Agency. The ISI is a branch of the CIA, which is run by the Illuminati bankers.
In October 2006, NATO clearly identified the Taliban as an ISI operation:
"NATO is now mapping the entire Taliban support structure in Balochistan, from ISI - run training camps near Quetta to huge ammunition dumps, arrival points for Taliban's new weapons and meeting places of the shura, or leadership council, in Quetta, which is headed by Mullah Mohammed Omar, the group's leader since its creation a dozen years ago...
In Panjwai the Taliban had also established a training camp to teach guerrillas how to penetrate Kandahar, a separate camp to train suicide bombers and a full surgical field hospital. Nato estimated the cost of Taliban ammunition stocks at around £2.6 million. "The Taliban could not have done this on their own without the ISI," said a senior NATO officer.
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This may explain why Pakistan with an army of 500,000 and 500,000 reservists has shown no appetite for confronting the Taliban. The country is probably run by the ISI. [Read: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/24/world/asia/24pstan.html?_r=1&bl&ex=1240804800&en=00c6c1fd04ee13be&ei=5087%0A]
In August, 2008, George W. Bush read the riot act to the Pakistanis (wink, wink):
"President George W Bush confronted Yusuf Raza Gillani, Pakistan's prime minister, in Washington with evidence of involvement by the ISI, its military intelligence, in a deadly attack on the Afghan capital and warned of retaliation if it continues. ... Gillani... was left in no doubt that the Bush administration had lost patience with the ISI's alleged double game." [Read: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/article4449330.ece]
Paradoxically, the US uses the Taliban as an excuse to fund the Pakistanis!:
Last Friday, "Gen. David Petraeus urged Congress to approve $3 billion in aid to Pakistan for training its troops to fight insurgents in tribal areas. The most important, most pressing threat to the very existence of their country is the threat posed by the internal extremists and groups such as the Taliban and the syndicated extremists."
So let's keep this straight. The US is fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan while using the Taliban as an excuse to fund Pakistan who is maintaining the Taliban. Oh dear. And from Pakistan's viewpoint, the Taliban is the reason they are getting all this money.
Meanwhile Pakistan is a nuclear power. But it is not our enemy. Iran is our enemy. By some logic, Pakistan can have nuclear weapons but its neighbor Iran cannot.
In conclusion, in the New World Order there must be perpetual war and someone's got to pay for an enemy. So, the US is funding both sides of the Afghanistan war. If Americans aren't kept busy fighting Muslim extremists, they might figure out who their real enemy is, and we can't have that.
Also See:
Taliban Still Working for the CIA?
by Henry Makow Ph.D.
November 6, 2009
http://www.henrymakow.com/taliban_still_working_for_the.html
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Hasan Gets Promoted, McCabe Gets the Shaft
Our military is being neutered at an alarming rate
By Jayme Evans
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
The primary job of the US military is to bring as much force to bear as is necessary to implement the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States. We recruit, motivate, train, pay, equip, order, and expect those brave enough to answer their country’s call to go anywhere around the world at a moment’s notice to kill or capture those who stand in the way of achieving those objectives.
The least we, as a nation, can do to support them in their mission is to refrain from second guessing their every battlefield decision. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what America’s future politicians, the armchair quarterbacks of the JAG Corps, are doing to yet another of America’s bravest, most dedicated warriors.
Anyone who watched the Iraq war coverage on television remembers the horror as the charred bodies of American security contractors were dragged through the streets of Fallujah and strung up from a bridge. To the relief of the families of those four American men and the entire nation, the best of the best, the US Navy SEALS, eventually apprehended those responsible for this and other senseless acts of depravity.
As a result of that successful mission, US Navy SEAL Operator SO2 Matthew McCabe stands accused, not of war crimes, desertion, treason, or executing civilians, but of assault, dereliction of duty and the ubiquitous, ridiculous, trumped-up charge of making false official statements for allegedly punching captured terrorist Ahmed Hashim Abed in the stomach and impeding the investigation. McCabe’s fellow SEALS, Julio Huertas and Jonathan Keefe, are charged with impeding the subsequent investigation.
SEALS are chosen, not because they’re some Rambo-like sack of testosterone itching for a fight, rather for their brains, discipline, psychological make up, composure and ability to adapt quickly under pressure. They aren’t bar-room braggarts who liquor-up and boast about their abilities or exploits or show their temper easily. Rather, they are the quiet, consummate professionals who perform thankless and often secret tasks that none of us would ever wish to do. I find it objectionable to even suggest that one of America’s most disciplined warriors, who underwent months of the most grueling training imaginable and could have rang that bell and washed out at any time, would lose his composure in the manner he’s accused of. That’s my opinion, but I’m biased.
Let’s play Devil’s Advocate just for a moment and pretend that McCabe did punch this cretin in the bread basket. Thank you, Petty Officer McCabe. Can I buy you a steak and a beer? As a former Navy Petty Officer and Shellback, I can tell you that I’ve seen tougher punishment meted out for an individual who failed divisional inspection; far rougher interactions, including bloodshed and broken bones, between military members themselves, over a woman or off-color joke.
Lesson 18 of the Manchester document , recovered from an al Qaeda safe house and translated by British intelligence, begins by instructing the terrorist to claim torture and mistreatment. We’ve seen terrorists level accusations of murder, torture and mistreatment over and over again, so why wouldn’t they claim they were force-fed a knuckle sandwich?
Terrorists get Constitutional rights, while McCabe may not even get the chance to face his accuser
Convening Authority Major General Charles T. Cleveland was given wide latitude to dispose of these charges however he saw fit. Unfortunately, he chose the nuclear option. I’m sure Major General Cleveland is well-intentioned. Unfortunately, the road to Hell is paved with good intentions.
The military’s track record for fair trials leaves much to be desired. I no longer trust in the UCMJ or the military justice system’s ability to ensure our warriors get fair trials. If you want to talk about trust, #HYPERLINK http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=94995 ask Sgt. Brian Foster, wrongfully convicted, stripped of his humanity and Constitutional rights and imprisoned by a kangaroo court. He trusted the system would correct the wrongs perpetrated by malicious prosecutors and indifferent judges, but it took them 10 years.
Our military is being neutered at an alarming rate. Every allegation against every Soldier, Sailor, Airman or Marine who doesn’t belong to some protected class is prejudged by their leadership. Major Hasan gets promoted while SO2 McCabe gets the shaft. Terrorists get Constitutional rights, while McCabe may not even get the chance to face his accuser. This isn’t the country I swore to defend. These allegations are among some of the most petty I have ever heard of. These guys deserve medals.
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Truth in Advertising Laws Do Not Apply to Pet Food
By Susan Thixton
Published 08/21/2009
Federal Trade Commission Act Laws say one thing; AAFCO Pet Food regulations say something completely different. Laws that require advertisers of every other product sold in the U.S. to be truthful, do not apply to dog food or cat food.
Directly from the pages of The Federal Trace Commission’s website, “Advertising must be truthful and non-deceptive”. To the complete opposite, AAFCO (American Association of Feed Control Officials) regulations state “the label of a pet food may include an unqualified claim, directly or indirectly”. EXCUSE ME? A direct unqualified claim is certainly not truthful and it is definitely deceptive. Does anybody of authority care about this?
The FTC’s website continues:
“What makes an advertisement deceptive?”
“According to the FTC's Deception Policy Statement, an ad is deceptive if it contains a statement - or omits information - that:
Is likely to mislead consumers acting reasonably under the circumstances; and
Is "material" - that is, important to a consumer's decision to buy or use the product.”
YES pet food labels and pet food advertising that make ‘direct unqualified claims’ mislead consumers! YES dog food and cat food ‘direct unqualified statements’ on labels and advertising is ‘material’ to a consumer’s decision to buy or use the product! But no one of authority seems to care.
Let’s look at some examples of pet food advertising …
“Pro-Active nutrition for a Long and Healthy Life”
“Nutritionally Complete for Healthy Body Weight”
“Natural Super-Premium”
Please note! The above statements are legally allowed per AAFCO regulations despite the fact they may or may not be true.
Can you imagine if a fast food restaurant advertised their chicken sandwich or hamburger as ‘Lunch for a Long and Healthy Life’? Or another fast food chain claiming ‘Meals Nutritionally Complete for Healthy Body Weight’? The FTC would come down on them so quickly the sixty second commercial would barely be over before it was demanded to be taken off the air. Fines and media attention would surround the fast food chain. Every newspaper and television station in the country would be reporting on XYZ Fast Food misleading consumers with false statements. Yet the FTC does nothing about pet food advertising.
Of course pet owners want their pets to live longer, be healthy, and eat a premium natural food! Of course these advertising tag lines influence pet owner purchases. Hello…FTC…are you paying attention to this? Is anyone paying attention? AAFCO regulations allow pet food to make direct unqualified claims, the FDA flatly accepts AAFCO’s ‘work’, and everyone of authority seems to turn a blind eye to it all!
If you are angry at Pet Food for misleading consumers, consider this…if the IRS told you they would like for you to pay your taxes but you don’t have to, would you pay taxes? Would you send the IRS a big fat check every April 15th even though you didn’t have to? The blame for this atrocity lies with those that make the regulations – AAFCO; and those that don’t bother to enforce Federal Laws – the FDA, the FTC, and members of Congress.
By the way, AAFCO regulations do NOT override FTC Federal laws. AAFCO doesn’t take responsibility for their actions by continually stating they only ‘recommend regulations’. The FDA doesn’t take responsibility for their actions by stating AAFCO writes the rules; yet they blindly follow AAFCO’s every decision. (I wonder if AAFCO recommended the FDA jump off the roof, if they’d do it?) Each State Department of Agriculture as well, typically accepts AAFCO rules and regulations without question (although some states have minor variations).
Lesson to learn…Keep remembering pet food regulations allow dog food and cat food manufacturers to do things that NO OTHER INDUSTRY can. Unlike tobacco, alcohol and even the pharmaceutical industry, pet food is allowed to violate several Federal Laws (Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, Federal Trade Commission Act) openly and without any repercussions. Warn every pet owner you know.
Please know, there are high quality dog foods and cat foods out there, learn a few things to understand the difference. Read ingredients, understand a few definitions, call the manufacturer and ask questions. But definitely do not believe everything you read on a pet food label or see during a pet food commercial.
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
Susan Thixton
Truth about Pet Food
Petsumer Report
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NJ city considers adult curfew after crime spate
By Victor Epstein, Associated Press Writer
Aug 18, 2009
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_PATERSON_CURFEW?SITE=MITRA&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT
PATERSON, N.J. (AP) -- Curfews might not be just for kids anymore in one northern New Jersey city.
Seeking to curb violence after a spate of deadly summer shootings, Paterson officials are considering an unusual ordinance that would prevent people of all ages from gathering outside in public late at night.
The measure could be the nation's first citywide, non-emergency curfew to include adults, several experts said. "We're trying to think outside the box," said Mayor Jose Torres. "This was triggered predominantly by fear among city residents over the shootings that have been occurring this summer."
A 29-year-old Paterson man was gunned down in his car last week in the latest chapter of a tit-for-tat battle between rival groups, according to police who decline to describe them as gangs. The battle has generated community fear, even though overall shootings and violence remain low by historical standards.
Paterson, New Jersey's third-largest city at 147,000 people, has had six homicides and 30 shootings this year, according to city data. That compares with 13 homicides and 37 shootings for the same period of 2008.
The curfew would last for two months and bar people from loitering outside from midnight to 7 a.m. Violators would face up to a $2,000 fine and 90 days in jail. It would not apply to people in transit.
The measure was initially scheduled for consideration by the City Council on Monday, then Tuesday, and is now slated for Sept. 1. If the measure is approved, a second vote and a public hearing would still be needed before it goes into effect.
Legal challenges are a possibility, and Torres attributed the voting delays to the need to word the ordinance just right.
The American Civil Liberties Union has already successfully defeated several juvenile curfews in New Jersey courts, said Ed Barocas, legal director of the state ACLU. Adult curfews are usually associated with the imposition of martial law, which typically is restricted to emergencies, wartime or military occupation, according to the ACLU.
"An adult curfew is unprecedented in our state," Barocas said.
"It's just completely unheard of," said Jon Shane, a professor of policing administration at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. "Not to mention being generally unconstitutional."
As unpalatable as the measure is among legal scholars, some Paterson residents are willing to consider anything that diminishes the violence.
Mohamed El Filali, a 44-year-old Paterson resident, said he fears the proposal will only drive illegal activity indoors.
"If it curtails crime I don't have an issue with it," said El Filali, outreach director for the Islamic Center of Passaic County. "It's a bold and ambitious gesture."
DaShaun "Jiwe" Morris, who describes himself as an inactive member of the Bloods street gang, said the ordinance is problematic because it clearly targets illegal gang activity and depends on the ability of police to distinguish between gang members and neighborhood residents sporting the same hairstyles and fashions.
"They're going to get a lot of the wrong people," said the 28-year-old Morris, who lives in nearby Newark. "It's an invitation to racial profiling."
New Orleans, New York City and Jersey City are among cities that have previously imposed curfews in designated areas, such as parks, but those bans were not citywide.
AP news researcher Rhonda Shafner in New York contributed to this report.
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Bonehead Of The Day
By Bob Parks
Thursday, August 6, 2009
http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/13444
This man could be bothered to make any statements about his two captured web journalists (let alone, go get them), but when Bill Clinton did what the administration couldn’t, Al Gore just had to step in for some of the limelight.
Former Vice President Al Gore also spoke to the throngs of journalists at the news conference. He expressed his gratitude to Clinton and President Obama and his administration who “have been deeply involved in this humanitarian effort.” Lee and Ling are employed by Gore’s California-based media company, Current TV.
With more pressing items to deal with, like saving the planet, it’s amazing Al Gore got off his fat ##### to greet a couple of mere employees released from a sure North Korean-prison camp-death sentence. Then again, it’s even more sad that the women who were abandoned by their boss, saw fit to embrace him anyway.
Liberals first.
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Michelle Thinks She Was Elected Empress
Angry, arrogant, unpatriotic, mean-spirited Michelle
By Warner Todd Huston
Monday, June 29, 2009
http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/12419
The Washington Post had an interesting article on June 25 headlined, “A First Lady Who Demands Substance.” I think it was meant to highlight that fact that Michelle Obama is more than a mere first lady but is a strong, substantive person — which is, by the way, without question. Unfortunately, though, it ended up revealing a Michelle Obama that is an angry, arrogant, martinet that isn’t aware that “first lady” is an honorary title that has no proper, Constitutional role and is not an elected position with legal, legitimate powers of its own.
The story penned by Lois Romano comes on the heels of Michelle’s dismissal of her chief of staff, Jackie Norris, who was replaced by 61-year-old Susan Sher. Apparently, this switch is supposed to mark the arrival of the new Michelle Obama, the one that will have “impact” at the “fulcrum of power and policy.” To pursue this new “power” Michelle has hired a full-time speech writer and has told her staff to think “strategically.” Impact? Power? Strategically? I have but one question: who elected you to this “power,” Michelle? I also have an answer: no one. What a presumptuous, arrogant woman this wife is! I can’t believe I am going to say this, but here goes… Michelle, if you want legal and legitimate power do it the right way like Hillary Clinton did. Actually get elected to something. Don’t steal it illegitimately like Hillary tried to do when she was First Lady. Go gain what you imagine is your rightful place at the seat of power the proper way. Run for something.
Now, don’t misunderstand me here. I am neither saying that wives are unimportant nor that a first lady should hide her light under a bushel for the entire time she is in the White House. But a first lady, Michelle, does not direct policy, nor serve as an official advisor in government, nor have “deliverables” to promulgate, nor have much of a role with czars and “advisory boards.” That, little lady, is for the actually, legally empowered, officials.
To put it simply, dear, you ain’t no official.
Aside from the arrogance of Michelle’s “vision” of what her “official role” is to be, one is struck with the monumental waste of the taxpayers money this “role” of first lady has become. It has been a money pit for a long time, of course. Mary Lincoln spent a King’s ransom on curtains, china and furniture when she sashayed into the White House in 1860 and all of Washington tsked her for it. Nancy Reagan was tweaked for her expenditures as well, as were many other first ladies of history.
But a close reading of this Washington Post article shows and incredible array of high powered former business execs and whatnot taking spots on the “staff” of First Lady Michelle “the Empress” Obama. And guess what, folks? We are paying for this nonsense.
Worse than the money is the assumption of privilege that this first lady and her high-powerd staffers seem to be accruing to themselves. Look at where these “first lady staffers” are ending up in the White House on a daily basis:
Every morning, Rogers and Sher attend White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel’s 8:15 staff meeting. Johnston, a newcomer to Obama’s circle but a White House veteran, and Katie McCormick Lelyveld, the first lady’s press secretary, sit in on White House press secretary Robert Gibbs’s daily message meeting. As part of the president’s domestic policy team, Frye meets with its staff weekly. Senior aides David Medina and Trooper Sanders work on national service and international issues, and Norris remains close to the office in her new job at the Corporation for National and Community Service.
Chef of staff meetings, press secretary meetings, senior aide meetings, domestic and international policy issues? Why is a first lady staffer in on any such meetings? They have no role to play in these meetings nor does their “boss,” the first lady.
Chillax, honeypie. Read a magazine, watch the kids, and leave the policy to the real officials, will ya?
There is one more tidbit in this story that reveals the angry, unpatriotic, mean-spirited Michelle we learned about during the late campaign in this piece.
She also intentionally served a formal dinner to the nation’s governors on mismatched china — 28 years after Nancy Reagan famously complained because nothing matched and proceeded to spend $200,000 on a new set of Lenox.
Wow. What a creep. She went out of her way to cast aspersions on former first lady and wife of one of America’s most beloved presidents? Why? What purpose did this serve other than to be mean spirited? No wonder she was never proud of her country in her adult life. She is too hard hearted to have it in her.
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Also See:
When the Absurd Becomes Reality
(Part 1)
23 March 2009
http://arcticcompass.blogspot.com/2009/03/when-absurd-becomes-reality.html
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