Bradley Manning did betray his superiors, but not America

Exposing the government  “of the people, by the people and for the people” is not only required, it is a sworn duty of every American citizen regardless of any oath to the contrary

Despite this clear understanding of the risks involved in leaks and disclosure, the court’s decision was encapsulated in Justice Hugo L. Black’s simple statement: “The guarding of military and diplomatic secrets at the expense of informed representative government provides no real security for our Republic.”

The matter of whether Bradley Manning betrayed his country seems to be a matter of which side of the political divide you’re on. Personally, I hadn’t made of mind toll lately. Edward Snowden helped me make up my mind. Manning did betray the trust of his superiors; he is a traitor in that sense. But like Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers, he served a higher goal, by keeping trust with the American citizen.

I am no liberal by any means, I lean towards libertarian and suspecting the government, regardless of party is part and parcel of my beliefs.

The US government and the military were sweeping important matters under the rug and using the secret and classified designations to hide them and by doing so aided the enemy by giving them propaganda the insurgency could use by pointing at the US authorities and saying, “look, they say they are the good guys, but they lie. They say they are honest and open but they cover up just like anyone else”.

The insurgents didn’t need Manning’s proof, innuendo and rumors served the insurgency far better then facts courtesy of the US government. What Manning released embarrassed the whole power structure and they aren’t about to forget that. But did the leaks get anyone killed? That’s seems to be the argument everyone falls back on. I think not. The info served the insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan far better because it could be played better and hyped to serve the insurgency’s purposes. With the hard facts released the way they were, they can be trusted and takes the power out of rumors and makes the insurgency’s hype look bad. It doesn’t make the government look good, either, but it makes America look better knowing that even though our leaders suck, the America people are good and decent people who care.

In many foreign countries, the citizens of the US are liked and respected and the US government is hated. Is it any wonder when embarrassments get swept under the rug and foreign nationals, ones the government says we are their to help, are harmed, even killed in job lots.

 

 The Dangerous Logic of the Bradley Manning Case

 

Many in Media Claim Bradley Manning’s Leaks Had Little Value—Here’s Why They’re So Wrong

 

Ten Revelations From Bradley Manning’s WikiLeaks Documents

  • During the Iraq War, U.S. authorities failed to investigate hundreds of reports of abuse, torture, rape, and murder by Iraqi police and soldiers, according to thousands of field reports.
  • There were 109,032 “violent deaths” recorded in Iraq between 2004 and 2009, including 66,081 civilians. Leaked records from the Afghan War separately revealed coalition troops’alleged role in killing at least 195 civilians in unreported incidents, one reportedly involving U.S. service members machine-gunning a bus, wounding or killing 15 passengers.
  • The U.S. Embassy in Paris advised Washington to start a military-style trade war against any European Union country that opposed genetically modified crops, with U.S. diplomats effectively working directly for GM companies such as Monsanto.
  • British and American officials colluded in a plan to mislead the British Parliament over a proposed ban on cluster bombs.
  • In Baghdad in 2007, a U.S. Army helicopter gunned down a group of civilians, including two Reuters news staff.
  • U.S. special operations forces were conducting offensive operations inside Pakistan despite sustained public denials and statements to the contrary by U.S. officials.
  • A leaked diplomatic cable provided evidence that during an incident in 2006, U.S. troops in Iraq executed at least 10 Iraqi civilians, including a woman in her 70s and a 5-month-old, then called in an airstrike to destroy the evidence. The disclosure of this cable was later a significantfactor in the Iraqi government’s refusal to grant U.S. troops immunity from prosecution beyond 2011, which led to U.S. troops withdrawing from the country.
  • A NATO coalition in Afghanistan was using an undisclosed “black” unit of special operations forces to hunt down targets for death or detention without trial. The unit was revealed to have had a kill-or-capture list featuring details of more than 2,000 senior figures from the Taliban and al-Qaida, but it had in some cases mistakenly killed men, women, children, and Afghan police officers.
  • The U.S. threatened the Italian government in an attempt to influence a court case involving the indictment of CIA agents over the kidnapping of an Egyptian cleric. Separately, U.S. officials were revealed to have pressured Spanish prosecutors to dissuade them from investigating U.S. torture allegations, secret “extraordinary rendition” flights, and the killing of a Spanish journalist by U.S. troops in Iraq.
  • In apparent violation of a 1946 U.N. convention, Washington initiated a spying campaign in 2009 that targeted the leadership of the U.N. by seeking to gather top officials’ private encryption keys, credit card details, and biometric data.

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Ron Paul: Bradley Manning Promotes Peace More Than Obama

 


 

Fast food workers plan one-day strike for Monday

When people with low-paying jobs start complaining that they can’t make a living on what they are being paid, I shake my head. Those places like McDonald’s and Wal-mart make it perfectly clear what they pay. The employee walked into it with their eyes wide open. Why should any of those businesses change the pay rate – because that person is special and deserves more? Those businesses certainly don’t promise more. It is “why you see is what you get”

Back in the 90’s the fast food places tried to raise prices, which would be required to pay higher wages. Those businesses lost business and rolled back prices and have kept an eye on prices ever since. “Wages drive prices which drive jobs” and if employees are not careful, those jobs go away. The fast food workers in several cities plan on going on strike for better pay. There is nothing special about those people or the jobs, they’re menial jobs requiring little training and are easily replaceable – or being automated. Even now automation is being refined to replace the very people that want to be paid more. 

A lot of those jobs are entry-level jobs meant for kids not adults looking for a life-long job. Want to make it a career, join the management program, that’s the only place that you’ll make more money in. Just because you have a job doesn’t mean you own the company and can dictate policy. Unions will tell you that you can, and in some cases, perhaps they are right – if the company is unionized heavily enough, but even then that means less and less. Remember the Hostess bankruptcy and how the cooks wouldn’t give in because they thought they could get a better deal by holding out? Their union reps told them that and they lost not only their jobs but cost everyone at Hostess their jobs. It’s not the union on the unemployment line looking for new jobs

Don’t like the job? Quit. Want better pay? Develop the abilities that will get you better pay. Low-paying jobs are low-paying because the only skill set is none. If you have to pay as much for fast food as a restaurant, you’d be buying stock in restaurants because the fast food workers will chase business to the restaurants. Patrons don’t care where they get the food, just what it is costing them.

These employees may think they are indispensable in the fast food industry, but they are not. They could be fired today and replaced tomorrow – and I suspect they will find that out. They are being used by the unions as stalking horses for unions to get their foot in the door. And obviously there are not enough employees to unionize now so this is the unions only alternative. Hope for success and draw in more employees. Succeed or fail, the unions don’t care, they aren’t the ones out of a job.

I believe that unions are necessary when a company doesn’t take care of it’s employees. That takes money and would require raising prices which would drive business away and cost jobs. Where did all the good jobs go? They were chased out of the country by people wanting high wages and low prices with unions being behind the push. Remember Occupy Wall Street, the 1% and greed? That includes unions. 

These are not jobs meant to make a living on, just give people a place to start and move on – and the fast food industry knows it and plans for high turnover. Aside from unions, there are good meaning people with good intentions involved. The problem with good intentions is they pave the path to hell

So when you push for a doubling of wages, be careful, you might get what you ask for

Fighting bigotry and ensuring civil rights for all

Civil Rights or Civil Preferences, equality or superiority?

Virtually every time there is a high profile (meaning on national TV) you can find Jesse Jackson and/or Al Sharpton upfront and center yelling about racism and bigotry. But if the issue turns south of them, like in Decatur Illinois in 1999 for Jesse Jackson , he fades away as if he was never there – and people wish he hadn’t been there.

The attack on George Zimmerman was a calculated attack that was both racist and an example of bigotry – towards hispanics. It’s was about blacks being entitled to civil preference over all other racial groups, but especially hispanics who are the single largest growing racial group in America and will easily replace blacks when the issue of race comes up.

Think about it, when it’s about race, what group do you think of? What faces do you see on the cameras? Think about the power – and money – that means. And now imagine you’re black and those faces are brown. Doesn’t feel too good does it?

This isn’t a new issue, it’s been going on since the 60’s. A riot would start and blacks would go after minority owned, any minority, and trash those businesses. In the race riots of the late 60’s I saw blacks went after hispanics, not whites.

George Zimmerman (a hispanic) was a proxy, as much for his race as his good deeds

    • George Zimmerman voted and campaigned for Obama.
    • George Zimmerman and his black friend opened an insurance company in Florida.
    • George Zimmerman has black family members. Some of George’s black family members
       lived with him, at some point.
    • George Zimmerman launched a campaign to help a homeless black man who was beaten up
       by a white kid.
    • George dated and took a black girl to the prom.
    • George Zimmerman also mentored young black males.

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People like Jackson and Sharpton can’t put up with people like Zimmerman, it upsets their whole applecart of hate and moral superiority. Of their desire to be “king of the hill” by trading on stereotypes and guilt. Something happens to a black and the other person isn’t a black, you know who Jackson will blame without even a cursory review of the facts. And he makes YOU feel guilty so you throw logic and justice out the window and agree with him – and you give him money.

If Zimmerman had been black and Trayvon Martin not, based on the same facts, Jackson would’ve been seeking “justice” for Zimmerman.

Booker T. Washington, wrote: “There is a class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs-partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.”

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Charlatans, yes. Snake oil salesman, yes. They prey of people’s guilt and innocence for their own ends and make all the good people that share their race look bad and undermine any attempt or movement towards joining the ultimate race – the human race.

I, for one, do not believe in guilt. I believe in responsibility. I had no part in enslaving or perpetuating the status of blacks. If I had ancestors that did, which I possibly did since my mother’s side of the family has be here since the early 1700’s, I accept no guilt for their actions. Each person is their own master. But as I say, I believe in responsibility and that blacks deserve a boost up to overcome the past. But I will not be a victim of highway robbery of Jackson so he can live an underserved better life then other blacks. Rather he should be a fountain onto his people rather then a sponge.

Blacks have been victimized in this country by just about everyone, especially including the north before and after the Civil War. They were used by the northern industrialists to justify the civil war. Then after the civil war, the ones that fled north, were used as cheap labor, not much better then slaves, in northern factories.

The truth about slavery in the south is it was obsolete by 1860 because of the industrial age starting to automate America. Slaves were too expensive just to have, feed and house when there were machines that could work faster and cheaper. The south was looking for a way out, and if the north hadn’t been such moral snobs, slavery would’ve ended on peaceful terms. Instead the northern industrialists, afraid of the south being a rival for manufactured goods, manufactured a war that set the south back three generations.

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Blacks have every right to seek redress and that redress has been granted and has worked. There is a flourishing middle and upper class of blacks in every field. But that hurts people like Jackson and Sharpton because there is no guilt to trade on, no way to thrust themselves to king of the hill.

They don’t want civil rights, they want civil preference for blacks – and no group has that right. It is civil rights for everyone all the time or there is none for anyone, ever.

So get your head out of the sand and look around, form your own opinions, or you’ll be the next group of slaves turning your wages over to people that don’t deserve them and there will never be any emancipation – greed never lets go. Freedom is won, not a right, and the fight never ends

 

 

The Welfare State and why it’s here to stay. Part 5, Automation

Automation put the exclamation point to the industrial age. It insures precision, quality and lower cost. In dangerous situations, the danger is handled remotely removing people from risk. Automation has made for a better way of life, but like just about everything human beings are involved in automation has been overdone and taken too far and destroyed the what was meant to be improved.

How so?

Automating production ans assembly line jobs was bad enough. That reduced the number of good paying jobs that made up the middle class. Fewer jobs meant fewer people able to buy what comes out of the factories. That was the true beginning of the middle class and America’s prosperity . . . . people who had excess money to spend on luxury items – a bigger car, even two cars. A vacation home, a boat, college for the kids. But fewer people can do that now.

But it get worse. It use to be you could get a menial job at a factory and work your way in and up. Not anymore, those jobs have been automated because they are the easiest and most cost effective to automate. By automating those jobs a wall has been erected for getting ahead; from becoming part of the middle class.

America became a nation of burger flippers, but not for long. Even that job is to be automated . Those summer jobs that students need, they’ll be gone and the pool of talent that can keep America growing will dry up 

Kids need to go to school to learn the new skills and some of the old skills, like welding, but who will be able to pay for it? Parents with low paying jobs, students with no summer jobs. You think scholarships? That money comes from businesses having money to donate to scholarship funds, but if people are buying less, the businesses have less and have to look towards surviving.

You may think that if you build the machines that automate jobs that you’ll always have a job. You’re wrong though. Von Neumann machines are self-replicating machines that build machines.

President Obama says the nation needs to have a discussion about race, but he’s wrong. We need to have a discussion about jobs because poverty contributes to more race problems then anything. People with nothing to lose see no reason not to bring those who have something down to their level.

Automation is essential in some areas, like handling nuclear waste, but it’s not necessary everywhere or for all jobs. It’s time to discuss how business works, because that is what America is all about. America needs to decide where automation is needed and not needed and eliminate what’s not needed and put people back to work. Back to work with the understanding that if they can’t do the job, there is a machine with infinite patience waiting in the wings to take over.

America got lazy once before and automation was the result

The West Is Burning

Harry Reid, like a lot of liberals, has completely failed to think their argument through.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is pleading for more spending on fire prevention as his home state of Nevada endures widespread wildfires, and says “climate change” is to blame for the devastating blazes.

“The West is burning,” Reid said Wednesday.

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First point . . . . Reid is just now noticing that the west has forest fires? And how devastating they can be? Where was he when New Mexico had it’s historic fire a couple years ago? Where was he during all the forest fires of the past few years after the Clinton administration cut funding for fire prevention?

Harry, this is your indifference coming him to roost. Plus a lack of understanding of how nature works

Second point . . . . if global warming is really at fault, the smoke clouds help block the sun’s rays and cool the earth. Again a lack of understanding how nature works.

In conclusion . . . . can’t you just be honest, Harry, and tell people you’re doing your job securing funding for your state and it’s residents? It’s ok, it’s understandable . . . . but, oooops, I forgot, you’re a politician, Harry, honesty isn’t in your nature

One of those odd facts

You grow up in AZ in the 60’s and 70’s and learn how to drive before the big influx of foreigners (from back east) arrive. When you are taught how to drive, you learn that red means stop, yellow means slow/be careful and red means stop. Plain and simple rules. As a kid and teenager, you’ve heard the term “snowbird” but you don’t know exactly what that means except there’s more people in the valley (especially Mesa) during the winter who drive oddly.

These odd people, these snowbirds, consider traffic signals optional, red is just another color to them. They try to drive through Circle K’s till, finally, Circle K erects the first anti-terrorist concrete barriers out of self-defense in the mid-70’s (and make sure they retain employees).

Why Circle K? That one I haven’t figured out. But optional traffic signals come from winter driving where the light is red and you try and stop in time, but you wind up in the middle of the intersection when you do stop, so you just keep going.

In self-defense, people who live here, where snow is just another four letter word, develop the habit of looking both ways at an intersection when the light turns green before they go.

And these odd people, these snowbirds, they come out here for school, vacation or extended stay and criticize the year-round residents for not knowing how to drive. Don’t come here and insist we, the long-term residents, live by your rules, your politics your definition of life. We were doing just fine without you. 

Don’t like it? Stay where you are, or go back there. As the lyrics from “Sweet Home Alabama” go, ““Hope Neil Young will remember, a southern man don’t need him around anyhow”