Monday, August 20, 2012

Dishonorable Disclosures

Intelligence and Special Operations forces are furious and frustrated at how President Obama and those in positions of authority have exploited their service for political advantage. Countless leaks, interviews and decisions by the Obama Administration and other government officials have undermined the success of our Intelligence and Special Operations forces and put future missions and personnel at risk.

The unwarranted and dangerous public disclosure of Special Forces Operations is so serious -- that for the first time ever -- former operators have agreed to risk their reputations and go 'on the record' in a special documentary titled "Dishonorable Disclosures." Its goal is to educate America about serious breaches of security and prevent them from ever happening again.

Use of military ranks, titles & photographs in uniform does not imply endorsement of the Dept of the Army or the Department of Defense. All individuals are no longer in active service with any federal agency or military service.

Niall Ferguson: Obama’s Gotta Go

I was a good loser four years ago. “In the grand scheme of history,” I wrote the day after Barack Obama’s election as president, “four decades is not an especially long time. Yet in that brief period America has gone from the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. to the apotheosis of Barack Obama. You would not be human if you failed to acknowledge this as a cause for great rejoicing.”
Despite having been—full disclosure—an adviser to John McCain, I acknowledged his opponent’s remarkable qualities: his soaring oratory, his cool, hard-to-ruffle temperament, and his near faultless campaign organization.
Yet the question confronting the country nearly four years later is not who was the better candidate four years ago. It is whether the winner has delivered on his promises. And the sad truth is that he has not.
In his inaugural address, Obama promised “not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth.” He promised to “build the roads and bridges, the electric grids, and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together.” He promised to “restore science to its rightful place and wield technology’s wonders to raise health care’s quality and lower its cost.” And he promised to “transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age.” Unfortunately the president’s scorecard on every single one of those bold pledges is pitiful.
In an unguarded moment earlier this year, the president commented that the private sector of the economy was “doing fine.” Certainly, the stock market is well up (by 74 percent) relative to the close on Inauguration Day 2009. But the total number of private-sector jobs is still 4.3 million below the January 2008 peak. Meanwhile, since 2008, a staggering 3.6 million Americans have been added to Social Security’s disability insurance program. This is one of many ways unemployment is being concealed.
In his fiscal year 2010 budget—the first he presented—the president envisaged growth of 3.2 percent in 2010, 4.0 percent in 2011, 4.6 percent in 2012. The actual numbers were 2.4 percent in 2010 and 1.8 percent in 2011; few forecasters now expect it to be much above 2.3 percent this year.
Unemployment was supposed to be 6 percent by now. It has averaged 8.2 percent this year so far. Meanwhile real median annual household income has dropped more than 5 percent since June 2009. Nearly 110 million individuals received a welfare benefit in 2011, mostly Medicaid or food stamps.
Welcome to Obama’s America: nearly half the population is not represented on a taxable return—almost exactly the same proportion that lives in a household where at least one member receives some type of government benefit. We are becoming the 50–50 nation—half of us paying the taxes, the other half receiving the benefits.


Will America Forsake Israel?

The Israel-Iran countdown has begun and with respect to Tehran’s nuclear race we are witnessing the greatest crisis in the US-Israel relations. Will America help the tiny Jewish State? Can Israel trust the word of a US administration that has treated Jerusalem like a banana republic?
A few days ago, Israeli officials told the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper that “the US’ stance is pushing the Iranians to become a country at the brink of nuclear capability.” Very few people in Israel believe that the US will ever launch another preemptive war against the ayatollahs. The US, especially if Barack Obama gets the re-election, will be tempted to reach a compromise with the Iranians.
Israel is dependent on the US for economic, military and diplomatic support. American taxpayers fund 20-25% of Israel’s defense budget, with the Jewish State being the largest recipient by far of American aid since World War II. Israel is required to use a portion of US aid to buy from the US defense establishment, but no other country — certainly not any European one — provides the weapons needed to protect Israeli lives. Moreover, the United States has cast 40 vetoes to protect Israel in the UN Security Council.


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Ex-spouses fight less when they focus on kids

U. MISSOURI (US) — Hostile relationships can improve when divorced parents set aside their differences and focus on their children’s needs.

“Most people falsely believe that, when people get divorced, they’ll continue to fight, to be hostile,” says Marilyn Coleman, professor of human development and family studies at the University of Missouri. “We found in our study that’s not always true.
“Some couples get along from the very beginning, and, for about half of the women we interviewed, the couples whose relationships started badly improved over time.”

Coleman and colleague interviewed 20 women who shared physical custody of their children with ex- partners. Details of their findings will be published in the upcoming issue of Family Relations.
Nearly half of the women interviewed said they had contentious relationships with their former significant others and the other half reported amicable relationships.
Of the women reporting cordial relationships with their ex-spouses, a few had always gotten along; the rest of the relationships had gone from combative to cordial.
“To me, it’s almost as if the parents in the bad-to-better relationships matured,” Coleman says. “Mostly, it’s because the parents began focusing on their children. The parents saw how upset their arguments made their kids, so they decided to put their differences aside and focus on what was best for the children.”
The women in amicable relationships reported that their ex-partners were responsible parents and that money was not a source of conflict. In addition, the women said they communicated with their ex-partners frequently and in multiple ways, via text, phone and email.
Cordial parents also dealt with differences in parenting styles more efficiently by communicating issues that arose.
In addition, the women who had better relationships with their former spouses did not try to limit their children’s interaction with their fathers and, instead, found ways to conveniently transition the children between two homes.


Over 250,000 Petition Signatures in 8 Weeks

Tea Party/Liberty Groups Continue to Fight Ballot Corruption under Mission Banner: Operation Lost Vote
Contact: Kerry Wood, 864-431-8401
SPARTANBURG, SC, Aug. 20, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ -- On May 2nd, South Carolina legislators successfully had most of their opponents removed from the ballot and days later, group leaders from around the state came together to begin planning a joint mission to fight back (Operation Lost Vote).
By the time the incumbents were finished, they had wiped out approximately 250 challengers statewide completely shutting down Primary Elections in many counties. The citizens of South Carolina had no choice; they would largely be stuck with the leadership they had with no opportunity to vote.
The first stage of the mission was to disseminate as much helpful information as possible on how to get challengers back on the ballot for the General Election in November as Petition Candidates, including legalities and best practices for collecting signatures. In a day and age of electronic information, signatures had to be gathered the old fashion way, one at a time on legal-size paper. With more than a quarter million signatures collected within a 6 – 8 week period, we now declare the first stage of the mission to be a success.
The following list does not include signature totals from many candidates who fell short of the necessary totals and did not file their petitions.
• 167 Total petitions were submitted in SC.
• 155 Have been certified to be on the ballot for the General Election.
• 249,733 Total signatures were submitted.
• 35 out of 46 Counties in SC accepted petitions.
• 36 Candidates will now be on the ballot to challenge legislators.
• 123 Candidates will now be on the ballot as challengers in county races.
• 71 Petitions were submitted by candidates who had been removed from the Democrat Primary.
• 84 Petitions were submitted by candidates who had been removed from the Republican Primary.
• 12 Petitions were submitted by new candidates who decided to run after the corruption was uncovered.
"To include the tens of thousands of signatures gathered which were not submitted would put our total near 300,000," stated Gaye Holt, former Republican candidate, current Petition candidate for Statehouse and volunteer for Operation Lost Vote. "In a state with less than two million active voters, the volunteers did a phenomenal job of getting focused and quite literally hitting the streets all over the state to accomplish this task. When you also take into consideration that we just did this in the hottest part of the summer with temperatures often exceeding 100 degrees, it is nothing short of amazing. If we don't fight to get our state back, who will?"
To keep up with the Operation Lost Vote mission, please visit  Operation Lost Vote is a mission which is supported by many groups and volunteers.
Here are some others you may contact directly for information:
Harry Kibler of RINO Hunt: 864-313-8615
Karen Martin of the Spartanburg Tea Party: 864-384-7558
Talbert Black of Palmetto Liberty PAC: 803-767-1152
Brit Adams of Oconee RINO Hunt: 864-247-8599

Liberals Give the Least to the Poor

Contact: Jeff Field, Director of Communications, The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, 212-371-3191,
NEW YORK, Aug. 20, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ -- Catholic League president Bill Donohue (photo) comments on a new study on charitable giving released today by the Chronicle of Philanthropy:
Liberals are the least likely to help the poor. That's the inescapable conclusion of this new study: states where people participate in religion at a high rate are also the most generous; conversely, the least generous states are also the least religious. Importantly, nine of the ten least generous states voted for Obama in 2008.
This new study is consistent with previous research. Sociologists Mark D. Regnerus and David Sikkink looked at the data gathered by the Religious Identity and Influence Survey and concluded that the more religious a person is, the more likely he is to give to the poor; those who are nonreligious give the least. In his book Who Really Cares, Arthur C. Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, examined this issue in depth. He concluded that "Religious people are far more charitable than nonreligious people." Similarly, in their book American Grace, David Campbell of Notre Dame and Robert Putnam of Harvard found that religious people are more generous than nonreligious people.
It is well known that liberals are far more likely than conservatives to be nonreligious. It is also well known that liberals talk endlessly about poverty. Yet in their daily lives they do the least about it: they volunteer the least; they give less blood; they are less likely to help someone find a job; and they donate the least. Their idea of charity is to have the government raise taxes, i.e., take money from others, and spend it on welfare programs.
The data have grave implications this election season. Paul Ryan is being lectured by liberals--the most miserly people in the nation--for not being responsive to the poor. It doesn't get more absurd than this. Not until liberals catch up with conservatives in their charitable giving are they in a position to lecture anyone about the poor.

Media’s Sexual Terrorism Harmful to Families

The recent shooting massacres in Colorado and Wisconsin have again focused attention on the hundreds of thousands of studies on the links between violence in the media to acts of violence in society. The results have overwhelmingly showed that violence in media does influence people’s attitudes and behavior, even more so if it’s children and adolescents exposed to heavy violence in media.
Even so, this posits another question: Can the same thing be said for sexuality in movies?
Sexuality outside of marriage is not only common in America, but is celebrated and encouraged among society’s youth. This has caused increases in pornography, sexually transmitted diseases, abortion, and high divorce rates that are actively hurting families. Is this a result of media indoctrination? Does the sexuality in movies really have that much to do with the increase in sexual behavior in adolescents?
Some studies in the past have strongly suggested that, yes, sexuality in the media does shape hearts, minds and behaviors. Dartmouth College recently conducted a large survey to examine the influence of MSE movie sexual exposure (MSE) on youths before the age of 16 and how it affects them in adulthood. The college started by researching the amount of sexuality that popular movies contain. The study revealed that 84 percent of movies released between 1950 and 2006 had some form of sexual content.
“A content analysis revealed that 70 percent of the sexual acts depicted in movies released from 1983 to 2003 occurred between newly acquainted partners, 98 percent included no reference to contraception and 89 percent resulted in no consequences,” the study said (Gunasekera, Chapman, & Campbell, 2005).
The study continued, “Adolescents who watch popular movies, therefore, are exposed to a great deal of sex, most of which is portrayed in an unrealistic and/or risk-promoting manner.”
Armed with this information, the Dartmouth researchers surveyed more than 6,000 adolescents from 2007 to 2012. The research team asked youth between the ages of 10 and 14 which movies from a random list of 50 they had seen. Approximately five to seven years later, the same individuals were asked at what age they became sexually active and how many partners they had. After calculating the amount of sexual content in the top 684 movies, they had some results.
The survey results, as predicted, showed that higher MSE before the age of 16 resulted in a “higher number of lifetime sexual partners and more casual sex” (e.g., Brown et al., 2006). Evidence also suggests that sexual behavior among adolescents is influenced more by movies over other forms of media (television, music videos, etc.). The study also revealed that males with MSE are more susceptible than females to risky sexual behavior. Many participants even admitted to copying love scenes depicted in movies in real life (The Telegraph, 07/08/12).


Missionaries build beds for African orphans

In an effort to help orphaned children in Africa and give them comfort, three Southern Illinois missionaries traveled to Kenya to lend their skills.
Ken Rowe, Larry Uehle and his son, Stephen, all of Dongola, traveled to Kenya to help build beds for an orphanage that is under construction as part of the Crying Children of Africa Project in the Kijabe region.
“These kids, they don’t even have beds,” said Rowe.
Rowe, who spent 43 years in the creative department at The Southern Illinoisan, was given the opportunity to put his carpentry skills to work helping orphans in Kenya.
As planning for the trip began, Rowe learned electricity could be sporadic and much of the carpentry work would have to be done with hand tools.
With a duffle bag filled with 50 pounds of saws, chisels and hand drills, Uehle requested Rowe pack a 12-inch table saw blade at the last minute.
The men went to help Simon Muhota, a pastor and director of the orphanage. Muhota is helping 17 orphans, but ultimately aims to help 60. Many of the children were orphaned because of AIDS or ethnic cleansing.


FRC's Tony Perkins: 'We Will Not Waver'

On Wednesday, Family Research Council (FRC) was the target of what the FBI is calling an act of domestic terrorism. A gunman, identified as Floyd Corkins, invaded our headquarters in Washington, D.C., armed with a 9mm pistol, approximately 50 rounds of ammunition and 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches.
The gunman was confronted by an unarmed member of the FRC staff, Leo Johnson. When the gunman pulled the gun from his backpack and aimed the weapon at Leo, Leo moved toward the gunman to disarm him. Despite being shot in the process, Leo was able to subdue the shooter and call for others on the staff, who helped admirably. One of the investigators, based on their preliminary findings, told me Leo's actions saved a lot of lives.
I was with Leo around midnight Wednesday night in the recovery room when he came out of surgery. I told him he was a hero—not just in the opinion of his FRC colleagues, but in the opinion of people all across the nation. Still a bit groggy from the anesthesia, he said, "This hero business is hard work!"
Obviously, Leo hasn't lost his sense of humor. It will take time and more surgeries, but he will be back with us soon, for which we are all grateful. In the meantime, let me say thank you on behalf of the FRC team for the outpouring of concern and support for our colleague and friend, as well as for the entire FRC team who have been affected by this attack.
This unfortunately changes the way FRC will do business, but not the business that we do. We'll enhance our security to ensure that each and every member of the FRC team, as well as our guests, are secure. What we will not do is allow the threats and actions of those who oppose us to intimidate or silence us.
After the shooting, I assembled most of our 80-member team, and we prayed together. We prayed for Leo, for each other, for our mission and for the assailant. We also discussed the new level of hostility that we now face because of the inflammatory rhetoric that has been used against us. But I want you to know that these increased obstacles and challenges do not change our calling or our mission. You can continue to count on the FRC team to credibly represent you and the millions of other Americans who share our concerns for the family and for our country.
Because I do not want to jeopardize the ongoing criminal investigation in any way, I will not go into great detail about the shooting. However, I will share with you what I said in front of the FRC headquarters yesterday afternoon to a crowd of reporters.


Want An RFID Chip Implanted Into Your Hand? Here's What The DIY Surgery Looks Like (Video)

Amal Graafstra snaps on a pair of black rubber gloves. “Do you want to talk about pain management techniques?” he asks. The bearded systems administrator across the table, who requested I call him “Andrew,” has paid Grafstra $30 to have a radio-frequency identification (RFID) chip injected into the space between his thumb and pointer finger, and as Graafstra describes Lamaze-type breathing methods, Andrew looks remarkably untroubled, in spite of the intimidatingly high-gauge syringe sitting on the table between them.
Graafstra finishes his pain talk, fishes a tiny cylindrical two-millimeter diameter EM4012 RFID chip out of a tin of isopropyl alcohol, and drops it into the syringe’s end, replacing the RFID tag intended for pets that came with the injection kit. He swabs Andrew’s hand with iodine, carefully pinches and pulls up a fold of skin on the top of his hand to create a tent of flesh, and with the other hand slides the syringe into the subcutaneous layer known as the fascia, just below the surface.
Then he plunges the plastic handle and withdraws the needle. A small crowd of onlookers applauds. The first subject of the day has been successfully chipped.
Here’s a video of the procedure.


Christian Girl Arrested in Pakistan and Accused of ‘Blasphemy’

Miracle Baby's Life Revived by Mother's Touch and God's Power

In this story it is the calm and soft voice of a mother that saved her baby.

When Kate and David Ogg found out that they were having twins last year, they were elated. When their newborn son "Jamie" and their newborn daughter "Emily" were born 3 months early, it was Jamie who fought for his life for 20 minutes.

When their Dr. told them that Jamie didn't make it, they were given the baby to hold so that they could say their good-byes.

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Top 8 Charitable States in Nation are GOP Not DEM!

Red states give more money to charity than blue states, according to a new study on Monday.
The eight states with residents who gave the highest share of their income to charity supported Sen. John McCain in 2008, while the seven states with the least generous residents went for President Barack Obama, the Chronicle of Philanthropy found in its new survey of tax data from the IRS for 2008.

The eight states whose residents gave the highest share of their income — Utah, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, Idaho, Arkansas and Georgia — all backed McCain in 2008. Utah leads charitable giving, with 10.6 percent of income given.
And the least generous states — Wisconsin, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire — were Obama supporters in the last presidential race. New Hampshire residents gave the least share of their income, the Chronicle stated, with 2.5 percent.

Asexuals – the fourth sexual orientation

From playground chatter to high-street billboards; from magazines, newspapers and television to the subject of junk emails in our inboxes, sex is common currency. But a small, often misunderstood, sometimes disbelieved minority of the population is almost totally overlooked: they feel absolutely no sexual attraction to other people.

A book published in the UK next month claims such men and women, an estimated 1 per cent of the population, should be recognised as a fourth sexual orientation – asexuals.
Professor Anthony Bogaert's book, Understanding Asexuality, argues that a growing number of people consider themselves asexual. He believes asexual people are "an under-studied population" who can feel excluded from our "very sexualised culture". He said our society, "can place expectations on both sexual and asexual people, but particularly asexual people".
Joshua Hatton, 23, a language student from Birmingham, agrees. "Three years ago, I came across asexuality – it explained everything. I no longer had to lie to myself. Young men are expected to have some sort of casual sex; it's all around. Now I feel more comfortable."