07/21/14

Fox News Affiliate Covers Local Michigan Amnesty Protest (video)

Watchdog Wire Michigan

MI watchdogs joined weekend nationwide effort

July 21, 2014
by Dick Manasseri

This past Saturday, the SE Michigan 9.12 Tea Party group held a rally against amnesty for illegal immigrants. The event occurred in Rochester Hills, at the intersection of Rochester Road and M-59. For three hours, about three dozen protesters stood in the drizzle, waving American flags and bearing signs (e.g. What about our veterans who need care?) and standing for rule-of-law.

The groups, which included leaders from the metropolitan Detroit, Romeo, and Troy tea parties, were part of a historic, nationwide effort to draw attention to the Obama administration’s inaction vis-a-vis the continuing immigration crisis at the Southwest border.

Also joining the Rochester Hills protesters were Tamyra Murray (who has been at the forefront of the public discussions in Vassar about bringing undocumented Central American minors to that small community) and Tom McMillin, a Michigan state representative who is running for Congress. Murray, along with conservative radio talk show host Ron Edwards, appeared on Fox 2′s “Let It Rip” program and discussed the Vassar immigration situation.

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Conversely, SE Michigan 9.12 president Gary Kubiak expressed his concerns to a television reporter from Fox 2 Detroit saying, “We do believe in clothing these people, getting them back to good health, especially the children, and feeding them. But they really got to go back home, and come in the front door. We’re seventeen trillion dollars in debt, and we just can’t spend another buck on illegal immigration.”

07/21/14

Victim: The Rancher

By: Jim Olsen
Victims of Illegal Immigration – A Collection of Essays
Hat Tip: Dick Manasseri

At the time of this writing, Rob Krentz is without a doubt, the most widely known rancher in America, maybe the world. Just ask anyone, anywhere to name an American rancher today, and they will more than likely say Rob Krentz or, at least, “You know … that guy that got killed along the border.”

The Krentzes were pioneers. They were the kind of people that settled and developed this country and made it safe for others to follow. They are the kind of family that should be considered the backbone of America. Surviving bad droughts, cyclical markets, government regulations, and a myriad of other issues helped make them into the strong ranching family that they are today. The Krentz Ranch has been there since before Arizona was a state. It has been there since long before there was ever a United States Forest Service dictating rules to them. This is the background and legacy that Rob was born into – a salt-of-the-earth kind of old-time ranching family.

When asked about some of Rob’s other qualities, over and over again I am told about his willingness to help out. Rob was known to help out a thirsty, starving, or wounded immigrant on more than one occasion. That may have been what got him killed. Rob’s last radio transmission to his brother Phil was something like: “Going to help an illegal in distress.” Rob and his dog, Blue, were found shot several hours later.

Rob was very active in the cattle growers’ associations at the local and state levels. He worked with the Malpai Borderlands group trying to preserve ranching and wildlife habitat for future generations. He testified numerous times to congressional leaders about the issues facing the international border.

Rob loved to hunt, fish, and do just about anything outdoors. He was a good roper, rancher, horseman, cowman, husband, and father. Everybody I talked to had nothing but praise for Rob. He was easy to get along with. He was always positive.

Rob Krentz loved life and would constantly tell his family, “We are so very blessed to live in this beautiful place that we live, to get to live the lifestyle that we want, and to do what we want to every day.” As one of Rob’s friends put it, “Rob was one of the good guys; he was a good ole boy.”

Jim Olson is a member of the Arizona Cattle Growers’ Association. His website is www.mycowboyheroes.com.

07/21/14

Forum: What Will Be The Most Significant Technological Development of the Next Decade?

The Watcher’s Council

Every week on Monday morning , the Council and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher’s Forum with short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture or daily living. This week’s question: What Will Be The Most Significant Technological Development of the Next Decade?

 The Razor: There are two game changers I see on the horizon, although the timing is probably much longer than a decade.

The first is driverless cars. Human beings are terrible drivers compared to computers. Even the best drivers can be distracted or suffer poor judgment in an instant. It will take a while for people to trust their cars, but when they do, American life will be changed in ways not seen since the internal combustion engine chased horses off the road. People will enjoy the independence of the car without the danger and required concentration, and while I’m not sure what this would mean to everyday life I would expect it to change.

The second is an electronic universal translator. We’re already seeing these used by the armed forces to a limited degree, and in our increased reliance on Google Translate – something that I resort to frequently since one of our members follows Russian language news services and alerts us to interesting stories. As the handheld translators used by the military and machine translation improves, we will reach a point where we could wear a headset like Google Glass and have the signs translated into English by the headset. Then we could enter a shop and speak English and have our smartphone recognize our speech and translate it into Italian and broadcast it in a voice that sounds like our own. The clerk could respond in Italian, and we would hear her response followed by an accurate-enough English translation either printed in our field of vision on our headset or voiced by our smartphone. Monolingual idiots like me would then be able to travel the world without fear of embarrassment or the need to torment myself with languages that simply will not stick in my Teflon-coated brain. I have been waiting for this device since I was studying Chinese in high school, and being pity-passed for four hopeless years by my teacher Mr. Wang.

GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD: Methinks the single most significant tech development will be the widespread adoption of human stem cells to treat an extraordinary range of medical conditions, from organ failure to Alzheimer’s.

Unlike many other exciting technologies that may make progress, stem cells have already reached a stage where they are regularly making major breakthroughs. We’ve seen a 10 year old child in Great Britain have a new trachea grown inside his throat using his own stem cells. Bladders and blood vessels are close behind. There’s also been progress with stem cells treating blood conditions, blindness, joint conditions, heart damage, etc, etc.

Soon this kinda tech won’t be experimental, it will be universal.

The benefits – extraordinary healing of conditions that have few meaningful treatments – will make stem cells a popular and revolutionizing therapy in the field of medicine. This technology is here, it is growing, and in 20 years we will have developed a diverse arsenal of stem-cell tools that will constitute a major part of every hospital around the world.

‘Incurable conditions’ will be fewer, and millions will be able to live normal lives thanks to stem cell treatments. Billions will be able to live longer and healthier lives as stem cells repair and replace their failing bodies. Stem cells represent healing and longevity in one place, and they are already on their way here. Their continued development will be the single most impactful change in technology in the next two decades.

JoshuaPundit: In one word, robotics, and on  many levels. The successful push for a $15 minimum wage in Seattle ( and San Francisco and Los Angeles are already climbing on the band wagon), the increased cost of benefits and other factors of productivity are going to see robots increasingly replacing humans in a number of jobs, and not just fast food. Bank tellers, receptionists, medical intake personnel, miners and factory workers are among the many jobs that will find themselves replaced, with maybe one or two human workers where there used to be a dozen or more. The technology to replace most of these jobs already exists, and as it becomes more competitively priced it will become more widely adopted. Even jobs like certain things now done by gardeners, and your friendly pool guy could be replaced with existing technology. One can only imagine what the future would bring…robot handymen, plumbers, electricians? The effect on human society of perpetual unemployment for so many will also be interesting.

I would not be surprised at all to see robot soldiers and pilots whom ‘fly’ their planes from the ground in fairly short order by decade’s end.

Robots, I’m certain will even have an effect on the Oldest Profession. Sex robots already exist and as the technology gets better will become more lifelike and affordable. Aside from home models, we may even see robot brothels.

At that point, there are going to be a number of moral questions raised. Is it humane and moral to exploit such lifelike robots? Do they have civil and human rights? What if someone wants to ‘marry’ one of them?

I think we’re in for an interesting decade.

Simply Jews: I would expect some developments in medicine first of all, on the boundaries of biotechnology and nano-technology. A decisive solution to several most frequent cancers, some hereditary diseases and organ repairs.

The Glittering Eye: To satisfy the terms of the question an emerging technology would need to be a) influential and b) prevalent by the end of the decade. I think that the only technological development that meets those criteria is additive manufacturing.

Additive manufacturing AKA 3D printing or desktop manufacturing has been used in practice for some time and the technology is improving (and getting cheaper) so rapidly I can’t help but believe that it will be quite commonplace by the end of the decade. I think it will be influential in three ways.

The first way is that it will undercut Chinese dominance in certain areas of manufacturing. That dominance has been produced by very low labor costs and you can’t get any lower than zero which is what additive manufacturing promises. As the technology matures China’s great distance from its markets will be more influential than its low labor costs, an advantage they’re already beginning to lose to places like Vietnam.

The biggest losers to additive manufacturing will be places like Vietnam which are only now getting into the low end manufacturing business. Historically, the path to high value manufacturing has always run through low value manufacturing—things like toys, apparel, paper goods, etc. When that path is closed I’m not sure what these developing countries will do.

The third way additive manufacturing will be influential is that it will change the way we think about certain things. Making new parts for things or whole things will become so cheap and easy no one will think of doing anything but getting them custom-made. The implications for warehousing, logistics, etc. are enormous.

Ask Marion: I think unless there are some major changes in society and with people standing-up to the ruling elite, all the major changes coming will put us further down the “Big Brother” rabbit hole… which will be bad for all of us. And the results of the 2014 and 2016 Elections will make a huge difference in the actual implementation and timing of technologies ready to go!

I see the following changes coming:

We will see the end, or at least the trend toward the end, of cash and credit cards and everything will be purchased and tracked on our telephones or some kind of ‘smart card’ device, or micro-chipping, making cyber-security the investment and industry of the future.

Drones will take over delivery of most everything, putting the postal service out of business.
Driver-less cars will become the fad and then will ultimately be made law.

All these technologies are already here and being used on some level, and will be sold to the American people as convenient, for their safety and well-being or with perks to increase the Nanny State… taking us ever closer to the 2005 Smart Card video scenario. Social media and reactions to governmental actions since 911 have already shown us that people are willing to post anything, give up most anything for the illusion of security and will buy into almost everything promoted.

Do I hope I am wrong… absolutely! Do I think I am… sadly not!

Well, there you have it.

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07/21/14

Russian Disinformation for a Conservative Audience

By: Cliff Kincaid
Accuracy in Media

Knowing that evidence would implicate Russia in the shoot-down of the Malaysian Airlines MH17 plane, the Russian disinformation apparatus went into action early in the crisis, putting out the story that the plane was travelling almost the same route that Russia’s President Vladimir Putin’s jet had travelled before. In short, the accusation was that Ukraine downed the plane, thinking Putin was on it. Hence, it was an assassination attempt.

This bizarre piece of disinformation surfaced on RT (Russia Today), the Moscow-funded English-language propaganda network known to critics as KGB-TV. It was linked to by the popular Drudge Report, used by many conservatives as their homepage, and then picked up by the Alex Jones’ Infowars.com site, a reliable outlet for pro-Russian propaganda.

Drudge posted the item, “RT: Putin’s plane might have been target,” apparently to suggest that there was honest confusion over whether the Russians had shot down the plane.

In the U.S., RT is carried by such giant media companies as Comcast, Time Warner, DISH and Verizon. Jones claims to be on the list of the “Top 100 Most Important Talk Show Hosts in America,” and boasts that his work has led to “Matt Drudge giving Infowars.com a much coveted spot on the permanent links section of his hugely influential and highly trafficked website, DrudgeReport.com.”

The purpose of this RT story is to confuse people about Moscow’s intentions, and suggest a nefarious U.S. behind-the-scenes role in the tragedy.

But some people immediately recognized the item as Russian propaganda, with one commentator expressing disgust with Drudge by saying that it “Took Drudge only 5 minutes to regurgitate” Russian propaganda after the RT item was posted.

Drudge doesn’t grant interviews to explain his peculiar choice of news items, but his relationship with Jones has been criticized by such diverse sources as RedState on the right and Media Matters on the left.

Paul Joseph Watson, a writer for Alex Jones, apparently considered the RT report to have some validity. “Putin’s presidential plane was original target of shoot down,” he posted.

We noted back in 2010 that RT has been eager to publicize Alex Jones and his various anti-American conspiracies because “they divert attention from the increasingly totalitarian nature of the Russian regime and the military threat that Russia still poses to American interests.” Jones was a regular guest on the RT propaganda channel, and defended Moscow’s invasion of its former Soviet republic of Georgia in 2008.

The eager acceptance of the Russian disinformation has once again focused attention on how some conservatives, such as talk-show host Michael Savage, are following the Kremlin line. Once an advocate of a strong U.S. foreign policy, Savage has featured Jones and his writers on his “Savage Nation” radio show, carried on more than 200 radio stations, including WMAL in Washington, D.C. On his Friday show, Savage blamed Senator John McCain (R-AZ) in part for the shoot-down, saying McCain had encouraged the overthrow of Ukraine’s pro-Russian president, leading to the Russian invasion.

On the same day, Jones announced that he was “looking” into “allegations of fabricated evidence connected to the incident set up by the regime in Kiev and the possibility the flight was deliberately diverted into the war zone as the global elite prepare for war.”

Jones writer Paul Joseph Watson subsequently claimed that evidence presented by Ukraine to implicate Russia in the shoot-down of the Malaysian Airlines plane “appears to have been fabricated.”

In the story about Putin being the actual target of the anti-aircraft missile, an RT “source” said about the Malaysian plane and Putin’s jet, “The contours of the aircrafts are similar, linear dimensions are also very similar, as for the coloring, at a quite remote distance they are almost identical.”

However, RT cited the ultimate source of the information as being Interfax, a Russian news agency, and then toned down the accusations by noting conflicting reports.

Despite backing away from the crazy theory, Sara Firth, a London-based correspondent with RT, resigned in protest at the channel’s “total disregard to the facts” about the shooting down of the Malaysian plane. “I couldn’t do it anymore,” she told BuzzFeed. “Every single day we’re lying and finding sexier ways to do it.”

Like some American channels, RT features glitzy graphics and very attractive women as news readers and presenters.

Accuracy in Media has been documenting RT’s service to the Russian regime and its intelligence agencies for many years. Former Soviet KGB officer Konstantin Preobrazhensky told us in 2011 that RT was “a part of the Russian industry of misinformation and manipulation,” and does the same kind of work the old Soviet KGB “active measures” apparatus would do.

AIM has noted that under U.S. law, the Foreign Agents Registration Act, foreign propaganda channels such as RT are supposed to be disclosing in their propaganda broadcasts that they are agents of foreign powers. But the law is not being enforced by the Obama administration.

The disinformation—designed to distract the world’s attention away from Russia’s role in the shoot-down—took on a new form. It became, in some reports, a case of the “New World Order” trying to kill Putin because he was trying to develop an alternative economic system and global bank with the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa). In one version of the story, it was Obama himself who had ordered Putin’s assassination.

Taking another approach, a site linked to Iran, calling itself “Veterans Today,” blamed Israel and called the shoot-down “cover” for Israel’s invasion of Gaza.

The point was to get people thinking that some other nation or entity, other than Russia, was actually behind the murder of nearly 300 people.

RT persisted in blaming the Ukrainian government, even citing the Russian Defense Ministry as a source.

In another case of the media being caught spewing the Russian line, the conservative Washington Times on July 17 ran an advertising supplement from the same folks who put on the U.S.-Russia Forum on June 16 in Washington, D.C.

We covered that event, noting that participants included figures from the left, such as Stephen Cohen, a professor from New York University and Princeton, and his wife, Katrina vanden Heuvel, the editor and publisher of The Nation magazine. But participants also came from Pat Buchanan’s American Conservative magazine and the Ron Paul Institute.

The Washington Times supplement featured the comments of pro-Russian Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (CA), James Carden of the American Conservative magazine, and Professor Cohen. The thrust was that the U.S. is committing a major foreign policy blunder by supporting Ukraine against Russia.

Carden attacked The Washington Post editorial page for supposedly favoring a “hot war” with Russia.

The supplement also included the views of Ray McGovern, a former CIA analyst, who has stated his belief that the U.S. provoked Putin into invading Ukraine by recognizing the Ukrainian government that replaced Moscow’s puppet regime.

The ad can be viewed on the U.S.-Russia.org website, which apparently helped pay for it.

Rohrabacher’s support for the Russians has earned him the headline, “Kremlin Finds a Defender in Congress,” in The New York Times.

After the shoot-down of the Malaysian plane, however, Rohrabacher seemed to back away from his pro-Russian position, saying Vladimir Putin needed to explain how the mass murder happened. He conceded to BuzzFeed that pro-Russian forces probably shot it down.

07/20/14

Illegal Immigration Rally – SE Michigan 9.12 Tea Party

Hat Tip: Dick Manasseri

Our president Gary Kubiak expressed our concerns on camera.

Congressional candidate Tom McMillin stood in the drizzle with us for over an hour discussing the issue with the grassroots, as well as with Tea Party leaders from Medefco, Romeo, Troy and MICE (Michiganders for Immigration Control and Enforcement).

Tamyra Murray from MICE gave us an update on the situation in Vassar which effects all of us.