Tuesday, August 20, 2013


Judge in Fort Hood jihad murderer's trial bans evidence showing his jihad motive

From Jihad Watch/ Posted by Robert Spencer

Apparently covering for the Obama Administration's denial of the reality of the jihad against the U.S., and for the classification of these murders as "workplace violence," is the paramount concern here. "Judge in Nidal Hasan court-martial bans al Qaeda-linked e-mail, other evidence," by Chelsea J. Carter for CNN, August 19:
Fort Hood, Texas (CNN) -- A military judge on Monday excluded e-mails between an Army psychiatrist and a key member of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula from being used in the psychiatrist's death penalty case, evidence the prosecution contends goes to the heart of the motive of the shooting rampage at Fort Hood that left 13 people dead. 
The judge, Col. Tara Osborn, also refused to allow prosecutors to use materials they maintain show Maj. Nidal Hasan's interest in the actions of Army Sgt. Hasan Akbar, the American soldier sentenced to death for killing two soldiers and wounding more than a dozen others at the start of the Iraq war -- an attack he said he carried out to stop soldiers from killing Muslims.
"The court believes Sgt. Akbar is not on trial in this case," Osborn said. "It would only open the door to a mini-trial" and confuse the issue.
The rulings came at the start of the third week of the court-martial of Hasan, who is defending himself against 13 counts of murder and 32 counts of attempted murder in connection with the November 5, 2009, attack.
It's unlikely the rulings will have impact on the court-martial, as Hasan has left no doubt about his role, telling a panel of 13 officers during a brief opening statement: "The evidence will clearly show that I am the shooter."
He's also left little question about why he did it, repeatedly saying before the trial started that he was acting to protect Taliban leaders in Afghanistan from the U.S. military.
While the military has avoided labeling Hasan as a terrorist or charging him as such, prosecutors wanted to use the evidence to show that the devout Muslim had undergone a "progressive radicalization," going so far as to give academic presentations in defense of suicide bombings.
Hasan, who was scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan, did not want to fight against other Muslims and believed "that he had a jihad duty to kill as many soldiers as possible," lead prosecutor Col. Michael Mulligan has said.
Investigations after the shooting rampage found Hasan had been communicating via e-mail with Anwar al-Awlaki, the U.S. born cleric who officials say became a key member of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. He was killed in U.S. drone strike in 2011.
Osborn ruled that the e-mails would have to be "redacted to prevent undue prejudice by association" and would diminish its use as evidence.
Along with the e-mails and the material related to Akbar, Osborn also declined to allow the use of Hasan's academic presentation on suicide bombings, saying "motive is not an element of the crime."
The judge previously ruled that prosecutors may use evidence of Hasan's Internet searches on jihad and the Taliban in the days and hours before the attack.
With the prosecution expected to rest this week, the big question is whether Hasan will take the stand.
Hasan, 42, has previously indicated that he intends to call himself and two witnesses to the stand. If he testifies, Hasan is expected to discuss religious justification for his actions.
The judge on Monday raised concerns about Hasan acting as his own attorney after he admitted last week he did not understand that by listing someone as a witness he gave up the right of privileged communication with that person.
"Remember when I told you that I thought you would be better off with a trained lawyer?" Osborn asked.
Hasan responded: "Repeatedly."
"I've advised you before and I'm advising you again that it's not a good policy to represent yourself. ... Do you understand that?" Osborn said.
Hasan said: "Yes, I do."
As he has done with all the prosecution witnesses so far, Hasan declined Monday to cross-examine a forensic expert who testified about weapons used in the shooting inside the Soldier Readiness Processing Center as soldiers and civilians prepared to leave for Afghanistan and Iraq.
Much has been made about Hasan's defense or, as his stand-by attorneys have said, the lack of it, indicating he is perhaps more eager to prove he is a martyr than to avoid a death sentence.
Hasan refused to enter a plea at the outset of the court-martial after the judge barred him from pleading guilty. Under military law, defendants cannot enter guilty pleas in capital punishment cases.
Last week, Hasan released a portion of his mental health evaluation to The New York Times. It revealed he believes that being put to death would allow him to become a martyr.
"I'm paraplegic and could be in jail for the rest of my life. However, if I died by lethal injection I would still be a martyr," Hasan told a military panel evaluating whether he was fit to stand trial, according to documents published by the Times....

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid finally admitted that ObamaCare is just a step towards a fully government run single-payer health care system. This confession confirms what we already knew, but Reid has never been so honest about the real hidden agenda behind the health care monstrosity.

We must stop ObamaCare before we go down the path of European-style socialized medicine. Here’s the game plan: ObamaCare will be a tragic mess that furthers destroys health care in the United States. The unworkable law will skyrocket health insurance premiums and lead to a bureaucratic rationing of health care. Politicians will then blame the nonexistent “free market” and push for more government control to correct these problems created by government in the first place.

We are frankly running out of time to undo ObamaCare with key provisions set to go into effect on January 1, 2014. After the law is close to fully implemented, it will be incredibly hard to repeal it. If not now, when?

That should mean no more empty and symbolic votes that do nothing. No more members of Congress compromising on principle to appease pro-ObamaCare leadership. More representatives need to take a hard stance on defunding ObamaCare before it’s too late.

The CR may be the last opportunity to stop the ObamaCare train wreck. The current CR that allows funding for the federal government expires on September 30th and must be renewed in order for the federal government to stay fully open. Congressmen should refuse to vote for a Continuing Resolution (CR) that does not defund ObamaCare.

Representatives should be willing do whatever it takes to immediately stop the wildly unpopular ObamaCare law. Yet, some Republicans will not take that promise to the American people. A large number of Republicans refuse to sign or have withdrawn their support for Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) and Congressman Mark Meadows’ (R-NC) letters pledging to not vote for a CR that contains ObamaCare funding.

The letter has separated those serious about defunding ObamaCare from those that only like to make lofty campaign promises. Those who are either afraid or unwilling to defund ObamaCare are repeating scaremongering talking points about a government shutdown. The goal is to pass a CR with no ObamaCare funding before the September 30th deadline. However, claims that a government shutdown standoff could harm our nation’s defense or its military personnel and veterans are incorrect.

A government shutdown in this situation does not mean anarchy like some are dishonestly claiming. 
It simply means that the federal government will stop providing all but “essential” services. Federal law enforcement, armed forces, air traffic control, National Weather service, infrastructure programs, the Post Office, mandatory benefit payments such as Social Security checks, the penal system, and all functions and personnel deemed “essential” are required to resume as normal.

Kind of makes you wonder why the $16.7 trillion in debt federal government still has active “non-essential” services.

In the event of a so-called government shutdown, national security would not be jeopardized and overseas military operations would continue as planned. The first item on the White House Office of Management and Budget list of “essential” functions is: “provide for the national security, including the conduct of foreign relations essential to the national security or the safety of life.”

The employment or pay of military personnel would be unaffected. The House Committee on Armed Services has clearly stated that “in any shutdown plan, all military personnel would be deemed exempt and would not be subject to furlough.” Military personnel will likely not miss any paychecks since Congress can simply ensure military pay by passing a standalone appropriation. Military pay has been specifically exempt from multiple government shutdowns in the past and few shutdowns have lasted longer than 3 days.

Veterans’ payments and health facilities will not be affected. Veterans’ health care services would not be impacted by a shutdown and VA hospitals would continue to process claims. The House Committee on Veterans Affairs has specifically stated that, “[In any shutdown plan,] disabled veterans in receipt of disability compensation or pension checks should continue to receive those payments,” as will “survivors currently in receipt of Dependency and Indemnity Compensation.”

Some Republicans say that a shutdown would be politically damaging, citing the 1996 election after the 1995 government shutdown. There is little to no evidence that the government shutdown had anything to do with Bob Dole’s predictable loss at the ballot box. The House only lost nine Republican seats. The Senate actually gained two seats.

More Republicans need to grow a spine and commit to defunding the disastrous ObamaCare law. It’s now or never.

North Korea-South Korea: The Korean Central Broadcasting Agency (KCNA) broadcast the terms of North Korea's agreement to South Korea's proposal to resume reunions for families separated since the 1950-53 Korean War.

The North' Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Fatherland has proposed working-level talks on 22 August to resume tours to the Mount Kumgang resort in southeastern North Korea. It proposed on 23 August working-level talks to resume family reunions also at the Mount Kumgang resort. It proposed that the resumption of reunions take place on the Festival of the Harvest Moon, called Chusok, on 19 September.

It also proposed a separate round of indirect family reunions via video conference around 4 October -- the anniversary of the 2007 inter-Korean summit, according to the KCNA statement.

Comment: The North's agreement and statement responded to South Korean President Park Geun-Hye's proposal last Thursday that urged the North to "open its heart" and agree to hold the first family reunions since 2010.

The North's reply attempted to finesse two very different programs of engagement. The North tried to ensnare the South into agreeing to discuss resuming tours to Mount Kumgang ahead of the discussions about family reunions. That is because the Mount Kumgang tourist business from South Korea to North Korea, which flourished between 1998 and 2008, was much more profitable than family reunions, which used to take place at the Mount Kumgang resort facilities.

The result is that South Korea has counter-proposed that working level talks occur at Panmunjom and that the order of talks should be reunions followed by tours.

Assuming the North's need for hard currency is as great as it seems, the North will agree to the South's terms.

Iran: For the record. Press sources report that Iran faces a budget shortfall of one third in this year's budget because of lower than expected revenues, senior government officials said.

Oil exports have halved since 2011 as the result of sanctions on Iranian oil sales, shipping and banking imposed by Western nations over Iran's nuclear program. About one-third of the approximately $68 billion budget for March 2013-March 2014 will not be realized, according to Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri, citing figures provided by the administration of former President Ahmadi-Nejad.

Jahangiri was quoted by the ISNA news agency as saying on Sunday that officials told him that "more than one third of the budget is unrealistic" and it must be cut to about $45 billion. "We face a serious budget shortfall."

Comment: Assuming the Vice President's statement is accurate, the nuclear program should be affected by a 33% budget cut. President Rouhani said that Iran will not compromise on its principles but implement a "slogan-free" foreign policy, referring to Ahmadi-Nejad's bombastic style of government. This means, however, the style will change, but the substance will not. There will be continuity of substance between the administrations of Ahmadi-Nejad and Rouhani.

The contraction of the economy should delay, if not degrade, the nuclear program in the coming year, though the effects might not be easily detected for some time.

Egypt: Violence since last Wednesday's crackdown in Cairo total 929 killed, including 70 police officer and more than 4,500 injured. According to al Ahram more than 3,500 Muslim Brotherhood members have been arrested.

The tally follows according to official statements and pro-government Egyptian press.
15 August 638 killed and more than 4,000 injured
16 August 173 killed - in Cairo and in 11 other towns
17 August 79 killed and 549 injured - mostly in Cairo
18 August 36 killed - in an attempted jail break by Brothers under arrest.

On 18 August, the Brotherhood cancelled a large protest demonstration because it could not guarantee its security. The Army was ready for it and prepared to prevent it.

Comment: The Brotherhood's cancellation of the Sunday demonstration plus the decline in daily casualties are strong signs that government control is steadily improving. The numbers of killed and wounded indicate the Brotherhood has sacrificed thousands of its most dedicated activists in futile protests and attacks.

More protests have been called and are likely, but enthusiasm for them might be declining. These are not the signs of a failed state by any measure. The situation appears to be improving and might be best indicated by the resumption of normal operations by transnational companies, including GM.

Militias. The Interior Ministry said on Sunday it will ban groups of vigilantes who have set up self-styled "popular committees" in Cairo. "The interior ministry has decided to ban the creation of popular committees which are used by some to carry out illegal acts," the ministry said in a statement.

Comment: Late last week, Egyptian TV broadcast an appeal by the secular movement Tamarrud (Rebel) for residents of Cairo's neighborhoods to form self-defense militias to protect residents against violence by the Brotherhood. Apparently, the appeal was effective beyond the tolerance of the forces of order. The popular committees were responsible for many of the Brotherhood deaths.

On Sunday, Tamarrud started an online petition to call on the government to refuse to accept US aid and to replace the peace treaty with Israel with one the Egyptians negotiated with Israel without US involvement.

New constitution. In a press conference Sunday, interim President Mansour's legal advisor, Ali Awad, told parliamentary correspondents that the constitutional drafting committee will finish its work Monday,19 August, with the new draft constitution expected to be announced Wednesday.

The 10-member technical committee entrusted with amending the Mursi/Brotherhood's 2012 constitution has almost finished its task, according to a press report. The committee was formed under Article 28 of the constitutional declaration issued by Interim President Adly Mansour 8 July and is headed by Mansour's legal advisor, Ali Awad.

Ahram Online published on Sunday that after almost one month of thorough revision, the committee's members concluded that "fundamental changes must be introduced to 2012 Islamist-backed constitution."

"The 2012 constitution was drafted under the former regime of the Muslim Brotherhood to grant Islamists an upper hand and a final say in Egypt's political future, and this must be changed now," a committee source told Ahram Online. He said that "When the people revolted on 30 June, their main goals were not confined to removing Mohamed Mursi from power, but also changing the fundamental pillars of the religious tyranny the Muslim Brotherhood regime tried its best to impose on Egypt."

The technocrats judge that "the upper house of parliament, the Shura Council, would be scrapped….Most political factions also press for the elimination of this council, which was exploited by the Muslim Brotherhood and its allies over one year to impose their Islamist ideology on the country," the source said, adding: "Not to mention that this council cost the state budget too much money (more than $150 million per year) at a time of severe economic crisis."

Comment: Credible commentaries indicate the new constitution will keep one article that mentions Sharia as a legislative guide, but will drop the many references to Sharia, including its proper schools of interpretation, in the Mursi constitution. The draft will attempt to be carefully secular, meaning that it will attempt to not offend the fundamentalist groups who support the military-backed government and also hate the Brotherhood.

Ripple effects.

Morocco: Around 10,000 people took part in a demonstration in Rabat on Sunday in support of Islamists in Egypt.

Kuwait:The government deported nine Egyptians for demonstrating in support of Mursi.

Saudi Arabia: A prominent Kuwaiti Islamic motivational preacher, Tareq al-Suwaidan, who speaks on a Saudi TV station owned by a nephew of King Abdullah. He was outspokenly critical of the Egyptian military and identified himself as a leader of the Brotherhood. In a statement, the station owner, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, said that the preacher had been warned to keep his politics to himself but had ignored the warnings.

Comment: This action is a small, but important manifestation of a Saudi-encouraged backlash against the Muslim Brotherhood among Arabs.
Only four State Dept employees disciplined over Benghazi get jobs back

by Ed Morrissey / Hot Air

Nearly a year after the terrorist attack on a woefully unprepared American consulate in Benghazi took the lives of four Americans, including the first Ambassdor killed in the line of duty since the Carter administration, only four low-to-midlevel State Department employees have been held accountable for the fatal failure.  Actually, make that … zero.  Secretary of State John Kerry has determined that none of the four deserve disciplinary action, Josh Rogin (a very busy man today) reports for The Daily Beast, and they have all been ordered to return to work (via Instapundit):
Secretary of State John Kerry has determined that the four State Department officials placed on administrative leave by Hillary Clinton after the terrorist attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi do not deserve any formal disciplinary action and has asked them to come back to work at the State Department starting Tuesday.
Last December, Clinton’s staff told four mid-level officials to clean out their desks and hand in their badges after the release of the report of its own internal investigation into the Benghazi attack, compiled by the Administrative Review Board led by former State Department official Tom Pickering and former Joint Chiefs Chairman Ret. Adm. Mike Mullen. Those four officials have been in legal and professional limbo, not fired but unable to return to their jobs, for eight months… until today.
Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Raymond Maxwell, the only official from the State Department’s Near Eastern Affairs bureau to lose his job over the Benghazi attack, told The Daily Beast Monday he received a memo from the State Department’s human resources department informing him his administrative leave status has been lifted and he should report for duty Tuesday morning.
One could read this a couple of different ways.  The disciplinary actions came after the release of the Accountability Review Board report that worked very hard to keep only lower-level careerists accountable for the disaster.  Kerry, on his arrival at Foggy Bottom, conducted a review of the ARB’s findings against his own assessment of the State Department.  If the moves are part of a decision to reopen the issues of failure and incompetence on Benghazi, then restoring the four to duty may be a good idea.

That’s not what this looks like, though, at least according to Rogin’s sources.  None of the four will return to their previous positions, but have been reassigned away from security issues, and supposedly their previous service was a mitigating factor.  However, another factor may have been the demand for hearings from the four disciplined officials, especially Maxwell:
“No explanation, no briefing, just come back to work. So I will go in tomorrow,” Maxwell said.
Maxwell previously told The Daily Beast that the reasons for his administrative leave designation had never been explained to him. He contended that he had little role in Libya policy and no involvement whatsoever in the events leading up to the Benghazi attack.
“The overall goal is to restore my honor,” Maxwell had said.
Restoring the four to duty eliminates the need for hearings over their status — hearings that could easily embarrass the State Department and the Accountability Review Board. From this report, it seems clear that Kerry has no interest in getting to the bottom of the deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans who tried to defend him and our consulate. In the end, no one at all will be accountable for the epic failure, and then the serial lies told in its aftermath, unless Congress imposes it from Capitol Hill.

Get Ready For The Death Of The Petrodollar

by / Personal Liberty Digest

Get Ready For The Death Of The Petrodollar
Even after seven years of writing macroeconomic analysis for the liberty movement and bearing witness to astonishing displays of financial and political stupidity by more “skeptics” than I can count, it never ceases to amaze me the amount of blind faith average Americans place in the strength of the U.S. dollar. One could explain in vast categorical detail the history of fiat currencies, the inevitable destruction caused by inflationary printing and the conundrum caused when any country decides to monetize its own debt just to stay afloat — often, to no avail.

Bank bailouts, mortgage company bailouts, Treasury bond bailouts, stock market bailouts, bailouts of foreign institutions: None of this seems to phase the gibbering bobbleheaded followers of the Federal Reserve cult.  Logic and reason and wisdom bounce like whiffle balls off their thick skulls. They simply parrot one of two painfully predictable arguments:
  • Argument No. 1: There is no way foreign countries will ever dump the U.S. dollar because they are so dependent on American consumers to buy their export goods.
  • Argument No. 2: There is no way the dollar’s value will ever collapse because it is the dominant petro-currency, and the entire world needs dollars to purchase oil.
I have written literally hundreds of articles over the years dismantling the first argument, pointing out undeniable signals that include:
  • China’s subtle dumping of the dollar — using bilateral trade agreements with other developing nations and, more recently, major economic powers like Germany and Japan
  • The massive gold-buying spree undertaken by China and Russia — even in the face of extreme market manipulation by JPMorgan Chase and Co. and CME Group Inc.
  • The dumping of long-term U.S. Treasuries by foreign creditors in exchange for short-term Treasuries that can be liquidated at a moment’s notice.
  • The fact that bonds now are supported almost entirely by Fed stimulus. When the stimulus ends, America’s ability to honor foreign debts will end and faith in the dollar will crumble.
  • Blatant statements by the International Monetary Fund calling for the end of the dollar’s world reserve status and the institution of special drawing rights (SDRs) as a replacement.
The second argument held weight for a short time, only because the political trends in the Mideast had not yet caught up to the financial reality already underway. Today, this is quickly changing. The petrodollar’s status is dependent on a great number of factors remaining in perfect alignment, socially, politically and economically. If a single element were to fall out of place, oil markets would explode with inflation in prices, influencing the rest of the world to abandon the greenback. Here are just a few of the primary catalysts and why they are an early warning of the inevitable death of the petrodollar.


Egyptian Civil War

I was recently contacted by a reader  in reference to an article I wrote concerning the likelihood of civil war in Egypt, a civil war which erupted only weeks later.

She asked why I had waited until this year to make the prediction and why I had not called for such an event after the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak, as many mainstream pundits had. The question bears merit. Why didn’t Egypt ignite with violent internal conflict after Mubarak was deposed? It seemed perfectly plausible, yet the mainstream got the timing (and the reasons) horribly wrong.

My response was simple: The Mideast is being manipulated by elitist organizations towards instability, and this instability is a process. The engineered Arab Spring, I believe, is not so much about the Mideast as it is about the structure of the global economy. An energy crisis would be an effective tool in changing this structure. Collapse in the Mideast would provide perfect opportunity and cover for a grand shift in the global system. However, each political step requires aid from a correct economic atmosphere, and vice versa.

If you want to identify a possible trend within a society, you have to take outside manipulation into account. You have to look at how economic events work in tandem with political events and at how these events benefit globalization as a whole. The time was not right after Mubarak’s overthrow. The mainstream media jumped the gun. If the target is the U.S. dollar and Egypt is the distraction, this year presented perfect opportunity with the now obvious failure of the quantitative easing stimulus paradigm at hand.

As the situation stands, the Egyptian military regime that overthrew Mohammed Morsi has completely cut the Muslim Brotherhood out of the political process and murdered at least 450 protesters, including prisoners already in custody.

Morsi supporters have responded by torching government buildings. But the real fighting will likely begin soon, as the current government calls for a ban on the Muslim Brotherhood itself.

Simultaneously, hatred for the United States and its continued support of the Egyptian power base — regardless of who sits on the throne — is growing to a fever pitch throughout the region.

It is important for Americans to understand that this is not about taking sides. The issue here is that circumstances are nearly perfect for war and that such a war will spread and will greatly damage oil markets. The Suez Canal accounts for nearly 8 percent of the world’s ocean trade, and 4.5 million barrels of oil per day travel the corridor. Already, oil prices have surged due to the mere threat of disruption of the Suez (as I predicted). And this time, the nation is not going to recover. A drawn-out conflict is certain, given the nature of the military coup in place and the adamant opposition of the Muslim population.

Strangely, there are still some in the mainstream arguing that the Suez will “never close” because “it is too important to the Egyptian economy,” The importance of the Suez is irrelevant in the midst of all-out revolution. The Suez will close exactly because there will be no structure left to keep the canal open. In the meantime, oil prices will continue to rise and distrust of the United States will continue to fester.

Facebook Blackout Day...conservative voices standing strong  
By: Diane Sori

Enforcing set rules in an arbitrary fashion is referred to as 'selective enforcement' and the Facebook gods are probably more guilty of this action than anyone else on the internet. With 'selective enforcement' being recognized as a sign of tyranny...an abuse of power...because it allows certain 'select' people to adjudicate so-called justice only when they so choose and to whom they so choose, the Facebook gods have now
elevated 'selective enforcement' to an art form.

Setting themselves up as judge and jury over what can and cannot be posted...what can and cannot be liked, shared, and/or commented on...the Facebook gods sitting in their ivory tower have, in their infinite wisdom, decided that conservative voices must be silenced...if NOT totally at least by sending those voices to the infamous Facebook jail for a timeout...a timeout that can last months if they so choose.

And I know of which I speak for I have been in the infamous Facebook jail seven times within the past year and a half.  The last time was for 60 days for a post I did NOT post nor was I on the internet when the article in question was posted for Crapcast...ooops I mean Comcast...was down yet again, and I had NO internet service for almost 24 hours.  Yet I was banned for someone else's post...for a post the other person admitted to posting...because I happened to have been one of X-number of administrators on the site it was posted on, and should have known the post was a no-no even though I wasn't online.  Guess I was supposed to have ESP and known it was there...LOL.  Seems like now all administrators are responsible to oversee every post, picture, comment, like, etc. on the sites they administer on...which by the way is just about impossible to do, and the Facebook gods know this but just don't care.  This is just one of their many ways to say some ridiculous rule has been broken, and it's usually a rule buried deep within their pages and pages of other ridiculous rules that they 'selectively' pull out to use only against conservative voices. 

And so the new reality is that every day many conservative voices across the great Facebook divide are being or have been silenced.

And while NO one is forced to join Facebook, those who do join rightfully expect the rules to apply to everyone equally...both conservative and liberal voices must be treated as equals for there as many conservative voices and sites as there are liberal voices and sites on Facebook. 

Also, lest we forget that when Facebook started trading on the very public NY Stock Exchange they lost certain 'censorship' rights afforded to privately traded companies, and had to adhere to the Exchange rules on censorship...something the Facebook gods have chosen to ignore and have gotten away with ignoring...and I think you can guess why.

To this end a nationwide 'blackout' of Facebook has been organized to protest the arbitrary and oh so 'selectively enforced' policies and suddenly appearing 'rules of use' targeting conservative voices and sites and only conservative voices and sites. So this is an issue of basic fairness being extended to all Facebook users NO matter their political leanings.

To send a message to the Facebook gods that we conservatives will NOT be silenced, on Sunday, August 25th, all conservatives are being asked to suspend (deactivate) their Facebook accounts for at least 24 hours, and that if you're a business or promoting a page and have a FB advertising account, you're being asked to suspend that account for the 24 hour period also.

Now while I wholeheartedly agree with the premise of this event I must be honest with all my blog followers, Facebook friends, and those on the sites I administer on and say that while I will stay off Facebook that day...including NOT logging-in to even so much as view Facebook...I will NOT deactivate my account, temporarily or otherwise for the one thing the event organizers did NOT take into account or just overlooked is the fact that the Facebook gods' computers will know who has deactivated their accounts either temporarily or permanently.  And knowing that and knowing why the accounts were closed they can stop that person from reactivating their accounts, and for many of us who use Facebook for business or who use Facebook in our jobs as professional writers and bloggers, we cannot afford to permanently lose our access to Facebook.

So while NOT logging into Facebook but NOT deactivating my account is my way of honoring the intentions and spirit of Facebook Blackout Day, whatever way you decide to honor that day please take a few moments while off Facebook to check out the alternative venues to Facebook along with some great conservative blogs...venues like Lady Patriots, Patriot Space, Tea Party Tribune, Tea Party Community, Official Tea Party USA, Tea Party Organizers, Freedom Torch, Freedom Connector, Well Regulated Militias, United Patriots, American Conservative 2 Conservative, Goggle Plus, Twitter, and conservative blogs like The Patriot Factor, Conservative Firing Line, The National Patriot, Patriot Press, Libusters, The Dryer Report, Right Speak, The Daily Rant, and many others.

But above all else, remember the famous saying, 'united we stand, divided we fall' and please join us on Sunday, August 25th, and stand strong against the Facebook gods and their censorship of conservative voices and sites.  United together we will send a powerful message that conservative voices will NOT be silenced.

Related sites:

http://www.examiner.com/article/facebook-bans-conservative-blogger-for-linkshe-didnot-post  http://conservativefiringline.com/announcing-everyone-blog-about-facebook-blackout-day