No Keener Revelation of a Society’s Soul

15 September, 2014 Mark Creech

Shopping along one of the isles of a local grocery store, I noticed a mother harshly handling a child. She had raised her hand to strike the youngster across the face until she saw me observing her. She shouted at the child and wagged her long finger in his little face. I didn’t see what may have provoked the mother, but I knew her reaction was way over the line. Her behavior clearly demonstrated the shallowness, even the darkness, of her own character.

What is true for individuals can also be true for a nation. Nelson Mandela, the former president of South Africa once said, “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” [1]

By this standard, America is certainly weighed negatively in the balances.

How does our nation treat its children?

Children are the most innocent and vulnerable among us. Yet we throw away their lives in the practice of abortion by the thousands every day. Despite the arguments that what resides in a mother’s womb is just tissue and not human, despite contentions for a woman’s so-called right to privacy, despite the claim that the issue is political and social rather than personal or moral, despite the fact the U.S. Supreme Court has made it legal, abortion is the destruction of another human life.

Dr. George Sweeting, former chancellor of Moody Bible Institute, once noted:

Although we have made abortion legal, although we have made it respectable, although we have made it commonplace, the fact – the sin – is unchanged. Like Cain, we are daring to strike down human life, life with potential, life made in the image of Almighty God. [2]

Sweeting has also written:

Abortion would virtually disappear tomorrow if it were not for the willful violation of God’s great charter of marriage and purity. The abortion problem begins with a rebellion that says, ‘I will do as I please for pleasure. I reject the limits prescribed by God in favor of personal satisfaction. [3]

Mother Teresa said during the National Prayer Breakfast in 1994:

I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child, a direct killing of the innocent child, murder by the mother herself. And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?…Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want. [4]

In the Old Testament book of 2 Samuel is the story of King David’s adulterous affair with Bathsheba. David wouldn’t take responsibility for his sexual immorality when it was discovered that Bathsheba was with pregnant with his child. Instead he sent Bathsheba’s husband to the front lines on the battlefield to be killed as a part of his cover-up. We think to ourselves that was a wicked thing for David to do. Indeed it was. Yet today, many do worse. Rather than take responsibility for their sexual immorality, they kill the baby.

What kind of people in pursuit of their own devices and selfish endeavors would destroy their own children – their own future?

How does our nation treat its children?

We would redefine marriage to nullify in culture and in law the single most fundamental need of any child is that of a mother and a father.

Some time ago I sat across from a young woman at a restaurant who was an avowed lesbian. In the privacy of that moment she asked me to succinctly state my opposition to same-sex marriage. I responded, “Can you honestly tell me your father was unimportant to your life?”

Again, I asked. “Can you honestly tell me your mother meant little to you?” A single tear began to stream down her face. She had grown up in a home without a father. She had often grieved over the matter. She suddenly realized that both a mother and a father were indispensable.

I tenderly explained to her that same-sex marriage purposely deprives a child either of a mother or a father. Same-sex marriage asserts that gender is unimportant and unrelated to the well-being of children. Nevertheless, gender is critical. Many men make good Dads, but no man can ever make a good Mom. Many women make good Moms, but no woman can ever make a good Dad. Because God made us male and female, children need both a Mom and Dad and there is a mountain of social data to prove it.

What kind of nation would grant state-sanction to a public-policy that purposely deprives children of what is singly most fundamental to their raising?

How does our nation treat its children?

We celebrate debauchery and reward our youth for recklessness. Recently Anheuser-Busch flew 1000 young people to Crested Butte, Colorado, for a beer fest as part of an ad campaign. The brewing company paid the town a half-million dollars to paint the streets blue like Bud Light beer, put in hot tubs and concert lights, and provided all the beer the young people could drink.

Binge drinking is a major problem on college campuses, resulting in more than 2000 college students deaths each year. Alcohol puts youth at greater risk for academic failure, legal problems, and physical problems. It puts them at a higher risk for sexual assault, suicide, homicide, alcohol related car crashes, unintentional injuries, abuse of other drugs, and much more.

Elizabeth Urquhart, who is the Senor Director of Phoenix House in San Diego, a treatment center for drug and alcohol addiction, said the event in Crested Butte sends a terrible message to youth. She wrote:

We as parents, government officials, educators, and a society, need to be educating our young people about the risks inherent in college-age drinking and working to prevent it – not celebrating it. How can community leaders credibly tell kids to stay away from alcohol after sanctioning a weekend that credits it as the source of a good time? [5]

What kind of people are willing to put their most precious treasure, their young people, at serious risk for a fall in life, when someone comes along and offers a lot of money? That’s what happened in Crested Butte, Colorado.

Take it from me, someone who has been addressing alcohol policy for more than 15 years and currently serves as president of the American Council on Alcohol Problems, the principle of what happened in Crested Butte is not uncommon when it comes to alcohol policy in this country.

If it is true as Nelson Mandela once said, “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way it treats its children,” then America has indeed become a wretchedly sinful place. Never before have we needed so badly to come to terms with our sin and turn to Christ for forgiveness and cleansing – never before have we needed more a spiritual awakening – and never before has God been more willing to receive us and make us anew.


[1] “Famous Quotes About Children.” Famous Quotes About Children. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Sept. 2014.
[2], [3], Sweeting, George. Special Sermons. Chicago: Moody Press, 1985. Pg. 186, 187
[4] “”Whatsoever You Do…”” Abortion. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Sept. 2014.
[5] “The Down Side of Bud Light’s “Up for Whatever” Weekend.” The Down Side of Bud Light’s “Up for Whatever” Weekend. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Sept. 2014.

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Border Bridge Protest Militia Not Welcome & ISIS Armageddon Against US & MB Obama DENIES ISIS border threat & Troops in Iraq

-MB Obama Administration Denies Threat of ISIS Crossing Southern Border
-ISIS, in Magazine, Warns of ‘Armageddon’ Against US, West
-Dempsey Explains When U.S. ‘Advisers’ May Need To Accompany Iraqi Troops Into Combat
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16 Sept 2014 by Bob Price

HOUSTON, Texas — The organizer of this weekend’s planned protest to shut down international ports of entry have a message to militia groups – You are not welcome. This statement came in response to a Breitbart Texas article about police agency preparations for the protest planned for the weekend.

In an interview with Breitbart Texas, Staysi Barth, organizer of “Shut Down All Ports of Entry”, said militia groups are not welcome at the national event planned for this weekend across the southern border of the United States. “Only peaceful protesters are coming,” Barth said.

After fighting with the problem of the open border for years and the negative impact she claimed illegal immigration is having on her home state of California, it was Mexico’s imprisonment of Marine Corps Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi that moved her to take this step of shutting down the international bridges. “Tahmooressi served our country and our leaders are just leaving him behind,” she said. “By blocking these bridges we can cause economic disruption that can force the government to take action.”

Her organization’s website boldly puts forward a travel advisory: “Please be aware that traveling across the US/Mexico border will be impeded, beginning on September 20, 2014, with no designated end date.”

Responding to claims in the media that militia groups are participating in the action, Bart said, “saying the militia groups are participating only puts our peaceful protesters in danger. This protest is for average Americans who wish to air their grievances.”

On her website, Barth describes herself as a 41-year-old disabled housewife with three children. She states she is a “very proud American” with no affiliations with any groups including political parties and militia.

“I have been in constant contact with Homeland Security, CBP, State Police, Highway Patrol, Border Patrol, Sheriff Departments, etc.,” Barth wrote. “They know we are coming and they know we are coming in peace.”

Attached below is Barth’s “Port Attendee Guidelines” which details out her recommended course of action for those who are choosing to participate in this protest.

The event is scheduled to take place along 25 ports of entry on September 20th at 8 a.m. PST (10 a.m. CST). “This is not going to be a one-day event,” Darth wrote in the guideline. “This is meant to be a peaceful standoff between American Patriots and those who seek to destroy our Constitution and Sovereignty. We will be there as long as it takes.”

Bob Price is a staff writer and a member of the original Breitbart Texas team. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX.

ISIS, in Magazine, Warns of ‘Armageddon’ Against US, West
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16 Sept 2014 By Drew MacKenzie

An Islamic State (ISIS) magazine called Dabiq has warned that the United States and other Western “crusaders” are facing Armageddon at the hands of the terror group’s fighters.

The publication is packed with disturbing pictures of bloody corpses, bombed-out buildings and knife-wielding jihadists, while one issue even has a section devoted to the beheading of American journalist James Foley, The Washington Post reports.

Filled with snazzy graphics and printed in English and other languages, the magazine is being used as a recruitment tool by the terror insurgents to enlist and radicalize foreigners around the world.

The Islamic State, which has an estimated 12,000 foreign fighters from 74 countries, also employs Dabiq to promote its violent campaign to defeat the “Romans” or “crusaders” from the West, who are symbolized by photos of President Barack Obama and Arizona GOP Sen. John McCain.

“You will invade the Arabian Peninsula, and Allah will enable you to conquer it,” says the second issue of Dabiq, called “The Flood,” which has an image of a Noah’s Arc-type boat on the front, possibly indicating the end of mankind as the world knows it.

“You will then invade Rome, and Allah will enable you to conquer it. Then you will fight the [false messiah], and Allah will enable you to conquer him,” continues the Islamic State columnist.

In another issue, the magazine threatens the West with an apocalypse, which will result in the terror organization one day ruling the world. “A day will come when the Muslim will walk everywhere as a master, having honor, being revered, with his head raised high and his dignity preserved.”

The publication champions the Islamic Sates as the key voice of the Muslims, while drawing a definitive line in the sand between the two “camps” in the world — one dependent on the Islamic faith and the other with the United States and Russia as its leaders, according to the Post.

It says there’s “the camp of Islam and faith, and the camp of kufr (disbelief) and hypocrisy — the camp of the Muslims and the mujahidin everywhere, and the camp of the Jews, the crusaders, their allies, and with them the rest of the nations and religions of kufr, all being led by America and Russia.”

The magazine justifies its killing of Foley as retribution for “the countless accounts of American soldiers executing families and raping women under the sanctity of the U.S. military and Blackwater.”

“Muslim families were killed under the broad definition of ‘collateral damage,’ which the U.S. grants itself alone the right to apply. Therefore, if a mujahid kills a single man with a knife, it is a barbaric killing of the ‘innocent.’ However, if Americans kill thousands of Muslim families all over the world by pressing missile fire buttons, it is merely ‘collateral damage.’”

The magazine derives its name from the Syrian city of Dabiq, which has historical and religious significance for Islam, according to the Institute for the Study of War. The city was the site of the Ottoman defeat of the Mamluks in 1516, strengthening the last caliphate in the region, the Post said.

Ella Lipin, a research associate with the Council of Foreign Relations, said that the publication mobilizes followers by employing an “Islamic apocalyptic tradition,” with the West as the modern-day Romans.

“Both the organization and its new recruits understand this script, made all the more relevant and compelling by the recent debate about U.S. airstrikes in Syria,” Lipin wrote.

MB Obama Administration Denies Threat of ISIS Crossing Southern Border
Real-Threat ISIS Tea Party
16 Sept 2014 by Frances Martel

In a written statement to the New York Times, the Department of Homeland Security denied that there was “credible evidence” to believe Islamic State terrorists could use the porous southern border to cross into the United States and wage terror attacks. While Democrats defend the sentiment, few question security at the even less protected northern border.

The New York Times notes that evidence indicates that Islamic State mujahideen have traveled to Mexico and have plans to”imminently” launch car bomb attacks. The paper adds that federal law enforcement appears to be on a “heightened state of alert,” and nonetheless, the Department of Homeland Security and many Democrats deny that the threat exists.

“There is no credible intelligence to suggest that there is an active plot by ISIL to attempt to cross the southern border,” Homeland Security officials said in a statement. Instead of focusing on the border, Homeland Security is allegedly attempting to keep Westerners with American, UK, and Australian passports who have left to fight in Syria out of the United States. Over 400 British citizens and about 100 Americans are believed to be fighting in Syria and Iraq on behalf of the jihadist terror group, according to recent estimates.

Meanwhile, Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke, a Democrat, tells the newspaper that such fears are ill-founded, and that the United States has “a longstanding history in this country of projecting whatever fears we have onto the border.”

Some evidence points to the Islamic State showing little interest in Mexico. For example, while Islamic State propaganda outlet Al Hayat Media has featured jihadists from all over the world–from Australia to Indonesia to Bosnia and Herzegovina–the only prominent Latin American jihadist featured so far is a man named Bastián Vásquez, nom de guerre Abu Safiyya, who hails from Chile.

One country the Islamic State has made significant efforts to infiltrate, however, is Canada. Canadian jihadists are a significant contingent of the Islamic State Western population, and the group has targeted the nation in its propaganda videos. In one particularly egregious attempt to recruit Canadian jihadists, the Islamic State released a tribute video to dead jihadist André Poulin, a Canadian, using footage of the man explaining why he left Canada to fight for the Islamic State. Poulin describes his early days watching hockey and fishing and concludes that jihad is much more fulfilling than Canadian life.

Moderate Muslims in the country have also raised the alarm that their congregations are being infiltrated by terrorist groups. Pacifist Canadian leader Syed Soharwardy, founder of the Islamic Supreme Council of Canada (ISCC), received death threats from extremists for calling attention to their recruitment. “Absolutely I am convinced that this recruitment is going on right here in this country, under our noses, in our universities, in our colleges, in the places of worship, in our community,” he told Canadian public television. Canadian citizens are so at risk for being radicalized by Islamist terrorist elements that the mother of one slain Islamic State jihadist has founded a support group for Western families struggling to cope with the loss of their child to jihad, and for those who fear their children are being radicalized and hope to prevent them from leaving to Iraq and Syria.

While the Department of Homeland Security acknowledged and dismissed the threat from the southern border, it has not even done as much with the potential jihadist threat from Canada.

Dempsey Explains When U.S. ‘Advisers’ May Need To Accompany Iraqi Troops Into Combat

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Record Beheadings And The Mass Arrest Of Christians – ISIS? Or Saudi Arabia!

09/15/2014 by Mike Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog

In the past month, a group of radical Islamic extremists based in the Middle East beheaded at least 23 people and enforced a ban on Christianity by arresting a group of people for practicing the faith in a private home.

No, I’m not talking about ISIS. The real culprit is the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, one of the America’s closest global allies.

I have highlighted the inhumanity of the Saudi regime frequently recently in order to demonstrate the incredible hypocrisy of U.S. foreign policy. While America’s phony politicians and useless mainstream media will often hype anti-Chrtistian bigotry and humanitarian issues when it suits the status quo message, the true driver of U.S. foreign policy can be summarized with two words: CORPORATE PROFITS.

Of course, it’s not the average American who benefits from militarty-industrial complex profit margins. No, the American public is offered as a sacrifice on the alter of the cash flows for the 0.01%. The American citizenry is expected to lose its sons and daughters in battle abroad, while surrendering a middle class lifestyle at home, just so the political class and its oligarch masters can add another couple billion to their bank accounts. If American foreign policy actually had an non-economic motive to it, we wouldn’t be close allies with an inhumane feudal kingdom, which was also likely responsible for the attacks of 9/11.

As I have outlined recently:

Saudi Arabia Passes New Law that Declares Atheists “Terrorists”

Meet the U.S. Allies – Saudi Arabia Passes Draconian, Medieval Laws to Crush Dissent

Saudi Man Receives 3 Year Prison Sentence and 450 Lashes for Being Gay

Saudi Human Rights Lawyer and Activist Jailed for 15 Years for Free Speech Under New “Anti-Terror” Law

Two Congressmen Push for Release of 28-Page Document Showing Saudi Involvement in 9/11

While fake “Christian” politicians in D.C. and on television may have no problem ignoring the lack of rights in Saudi Arabia when it comes to atheists and homosexuals, they may have a harder time overlooking the following:

Dozens of Christians arrested at a prayer meeting in Saudi Arabia need America’s help, according to a key lawmaker who is pressing the State Department on their behalf.

Some 28 people were rounded up Friday by hard-line Islamists from the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice in the home of an Indian national in the eastern Saudi city of Khafji, and their current situation is unknown, according to human rights advocates.

“Saudi Arabia is continuing the religious cleansing that has always been its official policy,” Nina Shea, director of the Washington-based Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom, told “It is the only nation state in the world with the official policy of banning all churches. This is enforced even though there are over 2 million Christian foreign workers in that country. Those victimized are typically poor, from Asian and African countries with weak governments.”

In Friday’s crackdown, several Bibles were confiscated, according to reports from the Kingdom.

This isn’t just hyperbole from FoxNews either. Human Rights Watch has been all over this for a while and in its World Report for 2013 noted the following:

Saudi Arabia does not tolerate public worship by adherents of religions other than Islam and systematically discriminates against its Muslim religious minorities, in particular Shia and Ismailis. The chief mufti in March called for the destruction of all churches in the Arabian Peninsula. In 2012, authorities made arrests for expression of religious opinion, including, in February, of Hamza Kashgari, whom Malaysia extradited to the kingdom on blasphemy charges related to his fictitious Twitter dialogue with the Prophet Muhammad.

In June, prosecutors arrested Ra’if Badawi on the charge of operating the Saudi Liberals website,
deemed insulting to Islam. By August, all 35 Christian Ethiopian men and women arrested in December for “illicit mingling” during a religious service had been deported.

Saudi Arabia does not allow political or human rights associations. In December 2011, the authorities denied the Justice Center for Human Rights a license, and did not reply to requests for a license by the Saudi Human Rights Monitor, which registered in Canada in May.

Despite all of that Human Rights Watch notes that…

Saudi Arabia is a key ally of the United States and European countries. The US did not publicly criticize any Saudi human rights violations except through annual reports. Some members of the US Congress have expressed skepticism about Saudi’s policy priorities. The US concluded a $60 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia, its largest anywhere to date.

The European Union also failed to publicly criticize human rights abuses in the kingdom,
although the Subcommittee on Human Rights of the European Parliament in May held a rare hearing on human rights in Saudi Arabia.

If the above was happening in Iran, there would already be American bombs dropping on Tehran. Our foreign policy is a total joke and the whole world knows it.

But don’t worry serfs, at least defense contractor and former Edward Snowden employer Booz Allen Hamilton is making it rain. As I noted on Twitter:

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In case you wondered who benefits from ISIS war. Booze Allen Hamilton upgraded on Wall Street due to ISIS earnings:

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HHS Docs Detailing “High Risk” Security Problems with ObamaCare Website Uncovered

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Judicial Watch Uncovers HHS Documents Detailing “High Risk” Security Problems with ObamaCare Internet Site
SEPTEMBER 15, 2014

Less than one month before rollout, top Obama administration official highlights risks of malicious code being uploaded into the system through Excel macros; other “high risk” findings

(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch today released 94 pages of documents obtained from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) revealing that in the days leading up to the rollout of Obamacare, top Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) officials knew of massive security risks with and chose to roll out the website without resolving the problems. Detailed information regarding the security flaws, previously withheld from public disclosure, was released to Judicial Watch. Also released to Judicial Watch were “Sensitive Information – Special Handling” memos sent from CMS to Mitre Corporation, the security testing company, in which CMS rated “political … damage” and “public embarrassment to CMS” as factors in defining “Risk Rating” priorities.

The HHS documents were released as a result of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch on March 18, 2014, Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (No. 1:14-cv-00430), after HHS failed to respond to a December 20, 2013, FOIA request seeking the following information:

Any and all records related to, regarding or in connection with the security of the web portal including, but not limited to, studies, memoranda, correspondence, electronic communications (e-mails), and slide presentations from January 1, 2012 to the present.

The existence of a security flaw in the web portal, in which “[T]he threat and risk potential is limitless,” had been previously revealed in a redacted version of a September 3, 2013, memo published by the House Government Oversight Committee. However, the details of that flaw and others found in the website were omitted from the House-issued memo “for security reasons,” according to a CBS News report by Sharyl Attkisson. Judicial Watch can now reveal exactly what those security flaws entailed.

These details are especially significant in light of the revelation by federal officials that the web portal was hacked last July, as reported on September 4, 2014. The documents obtained by Judicial Watch also show that top CMS officials, including CMS Chief Information Officer Tony Trenkle and CMS Director Marilynn Tavenner, were aware of the gaping security flaws, yet Tavenner chose to launch the website anyway. Trenkle himself resigned before the site’s launch date.

In a September 3, 2013, “Authorization Decision” memo, Trenkle reveals a flaw involving Excel macros that could risk malicious code being uploaded into the system. According to a “Finding” in the just released unredacted memo, “FFM [Federally Facilitated Marketplaces] has an open high finding: Macros enabled on uploaded files allow code to execute automatically.”

In the “Finding Description” alongside that finding, the memo continues: “An excel file with a macro which executes when the spreadsheet is opened was uploaded for review by another user. The macro only opened up a command prompt window on the local user’s machine; however, the threat and risk potential is limitless. Keeping macros enabled relies on the local machine of the user who downloads to detect and stop malicious activity.”

Among the “Recommended Corrective Actions” to fix this problem, the memo says, “Implement a method for scanning uploaded documents for malicious macros.” Remarkably, the due date provided for the corrective actions to remedy this “limitless” risk problem is May 31, 2014 – eight months after the launch of

The above revelation about the potential for malicious code being uploaded into is especially noteworthy, in light of the September 4, 2014, Wall Street Journal article, which reported, “A hacker broke into part of the insurance enrollment website in July and uploaded malicious software, according to federal officials.”

In the same September 3, 2013 memo, details of another “high risk” finding were disclosed: “FFM has an open high finding: No evidence of functional testing processes and procedures being adequate to identify functional problems resulting in non-functional code being deployed.”

The “Finding Description” for this flaw elaborates: “Software is being deployed into implementation and production that contains functional errors. Untested software may produce functional errors that cause unintentional Denial of Service and information errors.” The due date provided to correct this high risk flaw was listed as February 26, 2015, nearly a year and a half following Obamacare’s launch.

Another security flaw identified in the September 3 memo is: “Many FFM controls are described in CFACTS as ‘Not Satisfied.’” (CFACTS stands for CMS FISMA Controls Tracking System. It is CMS’ database used to keep track of security problems and fixes in the agency’s information systems.) The “Risk” that this problem poses is described as follows: “There is the possibility that the FFM security controls are ineffective. Ineffective controls do not appropriately protect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of data and present a risk to the CMS enterprise.” Officials provide a due date to correct this problem of February 7, 2014 – more than four months after was to launch.

The September 3 memo also reveals that “FFM appears to have selected an inappropriate E-Authentication level.” The risk significance of this problem is described as: “The E-Authentication level of a system determines the security controls and means when connecting to a system over or from an untrusted network. Use of inappropriate controls exposes the enterprise to additional risk.” The due date to correct this issue was also provided as February 7, 2014.

In a September 6, 2013, “Authorization Decision” memo from CMS’ Chief Information Officer Tony Trenkle to CMS Director of Consumer Information and Insurance Systems Group, James Kerr, Trenkle advised, “There are no findings in CFACTS for the FY13 Security Control Assessment (SCA) or the recent penetration testing.” This meant that security problems found in testing the website had not even been entered into the database set up to keep track of security problems. Despite his findings, Trenkle gave his “Authorization to Operate,” concluding, “The current risk is deemed acceptable.”

Judicial Watch was also provided with the August 20, 2013, and December 6, 2013, Security Controls Assessment Test Plans sent by CMS to Mitre Corporation, the vendor tasked with testing the security of the portal. CMS advised Mitre that the highest “Risk Rating” should be given to flaws that could cause “political” damage to CMS. Moderate and low “Risk Ratings” were to include those resulting in potential “public embarrassment” to the agency. Specifically, the Assessment Test Plan provides the following Risk Ratings:

“High: Exploitation of the technical or procedural vulnerability will cause substantial harm to CMS business processes. Significant political, financial and legal damage is likely to result. [Emphasis added]

“Moderate: Exploitation of the technical or procedural vulnerability will significantly impact the confidentiality, integrity and/or availability of the system or data. Exploitation of the vulnerability may cause moderate financial loss or public embarrassment to CMS. [Emphasis added]

“Low: Exploitation of the technical or procedural vulnerability will cause minimal impact to CMS operations. The confidentiality, integrity and availability of sensitive information are not at risk of compromise. Exploitation of the vulnerability may cause slight financial loss or public embarrassment.” [Emphasis added]

“These are more smoking gun documents that the Obama administration knowingly put the privacy of millions of Americans at risk through Obamacare’s ‘marketplace,’” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “And these documents show that this administration was concerned about the political problems of the security flaws but couldn’t care less about the threat to privacy of millions of innocent Americans. Given what we now know about Obamacare’s security, I have little doubt that is in danger of being in violation of federal privacy laws. If you share private information on or a related Obamacare site, you should assume that your private information is unsecure and at risk at being hacked.”

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Zuckerberg to ‘Cut Off’ Economic Mobility for Working Class Kids with Foreign Workers & 9 Facts of Poor in America

-Expert: Zuckerberg Trying to ‘Cut Off’ Economic Mobility for Working Class Kids with Foreign Workers
-9 Facts About How the Poor in America Live
16 Sept 2014 by Tony Lee

A prominent public policy professor said massive increases in guest-worker visas for some of the most prominent high-tech companies will only pull the ladder out from under Americans trying to move into the middle class.

On The Laura Ingraham Show Monday, Ron Hira, Howard University’s public policy professor, blasted high-tech companies and lobbies for claiming that there is a shortage of American workers, while companies like Microsoft are laying off 18,000 American workers.

“This is really important because the STEM degrees, information technology and engineering in particular, have been real pathways to the middle class,” he said. “It’s been a traditional path for working class kids to study. It’s a very meritocratic set of occupations, unlike some other areas. By cutting this off, we are cutting off that upward mobility to the middle class for so many of the working class kids.”

Ingraham has previously mentioned that illegal immigrants are taking construction work that used to be good-paying jobs for college kids and Americans trying to get into the middle class. In the white-collar world, massive increases in guest-worker visas are taking jobs away from Americans trying to move up the economic ladder.

Hira, on a conference call earlier this year, said that the IT sector had been “an area of social mobility.”

“You’ve got people who come from working-class backgrounds who go into these sectors,” Hira said. “It’s a way of getting into the middle class and the professional class, and that’s being cut off.” President Joe Green has suggested that foreign workers were “truly great,” while American workers are “just sort of okay.” Hira blasted Green’s assertion that high-tech companies need more guest-worker visas to attract the “best and the brightest,” noting that the “typical H-1B worker really has no more than ordinary skills and is willing to take lower wages.”

“It’s really about cheaper labor. That’s what’s going on. They’re trying to drive down wages. If anybody doubts that, just look at the lawsuit against many of the largest Silicon Valley firms where they had a wage fixing scheme,” Hira said, adding, “It’s all about keeping wages low” for the high-tech industry.

He also said it was “really dangerous to be stapling a green card to every Master’s graduate [diploma] in a STEM field” because that would give colleges incentives to be diploma factories for foreigners who want green cards.

“What that does is it basically puts universities as the gatekeepers for admission into the U.S. on permanent residence,” he asserted, “and they have a conflict of interest because they can make a lot of money basically selling green cards by setting up a Master’s program that is, say, 12 months.” He added that this approach will “attract a lot of students who are not coming for the education but are coming because they have a path to a green card.”

9 Facts About How the Poor in America Live
September 15, 2014 by Kelsey Harris / @KelsRenHar

Many in America, while struggling, also have more assets than you might assume based on media reports.

According to research by Robert Rector, a leading authority on poverty and welfare programs at The Heritage Foundation, the official U.S. Census Bureau poverty report (to be released this morning) undercounts welfare income, therefore failing to provide meaningful information about the actual living conditions of poor Americans.

For most Americans, the word “poverty” means significant material deprivation, an inability to provide a family with adequate nutritious food, reasonable shelter and clothing. But only a small portion of the more than 40 million people labeled as poor by Census fit that description.

Fifty years after the launch of President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty, Rector’s findings show that poverty in America is only getting worse, and the federal government is to blame. The Census ignores nearly the entire $943 billion welfare state when counting family “income.” U.S. taxpayers have spent over $22 trillion on more than 80 means-tested welfare programs that provide cash, food, housing and medical care to low-income Americans.

Check out the infographic below to see exactly how poor families are living in America today.
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Kelsey Harris is the visual editor at The Daily Signal and digital media associate at The Heritage Foundation.

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An Unbearable and Choking Hell: The Loss of Our Freedoms in the Wake of 9/11 & “Time Of Unraveling” for The U.S. Petro Dollar

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September 15, 2014 By John W. Whitehead

“I tell you, freedom and human rights in America are doomed. The U.S. government will lead the American people in — and the West in general — into an unbearable hell and a choking life.”—Osama bin Laden (October 2001), as reported by CNN

What a strange and harrowing road we’ve walked since September 11, 2001, littered with the debris of our once-vaunted liberties. We have gone from a nation that took great pride in being a model of a representative democracy to being a model of how to persuade a freedom-loving people to march in lockstep with a police state.

What began with the passage of the USA Patriot Act in October 2001 has snowballed into the eradication of every vital safeguard against government overreach, corruption and abuse. Since then, we have been terrorized, traumatized, and tricked into a semi-permanent state of compliance. The bogeyman’s names and faces change over time—Osama bin Laden, Saddam Hussein and now ISIS—but the end result remains the same: our unquestioning acquiescence to anything the government wants to do in exchange for the phantom promise of safety and security.

Ironically, just a short week after the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, we find ourselves commemorating the 227th anniversary of the ratification of our Constitution. Yet while there is much to mourn about the loss of our freedoms in the years since 9/11, there has been little to celebrate.

The Constitution has been steadily chipped away at, undermined, eroded, whittled down, and generally discarded to such an extent that what we are left with today is but a shadow of the robust document adopted more than two centuries ago. Most of the damage has been inflicted upon the Bill of Rights—the first ten amendments to the Constitution—which historically served as the bulwark from government abuse.

Set against a backdrop of government surveillance, militarized police, SWAT team raids, asset forfeiture, eminent domain, overcriminalization, armed surveillance drones, whole body scanners, stop and frisk searches, roving VIPR raids and the like—all sanctioned by Congress, the White House and the courts—a recitation of the Bill of Rights would understandably sound more like a eulogy to freedoms lost than an affirmation of rights we truly possess.

As I make clear in my book A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, the Constitution has been on life support for some time now. We can pretend that the Constitution, which was written to hold the government accountable, is still our governing document. However, the reality we must come to terms with is that in the America we live in today, the government does whatever it wants, freedom be damned.

Consider the state of our freedoms, and judge for yourself whether this Constitution Day should be a day of mourning, celebration or a robust call to action:

The First Amendment is supposed to protect the freedom to speak your mind and protest in peace without being bridled by the government. It also protects the freedom of the media, as well as the right to worship and pray without interference. In other words, Americans should not be silenced by the government. Yet despite the clear protections found in the First Amendment, the freedoms described therein are under constant assault. Increasingly, Americans are being arrested and charged with bogus charges such as “disrupting the peace” or “resisting arrest” for daring to film police officers engaged in harassment or abusive practices. Journalists are being prosecuted for reporting on whistleblowers. States are passing legislation to muzzle reporting on cruel and abusive corporate practices. Religious ministries are being fined for attempting to feed and house the homeless. And protesters are being tear-gassed, beaten, arrested and forced into “free speech zones.” But to the founders, all of America was a free speech zone.

The Second Amendment was intended to guarantee “the right of the people to keep and bear arms.” Yet while gun ownership has been recognized by the U.S. Supreme Court as an individual citizen right, Americans remain powerless to defend themselves against government agents armed to the teeth with military weapons. Police shootings of unarmed citizens continue to outrage communities, while little is being done to demilitarize law enforcement agencies better suited to the battlefield.

The Third Amendment reinforces the principle that civilian-elected officials are superior to the military by prohibiting the military from entering any citizen’s home without “the consent of the owner.” With the police increasingly posing as military forces—complete with military weapons, assault vehicles, etc.—it is clear that we now have what the founders feared most—a violent standing army on American soil. Moreover, as a result of SWAT team raids where police invade homes, often without warrants, and injure and even kill unarmed citizens, the barrier between public and private property has done away with this critical safeguard.

The Fourth Amendment prohibits the government from conducting surveillance on you or touching you or invading you, unless they have some evidence that you’re up to something criminal. In other words, the Fourth Amendment ensures privacy and bodily integrity. Unfortunately, the Fourth Amendment has suffered the greatest damage in recent years and been all but eviscerated by an unwarranted expansion of police powers that include strip searches and even anal and vaginal searches of citizens, surveillance and intrusions justified in the name of fighting terrorism, as well as the outsourcing of otherwise illegal activities to private contractors.

The use of civil asset forfeiture schemes to swell the coffers of police forces has continued to grow in popularity among cash-strapped states. The federal government continues to strong-arm corporations into providing it with access to Americans’ private affairs, from emails and online transactions to banking and web surfing. Coming in the wake of massive leaks about the inner workings of the NSA and the massive secretive surveillance state, it was recently revealed that the government threatened to fine Yahoo $250,000 every day for failing to comply with the NSA’s mass data collection program known as PRISM.

The technological future appears to pose even greater threats to what’s left of our Fourth Amendment rights, with advances in biometric identification and microchip implants on the horizon making it that much easier for the government to track not only our movements and cyber activities but our very cellular beings. Barclays has already begun using a finger-scanner as a form of two-step authentication to give select customers access to their accounts. Similarly, Motorola has been developing thin “digital tattoos” that will ensure that a phone’s owner is the only person who may unlock it. All of this information, of course, will be available to the spying surveillance agencies.

The Fifth Amendment and the Sixth Amendment work in tandem. These amendments supposedly ensure that you are innocent until proven guilty, and government authorities cannot deprive you of your life, your liberty or your property without the right to an attorney and a fair trial before a civilian judge. However, in the new suspect society in which we live, where surveillance is the norm, these fundamental principles have been upended. And now the National Defense Authorization Act, signed into law by President Obama, allows the military to arrive at your door if the president thinks you’re a terrorist (a.k.a. extremist), place you in military detention, jail you indefinitely and restrict access to your family and your lawyer.

The Seventh Amendment guarantees citizens the right to a jury trial. However, when the populace has no idea of what’s in the Constitution—civic education has virtually disappeared from most school curriculums—that inevitably translates to an ignorant jury incapable of distinguishing justice and the law from their own preconceived notions and fears.

The Eighth Amendment is similar to the Sixth in that it is supposed to protect the rights of the accused and forbid the use of cruel and unusual punishment. However, the Supreme Court’s determination that what constitutes “cruel and unusual” should be dependent on the “evolving standards of decency that mark the progress of a maturing society” leaves us with little protection in the face of a society lacking in morals altogether. For example, if you are thrown into a military detention camp, then what constitutes cruel and unusual punishment is up to your jailers.

The Ninth Amendment provides that other rights not enumerated in the Constitution are nonetheless retained by the people. Popular sovereignty—the belief that the power to govern flows upward from the people rather than downward from the rulers—is clearly evident in this amendment. However, it has since been turned on its head by a centralized federal government that sees itself as supreme and which continues to pass more and more laws that restrict our freedoms under the pretext that it has an “important government interest” in doing so. Thus, once the government began violating the non-enumerated rights granted in the Ninth Amendment, it was only a matter of time before it began to trample the enumerated rights of the people, as explicitly spelled out in the rest of the Bill of Rights.

As for the Tenth Amendment’s reminder that the people and the states retain every authority that is not otherwise mentioned in the Constitution, that assurance of a system of government in which power is divided among local, state and national entities has long since been rendered moot by the centralized Washington, DC power elite—the president, Congress and the courts. Indeed, the federal governmental bureaucracy has grown so large that it has made local and state legislatures relatively irrelevant. Through its many agencies and regulations, the federal government has stripped states of the right to regulate countless issues that were originally governed at the local level. This distinction is further blurred by programs such as the Pentagon’s 1033 program, which distributes excess military hardware to local police stations, effectively turning them into extensions of the military.

If there is any sense to be made from this recitation of freedoms lost, it is simply this: our individual freedoms have been eviscerated so that the government’s powers could be expanded. In this regard, ironically, Osama Bin Laden was right when he warned that freedom and human rights in America are doomed, and that the U.S. government would be responsible for leading us into an “unbearable hell and a choking life.”

The choices before us are simple: We can live in the past, dwelling on what freedoms we used to enjoy and shrugging helplessly at the destruction of our liberties. We can immerse ourselves in the present, allowing ourselves to be utterly distracted by the glut of entertainment news and ever-changing headlines so that we fail to pay attention to or do anything about the government’s ongoing power-grabs. We can hang our hopes on the future, believing against all odds that someone or something—whether it be a politician, a movement, or a religious savior—will save us from inevitable ruin.

Or we can start right away by instituting changes at the local level, holding our government officials accountable to the rule of law, and resurrecting the Constitution, recognizing that if we follow our current trajectory, the picture of the future will be closer to what George Orwell likened to “a boot stamping on a human face—forever.”

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Federal Judge Envisions ‘Rape License’ for ‘Right to Rape’

September 15, 2014 By J. Matt Barber

Judge Richard Posner, a federal judge with the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, recently become a hero to the pro-“gay marriage” left when, by way of a “legal analysis” free from the troublesome constraints of logic, case precedent, biology, tradition and reality in general, he managed to somehow discover a long-hidden constitutional “right” for two dudes to get “married.” “How can tradition be a reason for anything?” an incredulous Posner demanded last month of attorneys defending marriage protection amendments in both Wisconsin and Indiana.

It would seem that Posner’s contempt for tradition extends to all things sexual, up to and including the puritanical presupposition that it’s always wrong for a man to rape a woman. This idea, according to Posner in his 2011 book “Economic Analysis of the Law” (8th edition), is evidently an equally archaic tradition that, like the institution of natural marriage, needs a significant overhaul.

Posner’s suggestion? Perhaps it’s time the government begin issuing “rape licenses” (I kid you not) since, and based upon an exclusively utilitarian and morally relative cost-benefit analysis, the “right to rape,” for some men at least, “exceeds the victim’s physical and emotional pain.”

On page 216, Posner, a Reagan appointee considered “conservative” in “progressive” circles, writes, “Rape bypasses the market in sexual relations (marital and otherwise) in the same way that theft bypasses markets in ordinary goods and services, and it should therefore be forbidden.”

OK, while this is an oddly detached and clinical start to a discussion on rape, it is, so far, not entirely unreasonable. Posner would have been well served to stop here. But, and much like those who are the subject of his rape analysis, he does not stop.

“But,” continues Posner – I didn’t know there were any “buts” when it comes to rape – “But some rapists derive extra pleasure from the fact that the woman has not consented. For these rapists, there is no market substitute … and it could be argued therefore that, for them, rape is not a purely coercive transfer and should not be punished if the pleasure to the rapist (as measured by what he would be willing to pay – though not to the victim – for the right to rape) exceeds the victim’s physical and emotional pain. There are practical objections [No, really? Practical objections to rape?] … [b]ut the fact that any sort of rape license is even thinkable [what kind of bigoted rape-o-phobe would suggest otherwise?] … is a limitation on the usefulness of that theory.

“What generates the possibility of a rape license,” he persists (hold off, fellas, they’re not available yet), “is the fact that the rapist’s utility is weighted the same as his victim’s utility. If it were given a zero weight in the calculus of costs and benefits, a rape license could not be efficient. The only persuasive basis for such a weighting, however, would be a moral principle different from efficiency.”

And herein lies the rub. We all know what Posner thinks about “moral principles.” He’s a moral relativist. There are no moral principles, most especially “traditional” moral principles. I mean, “How can tradition be a reason for anything?”

But wait, there’s more. You gals trapped in one of those “traditional” marriages needn’t fret. Posner’s got you covered, too. “Marital rape?” C’mon, is there really such a thing?

“In a society that prizes premarital virginity and marital chastity [I know, sheesh, right?], the cardinal harm from rape is the destruction of those goods and is not inflicted by marital rape,” he writes.

“… The nature of the harm to the wife raped by her husband is a little obscure,” he continues. “If she is beaten or threatened, these of course are real harms inflicted by an ordinary assault and battery. Especially since the goods of virginity and of chastity are not endangered, the fact of her having intercourse one more time with a man with whom she has had intercourse many times before seems peripheral to the harm actually inflicted but is critical to making the offense rape.

“Most of the reasons for not making marital rape a crime have lost force with time,” he laments.

Of late, a fanciful meme has taken root among the “progressive” left. It’s one that imagines ours as a patriarchal “rape culture,” which fosters an environment wherein women are systematically raped with impunity (especially on our nation’s college campuses).

Apparently, the solution is for chicks to pierce and tattoo themselves, declare “slut pride” and parade nude in “slut walks” across the globe. But that’s an outlier.

I finally get it. Posner is the “rape culture.” I wonder how these mouth-frothing “marriage equality” lefties will react to his permissive approach to rape. I image they may react in much the same way, I suppose, they reacted to the myriad of accusations of sexual harassment and assault lodged against Bill “depends-on-what-is-is” Clinton, with total silence and self-serving hypocrisy.

None of this should surprise anyone. Richard Posner is a faithful disciple of Alfred Kinsey, the anti-science, anti-morality left’s sexual messiah. Kinsey was a bug doctor turned “sexologist.” Though married to a woman who took part in his many filmed “scientific” orgies, Kinsey was a promiscuous homosexual and sadomasochist. He managed to completely upend and twist the world’s perception of human sexuality in the 1950s and ’60s with his world famous “Kinsey Reports.”

Even today, most are completely unaware that during his tenure at Indiana University, Kinsey facilitated, with stopwatches and ledgers, the systematic sexual abuse of hundreds, if not thousands, of children and infants – all in the name of science. His research also “found” that rape doesn’t really hurt women. In his 1953 volume “Sexual Behavior in the Human Female” at page 122, Kinsey wrote, “Among the 4,441 females [reporting rape] on whom we have data, there was only one clear cut case of injury … and very few instances of vaginal bleeding, which however, did not appear to do any appreciable damage.”

Starting to see what makes Posner click? “His Honor” is a dyed-in-the-wool Kinseyite.

Though Kinsey’s “research” has long since been completely debunked and discredited, the elitist left, to include Judge Posner even, still relies on it to push its own sexual anarchist worldview. Writing in his 1992 book, “Sex and Reason,” for instance, Posner gushed, “The two Kinsey reports remain the high-water mark of descriptive sexology.” He calls Kinsey the “central figure” in the “scholarly science” of sexology.

Raped? Well, suck it up, walk it off and congratulate yourself.

You’ve reached Posner’s “high-water mark.”

Matt Barber is founder and editor-in chief of He is an author, columnist, cultural analyst and an attorney concentrating in constitutional law. Having retired as an undefeated heavyweight professional boxer, Matt has taken his fight from the ring to the culture war. (Follow Matt on Twitter: @jmattbarber).

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