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Pentagon orders soldier fired for challenging Obama’s origins

Army warrior terminated from job after questioning Obama eligibility

WorldNetDaily | Jul 15, 2009

By Chelsea Schilling and Joe Kovacs

The Department of Defense has allegedly compelled a private employer to fire a U.S. Army Reserve major from his civilian job after he had his military deployment orders revoked for arguing he should not be required to serve under a president who has not proven his eligibility for office.

According to the CEO of Simtech Inc., a private company located in Tampa, Fla., and contracted by the Defense Security Services, an agency of the Department of Defense, the federal government has compelled the termination of Maj. Stefan Frederick Cook.

Cook’s attorney, Orly Taitz, wrote in her blog that Simtech CEO Larry Grice said he would try to find another position within the company for Cook, but nothing is currently available.

The Department of Defense does contracting in the general field of information technology/systems integration, at which Cook, a senior systems engineer and architect, was employed until taking a military leave of absence on July 10 in preparation for his deployment to Afghanistan.

“Grice told plaintiff, in essence, that the situation had become ‘nutty and crazy,’ and that plaintiff would no longer be able to work at his old position,” Taitz wrote.

Grice made clear that it was Defense Security Services that had compelled Simtech to fire Cook, Taitz wrote.

According to the report, Grice told Cook “there was some gossip that ‘people were disappointed in’ the plaintiff because they thought he was manipulating his deployment orders to create a platform for political purposes.”

The Simtech CEO then discussed Cook’s expectation of final paychecks, without any severance pay, and wished the soldier well.

Messages left with Grice’s office had not been returned at the time of this report.

“A federal agency (such as the Department of Defense, acting through the Defense Security Services Agency) clearly violates the Whistleblower Protection Act if it takes or fails to take (or threatens to take or fail to take) a personnel action with respect to any employee or applicant because of any disclosure of information by the employee or applicant that he or she reasonably believes evidences a violation of a law, rule or regulation; gross mismanagement; gross waste of funds; an abuse of authority; or a substantial and specific danger to public health or safety,” Taitz wrote.

“What has happened in the present case of Stefan Frederick Cook is that a federal agency appears to have taken action against Stefan Frederick Cook’s private employer, Simtech, Inc., which is a closely held corporation owned and operated by members of a single family, who are as much victims of the Department of Defense’s heavy-handed interference with plaintiff Cook’s private-sector employment as is plaintiff Cook himself.”

As WND reported, Taitz confirmed to WND the military rescinded Maj. Cook’s impending deployment orders.

“We won! We won before we even arrived,” she said with excitement. “It means that the military has nothing to show for Obama. It means that the military has directly responded by saying Obama is illegitimate – and they cannot fight it. Therefore, they are revoking the order!”

She continued, “They just said, ‘Order revoked.’ No explanation. No reasons – just revoked.”

A hearing on the questions raised by Maj. Stefan Frederick Cook, an engineer who told WND he wants to serve his country in Afghanistan, is still scheduled for July 16 at 9:30 a.m.

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“As an officer in the armed forces of the United States, it is [my] duty to gain clarification on any order we may believe illegal. With that said, if President Obama is found not to be a ‘natural-born citizen,’ he is not eligible to be commander-in-chief,” he told WND only hours after his case was originally filed.

“[Then] any order coming out of the presidency or his chain of command is illegal. Should I deploy, I would essentially be following an illegal [order]. If I happened to be captured by the enemy in a foreign land, I would not be privy to the Geneva Convention protections,” he said.

The order for the hearing in the federal court for the Middle District of Georgia from U.S. District Judge Clay D. Land said the hearing on the request for a temporary restraining order would be held Thursday.

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Cook said without a legitimate president as commander-in-chief, members of the U.S. military in overseas actions could be determined to be “war criminals and subject to prosecution.”

He said the vast array of information about Obama that is not available to the public confirms to him “something is amiss.”

“That and the fact the individual who is occupying the White House has not been entirely truthful with anybody,” he said. “Every time anyone has made an inquiry, it has been either cast aside, it has been maligned, it has been laughed at or just dismissed summarily without further investigation.

“You know what. It would be so simple to solve. Just produce the long-form document, certificate of live birth,” he said.

Cook said he was scheduled to report for duty today to deploy to Afghanistan as part of President Obama’s plan to increase pressure of insurgent forces there.

He told WND he would be prepared for a backlash against him as a military officer, since members of the military swear to uphold and follow their orders. However, he noted that following an illegal order would be just as bad as failing to follow a legal order.

Just before news of the orders being revoked were reported, MSNBC anchor Keith Olbermann called Cook a “jackass” and Taitz a “conwoman,” as he labeled both of them the “worst persons in the world.” He flayed the soldier as “an embarrassment to all those who have served without cowardice.”

Named as defendants in the case are Col. Wanda Good, Col. Thomas Macdonald, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Obama, described as “de facto president of the United States.”

According to the court filing, Cook affirmed when he joined the military, he took the following oath: “I, Stefan Frederick Cook, 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; and that I will obey the orders of the president of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to the regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”

However, he later took the following officer oath: “I, Stefan Frederick Cook, having been appointed an officer in the Army of the United States, as indicated above in the grade of Major do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign or domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservations or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office upon which I am about to enter; So help me God.”

According to the claim, “Plaintiff submits that it is implicit though not expressly stated that an officer is and should be subject to court-martial, because he will be derelict in the performance of his duties, if he does not inquire as to the lawfulness, the legality, the legitimacy of the orders which he has received, whether those orders are specific or general.”

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China quarantines 178 pupils from Britain, US

AFP | Jul 20, 2009

By Dan Martin

BEIJING — At least 178 foreign students and teachers were in swine flu quarantine in Beijing on Monday, the British embassy and a US teacher said, with 10 hospitalised after testing positive for the virus.

The school groups were put under seven-day quarantine beginning last week at a Beijing hotel after arriving separately for a study tour, but new arrivals have caused their numbers to swell.

“We can confirm that a group of 107 British school children and teachers from various schools in the UK are being held in quarantine in a hotel in Beijing,” the British embassy said in a statement.

Meanwhile, at least 71 American students also were under quarantine at the hotel, said Nicholas Phillips, a teacher from the US state of Oregon.

Phillips said his group numbered 71 but added there were other American students and teachers who had arrived separately. He did not know how many.

Previously, 52 Britons had been reported under quarantine, while the number of Americans had not yet been reported.

The embassy said nine British children had been diagnosed with the virus and taken to hospital while Phillips said one of his American students was in hospital.

The students and teachers, who had arrived on a programme to study Chinese language and culture, are now the largest group of quarantined foreigners yet reported in mainland China over the A(H1N1) virus.

Authorities in Hong Kong had previously quarantined about 300 guests and staff in a hotel in early May.

The Beijing numbers swelled as more students arrived on Sunday, said British teacher Ian Tyrrell, who is under quarantine with the rest of the group at the Yan Xiang Hotel.

“This hotel is full now. There has been a new influx and there are more than 100 UK students here now,” Tyrrell told AFP by phone from his room at the hotel.

The US embassy in Beijing has declined to comment on the total number of US nationals quarantined there, citing American privacy laws.

Neither the hotel nor city health officials would comment to AFP.

With the numbers of hospitalised growing, Tyrrell said some school groups at the hotel were now isolating themselves from others to prevent further transmission of the virus, while continuing to wear masks.

But he said the students and teachers were being well cared-for and were in good spirits.

“As new groups arrive it’s a bit of a trauma but I think we’re all handling it well or doing our best to handle it as best we can,” Tyrrell said.

However, many were preparing to leave on Tuesday and Wednesday, when their one-week quarantine period ends, the teachers said.

China has a history of contagious disease outbreaks, including in recent years Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and bird flu.

Chinese authorities have therefore responded aggressively to the swine flu threat, measuring the temperatures of arriving international passengers and subjecting foreigners to quarantine.

There have been 1,537 positive cases of the virus in China, the health ministry said last week, but no deaths have been reported.

“Most trusted man in America” pushed globalist agenda

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In this Aug. 25, 1998 file photo, President Clinton waves as he sails with wife Hillary and daughter Chelsea aboard a sailboat skippered by former CBS Anchor Walter Cronkite near Edgartown, Mass. Famed CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite, known as the ‘most trusted man in America’ has died, Friday, July 17, 2009. He was 92.AP Photo

Meet the real Walter Cronkite

‘Most trusted’ newsman pushed radical agenda

WorldNetDaily | Jul 18, 2009

By Joseph Farah

WASHINGTON – Walter Cronkite is dead at 92 – but most Americans, many of whom considered him “the most trusted man” in the country during his reign as CBS News anchor – still don’t know what motivated him and how he secured such an influential and lofty position.

He was like a grandfatherly institution in the early days of TV. People believed him. Uncle Walter wouldn’t lie, America believed.

Thus, when he gave his opinions, they had impact. One example was his report on the Tet offensive in Vietnam, which is credited with swinging the tide of opinion against the war.

Even in his death, however, nobody has addressed how and why an otherwise obscure figure at the time was elevated to become the most prominent anchorman on television.

The story was told publicly in the July 10, 2000, edition of the Nation, a Marxist-oriented journal, in a report on death of Blair Clark, who served as editor of the Nation from 1976 through 1978: “Whether it was calling on Philip Roth to recommend a Nation literary editor or persuading CBS News president Richard Salant to make Walter Cronkite anchor of CBS Evening News, Blair had a gift for the recognition and recruitment of excellence.”

Clark was not only the editor of the Nation, he was also heir to the Clark thread fortune, a Harvard classmate and friend of John F. Kennedy, a buddy of Washington Post Editor Ben Bradlee and the manager of Eugene McCarthy’s 1968 campaign for the Democratic Party presidential nomination.

He veered back and forth between politics and journalism seamlessly as an associate publisher of the New York Post, a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, vice president and general manager of CBS News and yet remained a fixture in Democratic Party politics throughout his career.

Clark wasn’t the kind of man who would promote Walter Cronkite for the most visible job in journalism because of his press accomplishments alone – and his press accomplishments were noticeably meager.

Cronkite never graduated from college. He had entered the University of Texas at Austin, but left to take a part-time job reporting for the Houston Post. In 1939, he got a job at United Press and covered World War II.

While working for UP, Cronkite was offered a job at CBS by Edward R. Murrow – and turned it down. He finally accepted a second offer in 1950, and stepped into the new medium of television.

He became the host of “You Are There” in which key moments of history were recreated by actors. Cronkite was depicted on camera interviewing “Joan of Arc” or “Sigmund Freud.” But somehow, he managed to make it believable. From that entertainment series, he went on to be named host of “The Morning Show” on CBS, where he was paired with a partner: a puppet named Charlemagne. In 1961, CBS named him the anchor of the “CBS Evening News” – a 15-minute news summary anchored for several years by Douglas Edwards, thanks to prodding from a socialist activist who edited The Nation.

Just a few years later, his commentaries on the Vietnam War were credited with turning the tide of American opinion against that conflict.

“But Walter was always more than just an anchor,” said Barack Obama upon his death. “He was someone we could trust to guide us through the most important issues of the day; a voice of certainty in an uncertain world. He was family. He invited us to believe in him, and he never let us down. This country has lost an icon and a dear friend, and he will be truly missed.”

After leaving his position with CBS, Cronkite’s political activism and offbeat ideas had no restraints.

In 1989, Cronkite spoke to a dinner organized by People for the American Way, a group founded by Norman Lear. His candid politics surprised even that audience.

“I know liberalism isn’t dead in this country,” he said. “It simply has, temporarily we hope, lost its voice.”

“About the Democratic loss in this election … it was not just a campaign strategy built on a defensive philosophy. It was not just an opposition that conducted one of the most sophisticated and cynical campaigns ever. … It was the fault of too many who found their voices stilled by subtle ideological intimidation.”

“We know that unilateral action in Grenada and Tripoli was wrong. We know that Star Wars means uncontrollable escalation of the arms race. We know that the real threat to democracy is half a nation in poverty. … We know that religious beliefs cannot define patriotism. … God Almighty, we’ve got to shout these truths in which we believe from the housetops. Like that scene in the movie ‘Network,’ we’ve got to throw open our windows and shout these truths to the streets and the heavens. And I bet we’ll find more windows are thrown open to join the chorus than we’d ever dreamed possible.”

In 1999, he appeared at the United Nations to accept the Norman Cousins Global Governance Award from the World Federalists Association. He told those assembled, including Hillary Rodham Clinton, that the first step toward achieving a one-world government – his personal dream – is to strengthen the United Nations.

“It seems to many of us that if we are to avoid the eventual catastrophic world conflict we must strengthen the United Nations as a first step toward a world government patterned after our own government with a legislature, executive and judiciary, and police to enforce its international laws and keep the peace,” he said. “To do that, of course, we Americans will have to yield up some of our sovereignty. That would be a bitter pill. It would take a lot of courage, a lot of faith in the new order.”

In his acceptance speech, Cronkite added, “Pat Robertson has written in a book a few years ago that we should have a world government, but only when the Messiah arrives. He wrote, literally, any attempt to achieve world order before that time must be the work of the devil. Well, join me. I’m glad to sit here at the right hand of Satan.”

Later, in an interview with the BBC, Cronkite described this new order as something that sounded like a militaristic world dictatorship.

“I wouldn’t give up on the U.N. yet,” he said. “I think we are realizing that we are going to have to have an international rule of law. We need not only an executive to make international law, but we need the military forces to enforce that law and the judicial system to bring the criminals to justice before they have the opportunity to build military forces that use these horrid weapons that rogue nations and movements can get hold of – germs and atomic weapons.”

He spoke openly about the need for America to give up its national sovereignty.

“American people are going to begin to realize they are going to have to yield some sovereignty to an international body to enforce world law, and I think that’s going to come to other people as well,” he said. “It’s a fair distance to get there, but we are not ever going to get there unless we keep trying to push ourselves onto the road.”

The other day I came across this statement Cronkite said in accepting the 1999 Norman Cousins Global Governance Award at the ceremony at the United Nations:

“It seems to many of us that if we are to avoid the eventual catastrophic world conflict we must strengthen the United Nations as a first step toward a world government [emphasis mine] patterned after our own government with a legislature, executive and judiciary, and police to enforce its international laws and keep the peace. To do that, of course, we Americans will have to yield up some of our sovereignty. That would be a bitter pill. It would take a lot of courage, a lot of faith in the new order. But the American colonies did it once and brought forth one of the most nearly perfect unions the world has ever seen.”

Swine flu threat greater than terrorism, says British Home Secretary

Swine flu is a greater threat to Britain than terrorism, said Alan Johnson, the Home Secretary, as pregnant women were advised to avoid unneccessary travel.

Telegraph |  Jul 19, 2009

By Laura Donnelly

Mr Johnson insisted that measures were in place to deal with the spread of the virus but urged people to adhere to good hygene practices to limit the risk to themselves and others.

He said: “We have been preparing for this for a long time. It came actually above terrorism as a threat to this country, so we had the whole Cobra machinery and inter-agency working. We have gone through simulation exercises where everyone was involved.

Mr Johnson told BBC1’s Andrew Marr Show: “What we are finding is that it is attacking the young rather than the elderly, who traditional seasonal flu would attack.

“But in the vast majority of cases it is a mild illness. We have got stocks of anti-virals to cover over 50% of the population and a vaccine on the way.”

His words come as mothers-to-be were advised to steer clear of crowded areas.

So far, more than 650 people have been taken to hospital with the virus in England, including more than 200 children.

Under-fives have been three times more likely than older patients to be hospitalised. In Scotland, 44 people have been taken to hospital, while 11 have been treated in Welsh hospitals. At least 146 cases have been recorded in Ireland.

Officially, there have been 29 British deaths involving swine flu, including four children and two mothers who died shortly after giving birth.

All except one – six-year-old Chloe Buckley, who died 10 days ago in west London — were known to have been suffering from underlying health problems.

Pregnant women are at increased risk of contracting any infection because their immunity is suppressed to ensure that their body does not reject their baby.

Experts believe that most cases of swine flu would not harm the mother or foetus, but rare cases could lead to premature labour or miscarriage or cause birth defects.

In Australia, where 11 expectant women with swine flu are in intensive care, pregnant women have been urged to stay at home when possible, and to wear face masks when they do go out.

Mask-wearing is not part of Britain’s strategy because it is thought to do little to reduce the spread of disease and encourages complacency against more useful measures, such as regular hand-washing.

Separate guidance to pregnant GPs and community nurses suggests that they should not see patients with suspected swine flu.

The Government has decided against advising women to delay pregnancy until the swine flu pandemic has passed, even though such a recommendation was contained in previous plans.

The number of people off work with symptoms of flu more than doubled last week, according to figures compiled for The Sunday Telegraph. On Friday , about 177,000 people were absent with flu-like symptoms, compared with 80,000 the week before.

Aaron Ross, the chief executive of FirstCare, an absence management company that carried out the survey of 1,000 companies, said businesses should offer home working to staff who are most vulnerable to swine flu.

Borat’s homeland lures Prince and Princess Michael of Kent

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Prince Michael of Kent in military regalia as Honorary Commodore of the Royal Navy

To many people it is the home of Borat, the amusingly vulgar character created by Sacha Baron Cohen. To Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, however, Kazakhstan represents a land of opportunity.

Telegraph | Jul 18, 2009

By Richard Eden

The couple, who have announced that they will pay £120,000 a year from 2010 to remain at their apartment in Kensington Palace, are to make a business trip to the central Asian republic later this year.

“It is a private visit,” the Prince told Mandrake at the launch of Jonathan Aitken’s sympathetic biography of Nursultan Nazarbayev, the president of Kazakhstan, at the Royal Geographical Society. “There are a number of ventures that I am looking into. One is the London School of Business and Finance, which might collaborate in some way with businesses out there.” The Queen’s cousin, 67, who is treated with reverence in Russia because of his remarkable physical similarities with his ancestor Tsar Nicholas II, added: “I have a lot of connections in Russia and I have a great respect and interest in Kazakhstan.”

The visit was much discussed at the launch of Nazarbayev and the Making of Kazakhstan by the Kazakh ambassador, Kairat Abusseitov, and Britain’s ambassador to Kazakhstan, Paul Brummell.

The Princess, 64, was just as excited. “I have never been to Kazakhstan before and now we have two visits planned in two months,” she told me. “After we visit Almaty we will go through Kazakhstan a month later while on a train following the Silk Route.”

Aitken, incidentally, said he was inspired to write the book by “an English businessman friend”.

BPA found to have “dramatic” effect on adult hormone levels

Science a Go Go | Jul 20,  2009

by Kate Melville

As well as its already documented effects on fetuses in the womb, widely used chemical bisphenol A (BPA) has been found to retard the growth of follicles of adult mice and significantly alter their production of steroid hormones. This new study, to be presented at the Society for the Study of Reproduction, is the first to show that chronic exposure to low doses of BPA can impair the growth and function of adult reproductive cells.

BPA is widely used in plastics and is a common component of food containers and baby bottles. The chemical structure of BPA is similar to that of estradiol, a key steroid hormone, and it can bind to estrogen receptors on the surface of some cells.

The University of Illinois researchers behind the new study explained how a healthy, mature follicle (an antral follicle) includes a single egg cell surrounded by layers of cells and fluid which support the egg and produce steroid hormones. “These are the only follicles that are capable of ovulating and so if they don’t grow properly they’re not going to ovulate and there could be fertility issues,” researcher Jodi Flaws said. “These follicles also make sex steroid hormones, and so if they don’t grow properly you’re not going to get proper amounts of these hormones.” Such hormones are essential for reproduction, she added, “but they’re also required for healthy bones, a healthy heart and a healthy mood.”

The new study found that follicle growth was impaired after 48 hours of exposure to BPA. Reductions in three key steroid hormones – progesterone, testosterone and estradiol – were also seen after 120 hours of exposure to BPA. The drop in steroid hormone production was quite dramatic, said the researchers. After 120 hours in a medium that included 10 micrograms per milliliter of BPA, mouse follicle cells produced about 85 percent less estradiol, 97 percent less progesterone and 95 percent less testosterone. Lower doses of BPA had a less dramatic – but still considerable – dampening effect on steroid hormone levels.

A review of the health risks of BPA by the National Toxicology Program (NTP) in 2008 found that while BPA has been shown to harm the reproductive health of laboratory animals in some studies, such adverse effects “are observed at levels of exposure that far exceed those encountered by humans.” However, the NTP reported that laboratory studies that showed effects in animals exposed to low doses of BPA led it to have “some concern for effects on the brain, behavior and prostate gland in fetuses, infants and children at current human exposures to bisphenol A.” The new study points to possible concerns in adults as well.

Plastics link to reproductive problems confirmed, again…

UPI | Jul 13, 2009

CHAMPAIGN, Ill., July 13 (UPI) — U.S. researchers link a chemical used in plastics — bisphenol A — to disrupted hormone production in mice.

The study in mice found 48 hours of exposure to the chemical slowed the growth of a healthy, mature follicle — a group of cells within the ovary where the egg matures.

“These are the only follicles that are capable of ovulating and so if they don’t grow properly they’re not going to ovulate and there could be fertility issues,” study co-leader Jodi Flaws of the University of Illinois in Champaign, Ill., said in a statement.

“These follicles also make sex steroid hormones and so if they don’t grow properly you’re not going to get proper amounts of these hormones.” Flaws said. “Such hormones are essential for reproduction, but they’re also required for healthy bones, a healthy heart and a healthy mood.”

The researchers described the drop in production of steroid hormones — progesterone, testosterone and estradiol — as quite dramatic. After 120 hours of exposure bisphenol A, mouse follicle cells produced about 85 percent less estradiol, 97 percent less progesterone and 95 percent less testosterone. Lower doses of the chemical had a less dramatic — but still considerable — dampening effect, the study said.