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Why have a color code?  Well I have a tendency to want to highlight really important things so I use this system.  Also, this is a low-cost one-man news blog and I simply want to add some color to the site and also help to group stories.  Tim Earl of Stirling    
 
 
 
 
 
 




 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Coup and Counter-Coup in Washington ~ link ~ This is a very important article.  I urge you to go to the link and read it in full.   Stirling    

Sometimes, generals purge politicians. In 1648, during the English Civil War, Colonel Pride and his troops removed those members of the Long Parliament who opposed military domination; the puppets who remained were called the Rump Parliament.

This year, a cabal of generals evidently believed it could secure the White House for Mitt Romney by staging the Benghazi incident and using it as the signal for a cold coup under cover of elections -- probably including computer-generated election fraud -- to bring down Obama. They guessed wrong.

Politicians sometimes purge generals. When the French Secret Army Organization (OAS) staged a putsch in Algiers in April 1961 to prevent the independence of Algeria, President de Gaulle had to round up and jail a number of generals and other officers. The Obama administration and its establishment controllers appear to be ousting a number of intelligence and military officials who took part in illegal operations to replace Obama with Romney. These sackings are being presented to the public under the guise of soap opera sexual infractions or expense account padding, in the hope of hiding some real mechanisms of power from the popular gaze. The outgoing US military cabal favors the extension of colonial wars, like those in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as an attack on Iran. Good riddance. 
 
The most spectacular example is the fall of General David Petraeus, the CIA director, and one of the leading US advocates of an early war with Iran. The heads of several other rogue figures are rolling. The result is one of those rare moments when parts of the rogue network or invisible government can be observed by those who have enough knowledge to understand what they are seeing. But the firings have only scratched the surface.

The Romney backers were made up of neocons, Bush holdovers, and members of the Mormon Mafia in the intelligence community -- a relatively narrow base. The Obama supporters were the Brzezinski-Nye soft power group and military opposed to the Iran war. The neocons and reactionary Mormons wanted to restore aggressive war and wholesale bombing as the preferred option for US foreign policy. Although they love drones and assassinations, they want to keep significant US conventional forces in the Middle East.

The pro-Obama group wants to avoid large conventional commitments. They want to rely on cyber-warfare, drones, assassinations, bombing, raids by special forces, and economic warfare in the form of trade sanctions and technology embargoes. When they want to destroy a country like Syria, they do not favor direct US invasion or bombing, but rather seek to use proxies like Turkey and the al-Qaeda patsy network to get the double benefit of weakening both ally and enemy. Above all, they love color revolutions and soft-power subversion.  
 
The hatred of key members of the US officer corps for Obama was illustrated through the comments of Petraeus’ friend, the warmonger General Stanley McChrystal, who was ousted in June 2010. In addition to Petraeus, the following officers are also either sacked or the object of scandals or investigations:

Marine General John R. Allen is in trouble. Currently the commander of US forces in Afghanistan, Allen had been slated to take over from Admiral Stavridis as NATO Supreme Commander, but Obama has now put this nomination on hold. Allen is accused of having an improper relationship with the Tampa, Florida hostess and socialite Jill Kelley, originally of the Lebanese Khawam family. Mrs. Kelley had insinuated herself into the social circle of generals at McDill Air Force Base, the location of the US Central command. Allen and Petraeus both wrote letters to a judge supporting Kelley’s twin sister in a child custody fight. According to some accounts, Allen sent either 30,000 pages or 30,000 e-mails to Kelly over a few years. Allen denies wrongdoing, but the handwriting is on the wall.

General Carter Ham, commander of US Africom, whose area of responsibility includes Libya, manifestly failed to send forces to stop the attack on the Benghazi consulate and CIA post. Panetta announced on October 18 that Ham was being replaced. The official line is that Ham decided to retire of his own volition. There were many days of confusion in Washington about his leaving.

Admiral James G. Stavridis, the outgoing NATO Supreme Commander, has been officially reprimanded by Navy Secretary Ray Mabus for lavish spending on his personal lifestyle, including a junket to a wine dinner in France. He will soon leave his post.

General William E. “Kip” Ward, who commanded US Africom from October 2007 to March 2011, presided over the preparation and launching of the attack on Libya. On the surface, Ward is accused of spending several hundred thousand dollars of government money and resources on family members, luxury junkets, and flights. He had been under investigation for a year and a half, but it was announced on November 13 that he would be fined $82,000 and demoted from full general to lieutenant general, reducing his pension.

Lieutenant General Patrick J. O’Reilly, the Director of the Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency, has also been reprimanded by the Defense Department’s Inspector General for intimidating and humiliating subordinates, thus creating a work environment characterized by one subordinate as “management by blowtorch and pliers.” (Washington Post, November 15, 2012) O’Reilly is being ousted from his post before the conclusion of the usual four year tenure, and demoted to major general. His departure was deplored on the floor of Congress by Representative Mo Brooks of Alabama, a reactionary and racist Republican.

Rear Admiral Chuck Gaouette was the commander of the USS Stennis carrier battle group, currently stationed in the Arabian Sea, near Iran and other possible targets for aggression and/or Gulf of Tonkin provocations. Gaouette is currently being investigated for “inappropriate leadership judgment” while on station in the Middle East.

Brigadier General Jeffrey Sinclair, second in command of the 82nd Airborne Division stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and a key man for Afghanistan logistics, is accused of raping and having an adulterous affair with a female captain he had gotten transferred to his command. The prosecution has already sabotaged its own case, raising the chances that the case will be thrown out of court, while charges of pornography and alcoholism on duty may have been invented, pointing once again to a political motive. Press accounts feature Sinclair’s assertion, “I’m a general. I’ll do whatever the [expletive] I want.” 
 
On the Thursday after the presidential vote, Defense Secretary Panetta ordered Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Martin Dempsey, an ally of Obama, to conduct a wide-ranging review of misconduct by senior military officers. The general public is supposed to think that this review will be mainly concerned with wrongdoing such as adultery, sexual harassment, embezzlement, and the like. But the reality is most likely a purge of officers associated with the pro-Romney coup machinations of September-October 2012.

With all these figures removed, it is likely to be more difficult for Israel’s Netanyahu to launch his war against Iran in the way that had been planned. He has therefore fallen back on the option of starting a smaller war in Gaza as a means of stabilizing the US-UK-Israel war party while other options are sought. The rogue network, now a wounded beast, must be counted doubly dangerous. 
 
The purge of so many Romney supporters from the intelligence community and from the military may explain why the expected computer-generated Republican election fraud failed to materialize in the expected dimensions in so many states. Tagg Romney and his associates, many of them investors in Bain Capital, had notoriously bought control of voting machines in almost a score of states, including Ohio. What frustrated the design to steal the election? Perhaps this operation was disrupted and aborted by investigations conveniently timed and targeting some of the main pro-Romney intelligence and military figures in the rogue network.

The answer may also be related to the apparent failure of ORCA, Romney’s data-mining and data management operation, which was supposed to help GOP volunteers get out the vote, but which may have possessed additional and more sinister dimensions. But, as David Gewirtz of ZDNet wrote on November 13, ORCA “got harpooned. ORCA beached. It flopped. It died in the sun. It failed oh-so-bad.” And with it failed the hope of Romney’s backers that they could seize the White House.

The current scandals are extraordinary because they cast light on the rogue network or invisible government of the United States, a topic which is usually strictly taboo for the mass media. For this reason, David Ignatius of the Washington Post, considered close to the intelligence community, is already a warning that it is time to call a halt. Sunlight, Ignatius warns, can be “toxic under the wrong circumstances.”

“For a reminder of why it’s dangerous, take a look at The Crucible and the Lessons of History,” Ignatius concludes. (David Ignatius, “A Modern Witch Hunt,” Washington Post, November 18, 2012) In other words, time to stop the purges before they threaten to engulf the entire rogue network and thus the entire establishment. Patriotic citizens and those who want peace, by contrast, must hope that the revelations go on and on.
   
 
 
 
 
Haaretz: Egypt, Israel and Hamas close to reaching cease-fire deal    ~ link ~ Government postpones decision on whether to launch ground invasion of Gaza by at least a day; Netanyahu and Barak believe it has potential for limited benefit; White House and European countries, including Britain, France and Germany express strong opposition to ground operation.

A decision on whether to launch a ground invasion of Gaza has been put off by at least a day, after Israel decided Monday to give the Egyptians more time to try to broker a cease-fire with Hamas, a senior Israeli official said.

Tuesday's talks in Cairo are expected to be decisive. The Israeli delegates to the talks, which are being led by Egyptian intelligence chief Gen. Raafat Shehata, plan to return there on Tuesday to present Israel's response to demands being made by Hamas.

Senior Egyptian officials told Haaretz that the sides are very close, but that some more flexibility is needed from the Israeli side.
 
 
 
YNET: Top ministers convene: Chance for truce within 24 hours  ~ link ~ Netanyahu, leading ministers discuss Egypt ceasefire proposal, while Al-Arabiya reports Israel-Hamas truce possible within 24 hours. UN chief lands in Cairo, Obama calls Israeli, Egyptian leaders; rocket attacks resume at midnight
 
 
 
UN Secretary-General arrives in Cairo for Gaza ceasefire talks  ~ link ~ United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has arrived in Cairo to hold talks about the Egyptian proposal for a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, where the death toll in the Israeli onslaught has hit 109. 
 
 
 
Israeli Deputy Defense Minister vows Palestinine 'holocaust'  ~ link ~ More evidence for a future War Crimes trial.  If anyone doubts the true nature of the Netanyahu Cabinet this should change their minds!!!  Like true bullies, the Israelis 'can dish it out but they cannot take it'.   Stirling   
 
A senior Israeli politician provoked controversy today when he warned that Palestinians firing rockets from Gaza would be punished with a "bigger holocaust" from Israeli armed forces. The use of the Hebrew word for holocaust, "shoah", tends to be used exclusively in Israel to describe the Nazi persecution of Jews.

Palestinian activists routinely claim to be suffering a "shoah" at the hands of Israel, but the Jewish state normally denies any moral equivalence between the suffering of Palestinians today and European jewry under the Nazis.


Matan Vilnai, deputy defence minister, broke that taboo when he used the term "shoah" during interview on Army Radio. 




Hamas links truce to end of Gaza border blockade ~ link Gaza's Hamas rulers are aiming high in the conditions they place on stopping rocket fire into Israel in indirect cease-fire talks launched this weekend. Emboldened by Arab support and confident in their arsenal, the Islamists say calm can only come if Israel opens the gates of the tiny, closed-off territory. 



Israeli Cabinet discusses Egyptian proposals for ceasefire  ~ link Israeli media outlets have reported that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has held discussions with his ministers over an Egyptian proposal for a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, where the death toll from the apartheid regime’s latest onslaught has hit 107.
 
 
 
Does anyone seriously think it's about rockets? ~ link ~ What if Hamas dumped all their rockets in the sea tomorrow? Would the illegal blockade be lifted? Would Gazans enjoy the same freedoms as other nations? Would their democratically elected government be allowed to get on and govern? Would they be able to open their sea port to foreign ships and rebuild and operate their airport? Would they be able to import and export and carry on trade and develop their economy and prosper like other countries?
 
 
 
More strikes pound Gaza and Israel as diplomatic efforts intensify ~ link Monday saw more carnage, more heated words and more damage on both sides. And there was also more movement toward a possible intensification of the conflict as Michael Oren, the Israeli ambassador to the United States, said Israel had completed its planning for a ground invasion of Gaza.

If Israeli troops invade, Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal said Monday it would "not be a picnic." "We do not want escalation, nor do we call for a ground war," he said. "But we are not afraid of it, nor will we back down."



Israeli Terror Attacks - Day 5/Day6 ~ link ~ On November 15, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Pillar of Cloud goals are to "strengthen Israel's deterrence, cripple the rocket-firing capacity, and strike a painful blow to Hamas and the terrorist organizations and minimize harm to the home front."

He, Netanyahu, and other Israeli officials lie. Their strategy is state terror. Their goal is unchallenged occupation harshness. Crimes of war and against humanity are tactics to maintain and enforce it.


Justifiable resistance is called terrorism. Premeditated Israeli mass murder and destruction are called self-defense. All rogue states operate this way. Israel is one of the worst.



Overwhelmed Palestinian doctors run out of life-saving medicines ~ link ~ Health authorities in Gaza warned last night of a critical shortage of life-saving drugs and medical supplies as casualties threatened to overwhelm the main Al Shifa hospital in the city

The World Health Organisation said it was "deeply concerned" about the escalating situation and appealed for $10m (£6m) of funding over the next three months.
At the 700-bed Shifa hospital, where 80 per cent of casualties are taken, many have been admitted with severe burns or crush injuries from falling masonry.



US sends warships "in case evacuation needed" ~ link ~ Also see ~ link ~  Evacuation...perhaps...but remember these are three powerful assault ships designed to land large numbers of well equipped fighting US Marines into combat environments.  Thanks to a reader for drawing my attention to this story.   Stirling    

Three U.S. Navy amphibious warships are returning to the eastern Mediterranean to remain on standby in the event they are needed to assist Americans leaving Israel in the coming days, according to two U.S. officials. 

The ships involved are the USS Iwo Jima, the USS New York and the USS Gunston Hall. At the end of last week the ships were west of Gibraltar, before the decision was made to turn them around and send them back to the eastern Mediterranean, where they will remain for now.

The U.S. military also maintains three to four ships off the coast of Israel that are capable of shooting down ballistic missiles. That deployment has stretch for some months in the face of a potential ballistic threat from Iran.



Israel has attacked Gaza 1,350 times since Wednesday: Israel military ~ link ~ The Israeli military says it has attacked the Gaza Strip 1,350 times over the past few days, as the Palestinian death toll continues to rise due to the ongoing airstrikes. 

More than 700 Palestinians have been injured in the Israeli airstrikes since Wednesday. Some of the wounded have sustained life-threatening injuries.

Sunday was reportedly the bloodiest day. Thirty-one people were killed during the attacks. Gaza Health Ministry officials said nine members of a family, five of them children, were among the victims.

The Tel Aviv regime has authorized the mobilization of up to 75,000 reservists, preparing for a possible ground invasion of Gaza.
 
 



Elites will make Gazans of us all ~ link ~ link ~ Good One...take the time to read it all at the link.  Stirling   
Gaza is a window on our coming dystopia. The growing divide between the world’s elite and its miserable masses of humanity is maintained through spiraling violence. Many impoverished regions of the world, which have fallen off the economic cliff, are beginning to resemble Gaza, where 1.6 million Palestinians live in the planet’s largest internment camp. These sacrifice zones, filled with seas of pitifully poor people trapped in squalid slums or mud-walled villages, are increasingly hemmed in by electronic fences, monitored by surveillance cameras and drones and surrounded by border guards or military units that shoot to kill. These nightmarish dystopias extend from sub-Saharan Africa to Pakistan to China. They are places where targeted assassinations are carried out, where brutal military assaults are pressed against peoples left defenseless, without an army, navy or air force. All attempts at resistance, however ineffective, are met with the indiscriminate slaughter that characterizes modern industrial warfare.

In the new global landscape, as in Israel’s occupied territories and the United States’ own imperial projects in Iraq, Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen and Afghanistan, massacres of thousands of defenseless innocents are labeled wars. Resistance is called a provocation, terrorism or a crime against humanity. The rule of law, as well as respect for the most basic civil liberties and the right of self-determination, is a public relations fiction used to placate the consciences of those who live in the zones of privilege. Prisoners are routinely tortured and “disappeared.” The severance of food and medical supplies is an accepted tactic of control. Lies permeate the airwaves. Religious, racial and ethnic groups are demonized. Missiles rain down on concrete hovels, mechanized units fire on unarmed villagers, gunboats pound refugee camps with heavy shells, and the dead, including children, line the corridors of hospitals that lack electricity and medicine.

The impending collapse of the international economy, the assaults on the climate, the resulting droughts, flooding, precipitous decline in crop yields and rising food prices are creating a universe where power is divided between the narrow elites, who hold in their hands sophisticated instruments of death, and the enraged masses. The crises are fostering a class war that will dwarf anything imagined by Karl Marx. They are establishing a world where most will be hungry and live in fear, while a few will gorge themselves on delicacies in protected compounds. And more and more people will have to be sacrificed to keep this imbalance in place.



A Zionist worldview and the slaughter in Gaza ~ link ~  Good One...take the time to read this one in full at the link.   Stirling     



Hell-on-Earth in Gaza four years ago ~ link ~ This seems a very good moment, on the sixth day of “Operation Cast Lead” Mark-2, to remember what happened when Israel unleashed its last blitzkrieg on Gaza – “Operation Cast Lead” Mark-1 – over the Christmas/New Year holiday period nearly four years ago.

The courageous pastor of the Catholic Church in Gaza, Father Manuel Mussallam, sent out the following report on 20 January 2009, speaking of the plight of his shattered community in the wake of the Israelis’ three-week murderous assault.



In your survival plans, have you forgotten spiritual preparedness? ~ link ~ Do yourself a favor and read all of this article at the link.  Your eternal soul is the most important thing that you have...it is you for all time and beyond all time.   Tim Earl of Stirling    

Most of the talk on preparedness these days focuses on food, water, emergency medical supplies, sleeping bags and similar items. There's nothing wrong with that, of course, but it's limited to the scope of being ready for things that happen when you're alive. But this life is just the blink of an eye in the larger perspective of spirituality and the survival of your conscious soul. As journeys into the afterlife have revealed to us, there is an afterlife beyond this life, and our actions here on Earth are judged by the Creator.

What have you done to prepare your soul for the afterlife?

This isn't a joke question. We all focus on the survival of our physical bodies here on Earth, but relatively few people consider the survival of their eternal souls beyond this realm. That's strange because the world beyond this life is actually far more REAL (and eternal) than this life here on Earth (which is often described as a "training ground" or a "simulation" or a "dream").



Gaza Death Toll hits 109 - 27 Children killed ~ link 



Israel fears repeat of 2006 debacle ~ linkGood One...take the time to read it all at the link.  Stirling  
 
Although too early to predict which way the Israeli war on Gaza would finally turn out, significant signs have emerged that seem to suggest the terrorist state possibly fears the repeat of the failure it had to face in its onslaught on Hezbollah in 2006.

The war proved a shock for both: for Israeli politicians who initiated the war and the army who conducted it. Despite all the verbal bravado and occasional airspace violation of Lebanon, the terrorist state has conveniently avoided messing with Hezbollah since.

The fact that Israel has come to table to seek truce within just three days of launching a fresh war on Gaza is something unusual that points to its weakness. This is contrary to the situation during Operation Cast Lead in 2008 when the terrorist state didn’t respond Hamas and international calls for truce but ceased fire on its own volition only after pounding Gaza for 21 days.

Though initially denied by Israel, both Israeli and Egyptian sources have now confirmed arrival of the Israeli negotiator in Cairo for ceasefire talks, being brokered by the Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. 




Moody downgrades France ~ link 



CNBC admits we are all slaves of the Banksters - video ~ link Listen to what the guests are saying about central banks versus the free market and gold—and there is not a Jim Rogers, Mark Faber, Peter Schiff, nor Lew Rockwell in sight. (Unfortunately, you know that when the MSM starts blatantly admitting this, the New World Order/One World Government is already here.)



For Greece: Nothing is going to be alright - with video ~ linkDuring a week in which Americans are supposed to give thanks, we thought this inside look at the reality on the streets of Greece was worthwhile comprehending. From the May 2011 Syntagma Square uprising to "the 'firesale' of their country, their labor rights, and their livelihoods to corrupt domestic elites and foreign financial interests" the brief documentary follows the dramatic portrait of a country veering to the brink of collapse - and the people who choose to struggle to build a new world from the ruins of the old. "For [the elites] Greece is a guinea pig, to find out up to what point they can 'milk' [us]" is how one narrator describes the situation, adding that "they are refusing to see the reality [saying] it's not happening, it's not happening, it's not happening, everything is gonna be alright; Nothing is gonna be alright" as "loans enslave people." Utopia remains on the horizon...


The Greek people are suffering from two contradictory collective feelings: Fear and Rage.

Some disturbing images and deep introspection here...



Embry: $67 Trillion Shadow Banking System and $10,000 gold ~ link 



Greece refuses to comply with latest Troika demands ~ link  

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