posted on February 12, 2012 with 0 notes
Guilty Until Proven Innocent »

"In an interview with CBS 60 Minutes’ Scott Pelley, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta revealed more about the secret process the Obama administration uses to kill American citizens suspected of terrorism without trial. According to Panetta, the president himself approves the decision based on recommendations from top national security officials."

posted on January 10, 2012 with 5 notes

"We should nuke them."

I believe that a large portion of Americans are very, very ignorant when it comes to history and America’s relationship with other countries. I also feel that many Americans are very selfish, living in a world of black or white, this or that, right or left, good or evil —unable to see the other colors of the spectrum, and unable to see when they’re being manipulated. The average American is a robot told what to think, feel, say, and how to react. We hold ourselves as morally and socially superior to all other human beings and disregard a fundamental part of human nature - understanding.

Here’s a quote to support this:

In Rochester, a former mill town of 30,000 people, John Tibbets, 71, voted for Newt Gingrich “because he’s going to straighten out America. He ain’t like these other wiffly waffly guys.”

Tibbets’ priorities: “Secure the border and be tough on terrorism. … If Iran gets nukes, I think we should nuke them. Because if we don’t, I think they’ll do it to us.”

(via Burlington Free Press)

posted on January 4, 2012 with 27 notes
If you were to view these two presidential candidates only by their biggest campaign contributers it tells you something about both of them.
Mitt Romney’s top 3 campaign contributers are Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse Group, and Morgan Stanley. All three are involved with banking and business.
Ron Paul’s top 4 campaign contributers are the Ron Paul for Congress Committee (with $500,000; not on the list btw because the list isn’t 100% up to date), members of the U.S. Air Force, members of the U.S. Army, and members of the U.S. Navy. All campaign contributers were composed of your average Americans.
Clearly those in banking and big business have something to gain if Romney wins the primaries and the presidential election or else why would they have donated so much? An act of kindness? I think not.
*Note, to view a more up to date list with all candidates and slightly different numbers money-wise see here:http://www.opensecrets.org/pres12/contriball.php?cycle=2012 

If you were to view these two presidential candidates only by their biggest campaign contributers it tells you something about both of them.

Mitt Romney’s top 3 campaign contributers are Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse Group, and Morgan Stanley. All three are involved with banking and business.

Ron Paul’s top 4 campaign contributers are the Ron Paul for Congress Committee (with $500,000; not on the list btw because the list isn’t 100% up to date), members of the U.S. Air Force, members of the U.S. Army, and members of the U.S. Navy. All campaign contributers were composed of your average Americans.

Clearly those in banking and big business have something to gain if Romney wins the primaries and the presidential election or else why would they have donated so much? An act of kindness? I think not.

*Note, to view a more up to date list with all candidates and slightly different numbers money-wise see here:
http://www.opensecrets.org/pres12/contriball.php?cycle=2012 

posted on January 2, 2012 with 17 notes

"You Like Ron Paul, Except on Foreign Policy"

leptiir:

Above is a picture of Omar Khadr, abducted at 15, now 25 years old, he has spent a third of his life at Guantánamo Bay for a crime he never committed. 

“Khadr is accused of throwing a grenade that  killed a U.S. soldier in 2002 and conspiring with Al Qaeda. There is no  credible evidence to substantiate the charges, some of which date to  when he was 11 years old. Charges were not even brought against him  until 2007. If convicted, the Obama administration will seek a life  sentence for Khadr, prosecutor David Iglesias indicated. Army Col. Pat Parrish, the tribunal’s presiding judge, on Monday  denied defense appeals to bar confessions Khadr made under torture. In  hearings held in May an unnamed U.S. military officer admitted that his  interrogation unit threatened to gang rape and kill Khadr if he did not  cooperate with an interrogation session at Afghanistan’s notorious  Bagram air base in 2002. A U.S. military psychiatrist has said that Khadr, who has now  spent a third of his life at Guantánamo, is under extreme psychological  stress after years of living through torture, abuse and appalling  conditions. He has been subjected to stress positions, beatings,  humiliations—including being used as a “human mop” to clean up urine,  threatened attack with dogs, long periods of extreme isolation and  sensory as well as sleep deprivation. (Read more here)

How come we barely hear about cases like these in the news? If it happend to a white christian male, we would constantly hear about it, but when it happens to a muslim from Afghanistan, silence. 
Omar Khadr has himself said:

 Khadr wrote to his Canadian attorney Dennis  Edney, on May 27. “And if the world doesn’t see all this, to what world  am I being released to? A world of hate … and discrimination.” 

Lt. Col. Frakt has said:

“It is appalling that the Obama administration is allowing charges to go  forward in the military commissions against Omar Khadr. Clearly, Omar  Khadr, as a juvenile of 15 at the time of his alleged offences, could  not be tried as an adult in federal court, so they are allowing him to  be tried as an adult in the military commissions, potentially making him  the first child soldier to be tried and convicted as a war criminal in  world history.” (Read more here)

leptiir:

Above is a picture of Omar Khadr, abducted at 15, now 25 years old, he has spent a third of his life at Guantánamo Bay for a crime he never committed.

“Khadr is accused of throwing a grenade that killed a U.S. soldier in 2002 and conspiring with Al Qaeda. There is no credible evidence to substantiate the charges, some of which date to when he was 11 years old. Charges were not even brought against him until 2007. If convicted, the Obama administration will seek a life sentence for Khadr, prosecutor David Iglesias indicated.

Army Col. Pat Parrish, the tribunal’s presiding judge, on Monday denied defense appeals to bar confessions Khadr made under torture. In hearings held in May an unnamed U.S. military officer admitted that his interrogation unit threatened to gang rape and kill Khadr if he did not cooperate with an interrogation session at Afghanistan’s notorious Bagram air base in 2002.

A U.S. military psychiatrist has said that Khadr, who has now spent a third of his life at Guantánamo, is under extreme psychological stress after years of living through torture, abuse and appalling conditions. He has been subjected to stress positions, beatings, humiliations—including being used as a “human mop” to clean up urine, threatened attack with dogs, long periods of extreme isolation and sensory as well as sleep deprivation. (Read more here)

How come we barely hear about cases like these in the news? If it happend to a white christian male, we would constantly hear about it, but when it happens to a muslim from Afghanistan, silence.

Omar Khadr has himself said:

Khadr wrote to his Canadian attorney Dennis Edney, on May 27. “And if the world doesn’t see all this, to what world am I being released to? A world of hate … and discrimination.”

Lt. Col. Frakt has said:

“It is appalling that the Obama administration is allowing charges to go forward in the military commissions against Omar Khadr. Clearly, Omar Khadr, as a juvenile of 15 at the time of his alleged offences, could not be tried as an adult in federal court, so they are allowing him to be tried as an adult in the military commissions, potentially making him the first child soldier to be tried and convicted as a war criminal in world history.” (Read more here)

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posted on December 29, 2011 with 8 notes

H.Con.Res.13 - Reaffirming “In God We Trust” as the Official U.S. Motto

On November 1st, 2011 the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution to keep “In God We Trust” as the official U.S. motto (396 ayes, 9 nays, and 28 present/not voting). The resolution states:

Reaffirming “In God We Trust” as the official motto of the United States and supporting and encouraging the public display of the national motto in all public buildings, public schools, and other government institutions.

This resolution contradicts the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution which clearly states there must be a “separation of Church and State”. However when it was first challenged in 1970 in Aronow v. United States it was ruled that, "It is quite obvious that the national motto and the slogan on coinage and currency ‘In God We Trust’ has nothing whatsoever to do with the establishment of religion. Its use is of patriotic or ceremonial character and bears no true resemblance to a governmental sponsorship of a religious exercise."

I personally find that to be a very poor excuse as I view “separation of Church and State” to extend to any beliefs in God or a higher power, which more than likely is what our Founding Fathers intended by the statement. Simply saying “In God We Trust” doesn’t ‘establish a religion’ does not mean it is not a ‘religious statement’. It would have been preferable in my opinion if the Founding Fathers had stated more clearly there is to be a “separation of Religion/Religious Beliefs and State.” Of course I’m sure they assumed the people of the future wouldn’t have manipulated their words so slyly to fit their own personal beliefs.

Some argue that the U.S. is a Christian nation by claiming our motto “In God We Trust” proves it. Even H.Con.Res.13 states:

Whereas ‘In God We Trust’ is the official motto of the United States;

Whereas the sentiment, ‘In God We Trust’, has been an integral part of United States society since its founding;

Whereas in times of national challenge or tragedy, the people of the United States have turned to God as

their source for sustenance, protection, wisdom, strength, and direction

Unfortunately this proves most of our Representatives are either very unaware of American history or they’re too blinded by their own religious beliefs to dispute it.

"In God We Trust" became the U.S. motto only in 1956. Before then the motto was "E Pluribus Unum" meaning in Latin, "Out of Many, One". "In God We Trust" was first used on coins in the 1860’s when Salmon P. Chase, the U.S. Secretary of State suggested the title while claiming that "no nation can be strong except in the strength of God, or safe except in His defense. The trust of our people in God should be declared on our national coins." A bold statement worthy only of a facepalm.

In my opinion I think many people in the U.S. assume God is a fundamental belief that all people share which is why we saw the U.S. win during Aronow v. United States. Believing in God or a higher power is simply a belief, a belief that directly deals with religion. It’s impossible to avoid associating the word ‘God’ with ‘religion’ because the belief in God IS a religious belief. This is the reason why I do not support “In God We Trust” as the official U.S. motto. It’s disrespectful not only to the Americans who do not hold a belief in God, but also to the Constitution and Our Founding Fathers.

posted on December 27, 2011 with 7 notes

"A Black Man’s View on Ron Paul being Racist" (part one)

Part two:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHWnZv08nhw

He really hits the nail on the head. 

posted on December 20, 2011 with 8 notes

SOPA: Buying Censorship

If you have yet to hear of SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) or H.R.3261, it can best be explained as a bill designed to protect copyrighted material, such as songs, pictures, and videos by effectively shutting down entire websites without notice if any copyrighted material appears. Sounds crazy? Well it is. The bill was created by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) and sponsored by 31 others.

Those in Congress who support this Act are as followed: Lamar Smith, Joe Baca, Howard Berman, Marsha Blackburn, Mary Bono Mack, John Carter, Steven Chabot, John Conyers, Jim Cooper, Elton Gallegly, Robert Goodlatte, Tim Holden, Peter King, John Larson, Adam Schiff, Brad Sherman, Lee Terry, Melvin Watt, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, John Barrow, Steve Scalise, Ben Luján, Judy Chu, William Owens, Karen Bass, Ted Deutch, Ben Quayle, Tim Griffin, Dennis Ross, Alan Nunnelee, Thomas Marino, and Mark Amodei.

To date an estimate of just under $2 million - $2.5 million has been donated from Entertainment Industries in support of SOPA. This money goes to the 32 sponsors of the bill as campaign contributions. Meanwhile $524,977 has been donated from those opposing the bill.



Some opponents of the bill include Google, Yahoo!, Facebook, Twitter, AOL, Wikimedia Foundation, Mozilla Corporation, Tumblr, eBay, LinkedIn, Brookings Institution, Reporters Without Borders, ACLU, Human Rights Watch, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Techdirt, Center for Democracy and Technology, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and many more organizations, as well as many prominent people including presidential candidate Ron Paul (R-TX).

How has this bill gotten so far you may ask? Mainly because most of those in Congress who support the bill do not have a full grasp of how this will affect all internet users and countless websites, including popular websites like Facebook, Tumblr, Reddit, etc.. They’ve even gone as far as to admit they don’t know much about the internet with Rep. Melvin Watt (D-NC) saying he’s “not a nerd” and “couldn’t understand a lot of the technological stuff.”

So what we have here is a group of people deciding the fate of the internet who more than likely can barely turn on a computer by themselves. But what do they care? They’re being given money by the Entertainment Industry.

Passing this bill will destroy much of the internet, not only for American citizens but for the rest of the world who will also lose popular American hosted websites that will be forced to shutdown because of this bill. 

James Allworth, a blogger with Harvard Business Review wrote that the bill would “give America its very own version of the Great Firewall of China.”

If SOPA passes it is enough evidence needed to prove that those in Congress can be bought out and willing to vote in the direction of the highest bidder. It also already shows their ignorance on subjects they haven’t taken the time to understand, meanwhile feeling as though they have the right and authority to vote on such subjects.

As of this moment it is 3am EST on December 20th, 2011. Originally a vote on this bill was scheduled for sometime in January 2012, but it was decided that the bill would be voted on tomorrow December 21st. Many are anxious to see the bill pass so they can enjoy their holiday break. This isn’t the first time Congress has rushed a bill right before the holiday season when most people are just concerned with spending time with their family. The Federal Reserve Act was passed on December 23rd, 1913.

There are various petitions online to stop SOPA and demonstrations planned if SOPA passes. Wikipedia’s founder Jimmy Wales may block out Wikipedia entirely for a day, which when polled 87% of users say they support. There are also many anti-censorship websites giving information about what you can do. One is Stop American Censorship.

Remember the names of those who are in favor of passing this bill, so in the future they may not be voted back into Congress.

Sources:
http://venturebeat.com/2011/12/19/sopa-lobbying/ 
http://www.zdnet.com/blog/government/sopa-so-how-much-does-it-cost-to-buy-off-americas-internet-freedom/11050

posted on December 4, 2011 with 2 notes

Many Afghani’s don’t know why the U.S. is in Afghanistan and what 9/11 was.

"Last year, when 1,000 men in the southern Helmand and Kandahar provinces were read a three-paragraph description of the attacks, only 8 percent said they knew about them, according to a survey by the International Council on Security and Development think tank. The finding suggested a vast majority of men in those provinces – a major area of conflict between coalition forces and the Taliban – didn’t know about the event that precipitated the invasion of their country."

Sources: Russia Today, CNN