KRAUTHAMMER – TIME TO STOP ISIS

August 23rd, 2014

 

August 21, 2014
Time to Stop ISIS
The Islamic State has grown because it seemed unstoppable. Our air strikes have changed that.
 
By Charles Krauthammer

Baghdad called President Obama’s bluff and he came through. He had refused to provide air support to Iraqi government forces until the Iraqis got rid of their divisive sectarian prime minister.

They did. He responded.

With the support of U.S. air strikes, Iraqi and Kurdish forces have retaken the Mosul dam. Previous strikes had relieved the siege of Mount Sinjar and helped the Kurds retake two strategic towns that had opened the road to a possible Islamic State assault on Irbil, the capital of Kurdistan.

In following through, Obama demonstrated three things: the effectiveness of even limited U.S. power, the vulnerability of the Islamic State, and, crucially, his own seriousness, however tentative.

The last of these is the most important. Obama had said that there was no American military solution to the conflict. This may be true, but there is a local military solution. And that solution requires U.S. air support.

It can work. The Islamic State is overstretched. It’s a thin force of perhaps 15,000 trying to control a territory four times the size of Israel. Its supply lines are not just extended but exposed and highly vulnerable to air power.

Stopping the Islamic State’s momentum creates a major shift in psychology. Guerrilla armies thrive on a sense of inevitability. The Islamic State has grown in size, demoralized its enemies, and attracted recruits from all over the world because it seemed unstoppable, a real caliphate in the making.

People follow the strong horse over the weak horse, taught Osama bin Laden. These jihadists came out of nowhere and shocked the world by capturing Mosul, Tikrit, and the approaches to Kurdistan, heretofore assumed to be impregnable. Read the rest of this entry »

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RELEASED ALIENS CONVICTED OF HOMICIDE

August 22nd, 2014

 

breitbart.com

ICE Releases Zip Codes ‘Associated With’

Released Aliens Convicted of Homicide

by        21 Aug 2014, 

Immigration and Customs Enforcement has released the zip codes associated with the Obama administration’s release of 169 immigrants convicted of “homicide-related” offenses who were awaiting deportation proceedings.

EXCERPT FROM THIS ARTICLE:  “The public needs to know when a person is in the country illegally, and who has been convicted of a homicide, is released into their communities,” Grassley said in a statement. “We’ve introduced legislation that would reverse the court case that the Obama administration is relying on to excuse its irresponsible release of thousands of criminally convicted aliens.”

Grassley’s office noted that he has introduced legislation that would “close the legal loophole created by” the 2001 Supreme Court Case Zadvydas v. Davis, which requires the government to release aliens if they are not accepted for deportation by their home countries within six months.

ICE released the new information about the 169 immigrant convicts to Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley. The senator pressed the Department of Homeland Security for answers in June following confirmed reports that, in 2013, ICE released 36,007 immigrants convicted of nearly 88,000 crimes (including murder, kidnapping, and sexual assault). All were awaiting the outcome of deportation proceedings.

Thursday, Grassley released the information provided to him from ICE about the 169 released immigrants convicted of homicide. Thomas Winkowski, ICE’s principal deputy assistant secretary wrote in a letter to Grassley:

Of the 169 detainees with a homicide-related conviction who were released from ICE custody in FY 2013, 131 have been issued final order of removal. Of the remaining 38 aliens who have not been issued a final order of removal, one was granted voluntary departure by an immigration judge and subsequently departed within the permitted timeframe. Further, 154 of the 169 were released pursuant to court order due to Zadvydas.

Winkowski subsequently listed the more than 130 zip codes, he wrote, were “associated with the detainees.” Read the rest of this entry »

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VIDEO – U.S. SWITCHED SIDES IN LIBYA – CLARE LOPEZ INTERVIEW BY GINNI THOMAS

August 18th, 2014

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BOOK REVIEW – POLICE STATE USA

August 18th, 2014

 

Book review;  POLICE STATE USA

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 “Police State USA: How Orwell’s Nightmare is Becoming our Reality” is a compelling chronicle of the rapidly increasing pace of America’s march toward tyranny.

Police State USA by Cheryl Chumley - Photo used with author's permission

Police State USA by Cheryl Chumley – Photo used with author’s permission       Cheryl Chumley is a continuous news writer for The Washington Times. She writes about politics and government for various newspapers, Internet news sites, and think tanks. She also is a 2008-2009 Robert Novak journalism fellow with The Phillips Foundation

 

 

WASHINGTON,  July 3, 2014 – In her new book, “Police State USA: How Orwell’s Nightmare is Becoming our Reality”, Cheryl K. Chumley describes the events and attitudes that are leading America toward the state of absolute governmental control described by George Orwell in “1984”.

The erosion of liberty

Citing a myriad of examples from recent press reports, regulations, think tank studies, and historical works, Chumley makes the case that liberty is precipitately fleeing the American landscape. It is being replaced by a “Big Brother” nanny state that seeks to decide for us and our posterity what we shall have, do and think.

She contrasts the ideas of the founding generation with the laws, events, and attitudes of the last several decades. In so doing, she reveals a stark relief between what the founders saw as God-given rights, and a culture which seeks to eradicate God in favor of a divine government.

Beginning with that contrast, Chumley covers the environmental movement’s encroachment on private property, the flourishing confiscation of personal data by both government and business, the rise of the militarized police, the seizure of private property without due process, the chilling effect political correctness has on free speech, and the devastating consequence a complicitous media has on the public’s willingness to stand up for liberty.

Chumley notes in the book, “Without property rights, all other constitutional rights crumble.”

Elimination of God from society Read the rest of this entry »

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EBOLA VIRUS – Rhesus Monkeys Aerosolized by Virus

August 15th, 2014

 

Lethal experimental infections of rhesus monkeys by

aerosolized Ebola virus.

Author information

  • 1US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, Frederick, Maryland 21702-5011, USA.

Abstract

The potential of aerogenic infection by Ebola virus was established by using a head-only exposure aerosol system. Virus-containing droplets of 0.8-1.2 microns were generated and administered into the respiratory tract of rhesus monkeys via inhalation. Inhalation of viral doses as low as 400 plaque-forming units of virus caused a rapidly fatal disease in 4-5 days. The illness was clinically identical to that reported for parenteral virus inoculation, except for the occurrence of subcutaneous and venipuncture site bleeding and serosanguineous nasal discharge. Immunocytochemistry revealed cell-associated Ebola virus antigens present in airway epithelium, alveolar pneumocytes, and macrophages in the lung and pulmonary lymph nodes; extracellular antigen was present on mucosal surfaces of the nose, oropharynx and airways. Aggregates of characteristic filamentous virus were present within type I pneumocytes, macrophages, and air spaces of the lung by electron microscopy. Demonstration of fatal aerosol transmission of this virus in monkeys reinforces the importance of taking appropriate precautions to prevent its potential aerosol transmission to humans.

PMID:
7547435
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
PMCID:
PMC1997182

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Airborn Transmission of Ebola?

August 15th, 2014

 

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August 15, 2014

Airborn Transmission of Ebola?

Many people have been mis-informed regarding human to human transmission of Ebola. The Canadian Health Dept. States that airborne transmission of Ebola is strongly suspected and the CDC admits that Ebola can be transmitted in situations where there is no physical contact between people, I.e.: via airborne inhalation into the lungs or into the eyes where individuals are separated by 3 feet. That explains why 81 doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers have died in West Africa to date. These courageous health care providers use careful CDC level barrier precautions such as gowns, gloves and head cover, but it appears they have inadequate respiratory and eye protection. Currently the CDC advises health care workers to use goggles and simple face masks for respiratory and eye protection, and a fitted N-95 mask during aerosol-generating medical procedures. Since so many doctors and nurses are dying in West Africa, it is clear that this level of protection is inadequate. Full face respirators with P-100 replacement filters would provide greater airway and eye protection, and I believe this would save the lives of many doctors, nurses and others who come into close contact with, or proximity to, Ebola victims.
Since CDC level respiratory/eye precautions for Ebola are inadequate for healthcare workers in West Africa, I assume they will also be inadequate in the United States. 

Ronald R. Cherry, MD

Many people have been mis-informed regarding human to human transmission of Ebola. The Canadian Health Dept. States that airborne transmission of Ebola is strongly suspected and the CDC admits that Ebola can be transmitted in situations where there is no physical contact between people, I.e.: via airborne inhalation into the lungs or into the eyes where individuals are separated by 3 feet. That explains why 81 doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers have died in West Africa to date. These courageous health care providers use careful CDC level barrier precautions such as gowns, gloves and head cover, but it appears they have inadequate respiratory and eye protection.

Currently the CDC advises health care workers to use goggles and simple face masks for respiratory and eye protection, and a fitted N-95 mask during aerosol-generating medical procedures. Since so many doctors and nurses are dying in West Africa, it is clear that this level of protection is inadequate. Full face respirators with P-100 replacement filters would provide greater airway and eye protection, and I believe this would save the lives of many doctors, nurses and others who come into close contact with, or proximity to, Ebola victims.

Since CDC level respiratory/eye precautions for Ebola are inadequate for healthcare workers in West Africa, I assume they will also be inadequate in the United States.

 

Ronald R. Cherry, MD

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AFTERMATH OF AN EMP ATTACK – ONE SECOND AFTER, THE BOOK

August 15th, 2014

 

:
November 2, 2013

One Second After

Back in July, I wrote an article that examined the post-apocalyptic genre in fiction and in film. In that piece, I committed (at least) one sin in that I mentioned a book that I had not read. Having just corrected that failing, I’m here to tell you that everyone in America should read William R. Forstchen’s novel One Second After. Forstchen’s novel takes place in post-9/11 America. And into that very real America, he introduces “the event” — an electromagnetic pulse attack. EMP is not science fiction; it’s been known about for decades. The Sun emits EMPs in solar flares, which have caused power blackouts.
An EMP attack involves detonating nuclear bombs high up in the atmosphere. With an EMP attack there is no radioactive fallout, nor bombed-out cities. But what a successful EMP attack would do is knock out our entire electric grid and fry all our electronic devices. An EMP attack would turn the lights out across America.One Second After follows one community, the real town of Black Mountain, North Carolina, for one year after a devastating EMP attack. The town is left like all towns in America: utterly cut off from the outside. That’s because an EMP attack would not only destroy the electrical grid and everything attached to it, the electrical systems of all vehicles built in the last few decades would also be destroyed. The only vehicles that would work would be antiques, such as Edsels and VW bugs. So the teeming millions in our cities would either be stuck, or have to walk out.

Beyond transportation and communication, the novel also looks at all the other systems that depend on electricity, like food and medicine. Diabetics, for instance, whose insulin must be kept cool, would not be long for this world. One of the more disturbing scenes occurs soon after the attack when the central character visits the local nursing home and finds it in total chaos. The food situation soon becomes dire and the town declares martial law. (Disabuse yourself of the idea that you’d be able to live off the land; in a nation of more than 300 million, game would quickly disappear.) Read the rest of this entry »

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EMP ATTACK, THE GROWING THREAT

August 14th, 2014

 

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
THE GROWING THREAT FROM AN EMP ATTACK
By

R. James Woolsey And
Peter Vincent Pry Mr. Woolsey is chairman of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and a former director of the CIA.Mr. Pry served on the EMP Commission, in the CIA, and is the author of “Electric Armageddon” (CreateSpace, 2013).

Aug. 13, 2014
EXCERPT FROM THIS ARTICLE:  What would a successful EMP attack look like? The EMP Commission, in 2008, estimated that within 12 months of a nationwide blackout, up to 90% of the U.S. population could possibly perish from starvation, disease and societal breakdown

What to do?

Surge arrestors, faraday cages and other devices that prevent EMP from damaging electronics, as well micro-grids that are inherently less susceptible to EMP, have been used by the Defense Department for more than 50 years to protect crucial military installations and strategic forces. These can be adapted to protect civilian infrastructure as well. The cost of protecting the national electric grid, according to a 2008 EMP Commission estimate, would be about $2 billion—roughly what the U.S. gives each year in foreign aid to Pakistan

 
In a recent letter to investors, billionaire hedge-fund manager Paul Singer warned that an electromagnetic pulse, or EMP, is “the most significant threat” to the U.S. and our allies in the world. He’s right. Our food and water supplies, communications, banking, hospitals, law enforcement, etc., all depend on the electric grid. Yet until recently little attention has been paid to the ease of generating EMPs by detonating a nuclear weapon in orbit above the U.S., and thus bringing our civilization to a cold, dark halt.

Recent declassification of EMP studies by the U.S. government has begun to draw attention to this dire threat. Rogue nations such as North Korea (and possibly Iran) will soon match Russia and China and have the primary ingredients for an EMP attack: simple ballistic missiles such as Scuds that could be launched from a freighter near our shores; space-launch vehicles able to loft low-earth-orbit satellites; and simple low-yield nuclear weapons that can generate gamma rays and fireballs.

The much neglected 2004 and 2008 reports by the congressional EMP Commission—only now garnering increased public attention—warn that “terrorists or state actors that possess relatively unsophisticated missiles armed with nuclear weapons may well calculate that, instead of destroying a city or a military base, they may gain the greatest political-military utility from one or a few such weapons by using them—or threatening their use—in an EMP attack.”

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COMMON CORE – GREATEST AMERICANS MISSING FROM PROPOSED CURRICULUM

August 12th, 2014

 

Historic fail? Greatest Americans missing

from proposed curriculum

http://www.foxnews.com/archive/joshua-rhett-miller

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The College Board’s Advanced Placement curriculum on U.S. history must include America’s greatest icons, like Ben Franklin and Martin Luther king, say critics.

New history curriculum standards proposed for top high school students leave out such American icons as Benjamin Franklin and Martin Luther King, Jr., paint colonists as bigots and gloss over the Greatest Generation’s fight to save the world from Nazi Germany, according to conservative education activists who want the framework delayed — and perhaps scrapped altogether.

An open letter circulated by conservative education activists is calling on The College Board to delay implementing new Advanced Placement U.S. History guidelines, saying a “rising tide of opposition” believes the curriculum will take the nation’s classrooms in a bad direction.

The Aug. 4 letter, which is addressed to David Coleman, president/CEO of the New York-based nonprofit, claims the new 98-page curriculum is a “dramatic departure” from the five-page outline previously used by teachers and students and offers a consistently negative view of Americans as oppressors and exploiters.

“The framework ignores the rise of democratic institutions such as the House of Burgesses and New England town meetings,” the letter reads. “It also omits the colonists’ growing commitment to religious freedom and the emergence of a pluralistic society that lacked an entrenched aristocracy.”

What’s missing from the curriculum, according to a former public school teacher and author of two Advanced Placement prep guides, is mention of John Winthrop and his “city upon a hill” sermon as one of the key early instances of American exceptionalism and references to Roger Williams and the birth of religious toleration.

“What you’re going to find is our nation’s founders portrayed as bigots who developed a belief in white superiority that was, in turn, derived from a strong belief in British racial and cultural superiority.”- Larry Krieger, retired teacher and test preparation expert Read the rest of this entry »

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August 10th, 2014

 

 

Published on The Weekly Standard (http://www.weeklystandard.com)

Frozen in the Cold War

The roots of Obama’s weakness abroad

Matthew Continetti

August 4, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 44

EXCERPT FROM THIS ARTICLE:  It’s easy to forget, but Obama devotes most of the chapter on foreign policy in The Audacity of Hope, his 2006 campaign book, to a survey of U.S. history. The chapter begins with a long description of growing up in Indonesia. Then Obama cites the most overworked quotations in public discourse: George Washington’s warning, in his Farewell Address, against “entangling alliances” and John Quincy Adams’s declaration, in his 1821 Independence Day speech, that the United States does not go abroad “in search of monsters to destroy.” Manifest Destiny, American imperialism, World War I, the Fourteen Points, interwar isolationism, World War II, and the beginnings of the United Nations all have a place in Obama’s story. 

He spends most of his time on the Cold War. Obama’s method is telling. He writes one sentence praising the cold warriors, and then devotes four pages to criticizing them. What Harry Truman, George Marshall, and Dean Acheson created in the aftermath of World War II is “a remarkable achievement,” he says, “perhaps the Greatest Generation’s greatest gift to us after the victory over fascism.” But don’t get carried away: America’s Cold War foreign policy, he says, “had its flaws and contradictions; it could fall victim to the distortions of politics, the sins of hubris, the corrupting effects of fear.”…………..

The further you go into Obama’s history of the Cold War, the more liberal shibboleths you encounter. It occurs to you that Obama is not studying anticommunism. He is engaging inanti-anticommunism. The main subject of his criticism isn’t the Communists, it’s the hardliners who fought them. He is paraphrasing, in milder language, the critique of U.S. foreign policy leveled by Howard Zinn, Noam Chomsky, and Gore Vidal.

In 1983, Barack Obama was a senior at Columbia University. He was not well known. He lived off-campus, had a few close friends, and spent a lot of time reading. He went to some meetings of the Black Students Association, but no one remembers seeing him there. He majored in political science, with a concentration in international relations, and classmates and professors say he was an attentive and intelligent student.

But he was not an active participant in student life. He was not a student radical. He did not go on a hunger strike. He did not storm any administration buildings. One friend, in an interview with biographer David Maraniss, likened Obama to the protagonist of Walker Percy’s The Moviegoer: a passive observer. Read the rest of this entry »

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