1. James Hirsen: Could the Hack of Sony Pictures Be an Act of War?
2. Joe Messina: Another Award for Mr. Obama - The Backwards Medal of Honor
3. Dr. Gerard Lameiro: Internet Freedom in 2015 - The Debate over Censorship Intensifies
4. Kyle Olson: Seven Wyoming School Districts Drop Michelle O's Lunch Rules
5. Michelle Seiler-Tucker: Is Ray Rice Good For Business or Is He Just Damaged Goods?
6. Bill Tatro: The Tree of National Socialism
Could the Hack of Sony Pictures Be an Act of War?
By James Hirsen
The hacking of Sony Pictures has taken on a new dimension of late. There are reasons to believe that the cyber-attack against the entertainment company sought the actual destruction of technology and data as opposed to the mere taking of information. There is also a mounting stack of evidence, which suggests that the totalitarian communist dictatorship of North Korea was involved in the launching of the attack. Now when a foreign power sends out a missile with the intended purpose of destroying property in the U.S., and the power in question is successful in its nefarious activity, the occurrence is considered to be an act of war. So what if a digital weapon, specifically designed to destroy property located within the country, is launched by an adversary, with the opponent likewise attaining success? Is this not, in effect, the same thing, i.e., an act of war? [more...]
Another Award for Mr. Obama - The Backwards Medal of Honor
By Joe Messina
President Obama has been the best thing that has happened to the Republican Party in very recent history and has helped to drive home the point that, in all reality, it's the current Democrat Party that is totally out of touch with the American people. When the majority of Americans feel that the country is going in the wrong direction and the president doubles down on his "direction" (or lack thereof) after the affirmation of that fact in the 2014 election, it shows he is out of touch. When the majority of Americans now feel that Obamacare was a wrong move and the president won't work with both sides on fixing or amending it, it shows how out of touch he is. When the majority of Americans feel like our foreign policy is a failure and the president's jobs policies aren't really working and he continues on the same course, that shows exactly how out of touch he is. [more...]
Internet Freedom in 2015 - The Debate over Censorship Intensifies
Will the Internet be censored in 2015? Or, will it continue to be free? Will bloggers, news sites and others continue to have and exercise freedom of speech over the Internet or will authoritative regimes take control of the Internet, shutting down Web sites that disagree with their political agenda, their political views, and their political repression? The current administration has decided not to renew the contract the Federal government has with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (better known as ICANN) in September 2015. Second, ICANN is the non-profit California organization that oversees and administers the Internet's DNS (Domain Name System). Third, without the system, the Internet might degenerate into digital chaos. [more...]
Seven Wyoming School Districts Drop Michelle O's Lunch Rules
By Kyle Olson
You know it's bad when the school employees admit even they wouldn't eat the food they're serving to students. Wyoming's Sheridan County District One business manager Jeremy Smith says his district dropped out of the National School Lunch Program "because there were just too many complaints. Universally, it was, 'We are starving. We are hungry. This isn't enough food for us.' But we couldn't blame them, because I looked at that school lunch and said, 'I wouldn't eat it either,'" Smith says. The district saw a 20 percent spike in sales this school year after it dropped the federal rules championed by First Lady Michelle Obama. [more...]
Is Ray Rice Good For Business or Is He Just Damaged Goods?
Rice is now eligible to sign with any NFL team. On Friday the NFL reinstated him after he won an appeal of an indefinite suspension by the league. We knew we would win his appeal because the NFL did not adhere to their policies. Double jeopardy-styled legal situations are a big no-no in the U.S. judicial system. In recent interview, Ray Rice spoke openly about the domestic violence incident. He had received lots of additional critics following that first public speech he made to the masses back in February, where he said everything except an apology to his wife, while she said sorry for him instead. In retrospect both were under legal situations and nerves. I get that, and Rice has stated that he takes full responsibility for his actions. Ultimately, the man is hoping that both the league and the general public will give him a second chance. The couple keeps stressing that the domestic violence incident that was caught on video in an elevator back in September was an isolated incident, which I find very hard to believe. [more...]
The Tree of National Socialism
By Bill Tatro
For the past six years, the mainstream media has been lauding the great recovery. Again and again we are told that America is back and jobs are becoming plentiful... college graduates are leaving entry level jobs to take the next rung up on the employment ladder, or so the government says. Whether it is jobs, housing, energy or drones, whatever the government says, the talking heads repeat word for word. "If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield people from the political, economic, and/or military consequences of the lie." This quote came from Joseph Goebbels, Minister of Propaganda under Adolph Hitler’s Tree of National Socialism. [more...]