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Forgive Me- This Post is Rated “R”

Posted on March 21, 2010. Filed under: Soapbox |

Right Back At You Mr. President

We really are ALL SOCIALIST NOW.  We will remember this always, Mr. President!  That’s a PROMISE!

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Rally Photos from A Patriot

Posted on March 20, 2010. Filed under: General Info, Soapbox | Tags: , , |

A fellow Patriot who is a reader of this column was thoughtful enough to send some photos from the Code Red Rally today in Washington. As I hear is typical, the Metro was running slowly, helped in part by the number of Patriots attending today. Michele Bachmann has said her estimate is 50,000 Patriots.  The speeches were wonderful and the enthusiasum of the crowd uplifting, delivering the hope our President failed to deliver to citizens of this country. 

ALTHOUGH THE OBJECT OF THE RALLY WAS TO MEET WITH CONGRESSMEN AND WOMEN, THE RAYBURN BUILDING WAS OCCUPIED BUT LOCKED.

If you can believe it, the occupants of the Rayburn building had the unmittigated gall to lock the doors, leaving all the citizens that traveled from many states throughout the country to meet with thier representatives standing out in the sun. That, my friends, capsulizes the issues with our governement. Although they are supposed to represent us, they don’t care what we have to say, what we think, or what we feel.

While the Obama administration has said our government is not allowed to torture terrorists, they have no problem torturing taxpaying citizens.

I must admit, I could not bring myself to listen to Obama’s little “Pep Rally” today, I had to hit the mute button. I figure, though, it’s fair play, as he has had us on mute every since he took office.

Thank you to Tom Bodine for the photos.

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Please Pray for Our Country

Posted on March 19, 2010. Filed under: General Info, Soapbox | Tags: , , |

Part five of my series on Corrupting the American Vote Count will be posted Monday night.

I can not seem to keep my mind off what is happening in DC right now.

Like the other 61% of Americans that do not want this health care bill passed, I am so concerned. Like so many other patriots I have spoken with over the last several days, I am just sick over this.

Everything that is happening in DC right now is full of trickery, deceit, and immoral behavior.  I just don’t understand, unless they WANT to totally trash this country, WHY THEY ARE DOING THIS.

If they wanted TRUE reform they would not have written the bill this way, nor would they have had to make backstabbing, expensive and unconstitutional deals in order to pass it.

What has our country come to? And it’s downhill from here.

Harry Reid said today he will soon offer legislation on Single Payer. Of course, it’s well known they will be taking up illegal immigration reform, cap and trade and universal voter as soon as this passes. Rumor has it they will be using Slaughter or reconciliation to pass these as well.

Please PRAY. Even if you have a questionable relationship with God, if you love this country, PRAY.

For those able to go to DC Saturday, THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH. Please post your photos and stories in the comment section.

We will have a guest blogger with us Sunday night that will share her experiences from the Code Red Rally earlier in the week and her attempts to communicate with Representatives personally.

If you are not able to go to DC, there will be rallies all over the country Saturday. Please go if you can. If not, show up at your local representative’s office or senator’s office with a sign and just hang out for a while this weekend.

The voice mail boxes in DC are now all full. Those weasels are too cowardly to even answer their phones. They are such a disgrace to all that America USED to be and is supposed to be today.  Here is a link to the twitter addresses for all Congress Members who have them:

http://thejaghunter.wordpress.com/2010/03/18/#rush

Please watch FOX this weekend to get the real story of the protests (hopefully- there is no gauarantee). 

 Please carry this memory with you for the rest of your life in order to make certain this never happens again. Never again can we so carelessly elect people to represent our interests in Washington.

I feel so sorry for those who are expecting real medical reforms. It may be some time before all realize they have been had.

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A Proposal For Republicans In Washington,D.C.

Posted on March 9, 2010. Filed under: Soapbox | Tags: , , , |

To me, the handwriting is on the wall. The Democrats are making deals behind LOCKED doors this time. How sad that in our country, this is what it comes down to.
 
Did you notice, however, no one is really standing up. No one is telling us exactly what is going on behind closed doors. I find that interesting. None of the Democrats, even those voting no, are speaking out, and they all know plenty.
 
However, it’s convenient for the Republicans they supposedly know nothing of the deals being made and arms being twisted. Only, I will bet they know plenty, too. It’s my supposition, however bitter, they just don’t want to speak up as they know when they go to pull this crap in the future- if they tell now, the Dems will tell later.
 
Stupak is only feigning to stand up for pro-life in my belief. He had to know when he made the deal last time it would not be enforced in the Senate. Think about it. Now they want us to believe they can reach an agreement even though the House must pass the Senate bill verbatim, then add Stupak’s desired language later. Can anyone hear Judy Tenuta screaming in the background right now besides me? THAT COULD HAPPEN.. when monkeys fly out.. (sorry, I couldn’t help myself)
 
Of course, you may have heard the sound bite from today where Pelosi said they should pass the bill so everyone can find out what’s in it. Huh? Does anybody, ANYBODY, go to the store, plunk down several hundred dollars, then say .. OK.. what did that buy me??? A couple hundred dollars is what it will cost the average family each year for the next several years before any benefit even takes effect and at minimum how much your premiums will go up from now on if this passes. Is our government now “Let’s make a deal”.. with us being left to guess which curtain to choose. No, we don’t even get that privilege. We get what they give us and we are supposed to shut up, sit down and take it gratefully.
 
NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO!
 
I really do think the crooks in charge are going to get this bill to pass no matter what deals they have to make to pass it. I have heard Single Payer legislation is indeed buried in the bill. That is why they are so intent on not starting over. All of the socialist controls are in there.
 
So, let’s say it does happen. The Republicans are going to exploit the situation come election time. Just as it would be foolhardy for anyone to trust the Senate to “fix” the bill later, so too would the American people be foolhardy to trust the Republicans to repeal the bill if they are put in control after the election.
 
Here is what I propose. If the Republicans are really appalled by this legislation and the way it came about, then why are there no bills being introduced to stop it in the future? I know of none. Hmmm. They don’t have to be in charge to introduce a bill. Remember “Audit the Fed”?
 
Say the bill does pass, do you think they will introduce legislation to repeal it ASAP? Probably not. They will tell us if they are elected in November they will introduce the legislation to repeal.
 
THAT IS NOT OK WITH ME. We are supposed to trust any of them even though no one is adequately standing up to stop all the nonsense that goes on in DC. No. Show us. Talk is cheap.
 
It is admirable that Arizona Congresswoman (D) Ann Kirkpatrick introduced a bill to temporarily cut congressional pay by 5%. Nothing funny there, oh, except for that she is for the health care bill, and other legislation that would grow the size of government.
 
They really do think we are stupid. Let’s show them we are not. Hold their feet to the fire no matter what party they are in. They all know what goes on and none actually spill the beans. Keep that in mind.
 
If the Republicans want us to vote for them in the fall, let’s see how fast bills get introduced and sponsored to correct what is wrong with the whole process and repeal the health care bill.
 
If you have not called your Senator and Representative’s office yet in the last two weeks to tell them no.. please call. Tell them no. They have to keep records on how many yes calls and no calls they get. Please get on the record.
 
 
 
 
 
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A Little Weekend Levity?

Posted on March 6, 2010. Filed under: Soapbox |

Levity, as it comes from Victoria Jackson.  Content, well, you decide.

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It’s Official: Dems Declare War on Teapartiers (aka Right Wing Extremists)

Posted on January 26, 2010. Filed under: General Info, Soapbox | Tags: , , , , , |

Fox News is now reporting the Dems are coming after us, fellow 912er’s and tea party participants. According to Fox:

Senate Democrats, seeking to breathe new life into their 2010 electoral prospects after their shocking loss in Massachusetts last week, are unveiling a new war strategy: divide and conquer the GOP.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee passed out a memo Tuesday advising Democratic campaign managers to define their Republican opponents early and to highlight the differences between moderate voters and tea party-style conservatives.

“Given the pressure Republican candidates feel from the extreme right in their party, there is a critical — yet time-sensitive — opportunity for Democratic candidates,” the DSCC wrote in the memo, which was obtained by FoxNews.com. “We have a finite window when Republican candidates will feel susceptible to the extremists in their party. Given the urgent nature of this dynamic, we suggest an aggressive effort to get your opponents on the record.”

The memo encourages Democratic candidates to compel their opponents to answer a series of questions on issues that have helped boost the tea party movement and reveal cracks in GOP unity, including health care, taxes and President Obama’s citizenship and ideology.

It goes on to list some of the questions:

“Do you believe that Barack Obama is a U.S. citizen? Do you think the 10th Amendment bars Congress from issuing regulations like minimum health care coverage standards? Do you think programs like Social Security and Medicare represent socialism and should never have been created in the first place? Do you think President Obama is a socialist? Do you think America should return to a gold standard?”

I have a few questions for them:

Do you believe in the Constitution of the United States of America?

Have you personally read the Constitution of the United States of America?

Since you took an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America, can you tell us when exactly you plan to start doing that? Of course if you haven’t memorized the Constitution yet, can you tell me what makes you qualified to hold the job you do?

Exactly where in the Constitution of the United States of America does it say you can abuse your power by attempting to ram so called “reforms” down the throat of citizens who do not want any part of them?

Exactly where in the Constitution does it say you are entitled to luxury health care and entitlement programs not available to and paid for by hard working citizens of this country?

Exactly where in the Constitution does it call for Executive Orders? Bills to be “negotiated” behind closed doors? Vote counts to be corrupted? Lobbyists to buy favor? Expense accounts for government representatives that dwarf the average worker’s salary? Salaries for elected officials to be over 5 times that of the average worker? Where exactly does it say you can take my rights given me by GOD? Where exactly does it say you may impinge on my free speech? Where exactly does it say you can hand out free sex kits to my children at school? I would like you to point out the part that says you can send our jobs overseas, drive down the value of our dollar and steal the equity in our homes. I would also like you to point out the part that says you can fund banks, insurance companies and auto companies with our tax dollars. As long as you’re at it show me where it says the size of government is supposed to exceed that of the private sector.

Instead of preferring we get our news from stations with anchors that mention Lincoln as their favorite founding father, why don’t worry about studying the actual founding fathers and their intent.

If you think you have issues now with the American voter.. go ahead and ask your questions, that way we will know exactly who to vote for. It sure as hell is not going to be any of you.

The days of the Progressive in Washington DC are numbered. You may as well wear signs that say “endangered species”.

Just in case you pull an Obama on us and pretend our memories are about a day long, we have your records and we aren’t afraid to look them up.

Mr President, I know you’re going to try to sound like a moderate during the State of The Union Address, but we have a LOT of video we can repeatedly roll out to remind people you are for FUNDAMENTAL CHANGE – only now, many of us know exactly what that means, and we’re not buying it.

You said you would rather be a good one term president that a bad two term president ???  I think you left out an option there- just sayin’.

Those of you who heard the rumors but didn’t believe citizens who cherish the Constitution and a sound financial system were labeled “Right Wing Extremists” by your government – do you need more proof?

DSCC’s website says they are “Building Lasting Change For President Obama”. They sure aren’t doing it for the American people they are supposed to be representing. These are the members of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee responsible for the “memo” :

 

Leadership:

Harry Reid, Nevada Senator/ Senate Majority Leader

Bob Menendez, New Jersey Senator, DSCC Chair
 
Senior Staff

J.B. Poersch, Executive Director

Elizabeth Lowery, Finance Director

Martha McKenna, Political Director

Jude Meche, Director of IT

Eric Schultz, Communications Director

Darlene Setter, Comptroller

Jason Rosenbaum, New Media Director

Nairi Hourdajian, Policy Director

Oh, and in case you wish to contact them:

Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
Phone (202) 224-2447
Fax (202) 969-0354
For general information email info@dscc.org

This kind of puts yesterday’s column in perspective, wouldn’t you say?

 

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Hopes Lie in Rubble

Posted on January 15, 2010. Filed under: General Info, Soapbox | Tags: , , , |

What has happened in Haiti is terrible beyond words. My heart goes out to the people there and I wish them strength toward a quick recovery.
 
As I watched news coverage yesterday, something struck me. It reminded me of something I noticed during the aftermath of Katrina.
 
Many of those that thankfully made it through alive and well were just hovering on the street, and some were looting. Perhaps as many as hundreds of thousands of people lay buried in the rubble. The looters went into the buildings to take, stepping over dead bodies along the way. The people were asking for help and help is coming.
 
The looters were not the norm, but just the ever present segment of society waiting to perch upon people at their lowest. Unfortunately it is a universal phenomenon.
 
The majority stood awestruck in disbelief at what had, in a blink of an eye, happened to them, their families and their country. Families huddled together trying to console one another.
 
But, just as in Katrina it seemed they were reluctant to give aid to themselves. Perhaps it was shock.
 
I felt compassion toward these people, but merely wondered why they were not helping to find people who may still be alive or helping remove debris where needed, especially where there may be live people under that rubble. Perhaps, I thought they could help in providing minor medical aid to those who require it, or comfort a child who can not locate their parents. Instead the videos showed people merely gathering in the street looking on.
 
In the aftermath of Katrina we saw the same behavior. Many who were fully capable of helping with the clean up or helping with the injured, etc.. did nothing. As a matter of fact, there are the unforgettable videos of some criticizing the government who warned them, blatantly, they needed to leave and if they chose to stay they would be on their own for days awaiting aid. They stayed, and blamed the government for what happened to them during and after the storm. I have not yet seen that in Haiti.
 
I don’t believe our government handled the Katrina situation well, either, for the record. That’s another issue.
 
The pictures coming out of Haiti were different today. Just as it took several days for some, and I mean literally, only some, residents to share what they had left in the way of food, supplies, energy after Katrina, some Haitian residents came forward today. Some were handing out prepared rice to people for nourishment, some were helping pull people, alive and dead, out of the rubble. They had reclaimed their country, despite this latest terrible setback. They were beginning to take responsibility, not for the tragedy they had no control over, but rather where to go from this point forward. It seems, perhaps, the shock of it all was starting to wear off and the rebuilding of their lives had begun. We should all help in any way possible.  
 
My point is that most often the help you need lies at the end of your own arms and in your own heart. The world will follow. My biggest fear for Haiti, is those in charge. The government there is known for it’s corruption. Just as we have seen in other developing countries around the globe, those in power have a tendency to usurp what rightfully belongs to the people.
 
In no means to belittle the tragedy in Haiti, or in Katrina, I must say it reminds me of the inner cities here in America. The able bodied lie in wait for the Calvary to come. The Calvary is over rated. Take a look at the mismanagement involved when ever government is in control. It staggers the mind. Yet, many rely solely upon it, instead of their own efforts and abilities.
 
That’s the direction our country will head if the current administration has their way. 
 
For years the left has taught their warped version of history in our schools, has dumbed the people down and attempted to instill a sense of entitlement to them. Made them feel helpless, hopeless. Blighted surroundings and blighted spirit will do that.
 
Just as there has been massive amounts of abuse in the inner cities regarding funds relinquished in order to rebuild, to revamp, to renew, there are massive amounts of money on it’s way to Haiti. My fear is money earmarked for the people goes to the corrupt politicians and gang chiefs. The people are left to suffer.
 
I pray that is not the case for the people of Haiti.
 
I pray the trend reverses here at home, too.  I see nothing but the opposite with the current administration. Hope and change – not so much. Hoax and change is much more like it.
 
Corrupt governments do not work. Socialist, fascist governments do not work. Yet, so many who have been abused by their misplaced trust will, no doubt suffer more, if the current Washington agenda is not stopped. We need to educate those who see no other road. Freedom, not slavery, is the only way to achieve self-love and self-confidence. True hope comes from within but can be nurtured and fostered by society.
 
Haiti is a republic, and was the first independent nation in Latin America, gained by a successful slave rebellion. In recent times, however, Haiti has been ridden with corruption and greed on the part of the government. Very much akin to the inner cities here in America. Where there were once great shinning trophies of success as a result of self reliance and entrepreneurship, now lies rubble and distress.
 
If you are financially able to provide assistance to those in Haiti, who will need our help for years going forward, please visit  state.gov or www.cidi.org or of course, the Red Cross . In any case, please pray for them. Pray too for those in our inner cities to find the help they need within to reclaim and rebuild as well.
 
 
 
 
 
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Dissent is one thing – Self-destruction is another

Posted on January 10, 2010. Filed under: Army for Liberty Book Club, General Info, Soapbox | Tags: , , , , , |

The creeps are coming out from their dark holes.
 
Joy Behar says we can’t read. David Brooks says we are only about “against”. Janeane Garafalo, well, it’s too crude for words. The list of elitists attacking the Tea Party Movement is growing daily. Apparently they feel unequipped to battle our position of standing up for freedom, the constitution or our country, so they have to resort to third grade playground behavior.  
 
I was never one to take sides. I’m a libertarian. I believe in strict constitutionalism. I truly believe all men (and women) are created equal – equal not meaning the exact same, but equal meaning entitled to equal privilege and opportunity. I believe people have a right to their own religion, opinion, etc…  As Americans, however, wouldn’t you think our common bond would be our country?
 
Apparently not. Dissent is one thing, but self-destruction is another.
 
I remember at election time, many felt as if there were no real choice for president. Left-wanna-be versus hard-left. No conservative candidate was allowed in that race. That also, in hindsight, explains McCain vouching for Obama’s character in that now famous audience interaction. Even President Bush was not a true conservative. We have not had a true conservative leader for many decades. While I feel President Reagan clearly understood the looming fascist threat, he was not even a true conservative as he refused to defend our borders.
 
Sarah Palin was and is a true conservative, and you clearly saw how the McCain campaign allowed the media to make mincemeat of her without allowing her to adequately defend herself or speak her mind. Please recall, it was Carl Cameron of Fox News who gleefully broke the “wardrobe” scandal right after the campaign. She couldn’t even get a fair shake at Fox. Of course, they are members of the Council on Foreign Relations, just as the other large networks are. It’s important to note, as one must not even rely on Fox for unbiased news, no matter what their slogan is. Citizens are responsible for finding out the truth for themselves.

Progressives on both sides of the political isle are hell bent on taking down our country. Right now, it’s the democrats taking more of our freedoms daily, along with our financial stability, both national and personal. Republicans did a pretty darn good job when last they ran the show, too.
 
Although there are no weapons yet being fired, this is a civil war. It’s important to realize that and to make sure your friends, family, neighbors know that as well. We are truly locking into an “us versus them” battle. The weapon of choice by “We The People” has been complacency. Those who are constitutionalists, who wish America to remain a free, capitalist and sovereign nation have been weak. So weak as a matter of fact, progressives no longer fear us or any retribution we can manage to hurl at them. We have no one to blame but our self. We voted the crooks in, we turned our back for decades and allowed the fascist agenda to become firmly implanted in our government.
 
Now as we begin to stand up, is it any wonder they laugh at us, as a parent would to a small child declaring their independence?
 
I came across a book I would like to suggest and add to the book club. Give Me Liberty: A Handbook for American Revolutionaries by Naomi Wolf. I am asking all to read this “manifesto” of sorts. The price at Amazon is $8.35. I have linked it here to enable you to view contents, etc.. You may be able to find it equally as cheap somewhere near you to avoid shipping. The product description reads as follows:
 
As the practice of democracy becomes a lost art, Americans are increasingly desperate for a restored nation. Many have a general sense that the “system” is in disorder — if not on the road to functional collapse. But though it is easy to identify our political problems, the solutions are not always as clear. In Give Me Liberty: A Handbook for American Revolutionaries, bestselling author Naomi Wolf illustrates the breathtaking changes that can take place when ordinary citizens engage in the democratic system the way the founders intended and tells how to use that system, right now, to change your life, your community, and ultimately, the nation.
  
Another book I am adding to the list is Ron Paul’s Revolution: The Manifesto which is priced at $10.19 at Amazon. The product description of this book is as follows:
 
This Much Is True: You Have Been Lied To.

  • The government is expanding.
  • Taxes are increasing.
  • More senseless wars are being planned.
  • Inflation is ballooning.
  • Our basic freedoms are disappearing.

The Founding Fathers didn’t want any of this. In fact, they said so quite clearly in the Constitution of the United States of America. Unfortunately, that beautiful, ingenious, and revolutionary document is being ignored more and more in Washington. If we are to enjoy peace, freedom, and prosperity once again, we absolutely must return to the principles upon which America was founded. But finally, there is hope . . .

In THE REVOLUTION,Texas congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul has exposed the core truths behind everything threatening America, from the real reasons behind the collapse of the dollar and the looming financial crisis, to terrorism and the loss of our precious civil liberties. In this book, Ron Paul provides answers to questions that few even dare to ask.

Despite a media blackout, this septuagenarian physician-turned-congressman sparked a movement that has attracted a legion of young, dedicated, enthusiastic supporters . . . a phenomenon that has amazed veteran political observers and made more than one political rival envious. Candidates across America are already running as “Ron Paul Republicans.”

“Dr. Paul cured my apathy,” says a popular campaign sign. THE REVOLUTION may cure yours as well.

 
One final recommendation I have is Lord Nigel Lawson’s new book, An Appeal To Reason which is available at Amazon for $9.95. The product description reads:
 
“Clear, analytical and compelling.” -The Economist

In this well-informed and hard-hitting response to the scaremongering of the climate alarmists, Nigel Lawson, former Secretary of State for Energy under Margaret Thatcher, argues that it is time for us to take a cool look at global warming. Lawson carefully and succinctly examines all aspects of the global warming issue: the science, the economics, the politics, and the ethics. He concludes that the conventional wisdom on the subject is suspect on a number of grounds, that global warming is not the devastating threat to the planet it is widely alleged to be, and that the remedy that is currently being proposed, which is in any event politically unattainable, would be worse that the threat it is supposed to avert. Argued with logic, common sense, and even wit, and thoroughly sourced and referenced, Lawson has written a long overdue corrective to the barrage of spin and hype to which the politicians and media have been subjecting the public on this important issue.

 
 
The three books I have asked you to consider are moderately priced, which is important to me, as in these tough times, I am not looking to add to anyone’s burden. Education is priceless, however and it is so important to ARM YOURSELF WITH THE KNOWLEDGE YOU NEED TO DEFEND YOURSELF AND YOUR COUNTRY.
 
I leave you with the patriotic song lyrics, sung by soldiers, ironically, on both sides during the civil war (the North’s version appears below as I felt the reference to freeing the slaves was particularly apropos. While this song is well over a century old, it could very well be the battle cry of the second civil war as well:
 
THE BATTLE CRY OF FREEDOM
Yes we’ll rally round the flag, boys, we’ll rally once again,
Shouting the battle cry of freedom,
We will rally from the hillside, we’ll gather from the plain,
Shouting the battle cry of freedom!

(Chorus)
The Union forever! Hurrah, boys, hurrah!
Down with the traitor, up with the star;
While we rally round the flag, boys, rally once again,
Shouting the battle cry of freedom!

We are springing to the call with a million freemen more,
Shouting the battle cry of freedom!
And we’ll fill our vacant ranks of our brothers gone before,
< Shouting the battle cry of freedom!

Chorus

We will welcome to our numbers the loyal, true and brave,
Shouting the battle cry of freedom!
And although he may be poor, not a man shall be a slave,
Shouting the battle cry of freedom!

Chorus

So we’re springing to the call from the East and from the West,
Shouting the battle cry of freedom!
And we’ll hurl the rebel crew from the land we love best,
Shouting the battle cry of freedom!

Chorus

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You Gotta Laugh, or You Could Cry

Posted on January 5, 2010. Filed under: Enemies of The State, General Info, Soapbox | Tags: , , , , , , , |

 This is out of character for me, I know. I received this email pass along today and laughed until tears were running down my cheek, then I realized how much easier it is for terrorists. 
  
This letter is supposed to be an actual letter to the passport office, but I didn’t “snope” it as I figured it feels accurate and makes a valid point. Be forewarned, the language is a bit rough, but you can sure feel his frustration: 
  
Dear Sirs, 
 
I’m in the process of renewing my passport, and still cannot believe this.  How is it that Radio Shack has my address and telephone number and knows that I bought a cable t.v. from them back in 1987, and yet, the Federal Government is still asking me where I was born and on what date. 
 
For Christ sakes, do you guys do this by hand? My birth date you have on my social security card, and it is on all the income tax forms I’ve filed for the past 30 years. It is on my health insurance card, my driver’s license, on the last eight damn passports I’ve had, on all those stupid customs declaration forms I’ve had to fill out before being allowed off the plane over the last 30 years, and all those insufferable census forms that are done at election times. 
 
Would somebody please take note, once and for all, that my mother’s name is Maryanne, my father’s name is Robert and I’d be absolutely astounded if that ever changed between now and when I die!!!!!! 
 
I apologize, I’m really pissed off this morning. Between you an’ me, I’ve had enough of this bullshit! You send the application to my house, then you ask me for my  address. 
 
What is going on?  Do you have a gang of Neanderthal asses working there! 
 
Look at my damn picture. Do I look like Bin Laden?  I don’t want to dig up Yasser Arafat, I just want to go and park my ass on a sandy beach. 
 
And would someone please tell me, why would you care whether I plan on visiting a farm in the next 15 days? If I ever got the urge to do something weird to a chicken or a goat, believe you me, I’d sure as hell not want to tell anyone! 
 
Well, I have to go now, ’cause I have to go to the other end of the city and get another  copy of my birth certificate, to the tune of $60. Would it be so complicated to have all the services in the same spot to assist in the issuance of a new passport the same day?? Nooooo, that’d be too damn easy and maybe make sense.  You’d rather have us running all over the  place like chickens with our heads cut off, then find some idiot to confirm that it’s really me on the damn picture – you know,the one where we’re not allowed to smile?! (bureaucratic  morons)  Hey, you know why we can’t smile?  We’re totally pissed off! 
 
Signed – An Irate Citizen. 
 
P.S.. Remember what I said above about the picture and getting someone to confirm that it’s me?  Well, my family has been in this country since 1776 ……..I have served in the military for something over 30 years and have had security clearances up the yingyang……….However, I have to get someone ‘important’ to verify who I am – you know, someone like my doctor WHO WAS BORN AND RAISED IN INDIA  ! 
 
Sincerely, 
 
You Sure In The Hell Should Know Who I Am

What sank in after I got done laughing (a gesture of sympathy, I promise), was the fact Abdulmutallab, was from Nigeria and lived in Yemen in 2004 and 2005, and yet was allowed to board an airplane for the United States without a passport at all.

As a matter of fact, authorities should have been clued in for a number of reasons.

British intelligence say they had told American officials of Abdulmutallab’s reported conversations with Muslim terrorists back in 2008. British officials are said to have been convinced his student visa application was bogus and refused to renew it in May 2009, whereby they placed him on a British watch list barring reentry into the country.

In August the bomber returned to Yemen, and was reported to be attending classes at the Institute for the Arabic Language. In the fall, US intelligence picked up chatter regarding an Al Qaeda terrorist plot centered in Yemen. A recruit identified only as “The Nigerian” was said to be deeply involved. The intercepted conversations between Abdulmutallab and at least one Al Qaeda member – said to be extremist Yemeni American cleric Anwar al-Aulaqi , who also was reported to be the contact for Major Nidal Hassan, the shooter in the Fort Hood terrorist killings.

On November 19, more than a month prior to this incident,  Abdulmutallab’s respected banker father told the US embassy in Nigeria of his concerns regarding his son. He described him as “missing” and supposedly relayed to personnel at the embassy his son’s terrorist leanings including the fact the son stated he would be “sacrificing himself”.  It is reported the embassy relayed the message to the US State Department.

His name was never added to the no-fly list, nor was his US visa revoked.  As a matter of fact, nothing was done, no one in a position to stop him was notified. He was allowed to get on the plane with no hassle, allowed to stay on the plane in Amsterdam with no questions.

Janet Napolitano, Homeland Security Secretary said emphatically, immediately following the incident, the system is working.  Excuse me? I guess that depends on what your definition of ‘Is” is. 

Let’s take this one step further. These are the same people trying to mandate everything we do. They want to put all our medical records in a database and use it to deny or grant permission for treatment. They want to measure our energy usage and fine us if we don’t fall in line with their expectations. They are hiring IRS agents like mad, yet they don’t pay their taxes. 

They have screwed up every task given them. Look at any department, any division and what you will find is a bastion of inefficiency and corruption.

They have the rolls reversed. They feel they are accountable to no one.  If there is any hope and change in this country, I can only pray to hope for a change in our government!

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Leftist 2010 Rally Cry: “Hide The Decline”

Posted on January 3, 2010. Filed under: Soapbox | Tags: , , , , , |

 

 

 
What started with “Joe the Plumber” has turned out to be the modus operandi of the Obama Administration.
 
Shoot the messenger. Discredit your critics. Not to mention the blackmail and bribery for votes.
 
Sunday I read a piece at the HotAir blog that talked about how the left wing is now at war with Rathmussen due to recent poll results in which the President and his policies are tanking.  
 
At what point will the bullying stop?
 
First there was Joe, then Sarah, the beer summit fiasco (uggh), fox news. Then came “hide the decline” on job numbers, government spending, the economy, non-existent “global warming”.  Now there’s hide the truth from the American people on the socialist programs you and your friends are attempting to stuff down our throats.
 
When will you and your leftist friends realize if you have something to say, present the FACTS and let the people decide? That’s called Democracy. 
 
You call the patriots “Mobsters” and yet, TRUTH (you may have to pull the ol’ Webster for that one Mr. President) be told the left is now being run by nothing but a bunch of hoodlums, thugs, bullies, tax evaders, liars and cheats. 
 
 What you are doing is called FASCISM (look it up Mr. President). This is a REPUBLIC.
 
While the Patriot rally cry for 2010 is “Don’t Tread On Me”, the Progressive’s rally cry must then be “Hide the Decline”.
 
Man, if that’s what your expensive ivy league education and law degrees got you, glad I didn’t waste my money! Who were your professors? Hitler and Mussolini?
 
Here’s a thought, Mr. President – if you want better poll numbers, maybe you should listen to the people. That would require you to take off your RED colored glasses and put your American flag lapel pin on without wincing. But you think it’s easier to just squash free speech.
 
Guess Alinsky wasn’t such a genius after all, huh?
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Rally Cry for 2010: “Don’t Tread On Me”

Posted on January 1, 2010. Filed under: Soapbox | Tags: , , , |

I recently hosted a holiday party at my house.
 
The overwhelming majority were discussing their concerns regarding recent events. Then one guest piped up and loudly proclaimed they were just going leave if we continued to talk about “politics”.  They were tired of the “gloom and doom” conversations that seemed to permeate every function.
 
We all did what we were trained to do. We shut up. Then that guest spent the rest of the evening talking about crap that didn’t matter, Hollywood gossip, hobbies that interested only them, etc. The rest of us suffered in silence, missing the comfort that comes from kinship and shared concerns.
 
My New Year’s resolution is to NEVER allow that to happen again.
 
This particular person is a member of academia, married to a union member. They view the world very differently than do I and most of my friends. They don’t watch the news and would fit right in on a “Jay Walking” segment featuring photos of who’s who in the world. They vote based on who the union tells them to vote for and do not care to know the wheres and what fors. They take advantage of every government program and union offering they CAN “qualify” for (justified or not). In many instances they refuse to take responsibility for their actions and / or the consequences or results.
 
Whatever.
 
It’s their life, not mine. Their choice, not mine.
 
Here’s the difference – I don’t march in to their house and dictate the way things are going to be. I don’t sit there at their dining room table and mandate their behavior in their own home. If, at a group gathering, I don’t care to discuss their hobby or the brain-numbing television shows they watch, I just look for someone else to mingle with. Everybody’s happy.
 
That’s not how the left works.
 
Not on health care reform, not on science, not on speech, on guns, on race, on sex, on religion, on anything, on everything.
 
Liberal – that is an oxy-moron. Liberal – look it up. (that would require effort) It means- generous, open-minded, an advocate of individual rights, befitting a man of free birth, broad minded.
 
Make no mistake, one who declares themselves today as a “liberal”, is more likely to think like a fascist or a communist.
 
I am tired of the so called “liberal” mindset. So tired, as a matter of fact, that I refuse to fall prey to it any longer. In 2010, I will no longer engage in polite conversations with the very enemy seeking to restrain my freedom and dictate my lifestyle.
 
I urge my fellow conservatives, libertarians and true “liberals” to follow my path for 2010.  Adhere to a strict “Don’t Tread On Me” philosophy.
 
It’s live and let live, but it’s a two way street.
 
There’s either going to be a war in this country, the second civil war, or fascists and communists are going crawl back into the hole they climbed out of. Liberals, true liberals, should reclaim their party.
 
You want a war baby, let’s go. Just remember, WE are the ones with the weapons. We not only have our loaded guns which you so decry, but we have the constitution, personal liberty, a respect for life, for law, for free speech, for the ability to better oneself, and actual facts on our side. All you have are mob bosses,  the communist manifesto, your little red book of Mao and a bunch of really rude, uninformed sheep on your side. 
 
Americans, I urge you to stand arm-in-arm with me in 2010. This may be the final year for free speech, free thought and freedom of action if the so called “liberals” have their way.
 
 
 
 
 
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The Audacity of Dopes: Your Tax Dollars At Work

Posted on December 30, 2009. Filed under: General Info, Soapbox | Tags: , , , |

Here is a look at the 2010 Fiscal Year Government Budget, obtained from a very informative website called  USgovernemtspending.com .

Doing the calculations you will find for the US government, spending equals $11,625.45 per capita with public deficit on the federal leval at a whopping $46,799.29 per capita. For a family of four, that means the federal debt is $187,197.16 for this fiscal year.

As if that is not scary enough, lets consider what happens when you add state and local government into the equation: Total government spending is $20,726.45 per capita or $82,905.80 per family of four. Gross public debt for federal, state and local governments is $57,149.56 per person or (you may want to sit down) $228,598.24 per family of four.  

Let’s keep in mind the median household income in the U.S. for 2009 was $50,303. When adjusted for inflation, that parallels the 1997 median household income. With unemployment of 10% in this country, and no real signs of improvement on the horizon, the median income for 2010 is expected to fall to around $47,800.

Keep in mind this is for this fiscal year and before Health Care Non-Reform and before Crap and Tax, before the untold bacon fat thrown into the mix by your well paid government representatives.  You know, the ones who say our previous life styles are “unsustainable”.  I think they need a dictionary and a mirror.

Legislation passed by your elected federal officals will be increasing the amount of tax dollars withheld from that shrinking amount. There are forecasts that inflation or even worse, hyper-inflation will begin to set in sometime in the coming year as well.

Did you get a raise? No?? mmm.. well those you elected to represent you in Washington did. Not only do they get their so called “Cadillac” health care plan you so generously provide for them, along with their very generous pension plan, they also got a raise. The 2009 salary for members of the House and Senate was $174,000, including the $4,700 pay raise they received in January, 2009. House and Senate Minority and Majority leaders receive $193,400. Queen Nancy, Speaker of the House, received $223,500.  It’s estimated they will receive a 3% pay raise for 2010.

This is audacity, alright.  They should have called it the “Audacity of Dopes”.

Let’s make our new year’s resolution to seek a little “economic justice” of our own.

Here is the chart from usgovernmentspending.com

Details, using numbers from FY10 US budget. Includes state and local “guesstimates.”

 
GDP: $14,728.8 billion(1) United States Federal
State and Local Government Spending
US CA >
Pop: 308.9 million
-5yr -1yr   Fiscal Year 2010 in $ billion   +1yr +4yr

 

Change View: people default radical census COFOG Fed
(2)
Gov.
Xfer(3)
State
(3)
Local
(3)
Total   
[–] Pensions 754.1 0.0 172.8 40.3 967.2  
—[+] Sickness and disability 8.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 8.1  
—[+] Old age 746.0 0.0 172.8 40.3 959.1  
[–] Health Care 846.8 -299.3 428.6 131.1 1,107.2  
—[+] Medical service (Seniors) 457.8 0.0 0.0 0.0 457.8  
—[+] Medical service 0.0 -23.4 106.7 125.9 209.2  
—[+] Public health services 4.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 4.3  
—[+] R&D Health 36.6 0.0 0.0 0.0 36.6  
—[+] Health n.e.c. 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0  
—[+] Vendor Payments (Welfare) 348.2 -275.9 321.9 5.2 399.4  
[–] Education 149.5 -79.9 272.5 692.2 1,034.4  
—[+] Pre-primary thru secondary education 77.9 -79.9 8.5 636.8 643.3  
—[+] Tertiary education 20.1 0.0 225.3 43.4 288.8  
—[+] Education not definable by level 51.5 0.0 38.8 12.0 102.3  
—[+] Subsidiary services to education 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0  
—[+] R&D Education 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0  
—[+] Education n.e.c. 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0  
[–]

Defense

871.9 0.0 0.8 0.0 872.7  
—[+] Military defense 712.9 0.0 0.0 0.0 712.9  
—[+] Civil defense 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0  
—[+] Veterans 108.9 0.0 0.8 0.0 109.7  
—[+] Foreign military aid 9.9 0.0 0.0 0.0 9.9  
—[+] Foreign economic aid 40.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 40.2  
—[+] R&D Defence 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0  
—[+] Defence n.e.c. 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0  
[–] Welfare 419.6 -50.4 151.6 91.9 612.6  
—[+] Family and children 91.3 0.0 13.0 9.3 113.5  
—[+] Unemployment 91.8 -3.9 63.3 0.1 151.3  
—[+] Housing 56.9 -46.5 14.3 39.9 64.5  
—[+] Social exclusion n.e.c. 179.6 0.0 51.8 42.7 274.2  
—[+] R&D Social protection 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0  
—[+] Social protection n.e.c. 0.0 0.0 9.1 0.0 9.1  
[–] Protection 55.7 0.0 102.5 192.4 350.6  
—[+] Police services 29.7 0.0 13.6 87.6 130.9  
—[+] Fire-protection services 0.0 0.0 0.0 45.5 45.5  
—[+] Law courts 18.1 0.0 34.5 29.4 82.0  
—[+] Prisons 7.8 0.0 54.4 29.9 92.1  
—[+] R&D Public order and safety 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0  
—[+] Public order and safety n.e.c. 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0  
[–] Transportation 106.9 -55.1 103.7 114.1 269.6  
—[+] Transport 106.9 -55.1 103.7 114.1 269.6  
[–] General Government 25.6 -1.3 34.8 68.8 128.0  
—[+] Executive and legislative organs, financ 19.3 0.0 34.8 68.8 123.0  
—[+] General services 6.3 -1.3 0.0 0.0 5.0  
[–] Other Spending 214.3 -41.4 89.8 425.5 688.2  
—[+] Basic research 17.9 0.0 0.0 0.0 17.9  
—[+] General economic, commercial and labour 36.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 36.2  
—[+] Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunti 32.6 -2.5 14.2 12.2 56.5  
—[+] Fuel and energy 15.0 -0.1 16.3 87.4 118.7  
—[+] Mining, manufacturing and construction 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0  
—[+] Communication -1.4 0.0 0.0 0.0 -1.4  
—[+] Other industries 0.0 0.0 5.5 1.1 6.7  
—[+] R&D Economic affairs 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0  
—[+] Economic affairs n.e.c. 19.9 0.0 2.2 6.4 28.5  
—[+] Waste management 0.0 0.0 3.0 24.7 27.6  
—[+] Waste water management 0.0 -2.6 1.4 60.0 58.8  
—[+] Pollution abatement 10.9 0.0 0.0 0.0 10.9  
—[+] Protection of biodiversity and landscape 10.9 0.0 0.0 0.0 10.9  
—[+] R&D Environmental protection 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0  
—[+] Environmental protection n.e.c. 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0  
—[+] Housing development 30.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 30.2  
—[+] Community development 28.0 0.0 0.0 1.7 29.7  
—[+] Water supply 11.3 -0.9 0.4 75.5 86.4  
—[+] Street lighting 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0  
—[+] R&D Housing and community amenities 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0  
—[+] Housing and community amenities n.e.c. 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0  
—[+] Recreational and sporting services 3.9 0.0 6.3 40.7 50.8  
—[+] Cultural services 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0  
—[+] Broadcasting and publishing services 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0  
—[+] Religious and other community services 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0  
—[+] R&D Recreation, culture and religion 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0  
—[+] Recreation, culture and religion n.e.c. 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0  
—[+] R&D General public services 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0  
—[+] General public services n.e.c. -1.2 0.0 40.5 115.7 155.0  
—[+] Transfers of a general character between 0.0 -35.3 0.0 0.0 -35.3  
[+] Interest 135.9 0.0 53.8 68.0 257.7  
[+] Balance 10.9 0.0 67.2 36.1 114.2  
[+] Total Spending 3,591.1 -527.3 1,478.2 1,860.5 6,402.4  
[+] Federal Deficit 1,258.4 0.0 0.0 0.0 1,258.4  
[+] Gross Public Debt 14,456.3 0.0 1,153.0 2,044.2 17,653.5  
               
Notes:

budgeted guesstimated
(1) US Budget FY10 Table 10.1
(2) Budget of the United States Government
(3) State and Local Government Finances


 The table shows overall budgeted federal expenditures from the president’s budget for major functions for the specified fiscal year. Also included are estimates of state and local spending.

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Holiday Wishes From the Obama’s

Posted on December 29, 2009. Filed under: General Info, Soapbox | Tags: , , , |

I don’t mean to be disrespectful, and I hope the President and his family are enjoying their luxury vacation in Hawaii, but no matter what he says he comes off as disingenuous to me. His wife comes across the same way.

Unless of course, he is pushing his socialistic/communistic agenda – then he sounds sincere. Is it me? What do you think? Please leave comments here to let me know. I certainly would not want to be biased, and I know, even though I disagree with nearly all of his policies and actions, I am not a racist. I just find him mechanical and without heart. I find him lacking sincerity, real compassion, connectedness with the American people and dangerous to freedom loving American citizens.

I thought you would find it interesting, in a psychological, look-into-his-soul kind of way, to see the following statements made by the President around holiday wishes.

RAMADAN WISHES:

On behalf of the American people – including Muslim communities in all fifty states – I want to extend best wishes to Muslims in America and around the world. Ramadan Kareem.

Ramadan is the month in which Muslims believe the Koran was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad, beginning with a simple word – iqra. It is therefore a time when Muslims reflect upon the wisdom and guidance that comes with faith, and the responsibility that human beings have to one another, and to God.

Like many people of different faiths who have known Ramadan through our communities and families, I know this to be a festive time – a time when families gather, friends host iftars, and meals are shared.  But I also know that Ramadan is a time of intense devotion and reflection – a time when Muslims fast during the day and perform tarawih prayers at night, reciting and listening to the entire Koran over the course of the month.

These rituals remind us of the principles that we hold in common, and Islam’s role in advancing justice, progress, tolerance, and the dignity of all human beings.

For instance, fasting is a concept shared by many faiths – including my own Christian faith – as a way to bring people closer to God, and to those among us who cannot take their next meal for granted. And the support that Muslims provide to others recalls our responsibility to advance opportunity and prosperity for people everywhere. For all of us must remember that the world we want to build – and the changes that we want to make – must begin in our own hearts, and our own communities.

This summer, people across America have served in their communities – educating children, caring for the sick, and extending a hand to those who have fallen on hard times. Faith-based organizations, including many Islamic organizations, have been at the forefront in participating in this summer of service. And in these challenging times, this is a spirit of responsibility that we must sustain in the months and years to come.

Beyond America’s borders, we are also committed to keeping our responsibility to build a world that is more peaceful and secure.  That is why we are responsibly ending the war in Iraq. That is why we are isolating violent extremists while empowering the people in places like Afghanistan and Pakistan. That is why we are unyielding in our support for a two-state solution that recognizes the rights of Israelis and Palestinians to live in peace and security. And that is why America will always stand for the universal rights of all people to speak their mind, practice their religion, contribute fully to society and have confidence in the rule of law.

All of these efforts are a part of America’s commitment to engage Muslims and Muslim-majority nations on the basis of mutual interest and mutual respect. And at this time of renewal, I want to reiterate my commitment to a new beginning between America and Muslims around the world.

As I said in Cairo, this new beginning must be borne out in a sustained effort to listen to each other, to learn from each other, to respect one another, and to seek common ground. I believe an important part of this is listening, and in the last two months, American embassies around the world have reached out not just to governments, but directly to people in Muslim-majority countries.  From around the world, we have received an outpouring of feedback about how America can be a partner on behalf of peoples’ aspirations.

We have listened. We have heard you. And like you, we are focused on pursuing concrete actions that will make a difference over time – both in terms of the political and security issues that I have discussed, and in the areas that you have told us will make the most difference in peoples’ lives.

These consultations are helping us implement the partnerships that I called for in Cairo – to expand education exchange programs; to foster entrepreneurship and create jobs; and to increase collaboration on science and technology, while supporting literacy and vocational learning. We are also moving forward in partnering with the OIC and OIC member states to eradicate polio, while working closely with the international community to confront common health challenges like H1N1 – which I know is of particular to concern to many Muslims preparing for the upcoming hajj.

All of these efforts are aimed at advancing our common aspirations – to live in peace and security; to get an education and to work with dignity; to love our families, our communities, and our God. It will take time and patient effort. We cannot change things over night, but we can honestly resolve to do what must be done, while setting off in a new direction – toward the destination that we seek for ourselves, and for our children. That is the journey that we must travel together.

I look forward to continuing this critically important dialogue and turning it into action. And today, I want to join with the 1.5 billion Muslims around the world – and your families and friends – in welcoming the beginning of Ramadan, and wishing you a blessed month. May God’s peace be upon you.

CHRISTMAS WISHES:

PRESIDENT:  Hello everyone, and Merry Christmas.  As you and your families gather to celebrate the holidays, we wanted to take a moment to send greetings from our family—from me, from Michelle, from Malia and Sasha—and from Bo.

FIRST LADY:  This is our first Christmas in the White House, and we are so grateful for this extraordinary experience.  Not far from here, in the Blue Room, is the official White House Christmas Tree.  It’s an 18-foot tall Douglas-fir from West Virginia and it’s decorated with hundreds of ornaments designed by people and children from all over the country.  Each one is a reminder of the traditions we cherish as Americans and the blessings we’re thankful for this holiday season.  

PRESIDENT:  That’s right, especially as we continue to recover from an extraordinary recession that still has so many Americans hurting: parents without a job who struggled to put presents under the Christmas  tree; families and neighbors who’ve seen their home foreclosed; folks wondering what the new year will bring.   

But even in these tough times, there’s still so much to celebrate this Christmas.  A message of peace and brotherhood that continues to inspire more than 2,000 after Jesus’ birth.  The love of family and friends.  The bonds of community and country.  And the character and courage of our men and women in uniform who are far from home for the holidays, away from their families, risking their lives to protect ours.

To all our soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen—I have no greater honor than serving as your Commander in Chief.  I’ve been awed by your selfless spirit, your eagerness to serve—at the Naval Academy and West Point.  I’ve been energized by your dedication to duty—from Baghdad to the Korean Peninsula.  Michelle and I have been moved by your determination—wounded warriors at Walter Reed and Bethesda, fighting to recover, to get back to your units.

And I’ve been humbled, profoundly, by patriots who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.  In flag-draped caskets coming home at Dover.  In the quiet solitude of Arlington.  And after years of multiple tours of duty, as you carry on with our missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, your service, your readiness to make that same sacrifice, is an inspiration to us and to every American.

FIRST LADY:  And so are your families.  As First Lady, one of my greatest privileges is to visit with military families across the country.  I’ve met military spouses doing the parenting of two—keeping the household together, juggling play dates and soccer games, helping with homework, doing everything they can to make the kids feel OK even as they try to hide their own fears and worries. 

I’ve met kids who wonder when mom or dad is coming home; grandparents and relatives who step in to care for our wounded warriors; and folks trying to carry on after losing the person they loved most in the world. 

And through it all, these families somehow still find the time and energy to serve their communities as well—coaching Little League, running the PTA, raising money to help those less fortunate than they are, and more. 

But even these strong military families can use a hand, especially during the holidays.  If you live near a military base, you can reach out through your workplaces, your schools, your churches.  There are so many ways to help—with child care, with errands, or by just bringing over a home-cooked meal.  Even if you don’t know a military family nearby, your family can still help by donating or volunteering at organizations that support military families.

PRESIDENT:  You can also reach out directly to our forces around the world.  Kids can make a card that will bring a smile to an American far from home.  Adults can send a care package or a pre-paid phone card that makes the tour at little easier.  Every American can do something to support our troops, even if it’s as simple as just saying thank you.  For more ways to let our troops know you care, go to www.whitehouse.gov

So to all our men and women in uniform spending the holidays far from home—whether it’s at a base here in the states, a mess hall in Iraq or a remote outpost in Afghanistan, know that you are in our thoughts and our prayers.  And this holiday season—and every Holiday season—know that we are doing everything in our power to make sure you can succeed in your missions and come home safe to your families.

FIRST LADY:  And to all Americans, from our family to yours, Merry Christmas.

PRESIDENT:  Merry Christmas, everybody.

KWANZAA WISHES:

Michelle and I send warm wishes to all those celebrating Kwanzaa this holiday season.

This is a joyous time of year when African Americans and all Americans come together to celebrate our blessings and the richness of our cultural traditions. This is also a time of reflection and renewal as we come to the end of one year and the beginning of another.

The Kwanzaa message tells us that we should recall the lessons of the past even as we seize the promise of tomorrow.

The seven principles of Kwanzaa — Unity, Self Determination, Collective Work and Responsibility, Cooperative Economics, Purpose, Creativity, and Faith — express the values that have inspired us as individuals and families; communities and country.

These same principles have sustained us as a nation during our darkest hours and provided hope for better days to come. Michelle and I know the challenges facing many African American families and families in all communities at this time, but we also know the spirit of perseverance and hope that is ever present in the community.

It is in this spirit that our family extends our prayers and best wishes during this season and for the New Year to come.

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How Can They Catch Them When They Won’t Even Call Them What They Are?

Posted on December 28, 2009. Filed under: General Info, Soapbox | Tags: , , , , , |

 
The system worked? Really?
 
Is he a terrorist? Even though the would be bomber claimed to be an operative of Al Qaeda, Napolitano says it would be inappropriate to speculate as to whether he is a terrorist or not ???
 
Let’s see, in a plane, attempting to ignite a bomb, from Nigeria, recently in Yemen, his family says he’s got Anti-American Islamic fundamentalist ties warns US of his intentions to commit a terrorist act. Sounds like a terroist to me.
 
Just as  Major Nidal Malik who, ironically, served on the Homeland Security Policy Institute Task Force, offering advice on the topic to President Obama, shot thirteen people at Fort Hood while shouting Allah Akbar, but the government said he should not be considered a terrorist. The Government stalled congressional investigation into the shooting, commencing only recently.
 
 
According to Pete Hoekstra (R-MI), there was a suggestion of links between Abdulmutallab and radical US-born Yemeni cleric Anwar al-Aulaqi, who had contacts with the US army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Hassan, who killed 13 people at a Texas military base in November.

“He may have been in contact with the American imam al-Aulaqi,” Peter Hoekstra, the most senior Republican on the House Intelligence Committee and a member of Congress for Michigan, told AFP.

“There are reports that he had contact and that he was recently in Yemen. The question we’ll have to raise is was this imam in Yemen influential enough to get some people to attack the US again.”

But how long will it take the government to call a terrorist a terrorist?
 
After the incident on NW Flight 253, the bomber, subdued by passengers, was treated at the University of Michigan Burn Unit, a top notch facility many citizens can not afford to receive treatment at, was arraigned in a civilian court with taxpayer funded attorney’s. This on your dime, despite the fact he is from a wealthy Nigerian family and was caught in the act of attempting to blow up a plane filled with passengers. 
 
President Obama made a television appearence today, while enjoying a family vacation at a reportedly $4000 a night hide-away in Hawaii, to say he’s on it.
 
 
Then the President went back to golfing immediately following the public statement.
 
Apparently he looks for terrorists like OJ looks for the “real killers”.
 
Comforting.
 
Perhaps the government should spend less time worrying about taking away our liberties and start worrying about taking away terrorist’s liberties… just a suggestion.
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Progressive Policies in Play

Posted on December 27, 2009. Filed under: Soapbox | Tags: , , |

 

This is a story I have covered before, in a piece called “The Purposeful Dumbing Down of the Democratic Base”.  Born and raised in the metro Detroit area, it’s a story I have seen unfold.  I agree with Steven Crowder’s assessment that, if left unchecked, this is the future of America.

…Unfortunately, [Detroit, Michigan, and Buffalo, New York] may be alone at the top of the poverty rate list, but they’re not alone in their love for Democrats. Cincinnati, Ohio (third on the poverty rate list), hasn’t had a Republican mayor since 1984. Cleveland, Ohio (fourth on the list), has been led by a Democrat since 1989. St. Louis, Missouri (sixth), hasn’t had a Republican since 1949, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (eighth), since 1908, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (ninth), since 1952 and Newark, New Jersey (10th), since 1907. The only two cities in the top 10 that I didn’t mention (Miami, Florida, and El Paso, Texas) haven’t had Republicans in office either — just Democrats, independents or nonpartisans.

Over the past 50 years, the eight cities listed above have had Republican leadership for a combined 36 years. The rest of the time — a combined 364 years — they’ve been led by Democrats. Five of the 10 cities with the highest poverty rates (Detroit, Buffalo, St. Louis, Milwaukee, Philadelphia and Newark) have had a Democratic stranglehold since at least 1961: more than 45 years. Two of the cities (Milwaukee and Newark) have been electing Democrats since the first Model T rolled off the assembly line in 1908. Two cities, 100 years, all Democrats…

If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result, the asylums in those cities must be as full as the soup kitchens…

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Our Mobster-Style Government

Posted on December 27, 2009. Filed under: Soapbox | Tags: , , , |

After watching all the bribery, back door deal making, arm twisting, name calling and no doubt Chicago style blackmailing going on in Washington, DC during the Health Care “Reform” assault, something became perfectly clear.
 
This is how our government works – our government in action.
 
This is what has become “business as usual” in our nation’s capital and no doubt in many of our state houses as well.
 
Something else occurred to me. 
 
This must be why government is now pushing “card check” legislation to disallow secret ballots for unions.
 
Can you imagine what this country would look like if our businesses were run this way? Bribing, blackmailing, arm twisting or worse threats to workers who do not want to be extorted by the unions? We really would transform into corrupt third world country quickly.
 
The America we knew is quickly slipping away.
 
We must fight even harder. Nothing else must be allowed to pass in Washington, DC.  Our government is out of control. Our nation
is sure to follow if we don’t stop this run away train NOW !
 
Along with term limits and other MASSIVE needed reforms in government, the public needs to MANDATE the end of “canvasing the vote” in Congress. It’s nothing more than mobster style politics and it needs to stop!
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A Soldier’s Silent Night

Posted on December 23, 2009. Filed under: Soapbox | Tags: , |

To all who serve, and to their families who sacrifice, Thank You and Merry Christmas!

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More Green Kool Aid Antidote

Posted on December 10, 2009. Filed under: General Info, Soapbox | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

How interesting it was to come across this post today from The Met Office in Britain.

We, members of the UK science community, have the utmost confidence in the observational evidence for global warming and the scientific basis for concluding that it is due primarily to human activities. The evidence and the science are deep and extensive. They come from decades of painstaking and meticulous research, by many thousands of scientists across the world who adhere to the highest levels of professional integrity. That research has been subject to peer review and publication, providing traceability of the evidence and support for the scientific method.

The science of climate change draws on fundamental research from an increasing number of disciplines, many of which are represented here. As professional scientists, from students to senior professors, we uphold the findings of the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report, which concludes that ‘Warming of the climate system is unequivocal’ and that ‘Most of the observed increase in global average temperatures since the mid-20th century is very likely due to the observed increase in anthropogenic greenhouse gas concentrations’.

Then they post a fairly impressive list of scientists, rumored to number around 1700, who “signed” their little statement.  Impressive, that is, until you learn The Met Office admitted that many of the signatories did not work on climate change. Impressive until you hear one of the signatories told The Times he felt pressured to sign as The Met Office has a history of appointing and working only with scientists who share their views to substantiate man made global warming. Impressive, until see the list of scientists on the other side of the matter, and read some of the comments in the newest update to the Senate Minority Report.

The Petition Project actually was launched nearly 10 years ago, when the first few thousand signatures were assembled. Then, between 1999 and 2007, the list of signatures grew gradually without any special effort or campaign.

More than 31,000 scientists across the U.S. – including more than 9,000 Ph.D.s in fields such as atmospheric science, climatology, Earth science, environment and dozens of other specialties – have signed a petition rejecting “global warming” the assumption that the human production of greenhouse gases is damaging Earth’s climate.

“There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gases is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth’s atmosphere and disruption of the Earth’s climate,” the petition states. “Moreover, there is substantial scientific evidence that increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide produce many beneficial effects upon the natural plant and animal environments of the Earth.”

Here are some comments from the recent update of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Minority Staff Report Original Release: December 11, 2008

Presented at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Poznan, Poland

Updated: December 22, 2008; January 27, 2009 & March 16, 2009

Highlights of the Updated 2009 Senate Minority Report featuring over 700 international scientists dissenting from man-made climate fears:

“I am a skeptic…Global warming has become a new religion.” – Nobel Prize Winner for Physics, Ivar Giaever.

“Since I am no longer affiliated with any organization nor receiving any funding, I can speak quite frankly….As a scientist I remain skeptical…The main basis of the claim that man’s release of greenhouse gases is the cause of the warming is based almost entirely upon climate models. We all know the frailty of models concerning the air-surface system.” – Atmospheric Scientist Dr. Joanne Simpson, the first woman in the world to receive a PhD in meteorology, and formerly of NASA, who has authored more than 190 studies and has been called “among the most preeminent scientists of the last 100 years.”

Warming fears are the “worst scientific scandal in the history…When people come to know what the truth is, they will feel deceived by science and scientists.” – UN IPCC Japanese Scientist Dr. Kiminori Itoh, an award-winning PhD environmental physical chemist.

“The IPCC has actually become a closed circuit; it doesn’t listen to others. It doesn’t have open minds… I am really amazed that the Nobel Peace Prize has been given on scientifically incorrect conclusions by people who are not geologists.” – Indian geologist Dr. Arun D. Ahluwalia at Punjab University and a board member of the UN-supported International Year of the Planet.

“So far, real measurements give no ground for concern about a catastrophic future warming.” – Scientist Dr. Jarl R. Ahlbeck, a chemical engineer at Abo Akademi University in Finland, author of 200 scientific publications and former Greenpeace member.

“Anyone who claims that the debate is over and the conclusions are firm has a fundamentally unscientific approach to one of the most momentous issues of our time.” – Solar physicist Dr. Pal Brekke, senior advisor to the Norwegian Space Centre in Oslo. Brekke has published more than 40 peer-reviewed scientific articles on the sun and solar interaction with the Earth.

“The models and forecasts of the UN IPCC “are incorrect because they only are based on mathematical models and presented results at scenarios that do not include, for example, solar activity.” – Victor Manuel Velasco Herrera, a researcher at the Institute of Geophysics of the National Autonomous University of Mexico

“It is a blatant lie put forth in the media that makes it seem there is only a fringe of scientists who don’t buy into anthropogenic global warming.” – U.S Government Atmospheric Scientist Stanley B. Goldenberg of the Hurricane Research Division of NOAA.

“Even doubling or tripling the amount of carbon dioxide will virtually have little impact, as water vapour and water condensed on particles as clouds dominate the worldwide scene and always will.” – . Geoffrey G. Duffy, a professor in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering of the University of Auckland, NZ.

After reading [UN IPCC chairman] Pachauri’s asinine comment [comparing skeptics to] Flat Earthers, it’s hard to remain quiet.” – Climate statistician Dr. William M. Briggs, who specializes in the statistics of forecast evaluation, serves on the American Meteorological Society’s Probability and Statistics Committee and is an Associate Editor of Monthly Weather Review.

“The Kyoto theorists have put the cart before the horse. It is global warming that triggers higher levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, not the other way round…A large number of critical documents submitted at the 1995 U.N. conference in Madrid vanished without a trace. As a result, the discussion was one-sided and heavily biased, and the U.N. declared global warming to be a scientific fact,” Andrei Kapitsa, a Russian geographer and Antarctic ice core researcher.

“I am convinced that the current alarm over carbon dioxide is mistaken…Fears about man-made global warming are unwarranted and are not based on good science.” Award Winning Physicist Dr. Will Happer, Professor at the Department of Physics at Princeton University and Former Director of Energy Research at the Department of Energy, who has published over 200 scientific papers, and is a fellow of the American Physical Society, The American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the National Academy of Sciences.

“Nature’s regulatory instrument is water vapor: more carbon dioxide leads to less moisture in the air, keeping the overall GHG content in accord with the necessary balance conditions.” – Prominent Hungarian Physicist and environmental researcher Dr. Miklós Zágoni reversed his view of man-made warming and is now a skeptic. Zágoni was once Hungary’s most outspoken supporter of the Kyoto Protocol.

“For how many years must the planet cool before we begin to understand that the planet is not warming? For how many years must cooling go on?” – Geologist Dr. David Gee the chairman of the science committee of the 2008 International Geological Congress who has authored 130 plus peer reviewed papers, and is currently at Uppsala University in Sweden.

“Gore prompted me to start delving into the science again and I quickly found myself solidly in the skeptic camp…Climate models can at best be useful for explaining climate changes after the fact.” – Meteorologist Hajo Smit of Holland, who reversed his belief in man-made warming to become a skeptic, is a former member of the Dutch UN IPCC committee.

“The quantity of CO2 we produce is insignificant in terms of the natural circulation between air, water and soil… I am doing a detailed assessment of the UN IPCC reports and the Summaries for Policy Makers, identifying the way in which the Summaries have distorted the science.” – South Afican Nuclear Physicist and Chemical Engineer Dr. Philip Lloyd, a UN IPCC co-coordinating lead author who has authored over 150 refereed publications.

“Many [scientists] are now searching for a way to back out quietly (from promoting warming fears), without having their professional careers ruined.” – Atmospheric physicist James A. Peden, formerly of the Space Research and Coordination Center in Pittsburgh.

“All those urging action to curb global warming need to take off the blinkers and give some thought to what we should do if we are facing global cooling instead.” – Geophysicist Dr. Phil Chapman, an astronautical engineer and former NASA astronaut, served as staff physicist at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

“Creating an ideology pegged to carbon dioxide is a dangerous nonsense…The present alarm on climate change is an instrument of social control, a pretext for major businesses and political battle. It became an ideology, which is concerning.” – Environmental Scientist Professor Delgado Domingos of Portugal, the founder of the Numerical Weather Forecast group, has more than 150 published articles.

“CO2 emissions make absolutely no difference one way or another….Every scientist knows this, but it doesn’t pay to say so…Global warming, as a political vehicle, keeps Europeans in the driver’s seat and developing nations walking barefoot.” – Dr. Takeda Kunihiko, vice-chancellor of the Institute of Science and Technology Research at Chubu University in Japan.

“The [global warming] scaremongering has its justification in the fact that it is something that generates funds.– Award-winning Paleontologist Dr. Eduardo Tonni, of the Committee for Scientific Research in Buenos Aires and head of the Paleontology Department at the University of La Plata.

“Whatever the weather, it’s not being caused by global warming. If anything, the climate may be starting into a cooling period.” Atmospheric scientist Dr. Art V. Douglas, former Chair of the Atmospheric Sciences Department at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, and is the author of numerous papers for peer-reviewed publications.

“But there is no falsifiable scientific basis whatever to assert this warming is caused by human-produced greenhouse gasses because current physical theory is too grossly inadequate to establish any cause at all.” – Chemist Dr. Patrick Frank, who has authored more than 50 peer-reviewed articles.

“The ‘global warming scare’ is being used as a political tool to increase government control over American lives, incomes and decision making. It has no place in the Society’s activities.” – Award-Winning NASA Astronaut/Geologist and Moonwalker Jack Schmitt who flew on the Apollo 17 mission and formerly of the Norwegian Geological Survey and for the U.S. Geological Survey.

“Earth has cooled since 1998 in defiance of the predictions by the UN-IPCC….The global temperature for 2007 was the coldest in a decade and the coldest of the millennium…which is why ‘global warming’ is now called ‘climate change.’” -Climatologist Dr. Richard Keen of the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the University of Colorado.

“I have yet to see credible proof of carbon dioxide driving climate change, yet alone man-made CO2 driving it. The atmospheric hot-spot is missing and the ice core data refute this. When will we collectively awake from this deceptive delusion?” – Dr. G LeBlanc Smith, a retired Principal Research Scientist with Australia’s CSIRO. (The full quotes of the scientists are later in this report)

Did you take note of the British Court Decision that excoriates Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth?

According to UK’s New Party Website

The decision by the government to distribute Al Gore’s film An Inconvenient Truth has been the subject of a legal action by New Party member Stewart Dimmock.  The Court found that the film was misleading in nine respects and that the Guidance Notes drafted by the Education Secretary’s advisors served only to exacerbate the political propaganda in the film.

In order for the film to be shown, the Government must first amend their Guidance Notes to Teachers to make clear that 1.) The Film is a political work and promotes only one side of the argument. 2.) If teachers present the Film without making this plain they may be in breach of section 406 of the Education Act 1996 and guilty of political indoctrination. 3.) Nine inaccuracies have to be specifically drawn to the attention of school children.

The inaccuracies are:

  • The film claims that melting snows on Mount Kilimanjaro evidence global warming.  The Government’s expert was forced to concede that this is not correct.
  • The film suggests that evidence from ice cores proves that rising CO2 causes temperature increases over 650,000 years.  The Court found that the film was misleading: over that period the rises in CO2 lagged behind the temperature rises by 800-2000 years.
  • The film uses emotive images of Hurricane Katrina and suggests that this has been caused by global warming.  The Government’s expert had to accept that it was “not possible” to attribute one-off events to global warming.
  • The film shows the drying up of Lake Chad and claims that this was caused by global warming.  The Government’s expert had to accept that this was not the case.
  • The film claims that a study showed that polar bears had drowned due to disappearing arctic ice.  It turned out that Mr Gore had misread the study: in fact four polar bears drowned and this was because of a particularly violent storm.
  • The film threatens that global warming could stop the Gulf Stream throwing Europe into an ice age: the Claimant’s evidence was that this was a scientific impossibility.
  • The film blames global warming for species losses including coral reef bleaching.  The Government could not find any evidence to support this claim.
  • The film suggests that sea levels could rise by 7m causing the displacement of millions of people. In fact the evidence is that sea levels are expected to rise by about 40cm over the next hundred years and that there is no such threat of massive migration.
  • The film claims that rising sea levels has caused the evacuation of certain Pacific islands to New Zealand.  The Government are unable to substantiate this and the Court observed that this appears to be a false claim.

It goes on to say there were 20 inaccuracies found. Lord Monckton prepared a witness statement for the trial.

Lord Monckton, as discussed here earlier this week, noted in his recent speech, an unbiased forecast puts “global warming” at 0.5 degrees over the next hundred years, a statistically insignificant amount.

Still not convinced? Have you seen the Climategate emails? It had been rumored these were obtained by some mysterious Russian hacker. Truth is, we now learn, the documents came to light by the hands of a whistleblower on the inside. Although this puts to rest the reasoning behind the Lame Stream Media’s attempt to sequester the emails, not printing them because they were illegally obtained, most have yet to put them on display. They are on display here by clicking the link earlier in this paragraph.

In an interesting column, John Coleman – KUSI-TV, Weather Channel Founder, posted on What’s Up With That, a top tier scientific blog the following:

The 21st century Goliath is Global Warming. It is a powerful six-legged monster. In no order of strength, those legs are:

(1) The big money climate change scientists and their powerful institutions from governmental centers to Universities,

(2) The United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change which is a Geneva-based, highly funded bureaucracy controlled by one-world government political activists,

(3) Environmentalists who seek to use threats of climate chaos to stop the use of fossil fuels and return to a simpler, more “natural”, primitive lifestyle,

(4) Government at all levels whose political leaders find dealing with global warming is their opportunity to save us all from disaster cementing their status and success,

(5) The media populated by people who love to warn us of impending disaster and give us the advice we need to cope, who believe in Al Gore and his political party and who know that “the sky is falling” is the best headline of them all,

(6) Al Gore, who uses his status as a successful former Senator and Vice President to provide a platform to promote his message of doom and gloom, a message he learned in his only college science class and must have truly believed for many years but should see now is only an empty threat.

The total financial resources and power structure behind Goliath are staggering.

Goliath now occupies Copenhagen. For the 15th time, Goliath is meeting to publicize his long list of threatened consequences if do not head his demands. The ice will melt, the coasts and islands will flood displacing millions and killing tens of thousands; the polar bears and eventually thousands of other species will die as habitats are destroyed; hurricanes will become superstorms wrecking havoc on the coastal cities killing tens of thousands; heat waves will kill more hundreds of thousands as they grip the planet; drought and heat will destroy our agriculture starving untold millions more. He tells us this is because of our carbon footprints left by our burning of fossil fuels emitting exhaust of carbon dioxide.

Fifteen thousand “delegates” are attending Goliath’s conference coming by hundreds of private jet aircraft, riding in over a thousand limos, occupying every hotel room for miles around and all living on expense accounts paid by taxpayers and stock holders. They are making speeches, politicking one another and most importantly negotiating how much the people of each of their nations will reduce their carbon footprints in coming years, having a major impact on all our lifestyles.

Meanwhile, here at home The Environmental Protection Administration, part of Goliath’s government leg, just classified carbon dioxide as a pollutant that is an endangerment to our lives. And the US Congress is working with the President on legislation known as Cap and trade that will make all of us pay taxes for our carbon footprints.

Goliath is a rich and very powerful monster. He thrives on carbon dioxide.

Green Kool Aid turns out to be a lot like Grape.
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Talk About Social Injustice – Taxpayer funded jobs go to prisioners

Posted on December 9, 2009. Filed under: General Info, Soapbox | Tags: , , , , , |

Wednesday, U.S. Reps. Pete Hoekstra and Dave Camp put out a press release:

The president recently held a “Jobs Summit” at the White House. Topping the agenda was the creation of “green jobs.” With the unemployment rate in Michigan hovering above 15 percent and the nation at 10 percent, a great deal of hope is being thrust upon the renewable energy industry and the promise of “green jobs.”
It appears, however, the administration is content with having those jobs performed by prisoners as opposed to law-abiding citizens.

They went on to discuss UNICOR (the trade name for Federal Prison Industries, Inc.) whose mission of Federal Prison Industries, Inc. (FPI) to employ and provide job skills training to the greatest practicable number of inmates confined within the Federal Bureau of Prisons. The program falls under the Department of Justice. Reps. Hoekstra and Camp went on to say:

… Unfortunately, most Americans remain unaware of the Federal Prison Industries’ (FPI) exploits. FPI employs cheap prison labor — compensating inmates at wages of between 23 cents and $1.15 an hour — to assemble products purchased by federal agencies under a mandatory source arrangement.

Mandatory source status means if a federal agency needs to purchase a product offered by FPI, the agency must buy it from FPI, even if the price is higher, the quality lower or the delivery longer than that of commercial products.

In looking at their list of literally hundreds of items, shown below, at least 50% are labeled as “Mandatory” meaning “Federal customers are required to give procurement priority to FPI, when UNICOR is able to provide the desired product, within the required time frame, and at a competitive price. When FPI is unable to meet the customer’s price, delivery and quality requirements, a waiver is granted.” Competitive price is not defined on the website. The press release continued:

FPI has used its competitive advantage for years to expand its business into such industries as furniture, vehicular components and textiles. …The furniture industry and automotive parts suppliers know this battle all too well. Now FPI has set its sights on the renewable energy sector, a.k.a. “green jobs.”

President Obama has committed to spending $150 billion from taxpayers over 10 years for renewable energy incentives and jobs, but FPI is undercutting the taxpayers’ investment and siphoning job opportunities.

We have all heard the President, most recently at the “Jobs Summit” say he was going to turn unemployment around using weatherization and other “green” jobs. Maybe he didn’t see the Van Jones videos. Van Jones, Obama’s fired “Green Jobs Czar” said numerous times, on video, the green jobs would be given to the inmates.

He calls it social justice. I call it injustice. Justice would be criminals being punished for breaking the law. Instead they are rewarded with luxuries law abiding citizens do not have. Things like a college education, free medical, vision and dental coverage, and now even our jobs. That’ll teach them!

They get to keep the money they earn, and according to the government website, they have used the money to pay off restitution, child support, etc.. Here’s a thought, maybe they should have to use the money for rent, food, education, etc…????? -to reimburse the taxpayers for expenses we incur to incarcerate them and provide them services. That’s actual justice. The website boasts they are even able to send money home to their families. How nice. EXCUSE ME??? The Reps go on to say:

In 2003 and 2006, the U.S. House passed on an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote (350 to 65 and 362 to 57 respectively), a bill we introduced to eliminate FPI’s mandatory source status.

The bill allowed private sector companies and their law-abiding employees to compete on a level playing field with FPI. However, the Senate failed to send it to the president for signature.

… In eight years under the Bush administration the Justice Department failed to connect the dots on the negative economic impact of the rapidly expanding FPI. President Obama appears willing to let FPI — which operates under the executive branch — to continue to grow. FPI’s FY2009 Annual Report shows that sales continued to surge to $889 million. More disconcerting, however, is its board’s aggressive vision for future “expansion into the renewable energy sector.”

If the president and lawmakers want to continue touting the virtues of “green jobs,” or any other jobs for that matter, they should focus on badly needed jobs for law-abiding citizens.

We will soon reintroduce legislation in Congress to curb FPI’s unfair advantage and support for private sector firms and their non-inmate workers. Americans deserve an opportunity to bid on federal contracts funded by their own tax dollars.

Here is the list of jobs and services FPI provides. (note even help center and phone bay services are provided):

THE UNICOR BUSINESS GROUPS

The Clothing and Textiles Group (CTG) provides a wide range of products, the majority of which are procured from a distinct cadre of customers on a contractual basis. Individual orders can likewise be placed through the CTG’s on-line store. Items include military clothing such as army combat uniforms, physical fitness apparel, shirts and cold weather gear. In addition, specialty bags (for helmets, tools and the United States Postal Service), body armor, gloves, household items (mattresses, towels, linens, custom drapes, bedspreads), as well as screen printing, embroidery services and textile repair services are offered.

The Electronics Business Group (EBG) is heavily relied upon by the Nation’s military to provide cost-effective, precision manufacturing. Product lines include cable assemblies and wire harnesses, circuit boards, electrical components and connectors, lighting and power distribution, fiber optics, communications and plastics/molding technologies and, more recently, solar panel manufacturing.

The Fleet Solutions Group (FSG) provides a complete range of fleet modernization and remanufacturing programs including tactical vehicle and vehicular components manufacturing (RESET/RECAP), retrofitting and conversion services, as well as fleet asset services.

The Industrial Products Group (IPG) offers a diverse range of products which include agency seals, traffic /architectural signs, vehicle tags, name plates/tags, filtration services, and lockers, pallet racking and catwalks, prescription and safety eyewear, security fencing, as well as a wide variety of recognition and promotional products.

The Office Furniture Group (OFG) offers a full spectrum of products to furnish virtually any environment, from reception/lounge areas, dormitory settings and medical offices, to executive suites. Product lines include systems/modular workstations, wood case goods, file and storage offerings, office accessories, and seating appropriate for all venues. And all OFG factories have achieved ISO 9001:2000 certification.

The Recycling Business Group (RBG) offers electronics recycling which meets all federal, state and local requirements. If an item cannot be reused, it is broken down into recyclable component parts. The RBG is ISO 9001:2000 certified by the International Standards Organization. Currently, eight processing centers and six collection sites are located throughout the country, and during Fiscal Year 2008, the RBG processed more than 37 million pounds of obsolete and excess electronics from both the private and public sectors which saved precious landfill space.

The Services Business Group (SBG) offers a full range of services which include data and document conversion, digitizing, electronic imaging, printing and bindery, contact center/help desk support, forward/reverse logistics, as well as warehousing and distribution.

I am certain they will tell you, the nearly 22,000+ inmates currently employed by FPI are not taking jobs away from the citizens, but I ask you, doesn’t this list show jobs in which the unemployed would certainly be interested?

Just to put the dot one the i, here’s a look at the growing unemployment situation in this country, by moving graph.

Between losing  jobs to illegal immigrants, prisoners and a bad economy, is it any wonder unemployment is so high?

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Reality Check for Liberals

Posted on December 7, 2009. Filed under: General Info, Soapbox | Tags: , , , , |

I just want you to stop and think.

 If all this global warming – green agenda crap were true; if all of the people pushing this agenda really, sincerely, just wanted a healthy planet; if they actually took the time to read the so called “science” behind it, how could they actually be on the side of Cap-and-Trade or the Kyoto Treaty?

 They couldn’t.

 First of all, Cap-and-Trade, has nothing to do with saving the planet, and neither do Agenda 21,COP 15 or the Kyoto Agreement or whatever other name it’s wants to go by these days. It’s all about control. Not about a “green” planet – all about profit to a few at the expense of the many.

 If the green movement wanted alternative energy, they would have embraced it. It’s already out there. They would have spent money to perfect it, instead they spend their money, and our tax money, to fight it in court.

If the green movement wanted to impact the health of the planet, they wouldn’t all fly around in private jets or ride around in stretch limo’s telling the rest of us we should walk or bike to work. Those like Al Gore and the other elitists pushing it wouldn’t have several mammoth and lavish homes spread throughout the world while pushing pack-and-stack on the rest of us. They wouldn’t be fighting local farmers and forcing us to import our food from foreign countries at great expense and great carbon outlay.

There are so many, many issues with the green movement in which their actions contradict their drivel.  Yet, no one questions. Come on, really. Congress will investigate whether baseball players take steroids, but not whether the science behind a complete overhaul of the American way of life is legit?

Not only will government not investigate, they won’t allow challenges, not even from noted scientists.

If you are still in the camp of the green movement, and you believe it’s all about the betterment of the earth, please take some time to read through documents and videos, etc we have compiled on this site.

Start with the Maurice Strong files. Strong, Soros, Club of Rome, etc… if it’s all about the earth, why do you think the power players of global business and corruption are also the people pushing the agenda? Won’t you listen to their own words? I don’t ask you to believe me.

Are you aware of Agenda 21, which dictates the policies of the green movement, including depopulation of the earth (not population control – actual depopulation), loss of property rights for homeowners around the world, loss of sovereignty for all nations- ceding to a global government?

It’s one thing to have a liberal ideology, it’s another thing to simply drink the grape kool-aid. They’ve spiked your drink – now what are you going to do about it? Are you going to do the hard work, read the data, see the facts or just believe what they tell you?  Is it Jonestown, Guyana all over again?

If you actually care about the planet, educate yourself on the real facts. Don’t allow them to think for you, think for yourself. If you want a better planet and want to solve actual issues, I think you’ll find many freinds on the right willing to join with you. That goes for so called “health care reform” too.

Do you think by supporting them you won’t have to yield to their policies, or do you just not know what their policies are?

If  it’s about solving real problems, let’s do it. I’ll help you.

If  it’s about you using phoney baloney to control me and my life, I will fight you til the day I die.

I’m not a scientist. But there is one scientific formula I know:  

< Freedom = >Government Control = Profit-from-corruption²

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