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September 14, 2011 (Wednesday)'s note, opinion and commentary: 

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Orthodoxy is not a religion.  It is CHRISTIANITY itself! To a true Christian, the events taking place through out the world and locally in the USA today is important because of how it may (and in some instances has) affected our religious rights and freedoms here in the U.S.A and in some other Western World Countries already.

Initially we had begun by "Subject" but found that by "DATE" is a better format.  Thus, the former entitled "Concerning" below are a form of archival resources while the remainder is by dating. 

As Thou, Father, art in me and I in Thee; that they also may be one in Us. (John 17:21)

Christopher Herman 3:35pm Sep 13
"Ron Paul campaign staffer Jack Hunter quipped about Paul being skipped over on the debate question:

You know Ron Paul is winning when everyone is asked about the Federal Reserve — while trying to sound exactly like the Texas Congressman — except the one man responsible for bringing this issue to the table in the first place.

Rep. Paul was asked to comment during the debate on healthcare, a topic the only medical doctor in the race has been passed over for comment in past debates. (Paul is an obstetrician and Duke University Medical School graduate who delivered more than 4,000 babies.) Asked by CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer about whether he would allow a hypothetical healthy 30-year-old man not to purchase health insurance, Paul responded: "That's what freedom is all about, taking your own risks."

Blitzer pressed further, asking a hypothetical situation where the same man got sick and needed care for six months without health insurance. The CNN host asked who would pay for the care: "Are you saying that society should just let him die?"

Paul responded from practical experience and defended free markets in medical care:

"No. I practiced medicine before we had Medicaid, in the early 1960s when I got out of medical school. I practiced at Santa Rosa Hospital in San Antonio. And the churches took care of them. We never turned anybody away from the hospital, and we've given up on this whole concept that we might take care of ourselves, assume responsibility for ourselves, that our neighbors, our friends, our churches would do it. And that's the reason the cost is so high. The cost is so high because we dump it on the government, it becomes a bureaucracy, it becomes a special interest, it cow-tows to the insurance companies and to the drug companies.""
CNN/Tea Party Debates the Fed (without Ron Paul) and Healthcare

The CNN/Tea Party Express presidential debate Sept. 12 featured a staple question of the Ron Paul ca

Christopher Herman 1:36pm Sep 13
"In 2009, two days before an agency called the Texas Forensic Science Commission was to hear evidence that an innocent man may have been put to death, Gov. Rick Perry removed the panel's chairman and two other members, replacing them with a fresh set of allies who then bottled up the issue.

The move, which the commissioners say took them by surprise, was one of many Mr. Perry has taken to strengthen his authority and centralize control—turning a traditionally weak governorship into a power center. Now a Republican presidential candidate, Mr. Perry says he wants to diminish the reach of the federal government. His history suggests he would be unafraid to exercise power to achieve his goals.

"Rick Perry has become the most powerful governor we've ever had, not just in legislative terms but in how he wields power," said Alex Winslow, executive director of Texas Watch, a liberal-leaning group in Austin that describes itself as a consumer-advocacy organization.

By constitutional design that dates to Reconstruction, Texas has a weak governorship. In addition to the legislature, power is diffused among 270 agencies, boards and commissions. Governors makes appointments, but wield limited power over them because members can't be fired, said Cal Jillson, a political scientist at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Mr. Perry was able to replace the forensic-panel members because they were at the end of their terms.

Mr. Perry's ability to strengthen his hand is partly due to his longevity. He has served for 11 years, longer than anyone in Texas history and long enough to leave his mark on state commissions. (Texas has no term limits for its governor.) Mr. Perry's spokesman, Mark Miner, said that to the best of his knowledge, Mr. Perry had appointed every leader and member of the state's 270 agencies, boards and commissions, which would be unprecedented."
In Texas, Perry Makes a Weak Office Stronger

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has taken many steps to strengthen his authority and centralize control in wha

Christopher Herman 11:59am Sep 13
Afghan Children Being Sold Into Forced Labor

Endemic poverty in parts of Afghanistan is forcing many poor families to sell their children in orde

Christopher Herman 10:54am Sep 13
Why is a Monsanto lobbyist serving as the FDA's Food Safety Czar?

Why is a former Monsanto lobbyist currently serving as the FDA's food safety czar waging war on smal

Christopher Herman 10:51am Sep 13
"Despite its ‘shoot ’em-up’ image in popular culture, the Central Intelligence Agency is predominantly responsible for collecting and analyzing intelligence for the benefit of US policymakers. The Agency’s paramilitary tasks —also known as ‘special operations’— form a somewhat smaller part of its overall mission. The CIA is America’s only government agency that can legally, authorized by the President, perform special operations. The question is, should it? One of the 9/11 Commission Report’s chief recommendations was that the CIA should be stripped of its special operations function, and that the latter should be surrendered to the Department of Defense, in the form of the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC).
Clearly, JSOC has played an important role in post-9/11 counterterrorist operations. Yet it is equally clear that, not only has the CIA not been stripped of its paramilitary tasks, but the latter have actually been drastically augmented by the Obama administration —not least through the continuing unmanned drone program in Afghanistan and Pakistan. A well-written analysis by Politico’s Josh Gerstein correctly notes that recommendations to eliminate the CIA’s paramilitary role and transfer it to the Pentagon “remain unpopular in the highest echelons”. "
Analysis: CIA retains special operations role in post-9/11 era

"Do you want the CIA operating a combatant command responsible for fighting our twilight wars, espec

Christopher Herman 10:46am Sep 13
"Daniel Estulin, noted expert on the Bilderbergers, describes that secretive globalist group as "a medium of bringing together financial institutions which are the world's most powerful and most predatory financial interests". Writing in June 2011, he said:
Bilderberg isn't a secret society. ... It's a meeting of people who represent a certain ideology. ... Not OWG [One World Government] or NWO [New World Order] as too many people mistakenly believe. Rather, the ideology is of a ONE WORLD COMPANY LIMITED.
It seems the Bilderbergers are less interested in governing the world than in owning the world. The "world company" was a term first used at a Bilderberger meeting in Canada in 1968 by George Ball, US under secretary of state for economic affairs and a managing director of banking giants Lehman Brothers and Kuhn Loeb.

The world company was to be a new form of colonialism, in which global assets would be acquired by economic rather than military coercion. The company would extend across national boundaries, aggressively engaging in mergers and acquisitions until the assets of the world were subsumed under one privately-owned corporation, with nation-states subservient to a private international central banking system.

Estulin continues:
The idea behind each and every Bilderberg meeting is to create what they themselves call THE ARISTOCRACY OF PURPOSE between European and North American elites on the best way to manage the planet. In other words, the creation of a global network of giant cartels, more powerful than any nation on Earth, destined to control the necessities of life of the rest of humanity.

... This explains what George Ball ... said back in 1968, at a Bilderberg meeting in Canada: "Where does one find a legitimate base for the power of corporate management to make decisions that can profoundly affect the economic life of nations to whose governments they have only limited responsibility?"
That base of power was found in the private global banking system. Estulin goes on:
The problem with today's system is that the world is run by monetary systems, not by national credit systems. ... [Y]ou don't want a monetary system to run the world. You want sovereign nation-states to have their own credit systems, which is the system of their currency. ... [T]he possibility of productive, non-inflationary credit creation by the state, which is firmly stated in the US Constitution, was excluded by Maastricht [the Treaty of the European Union] as a method of determining economic and financial policy.
The world company acquires assets by preventing governments from issuing their own currencies and credit. Money is created instead by banks as loans at interest. The debts inexorably grow, since more money is always owed back than was created in the original loans. (For more on this, see here.) If currencies are not allowed to expand to meet increased costs and growth, the inevitable result is a wave of bankruptcies, foreclosures, and sales of assets at firesale prices. Sales to whom? To the "world company".
Asia Times Online :: S&P and the Bilderbergers

Asia Times Online. The Asia News Hub providing the latest news and analysis regarding economics, eve

Christopher Herman 10:43am Sep 13
National Security Law, Fifth Edition (Aspen Casebook)

National Security Law, Fifth Edition , provides the broadest exploration of both constitutional and

Christopher Herman 10:35am Sep 13
US Homeland Security now tracking medical records of Canadians

US Homeland Security now tracking medical records of Canadians

Christopher Herman 10:21am Sep 13
Obama DOJ Aggressively Targeting Peaceful Pro-Life Counselors

The Obama Administration's Justice Department is aggressively targeting pro-life counselors for thei

Christopher Herman 10:24pm Sep 12
No, not a anti-Perry posting this time, but a overview of the problem (if not the solution) which Perry should certainly pick up if he wants to pursue the "Ponzi scheme" theme....
Rick Perry On Social Security—Setting Grandma's Hair on Fire

Social Security is a "Ponzi scheme for these young people," said Gov. Rick Perry in his first debate

Christopher Herman 10:11pm Sep 12
"Returning to these complaints about disparate impact on women in the executive suites, let me point out that one mechanism that thins the ranks of women in the executive suites is that as young women climb the corporate ladder, they come into less and less contact with the dweebier guys down the ladder and more and more contact with the most powerful and ambitious men at the top. Women don't generally love working in the macho atmospheres found higher up, but a lot of them do fall in love with individual macho executives, whom they often marry. And then they tend to downsize their own careers (since their husbands make so much money) to concentrate on helicopter mothering their children.

I recall one young woman at my old company who was shooting up the corporate ladder until she became a direct report to the single most brilliant youngish executive. After awhile, he left his wife and kids to marry her, and then she started concentrating less on her own career and instead on the promoting the career of her very high income, very high potential new husband.

So, here's a different model of what might have happened on Wall Street: Affirmative action pressure to hire women at Wall Street banks to avoid disparate impact lawsuits led to a lot of women getting hired, who then found that they don't really like trading, with its macho atmosphere, but they do like macho traders. In fact, they like them so much they want to have their babies. So, they tended to marry a rich male colleague, then downshift careerwise to being a Tiger Mother for their offspring."
The Latest Crises Besetting Affluent White Women

Kevin Drum is upset by an LA Times article: The financial industry, long known for its boys-club en

Christopher Herman 10:08pm Sep 12
Obama's Administrative Amnesty Activated: Where Is GOP?

In effect, the Feds are behaving as if Congress passed the DREAM Act. Which it did not.

hristopher Herman 10:05pm Sep 12
David Frum On Rick Perry:"Why Have Labor Laws Gone So Badly Enforced? In Very Large Part: Because Rick Perry’s Donors Don’t Want Them Enforced."
By James Fulford on September 10, 2011
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"“What what Gov. Perry has done is he provided in-state tuition for illegal immigrants, maybe that

Christopher Herman 10:03pm Sep 12
"Then there's the Texas Halal Law, which makes it a criminal offense to sell Halal and non-Halal meat in the same store, without specifically labeling the two, and of misrepresenting non-Halal meat as being Halal. In theory that's not such a big deal. Similar laws are on the books for Kosher meat. But the problem comes with the definition of what Halal is.

"Halal," as applied to food, means food prepared and served in conformity with Islamic religious requirements according to a recognized Islamic authority.

That comes from the bill's definition. And it raises the question of who is recognized as an Islamic authority. HB 470 leaves that question open. But in a dispute over which Islamic definition of Halal to use, the State of Texas would be forced to rule on a question of Islamic law. And to enforce that law. Texas would become an enforcer of Sharia.

The Texas Halal Law was lobbied for by Mohamed Elibiary and his Freedom and Justice Foundation and is quoted in a recent article about their positive relationship with Perry. Elibiary has spoken at an event honoring the Ayatollah Khomeini and recommends the writings of the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood. Last year he wrote an op-ed warning against assassinating Al-Qaeda leaders. And of course he's busy educating Americans about Sharia.

At the signing, Perry made a point of thanking Imam Bakhash for all that he does. Bakhash also appears to be one of the judges on the Texas Islamic Court, whose decisions have been upheld as binding by Texas appellate courts.

Then there's Perry's friendly relationship with Farouk Shami, who has a rather ugly background when it comes to Israel, and who suggested that 9/11 might be a conspiracy. He is the Palestinian in the Perry quote mentioned below.

Believe it or not, all this is the good news. It's a sad commentary on the state of Islamic infiltration that this is business as usual in state politics. The bad news is that this means Perry's as bad on Islam as George W. Bush. Maybe worse."
Sultan Knish: Rick Perry and Islam

articles by Daniel Greenfield on terrorism, socialism and the future of civilization in the US, Euro

Christopher Herman 9:52pm Sep 12
"Examining recent exit-polling data, in which some 60 percent of White voters supported Republican candidates--and approximately 90 percent of total Republican votes cast were by Whites--National Journal’s Ron Brownstein concluded:

"By any standard, white voters’ rejection of Democrats in November’s elections was daunting and even historic.

Fully 60 percent of whites nationwide backed Republican candidates for the House of Representatives; only 37 percent supported Democrats, according to the National Election Poll exit poll conducted by Edison Research. Not even in Republicans’ 1994 congressional landslide did they win that high a percentage of the white vote."[White Flight National Journal, January 7, 2011]

Moreover, only White voters gave majority support to the GOP’s core positions, for example, that government should be limited in scope and programs such as Obamacare, repealed.

This European-American ingathering is mirrored by the voting patterns of non-Whites--an astonishing 80 percent of whom supported Barack Obama in 2008. In turn, major Democratic initiatives such as Obamacare find majority support only among Black and Hispanic blocs.

Historically, the trend is quite clear: the GOP must win a higher percentage of White voters than of the general (multi-racial) population, and often by a significant margin.

In 2008, John McCain won 55 percent of the White vote, mainly due to the economic downturn and unpopularity of the Bush administration. Decades earlier, when America had yet to be transformed by mass immigration, winning such a percentage of the Majority would have secured election for most any national candidate. Gerald Ford, for instance, would have been reelected in 1976 if he had won as many White votes as did McCain.

And as 2008 proved, winning a mere majority of White voters is not enough. Sweeping Republican victories (such as occurred in 1994 and 2010) are only possible with outstanding Euro-American participation."
The Majority Strategy: The Essential Argument--Why The GOP Must Win White America

The GOP is effectively The White People’s Party, whether the Republican leadership likes it or not.

Christopher Herman 8:55pm Sep 12
Monroe Doctrines in Asia? | The Diplomat
The Monroe Doctrine is seen as a quintessentially US policy, but it has lessons for India and China

Christopher Herman 12:01pm Sep 12
The Military-industrial Complex’s War on Defense Cuts

The military-industrial complex is using every weapon in its arsenal, including Defense Secretaries,

Christopher Herman 11:30am Sep 12
Execution in Texas: Governor Perry's Death Mission - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International

In Texas, Steven Michael Woods is slated for execution on Tuesday, despite considerable doubts about

hristopher Herman 11:28am Sep 12
"SPIEGEL: In your book, you also criticize the fact that the US never really understood its enemy al-Qaida.

Soufan: I think we definitely underestimated the ideological motivations for these groups: what makes people blow themselves up, the religious signification of al-Qaida. It's not politics. The Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu said a long time ago: "If you know your enemy and know yourself, you will win a hundred times in a hundred battles." Unfortunately with the war on terror we forgot who we are, but also we didn't know our enemy. Look at al-Qaida. On the eve of 9/11, they had about 400 operatives. They led us into a war longer than World War I and World War II. Not because they are such smart people, but because we did not understand our enemy. Instead, we applied waterboarding and enhanced interrogation techniques. We did exactly what al-Qaida wanted us to do. When you do this, what are you proving to the guy? You're proving that everything he thinks about you is right. But if you come with a cup of tea, he doesn't know how to act.

SPIEGEL: That was your strategy as an interrogator, to come along with a cup of tea?

Soufan: Every interrogation is different. You have to get them out of their comfort zone. Even if conditions are harsh, it can still be a comfort zone. Because you behave like they expect the enemy to behave. You have to confuse them. I interrogated bin Laden's driver, Salim Hamdan, in Guantanamo. Another American before me had promised him that he could make a phone call to his wife. But he never could. When we came, he said to us: "All of you Americans, you are lying." And we found out that indeed they did not fulfill the promise they made. I said to him, "OK, we messed up. Sorry, I apologize." And I gave him the phone.

SPIEGEL: Did your method work?

Soufan: He couldn't believe it. But after he made the phone call and he heard his wife's voice, he kneeled and started crying and thanked God. We took him back, we gave him some water, tea. For about 20 minutes he didn't say a word. And then he started asking me about Yemen and then said: "OK, what do you want to know?"

SPIEGEL: At the time you were one of the few agents who could speak fluent Arabic and able to quote the Koran in interrogations.

Soufan: Sure, that helped. Many times I used to lay down on the ground next to to him, as if we were taking a nap, but we were talking. We brought fish sandwiches from McDonald's to Hamdan and US truck and car magazines from the local shop in Guantanamo. He read them all."
Interview with Former FBI Agent Ali Soufan: 'We Did Exactly What Al-Qaida Wanted Us to Do' - SPIEGEL

Former FBI agent Ali Soufan successfully interrogated captured Islamist terrorists after 9/11 withou

hristopher Herman 11:26am Sep 12
SPIEGEL: As you explain in your book, you are convinced that 9/11 might have been stopped if there had not been the so-called "Chinese wall" between the CIA and the FBI.

Soufan: We always worked together. We worked together during the East Africa embassy bombing. We had a great relationship. But suddenly that wall appeared due also to the misunderstanding of new guidelines organizing the relationship of intelligence and law enforcement. Unfortunately that directly contributed to the lack of knowledge about 9/11. We had actionable intelligence we transferred to the CIA but there was no follow-up.
Interview with Former FBI Agent Ali Soufan: 'We Did Exactly What Al-Qaida Wanted Us to Do' - SPIEGEL

Former FBI agent Ali Soufan successfully interrogated captured Islamist terrorists after 9/11 withou

Christopher Herman 11:18am Sep 12
Australia Sees Rising Demand for Female Genital Mutilation | IntactNews

Christopher Herman 10:47am Sep 12
"Furthermore, before we head down the road of "We are all Texans now," those outside the Lone Star State need to ask ourselves: do we really want the Texas model? The safety net there is seriously frayed. Texas may be No. 1 in job growth, but it's also No. 1 in people without health insurance (more than a quarter uninsured), No. 1 in high school dropouts (more than 20 percent don't have a diploma or GED) and the nation's No. 1 emitter of carbon pollution. It's among the top states in child poverty, teen pregnancy and low-paying jobs, as well.

But say Americans are so desperate for change that they are okay with risking a race to the bottom. The next question is how to turn Perry's zero-sum job strategy into one where America, not just Texas, wins. Where are states like Michigan and Nevada going to poach jobs from? Mexico? Ireland? China? You can't undercut their wages. And if the answer is to be smarter, how do you take away $4 billion from education -- as Perry just did in Texas -- a...
Rick Perry's Jobs Strategy: Raiding Other States

Wooing companies to Texas with lower wages and less regulation is not a model that can be replicated

Christopher Herman 10:45am Sep 12
GOP Rep. Sends Email With Federal Job Openings While Advocating For Smaller Federal Government
WASHINGTON -- Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas) frequently rails against government spending and the nee

Christopher Herman 10:02am Sep 12
"Give Mr. Perry credit for addressing one of the third rails of American politics, but that doesn't mean he has to invite electrocution. The problem with his hot rhetoric is that it can turn off many voters before they even get a chance to listen to his reform proposals, assuming he eventually offers some.

He's even technically right that Social Security is a species of Ponzi scheme (if not a criminal enterprise) in the sense that young people today are putting more into the system than they can possibly get out in retirement.

Part of the problem is that current seniors get more than they put in thanks to the formula for increasing benefits over time. Eugene Steuerle and Stephanie Rennane of the Urban Institute estimate that a two-earner couple both earning an average wage who retire in 2010 will get $906,000 in benefits having paid $588,000 in payroll taxes. The same couple who retires in 2030 will get $1.23 million (in constant dollars) while having paid $796,000.

Even a pyramid system such as this could be solvent if it took advantage of compound interest. But the overriding problem is that not a dime of the payroll contributions the government collects over a lifetime is saved and invested for a worker's retirement. Social Security's pay-as-you-go financing model means that 12.4% of all wages are transferred to current beneficiaries, the surplus dollars are spent by Congress on other things, and Social Security gets an IOU from the Treasury.

In other words, the program is building up debt even as benefits become less sustainable as the baby boomers begin to retire and the ratio of workers to seniors shrinks. The feds will then have to pay out of other tax revenue to meet Social Security's obligations. This is the long-range problem Mr. Perry should attempt to explain, and the danger is that his rhetoric will scare the elderly rather than reassure them that reform is necessary for the sake of their grandchildren. He's now running to represent Republicans as their Presidential nominee, not hawking a book on conservative talk radio."
Perry, Romney and Social Security

The Wall Street Journal writes that neither candidate is helping the cause of reform.

Christopher Herman 9:58am Sep 12
MYSTAGOGY: Something No Orthodox Christian Kitchen Should Be Without

The life of St. Euphrosynos, who is commemorated every year on September 11th, can be read here, and

Christopher Herman 9:54am Sep 12
MYSTAGOGY: The Miracle of the Panagia in Orchomenos on September 10, 1943

Christopher Herman 9:34am Sep 12
"Much of the hooplah about the possible involvement of foreign intelligence in digital certificate-forging is probably foreign governments wishing they had the level of access to citizen data that ours does (and we won’t share). "
Cyberwar: a Whole New Quagmire. Part 2: “Do as I say, not as I do” shall be the whole of the law.

The cyber-attack (allegedly from Iran) illustrates only two interesting things:
The digital certific

Christopher Herman 9:29am Sep 12
"For anything that is quickly obtained is also easily lost, whereas everything found with toil is also kept with careful watching."

St. Isaac the Syrian

Christopher Herman 9:24am Sep 12
"In yesterday's Senate Judiciary Hearing, "Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation," FBI Director Robert Mueller testified about the Bureau's desire to extend three expiring provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act -- PATRIOT Section 215, authorizing secret court orders for the Internet and financial records of innocent Americans; the "lone wolf" wiretapping provision, which unconstitutionally allows foreign intelligence investigators to bypass traditional wiretapping protections and spy on people inside the U.S. who have no link to any foreign organization; and the "John Doe" roving wiretap provision, which allows blank-check wiretapping orders that don't identify the suspect or the particular phone or Internet connections to be tapped."
Documents Obtained by EFF Reveal FBI Patriot Act Abuses

During the question and answer portion of Mueller's testimony, Senator Grassley asked the FBI Direct

Christopher Herman 8:49am Sep 12
While homes burned, feds told Texas volunteer firefighters to go home - interview with Daniel Miller

While homes burned, feds told Texas volunteer firefighters to go home - interview with Daniel Miller

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