May 032012
 

All the while they have troops in Colorado Springs later this month. Where else are Russian spies?! ~ JP

Russian official threatens a pre-emptive strike on US-led NATO missile facilities in Eastern Europe if the state of negotiations ‘worsens,’ further escalating the antagonistic rhetoric out of Moscow.

MOSCOW – Russia’s top military officer has threatened to carry out a pre-emptive strike on U.S.-led NATO missile defense facilities in Eastern Europe if Washington goes ahead with its controversial plan to build a missile shield.

President Dmitry Medvedev said last year that Russia will retaliate militarily if it does not reach an agreement with the United States and NATO on the missile defense system.

Chief of General Staff Nikolai Makarov went even further Thursday. “A decision to use destructive force pre-emptively will be taken if the situation worsens,” he said at an international conference attended by senior U.S. and NATO officials.

Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov also warned on Thursday that talks between Moscow and Washington on the topic are “close to a dead end.”

U.S. missile defense plans in Europe have been one of the touchiest subjects in U.S.-Russian relations for years.

Moscow rejects Washington’s claim that the missile defense plan is solely to deal with any Iranian missile threat and has voiced fears it will eventually become powerful enough to undermine Russia’s nuclear deterrent. Moscow has proposed running the missile shield jointly with NATO, but the alliance has rejected that proposal.

Makarov’s statement on Thursday doesn’t seem to imply an immediate threat, but aims to put extra pressure on Washington to agree to Russia’s demands.

The two-day conference in Moscow is the last major Russia-U.S. meeting about military issues before a NATO summit in Chicago later this month. Russia has not yet said whether it will send top officials.

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~ I don’t know about you fellow Patriots, but this JUST does not sit right with me. NONE of it! ~ JP

May 032012
 

Dutch

RADAR

My daughter lives not far from O’Hare and JUST got off work and could not get across her street:

Mind you city streets rarely get flooded!

The National Weather Service issued thunderstorm warnings and watches as storms hit the Chicago area this evening.

As a thunderstorm warning for portions of Cook County was issued until about 8:15 p.m., a thunderstorm watch for most of northeast Illinois was extended to midnight. A storm dropped hail as large as 1-1/4 inches, hitting O’Hare and heading east through Park Ridge, Niles, Morton Grove and Glenview, as well as Northwest and North Side neighborhoods.

Talk about Hail, she is her mother’s daughter and took this:

In Niles, (close to her) a weather service spotter reported half-dollar-sized hail and heavy rain resulting in 3 inches of standing rain in one parking lot in the northwest suburb this evening. The storm hit northwest and north suburbs and the Far North Side of Chicago with heavy rain and hail.

Downed this huge tree, laying sideways by her house:

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Thanks for the timely photos Alfie!

May 032012
 

A census of American religions released Tuesday showed the Muslim community in the United States has grown in the past decade.

According to a study carried out by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies, the number of Muslims in America rose to 2.6 million in 2010 from 1 million in 2000, fueled by immigration and conversions.

Muslims now outnumber Jews in many parts of the American South and Midwest, but Christians remain the largest group in every state.

The number of Mormons with the Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, grew by 45 percent to 6.1 million in 2010.

Among the other major US faiths, the Southern Baptist Convention held steady at 19.9 million over the decade, the United Methodist Church lost 4 percent down to 9.9 million adherents, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America lost 18 percent to 4.2 million, and the Episcopal Church lost 15 percent of its adherents to 1.95 million.

Among major religions, the census found the number of Catholics, the largest single faith, declined 5 percent to 58.9 million during the decade. In the New England region, Catholic funerals outnumber baptisms.

However, the overall number of evangelical Protestant congregations continued to grow, albeit slowly, to 50 million adherents. Most of the growth was in urban areas and the vast majority of expanding congregations have fewer than 100 members.

Elsewhere, Buddhists made strong gains in the Rocky Mountain States, where the number of temples and congregations increased markedly. The total number of Buddhist adherents in the United States stands at nearly 1 million. There was no estimate in 2000.

The Americas

* The number of Muslims in Canada is expected to nearly triple in the next 20 years, from about 940,000 in 2010 to nearly 2.7 million in 2030. Muslims are expected to make up 6.6% of Canada’s total population in 2030, up from 2.8% today. Argentina is expected to have the third-largest Muslim population in the Americas, after the U.S. and Canada. Argentina, with about 1 million Muslims in 2010, is now in second place, behind the U.S.

* Children under age 15 make up a relatively small portion of the U.S. Muslim population today. Only 13.1% of Muslims are in the 0-14 age group. This reflects the fact that a large proportion of Muslims in the U.S. are newer immigrants who arrived as adults. But by 2030, many of these immigrants are expected to start families. If current trends continue, the number of U.S. Muslims under age 15 will more than triple, from fewer than 500,000 in 2010 to 1.8 million in2030. The number of Muslim children ages 0-4 living in the U.S. is expected to increase from fewer than 200,000 in 2010 to more than 650,000 in 2030.

* About two-thirds of the Muslims in the U.S. today (64.5%) are first-generation immigrants (foreign-born), while slightly more than a third (35.5%) were born in the U.S. By 2030, however, more than four-in-ten of the Muslims in the U.S. (44.9%) are expected to be native-born.

The top countries of origin for Muslim immigrants to the U.S. in 2009 were Pakistan and Bangladesh. They are expected to remain the top countries of origin for Muslim immigrants to the U.S. in 2030.

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Reference: PEW Research

Islam in the United States

h/t FSM

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~ Gina, my friend, you will be so missed! You were the best part of Alabama for me. A kindred spirit. ~ JP

May 032012
 

Is the US military and the Bankster controlled federal government on a collision course? When one begins to connect the dots, with each dot representing a critical intersect point between the two entities, it strongly appears that an irrevocable bifurcation between the two is underway and the point of no return may have already been reached. Why else would we be witnessing the training of Russian troops to carry out policing activities in and around the Colorado Springs area later this month?

Also See: Tom Tancredo: U.S. Troops In Neighboorhood Streets in Crookston, MN. ~ Fully Armed! ~ Conspiracy Theory No More!

Alex Jones has documented foreign troops being trained on U.S. soil to deal with “insurgents” since the late 1990′s as part of “urban warfare drills”.

Back in July 2010, our reporters covered the Operation Vigilant Guard exercises in Chicago which involved Polish troops training alongside U.S. National Guard troops in drills focused around raiding terrorists and drug dealers.

Read more: Russian Troops To Target Terrorists in America As Part of Drill…Joint U.S.-Russian anti-terror exercise stokes fears of martial law.

Also See:

* Chicago Terror Drill Footage

* (Chicago Drills) Foreign Troops Training To Confiscate Guns of Americans

A report from the Daily Caller noted that the Labor Department has withdrawn a highly controversial Obama administration order which would’ve outlawed any form of child labor on family farms. This regulation would have dealt a death blow to the economic viability of America’s small farmers. As a result, food prices would have astronomically skyrocketed because all food production would have subsequently emanated from the large corporate owned farms.

* See: Old MacDonald had a farm … and child labor regulations

Further evidence of this growing conflict comes from Afghanistan as we should not forget that when Defense Secretary, Leon Panetta, visited Afghanistan in March, there was an attempt on his life. Following the incident, all American soldiers in Panetta’s presence were unilaterally disarmed, thus providing another example of distrust between the two institutions.

It is also no secret that in recent months, America has positioned its military in the Gulf region to launch military strikes upon Syria and Iran. It is also no secret that the Russians have threatened our government with war if America attacks its two aforementioned allies. This clearly casts Russia into the role of being a military enemy of the US. Why then, would the federal government mandate that enemy Russian paratroopers be trained at Fort Carson Army base in Colorado Springs, Colorado, in late May and early June of this year? Yet, this is an undeniable fact as Defense Department spokesperson, Commander W. L. Snyder, told the New American, (since removed from website). that Russian troops would be training in southern Colorado for three weeks in which they would be allowed to provide security at local baseball games and to participate in roadside checkpoints as well as to conduct war game military raids on local terrorist base camps.

The unmistakable conclusion is that our enemies are being trained to interact with the American public and to participate in policing activities on American soil. Are you baffled? Well, so was I, until I realized that the Russian troops are only the enemy of our military and US citizens, not the enemy of the banksters who run the government!

The unmistakable conclusion is that our enemies are being trained to interact with the American public and to participate in policing activities on American soil. Are you baffled? Well, so was I, until I realized that the Russian troops are only the enemy of our military and US citizens, not the enemy of the banksters who run the government!

Is this is just a significant military intelligence victory for the Russians? Has the Obama administration lost its mind by revealing our military command and control capabilities in a crisis situation? Or, is this apparent abject stupidity on the part of the Obama administration being carried out with clear intent, precision and purpose to a level which would make Benedict Arnold jealous? Why else would Russian troops be trained to carry out policing activities on American soil in which they will supplant our domestic forces? There are still more dots to connect.

It has been widely reported that Homeland Security has purchased hundreds of bulletproof checkpoint structures along with several hundred million rounds of ammunition typically used in house to house fighting. We already know that the Fort Carson based Russians will be training with American weapons and ammunition. Are the dots beginning to take shape?

There can be no other purpose for the procurement of these materials, by Homeland Security, other than to use them in order to subjugate the American civilian population with American military weapons and Homeland Security provided ammunition.

Given the fact that the federal government has enacted unconstitutional detention policies through the NDAA, and it lists American veterans, Libertarians, Ron Paul supporters, and Constitutionalists as domestic terrorists in the Homeland Security’s MIAC Report, (MUST See) it appears that the bankster run federal government and its Russian mercenaries are declaring war on average Americans as America enters into a very draconian state of martial law which will be enforced by foreign soldiers who will not hesitate to fire on American citizens.

* SEE: JUST Piper coverage on NDAA

It is interesting to note that the movie depicting a Russian invasion of the US, Red Dawn, is being rereleased. As in the movie, the Russians are coming, the Russians are coming, and America may not have to wait long to discover the real reasons behind their military presence on American soil! The connecting of these dots clearly demonstrates that the powder keg is ready to explode, but what event will light the fuse?

There are plans in place for a mass evacuation of downtown Chicago in reaction to possible riots, on May 20-21, the dates of the upcoming NATO Summit? A Milwaukee based Red Cross memo indicates that there is indeed such a plan. Officials have been asked to make plans in order to assist Chicago residents in the event of a mass exit from Chicago. Does the term, ”false flag” come to anyone else’s mind?

* Also see: NATO meeting is expected to continue as planned in Chicago on May 20 through 21

With Russian soldiers chasing imaginary American “terrorists” on our soil, prudent Americans may wish to eliminate Chicago as vacation destination later this spring where it is rumored that the Windy City will be the next Oklahoma City event.

On April 28, 2012, Ron Paul warned America to be on the alert for a false flag in the near future. Is America living in a time in which the possibility of a military coup is bubbling up to the surface and we are about to witness the bankster push back to America’s defiance to the New World Order? Will all Americans soon be forced to choose to take sides between supporting our loyal military or the bankster run government and its growing number of mercenary forces on our soil?

“I’m always worried about false flags.” – Ron Paul

In closing:

I received an alert from my friend Exhausted Grammie. I didn’t think much of it at the time, as often I think Steve Quayle is capable of being an alarmist BUT now I am rethinking my jump to that conclusion.

To all who have eyes to see and ears to hear. The planned martial law shutdown of the U.S. coupled with trucking strikes and bank and credit card shutdowns are going to accelerate the riots and general mayhem in the U. S. starting in the weeks ahead. Class warfare and racial strife are being stirred up and fomented at the highest levels of the government.

For over 35 years I have been alerting people to understand that the most important survival plan starts with long term storage food and water storage. Due to the Fukushima radiation contamination of the Northern Hemisphere what you don’t acquire now may mean the difference between clean food and radioactive contaminated food stuffs.

This was at his start page: The countdown has begun, and we are just weeks away from panic buying.

In all honesty who knows what awaits us? ~ JP

Read Full article by Dave Hodges

May 032012
 

A picture is worth a thousand words!

This photo was not actually AT the White House, but, regardless of WHERE it was taken, the fact is that he cancelled the National Day of Prayer, said that we are no longer a Christian nation, and has no problem taking part in Muslim prayer.

President Washington declared a National Day of Prayer after the Whiskey Rebellion, as did President John Adams when France threatened war; and President Madison during the War of 1812.

ONE NATION UNDER GOD

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President Tyler declared a Day of Prayer when President Harrison died; as did President Taylor during a cholera epidemic.

President Buchanan proclaimed a Day of Prayer to avert civil strife,

In 1863, Lincoln stated in his National Day of Prayer Proclamation:

“The awful calamity of civil war, which now desolates the land, may be but a punishment inflicted upon us for our presumptuous sins…

We have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious Hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own.

Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us!

It behooves us then to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.

When Lincoln was shot, President Andrew Johnson proclaimed a Day of Prayer.

President Wilson in 1918 proclaimed a Day of Prayer when the United States entered World War I:

“Whereas…in a time of war humbly…to acknowledge our dependence on Almighty God and to implore His aid…I, Woodrow Wilson, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim…a day of public humiliation, prayer and fasting, and do exhort my fellow-citizens…to pray Almighty God that He may forgive our sins.”

On December 21, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt stated:

“I have set aside a Day of Prayer, and in that Proclamation I have said: ‘The year 1941 has brought upon our Nation a war of aggression by powers dominated by arrogant rulers whose selfish purpose is to destroy free institutions….Therefore, I…do hereby appoint the first day of the year 1942 as a Day of Prayer, of asking forgiveness for our shortcomings of the past, of consecration to the tasks of the present, of asking God’s help in days to come.’”

In 1952, President Truman made the National Day of Prayer an annual event, stating:

“In times of national crisis when we are striving to strengthen the foundations of peace…we stand in special need of Divine support.”

President Nixon had a National Day of Prayer when Apollo 13 was lost in space.

President Reagan made it the first Thursday in May, saying:

“Americans in every generation have turned to their Maker in prayer…We have acknowledged both our dependence on Almighty God and the help He offers us as individuals and as a Nation…Now,

Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States…do…proclaim MAY 5, 1988, as a National Day of Prayer. I call upon the citizens of our great Nation to gather together on that day in homes and places of worship to pray.”

Power of Prayer ~ 61st Annual Observance: National Day of Prayer Website

American Minute

May 032012
 

Oversight Watchdogs Move to Hold Eric Holder in Contempt over Operation Fast & Furious

* GOP leaders have Issued Subpeona ~ Att. Gen. Holder and the DOJ in contempt over Fast and Furious

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) has distributed a staff briefing paper and draft of the contempt of Congress resolution against Attorney General Eric Holder to Members of the Oversight Committee. The briefing paper explains what happened in Operation Fast and Furious, the hardships faced by the family of fallen Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in getting truthful answers about his death, how agents who blew the whistle on the reckless operation have faced retaliation, and the carnage in Mexico that Fast and Furious has helped fuel.

“This briefing paper and draft contempt report explains the case, to both Members of the Committee and the American people, for holding Attorney General Holder in contempt of Congress,” said Issa. “In describing the results of the Justice Department’s refusal to cooperate – including the hardships the family of a fallen Border Patrol agent have faced in seeking the truth, and retaliation against agents who blew the whistle on gunwalking – this briefing paper provides the facts, on which decisions will be made.”

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, went on Fox News’ America Live with Megyn Kelly to discuss the latest developments in the investigation of Operation Fast and Furious.

Highlights of the briefing paper include:

On information sharing failures (p.6):

“When [firearms trafficking syndicate ringleader] Celis-Acosta informed ATF of the names of the two cartel contacts for whom he had been working, agents quickly came to learn that these two U.S.-based cartel contacts were already known to the Department of Justice … In exchange for one associate’s guilty plea to a minor charge of “Alien in Possession of a Firearm,” both of these cartel associates became FBI informants and were considered essentially unindictable well before Operation Fast and Furious concluded. One ATF official would later say that the discovery that the primary targets of their investigation were not indictable was a “major disappointment.” Adding to the information-sharing failure, DEA had actually provided Celis-Acosta’s cartel connection to ATF in December 2009 in an effort to ensure that ATF’s efforts in Operation Fast and Furious were not duplicative.”

On the Justice Department’s Failure to Cooperate (p.9):

“When the Committee issued a subpoena to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on October 12, 2011, for Justice Department documents, the Committee specified 22 categories of documents it required the Department to produce. Department representatives specifically confirmed their understanding of each category. To date, the Department has not produced any responsive documents for 12 of the 22 categories. The Department has not completely fulfilled any of the 10 categories for which documents have been produced. For over a year, the Department has issued false denials, given answers intended to misdirect investigators, sought to intimidate witnesses, unlawfully withheld subpoenaed documents, and waited to be confronted with indisputable evidence before acknowledging uncomfortable facts.”

On the struggle of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry’s family to get the truth (p. 11):

“While the Justice Department’s admissions have largely come as a result of being confronted with indisputable facts, the painfully slow process of getting the truth has been a continuing frustration for the Terry family. They still do not have the all the facts about the circumstances surrounding Brian Terry’s murder …. As Brian’s sister said of his family’s desire to know the full truth, ‘Brian was about making a difference and justice. And I just feel that this country owes it to him, because he spent his whole life fighting for this country some way or another.’”

On Retaliation Faced by Agents who blew the whistle (p.13):

“Agent Alt notified his superiors about his impending testimony. The next day, ATF Internal Affairs notified Alt that they wanted to talk with him about another matter. On May 5, 2011, Agent Alt met with ATF internal affairs investigators about allegations that Alt downloaded two prohibited applications to his government-issued phone. The total cost of these applications was eight dollars …. Alt was prevented from transferring offices and his eligibility for promotions and pay raises barred during the pendency of the investigation – all supposedly over eight dollars in phone applications.”

On Fast and Furious fueling violence in Mexico (p. 15):

“In October 2010, cartel members kidnapped Mario Gonzalez Rodriguez, the brother of the Attorney General for the Mexican state of Chihuahua, where Juarez is located. The cartel posted a video of the kidnapped Rodriguez online, in which he alleged, under duress, that his sister had ordered killings at the behest of the Juarez cartel. The video went viral and became a major news story in Mexico. Two weeks later, Mexican authorities found Rodriguez’s body in a shallow grave. In a subsequent shootout with cartel members responsible for the murder, police arrested eight and recovered sixteen weapons. Two of these weapons traced back to Operation Fast and Furious. Although the Department of Justice learned that these weapons traced back to Fast and Furious almost immediately, no one informed the Mexican government. Not until congressional investigators were on the verge of learning the truth about the connection did an ATF agent in Mexico finally tell the Mexican Attorney General in June 2011 – seven months after Rodriguez’s murder.”

On allegations of intentional wrongdoing by Justice officials (p. 17):

“Perhaps the most damning assessments of the Department’s handling of the fallout from Operation Fast and Furious have come from two Justice Department officials. Kenneth Melson, the former Acting AFT Director during the pendency of Fast and Furious, told Congress that, “it appears thoroughly to us that the department is really trying to figure out a way to push the information away from their political appointees at the department.” Patrick Cunningham, who had been tasked by the Justice Department with investigating ATF whistleblower allegations of gunwalking, would later invoke his Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination in refusing to answer questions about his work.”

Frederick R. Hill
Director of Communications
Oversight & Government Reform Committee
Darrell Issa, Chairman

Click HERE for a copy of the staff briefing paper distributed to committee members and the draft contempt report

Reference:

A Journalist’s guide to ‘Project Gunwalker’

May 032012
 

Fire rescue officials say a massive sinkhole has opened up and it is continuing to spread toward a home in the Windermere area.

Officials said the sinkhole measures about 50 feet wide and 50 feet deep.

The sinkhole is 30 feet from a home off Indian Deer Road, according to officials.

Officials said the sinkhole swallowed up four trees.

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