10/24/14

Beware of Marxist-Leninist Supporter Leon Panetta’s New Book

By: Brent Parrish
The Right Planet

YouTube/TheJohnBirchSociety: In this week’s analysis behind the news video, JBS CEO Art Thompson discusses Leon Panetta’s early career as a liberal Republican and later career as a Democrat; how as a Democratic congressman he started to cooperate with and endorse the policies of the Marxist Institute of Policy Studies; how Russia is starting to intrude on the airspace and waters of Sweden, which is similar to what they did back in the late 1970s and early 1980s; how the EU has vetoed France’s budget; how the EU wants to merge the United States into the EU; how a recent Wall Street Journal article, “Conspiracy Theorists Need a Pep Talk,” appears to be taking note of the JBS campaign to stop the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership; and how the supposed conflict between “ex-Communist” leaders in Germany and Russia over Ukraine is just an example of “show business.”

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10/24/14

Trevor Loudon’s Final Speaking Engagements for 2014

New Zeal

October

Sat., Oct. 25th, 2014
Event: Ramona Tea Party Forum — Speaking Engagement/Confirmed
Web Site: http://www.ramonatead.com/
Time: 12 pm PST
Place: Ramona Mainstage Theater
626 Main Street
Ramona, CA 92065

Sun., Oct. 26th, 2014
Event: Hancock Park Patriots — Speaking Engagement/Confirmed
Time: 4 pm PST
Place: 20565 Palm Way
Torrence, CA 90503

Mon., Oct. 27th, 2014
Event: Island County Republican Party & Sno-Isle Tea Party — Speaking Engagement/Confirmed
Time: 7:00 pm PST
Place: Everett, WA

Tues., Oct. 28th, 2014
Event: Island County Republican Party & Sno-Isle Tea Party — Speaking Engagement/Confirmed
Time: TBD
Place: Kitsap, WA

Wed., Oct. 29th, 2014
Event: Yakima Republican Liberty Caucus — Speaking Engagement/Confirmed
Time: 7:00 pm PST
Place: Howard Johnson’s
9 North 9th Street
Yakima, WA 98901

Thurs., Oct. 30th, 2014
Event: Thurston County Republican Party — Speaking Engagement/Confirmed
Time: 7:00 pm PST
Place: Thurston County Courthouse – Building 1 Room 152
2000 Lakeridge Dr. SW
Olympia, WA 98502

Fri., Oct. 31st, 2014
Event: Tacoma Narrows Tea Party — Speaking Engagement/Confirmed
Time: 6:30 pm PST
Place: Gig Harbor Library
4424 Point Fosdick Drive NW
Gig Harbor, WA 98335

November

Sat., Nov. 1st, 2014
Event: We The People — Speaking Engagement/Confirmed
Web Site: http://www.wepeeps.org
Time: 6:30 pm PST
Place: Fishers Landing Grange
814 NE 162nd Ave.
Vancouver, WA 98684

10/24/14

Qatar Awareness Campaign – Senator John McCain @StopQatarNow


QATAR AWARENESS CAMPAIGN

Senator John McCain
241 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington DC 20510

Dear Senator McCain:

This letter is being sent to you on behalf of the Qatar Awareness Campaign Coalition. The purpose is to inform you and the public of the activities of Qatar. In light of your unwavering support for the Arab Spring, it is important to weigh your concerns for “democracy” against empowering the nation’s enemies. The State of Qatar was a consistent advocate for the Arab Spring, precisely because they are the home of the terrorist organization, the Muslim Brotherhood.

Even before President Obama, reacting to events in Tahrir Square, called for Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to step down, you, Senator McCain, did so. “Regrettably the time has come 4 Pres. Mubarak 2 step down & relinquish power. It’s in the best interest of Egypt, its people & its military,” you tweeted on February 2, 2011. Mubarak’s resignation was the first significant step toward destabilizing the Middle East, which has led to anarchy across the entire region and the proliferation of Jihadi militias.

The power vacuum left by Mubarak in Egypt was filled by the Muslim Brotherhood, a revolutionary, stateless organization currently based out of Qatar. In the coming months, there would be government sanctioned pogroms against the Coptic Christians, as well as other religious minorities, in Egypt: entire faith communities came under assault from Muslim Brotherhood gangs, and dozens of Churches were burned.

The Egyptian debacle was repeated in Libya, as NATO airstrikes deposed a then-U.S. friendly Muammar Gaddafi. Once again, you publicly called for deposing Gaddafi, and supporting the Qatari-backed rebels. Libya’s Christians were treated as brutally as Egypt’s, or worse, and today Libya is a failed state tantamount to Afghanistan under the Taliban. It is a haven for murderous and revolutionary Islamists, smugglers and roving, lawless cartels. It poses a security threat to all of North Africa.

Even as Syria is under siege by the same ideological group of Jihadis, who have proven beyond reproach to be genocidal psychopaths, you still call for ousting Assad. While no patriotic American wants to support a dictator, the real question to consider is: who will fill this vacuum? Recent experience forewarns that something far worse will replace Assad and indeed they already control parts of Syria and Iraq – ISIS.

Each one of these experiments in capricious regime change has a common backer (besides you and President Obama) – the State of Qatar. Morsi was a Muslim Brother President of Egypt, fully backed by the Al-Thani monarchy in Doha. In Libya, Qatar had ground troops training al Qaeda “linked” rebels and even deployed fighter jets. In Syria, PBS has reported that the American government has trained Syrian rebels in Qatar!

There are more relevant facts to consider when evaluating your positions over the last several years concerning Qatar and the Muslim Brotherhood:

  • You came out in support of Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, whose family has been conclusively linked to the Muslim Brotherhood in Pakistan.
  • You were arguably the loudest Republican voice supporting the Arab Spring from the beginning. You called it a “collective demand for human dignity, economic opportunity and peaceful political change.” Yet, it has led to more indignities upon humanity than anything in recent memory.
  • After the Egyptian military removed the criminal Morsi regime, an action you determined to be a “coup,” you urged the punishing of Egypt by restricting military aid to the new government.
  • In Tunisia in April, 2013, you met with Prime Minister Ali Larayedh. Larayedh is a member of the Ennahda Movement, which is a Muslim Brotherhood-allied political party.

Additionally, Qatar is involved in Taliban narcotics trafficking through a relationship with the Pakistani National Logistics Cell and profits from operating a virtual slave state. A recent press report explained how a Qatari citizen was the money man for an Al Qaeda group in Syria. His alias? Umar al-Qatari.

The QAC Coalition and petitioners ask that you consider the attached sourced report on Qatar’s activities. The links cited are vetted and credible sources. We hope you take the time to verify the truth of the statements for yourself.

After doing so, the Coalition of the Qatar Awareness Campaign calls on you to exert due influence on the Qatari government and the Muslim Brotherhood to cease any type of involvement in all forms of Islamic terrorism, slavery and drug trafficking!

Sincerely,

Lt. Col. Allen B. West (US Army, Ret)
AllenBWest.com

Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.
Center for Security Policy

Pamela Geller
Atlas Shrugs

Walid Shoebat
Shoebat.com

Charles Ortel
Washington Times

Paul E Vallely, US Army (Ret)
Chairman, Stand Up America

Robert Spencer
Jihad Watch

Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
NoisyRoom.net

Trevor Loudon
New Zeal **

& the entire Qatar Awareness Campaign Coalition.

Qatar Research Report: http://www.stopqatarnow.com/p/research-report.html
Sign the Petition! Visit www.stopqatarnow.com
Facebook: Stop Qatar Now
Twitter: @stopqatarnow

** Select signatures as of 9/27. The Qatar Awareness Campaign Coalition is comprised of more than 25 journalists, national security experts, publishers, and independent researchers. To view all Coalition participants, please visit the Campaign’s website.

10/24/14

The Council Has Spoken!! This Weeks’ Watcher’s Council Results – 10/24/14

The Watcher’s Council


In remembrance of the soldier, Corporal Nathan Cirillo, who died in Canada this past week at the hands of a radical Jihadist. We also honor Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers for his bravery in taking down said Jihadist and saving untold lives.

The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast and the results are in for this week’s Watcher’s Council match-up.

Babası oğluna bir bağ bağışlamış, oğul babaya bir salkım üzüm vermemiş (“The Father gave his son a vineyard, the son didn’t give a single bunch of grapes to the father.” – Turkish Proverb

“Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go.” – Hermann Hesse

“Alliances are broken from considerations of interest.” – Niccoló Machiavelli, The Discourses, 1517

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This week’s winner, The Razor’sThe RazorKick Turkey Out Of NATO is a persuasively written essay that embodies the thoughts expressed above… it makes little sense to hold on to an alliance that really isn’t one. Here’s a slice:

Lord Palmerstone once noted that nations do not have permanent allies, only permanent interests. This statement assumes that a nation always acts in its own best interest, and this assumption is the basis for the realist school of international relations. Realists always expect national actors to do what is best for themselves. If an action does not benefit the nation in any particular way, or worse threatens it, then one cannot reasonably expect it to act even though one might think and others might agree that it is the right course of action. In international relations at least according to the realist school, there are no completely altruistic acts by nations or their actors.

I’ve been rooted in the realist school of international relations well before I got my degree in political science, having grown up while Henry Kissinger acted as Nixon’s national security advisor and later secretary of state under him and his successor Gerald Ford.Realists not only expect nations to act in their best interests, but regimes and the organizations constituting them to do the same. In statecraft realists aren’t surprised when regimes do what’s best for them even when it might compromise or damage others, but are willing to act in their own best interest when the opposite party acts in theirs.

Case in point: Turkey. Under the regime of Recep Erdogan for the past 12 years Turkey has been acting in the best interest of Erdogan and his ruling party the AKP. Erdogan is an Islamist in a nation where political Islam had been banned for decades after its re-founding under Kamal Ataturk. While Ataturk and the secularists saw Europe as a useful ally that would strengthen Turkey and their regime in the Middle East, Erdogan has instead positioned Turkey as the next Islamic Caliphate more in line with the Ottoman Empire of the 17th century rather than secular and Democratic Western Europe.

Perhaps the biggest interest Erdogan has besides the desire to remain in power is to avoid empowering the Kurdish minority within Turkey. Unlike the Palestinians, the Kurds have a much longer claim to their land stretching from northern Syria across southeastern Turkey, northern Iraq to Iran. One commonality between Erdogan and his secular predecessors has been the oppression of the Kurds in Turkey and their nationalist aims. The no-fly zone established in northern Iraq after the first Gulf War led to autonomy under Saddam and later the post-Saddam Iraqi government. Iraqi Kurds are as close to independent as Kurds have ever been, and their Syrian, Iranian and Turkish cousins recognize this.

From Erdogan’s perspective the decimation of the Syrian Kurds by the Islamic State (IS) is welcome. It weakens the Kurdish cause by reducing the number of Kurds in the region. Plus the Syrian Kurds were also strong supporters of the PKK, Turkey’s al-Qaida. From the realist perspective Erdogan will not act against IS on behalf of the Kurds unless there is an even greater, more pressing interest to do so.

And that’s the problem. Current American and European leadership is run by idealists not by realists. American and Europeans leaders simply do not understand why Erdogan and to more worrying degree Vladimir Putin act the way they do. To them bombing Kurds in Turkey instead of IS in Syria makes absolutely no sense just as annexing Crimea and dismembering Ukraine. They do not see the world the way Erdogan and Putin do, but realists do. Realists recognize that Putin and Erdogan will only act when the pressure applied to them is real and painful.

For Erdogan that pressure should include Turkey’s rejection from NATO and any possible future admittance to the EU under his regime. If Turkey acts in its own interests, so should the EU and the United States. The truth is that instead of being a beacon of secular Islam as Turkey once was, Turkey under Erdogan has become just another corrupt, Islamic Middle Eastern dictatorship with caliphate dreams. Turkey has condoned the rise of IS as well as backed other terrorist groups such as Hamas. It has kept a tight leash on the American base in Incirlik, preventing it from participating in the second Gulf War and in attacks on IS.

More at the link

In our non-Council category, the winner was Volokh Conspiracy’sCan ministers who make a living by conducting weddings be required to conduct same-sex weddings? submitted by Rhymes with Right. The piece examines the latest bit of bullying by same sex marriage advocates.

Here are this week’s full results. The Right Planet, The Independent Sentinel and Ask Marion were not able to vote this time out. None were affected by the usual 2/3 vote penalty for not voting.

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

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10/24/14

Calling Out Twitter for Protecting (Some) Trolls – StampOutTrolls’ Video

By: Arlen Williams
Gulag Bound

Before Bilbo Baggins or the Internet, there was Peer Gynt

Before Bilbo Baggins there was Peer Gynt–is that female in the middle scratching herself?

Spending lots of time in various forums and social media over the last twenty years, one becomes familiar with the tactics and mentalities of… trolls. They lure, they bait; sometimes they they pose as what they are not; sometimes they stalk and keep on stalking; they harass and bully, and bully and harass; they insult and goad and bait some more. It is pathological. It can become alarming, disturbing, even personally threatening, even violent. When it becomes organized, it becomes tyrannical.

Worse yet is when certain trolls and their troll posses become protected rather than disciplined or banned by site administrators. That could even become corporate bullying. So, fantasies of Faerie aside, this is a clear and present danger, online.

These things, though they are called "troll dolls" or "good luck trolls,"were at once called "Dam Things," having been invented by a Dane named Thomas Dam

These things, though they are called “troll dolls” or “good luck trolls,”were at once called “Dam Things,” having been invented by a Dane named Thomas Dam. Dreamworks now owns their Dam patents. If you hear me in your afterlife, Dam Dane, they’re funny. But reader, if you laugh herein, laugh at them. Get all your Dam jocularity out of your system. We will wait….
Now, see the video.

Without taking time to cite and link this at this moment, I have seen such disturbing behavior in spades at Digg (which wound up costing that venture users and status) and at Reddit, stuff very similar. I have also seen suspicious behavior at Facebook and even among my old compatriots at FreeRepublic.com. (I’m confident its rough counterpart, DemocraticUnderground.com has had similar problems, perhaps even more.)

As for Twitter, we hearken to one of the first nasty “Twittergate” brouhahas, one involving a character named Neil Rauhauser and an operation called Progressive PST, a scandal associated later with that surrounding convicted domestic terrorist, “the Speedway bomber,” Brett Kimberlin.

Twitter being a vast, messy, literally free-for-all media, one would think they have to address significant personnel to administrate it. They do indeed, and temporary and permanent Twitter bans into the semi-oblivion known as Twitmo (Twitter Gulag, if you prefer) are notorious. Some have even alleged that Twitter displays a bias in practicing such behavior (where #TGDN comes from). California coastals displaying bias? Say it isn’t so….

Arlen, don’t go off on a tangent, let’s get to the video.

OK. It’s put out by a determined set of activists at StampOutTrolls.com

But as you get a bowl of popcorn, here is a…

#SpoilerAlert Paragraph:

Much of this vid points to someone that Twitter says they have hired to supervise such work as troll policing… I think… I’m not quite clear and neither do the journalists who interview her, it seems. And if that is squirrelly, this may cause one to smell a rat: It’s kind of odd that trolls are known for the behavior of posing as what they are not and luring people into engaging with them in twisted ways, often in the attempt to shame them — and lo behold that is exactly the kind of work that Twitter’s Dell Harvey was doing for money — before Twitter hired her! — in an ongoing sting operation played out with NBC Dateline called “Perverted Justice.”It got into hot water for… it’s own kind of trolling. OK, OK, the video.

 

 

A-ha!

San Francisco, we have a problem. More likely, it’s a complex of problems.

Let’s handle this in drips and deal with this steadily over a bit of time, eh?

That way, we can all ruminate on this together. And as with Progressive PST and Kimberlin we invite other bloggers — this time across the transdimensional blogoshpereic cosmos, right, left, up, down, and diagonal, over time but presently, to look into it with us.

And may no one be Twitmo Bound as a result! 8-o

Just what does StampOutTrolls.com want to accomplish? We’re finding out.

The StampOutTrolls.com poster troll

The StampOutTrolls.com poster troll