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Antiwar protester thrown out of Kerry confirmation hearing

Antiwar protester thrown out of Kerry confirmation hearing

“A protester interrupted Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) on Thursday during his confirmation hearings. The woman shouted that the United States was killing thousands of people in the Middle East who were not a threat. Security officers quickly escorted her out of the room.” Continue reading

War is Peace: The Second Obama Term

War is Peace: The Second Obama Term

“From President Obama’s second inaugural address: ‘We, the people, still believe that enduring security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war.’ Secretary of State nominee John Kerry before Senate confirmation hearing this week: ‘The president has made it definitive — we will do what we must to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. And I repeat here today: our policy is not containment. It is prevention, and the clock is ticking on our efforts to secure responsible compliance.'” Continue reading

‘Rise of the Drones’ Is Mostly a PBS Infomercial for the Military Defense Industry

‘Rise of the Drones’ Is Mostly a PBS Infomercial for the Military Defense Industry

“The widely-acclaimed PBS program, NOVA, premiered a documentary on unmanned aerial vehicles or drones. The documentary, ‘Rise of the Drones,’ was produced to explore how the technology is revolutionizing warfare and creating the next generation of cutting-edge surveillance. It was created to provide a glimpse at how the technology has advanced and how innovations might progress in the future. Before the documentary began, PBS noted the program had received funding from the David H. Koch Foundation for Science. It also received ‘additional funding’ from Lockheed Martin.” Continue reading

NATO deploys Patriot as warplanes hit Syria capital

NATO deploys Patriot as warplanes hit Syria capital

“NATO declared that a Patriot missile battery went operational on Turkey’s border with Syria on Saturday, as a watchdog reported regime warplanes launched raids on a Damascus district. Ankara and NATO have stressed the deployment is for defensive purposes only, while Damascus and its ally Moscow have criticised the measure. The US-made missiles can take out cruise and ballistic missiles, as well as aircraft. Britain, meanwhile, pledged a multi-million dollar aid package to help Syrian civilians, nearly half of which would be channelled through agencies in Jordan where a record 6,400 refugees arrived on Friday.” Continue reading

Rare trees turned into firewood as Syrian civilians struggle for warmth

Rare trees turned into firewood as Syrian civilians struggle for warmth

“Beset by a freezing winter and stifling fuel and electricity shortages, Syrian civilians desperate to stay warm in a northern forest have no choice but to cut down trees for firewood. Once a tourist destination for Syrians and other Arabs across the Middle East, the formerly pristine national park to the north and west of the city of Idlib is being systematically stripped bare. Bald, muddy swathes of fresh-cut land now stretch in many directions, with men using chainsaws to bring trees down and dozens of pick-up trucks coming and going for loads of lumber.” Continue reading

The Precinct: The Most Powerful Office

The Precinct: The Most Powerful Office

OK-SAFE, Inc. – By request we are re-posting an item from early in 2011.   The dates have been update for 2013. The precinct is still the most powerful office in the party – will you be there this year? Thursday, February 7, 2013 is the date set for the upcoming Republican party precinct elections, aka…more

Perfect for the Sabbath — Lovely Anytime

Perfect for the Sabbath — Lovely Anytime

Listen and be blessed. Jeff Majors sings Psalm 23 followed by Names of God @Jasonstuff followed by I AM.365 by John Paul Jackson

Owner wins court battle against feds trying to seize his Tewksbury motel

Owner wins court battle against feds trying to seize his Tewksbury motel

“Caswell has been battling the government since September 2009 to save the motel his father built in 1955. The government sought to seize the motel using a civil asset forfeiture law that allows the government to seize property linked to drug crimes. The government introduced information about 15 specific drug-related incidents at the motel from 1994 to 2008, a period of time, the judge noted, when the motel had rented out 196,000 rooms. But Caswell has never been charged with — or even accused of — any criminal wrongdoing, the Globe reported in November.” Continue reading