I started this thread to communicate from Sacramento, CA where I'm at the CA GOP Convention that starts at 9AM.
It took me about 4 1/2 hours to get to Sacramento and an hour in traffic to get to my hotel.
I passed banners welcoming delegates to the CA GOP Convention, a Scientology Building, a Mason Hall, a school and park protesting closure, and the mayor was about to deliver a message to the residents, some 4000 people .. pretty interesting beginning, eh?
Alleged Wikileaks whistleblower says he tried contacting major newspapers before going public
By Janet Reitman | Rolling Stone | March 1, 2013
For over a year, the story of Bradley Manning has been covered by a handful of journalists, many of them young, independent bloggers or reporters who have tirelessly shown up at hearing after hearing while more mainstream press has largely stayed home. The clearest example of this came during the hearings on Manning's pretrial punishment, which I write about in the new issue of Rolling Stone, when – after a series of scathing tweets from some of the aforementioned independent reporters – The New York Times' public editor called her own newspaper on its negligence. The Times then began sending a reporter to the proceedings. Now, thanks to Manning's stunning testimony in court yesterday, we learn that both The Washington Post and The New York Times – the papers that broke Watergate and published the Pentagon Papers, respectively – were offered the entire trove of Iraq and Afghanistan War Logs long before Manning turned to Wikileaks as a last resort. According to Manning's statement, they failed to respond.
Ron Paul was on CNBC this evening to discuss the sequester
I have no friends (other than family) and for the most part I LIKE it that way. I haven't made a new friend in over 6 years, but I met a woman yesterday that I think I would like to make my friend.
The sound of little birds peeping led me to an area of the store where tubs filled with sawdust and cute little chicks and ducklings were kept. Mesmerised by their cuteness I stayed a moment to watch, and noticed a woman buying several small birds. Anyway, we started chatting, and she told me she had a small 1 acre farm, she's into canning, and gardening.
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger | Friday, March 1, 2013
(NaturalNews) Iowa is on the verge of legalizing raw milk sales from dairy farms, and legislation has been introduced for that purpose. Raw milk is currently illegal to sell across most of the United States of America, the "land of the free" where freedom has been systematically crushed by oppressive government. Cuba doesn't outlaw raw milk. China doesn't outlaw raw milk. Even North Korea doesn't outlaw raw milk. Raw milk is legal to buy, sell and drink in Peru, Ecuador, Panama and most Central and South American countries. But in America, the FDA mandates that all milk be pasteurized, and this obscenely ignorant rule has resulted in a pandemic of milk allergies, digestive disorders, milk-caused autoimmune disorders and also the criminalization of raw dairy farmers.
Former CIA officer John Kiriakou headed to prison on Thursday to begin serving his 30 month sentence for his involvement in exposing the torture tactics implemented by the US government. Kiriakou was the first ever government official to confirm that waterboarding was used against detainees.
After admitting guilt in 10 of 22 charges, soldier reveals how he came to share classified documents with WikiLeaks and talks of 'bloodlust' of US helicopter crew
by Ed Pilkington | The Guardian | February 28, 2013
Bradley Manning, the solider accused of the biggest unauthorised disclosure of state secrets in US history, has admitted for the first time to being the source of the leak, telling a military court that he passed the information to a whistleblowing website because he believed the American people had a right to know the "true costs of war".
At a pre-trial hearing on a Maryland military base, Manning, 25, who faces spending the rest of his life in military custody, read out a 35-page statement in which he gave an impassioned account of his motives for transmitting classified documents and videos he had obtained while working as an intelligence analyst outside Baghdad.
Sitting at the defence bench in a hushed courtroom, Manning said he was sickened by the apparent "bloodlust" of a helicopter crew involved in an attack on a group in Baghdad that turned out to include Reuters correspondents and children.
Bradley Manning is going to jail for 20 years not because he did this, but because he exposed this. If you haven't seen the video, please spare the time for Bradley. He's sentenced to 20 years in a cage because of it. Can you spare 17 minutes to find out why?
If you have seen it, please take the time to watch it again in full. I watched it when it came out. Highly disturbing: The idea that somehow I'm doing this, at least enabling it with my taxes is disturbing. Worse yet is that I'm doing nothing towards stopping it. What can one do, aside from throw one's body on the gears of the machine?
He's no chicken. I hope one day I can have that kind of courage.
History chose Bradley Manning. Once upon a time, he was just like us. An anonymous nobody. There's no telling when history might choose you, too.
This was originally posted on the Daily Paul on on April 7, 2010, by legalizeliberty.
The video was shocking and disgusting when it premiered. And ultimately, disappointing, because nothing happened. No one was brought to justice. But now, nearly 3 years later, the "justice" is being served on the wrong person, on the wrong side.
This one is for Bradley Manning, who took these words seriously.
I'm starting with the Man In The Mirror,
I'm asking him to change his ways
And no message could have
Been any clearer:
If you want to make the
World a better place
Take a look at yourself and
Then make the change
Bradley showed an incredible spiritual faith in what he did. It was simply the right thing to do. He knew it. Rules and laws be damned. And not only did he know it, he did it.
In his first speech as Defense Secretary, Hagel called for renewing old alliances and building new ones
by John Glaser, February 27, 2013
In his first speech as Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel told an audience of US troops and defense officials at the Pentagon that the US should engage with the world instead of try to dictate to it.
“We can’t dictate to the world, but we must engage with the world,” he said. “That engagement in the world should be done wisely. And the resources that we employ on behalf of our country and our allies should always be applied wisely.”
"Certainly we would never stand for that. We did."
"A new Rasmussen Reports poll finds that traditional network news continues to fall as the nation's source for news. The internet now is a bigger source of news for Americans than network TV, by a point, 25 percent to 24 percent."
One percentage point, but what a sweet point that is.