Saturday, March 31, 2012

*Special Comment*– Diva Olbermann dropped from Current TV

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By Andrew Steele

Keith Olbermann, who railed against the Bush administration when it was cool to be anti-establishment, only to pucker his lips along with much of the left with the (s)election of Barack Obama, has been let go from his current gig at Al Gore’s Current TV over various issues, including accusations by the network that he tried to “sabotage” it. Details surrounding the accusation of sabotage at this point aren’t clear, however it appears the conditions in which Mr. Olbermann had to work weren’t fit enough for him and his 50 million dollar contract, which led to conflict between him and the network.

From the Huffington Post:

“In January, his sudden absence from Current’s coverage of the Iowa caucuses led to open warfare between the two sides. Olbermann fired off a statement saying that he was “not given a legitimate opportunity to host under acceptable conditions,” adding, “They know it and we know it. Telling half the story is wrong.”

There were also reports that Olbermann was incensed by repeated technical problems with his show, and miffed that he was not being given a greater say in deciding which shows were going to precede and follow his. (During his time on Current, the network added shows featuring Cenk Uygur at 7 PM and Jennifer Granholm at 9 PM.)”

Olbermann also apparently missed 19 out of 41 working days, citing undisclosed ‘medical reasons’. He put in for a day on on March 5th, one day before Super Tuesday, and was denied, yet he took it anyway.

Regarding Olbermann’s missed days of work, nobody in the general public can know if his medical issues are real or fabricated. However Olbermann’s on-going hissy-fit over supposedly unacceptable conditions in which he couldn’t exercise power over other peoples’ shows, and over technical problems is not likely to win sympathy with the legions of others in the alternative media that Current TV claims to be a part of, many of whom produce videos with nothing but a laptop and cheap software that can often fail and freeze up, work menial jobs during the day while writing content at night, and pay for their own bus tickets or gas to travel to and cover news worthy events when the mainstream media won’t. These are the people who have more and more framed the subjects of discussion in the news as people turn pundits like Olbermann (when he was at MSNBC) off in order to watch their peers’ YouTube videos. This is the third anchor job Olbermann has been fired from. Some Progressive sites write positively of Olbermann’s recent departure from Current TV as a sign that he doesn’t compromise with the people that give him a platform and sign his checks. Though sometimes this is a noble demonstration of character when it involves a reporter not giving up his journalistic integrity for corporate interests, given the fact that Olbermann mostly stopped caring about war and loss of liberties under Obama when he was at MSNBC and clashed with Current TV over things that should have been minor troubles for someone looking simply to deliver the news in a still developing medium, it appears Olbermann’s diva attitude is the ultimate cause of tension in this matter.

Any news ‘talent’ that relies so much on gimmicks and computer props to push his a message is anything but.

While anyone who cares about the future of humanity won’t find themselves cheering for Al Gore and his hijacking of the “Green” movement for personal gain, it’s understandable that a globalist seeking to portray an image of sincerity to his audience would distance himself from Keith Olbermann after seeing the clay feet on which he stands. As citizen journalists try to right the wrongs being done in their name and retake control of the national dialog, the globalists who claim to sit atop the pyramid are tearing each other apart…the eventual fate of most egocentric, power seeking villains throughout history.

Good riddance.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

NYS Gun Microstamping Bill would chase EVEN MORE jobs away from depressed area

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By Andrew Steele

Remington Arms–0ne of the world’s major gun manufacturers– is threatening to pull its plant out of Illion, NY because of a proposed bill that would require gun manufacturers in the state to microstamp the firearms they produce.

Microstamping is a controversial technology that uses a lasers to engrave a microscopic marking onto the tip of a gun’s firing pin and breech face. When the spent cartridges are ejected after the gun is fired, microscopic markings are imprinted on the cartridges. They can then be recovered by police and examined by forensic ballistics experts to trace the firearm through its life to the registered owner.

The plant employs 1000 people in an economically region of the state. As another potential example of control freak government chasing jobs away and out of the hands of the people it represents, the loss of Remington Arms would be a heavy blow to a community struggling to keep its head above water as the United States economy is brought down by design and after the state’s business unfriendly political climate has already taken a heavy toll.

In a letter to NY governor Cuomo the company’s chief strategy officer wrote: “Mandating firearms micro-stamping will restrict the ability of Remington to expand business in the Empire State…Worse yet, Remington could be forced to reconsider its commitment to the New York market altogether rather than spend the astronomical sums of money needed to completely reconfigure our manufacturing and assembly processes.”

Microstamping itself is not a reliable technology. According to the “Truth About Guns” blog, there are several reasons why (even for people who support government dictates) it’s not ready for mandatory use. Included among the reasons listed is the fact that the stamps wear out and disappear, the fact that revolvers keep their casing inside after the gun is shot, the fact that because somebody shoots a gun doesn’t mean they are the owner of the gun, the fact that spent casings from a different gun can be placed around a murder victim in order to frame another person, and the fact that people can simply buy used guns instead of new ones. (It’s all about perpetual consumption in the American economy we’re told).

According to the NY Daily News, Democratic efforts to bring the microstamping bill to the floor have been blocked and it is not expected to clear the GOP-controlled Senate.

The mandate would not make people safer. It would simply be another example of a yippy-dog government attempting to mark its territory on the pant legs of citizens and producers, succeeding only in chasing its masters away and leaving nobody around to feed it.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Political Exploitation and Selective Outrage in the aftermath of Trayvon Martin’s death

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By Andrew Steele

Political figures and the media have stirred up the nation by turning a local violent incident into the crime of the century. The circumstances involve a Hispanic man (with a white father) shooting a black teenager. The killing has been framed as being racially motivated, though no real evidence to support this has been presented yet.

Initially the story was portrayed to the public that Neighborhood Watch volunteer George Zimmerman stalked 17 year old Trayvon Martin when he saw him walking and shot him in cold blood. The police did not arrest Zimmerman which, based on receiving the above described account of the incident, caused the nation to react with anger.

Amidst the fury, Spike Lee tweeted Zimmerman’s (incorrect) home address, presumably in the hope that some crazed person would bring his or her outrage to Zimmerman’s doorstep.

The New Black Panthers put a $10,000 bounty on Zimmerman’s head, wanting him “dead or alive”. Because the man hasn’t been charged with a crime this means that the New Black Panthers have openly offered to pay for someone to either murder or kidnap a still presumed innocent person.

Now Zimmerman’s side of the story has been reported.

According to Zimmerman, on that night he got out of his SUV and tried to follow Martin against the advice of a 911 operator, then lost track of him. As he was walking back to his vehicle Martin came up to him from behind and asked Zimmerman if he had a problem. Zimmerman said no which, according to Zimmerman, prompted Martin to say something like ‘well you do now’ and attack him.

From the AP:

“The Orlando Sentinel reported that George Zimmerman told police he lost 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in the neighborhood he regularly patrolled and was walking back to his vehicle last month when the youth approached him from behind.

The two exchanged words, Zimmerman said, and Martin then punched him, jumped on top of him and began banging his head on a sidewalk. Zimmerman said he began crying for help; Martin’s family thinks it was their son who was crying out. Witness accounts differ and 911 tapes in which the voices are heard are not clear.”

ABC News reported that Zimmerman told police that Martin knocked him down and attempted to take his gun.

Police say witnesses have corroborated Zimmerman’s version of the story. Of course, Trayvon Martin isn’t alive to tell his side. Apparently police treated Zimmerman– who was bleeding from the nose and head when they arrived on the scene– but he refused to go to the hospital.

Here is the most obvious fact about the case– nobody in America knows what actually happened except for the people involved. Not Spike Lee, not the New Black Panthers, not the pundits on TV, or the grandstanding politicians. However the media and certain political figures have jumped on this sad story to glorify themselves and attack Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” (Castle Doctrine) law.

While opportunistic figures like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton leap in front of the cameras to express their well practiced outrage, President Obama– whose administration is openly hostile to the 2nd Amendment – has cherry picked this particular instance of violence in America to tear at heart strings and tell the nation that if he had a son, he would look like Trayvon. This attempt to subconsciously put in the nation’s mind the idea of Trayvon Martin being Obama’s son only shows that the President, like the god Titan Cronus in mythology, is willing to devour his own children to cement his power during this reelection season and demonize those who have firearms and are not under the government’s thumb. Based on elitist assumptions that Americans are mentally malleable enough to buy anything if it’s packaged in emotional rhetoric and portrayed like something they would see on TV, the story of a presidential father figure reflecting on how an innocent victim of gun violence reminds him of the son he never had and further strengthening his resolve against gun rights, regardless of what the U.S. Constitution says, would be good material for an episode of The West Wing. While some waste time debating the irrelevant issue of whether or not the President is actually a Christian or a Muslim, the truth is that Edward Bernays is the only figure successful politicians like Obama follow the teachings of.

Obama’s comments about Trayvon Martin beg the question of whether or not Ramarley Graham, the unarmed teenager who was shot by the NYPD in his home after police busted into it could have also been the President’s son.

Or perhaps if 7 year old Aiyana Stanley-Jones, who was shot by police in her home, could have been his third daughter.

The reason America’s national political and media establishments are shining a brighter spotlight on the Trayvon Martin case than on these instances of gun violence against children is because Trayvon’s shooting involves a member of a citizens’ group rather than the police. It’s a perfect opportunity to attack citizen empowerment and drive home the idea that the people are incapable of responsibly defending themselves, and thus should be disarmed so that government approved “authorities” are the only ones who can defend themselves with guns. Even though there are several documented cases of police not responding to calls in enough time to save victims of violent crimes, and police have proven to be just as guilty of initiating conflicts and using lethal force when not it’s not necessary, the idea being pushed now is that it’s the people who need to be punished in order to avenge the death of the President’s hypothetical son, not just the individual.

Some defenders of Zimmerman have pointed to past trouble Martin was involved in and tendencies he allegedly exhibited as evidence of his guilt in initiating the fight. This is not evidence. His past, his mannerisms, and his style are irrelevant to what happened on that fateful night. If Zimmerman’s account of the incident, and the police department’s judgement were false and Zimmerman in fact initiated the fight that resulted in Martin’s death then that would not be classified as “standing his ground” and be unrelated to the law that the media and the anti-gun advocates are attacking. Going out looking for a fight is entirely different than defending yourself and your property.

Rep Dennis Baxley, who wrote the law that is now under attack, has written:

“Quite simply the castle doctrine is a good law which now protects individuals in a majority of states. However, the castle doctrine does not provide protection to individuals who seek to pursue and confront others, as is allegedly the case in the Trayvon Martin tragedy in Sanford.”

Still, though Zimmerman shouldn’t have followed Martin, Martin was not justified in attacking him….if that’s what happened.

In either case the law is not the problem. The sad story of Trayvon Martin is a criminal matter, not a political one. While it is appropriate for the media to explore what really happened to him, it is not appropriate for the President and his supporters to stand on Trayvon’s corpse for political gain, or for the media to stir up racial tension because the person who died happened to be black.

Chinese pundit mentions China and Russia leading a “New World Order”

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By Andrew Steele

In the following video from RT, a Chinese pundit calls for a movement with the goal being for China and Russia to lead a new world order where no nations can unilaterally and aggressively attack sovereign nations like Libya.

It’s interesting how this is framed from the Chinese angle, but the end result expressed here sounds similar to the Anglo-American globalists’ goal– that itself being a new world order.

The new world order according to the Anglo-American globalists means national sovereignty being thrown out the window and “inter-dependence” locking all nations into mutual bondage.

Indeed, such a result could come about from a third World War between Western and Eastern powers that destroys infrastructure and creates chaos and fear, with global government being established in the aftermath so that it can never happen again. This would obviously rise in the aftermath of a Western victory, but also could result from an Eastern victory as well. People seeking more power, who care not about the nations they live in or their fellow citizens, would certainly have no reservations over hijacking the wealth and might of the United States to overthrow sovereign countries while getting destroyed in the process, using U.S. and European aggression as the back story for the ultimate surrender of Western nations, and thesurrender of their citizens’ freedoms. Thus the planet would be “balanced” and right for the picking for a technologically policed, world socialist system to be implemented.

Then again, the Chinese could be just one more faction legitimately fighting to sit atop the “new world order” pyramid being created as it watches the United States destroy itself in its own grab for power.

As the song says, “Everybody wants to rule the world”.

Monday, March 19, 2012

U.S. training Ugandan military members to be its proxy army

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By Andrew Steele

From the Army Times, 3/18/12:

“Africa Deployment Assistance Partnership Teams personnel from U.S. Army Africa and Tennessee National Guard traveled to Uganda Feb. 20-24 to conduct Phase I training for 17 Army and 10 Air Force members of the Uganda People’s Defense Force.”

Just as the Vietnam War began for Americans quietly with the deployment of military advisers , the administration’s desired war in Africa is off to a similar start. The only difference is that it’s been accompanied by a propaganda movie and campaign called KONY 2012, which suffered a magnificent implosion as the public’s initial mindless excitement gave way to skepticism and criticism, and eventually a PR damaging meltdown by the film’s director.

The KONY 2012 film debuted after the deployment of the U.S. Army to Uganda.

According to the article, the U.S. Army trained Ugandan soldiers in such tasks as “unit movement planning, hazardous material handling and compatibility, movement control basics, and air load planning to build host nation deployment capacity via a phased, long term approach”.

Stars and Stripes reported on 3/15/12 that U.S. Marines are training Ugandan troops to eventually be used for intervening in the civil war in Somalia:

“As part of the Somalia-focused mission, the Marines are helping to transform combat-experienced Ugandan soldiers into counterterrorism engineers, who will then deploy to Somalia in support of infantry battalions already taking part in the AU mission there….”

It also said:

“The soldiers on training will use the acquired knowledge in war-torn Somalia and in the hunt down of fugitive LRA commander Joseph Kony, wherever he is,” said Ugandan People’s Defense Force Lt. Col. Richard C. Wakayinja, in a separate Marine news release.

So far, the task force has deployed small teams to five African nations, including some threatened by the terror group al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, according to a Marine news release.”

The United States’ drive to “assist” the people of Africa coincides with its own economic decline in the shadow of China’s rise. Energy-hungry China is expected to enjoy a “honeymoon” period in its investment in Africa, yet is threatened by Western staged uprisings and strife there, such as in Libya, where it abandoned billions of dollars worth of projects because of the chaos that the Western backed rebels created.

Former Mossad head publicly points finger at Iran for murders in France

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By Andrew Steele

In the aftermath of the tragic shootings in France, the most recent taking place at a Jewish school in Toulose and killing a rabbi, his two sons and another child, former Mossad head Danny Yatom is already pointing the finger at Iran.

From CBC News 3/19/12:

Yatom says he believes Iran or its Lebanese proxy Hezbollah is likely behind the attack, but did not elaborate. He says assailants prefer Jewish civilian targets because they are easier to hit than Israeli ones.

Israel views Iran as an existential threat because of its nuclear program, support for militant groups and calls for the Jewish state’s destruction.

Citing an interview with Yatom on Israel Radio that took place after the latest shooting, the AP reported him as saying that the attack on the Jewish school is part of a “wave of terror” being directed against Jews and Israelis worldwide.

Just like hitmen that killed Iranian scientist Mostafa Ahmadi Rosha by riding up to his car and slapping a magnetic bomb to it, the killer(s) in the French shootings too were on motorcycles.

Despite whether or not it’s even true that the Iranian government was involved in the shootings, the Western establishment media will be quick to hype the the possible Iran connection and use the tragic murders to sell a wider tragedy in the form of a war that our government and Israel’s have been trying to provoke for years. If there is any actual proof that the Iranian government had something to do with the murders then that proof needs to be laid out first. As well, given Israel’s history of using false flags to weaken relations between nations for its own interests, Israel’s involvement, as well as the involvement of other international intelligence agencies, needs to be investigated…if the crime was even politically motivated to begin with and not the work of a mentally ill person, or an anti-semite acting independently.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

KONY 2012 director has public meltdown

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By Andrew Steele

Jason Russell– the director of the Kony 2012 war propaganda movie– was arrested Friday after he was found running through the streets in his underwear, masturbating in public, and vandalizing cars. The San Diego Police Department said that Russell appeared to be under the influence of something, but didn’t say what.

“Due to the nature of the detention, he was not arrested. During the evaluation we learned we probably needed to take him to a medical facility because of statements he was saying,” said Lt. Andra Brown of the San Diego police.

Thanks to a media campaign promoting the cause of sending troops to conquer Africa under the guise of searching for the long lost warlord Joseph Kony, Russell’s video received 80 millions views in a week. Like a cartoon character walking off a cliff a few feet in the air before falling, the video seemed to suck many into promoting its message of foreign intervention before reality suddenly and swiftly set in and criticism of the film and its message drowned out the war cries. The film came under heavy fire, not only in America, but in Uganda too, where it sparked riots because of its elevation of Joseph Kony to celebrity infamy.

Danica Russell– Jason’s wife– released a statement saying that Russell has been overwhelmed by the publicity the video has received. She has denied the substance abuse allegations and blamed his meltdown on “extreme exhaustion and dehydration.”

Invisible Children, the charity behind the film, also released a statement from its CEO Ben Keesy saying they they were “devastated to see (Jason) dealing with this personal health issue”.

Friday, March 16, 2012

George Clooney shows it’s hunky to sell Western interventionist power grabs

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By Andrew Steele

Actor George Clooney was arrested in front of the Sudanese embassy in Washington DC in a publicity stunt designed to make the coming U.S. invasion of Africa seem like a grassroots invention of humanitarian activists instead of a long ago planned strategy for stealing the continent’s resources. This comes after the actor met with President Obama on Thursday and announced that he had come away ‘encouraged that there is high-level interest in doing more to help a region that soon could suffer mass starvation’. Apparently several other Congressmen were arrested with Clooney.

Clooney is also involved in the Kony 2012 war propaganda movement which tries to brand a new Vietnam as a charitable outreach and convince a new generation of young people that the soldiers among them need to die in a jungle for world empire.

Adoring fans are melting over the Hollywood hunk’s media coordinated arrest.

Interestingly enough, Clooney is appealing to China to ‘cooperate’ with the proposed U.S. efforts in Sudan, which would include sanctions– an act of war.

From the Huffington Post:

“The actor held out hope for cooperation from China on Sudan even though Beijing has protected the Syrian regime from censure by the U.N. Security Council. He said energy-hungry China receives about 6 percent of its oil from Sudan, giving it an economic incentive to work to bring peace to the region.

Oil-rich South Sudan and Sudan, the keeper of the pipelines, have been at odds over oil and profits. Exports have stopped, which is applying pressure on oil prices worldwide.”

Indeed, China does have a stake over what happens in Africa. Africa’s Standard Bank Group– the continent’s biggest lender by assets– recently announced in the China Daily that in the next ten years China and Africa will experience a “honeymoon” period in terms of investment. As well, their areas of cooperation will be extended.

From that article:

“From my perspective I see Sino-African cooperation moving beyond political expediency to a point where it will be driven by ‘Africa needing China and China needing Africa’ – a good basis on which to build trust and expand cooperation,” said Craig Bond, chief executive of the bank’s operations in China.

Bond said that Africa needs China to help fund and refresh its ailing infrastructure, while in turn, China needs Africa for its abundant natural resources. China also has a vested interest in seeing Africa prosper and improve the quality of life, opportunities and wealth of its people, as the continent’s growing middle class offers a huge future market for Chinese manufactured goods, according to Bond.

“China is clearly committed to significant investment in Africa and understands the important role it must play in refreshing and funding pan-African infrastructure in exchange for access to its mineral resources and new markets,” he said.”

China-- a rising power in the shadow of the West's fall-- is the real target of the Kony 2012 movement and the White House's sudden concern about humanitarian issues in Sudan. As the West moves into the Middle East and Africa through staged uprisings and potential invasions, it seeks to chase China out and reestablish its global supremacy.

Last year China was forced to abandon billions of dollars worth or projects in Libya because of the Western staged uprising there.

No Mutiny in the Leatherneck– Marines made to disarm for Panetta’s visit

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By Andrew Steele

The powers that be don’t trust the men and women they’re sending into Afghanistan to die for their geopolitical game.

Marines were asked to disarm during Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta’s latest visit to Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan. This comes after a U.S. soldier went on a rampage that killed several civilians, and after an Afghan civilian in a pickup truck failed in an attack on Panetta’s plane as it landed.

From the New York Times:

“In a sign of the nervousness surrounding the trip, a sergeant major abruptly told the Marines gathered to hear Mr. Panetta in a tent at Camp Leatherneck to get up, place their M-16 and M-4 automatic rifles and 9-millimeter pistols outside, and return unarmed. The sergeant major, Brandon Hall, told reporters that he was acting on orders.

“All I know is I was told to get the weapons out,” he said. Asked why, he replied: “Somebody got itchy — that’s all I’ve got to say. Somebody got itchy. We just adjust.”

Normally, American forces in Afghanistan keep their weapons when the defense secretary visits and speaks to them. The Afghans in the tent had not been armed to begin with, as is typical.”

The fact that security for the U.S. Defense Secretary is so fearful of America’s own troops shows that they know our men and women in uniform, stuck in the hell our government created for them in Afghanistan, are sick of the war there…. continuing now ten years after it started, still with no end in sight.


“Now you’ve given your last command on this ship. We’ll be men again if we hang for it.” — Lt. Fletcher Christian, Mutiny on the Bounty

Thursday, March 15, 2012

KONY 2012: Massive day of war propaganda action planned under cryptic title, “Cover the Night”

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By Andrew Steele

As members of the House introduce a resolution calling for stepped-up efforts to expand regional forces to “protect citizens and pursue LRA commanders” in Uganda as a result of the mass PR campaign pushing war in Africa called KONY 2012, the charity behind it– Invisible Children– is preparing to stir people up in a massive day of action planned for next month.

Under the cryptic sounding name “Cover the Night”, tens of thousands of people are expected to take part in activities calling for the arrest or death of America’s new “Goldstein” known as Joseph Kony, who’s sudden rise in infamy comes coincidentally as America seeks to conquer the resources of Africa and chase the Chinese off the continent. Particular targets in the “Cover the Night” effort will be colleges and schools. Invisible Children and the propaganda media are attempting to convince younger generations that surrendering their future further to national economic decay through wasteful war spending and inevitably slaughtering Africans is “humanitarian” and that dying in some God forsaken jungle in a pointless conflict that has all the potential of being a worse disaster than Vietnam is their duty as citizens of the world.

Joseph Kony, while obviously a brutal warlord no different than other warlords in Africa, hasn’t been seen for years in Uganda and some say he may even be dead. With him as an open-ended target of an invasion effort– like Osama bin Laden was until he was written out of the script when the U.S. government pretended to kill him in 2011– efforts to chase him would easily lead the U.S. military all over Africa and make the continent a giant battlefield to for the West to conquer.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Witness tells crime blogger Breitbart was ‘bright red’ when he died; “He fell hard like a sack of potatoes”

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By Andrew Steele

A blogger who says he is a licensed private detective and a former Chicago policeman, writing for his site Crime File News, has interviewed a witness to the Breitbart death.

According to the blog post, which features pictures of the interview, the witness– Christopher Lasseter– said he was walking his dog when he saw Breitbart crossing Barrington from the Brentwood– the bar/restaurant where Breitbart stopped for a drink and engaged in a conversation with Arthur Sando, who told The Hollywood Reporter that Breitbart didn’t exhibit any signs of health or other problems and didn’t drink excessively when they spoke.

Breitbart walked in the direction of the Starbucks across the street without apparent distress. When Breitbart stepped onto the curb, said Lasseter, ““He fell hard like a sack of potatoes.” His skin was bright red and he died on his back with his head near a lamp post and his feet under a newspaper vending machine. (Crime File News’ photo of where he died is available HERE.)

Lasseter and a still unidentified man who called 911 were instructed by the operator to do chest compressions on Breitbart until the paramedics arrived.

Apparently the video of the interview is property of TMZ and has not been released yet. When I called TMZ to verify if they had this video I received no immediate comment and was promised a callback. (Which after several hours I haven’t received).

When pushed by a commenter about selling the tape to TMZ and the potential of TMZ keeping it buried, the “CrimeFile” blogger replied:

“For the record, TMZ was fair with me for sure. Harvey Levin is perhaps a Liberal but he’s fair and I trust him implicitly to do business with anytime.

With respect to the witness I interviewed he simply can be located and re-interviewed anytime. There are also police reports and material in possession of the medical examiner.

Let’s hope the medical examiner and toxicologist are on the square. We will have to wait and see.”

Friday, March 9, 2012

Breitbart’s death needs to be investigated for the sake and safety of ALL journalists

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By Andrew Steele

A month ago, while speaking at CPAC, conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart bragged to his audience about having incriminating videos of Barack Obama that would sink the president’s reelection campaign. Later he told Lawrence Sinclair of Sinclair News “Wait til they see what happens March 1st.”

On March 1st, shortly after midnight, Andrew Breitbart was dead at the age of 43. Even before there was an autopsy the media was quick to assure the shocked public that Breitbart had died of “natural causes”. Conservative, and even some liberal, mouthpieces shared their fond memories of Breitbart on television and in opinion pieces, while others– like Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone– happily basked in the death of their ideological rival.

Breitbart’s final hours were described to The Hollywood Reporter by Arthur Sando, who is a publicity and marketing executive for the dietary supplement company MonaVie and has worked for several large television networks in the past. According to Sando, Breitbart walked into The Brentwood– a restaurant and bar in L.A.– and sat down next to him. Sando recognized Breitbart due to his fame and they engaged in a discussion for about two hours. Sando said that Breitbart was “friendly and engaging” and that he had stopped at the bar for a drink but hadn’t come there to meet anyone in particular. Breitbart didn’t drink excessively, according to Sando’s account, was on his blackberry a lot, and didn’t exhibit any signs of health or other problems. Before Breitbart left they exchanged contact information and planned on getting together.

Later that night (at about 12:30 or 1 a.m) Breitbart was found on the sidewalk near his Westwood home after having collapsed, according to his father-in-law, Orson Bean.

“He was walking near the house somewhere…. He was taken by paramedics to UCLA and they couldn’t revive him,” said Bean.

Other reports mention that a neighbor saw Breitbart collapse.

As of this writing the results of the autopsy are still pending.

Though Breitbart was no spring chicken, at 43 he was still young enough for his death to be considered untimely. It’s been reported that Breitbart had heart problems (I have yet to find any source detailing what specific heart problems he had, however). His editor in chief Joel Pollak spoke to Carol Felsenthal for a piece that was posted on The Hill. Though Felsenthal wrote that Pollak never said so specifically, she claimed he indicated that he thought Breitbart died of natural causes.

Yet in that piece Pollack was quoted as saying:

“Andrew was the picture of health. I had a conversation with someone who had been with Andrew on the day before he died and this person told me, ‘Andrew looked so good.’ He went to the gym the day he died, he was losing weight, he was healthy and robust.”

Since Andrew Breitbart was adopted and his birth parents’ identities have not been disclosed to the general public, it’s currently unknown whether or not he had a genetic predisposition to early death due to heart disease or any other kind of ailment.

As the first suspicions were being raised about the amazing timing of Breitbart’s death– taking place in the first hour of the very day he planned to release allegedly controversial video footage– mainstream media columnists began their usual attacks on those voicing their suspicions, with slurs and insults but very few facts to reassure a rightfully distrustful public that Breitbart couldn’t possibly have been the victim of an assassination. The nature of Breitbart’s death leads many to dismiss reasonable questions about the timing as “conspiracy theories” because indeed it is true that sometimes people unexpectedly die young of natural causes. What usually comes to most people’s minds when imagining political murders are violent scenes in which a person is shot or quietly strangled, or some kind of traceable poison is slipped into his or her drink. These kinds of scenes play out in movies and do little to inform the public of how terrifyingly simple it is for a person with the right resources to murder another and make it look like a natural death, leaving behind no trace of the crime whatsoever.

It is indeed possible to make somebody to have a heart attack.

As far back as 1975, during the Church Committee hearings, it was revealed that the CIA had developed a poison that could cause a person to have a sudden heart attack. They froze the poison into the shape of a dart and fired it at high speed from a pistol so that it would go right through the clothes of the person who was shot, melt, and be absorbed into the body and blood to initiate the heart attack, leaving nothing but a small red mark on the body. The poison was developed in such a way that it was undetectable by the autopsy procedures of the time.

Again, Breitbart’s official cause of death hasn’t been released yet, however a heart attack is the explanation that the media seems to be herding the public towards. This is just one example of a weapon that came to light many decades ago, reluctantly revealed to a committee investigating the activities of American intelligence services. It’s a testament to what the U.S. government was capable of in 1975, and says nothing of how that technology has been improved thirty-seven years later, or what nasty devices and poisons they managed to keep secret.

Of course, an order to kill Breitbart need not have even come directly from the White House. It could have come from parties interested in seeing that the President stay in office. Certainly if the CIA can figure out how to kill a person in a cleverly untraceable way, so can the organizations of powerful people who may have copied the CIA’s methods and technology or even had it directly given to them at one point or another.

It’s on record that in the past the U.S. government has worked with the mob.

Under “Operation Underworld” the U.S. government cooperated with organized crime figures during World War 2 to counter Axis spies and saboteurs along the U.S. northeastern seaboard ports, avoid labor union strikes, and fight theft by black-marketeers of war supplies.

The CIA also utilized members of the mob in plotting to kill Fidel Castro.

As the article “The Plots to Kill Castro” by Edward Jay Epstein, (published in the June 2000 issue of GEORGE) explains, investigations by the CIA’s Inspector General in 1967 and the Church Committee 1975 revealed that there were at least eight separate plots to kill the Cuban leader starting in 1960. Seeking to arrange less expensive ways to carry out the deed, the CIA saw an advantage in employing the mob because of its contacts in the Cuban underworld, and because if the assassins were killed or captured, Castro’s well known actions against the mob in closing down its enterprises in Cuba and the animosity created as a result would provide the CIA a degree of separation from the hit and plausible deniability.

For working with the CIA, the mob members involved in the plot got protection from FBI investigations into their criminal activities at home.

From that article:

“Rosselli proposed a simple plan: through its underworld connections in Cuba, the Mafia would recruit a Cuban in Castro’s entourage, such as a waiter or bodyguard, who would poison Castro. The CIA’s Technical Services Division, informally known as its “workshop,” was given the job of producing and testing on monkeys an untraceable poison. It came up with a botulinus toxin that the CIA’s Office of Medical Services then injected into Castro’s favorite brand cigars. It also produced simpler botulinus toxin pills that could be dissolved in his food or drink. But the deputized Mafia contacts failed to deliver any of the poisons to Castro. As Rosselli explained to the CIA, the first poisoner had been discharged from Castro’s employ before he could kill him, while a back-up agent got “cold feet.”

According to Mancow Muller– a conservative radio host and a friend of Breitbart– who spoke on the Alex Jones show, Breitbart had told him “The house of cards is coming down, I have information that will destroy Barack Obama, it’s over”.

Breitbart was ready to release his Obama college video on March 1st, yet it took his team until March 7th to get it out to the public. Though this might not be all that was on the video, Breitbart specifically mentioned during his CPAC speech that it would show that Obama met with a bunch of “silver ponytails” back in the 1980′s like Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn who said “One day we’re going to have the presidency”.

Why the alleged specifics of the video are important to mention is because after a week of waiting, what has been released and purported to be Breitbart’s scandalous video is mundane footage of a young Obama praising some professor at a public rally in 1991.

While Breitbart’s critics often argue that he distorted the views of his targets or left out material in order to take their words out of context, there is a huge difference between doing that and turning a boring speech on a sunny day about a professor into a meeting with radical people seeking to usurp the the nation through the presidency. People will say many things about Andrew Breitbart, but he wasn’t stupid…not in the sense that he would outright lie about what he had and not expect his credibility and career to be in the toilet when a month later what he produced turned out to be something completely different and benign. This was not like the Shirley Sherrod incident in which the footage was edited in such a way that it changed the context of what was said. This was a completely different video…like apples and chocolate cake. Not only that, but there’s nothing in the video that could even be debated as being politically damaging to Obama…just a preview of the same smooth talking, cookie cutter oratory Americans would find themselves listening to in 2008.

On top of all this, though the media has claimed that the footage was released by Harvard University Law School professor Charles Ogletree, who had kept the footage hidden during the 2008 campaign because he was an Obama supporter, in fact video of this exact same speech was included as part of a PBS special that aired in 2008.

Had similar circumstances happened to an outspoken critic of the national head of the Soviet Union during the 1970′s, Americans would have rightly cried foul and strongly suspected murder, even if the details of the alleged crime couldn’t immediately be pieced together. Under the last few presidents, and now under Barack Obama, we’ve witnessed the United States government transform into an increasingly open dictatorship in which Americans can be killed or indefinitely detained on the President’s order, war can be waged solely based on the President’s command, and in which whistle blowers are persecuted and even prosecuted.

This is not about political ideology or whether or not you supported Andrew Breitbart’s views on certain issues, liked his personality, or agreed with his methods. This is about a man who died– a man who made many enemies and who was threatening to bring down the person who holds the most powerful official position in the world, as well as any people who had a stake in keeping him there. If there’s even a chance Andrew Breitbart was murdered it must be fully and independently investigated, no matter what destination such an investigation might lead to. An attack on Andrew Breitbart’s life would equate to attack on all political dissenters, both conservative and liberal . As human beings we owe it, not just to Andrew Breitbart but to ourselves and our own security, to shed further light on this strange event and to look out for each other, even if we don’t agree with all the world views our fellow bloggers and commentators hold.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

AIPAC warmonger panel interrupted by Occupy protesters– “No war on Iran!”

America 20xy


By Andrew Steele

An AIPAC Policy Conference panel titled “Stopping Iran” (from existing) was disrupted by ‘Occupy AIPAC’ protesters that brought a message that should be screamed from every corner of the nation– “No war on Iran!”.

Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen was “Mic’ Checked” in the middle of giving some sleepy ramble about Iran being close to getting a nuclear weapon even though Iran can’t make a nuclear weapon and all U.S. intelligence agencies have recently made public that Iran is not pursuing the creation of one. The disruption stirred many of the people in attendance from their listening slumber and prompted them to partake in a symphony of hateful screaming. One of the AIPAC delegates climbed over the chairs to grab one of the protester’s arms before the protester was grabbed by others and dragged to the ground.

After the protesters were taken out of the room everyone was led in a chorus of religious chanting, exploiting the religion of Moses to make it seem like wanting to attack Iran is part of Jewish identity when in reality many Jews and people living in Israel don’t want war with Iran either.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Arrogant Obama heckled– “No War with Iran!”

America 20xy


By Andrew Steele

Arrogant mass murderer Barack Obama was heckled during a speech at a fundraiser last night as he pretended that America’s wars are being fought to “spread democracy” (the rallying cry of cruise missile liberals), smiling as he told the heckler “Nobody’s announced a war, young lady” while the the US helps carry out terrorist attacks against Iran’s government workers, imposes sanctions on the country, seizes its assets, and ignores the fact that U.S. intelligence agencies have reported that Iran is not seeking to build a nuclear weapon as warmongers like Obama try to tell the American public that it is.

Starstruck yuppies then applauded and cheered.

Obama, who makes jokes about killing people with predator drones, smiled like a rich kid caught red-handed who knows he’s untouchable and offered a patronizing “We appreciate your sentiments”, as the zombies before him wailed with glee. If war breaks out with Iran Obama’s supporters will claim he (and the United States) were dragged into it as a result of circumstances beyond the President’s control, when in reality Obama has continued the agenda set out by America’s political and military establishment long before the grinning prince was ever (s)elected.

Under Obama, the U.S. has done everything it can to provoke a war with Iran, and will continue to do so until it gets one.