April 5th, 2012
The futuristic weapons - which attack their victims' central nervous system - are being developed by scientists and could be used against Russia's enemies and even its own dissidents by the end of the decade.
Mr Putin has described the guns, which use electromagnetic radiation like that found in microwave ovens, as entirely new instruments for achieving political and strategic goals.
Plans to introduce the super-weapons were announced by Russian defence minister Anatoly Serdyukov.
While the technology has been around for some time, MrTsyganok said the guns were recently tested for crowd control purposes.
When it was used for dispersing a crowd and it was focused on a man, his body temperature went up immediately as if he was thrown into a hot frying pan," Mr Tsyganok said.
"Still, we know very little about this weapon and even special forces guys can hardly cope with it,'' he said.
Research into electromagnetic weapons has been carried out in the US and Russia since the '50s but it appears Putin has stolen a march on the US.
Precise details have not been revealed but previous research has shown that low-frequency waves or beams can affect brain cells, alter psychological states and make it possible to transmit suggestions and commands directly into someone's thoughts.
Mr Putin said the technology is comparable in effect to nuclear weapons but “more acceptable in terms of political and military ideology''.
Mr Serdyukov said the weaponry based on new physics principles - direct-energy weapons, geophysical weapons, wave-energy weapons, genetic weapons and psychotronic weapons - were part of the state arms procurement program for 2011-2020.
Maybe there will be a reason to purchase that zombie safe house, after all.
Last year Texan Austin Fleming’s created the Vagabond Mobile Safe House Device , which incorporates potable water filtration, tracking devices and photovoltaic cells into a handy and stylish leather backpack.
The whole things flips out armadillo-style in under three minutes and is covered in reflective coating to confuse drooling marauders.
The design won the 2011 Architects Southwest Zombie Safe House competition.
April 5th, 2012
LOS ANGELES — A new photograph was released Thursday of guru-psychopath Charles Manson, who has been in prison for more than 40 years for his role in a series of gruesome murders and is due for a new parole hearing.
The photo -- dated June 2011 and released by California penitentiary authorities -- shows Manson, 77, with disheveled gray hair and a full beard. He still bears a tattoo of a swastika emblazoned on his forehead.
The photo was released with Manson due for a regular parole hearing next Wednesday.
"The last time he had a parole hearing, it was in May of 2007, and he received a five-year denial," said Terry Thornton of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
"This is just his next regularly scheduled parole hearing. It's automatic."
One of the nation's most notorious inmates, Manson is incarcerated at Corcoran state prison, 300 kilometers (180 miles) northwest of Los Angeles. In 2007, he was denied parole for the 11th time.
At the time, the board that reviewed his request for parole said he continued to pose a danger to others and could still do harm to whoever comes in contact with him.
Manson headed an apocalyptic cult and hatched a plot to commit murders in upscale, mostly white neighborhoods of Los Angeles and then blame the crimes on African-Americans, in hopes of sparking a race war.
He was sentenced to death with four of his disciples for having led an August 1969 killing of seven people, including Sharon Tate, the wife of filmmaker Roman Polanski. Tate was eight and a half months pregnant.
Death sentences that were handed down for crimes accompanied by acts of barbarism were commuted to life in prison after executions were halted by California in 1972.
One of Manson's disciples, Leslie Van Houten -- convicted in the 1969 killings of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca in their Los Angeles home -- was denied parole in 2010.
Another follower, Susan Atkins, died of cancer in prison in 2009. She was convicted of murdering seven people.
Manson "family" member Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme was released from prison in 2009 after serving 34 years for the attempted assassination of US president Gerald Ford. She did not participate in the 1969 killings.
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April 5th, 2012
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April 5, 2012
In a preview of the general election, Mitt Romney was poised, analytical, and confident in a speech he gave before the Newspaper Association of America in Washington on Wednesday.
Not only was the former Massachusetts governor riding high after three primary wins the night before, but he was for the first time in a while addressing a crowd not made up of campaign supporters. The result was an oratory that was less riddled with red meat applause lines and more focused on presenting contrasts between himself and President Obama, particularly on the economy, reforming entitlement programs such as Medicare, and foreign policy.
"Free enterprise has done more to lift people out of poverty, to help build a strong middle class, to help educate our kids, to make our lives better than all of the government programs put together," Romney said. "If we become one of those societies that attack success, one outcome is certain--there will be a lot less success. That's not who we are. The promise of America has always been that if you worked hard, and took some risks, that there was the opportunity to build a better life for your family and for the next generation."
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Obama, who addressed the same group of newspaper editors and reporters on Tuesday, has been campaigning for re-election with the economic message that everyone "deserves a fair shot." It's a theme he's hoping will help win support from the public for increased taxes on the most wealthy in order to preserve government spending in some areas while also allowing the country to begin paying down its massive debt in earnest.
Romney also hit Obama on doing one thing as president and saying another thing as a candidate for re-election.
"As president, he has repeatedly called for tax increases on businesses. Now, as candidate Obama, he decides that a lower corporate tax rate would be better," Romney said. "As president, he's added regulations at a staggering rate. Now, as candidate Obama, he says he wants to find ways to reduce them. As president, he delayed the development of our oil and coal and natural gas. Now, as candidate Obama, he says he favors an energy policy that adopts an all-of-the-above approach."
But the bulk of Romney's remarks underscored his biography as a businessman and fiscal conservative who helped run the Salt Lake City Olympics and govern Massachusetts, and his 59-point economic plan.
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"I understand some people are amused that I have so many ideas, but I think the American people will prefer it to President Obama's grand total of zero," he said.
While most of the themes touched on by Romney were broad and sweeping, he did go into slightly more detail on how he would address Medicare and Social Security reforms without raising taxes.
"I will gradually raise the retirement age for Social Security and reduce the rate of benefit growth for tomorrow's higher income seniors," he said. "I will introduce market competition and consumer choice to Medicare, while also preserving traditional Medicare coverage as an option, so that future seniors can get higher quality care at lower cost."
It was likely a defensive maneuver, as Obama took particular aim at Romney's endorsement of a Republican budget plan that would create a voucher system for future seniors that Democrats claim will reduce seniors' purchasing power and access to healthcare as costs rise.
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Romney also repeated his pledge to repeal the president's signature healthcare law, which he has criticized as being a job killer and for making $500 billion in cuts in the Medicare Advantage program available to seniors who opt to spend their government subsidy on private coverage. This criticism from Romney is despite his own support for paring down Medicare spending.
Romney wrapped his speech by framing the election as a referendum on Obama's economic success as president.
"I am offering a real choice and a new beginning. I am running for president because I have the experience and the vision to get us out of this mess," he said. "This November, we will face a defining decision. Our choice will not be one of party or personality. This election will be about principle."
Romney, who after more than three months of primary contests is widely expected to secure the GOP nomination, will campaign next in Pennsylvania. The state is crucial to his primary campaign not only because a victory there would be a knockout blow to his chief rival, Rick Santorum, who hails from the state, but it will also be a key battleground state in November.
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April 5th, 2012
PHOENIX – Based on interviews WND conducted with insiders in Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign, Sheriff Joe Arpaio has decided to expand the scope of his law enforcement investigation into President Obama’s eligibility to include evidence and affidavits documenting alleged criminal activity by the Obama campaign in the 2008 Democratic Party primary race.
Hollywood film producer Bettina Viviano and Hollywood-based digital photographer Michele Thomas have given Arpaio’s investigators the names of dozens of Hillary Clinton supporters willing to come forward with evidence and affidavits. Among their claims is that the Clintons were the first to charge Obama is not a natural born citizen as required by Article 2, Section 1 of the Constitution and that his birth certificate is a forgery.
Moreover, the Hillary supporters identified by Viviano and Thomas have argued that the pattern of questionable and possibly illegal activity suggests that the alleged act of producing forged birth certificate documentation for Obama may have been merely more of the same.
As WND reported, Viviano claims she heard Bill Clinton say that Obama is not eligible to be president.
‘Not a partisan investigation’
Arpaio has insisted his investigation into Obama’s birth certificate and his eligibility to be president is not a partisan investigation. It was triggered, he noted, by a petition presented to him in August signed by some 250 members of the Surprise Tea Party in Surprise, Ariz.
“I’m just doing what I took an oath of office to do – enforce the law,” Arpaio told a combined meeting of the Surprise Tea Party and the Sun City West Tea Party on Saturday attended by over 1,100 people. “I report to the people. I’m not accusing the president of any crime. We used no taxpayer money, and I listen to the complaints brought to me. I don’t throw citizen complaints in the wastebasket.”
Arpaio said he began the investigation with the goal of proving Obama’s birth certificate legitimate.
“I feel very strongly as the constitutional, chief law enforcement officer for this county,” Arpaio told the Tea Party audience. “I wanted to do everything to clear the president of the United States. I wanted to be the guy who stood up here and said that birth certificate is legitimate – leave the president alone. But it didn’t work out that way.”
As WND reported, at a press conference March 1 in Phoenix, Arpaio announced his investigators have probable cause to believe Obama’s birth certificate and his Selective Service Registration form are forgeries.
“The last I heard, if you forged documents, that’s a violation of law,” he quipped to the tea party audience. “If you did it, you’d be in trouble big time.”
Chaos in 2008
Viviano, working with screenplay writer and director Gigi Gaston, produced in 2008 a documentary, “We Will Not Be Silenced,” based on interviews from participants in Democratic Party primary caucuses. They accuse the Obama administration of illegitimate and illegal acts, including threats, intimidation, lies, stolen documents, falsified documents and busing in voters in exchange for meals.
“This documentary is about the disenfranchising of American citizens by the Democratic Party and the Obama Campaign,” Gaston and Viviano write on the “We Will Not Be Silenced 2008 website, which features a 40-minute preview of the documentary.
“We want to be heard and let the country know how our party has sanctioned the actions of what we feel are Obama Campaign ‘Chicago Machine’ dirty politics. We believe this infamous campaign of ‘change’ from Chicago encouraged and created an army to steal caucus packets, falsify documents, change results, allow unregistered people to vote, scare and intimidate Hillary supporters, stalk them, threaten them, lock them out of their polling places, silence their voices and stop their right to vote.”
Arpaio’s investigation has already uncovered evidence of intimidation by Obama supporters in an attempt to suppress media coverage of the birth certificate and eligibility issues.
A memo published by the Hillary for President campaign March 4, 2008, noted the following specific accusations of irregularities and voter intimidation allegedly committed by the Obama campaign:
- Irregularities: Prematurely taking precinct convention packets by the Obama campaign;
- Voter intimidation: Lockout of Clinton caucus goers by the Obama campaign; and
- Obama supporters filling out precinct convention sign-in sheets during the day and submitting them as completed vote totals at caucuses, a practice explicitly forbidden by Democratic Party rules.
The Clinton memo characterized the Obama campaign caucus practices as “undemocratic, probably illegal,” reflecting “a wanton disregard for the caucus process.”
Hillary: continuing threat to Obama
In the 2010 mid-term elections, the blue-collar voters who supported Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign abandoned the Democratic Party led by Obama.
A Greenberg Quinlan Rosner poll after the November 2010 elections showed Democrats’ support from white, non-college-educated male voters dropped 12 percent from 2008, with only 29 percent of blue-collar men supporting the Democrats in 2010, down from 41 percent in 2008, as reported by TheHill.com.
Last November, prominent Democratic pollsters Patrick Caddell and Douglas Schoen, published an editorial in the Wall Street Journal suggesting Obama should abandon his candidacy for re-election, stepping aside for “the one candidate who would become, by acclamation, the nominee of the Democratic Party: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.”
Conceding that even with an all-time-low job approval rating and even worse ratings on handling the economy, Obama could “eke out” a victory in November 2012, Caddell and Schoen argued that the type of campaign required for Obama’s “political survival would make it almost impossible for him to govern – not only during the campaign, but throughout a second term.”
The PUMA P.A.C. that emerged to oppose Obama and support Hillary in 2008 remains in existence. It describes itself as “a burgeoning group of bloggers, writers and citizens who are joining together to fight back against the corrupt leadership of the DNC, their ‘chosen’ candidate and the mainstream media that enables them.”
In 2008, Obama won over women voters, with 56 percent voting for him, versus 49 percent of men, according to Woman’s Vote Watch at Rutgers University.
The Obama campaign appears to have gained at least a temporary advantage among women, after charging that GOP presidential candidates, including Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, are “hostile to women” for their stand on contraceptives, according to a USA Today/Gallup poll released this week.
According to the poll, Obama’s biggest advantage rests with women under 50, with six in 10 supporting him. Romney’s support in that demographic dropped to 30 percent, giving Obama a 2-to-1 advantage.
Obama administration senior officials confirmed Monday that Clinton will not campaign for Obama to avoid making her position as secretary of state appear political, according to the Huffington Post.
Clinton previously announced she plans to leave the State Department at the end of Obama’s current term.
Read the preliminary findings of Sheriff Arpaio’s Cold Case Posse investigation after six months investigating Obama’s constitutional eligibility to serve as president in “A Question of Eligibility,” co-authored by Jerome Corsi and Mike Zullo.
April 5th, 2012
Parents at a Massachusetts elementary school are furious after educators first removed the word ‘God’ from the popular Lee Greenwood song, “God Bless the U.S.A.” and then pulled the song all together from an upcoming concert.
Fox 25 in Boston is reporting that children at Stall Brook Elementary School in Bellingham were told to sing, “We love the U.S.A.” instead of “God Bless the U.S.A.”
After parents started complaining, school officials removed the song from the school assembly concert. The school’s principal released a statement to Fox 25 stating they hope to ”maintain the focus on the original objective of sharing students’ knowledge of the U.S. States, and because of logistics, will not include any songs.”
Greenwood released a statement to Fox News condemning the school’s actions.
“The most important word in the whole piece of music is the word God, which is also in the title ‘God Bless The USA,” Greenwood said. “Maybe the school should have asked the parents their thoughts before changing the lyrics to the song. They could have even asked the writer of the song, which I of course, would have said you can’t change the lyrics at all or any part of the song.”
Greenwood said the phrase “God Bless the USA” has a “very important meaning for those in the military and their families, as well as new citizens coming into our country.” He said it’s also played at every naturalization ceremony behind the national anthem.
“If the song is good enough to be played and performed in its original setting under those circumstances, it surely should be good enough for our children,” Greenwood said.
An online poll taken by the television station indicated more than 80 percent of viewers were outraged by removing God from the song.
“I don’t have a problem with the song if somebody else does I guess it’s there business,” resident Patrick Grudier said. “I mean It’s on our currency (God).”
But not everyone agreed – including parent Matthew Cote.
“I don’t think there’s anything wrong with changing the song,” he told the television. “It’s a public school. If you want to have the word God in the song, go to a private school.”
Reaction on Facebook has been overwhelmingly in favor of the traditional patriotic song.
“Here we go again, more war on Christianity,” wrote one Facebook user. “You can remove God all you want, but the good news — there is still a loving God and He lives.”
Another Facebook user called it sad and disgusting. “I’d like to say unbelievable — but it is so totally believable.”
LEE GREENWOOD’S STATEMENT TO TODD STARNES
“Maybe the school should have asked the parents their thoughts before changing the lyrics to the song. They could have even asked the writer of the song, which I of course would have said you can’t change the lyrics at all or any part of the song. The most important word in the whole piece of music is the word God, which is also in the title God Bless The USA.
We can’t take God out of the song, we can’t take God out of The Pledge of Allegiance, we can’t take God off of the American currency. Let us also remember, the phrase God Bless the USA has a very important meaning for those in the military and their families, as well as new citizens coming to our Country.
The song is played at every naturalization ceremony behind The National Anthem. If the song is good enough to played and performed in its original setting under those circumstances, it surely should be good enough for our children.” – Lee Greenwood
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