Lake Erie Conservative

thoughtful discussion(s) about issue(s)

Posts Tagged ‘Washington Post’

… Arnaud de Borchgrave — A Memorial [#God Bless]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,February 21st,2015

.. Mr. de Borchgrave died on Sunday . He was 88 years old .

.. He was born in Belgium , but after his war service in the British Royal Navy , he became a longtime legendary journalist and war correspondent , interviewing many , many world figures , such as Churchill , de Gaulle , Meir , and Reagan ..

.. [h/t —]..
.. [link] to the obituary …

.. He was once a foreigner , but he became a fine American . By my estimation , he became one of the finest of Americans . His strengths were his dedication , his professionalism , his talent , and , most of all , his honesty and bluntness ..

.. May God Bless him and his family …

Posted in personal opinion | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

… George Will ? [#conservative disinvited]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,October 12th,2014

.. you have to be kidding …

.. previously , Will was invited to speak at a special program at Scripps College [for Women] in California …

.. then , he was disinvited …

.. [h/t —]..
.. [link] to the blog news …

.. what anti – intellectual bigots those folks are ! …

Posted in personal opinion | Tagged: , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

… Liar , Liar , Pants on Fire ! …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,April 16th,2014

.. well , it seems Senate Majority PAC got busted ..

.. again ! ..

.. that is not a surprise …

.. [h/t — TruthRevolt]..
.. [link] to the libelous campaign ad footage …

.. just wait for the counter – punch . These guys are going to get nailed for their lying , but good …

.. especially with Glen Kessler on their case . Normally , Kessler does not go into detailed explainations . This time , he does …. and how ! . Kessler nails Senate Majority PAC , and pins them to Reid , who is the Senate Majority Leader [for now] .. Kessler gave the ad ” 4 Pinochios , ” and you can bet that a counter – ad with the ” 4 pinochios ” line will be in it …

Posted in evil, fraud, personal opinion | Tagged: , , , , | Leave a Comment »

… You have Got to Be Kidding …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,April 14th,2014

.. comparing Brendan Eich and traditional marriage believers to Holocaust deniers ? …

.. that evidently was the case on Sunday morning on FoxNews . Howard Kurtz hosted his regular media – related show ” Media Buzz , ” and this idiot really stuck her foot in her mouth with this asinine comment …

.. [h/t — theGatewayPundit]..
.. [link] to the show segment …

.. Holocause deniers ? how obscene ! …

Posted in media blunder, media opinion, personal opinion | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

… Gotcha ! [the ObamaCrapCare disaster !] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,October 15th,2013

.. I am a beginning computer professional . I know others that are better at this than I am , and they are , as it is said , L – M – A – O ! .

.. You got it right . These idiots should have known better that this stuff just ” was not ready for prime time … ” . Someone better and a Great Communicator at it could tell you better than I , the MahaRushie

… transcript …

.. the October 9th , 2013 show …

The Obamacare Rollout Disaster
October 09, 2013

Windows Media


RUSH: From the NBC website, First Read. It is NBC News’ version of an early-morning summary of the news, supposedly the news. NBC’s version of what’s happening, what has happened, what’s important. There are many paragraphed items there, and here is one about four or five into it.

“Another tough health-care story for the White House: Another day, another story about how the White House was warned for weeks, if not months, that had flaws. This one comes courtesy of the Washington Post: ‘Major insurers, state health-care officials and Democratic allies repeatedly warned the Obama administration in recent months that the new federal health-insurance exchange had significant problems, according to people familiar with the conversations. Despite those warnings and intense criticism from Republicans, the White House proceeded with an Oct. 1 launch.’ The White House continues to claim all of its web site problems are simply traffic related but there are clearly plenty of folks who think, it’s more than that, that it was designed poorly.”

What does this mean? It means that the regime knew that wasn’t ready. They knew it couldn’t handle the load. It also knew that its structure was flawed. Even if it could handle the load, it was not right. They went ahead and did it anyway because it doesn’t matter. I’ve gotten blue in the face, and I know if you’re a 24-year-old frightened woman, this is gonna scare you, but the fact of the matter is Obama himself doesn’t care about details like this. He doesn’t care what it ends up costing people. All that matters is what he will say about it and what will be reported about what he says and therefore what you will be told to believe.


The reality is he doesn’t care. He really doesn’t, and he hasn’t for a long time. Because Obamacare is not about improved health care or cheaper insurance or better treatment or insuring the uninsured, and it never has been about that. It’s about statism. It’s about expanding the government. It’s about control over the population. It is about everything but health care. And that purpose has been served. It’s the law. So now it doesn’t matter whether it works. These are little details that we’ll flesh out as it unrolls. It didn’t matter whether it was ready. It didn’t matter whether all the promises made were kept. That is irrelevant. Selling it, getting it passed and signed into law was all that mattered. Ditto the sequester. Ditto anything else.

The president hasn’t told the truth about much, and yesterday in his press conference he continued. The whoppers yesterday, folks, I can’t let go of this. He talked yesterday in his press conference about the default and how it’s gonna happen. We’re not gonna default. We take in sufficiently more money every month via tax revenue than we are required to pay to service the debt. That’s about $18 billion. And we take in $250 billion. We’re nowhere near a default, even if we don’t raise the debt ceiling. He knows it, but it doesn’t matter. The truth is not what matters. What matters is what he can make you think, along with his media friends, of the Republicans. That’s all that matters.

When it comes to Obamacare, what it is, in reality, is irrelevant. The fact that it doesn’t work doesn’t matter. It’s the law now. It’s an achievement. It’s an accomplishment the Democrats have sought for 50 years. Doesn’t work. Even the media is on to it. Washington Examiner: “Obamacare Still Broken: Website says try back ‘in a few days’ — Over a week after Obamacare kicked in, the computer system is still blocking insurance applicants due to major glitches and traffic, prompting a live chat room host on the government’s website to suggest that it would be best to ‘wait a few days.’

“Secrets,” that’s the name of the column here, “attempted again on Wednesday to enter the system but within two minutes a red line crossed the computer screen reading: ‘Important. Your account couldn’t be created at this time. The system is unavailable.'”

... the first liar ! ...

… the first liar ! …

Another story from something called The Federalist: “Obamacare Rollout A Case Study In Government Ineptitude.” Let me just read you three pull quotes from this story. The first one. “The snafu illustrates the core incompetency of the federal government: because of how it is structured and who it attracts, it is simply incapable of doing much of anything that the private sector can do. If the private tech sector’s motto is ‘Faster, better, cheaper,’ then the federal government’s would have to be, ‘Slower, worse, and crazy expensive.'”

Second pull quote. “So what gives? How is it that the president who gave us an unquestionably brilliant campaign tech team couldn’t deliver the goods for a simple government-run website that lists health care plans? ‘It’s pretty simple,’ one federal IT contractor told me. ‘The government is not exactly hiring the best of the best to manage and develop these projects. It’s not like they’re bringing in people from Facebook or Google.’ The private sector gets the best, and the government gets the rest.”

Another pull quote. “Another major problem goes beyond the tech talent itself to the people who manage the developers. One common complaint I heard was unclear, yet constantly changing contract requirements. ‘I can’t tell you how many times I’d be 90 percent done with one requested task, only to have it changed at the last minute to something completely different,’ the contractor told me. ‘Most of the time I never had the chance to go back and finish that last 10 percent.'”

It is an utter disaster.

The Weekly Standard: “Obamacare Marketplace: Personal Data Can Be Used For ‘Law Enforcement and Audit Activities.'” Obamacare has not-so-hidden provisions that allow them to give all of your health information to the police and to the IRS anytime they want. And all your e-mails to Obamacare about private matters, those will be shared by the government as well.

Jacksonville, Illinois, Journal-Courier news: “Growing concerns about identity theft and fraud have led the Illinois Department of Insurance to issue a public warning, just as the new health insurance exchanges enter their implementation phase. Concern focuses on those charged with assisting Illinoisans with enrollment to the new health insurance exchanges, the so-called ‘navigators.’ … This will give navigators access to individuals’ personally identifiable information: the information necessary for identity theft.”

It’s an utter disaster.

CBS News has piled on now. Washington Post has piled on. NBC, at least they’re reporting it. They’re not condemning it, they’re just reporting, and they’re concerned, they’re worried. See, these are the true believers. The Obama media people actually believe this was designed to work. They actually think it’s gonna be the best thing going. They actually think it’s gonna lower costs. They actually think it’s gonna ensure the 30 million uninsured. They actually believe all the crap that they’re told, because they’re good people. They have big hearts. And they have good intentions. And they have lots of compassion.

They believe all this tripe. They believe the government does it better than anybody else. They believe the government should. So here comes a smooth talker like Obama promising the moon, they eat it up. Then when it doesn’t happen, they’re genuinely worried. They don’t want their guy to look bad. They don’t want Obama to look bad. They don’t want the Democrat Party to look bad. This is not the way it was supposed to be. And they’re like anybody else, they go to any website, private sector, and it works. Amazon, iTunes, you name it, they go there, it works. This doesn’t. This just doesn’t work.

Ashley Dionne is a 26-year-old Michigan University student. She sent a letter to Dennis Prager, my old buddy from Los Angeles. She said, “My name is Ashley Dionne and I’m a 26-year-old recent graduate from Michigan. The phony Obamacare signup poster boy made me want to send a message about how Obamacare is really affecting people.

“I graduated from The University of Michigan in 2009. In my state, this used to mean something, but even with a bachelor’s I was told I was too educated and wouldn’t stay. I watched as kids with GEDs and high school diploma’s took the low-paying jobs for which I applied. I went back to school and got a second degree and finally found work at a gym. I work nights and only get 32 hours a week for eight dollars an hour. I’m unable to find a second job at this time. I have asthma, ulcers, and mild cerebral palsy. Obamacare takes my monthly rate from $75 a month for full coverage on my ‘Young Adult Plan,’ to $319 a month. After $6,000 in deductibles, of course.”

What Ashley Dionne is describing here is what happened to her when she left the nest, because all kids eventually become 27 years old, and at that point they’re no longer covered by mom and dad. They are finding that with Obamacare they’re going broke. And this woman wrote Prager a note about it.

“‘Liberals claimed this law would help the poor. I am the poor, the working poor, and I can’t afford to support myself, let alone older generations and people not willing to work at all. This law has raped my future. It will keep me and kids my age from having a future at all. This is the real face of Obamacare and it isn’t pretty.’ In a statement to Campus Reform, Dionne clarified her reason for writing the letter. ‘I wanted to get my message about Obamacare out, because I’m being directly and negatively affected by it, but I know it’s not just me. Obamacare will make my life more difficult. It will hurt more people than it will help.’ Ashley Dionne is a 2009 graduate of the University of Michigan and a 2012 graduate of Baker College.”

She can’t afford it. She can’t find work that pays more than eight bucks an hour and 32 hours a week. The new America. I don’t know if she voted for Obama or not. It doesn’t say. It doesn’t sound like she did. It sounds like she was predisposed to knowing what this was all about but maybe didn’t realize how bad it was, but I’m just guessing. I don’t know who she voted for. I probably shouldn’t speculate.

... liar , liar , pants on fire ! ...

… liar , liar , pants on fire ! …


RUSH: You know, ladies and gentlemen, do you remember Maxine Waters? She was on I think CNN, Roland Martin still worked there then, and now he’s somewhere else at like Media One or Media One and a half, I don’t know where he is, but he was at CNN, and she was a guest on his show, and she said — and we had the audio — Cookie, you don’t need to go get it. She said (paraphrasing), “The president has put in place an organization with the kind of database that no one has ever seen before in life. It’s gonna be very, very powerful. And that database will have information about everything on every individual in ways that it’s never been done before. And whoever runs for president on the Democratic ticket has to deal with that. They’re going to go down with that database, and the concerns of those people, because they can’t get around it. And he, Obama, he’s been very smart. It’s very powerful, what he’s leaving in place.”

You remember that? You know, Maxine screws up every now and then and let’s the whole cat out of the bag. She’s talking to the oil executives one day. “We want to take over your companies.” They had to send the mayor of Washington to her apartment, say, “Shut up. We don’t say that in public.” But she did. As I’m listening to Joanne talk about all this, I’m remembering Maxine Waters talking about this massive Obama database that he’s setting up that nobody’s ever had before. The point that she was making, any Democrat that runs against him is gonna just be humiliated and embarrassed if they try to unseat him, ’cause they’re gonna know every bit of dirt that there is. And then he’s gonna have this thing in place, he’s gonna leave it to the Democrat Party when he leaves, and they’re gonna have access to it.

We just learned from The Politico, when you go to and you’re just looking around, one of the first things you have to do is set up an account. And once you do that, you can never delete it. Politico is reporting, once you set up your account, and that means your user name and password and all of your vitals, that’s what’s setting up the account is, all the questions, you can never delete your account. And everybody’s signing up at This is the database that Maxine’s talking about., you set up your account, and you can’t delete it. It’s your permanent record, folks. Even if you just go there to play around and see what this thing is, before you can do that, you have to set up your account, and once that’s done, you can’t delete it. It is there forever.


Posted in personal opinion | Tagged: , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

… Interesting Take [on the Shutdown] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,October 1st,2013

.. this comes from , of all people , Bob Woodward . He made an appearance on Morning Joe on pMSNBC on September 30th , and made the following …

Woodward: If Shutdown or Debt Ceiling Causes Economic Crisis, It’s on the ‘President’s Head’

[link] — to video

Bob Woodward of The Washington Post said if there is a “downturn or a collapse” resulting from the failure of CR or debt ceiling

English: Barack Obama delivers a speech at the...

English: Barack Obama delivers a speech at the University of Southern California (Video of the speech) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

negotiations it will be on President Obama’s “head” Monday on Morning Joe.

Woodward noted he respected President Obama’s objection to negotiating on the debt ceiling, but criticized the administration for failing to initiate any dialogue that could result in a deal on funding the government.

“It’s on the president’s head, he’s got to lead, he’s got to talk” Woodward said:

BOB WOODWARD: Can I enter in here just for a moment because I think it’s a good question. And there is something the president could be doing. He said he will not negotiate on the debt ceiling. A reasonable position. “I will not be blackmailed” he said. But he should be talking. They should be meeting, discussing this, because as I think Steve Ratner showed earlier, the American economy is at stake and the president, if there is a downturn or a collapse or whatever could happen here that’s bad, it’s going to be on his head. The history books are going to say, we had an economic calamity in the Presidency of Barack Obama. Speaker Boehner, indeed, is playing a role on this. Go back to the Great Depression in the 1930s. I’ll bet no one can name who was the speaker of the House at the time. Henry Thomas Rainey. He’s not in the history book it’s on the president’s head. He’s got to lead. He’s got to talk. And the absence of discussion here, I think, is baffling element.

LEC here again — this is an interesting take from a so – called leading light in the media . You can say what you want about Clinton and his politics (he was superb at it) , but at least he negotiated , and knew when  to move , and when not to . In a case like this , it requires two to tango . The G.O.P. has moved enough , for now . It is now up to POTUS to get the lead out of his butt and get moving …

Posted in personal opinion | Tagged: , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

… What Do You Think of Him Now [Snowden] ?? …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,September 3rd,2013

What do You All Think of Him Now ?

.. People have praised the actions of Edward Snowden . They have called him a hero . A whistleblower . They have called him many things . But , they have not called him what they should have called him , truthfully …

.. A Traitor .

.. Yes . A Traitor . It is that plain and simple . With my current case of internet interruptus , I cannot see the latest h – bombshell from the Washington ComPost . It seems that they have published a story , evaluating the actual “black budget” from Congress on the Intelligence Community .

.. Yea , it is a honey . It literally shows the “crown jewels” of the U.S. intelligence assets . What is done and spent where , and how . Evidently , why , as well . What our strength are , and what our weaknesses are . The ComPost has it all . They just have not published it all . Yet .

.. People still think that Snowden is a hero . I do not . I never did . The damage that he has done to our country , and to those people who are fighting the good fight defending us from threats unseen is enourmous and incalculable .

[-] Snowden

.. An operation must be mounted to find Snowden . The Russians have to know this . They know what he knew . And Snowden knew waaaaaaay too much as it is . If the op has to be mounted into Russia , so be it . The threat must be eliminated . As long as Edward Snowden lives , he and his actions present a clear and present danger to this nation and to the world .

[-] Our nation

.. How the hell could this much info have gotten into the hands of an intelligence company contractor . How did someone with this kind of background get any kind of security clearance in the first place ? Why was not better care taken with critical information , and why was it not placed in better places to better protect it ?

Posted in personal opinion | Tagged: , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

… Why am I Not Surprised [DemoCrap Corruption] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,August 19th,2013

.. and it is in the Washington ComPost ‘ s backyard . These idiots should nail this one , especially with the waste and graft involved . But , guess why ?

.. the Mayor , a DemoCrap ,

.. the members of the Alexandria City Council (all 7 of them) , all DemoCraps , so what else is new ..

… you have got to read this piece from pjmedia [great pickup by j. christian adams] on this corruption mess . How these folks can get away with this is beyond outrageous . I will return to comment , later …

Government Graft, Corruption, and Retaliation in Democrat-Run Virginia

Posted By J. Christian Adams On August 17, 2013 @ 1:54 pm In Uncategorized | 36 Comments

Big wasteful government isn’t only a federal phenomenon. And if you’re an honest government employee in the city of Alexandria in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C., you better watch out. Because if you “blow the whistle” on inappropriate, unethical, or improper government spending, your bosses will retaliate and fire you for speaking up on behalf of the tax-payers.

All across America, billions of taxpayer dollars are wasted or mismanaged by local governments because of little to no government transparency or accountability. Alexandria, Virginia, provides an example of why.

Ironically, local government, which is arguably the “closest to the people,” is in many ways shielded and protected from public scrutiny and questioning. Only a select few who either work in local government or watch the actions of their local representatives closely catch these cases of waste, fraud, and abuse. Their stories are often ignored because the media is more drawn to high-profile cases at the state and federal levels.

Take the case of former Alexandria city architect Henry Lewis.

As the project manager on one of the largest construction projects ever undertaken by the city of Alexandria, Lewis was responsible for “watching the dollars.” Building a high-tech police headquarters, estimated to cost roughly $80 million plus another $20 million for furnishings, required the oversight of a skilled and experienced project manager, and Lewis was handpicked by top city officials to lead the project.

The Howard University-educated architect was a diligent project manager who worked to ensure that this massive project came in on time and on budget and he excelled at this role, receiving several sterling performance reviews and even a pay raise.

However, things began to change after “Director of General Services” Jeremy McPike got involved.

Jeremy McPike

Jeremy McPike, as a top government bureaucrat in Alexandria’s “Department of General Services,” was ultimately responsible for oversight of the project. As McPike took the reins, Lewis started to notice that Whiting-Turner, the contractor, began submitting suspect invoices for materials stored off-site which hadn’t been verified to actually exist. They started to bill extra for work that should have been covered by the original contract.

McPike became actively involved in approving these invoices for phantom materials—totaling over $2 million.

One of the invoices that Lewis questioned was for a substantial sum of money and had been post-dated by McPike a week in the future. But time and again, Lewis’ concerns were silenced and McPike approved invoices and change orders over his project manager’s professional objections.

Refusing to sign his name to fraudulent activity, Lewis made his suspicions known to his superiors.

That’s when things got really bad for Henry Lewis.

McPike was enraged that Lewis had gone “above his head” to report this suspicious activity. He became personally abusive and began to maneuver to get Lewis to resign his position with the city.

Because Lewis continued to push back against these improper invoices, McPike ultimately took action to have Lewis fired by the city. Henry Lewis has since sued Jeremy McPike and the city of Alexandria, citing Virginia’s whistle-blower statute, which was passed to protect genuine watchdogs of public tax dollars

But whistleblowers shouldn’t have to go to court to protect the taxpayer.

During the recent Circuit Court proceedings, evidence was introduced that clearly showed that, on numerous occasions, McPike attempted to intimidate and force Lewis to sign off on improper invoices from a contractor the government employee McPike favored. The trial detailed how McPike verbally abused and threatened Lewis with termination.

In collaboration with Whiting-Turner, who was tired of dealing with Lewis’ unwillingness to simply “rubber stamp” all invoices, Henry Lewis was fired and thrown to the curb. In a parting and spiteful insult to Lewis, McPike and Alexandria refused to place Lewis’ name on a plaque, an honor always extended to the project manager and architect.

To Henry Lewis’ credit, a jury found that Lewis had been wrongfully terminated under anti-retaliation provisions of the Virginia Fraud against Taxpayers Act, a law passed by the Virginia General Assembly in 2011, and was awarded back pay, benefits, and legal fees. And it should be no surprise that city of Alexandria officials have announced their intention to appeal the Circuit Court’s decision to the Virginia Court of Appeals and continue their harassment of the whistleblower Henry Lewis.

But has there been any outrage about McPike by elected officials in Alexandria? Has the dishonest government official been fired? Do the citizens of Alexandria even know or care?

No, no, and no.

Has the paper of record for Alexandria, the Washington Post, covered the story of millions of dollars in waste? No, again.

The Washington Post was too busy covering the tight space for animals at a local shelter and seeking pubic input on “building the most insane cheeseburger.”

Nothing but buns and circuses at the Post when Democrat-run cities have massive graft and corruption.

Alexandria Mayor William Euille (D) and the six members of City Council (D,D,D,D,D,D) have been successful in keeping the story out of the news. They have avoided public scrutiny as to why they are standing by a city employee—McPike—who allowed graft and corruption to occur in city contracting. Alexandrians, it seems, don’t care much about a lost million here, another million there.

Mayor Bill Euille

Moreover McPike has cost the city no less than $51,000 in legal fees to date to defend his abusive conduct. Amazingly, McPike is still employed by the city and none of the city leadership have spoken out about the mess.

Whistleblowers like Henry Lewis are true friends to those of us who expect open and transparent government. Whistleblowers tell the taxpayers what is really going on inside government.

But without the backing of the general public, our elected officials will assume that their misdeeds will go unnoticed and unpunished. That would be a very bad precedent to set at all levels of government.

Mayor Bill Euille ( probably thinks he is immune from accountability. America is saddled with hundreds or thousands of other elected Bill Euilles, driving the nation deeper into debt and fostering corruption while hardworking taxpayers suffer.

… LEC again — this is ready – made for the GOP ticket , and especially for AG Cuccinelli ,

[-] one is that the AG should take over the case . It would take it away from the locals . It should be done in the noisiest , most public and embarassing way possible . These idiots have it coming ,

[-] settle the case . for obvious reasons , folks , this one should be settled . as with above , in the most public , noisy , and embarassing manner possible ,

[-] the VA legislature , both houses , should thoroughly investigate the local finances of the City of Alexandria , as well as the County ,

[-] most of all , the legislature should investigate the possibility of breaking up the city . Any city this corrupt has it coming .


Posted in legal opinion, personal opinion, political opinion | Tagged: , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

… Wonderful , NSA was spying on us …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,August 18th,2013

.. amazingly enough , courtesey of the Washington ComPost …

NSA broke privacy rules thousands of times per year, audit finds
By Barton Gellman, Published: August 15

The National Security Agency has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since

National Security Agency Seal

National Security Agency Seal (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

Congress granted the agency broad new powers in 2008, according to an internal audit and other top-secret documents.

Most of the infractions involve unauthorized surveillance of Americans or foreign intelligence targets in the United States, both of which are restricted by statute and executive order. They range from significant violations of law to typographical errors that resulted in unintended interception of U.S. e-mails and telephone calls.

The documents, provided earlier this summer to The Washington Post by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, include a level of detail and analysis that is not routinely shared with Congress or the special court that oversees surveillance. In one of the documents, agency personnel are instructed to remove details and substitute more generic language in reports to the Justice Department and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

In one instance, the NSA decided that it need not report the unintended surveillance of Americans. A notable example in 2008 was the interception of a “large number” of calls placed from Washington when a programming error confused the U.S. area code 202 for 20, the international dialing code for Egypt, according to a “quality assurance” review that was not distributed to the NSA’s oversight staff.

In another case, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which has authority over some NSA operations, did not learn about a new collection method until it had been in operation for many months. The court ruled it unconstitutional.

The Obama administration has provided almost no public information about the NSA’s compliance record. In June, after promising to explain the NSA’s record in “as transparent a way as we possibly can,” Deputy Attorney General James Cole described extensive safeguards and oversight that keep the agency in check. “Every now and then, there may be a mistake,” Cole said in congressional testimony.

The NSA audit obtained by The Post, dated May 2012, counted 2,776 incidents in the preceding 12 months of unauthorized collection, storage, access to or distribution of legally protected communications. Most were unintended. Many involved failures of due diligence or violations of standard operating procedure. The most serious incidents included a violation of a court order and unauthorized use of data about more than 3,000 Americans and green-card holders.

In a statement in response to questions for this article, the NSA said it attempts to identify problems “at the earliest possible moment, implement mitigation measures wherever possible, and drive the numbers down.” The government was made aware of The Post’s intention to publish the documents that accompany this article online.

“We’re a human-run agency operating in a complex environment with a number of different regulatory regimes, so at times we find ourselves on the wrong side of the line,” a senior NSA official said in an interview, speaking with White House permission on the condition of anonymity.

“You can look at it as a percentage of our total activity that occurs each day,” he said. “You look at a number in absolute terms that looks big, and when you look at it in relative terms, it looks a little different.”

There is no reliable way to calculate from the number of recorded compliance issues how many Americans have had their communications improperly collected, stored or distributed by the NSA.

The causes and severity of NSA infractions vary widely. One in 10 incidents is attributed to a typographical error in which an analyst enters an incorrect query and retrieves data about U.S phone calls or e-mails.

But the more serious lapses include unauthorized access to intercepted communications, the distribution of protected content and the use of automated systems without built-in safeguards to prevent unlawful surveillance.

The May 2012 audit, intended for the agency’s top leaders, counts only incidents at the NSA’s Fort Meade headquarters and other ­facilities in the Washington area. Three government officials, speak­ing on the condition of anonymity to discuss classified matters, said the number would be substantially higher if it included other NSA operating units and regional collection centers.

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who did not receive a copy of the 2012 audit until The Post asked her staff about it, said in a statement late Thursday that the committee “can and should do more to independently verify that NSA’s operations are appropriate, and its reports of compliance incidents are accurate.”

Despite the quadrupling of the NSA’s oversight staff after a series of significant violations in 2009, the rate of infractions increased throughout 2011 and early 2012. An NSA spokesman declined to disclose whether the trend has continued since last year.

One major problem is largely unpreventable, the audit says, because current operations rely on technology that cannot quickly determine whether a foreign mobile phone has entered the United States.

In what appears to be one of the most serious violations, the NSA diverted large volumes of international data passing through fiber-optic cables in the United States into a repository where the material could be stored temporarily for processing and selection.

The operation to obtain what the agency called “multiple communications transactions” collected and commingled U.S. and foreign e-mails, according to an article in SSO News, a top-secret internal newsletter of the NSA’s Special Source Operations unit. NSA lawyers told the court that the agency could not practicably filter out the communications of Americans.

In October 2011, months after the program got underway, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court ruled that the collection effort was unconstitutional. The court said that the methods used were “deficient on statutory and constitutional grounds,” according to a top-secret summary of the opinion, and it ordered the NSA to comply with standard privacy protections or stop the program.

James R. Clapper Jr., the director of national intelligence, has acknowledged that the court found the NSA in breach of the Fourth Amendment, which prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures, but the Obama administration has fought a Freedom of Information lawsuit that seeks the opinion.

Generally, the NSA reveals nothing in public about its errors and infractions. The unclassified versions of the administration’s semiannual reports to Congress feature blacked-out pages under the headline “Statistical Data Relating to Compliance Incidents.”

Members of Congress may read the unredacted documents, but only in a special secure room, and they are not allowed to take notes. Fewer than 10 percent of lawmakers employ a staff member who has the security clearance to read the reports and provide advice about their meaning and significance.

The limited portions of the reports that can be read by the public acknowledge “a small number of compliance incidents.”

Under NSA auditing guidelines, the incident count does not usually disclose the number of Americans affected.

“What you really want to know, I would think, is how many innocent U.S. person communications are, one, collected at all, and two, subject to scrutiny,” said Julian Sanchez, a research scholar and close student of the NSA at the Cato Institute.

The documents provided by Snowden offer only glimpses of those questions. Some reports make clear that an unauthorized search produced no records. But a single “incident” in February 2012 involved the unlawful retention of 3,032 files that the surveillance court had ordered the NSA to destroy, according to the May 2012 audit. Each file contained an undisclosed number of telephone call records.

One of the documents sheds new light on a statement by NSA Director Keith B. Alexander last year that “we don’t hold data on U.S. citizens.”

Some Obama administration officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, have defended Alexander with assertions that the agency’s internal definition of “data” does not cover “metadata” such as the trillions of American call records that the NSA is now known to have collected and stored since 2006. Those records include the telephone numbers of the parties and the times and durations of conversations, among other details, but not their content or the names of callers.

The NSA’s authoritative def­inition of data includes those call records. “Signals Intelligence Management Directive 421,” which is quoted in secret oversight and auditing guidelines, states that “raw SIGINT data . . . includes, but is not limited to, unevaluated and/or unminimized transcripts, gists, facsimiles, telex, voice, and some forms of computer-generated data, such as call event records and other Digital Network Intelligence (DNI) metadata as well as DNI message text.”

In the case of the collection effort that confused calls placed from Washington with those placed from Egypt, it is unclear what the NSA meant by a “large number” of intercepted calls. A spokesman declined to discuss the matter.

The NSA has different reporting requirements for each branch of government and each of its legal authorities. The “202” collection was deemed irrelevant to any of them. “The issue pertained to Metadata ONLY so there were no defects to report,” according to the author of the secret memo from March 2013.

The large number of database query incidents, which involve previously collected communications, confirms long-standing suspicions that the NSA’s vast data banks — with code names such as MARINA, PINWALE and XKEYSCORE — house a considerable volume of information about Americans. Ordinarily the identities of people in the United States are masked, but intelligence “customers” may request unmasking, either one case at a time or in standing orders.

In dozens of cases, NSA personnel made careless use of the agency’s extraordinary powers, according to individual auditing reports. One team of analysts in Hawaii, for example, asked a system called DISHFIRE to find any communications that mentioned both the Swedish manufacturer Ericsson and “radio” or “radar” — a query that could just as easily have collected on people in the United States as on their Pakistani military target.

The NSA uses the term “incidental” when it sweeps up the records of an American while targeting a foreigner or a U.S. person who is believed to be involved in terrorism. Official guidelines for NSA personnel say that kind of incident, pervasive under current practices, “does not constitute a . . . violation” and “does not have to be reported” to the NSA inspector general for inclusion in quarterly reports to Congress. Once added to its databases, absent other restrictions, the communications of Americans may be searched freely.

In one required tutorial, NSA collectors and analysts are taught to fill out oversight forms without giving “extraneous information” to “our FAA overseers.” FAA is a reference to the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, which granted broad new authorities to the NSA in exchange for regular audits from the Justice Department and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and periodic reports to Congress and the surveillance court.

Using real-world examples, the “Target Analyst Rationale Instructions” explain how NSA employees should strip out details and substitute generic descriptions of the evidence and analysis behind their targeting choices.

“I realize you can read those words a certain way,” said the high-ranking NSA official who spoke with White House authority, but the instructions were not intended to withhold information from auditors. “Think of a book of individual recipes,” he said. Each target “has a short, concise description,” but that is “not a substitute for the full recipe that follows, which our overseers also have access to.”

Posted in intelligence, military affairs, national security, personal opinion | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

… the Perverted Party …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,July 27th,2013

.. how anyone can tolerate such infantile and immoral behaviour out of candidates for office , or out of sitting office holders , is beyond me ? Yet , the DemoCraptic Party continues to do so . The latest examples are currently on public display .

..Liberal bias is not a matter of unfairness, but rather a matter of dishonesty —  deliberately ignoring some facts, and misrepresenting other facts, in order to misinform the public by portraying to them a politically falsified view of
events and personalities. If there were ever any honest person employed by the  New York Times (one can stipulate the hypothetical), that person would have been obligated to quit Thursday morning, when the banner headline on the front page of the paper should have been: “ANDREW BREITBART WAS RIGHT.” (An appropriate subhead might be, “Anthony Weiner Is a Typically Dishonest Democrat Dirtbag.”)

.. Cheating a great man out of his posthumous vindication is, however, just small change in the vast franchise of journalistic dishonesty of which the New York Times is the flagship enterprise. The fundamental falsehood of the whole Big Lie business is that Democrats are virtuous simply because they are Democrats, which is the only reason any fool ever could have
thought a wretched human stain like Anthony Weiner worthy of admiration. . .

.. Whatever anyone might say about that incident, it certainly was not a coincidence, nor was it coincidental that liberal media organizations were perfectly willing to assist in Weiner’s political rehabilitation. There was a reason, after all, that Weiner’s young cybersex partner told her tale to a gossip blog, rather than to any major newspaper or TV network. If a conspicuously married Democrat politician is engaged in sleazy shenanigans with a 22-year-old, no respectable liberal journalist wants to break that story. In 2011, it was Andrew Breitbart who turned Anthony Weiner’s sordid secrets into a national drama that drove the New York congressmen to resign in disgrace. Breitbart died last year, and so the latest revelations came from Nik Richie at, because none of the “mainstream” reporters at the New York Times, the Washington Post, NBC, ABC, CBS or CNN showed the least bit of curiosity about the other young girls who had been objects of Weiner’s perverse attentions. Exactly
how many others there were we probably will never know, because there has been a rigorous journalistic commitment to knowing as little as possible about the online erotic adventures of “Carlos Danger,” as Weiner sometimes styled
himself. If Watergate had been reported in the manner of WeinerGate, Ben Bradlee never would have let Woodward and Bernstein go so far as to mention the name of E. Howard Hunt in the pages of the Washington Post.

.. Did anyone mention that Anthony Weiner is a Democrat? Republican politicians have occasionally survived sex scandals, but only a Democrat could expect to survive after being caught twice . And only a Democrat could, after such a humiliating revelation, hold a press conference and say that his plan was to “move forward,” bringing along the wife he had so deliberately betrayed, expecting her to stand beside him and avow her continued devotion to him. (How smooth, indeed.) Democrats have managed to convince a lot of Americans that there is no real danger to our society from creeps and perverts and rampant promiscuity. No, say the Democrats, the real danger is that those reactionary Republican bigots might “turn back the clock” and deprive America of such glorious pleasures as abortion, sex education, pornography and casual hook-ups arranged on the Internet.

.. It is interesting how Democrats are permitted this double standard: They defend the “right” of people to do what Anthony Weiner did (and do much worse), yet pretend they are not actually in favor of them doing it. Therefore it is best, from the liberal perspective, that no one make too much of the lurid details of Weiner’s antics, nor examine the effort to intimidate Weiner’s critics, nor suggest that Weiner’s persistently abnormal appetites are closely related to his status as a loyal Democrat. Any decent parent would be outraged at the thought of married middle-aged men secretively sending Internet messages to ask if their daughter’s crotch is “smooth,” and no decent parent would ever vote for the Pervert Party.

Posted in personal opinion | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

… the Lunatics Brigade …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,July 21st,2013

… lets start it off with a notorious nutcase , Brett Kimberlin .

.. Rob McCain (theOtherMcCain) and others know him better than I do , but I have read enough about him to consider him to be extremely dangerous ..

.. let me repost some material from theOtherMcCain , because Rob knows him as well as just about anyone , save Aaron Walker ( …


“What [Brett Kimberlin] revealed is the creepy depths he goes to when he is angry at someone, trying to smear their reputations.”
– Aaron Walker, “Final Peace Order Hearing Between Jay Elliott and Brett Kimberlin,” July 16

“Kimberlin, you may recall, was the convicted bomber, habitual liar, and all-around sociopath who claimed to have sold drugs to Dan Quayle.”
– “Cody Shearer,” Slate, May 22, 1999

“Kimberlin seemed to be the only one with a possible motive — to distract police attention from the Scyphers murder and delay or halt their quiet investigation of him.”
– R. Joseph Gelarden, Indianapolis Star, “Kimberlin case a maze of murder, deceit,” Oct. 18, 1981

One thing you learn quickly about convicted bomber Brett Kimberlin is the wholly selfish, negative and destructive nature of his personality. If Brett Kimberlin hates you, he will do anything within his power to harm you — even though he derives no benefit from these destructive acts other than the sadistic vengeful pleasure of inflicting harm. Now that Kimberlin is engaged in legal warfare against his wife who left him, we can observe conclusive proof that (a) Kimberlin’s attacks on enemies like Aaron Walker were never really about politics, and (b) the “Accuse the Accusers” method is Kimberlin’s characteristic strategy.

In an effort to discredit his estranged wife Tetyana, Brett Kimberlin had her taken into custody July 6, seeking to have her involuntarily committed for psychiatric evaluation. This vindictive strategy failed — Tetyana was immediately released by Montgomery County District Court Judge Patricia Mitchell — but Kimberlin has continued this destructive smear against her. In a hearing Tuesday before Maryland District Court Judge Barry Hamilton, Kimberlin claimed that Tetyana is mentally ill, off her medications for bipolar disorder.

Note that this smear was entirely irrelevant to the matter before the court, namely the effort of Tetyana’s boyfriend Jay Elliott to get a final peace order against Kimberlin. The judge unfortunately denied that peace order, which means that Kimberlin will be free to continue the harassment Elliott described in his petition:

Elliott, who is employed as a restaurant manager, wrote in his peace order petition that Kimberlin had been threatening and harassing him since October, “calling my work and say[ing] I better watch out.” Elliot said Kimberlin is “going to make me lose my job. … Now my job is on the line. … This is getting out of control.”

Furthermore, Brett Kimberlin has unleashed his online presence against his wife to reinforce his attempts to discredit and destroy her.

A pro-Kimberlin Internet site (which I will neither name nor link) published these tendentious assertions:

Mental illness is a common problem that tears many American families apart, but Tetyana Kimberlin was able to remain with her husband Brett and their children despite her malady. Friends knew them as a troubled, but loving family that was beating its challenges. In fact, Tetyana stopped taking her medication last year, and Brett was worried. . . .
Mental illness often results in arrest and unemployment, but it isn’t clear what arrest Tetyana is talking about. The people who know Brett and Tetyana best understand exactly why he would ask the judge to have her examined. . . .
Note that in Maryland, being off your medication is not enough grounds to be involuntarily committed. Tetyana has to want to get better, and she will never want to get well as long as she has a support network to keep her from hitting bottom.

Please notice these intimations of personal familiarity: “Friends knew them . . . The people who know Brett and Tetyana best . . .”

Who is the author of these claims on a pro-Kimberlin site? Other than the attempt to smear and discredit Tetyana, what possible motive could anyone have for publishing such things? Does Tetyana Kimberlin know the person responsible for these attacks?

“Accuse the Accusers” — a strategy by which Kimberlin and his allies seek to discredit anyone who tells the truth about Brett Kimberlin.

The use of pseudonyms (and a site hosted by a secretive overseas provider used by many pornographers) permits Brett Kimberlin to deny responsibility for smears against his estranged wife. His online presence, which we can call “Team Kimberlin,” employs distracting psy-ops tactics to transfer agency, to falsely portray Kimberlin as a victim, creating confusion about the sequence and causality of events. Team Kimberlin is now claiming that bloggers John Hoge and Aaron Walker have caused events which in fact they have merely reported.

A notorious criminal, Brett Kimberlin is now terrorizing his estranged wife and her boyfriend. Brett Kimberlin in 2007 made his family the subject of an 800-word feature article in the Washington Post.

“‘Happy Springtime (Bush Is Over)’ is more than five minutes of John ‘n’ Yoko footage, of birds fluttering past a billboard reading ‘Imagine Peace’ and of beautiful children singing . . . A credit at the end leads viewers to Justice Through Music, a civic engagement nonprofit run by Kelsie’s father. . . .
“The credit for ‘Springtime’ goes to Kelsie’s dad, musician-activist Brett Kimberlin. . . .
“‘All of the kids in the choir are very liberal,’ says Brett Kimberlin. ‘They wouldn’t do this if they weren’t in the cause.’
“Kelsie agrees. ‘I don’t like Bush because he sends people to be killed,’ she says.”
– Monica Hesse, “A Little Surprise For the Prize-Giver,” Washington Post, Nov. 8, 2007

Such enthusiastic publicity may help explain why, for example, Kimberlin’s 501(c)3 tax-exempt Justice Through Music Project received $5,000 from the Barbra Streisand Foundation in 2008, its best fundraising year ever, when total contributions to JTMP were reported to the IRS as $558,543 — for “social justice,” you know.

Now that his wife has left him, however, Brett Kimberlin thinks that Tetyana and Jay Elliott’s claims of harassment are not newsworthy and — surprise, surprise! — reporter Monica Hesse and her editors at the Washington Post seem to agree, because they haven’t published a word about these disturbing developments in the career of the convicted felon they so enthusiastically celebrated in 2007.

Evil is what Brett Kimberlin is. Evil is what Brett Kimberlin does. Everyone who assists Brett Kimberlin is an accomplice to evil, and silence about Brett Kimberlin’s evil is a form of assistance.

“‘He told me if I will try to take my kids with me he will hurt me and I will see what will happen to me,’ Kimberlin’s Russian-born wife wrote in her petition for a protection order, a case that was heard [July 9] in Silver Spring, Maryland. ‘He tells my 14-year-old about his plans about me and what he is going to do with me.’
“Kimberlin has ‘been calling me terrible names … telling my children that I am mentally ill,’ his wife wrote . . .”
– “Progressive Activist Brett Kimberlin ‘Abusive … Threatening,’ Wife Claims”

What might have happened if Monica Hesse or anyone else at The Washington Post had ever told the truth about Brett Kimberlin?

One week ago, I called them out for their deliberate lies:

Brett Kimberlin: The ‘Musician-Activist’
That @MonicaHesse Wants You to Forget

Checking the archives a week later: NOTHING.

Because Monica Hesse and the Washington Post are active and willing agents of Brett Kimberlin’s evil.

By her deliberate and shameless silence, Monica Hesse is now assisting Brett Kimberlin’s harassment of his estranged wife Tetyana.

Brett Kimberlin, despite being forbidden from testifying in Maryland, was able to present testimony of his own. . . . [H]e made ugly, unsubstantiated and ultimately irrelevant allegations about them both . . . As he was defaming this man and the mother of his children, the judge actually cut him off, saying, “I don’t care about that.” . . .
[O]f particular interest is his bizarre accusation that Elliott was a Mormon who planned to make Ms. Kimberlin part of his polygamous harem . . .
He also had the nerve to call Elliott a “predator.” This from a guy who once called a ten year old girl his “girlfriend.” But this is typical of Brett Kimberlin: accuse the accusers of doing what you actually did.

That’s from Aaron Worthing’s account of Tuesday’s hearing, and you could also read John Hoge’s brief account of Tuesday’s hearing, but you cannot read a Washington Post account of Tuesday’s hearing. But this omission does not surprise any honest person.

The Washington Post is a disgrace to journalism that employs hired liars like Monica Hesse. The Washington Post and Monica Hesse are engaged in a conspiracy to conceal the truth about Brett Kimberlin.

In 2007, Monica Hesse did not tell the truth about Brett Kimberlin, and in 2013, she will not tell the truth about Brett Kimberlin.

The truth about Brett Kimberlin has never been printed in the Washington Post, nor will it ever be. No honest person would work for the Washington Post, which only publishes evil lies.

Posted in personal opinion | Tagged: , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

… What are these ObamaCraps Thinking ??? …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,May 20th,2013

What Are These ObamaCraps Thinking ???

.. A reporter is doing her or his job . Even though , normally , possession of certain material is a very big no – no (ie , illegal) . A reporter , especially one doing their job , is given a certain amount of latitude . It appears that the ObamaCrap Department of InJustice has really done it again .

.. James Rosen is a solid reporter . He is a long – time correspondent for FoxNewsChannel , covering State , Defence , and Intelligence issues . He is not someone who is known for stepping over a line . He has , to my knowledge , a very understated manner , but a very strong professional reputation . How anyone can think of him as the target of any kind of criminal investigation , I do not understand .

.. Well , guess what . Jimmy Rosen , it appears , is on the hot seat . Until now , in secret . The InJustice Department was conducting a criminal investigation , one that you would think would target someone in their own department . Well , no  . They are  going after the media . Again .

.. You think , after the AP imbroglio , they would have learned their lesson . Unfortunately , that appears not to be the case . InJustice is targeting Rosen , but not just him . They are going after another FoxSnooze producer , along with west – coast based correspondent William LaJeunesse . Why ?

.. It appears that they are really mad over getting badly burned on the botched ATF operation that was ” Fast and Furious . ” Well , they are pissed over part and parcel getting out . They are going after a high – profile target . Guess who ! James Rosen .

** here ** read the search warrant affadavit (James Rosen case FNC) for yourself . It is a pdf file , no scribd to fiddle with …

… to quote … [h/t — Newsbusters]

When the Justice Department began investigating possible leaks of classified information about North Korea in 2009, investigators did more than obtain telephone records of a working journalist suspected of receiving the secret material.

They used security badge access records to track the reporter’s comings and goings from the State Department, according to a newly obtained court affidavit. They traced the timing of his calls with a State Department security adviser suspected of sharing the classified report. They obtained a search warrant for the reporter’s personal e – mails.

The case of Stephen Jin-Woo Kim, the government adviser, and James Rosen, the chief Washington correspondent for Fox News, bears striking similarities to a sweeping leaks investigation disclosed last week in which federal investigators obtained records over two months of more than 20 telephone lines assigned to the Associated Press.

… and , to quote … [h/t — the Washington Post]

Obama last week defended the Justice Department’s handling of the investigation involving the AP, which is focused on who leaked information to the news organization about a foiled plot involving the al-Qaeda affiliate in Yemen. AP executives and First Amendment watchdogs have criticized the Justice Department in part for the broad scope of the phone records it secretly subpoenaed from AP offices in Washington, Hartford , Conn., and New York.

“The latest events show an expansion of this law enforcement technique,” said attorney Abbe Lowell, who is defending Kim on federal charges filed in 2010 that he disclosed national defense information. A trial is possible as soon as 2014. “Individual reporters or small time periods have turned into 20 [telephone] lines and months of records with no obvious attempt to be targeted or narrow.”

The president said press freedoms must be balanced against the protection of U.S. personnel overseas. According to the office of Ronald Machen Jr., the U.S. attorney for the District, its prosecutors followed federal regulations by first seeking the information through other means before subpoenaing media phone records. Machen’s office is investigating both the Kim and AP cases. The Justice Department said in a statement that in both cases it had abided by “all applicable laws, regulations, and longstanding Department of Justice policies intended to safeguard the First Amendment interests of the press in reporting the news and the public in receiving it.”

… FoxNewsChannel Statement … [h/t — Twitchy]

” We are outraged to learn today that James Rosen was named a criminal co – conspirator for simply doing his job as a reporter . In  fact , it is downright  chilling . We will unequivocally defend his right to operate as a member of   [what up   unitl now has always been a free press . ]”

.. One should remember , that it remains an open question whether it is ever illegal , for a reporter to solicit information. No reporter, including Rosen, has been prosecuted for doing so .

… In effect , this is criminalizing news reporting . Where the hell is the Department of InJustice going ? What are they doing ? What are  they thinking ? …

Posted in personal opinion | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

… gee , what part of “Plain English” do You not Understand ? …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,May 12th,2013

.. the p.c. crowd at the Antichrist Press really takes the cake . They cannot stand , and have taken out of their professional stylebook (their “bible”) the term “illegal immigrant”

.. they are emigrated here , and they have done so against the law . What part of Illegal do you dummies not understand …

.. See what I mean below ..

… from the Washington Post , April 3rd , 2013 …

AP drops ‘illegal immigrant’ from Stylebook

Rachel Weiner, Updated: April 2, 2013

The Associated Press has dropped the phrase “illegal immigrant” from its stylebook, a victory for immigrant advocates who argue that the term is biased against the people it describes.   “The Stylebook no longer sanctions the term ‘illegal immigrant’ or the use of ‘illegal’ to describe a person,” a blog post from AP Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll explains. “Instead, it tells users that ‘illegal’ should describe only an action, such as living in or immigrating to a country illegally.”

The move, Carroll writes, is part of a broader shift away from labeling people and towards labeling behavior — for example, referring to people “diagnosed with schizophrenia” instead of “schizophrenics.”   The AP has previously rejected the term “undocumented immigrants,” favored by some pro-reform activists, as inaccurate. Many people in the country illegally have documents, just not the right ones.   The influential AP Stylebook is used by newspapers and schools around the country. The shift is a coup for immigration reform advocates who argue that the term is unfair.   The argument against the term “illegal immigrants” is that human beings are not themselves illegal, their actions are. Advocates say that to label a person as “illegal” for one crime stigmatizes those hoping to gain American citizenship, many of whom came to the country as children.   Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told reporters last week that she didn’t ”really get caught up in the vocabulary wars.”   “They are immigrants who are here illegally, that’s an illegal immigrant,” she said.   The Congressional Hispanic Caucus, a group of 27 House Democrats, touted the AP’s decision as a “great move forward.”   Journalist-turned-activist Jose Antonio Vargas is among those who have pressured media organizations to drop the term “illegal immigrant.” President Obama and immigration reform advocates in the Senate have preferred the term “undocumented,” while opponents of reform often emphasize the term “illegal.”   “The Associated Press got this right, no human being is illegal,” Vargas said Tuesday. “Now it’s time for other news outlets to follow the AP’s lead and end it for good.”   So if they’re not illegal or undocumented, how should one refer to the 11 million people in the country illegally? The AP calls for detail: “Specify wherever possible how someone entered the country illegally and from where. Crossed the border? Overstayed a visa? What nationality?” Jonathan Rosa, a linguistic anthropologist at the University of Massachusetts, told NPR recently that he opts for the more concise ”unauthorized migrant.”

Posted in personal opinion | Tagged: , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

… the Good Guys need the Guns , Greg …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,April 8th,2013

.. See , Greg Sargent writes the Plum Line at the Washington Post . Yea , I know , it is a liberal blog / rag , but it is rich in material to tee off on against the forces of the radical left . Who better to pick on than one of them . Hey , y ‘ a gotta see what the enemy is up to in order to better deal with them ..

.. In this instance , it is dealing with the Gun issue . Yea , you bet it is current . Dingy Harry and his crowd want to bring forth a gun grab bill to the U S Senate floor sometime soon . And Sargeant and his ilk are trying to help pave the way ..

.. Well , let us remind him : …

[-] Criminals break the Law ..

[-] the Rest of Us Obey the Law ..

[-] those of Us who choose to do so have a right to defend ourselves . Preferrably , with a gun ..

[-] Those gun grab bills will affect the good guys , not the bad guys , dummies ..

[-] enforce the current laws , and weed out the failed one(s) ,

[-] ‘ nuff said ..

Posted in personal opinion, political opinion | Tagged: , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

… gee , what part of Plain English do you not understand ? …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,April 3rd,2013

.. the p.c. crowd at the Antichrist Press really takes the cake . They cannot stand ,and have taken out of their professional stylebook (their “bible”) the term “illegal immigrant” …

.. they are emigrated here , and they have done so against the law . What part of Illegal do you dummies not understand …

.. See what I mean below ..

… from the Washington Post , April 3rd , 2013 …

AP drops ‘illegal immigrant’ from Stylebook

Rachel Weiner, Updated: April 2, 2013

The Associated Press has dropped the phrase “illegal immigrant” from its stylebook, a

victory for immigrant advocates who argue that the term is biased against the people it

describes.   “The Stylebook no longer sanctions the term ‘illegal immigrant’ or the use of ‘illegal’

to describe a person,” a blog post from AP Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll explains.

“Instead, it tells users that ‘illegal’ should describe only an action, such as living

in or immigrating to a country illegally.”

The move, Carroll writes, is part of a broader shift away from labeling people and

towards labeling behavior — for example, referring to people “diagnosed with

schizophrenia” instead of “schizophrenics.”   The AP has previously rejected the term “undocumented immigrants,” favored by some

pro-reform activists, as inaccurate. Many people in the country illegally have

documents, just not the right ones.   The influential AP Stylebook is used by newspapers and schools around the country. The

shift is a coup for immigration reform advocates who argue that the term is unfair.   The argument against the term “illegal immigrants” is that human beings are not

themselves illegal, their actions are. Advocates say that to label a person as

“illegal” for one crime stigmatizes those hoping to gain American citizenship, many of

whom came to the country as children.   Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told reporters last week that she didn’t

”really get caught up in the vocabulary wars.”   “They are immigrants who are here illegally, that’s an illegal immigrant,” she said.   The Congressional Hispanic Caucus, a group of 27 House Democrats, touted the AP’s

decision as a “great move forward.”   Journalist-turned-activist Jose Antonio Vargas is among those who have pressured media

organizations to drop the term “illegal immigrant.” President Obama and immigration

reform advocates in the Senate have preferred the term “undocumented,” while opponents

of reform often emphasize the term “illegal.”   “The Associated Press got this right, no human being is illegal,” Vargas said Tuesday.

“Now it’s time for other news outlets to follow the AP’s lead and end it for good.”   So if they’re not illegal or undocumented, how should one refer to the 11 million

people in the country illegally? The AP calls for detail: “Specify wherever possible

how someone entered the country illegally and from where. Crossed the border?

Overstayed a visa? What nationality?” Jonathan Rosa, a linguistic anthropologist at the

University of Massachusetts, told NPR recently that he opts for the more concise

”unauthorized migrant.”

… here is their excuse :

Posted in moral opinion, personal opinion | Tagged: , , , | Leave a Comment »