Friday, March 23, 2012

Propaganda tactic. Quotation Abuse. The Dreaded Dots. Omission without Ellipsis is a Lie

Propaganda tactic. 
Swiftboat by Ellipsis Abuse. Quotation Abuse.
Truncated Quotations.
Misapplied Quotes.
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Omission without Ellipsis, and Access to the Full Source.
 is a Lie 
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Ellipsis used to signal an omitted part.
That is acceptable if the omission does not change the meaning.
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Now we don't even get that. We get the insidious Who, me? 
 Truncation.
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Omitting part of a statement is fine if the segment left out is merely repetitive, extraneous, does not affect the meaning of the quote.  Omitting part of a statement is exploitive and dishonest where the omitted part would have changed the meaning.
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James Joyce wrote of the "epiphany" event, showing forth the character of the individual or essence of events in a sincle tableau.  Is the truncated quote as used by candidates and reporters, to give a false impression and mislead for their own profit and advantage until caught, equally epiphany? See Bernard Richards' article, reported from The English Review, at http://www.mrbauld.com/epiphany.html. Disclosure of the omitted essential should produce that same kind of magical disclosure moment.  Are we too numbed to care. Swiftboating. Use of incomplete or twisted sets of facts to mislead, persuade.


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Deletions as a Gotcha until Somebody Cotcha.
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Recurrent Propaganda Tool
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A.  Examples of Propaganda by Omission; Swiftboating. The issue recurs particularly in election seasons. 
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1.  Budget discussions, Federal Government, 2012: Truncating, misapplying quotations, propaganda tool.  Mediator, Opinionator Ellipsis Abuse.
I [President Obama] said (to Republicans), ‘You want to repeal health care? Go at it. We’ll have that debate. You’re not going to be able to do that by nickel-and-diming me in the budget.’
You think we’re stupid?
[About Planned Parenthood…]
Put it in a separate bill. We’ll call it up. And if you think you can overturn my veto, try it. But don’t try to sneak this through. …
When Paul Ryan says his priority is to make sure, he’s just being America’s accountant … This is the same guy that voted for two wars that were unpaid for, voted for the Bush tax cuts that were unpaid for, voted for the prescription drug bill that cost as much as my health care bill — but wasn’t paid for … So it’s not on the level.
Little Green Footballs, Charles Johnson, Open Mic, President Obama, budget, "You Think We're Stupid?" 
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Then the report, New York Times and CBS, Bryan Williams est.4.14.2011 evening news: Only the first four lines. 
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2.  Ads truncate quotations, see http://www.nationalconfidential.com/20120113/koch-backed-group-to-release-6-million-swift-boat-style-campaign-vs-obama/
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3.  Mitt Romney truncates, misapplies President Obama's words on economy, see http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/post/revisiting-romneys-deceitful-dishonest-ad-about-obama/2011/12/05/gIQAEsd0XO_blog.html. Rachel calls him on it. See http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/post/revisiting-romneys-deceitful-dishonest-ad-about-obama/2011/12/05/gIQAEsd0XO_blog.html.
Rachel, Rachel, We've been thinking, What a fine world this would be, If the waves and tweets went static, With each lie to thee and me.
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4.  Karl Rove, in Wall Street Journal opinion piece, truncates quotation from former President Clinton, see Kaystreet: Obama Order to Get Bin Laden Not an Epic Achievement.
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B.  Discussion
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Quotation Abuse.  Fear of the Full Thought. 
Omission without Ellipsis is a Lie
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It used to Be:  That there would be a clue that a quotation is presented in an incomplete way:  the ellipsis, . . . , even *** and . . .  and [B] to indicate change in case.  Now voters, consumers of news, are left clueless.  The bald assertion is made that X said that Y is Z.  But is that so? If the ellipsis cuts the idea off at the knees, then it is ellipsis abuse. The user says nothing and hopes it slides by, believed. 
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Get back to requiring ellipsis.  It has a function.

Ellipsis:  Properly used to omit extraneous matter. They become propaganda dots of doom when they gut the message, destroy the essence of the message.
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Ellipsis has rules. See Grammar site at http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/marks/ellipsis.htm/ Ellipsis is to remove only words that are obviously understood to begin with - see even the lowly dictionary at http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ellipsis/
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Is that why ellipsis is used no longer? Ellipsis is a signal, a beware sign. Leave them out!  Better to get away with, my dear. As Henry David Thoreau said, http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/h/henrydavid122587.html, and here we apply it to ellipsis rules, "Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it."
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Ellipsis is a surgeon's scalpel, to hone, make manageable; not destroy like Chucky. Not the Slasher. Ellipsis is Greek - more Greek rhetoric - from "elleipein" and that means something like, "to come up short." See http://rhetoric.byu.edu/Figures/E/ellipsis.htm
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Yet, the weapon of choice for propaganda misquoting, once the dot dot dot, is now the insidious truncating. Dotty. Plague spots. The virus is catching.




Look back: Patrick Buchanan.
Pat Buchanan. We may not see the prior players much this election season, but the techniques live on.  Slasher Ellipsis. No, not him? Yes.  FN 1 Buchanan as Chucky.
Buchanan as Chucky slashed off the steel in spine bit. Just like the other lackeys. The plague spreads. Where are his handlers? His staff? Are they to blame for feeding him truncated quotes? Pat? Pat? Pat Buchanan? How can it be? Have you read T.S.Eliot lately? Try, quietly, on your own, at http://poetry.poetryx.com/poems/784/
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FN 1. The reported story was also Ellipsis Abusive - This from "Fact Check" (this is not the FactCheck at FactCheck.org) article by Matthew Lee of the Associated Press. He, too, wields the ideological dot dot dot.
The Slash at work: Full statement of Joseph Biden

 'BIDEN: "Mark my words, it will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy. The world is looking. We're about to elect a brilliant 47-year-old senator president of the United States of America ... Watch. We're going to have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy." '


DOT DOT DOT

We are in worse shape now than when we used ellipsis as a signal for something missing.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Autonomy rights. Sass. Fertility Control. Machisma. Rising

Brazil's Model:  Not what you think.
Apply their factory-closed idea to the US.
Machisma.
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Woman's Autonomy.
Commonality of Woman's Wisdom

Sass. Strength. Charm plus intelligence and ability to communicate. 
Wise, common good, self-interest. 
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What has dogma and what have the media turkeys done to it?
Machismo spremacy has failed the globe. 
Turn to the sensible balance.
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Woman's Autonomy. Photo from Sonderborg Castle, Denmark. Attitude allowed. Woman's participation in the larger life of the culture.  The global stability issue. Attention, candidates in bubbles. The abuses, the weaponry, the concentration of war enzymes that emerge from large groups of men, the behavior controls imposed that twist a sense of self, enough.  Do a google search for "sass" and see the guns. Sass. Message. You can go this far, but no further if the gun so decides.
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Idea, time come.  Anyone interested: explore taking my old world photos and make them logos, with slogans for Weck Up, or Woman's Autonomy, or just plain Sass. Put them on T-shirts, mugs.  Start a business with photos?
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Immoral to choose not to bear? Who is certain of any matter of origins or morality -- who decides. Photos of historical religious understandings may help. They allowed sass. Why not we?  If a person is to burn for her choice, why is that a problem for you? Asks the wise one in the woods.  Autonomy rights for all; but always beaten back.
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Origins:  no gender role is sure. The Seraph at Eden, however, is a she. Then again, he's and she's and singulars and plurals are all over in Paleo-Hebrew.  Depends on who is translating, transliterating.


Woman. She is capable of moral decisions. Period. Period?  Yes, period.
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"A fabrica esta fachada."  The factory is closed. She has the right.  Even those in Catholic countries are asserting the right to decide, for oneself.  Brazil. http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2011/09/girl-power/gorney-text.  The in-your-face attitude that is not new at all, is gaining traction. 
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Brazil's factors in childbearing decisions are not particularly moral in focus.  Consider these personal daily life matters:
  • Broader availability of electricity (other things to do), and
  • TV situation shows featuring smaller families, suggests National Geographic.
  • With fewer children, women are increasingly in the workforce.
  • Sterilization surgery is not uncommon.
  • Side effects of birth control pills (some cited weight gain, feeling sick),
  • Too expensive to have lots of kids and 
  • Kids are too much work for the one left at home -- and the point, if not made otherwise, is that she is done.
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Do the turkeys that claim to be governing us, actually think they can make a woman bear a child?  Some will indeed be so forced; but others will find options, will just go elsewhere; or die in the alleys; and the rest will wait unthe next election. Abortion is nowhere culpable in the Bible, OT or NT, for those so inclined to look it up. Sad, messy, but no prohibitions, no blame.  Follow suit, O Certain Ones.
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Add the socio-cultural reasons to reduce birth rate:
  • Add a fast pace of industrialization, with jobs in cities with crowding and slums dangerous,
  • The move from the land means that a new baby is not a lucrative new farmhand-in-waiting,
  • Contraception is readily available despite Catholic opposition,
  • Improve infant health and prenatal care so it is not so risky to have one, and
  • Set up pensions for old age, freeing up the drive to have kids so maybe one will take care of you.
  • Fewer children counter the Brazilian machismo, with its common abuses, with Machisma -- she can defend, get out, leave, what have you.
  • Then ignore abortion laws that prohibit abortion for rape and risk to the woman's life. Information flows.
  • Back to logistics:  Apartments in the cities are often limited to two bedrooms.
To some Christians, common sense put the female first - and the Bible, in earliest forms, permit easily that interpretation. All is choice in cultures. No one way for all.

  • Back to expense, and a sense of self: cost of living is high, for education, things. Out of the "presa" -- the prison. Quality of life.  Good for you, National Geographic.
  • Family Planning.  Off limits to government limits.
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Time is here.

Pew Research Center:  gay marriages gain acceptance, fewer than half  now opposing; open military service favored, now opposed by less than half, read details, pore over charts at  http://pewresearch.org/pubs/1755/poll-gay-marriage-gains-acceptance-gays-in-the-military;  just about a half of adults are married, see http://pewresearch.org/pubs/2147/marriage-newly-weds-record-low

Monday, March 12, 2012

Cultural time frames. East-West Success or Failure.. Time on Their Side. Tactics. Measuring Success.

Cultural Time Frames; and success or failure.
Tick. Why the East Prevails Over Time. Tock.
Time Is On Their Side.
Time as process.  Or Time as deadline.

Update 2012, from a soldier in Afghanistan (multiple deployments?) apparent War-Amok Massacre, Afghanistan and the US time-limited military mindset. How we approach specific disasters, policy and failure to supervise errors, is different from that of the East. That is why we will lose, because we are our culture.  See Afghanistan soldier amok, as example,  

Is a horrible event reason to fold. This is not a call to hawk our way through, because we cannot.  Our culture shapes us, and will not permit ongoing confrontations, ebb and flow.  We are a sports culture.  We have innings. It ends, dammit, it ends. That is the mindset for the West, and that is why we will lose to the East in issues where they have not time frame.  We take a specific, and make a grand decision to stay or quit.  The East takes a specific, and says, hey, who knows, regroup for a decade.  We'll be back.
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Culture wars spill over into military strategy and outcomes.
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Military matters are defined as much as cultural, as strategic. Rome, for example, never did conquer the Germanic tribes.  Their time frame was different.  Lose a battle, and they withdrew and regrouped.  Rome quit. Even the slaughter of the Saxons by Charlemagne later did not subdue the rest. It took the forced conversions of the North, the Northern Crusades, killing, to do it.  Good work, Church.  Way to go. Salvation or Marketing, History of Doctrine. And there still was a Reformation, and ongoing inquisitions.
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Back to contemporary East and West.  Strategies. We in the west tie ourselves culturally, and therefore militarily, to time. This much time shall be given to that.  Then, new elections! Time's up!  Encounter a setback, an enormous betrayal, a soldier, perhaps deranged by war itself, committing heinous acts (accused) that undermine the very effort for which he and others had, in myth or reality, signed up to complete for Good.
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Response?  In the East, any setback is in a longer timeframe, not dispositive in itself.  In the West, a setback is cause for challenging the core issue, the mission itself.  Perspective palls in the face of immediacy, and immediate political advantage.  Compare that to the East, to Asia. No wonder the West loses every time it faces cultures with long-term strategies, not bound to this date, that event, but the long term objective, is that so?
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Guan Yu (Yunchang) 162-219 ACE
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Here, meet the Chinese Guan Yu (Yunchang), 162-219 AD, biography at
http://kongming.net/novel/sgz/guanyu.php, here in military dress.
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 His era was a thousand years earlier than the Mongols, the Khans, but his military genius appears as well known as yesterday. His lesson was learned at the cost of his life:  never underestimate the enemy. 
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Part-god in mythology, he believed in avoiding confrontations, and mind control over pain. Tranquilly he sat, playing solitaire-equivalent, while surgeons sewed up wounds and tendons, see http://www.godchecker.com/pantheon/chinese-mythology.php?deity=GUAN-YU
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What does the East do, that its strategists, heroes and empires transcend our small time frames. Eastern military strategy, is this so, is seen through the years of various conquests, patterns evolving.
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Fast forward to the 12th-13th Century Mongols, with a tradition so feared in the West that there are few, if any, accounts of other than savagery.  Not necessarily so.  Look closer: Mongols said, in effect,. plan, do what you set out to do, but then feel free to adapt, adopt ways of the conquered if that fits your goals, foster arts, culture. See these sites, all of them:
2. Education to accept, absorb struggle, and flexibility in winning hearts and minds, over years. It appears that no such education is part of the west, or not much.
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We think in terms of the ballgame.  Nine innings, perhaps a sudden death in a sport, and that's it.  Not so others more wise. Our cavalry idea means soar in, save the day, and soar out. Surge! That fails.
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3. Learn from history and the cultures East, not our West.   Read Ghenghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World, by Jack Weatherford, Random House 2004; review at http://whirledview.typepad.com/whirledview/2005/04/weatherfords_ge.html.
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The Mongols only made it so far into Romania, because of the forests and the mountains, not amenable to cavalry, horsemanship. Did they stop?  Not at all. They simply found another route.
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So they went through Hungary and Poland. And, as an aside to conquest, note how they did it:  First, you plan. Genghis Khan.  Basil Liddel Hart. We do not.
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4. Learnings from the nimbler ages of horseback warriors, cavalries. Huns to Mongols to Hussars.
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The eastern response, as agile horsemen in combat:

Unless you are trapped (and how did that happen, if you scouted first?), there are ways to conquer the superior strength of an opponent. Withdraw, blend in, hold back, disappear into the hills until - sometimes - years later. Let it be. Egos not tied to a specific event.  Watch a wife taken, goods forfeit, bide your time, then reenter the fray at a more fortuitous time, and (hopes the one who regrouped) whomp.
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Fast forward.  Asia.  Afghanistan. Their time frame is not our time frame. Their agility is not our non-agility. And theirs works, so long as the attacker (us) is unwilling to slaughter everyone just to "win".
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Moral: Don't count chickens in claiming victories in Asia. You don't know how long the hatching of the regrouped opposition will take.
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5.  Winning tactic: Pretend to retreat.
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See attacking armies pretend to retreat. Watch the stragegy - from a besieged city, in disarray - lure the townsfolk and governing-military of the city that had been under attack, to come out and rejoice at the goods left by the attackers, and laugh at the tail ends of the horses ba-da-bumping into the sunset as the enemy runs.
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Then, in the old days, came the brutality to get the job done. In an age of videos and cameras, that may not be feasible, but the tactic of sacrificing the few for the great idea, hovers even in our country. Watch the local people die as they try to get some freebies, as the retreating army-cavalry regroups,  just out of sight, circles around on two broad sides like a pincer, cutting off the people from their own city, and prevail.
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6. Also: watch those in the East use whatever method is needed to take the city - every horror imaginable, expendable lives, use them to fill the ditches then ride over them to get in. Is that like our Inquisition eras?  See if we are superior,  http://italyroadways.blogspot.com/#!/2012/02/salvation-or-marketing-religions.html.  Then visit secular, but evildoer, Iraq. On your own.
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But once the city is taken, for the Mongols there is a full administrative plan ready to take over; decisions have already been made who is to remain if he will shift his loyalty, and who shall die and be replaced, and with whom. There is virtually no administrative matter left open. Just unroll and implement the plan and move on. No gap in service. No invasion without full program to put in place once there.  That is urban dictionary Bush League.
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It is to weep. We look at months and a decrease in car bombs there, and something else here, and cry, "Success!" We should be saying over and over again, wait and see.  It is not over.  They are regrouping and we are on their battlefield over decades, not election cycles.
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Other cultures look at years, and say, "Wait. We are there." We say, time to go home.  As perhaps we should; our culture cannot take long term military action. Hearts and minds, yes.  Follow that idea.  It is the only one.
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Belling the Cat. Disclose who stands to benefit from conflict:  those providing materiel, corporations.  h the Cat may not be practicable,l because another cat will appear. http://petcaretips.net/aesop_fable.html.  The ultimate resolution is not to try to stop the corporate forces, but contain them.  Protect your own. In our country, at the least, vote. What else can you do?  Some will die, but overall, others will survive.  Read the fable again. See http://migratorypatterns.blogspot.com/search/label/Piers%20Plowman#!/2009/04/who-will-bell-cat-piers-plowman-and.html

Do we approach other cultural extremists that way, rather than with our own extremists? 

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Transparency in Politics. Conflicting Allegiances, Constituents or Cults, Voter Deception.

Who's in The Family now? In the News.
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Require outing of memberships and affiliations with any group requiring pledges, loyalty oaths, fixed ideologies.

Transparency in politics for voters is essential to democracy.

Time to identify the "Invisible Army" bolstering our elected officials in ways they do not disclose to us, the voting constituents.  The Family is in the House, and the Senate.  Is that so? What about our family at home?  Hear the laughter in closed walking quota groups.
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Transparency for Ideological Commitments; is there a need to study authoritarianism in beliefs, and hate crimes, uses of weapons, as public safety issues. Correlation is not causation, but the information should be out there.
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Joseph Kony, Uganda and now probably Congo, in the news.  What influences are out there in politics and religion, and why are answers so difficult, so obstructed.  What transparency are we entitled to, in funding, allegiances, to convince America:  Yes, we know who this candidate is, and what this candidate stands for, when or if that candidate will be flexible,  see FodderSight, Extremist Christian Roots

Rhetorial questions.  The easy out. Still when answers are blocked by fog, what are the groups to which our elected officials and candidates belong, their tenets, their dogma, and what pledges have they taken before or after election.  How do those gibe with obligations also sworn to, or to be sworn to, to uphold and defend the Federal Constitution.  Is it fraudulent misrepresentation to give allegiance to undisclosed groups, whose objectives and backing is also hidden, while asking for votes from constituents kept ignorant of them. This include taking undisclosed positions before election. In particular, are there religious ideological groups funding (probably yes) and why do the rest of us not have access to the identity of those influences.
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Update 2012: 
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Religious background is in the news.  News of the Christian religious background of Joseph Kony, Ugandan prophet, warlord, and former altar boy, reignites issues of how ideologies can (again, correlation is not causation)  lead to hate crimes, war crimes, and how to protect public safety while allowing true exercise of "religion". 

What is religious, and what is culture. Our culture defines anything it wants unfettered, including beliefs that endanger others, as religious.  But is it?

Uganda has long been the subject of missionary activities of conservative religious extremists, so interest moves to Kony's background and funding, fostering and staffing through groups that may include The Family, or groups like it.  See names below from a few years ago.  Who and where are they now.

Authoritarianism.  Need to study its effect, if any, on hate crimes, uses of weapons, ideologies endangering public safety. On the other hand, autonomous but accountable (or deranged, some) individuals may also endanger public safety. See  Gun Violence Timeline, and Growth of The National Rifle Association  How to find accountability, roots of hate exported. Accountability of elected officials, clergy. Does it matter. At least expose the roots of the poisonous tree. Current interest in Kony has its detractors, but valid issues remain as to relationship between authoritarianism and hate crimes. See http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/10/world/africa/few-in-uganda-can-see-video-of-rebel-leader-kony.html?hp
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If no connection can be found between authoritarian ideologies, religious and secular, and hate crimes, war crimes, at least we have information and not spin.
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Kony now envisions himself prophet, and is engaging in or has engaged in alleged war crimes, warrant outstanding, see The Hunt for Joseph Kony; Vetting Background,  Did churches rooted in the United States preach authoritarianism and hate, that are cultural promotion matters, not religious by original text (autonomy of thought is greatly feared by such groups), The Family is of renewed interest.  With the proliferation of pledges for this or that, voters have a right to know whom they are electing:  a puppet for a pledge; or their interests.
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1.  Pledges and Conflict of Allegiance. Do elected officials and candidates betray voters by signing pledges to causes and agendas contrary to constituents, or that preclude consideration as facts change. 
  • Do elected officials represented to their constituents that they would pursue stated political agendas;
  • then upon taking or continuing in office, instead acted individually and in concert to further their own secret theological and personal interest goals,
  • to the detriment of their constituents, and the Constitution.
At issue, among other criteria, is the actual 1884 oath of office for members of Congress, see http://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/history/common/briefing/Oath_Office.htm/
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I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.
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2. Where are extremist political or religious cults today.  Who are they, can they be outed as to activities and funding where public safety and war crimes become in issue. Or are the immune because they aid and abet someone overseas.
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The issue of cult membership that conflicts with an elected official's duties to the government and constituent, is not new, and is international in scope.
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However, the analysis is usually done as to the more left-wing factions. In this case, the analysis applies to the right-wing, and "Christian." See  Ideological Intransigence, Democratic Centralism and Cultism, at http://www.rickross.com/reference/general/general434.html/
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If it can be established that these Congressmen placed their loyalty at their discipleship function in the cult, rather than representing their constituents, the outing movement is likely to gain momentum and spread to other members of the group who may not live at C Street. Who is there now?  Anyone?
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Is C Street still occupied by The Family? Do a search and find 2009, 2010 references to the Macho-God Gang.
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Do the cult memberships affect foreign policy, what funding is fostered by the representative or senator to further religions extremism abroad. Will outing of memberships contain the secrecy behind actions taken legislatively. Did that support from US religious groups impact on Joseph Kony, feed his "vision"?
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4.  Undisclosed allegiances. Fraudulent elections.  Take anti-union beliefs, for example.  Do voters have a right to know that an elected official is already committed one way or another?  Is the idea of a fraudulent election limited to issues of votes counting; and not the representations of candidates; or is political speech merely commercial speech and slick salesmanship with a tie and blow dryer, buyer beware and puffing and small print traps.
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The Family Again, and Political Issues with Religious Undercurrents. What are the allegiances of our elected Congresspeople? The Week Magazine examined "The Family" and found it to be D.C.'s Invisible Army for Christ, see http://www.theweek.com/article/index/98841/DCs_invisible_army_for_Christ/ Information is evolving as people talk. Theology blurring into politics includes concepts such as: "unions and regulations are a form of blasphemy" and those in power are there because God wants them there. Therefore those in power get a free ride, apparently. And for Biblical reference, go to Romans 13:1, see Scripture4All, Romans 13:1, on ordained powers (a transliteration site from the Greek, also with narrative translation)
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What matters, affecting foreign governments, are part of an agenda through religious authoritarianism that sees "ordained powers" superior to those of the vote?
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5.  Back to the C Street as embodying a mechanism for promoting ideologies under the table.
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Those Senators and Representatives in issue in the past were reached at the C Street House, Washington DC where they reside for some $600 per month. The facility (listed as a "church") is owned by the Fellowship Foundation, a non-profit organization, that facilitates ministry activities and hosting for discipleship and training purposes. Are there conflicts of allegiance involved between the private and governmental function? Petitioners hope to explore the issue.
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The Foundation is located at 2244 C Street, Arlington, VA ; and is also known as The International Foundation, see http://intlfoundation.org/ (no funding for within the US; officers are also the trustees, see http://intlfoundation.org/trustees.html);  or The National Committee for Christian Leadership (what is new here since 2003? still The Family? see http://www.alternet.org/story/16167, and is this group close? http://old.andrews.edu/clc/constitution.htmlNational Leadership Council, or The Family, and variations of those names. See http://blogitical.com/2009/07/19/digging-into-the-c-street-family-post-1-the-basics/.  "The Fellowship" - this particular one looks inclusive, see http://www.radicallyinclusive.com/content.cfm?id=2054.  Yvette Flunder: gay rights inclusion. This one, The Fellowship, or The Family, opposed Uganda's anti-homosexuality law, see http://wthrockmorton.com/2009/12/16/the-fellowship-aka-the-family-opposes-uganda%E2%80%99s-anti-homosexuality-bill-guest-post-by-jeff-sharlet/.  Jeff Sharlet has written on The Family in other ways as well, see site, and finds no connection between The Family and Uganda's legislation against homosexuals. See site.
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Theology.   Correlation is not causation, correlation is not causation.  But the theology of a group requiring pledges should be made clear and coherent, no secrecy where votes are being sought. Need information on how this is done: "touching the hearts of leaders" and then receiving later benefits (nature not specified), supposedly trickling to the poor and oppressed. Details not given. The original "idea" of the Founder, Jesus, is implemented here in a creative and opposite way: leaders are right no matter what, practically, and it is enough to see oneself as a "servant leader" and the people should follow.
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Options. Whether lawsuits are filed for the civil violations related to misrepresentation of position and the like, or Outment pursued, depends upon research. This is an emerging field.   Do we vote for someone to pursue our interests, what degree of autonomy is appropriate, or do we vote for an autonomous being and then take our chances.
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Various groups may look into electoral fraudulent misrepresentation, or perhaps fraudulent concealment of a material fact, or mere misrepresentation of a material fact that does not arise to the level of fraud. Most but voters claim they would not have voted for the candidate or incumbent if they had known his or her true allegiance, theology as overruling the Constitutional obligations. Individual religion is fine, they note, but not if it governs how they vote on constituent issues.
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Membership.   This list needs updating, but at time of original posting, Members past and present include Charles Colson, the C Street Boys, Iowa senator Charles Grassley, former Sec. of State James Bakker, former Atty. Gen. Edwin Meese, business and military leaders, S. C. Gov. Mark Sanford, Nevada Sen. John Ensign, and Miss. Rep. Chip Pickering. See http://www.theweek.com/article/index/98841/DCs_invisible_army_for_Christ/
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Recourse. Out them. Outing the hidden are not unknown in the world of elections.  Even oust them.
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For example, extreme Outing, the Ouster, has been allowed to proceed on grounds of lying, in the case of one Ed Jew, who apparently lied about his residence address in order to qualify for running for office, and so violating the City Charter requirements, San Francisco case, see http://www.examiner.com/a-998223~Lawsuit_to_oust_Ed_Jew_can_move_forward.html/. The remedy is not unusual.
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The Tonto Apache Tribe is holding a special election because an official became intoxicated, there is more than that but that is the trigger, see the Rim County Gazette at http://www.rimcountrygazette.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4493:tribe-headed-to-special-election-for-chairperson&catid=41:tonto-apache-tribe-news&Itemid=2/
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Disputes based on allegiances are commonplace in Haiti. see Common Dreams, at http://www.commondreams.org/views04/0224-09.htm
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Accordingly, officials may be ousted for lying, and drinking to excess, and issues of allegiance are important. So, if evidence supports elected officials under the influence of C Street taking other loyalty oaths of allegiance that govern their behavior and priorities, and that supersede those of their offices and constituents, Petitioners believe they have a strong case for ouster,
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Hanging one's hat on flawed theology. Hoping for the rabbit.
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Back to Romans 13:1, http://www.scripture4all.org/OnlineInterlinear/NTpdf/rom13.pdf  That is an odd hat-rack on which to hang one's hat, because that is Paul writing (he never met Jesus, but was a great community organizer, still, why is there more of him in the Bible than Jesus?) to the down and out about coping with their lot in life, and they might as well just give Caesar what is Caesar's, as someone else said - and better.
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Where do rumors start.  Is this an authentic claim of those at C Street. Am checking. Did Jesus appear in 1935 to the President of U.S. Steel and say to gather key men to do the job for him, and that job is tending to the rich, not the poor? The ultimate trickle-down and survival of the bulliest? What we do know is that many of the 1% of 1935 came to bad ends, so the rich got no special favors, see http://www.snopes.com/glurge/fortune.asp.  Even Charles Schwab died a pauper.
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Further research source. A recent book explores the group from the inside. Author Jeff Sharlet wrote 'The Secret Fundamentalism At The Heart of American Power', see http://www.harpercollins.com/books/9780060559793/The_Family/index.aspx/. Petitioners note that many fine people are probably members of this group. The concern is not with anyone being free to espouse any religion of his or her choice.
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Petitioners believe, however, that an impermissible line is crossed in a democracy where the constituents be damned, think the elected official secretly, and the powers in power see themselves as justified in pursuing their own agendas as divinely ordained. And they go off and float their own boats. They are accountable only to God and each other. Not in our Congress, thank you, say the Petitioners, although many have no issue with the idea of a National Prayer Breakfast.
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Of more interest may be the pass-through arrangements for funding various projects and persons, done so there is no trace.
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Exposing congressmen, floating their own boats
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Can this kind of covenant among congressmen, secretly entered into at the expense of their constituents, be countered?
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The lawsuits and ouster petitions may soon inform the country.
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For an overview of the Constitution, see http://www.senate.gov/civics/constitution_item/constitution.htm/ For an overview of Christ, read the words that scholars conclude he really said.
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Petitioners suggest that, for these purposes of measuring the match between The Family's interpretation of scripture and others', skip the spin, the institutions, the self-serving. From a fast search, no expertise, these came up: Try http://www.wcg.org/lit/jesus/realwords.htm/ or http://www.unhinderedliving.com/wordsofjesus.html/
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Next steps. C Street is formally a "church" for tax purposes, according to recent information. Perhaps as more people join, who do not hold to the secrecy that is paramount now, we can learn more about who voters elected and if they care about voters. As a disciple there, however, the disciple's allegiance to the group supersedes any other allegiance. They may not speak up afterwards at all.
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What are their activities in Uganda?
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After the petitions are filed, a possible alternative to Ouster is hearings along the lines of the Sotomayor hearings: ask, delve, then decide whether to affirm the congressperson's continuing in office, or not. Thumbs.
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The New Tar Baby. Uses and Profits from Tar. Fracking, Medicine, Patching and Mummies. Bitumen. Oil Shale. Tar Sands. EIS and History


The New Tar Baby.
Uses and Profits from Tar.
Touch it once, never get free, is that so?

A history of fine uses of tar; but is the temptation now to go overboard for profits?

A short overview of historical Bitumen, the life-giver from the dead; topic of tales, and patcher of driveways; followed by the dead serious.

The New Tar Baby

This illustration of The Temptation from my old Uncle Remus, His Songs and His Sayings (1921, past copyright), by Joel Chandler Harris.  Tar and feathering comes to mind, but is not the focus here.
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I.  Historical Bitumen
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With the serious discussions of fracking and dire (probably correct) predictions of environmental-aquifer damage, and the huge problem of cleaning up spills of this viscous, cloddy substance, look at history and bitumen's other uses.  In the 19th Century, it was not uncommon to grind up mummy parts into a power, and down the hatch for health.  Why?  Finally found the answer.  Here is one such resource, at Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland.
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An ancient formula for mummifying included resins, and when resins ran low, bitumen was used in the mix, "mumiya".  Romans did not embalm, but followed a Middle Eastern custom of eating crude oil and bitumen to feel better.  It must have worked. A little is fine, a lot could kill.  All is discretion.
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Read Aramco World, July-August 1994 (long ago) at http://www.saudiaramcoworld.com/issue/199404/bulls.from.the.sea.htm
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Tar, of course, has long had uses in waterproofing. And storytelling, Tar Babies. See http://uncleremustales.blogspot.com/?view=snapshot#!/2007/10/translation-wonderful-tar-baby-story.html
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In the 12th century, medieval Europeans found out about this use of bitumen, and that Muslim physicians had long used it for medicinal purposes. Melt it down or otherwise make it ingestible, and health could be improved? Try it.  It also must have worked.  Into Europe came the mummies by the thousands.  See Switzerland Road Ways
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Methods in the old days:  Superior to fracking.  In ancient times,  for the living, bitumen was obtained by "fishing."  Great globs, called bitumen "bulls", would rise in a glump to the surface of the Dead Sea (I thought the stuff sank, not floated?  Perhaps all together it will float, but not little bits??) where people on shore could then spot it and hop in their boats, row out fast, chop off what they could fit in the boat, and get back and sell it. Sales territory extended to Gaza, Alexandria, etc.  Nabataeans in particular became very rich and the bitumen hotly fought over. The Dead Sea apparently is part of a rift extending down into Africa.
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The bulls are now gone, however.
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Cleopatra herself got rich from her idea to lease bitumen "fisheries."
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So:  Bitumen.
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New uses: New employment possibilities, bring back bitumen mix mummification as an industry, sports by reinserting bitumen bulls back into the Dead Sea and hold competitions for axing them to bits and biggest load wins, labs to explore medicinal effects of eating oil, all while we hope fracking is fracked and out of sight and mind forever. We can do with less energy, thank you, and have better alternatives we could back. Some risks we cannot take, until power and money can be tamed to serve the common good at every step, and they will not wait for that, never have, never will.
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II.  The Dead Serious
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The Oil Shale and Tar Sands Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS), is in process, see http://ostseis.anl.gov/eis/index.cfm,\
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Concerns: uses of traditional pipelines for this material, since the stuff sinks, not floats, said one source; that means fracking is needed --  intrusive pumping of toxic fluids and brines deep underground to get it up and out, and that process appears to be producing earthquakes and can endanger aquifers. Spills? A horror, worse than ordinary "oil".
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See Youngstown, Ohio. Earthquakes, what else on the way?  http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/03/09/10625517-fracking-waste-led-to-earthquakes-ohio-says-in-adding-new-rules. Bitumen.  Think asphalt. Think tar balls splatting on your feet at the beach.  Ordinary oil spills are already almost impossible to contain, and use unknown-ingredient dispersants, see Rachel Maddow at  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_r88nblg5U
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Gross National Happiness.
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Fracking and the risks in transport do not meet the standards for Gross National Happiness, see http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-15287281.  As the former King of Bhutan noted, spiritual and mental well-being surpass wealth, so there.  See also the list of things needed, at http://www.iim-edu.org/polls/grossnationalhappinesssurvey.htm.
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Get a quick overview of the goo at http://archaeology.about.com/od/bcthroughbl/qt/bitumen.htm.  Few jobs that over the long term, for a material to be shipped out mostly (is that so?), great and irrevocable environmental risk, closer to actuality -- aquifers tainted, quakes.


But the bulls want back.  See Gaslandhttp://www.pbs.org/now/shows/613/index.html
Frickety-frack, says the industry. Don't talk back. Or you we'll track. See http://www.coalitiontoprotectnewyork.org/cpny-antifrackers-at-grassroots-festival-july-21-24/