Blog Smith

Blog Smith is inspired by the myth of Hephaestus in the creation of blacksmith-like, forged materials: ideas. This blog analyzes topics that interest me: IT, politics, technology, history, education, music, and the history of religions.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Federal Workers Whine Now That They Elected Their President

As sequestration nears, federal workers brace for furloughs, vent anger

Government Pushes for Gun Control Against African Americans

The Rev. Kenn Blanchard, a faith leader at Washington D.C.’s Historic Berean Baptist Church, is unabashedly supportive of gun rights. The African American preacher has repeatedly called for fewer firearms restrictions, stating that he believes laws have historically been used to restrict specific ethnic groups.

“Gun laws have started in this country since 1640 — since we were colonies, and it’s always been against a group — it’s always been to control somebody,” he told NPR host Michel Martin. “It was the Chinese, it was the Native Americans, it was the Africans.”

Turkey: Prime Minister Erdogan

ISLAMOPHOBIA A ‘CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY’ ALONG WITH ZIONISM AND FASCISM

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/02/28/turkish-pm-erdogan-islamophobia-a-crime-against-humanity-along-with-zionism-and-fascism/

Re-Emerging: The Jews of Nigeria

Nixonian Obama Threatens Journalists

Woodward's Not Alone - Fmr. Clinton Aide Davis Says He Received White House Threat

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Sweet Sistine Pope Election Conclave

Contribution by The Next Generation.

RESTAURANT OWNER FINDS DEDICATED TEEN WALKING 10 SNOWY MILES FOR JOB INTERVIEW

Art Bouvier, the owner of a New Orleans-inspired restaurant located in Indianapolis saw a young man trudging through the early morning snow and ice last week. The teen stopped to ask Bouvier — who owns Papa Roux Po Boys and Cajun Food– how much further it might be to his final destination and was told it was six to seven miles.

Rand Paul Confirms Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Ill Defense

"The president gets to choose political appointees,” Paul stated.

Communism Taught in Texas

There’s a new controversy in Texas involving the online public school curriculum called CSCOPE, which already has been the subject of heated debate and state legislative hearings.

Drones for Indiscriminate Killing

Monday, February 25, 2013

Cruz: Obama is “the most radical president we’ve ever seen.”

But he also adds that when it comes to our current economic troubles, “an awful lot of Republicans, failed to stand for principle and contributed to getting us in this mess.”



We’ve got a job and right now I think the U.S. Senate is the battlefield. Unfortunately, Republicans are in the minority. This last election did not turn out as I had hoped, but I nonetheless think that if we had principled, effective conservatives who make the case that the most effective engine, for economic opportunity, the most effective engine for climbing the economic ladder, for helping those with nothing to achieve anything has been free markets, has been limited government has been the incredible, American system. If we make that case, we can preserve that system. And I think that’s what the stakes are.
And so, my focus every day is on the substance of winning the fight, stopping the out of control spending and deficits and debt so that our kids aren’t crushed with those debts and getting the economy growing again. You know in the last four years under President Obama, our economy has grown 1.5 percent a year. That’s less than half the historical average. The historical average since World War II has been 3.3 percent. If we can’t get the economy growing, we can’t solve any of these problems.
If you want to get the 23 million people who are struggling to find jobs back to work, get the economy growing. If you want to transform our federal balance sheet, change it from the train wreck it is right now, get the economy growing.
And so, every day in the Senate, my focus is championing small businesses, entrepreneurs, championing economic growth, because ultimately, economic growth is what provides opportunity, it’s what enables people, like my dad, to climb the economic ladder, to climb from nothing to achieve prosperity. That’s my focus, and I try to pay attention to nothing else, but focusing on that.
David Brody: Too many people choosing politics over principle?
Cruz: That’s exactly right. Look, I mean there are a lot of people in Washington, I think, who desperately, desperately want to be in elected office. There’s an old line that ‘Politics is Hollywood for ugly people.’ And there’s an element of truth to that. You see those in elected office who, the prospect of not being in elected office is terrifying to them.
And one of the sad realities is that it has been career politicians, in both parties, who’ve gotten us in this mess. I think President Obama is the most radical president we’ve ever seen, but I think an awful lot of Republicans, failed to stand for principle and contributed to getting us in this mess, and I think what we’ve seen in 2010 and to some degree in 2012 is a new generation of leaders stepping forward that are committed to fixing these problems.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

1895 8th grade final exam

1895 8th grade final exam

What it took to get an 8th grade education in 1895...

This is the eighth-grade final exam from 1895 in Salina, Kansas, USA. It was taken from the original document on file at the Smokey Valley Genealogical Society and Library in Salina, and reprinted by the Salina Journal.

8th Grade Final Exam: Salina , KS - 1895

Grammar (Time, one hour) 1. Give nine rules for the use of capital letters. 2. Name the parts of speech and define those that have no modifications. 3. Define verse, stanza and paragraph 4. What are the principal parts of a verb? Give principal parts of 'lie,''play,' and 'run.' 5. Define case; illustrate each case. 6 What is punctuation? Give rules for principal marks of punctuation. 7 - 10. Write a composition of about 150 words and show therein that you understand the practical use of the rules of grammar.

Arithmetic (Time,1 hour 15 minutes) 1. Name and define the Fundamental Rules of Arithmetic. 2. A wagon box is 2 ft. Deep, 10 feet long, and 3 ft. Wide. How many bushels of wheat will it hold? 3. If a load of wheat weighs 3,942 lbs., what is it worth at 50cts/bushel, deducting 1,050 lbs. For tare? 4. District No 33 has a valuation of $35,000.. What is the necessary levy to carry on a school seven months at $50 per month, and have $104 for incidentals? 5. Find the cost of 6,720 lbs. Coal at $6.00 per ton. 6. Find the interest of $512.60 for 8 months and 18 days at 7 percent. 7. What is the cost of 40 boards 12 inches wide and 16 ft.. Long at $20 per metre? 8. Find bank discount on $300 for 90 days (no grace) at 10 percent. 9. What is the cost of a square farm at $15 per acre, the distance of which is 640 rods? 10. Write a Bank Check, a Promissory Note, and a Receipt

U.S. History (Time, 45 minutes) 1. Give the epochs into which U.S. History is divided 2. Give an account of the discovery of America by Columbus 3. Relate the causes and results of the Revolutionary War. 4. Show the territorial growth of the United States 5. Tell what you can of the history of Kansas 6. Describe three of the most prominent battles of the Rebellion. 7. Who were the following: Morse, Whitney, Fulton , Bell , Lincoln , Penn, and Howe? 8. Name events connected with the following dates: 1607, 1620, 1800, 1849, 1865.

Orthography (Time, one hour) [Do we even know what this is??] 1. What is meant by the following: alphabet, phonetic, orthography, etymology, syllabication 2. What are elementary sounds? How classified? 3. What are the following, and give examples of each: trigraph, subvocals, diphthong, cognate letters, linguals 4. Give four substitutes for caret 'u.' (HUH?) 5. Give two rules for spelling words with final 'e.' Name two exceptions under each rule. 6. Give two uses of silent letters in spelling. Illustrate each. 7. Define the following prefixes and use in connection with a word: bi, dis-mis, pre, semi, post, non, inter, mono, sup. 8. Mark diacritically and divide into syllables the following, and name the sign that indicates the sound: card, ball, mercy, sir, odd, cell, rise, blood, fare, last. 9. Use the following correctly in sentences: cite, site, sight, fane, fain, feign, vane , vain, vein, raze, raise, rays. 10. Write 10 words frequently mispronounced and indicate pronunciation by use of diacritical marks and by syllabication.

Geography (Time, one hour) 1 What is climate? Upon what does climate depend? 2. How do you account for the extremes of climate in Kansas ? 3. Of what use are rivers? Of what use is the ocean? 4. Describe the mountains of North America 5. Name and describe the following: Monrovia , Odessa , Denver , Manitoba , Hecla , Yukon , St. Helena, Juan Fernandez, Aspinwall and Orinoco 6. Name and locate the principal trade centers of the U.S. Name all the republics of Europe and give the capital of each.. 8. Why is the Atlantic Coast colder than the Pacific in the same latitude? 9. Describe the process by which the water of the ocean returns to the sources of rivers. 10. Describe the movements of the earth. Give the inclination of the earth.

The exam took five hours to complete.

Gives the saying 'he only had an 8th grade education' a whole new meaning, doesn't it?!

Pesantren

Conscripting several accomplices at a local Pesantren, or Islamic school, a student sought out "the head of a Christian", prosecutors alleged. "It would be a great Lebaran (the festival that ends the Muslim holy month of Ramadan) trophy if we got a Christian. Go search for the best place for us to find one," Hasanuddin (the Javanese trader) allegedly ordered his companion.

Indonesia's obsession with porn may be attributed to the lack of sex education in the pesantren. "There is no sex education in the public schools or the Muslim boarding schools known as pesantren," explains Guntur Romli, who writes on sexuality and Islam and studied at Al Azhar in Cairo. "All that is taught is what is halal or haram, and that is the end of the discussion." Halal (Arabic: حلال‎ ḥalāl, "permissible") is a term designating any object or an action which is permissible to use or engage in, according to Islamic law.

Ian Hunter: BBC Inheritance Tracks

Ian Hunter recently appeared on a BBC 4 program called Inheritance Tracks, where he discusses the song ‘A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square’. The segment is available as a podcast.

Sat, 23 Feb 13, 7 minutes, Mott the Hoople lead singer Ian Hunter chooses 'A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square' by Leslie Hutchinson and one of his own tracks 'Life'.

China, Islamists Given American Missile Defense Systems Info

The claims originate with several past and current NASA employees concerned with the systemic leak of highly sensitive information relating to missile defense systems, as well as what they call a troubled investigation into the leak.

Foreign nationals working at Ames Research Center allegedly stole materials and the U.S. attorney’s office in the Northern California district was ultimately denied by the Justice Department when it tried to proceed with indictments. The sources allege that Ames Director Simon P. “Pete” Worden and Will Marshall, a British citizen, shared the moon lander project - and the missile defense technology – with individuals from foreign countries including China, South Korea, and Saudi Arabia.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Obama Escalation of troops to Niger

Obama says the 100-troop deployment will help France in its effort to drive militants out of northern Mali.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Former Secret Service Agent: 2nd Amendment in Peril

Dan Bongino lost his race for the U.S. Senate last Fall and the former Secret Service agent was finally closing up shop on his campaign offices when his phone started ringing like crazy. Television and radio shows were calling to ask Dan if he was free… free to talk about this brief speech he gave on January 19th at a Guns Across America rally in Annapolis Maryland.

Woodward: Obama Lie on Sequester

Budget cuts

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/bob-woodward-obamas-sequester-deal-changer/2013/02/22/c0b65b5e-7ce1-11e2-9a75-dab0201670da_print.html

Obama's Illegal Family

Should You Go to Jail for Unlocking your Phone?

QUADROCOPTER DRONES PLAYING CATCH WITH A STICK

Researchers at ETH Zürich, an engineering, science, technology, mathematics and management university, have shown two quadrocopters throwing and catching a stick with each other.

VIRGINIA IMAM SHEIKH SHAKER CALLS FOR VIOLENT JIHAD

Short version

Bill Whittle on “Gun Control”

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Al Qaeda Tells Us How to Avoid Obama's Drones

Below are the original in Arabic and a translation in English.


The list in full (English):
1. It is possible to know the intention and the mission of the drone by using the Russianmade “sky grabber” device to infiltrate the drone’s waves and the frequencies. The device is available in the market for $2,595 and the one who operates it should be a computer know-how.
2. Using devices that broadcast frequencies or pack of frequencies to disconnect the contacts and confuse the frequencies used to control the drone. The Mujahideen have had successful experiments using the Russian-made “Racal.”
3. Spreading the reflective pieces of glass on a car or on the roof of the building.
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4. Placing a group of skilled snipers to hunt the drone, especially the reconnaissance ones because they fly low, about six kilometres or less.
5. Jamming of and confusing of electronic communication using the ordinary water-lifting dynamo fitted with a 30-metre copper pole.
6. Jamming of and confusing of electronic communication using old equipment and keeping them 24-hour running because of their strong frequencies and it is possible using simple ideas of deception of equipment to attract the electronic waves devices similar to that used by the Yugoslav army when they used the microwave (oven) in attracting and confusing the Nato missiles fitted with electromagnetic searching devices.
7. Using general confusion methods and not to use permanent headquarters.
8. Discovering the presence of a drone through well-placed reconnaissance networks and to warn all the formations to halt any movement in the area.
9. To hide from being directly or indirectly spotted, especially at night.
10. To hide under thick trees because they are the best cover against the planes.
11. To stay in places unlit by the sun such as the shadows of the buildings or the trees.
12. Maintain complete silence of all wireless contacts.
13. Disembark of vehicles and keep away from them especially when being chased or during combat.
14. To deceive the drone by entering places of multiple entrances and exits.
15. Using underground shelters because the missiles fired by these planes are usually of the fragmented anti-personnel and not anti-buildings type.
16. To avoid gathering in open areas and in urgent cases, use building of multiple doors or exits.
17. Forming anti-spies groups to look for spies and agents.
18. Formation of fake gatherings such as using dolls and statutes to be placed outside false ditches to mislead the enemy.
19. When discovering that a drone is after a car, leave the car immediately and everyone should go in different direction because the planes are unable to get after everyone.
20. Using natural barricades like forests and caves when there is an urgent need for training or gathering.
21. In frequently targeted areas, use smoke as cover by burning tires.
22. As for the leaders or those sought after, they should not use communications equipment because the enemy usually keeps a voice tag through which they can identify the speaking person and then locate him.
Source: AP

Original

4,700 OBAMA KILLS VIA DRONES

There are several credible sources that dispute the number but they are high.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/02/21/4700-thats-how-many-people-one-senator-says-weve-killed-via-drones/

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

U.S. Air Force developing tiny unmanned drones that hover, crawl and kill

Blue Yeti Pro USB Microphone

A cardioid (from the Greek καρδία "heart") is a plane curve traced by a point on the perimeter of a circle that is rolling around a fixed circle of the same radius. It is therefore a type of limaçon and can also be defined as an epicycloid having a single cusp. It is also a type of sinusoidal spiral, and an inverse curve of the parabola with the focus as the center of inversion.

The name was coined by de Castillon in 1741 but had been the subject of study decades beforehand. Named for its heart-like form, it is shaped more like the outline of the cross section of a round apple without the stalk.

A cardioid microphone exhibits an acoustic pickup pattern that, when graphed in two dimensions, resembles a cardioid, (any 2d plane containing the 3d straight line of the microphone body.) In three dimensions, the cardioid is shaped like an apple centred around the microphone which is the "stalk" of the apple.

A cardioid pickup pattern means pickup to the front of the microphone, and to a lesser extent the sides, with good rejection of sound to the back of the microphone.

Cardioid microphones are recommended for vocal applications, live taping/recording, and most other situations where the acoustics of the recording environment are good, but not perfect.

When indoors, and recording vocals, something handy is a pop filter. Pop filters are a light, nearly transparent mesh placed over a wire or plastic frame, and held in place over a microphone diaphragm with a special clamp. This is useful in reducing "plosives", or exaggerated P and S noises.

One thing to avoid are pop filters with spring-loaded clasps. Only pop filters that attach to your microphone stand by clamp are helpful.

Mandiant suspects Chinese military is behind hacking attacks

A secretive Chinese military unit is believed to be behind a series of hacking attacks, a U.S. computer security company said, prompting a strong denial by China and accusations that it was in fact the victim of U.S. hacking.

Hagel: Israel Apartheid, Netanyahu a ‘Radical’

Contemporaneous account by Rutgers University Law student of 2010 speech

Monday, February 18, 2013

44K for Stripping, Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, Swords, Dogs, Scenes of 9/11

Emlyn Hughes stripped and played footage of 9/11, Adolf Hitler, North Korea, and Saddam Hussein; the “Frontiers of Science” course is one of Columbia University’s core classes.

CAPTION THAT PHOTO!: THE WINNER

The winner:

Stay thirsty, my friends.– 24ICONOCLAST24

Runners up…

Wolf Blitzer: “It’s the story that won’t go away. Now, an unnamed source tells CNN that Rubio left this bottle on the podium instead of putting it in a recycling bin. We’ll cover this explosive new allegation.”– RMAN 3

Just testing the waters.– THECROW2123

PROMINENT MUSLIM CLERIC: COLLECT GOV’T WELFARE AS A ‘JIHAD SEEKER’S ALLOWANCE’

The Struggle For Izharudeen By Shaykh Anjem Choudary

A prominent Muslim cleric in the United Kingdom reportedly urged a group of fellow Muslims to collect government benefits as a “jihad seeker’s allowance,” saying non-Muslims who work 9-5 jobs will end up “committing suicide” at the end of their lives when they realize it wasn’t worth anything.

The Sun secretly filmed him over three meetings also saying leaders such as David Cameron and Barack Obama should be KILLED, grinning as he branded the Queen “ugly” and predicting a “tsunami” of Islamic immigrants would sweep Europe.

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/4799159/Anjem-Choudary-urges-fanatics-to-scrounge-for-holy-war.html

“You find people are busy working the whole of their life. They wake up at 7 o’clock. They go to work at 9 o’clock. They work for eight, nine hours a day. They come home at 7 o’clock, watch EastEnders, sleep, and they do that for 40 years of their life. That is called slavery.

“And at the end of their life they realize their pension isn’t going to pay out anything, the mortgage isn’t going to pay out anything. Basically they are going to lose everything, commit suicide. What kind of a life is that, honestly? That is the life of kuffar (non-believer)…

People will say, ‘Ah, but you are not working’. But the normal situation is for you to take money from the kuffar. So we take Jihad Seeker’s Allowance. You need to get support.”

Comparing benefits to a jizya, or tax on non-Muslims, he added a laugh: “They give us the money — you work, give us the money! Allahu akbar, we take the money.”

He gloated that the 9/11 terror attacks “shook the enemy” and claimed white supremacists wished they had the “fortitude” to fly planes into buildings. He went on to proclaim: “You must hate in your heart — Cameron, Obama, all that they worship.

“Democracy, freedom, secularism, the parliament, all the MPs and the Presidents, all the kuffar’s ideas, everything the people worship, we have to believe that they are bad and we have got to reject them.

“Reject them with our tongue. Reject them with our heart. In our heart have hatred towards them.”

Here’s complete video of one of Choudary’s speeches (skip to 23:45 for an explanation of how Allah believes Westerners are worse than “animals,” and 31:30 for the “jihad seeker’s allowance” remark):

“Now we are taking over Birmingham and populating it…Brussels is 30 per cent, 40 per cent Muslim and Amsterdam. Bradford is 17 per cent Muslim. “These people are like a tsunami going across Europe. And over here we’re just relaxing, taking over Bradford brother. The reality is changing.”

Arizona State Senate Prays to Curse Christians and Jews

A Hamas terrorist group (CAIR) which was named an un-indicted co-conspirator in the largest terrorist-funding trial in our nation's history proselytized to the Arizona State Senate.

http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2013/02/hamas-cair-gave-the-islamic-prayer-cursing-christian-and-jews-before-the-arizona-state-senate.html

Sunday, February 17, 2013

16 Year Old American Killed: Drone strikes against suspects, including American citizens

Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, 16-year old son of Anwar al-Awlaki, was killed in a US drone strike last year.

A confidential Justice Department memo concludes that the U.S. government can order the killing of American citizens if they are believed to be “senior operational leaders” of al-Qaida or “an associated force” -- even if there is no intelligence indicating they are engaged in an active plot to attack the U.S.

The 16-page memo, a copy of which was obtained by NBC News, provides new details about the legal reasoning behind one of the Obama administration’s most secretive and controversial polices: its dramatically increased use of drone strikes against al-Qaida suspects abroad, including those aimed at American citizens, such as the September 2011 strike in Yemen that killed alleged al-Qaida operatives Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan. Both were U.S. citizens who had never been indicted by the U.S. government nor charged with any crimes.

http://msnbcmedia.msn.com/i/msnbc/sections/news/020413_DOJ_White_Paper.pdf

Saturday, February 16, 2013

The FAA issued 1,428 permits to domestic drone operators

Federal authorities step up efforts to license surveillance aircraft for law enforcement and other uses, amid growing privacy concerns.

B.S. Meter

Obama Lies About Liberty, Security, and Transparency

Bill Whittle on The Shooters: The men who shoot the Bin Ladens of the world

Friday, February 15, 2013

What if the police were searching for you?

Freudian Slip: “The problem is that I’m the president of the United States, I’m not the emperor of the United States."

MASSIVE CAFETERIA BRAWL BETWEEN MUSLIM AND AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDENTS

At South High School about 200 to 300 students were involved, Minneapolis police spokesman Sgt. Bill Palmer said.

Brennan Blackmailing Obama?

In early 2008, it was reported that a low-level employee at Analysis Corporation, a State Department contracted company that processed and stored passport records, had breached Barack Obama’s passport file on three different occasions.

The incident was reported to simply be mischief, and the employee involved was reprimanded. We would later find out that John Brennan, then-advisor on intelligence and foreign policy to the Obama campaign, headed the company.

Russia: meteor explosion injures nearly 1000

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Ian Hunter, 17 June 2007, Key Club, Hollywood

PENTAGON WANTS TO TURN ORDINARY SMARTPHONES INTO EYE-SCANNING, THUMBPRINT-TAKING SUPER MACHINES

The company AOptix announced in a press release that the DoD would use its Smart Mobile Identity platform, tailored to the requirements needed of the agency for identity verification purposes in the field.

OBAMA’S FORMER CHIEF OF STAFF WHO BRIEFED ODUMBO ON BENGHAZI

Former White House chief of staff Jack Lew dodged a simple and direct line of questioning about who briefed Obama on the night of the Benghazi terrorist attack. The questioner is Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.).

DJI Innovations model S800 drone over Long Island

Satellite radio host Anthony Cumia (of the Opie & Anthony Show) has been working on mastering his skills with his S800.

NEW JERSEY: MUSLIM BEHEADS, CUTS OFF HANDS OF TWO COPTIC CHRISTIANS

NEW JERSEY: MUSLIM BEHEADS, CUTS OFF HANDS OF TWO COPTIC CHRISTIANS

http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/local/new_jersey&id=8989357

ROBERT SPENCER: THE PITFALLS OF "DIALOGUE"

Spencer on Dialogue

A COMMON WORD. BETWEEN US AND YOU the royal aal al-bayt institute for islamic thought. 2009 • Jordan.

www.acommonword.com/downloads/CW-Booklet-Final-v6_8-1-09.pdf

Hagel: U.S. Department of State was an adjunct of the Israeli foreign minister’s office

Report: Hagel Said State Department Controlled by Israel

Cf. http://www.ajjan.com/2007/03/hagel-in-nj-0-delegates-down-78-to-go.html

Does Obama have the power to authorize lethal force against a U.S. citizen on U.S. soil?

Rand Paul asks: does a President have the power to authorize lethal force, such as a drone strike, against a U.S. citizen on U.S. soil?

"These issues must be discussed openly so that the American people can understand what constraints exist on the government's power to use lethal force against its citizens. Before confirming Mr. Brennan as the head of the CIA, it must be apparent that he understands and will honor the protections provided to every American by the Constitution."

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Ian Hunter, Re-scheduled show from 8 February 2012, Infinity Hall Norfolk, CN 06058

8 pm

The photography and video police were out in force so not too many pictures have surfaced and no videos--so far, although hope spring eternal. However, Ian seemed particularly animated and he apologized twice for the weather delay from the previous Friday. Andy York came on during the encore as a "practice" for the upcoming acoustic tour.

Steve

Andy York and Tom Caulfield

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

How Raytheon software tracks you online

Video

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/02/12/major-defense-company-develops-software-for-government-to-track-trillions-of-entities-for-national-security/

Short link for this page: http://gu.com/p/3dhk2

In this video obtained by the Guardian, Raytheon's 'principal investigator' Brian Urch explains how the Rapid Information Overlay Technology (Riot) software uses photographs on social networks. These images sometimes contain latitude and longitude details – automatically embedded by smartphones within so-called 'exif header data'. Riot pulls out this information, analysing not only the photographs posted by individuals, but also the location where these images were taken.

Obama Abandons Troops to "Allahu Akbar" Ft. Hood Killer

Fort Hood Hero Says Obama 'Betrayed' Her, Other Victims

Monday, February 11, 2013

Cyber-war: Battle lines

Battle lines drawn: Nation-state threats

Brennan for CIA is a Muslim


My contention is he [Brennan] is wholly unfit for government service in any national security capacity. And that would specifically make him unfit to be the Director of Central Intelligence for the United States. And really, I would break it down into three areas that make him unfit for duty.

The first is that he has interwoven his life professionally and personally with individuals that we know are terrorists, and he has given them access to not only senior leaders inside the government, but has given them access to the National Security Council, the national security staff. He has brought known Hamas and Muslim Brotherhood operatives into those positions of government. He has overseen and approved and encouraged others to bring known leaders of Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood into the government in positions to advise the US Government on counterterrorism strategy as well as the overall quote unquote War on Terror. That’s just the first part.

The second part I would say is he has proven through his own comments publicly that he is clueless and grossly ignorant of Al Qaeda’s strategy. Now, Mr. Brennan himself says that Al Qaeda is the enemy, which those folks who have read or are aware of my work…know that that’s not the total threat. But the first thing is, Mr. Brennan believes the threat is just Al Qaeda, which is problematic, and number two, even when he discusses Al Qaeda, he does not know what he’s talking about. So he’s ignorant of that enemy, their strategy, and how they operate.

And then third and finally, which some would say is most disturbing, is [that] Mr. Brennan did convert to Islam when he served in an official capacity on behalf of the United States in Saudi Arabia, and that fact alone is not what is most disturbing ,and what makes him unfit for duty. What makes him unfit for duty is his conversion to Islam was the culmination of a counter-intelligence operation against him to recruit him. And the fact that foreign intelligence service operatives recruited Mr. Brennan when he was in a very sensitive and senior US Government position in a foreign country means that he is either a traitor, which I’m not saying, but that’s one of the options, and he did this all unwillingly and unknowingly ,or he did this unwittingly, which means that he is naive and does not have the ability to discern, to understand how to walk in those environments, which makes him completely unfit to be the Director of Central Intelligence.

Clip of video:


Total video:


First-hand testimony from Brennan on his love for Islam.


“For more than three decades, I have also had the tremendous fortune to travel the world, and as part of that experience, to learn about the goodness and beauty of Islam,” Brennan says. “In Saudi Arabia, I saw how our Saudi partners fulfilled their duties as custodians of the two holy Mosques of Mecca and Medina. I marveled at the majesty of the Hajj, and the devotion of those who fulfill their duty as Muslims by making that pilgrimage. And in all my travels, the city I have come to love most is Al Quds — Jerusalem — where three great faiths come together.”



SEAL Reveals Details of Bin Laden's End


[Bin Laden] looked confused. And way taller than I was expecting. He had a cap on and didn’t appear to be hit…

For me, it was a snapshot of a target ID, definitely him. Even in our kill houses where we train, there are targets with his face on them. This was repetition and muscle memory. That’s him, boom, done.

[...]
In that second, I shot him, two times in the forehead. Bap! Bap! The second time as he’s going down. He crumpled onto the floor in front of his bed and I hit him again, Bap! same place. That time I used my EOTech red-dot holo sight. He was dead. Not moving. His tongue was out. I watched him take his last breaths, just a reflex breath.

And I remember as I watched him breathe out the last part of air, I thought: Is this the best thing I’ve ever done, or the worst thing I’ve ever done? This is real and that’s him. Holy shit.
[...]
His forehead was gruesome. It was split open in the shape of a V. I could see his brains spilling out over his face. The American public doesn’t want to know what that looks like. [Emphasis added]

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Benghazi Cover Up, Brennan, authorizing 'unilateral operations'

The central premise of 'Benghazi: The Definitive Report' is that the attacks were precipitated by secret raids JSOC had performed in Libya. An attack on the Islamist group Ansar al-Sharia days before September 11 may have been the final straw.

The work is authored by members of SOFREP.com



A team of CIA security officers chartered a flight from Tripoli to Benghazi when the consulate came under attack - despite initial resistance from the CIA - to rush to the aid of the Americans who were in danger.

Summary:


'Benghazi: The Definitive Report' is a short read at just 83 pages. However, it is packed with little-known details and exclusive information and background about the consulate attack. Here are a few key excerpts from the book:

(Deputy National Security Advisor) John Brennan also ran a highly compartmentalized program out of the White House in regard to weapons transfers, and Stevens would not have been trusted with that type of information. Stevens likely helped consolidate as many weapons as possible after the war to safeguard them, at which point Brennan exported them overseas to start another conflict.

During the rebellion against Gaddafi and in the aftermath of his death, Libya and North Africa became a staging ground for a dizzying array of operations by SpecOps, paramilitary forces, and international private military contractors working for everyone from European nations to multibillion-dollar oil corporations.
What we do know is that the British Special Air Service (SAS) landed in Libya at some point—probably the secretive intelligence gathering component of the SAS called 'The Increment,' which works alongside MI-6.
Elite counter-terrorist operators from America’s Delta Force were deployed to Libya as 'analysts,' which allowed President Obama to declare that America did not have any boots on the ground but was simply providing air support for the rebels. The reality was that Delta Force had a small contingent instructing the rebels in the finer points of weapons and tactics.

Behind closed doors, President Obama had given his counterterrorism adviser, John Brennan, carte blanche to run operations in North Africa and the Middle East, provided he didn’t do anything that ended up becoming an exposé in The New York Times and embarrassing the administration. In 2012, a secret war across North Africa was well underway.

With JSOC (Joint Special Operations Command), Brennan waged his own unilateral operations in North Africa outside of the traditional command structure. These Direct Action (DA) operations, unlike the traditional ISR missions mentioned above, were 'off the books' in the sense that they were not coordinated through the Pentagon or other governmental agencies, including the CIA. With Obama more than likely providing a rubber stamp, the chain of command went from Brennan to McRaven, who would then mobilize the men of ISA (Intelligence Support Activity), SEAL Team Six, or Delta Force to conduct these missions.
With a small element launching from an airfield in a European nation, JSOC operations targeted Al Qaeda personalities within Libyan militia organizations. In the weeks before the Benghazi tragedy, they most likely hit a known associate of Al-Suri in order to get him to “up periscope” and increase his visibility, which would then make it possible for JSOC to run a targeted operation to kill or capture him.

The aftermath of one of these secret raids into Libya would have grave consequences for all of them, including former Navy SEALs Ty Woods and Glen Doherty. SOFREP believes the Benghazi attack on 9/11/12 was blowback from the late-summer JSOC operations that were threatening the Al Qaeda-aligned militant groups (including Ansar Al-Sharia) in Libya and North Africa, now a leading base of operations for Islamic extremism.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Ian Hunter, 10 February 2013, City Winery, NYC, Sunday

The dumbest man in America, when introducing "Now Is the Time," according to Ian onstage is the president of the NRA.

The "Star's" Chair detail at the keyboards.

"COMFORTABLE (FLYIN' SCOTSMAN)"

"SHRUNKEN HEADS"

When I'm President

23A Swan Hill

When My Mind's Gone

"WHEN MY MIND'S GONE"

The Moon Upstairs

Dennis does ironing during "The Moon Upstairs."

Ian smiles while looking on because he likes his lightly starched as well.

I Don't Know What You Want (w/Jesse Hunter)

"SWEET JANE"

"Sweet Jane"

Saturday Gigs/Life/All The Young Dudes/Goodnight Irene

ALL THE YOUNG DUDES/Goodnight Irene

Ian Hunter, 9 February 2013, City Winery, NYC, Saturday

Two Rant Band dates at the New York City Winery back to back for the 9th and 10th February, 2013, respectively.

On Saturday night Paul was walking by about an hour before the show where I parked behind a car from Connecticut. The roadie said hello from the stage and walked by before the show and shook hands.

The lyrics to Now Is the Time has been changed to update the song for "Newton" according to Ian from onstage. The lyrics also now state if "Jesus was alive he'd be standing on the freeway screaming at the NRA."

Advert on the City Winery display:

mrctr1 video

What For

Once Bitten, Twice Shy

Fatally Flawed

Just the Way You Look Tonight

Wash Us Away

Shrunken Heads

23A Swan Hill

All American Alien Boy

Black Tears

All The Way From Memphis

When I'm President

Now Is The Time

Flowers

Michael Picasso

Ta Shunka Witco (Crazy Horse)

Sweet Jane

I Don't Know What You Want, lead vocals, Jesse Hunter

The Moon Upstairs

Saturday Gigs/Life/All The Young Dudes/Goodnight Irene

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIJWBLUE ... e=youtu.be

All American Alien Boy

I Don't Know What You Want

"JUST THE WAY YOU LOOK TONIGHT"/"WASH US AWAY"

Shrunken Heads/23A Swan Hill

(partial)

Shrunken Heads

Shrunken Heads

"23A SWAN HILL"

"WHEN I'M PRESIDENT"

"SWEET JANE"

Friday, February 8, 2013

What a Surprise: Young, Most Stressed

Young adults more stressed than any other generation.

http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2013/02/07/survey-young-adults-more-stressed-than-other-generations/

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Dr. Benjamin Carson Disses Obama

Clip on political correctness:

Clip on Obama's spending:

The entire 26 minute clip is available as well. The body language of Obama is quite telling.

What is Wrong with Channel One

Channel One News is a marketing company whose main purpose is to get advertising to a captive audience of impressionable schoolchildren. The company loans a school TV equipment in exchange for demanding the school show their daily, 12-minute, hyper-commercial TV show to students. That time equals one lost week of instructional time per year. No educational organization endorses the use of Channel One News. Channel One is disproportionately found in schools in low-income areas. In 2007, Channel One News became even more controversial when it was acquired by Alloy Media and Marketing (creators of Gossip Girl and other raunchy teen and preteen fare). Once the company claimed 8+ million students under contract to watch their program. Since 1997 they have continued to lose schools and now they claim they have “nearly six million” students watching their program.

A prestigious and somewhat intimidating number of educators' professional associations and other child advocate professionals are on record opposing Channel One. Examples include the National Council of Teachers of English, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The AAP notes:

School advertising also appears under the guise of educational TV: Channel One. Currently available in 12 000 schools, Channel One consists of 10 minutes of current-events programming and 2 minutes of commercials. Advertisers pay $200 000 for advertising time and the opportunity to target 40% of the nation's teenagers for 30 seconds. According to a recent government report, Channel One now plays in 25% of the nation's middle and high schools and generates profits estimated at $100 million annually.

Academics have critiqued the crass commercialism of Channel One.

DHS has purchased enough bullets over the last 10 months to wage a full scale war for almost 30 years

The Department of Homeland Security is set to purchase a further 21.6 million rounds of ammunition to add to the 1.6 billion bullets it has already obtained over the course of the last 10 months alone.

No Word from Hillary During Benghazi Cover up

Benghazi Cover up: Obama Politics While Americans Died

Panetta: Obama Absent Night of Benghazi

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Ian Hunter, Canyon Club, 31 January 2013

When I'm President

Flowers

All The Young Dudes/Life/ATYD Reprise/Goodnight Irene

clip

Idle Hands - I Put a Spell On You - Opening for Ian Hunter

Idle Hands performing an acoustic version of I Put a Spell On You live at the Canyon Club (opening for Ian Hunter) 1/31/13 featuring Megan Geraghty on vocals, Vince White on lead guitar, Larry diPeppe on bass and trumpet, Paul Van Duine on rhythm guitar, and Jon Bermuda Schwarz from Weird Al's band on drums.

Idle Hands - Devil's Playground

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

ICE Sues Obama

“Internally, the agency, in my opinion is falling apart. Morale is at an all-time low, according to recent federal surveys. The agency refuses to train our officers on these new policies, resulting in mass confusion and frustration… nobody really knows what’s going on,” Chris Crane, president the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council, told the House Judiciary Committee.

He went on: “As our officers are investigated by ICE for enforcing U.S. immigration law as they see other officers threatened with suspensions for lawful arrests, increasingly officers feel they have become the enemy of this administration.”

Crane said ICE agents have been “essentially prohibited” from enforcing U.S. immigration law. He said agents are unable to arrest illegal aliens who are in the country illegally or immigrants who have overstayed their visas. “It’s basically not illegal anymore, generally speaking, not unless the alien has been convicted of a criminal offense.”

He said ICE agents are being forced to accept any illegal alien’s claim as to whether he or she graduated or is attending high school or college, thus qualifying them for Obama’s “deferred action for childhood arrivals” (DACA) privileges. Agents are “powerless” in requiring illegal aliens to prove they actually qualify.

“Death or serious injury to ICE officers and agents appears more acceptable to ICE, DHS, and Administration leadership, than the public complaints that would be lodged by special interest groups representing illegal aliens,” Crane said, according to a report by the Washington Examiner.

Several ICE agents have filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration over policies that prevent immigration officials from enforcing federal immigration law.

HHS Mandate: Making sense of another ambiguous ‘compromise’


Your Excellency,

Allow me to paraphrase scholar Yuval Levin’s quote in your column, to say that Catholics who understand the principle of subsidiarity and understand socialized medicine have stressed that ObamaCare, “like the versions [of socialized medicine worldwide] that have preceded it, betrays a complete lack of understanding of both religious liberty and religious conscience.”

All of the evils of ObamaCare — expanded abortion, contraception, euthanasia, rationing of care, religious persecution — were predicted by its opponents. Yet, ObamaCare passed in the US House only because USCCB staffers negotiated with NARAL and other pro-abort groups to hammer out the Stupak Amendment in Nancy Pelosi’s office the night before the vote.

Now, even as American bishops all over the US speak of going to prison to protest the inevitable consequences of socialized medicine supplied by an atheist government, I am baffled that none of you — neither you nor even one of your peers — has publicly expressed publicly even a hint of a second thought about the efficacy of socialism. Federal health care is a violation of the principle of subsidiarity, and should have been rejected on that basis alone, quite aside from its violations of the Fourth and Tenth Amendments.

So, my question: Do you have any second thoughts about socialized medicine now that you write columns like this one, the broad outlines of which I and thousands of other Catholic conservatives could have written for you 10, 15 and 20 years as boilerplate about what socialism is and does?

I ask this respectfully, even it it seems somewhat harsh because the consequences of ObamaCare are going to be infinitely worse for Catholic families than it will be for any individual bishop. Many of us find your fixation on a socialist Utopia incomprehensible.

By: Jay McNally on February 5, 2013 at 12:06 pm


Archbishop Chaput

Making sense of another ambiguous ‘compromise’
To live well is nothing other than to love God with all one’s heart, with all one’s soul and with all one’s efforts; from this it comes about that love is kept whole and uncorrupted (through temperance).  No misfortune can disturb it (and this is fortitude).  It obeys only [God] (and this is justice), and is careful in discerning things, so as not to be surprised by deceit or trickery (and this is prudence).

– Augustine

The Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us that prudence is the auriga virtutum, the “charioteer of virtues.”  It’s “right reason in action,” the guide to correctly applying all other virtues.  Rash action, no matter how well intended, violates prudence and usually does more harm than good.  God gave us brains.  He expects us to use them to judiciously pursue the highest moral good for others and for ourselves.

At the same time, the Catechism warns that prudence should never be used as an alibi for “timidity or fear, duplicity or dissimulation.”  Real prudence has a spine called fortitude, the virtue we more commonly know as courage.  And courage, in the words of C.S. Lewis, “is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point, which means at the point of highest reality.”

Here’s why both these virtues are vital in the weeks ahead.  On Friday, February 1, the Obama administration issued for public comment a set of revised regulations governing the HHS “contraceptive mandate.”  At first glance, the new rules have struck some people as a modest improvement.  They appear to expand, in a limited way, the kind of religiously-affiliated entities that can claim exemption from providing insurance coverage for contraceptive and abortion-related services under the new Affordable Care Act.

White House apologists and supporters have welcomed the proposal.  The New York Times called it “a good compromise.”  Groups like the American Civil Liberties Union and NARAL Prochoice America have praised it.  And at least one Washington Post columnist implausibly called it a victory for America’s Catholic bishops.

The scholar Yuval Levin has stressed that the new HHS mandate proposal, “like the versions that have preceded it, betrays a complete lack of understanding of both religious liberty and religious conscience.”  In reality, despite the appearance of compromise, “the government has forced a needless and completely avoidable confrontation and has knowingly put many religious believers in an impossible situation.”

The trouble is, the new rules are very complex.  And they may actually make things worse.  In the words of Notre Dame Law Professor Gerard Bradley:

“Gauging the net effect of the new administration proposal [is] hazardous.  But one can say with confidence the following: (1) religious hospitals are, as before, not exempt ‘religious employers’; (2) religious charities are very likely not exempt either, unless they are run out of a church or are very tightly integrated with a church.  So, a parish or even a diocese’s Saint Vincent De Paul operations would probably be an exempt ‘religious employer,’ whereas Catholic Charities would not be; (3) the new proposal may (or may not) make it more likely that parish grade schools are exempt ‘religious employers.’  But Catholic high schools are a different matter.  Some might qualify as ‘religious employers.’  Most probably will not.

“It is certain that Catholic colleges and universities do not qualify as exempt ‘religious employers.’ The new proposal includes, however, a revised ‘accommodation’ for at least some of these institutions, as well as some hospitals and charities.  The proposal refines the administration’s earlier efforts to somehow insulate the colleges and universities from immoral complicity in contraception, mainly by shifting — at least nominally – the cost and administration of the immoral services to either the health insurance issuer (think Blue Cross) or to the plan administrator (for self-insured entities, such as Notre Dame).  This proposal adds some additional layering to the earlier attempts to insulate the schools, but nothing of decisive moral significance is included.”

The White House has made no concessions to the religious conscience claims of private businesses, and the whole spirit of the “compromise” is minimalist.

As a result, the latest White House “compromise” already has a wave of critics, including respected national religious liberty law firms like the Becket Fund and the Alliance Defending Freedom.  And many are far harsher than Professor Bradley in their analysis.

The scholar Yuval Levin has stressed that the new HHS mandate proposal, “like the versions that have preceded it, betrays a complete lack of understanding of both religious liberty and religious conscience.”  In reality, despite the appearance of compromise, “the government has forced a needless and completely avoidable confrontation and has knowingly put many religious believers in an impossible situation.”

One of the issues America’s bishops now face is how best to respond to an HHS mandate that remains unnecessary, coercive and gravely flawed.  In the weeks ahead the bishops of our country, myself included, will need both prudence and courage – the kind of courage that gives prudence spine and results in right action, whatever the cost.  Please pray that God guides our discussions.



Making sense

Who can be in the Secret Service?

The DNA of a Secret Service Agent

Ian Hunter Band Featuring Mick Ronson, 20 April 1980, Grugahalle, Essen Germany: Live Rockpalast

Charlottesville, Va., first city to pass an anti-drone resolution

Charlottesville, Va., has become the first city in the United States to formally pass an anti-drone resolution.

Monday, February 4, 2013

World History from CSCOPE curriculum lesson plan

On p. 10, a section that is dedicated to the impact Christian, Jewish, and Muslim religions have had on the world, Islam is portrayed as the preeminent religion. Muslims ushered in a “golden age” in Spain and Europe that lasted until the despicable Christians began the Inquisition and the Reconquista movement to expel the Muslims and Jews.

“Notice socialist/communist nations use symbolism on their flags representing various aspects of their economic system. Imagine a new socialist nation is creating a flag and you have been put in charge of creating a flag. Use symbolism to represent aspects of socialism/communism on your flag. What kind of symbolism/colors would you use?”

The CSCOPE curriculum includes a lesson plan for 6th graders instructing students to create a flag for a “new socialist nation” using “symbolism to represent aspects of socialism/communism.”


The same curriculum, CSCOPE,  also includes a lesson plan that calls the Boston Tea Party an act of “terrorism.”

The following was included in the lesson plan for the Boston Tea Party:

News report: New Act of Terrorism
A local militia, believed to be a terrorist organization, attacked the property of private citizens today at our nation’s busiest port. Although no one was injured in the attack, a large quantity of merchandise, considered to be valuable to its owners and loathsome to the perpetrators, was destroyed. The terrorists, dressed in disguise and apparently intoxicated, were able to escape into the night with the help of local citizens who harbor these fugitives and conceal their identities from the authorities. It is believed that the terrorist attack was a response to the policies enacted by the occupying country’s government. Even stronger policies are anticipated by the local citizens.


Ian Hunter and the Rant Band, El Rey, Hollywood, 2 February 2013

Once Bitten, Twice Shy

When I'm President

All American Alien Boy

Shrunken Heads

Snippet of:

23A Swan Hill

Ian taps Bosch during Shrunken Heads.

Roll Away the Stone

Black Tears

All The Way From Memphis

Most of it anyway.

All The Way From Memphis

Sweet Jane

Ian taps Bosch during Sweet Jane.

All The Young Dudes

Ian Hunter & The Rant Band, The Fillmore, San Francisco, 1 February 2013

"Now Is The Time"

Partial shot on an iPhone 4S.

"All The Way From Memphis"


"Ta Shunka Witeo (Crazy Horse)"

(Shot on an iPhone 4S.)

"Michael Picasso"


Saturday Gigs

"Sweet Jane"

Ian taps Bosch during Sweet Jane.


Sweet Jane

Sweet Jane

"All The Young Dudes"/Goodnight Irene"

(Shot on a Canon SX40.)

All The Young Dudes/Goodnight Irene

Mott The Hoople: Verden Allen Interview

Verden Allen discusses his time with Mott The Hoople, working with David Bowie and his new project Soft Ground on pages 21 - 23 in the January Edition of Firebrand Magazine.

http://issuu.com/rickpalin/docs/final_version_-_firebrand_magazine_issue_4_-_jan_2?mode=window&pageNumber=1

Getting Americans Accustomed to Invasion: Military Training to Invade America

Miami

Houston

Reports are stating that Blawk Hawk/gunfire drills also took place in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania last week.

Dodge Ram Trucks Super Bowl Commercial Farmer - God Made A Farmer



And on the eighth day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said, "I need a caretaker." So God made a farmer.

God said, "I need somebody willing to get up before dawn, milk cows, work all day in the field, milk cows again, eat supper, then go to town and stay past midnight at a meeting of the school board." So God made a farmer.

God said, "I need somebody willing to sit up all night with a newborn colt and watch it die, then dry his eyes and say,'Maybe next year,' I need somebody who can shape an ax handle from an ash tree, shoe a horse with hunk of car tire, who can make a harness out hay wire, feed sacks and shoe scraps. Who, during planting time and harvest season will finish his 40-hour week by Tuesday noon and then, paining from tractor back, put in another 72 hours." So God made the farmer.

God said, "I need somebody strong enough to clear trees and heave bales, yet gentle enough to yean lambs and wean pigs and tend the pink-comb pullets, who will stop his mower for an hour to splint the leg of a meadowlark."

It had to be somebody who'd plow deep and straight and not cut corners. Somebody to seed, weed, feed, breed, and brake, and disk, and plow, and plant, and tie the fleece and strain the milk, . Somebody who'd bale a family together with the soft, strong bonds of sharing, who would laugh, and then sigh and then reply with smiling eyes when his son says that he wants to spend his life doing what Dad does. "So God made a farmer."

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Basic Growth and Development History and Economics

Barack Harvey Obama, Do Not Manipulate Photo

Photo credit: http://iowntheworld.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/bharveyobama.jpg

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Defense Secretary Panetta Admits Information from Waterboarding Led US to Bin Laden



Today on Meet the Press Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta admitted that information gleaned from waterboarded detainees was used to track down al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden and kill him.

“The real story was that in order to put the puzzle of intelligence together that led us to Bin Laden, there were a lot of pieces out there that were a part of that puzzle. Yes, some of it came from some of the tactics that were used at that time, interrogation tactics that were used. But the fact is we put together most of that intelligence without having to resort to that.”

CIA Chief Panetta Admits Info From Waterboarding Led US to Osama Bin Laden, May 3, 2011

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Earth to Obama: Egypt is Speaking

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