Thursday, December 26, 2013

Obama Unapologetic About Drone Massacre of Yemeni Wedding Party

From Storyleak:   
     "What is most disturbing about this very sordid and ongoing saga is the persistent refusal of the US Government to issue any kind of apology for these atrocities. Because of the CIA’s routine lack of acknowledgment of these massacres, even the citizenry of the USA seems to be oblivious to such heinous crimes being committed in their name.  They seem to occur and then are very quickly forgotten just like passing days of the week.  Clearly, this is the most serious byproduct of these barbaric assaults in foreign lands.  That the people have come to accept them as business as usual.
     "Only because these frequent fatal attacks are not being conducted in Western nations are they somehow justifiable.  They have no legitimacy in international law, common law, natural law or federal law.  Simply put, the drone assassination program operates completely outside of the framework of every body of law in existence, including military law."
Read the article here.


Sunday, December 22, 2013

Western Media Ignores 'Largest Massacre of Christians in Syria'

     One of the worst Christian massacres of the modern era—complete with mass graves, tortured-to-death women and children, and destroyed churches—recently took place in Syria, at the hands of the U.S.-supported jihadi “rebels," while the U.S. government and its “mainstream media” mouthpiece are, as usual, silent (that is, when not actively trying to minimize matters).  The massacre took place in Sadad, an ancient Syriac Orthodox Christian habitation, so old as to be mentioned in the Old Testament.
      Sadat’s 14 churches, some ancient, were ransacked and destroyed; the bodies of six people from one family, ranging from ages 16 to 90, were found at the bottom of a well (an increasingly common fate for “subhuman” Christians).
      The jihadis even made a graphic video (with English subtitles) of those whom they massacred, while shouting Islam’s victory-cry, “Allahu Akbar," which arch neo-conservative John McCain equates to a Christian saying, “Thank God." Another video, made after Sadad was liberated, shows more graphic atrocities.
     Please pray for the Christians and all people in Syria and share this report.

Friday, December 20, 2013

10 Rules for Dealing with the Police that EVERYONE Needs to Know

     It's a sign of the times: EVERYONE needs to learn these rules/tips to prepare for an encounter with law enforcement agents (they are no longer called Peace Officers for a reason!).  Knowledge is power, and government officials, even locally, prefer that we remain ignorant of our rights and how to assert them.  Rule #1--forcing yourself to speak and act calmly during a confrontation--may seem obvious, especially to middle-class citizens, but self-control won't come easily in real life, especially when you are innocent.  The rest of the rules are not so intuitive and we need to study them. Middle-class citizens, already a vanishing category, can expect to have more "encounters with law enforcement" as the planned implosion of our economy continues unabated.
     I recommend watching this video more than once.  From Flex Your Rights.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Elian Gonzalez: From Cute Kid to "Cuban Revolutionary" Propagandist

      Elian Gonzalez is back in the headlines this week after leaving Cuba for the first time since being handed over to Castro. Elian traveled to Ecuador for the 23rd World Festival of Youth and Students, where he had some harsh words for the US in an interview with CNN en Espanol.  According to the young revolutionary, it's the US's fault that his mother tried to leave and died.  Without the economic turmoil caused by the embargo, no one would want to leave Cuba.  Also, he proudly claimed not to have a religion, but that if he did, his god would be Fidel Castro! Read it here.
     By the way, it turns out that the Elian Gonzalez affair is where a young Eric Holder earned his spurs: as the then Deputy Attorney General, he authorized the government raid that took the child into custody at gunpoint, without feeling the need to get one of those pesky court order things.  Read it here.


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Pope Francis' Message for One Human Family, Food for All

Caritas Internationalis, with Pope Francis' blessing, on Tuesday launched its first ever global campaign to end world hunger by 2025.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

The Daily Show: Stuart Varney vs. Pope Francis

     Jon Stewart provided a clinic in economics and morality for Fox News’ Stuart Varney. Last month Pope Francis excoriated unfettered capitalism and trickle-down economics. He called it the ‘New Tyranny’. It is obvious that would put many on the Right into an utter state of hysteria. Rush Limbaugh went into a state of hyperventilation. Fox News did not know what to do. Last week they were all about the President abrogating church rights. What about now?
     Turns out Jon Stewart wondered if he could get an argument against the minimum wage. Of course he turned to Fox News Stuart Varney. Varney did not disappoint. Varney asked Juan Williams for an economic argument for the minimum wage increase not based on need to feed a family or emotion. Really?
     That baffled Jon Stewart. “That is the type of statement that is usually followed by the dead business partner and the ghost of Christmas past, present, and future. Alright. Alright. We have heard the argument that you need it to feed your family. Fine, I’ve got that. Let’s hear the argument treating it as if you are not human,” he said.
     Stuart Varney then asks Juan Williams to make a moral judgment as to whether someone without a diploma or right out of school deserves $15.00 an hour. Of course Varney never asks one to makes a moral judgment as to whether a plutocrat should be making millions while drinking tea at his pool. He never asks one to make the moral judgment of a CEO making over 300 times his workers’ wages for doing little. He does not ask one to make a moral judgment of a system that rewards capital more so than human beings.


Friday, December 6, 2013

Church Group Targeted for Feeding the Homeless

     Apparently the government's new policy on unemployment, poverty, and homelessness is to keep it out of sight and out of mind.  From StoryLeak:
     A street ministry in Olympia, Washington focused on feeding the homeless is currently fighting attempts to have their work criminalized by the city.
     Ben Charles, founder of Crazy Faith Ministries, has fed the area’s homeless population every Thursday and Saturday from the same parking lot for the last two years, handing out as many as 5,000 meals per month.
     Although the group has had a long and highly supported presence in the area, complaints began arising regarding issues such as vehicle traffic being blocked from the growing number of hungry people coming to be fed.  In October, Charles received notice from the Olympia Police Department that his group would no longer be allowed to use the lot, although they were unable to cite any law broken.

     Read the article here.


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Those Vaccinated with the Pertussis Vaccine Are Spreading the Disease

By Toni Bark, M.D.:   
     The recent news articles to hit the mainstream media in the past week finally state what public health officials and epidemiologists have known for some time: those vaccinated against pertussis are carrying and spreading the bacteria and are responsible for most of the outbreaks.
     And, if you look up scholarly articles about previous outbreaks of measles, you'll find academic papers on an entity termed "the paradox of measles"; a paradox because those vaccinated are the ones contracting the disease whilst the unvaccinated in many communities with outbreaks, are unscathed.
     In addition, the rise in shingles over the past decade or so, is due to the chicken pox vaccine. This link is not denied in academic literature and was even predicted by mathematical biologists and epidemiologists, and was confirmed by another study funded by the CDC.
     If vaccinated children and adults are capable of spreading disease, shall we hold them and their parents legally liable for outbreaks?
Continue reading the article from Green Med Info. 


Sunday, December 1, 2013

The Antidote for Black Friday (and now Thursday evening, too)

     Pope Francis has ramped up the Vatican’s charity work, sending his chief alms-giver and a contingent of Swiss guards onto the streets of Rome at night to do what he usually can’t do: comfort the poor and the homeless.
     A few times a week, Archbishop Konrad Krajewski takes a few off-duty guards with him in his modest white Fiat to make the rounds at Rome’s train stations, where charities offer makeshift soup kitchens that feed 400-500 people a night. Often they bring the leftovers from the Vatican mess halls to share.
 Read this Washingon Post article here.