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CALIFORNIA: WHERE THE HELL IS MY ENERGY REFUND?

It appears that JPMorgan got caught by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) manipulating the energy market in California. And, it also appears that they have agreed to “sanctions that include a fine of approximately $400 million.”

So what I want to know is:

  • Where is my refund?
  • How much did JP Morgan actually make using these schemes?
  • Where is my refund?
  • How many people are going to jail for conspiracy to defraud a public agency?
  • Where is my refund?
  • How stupid are the employees that monitor energy activities in California in a post-Enron era?
  • Where is my refund?
  • Does my refund include taxes and fees paid to the State of California and others based on inflated amounts?
  • Where is my refund?
  • How many people will be fired from their positions from various California regulatory boards and commissions for not protecting Californians?
  • Where is my refund?

According to FERC …

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION STAFF NOTICE OF ALLEGED VIOLATIONS (July 29, 2013)

Take notice that in a nonpublic formal investigation pursuant to 18 C.F.R. Part 1b, the staff of the Office of Enforcement of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has preliminarily determined that JP Morgan Ventures Energy Corporation (JPMVEC) violated the Commission’s Prohibition of Electric Energy Market Manipulation, 18 C.F.R. § 1c.2 (2012) by engaging in eight manipulative bidding strategies.

Staff alleges that between September 2010 and June 2011, JPMVEC engaged in five manipulative bidding strategies designed to improperly obtain payments at above-market rates from the California Independent System Operator (CAISO):

• submission of Day Ahead energy bids of -$30/MWh (the bid floor) that falsely appeared economic to the CAISO system, but in fact led to payments to JPMVEC of tens of millions of dollars at rates far above market prices when JPMVEC’s bidding strategy was fully implemented.

• submission of energy self-schedules every third hour to obtain large Day Ahead awards, combined with submission of high-priced energy bids in the intervening hours, to lead the CAISO system to pay JPMVEC at its high bid prices for ramping energy in the latter hours.

• self-scheduling the ancillary service Regulation Down while also submitting high-priced energy bids for the same hours, leading the CAISO system to pay JPMVEC millions of dollars at above-market rates for the energy needed to support the Regulation Down self-schedule.

• bidding at -$30/MWh in the final hours of Day 1, which led to large Day Ahead awards in those hours, and then bidding at $999/MWh for the opening hours of Day 2, which led the CAISO system to pay JPMVEC millions of dollars for ramping energy at $999/MWh between midnight and 2 a.m. Market prices averaged around $12/MWh during these hours of low demand.

• obtaining Day Ahead awards for ancillary services, while making energy bids that made it impossible to fulfill those awards, leading the CAISO system to pay JPMVEC its bid price of $999/MWh to exceptionally dispatch JPMVEC’s plants.

This Notice does not confer a right on third parties to intervene in the investigation or any other right with respect to the investigation.

Kimberly D. Bose,
Secretary

Bottom line …

Conspiracy to commit fraud, computer fraud, cover-ups, etc. – all to probably be settled for the standard fine and the statement that the perpetrator neither admits nor denies the allegations. Followed by the state authorities seeking to get their piece of the action. And nobody going to jail for stealing from the public!

Time to end political corruption and prevent any public utility and their executives and staff from making political contributions that are not publicly noted.

And, where is my refund?

-- steve 


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



POLITICS: BANK OF CYPRUS DEPOSITORS DINGED -- LOSE ALMOST HALF OF THEIR SAVINGS -- ANYONE WANT TO BET THE POLITICIANS AND THE SPECIAL INTERESTS WERE NOT SIMILARLY HURT? DETROIT NEXT?

As part of the solution to bailing out a failed Greek economy, depositors at Cyprus’ largest bank, the Bank of Cyprus, will have an automatic 47.5% deduction from any deposits exceeding  $100,000 Euros – about $132,000 and far less than the United States’ FDIC insured amount of $250,000.

But Cypriot politicians, not any different from politicians elsewhere in the world, are sure to have played upon advance knowledge and warned their special interest supporters of the impending mandatory government theft. In reality, a bailout that rewards corrupt labor unions for decades of profligate wage demands and workrules. I would not be surprised if the Cypriot socialist unions sat idly by and watched their funds dissipated – passing the pain along to their pensioners with their condolences.

Like the City of Detroit here in the United States, decades of political mismanagement and special interest self-dealing has decimated the economy. With the ultimate result that those who created the crisis, look to the source of all government revenue, the people.

According to the well-respect Zerohedge.com …

Have The Russians Already Quietly Withdrawn All Their Cash From Cyprus?

Yesterday, we first reported on something very disturbing (at least to Cyprus' citizens): despite the closed banks (which will mostly reopen tomorrow, while the two biggest soon to be liquidated banks Laiki and BoC will be shuttered until Thursday) and the capital controls, the local financial system has been leaking cash. Lots and lots of cash.

Alas, we did not have much granularity or details on who or where these illegal transfers were conducted with. Today, courtesy of a follow up by Reuters, we do.

The result, at least for Europe, is quite scary because let's recall that the primary political purpose of destroying the Cyprus financial system was simply to punish and humiliate Russian billionaire oligarchs who held tens of billions in "unsecured" deposits with the island nation's two biggest banks.

As it turns out, these same oligarchs may have used the one week hiatus period of total chaos in the banking system to transfer the bulk of the cash they had deposited with one of the two main Cypriot banks, in the process making the whole punitive point of collapsing the Cyprus financial system entirely moot. <Source>

Bottom line …

I wonder if the politicians and the special interests will ever be held to account?

Here in Detroit, consider that the democrats who voted for decades of fiscal mismanagement and union corruption are still likely to retain political power as the United States bails out the city. Like Cyprus, one wonders if all of the city-backed bonds that would normally be at risk during a bankruptcy proceeding have already been sold, at deep discounts to speculators hoping for a government bailout or buried deeply in derivatives sold to worldwide investors as was done during the mortgage meltdown?

But one thing is crystal clear – whether here or around the world – the politicians and their special interest friends do not lose as much as “We the People.”

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



Miley Cyrus Nude Image T-Shirt Confused with Justin Bieber

Whoops, my bad …

mc

Someone sent me an e-mail touting the purchase of a $35 Marc Jacobs’ “Miley Cyrus” tee-shirt as a way of supporting the New York University Cancer Institute and the NYU Langone Medical Center. Unlike some others who have posed for similar charity campaigns, including Kate Upton, Heidi Klum, I actually mistook the picture of a nude Miley Cyrus as one of Justin Bieber. Why anyone would purchase this shirt – even to aid a worthwhile charity is beyond me. But then again, we live in an age of “celebrity” culture where many of the so-called “celebrities” are creations of a cadre of marketing mad men and a corrupt mainstream media eager to attract an audience.

To see how easily this could happen …

jb2

Bottom line …

You are better off sending your $35 directly to the New York University Cancer Institute and the NYU Langone Medical Center online or by snail-mail at:

NYU Cancer Institute / NYU Langone Medical Center
Office of Development
One Park Avenue, 17th Floor
New York, NY 10016
-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



CIRCUMVENTING CIVIL RIGHTS FOR PROFIT: IF THERE IS SOMETHING CALLED A SELF-IDENTIFIED TRANSGENDER, THEN WHY CAN'T THERE BE SOMETHING CALLED A SELF-IDENTIFIED TRANSRACIAL?

With progressive democrats, the lack of common sense, and in extreme cases, insanity, has allowed the government to create special interest legislation that defies both reason and the constitution …

Since the government, at several levels, has endorsed the idea that a student can self-select their gender, and use school facilities and programs designed for the opposite gender, why not expand the theory that “it’s how you feel and perceive yourself” into other areas involving “civil rights?”

Allowing individuals to self-identify as American Indians – using the model of Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) who famously declared herself an American Indian for purposes of obtaining affirmative action status – or any other class of individuals granted special protections and privileges by the government. It doesn’t seem to matter that Elizabeth Warren nor her relatives are registered as American Indians in any of the known and recognized tribal registers. It doesn’t seem to matter primarily because she is a progressive democrat and supported by the mainstream media – especially in a fight with Republican Scott Brown in one of the most progressive states in the union. The home of Teddy Kennedy, John Kerry, and Barney Frank.

Bottom line …

In the touchie-feelie world of progressives, where common sense is subverted to gain political advantage, unintended consequences can be used to promote yourself and your agenda. Imagine a group of first responders that are denied promotions they richly deserve because of limited promotions slots that are mandated to be filled by affirmative action minorities who may lack the qualifications to compete on a fair playing field. Now imagine that some of the disadvantaged non-minorities simply self-declare themselves to be something they are clearly not. They are promoted or they sue their agency for redress, a fine for violating civil rights, a court-ordered appointment to the position they sought, and back pay. A year later, they self-declare again that they “feel different” and revert back to their original status.

If it works for students, it is possible that men can self-declare as women? Who knows in the wacky world of demonic democrats?

This is not to disparage those who have physical and psychological afflictions that require serious medical attention and therapy. Only those, like Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren who milked the system – without a shred of proof she was an American Indian – and was feted by the democrats as she was elected to high office. If she could do it, why not others?

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



Consorting with the enemy? Is Huma Abedin another one of Hillary Clinton's weak points or a key to future campaign funds?

In a time when the Obama Administration openly welcomes our enemies into the White House and provides some of them with positions of power in the government, why would the United States Secretary of State be questioned about providing access to classified information to someone with terrorist ties?

I could care less about the progressive pervert Anthony “weenie wagger” Weiner and his aspirations to become another one of New York’s dysfunctional Mayors, but look the the details I have highlighted in this story.

How Long Will Muslim Brotherhood Force Huma Abedin to Stay Married to Anthony Weiner?

Anthony Weiner was a promising Democratic congressman from New York’s 9th District which is located entirely within Brooklyn.  First elected in 1999, Weiner easily won re-elections with no less than 59% of the vote.  In 2005, he ran for Mayor of New York City and lost, but still remained a very popular congressman.

In 2009, Weiner, a Jew, got engaged to Huma Abedin, a Muslim and aide to then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  They married in 2010 and now have a son named Jordan Zain Weiner.

Last year, Weiner was caught sexting messages and nude images of himself, forcing him to resign from Congress in shame, but Abedin stood by him.  Weiner is now running for Mayor of New York City again and he has been caught with even more sexting with over half a dozen different women.  Weiner refuses to withdraw from the race and his popularity in New York does not seem to be diminished by the scandal.  Once again, Abedin stands by her husband.

Huma Abedin is a devout Muslim from a powerful Muslim family.  Her mother is Saleha Mahmoud Abedin, a professor and dean at Dar El-Hekma College in Saudi Arabia.  She is also a prominent official in the Muslim Sisterhood, the female counterpart to the Muslim Brotherhood.  Although Huma married a Jew, a mortal enemy of all Muslims, she is still accepted by her Muslim family and friends.  Normally her marriage would have constituted her being disowned by the family and subjected to an honor killing.

So one has to beg the question why she had been allowed to marry a Jew and not face disgrace from her family and fellow Muslims?

I believe the answer can be found in a Muslim word ‘Muruna’.  There are times when Muslim leadership believe it is more important to plant a spy to gain valuable information than it is for that spy to follow all Muslim law.  It is not uncommon for Muslim leadership to push a woman into a relationship with a non-Muslim in order to gain the confidence and trust of an infidel.  Once that trust has been gained, the Muslim woman can begin to exert some influence into the dealings of her husband and in the process learn important secrets that she can pass on to her Muslim handlers back home.

I believe Huma Abedin is a Muruna and that her marriage to the Rep. Anthony Weiner was planned and sanctioned by the Muslim Brotherhood.  At the time, Weiner had high expectations of furthering his political career, possibly a run for senate seat once held by Hillary Clinton or even higher.  Having a husband in the US Congress would be a great asset to the Muslim Brotherhood.

Then Weiner was disgraced and ended up resigning from Congress.  If that was the end of his political career, it would seem that a divorce would have been proper, but for some reason, it wasn’t to be.  This makes me wonder if Weiner’s run for mayor could have been prompted by the strong encouragement of his wife, Abedin.  The Muslim Brotherhood has invested too much into Abedin’s marriage with Weiner to throw it down the tubes so soon, so he is being advised or pressured to run for office again.

If Weiner loses the mayoral election, then perhaps the Muslim Brotherhood will advise her to get a divorce and concentrate on her position as an advisor to the State Department.  Abedin will still be a valuable asset to the Muslim Brotherhood, even without Weiner because of her relationship with Hillary Clinton.  She was Clinton’s number one confidant while she was Secretary of State.  If Hillary manages to win the presidential election in 2016, you can bet your bottom dollar that Abedin will be by her side in some key role, enabling her to pass many state secrets back to her Muslim Brotherhood family.

In my opinion, Huma Abedin is a dangerous enemy of the United States and should be treated as such.  Source: How Long Will Muslim Brotherhood Force Huma Abedin to Stay Married to Anthony Weiner? | Godfather Politics

Under investigation for “consulting contracts?”

It appear that Abedin has not reported key “consulting contracts” for unspecified work performed when she still had access to the State Department. A security breach?

Weiner’s Wife Didn’t Disclose Consulting Work She Did While Serving in State Dept.

The State Department, under Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, created an arrangement for her longtime aide and confidante Huma Abedin to work for private clients as a consultant while serving as a top adviser in the department. Ms. Abedin did not disclose the arrangement — or how much income she earned — on her financial report. It requires officials to make public any significant sources of income. An adviser to Mrs. Clinton, Philippe Reines, said that Ms. Abedin was not obligated to do so.

While continuing her work at the State Department, in the latter half of 2012, she also worked for Teneo, a strategic consulting firm, which was founded by Doug Band, a former adviser to President Bill Clinton. Teneo has advised corporate clients like Coca-Cola and MF Global, the collapsed brokerage firm run by Jon S. Corzine, a former governor of New Jersey.

At the same time, Ms. Abedin served as a consultant to the William Jefferson Clinton Foundation and worked in a personal capacity for Mrs. Clinton as she prepared to transition out of her job as secretary of state.  <Source: New York Times>

Could Hillary Clinton be another “Barney Frank?”

Anthony Weiner's wife Huma reveals how boss Hillary Clinton's 'unconditional love' helped her through husband's sexting scandal

The wife of disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner has revealed how unconditional love from her boss Hillary Clinton helped her through her husband's sexting scandal. Huma Abedin, who started working for Clinton when she was 21 and remains a top aide, was pregnant when it emerged in 2011 that her husband had sent lewd pictures to a string of women.

But the couple weathered the storm and his resignation, and in a lengthy article in New York Times Magazine, Abedin has explained how the support she received at work helped her get through. 'What I will say about [Hillary], and for that matter her entire family, the unconditional love and support they have given me has been a real gift,' she told the Times. <Source>

Bottom line …

Hillary Clinton and her fellow travelers are a clear and present danger to the United States. Not only for their suspicious relationships with the Muslim world, but because, as history has demonstrated, they practice crony capitalism and are willing to destroy anyone who dissents or protests their self-serving corrupt policies. From the scandals in the White House, including the original theft of White House property, Hillary Clinton is beyond redemption and beyond belief. We cannot afford to have another socialist continue Barack Obama’s march towards socialism and the destruction of the United States as we know it.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



A READER REPLIES: REPUBLICAN SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE, JOHN BOEHNER, IS THE PROBLEM!

In response to a previous blog post, “Impeach Barack Obama for high crimes and misdemeanors: violating the law and directly funding terrorists and their activities over the objections of congress!,”  Bill De Spain, located in the heart of liberal-land, San Jose, California has commented …

You stated that "It is a bitch when you cannot trust the President of the United States and the democrat party to uphold American ideals and actively disadvantage the only democracy in the Middle East. Something that should be remedied by throwing democrats out of office in the upcoming 2014 congressional election cycle."

I say it's worse when you believe the promises made by John Boehner that if we elected more so called conservative Republicrats elected before the last Congressional election they promised to de fund Obama Care if the sheeple did so, and now we're being told that there's really not much we can do about it.

We know what Obama is, but why is it that the the Republicrats allow him to run rough shod over the Constitution that they also promised to support, say absolutely nothing about it and do absolutely nothing about it every time he goes around them?
Obama may be correct, everything does indeed appear to be "Phony."  

BDS

This isn’t the first time I have commented on the country-club republican John Boehner as a Judas Goat, leading Republicans toward affirming the progressive socialist agenda in the House of Representatives. Seemingly afraid of passing legislation that would force the democrats to take a stand on issues unpopular with American citizens and forcing the public to acknowledge that it is the democrats that are the proximate cause of our country’s problems.

Even the progressive left tries to demonize Boehner as an obstructionist, perhaps serving to ensure that he remains in his position by appearing to be a tough opponent – and not the straw man he appears to be when you view his actions …

jb

Bottom line …

John Boehner is not a conservative and not a liberal – he is a country club republican whose motto appears to be “go along to get along.” Where he could take a hard stand against the democrats and demonstrate that the republicans  are not simply democrat-lite, he fails to take proactive action. This is the man who serves at the pleasure of the Northeastern liberals, the Rockefeller wing of the republican party. And if you believe Karl Rove, the republican version of Dick Morris and James Carville, you would be lead to think that Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Chris Christie are the highlights of the republican party. So sad as none of them is a conservative, none of them has the balls (including Chris Christie who sees nothing wrong with public service unions and collective bargaining) to lead America back from the socialist abyss created by the democrats with their community organizing and Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals.

BDS is correct when he says, “I say it's worse when you believe the promises made by John Boehner that if we elected more so called conservative Republicrats elected before the last Congressional election they promised to de fund Obama Care …” And, as long as we believe the RINOs like Boehner, McCain, Graham and others, we are screwed.

There is still hope in the 2014 congressional election cycle – to elect conservatives. And, by conservatives, I do not mean small-time grifters who “talk conservative” like Rand Paul and Tom McClintock, I mean conservatives who are not professional politicians and willing to put their political career on the line to rescue America. While it is unlikely to happen, I would like to see the corrupt democrats thrown out of office as punishment for creating, promoting, and funding Obamacare.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



"NOTHING BUT COMMUNISM" NETWORK TO AIR LONG HILLARY CLINTON CAMPAIGN ADVERTISEMENT AS A MINI-SERIES? WONDER IF THEY CAN GET TRAITOR JANE FONDA TO PLAY HILLARY CLINTON?

hc

One of the most progressive, disingenuous and dishonest networks apparently plans to try and build a “legend” – a false narrative used by spies – based on the life of Hillary Clinton. I wonder how many of the real scandals it will include in the script …

NBC Unveils Hillary Clinton Mini to Star Diane Lane

NBC Entertainment chief Bob Greenblatt opened his Television Critics Assn. exec session by talking up the Peacock’s “year of improvement” and unveiling four high-profile longform projects in the works.

Greenblatt said the Peacock is working on a miniseries about Hillary Clinton to star Diane Lane; a reboot of “Rosemary’s Baby”; a new version of Stephen King’s “Tommyknockers”; and a historical project with Mark Burnett about the pilgrims’ landing at Plymouth Rock.

Greenblatt emphasized that networks “need to be in the event business…. All of (the new projects) have their own event nature.”

The role of Bill Clinton has not yet been cast, nor is there a completed script yet, Greenblatt said. He said the mini would likely air before Hillary Clinton formally declares herself to be a presidential candidate in 2016. “HIllary” will follow Clinton from the 1998 period of the Monica Lewinsky scandal through the present day. Script, which has not been written, will be penned by Courtney Hunt (“Frozen River”). Lane was attached from the start to the package brought to NBC by producer Sherryl Clark, who will exec produce with James D. Stern (“Looper”) and Endgame Entertainment.

NBC has more special event projects that will be unveiled in the coming weeks, Greenblatt said. The network will mount a big push in the two weeks leading up to the start of the season in September with the gameshow “Million Second Quiz,” which will have contestants playing round the clock in order to allow NBC shows to “drop in” to the competition at any time.

“It’s ‘They Shoot Horses, Don’t They’ ” Greenblatt joked, referencing the 1969 Jane Fonda pic about a marathon dance competition in the early 1930s. Source: TCA: NBC Unveils Hillary Clinton Mini to Star Diane Lane | Variety

Bottom line …

Too bad they couldn’t get noted progressive political apologist Aaron Sorkin to write the script. I just wonder how they plan to handle the long-silences when Hillary Clinton ignores significant questions, finds ways to dodge official inquiries, and lies to the American public? There is no way they can ignore all of the facts without labeling their project as fiction. Time for a truth-checked segment after each broadcast!

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



MILITARY MATTERS: IS THE MILITARY PLANNING A DOMESTIC PROPAGANDA CAMPAIGN TO AFFECT PUBLIC POLICY?

There is a great deal of difference in promoting the military as an honorable profession, recruiting talented individuals, and explaining military actions to the public from attempting to influence public policy relating to Congressional funding of facilities, personnel, weapons systems or to promote specific public policies, be their foreign or domestic.

So what is the military trying to tell us?   

"Commanders must be open and honest with the media. The department can’t hide bad news stories, he noted. When bad things happen, the American people should hear it from us, not as a scoop on the Drudge Report.”

Translation: We can no longer lie to the public with impunity because the truth usually comes out from observers or "those in the know" a few days later.  Corrupt politicians will be caught lying as President Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, and U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice discovered when they stood before the American public and the world and told everyone that the 9/11 anniversary attack in Benghazi was not an al Qaeda terrorist attack, but a protest over a little-seen anti-Muslim video. Lying liars exposed for all to see. Possibly never to be trusted again. 

Pentagon Spokesman: Public Affairs Must Change With Times 
The Defense Department is facing a once-in-a-generation change, and its public affairs practitioners around the world need to communicate that change clearly, the Pentagon’s chief spokesman said today.

And what might that once-in-a-generation change be?

  • The open hostility between high-ranking civilian politicians with a noted disdain for their country and the military that keeps us safe from foreign aggression?
  • The open hostility between a corrupt mainstream media that may be influenced by our enemies, both foreign and domestic?
  • The use of the military as a public relations tool of a corrupt political party?
  • The virtual assassination of top military leaders using political correctness and public condemnation; providing top civilian leaders with the ability to neutralize some of our country’s most effective military leadership with impunity and public approval?
  • The creation of key “rules of engagement” that disadvantage our fighting forces in favor of our enemies? Especially policies that forbid attacking enemy targets being used as operating bases or weapons platforms; in essence using members of the enemy civilian population as “human shields” against attack. And, when such attacks occur, the collateral damage is used as propaganda.
  • The hyper-politicalization of the military leadership to the point where they must abandon long-standing traditions and practice – in effect, leaving me behind on the battlefield for political reasons and promotions?
  • The blurring line between the use of military assets and personnel in domestic situations?

No, it appears that the military’s once-in-a-generation is nothing earth-shattering. Just that the public affairs professionals need to be aware of the power of the mainstream media and the growing power of the non-traditional media such as those found in the non-traditional social media and blogosphere. But it is a chance to have a more significant discussion on the use of propaganda produced by the military.

George Little, assistant to the secretary of defense for public affairs, spoke to commissioned, enlisted, civilian and contract employee defense public affairs professionals gathered at the Defense Media Activity’s headquarters on Fort Meade in Maryland. Little’s remarks also were webcast.

“Public affairs is an absolutely critical component of our military and our department,” he said. “We operate in a world so tightly connected that every world event, big or small, can be felt in real time.”

Little noted that thanks to the Internet, social media and smartphones, the walls between citizens, journalists and the military have never been thinner. He challenged his audience to consider three factors that argue for a new approach to public affairs:

-- Changes brought about by war and the media’s evolution;

-- An expanding toolbar of essential skills for public affairs professionals; and

-- Military and civilian defense leaders’ responsibility for effective communication.

There is little or no doubt in my mind that the mainstream media has inserted themselves into military matters; significantly requiring the manipulation of operational policy to minimize the “optics” of the situation rather than the pursue a strategic or tactical advantage needed to gain advantage over our enemies. We are seeing more “real-time” battlefield reporting by civilians, reporters – and even the participants – using personal cellphones and other electronic devices. Conveying an advantage to our enemies in real time and allowing the creation of instant propaganda messaging.

Little pointed out that the widespread embedding of reporters in Iraq and Afghanistan forged close bonds between military members and the Fourth Estate. As deployments wind down and the services return to a more garrison-centered public affairs environment, he said, “we must look for new ways to enhance these bonds.”

I call bullshit! While some embedded journalists tend to forge bonds with their military hosts, they are but employees taking orders from their employers who determine what is published or seen on air. Most often highlighting sensationalism over journalistic reporting. Using punchy sound bites that do not convey adequate context. Or deliberately distorting the reporting for domestic political advantage. Not to minimize the efforts of courageous reporters trying to accurately portray the proceedings, but a viewpoint that also acknowledges hotdogs line Geraldo Rivera and those looking more towards self-promotion and conveying a political viewpoint than accurate, insightful reporting.

Little said new approaches should include engaging more with nontraditional journalists such as bloggers and tweeters, who sometimes break news but also may report gossip and rumor.

Say what? The on-scene bloggers and tweeters are most likely to be enemy combatants in an asymmetrical  war that knows no boundaries, has no uniforms, and has no discernable targets until they fire at you. As for those who are on our side, I have always believed that personal cellphones and other recording devices need to be left at home. All devices should be provided by the military, monitored by the military and censored by the military. There are no First Amendment rights on the battlefield and some of the most outrageous behavior that has significantly damaged the military has come from unauthorized personal devices. I am also a great proponent of jamming all local communications facilities during a battle.

We must be constantly listening for new voices on defense issues,” he said, “and develop those relationships as well. … We must engage with anyone and everyone who is interested in what the department is doing. … In order to effectively communicate our message, we must be communicating across all platforms, new and old. By creating richer, more interesting content, we can create a deeper connection with the American public, and nourish the growing news appetite, on our terms.”

What is this bullshit? As a sane individual with commonsense, I do not want anyone with a “voice” to be provided with the details of current or future advanced weapons systems. Nor do I necessarily want everyone to be exposed to the tactics and thinking of the military. Most operational intelligence now consists of monitoring open source communications, primarily the media releases from equipment and software vendors, the social media pages and pronouncements of lower-level military personnel, and the ubiquitous stream of Twitter twaddle.  

Little said DOD’s public affairs professionals have done a stellar job over the past 12 years. In the face of new challenges, he added, they must push themselves to be even better, both in their individual skills and in collaborating as a community.

“We must all think creatively on how best to communicate with the American people. … We must be ready to experiment with new and less expensive ways to connect with the nation,” he said. In any medium, he added, public affairs professionals must be effective communicators. “Leave the jargon and acronyms to the planners and operators. … We must communicate with the American public in crisp and memorable lines that deliver a clear and accurate message,” he said.

You will notice that he did not note how many top leaders have been virtually assassinated and rendered ineffective by the mainstream media, embedded reporters, and reporters in general.

While I am sympathetic to the Department of Defense’s public affairs professionals and their need to promote a good image of the military and military life, I am also becoming increasingly concerned with the use of the military as a political tool to be manipulated for political advantage. The politicalization of the bin Laden raid was abominable. One, it was characterized as a civilian CIA operation under the direction and leadership of Leon Panetta. Two, the operational security of the mission was compromised by White House blabbermouths – even to the extent of providing a Hollywood movie company access to potentially classified details. The leaking of erroneous information by public officials was crazy. With political people like Leon Panetta and Chuck Hagel serving as the Secretary of Defense, I am worried that any DOD information effort will be highly politicized and controlled by a corrupt White House for political advantage.

To read more about public affairs professionals: Defense.gov News Article: Pentagon Spokesman: Public Affairs Must Change With Times

Bottom line …

I am worried about a military that thinks that new communications modalities means sharing military intelligence and operational details to those who may place American soldiers at risk.  I am becoming increasingly worried about the hyper-politicization of America’s military, especially under a corrupt leadership promoting anti-American policies and ideals. One that allows politicians to side-step FBI security clearance procedures and sees our enemies not only invited to the White House, but offered important positions within our government. I am pleased that our military planners recognize the social media and the availability of personal communications devices … but not so pleased that they allow soldiers to carry these personal devices into the field where they become sources of embarrassment or sources of intelligence if they are lost, hacked or monitored.

It is important to remember that America has been infiltrated by her enemies, possibly to the highest levels of government, and that this fifth column controls or affects the amount of actionable intelligence provided to our enemies. Possibly arranging for classified information to be intentionally leaked for political purposes to those who do not wish America well.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



IMPEACH BARACK OBAMA FOR HIGH CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS: VIOLATING THE LAW AND DIRECTLY FUNDING TERRORISTS AND THEIR ACTIVITIES OVER THE OBJECTIONS OF CONGRESS!

There is little or no doubt in my mind that President Barack Obama has decided to fund a terrorist regime, the Hamas-controlled Palestinian Authority, in order to coerce, some say bribe, the Palestinian Authority to sit down at the bargaining table with Israel for the sole purposes of a political win for the democrats.

The White House - July 26, 2013

Presidential Memorandum -- Waiver of Restriction on Providing Funds to the Palestinian Authority

MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF STATE

SUBJECT: Waiver of Restriction on Providing Funds to the Palestinian Authority

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 7040(b) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2012 (Division I, Public Law 112-74) (the "Act") as carried forward by the Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013 (Division F, Public Law 113-6) (the "CR"), I hereby certify that it is important to the national security interests of the United States to waive the provisions of section 7040(a) of the Act as carried forward by the CR, in order to provide funds appropriated to carry out chapter 4 of part II of the Foreign Assistance Act, as amended, to the Palestinian Authority.

You are directed to transmit this determination to the Congress, with a report pursuant to section 7040(d) of the Act as carried forward by the CR, and to publish this determination in the Federal Register.

Source: The White House

What is being waived …

S. 3241 (112th): Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2013 
Limitation on assistance for the Palestinian Authority

    Sec. 7040. (a) Prohibition of Funds- None of the funds appropriated by this Act to carry out the provisions of chapter 4 of part II of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 may be obligated or expended with respect to providing funds to the Palestinian Authority.

    (b) Waiver- The prohibition included in subsection (a) shall not apply if the President certifies in writing to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the President pro tempore of the Senate, and the Committees on Appropriations that waiving such prohibition is important to the national security interests of the United States.

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What national security interests of the United States are at stake?

It appears to me that there are no national security interests at state other than the obvious attempt of the President of the United States to personally profit from his actions in the Middle East. One, by attempting to validate the personal award of the Nobel Peace Prize under extraordinary circumstances that did not involve any achievement that would further peace in the world. And two, potentially feathering his own nest by insuring the substantial inflow of Islamic-based donations to his future Presidential foundation and library à la Bill Clinton. This foundation would serve as a platform for citizen Barack Obama to extend his toxic political ideology of socialism throughout the nation and the world with foreign funding. It should be noted that there were several “conflict of interest” concessions reported in the media regarding the monitoring and financial oversight of the Clinton Foundation when Hillary Clinton assumed the role of Secretary of State. Something that might serve as a precedent for excluding Obama’s future foundation from being scrutinized as a platform for the promotion of international Islamic interests. 

Other than creating a political advantage by paying-off one of our enemies for a political opportunity and photo-op (something done by all administrations: think Nixon in China), I have yet to see where giving in to terrorists and extortionists aids freedom, here or abroad.

Hamas, a clear and present danger to our ally Israel and a supporter of state-sponsored terrorism …

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Foreign Terrorist Organizations

Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTOs) are foreign organizations that are designated by the Secretary of State in accordance with section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), as amended. FTO designations play a critical role in our fight against terrorism and are an effective means of curtailing support for terrorist activities and pressuring groups to get out of the terrorism business.

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Source: The Department of State

Plausible deniability for the U.S. government?

While Hamas is said to maintain only economic ties with the Palestinian National Authority, it is an almost certainty that some portion of the U.S. taxpayer’s money will flow to Hamas and be used to support terrorism. And there is little or no doubt that Hamas is a terrorist nation, especially in regard to Israel.

“To date, the Hamas government, under Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, maintains only economic ties with the Ramallah-based Palestinian National Authority, performing the function of governing Gaza independently.” <Source

The Hamas Charter (or Covenant), issued in 1988, outlined the position of the Palestinian Islamic organization Hamas on many key issues at the time. The Charter identified Hamas as the Muslim Brotherhood in Palestine and declares its members to be Muslims who "fear God and raise the banner of Jihad in the face of the oppressors." The charter states that "our struggle against the Jews is very great and very serious" and calls for the eventual creation of an Islamic state in Palestine, in place of Israel and the Palestinian Territories, and the obliteration or dissolution of Israel. The charter also states that Hamas is humanistic, and tolerant of other religions as long as they do not block Hamas's efforts. The Charter adds that "renouncing any part of Palestine means renouncing part of the religion" of Islam. <Source>

Why there can never be a true peace between the parties is evident in the statement that “renouncing any part of Palestine means renouncing part of the religion" of Islam.” And, since Hamas does not recognize the State of Israel or its right to exist, there will never be peace, only a protracted battle. Historically, any time Israel has given up territory or peace, there was no peace and the ceded territory became another launching site for terrorism directed at Israel.

The mainstream media has taken notice of the circumvention of the intent of Congress …

President Obama on Friday afternoon ordered another waiver of congressional restrictions on direct funding of the Palestinian Authority, clearing the way for more U.S. aid.

In the one-page order, Mr. Obama said he was taking the action due to the “national security interests” of the U.S. The move comes as the administration is preparing to host renewed direct talks in Washington between Palestinians and Israelis for the first time since 2010.

The president in March directed about $500 million to be sent to the Palestinian Authority, also waiving the restrictions set by Congress. At the time, Secretary of State John F. Kerry said he was seeking to move another $200 million to the Palestinians.

Some lawmakers oppose the aid, both because of sequestration budget cuts and the Palestinian Authority’s ties to the terrorist organization Hamas.

An administration official said the president will send $148 million to the Palestinian Authority, calling it “the most immediate and efficient means of helping the PA maintain and build the foundations of a viable, peaceful Palestinian state.” <Source>

Bottom line …

The President has decided to ignore the will and sense of Congress to directly order the transfer of funds to a sovereign entity associated with terrorism and continuing attacks on our allies in the region. This is a willful disregard of Congress and another usurpation of Congressional rights by the Executive Branch – a violation of the separation of powers clause of the United States Constitution.

I urge Congress immediately restrict the funding of this terrorist nation and pass either a resolution condemning the actions of President Obama or beginning an investigation into his apparently pro-Muslim actions in regard to supporting terrorism in the region. Specifically, it is now of critical importance to determine whether or not Barack Obama was complicit in ordering the transfer of military weapons to militant terrorist through a joint State Department/CIA operation in Libya.

It is a bitch when you cannot trust the President of the United States and the democrat party to uphold American ideals and actively disadvantage the only democracy in the Middle East. Something that should be remedied by throwing democrats out of office in the upcoming 2014 congressional election cycle. It should also be noted that American Jews, mostly democrats, are funding the destruction of the only Jewish state on the planet – possibly enabling another Holocaust.

-- steve 


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



Losing your privacy one device at a time: Vendor safety, security, and usability claims may hide a privacy leak ...

How many times have we been told that the hardware manufacturer or software vendor needed limited access to our devices to insure our safety, security, and to improve the quality of the user experience. Full well knowing that they were more interested in protecting their products from piracy and the type of device hijacking that could cause reputational damage. As marketing mavens eyed the data that was being returned to engineering, it appears that this same information could check on installed competitive products and push special unannounced “upgrades” to the devices and software users.

Now, it has become virtually a given that the hardware you purchased and software you licensed is being given permission – via a unilateral “take it or leave it” contract – for almost unlimited access with or without user notification. Remember, this is not government spying, although the government may have access to many of the penetration and logging facilities, but a not-so voluntary agreement on your part to provide this day.

So why am I curious about the extent of monitoring and the resultant data when I read a media story like this?

How Google just quietly made your Android phone more secure

By now, you've probably heard all about the changes introduced with Google's Android 4.3 release. But those fresh features and bits of polish are only part of the story. One of Google's biggest changes to the Android platform is actually happening outside of the operating system -- and it's affecting almost every Android device in the world.

It's the widespread launch of a universal app-scanning system -- a system that watches your device for any new application, even one loaded directly onto the device ("sideloaded") from outside of the Google Play Store, and instantly checks the app for malicious or potentially harmful code.

That's huge. And while we've been busy focusing on new devices and fun features, Google's been busy making sure every Android user has that system on his phone -- whether he realizes it or not.

To provide this service, we have to, at least intuitively know, that something in the software is monitoring the system. And when changes are detected, the system extracts key data for comparison against a known library of malware signatures. But that also implies that there is a master catalog of all software – one that is growing by adding unknown application data as it encounters “unauthorized,” rogue, or third-party applications during the scan. But what if you want to add your own proprietary application, developed on your own time, with your own effort, and paid for with your own money? Do you want the details of that application being provided to unknown third parties, possibly for the purposes of duplicating that functionality and enhancing their own service offerings?

Google initially launched the feature, known as Verify Apps, with Android 4.2 last November (Android VP of Engineering Hiroshi Lockheimer discussed it with me exclusively at the time). Now, Google has pulled the program out of the OS and made it automatically available to every device running Android 2.3 or higher. That covers almost every phone and tablet out there -- about 95 percent of the actively running products, according to Google's latest platform measurements.

How did that happen? Simple: Google made the code a part of Google Play Services, a standalone utility that's updated regularly behind-the-scenes by Google -- independent of any manufacturer or carrier rollouts.

The new system works alongside an automated scanning system that's been in place since early 2012 for all apps on the Google Play Store. With the new device-level scanning added into the picture, that means every app you put on your phone -- whether from the Play Store or from an unofficial third-party source -- is now scanned, analyzed, and compared to a massive database of malicious code, all in a fraction of a second.

Just like in its original 4.2-based incarnation, the newly widespread Verify Apps feature is on by default but can be bypassed or disabled if you want. The system prompts you the first time you install something from outside of the Play Store and confirms that you want its protection; even if you opt in then, you can always disregard its advice and proceed with a flagged app installation down the road, if you're so inclined. Read more at: How Google just quietly made your Android phone more secure | Computerworld Blogs

While a knowledgeable and sophisticated user can affirmatively “opt out” of the program, there are millions who will never take the time to even examine their device’s settings.

Bottom line …

While we are not concerned with Google’s intentions to keep Android devices safe from malware, we must also recognize that Google’s revenue stream is based on collecting, aggregating, and selling information and access to third-parties; governments included along with marketers.

How easy would it be to determine that a government agency has placed a capture program on your system, and then to sell that information to other government agencies as a list of “persons of interest?” Or for an application to be marked as “safe” and acceptable – but when combined with another “safe” and acceptable application, it produces undetectable malware? And, of course, as we saw in the failed Sony DRM (Digital Rights Management) fiasco, the system afforded hackers and others to use the DRM system to hide malware from the operating system itself using rootkit technology.

Normally, I applaud engineering advances and software improvements, but in this day of rampant and uncontrolled government spying for political purposes, I remain wary when big vendors -- with a history of freely cooperating with the government under secret laws, secrete warrants and immunity shields that protect against user lawsuits – say hello, we’re not from the government and we are here to help.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS