Senate Judiciary Democrats have stacked Thursday’s hate bill hearing with pro-hate bill witnesses, apparently by a ratio as high as 5 to 1!
At the same time, Christian/conservative groups, attempting to submit their own lists of witnesses against S. 909, are being turned away!
The official hearing notice/witness list at judiciary.senate.gov gives special importance to the testimony of Atty. Gen. Eric Holder in favor of the hate bill. He is followed by these other witnesses:
- Janet Langhart Cohen, wife of former Clinton Sec. of Defense William Cohen, undoubtedly pro-hate bill.
- Dr. Mark Achtemeier, theology professor from Dubuque Theological Seminary. He has been the center of controversy for allegedly homosexual-friendly statements and is very probably pro-hate bill.
- Gail Heriot, commissioner, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, definitely pro-hate bill.
- Brian W. Walsh, The Heritage Foundation, opposing the hate bill.
- Michael Lieberman, counsel for the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith, originator of the hate bill.
Judiciary Bias against Christian/Conservatives
Janet Porter of Faith2Action told me conservative groups, such as Traditional Values Coalition, have submitted names of scholarly opponents of the hate bill as potential witnesses. These include internationally recognized hate law authority Robert L. Knight. But, she said, they are all being turned away.
Thus, we face a hate bill hearing in which are featured not only the Attorney General in support of the bill but liberals by a probable ratio of 5 to 1!
Lovers of freedom must loudly protest starting early Wednesday morning! Call all members of the Senate toll-free 1-877-851-6437 or toll 1-202-225-3121 (names listed HERE on the action page at www.truthtellers.org). Give this message: “We demand a balance between conservative and liberal witnesses in the Judiciary hate bill hearing on Thursday. This hearing is rigged in favor of liberals by a probable ratio of 5 to 1!“
A pro-family advocate is releasing a free textbook on family values.
The textbook is called Redeeming the Rainbow: A Christian Response to the Gay Agenda and was authored by Scott Lively, an attorney, pastor, and international consultant on family issues. Lively says the book is a compilation of more than 20 years of research and is available for free download as a PDF on DefendtheFamily.com.
According to Lively, the book is a useful tool for families with children in the junior high to high school range. He adds that the book takes a close look at how the homosexual movement pushes its agenda.
“Understanding the terminology that the gay movement has used to gain power and how that language has been used as a form of actual psychological manipulation of the public,” Lively explains some topics the book covers.
Lively says the book is written in terms that anyone can understand and admits that he is offering the book for free because he wants to get the material out as quickly as possible.
IT professionals must encourage their users to follow several security practices to minimize virus, spyware, and malware exposure. But many computer techs are too busy to spread the word, or they don’t have the time to build an appropriate memo or handout.
With that in mind, here’s a handy reference list of 10 steps end users can adopt to avoid infection (including when using home systems to read and send work e-mail, create, edit, and distribute documents and spreadsheets, access the corporate VPN, and perform other office tasks).
- Install quality antivirus: Free -anti virus and\or free anti-malware programs typically don’t provide adequate protection from the ever-growing list of threats.
Install real-time anti-spyware protection
- Keep anti-malware applications current : Antivirus and anti-spyware programs require regular signature and database updates. Without these critical updates, anti-malware programs are unable to protect PCs from the latest threats.
Perform daily scans
- Disable image previews in Outlook : Simply receiving an infected Outlook e-mail message, one in which graphics code is used to enable the virus’ execution, can result in a virus infection.
- Don’t click on email links or attachments : Users should never click on email attachments without at least first scanning them for viruses using a business-class anti-malware application. As for clicking on links, users should access Web sites by opening a browser and manually navigating to the sites in question.
- Surf smart: Many business-class anti-malware applications include browser plug-ins that help protect against drive-by infections, phishing attacks (in which pages purport to serve one function when in fact they try to steal personal, financial, or other sensitive information), and similar exploits. Still others provide “link protection,” in which Web links are checked against databases of known-bad pages. Whenever possible, these preventive features should be deployed and enabled.
Use a hardware-based firewall
- Deploy DNS protection: Users can protect themselves from all these threats by changing the way their computers process DNS services. While a computer professional may be required to implement the switch, OpenDNS offers free DNS services to protect users against common phishing, spyware, and other Web-based hazards.
Source: HelpNet Sec
Security expert Aviv Raff declared July 2009 as “Month of Twitter Bugs”. He’s doing so in order to raise awareness of the Twitter API issue he recently blogged about.
Aviv said: “MoTB could have been easily converted to any other “Month of Web 2.0 service bugs”, and I hope that Twitter and other Web 2.0 API providers will work closely with their API consumers to develop more secure products.”
Every day during July a new vulnerability in a 3rd party Twitter service will be published on twitpwn. As those vulnerabilities can be exploited to create a Twitter worm, Aviv is going to give the 3rd party service provider and Twitter a heads-up of at least 24 hours before making the vulnerability public.
Here’s a sobering statistic: according to the 2009 Verizon Data Breach report, 285 million records were compromised in the 90 cases that Verizon investigated in 2008. That is close to one exposed record for each of the roughly 305 million citizens in the USA.
Data security in today’s business world is a classic Catch-22. We need to protect both data and the business processes that rely on that data. To do so we need to move from a reactive fear (or compliance) driven mode to a proactive risk-adjusted data security plan, centered on an analysis of an organization’s unique data risk factors and the use of a risk-adjusted methodology to determine the appropriate data-protection processes, policies and solutions for that organization.
There are different definitions of end-to-end encryption. To some people it means encrypting data throughout its entire lifecycle, from capture to disposal. This sort of end-to-end encryption (or tokenization) does provide the strongest protection of individual data fields.
Another way to think about end-to-end, and a very practical approach to data protection, is to provide end-to-end encryption between specific parts of a solution that are in high risk areas. This approach can be applied within an enterprise or between organizations. In the latter case a supporting infrastructure that includes functions to establish trust and key management can take a long time to implement. Encryption can only provide confidentiality and integrity and must always be combined with other aspects of security, including authentication, authorization and monitoring to provide a secure overall solution. While I am a strong proponent of end-to-end encryption, not every bit of data needs to be encrypted throughout its lifecycle. The sensible approach to adopt is a risk-adjusted methodology that protects data according to its value with the appropriate layers of security.
The risk level of the data collected, used and stored in the enterprise
Enterprise data protection
Businesses can look at enterprise-class end-to-end encryption solutions along with newer approaches — such as tokenization, Format Controlling Encryption, and Database Activity Monitoring.
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Bowing to massive protest and demand for hate bill hearings, Senate leadership has abandoned, at least for now, attempts to fast forward the federal hate bill to vote in the Senate as an amendment. A hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled for 10 a.m. EDT, Thursday, June 25. Atty. Gen. Eric Holder, who recently came out strongly in favor of the hate bill, is the only witness yet listed at the SJC’s website (http://judiciary.senate.gov/).
This is exactly where we want the pro-hate bill Judiciary Democrats — forced to answer whether they, like House Judiciary Democrats, will refuse to exclude pedophiles from special protection under the hate bill.
Conservative leadership groups should immediately submit a list of expert witnesses, like Robert L. Knight, to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
But will Senate Judiciary Republicans put up the same fight their House counterparts did seven weeks ago? They have a dismal record of almost no vocal opposition to the hate bill during final passage by the Senate in the previous Congress. Only Sen. Orrin Hatch really put up a vehement and systematic protest. (See, Hate Bill Manipulators Should Come Clean)
It is vital that you call Judiciary Republicans NOW (names available HERE at www.truthtellers.org). Call toll-free 1-877-851-6437 or toll 1-202-225-3121. Ask the staffer to relay this message to the Senator: “Please vigorously oppose the hate crimes bill in Judiciary hearings next Thursday. Demand an amendment excluding pedophiles from special protection.”
Call Judiciary Democrats and all members of the Senate (also on the Action Page at www.truthtellers.org). Ask them not to vote for the pedophile-protecting hate bill. S. 909 is still extremely dangerous legislation, and Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy will undoubtedly conduct the same “kangaroo court” hearings Conyers did in the House, ramrodding the hate bill through while giving the illusion of due process. Democrats might also propose their own sham amendment, seeming to ban pedophiles but actually not. (See, Democrats Fear Hate Bill Hearings) Demands must go NOW to the entire Senate for a “no” vote on the hate bill if rapidly sent to the floor for a vote after next week’s hearing.
A senior Army strategist and Pentagon advisor says the United States and other interested parties shouldn’t discount the possibility that North Korea could take some kind of military action against South Korea.
On Wednesday, North Korea made fresh threats just one day after President Barack Obama said it is time to “break” the cycle of North Korean nuclear defiance and Western reward for doing so. In a commentary carried in a government-run newspaper, the communist regime vowed a “one thousand-fold retaliation” and a “merciless military strike” if the U.S. and its allies “infringe upon” North Korea’s sovereignty “even a bit.”
Lt. Col. Bob Maginnis (USA-Ret.) says the North Koreans need to be taken seriously.