I am sure you have seen gosh knows how many people on facebook, twitter, blogs and sites push this video. It has gone completely viral and the vast majority of people who promote this video have not a clue as to why they are promoting it. Check the players in this video, plus of course the scam charity trying to steal your money.
I’ve not even seen this viral video called ‘Kony 2012?, but I’ve certainly heard about it. In the interest of making you aware of this deception, here’s a great post by NRO’s Patrick Brennan that will catch up you on the ‘Kony 2012? movement, without wasting too much of your time and emotional energy. It’s very enlightening:
Over the past week, as Nina Shea noted yesterday, a video called “Kony 2012” has garnered tens of millions of views, and generated startling levels of awareness about what seems like a relatively obscure topic, a humanitarian crisis in Central Africa. Unfortunately, millions of Americans have been confused or deceived by the video.
An uninformed viewer of the video, produced by a group called Invisible Children, is left with the impression that, in Uganda, there is a rebel leader named Joseph Kony with an army of 30,000 children, who is displacing hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of refugees, in one of the world’s great humanitarian disasters. Further, no one knows about this, and if we apply enough pressure and raise enough awareness around the world, Joseph Kony can be stopped.
All of those things are either untrue or no longer accurate. Most important: The crisis isn’t anything like the video portrays, and there’s nothing one can do that hasn’t already been suggested and pursued.
Joseph Kony is a murderous madman and has committed humanitarian atrocities on a shocking scale, but he doesn’t head a rebel group with a political grievance (and never really did), but instead heads a dwindling criminal faction of several hundred armed guerillas. In the early 2000s, his crimes did in fact cause the internal displacement of more than 2 million Ugandans, but thanks to the efforts of the Ugandan military, he has since been forced out of the country, into the rural areas at the intersection of the Central African Republic, South Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. This fact is mentioned about halfway through the video, in passing, as if it is of little significance — but most viewers have come away convinced that the problem we should be worried about is in Uganda. It’s not (though the Ugandan military is still involved).
More important, the humanitarian crisis hasn’t simply shifted from Uganda to elsewhere; in Central Africa, Kony is still killing people, and he should be stopped, but he is inflicting nowhere near the suffering he once caused. In the past year, according to Invisible Children’s own website, the LRA has been responsible for 98 civilian deaths and 477 abductions. Tragic, but not earth shattering. Just as important, while the LRA is still active enough to contribute to the region’s instability, it isn’t displacing truly significant amounts of people (the original concern in Uganda).
In just the past year, off the top of my head, Bashar Assad, al-Qaeda in Iraq, the Taliban, Moammar Qaddafi, the Nigerian group Boko Haram, any of the Mexican drug cartels, and Sudan’s Omar Bashir have each caused far more civilian suffering and death than Joseph Kony and the LRA have. It’s counterproductive for humanitarianism in general that millions have come away from this video thinking that it’s one of the world’s worst crises.
Read the full article here.
(bottom line? don’t bother promoting the video and tell all your buddies on facebook and twitter to stop pushing it)
This is funny. The entire bunch of women here on this video do not have to worry about contraception. Plus they look like your normal everyday bridge club or book reading circle.
Women Occupy perform the “Contraceptive Song” at the Rally for Women’s Rights on March 8, 2012, International Women’s Day, at the San Diego Federal Courthouse.
By: DrJohn, Flopping Aces
It is an impressive thing to watch Barack Obama smile and lie through his teeth. It is another equally impressive thing to watch the left wing press zombies sit with their drool buckets, nodding their heads without question, thoroughly intimidated.
Fox News reporter Ed Henry asked Obama:
“Your critics will say on Capitol Hill that you want gas prices to go higher, because you have said before that will wean the American people off fossil fuels onto renewable fuels. How do you respond to that?”
And Obama responded:
“Ed, just from a political perspective, do you think the President of the United States, going into reelection, wants gas prices to go up even higher?” he said. Turning to the room at large, he added, “Is there anybody here who thinks that makes a lot of sense?”
Now look closely at that answer.
“…just from a political perspective…”
And Obama added:
Look, here’s the bottom line with respect to gas prices: I want gas prices lower because they hurt families.
Did you ever want to be a reporter for even a few minutes right at a certain moment?
I sure did.
I would have responded:
Hurry! Read the rest here! You won’t be sorry.
Just too damn pathetic!
(Journal Star) — A Thursday afternoon protest by Occupy Lincoln at radio station KLIN drew just seven people, but the protesters said their message was heard.
They said comments by radio host Rush Limbaugh toward Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke were misogynistic and a form of hate speech that shouldn’t be tolerated on the radio.
But KLIN (1400 AM) has no plans to drop “The Rush Limbaugh Show,” said John Bishop, program director for the station at 4343 O St.
“I’ve said this quite a few times — and even on the air — that it’s ultimately a free-market decision,” Bishop said. “We have Rush because there’s an audience for it, and we have advertisers who want to advertise on it.”
Seems the Egyptians don’t really like Obama!
An Egyptian protester hits a portrait of U.S. President Barack Obama with a shoe in front of the U.S. embassy in Cairo, March 9, 2012, condemning the decision of the Ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) to release American activists who were involved in what is known as NGOs foreign fund case. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
Costing U.S. taxpayers untold millions.
Via Daily Caller:
The U.S. Air Force is pulling nine cargo aircraft from military operations to support President Barrack Obama’s stepped-up visits to campaign events.
The five medium-capacity C-130s and four heavyweight C-17s will be used to ferry security vehicles, armored limousines and communications gear into cities ahead of Obama’s campaign appearances.
In the months before November, the president is expected to fly into multiple cities per week, and speak at multiple sites per day. On Mar. 8, for example, the president will fly to Richmond, and then drive over to a Rolls-Royce aircraft-parts factory. That evening, he’ll fly down to Houston, Texas.
His wife, the Vice President and many of his cabinet secretaries are using the Air Force’s fleet of VIP aircraft to visit more states as the election season speeds up.
The nine cargo aircraft will begin operations in April, said Maj. Michelle Lai, communications officer for the Air Force’s 89th Airlift Wing. “They’ll stand down in November 2012,” she said.
Ed Schultz Paid Nearly $200,000 By Unions in 2011, According to Labor Dept. Highly paid cheerleader for unions!
Nothing more vile than liberals using the cloak of Christianity to promote their far-left agenda.
(CNSNews.com) – Were Congress to outlaw the transporting of a minor without her parents’ permission across state lines to get an abortion, an abortion- and gay-rights activist testifying on Capitol Hill Thursday she would break the law to continue to help girls end their pregnancies.
Appearing as a Democratic Party witness at a hearing of the House Judiciary subcommittee on the Constitution, Dr. Katherine Hancock Ragsdale, president and dean of the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Mass. recalled the time she took a 15-year-old girl she had never met before to get an abortion.
“Although New Hampshire was closer to that girl’s home than Boston, as it happened, I did not take her across state lines,” Ragsdale said. “Nor did I, to my knowledge, break any laws.
“But if either of those things had been necessary in order to help her, I would have done them,” she continued. “And if helping young women like her should be made illegal I will, nonetheless, continue to do it.”
At a Jan. 24, 2010 event organized by the Jane Fund, a Massachusetts-based group that raises funds for abortions, Ragsdale delivered a speech in which she said she was “angry and fed up” at people who had spoken out again her sexuality – Ragsdale is a lesbian – and her radical stance on abortion.
In the speech Ragsdale defended previous remarks she has made stating that “abortion is a blessing.” A verbatim extract follows:
“When a woman gets pregnant against her will and wants an abortion – it’s the violence that is the tragedy; the abortion is a blessing.
No, I did not get paid to promote her or the product….
You know, I read somewhere that Jimmy Carter is just a useful idiot ready to front any liberal need. Well, I think it is very true!
In the face of warnings by the Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood to tear up the Arab nation’s peace treaty with Israel if U.S. aid is cut, former President Jimmy Carter, the chief negotiator of the 1978 deal, says he trusts the Islamists to do the right thing no matter what. The reason: because they told him so. [...]
On Thursday, Carter was interviewed by John McCaslin, co-host of America’s Morning News. Asked McCaslin: “Last year the world watched the Arab Spring descend on Egypt to ouster President Mubarak, and now Islamist parties control 74 percent of the seats in the Egyptian parliament, of which the Muslim Brotherhood, now Egypt’s new power brokers, got 47 percent. Do you now see Egypt moving away from the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty that you helped broker after the 1978 Camp David Accords?”
Carter, still very active in his Carter Center that promotes democracy and human rights, said no, and noted that he has met with leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood. “They assured me personally and they have made public statements accordingly that they will honor the peace treaty that I helped negotiate in 1979. They know its very important to Egypt to maintain peace with Israel and I don’t have any doubt that they will carry out their promise to me.”
You know this has happened to you a few times!
Will someone (preferably a jew) tell me why do American Jews vote for this guy?
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Obama administration has told Palestinian leaders to expect little help with their statehood bid during the U.S. presidential campaign, the Palestinian foreign minister said Friday.
However, the Americans also held out the promise of vigorous U.S. mediation in the Mideast conflict if President Barack Obama is re-elected, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki said in an interview.
Palestinians are aware of the constraints of domestic U.S. politics and will act responsibly, Malki said, suggesting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas would not take steps in the coming months that might damage his ties with Washington.
Hollywood liberal assholes getting it all wrong.
(CNSNews.com) – On the red carpet Thursday before the preview of the HBO film “Game Change,” actess Julianne Moore, who plays Sarah Palin in the film, said she did not want to talk about politics before declaring herself a “liberal Democrat” who supports President Barack Obama.
CNSNews.com asked Moore: “Are there any public policy issues that you agree with Sarah Palin on?”
Moore said, “You know, I’m leaving politics out of this. And she’s [Palin] not a political figure right now, I mean, I think she’s a–right now–she’s a correspondent for Fox News, so.”
CNSNews.com then asked: “What about President Obama, do you agree with some of his policy positions?”
Moore, laughing, said, “Yes. I’m a Liberal Democrat. So, yes.”
Moore also said it was “fascinating” to play the conservative Palin in the film and added that she tried to be as accurate as possible in her portrayal.
“Game Change,” which premieres on the cable channel HBO on March 10, chronicles the Sen. John McCain’s selection of the former Alaska governor as his running mate on the 2008 Republican presidential ticket.
Another pathetic move by Obama.
WASHINGTON — The White House has begun an aggressive campaign to use approaching Supreme Court arguments on the newhealth care law as a moment to build support for the measure seen asPresident Obama’s signature legislative achievement, hoping to shape public opinion on an issue at the center of the battle for the White House and Congress.
On Wednesday, White House officials summoned dozens of leaders of nonprofit organizations that strongly back the health law to help them coordinate plans for a prayer vigil, press conferences and other events outside the court when justices hear arguments for three days beginning March 26.
At the White House meeting on Wednesday, a wide range of advocates representing consumers and people with diseases and disabilities — as well as doctors and nurses, labor unions and religious organizations — discussed plans to bolster the landmark law, which is being challenged by 26 states as unconstitutional.
Supporters of the law plan to hold events outside the court on each day of oral argument. The events include speeches by people with medical problems who have benefited or could benefit from the law. In addition, supporters will arrange for radio hosts to interview health care advocates at a “radio row,” at the United Methodist Building on Capitol Hill.
People who attended the meeting on Wednesday said the speakers included Jennifer Palmieri, deputy communications director at the White House; Jon Carson, director of the president’s Office of Public Engagement; Jeanne M. Lambrew, deputy assistant to the president for health policy; and Mark B. Childress, a deputy chief of staff at the White House.
Mr. Tax Me More…..
(Bloomberg) — NetJets Inc., the private-plane company owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc., was countersued by the U.S. over $366 million in taxes and penalties.
NetJets in November sued the U.S., saying the federal government had wrongly imposed taxes, interest and penalties totaling more than $642.7 million.
Claiming the federal Internal Revenue Service wrongfully assessed a so-called ticket tax — an excise tax on payments made in exchange for air transportation — to private aircraft owners maintaining their own planes, the Columbus, Ohio-based company demanded refunds and abatements.
The federal government, in a revised answer and countersuit filed yesterday in federal court in Columbus, rejected NetJets’ claims and alleged that four of the company’s units owe unpaid taxes and penalties.
NetJets Aviation Inc. owes more than $302.1 million, and another unit, NetJets International, is liable for $52.9 million, the U.S. said. Executive Jet Management Inc. owes $10 million while NetJets Large Aircraft owes $1.19 million,the U.S. claimed.