Okay, we lost the info we had collected here but sadly, this outbreak has a long way to go & we'll have lots of... opportunity to keep up to date. A lot has been happening since TBM went down yesterday.
Frist, I'll give a very quick & essentially unsupported summary - unsupported as in - no URLs. If you go to ProMed:
and click on any of their Ebola postings, the bottom of that posting has a list of all Ebola posts in this current outbreak in reverse temporal order... 2 pages of them. Those are all well supported by links.
As best we know, a small outbreak of Ebola kicked off in Guinea as far back as January. As is typical with these outbreaks, word didn't filter out for months. By late March, word was out that something nasty was going down & shortly after that - within days, came word of a similar outbreak in Sierra Leone. The locations were both close to a shared border. It wasn't long before the disease was identified as Ebola - zaire strain or very close to the original zaire strain & that's the one with the highest mortality.
One of the original Guinean cases sought the help of a renowned healer in Sierra Leone - that didn't work & that's how it got its start in SL. I read in the last few days - wish I remembered where that this healer & family are pretty much all dead & that the healer insisted the illness was the work of an evil serpent.
It wasn't long before this really went nuts. A case from the first cluster had the wherewithal to go to Conachry, capital of Guinea in order to seek skilled help. This is a trip of hundreds of miles - days in that part of the world & stops led to new areas being 'seeded' with Ebola & new outbreaks starting. It continued to 'cook' in Sierra Leone & soon, Liberia was seeing cases.
And the ball started rolling fast.
Previously, even the nastiest outbreaks were controlled in time. They started in small communities in isolated areas. You're not infectious, (able to pass on the disease), until you yourself start FEELING sick & when you do, you go down hard. Never mind travel anywhere, staying on your feet isn't an option within a few hours. This limited spread to those who TOUCHED the sick or what they were using - bedding, dishes, food etc.
THIS IS A CONTACT DISEASE. It is NOT airborne. Blood, semen, tears, sweat, salive, urine, feces... touch those with bare hands or any part of your body with a break in skin... THAT is how you contract Ebola.
Unfortunately, these areas where Ebola is endemic are too poor for people to have reliable access to clean water, never mind soap, rubber gloves or any protective gear. Women care for the sick - so mom or wife, sister, daughter were usually the next to get ill. Small children & when patients die, women prepare the bodies for burial. Without going into detail let's just say lots of potential for transmission exists there!
Grieving has its own customs there - much hugging & kissing of the body & touching before they're buried & the virus remains hot in the body. Contact tracing has shown in some cases ALL people who attended such gatherings subsequently died of Ebola.
Okay - this all occurs within a small geographical area. Blanket an afflicted area with trained people, PPE & all the basic medical stuff needed, carry on a lot of patient, public education & the outbreaks stop. Carefully & quickly contact trace to break chains of transmission, handle burials until it passes & support the local population as best you can. Again, the outbreak stops.
This one hasn't & I'll yap about that in a further post.
For now, I simply want to do a real fast forward & say that as we hit the end of July we have seen almost 1200 known cases with closing in on 700 deaths. That's roughly 58% - in line with what we know about Ebola. Case fatality rates, if you exclude small outbreaks of 1-2 cases, range from a low of 25% to close to 100%. I spoke of known cases. We never know how many people may have been stricken & died, unknown & not noticed in the jungles of Guinea, Sierra Leone & Liberia.
The WHO has made it clear this outbreak will be very difficult to fully control & stamp out - if we're very lucky, it will take 'several months'. I'm of the personal opinion we're looking at a lot longer than that.
Those in the administration who authorized negotiations with the terrorists who are ideologically allies to those responsible for the murders of September 11th, 2001 will have to answer these questions:
How did Sgt. Bergdahl fall into the hands of the Enemy? The official version is that he left his post without permission, yet on a video his captors released, Bergdahl says he was the Tail-End Charlie of a foot patrol and became separated. Which is it? Did he go AWOL? Will he be charged with desertion?
Why did his father – who wears a full beard typical of fundamentalist Salafi Muslims – praise Allah in Arabic in the press conference with the Commander-in-Chief in front of the White House?
Why did the Haqqani Network, one of the deadliest jihadi groups in the world, agree to exchange Bergdahl for five commanders from the Afghan Taliban who are not members of the Haqqani Network? Instead of, for example, for Mali Kahn another Guantanamo detainee who is a senior Haqqani commander.
According to his friends and those that know him, Bergdahl joined the military in order to help the Afghan people and provide "philanthropic support to the war effort." When did we change US Armed Forces recruiting protocols and start looking for charity workers instead of professional soldiers for our infantry?
At the strategic level, what response will the administration have to all the allied nations, including France, Spain, and Italy, to whom we have insisted since 2001 that they do not negotiate with terrorists for the release of their nationals and who did as we requested?
Lastly, what other concessions is the Obama White House prepared to make with the Enemy?
North Korea on Thursday fired two artillery shells 150 meters from a South Korean patrol ship operating near the Northern Limit Line, a de facto inter-Korean border, sharply ratcheting up tension on the peninsula.
The South immediately fired back, and there were no casualties, Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said.
I've groused about this downstairs, but now that RC has said "Too bad. We aren't going to do anything," I'm making it public.
On January 11th, we were supposed to take a Caribbean cruise to celebrate our 40th anniversary. Instead, we got kicked off the ship at dockside because I came down with a migraine. I started having migraines at age 6, so I've had over 50 years of experience with them.
We got there in plenty of time, there about 10:30 when last check-in time was 3:00. Got into the stateroom, unpacked, had lunch, arranged for a shore excursion to replace one that was cancelled, etc.
Then they had the lifeboat drill. I didn't know that when they blow the ship's horn for the signal, they also have strobe lights going off in the corridor. I got one right in the face, no more than 10 feet away. IMMEDIATE migraine trigger. And as bad luck would have it, there was a medic right there at the muster station. When I'm in migraine prodrome, I slur and stammer. This is a common-enough symptom that it has a name, dysphasic aura. The medic insisted that I might be having a stroke, and wouldn't listen to me or DH telling them that this was the same set of symptoms that I have with EVERY migraine, and have had for at least the last 20 years. They gave me my Imitrex, but wouldn't listen when we told them that all I needed to do was lie down in a dark room for a couple of hours. They kicked BOTH of us off the ship and confiscated our shipcards so that we couldn't get back on.
They sent me in an ambulance to the ER, where the doctor took one look at me, had me do the very basic neuro test (squeeze hands, smile, check eyes), gave me an EKG, agreed that with my history of migraines, I knew what I was talking about, and discharged me. In and out in half an hour. (When was the last time you got through the ER like THAT on a Saturday afternoon?) Meanwhile the cruise people packed up our stuff and called a taxi for DH. SonIL#2 got there first and took him to the hospital. When DH walked into the room, I was ready to leave.
So we came home. Nothing else to do. The ship had sailed as soon as they got DH off of it.
We did get a refund of our shore excursions and wine package and stuff like that, but not the cost of the cruise itself. Our only recourse is to file with the travel insurance people. For the last month, our travel agent has been fighting for us to get some sort of recompense from Royal Caribbean, but this afternoon we got a forward from her:
Dear Ms. [Agent]:
Thank you for your e-mail. Please accept my apology for not responding sooner. We appreciate hearing from you and welcome the opportunity to further address any concerns.
The well-being of our guests is our highest priority. However, there may be times when things do not go the way we had intended. We understand your disappointment regarding the medical evacuation of your client. Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate the request for compensation. I apologize for any disappointment with our final decision.
Ms. [Agent], thank you for the time you have taken to write to us. We truly look forward to the opportunity to welcome your clients back again and demonstrate our commitment to service on a future sailing.
Corporate Guest Relations Advocate
It will be a cold day in Hell before we step foot on a Royal Caribbean ship again. In the morning, I'm calling my local TV station's Investigative Team. We will also be consulting legal advice.
You know that old saying, a satisfied customer tells one person, an unsatisfied customer tells 10? Pass this along, people, and let's make it 10,000.
And whatever you do on your next cruise, DO NOT admit to having a minor ailment.
I relinquish ALL rights to my words above. May be disseminated in any form whatsoever, by anyone.
According to a story in the National Post dated September 20, 2012 the Canadian government forced Eritrea to nix a ‘2% extortion tax’ on its citizens in Canada.* According to the story, the RCMP and United Nations reported that those who refused to pay were subjected to threats, intimidation and coercion.* Canadian Foreign Affairs officials sent off a strongly worded diplomatic note making it clear Canada would not renew the accreditation of the Eritrean consulate unless Eritrea agreed in writing to stop the scheme.
Eritrea, referred to by many as the “North Korea of Africa”, is one of the most highly militarized, secretive, corrupt countries in the world.* And that is not all it has in common with the US under this current administration.* These are also the only two countries in the world that collect taxes based on citizenship, not residency.
I am a “border baby”.* Back in the 1950′s, when the US was a friendly, benign neighbour, it was not uncommon for expectant mothers to cross the border, have their babies and return home to Canada.* That is my only connection to the US.* My parents are Canadian and I am Canadian, but I was born in the US.* That fact was always just a novelty until recently.
As you are no doubt aware, on March 18, 2010 the US government (Democrat) passed the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) which is set to come into effect on July 1, 2014.* Under the guise of targeting tax cheats and money launderers, this law affects and will potentially devastate hundreds of thousands of honest, law-abiding, tax-paying Canadian citizens.* Many of these Canadian citizens, myself included, have never lived, worked or voted in the US.* We do not have the same rights as “other” US citizens.* For example, I have a daughter attending university in the US.* Her life would be made simpler if, like real US citizens, I could pass on my citizenship to her.* Because I have not lived in the US for five years (I have never lived there), I cannot pass citizenship on to her.* In other words, because I have never lived there I do not have the same rights as other US citizens, but apparently I still have the same obligations.
FATCA is an obvious violation of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (not to mention privacy, human rights and banking laws).* Having worked in law enforcement for 32 years, I have seen the worst criminals in Canadian society afforded protection against unlawful search and seizure.* I may be naive, but I would like to believe that the Charter affords the same protections to honest citizens that it does to our most heinous criminals.* FATCA is a classic “fishing expedition”, and I trust your government is not going to sign any Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) with the US in an effort to deny me, and others in the same situation, the same rights afforded Paul Bernardo.* It is clear that the current US administration has no respect for their own Constitution, so I do not expect them to have any respect for ours.* I do expect you, as leader of our sovereign nation, to ensure that our laws are respected.
Your government has been talking a lot about bullying recently.* Public Safety Canada has a document dated November 18, 2013 titled “Protecting Canadians from Bullying and Cyberbullying” which starts, “The Harper Government recognizes that bullying and cyberbullying are serious concerns for Canadian families and communities.”* Is your government going to back up its talk with action, and stand up to the bullying by the current US administration?* Please do not pretend that you are concerned about bullying if you are just going to be bullied into signing an IGA as a way of bypassing protections that should be afforded all Canadians.* It appears I have the misfortune to be a second class citizen in two countries.* After a lifetime of paying taxes and volunteering and making a positive contribution to this country, I think the least I can expect is for my government to afford me the same protections given those who came here from Eritrea who likewise were subject to threats, intimidation and coercion by a foreign government.* It is easy to stand up to Eritrea, but it takes a principled government to stand up to the most powerful bully on the planet.* I would like to point out that my Certificate of Canadian Citizenship certifies that I am “a Canadian citizen under the provisions of the Citizenship Act and, as such (am) entitled to all the rights and privileges and (am) subject to all the duties and responsibilities of a Canadian citizen.”* I have lived up to my obligations, are you going to live up to yours?
The actions of the US would appear to be a violation of The Master Nationality Rule, which is listed under Article 4 of The Hague Convention on Certain Questions Relating to the Conflict of Nationality Laws of 1930. In terms of practical effect, it means that when a citizen is in the country (Canada) of one of his two or more nationalities, that country (Canada) has the right to treat that person as if he or she were solely a citizen or national of that country (Canada).* In other words, I am solely a citizen of Canada while in Canada.* If I am not afforded the same protections as other Canadians, that is a violation of section 15(1) of the Charter which states, “Every individual is equal before and under the law and has the right to the equal protection and equal benefit of the law without discrimination and, in particular, without discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability.”* Am I not entitled to the same protections offered Canadian citizens born in Canada or Eritrea?
As I understand it, some other countries (including China and Russia) are resisting the implementation of FATCA, particularly unless the US reciprocates, which is clearly not going to happen.* Under Article 6, Paragraph 1 of the IGA released today, under the heading Reciprocity, it states, “The Government of the United States acknowledges the need to achieve equivalent levels of reciprocal automatic information exchange with Canada.* The Government of the United States is committed to further improve transparency (comforting from the most transparent administration in history) and enhance the exchange relationship with Canada by pursuing the adoption of regulations and advocating and supporting relevant legislation to achieve such equivalent levels of reciprocal automatic information exchange.”* I am no lawyer, but I can easily see that we are selling them the farm and they are promising to try to come up with the money (which they know they cannot achieve).* I have learned two things watching the current US administration: 1) they treat their friends like enemies and their enemies like friends; and 2) they are bullying thugs who, like most bullies, will back off when someone stands up to them.* I am quite certain that you know there will never be reciprocity, but you let them use the weasel words to avoid something they cannot achieve.
Was taxation without representation not the catalyst behind the Boston Tea Party?* Jacob Silverman, in How the Boston Tea Party Worked states, “Unlike their British brethren, the people living in the 13 colonies did not have direct representatives in the British parliament. Because of that, the colonists had no way to vote for how they would be taxed or who would represent them. And because of this lack of representation, the British government was free to tax the colonists in any way — and for any amount — that it saw fit. With no way to fight taxation and no way to claim their rights, many colonists feared that their property could be taken away through debilitating taxes.”* As a result of the current US administration’s disdain for their own Constitution, the US has come full circle and turned into what it once despised.* Like those colonists, I have no good option.* I should have an advantage over them, in that Canada is allegedly not a colony of the US, but whether that is true or not will be seen in how our government resolves this issue.
From my investigations, here are my options:
1. Turn myself in to the IRS and admit I am a tax cheat and a money launderer and trust that they, in their benevolence, will figure out that the fact I do my banking in Canada where I live, work and pay taxes has nothing to do with hiding money in offshore bank accounts.* While I cannot imagine that I would owe any US taxes, they have it set up so their penalty schemes (in particular regarding FBARs) could amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars.* Even to try to become “tax compliant” at this stage would cost a minimum of thousands of dollars in tax lawyers/preparers fees and tens (or hundreds) of thousands of dollars in penalties – all for no taxes owed.* This is not a good option.
2. Renounce my citizenship.* I would be happy to do that to avoid FATCA, FBAR and having to deal with an out of control US administration.* From my investigation, in order for me to be allowed to drop my citizenship, the IRS will require a net worth assessment of all my assets and will tax me on what I have spent a lifetime accumulating before letting me go.* This is also not a good option.
3. Trust the Canadian government, who I have paid taxes to for the past 40 years, to exert its sovereignty and stand up for its citizens.* Trust that the Canadian government will assert that all Canadian citizens are equal and have equal rights and will insist that the US leave Canadian citizens alone, or at least provide an easy means to relinquish US citizenship without being extorted.* This is the option that I am hoping for so I do not have to resort to option 4.
4. Bury my head in the sand and hope for the best.* Do my best to hide my modest bank accounts from the IRS and continue to provide for my family.* Trust that the Canadian government (which did not live up to its obligations under option 3 above) and Canadian banks will not take my money and turn it over to the IRS.* Run the risk of spending the rest of my life in jail the next time I cross the border into the US.* Recent postings out of Belgium indicate that Belgian banks are seizing customers bank accounts until they can prove they are US tax compliant.* Is this what is in store for Canadians?
This is not a situation I even could have imagined would be possible as I approached retirement.* This type of behaviour is not surprising for Eritrea, and I guess it is also the norm in Obama’s US.* I recently read an article with the headline, “U.S. Treasury Department officials dispute claims that FATCA is causing hardships for law-abiding Americans living outside the U.S.”* They know the hardship it is causing, but are wilfully blind and people like me are the low-hanging fruit.* There is no political downside to this for an administration whose every act is based on politics not principles.* If they raised taxes on Americans, there would be a political price to pay.* If they try to financially decimate Canadians, who cannot vote and do not have representation in the US, there are no consequences.
Canada is definitely not a tax haven and the taxes paid here far exceed what would be paid in the US.* This should not be a matter where the Minister of Finance tries to find a way to acquiesce with American demands, but where the Minister of Foreign Affairs lets the US government know that we are a sovereign nation, not a US colony.* Otherwise, you should seek an amendment to the IGA released today, under Article 1, Definitions, Paragraph 1 b) to say, The term “U.S. Territory” means American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marian Islands, Guam, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, or Canada.
The doctrine of dominant nationality deals with situations where two or more nations claim jurisdiction over an individual based on dual nationality, which may lead to disputes between the nations claiming the allegiance of the person.* Considerations by which an individual’s nationality would be evaluated include habitual residence, the conduct of the individual in his economic, social, political, civic and family life, as well as the closer and more effective bond with one of the two States.*
I grew up near the US border and crossed the border almost daily.* I have met lots of Americans and had lots of American friends.* The best man at my wedding was an American.* Most Americans I have met are just like me: honest, decent, hard working people, trying to earn a living and raise a family – and banking where they live.* I have always had a great deal of respect for Americans and the US as a general rule.* That is why my criticisms of the US have all been prefaced by the “current US administration”.* I have seen a big change in the US under this administration.* Currently, each branch of the US government (including IRS, FBI, EPA, NSA) is used as a weapon to punish political opponents.* For the Canadian government not to recognize this, and take a firm stand against this tyranny, is to do so at your own peril.* If you are willing to sacrifice people like me today, who will they come after tomorrow?
The Republican National Committee approved a resolution on January 24, 2014 calling for the repeal of FATCA.* Headlines around the US are portraying the GOP as trying to shelter millionaire offshore tax cheats.* Americans have no idea that this law will not catch tax cheats or money launderers, but will devastate millions of honest citizens who are no different than them.* This piece of legislation has forced traditionally pro-American people like myself to come to detest Obama’s America.* Should the Canadian government not be trying to engage the US media and enlightening them on the true nature of FATCA?
Please assure me that your government, fresh off a principled tour of the Middle East, is now going to exhibit the same principled stand against the current US administration.* It is worthwhile considering the number of Canadian voters who will be affected by this (they all will at least indirectly, some just do not know it yet).* I, and all the others directly affected by this, will easily recognize if we have been betrayed by our government and act accordingly where we do vote (Canada).*
Yes, Canada has given in to the extortion.
I have spent more than two decades voting Reform, and then Conservative, hoping My Guy would become PM. The party finally wins a majority, and what do they do? Sell out to the US.
The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can't pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government's reckless fiscal policies.
And the cost of our debt is one of the fastest growing expenses in the Federal budget. This rising debt is a hidden domestic enemy, robbing our cities and States of critical investments in infrastructure like bridges, ports, and levees; robbing our families and our children of critical investments in education and health care reform; robbing our seniors of the retirement and health security they have counted on.
Every dollar we pay in interest is a dollar that is not going to investment in America's priorities. Instead, interest payments are a significant tax on all Americans--a debt tax that Washington doesn't want to talk about. If Washington were serious about honest tax relief in this country, we would see an effort to reduce our national debt by returning to responsible fiscal policies.
Increasing America's debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that "the buck stops here.'' Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.
I therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase America's debt limit.
Oh... yeah... this is from March 16, 2006. Now that Obama is President, it is not, I repeat, NOT a failure of leadership, it is not robbing people of investments and their future. Obama promised Change and change we got - he changed that. All on his own. He is providing jobs, saving not just the US but the entire global economy, and the people who oppose raising the debt limit in 2013... well, they are just evil, uncooperative terrorists and kidnappers.
At first I chuckled... that's a reach. But then I remembered the flurry of dozens of bills put forth in DC to change the Presidential eligibility requirements before Obama announced his candidacy, and... well, they would be killing two birds with one stone...
In the immigration bill is language which would DECRIMINALIZE…
‘Falsely representing or knowingly using a Social Security Number obtained with false information’
‘Falsely claiming citizenship on Form I-9′
‘Knowingly altering a Social Security Card’
‘Document fraud to prove eligibility for employment’
Oh yes, this is all meant for those 11 million ILLEGAL ALIENS already residing in the United States as part of the AMNESTY provisions…
OBAMA…IS…ONE OF THOSE 11 MILLION ILLEGAL ALIENS!!!!!!!
Obama had to be an Indonesian citizen to attend school there as a boy and, he NEVER repatriated.
He is STILL an Indonesian citizen meaning that he is in THIS country ILLEGALLY.
Whether he KNOWINGLY or UNKNOWINGLY is using a SOCIAL SECURITY card issued to a CONNECTICUT man in 1977…Under the provisions of the IMMIGRATION REFORM bill, He would NOT be held to account for it.
As Obama’s Birth Certificate, the one he had posted on the white house website as being his OFFICIAL birth certificate has been proven to be a FRAUD…Under the provisions of the IMMIGRATION BILL…HE WOULD NOT BE HELD TO ACCOUNT FOR IT!!!
Falsely claiming to be a U.S. citizen?
UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF THE IMMIGRATION BILL…OBAMA WOULD NOT BE HELD TO ACCOUNT FOR IT!!!!!!
Are you getting the picture here?
ALL of Obama’s fraudulent and created out of thin air past would be…DECRIMINALIZED…ALL of it.
While the distractions just keep coming…
Fast and Furious…Benghazi…IRS…NSA…Snowden…Hillary’s State Dept. Sex and Drug scandal…And while this absurdly corrupt and amoral regime continues to “fundamentally transform” the United States by paving the road between Sodom and Gomorrah…
There is DESPERATION in the senate to pass this immigration bill BEFORE ANYONE HAS A CHANCE TO READ THROUGH IT just as they did with Obamacare.
Read the FULL article by Mark Steyn as it is being quoted all over the internet. Here's a taste. I hope it gives you the chills.
In April last year, the Obama campaign identified by name eight Romney donors as “a group of wealthy individuals with less than reputable records. Quite a few have been on the wrong side of the law, others have made profits at the expense of so many Americans, and still others are donating to help ensure Romney puts beneficial policies in place for them.” That week, Kimberley Strassel began her Wall Street Journal column thus:
Try this thought experiment: You decide to donate money to Mitt Romney. You want change in the Oval Office, so you engage in your democratic right to send a check.
Several days later, President Barack Obama, the most powerful man on the planet, singles you out by name. . . . The message from the man who controls the Justice Department (which can indict you), the SEC (which can fine you), and the IRS (which can audit you), is clear: You made a mistake donating that money.
Miss Strassel wrote that on April 26, 2012. Five weeks later, one of the named individuals, Frank VanderSloot, was informed by the IRS that he and his wife were being audited. In July, he was told by the Department of Labor of an additional audit over the guest workers on his cattle ranch in Idaho. In September, he was notified that one of his other businesses was to be audited. Mr. VanderSloot, who had never previously been audited, attracted three in the four months after being publicly named by el Presidente. More to the point he attracted that triple audit even though Miss Strassel explicitly predicted in America’s biggest-selling newspaper that this was exactly what the Obama enforcers were going to do. The “separate, sinister entity” of the government of the United States went ahead anyway. What do they care? If some lippy broad in the papers won’t quit her yapping about it, they can always audit her, too — as they did to Miss Strassel’s sometime colleague Anne Hendershott, a sociology professor who got rather too interested in Obamacare and wrote about it in the Journal and various small Catholic publications. The IRS summoned Professor Hendershott to account for herself, and forbade her husband from accompanying her, even though they filed jointly. She ceased her political writing.
A year after he was named to the Obama Dishonor Roll, the feds have found nothing on Mr. VanderSloot, but they have caused him to rack up 80 grand in legal bills. This is what IRS defenders (of whom there are more than there ought to be) mean when they assure us that the system worked: Yes, some rich guy had to blow through the best part of six figures fending off the bureaucrats, but it’s not like his body was found in a trunk at the airport or anything, if you know what I mean, Kimmy baby.
The painful fact is that Barack Obama is the president that Nixon always wanted to be.
Four decades ago, Nixon was halted in his determined effort to create an “imperial presidency” with unilateral powers and privileges. In 2013, Obama wields those very same powers openly and without serious opposition. The success of Obama in acquiring the long-denied powers of Nixon is one of his most remarkable, if ignoble, accomplishments. Consider a few examples:
Last month, the Supreme Court crushed any remaining illusions regarding FISA when it sided with the Obama administration in ruling that potential targets of such spying had to have proof they were spied upon before filing lawsuits, even if the government has declared such evidence to be secret. That’s only the latest among dozens of lawsuits the administration has blocked while surveillance expands exponentially.
Unilateral military action
Nixon’s impeachment included the charge that he evaded Congress’ sole authority to declare war by invading Cambodia. In the Libyan “mission,” Obama announced that only he had the inherent authority to decide what is a “war” and that so long as he called it something different, no congressional approval or even consultation was necessary. He proceeded to bomb a nation’s capital, destroy military units and spend more than a billion dollars in support of one side in a civil war.
Nixon ordered a burglary to find evidence to use against Daniel Ellsberg, who gave the famed Pentagon Papers to the press, and later tried to imprison him. Ellsberg was later told of a secret plot by the White House “plumbers” to “incapacitate” him in a physical attack. It was a shocking revelation. That’s nothing compared with Obama’s assertion of the right to kill any U.S. citizen without a charge, let alone conviction, based on his sole authority. A recently leaked memo argues that the president has a right to kill a citizen even when he lacks “clear evidence (of) a specific attack” being planned.
Obama has not only openly asserted powers that were the grounds for Nixon’s impeachment, but he has made many love him for it. More than any figure in history, Obama has been a disaster for the U.S. civil liberties movement. By coming out of the Democratic Party and assuming an iconic position, Obama has ripped the movement in half. Many Democrats and progressive activists find themselves unable to oppose Obama for the authoritarian powers he has assumed. It is not simply a case of personality trumping principle; it is a cult of personality.
Long after Watergate, not only has the presidency changed. We have changed. We have become accustomed to elements of a security state such as massive surveillance and executive authority without judicial oversight. We have finally answered a question left by Benjamin Franklin in 1787, when a Mrs. Powel confronted him after the Constitutional Convention and asked, “Well, Doctor, what have we got — a republic or a monarchy?” His chilling response: “A republic, if you can keep it.”
We appear to have grown weary of the republic and traded it for promises of security from a shining political personality. Somewhere, Nixon must be wondering how it could have been this easy.
The Earth at night, a new short you tube movie. More detailed then the older picture versions. Even boats are visible (there's a short part where you can see the 'Chinese Sea' all lit up with fishing boats with neighbouring areas much darker).
Yesterday I visited their facility. What a wonderful group of volunteers! They rehabilitate injured animals of all kinds including hawks, owls, eagles and other raptors. Sometimes it works out and they are set free, sometimes they become "ambassadors" for education and sometimes, sadly, they are euthanized. Its life unfortunately. They are 100% dependent on donations and volunteers. I was so impressed by their devotion. The stories and follow ups are quite interesting and sometimes heartbreaking. Knowing some of our readers here, I think you might enjoy following them (and maybe helping out by spreading the word)
The mainstream media has FAILED the American people. It should not matter to anyone whether this is a Republican or Democrat President and Administration. It is not a party issue. American lives were lost needlessly and callously. From the Situation Room in the White House, they were watching this on a live stream feed from drones in the area. Obama and the administration chose to OUTRIGHT lie to us in hopes that this would go away and not become an issue in the election.
If we were living in times when common sense meant something, this would be front page news on every single media. But, we are not. The press has opted to protect Obama no matter the cost to the American people. If Obama is allowed to get away with this treason - and it is treason, he is aiding and abetting the enemy, then we are living under the illusion that we live in a free nation. When free press is gone, there is no freedom. And, my personal belief is that the free press has chosen to protect Obama, even at the expense of American lives.
If you want to know the truth, it is up to us to demand the truth. Since the mainstream media is not pressuring Obama for the truth, the truth will remain hidden until or unless we make enough noise to force the truth to be revealed. Please, join me in demanding the truth:
The U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, and the two Navy Seals in Benghazi TRUSTED Obama. They were wrong, they are dead.
There’s been a special line set up for this: PLEASE CALL AND TELL THEM YOU WANT A PUBLIC HEARING on BENGHAZI before the elections!!! OGR (Office of Govt. Reform) Committee: (202) 225-5074.
The Republican national committee is asking us to call the oversight committee: PLEASE CALL and RE-POST THIS TO YOUR WALL and other social media. Distribute to all of your contacts.