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Friday, November 29, 2013

IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL: NOT IN EFFECT YET (America Not Informed)

IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL SIGNED:  OR WAS IT?

11/29/13

Last Saturday night, Americans watched mainstream media broadcast BOTH the President of the United States and the Secretary of State both in Washington, DC and Geneva, Switzerland (respectively) stating that a deal has been struck with Iran on its Nuclear capabilities and the rollback of financial sanctions on Iran for its cooperation.

We have been posting on social media links to many different reactions to this deal, not the least of which was the dissent of Israel, who, stands to lose the most if Iran pushes forward and obtains Nuclear Weapons grade enrichment.  In good faith, it appeared on the surface, that a deal was struck at the 11th hour, and all was well.  Iran signed on, and would cooperate with the international community and not move forward with its nuclear program.

TRUTH IS TOLD ON THANKSGIVING

We waited several days to report on any of the Iran Nuclear deal due to the fact that there has essentially been a media blackout from the Secretary of State's office.  However, last night, on Thanksgiving, it appeared that the State Department finally uploaded and published its "daily briefings" from earlier in the week.  We do believe that an "agreement" of some type was reached, however, what was told to the American public was not the entire story.

Take a look at a portion of the press briefing we found last night.  In it, you will note a very specific question as to the 6 month period that has been referenced several times over by the Administration.  As it was broadcast in the speeches by both the President and the Secretary of State, one would be led to believe that the "6 month clock to abide by the initial agreement had started."  This is not the case. In fact, when you watch the press briefing, it is clear, that the 6 month clock has NOT STARTED at all yet.  There are "technical" issues to be resolved first and only after that point, can the clock be started.  When asked how long it would take to work out those issues, the answer was, "I don't know."  Take a look and please share your thoughts.


NASA: We Lost ISON / We Are Working To Stop Killer Asteroids

11/29/2013 - NASA LOSES ISON / PLANS TO KILL INCOMING ASTEROIDS

Many of you have undoubtedly heard about Comet ISON.  If you haven't, it has been touted as the "Comet of the Century."  Yesterday, Thanksgiving Day, Comet ISON was scheduled to take the fiery path around the sun, grazing and hoping to defy gravitational pull and the heat of our star.  NASA, in an unprecedented move, was going to use satellites that are in place to monitor the sun, and for the first time that we know of, turn those cameras away from the sun directly, and aim them at Comet ISON.

All did not go according to plan at NASA "Mission Control" as those who were watching the event "LIVE" on NASA's channels and website, were disappointed when they were unable to watch the rare event of Comet ISON coming into "perihelion" and making its slingshot move around the Sun and back into its deep orbit away from our solar system.  According to the BBC, which based on social media, appeared to be the first to announce that ISON was dead; many reported that Comet ISON did not make the trip around the sun.  Additionally, there is debate among amateur astronomers as to what actually DID happen as the Comet made its sun-diving venture.  We won't really know unless actual footage is released by NASA.

The problem?  NASA reportedly "lost" the Comet during the most critical phase of its journey and the servers at NASA were either "down" or at the very least, not showing the trip of ISON as promised.  NASA had set up its website to show various camera angles days in advance with millions of people anxious to witness something both exciting and mysterious.  At least for now, the mystery part remains, as actual footage of the transition appears to not be available anywhere.

There is a current debate among many professional and amateur astronomers alike as to whether the Comet actually made the trip in tact, disintegrated or came out of the close-encounter "fragmented," meaning, instead of one nucleus in the Comet, there would now be several larger fragmented chunks. We have personally been following one YouTube channel which has what we deem very scientific data and observations:  https://www.youtube.com/user/BPEarthWatch

Operation #NASAAsteroid / #ProtectPlanet

Not so publicly known, is NASA's recent engagement with social media to review operations to protect Earth from killer asteroids.  NASA, using the hashtags #NASAAsteroid / #ProtectPlanet has been engaging citizens and professionals alike to review current and future plans to help protect earth from killer asteroids (those over 100m in size).  Large companies like Boeing were part of the collaboration with ideas ranging from using "Ion Beams" to attaching multiple satellites to incoming asteroids to change their course from a direct Earth strike.

One can't help wonder if the timing of these meetings to brainstorm ideas on how to stop killer asteroids coincides with the recent transition of Comet ISON.  While Comet ISON has been declared by NASA as a "non-threat" to Earth with a very predictable and accurate course that is not positioned to intersect with our planet, the timing is a bit too close for comfort.  We are not going to sound the alarm on this one just yet, but one thing is clear:  NASA, is expecting something.  Will it be from Comet ISON or just a random Near Earth Object (NEO)?  That answer is unknown; it appears that NEO's are now deemed classified information, and only those in the know actually have the facts as to why the large #ProtectPlanet project was being pushed hard in the month of November, 2013.

We will of course provide updates as they become available.  We will provide links below for some of the NASA meetings.  -SA

NASA MEETING LINKS:


  1. Deflections Discussion - Part 1
  2. Deflections Discussion - Part 2     
  3. Capture Systems - Part 1     
  4. Capture Systems - Part 2     
  5. Redirection Systems - Part 1     
  6. Redirection Systems - Part 2     
  7. Deflections Demonstrations - Part 1     
  8. Deflections Demonstrations - Part 2     
  9. Asteroid Initiative Workshop - Summary Plenary Session     
  10. NASA Comet ISON Google+ Hangout     
  11. ISON and the sun on This Week @NASA     


Saturday, November 23, 2013

FINAL COUNTDOWN: TIME FOR AMERICANS TO WAKE UP

11/23/13

This will be short and to the point.

What is it going to take for Americans to WAKE UP???  If you are not aware of certain items listed below, start researching it now... if left unchecked you will be a victim of your own doing.  I personally write this information for people to read, get informed and make their own decisions.  I can't make decisions for you;  you must research and take actions accordingly based on what is best for you.  Now, by saying that, I assume that if you live in America, you believe in our Constitution, believe that all elected officials are to uphold their Oaths of Office, and are empowered only to the extent allowed by LAW.  In addition, you probably believe that our elected officials are to act in our best interest (by "our" I mean the general public, not corporations or special interest groups).

You might just be surprised by the following, but it is VITAL for you to know what is happening, and then research it, even if it takes a few minutes of your time.... it will be well worth it.  Some of what I will present below is educated opinion, others are pure fact.  Regardless, you MUST learn about what is happening, and start taking action, lest you choose the path of least resistance and accept anything and everything that the Government feels is best for you (which, really is not in your best interest, but I will certainly let you be the judge of that):

China: People need to start researching China now.  Not tomorrow... not next week.  Now.  We all know that probably close to 80-90% of all products (including AMERICAN FLAGS) are either made completely or partially in China.  OK... so we have essentially allowed the vast majority of our manufacturing to be outsourced to China due to China being a Communist State with very lax human rights regulations, poor / cheap working conditions, and tax shelter for American companies that operate under the guise of "foreign trade."  What is most disturbing is the LEVEL OF DEPENDENCE America has allowed in China.

Something as silly as a model-train (yes, the one that kids get for Christmas) has been dictated recently by China as something that most Chinese manufacturers will no longer produce for small companies; they only want to deal with large companies like Bachmann.  Why do I bring this up?  Think about it.... something non-vital such as a toy-train has American companies that want the item produced going crazy as they can not find a Chinese factory to produce them unless they happen to be a major model train company.   WAIT.... WHAT???

I am not going off the deep end... there is a point to this...  WHY, WHY, WHY must American companies SCURRY to find a CHINESE COMPANY to manufacture a toy-train?  WHY is this a crisis?  WHY are there no AMERICAN factories capable of producing something simple like a toy-train???  Here is the point.... in case you are missing it...   AMERICA WAS A MANUFACTURING SUPER-POWER!!!!  So where are the MAJOR MANUFACTURERS of the US now?  Take a look here:  http://www.topix.com/forum/city/chico-ca/TSIQUM9MJJ5H9GLH5  They are all overseas... many of which have relocated to China.

Additionally, as we have stated previously, China is posturing itself not just in an economic fashion, but is flexing a little more military muscle around the globe than people should be comfortable with.  We see no reason for China to be on US soil with its military doing training or drills for any reason.  Additionally, it would appear that there are weapons either in place or under development that are capable of delivering ordinance over vast amounts of distance (research their new 110 foot cannon) and are being installed in a clandestine manner without much disclosure as to their purposes.  Please read our prior article here.

Posse Comitatus Act Violations: The Posse Comitatus Act is the United States federal law to limit the powers ofFederal governmentin using federal military personnelto enforce the state laws. As part of the ongoing signing and passage of the NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act).  While the NDAA is generally passed annually by Congress, the wording of the NDAA changed dramatically in 2012 under the pen of President B. Obama to include sections that allow military forces to engage in law-enforcement type activities domestically as well as changing the definitions of who is no longer protected under the NDAA laws.

As it stands now, the NDAA may someone possibly to martial law, specifically as the following definition allows: "A person who was a part of or substantially supported al-Qaeda, the Taliban, or associated forces that are engaged in hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners, including any person who has committed a belligerent act or has directly supported such hostilities in aid of such enemy forces."Additional text in Section 1021, Paragraph e, defined the scope of said authority of the military with the text, "Nothing in this section shall be construed to affect existing law or authorities relating to the detention of United States citizens, lawful resident aliens of the United States, or any other persons who are captured or arrested in the United States."

FURTHER, it should be noted that the United States Coast Guard, while part of the Military Branches, are EXEMPT from the Posse Comitatus Act specifically.  The Coast Guard acts under the authority of the DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS).  Therefore, while there are some safeguards left in place, the Coast Guard is specifically excluded from the Posse Comitatus Act, and may at any time, under the direction of the DHS, employ domestic law enforcement activities.  ALSO EXCLUDED are ALL NATIONAL GUARD units.

What that means, is that at ANY TIME, the Governor of any State, or the President of the United States, or any military Commander, may use National Guard units in any law enforcement capacity as deemed necessary.  This has already been done several times in recent history, most notably after hurricanes Katrina and Sandy.  However, there is NOTHING stopping any of the above individuals from calling up National Guard units to commence Martial Law at any time.  Please research this for yourself, and you will find some very disturbing items;  mostly that the US Military that was designed as a foreign fighting force, may at any time be used against citizens of the US via the NDAA and against the Posse Comitatus Act.

The Coast Guard and National Guard can be used in this capacity without violating any Federal Laws as the laws as they  States Coast Guard, while part of the Military Branches, are EXEMPT from the Posse Comitatus Act specifically.  The Coast Guard acts under the authority of the DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS).  Therefore, while there are some safeguards left in place, the Coast Guard is specifically excluded from the Posse Comitatus Act, and may at any time, under the direction of the DHS, employ domestic law enforcement activities.  ALSO EXCLUDED are ALL NATIONAL GUARD units.  What that means, is that at ANY TIME, the Governor of any State, or the President of the United States, or any military Commander, may use National Guard units in any law enforcement capacity as deemed necessary.

This has already been done several times in recent history, most notably after hurricanes Katrina and Sandy.  However, there is NOTHING stopping any of the above individuals from calling up National Guard units to commence Martial Law at any time.  Please research this for yourself, and you will find some very disturbing items;  mostly that the US Military that was designed as a foreign fighting force, may at any time be used against citizens of the US via the NDAA and against the Posse Comitatus Act.  The Coast Guard and National Guard can be used in this capacity without violating any Federal Laws as the laws as they were originally written have been reworded to allow for their use at the will of the President and/or State Governors.

VIOLATIONS TO CONSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY:  President Obama, may have well-intentions to correct the MAJOR flaws to the Affordable Care Act (ACA.. a.k.a. "Obamacare') rollout;  we all are aware of the huge website failures as well as failures to maintain security of information provided to non-vetted personnel at the HHS intake centers for those wishing to sign up.  It has been reported that there are personnel that may in fact have criminal backgrounds taking your personal information during sign-up;  even if they are no longer employed, the damage is done.

That being said, the President, has decided to allow exceptions for companies to comply with the ACA until after 2014 simply by making a statement that they can do so.  He is also tinkering with the idea that citizens may also catch a break by not having the IRS "enforce" penalties for those who haven't signed up prior to 2014.  All well-intended, however, completely unconstitutional.

Explanation:  Under the Constitution, the President of the United States must faithfully execute all laws enacted. As President Obama has made clear time and time again before, during and after the recent government shutdown, is that the ACA was ENACTED and IS LAW... like it or not.  Surely we all can remember him saying that right?  Given that the ACA is ENACTED LAW, it is OUTSIDE THE SCOPE OF AUTHORITY for any President to NOT execute and enforce laws already enacted without the action of Congress to Repeal, Revise or otherwise change the existing law by way of a Representative Vote.  The President can not simply state "We will allow businesses and individuals to ignore this portion of the ACA LAW because it is unfair."  (We agree that the ACA law as it stands is not in the best interest of anyone due to the major rollout flaws, and the inherent flaws of the Bill itself)

HOWEVER, by the President simply "cherry-picking" which parts of the ACA he wants to enforce or not enforce, is not allowed legally.  He is, once again, circumventing the Congressional Process of reviewing the law, having open and honest debate on the law, reintroducing amendments or draft revisions of the law, and having CONGRESS VOTE on any potential changes to the law.

By doing so, the President is acting without the consent and advice of Congress, and is acting outside the scope of his Constitutional Authority (unless somewhere the Constitution has changed and the President is now allowed to create, enact or revise laws on his own).  What will likely happen is the issuance of some type of "Executive Order" however, that is not in the spirit of the Constitution.  What we are looking at is the demise of Congressional Oversight and Processes.    Some political analysts and observers are viewing his recent actions to that of a "Dictatorship."  We have to agree that his actions and methods of circumventing Congress (not only on this issue, but several times since his Presidency began) closely resembles that of a Dictator.  At the very least, he has minimized the ability of Congress to do its Constitutional mandated job and in return, President Obama criticizes Congress for using "filibusters" and other floor tactics when performing reviews of Presidential Appointees.

The bottom line currently appears to be a breakdown between the Executive and Legislative Branches of government at the very least.  At the worst, we have a President who is knowingly and willfully disregarding Constitutional mandated "Checks and Balances" which are in place to protect the American People from runaway government controls.

We do not publish hype or fear;  we encourage each of you to research what is actually happening in Washington, how the President is effectively circumventing Congress and how Congress is allowing this to happen.  It is time our REPRESENTATIVES start standing up and demanding that this Administration start following the Constitution.  If they fail to do so, they are equally as culpable for the outcomes that follow.  If the American PEOPLE don't start to wake up to the blatant abuse of Executive Power, Legislative complacency, as well as non-disclosure of government operations in a clear and transparent manner (as promised by President Obama) it is our concern that the United States is heading down a slippery slope to an outcome that will neither be good for the People, or pleasant to live through.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

World War III: Countdown To The Final Battles (Updated China Section / Latest update 11/29/13)

11/17/2013

This is not the best time of year to publish such an article, however, in light of recent events, many of which are not known to the general public, the United States is heading down a path to which there may not be a safe return.   This is important, because as Americans we believe that we are provided with information, and we believe that our Congress is provided with additional information to act in the best interest of our Nation.

Disturbingly, we are observing an outright frightening path that our current Administration is taking us on;  there are several issues going on that the vast majority of Americans are unaware of... even more frightening, is that the issues we are talking about, should be run past our Congress who possess  the basic authority to represent our Nation's people, and legislate in good faith.  We are becoming aware of what we (and others) are entitling "Closed Door Corporatism".  What does that mean, and what does it mean in the scheme of National Security / World Peace / War?  We will try to explain with the limited information we have available to us at this time.

Preface:

Some Americans, not most, not many, just some, are aware that there have been several severe inconsistencies with issues that affect our National Security and General Welfare.  We won't go into great detail on this post about each one, however, we will list them out as they are vitally important to understanding what is happening now, and where we are heading.  Please, we encourage each of you to do some investigating on your own about each of these topics and make your own decisions.  In the end, you will likely find that what you know (or more specifically what you did NOT know about each of these items) brings our country ever closer to full and total collapse.  Keep in mind, there are ways to prevent this from happening, but it will take effort on ALL AMERICANS to prevent the final outcome from being a negative one.  We have done this before;  Americans acted in a clear and concerted effort to FORBID the invasion of Syria recently.  Yes, those who followed our stories and videos as well as the vast amount of Social Media channels passing on the same information on Syria were in fact able to CHANGE THE COURSE OF ACTION on Syria!  To that extent, we actually WANT people to use Google+ to directly comment here, add information as it becomes available, and use the system to our advantage.  We think we may have found a silver lining in Google+ (as much as we don't care for it) in that it does seem to allow a quick link process from blogs such as this, to YouTube and in turn Twitter and Facebook.  Their invasive system will actually allow us to spread information quicker than before... faster than when we all tried to change the course in Syria.  We need to do this again... for if we don't, the United States is in for a long and bumpy ride.

Putting the Pieces Together:

This next part will be difficult to string together as a nice cohesive package.  In fact, many of the pieces are going to seem like random items that have nothing to do with each other.  It is our hopes that as this "work in progress" comes together, so to will the overall picture.  We will need the assistance of some of Social Media's stronger investigators... you know who you are... if we are commenting on your videos, your tweets, or FB Pages... then you are the people we are referring to.  This will be critical that you assist in this investigation, because the information is being deliberately hidden from us, and Congress.  Therefore, experts in the areas of Finance, History, Public Policy, Medicine (Public Health), Military Operations, Political Science as well as other specific areas of experience may be called upon from time to time.

By the time the pieces are placed together in this puzzle, hopefully, it won't be too late.  The problem is the amount of disinformation, non-public information and confusion in analyzing all the information to make sense.  We encourage everyone to review and submit their ideas, no matter how crazy they may sound at the start.... all leads will be explored.

The Players:

1.  The United States:  It should be clear to nearly everyone, that the US is a major player in world events.  However, there is now a pattern and history of the US attempting to keep many items secret from the general public, and further, there is a pattern of operations (unconfirmed) starting within the Government to keep the US public from gaining a foothold on Foreign Policy.  After the recent issue of attacking Syria was squashed by the American Public, now, more than ever, there will be events created and/or exploited to prevent the general public from uprising against unethical, immoral or otherwise generally inappropriate foreign policy which otherwise would be challenged.  How is the government doing this?  Simple... create enough internal distractions, and the American public, largely, will become pre-occupied with those distractions.  Look at recent events which DOMINATED the news at least briefly... then disappeared as if they never happened:


  • Some would argue that the Aurora and Sandy Hook Shootings started the distraction plan.  We tend to agree.  America became preoccupied with false-witnesses, smiling family members who just lost children, and the hundreds upon hundreds of inconsistencies with each of these incidents.  REASON:  Distraction / Softening General Public on Gun Laws
  • Boston Bombing:  Started to really grasp the attention of the general public, although not NEARLY as long as Sandy Hook... less people killed, but none-the-less, this was sold as a "terrorist" plot against multiple targets.  Fact:  It is believed that the two charged with the crime were minimally involved and were set up by a "large drill gone live"... you will also see a pattern of Large Government Drills/Exercises scheduled at the same time as these events that somehow, become LIVE events.  Sandy Hook had a drill taking place 20 minutes away regarding children's responses to active shooter scenario.  Boston Bombing also had an exercise scheduled at that location that went live with bombs that went off.  The bombs weren't designed for mass casualties... they were designed more for effect based on expert review.  Following the explosions, the city and suburbs of Boston were closed down and quasi-Martial Law was in place.   REASON:  Test Public Opinion on Martial Law
  • Navy Yard / Capitol Hill / Pittsburgh / Garden State Plaza Shootings:  All slightly dominated the mainstream news briefly... then disappeared as quickly as they appeared.  There was never any real information that surfaced about ANY of the alleged actors of these "crimes" and the only real mystery still surrounds the WHY's (Why did these seemingly "normal" people suddenly snap and shoot (Navy Yard), attempt to barrel over Secret Service while unarmed and trying to escape (Capitol Hill Shooting), and one "murder by police" plot with the Garden State Plaza shooting.  REASON:  Soften Americans against Gun Control / Distraction from Government Shutdown
  • With the United States, there have been dozens of events that if we had the space and time to do so, would all equate to very strange occurrences with even more bizarre reasons behind them, and the people committing the alleged acts all were perfectly normal (or at least, it would have appeared so to those who knew them.... wait... not many knew any of these people... so that will be a problem... follow that rabbit hole if you choose).
  • CONCLUSION:  The United States has been, and currently is, in a state of change.  There is a power-control conflict presently;  There is a conflict between the President and Congress, there is a conflict between Government and the People whereby the People have feelings of ambivalence towards Government Officials;  there is a downward trend in public opinion of elected officials that they are doing their job of representing their constituents in good faith.  Given the track record of Congress, we tend to agree with the general downward trend of public opinion.  Congress does have some work to do to regain public trust.  The Office of the President also has an extremely low public approval rating and with good cause;  the President has been, and continues to use Executive Orders to work around Constitutional mandates that Treaties and other legislative issues are to go through Congress.  Treaties are by law, allowed to be entered into by the President, however, it does require the input and awareness of the Senate with Senate approval.  
2.  IRAN / ISRAEL:  This is probably the most elusive and hidden agenda currently.  Most people are not aware of talks being held in Geneva regarding Iran's continued efforts to create/obtain a Nuclear Weapon (NW).  The Obama Administration, in stark opposition to the recommendations of Congress, has loosened sanctions earlier this year against Iran upon the change of Iran's Administration.  With a new Iranian Administration, President Obama felt it would be prudent to loosen the noose on Iran and allow for more "diplomatic" type actions such as neutral location talks among high-level government officials.   The problem, is that most of the information regarding these talks has been kept under tight lock-and-key.  The general public is unaware of the content and nature of these talks, and recently, it has come to light that the vast majority of Congress is equally unaware of the nature of the talks.  MOST CONCERNING, is that Israel has voiced publicly that they are completely UNPLEASED with the way the talks are going between Iran and the P5+1 (P5+1 are the countries in the UN Security Council permanent members with the addition of Germany being the +1).  What we have learned recently is that despite concerns being voiced by Israel, a country that will have to live directly with the ramifications of any final outcomes of these talks, the United States is on a mission to have Israel essentially just ACCEPT the outcomes of the talks, even though Israel has no actual say  on the matters being discussed.  What has this done?  Simple:  Because Israel is not part of the P5+1 talks, and because they believe that Iran has no intention of upholding any agreement they enter into as a result of these talks, Israel has lost faith in its long-time alliance with the United States.  In fact, it has gotten to the point where Israel is now aligning itself heavily with France (also a long-standing alliance with Israel) and more importantly, Saudi Arabia.   Israel is pleading with France to ensure that the United States does NOT enter into a bad agreement with Iran;  if Iran and the US sign a bad agreement, there is nothing stopping Iran from either ignoring the agreement outright and continuing their pursuit of obtaining a Nuclear Weapon, nor is there anything stopping Iran from attacking Israel at any time.   The fact that the US has ignored pleads from Israel is disturbing.  The US is taking the stance (and I am paraphrasing here) of "You (Israel) will accept whatever outcomes we decide from these talks, abide by them, like it or not."  Additionally, there are now talks between State of Israel and Saudi Arabia, who has been quoted as saying they will ALLOW ISRAEL TO USE SAUDI AIRSPACE to launch air assaults against Iran should Israel feel threatened by Iran.  This is an unheard of alliance prior to these talks as Arab Nations and Israel have not been aligned at all in the past.  Why now?

Conclusion:  Iran and Israel are not going to see eye-to-eye, likely ever.  Iran is using this opportunity to seize what appears to be a US-backed effort to release Iran from prior sanctions in hopes that it will back off its Nuclear efforts.  There is no reason that Iran can not seek nuclear power like most other countries, however, their efforts to date appear to be focused on obtaining and utilizing enriched Plutonium which is NOT the materials used for domestic nuclear power.  Additionally, we are having trouble coming to terms with the current US stance of forcing Israel to accept the outcomes of the P5+1 talks whether they like it or not.  Israel has been very vocal in their discord, and the US is making a hard push to make Israel see things our way.  This is against the US policy with Israel for nearly 5 decades, and it is not clear to many why the US is taking this hard-line stance.  To ignore Israel's pleads to either be involved, or to have their concerns heard appropriately, is the same as the US "turning its back" on one of the only Mid-East allies it has.  Further, the fact that Saudi Arabia is seeking to allow Israel to launch attacks on Iran using its air space, is beyond common practice.  There are obviously terms to the P5+1 talks that the general public, and now Congress, are not aware of or generally do not agree on.  In either case, it would appear that no one but the members of the P5+1 are aware of the talks content and the long-term ramifications.  What we do know is that Iran will be paid a sum of money from either the US, or the US and the other P5+1 countries IF Iran decides to agree and abandon it's Nuclear Weapon efforts.  Unfortunately, Iran does not have a good track record in keeping to agreements made, and there is nothing to suggest that Iran will actually honor its commitments this time either.  In our opinion, it appears Israel has valid concerns which are largely being ignored by the P5+1.  This scenario as it is being played out, is a dangerous one.  Israel has been forced time and again to sit by while being attacked under the theory that the United States will protect Israel from any major offensives launched against it.  At this time, we agree that Israel has the right to be wary of the P5+1 talks unless the content of those talks are made public, or at the very least, have the oversight of the Senate, and preferably the House as well.  As of today (11/19/13) Iran is making claims that Israel is purposefully seeking to derail the talks and is trying to strong-arm the P5+1 to keep or tighten sanctions against Iran.

3.  EGYPT:  In recent days, we have read and published unconfirmed reports that Egyptian Lawyers have drafted and plan to formally charge President Obama with "War Crimes" in the International Criminal Court (ICC).  The US, has been accused of assisting with the removal of past Egyptian President Morsi and more recently, the US has been accused of funding extremist with the Muslim Brotherhood, a terrorist arm in Egypt and other areas of Africa and the Middle East.  While these charges can not be found on any ICC dockets, there are published copies of funds that appear to be originating from US interests to the Muslim Brotherhood interests totaling into several hundred millions of US dollars.

Conclusion:  It is not clear how this will play out, if it does at all.  It is a bit disconcerting that the US and more specifically, President Obama, may be involved in funding possible terrorists, particularly at a time where US policy has changed from hunting down and prosecuting terrorist organizations abroad, and is now reportedly more focused on people and organizations in the US.  This paradigm shift is being grouped under Homeland Security efforts despite any actual reports or findings of terrorist plots originating from within the United States.  It is not clear what is driving this effort to focus more on "Homeland" terrorist issues vs. known terrorist organizations overseas in the Middle East and Africa.

4.  CHINA (See Addendum at Bottom of this section):  It is well known that the United States has a long trading history with China.  Any American can take 90% of their household goods and easily see the "Made in China" markings on almost every item, device, phone, computer, even furniture.  From dog food to surgical devices, China is a major player in nearly every item US Consumers purchase.  As a Capitalist Nation, the US should enjoy free trade with other countries, however, that should not come at a price of safety, quality, loss of American jobs, tax shelter to foreign manufacturers nor should it come at a risk to National Security.  Currently, the issue of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will solidify and in some cased strengthen the position of counties such as China who already have a stronghold on US Commerce.  The TPP in and of itself, is a dangerous Treaty which the Obama Administration is seeking to make law for which most Americans are unaware of, as is Congress.  Again, this is yet another example of the Obama Administration doing "back-door-dealings" with countries that many Americans view as a potential threat to America's well being.   The TPP has many aspects that have absolutely nothing to do with free trade (like NAFTA) and involve non-trade related items such as Copyright law, Patent law and may other items that if passed, will affect everything from internet operations to medications/pharmaceuticals.  In fact, at the present time, there really is little information to go off of other than a 95 page document leaked by "Wiki-Leaks" last week.  In addition, there has been other disturbing news recently regarding China's military training on US Based spoil. Over the past 14 days, China has had troops in Hawaii (unknown if this is the only location in the US) training.  This does come as a surprise to many, particularly in light of events that have happened over the past 24 months;  it is alleged that on the West Coast off of California a Chinese Nuclear Submarine surfaced and fired a rocket into the air visible to millions of the California coast.  This submarine allegedly emerged undetected by US National Security Departments and the entire incident was silenced soon after without further follow-up.  It was likely a show of force by China towards the US to demonstrate not only does it have control of the US Economy and Commerce, but is able to exercise military might at will against the US which is generally viewed as unable to be breached due to our powerful military and intelligence abilities.  It would appear that somehow, China was able to exploit a potential weakness and made it clear that if China chose to do so, it could, and still may, flex some military might directly at, around or over the US... many fear the potential threat of a China EMP attack (EMP is a massive Electro-Magnetic Pulse which is delivered via a ballistic missile very high into the atmosphere delivered by a nuclear blast over a land mass... this blast sends out an EMP which DESTROYS every non-protected electronic device or delivery system which would render US Satellites, GPS, Internet, Communications, Power Supply and household electronics USELESS).  An EMP would / could cripple the basic infrastructure of the United States, countrywide, with one simple EMP blast.  It is easy to deliver, and based on China's seeming ability to drift right along side of our coastlines, China is a very real threat to the United States and should not be viewed as anything less.

Conclusion:  China, while a very good trade partner, has been given too much control over US interests, including trade, commerce, economy, and now it would appear, military control.  The United States should be looking at ways to mitigate some of the powers that China has over the US, and empowering a country like China with either a Treaty such as the TPP or by allowing China Military Forces to train within our borders is simply inviting trouble in more ways than one.  China should be viewed as a "sleeping bear," that is, while China may on the surface seem to be a provider of common household goods for US Consumers, we are allowing this at a cost.  There is NOT ONE ITEM that China produces that the United States can not produce on its own.  There are known quality assurance issues with Chinese products, there are less strict inspections of products from China, there is the issue of China Manufacturing taking the place of American manufacturing jobs and overall, the allowance of China to dominate such a vast amount of control over the United States in so many areas makes China one of the more serious potential threats to the well-being of the United States.

ADDENDUM:  According to sources (we are vetting this information presently) the Russian Ministry of Defense has alleged that China has launched at least two Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles on October 27 and October 30, 2013 which many viewed on the West Coast to be an "odd-fireball or contrail."  There are several dozen photographs of this sighting, all of which have been unidentified as yet by NOAA, NASA and Northern Strategic Command.  This item has been brought to light by one of our readers, and we are taking this information seriously.  This would be at least the 5th launch of large damaging missiles from Chinese Nuclear Class Submarines in the past year off the West Coast.  China has been alleged to report that it has the capability to strike from mobile platforms along the entire West Coast of the US as well as via land launch over the North Pole region into New England, New York and Philadelphia if it so choses.  We will be following this report closely.

ADDENDUM II:  11/29/13 - Multiple news agencies are reporting increased military activity on both the Chinese and US fronts.  We have been steadfast in maintaining that China presents a clear military threat.  There are many that are "downplaying" this threat.  We urge our followers to closely monitor the reports regarding China and its current "war-games" with the United States.  Although an all-out military battle is not a likely scenario, we are getting closer to small skirmishes that may be reported as "accidental incidents" due to "training" etc... be alert on this one... China is flexing its military hardware more often.  Historically speaking, there have not been weapons shown that are not used... meaning, if the pieces are in place, there is a greater chance that they will be used in a combat scenario, regardless of how limited that scenario may be.

5.  THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION:  We need to make this point perfectly clear prior to going any further;  the following are opinions (which may in part be based on facts, but facts and "transparency" are very hard to come by with the current Administration), and are protected under "Free Speech" under the 1st Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America.  Nothing contained herein is meant to be construed as an official accusation nor are any statements an attempt to threaten our President specifically.  The following are mere observations and each person should make their own conclusion.

Since President Obama took office in 2008, America, for the first time in the past 12 years prior, looked gleefully forward to massive change.  President Obama, running on a campaign platform of Government Reform and Change, made promises to put aside "business as usual" in Washington and with all good intentions, was set to change the way the Office of the President would Govern our Great Nation.  Even staunch opposers to President Obama could admit that he did possess the ability to be one to affect great changes;  the obvious fact was that he was the first non-Caucasian to hold the Office of President, ever.  He was a young, super-charged Senator ready to take on Washington by grabbing it by the horns and bringing forth what he termed "Transparency" like no other Administration.  

All seemed to be going well, at least initially;  at least there was very little room for his Administration to move downwards.  Taking on the mess that George W. Bush left him in his wake, President Obama did inherit some outwardly very difficult tasks to correct, not the least of which was a gaping National Deficit and flawed military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.  For the first time since the Bill Clinton Presidency, the country appeared to be going in the right direction;  unemployment started to decline, the wars overseas had the promise of ending and overall, President Obama's future was looking bright;  not hurting him was the fact that Congress was also controlled by the Democratic Party, therefore making any policies he wished to implement all the more easier.  Take a look at the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. "Obamacare") which was passed by the 111th Democratic Congress without any true debate or questioning of the Bill.

Since the 111th Congress, and in the next few years, the Obama Administration started to take on an eerie sense of mystique and opaqueness.  For a President who vowed to promote "transparency" his Presidency became anything  but transparent.  Indeed, in the years following 2008, a long string of debacles ensued, seemingly one right after another.  Below is just but a partial list of serious issues that began to overtake the young and vibrant hopeful President :


1. IRS targets Obama’s enemies: The IRS targeted conservative and pro-Israel groups prior to the 2012 election. Questions are being raised about why this occurred, who ordered it, whether there was any White House involvement and whether there was an initial effort to hide who knew about the targeting and when.

2. Benghazi: This is actually three scandals in one:
                 A.  The failure of administration to protect the Benghazi mission.
                 B.  The changes made to the talking points in order to suggest the attack was motivated by an anti-Muslim video
                 C.  The refusal of the White House to say what President Obama did the night of the attack

3. Watching the AP: The Justice Department performed a massive cull of Associated Press reporters’ phone records as part of a leak investigation.

4. Rosengate: The Justice Department suggested that Fox News reporter James Rosen is a criminal for reporting about classified information and subsequently monitored his phones and emails.

5. Potential Holder Perjury I: Attorney General Eric Holder told Congress he had never been associated with “potential prosecution” of a journalist for perjury when in fact he signed the affidavit that termed Rosen a potential criminal.

6. The ATF “Fast and Furious” scheme: Allowed weapons from the U.S. to “walk” across the border into the hands of Mexican drug dealers. The ATF lost track of hundreds of firearms, many of which were used in crimes, including the December 2010 killing of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.

7. Potential Holder Perjury II: Holder told Congress in May 2011 that he had just recently heard about the Fast and Furious gun walking scheme when there is evidence he may have known much earlier.

8. Sebelius demands payment: HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius solicited donations from companies HHS might regulate. The money would be used to help her sign up uninsured Americans for ObamaCare.

9. The Pigford scandal: An Agriculture Department effort that started as an attempt to compensate black farmers who had been discriminated against by the agency but evolved into a gravy train delivering several billion dollars in cash to thousands of additional minority and female farmers who probably didn’t face discrimination.

10. GSA gone wild: The General Services Administration in 2010 held an $823,000 training conference in Las Vegas, featuring a clown and a mind readers. Resulted in the resignation of the GSA administrator.

11. Veterans Affairs in Disney World: The agency wasted more than $6 million on two conferences in Orlando. An assistant secretary was fired.

12. Sebelius violates the Hatch Act: A U.S. special counsel determined that Sebelius violated the Hatch Act when she made “extemporaneous partisan remarks” during a speech in her official capacity last year. During the remarks, Sebelius called for the election of the Democratic candidate for governor of North Carolina.

13. Solyndra: Republicans charged the Obama administration funded and promoted its poster boy for green energy despite warning signs the company was headed for bankruptcy. The administration also allegedly pressed Solyndra to delay layoff announcements until after the 2010 midterm elections.

14. AKA Lisa Jackson: Former EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson used the name “Richard Windsor” when corresponding by email with other government officials, drawing charges she was trying to evade scrutiny.

15. The New Black Panthers: The Justice Department was accused of using a racial double standard in failing to pursue a voter intimidation case against Black Panthers who appeared to be menacing voters at a polling place in 2008 in Philadelphia.

16. Waging war all by myself: Obama may have violated the Constitution and both the letter and the spirit of the War Powers Resolution by attacking Libya without Congressional approval.

17. Biden bullies the press: Vice President Biden’s office has repeatedly interfered with coverage, including forcing a reporter to wait in a closet, making a reporter delete photos, and editing pool reports.

18. AKPD not A-OK: The administration paid millions to the former firm of then-White House adviser David Axelrod, AKPD Message and Media, to promote passage of Obamacare. Some questioned whether the firm was hired to help pay Axelrod $2 million AKPD owed him.

19. Sestak, we’ll take care of you: Former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel used Bill Clinton as an intermediary to probe whether former Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) would accept a prominent, unpaid White House advisory position in exchange for dropping out of the 2010 primary against former Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.).

20. I’ll pass my own laws: Obama has repeatedly been accused of making end runs around Congress by deciding which laws to enforce, including the decision not to deport illegal immigrants who may have been allowed to stay in the United States had Congress passed the “Dream Act.”

21. The hacking of Sharyl Attkisson’s computer: It’s not clear who hacked the CBS reporter’s computer as she investigated the Benghazi scandal, but the Obama administration and its allies had both the motive and the means to do it.

22. An American Political Prisoner: The sudden decision to arrest Nakoula Basseley Nakoula on unrelated charges after protests in the Arab world over his anti-Muslim video is an extraordinarily suspicious coincidence. “We’re going to go out and we’re going to prosecute the person that made that video,” Hillary Clinton allegedly told the father of one of the ex-SEALs killed in Banghazi.

23. Get rid of inconvenient IGs: Corporation for National and Community Service Inspector General Gerald Walpin was fired in 2009 as he fought wasteful spending and investigated a friend of Obama’s, Sacramento Mayor and former NBA player Kevin Johnson. The White House says Walpin was incompetent.

24. Influence peddling: An investigation is underway of Alejandro Mayorkas, director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, who has been nominated by Obama for the number two post at the Department of Homeland Security. Mayorkas may have used his position to unfairly obtain U.S. visas for foreign investors in company run by Hillary Clinton’s brother, Anthony Rodman.
This is just but a partial list of scandals and possible unethical / illegal actions that Obama's Administration was part of or directly coordinated.  Of course, much of this is supposition as the vast majority of the facts are either classified, not publicly known or are otherwise educated speculation of Political Analysts and other US Policy experts.
The list continues to grow each week, not the least of which should be noted is the mass release of top-ranking Military Officers and Commanders from their offices for less-than-reasonable public excuses (gambling, alleged extra-marital affairs, not having similar political opinions as the Administration are all listed as some of the excuses for discharges).  There are at least 10 Top-Ranking Officers who were fired or released from duty, all of whom had vital roles in our Nations Security.
We recently reviewed an excellent article written by F. Michael Maloof at WND (World News Daily) where he goes in-depth regarding the emasculation and overall destruction of our Military currently.  There are a multitude of reasons, however, it appears that approximately 197 Officers have either been fired outright or were encouraged to retire.  That is the largest exodus of Military Officers that have ever been fired/excused under ANY President.

Below is a listing of top Flag Officers (those entrusted with the highest level of responsibility, often in Command of large geographical regions or specialized operations.... generally 4-Star Generals or equivalent)
Blaze Sources: Obama Purging Military CommandersGen. Carter Ham, Army
Served as head of the United States African Command during the bloodshed in Benghazi, Libya when four American citizens, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens and two retired Navy Seals, were murdered by militants on Sept. 11, 2012. Senior military officials told TheBlaze Hamm was extremely critical of the Obama administration, including when reinforcements were not sent to help the U.S. citizens under attack in Benghazi. Hamm “resigned and retired” in April 2013.
Blaze Sources: Obama Purging Military CommandersRear Adm. Charles Gaouette, Navy
Commander of Carrier Strike Group Three. He recently served as deputy commander of the U.S. Naval Forces, U.S. Central Command. He was in charge of Air Craft Carriers in the Mediterranean Sea the night of the Benghazi assault on Sept. 11, 2012. Under testimony, he told Congress there may not have been time to get the flight crews to Benghazi, but left the door open when he told Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) under cross-examination that he could have launched aircraft to the destination. He was later accused of using profanity in a public setting and making at least two racially insensitive comments. While he was cleared of any criminal violations under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, he still faced administrative penalties that have ended his career.
Blaze Sources: Obama Purging Military CommandersMaj. Gen. Ralph Baker, Army
Major General Baker served as commander of the Joint Task Force-Horn at Camp Lamar in Djibouti, Africa. According to several military officials who spoke to TheBlaze, he was also involved in some aspect with the Benghazi incident Sept. 11, 2012. He was relieved of command and fired for allegedly groping a civilian, but no assault charges or sexual misconduct charges were filed with military JAG officials.
Blaze Sources: Obama Purging Military CommandersBrigadier Gen. Bryan Roberts, Army
General Roberts took command of Fort Jackson in 2011. He was considered a rising star in his field and served in Iraq during his service as the commanding officer of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team. He was the deputy commanding general of the United States Army Recruiting Command at Fort Knox, Ky. He was relieved of duty and fired for adultery — still on the books in the United States Code of Military Justice but rarely since President Bill Clinton’s indiscretions.
Blaze Sources: Obama Purging Military CommandersMaj. Gen. Gregg A. Sturdevant, Marine Corps
Director of Strategic Planning and Policy for the U.S. Pacific Command and commander of the aviation wing at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan. He was a highly-decorated Marine with two Naval and Marine Commendations, two Naval and Marine Good Conduct medals, as well as the Air Medal with a gold star. He was one of two commanding officers suddenly relieved of command and fired from the military for failure to use proper force protection at the camp after 15 Taliban fighters attacked Camp Bastion on Sept. 14, 2012, resulting in the deaths of Lt. Col. Christopher K. Raible, 40, and Sgt. Bradley W. Atwell, 27.
Blaze Sources: Obama Purging Military CommandersMaj. Gen. Charles M.M. Gurganus, Marine Corps
Regional commander in the Southwest and I Marine Expeditionary Force in Afghanistan. Highly decorated with a Defense Superior Service Medal, two Legion of Merit with Valor, and three Meritorious Service Commendations. According to several military officials, Gurganus questioned having to use Afghan security patrols alongside American patrols after two officers were executed at their desk and a platoon was lead into an ambush on the front lines.
Blaze Sources: Obama Purging Military CommandersLt. Gen. David Holmes Huntoon Jr, Army
Served as the 58th Superintendent of the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. He graduated from the same academy in 1973 and had served in Senior Planning and Education Services through the majority of his career. He was “censored” for “an investigation” into an “improper relationship” according to the Department of Defense. Nothing was released to the nature of the improper relationship. Nothing was even mentioned if an actual investigation even took place.
Blaze Sources: Obama Purging Military CommandersVice Adm. Tim Giardina, Navy
Deputy Commander of the United States Strategic Command. He was commander of the Submarine Group Trident, Submarine Group 9 and Submarine Group 10, where every single one of the 18 Nuclear Submarines with Nuclear Trident Missiles of those three groups were in his command. This commander earned six Legions of Merit, Two Meritorious Service Medals, two Joint Service Commendation Medals, and several other medals and ribbons. He is under criminal investigation for the alleged use of counterfeit gambling chips, while playing a poker game
Blaze Sources: Obama Purging Military CommandersMajor Gen. Michael Carey, Air Force
Commander 20th Air Force in charge of 9,600 people and 450 Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles at three operational wings and served in both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Carry was fired October 11, 2013, for “personal misbehavior,” according to ABC News. Pentagon and Air Force senior officials have remained relatively tight-lipped about Carry’s firing.


 CONCLUSION:  The Obama Administration is now, and has been plagued with scandal upon scandal, and only those who support him with 100% dedication have remained in place.  Based on our findings, it appears that those who question the current Administration are let go, or encouraged to resign.  There is a cloud of "conspiracy" (although we use this word lightly as the term tends to discredit actual facts despite overwhelming evidence that supports such a claim) that surrounds these terminations, and ultimately one day, we may be able to get to the bottom of why there is such a line in the sand between those officials that remain on their posts despite serious errors, flaws and in some cases illegal/unethical behaviors over those such as the Military Officers who have dedicated their lives to protecting our country beyond a shadow of a doubt, and yet, were fired.   One thing is clear, the firing, releasing, excusing, the resignations of or otherwise loss of Senior Military Officials places our Military at an EXTREME disadvantage against any potential threats.   Our Commander-In-Chief is responsible for all outcomes; President Obama has said this directly relating to Obamacare when he  defended HHS Secretary Sebelius during an interview;  "I am the President, and ultimately I am responsible."  Hopefully, he will take this same stance if God forbid, there is a need for Military action and the United States absorbs some type of loss.  It is our hopes that the need for immediate protection against any foreign forces ever becomes needed, however, at the current time, we, as a country, should be questioning heavily why so many Military Commanders have been asked to leave their posts.  Is it because of the "litmus test" question we have heard about (i.e. "Will you, as a Military Officer, fire upon US Citizens if asked to...") or are there other reasons?   Is it to purposely reduce the overall effectiveness of our fighting forces?  At this point, it is impossible to determine the reasons.  There is no overall official talking-point as to why so many officers have been asked to leave.  Given the number of scandals, the overall release of large numbers of senior Military Officials, one needs to question the motive and benefit of making sure that senior military officers have left, or have been asked to leave.  What do they know that most people don't?  In this regard, there are many more questions than there are answers.  We can not make a sound conclusion at this point, and look to dig deeper into this question.

Which leads us to the biggest question of all;  WHAT IS THE FATE OF THE UNITED STATES?

We have already examined and reviewed how our foreign affairs are out of order.  We are in a weak position financially and our own Administration has asserted its power over the People countless times vis a vis Martial Law, Government Shutdown to punish innocent people, constant attacks on our Constitutional Rights, etc.  Where is this all leading the US?   There are many who are either writing or producing Social Media content claiming that the US is sliding down an extremely slippery slope;  some fear it will all come down to a Civil War scenario.   We tend to believe that there will be outside/foreign efforts at play to take down the United States as a superpower.  We have a President who is poorly advised by either Cabinet members or Advisors.  We have a Military which has lost the upper echelon of its experienced leaders.   We have alliances that are teetering on collapse (i.e. Israel).  And, we have countries like China and Russia calling the shots for the US on many levels (think Russia / Syria).  Many fear the petrodollar is on the verge of collapse.  From the outside looking in (and even though we ARE on the inside, we are still on the outside... in the dark), the United States is not positioned well as the superpower it was.  Factions inside Congress in the same party can't agree on core issues, let alone Democrats vs Republicans.  It is no wonder it appears that Congress and our Administration are left spinning their wheels.   In the end, this is OUR COUNTRY. We are the People.  We control who stays in office and who goes, not the other way around.  We can NOT lose sight that we are a Democratic Republic!  We are at the tipping point, and we can not stay at the tipping point for any great length of time.  This is being written so that people can start to think critically about what is going on in Washington.  Hope is not lost, so long as the People don't lose sight on who is running the show.  We have seen how when appropriately focused, Americans CAN AND WILL change the course we as a country take.  We as a People stood by our principles and essentially FORBID an attack on Syria.   We as a People stood by our principles and FORBID those in Washington from closing public monuments during the recent shutdown.  The mainstream media won't be broadcasting this message.... so it is up to all of you to get involved, and start being proactive.  Don't sit on the sidelines and wait for a disaster to happen.  Be pre-emptive and start questioning those things that are not right.  We have done it before, but we must not stop.

Take a look at the Players involved.  Take a look at what they have done and are doing.  If we allow things to continue, you can take this to the bank;  America, will be attacked.  By attacked, we mean any of the following:

1.  The Government will simply ignore the Rule of Law and take over our country via Martial Law and then it's game over.

2.  Our Government will allow another entity / country to control the United States, be it militarily, financially or a combination of both.

3.  The Government will allow our country to implode on itself;  Complete failure of Government to carry out its mission to Protect and Serve its Countrymen/women dissolving into complete chaos...or worse, outright Civil War... which will lead back to Option 1, Martial Law.

As a general rule, we leave our comment area open to rebuttals, and we will do the same here.  We welcome any and all opinions, and hope that people start to get involved.  Voice your concerns.  The more that people get involved, even if it simply means you state you agree or disagree... it still means that you are engaged.   The last thing we want to ever see is complacency.  Don't accept things as they are because you have the belief that things can't change.  They can change, and they have changed.  It is up to all of us to see to it that the next changes are for the better, because as you can clearly see, things can not get much worse.  Please comment below, and share this with as many people as you can.  We will amend this as needed or as more information becomes available. -SA

Saturday, November 16, 2013

DEATH OF THANKSGIVING: BLACK FRIDAY MUST GO.... AWAY....

11/16/2013

This is it.  We have gone too far.  We have killed Thanksgiving... probably permanently.

What started out a few years ago as a "fun" idea... and a way to attract a few shoppers to the stores eagerly to get a jump on some bargains for the "Holiday Season" has gotten out of hand.  Keep in mind, I have no vested interest as I write this;  I don't work in retail, nor have anyone in my direct family that does either.  Yet, this affects me, directly and indirectly.

In fact, it affects us all, whether we realize it or not.  As of this year, certain "Big-Box" stores will be opening up ON THANKSGIVING DAY, albeit later in the evening.  In that regard, "Black Friday" appears to be fading away and moving up in time to a day that Americans by-and-large enjoy with family and friends, sitting around the table reviewing the past year with vibrant conversation, watching football and getting into the spirit of the Holidays.

We have allowed this to happen.  Our greed for items we don't really need, at prices that aren't really much better than on any other given sale days, has allowed the holiday of Thanksgiving to erode into a non-holiday... soon, it will just be a memory of the "good old days."   By that I mean 2006 and earlier.

People.... WAKE UP!!!!!  How can we allow corporate giants, China and our gluttony for obtaining poorly made junk to invade a holiday, one of the few left, where people looked forward to a hearty meal and conversation?  We each have allowed this to happen.  Some even make it a sport, prepping all year for those "targeted" (pun intended) items for which they will stay up all night and venture out at midnight and try to obtain the best deals possible.  I almost view it as an illness.  Let's face it, you can pretty much get those same items online or with a little time investment, in many stores at sale prices.  I know simply because I bucked the "Black Friday" syndrome and obtained the same items at "Black Friday" sale prices or better either online or via Mom & Pop stores locally.

It would appear by most accounts however, that the spirit of Thanksgiving is dead.  More and more, I listen to "shopping battle plans" for the moments after Thanksgiving coffee is over and the shoppers will descend upon the big chain stores in droves, whatever the risks or hours will be.   Is it ridiculous?   You bet it is!

And now, stores are opening on Thanksgiving.  Wonderful.  At 8:00PM some stores, and we expect many others will follow suit, will open up just after dinner time on Thanksgiving Thursday, to open their doors to the "Black Friday Army."  Make no mistake, this is a battle... and people act accordingly.  Just take a moment to remember just a few of the "mishaps" that have occurred on some recent "Black Friday" events... you know, in the Holiday Spirit where people are jovial, friendly, courteous, etc.... and willing to kill each other for garbage:


  1. Last year, things tuned ugly outside a Los Angeles Wal-Mart when a 33-year-old woman was accused of unleashing pepper spray on other shoppers as they made a frantic dash for electronics. According to police, the women started spraying the pepper spray as soon as the items she was interested in were unveiled.
  2. In 2008, the Black Friday chaos was responsible for the death of one Wal-Mart employee.  A 34-year-old Wal-Mart worker was killed in Valley Stream, N.Y., when thousands of shoppers rushed through the doors as the store was opening at 5 a.m.
  3. Torrance, Calif., a shopping center got more than it bargained for on Black Friday in 2006.  Instead of just handing out gift certificates, the center decided it would be fun to drop them from the ceiling. However, as soon as the 500 gift certificates were dropped from above, a melee  erupted as 2,000 frenzied shoppers went scrambling to grab the certificates. The melee left 10 people injured, including an elderly women who required hospitalization.
  4. A skirmish between two women inside a Palm Desert, Calif., Toys R Us ended in death for two others on Black Friday in 2008.  While it was unclear how it started, as argument between two women escalated into a punching match inside the crowded toy store. Two men, who had been accompanying each of the women, pulled out handguns and began shooting and chasing each other around the store.
  5. In 2010,  Madison, Wis., police said a 21-year-old woman cut in line in front of several hundred others — and when confronted about it by other shoppers, she threatened to pull out a gun and start shooting them.  While the woman was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, she claimed to be doing nothing more than what others were.
  6. A Phoenix, Ariz.,-area grandfather was bloodied by police after they alleged he was trying to shoplift from a Wal-Mart on Black Friday in 2011.  According to reports, police swooped in on the grandfather after he was seen stuffing a video game down his pants. Police said the man resisted arrest and was walking toward the front door when an officer knocked him to the ground with a leg sweep.  In a video of the incident posted on YouTube, the man can be seen lying on the floor in a pool of blood.  The victim's wife, however, claimed her husband was just protecting her grandson.
  7. On Black Friday in 2010, one customer showed up at a Palm Beach, Fla., Wal-Mart ready for war.  While waiting in line to enter the store, another shopper alerted police to a man she believed was carrying a gun.  When police approached the man, they found him wearing a .40-caliber Glock handgun with a 30-round magazine in a holster at his hip. The Palm Beach Post reported the man also had two concealed knives, a "pepper grenade" and more than 100 prescription pills on him.
  8. Black Friday in 2005 in Orlando, Fla., turned violent when local Wal-Mart employees began tossing laptop computers in the air to the frenzied shoppers.  Witnesses described the scene as complete pandemonium.  "They were throwing laptops 20 feet in the air, and people were collapsing on each other to grab them," shopper Brian Horwitz told Orlando television station WFTV.  "It was ridiculous."
Let's be honest... there is NOTHING we need so desperately that requires violence to obtain it.  We don't live among wild animals;  we don't need to protect our lives while gathering items for the home.   There is no electronic gadget that requires as a pre-requisite that one must incorporate battle plans and at times, actual combat to obtain it.  People have just lost sight of what the holidays are about.  They have lost sight that people that are FORCED to work on Black Friday and now on Thanksgiving, probably don't want to be there.

While millions of Americans will force their way into these stores, there are employees working there that were forced to leave their own family dinners, just to entertain the blood-thirsty needs of "gadget-gatherers" to have the latest and greatest piece of Chinese/Japanese junk on the market.  There is a never a time where barbaric behavior is acceptable.  It is even less acceptable when there are employees forced to work on a National Holiday, many who have recently lost hours/health insurance (Thank You Obamacare), many who are earning minimum wage or slightly higher, all so people can get a jump on the "Holidays."

It's time to break the trance.  You don't need that flat-screen THAT bad that you have to venture out on Thanksgiving day to get it.  Guess what... that cell phone, will be there the week after.  Same with the video game... it will all be there.  But you know what won't?  Your time with your family... that's right... it will be gone.  It ticks away second after second.   The ONE holiday where everything shuts down so that families and friends can get together to enjoy each other's company is gone.  And we all had a part in killing it.

My wife and I are calling it quits this year.  This will be it.  Starting this year we will be donating our time after Thanksgiving to give to those who need help.  We will be paying it forward.  Our kids will be with us, helping out in a soup kitchen, or some other worthy cause to help those less fortunate than we are.  We won't be hunting down gadgets.  We won't allow corporations to control our holidays.  We refuse to let stores and "things" dictate how we spend our time with the ones we care about most.

Black Friday killed Thanksgiving.  We are going to reclaim it.  One person at a time.  Think about it... if you are reading this, you can make a change.... and you can use your energy in a positive way around the Holidays.  Try to break free of the "Black Friday" hype and make a difference to someone who REALLY needs it.  You will live just fine by staying in on Thanksgiving Day, as well as Black Friday.  In fact, you could argue by not going shopping, you could just be saving your own life.  Now think back to what the holidays used to mean, and what they are really about.  Make a change for the better... stay home this Thanksgiving.  Stay home Friday.

ADDENDUM:  Partial List of Retail Stores Opening on Thanksgiving Day for "Black Friday" (We encourage those who LOVE AMERICA to Boycott / Not Shop On Thanksgiving Day).  EMPLOYEES ARE BEING TOLD, DO NOT ASK FOR TIME OFF   (Source:  Huffington Post)

The "Naughty" List:

1.  WalMart: Opening 6PM THANKSGIVING DAY
2.  Target:  Opening 8PM THANKSGIVING DAY
3.  K-Mart:  Opening 6AM THANKSGIVING DAY
4.  Best Buy:  6:00PM
5.  Old Navy:  900 Stores open 9AM -4PM then Re-Open 7PM THANKSGIVING DAY.
6.  Staples:  8:00PM THANKSGIVING DAY
7.  Sears: 8:00PM THANKSGIVING DAY
8.  Toys-R-Us:  5:00PM THANKSGIVING DAY
9.  Michael's:  4:00PM THANKSGIVING DAY
10:  MACY's: 8:00PM THANKSGIVING DAY
11.  JCPenny's:  8:00PM THANKSGIVING DAY
12. Kohl's:  8:00PM THANKSGIVING DAY
13.  Simon Malls:  Some plan to open 6:00PM THANKSGIVING DAY

Editor's Note:  While some of these stores historically may have been open on Thanksgiving Day, there is stiff competition being reported between retailers as well as a calendar "anomaly" making it (in their eyes) required to be open during our National Holiday.  We would be interested to know which CEO's / CFO's / COO's as well as Presidents, Vice-Presidents, Upper Management of these large chains will be working the floors along side retail staff.   If you are from any of the above stores and are employed in one of the roles listed (CEO / VP / Pres / Etc.) we would welcome your comments and/or rationale for promoting and encouraging the destruction of Thanksgiving Day for your employees and US Citizens.  Please comment directly via Google+ or you may send a written response to:  FlashNewsNetwork@Gmail.com

The "Nice" List

CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING (Major Big Box / Chains):

1.  Costco:  Advised on 11/16/13 that Costco WILL OBSERVE THANKSGIVING & BE CLOSED!
2.  Sams Club:  Also reportedly CLOSED THANKSGIVING