The Syrian Rubics Cube

One has to have some sympathy for those in the CIA or the White House folks charged with telling the President what has been going on in Syria since 2011 when the opposition to Bashar al-Assad’s dictatorship turned into a fighting war. It must have looked and felt like playing with a Rubics cube where the competing groups and militias kept changing all the time.

inside syria book coverIn his book, “Inside Syria”, Reese Erlich, a Peabody Award-winning journalist and author of four books on foreign policy, has a chapter devoted to the way the Syrian revolt took shape. “The antigovernment demonstrations began in the southern city of Daraa in March 2011.”

Erlich reports that they began after police arrested several pre-teen school children for writing anti-regime graffiti on the walls of a school. Being Syria, they were beaten and tortured. More than 600 protesters confronted the local governor demanding the injured children be let free. Security forces attacked the group and killed two of the protesters. This is in keeping with the Middle Eastern mentality and culture, something Americans, accustomed to having peaceful demonstrations, have difficulty comprehending.

“By mid-March demonstrations broke out in Damascus and other parts of the country” because the Arab Spring had let loose a vast feeling of discontent and opposition in a number of nations and the Assad regime was, to put it mildly, unpopular. It didn’t help that “Assad cracked down mercilessly on peaceful protesters” opening fire with live ammunition. Security forces arrested and tortured anyone suspected of participating in the protest.

It is necessary to understand that it is difficult to organize Syrians or other Middle Easterners under the best or worst of conditions and that explains why Americans following events can be forgiven for trying to figure out who was doing what. That includes our intelligence community.

“Local Coordinating Committees developed spontaneously in many cities as mostly young activists created grassroots groups unaffiliated with the traditional opposition. They were united on the need to overthrow Assad, hold free elections, and establish a parliamentary system with civil liberties.”

It only took from March 2011 to July for defectors from Assad’s army to announce formation of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), followed on both sides by targeted assassinations.

For many years the Muslim Brotherhood seemed to be the most influential opposition group, but it was led by an older generation that was surprised by the events led by young Syrians. “Brotherhood leaders had cultivated extensive ties internationally, particularly with the Islamist government of Turkey. Those leaders became major players in the formation of yet another group, the Syrian National Council, (SNC) based in Istanbul. Suffice to say that there are many secular, non-religious, Muslims in the Middle East and those in Syria were not inclined to believe anything the Brotherhood’s SNC had to say.

The Obama administration had a problem figuring out who to support in the developing civil war. They opted for the Free Syrian Army, as did Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar, but it was reluctant to provide arms with which to wage a war against Assad. By the spring of 2012, the FSA was asking for shoulder-fired missiles capable of bringing down aircraft and our CIA said no, fearing they would fall into the wrong hands which in Syria’s case could be virtually any other group.

Another group was Jaysh al-Islam (Army of Islam), “formed from the September 2013 merger of dozens of smaller militias, mostly in the Damascus area.” They were Islamists preferring Sharia law and they flew the black flag of jihad. By the end of 2013 they helped form the Islamic Front. To make things more confusing there was another group, Ahrar al-Sham, one of the largest militias in Syria and their aim was a Sunni Islamic state.

In November 2013, al-Sham joined with other conservative groups and they opposed the Syrian Free Army and the Syrian Military Council, along with the al Qaeda affiliated groups of al-Nusra and the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham. Confused? Who wouldn’t be?

Suffice to say al-Nusra was devoted to creating an Islamic state ruled by the Koran. In December 2012, the U.S. State Department put al-Nusra on its list of terrorist organizations because of its ties to al Qaeda, but it turned out that an even more extreme group existed, calling itself the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). It was this group that announced it would lead an Islamic State in the area seized from Syria and Iraq.

ISIS is so extreme that in February 2014 Ayman al-Zawahri, the al Qaeda successor to bin Laden, cut ties to ISIS.

The U.S. and a handful of coalition partners are currently bombing ISIS in Syria and Iraq. In time the U.S. will have to put ground troops into the area to root out and kill ISIS.

Barack Obama has become a war President thanks to the chaos he created by removing U.S. troops from Iraq in 2011 and to the Arab Spring that swept over nations whose populations wanted to be rid of dictators like Bashar Assad.

This will not likely end soon.

(c) Alan Caruba, 2014

In Praise of Peace: Happy Birthday, Dr. Mises by Robert P. Murphy

The great Austrian economist Ludwig von Mises was born September 29, 1881, making today the 133rd anniversary of his birth. I thought it would be fitting for Anything Peaceful to commemorate this extraordinary thinker’s writings in praise of social cooperation.

Although Mises rejected the idea of natural rights in favor of a cool utilitarianism, he nonetheless was one of the most principled champions of classical liberalism. For Mises, social bonds were upheld not by mere emotional yearnings or even biological urges. No, they were due to empirical facts about production and the ability of human reason to grasp these truths about the world.

Specifically, labor was more productive under the division of labor; it was a simple fact that when one man specialized in growing crops and the other specialized in making shirts, both men ended up with more food and clothing. But for people to seize these gains, they needed private property and the possibility of trade.

So far it may seem as if Mises is merely echoing standard results. Yet Mises pushed the analysis much deeper. He thought that civilization itself rested on these empirical facts and their mental recognition among enough people. The traditional rules of morality ultimately derived from these principles, according to Mises. To allow anti-social behavior (such as murder or theft) threatened the division of labor and hence society itself.

Throughout history many writers have celebrated war as an expression of power and national prestige. Mises would have none of it. Indeed he would often write passages that would sound “soft” if they hadn’t been penned by a man who was an officer in the Austro-Hungarian artillery in World War I and fled Nazi persecution later in life. Here is Mises explaining the relative virtues of war and peace:

[An author] errs if…he asserts that “true” civilization and the “good” society are an achievement of people blithely indulging in their passion for violence, murder, and cruelty, that the repression of the impulses toward brutality endangers mankind’s evolution and that a substitution of barbarism for humanitarianism would save man from degeneration. The social division of labor and cooperation rests upon conciliatory settlement of disputes. Not war, as Heraclitus said, but peace is the source of all social relations. To man desires other than that for bloodshed are inborn. If he wants to satisfy these other desires, he must forego his urge to kill. He who wants to preserve life and health as well and as long as possible, must realize that respect for other people’s lives and health better serves his aim than the opposite mode of conduct. [Human Action, Scholar’s Edition, pp. 172–173.]

On this anniversary of his birth, let us celebrate not only the great economics of Ludwig von Mises, but also his abhorrence of war and appreciation for peace.

20140929_RobertP.MurphyHeadShot1ABOUT ROBERT P. MURPHY

Robert P. Murphy has a PhD in economics from NYU and the author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Capitalism. He is the Senior Economist with the Institute for Energy Research and a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute.

Hayek: The Knowledge Problem by Jeffrey A. Tucker

We must stand humble before complexity and order without planning.

F.A. Hayek is an epic figure in the history of human freedom. He stood for liberty at a time when most intellectuals in the world embraced ideologies of command and control. His literary legacy continues to provide some of the most powerful arguments ever made for the depoliticization of the social order, including its commercial life.

But, in my personal experience, he can also be one of the most difficult thinkers to grasp.

After F.A. Hayek died in 1992, for example, a magazine commissioned me to do a final tribute to his life and work, summing up his main contributions. It was supposed to be for a popular audience. There’s nothing like such a writing assignment to reveal how much you actually know — or do not know — about a subject.

I thought it was going to be a snap. I covered his biography and politics just fine; I mentioned his business-cycle studies and his work on capital theory. But of course his main contribution to the world of social science is summed up in the phrase “the knowledge problem.” Even though I read most of his major work, and read his seminal articles on the problem of knowledge, I was stunned to find myself with writer’s block.

What I came to realize is that I didn’t understand, much less appreciate, his writing on this topic. So I covered the basics (the knowledge needed to run the social order is distributed in individual minds and inaccessible to planners), but my heart wasn’t in it. That’s where matters stood for me for about twenty years.

I tried to make an effort to get how it was that Hayek was able to write vast literature on this one subject, why his seminal article “The Use of Knowledge in Society” was the most cited article in the second half of the twentieth century, why innumerable dissertations have been written on Hayek’s insight, and why he has influenced countless scholars in so many disciplines for so long.

Part of the problem is that Hayek did not always write with his logic and conclusions on his sleeve. His rhetorical style is not so much hortatory or doctrinaire as it is searching and exploratory. You get the sense that he is thinking through an issue as he writes, struggling to find the right combination of words, the right phrasing, the right examples, to capture his insight — which always seems to be unfolding in real time rather than stated like a final product for consumption.

For someone who is looking for final answers and pure theory, this type of writing can be frustrating. There was the additional problem that Hayek can just be downright annoying in places, contradicting himself by endorsing political programs at odds with his own theory. He also has a habit of backing away from the hardest conclusions of his own narrative. If you seek a clear definition of ideas like freedom or property rights in Hayek’s work, you will come away disappointed. He often seemed so consumed by the complexity of the world that he shied away from clarity for fear that he had missed something. For readers looking for ironclad deductions and arguments, his approach can give the impression of being an elaborate display of obscurantism.

In order to understand Hayek and to learn from him, you have to be prepared to think alongside him as he writes. His work presumes an open mind that is ready to think about complex topics, most often from the inside out. He is asking and seeking to answer a completely different set of questions than most people are even willing to consider. Most readers are not prepared to consider them. This is a point it took me many years to understand.

What changed for me? I needed a visual application of the knowledge problem, something that connected the theory with reality. This happened to me at a bar atop one of the highest spots in São Paulo, Brazil, a spot where you could make a complete turn and see the lights of the city as far as you looked. It was a world without end, in all directions.

I was overwhelmed at its utter incomprehensibility. It was too much for my mind because it is too much for any mind. The revelation hit me like a truck: this is an order that no one can possibly comprehend in either its totality or its parts, and, as such, an order that no one can possibly control. It cannot be built by anyone in particular; it is built only by an extended and hyper-complex process that is driven by individual minds that takes many generations to unfold.

It can only be harmed by those who would presume to control it — and the bureaucrats and politicians in this city surely do. The regulators can pass regulations. The planners can order buildings built and torn down. They can loot those who are willing to comply. But, in the end, in this city of more than 11 million people, even in the presence of overweening government, society somehow takes its own course. How this happens and why cries out for explanation.

“The knowledge of the circumstances of which we must make use never exists in concentrated or integrated form,” explains Hayek, “but solely as the dispersed bits of incomplete and frequently contradictory knowledge which all the separate individuals possess.”

I came to realize, right there, that this is not just about São Paulo. It’s about any city in the world. In fact, it’s about every social setting, large or small. It’s about the whole world. Only individuals possess the knowledge that nearly all social scientists — and bureaucracies — imagine that they can, must, and do possess. Anyone who seeks to control the social order is presuming that the unanswerable questions are already answered and proceeds from that point. Hayek is digging deeper to observe that we cannot possibly know what we must know if we seek to design much less rule the world. The knowledge is dispersed and, by its nature, uncollectible.

Is Hayek describing a world of disconnected chaos and uncoordinated randomness, a nihilistic social order of swirling unpredictability? That is not the world in which we live. Why not? Because of the existence of institutions like prices, mores, habits, signaling systems of culture and learning — of knowledge that we all possess, not always consciously but mostly inchoately. They are institutions that we ourselves have not created, but they assist us in making the most of our lives.

“We make constant use of formulas, symbols, and rules whose meaning we do not understand,” writes Hayek, “and through the use of which we avail ourselves of the assistance of knowledge which individually we do not possess. We have developed these practices and institutions by building upon habits and institutions which have proved successful in their own sphere and which have in turn become the foundation of the civilization we have built up.”

As I stood at the same bar in São Paulo looking all around me, my vision changed from macrocosm to microcosm. I observed two people standing close by. They were embracing, kissing intimately. I wondered whether this was a first date or if they had been together for many years. I had no access to that information, and nothing they did gave me the answer. They seemed to be courting each other but at what level and in what way I could not know. And yet this information was foundational to everything both of them were thinking at the time. To truly understand this relationship, I would have to know not just something but countless bits of information I could not really know.

What’s more, even this two-person society was not comprehensible to the two people themselves. Part of the spark of their relationship was the emotional dance they were engaged in right there on the spot. Their intimacy was their means of accessing, however incompletely and briefly, the true spirit of the other’s intellectual and emotional state of mind. They can come close, through every means available, but never entirely achieve that oneness for which true love strives.

Even so, both people in this two-person society were seeking longingly and lovingly for the ideal, coordinating their actions through shared cues, language, and symbols. And in so doing, they created their own micro-order right there, as had everyone else in that bar, as has every one of the 11 million people in that city, as has every one of the 7 billion people on this planet.

We all seek some form of individuality but also a connection to others. We can create institutions to make this possible, but mostly we embed ourselves within them. The institutions emerge from within the structure of our shared experience, chosen and not imposed, and we gravitate toward those who work and eschew those who don’t, in an ever-evolving process of discovery.

Let’s say you set out to plan the world. “If we possess all the relevant information,” writes Hayek, “if we can start out from a given system of preferences, and if we command complete knowledge of available means, the problem which remains is purely one of logic.” We only need to plug in the right data into our calculus and issue orders. The problem is that this solution presumes that the unsolvable problem — gaining that information — has already been solved.

What is the significance of this revelation? It lays waste to a century — or many centuries — of intellectual pretense. The social order is built by the coordination of plans. If those plans are always individual plans, radically individuated and subjectivized, coordinated only through evolved institutions created by no one in particular, the dreams of every would-be master of the universe come crashing down.

The most obvious conclusion is also the most powerful one from a political point of view. The source of order is not the government, even though people continue to believe that despite all evidence. The bureaucratic class and the politicians who empower that class are no more or less smart than you and I are. They are just people with no special insight. Because of government’s legal right to plunder, the government is corrupt and exploitative. It takes stuff from people. That’s about the whole of it. It is not the source of anyone’s order.

What then is the source of social order? It is our individual minds, however imperfect they may be in making judgments about our world. Freedom is the only real option there is. Anything else is based on a lie — a “pretense of knowledge,” as Hayek would say. Anything that subverts that freedom, which means any state at all, amounts to an attack on the very source of social order.

“If we can agree that the economic problem of society is mainly one of rapid adaptation to changes in the particular circumstances of time and place,” Hayek concludes, “it would seem to follow that the ultimate decisions must be left to the people who are familiar with these circumstances, who know directly of the relevant changes and of the resources immediately available to meet them.

We cannot expect that this problem will be solved by first communicating all this knowledge to a central board which, after integrating all knowledge, issues its orders. We must solve it by some form of decentralization. But this answers only part of our problem. We need decentralization because only thus can we insure that the knowledge of the particular circumstances of time and place will be promptly used.

I’m drawn to Hayek’s use of the terms “immediately” and “promptly.” With these words he introduces the ultimate enemy of all those who would control the world: the passage of time. With the existence of time comes change, and with change comes new and different knowledge. Even if it were possible somehow to gain a complete snapshot of the world with all its existing knowledge, by the time it could be used for any purpose to bend the world from its course to another, that knowledge would be outdated and hence useless. Even under the best circumstances, the planners would only be planning the past.

Here, then, is the knowledge problem. It is about more than the ability to plan an economy. It is about the whole of our lives. It is about the ability to plan and direct the course of civilization. That capacity to manage the world, even the smallest part of it, will always and everywhere elude our grasp. That’s a beautiful insight, because it reveals the truth about human freedom.

Freedom is not just one way to organize society. It is the only way.

20121129_JeffreyTuckeravatarABOUT JEFFREY A. TUCKER

Jeffrey Tucker is a distinguished fellow at FEE, CLO of the startup Liberty.me, and editor at Laissez Faire Books. Author of five books, he speaks at FEE summer seminars and other events.

EDITORS NOTE: The featured image is courtesy of FEE and Shutterstock.

Was the Oklahoma beheading America’s First ISIS-Inspired Attack?

Was Muslim convert Alton Nolen, who allegedly beheaded co-worker Colleen Hufford and stabbed another woman in Oklahoma on Sept. 25, inspired by ISIS, the Islamist group that rules large parts of Syria and Iraq? (ISIS is also known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, ISIL, Islamic State, and Da`esh.)

Law enforcement and the media have, as usual, distanced the attack from Islam and terrorism, implying the alleged crime is an example of “workplace violence” due to Nolen’s recent firing from Vaughan Foods.

But co-workers report Nolen had a history of attempting to convert them to the Muslim faith. Law enforcement officials have not yet revealed if this was a contributing factor in Nolen’s termination. In addition, Robin Marsh of KWTV-9 reports that Nolen was “shouting Islamic phrases” while attacking his victims.

It is Nolen himself, however, who provides the best initial evidence that radical Islam in general and ISIS in particular motivated his alleged murder a fellow worker, evidence worth documenting in some detail. Though limited information is currently available, we are able to learn about Nolen in his own words and posted photographs on social media and use these as a basis to understand his beliefs and speculate about his motives.

After his conversion to Islam, Nolen posted on Facebook (under the name Jah’Keem Yisrael) his support for Islamist causes, including images celebrating Osama bin Laden and the attack on the World Trade Center. He also specifically promoted ISIS.

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In February 2014, Nolen enthused about “Some of my Muslim Brothers!!!!!” and posted a time-stamped picture showing ISIS terrorists, above. The relatively obscure photograph is dated February 16, was shared on ISIS Internet forums on February 16, and was posted by Nolen on the very same day, implying he closely followed ISIS online. The picture features Omar al-Shishani, the red-bearded Chechen thought to be the terror group’s “military” chief, on his arrival to the A’zaz District of Aleppo in Syria.

Of particular interest in the photo is the prominent display of the ISIS hand signal – the index finger held up on the right hand. This appears to be the first time Nolen posted a photograph including the ISIS hand signal and it quickly becomes a recurring theme which Nolen, himself, emulates.

Some background: this hand gesture was originally created by Islamists to represent tawhid, the belief in monotheism as it pertains to Islam. ISIS adopted the gesture as the symbol of its group, and uses it to indicate solidarity with ISIS in a fashion similar to the way that criminal street gangs utilize hand signals to communicate gang affiliation.

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Islamic State salute on Alton Nolen’s (a.k.a. Jah’Keem Yisrael) Facebook page. For a larger view click on the image.

In Foreign Affairs, Nathaniel Zalinsky explores the significance of the ISIS hand signal:

[T]he concept of tawhid is central to ISIS’ violent and uncompromising posture toward its opponents, both in the Middle East and in the West… When ISIS militants display the sign, to one another or to a photographer, they are actively reaffirming their dedication to that ideology, whose underlying principle demands the destruction of the West …

The gesture is equally important for what it means to Westerners, most of whom cannot read Arabic. By raising their index fingers, militants send an easy-to-understand message of the group’s goals of theological supremacy and military hegemony… those who underestimate the dangers posed by the Islamic State need look no further than the index finger, which makes ISIS’ ambitions all too clear.

Nolen himself publicly communicated this message for the first time on April 21, 2014. He posted a photograph of what appears to be himself using the right-handed index-finger signal against the backdrop of a Muslim prayer rug that depicts the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem. (The Dome of the Rock has become a symbol for Muslims worldwide to conjure images of conquest and dominance over Israel and its capital.)

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Nolen posted a photograph [left]on May 30, 2014, of a young man giving the index-finger signal along with the caption, “One whom was guided to Islam 2day I offered him Dawah and he took shahada!” Dawah means to proselytize Islam and shahada is the Muslim declaration of faith. In other words, Nolen wrote that the young man converted to Islam that day. The photograph indicates Nolen was not only proselytizing the Muslim faith but also ISIS ideology.

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Photo series with Alton Nolen giving the Islamic State salute at an Islamic mosque in Oklahoma City, OK. For a larger view click on the image.

In a photo series [right] posted on August 7, 2014, the Facebook status reads, “A night at the Islamic Mosque in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma with two of my brothers from Morocco!” and shows Nolen himself giving the ISIS index-finger hand signal.

Nolen’s support of radical Islam transcended hand signals, however, and his own fascination with beheadings dates back at least to March 7, 2014, when he posted an Islamist propaganda photograph of a severed head along with the following caption:

“I will instill terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers: smite ye above their necks and smite all their finger-tips off them.” Qur’an 8:9-13

The information Nolen shared on Facebook clearly indicates his Islamist orientation. It also reveals that Nolen posted messages supportive of ISIS and adopted the group’s popular hand signals, and it suggests, he closely followed ISIS on jihadi forums. On Sept. 22, these forums broadcast a renewed ISIS call for “lone-wolf” attacks. One of its sheikhs, Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, pleaded: “If you can kill an American or European infidel… put your trust in Allah and kill him in any way or manner whatsoever.” Days later, Nolen stands accused of beheading his co-worker.

Regardless if Alton Nolen answered this specific call to violence, he clearly admired his “Muslim brothers” in ISIS and their ideology. This leads one to conclude that the gruesome beheading in Oklahoma could be the first case of an ISIS-inspired terror attack on US soil. In all likelihood, it will not be the last.

© 2014 Danielle Avel

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Support for Amendment 2 plummets — Bad news for Charlie Crist

J.J. Whitson, Campaign Manager for the Vote No On Amendment 2, in an email reports that support for Amendment 2 has plummeted. Amendment 2 is supported by Democrats John Morgan and Charlie Crist. Support is also fading for Charlie Crist’s gubernatorial campaign.

Tampa Bay Times political Editor Adam C. Smith reports:

“The race between Rick Scott and Charlie Crist for Florida governor has long been seen as a toss-up, and recent polls bolster that perception of a campaign that could go either way.  But conventional wisdom among Florida’s political elite has shifted decidedly in Gov. Scott’s favor, the latest Tampa Bay Times Florida Insider Poll shows.

When we surveyed more than 130 of Florida’s savviest political hands seven weeks ago, a slight majority predicted Scott would beat Crist. This week, two thirds of our Florida Insiders – including 38 percent of the Democrats participating – said they expect Scott to beat former Gov. Crist.” [Emphasis added]

Are the plummeting numbers for Amendment 2 having an impact on the race for governor?

According to News-Press.com:

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The SurveyUSA/WFLA tracking poll finds that 53 percent of likely voters support Amendment 2, 32 percent oppose and another 15 percent are undecided. To pass, the initiative needs to top the 60 percent mark.

In Southwest Florida, those numbers drop to 48 percent in favor, 38 percent against, with the remainder unsure.

It’s a far cry from the halcyon days of summer when a Quinnipiac poll found nearly 90 percent support for the measure.

The SurveyUSA poll marks the worst showing to date for the initiative and only more data will tell us whether this is an outlier or a trend. Other polls in September show the measure hovering just above or below the critical 60 percent mark.

Despite this bad bit of polling news for backers, The News-Press forecast model puts the probability of Amendment 2 passing at 63.9 percent. Our model, based on all available data, predicts a 61.2 percent to 38.8 percent outcome.

The SurveyUSA poll of 588 likely voters was taken Sept. 19-22 and has a margin of error of +/-4.1 percent.

Barney Bishop III, President and CEO of Barney Bishop Consulting, LLC, in a Context Florida op-ed states:

As time goes by, it appears that Amendment 2 is facing serious opposition from likely voters.

[ … ]

But to get to the core of the proponents’ arguments, their message is pretty simple: Medical pot is needed to help the sick and dying.

Though simple and straight-forward, it’s just not true. Medical pot won’t be for just the sick and dying and therein lies the problem that the proponents must face if the amendment has a chance of passage.

The reason is because of the “loopholes” that have been thoroughly discussed by this author and by many others.

Interestingly, the proponents’ campaign manager simply answers the questions by stating that our side is simply using scare tactics.
OK, that could be true, but are you going to show how our arguments are actually false, or just claim that we’re wrong.

Because if all you’re going to do is to cry foul, then the arguments have validity until you prove otherwise.

First and foremost, Amendment 2 is not needed because Florida is already in the process of procuring rules for Charlotte’s Web, the low-THC, high-CBD oil that is extracted from weed to help sick patients.

Read more.

Bishop concludes his op-ed with, “So, dudes, let me come clean. I’m a former pothead. The difference between me and you is that I can live without it. Unfortunately, you don’t want to. Amendment 2 isn’t about medical pot. It’s about high-THC pot, period. If law enforcement is against it and the medical profession is against it, it makes sense that it’s not right for Florida.”

Election 2014: How to Stop a Socialist State

As election day Tuesday, November 4th, 2014 approaches it is important for voters to understand how politicians create a socialist state. According to Saul Alinsky’s “Rules For Radicals” there are eight levels of control that must be achieved before a socialist state is created. According to Alinsky, the first is the most important.

  1. Healthcare – Control healthcare and you control the people (Obamacare). This legislation violates every American’s 4th, 5th, and 10th Amendment Rights. Be not afraid. Obamacare started as Romney-Care in Massachusetts. If Romney runs for President in 2016 vote for the Conservative candidate. Romney is no different than Hillary Clinton.
  2. Poverty – Increase the Poverty level as high as possible. Poor people are easier to control and will not fight back if government is providing everything for them to live and survive. This is done by higher and higher taxes on the middle class. This is under way and accelerating.
  3. Debt – Increase the debt to an unsustainable level. Politicians use this as an excuse to increase taxes, rather than reduce spending. Debt will produce more poverty. Seventeen Trillion dollars and growing. Approved by Obama, allowed to continue by the U.S. Congress under the weak Republican House Speaker John Boehner’s leadership.
  4. Gun Control– Remove the ability of the people to defend themselves from the Government. Anti-Second Amendment politicians are able to create a police state by disarming law abiding citizens. Solution. Buy more guns and ammunition! Be ready to defend yourself. Get proper safety training on your newly acquired weapons. Vote out any anti-Second Amendment politician or any politician supported by Michael Bloomberg.
  5. Welfare – Take control of every aspect of a citizens life (food, housing, and income). Obama is on it. President Obama’s objectives: destroy jobs (Obamacare mandates) while expanding dependence (Medicaid, EBT cards, welfare, etc.). The GOP Controlled Congress keeps writing the checks for EBT cards, welfare, Obamacare and on and on.
  6. Education – Take control of what people read and listen to – take control of what children learn in school. Common Core State Standards is the one size fits all central control system devised to indoctrinate America’s children. Common originated in the United Nations, the National Governors Association with funding from Bill Gates. State run media like ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, CNN support it. By the way, Common Core is endorsed by former Florida Republican Governor Jeb Bush. If he runs for President in 2016 vote for a Conservative Republican boys and girls.
  7. Religion – Remove the belief in the God from the Government and schools. This violates the 1st Amendment  right to free exercise of one’s religion. A Progressive/Socialist/Communist cannot control you if you follow a greater power than man and him a.k.a. Obama.
  8. Class Warfare – Divide the people into categories, wealthy/poor, white/black, legal/illegal/, etc.. This will cause more discontent and it will be easier to take (tax) the wealthy with the support of the poor, who are created by increasing poverty (see #2 above).

To the voters who read this column, this is a litmus test for anyone on your 2014 ballot.

If you allow any of the above to continue, as written by Saul Alinksy, endorsed by Hillary Clinton, led by President Obama, embraced by Nancy Pelosi and John Boehner, you will be responsible for the revolution that will be coming your way.

Free Americans will not allow this Progressive/Socialist/Communist take over of the American Constitutional Republic to continue. It would be advisable that you the voter put on notice your city, county, school board, state and Congressional politicians and candidates from all parties. Tell them to start following the U.S. Constitution or they will lose their jobs and/or be defeated on November 4th, 2014.

True Americans are working on taking this country back via the ballot box in 37 or so days.

One, Two, Three, Four! What are we protesting for?

The Dissident Prof was wondering why high school students would be staging walk-outs and protests over history standards, but suspected there had to be some teachers involved.  Today’s high school and college students are so immersed in stories about the glory days of protests that they will walk out of class and hold up a sign at any opportunity.  The Denver Post announced, “Hundreds of Jeffco students walk out in largest school board protest” and then the Huffington Post reported, “Nearly 1,000 Colorado Students Protest a Conservative Call to Change Their History Curriculum.”  Huff Post reporter Matt Ferner demonstrated he knows his stuff by penning with:

After calling for a history curriculum that downplays “social strife” and emphasizes “respect for authority,” a conservative Denver-area school board has attracted the same kind of civil disobedience it had hoped to gloss over in the classroom.

Well, we all know that every good thing in history has come about through protest.  Read the textbooks, watch the PBS videos, and listen to the classroom discussions, and you will know that protest has become a sacred rite.  So, it’s natural that the kiddos skip class and take to the streets.  Students once again are rising up!  Hey, it’s like the Sixties:

Hundreds of students marched Thursday in the fifth day of demonstrations against the Jefferson County school board, which oversees the second-largest school district in Colorado. Protests began last Friday after members of the board called for a review of the new Advanced Placement U.S. History (APUSH) curriculum to see whether it promotes “respect for authority” or encourages “civil disorder, social strife or disregard for the law.”

Uh, it’s not quite that simple.  For a quick summary of what the controversy is about read Jane Robbins’s excellent column in USA Today, “Exam erases U.S. exceptionalism.”  Robbins points to a Pioneer Institute study of the Advanced Placement U.S. History (APUSH) Curriculum Framework  that reveals that the new AP curriculum is ideologically slanted to the left. (Howard Zinn, for some reason, seemed to be pushed on the bright kids, but now that version of history is part of the official detailed AP curriculum.)

Leave it to Michelle Malkin to get to the bottom of the story about the protests: “‘A’ Is for Agitation: What’s Really Going on in Jefferson County Schools.”  It’s not about censorship (i.e., conservatives attempting to wipe out the negative aspects of U.S. history), but about union control.  Students followed teachers, who walked out to protest a new pay system based on performance.  At the same school board meeting where the pay system was approved, board members heard a proposal for a curriculum review committee; among the items was the APUSH curriculum.  Malkin writes,

While every liberal “-ism” has been incorporated into the school day — from environmentalism and collectivism to social justice activism to mandatory volunteerism, feminism and transgenderism — JeffCo school board members are now being mocked for simply proposing that citizenship, individualism and patriotism have a fundamental place at the schoolteacher’s table.

Imagine having a school board that is able to, and does, take a position on the curriculum and demands a balanced approach to teaching U.S. history!  How dare they oppose “The Schoolmaster” David Coleman, teaching applicant-reject (but Rhodes scholar), president of the College Board (which wrote the history standards) and architect of Common Core.  School board president Ken Witt told Malkin that he was upset about students missing class and being manipulated by teachers for their own interests: “The agitators’ ultimate goal is ‘to create turmoil and discredit [the] board before those negotiations.'”

Protest is in the air.  We are having pretty fall weather here in Central New York.  Last weekend was a good time to go to New York City for a march, and college students did.  After all, who would want to miss the “largest climate march in history” as the Columbia University student newspaper noted? They came from far and wide to participate with 400,000 other people in the People’s Climate March ahead of last week’s UN Climate Summit, for world leaders, including President Obama.  Eighty students and nine faculty and staff member traveled from Williams College in Massachusetts.  The Williams Record reported that protestors marched more than four miles and “carried signs and played live music.”  The social action was organized by the Williams Environmental Council.  Funding came from the Center for Environmental Studies, the Davis Center, the Department of Africana Studies, College Council and the Chaplain’s Office.  Dozens of college students were also among the contingent of 300 people from Minnesota.

Some groups did more than march.  They demanded their campus divest from fossil fuels investments.  This was in addition to the demand for “meaningful action” on climate change, as noted in the Columbia Spectator.

Divestment from fossil fuels was demanded by the “more than 45 Hamilton [College] students, alumni, faculty and staff” who “boarded buses, cars, trains and subways to arrive at the corner of 71st St. and Central Park West in New York City to participate in the People’s Climate March.”  The Spectator also reported, “Both Hamilton’s Environmental Action Group (HEAG) and Fossil Fuel Divestment Organization spearheaded the initiative to bring the marchers from Clinton, N.Y. to New York, N.Y.”–a distance of 249 miles by Thruway.

U.S. Messenger of Peace

U.S. Messenger of Peace

But it’s not as far as Minnesota…or the Marshall Islands, from whence came “spoken-word poet” Kathi Jetnil-Kijiner who reportedly moved the dignitaries to tears with her poem for her baby daughter about the threat of climate change.  Dissident Prof doesn’t know if climate change dignitary Leonardo DiCaprio jetted in from Hollywood as the United States Messenger of Peace, or if he did rub shoulders with any of the “people” in the People’s March.  But the Hamilton Spectator did report that “Several [students] were fortunate enough to run into longtime environmental writer and activist Bill McKibben.”  No doubt that is good use of “buses, cars, trains and subway trains” and the fossil fuels used to run them.

List of Terror Attacks for the Past 30 Days — POLL: Guess what religion is responsible?

There are politicians, law enforcement officials and members of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security who want to ignore the reality of terrorist attacks and who actually carries them out. To help you and them understand better the who, when and where terrorists attack the following list is provided. Note: This list does not include terror attacks in non-Muslim nations (such as the recent beheading in Moore, Oklahoma).

Question: Who carries out the most terrorist attacks — A.) Jews, B.) Christians or C.) Mohammedans?

Please add your answer in the comments section.

Date Country City Killed Injured Description
2014.09.23 Pakistan Mirpurkhas 1 0 An Ahmadi doctor is brutally murdered in his clinic by Sunni extremists.
2014.09.23 Pakistan Peshawar 5 29 A child is among five people disassembled by a Fedayeen suicide blast.
2014.09.23 Iraq Sadr City 18 41 Sunnis slaughter eighteen Shiites with a car bomb.
2014.09.21 Pakistan Punjab 2 1 The caretaker of a mosque is among two people gunned down by sectarian rivals.
2014.09.21 Cameroon Tourou 19 0 Boko Haram machine-gun nineteen civilians at a market.
2014.09.21 Egypt Cairo 3 6 Fundamentalist bombers transform three police officers into a puddle of blood.
2014.09.19 Iraq Tikrit 12 7 Women and children are among a dozen killed when suspected Islamic State militants mortar a residential neighborhood.
2014.09.19 Lebanon Arsal 2 0 IS militants fire an RPG across the border and kill two Lebanese guards.
2014.09.19 Afghanistan Baghlan 6 12 Six people outside a mosque are sent straight to Allah by Religion of Peace rivals.
2014.09.19 Iraq Karradah 9 18 Sunnis set off a bomb outside a Shiite mosque, laying out nine of their sectarian rivals.
2014.09.19 Iraq Kirkuk 10 14 Mujahideen bombers murder ten people outside a shop.
2014.09.19 Cameroon Ganse 4 0 Four civilians are riddled with bullets by Boko Haram.
2014.09.19 Libya Benghazi 2 0 A blogger and his friend are shot to death by fundamentalists.
2014.09.19 Pakistan Karachi 1 0 A Shiite banker is shot to death in front of his children by Sunni radicals.
2014.09.19 Iraq Mahmoudiyah 3 10 Terrorists kill three people with a car bomb at a parking lot.
2014.09.18 Mali Kidal 5 3 Five peacekeepers are disassembled by fundamentalist bombers.
2014.09.18 Iraq Baghdad 23 50 A suicide bombing is one of three blasts in Shiite districts that lay out two dozen innocents.
2014.09.18 Pakistan Karachi 1 0 A university professor is shot to death after being charged with blasphemy for his liberal views on women.
2014.09.17 Libya Benghazi 9 30 Nine others are killed when Ansar al-Sharia attack an airport.
2014.09.17 Nigeria Ungwar Ganye 2 0 A pastor and one other person are murdered by angry Muslims.
2014.09.17 Nigeria Fadan-Karshi 12 4 A dozen villagers are burned to death by Muslim terrorists, including the wife of a pastor.
2014.09.17 Iraq Baghdad 5 20 Five civilians are taken out in a series of Jihadi bombings.
2014.09.17 Iraq Tarmiyah 8 16 Eight Iraqis are exterminated by a Fedayeen suicide bomber.
2014.09.17 Iraq Tikrit 7 0 Seven local cops are kidnapped and executed by the Islamic State.
2014.09.17 Pakistan Sarki 1 0 A Shiite is shot to death by Lashker-e-Islam.
2014.09.17 Iraq Ramadi 7 5 A Shahid suicide bomber detonates on a bridge, sending seven bystanders on to Allah.
2014.09.17 Nigeria Kano 17 34 Two suicide bombers slaughter seventeen innocents at a teacher-training college.
2014.09.16 Egypt Rafah 6 2 Six local cops bleed to death following a Religion of Peace bomb blast.
2014.09.16 Afghanistan Kabul 7 20 A suicide bomber kills seven people.
2014.09.16 Iraq Fallujah 7 27 Two children are among seven killed in two separate attacks by Mujahid terrorists.
2014.09.16 Turkey Bab al-Salam 7 24 Terrorists set off a car bomb at a border crossing.
2014.09.16 Afghanistan Herat 6 6 The Taliban shoot six local cops to death.
2014.09.16 Nigeria Fadan Karshi Daji 33 4 Funlani terrorists massacre nearly three dozen villagers.
2014.09.16 Iraq Duluiya 7 0 Seven woman and children are exterminated by an ISIS rocket.
2014.09.15 Pakistan Pishan 1 0 One person is killed when fundamentalists open fire on an anti-polio team.
2014.09.15 Pakistan Tal 1 2 One other person is brought down by a Fedayeen suicide bomber.
2014.09.15 Iraq Mosul 1 0 A Christian who refused to convert to Islam is beaten by the Islamic State and then executed.
2014.09.15 Afghanistan Baghlan 1 7 A Taliban bomb planted along a city square leaves one dead.
2014.09.15 Iraq Baghdad 3 15 Three residents are obliterated by a Mujahid car bomb.
2014.09.15 India Poonch 1 5 One person is killed by Muslim bombers.
2014.09.15 Iraq Mosul 3 0 Three young people are executed by the Islamic State.
2014.09.15 Pakistan Swat 3 0 Three villagers are shot to death by Islamic terrorists.
2014.09.15 Yemen Jawf 25 0 A clash between Sunni and Shia leaves over two dozen dead.
2014.09.15 Afghanistan Shahid Hasas 1 0 A cleric is beheaded by fundamentalist rivals.
2014.09.15 Pakistan Dera Ismail Khan 3 0 Two brothers and their father are murdered in their home by Sharia advocates.
2014.09.14 Iraq Baghdad 5 0 Rivals storm the home of a religious figure and murder five members of his family.
2014.09.14 Pakistan Spinwam 3 0 Three border guards at a remote post are pasted by a Religion of Peace RPG attack.
2014.09.14 Mali Aguelhoc 1 3 A peacekeeper is murdered by Jihadists.
2014.09.14 Nigeria Bokkos 5 0 Two children and two women are among five Christians shot to death by Fulani shouting praises to Allah.
2014.09.14 Thailand Narathiwat 1 1 Muslim ‘separatists’ kill a 50-year-old man and injure his wife on their way back from market.
2014.09.14 Nigeria Tunari 20 40 Fulani mercenaries attack a Christian village en masse and slaughter over twenty residents, mostly women and children.
2014.09.14 Iraq Zab 1 0 An engineer is publicly executed by the Islamic State.
2014.09.14 Pakistan Bara 2 0 A married couple are killed just outside their home by Taliban fundamentalists.
2014.09.14 Pakistan Karachi 1 0 A Sunni leader is shot to death by Shiite radicals while sitting outside his store.
2014.09.14 Pakistan Karachi 1 0 A Shiite cleric is shot to death by Sunni radicals while watering his lawn.
2014.09.14 Iraq al-Jumasah 8 0 Eight Iraqis are rounded-up and executed by the Islamic State for ‘plotting against Allah’.
2014.09.14 Pakistan Nasir Bagh 1 0 A prayer leader is shot to death for leading police in worship.
2014.09.13 Iraq Ghadeer 3 1 Three members of a Christian family are taken out by Sunni bombers.
2014.09.13 Nigeria Ngom 25 16 Twenty-five people are machine-gunned at a market by Boko Haram.
2014.09.13 Syria Aleppo 1 0 A British aid worker is beheaded by the Islamic State after being forced to read a statement blaming his own country.
2014.09.12 Libya Benghazi 1 0 A mosque preacher is gunned down by suspected rivals.
2014.09.12 Afghanistan Badakhshan 6 3 A half dozen Afghan soldiers are disintegrated by a Taliban bomb blast.
2014.09.12 Iraq Rashid 4 0 Four brothers are beheaded by the Islamic State for crimes against religion.
2014.09.11 Iraq Karbalah 3 12 Sunnis blow up a bus stop in a Shia area, killing three commuters.
2014.09.11 Iraq Diwaniyah 6 16 A half-dozen people in a commercial district are laid out by a Mujahideen car bomb.
2014.09.11 Pakistan Orangi 2 0 Two Shiites are brought down by Sunni gunmen. One was a doctor in his clinic.
2014.09.11 Iraq Baghdad 13 41 Two vicious bomb attacks leave thirteen dead.
2014.09.11 Iraq Najaf 5 12 Jihadi bombers strike a restaurant, taking out five patrons in mid-bite.
2014.09.11 Pakistan Tank 1 0 Religious extremists murder a peace committee member outside his home.
2014.09.11 Thailand Pattani 4 5 Muslim terrorists spray a government building with gunfire, then throw a bomb inside.
2014.09.11 Philippines North Cotabato 2 0 At least two people are riddled with bullets by Bangsamoro Islamic gunmen.
2014.09.11 Thailand Pattani 1 0 Militant Muslims beat a truck driver to death.
2014.09.11 Iraq Mosul 7 0 Seven men are beheaded for speaking out against the Islamic State.
2014.09.10 Iraq Baghdad 14 35 Mujahid bomber blow up a pet market, killing over a dozen people and several animals.
2014.09.10 Pakistan Sharifabad 1 0 A Shiite businessman is shot to death at his shop by sectarian Jihadis.
2014.09.10 Iraq Barzak 14 0 Fourteen dead Yazidis are found executed by caliphate terrorists. The victims include children.
2014.09.10 Iraq Zumar 35 0 Yazidi women and children are comprise most of the thirty-five ISIS victims found in a mass grave.
2014.09.10 Iraq Baghdad 6 0 Six people are obliterated by a Fedayeen suicide blast.
2014.09.10 Iraq Mosul 31 0 Thirty-one police officers are executed for refusing to cooperate with the Islamic State.
2014.09.10 Pakistan Karachi 1 1 A prominent Sunni scholar is shot to death by Religion of Peace rivals.
2014.09.10 Pakistan Karachi 1 0 A Shiite activist is gunned down by Sunni radicals.
2014.09.10 Egypt Ansar beit al Maqdis 1 0 A person is kidnapped and beheaded by Ansar beit al Maqdis.
2014.09.10 Iraq Baghdad 5 9 A Shahid suicide bomber takes out five Iraqis.
2014.09.10 Pakistan Damadola 1 0 A guard for a polio team is murdered by fundamentalists.
2014.09.09 Syria Damascus 5 22 Sunni militants send mortars into a Shia suburb, killing five people.
2014.09.09 CAR Ngakobo 13 0 A priest and three members of his congregation are among thirteen massacred by Muslim ‘rebels’.
2014.09.09 Syria Ram Hamdan 45 5 Islamic State suicide bombers blow up a house hosting a meeting of rivals, killing up to forty-five participants.
2014.09.09 Libya Benghazi 5 7 Five local soldiers are murdered by Majlis al-Shoura.
2014.09.09 Pakistan Karachi 2 0 Sectarian Jihadis shoot a blind man and his nephew to death.
2014.09.09 Yemen Qattan 4 6 Four people are laid out by a Religion of Peace suicide bomber.
2014.09.09 Nigeria Baza 24 14 Two dozen Nigerians die during an attack by Boko Haram.
2014.09.09 Iraq Amerli 6 0 Several Sunnis are beheaded by Shia militia.
2014.09.09 Iraq Mosul 5 0 Five women are kidnapped and beheaded by the caliphate for ‘acting against the religion of Islam’ by telling fortunes.
2014.09.08 Iraq Dhuluieh 17 71 Islamic State members pump machine-gun fire and a bomb into a market, killing at least seventeen.
2014.09.08 Somalia Mogadishu 12 27 A dozen people are blown to bits by a Shahid car bomber.
2014.09.08 Afghanistan Kandahar 3 6 Three people are pulled into pieces by a Fedayeen suicide bomber.
2014.09.07 Syria Aleppo 3 9 ISIS gunmen fire point-blank into a bus, killing three passengers.
2014.09.07 Syria Aleppo 5 30 Five civilians are killed when Islamic State rebels send mortar shells into their neighborhood.
2014.09.07 Pakistan Sargodha 3 7 Three people lose their lives when Religion of Peace rivals fire into a Sufi shrine.
2014.09.07 Yemen al-Baida 2 0 Two traffic cops are sprayed with bullets by al-Qaeda.
2014.09.07 Iraq Miqdadiya 2 2 Two children are extreminated by a Mujahideen mortar round.
2014.09.07 Nigeria Mbar 4 0 Four members of a church are murdered in two attacks by Muslim extremists.
2014.09.07 Nigeria Michika 60 0 ‘Scores’ of young people are rounded up and then forced on to the ground to have their throats slit by Islamists. Elderly people are also shot at close range.
2014.09.07 Iraq Mosul 40 0 Children and a female politician are among forty people reportedly executed by the Islamic State.
2014.09.06 Libya Warshefana 12 10 A dozen people are killed when an Islamist alliance sends shells into a residential neighborhood.
2014.09.06 Pakistan Karachi 1 7 The Taliban attack a naval dockyard, killing a sailor.
2014.09.06 Nigeria Gulak 100 0 More than a hundred innocents are thought to have been slaughtered during a two day binge by Boko Haram near a Bible college.
2014.09.06 Lebanon Arsal 1 0 Another captive is beheaded by caliphate terrorists.
2014.09.06 Pakistan Azizabad 2 0 A prominent Shia and his bodyguard are murdered by Sunni extremists.
2014.09.06 Yemen Jawf 20 22 Twenty others are reported killed during a sustained assault by Shiite militia.
2014.09.06 Pakistan Peshawar 1 0 A Sikh is shot to death is shot to death outside his grocery store.
2014.09.05 Syria Ashara 1 0 A youth is executed and crucified to punish other residents calling for an end to the caliphate.
2014.09.05 Nigeria Borno 2 0 Two family members are murdered when they refuse to turn their 13-year-old over to Boko Haram.
2014.09.05 Iraq Mosul 6 0 Three women are among six executed by the Islamic State, which include several doctors.
2014.09.05 Pakistan Karachi 2 0 Two members of the Shia community are gunned down by sectarian Jihadis in separate attacks.
2014.09.05 Pakistan Rawalpindi 1 0 A female polio worker is shot to death in her home by suspected fundamentalists.
2014.09.05 Iraq Ameriya 3 9 A Fedayeen suicide bomber takes out three people.
2014.09.04 Iraq Mosul 14 0 Fourteen young people are abducted and executed by the Islamic State.
2014.09.04 Iraq Sulaiman Bek 35 0 The bodies of thirty-five truck drivers, kidnapped months earlier by Sunni militants are discovered in a mass grave.
2014.09.04 Iraq Karrada 6 17 A half-dozen innocents are slain when fundamentalists set off a bomb near alcohol shops.
2014.09.04 Iraq Baghdad 11 32 Sunnis detonate a car bomb amidst a row of shops and restaurants in a Shiite district, killing eleven.
2014.09.04 Iraq Tikrit 7 17 A suicide car bomber lays out seven Iraqis.
2014.09.04 Nigeria Kawuri 30 0 Pro-Sharia extremists massacre over thirty villagers.
2014.09.04 Afghanistan Ghazni 18 154 Fundamentalists set off a massive truck bomb outside a government office, killing eighteen.
2014.09.03 Afghanistan Kunar 7 0 Seven local soldiers are ambushed and killed by religious radicals.
2014.09.03 Pakistan Mardan 1 0 A Sikh is stabbed to death in a suspected sectarian attack.
2014.09.03 Iraq Ramadi 16 0 Sixteen people near a university are kidnapped by the Islamic State and executed.
2014.09.03 Iraq Fallujah 5 13 Mujahideen kill five civilians with a rocket barrage.
2014.09.03 Egypt al-Arish 1 0 A 32-year-old policeman is brutally shot to death by Islamic fundamentalists.
2014.09.02 Egypt al-Wefaq 11 2 Eleven police officers are blown to bits by a fundamentalist bomb blast.
2014.09.02 Syria Taftanaz 1 0 A second American journalist is beheaded by the Islamic State.
2014.09.02 Libya Banghazi 20 36 At least twenty others are killed by Ansar al-Sharia.
2014.09.02 Nigeria Eggon 55 100 Muslim ‘mercenaries’ attack three villages and murder over fifty residents as they also torch a brewery.
2014.09.02 Pakistan Karachi 1 0 A 40-year-old Shiite is assassinated in his store by Sunni gunmen.
2014.09.02 Nigeria Bama 120 35 Over one-hundred more victims are reported killed during a second Boko Haram attempt to overrun a town.
2014.09.02 Iraq Fallujah 3 17 The caliphate sends artillary shells into a neighborhood, killing three residents.
2014.09.02 CAR Nana Bakassa 5 5 Muslim rebels shoot five villagers to death.
2014.09.02 Nigeria Bama 2 0 A targeted Islamist attack on a family home leaves two members dead.
2014.09.02 Daghestan Makhachkala 5 0 Muslim militants shoot five people to death and stuff them in a car.
2014.09.02 Pakistan Waziristan 1 0 An off-duty soldier is murdered by al-Qaeda.
2014.09.01 Iraq Bayaa 13 45 A pair of Jihad car bombs produce thirteen dead Iraqis.
2014.09.01 Syria Aleppo 31 0 A university professor is among thirty-one people executed over a 10-day stretch by IS Jihadists.
2014.09.01 Egypt Sinai 4 0 Ansar beit al Maqdis behead four more captives.
2014.09.01 Nigeria Madagali 350 0 Over three hundred Christians are reported killed when Boko Haram invade a series of villages.
2014.09.01 Yemen Shibam 3 0 Three men are tortured and killed by al-Qaeda.
2014.09.01 Iraq Bartala 1 0 A Christian is tortured and killed by the Islamic State after refusing to convert to Islam.
2014.09.01 Iraq Hawija 6 0 Six Iraqi policemen are executed in cold blood by caliphate terrorists.
2014.09.01 Nigeria Bama 59 0 Nearly sixty are reported dead following a Boko Haram attack on a large town.
2014.09.01 Sudan Kalma 2 4 Two women are killed and four children injured during an armed attack on a refugee camp by the Islamic Republic.
2014.08.31 Syria Aleppo 1 0 A Dutch national is beheaded by ISIS.
2014.08.31 Iraq Jalula 4 24 Four Kurds are left dead following a suicide bombing.
2014.08.31 Pakistan Sialkot 3 0 A man ‘honor kills’ his wife and two daughters after consulting with other family members.
2014.08.31 Yemen Shabwa 6 2 Two Shahid suicide bombers take out a half-dozen human beings.
2014.08.31 Iraq Fallujah 3 13 Three civilians are laid out by Islamic State mortars.
2014.08.31 Somalia Mogadishu 5 12 Five others are killed during a sustained al-Shabaab attack on a prison.
2014.08.31 Thailand Pattani 1 1 Militant Muslims shoot a man twice in the head.
2014.08.31 Libya Benghazi 10 25 Ten people are killed when an Islamist militia showers a civilian airport with rockets.
2014.08.31 Iraq Ramadi 37 38 Thirty-seven Iraqis are reduced to pulp by a Shahid suicide bomber.
2014.08.30 Lebanon Arsal 1 0 Another captured Lebanese soldier is beheaded on video.
2014.08.30 Iraq Yousifiya 11 24 Eleven Iraqis at a checkpoint are exterminated by a Fedayeen suicide bomber.
2014.08.30 Afghanistan Jalalabad 6 33 A Shahid suicide bomber disassembles six other people.
2014.08.30 Afghanistan Robaat 12 5 The Taliban stop a bus carrying workers, force them out into a line and machine-gun them in cold blood.
2014.08.30 Nigeria Borno 14 215 Boko Haram militants spray machine-gun fire into villages while yelling praises to Allah. At least fourteen are killed.
2014.08.30 Nigeria Gamboru Ngala 40 0 At least forty more Christians are found hacked to death ‘like chickens’ by Boko Haram.
2014.08.29 Iraq Mosul 2 0 A Shiite and a Kurd are beheaded by the Islamic State.
2014.08.29 Iraq Tuz Khurmatu 8 30 A brutal terror attack by the Islamic State leaves eight dead.
2014.08.29 Yemen Lahj 2 0 al-Qaeda gunmen murder two local officials.
2014.08.29 Iraq Wahda 6 0 Six headless victims are found following the liberation of a town from Islamic State.
2014.08.28 Iraq Hillah 4 0 Four guards at a hospital are shot to death by Muslim terrorists.
2014.08.28 Thailand Pattani 1 2 Muslim terrorists murder a teacher with a bomb.
2014.08.28 Syria Raqqa 7 0 Video emerges of caliphate militants shooting seven kneeling hostages.
2014.08.28 Syria Raqqa 250 0 Video emerges of two-hundred and fifty captives marched into the desert and machine-gunned by the Islamic State.
2014.08.28 Nigeria Bauchi 2 1 A suspected Boko Haram attack leaves two dead.
2014.08.28 Iraq Mosul 7 0 Seven people are executed on orders of a Sharia court.
2014.08.28 Pakistan Awaran 6 7 Six members of a minority religious community are shot to death in their place of worship by suspected Sunni fundamentalists.
2014.08.28 Lebanon Arsal 1 0 A captured Lebanese soldier is beheaded by the Islamic State.
2014.08.27 Bangladesh Dhaka 1 0 A TV personality is assassinated by suspected Jamaat-e-Islami .
2014.08.27 Pakistan Korangi 2 0 A doctor is among two Shiites shot to death by sectarian Jihadis.
2014.08.27 Iraq Habbaniyah 7 2 Islamic State militants kill seven Iraqis with a mortar round.
2014.08.27 Iraq Ramadi 6 0 Six family members are killed when religious radicals blow up their house.
2014.08.27 Afghanistan Aqcha 1 4 Young children are among the casualties of a Taliban bomb attack.
2014.08.26 Afghanistan Farah 1 0 A mosque imam is beheaded by the Taliban.
2014.08.26 Iraq Mosul 5 0 Five men are executed with shots to the head after being convicted by a caliphate court.
2014.08.26 Iraq Baghdad 15 37 A Fedayeen suicide bomber takes out fifteen innocents in a Shiite district.
2014.08.26 Iraq Abbasi 12 0 A dozen Iraqis are laid out in a row and machine-gunned by the Islamic State.

* Honor killings appear on the list, but are not included in the counter

Obama’s Islamic State strategy: Blowing Up Dirt

AA - Obama Stop ISISWe expose Obama’s sure to fail tactics against the Islamic State (ISIS or IS). Will the Middle East devolve into another Vietnam? Will the anti-war Code Pink throw blood on Obama as they did with others who dared use our military to fight Mohammedans? Will Democrats rebel against this use of force to destroy Islamic State dirt?

Will this dirty strategy of bombing Syrian dirt work?

We answer all of these questions in under 3 minutes.

Major LGBT group “Human Rights Campaign” targeting pro-family leaders with vicious attacks and death threats

Reaction to pro-family successes stopping ‘gay marriage’ and LGBT agenda overseas. Scott Lively and Brian Camenker of MassResistance among targets.

The so-called “Human Rights Campaign” (HRC), the wealthiest and most powerful homosexual and transgender activist organization in the US, has begun a major effort to demonize and personally attack the pro-family leaders whom they see as the major American impediments to the homosexual-transgender agenda in foreign countries.

This puerile but chilling “wanted poster” targeting Scott Lively is part of the HRC’s effort to demonize pro-family leaders.

Labeling their campaign “Export of Hate”, they focus on the individual leaders personally rather than their organizations. The HRC attack strategies include publishing vicious and incendiary articles and descriptions (ignoring or misrepresenting their targets’ actual statements or reasoned arguments), crude dehumanizing drawings of the faces, and eerie videos of them. They provide methods for activists to spread the attacks across the Internet. This has already resulted in two death threats against Dr. Lively. (See link below.)

HRC’s world “hate map” showing where pro-family groups are stopping the LGBT agenda!

HRC has targeted fourteen pro-family individual leaders they consider “enemies” of the LGBT agenda worldwide. Their number one “enemy” is Pastor Scott Lively of Massachusetts. Brian Camenker of MassResistance is also on the list:

Dr. Scott Lively, Abiding Truth Ministries
Robert Oscar Lopez, writer & commentator, an ex-gay
Sharon Slater, Family Watch International
Brian Brown, National Organization for Marriage
Larry Jacobs, World Congress of Families
Dr. Paul Cameron, Family Research Institute
Peter LaBarbera, Americans for Truth about Homosexuality
Benjamin Bull, Alliance Defending Freedom
Matt Staver, Liberty Counsel
Dr. Michael Brown, commentator & radio host
Janice Shaw Crouse, Concerned Women for America
Brian Camenker, MassResistance
Scott Stirm, Belize Action
Jordan Sekulow, American Center for Law and Justice

All of the individuals have in some way worked to stop the LGBT agenda in foreign countries, including the spread of “gay marriage.”


HRC’s logo tries to protray them as a “human rights” group emphasizing “equality.”

HRC also warns that there is an insidious “network” of pro-family groups organized worldwide against them. (If there is, it’s so secret that we haven’t found out about it!)

This is one of the tweets that HRC has its supporters sending around the Internet.

Their problem: The LGBT movement is stalled overseas

We have all seen the success that the LGBT movement has had in the United States, Canada, parts of Europe, and in a smattering of other countries. But despite having enormous wealth and organizational resources here in the US – along with the power and threats of the Obama administration (both domestically and internationally) — the “homosexual and transgender rights” movement along with its “gay marriage” push has been stalled in dozens of key countries, and most of the Third World (not to mention virtually all of the Muslim nations).  Much of this has been a result of local groups getting help from US-based pro-family organizations.

For example, Russia, Australia, Jamaica, Finland, Croatia, Uganda, Nigeria, Ireland, Argentina, Moldavia, the Virgin Islands, Poland, Singapore, and France have all been in the news recently, fighting back (often successfully) against the LGBT and “gay marriage” agenda being fomented in that country. And pro-family activists from the U.S. (including MassResistance) have been helping in nearly every case. In their report, HRC cites our 28-minute video “What ‘gay marriage’ did to Massachusetts”  which has been distributed around the world.

But in particular, Dr. Scott Lively has personally traveled to numerous countries in Europe, Asia, and Africa over the last several years has trained and advised thousands of activists and leaders how to successfully confront the anti-family agenda. Thus, he has incurred the wrath of the LGBT movement in a big way.

Dr. Lively has certainly gotten their attention!

HRC demands more help from US State Department

In fact, US homosexual groups and well-funded UN-based groups, along with the Obama State Department, have been attempting to force the LGBT agenda overseas. But in many countries, they’re up against even more determined pro-family citizens.

Apparently, they’ve determined that Obama’s help is not focused enough. On Sept. 4, HRC sent out a blast email demanding that US Secretary of State John Kerry appoint a special “gay czar” in the State Department to coordinate the pressure against countries that refused to buckle under. The email ranted at length about the “infamous anti-LGBT extremist Scott Lively” who is “exporting hate to other countries.” Thus, the US State Department needs to stop him, they believe. (Read the HRC email HERE.)

Attacking the key US pro-family leaders

Attacking pro-family leaders personally (rather than winning with better ideas) is not a new tactic by the homosexual movement. That is the basis of the absurd“crimes against humanity” lawsuit filed against Scott Lively recently by a New York-based Soros group, which is ongoing.

The work of HRC’s art staff, no doubt.

But now HRC has broadened the attack in an attempt to help force their agenda overseas.  Last week they unrolled their full-blown attack-series of web “reports”,including bizarre videos, which they immediately spread out to other national “gay” publications, including the magazine The Advocate which jumped on it.

HRC’s over-the-top depictions of Peter LaBarbera (left) and Benjamin Bull, intended to engage their supporters.

The LGBT movement knows that they cannot easily win in these countries in the forum of public opinion. So their strategy is to demonize, intimidate, harass, and hopefully destroy individual pro-family leaders personally. They want to make others afraid to be associated with them. And if it leads to threats or even violence to them, so much the better. HRC wants to inflict pain.

Here’s what HRS rolled out:

Main page – “Exporting Hate” – with links to others

Page with Brian Camenker of MassResistance

Downloable individual “esporting hate” reports by HRC:

26-page report on the 14 pro-family leaders

19-page report on Scott Lively

20-page report on World Congress of Families

Besides their rabid, off-kilter supporters, who really believes this stuff? In a normal world, nobody would.

Looking to attract another Floyd Lee Corkins?

One thing that HRC seems to be trying to do with this crude set of “reports” is to incite the more dysfunctional among their ranks. And there are plenty of them, judging from the sexually-charged and profanity-laced emails, etc., that they send to pro-family groups. But as HRC knows, it can get worse.

On August 12, 2012, Floyd Lee Corkins, a pro-homosexual activist, walked into the offices of the Family Research Council, a pro-family group in Washington DC, and began shooting. According to his later testimony, he was hoping to kill as many people as he could because he had seen FRC listed as a “hate group” by the fanatically pro-gay Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). Luckily, a guard, though being shot himself, managed to wrestle Corkins to the ground until police came. Corkins was later convicted and sentenced to 25 years in prison. Corkins also said that he wanted to make a political statement with the planned murders by desecrating the bodies.

The SPLC has never said they regretted Corkins’ actions, and they have continued (and even enlarged) their “hate group” rantings. The HRC listings are shockingly similar to SPLC’s.

Watch HRC’s VIDEO of Brian Camenker of Mass­Resistance.Note the ridiculous “special effects.”

The pro-family targets respond!

Several of the major pro-family leaders targeted by the HRC attack campaign have already publicly responded. Below are links to their articles (and HRC’s reaction to Scott Lively’s response).

Scott Lively:

“HRC Has Targeted Me for Murder” (9/17)

HRC posts response to above article: “Scott Lively Isn’t Impressed by HRC’s Export of Hate Report” (9/18)

“HRC Agents Now Sending Me Death Threats” (9/22) Caution: graphic language

Peter LaBarbera: 

“Human Rights Campaign’s ‘Export of Hate’ Report Incites Fear and Hate” (9/21)

Robert Oscar Lopez:

“Don’t Follow the Human Rights Campaign Down Another Rabbit Hole” (9/24)

Dr. Michael Brown:

“The HRC Is Inciting Fear and Hate” (9/20)

MassResistance’s reaction

First of all, the reason that HRC is doing this is that we are effective.MassResistance, Scott Lively, and the others are helping grass-roots pro-family groups around the world successfully confront the LGBT juggernaut. If we weren’t being having an impact, they wouldn’t care.

Secondly, there’s the LGBT movement’s obsession with the word “hate” (like “bigotry”, etc.), and their necessity to personally label and demonize anyone who opposes them. On one hand it shows their inability to win public opinion on the merits of their argument or facts. It’s a form of cowardliness. But it also reflects the childish, immature, and hyper-emotional mindset that one always sees from homosexual activists when they can’t get their way. Normal people don’t operate this way on the world stage. Many therapists say that it reflects the inner trauma, brokenness, and anger that’s associated with that tortured lifestyle.

Finally, this is a message to all of you not to be intimidated, to stand tall, and fight back harder than ever. HRC’s purpose is to instill fear. If pro-family people react by acting fearful, if you are afraid to speak up, if you are afraid to be seen with HRC’s targets or donate to them, then HRC has won. In general, terror tactics of one kind or another are nothing new. It happened during the Civil Rights era, the Revolutionary War, and countless other times. The difference is how YOU react.

The major Corporations who fund HRC

Human Rights Campaign is not just a bunch of obscure homosexual activists. It is the richest LGBT organization in America. Who funds them?  Corporate America.See list of major HRC corporate sponsors HERE.

Sticker war! You’ve all probably seen the obnoxious HRC “equal” signs on cars. Last year we came up with our own “NO gay marriage” sticker, and they quickly sold out! It looks like we’ll need to order another batch!

Homosexual group demands that U.S. State Department hire special “gay” czar to push LGBT agenda

On Sept. 4, the homosexual-transgender group “Human Rights Campaign” sent out a blast email demanding that US Secretary of State John Kerry appoint a special “gay czar” in the State Department to coordinate the pressure against countries that have refused to buckle under to the LGBT agenda. The email rants about the “infamous anti-LGBT extremist Scott Lively” who is helping other countries fight back!

Here’s the email they sent to their thousands of supporters:

For a larger view click on the image.

It looks like we’re being pretty effective in thwarting their agenda around the world!

Climate Reality Conveniently Lost in New York City

When former Vice President Al Gore helped lead a parade of the faithful down New York’s Sixth Avenue this past Sunday in the “People’s Climate March,” it was lamentable to see how deluded so many have become about the real causes and effects of climate change. The fearful souls who confidently joined Al in the march either are unaware or unconcerned with how utterly lost they are between what is real and what Al and the President are telling them about climate change. Climate reality it seems got conveniently lost in the Big Apple this week.

Their President Barack Obama, in his address to the UN Climate Summit, continued to stress the need to eliminate an atmospheric trace gas for the sake of saving the planet. So committed are the flock that follow preacher Al and preacher Barack, that they simply have divorced themselves from the climate reality that surrounds them, a reality that is about to make life on planet Earth for much more difficult.

What is this ‘new climate reality?”

Climate-Change-March

People’s Climate March, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, in New York. AP Photo/Mel Evans.

Here are some of the life changing facts not discussed by the President, Al or others leading the climate festivities this week:

  1. THERE IS NO GLOBAL WARMING! The battle to end global warming has already been won – there has been no growth in the Earth’s average temperatures in the troposphere (where we live) for over eighteen years! Congratulations Mr. President you actually did fulfill one of your campaign promises. The cruel irony is of course, you had nothing to do with it. The faithful continued the march even though for most of the last two decades we have heard about global warming, there wasn’t any!
  2. The planet’s oceans and atmospheres are not in the so-called “pause” ready to restart warming at some future date – they are in fact COOLING! For eleven years now the oceans have been cooling and the atmosphere for most of that time. This is fundamental and not subject to negotiation. The cooling of the planet is a total violation of the UN’s failed CO2 driven climate models. On the other hand these climate trends are in complete accord with the significantly more reliable solar activity models that use natural cycles to predict climate. As a result of following this ‘best available science,’ my Space and Science Research Corporation (SSRC) has racked up what at least one PhD investigative journalist has said, is the best track record of climate prediction in the United States.
  3. The most vital piece of information which the leaders of the global warming (a.k.a. climate change) religion failed to disclose to their followers was that A NEW POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS COLD CLIMATE HAS BEGUN. The public is intentionally being kept in the dark by the current administration in Washington on the matter of this new, hazardous, cold epoch. Unfortunately, if it repeats as similar past cold periods, it will be devastating for the planet’s agriculture. The one billion who already struggle daily to find enough food to eat are about to face their worst trial for survival in recorded history! If prominent Russian climate scientists are correct and the cold is at the level of the “little Ice Age” then the global suffering will be ‘biblical’ in scale.

For the ‘church of climate blindness,’ their high priests, and their happily self-deluded flock, this news of an impending dangerous cold climate will likely go un-communicated by the US government and their complicit media co-conspirators. History has also shown that those who make decisions based on what they want to believe instead of what the facts tell them, are the ones who pay the worst price. They are the ones who are least prepared for the adversity that the facts tell them is about to strike.

So, in what may be the most public display of cognitive dissonance in US history, a large portion of the American people celebrated along with those marching in New York City this week, reinforcing their belief that mankind controls the climate. They remain oblivious to the all-powerful Sun that it is about to inconveniently lower the boom on that notion, with a vengeance!

EDITORS NOTE: The featured photo is a Union of Concerned Scientists banner at the People’s Climate March in New York City, 20 September 2014. SOURCE: Kate Cell, UCS.

Hillary Clinton: An Unfit Woman

What are the odds that the American people, after being plagued for eight years by the most incompetent president and the most lawless attorney general in American history, will want to take a chance on another Democrat in the White House? If past history is a reliable measure, the chances are not good, even though the Democratic Party remains populated by the same low-information voters who twice elected Barack Obama. But would the people really understand what they’re getting in a Hillary presidency? What do independent voters need to know about Hilary that would cause them to reject her?

On January 21, 2009, Hillary was confirmed by the US Senate and sworn in as Secretary of State. Then, on March 6, 2009, just forty-four days after being sworn in, Clinton demonstrated that she is just as clueless and incompetent in foreign affairs as Barack Obama and the rest of his administration. On her first trip to Russia as Secretary of State, she attempted to engage in a bit of gimmickry, which often serves as real substance in the Obama administration.

As she met for the first time with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Hillary turned on the charm. Laughing (cackling), she said, “In anticipation of this important meeting and our time here together, I wanted to present you (with) a little gift which represents what President Obama and Vice President Biden and I have been saying. We want to reset our relationship.”

Lavrov opened the box and held it up for all to see. The box contained a large red button with the English word “reset” and the Russian word “peregruzka” emblazoned on it. Lavrov was understandably puzzled. The word “per-e-GRUZ’-ka” means “overcharged” in Russian. The correct word for “reset” in Russian is “per-e-ZA’-gruz-ka,” So while a little “za” among friends may not seem important, it was just one more piece of evidence that Hillary Clinton is no more competent at surrounding herself with people who can accurately translate a single English word into Russian, than she was in her ability to find staffers who could respond appropriately to an ambassador’s plea for added security at a U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya.

Hillary Rodham graduated from Wellesley College in 1969 and later moved on to Yale Law School. There, while enrolled in a civil liberties class taught by Professor Thomas I. Emerson, nicknamed “Tommie the Commie” by his students, Hillary met Bill Clinton, of Hope, Arkansas. They began dating in the spring of 1971 and were married four years later, in October 1975.

As part of their course work in Emerson’s civil liberties class, students were assigned to monitor the trial of Black Panther leader Bobby Seale, who was charged in connection with the torture and murder of a former Black Panther, Alex Rackley, who was suspected of being a police informant. Hillary was charged with the responsibility for scheduling her fellow students to monitor the trial, looking for what “Tommie the Commie” might view as a violation of Seale’s civil rights. It was a major stepping stone in the radicalization of Hillary Rodham.

The following year, as the House Judiciary Committee prepared articles of impeachment against Richard Nixon, Hillary joined the staff of Jerry Zeifman, counsel to the Watergate Committee. She was recommended for the job by a former law professor, Burke Marshall, who represented Ted Kennedy when he was being investigated for his role in the death of Mary Jo Kopechne, a senate aide, at Chappaquiddick Island, Massachusetts, on July 18, 1969.

However, Hillary and other Democratic staffers were apparently not interested in justice for Richard Nixon. According to recollections published by Zeifman… who came forward when Hillary was running for president in 2008… she and other Democratic staffers wanted Nixon to remain in office so that Ted Kennedy, or another Democrat, would have a far better chance of being elected in 1976. As they saw it, if Nixon remained in office as a disgraced president, he would be far more valuable to Democratic prospects than if he were successfully impeached. When the investigation was completed, Zeifman fired Hillary and refused to give her a letter of recommendation. When asked in 2008 why he had dismissed Hillary in 1974, he replied, “Because she was a liar. She was an unethical, dishonest lawyer. She conspired to violate the Constitution, the rules of the House, the rules of the Committee, and the rules of confidentiality.”

Zeifman explained, “In December 1974, as general counsel and chief of staff of the House Judiciary Committee, I made a personal evaluation of Hillary Rodham, a member of the staff we had gathered for our impeachment inquiry on President Richard Nixon. I decided that I could not recommend her for any future position of public or private trust.” He regrets that he did not report her unethical behavior to the bar association for investigation and possible disbarment.

Then, in October 1978, after moving to Arkansas to marry Bill Clinton… who was elected governor the following month… Hillary decided to build a financial nest egg for their future. However, with just $1,000 to invest, and with no experience in futures trading, she relied on the advice of attorney James Blair, who served as outside counsel to Tyson Foods, Arkansas’ largest employer. Under the careful guidance of Blair and an associate, the First Lady of Arkansas invested in cattle futures, turning her $1,000 initial investment into $100,000 in just ten months.

One wonders, has the statute of limitations run out on Hillary’s futures trading fiasco? On September 4, 2014, former Republican governor Robert McDonnell, of Virginia, and his wife Maureen, were found guilty of trading political influence in exchange for plane flights, golf trips, and a $20,000 shopping spree, all financed by Virginia businessman Jonnie Williams. A federal jury in Richmond found McDonnell guilty on 11 counts of a 13-count indictment, while his wife was convicted on nine of 13 counts. The McDonnells, who are scheduled to be sentenced on January 6, 2015, each face as much as 30 years in prison.

But aren’t Bill and Hillary Clinton guilty of essentially the same crime? And would it not be appropriate for us to refer to her… not as the former First Lady of Arkansas, not as the former First Lady of the United States, not as a former senator from New York, and not as a former Secretary of State… but as an unindicted co-conspirator?

Most Americans know only the Hillary Clinton they see on television… the plastered smile, the pastel pants suits of every color in the rainbow, and her cackling laughter. But there is another side to Hillary that the American people will become acquainted with if she runs for president in 2016 and wins the Democrat nomination. What they will be most surprised at is the foulness of her language and the utter contempt she demonstrates for her subordinates… as numerous former Arkansas state troopers and members of her Secret Service detail have confirmed.

Now, as the House Select Committee on Benghazi has conducted its first public hearings into events surrounding the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others in the 2012 terror attack on a U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, Raymond Maxwell, has come forward to tell what he knows of events that took place behind closed doors at the State Department as the Clinton-appointed Accountability Review Board (ARB) issued subpoenas for State Department documents. It appears to be the “smoking gun” that the House Oversight Committee has been seeking for nearly two years.

In the days leading up to the investigation by the ARB, co-chaired by former Ambassador Thomas Pickering and former Joint Chiefs Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen, Maxwell arrived at the State Department on a Sunday afternoon, only to find one of his subordinates, along with a number of other State Department employees, sorting through boxes and stacks of documents in a basement operations center. Maxwell has told investigators that he had not been consulted about her weekend assignment and had not authorized it.

According to Maxwell, “She told me, ‘Ray, we are to go through these stacks and pull out anything that might put anybody in the (Near Eastern Affairs) front office or the seventh floor in a bad light,’ ” In State Department lingo, the “seventh floor” can mean only one thing: the offices of then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her principal advisors. Maxwell asked, “But isn’t that unethical?” To which she responded, “Ray, those are our orders.”

Shortly thereafter, two high-ranking State Department officials, Cheryl Mills, then-Chief of Staff to Hillary Clinton, and Deputy Chief of Staff Jake Sullivan, entered the room.

The documents that were being “scrubbed” were documents under subpoena by the ARB… a serious criminal act… while the presence of Mills and Sullivan appears to connect Hillary Clinton directly with a conspiracy to obstruct justice. So, just as Richard Nixon had his John Dean, Hillary Clinton has her Ray Maxwell. The difference is, no one died in the Watergate affair. When she next appears before the Benghazi Select Committee, under oath, Hillary will have a lot of explaining to do. It should make for very interesting TV viewing.

So this is the real Hillary Clinton, the woman that few Americans have ever been allowed to see. She is, as her former boss on the House Judiciary Committee staff described her, a woman unfit “for any future position of public or private trust.” Like virginity, integrity is lost in an instant. And, like virginity, integrity cannot be regained once it is lost. Hillary Clinton’s virginity, or lack thereof, is of no concern to anyone but herself, but every American has the right to know that she is totally lacking in integrity.

Goodbye Eric Holder

In a nation where there is a scarcity of good news, hearing Eric Holder give a farewell speech upon his announcement that he will be leaving as the Attorney General was surely welcome in some circles. I was never a fan of his because he was in my opinion always more of a politician than someone with the responsibility to enforce the laws of the nation.

I first took notice of Holder when, in the pre-dawn hours of April 22, 2000, as the deputy attorney general serving under Janet Reno, he oversaw the seizure of Elian Gonzalez, a seven-year-old whose mother had died in an effort to escape Cuba and find sanctuary in the United States. Holder was doing what he had to do after a court ruled that Gonzalez be returned to his father in Cuba, but I thought then and still do that Gonzalez should have been allowed to remain with his U.S. relatives.

When Barack Obama became President, he selected Holder as his Attorney General. Both had made history being the first blacks to hold either job. Within three weeks or so, Holder was saying that Americans were “cowards” for not addressing issues of race in America. That told me all I needed to know about him. Whatever would follow would frequently be judged on the basis of race, not justice. I wouldn’t want a white attorney general to act in that fashion, but a black one nursing feelings of victimization despite his personal achievements did not bode well.

I have not been alone in my misgivings. On news of Holder’s announcement, The Heartland Institute, a free market think tank, called on some of its advisors for their opinions.

Ronald D. Rotunda, the Doy & Dee Henley Chair and Distinguished Professor of Jurisprudence at Chapman University, had his own memories of Holder:

“Mr. Holder is leaving the office, but he cannot so easily leave the controversies that have surrounded his tenure, including: the scandal surrounding the IRS, the missing emails, and his role in investigating the scandal; the ‘Fast and Furious’ scandal, which made him the first cabinet member in U.S. history that Congress held in contempt; his decision to drop a prosecution against the New Black Panther Party for voter intimidation, after the Department of Justice successfully secured an injunction; and the unprecedented decision, which Holder personally approved, to subpoena, monitor, and issue a search warrant involving James Rosen, a Fox News Reporter” “Holder will leave the office, but is unlikely to leave the national stage because these controversies remain,” said Prof. Rotunda.

Jane M. Orient, M.D., Executive Director of the Association of Physicians and Surgeons, said:

“The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons first got to know Eric Holder when he represented the government in our lawsuit about the illegal operations of the Clinton Task Force on Health Care Reform. The pattern then was stonewalling and obfuscation. Even when task force members finally turned over some documents on court order, many of the floppy disks were blank. Holder declined to prosecute Ira Magaziner, head of the Task Force Working Group, for perjury.”

‘It seems,” said Dr. Orient, “that some government officials never learn that the cover-up can be worse than the underlying conduct,’’ Judge Lamberth added. ‘Most shocking to this court, and deeply disappointing, is that the Department of Justice would participate in such conduct… This type of conduct is reprehensible, and the government must be held accountable for it…The pattern has only worsened with Holder as the highest law enforcement officer in the land. Who will ever hold him and the White House accountable?”

Jesse Hathaway, Managing Editor of Heartland’s Budget & Tax News, said:

“Eric Holder’s resignation represents an opportunity for the President to appoint an Attorney General willing to end what some have seen as a witch-hunt against American banks. Under Holder, the Department of Justice shook down Bank of America for billions of dollars, as punishment the bank’s alleged crime of complying with the Community Reinvestment Act of 1977 and lending money to individuals unable to repay. The CRA mandated that banks must make bad loans, the banks complied with the bad policy, but the bank is not at fault for the results of that bad policy.”

“Hopefully, said Hathaway, “whomever replaces Holder as ‘top cop’ will understand how causality works, and end the practice of shaking down the finance industry as punishment for following Washington DC’s orders.”

Holder’s instincts as Attorney General generated a huge public outcry when he decided to try the September 11 plotters in a New York courthouse within walking distance of the destroyed Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. Lawmakers, New York City officials, and some of the victim’s families thought that was a very bad idea and Holder reversed the decision and sent the cases to military court. 9/11 was clearly an act of war, but neither the President, nor Holder saw it that way.

Holder made a bit of history when he refused to defend a law that defined marriage as between a man and a woman. He made more history when, refusing to hand over documents regarding Fast and Furious, a scandal involving gun trafficking to Mexican drug cartels, Congress voted to hold him in contempt, the first time an attorney general had been censured in that way. Holder, however, held onto his job because the President had thrown a cloak of “executive privilege” over the scandal, stonewalling Congress.

To be fair, Holder has been lauded for policies that were applauded for reducing crime during his tenure in office and urging a revision to sentences that did not reflect the crimes, reducing the nation’s prison population in the process.

In the end, though, it seems like everything was about race for him and the President. Holder inserted himself into the Ferguson, Missouri, shooting of a black youth by a white police officer and, while the facts are still being investigated, the likelihood is that it was justifiable self-defense. And the President, speaking at the United Nations last week also mentioned Ferguson as an example of America’s racial bias. What happened in Ferguson was about law enforcement and justice, but neither saw it in that fashion.

What America needs now for the remainder of Obama’s term in office is a colorblind Attorney General.

© Alan Caruba, 2014

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Is the Democrat Candidate for Florida’s House District 72 seat a Parrot or a Goat?

Democrat Greg Para is running for the Florida House of Representatives in District 72. Para’s campaign website states, “Greg is a former senior sales and marketing manager in the industrial and energy sectors.  He is a current and former small business owner, including a successful painting business, an educational training company, and Para’s Parrots.”

A varied business background to be sure. But has Para been “successful” in his business ventures?

According to his Full and Public Disclosure of Financial Interest – Form 6, Para has no liabilities, assets of $4,500 (a 2006 Dodge van $3,500, and Para’s Parrots, Inc. $1,000)  and a net worth as of May 2014 of $7,000. Para declares that his annual income is solely from government agencies totaling $38,758 ($17,062 from State of Florida, $10,560 from the Navy and $11,136 in disability payments).

goat programIt appears from his public disclosure that he has not been very successful as the President of Greg Para, Inc., founded in 2004. This is interesting because he and his wife Pearl Dahmen Para, Vice-President of Greg Para, Inc., co-authored a book titled “The GOAT Program”. According to the abstract, “THE GOAT PROGRAM is a systematic approach to success.” Para is described in the “About The Author” section as follows:

Greg Para is a former Fortune 500 manager, corporate executive, successful businessman and creator of THE GOAT PROGRAM. As featured on television’s Beyond The Bottom Line, he used GOAT when he and his family moved to Florida with no contacts or money and created a successful business in 30 days. As a parent, professional speaker and trainer, Greg touches and inspires teens and entrepreneurs.

Perhaps Greg Para should re-read his own book? Para’s creation of a “successful business in 30 days” is unproven after 10-years in business according to his Form 6. If you go to www.TheGoatProgram.com it defaults to Para’s campaign website. Is the goat business a gone business? Para also sells parrots. However if you Google Para’s Parrots it also defaults to his campaign website.

Para was a volunteer with Save Our Seabirds. According to a July 2013  article in The Observer by City Editor Robin Hartill, Para led a protest against the organization. The protest accused Save Our Seabirds of having rats, dead birds and mold in their facility. Hartill reported, “Here’s what Sarasota city staff didn’t find at Save Our Seabirds during an unannounced inspection June 20 [2013]: rats or black mold. The facility was clean, filled with visitors and free of rats and dead birds…” Oops, false alarm.

Para on his campaign website states he is, “active with Florida Veterans for Common Sense, a veterans’ advocacy and assistance organization.” Florida Veterans for Common Sense began as an anti-Katherine Harris political advocacy organization, it has not changed its political focus. The group petitioned to become a member of the Sarasota County Veterans Commission. The request was denied because it was not a non-profit veterans’ advocacy organization (501c) but rather a political organization with a strong left wing bent. Another Para misstatement?

Recently Para took two interesting positions at a Sarasota Tiger Bay candidate forum.

Para opposes a bill introduced by FL Rep. Greg Steube “[T]hat would have allowed Florida teachers with military or law enforcement experience to carry guns if their school district signed off.” Para stated, “I am not a proponent of having anybody other than the sheriff’s department or police to be able to protect my children.” Having served in the U.S. Navy Para must know the importance of responding to deadly force in a timely manner with appropriate force to defend oneself. Surely he knows, based on response times to school shootings, that by the time the police arrive on the scene the event is over. The students have no chance unless there is a significant deterrent on campus. What Para is actually saying is let the children die because I am anti-Second Amendment.

Para also wants to restrict, as does President Obama and the EPA, Florida’s ability to produce cheap and reliable power.

Zac Anderson from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported, “The Republican-controlled Legislature repealed two of former Gov. Charlie Crist’s signature energy initiatives in 2012, proposals that aimed to establish a ‘cap and trade’ system for carbon emissions while requiring electric utilities to generate a certain percentage of their power from renewable energy… Para told the Tiger Bay crowd that the lack of momentum on renewable energy is the result of lobbying by big utility companies, which donate large sums to lawmakers ‘so they don’t have to worry about competition’.” This is especially interesting given Para lists working for “the energy sector” on his resume.

Cap and trade is all about taxing and regulating CO2 emissions. This is part of the global warming, now climate change, narrative used to impose unsustainable regulations on the energy industry. Sean Hackbarth in his column “Broken Windows: The Flawed Economic Logic of EPA’s Carbon Regulations“, writes:

One unseen cost of EPA’s attempt to restructure the power grid, will be the shutdown of reliable coal-fired power plants. For instance, Duane Highley, CEO of Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp. and Arkansas Electric Cooperatives Inc., told Arkansas Business he “would prefer to invest in scrubbers” for the 1,480-megawatt plant near Redfield, “and let it run for another 20 or 30 years” rather than shut it down.

What’s more, enormous investments that have already been made to many of these plants to make them meet other EPA standards. Take the Ferry Power Station in Hatfield, PA. The plant’s owner installed $650 million of scrubber technology in 2009, but closed it four years later because of more EPA regulations.

During a July 23 [2014] hearing of the Environment and Public Works Committee, Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE) summed it up when she said that EPA’s regulations will force the premature retirement of efficient, low-cost coal-fueled generation; lead to the potential loss of billions of dollars in investments made over the last decade to make coal plants cleaner; require construction of higher-cost replacement generation; and increase natural gas prices.

Like Charlie Crist, Para is a proponent of destroying Florida’s energy producing infrastructure. Para, like Crist, wants to close all coal and natural gas plants in Florida and replace them with costly and inefficient renewable energy plants – wind and solar. This position will impact every Floridian with higher energy prices. But Para and Crist know that.

Florida District 72 voters need to ask themselves: Is Greg Para a parrot for the Democrat agenda or a Democrat goat?