09/30/11

HOMELAND SECURITY: ATTACKS ON U.S. INFRASTRUCTURE ON THE RISE

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From CNN’s Jeanne Meserve

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Researchers who launched an experimental cyber attack caused a generator to self-destruct, alarming the federal government and electrical industry about what might happen if such an attack were carried out on a larger scale, CNN has learned.

http://edition.cnn.com/2007/US/09/26/power.at.risk/index.html

09/30/11

Iranian Jihadists at the Gate

By: Reza Kahlili
Family Security Matters

Video shows regime’s intent.

America!! It’s time to wake up: There’s an Iranian missile base in Venezuela; The Iranian Navy is starting a mission in the Atlantic Ocean and into the Gulf of Mexico; Iranian missiles are being armed with nuclear warheads; Iran now has enough enriched uranium for six nuclear bombs; and Iran has hundreds of terrorist cells in the U.S. and in Europe.

For decades I have tirelessly tried to warn the West about the ideology and agenda of the radicals ruling Iran. I have urged the West to help the people of Iran with their aspirations for freedom and democracy. I have tried to help the West understand the determination of these radicals in their quest to bring about death, destruction and disaster to the world.

However, the Western leaders have instead chosen to allow these radicals not only to slaughter the freedom loving people of Iran but to arm themselves to the teeth and to continue developing their nuclear program unabated, which only emboldens them and confirms their belief that Allah is protecting them — that they are on the right path.

In May, I reported that the Revolutionary Guards were building a missile base in Venezuela (Opinion: Iran is Building a Secret Missile Installation in Venezuela). The leaders of Iran and Venezuela hailed what they called their strong strategic relationship, saying they are united in efforts to establish a “New World Order” that will eliminate Western dominance over global affairs.

I revealed back in July (KAHLILI: Iranian missiles could soon reach U.S. shores) that the Guards have armed their naval vessels with long range surface-to-surface ballistic missiles; that the Iranian Navy plans to start missions in the Atlantic Ocean and into the Gulf of Mexico — off the shores of America’s eastern and southern coasts.

Yesterday, Reuters reported that Iran says it is ready to deploy its Navy near the U.S. coast. It is important to now understand that the danger posed by the Jihadists in Tehran is not only an existential threat to Israel, but soon it will be an existential threat to the U.S.

I also revealed several months ago that the Iranian Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, has ordered the Guards to arm their missiles with nuclear warheads (Does Iran Now Have Nuclear Capable Warheads?). America needs to understand that we cannot fail. We cannot allow them to get the bomb.

The Islamic regime in Iran now has enough enriched uranium for six nuclear bombs. They continue to defy four separate sets of UN sanctions and will soon be arming their missiles with nuclear warheads. Not only will they destroy Israel, but with only one nuclear armed missile for an Electromagnetic Pulse attack, they could bring about the demise of America, as promised by the leaders of Iran. Should that attack occur, over two- thirds of the U.S. population will lose their lives.

If that’s not enough, they have now announced the existence of Hezbollah cells in the U.S. and in the heart of Europe. Their only mission is to destroy the West. The radicals in Iran truly believe that the timing is right, that the time is now for the final glorification of Allah!

See video below of the Islamic regime’s theorist, Rahim Poor Azgadi, calling for Jihad in America and Europe:

Family Security Matters Contributor Reza Kahlili is a pseudonym for an ex-CIA spy who requires anonymity for safety reasons. He is a senior fellow with EMPact America and the author of A Time to Betray, a book about his double-life as a CIA agent in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, published by Threshold Editions, Simon & Schuster, April 2010. A Time to Betray was the winner of the 2010 National Best Book Award and the 2011 International Best Book Award.

09/30/11

WHEN IS IT OK TO REGULATE SPEECH?

By: Chad Kent
Chad Kent Speaks

Earlier this week Andrew Bolt was found guilty of violating the Racial Discrimination Act in Australia for publishing an editorial with opinions that some of his fellow citizens found unacceptable. But who gets to decide what is acceptable?

No one should if we truly believe in the idea that all men are created equal. But Justice Mordy Bromberg and the politicians who passed the Racial Discrimination Act don’t believe in that concept. If they did, how could they pass a law that says everyone has a right free speech… except people who hold opinions that this group of politicians find unacceptable?

Yikes. I can’t wait to see what other rights they decide will only apply to their superior class of enlightened people.

To illustrate how ridiculous it is to ban speech, let’s look at it this way. If I state my opinion and you say it’s unacceptable and should be illegal – couldn’t I turn right around and argue that your opinion is unacceptable and should be illegal? In that case, how do we decide which one of us is the superior being who gets the final say?

Obviously, it all comes down to who is sitting in the judge’s chair. That’s why I would love to see if Justice Bromberg would change his opinion of this ruling if he were sitting in the defendant’s chair having his beliefs scrutinized while Andrew Bolt was sitting in the judge’s chair. My guess is he would – and that’s the point.

Hey, while we’re on the topic of scrutinizing Justice Bromberg’s point of view, let’s look at his claim this ruling shouldn’t discourage people from engaging in political debate:

Justice Bromberg said it was important to note his judgment did not forbid debate or articles on racial identity issues if done “reasonably and in good faith in the making or publishing of a fair comment”.

“Nothing in the orders I make should suggest that it is unlawful for a publication to deal with racial identification, including by challenging the genuineness of the identification of a group of people,” Justice Bromberg said. (emphasis added)

Nope… Nothing in this ruling will chill free speech. You know, except for the fact that if you try to write about racial identification and accidentally say something the state doesn’t like you’ll end up in court. But other than that…

Arguing that putting a person on trial for something he wrote shouldn’t discourage free speech is so stupid it’s painful. And the guy who made that statement is the same one who thinks he’s qualified to tell other people what they can’t say! If that doesn’t make it crystal clear for you why it’s absurd to ban speech then I don’t know what else to tell you.

09/30/11

Michael Savage – Can Anyone Tell Me How The Republicans Are Not Demanding Impeachment

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09/30/11

Van Jones Warns America: ‘Hold on to Your Seats’ Because the ‘Progressive Fight Back’ Is Coming in October

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Transcript via MSNBC:

>>> i will buy everyone in here a drink if by the end of this year there is not action on the jobs end. members of congress have explaining to do when they go home for the end of the year recess, if they’ve done nothing, nothing, to address the urgent need to help our economy and create jobs.

>> that was white house press secretary jay carney placing a friendly bet that congress will take action to improve the jobs action. it improved modestly when the labor department announced new claims for jobless benefits fell sharply to a seasonally adjusted level of 391,000. that was a 37,000 drop from the previous week and the lowest figure in nearly six months. the mayor of new york, a former job creator himself and a former republican, who now operates politically as an independent and happens to be a billionaire, warned recently that there could be riots in the streets if washington doesn’t get serious about generating jobs. we have a lot of kids graduating college, can’t find jobs, mayor blook befl said on his weekly radio show. that’s what happened in cairo. that’s what happened in madrid. you don’t want those kids — those kinds of riots here. mayor bloomberg added, the damage to a generation that can’t find jobs will go on for many, many years. joining me now, former green jobs adviser to president obama and current co-founder and president of progressive organization rebuild the dream, van jones. thank you for joining me tonight.

>> glad to be here.

>> tell us what you’re doing next week in washington and tell us how you can somehow drive washington to take the action on jobs that jay carney was talking about.

>> well, first of all, i think everybody should hold onto your seats. october is going to be the turning point when it comes to the progressive fight back. you can see it coming. when warren buffett comes out and says, look, we’ve got to do something to raise taxes and do better by america, and you’ve got these young kids who are going out there on wall street, you called it, you said, you got young people, they’re good kids, graduated from college. some of them have gone over there and fought wars and come back and can’t find a job. there’s a generation of americans looking around saying, what is the american dream going to look like for me? they’re going to be standing up. we are a part of something called the american dream movement. we’re having a huge summit on monday, tuesday and wednesday come — you can go to rebuildthedream.com and find out more about it. we are going to build a progressive counterbalance to the tea party. 80% of americans agree with everything you say on this show but we have no voice. we know that jobs are more important, phoney made up deficit stuff they talk about. we know that people who have done well in america should do well by america and start paying america back in the form of more fair taxes. people who benefitted from the bailouts and from the tax breaks should start paying america back. they’re doing great. everybody else is suffering. that’s 80% of the majority. we’re going to now have a voice. you’re going to see an american fall, an american autumn, just like we saw the arab spring. you can see it right now with these young people on wall street. hold onto your hats. we‘ll have an october offensive to take back the american dream and to rescue america’s middle class.

>> van, i want you to listen to what chris christie said at the reagan library in california. this was a much praised speech across the board. all the analysts are saying how great it was. i thought it was filled with pernicious laws, particularly about president obama who he most insultingly called a bystander in the oval office, which is an outright lie. we know that. you work there and you know that.

>> absolutely.

>> here’s the section of the speech where chris christie was talking about the people at the upper end of our income class, the people who actually do have more that they can contribute both to this society and to the revenue stream of the federal government. let‘s listen about how chris christie characterized the president’s view of these people. let’s listen.

>> outrageous. i’ve seen it.

>> president obama, prepares to divide our nation to achieve re-election. this is not a leadership style. this is a re-election strategy. telling those who are scared and struggling that the only way their lives can get better is to diminish the success of others. trying to cynically convince those who are suffering that the american economic pie is no longer a growing one, that can provide more prosperity for all who work hard, insisting that we must tax and take and demonize those who have already achieved the american dream.

>> van, your reaction.

>> well, you know, it‘s horribly insulting what he’s saying. first of all, we know that the american pie is growing. in fact, the american pie is bigger this year than it was last year. the gnp is growing. it‘s not that the pie isn’t growing. the pie is growing. the middle class slice of the pie is growing. the working class slice of the pie is getting smaller as we have excessive hoarding at the top. now we have super banks and super corporations sitting on the cash. they won’t recirculate it to get the economy moving. so, have you to have action to get the economy moving forward. now, here’s the deal. people are acting like going back to the clinton era tax rates on the wealthy is some horrible sin, some crime against humanity. how do we go back to the clinton era when that was one of our most successful eras? we have to be able to deal with the upkeep of the country. we got bridges falling down, roads falling down, schools falling down. we got kids coming home from wars with fwho jobs. we got good americans, 50-year-old white males who if they lose their job, may never work again. that’s wrong. they should be teaching the young workers how to do a trade. well, if we were to pass the president’s jobs bill and start fixing the bridges, fixing the roads, those men could get up off the coach, they could begin to feed their families and teach the next generation. that is not un-american. the middle class was built in this country. it wasn’t a gift from the corporations. it didn’t fall out of the sky, built brick by brick because we had tax fairness. look, our businesses do well in america. because we set them up to succeed. we should. you can’t become a billionaire in bangladesh very easily. you can become a billionaire here because we give you the roads, the work force, we give you all those thing. when you do badly, you shouldn’t pay us back. when you do well, pay us back and pay fair taxes. that’s not un-american, that’s fair.

>> you would never know listening to the republicans that all the president’s talking about is a four percentage point increase in the top tax bracket. thank you for joining me and good luck next week in washington.

>> thank you very much.

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09/30/11

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09/30/11

Bachmann: Obama ‘Laid the Table’ for Arab Spring by ‘Demonstrating Weakness’ from the U.S.

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09/30/11

‘Shut Up and Sit Down!’: Fed-Up Teacher Gives Rousing Speech to Stop Classroom Brawl

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09/30/11

The Council Has Spoken!! This Week’s Watcher’s Council Results – 09/30/11

The Watcher’s Council

The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast and the results are in for this week, carved eternally in the akashic records of cyberspace.

Israel is very much in the news these days (when isn’t it) and a number of pundits have looked at the threats the country faces and concluded that its very existence is in danger. This week’s winner, Joshuapundit’s Can Israel Survive? analyzes the question and the threats and sees things quite differently. Here’s a slice:

There’s a great deal of speculation these days on Israel’s dire situation, most notably from renowned author and scholar Victor Davis Hanson in the National Review, who prefaces it with a remark that the country has never been in more danger.

The Islamist regimes in Egypt and elsewhere brought on by the Arab Spring and their growing hostility to Israel, the genocidal influence of Iran and its missile armed proxies Hamas and Hezbollah, Erdogan’s Islamist Turkey, the huge influence of Arab petro-dollars, and the indifference and growing anti-semitism in much of Europe and the exhaustion and debt of the United States are frequently cited.

It’s a gloomy picture, and none of it is to be trivialized. But I think dire predictions of Israel’s demise are premature, to say the least.

It’s worth remembering that Israel has faced far worst and survived. In 1948, the British left Palestine, but not before confiscating as many arms in the hands of Jews as they could find and turning over strategic locations to Israel’s genocidal enemies. In the year leading up to that conflict, the British armed the Arab nations with modern weapons including aircraft and tanks in spite of their open and explicit threats of jihad against Israel’s Jews. In the case of Jordan, the British not only trained the Arab Legion but officered it during the 1948 war and oversaw the ethnic cleansing of Jews from their homes in Judea, Samaria and East Jerusalem, led by a Jew hating British Colonel by the name of John Glubb, AKA Glubb Pasha. And this was a mere three years after the liberation of Auschwitz.

The Jews had no aircraft or artillery, and used homemade ‘Davidka’ mortars and improvised armored trucks as ‘tanks’. They were unable to purchase weapons from the United States because President Truman decided to put an arms embargo on both sides, something that affected Israel greatly and the Arabs not at all, since they were able to purchase arms openly from Britain and other European countries, many of whom were unwilling to sell arms to Israel for fear of angering the oil rich Arabs. In one of the ironies of history, a major cache of the arms the Jews used to win their war of independence were Nazi arms left over from the occupation of Czechoslovakia, purchased by Israel on the black market.

Somehow, the Jews prevailed against the attempted second Holocaust. And without the help of Europe, the United States or the UN.

They prevailed again in 1967, after a last minute cutoff of arms and supplies from Charles DeGaulle deprived them of all arms and supplies from France, their major arms source. The US remained neutral during that war and supplied no arms to the Jewish State, who were facing war on three fronts from Arab nations armed with the latest Soviet weapons. The Six Day War was a miracle not only because Israel won against overwhelming odds, but because they were able to win before the supplies and spare parts for their French weapons ran out.

Today’s situation is not to be underestimated, but not nearly as dire as it might seem. In many ways, Israel’s position is far more secure and superior than it was then.

In our non-Council category, the winner was Gonzalo Lira for What I learned At Dartmouth submitted by Rhymes with Right. It’s an excellent first hand account on what can happen because of the war on American males on college campuses and political correctness run amuck.

Here are this week’s full results. Snapped Shot was unable to vote this week, but was not affected by the 2/3 vote penalty:

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

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