10/21/12

A Red and Present Danger

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: This is my last election. And after my election, I have more flexibility.

DMITRY MEDVEDEV, RUSSIAN PRESIDENT: I understand you. I transmit this information to Vladimir…

This is the most important election of our lifetime – hands down. As our enemies from within and without gather to finish gutting the US military and our ability to protect the last, best hope in the free world, everything rides on the Mormon, Mitt Romney, or the Marxist, Barack Obama. My vote is for the Mormon who has morals, ethics and the business and foreign affairs experience to begin to right our adrift American Titanic and keep her from sinking. Even then, it’s going to be a rough ride, but at least we have a chance of surviving as the country we know and love.

This past week, researcher and author, Trevor Loudon, made an impassioned plea for Americans to look at what is really going on. To face the fact that China has just recently made an offer to the Australians that they are not supposed to refuse. The offer is simple… Choose. Choose between the declining, weakened power of the US or choose the rising red tide of China. China is threatening to become the world’s leading economic and military power. They are heavily training their military on the Fiji Islands off of New Zealand. They are preparing for war and conquest.

From Trevor Loudon:

Right now at the bottom of the South Pacific, a lot of people email me and they say, look, if Obama gets back in again, can we come and live in New Zealand? And I say, look, it’s a wonderful country, you’ll enjoy it, but really there is no where to run now. Just 1500 miles to the north of my country lie the beautiful Fijian Islands – great tourist destination, but they now have a Marxist government. The Chinese are training the Fijian military, building big hydro-electric dams on the islands. Fiji is basically now a Chinese client state.

Just a few months ago the Australian Minister Defense was up in China and a top Chinese official embarrassed him publicly. He said now is the time for Australia to choose. Do you stay under American protection or do you come under Chinese protection? And that is the kind of offer, the kind of protection that Tony Soprano would offer you. AND this would not have happened under Reagan, Bush or even Clinton.

And from OilPrice.com:

One of the more startling pronouncements in this vein occurred last week when Song Xiaojun, a former senior officer of the People’s Liberation Army, warned that Australia cannot juggle its relationships with the United States and China indefinitely and “Australia has to find a godfather sooner or later. Australia always has to depend on somebody else, whether it is to be the ‘son’ of the US or ‘son’ of China. (It) depends on who is more powerful, and based on the strategic environment.” Noting the rising importance of China as an export market Song added that Australia depended on exporting iron ore to China “to feed itself,” but “Frankly, it has not done well politically.”

What is also notable about Song’s remarks is that they coincided with Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr’s first official visit to China, where Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi urged Australia to dismiss its alliance with the United States, a decades-old bipartisan and central pillar of the nation’s foreign policy, as “the time for Cold War alliances has passed.”

Russia held exercises last Friday, testing their nuclear arsenal for the first time since the end of the Soviet Union (which never really ended – it was only mostly dead and playing possum). Shift uniforms, scream Capitalism and shuffle the players – now done in reverse.

Iran is within weeks of having nuclear weapons and is already poking the badger of Israel, sending drones into their airspace. They want to control the Middle East and stand a good chance of doing so with a little help from the Muslim Brotherhood and Russia. In the meanwhile, they will further World War III and nuke Israel if they get an opening. Bring on the apocalypse.

Despots of a feather always flock together… It would seem that Obama’s biggest foreign fans are murdering asshats. So it is no surprise that Chavez, Castro and Putin have all endorsed Barack Obama. Why not? Better to gut the US military once and for all and then take America down for the count. Castro may be on his deathbed, but there are plenty to take his place. Chavez is busy helping Assad slaughter Syrians, which is in reality, helping Iran. And Putin is behind most of it, waiting in the wings to pick up the pieces. For dictators, it is indeed good times.

Obama was brought up by radicals and Communists. He was mentored by Communists. He has filled his positions of power and influence with Communists and radicals – many among them are with the Muslim Brotherhood. As his Secretary of Defense, he chose Leon Panetta who has many Communist ties and has always stated his primary purpose was to gut our military – exactly what the Communists in Russia have wanted forever and have financed in this country through Communistic peace front groups. If Obama gets four more years, our military, which has already been hugely reduced, will be neutered once and for all and when we are at our weakest, our enemies will descend. How do I know this? It is what I would do. I would weaken my opponent as much as I could and then go for the kill – it is Military Strategy for Dummies.

Not to vote, is to vote for Barack Obama and the end of America as we know her. It will be the final nail in our red, white and blue coffin. So, we must all vote and get everyone we know to vote for Romney – vote as if our lives and our children’s lives depend on it, because they do. I truly hope that Romney cleans Obama’s clock in the final debate on foreign policy and I am sure he will. Then on November 6th, 2012, God willing, let there be a landslide victory for Mitt Romney. Barack Obama is a red and present danger and must be defeated in November.

10/21/12

Pro Freedom Groups At OSCE HDIM In Warsaw – Summary Of Document Submissions

By: Aeneas Lavinium
ICLA

The following are the links to the documents at the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM) in Warsaw:

International Civil Liberties Alliance (ICLA)
Official OSCE list of documents

Bürgerbewegung Pax Europa (BPE)
Official OSCE list of documents

The Stresemann Foundation
Official OSCE list of documents

ACT! For America
Official OSCE list of documents

Islamophobia, Occupation and Slander — A sane perspective (English)

10/21/12

Four Dead Americans and Fox Saved a Country

By: Denise Simon
Gulag Bound

Stand up America US

It is with extreme sadness that America no longer has four committed civil servants and patriots to walk among us. The terror attack that struck our sovereign diplomatic mission in Benghazi on 9-11 will be remembered for more than just the loss of these men, and the fact that it was an act of brutal, premeditated terror.

Since that day, evolving official explanations have all been proven to be lies. Not just misleading tales or the “fog of war”, not the need to wait for investigations; the narrative that arose from the administration was a designed lie. It was all a lie designed to hide the failed foreign policy of the entire Obama administration.

American Heroes

Today, Ambassador Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods, and Glen Doherty must now be considered heroes that saved America from a corrupt regime, from a decidedly un-American goal of appeasing Islam and reducing America’s standing across the globe. They did not just die in the line of duty in a harsh and dangerous den of evil, bravely trying to advance American interests without support and security they deserved. Their loss is now proven to have exposed an even greater evil, an enemy ‘inside the wire’.

We mourn the lost of these men and pray for peace and healing for their respective families, but we should also take some solace in the notion that their deaths, with the will of God, may have just altered the future of America. They may have, unknowingly, provided the first step in the restoration of our once great nation and her constitutional rule-of-law tenets. They have, through dutiful professionalism in the field; doing the right thing – exposed those who are unprofessional, self-serving, power hungry, greedy – those who will say or do anything to attain or preserve power.

There is an unknown quantity of components of the terror attack in Benghazi and perhaps some components we as citizens will never know. It is submitted however, that there are a few factual conclusions that cannot be disputed or denied. The Obama administration found no limits on people and conditions to blame or to fabricate lies. Benghazi pointed us back to a deeper, broken system of foreign policy where no associated government agency is insulated from blame, or was employed for nefarious ends. The stories changed so often, it is clear that the administration, all of them, whether by their own design or by obeying orders, practiced a ‘scorched Earth’ policy where nothing was too low or too base to employ in the cover-up.

What is even more egregious is that our standing in the community of nations is deeply harmed. Those who wish to do us harm no longer fear us. In fact, many openly defy us. Ahmen Abu Khutalla and Sulfian bin Qumu members of the terror team that killed and destroyed the good work of so few, not only in Libya but throughout the Middle East revel in their deeds. President Obama told us that justice will be done and yet both of these evil men and other terrorists still openly walk the streets of Libya brazenly, so much so that one even gave a two hour interview to the New York Times.

In support of these heroes, people who take their jobs seriously, did not stop investigating and reporting their findings. They did this while lessor icons of the main stream media not only did not tell the truth to America, they openly tried to buoy the very people who were deceiving America. When a member of the media attempts to correct the record on live television, in a non-factual manner, in an attempt to rescue those deceiving, the contrast is even more stark.

Last night, an example of true journalism appeared for all to see. In a must see Fox News expose of the nightmare in Benghazi, the deceivers were clearly brought into the disinfectant of the bright sunshine so shrouded to date. Bret Baier, Greg Palkot, and James Rosen detailed the facts, exposing just how disingenuous the evolving narrative and conspiracy was perpetrated on the American people.

Not all in Washington were complicit. There were others who stepped up for the people. We must give praise to some lawmakers that are doing stellar work in asking the hard questions. The few that are also exposing the facts that will prove who was complicit and essentially acted as accessories to murder by denying proper protections of civil servants that work in dangerous locations across the globe, especially in Libya.

From lower ranking career employees at the State Department and Department of Defense, on through to the NSC, and rising all the way to the top in each area, including the President – all failed at standing on principle, and defending America. They placed the sensitivities of Islam/Muslims above America’s interests, they did not do the most basic chore; provide for the protection of four Americans to mask a policy so anathema to our survival. Benghazi is one of the saddest days in American history, where Barack Obama tells us it was just not optimal in his political career. Shame on all of them.

James Rosen reminds us:

‘I do not think,” Nixon campaign aide Jeb Magruder told the Senate Watergate committee in the spring of 1973, “there was ever any discussion that there would not be a coverup.” Mr. Magruder’s lament aptly described the bureaucratic impulse to hide inconvenient facts that seizes every modern White House at some point. His testimony was brought to mind by the growing number of high-profile Republicans accusing the Obama White House of engaging in a cover-up in the Benghazi case.

In Nixon’s day, his crimes did not kill anyone – here, four heroes have sacrificed all, yet the cover-up continues. If America is truly watching – this may prove to be the end for Obama’s chances on November 6th. This also exposes the mindset on all his other issues. What you are being told needs to be viewed through this new lens of clarity. Ask yourself what Joe Biden asked us all in the VP debate: “Look, folks, use your common sense. Who do you trust on this?”


Edited by Scott W. Winchell, Denise Simon is the Senior Research Director at Stand Up America US



Bret Baier’s ‘Death and Deceit in Benghazi’

10/21/12

Fox News’ Benghazi Special & the Continuing Cover-up: Weapons

By: Arlen Williams
Gulag Bound

Overall, Friday night’s Fox News Special, “Death And Deceit In Benghazi” is to be praised. It leads the network television field. We will show it, below.

But I have one bone to pick with it, first. See this report from prior in the day. It is one of numerous references to some or all of our four murdered Americans having been engaged in arms recovery operations, and that in turn, being a likely reason for the attack upon them. A full pursuit of this matter, for all we know, may also lead to knowledge of the Obama-Biden-Clinton regime’s supplying weapons to Gitmo-released Al Qaeda ringleader in Libya, bin Qumu.



Mysterious Libyan ship linked to deadly terror attack?,” dated Friday, October 19, Fox News
 

The above corroborates our article, “WEAPONS HUNTING: The Reason for the 9-11 Murders in Libya,” by Denise Simon, 9/18-20. Notice, not until its end, at 3:47 does the pith of the matter become addressed by Catherine Herridge, greatly to her credit:

Source told Fox News that Ambassador Stevens was in Benghazi to negotiate a weapons transfer, an effort to get SA7’s out of the hands of extremists. When asked to comment, a State Department spokeswoman dismissed the idea, saying Stevens was there for diplomatic meetings and to attend the opening of a cultural center, Brett.

Mr. Baier quickly responds, “More on this in the 10pm special, Catherine, thank you.” Thank you very much, Catherine, but there was not more on this in the 10pm special; there was much less on this.



“Bret Baier’s ~ ‘Death and Deceit in Benghazi'”
 

The subject is mentioned almost as if in passing, considering the length of the entire program (or considering how long the program might have been). It sits at 31:00 through 32:30, in conjunction with Herridge’s interview of former CIA Director Porter Goss.

Clearly, this is where some of the worst possibilities may be found and where questions must be answered:

  • Did the U.S. aid in the acquisition of Russian MANPADS by Al Qaeda in Libya, ostensibly but not necessarily from Qaddafi’s own stores?
  • Did the Obama administration furnish weapons to Al Qaeda in Libya?
  • What is being done with the weapons, now?
  • Is NATO partner Turkey involved in weapons transfers to Assad’s opposition in Syria? (Remember, it was Turkey’s Ambassador that Chris Stevens met, just before the attack.)
  • Is other grossly destructive weaponry involved? Chemical, for instance?
  • Exactly what were our people doing, in Benghazi?
  • Of what strategic value to Al Qaeda and/or Muslim Brotherhood associated militias was this attack?

Further, during the thirty-six hours preceding the Fox News Special, they were reporting of leads indicating that the attack was part of a coordinated campaign, to prevent Americans’ actions in Benghazi and to drive the Yankee operatives out.

There is hardly a comprehensive cover-up about this set of issues. Some confession of missing MANPADS armaments was even made in last week’s House Oversight Committee hearing. But a psychologically operative element is at play: if a revelation is not repeated often, nor fully developed, and responsible parties behave as if it is not very important, it will not be seen by the uninitiated as the scandal and news of crisis that it is (e.g., Barack Obama’s nasty personal background, fraud, and eligibility issues). Call it cover up in plain sight. That is what Sheriff Arpaio might call it by now, among many others. Eh, Fox News? (And Breitbart.com, Glenn Beck, etc…)

And for anyone tempted to think it may be none of our business, to meddle in affairs of the CIA/IC concerning these matters, let him be assured, that entity is out of control. It is officially, publicly, and increasingly committing treason, witness “Global Governance 2025.” And it continues to participate in the violation of the sovereignty of not only our United States of America, but whatever number of foreign nations. Just ask the families of Muamar Gaddafi and Hosni Mubarak.

What is the whole story here and what are the underlying motives? (And for anyone of the neo-Marxist-influenced variety looking in, by “underlying motives” we mean something other than poverty and societal oppression.)

Time will tell. Or, will it?

Abu Sufian Ibrahim Ahmed Hamuda bin Qumu

10/21/12

Mark Froemke: Minnesota’s Most Influential Communist

By: Trevor Loudon
New Zeal

Mark Froemke

Mark Froemke is a Minnesota/North Dakota Communist Party USA member and is president of the Western Area Labor Council (AFL-CIO), which represents union members in 11 North Dakota counties and 7 Minnesota counties.

Froemke represents the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco and Grain Millers Union, AFL-CIO. He spent 22 years in the sugarbeet industry in the factory in East Grant Forks, Minnesota.

Mark Froemke and his wife LaVonne are both active in the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, the Minnesota affiliate of the Democratic Party.

Froemke has relationships to nearly all Minnesota’s leading DFL politicians, including the state’s Governor, Secretary of State and both of Minnesota’s DFL Senators.

In 1999, Froemke attended a Communist Party meeting in Minneapolis, with none other than Mark Ritchie, now Minnesota’s Secretary of State.

In 2006, four leaders of the Minnesota/Dakota’s Communist Party USA – Mark Froemke, Doris Marquit, Erwin Marquit and Peter Molenaar were listed as supporters of the Mark Ritchie Minnesota Secretary of State campaign.

It was Mark Ritchie of course, as Minnesota Secretary of State, who awarded one of Minnesota’s two Senate seats to leftist comedian Al Franken, in a very tight recount after the 2008 election.

In a People’s World article, November 22, 2008, Communist Party supporter Barb Kucera wrote of the controversial Minnesota U.S. Senate election, quoting both Mark Ritchie and Mark Froemke:

Whether Minnesota labor’s massive effort to mobilize members in the 2008 elections was a success will ultimately turn on the results of a recount in the U.S. Senate race, Labor 2008 coordinators say.

While most AFL-CIO and Change to Win unions backed Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) challenger Franken, a few labor organizations–notably the Carpenters and Pipe Trades–endorsed Coleman. After all the results were turned in, Coleman led Franken by only 215 votes out of just under 3 million cast. An official recount began Nov. 18 and could take a month, Secretary of State Mark Ritchie said.

Franken’s race against GOP incumbent Norman Coleman is important nationally. To get pro-worker bills through the Senate, workers and their allies need 60 votes, out of 100 senators, to cut off GOP filibusters. That includes a presumed GOP talkathon against the Employee Free Choice Act, which is designed to help level the playing field between workers and bosses in union organizing and bargaining first contracts…

Independence Party candidates made the difference in the Bachmann and Paulsen races and definitely affected the Senate race, said Mark Froemke, president of the West Area Labor Council that spans the western half of the state. ‘The Independence Party got a better number than I would have expected in this area,’ he said. Negativity of campaign commercials in the final days of the Senate race also had an effect.

Froemke also endorsed Franken.

On July 14, 2008, the Al Franken for U.S. Senate campaign announced that four new labor organizations have “joined its ever-growing coalition that’s fighting to send a senator to Washington who will stand with Minnesota’s middle class.”

The new endorsements included Froemke’s Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers Union:

“Minnesotans need a senator who understands the needs of Minnesota families, and who won’t abandon them in a time of need,” declared Mark Froemke, education director of the Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers Union, Local 167G.

“Norm Coleman had a chance to support the families of the Red River Valley on CAFTA and, instead, he supported President Bush,” Froemke noted. “Al Franken will stand with farmers and workers and Minnesotans, and that’s why we stand with him in this election.

Froemke still works closely with Franken.

In the photo below, Al Franken, left, and Mark Froemke, an AFL-CIO representative, leave the Grand Forks International Airport on Tuesday January 11, 2012, after Franken flew into Grand Forks to spend two days talking to locked-out American Crystal Sugar Co. workers in the Red River Valley.

Mark Froemke has also lobbied Minnesota’s senior Senator Amy Klobuchar.

Minnesotan labor activists were well-represented at the June 25, 2009, Washington DC rally for health care reform. Among the union members urging Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Rep. Tim Walz and Rep. Collin Peterson to support health care reform that will “offer quality affordable health care to America now” were: Linda Slattengren, president of MNA, Laura Askelin, president of SE MN ALC, and Mark Froemke, president of the Western Minnesota ALC.

Below is a photo taken July 1, 2009, at an Al Franken Rally in Minnesota. Standing behind Amy Klobuchar’s left shoulder is Mark Froemke. His wife LaVonne Froemke, is the other woman in the photo.

Mark Froemke is also very close to Minnesota’s far left governor Mark Dayton.

In October 2009, Mark Froemke was the Fargo Moorehead organizer for a 10 Days of Labor Action campaign for Minnesota gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton.

The time is now. We have an opportunity to build a Better Minnesota by electing Mark Dayton as Governor and all our other labor-endorsed candidates. But, we need your help. That’s why on Saturday, October 23, we’re kicking off 10 Days of Labor Action.

During the 2010 elections, Mark Froemke helped to organize a breakfast meeting for gubernatorial candidate Dayton.

Anyone who has ever worked a campaign knows that the days start early and end very late. Today was no exception. Dana Anderson, our campaign manager and of course gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton, and I hit the road at 7:30 am for a week of talking to voters, working families and business owners – all of which are vital to helping our economy recover.

A special thank you to Mark Froemke for helping to organize a breakfast with members of Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers Local 167G. We had a great conversation, and we really appreciate Mark’s help in putting this event together.

Mark Dayton, gives some love to Mark Froemke, January 14, 2010.

Mark Froemke, in common with most of his Communist Party comrades, is a huge fan of Barack Obama.

Here’s Froemke Campaigning for Obama in 2008:

Maybe some of Minnesota’s leading politicians should be asked to explain their ties to leading Communist Party member Mark Froemke?

As they say, it isn’t what you know… it’s who you know…

10/21/12

Calls For Repeal of a Sharia Inspired Law in the UK

By: Aeneas Lavinium
ICLA

UK Parliament – Source of Sharia Inspired Legislation.

In many ways the UK has been leading the Western world in the field of sharia conformity and appeasement. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, spoke about the inevitability of sharia law in Britain (1), and Lord Chief Justice, Lord Phillips, made a famous statement in favour of it in 2008 (2).

People do not realise that sharia inspired laws are already on the Statute Book in the UK and are helping to undermine basic freedoms. British comedian and free speech advocate Rowan Atkinson has recently called for the repeal of one such law (3), Section 5 of the Public Order Act.

ICLA is committed to opposing sharia laws that undermine fundamental freedoms and this includes laws like Section 5 that are SABN (Sharia in All But Name). SABN laws are sharia laws that governments sneak into force without saying that they are sharia inspired. Section 5 of the Public Order Act is effectively the Islamic law against slander. The sharia manual Reliance of the Traveller which is widely regarded as an authoritative sharia text states the following:

“Slander (ghiba) means to mention anything concerning a person that he would dislike.” (4)

Similarly, Section 5 states (5):

“(1) A person is guilty of an offence if he:

(a) uses threatening, abusive, or insulting words or behaviour, or disorderly behaviour, or

(b) displays any writing, sing or visible representation which is threatening, abusive or insulting, within the hearing of a person likely to be caused harassment, alarm or distress thereby.”

In other words, like Section 5, it appears that anything that a person regards as insulting is insulting and therefore a punishable offence. Such a vague law is an invitation to legal abuse and state oppression.

Furthermore this is not sharia law ‘just for Muslims’ but sharia law for all. In any case sharia law is not a supplement to Western law but an alternative to it.

How many other such SABN laws are already in force in the UK and other Western Countries? Will such laws gradually replace those cherished by our ancestors that made Britain the cradle of liberty?

George Igler, the Managing Director of the British think-tank “Discourse: Institute for Free Speech” spoke at our conference held in the European Parliament. In the following video he echoes the sentiments of Mr Atkinson on a Canadian TV show. In his interview with Jerry Agar on SUN TV he spoke about the rapid deterioration in civil liberties in the UK caused by Section 5.

What Mr Igler did not mention was the similarity of this law to the Islamic law relating to “slander”. I put the word slander in inverted commas, because slander in Islam is not the same as slander in the Western legal sense. As we saw in the Quote from Reliance of the Traveller, slander in Islam is “anything concerning a person that he would dislike”. This means that the truth is no defence. If Western law is no longer based on the truth then it has been subverted. It would be interesting to see how many people have been arrested under this law for merely expressing the truth. Without the truth, the law is just an instrument of oppression used by the powerful to prey on the weak. As Mr Atkinson said in the first clip, above:

“The clear problem with the outlawing of insult is that too many things can be interpreted as such. Criticism is easily construed as insult by certain parties, ridicule easily construed as insult, sarcasm, unfavorable comparison, merely stating an alternative point of view to the orthodoxy can be interpreted as insult.”

But this law – Section 5 – is not an isolated occurrence but represents a culture of appeasement in government that means that lawmakers bow their heads to sharia compliance at every possible opportunity. The next big move to add more sharia laws to the Statute Book will probably come with the adoption of UNHRC Resolution 16/18 into British Law. This is what the OIC (Organization of Islamic Cooperation) is demanding and the OIC seems to have more influence on the British Government than the British people. Resolution 16/18 dresses itself up in the clothing of religious tolerance. However, many of the OIC countries who have been pushing for this have a scandalously poor record when it comes to religious tolerance. We have seen the recent example of Fazil Say in “moderate” Turkey that shows what happens in countries where the principles behind Resolution 16/18 already have the force of law.

Sharia law is already subverting our political and legal systems and it appears to have been doing so for years. The Public Order Act was enacted back in 1986. Only by repealing all sharia inspired laws can a just legal system based on individual freedom be restored. The subversion of our laws was one of the reasons that we established the 2012 Brussels Process back in July. Powerful actors in the world are now pushing for sharia compliance in all nations. Those who value freedom need to voice their opposition to this move to undermine the principles of true liberty. Section 5 and the 2012 Brussels Process are good places to start.

(1) http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1578017/Adopt-sharia-law-in-Britain-says-the-Archbishop-of-Canterbury-Dr-Rowan-Williams.html

(2) http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2008/jul/04/law.islam

(3) http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/9616750/Rowan-Atkinson-we-must-be-allowed-to-insult-each-other.html

(4) Reliance of the Traveller: A Classic Manual of Islamic Sacred Law (Ahmad ibn Naqiib al-Misri, with English text translated by Nuh Ha Mim Keller) – r2.2 p730

(5) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harassment,_alarm_or_distress