Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Watch Full Video of Santorum Announcement

Please bookmark!

Watch Santorum Speech Live, 4/10/12

Broadcasting live with Ustream

Please bookmark!

BREAKING: Rick Santorum Suspends Campaign

Whoa. Rick Santorum has suspended his campaign to win the Republican nomination for President.

Please bookmark!

Warning: Massive 8.2 Aftershock Strikes Sumatra, Causing Increased Tsunami Fears April 11, 2012

A new aftershock has struck Indonesia. The aftershock was 8.2, while the original was 8.7. Unfortunately, the depth was much less, meaning that it could have caused a greater tsunami.

Please bookmark!

Live Coverage of Indonesian Tsunami, April 11, 2012

Unfortunately, Pundit Press cannot get a live feed onto our website covering the earthquake that has struck Indonesia today. However, we can redirect you to live coverage from CNN's affiliate out of India.

Please bookmark!

Live Video of Sumatran Earthquake Coverage, April 11, 2012

Unfortunately, Pundit Press cannot get a live feed onto our website covering the earthquake that has struck Indonesia today. However, we can redirect you to live coverage from CNN's affiliate out of India.

Please bookmark!

Live Video of Indonesian Earthquake Coverage, April 11, 2012

Unfortunately, Pundit Press cannot get a live feed onto our website covering the earthquake that has struck Indonesia today. However, we can redirect you to live coverage from CNN's affiliate out of India.

Please bookmark!

Live Coverage of Sumatran Earthquake, April 11, 2012

Unfortunately, Pundit Press cannot get a live feed onto our website covering the earthquake that has struck Indonesia today. However, we can redirect you to live coverage from CNN's affiliate out of India.

Please bookmark!


Thanks for the guest post by Esteban Vinson

I first noticed something was up with my son when he didn’t start speaking like the books said he should. He was about a year old and still not saying any words. I knew he understands everything we said, but he mostly communicated through gestures and grunts. Some people said it was normal, especially for boys, and to just give him time. I knew it was something, and when I noticed how loud he always wanted the tv programs I find for him on http://www.direct.tv/ on, I mentioned to his pediatrician that maybe he wasn’t hearing very well. I thought that if for some reason he wasn’t hearing speech sounds properly, than that might explain why he wasn’t speaking. She referred us to an ENT doctor, who did a more thorough hearing evaluation, and it turns out that although he didn’t get ear infections often, he had low levels of fluid constantly in his ears.

Please bookmark!

Sumatra Earthquake Pictures, April 11, 2012

A massive earthquake has struck off of the Indonesian coast. Tsunami warnings have been issued.
Update- The earthquake has been downgraded slightly to an 8.6.

Here are some photographs of the aftermath. More will be added as they become available:
From Twitter:
Please bookmark!

Earthquake in Indonesia, April 11, 2012

A massive earthquake has struck off of the Indonesian coast. Tsunami warnings have been issued.
Update- The earthquake has been downgraded slightly to an 8.6.

Please bookmark!

Earthquake in Sumatra, April 11, 2012

A massive earthquake has struck off of the Indonesian coast. Tsunami warnings have been issued.
Update- The earthquake has been downgraded slightly to an 8.6.

Please bookmark!

Sumatra Hit By Massive 8.6 Magnitude Earthquake, April 11, 2012

A massive earthquake has struck off of the Indonesian coast. Tsunami warnings have been issued.
Update- The earthquake has been downgraded slightly to an 8.6.

Please bookmark!

Indonesia Tsunami Warning, April 11, 2012

A massive earthquake has struck off of the Indonesian coast. Tsunami warnings have been issued.
Update- The earthquake has been downgraded slightly to an 8.6.

Please bookmark!

Indonesia Hit by 8.6 Magnitude Earthquake, 4/11/12

A massive earthquake has struck off of the Indonesian coast. Tsunami warnings have been issued.
Update- The earthquake has been downgraded slightly to an 8.6.

Please bookmark!

Make Sure to Use the Best Online Learning Tools

Whether you are looking for online courses for yourself, your organization, or your business, choosing the best online tools is an important step. Making sure that you have the highest quality help as possible can be a great asset to both you and anyone that would need the assistance. It is important to shop around and research the best options for yourself and any organization that you may be involved in. In cases like this, the right facility can make all of the difference, especially when dealing with specific cases or lessons. This is very important, as well.

These issues can be very important when looking for a learning management solution. With so many options out there, how can a person know which is the right choice? Well, with proper research, you can see the many options that are available for you or your group. It is important to see all of the options that are available to make sure that you have the best experience possible. By using as many different options as possible, you may make sure that you can get as many resources as can be used. This can be especially helpful if you are planning a series of lessons for employees or volunteers.

You can find some resources for this here. By checking out and weighing your options, you can see the best ones for your situation. By making sure, you can get the best value for your dollar. Especially in these trying economic times, this is very important. Make sure to double check any sources and the services that they offer, especially as you are doing some long term planning. It could be a very important decision, and the right choice at the right price could be a great help-- make sure to do your homework.

Please bookmark!

Monday, April 09, 2012

Who Pumped Sand and Water Into Matt Damon's Head?

Perhaps you haven't heard, but Matt Damon is making another movie. Called Promised Land it is to take a dramatic look at the "fracking" saga from a decidedly green perspective. A vocal progressive, Matt has not shied away from expressing his views on hydraulic fracturing in the past.

Luckily we on the right have our own voice or reason. Brought to us by Greg Gutfeld of Fox News Channel show 'The Five', we get the enjoyment of a Damon take down of epic proportions.

"Isn't it just a horizontal windmill shattering rocks instead of birds"?

"Well the greenies hate it because it works. "

"I think someone must have pumped sand and water into Damon's head because he certainly exudes enough natural gas to power a small city."
Watch the whole thing and be amazed when resident show progressive Bob Beckel provides his own defense of "fracking".

Please bookmark!

Video: US Attorney General Eric Holder's Ballot to Vote Offered to Total Stranger

Yup, voting without requiring an ID is genius.

Please bookmark!

US Navy Deploys 2nd Aircraft Carrier to Gulf

What is going on? From Yahoo! through the AP:
The U.S. Navy said Monday it has deployed a second aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf region amid rising tensions with Iran over its disputed nuclear program.

The deployment of the nuclear-powered USS Enterprise along with the Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group marks one of the few times the Navy has had two aircraft carriers operating in waters near the Persian Gulf, said Cmdr. Amy Derrick-Frost of the Bahrain-based 5th Fleet.

The two carriers will support the American military operations in Afghanistan and anti-piracy efforts off Somalia's coast and in the Gulf of Aden, she said.

The warships also patrol the Gulf's strategic oil routes that Iran has threatened to shut down in retaliation for economic sanctions slapped on the Islamic Republic because of its nuclear program, which the West suspects aims to develop nuclear weapons.

Iran denies the allegations, and says its program is solely for peaceful purposes.
Please bookmark!

Syria Fires on Turkish Soil

With the deadline looming for Syria's regime to cease fire and pull out of besieged cities, they did one better - during an intense fire fight near the Syrian-Turkish border, soldiers fired after wounded rebels fleeing to a nearby refugee camp in Turkey and shot several innocent refugees, killing one.

Not only are they rapidly increasing the death toll through violent assaults in various Syrian cities, but they have now violated the sovereignty of Turkey; spilling the blood of innocent refugees and ignoring the many calls, albeit spineless, of world leaders to stay their blades, and stop the unmerciful slaughter.

Turkey is rightfully enraged at the blatant lack of respect for their territorial boundry and the ongoing slaughter of Syria's civilians and the world seems to understand the U.N. plan for cease fire will most likely be ignored, thus leaving weeks of hard work to vain.

World leaders will once again go back to the drawing board, but I'm hoping the rage of Arabs will be so powerful that the only possible response is the immediate arming of the Syrian opposition, and the full weight of Arab-Western militaries coming down to bear on the dispicable Assad regime.

Enough is enough - no more talking with the butchers of Damascus; it's time to fight...

Rick Santorum Quits Presidential Race, 4/10/12

Whoa. Rick Santorum has suspended his campaign to win the Republican nomination for President.

Please bookmark!

New GSA Video Emerges

Your tax dollars at work:

Please bookmark!

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Guest Article: The Message of Easter

Pundit Press is proud to present a guest article by one of our readers, John Brentlinger:

What of wars and fightings in the world? What of man all over the planet, in each country seeking to rule his part of the paltry little kingdom he has forced into subjection by violence, hatred and tyranny?

What of famines, floods, fires, drought, earthquakes, tornados, tsunamis and pestilence? What of kings, despots, prime ministers, congressmen and presidents who know no bounds in their desperate desire to rule over everyone?

What of sickness, death and destruction in every aspect of society, in our country as well as the lowest third world country on earth? What of the "deeds of passion, pride, ill-will, hatred, envy, bigotry and selfishness?" What of sorrow, loss and death?

In all this, what is the message of Easter? Is it not that there is a great God who rules in the affairs of men, who puts one down and raises another up? It not the message of the resurrection that God has rule over all things, men and events in this world, and in the world to come?

In the words of Harriet Beecher Stowe,
"To him who strives in vain with the giant forces of evil, what calm in the thought of an overpowering Will, so that that Will be crowned with goodness. However grim to the distrusting looks this fortress in flowery times of ease, yet in times when the waters roar and are troubled, and the mountains shake with the swelling thereof, the Sovereign will of God has always been the refuge of God's people."
HBS, Sunny Memories of Foreign Lands, 1854

The great message of the resurrection is that God indeed rules the world and all things in it. He speaks and the wind and sea obey him. He says "Peace, be still," and all is calm. It is He who created all things and the rights of a Creator extend a sovereign will to his Divine Plan. And in "misery's every refuge, where vain man in his little brief authority has not made fast the door, and barred the Spirit out," there is the great blessing of the truth of the gospel: that is that the death and destruction known only to this world shall one day cease, and "one like unto the Son of Man will come with the clouds of heaven, ...and there will be given to Him dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all people, nations and languages should serve Him, and His dominion is an everlasting dominion which shall not pass away, and His kingdom is that which shall not be destroyed."

For thousands of years now, puny man has done his earthly best to silence the message of the resurrection, yet is has been all to no avail. Year after year, decade after decade, century after century, the message of the risen Christ is shouted from the mountaintops, and echos through all time: "He is not here, He is risen, as He said."

Looking at the current news outlets; the rank, godless display of the goings on in our world, communicated through a mindset totally devoid of the righteousness of God, or any knowledge of God, one would think that there is no method to this madness of life. It is only the message that God is at work in the world, that Christ died and rose again to save sinners from eternal death, which gives hope and peace to our world.

There is a risen Christ, there is a divine plan of an almighty God, and the message of the resurrection is that in this confusing world we live in, those of us who believe in the resurrection can surrender wholly to the divine plan of God and trust his greatness, his goodness and his sovereignty to effect his will on this temporal earth, and in our individual lives. The risen Savior said it best, for all people and for all time. "I am the resurrection and the life, he that believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live. He who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?"

Please bookmark!

Personal Injury Attorneys are Important

When dealing with issues such as the law and liability, it is important to do the research to get the best representation as possible. When dealing with issues such as livelihood or injury, people have the right to see who would do the best job in protecting their rights and their finances. That is why the best attorney possible is a great way to make sure that you are protected in every way that is necessary. So make sure to do the research before making any important decisions. It could be the best decision that you ever make.

So make sure to do the most research as necessary, especially if you need a Chicago personal injury lawyer. Sometimes this can be a tough decision, but one that you or a loved one has to deal with the issues of liability. When you need the best attorney, make sure to wisely spend your money, time, and resources. An attorney that cares about you and takes the most effort, time, and experience to make sure that you get the best possible service.

Having an attorney with experience and knowledge of the law can make all of the difference. A poor attorney without the knowledge of the court system can be a big problem, especially when dealing with a high profile case. Instead, make sure that you choose an attorney that has taken on important cases before and won. The track record that any attorney has made for themselves can show how best they can help you in any situation, especially in the field of personal injury law. So make sure to choose the best one for you! It could make all of the difference, especially as you are looking towards your physical, emotional, and financial future. So make sure that you do the best job possible finding the attorney that will do the work for you!

Please bookmark!

Make Sure to Get the Best Legal Representation

If you need an attorney, it is imperative that you choose the best representation possible. With thousands of attorney and even more laws, it is important to choose the one that will do the best for you and will always make sure to make the time and do the work to build the best case for you. Not having the best attorney that you can contact could be a major flaw that can hold you back. This could be a huge decision in your life, even the biggest one that you can ever make.

Depending on the circumstances, the right attorney can be make the difference. For example, if you have to work with crime law in Georgetown, it is important do proper research. If you are dealing with a criminal case, it is important to make sure that you research the best criminal law attorneys possible. There are many choices out there, but which would be the best choice? That is why the many sites are important for making sure the research is done properly.

It is important to choose an experienced attorney with plenty of work in the field. For example, a poor attorney will not be able to best use the law to defend you or anyone else that would need it. An attorney with the proper experience can utilize the way the law works to defend an innocent client. Technicalities can be the best thing an attorney can find to make sure that a person that is not guilty goes free or a guilty one pays the price. These can be very important facets in any potential case at any time. So make sure that you choose properly, especially considering that your life and your money is at stake. You want to make sure that the best choice is made for your future.

Please bookmark!

Saturday, April 07, 2012

Because I live in a rather special world

So it came into my mind recently to track down some music CD's that I had rather stupidly sold many years ago, and a few others that I have been unable to find in any of my local shops. Taking advantage of a pre-existing account that I have at Amazon.com, I rather quickly found the ones I was looking for and placed my order. At the same time, I had been looking for a book titled Left Turn by Peter Groseclose in the same places, and had also been unable to find it. So again I managed to find it on Amazon and placed an order for it.

I'm about half-way through it right now, and absolutely impressed with the overall quality of Dr. Groseclose's workmanship. Well-researched and very persuasive, it still is a very easy read.

But as I was reading it, I came across a quote that I have seen and heard quite a few times in the past few years. I first heard it on the Rush Limbaugh Show, when I actually had time to listen to his show on a regular basis. During one of his monologues, he mentioned Pauline Kael's (not by name) quote about Nixon's winning of the 1972 presidential election. “How can this be?”, Kael is supposed to have said, “No one I know voted for Nixon.” This quote is supposed to demonstrate how out of touch the liberal press of the two coasts are with the rest of America.

Becoming curious as to the origins of the quote, I looked at the footnotes in Groseclose's book, only to find that he was quoting from one of Bernard Goldberg's books. I always like to try to find a primary source whenever I use quotations, so I turned to the Internet in order to find the original source of the quote. I finally found a webpage that discussed the origins of the quote. Here is the link to the page. According to the source quoted from the New Yorker, the actual quote is, “I live in a rather special world. I only know one person who voted for Nixon. Where they are I don’t know. They’re outside my ken. But sometimes when I’m in a theater I can feel them.”

Now, if this quotation is correct, we can see where the distortion of the quote came from. “I only know one person who voted for Nixon. Where they are I don't know.”'s order is turned around and becomes, “How can this be? No one I know voted for Nixon.”

But what is overlooked is an even better part of the quote. “I live in a rather special world.” Now, can you imagine if Rush Limbaugh had said something like this? Mitt Romney? Rick Santorum? Newt Gingrich? John Boehner? Ann Coulter? Sean Hannity? Mark Levin? Glenn Beck? Sarah Palin?

Oh, the press would go nuts if Sarah Palin had ever said anything like this. “Out of touch” would be the nicest thing the talking heads would be able to say on the news shows.

And then, we have this further clarification. Apparently, Will Brantley edited a collection of interviews that were made with Kael over the years, in a book called “Conversations with Pauline Kael”. Brantley wrote to the blog author:

“Kael told me the story of that mysterious quotation when it appeared in (I think) The Wall Street Journal several years ago. She never said it, and she was irked by the fact that it was so often attributed to her. Apparently a reporter, or somebody, asked her to comment on Nixon's election, and she replied that she couldn't because she didn't even know anyone who had voted for Nixon. And the story got garbled. I may have garbled the story myself slightly, since some years have passed since she told me, but the point is: she never said it. Which is easy to believe, because I never knew her to make patently stupid statements, and when she joked or was outrageous it was never with the kind of naivete that you would have to assume to make a statement like that. The upshot is that people who know nothing about her or her work are constantly berating her for saying something she never said and never would have said.”

To which the blog author replies:

“As far as I'm concerned, the case is closed. Not that posting this on my blog is going to make a difference, but hey, if Craig Seligman can hunt me down, maybe Repugs can, too.”

Repugs. Charming, eh?

So there you have it. Kael never stated that she didn't know anybody who voted for Nixon, but she did state that she lives in a rather special world. And we have a blog poster who thinks Republicans are so repugnant, they have to have their own generic name. He lives in a rather special world, indeed.

Please bookmark!

Junta Cedes Power in Mali

In a dramatic change of events, the junta that has ran Mali since late March has agreed to stand down from power, and cede government control to the leader of Mali's national assembly, who will run the nation until elections are held sometime in the upcoming weeks.

The junta's takeover has been a diaster from the beginning: Toureg and al-Qaida fighters have seized Mali's entire northern territory in just three weeks, while neighboring nations angered over the illegal coup have placed crippling sanctions on the regime and every ally in the world has condemned them.

I am hoping this constitutional return to power will bring more effective government on the northern front, as the Mali government cannot allow the Toureg and al-Qaida fighters to establish a foothold in western Africa, or for their country to be destroyed by 14th century nomads seeking to establish their own country on long gone herding grounds.

What say you?


TRAYVON:     Report No. 2,304,xxx,xxx,etc.

As the entire world knows, Trayvon Martin was shot and killed on February 26, 2012. Since that date, our media and our political "leaders" have deluged us with massive amounts of heat, but shamelessly little light. Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) poured this not untypical bit of soothing balm on the troubled waters: "Trayvon was hunted down like a rabid dog! He was shot in the street! He was racially profiled!" President Obama exponentially increased our knowledge of the facts by noting that if he had had a son, "he'd look like Trayvon".

Our media, tirelessly employing their investigative skills and reporting 'round the clock without the slightest hint of agenda, induced hundreds of thousands of armchair detectives and attorneys to sign a petition declaring, in their best legal judgment, that George Zimmerman must be immediately arrested.

Media biggie NBC displayed its investigative skills by editing out an important part of the first 911-call audio tape. On the original tape there was no mention of race until the dispatcher asked Zimmerman to specify:

Zimmerman: This guy looks like he’s up to no good. Or he’s on drugs or something. It’s raining and he’s just walking around, looking about.

Dispatcher: OK, and this guy — is he black, white or Hispanic?

Zimmerman: He looks black.

NBC chose to present the tape edited as follows:

          Zimmerman: This guy looks like he’s up to no good. He looks black.

It was, of course, pure coincidence that the edited version made Zimmerman appear far more race conscious, and negatively so, than anything he had actually said. When confronted with this journalistic outrage, NBC claimed there would be an "internal investigation".
Not to be outdone, rival Media biggie ABC upped the ante. Having obtained a police department video of Zimmerman being brought into the Sanford Police Department, ABC processed the video to remove image detail, then presented it on the air to show that there were no cuts on the back of Zimmerman’s head. When confronted on their own outrage, ABC was more creative than announcing a mere “internal investigation”. They claimed that, having realized on their own that there was a problem, they later brought in a video expert to “process” the fuzzy version they had aired to “enhance” it until it actually did show the cuts on Zimmerman’s head.

In an unusual follow-up, NBC’s executives may have finally remembered the “fake but accurate” fiasco of 2004 [in which the acclaimed Dan Rather presented openly forged documents as “proof” that George W. Bush had not performed his duties in the Air National Guard]. Fox News recently reported that it heard from the New York Times, which has reported that it heard from anonymous sources at NBC, that the unnamed offending editor of the audio tape has been fired. NBC has refused to comment. Got that?

A couple of other points. One, did George Zimmerman go to a hospital or not? Did he have a broken nose or not? It is hard to imagine that the same media who can, seemingly any time they want, gain access to the nations most highly classified information, could not get someone at a nearby hospital to divulge whether one of the most recognizable faces in the country recently walked into the place, and/or received treatment there.

Two, merely a question for our armchair detectives: Skittles and Tea. When Trayvon was killed, the spot was very quickly cordoned off as a crime scene. A commentator on another website recently raised an interesting issue:

            See: They are laughing at us. Skittles and Tea are druggie slang for
            Coricidin Cough and Cold Tablets (dextromethorphan) and marijuana.
            Of course few of us on the political right get the joke, which is not
            a bad thing.

Was a package of actual Skittles and/or a container of actual tea found at the scene, or anywhere nearby? Merely a question. With the nation’s devastating fiscal problems, along with those of Europe, the prospect of turmoil, maybe even nuclear war, in the Middle East, and gas prices bouncing off  $5.00 a gallon long before summer driving season, we will rivet ourselves to the crucial Trayvon questions. The media will see to it.

MO Atty



Please bookmark!

Friday, April 06, 2012

Obama: Vote for Me or Your Kids Will Die

I wish that I was making this up. I am not. From the Washington Examiner:
President Obama suggested this evening that the Republican governing agenda will lead to "poisoning our kids" with pollution.

"I believe that it is part of our solemn responsibility to future generations that we look after this planet; that we make sure our air is clean and our water is clean; that we’re not poisoning our kids," Obama said at a campaign fundraiser tonight. That credo came as he explained that "the contrast between visions in this election could not be more stark, because I believe that America is stronger when we’re looking for one another."

Obama's line evokes his Associated Press speech this week, when he said Republicans believe that if the government "let businesses pollute more and treat workers and consumers with impunity, that somehow we’d all be better off." Mitt Romney, at his Associated Press luncheon speech, dismissed Obama's "rhetorical excess."

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney called that AP speech a "wonky . . . policy speech," but has been refashioned by the campaign into an attack video and a fundraising speech.
Please bookmark!

Video: F-18 crashes in Virginia Beach, 4/6/12

Please bookmark!

Supreme Contempt

Recently President Obama made this remarkable statement, “Ultimately, I'm confident that the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress.”  For someone reputed to be a former professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Chicago this statement is hard to explain.  Any high school student in a sophomore American History class knows there are many precedents for the Supreme Court making laws passed by Congress null and void.  As a matter of fact, in the system of government tradition has delivered to us overturning laws as unconstitutional has been an important power of the Supreme Court for more than two hundred years. 
And if the primary content of the President’s statement isn’t strange enough the supporting information is wrong.  Obamacare wasn't passed by a strong majority in Congress. In reality the final vote in the House vote was 220 to 215.  Every Republican and thirty four Democrats voted against the law.  In the Senate the vote was sixty Democrats and Independents voting for and thirty nine Republicans voting against.  The Democrats, even though they controlled both houses of Congress knew they would lose enough of their own members that it was going to be a close vote so they moved the bill outside the regular order of business and used a legislative maneuver known as reconciliation to avoid giving the Republicans the opportunity to filibuster the law.
What is the context of these current pressure tactics being used by the executive branch on the judicial branch?
Soon after taking office in 1829, President Andrew Jackson a long time Indian fighter spearheaded one of his signature pieces of legislation through Congress: the Indian Removal Act.  This act gave the president the power to negotiate treaties with the various tribes which still existed in America East of the Mississippi.  These treaties, often accepted either under duress or under questionable circumstances seized the lands of the tribes and forced them to move West to the Indian Territory in what is today Oklahoma.  The time for fighting had passed and most of the tribes quietly left their ancestral lands. 
One tribe decided to try another route.  The Cherokee Nation had adopted the ways of the Europeans.  They devised their own written language and wrote their own Constitution.  They had their own plantations, printing presses, and businesses.  They also had their own lawyers and instead of going on the warpath as their ancestors had done they went to court to fight the orders from the State of Georgia which dispossessed them of their land.
In two cases; Cherokee Nation v. Georgia (1831) and Worcester v. Georgia (1832), the United States Supreme Court considered whether or not it had the power to enforce the rights of Native American nations in disputes between them and the states. In Cherokee Nation v. Georgia, the Court ruled that it lacked jurisdiction to review the claims of any Indian nation within the United States. In Worcester v. Georgia, the Court ruled that only the Federal Government not the states, had the power to regulate the Indian nations.
What the ruling in Worcester v. Georgia meant was that Georgia could not legally seize the Cherokee lands.  It was at this junction when referring to the majority opinion written by Chief Justice John Marshall that President Andrew Jackson made one his most famous statements, “Mr. Marshall has made his decision. Now let him enforce it!”  Instead of enforcing the ruling the Federal government joined in and the result was the Trail of Tears as the Cherokee lost their lands and moved west.
Franklin D. Roosevelt legislating Keynesian economic philosophy in the New Deal sought to end the Depression through government spending and central control.  With massive majorities in both houses of Congress the president’s agenda was enacted as quickly as possible.  Then less than three years after the New Deal began to transform America the Supreme Court began overturning some of the central portions of Roosevelt's program 
In response to this resistance to his vision for what should be done FDR decided to pack the court with Justices who would support his laws.  What he proposed was that for any justice over the age of seventy who refused to retire, the president could appoint a new justice to sit beside the current justice and do his work.   If his plan had been adopted and none of the then current Justices retired he would have been able to appoint six new Justices.  Since he couldn’t force the conservative justices to retire he sought in this way to outnumber them and thus change the ideological complexion of the court.  As the president moved ahead in his attempt to pack the court the Supremes started ruling in his favor which eventually stopped the need for his effort to influence the court through overwhelming appointments.  Then time and attrition did what he had tried to do with legislation.  By 1941, four justices had retired and two had died consequently by the end of his presidency seven of the nine justices were Roosevelt appointees.
Now we come full circle to President Obama and his obvious attempt to belittle and intimidate the court.  Should anyone be surprised?  This is nothing more than standard operating procedure for a Chicago politician.  It is also a normal technique for a community organizer who has been trained in the tactics of Saul Alinsky.  No, we shouldn’t be surprised but we could have expected more of anyone who has been entrusted with the highest office in the land.  It is just such crude strong-arm tactics such as this which open Mr. Obama up to charges of being a typical South Chicago thug.  If he wishes to avoid such charges he needs to avoid such actions. 
The above brief review clearly shows that this was not the first attempt of a president to influence the court.  However coming from one who is constantly extolled as a constitutional scholar it is certainly disquieting.  As a constitutional scholar the president would obviously know what he said was incorrect leaving no other interpretation to his words than a conscious effort to alter the traditional system of checks and balances and the power relationship between the separate branches of the federal government.
Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion for Southside Virginia Community College.  He is the Historian of the Future and the author of the History of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com © 2012 Robert R. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com  Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens

Trying to Get Out of Debt?

Debt collectors giving you problems? Staying up late trying to figure out how to pay all of those bills? More bills adding up to a giant mound of debt? Well, if you're in trouble financially you have to think of all of your options. There are many ways for a person to get out of debt, and some do not involve bankruptcy. You must make sure to choose between many options to find the best for you and your family. It could be the best decision that you ever make.

If you need to clear up your debt, like a Chapter 13 bankruptcy in Philadelphia, you need to look at your options. One of the first things you should consider is contacting an attorney. An attorney will have access to many different resources and will come in with a knowledge of bankruptcy and financial law that can be very good for your situation. You need an attorney that is accessible and easy to talk to and is always making sure that the work you need done gets done. Without a good attorney, you may have a more difficult time dealing with such a problem. Make sure to weigh your options and choose the best lawyer that you can find.

If you are stuck with these circumstances and it is getting to be a pain to check your phone or the mail, you need to consider your options. With some attorneys, you can even get a free consultation to figure out what your position is and how to best get going with your life again. In fact, the sooner you get on the problem, the sooner it can be solved. Make sure to go to the best attorney you can. This will open many doors for you quickly. If done properly, you can possibly exit debt, or at least reduce it and make is easier to manage.

Please bookmark!

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Holder: So, Yeah, the Supreme Court Should Assume Everything Passed By Congress is Constitutional

Desperately needing a 7th grade education:
DOJ Letter to 5th Circuit re Judicial Authority

Please bookmark!

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Poll: Romney Leads Pennsylvania

The mini-Super Tuesday being held in three weeks is vital for Rick Santorum: he must win his home state of Pennsylvania, or else his campaign is officially 100% dead, and Romney will reach the 1,144 delegates sooner then anyone expected.

And if the latest survey conducted by Public Policy Polling is accurate, then the fat lady better start warming up:

Romney - 42%
Santorum - 37%
Ron Paul - 9%
Gingrich - 6%

Just two weeks ago Santorum held his home state - where he was elected twice to the U.S. Senate - by double digits, and now he's trailing to someone who has absolutely no right leading in his back yard.... And unless his campaign does something unbelievable, or voters are duped into buying the "lets deny Mitt for no reason" argument, then his candidacy is finished.

Perhaps it will finally end before we reach the last primary in early June...

What say you?

Obama's Same Tired Rhetoric

Obama's speechwriters are leaning a little too much on Copy and Paste:

Please bookmark!

France Presidential Election Results

From France 24:
French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Socialist candidate François Hollande will face off in the second round of France's presidential election after edging out the far right's Marine Le Pen in Sunday's first round of voting.

Socialist presidential challenger François Hollande topped the first round of France’s presidential election on Sunday with 28.4 percent of votes, while incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy finished second with 25.5 percent, according to exit polls. Those figures set up a widely expected run-off between Sarkozy and the candidate of France’s main opposition party who led most voter intentions surveys before the first round.

Exit polls showed Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-right National Front party, had conquered third place with 18.5% of the vote. Far-left candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon took 11.7%, and centrist François Bayrou 8.8%, the Ipsos polling agency said. While the tallies of the two leading candidates were in line with dozens of opinion surveys published before Sunday’s ballot, Le Pen’s figures were well above any of those forecasts.

Marine Le Pen far exceeded her father’s shocking second-place 16.86% score in the 2002 presidential race.

Romney's Inevitable Path

After last night's trifecta of victories for Mitt Romney in Maryland, Washington D.C., and Wisconsin, the race for the GOP nomination is essentially over and it's statistically impossible for him to not reach the magic number of 1,144 delegates after winning over 90% awarded last night.

And here's why:

With almost half of the delegates awarded thus far, Romney now has 655 in his corner according to the Associated Press, or almost 60% total. Meaning, he only has to win 489, or 42% of the remaining GOP delegates up for grabs to clinch the nomination, while Santorum is three weeks away from elimination.

Then we take into account California, Connecticut, Delaware, Indiana, New York, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island and Utah have yet to award delegates - 513 of them - and that Romney will win most of them, without even considering the very possible chance of winning Pennsylvania in three weeks, his path is statistically inevitable.

For the sake of ending this never ending political version of the Hunger Games, and to save resources for the true battle this fall, the three remaining competitors should end their campaigns for the good of the party, and quite frankly, our country before one of them says something that causes harm that can't be reversed...

What say you?

Maryland Primary Election Results, 4/4/2012

With 70% of precincts reporting:

Romney: 49%
Santorum: 29%
Gingrich: 11%
Paul: 10%
Huntsman: 1%

Please bookmark!

Washington DC Primary Election Results 4/4/2012

With 99% of the precincts reporting in.

Romney: 70%
Paul: 11%
Gingrich: 10%
Huntsman: 7%

Please bookmark!

Wisconsin Primary Election Results

From 1:13 AM EST with 99% of the precincts reporting.

Romney: 42%
Santorum: 38%
Paul: 12%
Gingrich: 6%
Bachmann: 1%
Huntsman: 1%

Please bookmark!

Romney Victory Speech Video

Please bookmark!

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

One L. Goh Named as Catholic School Shooting Suspect

From ABC:
Police this evening identified a man suspected of opening fire today at Oikos University, a Christian school in Oakland, Calif., killing at least seven people and wounding three others.

Police identified the suspect as One L. Goh, 43, a Korean national believed to be a resident of Oakland, though Goh surrendered to police at a Safeway supermarket in Alameda, Calif., Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan told reporters.

Police planned further questioning of witnesses and the suspect, who had yet to be charged as of 6 p.m. PT, Jordan said.

Officials also were looking for Korean-speaking crisis counselors to address the needs of those touched by the shootings, Mayor Jean Quan said.

"It's the kind of pain and situation that we won't understand totally, immediately," she said, "but will leave the community asking questions for a long time."
Please bookmark!

NYPD Investigating Disturbing Al-Qaeda Graphic

HT: New York Post

The NYPD is investigating a disturbing graphic (featured below) that has appeared on numerous al-Qaeda and terrorist oriented websites over the past day, which features New York City at sunset and says: "Al-Qaeda Coming Soon Again In New York."

The department's Intelligence Division is leading the search into the graphic's origin and any threats that might be associated with it.

This might be a stretch, but with the one year anniversary of SEAL Team Six's dramatic operation that took down Osama bin Laden approaching, maybe al-Qaeda is gearing up for acts of retribution, and its starting on a psychological level with the city that they can't help but target continuously.

Regardless, I'm confident the competent professionals at the NYPD will discover both the origin and the meaning behind this disgusting graphic, which should serve as a reminder to citizens that our war has not ended, and that our enemies will not stop fighting until we eliminate them one by one.

What say you?

Monday, April 02, 2012

Video: Santorum Says He'll Exit Race When Romney Gets Majority of Delegates

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Please bookmark!

Netflix for Free

Looking for an easy, convenient way to watch all of your favorite shows? Finding that the internet can be a confusing place, especially when looking for a movie you've been waiting to see? Tired of dealing with the cable company or going to the store to get that movie you have been looking for?

Well, you can look no further than free hulu plus to find all of your favorite shows for free online.

Looking for that movie you haven't seen in a long time or one that has been recently released? That's where you can use a free netflix account to watch whatever you're looking for. With netflix becoming so popular, finding a netflix account is a great thing to have, especially if you don't have television. With a resource like that, you'll be able to enjoy all of your favorite programs with just the internet. Think of all of the money that you'll save!

So check out these options and see what could be the best for you and your friends.

Please bookmark!

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Toureg Rebels Seize Timbuktu

Mali has just gone to hell.

The aftermath of last week's coup by dissatisfied soldiers, who rebelled in part because of President Toure's handling of the Tourag rebellion in the North, has been devastating for the nation: allies are enforcing crippling economic sanctions for overthrowing the democratic government and the rebels control the entire North now.

Including the ancient trading city of Timbuktu, which fell early this morning to the rebels, who are descendants of nomadic clans attempting to declare their centuries old herding lands where they've historically dwelt as an independent nation. They are also fighting alongside islamists aligned with al-Qaida.

Mali soldiers were fleeing Timbuktu as the rebels advanced, leaving only arab militia's to defend it, who apparently weren't able to hold it for long.

Neighboring governments should immediately put the coup down, restore President Toure until the scheduled election is held in the next couple of weeks and push the al-Qaida alligned rebels back to the stoneage. There is absolutely no excuse for Mali's dire situation to be ignored...... and unless we act now, who knows how much more will be lost.

What say you?

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Finally, The Catholic Church Stands on Principle. Uncle Teddy's Widow Invite to Speak at Graduation Rescinded

Vicki Kennedy, widow of Senator "Uncle Teddy" Kennedy, has had her invitation to give a graduation speech rescinded by Bishop Robert McManus of the Boston Area.  
"Bishop McManus is acting, he feels, consistently with what all of the U.S. bishops asked colleges or higher institutions to do going back to 2004, that they not honor ... Catholics who take a public stance or position on issues contrary to things that the Church is trying to teach,"
Mrs. Kennedy feels slighted by the rebuke:
"I am a lifelong Catholic and my faith is very important to me.  I have not met Bishop McManus nor has he been willing to meet with me to discuss his objections."
Gee, lets see Mrs. Teddy,  You are publicly pro-choice.  Your late husband is symbolic of Obamacare.  Remember the calls: "Do it for Uncle Teddy"?  I do.  You remember Obamacare Mrs. Teddy don't you?  The law that is part and parcel of the federal government trying to force its views on the Catholic Church.  The faith that you find so important that believes that life begins at conception.  That birth control and abortions go against God's will.  That both you and your late husband have worked all your adult lives to not only make legal, but to ever expand it.  

Mrs. Kennedy you wrote the preface of the book "The Catholic Case for Obama".  This book talks about the social justice that Obama has fought so hard for.  No such justice for the unborn.  No such justice for the 1st amendment and religious conscience.
It goes to say this:
But perhaps most of all, he or she is a heroic figure and moral example for our children and for the life of the country
You acknowledge that president is an example of morality to the country and especially the youth of the country while making the case that the most pro-abortion president in history is the one to lead our nation.  I seem to remember that Uncle Teddy's endorsement of President Obama was what helped him to become viewed as a serious candidate.  Yeah, you and your husband had a great deal to do with getting President Obama elected.  

You then have the audacity to question why you wouldn't be invited to speak at a Catholic college graduation?  

You are a very intelligent women.  I think you should be able to figure it out.

Kudos to Bishop McManus for standing his ground.  It is time that the Catholic Church start walking the walk when it comes to the people who have done everything possible to undermine the life lessons that the church is trying to promote.  Now, you need onto move to Sen. Kerry and Nanny Pelosi next.  

Please bookmark!

Friday, March 30, 2012

Where Does the Supreme Court Get Its Power?

This week the eyes of everyone concerned with the continuance of limited government were riveted on the Supreme Court.  For three days the nine Justices heard arguments by the Solicitor General in favor of ruling the individual mandate which is the keystone of Obamacare constitutional.  They also heard the representatives of twenty-six States argue that it is unconstitutional.  This is the first time that a majority of the States have combined to protest an act of Congress.  Now We the People must wait while the fate of our Republic is decided in secret by our Black Robed rulers from whom there is no appeal.
How did we get here? 
We elect our representatives and they enact laws which are supposed to be within the framework of the Constitution.  It should be the expectation of Americans that those we entrust with our delegated sovereignty would craft laws in accordance with our wishes as expressed in the founding document of our government.  These laws should reflect our desire for limited government, personal liberty, and economic freedom. 
And the unicorns danced with the elves until the cow jumped over the moon.
The perpetually re-elected who control the two houses of our legislature make law with no regard for the limits, the spirit, or the letter of our Constitution.  In this case they have decreed not participating in Commerce is commerce, and that a penalty is not a tax, that is a tax, and then isn’t again.  After years of stepping so far over the line they have forgotten there was a line.  The Party of Power has finally legislated us to the point of no return.  If the court of last resort gives this power grab the green light what limits are left? 
Since the law was passed over the overwhelming rejection of the voters its validation would cement the dictatorship of the Party in the transformation of America from what we have known into what we would never choose.  The Court appears to be our last line of defense.  But where does the Supreme Court get its power?
The Supreme Court is principally occupied in a task that has no basis in the Constitution.  The nine justices spend their time judging what is constitutional and what isn’t through a process known as judicial review.  However, when the delegates of the thirteen original States drafted the Constitution they decided after much debate not to delegate such a power to the judicial branch or any other branch of the new Federal Government.
If the Constitution doesn’t give this power to the Court how did they get it?  The surprising answer is that they assumed it unto themselves, and since no one stopped them they just kept doing it.  The process began in 1794 when for the First time they declared an act of Congress unconstitutional.  Then in 1803 they used a minor case Marbury v Madison to outline their justification for the process.  Since that time the belief that the Supreme Court is the ultimate judge of the constitutionality of anything and everything has become such a cornerstone of the American System that the average person erroneously believes the power was granted in the Constitution. Thus the first power grab has become our last defense against what could be the final power grab.
In other words we who want to see the rebirth of limited government are hoping the Supreme Court will use an unconstitutional power to save the Constitution.  We stand hat in hand waiting patiently to find out if the Commerce Clause can be stretched to give the central government unlimited power or will we step back from the precipice and wait for the Party of Power to try again.
Across the country we have watched as everything from abortion to gay marriage has been imposed upon us by the black robed tyrants of the Federal Bench.  We have watched as popularly passed referendums were overturned, and common sense laws such as Arizona’s immigration statutes cast aside by activist jurists determined to force our nation into their mold.  Unelected and almost unaccountable these imperious lawyers on steroids hand down pronouncements from Olympus on the Potomac as the sons of pioneers meekly accept the rule of tradition and the arbitrary decrees of men instead of the rule of law our ancestors fought and died to establish and preserve.
Now the arguments are over.  The talking heads endlessly dissect what was said telling us what it means.  For months we will hear rumors and hints as we wait until June for the word from on high.  Is not purchasing insurance commerce?  Does the government have the power to compel a citizen to enter into a contract?  Is a contract made under duress valid?  Does Congress have the power to make the purchasing of a product necessary to maintain the status of a law abiding citizen?  If the answer to what should be rhetorical questions is not a resounding “NO!” we have strayed beyond the pale of liberty and are adrift in the seas of arbitrary power.
As we look to an unconstitutional process to save the Constitution perhaps we should reflect on the state of our Republic.  I would also recommend a deep study of the works of our Anti-Federalist fathers.  Since we are living in the world they predicted maybe we should take a second look at what they recommended as an alternative to what we have become?
Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion for Southside Virginia Community College.  He is the Historian of the Future and the author of the History of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com © 2012 Robert R. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com  Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens

Olbermann Fired Yet Again

Poor guy. From the NY Times:
Current TV said Friday afternoon that it had terminated the contract of its lead anchor, Keith Olbermann, scarcely a year after he was hired to reboot the fledgling channel in his progressive political image.

The cable channel indicated that he had failed to honor the terms of his five-year, $50 million contract, giving the channel the right to terminate it. Starting Friday night, the former New York Gov. Eliot L. Spitzer will take over Mr. Olbermann’s 8 p.m. time slot.

In a stream of Twitter messages, Mr. Olbermann responded to Current’s announcement by stating that “the claims against me in Current’s statement are untrue and will be proved so in the legal actions I will be filing against them presently.”

In a letter to viewers, the channel’s founders, Al Gore and Joel Hyatt, wrote: “We created Current to give voice to those Americans who refuse to rely on corporate-controlled media and are seeking an authentic progressive outlet. We are more committed to those goals today than ever before. Current was also founded on the values of respect, openness, collegiality, and loyalty to our viewers. Unfortunately these values are no longer reflected in our relationship with Keith Olbermann and we have ended it.”
Please bookmark!

When Will The Primary End?

Whether it be Romney's massive lead in the delegate count; recent endorsements by Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan, or his current seven-to-ten point lead in Wisconsin's upcoming GOP Primary, this primary will eventually be claimed by Mitt Romney, the only question is when.

When will opponents Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich stop the "all the way to Tampa Bay" talking points, which do nothing but fuel division in the ranks and potentially set us up for a diaster this early fall, and drop out for the good of the party? For the good of defeating Obama...

I'm hoping the next several primaries, which are expected to be Romney blowouts from Wisconsin to New York and Rhode Island in between, will increase his delegate count by such a wide margin, that they can no longer justify fighting to the convention realistically, or just plain old statistically.

This is not a Republican recreation of the 2008 fight between Obama and Clinton, where two strong candidates fought through all fifty states for the right to be nominee, but where one strong candidate continues to fight for the nomination against two weaker opponents who cannot, or will not stop the madness.

Oh, when will it end?

Supreme Court to Decide Fate of ObamaCare Today

But when will the rest of American know? From the AP:
While the rest of us have to wait until June, the justices of the Supreme Court will know the likely outcome of the historic health care case by the time they go home this weekend.

After months of anticipation, thousands of pages of briefs and more than six hours of arguments, the justices will vote on the fate of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul in under an hour Friday morning. They will meet in a wood-paneled conference room on the court's main floor. No one else will be present.

In the weeks after this meeting, individual votes can change. Even who wins can change, as the justices read each other's draft opinions and dissents.

But Friday's vote, which each justice probably will record and many will keep for posterity, will be followed soon after by the assignment of a single justice to write a majority opinion, or in a case this complex, perhaps two or more justices to tackle different issues. That's where the hard work begins, with the clock ticking toward the end of the court's work in early summer.
Please bookmark!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Hunger Games Review

Last evening I headed down to the local theatre, purchasing my ticket for $4 (yes, life in the country really does have its advantages), and immersed myself in the Hunger Games. I have read the books, however, but I was curious to see whether it would be portrayed well on the big screen.

And, for the most part, it was.

We begin in District 12 where our protagonist, Katniss Everdeen, has just received the shock of her existence: her twelve old sister has been selected, or "reaped", to participate in the barbaric Hunger Games - where 24 children are forced to fight to death for both the amusement of Capitol citizens & punishment of the 12 districts for rebelling seventy-five years earlier.

While her sister is heading towards the stage in shock, Katniss volunteers herself to save her sister, thus effectively ensuring her own death. This is followed by Peeta Mallark being reaped as the male tribute, who once saved the Everdeen family by tossing two loafs of bread he intentionally burnt to Katniss.

The film begins to speed up as they condensed almost 170 pages into 40 minutes: introducing us to Haymitch, the drunkard who is responsible for training the 12th District tributes, Effie Trinket - the one responsible for escorting the tributes from event to event, and Cinna, the stylist who during the tribute introductions - sets Katniss literally on fire.

During this time we do lose some of the finer points within the novel: our heroine's thoughts, some characters and plot have been condensed to save time, although I would argue in the case of killing almost all mention of the horrific prep team is a blessing to moviegoers, but the film does improve certain aspects as well.

Such as deepening the role of Seneca Crane as the Head Gamemaster; depicting the barbaric nature citizens within the Capitol have in regards to the games, which they see as reasons to wager money, and even buy presents for their children to reenact them and the revolt of District 11 residents when Rue, a little 12 year old girl, is killed during the Games.

The remainder of the film, from the time Cinna sees Katniss off before the Games begin, is almost 99% true to the novel and its breathtaking to see some of the scenes you imagined while reading on the big screen turn out to be even better then you believed, such as Katniss escaping the fire that was intentionally aimed at her by the game masters.

I have to mention character portrayal quickly: it was magnificent. Jennifer Lawrence tunred Katniss into someone believeable; someone you could imagine coming from your home town: strong, pretty and defiant. While the actors cast as Peeta, Gale, Haymitch, Effie, Cinna, Rue and most of the other contestants was absolutely spot on.

I do have to mention Stanley Tucci as Ceasar, who interviews the contestants before the Games and also covers the broadcast of the Games, as I believe he had too much fun with the character. He acts the character almost too brilliantly and his odd sense of humor definitely makes him the hit Suzanne Collins intended in the novel.

After almost a week in the arena, the Games are down to 6 contestants from 4 districts, and due to a rule change: 2 tributes can win if they are from the same district, which leads to Katniss seeking out Peeta, who is badly wounded because he helped her escape from danger earlier in the action.

She is forced to attend a feast to retrieve what Peeta needs so badly: medicine to heal his wounds. It almost turns into the end for Katniss when Clove, a tribute from District 2, ambushes her and is just about to kill her when Thead, the male tribute from District 11, avenges Rue's death from earlier by bashing Clove's skull into the cornocopia and sparing Katniss for helping Rue.

The film progresses from here as the female tribute from District 5 dies after eating poisioned berries Peeta picked; Thead is killed by Cato, the male tribute from District 2 and main antagonist, and the 3 remaining - Cato, Katniss and Peeta are eventually pitted in a deadly and prolonged fight to the end...

Which results in a standoff with Cato holding Peeta hostage, Katniss bearing her bow and arrow down on Cato and genetically mutated mutts released by the gamemakers attacking them from all sides. With Peeta facing certain death, Katniss fires an arrow into Cato's hand: allowing Peeta to get free and push Cato into the pack of mutts, which slowly mutilate him until Katniss, out of mercy kills him.

They are expecting to be named victors immediately, as per the rule change, when the announcer says the previous change was revoked - attempting to force Katniss and Peeta to kill each other. He offers himself up, when she remembers the poisoined berries the District 5 girl ate and as thinking the Games would prefer 2 victors over none, they slowly bring them to their mouth..When the announcer yells for them to stop, and crowns them the 74th Hunger Games victors.

In summary, this movie was definitely well worth the money and time I spent in it. It stayed mostly true to the original novel, was protrayed excellently by superb actors, and I would suggest watching the film and reading the novel, as the greatness of the film is only outdone by the awesomeness of the novel.

Unconfirmed: "Anonymous" to Try to Shut Down Entire Internet on Saturday

The computer hacking group Anonymous has promised to shut down the Internet in its entirety this Saturday, March 31st, according to a post on "pastebin" which has since gotten 165,000 views. The piece states that Anonymous will be attempting this in order to protest "SOPA, Wallstreet, our irresponsible leaders and the beloved bankers who are starving the world for their own selfish needs out of sheer sadistic fun."

The post, which was then uploaded to Reddit, promises an attack on 13 root DNS servers. Anyone trying to access a website, it promises, will get an error message. The group, however, states that their action is not to "kill" the internet, but make a point.

How long the "blackout," as the post calls it, will last is unknown even to the hackers: "The very fact that nobody will be able to make new requests to use the Internet will slow down those who will try to stop the attack. It may only lasts one hour, maybe more, maybe even a few days. No matter what, it will be global. It will be known."

Members of Reddit have given the post over 1,000 "upvotes" at the time of this article, and the number is expected to grow.  Under comments, Reddit users are arguing about whether this could actually work.  The top comment reads, "Good luck with that...," with the second highest reading, in part, "I do wish them the best, simply for the fact that it would be historic and entertaining."

Here is the entirety of the post:
"The greatest enemy of freedom is a happy slave."

To protest SOPA, Wallstreet, our irresponsible leaders and the beloved bankers who are starving the world for their own selfish needs out of sheer sadistic fun, On March 31, anonymous will shut the Internet down.


In order to shut the Internet down, one thing is to be done. Down the 13 root DNS servers of the Internet. Those servers are as follow:


By cutting these off the Internet, nobody will be able to perform a domain name look-up, thus, disabling the HTTP Internet, which is, after all, the most widely used function of the Web. Anybody entering "http://www.google.com" or ANY other url, will get an error page, thus, they will think the Internet is down, which is, close enough. Remember, this is a protest, we are not trying to 'kill' the Internet, we are only temporarily shutting it down where it hurts the most.

While some ISPs uses DNS caching, most are configured to use a low expire time for the cache, thus not being a valid failover solution in the case the root servers are down. It is mostly used for speed, not redundancy.

We have compiled a Reflective DNS Amplification DDoS tool to be used for this attack. It is based on AntiSec's DHN, contains a few bugfix, a different dns list/target support and is a bit stripped down for speed.

The principle is simple; a flaw that uses forged UDP packets is to be used to trigger a rush of DNS queries all redirected and reflected to those 13 IPs. The flaw is as follow; since the UDP protocol allows it, we can change the source IP of the sender to our target, thus spoofing the source of the DNS query.

The DNS server will then respond to that query by sending the answer to the spoofed IP. Since the answer is always bigger than the query, the DNS answers will then flood the target ip. It is called an amplified because we can use small packets to generate large traffic. It is called reflective because we will not send the queries to the root name servers, instead, we will use a list of known vulnerable DNS servers which will attack the root servers for us.

DDoS request ---> [Vulnerable DNS Server ] <---> Normal client requests
| ( Spoofed UDP requests
| will redirect the answers
| to the root name server )
[ 13 root servers ] * BAM

Since the attack will be using static IP addresses, it will not rely on name server resolution, thus enabling us to keep the attack up even while the Internet is down. The very fact that nobody will be able to make new requests to use the Internet will slow down those who will try to stop the attack. It may only lasts one hour, maybe more, maybe even a few days. No matter what, it will be global. It will be known.

Please bookmark!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Ohio: Mandel Ties Brown

HT: Rasmussen Reports

After decisively claiming the Republican nomination earlier this month, State Treasurer Josh Mandel has now tied incumbent Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Oh) in the latest Rasmussen Reports survey of 500 likely voters in the vital senatorial race that could very well sway the balance of power this November.

Mandel (R) - 43%
Brown (D) - 43%
Don't know - 11%
Someone else - 3%

Mandel, a former Marine Reservist who served two tours of duty in Iraq and who is the grandson of two Holocaust survivors, is best known for his outspoken support of Israel and his strong conservative ideals both in, and out of government. He was uniformly supported before the primary by Republican officials and Conservative interest groups.

The Ohio race is going to be vital in the horse race between Democrats struggling to hang on to their now six year hold over the Senate and Republicans regaining complete control of the legislature to be of service to either the new president, or defying the current one. And this poll shows us just how close it will be this November.

Keep your eye on this race.

Justice Kennedy: ObamaCare Would Change Role of Gov't

And he might be the swing vote.

Please bookmark!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Geraldo and the Hoodie - Is what he is saying all that crazy?

“I am urging the parents of black and Latino youngsters particularly to not let their children go out wearing hoodies, I think the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin’s death as George Zimmerman was.”

“When you see a kid walking down the street, particularly a dark-skinned kid like my son Cruz, who I constantly yelled at when he was going out wearing a damn hoodie or those pants around his ankles,..It’s those crime scene surveillance tapes. Every time you see someone sticking up a 7-Eleven, the kid’s wearing a hoodie. Every time you see a mugging on a surveillance camera or they get the old lady in the alcove, it’s a kid wearing a hoodie. You have to recognize that this whole stylizing yourself as a gangsta — you’re going to be a gangsta wannabe? Well, people are going to perceive you as a menace,”
On the surface yes it is.  But if you really think about what he is saying it isn't all that crazy.  We judge people on how the dress all the time.  Take this lady for instance:

She is quoted as saying she wants to be treated with a little bit of respect after her local nightclub banned her because of her outfits.  The nightclub owners/employees judged her on this outfit.  I sure as heck did.  You dress like that you are going to draw a certain amount of attention and people will assume that you are looking for sex.  Now, if that is true or not isn't the point.  The point is she is dressing in a way that will suggest to other people that she is out on the town looking for someone to spend the night with.

Would you go to a job interview at one of the big banks in shorts and flip-flops?  Not if you really wanted the job you wouldn't.  I had a job that had a very strict dress code.  One that I personally felt was right out of the 1950's.  If you really were to follow the letter of the code all women had to wear hose/socks of some kind.  Who wants to wear pantyhose in the middle of the DC summer heat?  Not me.  So what I did was always wear long skirts so you couldn't tell that I didn't have hose on.  They didn't say anything about the long skirts, but you were told to dress more appropriately (in a not so subtle way) if you wore a short skirt with no hose on.  The men had to wear ties except one Friday a month; casual day.  But even on casual day they couldn't really wear any shirt they wanted to.  You couldn't have anything that couldn't be tucked in.  Those were the rules.  If you showed up for a job interview in a way that didn't comport with that dress style I can guarantee you that your chances of getting the job dropped considerably.  Fair?  Maybe not, but true.

Crime stats are what they are.  You can dislike them but that doesn't make them less true.  If you live in a major urban area, you will hear about gang violence.  It isn't even just relegated to urban areas anymore.  Where I live there is a town not all that far away that has gang issues.  There is a task force in place that every once in a while makes the papers that has some major arrest or breakthrough.  It is far enough away from my home, that I honestly don't pay all that much attention to it.  But, if I lived closer, I would pay attention.  There is a mall in that city that I sometimes go to.  When I do, I park as close to the mall as I can.  I don't ever stop to grab something to eat there.  I go into the store I need to go to, buy my stuff, and leave.  It is a safety issue to me.  I have never seen any crime take place there, but I have heard that the crime rate around the mall is higher.  It may not be, but my perception is that I could end up being a crime victim there, so I only go when I have to go.  They have since opened another location of the store I went to there, and I have not been back to that mall since.  It makes sense to me.

If you watch movies or tv shows that sometimes glorify gang life, you will see a certain type of dress.  Not all that different from having a dress code at work.  You see images of gangsta rappers and the way the dress is very similar.  You listen to the lyrics of the music and you will hear a glorification of violence, misogyny, and drug use.

Now, I normally dismiss anything that Geraldo says out of hand, as I think he is generally an exploitive ass.   As I write this I have a hoodie on because I was cold earlier.  Do I look at a person in a hoodie as criminal first?  No. But that doesn't mean if I were walking alone at night and someone with a hoodie covering up his face wouldn't make me a pause for a split second I would be lying, it would.  It wouldn't matter to me what color they are, it was the fact that I can't see their face that would make me nervous.
We judge people on how they dress all time.  We do it daily.  Fair or not, it is the truth.  Does that mean that you should be treated like a criminal or a tramp?  No.  But don't be surprised when there will be people who will treat this way.  There is an old adage: Dress for the job you want, not the one you have.  Your appearance does matter.  You will be judged on it.

‘There is nothing more painful to me at this stage of my life than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about robbery, then look around and see somebody white and feel relieved.”
Jesse Jackson to the New York Times 12/12/93

It isn't about being racist.  It is having an understanding of crime statistics.  Which makes Mr. Jackson's involvement in stirring the pot that much more hypocritical.  But I don't expect anything different from a man who has made a living out of playing victim.

Please bookmark!