Remember: Everything that Hitler Did was “Legal”

Wednesday, 11 July 2012 13:57
President Obama Assumes Control of All Domestic Communications
Written by Joe Wolverton, II

On Friday, July 6, President Barack Obama continued his quest to codify his own dictatorship with the issuing of a new executive order granting himself yet another expansive, unconstitutional power. The power afforded to the president in this latest executive order is so frighteningly expansive that it exceeds the scope of the authority acceded to the president in all his previous edicts.

In an order entitled the “Assignment of National Security and Emergency Preparedness Communications Functions,” the president quietly produced an edict that places the nation’s entire communications spectrum and infrastructure — private and public — under the control of the White House.

Of course, the president assures citizens that such authority would be exercised only for the protection of national security.

“The Federal Government must have the ability to communicate at all times and under all circumstances to carry out its most critical and time sensitive missions,” the order reads. “Survivable, resilient, enduring and effective communications, both domestic and international, are essential to enable the executive branch to communicate within itself and with: the legislative and judicial branches; State, local, territorial and tribal governments; private sector entities; and the public, allies and other nations.”

The president insists that the government needs to be able to contact every citizen in case of a national catastrophe. “Such communications must be possible under all circumstances to ensure national security, effectively manage emergencies and improve national resilience.”

This tether connecting citizens to the federal government is to be created by a “joint industry-Government center that is capable of assisting in the initiation, coordination, restoration and reconstitution of NS/EP [national security and emergency preparedness] communications services or facilities under all conditions of emerging threats, crisis or emergency.”

“The views of all levels of government, the private and nonprofit sectors, and the public must inform the development of NS/EP communications policies, programs and capabilities,” President Obama writes.

Accordingly, one of the nation’s cellphone providers has snapped a salute and begun the march toward complete compliance with the president’s usurpation of the domestic communications media.

Sprint’s Boost Mobile service sent a message to their customers informing them that the president now has effective control over their signal and that now “you can receive national and local emergency alerts directly on your phone.”

While the executive order was issued without any sort of announcement or signing ceremony typical of President Obama’s self-congratulatory style, there have been hints that this power grab was coming.

In 2011, for example, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lamented that the federal government didn’t possess the power necessary to keep a close check on citizens and to broadcast the government’s propaganda more efficiently. “We are in an information war, and we are losing that war,” Clinton told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee while defending her department’s request for a $50-billion budget. “Al Jazeera is winning, the Chinese have opened a global English-language and multi-language television network, the Russians have opened up an English-language network. I’ve seen it in a few countries, and it is quite instructive.”

Clinton claimed in her testimony, “During the Cold War, we did a great job in getting America’s message out. After the Berlin Wall fell we said ‘OK, fine, enough of that — you know, we’ve done it, we’re done.’ And unfortunately we are paying a big price for it.”

That same Cold War nostalgia was echoed recently by a couple of congressmen who have proposed an amendment to the newest National Defense Authorization Act that would address the purported propaganda gap.

While America’s best brainwashing material was previously broadcast only overseas for the pleasure of foreign audiences, a provision in the Smith-Mundt Modernization Act of 2012 (H.R. 5736) removes that restriction, making “available, in the United States, motion pictures, films, video, audio, and other materials prepared for dissemination abroad or disseminated abroad pursuant to this Act.”

Intended as an update to the post-World War II Smith-Mundt Act of 1948, the bill’s primary sponsors are Representatives Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) and Adam Smith (D-Wash.). Currently, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs is considering the proposal.

If this amendment remains attached to the Fiscal Year 2013 NDAA and is passed by Congress and signed by the president, then for the first time in the history of the United States, citizens and residents will be exposed to government-produced propaganda in a manner that would impress even Orwell’s Big Brother.

As expected, neither Congressman Thornberry nor Smith admits that the underlying purpose of their amendment is the brainwashing of Americans by the federal government. In fact, in a joint press statement released by the two lawmakers, Thornberry and Smith soft-pedal the purpose of the provision by trotting out the favorite trope of the claque constantly clamoring for the exchange of liberty for security. “We continue to face a multitude of threats and we need to be able to counter them in a multitude of ways. Communication is among the most important,” said Rep. Thornberry. “This outdated law ties the hands of America’s diplomatic officials, military, and others by inhibiting our ability to effectively communicate in a credible and transparent way. Congress has a responsibility to fix the situation,” he added.

“While the Smith-Mundt Act of 1948 was developed to counter communism during the Cold War, it is outdated for the conflicts of today,” said Congressman Adam Smith. “Effective strategic communication and public diplomacy should be front-and-center as we work to roll back al-Qaeda’s and other violent extremists’ influence among disaffected populations. An essential part of our efforts must be a coordinated, comprehensive, adequately resourced plan to counter their radical messages and undermine their recruitment abilities. To do this, Smith-Mundt must be updated to bolster our strategic communications and public diplomacy capacity on all fronts and mediums — especially online.”

Again, our government pretends to be forced into taking such a drastic and despotic step only as a reluctant response to the myriad threats to our national security.

Americans who use cellphones, the Internet, or other radio-based means of communication should understand that as a result of this latest executive order, President Obama has placed all these things under his sole supervision. The president’s order places under his personal purview all radio and digital communications, commanding that all of these signals can be intercepted by the president, the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, or other intelligence agencies as directed by the president.

As of the date of President Obama’s signing of this order, every provider or facilitator of digital, radio, and cellular communications must accommodate the receipt, integration, and dissemination of the federal government’s propaganda programming. This provision in this decree amounts to nothing less than the nationalization of all privately owned communications companies, as these entities are now liable for instant usurpation by the president or his designated federal officers.

In its assessment of the impact of this latest executive order, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) writes that the White House has now empowered the Department of Homeland Security, under the direction of the president, to “seize private facilities when necessary, effectively shutting down or limiting civilian communications.”

In 2011, Congress considered enacting similar provisions in a bill addressing cybersecurity issues. The measure, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and the chairs of seven committees of jurisdiction: Joe Lieberman, Jay Rockefeller, Carl Levin, Patrick Leahy, Dianne Feinstein, John Kerry, and Jeff Bingaman, would have granted the government power to disconnect or interrupt all private and public communication in case of a national emergency. Ultimately, the bill was abandoned as a result of public outcry against such usurpation.

~New American

Romney Comes Out Swinging for Israel

Romney comments at fundraiser outrage Palestinians

Jul 30, 11:18 AM (ET)

By KASIE HUNT and KARIN LAUB

JERUSALEM (AP) – Mitt Romney told Jewish donors Monday that their culture is part of what has allowed them to be more economically successful than the Palestinians, outraging Palestinian leaders who suggested his comments were racist and out of touch with the realities of the Middle East. His campaign later said his remarks were mischaracterized.

“As you come here and you see the GDP per capita, for instance, in Israel which is about $21,000 dollars, and compare that with the GDP per capita just across the areas managed by the Palestinian Authority, which is more like $10,000 per capita, you notice such a dramatically stark difference in economic vitality,” the Republican presidential candidate told about 40 wealthy donors who ate breakfast at the luxurious King David Hotel.
Romney said some economic histories have theorized that “culture makes all the difference.” “And as I come here and I look out over this city and consider the accomplishments of the people of this nation, I recognize the power of at least culture and a few other things,” Romney said, citing an innovative business climate, the Jewish history of thriving in difficult circumstances and the “hand of providence.” He said similar disparity exists between neighboring countries, like Mexico and the United States.

Palestinian reaction to Romney was swift and pointed.
“It is a racist statement and this man doesn’t realize that the Palestinian economy cannot reach its potential because there is an Israeli occupation,” said Saeb Erekat, a senior aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
“It seems to me this man lacks information, knowledge, vision and understanding of this region and its people,” Erekat added. “He also lacks knowledge about the Israelis themselves. I have not heard any Israeli official speak about cultural superiority.”
As criticism mounted while Romney traveled to Poland, campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul said: “His comments were grossly mischaracterized.” The Republican’s campaign contends Romney’s comparison of countries that are close to each other and have wide income disparities – the U.S. and Mexico, Chile and Ecuador – shows his comments were broader than just the comparison between Israel and Palestine.
While speaking to U.S. audiences, Romney often highlights culture as a key to economic success and emphasizes the power of the American entrepreneurial spirit compared to the values of other countries. But his decision to highlight cultural differences in a region where such differences have helped fuel violence for generations raises new questions about the former businessman’s diplomacy skills.

As he has at home, Romney in Jerusalem cited a book titled, “Guns, Germs and Steel,” that suggests the physical characteristics of the land account for the differences in the success of the people that live there.
“And you look at Israel and you say you have a hard time suggesting that all of the natural resources on the land could account for all the accomplishment of the people here,” Romney said, before citing another book, “The Wealth and Poverty of Nations,” by former Harvard professor David Landes.
This book, Romney said in Jerusalem, concludes that “if you could learn anything from the economic history of the world it’s this: Culture makes all the difference. Culture makes all the difference.”
The economic disparity between the Israelis and the Palestinians is actually much greater than Romney stated. Israel had a per capita gross domestic product of about $31,000 in 2011, while the West Bank and Gaza had a per capita GDP of just over $1,500, according to the World Bank.
Romney, seated next to billionaire casino owner Sheldon Adelson at the head of the table, told donors that he had read books and relied on his own business experience to understand why the difference is so great.

His comparison of the two economies did not take into account the stifling effect the Israeli occupation has had on the Palestinian economy in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem – areas Israel captured in 1967 where the Palestinians hope to establish a state.
In the West Bank, Palestinians have only limited self-rule. Israel controls all border crossings in and out of the territory, and continues to restrict Palestinian trade and movement. Israel annexed east Jerusalem in 1967, but has invested much less heavily there than in Jewish west Jerusalem.
And although Israel withdrew from the Gaza Strip in 2005, it continues to control access and has enforced a crippling border blockade since the Islamic militant Hamas seized the territory in 2007.
It’s true that Israel has logged tremendous achievements, said Abraham Diskin, a political science professor at the Inter-Disciplinary Center outside of Tel Aviv. But “you can understand this remark in several ways,” he added. “You can say it’s anti-Semitic. ‘Jews and money.'”
The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund repeatedly have said that the Palestinian economy can only grow if Israel lifts those restrictions.
“It’s Israeli occupiers and Palestinians under occupation, and that’s why Palestinians cannot realize their potential,” Erekat said.
The breakfast with top donors – including Adelson, New York Jets owner Woody Johnson and hedge fund manager Paul Singer – concluded Romney’s visit to Israel, the second leg of a three-nation overseas tour designed to bolster his foreign policy credentials.
Standing on Israeli soil for the first time as the GOP’s presumptive presidential nominee, Romney on Sunday declared Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel and said the U.S. has promised never to “look away from our passion and commitment to Israel.”
The status of Jerusalem is a critical issue in peace talks between the Israelis and the Palestinians.
In Israel, Romney did not meet with Abbas or visit the West Bank. He met briefly with Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad.
Romney’s campaign says the trip, which began in England last week, is aimed at improving the former Massachusetts governor’s foreign policy experience through a series of meetings with foreign leaders. The candidate has largely avoided direct criticism of U.S. President Barack Obama while on foreign soil.
The Jerusalem fundraiser, however, was a political event that raised more than $1 million for Romney’s campaign. It marks at least the second finance event during his tour. The first, in London, attracted about 250 people to a $2,500-per-person fundraiser.
Both presidential candidates have aggressively courted American donors living abroad, a practice that is legal and has been used for decades.
Romney’s declaration that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital was in keeping with claims made by Israeli governments for decades, even though the United States, like other nations, maintains its embassy in Tel Aviv.
His remarks on the subject during a speech drew a standing ovation from the audience, which included Adelson, the American businessman who has promised to donate more than $100 million to help defeat Obama.
Adelson was among a several donors who flew to Israel for a day of sightseeing with Romney in addition to private meetings with top Israeli officials.
Romney flew to the Middle East from Britain, where he caused a stir by questioning whether officials there were fully prepared for the Olympic Games. A stop in Poland will complete his trip.
Four years ago, Obama visited Israel as a presidential candidate, part of a five-nation trip meant to establish his own foreign policy credentials.
A goal of Romney’s overseas trip is to demonstrate his confidence on the world stage, but the stop in Israel also was designed to appeal to evangelical voters at home and cut into Obama’s support among Jewish voters and donors. A Gallup survey of Jewish voters released Friday showed Obama with a 68-25 edge over Romney.
Romney and other Republicans have said Obama is insufficiently supportive of Israel.

Associated Press writers Amy Teibel in Jerusalem and Steve Peoples in Washington contributed to this report.

Nevada Wolf Pack

Nevada Wolf Pack
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UNIVERSITY University of Nevada, Reno
CONFERENCE(S) Mountain West Conference
NCAA Division I
ATHLETICS DIRECTOR Cary Groth
LOCATION RenoNV
VARSITY TEAMS 16
FOOTBALL STADIUM Mackay Stadium
BASKETBALL ARENA Lawlor Events Center
BASEBALL STADIUM William Peccole Park
MASCOT Alphie and Wolfie Jr.
NICKNAME Wolf Pack
FIGHT SONG Hail to our Sturdy Team
COLORS Navy Blue and Silver
HOMEPAGE Nevada Wolf Pack

The Nevada Wolf Pack are the collegiate athletic teams that represent the University of Nevada, Reno, consisting of 16 varsity teams. Though often known as UNR within the state, the university is simply called Nevada for athletics purposes; its sports teams are nicknamed the Wolf Pack (always two words). They participate in the NCAA’s Division I (FBSfor football) and in the Western Athletic Conference, although they have accepted an invitation to join the Mountain West Conference, along with fellow WAC member Fresno State, beginning in 2012.

Nevada’s athletic teams were originally known as the Sagebrushers, named after Nevada’s state flower. In the 1921-1922 school year, a local writer described the school’s athletic teams as a “pack of wolves.” That name stuck and by 1923, the student body designated “Wolves” as the school’s mascot.

~Wikipedia

 

Gerlach-Empire

Gerlach–Empire is a census-designated place (CDP) in Washoe County, Nevada, United States. The combined population was 217 at the 2010 census. A former company town for United States Gypsum Corporation, Empire was once home to more than 750 people. It is part of the Reno–Sparks Metropolitan Statistical Area. Most of the population lives in the two tiny settlements of Gerlach, a neighboring hamlet with fewer than 200 people that shares its schools with Empire; the rest live on outlying rural ranching properties. The nearest town, Nixon, is 60 miles to the south on a reservation owned by the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe.
Contents
1 Geography
2 Demographics
3 Economy
4 History
5 Transportation
6 In film
7 Radio
8 References

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 94.1 sq mi. (244 km2), all land. Its elevation is 3,946 ft (1,203 m).

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 499 people, 234 households, and 146 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 5.3 people per square mile (2.0/km2). There were 297 housing units at an average density of 3.2 per square mile (1.2/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 91.18% White, 2.81% Native American, 0.20% Asian, 4.61% from other races, and 1.20% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.02% of the population.
There were 234 households out of which 26.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.3% were married couples living together, 9.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.2% were non-families. 34.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.13 and the average family size was 2.71.
In the CDP the population was spread out with 22.6% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 31.5% from 25 to 44, 29.5% from 45 to 64, and 9.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 116.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 120.6 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $35,088, and the median income for a family was $43,125. Males had a median income of $36,000 versus $23,056 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $14,793. About 10.3% of families and 14.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.8% of those under age 18 and 12.7% of those age 65 or over.
[edit]Economy

The economies of Gerlach and Empire focus on tourism in the nearby Black Rock Desert, and hunting. Gypsum mining was the historic staple of the local economy until 2011. Empire was the classic company town of the United States Gypsum Corporation (USG). All residents of Empire worked for USG and USG owns the properties and buildings. The Empire gypsum mine was the longest continually operating mine in the US, operating for eighty-eight years from 1923 to 2011. Most mines were shut down during World War II as resources were diverted to the war. It was determined that gypsum was an ‘essential’ resource and the mine was never closed during that period. The town had a church, a public pool, a 9-hole golf course, a post office (89405), and Empire Airport for light planes. There was also a day care facility for the employees of Empire, and a convenience store with a gas station—the only store for more than 50 miles (80 km).
The gypsum plant in Empire closed its doors on January 31, 2011, eliminating 95 jobs.[2][3] Residents with children were allowed to continue inhabiting their company homes through June 20, 2011, the end of the school year. After that date, Empire effectively became a ghost town. In response, the local ZIP Code, 89405, was also discontinued. Four USG employees remain to maintain the property.
The other major industries are a Union Pacific switching station in Gerlach and public services of Washoe County, which includes its roads department and a K–12 public school owned by the Washoe County School District; the future of the Gerlach K–12 School is unknown, as it is estimated that after the gypsum plant closes only around a dozen children will remain in Gerlach.[2] Many of the inhabitants of Gerlach are elderly retirees. Many people in Gerlach also have small private businesses. Many are Internet-based, due to the town’s remote location. Hunters from all over the west travel to Gerlach to hunt a wide variety of game such as chukar, geese, deer, antelope, etc. Joe’s Gerlach Club hosts an annual chukar feed in late January. Bruno’s restaurant hosts several other private parties in a large room in the back which is available for rent.[citation needed]
Since 1991, Burning Man, a week long countercultural festival with 51,454 participants (as of 2010), has been held nearby. Due to the appearance and actions of many of the participants, local enthusiasm is mixed, but the event is responsible for around 20% of the sales at the few commercial establishments in the area, which include the closest permanent fuel and grocery stops to the event site. The Black Rock Desert is also the site of many other recreational activities, organized and otherwise, throughout the year.[4]

History

Gerlach was founded during the construction of the Feather River Route of the Western Pacific Railroad between 1905 and 1909.[5]
Empire was founded in 1923; in that year miners formed a tent city while mining a claim originally established by the Pacific Portland Cement Company in 1910. U.S. Gypsum has owned the town since 1948, which reached a maximum population of 750 in the early 1960s. But when the recession forced the company to shut the plant in 2011, the town was unable to survive.[2][3]

 

TransportationPrimary highway access to both Empire and Gerlach is provided by State Route 447. Gerlach can also be accessed via three former state highways: State Route 34, State Route 48, and State Route 49 (also known as Jungo Road).

Each town has an airfield, suitable only for light planes. The Gerlach field is simply a graded dirt strip, which is no longer usable. The Empire field is dirt, but light towers at a baseball field directly adjacent to and in line with the eastern end of the runway make approaches from or departures in that direction hazardous. Neither should be used unless under emergency.

 

In filmGerlach was one of the film locations for the film Far From Home (1989). Gerlach was also the site for Gary Cooper’s first (credited) film, The Winning of Barbara Worth (1926).

RadioAs of March 2010 Gerlach now has a non profit community based radio station founded by Jeff Cotton and Bruce Van Dyke. The call letters are KLAP and it is located at 89.5 on the FM dial. It is also available on line at www.KLAP.fm. It is located at 395 Main Street in the old Gerlach Gas Station and Garage Building Office owned by Gary Schmidt, an original underwriter of the station along with Twin City Surplus of Reno, Great Basin Brewery of Sparks, and Bruno of Bruno’s in Gerlach. The Garage Building was also prominent in the filming of “Far From Home”.

References

^ “American FactFinder”. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
^ a b c Huffington Post: “Empire, Nevada Completely Wiped Out By Recession”, June 22, 2011.
^ a b Bruder, Jessica (June 11, 2011). “Slump in construction industry creates a Sheetrock ghost town”. The Christian Science Monitor. Yahoo! News. Retrieved June 12, 2011.
^ Fulbright, Leslie (August 28, 2005), “A warmer welcome, Residents of small Nevada town profit from annual counter cultural festival”, San Francisco Chronicle
^ Nevada Historical Marker 152, Nevada Historical Preservation Office