U.S. Army to launch 2 blimps over Washington, DC against missile attacks

Dr. Eowyn:

The U.S. Army will deploy two huge blimps (Elevated Netted Sensor Systems) that will cast an aerial defense net over a wide swath from Boston, MA to Raleigh, NC, ostensibly to protect Washington, DC from missile attacks.

We are told the blimps are not armed, although they can be.

We are told the blimps will not spy on Americans, although they may/will undertake “incidental collection” of data and information on us.

George Orwell’s Big Brother? The Terminator’s Skynet? Sauron’s Eye in Lord of the Rings’? Take your pick.

Originally posted on Consortium of Defense Analysts:

CNN reports on Dec. 18, 2014, that the U.S. Army plans to launch two “blimps” at 10,000-feet in the air to protect the Washington D.C. area from possible air attacks.

The blimps are JLENS (Joint Land attack cruise missile defense Elevated Netted Senor) with the following features:

  • No firing ability
  • Used for the detection of cruise missiles
  • Carry technology that will almost double the reach of ground radar

Here are screenshots I took from the 1:07 minute-long CNN video:

JLENSJLENS blimpJLENS blimp1FromWikipedia:

The Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System, or JLENS, is an aerial detection system designed to track ground vehicles, cruise missiles, manned and unmanned aircraft, boats and other threats. The system has four primary components: two tethered aerostats which utilize a helium/air mix, armored mooring stations, sophisticated radars, and a processing station designed to communicate…

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Washington State deputy says military tanks to be used against Constitutionalists

Spokane County Sheriff deputy

The United States is devolving into a police state where civilian federal agencies (including the Dept. of Education !) have shotguns, high-powered battle rifles, AR-15 assault weaponssubmachine guns, and millions of rounds of ammunition, and the Pentagon is arming local police departments with military-grade weapons.

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In his 2013 book Rise of the Warrior Cop, journalist Radley Balko warns: “Law-enforcement agencies across the U.S., at every level of government, have been blurring the line between police officer and soldier. The war on drugs and, more recently, post-9/11 antiterrorism efforts have created a new figure on the U.S. scene: the warrior cop — armed to the teeth, ready to deal harshly with targeted wrongdoers, and a growing threat to familiar American liberties.

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More worrisome still is the fact that the Obama administration repeatedly identifies non-criminal peaceful American citizens as “extremists” and potential “terrorists” — members of the TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Party movement; the militia (whose existence is sanctioned by nothing less than the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution); conservatives; Christians; veterans; pro-lifers; those who love liberty; nationalists; pro-2nd Amendment; and Constitutionalists.

The dictionary defines “constitutionalist” as “an adherent or advocate of constitutionalism (the principles of constitutional government) or of an existing constitution.”

What can possibly be wrong, much less criminal, with being a Constitutionalist?

And yet we have video footage of a deputy in the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office of Washington state blithely informing an inquiring citizen that the intended targets of the police’s military-grade hardware, including Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) tanks, are those nasty, extremist, super-dangerous Constitutionalists.

The video below begins with the voice of a man off camera (the unnamed Spokane County Sheriff deputy) going over all the “nice” features of the MRAP tank.

Beg. at the 0:27 mark, a female citizen asks: “So I’m thinking that it’s totally appropriate in Iraq, but where, what kind of a situation in the U.S. would you see that happening?”

Deputy: “Well, we’ve got lots of Constitutionalists, a lot of people that stockpile weapons, lots of ammunition.”

According to The Free Thought Project, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office has responded on Facebook by falsely claiming that the video is out of “context,” but you can see and hear for yourself that the deputy clearly identified “constitutionalists” as reason for the police needing armored military vehicles.

InfoWars observes that what the deputy said isn’t surprising “given reports that Spokane County sheriffs have received training from the Southern Poverty Law Center, a group that ludicrously compares mainline conservative Americans to racist hate groups.”

Spokane Valley Republican Representative Matthew Shea is appalled when presented with the video footage. He said, “Will law abiding citizens who love the Constitution and Rule of Law be hunted down with MRAPs? Constitutionalism is fundamental to being an American. To hate the Constitution and those who support it means you are a traitor to this country. This is spitting in the face of all those heroes that fought, bled, and died so we might live free. The question should be, why aren’t you a Constitutionalist? Why don’t you believe in the rule of law? Why don’t you believe that the Constitution means what it says?”

Spokane County Sheriff’s Office is not the first to cite patriotic Americans as reasoning for military hardware:

  • A police sergeant in Morgan County, Indiana admitted just last May that his department had obtained an armored vehicle in part because of returning military veterans, deemed domestic terror threats by Homeland Security in 2009.
  • In August of 2013, Concord, New Hampshire Police Chief John Duval secretly contacted Homeland Security and demanded an armored vehicle due to the alleged “threat” posed by peaceful libertarians.
  • A New York State Counter Terrorism Bulletin leaked to Infowars by concerned police that same year attempted to label anyone concerned with government gun confiscation as “far right” conspiracy theorists, even as admitted gun confiscation programs are used against law abiding citizens in states such as California.
  • The MIAC Report, a federal training document famously presented to Missouri police in 2009, went as far as falsely tying supporters of former Presidential Candidate Ron Paul and the Constitution to “extremist groups” as well.

InfoWars concludes that “Despite a massive drop in police officer deaths, gun homicide and violent crime in the last 2o years, government agencies across the board continue to adopt military tactics in order to fight anything that represents traditional America. Luckily for Americans, peace officers who still respect their oath continue to serve throughout the United States.”

H/t FOTM’s maziel

~Eowyn

Irony alert: Your all-electric car may not be so green, can cause MORE pollution than simply using gasoline

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Daily Mail: People who own all-electric cars where coal generates the power may think they are helping the environment. But a new study finds their vehicles actually make the air dirtier, worsening global warming. The controversial study raises major questions over the future of ‘green’ cars.

‘Unfortunately, when a wire is connected to an electric vehicle at one end and a coal-fired power plant at the other end, the environmental consequences are worse than driving a normal gasoline-powered car,’ said Ken Caldeira of the Carnegie Institution for Science, who wasn’t part of the study but praised it. Driving vehicles that use electricity from renewable energy instead of gasoline could reduce the resulting deaths due to air pollution by 70 percent, it concluded.

Ethanol isn’t so green, either, the researchers claimed. ‘It’s kind of hard to beat gasoline’ for public and environmental health, said study co-author Julian Marshall, an engineering professor at the University of Minnesota. ‘A lot of the technologies that we think of as being clean … are not better than gasoline.’

The key is where the source of the electricity all-electric cars.

If it comes from coal, the electric cars produce 3.6 times more soot and smog deaths than gas, because of the pollution made in generating the electricity, according to the study that is published Monday by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  They also are significantly worse at heat-trapping carbon dioxide that worsens global warming, it found.

The study examines environmental costs for cars’ entire life cycle, including where power comes from and the environmental effects of building batteries.

The states with the highest percentage of electricity coming from coal, according to the Department of Energy, are West Virginia, Wyoming, Ohio, North Dakota, and Illinois.

Still, there’s something to be said for the idea of helping foster a cleaner technology that will be better once it is connected to a cleaner grid, said study co-author Jason Hill, another University of Minnesota engineering professor.

The study finds all-electric vehicles cause 86 percent more deaths from air pollution than do cars powered by regular gasoline.  Coal produces 39 percent of the country’s electricity, according to the Department of Energy.

But if the power supply comes from natural gas, the all-electric car produces half as many air pollution health problems as gas-powered cars do.  And if the power comes from wind, water or wave energy, it produces about one-quarter of the air pollution deaths. Hybrids and diesel engines are cleaner than gas, causing fewer air pollution deaths and spewing less heat-trapping gas.

But ethanol isn’t, with 80 percent more air pollution mortality, according to the study. ‘If we’re using ethanol for environmental benefits, for air quality and climate change, we’re going down the wrong path,’ Hill said.

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Franciscan Order worldwide in grave financial distress due to corruption

U.S. Franciscan Father Michael Perry, new minister general of the Order of Friars Minor, pictured in RomeBro. Michael Perry, elected Minister General of the Francisco Order on May 22, 2013, in front of a mosaic of St. Francis in Rome

Catholic World News reports, December 19, 2014, that Brother Michael Perry, the minister general (and therefore the worldwide leader) of the Franciscan order has revealed that the religious order is in “grave” financial difficulties, and that Italian civil officials have been asked to investigate irregularities in the conduct of the order’s financial affairs.

In a letter to all Franciscan friars, dated December 17, Perry discloses that the leadership of the order opened an investigation into the affairs of the general treasurer. That inquiry unearthed evidence of problems that led to the resignation of the treasurer and raised further questions about the propriety of financial activities—both by Franciscan friars and by outsiders handling the order’s legal affairs.

From Perry’s letter:

First, the General Curia finds itself in grave, and I underscore ‘grave’ financial difficulty, with a significant burden of debt. Second, the systems of financial oversight and control for the management of the patrimony of the Order were either too weak or were compromised, thus limiting their effectiveness to guarantee responsible, transparent management. We have initiated steps to address these concerns. Third, there appears to have taken place a number of questionable financial activities that were conducted by friars entrusted with the care of the patrimony of the Order without the full knowledge or consent of the former and current General Definitorium. Because of the scope and magnitude of these activities, they have placed the financial stability of the General Curia at grave risk.

Perry asks for understanding from the world’s Franciscan communities and also for contributions to help resolve the situation, “which involves also the repayment of significant debts.”

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St. Francis must be weeping . . . .

~Eowyn

Millennials are becoming more pro-life

Millennials (aka Generation Y) are those aged 18 to 29 whose birth years range from the early 1980s to the early 2000s.

Millennials can be faulted for many things. See, for example:

But there’s one positive thing we can say about millennials — they are more pro-life than previous generations of American young people.

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Gallup Poll analysis of U.S. public opinion trends on abortion shows that generational differences in support for broadly legal abortion have diminished over the past decade, mainly due to young adults (18 to 29) becoming slightly more likely than all other age groups, including seniors, to say abortion should be illegal in all circumstances. Support for legal abortion in all situations dipped among the youngest two age categories, but increased slightly among middle-aged adults between the late 1990s and the early 2000s. Among seniors (65 and older), there has also been a significant drop (a long-term 11-point) in the percentage of those who say all abortions should be illegal. In contrast, among young adults there has been a 9-point increase — from 14% to 23% — in support for the “illegal in all circumstances” position since the early 1990s.

Gallup abortion by age groups

The Christian Post reports, Dec. 12, 2014, that millennials are increasingly more pro-life and supportive of restrictions on abortion than their parents’ generation, according to polling data taken over the last decade.

Here are some of the reasons:

1. Medical technology: Lila Rose, president of the pro-life group Live Action, said that advances in ultrasound technology is just one of the many reasons why teenagers and people in their 20s are joining the movement: “There’s a window into the womb with ultrasound. Just having the look into the womb you can see, even in the first trimester, the early development of the child — you can see the humanity of the child. “ow that we have that imagery and it’s more prevalent, people are having that personal encounter with the child, so it’s easier to recognize their human rights.”

Jeanne Monahan, president of March for Life, said, “Years ago, it was the case that advocates for abortion would talk about the ‘thing’ growing in a woman’s womb as a lifeless blob of tissue. And I think our advances in sonography and ultrasounds, and even our understanding of fetal development has dispelled those myths. We know that, from the moment of conception, a baby has all of its DNA that it needs for the rest of its life. It has everything inherent that it will need for later on. Really, the only difference [between the preborn and adults] is in size and development.”

2. Abortion abuses: Lila Rose also credits the growing pro-life stance of millenials to “stories that have emerged about how abortion doesn’t help women, but it actually hurts them. This has been shared in the testimonies of women who’ve spoken out against it afterwards. And there’s the emergence of evidence about the abuses and the illegal practices at Planned Parenthood that are coming more to light. All of these factors are inspiring to younger people who see it as a human rights abuse and an attack against women and children, and they want to join the movement.”

3. Millenials have lost siblings to abortion: Most poignant of all is the fact that millenials have lost siblings to abortion. Kathryn Brown, a Benedictine College student who was among 400 of her classmates who traveled from Kansas to Washington in January to lead the annual 41st annual March for Life demonstration, said that her generation is more pro-life than past generations because they’ve been greatly impacted by abortion. Brown said, “I think one big reason is because our generation is the one that’s missing so many people because of abortion. There are many people, college aged, who have siblings who were aborted. There are people missing in our lives because they were never given the chance to live — siblings, friends, maybe even people we would have married. We mourn them and we resolve to stand up for their God-given right to life so that others will not share that same fate.”

~Eowyn

Jingle Bells in a German supermarket

The Edeka Group, founded in 1898, is Germany’s largest supermarket corporation, headquartered in Hamburg. There are approximately 4,100 stores with the Edeka nameplate, ranging from small corner stores to hypermarkets.

H/t FOTM’s dee and Jim Doolittle

~Eowyn

Collusion of Church & State in Invasion of Illegals: $182M to house “unaccompanied children” for just 4 months

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Poke a liberal, s/he will scream “Separation of Church and State!” ad nauseum — a phrase that, contrary to their claim, is *not* in the First Amendment of the United States Constitution, which states:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Instead, the phrase “separation of church and state” — that has become in the minds of too many Americans the definition of the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause — actually originated in a letter by Thomas Jefferson in 1802 to the Danbury Baptists in which he wrote, referring to the Establishment Clause:

“that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should ‘make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,’ thus building a wall of separation between Church & State.”

Given how Democrats insist on the separation of church from state, it is downright perverse that, among his many misdeeds, Obama has forged an alliance a collusion with Christian churches and “faith-based” organizations in aiding and abetting the invasion of illegals across the Mexican border into America.

As an example, the Religion News Service reported on Nov. 12, 2014 that U.S. “Catholic bishops are jumping into the increasingly contentious battle over immigration reform by backing President Obama’s pledge to act on his own to fix what one bishop called ‘this broken and immoral system’ before Republicans assume control of Capitol Hill in January.” In other words, as represented by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Catholic Church is actively supporting Obama in his scheme to subvert the federal government’s own immigration laws, and against the will of some 70% of Americans. In so doing, the bishops are being decidedly political, although religious groups are supposed to be apolitical, thereby justifying their tax-exempt status.

Then there are so-called “faith-based” organizations that get paid very well for doing the work of federal government agencies like the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Chief among those organizations is a curious outfit that calls itself the Baptist Child and Family Services (BCFS) with very lucrative on-going contracts with the Obama administration’s HHS, DHS, and other agencies.

BCFS first came to public notice last July when they provided “Brown Shirts” security personnel for the Lackland Air Force Base in Texas where some of the illegal “children” were detained. (See “Obama’s Brown Shirts threaten health workers who divulge infectious diseases brought by tidal wave of illegals into America”)

Note: It is a deliberate misnomer to call the illegals “children” or “minors” because they include illegals in their late teens, some of whom are criminals who have committed torture and murder, like this one below (See “We need to re-define the term ‘minors’”):

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Then news came that BCFS had contracted to acquire and operate the luxury Palm Aire Resort & Hotel to house illegal “children” at a cost of $50 million. That particular scheme fell apart after news of the scheme resulted in immediate popular outrage, after which the media (and therefore the public) seemed to have lost all interest in the BCFS and the housing of those illegal “children”.

But not the D.C.-based citizen watchdog group Judicial Watch.

On August 1, 2014, Judicial Watch submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the Obama administration for information on BCFS’s funding and correspondence with the HHS Administration for Children and Families (ACF).

On September 9, 2014, Judicial Watch received documents from the HHS revealing that the Obama administration had paid Baptist Children and Family Services (BCFS) more than $182 million ($182,129,786) to provide “basic shelter care” to 2,400 “unaccompanied alien children” for just four months in 2014. (See Judicial Watch’s press release of Dec. 3, 2014, “Judicial Watch: Documents Reveal Obama HHS Paid Baptist Children and Family Services $182,129,786 for Four Months Housing of Illegal Alien Children.”)

The more than $182 million spent on illegal “children” for just 4 months include:

1. Over $104 million ($104,215,608) for 1,200 unaccompanied illegal “children” at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, June 12-Oct. 18, 2014 ($21,711.59 per child per month), including:

  • 1,200 “emergency surge beds.”
  • $180,000 for “recreational items,” including board games, soccer balls, basket balls, jump ropes, bracelet making kits, yarn, puzzles, arts and crafts, decks of cards, and eye-hand coordination game sets.
  • $180,000 for “educational items,” including tempera paint, paint markers, paint brushes, easel brushes, art paper, and multicultural crayons.
  • $200,000 for 100 laptop kits: each kit has 5 laptops, at $500 per kit.
  • $2,648,800 in compensation for 30 members of the BCFS “Incident Management Team” (IMT), or $88,293 per IMT member.
  • $6,765,000 for “hotel accommodations” for 822 staff members at $125 per night.

2. $78 million ($77,914,178) for 1,200 unaccompanied illegal “children” at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, May 18-Sept. 18, 2014 (or $16,232 per child per month), including:

  • 1,200 “emergency surge beds”.
  • $20,000 for “utility expenses,” including cable television (video screen/projector set up – due to the large dormitory set and configuration to ensure large group seatings can view movies, sports, etc.), estimated at $5,000 per month.
  • $80,000 for 20 “shower stalls” at $1,000 a piece. But Judicial Watch notes that shower stalls at Home Depot can be purchased for as low as $163.71 per stall.
  • $576,000 for twice-a-week long-distance calls by the 1,200 illegal “children” to their families because “contact with family members is imperative and part of BCFS’s daily programing.”

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton rightly observes:

“It is outrageous that the Obama administration spent nearly $200 million of taxpayer funds to provide illegal alien children with the types of extravagant high-tech equipment and lavish benefits many American families cannot even afford for their own children. And very few American workers are bringing home the $80,000 the Obama administration pays the BCFS’s Incident Management Team for just four months’ work.  Obama’s lawlessness resulted in an illegal alien ‘surge‘ that has cost taxpayers tens of millions of dollars in 2014.  Based on his new lawless amnesty plans, we can expect hundreds of millions more in taxpayer costs for the resulting wave of illegal aliens trying to take advantage of Obama’s illegal nullification of our nation’s immigration laws.”

Worse still, BCFS’s contract with the HHS has an end date of September 30, 2016, which suggests that the Obama administration anticipates that the “surge” will continue until near the end of his presidency.

So what is the Baptist Child and Family Services (BCFS)?

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BCFS describes itself as “rooted in Texas” with “branches worldwide”:

BCFS is a global network of … non-profit organizations that is constantly evolving to meet the needs of at-risk populations. BCFS partners with government agencies, corporations, non-profits, and community leaders to develop programs and service models that combat challenges in health and human services.

BCFS boasts locations in 10 states (Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas) and Washington, D.C. in the United States, as well as in Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and Southeast Asia.

BCFS locations

Among the services that BCFS provides are “emergency management, including medical sheltering, during public health disasters” and “residential services and emergency shelters for children who are abused or neglected.”

Emergency management? Gosh, I thought we have FEMA for that?!

Among BCFS’s “partners” are:

  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security:
    • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
    • U.S. Border Patrol
  • U.S. Agency for International Development (AID)
  • U.S. Department of Justice
  • U.S. Department of Labor
  • State governments of Texas, Nevada, Washington, and Maine.

The division of BCFS that directly pertains to its contracts with the Obama administration to house and service the illegal “children” is its Emergency Management Division (BCFS-EMD).

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This is how CCFS’s Emergency Management Division describes itself:

BCFS Health and Human Services’ Emergency Management Division (BCFS EMD) is a non-profit partner of federal, state and local government and private industry. Our organization specializes in emergency management, incident management, disaster response, public health and medical emergency response, mass care, medical sheltering and planning for vulnerable populations.

Note that nowhere in BCFS’s or BCFS-EMD’s self-descriptions is there any mention of the Baptist Church or of Christianity.

In truth, any organization can call itself “Baptist” without actually being Baptist or even Christian. If the mafia were smart, it should rename itself Baptist Community Services Syndicate.

As Sundance of the Conservative Tree House (aka The Last Refuge) observes:

Faith Based Organizations”. Has a nice charitable ring to it, no? …. Alas, not so fast.

Allow us to introduce to you Mr. Kevin Dinnin.

He’s the paid President and CEO of Baptist Child and Family Services Emergency Management Division (BCFS-EMD). We found him by backtracking the name of the principal officer posted on their 2012 tax filings.

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Dinnin’s annual salary is over $477,799. Altogether, the BCFS-EMD leadership and staff are paid $33 million in wages for 2012.

In July 2014, BCFS and its Emergency Management Division secured a grant from DHS and HHS of more than $190 million ($190,707,505). That’s just one grant. Here are a few more of BCFS’s lucrative contracts with the Obama administration:

BCFS 2014

In just the first half of 2014, BCFS has received over a quarter billion dollars — taxpayer dollars.

In 2012, BCFS pulled in $67,325,953 and $63,321,669 of taxpayer funds through DHS and HHS grants/contracts. In other words, around 94% of BCFS’s entire operational “charity revenue” in 2012 came from American taxpayers.

And this so-called “Baptist” non-profit is expanding, thanks to Obama’s “border surge,” to form “regional hubs for BCFS’s new family support and evaluation programs” with four new directors (Celeste Garcia, Alexandria Peralta, Michelle Fuentes, Kelsey Keswani) — in New York, NY; Miami, FL; Houston, TX; Dallas, TX; Sacramento and Los Angeles, CA.

BCFS will lead these programs as part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) strategic plan to provide safe and stable homes for international youth who are granted permission to stay with family or sponsors already living in the country.

Please tell me why exactly do we have the federal government agencies of FEMA, HHS, and Border Patrol?

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~Eowyn