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The extremist prosecution of Manning, accused of ‘aiding and abetting al-Qaida’, poses a real threat to US press freedomThe extremist prosecution of Manning, accused of ‘aiding and abetting... more
Yes, your Democratic President, Barack Obama, is committed to cutting social security, Medicare, and Medicaid even though these are “entitlements”, meaning you already funded these employee medical and retirement benefits from weekly paycheck withdrawals over your entire adult life. Sad, isn’t it, that the middle class is not entitled to its own money.
By the way, social security and Medicare are referred to as “entitlements” because you are entitled to this money. Yes, this is actually your money, funds that you and your employer have been contributing at a rate of 15.3% of your payroll earnings over the past 40 to 50 years of your working adult life to the Social Security Administration’s trust. Of course, the purpose of social security and Medicare is to provide a modest, meager pension income and major medical insurance coverage following your retirement, after slaving away for most of your entire life so you could have just a little bit of security in the few remaining years of your life.
Don’t believe it? Have you read Bob Woodward’s new book, “The Price of Politics”? It’s all there, in black and white, how President Obama has confessed to being a “blue dog” Democrat, committed to cutting entitlements, since the year 2009, or before. For more evidence of President Obama’s betrayal of the American working and middle classes, please see, “Cenk Uygur says President Obama will definitely cut the entitlements of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid” available at http://www.cpa-connecticut.com/blog/?=p6194
Regarding social security, Obama’s game plan is to raise the retirement age up two or three years, so instead of retiring at age 66, you will now be eligible to retire at 69 years of age. If the retirement age is raised to 69 years of age, for instance, that is like the federal government robbing you of $65,000 of your own money! You don’t get three years of retirement monies. Wow. A supposedly Democratic President shafting labor. Where is the outcry from Democratic members of Congress? They all know this is about to occur.
Let your Democratic leaders, and President Obama, know how you feel about their intentions to cut social security, Medicare, and Medicaid, and tell them BEFORE the election.
The Barefoot AccountantYes, your Democratic President, Barack Obama, is committed to cutting social security,... more
Say what you like about George W. Bush's intelligence, but he's done one thing you probably haven't — write a book. Or most of it anyway.
Ryan Grim at the Huffington Post dropped a bombshell on Friday:
"[The book includes] worn-out anecdotes from previously published memoirs written by his subordinates, from which Bush lifts quotes word for word, passing them off as his own recollections. He took equal license in lifting from nonfiction books about his presidency or newspaper or magazine articles from the time. Far from shedding light on how the president approached the crucial "decision points" of his presidency, the clip jobs illuminate something shallower and less surprising about Bush's character: He's too lazy to write his own memoir."
To say this is mind-blowing would be an understatement. The victims include Bob Woodward and the Washington Post, among others. Of course the publisher, Crown Books, has come out with a strong denial, but the facts speak for themselves. Check out the slideshow at the HuffPost for all the examples found thus far. Grim encourages readers to scour the book for more possible instances of plagiarism, and to use online tools to verify, and then email them in for compilation.
The list of examples will surely grow. And although most of these literary crimes were probably committed by Bush's assistant Peter Rough rather than the former president himself, the damage has been done. Apologists will say something along the lines of: "It wasn't Bush, he was misled by the people who were working for him." Which sounds eerily similar to the excuses used for the missteps committed when he was the most powerful man in the world.
http://talkingskull.com/article/plagiarism-in-bushs-memoirSay what you like about George W. Bush's intelligence, but he's done one... more
(VIDEO) Is Obama Going To Have America ‘Absorb A Terror Attack’ To Save His Presidency?, And Crush Resistance To Big Gov.???Will Obama Force America To “Absorb A Terror Attack” To Save His Presidency?
Ominous words suggest desperate administration could turn to false flag in bid to crush resistance against big government
Paul Joseph Watson & Alex Jones
September 22, 2010
President Obama’s ominous claim that America can “absorb” a terror attack will have many fearing that staging some kind of false flag event will be the only way the government can overturn the massive resistance to big government that has grown exponentially since Obama took office.
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During an interview with journalist Bob Woodward, the president said, “We can absorb a terrorist attack. We’ll do everything we can to prevent it, but even a 9/11, even the biggest attack ever . . . we absorbed it and we are stronger.”Will Obama Force America To “Absorb A Terror Attack” To Save His... more
Beginning with the first publication of a newspaper in the Colonies in 1690, and continuing to this day with journalists appearing in broadcast format and on the Internet, journalism has been a huge part of America’s development.Beginning with the first publication of a newspaper in the Colonies in 1690, and... more
Bob Woodward's final book on the Bush years in Iraq, The War Within, reports that top secret American targeting and assassination operations--extra-judicial killings--were "very possibly" the biggest factor in reducing violence in 2006-07, even more than the so-called troop surge itself.
He writes that the "groundbreaking" operations were carried out as Special Access Programs or under the Special Compartmentalized Information effort.
Woodward and his editors consider this strategy of summary executions of "key individuals in extremist groups" so ultra-sensitive that they chose not to reveal "the state secrets that have been so beneficial to Iraq."
"Because disclosing the details of such operations could compromise their ongoing use," Woodward writes, "I have chosen not to include more here."
The programs were considered "awesome" by President Bush and were effective enough to give "orgasms" to the top intelligence adviser to Gen. David Petraeus, Derek Harvey.
As he has in the past, Woodward chooses to keep significant and explosive news a secret out of deference to the Pentagon and White House. The media is no longer independent, but part of the national security apparatus. (The New York Times, for example, held the story on FISA/domestic wiretapping for one year.)
Thus far no mainstream media writer has sought to uncover the whole story, and why it was withheld since being launched in May 2006.
No member of Congress has raised a question either. Most lawmkers, however well-intentioned, know little about counterinsurgency doctrine, the actual role of counterterrorism units, and the vast gulags that already hold some 100,000 Iraqis and Afghans in detention without charges or lawyers.
Some immediate questions:
• Since the Iraqis on the receiving end presumably know about these tactics, why keep them secret from the American public, Congress and media?
• How are the operations consistent with US constitutional law and international human rights standards?
• Are they joint US-Iraqi operations, or only US operations?
• Are those targeted for execution carrying out any military action at the time, or do their names only have to appear on target lists?
• Did the target lists come from Iraqi informants or official sources, and how were they verified?
• Why were the targets killed instead of being detained?
• How many targeted individuals were killed or made to disappear?
• Who in the Administration, Congress and upper echelons of the media have known, and for how long?
This is the essence of a dirty war, and could well be the updated "global Phoenix program" recommended by Petraeus adviser David Kilkullen in 2004.
The shame is the utter silence with which the news is being met. Bob Woodward's final book on the Bush years in Iraq, The War Within, reports that... more
During a street battle in Baghdad on April 12 2003, Al-Ghazali describes witnessing American troops unveil an oddly configured tank which “suddenly let loose a blinding stream of what seemed like fire and lightning, engulfing a large passenger bus and three automobiles.”
“Within seconds the bus had become semi-molten, sagging “like a wet rag” as he put it. He said the bus rapidly melted under this withering blast, shrinking until it was a twisted blob about the dimensions of a VW bug. As if that were not bizarre enough, al-Ghazali explicitly describes seeing numerous human bodies shriveled to the size of newborn babies. By the time local street fighting ended that day, he estimates between 500 and 600 soldiers and civilians had been cooked alive as a result of the mysterious tank-mounted device.”
Al-Ghazali adds that following the battle, U.S. troops were scrupulous about burying the evidence of the weapon’s deadly consequences, but that telltale signs remained which he showed to journalist Dillon.
Dillon, a battlefield medic in Vietnam, Somalia and Kosovo, stated, “I’ve seen a freaking smorgasbord of destruction in my life, flame-throwers, napalm, white phosphorous, thermite, you name it. I know of nothing short of an H-bomb that conceivably might cause a bus to instantly liquefy or that can flash broil a human body down to the size of an infant. God pity humanity if that thing is a preview of what’s in store for the 21st century.”
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I wonder if much of those missing trillions of dollars at the Pentagon have been and are being spent on secret weapons research of the kind that even the government is not informed or conscious of.Excerpt: During a street battle in Baghdad on April 12 2003, Al-Ghazali describes... more
In a move that only the lappiest of lapdog journalists could pull off, veteran journalist Bob Woodward noted that the US currently has a "secret killing program" in Iraq. It's so powerful, Woodie claims, that it's the real reason behind the drop in violence in Iraq (thus taking credit from the surge). So what is this top secret killing machine? Woodward won't say, thus dropping him to the level of that girl who came up to you at the 6th grade lunch table and said, "I know who has a crush on you, but I'm not telling."
In a move that only the lappiest of lapdog journalists could pull off, veteran... more
At the Joint Chiefs of Staff in late November 2006, Gen. Peter Pace was facing every chairman's nightmare: a potential revolt of the other chiefs. Two months earlier, the JCS had convened a special team of colonels to recommend options for reversing the deteriorating situation in Iraq. Now, it appeared that the chiefs' and colonels' advice was being marginalized, if not ignored, by the White House...
... Pace, Schoomaker and Casey found themselves badly out of sync with the White House in the fall of 2006, finally losing control of the war strategy altogether after the midterm elections. Schoomaker was outraged when he saw news coverage that retired Gen. Jack Keane, the former Army vice chief of staff, had briefed the president Dec. 11 about a new Iraq strategy being proposed by the American Enterprise Institute, the conservative think tank....
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At the Joint Chiefs of Staff in late November 2006, Gen. Peter Pace was facing every... more
Bob Woodward discusses new book "The War Within" on 60 Minutes