No. 95 – July 2, 2011

THE GENOCIDE OF TRUTH

“I always tell the truth; that way I don’t have to remember what I said.”

-Mark Twain-

When I was young, I was taught the story of George Washington cutting down the cherry tree, and then admitting to this indiscretion.

Whether he actually committed this act is up for debate.  What is not up for discussion was the intent of the actual tale – to tell the truth.

I am not talking about simply telling the truth.  What I am referring to is having the courage to tell the truth.

And therein lies the rub.

Americans have lost the courage to tell the truth – and then stand by their principles without flinching.

So, let me give some examples of telling the truth – in print format – and see if any other people have the courage and conviction to state their own concepts of truth in a written manner, via The American Telegraph Blog.

The reason I am doing this is because I have recently received a lot of “private” e-mails that have the implied sense of saying, “This is just between you and me.  If you let on that I said this, I will deny it to the hilt.”

The basic concept of truth – and the courage that it takes to state it – has been systematically put to death in America.

I say, let’s start to tell the truth – and see where it takes us.

So here I go, saying things that are not – Politically Correct – but in fact, the Simple Truth:

I will take our prison system as an example.

Prisoners, in America, get better treatment than regular American citizens – who uphold the law and live by the rules.  Prisoners – murders, rapists, and the like receive:

Free room and board (bed and place to sleep).

Free medical and dental care.

Free TV, education, computers, physical protection and are treated in a fashion not unlike royalty.

But it is not free.  WE THE PEOPLE pay the total cost.

One way to reduce the prison population is to IMMEDIATELY release all first-time (marijuana) drug offenders – and keep all murderers, rapists and child molesters in jail – PERMANENTLY.

All current prisoners now on DEATH ROW should be given the choice:

Live the rest of their lives in prison

or

Take their choice of immediate execution by firing squad (very cheap), hanging (more expensive) or by lethal injection (most expensive).

And, as a side note, doesn’t it seem ludicrously ironic that just before a lethal injection is administered, they swab the area with alcohol, so there is no chance of infection? Is this not the apex of hypocrisy in, and of, itself?

Let the prisoner choose how he will live – or die.  I totally support freedom of choice.

WHITE-COLLAR V. BLUE COLLAR CRIME

This is the biggest travesty of so-called justice in the American system of jurisprudence.  It should be abolished immediately.

There are “resort prisons” all over the country.  Bernie Madoff was miffed because the government did not send him to the prison that he wanted to go to.  Instead, they sent him to one that lacked some of the amenities he had grown accustomed to, like a full tennis court, a full gym, an olympic size swimming pool and a bowling alley.

What the fuck is going on here?

And please don’t cringe when you read that word FUCK.  In the most current issue of The Economist, that word is used not once, but twice, in an article talking about the death of  Brian Haw – a British man who devoted his life to telling the truth – and paid dearly as a consequence.  He was a staunch protestor of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Seems he was right on both counts – as to the lies that were employed during these foolish endeavors.  But that is another story.

It is my opinion that all prisoners be treated exactly the same.  In that sense, people like Bernie Madoff and Rod Blagojevich are put into the same cell as Big Bubba. Word would get out, soon enough, that crime DOES NOT pay.

Speaking of Blagojevich, did anyone care to count the other liars and cheats that have come from his illustrious state of Illinois?

Here are just a few:

George Ryan – Governor from 1999 -2003 – convicted of racketeering for actions as governor and secretary of state – 6 1/2 years in federal prison.

Dan Walker – Governor from 1973-1977 – pleaded guilty to bank fraud – just over a year and a half in federal prison.

Otto Kerner – Governor from 1961-1986 – convicted of bribery – three years in prison.

William G. Straton – Governor from 1953-1961 – income tax evasion – aquitted.

Lennington Small – Governor from 1921-1929 – indicted while in office on embezzlement charges – acquitted.

Orville Hodge  – Auditor – pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $1.5 million from the state while in office in the 1950s.  He had two planes, four automobiles and homes in Illinois and Florida.

William Scott – Attorney General from 1969-1980 – convicted of tax fraud – one year in prison.

Dan Rostenkowski – US Representative from 1959-1995 – pleaded guilty to corruption charges – served 17 months in prison – pardoned by Bill Clinton.

Mel Reynolds – US Representative – resigned in 1995 – convicted of misconduct with a 16-yer-old campaign volunteer – served more than two years in prison.  Later convicted on federal wire and bank-fraud charges and sentenced to more than six years in prison. President Clinton commuted the sentence.

SOURCES:  Associated Press; Charles Wheeler, University of Illinois-Springfield; Mike Lawrence and the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute – as published in the WSJ, Tuesday, June 28, 2011, page A3.

Please notice, with reference to the above-mentioned “public servants,” I did not state political party.  Lying is endemic to BOTH parties.

Now, tell me again, what state is President Barack Obama from?  And does he not lie every time he opens his mouth?

But yet, when he was called out – on the floor of the United States Congress for lying to WE THE PEOPLE – by Representative Joe Wilson – the Representative was FORCED to offer an apology by saying it was “spontaneous.”

Lying is lying – and we had better start getting ready to call it EVERY TIME we witness it.  Call it on the spot.  Don’t let it slide.  Challenge the bastards at every turn.  Have courage.  Never back down.

THOU THALT NOT LIE

Ladies and gentlemen, I hate to tell you this, but the above “commandant” is NOT one of the TEN COMMANDMENTS.

The 9th Commandment states that, “Thou shalt not BEAR FALSE WITNESS against thy neighbor.”

Some have tried to interpret this as saying, “Thou shalt not lie,” but that is NOT what the original 9th Commandment said.  It was actually talking about lying against someone else.

So there I was, a young kind in Vacation Bible School, being lied to about lying. Talk about a mind-twister for a 10 year old kid.  And I labored under that misconception for years – until I finally understood what “bearing false witness” really meant.

BUT, the concept of telling a lie was firmly embedded in me – and I have tried like hell to tell the truth ever since.

Does this mean I am a saint?  Absolutely not.  I have lied on numerous occasions – and have gotten into a lot of trouble as a result.

But I finally learned that if you lie, you just paint yourself into a smaller and smaller corner.

Lying doesn’t have as much to do with any “religious concept” as it does to simple survival.

I guarantee that if you lie – sooner or later – you will have to pay a very heavy penatly.

SO WHAT IS THE POINT?

Precisely this.  If your representative is lying to you, call him on it – either personally, in print or at a Town Hall meeting.

Elections are coming in 2012, and, as of yet, WE THE PEOPLE are letting politicians from BOTH sides continue to lie to us.

Didn’t we get sick of OJ Simpson?  What about Casey Anthony?

“The Terminator?”

Larry Craig?

John Edwards?

Governor Stanford?

The list is endless.

Now, please don’t get me wrong.

If Donald Trump steps out on his wife – that is OK with me.

If Bill Gates pulls a quick one on the road, no sweat off OUR backs.

What I am against is PUBLIC OFFICALS pulling this kind of shenanigans – and getting away with it.  WE THE PEOPLE pay their salaries.

However, if they lie and get caught in the act, they go to some “resort compound,” spend a few years, get pardoned and then go on the speaking circuit, write a best-seller, or end up teaching at one of our “esteemed” universities around the country. No wonder kids nowadays think it is “cool” to lie.

Yet, some dumbass white-trash kid, or black guy who didn’t graduate from high school gets caught with a few joints in his possession – and he is locked up for years at a stretch.

Where is the justice in our justice system?

The concept of legalizing marijuana is coming around again.  Give this some thought.

Take all the “prisoners” that are now serving hard-time for drug (marijuana) violations and set them out on immediate parole.

Free up much needed prison space for the REAL criminals – both White and Blue Collar – and throw the proverbial book at THEM.

Lock these sons-of-bitches up for years – not months.

NO PLEA BARGAINING.

And NO PARDONS.

The first place to start with prison reform is to make sure the right criminals are put in jail – and kept there for a very, very long time.

Only then will we start to get real, HONEST public servants back into the system.

Not until then.

JOSHUA CHAMBERLAIN

I doubt that many people have ever heard of this man.

And that is a shame.  He was one of the most highly decorated soldiers, and LEADERS, in the history of America.  In 1893 he was awarded the CMH for his feats during his military career.  Few leaders are awarded this highest of honors. Harry Truman once commented that he would gladly trade the American Presidency for the Congressional Medal of Honor.

I often wonder why certain people get all the glory – while those much more deserving – are relegated to the back of the room.

Yet, after reading about this unsung General, it occurred to me why this happens with such frequency.  It seems that Joshua Chamberlain was one who not only was committed to telling the truth – but he was rock-solid in leading his men into combat – FROM THE FRONT.  He is reported to have been wounded six times during his military career.

No wonder, more people don’t know about him.  If a standard like this was set for all LEADERS, there would be very few who could measure up to that level.

The bar or excellence in leadership in America has been lowered to such a point that it is nothing but a joke nowadays.

The Crooks, Connivers, and Charlatans that pose as National Leaders are not only an embarrassment to the Nation – but to the whole World.

I venture to say that if our representatives of today were called upon to lead the country in another American Revolution – we would simply be out of luck.

Many of our “representatives” today have some sort of criminal record.  Does that not astound anyone?

Congressmen and Senators, DUIs, hit-and-runs, shady murders, lying and cheating as a way of life, adultery run amok, spineless leaders sending young men and women into daily combat – with no real plan for VICTORY.

Appeasement, coddling of the enemy, Political Correctness – yes.

But firm, honest leadership with our Country’s best interests at stake?

Not on your life.

And now we have a “president” who has sequestered ALL his personal and “university” records – at the cost of millions of dollars – as our “leader” in the 21st Century.

It is amazing to actually consider what is taking place in America today.

The lies, hypocrisy and sheer COLLUSION of the government and big business is astounding.  We are trading with our ENEMIES – yet pretend to have the best interests of America at heart.

It is all lies.  And it is up to WE THE PEOPLE to call not only our own “president” a liar – but all those, both Democrat and Republican – that are playing the same game as liars, too.

Is it too late?  I don’t think so.  But we are getting precariously close to a tipping point – both here and abroad.

CHINA REVISITED

In my last American Telegraph I wrote about China – and how it was, in no way, to be trusted, with relation to the Communist Chinese Government.

A very good friend of mine, and noted computer expert in the field of international cyber-hacking, sent me an article that he wrote – but was explicitly warned NOT to publish in China – for fear of harsh “official” reprisal.

He asked me if I would print it here for the readers of The American Telegraph.

So, in the spirit of freedom and truth, I have included his article for all to read.  It is a little long, and written in his own personal style.  I had no input whatsoever on this.  All credit, and courage, go to him for taking the time and effort to send this to me – out of China.  It took some doing, but he got it done.

The Article

CYBER-WARFARE: CHINAS’S SECRET WEAPONS

Cyber-warfare is very topical these days with attacks on companies and government organizations featuring heavily in the news. Some may remember that before the arrival of the hacktivists there was, and still is, the problem of state sponsored cyber attacks. Google was brave enough to highlight this when it outed the Chinese government’s activities in attacking its servers.

The current outcry about the hacktivists and the calls for “heads to roll” and “lock them up and throw away the key” rhetoric has obscured the fact, that NOTHING the hacktivists can do can even begin to compare with the scope and scale of state run cyber attacks.

This article is an attempt to get some sense of perspective as to where the real danger lies and, unsurprisingly, it is not from the hacktivists –  for they seek only publicity. The scope of hacktivist attacks is clear and is made public by the hacktivists themselves. There is no secret about what or how they do what they do. In fact, many cyber security firms are delighted that they are forcing companies to finally address major security flaws that they have negligently ignored in the past.

State run cyber-warfare is not so open and its secrets are well hidden. There is little public outcry because the public is unaware of the scope and scale of these attacks. So let’s just take the example of China’s state run cyber-warfare units to illustrate how much is hidden from the public.

China proudly boasts that more than 50,000 people are employed in the maintenance of the “Great Firewall of China” (GFC). Does anyone really think that there are only that many hacktivists? Does anyone believe that they are as tightly coordinated in their activities? And remember this is just the GFC, a public arm of the “Public Security Bureau” (PSB), it is not the military.

The main, but not the only, military unit for cyber-warfare is located in the city of Jinan, in Shandong province. It is the one most often touted as the source of China’s attacks but it’s only a small part of the total. If 50, 000 people can be employed publicly by the PSB, how many do you think are employed secretly by the “People’s Liberation Army” (PLA)? Keep in mind that the Chinese military numbers 2,285,000 active duty, 800,000 reserve and 1,500,000 paramilitary personnel for a total of over 4,500,000 people.

If this is not enough, also keep in mind that western technology companies, such as CISCO, provide the equipment to power the GFC.

In the rush to capitalise on the Chinese market, Western companies have played straight into the hands of the PLA.

Take Microsoft for example.

How many of you know that as a condition of allowing Microsoft to sell its software in China, that Microsoft must give the source code of its operating systems and software to the PLA? People worry about the dangers of “zero day exploits” and hackers stealing source code, yet no-one worries about the PLA using its access to Microsoft’s code to hack our systems!?

It is also worth remembering that Microsoft has to provide the code for patches as well, not just the base code. They MUST keep the PLA fully updated if they want to sell products in China.

But the problem runs deeper.

The PLA and the PSB monitor all Chinese citizens by the use of a very popular piece of social networking software called ‘QQ’ (pronounced Choo Choo). It contains backdoor Viruses, Trojans and Worms which can only be detected using Western antivirus software because, of course, Chinese antivirus software reports that ‘QQ’ is “squeaky clean.”

Right now you may be tempted to say:

“SO WHAT!?”

“Who cares if the Chinese want to spy on the Chinese?”

“No skin off my nose!”

The reason it should concern you, it that it is the overlooked secret weapon of the Chinese government.

Have you ever heard the term Botnet used when the news mentions the activities of cyber-criminals? A Botnet is millions of PCs tied together through the use of the same malware included in QQ.  It gives the controller the equivalent of thousands of supercomputers to use at one time.

Grids such as SETI and Einstein do this legally, with the users consent, to create supercomputing grids that enable them to process huge amounts of data in physics (Einstein) or to scan the heavens for signs of extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI).

The power of these distribution systems, when used legitimately, is enormous. But if they are used illegitimately (a Botnet) they are extremely difficult to block for the very reason that they are DISTRIBUTED. There is not just one target to block, but millions of them, and all of them are physically separated.

The Chinese have a NATIONAL BOTNET. It is directly controlled and administered by the PLA for cyber-warfare, and used domestically by the PSB for internal security.

This weapon of the Chinese is not given enough weight, as most people think of it as simply “Chinese spying on Chinese” – but it is much more than that. If the hacktivist kids playing with their toys worry you, then you should panic when you think of the cyber-warfare capabilities of the Chinese.

And all of this is safely hidden behind the “Great Firewall of China”, courtesy of CISCO, while Microsoft has kindly given them the key to most of the world’s computers.

They can attack from behind the safety of their GFC, while freedom loving societies are left wide open through the short-sighted, profit driven, nearsightedness of our own companies.

And you thought selling iron to the Japanese prior to the Second World War was stupid.

Food for thought, isn’t it?

HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY

From July 1st to July 3rd, 1863, the Battle of Gettysburg was fought in Pennsylvania, and is considered to be the turning point of the American Civil War.

The actual amount of dead and wounded are in discrepancy to this very day, however it is agreed that this three day battle, killed and wound more soldiers on BOTH sides, than any other battle in American history.

And this is the site upon which President Abraham Lincoln gave his famous Gettysburg Address, ending with, that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

When we consider the tremendous sacrifices laid down – on both sides of this horrific war – it serves as a reminder to us all, how much blood and treasure has been given in the “making” of this great nation we call the United States of America.

Let me close by saying, we have the best years AHEAD of us.

We are a nation without equal.  This, however, does not mean we are better – just uniquely more prepared than most, to give a dream of freedom – THE AMERICAN DREAM – to every  man, woman and child on the face of this Earth – no matter what their race, religion, creed or color happens to be.

Having lived abroad for over a quarter century, I often witnessed people who spoke of America in nothing but glowing terms.  Their eyes would seem to sparkle when they said they wanted to go to America to be “free.”

In no other country did I feel this expressed desire more than from my terrific students in the “People’s” Republic of China.

Americans who were born and raised in this country have no idea how lucky they really are.

The American Dream lives on – but it is up to WE THE PEOPLE to make sure that dream is never extinguished.

HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY.

Keep thinking positive.

Only 497 days until November 6, 2012.  Hope FOR Change!

Lawrence Klepinger
Editor/Publisher
THE AMERICAN TELEGRAPH

 

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7 Responses to “No. 95 – July 2, 2011”

  • John Says:

    All person in a public office lie! It’s not thier nature, they just don’t want to say the truth to the electors. Why is this? Because they want to maneuver your thoughts their way. So by telling the truth, but short of the whole truth, and maybe some personal comments, they keep the electors confused and lead them the way they wish. Can people really think for themselves. People are normally suspicious and distrusting of public officials. So if you tell some truths to a certain degree, the people will turn it into what they think it is about and then that is when the public official works the people over to their way of thought. I’ve seen this done first hand and knew every step of the way what was going on. Fascinating!! However, we the people have the last say, VOTE!!

    Talk about cyber warfare, come on folks, those other countries will do anything to seek out what they want. The truth is, they are, will, and can do it. They are looking for a sucker to give them more information, and with a pocket full of money to get it from you!!!

    Yep, Mr. Klepinger, keep telling the folks, maybe someday they will listen.

  • Doc Dolan Says:

    Happy Fourth Larry! Be Safe!
    All I can say to this session of the AT is … Sooner or later the Tsunami of Reality is going to impact the beaches of self-indulgent, me first and only, lying, cheating, all controlling, liberal bastards. When that happens (and it will; it has to sooner or later) all we are going to hear are cries of W.T.F! (Maybe a few of “It’s all Bush’s fault!” LOL)
    Doc

  • Dick Bachert Says:

    Larry,
    Another barn burner issue. Thanks for what you do.

    On the subject of lying, I recently told my 4 year-old granddaughter something that will stick with her. She’d recently — ahem — misstated the truth and I said that every time we lie, God kills a kitten. Her eyes got big as saucers and, to their amusement, she proceeded to share her newly acquired 411 with everyone at the next family gathering. I know, I know — my statement itself was also a lie but I believed the lesson was more important than the life of one of God’s millions of kittens. :-((

    Re. China, I’m re-reading your teriffic book “China House” so as to better digest and process the incredible number of facts and stats about that sad and unfortunate communist ruled nation. I heartily recommend “China House” to any who really want to know what’s what there as — thanks to the huge influence of the globalist multi-national corporations who view China as both a market and their personal forced labor camps — they cannot get it anywhere in the western media. My kids and older grandkids will read it when I finish as it is they who will live with the consequences of future events there.

    Re. Cyberwarfare, your comment about the tech sales to the Chicom hackers reminded me of Lenin’s comment about the “useful idiots” in the West, to wit: “When we go to hang the last capitalists, they will compete to sell us the rope.”
    I shall say a little prayer for the safety of your friend who wrote that excellent piece. A bullet in the brainpan — for which the Chicom tyrants send the family the bill — can spoil one’s entire day.

    Cheers and keep on keepin’ on and have a great 4th of July. And if you come across any in that moronic group who think we’re celebrating the invention of beer, hot dogs, styrofoam coolers and, oh yes, winning our independence from Poland, BITCHSLAP them for me.

  • joe winstead Says:

    Hello Larry-
    May you and all of your readers have a Happy Independence Day.
    This is a bit off topic, but to a lifetime Civil War amateur historian and enthusiast, your mention of the great Joshua Chamberlain struck a cord.
    He was indeed a great leader – a school teacher turned General – and probably the most revered hero of the Union following the Civil War. Yet, as you say, almost no one has ever heard of him.
    The Civil War is an inconvenient truth to the liberals. With the exception of the slavery issue and maybe a battle highlight or two, that is all that is taught about it in school- even at the college level.
    This is because we are deliberately being separated and removed from all of our history bit by bit. It’s a major part of the liberal agenda to destroy America.
    If but a few have ever heard of Joshua, how many have ever heard of the Missouri Compromise or its repeal, the Morrill Tariffs, the Union Leagues, or even Lincolns first inaugural address, where he said:

    “I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the States where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so.”

    What a bombshell that would be to the liberals. I am not trying to defend slavery here, but just to point out that we only get one side of the history story.
    For example, almost no one knows that Stonewall Jackson, as a teacher at VMI before the war, set up a Sunday school outside Charlottesville where he taught slave children how to read and write. Under the existing law at the time, the slave children were allowed to go to church, but not to school. Jackson improvised in order to do what he though was right, in spite of what the consequences may have been for him personally.
    Chamberlain suffered his fifth wound at Petersburg, Virginia – one that would eventually kill him many years later. In a later Petersburg battle, Confederate General Billy Mahone saved the day for his side at the Battle of the Crater, killing hundreds of colored troops who stupidly charged into the hole created by the mine explosion. Meanwhile, their Anglo Saxon commanding officer was very safe, and very drunk, in his bunker behind the Union lines.
    ‘Little Billy’ Mahone survived the war and went on to accomplish much in latter life – including founding the first black college in America.
    Our rich history is not only being misrepresented though omission, but also being deliberately lost for political gain. I watched a liberal commentator on the news the other day say:

    “Patriotism is just an excuse to hate your government.”

    Have things really gotten this far out of control? And will anything short of another civil war really change anything?

  • Buru-chan Says:

    Great stuff! We need to relentlessly attack the Chinese w/our own botnet, if only to keep up with their innovations. We need to stop encouraging companies to play the game of giving away their source code in return for market share, which will diminish as the Chinese steal the intellectual property and make their own version. But most important, we need to solve our deficit problems and start making sustainable growth in the US a priority-as we become less dependent on Chinese money and Middle Eastern oil, balance can return to a global and domestic economy way which is way out of whack. Like any family facing a crisis, the first thing to do is honestly acknowledge the problem and then develop solutions. Some ideas-open up US drilling in all areas in tandem with an industry/Government co-operative, run by the Coast Guard, that will put in place pollution control/prevention procedures; rewrite all Government employee contracts to allow for yearly adjustments of salary up or down based on economic performance. ensuring that those whose salaries are paid by taxes do not benefit more than those who are paying the taxes; reduce the salaries of all national politicians by 10% immediately, then 5% a year until the budget is balanced; remove the opportunity to qualify for a lifetime pension based on only ONE term in office, replacing it with a vested plan-each term vests 10% of one’s maximum pension for Congressmen (so 10 terms must be served to get the maximum), and senators vest at 25% per term, meaning that a Senator would have to serve 4 terms (24 yrs) to vest at 100%-note-these pensions should be means tested, if either politician is worth more than $1 million, they should receive less until at $5 million, they receive nothing; repeal Obamacare and replace it with mandatory malpractice arbitration, better payments for primary care doctors, tax deductible credits for all physicians seeing patients without insurance, and incentives to increase the PC workforce by 200% over the next decade. By making PC a more attractive field of medicine, and paying more for office visits, the attractiveness of specialty fields over PC will diminish, more patients will have access to a PC provider, and more cost-effective care will be obtained. Thanks for your consideration!

  • Buru-chan Says:

    One more thing I forgot to add (my apologies for my literacy mistakes in my previous post)-scrutinize and eliminate special Congressional perks, among them-lack of repayment of Federal student loans by Congressional family members and staff.

  • Steve Topper Says:

    Larry, as always, thanks for another of your thought-provoking essays about a variety of relevant topics — particularly politics. While I would agree with you about the importance of telling the truth, I’m reminded of the fate of the vast majority of whistle blowers. These folks are the truth-tellers you seek and yet the government and big business make sure these folks are punished dearly for telling the truth. And the lapdog media reports on it to ensure the rest of us think long and hard before joining the truth-tellers. No matter how much whistle blower legislation is passed, it’s all for naught as these folks continue being punished and their reputations ruined. While telling the truth to your spouse may ultimately “set you free” if you know what I mean, telling the truth about corrupt governments and corrupt businesses does anything but set you free. A case in point is the Southern California lawyer jailed for over a year without being charged because he dared tell the truth about judicial corruption. It’s a sad commentary on where we are today.