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May 7, 2015

Hillary Clinton on Freedom {of} From Religion

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Democrat front-runner candidate for President Hillary Clinton made some frightening comments in a speech she gave addressing the Women in the World Summit in New York City where she stated the following:
“Far too many women are denied access to reproductive health care and safe childbirth, and laws don’t count for much if they’re not enforced. Rights have to exist in practice — not just on paper. Laws have to be backed up with resources and political will and deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed. As I have said and as I believe, the advancement of the full participation of women and girls in every aspect of their societies is the great unfinished business of the 21st century and not just for women but for everyone — and not just in far-away countries but right here in the United States.”
The entire twenty-three-plus minute speech is embedded below at the end of the paragraph. What Hillary Clinton expressed here is almost exactly the same as what President Obama meant when he railed against those people stating, “And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”





He as well believed that those who held traditional American beliefs were the main impediment to Western societies being capable of moving forward. He and Hillary both believed that religion, Judeo-Christian religious beliefs were the central force against permitting the necessary changes they both see as required in order for the twenty-first-century progress to move ahead. Of course their definitions of what must be eradicated from the society are the support given to the fetus and its physical well-being and right to life over the mother’s mental wellbeing and right to an uninterrupted social life. In all of their references they paint the religious as standing in the way and impeding moving forward most often by the religious oppositions to abortion as the biggest hurdle which society must overcome in order to continue onto the path to a future filled with promise even if it is devoid of children. Simply look to Europe and witness the reality they desire for the rest of the Western world, a slow, inexorable marching into oblivion. They have cast the religious amongst us as societal Luddites impeding the progressive political agenda and its advancement. Of course advancement only as it has been defined by the Progressives and echoed as so precisely by a complicit media as it is the apparent marriage of convenience between the Progressives on the extreme left and their sycophants in the media which are responsible for the marriage of convenience between leftist culture and leftist government.


Meanwhile, we have watched the decline of Western societal structure as a sizable number from each generation have been literally cut from the society even before they were born. Further, those who were the underpinning of the society find themselves in decline which has led to an extreme increase in seeking of immigrants, both legal and undocumented, as solutions to initial errors in judgement or errant lifestyle that has led to an half of each generation left missing from society since the onset of abortion as nothing more than a simple procedure with no moral or otherwise negative influence. Still the Progressive extremists and their views of life have been cast and accepted as middle of the road, thus making extreme Progressives to be defined as the moderates while centrist individualists being made into right-wing-crazies and Constitutionalists are painted as so far to the right that their views must be guarded against just in case they might win a simple argument and start the snowball down the hillside.


To witness how such radical views became defined as the centrist view, one need only witness a panel discussion where there are three or four from the progressive side while as well as more often than not the moderator while only one and on rare occasions two chosen and permitted to express the conservative argument; this is called balanced. There is little to any debate about what Hillary expressed at that particular venue, she simply laid claim that religious doctrines will require changes in order to make them compatible with her and the other Progressives’ agenda. It is this low grade war being fought between the religious and secular interests that will eventually be decided in the courts. It is only fair that this finalizing in the abortion debate end from whence it came with the initial Roe vs. Wade decision in 1973, and the Americans have continued debating that decision ever since. This was one of the final deliberations where the court took it upon itself to forego waiting for the people and their elected governments to make legal and to protect abortive rights bringing the argument to the fore enacting the sentence such that they would fit it within the protections within the Constitution. Thus the Supreme Court took it upon itself to make it illegal to refuse a woman her right to have an abortion and challenged those who disagreed with their going rogue presuming to make law rather than interpret law from the bench. This will become the point where the Democrat Party made the Obama Administration’s core beliefs the central plank in their 2016 Platform placing it dead center. Soon after the Roe vs. Wade decision the makeup of the court changed and has contained an odd balance with usually two or three justices, who can best described as truly moderate, determining the balance of the Supreme Court on any given day.


These floated trial balloons being loosed by the Democrats and Hillary along with the rapid-fire discovery or addressing of controversies and questionable acts have a simple explanation, best to get them behind them and decide what positions to retain and which to discard. By the time next year rolls around and actual primary election season is upon the Americans these will all be discarded as old news, been there covered that and simply proven irrelevant already so let’s forget it and not waste precious time and talk about now. Should this plank against Judeo-Christian religious based society raise sufficient clamor, then it will never be brought to the fore again but it will still remain as a central pillar, a silent, central pillar. For those who doubt this, perhaps a little revisit to the 2012 Democrat National Convention move to restore to the platform a reference to “G0d” and recognition of “Jerusalem as the Israeli Capital City” is in order. The response by the Democrat Delegates on the floor and the response of the chair are their epic insanity and can be viewed at the Globe and Mail here; you can always count on the British to retain things well past their use-by-date and for Beyond the Cusp to recall and use such trivialities. It appears that the Democrats and Team Hillary have learned that it is paramount to get through all of the ugly and difficult to handle items which might reveal the difficulties and other unintended consequences up front and early on so that the Democrat National Convention can be choreographed to run smooth as a Patrick Swayze fight or dance scene. The one question which remains is whether the American public reaches a point where they have a really severe case of Hillary fatigue from which her campaign is incapable of surviving. With the remaining time and the earlier than usual kickoff, we may be about to watch a Hillary burnout where she does not get past and escape all the questions from her past and instead she simply gathers more questions and doubts and eventually is forced from the campaign simply as too much ends up being revealed. The question remains if not Hillary Clinton, then who? There are those calling for Elizabeth Warren and others now claiming that Bernie Sanders would make a formidable campaigner. There are other candidates out there such as Martin O’Malley, Maryland Governor and former Mayor of Baltimore; Joe Biden, current Vice President and perpetual comic relief; Andrew Cuomo was former New York Attorney General and U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under the Clinton administration is the eldest son of the legendary ex-Governor of New York and Democratic Party heavyweight, Mario Cuomo; Howard Dean as long as he remains calm and not scream eerily; Rahm Emanuel was part of the power behind President Obama’s first term; and Al Franken who is a humorous joke which would make a mockery of the office and a few others. There are a few who are above the fold candidates who have the backing of some of the Democrat elite and thus will be the ones who will be the top contenders. Hillary Clinton is the most obvious with Elizabeth Warren the favorite of the leadership of the not Hillary establishment and lastly there is Michelle Obama who would have a formidable cash producing machine of her husband behind her. The odds between these candidates and the others make for an interesting mix with Hillary probably being nudged out due to her baggage being simply overwhelming and her inability to avoid making incredulous miscues and just plain saying the dumbest thing at the worst possible moment. This plus the fact that her voice is simply grating on the nerves which also makes her miscues even more horrific and damning. Michelle Obama has improved her presence and has learned from her mistakes made during her husband’s campaigning. Still, Michelle Obama also has grated on the nerves of too many people including many in the liberal media which will work against her. Add to that the statements she had made about the electing of her husband as the moment which made her feel proud about her country and other haunting statements which will be used against her. The worst thing thus far which can be used against Elizabeth Warren would be her reference to having been partly Native American which she can easily dismiss and give a heartfelt, or at least appearing to be heartfelt apology and she would probably be permitted to march on unscathed as that would become old news almost immediately and she has no other thus far obvious mea culpas to trip her candidacy over. This latest Hillary statement may simply become something which could balloon and become literally overwhelming as it will play very poorly in Iowa, South Carolina, parts of Florida and possibly New Hampshire. If Hillary Clinton is going to implode it will become evident very quickly and then it will blow the door wide open and let the torrential flood of candidates begin.


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October 25, 2013

EMP Attack and Vulnerability of the United States

There is a chance that the conversations regarding the threats that an EMP attack could have on the infrastructure and the actual existence of civilization will come up due to House of Representatives proposed legislation called  Secure High-voltage Infrastructure for Electricity from Lethal Damage Act also referred to as H.R. 2417. Links to the text of the Bill can be found here. We discussed the results of an EMP attack briefly back on February 3, 2012 in the article Doth Israel Protest Too Much and figured with the introduction of this legislation we might do so again. The first thing might be to explain what exactly an EMP attack is. EMP stands for Electro-magnetic Pulse and there are a number of ways to generate them. Every electronic device generates small amounts of EMP with motors and generators producing among the highest levels but even those are insignificant compared to an EMP device. There are ways using massive coils and pulsing huge amounts of current switching it on and off or having it change polarity to produce an EMP of sufficient level to cause damage to sensitive electronics. An easier way is to simply detonate a nuclear warhead fairly high in the atmosphere as every atomic device produces a very sizeable EMP as a result of the detonation. Such a device need only be an atomic bomb of merely twenty kilotons, not necessarily a thermonuclear bomb which means a simple fission device such as the devices dropped on Japan to end World War II and one does not need the more technically challenging fusion Hydrogen bomb. Such a device has already been tested by North Korea and some have assumed that the Iranians already have sufficient knowledge and may have even secretively produced sufficient weapons grade uranium to have assembled as many as two or three such devices. Should one such device be detonated over the central United States it would destroy virtually the entire United States Electrical Grid and much of Canada’s grid as well. Fortunately our military has already hardened their systems protecting them from an EMP attack but the problem is that the military relies on the civilian power grid for the vast majority of their electrical generation. For that reason alone the United States needs to harden the electrical grid and preferably also require any tactical productions companies and other vital systems in the civilian sector also be hardened. It has been estimated that in order to accomplish this it would cost between two and five billion dollars, a small investment when one considers the risks run by ignoring this problem any longer.


The main reason that the United States not only needs to address this problem but needs to address it immediately has to do with the fact that our potential enemies have been training and planning for such an attack. Both the Russians and the Chinese militaries have trained in the use of an EMP device knowing the vulnerability of the United States. Further, they have also shared their knowledge with both the North Koreans and the Iranians both of whom have even actually trained and practiced the necessary launch procedures in order to deliver an EMP device. The Iranians have carried their preparations out to such an extent as to make it their apparent primary weapons system utilization. Perhaps you remember the news reports which ridiculed both the North Koreans and the Iranians for their missile launches which exploded at their apogee well up in the atmosphere. Our news reporters claimed that these launches exploding was a complete failure and a shortcoming when the reality is these were practices for deployment of an EMP nuclear device. The Iranians have gone even further and practiced launching their moderate range SCUD ballistic missiles from barges and off of cargo vessels to the point of carrying several such missiles on a single cargo vessel and launching them in rapid succession. The reason behind this tactic is the Iranians have a plan to utilize cargo ships to launch from either the Atlantic or Pacific coasts or from the Gulf of Mexico all of which would be vulnerable to a ship launched missile which the United States interceptors and radar systems are not necessarily able to detect and intercept.


That is why this legislation is so vitally important to the future of the United States and its way of life. If a successful EMP device were to be detonated over the central United States almost the entire nation would be plunged back to using technology from over a century and a half ago. There would be no electric power, no working vehicles which depend upon computer circuitry, no refrigeration as their controllers would be destroyed and there would be no electricity to run compressors or fans, and the diesel-electric trains would be rendered useless. There would be some trains we could get into service once we figured how to move the old coal fired steam engines from the museums onto the railroad tracks. The Department of Defense estimate of the results from an EMP device being detonated over Ohio predicted that half of the population of the United States at best would survive the first year. That should be sufficient to light a fire under our elected representatives but instead they have relegated H.R. 2417 to committee where it will likely lie dormant until the end of the current session kills it. We have seldom asked for people to take action but this is an exception as if we can get just a core few Representatives and Senators to act on pushing for hearings and a vote on this legislation then we may be able to avoid the consequences of allowing nothing to be done and the vulnerability to continue. As we have pointed out previously, the Iranian’s plan is to first decapitate the United States and then turn their attention to the destruction of Israel. Many of those who are in positions of power believe exactly the opposite that Israel would be attacked first and that would be their warning to prepare. Even if they were correct, that would be too late to start to act. But logistics and tactics both make attacking the United States by striking a decapitating blow such as an EMP attack produces would be required before attacking Israel. The reasoning is simple. If you attack either the United States or Israel the Iranians have to believe that the surviving resources of both nations would be brought to bear against them. Believing such then it becomes necessary to minimize the retaliatory abilities of the greater power, the United States, hoping that the Iranian military and leadership would be able to survive any retaliation in order to attack the other nation. The one thing we can rely upon is that any attack launched or arranged through utilizing their terrorist assets by the Iranians will follow a logical order, even if we know nothing else about them we can count on that logic.


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