Thursday, May 28, 2009

Piracy Money Finds Home In Kenya

Piracy money finds home in Kenya

May 27, 2009

The Standard, Nairobi, Kenya - Original Story

By Amos Kareithi

Sitting at a corner in a city’s upmarket restaurant, three smartly dressed millionaires engage in a lively conversation.

Every now and then, a mobile phone rings and it is answered swiftly in Somali language. Then rapid calculations are computed on a 12 digit calculator and answers shouted back on the phone.

Amidst numerous cups of masala and lemon tea accompanied by iced cakes and fruitcakes, the dons who are among the few who control about 80 per cent of Eastleigh’s real estate are at work.

Their table is the market where the scramble for Nairobi is taking place. Every other sentence they make is punctuated with millions, commissions and stamp duty.

These men have given Eastleigh, Pumwani, Juja Road, Parklands, Ngara and Nairobi Central Business District a ‘facelift’.

At first their treasurer warms up to the idea of talking to CCI but after consultations in their language, the Somalia businessman changes.

Security fears

"Look for the real big businessmen. We are just small people. We cannot share business secrets," their chairman says coldly.

However, they slightly open up but on strict condition that they are not identified.

As they continue to operate unperturbed, security experts and government technocrats are alarmed. Their worry is because of intelligence reports that laundering of proceeds from piracy in the Indian Ocean is done in Kenya. The money is being liberally invested in Nairobi.

"The scheme is bigger than you may think. These operators are controlling real estate and businesses at the Port of Mombasa, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and other smaller airports," an intelligence officer, who cannot be identified as he is not authorised to speak to the press, says. The officer is convinced the money is from pirates in Somalia.

"The developers are just fronts. The real owners are in Somalia. They now have a foothold in Nairobi, Wilson Airport, Wajir, Eldoret and Mombasa," the intelligence officer says.

Indeed Kenya has earned itself the dubious distinction of a safe haven for the pirates and their money. The international media has now turned its spotlight on Nairobi. On Sunday, The Seattle Times published a story titled ‘Kenya Awash in Somali Pirates’ cash’ embellishing it with pictures of Ali Abdinur Samo, a 26-year-old confessed former pirate who is in Eastleigh hunting for an opportunity to invest $116,000 (Sh9 million) he got in two heists.

The paper tells of how some forex bureaux have been transacting money on behalf of Puntland pirates citing one hawallah (Somalia’s informal forex bureaus) in Kenya which has handled $10 million (Sh800 million in just a few months.

"One day in February one person received $500,000 (Sh40 million). The money came in four different names in Garowe, the Puntland regional capital," the paper writes, adding that the recipient just stuffed it into his socks waste band and belt and then disappeared. "Pirates Money is definitely being reinvested in Kenya. There’s a boom among Somali businessmen in Kenya, and it’s easy to hide the money because there is so much coming in. And I don’t think Kenyan authorities control or monitor this," the paper quotes Stig Jarle-Hansen, a Somalia expert at the Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research as saying.

Grabbing culture

Asked whether police have found any evidence of the money raised by pirates hijacking ships in Indian Ocean being invested in Kenya, police spokesman Eric Kiraithe is non-committal.

He says: "It’s not about pirates or what they do with the money. We have some public officers who value themselves more than the country. That is why they will frustrate efforts of tracing criminals and trivialise the matter."

Even at the heart of the Nairobi city, there is an air of disquiet and uncertainty over the emerging trend. The chief’s office at Eastleigh and the administration police camp formerly situated along First Avenue have since been taken over by the developers and demolished. The chief is now operating from a kiosk-like container along a road reserve, dwarfed by skyscrapers.

The Administration Police staff quarters are a collection of tin shacks crowded in a small place sharing a solitary makeshift bathroom. The market place, which once served the local small-scale traders, has also been flattened and the compound surrounded by an iron sheet fence. "The new craze in Eastleigh started in 2000. Last year they took the chief’s camp now there is no public land left in the area," Marion Musyoki, a resident laments.

The water depot’s three acres of land has also been annexed.The New Eastleigh Primary School too has been targeted. The land acquisition by faceless foreigners has gone just next to Kenya Air Force, Moi Air Base in Eastleigh, a high security facility, where five story buildings are being put up.

"We have a five story building coming up near the air base. When complete such estates will be exclusively for the foreigners," a security officer in Eastleigh laments.

Out of bound areas

CCI was told of lodgings and residential buildings where Kenyans and even security agents are not let in. "There was an operation about a year ago. When a senior police officer went after suspects in a lodging in Eastleigh, he was locked in. He had to be rescued by his colleagues," a source told us.

The Somalia community in Kenya has formed a consortium of about 60 investors who are bankrolling the buying of residential and commercial property in Nairobi.

Investigations by CCI reveal the consortium has a chairman, treasurer and secretary who coordinate the buying under utmost secrecy. Once an investor identifies a building, money is not an issue as the committee then informs other members to raise money in case the investor cannot raise the whole amount. "We have buildings which are owned by as many as 15 people. They pay some money and are allocated the stalls once the shopping malls are completed," a security officer says.

The chairman of the consortium and key financiers travel every other week to Somalia to get money. To cover their tracks, they claim to be visiting Garrissa.

However, CCI has learnt that they ferry money by road during their frequent trips and also through hawallah.

Government investors

Some warlords and past officials of Somalia transitional Federal government are among those who have heavily invested in real estate in Nairobi.

They also have a heavy presence in Mombasa especially the old town where they have been purchasing old buildings and replacing them with modern ones.

When CCI traced a broker who has been buying on behalf of the foreigners, he denied that their money was from piracy.

He revealed that in one deal involving the sale of an up-market property worth over Sh1billion, he chalked up Sh300 million as commission. He says their businesses are legitimate. When CCI visited Eastleigh, we came across cases of Kenyans who have lost their property to the foreigners.

"Once they eye your property nothing can stop them. Some have been known to leave as much as Sh70 million to a property owners to entice them to sell," a plot owner who identified himself as Steve says.

The Eastleigh North Chief’s office has been flooded with such cases. "I cannot say much about the issue. Most of the disputes are in court. Others have lost their property after they failed to prove ownership. It’s very sad," says the area chief Mr Paul Ngugi.

Investigations by CCI show that majority of the original Kenyans owning commercial property along Eastleigh’s First Avenue, Second Avenue and Juja Road, have been replaced by Somalia investors.

"Out of the original 100 Kenyans who owned property here only four still own their commercial buildings. The rest have either been bought off or swindled of their property," an administrator who asked not to be named in fear of reprisal, noted. Kenyans residing in Eastleigh and other parts of Nairobi are worried of the influx.

In a letter to the editor dated April 17, Susan Kirerwa, a resident of Eastleigh sums up their frustrations. She writes: "A trend is emerging of foreigners buying old residential property from Kenyan landlords and converting them into shopping malls, leaving Kenyans to relocate to slums."

"We have no access to play grounds. Before long they will take over Nairobi," she warns.

Another resident explained how foreigners were taking over estates by offering exaggerated rents, which they pay upfront.

As we went to press, about 20 ships were still being held by pirates. The ransom that will be paid for their release may find its way in Kenya.

Monday, May 25, 2009

The Obama Birth Certificate Protection Act?


What an OUTRAGE THIS IS........

WASHINGTON – A bill approved by the House of Representatives and referred to the Senate would prohibit federal employees of the executive branch from being compelled to release any document unless a court makes a specified determination by a preponderance of evidence – legislation at least one group suspects is designed to protect Barack Obama's elusive birth certificate from release.

"In any case, this bill puts the lie to this administration and this Congress being the most ethical and transparent in American history," Farah said. "They're very open when it comes to the secrets of previous administrations, but when it comes to their own work, it is shrouded in secrecy. Even the president's birth certificate and student records are well-guarded state secrets."

The Bill is H.R. 1507 [formerly H.R. 985], currently in Senate Judiciary Committee http://bit.ly/Q5nSY #ref http://tinyurl.com/yuve9j Sovereignty Alliance has issued a "red alert" about the bill it calls "stealth legislation ... to protect Obama from providing his birth certificate."
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Update:
The Current Bill is H.R. 1507: Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2009. You can read it at http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=h111-1507
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Source: CNIN - The Conservative News Intelligence Network
Saturday, May 23, 2009

Obama is NOT an American Citizen





From: The Western Center for Journalism

Via: The Revolution Has Begun


Barack Hussein Obama obviously has something to hide. He obviously knows how to keep a secret when it comes to releasing his Birth Certificate; the one document that could bolster the argument that he is, in fact, eligible under Article 2, Section 1, of the United States Constitution to hold the office of President of the United States.


And yet, Barack Hussein Obama has no problem sharing information that SHOULD remain secret to the entire world and to our enemies.


Case in point! The Obama Administration just released secret memos and photographs that detail the interrogations of terrorists that were being held in American custody.


Obama authorized the release of these photographs and memos in spite of the undeniable fact that releasing these memos and photographs places the lives of our intelligence operatives and their families in imminent danger.


Obama authorized the release of these photographs and memos in spite of the undeniable fact that releasing these memos severely compromises our national security, and endangers each and every one of us.


It's becoming more and more clear, with each passing day, that the issue surrounding Obama's refusal to release his Birth Certificate and prove his eligibility to hold the office of President of the United States goes much deeper than initially thought.


The fact that Obama has something to hide when it comes to his Birth Certificate (and some of his college records for that matter) is now more than apparent.


And Obama, through his own obstruction in this matter, has established that contention as valid. It can no longer be reasonably questioned.


But what is now becoming apparent is that Obama's refusal to release his Birth Certificate hints at an arrogance and disdain of the American people that is unprecedented... an arrogance and disdain that places all of us, our children, our grandchildren and our way of life in extreme jeopardy.


What I Do Is None Of Your Business.


Consider the following incident. It clearly speaks to Obama's character and the character of those in his Administration.


Team Obama recently dispatched a Boeing-747 and an F-16 fighter jet to buzz New York City. The residents of New York City were not informed, and, with the tragedy of 9-11 still fresh in their minds, understandably went into a panic.


Not to worry, said the Obama Administration, it wasn't an attack or even a drill. It was just a photo-op. We needed updated photographs of Air Force One flying by the Statue of Liberty.


But when asked to release the photographs, the Obama Administration stonewalled.


Why? Were those really cool photographs, that sent the people of New York into a panic and cost the American taxpayer hundreds of million of dollars to shoot, a secret?


Do you see a connection here?


When it comes to sharing legitimate secrets with America's enemies and endangering the lives of Americans, Obama is an open book.


But, when it comes to releasing information about himself or those close to him... even information that is not of a highly personal nature, that the American people SHOULD know (Hey folks, don't panic, the planes flying perilously close to the New York Skyline are ours, or, here's my Birth Certificate which proves I am eligible to hold the office of President of the United States) Obama takes an it's-none-of-your-business attitude.


Who knows, perhaps this combination of courtesy for those that hate the United States and disdain for average Americans explains why Obama has gone to extraordinary lengths to keep his Birth Certificate under lock-and-key.


Perhaps this combination of courtesy for those that hate the United States and disdain for average Americans explains why teams of lawyers have been tasked to thwart the efforts of Americans who simply seek to compel Obama to produce his Birth Certificate.


Perhaps this combination of courtesy for those that hate the United States and disdain for average Americans explains why Team Obama has gone to extraordinary lengths to confound, confuse, distort and spin the issue surrounding his citizenship and eligibility, under the Constitution, to hold the office of President of the United States.


But one thing is becoming painfully obvious, Barack Hussein Obama is not an American, at least not in the truest sense of the word; he does not respect or admire or love the United States as you or I love and respect and admire the United States.


The Birth Certificate Controversy And The Obstruction... Just The Facts.


It's been stated before but, as there is so much erroneous information published on this issue (from both sides of the ideological aisle), it's beneficial to state the facts whenever possible.


Barack Obama Senior (Obama's Father) was a subject of the British Commonwealth (Kenya was not an independent nation when Obama was born. It was under the control of the British Crown).


As an aside, since many have asked... yes, even under the best case scenario, Obama was born with dual citizenship and there are legal arguments as to whether his status as a dual citizen would also disqualify him under Article 2, Section 1 of the Constitution.


However, we don't address those arguments at this point so as not to confound matters. Essentially, one cannot even progress to that question until Obama proves that he was born in Hawaii.


His mother, while an American citizen, was not of sufficient age, under the laws of the United States, to bestow citizenship onto any of her offspring that were not born on American soil.


Amazingly, the liberal media initially treated the matter of Article 2, Section 1 of the Constitution with a degree of seriousness. In fact, the liberal media probably started the ball rolling by aggressively questioning Senator McCain's eligibility.


McCain's father was stationed in Panama at the time of McCain's birth. McCain was NOT born on American soil.


Is McCain eligible to be President of the United States? ... The media aggressively pursued that question.


And McCain's campaign promptly answered the question and put it to rest. Although McCain was NOT born on U.S. soil, McCain's parents were both natural born citizens of the United States and of sufficient age to pass that status onto McCain... case closed.


The McCain incident was all but forgotten. Then Obama's paternal grandmother reportedly made a statement that Obama was born in what is now Kenya and that she witnessed the birth.


Admittedly, at the time, the statement was unverified and even if Obama's grandmother had, in fact, made the statement, it could be dismissed as a little white-lie told by a proud grandmother.


The story might have died were it not for the actions of Team Obama. In a rush to respond to the situation, Team Obama published a Hawaii CERTIFICATION of Live Birth on Obama's Fight the Smears (or as we call it, Obama's Fight the Truth) website... an action that raised more questions than it answered.


The Certification of Live Birth, while an official document is NOT an ACTUAL BIRTH CERTIFICATE (a CERTIFICATE of Live Birth).


Why not produce an actual birth certificate? That was - and still is - the legitimate question that keeps this all too important controversy alive.


Except when it came to the media; what was initially a valid question, when it came to McCain, was apparently no longer of any importance.


When it came to McCain, they pursued the issue with diligence. When it came to Obama, to even ask the question was a conspiracy theory.


But, as shall become apparent, the ONLY conspiracy going on here is the conspiracy on the part of Team Obama, to keep his Birth Certificate vaulted.


The Real Obstruction Begins.


Again, the Certification of Live Birth is a legal document, but it is TOTALLY INADEQUATE when it comes to proving an individual was born in Hawaii.


The State of Hawaii DOES NOT EVEN ACCEPT the Certification of Live Birth as valid proof that an individual was born in Hawaii.


The Hawaii Department of Homelands, which administers programs to encourage property ownership for native Hawaiians states the following on its website.


"In order to process your application, DHHL utilizes information that is found ONLY on the original Certificate of Live Birth, which is either black or green. This is a more complete record of your birth than the Certification of Live Birth (a computer-generated printout). Submitting the original Certificate of Live Birth will save you time and money since the computer-generated Certification requires additional verification by DHHL." [Emphasis Mine].


The bottom line is that the Certification of Live Birth can be erroneous. It has been reported that it was not uncommon for foreigners residing in Hawaii to bring their infant children to the Clerk of the Court, swear they were born in Hawaii and have actual Certificates of Live Birth issued to their children.


It has even been reported that foreigners residing in Hawaii, in some cases, produced birth certificates from foreign countries and the State of Hawaii still issued Hawaiian Certificates of Live Birth to the infants in question.


Could either of those two things have happened in Obama's case?


The question remains unanswered because Team Obama started moving heaven and earth to keep Obama's Certificate of Live Birth (the ACTUAL Birth Certificate which lists information such as the hospital, attending physician etc. that would verify Obama's physical place of birth) under wraps.


The only person who may have seen it is the head of Hawaii's Department of Health, Dr. Chiyome Fukino. Fukino issued the following statement to the media.


"Therefore, I as Director of Health for the State of Hawaii, along with the Registrar of Vital Statistics who has statutory authority to oversee and maintain these type of vital records, have personally seen and verified that the Hawaii State Department of Health has Sen. Obama's original birth certificate on record in accordance with state policies and procedures."


When pressed for details... who was the physician... what hospital is listed... does the certificate say "unknown" ... does it indicate Obama was delivered by a Mid-Wife ... does it actually acknowledge he was born outside the United States... Fukino went silent. And the hospital where Obama was born appears to be a hard question to answer because Obama won't even answer it.


Obama's own sister was once willing to answer the question but seems confused. She named two different hospitals on two different occasions and then, she too, went silent.


And the question remains unanswered.


What Is Obama Hiding?


Obama could easily answer the question by releasing his actual Birth Certificate. But not only has Obama refused to do so, teams of attorneys are thwarting efforts to compel Obama to produce it.


Obama is actively obstructing efforts to un-vault his actual Birth Certificate and this active obstruction, in and of itself, should arouse a tremendous amount of suspicion. Without a doubt, there is something on his actual Birth Certificate that he does not want known.


And for those maintaining some hope that the courts will resolve this issue... don't hold your breath.


Court actions have been unsuccessful. Team Obama actually has the audacity to claim that the courts have settled the issue but THAT'S NOT A FACTUAL ASSERTION. In all cases, the courts have dismissed these suits WITHOUT ever considering the claims or even the MERITS of the actual claims.


In most cases, the courts have simply ruled that the petitioners "lacked standing" to bring the suits. In layman's terms, the courts have basically stated, we're not even going to look at this because you have NO RIGHT to even ask Mr. Obama to produce a Birth Certificate.


Generally, rulings on "standing" are valid. Simply put, you don't have the right to un-vault your next-door neighbor's Birth Certificate simply out of curiosity.


But in this particular case, there is a nagging issue of the Constitution that simply won't go away. In our humble opinion, approximate 300 million people have standing to compel Barack Hussein Obama to un-vault his ACTUAL BIRTH CERTIFICATE.


So what's happening with the courts? Simply put, they're punting the ball. No judge wants to be the person who opens this Pandora's Box.


But the American public thinks otherwise. While some in the political and media establishment are trying to convince everyone that this matter is some kind of conspiracy theory, a recent AOL poll (while non-scientific) indicates that 52 percent of the respondents believe this matter has validity.


It's YOUR country. It's YOUR Constitution. No one is going to honor or preserve it but YOU! You have to stand up for your rights and you can do that by keeping up the pressure.


The liberal media wants this story to go away. The liberal media wants YOU to go away.


Don't let that happen. Don't give them the satisfaction. Demand they cover this story.


The Constitution Is NOT Just A Piece Of Paper.


Article 2, Section 1 of the Constitution states; "No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of President..."


Now... Obama supporters have written us hate-filled letters and told us that Article 2, Section 1 of the Constitution, as it pertains to Obama, is nothing more than a "legal technicality."


Can you believe that?


Others have gone so far as to take the "living-breathing argument" to its unfortunate and dangerous conclusion and told us that Article 2, Section 1 of the Constitution is outmoded, outdated and no longer relevant.


Sadly, even some conservatives have advanced that erroneous argument.


Erroneous because Obama's own actions PROVE exactly WHY our Founding Fathers ratified Article 2, Section 1 of the Constitution and why Article 2, Section 1 is STILL relevant today.


In under 100 days, Barack Hussein Obama:


Supplicated himself by bowing before the King of Saudi Arabia. But Obama did not simply supplicate himself. As the elected leader of the United States, he obsequiously and subserviently supplicated you... supplicated me... supplicated the entire United States before a man who is arguable, as the protector of Mecca and Medina, the most important man in the Muslim world.


Contrast Obama's subservient bow to the actions of then-New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani in October of 2001. Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, came to the United States after the 9-11 attacks and, during a high-profile ceremony, gave Giuliani a $10 million disaster relief check.


After the ceremony, the Prince released a statement to the media saying the policies of the United States partially led to, and by implication, were a justification for, the 9-11 attack. Giuliani, gave the check back! Obama, on the other hand, traveled to Europe and profusely apologized for America's arrogance. He's snuggled up to Hugo Chavez and the Castro regime in Cuba and is even reaching out to Iran's Mahmoud "the-Holocaust-never-happened" Ahmadinejad.

Radio talk-show host, Tom Roeser comments on yet another incident:


"When Nicaragua's president Daniel C. Ortega spent 55 minutes ripping the U. S. as a fascist, anti-humane power he smilingly said, 'I'm grateful President Ortega didn't blame me for things that happened when I was three months old'-referring to the climactic test with USSR-sponsored Cuba, supposedly a shining hour of the Kennedy years. Shove off JFK: your travail has nothing to do with me. You see, I was only a baby! To our enemies he says hate the U. S. but love me!"


Mark Rhodes, writing for the Internet news blog, Illinois Review, offered additional insights on Roeser's point:


“Does Barack Obama... view himself as a citizen of the world who only happens to be the custodian of the American executive branch? This is a question that Tom Roeser hints at and it is an entirely legitimate one that in an unguarded and honest moment, President Obama himself might have a tough time answering. ... Roeser's point is that Obama can happily shake hands with enemies of America because he does not see their rants against our country as anything he needs take personally since he is detached from the history of the nation and is not emotionally bound up in its identity as most Americans are."


Taking into account Obama's past associations with the Reverend Jeremiah "God D___ America" Wright and Nation of Islam leader, Louis Farrakhan; it's almost as if hating America is a major prerequisite for those who wish to make it into Obama's cozy little circle.


Our Founding Fathers ratified Article 2, Section 1 of the Constitution for just such a reason. It should be obvious that the President of the United States should have sole allegiance to the United States.


When it comes to Barack Hussein Obama, many rational people will always have doubts when it comes to issues of his loyalty and allegiance.


Hiding his Birth Certificate from the American public will only compound those doubts. That issue must be resolved.

And While We're On The Subject Of Allegiance And Loyalty, A Few More Points... .


It should come as no shock that Obama is reaching out to Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Obama, after all, expressed a willingness to meet Ahmadinejad without preconditions during the campaign.


Unfortunately, Ahmadinejad appears to have some preconditions of his own.


According to MSNBC; "Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said Iran would welcome talks with the U.S. - but only if there was mutual respect. Iranian officials have said that means the U.S. needs to stop accusing Iran of seeking to build nuclear weapons and supporting terrorism... ."


Of course, there's just two small problem with Ahmadinejad's demands. Iran IS seeking to secretly build nuclear weapons and IT DOES support terrorism.


And on another front, Obama's still moving forward with plans to close Guantanamo Bay.


Last week, Attorney General Eric Holder told the media that at least 30 of these terrorists had already been cleared for release. Allusions were initially made that these 30 terrorists could actually be released on U.S. soil and that most of the remaining terrorists could be tried on U.S. soil (Essentially meaning that after retaining slick ACLU lawyers, who would make a mockery of our legal system, many of these remaining terrorists would also be released onto U.S. soil).


Holder quickly contained the situation and issued a "clarification" on Thursday, saying that no terrorists will be released in the United States. However, as things stand now, we have no place to put these terrorists... no other country will take them. So WHERE ARE THEY GOING TO GO!


Frankly, coming from an Administration that distributed a secret report to law enforcement officials contending that patriotic Americans are the real terrorists, such statements are far from reassuring.


Senator Kit Bond of Missouri said: "While President Obama has no plan for what to do with these killers, he has pledged to close the terrorist detention facility in January, to fulfill a campaign promise. This is a dangerous case of putting symbolism over security."


And things are even worse on the domestic front.


Under the guise of "bailing-out" the auto industry, Obama essentially took control of General Motors and Chrysler. Not being a selfish man, he then turned around and effectively gave away pieces of the former to Big Labor and Fiat (a foreign automobile manufacturer).


But Obama's not done yet. In a time of severe economic hardship, Obama has proposed to triple the national debt and he is laying the groundwork for an effective nationalization of the health-care industry.


As for the banks, they're ripe for takeover as well. Economist Stuart Varney, in an editorial published by The Wall Street Journal, alerted us to the Obama Administration's reluctance to accept money from banks that are attempting to repay TARP bailout money:


"My answer: The government wants to control the banks, just as it now controls GM and Chrysler, and will surely control the health industry in the not-too-distant future. Keeping them TARP-stuffed is the key to control. And for this intensely political president, mere influence is not enough. The White House wants to tell 'em what to do. Control. Direct. Command."


Varney goes on and talks about what is happening to a large well-known bank that was FORCED to accept TARP money and is NOT being allowed to pay the money back to the American taxpayer:


"The chairman offers to write a check, now, with interest. He's been sitting on the cash for months and has felt the dead hand of government threatening to run his business and dictate pay scales. He sees the writing on the wall and he wants out. But the Obama team says no, since unlike the smaller banks that gave their TARP money back, this bank is far more prominent. The bank has also been threatened with 'adverse' consequences if its chairman persists. That's politics talking, not economics."


Are Obama's actions, the actions of a man that loves the United States?


Many patriotic Americans will say no; but, at the very least, we should compel the man occupying the office of President of the United States to prove that he is eligible, under the highest law in the land, to occupy that office.





The DC Black List

This is a list of the top four politicians on the list for impeachment or removal from office, and some of the reasons. There are many more reasons for removing these four from office, so feel free to add to the list. There are also many more politicians who should be removed, in fact, most of Washington DC should be purged.

Nancy Pelosi

  1. Snubbed Republicans during the passage of the Bailout Bill. She openly blamed President Bush for the financial crisis. Everyone knows that the financial crisis has roots going back to the 1970’s so to pass the blame solely on Bush was not only untrue, but unfair.
  2. Rammed the Stimulus Bill through without allowing anyone time to read it.
  3. Lied about her knowledge of the CIA’s enhanced interrogation practices, and stated that the CIA misled Congress for the past seven years.

Barney Frank

  1. For his role in the botched oversight of Fannie Mae. Frank stated that there was no problem with Fannie Mae and that everything was just fine in the mortgage industry.
  2. About to authorize the funding of $8 billion to Acorn. When questioned, Frank simply states that President Bush gave Acorn $14 million over 8 years so Acorn must be a good organization.
  3. Ran a male prostitution ring from his DC apartment in 1989, was busted, but the Congress let him off the hook because he was deemed just a harmless weird gay guy.

Joe Biden

  1. Has added nothing to decision-making regarding foreign policy (his alleged specialty), or in any area.
  2. Spilled national security secrets. He is a joke and a laughing stock. They are not gaffs, but rather the remarks of an incompetent, insensitive, and ignorant man.
  3. When something happens to Obama, Biden will not be capable of leading this country.

Barack Obama II

  1. Still hiding his original birth certificate and his college transcripts from the public. Circumstantial evidence proves that Obama probably got into college as a foreign student and received foreign aid just like his father.
  2. Not a Natural Born Citizen by virtue of his father’s nationality at the time of his birth. Obama was born with dual citizenship. Article II, Section I of the US Constitution states that only a Natural Born Citizen can occupy the office of the Presidency.
  3. Dismantled the US auto industry, violated the rights of secured creditors, quadrupled the National Debt in only 4 months, and threatens to bankrupt the United States.


Sunday, May 17, 2009

Exposing Obama’s PSYOPS Agents and Tactics

Exposing Obama’s PSYOPS Agents and Tactics

Psychological Operations (PSYOP, PSYOPS) are techniques used to influence a target audience's value systems, belief systems, emotions, motives, reasoning, and behavior. PSYOPS tactics are used on target audiences in order to induce confusion, or reinforce attitudes and behaviors favorable to the originator's objectives.

What do
Tokyo Rose and Axis Sally have in common with “Patriot Lisa” and “All American Joe”? They are all PSYOPS agents. What is different is that Americans knew that Tokyo Rose and Axis Sally worked for the enemy.

False Flag PSYOPS agents

Patriot Lisa and All American Joe are “false flag” agents who feign loyalty to the cause they are attempting to harm,

Patriot Lisa will post a message on a conservative blog similar to this, “I want to get rid of Obama as much as the next person but all I see here is racism and hatred. We are never going to get rid of Obama with right wing rants and tin foil hat conspiracy theories. There is no use in even trying. We lost and the best thing to do is just adjust and wait for the next election.”

All American Joe will post, “We need to get torches and pitchforks and march on the White House. Obama is a Muslim Black Power Manchurian Candidate for everything that is evil in the world. If I had my way his own Secret Service detail would do America a favor and take Obama out.”

Then Patriot Lisa and All American Joe will get into an argument that detracts from all serious debate, ruining the experience for reasonable people, and giving the forum a bad reputation. Patriot Lisa and All American Joe will share private messages to compare tactics, chuckle, and congratulate each other at how good they are at their jobs.

Ask yourself if the message you are reading serves the goals of your cause. Not all misguided people are Obama’s PSYOPS agents. However their activity can damage your cause even if that is not their motive. Confront these attitudes and offer suggestions about what kind of thinking does make a contribution and is part of the solution. If they insist on posting damaging comments they probably are Obama’s PSYOPS agents rather than simply misguided.

“False flag” PSYOPS agents are just one type of Internet propaganda specialist. Let’s take a look at some of these specialists and their tactics.

The Obot Agents –

These are the robot like PSYOPS agents who can’t pass the
Turing test. They say the same thing no matter what you say back to them. They have simple skills and seem to pick up their pre-scripted talking points from their more sophisticated handlers.

You can quote United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia saying that “We the People” are the source of Grand Jury power; “In fact, the whole theory of its function is that it belongs to no branch of the institutional Government, serving as a kind of buffer or referee between the Government and the people." In spite of a direct quote from a Supreme Court Justice the Obots will respond “your pretend Grand Jury has no authority and won’t do anything for you and your neocon tinfoil hat buddies.”

If you then take the time to research and respond with a quote from Susan W. Brenner, NCR Distinguished Professor of Law and author of Federal Grand Jury Practice (West, 1996)., “The classic example of a grand jury’s acting as a sword is a runaway grand jury in New York in the 1930’s; the grand jurors ignored prosecutors and embarked upon their own investigation into municipal corruption.” The Obot will respond with, “Your pretend Grand Jury has no authority and won’t do anything for you and your neocon tinfoil hat buddies.”

And if you are foolish enough to continue posting to an Obot the information that a Grand Jury “has the power to subpoena witnesses and physical evidence, i.e., to require that testimony and evidence be brought before it. The failure to comply with a grand jury subpoena results in one being held in civil contempt and incarcerated until the witness complies; currently, the record for time served due to civil contempt is eight years.” Guess what the Obot will say.

These are the same people who go from blog to blog posting exactly the same comment everywhere they go.

The Logical Fallacy Agents

Description of Fallacies
In order to understand what a fallacy is, one must understand what an argument is. Very briefly, an argument consists of one or more premises and one conclusion. A premise is a statement (a sentence that is either true or false) that is offered in support of the claim being made, which is the conclusion (which is also a sentence that is either true or false).

There are two main types of arguments: deductive and inductive. A deductive argument is an argument such that the premises provide (or appear to provide) complete support for the conclusion. An inductive argument is an argument such that the premises provide (or appear to provide) some degree of support (but less than complete support) for the conclusion. If the premises actually provide the required degree of support for the conclusion, then the argument is a good one.

A good deductive argument is known as a valid argument and is such that if all its premises are true, then its conclusion must be true. If all the argument is valid and actually has all true premises, then it is known as a sound argument. If it is invalid or has one or more false premises, it will be unsound. A good inductive argument is known as a strong (or "cogent") inductive argument. It is such that if the premises are true, the conclusion is likely to be true.

A fallacy is, very generally, an error in reasoning. This differs from a factual error, which is simply being wrong about the facts. To be more specific, a fallacy is an "argument" in which the premises given for the conclusion do not provide the needed degree of support. A deductive fallacy is a deductive argument that is invalid (it is such that it could have all true premises and still have a false conclusion).

An inductive fallacy is less formal than a deductive fallacy. They are simply "arguments" which appear to be inductive arguments, but the premises do not provided enough support for the conclusion. In such cases, even if the premises were true, the conclusion would not be more likely to be true.
http://www.nizkor.org/features/fallacies/

Lawyers learn about the logical fallacies in law school. Since Aristotle is seen as the “father of logic” most philosophy classes include training about logical fallacies. Nowadays logic classes are about as rare as civics classes but some undergraduate curriculums still include a basic logic class. Following logical thinking guidelines are especially important as we make decisions that are going to affect our nation and our posterity.

Logic is a tool to help people arrive at dependable conclusions. Logic is related to such disciplines as epistemological protocol, scientific methodology, and rules of evidence. Many people are surprised to find out that there are rules for thinking. Aristotle aimed to unify all of these rules into a coherent system of thought by developing a common methodology that would serve equally well as the procedure for learning about any discipline.

Like most tools, logic can be used for good or evil. Lawyers will sometimes use what they learned about logical fallacies to create false impressions rather than reveal the truth. Propagandists and PSYOPS agents are very skilled at using logical fallacies to influence “target audience's value systems, belief systems, emotions, motives, reasoning, and behavior”.

How do they twist the truth and attempt to pollute your mind?

Let’s start with some simple examples and work our way up the list of classical logical fallacies complete with Latin names.

The false syllogism
A syllogism ("conclusion," "inference"), (usually the categorical syllogism) is a kind of logical argument in which one proposition (the conclusion) is inferred from two others (the premises) of a certain form. An example of an accurate syllogism is:

Major premise: All humans are mortal.
Minor premise: Socrates is human.
Conclusion: Socrates is mortal.

One of my favorite examples of a false syllogism is tinged with humor. A cartoon says across the top of the panel:

“Penguins Walk Funny”

A few more examples of logical fallacies with a humorous intent:

God is Love.
Love is blind.
Steve Wonder is blind.
Conclusion: Steve Wonder is God!
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I'm nothing.
Nothing is perfect.
God is Perfect.
So, I'm God !
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If Steve Wonder is God,
I'm Steve Wonder.
Oh my God!...I'm going blind!
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On the serious side, learning to recognize a bad argument when it comes your way and learning how to respond properly is a major part of what the study of logic is about – self defense. You might consult an article on this blog entitled, Spot false arguments and make strong ones.

False syllogisms permeate Leftist thinking. See if you can demonstrate to yourself why the below syllogisms are false.

Slavery was work and slavery was evil, therefore all work is evil. It is more moral to be on welfare.

Vietnam War was a bad war, therefore all wars are bad wars.

Because people have killed in God’s name, religion is evil and should be abolished.

A really great short course on logic and
how to disagree is written by Paul Graham.

Fortunately, most of Obama’s Logical fallacy PSYOPS agents aren’t very skillful.

The trademark personal insult, name calling, ridicule, and ad hominem attacks characterize the debate style of Obama’s people That tactic has worked quite well on the ignorant and those who value feeling more than reason. Uninformed people voted for Obama. This is not new, transformational politics. This is the rise of a New American Fascism.

Often the best tactic is to ignore such low class debate tactics and simply say your piece without bothering to interact with ignorance and rudeness. Sometimes when posters use name calling or ridicule as a response to me I have this prepared post as a retort to their irrational rants.

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A free hint on how to improve your posts. You will note that ad hominem arguments are at the lower end of the scale on the pyramid chart at this link; only one step above name calling which is the other part of your content. Do you honestly expect to get somewhere with a post like that when many of the readers on this blog have triple digit IQs?

In case you need a little help with your Latin: An ad hominem argument, consists of replying to an argument or factual claim by attacking or appealing to a characteristic or belief of the person making the argument or claim, rather than by addressing the substance of the argument or producing evidence against the claim. The process of proving or disproving the claim is thereby subverted, and the argumentum ad hominem works to change the subject.Have you had a logic class yet?

You might take a look at this site:

http://www.austhink.org/critical/pages/fallacies.html

LOL is a form of Ridicule - Also Known as: Appeal to Mockery, The Horse Laugh.

Description of Appeal to Ridicule

The Appeal to Ridicule is a fallacy in which ridicule or mockery is substituted for evidence in an “argument." This line of “reasoning" has the following form: LOL or tinfoil hat idea, which is some form of ridicule, is presented (typically directed at the claim). Therefore claim is false.

This sort of "reasoning" is fallacious because mocking a claim does not show that it is false. This is especially clear in the following example: "1+1=2! "That's the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard!"

Examples of Appeal to Ridicule

"Sure my worthy opponent claims that we should lower tuition, but that is just laughable."

"Support the ERA? Sure, when the women start paying for the drinks! Hah! Hah!"

"Those wacky conservatives! They think a strong military is the key to peace! There’s a real tin foil hat idea"
LOL = Logic Obviously Lacking?

This link is the surprise visual I hope they click

http://images7.cafepress.com/product/278928847v114_350x350_Front.jpg



Friday, May 8, 2009

Today's Right-Wing Tweets


There were a lot of interesting articles today from the right-side blogosphere:


"The Victory for Gun Rights That Nobody Heard About" http://is.gd/xFfw

Making Free Speech a Hate Crime http://is.gd/xFc9 via: American Daughter btw-It's Unconstitutional

Behold, the "Keep Terrorists Out Of America Act" http://is.gd/xF9j via: America's Right

Obama – Lord of War http://is.gd/xF70 <-Where is the liberal outrage

States Formally Declare: Don’t Tread On Us! http://is.gd/xEZM

UK:Guardian Report: "FBI slow to update terror watchlist" http://tinyurl.com/cudrxd

Government Steals Land for 911 Islamic Crescent Memorial: It keeps getting worse... http://tinyurl.com/dkestn <-WT?

Obama's Gitmo Mess http://ow.ly/5wzL <-Poor Judgment

Punishment for Hirabah http://is.gd/xpfq #TCOT #TORTURE #obama #Qur'an

Report: FBI slow to update terror watchlist http://tinyurl.com/cudrxd

Islam Day Declared in Hawaii ...Alohaaaallahawaqbar? http://catholicedition.com

"Western intelligence services regard the Obama administration with contempt" - http://shrt.st/49s

Obama probably never heard of Ngo Dinh Diem but I remember the arrogant little Vietnamese dweeb: http://shrt.st/49w

www.twitter.com/larrymwalkerjr


Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Natural Rights vs. Legal Rights

May 5, 2009
by: Natural Born Conservative

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness."


Natural rights (also called moral rights or inalienable rights) are rights which are not contingent upon the laws, customs, or beliefs of a particular society or polity.

In contrast, legal rights (sometimes also called civil rights or statutory rights) are rights conveyed by a particular polity, codified into legal statutes by some form of legislature, and as such are contingent upon local laws, customs, or beliefs.

Natural rights are thus necessarily universal, whereas legal rights are culturally and politically relative.

All races of mankind are created equal. No race is superior to another because they are all of the same species, mankind. Therefore, Blacks, Whites, Hispanics, Asians, Indians etc… all have equal rights as endowed by their Creator. There is no need for a law to be written to endow Blacks with the same rights as Whites. The right already exists in nature.

Civil rights in the U.S. have given women equal rights with men, animals equal rights with humans, and now gays equal rights with heterosexuals. This is man’s law. With man’s law, each society is different. Man’s law is based on the desires of men, and is not necessarily in line with natural law (let God be the Judge).

Gay rights proponents often proclaim that there is no law against homosexuality in the bible. Although this is not true, I would counter to gay marriage proponents, that there is no law regarding marriage in the bible, and certainly not gay marriage. The bible speaks of marriage between men and women, but it does not command that one be married. As there is no biblical, nor natural law regarding marriage, it is a custom or civil right granted by civil societies.

What follows is 'natural law' from the Bible on the issue of homosexuality:

Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. Romans 1:24-32


If various States want to legalize gay marriage, that is their prerogative, and it has nothing to do with God’s law. However, I would warn that if homosexuality is against natural law, then the foundation of gay marriage is built on sinking sand. If a society wants to pass laws that are in opposition to natural law, that is their right. If a society believes that by condoning certain behaviors they are somehow granting natural rights, then that society is delusional. And if a society passes laws that are opposed to the laws of nature, then that society will perish.

I hereby formally reject the Civil Rights Act of the United States as having any force or effect regarding my equality as a Black man to any other race, creed, or color of man. I don’t need your law to tell me that I am equal, nor do I need your protection from those who would reject natural law. Whether or not the United States subscribes to natural law, I am free. However, if the United States has chosen to reject natural law, and has arrived at the ‘age of man’, then it has deviated from its original intent.

Just as businesses fail and are dissolved, nations fail and are dissolved. If the United States continues on its present course, [the rejection of natural law], then the United States will be replaced. Contrary to popular belief, America will meet its end, not at the hands of some violent revolution staged by proponents of natural law; but rather through natural law itself. External forces who believe in natural law will prevail, and will triumph over weak, watered down American's, who place all their faith and trust in the laws of man. DHS can take proponents of the US Constitution, the Word of God, and Natural Law off the list. We are not the threat. Government itself is the threat.

You know the saying, ‘the strong survive’. There is no higher law, nor higher power, than following the course of one's Creator. Although there is a purpose for civil laws, when the dictates of man begin to infringe upon natural law, know that the end is nigh.