"There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with
power to endanger the public liberty." - - - - John Adams

Friday, May 31, 2013

New Democrat attack to tax the Boy Scouts

Marxist Insanity
Democrats would force the Boy Scouts to pay corporate taxes on donations, membership dues and camp fees

The People's Republic of California  -  The People's State Senate approved legislation Wednesday that would use California’s tax policy in an attempt to punish and tax the Boy Scouts of America into fully accepting gay members.

Freedom of association?  Freedom of religion?  It means nothing to the Marxist scum of the Democrat Party.

To Socialists these scout groups, that are often sponsored by churches, have no right to control their private membership policies.  Everyone must bow down to the all-powerful fucking Big Brother State and obey their Marxist Masters.

The bill would make the organization ineligible for nonprofit tax breaks, despite its vote last week to accept openly gay scouts while blocking gays from becoming scout leaders.

Leftist nut job Democratic Sen. Ricardo Lara of Bell Gardens says that policy means gays can join the scouts only until they turn 18.

“Equality does not have an expiration date,” he said. “Discrimination should not be subsidized.”

Scouting leaders have objected that the bill would harm local troops that serve 180,000 California youth. Conservative legal aid groups have promised to sue if the measure becomes law on the grounds that it would punish an organization based on its beliefs reports CBS News.

Lara’s SB323 would deny state tax breaks to youth groups that discriminate on the basis of gender identity, race, sexual orientation, nationality, religion or religious affiliation. It passed the Senate with a 27-9 vote, with the minimum two-thirds majority needed to alter the state’s tax policy.

It now goes to the Assembly. If the bill is eventually signed into law by the governor, the groups would have to pay corporate taxes on donations, membership dues and camp fees while also paying sales tax on food, beverages and homemade items sold at fundraisers.

“Today, more than ever, youth need the character and leadership programs of Scouting. We are disappointed with anything that impacts our ability to serve more youth,” Scouting spokesman Deron Smith said in an email.

He could not estimate how much the scouts might lose if the bill becomes law.

“This bill is about government vilifying our values and abusing its power to penalize, through taxation, those who hold different beliefs and values,” objected Karen England, executive director of the Capitol Resource Institute, which tries to strengthen traditional families.

Lara’s office and the advocacy group Equality California, which sponsored the measure, said it was the first gay rights bill to pass with a two-thirds majority in the state’s history. A similar measure has been introduced in the New York state Senate.

Democrats believe that all that is good in America must be destroyed in order to create a Marxist Paradise.

AP: DOJ Seized 'Thousands And Thousands' of Phone Calls

Banana Republic
AP CEO Says DOJ Seized Records For 'Thousands And Thousands' of Phone Calls

Police State  -  Under normal circumstances it is hard enough to get the Elite Media to write meaningful stories about real news.  Now with Comrade Obama's press intimidation and warrantless wiretapping programs the "free" press has been put on notice:  "We know where you are, who you talk with and any affairs you are having.  Don't fuck with us!  We have the IRS watching our backs."

Take a guess how many whistleblowers will be calling any reporters these days with Big Brother watching.

Now the Associated Press president and chief executive Gary Pruitt has told staff at a Wednesday town hall meeting that the phone records obtained by the government included "thousands and thousands" of calls in and out of the news organization, according to a staffer who attended.

The AP revealed on May 13 that the Justice Department had seized records for 20 separate phone lines over a two-month period as part of a leak investigation, but has not mentioned how many calls may have been affected.
AP President and CEO Gary Pruitt said Sunday on "Face the Nation." It was the methodology - "so sweeping, so secretively, so abusively and harassingly overbroad," he said - that breached the Constitution says the Huffington Post.

During the town hall, Pruitt reiterated that the AP did not report on a CIA-thwarted terrorist plot in May 2012 out of national security concerns until sources indicated the Obama administration was going to announce it publicly.

Pruitt explained. "So over 100, approximately a hundred journalists used these telephone lines as part of newsgathering and over the course of the two months of the records that they swept up, thousands upon thousands of newsgathering calls were made.

"...Under their own rules, they are required to narrow this request as narrowly as possible so as to not tread upon the First Amendment," he went on. "And yet they had a broad, sweeping collection, and they did it secretly. Their rules require them to come to us first but in this case they didn't, claiming an exception, saying that if they had it would have posed a substantial threat to their investigation. But they have not explained why it would and we can't understand why it would."

Pruitt said the AP acted "responsibly," holding the story for five days upon receiving guidance from the intelligence community that it posed a national security risk reports CBS News.

It was important for the American public to know about the CIA operation that thwarted an al Qaeda plot to detonate a bomb aboard a U.S.-bound airplane, he continued, because "the Department of Homeland security were telling the American public that there was no credible evidence of a terrorist plot related to the anniversary of the killing Of Osama bin Laden." That characterization was "misleading."

A call from a Washington, D.C. district attorney last week notified the AP of the subpoenaed phone records, Pruitt said. Since then, he added, "officials that would normally talk to us, and people we talk to in the normal course of newsgathering, are already saying they're a little reluctant to talk to us; they fear that they will be monitored by the government.

"...The government has no business having control over all, monitoring all of this newsgathering information from the Associated Press," he continued. "And if they restrict that apparatus, you're right - the people of the United States will only know what the government wants them to know and that's not what the framers of the Constitution had in mind when they wrote the First Amendment."

The Militarization of Public Schools

New British Military Public Schools
"Our teachers will embody the Army’s core values."

How soon we forget.  It was back in the 1920s and 1930s.  Society was under stress (when is society not under stress?) and the people in many nations turned to authoritarianism and Statism so order would be restored.

Now we see the British sticking their toe in the waters of Military Education for their youth.  Free thinking and questioning your "betters" will be discouraged, and replaced with military uniformity and obedience.

Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, is proposing the establishment of a chain of state-funded “free schools” which boast an Armed Forces ethos in line with similar plans in the United States.

The disclosure came as the Department for Education granted approval for one military-style school in Oldham – the first of its kind in the UK.

Under plans, The Phoenix Free School will open from September 2014 staffed by former members of the Armed Forces and led by a serving Army captain.

It will have a zero tolerance approach to bad behaviour and aim to boost sporting competitiveness among pupils, it is claimed reports the UK Telegraph.

Approval for the school – among 102 new free school projects announced – comes despite a decision by officials to reject the application last summer.

Military schools in China eagerly teach the young skulls full of mush to
obey the Party and their "betters" in Big Government.

It is believed that other schools with an Armed Forces ethos could follow after the DfE posted a research paper on its website urging new providers to set up military-style schools.

The report says backers should consider opening a cadet unit on site or bringing former soldiers into lessons as teachers through the "Troops to Teachers" retraining scheme.

Labour has already set out proposals for a generation of "Service Schools" staffed by former members of the Armed Forces to raise education standards.

The DfE document says: “The Government is interested in exploring how academies and free schools can use their freedoms to foster a military ethos and raise standards.

“We are also looking for parties interested in opening a new school with a military ethos.”

Another DfE paper, published at the same time, adds: “Our ambition is for pupils to use the benefits of a military ethos, such as self-discipline and teamwork, to achieve an excellent education which will help them shape their own futures.

“Promoting military ethos in schools helps foster confidence, self-discipline and self-esteem whilst developing teamwork and leadership skills."

Under plans, the Phoenix school will open in Oldham in September 2014 as the first such venture in the UK. It will take children aged 11-to-18.

Its main backers include Captain AK Burki, a member of the Army’s Counterinsurgency Centre, who recently served in Afghanistan, and Tom Burkard, professor of education policy at Derby University and a former instructor in the Royal Pioneer Corps.

The school says it will provide a full curriculum and adopt a zero-tolerance approach to behaviour.

“Our teachers will embody the Army’s core values of moral courage, self-discipline, respect for others, integrity, and loyalty,” the school’s website says. “They will all be trained in the military ‘Methods of Instruction’ syllabus – and they will all know their jobs.”

Free schools are new, state-funded institutions run free of local authority control.  Translation - the local people pay the taxes but have no right to control the schools they are forced to fund.

Young girls in Russia being taught the "benefits" of order and obedience.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Lincoln Chafee now a hooker for the Democrats

Follow the Money Trail
“There is no independent governors’ association throwing money around … but
there is a Democratic Governors Association.”
Governor Lincoln Chafee (Whore - Rhode Island)

Comrade Lincoln Chafee has spread his legs for cold hard Democrat cash.  But selling your political body for money is much easier when you don't believe in anything to start with.

Republican-turned-independent Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee has again switched his political affiliation — this time to the Democratic Party.

Chafee served in the U.S. Senate as a Republican from 1999 until losing his re-election bid in 2006 to Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse. He left the GOP in 2007 to become an independent before he was elected governor of the Ocean State in 2010.
"It's not what you know, but
who you blow."
Governor Lincoln Chafee

The governor hasn’t publicly spoken of his switch, but Comrade Obama — in a statement released through the Democratic National Committee — confirmed Wednesday that Chafee has become a fellow Comrade and joined the Socialist Democratic Party reports the Washington Times.

“For nearly 30 years, Linc Chafee has served his beloved Rhode Island as an independent thinker and leader  who’s unafraid to reach across party lines to get things done,” said the president.

“I enjoyed working with Linc when he was a Republican in the United States Senate, and I look forward to continuing that collaboration on the issues that matter not just to the Democratic Party, but to every American.”

Chafee, son of the late U.S. Sen. John Chafee, who also served Rhode Island as governor, told The Associated Press in December that he was considering joining the Democrats to help his chances of winning a second term in the Democratic state.

“There is no independent governors’ association throwing money  around … but there is a Democratic Governors Association,” he said at the time.

From Conservatism to Socialism
From the founding of the Republic, New England was the backbone of the Conservative Federalist Party, the National Republican Party, the Whig Party and later the Republican Party.  But today New England has drifted to become nearly solid Leftist Democrat.  For example, Democrats hold all 21 of New England's Congressional seats.
In Chafee's Rhode Island the GOP has become virtually extinct.  In the 75 member lower house of the legislature only 6 are Republican.  Chafee fleeing the Republican Party is just an act of self preservation.  After hearing the platform of the Republican Party, nearly all the voters of Rhode Island have totally rejected the GOP and opted for Big Government Socialism. 

Feds dumb down public school education

Common Core Nationalizes and Dumbs Down Public School Curriculum
- - - The unconstitutional Federalization of local education.

By Dr. Ron Paul
Tenth Amendment Center.com

In addition to shredding civil liberties, launching a Utopian global war for democracy, and going on a spending spree that would make LBJ blush, the so-called “conservative” Bush administration dramatically increased federal control over education via the “No Child Left Behind” act. During my time in Congress I heard nothing but complaints about this law from teachers, administrators, and, most importantly, students and parents. Most of the complaints concerned No Child Left Behind’s testing requirements, which encouraged educators to “teach to the test.”

Sadly, but not surprisingly, instead of improving education by repealing No Child Left Behind’s testing and other mandates, the Obama administration is increasing national control over schools via the “Common Core” initiative. Common Core is a new curriculum developed by a panel of so-called education experts. The administration is trying to turn Common Core into a national curriculum by offering states increased federal education funding if they impose Common Core’s curriculum on their public schools. This is yet another example of the government using money stolen from the people to bribe states into obeying federal dictates.

Critics of Common Core say it “dumbs down” education by replacing traditional English literature with “informational texts”. So students will read such inspiring materials as studies by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, the EPA’s “Recommended Levels of Insulation,” and “Invasive Plant Inventory” by California’s Invasive Plant Council. It is doubtful that reading federal reports will teach students the habits of critical thinking and skepticism of government that the Founders considered essential to maintaining a free republic.

Like Obamacare, Common Core (now dubbed “ObamaCore” by some) has sparked a backlash in the states, leading some to propose legislation forbidding state participation in the scheme. I hope these efforts lead to states not just opting out of Common Core, but out of No Child Left Behind and all other federal education programs as well.

Parents can also effectively “opt out” of programs like Common Core by seeking alternatives to government education. It is no coincidence that, as federal control over education increases, the quality of public education has declined and more parents have chosen to homeschool.

To support these parents, I have established my own homeschool curriculum. Unlike Common Core, we do not dumb down any of our offerings. Instead, the goal is to provide students with a rigorous education in history, math, English, foreign languages, and other core subjects necessary to a well-rounded education. Unlike the top-down model of nationalized education, the homeschool curriculum is deigned to encourage maximum input from parents and students. While the curriculum will reflect my belief, and interest, in Austrian economics, libertarian political theory, and the history of the struggle against state power, the curriculum is being carefully designed to not show bias toward any one religion. I hope all parents of any faith—or no religious belief at all—will feel comfortable using the curriculum.

I believe it is important for those of us concerned with education and liberty to fight our battles locally. We must oppose further encroachment on the autonomy of local public schools and work to roll-back existing interference, while encouraging and supporting the growth of homeschooling and other alternative education movements. The key to restoring quality education is to replace the bureaucratic control of education with a free-market in education. Parents should have the freedom to select the type of education that best suits their child’s unique needs.

(Dr. Ron Paul is an American physician, author, and former politician who served as the U.S. Representative for Texas' 14th and 22nd congressional districts.  On three occasions, he sought the Presidency of the United States: as the Libertarian Party candidate in 1988 and as a candidate in the Republican primaries of 2008 and 2012.)

Republican Socialism
The so-called "Conservative" George Bush Administration, backed by a "Conservative" GOP Congress, worked to unconstitutionally Federalize local education and violate the 10th Amendment of the Bill of Rights.
Since taking control of Congress in 1995 the GOP controlled Congress has consistently voted to grow the size and scope of the Federal government with no thought at all about the Constitution. 

The Re-Islamization of Turkey - Remembering the Fall of Constantinople

Above: Depiction of the Hagia Sophia's appearance during Byzantine times

 Turkey's Continuing Siege: Remembering the Fall of Constantinople

By Dr. Elizabeth H. Prodromou and Alexandros K. Kyrou
Huffington Post,  May 29, 2013

This week marks the 560th anniversary of the fall and capture of the magnificent Christian city of Constantinople, the eastern capital of the Roman Empire, to the forces led by the Ottoman Turkish Sultan, Mohammed (Mehmet) II. Mehmet took the title "the Conqueror" for himself, as a sign of the Turks' conquest of what was Europe's most glorious city of the Middle Ages and as recognition of the Ottoman jihadi victory over Christianity.

Nearly half a millennium later, the government of the Republic of Turkey continues to celebrate the fall of the city, today's Istanbul, with religious, sports, and media festivities. Kemalist governments long understood the fall of Constantinople as a signature event for Turkish nationalism. Visitors to Istanbul on May 29th could hardly mistake the nationalist message of the city draped in Turkish flags for as far as the eye could see, and under the current Islamist government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, secular nationalism has been augmented with a religious message about the fall of Constantinople as a sign of Islam's triumph over Christianity.

Islam - The Religion of Peace Attacks.
In the 7th century radical Islam burst on to the world.  This map shows the Islamist armies attacking the Christian Eastern Roman Empire lands in Egypt and Syria as well as the Zoroastrian Persian Empire.  For 800 years the professional armies of the Eastern Roman Empire provided the shield that protected Western Europe from Islamic invasion.

Last year, Erdogan floated the idea of designating May 29th as a Turkish national holiday. More recently, he suggested the possibility of a referendum on the conversion of the historic Byzantine Christian Cathedral of Hagia Sophia, captured by Mehmet when he rode on horseback through the colossal entry doors into the heart of the sanctuary, from its current status as a museum into a functioning mosque.

Ankara has consistently critiqued the European Union as a Christian Club keeping Turkey at arm's length because of religious prejudice against Islam. Yet, the fall of Constantinople on May 29th in 1453 began an unrelenting, centuries-long pattern of persecution and discrimination against the city's Christian population. This policy of religious cleansing lays bare the lie of the Ottoman Empire as a benign, multi-cultural polity, and also highlights the violations of human rights and religious freedom that are the hallmark of Turkey's treatment of its Christian minority populations.

The anniversary of the fall of Constantinople is a reminder that the siege against Turkey's Christians continues to this day -- most egregiously, against the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the tiny Greek Orthodox Christian community (fewer than 2,000 in number), as well as against the small Armenian Orthodox and Syriac Orthodox Christian communities (their combined numbers total about 80,000). All of these Christians are survivors tracing their roots to Constantinople when it fell to the Ottoman Turks.

The erasure of Christians from Constantinople (located on the ancient city of Byzantion on the southernmost promontory of the European side of the Bosporus) is one of the tragedies of history. When the Ottomans began their 54-day siege of Constantinople, the city was still renowned throughout Europe for its size, wealth, and cosmopolitan sophistication. Even after the disintegrated Western Roman Empire had been resuscitated by Charlemagne as the Holy Roman Empire, the capital city of the Eastern Roman, or Byzantine, Empire had a population numbering nearly one million, and was the repository of Medieval Europe's art, ancient literature, and the birthplace of the hospital and the university.

And long after the Christian Sees of Antioch, Alexandria, and Jerusalem had fallen to Arab Muslim armies moving westward through the Levant and the Holy Lands of Christianity's origins, Constantinople stood as reminder that the epicenter of Christian theology and practice was in the eastern territories of the Roman Empire -- only the See of Rome lay in western imperial lands. When the Great Schism split Christendom into the Greek Orthodox East and Roman Catholic West, Constantinople's Christians were largely alone on the frontlines when the Ottoman Turks began their assault the city.

The Fall of Constantinople to the Muslims in 1453.
The "Religion of Peace" beat on the Romans for over 800 years.  The Roman soldiers manned the walls in 1453 with only swords and bows and arrows knew if wavered for only a second the Muslims would break through, murder the men, enslave the Christian women and children and exterminate their civilization.
The impregnable walls of Constantinople were finally breached by modern Turkish artillery.  As the Muslim Turks were pouring through the broken walls Constantine XI Palaiologos, the last Emperor of the Romans, ripped off his Imperial Purple insignia, drew his sword and with a handful of loyal soldiers charged into the Muslim horde to die defending Western Civilization and Christianity.

The Ottomans' capture of Constantinople was the final blow marking the end of the world's most long-lived polity, the Roman Empire. In the former Byzantine East, Christians found themselves living in an Islamic theocracy, rendered second-class subjects of the Ottoman Sultan: as dhimmi, they were accorded formal status as protected "Peoples of the Book," and as a religious community, the Christian millet was overseen by the Ecumenical Patriarch.

But in reality, Christians in the Ottoman Empire were treated as chattel, and were subjected to all manner of persecution and exploitation: most notably, the infamous devershirme was a system of forcible conscription-conversion of Christian children as a form of human tax for the Ottoman state.

The conventional portrayal of Mustapha Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey, has been built on the political canard that the secularist principles of the Republic of Turkey were a deliberate turn away from the Islamic theocracy of the Ottoman Empire. The reality is quite different. In fact, Turkey's founding moment involved the genocide of two-and-a-half million Armenian, Assyrian, and Greek Christians in Ottoman Anatolia and Asia Minor--in short, most of the remaining Orthodox Christian population that had survived from Byzantine Christian times.

In some ways, Ankara's policies against Turkey's Christian citizens have added a modern veneer and sophisticated brutality to Ottoman norms and practices. Pogroms, persecution, and discrimination have been visited on Turkey's Christians.

The Turkish press revealed only weeks ago that Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew was the target of an assassination conspiracy (the second such plot against his life in four years), and the constant threats and interference in the affairs of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Greek Orthodox community have led to the near extinction of that ancient Christian community. In the words of an anonymous Church hierarch in Turkey fearful for the life of his flock, Christians in Turkey are an endangered species. The siege of Constantinople continues today, 560 years after the fall on May 29th, 1453.

Dr. Elizabeth H. Prodromou is Affiliate Scholar at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University and former Vice Chair of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom; Dr. Alexandros K. Kyrou is Prof. of History at Salem State University, where he teaches on Byzantium, the Balkans, and the Ottoman Empire.

And it's the U.S. that has helped reconstruct the Ottoman Empire: Robert E. Kaplan

(Atlas Shrugs)

Porta Aurea - Golden Gate of Constantinople (Sunrise Version)
Click this video to full screen. Beautiful.

Forum of Constantine in Constantinople

Chariot Race at the Hippodrome

The Eastern Roman Empire
While Western Europe wallowed in the poverty and illiteracy of the
Dark Ages, Constantinople was the cosmopolitan capital of the surviving 
Roman Empire. 
See our sister blog: Byzantine Military. 

The Hippodrome of Constantinople seated over 30,000 people.

The triple defensive walls of Constantinople.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Scotland: Every Child to Have “State Guardian” From Birth

"Nearly all children nowadays were horrible. What was worst of all was that by means of such organizations as the Spies they were systematically turned into ungovernable little savages, and yet this produced in them no tendency whatever to rebel against the discipline of the Party. On the contrary, they adored the Party and everything connected with it... All their ferocity was turned outwards, against the enemies of the State, against foreigners, traitors, saboteurs, thought-criminals. It was almost normal for people over thirty to be frightened of their own children."
- George Orwell, 1984, Book 1, Chapter 2

A 1984 Big Brother to be assigned to watch each Scottish baby from birth
  • All Hail the Police State.

1984 was not supposed to be an instruction manual.  Every child in Scotland is to be assigned a “state minder” from birth under draconian new proposals that would enable the government to spy on families under the justification of preventing “child abuse”.

Writing in the Scotsman of how he penned a dystopian novel based around this very scenario of every child being assigned a government mentor, sociology and criminology lecturer at the University of Abertay Dundee Stuart Walton writes, “Unfortunately, this dystopian future has arrived a little faster than I imagined, as last week the Scottish Government’s plan to give every child a state guardian from birth was launched.”
“This state-appointed overseer will be a specific, named individual, and every child will have one, from birth. The responsibility for creating this named guardian will fall on the heads of the health boards for the first five years of a child’s life, before being transferred to councils,” reports Infowars News.
The program is a statutory initiative built into the Children and Young People Bill. Children’s minister Aileen Campbell justified the proposal by asserting it would “make sure there is someone having an overview of what is happening to that child, to make sure that early indicators of anything that would pose a threat or risk to that child are flagged up”.
Walton speculates on what kind of behavior could eventually be deemed “child abuse,” including the contents of a child’s school lunch box or a re-definition of “bullying” to include a parent shouting at their kid.
Indeed, as we have previously documented, schools are now encouraging children to spy on their parents’ recycling habits in the name of protecting mother earth. Could the alleged eco-crime of failing to place a piece of cardboard in the correct trash can prompt the child to report his parents to the “state guardian” and spark an investigation?

Top judges like Alan Goldsack QC are also calling on the government to intervene to remove children from “criminal families” at birth. As part of what it calls “Family Intervention Projects,” the British government has also forced thousands of families to install surveillance cameras inside their own homes while subjecting them to home visits to ensure that children go to bed on time, attend school and eat proper meals.
MSNBC Host Melissa Harris-Perry »  "All Your Kids Belong To Us"

 George Orwell - A Final Warning

The idea of having a government social worker assigned to spy on every family via the child is an abhorrent notion that would only be accepted in despotic hellholes like North Korea, Maoist China, or Stalinist Russia, yet it is calmly being proposed in current legislation.
The secret police of Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu also recruited thousands of children aged 12-14 to spy on their school friends, parents and teachers, according to communist-era archives. At the height of the dictatorship, a staggering 15 per cent of the country’s informants were children. They were encouraged to report anyone who expressed a political opinion contrary to the status quo or those who merely made a joke of Ceausescu.
Is the Scottish government also taking cues from George Orwell’s 1984? In the dystopian classic, “children who turned in their own parents as traitors” are treated as heroes by the Party.
The notion of children being the collective property of the state is also creeping into American society. As we reported last month, college professor and MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry caused an outcry amongst conservatives when she remarked, “We have to break through our private idea that kids belong to their parents or kids belong to their families,” as part of a promotional video for an MSNBC campaign entitled ‘Lean Forward’.

“History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the
Party is always right.”
― George Orwell, 1984

The Pentagon is run by idiots

The Joint Chiefs of Staff at a recent meeting.
Idiots, Morons and Fools, Oh My
U.S. weapons system designs are stolen by Chinese cyberspies while both
parties are too busy lining their pockets with corrupt cash to care.

Gary Rule #1  -  People are fucking idiots.
We are ruled by idiots.  Not just moronic Democrats but wackjob, mouth-breathing Republicans too.

I have to ask.  What stupid bastard would store top secret military information on computers that are connected to the Internet?  Hello??? 

Has any general seen the movies "Wargames", "Swordfish" and "Live Free or Die Hard"?  Has anyone in government bothered to read the news about computer hacking during the last 30 years?

I have seen some dumb bastards in my day, but the generals in the Pentagon and their civilian leaders have to rank as some of the most stupid people ever born.

Wargames (1983)
Way back in 1983 Matthew Broderick hacked into NORAD and nearly started a nuclear war. But after all these years the idiots in our military and in government still store vital data in computers where any 16 year old in the world can hack in and steal it.

Designs for many of the nation’s most sensitive advanced weapons systems have been compromised by Chinese hackers, according to a report prepared for the Pentagon and to officials from government and the defense industry.

Among more than two dozen major weapons systems whose designs were breached were programs critical to U.S. missile defenses and combat aircraft and ships, according to a previously undisclosed section of a confidential report prepared for Pentagon leaders by the Defense Science Board reports the Washington Post.

Experts warn that the electronic intrusions gave China access to advanced technology that could accelerate the development of its weapons systems and weaken the U.S. military advantage in a future conflict.

The Defense Science Board, a senior advisory group made up of government and civilian experts, did not accuse the Chinese of stealing the designs. But senior military and industry officials with knowledge of the breaches said the vast majority were part of a widening Chinese campaign of espionage against U.S. defense contractors and government agencies.

Some of the weapons form the backbone of the Pentagon’s regional missile defense for Asia, Europe and the Persian Gulf. The designs included those for the advanced Patriot missile system, known as PAC-3; an Army system for shooting down ballistic missiles, known as the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD; and the Navy’s Aegis ballistic-missile defense system.

Also identified in the report are vital combat aircraft and ships, including the F/A-18 fighter jet, the V-22 Osprey, the Black Hawk helicopter and the Navy’s new Littoral Combat Ship, which is designed to patrol waters close to shore.

The Locked Filing Cabinet
The file cabinet in a locked and guarded room.  The old fashioned, low-tech way to protect documents from cyber theft by either foreign governments or 16 year old hackers.  But I am just a "crazy" Blogger.  What do I know?

George Carlin  - Stupid People



More IRS crackdowns on the 1st Amendment are coming out everyday

IRS to Tea Party:
'State the Reasons You Did Not Have a Candidate Rally for Lone Democratic Candidate'
  • The IRS does not target Marxist, Socialist and Democrat groups.
  • How about abolishing the IRS and pass a flat income tax of 10% with a postcard form that any 3rd grader could fill out?

Police State  -  The boot-licking Marxist lackeys of the Obama regime have been doing everything in their power to crush Conservative freedom of speech using the IRS as a weapon.  The 1st Amendment and Bill of Rights have no meaning to these bastards.

The Internal Revenue Service, in a letter dated November 16, 2011, asked the Albuquerque Tea Party why it didn’t host a “candidate rally” in 2010 for the lone Democratic gubernatorial candidate in New Mexico after it had hosted a “question and answer forum” for the Republican candidates.

On the Democrat side, then-Lt. Gov. Diane Denish was running for New Mexico governor unopposed, but five Republicans were running in the primary for the opportunity to face Denish in November reports CNS News.

On page four of the IRS letter, question 8 asked the Albuquerque Tea Party:

“In describing your Event Rallies you stated that you hosted a question and answer forum with the GOP Primary Candidates for Governor of the state, and that not all GOP candidates attended. You stated that since there was only one candidate in the Democratic primary, there was no comparison to be made in the primary.”

In Question 8a of the letter, the IRS directed the Albuquerque group to “Describe in detail the GOP Event Rally, including questions asked, and state the reasons you did not have a candidate rally for the lone Democratic candidate.”

An IRS spokeswoman declined to comment Friday on the agency’s rationale for asking the Albuquerque Tea Party why it had not held an "event rally" for Lt. Gov. Denish in early 2010 and how that might affect the organization's application to become a 501(c)(4) group.

Rick Harbaugh, president of the Albuquerque Tea Party, told CNSNews.com that the reason his group did not have a forum for Denish was “very simple.”

“When there’s no opposition, there’s no point,” he said, adding that the Republican primary was contentious, given the fact that multiple candidates were running.

Harbaugh said he is unaware of any legal requirement for his organization to offer equal access to the Democratic candidate. He declined to provide the responses his organization sent to the IRS for privacy reasons.

David French, a senior counsel at the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), says that the Albuquerque Tea Party, as an organization hoping to receive tax-exempt status, had no compelling legal reason to provide equal access for a particular party or candidate.