Senator Webb, Step Up
I'm calling on Senator Webb to step up to the plate and co-sponsor Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson's District of Columbia Personal Protection Act of 2007, a bill to restore Second Amendment rights in Washington, D.C.
I bet he doesn't. Heck, I bet he lets his aide go to jail for 3 years. Heck, as the Investors' Business Daily says, "Sen. James Webb packs heat and leaves an aide literally holding the bag."
More on Webb's Gun
I was thinking all day, while working, how is Webb being inconsistent here? You just know he has to be inconsistent, right? Well, I see it now. He expects to be able to defend himself wherever he goes but is voting against the USofA defending itself! He is consistent in that he's abandoning Phillip Thompson to his own devices just like he's abandoning US servicemen in theater! Yep, he apparently turned on his fellow Marine and top aide quicker than a hungry dog will turn on his momma for that last bone. Oh, no he says, I didn't give him the gun. What a farce. I think that Mr. Thompson has gotten the shaft on this deal. So, I will maintain my charter membership in the Free Phillip Thompson group.
Then also, I don't see him pushing to join others in repealing the arrogant DC gun bans and controls. He's not supporting the National Park CHP ban repeal either.
Conservative Candidates - Who?
Who? Well, not a RINO AND I want a conservative. Jim Gilmore? Fred Thompson? Senators don't win and governors do but which would you prefer. I hope we get the choice. Come on guys, step up.
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We have a hot STATE senate race here. Emmett Hanger is a former Army National Guard officer and a Republican but he's been more like one of the Dem/S lately. Higher taxes and wasteful, feelgood programs are not what I want and this is what he's supporting. He said he wouldn't do that but he has. Scott Sayre is for conservative values, my values. There's also Arin Sime, but I think he's running as an independent. Frankly, if Sayre doesn't get the Republican nod, Sime will get my vote for certain. Sorry Emmett, but it is MY money.
In the Senate, Democrats affirm a measure setting a timetable of next spring for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq. The deadline is attached to a $122 billion spending bill funding the war in Iraq and Afghanistan for the rest of the fiscal year.
By a vote of 50-48, the Senate voted to keep in the funding bill a provision requiring that troops be out of Iraq by March 31, 2008, with the withdrawal beginning within 4 months of the bill's enactment.
Last week, the House approved a similar measure, which sets a timeline of Aug. 31, 2008, for a withdrawal. The White House is threatening to veto either bill, and it's looking likely that President Bush will get a chance to carry out that threat.
The key vote is over whether to strip from the Senate bill language that sets a U.S. troop withdrawal goal of March 31, 2008, and calls for that withdrawal to begin within four months of the bill's enactment.
Republican critics trying to remove the deadlines from the bill accused Democrats of micromanaging the war. But Republicans have also decided not to filibuster the bill.
I'm not happy that the Republicans didn't filibuster. Lazy bastards. They differ only by degrees from the Dem/S and the Republican turncoat quislings.
Webb and Guns Brouha continues I'm guessing that that most commentators just aren't educated on gun laws in this country.
DC's recently overturned gun laws, still being enforced, vs those in Maryland (not so much) and Virginia (quite a bit different) are a good example of the problems that travelers face in crossing jurisdictional boundaries. Often, some rather interesting juggling has to take place to both maintain personal security (DC is NOT a safe place for anyone, except PERHAPS for those on Capitol Hill) and adhere to the law regarding firearms (and knives, even pocketknives!). Add in air travel and with somebody traveling in a group, as I'm sure Senator Webb does, this could create problems of coordination. Apparently this is what happened.
Now, I'm no fan of Senator Webb. I think he IS an elitist, mysognist, hypocritical, opportunistic, two-faced, so-and-so, BUT in this case I really feel for him. He and Phillip Thompson are experiencing the horror that law abiding gun owners fear every day as they travel across jurisdictional boundaries. We often think, will this happen to me? Will I make a mistake, turn a wrong corner, or forget something that will land me in jail? Webb had three vehicles (why is unimportant), bags in all three and new staff. Are we to expect anything other than a mixup? However in this case it wasn't a laptop that went to the wrong place but his firearm.
To put a finer point on this. I understand that Thompson is being charged with having "unregistered ammunition". Do you know how easy it is to have a stray round find its way into a bag? Every shooter has had this happen at least once (and no concientious CHP/CWP holder does not practice). That single round could be the basis of a FELONY conviction and Thompson had a full magazine of 7-15 rounds (I don't know what model of pistol was involved so can't speak to specifics).
By the way, the Federal law provides for travelers to be able to travel without interference through states with severe restrictions so long as they are able to legally possess those firearms at both point of origin and at the destination. Would this apply to the Senator? (I do know that Massachusetts and New York do not honor that law.)
I think that it is interesting that we get all bent out of shape over a gun and don't care that Webb's party leadership have solicted bribes (Murtha), left young women to drown (Kennedy), run prostitution rings out of their homes (Frank), been leaders of the KKK (Byrd), and abandoned our troops and nation's security (darn near the whole party).
An aide to Sen. James H. Webb Jr., Virginia Democrat, was taken into custody yesterday after U.S. Capitol Police said he attempted to bring a loaded gun into a Senate office building. Phillip Thompson, executive assistant to the freshman senator, was detained after a bag he carried into the building was found to contain a loaded handgun and two fully loaded magazines. Law-enforcement authorities said Mr. Thompson told police that he had been sent to the senator's car to retrieve a bag belonging to Mr. Webb. The handgun and magazines were discovered during a 10:50 a.m. security check after he tried to bring it into the Russell Senate Office Building, where Mr. Webb's office is located, through the lower Delaware Avenue and C Street door.
So the aide was likely in a hurry, rushed due to the Senator's schedule, and simply forgot what was a non-issue to both the Senator and the aide. For that he's facing serious charges. BUT, how serious is this really?
DC's gun ban has been overturned by the courts, so far, as unconstitutional. Frankly, I see no reason that a Senator himself or through the efforts of an aide shouldn't be armed. After all, we allow the Capital Police to be armed to protect the Senator and his staff. Interestingly, this is a good illustration of the need to have national reciprocity for concealed carry/handgun permits.
Now, I'm no fan of Senator Webb. I think his stand on the Iraq theater of the war on terror is ridiculous and possibly entirely based on self-interest. I don't know him and I'm unlikely to ever meet him as he lives in that rarified stratosphere of national politics and is, once again, in another party. I'll never be allowed to get close to him to meet him personally. Still, it is only right that he have the rights to personal protection and gun ownership that we all should have, everywhere, everyday.
I heard Gretchen on Fox and Friends say, "Don't they make pilots go through metal detectors?" Well, that makes no sense to me. Once in the plane they have ultimate control over our lives, just like that Egyptian pilot who apparently just dove the plane into the water off NYC. They were also saying the 2nd Amendment rights were important, but they didn't realize that they were equivocating when they wondered as to when or why... It was an illustrative discussion because it exposed how non-shooters view the subject.
Ok, so this isn't a rant. Maybe I need to remove that from the blog title. However, I want to be the first member of the Free Phillip Thompson Action Committee.
Government Funding of Science
I've mixed feeling on this. On the one hand, I like that the government funds things like influenza virus vaccinations. That's a good thing. It protects our lives, the economy, the nation AND it is based on proven science. But then... Then you have Al Gore, high priest of Global Warmology, trying to get us to throw away our economy AND dump millions (billions?) of tax payer dollars into preventing something over which we have no control. Why, bad science meets politics. Al wants control of money and you. He isn't really believing this as he's not given up a thing but he wants to force you to give up everything. Give up your car, your house (if too big for your family), your comfort (AC in the summer and heat in the winter), and so forth. Lots of these pseudo scientists are the same. Don't think that scientists will lie (like children don't lie)? Think again. Remember cold fusion? A certain South Korean cloning scientist? The coming ice age? To add insult to injury and give these misdirected idiots my money to force me to live one of the various lifestyles they deem mandatory is unacceptable. I'm not going to convert to Islam and I'm not converting to Global Warmology.
Can You Imagine the Balkanization of the US?
From the Wall Street Journal Opinion Website
BY KATHERINE KERSTEN Sunday, March 25, 2007 12:01 a.me. EDT
MINNEAPOLIS--The land of 10,000 lakes and that welcoming attitude we call "Minnesota Nice"--is becoming a window on America's potential future. Here in Minneapolis, one of the nation's most livable cities, hard-line Muslim activists are injecting an element that is anything but nice.
Troubling incidents began several years ago, when taxi drivers at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport--about three-quarters of whom are Muslim--started refusing to transport passengers carrying alcohol. One woman, returning from France with wine, was turned away by five cabs in succession. Refusals of service now number about 100 a month, and heated altercations have erupted.
In September 2006, the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) proposed a two color top-light pilot project to indicate which drivers would accept passengers with alcohol. The proposal, later dropped, would apparently have marked the first time that a government agency in the U.S. officially recognized Shariah law, and distinguished individuals who follow it from those who don't.
In November 2006, the six "flying imams" bumped the taxi drivers from the headlines. In Minneapolis for a conference, the imams were detained after engaging in what an airport police report called "suspicious" activity. Some prayed loudly in the gate area, spoke angrily about the U.S. and Saddam, switched seats and unnecessarily requested seat belt extenders with heavy buckles that could be used as weapons, according to witnesses. They were questioned and released later that day. The imams denounced the incident as racial and religious profiling. "If up to now, [Americans] don't know about prayers, this is a real problem," said Omar Shahin, one of the detained men and head of the North American Imams Federation. Twin Cities imams demanded a separate Muslim prayer room at the airport.
Earlier this month, the six imams filed suit in U.S. district court in Minneapolis against US Airways and the Metropolitan Airports Commission, claiming discrimination and defamation. Now some Muslim cashiers at Twin Cities Target stores have begun refusing to scan pork products, like bacon and pepperoni pizza, and insisting that other cashiers or the customers themselves do it.
What's going on? It appears that both local circumstances and activists with a big-picture agenda play a role. Take the taxi drivers. Minnesota is home to tens of thousands of Somalis, most recent immigrants. Behind the scenes, moderate local Somali leaders are engaged in a power struggle with national Muslim organizations that seek to exploit this vulnerable population. Islam prohibits the consumption of alcohol but not its transportation, say Somalis who reject the taxi drivers' stance. Yet in June 2006, the Muslim American Society's (MAS) Minnesota chapter issued a "fatwa" forbidding drivers here from carrying alcohol to avoid "cooperating in sin."
Hassan Mohamud, one of the fatwa signers, praised the two top-light proposal as a national model for accommodating Islam in areas ranging from housing to the workplace. But according to Omar Jamal of the Somali Justice Advocacy Center in St. Paul, MAS is "trying to hijack and radicalize the Somali community for their Middle East agenda."
Ahmed Samatar, a recognized expert on Somali society at Macalester College in St. Paul notes that "There is a general Islamic prohibition against drinking, but carrying alcohol for people in commercial enterprise has never been forbidden." Similarly, Islam prohibits consuming pork, but not touching or scanning it, according to Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf of the American Society for Muslim Advancement in New York. It is, or should be, "a nonissue."
In Washington, the Democratic leadership is likely to seek passage of the End Racial Profiling Act, of which House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called herself, in 2004, a "proud" cosponsor. Both MAS and CAIR are stumping for the bill, which would bar airport security personnel from disproportionately questioning Muslims or people of Middle Eastern descent. Minnesota's Keith Ellison, the nation's first Muslim Congressman, told me that the imams' situation reflects a misunderstanding of Muslim prayer and will be sorted out in court, while the other matters stem from the normal process of immigrant adjustment.
The events here suggest a larger strategy: By piggy-backing on our civil rights laws, Islamist activists aim to equate airport security with racial bigotry and to move slowly toward a two-tier legal system. Intimidation is a crucial tool. The "flying imams" lawsuit ups the ante by indicating that passengers who alerted airport authorities will be included as defendants. Activists are also perfecting their skills at manipulating the media. After a "pray-in" at Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C., one credulous MSNBC anchor likened the flying imams to civil rights icon Rosa Parks.
The comparison is misplaced: Omar Shahin, leader of the detained imams, has helped raise money for at least two charities later shut down for supporting terrorism. From 2000 to 2003, he headed the Islamic Center of Tucson, which terrorism expert Rita Katz described in the Washington Post as holding "basically the first cell of al Qaeda in the United States." CAIR has long been controversial for alleged terrorist ties, while the Chicago Tribune has described MAS as the American arm of the fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood, which "preaches that religion and politics cannot be separated and that governments eventually should be Islamic."
So far, Minnesotans have said a resolute "no" to Muslim activists' agenda; in an informal Star Tribune poll, 92% of respondents blamed the imams' own behavior for their airport detention. And Target--after unsuccessful attempts to accommodate Muslim cashiers--is reassigning them to other jobs. Still, there is a sense that we've seen just the opening skirmishes. As MAC spokesman Patrick Hogan put it, "I think people are afraid there will be a chapter two."
Ms. Kersten is a columnist for the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
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I heard there is now a proposed bill to protect people who report such suspicious behavior. I think it is disgusting that we need such a bill.
Ashgar Jilow used to sell stab-proof vests to nightclub bouncers and security guards at his London military surplus store. Now his clients are kids as young as 10 who fear they're going to be knifed at school or on the street.
Every week in London 52 teenagers are victims of knife crime, according to the Metropolitan Police. A child is stabbed to death in Britain every two weeks and knife killings outnumber gun homicides three to one, said Norman Brennan, a police officer and director of the Victims of Crime Trust.
I think the Brits have violence well in hand, don't you? This in a country where self-defense is all but outlawed.
My wife and I went to see the movie 300 a retelling of the Spartan stand at Thermopylae. This oft told tale of duty, honor and country has reverberated across 24 centuries for a reason. Yet there are some that think that this particular retelling (first published in 1999) is somehow a pro-Bush propaganda film.
My wife thought that was interesting as she immediately saw the connections to our current crisis. From selfless sacrifice in defense of the nation to the political intrigues of those seeking after wealth and power for themselves without regard to the nation (traitors), the movie does indeed speak to our world. But, this story has spoken to the strengths and frailities of people for centuries. It seems that some folks fear that they will be exposed for what they are by comparison to the characters in this movie. If only it would...
Culture of Corruption - Nancy Pelosi (#2)
Congresswoman and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has apparently invested in, been a partner in (which is it?) Presidio Partners. Seems to me that she's not doing what a congress critter is supposed to do, work for the benefit of the nation. It sure seems to me that she's working for the benefit of Nancy Pelosi at our expense, more than likely at the expense of the state of California and the City of San Francisco. Good old Nancy, she'll end the culture of corruption.
Among the unpublicized facts about Nancy Pelosi was that she was an investor in a real estate investment entity called PRESIDIO PARTNERS, which was set up shortly after the Nixon Administration first closure of federal military bases around the US. Among the choicest real estate properties were (a) San Francisco's Presidio Fort, then the headquarters for the sixth US Army (b) Treasure Island and Yreba Buena Island, the US Navy's parcels in San Francisco Bay (c) The Hunter's Point Naval Base, then biggest US navy base between Seattle Washington Long Beach & San Diego California. (d) The Alameda Naval Air Station in Oakland California-that was closed nearly twenty years later.
It's been just over 10 years since Congress passed Rep. Nancy Pelosi's Presidio Trust legislation, effectively creating the first privatized national park in the United States (see "Stolen Base," 5/8/96). The results are pretty clear: Just cruise through the Presidio and check out the gigantic new office complex George Lucas has built. In fact, the private business interests that were given control of the park in 1995 now oversee more than 80 percent of the 1,408-acre parcel. The goal of the privatizers: raise enough money from development, leases, and other real estate deals to pay the entire cost of running the park by 2013. That's what Pelosi's legislation requires.
It's a terrible disaster for San Francisco. And at the time we warned it would set a terrible precedent for the nation: Once you turn the national parks over to private interests and require the parks to pay for themselves, you'll get the equivalent of Nike Corp. putting logos on the Grand Canyon and casinos demanding concessions at Yosemite.
The Presidio Trust Act emerged from the fray that erupted after the Pentagon decided it no longer needed the San Francisco headquarters of the Sixth Army. Under legislation authored by the late Rep. Phil Burton, the Presidio was supposed to become part of the national park system the moment the military marched away.
But as soon as this stunning parcel – perhaps the single most valuable chunk of urban real estate in the world – popped up on the horizon, private interests in San Francisco began to eye it greedily. Pacific Gas and Electric Co. cut a backroom deal to have the Army spend $5.5 million upgrading the electrical grid on the base – and then pay PG&E $4 million to take it over. That was the first sign of trouble: For half a century the Army had run a public power system at the Presidio, and now it was going private, at public expense (see "The Presidio Power Grab," 1/12/94). Soon, a special planning council headed by the chair of Transamerica Corp., and involving the Gap's Don Fisher, PG&E executives, the University of California, the Energy Foundation, and other big interests, was poised to set the Presidio's future – and Pelosi was carrying the water.
Pelosi argued that the only way to save the base as a park was to let private businesses raise money through development and real estate deals to cover the operating costs. If that didn't happen, she argued, the conversion to civilian use would never take place – or, she even warned, Congress could try to sell it to the highest bidder.
About ten years ago, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi led the charge to turn San Francisco's former army base into the nation's first privatized national park. The former army base, the Presidio, is the hilly, forested area at the south end of the Golden Gate Bridge. You've seen it in pictures.
Under Pelosi's Presidio Trust Act, most of San Francisco's Presidio and most of its buildings were to be controlled and managed not by the National Park Service but by a government-owned corporation called the Presidio Trust. Since then, film and video game mogul George Lucas has built his sprawling headquarters on some of the loveliest acres in this "park," and a multi-billion dollar development company, Forest City (http://www.forestcity.net), is angling for rights to redevelop an old hospital in the "park" into high-end apartments and/or condos.
Now, tonight in San Francisco, the Presidio Trust will hold a workshop to convince the public that the Presidio needs a "great lodge."
Answer: According to a recent Presidio Trust mailing, "Every great national park deserves a great park lodge."
to be paid for by city and state taxpayers?
Yep, way to go Nancy. You've got those special interests on the run (right to your door).
Brady Bunch Hurt by DC Gun Ban Decision?
I don't know. Like all those who make a living off their constuency's fears, they lay it on a little thick...
Last week, a Federal Appeals Court overturned Washington D.C.’s long-standing restrictions on handguns — a decision that endangers all of America’s gun laws.
This case is most likely headed to the U.S. Supreme Court and we have a tidal wave of work to do before it gets there.
This battle — to its very core — is the most important battle we have ever waged. We need your help today to build a strong Brady Gun Law Defense Fund to save America’s gun laws.
This fight is so critical to the safety and sanity of our nation that an anonymous donor has extended his challenge and will match dollar for dollar all gifts to this Brady Gun Law Defense Fund. Your gift will be fully tax deductible.
The threat to all our gun laws is truly unprecedented. The hypocrisy of the ruling is astounding.
What is at stake for you and your community? An emboldened gun lobby will use the ruling to challenge strong local, state and federal gun laws.
We must prepare for an onslaught of lawsuits in which gun laws will be challenged under this new reading of the Second Amendment — a strategy the gun lobby rarely used because of past legal decisions … until now. And, if the U.S. Supreme Court reverses itself and adopts the “individual right to bear arms” view approved by the Federal Appeals Court, all good gun laws everywhere could be at risk …
... from the long-standing machine gun ban … to the 1968 Gun Control Act … to the Brady Background Check Law.
… to your local and state laws … like the ones in California and New Jersey banning Assault Weapons … and many more.
These and many other life-saving laws promoting public safety are at risk. And we need to be ready for an immediate onslaught of challenges and fight them tooth and nail. We need your help today with a tax-deductible gift!
Why is this ruling so radical? Because the decision defies almost 70 years of legal precedent. All courts before this — save one — have ruled that the Second Amendment is not an individual right to bear arms, and this is the first Federal Appeals Court ever to declare a gun law unconstitutional based on the Second Amendment.
In her dissent, Judge Karen LeCraft Henderson wrote that Second Amendment rights relate to “Those militia whose continued vitality is required to safeguard the individual state.” Unlike Judge Henderson, the two judge majority ruled against decades of legal precedent…
… And completely disregarded the democratically-expressed will of the people of the District of Columbia, depriving D.C. citizens of a strict handgun law enacted thirty years ago.
Talk about judicial activism! We can’t help but note the unbelievable hypocrisy here too. Conservatives cry and gnash their teeth about activism from the bench. This decision is judicial activism at its worst.
Judge Silberman, who wrote the majority opinion, is well-known for his close ties to the right-wing. Now — with quintessential judicial activism from the bench — the gun lobby threatens to achieve through the courts what it has been unable to do in Congress.
This is going to be a long, hard fight, but with your help we will save our nation’s gun laws. We will keep you up-to-date as we confront this extraordinary threat to our efforts to reduce gun violence. But right now, we need your support to build our Brady Gun Law Defense Fund. Remember that right now your gift to this fund will be doubled! Please act now.
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Congressman Murtha, the Quisling
Congressman John Murtha is a quisling. He is working for the defeat of the USofA for the apparent purpose of self-promotion. I can't help but wonder why and if I can discover that sitting here in my home. I started with his bio from his official website.
U.S. Rep. John P. Murtha has dedicated his life to serving his country both in the military and in the halls of Congress. He had a long and distinguished 37-year career in the U.S. Marine Corps, retiring from the Marine Corps Reserve as a colonel in 1990; and he has been serving the people of the 12th Congressional District since 1974, one of only 131 people in the nation's history to have served more than 30 years in the U.S. House of Representatives and one of only 224 Members of Congress who have served 30 or more years.
Congressman Murtha has worked hard to bring thousands of long-term, family-sustaining jobs to Western Pennsylvania. With the disappearance of the coal and steel jobs that for more than a century were the lifeblood of the area, he pushed the region in a new direction, intent on diversifying the economy to help insulate it from future shocks. In the early 1990s, new companies in an industry unfamiliar in Western Pennsylvania - defense - began to spring up, bringing more than 5,000 jobs to the district he represents. He founded the House Steel Caucus and has brought millions of dollars to the United Mine Workers to retrain displaced miners and train new miners.
He fights for policies that help people, including a patient's bill of rights, prescription-drug benefits, a better minimum wage, and protecting Medicare, Social Security and veterans' benefits. For example, when Pennsylvania's Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) was about to be killed by federal regulations, he convinced the White House to be more flexible and saved the program. When EPA said the six-county Pittsburgh Air Basin would get no permits for industrial growth, he inserted language allowing time to finish a balanced, community-based plan. When Medicare refused to pay for preventive health care such as mammograms and flu shots, he included language in an appropriation that convinced the agency to provide coverage. He has twice saved the health care program of retired miners.
His crusade to improve the health and well-being of Pennsylvanians could benefit people across the nation. Determined to reverse the diabetes epidemic in Western Pennsylvania, he has directed funding to UPMC's Diabetes Institute for diabetes prevention, education and outreach, and to Children's Hospital for a project on Type 1 diabetes. He has forged partnerships between Western Pennsylvania hospitals and world-renowned institutions such as Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Bethesda Naval Hospital, one of which has led to research that could revolutionize the early detection and treatment of breast cancer and significantly advance efforts to eradicate the disease.
He has played a major role in tourism development in the region, starting the National Heritage Area program, which includes two areas in Southwestern Pennsylvania. The Rivers of Steel, dedicated to preserving the history of Big Steel, encompasses 3,000 square miles in Allegheny and six surrounding counties; and the Path of Progress winds through 500 miles in nine Southwestern Pennsylvania, linking heritage sites that pertain to the westward expansion of the early U.S.
His countless honors include the National Breast Cancer Coalition Leadership Award, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry's Government Leader of the Year, Pittsburgh's Riverperson of the Year and Pennsylvania's two highest honors, the Distinguished Service Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal.
Congressman Murtha is so well-respected for his first-hand knowledge of military and defense issues that he has been a trusted adviser to presidents of both parties on military and defense issues and is one of the most effective advocates for the national defense in the country. He is the Chairman of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, a Vietnam combat veteran and a retired Marine Corps colonel with 37 years of service, a rare combination of experience that enables him to understand defense and military operations from every perspective.
He learned about military service from the bottom up, beginning as a raw recruit when he left Washington and Jefferson College in 1952 to join the Marines out of a growing sense of obligation to his country during the Korean War. There he earned the American Spirit Honor Medal, awarded to fewer than one in 10,000 recruits. He rose through the ranks to become a drill instructor at Parris Island and was selected for Officer Candidate School at Quantico, Virginia. He then was assigned to the Second Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. In 1959, Captain Murtha took command of the 34th Special Infantry Company, Marine Corps Reserves, in Johnstown. He remained in the Reserves after his discharge from active duty until he volunteered for Vietnam in 1966-67, where he served as the S-2 intelligence officer for the 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division and received the Bronze Star with Combat "V", two Purple Hearts and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. The official notification of award for his Bronze Star and Purple Hearts are available to view here. He remained in the Reserves until his retirement. This first-hand knowledge of military and defense issues has made him a trusted adviser to presidents of both parties and one of the most effective advocates for the national defense in Washington. At the request of Presidents and Speakers of the House, he served as chairman of delegations monitoring elections in the Philippines, El Salvador, Panama and Bosnia.
He was awarded the Navy Distinguished Service Medal by the Marine Corps Commandant when he retired from the Marines.
I should note that the documentation provided of his awards is not the official commendation or order but a letter confirming that there was an award. Not the same thing. No indication of why for the 'V' device mentioned in the bio. It should have been easy enough to produce this. I know, because I actually worked in personnel. In fact, I was awarded a medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, for which I have no orders and so it does not appear on my DD 214. I think it was some kind of throwaway sop to me on my retirement. So I do know how it works all the way round the system. Does Murtha have the awards or not. Let's just assume so. But as a measure of what he's doing now, they really mean nothing. Even most (all that I've met) recipients of the Medal of Honor are pretty humble about their medals.
So, what does the 37 years service mean? Hmmm, well, I had 27½ years service. Officers, Colonels, can go to age 60, that's probably how Murtha got so many years service. A lot of his time was as a reservist. I guess this is how he knows so much about the National Guard,
A U.S. appeals court has ruled that parts of a law banning guns in Washington, D.C. are unconstitutional.
Friday's ruling, decided in a two to one vote, struck down a provision that bans residents of the nation's capital from keeping handguns in their homes. The court said the ban violates the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
The amendment grants "the right of the people to keep and bear arms" and allows for a "well regulated militia."
The court also struck down a section of the law that requires owners of legally registered guns to disassemble them.
Follow the link to read the rest of the article.
Actually, the main, most important part of the ruling is that this court correctly held that the 2nd Amendment is an individual right. The antis are pitching a fit talking about activist judges. They need to research the word hypocrite, they are one.
I delayed talking about this hoping to hear something new but it is the same old crap from the other side.
Which super hero woud YOU be? (cultural silliness)
You scored as Batman, the Dark Knight. As the Dark Knight of Gotham, Batman is a vigilante who deals out his own brand of justice to the criminals and corrupt of the city. He follows his own code and is often misunderstood. He has few friends or allies, but finds comfort in his cause.
Extreme Makeover (Home Edition)Extreme Makeover (Home Edition) is so named because it was a spin-off from Extreme Makeover which made over people by way of cosmetic surgery, make-up and changing of wardrobes, and so forth so that they were now "beautiful". That Home Edition has survived, even thrived, says something about Americans but exactly what mystifies me. Ok, not really.
The host, Ty Pennington (late of "Trading Spaces"), is a gregarious near middle-aged nutter who leads a variable cast through a formulaic show intended to hawk consumer goods directly and through product placement while doing its level best to leave you a sobbing heap on your sofa.
It begins with cast aboard their tour bus being introduced to the family through a family produced video. Inevitably, like the old "Queen for a Day" this sob story tries to hit all the buttons to get you to sympathize with these down-and-outers. In truth most could have been in better circumstances through more reasoned management of their resources. The wife and I do pull for those in hard times because they've taken in family or nearly lost it all due to the loss of a spouse in military, fire, or law enforcement service to the nation/community. Hey, we're prejudiced. Not so much for those who don't know when to step back and out of a bad situation and take another run at it from another direction.
Then the bus pulls up to the house (not home you know) in which the family lives. Ty pulls out his "signature" megaphone and yells for the family to come on out in order to "surprise them". Yeah right. The family is all mic'd up and ready to hug, cry and scream with joy at winning the lottery being selected for this gift.
They then tour the despicable conditions of the family home (where they may or may not be when surprised) while Ty looks suitably understanding. As my wife says, Ty's crew cries constantly but not good old Ty. I'm thinking that Ty's ADD allows him some emotional separation. Actually, my oldest daughter met Ty at a couple of Washington DC "Trading Spaces" episode sites and thinks he's a genuinely nice person. So, let's just call Ty "focused".
The family is then sent on "vacation", i.e. out of the area to someplace that's a treat for them. Much better than making them stay at the local Motel 6. Of course while at their resort they take a time out, or two, to get updates from Ty on the destruction of their structure or some special teaser. This is mostly so that the viewer remembers that there are folks being helped.
We find it interesting that throughout the show the cast of designers demonstrate their design acumen via what they came up with on the spur of the moment (at least that's the implication). However, we know that some intensive pre-production work went into the show what with all the blueprints, licenses, permits, coordination of building inspectors, etc. required. One doesn't just throw a house together ESPECIALLY in 7 days (one house was built in 54 hours or some such) without intensive planning. Also, some member of the cast inevitably goes to the local Sears for a "shopping trip" (the stuff having been pre-positioned prior to the build).
Finally we come to the house presentation. A show is made of this with the family being driven to the site in a limo and greeted by hundreds of adoring neighbors (really?) before the tour bus which was blocking their view of the house is moved to reveal their lottery winnings new home. the contractor might even announce that their mortgage has been paid!
Now the tour commences showcasing Sears products, miracles of modern technology intended to medically assist the owners, and/or modern American excess with multitudes of bathrooms, indoor sports courts, home theaters, and celebrity donations (Jo Dee Messina's piano in this latest show). Of course Jo Dee got to promote her latest release...
Finally, after more thoughtful talk from Ty, the show is put down ended with a hearty "Welcome Home" from Ty.
What the heck is going on? When the show started the recipients of the new home were recommended/nominated by others and were truly deserving, self-effacing, community servants on hard times. Now it is more the "I'm such a sad case, please give me wonderful things" parasitic type submission. Yes, I realize the production team edits the family video. Perhaps they could do a better job?
What is truly amazing is that contractors are actually erecting these homes in less than 7 days. That's foundations, basements, sewer and water and driveways. Amazing. As I said one house was erected in something like 54 hours! Yep, the show does appeal to the home renovation fans out there as there is a new house build every week with a whole new floor plan, new features, and up-to-date technology for the hard-core gadget freak.
The process to be considered is involved and you can't, so far as I can see, nominate a family anymore. The process requires that the family be involved, intimately involved. It may have always been so and the producers/director just aren't as good as hiding that on the screen, but the application/casting process pretty much spells it out.
Ok, so we're pretty cynical. Yet in the genre of "reality" TV, this one is right up there in the gimme-gimme statosphere. That is the USofA today.
Sadly, while you think you've done a great thing (and equated people with a background check to pedophiles in the process) it isn't so. Likely your choice to do this can put somebody at risk.
Once upon a time I was responsible for and the only access to a sizable number of government owned fully-auto weapons. I was threatened and told to get my CHP and did. Having that CHP, unknown to the possible assailants, made me more secure. It made those who might have been threatened by those weapons I safeguarded more secure. I don't suppose you considered that.
But there is the opposite result as well. Anyone not appearing on the list is an easier target for the criminal. I think that you think that criminals, particularly stalkers, can't read, can't use a computer and can't plan past their current meal. I hope you're right but that's not my experience.
Some people foolishly believe that everything that can be said must be said. Sometimes, it is better to keep your mouth shut even if you can say something, even if you have the knowledge to accurately report it. There is always somebody ready, willing, and able to take advantage of the blabber-mouth.
I might also add that you managed to insult a large number of people when you imply, without substantiation, that CHP holders can't manage their emotions sufficiently so that others must be cautious around them. In fact, I think the statistics bear out that there are more criminal acts by police officers than by CHP holders in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Perhaps you could research that.
My name, correctly spelled, is provided so that you can avoid me if you so choose.
(name deleted for the blog, do some research) SFC, USA Ret.
Folks, why is it that so many will believe that only one or two Americans could be responsible for the Murray building bombing in OKC but that no Muslims will go it alone on a shooting rampage? Why do we believe that Lee Harvey Oswald would single-handidly kill the POTUS (JFK) but not a Muslim? Why do we believe that Martin Luther King was assassinated by James Earl Ray all by his little lonesome but we can't imagine that a MUSLIM angered by US "intervention" in the middle east won't go to the mall to take out some evil teen shoppers?
Iran and Islam
This, boys and girls, is what the islamists want for you. I find it ironic that those who claim to be most for personal liberty, who are the most libertine are anxious that we might beat back the radical islamists who are THE terrorists of the world today. I suppose these folks feel that they will be accepted for who and what they are and excepted from the consequences of Sharia law. Perhaps they think their money will buy them freedom and don't think that the mullahs will confiscate their money as a fine for their behavior and then execute them.
This is a long film. It will take about 46 minutes or more of your time. I hope you watch it, but you can, of course, pass it by and not trouble yourself.
9th Circus has Endorsed Silencing Christians in Favor of Homosexuals
Free speech apparently applies only to leftists and homosexuals unless they are also Christian but I think perhaps some might find these conditions to be mutually exclusive.
9th Circuit endorses censoring Christians Ruling says 'family values' is hate speech that scares city workers
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Posted: March 8, 2007 A ruling from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has concluded that municipal employers have the right to censor the words "natural family," "marriage" and "family values" because that is hate speech and could scare workers.
The ruling came in a case being handled by the Pro-Family Law Center, which promised an appeal of the drastic result.
"We are going to take this case right up the steps of the United States Supreme Court," said Richard D. Ackerman, who along with Scott Lively argued the case for the Pro-Family Law Center.
"We are simply unwilling to accept that Christians can be completely silenced on the issues of the day – especially on issues such as same-sex marriage, parental rights, and free speech rights," he said.
"If we fail to get U.S. Supreme Court review, however, it will be up to each individual Christian in the United States to stand up for their rights to be heard on the issues of the day. If we choose to be silent, silenced we shall be," he said.
The decision came in an unpublished "memorandum" from the court, and was in a dispute over the promotion of the homosexual lifestyle within the city offices of Oakland, Calif.
It found that municipalities have a right to dictate what form an employee's speech may take, even if it is in regard to controversial public issues.
"Public employees are permitted to curtail employee speech as long as their 'legitimate administrative interests' outweigh the employee's interest in freedom of speech," said the court's opinion by judges B. Fletcher, Clifton and Ikuta, who noted that their writings are "not appropriate for publication."
"The district court appropriately described [the Christians' speech rights] as 'vanishingly small,'" the opinion continued.
However, as the Pro-Family Law Center noted, the court "completely failed to address the concerns of the appellants with respect to the fact that the City of Oakland's Gay-Straight Employees Alliance was openly allowed to attack the Bible in widespread city e-mails, to deride Christian values as antiquated, and to refer to Bible-believing Christians as hateful. When the plaintiffs attempted to refute this blatant attack on people of faith, they were threatened with immediate termination by the City of Oakland. The Ninth Circuit did not feel that the threat of immediate termination had any effect on free speech."
The case had developed when two city employees who wanted to launch a group of people who shared their interests posted a notice on a city bulletin board – after a series of notices from homosexual activists were delivered to them via the city's e-mail system, bulletin boards and memo distribution system.
The notice said:
Good News Employee Associations is a forum for people of Faith to express their views on the contemporary issues of the day. With respect for the Natural Family, Marriage and Family values. If you would like to be a part of preserving integrity in the Workplace call Regina Rederford @xxx- xxxx or Robin Christy @xxx-xxxx
But Robert Bobb, then city manager, and Joyce Hicks, then deputy director of the Community and Economic Development Agency, ordered their notice removed, because it contained "statements of a homophobic nature" and promoted "sexual-orientation-based harassment."
U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker had ruled in 2005 that Oakland had a right to prevent the employees from posting that Good News Employee Association flier promoting traditional family values on the office bulletin board.
That decision was made even though homosexuals already had been using the city's e-mail, bulletin board, and written communications systems for promoting their views. In fact, one city official even used the e-mail system to declare the Bible "needs updating," but no actions were taken against those individuals.
The case was argued recently at a special session of the 9th Circuit at the Stanford University Law School.
"The city of Oakland has interpreted this district court's ruling to mean that Christianity has no place in our society and should be subject to punishment. I want to believe that our Supreme Court will ultimately decide this case on the values and instructions set forth in motion by the nations Founders," said Ackerman.
Ackerman's' firm represents the women and said the Pro-Family Law Center and Abiding Truth Ministries have helped underwrite the thousands of dollars it has cost to fight the city's aggressive promotion of the homosexual lifestyle.
I find it interesting that the leftists can't simply fight for their own right to speak but have to silence opposition speach. You just don't see this from "the right" as it exists today. The thing is that we've chucked language on it's head, changing it all about and now the true liberals who are for freedom of choice, free trade, freedom of speach, free selection of elected representative government, etc. are called conservatives the the liberals are really those socialists/communists who want to subjorn all freedoms and exercise personal power over the citizenry.
Lewis "Scooter" Libby, et al
Scooter Libby has been convicted of four counts of perjury and obstruction of justice. Give me a break. Why weren't the other "liars" as those journalists having poor/incomplete memories not indicted and tried? Why was Richard Armitage not indicted and tried? He's the one that actually outed (after Wilson) femme fatale Plame as a CIA "agent". Why wasn't Plame indicted and tried for using her influence to improperly get her husband the gig to investigate yellowcake?
Frankly, my faith, my apparently NAIVE faith, in the US judicial system is waning. We see prosecuters from Durham to Tempe to Washington DC abuse their positions to persecute, we see juries convict the obviously innocent on POLITICAL grounds AND ADMIT IT. The POTUS won't stand up for JUSTICE and issue pardons. Then, on the other hand, prosecutors cut deals with criminals even as those criminals commit crimes failing to even prosecute them.
I suppose some will see this as a pitiful attempt to support the Republicans. Not my view at all. What really worries me is that the vast majority of folks see these developments as acceptable. There's no outcry, no anger, no indignation. If it supports their political view it is even laudable. If not, well, no big thing.
So, this is how a great nation, a defender of freedom, liberty, of the oppressed across the world is going to destroy itself. I suppose I should thank God that I lived in the golden age and let my descendents return to living as my ancestors once lived, in something less than what should be.
Alexandria, Va. (WUSA) -- A public defender from Arlington now finds that he is the accused. Fifty-one year old Charles Rust-Tierney appeared in United States District Court in Alexandria Wednesday.
He’s accused of receiving and possessing child pornography, and investigators outlined what they say they found after searching his home.
They say Rust-Tierney had video showing, among other things, the sexual torture of infants and toddlers. The judge said she’d never heard of child pornography that vile and said because of that, Rust-Tierney would stay behind bars until his trial.
Rust-Tierney is a father himself and also a coach of Arlington-area youth little league and soccer teams. In court, dozens of his friends and family members voiced support for him. They say they have never suspected him of improper contact with kids.
I bet that his defense will be "research" or some such thing. I thought about posting this under Culture of Corruption but truly this is purely criminal and repulsive behavior. One can look for more on this at The Riehl World ViewO'Reilly covers this as well, from a news suppression angle. I'm another that finds that
One of the images Tierney was in possession of showed a little girl tied up and screaming while being violently raped
is particularly disturbing. Then I found this from Wikipedia (one must be careful of this source...
An advocate for unrestricted use of the Internet's resources in public libraries, Virgina chapter's ACLU former president Charles Rust-Tierney was arrested for possession of child pornography on February 23, 2007. While Rust-Tierney has been involved with coaching youth activities in Virginia, federal investigators tracked the use of Tierney's credit card and website porn habits over a period of several years. According to police reports, Tierney is an avid consumer of pornographic films involving the violent rape of pre-teens - one video in his collection is a recording of the brutal forcible gang rape of three prepubescent Tibetan girls, whom could be seen to weep in the videos while restrained with ropes. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, February 28, 2007.
Feb. 23, 2007— Federal agents arrested Charles Rust-Tierney, the former president of the Virginia chapter of the ACLU, Friday in Arlington for allegedly possessing child pornography.
According to a criminal complaint obtained by ABC News, Rust-Tierney allegedly used his e-mail address and credit card to subscribe to and access a child pornography website.
The complaint states that federal investigations into child pornography websites revealed that "Charles Rust-Tierney has subscribed to multiple child pornography website over a period of years."
As recently as last October, the complaint alleges, "Rust-Tierney purchased access to a group of hardcore commercial child pornography websites."
Complaint Alleges Access to Graphic Material
Rust-Tierney admitted to investigators that he had downloaded videos and images from child pornography websites onto CD-ROMs, according to the complaint.
The videos described in the complaint depict graphic forcible intercourse with prepubescent females. One if the girls is described in court documents as being "seen and heard crying", another is described as being "bound by rope."
The investigation is being conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and the Arlington County Police as part of the Northern Virginia and District of Columbia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
Rust-Tierney made an initial appearance in a federal court in Alexandria, VA, Friday. He is being detained pending a preliminary hearing scheduled for Wednesday, February 28.
Youth Coach, Argued Against Restricting Public Internet
Rust Tierney coaches various youth sports teams in and around Arlington, Virginia, according to court documents.
In the past, Rust-Tierney had argued against restricting Internet access in public libraries in Virginia, writing, "Recognizing that individuals will continue to behave responsibly and appropriately while in the library, the default should be maximum, unrestricted access to the valuable resources of the Internet."
Calls to Rust-Tierney's home were not answered and calls to the ACLU of Virginia were not immediately returned.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - A youth sports coach in Arlington County who is also a past president of Virginia's American Civil Liberties Union chapter was arrested Friday and charged with receiving and possessing child pornography.
Charles Rust-Tierney, 51, of Arlington, made an initial appearance Friday in U.S. District Court in Alexandria and was detained pending a preliminary hearing Wednesday.
It was unclear Friday whether he had an attorney. A call to his home went unanswered.
A federal agent said in a sworn affidavit Friday that Rust-Tierney has subscribed to various child-pornography Web sites the past several years.
The affidavit states that Rust-Tierney also admitted to an agent Friday that he has downloaded videos and photos, which were found in a search of his home, from child porn sites.
Arlington police are continuing their investigation and seeking information from the public on the case.
Newsletters on the ACLU chapter's Web site indicate Rust-Tierney served as president from 2002 through 2005.
Once upon a time I supported the ACLU with dollars. I don't now. I don't think that the ACLU really cares about civil liberties. Like Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and others, the ACLU now seems (perhaps always was) to be about making a very good living for the principle directors and/or staff by promoting past inequities as present dangers. They seem to me to be quite a bunch of self-serving, opportunists (aka "jackals") and now they seem even more hypocritical than usual. I'm wondering if Mr. Rust-Tierney tried to exploit his position to avoid prosecution.
Clearly though, this issue isn't getting any more attention from the media. Even local media here in Virginia has backed all the way off this story. If they had found that it was a set-up false charge it would be all over the news so I'm betting that it is for real and that this man is as repulsive as is possible. This wouldn't play at all well in Virginia and would be a tremendous blow to the ACLU here and that likely doesn't fit with the liberal agenda.
Diann Rust-Tierney comes to NCADP from the Capital Punishment Project of the American Civil Liberties Union, which she has directed since 1991. As ACLU’s lead strategist and spokeswoman on the death penalty, she helped develop and coordinate national strategy on capital punishment. Her efforts included expanding efforts to educate the public about the problems associated with the death penalty and building broad coalitions with new partners to help spread the abolitionist message.
A former NCADP board member, Diann received her undergraduate degree in political science from the College of Wooster in Ohio and her law degree from the University of Maryland.
So this is a couple who derived all their income from working for "advocacy groups". I think that is interesting.
We'll have to wait and see what comes of this. I wonder, will it ever be widely reported? Did Charles Rust-Tierney exploit his ACLU position or contacts to commit these acts? Did his wife know?
Hillary, Class all the Way
Friend of mine sent me and several hundred of his other close friends this, bet you haven't heard about this!!!!
WHAT A SWEET, WONDERFUL PERSON THE HILLARY IS.
Cheers to the Truth!
"Where is the G-damn f**king flag? I want the G-damn f**king flag up every f**king morning at f**king sunrise." (From the book "Inside The White House" by Ronald Kessler, p. 244 - Hillary to the staff at the Arkansas Governor's mansion on Labor Day, 1991)
"You sold out, you mother f**ker! You sold out!" From the book "Inside" by Joseph Califano, p. 213 - Hillary yelling at Democrat lawyer.
"It's been said, and I think it's accurate, that my husband was obsessed by terrorism in general and al-qaida in particular." (Hillary telling a post-9/11 world what a 'great' commander in chief her husband was; Dateline, NBC 4/16/2004.)
"I have to admit that a good deal of what my husband and I have learned [about Islam] has come from our daughter." (TruthInMedia.org 8/8/1999 - Hillary at a White House function, proudly tells some Muslim groups she is gaining a greater appreciation of Islam because Chelsea was then taking a class on the "religion of peace")
"F**k off! It's enough that I have to see you shit-kickers every day, I'm not going to talk to you too!! Just do your G*damn job and keep your mouth shut." (From the book "American Evita" by Christopher Anderson, p. 90 - Hillary to her State Trooper bodyguards after one of them greeted her with "Good morning."
"You f**king idiot." (From the book "Crossfire" p. 84 - Hillary to a State Trooper who was driving her to an event.)
"If you want to remain on this detail, get your f**king ass over here and grab those bags!" (From the book "The First Partner" p. 259 - Hillary to a Secret Service Agent who was reluctant to carry her luggage because he wanted to keep his hands free in case of an incident.)
"Get f**ked! Get the f**k out of my way!!! Get out of my face!!!" (From the book "Hillary's Scheme" p. 89 - Hillary's various comments to her Secret Service detail agents.)
"Stay the f**k back, stay the f**k away from me! Don't come within ten yards of me, or else! Just f**king do as I say, Okay!!!?" (From the book "Unlimited Access", by Clinton FBI Agent in Charge, Gary Aldrige, p. 139 - Hillary screaming at her Secret Service detail.)
"Many of you are well enough off that [President Bush's] tax cuts may have helped you. We're saying that for America to get back on track, we're probably going to cut that short and not give it to you. We're going to have to take things away from you on behalf of the common good." (Hillary grandstanding at a fund raising speech in San Francisco; SFGate.com 6/28/2004.)
"Why do I have to keep proving to people that I am not a liar?!" (From the book "The Survivor," by John Harris, p. 382 - Hillary in her 2000 Senate campaign)
"Where's the miserable c*ck sucker?" (From the book "The Truth About Hillary" by Edward Klein, p. 5 - Hillary shouting at a Secret Service officer)
"No matter what you think about the Iraq war, there is one thing we can all agree on for the next days - we have to salute the courage and bravery of those who are risking their lives to vote and those brave Iraqi and American soldiers fighting to protect their right to vote. (Was posted on Hillary Clinton's senate.gov web site on 1/28/05)
"Put this on the ground! I left my sunglasses in the limo. I need those sunglasses. We need to go back!" (From the book "Dereliction of Duty" p. 71-72 - Hillary to Marine One helicopter pilot to turn back while en route to Air Force One.)
"A right-wing network was after his presidency...including perverting the Constitution." (To Barbara Walters about the Republicans who impeached her husband; 20/20, ABC 6/8/2003.)
"Son of a bitch." (From the book "American Evita" by Christopher Anderson, p. 259 - Hillary's opinion of President George W. Bush when she found out he secretly visited Iraq just days before her highly publicized trip to Iraq)
"What are you doing inviting these people into my home? These people are our enemies! They are trying to destroy us!" (From the book "The Survivor" by John Harris, p. 99 - Hillary screaming to an aide, when she found out that some Republicans had been invited to the Clinton White House)
"I mean, you've got a conservative and right-wing press presence with really nothing on the other end of the political spectrum." (C-Span, 1/19/1997 - Hillary complains about the mainstream media, which are all conservatives in her opinion)
"Come on Bill, put your dick up! You can't f**k her here!!" (From the book "Inside The White House" by Ronald Kessler, p. 243 - Hillary to Gov. Clinton when she spots him talking with an attractive female at an Arkansas political rally)
You know, I'm going to start thanking the woman who cleans the restroom in the building I work in. I'm going to start thinking of her as a human being -Hillary Clinton (From the book "The Case Against Hillary Clinton" by Peggy Noonan, p. 55)
"You show people what you're willing to fight for when you fight your friends." (From the book "The Agenda" by Bob Woodward, ch. 14)
"We are at a stage in history in which remolding society is one of the great challenges facing all of us in the West." (From the book "I've Always Been A Yankee Fan" by Thomas D. Kuiper, p. 119 - During her 1993 commencement address at the University of Texas)
"The only way to make a difference is to acquire power" (From the book "I've Always Been A Yankee Fan" by Thomas D. Kuiper, p. 68 - Hillary to a friend before starting law school.)
"We just can't trust the American people to make those types of choices.... Government has to make those choices for people" (From the book "I've Always Been A Yankee Fan" by Thomas D. Kuiper, p. 20 - Hillary to Rep. Dennis Hastert in 1993 discussing her expensive, disastrous taxpayer-funded health care plan)
"I am a fan of the social policies that you find in Europe" Hillary in 1996" From the book "I've Always Been A Yankee Fan" by Thomas D. Kuiper, p. 76 - Hillary in 1996)
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What else can one say about such a foul-mouthed, elitist, self-serving, self-centered person? No matter what, please don't vote for her.
Culture of Corruption - Al Gore (UPDATE)
Well it seems that Al Gore buys those carbon credits (indugences, I've heard them called, from the Church of the Holy Global Warming) from HIMSELF! Yep, he owns a company which sells carbon credits and he buys those from himself so that he can do what he does without guilt. Now THAT'S corruption!
Meanwhile old GW is quietly recycling water, using efficient heat pumps and using less energy in his single 4000 sq ft home than Al Gore, but GW is EVIL. If you can figure out that logic you're pretty darn good because cultists don't use logic, do they?
Tax Refund Explained
Let's say 50,000 people go to a baseball game, but the game was rained out. A refund was then due.
The team was about to mail refunds when a group of Congressional Democrats stopped them and suggested that they send out the ticket refunds based on the Democrat National Committee's interpretation of fairness.
Originally the refunds were to be paid based on the price each person had paid for the tickets. Unfortunately that meant most of the refund money would be going to the ticket holders that had purchased the most expensive tickets!
This, according to the DNC, is considered totally unfair!! A decision was then made to pay out the refunds in this manner:
People in the $10 seats will get back $15. After all, they have less money to spend on tickets to begin with. Call it an "Earned Income Ticket Credit." Persons "earn" it by having few skills, poor work habits, and low ambition, thus keeping them at entry-level wages.
People in the $25 seats will get back $25, because it "seems fair."
People in the $50 seats will get back $1, because they already make a lot of money and don't need a refund. After all, if they can afford a $50 ticket, they must not need money.
People in the $75 luxury box seats will each have to pay an additional $25 because it's the "right thing to do."
People walking past the stadium that couldn't afford to buy a ticket for the game each will get a $10 refund, even though they never paid anything for the tickets. They need the most help. Sometimes this is known as Affirmative Action.
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I thought I'd share this with you since it is tax season. My sister-in-law was complaining the other day that since she's making more her tax refund dropped (she doesn't qualify for the earned income credit any longer) and those "bastards" actually kept some of "her" money. Now she knows how my wife and I feel for giving so much of our money every year. The Dem/S have pegged this old military retiree and his teacher wife as "rich" and want to raise our taxes. Funny, I don't feel "rich".
Blue-Dog Democrats the Hope for the Gun Owner?
There has been much talk of late which sort of acquieses to the Dem/S control of Congress. To whit, these folks have been saying things such as, "I'm glad we've got Jim Webb in the Senate. He's a blue-dog and he'll stand up for our gun-rights." Well, I've got to say that I've no faith in that.
Once upon a time the term blue-dog applied to CONSERVATIVE Democrats. I don't think that there is such a thing now. I think that Jim Webb is to the blue-dog democrat what Rudy Guilianni and John McCain are to the conservative Republican. Let's face facts folks. Jim Webb was a Democrat who switched to the Republican party and then switched the MODERN Democrat Party, aka the Democrat/Socialists (abbreviated here as Dem/S) just to have a shot at elected office. I don't think he's loyal to anything but himself. He wasn't loyal to the military in his handling of Tailhook, he wasn't loyal to Ronald Reagan, he wasn't loyal to EITHER political party, he hasn't shown himself to be loyal to the truth during his senate campaign, he's not at all loyal to conservative (even mildly so like McCain) values as shown by his flaunting of the Dem/S Kerry, Kennedy, and Obama, he's not loyal to the future of this nation or our security and so I doubt he'll be loyal to gun owners.
After all folks, he's now once again one of the elite. Oh, sure, he's a "shooter" and is a member of a gun club. That's a solid endorsement isn't it. Maybe he duck hunts with Clinton and Kerry (what is it about the duck that makes that acceptable but deer, squirrel and rabbit are not?) or something. But the fact is that the elitists think that they will have their gun rights long after we don't. Well, they're right. Look at Diane Feinstein, she had a pistol permit long after the average Californian had been disarmed AND she carried. And that's not all...
Look at how good old boy Jim Webb has toed the line for the Dem/S leadership in Washington D.C. since his swearing in. Did you hear his counter to the State of the Union message? Have you heard his other statements since? I have and I haven't heard one thing on any subject that leads me to believe that he is anything but a lap dog to the far left socialist base of the current DNC.
So, you folks who think good old boy Jim Webb is going to vote against the renewal of the AWB need to get over it. Pull off those rose colored glasses and see the world for what it is. Buy your AR-15, AK-47 or Ruger Mini-14 right now. Stock pile the ammunition. And please, register to vote (if you haven't already) and vote, every election. Go to the public meetings for your city or county. Join the Virginia Citizens' Defense League, join the NRA, call and write your congressman and senators.
For us, the American ideal is personified in the concept of self-reliance, work ethic, honesty/forthrightness, decency, personal property rights, family, religion, an ability to defend oneself from criminals and crooked politicians, and personal responsibility.