A NEW THREAT GROWS AMID SHADES OF 9/11 – CYBER WARFARE

September 15th, 2014

 

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
A NEW THREAT GROWS AMID SHADES OF 9/11
By
Tom Kean And Lee Hamilton    Messrs. Kean and Hamilton served as chairman and vice chairman of the 9/11 Commission, respectively. They are co-chairmen of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Homeland Security Project.

Sept. 11, 2014
Ten years ago, the 9/11 Commission Report triggered the most significant reorganization of the U.S. intelligence community since 1947. Two months ago, the former members of the commission—we are among them—issued a new report assessing where national security stands, 13 years after the most devastating attacks on America’s homeland.

Most of the new report’s observations focused on counterterrorism, the central focus of the 9/11 Commission. But in speaking with many of the nation’s most senior national-security leaders, we were struck that every one of these experts expressed concern about another issue: daily cyberattacks against the country’s most sensitive public and private computer networks.

A growing chorus of national-security experts describes the cyber realm as the battlefield of the future. American life is becoming evermore dependent on the Internet. At the same time, government and private computer networks in the U.S. are under relentless cyberattack. This is more than an academic concern—attacks in the digital world can inflict serious damage in the physical world. Hackers can threaten the control systems of critical facilities like dams, water-treatment plants and the power grid. A hacker able to remotely control a dam, pumping station or oil pipeline could unleash large-scale devastation. As terrorist organizations such as the Islamic State grow and become more sophisticated, the threat of cyberattack increases as well.

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On a smaller scale, but equally unsettling, ordinary building systems like electronic door locks, elevators and video-surveillance cameras (today, present in many homes) are also vulnerable to penetration by hackers. Even life-sustaining medical devices, many of which contain embedded computer systems connected to the Internet, could be disabled by cyberattacks. Read the rest of this entry »

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DIGITAL JIHAD: ISIS, AL QAEDA SEEK A CYBER CALILPHATE TO LAUNCH ATTACKS ON U.S.

September 15th, 2014

 

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/09/14/digital-jihad-isis-al-qaeda-seek-cyber-caliphate-to-launch-attacks-on-us/

FOX NEWS

Terrorism

Digital jihad: ISIS, Al Qaeda seek a

cyber caliphate to launch attacks on US

By

Jihadists in the Middle East are ramping up efforts to mount a massive cyber attack on the U.S., with leaders from both Islamic State and Al Qaeda – including a hacker who once broke into former British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s Gmail account – recruiting web savvy radicals, FoxNews.com has learned.

Islamic militants brag online that it is only a matter of time before they manage to pull off a highly disruptive attack on America’s infrastructure or financial system. In addition, Islamic State, the terror group that claims to have established a caliphate across Syria and Iraq, boast openly of plans to establish a “cyber caliphate,” protected by jihadist developed encryption software from behind which they hope to mount catastrophic hacking and virus attacks on America and the West.

“The jihadists are investing a lot in encryption technologies and they have developed their own software to protect their communications and when western agencies work out how to crack them they adapt quickly,” said Steve Stalinsky, executive director of the Middle East Media Research Institute, a Washington-DC-based non-profit that tracks jihadist Internet activity. “They are forward-thinking and are experimenting with hacking. In the future, the jihadist cyber army’s activities will become a daily reality.”

The terror groups are trying to add to their numbers to boost their capabilities, using social media to reach a larger pool of potential recruits and calling on militant-minded specialists to join them. The targets are the websites of U.S. government agencies, banks, energy companies and transport systems. Read the rest of this entry »

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THE NRA – “Do You Still Believe in the Good Guys?”

September 13th, 2014

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8kMkJAeeH4E  – VIDEO  -  SERVICE – The NRA’S latest video ad

NRA boss LaPierre: Americans fear their country

‘off the rails’ under Obama

Wayne LaPierre’s message targets middle class worried about U.S. direction, security, freedom

By Kelly Riddell – The Washington Times – Thursday, September 4, 2014

The National Rifle Association has unleashed a multimillion-dollar TV advertising campaign that its longtime leader says is aimed at messaging beyond gun rights and reaching middle-class mothers, minorities and other Americans “who believe our country is off the rails.”

The gun lobby’s campaign, launched in the last 10 days, uncharacteristically delves into issues far beyond the Second Amendment to explore the IRS scandal, media elitism and security vulnerabilities, with a call to return “good guys” to power.

“This campaign is a gathering of shared values that gives a sense of right and wrong,” NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre told The Washington Times in an interview. The collection of issues the ads confront are representative of the conversations Mr. LaPierre said he has had throughout the country with NRA members and concerned citizens.

In Mr. LaPierre’s 36-year career as a policy activist, he feels the American public has never been more worried about this country’s future.

“They’re worried the character of the country is at risk. It’s all collapsing,” Mr. LaPierre said. “They care about their Second Amendment freedoms but understand that all freedoms are connected.”

The first ad in a 16-ad series lays out a simple question to the American public: “Do you still believe in the good guys?”

It continues: “It takes courage to be free — a special kind of backbone to reject the world that surrounds you, to sign your name where everyone can see it, to believe that there is always a right choice and an honest consequence,” three narrators — an African-American man, a white man and a woman, who are all NRA members — explain. Read the rest of this entry »

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SERVICE – THE LATEST NRA VIDEO AD

September 13th, 2014

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DOCTORING IN THE AGE OF OBAMACARE

September 13th, 2014

 

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
DOCTORING IN THE AGE OF OBAMACARE
By

Mark Sklar  Dr. Sklar is an assistant professor of medicine at the Georgetown University Medical Center and at the George Washington University Medical Center.
Sept. 12, 2014
It has been four years since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, so I thought it may be useful to provide the perspective of a physician providing daily medical care. I am an endocrinologist in Washington, D.C., and have been in solo private practice for 17 years after seven years at an academic institution. Since 1990, the practice of medicine has changed significantly, seldom for the better.

In the 1990s insurance companies developed managed-care plans that greatly increased their profits at the expense of the physician. With the Affordable Care Act, we are seeing new groups profiting from changes to the health-care system. Entrepreneurs and hospital executives are capitalizing on organizing physicians into groups called Accountable Care Organizations from which they will take a very substantial percentage of collected income. Now that physicians are being required to use electronic medical records, the companies that develop them are harvesting money from physicians’ practices and from hospitals.

The push to use electronic medical records has had more than financial costs. Although it is convenient to have patient records accessible on the Internet, the data processing involved has been extremely time consuming—a sentiment echoed by most of my colleagues. To save time, I was advised by a consultant to enter data into the electronic record during the office visit. When I tried this I found that typing in the data was disruptive to the patient visit. My eyes were focused on the keyboard and the lack of direct contact kept patients from opening up and discussing their medical and personal problems. I soon returned to my old method of dictating notes and pasting a print-out of the dictation into the electronic record.

Yet to avoid future financial penalties from Medicare, I must demonstrate “meaningful use” of the electronic record. This involves documenting that I covered a checklist of items during the office visit, so I spend 90 minutes each day entering mostly meaningless data. This is time better spent calling patients to answer questions or keeping updated with the medical literature.

If electronic records ever allow physicians to obtain data from previous laboratory and imaging testing, it will improve costs and patient care. So far, however, the data in electronic records—like paper charts—can’t be shared unless physicians work in the same health-care system.

My practice quickly adopted the new Medicare requirements for electronically prescribing medications. Yet patients often do not want their prescription sent electronically. They want a physical copy—either because they don’t trust the Internet or because they don’t need to fill the prescription immediately. If I don’t electronically prescribe for a certain number of Medicare patients, I am penalized with a decrease in reimbursement that can rise to a maximum of 5%. Patients should have a choice in how their prescriptions are delivered, and physicians shouldn’t be penalized for how the patients choose. Read the rest of this entry »

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CUFI ON CAMPUS – CHRISTIANS UNITED FOR ISRAEL EVENT – REFLECTIONS OF 9/11

September 13th, 2014

 

On September 11, 2014,  a  group of our conservative ladies attended a CUFI on Campus  (Christians United For Israel) event at the University of North Carolina to reflect on September 11.   The keynote speaker was Gary Bauer who gave a powerful talk on reflections on September 11. 
A stirring America the Beautiful was sung by Kayla Hill,  a UNC voice performance major and Pastor Victor Styrsky, introduced  the absolutely fabulous CUFI Choir from Spindale, North Carolina.  If you ever have a chance to hear them perform, please make every effort to do so as it is like listening to the “heavenly host” singing.         
 It was an incredibly emotional evening.   
CUFI (Christians United For Israel)  www.cufi.org   is a national organization and richly deserves our support.   Nancy
The keynote speaker

Gary L. Bauer Bio

Gary L. Bauer is a leading spokesman for pro-life, pro-family, and pro-growth values.

Bauer served in President Ronald Reagan’s administration for eight years, as Under Secretary of Education and Chief Domestic Policy Advisor.

After leaving the Reagan White House, Bauer became President of the Family Research Council and a Senior Vice President of Focus on the Family.

Bauer took his pro-family, pro-life message across the country during the 2000 Republican presidential primaries and debates.

Today, Bauer serves as Chairman of Campaign for Working Families PAC, dedicated to electing conservative candidates to Congress, and as President of American Values, an educational non-profit organization.  He writes a weekly column at Human Events and co-hosts a weekend talk show on Sirius/XM Radio.

In 1973, Bauer received his law degree from Georgetown Law School in Washington, D.C.  He is married to the former Carol Hoke, and lives in Virginia. Gary and Carol have three grown children.

  
Click here: YOU ARE PART OF THE STORY – YouTube    - A WONDERFUL  VIDEO  PRESENTED ESPECIALLY FOR ALL OUR JEWISH FRIENDS (Thanks to Lynn Ross of South Carolina for bringing this video to our attention)
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COMMUNISM’S VICTIMS DESERVE A MUSEUM

September 11th, 2014

 


The Daily Beast

Politics

08.25.14

Communism’s Victims Deserve a Museum

Supporters of a museum dedicated to the estimated 100 million victims of communism worldwide hope to break ground on the National Mall on the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution. Why are there so few Democrats and liberals among them?
Not long ago, I mentioned the Victims of Communism Memorial to an acquaintance. It’s a bronze model of the statue raised by Chinese students in Tiananmen Square shortly before the Peoples Liberation Army massacred thousands of peaceful demonstrators in 1989. Located on a small patch of land near Union Station in Washington, countless people walk by it every day, perhaps without even recognizing the memorial or understanding why it is there.

“Communism wasn’t responsible for any deaths,” my interlocutor said. “Crappy leaders were.”

How many times have you heard some formulation of this viewpoint? “Communism is an excellent idea in theory, it just hasn’t worked in practice.” I wish that was the sort of sentiment I only remembered from college dorm room bull sessions. (“OK. How many more millions of people have to die before we get it right?” I always asked, incredulously).

Unfortunately, the notion that Marxist-Leninist ideology is not responsible for the estimated 100 million deaths perpetrated by communist regimes has long been de rigeur among a broad segment of the intellectual elite. And it’s a worldview that, as my friend’s remark and countless other examples attest, is earning followers  among a growing number  of the Millennial Generation. The Marxist recrudescence is hard to quantify, but it can be seen in populist reactions to the worldwide financial crisis, the rise of far left political parties around the globe, and the increasing popularity of once-obscure figures like Slavoj Zizek, a Slovenian Marxist cultural critic. Last year, The New York Times heralded the arrival of the appropriately-named Jacobin, “a magazine dedicated to bringing jargon-free neo-Marxist thinking to the masses.”  In January, Rolling Stone — blissfully unaware of its own role in the consumer economy—published a widely discussed piece calling upon the government to secure jobs for everyone, abolish all private property, and “take back the land.” The only thing missing from this bill of particulars was elimination of the bourgeoisie.

The growing worry over income inequality in America is not a sign of a generation yearning for communism, but it does exist on a spectrum that in the extreme can lead to obliviousness about its evils. “The key to understanding Marxism’s renaissance in the west,” a 2012 article in The Guardian noted, is that, “for younger people, it is untainted by association with Stalinist gulags.” This retrospective amnesia alternately reveals a generational ignorance about the ideology and nature of communism as well as evidence of the need to educate the public about its horrors. Read the rest of this entry »

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OBAMA’S UNTRUTH, INC. – VICTOR DAVIS HANSON

September 10th, 2014

 

        
September 9, 2014
Obama’s Untruth, Inc
.
Let us count the ways: bald lies, lies of omission, mythography, amnesia, redaction . . .
By Victor Davis Hanson

We can usefully view the Obama administration’s chronic untruthfulness as a sort of multifaceted corporation of untruth, with all sorts of subsidiaries.

THE BALD LIES OF POLITICAL EXPEDIENCY
Remember the al-Qaeda-is-on-the-run 2012-election talking point? It was mostly a lie. The administration deliberately released to sympathetic journalists only those documents from the so-called Osama bin Laden trove that revealed worry and dissension among the terrorists. Then it nourished essays by pet journalists trumpeting the decline of al-Qaeda. Disturbing memos that confounded that narrative, as Weekly Standard journalist Steven F. Hayes recently noted, were kept back. “On the run” was dropped after the 2012 election, when events on the ground made such an assertion absurd.

Recent disclosures by some of the combatants about the night of the Benghazi attack remind us that almost everything Jay Carney, Susan Rice, Hillary Clinton, and President Obama swore in the aftermath of the debacle was knowingly false. A video did not cause the attack. The rioting was not spontaneous. A video-maker, an American resident, was soon jailed, while one of the suspected killers was giving taped interviews at a coffee house in Benghazi. There were ways of securing the consulate and the annex that were not explored, both before and during the assault. Talking points were altered. Again, the catalyst for untruth was reelection worries by an administration that believes its exalted ends of social justice allow any means necessary for reaching them.

Has anything the administration said about pulling our troops out of Iraq proven true? Was it really the Iraqis’ fault or George Bush’s? Was our leaving proof that Iraq might be one of the administration’s “great achievements”? Was the Iraq that we left without any peacekeepers really “stable”? On more than ten occasions the president bragged on the campaign trail that he alone had ended American involvement in Iraq. When Iraq predictably blew up after our departure, he snarled to reporters that he was angry that anyone would dare accuse him alone of being responsible for our precipitate departure.

Was there any element of “reset” with Russia that was accurate? Obama came into office lambasting the prior administration for alienating Russia — when all it had done was adopt some rather moderate measures to punish Russia for invading Georgia. Reset, in truth, was a remission of punishments — from missile defense with the Czechs and Poles to cut-offs of some high-level negotiations — and thus served as a signal to Putin and his subordinates that Obama believed America had been wrong to react to Georgia. And we know what followed from that.

LIES TO HIDE WHAT WE DON’T LIKE Read the rest of this entry »

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NORTH CAROLINA LT. GOVERNOR, DAN FOREST, SPEAKS AT FUNDRAISER FOR MARY LOPEZ CARTER, CANDIDATE FOR THE NORTH CAROLINA SENATE

September 10th, 2014

 

A fundraiser luncheon was held in Chapel Hill on September 9,  2014 for Mary Lopez Carter, candidate for the North Carolina Senate.  The guest speaker was North Carolina Lt. Governor Dan Forest.   The following photos were taken at the event.

 

Mary Lopez Carter, candidate for the North Carolina Senate and North Carolina
Lt. Governor Dan Forest

 

NC Lt. Governor Dan Forest and Evelyn Poole-Kober, First Vice President, Chapel Hill Republican Women’s Club

 

NC Lt. Governor Dan Forest, Jennifer Korn, Deputy Political Director for National Hispanic Initiatives, Edgar Agosto, NC Director for Hispanic Initiatives and Dr. Rosemary Stein, Chair for the RNHA NC Chapter

 

On the right, Mary Lopez Carter, candidate for NC Senate and LInda Arnold, NCFRW, VP Capital Region and NFRW Regent Chair

 

From the left, Dan Forest, Balazs Szabo, Molotov Mitchell, candidate for NC Senate in District 16 (Wake) and Dennis Van Berwin

 

From the left: Cathy Wright, Candy Owens and Evelyn Poole-Kober

 

Mary Lopez Carter and her husband, Dave Carter, candidate for NC House and their two sons

 

From the left: Cathy Wright, Balazs Szabo, artist and author of Knock in the Night, and Nancy Clark, Conservative Women’s Forum

 

 

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VIDEO – BILL WHITTLE – PRESIDENT COWARD

September 9th, 2014

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