title>Lady Liberty Defended: September 2009
Lady Liberty Defended
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
  I got to vent a bit...
Tonight who should come to my door seeking my vote but Erik Curren who is running for a seat in the House of Delegates representing the 20th district. He certainly demonstrated patience as his introduction was all I needed to vent my spleen on a number of issues, many of which, he cannot affect even if elected. We, when Mr. Curren could get a word in edgewise, touched on jobs, health care, government spending and taxation. I feel I was able to fully express my dissatisfaction with government representation at all levels. Whatever his views may be, he was certainly patient with me.



I could talk about his positions but will save that for later. I think that he deserves some credit for being a pleasant sounding board to what may have appeared to be an irate voter!

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  It wasn't the "tea baggers" who vandalized, threw rocks at cops, etc...
No, it was the left wing radicals and professional anarchists (THEIR side) who did this.

What we have here are individuals who perceived us as being just like themselves (which we are not). That is, they expect us to behave the way they behave as demonstrated at the G20 meeting. They are violent, self-centered, arrogant, and uncaring about the common people they pretend to represent. Naturally, they expect us to the be same unless/until we actual resist and then they are as surprised as all get out because they really don't expect that from us.

But let us not lose sight of the fact of what THEY are... You can see it, they will show you, and it isn't very pretty.

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  How NOT to make military decisions...
If anyone not already well into the koolaid needed proof that this President is totally detached from reality, we've got it. Obama told Petraeus and McChrystal to "scrub" assessments
According to Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-CA, the new top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee, Obama told Central Command head Gen. David Petraeus and Afghanistan commander Gen. Stanley McChrystal to "scrub" their assessments because he "wasn't inclined to send troops over there."

If McKeon's claim is true, Obama's instructions, relayed to McKeon through Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, show how resistant the president is to doubling down on the war in Afghanistan and how Republicans are prepared to take their push for an increased commitment of resources to the public.
Look folks. What you want, as President of the United States, is the truth from your warriors. You want to know exactly what they expect. You want to know what they know. You don't want them second guessing what you want to hear. What the President is doing is teaching people to tell him only what he WANTS to hear OR what he wants us to THINK he heard so that he can blame them for his failure (should that happen). Of course, you can't make a good decision if you don't have the facts, so he wouldn't and then he will have a failure... Jeez...

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009
  No stimulus to defend our borders... Border Patrol to REDUCE manning...
It is hard to believe that the Obama administration is going to further weaken defense of our borders by weakening the Border Patrol manning on the southern border but that is exactly what they are going to do. At a time when 3-4 plots to bomb us have been uncovered, one by an illegal alien from Jordan, this is still a planned "personnel" action.

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  Mmmm, mmmm, mm Barack Hussein Obama
God help us. The Obama Youth have started organizing...

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Monday, September 28, 2009
  A.C.O.R.N.'s contacts - Bertha Lewis' Rolodex...
Redstate.com broke an exclusive which I think is deserving of the modest publicity this site might give it.
The story in a nutshell:

* Bertha Lewis is the CEO of ACORN.
* In a review of Lewis’s contacts list, which was leaked to RedState, Bertha Lewis has the office, cell phone, home number, and private personal email address of Patrick Gaspard.
* Patrick Gaspard holds Karl Rove’s position in the White House and was Obama’s Political Director during the campaign.
* In addition to Patrick, Bertha has Patrick’s brother Michael in her rolodex. She lists Michael as working at the Advance Group.
* The Advance Group is ACORN’s lobbying organization.
* In other words, besides having Obama’s political director’s contact info, the political director’s brother works for ACORN via its lobbying shop.
The President, Barack Obama, has played dumb regarding A.C.O.R.N.'s funding despite being a former employee/worker for A.C.O.R.N. If nothing else, this points up the concept that the President is lying.
The level of detail Bertha Lewis has for contacting Patrick Gaspard suggests a closeness between the two.

Ms. Lewis has Patrick Gaspard’s office number, home number, and cell phone number. Patrick’s information still contains the 212 area code, which suggests it has not been updated since he moved to Washington, D.C. However, only 131 of the 1,894 contacts, or 7% of the total, list home phone numbers, let alone home, office, and cell phone numbers. For perspective, only 31 of the 1,849 contacts have home, office, cell phone, and business email addresses listed. Patrick Gaspard makes that list.

Gaspard’s contact information also contains his private personal email address making him among the most detailed contacts on the list. Only Wade Rathke, the founder of ACORN, and a handful of others have as much personal information in Lewis’s contacts list as Patrick Gaspard.

Bertha Lewis also has Michael Gaspard’s office number and cell phone. In addition, as noted above, Michael Gaspard works for ACORN’s registered lobbying organization and with ACORN’s national spokesman.
Other Administration Connections

A cursory view of Ms. Lewis’s contacts lists shows a couple of other obvious administration contacts too.

It will come as no surprise that Ms. Lewis keeps up with Shaun Donovan. Mr. Donovan is now the Secretary for Housing and Urban Development. Before that, Mr. Donovan was the Commissioner of the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD). In New York City, he worked on affordable housing initiatives right up ACORN’s alley. His contact information has not been updated since he left the HPD.

Then there is Karine Jean-Pierre. She originally worked for John Edwards. In fact, Ms. Lewis’s contacts list still has her listed with John Edwards’ campaign, but also has Ms. Jean-Pierre’s personal and presumably still working personal email address, etc. Ms. Jean-Pierre left there to work for Congressman Anthony Weiner, then became Barack Obama’s regional political director.. She is now the White House liaison for the Department of Labor. That’s a handy contact.

The web of connections from Ms. Lewis’s contacts list goes straight into the White House and out the other door into the Departments of Labor and Housing and Urban Development, circling back to ACORN’s lobbying operation.

With the White House trying to distance itself from ACORN, Ms. Lewis’s contacts there might make it more difficult. She has clear ties to Patrick and Michael Gaspard, the President’s fixer and the man who gets ACORN projects and money.

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  Why would they NOT allow us to read the bills?
Lawmakers push for bill review period
A bipartisan group of House lawmakers on Wednesday announced an effort that would force Democratic leaders to give members of Congress -- and the public -- 72 hours to review legislation before a bill is brought to the floor for a vote.

The measure, sponsored by Rep. Brian Baird, Oregon Democrat, and Republican Reps. John Culberson of Texas and Greg Walden of Oregon, would require House leaders to post all non-emergency legislation online, in its final form, three days before a vote.

The lawmakers have begun circulating a discharge petition that would force House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to hold a vote on their bill, which has been stuck in committee for months.

GOP lawmakers in particular have hammered Mrs. Pelosi and other Democratic leaders for rushing long, complex bills through the House.

"The American people are angry that Speaker Pelosi didn't allow the public and their elected representatives to read the trillion-dollar 'stimulus' bill or the national energy tax before they were rammed through the House," Minority Leader John Boehner, Ohio Republican, said Wednesday. "Congress can, and must, do better."

Rushed floor votes on the stimulus bill and the cap-and-trade energy bill -- both of which totaled more than 1,000 pages -- have fueled calls from the public that lawmakers read bills before voting on them. The House resolution is supported by several public-interest groups, including the Sunlight Foundation, which point out that hasty votes can result in unintended consequences, such as the provision tucked into the stimulus bill that had the effect of authorizing executives of bailed-out insurance giant AIG to receive retroactive bonuses.

Earlier this summer, Mrs. Pelosi told a reporter she would allow a 48-hour waiting period prior to bringing health care legislation up for a vote.

The discharge petition, which requires 218 signatures to force a vote on the bill, has 98 co-sponsors. There are currently 256 Democrats and 177 Republicans in the House.



UPDATE: The Senate has defeated an amendment to give time to read A bill before voting. The vote was along party lines. The Dem/S say they don't have time for that. In other words, they don't have time to do their jobs.

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Sunday, September 27, 2009
  Breitbart.tv � ?Chicagoans for Rio?: Not Everyone in Illinois Wants the 2016 Olympics
A Fox TV station has been told not to report that Chicago residents are against the Olympics coming to their city. Interesting, isn't it? I think we should spread the news.

There are a lot of reasons why a city should not have the Olympics (as neat as they are) and most of those have to do with money. LOTS of money has to be spent to bring all the necessary venues up to standards to house the Olympics, summer or winter, and that money comes from the taxpayers. There is also several years of nothing but inconvenience as everything changes, traffic patterns, and security concerns.

Breitbart.tv � ?Chicagoans for Rio?: Not Everyone in Illinois Wants the 2016 Olympics

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  Recommended Site
I want to take a moment to strongly recommend that you regularly visit John Lott's site. While Mr. Lott is known to many for his role in the gun control debate, his interests appear to be far ranging and his posts are timely and informative.
John Richard Lott Jr. (born May 8, 1958) is a senior research scientist at the University of Maryland, College Park. He has previously held research positions at other academic institutions including the University of Chicago, Yale University, the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and the American Enterprise Institute. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from UCLA, and his areas of research include econometrics, law and economics, public choice theory, industrial organization, public finance, microeconomics, labor economics, and environmental regulation.

Lott is an author in both academia and in popular culture. He is a frequent writer of opinion editorials, has published over 90 articles in peer-reviewed academic journals related to his research areas, and has authored five books, including More Guns, Less Crime, The Bias Against Guns, and Freedomnomics.

Outside of academia, Lott is best known for his participation in the gun rights debate, particularly his arguments against restrictions on owning and carrying guns. He is also known for taking conservative positions on a wide range of political issues.

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  ATF and FBI Turf War
FBI director says turf problems with ATF linger but are we surprised. It is natural that powerful men don't want to surrender power to others. Sometimes it is a matter of ego, sometimes a real distrust of the other person or organization.
FBI Director Robert Mueller conceded to Congress Wednesday that turf fights persist between his agents and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Mueller was asked at a Senate hearing about a report by The Associated Press on Tuesday that government investigators had found persistent feuding between the two law enforcement agencies, despite repeated efforts by the Justice Department to settle the conflict.

A draft report by the Justice Department's Office of Inspector General, an internal watchdog, found the conflicts have led agents to race each other to crime scenes, withhold information from each other and refuse to train together.
The disturbing thing about this is that it can impede our counter-terrorist operations. The good thing is that it might impede persecution of otherwise lawful gun owners.
• In December 2008 the FBI protested a local prosecutor's request to use the ATF to investigate a blast that killed a local bomb technician in Woodburn, Ore.

• In March 2008 both agencies responded to a bombing near a U.S. military recruiting station in Times Square. ATF sought to have the suspect charged immediately in what the inspector general called a "race to the courthouse" to take the case from the FBI, which was already pursuing the suspect in a different state.

• In November 2007 the FBI was notified of a pipe bomb found in a truck at the Palo Verde nuclear plant in Arizona and claimed jurisdiction as a terrorism case. Notified several hours later, ATF disputed any connection to terrorism in a confrontation in front of local law enforcement officials.

I wonder if they are smart enough to realize that they need new hires in the mid-level management positions. As is always true, you need smart, dedicated, leaders who exhibit tact and can lead through example. My bet is that seniority will be the major determinate factor in selection for these positions.

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Saturday, September 26, 2009
  Did you think there wouldn't be pork in the Obama Care bill?
If you did you were wrong. Health Bill Could Assist Four Cancer Centers
The Nevada Cancer Institute, in Las Vegas, may not have a national reputation as a clinic or a research facility. But it does have the ear of its state’s senior senator, Harry Reid, the Democratic leader. And that is why the four-year-old institute could reap a big gain in federal reimbursements as part of the health care overhaul.

After months of noisy public debates over big policy ideas like universal coverage and a public insurance option, the health care legislation is getting down to the fine print. This is the time when powerful members of Congress customarily tuck in their pet projects, either to please their constituencies or as sweeteners to win the votes of lawmakers who may be sitting on the fence.

Senator Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas, a wavering Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, has proposed expanding Medicare coverage of home infusion therapy, a form of treatment for a variety of purposes that is championed by a medical entrepreneur in her state. Senator Orrin G. Hatch, a Utah Republican on the panel, is seeking a health care tax break for any state that “begins with the letter U.”

But few proposed amendments to the health care bill now before the Finance Committee better exemplify the process than one that would help out the Nevada Cancer Institute. Known in Congressional parlance as a “rifle shot” — the narrowly focused tax or policy equivalent of a spending earmark — the proposal would provide more favorable Medicare payment rates to just a handful of specific medical facilities.

Three of them — a hospital under construction in Cleveland, a venerable center in Detroit and, apparently, another in New Jersey — are among some 40 “comprehensive cancer centers” that have received grants with that designation from the government’s National Cancer Institute. The young Nevada institute has not earned that status. It aspires to it, though, its Web site says.

In addition to the favor of the top Senate Democrat, the amendment has the sponsorship of two other members of the party leadership, Senators Debbie Stabenow of Michigan and Robert Menendez of New Jersey, suggesting it is a rifle shot with some velocity. A spokesman for Ms. Stabenow called the provision a “typical rifle shot.”

The identities of the beneficiaries are hard to determine on first reading. The text of the amendment describes its purpose only as ensuring “access to high quality cancer care.”

Then, in classic rifle-shot style, the text masks the names of the beneficiaries by using, in a kind of code, the dates they first received “comprehensive cancer center” grants from the National Cancer Institute. The amendment would cover “certain hospitals” if they “received N.C.I. comprehensive cancer care designation on July 27, 1978, February 17, 1998, June 13, 2000.”

The first date turns out to refer to the Karmanos Cancer Center in Detroit. A government relations official there said the hospital had been seeking such an exemption for about six years through Senator Stabenow and its local congressman, Representative Sander M. Levin. Mr. Levin, a Democratic member of the House Ways and Means Committee, is among the outspoken supporters of a public insurance plan whom the president and Senate leaders may try to woo to a compromise.

The second date refers to University Hospitals in Cleveland, which is building a new cancer hospital and has lobbied hard for such treatment. (One of Ohio’s senators, Sherrod Brown, a Democrat, helped write the public insurance option in the Senate health committee’s bill.)

The third date is more of a mystery, or perhaps a result of a drafting error. A spokeswoman for the National Cancer Institute could find no record of a hospital that received a “comprehensive cancer center” grant on June 13, 2000. But the date appears intended to refer to the Cancer Institute of New Jersey and an affiliate, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

A spokesman for the institute’s congressman, Representative Frank Pallone Jr., a Democrat who heads the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, said he believed the Stabenow-Menendez amendment covered that cancer center. Mr. Pallone has long tried to win such treatment for the center, to help it compete with regional rivals.

The amendment also covers one more cancer center, in similar code: “designated on June 10, 2003, as the official cancer institute of its state.” That is the date the Nevada Legislature voted to assign that title to the Nevada Cancer Institute, which was then still under construction.

The substance of the amendment would exempt each of the centers from the Medicare “prospective payments” system, which compensates hospitals on the basis of diagnoses rather than treatments they actually provide. The exemptions would add to these centers’ income and the cost to taxpayers, although, in an apparent nod to the narrow scope of the amendment, the authors note that it would be unlikely to add much to that cost, because it “is unlikely to affect a large number of hospitals.”
I wonder what other pork is hidden or going to be hidden in the bill...

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  We may know him by his friends and associates...
That's what President Barack Obama said... U.S. charges Obama fund-raiser in $290 million fraud
Hassan Nemazee, a fund-raiser for Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and other Democrats, has been indicted for defrauding Bank of America, HSBC and Citigroup Inc out of more than $290 million in loan proceeds, U.S. prosecutors said on Monday.

The announcement follows last month's indictment of Nemazee, head of a private equity firm and an Iranian American Political Action Committee board member, on one count of defrauding Citigroup's Citibank.

The new indictment adds allegations that he defrauded two other banks, Bank of America and HSBC Bank USA, in a similar fashion by falsifying documents and signatures to purportedly show he had hundreds of millions worth of collateral.

The office of the U.S. Attorney in Manhattan and the FBI said he used the proceeds of his scheme to make donations to election campaigns of federal, state and local candidates, donations to political action committees and charities.
Please note that he is an Iranian. That he used the proceeds to, in part, make donations to political campaigns. That President Obama has apparently acquiesced to Iranian nuclear weaponization.
Nemazee, 59, typically donates more than $100,000 annually to Democratic political candidates. He is listed as one of the top "bundlers" of contributions to Obama's 2008 presidential campaign, according to OpenSecrets.org, a website run by the Center for Responsive Politics research group.

"For more than 10 years, Hassan Nemazee projected the illusion of wealth, stealing more than $290 million so that he could lead a lavish lifestyle and play the part of heavyweight political fundraiser," United States Attorney Preet Bharara in Manhattan said in a statement.
Didn't Secretary of State Clinton have some fella, a foreigner bundling donations and wasn't he also convicted of fraud?

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Friday, September 25, 2009
  It is true, fail to buy insurance and go to jail AND $25,000 fine!!!!
No freedom in that! Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) received a handwritten note Thursday from Joint Committee on Taxation Chief of Staff Tom Barthold confirming the penalty for failing to pay the up to $1,900 fee for not buying health insurance.
Violators could be charged with a misdemeanor and could face up to a year in jail or a $25,000 penalty, Barthold wrote on JCT letterhead. He signed it "Sincerely, Thomas A. Barthold."

The note was a follow-up to Ensign's questioning at the markup.
Read the note yourself!

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  Do you get the point?

Prince Charles urges people to abandon car in favour of walking and public transport but of course he doesn't.
The Prince, who has two Jaguars, two Audis, a Range Rover and still drives an Aston Martin given to him by the Queen on his 21st birthday, said developers had a duty to put public transport and the pedestrian at the heart of their housing schemes.

Speaking about the “domination of the car over the pedestrian”, the future King said: “We must surely be able to organise ourselves... in ways in which we are not dependent on it to such a great extent for our daily needs."
Why? Because he's one of the privileged classes. He is "royalty" (in the UK) and it is clear that he knows his place. This is the point.

We've heard a lot of politicians try to tell us, the rest of us, what to do in cutting back on energy consumption, food consumption, even what food to eat and clothing to wear, all in the name of combating global warming/climate change. Never mind that our actions have but a minor effect on the global climate, these folks tell you and me what to do but don't do any of it themselves.

Al Gore flew in private jets all over the world to push his global warming and private enrichment agenda. House Speaker Pelosi tried to get the government to provide her (using your tax dollars) a huge private jet for her convenience in flying back and forth from California to Washington D.C.

What is good for the rest of us isn't something that is good for "them", the powers that be. They get better, deserve better, demand better, than what you and I have. Capitalism has driven down the cost of true luxury (time and labor saving machines and entertainment devices) so that we and they aren't all that different. They realize that there isn't much real difference between the Hyundai and the Jaguar and that the Hyundai might even be more reliable. They see that your flatscreen TV is no different from theirs. They see that you don't work much harder than they do. They see that you are just as warm and dry and cool (when needed) as they are. They don't like that you are as well off in real terms as they are. They realize that gold plating, fancy logos, and cool sounding brand names have no substance and they don't like it. They want to be above you, to be more comfortable, to work less, to have opportunities to enjoy life in ways you can't and they resent that they aren't in that position. To be there they have to bring us down.

One way to do that is to remove our small comforts, labor saving and energy using devices and personal transportation by the ruse of prevention of global warming/climate change. So the Prince is willing to tell you to take the bus while he drives his Aston Martin...

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  World Regulations to Govern U.S. Banking (and what else)?
Obama Says Financial Regulations Must Be Strengthened Globally
President Barack Obama said tougher financial regulations are needed worldwide to protect consumers, provide economic stability and prevent future crises.

With the leaders from the Group of 20 nations set to meet next week in Pittsburgh, Obama said in his weekly address on the radio and Internet that international cooperation has “stopped our economic freefall.”

“We know we still have a lot to do, in conjunction with nations around the world, to strengthen the rules governing financial markets and ensure that we never again find ourselves in the precarious situation we found ourselves in just one year ago,” Obama said.

The administration has proposed an overhaul of U.S. financial regulations including oversight of the systemic risk large financial institutions pose to the economy, new ways for the government to dismantle failed companies and a regulator to oversee financial products for consumers.

Obama reiterated his calls for Congress to act on his regulatory proposals, which he also made in a speech on Wall Street Sept. 13.

“As I told leaders of our financial community in New York City earlier this week, a return to normalcy can’t breed complacency,” Obama said in today’s address. “Our government needs to fundamentally reform the rules governing financial firms and markets to meet the challenges of the 21st century.”
We get an idea of just what he wants in this...
Obama said a central element to this regulatory overhaul is a new agency to oversee consumer products, including mortgages and credit cards.

“We need clear rules, clearly enforced. And that’s what this agency will do,” Obama said.

Obama said lobbyists for financial institutions are already fighting against new regulations.

“We cannot let the narrow interests of a few come before the interests of all of us,” Obama said. “We cannot forget how close we came to the brink, and perpetuate the broken system and breakdown of responsibility that made it possible.”
So, it was the government mandate to make house loans/mortgages to those who couldn't pay that precipitated the recession why should we try this again? Why should we accept control from other countries?

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Thursday, September 24, 2009
  New World Order - Good to Go When Pushed by the Messiah?
U.S. to push for new economic world order at G20
The United States will urge world leaders this week to launch a new push in November to rebalance the world economy, but there are doubts national governments will bow to external advice.

A document outlining the U.S. position ahead of the September 24-25 Group of 20 summit in Pittsburgh said exporters, which include China, Germany and Japan, should consume more, while debtors like the United States ought to boost savings.
The United States envisages the IMF playing a central role in a process of "mutual assessment" by making policy recommendations to the G20 every six months.
You have to remember that the words "United States" now means President Barack Obama.

I remember when President Bush #41 was widely criticized and subject of some wild conspiracy theories due to his mention of a "new world order" but I don't hear any of this now. I have to wonder why, what's different? Is it because the Messiah is pushing this policy? Is it because the former promulgator of the policy was Republican? Does it really matter?

Look, the USofA was founded so that we did not have to live as those in other countries lived, with daily control of every aspect of our lives and our work. Every effort is being made to bring us back to, down to, a level that most of our families struggled to leave. For those blacks who resent having their ancestors kidnapped (by black muslims, often) and brought here in slavery, would they prefer to live as they do in Africa? Do they want rampant corruption, the periodic tribal genocides? I don't think so.

So, I ask again, is the New World Order acceptable solely due to its promotion by Barack Obama?

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  Augusta County Continues to Abuse Citizens by Raising Fees
Not a tax? No, its a fee! I have no idea why they would NEED to be doubled except to fund the current Board of Supervisors excessive expenditures. First it was the property reassessment now this. Supervisors double animal license fee
Following a public hearing with no residents speaking for or against the proposal, the Board of Supervisors voted to increase the $5 fees for unneutered dogs to $10, the $3 license fee for neutered dogs to $6 and the $25 kennel fee to $50.

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  A.C.O.R.N. is now suing the film makers... The IRS has dropped them...
A.C.O.R.N. is now suing the film makers for damages resulting from their discovery of and recording of A.C.O.R.N.'s institutional behavior. In short, A.C.O.R.N. and/or its former employees are suing them for catching A.C.O.R.N. doing wrong. How dare they!
ACORN and two former employees of its Baltimore office filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit Wednesday against the makers of a hidden-camera video that showed the employees giving tax advice to a man posing as a pimp and a woman posing as a prostitute.

The liberal activist group contends that the audio portion of the video was obtained illegally because Maryland law requires the consent of both parties to record private conversations.

The employees seen in the video, Tonja Thompson and Shera Williams, were fired after it was posted online. Thompson and Williams are plaintiffs in the lawsuit, which says they suffered "extreme emotional distress with attendant physical symptoms and injury to their reputations."

The lawsuit names James O'Keefe III and Hannah Giles, who played the pimp and prostitute in the video, as defendants. It also names conservative columnist and blogger Andrew Breitbart of Los Angeles, who posted it on his Web site, biggovernment.com.

The IRS has cut off ties with A.C.O.R.N.
The IRS says it is severing ties with ACORN, the community activist group involved in a scandal after employees were caught on video giving advice to a couple posing as a prostitute and pimp.

The Internal Revenue Service said Wednesday it would no longer include ACORN in its volunteer tax assistance program. The program offered free tax advice to about 3 million low- and moderate-income tax filers this spring.

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  Win or Lose in Afghanistan?
Nobody is going to "win" in Afghanistan. What we might do is interdict use of the country as a training ground or R&R center for the jihadists. Still, the commander there is requesting more soldiers and really emphasizing the need...
The top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan warns in an urgent, confidential assessment of the war that he needs more forces within the next year and bluntly states that without them, the eight-year conflict "will likely result in failure," according to a copy of the 66-page document obtained by The Washington Post.

Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal says emphatically: "Failure to gain the initiative and reverse insurgent momentum in the near-term (next 12 months) -- while Afghan security capacity matures -- risks an outcome where defeating the insurgency is no longer possible."

His assessment was sent to Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates on Aug. 30 and is now being reviewed by President Obama and his national security team.
There is more...
The assessment offers an unsparing critique of the failings of the Afghan government, contending that official corruption is as much of a threat as the insurgency to the mission of the International Security Assistance Force, or ISAF, as the U.S.-led NATO coalition is widely known.

"The weakness of state institutions, malign actions of power-brokers, widespread corruption and abuse of power by various officials, and ISAF's own errors, have given Afghans little reason to support their government," McChrystal says.

The result has been a "crisis of confidence among Afghans," he writes. "Further, a perception that our resolve is uncertain makes Afghans reluctant to align with us against the insurgents."

McChrystal is equally critical of the command he has led since June 15. The key weakness of ISAF, he says, is that it is not aggressively defending the Afghan population. "Pre-occupied with protection of our own forces, we have operated in a manner that distances us -- physically and psychologically -- from the people we seek to protect. . . . The insurgents cannot defeat us militarily; but we can defeat ourselves."

McChrystal continues: "Afghan social, political, economic, and cultural affairs are complex and poorly understood. ISAF does not sufficiently appreciate the dynamics in local communities, nor how the insurgency, corruption, incompetent officials, power-brokers, and criminality all combine to affect the Afghan population."

Coalition intelligence-gathering has focused on how to attack insurgents, hindering "ISAF's comprehension of the critical aspects of Afghan society."
So the upshot is that we are being stupid Americans and failing to realize that Afghans of whatever ethnic background just don't think like Americans. After 30 years of continuous warfare they have been hardened and conditioned to accept whichever strongman (and have no doubts that women are NOT treated well there) is in control. Most would be happy to pursue a better life IF they believed they could do so without being marked for murder and IF their security was continuous and not based on the patrol "schedule" of the U.S. forces.

Clearly Gen. McChrystal is correct, more U.S. troops are needed on the ground to guarantee (in as much as that is possible) the safety of Afghanis so that they can feel comfortable in supporting democracy (something with which they have absolutely no real experience). We can't depend on warlord forces converted to police to do this. We can't expect much more, to date, NOBODY has ever conquered these people.

Now the Dem/S have to decide. Will they be warriors (Afghanistan is the "good" war, remember) or will they be losers, there AND here in 2010...

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009
  Hanged census worker...
I hope it was suicide (because the alternative is going to be a harbinger of bad, bad things...). Census worker found hanged in Clay County, Kentucky.



But maybe NOT...
And the commander of the state police post handling the case told the Lexington Herald-Leader today that the police hadn't confirmed it was a homicide. "There are too many unanswered questions for us to lean one way or the other," she said. "Every scenario is still on the table. We have not ruled this is a hate crime against a federal employee."



But then again... oroner: 'Fed' written in pen on Ky. Census worker
Authorities said a U.S. Census worker died by asphyxiation but were releasing few other details about the mysterious case nearly two weeks after Bill Sparkman's body - with the word "fed" scrawled on the chest - was found hanging from a tree near a family cemetery secluded by Appalachian forest.

The word appeared to have been written with a felt-tip pen, Clay County Coroner Jim Trosper said Friday. He did not elaborate.
Authorities for the first time Thursday said the preliminary cause of death was asphyxiation, but even the details behind that were murky. According to a Kentucky State Police statement, the body was hanging from a tree with a noose around the neck, yet it was in contact with the ground.

The word "fed" had been scrawled on his chest, according to a law enforcement official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss the case.

There was no visual evidence of any crime - or even any police investigation - at the Hoskins family cemetery, which includes dozens of tombstones, many bearing the Hoskins name. It sits on a steep hill less than 200 yards from the narrow road that cuts through the forest.

(AP) The Manchester and Clay County Heritage Pavilion sits between two streets in downtown Manchester,...
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  In North Carolina, Hypocrisy Reigns, Literally
74-year-old N.C. state senator shoots, wounds intruder at his home
TABOR CITY, N.C. — A sheriff says a North Carolina state senator shot one of two intruders at his home and hospital officials say the man is in fair condition.

Multiple media outlets reported that Columbus County Sheriff Chris Batten said that 74-year-old Sen. R.C. Soles of Tabor City shot Kyle Blackburn late Sunday afternoon.

A spokeswoman at Loris Community Hospital in South Carolina said Monday that Blackburn was in fair condition.

Batten says the shooting occurred when two men went to the senator’s house and tried to kick in his front door. No charges have been filed.

The sheriff’s office said the State Bureau of Investigation was handling the case. A call to an agency spokeswoman was not immediately returned. There was no answer at a number listed for Soles’ home.

The Democrat has been in the Senate 32 years.

But, it seems, there is more to the story... Tabor City residents ponder investigation of Sen. Soles
TABOR CITY - A handful of young men chase R.C. Soles Jr. all over town.

If he's eating breakfast downtown at Mama's Restaurant, the teens and 20-somethings - former clients of the lawyer and state senator - will often wait on the sidewalk for him to exit.

They've camped out by his car to wait for him to leave church on Sunday mornings, and they often park in the cemetery at the end of his road so they can see when he heads home.

If he ignores them, the young men yell and cause a scene. When he leaves, they follow him like he's leading a parade.

Soles has acknowledged giving some of the men thousands of dollars. Many people around town assume they are hounding him for more, flocking to the 74-year-old, never-married lawmaker like sea gulls to bread.

Soles, a member of the General Assembly since before any of these former clients were born, built his reputation in Raleigh as an effective politician who avoids the spotlight.

The longest-serving lawmaker in the state, he's known for supporting legislation that helps his home district, a poor pocket of southeastern North Carolina.

"He doesn't play to the public. But he does play to the people in his home county, and he's in with the inner circle - you know, the power circle - in the legislature," said Zeb Alley, a longtime lobbyist and former state senator who has known Soles since 1971.

But that reputation as a legislative powerhouse has been overshadowed recently by Soles' relationship with his former clients.

On Sunday, authorities say, Soles shot one of two young men who were trying to kick in the door of his home. Kyle Blackburn and B.J. Wright, both former clients who have served jail time, were allegedly trespassing at Soles' estate when he shot Blackburn in the leg.

District Attorney Rex Gore said a report by the State Bureau of Investigation on the shooting may be complete next week.

The shooting is the latest in a string of strange occurrences involving Soles and his former clients. A stack of police reports shows that in the past two years, young men have repeatedly trespassed at Soles' home and offices.

Blackburn was accused last year of trying to break into the senator's house.

On other occasions, Soles has used pepper spray and a shoe to fend off young men.

In a television interview taped last year but aired this month, Stacy Scott accused Soles of molesting him when he was 15. Scott recanted the story soon after it aired, saying he was high on drugs during the interview. Soles has publicly denied a sexual relationship with any of the young men. The SBI was already investigating the allegations made by Scott when the shooting occurred.
You need to read the rest of that article. Is Sen. Soles a long-time pedophile or homosexual who has been preying on young men? But, wait! There's more! UPDATE: Teen with ties to Sen. R.C. Soles in Columbus County jail
The Tabor City teen with ties to state Sen. R.C. Soles is in the Columbus County jail, and a judge has ordered that the 17-year-old’s Corvette stay in storage until he can provide proof of ownership and a valid driver’s license.

Chief District Court Judge Jerry Jolly set Allen Strickland’s bond at $500,000 Monday morning.

Strickland was arrested Sunday night on charges of fleeing to elude arrest, reckless endangerment and driving without a license. He had just posted a $100,000 bond Thursday after being arrested for allegedly burning his own house.

The house on March Avenue was paid for, at least in part, by Soles.

Strickland posted a bond of about $8,000 set by a magistrate Sunday night. But during the teenager’s first court appearance on the charges Monday morning, the state asked the judge to revoke what Strickland posted and raise the bond, District Attorney Rex Gore said.

The chase that led to Strickland’s arrest spanned several streets on the west side of Tabor City and reached speeds of at least 75 mph, officials said.

Soles, 74, is facing his own investigations by the State Bureau of Investigation. One stems from another young man’s allegation, which was later retracted, that Soles attempted to molest him years ago. The other inquiry, police say, is into Soles’ shooting of another young man who confronted him at his home in Tabor City on Aug. 23.

Gore said his office has received some information from the SBI on the shooting investigation and expects to get more information later this week.

His office will determine whether anyone is charged in that incident.

Soles has denied buying a Corvette for Strickland but has said he helped the teenager financially, with the agreement he would finish school.

Soles has said Strickland dropped out of school but also said he was trying to take early college or GED classes. It’s unclear if Strickland is continuing his education.

Officials at Soles’ law office in Tabor City said the Senator was directing all press inquiries to his lawyer Joe Cheshire, who did not return a phone message by press time.

Gore said under North Carolina law, a person cannot obtain a driver’s license if he has dropped out of school and is younger than 18.

A Corvette and a truck are registered in North Carolina to Strickland, DMV Spokeswoman Marge Howell said. She said records show Strickland has a North Carolina identification card but does not appear to have ever had a valid driver’s license.

She said to get a car registered in his name he could use the state ID.

Strickland has said he paid for the Corvette with money he has saved up, but according to police records he does not have a job.

Tabor City Police Chief Donald Dowless said Strickland also has a truck, a trailer, two four-wheelers and three mopeds.

Soles has said Strickland’s parents are not in the picture and he has lived in and out of foster homes.

Strickland also used his own bank card to post bond on the arson charge last week, according to Jamil Best of Powell Bail Bonds in Whiteville. Bondsmen usually charge 10 percent of the bond amount, but Best would not disclose how much Strickland paid.

Best said Monday afternoon he had been contacted by Strickland’s “people” about posting the $500,000 bond. He would not say who Strickland’s people are.

If Strickland is able to post bond this time around, he will be under house arrest and have to wear a monitor, Gore said.
But that's NOT all! List of young men linked to Sen. R.C. Soles
The following is a list of young men linked to state Sen. R.C. Soles, D-Columbus. The senator has admitted to giving money to some of these men. All have connections to the longtime lawmaker. Some have made accusations. Most have been charged with trespassing on his property and at his law firm. But Soles has dropped all the charges and often calls the police on these young men but then asks that they not be arrested.

Allen Wayne Strickland, 17, of 99 March Ave., Tabor City, law client: Soles has acknowledged giving money to Strickland for a house and school supplies. The teenager is in jail now facing two arson charges as well as fleeing to elude arrest, reckless endangerment and driving without a license. One of the arson charges stems from the burning of his own house on March Avenue, a house paid for at least in part by Soles. The other arson charge came after a fire at the home of Soles' former law partner's father. Strickland has referred to Soles as a father figure. But the teenager has been charged with trespassing on Soles' property and has gotten into public arguments with the lawmaker. Though Soles has dropped the charges, one trespassing charge stuck a little more than a year ago, according to Tabor City police. Soles' former law partner Bill Phipps called the police on Strickland and got him banned from the law office.

Stacey Scott, 27: In a televised interview, Scott accused Soles of trying to molest him when he was 15 years old. That accusation prompted a now ongoing State Bureau of Investigation inquiry into Soles. Scott later recanted his allegation. Soles has said he has given money to Scott and his wife over the years to help them out. And Scott's wedding was held on the senator's property. Scott was also charged in September 2008 with trespassing on Soles property. He was previously charged with filing a false police report that Soles hit him with his car.

Kyle Blackburn, 22, law client: Shot in the leg by Soles on Aug. 23 after he and another man allegedly tried to break into the lawmaker's house. He has a history of being charged with attempted breaking and entering and trespassing at Soles' property.

B.J. Wright, 23, law client: Soles reportedly gave Wright thousands of dollars while he was in prison. Wright was with Blackburn the night he was shot on Soles' property.

Deary Jason Fowler, 28: Has been charged with trespassing on Soles' property. The Friday before Blackburn was shot, police were called to Soles' property because Fowler was suspected of trespassing. According to the Tabor City Police report, he smelled of alcohol. He told police he was there about a case.

Jackie Jordan, 33, of Tabor City: Has been charged with trespassing on Soles' property. He is also Strickland's uncle.

Jerry Dwayne Stanley, 46, of Tabor City: Charged with second-degree arson in the fire at Soles' former law partner's father's house. He is also Strickland's uncle.

Daniel Lee Floyd, 32, of Tabor City: Was charged with trespassing on Soles' property in April of this year.
The reason I got interested in this was that I though, I was told, that State Sen. Soles was an anti-gunner who had used a gun in self-defense. Apparently that's true too as it is so reported by Grass Roots North Carolina.
This guide estimates where candidates stand on gun issues by comparing their views with those of a control group of gun owners. As noted below, a "4-STAR" candidate agrees with pro-gun voters on at least 90% of gun issues, a 3-STAR agrees on least 80%, a 2-STAR on at least 70%, a 1-STAR on at least 60%. A 0-STAR candidate agrees on less than 60% of gun issues.
Sen. Soles is a one star voter.

Hypocrisy on, apparently, many levels reigns in North Carolina.

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  NEWSPAPER Bailouts?
I thought there weren't going to be any more bailouts and certainly not of any business on which the economy doesn't depend. The newspaper business would be just about the perfect example of that, wouldn't it. Apparently not. The President is apparently open to bailouts of newspapers.
The president said he is "happy to look at" bills before Congress that would give struggling news organizations tax breaks if they were to restructure as nonprofit businesses.

"I haven't seen detailed proposals yet, but I'll be happy to look at them," Obama told the editors of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Toledo Blade in an interview.

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) has introduced S. 673, the so-called "Newspaper Revitalization Act," that would give outlets tax deals if they were to restructure as 501(c)(3) corporations. That bill has so far attracted one cosponsor, Cardin's Maryland colleague Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D).
Newspapers as "nonprofits"? This is insane...

At least some lawmakers have slammed the idea...

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009
  Global warming?
Earth approaching sunspot records not for lots but for few which is cooling the earth...
The sun releases energy through deep nuclear fusion reactions in its core and has surface temperatures as hot as 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit, according to NASA's Web site.

Not cool at all.

But the sun's recent activity, or lack thereof, may be linked to the pleasant summer temperatures the midwest has enjoyed this year, said Charlie Perry, a research hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Lawrence.

The sun is at a low point of a deep solar minimum in which there are little to no sunspots on its surface.

In July through August, 51 consecutive days passed without a spot, one day short of tying the record of 52 days from the early 1900s.

As of Sept. 15, the current solar minimum ranks third all-time in the amount of spotless days with 717 since 2004. There have been 206 spotless days in 2009, which is 14th all-time. But there are still more than 100 days left in the year, and Perry expects that number to climb.
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Perry said there is a feeling from some in the scientific community the Earth may be entering into a grand minimum, which is an extended period with low numbers of sunspots that creates cooler temperatures. The year without a summer, which was 1816, was during a grand minimum in 1800 to 1830 when Europe became cooler, Perry said. Another grand minimum was in 1903 to 1913.

Perry said there is anecdotal evidence the Earth's temperature may be slightly decreasing, but local weather patterns are much more affected by the jet stream than solar activity.

However, Perry said snow in Buenos Aires and southern Africa, the best ski season in Australia and a cooler Arctic region are some of the anecdotal evidence for a cooling period.

So, Perry said, sunspots may have a far greater impact on weather than previously thought.
Come on folks. The sun decides our planet's climate. Can you control the sun? You'd best put the effort you've put into reducing our industrial output into adaptation. A cooling planet is going to negatively affect food availability far more than a warming climate.

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  Overly agressive federal control of our lives in another way, control of sales of used toys...
Make no mistake, some LEO or prosecutor will seek to make their careers on enforcement of this law and find rabid supporters for their "cause". New Government Policy Imposes Strict Standards on Garage Sales Nationwide
Americans who slap $1 pricetags on their used possessions at garage sales or bazaar events risk being slapped with fines of up to $15 million, thanks to a new government campaign.

The "Resale Round-up," launched by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, enforces new limits on lead in children's products and makes it illegal to sell any items that don't meet those limits or have been recalled for any other reason.

The strict standards were set in the 2008 Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act after a series of high-profile recalls of Chinese-made toys.

The standards were originally interpreted to apply only to new products, but now the CPSC says they apply to used items as well.

"Those who resell recalled children's products are not only breaking the law, they are putting children's lives at risk,” said CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. "Resale stores should make safety their business and check for recalled products and hazards to children."

In order to comply, stores, flea markets, charities and individuals selling used goods — in person or online — are expected to consult the commission's 24-page Handbook for Resale Stores and Product Resellers (pdf) and its Web site for a breakdown of what they can't sell.

Violators caught selling anything on the enormous list face fines of up to $100,000 per infraction and up to $15 million for a related series of infractions.

CPSC spokesman Scott Wolfson says the fines are intended for large companies with serious infractions.

"CPSC is an agency that has used its penalty powers over its 30-year history against companies," Wolfson told FOXNews.com. "CPSC is not seeking to pursue penalties against individuals hosting a garage sale or yard sale, we are encouraging them to take the right steps to not resell recalled products."

But FOX News Legal Analyst Bob Massi says the law makes no distinction for families and small resellers.
So, let's dump these things in the landfill?

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Monday, September 21, 2009
  President does TV marathon but fails and then criticizes....
President Barack Obama, still with no fear of being overexposed, made the rounds on five Sunday morning talk shows on Sept. 20 to make another attempt at winning the hearts and minds over on his vague health care proposal.
but he apparently had to take some time to bust on the government media (mainstream media) by saying:
"I think it's important for the media, you know - not to do any media-bashing here - to recognize that right now, in this 24-hour news cycle, the easiest way to get on CNN is or Fox or any of the other stations, MSNBC is to say something rude and outrageous," Obama said on CNN's Sept. 20 "State of the Union." "If you're civil and polite and you're sensible and you don't exaggerate the-bad things about your opponent and you know, you might get on one of the Sunday shows. But you're not going to be on the loop. And, you know, part of what I'd like to see is all of us reward decency and civility in our political discourse."
I suppose he has to take this view since he/his administration has failed to sell bigger government and government control over every person's health (except for himself and Congress) to include another $1-trillion in federal deficits...

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Former CIA directors have urged Barack Obama to drop investigation into interrogation techniques
Seven former CIA directors asked President Barack Obama on Friday to quash a criminal probe of harsh interrogations of terror suspects during the Bush administration.

The CIA directors, who served both Democratic and Republican presidents and include three who worked under President George W Bush, made their request in a letter sent to the White House.

Attorney General Eric Holder announced last month that he was appointing an independent counsel to investigate possible incidents of abuse by CIA personnel during interrogations that went beyond guidelines imposed by the Bush administration.

The incidents were referred by the CIA inspector general to the Justice Department during the Bush administration, but Justice officials at the time prosecuted only one case.

"If criminal investigations closed by career prosecutors during one administration can so easily be reopened at the direction of political appointees in the next, declinations of prosecution will be rendered meaningless," wrote the former directors.

The seven former CIA directors included Michael Hayden, Porter Goss and George Tenet, who served under Bush; John Deutch and James Woolsey, who worked for President Bill Clinton; William Webster, who served under President George HW Bush; and James Schlesinger, who ran the agency under President Richard Nixon. Tenet also served under Clinton.

They urged Obama to reverse Holder's Aug 24 decision to reopen the investigation of interrogations following the Sept 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
At a time when it seems that nobody in power will do so, these men have said what needed to be said. That is, quit risking our security in pursuit of a political agenda.

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Sunday, September 20, 2009
  What exactly is happening at Homeland Security?
I know a fella who is/was briefing the Secretary but I couldn't get a thing out of him. He adheres to the "need to know" rule just as I taught him to do. So, like you I am wondering, what the heck is going on at the Department of Homeland Security?

We had suggested that Janet Napolitano wouldn't be the best choice for the cabinet post. Of course that was before we were subject to the end-around use of czars to control the executive branch. Still she's nominally in command and
WASHINGTON (AP) - Facing criticism for her handling of federal stimulus money, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Wednesday that she would not start any new border construction projects while the department reviewed how projects were selected.

Napolitano has faced questions since The Associated Press reported last month that Homeland Security officials did not follow their internal priority lists when choosing which border checkpoints would get money for renovations. Under a process that is secretive and susceptible to political influence, officials planned to spend millions at tiny checkpoints, passing over busier, higher-priority projects.

The criticism peaked Wednesday when a senior Senate Democrat, Byron Dorgan of North Dakota, said that, despite Napolitano's assurances, he felt Homeland Security was treating the economic stimulus plan like a "bottomless pit" of taxpayer money. It was unusually pointed criticism from a member of the president's own party about how the administration is handling economic recovery spending.

"There's no common sense at all to a requirement that says you've got to put up a $15 million facility for a small port of entry that's host to about five vehicles an hour," Dorgan, whose state stood to receive $128 million for checkpoint improvements, said in a telephone interview.
Homeland Security has already signed many construction contracts, including low-priority projects such as the $15 million renovation for the sleepy border checkpoint at Whitetail, Mont.

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  White House does as it pleases with web visitors...
White House collecting data without notification...

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Saturday, September 19, 2009
  There WAS a rally
And this guy was articulate and effective...

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  Who are the racists?
There are those who refer to any opposition to the President as racist. Yet, the black caucus has been the motivator for the House to actually take the first disciplinary action against a sitting member for calling the President a liar.
A plea by California Representative Laura Richardson that House Democrats respond after Republican Joe Wilson shouted “you lie” at President Barack Obama last week helped spur her party’s leaders to action.

The “careful but passionate” words delivered at a House Democratic caucus the morning after Wilson’s outburst by a black lawmaker who rarely speaks at such meetings carried such an impact that “you couldn’t ignore that message and that input,” Representative John Larson, the Democratic caucus chairman recalled yesterday.
They didn't do this when a Democrat House member called President Bush a liar, several times.
In 2007 Republicans unsuccessfully introduced a censure resolution against Rep. Pete Stark, D-Calif., for saying during debate that U.S. troops were being sent to Iraq "to get their heads blown off for the president's amusement." Stark later apologized to his colleagues.
Former President Carter has weighed in with this
"I think it's based on racism," Carter said in response to an audience question at a town hall held at his presidential center in Atlanta. "There is an inherent feeling among many in this country that an African-American should not be president."
I think there are, no doubt, a number of people, far outside the mainstream, who feel that way. Certainly many people will buy this because they believe that other people are racist. The truth is that most people don't care about race. They daily work with and associate with people of common interest regardless of race, income level, religion or national origin.

The truth is that the President's approval numbers have declined because he is has indeed been lying. You see, the American people are paying attention and they understand the issue of health care. They know that the government health care plan will cost them more money not in contributions to the plan but in taxes. They know that they will be rationed care because 40+ million more people will be brought into the system and because doctors locations will be controlled by the government. They know they will be rationed care because this is exactly what has happened in Canada and the United Kingdom. They know you can't pay for the plan by cutting fraud and abuse of Medicare or Medicaid because the government hasn't done this already, in fact, they can't do it. The government simply doesn't have the resources, due to availability of funds allocated by Congress, to pursue this.

These disagreements are on policy, not race. We had the same disagreement with the Clintons on health care.

The President promised to fundamentally change this country and the people of this country see that he does intend to do so even though that is not what they want. For that they are called racists. But I ask you, just who is racist?

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Friday, September 18, 2009
  The newest CZAR says that OBAMA not JUDGES should decide if the law is right...
Sunstein: Obama, not courts, should interpret law - 'Beliefs and commitments' of nation's leader should supersede judges
"There is no reason to believe that in the face of statutory ambiguity, the meaning of federal law should be settled by the inclinations and predispositions of federal judges. The outcome should instead depend on the commitments and beliefs of the President and those who operate under him," argued Sunstein.
You really need to read the rest of this.  This man is a danger to this country!

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  Workers Against Lazy Non-producers United Together (W.A.L.N.U.T.)
I just discovered this organization created to counter the influence of A.C.O.R.N.  They even have a great domain name...  http://www.freedomnuts.org/

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  A.C.O.R.N.
I cannot begin to capture all the data that is out there on this organization, closely allied with President Obama, which is involved in numerous voter fraud and now tax and criminal fraud incidents.

You probably have seen the video of Baltimore A.C.O.R.N. members, their "flag" in the background, assisting a supposed pimp in the establishment of a brothel for child prostitution and in how to report income for taxes... One might think this was an isolated instance but for a repeat performance in Washington, D.C. I find it a bit disturbing that the repeated convictions, all across the country, of A.C.O.R.N. members for voter registration fraud didn't dissuade the U.S. Census Bureau from using A.C.O.R.N. for collecting census data. However, I am glad that they finally saw the light when it was clear that A.C.O.R.N. wasn't above helping somebody running a child prostitution ring. That has not stopped A.C.O.R.N. from getting millions of dollars (or is it billions) from the stimulus plan. That's YOUR tax money funding these thugs/crooks.

I am certain that more info will come out on this but here's some video.







And it continues, with A.C.O.R.N. not being legal to operate in Maryland (yes, Baltimore is in Maryland), the Senate voted to stop funding for them, they've been caught in NYC and D.C. doing the same thing but the MSM won't cover the story. Why not? Likely because they and the politicians they prefer are so tied in with the organization via money, voter registration (fraud?), and maybe even voting irregularityes that they can't risk everyone knowing about it.

This would be the SECOND (that's #2) time in the last couple of weeks that the MSM has refused to cover a story putting the President in a bad light. The first was Van Jones.

So what's next?

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  Today is POW/MIA Day

Remember.  Give thanks for their service. 

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Thursday, September 17, 2009
 
Boston Globe September 6, 2009

He Could Not Leave A Comrade Behind

- Sgt. Jared C. Monti of Raynham, who braved fatal fire in Afghanistan, will receive the nation’s highest honor By Bryan Bender, Globe Staff

The sound of feet shuffling in the woods, high on a ridge in remote Afghanistan, was the only warning that Sergeant Jared C. Monti and the 15 men under his command were about to be attacked. Before they could even react, they were bombarded with rocket-propelled grenades and machine-gun fire.

The ambush by mountain tribesmen allied with the Taliban came so suddenly and with such ferocity that some members of Monti’s unit “had their weapons literally shot out of their hands,’’ according to an Army report.

Monti, a 30-year-old staff sergeant from Raynham, shouted orders and radioed for support as he found cover behind some large rocks. An officer a few miles away asked whether he could pinpoint the enemy’s position.
“Sir, I can’t give you a better read or I’m gonna eat an RPG,’’ Monti replied.

But later, when one of his men was wounded and lying in the open, Monti braved intense fire to try to rescue him - not once, but three times. It cost him his life.

Three years later, after an Army review of Monti’s actions that day, President Obama will award him the Medal of Honor, the highest recognition for valor in the US military. When Monti’s parents, Paul and Janet, accept the award in a White House ceremony on Sept. 17, it will be only the sixth time the Medal of Honor has been awarded since Sept. 11, 2001, and the first time someone from Massachusetts has earned it since the Vietnam War.


Monti’s story reveals not just the courageous actions of a 12-year Army veteran. It also illustrates the extreme conditions of combat in Afghanistan, where increasing numbers of US forces are dying, and the sheer chaos of the war.

Everything went wrong for Monti and his patrol. The unit was left on that narrow ridge longer than intended, exposing it to a much larger enemy. And while Monti’s display of “extreme personal courage and extraordinary self-sacrifice,’’ as the Army described it, helped turn the tide, disaster struck again when the soldier Monti tried to save was killed in a freak accident while being airlifted out. Including Monti, four soldiers died.

“True valor is not defined so much by results,’’ an Army general wrote in recommending Monti for the medal, “as it is by the depth of conviction that inspires its expression. On rare occasions, the actions of men are so extraordinary that the nobility rests, not in their outcome, but in the courage of their undertaking.’’

‘He was very humble’

When Charlie Witkus learned his buddy Jared had been killed, he organized a “Viking’’ funeral.

After his burial at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne, Monti’s friends collected cards, letters, and other mementos of him and set them ablaze on a makeshift pyre floating on a Taunton pond.

It was a fitting tribute, Witkus felt, for a guy who once organized a “survival style’’ canoe trip down the Taunton River, with no food or water.

“I was devastated,’’ said Witkus, who last spoke with his friend about three weeks before he died. “He was the most stand-up guy I ever knew.’’
Monti was born in Abington and grew up in Raynham, 35 miles south of Boston, the son of a schoolteacher and a nurse.

Stories of his generous spirit abound: As a youngster he made lunches for his brother and sister to help his mom get to nursing school on time. During his high school years, he once cut down a spruce tree in their yard to give to a single mother who could not afford a Christmas tree for her kids. He even collected enough money for gifts.

But he rarely took credit for his deeds, relatives and friends said. Only after he died did his father, Paul, find a 3-foot tall trophy Jared won in a weight-lifting championship.

“That is the way he was,’’ said Paul Monti. “He was very humble. He believed in doing things for other people.’’

To honor his son’s memory, Paul Monti has established an annual scholarship fund for a Raynham senior headed to college. He also finds comfort driving Jared’s pickup, still covered with stickers from his beloved 10th Mountain Division.

Jared set his sights on the military early, inspired by an uncle in the Navy. He joined the Massachusetts National Guard’s delayed entry program in 11th grade at Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School, attending weekend drills at the recruiting station in Taunton until he graduated.

“I wanted to be that same person,’’ he later wrote of how the image of his uncle’s crisp uniform captured his imagination.

A steady hand

Monti was not a perfect soldier, but he proved that he could earn the trust and respect of those he led; he called them his “boys,’’ and some of them called him “grandpa.’’

When he left for basic training in Missouri in 1993, barely 18 years old, he had never been out of Massachusetts. Army life was tough, he recalled, but he adjusted quickly and eventually decided to enlist full time. He was disappointed other soldiers didn’t take it as seriously - a feeling he later expressed in his own words in a journal his family found on his computer after his death.

“I wanted to fight for my country at a time when everybody else was smoking weed and or just there to earn a couple of bucks toward college,’’ he wrote.

He got into several bar fights, including with one of his sergeants in Kansas who ridiculed him by calling him “Rambo,’’ and he did 14 days of hard labor for violating a weekend pass when he was stationed in South Korea in the 1990s. “I drank till there was no tomorrow,’’ he wrote of the incident.

But as he rose through the enlisted ranks, his superiors quickly saw he had a steadiness and maturity that others didn’t. Monti was one of the first enlisted soldiers in the 82nd Airborne Division selected to be trained to call in air strikes on enemy positions, an enormous responsibility that brought the risk of civilian casualties.

“If a lot of guys were just sitting around, he was always willing to teach us something,’’ recalled Sergeant Clifford Baird, who first met Monti, with his ever-present chewing tobacco tucked under his lip, when they were posted together at Fort Drum, N.Y. “He’d sit there and give us a class. He was very respected around here.’’

Monti also had a special bond with junior soldiers. While soldiers are required to shave every day, even in the field, Monti would let his beard grow and shave only before returning to base. The new guys loved that he would bend the rules like that.

And he was as loyal to his men as they were to him. He once gave up his leave to fill in for a soldier who hadn’t seen his family in two years. When stationed at Fort Bragg in North Carolina, he gave his new kitchen set to a soldier whose kids were eating on the floor. When his girlfriend, Sherri, sent care packages with his favorite cigars, he would promptly hand them out to his unit.

“One of the things that sets him apart was that he had a great deal of compassion,’’ said Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Abbott, the operations officer for Monti’s squadron in Afghanistan.

A heavy burden

He earned a chestful of medals, but Monti agonized over all the killing war required, his family said. He returned from Afghanistan in 2003 with a Bronze Star for valor, but his mother recalled: “He didn’t like talking about it. Most of the time he just liked to be left alone. He’d say, ‘Don’t tell anybody I am here.’ He wasn’t proud of it.’’

When he was pressed about how he earned it, Janet Monti said, he’d finally blurt out something like, “I had to kill someone’s brother, or father, or sister.’’

Monti described his private anxieties in an undated entry, titled “My story,’’ that his father recently found on his personal computer. “We are not fighting in World War II,’’ Monti wrote. “We don’t have the ability to justify any means to our end. Wars of today are not black and white.’’
Monti’s job to call in air strikes “weighed heavily on him,’’ said Jon Krakauer, a mountaineer and author of the best-seller “Into Thin Air’’ who, while working on a book, spent nearly five weeks with Monti’s unit.

“It was always this tough call,’’ Krakauer said. “He was conservative about it.’’

Krakauer recalled a patrol with Monti when a Toyota Corolla came barreling down the road. Fearing the driver was a suicide bomber, a soldier prepared to open fire. But Monti stopped him just in time. It turned out the driver was just a local in a hurry.

“A split-second later it would have been really bad,’’ said Krakauer.

It was Monti’s humanity that also helped him get along especially well with the locals, Krakauer said. He was called on frequently to negotiate, through an interpreter, with tribal leaders, who liked him so much they gave him a Muslim name.

“He was only 30-years-old but he was an old soul,’’ said Krakauer.

‘Worst-case scenario’

The nearly 300 members of the 3rd Squadron, 71st Calvary Regiment had a grueling mission; they lost an average of 15 to 20 percent of their body weight, pulling 16- to 18-hour days, seven days a week, often in 100-plus degree temperatures.

In one of the longest maneuvers in recent US military history, they trekked by Humvee along dirt paths and steep mountain passes from a US base in southern Afghanistan to remote Nuristan province in the northeast, about the distance between New York and Washington, D.C.

“We moved into unknown terrain,’’ recalled Abbott, the squadron’s operations officer, noting even the Soviet army did not venture there during its brutal occupation of Afghanistan in the 1980s.

“Sergeant Monti went out with reconnaissance teams to learn the people,’’ he said, “to learn the populace, and to gain knowledge of a terrain that nobody had ever been employed in before.’’

Monti’s last mission was to scout Taliban positions near infiltration routes from neighboring Pakistan - mainly goat trails thousands of feet up - and gather targeting data for a larger offensive, dubbed Operation Gowardesh after the nearby town, to take place a few days later.

On the evening of June 17, 2006, the patrol was ferried by helicopter a few miles from the town. To avoid detection and the sweltering heat, they moved mostly in the dark, using night-vision equipment to navigate the rugged terrain.

On June 20, they stopped on a narrow ridge overlooking the Gremen Valley, with steep inclines on both sides, that commanded a view of several enemy positions.

The 16 soldiers set up their observation post on a sloping patch of ground, about 165 feet long and 65 feet wide, with a tree line at the top end and a few large rocks, a portion of an old stone wall, and a few small trees at the lower end, according to the Army’s recreation of the battle.

The next morning Monti was informed that the larger US assault would be delayed for three days - the helicopters and troops were needed elsewhere - leaving them low on food and water. The plan had been to use the cover of the US assault to resupply them by helicopter; now the resupply could expose them to the enemy.

At about 1:30 p.m., Monti took most of the patrol to meet a resupply helicopter about 500 feet away. A small group stayed behind. They soon spotted a local man down in the valley using military-style binoculars to look up toward their position before he picked up a satchel and disappeared.

“It was the worst-case scenario,’’ said former Army Captain Ross A. Berkoff, the squadron’s intelligence officer, who was monitoring the situation from about 6 miles away. “We stirred up a hornet’s nest."

Well-coordinated attack

When the enemy fighters opened fire on the patrol just before nightfall, the two soldiers nearest the woods bolted down the slope to seek cover behind rocks.

Sergeant Patrick Lybert, 28, of Ladysmith, Wis., was crouched behind a low stone wall, in the best position to fire back. The others could barely raise their heads to aim.

The patrol faced between 60 and 80 fighters, most of them members of Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin, a local tribal militia aligned with the Taliban, according to Berkoff.

Monti calmly reported over the radio that the patrol was at risk of being overrun, according to officers in the operations center a few miles away. As shoulder-launched RPGs (rocket-propelled grenades) skipped off the rocks right above his head, he began plotting grid coordinates for another group of soldiers on another ridge to fire mortar shells at the advancing fighters.

Within minutes, Lybert, who had been holding off the enemy from behind the stone wall, slumped forward, blood coming out of his ears.

The tribal militia split into two groups to try to encircle the patrol. Soldiers who still had weapons passed them back and forth to the one in the best position to fire back.

The enemy “had one goal in mind,’’ said Abbott, who was monitoring the battle from the command post. “To overrun and kill everybody in Monti’s squad.’’

Monti saw a group of fighters closing in fast. When they came within 30 feet, he threw a grenade in their path. He then took a head count. Private Brian Bradbury, who had been near the tree line, was missing.

A dark ending

Monti called out for him over the din of the battle. He called again. Finally, the 22-year-old from Lowville, N.Y., replied weakly that he was badly injured and couldn’t move. He was lying about 30 feet away, where Monti couldn’t see him, but directly in the enemy’s sights.

Monti told Bradbury he was coming to get him. He handed off his radio, tightened the chin strap of his helmet, and ran out into the open. The woods, about 100 feet past Bradbury, immediately erupted with more gunfire and RPGs.

Moving low and fast, according to the testimony of his fellow soldiers, Monti got within less than a dozen feet of Bradbury before he had to dive behind the low stone wall where Lybert lay dead. After a brief pause, he made another attempt but the shooting was even more intense. He scrambled back behind the low wall.

He prepared to make another attempt to save Bradbury, this time asking some of his men to cover him with more gun fire trained on the woods. But as he lunged toward Bradbury the third time, an RPG exploded in his path.

The blast blew off his legs, but Monti struggled to get back to the stone wall, his men calling out in encouragement. With his last breaths, his soldiers later reported, Monti said he made his peace with God. And right before he died he asked them to tell his family he loved them.

As darkness fell over the valley, the mortar rounds Monti called for began to hit the enemy positions. US aircraft also dropped several bombs into the woods.

“Monti’s selfless act of courage rallied the patrol to defeat the enemy attack,’’ the Army concluded.

It was dark by the time Bradbury was pulled to safety and treated by the medic. A helicopter arrived but couldn’t land because of the rough terrain. Staff Sergeant Heathe Craig, 28, a medic from Severn, Md., was lowered to Bradbury, who had a team of doctors waiting to treat him back at the base. But as they were being hoisted up, the winch broke. Both fell to their deaths.

Berkoff remembered standing in front of the field hospital and thinking, “Could anything possibly go right today?’’

Monti was posthumously promoted to sergeant first class.

As she prepares to accept the Medal of Honor from the president for her son’s sacrifice, Janet Monti says she can’t help but wonder what Jared would think about it. “He would say this medal isn’t just for me. He would want to share this medal with everybody who died that day.’’

Medal of Honor Citation

“For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Sergeant First Class Monti distinguished himself at the cost of his life while serving as a team leader with the Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 3d Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment in Nuristan Province, Afghanistan on 21 June 2006. On that day, Sergeant First Class Monti was leading a mission to gather intelligence and to direct fires against the enemy in support of a squadron-size interdiction mission. While at an observation position on top of a mountain ridge, Sergeant First Class Monti’s sixteen-man patrol came under attack by a superior force consisting of as many as 50 enemy fighters. On the verge of being overrun, Sergeant First Class Monti directed his patrol to set up a hasty defensive position behind a collection of rocks. He then began to call for indirect fire from a nearby support base; accurately bringing the rounds upon the enemy who had closed to within 50 meters of his position. While still calling for fire, Sergeant First Class Monti personally engaged the enemy with his rifle and a grenade, successfully disrupting an attempt to flank the patrol. Sergeant First Class Monti then realized that one of his Soldiers was lying wounded and exposed in the open ground between the advancing enemy and the patrol’s position. With complete disregard for his own safety, Sergeant First Class Monti moved from behind the cover of the rocks into the face of withering enemy fire. After closing within meters of his wounded Soldier, the heavy volume of fire forced Sergeant First Class Monti to seek cover. Sergeant First Class Monti then gathered himself and rose again to maneuver through a barrage of enemy fire to save his wounded Soldier. Again, Sergeant First Class Monti was driven back by relentless enemy fire. Unwilling to leave his Soldier wounded and exposed, Sergeant First Class Monti made another attempt to move across open terrain and through the enemy fire to the aide of his wounded Soldier. On his third attempt, Sergeant First Class Monti was mortally wounded, sacrificing his own life in an effort to save his Soldier. Sergeant First Class Monti’s acts of heroism inspired the patrol to fight off the larger enemy force. Sergeant First Class Monti’s immeasurable courage and uncommon valor were in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, 3d Squadron 71st Cavalry Regiment, the 3d Brigade Combat Team, the 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), and the United States Army.’
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  Obama Surrenders to the Soviets
Yes, Putin is a Soviet in thought, a tyrant in desire. Obama surrendered Europe to him on the 70th Anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Poland.

I don't suppose we need to question the meaning in this. It is clear. Obama has abandoned to Europe to Putin. That he has done so without regard to all the national treasure spent to preserve Europe is a small point. He has abandoned every European to tyranny.

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  You will not believe this... WHO is a racist?
I was sent a link to youtube.com referring to this speech. There are several "versions" with comments varying depending on the viewpoint of the poster of the video. I've posted the PRO version here. If you have enough interest you can find the others yourself.

Kamau Kambon made this speech or comments October 14, 2005 but I had never heard of him or this speech, at least I don't remember it. I suppose that is a good thing in a way as these comments don't seem to have been broadly accepted. However, I think perhaps somebody should have said something. So I thought I would "google" his name and see what I could discover about the man born as Leroy Johnson, owner of Blacknificent Books. There isn't much.

I looked for a link with Barack Obama and the only one I could find was a tenuous link to Rev. Wright in that he spoke at Howard University.

What I did find was that there are people who accept and agree with Dr. Kambon. I find that just as disturbing as those who agreed with Senator Byrd when he was in the KKK.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009
  Senator Webb Contact
After many attempts to write Senator Jim Webb about health care I was finally able to do so today. Interestingly I got this message after posting my comments...
Thank you for taking the time to get in touch. Please be assured your comments have been successfully submitted.
You see, his software or whatever hasn't recognized the subjects. It did previously. One wondered if he really wanted to hear from us.

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  Anti- Christian?
I believe that I said earlier that Rev. Wright's church wasn't "Christian". Also clear is that the President was raised as a Muslim in his early life and as a communist in his later youth. This predisposes him to anti-Christian beliefs. Although he says he's a Christian, he still hasn't chosen a church to attend and to my knowledge doesn't attend regularly.



So what's happening? Is the President of the United States anti-Christian?

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009
  Popular culture concerns... Kanye West, Patrick Swayze, tennis players...
Lets' go backwards and talk about the most important things LAST.

- professional tennis players are apparently running a jag of cursing officials and threatening personal harm.  Good for them, those darn officials only make the game believable to their millions (?) of fans.  Without the officials and the rules and other pesky things like that, professional tennis would be nothing more than professional wrestling where the competitors don't touch each other.

- Kanye West apparently got soused, ran up on stage during Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at some award show and showed his butt.  He is a butt.  He then "apologized", whined and such and last night tried to link his behavior to his continued grief over his mother's death.  Yeah, right.  He is a butt, oh, right, I already said that.  I don't get his "music" either.  Shame on me.

- Patrick Swayze died.  He'd been battling cancer and showing that he was absolutely a great fellow and the opposite of the losers previously mentioned.  As he approached death he didn't flinch but continued to work hard, be thankful for all he had, and treat everyone he met with courtesy despite some really ridiculous questions in interviews. 

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  The First Amendment and Political Speech
I thought that the First Amendment was ALL about political speech but Senators Feingold and McCain (yeah, the former Republican presidential nominee) aren't so sure. As a result of this we have a case before the Supreme Court as to who can say what, how and when...
There seemed little question after the argument in an important campaign finance case at the Supreme Court on Wednesday that the makers of a slashing political documentary about Hillary Rodham Clinton were poised to win. The open issue was just how broad that victory would be.

In a re-argument of a case involving “Hillary: The Movie,” Solicitor General Elena Kagan all but conceded victory to Theodore B. Olson, a lawyer for the producers of the movie.

The argument was extraordinary in its timing, length and participants. It took place during the court’s summer break, almost a month before the start of the new term in October; lasted more than 90 minutes instead of the usual hour; and featured the Supreme Court debuts of Justice Sonia Sotomayor and the solicitor general, Elena Kagan.

It was, moreover, a rare re-argument. When the case was first heard in March, it centered on whether the restrictions on corporate spending in the 2002 McCain-Feingold campaign finance law applied to the documentary “Hillary: The Movie,” which was produced by a nonprofit advocacy corporation called Citizens United. In the request for re-argument, the court raised the much broader question of whether it should sweep away restrictions on political speech by corporations.
I wonder how this will turn out. I'd love to see McCain/Feingold gutted. We might not be able to yell "fire" in a crowded theater but we should be able to yell "you lie" at a town hall... or anywhere else.

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Monday, September 14, 2009
  Virginia Gubernatorial Race
Who will be governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia? Will it be a conservative, Bob McDonnell or a liberal, Creigh Deeds? Why?

Creigh Deeds is from "around here". He's "one of us". He's from western Virginia. BUT, he doesn't represent our values. He got elected representing himself as one of us and sharing our values, but as soon as he needed the Democrat political machine support to move on up to the big house he began to abandon those values. In short, he's a politician, he doesn't care for us at all, he doesn't have core values, he cares only for himself and how far he can go, how much power he can accumulate.

Bob McDonnell is from NOVA (northern Virginia) but he has been consistent in his views. He has a family reflective of those views. He as worked diligently to support those views in his political life while adhering to the law.

Deeds is trying to "macaka" him, criticizing him for a paper written in college and equating it with racism. It is a sign of lack of substance, but it worked for Jim Webb. It is also a sign of the times for the Democrat party. This is their MO all across the country. They are pouring money into Virginia in support of Deeds.

Deeds says that he will continue Governor Kaine's policies. Kaine promised a lot of things to get elected. I can't think of one he's delivered. He has become the DNC chair. I don't think I want another such governor.

Yes, I'm voting for Bob McDonnell for governor.

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  Is it "fear buying"?
Another 1,000,000+ Guns Added to American Homes in August
Data released by the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) reported 1,074,757 checks in August 2009, a 12.3 percent increase from the 956,872 reported in August 2008.

So far that is roughly 9,076,205 gun bought this year! The total is probably more as NICS background checks may cover the purchase of more than one gun at a time.

This latest jump in background checks show that Americans are solidly in-favor of keeping firearms in the hands of law abiding citizens and clearly shows that proponents claiming the USA wants more gun control are blatantly wrong.
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The bulk of the buying has been concentrated on the following types of guns or calibers:

* Semi Auto Handguns
* Revolvers
* Ar15s and all variants of the Black Rifle
* .50 Caliber
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The most stunning in all of this is that we have not seen an increase in crime, murder rates have fallen across most of the USA and Americans have shown that they can be trusted with firearms ownership. This is directly in contrast to what the national media and gun control supporters would have us believe.
Which pretty much says it all, doesn't it? Americans see the current administration as being opposed to them and to them exercising their rights. They are seeking to exercise those rights (just as they have at the town halls) and are buying guns (and ammunition). Furthermore, this is an extended buying "rush" and they are buying those guns they believe are most likely to be the first to be controlled/banned. They are also buying guns best suited to concealed carry.

I think it goes beyond just the buying of guns and ammo. In my work in a gun store I see citizens, black and Hispanic as well as white, who are rejecting the current administration's attempts to control their lives. We seldom have a customer who will say a positive thing about the current administration. Those that do are WHITE and, I suppose, liberal in their politics.

Hat tip to David Hardy for the link...

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Sunday, September 13, 2009
  Anti-abortion activists killed
Police: Shooting suspect offended by anti-abortion material
Authorities have charged an Owosso, Michigan, man with two counts of first-degree premeditated murder in the Friday shooting deaths of an anti-abortion activist and another man, a prosecutor's office said.

Activist Jim Pouillon was shot and killed Friday while protesting outside Owosso High School.

Authorities say the suspect, Harlan James Drake, was offended by anti-abortion material that the activist had displayed across from the school all week.

Drake, 33, is accused of shooting anti-abortion activist Jim Pouillon, 63, and Michael Fuoss, 61, who were killed in separate locations Friday morning, the prosecutor's office in Shiawassee County said.
And the administration does nothing to calm tensions...

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  Senate Dem/S Skeptical of Climate Change Bill
U.S. Senate Democrats skeptical about climate bill
Several U.S. Senate Democrats, including a top leader, on Wednesday questioned whether it would be possible to vote on a climate change bill this year, especially with healthcare reform eating up so much of the lawmakers' time.

"It's a difficult schedule" with many members already "anxious" about healthcare reform, Senator Dick Durbin, the second-ranking Democrat, told Reuters when asked about prospects this year for a bill to cap emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.

President Barack Obama is engaged in the toughest fight of his presidency in trying to win passage of expanded healthcare. Obama also has called on Congress to approve legislation this year to control climate change by reducing pollutants from utilities, oil refineries and factories.

Besides the need to pass the complex healthcare bill this year, which Durbin said was "first in the queue," he also noted the need to tackle legislation imposing stricter rules on the U.S. financial industry.

Durbin said it was unclear whether the climate bill or financial industry reform would be a higher priority in 2009.

With most Senate Republicans expected to oppose a climate change bill in the 100-member Senate, nearly all of the 60 seats controlled by Democrats would have to line up in favor of the legislation for it to clear procedural hurdles.
It is too bad that they aren't going to oppose it based on the fact that pseudo-science supports the premise or that it will kill our economy...

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Saturday, September 12, 2009
  Calling out the President Pays Off - for both sides
When Representative Joe Wilson spoke out loud at the President's health care speech in front of a joint session of Congress, he was roundly criticized and apologized for his outburst. (haven't you ever been so caught up in something that you inadvertently spoke out loud?) It was widely reported that his opponent had garnered $250,000 in contributions due to the hate speech. It is now reported to be over $1MILLION. Apparently, there are a number of people who valued Rep. Wilson's honesty. He's brought in over $750,000 in contributions. Fitting.

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  John Stossell
I think that perhaps John Stossell is now America's most trusted news man. Here he talks about the health care "reform"...

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Friday, September 11, 2009
  The View from Ground Zero
By way of David Hardy comes this from Scott L. Bach, Esq.

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  9-11 Never Forget
Once upon a time, before September 11th, 2001, our country was at peace with other countries and religions despite their previous attacks. We were mighty but scaling down our military and using them almost solely at the behest of the United Nations. All was quiet and peaceful in Manhattan. Then...

We were attacked. 20 radical Islamic Arab men, mostly from Saudi Arabia and all members of Al Queda hijacked 4 airliners and crashed 3 of them into targets selected by their leader. One of those targets was the World Trade Center's Twin Towers.

I was sort of piddling about on my computer at the time and semi-watching Fox News Channel when suddenly Patti Ann Brown was saying something about a terrible accident at the WTC. Of course it was no accident. As I watched this incident unfold I learned that there were still Americans who would step up and make the difficult decisions that showed they were unbowed by this tragedy. Even in the air, against terrible odds, men and women deciphered their intentions and fought back against the hijackers on Flight 93, certainly saving other lives and perhaps our national treasures. Brave people called their loved ones to say goodbye. Others made terrible decisions about the end of their lives. Hundreds of brave men and women in the New York Fire and Police Departments rushed to save them and many lost their lives as well. The skies were empty of commercial aircraft, only the defenders of freedom flew. The nation wept and then we got down to the business of destroying our enemies.

Struck by the many images of patriotism, selfless service, and a country united against this attack we moved to attack our enemies where they lived. Moved to capture their leaders. Moved to bring them to justice. We have succeeded, in part.

We have forced their leaders to hide. We have removed despots who gave them aid and comfort, and we have isolated the sponsors of other terrorists. But we are no longer united. There are among us a number of quislings who would make peace to save our soldiers. There are many who volunteer to be soldiers to kill our enemies. There is a fifth column who would have us abandon the righteous to the evil ones.

Today, a friend told me that we are wrong to be in Iraq because we aren't fighting a people but an idea. I think he understates it. It is an idea, yes, but it is the idea that evil is benign, that we should acquiesce to evil, that we should allow evil to rule us and to make our decisions for us. This is wrong. We must resist evil. We must help others to resist evil. We can never surrender.



There's been talk of making September 11 a day of service. Service is just fine but we have some folks who ask us to choose them to serve us and they don't. These politicians are now trying to make us do what they want rather than represent us. Perhaps THEY should make 9-12 a day of service...

Frankly, I think it is reprehensible to try to co-opt a day which should be devoted to memorializing those lost on 9-11-2001.


More remembrances...

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Thursday, September 10, 2009
  How did the President's Health Care Plan do?
Newt's Ten Questions

Newt Gingrich's ten point check list for whether the president has been listening to the American people or just pushing a leftist agenda:

1. In his proposals for reform, does the President include litigation reform, which 84% of Americans believe will help reduce costs and which is the number one goal of doctors in any health reform?

2. Does he include a section onsaving money by stopping payments to crooks who are bilking the taxpayers for $70-120 billion each year in Medicare and Medicaid fraud? For 88 percent of Americans, this is the first place they would look to find savings in our health care system. Is President Obama willing to look there?

3. Does his speech reject higher taxes, which the vast majority of Americans believe will make the current economy even worse and increase unemployment even more?

4. Does it reject all government rationing of health services which the American people have vocally opposed at town hall meetings across the country?

5. Does it reject any government run, bureaucratic health plan?

6. Is President Obama open to four or five bipartisan bills which could pass with big bipartisan majorities? Or does he insist on a single omnibus bill of 1000-plus pages like the one that failed when Mrs. Clinton tried to pass it in 1993-1994?

7. Is he for sustaining the Senate rule of 60 votes to ensure a bill that has wide, bipartisan support? Or is he prepared to destroy long-standing Senate tradition and ram through a radical bill with 51 votes?

8. Does President Obama give any indication he is for increasing the power, information and choice of the individual and their doctor or is he giving more power to the government?

9. Does he focus on health, wellness, prevention, early detection and health management to avoid or control the severity of chronic diseases? Or does he spend his time talking only about acute care?

10. Does his plan invest in science and technology in order to increase innovation and accelerate the discovery and adoption of new discoveries and breakthroughs in diseases such as Alzheimer's, cancer and diabetes?

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  Republican Demagoguery? Yeah, right...

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  For those interested in a clip of the "you lied" comment
at the President's speech before the both houses of Congress last night...

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Wednesday, September 09, 2009
  I do NOT want a government health care "reform" bill...
This just really ticks me off. We don't need this bill for 11,000,000 people who don't have insurance, many because they don't WANT it. We sure don't need to fund it for illegal aliens!

Today the Dem/S have tried to scare us, to bribe us, to assauge our fears, to confuse us, to do a bait and switch, in short everything to get us to get out of their faces and let them do this. I won't get out of their face. I don't think it is right for this country, for my state or for my family to do this.

The POTUS is going to give a speech to urge us to support this bill. Some say it is to browbeat Congress to move ahead in spite of our opinions. Some say it is to protect his own image.
EXCERPTS OF THE PRESIDENT'S ADDRESS TO A JOINT SESSION OF CONGRESS TONIGHT:

I am not the first President to take up this cause, but I am determined to be the last. It has now been nearly a century since Theodore Roosevelt first called for health care reform. And ever since, nearly every President and Congress, whether Democrat or Republican, has attempted to meet this challenge in some way. A bill for comprehensive health reform was first introduced by John Dingell Sr. in 1943. Sixty-five years later, his son continues to introduce that same bill at the beginning of each session.

Our collective failure to meet this challenge – year after year, decade after decade – has led us to a breaking point. Everyone understands the extraordinary hardships that are placed on the uninsured, who live every day just one accident or illness away from bankruptcy. These are not primarily people on welfare. These are middle-class Americans. Some can't get insurance on the job. Others are self-employed, and can't afford it, since buying insurance on your own costs you three times as much as the coverage you get from your employer. Many other Americans who are willing and able to pay are still denied insurance due to previous illnesses or conditions that insurance companies decide are too risky or expensive to cover.

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During that time, we have seen Washington at its best and its worst.

We have seen many in this chamber work tirelessly for the better part of this year to offer thoughtful ideas about how to achieve reform. Of the five committees asked to develop bills, four have completed their work, and the Senate Finance Committee announced today that it will move forward next week. That has never happened before. Our overall efforts have been supported by an unprecedented coalition of doctors and nurses; hospitals, seniors' groups and even drug companies – many of whom opposed reform in the past. And there is agreement in this chamber on about eighty percent of what needs to be done, putting us closer to the goal of reform than we have ever been.

But what we have also seen in these last months is the same partisan spectacle that only hardens the disdain many Americans have toward their own government. Instead of honest debate, we have seen scare tactics. Some have dug into unyielding ideological camps that offer no hope of compromise. Too many have used this as an opportunity to score short-term political points, even if it robs the country of our opportunity to solve a long-term challenge. And out of this blizzard of charges and counter-charges, confusion has reigned.

Well the time for bickering is over. The time for games has passed. Now is the season for action. Now is when we must bring the best ideas of both parties together, and show the American people that we can still do what we were sent here to do. Now is the time to deliver on health care.

The plan I'm announcing tonight would meet three basic goals:

It will provide more security and stability to those who have health insurance. It will provide insurance to those who don't. And it will slow the growth of health care costs for our families, our businesses, and our government. It's a plan that asks everyone to take responsibility for meeting this challenge – not just government and insurance companies, but employers and individuals. And it's a plan that incorporates ideas from Senators and Congressmen; from Democrats and Republicans – and yes, from some of my opponents in both the primary and general election.

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Here are the details that every American needs to know about this plan:

First, if you are among the hundreds of millions of Americans who already have health insurance through your job, Medicare, Medicaid, or the VA, nothing in this plan will require you or your employer to change the coverage or the doctor you have. Let me repeat this: nothing in our plan requires you to change what you have.

What this plan will do is to make the insurance you have work better for you. Under this plan, it will be against the law for insurance companies to deny you coverage because of a pre-existing condition. As soon as I sign this bill, it will be against the law for insurance companies to drop your coverage when you get sick or water it down when you need it most. They will no longer be able to place some arbitrary cap on the amount of coverage you can receive in a given year or a lifetime. We will place a limit on how much you can be charged for out-of-pocket expenses, because in the United States of America, no one should go broke because they get sick. And insurance companies will be required to cover, with no extra charge, routine checkups and preventive care, like mammograms and colonoscopies – because there's no reason we shouldn't be catching diseases like breast cancer and colon cancer before they get worse. That makes sense, it saves money, and it saves lives.

That's what Americans who have health insurance can expect from this plan – more security and stability.

Now, if you're one of the tens of millions of Americans who don't currently have health insurance, the second part of this plan will finally offer you quality, affordable choices. If you lose your job or change your job, you will be able to get coverage. If you strike out on your own and start a small business, you will be able to get coverage. We will do this by creating a new insurance exchange – a marketplace where individuals and small businesses will be able to shop for health insurance at competitive prices. Insurance companies will have an incentive to participate in this exchange because it lets them compete for millions of new customers. As one big group, these customers will have greater leverage to bargain with the insurance companies for better prices and quality coverage. This is how large companies and government employees get affordable insurance. It's how everyone in this Congress gets affordable insurance. And it's time to give every American the same opportunity that we've given ourselves.

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This is the plan I'm proposing. It's a plan that incorporates ideas from many of the people in this room tonight – Democrats and Republicans. And I will continue to seek common ground in the weeks ahead. If you come to me with a serious set of proposals, I will be there to listen. My door is always open.

But know this: I will not waste time with those who have made the calculation that it's better politics to kill this plan than improve it. I will not stand by while the special interests use the same old tactics to keep things exactly the way they are. If you misrepresent what's in the plan, we will call you out. And I will not accept the status quo as a solution. Not this time. Not now.

Everyone in this room knows what will happen if we do nothing. Our deficit will grow. More families will go bankrupt. More businesses will close. More Americans will lose their coverage when they are sick and need it most. And more will die as a result. We know these things to be true.

That is why we cannot fail. Because there are too many Americans counting on us to succeed – the ones who suffer silently, and the ones who shared their stories with us at town hall meetings, in emails, and in letters.
It is because of this President and his party taking from the producers of this country and giving to the non-productive while skimming for their own (like Pelosi ensuring her husband's business interests get their tax breaks and wage exceptions in the stimulus bill) that have precipitated the growing deficit (at record rates), the families going bankrupt, the closing of businesses, etc. He tries to scare us by saying that Americans will die as a result. What he fails to mention is that the "reasonable" Senator Max Bacus from Montana wants to tax and fine those same families and businesses into oblivion to pay for a plan he doesn't even forsee as having a "public option".

We need to drop the hammer on our reps to stop this and drop the ballot box on their heads and vote them out of office ASAP. They have forgotten they work for us. They are not our parents to tell us HOW to think or WHAT we should want. They are there to represent us. They aren't there to take our money at the point of a gun but to make sure nobody foreign or domestic ever does that.



After watching the speech and pondering for a bit, I have to say that I am unmoved. I, too, think the President is lying. He simply can't be so stupid as to say the things he said and believe them to be true.

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  Infanticide IS the result of government run health care
When you have the government involved you have rules other than "do no harm".  When you have rules you have limits.  Limits = rationing.  Rationing means people needing health care don't get it.  You've probably read of numerous cancer patients in the UK's system being rationed to death, but so are infants.  Yes, infanticide, once the mark of a primitive society, is going to be a feature of U.S. health care just as it now is a feature of UK health care. 

This is just another reason why we MUST oppose the government intrusion in our health care decisions.  Do you want YOUR child, grandchild or great-grandchild murdered by the government?  Willing to stand by and let it happen?

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  Representative Baron Hill of Indiana doesn't work for his constituents either...
Was anybody really surprised when Rep. Baron Hill (9th district, Indiana) said that this was HIS town hall and repeated himself DESPITE obvious attendee disgust with the comment? Here's another "representative" who has forgotten that he works for his constituents not the other way around.

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Tuesday, September 08, 2009
  Police vs. the Citizens, An Extreme Example?
Is it something from a television drama? A hard-boiled detective novel? No, it happened in Jericho, Arkansas.
JERICHO, Ark. (AP) - It was just too much, having to return to court twice on the same day to contest yet another traffic ticket, and Fire Chief Don Payne didn't hesitate to tell the judge what he thought of the police and their speed traps.
The response from cops? They shot him. Right there in court.
Follow the link to read the rest of the story.

Now, maybe it is just me, but it seems that there is more of this "us vs. them" dynamic in government/citizen relations. While this may be an extreme example, we see this sort of abuse of the citizen by government at all levels. Even right here in Augusta County we've seen 1000s turn out and over 10,000 sign a petition (out of a population of approximately 71,500) opposing increases in property taxes be ignored and ridiculed by the members of the Board of Supervisors. The city of New London, Connecticut began a modern movement of condemnation of private property to be turned over to other private interests in order to increase the tax base and it was upheld by the Supreme Court of the United States. We have a congressional Representative (Slaughter of NY) who feels it is beneath her "dignity" to meet in a town hall with her constituents (ostensibly the folks who elect her). Representative Charlie Rangel writes tax law but can't pay his taxes, can't even report his assets, as required by law. The Secretary of the Treasury couldn't pay his taxes. These are just a few examples of the arrogant attitude of our "representatives" in government at all levels. Why? Because we re-elect them. Because we don't force their prosecution. Because we don't speak up.

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  Van Jones - Commie, Truther, Racist
There are so MANY communists, racists, radicals, liars and cheats in the Obama administration and in the Congress that this unelected/unconfirmed community activist inside the government doesn't excite me all that much. Isn't this what you expected from the Obama administration? It is EXACTLY what I expected. You put a rep from the Chicago mob into office and bring him from a racist, socialist "church" you're going to get this.







SO, after all this the man resigned. None of the main-stream media wanted to cover it. Made no difference. Truther Jones had to resign. It is unfortunate that there are MORE of his kind in the administration. 30 some "czars", maybe more, are making policy unreviewed by Congress. Not executing policy for a Cabinet Officer, but making policy Cabinet Officer(s) execute. Bass ackwards. Wrong. These people need to be gone.

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Monday, September 07, 2009
  I said I wouldn't buy Chrysler or GM, apparently others aren't either...
Clunkers boosts Ford sales; Chrysler sales fall
DETROIT (AP) - The popular Cash for Clunkers program boosted Ford Motor Co.'s U.S. sales in August by 17.2 percent over last year, but shortages of smaller vehicles weighed on rival Chrysler Group LLC.

The program, which ended on Aug. 24, drew hordes of buyers into quiet showrooms by offering up to $4,500 toward new, more fuel-efficient cars and trucks. The hefty rebates gave automakers and dealers a much-needed lift, spurring 690,114 new sales, many of them during August, at a taxpayer cost of $2.88 billion.

Other automakers are expected to release U.S. sales figures later Tuesday. Combined, the results are likely to mark the first year-over-year monthly sales gain since October 2007.

Ford sold 181,826 cars and light trucks compared with 115,117 in August 2008, when high gas prices and growing economic uncertainty kept people away from showrooms.

Two of Ford's vehicles—the Focus and Escape—were among the top selling cars under the clunkers program. Sales of the Focus rose 56 percent while those of the Escape crossover vehicle climbed 49 percent.

Meanwhile, low supplies of fuel-efficient vehicles at Chrysler kept the automaker from benefiting more from the clunkers program, whose rebates encouraged customers to buy gas sippers in exchange for guzzlers with gas mileage of 18 mpg or less.

Chrysler sales fell 15 percent to 93,222 units.

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  Reid: Teddy's death "going to help us"
Reid: Teddy's death "going to help us"

The Reno Gazette-Journal has a sit-down with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who addresses the Ted Kennedy question in, um, an interesting way.

Q: How will U.S. Sen. (Edward) Kennedy's death affect things?

A: I think it's going to help us. He hasn't been around for some time. We're going to have a new chairman of that committee, it'll be, I don't know for sure, but I think Sen. (Chris) Dodd, (D-Conn.). He has a right to take it. Either him or (U.S. Sen. Tom) Harkin, (D-Iowa), whichever one wants it can have it. I think he (Kennedy) will be a help. He's an inspiration for us. That was the issue of his life and he didn't get it done.

Nothing in here is particularly new — Kennedy will help the cause, Dodd gets to carry the banner, Kennedy's work remains undone. But the straight-shooting Reid does have a gift for saying non-controversial things in the most controversial way possible.

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Sunday, September 06, 2009
  Senator Reid has learned well from the Chicago boys...
SHERMAN FREDERICK: Enough is enough, Harry - Stop the childish bullying

Apparently he's trying to force favorable coverage. I just heard that there are some developments...

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  Van Jones Resigns...
Yep, Van Jones resigns because we "lied". Now it is time to get the rest of the commies out of the White House...

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  How Liberals Think
You might want to watch this. It might clue you in on how the "other" side thinks. Of course if you are a liberal, and semi-open to hearing how you're perceived, you might learn something as well.

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Saturday, September 05, 2009
  Will Obama and Emmanuel create a crisis to push through health "care" reform?
The "lyin" of the Senate, Teddy "Chappaquiddick" Kennedy's death didn't give them enough oooomph to push forward on health care. Ignoring the poletariat like Rep. Slaughter isn't working. Will they need a good "crisis" to push their agenda? Will they try to create one? Look for it.

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  Did you miss Glenn Beck last week?
If you missed Glenn Beck's show last week, you might want to see his recap.

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  This is Virginia? Officer Cheeks declares this isn't American anymore...

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Friday, September 04, 2009
  Charlie Rangel, Elitist Tax Cheat
Read OOPS! CHARLIE FORGOT THIS $1M HOUSE
REALTY BITES TAX-THEM-NOT-ME RANGEL
and The Absent-Minded Chairman
Charlie Rangel wins the personal lottery.
This scofflaw is the man who chairs the committee that writes the tax law. He should be prosecuted and thrown out of Congress.
WASHINGTON -- Rep. Charles Rangel failed to report as much as $1.3 million in outside income -- including up to $1 million for a Harlem building sale -- on financial-disclosure forms he filed between 2002 and 2006, according to newly amended records.

The documents also show the embattled chairman of the Ways and Means Committee -- who is being probed by the House Ethics Committee -- failed to reveal a staggering $3 million in various business transactions over the same period.
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When normal people happen to "find" their own money, it might mean a twenty left in a winter coat, or discovering change beneath the sofa cushions. But if you're Charlie Rangel, it means doubling your net worth.

Earlier this month the Chairman of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee "amended" his 2007 financial disclosure form—to the tune of more than a half-million dollars in previously unreported assets and income. That number may be as high as $780,000, because Congress's ethics rules only require the Members to report their finances within broad ranges. This voyage of personal financial discovery brings Mr. Rangel's net worth for 2007 to somewhere between $1.028 million and $2.495 million, while his previous statement came in at $516,015 and $1.316 million.
He is a crook, pure and simple and he's trying to force YOU to pay more in taxes.

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  Astroturf vs. Grass Roots

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Thursday, September 03, 2009
  Representative Diane Watson
Representative Dian Watson has been in the news lately. She's been calling anyone who opposes the President a racist.

She's  praised Fidel Castro as the most intelligent leader she's ever met (and presumably more intelligent than President Obama). 










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  Cindy Sheehan Protesting OBAMA's War
Yeah, I was surprised but it appears that Cindy Sheehan, lately shill for the Dem/S anti-Bush hate campaign, was protesting at Martha's Vineyard.
After spending weeks dogging George W. Bush's presidential vacations, anti-war protester Cindy Sheehan is now trying to make life uncomfortable for President Barack Obama.
Sheehan used to pitch a peace camp near Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas, becoming a symbol of the anti-war movement after her son Casey died in action in Iraq.

On Thursday, she and a band of anti-war protesters turned up outside the media center used by journalists covering Obama's vacation on the well-heeled east coast resort island of Martha's Vineyard.

"The reason I am here is because ... even though the facade has changed in Washington DC, the policies are still the same," Sheehan told a handful of journalists, against a backdrop of her "Camp Casey" banner.

She told US peace activists to wake up and protest Obama's escalation of the war in Afghanistan, and complained that despite the president's anti-war stance, US troops remained in Iraq.
I noted that there was a "band" accompanying her. Now that was a surprise, too! I thought there was a monolithic support by the crazy wackos of our fearless leader.



I do believe that she now understands how she was USED by the Dem/S as shown here...

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Wednesday, September 02, 2009
  Government Health Care - Just Say No
I just got back from the dentist. I pay for it myself. Out of pocket. Yes, I'm a military retiree. Doesn't matter. I've been paying for my dental work since returning to the U.S.A. in 1981 LONG before I retired. Why? Because the military health care system (government health care) didn't pay for it. Because I nearly lost my teeth due to rationed health care while stationed in Korea. Yep, rationed care to military members.

It isn't as if they had recourse. The draft was gone. Dentists don't join and so they didn't have many dentists to spread around. Those I did see were increasingly like the doctors we got, foreign born, foreign trained and in the service to get on the fast track to U.S. citizenship. There still weren't enough to go around. I had to make 4 appointments to actually go to 1 where both the dentist and I were present at the same time.

No, I am NOT a fan of government health care in any shape, manner or form. I've seen Medicare and Medicaid, seen the active duty health care and the Veteran's Administration's approximation of the lifetime care promise. I don't believe the government will do it for us. Only my private, privately paid for, dentist and dental hygienist saved my teeth.

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  Oathkeepers
The Oathkeepers is a group of people who have taken the oath to defend the constitution of the U.S. and have reaffirmed that oath. In doing so they've made certain promises.
1. We will NOT obey orders to disarm the American people.

2. We will NOT obey orders to conduct warrantless searches of the American people

3. We will NOT obey orders to detain American citizens as “unlawful enemy combatants” or to subject them to military tribunal.

4. We will NOT obey orders to impose martial law or a “state of emergency” on a state.

5. We will NOT obey orders to invade and subjugate any state that asserts its sovereignty.

6. We will NOT obey any order to blockade American cities, thus turning them into giant concentration camps.

7. We will NOT obey any order to force American citizens into any form of detention camps under any pretext.

8. We will NOT obey orders to assist or support the use of any foreign troops on U.S. soil against the American people to “keep the peace” or to “maintain control."

9. We will NOT obey any orders to confiscate the property of the American people, including food and other essential supplies.

10.We will NOT obey any orders which infringe on the right of the people to free speech, to peaceably assemble, and to petition their government for a redress of grievances.
What is that oath? The oath of the armed forces of the United States is:
I, (NAME), 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 regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.
Note the order in which those standards appear. Note also that it is a matter of training and expectation that servicepeople will NOT obey ILLEGAL orders from any source.

Have you ever taken this oath? Do you feel that you should reaffirm? You might want to visit the Oathkeepers website.

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  Wildfires in California
The latest wildfires in California covering X number of square miles (over 130,000 acres as I write this) made me wonder, why do environmentalists smoke dope? Excuse me you say? Well, let me explain.

You see the cause of the wildfires and the damage they cause is two-fold. #1, the fires burn because there is an accumulation of a huge amount of fuel for said fires. Everyone knows this but the powers that be have been influenced by the environwackos (a real environmentalist is a real, realist) to not do anything about this with controlled burns (which would have been a natural occurrence once upon a time) or physical removal. #2, these same environwackos and their supporters build up the canyons in amongst all this fuel with highly flammable houses so that they can live with nature in an organic environment.

Frankly the problems could be avoided by either doing controlled burns and/or physically picking up and removing accumulated natural fuels. The damage could be avoided by all true environwackos moving into multi-story concrete rat warren apartment buildings. This last would remove the houses that burn and re-burn with every wildfire season AND free up some valuable environment for their treasured coyotes, pumas, and ground squirrels.

No, I don't expect to see the situation in California change. This is where the dope smoking comes in. You see, these environwackos are too busy addling their brains and destroying what little reasoning ability they may have started with by the intake of huge quantities of illegal drugs including pot.

Upon further reflection, it is the dope smokers who are responsible for the illegal immigration situation, the drug warlord wars on the Mexican/USA border, and pollution in the desert (from the thousands/millions of illegals who cross).

Hey, so you could say that a drug addled environwacko is responsible for the deaths of the two firefighters and wouldn't that be murder? In other words, the pseudo-scientific environwacko movement murders people...

How's that for incendiary thought?

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  From the wire...
Let me get this straight.

Obama's health care plan will be written by a committee whose head says he doesn't understand it, passed by a Congress that hasn't read it and whose members will be exempt from it, signed by a president who smokes, funded by a treasury chief who did not pay his taxes, overseen by a surgeon general who is obese, run similarly to social security and medicare that are going bankrupt, and financed by a country that is broke.

What could possibly go wrong?

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Tuesday, September 01, 2009
  Why the ID? Afraid of imposters? Making note for the future?

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  Sometimes things are just, well, odd...
A WV ATF AGent to be charged with domestic assault...
A criminal complaint indicates the charges stem from a Friday evening fight at Sirbaugh's home.

It alleges Sirbaugh slashed tires on a vehicle and threw items from a second-floor window during the argument.
I'm sure that was constructive. But then not all ATF Agents are ATF agents...
OAK RIDGE - A man who allegedly posed as a federal agent and invaded a home, threatening the residents at gunpoint early Saturday, remained in the Anderson County Jail today in lieu of bonds totaling $425,000.

Ricky Eugene Cofer, 42, of Rockwood is charged with four counts of aggravated kidnapping and aggravated assault, evading arrest, criminal impersonation and possession of pot for resale.

Cofer and another man, identifying themselves as Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents, knocked on a couple's Hendrix Drive door shortly after 4:20 a.m. and displayed what they said was a search warrant, police said.

Both men were armed with handguns and wore police-style ball caps, and one wore a badge, according to reports.

Cofer and his cohort then demanded drugs and money, and one resident was hit in the head with a handgun and beaten after his hands were restrained with zip ties, warrants state.

Still, the ATF guys manage to stick it to other agencies like this FBI agent who sold a gun to the wrong guy. There is more to that story. Yes, even the "community" is talking about it.
EL PASO — The FBI agent charged with illegal arms trading has been linked to a rifle found at a gunbattle that killed seven people, including a captain in the Mexican army.

John Thomas Shipley, 39, was indicted in federal court last week on charges that he sold weapons without a dealer's license on several Web sites and at gun shows.

An ATF search warrant unsealed Tuesday stated that Shipley sold a .50-caliber rifle to Luis Armando Rodriguez for $8,300 in 2007. At the time, Rodriguez was a detention officer at the El Paso County Jail.

I was thinking at least he didn't shoot anyone like this FBI agent.
By The Associated Press
Authorities charged an FBI agent with negligent homicide on Friday in the alleged “friendly fire” shooting death of a Puerto Rican policeman during a gun battle with kidnappers last year.

Justice Secretary Antonio Sagardia told reporters that special agent Jared Hewitt is accused of shooting 12-year police veteran Orlando Gonzalez Ortiz during a joint raid to rescue a kidnap victim.

Sagardia said Hewitt is no longer in Puerto Rico, but FBI commanders have assured local authorities that he will soon travel to the U.S. Caribbean territory for the prosecution.

“We are working shoulder to shoulder with the federal authorities, hand in hand,” Sagardia said in the capital, San Juan.
Sometimes though, the FBI is caught trying to incite crime.
A notorious New Jersey hate blogger charged in June with threatening to kill judges and lawmakers was secretly an FBI “agent provocateur” paid to disseminate right-wing rhetoric, his attorney said Wednesday.

Hal Turner, the blogger and radio personality, remains jailed pending charges over his recent online rants, which prosecutors claim amounted to an invitation for someone to kill Connecticut lawmakers and Chicago federal appeals court judges.
Does that sound familiar?

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