Friday, April 29, 2011

The Patriot - So Cold (Breaking Benjamin)

Obama Working “Under The Radar” To Sneak Attack Second Amendment

Paul Joseph Watson
April 29, 2011
According to a little noticed quote in the Washington Post earlier this month which has attracted virtually no media attention, President Obama told gun control advocate Sarah Brady that his administration is working “under the radar” to sneak attack the second amendment rights of American citizens.

During a March 30 meeting between Jim and Sarah Brady and White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, at which Obama “dropped in,” the president reportedly told Brady, “I just want you to know that we are working on it (gun control)….We have to go through a few processes, but under the radar.”

The quote appeared in an April 11 Washington Post story about Obama’s gun control czar Steve Croley.

“What is truly startling about this story is the way it has been totally ignored by the rest of the media,” writes Jeff Knox….”Even the folks at the Brady bunch are not spreading the news about the stunning reassurances from the president. There is nothing on their website discussing or even mentioning Obama’s chat with Jim and Sarah.”

The Obama administration has repeatedly invoked rhetoric about the flow of guns being smuggled from the U.S. into Mexico as a talking point with which to chill gun rights of American citizens.

Just months into his term in the Oval Office, Obama told Mexican President Felipe Calderon that the U.S. was to blame for much of Mexico’s drug violence because of firearms that were purchased in America.

“I will not pretend that this is Mexico’s responsibility alone. The demand for these drugs in the United States is what’s helping keep these cartels in business,” Obama told Calderon during a press conference. “This war is being waged with guns purchased not here, but in the United States. More than 90 percent of the guns recovered in Mexico come from the United States, many from gun shops that line our shared border.”

However, it was recently revealed that the U.S. government itself was responsible for smuggling guns over the border which ended up directly in the hands of Mexican drug lords. Under operation “Fast and Furious,” the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives “Sanctioned the purchase of weapons in U.S. gun shops and tracked the smuggling route to the Mexican border. Reportedly, more than 2,500 firearms were sold to straw buyers who then handed off the weapons to gunrunners under the nose of ATF.”

The ATF claimed the program was an effort to identify criminals by seeing where the guns ended up, but once across the border, “the agency seemed to lose track of the weapons,” reports Laura Carlsen. The firearms ended up in the hands of Mexico’s ruthless crime gangs and have been used to kill U.S. border agents and other innocent people.

When confronted on the issue, Obama simply denied all knowledge of the program.

In addition, as we reported earlier this week, Jesus Vicente Zambada Niebla, the “logistical coordinator” for a top Mexican drug-trafficking gang, Sinaloa, that was responsible for purchasing the CIA torture jet that crashed with four tons on cocaine on board back in 2007, also obtained guns from the U.S. that were later used to kill people in Mexico City. Niebla recently told the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in Chicago that he has been working for the U.S. government since January 2004.

Despite these revelations, the Obama administration is still pushing ahead with a proposal to force gun dealers in Arizona, Texas, New Mexico and California to report the sales of two or more semi-automatic rifles to the same person at one time or during any five business days directly to the the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Could the plan to make gun dealers in these four states report to the government who is purchasing firearms be part of the sneak attack Obama promised Brady last month?

Obama attracted the fury of gun rights activists in 2008 when he said that Americans frustrated with the declining economy “cling to guns or religion” as a means of relieving their stress.

Obama’s Birth Certificate: Not the Issue

Tony Cartalucci
April 29, 2011

Of course, a candidate must meet legal requirements before running for public office. This is a universally agreed upon concept which has been enumerated in laws in every nation, since the beginning of human civilization. However, for those who deeply examine the United States and how it has drifted from a constitutional republic to the corporate-financier oligarchy it is today, they might realize the futility of arguing over “President” Obama’s qualifications for an office that has long been ceremonial, if not entirely theatrical.

The corporate-financier agenda transcends presidencies. From Reagan to Obama, US foreign and domestic policy has moved in a continuously linear direction toward increasing corporate-financial monopolies and eroding the role and sovereignty of the US Constitution and the people who are supposed to execute it. In 1991, “Neo-Conservative” war monger Paul Wolfowitz stated that the Middle East would be turned upside down and reordered in America’s favor – ironically, this operation which has been piecemeal planned and executed year-by-year since then, is finally unfolding in its entirety under the supposedly “liberal” Obama administration.

Likewise, the seemingly “liberal” free-trade agreements pushed by Clinton, were expanded into the beginnings of the supernational Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America under the supposedly “conservative” Bush administration. Of course, theblueprints for the SPP or the geopolitical reordering of the Middle East weren’t drawn up by presidential administrations nor committees amongst America’s elected representatives, but rather by unelected corporate-funded think-tanks like the Council on Foreign Relations or the Brookings Institute. These think-tanks represent the collective interests of the largest corporations and financial institutions on earth and are the real, often obscure architects of both American and European foreign and domestic policy.

The only difference one can delineate then, is the brand of propaganda used during each supposedly ideologically differentiated political administration to sell this unipolar, unilateral, continuous agenda to the public as it creeps forward. But even upon examining each presidential administration, we are struck with names and affiliations of members who directly represent these corporate interests. To illustrate how entirely ineffectual and meaningless “Obama” is as a president, let’s examine some key members of his administration and what their affiliations are.

Timothy Geithner (Secretary of the Treasury): Group of 30, Council on Foreign Relations, private Federal Reserve
Eric Holder (Attorney General): Covington & Burling lobbying for Merck and representingChiquita International Brands in lawsuits brought by relatives of people killed by Colombian terrorists.
Eric Shinseki (Secretary of Veteran Affairs): US Army, Council on Foreign Relations,Honeywell director (military contractor), Ducommun director (military contractor).
Rahm Emanuel (former Chief of Staff): Freddie Mac
William Daley (Chief of Staff): JP Morgan executive committee member
Susan Rice (UN Ambassador): McKinsey and Company, Brookings Institute, Council on Foreign Relations
Peter Orszag, (former Budget Director): Citi Group, Council on Foreign Relations
Paul Volcker: Council on Foreign Relations, private Federal Reserve, Group of 30
Ronald Kirk (US Trade Representative): lobbyist, part of Goldman Sachs, Kohlberg, Kravis, Roberts, and Texas Pacific Group partnership to buyout Energy Future Holdings.
Lawrence Summers (National Economic Council Director): World Bank, Council on Foreign Relations

Who amongst Obama’s administration can we honestly presume has the people’s, or even America’s best interests at heart? Goldman Sachs bankers? JP Morgan bankers? Corporate lobbyists? Indeed, these are the same banking, corporate, and political interests that guided the agenda under Bush, Clinton, Bush Sr., Regan and so on. While there is some debate over which US president was in fact the last “real” president who exercised an agenda it genuinely could claim ownership over, there is no doubt that over the last two decades the same corporate interests have been entirely steering America’s people and their destiny with but the veneer of “democracy.”

Had John McCain won the elections in 2008, you could rest assured he would have taken US policy in the exact same direction Obama is going today.

In fact, McCain is one of the key players who has helped fund and organize the current unrest sweeping the Middle East, along with a myriad of other “Republicans” and “Neo-Conservatives.” The “Arab Spring” itself was planned and being staged before Obama even took office.
Ideologically, President Obama’s qualifications are important and many are right to question them.

Realistically, they are a red herring, as is his entire presidency. He is in charge of exactly nothing, most likely not even the tie he puts on in the morning and surely not the words that come out of his mouth. His entire function is to perpetuate the facade that America is still run by an elected government and not an illegitimate oligarchy of corporations and financial institutions.

Arguing over his birth certificate engenders him with legitimacy in and of itself – suggesting that if he had proper qualifications he would be a “legitimate” president. But he, like his predecessor Bush, are both entirely illegitimate, as is the system they purportedly preside over.

Recognizing this grave reality, and instead concentrating on the corporate-financier interests that have hijacked American politics is essential to restoring a true constitutional republic. For it is not whose hands we think hold the power, it is in whose hands that really hold the power that shapes US policy. Definitively, US policy does not favor the people, definitively the power is not in the people’s hands.

As long as we grasp to the illusion that through the futile exercise of elections we are somehow “in control,” it will remain this way perpetually. The fact that our president is in charge of absolutely nothing and that his duties have long been shifted to an unelected corporate-financier oligarchy is the issue, not his dubious qualifications.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Obama's America - Get Use To It

Bicycle Facade

A worker peers out a window last week at a bike shop in Altlandsberg near Berlin in the eastern German state of Brandenburg. When people in the town need to get rid of their bikes because they can't use them anymore, they often bring them to Peter Horstmann's used bicycle shop. His warehouse had begun overflowing with junk bikes that could no longer be repaired, so he came up with the idea of using some 160 bicycles to decorate the side of a building. The junk cycle art project has since become something of a tourist attraction in the town.

Obama Birth Certificate “Raises As Many Questions As It Answers”

Paul Joseph Watson
April 27, 2011

Despite some political commentators insisting that the White House release of what it claims to be Barack Obama’s long form birth certificate represents the end of the “crazy birther fringe” movement, those who most fiercely pushed doubts surrounding the president’s eligibility are not convinced.

While presumptive Republican candidate Donald Trump welcomed the release of the document, he was quick to cast suspicion as to why it took so long and if the certificate was even genuine.

Trump said it was “amazing” that the document surfaced “all of a sudden” after he had begun asking questions about the controversy, adding that the certificate should be analyzed to determine its authenticity.

Indeed, the Smoking Gun website has already compiled a list of inconsistencies found in the document, including asking, “If the original document was in a bound volume (as reflected by the curvature of the left hand side of the certificate), how can the green patterned background of the document’s safety paper be so seamless?”

Meanwhile, World Net Daily editor Joseph Farah, who has been at the forefront of the birther movement, heavily promoting Jerome Corsi’s investigations into the matter along with his new book, Where’s The Birth Certificate?, reacted to the news by saying the birth certificate “raises as many questions as it answers”.

At the center of the storm is the argument about whether the fact that Obama’s father was born in Kenya, which is confirmed on the document released by the White House today, makes Obama ineligible to become president because he is not a “natural born citizen” of the United States.

“Some of the cases challenging Obama have explained that he was a dual citizen through his father at his birth, and they contend the framers of the Constitution excluded dual citizens from qualifying as natural born citizens,” reports WND, meaning that the document released by the White House today could even lead to proving Obama’s ineligibility.

“The news media and the political establishment were quick to rush to judgment regarding Obama’s eligibility in 2008, without any basis. It would be a big mistake for everyone to jump to a conclusion now based on the release of this document, which raises as many questions as it answers,” Farah said today.

Some political commentators have hastily insisted that the release of the document means, “The “birther” movement is now dead as a political force,” a rush to judgment given the fact that the White House’s direct involvement now means the entire controversy will only continue to generate attention.

Since the American people have been habitually lied to about everything under the sun, with trust in government at an all time low, a PDF file put out directly by the Obama administration itself isn’t going to make the furore die down at all, and will only lead to claims that the document is a carefully crafted fake.

Obama’s long form birth certificate –

Correspondence with the Hawaii State Department of Health can be seen here (PDF).

Full Article (With Links)

Something that seems odd to me is spending $2,000,000 in attorney fees, fighting the release of his birth certificate.

Why did he do that?

Did he give up his U.S. citizenship to become an Indonesian citizen?

What is his real name? 

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Pit-bull owners may get reprieve

Nicki Breaux pets her foster dog Buster, a pit-bull mix, Monday at her home in Houma.

HOUMA — Nicki Breaux became a pit-bull owner by default when no rescue group had room for the now 1-year-old Buster Brown. The dog was found beaten and abandoned five months ago in someone’s yard, said his 28-year-old foster mom.

Breaux has been keeping tabs on a Terrebonne debate over a proposed law targeting pit bulls.

“I don’t think that a particular breed of dog is more vicious than another breed,” Breaux said. “It really has to do with training, socialization and the pet owner. … Any dog can bite, any dog can attack and, given the right situation, any dog can kill.”

Dealing with dangerous pit and pit mixes is a sensitive topic for owners like Breaux, but Terrebonne Parish lawmakers say something needs to be done to combat a rash of local pit-bull attacks.

The debate was rehashed at Monday’s Parish Council committee meetings, but no decision was made. Members plan to consider an alternative proposal from local animal-control officials that addresses vicious dogs, rather than a specific breed. That proposal is to be presented at the May 9 committee meetings.

Royal Wedding Exposed

April 25, 2011
Alex Jones breaks the spell surrounding British royalty and Prince William’s supposed fairytale wedding. The House of Windsor name did not surface until the WWI-era, when they opted to drop Saxe-Coburg and Gotha to keep the British from focusing on their German overlords.

The U.S. fought a war of independence against the British control of its government and economy, yet modern day Americans fawn over the royal family, whom they identify with. This is the result of deliberate social engineering campaigns to build celebrity and importance around a parasitic and tyrannical gang that has led and funded Eugenics, carbon taxes, population reduction and much more.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Agenda 21

Agenda 21 is Sustainable Development, and was created through the United Nations. It is the blueprint for depopulation and total control, under the banner of saving the environment. It is like the head of a beast that has thousands of tentacles, originating from the United Nations.
The 3 primary tools that are used are:

* Man-made global warming
* Water shortages
* Endangered Species Act

We all want clean air, water, land and food, but phony environmentalism is designed to create fear in order to implement the policies of tyranny. For example, the Globalists used global warming fear mongering in order to usher in the Cap & Trade and carbon tax schemes without debate.

The Globalists use governments and other major groups (NGOs - Non-Governmental Organizations) to force their policies. When you understand Agenda 21 Sustainable Development, you can recognize it in your neighborhood. Because the collectivists' battle to take control is from 'Global to Local', you can affect the world by taking action locally when you understand the rules and tools they use.

Because of the magnitude and depth of this UN program, many people can't believe Agenda 21 is true.  Or they have their beliefs so firmly rooted in environmental propaganda, that they dismiss the destructive policies of Agenda 21.  Or they believe it's just a "conspiracy theory".
Agenda 21 is not a "conspiracy theory", it is an Action Plan.  Sustainable Development is beyond theory and is in the process of implementation in your community right now.  The UN Convention on Biodiversity Treaty is proof of the UN backed action plan: it was a piece of legislation designed as a blank check to abolish private property.  It was struck down in the Senate in 1994.

Saturday, April 23, 2011


Rabbits, as most are aware, like to hop. But it turns out that they also enjoy doing so competitively. Kaninhop, a hobby from Scandinavia, involves setting up mini-jumps and other barriers for pet bunnies to clear in competitions across Europe. But they are kept on leashes for a reason.

Airport passenger screener charged in distributing child pornography

By John Shiffman
Inquirer Staff Writer

A passenger screener at Philadelphia International Airport is facing charges that he distributed more than 100 images of child pornography via Facebook, records show.

Federal agents also allege that Transportation Safety Administration Officer Thomas Gordon Jr. of Philadelphia, who routinely searched airline passengers, uploaded explicit pictures of young girls to an Internet site on which he also posted a photograph of himself in his TSA uniform.

Homeland Security agents arrested the TSA officer March 24, and he is being held without bail.

Although the case was unsealed Thursday, neither the indictment nor the news release mentioned Gordon's job searching airline passengers for TSA.

The arrest comes as TSA grapples with several other incidents involving screeners, including a YouTube video posted last week by parents angry about the pat-down their 6-year-old daughter received at an airport in New Orleans. TSA officials said the pat-down was proper; the parents said the girl was "groped."

Citing privacy rules, TSA spokeswoman Ann Davis would not say if Gordon has been suspended from his job, but noted that he had been in federal custody since his arrest.

"We can assure the public that he is no longer working at the airport," Davis said.

Gordon began working as a TSA screener at the Philadelphia airport in December 2005, Davis said. The airport has 900 screeners, she said.

If convicted of the child pornography charges, Gordon, 46, faces a minimum mandatory sentence of five years. The maximum prison term is 250 years and the top fine is $3.2 million.

Gordon is paid $37,000 annually as a TSA screener, records show. He has no prior criminal record, officials said.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Levy, chief of his office's child exploitation unit, declined to comment Friday.

Gordon's lawyer, Elizabeth Toplin, an assistant federal public defender, could not be reached for comment via e-mail or phone late Friday.

Tipped by the Delaware County District Attorney's Office, federal agents began investigating Gordon on March 10, according to an affidavit from a Homeland Security Investigations agent.

The tip allegedly included evidence that Gordon had uploaded five explicit photographs of young girls onto the web site Photobucket.

The federal agent alleged that Gordon's Photobucket account also included a picture of him wearing his blue TSA uniform.

The indictment alleges that Gordon used at least six Facebook accounts and employed multiple names "to upload and store images of sexual exploitation of minor children."

The charges detail 104 illicit photographs allegedly uploaded over four weeks in February.

Authorities also seized from Gordon an HP laptop and a four-gigabyte flash drive that they say contained more than 600 images or movies containing child pornography, according to court filings.

Gordon's job as a TSA screener was in jeopardy last year for unrelated reasons, according to an online newsletter of the American Federation of Government Employees.

Citing a family issue, it said Gordon was having "difficulty maintaining his work schedule." The union lawyer helped convince TSA officials that a change in shift schedule resolved the problem, the newsletter said, and Gordon returned to work.

Friday, April 22, 2011

President Clueless as to Cause of High Gas Prices

President Obama started a war with an oil producing nation, without approval from congress, then announced Thursday that his administration will investigate to see if fraud or manipulation in oil markets is behind the sharp increase in gasoline prices.

Obama did not, however, consider the possibility that less oil on the world market, do to war with Libya, could have anything to do with the rise in gasoline prices.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011


History of 420 - Animation

Mystery scars on Obama's Head - has the President had brain surgery?

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 9:32 AM on 6th April 2011

President Obama meeting comedian George Lopez as the First Lady looks on. Some observers believe this image shows a distinctive scar which looks like those left after brain surgery. However, there could simply be another explanation such as a bad haircut or birth mark.

He has been plagued with questions and doubts concerning his background throughout his first term as President.

Questions like - is Barack Obama actually American? Is he a Muslim? Is he actually an alien from another planet? - have frequently been asked.

The next question circulating on the internet - has President Obama had brain surgery?

Internet blog sites, conspiracy theorists and forums are awash with rumours as to what those mystery scars on the president's head are from.

In pictures, Obama appears to have a long scar which goes up the side of his head and over his crown.

Some conspiracy theorists claim they are scars that you would see on someone who has had brain surgery.

But without medical records (along with his school records and birth certificate) no one seems to be able to provide an answer as to the cause of the mystery scars.

Ben Hart, a blogger for Escape The Tyranny a website which presents itself as a Social Network & Forum For Conservatives, said: 'Obama's almost done with his first term, and we still know almost nothing about the background of the President of the United States.

'Whatever happened to create that scar, it was clearly something serious. Was it a brain operation? Has it affected his thinking?

'No one is allowed to see his birth certificate. He is just one big mystery man, which adds intrigue to what that huge scar is all about.'

He also said that surgery might explain why the President gets lost speaking without a teleprompter, and posted a video of Obama struggling through a speech, repeating his words and getting lost mid-sentence.

Speculation about different aspects of Obama's life first gathered momentum when questions over his actual birthplace started to emerge, with many believing he was born in Kenya rather than Hawaii, as he has stated.

Millions of dollars have allegedly been spent trying to ensure that it is not released to the public, not even the Hawaiian governor has access to it.

Added to that are the fact his medical records have also been sealed.

A spokeswoman from the White House said they were not willing to comment on such claims, saying they were 'ridiculous'.

Countless neurosurgeons said it is 'not their place' to comment on whether or not distinctive scars on the President's head are as a result of brain surgery.

Others offered explanations such as a bad haircut or even a birthmark though many did agree that the scars are similar to those a produced after major brain surgery.

Without medical records or an admission from the White House, the public may never know the answer to the question, along with the contents of his birth certificate.


* Obama may have to produce birth certificate if he wants to run for President in 2012
* Not born in the USA: Majority of Republican primary voters still think Obama isn't entitled to be President
* Can he do it? Shock surge of support for Donald Trump's presidential bid among New Hampshire Republicans

US Government Places EXPRESS ORDER For ‘National Detainee Handbooks’

16th Anniversary of OKC Bombing

The Alfred P. Murrah Building (Federal Building) was bombed April 19, 1995





Sunday, April 17, 2011

President Reassures Americans on Radiation Fears

Columbia, Mo. SWAT Drug Raids Drop – Thanks To You!

by Morgan Fox

If you are one of the many people that showed your friends, co-workers, and family the video of Columbia, Mo. SWAT officers raiding the home of Jonathan Whitworth and shooting his dogs immediately after kicking in the door, then you helped make a real difference for the people of Columbia and elsewhere.

According to Ken Burton, police chief of Columbia, the public outcry that followed the release and viral spread of this disturbing video forced his department to make major changes to the way in which it uses its SWAT teams. The direct result of this has been that “dynamic entry” of the sort that led to the tragic events in the video has not been used for drug enforcement once in 2011!

This is a wonderful example of how information-sharing and public pressure can have a direct impact on the unjust and violent policies of the war on drugs. We have the power to change things for the better, and we have to use it. Simply sharing videos is not enough, however. We need to consistently engage anyone and everyone on the issues arising from the prohibition of marijuana, and keep doing so until the truth is impossible to ignore. This is a good start!

Friday, April 15, 2011

For Your Consideration

I'm not sure what to think of this. I think the guy could make things a little clearer if he would just say it straight up. After 9/11 it is hard to know what is real and what is staged. As soon as I watched the news of the Tucson shootings, I remember thinking to myself "Arizona law enforcement must be very different than Oklahoma law enforcement." In Oklahoma the place would be crawling with cops, and the guy could get off two, maybe three rounds before he was dead. So to me, that kind of raised red flags. Anyway, like the title says, it's just here for you to consider. I think it's extra interesting that it took place in the state that Janet Napalitano was the governor and that she is now the head of Homeland Security.

Dream Interpretation

I had a dream the other night.
I was shuffling a deck of Tarot cards, it was an old deck.
I suddenly had the thought that all the cards might not be here.
I guess the interpretation of this dream is obvious, I might not be playing with a full deck.
The odd thing is, the next day, I found (without looking for) about 5 cards from the deck in the dream.
I haven't had time to see if it is a full deck yet.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Suspicious Death List #1 - Vince Foster

Vincent Walker Foster, Jr. (January 15, 1945 – July 20, 1993) was a Deputy White House Counsel during the first few months of President Bill Clinton, and also a law partner and friend of Hillary Rodham Clinton. His death was ruled a suicide by multiple official investigations, but remains a subject of interest among conspiracy theorists.

Vincent Foster White House Counsel died: 7/21/93 - Found dead in Ft. Marcy Park in Washington, DC, of a supposed suicide by gunshot. A suicide note was supposedly found a few days later, torn into several pieces, in his briefcase, after his office had been entered by White House staff and materials removed. The gun which he supposedly used to kill himself was reported to be still in his hand, but the person who first found the body reports that there was no gun at that time. Many irregularities surround the death and the investigation of it. - Foster was also from Hope, Ark., like Clinton, and also worked for the Rose Law firm. Foster had intimate knowledge of the Clintons' personal finances. Foster was involved in an investigation of their finances, and reportedly made a phone call to Hillary Clinton, in Little Rock, just hours before his death. websites Wikipedia Wikipedia PBS Frontline Rose Law firm billing records, CNN Fair MediaMatters AND 42inc see PROMIS, INSLAW below continued

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Cost of Military Ops in Libya Released

Economic Stimulus Total Allocated Cost: $862,000,000,000

Economic Stimulus
Total Allocated Cost:
$862,000,000,000 *

In February 2009, President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. In early 2009, the Congressional Budget Office estimated that the Recovery Act's combined spending and tax provisions would cost $787 billion. In early 2010, CBO updated its estimate of the cost of the Recovery Act. It now estimates that the Recovery Act will cost $75 billion more than originally estimated - CBO now anticipates that the 2009 Stimulus will increase deficits by $862 billion over ten years.

6 Year Old Groped

Parents Threatened by TSA Before 6 Year Old was Groped, Girl then Broke Down in Tears

Steve Watson
April 13, 2011

The parents of a six year old girl who was subjected to an enhanced pat-down at the hands of the TSA appeared confused and disturbed in an interview on ABC News’ Good Morning America today as they called for a change in security procedures.

Selena and Dr. Todd Drexel, of Bowling Green, Ky., were thrust into the spotlight this week after a video of their daughter, Anna, being searched at New Orleans Armstrong International Airport went viral on the internet.

The couple said they allowed the video to be uploaded to Youtube in order to gauge other opinions on the incident which they feel was very wrong.

The video (below) shows the child in some distress as she is intimately probed by a stranger while her parents look on powerless.

“Initially she was just confused,” Todd Drexel said. “Afterward she broke down crying because she really didn’t understand what she had done wrong.” he added.

“I did ask for alternatives, I asked for her to be rescanned. They just refused and said they were going to do what they were going to do.” Selena Drexel said, adding that a TSA supervisor made it clear in a non verbal way that “there would be trouble” if the parents “caused a fuss” and refused to allow the pat down to be completed.

Mrs Drexel added that TSA agents did not adequately answer her questions when she asked why her daughter had been selected for a pat-down.

“We struggle to teach our kids to protect themselves, to say ‘no, it’s not ok to touch me in this way in this area,” Mrs Drexel, said. “Yet here we are saying it’s ok for these people.” If we don’t find other ways we’re making them more vulnerable, she said, adding that procedures for children should be changed.

Watch the interview & Full Article

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Terence McKenna on Entheogens

Police used Tasers on Oklahoma City man who died in their custody

Oklahoma City police officers used Tasers on Demetrius Johnson, 38, who died in their custody after a short foot chase and fight last week, officials said.

The cause and manner of death for Demetrius Johnson, 38, has not been determined, state medical examiner spokeswoman Cherokee Ballard said. Johnson died after the chase and struggle with Oklahoma City police about 7:25 p.m. April 4.

Johnson was driving his car erratically when police officer Bradley Dunn stopped him at NW 17 and St. Clair Avenue, police Master Sgt. Gary Knight said. Johnson got out of the car and ran away. He fought with Dunn when Dunn caught up with him, police said.

Other officers arrived to help Dunn, and at least one of them used a Taser to try to control Johnson as he struggled, Knight said. Investigators aren't sure how many times Johnson was shocked, but it was multiple times, Knight said.

Officers handcuffed Johnson and put leg restraints on him shortly thereafter, and Johnson was still responsive at that point, Knight said. Officers noticed he had stopped breathing about three to five minutes later, removed the restraints and performed CPR in an effort to save him.

Paramedics took Johnson to a nearby hospital, where he died, Knight said.

Police identified the other officers involved in the incident as Sgt. Scott Blankenship, Sgt. Bryan Bartels, officer Joshua Minner, Lt. Trevor Taylor and Sgt. Matthew Morrison. All were placed on routine administrative leave after the incident but returned to normal duty today after interviewing with internal department investigators. An investigation into Johnson's death is ongoing.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Oklahoma-born Muslim fights hate with country music

# Posted on 04.11.11
# By Stephen C. Webster
# Categories: Culture

Kareem Salama, an American Muslim born in the U.S. to parents who emigrated from Egypt, is not like most country music stars.

Yes, you read right: He’s a country music star … From Oklahoma, no less.

Salama has also been on a U.S. government-sponsored tour of the Middle East, sharing his experiences as a Muslim growing up in the heart of America’s conservative south. That tour, according to Mother Jones, is thanks to a fan of his at the State Department, who felt his message would be a powerful tool to encourage tolerance both at home and abroad.

Watch the video below to see why he could be the best thing to happen to country music since beer.

Private Roads and School Vouchers

While riding in my limo on public roads I am jostled about from time to time by the potholes and irregularities of the road. I find this completely unacceptable. I have acquired the land and had my own private road constructed and have hired a crew that is on 24 hour call to maintain my road.
Public roads maybe good enough for the masses but certainly not good enough for me and now that I no longer use public roads, I shouldn't have to pay taxes on them.
I have some friends that are going to use my road exclusively and they shouldn't have to pay taxes for public roads either.
As a tax payer, how do you feel about this?

How ever you feel, I think you should feel the same way about this...

A school voucher, also called an education voucher, is a certificate issued by the government which parents can apply toward tuition at a private school rather than at the public school to which their child is assigned.

Friday, April 08, 2011

Cosmic burst in distant galaxy puzzles NASA

By Agence France-Presse
Thursday, April 7th, 2011 -- 6:50 pm

WASHINGTON – NASA is studying a surprising cosmic burst at the center of distant galaxy that has burned for more than a week, longer than astronomers have ever seen before, the US space agency said Thursday.

Calling it "one of the most puzzling cosmic blasts ever observed," NASA said it has mobilized the Hubble Space Telescope along with its Swift satellite and Chandra X-ray Observatory to study the phenomenon.

"More than a week later, high-energy radiation continues to brighten and fade from its location," NASA said in a statement.

"Astronomers say they have never seen such a bright, variable, high-energy, long-lasting burst before. Usually, gamma-ray bursts mark the destruction of a massive star, and flaring emission from these events never lasts more than a few hours."

The first in a series of explosions was detected by a NASA telescope on March 28 in the constellation Draco.

Astronomers think the the blast occurred "when a star wandered too close to its galaxy's central black hole," NASA said.

"Intense tidal forces probably tore the star apart, and the infalling gas continues to stream toward the hole. According to this model, the spinning black hole formed an outflowing jet along its rotational axis. A powerful blast of X- and gamma rays is seen when the jet is pointed in our direction."

On April 4, the Hubble telescope spotted the source of the explosion at the center of a galaxy 3.8 billion light-years away from Earth.

"We have been eagerly awaiting the Hubble observation," said Neil Gehrels, the lead scientist for Swift at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

"The fact that the explosion occurred in the center of a galaxy tells us it is most likely associated with a massive black hole. This solves a key question about the mysterious event."

The Swift telescope has catalogued the event as gamma-ray burst (GRB) 110328A, alerting worldwide astronomers to its existence for further study.

Avenged Sevenfold - Nightmare (Obamacare)

Obama Successfully Demobilized the Anti-war Movement

Kurt Nimmo
April 8, 2011

It is more evidence the antiwar movement is largely a left-vs-right distraction. A new study by U-M’s Michael Heaney and colleague Fabio Rojas of Indiana University shows that the antiwar movement in the United States demobilized as Democrats took over Congress and the White House.

“As president, Obama has maintained the occupation of Iraq and escalated the war in Afghanistan,” said Heaney. “The antiwar movement should have been furious at Obama’s ‘betrayal’ and reinvigorated its protest activity.”

“Instead, attendance at antiwar rallies declined precipitously and financial resources available to the movement have dissipated. The election of Obama appeared to be a demobilizing force on the antiwar movement, even in the face of his pro-war decisions.”

Democrats and other liberal supporters of the establishment are not opposed to mass murder and wanton slaughter by the state – they merely oppose it when Republicans do it. Opposition is a partisan formality.

A corporate media poll conducted in late March on Obama’s handling of the unconstitutional attack on Libya shows that two-thirds of Democrat respondents support violating international law and pummeling the oil-rich north African country with Tomahawk cruise missiles.

Congress Democrats often howled about “Bush’s Wars” in Iraq and Afghanistan, but supported them – including the mass murder of 1.5 million Iraqis, a war criminal of immense proportion – by continuing to fund them. The number of anti-war Democrats in Congress who worked to defund the illegal occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq was miniscule.

Obama duped the so-called anti-war faction of his party during the election. He said he’d bring home the troops and close down Gitmo. During the primaries, he tried to make Hillary Clinton look like the war candidate.

Once elected as savior, Obama not only continued Bush’s war policies – in fact the war policies of the global elite – but expanded them. Troops remain in Afghanistan and Iraq. The Pentagon and the CIA stepped up the terror campaign in Pakistan. Gitmo remains open.
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Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Lindsey Williams Exclusive: Global DeStabilization Program for Middle East Going Into High Gear 1/4

Silver Liberation Army

Buy Gold - Buy Silver - Buy Food

COMMODITIES-Gold hits new record, Brent oil above $122

* Gold hits record on inflation concern, Europe debt concern

* Silver hits 31-year high

* Strong commodity prices fuel inflation

* Corn dips but more gains seen, US supplies tightest since

* Brent above $122; Middle East, N.Africa turmoil supports

By Simon Webb

SINGAPORE, April 6 (Reuters) - Gold hit a record high on
Wednesday while oil and corn were just off peaks struck this
week as commodity prices fuel rising inflation that governments
worldwide are struggling to contain.

Spot gold rose to a record $1,458.50 an ounce as
investors bought the precious metal to hedge against inflation
and as a save haven as sovereign debt problems flared again in
Europe after Portugal's credit rating was downgraded.

Euro zone debt woes and continued unrest in the Middle East
and North Africa (MENA) have added to gold's attraction for

"You tend to get movements like this into gold and silver on
the type of risks we're seeing in the MENA region, and now the
flare up in Europe's sovereign debt issues," said Joel Crane, an
analyst at Morgan Stanley in Melbourne. "It's investors doing
what investors do."

Spot silver hit a 31-year high at $39.48 an ounce on
Wednesday, supported by gold's rally.

Economic growth in Asia and upheaval in North Africa and the
Middle East are stoking commodity prices, driving up the cost of
raw materials and energy to business and consumers. Inflation is
a threat to the growth of Asia's emerging economies, the Asian
Development Bank said in a report on Wednesday. [ID:nL3E7F519W]

"High and volatile oil and food prices will, in particular,
reverberate through the world economy, and they are likely to
stay that way in 2011-2012," the ADB said. "They will thus be a
significant source of global inflation, especially in developing
countries where recovery is firmly under way."

The ADB's comments contrasted with the dovish tone of U.S.
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, who said this week that
U.S. inflation was being driven by rising commodity prices
globally, and was unlikely to last long. [ID:nN04294041]

Benchmark U.S. corn futures Cc1 slipped 0.59 percent to
$7.62-1/4 a bushel at 0800 GMT. The contract hit an all-time
peak of $7.70-3/4 on Tuesday, after rallying 15 percent in four
days on a U.S. government report showing unexpectedly low

Supplies in the U.S. are at their tightest since the 1930s,
and many in the market see more gains ahead unless livestock
farmers or ethanol makers cut back on purchases. With
inventories so thin, any sign of inclement weather impacting
crops or buying from China could trigger further rises.

"The top pick for us and a position we've had in our
portfolio for a long time is corn," said Colin O'Shea, head of
commodities at Hermes, which has $35 billion under management,
and around $2 billion in commodities and energy, speaking on the
sidelines of a conference in Singapore. [ID:nL3E7F612U]

Rising consumption in China brought it into the corn market
last year for the first time in four years, contributing to
corn's rise. The U.S. Grains Council said on Tuesday China could
import an additional 2 million to 3 million tonnes by September.

Corn, like most other commodity markets, quickly shrugged
off China's interest rate hike on Tuesday, despite the threat
that tightening monetary policy could slow imports by the
world's biggest consumer of raw materials.

China has raised rates four times since October as it
battles to contain inflation and prevent its fast-growing
economy from overheating.

LME aluminium hit its highest since September on
Wednesday at $2,663 a tonne, helped by a weaker dollar versus
the euro.


Unrest in the world's top oil exporting region has roiled
oil markets this year and outweighed any concern of a slowdown
in the world's second largest oil consumer China.

Brent crude LCOc1 fell 9 cents to $122.13, after breaking
above $120 on Monday. The contract is within a dollar of
Tuesday's $122.89 peak --the highest since August 2008.

U.S. crude rose 14 cents to $108.48 a barrel, just 30 cents
below its highest since September 2008 of $108.78 hit on Monday.

Top oil exporter Saudi Arabia has stepped in to plug the
supply gap left by Libya, after civil war there interrupted
exports. The kingdom is the only producer with significant spare
capacity to compensate for unexpected supply losses.

The worst-case scenario for oil markets would be if unrest
constrained Saudi Arabia's output and spare capacity --
threatening not only the 10 percent of global oil supply the
kingdom provides, but also leaving producers with insufficient
spare capacity to meet any supply outage.

Oil prices could rocket to $200 per barrel to $300 per
barrel if Saudi Arabia is hit by serious political unrest,
former Saudi oil minister Sheikh Zaki Yamani told Reuters on
Tuesday. [ID:nLDE7340MU]

The 19-commodity Reuters-Jefferies CRB index , a
global benchmark for the asset class, rose 0.26 percent on
Tuesday, and is less than a percent off a 2.5-year high hit last

(Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

Dare Not Question - for the Government Hath Never Lied and Never Shall!

Dare not question the official story or we shall call thee names!

Truther! You dare question the official story of 9/11?

Birther! You dare question the birth place of our exalted leader?

Tea Bagger! You dare question the constitutionality of laws and the growth of government?

Denier! You dare to question man made global warming?

_________ ! You dare to ask what airplanes are spraying in our skies?

_________! You dare to question the wisdom of the U.S. starting another war?

The first four were pretty easy but what are the names of the last two?

If there aren't any please feel free to make some up.

President Obama’s top 5 broken campaign promises

By Stephen C. Webster
Tuesday, April 5th, 2011 -- 1:09 pm

President Barack Obama came to office on a tide of voters eager to see a change in more than just the White House's occupant. Two years into his presidency -- and one day after he launched his 2012 reelection campaign -- and even some of his most ardent supporters are having trouble coming to terms with the answer to Sarah Palin's 2010 question: "How's that hopey, changey stuff working out?"

Polls show that less than half the country believes President Obama deserves reelection, with disaffected liberals now a fast growing demographic.

Even though Obama clearly leads all of the likely Republican front-runners at this point, the deep dissatisfaction brewing within his core constituency could make the president, and his whole party, uniquely vulnerable in next year's elections.

Below are five of the biggest campaign pledges Obama failed to keep -- for which he'll likely have to answer before election day 2012.

1. Health care for all

2. Close Guantanamo

3. Defend labor rights

4. Reform the Patriot Act

5. End the wars
Even though the president promised his Afghan occupation would conclude in July 2011, military officials have admitted that sometime in 2014 is more likely. Elsewhere, American forces are dropping more bombs on more countries today than at any point during the Bush administration, with continued occupation forces in two massive countries even as they stage aerial bombardments of Pakistan, Libya and Yemen.

Saturday, April 02, 2011

Exposed: The US-Saudi Libya deal

Exposed: The US-Saudi Libya deal
By Pepe Escobar
Asia Times

You invade Bahrain. We take out Muammar Gaddafi in Libya. This, in short, is the essence of a deal struck between the Barack Obama administration and the House of Saud. Two diplomatic sources at the United Nations independently confirmed that Washington, via Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, gave the go-ahead for Saudi Arabia to invade Bahrain and crush the pro-democracy movement in their neighbor in exchange for a "yes" vote by the Arab League for a no-fly zone over Libya - the main rationale that led to United Nations Security Council resolution 1973.
The revelation came from two different diplomats, a European and a member of the BRIC group, and was made separately to a US scholar and Asia Times Online. According to diplomatic protocol, their names cannot be disclosed. One of the diplomats said, "This is the reason why we could not support resolution 1973. We were arguing that Libya, Bahrain and Yemen were similar cases, and calling for a fact-finding mission. We maintain our official position that the resolution is not clear, and may be interpreted in a belligerent manner."

As Asia Times Online has reported, a full Arab League endorsement of a no-fly zone is a myth. Of the 22 full members, only 11 were present at the voting. Six of them were Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members, the US-supported club of Gulf kingdoms/sheikhdoms, of which Saudi Arabia is the top dog. Syria and Algeria were against it. Saudi Arabia only had to "seduce" three other members to get the vote.

Translation: only nine out of 22 members of the Arab League voted for the no-fly zone. The vote was essentially a House of Saud-led operation, with Arab League secretary general Amr Moussa keen to polish his CV with Washington with an eye to become the next Egyptian President.

Thus, in the beginning, there was the great 2011 Arab revolt. Then, inexorably, came the US-Saudi counter-revolution.

Profiteers rejoice
Humanitarian imperialists will spin en masse this is a "conspiracy", as they have been spinning the bombing of Libya prevented a hypothetical massacre in Benghazi. They will be defending the House of Saud - saying it acted to squash Iranian subversion in the Gulf; obviously R2P - "responsibility to protect" does not apply to people in Bahrain. They will be heavily promoting post-Gaddafi Libya as a new - oily - human rights Mecca, complete with US intelligence assets, black ops, special forces and dodgy contractors.

Whatever they say won't alter the facts on the ground - the graphic results of the US-Saudi dirty dancing. Asia Times Online has already reported on who profits from the foreign intervention in Libya (see There's no business like war business, March 30). Players include the Pentagon (via Africom), the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Saudi Arabia, the Arab League's Moussa, and Qatar. Add to the list the al-Khalifa dynasty in Bahrain, assorted weapons contractors, and the usual neo-liberal suspects eager to privatize everything in sight in the new Libya - even the water. And we're not even talking about the Western vultures hovering over the Libyan oil and gas industry.

Exposed, above all, is the astonishing hypocrisy of the Obama administration, selling a crass geopolitical coup involving northern Africa and the Persian Gulf as a humanitarian operation. As for the fact of another US war on a Muslim nation, that's just a "kinetic military action".

There's been wide speculation in both the US and across the Middle East that considering the military stalemate - and short of the "coalition of the willing" bombing the Gaddafi family to oblivion - Washington, London and Paris might settle for the control of eastern Libya; a northern African version of an oil-rich Gulf Emirate. Gaddafi would be left with a starving North Korea-style Tripolitania.

But considering the latest high-value defections from the regime, plus the desired endgame ("Gaddafi must go", in President Obama's own words), Washington, London, Paris and Riyadh won't settle for nothing but the whole kebab. Including a strategic base for both Africom and NATO.

Round up the unusual suspects
One of the side effects of the dirty US-Saudi deal is that the White House is doing all it can to make sure the Bahrain drama is buried by US media. BBC America news anchor Katty Kay at least had the decency to stress, "they would like that one [Bahrain] to go away because there's no real upside for them in supporting the rebellion by the Shi'ites."

For his part the emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani, showed up on al-Jazeera and said that action was needed because the Libyan people were attacked by Gaddafi. The otherwise excellent al-Jazeera journalists could have politely asked the emir whether he would send his Mirages to protect the people of Palestine from Israel, or his neighbors in Bahrain from Saudi Arabia.

The al-Khalifa dynasty in Bahrain is essentially a bunch of Sunni settlers who took over 230 years ago. For a great deal of the 20th century they were obliging slaves of the British empire. Modern Bahrain does not live under the specter of a push from Iran; that's an al-Khalifa (and House of Saud) myth.

Bahrainis, historically, have always rejected being part of a sort of Shi'ite nation led by Iran. The protests come a long way, and are part of a true national movement - way beyond sectarianism. No wonder the slogan in the iconic Pearl roundabout - smashed by the fearful al-Khalifa police state - was "neither Sunni nor Shi'ite; Bahraini".

What the protesters wanted was essentially a constitutional monarchy; a legitimate parliament; free and fair elections; and no more corruption. What they got instead was "bullet-friendly Bahrain" replacing "business-friendly Bahrain", and an invasion sponsored by the House of Saud.

And the repression goes on - invisible to US corporate media. Tweeters scream that everybody and his neighbor are being arrested. According to Nabeel Rajab, president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, over 400 people are either missing or in custody, some of them "arrested at checkpoints controlled by thugs brought in from other Arab and Asian countries - they wear black masks in the streets." Even blogger Mahmood Al Yousif was arrested at 3 am, leading to fears that the same will happen to any Bahraini who has blogged, tweeted, or posted Facebook messages in favor of reform.

Globocop is on a roll
Odyssey Dawn is now over. Enter Unified Protector - led by Canadian Charles Bouchard. Translation: the Pentagon (as in Africom) transfers the "kinetic military action " to itself (as in NATO, which is nothing but the Pentagon ruling over Europe). Africom and NATO are now one.

The NATO show will include air and cruise missile strikes; a naval blockade of Libyia; and shady, unspecified ground operations to help the "rebels". Hardcore helicopter gunship raids a la AfPak - with attached "collateral damage" - should be expected.

A curious development is already visible. NATO is deliberately allowing Gaddafi forces to advance along the Mediterranean coast and repel the "rebels". There have been no surgical air strikes for quite a while.

The objective is possibly to extract political and economic concessions from the defector and Libyan exile-infested Interim National Council (INC) - a dodgy cast of characters including former Justice minister Mustafa Abdel Jalil, US-educated former secretary of planning Mahmoud Jibril, and former Virginia resident, new "military commander" and CIA asset Khalifa Hifter. The laudable, indigenous February 17 Youth movement - which was in the forefront of the Benghazi uprising - has been completely sidelined.

This is NATO's first African war, as Afghanistan is NATO's first Central/South Asian war. Now firmly configured as the UN's weaponized arm, Globocop NATO is on a roll implementing its "strategic concept" approved at the Lisbon summit last November (see Welcome to NATOstan, Asia Times Online, November 20, 2010).

Gaddafi's Libya must be taken out so the Mediterranean - the mare nostrum of ancient Rome - becomes a NATO lake. Libya is the only nation in northern Africa not subordinated to Africom or Centcom or any one of the myriad NATO "partnerships". The other non-NATO-related African nations are Eritrea, Sawahiri Arab Democratic Republic, Sudan and Zimbabwe.

Moreover, two members of NATO's "Istanbul Cooperation Initiative" - Qatar and the United Arab Emirates - are now fighting alongside Africom/NATO for the fist time. Translation: NATO and Persian Gulf partners are fighting a war in Africa. Europe? That's too provincial. Globocop is the way to go.

According to the Obama administration's own official doublespeak, dictators who are eligible for "US outreach" - such as in Bahrain and Yemen - may relax, and get away with virtually anything. As for those eligible for "regime alteration", from Africa to the Middle East and Asia, watch out. Globocop NATO is coming to get you. With or without dirty deals.

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