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Lincoln (2012 film)

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Lincoln

North American release poster
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Produced by Steven Spielberg
Kathleen Kennedy
Screenplay by Tony Kushner
Based on Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by
Doris Kearns Goodwin
Starring Daniel Day-Lewis
Sally Field
David Strathairn
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
James Spader
Hal Holbrook
Tommy Lee Jones
Music by John Williams
Cinematography Janusz Kamiński
Editing by Michael Kahn
Studio DreamWorks Studios
Reliance Entertainment
Participant Media
Amblin Entertainment
The Kennedy/Marshall Company
Distributed by Touchstone Pictures
(Domestic)
20th Century Fox
(International)
Release date(s)
  • October 8, 2012 (New York Film Festival)
  • November 9, 2012 (United States)[1]
Running time 150 minutes[2]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $50[3]-65 million[4]
Box office $122,416,972[4]

Lincoln is a 2012 American historical drama film directed and produced by Steven Spielberg, starring Daniel Day-Lewis as United States President Abraham Lincoln and Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln.[5] The film is based in part on Doris Kearns Goodwin‘s biography of Lincoln, Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, and covers the final four months of Lincoln’s life, focusing on Lincoln’s efforts in January 1865 to have the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution passed by the United States House of Representatives.

Filming began October 17, 2011,[6] and ended on December 19, 2011.[7] Lincoln premiered on October 8, 2012, at the New York Film Festival. The film was released on November 9, 2012, in select cities and widely released on November 16, 2012, in the United States by DreamWorks through Disney’s Touchstone distribution label in the U.S.[8] The film is scheduled for release on January 25, 2013 in the United Kingdom, with distribution in international territories, including the U.K., by 20th Century Fox.[9]

Lincoln received widespread critical acclaim, with major praise directed to Day-Lewis’ performance. In December 2012, the film was nominated for seven Golden Globe Awards including Best Picture (Drama), Best Director, and Best Actor (Drama) for Day-Lewis. The film also became a commercial success by grossing over $122 million at the domestic box office.[4]

Who is Doris Kearns Goodwin?

Doris Kearns Goodwin

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Doris Kearns Goodwin

Goodwin speaking at a conference, October 24, 2006
Born Doris Helen Kearns
January 4, 1943 (age 69)
Brooklyn, New York
Nationality American
Education Colby College (B.A)
Harvard University (PhD)
Known for Historian, author, political commentator
Spouse(s) Richard N. Goodwin
Children Richard, Michael and Joseph Goodwin
Website
doriskearnsgoodwin.com

Doris Kearns Goodwin (born Doris Helen Kearns; January 4, 1943) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American biographer, historian, and an oft-seen political commentator. She is the author of biographies of several U.S. Presidents, including Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream; The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys: An American Saga; No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt (which won the Pulitzer Prize for History in 1995); and her most recent book, Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln.

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Early life and education

Doris Kearns was born in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of Helen Witt (née Miller) and Michael Francis Aloysius Kearns.[1][2] Her paternal grandparents were Irish immigrants.[3] She grew up in Rockville Centre, New York. She attended Colby College in Maine, where she was a member of Tri Delta and Phi Beta Kappa and graduated magna cum laude in 1964 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She was awarded a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship in 1964[4] to pursue doctoral studies. In 1968 she earned a Ph.D. in government from Harvard University, with a thesis entitled “Prayer and Reapportionment: an Analysis of the Relationship between the Congress and the Court.”[citation needed]

Career and awards

In 1967, Kearns went to Washington, D.C., as a White House Fellow during the Lyndon B. Johnson administration. Johnson offered the young intern a job as his assistant, an offer that was not withdrawn even after an article by Kearns appeared in The New Republic laying out a scenario for Johnson’s removal from office over his conduct of the war in Vietnam.[5]

After Johnson left office in 1969, Kearns taught government at Harvard for ten years, including a course on the American presidency. During this period she also assisted Johnson in drafting his memoirs. Her first book, Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream, which drew upon her conversations with the late president, was published in 1977. It became a New York Times bestseller and provided a launching pad for her literary career.

Goodwin was the first female journalist to enter the Boston Red Sox locker room. She consulted on and appeared in Ken Burns‘s 1994 documentary, Baseball.

Goodwin won the Pulitzer Prize in 1995 for No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The American Homefront During World War II.

Goodwin received an honorary L.H.D. from Bates College in 1998.[6][7][8][9][10][11] She was awarded an honorary doctorate from Westfield State College in 2008.

Goodwin won the 2005 Lincoln Prize, awarded for the best book about the American Civil War, for Team of Rivals, a book about Abraham Lincoln‘s presidential cabinet. She is a member of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission advisory board.[12][13][14][15] The book also won the inaugural American History Book Prize given by the New-York Historical Society.

Since 1997, Goodwin has been a member of the board of directors for Northwest Airlines.[16]

Goodwin is currently working on her next book which will be about Theodore Roosevelt, focusing on his relationship with William Howard Taft, the election of 1912 and the muckraking journalism of the Progressive era.

She is a recurring guest commentator on Meet the Press, appearing many times (during the tenures of hosts Tim Russert, Tom Brokaw, and David Gregory), as well as a regular guest on Charlie Rose, appearing a total of forty times since 1994.

Stephen King met with Goodwin while he was writing his novel 11/22/63, due to her being an assistant to Johnson, and King used some of her ideas in the novel on what a worst-case scenario would be like if history had changed.[17]

Plagiarism controversy

In 2002, The Weekly Standard determined that her book The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys used without attribution numerous phrases and sentences from three other books: Time to Remember, by Rose Kennedy; The Lost Prince, by Hank Searl; and Kathleen Kennedy: Her Life and Times, by Lynne McTaggart.[18]

McTaggart weighed in, “If somebody takes a third of somebody’s book, which is what happened to me, they are lifting out the heart and guts of somebody else’s individual expression.”[19] Goodwin admitted that she had previously reached a large “private settlement” with McTaggart over the issue. She wrote in Time:

Fourteen years ago, not long after the publication of my book The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys, I received a communication from author Lynne McTaggart pointing out that material from her book on Kathleen Kennedy had not been properly attributed. I realized that she was right. Though my footnotes repeatedly cited Ms. McTaggart’s work, I failed to provide quotation marks for phrases that I had taken verbatim, having assumed that these phrases, drawn from my notes, were my words, not hers. I made the corrections she requested, and the matter was completely laid to rest—until last week, when the Weekly Standard published an article reviving the issue. The larger question for those of us who write history is to understand how citation mistakes can happen.[20]

Slate magazine also reported that there were multiple passages in Goodwin’s book on the Roosevelts (No Ordinary Time) that were apparently taken from Joseph Lash’s Eleanor and Franklin, Hugh Gregory Gallagher’s FDR’s Splendid Deception, and other books, although she “scrupulously” footnoted the material. Furthermore, The Los Angeles Times reported similar circumstances concerning her book The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys.[21][22] The allegations of plagiarism caused her to leave her position as a guest pundit on the PBS NewsHour program.[23]

Personal life

In 1975, Kearns married Richard N. Goodwin,[24] who had worked in the Johnson and Kennedy administrations as an adviser and a speechwriter. They have three sons, Richard, Michael and Joseph. Richard’s latest short film, For Rent, earned a Coup De Coeur distinction at the Cannes Short Film Corner, where it screened in May 2011.[25] Michael, a high school social studies teacher, is the founder of Rivers and Revolutions, a tuition-free interdisciplinary summer program designed to teach high school students the relationship between literature, history, science, mathematics, philosophy, and the arts.[26] Michael is currently pursuing a Masters of Education at Harvard University. On September 12, 2001, Joseph joined the U.S. Army. For his service in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, he was awarded the Bronze Star.[27] He is currently in law school. On September 6th, 2012, Joseph ran for State Senate.[28]

The Goodwins live in Concord, Massachusetts.

In her contributions to Ken Burns‘ award-winning documentary film Baseball Goodwin related stories about her father and herself being Brooklyn Dodger fans. She noted that her father would have her document the baseball game from the radio and replay the events of the game once her father returned home. She cited this as her first experience as a historian. She chronicles her and her family’s love for the Dodgers until the team’s fateful move to Los Angeles in 1957. When she met her husband in the late 60s, she became a Red Sox fan even though her dad became a Mets fan, one of her sisters later became a Rockies fan, and her other sister stayed a Dodgers fan.

Steven Spielberg’s 2012 film, Lincoln (2012 film), is based in large part on Team of Rivals, and is so attributed in the film.

Books

 

 

MY POINT?

 

12/28/2012 Headlines;

‘Fiscal cliff’ meeting at White House: Will it be ‘Lincoln’ moment for Obama?

Many Senate Republicans say that with Congress deadlocked on averting the fiscal cliff, it is up to Obama to force a deal. The lesson from the movie ‘Lincoln,’ they say, is ‘the president has to lead.’

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2012/1228/Fiscal-cliff-meeting-at-White-House-Will-it-be-Lincoln-moment-for-Obama?nav=87-frontpage-entryNineItem

2004, From the Land of Lincoln, then State Senator Barack Obama

 

 

**Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln**

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Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
Team of Rivals.jpg
Author(s) Doris Kearns Goodwin
Country U.S.
Subject(s) Abraham Lincoln
Genre(s) Non-fiction
Publisher Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Publication date October 25, 2005
Pages 944
ISBN ISBN 0-684-82490-6 (hardcover)
ISBN 0-7432-7075-4 (paperback)
OCLC Number 61479616
Dewey Decimal 973.7092 B 22
LC Classification E457.45 .G66 2005
Preceded by Every Four Years: Presidential Campaign Coverage

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln is a book by historian Doris Kearns Goodwin published in 2005. The book is a biographical portrait of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln and some of the men who served with him in his Cabinet from 1861 to 1865. Three of his Cabinet members had previously run against Lincoln in the 1860 election: Attorney General Edward Bates, Secretary of the Treasury Salmon P. Chase and Secretary of State William H. Seward. The book focuses on Lincoln’s mostly successful attempts to reconcile conflicting personalities and political factions on the path to abolition and victory in the US Civil War.

Film adaptation

Main article: Lincoln (2012 film)

While consulting on a Steven Spielberg project in 1999, Goodwin told Spielberg she was planning to write Team of Rivals, and Spielberg immediately told her he wanted the film rights.[1] DreamWorks finalized the deal in 2001[2]. Daniel Day-Lewis agreed to play Abraham Lincoln after Liam Neeson withdrew from the project in 2010 after being attached from the start; with Sally Field playing Mary Todd Lincoln.[3] The screenplay was written by Tony Kushner.[4] Filming began on October 17, 2011,[5] and ended on December 19, 2011.[6] The film was released nationwide on November 16, 2012 and was received with widespread critical acclaim and praised Daniel Day-Lewis for his portrayal of Abraham Lincoln.[7]

 

Dianne Feinstein

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Dianne Feinstein
United States Senator
from California
Incumbent
Assumed office
November 4, 1992
Serving with Barbara Boxer
Preceded by John F. Seymour
Chairman of the United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 6, 2009
Preceded by Jay Rockefeller
Chairman of the International Narcotics Control Caucus
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 3, 2009
Preceded by Joe Biden
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration
In office
January 4, 2007 – January 3, 2009
Preceded by Trent Lott
Succeeded by Chuck Schumer
38th Mayor of San Francisco
In office
December 4, 1978 – January 8, 1988
Preceded by George Moscone
Succeeded by Art Agnos
Member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors
In office
1970–1978
Personal details
Born Dianne Emiel Goldman
June 22, 1933 (age 79)
San Francisco, California
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Judge Jack Berman (div.)
Bertram Feinstein (deceased)
Richard C. Blum (1980–)
Children Katherine Feinstein Mariano
Residence San Francisco, California
Alma mater Stanford University (B.A.)
Occupation United States Senator
Religion Judaism[1]
Website www.feinstein.senate.gov

Dianne Goldman Berman Feinstein (pron.: /ˈfnstn/; born June 22, 1933) is the senior United States Senator from California. A member of the Democratic Party, she has served in the Senate since 1992. She also served as 38th Mayor of San Francisco from 1978 to 1988.

Born in San Francisco, Feinstein graduated from Stanford University. In the 1960s she worked in city government, and in 1970 she was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. She served as the board’s first female president in 1978, during which time the assassinations of Mayor George Moscone and City Supervisor Harvey Milk drew national attention to the city. Feinstein, who was the first to discover the shootings, succeeded Moscone as mayor. During her tenure as San Francisco’s first female mayor she took a politically moderate stance, leading a revamp of the city’s cable car system and overseeing the 1984 Democratic National Convention.

After a failed gubernatorial campaign in 1990, she won a 1992 special election to the U.S. Senate. Feinstein was first elected on the same ballot as her peer Barbara Boxer, and the two became California’s first female U.S. Senators. Feinstein has been re-elected four times since then and in the 2012 election, she claimed the record for the most popular votes in any U.S. Senate election in history, having received 7.75 million votes.[2] Feinstein formerly chaired the Senate Rules Committee (2007–2009) and has chaired the Select Committee on Intelligence since 2009. She is also the first woman to have presided over a U.S. presidential inauguration.[3][4]

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Early life

Feinstein was born Dianne Emiel Goldman[5] in San Francisco, to Betty (née Rosenburg), a former model, and Leon Goldman, a nationally renowned surgeon. Feinstein’s paternal grandparents were Jewish emigrants from Poland, while her maternal grandparents, who were of the Russian Orthodox faith, left St. Petersburg, Russia, after the 1917 Russian Revolution.[6] Her mother’s surname, “Rosenburg”, originates from German ancestry.[7] Feinstein has identified her own religion as Jewish.[1]

Personal life

Feinstein graduated from Convent of the Sacred Heart High School (California) in 1951 and from Stanford University in 1955 with a B.A. in History.

In 1956, she married Jack Berman (died 2002), a colleague in the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office. Feinstein and Berman divorced three years later. Their daughter, Katherine Feinstein Mariano (b. 1957), has been the presiding judge of the San Francisco Superior Court for twelve years, through 2012.[8][9]

In 1962, shortly after beginning her career in politics, Feinstein married neurosurgeon Bertram Feinstein; her second husband died of colon cancer in 1978.

In 1980, Feinstein married Richard C. Blum, an investment banker. In 2003, Feinstein was ranked the fifth-wealthiest senator, with an estimated net worth of $26 million.[10] By 2005 her net worth had increased to between $43 million and $99 million.[11] Her 347-page financial-disclosure statement[12] – characterized by the San Francisco Chronicle as “nearly the size of a phone book” – draws clear lines between her assets and those of her husband, with many of her assets in blind trusts.[13]

Early political career

In 1961, Feinstein worked to end housing discrimination in San Francisco.[14] Prior to elected service, she was appointed by then-California Governor Pat Brown to serve as a member of the California Women’s Parole Board. Feinstein also served as a fellow at the Coro Foundation in San Francisco.

President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors

In 1969, Feinstein was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. She remained on the Board for nine years.

During her tenure on the Board of Supervisors, she unsuccessfully ran for mayor of San Francisco twice, in 1971 against mayor Joseph Alioto, and in 1975, when she lost the contest for a runoff slot (against George Moscone) by one percentage point, to supervisor John Barbagelata.

She was elected president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1978 with initial opposition from Quentin Kopp.

On November 27, 1978, San Francisco mayor George Moscone and supervisor Harvey Milk were assassinated by a rival politician, Dan White, who had resigned from the Board of Supervisors only two weeks prior. Feinstein was close by in City Hall at the time of the shootings, and discovered Milk’s body after hearing the gunshots and going to investigate. Later that day at a press conference originally organized by Moscone to announce White’s successor, Feinstein announced the assassinations to the stunned public, stating: “As president of the board of supervisors, it’s my duty to make this announcement. Both Mayor Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk have been shot and killed.”[15]

Feinstein appears in archival footage and is credited in the Academy Award-winning documentary film The Times of Harvey Milk (1984). She appears again briefly in archival footage, announcing the death of Moscone and Milk in the 2008 film Milk. Feinstein and her position as President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors are also alluded to several times in the movie, and a portrayal of her character has a few off-screen lines.

As president of the Board of Supervisors upon the death of Mayor Moscone, Feinstein succeeded to the mayoralty on December 4, 1978.

Mayor of San Francisco

As mayor of San Francisco, 1978–1988

Feinstein served out the remainder of Moscone’s term. She made no staffing changes to his team until she was elected in her own right in 1979. She was re-elected in 1983 and served a full second term.

One of the first challenges to face Feinstein as mayor was the state of the San Francisco cable car system. In late 1979, the system had to be shut down for emergency repairs, and an engineering evaluation concluded that it needed comprehensive rebuilding at a cost of $60 million. Feinstein took charge of the effort, and helped win federal funding for the bulk of the rebuilding job. The system closed for rebuilding in 1982 and reopened in 1984 in time for the Democratic National Convention that was held in the city that year.[16] Feinstein also oversaw planning policies to increase the number of high rise buildings in San Francisco.[17]

Perhaps because of her statewide ambitions, Feinstein was seen as a relatively moderate Democrat in one of the country’s most liberal cities. As a supervisor, she was considered part of the centrist bloc that included Dan White and was generally opposed to Moscone. As mayor, Feinstein angered the city’s large gay community by refusing to march in a gay rights parade and by vetoing domestic partner legislation in 1983. In the 1980 presidential election, while a majority of Bay Area Democrats continued to support Senator Ted Kennedy‘s primary challenge to President Jimmy Carter even after it was clear Kennedy could not win, Feinstein was a strong supporter of the Carter–Mondale ticket. She was given a high profile speaking role on the opening night of the August Democratic National Convention, urging delegates to reject the Kennedy delegates‘ proposal to “open” the convention, thereby allowing delegates to ignore their states’ popular vote, a proposal that was soundly defeated.

In the run up to the 1984 Democratic National Convention, there was considerable media and public speculation that Democratic presidential nominee Walter Mondale might pick Feinstein as his running mate. However, he chose Geraldine Ferraro instead. Also in 1984, Feinstein proposed banning handguns in San Francisco, and became subject to a recall attempt organized by the White Panther Party. She won the recall election and finished her second term as mayor on January 8, 1988.

In 1985, at a press conference, Feinstein revealed details about the hunt for serial killer Richard Ramírez, and in so doing angered detectives by giving away details of his crimes.[18]

In 1987, City and State magazine named Feinstein the nation’s “Most Effective Mayor.” Feinstein served on the Trilateral Commission during the 1980s while mayor of San Francisco.

Gubernatorial election

In 1990, Feinstein made an unsuccessful bid for Governor of California. Although she won the Democratic Party’s nomination for the office, she then lost in the general election to Republican Senator Pete Wilson, who vacated his seat in the Senate to assume the governorship. In 1992, she was fined $190,000 for failure to properly report campaign contributions and expenditures associated with that campaign.[19]

U.S. Senate career

Elections

Official Senate photo from 2003

Feinstein in 2010, as she hosted an event at her home attended by 5 members of the U.S. Senate

On November 3, 1992, Feinstein won a special election to fill the Senate seat vacated a year earlier when Senator Pete Wilson resigned to become governor. The election was held at the same time as the general election for U.S. President and other offices. Barbara Boxer was elected at the same time for the Senate seat to be vacated by Alan Cranston. Because Feinstein was elected to an unexpired term, she became a senator as soon as the election was certified in November while Boxer would not take office until the expiration of Cranston’s term in January; thus Feinstein became California’s senior senator, even though she was elected at the same time as Boxer. Feinstein was re-elected in 1994, 2000, 2006, and 2012. In 2012, Feinstein claimed the record for the most popular votes in any U.S. Senate election in history, having received 7.75 million votes.[20] The record was previously held by her California colleague Barbara Boxer, who received 6.96 million votes in her 2004 re-election.

Approval ratings

Source Date Approve Disapprove Undecided
Survey USA January 17, 2011 43% 48% 10%
Public Policy Polling February 2, 2011 50% 39% 11%
The Field Poll February 2, 2011 48% 33% 19%
The Field Poll June 21, 2011 46% 31% 23%
The Field Poll September 16, 2011 41% 39% 20%
Public Policy Polling November 16, 2011 51% 38% 11%

Committees

Political positions and votes

Feinstein voted for the extension of the PATRIOT ACT and the FISA provisions.[21]

Feinstein cosponsored (along with Tom Coburn, an Oklahoman Republican) an amendment through the Senate to the Economic Development Revitalization Act of 2011 that eliminated the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit. The Senate passed the amendment on June 16, 2011. Introduced in 2004, the subsidy provided a 45-cent-per-gallon credit on pure ethanol and a 54-cent-per-gallon tariff on imported ethanol. These subsidies had resulted in an annual expenditure of $6 billion.[22][23]

On May 12, 2011, Feinstein cosponsored PIPA.[24] In January 2012, Feinstein met with representatives of technology companies, including Google and Facebook. According to a spokesperson, Feinstein “is doing all she can to ensure that the bill is balanced and protects the intellectual property concerns of the content community without unfairly burdening legitimate businesses such as Internet search engines.”[25]

2008 presidential politics

The line for unclaimed tickets to the inauguration outside Feinstein’s office

As a superdelegate, Feinstein had declared that she would support Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination. However, once Barack Obama became the presumptive nominee for the party, she fully backed his candidacy. Days after Obama amassed enough delegates to win the Democratic Party nomination, Feinstein lent her Washington, D.C., home to both Clinton and Obama to have a private one-on-one meeting.[26] Feinstein did not attend the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver because she fell and broke her ankle.[27]

She chaired the United States Congress Joint Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, and acted as mistress of ceremonies, introducing each participant at the 2009 presidential inauguration.[28]

Controversy

Blum’s wife, Senator Dianne Feinstein, has received scrutiny due to her husband’s government contracts and extensive business dealings with China and her past votes on trade issues with the country. Blum has denied any wrongdoing, however.[3] Critics have argued that business contracts with the US government awarded to a company (Perini) controlled by Blum may raise a potential conflict-of-interest issue with the voting and policy activities of his wife.[4] URS Corp, which Blum had a substantial stake in, bought EG&G, a leading provider of technical services and management to the U.S. military, from The Carlyle Group in 2002; EG&G subsequently won a $600m defense contract.[1]

In 2009 it was reported that Blum’s wife Sen. Dianne Feinstein introduced legislation to provide $25 billion in taxpayer money to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp, a government agency that had recently awarded her husband’s real estate firm, CB Richard Ellis, what the Washington Times called “a lucrative contract to sell foreclosed properties at compensation rates higher than the industry norms.”[5]

Boards

On March 12, 2002, Blum was appointed by California Governor Gray Davis to a 12-year term as one of the Regents of the University of California. Blum also serves on the boards of the following companies:

Petition: Try Dianne Feinstein For Treason

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California Senator’s gun grabbing legislation causes outrage

Paul Joseph Watson
Infowars.com
December 28, 2012

The latest White House petition garnering attention demands that Senator Dianne Feinstein be tried in federal court for treason against the constitution for her role in introducing legislation that would go a long way to repealing the second amendment.

The full text of the petition reads;

The Constitution was written to restrain the government. No amendment is more important for this purpose than the 2nd amendment. The 2nd amendment was written so the power could be kept with the citizenry in the face of a tyrannical government. It was well understood the Constitution acknowledged certain rights that could not be limited by government.

Senator Dianne Feinstein has made it clear she does not believe in the Constitution or the inalienable rights of Americans to keep and bear arms. She is actively working to destroy the 2nd amendment with her 2013 assault weapons ban. For this reason we the people of the united States petition for her to be tried in Federal Court for treason to the Constitution.

As we have previously explained, although the White House asserts that it will respond to all petitions that reach 25,000 signatures within 30 days, the Obama administration has instead cherry picked which ones it addresses.

The petition to try Feinstein for treason currently has over 1700 signatures and is climbing rapidly. A separate petition calling for Feinstein, “to be immediately banned from the United States Senate and….prohibited from ever again holding public office in the United States of America,” also has over 1600 signatures.

Despite receiving over a million signatures in total, none of the secession petitions that flooded the White House.gov website last month have been addressed over 45 days later.

The petition calling on Feinstein to be tried for treason is a response to the California Senator’s announcement that she will introduce new legislation early next year that will criminalize millions of American gun owners if approved.

Feinstein’s bill will outlaw guns with magazines over 10 rounds, require a national fingerprint database of all gun owners and ban nearly all handguns.

As Mike Adams explains, “If Sen. Feinstein’s outrageous, unconstitutional and freedom-crushing proposal becomes law, it would require all gun owners to register the serial numbers of all their guns with the federal government. They would have to supply fingerprints, undergo a new round of background checks, and somehow get the “permission” of a local police chief or Sheriff who will vouch for them. This is Feinstein’s wicked way of essentially criminalizing ALL gun ownership by American citizens.”

The legislation has caused outrage amongst second amendment activists because it closely resembles Adolf Hitler’s 1938 Nazi Weapons Law which itself was virtually mirrored by the Gun Control Act of 1968.

According to some observers, Feinstein’s bill represents an act of “political suicide” because it is so extreme that it has little chance of passing and will cost the Democrats untold political capital.

In related news, the petition to deport Piers Morgan for his repeated rhetorical assaults against the second amendment has now obtained over 87,400 signatures following viral media coverage a week after it was created by Infowars.

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ar-15

Posted: December 23, 2012 in Uncategorized

Earl Griffin
Infowars.com
December 22, 2012

I am more familiar with firearms than the average person. I sold them for a living for several years. I worked as a Peace Officer. I have trained on many firing ranges under the tutelage of men and woman whose instruction was of great value. I grew up hunting and shooting relationally with my late father and with my granddad. I have had an opportunity to become intimately familiar with the function and workings of a wide variety of firearms.

photoThe AR15 is made of modern materials and because of that its detractors like to say it is something that it is not.

There is a falsehood being perpetrated upon the public. You see an “Assault Rifle,” has what is known as a selector switch. This switch allows the shooter to change the weapons function from semi automatic (like a hunting gun) to rapid fire or in some cases auto fire. Rapid fire allows the weapon to fire a burst of three rounds. Auto fire allows it to continue to fire so long as the trigger is depressed.

This is important: An AR15 is NOT an “Assault Rifle.”

It’s Military counterpart, the M16 IS an “Assault Rifle.”

The AR15 is made of modern materials and because of that its detractors like to say it is something that it is not. The AR15 is NOT an “Assault Rifle.”

The term “Assault Rifle,” is a value loaded term much like “Terrorism,” Those who wish to manipulate public sentiment like to use these kinds of terms to sway the opinions of those who don’t really know much about the topic but who love their families and want things to get “better.”

Better often means a further roll back of our Constitutional freedoms. Rolling back freedom is never better.

Here is something to think about: The AR15 is just another semi automatic firearm, much like a 12 gauge shotgun used for bird hunting or a semi automatic hunting rifle used for deer. It is not at all unlike a boy’s .22 caliber rifle used for squirrel or rabbit hunting.

The big difference is that it is made of modern materials instead of wood. If you allow the proponents of gun control to describe every semi automatic rifle (and shotguns – it is the same action) then the next step in this nefarious exercise will be to ban ALL semi automatic rifles and shotguns – that means your hunting weapons. It also means your family heirlooms passed down from granddad or dad.

In conclusion let me repeat: The AR15 is just another semi automatic rifle with a fancy stock made of modern materials. It is not a “Machine Gun,” or an “Assault Rifle.” No amount of describing it this way will change this.

People who use those terms either don’t know what an “Assault Rifle” really is or they are perpetrating a mean spirited falsehood designed ultimately to rob you of your 2nd Amendment rights.

Do your own homework. Do your own thinking. Don’t get carried away by emotion as doing so makes it easier for others to exert control over you.

Protect every word of the Constitution. Stand firm against those who would see your rights curtailed. They will not be satisfied until there is no Second Amendment.

This post first appeared on Earl Griffin’s blog, Barking Window

Why oh Why?

Posted: December 15, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

 

 

Tweets

Aug 23, 2010: 3 children became orphans. Their father, Bismullah. Their mother. Their brothers. All killed. (Pakistan) pic.twitter.com/7e0yT1G8

Aug 21, 2010: 4 missiles hit 2 cars. 6 died. 4 drones were said to be hovering in the area for about an hour (Pakistan) http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010%5C08%5C22%5Cstory_22-8-2010_pg7_4 …

Aug 14, 2010: 26-year-old Sohrab, who was leading evening prayers during Ramadan, was killed with 13 others (Pakistan) http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/feedarticle/10112681 …

Jul 25, 2010: The weekend death count rose to 35. Four people perished in Srarogha (Pakistan) http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-10758876 …

Jul 25, 2010: Later in the day, 2 missiles hit a house in Tabbi Tolkhel, killing 7 (Pakistan) http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010%5C07%5C26%5Cstory_26-7-2010_pg1_4 …

Jul 25, 2010: 4 people died when a US drone hit their vehicle. 5 people in a nearby house were injured (Pakistan) http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapcf/07/25/pakistan.drone.strike/ …

Jul 24, 2010: 16 people were killed by US drones when 4-5 missiles hit a house in Angoor Ada (Pakistan) http://tribune.com.pk/story/30650/us-drone-strike-kills-16-in-south-waziristan/ …

Jul 15, 2010: A US drone killed 7. Elders in the area said many ‘were civilians staying in a village house’ (Pakistan) http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-10654163 …

Jun 29, 2010: 8 people were killed in a drone strike Tuesday when 2 missiles hit a house in Karikot (Pakistan) http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/world/2010-06/29/c_13375286.htm …

Jun 27, 2010: A US drone attack killed 6 people Sunday when missiles hit a house in Tabbi Torkhel (Pakistan) http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iJBMQHmY2-267yCxWbKAHMgJ3O1w …

Jun 26, 2010: A US drone killed 4 people in a house near Miranshah (Pakistan) http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/10423780 

Jun 19, 2010: A missile, suspected to have been fired by a US drone, killed 13 people and wounded 7 others (Pakistan) http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2010/06/201061973218311918.html …

Jun 11, 2010: 12 hours later, another 3 missiles struck a house in Datta Khel, killing 11 people (Pakistan) http://www.pajhwok.com/en/2010/06/11/us-drone-attacks-leave-14-dead-miranshah …

Jun 10, 2010: A US drone fired 2 missiles at a house in the village of Khaddi, killing 3 people (Pakistan) http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5h8cd8I8Ba_4rmrNy3OQTu4EGx5wg …

May 21, 2010: 4 children–including Fatima, Nisar and Naeem Khan–were killed when a drone hit Mohammad Khel (Pakistan) pic.twitter.com/2Ox8EyzY

May 15, 2010: Two missiles hit a house in Khyber. Reports of the death toll ranged from 5 to 15 (Pakistan) http://archives.dawn.com/archives/40766 

May 11, 2010: Hours later, another pair of missiles killed 10 more people. Drones were hovering all night (Pakistan) http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8674104.stm …

May 11, 2010: A swarm of US drones launched 12 missiles Friday, killing up to 14 people in Datta Khel (Pakistan) http://www.reuters.com/article/2010/05/11/us-pakistan-violence-idUSTRE6480DY20100511 …

May 9, 2010: 2 missiles hit the house of Awal Gul, a local tribesman, killing 10 in the village of Inzarkas (Pakistan) http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2010/05/20105951012381927.html …

May 3, 2010: 3 missiles were fired minutes apart at a moving vehicle in Marsi Khel, killing 4 people (Pakistan) http://www.geo.tv/5-3-2010/64265.htm …

Apr 26, 2010: Three missiles fired by a US drone killed 5 people in North Waziristan (Pakistan) http://uk.reuters.com/article/2010/04/26/us-pakistan-violence-idUSTRE63L3G420100426 …

Apr 24, 2010: 7 people were killed and several others injured when a US drone struck Machi Khel (Pakistan) http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2010/04/24/drone-strike-in-pakistan-kills-7-militants/ …

Apr 16, 2010: Missiles fired from US drones killed 4 in Tolkhel, hitting a car and people rushing in to help (Pakistan) http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gvfJwwysV6pe_LXSLYnE6kuWNMgQ?hl=en&lr=all …

Apr 14, 2010: An unmanned US drone fired two missiles at a vehicle near Anbar Shaga, killing 4 people (Pakistan) http://afghanistan.blogs.cnn.com/2010/04/15/drone-strike-kills-4-suspected-militants-in-pakistan/ …

I’ve been tweeting for 12 hours and we’re only at March 2010.

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Mar 31, 2010: 6 people were reported killed and 2 injured in an attack on a former school (Pakistan) via @TBIJ pic.twitter.com/eZ9BuTht

Mar 27, 2010: A pilotless US drone fired 2 missiles at a village house. 4 people were killed, 5 wounded (Pakistan) http://uk.reuters.com/article/2010/03/27/us-pakistan-missile-strike-idUKTRE62Q1JS20100327 …

Mar 23, 2010: Missiles fired from a US drone killed at least 6 people Tuesday, wounding 3 others (Pakistan) http://archives.dawn.com/archives/33260 

Mar 21, 2010: A US drone killed 8 people Sunday when it fired two missiles in Lowari Mandi (Pakistan) http://in.reuters.com/article/2010/03/21/pakistan-violence-idINSGE62K02620100321 …

Mar 17, 2010: Another 5 people died half an hour later in a second attack in Maizar Madakhel (Pakistan) http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8571608.stm …

Mar 17, 2010: 4 US drone missiles struck a vehicle, killing 3 people and leveling a home near Miran Shah (Pakistan) http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2010/03/20103174368513661.html …

Mar 16, 2010: The blasts knocked Hanif down, leaving a tangled mess of smoking metal where the cars had been (Pakistan) http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2010/09/04/inside-al-qaeda.html …

Mar 10, 2010: US drones fired more missiles, killing 8, as residents of nearby Ziarat came to recover bodies (Pakistan) http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=27723&Cat=13&dt=3/11/2010 …

Mar 10, 2010: 12 people were killed when 7 missiles hit the village of Mizar Madakhel (Pakistan) http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/11/world/asia/11drone.html …

Mar 8, 2010: Up to 9 people were killed when a US drone fired 5 missiles into a hotel near Miranshah (Pakistan) http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/world/2010-03/09/c_13204032.htm …

Feb 24, 2010: 10-year-old Naila was at home reciting the Quran when the strike hit. She died on the spot (Pakistan) http://www.thebureauinvestigates.com/2011/08/10/obama-2010-strikes/ …

Feb 18, 2010: Two missiles hit a house. Three people were killed, five were wounded (Pakistan) http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jLsremGf0Lj3oPEoI1NyBnwblItA?hl=en&lr=all …

Feb 17, 2010: A US drone killed 4 people and wounded 2 others in the village of Tabi Tolkhel (Pakistan) http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5g2OJAO7roJL5wN1cFIOwnOffdkTA?hl=en&lr=all …

Feb 15, 2010: 4 people were killed on Monday when a drone fired two missiles at a vehicle in Tappi (Pakistan) http://archives.dawn.com/archives/40555 

Feb 14, 2010: At least 6 people were killed Sunday when two missiles fired from a US drone struck Mir Ali (Pakistan) http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/15/world/asia/15pstan.html …

Feb 2, 2010: In the 4th strike of the day, US drones struck the village of Toor Narai; death toll is unknown (Pakistan) http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2010-02-04/pakistan/28118202_1_drone-strikes-haqqani-network-haqqani-group …

Feb 2, 2010: 9 people were killed in a third strike while traveling in two vehicles to help with rescue work (Pakistan) http://www.thebureauinvestigates.com/2011/08/10/obama-2010-strikes/ …

Feb 2, 2010: A second strike targeted a group of people in Miran Shah who reportedly fired on the drones (Pakistan) http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/03/world/asia/03pstan.html …

Feb 2, 2010: Eight US drones clustered for a mass strike, firing 17 missiles and killing more than 10 people (Pakistan) http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/03/world/asia/03pstan.html …

Jan 29, 2010: Three missiles believed to have been fired from US drones killed 15 people late Friday night (Pakistan) http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/31/world/asia/31pstan.html?ref=world …

Jan 19, 2010: At 6:30pm, a US drone struck a house in Datta Khel, killing 6 people and injuring 4 others (Pakistan) http://www.reuters.com/article/2010/01/19/us-pakistan-violence-idUSTRE60I2OI20100119 …

Jan 17, 2010: Four missiles hit the house of a man in Shaktoi, killing at least 15 people (Pakistan) http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8464009.stm …

Jan 15, 2010: 4 people were killed an hour after the 1st strike in what amounted to 9 back-to-back missiles (Pakistan) http://www.geo.tv/1-15-2010/57068.htm …

Jan 15, 2010: A suspected US drone fired 4 missiles, killing at least 5 people in North Waziristan (Pakistan) http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2010-01/16/content_12818220.htm …

Jan 9, 2010: At least 10 people were killed in an American drone strike on Thursday morning (Pakistan) http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/15/world/asia/15pstan.html?ref=world …

Jan 9, 2010: 4-5 people were killed by a US drone in Ismail Khel; Liveleak released what appears to be video (Pakistan) http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=712_1291397763 …

Jan 8, 2010: A US drone destroyed a car killing 4 men standing next to it. Next door was 3-year-old Ayeesha (Pakistan) pic.twitter.com/nyySqdJW

Jan 6, 2010: Shortly after the first strike, as the rescue efforts were underway, the death toll rose to 15 (Pakistan) http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2010/01/20101613294018697.html …

Jan 6, 2010: At 3:30pm, 2 missiles from a US drone hit the mountainous village of Sanzalai (Pakistan) http://archives.dawn.com/archives/34523 

Jan 3, 2010: A US drone attack killed 5 people Sunday, including a 9-year-old boy named Wajid (Pakistan) http://archives.dawn.com/archives/43398 

Jan 1, 2010: Missiles fired from a US drone slammed into a car killing 3 people Friday; 2nd strike in 2 days (Pakistan) http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hob3b1MoWI6iNc0L3gcVwvgkZ3nA?hl=en&lr=all …

Dec 31, 2009: A US drone missile struck a house on Thursday, killing 3 people and wounding 2 others (Pakistan) http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapcf/01/01/pakistan.drone/ …

Dec 18, 2009: A US drone fired 4 missiles in the Shagga village of North Waziristan Friday, killing 8 people (Pakistan) http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2009%5C12%5C19%5Cstory_19-12-2009_pg7_11 …

Dec 17, 2009: An attack with 5 drones destroyed 2 houses and 2 cars, killing up to 16 people (Pakistan) http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/12/17/AR2009121702442_pf.html …

Dec 17, 2009: 2 people were killed Thursday morning when 2 drone missiles hit a car parked outside a house (Pakistan) http://www.geo.tv/12-17-2009/54938.htm …

Dec 8, 2009: 2 missiles fired from a US drone hit a car near Miranshah, killing at least 3 people (Pakistan) http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8400800.stm …

Nov 20, 2009: At least 8 people were killed when a US drone struck the district of Mir Ali (Pakistan) http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5ja-vl2eHtj1JWUeJWkDgpqfmMg6Q?hl=en&lr=all …

Nov 18, 2009: 2 missiles from a suspected US drone aircraft killed 4 people and wounded 6 (Pakistan) http://www.reuters.com/article/2009/11/18/idUSSP476018 …

Nov 5, 2009: A suspected drone strike killed at least 4 people in a predawn attack (Pakistan) http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/11/05/pakistan.strike/index.html …

Oct 21, 2009: Sameeda, who appeared to be 6, was hurt in her leg, while Fatima, around 4, had head injuries (Pakistan) http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/feedarticle/8766658 …

Oct 15, 2009: At least 4 people were killed by a suspected US drone missile in Dande Darpa Khel (Pakistan) http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8308157.stm …

Important to note: these are only the *known* (i.e. reported) US drone strikes. @Dronestream doesn’t include anything in Afghanistan either.

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Sep 30, 2009: In the 4th attack since Monday evening, a missile-firing US drone killed 8 people (Pakistan) http://www.reuters.com/article/2009/09/30/us-pakistan-violence-idUSTRE58Q0N020090930 …

Sep 29, 2009: In the 2nd attack of the day, US drones hit a house in N Waziristan, killing at least 4 people (Pakistan) http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8280971.stm …

Sep 29, 2009: Missiles fired from a US drone aircraft Tuesday killed 5 people in South Waziristan (Pakistan) http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gZEDyFl6YV5tVp3MQ0Hdu2-gucmw …

Sep 24, 2009: At least 12 people were killed and 5 injured in a suspected US drone attack in N. Waziristan (Pakistan) http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8273997.stm …

Sep 14, 2009: 3 people were killed and 2 others injured when a US drone missile struck a car near Mir Ali (Pakistan) http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8253841.stm …

Sep 8, 2009: 12 people were killed in the 2nd drone attack in 24 hours, including 2 women and 3 children (Pakistan) http://archives.dawn.com/archives/41260 

Sep 7, 2009: 2 drones had been continuously flying over Mirali since Mon morning. Up to 7 people were killed (Pakistan) http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=24388&Cat=13&dt=9/8/2009 …

Aug 27, 2009: A US missile strike from a drone aircraft Thursday killed at least 8 people (Pakistan) http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gN_YaxdMssvvnU_CgoXAjjV-ZaMA?hl=en&lr=all …

Aug 11, 2009: A US missile struck a house near the town of Kani Gurram, killing at least 10 people (Pakistan) http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/12/world/asia/12pstan.html?_r=1&ref=world …

Alright, I lied. Too many strikes to tweet. @Dronestream is going to take a lot longer than 10 minutes.

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Aug 5, 2009: Baitullah Mehsud and as many as 10 others were killed by a US Predator drone in Zanghara (Pakistan) http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2009/10/26/091026fa_fact_mayer#ixzz1PuIWKxSI …

Jul 17, 2009: A ‘drone raid’ on a house killed up to 6 people and wounded 4 more (Pakistan) http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8156039.stm …

Jul 10, 2009: 2 US drone missiles killed at least 3 people in the Painda Khel region of South Waziristan (Pakistan) http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/11/world/asia/11briefs-Pstan.html?_r=2&ref=world …

Jul 8, 2009: Up to 40 people died when 5 US drone missiles hit a vehicle convoy in Ladha (Pakistan) http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8139739.stm …

Jul 8, 2009: In the first of Wednesday’s attacks, missiles hit the thickly-forested Karwan Manza, killing 10 (Pakistan) http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8139739.stm …

Jul 7, 2009: At least 16 people were killed in a US drone strike when 2 missiles hit the village of Jangara (Pakistan) http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2009/07/20097784914231489.html …

Jul 3, 2009: Another US drone attack killed at least 7 people in Kokat Khel (Pakistan) http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hzKk_J0rAiU30n_jPO7xyJnqLG6Q …

Jun 23, 2009: Up to 80 more people were killed when several US drones targeted a funeral (Pakistan) http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2009/06/20096244230395712.html …

Jun 23, 2009: A US drone fired 3 missiles, killing at least 2 people and injuring several others (Pakistan) http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/06/23/pakistan.unrest/ …

Jun 18, 2009: 2 drone missiles killed 1 person. When rescuers rushed to the scene, 2 more struck, killing 8 (Pakistan) http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/19/world/asia/19pstan.html?_r=1&ref=world …

Jun 14, 2009: A US drone killed 5 people in South Waziristan on Sunday (Pakistan) http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/06/14/pakistan.bomb/index.html …

May 16, 2009: In the first confirmed deliberate CIA attack on rescuers, up to 40 people were killed (Pakistan) http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=22177&Cat=13&dt=5/17/2009 …

May 12, 2009: A suspected US drone attack on a village killed 9 people and wounded 4 others Tuesday morning (Pakistan) http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/05/12/pakistan.drone.attack/index.html …

May 9, 2009: Multiple missile strikes, including an attack on an ex-school and a car, killed up to 25 people (Pakistan) http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2009%5C05%5C10%5Cstory_10-5-2009_pg1_3 …

Apr 29, 2009: A missile strike by a suspected US drone on Wednesday killed at least 6 people (Pakistan) http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iL9YzPhV9Z5ygEQBiLZqqGPPm9uw …

Apr 19, 2009: 2 missiles hit a house in Gangi Khel, killing at least 3 people (Pakistan) http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gx71WkPEnJXUWZieAGf4H7SlSsQQ …

Apr 8, 2009: A suspected US pilotless plane killed 4 people in an attack on a vehicle in South Waziristan (Pakistan) http://archives.dawn.com/archives/40545 

Apr 4, 2009: A suspected US drone killed 13 people in Datta Khel, including up to 4 children and 3 women (Pakistan) http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iB7gOoHENZvu3yXj8V6n1XWCGqDQ …

Apr 1, 2009: A pilotless US drone fired a missile in northwest Pakistan on Wednesday, killing 12 people (Pakistan) http://www.reuters.com/article/2009/04/01/idUSISL425281 …

Mar 26, 2009: A suspected US drone aircraft fired two missiles into a house in Mir Ali, killing 4 people (Pakistan) http://archives.dawn.com/archives/124778 

Mar 25, 2009: Up to 8 people were killed in an attack on 2 cars as they were about to cross a bridge (Pakistan) http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/03/25/pakistan.missile.strike.dead/index.html …

Mar 15, 2009: A missile suspected to have been fired by a US drone hit a house in Janikhel, killing 5 people (Pakistan) http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7945404.stm …

Mar 12, 2009: Missiles fired by an unmanned US drone killed at least 24 people and injured 30 others (Pakistan) http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7940921.stm …

Mar 1, 2009: Two missiles fired Sunday from American remotely piloted aircraft killed at least 8 people (Pakistan) http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/02/world/asia/02pstan.html …

Feb 16, 2009: 25 killed, several injured in Central Kurram drone strikes (Pakistan) http://archives.dawn.com/archives/123967 

Feb 14, 2009: Two missiles fired from a US drone killed more than 30 people, including an 8-year old boy (Pakistan) http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/15/world/asia/15pstan.html?_r=1 …

Jan 23, 2009: Second strike of the day killed between 5 and 8 people, including 3 children (Pakistan) http://www.salon.com/2009/01/26/obama_85/ …

Jan 23, 2009: President Obama’s first drone strike killed between 7 and 15 people, including 1 child (Pakistan) http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/jan/24/pakistan-barack-obama-air-strike …

Jan 2, 2009: In the final strike of Bush’s presidency, an attack on an abandoned girls’ school killed 3-4 (Pakistan) http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/01/08/AR2009010803110.html …

Jan 1, 2009: A CIA drone strike killed up to 5 people in South Waziristan (Pakistan) http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/09/world/asia/09pstan.html …

Dec 22, 2008: Between 2 and 4 people were killed and 4 injured in a further strike on an anti-aircraft truck (Pakistan) http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7794930.stm …

Dec 22, 2008: Two US drone missiles killed 8 in Karikot and Shin Warsak, causing huge fires in both villages (Pakistan) http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5izKezjv_xtlI2mQzcO0pcsRj02lg …

Dec 15, 2008: 2 people were killed in a night-time strike that set a house on fire (Pakistan) http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2008-12/16/content_7311197.htm …

Dec 11, 2008: A missile, suspected to be from a pilotless US drone, killed 7 people on Thursday (Pakistan) http://in.reuters.com/article/2008/12/11/pakistan-missile-idINISL23166720081211 …

Dec 5, 2008: 3 people were killed in a missile attack by a suspected US drone (Pakistan) http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2008%5C12%5C06%5Cstory_6-12-2008_pg1_3 …

Nov 29, 2008: A US drone fired a missile at a Professor’s house, killing 2 or 3 people (Pakistan) http://in.reuters.com/article/2008/11/29/idINIndia-36778020081129 …

Nov 27, 2008: 5 people were killed in an attack on a moving vehicle Wednesday, caused by either IED or drone (Pakistan) http://www.kuna.net.kw/ArticleDetails.aspx?id=1956606&language=en …

Nov 14, 2008: 11-13 people were killed when a US drone struck a residential area in Shagai (Pakistan) http://archives.dawn.com/2008/11/15/top2.htm …

Nov 7, 2008: Up to 14 people were killed in a US drone strike, including 6 reported civilians (Pakistan) http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5jlbsctRKE5_0vBDyyTTr7nkLW0yg …

Oct 31, 2008: In the second strike of the day, US drones blew up a truck, killing between 4 and 12 people (Pakistan) http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5hFRj05wy4-L2HckvAXmlqSQKJ-yQ …

Oct 31, 2008: More than 20 people were killed when a drone fired 2 missiles, destroying a house near Mirali (Pakistan) http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_depth/7702679.stm …

Oct 23, 2008: US drones struck a seminary on Thursday, killing 10 people and wounding 3 (Pakistan) http://archives.dawn.com/2008/10/24/top3.htm …

Oct 16, 2008: A US Predator drone killed 6 and wounded 5 in the village of Sam (Pakistan) http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2008/10/us_kills_6_in_strike.php …

Oct 11, 2008: Unmanned drones targeted a house on Saturday night, killing 4 people and injuring 2 (Pakistan) http://archives.dawn.com/2008/10/12/top5.htm …

Oct 3, 2008: The second US drone strike of the day killed at least 20 people (Pakistan) http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/7651249.stm …

Oct 3, 2008: Two women and a child were killed in a 5:30am strike on 2 houses which also injured 5 men (Pakistan) http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/7651249.stm …

Sep 30, 2008: After tribesmen fired on 3 drones circling their village, a Predator killed up to 8 people (Pakistan) http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=aa32b4fa-79d5-4438-89e0-f5a01533d942 …

Sep 17, 2008: At least 5 people were killed in a suspected missile attack by a US drone (Pakistan) http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7621616.stm …

Sep 12, 2008: An early morning attack on a former school killed between 10 and 15 people (Pakistan) http://archives.dawn.com/2008/09/13/top1.htm …

Sep 8, 2008: Missiles fired by US drones killed 23 people, including 8 of the target’s grandchildren (Pakistan) http://www.reuters.com/article/2008/09/08/us-pakistan-violence-idUSISL24250220080908?feedType=nl&feedName=usmorningdigest …

Sep 5, 2008: Up to 7 civilians, all women and children, were reported killed in a US drone strike (Pakistan) http://in.reuters.com/article/2008/09/05/idINIndia-35333120080905 …

Sep 4, 2008: 5 people were killed when a drone fired 3 missiles at a house near the Afghan border (Pakistan) http://archives.dawn.com/archives/43320 

Sep 2, 2008: No details are known about this strike, though it appears in a leaked US intelligence report (Pakistan) http://archives.dawn.com/archives/39900 

Aug 30, 2008: 6 people were killed and 8 others injured in a mysterious missile attack on a residential area (Pakistan) http://archives.dawn.com/2008/09/01/top4.htm …

Aug 30, 2008: 4 people, including 2 Canadians, were killed when a drone missile hit a house near Wana (Pakistan) http://archives.dawn.com/2008/08/31/top3.htm …

Aug 27, 2008: A predator drone missed its target, hitting Sardali Khan’s house, wounding a woman and 3 kids (Pakistan) http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2008%5C08%5C29%5Cstory_29-8-2008_pg7_8 …

Aug 20, 2008: Two missiles hit a house owned by a local tribesman, killing between 8 and 12 people (Pakistan) http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5grLj6xRsGSHp7FJtyLelxa6i3omA …

Aug 12, 2008: 2 pilotless planes fired 4 hellfire missiles at about 10pm, killing between 13 and 25 people (Pakistan) http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=16592&Cat=13&dt=8/12/2008 …

Jul 28, 2008: A strike on a seminary killed al Qaeda’s chemical weapons team, plus 2 young boys & their mom (Pakistan) http://articles.latimes.com/2008/jul/29/world/fg-pakistan29 …

Jun 14, 2008: 1 person was killed as unmanned US drones fired three guided missiles at a house (Pakistan) http://www.geo.tv/6-15-2008/19301.htm …

May 14, 2008: 18 people were killed when 2 missiles hit a house in the village of Damadola (Pakistan) http://www.reuters.com/article/2008/05/15/us-pakistan-missile-idUSISL11945920080515 …

Mar 16, 2008: 12-15 people were killed in a strike outside Waziristan that destroyed a house and a mosque (Pakistan) http://articles.latimes.com/2008/may/24/world/fg-militant24 …

Jan 29, 2008: 5 civilians, including 3 children, were reported dead in a strike that killed 12-14 (Pakistan) http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/01/29/AR2008012903173.html …

Dec 3, 2007: A US drone fired at least 2 missiles early Wednesday morning at a house near North Waziristan (Pakistan) http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/JK21Df01.html …

Nov 2, 2007: A missile fired from an unmanned aerial drone killed 5 and wounded 6 others (Pakistan) http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/03/world/asia/03drone.html …

Jun 19, 2007: 20-50 people, including children, were killed in an attack on a school and several houses (Pakistan) http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/06/19/AR2007061901898.html …

Apr 27, 2007: An attack on a religious school killed four people and injured three (Pakistan) http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/27/AR2007042701056.html …

Jan 16, 2007: 8 people, many thought to be innocent woodcutters, were killed in a likely drone/heli strike (Pakistan) http://archives.dawn.com/2007/01/17/top1.htm …

Jan 13, 2006: 18 civilians, including 6 children, were killed when a US Predator fired on 3 houses (Pakistan) http://www.nytimes.com/2006/01/15/international/asia/15pakistan.html?pagewanted=all …

Dec 1, 2005: 5 people were killed, including 2 children, when drones fired on a house “for about 8 minutes” (Pakistan) http://www.csmonitor.com/2005/1205/p04s02-wosc.html …

Nov 5, 2005: A failed strike destroyed Abu Hamza Rabia’s house and killed 8 people, including 3 young girls (Pakistan) http://archives.dawn.com/2005/12/03/top4.htm …

May 8, 2005: 2 killed in a Predator strike which reportedly targeted Haitham al-Yemeni’s mobile phone (Pakistan) http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A60743-2005May15.html …

Jun 17, 2004: The first known fatal US drone strike inside Pakistan killed 6-8 people, including 2 children (Pakistan) http://www.nytimes.com/2004/06/19/international/asia/19STAN.html …

Nov 3, 2002: In the first known US targeted assassination using a drone, a CIA Predator struck a car, killing 6 (Yemen) http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/2402479.stm …

Ron Paul Farewell Speech

Posted: December 6, 2012 in Uncategorized

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A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball, and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be your constant companion of your walks.
Thomas Jefferson