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Wednesday, March 10, 2010
  If you want to know how to live...
I thought it was funny as I was just commenting how our culture seemed to be moving towards a desire for confrontation, even violent confrontation and found this...

The Code of the West: Alive & Well in Wyoming - Trailer from Havey Productions on Vimeo.

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  What do you see in this story? 7-Year-Old Calls 911, Saves Family From Attack
7-Year-Old Calls 911, Saves Family From Attack
Gunmen broke into the boy's home Tuesday morning and announced that they would take whatever they wanted, Los Angeles County sheriff's Lt. Steve Kenny said.

The boy and his 6-year-old sister hid unnoticed in the locked bathroom while the suspects threatened his mother and father at gunpoint.

"There's some guy who's going to kill my mom and dad," he said breathlessly. "Bring cops. A lot of them! ... And soldiers, too."

The suspects eventually broke into the bathroom and someone screamed. The 911 operator sounded shaken as she explained what happened to her colleagues.

Kenny said the suspects grabbed the boy and asked who he called. He responded, "911." The gunmen fled without taking anything or injuring the family.

"If not for the brave and educated actions of the 7-year-old boy, this might have ended tragically," said sheriff's Capt. Pat Maxwell.

The three men remain at large.
What appears to have happened here is a home invasion. Drug related? It wasn't mentioned.

It used to be the norm that if somebody wanted to steal from your home they waited until you were gone, as you inevitably will be, and then took their time. Now it seems more normal to confront you and, so long as you aren't in a position to resist, relish the confrontation. This even as crime on the whole has declined.

I note that this seems to happen more often in states which have attempted to disarm the law abiding (criminals never obey any law unless it serves their purpose) but we have had home invasions here in Virginia. We lack a "castle doctrine" law here (it was again killed by our liberal/Democrat Senate) but by and large our prosecutors (Commonwealth Attorneys) don't persecute where legitimate self-defense occurs and Virginia has a high rate of gun ownership and about 250,000 concealed handgun permit holders.

Rather than spend the money on studying cocaine addiction in monkeys perhaps some of that "stimulus" money might be used to discover that many young people aren't given a good grounding in moral or ethical behavior.

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Sunday, March 07, 2010
  For those who thought "W" was intrusive...
The Homeland "Security" Agency has come up with a cyber security program called Einstein 3 (and Jews will find a particular irony in that!).
Homeland Security and the National Security Agency may be taking a closer look at Internet communications in the future.

The Department of Homeland Security's top cybersecurity official told CNET on Wednesday that the department may eventually extend its Einstein technology, which is designed to detect and prevent electronic attacks, to networks operated by the private sector. The technology was created for federal networks.

Greg Schaffer, assistant secretary for cybersecurity and communications, said in an interview that the department is evaluating whether Einstein "makes sense for expansion to critical infrastructure spaces" over time.

Not much is known about how Einstein works, and the House Intelligence Committee once charged that descriptions were overly "vague" because of "excessive classification." The White House did confirm this week that the latest version, called Einstein 3, involves attempting to thwart in-progress cyberattacks by sharing information with the National Security Agency.

Greater federal involvement in privately operated networks may spark privacy or surveillance concerns, not least because of the NSA's central involvement in the Bush administration's warrantless wiretapping scandal. Earlier reports have said that Einstein 3 has the ability to read the content of emails and other messages, and that AT&T has been asked to test the system. (The Obama administration says the "contents" of communications are not shared with the NSA.)
Of course the great goal of security is the rationale used to justify the program. Not that they don't see that any such activity will raise questions about the current or future application.
If Einstein 3 does perform as well as Homeland Security hopes, it could help less-prepared companies fend off cyberattacks, including worms sent through e-mail, phishing attempts, and even denial of service attacks.

On the other hand, civil libertarians are sure to raise questions about privacy, access, and how Einstein could be used in the future. If it can perform deep packet inspection to prevent botnets from accessing certain Web pages, for instance, could it also be used to prevent a human from accessing illegal pornography, copyright-infringing music, or offshore gambling sites?
and more...
Jacob Appelbaum, a security researcher and programmer for the Tor anonymity project, said that expanding Einstein 3 to the private sector would amount to a partial outsourcing of security. "It's clearly a win for people without the security know-how to protect their own networks," Appelbaum said. "It's also a clear loss of control. And anyone with access to that monitoring system, legitimate or otherwise, would be able to monitor amazing amounts of traffic."
Einstein grew out of a still-classified executive order, called National Security Presidential Directive 54, that President Bush signed in 2008.
While little information is available, former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff once likened it to a new "Manhattan Project," and the Washington Post reported that the accompanying cybersecurity initiative represented the "single largest request for funds" in last year's classified intelligence budget. The Electronic Privacy Information Center has filed a lawsuit (PDF) to obtain the text of the order.
Homeland Security has published (PDF) a privacy impact assessment for a less capable system called Einstein 2--which aimed to do intrusion detection and not prevention--but has not done so for Einstein 3.
The department did, however, prepare a general set of guidelines (PDF) for privacy and civil liberties in June 2009. In addition, the Bush Justice Department wrote a memo (PDF) saying Einstein 2 "complies with" the U.S. Constitution and federal wiretap laws.
That justification for Einstein 2 "turned on the consent of employees in the government that are being communicated with, and on the notion that a person who communicates with the government can't then complain that the government read the communication," said CDT's Nojeim. "How does that legal justification work should Einstein be extended to the private sector?"

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Saturday, March 06, 2010
  The Pentagon Shooter
I have to first express my condolences to the parents of John Patrick Bedell. They have been experiencing a special form of hell on earth for a while. I'm certain that there is nothing good about the resolution of their son's life.

That said, it appears that the Pentagon shooter was a pot-smoking, bi-polar, truther. He was bound to have a bad end. That the three guards apparently did exactly what they should have done and weren't seriously injured or killed is wonderful.

I suppose that I could post his video but somewhere there is another deluded, mentally ill, drug addled (and the specific illicit or prescribed drug used is unimportant), truther who will idolize and likely try to copy him. I'm not encouraging that. It is sad to say that there sufficient others who will encourage these unreasoned and delusional concepts. Some of them are serving in Congress and the White House.

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Friday, March 05, 2010
  We are so happy....
We only lost another 36,000 jobs. But, including the no-longer-looking, 16.8% is the real unemployment rate. We are so VERY happy.

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  Just who is it that is violent?
Nancy Pelosi alluded to the violence of the tea party participants but yesterday there were riots (not rowdy protesters) where the commies organized "student" protests about college subsidization cuts.

In the 'Day of Action for Public Education' (which college education is NOT), out of work teachers, students and various left wing groups combined to block traffic, conduct 'sit ins', etc. in a flashback to the 1960s.
UCLA professor Sara Melzer joined her students in a walkout from their French culture and writing course because she said she wants to stop what she described as the privatization of public higher education. "It's not just about student fee hikes," she said. "That's the tip of the iceberg."
Professor Melzer apparently doesn't realize that both PRIVATE and STATE colleges (higher education) have coexisted almost since the beginning of higher education on this continent. All of it has to be paid for. The PRIVATE institutions are going concerns. The STATE institutions might not be. Why? Differences in financial management. The STATE institutions depend on subsidization to provide lower cost education. What Prof. Melzer also doesn't realize is that many STATE institutions have endowment funds similar to those of the PRIVATE institutions. However, being firmly attached to the tax payers' teat they spend their endowments on expansion so that the deans can claim more on their resumes.

In a time when the states' revenues are less than before it is only to be expected that expenditures will likewise decrease. However, this is an opportunity that can't be wasted by all these commies. Hence, protests.

Glenn Beck seems to the think that this follows the pattern proposed by "The Coming Insurrection".

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Saturday, February 27, 2010
  Reminders of the past and reflections thereon
are apparently the venue fools inhabit. I feel a fool. My wife thinks I'm naive. I think that almost 30 years in the Army made me a bit of a cynic and said so but my wife insisted I think the best of folks.

Today I was watching a made-for-TV movie, "In Pursuit of Honor". Purportedly about a true event (about which there is absolutely no documentation), the movie does start off with a scene at the Bonus Army march in the summer of 1932.
In 1924, a grateful Congress voted to give a bonus to World War I veterans - $1.25 for each day served overseas, $1.00 for each day served in the States. The catch was that payment would not be made until 1945. Members of the Bonus Army encamp within sight of the Capitol. However, by 1932 the nation had slipped into the dark days of the Depression and the unemployed veterans wanted their money immediately.

In May of that year, some 15,000 veterans, many unemployed and destitute, descended on Washington, D.C. to demand immediate payment of their bonus. They proclaimed themselves the Bonus Expeditionary Force but the public dubbed them the "Bonus Army." Raising ramshackle camps at various places around the city, they waited.

The veterans made their largest camp at Anacostia Flats across the river from the Capitol. Approximately 10,000 veterans, women and children lived in the shelters built from materials dragged out of a junk pile nearby - old lumber, packing boxes and scrap tin covered with roofs of thatched straw.

Discipline in the camp was good, despite the fears of many city residents who spread unfounded "Red Scare" rumors. Streets were laid out, latrines dug, and formations held daily. Newcomers were required to register and prove they were bonafide veterans who had been honorably discharged. Their leader, Walter Waters, stated, "We're here for the duration and we're not going to starve. We're going to keep ourselves a simon-pure veteran's organization. If the Bonus is paid it will relieve to a large extent the deplorable economic condition."
The sad truth is that MacArthur and the D.C. Police managed to kill 4 including 2 children. This happened because the Army charged/attacked veterans and their families to include women and children. Men we now lionize for their service during WWII didn't much hesitate to order their soldiers to attack unarmed and peaceful protesters. This happened in part because the Congress borrowed against the money set aside for the bonuses just as Congress has been using money taken for Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid to pay for other things. When I see what the POTUS and Dem/S in Congress are trying to do with OUR money now, I'm reminded of this past act. I wonder when it will be that they will start to deny their needy former defenders of their support and when they will order us to be run/shot down in the streets...

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Friday, February 26, 2010
  So they finally get it!
CNN Poll: Majority says government a threat to citizens' rights
Fifty-six percent of people questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Friday say they think the federal government's become so large and powerful that it poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens. Forty-four percent of those polled disagree.

The survey indicates a partisan divide on the question: only 37 percent of Democrats, 63 percent of Independents and nearly 7 in 10 Republicans say the federal government poses a threat to the rights of Americans.
I'm a bit surprised that so many finally get it. I don't think they "health care" summit yesterday helped calm their fears either. The Rasmussen Daily Presidential Tracking Poll indicates that the POTUS's approval is down to 44%.
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 23% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty-three percent (43%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -20. For President Obama, the Approval Index has been lower only once (see trends).
Of course, Congress's approval is down to 10%.
Only 10% of voters say Congress is doing a good or excellent job.

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Thursday, February 25, 2010
  I bet it would help Detroit's budget to drop a bunch of citizens...
Well, they really just want the citizens to move to where they can provide services. If they would level what's vacated they might have a nice place to live.

Of course the racoon man might like the enlarged rural area!

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Friday, February 19, 2010
  Heads up! Jimmy Carter inflation has begun...
Inflation was at a 16.8% annual rate in January.
Another report from the department showed prices paid at the farm and factory gate rose a faster-than-expected 1.4 percent from December as higher gasoline prices and unusually cold temperatures helped boost energy costs.
I'm sure you might not remember the Jimmy Carter years with 21% inflation. I actually spent all my paycheck to ensure I could buy at that time that which I might not be able to afford a couple of months later. There were times when the inflation rate was more than the interest rate on credit cards.

But that level of inflation may be a wished for thing compared to the hyper-inflation we might have in store. Never in history has a country printed as much money as we have without causing hyper-inflation and the destruction of their economy. Never. It would be insane to think that we'll be different. President Obama's stated goals and policies would indicate that he's insane.

I suggest that you pay off your debt, stockpile things you always use that won't deteriorate, sell off the things you don't need, and prepare to become as self-sufficient as you can be.

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  Is it the TSA or the Airport Authority that is Incompetent?
You can't have so many incidents of security "breaches" without somebody having failed to do their duty. We had one TSA guy who walked off from a gate that should have been a physical barrier and we've had other incidents. Now this at Newark.
Parts of Newark Liberty International Airport were closed again this week due to a security breach, the second security snafu in six weeks.

It was calm at Newark on Thursday, but that definitely wasn't the case Monday when a security breach forced the closure of parts of Terminal A for over an hour.

The reason for the security breach was a real doozy -- a passenger was flagged for having suspicious objects in his carry-on bag but a Transportation Security Administration spokesman said that agents stopped the wrong passenger for rescreening and the passenger with the suspicious objects got away.

When agents couldn't find the passenger after shutting down the operations for an hour they went to all gate areas to screen passengers but they never found the person.
Apparently the TSA guys can't look the person in the eye and point at that same person. Having been through security at several airports I can't imagine how a passenger would be so separate from their bag or the TSA personnel that they couldn't properly identify that passenger.

However, I think that they are missing the real problem, They are looking for stuff instead of passengers. Then again, the no-fly list has no means of differentiating people with the same name by DOB, gender, etc.

One of the things that the TSA will be doing is swabbing your hands to see if you've handled explosives. Do you know how many shooters there are in this country? I have seen somewhere that about 169,000,000 rounds are fired each day. Many shooters/hunters travel by air. How many more misidentified people will it take to stop this? There won't be any? Why? Because they're also going to miss those that have handled the types of explosives we should worry about... Just like they mis-indentified a passenger standing no more than 3 feet from them in a "controlled" space...

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Saturday, February 13, 2010
  The US Post Office
The United States Post Office was as regular as the sunrise when I was a kid. Much was made of their supposed creed "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds." The mailman, usually a neighbor, maybe a friend, always lived up to that unofficial motto.

It is an unfortunate truth though that the "modern age" has taken revenue from the Post Office by substituting e-mail and digital news for all the mail that used to move through this country. Also, commercial carriers have taken business by finding ways to ship packages more quickly and with greater reliability than the USPS. Combined with an almost self-destructive arrogance that continues outrageous spending by the Postmaster General, this has driven the now semi-commercial USPS towards bankruptcy.

With ever increasing rates failing to meet revenue needs (and driving away more and more customers) the USPS has recently resorted to cutting hours. In their great wisdom they have changed the counter's weekday hours to 9:30-4:30 and weekend hours to 10:00-12:00. Meanwhile all but the two or three folks out front are still working the regular hours. I fail to see how they are saving any real money.
The USPS could also have one location open at 8:00 AM and close at 3:00 PM and another open 11:00-6:00. That doesn't appear to have been an option.

They could not have calculated the work day hours any better. These hours make it nigh impossible for me to get into the Post Office to mail a package. Going to the post office is a necessity because they won't take a package dropped in a box for fear that it will contain something liquid, fragile, perishable or potentially hazardous. They always ask ignoring the obvious that a criminal who is shipping a forbidden item will always lie. I doubt anyone walks in and says they are going to ship a dirty bomb or a container of anthrax.

Lately, we've had quite a bit of snow. That unofficial creed went by the boards. It was really kind of silly. At the height of the storm we had delivery. Two days later, after having had deliveries after the storm end, the USPS decided it was too dangerous to deliver mail. Clear skies, relatively warm temperatures, but more dangerous than at the height of the storm.

All together this makes the United States Postal Service a pretty disappointing service provider. I don't see how they are going to survive as a viable alternative to the commercial shipping service providers. That said, I know a number of people who work for the USPS and they are all nice, hard working folks. It is a shame that some of them might be unemployed because of the management decisions made by those above them.

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Wednesday, February 03, 2010
  The IRS WILL get your Money
The IRS is buying shotguns. Now, who is it that believes that all law doesn't imply the use of violent action to enforce it? All law. Not just law against violence. All law. If you don't pay all your taxes, they can come get you, with 14" shotguns...

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010
  A Non-Issue, Coded References to Bible Passages on Weapons Sights
I guess the hard-news folks at ABC found this out about Trijicon.
Coded references to New Testament Bible passages about Jesus Christ are inscribed on high-powered rifle sights provided to the United States military by a Michigan company, an ABC News investigation has found.

The sights are used by U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and in the training of Iraqi and Afghan soldiers. The maker of the sights, Trijicon, has a $660 million multi-year contract to provide up to 800,000 sights to the Marine Corps, and additional contracts to provide sights to the U.S. Army.

U.S. military rules specifically prohibit the proselytizing of any religion in Iraq or Afghanistan and were drawn up in order to prevent criticism that the U.S. was embarked on a religious "Crusade" in its war against al Qaeda and Iraqi insurgents.
I have the perfect fix for this. The military can take a dremel tool to every sight to remove the serial number and then an electric pencil to mark them with a new serial, every one of which can start with "666". That will square things, right?

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010
  We will not submit!

It isn't 9/11/anything but that doesn't matter. What matters is that the word gets out to those jihadists that they aren't winning hearts and minds in this country. They need to know that we're not going to give in, not going to convert, not going to submit to sharia, not going to support a government that does any of these things.

Michelle Malkin has made the case for this pledge.   That she did so back in 2006 is of no importance.  It was true when President Jefferson sent the Navy to the Mediterranean and it is true in 2010.  Millions for defense, not a penny for tribute. 

In truth, the jihadists have succeeded in doing to me what the German blitz did to stiffen the British resolve in 1940-41.  I am radicalized.  I see all Muslims as possible enemies and jihadists as people to be removed from the planet.  I am no longer sympathetic to the cause of the Palestinians.  I have no empathy for the Lebanese.  I am not their friend. I am their implacable enemy. 

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Monday, January 11, 2010
  Pistol-Packing Pastor Quits to Work for Gun Rights, Protecting Churches
Jim Taylor got the call to go to Mozambique and sold nearly everything to go do that. Ken Pagano got the call to defend Christians by defending 2nd Amendment Rights (might be a very timely calling, too) and that's what he's going to do.
A pistol-packing pastor who drew national attention earlier this year for hosting a "God-and-Guns" event at his church is stepping down from the pulpit to serve his flock with a new mission.

Pastor Ken Pagano ended his 30-year career last month when he resigned from the New Bethel Church in Louisville, Ky., saying that he wants to focus on church security and Second Amendment rights — a crusade he insists is better fought outside the ministry.

"Thirty years was a good, long run, but it's time for a change," Pagano told the Washington Times. "If I can write my own ticket, I want to get involved more in Second Amendment issues as they affect the church, and I can do more from outside the pulpit than from behind it," Pagano told the paper.

About 200 people attended Pagano's "Open Carry Celebration" at the New Bethel Church in June. The event commemorated the roles of religion and gun ownership in American history, and included a handgun raffle. Attendees were also provided with firearms-safety information.

While Pagano says the event drew mostly positive responses, it made him realize that he might have another calling — keeping worshippers safe.

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Sunday, January 10, 2010
  Islam as Cult and Feminists as Self-Serving Opportunists
I was reading Obama's New Year Gift To The Saudi King by Nonie Darwish and a recurring concept came to mind.

My idea is that Islam isn't a true religion but a cult constructed for the political purposes and that Mohammad/Muhammad (however one romanizes it) was no more than a politician, a dictator even, who used the false religion even more successfully than Jim Jones, Tony Alamo, Warren Jeffs or David Koresh or innumerable others to subjugate others to his will politically and sexually. Why else would Islam have as an integral feature the subjugation of women to men? Why is Islam's treatment of women so similar to the way these American perverts treat women in their cults?

I've been wondering why we don't hear constant and never-ending condemnation of Islam from American women's "rights" groups. The topic was once popular as evidenced by some celebrity support of Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA) which still exists due to the need. I have come to the conclusion that American feminists have no interest in the plight of women as objects of abuse but like the race-baiting Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton are in the victim business to make money and RAWA has no profit potential.

I suppose it is just too bad for the Islamists and Feminists that they can't get together and plot out a marketing strategy that would make them both a profit.

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Saturday, January 09, 2010
  More of ruined Detroit...


Sorry about the music... Want to see more?

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Friday, January 08, 2010
  Steve Crowder - Detroit in Ruins
I'd never heard of Mr. Crowder before today. Got to watch him now. However, I have to point out that he's only barely touching on the devestation to Detroit. Go to GoogleEarth for Detroit and have a look see. Some of it is more like when the Brits first built a fort there than the bustling metropolis we grew up believing it was.

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Wednesday, January 06, 2010
  Controversial? Offensive? Offensive to whom?

In my wife's high school the big flap was when she put a photo of a couple of buzzards up with a mention of the cafeteria staff. In my time the big controversy was over dress code and whether mini or maxi skirts or blue jeans would be worn at school.

The class of 2011 at Edsel Ford High School in Dearborn, Michigan has come up with a t-shirt which has the image shown here.  This image is being called "offensive"

At least nine juniors at Dearborn's Edsel Ford High School are in trouble for wearing sweat shirts with a design that evoked an image of the terrorist attacks that destroyed the World Trade Center.

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earborn Public Schools spokesman David Mustonen says the shirts worn Monday to EFHS were "offensive'' and in "poor taste.''  The boys were to meet with school officials, but suspensions weren't planned.

The students are Arab-American, as are about half the school's 1,700 students, and are part of the class of 2011.  The number "11'' was made to resemble two buildings on the shirts and the school's ``thunderbird'' mascot was flying toward them. "YOU CAN'T BRING US DOWN'' was printed beneath.

Tuesday's
community forum about the shirts drew about 300 people.
Why is it offensive? Because it shows "the twin towers", the school mascot (an eagle) approaching "the towers" and the motto "You can't bring us down".

To whom is this offensive? "Arab-Americans"? Americans? 9-11 survivors? Some school-board member who doesn't like the color black?

I think it is clever. Very clever. It can be interpreted in a couple of ways. It is much better than the usual class item. Whether it is pro or anti American it is FREE SPEECH. Every time we limit free speech, they win.

Lest this be taken down this was posted on the school website...
January 4, 2010

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Today, we noticed a group of male students wearing black sweatshirts (hoodies) with wordings on the front and back. The front side had: Edsel Ford, class of 2011.

The back side had a nickname for each student in addition to our Thunderbird logo and the number 11. The number eleven had a ten window design on each strand.

Beneath the number eleven, the words “You can’t take us down “were printed. The whole design gave prominence to the 9-11 tragedy. It made several staff members and students upset because of the perceived message. The students in question were processed in the main office and their hoodies were confiscated. I am meeting with their parents tomorrow to discuss this incident and its ramifications. After talking with the students, it became clear that there were no intentions of harm rather a very inappropriate and distasteful attempt to draw attention to themselves and to the class of 2011. I want to reassure everyone that the safety of our students and staff will always remain our prime priority here at Edsel Ford. Edsel Ford administration, the district’s student services and communications offices and our school police officer have all been involved in addressing this incident.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions regarding this incident.

Yours truly,

Hassane Jaafar

Principal
Edsel Ford High School

I would still like to know exactly who was offended. I would also like to know why these "hoodies" were confiscated.

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  Control of Bloggers has Been Mentioned Repeatedly
It seems that folks like me who don't like certain things and recognize the POTUS's liberal facist bent are irritating. I've been waiting to be called to task but it seems that some in media have been corrected first.

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Thursday, December 31, 2009
  What the helll is going on with flight 253?
FBI "visits" flight 253 passenger...

Something stinks like week old fish.

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Tuesday, December 29, 2009
  The Christmas Terrorist
He was a Nigerian Muslim traveling (apparently) without a passport.  His father had reported him to the US Embassy as a terrorist.  He had paid cash for a one-way ticket.  He'd had a "helper" help get him on the flight without the passport.  He had no luggage.  He tried to light his "underwear".  Because of our sensitivity to Dutch concerns we had no Air Marshalls on board.  Our system still left him on the plane with only a Dutch film maker and some flight attendants to stop him.  Our "expert" Homeland Security Secretary says the system was a success before she says it was a failure.  She also says there's no indication of a larger plot even as Al Queda Arabian Peninsula (they apparently have regional commands) says that they trained him and he says more are on the way.  The government returns many to Yemen and they are his leaders but they are going to return 90 more just to get that nasty GITMO center closed.  100% of the Yemenis have returned to the "fight" with the US.  The response is to make the children keep their seats on the flights. 

I listened to the former El Al security chief once again decry our lack of real security and childish (and weak) behaviors while pointing out 30 years of El Al success.  Then I discover that a DEMOCRAT Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee supports the profiling

Meanwhile, the additional screening time makes flying to destinations within 6-10 hours of driving distance less and less attractive.  Let's face it, when you have to commit 5 hours to make a 1-hour flight the convenience of air travel disappears. 

So, who won?  I'd say the terrorists won, even if you are too stupid to call them terrorists, they won. 

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009
  What is safe about the "Safe Schools Czar"?
Obama's Safe Schools Czar Tied to Lewd Readings for 7th Graders
President Obama's "Safe Schools Czar," already a target of social conservatives for his past drug abuse and what they say is his promotion of homosexuality in schools, is under fresh attack after it was revealed that the pro-gay group he formerly headed recommends books his critics say are pornographic.

The group under fire is the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), which Kevin Jennings, now the assistant deputy secretary for safe and drug-free schools in the Department of Education, founded and ran from 1990 to 2008.

GLSEN says it works to create a welcoming atmosphere for homosexual students in schools, and that effort includes recommending books for students of all ages.

But critics say many of the books, particularly some that are targeted for children between Grades 7 to 12, are inappropriately explicit. A full list is available at the blog Gateway Pundit, which has published dozens of controversial passages from the books.

One recommended book is titled "Queer 13: Lesbian and Gay Writers Recall Seventh Grade." On pages 43 through 45, writer Justin Chin tells of how as a 13-year-old, he went along with "near-rapes" by older men, but "really did enjoy those sexual encounters." Chin also recounts each sexual action he performed with an "ugly f*** of a man" he met on a bus.

In another book, "Passages of Pride," the author writes about a 15-year-old boy's relationship with a much older man.

"Near the end of summer, just before starting his sophomore year in high school, Dan picked up a weekly Twin Cities newspaper. Scanning the classifieds, he came upon an ad for a "Man-2-Man" massage. Home alone one day, he called the telephone number listed in the ad and set up an appointment to meet a man named Tom.... Even though Tom was older, almost twice Dan's age, Dan felt unthreatened by him. Dan admits Tom was a 'troll' in every sense of the word -- an older closeted gay man seeking sex with a man much younger. But Dan says he was not intimidated by the discrepancy in their ages. 'He kind of had me in a corner in that he knew I didn't have access to anything I wanted.' says Dan. 'But everything was consensual.'"

On Page 13 of a third book, "Reflections of a Rock Lobster," the author recounts his sexual encounters in first grade.

"By first grade I was sexually active with many friends. In fact, a small group of us regularly met in the grammar school lavatory to perform fellatio on one another. A typical week's schedule would be Aaron and Michael on Monday during lunch; Michael and Johnny on Tuesday after school; Fred and Timmy at noon Wednesday; Aaron and Timmy after school on Thursday. None of us ever got caught, but we never worried about it anyway."

"Reflections of a Rock Lobster" was recommended in 1995, the year Jennings became GLSEN's first executive director; "Passages of Pride" made the list in 1997 and "Queer 13" in 1999. Those are just three out of over 100 books that GLSEN has recommended for students in grades 7-12 since 1990, and all three remain on GLSEN's recommended reading list.

Peter Sprigg, a senior fellow at the Family Research Council, says the content of the books is shocking, and it raises concerns about Jennings' judgment.

"The graphic sexual content of these books is so extreme that I think any average parent or citizen, regardless of how they feel about homosexuality, would be shocked at these books being recommended to young people," Sprigg said.

GLSEN Executive Director Eliza Byard defended her group's recommendations, telling FoxNews.com in a written statement:

"Some of the books that might be used with young adult audiences contain mature content, as is true of many memoirs and works of literature. Because of the presence of mature content in some of the works, GLSEN provides very clear guidelines throughout, recommending that adults review each book to make sure the book is suitable."

Those guidelines, listed on each book recommendation page, read: "All BookLink items are reviewed by GLSEN staff for quality and appropriateness of content. However, some titles for adolescent readers contain mature themes. We recommend that adults selecting books for youth review content for suitability."

But critics say the guidelines themselves are damning, because they confirm that GLSEN staff have checked the books for appropriateness. And Jennings, they point out, was in charge at the time.

"It's like Jennings just doesn't realize he's working with kids here.... You need a totally different set of rules when you're working with kids," said Peter LaBarbera, president of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality.

LaBarbera said the books should be seen in light of other recent controversies surrounding Jennings.

In September it came out that, when he was a teacher in Massachusetts, Jennings did not report an incident in which a 16-year-old boy told him that he was having sexual relations with an older man he met in a bus station bathroom. After that, 53 Republican members of the House publicly called for Jennings to be dismissed.

But Alvin McEwen, who runs a blog called "Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters" and has commented extensively on the Jennings case, said GLSEN's book recommendations should be seen in a different light.

"GLSEN is saying that parents should decide. They are saying these books may be a good idea to read, but ultimately it is up to parents," he told FoxNews.com.

McEwen said that even though Jennings was the director of GLSEN when the books were recommended, there was no evidence that he personally selected the books.

"This is ridiculous guilt-by-association ... just another moral panic thought up by people who don't have any legitimate reason to oppose Jennings, so they've made a mountain out of molehill," he said.

Department of Education spokesman Justin Hamilton declined to comment about Jennings' role in recommending the books.

But critics say Jennings, as GLSEN's first full-time employee and first executive director, must be held responsible.

"He was at GLSEN from the beginning and was in charge during the time when these books were approved," said Warren Throckmorton, a professor at Grove City College.

The blogger at Gateway Pundit, Jim Hoft, wrote elsewhere concerning a "black book" that contains a gay bar guide and explicit sexual references that was handed out at a GLSEN event.

But McEwen said it's not clear that Jennings -- or GLSEN -- knew about the guide, which was distributed by Fenway Community Health officials at a GLSEN event, which they later said had been a mistake.

Hoft has also alleged that Jennings and GLSEN were involved in Planned Parenthood's purported distribution of "fisting kits" [fisting involves forcing one's hand into another person's rectum or vagina] at at least one GLSEN event. The kit was actually for making a "dental dam" -- designed to prevent STD transmission during oral sex.

McEwen said that the attacks on Jennings and GLSEN were motivated largely by homophobia.

"There are a lot of heterosexual books that are just as explicit. In the first page of 'The Color Purple' [a 1982 novel that has caused controversy when assigned in schools], the character talks about being raped in graphic terms... what's in [GLSEN's] books is no different from what's in The Color Purple."

But Sprigg disagrees that books like "The Color Purple" are comparable to those recommended by GLSEN.

"We are not talking about 'The Great Gatsby' or 'The Grapes of Wrath' here," he said. "A lot of people who have only read the news and opinion pieces on this story, without reading the actual excerpts, may think that we are talking about the kind of sexual content that might, in a film, earn a PG-13 or R rating. We are not.

"This is material that, if portrayed visually, would be a triple-X hard-core porn film, and quite possibly meet the legal definition of obscenity. In fact, I think the homosexual content is the only thing preventing the outcry from being even greater, because some people fear being labeled as 'anti-gay.' If the content were heterosexual in nature, there would be no one defending it at all."
My mother was a school librarian. My wife is a teacher. I was briefly a substitute teacher. I'm absolutely appalled that this man with these views is a "safe schools czar". What he is really doing is trying to cast a wide net for future conquests for himself and his queer community. He is aggressively seeking through this disingenuous use of pro-homosexual and pro-pedophilia "literature" propaganda to make perversion the norm. This is not what I want for this country, for society. Is this what you want?

Why is it that the POTUS has selected this man for this position? I can think of no good reason.

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  Fed Employees and Retirees Owe Billions in Taxes
Feds owe Uncle Sam $3B in unpaid taxes but I'm glad to say that our family has a 100% compliance rate. I noted the following:
Based on percentages, the Department of The Treasury, which includes the IRS, has the best compliance rate. Fewer than 1 percent of Treasury employees didn't pay their taxes in 2008.

The IRS is the only federal agency where employees can be fired for not paying their taxes. The non-compliance rate for IRS employees in 2008 was 0.76 percent -- down from 0.89 percent in 2007.
I don't suppose that the Secretary of the Treasury is included in this computation now that he's paid up.

I also noted this:

U.S. Senate: 231 employees owe $2,469,026;
U.S. House of Representatives: 447 employees owe $5,809,631;
Active Duty Military: 27,111 employees $102,474,672.
and to conclude
the total tax gap to be about $345 billion. The tax gap is the difference between what is owed each year and what is paid, and includes income, corporate, employment, estate and excise taxes.

If we went to a consumption/national sales tax (and ONLY the sales tax), this would likely solve itself without huge increases in federal employees.

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Tuesday, December 08, 2009
  Thoughts on Government
It seems to me that government should be as inobstrusive as possible while providing the necessary services as set forth in the Constitution of the United States.
The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

To borrow Money on the credit of the United States;

To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;

To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization, and uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States;

To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures;

To provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the Securities and current Coin of the United States;

To establish Post Offices and post Roads;

To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;

To constitute Tribunals inferior to the supreme Court;

To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offences against the Law of Nations;

To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;

To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years;

To provide and maintain a Navy;

To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces;

To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;

To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;

To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings;--And

To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.

The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States; he may require the Opinion, in writing, of the principal Officer in each of the executive Departments, upon any Subject relating to the Duties of their respective Offices, and he shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.

He shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law: but the Congress may by Law vest the Appointment of such inferior Officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the Courts of Law, or in the Heads of Departments.

The President shall have Power to fill up all Vacancies that may happen during the Recess of the Senate, by granting Commissions which shall expire at the End of their next Session.

He shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient; he may, on extraordinary Occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them, and in Case of Disagreement between them, with Respect to the Time of Adjournment, he may adjourn them to such Time as he shall think proper; he shall receive Ambassadors and other public Ministers; he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed, and shall Commission all the Officers of the United States.
I don't see any mention of any number of things we've since permitted the government to do in contravention of the Constitution. However, I am really thinking of the concept of limited government. That is does it impede free will? Well, of course it will. Just as The Ten Commandments tell us that we won't murder, steal, or lie so to will we as a society levy sanctions on those who do those things despite that it is against their free will. These are things that are wrong. Not purchasing health insurance doesn't rise to that level though.

What, you don't believe we should have free will? Why not? Are you not a Christian? Ummmm, because the idea of free will is intrinsic to Christian belief. Lacking free will we couldn't have original sin and wouldn't need the Ten Commandments. God would just do the equivalent of snapping his fingers and we'd hop right on over to do whatever he wants done.

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Monday, December 07, 2009
  What is Obamunism and what makes an Obamunist?
An Obamunist believes:

- that $2 trillions added to the deficit in one year to buy nothing is better than adding $1.2 trillions over 8 years while fighting a global war and reacting to major natural disasters.

- that releasing Muslim extremists captured fighting US soldiers into the continental US is better than confining them off-shore until the war is over.

- that charging soldiers for care of their war wounds is better than paying a mere $540 million for their care.

- that hiring a tax cheat as Secretary of Treasury is better than hiring any dumbass off the street.

- that taking money from the rich is better than letting the poor and the rich keep their money to spend and grow all around the country.

- as a corollary to the above, an Obamunist believes that tax cheats who are one of us are fine upstanding people needed in government, while the other side are to be run out on a rail for using a "bad" word.

- that the Secretary of Homeland Defense should never mention terrorism.

- that it isn't unusual for the Secretary of State to not have a Russian linguist on staff.

- that the first lady saying America is a "mean" country is pro-American.

- that global climate change is a new thing and never happened before the industrial revolution AND that man can keep things exactly the same year-to-year.

- that Congress passing laws mandating banks make bad loans had no effect on the current economic crisis.

- that executives aren't deserving of bonuses but Congress is deserving of an automatic pay raise.

- it is wrong for private businesspeople to fly in private planes but A-OK for the Speaker of the House to demand the US Air Force fly her home.

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Sunday, December 06, 2009
  Single-handedly Crushing Dreams
I Single-Handedly Crushed the Dreams of the Next Generation by Jeff Clark is a must read. It starts thusly:
Last Wednesday was "Career Day" at the local high school. I was invited to speak, just as I have for the past six years, on the opportunities in the world of finance.

The room was filled with starry-eyed students – their heads swimming with dreams of million-dollar opportunities working for Goldman Sachs, trading crude oil futures, or taking over Ken Lewis' spot heading up Bank of America.

It took me less than 30 seconds to crush those dreams.

"Every year, I'm asked about how best to prepare for a career in finance," I started my speech. "And for the past six years, I've suggested taking courses in statistics, human psychology, behavioral finance, and demographics. Today, however, I'm going to give you the same advice I've given my children, the same advice I've given my friends, the same advice for which people pay me thousands of dollars every year..."

I paused just long enough to notice the students were on the edge of their seats. The faculty, standing in the back of the room, stopped whispering to each other. The parents stopped texting on their Blackberries and sipping their lattes, anticipating the wisdom I was about to provide.

"If you want to be successful in life," I said, "learn to grow a frickin tomato."

I then explained to my audience how the government is devaluing the dollar, how the politicians are catering to the lowest common denominator of the population, how the "let's get everything I can for myself right now" society is leading to the destruction of this once-great country, and how if you want to take care of yourself and your family in the future... you need to learn to grow a tomato.

"Take care of yourself," I said...

Take responsibility for the welfare of your family and of your close friends. Don't count on the government. The Constitution of the United States of America does not guarantee health care. It doesn't guarantee home ownership. And it doesn't guarantee cash for clunkers.

You are not entitled to a prosperous life. You are not guaranteed to live better than your parents. In fact, yours is the first generation ever in the history of this great republic that will not do so. You are, however, entitled to opportunity. But that opportunity diminishes when the government takes from the hardest working and most industrious citizens and gives to the folks who sleep in until 10:00 in the morning.

Your road to riches in life isn't going to be traveling to Wall Street and constructing some new way to raise money for an unprofitable business. It isn't going to be creating a new type of adjustable-rate mortgage. And it isn't going to be negotiating stock option pricing for you and your cronies.

The path to riches for the next generation is going to be providing for your family. Forget about building a better mousetrap. The mice are more prosperous now than ever.

Instead, grow a better tomato. Take responsibility for yourself and your family. Take a step backward to ensure your kids can take two steps forward.

The high school students erupted in applause. I received the only standing ovation of the day.

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Saturday, December 05, 2009
  Ted Kennedy Health Bill? Just say no...
Senator Ted Kennedy had the best health care money could buy. The best doctors. He had a will to live. These seem to have kept him on this earth for some time after he was expected to depart. But...

Let me explain. I have a living will. My wife has a living will. My mother has a living will and a do not resuscitate (DNR) order. However, in no case was a government bureaucrat involved in our counseling, directing that we have counseling nor was COST a consideration for us.

H.R. 3200 would open the doors to rationing of health care. It would insert the government into your decision regarding treatment, even extraordinary treatment. It taxes you.

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  What to write about...
Where to begin? Two Virginians who managed to saunter into a State Dinner? The Secret Service failure to protect the POTUS and a visiting dignitary? Desiree Rogers' inability to manage a State Dinner? Max Baucus' inability to see that nominating his girl friend for a government position (which position is unimportant) is wrong? The POTUS telling our enemies when we'll be leaving Afghanistan? The POTUS reps, Gates and Clinton saying the deadline wasn't one? Gibbs saying the deadline was chiseled in stone? Votes on amendments to the "health care" (personal freedom denial) bill? The climate summit in Copenhagen continuing when man-caused global climate change is now a proven fraud? Al Gore being asked about everything EXCEPT the global climate change fraud (aka climategate)? Gold hitting $1200+?

A lot there, none of it good because all of it really comes back to the same thing. People who do what they want, and lie about it, without regard to the consequences for others.

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Thursday, December 03, 2009
  Tiger Woods
Must be somebody who cares. Not me. Let's see, which is more important, Tiger Woods or Afghanistan? Tiger Woods or "health care"? Tiger Woods or the global climate change fraud?

Tiger Woods is an athlete who's job performance is really entertainment. He's a modern circus performer who makes his money from our desire to be distracted from life. His accomplishments in his field are many but really fleeting. I doubt that golf has done anything for the survival of the species or to defend liberty around the world. But, maybe just maybe there is a "but".

Maybe somebody will look at this bonehead who betrayed the woman he supposedly loved and to whom he promised his all and learn a lesson that will prevent them from doing the same thing. Maybe somebody will see Tiger Woods and know that you can have it all, money, a good wife, beautiful children, and still throw it all away or at least risk it all for the 1 second pleasure of an orgasm and know just how absolutely stupid that is. Maybe.

And maybe we can get the "journalists" to get back to reporting congressional corruption, the fraud of global climate change, the fraud of the so-called health care reform bills, the inanity of the President's war planning and so forth. Yeah, right...

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Tuesday, December 01, 2009
  "Global Climate Change" Fraud Extends Beyond Environmental Concerns
"Global Climate Change" (the title of the week) as caused by humans is a fraud. The scientists have been cooking the books, lying about their data, lying about their conclusions, lying about their "colleagues" who disagree with them, and being generally unprofessional and dishonorable. This may be one of the biggest problems of the GCC fraud.

Science is supposed to be objective, logical, and responsible, or so I was taught. Only when it is those things can it be depended upon to work for the common good. However it is like all things of man, dependent on the egos and personality faults/strengths of those engaged in it. Still, there are those who have built a religion around science.

Like earlier religions, including Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, Science (as a religion) seeks to explain the unexplainable AND provide a moral code of conduct. Apparently, that code of conduct is much more dependent on situational circumstance than in earlier "god" based religions. Like many other religions, the Science religionists seek to disparage and demean those other than their co-religionists. You might have noticed the rampant anti-Christian activity. There is no attempt to reconcile science (with the little "s") and Christian thought. As demonstrated by the behavior at the East Anglia Climate Research Unit these Scientists (big "S") are more than or as willing as Islamic jihadists to lie or compromise their "moral code" in order to attain their political goals.

Clearly, Scientists are unable or unwilling to admit the fraud. Even the White House (aka the President of the United States and his minions) are continuing to parrot the Scientists. However, like the priests of old religions who often/sometimes feel they are entitled to special privileges, the elitists involved in the green movement do the same.

But what is really at risk here is our freedom. The Scientists including the Global Climate Change cult are trying to force the cap-and-trade (cap-and-tax) legislation despite the fact that it will not only tax every American but raise the cost of living to unprecedented levels. Much is made of the POTUS' need to find balance at Copenhagen but what he really needs is to avoid being twice the apostate by pushing a cap-and-tax treaty and spinning it such that the U.S. public will buy it. Further, the Scientists seek to limit your behavior based not on actual intrusion on the lives of others but on perceived threats to your own safety/health. They no longer think you are wise enough to make suitable decisions about your own well-being.

Climategate has finally brought to light the immoral fraud of Scientists and how much "scientific" data it might encompass. That is the why the global climate change fraud extends beyond environmental concerns.

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Thursday, November 26, 2009
  Thanksgiving Day
It is Thanksgiving Day. I'm a "Mayflower descendent" for all that is worth. There are about 1.5 to 2-MILLION of us. It is unfortunate that so many don't realize what the hell is happening to this country. I am personally thankful that I haven't yet been shot or carted off to the gulag-equivalent by Obama's civilian defense force that's only answerable to the chosen one. But 2010 is another year...

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Thursday, November 19, 2009
  Go Forth my Pioneers...
A friend cornered me this morning about these two Levi's commercials. There's some things in them that disturb him.

Aside from my failure to see how partially pantless people running with a "Go Forth" banner sells jeans there are indeed a number of images that will disturb some viewers/potential customers (probably FORMER customers).

First, we see "America" sinking and disappearing after a gun shot. We see young people banding together, apparently in military formation and in rebellion. We see homosexual behavior. We hear poems of revolution. What do you get from these ads?



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Tuesday, November 17, 2009
  Finally, somebody understands Hollywood...
John Nolte does. Read "Why Leftist Hollywood Loves Dictators"
When you and I picture life under Obama’s vision for America, we see a dreary existence spent in breadlines, drab apartments and small jail cells with rat cages strapped to our face conditioning us to say “Herstory” instead of “History.” These Castro-lovers and Polanski-defenders see something completely different.

Watch “The Lives of Others.” Not only is it one of the best films of the decade, it also answers the opening question. You’ll see how life under fascism is the complete fulfillment of every narcissistic desire Susan Sarandon, Barbra Streisand, Oliver Stone, Sean Penn and the rest of their sorry lot has ever had.

Leftist Hollywood is not driven by wealth or artistic freedom, they’re driven by status and the insatiable need to be unconditionally adored. Unfortunately for them, as actors in America, status and adoration is tied to awards and the size of the paycheck – in other words competition and a free market – which they hate. But that’s the least of their worries. All this messy American capitalism forces our favorite artistes into the undignified position of having to beg for money in order to have the millions necessary to watch themselves be all artistic on the big screen, and all this messy American free expression allows people like you and me to criticize and ridicule their hard self-serving work.

Not so under a dictatorship.

The way they see it, with the right dictator, the State would hand them money for film projects and jail anyone who criticized them in print or elsewhere. Hugo Chavez shutting television stations down doesn’t horrify Leftist Hollywood, it makes them giddy.

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Thursday, November 12, 2009
  Gerald Celente on Lew Rockwell
Geral Celente says we're already at the beginning of the second American revolution.

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  Who exactly is it that's angry?
White people? Gun owners? "Tea baggers"? Well, yeah, because the POTUS is trying to destroy the country. So what do "we" do? We protest, we write e-mails, we "tea bag". What does the angry black professor do? He assaults police officers responding to a breaking and entering call. He assaults defenseless white women...

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009
  Veterans' Day
WHAT IS A VET?

Some veterans bear visible signs of their service: a missing limb, a jagged scar, a certain look in the eye. Others may carry the evidence inside them: a pin holding a bone together, a piece of shrapnel in the leg--or perhaps another sort of inner steel: the soul's ally forged in the refinery of adversity. Except in parades, however, the men and women who have kept America safe wear no badge or emblem. You can't tell a vet just by looking.

So what is a vet?

He is the barroom loudmouth, dumber than five wooden planks, whose overgrown frat-boy behavior is outweighed a hundred times in the cosmic scales by four hours of exquisite bravery near the 38th parallel.

He is the cop on the beat who spent six months in Iraq sweating two gallons a day making sure the armored personnel carriers didn't run out of fuel.

She is the nurse who fought against futility and went to sleep sobbing every night for two solid years in Da Nang.

He is the drill instructor that has never seen combat--but has saved countless lives by turning slouchy, no-account rednecks, city boys, and gang members into Marines, and teaching them to watch each other's backs.

He is the parade-riding Legionnaire who pins on his ribbons and medals with a prosthetic hand.

He is the POW who went away one person and came back another--or didn't come back at all.

He is the career quartermaster who watches the ribbons and medals pass him by.

He is the three anonymous heroes in The Tomb Of The Unknowns, whose presence at the Arlington National Cemetery must forever preserve the memory of all the anonymous heroes whose valor die unrecognized with them on the battlefield or in the ocean's sunless deep.

He is the old guy bagging groceries at the supermarket--palsied now and aggravatingly slow--who helped liberate a Nazi death camp and who wishes all day long that his wife were still alive to hold him when the nightmares come.

They are fathers, mothers, grandfathers, grandmothers. Sisters and brothers. Aunts and uncles. The quiet ones who are your neighbors, who may not even fly the flag they served under, not shouting their victories or showing off their medals. They are the ones who know the smells that go along with the pictures and memories.

They are ordinary and yet extraordinary human beings, people who offered some of their life's most vital years in the service of their country, and who sacrificed their ambitions so others would not have to sacrifice theirs.

So remember, each time you see someone who has served our country, just lean over and say, "Thank you." That's all most people need, and in most cases, it will mean more than any medals they could have been awarded or were awarded.

Two little words that mean a lot: "THANK YOU."

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In other countries like Australia and the United Kingdom, it is Remembrance Day from the end of the first world war which ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. Our heartfelt thanks to our allies also remembering their veterans on this day.

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In Flanders Fields
By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)
Canadian Army

IN FLANDERS FIELDS the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

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Written by Jim Vallance and Bryan Adams, Performed by Bryan Adams


Link to the song...


If you like the video, please take the time to donate to PoppyScotland from their homepage - www.poppyscotland.org.uk




In remembrance of the Men of the 116th Infantry Regiment and most particularly my father's first cousin PFC Gano H. Jewell killed in action, August 7, 1944, in the vicinity of Vire, France.

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Saturday, November 07, 2009
  This Says it All

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  The Fort Hood Shooting
I've been hearing so much crap about this. Comments on security, how could he do that, etc. While most of these journalists and commentators have never served a single day in service much less lived as a servicemember on a post or base they should have been able to suss out that the head of the hospital doesn't know squat about an ongoing investigation and won't violate the privacy act.

#1 - soldiers may own firearms but security demands that they are secured. To that end firearms on post are controlled whether they are government or privately owned.
#2 - an Officer (capitalized for a reason) is given a certain amount of latitude not available to enlisted personnel.
#3 - the Soldier Readiness Center is a sort of Human Resources Area which processes soldiers administratively and medically in and out of country. Records, pay and vaccinations among other things are updated. Likely much of this is done by civilian employees. There are no critical items therein and so security will not be as high as on weapons depots, etc.
#4 - Despite what Joe Baggs thinks, an Army POST is indeed very much like your home town. However, it is set aside. It has controlled access. Among other things, ID, vehicle registration & insurance is checked coming in. Once inside additional levels of security exist. If you want to go hunting or use the range (when available) you must have your firearm registered on post. You must report directly to the game manager or range officer and leave directly. If you need to access drugs, weapons, vehicles and so forth there are even more layers of security. One thing often overlooked by these pundits is that those who have access are all part of the "team". One has to trust somebody and while it isn't complete trust (without background checks and such), members of the team must and are generally expected to be for, not against, their team, i.e. the U.S. Army. To be certain that one is indeed a service member the I.D. is constantly checked. PX, Commissary, hospital, motor pool (with MILITARY drivers license), and so forth.
#5 - as an officer MAJ Hasan, medical officer or not, has the authority of his grade over other soldiers and is thus presumed to have a sort of higher level of trust than the "common" or enlisted soldier. While he would have had to pass the same security screenings he was likely expected at the facility and may have entered through another entrance.
#6 - the vast majority of soldiers whether serving processing soldiers or as processing soldiers won't be armed. Many likely have a multi-tool or pocket knife as they use these daily. Some might have been accompanied by family members.
#7 - "civilian" police are used on post to free soldiers for combat duty in the same way that the mess halls are fully manned by civilians. Think of WWII where women flew transportation flights stateside so that male pilots would be freed for combat duty.

One fellow I know posted this (thanks Charles):
At least in my humble opinion. I may be deluded, but I fancy myself a student of the human mind, the human religious mind and the Islamic religious mind. By the number:

1. Palistinan parent come to US and start having children.
2. Children are native born Americans but are raised steeped in Islam and Palistinan culture.
3. Son goes to Virginia Tec on ROTC scolarship with the obligations for active and reserve service that goes with that.
4. At graduation, son is commission a 2nd. Lt. and decided to go on the med school on the Army dollar which extends his military obligations.
5. Son goes to Army Med School, as a 2nd. Lt. and in his second year 9-11 comes crashing down on his ears and the US goes into Afganistan and Iraq.
6. Oh S%^&, son didn't bargin on being part of an invading hord of infidels killing Allah's holy warriors who resist. But maybe it will blow over before the end of Med School.
7. It doesn't blow over, so son signs up for a four year residence in psychiatry. It will blow over by the end of that.
8. It doesn't blow over, so he signed up for a one year fellowship of addition study. Obama is running and he will bring the invading hoard home.
9. Son is wrong again, Obama doesn't bring the hoards home and everybody in uniform is going to the sand box.
10. Son starts to act up. Gets poor evaluations. Let's his sympathies be know, but to no avail. He is going to the sand box.
11. Son files a law suit claming harrassment to no avail. He is going to the sand box.
12. With three weeks before he leaves for the sand box and out of options he takes his pistols to Ft. Hood.
13. Being a part of the invading hord of infidels killing Allah's holy warriors is not an option. Deserting the infidel hoard has no honor only disgrace for himself and his family.
14. Son picks door number three..dieing a martyer on a personal jihad. This brings honor to him and his family and a free pass to heaven.

When all of the dust settled, I would wager a reasonable sum that this or something very close is what went down at Ft. Hood yesterday.

We have had honor killings in this country covered up as anomalous, a soldier (or is it two) who similarly attacked their fellow soldiers, and a number of Muslim citizens working to support the enemy. Why this fact that he was Muslim doesn't strike anyone as important puzzles me.

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Friday, November 06, 2009
  Maybe we can look back at this now and see it clearly.
Hindsight is 20/20, right?  So maybe we can look back a couple of days and see the POTUS's behavior after the shootings as more considerate and compassionate... Obama's Frightening Insensitivity Following Shooting
Updated 9:18 AM CST, Fri, Nov 6, 2009

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President Obama didn't wait long after Tuesday's devastating elections to give critics another reason to question his leadership, but this time the subject matter was more grim than a pair of governorships.

After news broke out of the shooting at the Fort Hood Army post in Texas, the nation watched in horror as the toll of dead and injured climbed. The White House was notified immediately and by late afternoon, word went out that the president would speak about the incident prior to a previously scheduled appearance. At about 5 p.m., cable stations went to the president. The situation called for not only his trademark eloquence, but also grace and perspective.

But instead of a somber chief executive offering reassuring words and expressions of sympathy and compassion, viewers saw a wildly disconnected and inappropriately light president making introductory remarks. At the event, a Tribal Nations Conference hosted by the Department of Interior's Bureau of Indian affairs, the president thanked various staffers and offered a "shout-out" to "Dr. Joe Medicine Crow -- that Congressional Medal of Honor winner." Three minutes in, the president spoke about the shooting, in measured and appropriate terms. Who is advising him?
Nope, not so much. But let's give the man his due. He doesn't give a shit about the men and women in uniform. Any caring he expresses is purely for show.

By the way, Dr. Joe Medicine Crow wasn't awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. He is a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Bronze Star Medal, and the Légion d'honneur.

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Thursday, November 05, 2009
  Does it help keep us secure?
Does it matter if it does? Is security the primary thing, or not? When 1,600 names a day are added to the terror watch list you have to wonder. I mean, are they going to list every Muslim?

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Thursday, October 29, 2009
  Ain't it ironic?...
Just a note on something I just saw. I was watching a History Channel show on "Star Wars" and Dan Rather was talking about the historical use of crisis, real or fabricated, by tyrants in order to gain power. At the same time he and his kind have been supporting somebody doing just that... Ain't it ironic?

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009
  I'd rather have freedom...

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Sunday, October 18, 2009
  So who bought and paid for Obama's Nobel Peace Prize?
If the Majority of Nobel jury 'objected to Obama prize', how in heck did it get awarded to him? Pay off? You tell me...
Three of the five members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee had objections to the Nobel Peace Prize being awarded to US President Barack Obama, the Norwegian tabloid Verdens Gang (VG) reported Thursday.

"VG has spoken to a number of sources who confirmed the impression that a majority of the Nobel committee, at first, had not decided to give the peace prize to Barack Obama," the newspaper said.

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Friday, October 16, 2009
  A hate crime or truth in labeling?

Was this sauvastika chosen in the "I 'swastika' Obama" golf course, purposeful or in error?  Did the perpetrators of this vandalism commit a hate crime or correctly label the man? 
The vandals snuck in at night and carved their message of hate, according to the owner of the country club.
Were they wishing bad luck on the President of the United States? Labeling him as the facist many believe he is? Threatening him? Nobody knows, but of course, as noted above, some have decided. Seriously now, some folks need a lesson in symbology and grammar.

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Thursday, October 15, 2009
  Limbaugh, the NFL and Leftist Persecution...
Limbaugh dropped from group seeking to buy Rams and The Rush Limbaugh media lynch mob are just a couple of places to go to catch up on this interesting bit of leftist persecution...

Rush Limbaugh is talking about it on his show again today, after being dropped from the consortium trying to buy the Rams, and talked about it yesterday. I'm not going to listen because I want to give my take...

My take on this is that there are a lot of folks like the professional race baiters, libs/progressives/communists who have no problem lying to get back at somebody/anybody who opposes them. They've lied, they've decried and they've contrived to block Limbaugh's participation. Why? Because of nothing he's said about NFL players (a more drugged up, criminal bunch you've never seen) but about what he's opposed in the "hallowed" halls of Congress and other political locales. It is all about "payback" and has nothing to do with fairness. They would and will do this to you if and when they can. Don't doubt it. There is not one of us so small that we aren't deserving of their wrath.

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  How you might get a tax break for your dog but not your health care...
The "Baucus bill" is full of new taxes and "fees" on just about everything in order to pay for the health care of about 5% of the U.S. population but there is at least one person in Congress who thinks you should get a tax break on your pet!
A bill making the rounds on Capitol Hill marries two feel-good propositions -- tax cuts and pet ownership -- to generate a novel idea: A tax break of up to $3,500 per person for pet care expenses.

The measure is a legislative long shot. But it's been championed by a veteran Hollywood tough guy and by a conservative Michigan congressman, and has drawn the enthusiastic support of animal rights groups eager to promote pet ownership during economic down times.
Oh, the Humane Society loves this idea.
"We think this is as much a health care bill as any," said Nancy Perry, vice president of government affairs at the Humane Society. "It's a human health issue to ensure that pets are provided with better care because of the role they play in our families."

The measure even has a snappy acronym: the HAPPY Act, as in Humanity and Pets Partnered Through the Years.
Robert Davi the actor has been promoting this idea.
Davi, the owner of four dogs and a cat, said the concept of using the tax code to promote pet ownership occurred to him a few months ago, in thinking about the stimulus package passed by Democrats in Congress -- a package, he said, that he opposed.

Davi's cousin runs a prominent California animal rescue foundation, D.E.L.T.A. Rescue, and is always looking for ideas that would get more pets adopted, he said. Why not let people deduct expenses like pet food and veterinarian bills from their taxes, like child care expenses or mortgage interest can help reduce your tax burden?
How do I feel about this? On the one hand I think any reason to keep more of YOUR money from the government is a good thing. On the other hand I don't think there should as little government involvement in my life as is possible.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009
  Is A.C.O.R.N. really taking steps to root out corruption or a sign of MORE corruption?
ACORN Fires Longtime Companion of Group's Founder
Controversial activist group ACORN has fired the longtime companion of founder Wade Rathke over apparent concerns about a lack of "accountability" in her work leading the Louisiana chapter in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Beth Butler was the director of that chapter and close to Rathke, whose brother Dale was accused of embezzling about $1 million from the group a decade ago.

A statement by ACORN chief executive officer Bertha Lewis did not specify why she fired Butler.

"I took over as ACORN's CEO last summer, and I vowed accountability at every level of the organization," Lewis said in her statement. "The work of ACORN members everywhere -- especially in Louisiana where the members have fought heroically to bring the city back post-Katrina -- is too important to not have full accountability."
But is Ms. Lewis really trying to root out the corruption in A.C.O.R.N.?
Butler said she was fired because she refused to fire members of a land trust board whom national ACORN leaders wanted ousted. She said ACORN national is "going out of business" and wanted the board gone to seize control of its funds and assets. She called the ordeal "all completely inappropriate and unethical."
Maybe it is two birds with one stone...

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Sunday, October 11, 2009
  Kevin Jennings, Safe Schools Czar, Schools Promote Heterosexuality
Kevin Jennings has been reported as saying that schools are promoting heterosexuality. That they are recruiting heterosexuals... I find that interesting.

Perhaps he doesn't realize that male-female reproduction is the norm for procreation of a species. All else is abnormal. Ignore the religious argument. Allow that some persons (and perhaps other species) aren't "wired" for male-female reproduction. That's fine. Homosexuality is still abnormal. It isn't the norm. That's just how it is. Now, to deny the majority their natural tendencies in this realm and to promote HOMOSEXUALITY in an attempt to "balance" the sheet is perverse.

Yes, perverse. Just as it is perverse to tell someone you believe is underage to enjoy sex with an adult and wear a condom.* Perverse is finding the founder of NAMBLA (no link provided from this page!) to be inspirational.
Kevin Jennings’ comments before “Looking to the Future” panel at GLSEN’s Mid-Atlantic conference, held October 25, 1997 at the Grace Church School in New York City.One of the people that’s always inspired me is Harry Hay, who started the first ongoing gay rights groups in America. In 1948, he tried to get people to join the Mattachine Society [the first American homosexual “rights” group]. It took him two years to find one other person who would join. Well, [in] 1993, Harry Hay marched with a million people in Washington, who thought he had a good idea 40 years before. Everybody thought Harry Hay was crazy in 1948, and they knew something about him which he apparently did not—they were right, he was crazy. You are all crazy. We are all crazy. All of us who are thinking this way are crazy, because you know what? Sane people keep the world the same [sh*tty] old way it is now. It’s the people who think, ‘No, I can envision a day when straight people say, ‘So what if you’re promoting homosexuality?’ Or straight kids say, ‘Hey, why don’t you and your boyfriend come over before you go to the prom and try on your tuxes on at my house?’ That if we believe that can happen, we can make it happen. The only thing that will stop us is our lack of faith that we can make it happen. That is our mission from this day forward. To not lose our faith, to not lose our belief that the world can, indeed, be a different place. And think how much can change in one lifetime if in Harry Hay’s one very short life, he saw change from not even one person willing to join him to a million people willing to travel to Washington to join him. You can see the same changed happen in your lifetime if you believe you can.’’
It is also interesting that Harry Hay was a long time Communist. Sexual orientation politics aside, is Jennings also a communist?

Obama said we can know him by those from whom he seeks guidance and with whom he surrounds himself. Birds of a feather...

* the person involved now says he was 16 or of the age of consent at the time but that's not what Kevin Jennings thought when he recounted the incident. I think it likely isn't what he thought at the time of the incident. He should have, by law, reported the alleged statutory rape and let the system sort it out but he took it upon himself to give the green light.

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  Gimme, gimme, gimme!
This happened several days ago but it helps make the point that the stimulus was a massive redistribution of wealth and nothing more. Taking money from me to pay some ne'er do well's rent is not what I call fair...
Residents Get Chance At Stimulus MoneyDetroit's homeless and low-income residents have another opportunity for a chance at millions of stimulus dollars.

The money is available to help low-income residents from becoming homeless and homeless residents to find housing.

Thousands of people lined up Tuesday.

Some people in line falsely believed they were registering for $3,000 stimulus checks from the Obama Administration.

City officials told Local 4 that Detroit was granted $15 million to help residents pay bills and their rent or find temporary housing for the homeless.
They sure have taught them well. Like my dog begging for a treat, they lined right up...

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Saturday, October 10, 2009
  Others passed over for the Nobel Peace Prize....
GREG MORTENSON NOMINATED FOR NOBEL PEACE PRIZE
California Desk
January 07, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Greg Mortenson, one of the world's great humanitarians, was today nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, in a bipartisan, bicameral effort led by Members of Congress. Mortenson, co-founder of the Central Asia Institute and Pennies for Peace, and co-author of the best selling non-fiction, Three Cups of Tea, continues to impress the global community with his unwavering dedication to advancing children's education and promoting peace in some of the world's most volatile regions. Bono Mack drafted the letter to the Norwegian Nobel Committee, nominating Mortenson for the prestigious award, and sought support from other Members of Congress.

"Greg Mortenson is a remarkable man, whose leadership, passion, and character is truly transforming lives and inspiring millions," said Bono Mack. "For over fifteen years, Greg has devoted his life to promoting peace and improving education in the war-torn regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

"I am deeply honored to have known Greg for many years and am proud of everything he has accomplished thus far. One of the most humble people I know, Greg is a living hero and his dedication to peace is truly changing the world. I am proud to nominate this most-worthy individual for this high honor."

Below is the letter Bono Mack wrote:

The Norwegian Nobel Committee

The Nobel Institute

NO-0255 Oslo, Norway

Dear Members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee:

We, the undersigned Members of the United States Congress, respectfully nominate Mr. Greg Mortensen for the Nobel Peace Prize. Mr. Mortensen, a humanitarian, co-founder of the Central Asia Institute and Pennies for Peace, and co-author of the best selling non-fiction, Three Cups of Tea, continues to impress the global community with his unwavering dedication to advancing children's education in some of the world's most volatile regions.

Mr. Mortensen's life work is remarkable. He has overcome great adversity, escaping brutality and death, to continue his commitment to providing educational opportunities to children, especially girls, living in Pakistan and Afghanistan. He has established more than 78 schools in rural areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan after witnessing, first-hand, children being schooled on sand lots with nothing more than wooden sticks to use for writing in the dirt.


As we well know, educating females in these countries remains controversial. Mr. Mortensen understands the tremendous positive, peaceful impacts that educated girls and women have on societies around the world. He advocates girl's education as the key to economic development and peace, and he continues to fight to make this possible where it otherwise may not be achieved.

During his efforts in Pakistan and Afghanistan, Mr. Mortensen has worked directly with government officials and other country and community leaders during a time of war in these regions. He brings with him the courage and compassion, few others have, to bridge cultural differences and help countries build better societies.

In recognition of Mr. Mortensen's achievements, he has received some of the highest honors and awards. Among them, Pakistan's government announced that Mr. Mortensen will receive their highest civil award, Sitara-e-Pakistan ("Star of Pakistan"), for his humanitarian efforts to provide education in rural areas for the past 15 years.

We, along with other Members of Congress, have engaged Mr. Mortensen in profound discussions regarding his work to strengthen education and advocate peace around the world. Mr. Mortensen has clearly demonstrated to us his strong character, determination and unique ability to work peacefully with foreign leaders during a time of adversity.

To honor Mr. Mortensen's exceptional humanitarian and peaceful efforts, we ask that you give this nomination your full consideration. We greatly appreciate your effort in this regard.

Sincerely,

Mary Bono Mack

U.S. House Representative
Irena Sendlerowa
uring WWII, Irena, got permission to work in the Warsaw Ghetto, as a Plumbing/Sewer specialist.

She had an ulterior motive...

She KNEW what the Nazi's plans were for the Jews.

Iliana smuggled infants out in the bottom of her tool box she carried,and she carried in the back of her truck a Burlap sack, (for larger kids).

She also had a dog in the back, that she trained to bark when the Nazi soldiers let her in, and out of the ghetto.

The soldiers of course wanted nothing to do with the dog, and the barking covered the kids/infants noises.

During her time and course of doing this, she managed to smuggle out and save 2500 kids/infants.

She was caught, and the Nazi's broke both her legs, and arms, and beat her severely.

Iliana kept a record of the names of all the kids she smuggled out,and kept them in a glass jar, buried under a tree in her back yard.

After the war, she tried to locate any parents that may have survived it, and reunited the family.

Most of course had been gassed.

Those kids she helped got placed into foster family homes, or adopted.

Last year Iliana was up for the Nobel Peace Prize....

She LOST.

There are others...

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