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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)
"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
Paul responded from practical experience and defended free markets in medical
"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.""
"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
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."
"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”. "
"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
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.
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
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".
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....
"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."
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
Blog Posts | VDARE.com
"“What what Gov. Perry
has done is he provided in-state tuition for illegal immigrants, maybe
"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," 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."
"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
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
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."
Doctrine is seen as a quintessentially US policy, but it has lessons for
India and China
"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
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
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."
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.
"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...
Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas) frequently rails against government spending
and the nee
"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."
"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). "
"For anything that is quickly obtained
is also easily lost, whereas everything found with toil is also kept with
St. Isaac the Syrian
"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."
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