April 26th, 2012
America's not laughing.....
April 26th, 2012
By Barry Secrest
The Obama birth certificate controversy may soon be ready to explode, ladies and gentlemen.
Many detractors, to include those of us belonging to the Conservative Refocus organization, web monolith WND, Dr. Jerome Corsi and numerous others have maintained the question of Obama's birthplace, almost from day one, due to the highly questionable nature of the available information.
Our skepticism has often placed us within the line of derision fire to include extraordinary criticism from all political sides with the ever-present charges of racism, etc. In many cases, we have faced whithering fire from even our own Conservative bretheren in the public eye, who dared not touch this case for fear of "losing credibility."
However, now we are given to understand that the stories from an Obama eligibility defense attorney, on the New Jersey Presidential ballot question, are confirming Obama's Hawaiian birth certificate as a forgery.
In an extraordinary development, the attorney for Obama admitted that the certificate was fake and that it had obviously been overdone for political reasons. The Drudge Report, which is a highly credible website, stated this:
NEW YORK, NY – After a Maricopa County law enforcement agency conducted a six-month forensic examination which determined that the image of Obama's alleged 1961 Certificate of Live Birth posted to a government website in April, 2011 is a digital fabrication and that it did not originate from a genuine paper document, arguments from an Obama eligibility lawyer during a recent New Jersey ballot challenge hearing reveals the image was not only a fabrication, but that it was likely part of a contrived plot by counterfeiters to endow Obama with mere political support while simultaneously making the image intentionally appear absurd and, therefore, invalid as evidence toward proving Obama's ineligibility in a court of law.
Unfortunately, the Obama defense attorney, Alexandra Hill's, seeming obfuscation, in an effort to bolster her client's argument, merely opens up a can of worms that the White House will not be so easily able to steer clear of, from here on out. You see, the White House actually posted this forged birth certificate on their own website just a day or so after this purported certificate was found, and officially indicated as the authentic certificate, displayed there even to this day.
April 26th, 2012
A minimum of 12 ballistic missile submarines must remain in service for the foreseeable future, a key congressional committee said, despite Navy plans to drop below that number beginning in 2029.
The provision is included in the markup of the House Armed Services seapower and projection forces subcommittee, which was released Wednesday.
Although 14 Ohio-class “boomers” are now in service, the fleet is scheduled to begin shrinking in 2027 as the oldest units are retired. Current Navy plans show the force dropping to 11 ships in 2029 and reaching 10 ships in 2032, where the level holds for a decade before starting to rise again as new replacement submarine come on line.
The markup — the first legislative process in assembling a defense authorization bill to send to the full House of Representatives — also approves a Navy request for a new multiyear procurement authority for Virginia SSN 774-class attack submarines. The subcommittee granted MYP authority for 10 submarines beginning in 2014, and allows for incremental funding of the ships.
Other Navy-related provisions in the markup include:
• Authorization of an MYP for up to 10 Arleigh Burke DDG 51-class destroyers and allowance of $3 billion for two ships in the 2013 program, the first year of the MYP.
• Granting an extension of the incremental funding of the future aircraft carriers CVN 79 and CVN 80 from a five-year period to a six-year period.
• Limiting spending on the refueling and complex overhaul of the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln to $1.6 billion in 2013, the first year of a two-year incremental funding profile.
The markup also requires additional risk-reduction technology development for the follow-on aircraft of the Unmanned Carrier-launched Surveillance and Strike system — currently in technology development as the X-47B aircraft — and requires a “competitive acquisition environment” for the program. The markup notes the change in terminology from a “future unmanned carrier-based strike system” to “unmanned carrier-launched surveillance and strike system,” indicating an increased emphasis on the surveillance role.
It also repeals a provision in the 2008 defense authorization law that required all new classes of combatant strike vessels to be nuclear-powered, a pet project of former Seapower subcommittee chairman Rep. Gene Taylor, D-Miss., who was defeated in the last elections.
The markup also directs the Navy to report on the issue of ship superstructure cracking, with an emphasis on the choice of superstructure material for the DDG 51 Flight III-class ships, the first of which is scheduled to be ordered in 2016. The subcommittee wants information “comparing the estimated construction costs for a deckhouse made of each of the three materials, or even a possible hybrid of two or all three, and then compares the estimated lifecycle costs for the designed life of the ship.”
The markup makes no mention for producing any other information other than cost factors.
The full committee will hold its formal markup sessions on Thursday.
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April 26th, 2012
April 26th, 2012
The development complicates the second of two embarrassing incidents to emerge recently involving American officials and sex workers in South America.
Romilda Aparecida Ferreira, 31, and her lawyer said they plan to file suit for injuries, medical expenses, lost income, and psychological trauma after an embassy van ran over her and left her stranded in the club parking lot with a broken collarbone, punctured lung and other injuries.
The incident occurred Dec 29 when an embassy driver was dispatched to the club to pick up three marines and one civilian staffer.
A civil suit would compound a case in which Brazilian prosecutors have already said they are considering criminal charges, including assault and failure to provide assistance to an injured person. It also threatens to further tarnish the image of overseas US personnel in the wake of a separate scandal involving US Secret Service members and prostitutes in Cartagena, Colombia, earlier this month.
Little noticed at the time, the incident in Brasilia, Brazil's capital, gained traction this week when a local reporter asked US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, then on a visit to the country, about what happened.
Panetta said the United States had investigated the matter, "severely punished" the marines, and pulled them out of Brazil.
Few additional details from the incident have been provided by US officials, including the nature of an unresolved offer Ferreira's lawyers say was made by the embassy to compensate her in exchange for a non-disclosure agreement.
But the former prostitute, still recovering from surgery and now starting a career as a pet shop owner, detailed her account of the evening to Reuters in an interview on Wednesday at her lawyer's office.
Ferreira said she, along with her co-workers, first met the four Americans over tequila and whiskey inside the strip club. "Like any other night, we sat down with the guys to drink and chat," she said.
Before long, she added, "we settled on a price and whose house we would go to." But problems ensued when the group proceeded to leave the club. Ferreira said she was forced out of the van by one of the men when she attempted to join some of her colleagues, who had already entered the vehicle. She said she panicked when the man grabbed her, so she attempted to hold onto the van, but fell to the ground, hit her head and lost consciousness.
After she fell, her lawyers said, the man told the van driver to go. The vehicle's back wheel then drove over Ferreira. The lawyers said the driver probably did not realise she was there.
The van briefly stopped after running over the woman, they added, and then drove off for good.
In a Washington press briefing on Wednesday, a US State Department spokeswoman confirmed Ferreira was run over, but gave a conflicting account of one particular. Ferreira, she said, tried to open the door once the van was already moving.
Ferreira, who worked as a stripper at the club for three years, said she was traumatised by the incident, which kept her hospitalised for 12 days.
Upon her release from the hospital, she said, embassy officials visited her to seek her account of the incident and then offered her nearly 4,000 reais ($2,100), which she rejected. Her lawyers said they then followed up with the embassy, but failed to reach an agreement on payment and a condition that would have required Ferreira to sign a non-disclosure agreement.
A US embassy spokesman confirmed there was an inconclusive discussion about compensation, but was unaware of the exact details.
Ferreira's lawyers said they are monitoring prosecutors' progress with potential criminal charges before proceeding with a lawsuit. Damages, they say, would help compensate for Ferreira's injuries, mental suffering and costs she incurred in her recovery.
Using savings and a loan from a friend, Ferreira said, she paid 18,000 reais ($9,574) for corrective surgery on a botched first attempt to set her broken collar bone. The bone still appears swollen and dark scars still mar her elsewhere, even her legs.
Ferreira also quit her life as a prostitute and used the rest of her money to start a pet shop and grooming service.
"I won't go back to it," she says of her former life, adding that the scars and a misshapen bone now make her feel self-conscious. "How could I dance again?"