American Minute with Bill Federer
Spain conquered the New World in the early 1500′s and set up a system called encomienda or repartimiento, which was similar to feudal France’s Corvée “unfree labour.”
Slavery in Cuba began earlier and lasted longer than anywhere else in the Americas.
When indigenous Indians died from harsh treatment and lack of immunity to diseases, Spain replaced them with Africans bought from Muslim slave markets.
Priests like Bartolomé de las Casas, Franciscan Friars, Papal Bulls, and Christian missionaries, such as the Moravians, were a voice of conscience against slavery, but Colonial governments largely ignored them.
A notorious trade triangle developed with Havana, Cuba, at its center: SLAVES from Africa to SUGAR from the Caribbean to RUM in England.
Importation of slaves to the United States ended in 1807, but in 1839, an international incident occurred.
A Portuguese ship from Sierra Leone sold 53 slaves to Spanish Planters on the Cuban shipAmistad.
On July 1, 1839, the Africans seized the ship and demanded to be sailed back to Africa.
Instead, the captain misdirected the ship to Long Island, NY, where the slaves were arrested.
The Amistad Case went to the Supreme Court, with 74-year-old former President, John Quincy Adams, defending the Africans.
Adams stated, “By the blessing of God, I will argue the case before the Supreme Court,” and writing in his journal, October 1840:
“I implore the mercy of God to control my temper, to enlighten my soul, and to give me utterance, that I may prove myself in every respect equal to the task.”
Francis Scott Key offered Adams advice. Adams shook hands with Africans Cinque and Grabeau, saying: “God willing, we will make you free.”
Wining the case, JQA, known as “Old Man Eloquent,” had argued:
“The moment you come to the Declaration of Independence, that every man has a right to life and liberty, an inalienable right, this case is decided. I ask nothing more in behalf of these unfortunate men than this Declaration.”
In Cuba, a Creole farmer began a revolt in 1868 for racial equality, freedom of speech and freedom of association.
Spain killed thousands putting it down in the Ten Years War.
A Royal decree finally ended slavery in Cuba in 1886.
In 1895, another rebellion began and Spain sent 200,000 soldiers to Cuba.
Tens of thousands were put into concentration camps where they suffered from starvation, disease and exposure.
Yellow Press journalism excited the American public, who demanded President William McKinley intervene.
The U.S.S. Maine was sent to Havana, and on FEBRUARY 15, 1898, it blew up in the harbor under suspicious conditions, beginning the Spanish-American War.
President McKinley approved the Resolution of Congress:
“Whereas the abhorrent conditions which have existed for more than three years in the island of Cuba, so near our own borders, have shocked the moral sense of the people of the United States, have been a disgrace to Christian civilization,
culminating, as they have, in the destruction of a United States battle ship, with 266 of its officers and crew, while on a friendly visit in the harbor of Havana, and cannot longer be endured…
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives…that the people of the island of Cuba are and of right ought to be free.“
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Catholics burned alive by Muslims in Nigeria — where’s the MSM? – The Brenner Brief (Warning Graphic Images) Update
I got a comment on my post from yesterday that I need to share with you
Submitted on 2013/02/03 at 9:41 am
This photo is from a non-related 2010 Congo article on an explosion that killed 210 people:
Original Article where photo was used (look at the photo sorter):
Write-up on the inaccurate article:
This was from Peacock Panache (@PeacockPanache)
hat I posted from the Brenner Brief. If you enlarge the photo on the left, the place where the photo was taken and the victims look very much the same. I apologize for putting up a story that seems to not be true. And I apologize most heartedly for an accusation against muslims that is seemingly incorrect. While they have been guilty of many horrible acts against Christians and others. They do not appear to be guilty of this. Please go to the links and check it for yourself.
by Jeff Sagnip and Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com
An investigation by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), into the Obama Administration’s use of $18 million in taxpayer funds to provide funding for a group pushing legalized abortion in Kenya finds the administration broke the law.
The investigation by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the investigative arm of Congress, shows at least one Obama grantee openly pushed to expand abortion in Kenya despite a long-standing, annually renewed law that prohibits U.S. tax dollars from being used to lobby for or against abortion in other countries (known as the Siljander Amendment).
The GAO report also reveals that a key Obama official stonewalled investigators and refused to cooperate with the GAO in its investigation of the activities initiated by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the State Department during the 2010 constitutional referendum in Kenya.
“The Obama Administration basically hired surrogates to do its dirty work of abortion promotion in Kenya,” said Congressman Chris Smith, a New Jersey Republican who is the chairman of the House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Human Rights.
“U.S. policy on international constitutional reform is, by law, supposed to be abortion-neutral” Smith said. “This new report shows that at a minimum the Obama Administration ignored the prohibition with the end result being a new Kenyan constitution that vastly expands access to abortion in Kenya, courtesy of the U.S. taxpayer.”
“That a high-ranking official in the Obama Administration, Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs, Maria Otero, chose not to cooperate with the GAO as they uncovered procedural and funding problems begs for further investigation and review,” Smith said. “What else might they be hiding?” Read the rest at Life News http://www.lifenews.com/2011/11/16/probe-obama-admin-broke-law-to-push-abortion-in-kenya/
|“Doctor Livingstone, I presume,” was the greeting NOVEMBER 10, 1871, by New York Herald newspaper reporter Henry Stanley as he met David Livingstone on the banks of Lake Tanganyika. Livingstone, an internationally known missionary in Africa, had not been heard from in years and rumor was he had died. Stanley, a skeptic, set out to find him and write a story. He described Dr. Livingstone as: “A man who is manifestly sustained as well as guided by influences from Heaven… The…enthusiasm…of his life comes, beyond question, from Christ. There must, therefore, be a Christ.” Trying to end slavery, and discovering the Zambezi River and Victoria Falls, Livingstone was so loved by Africans that when he died in 1873 by Lake Bangweulu, his followers buried his heart in Africa and sent his body, packed in salt, to England to be buried in Westminster Abbey. In his Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa, 1857, Dr. David Livingstone wrote: “The perfect fullness with which the pardon of all our guilt is offered in God’s Book, drew forth feelings of affectionate love to Him who bought us with His blood…A sense of deep obligation to Him for His mercy has influenced…my conduct ever since.”|
On 14 October, President Barack Obama announced he was sendingUnited States special forces troops to Uganda to join the civil war there. In the next few months, U.S. combat troops will be sent to South Sudan, Congo and Central African Republic. They will only “engage” for “self-defense”, says Obama, satirically. With Libya secured, an American invasion of the African continent is under way.
Obama’s decision is described in the press as “highly unusual” and “surprising”, even “weird”. It is none of these things. It is the logic of American foreign policy since 1945. Take Vietnam. The priority was to halt the influence of China, an imperial rival, and “protect” Indonesia, which President Nixon called “the region’s richest hoard of natural resources …the greatest prize”. Vietnam merely got in the way; and the slaughter of more than three million Vietnamese and the devastation and poisoning of their land was the price of America achieving its goal. Like all America’s subsequent invasions, a trail of blood from Latin America to Afghanistan and Iraq, the rationale was usually “self defense” or “humanitarian”, words long emptied of their dictionary meaning.
In Africa, says Obama, the “humanitarian mission” is to assist the government of Uganda defeat the Lord’s resistance Army (LRA), which “has murdered, raped and kidnapped tens of thousands of men, women and children in central Africa”. This is an accurate description of the LRA, evoking multiple atrocities administered by the United States, such as the bloodbath in the 1960s following the CIA-arranged murder of Patrice Lumumba, the Congolese independence leader and first legally elected prime minister, and the CIA coup that installed Mobutu Sese Seko, regarded as Africa’s most venal tyrant.
Obama’s other justification also invites satire. This is the “national security of the United States”. The LRA has been doing its nasty work for 24 years, of minimal interest to the United States. Today, it has few than 400 fighters and has never been weaker. However, U.S. “national security” usually means buying a corrupt and thuggish regime that has something Washington wants. Uganda’s “president-for-life” Yoweri Museveni already receives the larger part of $45 million in U.S. military “aid” – including Obama’s favorite drones. This is his bribe to fight a proxy war against America’s latest phantom Islamic enemy, the rag-tag al Shabaab group based in Somalia. The RTA will play a public relations role, distracting western journalists with its perennial horror stories.
However, the main reason the U.S. is invading Africa is no different from that which ignited the Vietnam war. It is China. In the world of self-serving, institutionalized paranoia that justifies whatGeneral David Petraeus, the former U.S. commander and now CIA director, implies is a state of perpetual war, China is replacing al-Qaeda as the official American “threat”. When I interviewed Bryan Whitman, an assistant secretary of defense at the Pentagon last year, I asked him to describe the current danger to America. Struggling visibly, he repeated, “Asymmetric threats … asymmetric threats”. These justify the money-laundering state-sponsored arms conglomerates and the biggest military and war budget in history. With Osama bin Laden airbrushed, China takes the mantle. Read the rest at
There’s trouble in the pipeline for Obama
By Pepe Escobar If United States President Barack Obama really wanted to get rid of the new bogeyman du jour, Uganda‘s Joseph Kony – a former altar boy turned mystical Christian prophet/politico, sporting at least 60 wives – he would order US Attorney General Eric “The Fast and the Furious” Holder to concoct a plot [...]
We have seen the disdain and disregard that the Obama administration has for both the elderly and the disabled. It doesn’t take much to extrapolate on what will happen when our ability to pay for and obtain electricity and food become ever more limited. People that depend on electricity for such simple things as Oxygen, things that we have taken for granted for decades, are going to find it hard to obtain. Simple life saving things such a CPAP machines for sleep apnea do not function very well without electricity. And I have yet to see a battery operated humidifier for children who have Upper Repiratory Infections or any other type of breathing problem. Where do you go when you are faced with rolling blackouts or the electricity goes out for days at a time? How do you heat milk for babies if you don’t breast feed? What kind of nutrition will be available if you can’t keep your food refrigerated or cook it? These are questions that are being swept under the rug by the Obama administration and it’s compliant media. It seems that these little details are not important compared to some idealist idea of what our environment is worth. To some saving a salamander is much more important that saving human life on this planet. They consider us the cancer and the rest as warriors against us. The lack of intelligence displayed by these people in their thought process will lead to the loss of more human life than any madman in the history of the world. In Africa and South American people are being forced out of their homes and killed in the name of the environment.
These are many of the people that are the top dogs in the Obama administration. And I do use the word dogs deliberately, because unlike humans, dogs have to challenge and control those below them. They will often fight the ones they consider lessor, either into submission or death. This is just the way of life for a lot of animals. But we humans are supposed to be superior! You have to ask though, if the way the people who are in this administration and their followers, the “Occupy Wall Street” crowd, really are superior to dogs? They sleep in their own feces, dogs don’t generally do that unless they are sick. They live off the dregs and rarely attempt to provide for themselves, dogs will hunt when they are hungry. And these people don’t have sense enough to get out of the weather, dogs know when they have it good and appreciate it.
But back to our future under Obama, I found this article this morning from the Telegraph that should scare every American out there, even those dregs that are protesting people providing jobs, OWS. Please take the time to read the whole thing:
Elderly patients condemned to early death by secret use of do not resuscitate orders
Elderly patients are being condemned to an early death by hospitals making secret use of “do not resuscitate” orders, an investigation has found.
By Laura Donnelly, and Alastair Jamieson
7:04PM BST 15 Oct 2011
he orders – which record an advance decision that a patient’s life should not be saved if their heart stops – are routinely being applied without the knowledge of the patient or their relatives.
On one ward, one-third of DNR orders were issued without consultation with the patient or their family, according to the NHS‘s own records. At another hospital, junior doctors freely admitted that the forms were filled out by medical teams without the involvement of patients or relatives.
Under medical guidelines, the orders should only be issued after senior staff have discussed the matter with the patient’s family. A form, signed by two doctors, is then placed in the patient’s notes to record what decision was taken.
The findings emerged in spot checks of 100 hospitals undertaken by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), an official watchdog, earlier this year.
A charity for the elderly said the disclosures were evidence of “euthanasia by the backdoor,” with potentially-lethal notices being placed on the files of patients simply because they were old and frail.
Although at least five hospitals were found by the CQC to be in breach of medical guidance regarding consultation with families, the watchdog declared four of the five to be “compliant” with its standards on dignity for patients, which cover broader aspects of care.
In a national report published about the checks last week, the CQC made no mention of its findings about the misuse of DNR notices.
Action on Elder Abuse, an independent charity, carried out its own analysis of the official watchdog’s inspection reports. The charity’s findings, published today, uncover widespread evidence that patients are being left to die, without families knowing that such decisions have been taken.
Documented cases include:
* Inspectors who visited Queen Elizabeth Hospital, run by University Hospitals Birmingham Foundation trust, found no evidence that any of the patients whose files were marked DNR had been informed about the decision, nor their relatives told. The hospital’s own audit showed that in one ward, 30 per cent of cases did not involve any such conversations.
* At University Hospitals Bristol Foundation trust, there was no evidence that a DNR order placed on a patient had been discussed with the person or next of kin. A junior doctor told inspectors that they did “not tend to discuss” such decisions with families.
* At Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, run by Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital trust, a patient was labelled as DNR based on old medical notes from a previous admission – despite the fact their health had improved.
* Asked how decisions to make such orders were made, staff at Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation trust gave an example of an elderly person on the ward with health problems judged to make “resuscitation less appropriate”. The doctor involved did not know if the patient or an advocate had been asked for an opinion, or told that the notice had been imposed.
* At Conquest Hospital, run by East Sussex Healthcare trust, incomplete DNR forms were placed on patients’ files – without their involvement, or the two doctors’ signatures required to validate them. The hospital was the only one of the five to fail CQC’s basic standards on dignity and respect of patients.
Hospitals are not supposed to put the documents in any patients’ files until they have been filled in, in case a blank or half-completed form is mistaken for an order not to resuscitate, as a patient enters cardiac arrest.
In 2009, heart attack victim Peter Clarke was left to die at Derby Hospitals Trust after clerical staff inserted a DNR form into his notes.
Although the document was blank, nursing staff making handover notes misinterpreted it, and said the widower, who had been admitted suffering heart disease and flu-like symptoms, should not be resuscitated if his condition worsened.
When he suffered a heart attack, nurses did not call doctors to revive him. An hour too late they realised the DNR order was blank. Read the rest at: The Telegraph
Are we at the precipice of a new world war? Look at the places that are facing unrest just at this day and time.
* Algeria-riots, food shortages, unemployment
* Egypt-riots, food shortages, unemployment, Mubarak out
* Libya-riots, food shortages, unemployment, Gaddafi firing on protesters
* Tunisia -riots, food shortages, unemployment
* Yeman-riots, food shortages, unemployment
* Sudan-riots, food shortages, unemployment
* Pakistan-riots, unemployment
* Iraq-Taliban,unemployment,suicide bombers
* Iran-riots, unemployment
* Pakistan-riots, food shortages, unemployment
* India-riots, food shortages, unemployment
* Bahrain-riots, food shortages, unemployment
* Somalia-riots, food shortages, unemployment
* Greece-riots, unemployment
* Italy-riots, unemployment
* Spain-riots, unemployment
* Portugal-riots, unemployment
Do you see the pattern here? The question is why is there so much unemployment? You have an area that is mostly controlled by Dictators, Kings, Governments that do not rely on free markets but either dictate every process or put such heavy rules and regulations on all business, that they stifle growth. Then you have the influence of religion. It makes a mix that restricts behavior to the point where it is almost impossible for an entrepeneur. Finally you have an area of the world that has never been completely stable and with outside agitators you have the very great risk of triggering violent conflict.
This means that the Gulf of Aden, the Gulf of Oman, the Straits of Hormuz, the Suez Canal, and even the Mediterranean are all at risk. Where does this leave shipping in the area? We already have ships being hijacked and people being killed off the eastern coast of Africa. What does this mean to the cost of oil and even shipping?
Algeria is facing the same dangers that Libya is going through. What happens if Algeria falls? We get 1/7 of our oil from Algeria. If it falls, the price of oil will probably sky rocket. The Guardian says that it “is using it’s powerful security forces to prevent rioting”. What happens if they start doing what Libya is doing, and firing on their own people.
It is not only the loss of oil that we have to worry about, though. With unrest in Libya, Egypt, Tunisia, Yeman, and Sudan, all dealing with major unrest and upheaval, you have both Northern Africa and the Middle East involved in conflict. Will it spread to the rest of Africa? Much of it is already unstable. What about further into Indonesia and the rest of Asia?
We already have most of the Mediterranean involved,what is the risk that it will spread further north into Europe?