OBAMA PURGING U.S. MILITARY LEADERSHIP

OBAMA PURGING U.S. MILITARY LEADERSHIP

WASHINGTON – After multiple top generals described to WND what they regard as a full-scale “purge” of the U.S. military by the Obama administration, the commander of U.S. Army Garrison Japan was summarily relieved of duty and his civilian deputy reassigned, pending a “misconduct” investigation.

Nine generals and flag officers have been relieved of duty under Obama just this year – widely viewed as an extraordinary number – and several sources put the total number of senior officers purged during the five years of the Obama administration as close to 200.

In response, prominent retired generals – ranging from Army Maj. Gen. Paul E. Vallely, a Fox News senior military analyst, to Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin, a founder of the Army’s elite Delta Force, to Medal of Honor recipient Maj. Gen. Patrick Henry Brady – have all gone on the record with WND, characterizing Obama’s actions as nothing less than an all-out attack on America’s armed forces.

According to U.S. Army Japan, Col. Eric Tilley was suspended from his job by Maj. Gen. James C. Boozer Sr., commander of U.S. Army Japan and I Corps (Forward) for a “lack of confidence” based on the results of an inquiry.

A spokesman for U.S. Army Japan, Maj. Kevin Toner, would not elaborate on what prompted a “lack of confidence,” saying it would be “inappropriate to make public the allegations because the investigation did not lead to findings of criminal misconduct.”

Tilley is to be replaced by Col. Joy Curriera.

Tilley’s dismissal is only the latest in what retired Navy Capt. Joseph John refers to as a “bigger picture” in which some “135 senior officers have been purged.”

“The ‘bigger picture,’” John told WND, “is that the U.S. Armed Forces have been under relentless attack by the occupant of the Oval Office for five years.”

A Naval Academy graduate, John had three tours of duty in Vietnam, served as an al-Qaida expert for the FBI, and was a commanding officer with SEALs embedded on special operations. He was awarded the Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal, five Meritorious Service Medals and 22 medals and unit citations for combat operations in Vietnam, Philippines, Desert Storm and on anti-terrorist operations.

Today, John is chairman of Combat Veterans For Congress PAC (Political Action Committee), which has helped elect 20 combat veterans to Congress.

“I believe there are more than 137 officers who have been forced out or given bad evaluation reports so they will never make Flag (officer), because of their failure to comply to certain views,” John told WND.

“The truly sad story is that many of the brightest graduates of the three major service academies witnessing what the social experiment on diversity … is doing to the U.S. military, are leaving the service after five years,” he said. “We are being left with an officer corps that can be made to be more compliant, that is, exactly what Obama needs to effect his long range goals for the U.S. military.”

In an email to WND, John outlined what he termed “a very few of the most egregious” aspects of Obama’s “attack” on the military over the past five years.

He referred specifically to the Rules of Engagement in combat that were put in place after Obama took office, asserting that the changes resulted in very high casualty rates in Afghanistan, including the loss of 17 members of SEAL Team 6 in one incident.

“The Rules of Engagement precluded the use of suppression fire at a landing zone,” John said.

Echoing what other high-ranking officers have told WND, he said the Pentagon policy of repealing “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” resulted in the first openly “gay” “major military force in the world.” The development has brought about “massive” sexual assaults on “thousands of straight military male personnel that have been covered up,” he said.

He also cited military chaplains’ being prohibited from reading letters in the pulpit from their cardinals during Sunday services as a restriction of freedom of religion.

These and other “social experiments,” he said, have constituted “a massive assault to restructure the military mindset, destroyed unit cohesion, unit morale and is negatively affecting combat effectiveness.”

John also referred to major cuts in the military budget that resulted in, for one example, restricting as many as seven aircraft carriers to port, “leaving them open to another Pearl Harbor-type of attack.”

Physical fitness qualifications for “tip of the spear units” such as the Rangers, SEALs, Green Berets and combat infantry are being downgraded, he said, so “women can be placed into those units.” Likewise, he added, “women have been assigned to submarines and ships resulting in relationships at sea that have broken up military families.”

Some senior enlisted personnel and commanding officers in the midst of six-month deployments, he said, have been removed because they got involved with the opposite sex, which degrades the ships’ battle readiness.

John sums up this way: “The net result of the occupant of the Oval Office’s new policies set for the U.S. armed forces changed and enforced by his civilian appointees at DOD continues to degrade the most effective military organization ever created.”

If John’s comments about Obama sound dire, they are no more so than those expressed to WND in recent days by top generals.

Retired Army Maj. Gen. Patrick Brady, recipient of the U.S. military’s highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, as well as other top retired officers, say President Obama’s agenda is decimating the morale of the U.S. ranks to the point members no longer feel prepared to fight or have the desire to win.

“There is no doubt he [Obama] is intent on emasculating the military and will fire anyone who disagrees with him” over such issues as “homosexuals, women in foxholes, the Obama sequester,” Brady told WND.

“They are purging everyone, and if you want to keep your job, just keep your mouth shut,” another military source told WND.

Not only are military service members being demoralized and the ranks’ overall readiness being reduced by the Obama administration’s purge of key leaders, colonels – those lined up in rank to replace outgoing generals – are quietly taking their careers in other directions.

Retired Army Lt. Gen. William G. “Jerry” Boykin, who was a founding member of Delta Force and later deputy undersecretary of defense for intelligence under President George W. Bush, says it is worrying that four-star generals are being retired at the rate that has occurred under Obama.

“Over the past three years, it is unprecedented for the number of four-star generals to be relieved of duty, and not necessarily relieved for cause,” Boykin said.

“I believe there is a purging of the military,” he said. “The problem is worse than we have ever seen.”

The future of the military is becoming more and more of concern, added Boykin, since colonels who would become generals are also being relieved of duty if they show that they’re not going to support Obama’s agenda, which critics have described as socialist.

“I talk to a lot of folks who don’t support where Obama is taking the military, but in the military they can’t say anything,” Boykin said.

As a consequence, he said, the lower grades have decided to leave, having been given the signal that there is no future in the military for them.

Referring to recent reports that Obama has purged some 197 officers in the past five years, Boykin said the reports suggest these officers were suspected of disloyalty or disagreed with the Obama administration on policy or force-structure issues. As Boykin pointed out, a number of them have been relieved of duty for no given reason.

“Morale is at an unprecedented low,” Boykin added, part of which is due to sequestration.

Sequestration has seriously cut back operational readiness for the military to the point where Boykin said that often they have no ammunition and are unable to conduct training because of the planned cuts.

Brady, who was a legendary “Dust Off” air ambulance pilot in Vietnam and detailed his experiences in his book, “Dead Men Flying: Victory in Viet Nam,” told WND, “The problem is military people will seldom, while on duty, go on the record over such issues, and many will not ever, no matter how true. I hear from many off the record who are upset with the current military leadership and some are leaving and have left in the past.”

Brady referred to additional problems in today’s military including “girly-men leadership [and] medals for not shooting and operating a computer. This president will never fight if there is any reason to avoid it and with a helpless military he can just point to our weakness and shrug his shoulders.”

Brady made similar references in a recent article he wrote for WND in which he said “just when you thought the leadership of this government could not get any worse, it does. Never in history has an administration spawned another scandal to cover the current one.”

The reference was to the recent firing of a number of generals to mask “Obama’s serial scandals, all prefaced by lies – Fast and Furious, Benghazi, NSA, IRS” among others.

WND reported that three of the nine firings by Obama this year alone were linked to the controversy surrounding the Sep. 11, 2012, terrorist attack on the CIA special mission in Benghazi, Libya.

In one case, U.S. Army Gen. Carter Ham, who commanded U.S. African Command when the consulate was attacked and four Americans were killed, was highly critical of the decision by the State Department not to send in reinforcements.

Obama has insisted there were no reinforcements available that night.

But Ham contends reinforcements could have been sent in time, and he said he never was given a stand-down order. However, others contend that he was given the order but defied it. He ultimately was relieved of his command and retired.

Now, new information in the Washington Times reveals there were Delta Force personnel in Tripoli at the time of the attack and two members volunteered to be dispatched to Benghazi to assist in protecting the Benghazi compound, contrary to stand-down orders from the State Department.

Another flag officer involved in the Benghazi matter – which remains under congressional investigation – was Rear Adm. Charles Gaouette. He commanded the Carrier Strike Group.

He contends aircraft could have been sent to Libya in time to help the Americans under fire. He later was removed from his post for alleged profanity and making “racially insensitive comments.”

Army Major Gen. Ralph Baker was the commander of the Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa at Camp Lemonier in Djibouti, Africa. Baker contended that attack helicopters could have reached the consulate in time on the night of the attack.

“To understand the insufferable assaults on our military and veterans, who should be exempt from political squabbles but are often at the forefront of Obama threats, we need to understand the psyche of the elite in this country led by Obama,” Brady said.

“It is no accident that the president used the Obama sequester and shutdown to punish the military family,” he said. “It is part of his DNA. In fact it is in the psyche of the entire liberal/progressive establishment – the elite. President Clinton outed himself and this ilk when he declared his loathing of the military. Who could believe progressives/liberals care about veterans and military?”

Army Major Gen. Paul E. Vallely similarly has been very vocal in his opposition to the Obama administration.

Vallely said the White House won’t investigate its own officials but finds it easy to fire military commanders “who have given their lives for their country.”

“Obama will not purge a civilian or political appointee because they have bought into Obama’s ideology,” Vallely said. “The White House protects their own. That’s why they stalled on the investigation into Fast and Furious, Benghazi and Obamacare. He’s intentionally weakening and gutting our military, Pentagon and reducing us as a superpower, and anyone in the ranks who disagrees or speaks out is being purged.”

Vallely served in the Vietnam War and retired in 1993 as deputy Commanding General, Pacific Command. Today, he is chairman of the Military Committee for the Center for Security Policy and is co-author of the book “Endgame: The Blueprint for Victory in the War on Terror.”

Duty personnel seem to back up this concern, suggesting that the firings are meant to send a message to “young officers down through the ranks” not to criticize the president or White House politics.

Read more at www.wnd.com/2013/11/purge-surge-obama-fires-another-comma…

Posted by SS&SS on 2013-11-05 16:59:06

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OBAMA……THE REGULATION JACKASS IS HARD AT WORK

OBAMA......THE REGULATION JACKASS IS HARD AT WORK

Regulation Nation: Drowning in Rules, Businesses Brace for Cost and Time for Compliance

Published September 12, 2011
FoxNews.com

From financial services to farming, plumbing to computer repair, business owners say new regulations have them so bogged down in compliance that it is hindering their ability to plan and expand for the coming years.

Even though President Obama recently acknowledged the need to minimize regulations, the number appears to be growing. Obama administration regulations on new business rose to 3,573 final rules in 2010, up from 3,503 in 2009 — the equivalent of about 10 per week.

The Chesapeake Bay has been a magnet of regulatory rules to prevent pullution through the watershed that spans six states.

Indeed, the 2010 volume of the Federal Register, the "newspaper" of regulatory agencies, stands at an all-time record-high 81,405 pages composed of final rules, proposed rules, meeting notices and regulatory studies.

"There is something like 180 million words of binding federal law and regulation. It would take a lifetime just to read it," said Philip K Howard, founder of Common Good.

According to House Speaker John Boehner, the Obama administration has publicly listed a total of 219 new regulatory actions under consideration for the upcoming year that would each have an estimated cost of $100 million or more. That’s on top of the conservative Heritage Foundation’s estimate, which found that the administration has imposed more than 75 new "major" regulations since 2009 whose annual cost of compliance is $38 billion.

The U.S. Small Business Administration reports that the average regulatory cost burden on U.S. firms of any size was approximately $161,000, not including costs passed on to the consumers for the goods and services rendered.

Manufacturing is the industry hit the hardest by regulatory costs, with per-firm costs at $688,944. But all small businesses pay a steep price — $10,585 for every employee.

Howard said that regulations in the U.S. are, at best, "semi-effective" while also "horribly expensive."

"No one has the time to read all the rules. So instead of focusing, for example, on worker safety, which is a very useful regulatory goal, it focuses on little detail nits that end up basically tripping everyone up, because they end up spending all their time complying with the nits instead of making the factory safe," he said.

Among the industries facing massive regulations is farming, whether it be dust-ups over dirt to the fallout from manure.

"It’s a big concern; I’m worried they’re going to regulate us right out of farming," said Calvin Haile, of Dunnsville, Va., a grain farmer whose five employees have to keep check on the runoff to the Chesapeake Bay. "Since we’re so close to the bay and you know, we just won’t be able to farm profitably and comply with all the regulations, that’s my concern for the future."

Steve Baker, a swine farmer and owner of Baker Farms in Shenandoah County, Va., said he’s doing what he can to be a responsible business owner. He spent $15,000 five years ago to build a transfer pump for any pigpen runoff so it flows to a holding tank. He said he chose to do this before regulations came out to deal with runoff water into the Chesapeake Bay

"We want to do what absolutely needs to be done because this is our livelihood, this is what puts a roof over our heads," Baker said.

Americans appear to be concerned by the impact of regulation on business. A poll conducted by the Tarrance Group for Public Notice, an independent, nonprofit group that provides information on how government policy affects financial well-being, found that 74 percent of those surveyed say that the U.S. is creating too many rules. The poll of likely voters in 10 states taken Sept. 6-8 also found that 47 percent fear the rules will result in job losses while 22 percent think it will increase the price of goods and services. Seventy percent said they believe increasing the number of regulations on American businesses will result in jobs moving overseas. Howard said he believes in legitimate regulatory goals, but the rules need to be practically applied and enforced.

"You can tell a factory owner that it can’t pollute and it needs to meet certain guidelines for pollution, but if you give them a thousand pages of rules that tell them exactly how to catch the pollution. Chances are they’ll waste huge amounts of money catching the pollution in the wrong place and it probably won’t be effective," he said.

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Posted by SS&SS on 2011-09-13 01:12:55

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DECIMATING THE MILITARY

DECIMATING THE MILITARY

WASHINGTON – Retired Army Maj. Gen. Patrick Brady, recipient of the U.S. military’s highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, as well as other top retired officers, say President Obama’s agenda is decimating the morale of the U.S. ranks to the point members no longer feel prepared to fight or have the desire to win.

“There is no doubt he (Obama) is intent on emasculating the military and will fire anyone who disagrees with him” over such issues as “homosexuals, women in foxholes, the Obama sequester,” Brady told WND.

“They are purging everyone, and if you want to keep your job, just keep your mouth shut,” one source told WND.

Not only are military service members being demoralized and the ranks’ overall readiness being reduced by the Obama administration’s purge of key leaders, colonels – those lined up in rank to replace outgoing generals – are quietly taking their careers in other directions.

Retired Army Lt. Gen. William G. “Jerry” Boykin, who was with Delta Force and later Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence under President George W. Bush, says it is worrying that four-star generals are being retired at the rate that has occurred under Obama.

“Over the past three years, it is unprecedented for the number of four-star generals to be relieved of duty, and not necessarily relieved for cause,” Boykin said.

“I believe there is a purging of the military,” he said. “The problem is worse than we have ever seen.”

Boykin points out that the military adheres to the constitutional requirement of a civilian leadership over the military. As a consequence, officers are not allowed to criticize their civilian leadership, as occurred when Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal was relieved in 2010 of his command of the International Security Assistance Force and commander of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan.

He was relieved due to what has been described as unflattering remarks made about Vice President Joe Biden and other administration officials in a Rolling Stone magazine article. He was recalled to Washington where Obama accepted his resignation as commander in Afghanistan.

Boykin says that because of the fundamental civilian leadership over the military, McCrystal was “appropriately forced to retire.”

Read the words of the Founders, in “America’s God and Country Encyclopedia of Quotations.”

Some officers were involved in adulterous affairs and those situations, Boykin said, also were grounds for dismissal.

Boykin specifically said that because of the civilian-military relationship, he did not see any prospect for a “coup” coming from the military ranks.

“People I’ve spoken to would like to see the military ‘fulfill their constitutional duty and take out the president,’” Boykin said. “Our Constitution puts a civilian in charge of the military and as a result a coup would not be constitutional. You’re not going to see a coup in the military.”

Nevertheless, Boykin said the future of the military is becoming more and more of concern, since colonels who would be generals also are being relieved of duty, if they show that they’re not going to support Obama’s agenda, which critics have described as socialist.

“I talk to a lot of folks who don’t support where Obama is taking the military, but in the military they can’t say anything,” Boykin said.

As a consequence, he said, the lower grades therefore have decided to leave, having been given the signal that there is no future in the military for them.

Boykin referred to recent reports that Obama has purged some 197 officers in the past five years.

These reports suggest these officers were suspected of disloyalty or disagreed with the Obama administration on policy or force-structure issues. As Boykin pointed out, a number of them have been relieved of duty for no given reason.

“Morale is at an unprecedented low,” Boykin said, part of which is due to sequestration.

Sequestration has seriously cut back operational readiness for the military to the point where Boykin said that often they have no ammunition and are unable to conduct training because of the planned cuts.

“These officers want to train for war but are not be allowed to” because of the preoccupation not only with sequestration, but what Boykin said were other concerns surfacing in the military under Obama as commander-in-chief.

He referred specifically to the recent repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” which now allows openly homosexual personnel in the military. In addition, he said the integration of women into the infantry “will reduce readiness of units.” He also was critical of the rules of engagement which he says favor “political correctness over our ability to fight to win.”

“The last time we won an all-out war was in 1944,” Boykin said. “Now, we don’t have the will to win.”

Brady, who was a legendary “Dust Off” air ambulance pilot in Vietnam and detailed his experiences in his book, “Dead Men Flying: Victory in Viet Nam,” said, “The problem is military people will seldom, while on duty, go on the record over such issues, and many will not ever, no matter how true.

“I hear from many off the record who are upset with the current military leadership and some are leaving and have left in the past,” he said.

Brady referred to additional problems in today’s military including “girly-men leadership [and] medals for not shooting and operating a computer. This president will never fight if there is any reason to avoid it and with a helpless military he can just point to our weakness and shrug his shoulders.”

Brady made similar references in a recent article he wrote for WND in which he said “just when you thought the leadership of this government could not get any worse, it does. Never in history has an administration spawned another scandal to cover the current one.”

The reference was to the recent firing of a number of generals to mask “Obama’s serial scandals, all prefaced by lies – Fast and Furious, Benghazi, NSA, IRS” among others.

WND reported that three of the nine firings by Obama this year alone were linked to the controversy surrounding the Sep. 11, 2012, terrorist attack on the CIA special mission in Benghazi, Libya.

In one case, U.S. Army Gen. Carter Ham, who commanded U.S. African Command when the consulate was attacked and four Americans were killed, was highly critical of the decision by the State Department not to send in reinforcements.

Obama has insisted there were no reinforcements available that night.

But Ham contends reinforcements could have been sent in time, and he said he never was given a stand-down order. However, others contend that he was given the order but defied it. He ultimately was relieved of his command and retired.

Now, new information in the Washington Times reveals there were Delta Force personnel in Tripoli at the time of the attack and two members volunteered to be dispatched to Benghazi to assist in protecting the Benghazi compound, contrary to stand-down orders from the State Department.

Another flag officer involved in the Benghazi matter – which remains under congressional investigation – was Rear Adm. Charles Gaouette. He commanded the Carrier Strike Group.

He contends aircraft could have been sent to Libya in time to help the Americans under fire. He later was removed from his post for alleged profanity and making “racially insensitive comments.”

Army Major Gen. Ralph Baker was the commander of the Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa at Camp Lemonier in Djibouti, Africa. Baker contended that attack helicopters could have reached the consulate in time on the night of the attack.

“To understand the insufferable assaults on our military and veterans, who should be exempt from political squabbles but are often at the forefront of Obama threats, we need to understand the psyche of the elite in this country led by Obama,” Brady said.

“It is no accident that the president used the Obama sequester and shutdown to punish the military family,” he said. “It is part of his DNA. In fact it is in the psyche of the entire liberal/progressive establishment – the elite. President Clinton outed himself and this ilk when he declared his loathing of the military. Who could believe progressives/liberals care about veterans and military?”

Brady said that some people who fear for the future of the United States believe it needs to be “re-moralized.”

“We cannot survive without increasing patriotism, a youth schooled in the Constitution,” Brady said. “If the uncommon common American is to prevail against the elite, we need to return to the truths of our Constitution.

“We need to realize that this recent assault on the military and veterans is no accident,” Brady added. “It is purposeful. The elite loathe our military, the one sure guarantor of our freedom. These elite – not a shutdown or default – and their assault on the Constitution and our military are the real threat to our future.”

Army Major Gen. Paul E. Vallely similarly has been very vocal in his opposition to the Obama administration.

Vallely said the White House won’t investigate its own officials but finds it easy to fire military commanders “who have given their lives for their country.”

“Obama will not purge a civilian or political appointee because they have bought into Obama’s ideology,” Vallely said. “The White House protects their own. That’s why they stalled on the investigation into Fast and Furious, Benghazi and Obamacare. He’s intentionally weakening and gutting our military, Pentagon and reducing us as a superpower, and anyone in the ranks who disagrees or speaks out is being purged.”

Vallely served in the Vietnam War and retired in 1993 as deputy Commanding General, Pacific Command. Today, he is chairman of the Military Committee for the Center for Security Policy and is co-author of the book “Endgame: The Blueprint for Victory in the War on Terror.”

Duty personnel seem to back up this concern, suggesting that the firings are meant to send a message to “young officers down through the ranks” not to criticize the president or White House politics.

Read more at www.wnd.com/2013/10/top-generals-obama-is-purging-the-mil…
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Inside China: Nuclear submarines capable of widespread attack on U.S.

Chinese state-run media revealed for the first time this week that Beijing’s nuclear submarines can attack American cities as a means to counterbalance U.S. nuclear deterrence in the Pacific.

On Monday, leading media outlets including China Central TV, the People’s Daily, the Global Times, the PLA Daily, the China Youth Daily and the Guangmin Daily ran identical, top-headlined reports about the “awesomeness” of the People’s Liberation Army navy’s strategic submarine force.

“This is the first time in 42 years since the establishment of our navy’s strategic submarine force that we reveal on such a large scale the secrets of our first-generation underwater nuclear force,” the Global Times said in a lengthy article titled “China for the First Time Possesses Effective Underwater Nuclear Deterrence against the United States.”

The article features 30 photos and graphics detailing, among other things, damage projections for Seattle and Los Angeles after being hit by Chinese nuclear warheads and the deadly radiation that would spread all the way to Chicago.

China’s sub fleet is reportedly the world’s second-largest, with about 70 vessels. About 10 are nuclear-powered, and four or more of those are nuclear ballistic submarines capable of launching missiles.

Heavily influenced by Soviet naval models that stressed underwater forces, China’s nuclear submarine development began with the reverse-engineering of a Soviet Golf-class conventional-powered sub in the 1950s.

In the 1980s, China developed its first ballistic missile sub, the Type 092 Xia-class, which has 12 launch tubes for the Julang (Giant Wave)-1 missiles. The JL-1 had a limited range and failed multiple test launches.

In 2010, a new class of missile sub, the Type 094 Jin class, entered the service. It is capable of launching 12 to 16 JL-2 missiles with a range of about 8,700 miles, covering much of the continental U.S. with single or multiple, independently targetable re-entry vehicle warheads.

Chinese calculations for nuclear attacks on the U.S. are chillingly macabre.

“Because the Midwest states of the U.S. are sparsely populated, in order to increase the lethality, [our] nuclear attacks should mainly target the key cities on the West Coast of the United States, such as Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego,” the Global Times said.

“The 12 JL-2 nuclear warheads carried by one single Type 094 SSBN can kill and wound 5 million to 12 million Americans,” the Global Times reported.

China also has developed land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles — notably the DF-31A, which has a range of 7,000 to 7,500 miles.

“If we launch our DF 31A ICBMs over the North Pole, we can easily destroy a whole list of metropolises on the East Coast and the New England region of the U.S., including Annapolis, Philadelphia, New York, Boston, Portland, Baltimore and Norfolk, whose population accounts for about one-eighth of America’s total residents,” the Global Times said.

All the state-run press reports stressed the point that the PLA’s missile submarines are now on routine strategic patrol, “which means that China for the first time has acquired the strategic deterrence and second strike capability against the United States.”

“Our JL-2 SLBMs have become the fourth type of Chinese nuclear missiles that threaten the continental United States, after our DF-31A, DF-5A and DF-5B ICBMs,” said the Global Times.

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Unprecedented development showcases Beijing’s increasing military confidence

Paul Joseph Watson
Infowars.com
October 31, 2013

China has sent a surveillance ship to Hawaiian waters for the very first time in an unprecedented move which is being described as a provocative retaliation to the U.S. naval presence in the East China Sea.

Image: Wikimedia Commons.

According to a report by GoldSea.com, a news outlet aimed at Asian-Americans, a 4,000 ton People’s Liberation Army electronic reconnaissance ship was recently spotted near Hawaii within the U.S. 200-nautical mile EEZ (Exclusive Economic Zone).

The report was also picked up by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, which ran an article entitled China moves spy ship near isles, Asian media say.

The ship “is equipped with various electronic gear for eavesdropping on radio communications and tracking ships and aircraft. It is also believed to have jamming equipment to interfere with the radio communications of other ships,” according to the report.

The development is unprecedented because China has never sent a ship within the U.S. EEZ, although the U.S. has entered the Chinese EEZ on numerous occasions for decades. It is not known whether the ship violated the territorial waters of the United States, which extend to 12 nautical miles under the 1982 UN convention on the Law of the Sea.

The fact that the ship got within 2,400 miles of San Francisco represents “a potential for offensive actions against the US by the Chinese military,” according to the report.

The development is apparently part of China’s growing military confidence, which was also exemplified with the country’s recent declassification of its nuclear-armed Xia-class submarine fleet, which according to state media represents an “assassin’s mace that would make adversaries tremble.”

China’s increasing aggressiveness in the East China Sea and its challenge to Japanese control of the Senkaku Islands has sparked tensions, with Japan repeatedly scrambling fighter jets earlier this week in response to Chinese military aircraft flying near Okinawa.

Back in September, China also reportedly sent warships to the coast of Syria to “observe” the actions of US and Russian vessels in the region.

“The recent deployment of a PLAN surveillance ship into Hawaiian waters is seen as Beijing’s message to the US and the rest of the world that China can now contest the waters of the western Pacific and that the US Navy no longer has a free pass in the region. It is also seen as a form of retaliation for what Beijing considers the provocative naval exercises the US recently conducted in the Yellow Sea jointly with the navies of South Korea and Japan’s Self-Defense Force,” states the report.
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AND THEN THERE IS THIS

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Posted by SS&SS on 2013-11-02 04:15:41

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THE OBAMA REGIME…. LEFTIST CRIMINALS THUGS AND SHAKEDOWN ARTISTS

THE OBAMA REGIME.... LEFTIST CRIMINALS THUGS AND SHAKEDOWN ARTISTS

The Regime’s Efforts To Silence Whistleblowers And Intimidate Reporters Have Been Historic

by Debra Heine 25 Oct 2013, 1:51 PM PDT
In response to Snitches get stitches: journalist raided, notes and whistleblower names seized:

When Obama was elected in 2008, his ascension to the White House was deemed "historic" because he was our first black president, and Americans were rightly proud of that. Unfortunately, Obama has been a "historic" president in other ways, too – ways that should horrify and alarm Americans. His administration’s brazen efforts to silence whistleblowers, intimidate reporters and businesses that don’t play ball with him have been unprecedented. We are living through highly troubling times.

This White House has a long track record of bullying reporters as a tactic to ensure only positive coverage and suppress free speech. And Obama has used the DOJ as a political arm to enforce allegiance to his agenda.

Keith Koffler, who has covered the Bush and Clinton White Houses, as well as the Obama White House has written at length about the Regime’s bullying tactics.

When White House officials, particularly members of the press office, see a story they don’t like, they often call and verbally abuse the reporter who wrote the piece.

In diatribes often peppered with obscenities, they complain of profound injustice, bias, lack of relevance – anything they can think of to get reporters to back off their story.

It’s not just a series of uncontrolled outbursts. It is a planned, methodical, and highly artificial effort to either squash a story or get inside a reporter’s head so they think twice about doing a piece next time that negatively impacts Obama.

That this is an actual policy is evident from the consistency of the practice and its implementation by nearly every member of the White House press office staff. They are all nice, affable people who suddenly switch into an unmarked gear and begin running you over at full speed.

Koffler noted that he’s "seen this done by press people from the Bush and Clinton administrations. But only on rare occasion, and generally with a legitimate grievance in hand. But never have I witnessed this type of bullying of the press in such a systematic, intense, and frequent manner."

Because the examples of this are legion, I thought it would be a good idea to aggregate a number of these stories in one spot. These are not isolated incidents. They are the result of purposefully thuggish policies perpetrated by nasty, thuggish people. It’s the sort of thing you would see in a third world Banana Republic.

In October 2011, CBS Reporter Sharyl Attkisson revealed on the Laura Ingraham Show that a WH spokesman and DOJ flack screamed and cussed at her over the phone about Fast and Furious investigation.

Last June, Attkisson revealed that her computers had been hacked into “by an unauthorized, external, unknown party on multiple occasions in late 2012.” The strong implication being that the Obama administration was behind the hacking.

Last May, news that the DOJ was spying on journalists rocked the nation.

The Associated Press blasted feds when they found out journalists’ phone records were seized by the DOJ in a move the wire service called “a massive and unprecedented intrusion” on the free press.

The AP revealed Monday the Justice Department secretly acquired two months of phone records for 20 office, home and mobile phone lines used by reporters and editors targeted in the probe. In a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, AP President and CEO Gary Pruitt said the data could “reveal communications with confidential sources and disclose information about AP’s activities and operations that the government has no conceivable right to know.” “We regard this as a serious interference with The AP’s constitutional right to gather news,” he added, demanding that the agency return the data and destroy copies.

Then came the news that the DOJ was spying on respected Fox News reporter, James Rosen:

Fox News Correspondent James Rosen has been accused in a Justice Department affidavit of being a possible criminal "co-conspirator" for his alleged role in publishing sensitive security information — in a leak case that takes the highly unusual step of claiming a journalist broke the law. According to court documents, the Justice Department obtained a portfolio of information about Fox News’ James Rosen’s conversations and visits to the State Department. This included a search warrant for his personal emails.

Last February, Veteran journalist Bob Woodward said he was threatened by a senior Obama administration official following his reporting on the White House’s handling of the forced federal spending (sequester) cuts that were soon to take effect.

"They’re not happy at all," he said on CNN’s "The Situation Room," adding that an e-mail from a senior administration official – who he would not name – communicated a message which caused him great concern. "It was said very clearly, you will regret doing this," he said.

That set off a cascade of White House bullying stories… In an article at National Journal, Ron Fournier described "vulgarity, abusive language" in several e-mails from the Obama White House.

As editor-in-chief of National Journal, I received several e-mails and telephone calls from this White House official filled with vulgarity, abusive language, and virtually the same phrase that Politico characterized as a veiled threat. ‘You will regret staking out that claim,’ The Washington Post reporter was told. Once I moved back to daily reporting this year, the badgering intensified. I wrote Saturday night, asking the official to stop e-mailing me. The official wrote, challenging Woodward and my tweet. ‘Get off your high horse and assess the facts, Ron,’ the official wrote."

Newsweek’s Jonathan Alter said that Robert Gibbs sent him a "threatening email" in 2008 after he wrote an article critical of Barack Obama.

There is a kind of a threatening tone that from time to time, not all the time, but comes out of these guys in this White House, but that doesn’t excuse it. And, you know, they should not play that way, but they, they feel like they’re holding the cards in the relationship. They’ve got people’s access, you know, to hold over them.

One DC veteran said, “I had a young reporter asking tough, important questions of an Obama Cabinet secretary.”

“She was doing her job, and they were trying to bully her. In an e-mail, they called her the vilest names — bitch, c–t, a–hole.” He complained and was told the matter would be investigated: “They were hemming and hawing, saying, ‘We’ll look into it.’ Nothing happened.” He wound up confronting the author of the e-mail directly. “I said, ‘From now on, every e-mail you send this reporter will be on the record, and you will be speaking on behalf of the president of the United States.’ That shut it down.”

Last month, a PR flack from the Justice Dept tried to intimidate a reporter from USA Today into not publishing a story.

Techdirt reported on what they found to be "an absolutely incredible exchange between the Justice Department’s Brian Fallon (from the Office of Public Affairs — basically a PR guy) and Brad Heath, an investigative reporter from USA Today."

Heath had sent the DOJ a FOIA request to the DOJ’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) asking basically whether or not the OPR had been involved in any investigation concerning the recently declassified FISA Court order, about how the NSA had misled the FISA court and abused its capabilities repeatedly. It certainly seems reasonable to try to find out if the DOJ then investigated those abuses and the NSA’s misrepresentations to the FISA court.

The DOJ claimed that there were no responsive documents — which even by itself is quite incredible. Heath appears to have then followed up with Fallon at the DOJ to seek comments.

Fallon’s response by itself is stunning: I have an answer from OPR, and a FISC judge. I am not providing it to you because all you will do is seek to write around it because you are biased in favor of the idea that an inquiry should have been launched. So I will save what I have for another outlet after you publish.

Basically, this is the DOJ giving the middle finger to Heath, telling him that they have answers to his questions, but won’t give them to him in order to purposely try to make him look bad by giving those quotes to someone else.
Heath, quite reasonably, responded that he’s been perfectly patient in waiting for an answer, but if none is forthcoming, he’ll write the story as he has it (which, from the FOIA request, suggests that the DOJ did absolutely nothing about the NSA’s abuses and misrepresentations to the FISC).

In just the past week, Democrat Bob Beckel revealed that the White House "bludgeoned" him for calling for an Obamacare delay, and a CNN’s Carol Costello admitted that Team Obama ‘can be quite nasty’ to deal with and "not afraid to use whatever means they have at hand to stop you from doing that, including threatening your job." .

Author Peter Schweizer was on Hannity, earlier this week to talk about his new book Extortion.

He talked about the mind-blowing corruption and political extortion that is rampant in DC, these days. He compared the Regime to “the squeegee man that used to be in NYC – – they’d walk up to your car and say I want to clean your windshield – they’ve got a cloth in one hand and a brick in the other, and you’ve got to pay them or the brick’s coming through the windshield”….

He said that “Eric Holder is the basically the Squeegee guy holding the brick. "There are companies that are being told that they are subject to DOJ investigation, criminal and civil, and then these companies are solicited for political donations to the Obama Campaign (in 2012) and now to political committees and there is statistical evidence in the book that literally, you cut your chance of going to jail in half if you make a contribution.”

He said, “the other thing they’re doing is after the 2010 midterm elections, when they had that stunning defeat in Congress, the Obama Department of Justice targeted the industries that financed the tea party candidates that got elected.”

Schweizer claimed that "literally days after President Obama made that famous statement ‘we’re going to punish our political opponents,’ the Holder DOJ sent out an industry sweep letter to companies in the oil and gas sector which said you are subject to criminal investigation and you’d better share and cooperate….it was a clear intimidation tactic being used."

According to Schweizer, "the top Republican financiers in 2012 were all subject to DOJ criminal charges." Every one. "It’s shocking really unlike anything we’ve ever seen," he noted.

"Historic" in other words.

Thanks to the Obama thugocracy, the U.S. is now considered by the World Bank and World Economic Forum to be the most corrupt countries among advanced industrialized nations.

"We are now seen as most prone to corruption of any industrialized country in the world" Schweizer claimed.
"And the DOJ is right in the middle of it."

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October 25, 2013
When Frogs Jump
By Daren Jonescu

We have all heard the metaphor of the frog in the pot of water — heard it to death, in fact. Some scientists disapprove, arguing that this metaphor is "untrue": at a certain stage in the gradual rise of the water’s temperature, they claim, the frog’s heart rate will speed up, and he will actually try to jump out of the pot. Here, however, in defiance of the scientific literalist, the old metaphor reasserts itself in a striking new form that may reveal the means of breaking today’s growing progressive tyranny before it has completely eviscerated modern civilization.

What happens if the frogs do indeed realize they are being boiled to death, and start to jump? One or two leaping frogs may be ignored, or isolated as cranks and laughed out of consideration. But what if millions of frogs start jumping? What if they don’t stop, even when they realize the walls of the pot are higher than most of them have yet learned how to jump? What if the best-fitting lid is unable to discourage them in their "unrealistic" leaping? What would the cooks of today’s Washington political establishment do under such frustrating conditions? We are finding out.

Progressives expose their true nature when their slowly heated pot is categorically rejected by the frogs. The mirage of "politics as usual," bipartisanship, and collegiality lasts only as long as men acquiesce in their own enslavement. Of course, a little public disagreement here and there is good for progressive optics, as it perpetuates the comforting illusion of open debate. But what if that little disagreement turns into an all-out refusal to go gently into that good night?

This, as I’ve explained before, is the plausible path to conservative victory before the final collapse. Make no mistake about it: this is not a happy or short road, nor one embarked upon lightly. Dispensing with "politics as usual" means exactly what it says, and more. It means initiating and sustaining a strategy — more than that, a life — of continual resistance and provocation, i.e., of living as free men and women under authoritarian rule. And when progressives are provoked into extreme frustration, their rage knows no bounds. No bounds. For, mainstream mythology aside, we are not talking about a civil political faction here; we are talking about the ancient tyrannical impulse that, in its peculiar modern manifestation, has concealed itself in the garb of "democratic" civility, with horrific success. Strip off that finery and witness the old bloody thuggery of ages past. These people will not stand for serious, sustained opposition. They will crush it, by any means necessary.

And this may be the secret to their undoing, in the long run. To provoke them, through practical resistance and theoretical debunking, into doing and saying what they have spent a century pretending they would never do or say, is to expose their true nature for all to see. That nature has always been visible to eyes that examined the situation with enough philosophical and historical perspective to recognize power lust when they see it; but it is never fully understood by the broader, less informed public. If they can be forced to see it, the game will change decisively.

I am not predicting miracles, or even a high probability of success. There is probably no hope for the limp majority of modern man, which, being the product of generations of government education and mass media desensitization, will meekly plop itself into any vessel provided by the ruling class, and smile stupidly as the lid is closed. But there may be a substantial minority — many more than are fully engaged now — who will be shocked out of their detachment when they see what their leaders are really capable of doing.

This was the primary value of Ted Cruz’s senate stand on ObamaCare, and the error of those who criticized his move as "unrealistic." (How has political "realism" been serving American conservatives lately? — and by lately I mean the past century.) By helping to instigate another mass frog leap from within the pot, Cruz dragged his critics, the apologists for unlimited power, a little further into the cold light of day — and that was just within his own party.

The government shutdown was precipitated largely by Cruz’s last-ditch effort to defund ObamaCare, in tandem with an overwhelming outcry from voters facing the first ugly realities of life under socialized medicine, which combined to force the House of Representatives into acting principled for a moment. Within minutes, however, the call to defund was transformed by the GOP leadership into the rhetoric of "delay," and within a day, ObamaCare was essentially off the table, as the Boehner House transformed the shutdown into a debate over the debt ceiling. The whole episode was a microcosm of the way progressives of the "right" have sought to silence genuine advocates of liberty for more than a century (never forget that the first viable progressive party in the U.S. was led by a Republican, Theodore Roosevelt): pretend you represent their cause and will act as their spokesmen; mouth the right words while quietly compromising all the underlying principles; and finally change the subject entirely, all the while whimpering that you did the best you could under the circumstances. In sum: "Just relax in the warm water, dear frogs; we’ll take it from here."

In the Senate, the sound of Republican pot lids slamming shut was even louder. From John McCain’s shameful assault on Cruz’s integrity to Mitch McConnell’s capitulation masquerading as a "deal," the effort to marginalize and smear the tiny band of Senate patriots was one of the most overt attacks on constitutional conservatives the GOP establishment has ever attempted. And things are going to get uglier, as the gods of the simmering status quo, fronted by Karl Rove — the "Architect" whose latest project is to design an impenetrable fortress to protect the GOP leadership — have announced their nationwide plan to cut the Tea Party movement off at the knees, an effort far more comprehensive than anything attempted by Obama’s IRS goon squad. From McConnell’s overt cynicism, to Boehner’s sleight of hand in dropping ObamaCare from the agenda, to George Will’s smearing of the Tea Party as a faction that doesn’t understand or respect the institutions of government, the Republican establishment has announced its intentions and motivations as rarely before: they will not resist the fundamental transformation of the United States into the Democratic People’s Republic of America. They believe they can thrive within that transformed nation, and that is their chief concern.

For example, the current GOP congressmen and senators will not try to stop the implementation of government-run healthcare, because, in the big scheme of things, it is good for them. From their perspective, whatever they may say when they think their constituents are listening, almost any expansion of federal regulatory authority is desirable, because it further stifles the natural dynamism of a free society that would soon leave such advanced public parasites in the dust, and threaten the hegemony of their corporate allies and backers.

But I see that I have just fallen into their game by speaking in theoretical terms about the eminently practical, so let me restate that last point more directly: today’s Republican politicians want power, and they want to keep it, America be damned. So they play their role in the game dutifully and, until recently, they had played it well enough to convince most people they sort of meant it. The Republican Party, at the leadership level, is now fully revealed as the Washington Generals, the Harlem Globetrotters’ perennial "opponent": always appearing to play their best, but conveniently never threatening to win the game outright — even when they get more votes.

I would ask all Americans who consider themselves conservatives, but who don’t see why the Tea Party has to go to such "extremes," to ask themselves the following questions, and to answer with the utmost honesty: If the next occupant of the White House were a Republican of the sort approved of by the GOP establishment, and McConnell were to become the senate majority leader, do you believe congress would pass a complete repeal of ObamaCare — or rather, of government-controlled healthcare (they would drop the nickname for optics purposes, of course) — and that the establishment Republican president would sign it? (Remember "Repeal and Replace"? Remember Romneycare?)

Did you believe having a conservative majority in the Supreme Court would guarantee that the individual mandate would be ruled unconstitutional? Were you just certain that no Republican president of the post-Reagan era would ever declare that he had "abandoned free market principles to save the free market system," in effect blaming an economic crisis on freedom? Were you assuming that the mainstream media’s token "conservative pundits" would embrace the Tea Party movement as the last chance to reinstitute those principles of limited government the loss of which those very pundits had been lamenting for a generation? Did you really expect the 2010 midterm election’s clear vindication of the benefits of running as a constitutionalist to change the way GOP strategists selected candidates?

Those questions were just a little warm-up for the harder question to come. For to turn from the Republicans to the Democrats is to pass beyond the tyrant’s antechamber, where the fawning flatterers and yes-men patiently await their turn to kiss the ring, and to peek straight into the throne room. Here your master Caesar sits, staring bleary-eyed at the nothingness, eating grapes while his team of eager-to-please generals discuss how to anticipate and crush the latest uprising, and to keep the serfs (that would be you) meek and submissive.

"Let’s see," they reason, "we control their presuppositions and thought processes through government education, which also supplants the family as the primary moral influence, and inculcates a sense of dependence on the collective. The official news media report only the information we approve, and stop reporting it the moment we determine that it is no longer useful. The mass entertainment industry supports moral relativism to deteriorate the public’s confidence in judging our rights-violating actions, while continually titillating the basest feelings to undermine the development of the moderation that makes sober reasoning, hard decisions, and long-term perseverance possible.

"At the level of practical politics," they continue, "our methods of taxation and our regulation of commercial and personal endeavor have eliminated private property in all but name, thereby diluting the feelings of personal accomplishment and the understanding of mine and thine that naturally inclines people towards self-defense. Now, at long last, we have declared their very bodily existence public property to be used and disposed of at our whim. And best of all, our (ahem) loyal opposition (and occasional ceremonial placeholders) are facilitating our efforts every step of the way, even to the point of doing our dirty work of crushing and dispiriting the latest uprising of sincere freedom-lovers within their ranks. The pot is simmering, the frogs are almost cooked, dinner will be served shortly. Life is good at the top!"

Or so it would be, if the frogs would just keep quiet and quit jumping around — if, as the experts now put it, they would stop being so "unrealistic" and extreme, and let the game play out as it has done for a century.

It may be that any chance of averting the final collapse into global conditions more chaotic than anything a sane man wishes to contemplate depends on the continued noisy jumping from within that nearly-boiling pot. In what does such tireless effort consist? By forcefully clarifying the progressives’ methods and intentions, not once but continuously, in as many venues as possible, you force them to respond with increasing ferocity and boldness. Senator Cruz gave a good example of how this can be done on a public stage. None of the attacks against him since his talkathon represent a loss of support: his, and the Tea Party’s, silent critics simply came out of their holes and identified themselves. On the other hand, Cruz most likely won new supporters, not just for himself but for the cause of informing the public about the injustice of Obamacare and the hypocrisy of the Washington establishment.

By taking steps against the establishment, publicly and privately, individually and collectively, and by honing your rhetorical skills to encourage others to join you, you may force the statists into precipitous, unrehearsed action, which will in every case demonstrate their intrinsic hatred and disdain for the free individual, i.e., for anyone who refuses to submit to the theoretically limitless authority of the progressive ruling class. The hatred is already on full display for attentive observers: Hillary Clinton declared it with her frustrated Benghazi outburst, "What difference, at this point, does it make?" — a charming locution that Nancy Pelosi has just reused, confirming the importance of making it the Democrat’s unofficial slogan in future election campaigns. Barack Obama shows glimpses of the disdain every time he is directly challenged in public, as when Mitt Romney tentatively questioned his honesty regarding Benghazi during their second debate. Had Romney had the fortitude and principle of a Tea Party senator at that moment, the mainstream media might well have been forced to display live coverage of the President in an extremely compromising position, i.e., caught red-handed and enraged in the one of the biggest lies of his presidency, regarding American deaths he made no effort to prevent. Instead, Romney followed the establishment’s unwritten "collegiality" rules, was cowed by Candy Crowley’s dishonest attempt to rescue Obama, and never broached this explosive subject again.

Conservatives must not follow those unwritten rules. Their sense of honor and fair play is misplaced in this context, and thoroughly exploited by the authoritarians. It is not bad form to shout "Thief!" when you see a man stealthily making off with someone’s purse, or to shout "Liar!" when a progressive attempts to manipulate a nation during a public address. On the contrary, it is bad form to let the opportunity slip past, allowing the thief to steal another day, the authoritarian to gain his unjust advantage through unchallenged lies.

Neither America nor the rest of the West can afford another generation of such missed opportunities. Resist the progressives to the limits of your resources and their patience, deny them the faux cover of civil discourse, force them to respond as tyrannical souls always will when push comes to shove — that is, push them. They will show their real face when their subjects refuse to follow the comfortable rhythm of generational deterioration and the predictable tempo of strategic lies. Speed up the tempo, break their rhythm: jump non-compliantly, unsubmissively, from that pot, alone and together, until they come after you with the tongs. But be warned: they will.

And here we arrive at the hard question I promised earlier. Sleep on this before you answer: How far would today’s American ruling elite go to stamp out real and concerted resistance to their brazen violations of individual liberty? What steps would they not take to force submission to, and compliance with, their socialized medicine, their compulsory schooling, their EPA violations of private property, and so on? In short, is there a point of coercive incivility beyond which you are certain they would never step to enforce their anti-constitutional, anti-natural rights, anti-rational plans? Know your enemy.

As intransigent practical and theoretical resistance continues to grow, the progressives’ aggression against the jumping frogs will transcend mere vitriol, until perhaps the disengaged but decent plurality will begin to see things that hit disturbingly close to home, and awaken their drowsy conscience. Benghazi, the NSA’s universal data mining, and IRS targeting of Tea Party groups are just a few recent examples of the progressives stretching the limits of their ersatz credibility. Keep up the pressure until, like all tyrannical men facing sustained opposition, they lose patience and show their teeth.

This method comes with no guarantee of success, although it does guarantee living up to the best of the human heritage, which is a worthy aim in itself. It requires making principled decisions that will affect every day of your life, to avoid allowing the progressives time to reassert their hypnotizing rhythm. The alternative, however — the "realistic" approach recommended by the Washington establishment — can only lead in one direction, and that direction is quickly running out of road.

Your refusal to sacrifice your dignity is driving them insane. Your civility in resisting their madness will unmask them. Your courage in refusing to be cowed by their increasingly open injustice may finally dissolve their illusion. When a tyrant’s illusion is dissolved — when he is understood as just another thug — he no longer has friends among his countrymen, or at least has none worth having. No man with backbone will stand by as a revealed enemy devours his country.

Scientists tell us a frog in a heating pot will jump. I hope they are right. I wonder what a snake will do

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IRON MAN: TONY STARK FOR PRESIDENT- “ONE IRON MAN, ONE IRONIC VOTE”

IRON MAN: TONY STARK FOR PRESIDENT-

(SEE THE LARGE SIZE TO FIND OUT WHO GOT THE IRON VOTE!)

Tony Stark, A.K.A The Invincible Iron Man, was supposed to have voted at a staged photo opportunity early on Election Day.

Well.

First he had to fly off and support a collapsing building that was damaged during World War Hulk.

Then catch a falling S.H.I.E.L.D helicarrier that (surprise!) had lost power while cruising over Manhattan.

Defeat a combined A.I.M/Hydra attack on Stark Tower while simultaneously preventing
the Mandarin from destroying the East Coast with a nano-bomb generated Tsunami.

And, oh yes, there was the minor matter of the Skrull Invasion of Planet Earth….

All in all he was lucky to get to a polling station at all before closing.

By that time of course his armour’s sophisticated on-board computer had already given him a solid estimate of how the wind was blowing. So he cast his vote accordingly so as not to waste it.

He was sure Rhodey would understand….

Civic duty done and dusted Iron Man kicked in his thrusters and headed for Earth Orbit.
Galactus was in town and the Fantastic Four wasn’t.

Break’s over. Time to get back to work.

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The shot itself didn’t take long to achieve. I just took the picture, coloured my stainless steel gauntlets red with Photoshop, and whacked it onto Flickr using my armour’s uplink capability. Well, more or less!

What did take a bucket load of time was creating an ‘Ofishoil’ looking Ballot form. A fun but lengthy process, to be sure. Inspired by seeing all the pictures of their forms that many of my U.S Flickr chums proudly posted.

(Stand up there in back Pockafwye! Yes you! Take a bow. Ta!)

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Best Quotes From Barack Obama

Best Quotes From Barack Obama

Barack Obama, the 44th and current President of the United States, is among the most inspiring leaders the world has seen in recent times. He is also by far the most talked about person around the world.

Following are some inspirational Barack Obama quotes.

“The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.”

“Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it’s only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential.”

“If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress.”

“That’s not how our democracy functions. That’s not how our Constitution is written. So let’s be honest. I need a dance partner here — and the floor is empty.”

“If the people cannot trust their government to do the job for which it exists – to protect them and to promote their common welfare – all else is lost.”

“We need to steer clear of this poverty of ambition, where people want to drive fancy cars and wear nice clothes and live in nice apartments but don’t want to work hard to accomplish these things. Everyone should try to realize their full potential.”

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”

“We don’t ask you to believe in our ability to bring change, rather, we ask you to believe in yours.”

“The thing about hip-hop today is it’s smart, it’s insightful. The way they can communicate a complex message in a very short space is remarkable.”

“Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. And it will leave you unfulfilled.”

“I don’t oppose all wars. What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed to is a rash war.”

“The true test of the American ideal is whether we’re able to recognize our failings and then rise together to meet the challenges of our time. Whether we allow ourselves to be shaped by events and history, or whether we act to shape them.”

“I believe in evolution, scientific inquiry, and global warming; I believe in free speech, whether politically correct or politically incorrect, and I am suspicious of using government to impose anybody’s religious beliefs -including my own- on nonbelievers.”

“In the end, that’s what this election is about. Do we participate in a politics of cynicism or a politics of hope?”

“I always believe that ultimately, if people are paying attention, then we get good government and good leadership. And when we get lazy, as a democracy and civically start taking shortcuts, then it results in bad government and politics.”

“My job is not to represent Washington to you, but to represent you to Washington.”

“Making your mark on the world is hard. If it were easy, everybody would do it. But it’s not. It takes patience, it takes commitment, and it comes with plenty of failure along the way. The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won’t. it’s whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere.”

“If the people cannot trust their government to do the job for which it exists – to protect them and to promote their common welfare – all else is lost.”

“It’s important to make sure that we’re talking with each other in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds.”

“While we breathe, we will hope.”

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