Saturday, 13 July 2013

statist scrabble

N S A + T S A = SATAN'S

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Janet Napolitano a/k/a "The Lesbionic Woman's" Resignation Letter





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July 12, 2013, - 10:47 am

EXCLUSIVE: Janet Napolitano a/k/a "The Lesbionic Woman's" Resignation Letter; Na-Na-Na-Na, Na-Na-Na-Na, Hey, Hey . . .

By Debbie Schlussel

. . . Good-bye! And don't let the door hit ya on the way out.

I just got the e-mail, below, from my friends at Homeland Security, who got it in their inboxes, this morning. It's the letter from Janet Napolitano announcing her resignation as the incompetent buffoonish secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to take a job leading the University of California. America became significantly less safe in the 4.5 years she headed Homeland Security. To her, the terrorists and threats were conservatives, not Muslims who shot up an Army base, blew up the Boston Marathon, and tried to blow up a plane with underwear and Times Square on her watch, along with assorted other plots. Under Janet Napolitano, raids of employers of illegal aliens stopped (she began investigating ICE agents for doing their jobs), as did most immigration enforcement whatsoever.

 

Artwork by David Lunde/Lundesigns, Design by Debbie Schlussel

 

Thanks for the Memories, Big Sis!

As I've noted repeatedly on this site, Napolitano hired her whack job lover, Dora Schriro–who said Arizona prisoners were better than the prison guards and gave the prisoners birthday parties–to set deportation policy. Which means there was no deportation policy. And Napolitano created an atmosphere of harassment of male agents by the gay mafia she set up and by her lascivious, whoring close aide, Suzanne "Stripper Pole" Barr (fired only because I exposed her and broke the story on a federal lawsuit involving her on this site and created a media stir). That's her legacy. She can write her epitaph with it. The University of California Regents are morons for hiring this oaf-ette.

The illegal aliens will miss her the most, though probably not at all, because her replacement will be somebody just as incompetent, buffoonish, and seismically unfit to lead an agency whose mission is allegedly to keep the American homeland safe and secure. Buh-bye, Big Sis. Can't say it was nice knowin' ya. Not even close.

From: Office of the Secretary
Sent: Friday, July 12, 2013 10:23 AM
Subject: A Message from the Secretary

July 12, 2013

Dear Colleagues,

I write to you today to let you know that I am being recommended to the University of California Board of Regents to be the next president of the University of California. If this recommendation is approved by the full Board, I will accept the privilege of leading one of the finest university systems in the country.






 

The past four-plus years serving as the Secretary of DHS have been the highlight of my professional career. Every day I am inspired by your tireless service on the front lines and your commitment to protecting our communities from harm in order to ensure the safety of all Americans. Together, and because of you, we have made great strides in becoming "One DHS" by leveraging all of our talents and capabilities to fulfill the roles originally intended by those who established our Department. We have worked together to minimize threats of all kinds to the American public. The Department has improved the safety of travelers; implemented smart steps that make our immigration system more fair and focused while deploying record resources to protect our nation's borders; worked with states to build resiliency and make our nation's emergency and disaster response capabilities more robust; and partnered with the private sector to improve our cyber security.

You are the faces, the voices and the backbone of America's safety and security and I am so proud to have had the honor and privilege of serving as your Secretary. Please accept my sincerest gratitude for your dedication and your commitment to public service.

I would also like to thank President Obama for entrusting me with the responsibility of securing our nation. I continue to be motivated by his vision for the future and passion for service.

I will continue to serve as Secretary of Homeland Security through early September. Appropriate transition planning is underway.

I wish all of you the very best as you continue to ensure the safety and resiliency of our nation and thank you, once again, for your service.

Yours very truly,
Janet Napolitano

BARF.

 

Dept of Jihadist Security Artwork by Fred Taub of Boycott Watch

 



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Napolitano Girlfriend's Dysfunctional NY Prisons: Muslim Cleric Smuggled Box Cutters





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Napolitano Girlfriend's Dysfunctional NY Prisons: Muslim Cleric Smuggled Box Cutters

February 4, 2010, - 2:29 am

By Debbie Schlussel

Ever since Janet Napolitano became Homeland Security Secretary, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents warned me about her girlfriend, Dora Schriro, whom she brought with her from Arizona (where Schriro headed the Arizona Department of Corrections).  Schriro, a bizarre woman with a Ph.D., treated prisoners as "clients," her name for them, gave them birthday parties and cakes, etc.  And Napolitano made Schriro her special advisor on immigration enforcement, particularly detention and removal of illegal aliens.  That's why many of them are now living in hotel facilities and given perks many destitute legal American citizens would die for. Her New Age psychobabble endangered American national security and made immigration enforcement and detention a nearly impossible task.

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Sensible Shoes:

J-No & Gal-Pal Dora the Explorer Further Ruined ICE, NYDOC, Jeopardize America

When people ask me why I call Napolitano, "The Lesbionic Woman," that's one of several reasons why.  J-No hires many women with whom she's had and appears to want to have a relationship–most of whom have zero relevant experience–and they are flushing our border security down the toilet.  But while Schriro's policies at ICE will jeopardize our nation for years–maybe, decades–to come.  I will be writing more about Schriro (and what she did to ICE) in the near future.  Dr. Schriro (as she insists on being called), quickly left Homeland Security for a job running the New York Department of Correction (her official title is "Commissioner"), thanks to Mayor Michael Bloomberg.  And that's where our story begins.

Under Dora Schriro, an extremist Muslim prison cleric (redundant phrase) snuck in box cutter blades.  Oh, and he's a convicted murderer with a record of sexual assault, who converted to Islam in prison. And–how apropos!–his chosen new Islamic surname is Abdu-Shahid, which is Arabic for "Slave of the Martyr." And the violent cycle of radical Islamic conversions in the prisons comes full circle and continues.

A city Department of Correction Muslim chaplain who served 14 years in prison for murder and robbery was arrested today for carrying three utility blades and a pair of scissors into a lower Manhattan jail, authorities said.

The chaplain, Zulqarnain Abdu-Shahid, had the utility blades and scissors in his duffel bag when he arrived at the Manhattan Detention Complex in the morning, according to the city Department of Investigation. . . .

Authorities did not say why Abdu-Shahid was visiting the jail, commonly known as the Tombs, or why he was carrying the scissors and the rectangular blades, which were 1-and-1/2 inches long by three-quarters of an inch wide.

Abdu-Shahid, 58, was arrested at the scene and charged with four counts of first-degree promoting prison contraband — a felony carrying a maximum 7-year prison term — and four counts of the same charge in the second degree, a misdemeanor.

The Staten Island resident, who is married with three children, was ordered held in lieu of $30,000 bail during a hearing in Manhattan Criminal Court last night, where he appeared in a long robe and navy blue skull cap.

His lawyer, James McQueeney said the blades were 'injector razor blades from an injector razor," and that when Abdu-Shahid told that to the correction officers who stopped him, "his explanation that he didn't know there were there [in the duffel bag] was accepted."

"He was allowed into the" Tombs after the blades were confiscated," McQueeney said. "Only later were questions raised about this."

Incredible. They bought his "I didn't know they were in there" explanation?! Does that work for us non-Muslims, when we get caught taking guns through airport security? How 'bout for a Christian chaplain trying to sneak this into prison? Don't bet on it.

"Additional steps up to and including dismissal will be pursued consistent with the findings of" DOI, said Schriro, whom sources added has ordered "a thorough review of his hiring."

The first "hiring review" should be that of Dora Schriro. And then, they should review having Muslim chaplains altogether. Of course, neither of these things will happen because we simply aren't serious about facing and defeating the threats to this country posed by Muslims and the conversion and radicalization of non-Muslims in prison. And "Dr." Schriro is too concerned–far more concerned–about the "welfare" of her incarcerated "clients" than she is about New Yorkers.

Abdu-Shahid was hired as a Muslim imam chaplain by the DOC three years ago tomorrow, and has a salary of $49,471 annually.

State Corrections Department records show that he entered state prison in September 1979 to begin serving a sentence of 15-years-to-life for a second-degree murder and a first-degree robbery committed in Manhattan. He was paroled in August 1993, and finished his parole in August 2001.

According to news accounts at the time, the cleric, a Brooklyn resident then known as Paul Pitts, was convicted with three other defendants in 1979 after the longest criminal trial in New York State Supreme Court history – one year, three months and three days.

Pitts and his co-defendants had held up a Harlem supermarket on Dec. 9, 1976, and during the robbery shot and killed a 30-year-old customer named Philip Crawford.

The Post also has learned that his criminal record includes an arrest for sexual assault in Queens, but that case later was dismissed.

Abdu-Shahid's lawyer, McQueeney, said, "He's been out of prison since the early '90s. He's completely reformed."

Uh-huh. Sure he is. That's why he was carrying blades into a prison.

A city Correction source said of Abdu-Shahid's arrest, "It's a disgrace that taxpayers are funding Muslim chaplains who not only have criminal records, but also are promoting violence."

Abdu-Shahid's boss — head chaplain Umar Abdul-Jalil — himself was hired by the DOC despite having done a 14-year stint in prison for drug dealing.

Here's the New York Department of Correction press release downplaying the incident.

Yup, this is Janet Napolitano's girlfriend's institution. And so is ICE. Good luck, America.



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Holy Fruk! Sum Ting Wong




This such a classic, this will be around the internet for decades !!!!

This apparently is for real, and the TV station fell for it hook, line and sinker.  See retractions to the story below from the TV station and from the NTSB

Ron Burgundy, eat your heart out!!!!!!

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KTVU has apologized profusely, but nothing's really going to make this one go away.

The Oakland, California station reported that there were four pilots on the Asiana Airlines flight that crashed at San Francisco International. Here are the names they aired:

 

 

Here's the KTVU anchor writing, signing and stamping her one-way ticket to the Ron Burgundy Hall of Fame:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=VqjlhtKIToo#at=13

 

Bonus points: KTVU claims the NTSB confirmed those names, though I'm guessing the "officials" the station spoke to in D.C. were named Hugh Jass and Pat McGroin.

 

 

Posted: 3:39 p.m. Friday, July 12, 2013

KTVU Apology for Friday Noon report

On Friday evening, KTVU Channel 2 issued the following on-air apology.

On Friday, July 12, during the KTVU Channel 2 Noon newscast, we misidentified the pilots in the Asiana Airlines crash.

We made several mistakes when we received this information. First, we never read the names out loud, phonetically sounding them out.

Then, during our phone call to the NTSB where the person confirmed the spellings of the names, we never asked that person to give us their position with the agency.

We heard this person verify the information without questioning who they were and then rushed the names on our noon newscast.

Shortly before 6 p.m. Friday, the NTSB issued the following statement:

The National Transportation Safety Board apologizes for inaccurate and offensive names that were mistakenly confirmed as those of the pilots. A summer intern acted outside the scope of his authority when he erroneously confirmed the names of the flight crew on the aircraft.  We work hard to ensure that only appropriate factual information regarding an investigation is released and deeply regret today's incident.  Appropriate actions will be taken to ensure that such a serious error is not repeated.

The full NTSB statement can be found here.

Even with this statement from the NTSB, KTVU accepts full responsibility for this mistake.

We issued an apology later in the noon newscast, and we also apologized on our website and on our social media sites.

We have a lot of good people here at KTVU Channel 2. We pride ourselves on getting it right and having the highest of standards and integrity.

Clearly, on Friday, that didn't happen.  So again, from everyone here at KTVU, we offer our sincerest apology.

 

NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs


NTSB statement on erroneous confirmation of crew names

July 12

The National Transportation Safety Board apologizes for inaccurate and offensive names that were mistakenly confirmed as those of the pilots of Asiana flight 214, which crashed at San Francisco International Airport on July 6.

Earlier today, in response to an inquiry from a media outlet, a summer intern acted outside the scope of his authority when he erroneously confirmed the names of the flight crew on the aircraft.

The NTSB does not release or confirm the names of crewmembers or people involved in transportation accidents to the media. We work hard to ensure that only appropriate factual information regarding an investigation is released and deeply regret today's incident.

Appropriate actions will be taken to ensure that such a serious error is not repeated.

Office of Public Affairs
490 L'Enfant Plaza, SW
Washington, DC 20594
(202) 314-6100
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Fanatical Yankee Utopians


"One glaring omission, however, is that Flynn doesn't make the obvious connection between the Yankee utopians of the nineteenth century and today's "neocons." The Bush regime -- and the Republican Party generally -- is completely dominated by neocons with the Yankee mentality described in the first paragraphs of this article: arrogant, ruthless utopians who believe they have a God-given right to remake the entire world in their own image. As such, they belong on "the American Left," not the right, as Professor Paul Gottfried has repeatedly argued."

Fanatical Yankee Utopians
Thomas J. DiLorenzo
Wednesday, June 4, 2008

In his brilliant LRC article, "The Yankee Problem in America," Clyde Wilson describes how America came to be ruled by a peculiar sect of religious, statist fanatics that originated in New England and became known as "Yankees." Not all Northerners are/were "Yankees," Professor Wilson wrote, for many are obviously fine people. He was referring to "that peculiar ethnic group descended from New Englanders, who can be easily recognized by their arrogance, hypocrisy, greed, lack of congeniality, and penchant for ordering other people around." They "have never given up the notion that they are the chosen saints whose mission is to make America, and the world, into the perfection of their own image." Today we would call them "neocons" or "Hillary Clinton supporters."

A "Yankee" is "self-righteous, ruthless, and self-aggrandizing," which is why Hillary Clinton is "a museum-quality specimen of the Yankee," writes Professor Wilson. The Yankee temperament, moreover, "makes a neat fit with the Stalinism that was brought into the Deep North by later immigrants." (He was obviously referring to the burgeoning communist movement in New York City in the early twentieth century, which produced so-called "red diaper babies" such as the former communist rabble rouser David Horowitz.)

In another LRC essay entitled "Saint Hillary and the Religious Left," Murray Rothbard noted the tendency of the Yankees, rooted in New England, upstate New York, and the upper Mid-West in the nineteenth century, to embark on a "fanatical drive" in "devoting tireless energy to bringing about, as rapidly as they can, their own egalitarian, collectivist version of a Kingdom of God on Earth." The Yankee "kingdom" is "egalitarian and collectivist, with private property stamped out, and the world being run by a cadre or vanguard of Saints."

Even when the Yankees embraced abolitionism it was rarely, if ever, because of any concern about the well-being of slaves. As Professor Wilson writes: "abolitionism, as opposed to antislavery sentiment shared by many Americans, including Southerners . . . was not based on sympathy for the black people nor on an ideal of natural rights. It was based on the hysterical conviction that Southern slaveholders were evil sinners who stood in the way of fulfillment of America's divine mission to establish Heaven on Earth . . . . [M]any abolitionists expected that evil Southern whites and blacks would disappear and the land be repopulated by virtuous Yankees."

Armed with this fanatical, socialistic, utopian ideology, Yankees crusaded to stamp out all "sin," which included at various times private property ownership, alcohol, tobacco, marriage, the family, any form of entertainment, meat eating, and the Catholic church. Today's Yankee, writes Professor Wilson, is the "builder of the all-powerful 'multicultural' therapeutic state (with himself giving the orders and collecting the rewards) which is the perfection of history and which is to be exported to all peoples, by guided missiles on women and children if necessary . . ."

In his new book, A Conservative History of the American Left, Daniel J. Flynn devotes most of the first hundred pages to describing various parts of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Yankee-ism. There was Ann Lee, who migrated from England to New England around the time of the American Revolution and became a leader of the Shakers, who were known to shake violently and speak in tongues. She believed she was the reincarnation of Jesus Christ and was obsessed with accusing others of "whoredom" and bestiality, among other things.

The Shakers spread "from New York and New England," to Ohio and Kentucky, and considered communism to be a part of their "religion." They opposed marriage and the family as being in opposition to communism, just as The Communist Manifesto did.

Then there were the "Harmonists" or "Rappites," founded by one George Rapp in the early 1800s in Harmony, Indiana. Rapp enforced a "puritan atmosphere" where, after he fathered four children, he forbade his followers from having sex. Rapp's followers followed his every direction as he promised them a communist utopia on Earth.

The "Zoarites" of eastern Ohio attempted to create another communistic utopia in the 1830s. "In heaven there is only communism" was their credo. They promised to eliminate selfishness, bad habits, and vices generally.

Perhaps the most famous Yankee socialist experiment was the one in New Harmony, Indiana, which was renamed from George Rapp's Harmony by one Robert Owen. New Harmony, founded in 1826, was based on the idea that private property is "absurd and irrational." Owen sought to eliminate private property as well as personal responsibility, the family, religion, and marriage in order to produce his own version of heaven on earth. There were Owenite clubs in various communities in America, and it was the Owenites who coined the word "socialism." Their core belief was the abrogation of individual responsibility. The state, run by people like themselves, should be responsible for everything instead. Man is not responsible for his own actions, they said. Based on such a harebrained philosophy, New Harmony only lasted for two years. Despite the disaster of New Harmony, there were various Owenite copycats, such as Ohio's Friendly Association for Mutual Interests and the Yellow Springs (Ohio) community, each of which lasted only a few months.

In a chapter entitled "Yankee Utopians" Daniel Flynn describes the huge popularity of Owen's successor, the Frenchman Charles Fourier, who never came to America himself, although his philosophy did. Like Owen and the others, Fourier claimed to have been personally informed of "God's Plan" for humanity and generously shared it with others. The plan included the abolition of marriage, of free enterprise and private property, and of traditional religion. It advocated communal living and "free love," which would supposedly "level the erotic playing field for the ugly, shy, and awkward."

Many of New England's and New York's leading citizens were devotees of Fourierism. New York Tribune editor Horace Greeley extolled Fourier's ideas on the front page of his newspaper in 1842 and continued to promote them for years.

Fourier's philosophy came to be known as "associationalism," which was championed in New England by the "Transcendentialists." "From their Puritan forbears," Flynn writes, "Transcendentalists retained moral righteousness" and "the conviction that they were the elect." Ralph Waldo Emerson was perhaps the best known of this peculiar sect, which founded another communistic society called "Brook Farm" in Massachusetts. Novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne celebrated these "communitarians" in his novel, The Blithedale Romance. Meanwhile, Brook Farm was populated mostly by "Boston Brahmins, Harvard graduates," and "descendants of the Pilgrims."

In true Yankee fashion Ralph Waldo Emerson described various Foureristic fads as vegetarianism, free love, séances, water cures, and temperance as "a fertility of projects for the salvation of the world!" Even the insects would be "protected" in the new communistic utopia, wrote Emerson, with a society that stood "for the protection of ground-worms, slugs and mosquitoes . . ."

Horace Greeley announced that he would rather be president of a Fourier community known as the "North American Phalanx" than president of the United States. Twenty-nine Fourier communities were eventually created, none of which lasted for more than two years despite the extreme enthusiasm for them by New England's best and brightest.

Despite all of these miserable failures, Greeley's New York Tribune continued to promote them. Ralph Waldo Emerson was persuaded to participate in another Massachusetts "associationalist" community that was appropriately named "Fruitland," populated by such nuts as one Samuel Larned, "a vegetarian who dined exclusively on apples one year and crackers the next . . ."

A large number of prominent New Englanders who would hold key positions in the Lincoln administration or in the U.S. Army in the 1860s participated in the "delusional schemes " of "this muddleheaded lunatic" [Fourier], writes Flynn. In addition to Greeley, this included Charles Dana, who would be Lincoln's assistant secretary of defense; Robert Gould Shaw, the leader of the Massachusetts Fifty-Fourth Infantry Regiment during the War Between the States who spent his childhood at Brook Farm; the abolitionist Theodore Weld; and William Henry Channing, the chaplain of Congress during the War Between the States.

As Professor Wilson noted, upstate New York became part of the "Yankee Belt" by the nineteenth century. So the region was naturally hospitable to John Humphrey Noyes, founder of the Oneida Community and author of a book entitled History of American Socialisms. Noyes called himself a "perfectionist," as did his followers. "Most perfectionists," Flynn wrote, were "descendants of New England Puritans." They eventually came to call themselves "Bible Communists." They practiced "free love" where women were considered to be "community property." Children were removed from their parents shortly after birth and raised by "the community." The notion that "it takes a village to raise a child" is a very old communistic idea. Like all the other communities based on communistic ideas, Oneida collapsed after only a few years.

After the failed socialist revolutions in France and Germany in 1848, the Yankee Belt proved to be hospitable to immigrant intellectuals and political rabble-rousers from those countries who wanted to plant the seeds of communism in America. One Joseph Wedemeyer "laid the groundwork for bringing socialism from Europe to America" and found a "home" for the publication of the writings of Marx and Engels "in Horace Greeley's . . . New York Tribune" which had "played so crucial a role in propagandizing for that earlier socialist prophet Charles Fourier." Various communist clubs were established which became affiliated with the First International, which was vigorously supported by Greeley and Massachusetts politician Wendell Phillips.

The Yankees of New England, Northern New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio, and the upper Mid-West (the Yankee Belt) would eventually support a presidential candidate who appeared to be as odd and peculiar as the Fouriers, Rappites, and Owens's. He was a teetotaler who disavowed traditional religion by never becoming a Christian or joining any church; he was a lifelong manic-depressive who was so obsessed with talking about suicide that his friends once removed all knives and razors from his house. He attended séances and wrote poems about suicide with titles like "The Suicide's Soliloquy." He suffered several nervous breakdowns; took a primitive anti-depression drug that contained a heavy dose of mercury; consumed opiates and cocaine; and is said to have "gone crazy" according to some of his closest friends. He spent much of his life brooding in misery over the fact that he may die before ever becoming famous. I am talking about Abraham Lincoln, as described in the book Lincoln's Melancholy, by Joshua Wolf Shenck. It was Lincoln, more than anyone else, who saw to it that America would be ruled to this day by Yankee utopians who are still hard at work trying to create their own version of heaven on earth (and profiting very handsomely while they're at it).

The remaining chapters of A Conservative History of the American Left contain very well researched descriptions and analyses of all varieties of American statists, from the "progressives" to the New Dealers, twentieth-century communists, the "New Left" ("Same as the Old Left," says Flynn), and the politically-correct totalitarians who rule today's college campuses.

One glaring omission, however, is that Flynn doesn't make the obvious connection between the Yankee utopians of the nineteenth century and today's "neocons." The Bush regime – and the Republican Party generally – is completely dominated by neocons with the Yankee mentality described in the first paragraphs of this article: arrogant, ruthless utopians who believe they have a God-given right to remake the entire world in their own image. As such, they belong on "the American Left," not the right, as Professor Paul Gottfried has repeatedly argued.


http://www.propagandamatrix.com/articles/june2008/040608Utopians.htm

Hey, Everyone, Look at Me: I’m Against Slavery!


July13th2013
Hey, Everyone, Look at Me: I'm Against Slavery!
Tom Woods

In light of recent libertarian showboating I have composed this couplet:

Hey, reporter, look at me
I'm against slavery!

It took a lot of courage to oppose slavery in, say, 1855. It takes zero courage to oppose it today. This is one reason I am convinced that those who are most ostentatious in their aversion to slavery in 2013 are the least likely to have opposed it at the time. Their excessive eagerness to disassociate themselves from perceived "extremism" would not have served them well in the 1850s, when abolitionism, which had zero electoral success, was the most notorious extremism of the day.

Who in 2013 ever found himself dismissed from his post, or held up to scorn, for opposing slavery?

The most recent case is Jason Kuznicki, who unbosoms to the world his views on the War Between the States in a recent column. Among other things, Kuznicki writes: "Anyone who cares about human liberty -- to whatever degree -- ought to despise the Confederacy, ought to mock and desecrate its symbols…."

Here, it seems to me, Kuznicki falls into the trap most left-liberals and neoconservatives fall into: he conflates government and society. Here's what I mean.

The grotesque atrocities carried out during the war against a defenseless civilian population are too well known to need repeating. And unless we are going to fall for the crazy collectivism of the Randians, who claim to be individualists while speaking of "terrorist countries," there were indeed innocent people in the South. If we look the other way at the butcheries to which they were subjected, we are no better than Donald Rumsfeld and his fake concern for collateral damage in Iraq.

If a man gave his life defending his home against invaders, who should care about the intentions of his government -- of all things? He protected his family, and there is, therefore, nothing wrong with his descendants honoring his memory. It would be strange if they didn't.

Did the southern secession have something to do with slavery? Obviously. I see no reason not to take the secessionists at their word, and we are being dishonest if we do not acknowledge the references to slavery in the secession documents. But the war? The war was fought to prevent the secession, not to free the slaves. People who took up arms in the South did so because they were being invaded.

What exactly was a man supposed to do when Union armies went about setting fire to his town? "Mr. Union soldier sir, I realize that I fall under your righteous wrath because of the geographical region in which I happen to reside, and because the rulers who -- through no influence of mine -- have come to rule this place have been said to have disreputable goals. Please do kill me on the spot, and burn all the buildings, and leave the children to scavenge for food -- even cats, dogs, and rats. I deserve this because of what my government has done."

Leave aside all the insufferable 21st-century respectable libertarian speechifying. It is not libertarian to expect someone to have said something as preposterous as this. People fighting to repel invaders are not automatons of the regime under whose banner they fight. They have their own reasons for doing what they do -- not seeing their families tortured or starved to death being one of them.

It is also interesting to consider, as Clyde Wilson observes, the southerners who returned to the South from the North and West, so that they might share the southern people's fate during the war. Kentucky's Simon B. Buckner gave up a fortune in Chicago real estate; George W. Rains of North Carolina left a prosperous iron foundry he had established in Newburgh, New York; Alexander C. Jones of Virginia resigned a judgeship in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he had lived twenty years; Joseph L. Brent of Louisiana gave up a lucrative law practice and leadership of the Democratic Party in Los Angeles. We are to believe that these people, and countless others besides, dropped everything and put their prosperous lives on indefinite hold in order to go fight for slavery? Who could be so blinded by prejudice as to persuade himself of such a ridiculous proposition?

Readers at Rachel Maddow's level will take what I am saying as a defense of the Confederacy. I don't defend any government, as anyone who glances at my work for five minutes can see, so it would be rather odd for the Confederacy to be the one government in human history for which I make an exception. My political philosophy is available for anyone to examine.

What I am saying is that life is nearly always more interesting than a Washington policy wonk thinks -- and thank goodness for that! It is not right, and ludicrously at odds with the libertarian spirit, to conflate government with the individuals who must live under it.

Do I stand to gain anything by writing this? Unlike Kuznicki, I say things that go against the grain even though I know they will yield me nothing but grief. I hope this means I would have opposed injustice when it counted and when it might have done some good, and not just 150 years later, when I safely say what everyone thinks, to the applause of the world.

http://www.tomwoods.com/blog/hey-everyone-look-at-me-im-against-slavery/

Congress fuming over U.S. purchase of Russian helicopters for Afghanistan




http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/congress-fuming-over-us-purchase-of-russian-helicopters-for-afghanistan/2013/07/12/33aecde0-ced0-11e2-8f6b-67f40e176f03_story.html?wpisrc=nl_headlines

 

Congress fuming over U.S. purchase of Russian helicopters for Afghanistan

By Karen DeYoung, Published: July 12

By the end of 2016, Afghanistan's air force is due to have 86 Russian-made Mi-17 helicopters. Most of them will have been purchased by the United States from Rosoboronexport, the same state weapons exporter that continues to arm the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad.

Congress is not pleased — but has struggled to do anything about it.

The Pentagon says that there is no better, cheaper helicopter than the Mi-17 to operate in Afghanistan's desert expanses and high altitudes, and that it is the aircraft the Afghans know best.

For its latest order of 30 helicopters, the Defense Department sidestepped a congressional ban imposed last year on using fiscal 2013 funds to buy anything from Rosoboronexport. Instead, the military found money in its 2012 Afghanistan budget to finance the nearly $600 million contract.

Adding insult to perceived injury, the Pentagon said it would have gone ahead with the contract even if it had to use 2013 funds, under a waiver provision in the ban that allows it to take action it determines to be in U.S. national security interests.

"Gosh sakes, we won the vote 407 to 5," fumed Rep. James P. Moran (D-Va.), who spearheaded the prohibition in the House. "These guys are only focused on Afghanistan and couldn't care less what is happening in Syria." Last month, the House Appropriations Committee added a similar amendment to the 2014 defense funding bill.

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.), who organized last year's unanimous Senate vote, chastised the administration for "arrogant circumvention" of bipartisan congressional will and said, "American taxpayers should not be indirectly subsidizing the murder of Syrian civilians."

The dispute over the helicopters is only the latest political controversy involving Rosoboronexport. In 2006, the George W. Bush administration accused the company of transferring sensitive technology and weapons to Iran and eventually imposed sanctions against any U.S. purchases from the exporter.

The Obama administration lifted the sanctions in 2010 as part of its policy "reset" toward Russia, after Moscow suspended delivery of S-300 missiles to Iran — the same advanced antiaircraft system that Rosoboronexport has contracted to provide Assad — and agreed to support U.N. sanctions against Iran.

During the sanctions period, the Pentagon bought an initial batch of Mi-17s for Afghanistan from U.S. contractors who purchased them directly from Russian manufacturers.

As the United States prepared to tender the recent contract, Russia's Defense Ministry decreed that all items destined for "military use" could be sold only through Rosoboronexport. U.S. contractors cried foul and sought congressional support when the Pentagon agreed to submit to the new rule.

Pentagon officials said the Mi-17s are the most sensible solution for Afghanistan.

"They've been using it for years," Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in House testimony in April. "Easy maintenance, unsophisticated. We can get it pretty quickly. That's the one they want."

Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told lawmakers that the purchase was a crucial component of U.S. withdrawal plans from Afghanistan. "We are trying . . . to provide them as much capability as possible so that they can in fact take responsibility for security" when U.S. combat forces leave at the end of 2014, he said.

But an audit issued two weeks ago by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction called the recent 30-helicopter contract "imprudent." It said Afghanistan's rudimentary air force was incapable of operating and maintaining the aircraft without significant U.S. military support and called for the contract to be suspended pending further planning.

Lawmakers have also objected to Russian maintenance training and spare-parts programs for the helicopters in Afghanistan, an arrangement worked out by NATO as part of its efforts to foster closer Russian cooperation with the alliance.

Dempsey said that disagreement with Russia over Syria did not mean there could not be collaboration elsewhere. "It's easy to point out the friction points among nations, whether it's Russia or China," he said, "but there's also plenty of places where we have common interests, and Afghanistan just happens to be one of those with Russia."

Moran questioned what he called "at best, a mixed signal we're sending to the Russians. We really don't want them selling arms to Syria, but we're going to keep buying arms from them anyway," he said. "We ought to be able to walk and chew gum at the same time. . . . It doesn't seem to be asking too much to have a coordinated policy here."

 



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They Oppressed the Wrong Woman





 

They Oppressed the Wrong Woman

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They Oppressed the Wrong Woman

Posted: 12 Jul 2013 04:00 PM PDT

Waris Dirie

Waris Dirie was born in the desert of Somalia. Her family were Muslim nomads. When she was 13 years old, her father announced to her he'd found her a husband and she would soon be wed. Her "groom to be" was an old man. She protested and begged, but the old man had already paid her father, so the deal was done.

The next morning, before her father awoke, she ran away. She took off into the desert knowing only that somewhere was a city named Mogadishu and somewhere in that city she had an aunt. Amazingly, after a very difficult journey, she found her aunt and stayed with her a short time. Then one of her uncles became the Somalian ambassador to the UK and would be stationed in London. Waris begged her uncle to take her with him to be a maid. He consented.

She eventually became a fashion model whose face adorned the covers of many glamour magazines.

At one point in her career, Waris had been interviewed many times. The interviews were always about how a barefoot Somalian nomad became a famous model. But one day as another of these interviews was beginning, Waris took a bold step. She said the rags to riches story had already been told. "Would you like a real story?" she asked.

She told the interviewer about the day she experienced female genital mutilation (FGM), an ancient practice of removing a woman's clitoris, labia minora, and labia majora. Waris was then sewn up with a small hole for urination, which is usually how it's done. This procedure guarantees that she will be a virgin when she gets married, and it ensures she will not feel pleasure during sex (and thus helps prevent infidelity). A girl is not considered marriageable if she is "uncut" — she is considered no better than a whore, so parents make sure she undergoes FGM.

The interviewer was moved and shaken by Waris's story. And the magazine had the guts to print it. This was the beginning of an increasing global awareness of FGM and a movement to do away with it, in the same way that binding girl's feet was banned in China in the early 1900s. Already several countries have committed themselves to eradicating the practice.

Banning FGM would not only save millions of girls from the horror, pain, and death caused by this barbaric practice (it is done to 8,000 girls a day worldwide, with one out of four girls dying from the procedure), it would also help to marginalize, discredit, and disempower orthodox Islam.

The practice is over 4000 years old, and it was taken for granted during Muhammad's lifetime that all women underwent FGM, so he mentioned it a few times as a forgone conclusion, and his mention was written down, so it has now been enshrined in Islamic doctrine as an Islamic practice. Fundamentalists want it to continue because whatever Muhammad said is right for all time.

Banning the procedure would stop this orthodox practice, which would help disempower the fundamentalism itself. Everywhere we can prevent an orthodox practice, like covering women or beating them for disobedience or FGM, we weaken the forces of orthodoxy. If some Islamic fundamentals can be abandoned or seen as wrong, other fundamentals might be more easily abandoned as well.

I encourage you to help your friends and family become aware of FGM. You don't even have to mention the word "Islam." Read Waris's story in her excellent book, Desert Flower (written with Cathleen Miller). And then share the book with people you know. Talk it up. And watch National Geographic's movie by the same name and share that too. This is a way to help innocent girls, a way to pit humanistic empathy against Islamic domination, and a way to get people involved in marginalizing orthodox Islam — people who might never otherwise get involved. The Islamic oppression of women can and should be stopped. Let's start by saving orthodox Islam's weakest and most innocent victims: Girls.

 

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Judge Nelson: Conflict of interest?

Posted: 12 Jul 2013 10:32 AM PDT

BIG HAIRY NEWS EXCLUSIVE - An anonymous source has released a photo (below) that could potentially provide the basis for an appeal, should George Zimmerman be found guilty of the murder of Trayvon Martin.

The shocking photo features a woman somewhat resembling Judge Debra Nelson, in the arms of a young black man wearing a hoodie and holding what appears to be a bag of Skittles. 

Details of the photo such as its authenticity and where and when it was taken are unknown at this time, but legal experts are already calling it a "magic bullet" for the defense, should the State prevail.

 

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Cartoons and jokes that kept British soldiers sane: 'Jungle Journals' from Japanese PoW camp inmates discovered in an attic where they were left for 60 years





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Cartoons and jokes that kept British soldiers sane: 'Jungle Journals' from Japanese PoW camp inmates discovered in an attic where they were left for 60 years

  • The magazines were the idea of Lt Ronald Williams from Powys, Mid Wales
  • He was an officer leading the 77th Heavy Anti Aircraft Royal Artillery
  • Held prisoner on the island of Java, now part of modern Indonesia
  • The journals were locked in a suitcase until the 60th anniversary of VJ Day
  • Lt Williams' widow Margaret, 95, revealed their existence to son Frank

By Helen Lawson

PUBLISHED: 06:28 EST, 12 July 2013 | UPDATED: 06:38 EST, 12 July 2013

Secret magazines written by British soldiers held in a Japanese prisoner of war camp have been discovered after more then 60 years hidden in an attic.

The 'Jungle Journals' were produced by inmates to lift fellow soldiers' morale as they struggled to survive the horrific conditions in the labour camps during the Second World War.

Anyone caught reading them faced severe punishments from the prison guards on the island of Java in the Dutch East Indies.

The handmade journals, filled with jokes, colour drawings and short stories, were the idea of survivor Lieutenant Ronald Williams, who took them home after the Japanese surrendered in 1945.

The Jungle Journals were started by Lieutenant Ronald Williams to keep the spirits of other prisoners of war up in a Japanese labour camp

The cartoons and humour in the journals were designed to help morale in the camps, where prisoners suffered daily beatings and the deaths of their friends

One cartoon noted the difference between the garden parties of 1939 and 1942

A NOTE FROM THE FIRST ISSUE

'You are now reading the first issue of "The Jungle Journal".

'This paper is produced in the hope that it may help pass the time for us. Facilities being what they are, don't expect too much.

'If this production can make one gunner forget for five minutes the disappointments and discomforts of his present position, then our editorial efforts will not be in vain.

'The editorial policy of this paper is very simple. We try to entertain.

'The only promise we make to our readers is this - this journal will remain free and independent or cease publication.

'There will be no propaganda matter printed under the present editorship.

'Will anybody and everybody who has a story to tell or a verse to work off, please submit it for publication.

'Like the Salvation Army we say "All contributions will be gratefully received".

'We will endeavour, however, in this world to give some reward, maybe a packet of rokkos. This means YOU!

'We ask you to give us frank criticism of this issue and to tell us what to do with the
future issues. But not too frankly please!

'This space in our first issue is dedicated in true humility to the memory of the
gentlemen of this Regiment who died on active service on this foreign soil.'

Taken from Dr Frank Williams' book: 'The Jungle Journal: Prisoners of the Japanese in Java 1942-45'

The soldier, who died aged 58 in 1969, kept his collection in a suitcase in the attic at his home in Powys, Mid Wales.

On the 60th anniversary of VJ day, his widow Margaret, now 95, passed the papers on to their youngest son Frank, a retired consultant radiologist.

Dr Williams, 63, said: 'The journals were a distraction from the awful time they were living in.

'Stories kept the men's minds off other things.

'I think they felt they needed to keep human spirit. It was a way for them to stay sane.

'You can see hatred all the way through. They detested their captors but the men kept a level of humanity which I think is incredible really.'

The magazines, which have now been published in a book by Dr Williams, give a rare insight into life on Java, now part of modern Indonesia, from 1942 to 1945.

They showed the boredom and horror of day-to-day life in the camps, as well as the humour that helped the men survive beatings, deprivations and the deaths of their friends.

They even included a 'My Part of the World' section about home and hobbies - such as stamp collecting, chess and fishing.

The first issue carried the message: 'If this production can make one gunner forget for five minutes the disappointments and discomforts of his present position, then our editorial efforts will not be in vain.'

Lt Williams, an officer in the 77th Heavy Anti Aircraft Royal Artillery, edited the journals, which were first produced on stationery then thin tissue paper once supplies ran out.

They were passed around the camp under the noses of their Japanese guards.

Contributors wrote under pseudonyms and as the journals increased in popularity the number of pages expanded from ten to 50.

One cartoon, captioned 'Leave it to the skipper', showed a captain on board his boat smoking a cigar while battleships sank in the distance, while another illustrated the big band favourite Deep Purple with a boxer, right

Another 'well known songs illustrated' showed a prisoner working in the camp telling a guard: 'The Things You Are'

Regimental Rhymes described the inmates of different ranks held inside the camps

Lt Williams' son Frank, 63, has published the journals in a book after his widow Margaret, 95, revealed their existence in 2005

Cartoons included jokes about the strange and frightening situation the soldiers had found themselves in

Contributors who drew cartoons or wrote short stories used pseudonyms to protect themselves from their captors

A July 1942 editorial said that the journal proved 'once again that barbed wire does not by any means make a cage' and celebrated the 'boys of this regiment who have so splendidly represented us in the Football Championship'

While many prisoners were worked to death in factories or coal mines, Lt Williams remained in Java for more than three-and-a-half years.

Dr Williams said: 'I was a teenager when my father died and it was only the last six to nine months of his life that he started telling me about his time during the war.

'He told my mother a few things but he didn't tell other people very much about his experiences.'

Dr Williams, from Llangattock in Powys, said: 'He always came across to me as a troubled man.

A illustrated poem written by Lt Ronald Williams celebrated the life of chess, from its creation in Persia 2000 years ago to British prisoners playing it in the 'far, Far East!'

Another of Lt Williams' poems talked about 'Home', where: 'There's a little housewife waiting, For a ship to sail the foam, Across ten thousands miles of ocean, And bring her loved one home!'

Lieutenant Williams and his wife Margaret, pictured in the late 1930s before he was sent away to war

Lt Williams, pictured on home leave in 1941, took the journals back to Wales after the end of the war and kept them in a suitcase

'My mother always said he was a different person from when he went to war and when he came back.

'It was the experience, he didn't really want to talk about it or remember it.

'He had lost a lot of his friends who died in the Far East.'

After he came across his father's papers, Dr Williams got in touch with Java 42, a club for prisoners of war who survived the camps in the Far East.

He discovered that other Jungle Journals were kept at the Imperial War Museum in London.

His father's records suggest there were up to 11 journals but four editions are still missing.

He said: 'It has been great that it has all come together but I am sure there must be more journals out there.

'To find the rest of the excerpts would be fascinating.'

THE FAR EAST AT WAR: 1941-1945

Japan's forces had invaded Hong Kong, Thailand and Malaya in December 1941, following the country's surprise attack on the American base at Pearl Harbour in Hawaii.

Britiain lost lost battleships HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse to attacks from Japanese planes that month, and did not have enough military power in the region to stand up to attack.

The British commander in Singapore surrendered in February 1982 and some troops managed to escape to the islands of Java and Sumatra, part of modern Indonesia.

Indonesia, then a colony known as the Dutch East Indies, was invaded in January 1942.

By March, the Dutch commanders surrendered, and all Allied troops on the island became prisoners of war, where they suffered starvation, disease and exhausting labour in the many Japanese camps across the Far East.

Japan surrendered on September 9 1945, four months after the end of the war in Europe.

The date is now commemorated as VJ Day.

 

The first Jungle Journal was marked 'week ending March 28th 1942' and was 'priceless' according to its cover, which featured a nude woman

The first issues were produced on stationery before supplies became scarce

The illustration on the cover of the fourth issue, left, showing a man drawing, was labelled 'branch office', while issue five, right, was dated week ending July 31 1942, four months after the first Jungle Journal came out



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