June 30, 2008
Representative Mike Pence,R-IN. ROCKS ~ God Bless Him!
The Democratics have been talking about "doing something" to silence broadcastors like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, and the Internet Christian Conservatives in the form of FCC regulation using the FAIRNESS DOCTRINE. It is a censorship of free speech, and a violation of our First Amendment Rights.
Rep Mike Pence is putting forth this legislation to continue to protect us for another year from use of the Fairness Dontrine, and has agreement of 300 in congress; but only 190 have signed petition.
Pres Bush has agreed to sign. We must motivate those others promised to protect our right as conservatives to speak out for our faith, our conservative views and protection of internet podcasters and blogs.
Representative Mike Pence,R-IN., revealed no Democrat has signed the discharge petition for the Broadcaster's Freedom Act. Speaker Pelosi recently admitted to Human Events her support for the 'Fairness' Doctrine.
Rep.Mike Pence Addresses Fairness Doctrine On House Floor...see VIDEO link below.
PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SEE THE VIDEO of Rep. Mike Pence.
Congress is just 23 signatures away from a vote that could finally end the archaic Fairness Doctrine and create a permanent free-market system for talk radio.
Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) continues to urge congress members to sign the Broadcaster Freedom Act discharge petition. The petition will “prevent the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from repromulgating the fairness doctrine,” originally initiated in the 1930s under Franklin Roosevelt.
During its glory days, the Fairness Doctrine was never applied to ensure conservatives’ air time. In fact, conservative voices were shunned while liberal bias seemed to mysteriously remain under the radar of the FCC. The Fairness Doctrine’s attempt at “fairness” created the most imbalanced media atmosphere possible.
Rep. Pence’s bill could kick the Fairness Doctrine to the curb permanently, much to the disdain of Democrats like Sen. John Kerry, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
“I think the Fairness Doctrine ought to be there and I also think equal time doctrine ought to come back. I mean these are the people who wiped out one of the most profound changes in the balance of the media is when the conservatives got rid of the equal time requirements,” said Sen. Kerry. “And the result is that, you know, they’ve been able to squeeze down and squeeze out opinion of opposing views and I think it’s been an important transition in the imbalance of our public.
First, [Democrats] failed on the radio airwaves with Air America, no one wanted to listen,” says a senior adviser to Pelosi. “Conservative radio is a huge threat and political advantage for Republicans and we have had to find a way to limit it.”
The 195 Congress members who have already signed the discharge petition refuse to let this happen. The bill needs 218 signatures for the legislation to get a vote. To date, not one Democrat has broken with Pelosi to support the bill. Nine Republican representatives have also failed to sign the discharge petition.
“If the Broadcaster Freedom Act is brought to the floor of the House of Representatives, I have every confidence that it will pass because, when freedom gets an up-or-down vote in the People’s House, freedom always wins,” said Rep. Pence.
Pelosi Supports 'Fairness Doctrine'
by John Gizzi
The speaker of the House that a bill by Rep. Mike Pence (R.-Ind.) to outlaw the “Fairness Doctrine” (which a liberal administration could use to silence Rush Limbaugh, other radio talk show hosts and much of the new alternative media) would not see the light of day in Congress during ’08. In ruling out a vote on Pence’s proposed Broadcaster's Freedom Act, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-CA.) also signaled her strong support for revival of the “Fairness Doctrine” -- which would require radio station owners to provide equal time to radio commentary when it is requested.
Experts say that the “Fairness Doctrine,” which was ended under the Reagan Administration, would put a major burden on small radio stations in providing equal time to Rush Limbaugh and other conservative broadcasters, who are a potent political force. Rather than engage in the costly practice of providing that time, the experts conclude, many stations would simply not carry Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and other talk show hosts who are likely to generate demands for equal time.
Pelosi to Senate: Filibuster FISA
Although Speaker Pelosi would not specifically call for Sen. Barack Obama to lead a filibuster against Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act legislation in the Senate, she did send a strong signal that she was positive about the talk of filibuster against the surveillance measure by Democratic Sens. Christopher Dodd (CT.) and Russ Feingold (Wisc.)
Recalling that there were many issues before the Senate that she felt deserved but did not get a filibuster -- on the war in Iraq and expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) that the Administration vetoed, for example -- Pelosi voiced her opinion that “a filibuster focuses on a very important issue” and that the importance of FISA “justifies that.”
The Speaker pointed out that “if the Senate has the ability to filibuster, and “I think there is a great appetite in the public for such a debate on [FISA] to take place. And I think it would be healthy and wholesome.”
Wild Thing's comment........
I hope and pray he gets all the signatures he needs for his bill. This is soooo important.
Regarding future plans for Mike Pence, I would love for this man to run for President! I know it is too late this time but WOW if he would run let's sday Mike Pence and Palin. Add Bolton in the mix too. giggle I love how we DO have conservatives out there. It is just sickening that we have none for this election. deep sigh
So Tell Us, Sen. Obama, 'Who Else Sent You?' by Russ Vaughn
So Tell Us, Sen. Obama, 'Who Else Sent You?'
It was, of course, inevitable. How could any politician rise so quickly on the legendarily corrupt Chicago political scene and be as pure as Obama's devoted followers were purporting him to be? The question in the minds of skeptics was, "Who sent you?"
Well now we're beginning to find out and it ain't pretty. In a lengthy, and amazingly frank, Boston Globe article depicting the dismal results of Chicago's attempt to develop and manage low income housing through private developers, we see that the candidate of change is nothing more than another Chicago machine-generated pol with his feet firmly mired in the muck of corruption of the city he chose to make his political base.
From the Globe article we learn that Tony Rezko, FOB, (Friend of Barack's) whom we have known up to now only as a corrupt developer, was and is, in fact, a slum lord, although on a much grander scale than what we usually associate with that term. Using government subsidies which Obama helped them obtain, Rezko and other FOB's, some now actively associated with his campaign, developed low income housing with fancy sounding names and substandard construction within Obama's state senatorial district.
The article points out that it was Obama's law firm and Obama himself that represented these slum lords when angry tenants complained about overflowing sewage, inoperable heating units and rat infestations. And guess what? Just as we're expected to believe that Obama sat in his church for twenty years and never heard any of Reverend Jeremiah Wright's racist diatribes, now we're told Obama was unaware of the slum-like conditions his constituents were living in, conditions directly attributable to the thievery from public coffers of his political cronies like Rezko.
But getting to a partial answer of that old Chicago test of cronyism, "Who sent you?" will require you to read to page seven of the Boston Globe article where you find this:
"All the while, Tony Rezko was forging a close relationship with Barack Obama. When Obama opened his campaign for state Senate in 1995, Rezko's companies gave Obama $2,000 on the first day of fund raising. Save for a $500 contribution from another lawyer, Obama didn't raise another penny for six weeks. Rezko had essentially seeded the start of Obama's political career." [emphasis added]
Thirteen years later, the now out-of-business slum lord, Tony Rezko, is a convicted felon and on his way to federal prison, while his political protégé is trying to become the head of the federal government. Do you suppose foreign-born Tony understands irony? Do you think he's scrabbling to find Eric Holder's phone number? Although, considering Obama's demonstrated willingness to abandon anyone who comes between him and the White House, Ol' Tony probably shouldn't hold his breath waiting for a return call. After all, the tens of thousands he has given Obama in the past are now chump change for a candidate who can forego public campaign funding without a backward glance at either his promises or his former mentors.
The true irony in all this is not that this champion of change is tainted; it's by what he's tainted. You'd at least think if this Pied Piper of America's youth is going to be just another corrupt politician that it would be something hip like being in the pocket of some billionaire software developer or hip-hop promoter.
But slum lords? The Messiah of Change?
So what at first seemed nothing more than tainted whiffs of unwise political and religious associations by Obama are growing into a stench of ordinary political corruption that may very well be more than many moderate voters, even Democrats, can stomach. For sure there are increasing numbers of blowflies buzzing in and about the diminishing glow of that once-bright halo. Of course, for the Kool Aid drinkers, it will simply morph into a crown of thorns.
So tell us, Sen. Obama, "Who else sent you?"
....Thank you Russ for writing this article and sending it to me.
Irena Sendler vs. Al Gore
She saved 2,500 children from the Warsaw Ghetto in WWII. (Large photo shows Ireana in 2005 at age 95)
Al Gore - Propagandist and environmental alarmist.
Irena Sendler - During World War II helped save 2,500 Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto by providing them with false documents and sheltering them in individual and group children's homes outside the Ghetto:
The Nobel Peace Prize - awarded "to the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses."
Irena Sendler was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007, but lost to Al Gore's propaganda film.
Wild Thing's comment........
If Algore had an ounce of shame he would decline the prize and have it posthumously reassigned to Irena.
The scary thing about Algore is that he has invented a scam much larger than Y2K and it is going to cost the world trillions of dollars. And gullible people believe him. And he is laughing his way to the bank.
What an honor it would be to have met such a woman and be able to thank her for all she did and for the person she was.
....Thank you Tom for sending this to me.
Airmen Having Fun With Zero Gravity
Airmen having fun with Zero Gravity on quick Decent into Baghdad
Wild Thing's comment........
I love our troops! It is so great to see them having fun when they get a chance.
Murderer Dictator Robert Mugabe Sworn In The Unleashes Death Squads
Dictator: Robert Mugabe on his way to be sworn in, accompanied by guards
Mugabe hails his hollow victory with an oath on the Bible ... then unleashes his death squads
With pomp, ceremony and a massive dose of defiance, His Excellency Commander Robert Gabriel Mugabe was yesterday sworn in as Zimbabwe's president.
Inside the oak-panelled rooms of State House, as fighter jets roared overhead, he declared himself winner of an election in which he was the only candidate.
Even before he took the oath, he had set in motion bloody recriminations against those who worked against him.
Secret documents outlining the strategy against the opposition Movement for Democratic Change have been seen by the Mail.
They reveal that, in the runup to the polls, Mugabe had plotted to 'eliminate MDC agents' and ensure that the identity numbers of all voters were taken - so they could be found later if they voted for the opposition.
The documents are from Mugabe's Joint Operational Command, a group of military leaders tasked with ensuring he remained in power.
They state that forces are to 'kill MDC MPs' and that 'postal ballot boxes were to be stuffed in remote areas by death squads (who) have been instructed to abduct and kill whoever gets in his way'.
Mugabe has now issued a chilling warning that more violence is to come.
His election posters have been removed and replaced with signs stating: 'This is the final battle for total control.'
The dictator, 84, had just as carefully choreographed yesterday's ceremony.
Mugabe sang the national anthem as his troops fired a volley of shots in a tent erected on the lawn.
Amid unprecedented security for the inauguration, with soldiers patrolling the streets and helicopters hovering overhead, he then took the oath for his sixth term in office.
As he spoke, Chinese-built MIG fighter jets screamed overhead.
In an extraordinary act of brazen cheek, Mugabe invited Mr Tsvangirai, the leader of the MDC, to the swearing-in ceremony.
Mr Tsvangirai pulled out of the elections a week earlier fearing a bloodbath, and has been given refuge in the Dutch embassy in Harare ever since.
He turned down the yesterday's invitation.
After the ceremony, Mugabe's official Mercedes swept out of State House, flanked by armoured vehicles with sirens blaring.
The toll of his victory was laid bare at one Zimbabwe hospital yesterday, in wards choked with victims of appalling brutality by the secret police.
Most had shattered limbs after being beaten with iron bars. Burning plastic had been dripped on others.
Some had iron hooks pushed through their faces and arms.
And gangrene is widespread: many victims took days to reach the hospital after being warned they would be killed if they showed anyone their wounds.
Their president was last night heading off for a meeting of African leaders in Egypt.
Wild Thing's comment.........
Jimmy Carter must be soooo happy!!
I don't understand 'why' this man is still alive. He has stolen, violated, abused, murdered, tortured an entire country. He signaled long ago; that as a violater and threat to humanity that he challenges and invites a 'moral Justice' of the most determined kind.
Maybe it is because they are already on the UN Human Rights Commission, but unleashing the death squads could very well put them in position to head the commission. The UN likes nothing better than third-world dictatorships, the more brutal the better.
June 29, 2008
Bill Clinton Says Barack Obama Must 'kiss my ass' For His Support
Bill Clinton says Barack Obama must 'kiss my ass' for his support
Bill Clinton is so bitter about Barack Obama's victory over his wife Hillary that he has told friends the Democratic nominee will have to beg for his wholehearted support.
Mr Obama is expected to speak to Mr Clinton for the first time since he won the nomination in the next few days, but campaign insiders say that the former president's future campaign role is a "sticking point" in peace talks with Mrs Clinton's aides.
The Telegraph has learned that the former president's rage is still so great that even loyal allies are shocked by his patronising attitude to Mr Obama, and believe that he risks damaging his own reputation by his intransigence.
A senior Democrat who worked for Mr Clinton has revealed that he recently told friends Mr Obama could "kiss my ass" in return for his support.
A second source said that the former president has kept his distance because he still does not believe Mr Obama can win the election.
Mr Clinton last week issued a tepid statement, through a spokesman, in which he said he "is obviously committed to doing whatever he can and is asked to do to ensure Senator Obama is the next president of the United States ".
Mr Obama was more effusive at his unity event with Mrs Clinton on Friday, speaking fondly of the absent former president, who attended Nelson Mandela's birthday celebrations in London instead.
The candidate told the crowd: "I know how much we need both Bill and Hillary Clinton as a party. They have done so much great work. We need them badly."
But his aides said he has so far concentrated on cementing relations with Mrs Clinton first. They say they are content to let relations with Mr Clinton thaw gradually.
It has long been known that Mr Clinton is angry at the way his own reputation was tarnished during the primary battle when several of his comments were interpreted as racist.
But his lingering fury has shocked his friends. The Democrat told the Telegraph: "He's been angry for a while. But everyone thought he would get over it. He hasn't. I've spoken to a couple of people who he's been in contact with and he is mad as hell.
"He's saying he's not going to reach out, that Obama has to come to him. One person told me that Bill said Obama would have to quote kiss my ass close quote, if he wants his support.
"You can't talk like that about Obama - he's the nominee of your party, not some house boy you can order around.
"Hillary's just getting on with it and so should Bill."
Another Democrat said that despite polls showing Mr Obama with a healthy lead over Republican John McCain, Mr Clinton doesn't think he can win.
The party strategist, who was allied to one of the early rivals to Mr Obama and the former First Lady, said Mr Clinton was "very unhopeful" about the nominee's prospects in November.
"Bill Clinton knows the party will unite behind Obama, but he is telling people he doesn't believe Obama can win round voting groups, especially working-class whites, in the swing states," the strategist said.
"He just doesn't think Obama will be able to connect with the voters he needs."
Joe Klein, the author of Primary Colours, a fictionalised account of Mr Clinton's 1992 election, who has known the former president for 20 years, said he also heard that he was "very, very bitter", from people who have spoken with him.
"It's time for him to get over it or go off and do his charitable work. He knows the rules of the road. What's going on now is kind of strange. I think his behaviour is really, really shocking."
Wild Thing's comment........
This is most excellent!....KEEP flaming the fire bubba! THE CHAOS CONTINUES!!!
At least it keeps the election fun when it is so horrible otherwise. hahahaha
Obama is just as bad when he said this......LOL
Senator Barack Obama has angered senior allies of his vanquished Democratic rival Senator Hillary Clinton by telling them to "get over it".
Obama Supporters Take His Middle Name as Their Own
Obama volunteers from Columbus, Ohio, who have adopted the middle name Hussein include J. T. Marcum, left, Aaron Barclay, Alex Enderle, Norm Shoemaker and Chelsey McCune. They use the name on the Internet and in greeting one another.
Obama Supporters Take His Middle Name as Their Own
Emily Nordling has never met a Muslim, at least not to her knowledge. But this spring, Ms. Nordling, a 19-year-old student from Fort Thomas, Ky., gave herself a new middle name on Facebook.com, mimicking her boyfriend and shocking her father.
Emily Hussein Nordling,” her entry now reads.
With her decision, she joined a growing band of supporters of Senator Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, who are expressing solidarity with him by informally adopting his middle name.
The result is a group of unlikely-sounding Husseins: Jewish and Catholic, Hispanic and Asian and Italian-American, from Jaime Hussein Alvarez of Washington, D.C., to Kelly Hussein Crowley of Norman, Okla., to Sarah Beth Hussein Frumkin of Chicago.
Jeff Strabone of Brooklyn now signs credit card receipts with his newly assumed middle name, while Dan O’Maley of Washington, D.C., jiggered his e-mail account so his name would appear as “D. Hussein O’Maley.” Alex Enderle made the switch online along with several other Obama volunteers from Columbus, Ohio, and now friends greet him that way in person, too.
Mr. Obama is a Christian, not a Muslim. Hussein is a family name inherited from a Kenyan father he barely knew, who was born a Muslim and died an atheist. But the name has become a political liability. Some critics on cable television talk shows dwell on it, while others, on blogs or in e-mail messages, use it to falsely assert that Mr. Obama is a Muslim or, more fantastically, a terrorist.
“I am sick of Republicans pronouncing Barack Obama’s name like it was some sort of cuss word,” Mr. Strabone wrote in a manifesto titled “We Are All Hussein” that he posted on his own blog and on dailykos.com.
So like the residents of Billings, Mont., who reacted to a series of anti-Semitic incidents in 1993 with a townwide display of menorahs in their front windows, these supporters are brandishing the name themselves.
“My name is such a vanilla, white-girl American name,” said Ashley Holmes of Indianapolis, who changed her name online “to show how little meaning ‘Hussein’ really has.”
The movement is hardly a mass one, and it has taken place mostly online, the digital equivalent of wearing a button with a clever, attention-getting message. A search revealed hundreds of participants across the country, along with a YouTube video and bumper stickers promoting the idea. Legally changing names is too much hassle, participants say, so they use “Hussein” on Facebook and in blog posts and comments on sites like nytimes.com, dailykos.com and mybarackobama.com, the campaign’s networking site.
“It’s one of those things that just takes off, because everybody got it right away,” said Stephanie Miller, a left-leaning comedian who blurted out the idea one day during a broadcast of her syndicated radio talk show and repeated it on CNN.
Ms. Miller and her fellow new Husseins are embracing the traditionally Muslim name even as the Obama campaign shies away from Muslim associations. Campaign workers ushered two women in head scarves out of a camera’s range at a rally this month in Detroit. (The campaign has apologized.) Aides canceled a December appearance on behalf of Mr. Obama by Representative Keith Ellison, a Minnesota Democrat and the first Muslim congressman.
Mr. Obama may be more enthusiastic, judging from his response at a Chicago fund-raiser two weeks ago. When he saw that Richard Fizdale, a longtime contributor, wore “Hussein” on his name tag, Mr. Obama broke into a huge grin, Mr. Fizdale said.
“The theory was, we’re all Hussein,” Mr. Obama said to the crowd later, explaining Mr. Fizdale’s gesture.
Some Obama supporters say they were moved to action because of what their own friends, neighbors and relatives were saying about their candidate. Mark Elrod, a political science professor at Harding University in Searcy, Ark., is organizing students and friends to declare their Husseinhood on Facebook on Aug. 4, Mr. Obama’s birthday.
Ms. Nordling changed her name after volunteering for Mr. Obama before the Kentucky primary.
“People would not listen to what you were saying on the phone or on their doorstep because they thought he was Muslim,” she said.
Ms. Nordling’s uncle liked the idea so much that he joined the same Facebook group that she had. But when her father saw her new online moniker, he was incredulous.
“He actually thought I was going to convert to Islam,” Ms. Nordling said.
Wild Thing's comment........
Absolute, mindless, idiots! Hussein Youth and even adults....anybody seen Dr. Mengele?
This may be the most pathetic, feckless, and fatuous development! The name readily identifies them as traitors and unimaginative, backward-thinking stooges, just like their namesake.
What is scary about this is this is step one, what is next, will they join Islam?????
This reminds me of the stupid white kids who rap and try to act black. And their parents let them which shows where they get their stupid from.
Just thinking about that it was also done in a movie.......remember this? hahha
This is funny I never realized there was this line in the movie.....
" " I don't think we'll make it past the cops"
" We'll make it past the cops, I just hope we don't see no Muslims"
( the double negative is the line in the film not mine haha)
Joe Cocker, "With a Little Help From My Friends." Crazy Video
Joe Cocker, "With a Little Help From My Friends." Woodstock, 1969. Closed captioned for the clear-headed.
I hate that there was Woodstock and everything is stood for. That is why this video above is so funny, how the person that did this added things to it that really had me laughing. I thought that was so funny what they did with the video of that performance. LOL
This one below is my favorite Joe Cocker song. The song was used in a movie so if you are offended by kind of sexy stuff please do not click on it. --Thank you, Wild Thing
Sami Al-Arian Support Found At B. Hussein Obama's Blog
From the official Barack Obama blog site features a piece by Ulf Erlingsson, PhD, pleading for people to support convicted Islamic Jihad kingpin Sami Al-Arian.
Ulf Erlingsson’s Blog: We are all Palestinians
We are all Palestinians
By Ulf Erlingsson, PhD
Apr 30th, 2008 at 9:24 am EDT
When one people is oppressed, all of us are oppressed. What you do to any one of these you do to me, Jesus said. So we are all Palestinians. This is about a prisoner in America fighting for the Palestinians:
Tampa Bay Coalition for Justice and Peace
April 29, 2008
Dr. Al-Arian Suspends Hunger Strike After 8 Weeks
VIRGINIA — Yesterday, on the 57th day of his hunger strike, Dr. Sami Al-Arian suspended his fast, at the urging of his family, friends and supporters. Dr. Al-Arian, who has lost more than 40 pounds, began the hunger strike on March 3 to protest continued harassment and abuse of power by the Justice Department. Early last week, as his blood pressure and blood sugar reached dangerously low levels, Dr. Al-Arian collapsed and lost consciousness at his cell in Hampton Roads Regional Jail and was then examined by a doctor.
Dr. Al Arian drank no water for the first 18 days of his fast. During his hunger strike, he was moved to five different facilities a half dozen times.
Dr. Al-Arian was supposed to have been released on April 7. Since April 14, he has been in total segregation, and living under harsh conditions. He is not allowed any visitors and is given only two phone calls a month. Though officials at Hampton Roads Regional Jail told Dr. Al-Arian his conditions would improve and he would be moved into the general population as soon as he began eating again, this has proven to be a lie. Dr. Al-Arian remains in segregation although he has been cleared medically. Please see the Action Alert below to demand that he
be treated humanely.
“Today Dr. Sami Al-Arian is an internationally recognized political prisoner in America Over the last two decades, his legendry struggle for the independence of Palestine has included five years of incarceration, which continues, and two extended hunger strikes for sixty days and fifty-seven days, respectively,” said Dr. Agha Saeed, chair of the American Muslim Taskforce on Civil Rights and Elections.
“Just as Dr. Martin Luther King and Malcolm X symbolized the struggle for human rights in the fifties and sixties, Dr. Sami Al Arian has come to symbolize the current struggle for human rights. I am one of those who had beseeched him to end his hunger strike and I am personally indebted to him for accepting our request.”
“Sami Al-Arian has put his own life on the line for human dignity, freedom, justice and peace,” said Muhammad Salim Akhtar, chairman of American Muslim Alliance Midwest Region. “His resilience at the cost of his own physical and mental suffering has become a source of strength for people of conscience and high morals to unite across borders.”
Wild Thing's comment..........
Note the date of their blog being put at Obama's Campaign website....April 30th. If they did not agree with what this blog entry is about regarding Sami Al-Arian they could always have taken it down.
Can you imagine a Presidential candidate after the attack at Pearl Harbor having connections like this to the enemy of our country? Obama sure does and one is too many and he has had MANY of them.
June 28, 2008
Hussein Obama Going Abroad ~ Trying To Kiss Up To Troops
ABC News has learned that in mid-July, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, will travel to Iraq, Afghanistan, the UK, France and Germany.
The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee visited Iraq once before, in 2006. He will be visiting Iraq and Afghanistan along with a congressional delegation.
He will follow the trip to those two war-torn countries with a separate European sojourn.
Wild Thing's comment........
Our soldiers don’t need to see this marxist, communist, socialist jerk.
Well we know he will swoon when he hears the Islam call to prayer while he is there. GRRRRRRRRRRR
B.Hussein Obama And The Second Amendment
RNC Ad: Obama And The 2nd Amendment
The right to bear arms is one of the fundamental ideals on which our nation was founded.
Hardworking, law-abiding Americans have for generations enjoyed this freedom in their communities and with their families.
But Barack Obama believes that many Americans simply 'cling' to guns in times of economic distress. Speaking behind closed doors to an audience of San Francisco donors Barack Obama said "they cling to guns or religion .... as a way to explain their frustrations"
Obama's anti-gun record is long.
In 2004, he voted against legislation drafted to protect homeowners from prosecution in cases where they used a firearm to halt a home invasion.
In 2003, he voted in support of legislation that would have effectively banned most of the privately held hunting shotguns, target rifles, and black powder rifles in Illinois.
And in 1996, Obama supported a ban on the manufacture, sale and possession of handguns.
But now Obama's running for President and claims no knowledge of this, even though his handwriting is all over it.
Barack Obama: Out of touch with American values. Not ready to lead.
Liberal Touchie Feelie Terrorist's Treatment INSANE!
There are TWO different stories about TWO different prisoners. SHOCKING to say the least!
Suspected Al-Qa'eda Terrorist Leader To Be Freed On Bail
June 27, 2008
A man alleged to be one of al-Qa'eda's most important operatives in Europe is due to be freed from a British prison next week, it was reported.
After secret negotiations, the prisoner, identified only as U, is expected to be freed on bail from the high-security wing at Long Lartin jail in Worcestershire.
U, a 45-year-old Algerian, is alleged to be a terrorist leader who recruited, trained and facilitated operations.
Among his group, alleged to have been formed with the personal approval of Osama Bin Laden, were men convicted in the US of a plot to blow up Los Angeles International Airport in December 1999 and, in Germany, of a plot to bomb the Strasbourg Christmas market.
Appeal Court judges ruled in April that U should be freed on bail but discussions between security agencies and U's lawyers became deadlocked over the conditions restricting his movements and whom he can meet upon his release.
It is thought the authorities wanted more stringent bail terms that those imposed on the radical cleric Abu Qatada, who has been subject to a 22-hour curfew since his release last week. These terms would see U effectively placed under house arrest.
He would also be required to wear an electronic tag, monitored round the clock, and banned from using the internet or a mobile phone.
Once agreement on the bail terms is reached, a judge will be able to release the man with no further court hearing.
The Home Office refused to comment on the situation, beyond saying it was "seeking the strictest bail conditions possible."
THEY DO NOT LEARN FROM THEIR MISTAKES!
Look at this as well..................
Bailed Terror Suspect Goes On The Run After Leaving Suicide Note
June 27, 2008
A terrorist suspect on bail for charges linked to an alleged major suicide plot involving mass casualties has gone on the run, Scotland Yard has disclosed.
The 23-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is understood to have fled during Friday prayers and left a suicide note at his home.
Under strict bail conditions, he was due to report to police at 7am on Friday. It was reported on Friday night that he escaped while at prayers in a mosque near his home, which he was allowed to attend as part of the conditions. His family are said to have contacted police after they found the note.
Scotland Yard has launched a massive manhunt, amid fears for the man's welfare. Detectives are playing down the suggestion the note implied he was on a suicide mission to target others.
The suspect was due to stand trial later this year charged with conspiracy to commit murder and conspiracy to commit explosions, amongst other alleged offences.
He was given strict bail conditions, which amount to being under house arrest, and would have had his passport confiscated. The exact details of the conditions are unknown because the application was made in secret at court.
Police sources said they are "furious" that another terror suspect has gone on the run after being granted bail.
Wild Thing's comment........
This is insanity. How are we supposed to crush our terrorist enemies when we are letting terrorists out of prison. Between this and the Supreme Court decision about GITMO prisoners, God help us!
And WTF? the “massive manhunt” is based on “concerns for his welfare”. Nothing like having your priorities in order. sheesh amazing!
OK plan B then, do not capture terrorists just kill them in the battlefield or wherever they are first spotted.
The Democrats, Media and Our Troops
Our Media, Democrats and our Troops in Iraq
A combination of videos and photos showing the Democrat and the Media position on the war in Iraq as our troops become the victim of politics.
Thie is a before and after video that Sean Hannity made about Democrats and Iraq.
Listen to the Democrats mislead, distort, and otherwise lie about the Iraq War. The party of appeasement and defeat eschews democracy in favor of hypocrisy.
Wild Thing's comment.........
The left, Democrats and the media are the scum of the earth. The things they have said and done should fall under treason to our country. Their aid to the enemy simply by the comments they have made has put our troops lives in additional danger then they already are and I pray there is some kind of karma that will get back at these people doing these things.
Yes one way is to vote them out of office, but that takes time. I wish for something faster then that. Damn the left!!!!
June 27, 2008
Alaska Gov.Sarah Palin On CNBC
Alaska Governor Sarah Palin on CNBC talking about drilling, profits, and potential vice presidency
Wild Thing's comment........
Sorry about the quality of the video. It is the first time I have heard her speak so I thought you might like to see it too.
The Real Command Influence By Russ Vaughn
The Real Command Influence
In dismissing the very dubious war crimes charges against Marine LTC Jeffrey Chessani, his trial judge, COL Steven Folsom, said this:
"Unlawful command influence is the mortal enemy of military justice,"
COL Folsom was referring to influence within the Marine Corps command structure, specifically involving two officers of general rank. We should all applaud the colonel's decision as it would make no sense whatsoever for the Marines to try an officer for failing to investigate crimes that to this point several military courts have failed to establish ever occurred. With one exception, all of the Haditha Marines now have been exonerated. The exception is SSGT Frank Wuterich and if the Marines insist on pursuing his prosecution, they will find themselves in the position of trying to prove homicidal behavior on the part of a non-commissioned officer whose troops apparently killed no one in an unlawful manner according to Marine courts. The only conclusion is that he acted alone, in the midst of battle, while commanding his troops, he somehow single-handedly slaughtered more than twenty innocent Iraqi civilians.
Sounds preposterous, right? Well, that's apparently what the Navy would have us believe. And make no mistake about it, it is the Navy that controls military prosecutions in the Marine Corps, and the Navy appears willing to pursue this prosecution even though SSGT Wuterich's subordinates and his two superiors who were charged have all been cleared by military courts. That leads us to speculate that either SSGT Wuterich killed those Iraqi civilians all by himself or Navy JAG is desperately in need of at least one face-saving conviction in this Haditha mess.
Or is there another reason? Perhaps command influence from a higher level? Most civilians are unaware of the tremendous pressure members of Congress are able to bring to bear on military commanders. If a particular senator or congressman doesn't happen to be on a committee or subcommittee with direct oversight over military budgets or affairs, you can bet one of his cronies does. This is particularly true with flag rank Navy officers and generals in the other services because their promotions into these lofty ranks require congressional approval.
By now you must have guessed where this is going. Consider...who is the most powerful person in this situation who stands to not only look like the grandstanding, blowhard fool that he is but could perhaps be threatened with defamation lawsuits by the young Marines whose lives he turned into hell by publicly proclaiming them "cold blooded killers." Ah yes, that would be the reigning Prince of Pork, John Murtha. Think about it, with a single conviction of any one of the Marines charged, Murtha can claim vindication and use that conviction as an effective defense against any defamation suits from any of the other defendants.
So the question begging to be asked is whether or not this congressman, who was videotaped by the FBI as indicating he is bribable, is pulling strings behind the Navy/Marine Corps command structure to pursue this phony war crimes prosecution to the bitter end. Murtha claims to be an ex-Marine to which I say, you may have worn the uniform, John, but you are sure as hell no Marine. As I have said before, the Marine Corps motto is Semper Fi, always faithful; John Murtha's motto is Semper I, always him.
....Thank you Russ for writing this and sending it to me.
Communist Party USA Endorses (CPUSA) Obama
"The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism. But, under the name of 'liberalism,' they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program, until one day America will be a socialist nation, without knowing how it happened." - Norman Thomas, U.S. Socialist Party presidential candidate 1940, 1944 and 1948
Obama Gets The Communists
It's one thing when Obama, the Democrats' standard bearer to be, is identified as the most liberal senator. It is something else, something quite extreme, when Obama is recognized as the darling of the Communist Party USA.
That's right, Joelle Fishman -- chair of the Communist Party USA Political Action Commission and the Connecticut Communist Party -- backs Obama.
Perhaps it is no surprise. After all, except for public financing of campaigns, Obama's positions are very similar to those of the Communist Party USA:
Among the points in the party's "Immediate Program" are a $12/hour minimum wage; for all workers, universal health care, and opposition to privatization of Social Security; economic measures such as increased taxes on "the rich and corporations," strong regulation of the financial industry, "regulation and public ownership of utilities," and increased federal aid to cities and states; opposition to the Iraq War and other military interventions; opposition to free trade treaties such as NAFTA; nuclear disarmament and a reduced military budget; various civil rights provisions; campaign finance reform including public financing of campaigns; and election law reform, including Instant Runoff Voting.
Wild Thing's comment........
No surprise actually, since most of the Democrat politicans are member of this. Howard Dean, Pelosi, the list is long . He is already endorsed by so many anti-American, and terrorists groups, this just adds another one to the list.
What a mess all this is and regarding Obama very scary for sure.
Found A Republican ~ LOL
Many years ago I bought 3 rugs from a company called Claire Murray.
It is an awesome company and the Hand Hooked Rugs are first class. They are a little expensive so I didn't go crazy but the money is well spent since they last forever. I just saved up for them many years ago when we got them. We have had the 3 rugs now for 23 years. They look like new.
We never have carpeting, and prefer hardwood floors so these rugs work out perfectly for throw rugs throughout the house. And they grip the floor so they don't move easily at all when walking over them.
I had not heard from the company which was fine, and then in the last few years they started to send me emails.
Just advertising kind but the last few months it started to get to be more then one a day. haha Like something had gone wrong with their email program . I kept asking them not to send me anymore emails. I am not a big shopper since show biz was always a career one had to be careful in spending money when you don't know when the next job will be. Being careful was important.
The emails from the company had a link to click to reply and say don't send any emails. I did as I was told and clicked on the return link and sent emails asking to be off their email list. LOL But they kept sending more and more emails. hahahahaha
So just for fun I thought I would try something and maybe it would make them see I was serious. heh heh
I sent them a 5th email requesting once again to be taken off their list. Only this time a new strategy, I sent the email with a picture of Obama and wrote as you will see below. And with a wee bit of an attitude with it. giggle
Sent: Wednesday, June 25, 2008 11:54 PM
Subject: please once again I am asking
I have responded to your spam emails now 5 times. Apparently you do not speak English. I have requested, pleaded and begged to be taken off your email list.
So since you will not do as I have requested I will reply with political graphics of the DemocRATS vile and horrible B. Hussein Obama.
Thank you for your time,
And this was the reply I got back. I put the girls name with x's in case she could get fired for her reply. hahha
From: xxxxx xxxxxxx
Sent: Thursday, June 26, 2008 9:51 AM
Subject: RE: please once again I am asking
Your unsubscribe is in process. I only received your first request on 6/20
It sometimes takes a few days. I have just manually deleted it, sorry for the inconvenience.
However, please keep up the good work sending the democRATs emails, maybe some people will get it.
Once again, thank you for shopping with Claire Murray.
email : xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Toll Free 866-868-7001
Now this girl is someone I could be friends with. hahaha And I can't write her back because I wanted off her email list. hahahahaha But the important thing is she is a Republican and how cool is that! I laughed so hard when I got her email back and showed it to Nicholas and he had a good laugh too. I thought I would share this with you for your enjoyment. haha
June 26, 2008
Dem Pledges:" I'll 'rip apart' child-rape victims on stand"
Dem pledges: I'll 'rip apart' child-rape victims on stand
'I'm going to make sure rest of their life is ruined'
wnd ...for complete article
Massachusetts politician and defense attorney Rep. James Fagan is under intense public scrutiny after he promised to "rip apart" child victims of rape who testify if the state imposes strict sentences for sex offenders.
Fagan, a Democrat, made his controversial remarks on the state House floor, Fox News reported.
"I'm gonna rip them apart," Fagan said of child victims. "I'm going to make sure that the rest of their life is ruined, that when they're 8 years old, they throw up; when they're 12 years old, they won't sleep; when they're 19 years old, they'll have nightmares and they'll never have a relationship with anybody."
As a defense attorney, Fagan said he would prevent accused child sex offenders from experiencing a "mandatory sentence of those draconian proportions."
According to the report, his statements angered both colleagues and activists.
"I thought his comments were over the top and unnecessary," said Bradley Jones, Massachusetts House minority leader. "I appreciate that he's a defense attorney, and felt he had a point to make, but I think it was unnecessary. It was excessive."
Mark Lunsford, a Florida father who lost his 9-year-old daughter after she was kidnapped, wrapped in a trash bag and buried alive by a sex offender in 2005, said he was shocked by Fagan's remarks. He told the Boston Herald that Fagan should have more respect for the rights of sexually abused children.
"Why doesn't he figure out a way to defend that child and put these kind of people away instead of trying to figure ways for defense attorneys to get around Jessica's Law?" Lunsford asked. "These are very serious crimes that nobody wants to take serious. What about the rights of these children?"
The bill Fagan was so strongly opposed to designates mandatory minimum sentences of 10 to 15 years for crimes against children. It has passed in the House and made its way to the Senate.
According to Fox News, law professor Phyllis Goldfarb said Fagan comments were somewhat truthful in that they describe a defense attorney's obligation to find holes in the prosecutor's case when a person accused of sexually abusing a child faces mandatory sentencing.
Wild Thing's comment.......
Some people in our society practice evil simply for its own sake. Such is the case with this miserable attorney. Sounds to me like he enjoys his work. This a**hole thinks 20 years for the rape of a child is "draconian". This bastard is as sick as the rapists he defends.
Just where the hell are we going in this country, that an elected official could even say such a thing an it not be an outrage? Or that anyone would say such things.
....Thank you Mark for the link to this article. And Sierrahome thank you for the link to the video.
Individual Right To Bear Arms AFFIRMED!!!
Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a firearm
Our Founding Fathers Intent!
The decision goes further than the Bush administration was asking for!! WOO HOO!!!
Thank you God.
And thank you President Bush for allowing the American people to protect themselves from criminals, stalkers and other lunatics and tyrannical governments.
Praise and Blessings to the Almighty and all SCOTUS Justices who voted to protect those rights.
I think all of us would buy Heller a steak right now, along with 5 of the Justices. A steak, a cigar and a whiskey.
The court’s 5-4 ruling strikes down the District of Columbia’s 32-year-old ban on handguns as incompatible with gun rights under the Second Amendment. The decision goes further than even the Bush administration wanted, but probably leaves most firearms laws intact.
The court had not conclusively interpreted the Second Amendment since its ratification in 1791. The amendment reads: “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”
Court: A constitutional right to a gun
Answering a 127-year old constitutional question, the Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to have a gun, at least in one’s home. The Court, splitting 5-4, struck down a District of Columbia ban on handgun possession. Although times have changed since 1791, Justice Antonin Scalia said for the majority, “it is not the role of this Court to pronounce the Second Amendment extinct.”
Justice Scalia’s opinion stressed that the Court was not casting doubt on long-standing bans on carrying a concealed gun or on gun possession by felons or the mentally retarded, on laws barring guns from schools or government buildings, and laws putting conditions on gun sales.
In District of Columbia v. Heller (07-290), the Court nullified two provisions of the city of Washington’s strict 1976 gun control law: a flat ban on possessing a gun in one’s home, and a requirement that any gun — except one kept at a business — must be unloaded and disassembled or have a trigger lock in place. The Court said it was not passing on a part of the law requiring that guns be licensed. It said that issuing a license to a handgun owner, so the weapon can be used at home, would be a sufficient remedy for the Second Amendment violation of denying any access to a handgun.
Justice Scalia’s recitation from the bench of the majority’s reasoning continued for 16 minutes. Justice John Paul Stevens followed, for seven minutes, summarizing the reasons for two dissenting opinions — his and one written by Justice Stephen G. Breyer.
The decision was the final one of the Term and, after issuing it, the Court recessed for the summer, to return on Monday, Oct. 6. Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., said that concluding orders on pending cases will be released by the Court Clerk at 10 a.m. Friday.
The opinion can be downloaded here. This is a pdf file.
1. The Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a
firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that arm for
traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home.
(a) The Amendment’s prefatory clause announces a purpose, but
does not limit or expand the scope of the second part, the operative
clause. The operative clause’s text and history demonstrate that it
connotes an individual right to keep and bear arms. Pp. 2–22.
(b) The prefatory clause comports with the Court’s interpretation
of the operative clause. The “militia” comprised all males physically
capable of acting in concert for the common defense. The Antifederalists
feared that the Federal Government would disarm the people in
order to disable this citizens’ militia, enabling a politicized standing
army or a select militia to rule. The response was to deny Congress
power to abridge the ancient right of individuals to keep and bear
arms, so that the ideal of a citizens’ militia would be preserved.
(c) The Court’s interpretation is confirmed by analogous armsbearing
rights in state constitutions that preceded and immediately
followed the Second Amendment. Pp. 28–30.
(d) The Second Amendment’s drafting history, while of dubious
interpretive worth, reveals three state Second Amendment proposals
that unequivocally referred to an individual right to bear arms.
(e) Interpretation of the Second Amendment by scholars, courts
and legislators, from immediately after its ratification through the
late 19th century also supports the Court’s conclusion. Pp. 32–47.
(f) None of the Court’s precedents forecloses the Court’s interpretation.
Neither United States v. Cruikshank, 92 U. S. 542, 553, nor
Presser v. Illinois, 116 U. S. 252, 264–265, refutes the individualrights
interpretation. United States v. Miller, 307 U. S. 174, does not
limit the right to keep and bear arms to militia purposes, but rather
limits the type of weapon to which the right applies to those used by
the militia, i.e., those in common use for lawful purposes. Pp. 47–54.
2. Like most rights, the Second Amendment right is not unlimited.
It is not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any
manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose: For example, concealed
weapons prohibitions have been upheld under the Amendment
or state analogues. The Court’s opinion should not be taken to cast
doubt on longstanding prohibitions on the possession of firearms by
felons and the mentally ill, or laws forbidding the carrying of firearms
in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings, or
laws imposing conditions and qualifications on the commercial sale of
arms. Miller’s holding that the sorts of weapons protected are those
“in common use at the time” finds support in the historical tradition
of prohibiting the carrying of dangerous and unusual weapons.
3. The handgun ban and the trigger-lock requirement (as applied to
self-defense) violate the Second Amendment. The District’s total ban
on handgun possession in the home amounts to a prohibition on an
entire class of “arms” that Americans overwhelmingly choose for the
lawful purpose of self-defense. Under any of the standards of scrutiny
the Court has applied to enumerated constitutional rights, this
prohibition—in the place where the importance of the lawful defense
of self, family, and property is most acute—would fail constitutional
muster. Similarly, the requirement that any lawful firearm in the
home be disassembled or bound by a trigger lock makes it impossible
for citizens to use arms for the core lawful purpose of self-defense and
is hence unconstitutional. Because Heller conceded at oral argument
that the D. C. licensing law is permissible if it is not enforced arbitrarily
and capriciously, the Court assumes that a license will satisfy
his prayer for relief and does not address the licensing requirement.
Assuming he is not disqualified from exercising Second Amendment
rights, the District must permit Heller to register his handgun and
must issue him a license to carry it in the home. Pp. 56–64.
478 F. 3d 370, affirmed.
SCALIA, J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which ROBERTS,
C. J., and KENNEDY, THOMAS, and ALITO, JJ., joined. STEVENS, J., filed a
dissenting opinion, in which SOUTER, GINSBURG, and BREYER, JJ.,
joined. BREYER, J., filed a dissenting opinion, in which STEVENS,
SOUTER, and GINSBURG, JJ., joined.
Quotes from the opinion:
“Logic demands that there be a link between the stated purpose and the command.”
“We start therefore with a strong presumption that the Second Amendment right is exercised individually and belongs to all Americans.”
“the most natural reading of ‘keep Arms’ in the Second Amendment is to “have weapons.”
“The term was applied, then as now, to weapons that were not specifically designed for military use and were not employed in a military capacity.”
“Putting all of these textual elements together, we find that they guarantee the individual right to possess and carry weapons in case of confrontation.”
“Thus, we do not read the Second Amendment to protect the right of citizens to carry arms for any sort of confrontation, just as we do not read the First Amendment to protect the right of citizens to speak for any purpose.”
“The prefatory clause does not suggest that preserving the militia was the only reason Americans valued the ancient right; most undoubtedly thought it even more important for self-defense and hunting.”
“It was plainly the understanding in the post-Civil War Congress that the Second Amendment protected an individual right to use arms for self-defense.”
“Like most rights, the right secured by the Second Amendment is not unlimited.”
“Although we do not undertake an exhaustive historical analysis today of the full scope of the Second Amendment, nothing in our opinion should be taken to cast doubt on longstanding prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill, or laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings, or laws imposing conditions and qualifications on the commercial sale of arms.”
“We also recognize another important limitation on the right to keep and carry arms. Miller said, as we have explained, that the sorts of weapons protected were those ‘in common use at the time.’ 307 U. S., at 179.”
“Whatever the reason, handguns are the most popular weapon chosen by Americans for self-defense in the home, and a complete prohibition of their use is invalid.”
“In sum, we hold that the District’s ban on handgun possession in the home violates the Second Amendment, as does its prohibition against rendering any lawful firearm in the home operable for the purpose of immediate self-defense. Assuming that Heller is not disqualified from the exercise of Second Amendment rights, the District must permit him to register his handgun and must issue him a license to carry it in the home.”
On the question of the Second Amendment’s application to the States: “23 With respect to Cruikshank’s continuing validity on incorporation, a question not presented by this case, we note that Cruikshank also said that the First Amendment did not apply against the States and did not engage in the sort of Fourteenth Amendment inquiry required by our later cases. Our later decisions in Presser v. Illinois, 116 U. S. 252, 265 (1886) and Miller v. Texas, 153 U. S. 535, 538 (1894), reaffirmed that the Second Amendment applies only to the Federal Government.”
LOOK at this......APPALLING LEFT WING ARROGANT IGNORANCE!!!
Justice Stephen Breyer wrote a separate dissent in which he said, “In my view, there simply is no untouchable constitutional right guaranteed by the Second Amendment to keep loaded handguns in the house in crime-ridden urban areas.”
Supreme Court Gun Ban Ruling Expected Today
Supreme Court Gun Ban Ruling Expected
The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday, did not release its long-awaited ruling on whether the District's handgun ban violates the Second Amendment. That means the potentially landmark decision will almost certainly come today when the court is planning to issue the last of its rulings for the term.
The case, District of Columbia v. Heller, which was argued nearly four months ago, could settle the decades-old debate over whether the Second Amendment grants individuals the right to own firearms.
Mayor Adrain M. Fenty is planning to hold a news conference at the John A. Wilson Building after the decision is announced.
Wild Thing's comment..........
Citizens are armed; subjects are not. We shall remain armed.
The founding fathers based the bill of rights on thier beleif that we have a right to "...life, liberty, and the persuit of happiness..."
Liberty and the pursuit of happiness are all great, but pretty meaningless if one cannot defend his life. This is what we have come to today.
Supreme Court Rules: Child Rapists Can't Be Executed
Child rapists can't be executed, Supreme Court rules
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Wednesday that child rapists cannot be executed, concluding that capital punishment for crimes against individuals can be applied only to murderers.
The ruling stemmed from the case of Patrick Kennedy, who appealed the 2003 death sentence he received in Louisiana after being convicted of raping his 8-year-old stepdaughter.
Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in the majority opinion that execution in this case would violate the Eighth Amendment's prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment, citing "evolving standards of decency" in the United States.
Such standards, the justice wrote, forbid capital punishment for any crime against an individual other than murder.
"We conclude that, in determining whether the death penalty is excessive, there is a distinction between intentional first-degree murder on the one hand and nonhomicide crimes against individual persons, even including child rape, on the other," wrote Kennedy, who is not related to the convicted rapist.
Patrick Kennedy, 43, would have been the first convicted rapist in the United States since 1964 to be executed in a case in which the victim was not killed.
Kennedy was convicted of sexually assaulting his stepdaughter in her bed. The attack caused severe emotional trauma, internal injuries and bleeding to the child, requiring extensive surgery, Louisiana prosecutors said.
In the majority opinion, Anthony Kennedy acknowledged "the victim's fright, the sense of betrayal, and the nature of her injuries caused more prolonged physical and mental suffering than, say, a sudden killing by an unseen assassin."
But the justice -- supported by Justices John Paul Stevens, David Souter, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer -- wrote that when determining what punishment the Eighth Amendment prohibits, "evolving standards of decency that mark the progress of a maturing society" must be taken into account.
Wild Thing's comment........
These justices who think raping a child should not be a capital offense are so horrible I cannot even fathom how their mind works. This is truly an abomination!
“The ruling stemmed from the case of Patrick Kennedy, who was sentenced to death in 2003 for raping his 8-year-old stepdaughter.”
He WAS sentenced to death and now they protect the rapist. Disgusting!
It's Not Easy Being Green For Democrat Convention ~ LOL
Hundreds of free bikes will be available for anyone looking for an alternative to automobiles during the Democratic convention in Denver -- and also in Minneapolis-St. Paul when the Republicans convene.
From left, Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, Director of Bikes Belong Tim Blumenthal, convention organizer Parry Burnap and Dan Oftedahl of Humana, which will provide the free bikes, announced the initiative in early May.
Democrats hope to power media pavilions in part with solar energy. Wind energy will be used to power the convention halls
The Greenest Show on Earth: Democrats Gear Up for Denver
From Organic Fanny Packs to 'Pure' Trash, Party Planners Face Logistical Nightmare
As the Mile High City gears up to host a Democratic bash for 50,000, organizers are discovering the perils of trying to stage a political spectacle that's also politically correct.
The host committee for the Democratic National Convention wanted 15,000 fanny packs for volunteers. But they had to be made of organic cotton. By unionized labor. In the USA.
Official merchandiser Bob DeMasse scoured the country. His weary conclusion: "That just doesn't exist."
Ditto for the baseball caps. "We have a union cap or an organic cap," Mr. DeMasse says. "But we don't have a union-organic offering."
Much of the hand-wringing can be blamed on Denver's Democratic mayor, John Hickenlooper, who challenged his party and his city to "make this the greenest convention in the history of the planet."
Convention organizers hired the first-ever Director of Greening, longtime environmental activist Andrea Robinson. Her response to the mayor's challenge: "That terrifies me!"
After all, the last time Democrats met in Denver -- to nominate William Jennings Bryan in 1908 -- they dispatched horse-drawn wagons to bring snow from the Rocky Mountains to cool the meeting hall. Ms. Robinson suspected modern-day delegates would prefer air conditioning. So she quickly modified the mayor's goal: She'd supervise "the most sustainable political convention in modern American history."
Now, she must pull it off.
To test whether celebratory balloons advertised as biodegradable actually will decompose, Ms. Robinson buried samples in a steaming compost heap. She hired an Official Carbon Adviser, who will measure the greenhouse-gas emissions of every placard, every plane trip, every appetizer prepared and every coffee cup tossed. The Democrats hope to pay penance for those emissions by investing in renewable energy projects.
Perhaps Ms. Robinson's most audacious goal is to reuse, recycle or compost at least 85% of all waste generated during the convention.
The Trash Brigade
To police the four-day event Aug. 25-28, she's assembling (via paperless online signup) a trash brigade. Decked out in green shirts, 900 volunteers will hover at waste-disposal stations to make sure delegates put each scrap of trash in the proper bin. Lest a fork slip into the wrong container unnoticed, volunteers will paw through every bag before it is hauled away.
To police the four-day event Aug. 25-28, she's assembling (via paperless online signup) a trash brigade. Decked out in green shirts, 900 volunteers will hover at waste-disposal stations to make sure delegates put each scrap of trash in the proper bin. Lest a fork slip into the wrong container unnoticed, volunteers will paw through every bag before it is hauled away.
"That's the only way to make sure it's pure," Ms. Robinson says.
No fried food. And, on the theory that nutritious food is more vibrant, each meal should include "at least three of the following colors: red, green, yellow, blue/purple, and white." (Garnishes don't count.) At least 70% of ingredients should be organic or grown locally, to minimize emissions from fuel burned during transportation. "One would think," says Mr. Burns, "that the Democrats in Denver have bigger fish to bake -- they have ruled out frying already -- than mandating color-coordinated pretzel platters."
The city has staged "greening workshops" attended by hundreds of caterers, restaurant owners and hotel managers.
"It's the new patriotism," Mayor Hickenlooper says.
But it's almost inevitable that principles, politics and profit will conflict. To wit: Coors Brewing Co., in Golden, Colo., will donate biofuel made from beer waste to power the convention's fleet of flex-fuel vehicles. A green star for the convention -- but it has rankled die-hard liberals, who boycotted Coors in the 1960s and '70s to protest hiring practices that they said discriminated against blacks, Latinos, women and gays. Heirs to the Coors fortune have long been active in conservative causes and Republican politics.
Convention officials say Coors is a good corporate citizen. And a Coors spokeswoman says the donation was a gesture of civic pride, not politics.
No matter, grumbles Anna Flynn, a longtime union member from Denver who objected to the donation. "Any way you put it, it's still Coors," she says.
So will the fanny packs -- made in the USA of undyed, organic fabric. Mr. DeMasse vows to get a union shop to print the logo, but he says the ink will be petroleum based. Unless, that is, he decides to get the logo embroidered -- with biodegradable thread.
Wild Thing's comment.......
LOL This is going to be so much fun to watch....too bad Hillary won't be a major player to stir things up.
"Decked out in green shirts, 900 volunteers will hover at waste-disposal stations to make sure delegates put each scrap of trash in the proper bin. Lest a fork slip into the wrong container unnoticed, volunteers will paw through every bag before it is hauled away."
LMAO this is rich! hahaha They could call them the Green Nazi Patrol. And if they were really serious they should ban all private jets to the convention.
You just know if Gore is going to be there he will be arriving on his private jet.
June 25, 2008
China And India To Drill For Cuban Oil Off Florida Keys in Gulf
Just for some fun. While we wait, and wait.....and wait for the left and the rino's to get a brain about drilling NOW!
China and India to drill for Cuban oil off Florida keys in Gulf of Mexico
Plans for foreign oil companies, some from India and China, to drill off the cost of Cuba are prompting calls from lawmakers to ease environmental restrictions that prohibit coastal drilling in most of the U.S., according to a report Tuesday.
At a time of rising soaring gasoline prices caused partly by a lack of supply, legislators are fuming that Cuba is opening up its continental shelf for oil and gas exploration while most of the U.S. continental shelf outside the Gulf of Mexico, which extends 200 miles from shore, has been off limits for drilling since the early 1980s, the New York Times reported.
Adding insult to injury, the Times said U.S. firms were invited to bid on the Cuban contracts, but were barred by the U.S. government due to the country’s longstanding economic embargo of communist Cuba.
“Red China should not be left to drill for oil within spitting distance of our shores without competition from U.S. industries,” Sen. Larry Craig, Republican of Idaho, told the Times.
Firms from Canada and Spain will also drill off the Cuban coast, the article said
Craig is introducing a bill to exempt U.S. oil firms from the embargo, much as food and drug firms are, according to the article.
There are also several bills moving through Congress aimed at opening up areas more areas of the U.S. to oil and gas exploration, including coastal waters and Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Supporters of the bills, including the oil industry, say it would help bring down oil and gas prices and decrease the country’s reliance on oil imports from the volatile Middle East.
Gasoline prices have soared 33 percent over the last year, while the price of crude oil has tripled since 2002.
The paper also cited an Interior Department study that said the U.S. continental shelf contained 115 billion barrels of oil and 633 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. That would be enough oil to satisfy U.S. demand, at current consumption levels, for 16 years and enough natural gas for 25 years, according to the Times.
Obama's fight against 'dirty oil' could hurt oil sands
National Post for complete article
Barack Obama on Tuesday vowed he would break America's addiction to "dirty, dwindling, and dangerously expensive" oil if he is elected U.S. president -- and one of his first targets might well be Canada's oil sands.
A senior adviser to Mr. Obama's campaign told reporters it's an "open question" whether oil produced from northern Alberta's oilsands fits with the Democratic candidate's plan to shift the U.S. sharply away from consumption of carbon-intensive fossil fuels.
"If it turns out that those technologies don't advance . . . and the only way to produce those resources would be at a significant penalty to climate change, then we don't believe that those resources are going to be part of the long-term, are going to play a growing role in the long-term future," said Jason Grumet, Mr. Obama's senior energy adviser.
The remarks amount to a shot across the bow of Alberta's oil sands industry, which is planning to boost production from 1.3 million barrels a day to 3.5 million barrels over the next decade.
Senator John McCain, the Republican presidential candidate, has also vowed to support alternative energy and reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil. Mr. McCain has placed more emphasis, however, on the need to lower American reliance on oil from the Middle East and countries like Nigeria and Venezuela. "America imports about one-third of its oil from Canada and Mexico and no one need worry about a reliance on friendly, stable neighbours, and partners in NAFTA," Mr. McCain said in a speech Monday in Fresno, Calif.
Christopher Sands, a Canada-U.S. relations expert at the Washington-based Hudson Institute, said Mr. Obama's energy policy could pose as big a challenge to the Canadian economy as his vow to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Wild Thing's comment........
Obama is so S T U P I D it hurts!!! The only thing that is “dirty, dwindling, and dangerously expensive” are the words from the lips of Barack HUSSEIN Obama.
So, while Obama is floundering around to fine alternatives to "dirty oil" his people still have to drive to work, get their goods and food delivered by road and heat their homes.
Alaska Gov. To Sen. Reid: Start Drilling in ANWR!
Sarah Palin, the Governor of Alaska responding to Democrats drilling in ANWR
She wants drilling in ANWR.
Pro Gun,,,, NRA Member.
Filed suit against the Federal Government over the Polar Bear Issue.
Has a Spine!
Her name was mentioned on McCain's long list for VP.
Alaska Gov. to Sen. Reid: Start Drilling in ANWR!
In a letter to Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and other key leaders, Alaska Republican Gov. Sarah Palin urges Congress to allow drilling for oil on the Outer Continental Shelf and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in northern Alaska, an area she calls "the most promising unexplored petroleum province in North America."
"What will it take for Congress to enact comprehensive energy policy?" Palin asks in the letter, dated yesterday. "In my opinion, the debate about energy policy is no longer theoretical and abstract. Our failure to enact an energy policy is having real consequences for every American in their daily lives and has begun to affect America's place in the world."
Palin, whose name appears on lists of potential vice-presidential candidates, concludes with a bold challenge:
"I don't think it's overly dramatic to say that his nation's future and the quality of life for every American are dependent on the decision you make or don't make in the next few months."
Last week, Reid called Sen. John McCain's call for offshore drilling "nothing more than a cynical campaign ploy that will do nothing to lower energy prices and represents another big giveaway to oil companies already making billions in profits."
Palin says in her letter she does not guarantee a price drop with drilling in ANWR but argues increasing domestic oil supply would "help reduce price volatility" and "send a strong message to oil speculators."
"Yet, there is an even more important point," Palin writes, contending America must take measures to decrease dependence on foreign oil, since "U.S. petrodollars are financing activities that are harmful to America and to our economic and military interests around the world."
Environmentalists and Democrats in Congress long have argued against increased drilling in the U.S., favoring instead conservation and alternative fuels. Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama's website promises $150 billion in increased spending to develop new fuels and renewable energy sources.
Palin's letter argues against looking only to those approaches, pointing out a need for domestic oil production to supply the economy's many products made from petroleum, not just gasoline.
"The soaring prices of chemicals, plastics, fertilizer and other products – and the loss of jobs – graphically illustrate this point," the letter states. "We must recognize that is will be many years, if ever, before we discover alternatives to the petroleum-based products that every American uses in our daily lives."
Palin addresses the concerns of environmentalists about drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, or ANWR.
Oil exploration and development "can be conducted in a safe manner," she writes, pointing out the footprint of oil development facilities in ANWR would take up "less than 2,000 acres" of a refuge roughly the size of South Carolina.
And this is excellent as well!! .........Transcript from one of Rush's show's
PALIN: I want to make sure that we're not just talking about the need to develop, to ramp up development, offshore and in ANWR, but we're asking them now, "What's your plan? If not domestic supplies being tapped into with offshore and with ANWR, then, Congress, what is your plan?"
RUSH: Amen! Here is a female Republican who is willing to gut it up. She sent Dingy Harry a letter. She challenged the Democrats to drill in ANWR. "What's your plan?" If we're not going to drill offshore and we're not going to drill in ANWR, what is your plan for more energy? And here was Obama in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was at a campaign event. Here's Obama pretty much responding to Sarah Palin, whether he knew it or not.
He immitates OBAMA: We're not going to bring down gas prices easily, quickly. The only way to do it is to reduce demand, uh, over the long term in a serious way. And so, you know, I -- I -- I -- when John McCain says, well, we're going to drill our way out of the problem, or we're going to give tax cut, uh, uh, hol -- or suspend the gas tax for 60 days which would save you 30 cents a day for 90 days for a grand total of $28, you know, then I say, you know, that's a gimmick. You're not being serious.
RUSH: I just can't take this man seriously, folks. I'm sorry. I listen I want to know to him and I want to laugh. Here's a guy who thinks you're paying too much for everything except gasoline. You're paying too much for health care. You're paying too much for tuition. You're paying too much for education. You're paying too much for this, too much for that. But not gasoline. Whatever amount that the gallon of gasoline might be reduced, it's insignificant. It's a gimmick. It's a trick. Yet these are the people supposedly concerned with the dire economic consequences brought on by the Republicans. We're not going to bring down gas prices easily, quickly? We're not? We're not even going to try? The only way to do it is to reduce demand over the long term?
No, it's not. You can conservative out the wazoo, senator, and you're not going to produce any more. This is pathetic. We cannot afford this guy -- I mean financially. Forget all the other ways. We just can't afford him. The average American could not afford to pay for a Barack Obama presidency. It's just no more complicated than that. Now another one of the wizards of smart. Thomas Friedman, New York Times, was on Scarborough's show today, the cohost Willie Geist interviewed Friedman, said, "What's the direction? I mean, we've heard so much about offshore drilling, all these short-term solution, where should we be headed as a country, [wizard of smart]? What's the bottom line on all of this?"
FRIEDMAN: It's a policy that first of all starts with incentives for what I call radical "innovation," that's gonna give us abundant, cheap, clean, reliable electrons. For that you need really the market signals -- gasoline tax, carbon tax -- that will stimulate a hundred thousand-man patent projects in a hundred thousand garages. Second thing you need is dramatic improvements in energy efficiency. That's standards for refrigerators and lightbulbs and mileage standards so we don't need so many electrons. And third, you're going to need conservation. How about going back to driving 55 miles an hour? You can save millions of gallons just there.
RUSH: Well, that's it. The wizard of smart, Thomas Friedman, wants to roll back our advancement, roll back our lifestyle and give us abundant, cheap, clean, reliable electrons. Yeah. For those of you... "You really need the market signals, gas tax, carbon tax, that will stimulate a hundred thousand man patent per check. He projects in a hundred thousand garages." You know, it's not electrons. It's not electrons that we need to be working on. It's neutrinos. If we could isolate and find neutrinos, put 'em in the accelerator, and find a way to harness their interaction with protons and neutrons, the neutrino could unlock every secret we have. Do you hear any research on neutrinos? The only using neutrinos are people that are trying to manufacture plutonium, on their own.
You've gotta do it deep underground. But neutrinos? He's talking about electrons. Electrons are old hat. That's like trying to mess around with the atom. We already figured that out. Neutrinos! Neutrinos are the future. But besides all that, this is lame. This is lame lunacy. Roll it back to 55? All these people on the left want you to sacrifice your family's future, your growth opportunity, prosperity, and opportunity. We are a nation in a constant state of decline, as they look at it. By the way, you think these people are going to follow suit on any of this? You think they are? I mean, if we go 55, Friedman might have to drive 55, but other than that, do you think they're going to go sacrificing like they want you to? Heh-heh-heh. No way.
Wild Thing's comment........
You Go Sarah!!!!! GOOD!
"Last week, Reid called Sen. John McCain's call for offshore drilling "nothing more than a cynical campaign ploy that will do nothing to lower energy prices and represents another big giveaway to oil companies already making billions in profits."
Giveaway to the oil companies or lower prices to the proletariet?? He just admitted that oil costs would come down with drilling.
Fallujah Security Strengthen in Numbers
Fallujah Security Strengthen in Numbers
Cpl. Jonathan C. Austin, communications chief and convoy commander with Company B, Iraqi Transition Team 8, Regimental Combat Team 1, slaps an Iraqi child "hi-five" during a patrol through Fallujah June 9. Austin, a Lincolnton, N.C. native, took a few minutes with some transition members to play soccer with neighborhood childeren during the operation.
FALLUJAH, Iraq– Marines geared for war walk in tactical columns through the once mean streets of Fallujah, ready for what may lay around the next corner.
“Mister, mister shokalata! Shokalata!”shout exuberant children from a crowded neighborhood as Marines and Iraqi police pass out candy.
Marines with Company B, Police Transition Team 8, Regimental Combat Team 1, have been working diligently over the past few months to help train Iraqi police to take over their respective areas and become self-supportive in day-to-day operations in the city.
Recent increases in the number of Iraqi police have drastically subdued the violence in the city.
“These guys are going out on a daily basis by themselves and coming back with suspect arrests,” said Lance Cpl. Andrew L. Walker, a 20-year-old police transition team member from Crane Hill, Ala. “For the most part, they are doing a really good job with many of the issues going on here.”
Marines with the transition team spend time mentoring Iraqi police and work with them to control the Mauallimeen area. Joint patrols in the city work to strengthen relationships with the IPs and Marines, and offer Marines a chance to evaluate how the police operate in various situations.
America The Beautiful ~ Elvis
God bless America I pray we will always be able to hear the Patriotic songs.
June 24, 2008
LOL Egomaniac Obama Pulls Presidential Seal!
Obama Pulls New Presidential Seal
That was a one-time thing for a one-time event,” Robert Gibbs asserted to CNN about the rather intricately designed seal that made its debut last Friday.
The new seal was unveiled on Obama's podium when he spoke to a group of Democratic governors.
The Latin phrase "E Pluribus Unum," which translates to "Out of many, one," was replaced with "Vero Possumus," which translates to "Truly, we are able" — a rough translation of the Obama campaign slogan "Yes we can."
The deletion of "E Pluribus Unum," long considered the de-facto motto of the United States, is not accidental for multiculturalists, who have long denigrated the concept that immigrants must strip away their old culture in favor of the "oneness" of American civilization.
And CNN reported that Obama was not simply facing critics from the right, but also from some left-wing supporters who did not like his new and improved seal.
“Many wondered whether a seal — with Latin phrasing no less — was the best idea for a candidate fighting for the working-class vote and trying to fend off allegations of elitism,” CNN reported.
Wild Thing's comment.........
They are now saying they designed that seal for a one-time use at a one-time event. And they intended that it not be used again. LMAO..... Sure sorry I don't believe things coming out of the mouth of a lilberal(s) . Nev-ah!
They got called on it. Damage control just like Jeremiah Wright.
I’m surprised he did not release the statement “This is not the seal I knew before...” !!!!
Hey Obama ~ "Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive"
Obama Apology to Muslim Women Orchestrated by Muslim U.S. House Rep.(Keith Ellison)
An apology issued by Barack Obama to two Muslim women booted from the front lines of a public appearance by the Democratic presidential candidate last week was orchestrated by Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim ever elected to Congress.
Multiple congressional sources confirm that it was Ellison, D-Minn., who confronted Obama over the issue during a meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus.
Obama called the women to apologize after two volunteers with the campaign removed the women from the stage area behind the location where Obama would be speaking. The volunteers allegedly told the women it was because they were wearing traditional Muslim scarves.
Sources told FOX News that it was Ellison who raised the issue of the alleged impropriety with Obama and provided the prospective nominee with the women’s phone numbers.
One key lawmaker who was present described the exchange between Obama and Ellison as “cordial” but “direct.”
Another source familiar with the exchange added that many members of the CBC supported Ellison and said “it was an issue that needed to be addressed.
However, congressional sources indicated that Ellison’s exchange with Obama was so intense that CBC Chairwoman Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, D-Mich., had to intervene and attempted to gavel down Ellison.
In conversations with other media outlets, Ellison has been critical of Obama campaign efforts to distance the candidate from Islam. Ellison has also intimated that the campaign has cancelled campaign events because of the potential of linking Obama with him, the most-senior Muslim in the federal government.
LOL then there is this!
Muslim Voters Detect a Snub From Obama
As Senator Barack Obama courted voters in Iowa last December, Representative Keith Ellison, the country’s first Muslim congressman, stepped forward eagerly to help.
Mr. Ellison ...volunteered to speak on Mr. Obama’s behalf at a mosque in Cedar Rapids, one of the nation’s oldest Muslim enclaves. But before the rally could take place, aides to Mr. Obama asked Mr. Ellison to cancel the trip because it might stir controversy. Another aide appeared at Mr. Ellison’s Washington office to explain.
“I will never forget the quote,” Mr. Ellison said, leaning forward in his chair as he recalled the aide’s words. “He said, ‘We have a very tightly wrapped message.’ ”
When Mr. Obama began his presidential campaign, Muslim Americans from California to Virginia responded with enthusiasm, seeing him as a long-awaited champion of civil liberties, religious tolerance and diplomacy in foreign affairs. But more than a year later, many say, he has not returned their embrace.
While the senator has visited churches and synagogues, he has yet to appear at a single mosque.
Muslim and Arab-American organizations have tried repeatedly to arrange meetings with Mr. Obama, but officials with those groups say their invitations — unlike those of their Jewish and Christian counterparts — have been ignored. Last week, two Muslim women wearing head scarves were barred by campaign volunteers from appearing behind Mr. Obama at a rally in Detroit.
In interviews, Muslim political and civic leaders said they understood that their support for Mr. Obama could be a problem for him at a time when some Americans are deeply suspicious of Muslims. Yet those leaders nonetheless expressed disappointment and even anger at the distance that Mr. Obama has kept from them.
“This is the ‘hope campaign,’ this is the ‘change campaign,’ ” said Mr. Ellison, Democrat of Minnesota. Muslims are frustrated, he added, that “they have not been fully engaged in it.”
...on a new section of his Web site, he classifies the claim that he is Muslim as a “smear.”
“A lot of us are waiting for him to say that there’s nothing wrong with being a Muslim, by the way,” Mr. Ellison said
Some Muslim supporters of Mr. Obama seem to ricochet between dejection and optimism. Minha Husaini, a public health consultant in her 30s who is working for the Obama campaign in Philadelphia, lights up like a swooning teenager when she talks about his promise for change.
“He gives me hope,” Ms. Husaini said in an interview last month, shortly before she joined the campaign on a fellowship. But she sighed when the conversation turned to his denials of being Muslim, “as if it’s something bad,” she said.
Wild Thing's comment........
Wherever there are Muslims, there are also the elements of chaos, anarchy and destruction. The core of the campaign is the introduction of communism to our system of government. The message is tightly wrapped because it's hidden and tagged "Do Not Open until Jan 2009".
LOL Keith Ellison just might get thrown under the bus with the others. heh heh
About the women that Obama offended:
"The two Muslim women are pro-radical Muslim activists. Hebba Aref, was an official of the Muslim Students Association (MSA), in charge of proselytizing. The Chicago Tribune identified the MSA as part of the American manifestation of the Sunni terrorist group, Al-Ikhwan Al-Muslimeen--The Muslim Brotherhood. Aref served on the executive board of the University of Michigan-Dearborn's MSA, which demanded and obtained tax-funded Muslim foot baths at that university,
Shimaa Abdelfadeel, the other woman allegedly excluded by the Obama campaign, was chair of SAFE, a University of Michigan-Ann Arbor group that hosted the 2002 Divestment Conference against Israel at which "Annihilate the Jews!" was chanted and Islamic Jihad founder Sami Al-Arian was keynote speaker. She's the author of vehement anti-Israel propaganda. "
Latest From USA Hating Lawyers and Judges: U.S. Court Says GITMO Detainees Not Enemy Combatants
US court says Guantanamo detainees not enemy combatants
A U.S. federal appeals court has struck down the U.S. military's classification of a Guantanamo Bay detainee as an enemy combatant.
This is the first time the U.S. court system has overruled the Bush administration's designation of a detainee since the Guantanamo facility began operations in early 2002.
The court ruled in favor of a Chinese Muslim, Huzaifa Parhat, who has spent the last six years in detention and is one of more than 100 detainees to challenge their enemy combatant status in the U.S. judicial system. The court directed the U.S. military to release Parhat, transfer him out of Guantanamo, or hold a new proceeding to once again determine his status.
The court announced its decision without providing any details, saying the ruling contains classified information. The Department of Defense did not immediately comment on the matter.
Human rights groups say the appeals court ruling is a landmark decision for Guantanamo detainees, yet one with little practical benefit for Parhat.
Stacy Sullivan is a counter-terrorism advisor for New York-based Human Rights Watch.
"He Parhat will probably not be released," she said. "He is a Chinese Uighur, and there are a number of Chinese Uighurs being held at Guantanamo who are already declared no longer enemy combatants. But they cannot leave Guantanamo because they have nowhere to go. They cannot be sent back to China because they have a well-founded fear of torture in China, and the United States to its credit will not send them back there. So the Uighurs are pretty much stuck in Guantanamo."
In 2006, the United States released five Uighurs from Guantanamo and resettled them in Albania. China, which regards the Uighurs as terrorists and separatists, demanded Albania to return them to China. Albania did not comply.
U.S. authorities believe some Uighurs have links to al-Qaeda. But they admit the Uighurs held at Guantanamo never fought against the United States, nor did they take part in the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington.
Human Rights Watch's Stacy Sullivan says the plight of the Guantanamo Uighurs points to a real dilemma facing the United States if at some point it decides to close Guantanamo, an action favored by both presumptive Republican and Democratic presidential nominees.
"There are about 50 detainees there who have said they do not want to go home because they fear being tortured: Uzbeks, Libyans, Uighurs, a few other nationalities," she said. "What is to be done with them? It is simple enough to transfer those for whom we have evidence of terrorism and try them in our federal court system. But the 50 detainees who cannot go home, it is unclear what is going to happen to them, and that is going to make closing Guantanamo really difficult."
The federal appeals court ruling follows a U.S. Supreme Court decision earlier this month affirming the right of Guantanamo suspects to challenge their detention in U.S. civilian courts.
Wild Thing's comment........
When lawyers are the front-line on the war on terror, you can fear for our safety. Undermining of our intelligence and rewarding the terrorist.
I wish we could lock up ALL our lawyers and Judges. What good are they anyway. They are constantly serving the enemy, the criminal and NOT the victim. They put bad guys back out onto the streets all the time and could care less about doing the right thing.
Somebody sworn to kill Americans and non believers isn’t an enemy combatant????
As far as this court saying that guy is not an enemy combatant, we’re on the slippery slope. Sheesh!
The Supreme Court ruling was that these people at Gitmo have the rights of habeas corpus as any U.S. citizen would. The next step was this lower court saying that this one guy is not an enemy combatant. I fear that the slippery slope is that we won’t legally be able to classify anyone as an enemy combatant, because it won’t be allowed by courts.
This war against Islam is not like other wars, there will be no treaty, no terms of surrender, no conquering enemy territory. Instead, there is only vigilance until the enemy’s capacity to project power is quelled.
Who needs enemies? We will destroy ourselves from within. Our ‘law’ will ensure it.
101st Uncovers Vehicle-borne Improvised Explosive Device Factory (VBIED)
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division
1-33 uncovers VBIED factory
By Sgt. 1st Class Kerensa Hardy
3rd BCT PAO NCOIC
A routine gathering with local leaders resulted in the discovery of a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device factory near Hamid Shaban.
Acting on a tip from an attendee at the meeting, Rakkasan Soldiers from Troop A, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), acted quickly and found what appeared to be a makeshift VBIED workshop about a mile away from the gathering.
“We came up with a quick plan and headed that way,” said Staff Sgt. Adam McMurray, a platoon sergeant from Aydlett, N.C., who provided command and control for the mission.
The Soldiers had to find their way to the house, about a mile away, without detailed directions or a grid coordinate.
Once at the location, the house was cleared by a team of Soldiers led by Sgt. Walter Nickel, from Pago Pago, American Samoa.
“After the house was cleared, we noticed that the kerosene heater was still on, the Chai (tea) was still hot,” McMurray said. “I mean, we had just missed these guys.”
The most valuable find was in front of the house – four vehicles suspected to be used as VBIEDs. One vehicle had wires running from the inside to the trunk. McMurray said it was blatantly obvious the vehicle was intended to be used as a VBIED.
The Soldiers found more explosives and a homemade rocket launcher.
“We found a bunch of paperwork ... a lot of explosives, mortar rounds and bomb-making materials and weapons,” Nickel said. “There was stuff just ready to get hooked up to explosives. It seemed to me they were just getting ready to do something, they were just getting things together.”
“We feel great that we found something that could’ve caused a lot of damage to Coalition Forces,” said Sgt. Jose Rivas, from Nashville, Tenn. “It was a long day but it was worthwhile.”
June 23, 2008
Democrats Blocked Drilling In ANWAR Every Year After Bill Clinton Vetoed Bill
FOX News Poll: Americans 'Energized' for Action
The national poll was conducted for the FOX News special "America’s Future: Do We Have Enough Energy?" airing on FOX News Channel on Saturday at 9 p.m. ET and on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET and 11 p.m. ET.
After taking the body blows of higher energy prices, Americans seem more willing than ever to fight back with bold initiatives. For example, just over three-quarters (76 percent) support immediately increasing oil drilling in the United States — a position recently espoused by presumptive Republican nominee John McCain. More than seven in 10 Democrats (71 percent) also hold this view.
As gasoline prices move well past $4 per gallon, Americans seem stunned — but also ready to take action — according to the latest FOX News poll.
Chart below taken from Fox News PDF file
Wild Thing's comment........
If this chart is close to how citizens feel, I would think the Congress would wise up and be forced to give in from their agenda of Nationalizing Oil Companies, and the rest of their baloney about oil they keep trying to force on all of us.
The solution is so simple and starring our politicians in their faces.
Berkeley Support The troops Rally At Marine Recruiting Center
Supporters and detractors of the United States military battled it out in Berkeley for at least the sixth time this year: the latest in a relentless series of protests and counter-protests to seize the upper hand in the controversy over the "Marine Corps Officer Selection Office" on Shattuck Square.
Summer Solstice showdown featured Move America Forward, the Marines Motorcycle Club, EAGLES UP, the Patriot Guard Riders and other veterans' and pro-America groups facing off against their traditional adversaries: World Can't Wait, Code Pink, the Revolutionary Communist Party, assorted 9/11 Truthers, far-left activists and their fellow travelers.
Special Thank you to Doug Lyvere ( SgtMaj, Marine ret.) Director, Western Operations, Eagles Up
Marine Corps veteran. Code Pink and World Can't Wait would have a lot of convincing to do if they wanted to convert this Hero!
Wild Thing's comment........
God bless all that showed up to counter the America and military hating lefties. And God bless our troops!!
4th Brigade Currahee Combat Team Says Jingle Air Is Key To Supplies
Jingle Air Supplies Isolated Soldiers
By Sgt. Charles Brice
382nd Public Affairs Detachment
FORWARD OPERATING BASE SALERNO, Afghanistan
Imagine being a Soldier out on the border of eastern Afghanistan and the only connection to the rest of the world is a pallet of supplies on the back of a foreign helicopter. That is what it is like for coalition forces cut off and isolated throughout parts of Afghanistan. With the troops focused on combat missions, the Mesopotamia Group created Jingle Air to move cargo in-and-out of hard to reach locations.
Jingle Air offers helicopter services throughout Afghanistan.
The name comes from the popular jingle culture which resides in Afghanistan. People decorating with colors, ornaments, bells and paintings on just about anything they posses, including their transportation, the trucks of Afghanistan are the most ornamented of them all.
“Jingle Air is a key logistic enabler, which allows 4th Brigade, Currahee Combat Team to conduct counter-insurgency operations in a area roughly the size of West Virginia,” said Maj. Jon Beale of the 801st Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, and Combined Task Force Currahee.
With a fleet of Mi-8 HIP heavy-duty helicopters and five flight teams, Jingle Air can move up to 3.2 million pounds of cargo throughout Afghanistan, said Capt. James E. Fager, officer in charge of transportation and logistical operations for the 801st BSB in Forward Operating Base Sharana, Afghanistan.
“Jingle Air’s track record speaks for itself,” said Fager, who explained the crew has conducted 20 emergency re-supply missions in conjunction with supporting many areas of operations.
Last month alone Jingle Air moved 1.53 million pounds of cargo to troops out in the field and to forward operating bases throughout Afghanistan.
“The pilots of Jingle Air are very motivated to fly and they take a personal interest in making sure the operations go well,” Fager said.
Jingle Air pilots hail from different countries and nationalities. Still, they all work together toward a common goal – to ensure the cargo gets to its destination.
“Jingle Air is a force multiplier and it allows us to move much needed supplies and equipment,” said Fager.
The “No Slack” Battalion The Screaming Eagle’s, Iraqi Volunteers and Iraqi Forces
Screaming Eagle’s, Iraqi Volunteers and Iraqi Forces Have Al Qaida Reeling
By Sgt. Rick Rzepka
1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs Office
Al JAZZERA DESERT, Iraq
“Yesterday some men tried to kill me as I was driving my car,” said the man with a reflective belt draped across his chest. “They say that if I stay with the volunteers they will kill me, but I don’t care about that,” he said as he lit one cigarette with the stub of another.
The man is part of an all volunteer force called the Concerned Local Citizens, or “Sons of Iraq” and he and his compatriots have had enough. The violence, the killing, the overall lawlessness that was a hallmark of Samarra a year ago, left these men to make a decision: apathy or action. They chose the latter.
Today, hundreds of volunteers, spread throughout the greater Samarra area have banded together to secure the once turbulent city and its people from enemy extremists. In doing so, they have allowed coalition forces to focus their attention on dismantling a waning al Qaida in Iraq.
“CLC leaders and IP leaders are taking care of a lot of the footwork in securing the population centers, which lets us take the fight to al Qaeda and their safe-havens,” said Sgt. 1st Class Jason Martin, Gator Company, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment.
Martin and his Soldiers are part of the famed “No Slack” battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, which has a reputation for an intense work ethic and exceptional Soldiering.
Since arriving in Iraq in October of 2007, the battalion has seen the security situation in Samarra and its periphery go from fragile to firm due to greater cooperation and effectiveness of Iraqi Security Forces, the volunteers and Coalition forces.
“The last few months have been a huge change,” said Martin. “Between Iraqi police, Iraqi Army and CLCs, we’ve been able to push further, which has led us to more HVIs (high value individuals) and more caches.”
Martin said that in the last month alone, Gator company has unearthed five to six hundred military grade munitions including rockets, mortars and artillery shells, which are commonly used by enemy fighters to make improvised explosive devices.
Often times, villagers will walk Coalition and Iraqi Security forces right on to a cache site without fear, said Martin.
“What’s happening is the CLCs in the area have pushed out the major key leaders of al Qaida in the area out into the desert,” said Martin. “Now the villagers feel safe enough to say, hey look, these guys used to be here and they left this cache and Ill take you to it. They are huge caches, buried deep in the ground,” he said.
By manning checkpoints on the dusty roads outside of Samarra, the CLC volunteers are able to keep enemy fighters from permeating the population. They take pride in their work as protectors and are able to provide for their families as well.
“The CLCs in Samarra are the best CLCs in Iraq,” boasted one volunteer working a checkpoint outside the city. “We do it for our family and country,” he said.
“They are looking at the future. They are talking about schools for their kids and grandkids and they are starting to see the importance of that,” said Martin. “The hope is there and they are looking for results from their own government.”
The presence of CLCs and Iraqi security forces gives people the sense that Iraqis are securing themselves, said Spc. Mathew Gozalkowski, Gator company Soldier. “They know what right looks like,” he said. “They know where the insurgents might hide caches and possible safehavens and they know who belongs in their respective neighborhoods and who doesn’t.”
As the population continues to turn against extremists in the Samarra area, groups like al Qaida are unraveling quickly, said Gozalkowski. “The CLCs in the area have caught on like wildfire,” he said. “The people around the al Jazzera desert are standing up volunteer groups with out any contract,” he said, meaning that they aren’t getting the nominal fee of $300 per month that is typically paid to CLCs across Iraq.
“They are doing it because they are tired of seeing what the insurgents have done to their homes.”
June 22, 2008
Obama Says "Uhh" 144 Times in Eleven Minutes during Press Conference
Obama Says "Uhh" 144 Times in Eleven Minutes during Press Conference
Source: Hot Air
It was a press conference CNN called Obama on “President Maliki”
HERE IS THE VIDEO
A commenter at Hot Air blog posted the following about the video:
I watched the whole 11:09. I don’t remember a thing he said. All I heard was uh, uh, uh, uh, and uh.
He talks for 4 minutes. I counted 55 uhs.
Then he takes questions.
First answer: 10 uhs
Second answer: 27 uhs
Third answer: 16 uhs
Fourth answer: 7 uhs
Final answer: 29 uhs
144 uhs in 11 minutes. Articulate, Uh-bama!
Wild Thing's comment.......
Transcribing his non-scripted dialogue would wear out the "u" and "h" keys on your keyboard.
Hussein has to be one of the poorest speakers that has run for president. I can't stand him.
Toy Maker Makes Obama Doll
Apparently, the Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama is a rock star in Germany. So German expert toymaker Marcel Offermann decided to create a doll in the likeness of the junior senator from Illinois.
The 14-inch doll is rocking a black suit, complete with a Stars-and-Stripes lapel pin, a white shirt and sky-blue tie. This collector’s doll is available in a limited edition of 999 and it is priced at a hefty €139 ($216).
Offermann, who admits to being an admirer of Obama, has made dolls of public figures such as German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Pope Benedict XVI and the Dalai Lama.
Wild Thing's comment........
Limited edition of 999???
OK, tell me that’s not to be read upside down.
As a critique of the doll I think it needs a different set of ears.
Liquid Explosives In Mailboxes
Postal Service Warns Maine Residents of Liquid Explosives In Mailboxes
The United States Postal Service is warning residents of Maine about liquid explosives placed in curbside mailboxes.
Residents received a postcard informing them that postal carriers do not place soda bottles or other plastic containers containing liquid into mailboxes. They are warned to use extreme caution if anything suspicious is found in their mailboxes.
According to the postcard isolated incidents of vandalism involving the mixing of common household materials together have occurred throughout the country, including in Maine. The result can be a powerful explosion, with the potential for serious injury.
Tom Rizzo, public affairs officer for USPS in Maine, said there have been a small number of incidents in Maine towns and the post office is simply being proactive.
“There’s been no pattern,” Rizzo said. “We attribute it to teenage pranks or personal conflicts between neighbors. We have put these (postcards) out statewide so if you get one it doesn’t necessarily mean it happened in your community. We’re just doing the best we can to get our customers’ attention and alert them that there is a small threat, in the hopes that it will prevent an injury from happening.”
Rizzo said the postal service is aware of incidents across the country.
Wild Thing's comment.......
When I saw this I thought of how different the world is today. When I was growing up we lived in the country but even so my parents would leave the keys in the car and the door to our house unlocked. I doubt there are many places where a person can do that anymore.
This is concerning about the mailbox's because sometimes when driving some place, I have even seen children around the age of 9 or 10 going out to get the mail for their parents. I would hate for anything to happen to anyone.
One Million Americans Petition Congress to Drill for American Oil
American Solutions for Winning the Future announced today that one million Americans have signed the "Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less" petition urging Congress to immediately start drilling for American oil to lower gas prices.
The petition reads:
"We, therefore, the undersigned citizens of the United States, petition the U.S. Congress to act immediately to lower gasoline prices (and diesel and other fuel prices) by authorizing the exploration of proven energy reserves to reduce our dependence on foreign energy sources from unstable countries."
"The voices of one million Americans are sending a clear message to Congress that we can do more with our huge energy resources here at home," said Newt Gingrich, American Solutions' General Chairman. "With hard-working Americans struggling to pay for soaring gas and diesel prices, it's likely gas prices will be the defining issue in November. Our elected officials have a simple choice: Either take action to drill here and drill now for American oil or the American people will take action this fall."
Wild Thing's comment........
This is great news, I am so glad a lot of people are signing the petition. I hope it makes a differnce or I should say impact on those that are brainless and think not to drill is the answer.
June 21, 2008
My Memo To Obama Who Insists On Playing The Race Card
Obama Suggests GOP Will Use Race to Scare Voters
Barack Obama told a group of Florida donors Friday night that Republicans will try to make voters afraid of him, and suggested they would use his race to scare up votes for John McCain.
Apparently girding for a nasty general election fight, the Illinois senator has in recent days predicted that independent GOP groups are waiting in the wings to attack him, and said his presumptive GOP rival is already “fear-mongering” when it comes to foreign policy.
But his comments Friday night in Jacksonville, Fla., seemed to reflect elevated concerns that his campaign to be the first black president would run headlong into political race baiters.
“We know what kind of campaign they’re going to run. They’re going to try to make you afraid,” Obama said at the fundraiser. “They’re going to try to make you afraid of me. He’s young and inexperienced and he’s got a funny name. And did I mention he’s black? He’s got a feisty wife.”
The crowd of supporters cheered, and Obama added:
“We know the strategy because they’ve already shown their cards. Ultimately I think the American people recognize that old stuff hasn’t moved us forward. That old stuff just divides us.”
He said Republicans would be unable to run on the economy or foreign policy, so the election would ultimately boil down to a choice between “hope and fear.”
His “feisty wife” comment was probably a reference to a Tennessee GOP ad that criticized Michelle Obama for saying in February that she was proud of her country for the first time.
Obama mentioned the ad Friday afternoon at a press conference, where he defended his announcement the day before that he was backing out of the public financing system for the general election. He expects to raise more money on his own, in part to defend himself against independent GOP attack groups.
While there is no imminent, large-scale threat from so-called “527″ groups — such as the “Swift Boat Veterans for Truth” group that attacked John Kerry in 2004 — Obama said they’re waiting for him.
“527’s pop up pretty quickly and have enormous influence and we’ve seen them,” he said. “I don’t think that I am off the wall here to see that … a lot of outside groups that are potentially going to be going after us hard.”
The presumptive Democratic nominee, though, has faced down a viral whisper campaign, carried out through anonymous e-mails and Web site postings, in which race and religion are front and center. Obama launched a new Web site to debunk the false attacks, some of which suggest he secretly is a Muslim, that his wife harbors racial angst against white people and that he is not patriotic.
Some of his detractors also have referred to him by his middle name, “Hussein,” though McCain usually condemns attempts to suggest he is Muslim.
The issue of race was repeatedly invoked during the primary campaign against Hillary Clinton. Bill Clinton was criticized for comparing his win in the South Carolina primary to Jesse Jackson’s victory 20 years ago. Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell told an editorial board that some white voters just wouldn’t support Obama because he’s black. Another supporter, Geraldine Ferraro, said Obama was seeing such success because of his race.
Wild Thing's comment........
That does it, now your going to get it full force Obama!
Obama bases his entire campaign on racism!!!
Damn all this dweep does is whine, whine, whine. I am soooooo sick of it. I have yet to see any blog including this one say we don't like this twit because he is black.
MY MEMO TO BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA:
Hey Obama listen up you idiot! It is what you stand for, it is your associations, it is your lies, it is what you have planned for our awesome country and how you want to destroy it.
It is that your CHANGE means one thing...take down America to YOUR Marxist level that has never worked in all of history. You are a communist, Marxist, socialist !!
America is NOT broken but you keep insisting it is. Do YOU think people, decent people not the hand out gimmie people, but those of us that are the ones that work hard, pay our taxes, vote and love our country want to hear their country being put down day after day that it is broken when it has been the most awesome country in the world until power hungry weak leaders got voted in and allowed PC and the left to win their agenda.
I could care less if you THINK you are black you are NOT, that is yet another lie from YOU Obama. You had a white mother that you try just ever so hard to degrade. You are a shameful human being that expects to do whatever you want, lie as much as you like and attempt to manipulate all around you, and American citizens with your don't hate me because I am black bullshit! Well that won't fly, that dog won't hunt or whatever expression you will understand. You are pathetic!
And about your middle name you FOOL. Hussein IS your middle name and if someone wants to mention it tuff. You should have taken your middle name in to consideration when your ego decided to run for President. Including your being Muslim growing up, your background and all the other things. You are either a total fool or a walking talking full blown idiot if you thought running for President would not put you through scrutiny like no other position held in our country. If Soros told you not to worry about it he lied to you. LOL When our country is done with you we will know more about you then you have known yourself believe me. You can deny it all you want but count on the information getting out sooner or later.
And one more thing! Regarding your hate monger wife. No one forced her to say what she did about America. NO ONE! The two of you not wanting to be responsible for saying such things is just so typical of how all of you on the left think you can live your lives. But this blog is Theodore's World and the posts are PC Free Zone Gazette so this is a PC Free Zone got it???? We ( I ) don't stand for that kind of copping out baloney. I don't use words like "African America" ONLY American. And when your wife said these things:
First she said that only Obama can "fix America's broken soul."
And then this:
“For the first time in my adult life, I am proud of my country,” she told a Milwaukee crowd, “because it feels like hope is making a comeback.”
She has to learn to be smart enough to know it was just begging for any American loving person to say something. To defend OUR country that we love. By saying what she did she made it very clear that our Founding Fathers, WW1, WW11, Korean War, Vietnam War etc. mean nothing to her. That the reason she lives in the land of the free and what it cost mean nothing to her including the lives that were lost to end slavery that Blacks mind you started!
Michelle Obama, your wife's world is very small just like her character and yours. A world that only cares about how as a black one will be treated today. Get out of the way of yourselves you people, there is a whole world out there you can make a difference in. Look at the life of Cindy McCain. She has made a HUGE difference in this world and she could have sat back, enjoyed the good life and done nothing. Everything Michelle has done has been in conjunction to the race card and your book was the same thing Barrack! And NOW your campaign follows suit!
Education for you so listen up. When I was a child and all through highschool and college age. My family had a yard man, his name was Walter Strong. He was 6'4, heavily muscled, loved to work outside and was a hard worker. A man of high character, a good husband, his wife was a nurse at one of the hospitals where I grew up, and father to 4 children. He grew up in Tennessee before moving to Illinois. Walter's family had picked cotton before he was born and after. He wanted more for his life and he pursued it. Walter was as black as night with a smile that would light up a room. He loved to hunt raccoon and possum in our woods surrounding our home on his days off. We loved him like a family member and he knew it. My Dad would get him nice suits and shop for clothes at Christmas time. We would take bags of groceries to his spotless home at Thanksgiving as a thank you for being a good person and for all the extras he did as a yard man for us throughout the year.
My Dad has an old Army Wiley jeep and Walter used it to pull the big mover blades to mow the bigger lawn behind our home. Many times he would pick me up from school and we would stop and get popsicles at a corner market at the end of the winding road back to my parents home. This is important to point out because it speaks volumes as to how much this man, Walter Strong, could be trusted. To pick me up, a child and be trusted with my care like that. In today's world that means even more then it did back then.
Once in a conversation to my dad, Walter commented on how he did not understand the"Negroes " he knew. That is how he put it. He said, " Mister Henry, I am a black man and that is what I am. I take care of my family and I do my work, but some are not happy that are like me and are angry. I just hope my children do not grow up to learn anger. I want them to be happy. And this name of Black gold the negroes want to use confuses me. Black gold? "
My Dad told him not to worry, that his (Walter's) influence on them was rich with hope and love for this country. That he set the finest example of all as a Father and that would be carried on by his children as they grew up." Walter smiled his huge warm smile and went back to what he was doing. I remember that moment in time as if it was yesterday. There was a oneness between my Dad and Walter, two Fathers that love their family and want the best for them. Two Fathers that love America and don't want a world of anger and hyphenated people with labels. Two that knew that character counts.
Obama you have none of this that Walter had. Your actions, writings, words, speeches and whine tell the rest of us all we need to know.
America the citizens that are awake and seeing what is happening don't want a Marxist like you for President and it would not matter if you were orange with purple stripes, race if it is there with some people I am sure is at the bottom of the list.
Because of your racism, you Obama stand to hurt black people who actually do have the potential to be good leaders in the future with your (you hate me because I am black and stop picking on my wife and I) Obama.
It is time to wake up and smell the roses homeboy. Is that a word you can understand better? Because we can go there if that is all you understand believe me! But remember this....YOU chose the game, you brought the deck of cards to the game and you dealt the hand. And we on the right are sitting here with a Full House so live with it.
Shame on you Obama and the example you set for your children and as a representative of our country. You want to make it black and white and that won't happen. It is red, white and blue and I pray it stays that way.
Hot Air ......Thank you for the video
Video had to be removed due to some tech problems with red lasso video's.
Considering VP With Obama ~ Chuck Hagel
Stevie Wonder - "You Haven't Done Nothin"
You Haven't Done Nothing"
We are amazed but not amused
By all the things you say that you'll do
Though much concerned but not involved
With decisions that are made by you
But we are sick and tired of hearing your song
Telling how you are gonna change right from wrong
'Cause if you really want to hear our views
"You haven't done nothing"!
It's not too cool to be ridiculed
But you brought this upon yourself
The world is tired of pacifiers
We want the truth and nothing else
And we are sick and tired of hearing your song
Telling how you are gonna change right from wrong
'Cause if you really want to hear our views
"You haven't done nothing"!
Jackson 5 join along with me say
Doo doo wop - hey hey hey
Doo doo wop - wow wow wow
Doo doo wop - co co co
Doo doo wop - naw naw naw
Doo doo wop - bum bum bum
Doo doo wop
We would not care to wake up to the nightmare
That's becoming real life
But when mislead who knows a person's mind
Can turn as cold as ice un hum
Why do you keep on making us hear your song
Telling us how you are changing right from wrong
'Cause if you really want to hear our views
"You haven't done nothing"!
Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel said he'd consider an offer to serve as Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's running mate, if asked.
He said whoever the next president is, he will "have to bring this country together."
And this from a past news story:
According to Federal Election Commission records, Mrs. Hagel donated twice to Obama's campaign in February for a total contribution of $500. The contributions were first reported by the Washington Post
But Mrs. Hagel is acting on her own, said Mike Buttry, Sen. Hagel's chief of staff. In fact, Mrs. Hagel has contributed to a Democrat before. Last August, she donated $250 to Niki Tsongas, a Democrat and widow of Sen. Paul Tsongas of Massachusetts who was running to fill a vacant House seat from the state.
"Mrs. Hagel is a private citizen who is entitled to decide who she supports and how she supports them," Buttry said in a statement. "She has admired Mrs. Tsongas for many years, going back to the time when she was married to Senator Tsongas."
Wild Thing's comment........
LOL I can't help it, this is the craziest election ever! It feels like they are all MAD as in insane. hahaha They are!
Obama can have him if he wants him. hahaha
....Thank you Rhod for the link for the song!!! It is perfect for Obama and Hagel.
Begging To Be President ~ Obama's Version Of Presidential Seal
Presidential Seal Obama Substituting His Own Name on his version of the Presidential Seal
Wild Thing's comment........
Now we see it has even gone further with this Seal as you can see in the Video.
Isn't this the same type of sleezy mindgames that the Marxists engage in and a conscious attempt to manipulate people's thinking.
This man is the Devil and we are doomed if he gets to be President.
Obama is showing great disrespect for American voters who haven’t elected him to lead as yet. He hasn’t earned the seal. Spitting on American traditions will apparently be his first goal. It cheapens the symbolism of the Presidential Seal. He has no respect for the President of the United States nor the people of the United States.
President Reagan wouldn’t even remove his suit coat in the Oval Office out of respect.....B. Hussein, has attempted to turn the great seal into a ghetto vanity plate.
What's next, will Obama appear with a crown of thorns on his head????
This is not the first time Obama has done something like this. ON April 23 of this year I posted about the image he had at his campain website with photos to show how his campaguin has taken the Presidential Seal and did a make over of the seal. I felt it was wrong then and I still do.
*** red lasso video had to be removed due to tech problems with their video.
Rep.McCotter On House Floor ~ "Speaking Democrat"
Rep. Thaddeus McCotter ( Republican ) - Michigan, took to the House floor to try to translate for the American public in a speech entitled -- "Speaking Democrat:"
Rep. McCotter is a guest on Just In with Laura Ingraham on FOX. He discussed his call for a congressional oversight on the administration's transfer of sensitive technology to communist China.
More things here:
His Government website
Congressman McCotter has focused his efforts on preserving and promoting manufacturing and small businesses, because he knows they form the back bone of our community's economy. He has steadfastly supported winning the War for Freedom and increasing our homeland security; tirelessly fought to reduce taxes and the size and scope of government.
Thaddeus and Rita McCotter, a registered nurse, have three young children.
Wild Thing's comment........
I never heard of this man till I saw him on Laura Ingraham's new show on Fox, he has many videos of speechs he has made that are excellent. He is Pro the Surge in Iraq, he supports the troops, he is upset about the changes in the Republican party and so many things.........and the best part he is speaking out about them.
The only bad thing is the media ignores this since he speaks the truth. I wish some of the talk shows would bring him on and give him more coverage.
All in all it felt good to hear someone in our party that seems to know how we feel and speaks the truth.
June 20, 2008
Jew Hater Pat Buchanan
Buchanan claims that Hitler did not plan to kill the Jews but that it was a consequence of WWII, a war he blames on the Britsish.
"The Holocaust was not a cause of the war, but a consequence of the war. No war, no Holocaust. " ---Jew hater Pat Buchannan
By Patrick J. Buchanan.
You can go to the link above to read the article.
Wild Thing's comment.........
Pat Buchannan insane! I don't care if he posted 500 words on why he loves America, I don't give a rats ass what he thinks or has to say.
Hitler was so committed to the Holocaust that he wouldn't allow trains that were needed for the war effort be diverted from delivering his victims to the gas chamber. Pat Pukecannon makes me sick.
House Approves $162 Billion War-spending Bill
House approves $162 billion war-spending bill
The House approved the largest war-spending bill to date Thursday, bending to President Bush's call for $162 billion in war funding with no strings attached and giving his successor enough money to wage the wars until July 2009.
In exchange, Democrats won Bush's blessing for several of their domestic priorities, including a 13-week extension of jobless benefits for workers who have exhausted theirs, and a new GI bill benefit allowing veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars to attend a state college tuition-free.
The deal, negotiated between the White House and allies of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, takes the issue of the war off Congress' plate for the rest of this election year. Lawmakers also intended to give the next president some time to set a new Iraq policy before having to return to Congress for more money.
But anti-war activists called it a betrayal by Democrats, who had pledged to end the war. Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, dubbed it "the biggest blank check ever." Rep. Lynn Woolsey, D-Petaluma, said the vote was a "profound disappointment to the millions of Americans who put Democrats into power hoping we could force a change in Iraq."
The House vote is likely to end almost two years of clashes between Democrats and the White House over the Iraq war, which Bush and Republicans have largely won.
House Democrats this spring once against approved a nonbinding measure calling for the withdrawal of all U.S. troops by June 2009. But the Senate, unable to get the 60 votes needed to pass it, stripped it from the spending bill. The war bill ping-ponged between the House and Senate for weeks until Pelosi and other top Democrats decided to cut a deal.
"I don't consider it a failure," Pelosi told reporters Thursday. "We never sent them a bill that did not have deadlines, conditions and the rest." She blamed Republicans in the Senate. "They are complicit with the president to make sure he never has to get a bill on his desk with a timeline, because the American people want a timeline," she said.
The House passed the legislation by splitting it in two pieces to accommodate anti-war Democrats who refused to vote for any more war funding.
The first piece, on the war funding, passed 268-155, with support from 188 Republicans and 80 Democrats.
The second part, which included the domestic spending increases, was approved with strong backing from both parties, 416-12.
The bill now goes to the Senate, where Democratic leaders say it's likely to be passed.
The deal required major concessions from both sides. Democrats were able to get the 13-week extension of jobless benefits, but had to drop their push for an additional 13 weeks of benefits for workers in high-unemployment states. Republicans also insisted that individuals must have worked for at least 20 weeks to qualify for the benefits.
The extended benefits will apply to all those who exhaust their aid between November 2006 and March 2009, an estimated 3.8 million workers nationwide.
The new education benefit for veterans, proposed by Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., who served in the Marines, would offer any veteran who served active duty for at least three years since Sept. 11, 2001, a full college education - tuition, room, board and a monthly stipend covering the cost of the most expensive in-state public university. It would more than double the value of the current GI Bill education benefit from $40,000 to $90,000.
Bush had threatened to veto the proposal, saying it was too generous and could entice too many soldiers serving in Iraq or Afghanistan to leave the military. But the White House backed down after Democrats dropped a plan to pay for the benefit by raising taxes on individuals who earn at least $500,000 a year and couples who earn $1 million.
But the White House ended up adding at least $10 billion to the $52 billion price tag for the new benefit over 10 years by insisting that veterans be allowed to transfer the college education benefit to a family member.
The fiscally conservative House Blue Dog Democrats, who pushed for the tax hike to pay for the veterans' benefit, expressed frustration that the war spending and the new GI bill benefit will be added to the growing national debt.
"We are making a serious mistake by not paying for these things," said Rep. Allen Boyd, D-Fla., a Blue Dog member. "It is one our children and grandchildren will pay for."
But House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, who helped broker the deal, insisted that the spending for the war and for veterans' benefits was worth it. "The cost of this bill, frankly, is high, but it's a price of freedom. And I don't think you put a price on freedom and security in our country," he said.
Democrats succeeded in keeping language in the bill postponing six Medicaid rules proposed by the Bush administration, which critics say would have led to cuts in services to seniors, families and the disabled.
The bill also would bar the United States from spending more money on the reconstruction of Iraq unless the Iraqi government matches it dollar for dollar. And it would ban the use of military construction funds to build permanent bases in Iraq.
Anti-war groups delivered "certificates of shame" and cardboard cutout "bloody hands" to Pelosi and other House leaders before the vote.
"We really feel that they have betrayed the American people who voted for them to get us out of this war," said Medea Benjamin, co-founder of the anti-war group CodePink, based in San Francisco.
Pelosi gave a fiery anti-war speech Thursday night, but also expressed her disappointment that the bill will continue to fund Bush's Iraq policy.
"Let us think and hope that this is the last time there will ever be another dollar spent without constraints, without conditions, without direction," she said.
To see how members voted on the war spending bill:
Wild Thing's comment.......
LOL Someone emailed me that the moonbats are beside themselves over at Democrat Underground.
They are they want Pelosi removed if Obama wins.
Calling Pelosi a traitor. (Nancy Is a Traitor, That's Criminal. Congress is Complicit. They're Criminal, Too)
Marine To Sue Murtha Over Haditha ~ Good!
Haditha Marine prepares to sue Murtha over smear
Congressman had accused soldiers of killing 'in cold blood'
With most of the eight Marines charged in the Haditha, Iraq, incident now exonerated, the highest-ranking officer among the accused is considering a lawsuit against Democratic Rep. John Murtha, who fueled the case by declaring the men cold-blooded killers.
In an interview with nationally syndicated radio talk host Michael Savage, the lead attorney for Lt. Col. Jeffrey Chessani said he and his client will look into suing Murtha and the Time magazine reporter, Tim McGuirk, who first published the accusations by Iraqi insurgents.
But the attorney, Brian Rooney, said nothing will happen immediately because he wants Chessani, described as a devout Christian and the father of six homeschooled children, completely "out of the woods" legally before any action is taken. The government, through Lt. Col. S.M. Sullivan, today filed a notice that it would appeal the case to the next judicial level.
Please continue HERE for complete story , thank you.
Wild Thing's comment........
Give that traitorous Mullah Murtha hell. I hope all 8 of the Marines join in on this. There is still one more Marine to face charges.
Obama Says No To Public Financing ~ Next Is Fundraiser In China
Obama says, "the public financing of presidential elections as it exists today is broken"
Obama shuns public campaign funds
Obama has said he will not take public financing, allowing him to raise unlimited private funds in his campaign for the US presidency.
His decision means he will forgo more than $80m (£40.5m) that would have been available for him to fight Republican John McCain for the White House. Candidates who accept public money cannot raise funds from private donors. Mr Obama set records raising money for his campaign for the Democratic nomination during the primary contests.
The decision reverses his earlier promise to use the federal public financing system if his Republican rival also did so.
Obama campaign will hold two fundraising events in China.
The candidate himself won't be making an appearance. Instead, guests at the Bejing home of David Brooks, a Coca Cola executive there, will hear from two senior foreign policy fellows from the Brookings Institution who advise the Obama campaign, Ivo Daalder and Phil Gordon. If the June 17 appearance does not satisfy, American expatriates in China can hear the two foreign policy experts opine at an event on June 19 in Shanghai hosted by Ted Hornbein, an executive a Richco, a company that manufactures electronic components for cell phones and the like.
No rules prohibit fundraising abroad, so long as the donors are American citizens. And a number of the 2008 presidential contenders engaged in overseas fundraising during the past 16 months. McCain, for instance, held a March 20 luncheon at Spencer House -- the neo-classical home built for an ancestor of Diana, the late Princess of Wales -- "by kind permission of Lord Rothschild OM GBE and the Hon. Nathaniel Rothschild."
But Obama appears to have collected the most funds from overseas, at least $1.6 million, according to Federal Election Commission records. (McCain raised $196,000 from donors living abroad, the records show.) While McCain's contributions are centered largely in London, with a handful from Bermuda, the Obama funds have come from addresses as eclectic as Kabul, Dubai, Palermo, and Sydney.
Wild Thing's comment........
The promise of a liberal is worth as much as the promise of an islamist. I am really getting sick of hearing how everything is BROKEN from B. Hussein Obama.
I truly can't stand this slime!
Al-Qadhafi:"Obama Suffers Inferiority Complex...a Muslim..."
Libyan Leader Mu'ammar Al-Qadhafi: Obama Suffers Inferiority Complex That Might Make Him Behave "Whiter Than the White." He Should Be Proud of His African, Muslim Identity.
Following are excerpts from a public address delivered by Libyan Leader Mu'ammar Al-Qadhafi marking the anniversary of the U.S. air raid on Libya. The address aired on Al-Jazeera TV on June 11, 2008:
It has been proven that there is no democracy in [the U.S.]. Rather, it is a dictatorship no different than the dictatorships of Hitler, Napoleon, Mussolini, Genghis Khan, Alexander the Great, and the rest of the tyrants. In the days of crazy Reagan, the American president issued a presidential order to launch a war against Libya, for example, a presidential order to besiege Libya, a presidential order to boycott Libya, and so on. Is this a democracy or a dictatorship?
There are elections in America now. Along came a black citizen of Kenyan African origins, a Muslim, who had studied in an Islamic school in Indonesia. His name is Obama. All the people in the Arab and Islamic world and in Africa applauded this man. They welcomed him and prayed for him and for his success, and they may have even been involved in legitimate contribution campaigns to enable him to win the American presidency. But we were taken by surprise when our African Kenyan brother, who is an American national, made statements that shocked all his supporters in the Arab world, in Africa, and in the Islamic world. We hope that this is merely an elections "clearance sale," as they say in Egypt – in other words, merely an elections lie. As you know, this is the farce of elections – a person lies and lies to people, just so that they will vote for him, and afterwards, when they say to him: :"You promised this and that," he says: "No, this was just elections propaganda." This is the farce of democracy for you. He says: "This was propaganda, and you thought I was being serious. I was fooling you to get your votes."
Allah willing, it will turn out that this was merely elections propaganda. Obama said he would turn Jerusalem into the eternal capital of the Israelis. This indicates that our brother Obama is ignorant of international politics, and is not familiar with the Middle East conflict.
We thought he would say: "I have decided that if I win, I will monitor the Dimona nuclear plant, and the other WMDs in Israeli's possession." We expected him to make such a decision. He undoubtedly had this in mind. When he talked about Iran and its nuclear program, he undoubtedly had Dimona in mind. But when he was thinking about Dimona, he undoubtedly had the fate of former president Kennedy on his mind as well. Kennedy decided to monitor the Dimona nuclear plant. He insisted on doing so, in order to determine whether or not it produces nuclear weapons. The Israelis refused, but he insisted. This crisis was resolved with the resignation of Ben-Gurion. He resigned so he would not have to agree to the monitoring of the Dimona plant, and he gave the green light for the killing of Kennedy. Kennedy was killed because he insisted on the monitoring of the Dimona plant. This image was undoubtedly on Obama's mind. He undoubtedly wanted to talk about this, but decided not to.
We expected him to say: "If I win, I will implement the one-state solution – the "Isratine" which appears in Qadhafi's White Book." This idea constitutes the final, deep-rooted, and historic solution. It is impossible to establish two midget-states in this area. What kind of country is only 15 km deep? The so-called Israel is only 15 km deep. What kind of a country is this?
There are five million Palestinians there. We expected Obama to say: "I've decided to return millions of Palestinian refugees to the land of Palestine, from which they were expelled in 1948 and 1967." This is the "change" that the peoples applaud, the change that the American people – and the black people in America – want.
We expected him to say: "I will strive for the independence and unity of the Kurdish nation. This nation must take its place under the sun in the Middle East." The Kurdish nation is torn apart, tormented, and persecuted, and is colonized by everyone. He should have supported it, instead of supporting the collaborators, while sacrificing the future of the Kurdish nation. This is "change."
The thing we fear most is that the black man suffers from an inferiority complex. This is dangerous. If our brother Obama feels that because he is black he doesn't have the right to rule America, this would be a disaster, because such a feeling would make him behave whiter than the white, and go to an extreme in his persecution and degradation of the blacks.
We say to him: Brother, the whites and blacks in America are equal. They are all immigrants. America belongs neither to the whites nor to the blacks. America belongs to its original inhabitants, the Indians. Both the whites and the blacks immigrated to America, and so they are equal, and Obama has the right to hold his head high, and say: "I am a partner in America. This is my land as much as it is yours. If it is not my land, it is not yours either. It is the land of the Indians. You are immigrants, and so are we."
We still hope that this black man will take pride in his African and Islamic identity, and in his faith, and that [he will know that he has rights in America, and that he will change America from evil to good, and that America will establish relations that will serve it well with other peoples, especially the Arabs.
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Mu’ammar must not have gotten the memo? You can’t talk about America’s new messiah like this. LOL
I never have been able to decide if he looks like Michael Jackson or a doorman at a big hotel. hahaha
General Pete Pace Receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom
On the day he left his post as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Peter Pace (USMC) went down the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and left three sets of his four General's stars on index cards with notes to each of the three men who died in the platoon he led in Vietnam.
"These are yours- not mine!" Pace wrote.
"One of my great privileges as the President has been to meet so many outstanding Americans who volunteer to serve our nation in uniform. I've been inspired by their valor, selflessness, and complete integrity. I found all those qualities in abundance in General Peter Pace. As Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Pete Pace was a skilled and trusted advisor in a time of war. He helped transform our military into a more efficient and effective force in America's defense.
General Pace experienced the blessings America offers at an early age. He was born in Brooklyn to an Italian immigrant father who sometimes worked two or three jobs at a time to make ends meet. He was raised by a mom who instilled in him the sustaining power of faith. Together his parents raised four children who each went on to great achievements in their chosen fields. That childhood gave young Pete Pace an early glimpse of what he would later call "the incredible benefits that our nation bestows on those who come to our shores."
Pete Pace attended the Naval Academy, and as a young Marine soon found his way to Vietnam. The age of 22, he took command of a platoon engaged in heavy fighting against the enemy during the Tet offensive. Pete quickly won the respect and the trust of his unit and formed a bond with all those who served with him. That bond only strengthened throughout his military career.
He was the first Marine to serve as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. And he performed his duties with a keen intellect, a sharp wit, and a passionate devotion to our country. He won the admiration of all who knew him. And that includes a soldier in Afghanistan who came up to General Pace last year during his farewell visit to that country, and said simply: "Sir, thanks for your service. We'll take it from here."
On his final day in uniform, General Pace took a quiet journey to the Vietnam Veterans' Memorial. He searched the names engraved in the sleek granite, and then found a spot where he placed his four stars that had adorned his uniform. Along with those stars he attached notes addressed to the men who died under his first command some four decades ago. The notes said: "These are yours -- not mine. With love and respect, your platoon leader, Pete Pace." General Pace ended his military career the same way that he began it -- with love for his country and devotion to his fellow Marines.
For his selfless service to his country, and for always putting the interests of our men and women in uniform first, I am proud to award the Presidential Medal of Freedom to General Pete Pace."
Wild Thing's comment........
Thank you Gen. Pace and God bless you!
Last year, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid declared Pace, a four-star Marine general with 48 military decorations on his chest, to be “incompetent.” What incredible effrontery. Reid-who never wore the uniform-could have said he didn’t agree with Pace’s decisions or with the politically unpopular war in Iraq. He could have said he disliked the way Pace executed his responsibilities in advising the President. But incompetent? This kind of public disparagement of a military hero is disgraceful.
June 19, 2008
Muslim Women Demand More The Apology From B. Hussein Obama
I couldn't find photos of the Muslim women with the complaint so this photo is from a past rally .-- Wild Thing
Muslim woman demands an apology from Obama after camera snub
One of two Muslim women who were denied visible seats behind Barack Obama’s stage at Joe Louis Arena on Monday because they wore head scarves said they deserve a personal apology from Obama and close-up seats at a future campaign rally.
Hebba Aref, 25, and her friend, Shimaa Abdelfadeel, received apologies from the campaign Tuesday after they complained that they were not allowed to sit near the podium when campaign volunteers learned that they wear the traditional Muslim head garb called a hijab.
"I was kind of in shock that had happened,” said Aref, a Bloomfield Hills resident and graduate of the University of Michigan Law School. “I’ve lived here practically my whole life, and never been treated that way. It’s so ironic that it was at his rally, he obviously would not promote any discrimination at all.”
Aref said she received a phone call and apology from an Obama campaign offiicial, but said that’s not enough.
“I do appreciate they’re taking the time to look into what happened,” Aref said. “I think it’s a huge deal. I was hoping for an apology from Sen. Obama himself. He needs to send a strong message this kind of discrimination won’t be tolerated.”
CAIR Urges Obama to Include Muslim Women in Upcoming Events
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today urged Sen. Barack Obama to invite two Muslim women, who were barred from sitting behind the podium at a Michigan rally, to an upcoming campaign event.
Wild Thing's comment........
CAIR just could not resist. LOL ....getting involved.
Hiding his Muslim supporters again? my oh my. haha
He has so damned many skeletons, lies, crimes, mistakes, Marxist beliefs, Terrorist friends and ties —— that he is CONSTANTLY dealing with his own “bimbo eruptions”.
Just waiting for incoming from Obama like maybe......“Those are not the Obama volunteers I knew. Get that bus over here, now!”
Communist Democrat Party Calls For Nationalization of Refineries
House Democrats call for nationalization of refineries
House Democrats responded to President's Bush's call for Congress to lift the moratorium on offshore drilling. This was at an on-camera press conference fed back live.
Among other things, the Democrats called for the government to own refineries so it could better control the flow of the oil supply.
They also reasserted that the reason the Appropriations Committee markup (where the vote on the amendment to lift the ban) was cancelled so they could focus on preparing the supplemental Iraq spending bill for tomorrow.
At an off-camera briefing, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) said the same. And a senior Republican House Appropriations Committee aide adds that "there were multiple reasons for the postponement" including discussion on the supplemental. But the aide said there was the thought that Democrats may wish to avoid a debate today on energy amendments.
Here are the highlights from briefing: ( Per Pergram-Capitol Hill )
Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-NY), member of the House Appropriations Committee and one of the most-ardent opponents of off-shore drilling
We (the government) should own the refineries. Then we can control how much gets out into the market.
Hinchey on why they postponed the Appropriations markup
I think there aren't enough votes for the Peterson amendment. It wasn't taken up (the Interior spending bill) because of the omnibus Appropriations bill. That's the main focus of the Appropriations Committee.
Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-IL)
They (Republicans) have a one-trick pony approach.
Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV), Chairman of the Resources Committee
You cannot drill your way out of this.
Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA), chairman of the House Select Committee on Global Warming
The White House has become a ventriloquist for the oil and gas energy. The finger should be directed back at them. They had plenty of opportunity to (arrange an energy policy). But they did not put an energy policy in place.
The governors of California and the governors of Florida are going to scream this is not the way to go.
There are a lot of arrows in the President's quiver that he decided not use.
What we do has to be in the interest of the American people. Not major corporations.
It's like when I talk to my kids. Before we're going to talk about dessert, we've got to talk about what's on your plate. I hope I'm a little more successful with the oil industry than I am with my kids.
There are so many red herrings out there they might as well construct an aquarium.
From House Majoirity Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) when I asked him if the markup was cancelled because of potential Democratic defections on the Peterson amendment..
"No. The reason the markups aren't going through is because we're trying to get the supplemental on the floor tomorrow."
Andfrom a Senior Republican House Appropriations Aide..
"There were multiple reasons for the postponement including ongoing negotiations on the (supplemental) and a
(Democratic) wish to avoid debate and votes on the energy amendments.
More and also an interview
Stop the ACLU blog for this video.
Who is Malia Lazu? ( communist! ) Source
Malia Lazu is the project director for Democracy Action Project, a national youth electoral reform organization, focusing on rebuilding trust in government and ensuring that every vote counts. Democracy Action Project has a signature annual event called “Democracy Summer”. Ms. Lazu is the founding Executive Director for Mass VOTE, a statewide non-partisan coalition of community-based organizations, faith-based institutions and neighborhood associations working to increase voter participation in urban neighborhoods. Starting in Boston with Boston VOTE in 1999, Ms. Lazu created a model for connecting voting with issues people care about and the communities they live in.
She is a co-author of the book, How to Get Stupid White Men Out of Office - The Anti-Politics, Unboring Guide to Power
Last year, the city of Boston and the state of Massachusetts recognized her work in dramatically increasing turnout in Boston's communities of color. Now she's an organizer for the Cities for Peace program at the Institute for Policy Studies, and has worked with Harry Belafonte on voter organizing in impoverished neighborhoods in cities like Cincinnati.
Also she was a member of a delegation that went to Venezuela to meet with Hugo Chavez.
Wild Thing's comment.........
Ever since the 1950s and 1960s...the Democrat party has been taken over by the Communist party slowly but surely. Now they are full blooded Communists. They simply know they can't attempt to impose the Workers' Paradise unless Obama is President, they maintain control of the Congress, and the SCOTUS has a clear Liberal majority. If that happens, the Constitution would be a dead letter and we would have to fight for our freedom.
And this was a week ago with socialist communist Maxine Waters:
Maxine Waters Wants to "Nationalize" the Oil Industry
Maxine Waters is so stupid she doesn't even know what the proper term she is looking for is. It's "Nationalize".
This comes to mind........Son's of Liberty song from Johnny Tremain after the Boston Tea Party
Just Who Is Rep. Maurice Hinchey?
Rep. Hinchey speaks with Code Pink Women
re: $124 billion supplemental for more war funding in Iraq, the Occupation of Iraq, and Bush administration
He was particularly noted for his work on protecting the natural environment. For fourteen years he chaired the Committee on Environmental Conservation. One highlight of his tenure was the passage of the country's first law concerning regulation of acid rain.
he no longer bills himself as a conservative or even a moderate Democrat. In fact, he is one of the most liberal members of the House, and one of the state's most liberal congressmen outside New York City. For example, his website states, "He was one of the first and most outspoken opponents of the 2003 war in Iraq."
He now serves on the powerful Appropriations Committee, a post that helps him deliver federal support on programs important to his district.
Hinchey is a member of Congressional Progressive Caucus, a group of liberal congressmen.
Representative Hinchey has been one of Congress' strongest voices in support of medical marijuana. The Hinchey-Rohrabacher medical marijuana amendment -- which has been introduced in the United States House of Representatives every year since 2003
Maurice Hinchey Voting record:
Voted YES on tax incentives for renewable energy. (Feb 2008)
Voted YES on investing in homegrown biofuel. (Aug 2007)
Voted YES on criminalizing oil cartels like OPEC. (May 2007)
Voted YES on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies. (Jan 2007)
Voted YES on keeping moratorium on drilling for oil offshore. (Jun 2006)
Voted NO on scheduling permitting for new oil refinieries. (Jun 2006)
Voted NO on authorizing construction of new oil refineries. (Oct 2005)
Voted NO on passage of the Bush Administration national energy policy. (Jun 2004)
Voted NO on implementing Bush-Cheney national energy policy. (Nov 2003)
Voted YES on raising CAFE standards; incentives for alternative fuels. (Aug 2001)
Voted YES on prohibiting oil drilling & development in ANWR. (Aug 2001)
Regulate wholesale electricity & gas prices. (Mar 2001)
Preserve Alaska’s ANWR instead of drilling it. (Feb 2001)
Establish greenhouse gas tradeable allowances. (Feb 2005)
Wild Thing's comment.......
The video shocked me. I know the left goes along with what Code Pink does and many have supported what they do like John Murtha etc. But I never knew anyone in our government went all out to plan and direct them on what to do.
June 18, 2008
Harry Reid on Oil: Bush And McCain Still Don't Get It
June 18, 2008
Reid: Bush And McCain Still Don't Get It - We Cannot Drill Our Way Out Of This Energy Crisis
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today in response to President Bush’s proposal to drill offshore for oil:
“This week’s flip-flop on offshore oil drilling by President Bush and Senator John McCain is nothing more than a cynical campaign ploy that will do nothing to lower energy prices and represents another big giveaway to oil companies already making billions in profits.
“The facts are clear: Oil companies have already had ample opportunity to increase supply, but they have sat on their hands. They aren’t even using more than half of the public lands they already have leased for drilling. And despite the huge tax breaks President Bush and Republican Congresses have given oil and gas companies to invest in refineries, domestic production has actually dropped.
“Despite what President Bush, John McCain and their friends in the oil industry claim, we cannot drill our way out of this problem. The math is simple: America has just three percent of the world’s oil reserves, but Americans use a quarter of its oil. And the Energy Information Administration says that even if we do open the coasts to oil drilling, prices wouldn’t drop until 2030.
“President Bush and John McCain are not serious about addressing gas prices. If they were, they would stop offering the same old ideas meant to pad the pockets of Big Oil and work with Democrats to reduce our dependence on oil, invest in the renewable energy sources, crack down on excessive speculation and stand up to countries colluding to shake down American consumers.
“Bush-McCain Republicans just don’t get it. Their commitment to the failed policies of yesterday is why we have energy, economic and national security crises today. They want to feed our addiction to oil; Democrats want to end it.”
Wild Thing's comment.......
LOL It's amazing he can put his shoes on in the morning.
Reid’s and the rest of his anti-American clan’s answer is to tax are way out of the problem.
Reid: "The math is simple: America has just three percent of the world’s oil reserves,..."
Actually the math for you Mr. Reid seems too complicated. You forgot to add in the 2 trillion barrels of shale oil in the USA!
You are a weasel of the sickest kind. Your ship is sinking on this issue. Buh-bye!
Truth is never a consideration for Marxists. Reid, Pelosi, Obama and their fellow travelers have accrued imense power and authority through deception, fraud and persistent attacks on foundational principles of our Constitution. Constitutional government is supported by too few patriots to long survive the onslaught of socialist fascism practiced by democrats.
The unity preached by Obama will be won by outlawing the expression of alternate views. Imprisoning opponents is ever the primary device of tyrants.
Obama and Advisors Happy For Terrorists and Bin Laden Being Able To Appeal
Obama advisers say bin Laden can appeal to U.S. courts
Barack Obama's foreign policy advisers said Tuesday that Osama bin Laden, if captured, should be allowed to appeal his case to U.S. civilian courts, a privilege opposed by John McCain.
Responding to questions from The Examiner, Sen. John Kerry and former White House counterterrorism czar Richard Clarke said bin Laden would benefit from last week's Supreme Court decision giving terrorism suspects habeas corpus, the right to appeal their military detention to civilian courts.
“If he were to be brought back,” Clarke said of bin Laden, “the Supreme Court ruling holds on the right of habeas corpus.”
Kerry, who applauded the Supreme Court ruling, said it will be carried out by whichever candidate wins the presidency.
“The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that they have those rights,” he said. “If John McCain were president, he would have to give them those rights.”
Randy Scheunemann, McCain's senior foreign policy adviser, said those rights should not be extended to bin Laden or the hundreds of terrorism suspects being held by the U.S. military at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.
“The individuals we hold at Guantanamo are very, very dangerous people,” Scheunemann said. “To give them full access to the federal courts and the criminal justice system is fraught with danger, moving forward, and likely to make America less safe, unlike Senator Obama's claim of supporting the decision that it made America safer.”
On Monday, Obama applauded the civilian prosecution of terrorists prior to the attacks of September 11, 2001.
“In previous terrorist attacks -- for example, the first attack against the World Trade Center -- we were able to arrest those responsible, put them on trial,” he told ABC. “They are currently in U.S. prisons, incapacitated.”
Obama said President Bush has relied too heavily on military prosecution of terrorists, which has “given a huge boost to terrorist recruitment in countries that say, ‘Look, this is how the United States treats Muslims.’”
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said Obama wants “to take a step back to the failed policies that treated terrorism solely as a law enforcement matter, rather than a clear and present danger. Barack Obama appears to believe that terrorists should be treated like criminals -- a belief that underscores his fundamental lack of judgment regarding our national security.”
The attack sounded familiar to Kerry, who was the Democratic presidential nominee four years ago.
“This is exactly what they tried to say back in 2004, and the record absolutely contradicts it,” Kerry told The Examiner. “Every Democrat voted to go to war and attack the Taliban and al Qaeda, the people who attacked us. That is not a [legalistic] approach.”
Wild Thing's comment.........
If you are an enemy of the United States, you are a friend of the left.
If I were a soldier I would take the decision by the court basically to mean, take no prisoners.
THIS should be on the fornt page of every piece of campaign literature McCain puts out.
Obama looks like the dumbest man who ever ran for President. He and Gore together couldn’t make an I.Q. of 120.
National security ala Obama, Kerry, and Clarke. God help this country.
Charges Dismisssed Against Lt.Col. Chessani
Source: Defend Our Marines
A military judge has dismissed charges against a Marine officer accused of failing to investigate the killings of 24 Iraqis.
Col. Steven Folsom dismissed charges Tuesday against Lt. Col. Jeffrey Chessani after defense attorneys raised concerns that a four-star general overseeing the prosecution was improperly influenced by an investigator probing the November 2005 shootings by a Marine squad in Haditha.
The charges were dismissed without prejudice, meaning they can be refiled, but Folsom excluded Marine Forces Central Command from future involvement.
Chessani was the highest-ranking officer implicated in the case.
In a stinging rebuke of the government's handling of a high-profile war crime case, a military judge Tuesday dismissed dereliction of duty charges against the commander of a Marine squad that killed 24 civilians in the Iraqi city of Haditha.
The dismissal of charges against Lt. Col. Jeffrey Chessani came after a finding that then-Lt. Gen. James Mattis was unlawfully influenced by a Marine attorney who participated in an investigation of the killings and then became the general's top legal adviser.
The ruling by Col. Steven Folsom, the judge presiding over Chessani's case, was a major blow to the government, which has seen charges against seven of the eight men accused with criminal wrongdoing in the 2005 killings dismissed or withdrawn. Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich is for now the lone Haditha defendant.
Folsom ruled the participation of Col. John Ewers as an investigator and report writer in the Haditha killings and his later appointment as Mattis' top legal aide constituted unlawful command influence.
Ewers' depth of involvement, he said, "tainted" the charges against Chessani beyond repair.
"Unlawful command influence is the mortal enemy of military justice," Folsom said. "The appearance of unlawful command influence is as devastating as actual manipulation of a trial."
A dismissal, he said, was necessary to maintain public confidence in the military justice system.
Prosecutors were given three days to appeal. If they choose not to but want to continue the prosecution, Folsom said, a new investigation must be conducted. Approval of any new charges must come from a senior Marine officer who has had no association with the case, Folsom said.
Chessani, who remained stoic throughout the hearings, showed no reaction when the decision was announced at the end of an hour-long session inside a small base courtroom.
The highest-ranking man charged in the Haditha killings had been scheduled to go on trial by court-martial on July 16.
After Tuesday's hearing, Chessani and his wife, Alissa, the parents of six young children, declined comment.
"We're cautiously optimistic the government won't refile the charges," said one of his attorneys, Brian Rooney. "We hope that it's over. It should be over. We believe it never should have got this far."
Chessani commanded Camp Pendleton's 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment at Haditha.
Wild Thing's comment.......
Thank you Lord!! What a grave injustice the PC idiots imposed on this man, and all the other Haditha warriors!
Only Sgt. Wuterich left to be exonerated.
Please God, it would really be justice if Murtha was punished for what he did to these men.
Let There Be Oil
The Wall Street Journal ...for complete article
Behold, a miracle: Public anger over $4 gas is forcing at least some of our political class to confront their energy contradictions. Last week, Republicans Jim Walsh of New York and Roscoe Bartlett of Maryland -- two longstanding opponents of offshore drilling -- asked for a mulligan. We can now add John McCain to the roll: In a speech in Houston yesterday, the Senator finally came out in favor of increasing domestic energy supplies.
This is progress, even if it did come dressed in some of Mr. McCain's familiar policy confusions. In the past, the Republican has been a chief opponent of opening up the vast U.S. offshore regions and other federal lands where oil-and-gas exploration and production are prohibited, especially the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
The candidate now says we must drill for more domestic oil "as a matter of fairness to the American people." He did not back off from his sentimentality about ANWR -- leaving off-limits nearly half of the proven reserves of the entire U.S. at 10.4 billion barrels. But he did propose to open most of the Atlantic and Pacific coasts to development, so long as the nearby states were in favor.
And there is this:
Bush will call on US lawmakers Wednesday to pass legislation lifting the ban on offshore oil drilling, the White House said.
"With gasoline now over four dollars a gallon, tomorrow he will explicitly call on Congress to also pass legislation lifting the congressional ban on safe, environmentally-friendly offshore oil drilling," White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said in a statement late Tuesday.
The announcement came just hours after Republican presidential candidate John McCain called for the federal government to scrap its 27-year-old moratorium on offshore oil drilling.
Wild Thing's comment.......
I don’t care if he flip flops, as long as his last flop is to the right.
Obama calling McCain a flip flopper. Hello Hussien flip flop is ok when headed in a positive direction. Stupid Obama, Norway and Britain have enormous offshore drilling plays that have been operating for decades without problems. Ditto for Canada, although on a smaller scale so far. Do those three countries sound like eco-criminals to you Obama? NO! Right answer Hussein now go to your room. heh heh
Obama is being squeezed and he doesn’t even know it. Will the Democrats back Obama’s no-drill stance in the face of a screaming populace as gasoline reaches $5/gal?
Barack is another poverty pimp socialist jerk and we just can't afford to let him be calling any shots. If we could turn his ears into windmills and capture the hot air from his mouth we might produce a few watts of power but it wouldn't be much.
The is a step in the right and conservative direction.
This is so funny. I know it didn't make any difference and I am no one important, but I wrote to McCain the other day after I posted the link to sending him a message. LOL Keep in mind he must have been receiving tons of emails. hahaha I wrote this and sent it to him:
McCain, the GOP has lost their mind having you as a candidate. Your ignoring the conservative base is only going to hurt in the long run. You know very well that it is the conservatives that defended you when you
(including all our military) when you were in Vietnam We were are ARE proud of our Veterans and our Military. NOT the left.
You know full well it has been the conservatives that have not drained our government of funds begging to be taken care of like some mindless lazy good for nothing user living on America soil. You want to be a humanitarian fine, but it is OUR hard earned money that is paying for your bleeding heart causes.
I am thinking that you just might want to change your mind about drilling for oil. God gave it to us and you say you believe in God. Then prove it, I am calling you on it. The oil is there, the world knows it. we know it and not to drill is telling the American citizens you could care less about the biggest thing effecting our lives each day. Since we make up what this country is in the end you are also saying you do NOT love America because we ARE America.
IF you are worried about being labeled a flip flopper, then it is up to you to decide if your ego is bigger then this Nation. Because to be called a flip flopper will be a gimmie from the left and we know it . Just expect it, hold you chin up and put that screw you look you give US ( conservatives) and give it to them for a change. Tell them so what, you care more about America then you do about being called a few names for awhile.
Your not stupid, just a rino and that is curable. Why not take a step toward America John, to the American way of taking care of ourselves and putting our country first instead of enviro special interest groups that have caused more damage then good to this awesome land of the red, white and blue.
Michael Williams For Texas ~ AWESOME Speech!!
What They’re Saying About Michael at the 2008 Republican State Convention
"Those of you outside of Texas who don't know about Michael Williams should get to know him."
His website is great too. Lots to read and see there as well.
One of the pages at his site that tells a lot about how he thinks about our country, oil and other things.
Wild Thing's comment........
I love Texas!
And when he speaks of Obama he is so funny. Good personality as he zaps Obama . heh heh
He also gets serious and makes wonderful points in his speech. A great speaker that I sat here proud to hear.
This speech made me want to sing God bless America when he was done! I would LOVE for the GOP to have this man speak at the Presidential convention this fall. It would put all the rino's to shame. giggle
*** video had to be removed due to tech problems. Thank you.
Obama On The Role Of Law Enforcement In Combating Terrorism
ABC’s Jake Tapper, got Obama to talk about how we need to treat terrorism as a law-enforcement matter.
Obama said, "It is my firm belief that we can track terrorists, we can crack down on threats against the United States, but we can do so within the constraints of our Constitution. And there has been no evidence on their part that we can't.
"And, you know, let's take the example of Guantanamo. What we know is that, in previous terrorist attacks -- for example, the first attack against the World Trade Center, we were able to arrest those responsible, put them on trial. They are currently in U.S. prisons, incapacitated."
"And the fact that the administration has not tried to do that has created a situation where not only have we never actually put many of these folks on trial, but we have destroyed our credibility when it comes to rule of law all around the world, and given a huge boost to terrorist recruitment in countries that say, ‘Look, this is how the United States treats Muslims.’ So that, I think, is an example of something that was unnecessary. We could have done the exact same thing, but done it in a way that was consistent with our laws…”
Obama has adopted the “Winnie The Pooh” doctrine
"Winnie the Pooh should shape US foreign policy"
Richard Danzig, who served as Navy Secretary under President Clinton and is tipped to become National Security Adviser in an Obama White House, told a major foreign policy conference in Washington that the future of US strategy in the war on terrorism should follow a lesson from the pages of Winnie the Pooh, which can be shortened to: if it is causing you too much pain, try something else.
Mr Danzig told the Centre for New American Security: “Winnie the Pooh seems to me to be a fundamental text on national security.”
He spelt out how American troops, spies and anti-terrorist officials could learn key lessons by understanding the desire of terrorists to emulate superheroes like Luke Skywalker, and the lust for violence of violent football fans.
Mr Danzig spelt out the need to change by reading a paragraph from chapter one of the children’s classic, which says: “Here is Edward Bear, coming downstairs now, bump, bump, bump on the back of his head behind Christopher Robin. It is, as far as he knows, the only way of coming down stairs. But sometimes he thinks there really is another way if only he could stop bumping a minute and think about it.”
Wild Thing's comment........
Sure B. Hussein Obama that's the spirit! After Americans die we will investigate!! sheesh!
And to Richard Danzig the twit and Obama, you are NO Winnie the Pooh! Leave him alone! I rather take this personally since I collect Teddy bears and Pooh is one of my favorites. So OH Bother and Bug Off Danzig and Hussein! Bears are all Republicans in case you didn't know it. LOL
On a serious note though..... can you imagine General Petraeus making a presentation on how the war is going and using Winnie the Pooh as a referrence?
Typical MoveOn ad Using An Innocent Baby
Wild Thing's comment.......
Liberals as we see not only don't love America but they use their children to preach their hate for our military as seen in this ad.
What a stupid ad!
June 17, 2008
Laura Ingraham's Show Today On Fox
Today at 5PM EST
Rush Limbaugh will be a guest on Laura Ingraham's new Fox News Channel Show, "Just In."
I am so glad to see this. I want all our conservative talk show hosts to be supportive of each other. So this is
good news and the more they stick together the less chance the left will have trying to get rid of them.
McCain Proposes La Raza Town Hall Meeting With Obama
McCain Proposes La Raza Town Hall
GOP presidential candidate John McCain is inviting his Democratic rival, Barack Obama, to participate in a joint town hall meeting at an open-borders advocacy group’s upcoming meeting in California.
“There is a meeting in California of La Raza,” McCain told reporters at an Arlington press conference Monday. “Both of us have accepted invitations. I say that we have a town hall meeting together in front of La Raza. I think that the people will be far more informed and in some ways, entertained if we had that format.”
Although a La Raza town hall would surely cause outcry among those border hawks the Hispanic demographic is expected to be a coveted voting block in the general election-- a group McCain has courted, with some success, through his support of comprehensive immigration reform. In 2005, McCain co-sponsored a bill, which La Raza endorsed, critics said would award amnesty to illegal aliens with Democratic Sen. Teddy Kennedy (Mass.). The bill did not pass and McCain's work to push it cause irreparable damage with many members of his GOP base.
McCain's call for a La Raza town hall is the latest in a drumbeat of invitations he's given to Obama in hopes of holding a series of 10 joint town hall meetings, where the McCain camp believes their candidate would give a strong performance.
So far Obama has only offered to hold one town hall on July 4, almost ensuring the event would be overlooked by most voters enjoying the Independence Day holiday.
La Raza will be holding their annual meeting in San Diego July 12-15. Both McCain and Obama are scheduled to address the more than 20,000 expected attendees.
Wild Thing's comemnt........
What a choice we have haha good grief.
McCain takes the liberal position; Obama takes the marxist position.
McCain is already scheduled to speak before La Raza as is Obama. If Obama agrees to turning it into a Townhall debate it will just turn out with the two of them trying to outpander one another.
McCain is a La Raza favorite and recipient of their awards. His buddy, Lindsey Graham, spoke before them a year ago and said that the "bigots should shut up," i.e., those who opposed the amnesty bill.
Something from the past with McCain and LaRaza:
February 15, 1999
LaRaza news release
Washington, D.C. - The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) - the nation's largest constituency-based Hispanic organization - will honor two members of Congress for their staunch support of the Hispanic community at its tenth annual Capital Awards, formerly known as the Congressional Awards, on Tuesday, March 2, 1999. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt (D-MO) will be recognized for their work on civil rights, immigration, education, and other issue areas affecting Latinos, at a gala event to take place at the National Building Museum, 401 F Street, N.W., beginning at 7:00 p.m.
"It is a great pleasure and honor for NCLR to recognize Senator John McCain, a longtime friend of the Hispanic community. Throughout his tenure in both the House and
Senate, John McCain has been a strong voice for compassion, fairness, and inclusion in his party," noted Raul Yzaguirre, National Council of La Raza (NCLR) President.
New Weapons To Be Used Against Protesters In Denver
Activists Preparing Against Use of ‘Brown Note’ at Dem Convention
Political activists planning protest rallies at the upcoming Democratic Convention in Denver have their stomachs in knots over a rumor about a crowd control weapon - known as the “crap cannon” - that might be unleashed against them.
Also called “Brown Note,” it is believed to be an infrasound frequency that debilitates a person by making them defecate involuntarily.
Mark Cohen, co-founder of Re-create 68, an alliance of local activists working for the protection of first amendment rights, said he believes this could be deployed at the convention in August to subdue crowds.
“We know this weapon and weapons like it have been used at other large protests before,” he said.
Cohen, who described Brown Note as a “sonic weapon used to disrupt people’s equilibrium,” cited eyewitness accounts of its use during free-trade agreement protests in Miami in 2003.
“I think these weapons were mostly intended for military use and so their use for dealing with innocent protesters seems highly inappropriate,” he said. “The idea that they might be field testing them on people who are doing nothing more than exercising their first amendment rights is disturbing.”
His group is preparing against a possible attack by Brown Note and other crowd-control measures by dispatching street medics at the convention trained in treating injuries in demonstration situations.
“It’s all we can do,” Cohen said.
"Mark Cohen, co-founder of Re-create 68, an alliance of local activists working for the protection of first amendment rights, said he believes this could be deployed at the convention in August to subdue crowds.
We know this weapon and weapons like it have been used at other large protests before.
I think these weapons were mostly intended for military use and so their use for dealing with innocent protesters seems highly inappropriate," he said. "The idea that they might be field testing them on people who are doing nothing more than exercising their first amendment rights is disturbing."
But there’s another weapon the protesters fear more than Brown Note, if you can believe that. This from Glenn Spagnuolo, also with Re-create 68:
"More troubling to Spagnuolo is the "Active Denial System" or "ADS," a ray gun used to send high levels of microwave frequencies that cause a burning sensation the skin."
Complete article here in case some are bothered by the subject
Wild Thing's comment......
Yikes, I never heard of this before. OMG! It sounds like they are really expecting a lot of protests at the DNC Convention.
With this crowd, how will they know if it worked or not?
God Bless America ! ~ Martina McBride
I wonder what would happen if the Constitution of the United States was read at the Republican Convention? Just read it. No commentary. No apologies.
June 16, 2008
Global Warming Freak Gore Endorses B.Hussein Obama
Gore endorses Obama and promises to help him
Al Gore announced his endorsement of Barack Obama Monday and promised to help the Democrat achieve what eluded him -- the presidency. In a letter to be e-mailed to Obama supporters, the former vice president and Nobel Prize winner wrote,
"From now through Election Day, I intend to do whatever I can to make sure he is elected president of the United States."
Gore is one of the most popular figures in the Democratic Party, but he maintained a low profile in the primary campaign. He's planning to appear with Obama at a rally in Detroit Monday night.
It's the second time that Obama has rolled out a major endorsement in Michigan, a state he did not campaign in during the primary because its election violated the party rules. Obama is counting on a win in Michigan in November, but brought Gore and 2004 vice presidential nominee John Edwards to help validate him among Democrats in the state after skipping their primary.
"It means a lot, obviously," Obama said of Gore's support, as he greeted workers outside the General Motors Flint Engine South plant. "He's somebody who is a visionary, not just for the party, but for the country."
Gore also asked for donations to help fund Obama's effort -- the first time he's asked members of his Web site AlGore.com to contribute to a political campaign.
Wild Thing's comment.......
Thank the good Lord he’s decided. I’ve been losing a lot of sleep over this. - NOT hahahaa
LOL, Gore waits till Hillary is out of the race, Obama has is locked up then he says he will endorse Obama. Yes a real man Gore is......LMAO what a wimp.
Are there any more losers out there who have NOT endorsed Obama?
How ‘bout Dukakis? Has he come out for Obama yet? Yo ‘DUKE’?!?!? You out there boy? LOL
Chicago Wanna Be Tuff Guy Obama ~ "I'll Whoop 'Em, Don't Mess With Me"
Obama accepts a gift from a 95 yr old supporter, Charles Edwards, and uses it to put Congress on notice not to get in the way of his healthcare plan.
The presumptive democratic nominee, clearly feeling his oats, took the stick and said, "If members of Congress don't pass my health care bill - I'll whoop 'em, I'll whoop 'em. That's right, you better not mess with me, and I'll have that stick."
Wild Thing's comment.........
This man doesn't have the gravitas to serve on a local schoolboard, much less as president of the United States.
B.Hussein Obama is another Mugabe in the making!
Whenever someone I talk to is in favor of universal health care, I ask them how it will work here if it hasn’t worked anywhere else. Are all the other people who have tried it around the world stupid? Do they have inferior intellect? Is the current Congress and Obama somehow smarter than the elected people in these other governments?
Of course we all know the answers to these questions already. It won't work, it never has and never will. I have lost two friends because of socicialized medicine. One that lived in England and one that lived in Canada. Both might be alive today if they had lived in the USA or at least not had socialized medicine.
Fox Removes E.D. Hill and Her Show
E.D. Hill and her show, "America's Pulse" has been removed from her time slot at Fox, because of something she said in her news presentation . On June 6th last, on her former program, "America's Pulse," E.D. Hill teased in a segment about body-language about Obama's fist bump with his wife Michelle.
Obama supporters and the leftist blogs on the web were in a rage and an uproar about the comments, and George Soros' "Media Matters" began a campaign encouraging people to contact Fox and complaint about what is in their view an unforgivable slight of Obama and Michelle.
They called for E.D. Hill's resignation.
Media Matters blog:
Fox and O'Reilly agreed that she was out of line,.typical of moderate O'Reilly who has stated many times he is not a Republilcan or a Democrat.
She apologized for her comments, which apparently that didn't even help the situation . She was taken off her show at Fox.
Even after all of this, CNN and MSNBC joined in to complain.
Fox caved in to the opposition, (Obama and Mediai Matters, MSNBC, and CNN's ) demands and Fox quietly cancelled E.D.'s show, "America's Pulse," chastised her, and relegated her elsewhere for the time being.
Huffington is thrileld and posted about all of this with glee.
E.D. HIll was great and full of life and even though I seldom got to see her show, I used to watch her on the morning show she did before she got her show "America's Pulse".
And this is from this last Christmas!!!! Supporting the troops.
E.D. Hill did something that I loved so much. She organized a way for American’s to send injured U.S. troops holiday letters. She had to work hard to get this accompolished so it could be done, and she was able to do so. She called it “Operation Holiday Thanks". And the wounded troops loved it. Of course Olberman at MSNBC had to bash what she was doing.
The thing that really concerns me about all of this is the power they are giving to the left, to Obama and his complaints. If we took the entire Media away from their promoting Obama he would never have done as well as he has in this election. I truly believe that. People on the left sit in front of their TV's and don't think for themselves mostly. They watch CNN and MSNBC and soak in all the propaganda about Obama and sit there and nod oh yes we can.
It is the leftie media that started the use of the word " it's like a movement with Obama", " never saw anything like this before", pushing, promoting, 24/7, repeating over and over from each person on their leftie shows the same mantra about Obama.
Well he has accompolished his goal of getting E.D.Hill off her show for now anyway.
If you have seen her show and wondered where she is and would like to send an email about all of this the information is listed below.
Here are the Fox News contacts:
Fox News toll free comments hotline: 1-888-369-4762
or you can e-mail your comments at:
To contact Bill O'Reilly:
To contact Brit Hume, General News Mgr at Fox News:
To contact Mis Hill and offer her your support:
Obama and McCain In Iraq Together?
These guys are so funny.
John Kerry Keen To Be US Top Diplomat
John Kerry keen to be US' top diplomat
John Kerry, who suffered defeat at the hands of President George Bush in last US elections, now harbours aspiration to become Secretary of State if presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama wins the race to the White House in November.
Kerry, who is the third ranking Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, is keen to be nation's top diplomat but does not eye the bigger prize of vice-presidency, Newsweek on Sunday quoted an unidentified source close to him as saying.
That could also well be the case for Connecticut Senator Christopher Dodd, the committee's second-ranking Democrat and for Senator Joseph Biden, the committee's chairman, who is frequently mentioned by Democratic insiders as a potential Secretary of State though both might give the V-P post their first priority, the report said.
Kerry is a decorated Vietnam War veteran, but because his Senate experience is in foreign relations rather than military affairs, he's more intrigued by the State Department than the Pentagon, Newsweek said quoting the source. He also speaks fluent French.
Dodd, meanwhile, has recently been showcasing his expertise on Latin America. At an April conference at the US Naval Academy, he laid out a blueprint for a "new relationship" between the United States and the region, the report noted.
Dodd's plan would include efforts to "dramatically improve" relations with Raul Castro's Cuba by lifting a US trade embargo and travel ban.
Traitor John Kerry through the years
John Kerry, from his book, The New Soldier:
This John Kerry quote comes in the epilogue to "The New Soldier," the book put out by Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW) . The book's cover features a group of not-particularly sober-looking anti-war protesters (vets, presumably) flying the American flag upside down while mocking the historic flag raising event at Iwo Jima":
"We will not quickly join those who march on Veterans' Day waving small flags, calling to memory those thousands who died for the "greater glory of the United States." We will not accept the rhetoric. We will not readily join the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars-in fact, we will find it hard to join anything at all and when we do, we will demand relevancy such as other organizations have recently been unable to provide. We will not take solace from the creation of monuments or the naming of parks after a select few of the thousands of dead Americans and Vietnamese. We will not uphold traditions which decorously memorialize that which was base and grim. It is from these things the New Soldier is asking America to turn. We are asking America to turn from false glory, hollow victory, fabricated foreign threats, fear which threatens us as a nation, shallow pride which feeds off fear, and mostly from the promises which have proven so deceiving these past ten years. "
Kerry testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 1971.
"Under questioning from the Committee, Kerry referred to the democratically elected government of South Vietnam -- our allies -- as a "dictatorial regime, the Thieu-Ky-Khiem regime," while respectfully calling the North Vietnamese communist regime we were fighting by its oxymoronic official name, the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, and the murderous Viet Cong's political arm by their preferred "Provisional Revolutionary Government."
John Kerry and the VVAW--Hanoi's American Puppets
"Two recently discovered documents captured from the Vietnamese communists during the Vietnam War strongly support the contention that a close link existed between the Hanoi regime and the Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW) while John Kerry served as the group's leading national spokesman."
Winter Soldier (WinterSoldier.com is dedicated to the American veterans of the Vietnam War, who served with courage and honor.)
You can CLICK the link above and at the page that opens up is the mother lode of FBI files on Vietnam Veterans Against the War.
This archive contains 21,477 pages of documents received in response to our Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, bundled up by the FBI as PDF-format Files of Unusual Size.
John Kerry calls American troops terrorists
John Kerry says stupid troops get stuck in Iraq
Wild Thing's comment........
Kerry and Obama would probably be on the same diplomatic page. Unconditional surrender.
Kerry should have been punished for treason when he did the above and other things back in the 70's. If you like you can go to a page I made when Kerry was running for President. It is called Extreme Prejudice The Red Zone. It has a lot more information there.
Ohio Judge Proud of Che Guevara and Obama
Ohio judge: State must change lethal injection law
A judge in Ohio says the state's method of putting prisoners to death is unconstitutional because two of three drugs used in the lethal injection process can cause pain.
Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge said Tuesday the state's lethal injection procedure doesn't provide the quick and painless death required by Ohio law.
Burge said Ohio must stop allowing a combination of drugs and focus instead on a single, anesthetic drug.
The ruling is likely be appealed to the Ohio Supreme Court.
Ohio has executed 26 inmates since it resumed putting prisoners to death in 1999.
Wild Thing's comment........
Note the poster behind the Judge and it is in his own office. Yep this is in America, times sure are changing. Good grief! ( shaking my head)
June 15, 2008
Obama: ‘If They Bring a Knife to the Fight, We Bring a Gun’
Here is a gun for Obama ......the Backwards Gun.
From the film "Untouchables" scene with Sean and Costner ---- The Chicago Way
"Obama was stealing David Mamet's words from the screenplay for the Costner version of "The Untouchables".
The Sean Connery cop said something like "they break a finger and we break a leg, they bring a knife and we bring a gun, they put one of ours in the hospital and we put one of theirs in the morgue...that's the Chicago Way"...."
Obama: ‘If They Bring a Knife to the Fight, We Bring a Gun’
Mobster wisdom tells us never to bring a knife to a gun fight. But what does political wisdom say about bringing a gun to a knife fight?
Sen. Barack Obama talks at a town hall meeting at Radnor Middle School in Wayne, Pa., Saturday, June 14. (AP)
That’s exactly what Barack Obama said he would do to counter Republican attacks “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun,” Obama said at a Philadelphia fundraiser Friday night. “Because from what I understand folks in Philly like a good brawl. I’ve seen Eagles fans.”
The comment drew some laughs and applause. But it also struck a chord with his Republican rival. John McCain’s campaign immediately accused the Democratic candidate of playing the politics of fear. They also mentioned that Obama said he would use a gun that would be illegal under Obama’s plans to cut down on illegal firearms.
“Barack Obama’s call for ‘new politics’ is officially over. In just 24 hours, Barack Obama attacked one of America’s pioneering women CEOs, rejected a series of joint bipartisan town halls, and said that if there’s a political knife fight, he’d bring a gun,” McCain campaign spokesman Tucker Bounds said in a statement.
Obama made the comment in the context of warning donors that the general election campaign against McCain could get ugly. “They’re going to try to scare people. They’re going to try to say that ‘that Obama is a scary guy,’” he said. A supporter yelled out a deep accented “Don’t give in!”
“I won’t but that sounded pretty scary. You’re a tough guy,” Obama said.
Wild Thing's comment........
These people say some heavy stuff, but if McCain took the kid gloves off and said these types of things?
The Obama people and their pals in the media would be crying like a bunch of babies about "racism" and "death threats." And the Democrats would have TV adverts castrating McCain by now
I am shocked, shocked I tell you. I am SHOCKED that a 2nd Amendment opponent like Osama Obama Hussein would so casually ENDORSE the misuse of weapons!
I’m not sure he’d know which end to aim where.
.....Thank you Rhod, for telling about the film and where Obama got that line from.
Happy Fathers Day
Marine, Soldier, Deployments - Dad Through It All
By 1st Lt. George Fowler
1123rd Transportation Company, 1/152nd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Sustainment Brigade
CAMP TAJI, Iraq – Alone with his thoughts, Staff Sgt. Andy Graves, a Paragould, Ark., native, sits quietly in the “Snack Shack” during his guard shift reminiscing. Presently Graves is a squad leader for the 1123rd Transportation Company, an Arkansas National Guard unit, 1/152nd Cavalry Regiment, an Indiana National Guard unit, 1st Sustainment Brigade, in support of Multi-National Division-Baghdad,
His eyes did not always reflect a digital pattern. His military career dates back to 1995, when he enlisted in the Marine Corps out of high school. Deciding to jump behind the wheel, he enlisted as motor transportation operator and enjoyed life at his first duty station in Okinawa, Japan. While there, he went to Norway twice for cold-weather survival training and to Estonia once for the Baltic Challenge until bidding farewell to the Marines in 1999.
“The Marines were the best time of my life,” he recalls.
Despite leaving the Corps, Graves could not put serving his country behind him. A couple months later he enlisted in the Arkansas Army National Guard under the 875th Combat Engineers in Little Rock, Ark. He attended the engineering advanced individual training in 2000 and, ironically, admitted he joined the guard because, “(well) they never go anywhere.”
In February of 2003, Graves was pulled out of the 875th with only a day’s notice to report to the 1123rd Transportation Company.
“They never go anywhere,” consequently landed him in Iraq twice while assigned to the 1123rd Transportation Company.
He spent from April 2003 until April 2004 in Iraq running transportation missions and instead of returning to the engineers he remained with the 1123rd; where he was activated to deploy with the 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team in 2007. When asked about both deployments, Graves calmly replies, “It’s just another deployment.”
Yet through the years, deployments, and long training exercises, Graves has the support any Soldier should from his loving wife, Chasity, and his three daughters, Sydney, Madeline, and Adrian. Despite the “Army” way of life his family has become accustomed to, he was able to be home for the birth of his youngest daughter.
“He’s not only my dad, he’s my hero,” says Sydney, the youngest of three girls.
When not serving his country, Graves’ enjoys spending some good old fashioned quality family time camping and boating back in Arkansas. He already has plans in the works upon his return in January.
“The thing I miss most during this deployment are my wife and my kids,” concludes Graves.
Susan D. Tyree, of Brooklyn, Ark., and daughter of Sgt. 1st Class Michael Mizell, a Bay, Ark., native, shows off her patriotic support at her graduation from Arkansas State University here May 10. Mizell is assigned to the 1123rd Transportation Company, 1st Battalion, 152nd Calvary Regiment, 1st Sustainment Brigade, in support of Multi-National Division- Baghdad, as a platoon sergeant.
Wild Thing's comment........
Happy Father's Day to all of you that are Dad's!
As we celebrate our Fathers on this Father’s Day, please take a moment to say a prayer of thanks to all our “fathers” presently deployed.
And let's also remember all those children of the fallen who feel the pain of that loss particularly painful today. To them, I offer my most sincere gratitude and prayers.
God Bless all our fathers in harms way or away from home as they serve our country. Thank you for all you have sacrificed.
Hero Lt. Col. Allen West's Response to Black Conservatives Voting For Obama
Allen West's response to: Black Conservatives Conflicted on Obama Campaign
"For most of my adult life I took an oath to a simple document, the US Constitution, to support and defend it against all enemies, foreign and domestic, and to bear true faith and allegiance to the same. My allegiance is to America, its people, and their rights as put forth in that superb document. I shall not discard my principles and commitment to my God and Country, just because. I applaud Senator Obama for his accomplishment, however, there is no way I will vote for someone that is so contrary to my beliefs in lower taxes, limited government, individual rights and freedoms, individual responsibility and accountability, not collective prosperity sharing.
I grew up in inner city Atlanta Georgia, and my elementary school, Our Lady of Lourdes, is across the street from Ebenezer Baptist Church. Dr King's seminal ideal of "content of character vs color of skin" resonates with me. Regardless of the probable ensuing vitriolic name calling, my ideology and principles are not in concert with those of Senator Obama. I wish him well, but I dont wish him to be President of THESE United States of America"
Lieutenant Colonel Allen B West (US Army, Ret)
Republican Candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives
Florida District 22
Here is his website for his campaign for the U.S. House of Representatives .
He is also listed over at Vets for Freedom along with other Iraq War Veterans that are running for office.
West was in the US Army for 22 years.
Wild Thing's comment.........
This is a GOOD man and I pray and hope he wins.
Here is a little history about Lieutenant Colonel Allen B West (US Army, Ret)
dated November 2003
Now let's see if I get this straight. An officer whose Tikrit-based troops have come under attack from Saddam loyalists becomes aware that an Iraqi detainee has information about a planned ambush of his Soldiers, but the prisoner isn't being cooperative.
The officer then goes to interrogate the detainee -- an Iraqi police officer, by the way -- and in the course of questioning, fires his weapon as a way of making the point that he's serious about obtaining straight answers.
The detainee then tells the truth. The ambush is averted, and Soldiers' lives are saved.
The officer is then:
A: given a commendation.
B: promoted to full colonel for showing initiative under pressure and loyalty to his troops.
C: told to resign his commission immediately or face a court martial.
The correct answer, I'm sorry to have to report, is "C."
Lt. Col. Alan B. West, who aggressively interrogated an Iraqi detainee so that he could prevent an ambush and save his Soldiers lives, is being charged with aggravated assault by his unit's JAG officer.
According to published reports, Lt. Col West allowed two of his Soldiers to "physically agress" the prisoner (an act for which they were later fined), and then West brandished his pistol and fired two shots to scare the man into talking.
For this, the Judge Advocate General's office wants to end his 19-year career and possibly send him to prison for eight years. Meanwhile, idiot officers who get their men killed are being given medals and promotions, and generals who have never come under fire are putting themselves in for Silver Stars.
General Schoomaker, this is madness -- and you have to put a full stop to it right now.
Because this is what happens when lawyers, not shooters, run the military.
This is what happens when the Army culture replaces risk-taking and initiative with hundreds of pages of rules and regulations that hamper war-fighting, degrade unit integrity, and place inane limits on how Soldiers can or cannot conduct themselves in battle.
This is what happens when managers and systems analysts replace Warriors in the command structure.
This is what happens when somewhere along the chain of command, the idea that war is about killing people and breaking things gets completely lost. This is what happens when the Army forgets the words of General George S. Patton, Jr.: "We must be eager to kill, to inflict on the enemy -- the hated enemy -- wounds, death, and destruction."
Now, I'm not in favor of hooking prisoners up to field telephones -- although it has certainly happened in the past. Nor am I in favor of taking the Argentine approach to interrogation, i.e., tossing one prisoner out of a chopper 10,000 feet above the South Atlantic and then posing the question to the second prisoner in the chopper.
Moreover, Lt. Col West's actions came nowhere close to anything that can be called torture. Aggressive? Obviously. Outside the box? Absolutely. But aren't those qualities precisely the qualities we want in our officers?
Because if I were a Soldier serving under West's command, I'd say HOOAH, Colonel, and follow him to hell. Why? Because Lt. Col. West demonstrated something that far too few of today's officers are willing to demonstrate to their men and women: loyalty DOWN the chain of command.
Lt. Col. West put his Soldiers' lives above his own career.
And the FOLLOW UP dated December 2003
OPERATION: IRAQI FREEDOM
Lt. Col. West fined $5,000
Avoids court martial for using shock tactics to save lives
An officer in Iraq who used shock interrogation tactics to thwart an impending attack on American soldiers was punished with forfeiture of two month's pay, according to his lawyer.
Previously faced with the possibility of a court martial, Lt. Col. Allen B. West accepted Article 15 non-judicial punishment from the commanding general of the 4th Infantry Division at a hearing today in Tikrit, Iraq, said Neal A. Puckett, a retired Marine officer.
Puckett said the loss of pay amounts to $5,000.
"I'm pleased that it's over with," West told WorldNetDaily by telephone from San Antonio, Texas. "But I thought that taking $5,000 away from a guy who is about to retire was a little bit unnecessary.
"I didn't think that needed to be part of a sentence in order to send whatever message the commanding general thought he needed to send," he continued.
"Simply a letter of reprimand should have done it," Puckett insisted.
West will return to Ft. Hood, Texas, as soon as transportation can be arranged and will be assigned to the Rear Detachment of the 4th Infantry Division as he awaits the processing of his retirement request.
The punishment does not affect his eligibility for retirement and pension, Puckett said.
West's commanding officer, Maj. Gen. Raymond Odierno, had authority to accept or reject the recommendation of administrative punishment from the officer who presided over West's preliminary hearing in Tikrit last month, Lt. Col. Jimmy Davis.
At his preliminary hearing, West acknowledged he allowed two soldiers to beat an Iraqi policeman who refused to reveal details of an ambush plot and fired his pistol near the man's head, threatening to kill him.
As WorldNetDaily reported, under threat of an attack, West took charge of the interrogation of an Iraqi policeman, Yahya Jhodri Hamoody, determined to flush out details as he warned subordinates "it could get ugly." Threatening to kill the Iraqi if he didn't talk, West fired a pistol near the policeman's head.
The scared policeman then immediately disclosed the information, leading to the arrest of two Iraqis last August and cessation of attacks on West's 4th Infantry Division battalion.
At the hearing last month, West was asked by his defense attorney if he would do it again.
"If it's about the lives of my men and their safety, I'd go through hell with a gasoline can," he said.
"But that's what's going on out there in the streets here, and that's how I feel about my boys," he told the hearing, held in one of Saddam Hussein's lavish palaces. "There is not a person in this room I would not sacrifice my life for."
But Army prosecutors believe his actions in the town of Saba al Boor, near Tikrit, violated the Uniform Code of Military Justice. He was charged with aggravated assault and faced a wide range of possible outcomes from no disciplinary action to a sentence of up to eight years in prison.
The prosecutors gave West a choice – face charges or resign within days of his 20 years of service, losing retirement benefits. West chose to face the charges and place his fate in the hands of Maj. Gen. Odierno.
The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee is appealing to the acting secretary of the Army to intervene on behalf of an officer in Iraq facing a possible court martial because of shock interrogation tactics used to thwart an impending attack on American soldiers.
In a letter, Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., and a senior member of his committee, Rep. John H. McHugh, R-N.Y., said they were "highly disturbed" the Army was considering criminal action against Lt. Col. Allen B. West, reported the Copley News Service.
Hunter and McHugh contended West's actions "were necessary to protect the lives and safety of his men" and were reported immediately to his superiors.
....Thank you Dave for the added information Lt. Col. West.
Black Republicans Thinking Of Voting RACE!
Black conservatives weigh voting for Obama
Black conservative talk show host Armstrong Williams has never voted for a Democrat for president. That could change this year with Barack Obama as the Democratic Party's nominee.
"I don't necessarily like his policies; I don't like much that he advocates, but for the first time in my life, history thrusts me to really seriously think about it," Williams said. "I can honestly say I have no idea who I'm going to pull that lever for in November. And to me, that's incredible."
Just as Obama has touched black Democratic voters, he has engendered conflicting emotions among black Republicans. They revel over the possibility of a black president but wrestle with the thought that Obama doesn't sit beside them ideologically.
"Among black conservatives," Williams said, "they tell me privately, it would be very hard to vote against him in November."
Williams, the commentator, says his 82-year-old mother, who also hasn't voted for a Democratic presidential candidate, has already made up her mind.
"She is so proud of Senator Barack Obama, and she has made it clear to all of us that she's voting for him in November," Williams relates. "That is historic. Every time I call her, she asks, 'How's Obama doing?' They feel as if they are a part of this.
Because she said, given the history of this country, she never thought she'd ever live to see this moment."
Perhaps sensing the possibility of such a shift, Republican presidential candidate John McCain has made some efforts to lure black voters. He recently told Essence magazine that he would attend the NAACP's annual convention next month, and he noted that he recently traveled to Selma, Ala., scene of seminal voting rights protests in the 1960s, and "talked about the need to include
J.C. Watts, a former Oklahoma congressman who once was part of the GOP House leadership, said he's thinking of voting for Obama.
Watts said he's still a Republican, but he criticizes his party for neglecting the black community. Black Republicans, he said, have to concede that while they might not agree with Democrats on issues, at least that party reaches out to them.
"And Obama highlights that even more," Watts said, adding that he expects Obama to take on issues such as poverty and urban policy. "Republicans often seem indifferent to those things."
God bless Michale Steele for NOT being a racist like these others voting ONLY because of RACE.-- Wild Thing
Michael Steele, the Republican former lieutenant governor of Maryland who lost a Senate race there in 2006, said he is proud of Obama as a black man, but that "come November, I will do everything in my power to defeat him." Electing Obama, he said, would not automatically solve the woes of the black community.
"I think people who try to put this sort of messianic mantle on Barack's nomination are a little bit misguided," he said.
Wild Thing's comment........
First of all let me say something. I have been a conservative all my life and no conservative would ever vote for Obama. The NO vote is NOT because he is a black man, but Obama is a Democrat, the most liberal, furthest to the left of all the democrats. These people saying they are "thinking of voting for Obama BECAUSE HE IS A BLACK MAN" ..... are they coming out of the closet of their being a racist that they hid in these past years passing off as a conservative?
Has our American politics, governing and who should be voted for ....come down to if a person is black or white? I say NOPE, it has come down to Democrat BLACK is ok and Republican Black is NO good! If Obama was a conservative black man, the left would be calling him names like Oreo cookie and Uncle Tom like they called so many black Republicans.
Here is an example from the past:
"Democratic leaders in Maryland say that racially tinged attacks against Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele in his bid for the U.S. Senate are fair because he is a conservative Republican. Such attacks against the first black man to win a statewide election in Maryland include pelting him with Oreo cookies during a campaign appearance, calling him an "Uncle Tom" and depicting him as a black-faced minstrel on a liberal Web log."
This is very sad to me to learn of Williams and Watts even thinking this way, even considering such a thing as to vote for Obama because of the historical
'thing' of it. I gave them both more credit then obviously they have deserved.
It is a sad day for our country too, if it has come down to this. Character and love for America being thrown out the window.
Maybe I have been naive, I didn't know blacks were black before they were Americans. Not all but how sad that any of them feel this way.
Joseph R. Tomczak Cadet's Essay On Why Returning After Spring Break
First year cadets at the Air Force Academy are allowed to leave the Academy without penalty up through the end of first-year Christmas break.
Those who came back were assigned to write a paper on why they chose to return.
Here is one young cadet's masterpiece, which has begun to be widely publicized...
Why return to the Air Force Academy after Winter Break?
"So after our sunburns have faded and the memories of our winter break have been reduced to pictures we've pinned on our desk boards, and once again we've exchanged T-shirts and swim suits for flight suits and camouflage, there still remains the question that every cadet at U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs has asked themselves at some point: Why did we come back?
Why, after spending two weeks with our family would we return to one of the most demanding lifestyles in the country? After listening to our 'friends' who are home from State or Ivy League schools chock full of wisdom about how our war in Iraq is unjust and unworldly, why would we return?
And after watching the news and reading the papers which only seem to condemn the military's every mistake and shadow every victory, why would we continue to think it is worth the sacrifice of a normal college life?
Is it because the institution to which we belong is tuition- free? Anyone who claims this has forgotten that we will, by the time we graduate, repay the US taxpayer many times over in blood, sweat, and tears.
Is it because the schooling we are receiving is one of the best undergraduate educations in the country? While the quality of the education is second to none, anyone who provides this as a main reason has lost sight of the awesome responsibility that awaits those who are tough enough to graduate and become commissioned officers in the U.S. Air Force.
I come back to the Academy because I want to have the training necessary so that one day I'll have the incredible responsibility of leading the sons and daughters of America in combat. These men and women will never ask about my Academy grade point average, their only concern will be that I have the ability to lead them expertly; I will be humbled to earn their respect. I come back to the Academy because I want to be the commander who saves lives by negotiating with Arab leaders... in their own language.
I come back to the Academy because, if called upon, I want to be the pilot who flies half way around the world with three mid-air refuelings to send a bomb from 30,000 feet into a basement housing the enemy... through a ventilation shaft two feet wide. Becoming an officer in today's modern Air Force is so much more than just command; it is being a diplomat, a strategist, a communicator, a moral compass, but always a warrior first.
I come back to the Air Force Academy because, right now, the United States is fighting a global war that is an 'away game' in Iraq - taking the fight to the terrorists.
Whether or not we think the terrorists were in Iraq before our invasion, they are unquestionably there now. And if there is any doubt as to whether this is a global war, just ask the people in Amman, in London, in Madrid, in Casablanca, in Riyadh, and in Bali.
This war must remain an away game because we have seen what happens when it becomes a home game... I come back to the Academy because I want to be a part of that fight.
I come back to the Academy because I don't want my vacationing family to board a bus in Paris that gets blown away by someone who thinks that it would be a good idea to convert the Western world to Islam.
I come back to the Academy because I don't want the woman I love to be the one who dials her last frantic cell phone call while huddled in the back of an airliner with a hundred other people seconds away from slamming into the Capitol building.
I come back to the Academy because during my freshman year of high school I sat in a geometry class and watched nineteen terrorists change the course of history live on television. For the first ti me,every class currently at a U S. Service Academy made the decision to join after the 2001 terror attacks.
Some have said that the U.S. invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan only created more terrorists... I say that the attacks of September 11th, 2001 created an untold more number of American soldiers; I go to school with 4,000 of them. And that's worth more than missing a few frat parties.
Joseph R. Tomczak Cadet,
United States Air Force Academy
(U..S. Senator Wayne Allard (R-Colorado) had Cadet Tomczak's essay read into the Congressional Record, and at
a meeting of the Air Force Academy Board of Visitors he presented Cadet. Tomczak with a framed copy of the essay.)
Wild Thing's comment........
Cadet Tomczak is the son of Retired Air Force Col. Robert J. Tomczak and Nathalie Tomczak of Tampa, Florida.
God bless our troops and those deployed and those waiting to be deployed.
....Thank you Mark.
McCain: It can be “tough” to be proud of USA
McCain: It can be “tough” to be proud of USA
Republican presidential candidate John McCain admitted on Saturday it can be difficult at times to be proud of the United States.
"I’ll admit to you … that it’s tough in some respects,” McCain said when asked by a questioner at a town hall meeting how to be proud of the country. “We have not always done things right and we mismanaged the war in Iraq very badly for nearly four years.”
McCain’s wife, Cindy, pounced on Michelle Obama, the wife of presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama, for saying in February that she was proud of her country “for the first time in my adult life.”
The Arizona senator said it was important for the United States to be more humble and inclusive.
“I think we can be proud of America because of what we’ve achieved and accomplished in this world,” he said. “What we have to do is tell our friends around the world that we will be proud of America because of what we’re going to do.”
Wild Thing's comment........
I have always been proud of America. I could not say what Michelle Obama and now John McCain have now said. Not to get votes. not to appease the left, not ever.
McCain is embarrassing!!
As far as countries go, America has by far done more good for more people, than any country that ever existed in human history. I could go on and on how amazing and wonderful my country is and how proud of the USA I am. Not just occasionally but every day of my life.
NOT the politicians no, those have to earn my respect. But that is apples and oranges compared to being proud of my country.
Well to each his own, sorry McCain feels this way no matter how he uses such speech it is harmful. His desire to capture votes from the left and the middle with quotes like this are more fodder for the terrorists and those that hate America around the world.
What is next from the likes of Michelle Obama and McCain..... some one liners from Hanoi Jane handbook? I pray that will not happen!
June 14, 2008
The pride, the courage and the glory
That binds us to the Stars and Stripes!
Flag Day and National Flag Week, 2008
A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America
The White House
The American flag has been our national symbol for 231 years, and it remains a beacon of freedom wherever it is flown. Since the Second Continental Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes as our flag in 1777, it has stood for freedom, justice, and the resolve of our Nation.
When Francis Scott Key saw the American flag flying over Fort McHenry in 1814, he believed that liberty would triumph. The flag that inspired Key to write our National Anthem still energizes and emboldens the American spirit today. As our Nation faces the challenges of a new era, Old Glory reminds us that liberty can prevail over oppression.
Since the first days of our Republic, Americans have flown the flag to show their pride and appreciation for the freedoms they enjoy in this great Nation. Every day, Americans pledge their allegiance to the flag of the United States, and our troops carry it before them as they defend the liberties for which it stands.
On Flag Day and during National Flag Week, we remember those in uniform whose courage and sacrifice inspire us here at home. We also remember the rich history of one of our oldest national symbols and reflect on our duty to carry our heritage of freedom into the future.
To commemorate the adoption of our flag, the Congress, by joint resolution approved August 3, 1949, as amended (63 Stat. 492), designated June 14 of each year as "Flag Day" and requested that the President issue an annual proclamation calling for its observance and for the display of the flag of the United States on all Federal Government buildings. The Congress also requested, by joint resolution approved June 9, 1966, as amended (80 Stat. 194), that the President issue annually a proclamation designating the week in which June 14 occurs as "National Flag Week" and calling upon all citizens of the United States to display the flag during that week.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim June 14, 2008, as Flag Day and the week beginning June 8, 2008, as National Flag Week. I direct the appropriate officials to display the flag on all Federal Government buildings during that week, and I urge all Americans to observe Flag Day and National Flag Week by flying the Stars and Stripes from their homes and other appropriate places. I also call upon the people of the United States to observe with pride and all due ceremony those days from Flag Day through Independence Day, also set aside by the Congress (89 Stat. 211), as a time to honor America, to celebrate our heritage in public gatherings and activities, and to publicly recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this sixth day of June, in the year of our Lord two thousand eight, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-second.
GEORGE W. BUSH
Red Skelton's "Pledge of Allegiance" was first introduced on the Red Skelton Show on January 14, 1969. It has since been twice read into the congressional record of The United States and has received numerous awards.
U.S. Army Established ~ Thank You from a Grateful Nation
Two hundred and thirty-three years ago, the United States Army was established to defend our Nation. From the Revolutionary War to the Global War on Terror, our Soldiers remain Army Strong with a deep commitment to our core values and beliefs. This 233rd birthday commemorates America’s Army – Soldiers, Families and Civilians – who are achieving a level of excellence that is truly Army Strong both here and abroad. Their willingness to sacrifice to build a better future for others and to preserve our way of life is without a doubt, the Strength of our Nation.
"Call to Duty -- Boots on the Ground -- Army Strong"
Since its birth on 14 June 1775—over a year before the Declaration of Independence—the United States Army has played a vital role in the growth and development of our Nation. Soldiers have fought more than 10 wars, from the American Revolution through the Cold War, the Gulf War, to the current War on Terrorism. This 233rd Birthday is a recognition of The Army's history, traditions, and service to the Nation, a Call To Duty, 233 Years of Service to Our Nation.
Do I Make You Proud by Taylor Hicks
As part of a Secretary of the Army-directed initiative to include Army children in the service's 233rd birthday celebration, Army Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command's Child Youth Services developed a new book titled "Happy Birthday U.S. Army!"
"We wanted to highlight for young children the importance of what their parents are doing in the Army, the richness of Army history, and their part in this huge wonderful organization," she said. "And who else loves a birthday and birthday cake as much as children? So why not have a celebration of the Army's birthday that includes the total Army family? That's what this is all about."
Youth at Fort Myer, Va., near the Pentagon, will be among the first to receive copies of the free book, June 9. It is then that Secretary of the Army, Pete Geren, is scheduled to read the book to children gathered at the installation's Child Development Center. Following the reading, children will be given a copy of the book to take home.
This is so cool. CLICK this LINK and then click on corner of page of book. It is so well done. It is a Happy Birthday US Army book.
Taliban Free 1,200 in Attack on Afghan Prison
Taliban Free 1,200 in Attack on Afghan Prison
Carlotta Gall reported from Islamabad, Pakistan
Abdul Waheed Wafa contributed reporting from Kabul, Afghanistan.
In a brazen attack, Taliban fighters assaulted the main prison in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar on Friday night, blowing up the mud walls, killing 15 guards and freeing around 1,200 inmates.
Among the escapees were about 350 Taliban members, including commanders, would-be suicide bombers and assassins, said Ahmed Wali Karzai, the head of Kandahar’s provincial council and a brother of President Hamid Karzai.
“It is very dangerous for security. They are the most experienced killers and they all managed to escape,” he said by telephone from Kandahar.
A Taliban spokesman, Qari Yousuf Ahmadi, said that the attack was carried out by 30 insurgents on motorbikes and two suicide bombers, and that they had freed about 400 Taliban members, The Associated Press reported.
The breakout from Sarposa Prison will present enormous security challenges for Afghan and NATO forces surrounding Kandahar, President Karzai’s home city but also the spiritual capital of the Taliban. Traditionally, Kandahar is home to the rulers of Afghanistan, and control of it is seen as critical to the government’s hold on the entire country.
The city has been in a precarious situation since Taliban forces massed in the nearby district of Panjwai in 2006. Since then Canadian forces have struggled to secure the area, and the Taliban have repeatedly sought to gain a foothold in the districts surrounding the town.
The prison break is also likely to increase pressure on President Karzai, who is coming under increasing criticism at home and abroad for his faltering leadership and his inability to manage the country. Even as international donors pledged $21 billion in aid for Afghanistan this week, many of them have criticized his failure to tackle the problems of security and corruption.
The attack began at 9:20 p.m., when two truck bombs exploded at the prison gates, breaking down a part of the mud walls, Ahmed Karzai said. It seemed to be well planned, officials said. After the bombings, a group of fighters armed with rocket-propelled grenades and assault rifles mounted an attack, said a spokesman for the provincial governor. They then ran through the prison, breaking open the cell doors.
The prison lies on the west side of the city. Residents living about a half mile away in the center of town said the explosions broke windows in their street and that they could hear fighting raging for an hour after that.
Mr. Karzai said that the attackers focused their efforts on the political section of the prison, where the Taliban suspects were being held. There is also a section for ordinary criminals and one for some 80 female prisoners. Mr. Karzai said that the police and prison guards managed to prevent around 200 prisoners from escaping, but other officials contacted in the town said that every last prisoner had escaped.
While there were also ordinary criminals in the jail, families of many of the prisoners have said their relatives were swept up in military operations and wrongly imprisoned.
Villagers living near the prison said they saw prisoners running along the roads, and scattering into nearby villages, generally heading north and east to the districts of Dand and Argandab outside the city, a security official in the city, Abdul Haleem, said. He warned that the Taliban could be sheltering very close to the city.
Canadian troops, part of the NATO force that is based outside Kandahar, were deployed to the prison but arrived after the prisoners had escaped. Afghan Army, police and intelligence personnel were pursuing the prisoners in the surrounding villages, Mr. Karzai said.
The prison was recently the scene of unrest, with some 400 prisoners staging a hunger strike in May to protest their long detention without trial. Some had been held for as long as two years without trial, and some were being refused the right to appeal very harsh sentences, they said. More than 40 of the prisoners stitched their lips together with needle and thread to demonstrate their determination.
Some 300 women who came to protest outside the prison at the time said their relatives inside had been picked up by NATO and American military sweeps and were innocent but nevertheless held without trial for months and even years. Local elders and government officials negotiated an end to the protest and promised better conditions and justice. Yet, the jailbreak is likely to prove popular with many local families.
Taliban prisoners staged another escape from the prison several years ago by digging a tunnel from a cell. Officials at the time said some of the guards had been bribed to look the other way.
Another source of this:
Jail Blast Frees Hundreds Of Taliban
Nearly all of an estimated 1,150 prisoners fled when a Taliban suicide bomber blew open the main gate, officials said.
Eyewitnesses reported that the fighters fired several rockets at various parts of the mud-built prison.
"All the prisoners escaped. There is no one left," said Wali Karzai, the brother of President Hamid Karzai and the president of Kandahar's provincial council.
Militants first exploded a water tanker near the entrance to the gate of the prison, then several suicide bombers entered and blew themselves up, he added.
A shopkeeper who sells vegetables near the prison said he saw escaped prisoners run toward pomegranate and grape groves that lie behind it.
The blast caused an unknown number of casualties, prison director Abdul Qadir said.
"The Taliban used a truck to blow the gate open and all of the guards (at the gate) have been killed and are under rubble," he said.As he spoke, bursts of gunfire could be heard in the background.
Officials with Nato's International Security Assistance Force said they were aware of the attack.
Sky News Asia correspondent Alex Crawford, speaking from the Afghan capital, Kabul, said: "This will be seen as a major propagana coup for the Taliban, who will certainly use it as such.
"It is also a blow to Nato and the fight against the militants, who have been claiming their influence is spreading throughout the country."
Wild Thing's comment.......
All the work our troops did to capture these terrorists. GRRRRRR And now they are all out of prison.
Obama Too Stupid To Know What July 4th Means Or Does Not Care!
McCain, Obama fail to agree on Townhall Meetings
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on Friday rejected Republican rival John McCain's proposal for 10 joint town-hall appearances, offering instead to have just one on the July 4 holiday.
Obama campaign manager David Plouffe said he offered to meet McCain in five joint appearances between now and the Nov. 4 election. But only one of those was a town-hall meeting, plus three traditional debates and an in-depth debate on foreign policy.
The McCain campaign said Obama's offer was to hold the single town hall on Independence Day _ which likely would have resulted in less attention while Americans are on holiday. McCain told reporters traveling with him in New Jersey that was "a very disappointing response."
McCain had said the more intimate town-hall format, a give-and-take between a candidate and the audience, would allow real interaction with voters and would be more revealing than formal televised debates. Town halls are also McCain's favorite style of campaigning and would allow him to get free media attention alongside the better-funded Obama.
When a McCain adviser first floated the idea last month, Obama said it was a great idea. But the Illinois senator told reporters Tuesday that it's not realistic to have 10 town halls with all the other campaigning he needs to do after just clinching the Democratic Party's nomination months after McCain wrapped up the GOP nod.
The two campaigns have been unable to work out a deal, other than to agree that the town halls should not be sponsored by media organizations and instead be open to all networks like presidential debates. The two sides on Sunday jointly rejected an offer by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and ABC News to host the first town hall for that reason.
Plouffe tried to place the blame on McCain for refusing to agree, saying five joint appearances "would have been the most of any presidential campaign in the modern era, offering a broad range of formats and representing a historic commitment to openness and transparency."
"It's disappointing that Senator McCain and his campaign decided to decline this proposal. Apparently they would rather contrive a political issue than foster a genuine discussion about the future of our country," Plouffe said.
McCain responded during a brief news conference in Pemberton, N.J., where he traveled for his own town hall.
"I'll let the American people decide which is the preferable proposal," he said. "I want the American people to have the exposure to a number of town hall meetings, not just one."
Wild Thing's comment........
Let's see it is not that Obama won't wear a lapel pin it is the reason he said he would not wear one.
Then there is his attitude about our Anthem and NOW THIS!
Is it me or what! I find this VERY offensive that Obama has suggested to debate one of their Townhall debates on July 4th, Independence Day. Obviously it is a day that means NOTHING to B. Hussein Obama.
Instead of just saying no to him, oh how I wish McCain had taken the opportunity to lay into Obama on what July 4th means to our country. There was such an opportunity to do so and NOTHING was mentioned about it at all.
Only that people would not be around to watch it. .... "would have resulted in less attention while Americans are on holiday"......
The Declaration of Independence is more than just a piece of paper. It is a symbol of our country's independence and commitment to certain ideas.
The signers of the Declaration of Independence wanted the citizens of the United States to have a document that spelled out what was important to our leaders and citizens. They wanted us to be able to look at the Declaration of Independence and immediately think of the goals we should always be working for, and about the people who have fought so hard to make these ideas possible.
The people who signed the Declaration risked being hanged for treason by the leaders in Great Britain. They had to be very brave to sign something that would be considered a crime! So every time we look at the Declaration of Independence, we should think about all of the effort and ideas that went into the document, and about the courage it took for these people to stand up for what they knew was right -- independence!
Eagles Cheerleaders In Iraq, Kuwait
Petty Officer First Class Jeff Peasley of the U.S. Navy enjoyed his visit from Eagles Cheerleaders Laura, Rachel, Madeline, Nikki and Kjersti
The five were chosen from among the 38 members of the cheerleading squad and spent 12 days taking part in what they call a "life changing experience."
Cheerleader Rachel Washburn says, "Morale as a whole seems really high" and the troops were happy to see them. She says the cheerleaders "got a really good perspective of what life is like over there."
The cheerleaders prepared a special routine for the troops, which they performed over a dozen times at bases in Iraq and Kuwait.
Cheerleader Madeline Kane says the cheerleaders "actually got to sit down and know these guys" and ask them about their families and their children.
"First of all, wow, this has been the experience of a lifetime. The men and women keep thanking us for coming, but really we should be the ones thanking them. I am learning so much, this has been a life-changing experience for me. What an amazing team this is, our country is so lucky to have these men and women out here and they work so well together. Everyone has a job they are given and without any one of them nothing would get done, so it is incredible to see how everything is intertwined.
We have been flying to around three bases per day, depending on the weather. I don't mean rain or shine, out here it's more sand or shine. When the wind picks up, it takes the sand with it. If the helicopters or planes don't have a good view that means we are staying put.
We had a chance to sit in a Cobra, which is an attack helicopter, and also in a Huey, which is a bit larger. The guys were great showing us around. We had a ton of fun with them. We got some great pics and went to the area where they spend most of their time which they call Dark Town. It looks exactly like you would imagine. A long, winding staircase can be found inside and it's pretty high up with a great view of the camp, probably the best I've seen. I'll talk to you all again soon, I'm over and out for now.
They say you have to work on your toes over here. It is only our second day and the entire schedule changed because of a "sandstorm" or so they say but we will never really know. We spent our first day at two bases an hour out of Kuwait City, which by the way is amazing. Saddam Hussein destroyed the city and now the people are rebuilding it. In terms of structure, this city really is one of the most unique places I have seen. We first went off to see Camp Freedom.
To get there, we drove down a highway surrounded by nothing except the sandy desert and camels. I found that funny because back home there are plenty of deer and cows, but camel? When we arrived, the place looked like it was abandoned except for some barb wire on the outside. But everyone who lived here were sooo upbeat and friendly. But reality set in when you look up in what was a small treehouse to find a man covered in green mesh with a rifle keeping an eye on unwanted visitors. All things considered, the camp had a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere and the men and women were so grateful we could be there.
After our trip to Freedom, we left for Arifjan. Both Freedom and Arifjan are considered "luxury" bases. Arifjan, however, was much larger than Freedom. The other amenities were the same.
Arifjan in size put freedom to shame, The base was huge, but all other aspect were the same. We met Col. Johnson which was wonderful. I learned so much about what Kuwait has done for us over the years. Things that has gone unnoticed. He, too, was very grateful for us coming over to visit. On Arifjan, we spent time at the hospital visiting the sick. It felt amazing to make them smile. Thankfully, most of them were only there with minor injuries. The visit inspired me as I prepared for our show in the evening. After our performance, we spent a few hours with the soldiers talking and getting to know them. I truly wish we could have stayed longer because I enjoyed hearing all of their fascinating stories.
I can't express how I am soo happy to be a part of this. I have learned so much and can't wait to learn more. This is and unforgettable experience and I'm so glad to share it with all of you. Oh, and just in case if you're wondering, Philadelphia holds its own out here! Talk to you again soon!"
Saturday was quite a day. We visited a couple of smaller bases before heading to the one where we slept. We went to one that was an old train station, Al Quaim. The soldiers were stoked that they could meet us and I even had the chance to save a Marine. We were taking pictures on a stage that wasn't against the wall and he was about to fall off when I grabbed his arm and leaned back to pull him back up. I felt pretty heroic. ;) I always hate leaving the bases we visit because we literally are there for pictures and autographs and don't really have time to sit and socialize before we are whisked away in the helicopter. I think they really liked us visiting though and they take great care of us.
Another base we visited was the Korean Village. This one was much different than the others in the sense that it was dirtier. There was sand everywhere: dusty, red sand. There were little shacks and a smaller DEFAC (dining hall). They always give us special treatment though, and we had an exceptional lunch in the "chow hall." Afterwards, they let us check out one of their tanks and take pictures with it. I love learning about what they do over here and how things work, it's probably one of my favorite parts of the tour.
On the way to our last base that we were staying at for the night, we were given the opportunity to sit out the back of the Chinook. At first I was a little timid, but then once I was strapped in and sitting with my legs flying off it was beautiful. We went from looking at sand and a Grand Canyon-like landscape to patches of green and rivers of teal blue. I never knew how many different landscapes Iraq had and it was a great opportunity to see that from this perspective. I just have to say that all the troops out here are amazing, and everything they do is just as important as the next guy's job. They take such pride in their work, and I respect them for that. I truly appreciate everything they are doing over here, and respect them so much more. Thank you guys!"
" I can't believe I am sitting in Kuwait typing a blog. It's so exciting to be here, and it's all so surreal. We left Philadelphia on June 1st and arrived in Kuwait late night of the 2nd. We pretty much lost a day due to the seven-hour time difference here in Kuwait. On Tuesday, we woke up at 7 AM and didn't get back until 11 PM at night. I don't think we were expecting such a long day, but we felt it around 2 PM. The lack of sleep and the heat made us a little tired, but we were so happy to be on the bases visiting everyone that we managed to keep a happy face and wide eyes.
During our day we were able to visit two bases: Camp Patriot (KNB) and Camp Arafjan. The servicemen and women were amazing. It was so heartwarming to hear them tell us how much they appreciate us for what we were doing, when we are there to tell them the exact same thing. We took a lot of pictures and signed a lot of autographs. We also had our fair share of Eagles fans, and of course some local Philadelphians. We even received certificates and coins from some of the high-ranking officers. I think those things will be some of the most treasured items I take back home with me along with the experience.
It was about 120 degrees, luckily most of our signings and visits were indoors where there was air conditioning and we were escorted around the bases in vehicles with air. It wasn't until we started prepping for our outside performance that we felt the heat. Our show went great! We got a great response from the audience, and they were so welcoming and happy to see us. I've never in my life danced in such heat, but we made it happen and we lost our voices a bit at the end of the show. Will I do it again? Yes, it was well worth it.
I think I've drank more water here in the past day than I have in the past month back in Philly. This day was long and hot, but I loved every minute of it. Just to see how happy we make the troops makes me feel like I'm doing the best thing in the world. They work so hard out here and it was nice to be able to see it first-hand and show them my appreciation. I definitely passed out that night as soon as my head hit the pillow. I'm still a little messed up from the time change, but we'll be well rested eventually. Drink your water! Till next time."
CLICK link below and there is a video there you can click on as well.
Checking In With Our Troops In Pictures
PEARL HARBOR HOMECOMING - Friends and family members wave signs and shout to U.S. Navy sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Chafee as she makes her way to Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, after a four-month deployment, June 7, 2008. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class James E. Foehl
A U.S. Army Soldier is greeted by a young Iraqi girl outside her home as Soldiers inspect a cleaning project in her small village in the Thawra 1 neighborhood of the Sadr City district of Baghdad
June 13, 2008
Tim Russert Dies Of Heart Attack
Tim Russert, NBC journalist and political heavyweight host of "Meet the Press," has died after collapsing at NBC's Washington news bureau, a source said. He was 58 years old.
Russert, who rose from the inside world of politics where he was former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo's press secretary and one-time chief of staff to the late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, was able to successfully cross over to political journalism and rise to become one of its leading lights.
In his role as host of the seminal Sunday morning political program "Meet the Press" - which he took over in 1991 - he became renowned for his hard-nosed interviews where he frequently cornered some of Washington's cagiest political figures with tough questions.
Wild Thing's comment.........
Condolences to his family. Although I haven’t watched him for years,he wasn't a giddy and mean Lib like Chris Mathews. I feel for his son loosing his dad and for his wife.
Russert was recording voiceovers for Sunday’s “Meet the Press” program when he collapsed, the network said.
Missing Laura Ingraham? I Sure Am
Laura Ingraham Receives 'WOMAN OF THE YEAR' AWARD
Here is her website for her radio show
JUst a few snipets from her speech she gave with her personal reflections on her 12 year journey in radio and television.
"Tonight I want to express my gratitude to Michael Harrison and everyone at Talkers who keep this industry informed and on its toes month after month with humor and substance. I also want to thank Mark Masters and the folks at Talk Radio Network who believed in my radio vision five years ago when few others did. My gratitude also goes out to my producers, including Tom Elliott who is here today, as well as the radio giants such as Rush, Don Imus, Sean Hannity and Phil Boyce who gave me great support along the way. "
"As for me, I am humbled and privileged to lead a radio show where I put my mind and heart on the line every day."
"Of course when I think of women who had their share of detractors but who always held firm in their core principles and transformed the world, I think of Margaret Thatcher. "
"As President Reagan said to me the day I walked out of the Oval Office for the last time as a young 20-something, "Make it matter."
"I intend on doing just that for years to come on the airwaves. And I thank you for the encouragement of this honor and I promise to make you proud. "
Shortly after she received the above award she was taken OFF the air
Popular radio talk show host Laura Ingraham has been taken off the air with no explanation.
Laura's show is one of the top five most popular talk radio shows in the nation. Laura is a solid conservative voice on the air.
She is gone with no explanation. All anyone knows is that it is not her choice.
If radio networks can yank a conservative voice who is that popular, they can do it to Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity or anyone else.
Liberals are again agitating to shut down conservative talk radio. They have been pushing "diversity" regulations through the FCC to do just that. Taking out Laura Ingraham is just a step along the way toward shutting down conservative talk radio totally.
Here is a station guide for Laura Ingraham. Please call your local affiliate and tell the station you want Laura Ingraham back on the Laura Ingraham show.
You can stop liberals from shutting down talk radio by standing up for Laura Ingraham.
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Wild Thing's comment.........
Liberal leaders are pushing the so-called “Fairness Doctrine” to silence conservative leaders like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Mark Levin and Laura Ingraham. Their goal is clear -- silence conservative speech over the radio airwaves.
It’s time to reinstitute the Fairness Doctrine.” -- Sen. Dick Durbin
"In my view, talk radio tends to be one-sided. It also tends to be dwelling in hyperbole. It's explosive. It pushes people to, I think, extreme views without a lot of information…. I’m looking at [the Fairness Doctrine]…. Unfortunately, talk radio is overwhelmingly one way.” --Sen. Dianne Feinstein
"I think the Fairness Doctrine ought to be there ... One of the most profound changes in the balance of the media was when the conservatives got rid of equal time requirements. The result is that they've been able to squeeze down and squeeze out opinion of opposing views." -- Sen. John Kerry
This below is from the PDF file about the Fairness Doctrine. It is a long document, well worth reading, but here is just a snipet.
Political activists and even certain U.S. senators have argued that the federal government should reinstitute the Fairness Doctrine, which would require broadcasters to air both sides of controversial issues. Opponents charge that Fairness Doctrine advocates are trying to reduce the impact of conservative talk radio.
Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) has introduced The Broadcaster Freedom Act (HR 2905), which would bar the Federal Communications Commission from reinstating the Fairness Doctrine.
The controversy touches on America’s most fundamental civic values. Do we still cherish freedom of speech, or are some of us succumbing to the tyrannical impulse to stifle the speech of political adversaries? Do our leaders trust us to accept responsibility to govern ourselves, or do they wish to control which information we receive?
Three principal arguments support resurrecting the Fairness Doctrine. First, the “scarcity” argument holds that the airwaves are public property with a limited number of broadcast frequencies, so government can and should intervene if the public debate is out of balance.
Second, the “censorship” argument holds that major corporations are muzzling liberal opinion on the radio, so Americans are not hearing both sides of issues.
Third, the “public interest” argument holds that the Fairness Doctrine would increase the amount and variety of opinions available to the public.
....Thank you Mark.
I Wonder How Obama's Family Feels About His Denial
Barack Obama has refused to answer questions about his conversion from Islam? What is he hiding?
Wild Thing's comment.....
ExposeObama.com is a project of the National Campaign Fund. Obama just needs to tell the truth, how hard can that be. For him it is !!!
There is a way of speaking where a person is not saying an outright lie but they are not telling the truth. It is done a lot by the left, they have turned it into an art form. Obama excells at this.
The most imporant thing like Tom has said is the impact his past with the Muslim world will have on his being President.
Obama is the one that is making this into something more then the media.
....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.
Court Gives Detainees Habeas Rights ~ Lawyers Thrilled
"The Nation will live to regret what the Court had done today," Justice Antonin Scalia writes at the end of his dissent in Boumediene v. Bush, the case in which a bare majority of the Supreme Court, for the first time ever, extended rights under the U.S. constitution to enemy combatants who have never set foot on U.S. soil.
In a stunning blow to the Bush Administration in its war-on-terrorism policies, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday that foreign nationals held at Guantanamo Bay have a right to pursue habeas challenges to their detention. The Court, dividing 5-4, ruled that Congress had not validly taken away habeas rights. If Congress wishes to suspend habeas, it must do so only as the Constitution allows — when the country faces rebellion or invasion.
The Court stressed that it was not ruling that the detainees are entitled to be released — that is, entitled to have writs issued to end their confinement. That issue, it said, is left to the District Court judges who will be hearing the challenges. The Court also said that “we do not address whether the President has authority to detain” individuals during the war on terrorism, and hold them at the U.S. Naval base in Cuba; that, too, it said, is to be considered first by the District judges.
The Court also declared that detainees do not have to go through the special civilian court review process that Congress created in 2005, since that is not an adequate substitute for habeas rights. The Court refused to interpret the Detainee Treatment Act — as the Bush Administration had suggested — to include enough legal protection to make it an adequate replacement for habeas. Congress, it concluded, unconstitutionally suspended the writ in enacting that Act.
Both the Chief Justice and Justice Antonin Scalia issued dissenting opinions, and all four dissenters joined in both dissents. In his dissent, Justice Scalia writes, “The game of bait-and-switch that today’s opinion plays upon the Nation’s Commander in Chief will make the war harder on us. It will almost certainly cause more Americans to be killed.” Justice Scalia’s 25-page dissenting opinion concludes, “The Nation will live to regret what the Court has done today. I dissent.”
Chief Justice John Roberts
Chief Justice John Roberts says the rule of law and the American people have lost out–and with this ruling, we “lose a bit more control over the conduct of this Nation’s foreign policy to unelected, politically unaccountable judges.”
So who has won? Not the detainees. The Court’s analysis leaves them with only the prospect of further litigation to determine the content of their new habeas right, followed by further litigation to resolve their particular cases,followed by further litigation before the D. C. Circuit— where they could have started had they invoked the DTA procedure. Not Congress, whose attempt to “determine— through democratic means—how best” to balance the security of the American people with the detainees’ liberty interests, see Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, 548 U. S. 557, 636 (2006) (BREYER, J., concurring), has been unceremoniously brushed aside. Not the Great Writ, whose majesty is hardly enhanced by its extension to a jurisdictionally quirky outpost, with no tangible benefit to anyone. Not the rule of law, unless by that is meant the rule of lawyers, who will now arguably have a greater role than military and intelligence officials in shaping policy for alien enemy combatants. And certainly not the American people, who today lose a bit more control over the conduct of this Nation’s foreign policy to unelected, politically unaccountable judges. I respectfully dissent."
The District Court judges in Washington who will hear the detainees’ habeas challenges mandated by the Supreme Court will meet soon to decide how to proceed, that Court announced shortly after the Supreme Court ruled. Chief Judge Royce C. Lamberth said “I expect we’ll call in the lawyers for both sides to see what suggestions they have for how we can approach our task most effectively and efficiently.”
Wild Thing's comment.....
Lock and load comes to mind.
It was bad enough when McCain said he would close GITMO the day after he becomes President and how all on the left want to shut it down too. And now this????!!!
“The Nation will live to regret what the Court had done today”
No truer words.
Supreme Court, for the first time ever, extended rights under the U.S. constitution to enemy combatants who have never set foot on U.S. soil.
This is just outrageous. Never before in the history of US warfare have we had to go out and Mirandize prisoners of war. That's what we're going to effectively have to do. We're going to have to read prisoners of war their rights just as we would a thief at the local convenience store. These 270 prisoners now have access to the US Constitution as though they are citizens.
This is a victory for the enemy. It is a disgrace. is bad for the country. This is bad for US national security.
Barack Obama In Denial of His Middle Name Fight The Smears Website
The Twilight Zone: To Serve Man
Democrat Barack Obama's campaign said Thursday that Michelle Obama never used the word "whitey" in a speech from the church pulpit as he launched a Web site to debunk rumors about himself and his wife.
The rumor that Michelle Obama railed against "whitey" in a diatribe at Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ has circulated on conservative Republican blogs for weeks and was repeated by radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh. The rumor included claims of a videotape of the speech that would be used to bring down Obama's candidacy this fall.
"No such tape exists," the campaign responds on the site, http://www.fightthesmears.com. "Michelle Obama has not spoken from the pulpit at Trinity and has not used that word."
Wild Thing's comment........
For one thing he says at his Fight the Smears site that he never was a Muslim. NEVER was a Muslim?
This is one of the posts at this smear website about it.....
Um B. Hussein Obama a-hem you had better have a talk with your er um half brother Malik! Like right away!
From the Jerusalem Post:
"Barack Obama's half brother Malik said Thursday that if elected his brother will be a good president for the Jewish people, despite his Muslim background."
In an interview with Army Radio he expressed a special salutation from the Obamas of Kenya.
LMAO ......Oh well, look on the bright side. At least he didn't call his brother "Barack Hussein Obama."
NO AMERICAN OIL? NO CONGRESS PAY!
Chuck Norris To Congress and McCain!
You can CLICK HERE to go to their website and sign their petition.
From VP Cheney:
"Vice President Cheney yesterday called for a substantial increase in domestic drilling for oil and other natural resources, including in environmentally sensitive areas, saying that only increased production -- and not new technology -- will satisfy the nation's demand for energy.
"We are an economy that runs on petroleum. Some 20 million barrels of it a day. That can and will change over time, but it will be a very long time," said Cheney, former head of U.S. oil company Halliburton. "We'd be doing the whole country a favor if more of that oil were produced here at home."
Cheney chided lawmakers for blocking oil companies from drilling off the nation's coasts and in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. "On Capitol Hill, many have ignored the obvious and stood in the way of more domestic energy production," he said. "Oil is being drilled right now 60 miles off the coast of Florida. But we're not doing it. The Chinese are, in cooperation with the Cuban government. Even the communists have figured out that a good answer to high prices is more supply."
McCain now stands with Pelosi, Reid, Kennedy, Conyers, and the whole left.
If he reached across the aisle he’d touch a Republican! --Wild Thing
A House subcommittee has rejected a Republican-led effort to open up more U.S. coastal waters to oil exploration.
Rep. John Peterson, R-Pa., spearheaded the effort. His proposal would open up U.S. waters between 50 and 200 miles off shore for drilling.
For his part, Peterson said: "There is no valid reason for Congress to keep the country from energy resources it needs."
You can tell McCain to change his views on Oil.
I sent him a message ! I asked him to change him stance on this. Who the heck cares if the left call him a flip flopper if he would change his mind. He could always say he cares about America and Americans more then this stupid ego.
ALASKA PIPELINE IS A CARIBOU BABE MAGNET!
We have all heard the rino's, dems and enviro's over the years complain and whine about the Caribou! They are totally full of it! LIES LIES LIES
Look at this!
Many of us recall the big controversy surrounding the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System that opened in 1977. Designed to move oil from the North Slope to the port at Valdez, Alaska, this monumental project stretches 800 miles, and to date has transported more than 15 billion barrels of oil, with an admirable safety and environmental record.
At the time, the pipeline was fiercely opposed as sop for Big Oil; protesters were vigorous in their belief that this initiative, which has subsequently lessened our dependence on foreign energy and created jobs here in the United States, would disrupt the mating habits of caribou, to cite just one notable example.
Once critic proclaimed that the pipeline "...would cross one of the most active earthquake zones in the world, would scar and despoil vast tracts of magnificent, undisturbed country and would threaten extensive oil spills in the numerous rivers which the pipeline would cross."
The New York Times said the question was, vis-à-vis indigenous wildlife, "...whether the caribou will go the way of the buffalo." Furthermore, many of these same critics also doubted the pipeline's ability to reliably supply large amounts of oil. It seems they were wrong on both counts.
In fact, the current caribou population is higher than one could have even imagined. Walter Hickel, a former U.S. Secretary of the Interior and governor of Alaska, noted recently that the caribou herd...
"...has not only survived, but flourished. In 1977, as the Prudhoe region started delivering oil to America's southern 48 states, the Central Arctic caribou herd numbered 6,000; it has since grown to 27,128."
It turns out that the pipeline, heated as it must be to keep the oil moving, became a sort of babe magnet for the caribou, who, not surprisingly, were drawn to the warmth!
So much for oil companies making money hand over fist!!
And you know what? Considering most of their profit comes from upstream sales and petrochemical wholesaling (to other types of chemical companies) and the unfair pressure the government and other useful idiots are putting on them, I don't blame them one bit. -- Wild Thing
Exxon getting out of retail gas business
Exxon Mobil is getting out of the retail gasoline business, a market where profits have gotten tougher because of high crude oil prices.
The world's largest publicly traded oil company said Thursday it will sell its 820-company owned stations and another 1,400 outlets operated by dealers to gasoline distributors across the U.S.
The Irving-based company didn't disclose financial details but said the transition will take place over a "multiyear period."
However, motorists will continue to see Exxon and Mobil stations throughout the country. About 75 percent of its roughly 12,000 stations in the U.S. are owned by branded distributors. Exxon Mobil will still sell gasoline to those stations and get paid for the use of its name.
And THIS OMG from the POS formerly known as Muslim Hussein Obama:
According to Barack Obama, high gas prices don’t really constitute a problem for Americans. He stated yesterday that the reason for our anger is the rapid increase in prices, not the prices themselves. Obama claimed that Americans would have accepted a “gradual adjustment” to the current cost:
Wild Thing's comment.........
So far, both Obama and McCain are keeping their eyes tightly shut lest they see some truth they don't want to deal with.
We are on our way to National Suicide and all Congress and BOTH Presidential candidates can do is fiddle. McCain CAN reverse course and come out in favor of drilling because his party is in favor of it. The question is, will he be smart enough to recognize that he will win the election if he starts to promote domestic drilling? I’m not confident that he will. Unless his top advisers can convince him.
As a lifelong Conservative Republican I’m horrified that McCain is the best our party can come up with. God help us all! I’m embarrassed beyond words and disgusted even more that the GOP has no guts, and no spine.
We have brave Americans putting their lives on the line to protect and defend our country. We have human waste in DC that supposedly represent us. What a joke, they represent their own quest for power, greed, and egos.
What the heck happened to a person seeing a problem and the answer being right there. It is sooooo simple. Need more oil, then drill for oil. Tell the left in both parties to shove it. And do what has to be done.
DRILL, DRILL, DRILL ANYWHERE AND EVERYWHERE. HECK DRILL IN MY BACK YARD.
What do you think of Joe American? He has a lot of things to say that make sense.
"Joe, American" Challenges the Presidential Candidates
June 12, 2008
Democrats aka CODE Pink vs. Veterans and Those That LOVE America
In this shocking video, code pink calls all United States Marines war criminals. They also claim al qaeda is not a threat to the United States and that World War two was "wrong." And she says nothing wrong with communism.
Code Pink protesters entice veterans and other patriotic Americans during an anti-war protest in Washington, D.C. A veteran, a veteran's wife, and some college students turn the tables on Code Pink and send them away with their traitorous tails between their legs.
Wild Thing's comment........
Don't you just love the Veteran that ran over and took their sign away from them. YEE HAW!
I would give hima huge hug!
Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) Continues Fight to Bring Down Gas Prices
June 11, 2008
Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, criticized the Democrats’ Consumer First Energy Act as a “No” Energy bill in floor remarks today. Senator Inhofe voted against cloture on the bill yesterday.
“The simple fact remains that until we explore and develop domestic energy resources and increase domestic refining capacity, the cost of gas at the pump will increase,” Senator Inhofe said.
“As Oklahomans and Americans face $4 per-gallon gas prices, now is not the time for politics as usual – now is the time for common sense solutions. The Democrats’ bill increases taxes by $17 billion on America’s oil and gas producers and increases government bureaucracy.
“The Democrats have introduced an energy bill which contains no energy. The Democrats’ bill does nothing to increase access to America’s extensive oil and natural gas reserves, does nothing for the promotion of nuclear energy, does nothing to increase refinery capacity, does nothing for electricity generation or transmission, and does nothing for the utilization of clean coal.
“As the price of gas at the pump continues to go up, Democrats are proposing yet another energy tax. Their attempted ‘solution’ to our energy challenges is to raise taxes again and further harm American families.”
Additional Inhofe Speech Excerpts:
“Federal law already bans companies from colluding to fix prices and the federal government currently has all the legal tools necessary to address price gouging. According to the Congressional Research Service (CRS), ‘At least 30 states... have laws that prohibit gouging, excessive price increases, or unconscionable pricing. (LINK) Other states may also exercise authority under general deceptive trade practice laws depending on the nature of the state law and the specific circumstances in which price increases occur.’ So knowing what we do about price gouging, this provision is repetitive, unnecessary, and potentially counterproductive. Most importantly, however, it fails to do anything to address our record-high gas prices.
“The other major component of the Democrats’ Energy Bill reinstates the Windfall Profits Tax (WPT). Democrats want to impose a Windfall Profits Tax despite the fact that we had this same tax almost 30 years ago and the results were disastrous. In 1980, under President Jimmy Carter, Congress imposed an excise levy on domestic oil production called the Crude Oil Windfall Profits Tax. According to a 1990 report by the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service (CRS), the results of Carter’s Windfalls Profits Tax were very counterproductive: ‘The WPT reduced domestic oil production between 3 and 6 percent, and increased oil imports from between 8 and 16 percent... This made the U.S. more dependent upon imported oil.’ Looking back to 1980, we now know what a Windfall Profits Tax will do. It will decrease domestic production and increase America’s oil imports – the exact opposite of what we need to do. For American jobs, for the international competitiveness of American companies, and for consumers at the pump, Congress must reject the Democrats’ attempts to increase taxes and implement back door price controls.
“Oil and gas exploration and production are currently prohibited on 85 percent of America’s offshore waters. Among industrialized nations with shorelines, the United States is the only one not actively seeking new offshore oil and gas deposits. Canada allows offshore drilling in the Pacific, Atlantic, and Great Lakes. Additionally, Cuba is also looking to expand drilling which could occur within 45 miles of parts of Florida and with technology that is much less environmentally sound than that used by American companies. Exploration and production activities are currently prohibited in the Pacific and Atlantic regions of the Outer Continental Shelf, which hold an estimated 14 billion barrels of oil and 55 trillion cubic feet of gas. This is equivalent to more than 25 years’ worth of imports from Saudi Arabia. If President Clinton hadn’t vetoed legislation allowing environmentally sensitive exploration on the Coastal Plain of ANWR 10 years ago, today we would have 1 million additional barrels of oil a day coming from ANWR, which would mean lower gas prices for consumers and more energy security right now. ANWR is estimated to contain 10 billion barrels of oil – about 15 years worth of imports from Saudi Arabia.”
Last month, Senator Inhofe joined Senator Domenici to introduce S. 2958, the American Energy Production Act of 2008. This legislation will address America’s soaring gas prices by focusing on common sense measures that will increase production of oil and gas in America. By expanding production offshore and in Alaska, and removing obstacles to domestic production in the West, this bill will help us reduce our dependence on foreign oil.
Additionally, in each of the past two Congresses, Senator Inhofe introduced legislation to improve and streamline the permitting process for the expansion of existing and new refineries. The Gas PRICE Act is designed to ease America’s soaring gas prices, address true energy independence, and increase refinery capacity. The Gas Price Act would improve the permitting process for the expansion of existing and construction of new domestic fuels facilities, as well as encourage and fund the development of future fuels, which includes coal-to-liquids and cellulosic biomass ethanol. In addition, the Act would provide for a more stable and certain regulatory environment, and it would have numerous economic benefits, including locating refineries in distressed communities. The legislation would have increased domestic refining capacity, one of the major hurdles to bringing down the price at the pump. When this legislation was offered as an amendment to the Energy Bill last year, it failed 43-52 without a single Democratic member voting for the amendment.
Some past history of this Bill
Dated June of last year!!
DEMOCRATS REJECT INHOFE AMENDMENT TO
BRING DOWN PRICE OF GAS AT PUMP
Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Environment & Public Works Committee (EPW), today commented on the Democrats rejection of the Inhofe Gas PRICE Act Amendment (1505) to the energy bill.
"Passage of my amendment, the Gas PRICE Act, would have gone a long way in decreasing America’s dependence on foreign oil and help bring down prices at the pump," Senator Inhofe said. "Unfortunately, Democrats chose to play politics with the pocket books of American consumers and rejected this common sense amendment.
"Today, the Democrats rejected an amendment that would have significantly helped reduce the cost of gas at the pump -- an issue that is sure to dominate in the 2008 presidential election. Americans are paying more at the pump today because we do not have the domestic capacity to produce domestic fuels consumers demand. The American public is starving for affordable energy and it appears the Democrats' only answer is to tell them to go on a diet. It is imperative for the national security of this country that we increase production at home. Despite the rhetoric by some Democratic leaders about energy independence, they continue to oppose measures that would address key factors in helping America achieve that goal.
This will come back to haunt the Democrats as a major issue in 2008.
"My home state of Oklahoma has long been a leader in oil and gas supply, and today it is also a leader in innovating and providing transportation fuels for the future. Passage of my amendment would have promoted building of coal-to-liquids and commercial scale cellulosic ethanol facilities in Oklahoma and across the country."
Wild Thing's comment.......
I REALLY like this man. Inholfe has been a Conservative warrior in the Senate! He spoke at length of the perils of the global warming hoax, and it was well researched and presented. This energy position that he is taking is another area he excels.
He did NOT give up. They shot him down about this last year and he is back. God bless this man in every way!!
We should all thank him. We need a lot more just like him.
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Pat Buchanan Response To Obama Saying Need For Conversation About Race
A Brief for Whitey
by Pat Buchanan
Barack says we need to have a conversation about race in America.
Fair enough but this time, it has to be a two-way conversation. White America needs to be heard from, not just lectured to.
This time, the Silent Majority needs to have its convictions, grievances and demands heard. And among them are these:
First, America has been the best country on earth for black folks. It was here that 600,000 black people, brought from Africa in slave ships, grew into a community of 40 million, were introduced to Christian salvation, and reached the greatest levels of freedom and prosperity blacks have ever known.
Wright ought to go down on his knees and thank God he is an American.
Second, no people anywhere has done more to lift up blacks than white Americans. Untold trillions have been spent since the '60s on welfare, food stamps, rent supplements, Section 8 housing, Pell grants, student loans, legal services, Medicaid, Earned Income Tax Credits and poverty programs designed to bring the African-American community into the mainstream.
Governments, businesses and colleges have engaged in discrimination against white folks -- with affirmative action, contract set-asides and quotas -- to advance black applicants over white applicants.
Churches, foundations, civic groups, schools and individuals all over America have donated time and money to support soup kitchens, adult education, day care, retirement and nursing homes for blacks.
We hear the grievances. Where is the gratitude?
Barack talks about new 'ladders of opportunity' for blacks.
Let him go to Altoona and Johnstown , and ask the white kids in Catholic schools how many were visited lately by Ivy League recruiters handing out scholarships for 'deserving' white kids.
Is white America really responsible for the fact that the crime and incarceration rates for African-Americans are seven times those of white America? Is it really white America's fault that illegitimacy in the African-American community has hit 70 percent and the black dropout rate from high schools in some cities has reached 50 percent?
Is that the fault of white America or, first and foremost, a failure of the black community itself?
As for racism, its ugliest manifestation is in interracial crime, and especially interracial crimes of violence. Is Barack Obama aware that while white criminals choose black victims 3 percent of the time, black criminals choose white victims 45 percent of the time?
Is Barack aware that black-on-white rapes are 100 times more common than the reverse, that black-on-white robberies were 139 times as common in the first three years of this decade as the reverse?
We have all heard ad nauseam from the Rev. Al about Tawana Brawley, the Duke rape case and Jena. And all turned out to be hoaxes. But about the epidemic of black assaults on whites that are real, we hear nothing.
Sorry, Barack, some of us have heard it all before, about 40 years and 40 trillion tax dollars ago.
Wild Thing's comment........
If someone had told me before this election that we would one day have an election for President of the United States of America where either of the candidates would turn the campaign into anything to do with race. I would probably have laughed. No way would have been my reply, why would anyone do such a thing.
I would have thought instantly of only the likes of Farrakhan and his followers and my mind would not have been able to imagine such a person even being in our government. Way too radical and way to filled with hate.
But alas I was dead wrong. And the thing is this Obama and his wife wear their racism like a garment as normal to them as breathing air.
I honestly believe if we think we have seen the most of this kind of attitude and behavior from them we are only on the edge of their madness. There is more to come and if he gets the power of being President, that madness, and hate will magnify.
....Thank you Mark for sending this.
Tail Gunners Have To Be Ready For Any Mission
Command Sgt. Maj. Chad Cuomo, Task Force Storm’s senior enlisted leader, settles into the gunner seat of a UH-60 Black Hawk before heading out on a mission.
CAMP TAJI, Iraq
“Be Know Do” has been a part of the Army leadership doctrine for more than a decade, and many leaders have interpreted it in many different ways.
For two of Task Force XII’s most senior noncommissioned officers, this leadership mantra takes them miles away from the safety of their offices and into a more mobile work station. It’s an alternate work environment that puts them in some potentially dangerous situations.
But still, as they say, the view here is a whole lot cooler than any corner office on Camp Taji.
Task Force XII’s Command Sgt. Maj. H. Lee Kennedy, along with Task Force Storm’s Command Sgt. Maj. Chad Cuomo, help shoulder the workload of UH-60 Black Hawk crew members by serving as crew chiefs and door gunners on missions each week. The task force’s senior officers, all of its pilots, are called on to take to the skies regularly.
The same is true for the senior enlisted leaders as well, who also don their flight gear and mount up for missions. Flying a helicopter as a pilot rarely means washing windows or loading a passenger’s bags for them.
The door gunners, however, regardless of their rank, have to be ready for any mission.
“I believe, as a leader, that I should lead from the front and that I should not ask my Soldiers to do something that I wouldn’t do myself,” said Cuomo, a native of Troy, N.Y.
“If we were doing ground convoys, I’d be in those too. There should be no difference in going outside of the wire. Whether it’s flying or driving, the leader should lead from the front.”
Their Soldiers appreciate their effort and their “can do” attitudes.
“I think it’s great that they get out here and help us with the mission,” said Sgt. Ian McDougal, a crew chief in Company A, 3rd Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment. “ Seeing higher ranking Soldiers doing the same job as us really means a lot to the younger Soldiers.”
Both Cuomo and Kennedy are crew chiefs by profession. Combined, the two leaders have more than 50 years of Army aviation experience.
“When a young 19- or 20-year-old Soldier sees a 50-yearold sergeant major wandering around, they say ‘that old man doesn’t know anything about the Army today … what he knew 20 or 30 years ago is obsolete;’ but it’s not,” said Kennedy, a native of Abingdon, Va. “We still use those same tactics and procedures from back then because all those things are standard.”
And like their officer counterparts, the command sergeants major don’t just fly once in a while to get flight-pay, Kennedy and Cuomo are incorporated into the flight schedule and act as replacements when an additional crew chief or door gunner is needed for a mission.
“If a Soldier gets medically grounded or can’t fly for whatever reason, they come to (us) to fill in for them; we do that on a regular basis,” said Cuomo.
“I normally try to fly at least once a week, depending on my meetings and work schedule, but I try to fly as much as time permits.”
Even though he outranks all the crew chiefs and door gunners he works with, Kennedy sais he doesn’t expect to be treated any differently when it comes to the mission.
“As leaders, we should follow the standard harder and set the example truer,” he said. “If I’m cut some slack on any section or piece of that mission, then the other Soldiers should be cut slack too; I must follow exactly what my Soldiers are tasked to do – to the letter.”
“When you’re part of an aircrew,” added Cuomo, “you all have the same level of responsibility; and if one member of the crew starts to slack, it puts everyone’s life at risk.”
The Soldiers also respect it when their leaders get out there and know how to follow the rules while flying and can conduct up-to-date aircraft maintenance, said Kennedy.
“No matter what the rank of the person seated across from me on the aircraft, I’m confident in their abilities to perform their duties because we all train to the same standard,” said McDougal, a native of Eugene, Ore.
Being such a “seasoned aviator” has its advantages and disadvantages, said Kennedy.
“I guess rumor has it that since I’m 51, I’m a little slower getting in and out of the window,” he said. “That may be true; but as far as (scanning my sector) and getting out there doing preflight checks and maintenance, I’m right up there with the 19 year-olds.”
Even though their “Be Know Do” leadership technique may take a little more effort than it used to, Kennedy and Cuomo said they hope to motivate Soldiers by helping shoulder the workload and letting them know the standards must be kept – regardless of the Soldier’s rank.
“I can perform at the same skill level as any other door gunner, and I think that it’s sometimes second nature to me because I’ve been doing it so long,” said Cuomo. “I hope that (my flying) shows the Soldiers that I care and I’m willing to do the same things they’re doing. I think they should be extremely proud of everything we’ve accomplished here in Iraq.”
Chief Warrant Officer Fought Hard For Chance To Go To Iraq
TF XII maintainer fought for chance to come to Iraq
CAMP TAJI, Iraq
“Chief, what the heck are you doing?”
Chief Warrant Officer 3 Christian Smith, a maintenance technician who had just tripped and fallen to the ground, looked up at his confused motor sergeant. Smith, who hails from Villa Grove, Ill., but was on a deployment to Iraq, had fallen a lot lately.
Something was wrong with his left leg, and he didn’t know what – all he knew was that it made him fall.
“I don’t know,” said Smith. “I just fell. It happens all the time.”
“Well next time, yell ‘incoming’ and I’ll go down with you,” said the sergeant.
The year was 2003, and Smith was deployed with a military police brigade. Over the course of the deployment, he noticed his muscles growing alarmingly weaker.
“It was very humbling – to say the least,” said Smith. “There wasn’t much I could do about it then, but I knew that once I got back from (Iraq), I was going to have to go see a doctor and find out what was going on.”
In February 2005, after multiple visits to doctors, Smith underwent surgery for a herniated disc in his back to help relieve pressure on what his doctor thought was a pinched nerve. It didn’t help. By this time, he couldn’t move the toes of his left foot, and he continued to grow weaker.
Still more visits to more doctors led him to a neurologist. Late in September 2005, he was diagnosed with multifocal motor neuropathy.
“It’s a condition where my body thinks there’s something wrong with the nerves,” said Smith.
“It’s attacking my nerves, and it doesn’t allow good conduction for the signals that tell the muscles to move – but there’s treatment for it.”
He began treatments right away. Every three weeks, he underwent an intravenous immunoglobulin treatment at a local hospital. By this time, Smith’s unit was on mobilization orders for deployment, but he was scheduled to stay with the rear detachment.
“Within four or five days, I started noticing a lot more strength, and by 10 days after that, I could wiggle my toes and keep my left foot up,” he said.
“I went back to the unit and told them the treatment was working. At that point, it was a matter of how the Army medical system was going to handle this.”
The unit deployed. Despite his objections, Smith stayed at Fort Hood.
“The doc said, when he diagnosed me, that this is a legitimate medical condition that would definitely keep me from deploying,” he said.
“He asked me why I’d want to deploy if I didn’t have to."
“It’s one of those things where, having grown up playing sports, you spend all that time practicing with a team; and, all of a sudden, they go to an away game, out of town, and you’re stuck at home,” he added. “It’s not a good feeling.”
A year and a half later, Smith found himself facing the same situation, this time with a new team. He was newly assigned to Troop R, 4th Squadron 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment, once again on orders for Iraq.
The treatments were working, and Smith said he was determined not to get left behind again. He began what he called a very frustrating process to make himself deployable.
Once again, the doctors said no. A chain of emails revealed one medical professional after another who believed he had no business deploying.
They cited the risk for contamination with possible secondary effects of anaphylaxis or renal failure. They said his understanding of the condition was “oversimplified.”
“My response to those emails was rather lengthy,” he said. “They thought I was oversimplifying the condition, and I thought they were over-exaggerating it.”
In his response, he said he outlined his own research – discussing the shelf life of the medication and the plan that he and squadron surgeon, Maj. Sean Hollonbeck, had come up with to administer the treatments.
“The Army is attempting and perfecting new things in the theater of operation every day,” he wrote. “Why not this?”
“I didn’t think he’d get to go based on seeing the email traffic from the doctors in theater,” said Capt. Jeffery Hernandez, his troop commander. “I never tried to talk him out of it though. He had such a desire to be with the troops and support the mission.”
“I guess I just felt like I’m in the Army to do a job,” Smith said. “Having been left back once, I told my wife, if I can’t deploy and go do what I’ve trained to do, then I shouldn’t be doing this anymore.”
After a successful month at Fort Irwin, California’s National Training Center, during which an enlisted combat medic successfully administered the treatment, the Army finally relented. Smith deployed to Multi-National Division – Baghdad as part of Task Force XII in November, 2007.
Wild Thing's comment.......
What amazing people we have in our military. We are so blessed as a country for these warriors.
Gunfighters Taking Flight
Spc. Theodore Nelson, (top) AH-64D Apache Longbow crew chief from Company C, 1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment, conducts final pre-flight checks with Chief Warrant Officer 3 Philip Mann, pilot Co. C on May 26. The 1-1 ARB Gunfighter air and ground crews work around the clock sustaining air operations and are part of the Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, from Fort Riley, Kan., flying in support of Task Force Iron, 1st Armored Division, in northern Iraq.
Gunfighters Take Flight
By Maj. Enrique T. Vasquez
Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs Office
Since the days of early aviation, Army pilots have played a key role in the outcome of ground battles and air missions. For pilots flying the AH-64 Apache Longbows of the 1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment in northern Iraq the legacy of influencing the fight continues through careful mission preparation and teamwork. These pilots known as the Gunfighters are part of the Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division’s efforts to sustain a constant presence over the skies of northern Iraq in support of Task Force Iron.
However, before the Gunfighters jump into their cockpits and head-out into the skies of Multi-National Division-North they must plan meticulously prior to each mission.
“Pilots are briefed on the five Ws- who, what, where, when and why- in respect to the operations portion of the brief. The crews receive instructions on what the ground commanders want along with any changes in procedures or radio frequencies,” said 1st Lt. Peter Huang, a battle captain for 1-1 ARB.
“Furthermore, pilots receive any changes in battlespace and any updates as to what friendly forces are in the area of operations.”
Just as the operations officer gives a detailed briefing so does the intelligence officer. Everything the enemy might be doing or trying to do is briefed to include the careful articulation of possible enemy courses of action.
“We find patterns and trends the enemy might be engaged in like IED, small arms fire and emplacements. We give the pilots an assessment so they know what to look for, how the enemy might act and what to expect,” said Staff Sgt. Floyd Perry, 1-1 ARB intelligence analyst.
Although the Apache is a two-seater helicopter, both pilots in an AH-64 Apache Longbow has a certain job to perform. While both are capable of flying the aircraft, the duties of the command pilot and the co-pilot gunner called the CPG; are distinctly different in a combat situation.
“The pilot, maneuvers the helicopter so that the CPG can fire,” said Lindeman.
“The advantage to being the CPG is that you have laser and you can shoot missiles or the 30mm cannon.”
“There is nothing better than catching someone emplacing IED. The ground units are always appreciative of us being there.”
There are several types of missions Apache crews often fly. The missions vary between counter IED reconnaissance, to ground support.
Apache pilots say they can see the positive contributions they are making in defeating insurgents.
“The violence has scaled down quite a bit since we got here,” said Menold.
“We used to catch a lot of insurgents emplacing IEDs. However, there are not as many emplacers as there used to be. We are definitely having an impact on IED activity,” said Menold.
Wild Thing's comment........
More good news about our awesome troops, news that puts the media and the left in such a bad mood. heh heh
God bless our troops!!!!!
June 11, 2008
SHUT up McCain Greenjeans Since You Won't Drill in ANWAR!
McCain says gas prices won't drop and could rise
Record high prices for gasoline probably won't drop before the November election, Republican John McCain said Wednesday.
" I don't think it's going much lower, and it could go higher," McCain said on NBC's "Today Show." "I don't think so, not when you've got a finite supply, basically, and a cartel controlling it."
Although the GOP presidential candidate didn't address the question of raising taxes on oil companies, he said the companies "absolutely" should return some profits to consumers. "And they should be embarking on research and development that will pay off in reducing our dependence on foreign oil," he said.
"The point is, oil companies have got to be more participatory in alternate energy, in sharing their profits in a variety of ways, and there is very strong and justifiable emotion about their profits," McCain said.
The issue of oil company profits came up this week in the Senate, where Republicans stopped the Democrats from imposing a tax on windfall profits and taking away billions of dollars in tax breaks in response to the $4-a-gallon price of gas.
In the past McCain has indicated he would consider such a tax proposal, saying he didn't want to see companies making "obscene profits" that distort the market.
McCain used the opportunity to bring up his proposal for a gas tax holiday that would suspend the federal tax of 18.4 cents per gallon, a proposal that Democratic rival Barack Obama dismisses as a gimmick. Critics say that cutting the price would only increase demand, which would lead to higher prices again.
"Look what's happened to Americans who are on a fixed income, particularly low-income Americans — that's why I wanted to give them a little break," McCain said. "They drive the furthest. They drive the automobiles that use the most gasoline. I wanted to give them a little break for the summer."
In the interview, McCain said President Bush's strategy to increase the number of troops in Iraq last year is working. McCain has been an ardent supporter of the Iraq war, but he criticized the early handling of the war, saying Bush did not send enough troops initially. In fact, he challenged the characterization that the strategy of increasing troop levels was Bush's: "May I correct that statement? I advocated the surge policy before President Bush."
McCain was asked if, since he argues the strategy is working, he has a better estimate for when U.S. troops could leave Iraq.
"No, but that's not too important," McCain said. "What's important is casualties in Iraq.
"Americans are in South Korea. Americans are in Japan. American troops are in Germany. That's all fine. American casualties, and the ability to withdraw. We will be able to withdraw. ... But the key to it is we don't want any more Americans in harm's way."
Obama wants to begin withdrawing troops from Iraq, which McCain opposes.
Wild Thing's comment......
Hey McCain you are part of the problem NOT part of the solution you jerk. Here is a suggestion,. go read your GREEN earth bs at your campaign webstie and start humming. That should make you feel better when you have to
'filler up' at the gas station.
And I swear if these Democrats and rinos don't stop blaming the oil companies I am going to send the OIL COMPANIES some kind of friendship card and a box of candy and tell them I am on their side and not to listen to the BS from our liars in our government blaming them.
Enough blaming the oil companies. Shumer, McCain etc. all of them blaming the wrong people. The problem lies at the feet of the enviro's and dems and rinos..
American Solutions Has Petition ~ Drill Here Drill Now
You can CLICK HERE to go to their website and sign their petition. As of right now with this posting there are 567,218 signatures.
There are also articles there pertaining to this subject.
"We, therefore, the undersigned citizens of the United States, petition the U.S. Congress to act immediately to lower gasoline prices (and diesel and other fuel prices)* by authorizing the exploration of proven energy reserves to reduce our dependence on foreign energy sources from unstable countries."
Label Mark Dice aka John Conner TRAITOR to America and Our Military!
Mark Dice, head of a political activist group, and a Ron Paul supporter, is sending letters and DVDs to U.S. soldiers stationed in Iraq telling them 9/11 was an inside job!!
San Diego, CA – A group of over three thousand political activists are planning to send letters to soldiers stationed in Iraq telling them that America is largely to blame for the 9/11 attacks.
“We support the troops in their efforts to protect the Iraqi people, but want them to know the real reason they have put themselves in harms way,” explains Mark Dice, founder of The Resistance, a Christian media watch dog group based in San Diego.
Dice is urging people in his organization and others to write letters to soldiers in Iraq and explain the evidence that the 9/11 attacks were aided by corrupt U.S. officials for political purposes. According to a 2006 Scripts Howard News Service poll, 36 percent of Americans believe that elements within the U.S. government purposely allowed the attacks to happen, or aided the terrorists to ensure the attacks.
“I personally know U.S. Marines who believe 9/11 was an inside job, and they tell me that many Marines suspect that this is the case but are afraid to speak up out of fear of punishment,” says Dice.
“I don't want the soldiers who are risking their lives in Iraq to be used as pawns in the creation of the New World Order.”
“We want U.S. troops to know that we care about them and are doing our best to make sure that they don't have to risk their lives based on false pretenses,” concludes Dice.
Aside from writing letters and sending declassified documents to the troops, The Resistance is encouraging people to send DVDs to soldiers, since some of them have access to portable DVD players and computers. Recommended DVDs are Loose Change: Final Cut, Terror Storm, and 9/11 Press for Truth.
People can register for free at www.AdoptAusSoldier.org and will then be given a specific soldiers name and the address to send your materials to. Also check churches online or in your area, because many have similar programs.
Dice has handed out over 1000 free DVDs of the documentary film Loose Change at college campuses in southern California, and had a highly publicized confrontation with actor Danny Bonnaduce on the streets of Hollywood where Bonnaduce almost attacked him for saying 9/11 was an inside job. His activism will be featured in Alex Jones' new film 9/11 Chronicles: Truth Rising, which will be released on DVD July 4th and available for free on Google Video."
And this from Capt. Hegseth, with Vets For Freedom:
"These letters will end up in the toilet or on the firing range,” said Capt. Pete Hegseth, executive director of Vets for Freedom and a veteran of the Iraq War. “They just laugh off this kind of stuff.”
Hegseth told FOX News that American troops don’t need help from Dice to figure out why they’re in Iraq.
“The fact of the matter is most soldiers and Marines understand why they’re fighting,” Hegseth said. “These are volunteers who believe in their service — they believe in the mission they’ve been sent to do.”
Hegseth wasn’t worried that the troops would be deterred by the mailings. “I don’t think they’re going to want to take the time to open the mail from some fringe political sect,” he said. “They’re too busy winning the war in Iraq.”
Dice told FOX News that he’s trying to help troops by giving a voice to people “afraid to speak up out of fear of punishment” from their superiors.
“We’re trying to create a climate that’s safe for these people to ask real questions . . . so we can get our boys back as soon as possible, safe and sound,” he said.
Dice says he is convinced that many servicemen share his views. “The Marines that I know say that 20-25 percent of the Marines believe that 9/11 was an inside job and they’re very angry,” he said.
Hegseth, however, wasn’t convinced. “We represent 24,000 veterans at Vets for Freedom,” he said. “We believe in finishing this mission, we believe in what we’re doing and that’s how most veterans and troops on the ground feel.”
Mark Dice, website....The Resistance
Mark Dice, email address .........Mark@TheResistanceManifesto.com
Wild Thing's comment.........
Mark Dice has another name that of John Conner’ of whom Rosie O'Donnell gets all her 9/11 conspiracy ideas.
When is our country going to start to come down hard on these traitors to our country that aid the enemy, and that put our soldiers lives in danger!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Why don't our elected officials give a shit about how our troops are treated and harrassed and slandered?????
I am so sick of this shit!
B.Hussein Obama ~ His Plans For War Crime Trials
What kind of war crimes trials does Obama plan?
by Thomas Lifson
Barack Obama's plan for imposing unity on the nation after he takes office apparently entails a close look at war crimes trials for Bush administration officials. He has even said so in an interview with Will Bunch of the Philadelphia Daily News.
This kind of change -- putting your predecessors on trial for their conduct of policy -- may not be what most Americans really want or expect from someone with Obama's gauzy rhetoric of unity. But unity has a dark side in the hands of people who regard their opponents as criminals. America has two centuries-plus of history lacking the totalitarian practice of jailing the predecessors when a new president takes office.
This is the sort of proposal one might expect from a man steeped in Marxism at his church, from his friends like Ayers, and as a member of the Alinsky Left. But I am surprised he let this slip.
The interview in question appeared on a Philadelphia Daily News blog:
"Obama said that as president he would indeed ask his new Attorney General and his deputies to "immediately review the information that's already there" and determine if an inquiry is warranted -- but he also tread carefully on the issue, in line with his reputation for seeking to bridge the partisan divide. He worried that such a probe could be spun as "a partisan witch hunt." However, he said that equation changes if there was willful criminality, because "nobody is above the law."
To me the terribly frightening phrase is the wish to avoid a "partisan witch hunt." When a Harvard-trained lawyer inserts a qualifier into a phrase, that is a signal of wiggle room being created. In this case, the obvious implication is that if you get Chuck Hagel or some other antiwar Republican on board, then you have cover for your "witch hunt."
At Little Green Footballs there is the discovery of a campaign document:
Here is Obama's answer to Bunch's question on the possibility of war crimes trials, in its entirety:
"What I would want to do is to have my Justice Department and my Attorney General immediately review the information that's already there and to find out are there inquiries that need to be pursued. I can't prejudge that because we don't have access to all the material right now. I think that you are right, if crimes have been committed, they should be investigated. You're also right that I would not want my first term consumed by what was perceived on the part of Republicans as a partisan witch hunt because I think we've got too many problems we've got to solve.
So this is an area where I would want to exercise judgment -- I would want to find out directly from my Attorney General -- having pursued, having looked at what's out there right now -- are there possibilities of genuine crimes as opposed to really bad policies. And I think it's important-- one of the things we've got to figure out in our political culture generally is distinguishing between really dumb policies and policies that rise to the level of criminal activity. You know, I often get questions about impeachment at town hall meetings and I've said that is not something I think would be fruitful to pursue because I think that impeachment is something that should be reserved for exceptional circumstances. Now, if I found out that there were high officials who knowingly, consciously broke existing laws, engaged in coverups of those crimes with knowledge forefront, then I think a basic principle of our Constitution is nobody above the law -- and I think that's roughly how I would look at it."
Bunch points out that some interpret discussions of waterboarding by officials as grounds for launching a probe.
Wild Thing's comment........
He has big plans for the America he hates so much. The left's version of the messiah is a devil in disguise. And War crimes trials for what? What “crimes” have been committed?
And remember how RUDE he was to Gen. Petraeus? He was totally disrepectful to him. Obama HATES our military and he proves it over and over.
Sounds just like the Nazi anti-Americans who helped the Communist kill thousands of American soldiers and millions of South Vietnamese.
Our ENEMIES are salivating at the prospect of a totalitarian socialist destroying America’s core values, freedoms and strength.
Hey Obama you want WAR crimes, I will give you war crimes you POS, American hater! You can start with Ted Kennedy, John Kerry, Jane Fonda and the other traitors for treason!!
....Thank you Tom for sending this write up to me.
The Pentagon Gets Ready For President Obama
The Pentagon Gets Ready For President Obama
U.S. military planners are working on how to deal with another round of major cutbacks, in terms of budgets and manpower. This is because one of the major candidates for Commander-in-Chief (president of the United States), Barak Obama, has a video in circulation, of a short speech he gave earlier this year, about how he planned on handling the Department of Defense. His major points were;
"I'm the only major candidate who opposed this war from the beginning; and as president, I will end it.
"Second, I will cut tens of billions of dollars in wasteful spending. I will cut investments in unproven missile defense systems. I will not weaponize space. I will slow our development of future combat systems.
"I will institute an independent defense priorities board to ensure that the Quadrennial Review is not used to justify unnecessary defense spending.
"Third, I will set a goal for a world without nuclear weapons. To seek that goal, I will not develop nuclear weapons; I will seek a global ban on the production of fissile material; and I will negotiate with Russia to take our ICBMs off hair-trigger alert, and to achieve deep cuts in our nuclear arsenal."
There were major cuts when the Cold War ended in the early 1990s, and when Bill Clinton won the presidency. The same drill is expected if Obama wins, and military planners are studying ways they better cope with a new round of cuts.
And this was also at the Strategy Page and the Pentagon obviously has also seen it like we have.
Wild Thing's comment........
This guys plans to disarm America during war and a possible war against nuclear Ayattolahs? Just as China is starting a Cold War with America, especially in Space! He is doing America's enemie's biding.
"Slow our development of new weopon systems and cancel the missile defense shield"--B.HUSSEIN Obama
B. Hussein O. Vetting The Vetetrs Or Not ~ HUH?
Obama discusses his vice presidential search committee and defends his campaign for not vetting the vetters.
Wild Thing's comment........
I think this guys stammering and stuttering is getting worse.
Catholic Church To All Rev. Pfleger To Return
Rev. Pfleger to Return to St. Sabina With 'No Restrictions'
He'll be back at St. Sabina, but he has to stay out of presidential politics
The South Side parish of St. Sabina exploded with shouts of joy and a standing ovation Sunday morning at the news firebrand Catholic pastor Rev. Michael Pfleger would be returning June 16.
Cardinal Francis George temporarily removed the outspoken priest from his parish last week following comments Pfleger made about then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Pfleger had said Clinton believed she was entitled to the Democratic nomination because she is white. Pfleger is white, while most of his parishioners are African-American.
At a three-hour Sunday mass filled with songs and dancing, pastoral associate Kimberly Lymore read a letter from Pfleger in which the priest wrote, "This has been a very painful time for me personally and for our church family."
"Let this time be a teaching moment for us to hear the Lord, to grow closer to him and become even stronger to build a kingdom on Earth as it is in heaven," Pfleger wrote.
Lymore said parish leaders were told by Cardinal George that Pfleger will continue as pastor of the church he has led for 30 years with "no restrictions" -- other than not being able to mention publicly the names of presidential candidates or campaign for them.
On hearing this, several parishioners called out "That's all right."
Asked if it was fair that Pfleger was restricted from talking about the candidates, longtime parishioner Michelle Wong Scott said, "a lot of times, when you're a member, you have to follow your leadership and do what your leaders tell you to do." She said if Cardinal George had removed Pfleger permanently, the parish would have continued the work he started.
Wild Thing's comment.........
The Catholic church is allowing this anti-American, racist, pure Marxist, Farrakhan loving, liberation theologian who is hiding behind Priest's robes, back into his influence and political peddling under the color of religion.
He is only restricted from " other than not being able to mention publicly the names of presidential candidates or campaign for them" , so what! I could do a whole sermon on B. Hussein Obama and his and never mention their names. LOL Even imitate them and never say one word with their names.
This is not a rant at the Catholic church per say, but a disgust at the sheep that don't speak out to their church how wrong this is to do to have priests like this jerk.
Sigh oh well what can one do when the whole world is upside down and backwards and the left is in charge of everything.
Heh heh..... rant....rant....rant that's what we still have a right to do.....at least until Muslim America hating B. Hussein Obama is President.
This rant is finished and this post will destruct in 5 seconds.
June 10, 2008
Medal of Honor to Private First Class Ross Andrew McGinnis
Army Pfc. Ross A. McGinnis packed only 136 pounds into his 6-foot frame, but few have ever matched his inner strength.
McGinnis sacrificed himself in an act of supreme bravery on December 4, belying his status as the youngest soldier in Company C, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, attached to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division.
The 19-year-old amateur mechanic from Knox, Pa., who enjoyed poker and loud music, likely saved the lives of four soldiers riding with him on a mission in Baghdad.
McGinnis was manning the gunner’s hatch when an insurgent tossed a grenade from above. It flew past McGinnis and down through the hatch before lodging near the radio. His platoon sergeant, Sgt. 1st Class Cedric Thomas of Longview, Texas, recalled what happened next.
“Pfc. McGinnis yelled ‘Grenade! … It’s in the truck,’” Thomas said. “I looked out of the corner of my eye as I was crouching down and I saw him pin it down.” McGinnis did so even though he could have escaped. “He had time to jump out of the truck,” Thomas said. “He chose not to.”
Thomas remembered McGinnis talking about how he would respond in such a situation. McGinnis said then he didn’t know how he would act, but when the time came, he delivered. “He gave his life to save his crew and his platoon sergeant,” Thomas said. “He’s a hero. He’s a professional. He was just an awesome guy.”
Three of the soldiers with McGinnis who were wounded that day have returned to duty, while a fourth is recovering in Germany.
For saving the lives of his friends and giving up his own in the process, McGinnis earned the Silver Star. His unit comrades paid their final respects in a somber ceremony here Dec. 11.
McGinnis was born June 14, 1987, and joined the Army right after graduating from high school in 2005. He had been in the Army 18 months and made his mark even before his heroic deed.
“He was a good kid,” said C Company’s senior enlisted soldier, 1st Sgt. Kenneth J. Hendrix. “He had just gotten approved for a waiver to be promoted to specialist.” He also appeared on the Nov. 30 cover of Stars & Stripes, manning his turret.
Besides his military accomplishments, McGinnis leaves his friends and family with memories of a fun-loving, loyal man.
Pfc. Brennan Beck, a 1-26 infantryman from Lodi, Calif., said McGinnis made others feel better. “He would go into a room and when he left, everyone was laughing,” Beck said. “He did impersonations of others in the company. He was quick-witted, just hilarious. He loved making people laugh. He was a comedian through and through.”
While having a witty side, McGinnis took his job seriously.
He was not a garrison soldier. He hated it back in garrison,” Beck said. “He loved it here in Iraq. He loved being a gunner. It was a thrill; he loved everything about it. He was one our best soldiers. He did a great job.”
Beck has memories of talking all night with McGinnis about where they wanted their lives to go, and said McGinnis always remembered his friends. “When I had my appendix removed, he was the only one who visited me in the hospital,” Beck said. “That meant a lot.”
Another 1-26 infantryman, Pfc. Michael Blair of Klamath Falls, Ore., recalled that McGinnis helped him when he arrived at Ledward Barracks in Schweinfurt, Germany.
“When I first came to the unit, … he was there and took me in and showed me around,” Blair said. “He was real easy to talk to. You could tell him anything. He was a funny guy. He was always making somebody laugh.”
McGinnis’ final heroic act came as no surprise to Blair. “He was that kind of person,” Blair said. “He would rather take it himself than have his buddies go down.”
The brigade’s senior noncommissioned officer, Command Sgt. Maj. William Johnson, also had high praise for McGinnis. “Any time when you get a soldier to do something like that - to give his life to protect his fellow soldiers - that’s what heroes are made of,” Johnson said.
It also demonstrates, Johnson continued, that the ‘MySpace Generation’ has what it takes to carry on the Army’s proud traditions.
“Some think soldiers who come in today are all about themselves,” Johnson said. “I see it differently.”
Words from his Mother:
McGinnis' mother said her son drew a soldier in kindergarten when he was supposed to picture what he wanted to be when he grew up.
"Ross decided at a very young age that he wanted to join the Army," she said.
On his 17th birthday -- the first day he was eligible -- Ross McGinnis stepped into the recruiting station and joined the Army through the Delayed Enlistment Program, she said.
Statement from the Father of of SPC Ross A. McGinnis, December 23, 2006
When the doorbell rang Monday evening December 4th, about 9:30, I wondered who would be visiting at this hour of the evening. But when I walked up to the door and saw two U.S. Army officers standing on the patio at the bottom of the steps, I knew instantly what was happening. This is the only way the Army tells the next of kin that a soldier has died.
At that moment, I felt as if I had slipped off the edge of a cliff and there was nothing to grab onto; just a second beyond safety, falling into hell. If only my life could have ended just a moment before this so that I would not have to hear the words they were about to say. If only I could blink myself awake from this horrible dream. But it wasn't a dream.
As the officers made their way into our living room, I rushed back into our bedroom and told my wife Romayne to get up; we had company. And they were going to tell us that Ross is dead. I knew of no other way to say it.
We rushed back out to meet the officers, and then the appointed spokesperson recited the standard message that Private First Class Ross A. McGinnis had been killed in action in Baghdad, Iraq, that day. They could tell us nothing more except that Army regulations required that the family be notified within 4 hours of the event. They offered their sympathy and support, and the Chaplain prayed for our strength in the days to come, and then they left us alone in shock, grief and disbelief.
In the days that followed, we were informed of the details of his death. The entire world probably knows those details now, since there was so much excitement about his heroic deed. Hundreds of family, friends and acquaintances offered us their words of prayer and comfort. But only time will take the edge off the knives that have wedged into our hearts.
Ross did not become OUR hero by dying to save his fellow soldiers from a grenade. He was a hero to us long before he died, because he was willing to risk his life to protect the ideals of freedom and justice that America represents. He has been recommended for the Medal of Honor, and many think that he deserves to get it without the typical 2 years that Congress has required of late. We, his parents, are in no hurry to have our son bestowed with this medal. That is not why he gave his life. The lives of four men who were his Army brothers outweighed the value of his one life. It was just a matter of simple kindergarten arithmetic. Four means more than one.
It didn't matter to Ross that he could have escaped the situation without a scratch. Nobody would have questioned such a reflex reaction. What mattered to him were the four men placed in his care on a moment's notice. One moment he was responsible for defending the rear of the convoy from enemy fire; the next moment he held the lives of four of his friends in his hands.
The choice for Ross was simple, but simple does not mean easy. His straightforward answer to a simple but difficult choice should stand as a shining example for the rest of us. We all face simple choices, but how often do we choose to make a sacrifice to get the right answer? The right choice sometimes requires honor.
Our Bible tells us that God gave up his only son to die for us so that we may live. But Romayne and I are not gods. We can't see the future, and we didn't give our son to die, knowing that he will live again. We gave him to fight and win and come home to us and marry and grow old and have children and grandchildren. But die he did, and his mother, dad and sisters must face that fact and go on without him, believing that someday we will meet again. Heaven is beyond our imagination and so we must wait to see what it's like.
God bless everybody that has comforted us in our time of grief. But we must not forget the men and women who are still putting their lives on the line; we must keep them in our prayers and keep reminding them with gifts and letters that they are loved and that we want them to return safely to their families.
His family has suggested for anybody who wishes to make a memorial donation to send something to a service member overseas, a veteran or local service member and present it as a gift from PFC Ross McGinnis.
Gifts to his unit may be sent to:
SFC Cedric Thomas
1st Platoon, C/1-26 IN
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Barack's Black Power Black Fist Buddies
Wild Thing's comment..........
Obama condemns his critics for bringing race into the political dialogue, yet he continually laces his campaign stops and speeches with divisive racial commentary and symbolism. Challenge him and you are the one who is called a paranoid racist.
When he took over Trinity United Church of Christ in 1972, Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr. was a maverick pastor with a wardrobe of dashikis and a militant message. Six years later, he planted a “Free South Africa” sign on the lawn of his church and asked other local religious leaders to follow his lead.
None took him up on the invitation.
The sign stayed until the end of apartheid, long enough to catch the eye of a young Barack Obama, who visited the church in 1985 as a community activist. Obama, not a churchgoer at the time, found himself returning to the sanctuary of Trinity United. In Wright he found both a spiritual mentor and a role model.
Obama's ties to radicals and seditious, America hating groups is disturbing and dangerous. The Black Panthers is a notorious hate group and Obama has been endorsed by them like I posted about awhile back. Also all those in Obama's world are pro Black Panther as well. All of the ministers at Obama's ex-church are friends with Louis Farrakhan and the church gave Farrakhan an award.
Obama had these people at his website. He ONLY took down their endorsements AFTER the news got out to our blogs and on the Fox News. NOT Before. Obama would not have left his hate filled church except we all found out about what was going on there and what was being said by the speakers.
He is arrogant and will become even more so, just watch, I would bet on it. Due to that fact I will also take a guess that these people will also find their way into our White House once Obama is elected as President.
Presidential Candidates To Address LaRaza ~ The Illegal Pandering Auction Begins
John McCain and Barack Obama each to address major Latino gathering
The National Council of La Raza, a leading Latino civil rights and advocacy organization, announced today that both presidential contenders have accepted invitations to speak at its July 12-15 convention in San Diego. No details yet on when each will speak, but their appearances likely will be among the most important they make during the month.
For Obama, the mission is straightforward: Woo an ethnic group that is absolutely essential to his hopes of carrying several key states in November but which heavily supported his rival, Hillary Clinton, during the just-completed Democratic primary season.
Presumably his campaign already will be hard at work on this task before the La Raza get-together, but his speech will offer him a golden opportunity to try to connect with a voting bloc that so far has generally resisted his appeals.
McCain will face more of a balancing act when he takes center stage at the convention.
As an Arizonan who last year was one of the few prominent Republicans on Capitol Hill pushing for controversial legislation that would have created a path to citizenship for most illegal immigrants in the nation, McCain is primed to build upon the inroads President Bush made four years ago in attracting Latino votes to the GOP banner.
Wild Thing's comment........
La Raza is, among the many horrible things it stands for and has done is a racist organization.
That we’ve sunk to the point that presidential nominees feel comfortable pandering to it is beyond unfortunate to say the least.
Attending a La Raza conference in 2008 is akin to attending a US Communist Party conference in 1988. Both organizations are dedicated to the destruction of the USA.
It's unbelievable any Presidential Candidate would do such a thing. Well, it used to be unbelievable. Nowadays, pandering to America's enemies obviously is OK.
Muslim Keith Ellison Addresses Nat. Conference for Media Reform
Socialist Muslim Congressman Keith Ellison: "America An Imperial Power"
Congressman Keith Ellison address the National Conference for Media Reform in Minneapolis, June 6, 2008.
Keith Ellison is America's first ever Muslim congressman and his election was hailed by the MSM as a great step forward and a sign of our enlightened times.
Ellison talks about how Ronald Reagan made him sick but Bush makes him sicker. He calls America an “imperial power.” Then he suggests that the country should get rid of “hate radio” and Fox News.
Wild Thing's comment........
So much for moderate Muslims once again they prove there is no such thing.
I imagine Keith Ellison will be on Obama's top 10 guest list IF Obama becomes President.
Some Politcal Humor from Denny Crane ~ LOL
Wild Thing's comment........
Denny Crane is a character on a TV series, this scene is from one of the shows where the Republican party came to Denny Crane's office and was interviewing him to run for President. LOL It is a a very funny scene.
The TV show is called " Boston Legal".
Salmonellosis Outbreak in Certain Types of Tomatoes
Please go to their website for any UPDATES that may come in or to find our which States are OK.
Salmonellosis Outbreak in Certain Types of Tomatoes
The Food and Drug Administration is alerting consumers nationwide that a salmonellosis outbreak appears to be linked to consumption of certain types of raw red tomatoes and products containing raw red tomatoes. The bacteria causing the illnesses are Salmonella serotype Saintpaul, an uncommon type of Salmonella.
The specific type and source of tomatoes are under investigation. However, preliminary data suggest that raw red plum, raw red Roma, or raw round red tomatoes are the cause. At this time, consumers should limit their tomato consumption to tomatoes that have not been implicated in the outbreak.
At this time, FDA is advising consumers to limit their consumption of tomatoes to the following types of tomatoes.
The following types of tomatoes listed below are NOT likely to be the source of this outbreak.
tomatoes sold with the vine still attached
tomatoes grown at home
Consumers who are unsure of where the tomatoes are from that they have in their home are encouraged to contact the store or place of purchase for that information.
Since mid April, there have been 145 reported cases of salmonellosis nationwide caused by Salmonella Saintpaul, an uncommon form of Salmonella. At least 23 hospitalizations have been reported.
Wild Thing's comment........
I used to grow my own and this has been the second year I have not. Yum they were delicious and having them right there to pick was wonderful.
It is weird that the website doesn't tell where the tomatoes are coming in from...Mexico maybe, just wondering. I guess it isn't politically correct to tell where the problem starts from.
June 09, 2008
McCain's Election Strategy per Rick Davis Campaign Manager
McCain's Election Strategy
Washington Post for complete article
The "McCain 2008 Strategy Briefing" is voiced by campaign manager Rick Davis, who admits the political environment is "among the worst for in modern history for Republicans."
Highlights from the video briefing:Please go to this LINK......Washington Post for complete article to see this part of article ( Washington Post does not want their entire articles posted at other sites then their own.)
Wild Thing's comment........
Just this, Memo from Wild Thing, for Rick Davis and John McCain, please stop using the strategy of attacking the present administration as it is the party you belong to. You are running against Obama NOT George Bush.
McCain SNUBS Billy Graham and Will NOT Meet With Him
McCain Campaign Declines to Meet with Billy Graham
newsmax for complete article
In another disturbing sign that Sen. John McCain has little interest in reaching out to his conservative base, including evangelical Christian voters, his campaign has declined an offer to meet with the Rev. Billy Graham.
For almost six decades, Graham has been America’s most influential preacher and evangelist, a man sought out by every president since Harry Truman.
Today, the 89-year-old Graham is in declining health and stays near his home in Montreat, N.C. His last public appearance, in May 2007, marked the dedication of his library. Three former American presidents -- Jimmy Carter, George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton -- were on hand to honor Graham.
While meetings with ministers have caused their fair share of controversy in this election cycle, we thought it was worth a try to bring McCain together with America’s most celebrated preacher.
McCain’s campaign responded to Jacobs with the following letter dated June 3, 2008:
"Dear Mr. Jacobs,
Thank you for your kind letter offering to set up a personal meeting between Senator McCain and Dr. Billy Graham.
Senator McCain appreciates your invitation and the valuable opportunity it represents.
Unfortunately, I must pass along our regrets and do not foresee an opportunity to add this event to the calendar.
I know you will understand that with the tremendous demands on his time and the large volume of similar requests, events such as this are extremely difficult to schedule even though each one is important. However, we will keep your event in mind should an opportunity present itself in the future.
I know that the Senator would want me to thank you for your interest and to send his very best wishes.
Director of Scheduling
John McCain 2008 "
The rejection of an offer to meet with Graham is yet another indication that the McCain campaign has made a deliberate, strategic decision to chart a new course for the GOP, a course without the sizeable evangelical Christian voting bloc serving as its base.
The new course is likely designed to pick up disaffected Democrats, even Sen. Hillary Clinton’s women supporters, who are pro-choice.
The danger for McCain is in his campaign’s failure to grasp the size of the born again vote. Latest surveys show that fully 42 percent of all Americans claim to be “born again.”
But the risk is not just that the Republican nominee will lose evangelical voters but that he will lose its massive infrastructure: megachurches with their schools, television programs and massive mailing lists which traditionally play a crucial role for Republicans in voter registration and voter turnout. The cost to the party of replicating this role themselves would be incalculable.
McCain’s new course is a stunning turnabout for the GOP. In the summer of 1980, Ronald Reagan reached out to evangelicals gathered at the Religious Roundtable in a Dallas, Texas, saying to his audience of 10,000, “I know you can’t endorse me, but I want you to know that I endorse you.” It marked the beginning of a GOP relationship with evangelicals that became a winning coalition for three presidents.
Wild Thing's comment........
OK this is something that makes me feel badly personally. I know Billy Graham, he stayed at my parents home when I was growing up. I went to school with one of his daughers. He is one of the finest men. sigh McCain must have monsters inside his head to allow his team person to say no to this meeting. Maybe it is because Billy Graham met with President Bush ? And McCain is trying hard not to look like a Republican so he can keep getting more democrats to vote for him????? But you know what long ago Billy told my parents he was a southern democrat, much like the kind Zell Miller was. And remember that awesome speech Zell Miller made at the RNC convention? It was the best speech made at the entire convention!
I think this is the first time in my life I have seen a Republican candidate try so hard to give the middle finger to the Conservative base of his parrty.
This, on the face of it, seems just plain rude.
Rev. Graham is a fine man who has given his life to God and faith, here and all over the world. Billy Graham is one of the Great Men alive today. McCain is an ass.
Rev. Graham is probably the most apolitical evangelical pastor in modern American history. Unlike Jerry Falwell and James Dobson, Rev. Graham has mostly stayed out of politics. He’s a great man, a real living legend. I don’t know what’s worse—the fact that McQueeg won’t meet with him, or the fact that Democrats seem to think that meeting with Rev. Graham is some kind of negative thing!
UPDATE: This just in at Newsmax
McCain Hopes to Meet With Billy Graham
After a report on Newsmax.com indicated Sen. John McCain had rebuffed an offer to meet with the Rev. Billy Graham, the McCain campaign sought to clarify the matter.
Christian Ferry, McCain’s deputy campaign manager, tells Newsmax the campaign has been in the process of setting up a meeting between McCain and Graham.
Ferry said a misunderstanding of McCain’s intentions apparently arose because on June 3, 2008, the campaign sent what Ferry said was a routine letter declining an offer by Brian Jacobs, a Fort Worth, Texas, minister to broker a meeting between McCain and the evangelist.
Newsmax noted in its report that Jacobs had identified himself as a consultant to the Graham organization who had arranged a similar meeting between Graham and George W. Bush during the 2000 election.
In the June 3 McCain campaign letter, Amber Johnson, director of scheduling for the McCain, wrote to Jacobs, “Thank you for your kind letter offering to set up a personal meeting between Senator McCain and Dr. Billy Graham.
"Senator McCain appreciates your invitation and the valuable opportunity it represents [italics added by McCain campaign]. Unfortunately, I must pass along our regrets and do not foresee an opportunity to add this event to the calendar.”
Ferry said that despite the suggestion that the letter makes regarding no interest in such a meeting, the McCain campaign in fact had already been working with Graham’s son, Franklin Graham, to set up such a meeting.
....Thank you so much Mark for sending this Update to me.
Statue of Liberty Play
I see strange happenings on TV! No, not horror movies, just Democrats and Republicans trying to give solutions to the price of oil and gas prices. They, with due respect haven't got a clue!!
To me it's simple, OPEC can control oil prices by production of their drilling. And we the USA are like 'chicken little', ' the Sky is falling'. etc. We're like little chicks with our mouths open waiting for our next feeding.
Just as in sports, you have to psych out your opponents.
We should throw our system in the Legislature and the President, propose a fast track on building multiple refineries at record speed and propose drilling anywhere we have a chance for oil.
When that shows up on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC and all TV news channels all over the world, the price of oil will fall like a ton of coal.
OPEC will panic and gas prices will be cut in half PRONTO!
Angry Old Salt
The Energy Non-Crisis ~ So Many Lies From the Left and Rino's
Massive Oil Deposit Could Increase US Reserves by 10 Times
"A democracy is we the sheeple. A Republic is We The People."
The Video link is one hour and 15 min, I know everyone is busy. But if you get a chance to even have it playing in the background while you are online it is so well worth it. I watched the whole thing and for me it went so fast, because he kept it really interesting even shocking at times with information. I recommend it highly if you get a chance. -- Wild Thing
The Video explains what is going on right now; to know why the price of gas is $4.00 to $5.00 per gallon, why it will go even higher, and why it could have been just $1.50 per gallon instead.
For a LARGER version of this video if you prefer just CLICK HERE
From Powerline Blog
" I hadn't realized, until the hearings on energy that were held this week in House and Senate committees, that the United States doesn't have any big oil companies. It's true: the largest American oil company, Exxon Mobil, is only the 14th largest in the world, and is dwarfed by the really big oil companies--all owned by foreign governments or government-sponsored monopolies--that dominate the world's oil supply."
"With 94% of the world's oil supply locked up by foreign governments, most of which are hostile to the United States, the relatively puny American oil companies do not have access to enough crude oil to significantly affect the market and help bring prices down. Thus, Exxon Mobil, a small oil company, buys 90% of the crude oil that it refines for the U.S. market from the big players, i.e, mostly-hostile foreign governments. The price at the U.S. pump is rising because the price the big oil companies charge Exxon Mobil and the other small American companies for crude oil is going up."
"This is obviously a tough situation for the American consumer. The irony is that it doesn't have to be that way. The United States--unlike, say, France--actually has vast petroleum reserves. It would be possible for American oil companies to develop those reserves, play a far bigger role in international markets, and deliver gas at the pump to American consumers at a much lower price, while creating many thousands of jobs for Americans. This would be infinitely preferable to shipping endless billions of dollars to Saudi Arabia, Russia and Venezuela. "
"So, why doesn't it happen? Because the Democratic Party--aided, sadly, by a handful of Republicans--deliberately keeps gas prices high and our domestic oil companies small by putting most of our reserves off limits to development. China is now drilling in the Caribbean, but our own companies are barred by law from developing large oil fields off the coasts of Florida and California. Enormous shale oil deposits in the Rocky Mountain states could go a long way toward supplying American consumers' needs, but the Democratic Congress won't allow those resources to be developed. ANWR contains vast petroleum reserves, but we don't know how vast, because Congress, not wanting the American people to know how badly its policies are hurting our economy, has made it illegal to explore and map those reserves, let alone develop them."
There are huge reserves in ANWR, according to the U.S. Department of the Interior there are more than 10 billion barrels that could be recovered for consumption and placement into the national strategic reserve. ANWR was set aside for this purpose by a Carter-era Democrat-controlled Congress, but we have yet to seriously tap into the ANWR reserves.
Then there are the American oil shale (kerogen) reserves, on the order of 2,500 gigabarrels, which is the largest known reserve of its kind in the world, enough to power the economy well into the 22nd Century.
And now comes word of the largest oil discovery in the continental U.S. in the last 38 years, enough to boost our already known reserve by a factor of 10. The earth beneath the states of North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana holds what is known as the Bakken Oil Formation. The Bakken Oil Formation holds 500 billion barrels of oil under 200,000 square miles of land. Based upon the information about to be released by the U.S. Geological Survey there is no reason at all for America not to be energy independent in very short order.
America is sitting on top of a super massive 200 billion barrel Oil Field that could potentially make America Energy Independent and until now has largely gone unnoticed. Thanks to new technology the Bakken Formation in North Dakota could boost America’s Oil reserves by an incredible 10 times, giving western economies the trump card against OPEC’s short squeeze on oil supply and making Iranian and Venezuelan threats of disrupted supply irrelevant.
In the next 30 days the USGS (U.S. Geological Survey) will release a new report giving an accurate resource assessment of the Bakken Oil Formation that covers North Dakota and portions of South Dakota and Montana. With new horizontal drilling technology it is believed that from 175 to 500 billion barrels of recoverable oil are held in this 200,000 square mile reserve that was initially discovered in 1951. The USGS did an initial study back in 1999 that estimated 400 billion recoverable barrels were present but with prices bottoming out at $10 a barrel back then the report was dismissed because of the higher cost of horizontal drilling techniques that would be needed, estimated at $20-$40 a barrel.
It was not until 2007, when EOG Resources of Texas started a frenzy when they drilled a single well in Parshal N.D. that is expected to yield 700,000 barrels of oil that real excitement and money started to flow in North Dakota. Marathon Oil is investing $1.5 billion and drilling 300 new wells in what is expected to be one of the greatest booms in Oil discovery since Oil was discovered in Saudi Arabia in 1938.
The US imported about 14 million barrels of Oil per day in 2007 , which means US consumers sent about $340 Billion Dollars over seas building palaces in Dubai and propping up unfriendly regimes around the World, if 200 billion barrels of oil at $90 a barrel are recovered in the high plains the added wealth to the US economy would be $18 Trillion Dollars which would go a long way in stabilizing the US trade deficit and could cut the cost of oil in half in the long run.
Wild Thing's comment........
I don't think I have ever been this angry about anything. There is NO reason for any of this oil to be kept from being drilled except for the left ( democrats and that includes enviro American hating jerks ) and the rino's.
This information is available to all of our leaders, to all those running for President and they still will not do it. Anyone that will not do what needs to be done should be kicked out of our government, dear God if that could only be possible!!
God help us these people in power want to destroy our country!!!!
......Thank you Rhod for the graphic
Thank you Melissa and LLoyd and Paul for this information, link to the information and the video link.
U.S. Military Captured Arms Dealer Who Is Also Commander of an Assassination Squad
U.S. Military: Leader of Basra 'Assassination Squad' Captured in Iraq Raid
U.S. soldiers in Baghdad captured an Iraqi arms dealer and "assassination squad" leader responsible for trafficking Shiite extremists in and out of neighboring Iran for training, the military said Sunday.
The arrest came as Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki was visiting Iran and was expected to raise with its leaders the long-time U.S. allegations that Tehran arms, trains and funds Shiite Muslim militiamen inside Iraq. Tehran denies the charges.
The Iraqi prime minister, himself a Shiite, is struggling to keep Washington happy while reassuring Iran, the largest Shiite nation, that a proposed U.S.-Iraqi security agreement would not make his country an American launching pad for attacks on Iran.
The U.S. arrest campaign against Shiite militiamen with alleged ties to Iran was likely to be on the agenda for al-Maliki's talks with Iranian officials.
U.S. soldiers, acting on intelligence from other Shiite militiamen already in custody, captured the Basra-based "special groups" leader late Saturday at a hideout in eastern Baghdad, according to a military statement.
"The wanted man is alleged to be a commander of an assassination squad in Basra, an arms dealer with connections to Iran and a document counterfeiter," the statement said.
He also arranges transportation of criminals into Iran for training, and then back into Iraq, it said. One of the leader's aides was also arrested without incident.
The U.S. military uses the term "special groups" to describe Shiite fighters defying a cease-fire order from anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, whose militiamen fought American and Iraqi forces for seven weeks until a May truce.
Meanwhile, the military said in another statement that it captured six more suspected Sunni extremists Sunday in the northern city of Mosul, including an alleged al-Qaida in Iraq leader and another man who is a wiring expert in charge of a bombing cell there.
Two women were injured when American soldiers "breached the door of a target building" during the arrest raid, the statement said. Both were treated at the scene and then transported to an Iraqi hospital, it said.
Mosul is believed to be one of the last urban strongholds of al-Qaida in Iraq, and U.S. and Iraqi forces have battled with militants there in recent months.
Violence continued Sunday in Baghdad, where four new police recruits were killed in an attack on the National Police headquarters on the city's west side, where a blast went off near a gate where recruits were gathering, police said.
Another 22 people were wounded in the attack. Police gave conflicting reports about whether the attack used mortars or a roadside bomb.
A mortar shell landed just outside Baghdad's Green Zone midmorning, killing three employees and wounding seven others, police said. The mortar was apparently targeting the Defense Ministry, which is inside the U.S.-guarded diplomatic zone, but fell short, they said.
Mortar and rocket attacks were once a daily occurrence in the Green Zone in central Baghdad, but have fallen off in recent weeks.
Wild Thing's comment.......
Three cheers for our troops!
For those who hoped to see the US fail in Iraq, much hinged on the Iranians and their support for their proxies, the Mahdi militia. Fortunately, coalition forces are cutting them down and removing their potential to threaten the elected government of Iraq. These are sad times for Liberals and all of those who wanted the US to fail in Iraq .
....Thank you Darth for the link and information this is great news!
First lady Laura Bush in Afghanistan
First Lady Laura Bush made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan on Sunday with an appeal to the international community not to abandon the war-torn country in the face of resurgent Taliban violence.
This is Mrs. Bush's third trip to Afghanistan, where the repressive Taliban ruled until U.S. forces invaded following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
"The people of Afghanistan don't want to go back and live like that," Mrs. Bush told reporters on her plane as it made the nearly 14-hour flight to the Afghan capital. "They know what it was like. The international community can't drop Afghanistan now, at this very crucial time."
United States first lady Laura Bush, (R) watches a traditional New Zealand arrival dance with Afghanistan's first woman provincial mayor of Bamiran Province Habiba Sarabi (L) after arriving at the Bamiyan Provincial Reconstruction Team Base controlled by the New Zealand military.
U.S. first lady Laura Bush, center, poses for a group photo with New Zealand soliders during a welcoming ceremony at the military compound in Bamiyan, Afghanistan, Sunday, June 8, 2008. New Zealand military took over Bamiyan's Provincial Reconstruction Team Base from U.S. Troops in 2003.
U.S. first lady Laura Bush speaks to Afghan women during a visit to Kabul June 8, 2008. Bush appealed to the international community on Sunday not to abandon Afghanistan in the face of resurgent Taliban violence. Rocked by daily battles with Taliban rebels that have killed some 12,000 people in two years, Kabul is to ask international donors in Paris this week to fund a $50-billion five-year development plan it hopes will undercut the insurgency.
U.S. first lady Laura Bush poses with U.S. military personnel stationed at Bagram AB before her departure for Slovenia after a surprise visit to Afghanistan
Wild Thing's comment........
Laura Bush is first class all the way. I thought it would be nice to do a post about her trip to Afghanistan.
B.Hussein Obama Bikes In Chicago
Obama on a bike ride in Chicago, Sunday, June 8, 2008
The Illinois senator and his wife, Michelle, rode to a neighbor’s house with their daughters, Malia and Sasha, on Sunday. Then the group headed out for the ride along the scenic lake shore. But the outing was cut short by a downpour.
Senator Obama demostrates the opertion of the Obamacycle: the vehicle that the peasants, er, citizens will be allowed to own under his administration. This model is only for the Party faithful.
President Bush responds heh heh
Wild Thing's comment........
The first thing I thought of when I saw this was he was having his "Kerry Moment" right off the bat! Rememebr Kerry and his wind sailing and other things?
Now I am serious about this part, he better be careful being out in public, “as a black man he can get shot for just going to the gas station” according to his wife Michelle the racist.
June 08, 2008
Task Force XII Soldiers Battle Heat
Several Soldiers in 4th Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment perform nighttime maintenance on an AH-64 Apache Longbow. Performing larger maintenance jobs at night is one way these maintainers try to reduce the possibility of heat injuries.
Task Force XII Soldiers Battle Heat: Troops on Flight-line Work Hard on Trying to Stay Cool
By Sgt. Brandon Little
Task Force XII Public Affairs Office
CAMP TAJI, Iraq
It’s highly unlikely that a terrorist will take the day off because it’s just too hot outside or that he’ll bring in a doctor’s note recommending he stay indoors and not blow things up until it gets cooler outside.
The enemy doesn’t take time off from what he does because of increasing temperatures, so Task Force XII aviators can’t afford to either. However, working outside in these plus 100 degree temperatures can have a strenuous effect on a Soldier’s body.
Since the sun doesn’t show them any sympathy, Soldiers working on the flight-line must take certain precautions to prevent themselves and their buddies from becoming another heat casualty statistic.
“Working outside can be pretty rough at times,” said Spc. Rene O’Neil, an AH-64 Apache Longbow maintainer in Troop N, 4th Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment. “Our workload has been steady for the last couple of months but the temperature has increase by about 20 degrees.”
These aircraft maintainers are responsible for conducting preventative maintenance, checks and services to keep Task Force XII helicopters flying around the clock.
“Our aircraft have to be serviced either every 14 days or after they’ve been flown for 25 hours,” said O’Neil, who hails from York, Penn. “We have to pay close attention to the flight schedule to know which aircraft is due for PMCS, because an aircraft can’t overfly a PMCS.”
Conducting a PMCS on an aircraft means first inspecting it for leaks or visible damage; all while braving the brutal sunrays and extreme heat bouncing off the concrete airfield.
"If the temperature walking around the base is 100 degrees, it’s probably somewhere between 120 and 130 degrees on the flight-line, "said 1st Sgt. Jon Martin, the top enlisted Soldier in Company C, 3rd Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment.
“I’m from Dallas so I’m kind of use to this type of heat, but it’s important for us to watch out for one another and bring each other water,” said Spc. Justin Khounborinh, an Apache maintainer in Troop O, 4th Sqdn., 3rd ACR. “There are plenty of first aid kits and Combat Life Saver bags out here, and we’re all CLS qualified.”
“Everyday (1st Sgt. Richard Bonney) makes sure we have plenty of water and ice out here,” said O’Neil. “He’s always making sure we take breaks and rotate between time in the sun and time in the shade. We also work as a team to get work done faster and we try to save big jobs that can wait until it gets a little cooler.”
In addition to drinking water, these Soldiers must take other precautions to protect themselves from the sun’s wrath.
“We try to make sure that the Soldiers are wearing sunscreen and boney hats if they have sensitive skin,” said Martin, a native of San Diego. “We also make sure that all the Soldiers have gloves when they’re working because the parts on those aircraft get hot enough to burn your hand.”
A Soldier’s diet and physical fitness can be key factors when trying to prevent heat injuries, he said.
“We really try to stress the importance of physical fitness, because if you’re out of shape your body will definitely tell on you in weather like this,” said Martin. “I also let the smokers and coffee drinkers in my company know the effect it will have on them in this heat.”
Prior to deploying, Soldiers in Task Force XII also received classes and training on heat injury symptoms and ways of preventing these injuries.
Taking time to ensure Soldiers have protection against heat injuries helps keep aircraft flying even if the enemy decides it’s a little too warm outside to cause trouble.
Wild Thing's comment........
God be with our soldiers and protect them. I read in another article last summer that each soldier drinks an average of a gallon of water a day in the heat.
There are so many things that our media could cover about our troops. What it is like to be there in the heat, or in the cold in the winter and so many other things. All safe information to share about our awesome troops, to help people understand what they are up agaisnt and understand more about being at war.
I really do believe IF we had a media that loved America even if the left politicans and liberal American's did not, it WOULD make a difference. It would be right in their face each night how great our soldiers are doing.
Instead we either get no news or only slanted bad news.
Obama At A Past Townhall Meeting ~ LOL
Obama loses his train of thought several times during one Townhall Meeting
Here is some more from the same speech
Wild Thing's comment.......
It looks like he is trying to blame the crowd for his ineptitude.
And this is the guy who’s going to “fix” the country, stop global warming, keep the oceans from rising, give everyone free healthcare, convince the world’s terrorists and dictators to sing kumbaya with him, and “heal” our “broken nation”? What an idiot.
Another Terrorist In Obamaland Rashid Khalidi
"Sean Hannity has done yeoman's work at exposing the radical ties Barack Obama has to any number of far-leftist people. But perhaps none is any more disturbing than his ties to Rashid Khalidi, a radical associated with the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) and the late Yassir Arafat. In the video above, Daniel Pipes explains the close and recent connection Obama has with Khalidi." -Redstate and McCain websites
Wild Thing's comment........
America ....where anyone can become a Presidential candidate including a racist couple who is supported, endorsed and favored by terrorists around the world.
This time if we and when our country, or Americans are attacked on our own soil or in any part of the world, we can go straight to the Commander in Chief if Obama wins this election. Because his cut backs in our military he plans on doing, his non support of the war against Islam and his connections to those that want to kill us will make B.Hussein Obama owning his part of the blame!!!!
Defense, Prosecution Chiefs Differ As Guantanamo Arraignment Ends
By Gerry J. Gilmore
American Forces Press Service
U.S. NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY
The chiefs of defense and prosecution offered different views of the day's results to reporters yesterday after five accused terrorists heard the charges filed against them for their alleged role in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on America at an arraignment.
The judge, Marine Col. Ralph H. Kohlmann, informed Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Walid Muhammad Salih Mubarak bin Attash, Ramzi bin al-Shibh, Ali Abdul Aziz Ali and Mustafa Ahmed Adam al-Hawsawi, of the nature of the charges filed against them, which include terrorism, conspiracy, hijacking and murder. Each defendant was served nine referred charges, including two specifications of one of the charges, on May 21.
All five defendants would reject court-appointed defense counsel and elect to represent themselves before the day long hearing was over.
Kohlmann had tried in vain to convince each of the five defendants that it would be wiser to retain professional counsel, rather than electing to represent themselves during a trial that's expected to begin in mid-September.
Army Col. Steven David, the chief defense counsel, told reporters at a post arraignment news conference that four of the defendants may have been influenced by Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks that killed nearly 3,000 Americans.
It's universally understood in the legal community that defendants are not helping their cases when they choose to represent themselves in a court of law, David pointed out to reporters.
Mohammed was the first of the group to be addressed by Kohlmann at the arraignment, and the accused terrorist also was first to opt to reject his court appointed lawyers and choose to represent himself.
In court, Mohammed was overheard to have exclaimed to fellow defendant Hawsawi: "What! Are you in the American Army now?" said Army Maj. Jon Jackson, one of Hawsawi's court appointed military attorneys.
Jackson told reporters it appeared as if Mohammed had intimidated Hawsawi, the last of the defendants to be arraigned.
As the day wore on, it seemed as if the defendants who followed Mohammed marched in lockstep with him, as each chose to be his own attorney at trial. The five men are to be tried jointly, just as they appeared at today's hearing.
Chief prosecutor Army Col. Lawrence Morris emphasized to reporters that the government has to respect the defendants' decision to represent themselves in court.
Morris reminded reporters that the five defendants now in U.S. custody are the people "most responsible for the murder of 2,973 individuals."
Nineteen people in U.S. custody have been charged with crimes under the Military Commissions Act, Morris noted. Today's arraignment was conducted under the auspices of the act.
The Military Commissions Act established procedures governing the use of military commissions to try alien unlawful enemy combatants engaged in hostilities against the United States for violations of the law of war and other offenses that can be tried by military commission, according to a military commissions fact sheet.
The chief prosecutor expressed his confidence in the fitness of the military commissions system as a means to dispense justice.
"As you continue to see, the military commissions process is an orderly, fair, open legal system, remarkably similar to other trials in United States courts," Morris said. "The prosecution team will continue to work diligently to bring all cases to trial in a fair and expeditious manner, consistent with the best practices in both civilian and military courts."
Wild Thing's comment........
I am all for death for these terrorists!!
June 07, 2008
Legendary Sportscaster Jim McKay Dead at 86
Born James Kenneth McManus
September 24, 1921(1921-09-24)
Served in U.S.Navy, 1943-46
Jim McKay, the veteran and eloquent sportscaster thrust into the role of telling Americans about the tragedy at the 1972 Munich Olympics, has died. He was 86.
McKay died Saturday of natural causes at his farm in Monkton, Md.
He was host of ABC's influential "Wide World of Sports" for more than 40 years, starting in 1961. The weekend series introduced viewers to all manner of strange, compelling and far-flung sports events.
McKay also covered 12 Olympics, but none more memorably than the Summer Games in Munich, Germany. He was the anchor when events turned grim with the news that Palestinian terrorists kidnapped 11 Israeli athletes. It was left to McKay to tell Americans when a commando raid to rescue the athletes ended in tragedy.
"They're all gone," McKay said.
The terse, haunting comment was replayed many times through the years when the events of Munich were chronicled.
"I had to control myself. I was full of emotion," McKay recalled. "But when you are a professional, it is important to communicate what it is like, to capture the moment."
Sports, McKay said, lost its innocence that day.
"Jim was at his best during what had to be his most difficult assignment, hosting with skill and sensitivity ABC's blanket coverage of the 1972 Munich Olympics hostage crisis," President Bush said in a statement. " We are also grateful for Jim's service to his country as a Naval officer aboard a minesweeper during World War II."
He won both a news and sports Emmy Award for his coverage of the Munich Olympics in addition to the prestigious George Polk award.
A veteran of the U.S. Navy in World War II, McKay was the first on-air television broadcaster seen in Baltimore. He worked at CBS Sports briefly, but did his most memorable work at ABC Sports when it dominated the business under leader Roone Arledge.
Wild Thing's comment.......
Jim McKay was so good and he will be missed. He was such a huge part of sports and the Olympics too.
Soros Down To TWO Paid For Candidates ~ Hillary Announces Campaign Is “suspended"
Clap clap... point; clap clap... point; clap clap... point; clap clap... point thingy has suspended her run for President.
"Today, as I suspend my campaign, I congratulate him on the victory he has won"
Sunset Boulevard - 1950 - Final Scene
LOL NON lovers of B. Hussein Obama
Democrats Against Obama
Others funded by Soros:
A little about George Soros:
George Soros was born in Budapest in 1930 but, today, spends most of his time in New York City. Not much is known about his early years. He is the only eminent “holocaust survivor” who has been accused of collaboration with the Nazis.
In 1947, he managed to sneak through the Iron Curtain, and, the official story goes, “he landed penniless in London, but by hard work and sheer genius, he rose to become one of the planet’s most successful investors and richest men.”
George Soros is out to deconstruct nations and states as Europe has known them for centuries, with Russia always the main prize. In an interview with the Moscow daily Komersant (August 8, 1997), he declared that “a strong central government in Russia cannot be democratic.” “The rescue of a free Russian economy depends on the attraction of Western investments,” he added, and, to that end, “Russia’s general public must accept the ideology of an open society.”
There is not one patriot (Russian, Croat, Latvian, Serb, Rumanian, Hungarian) or one practicing Christian on Soros’ payroll. In all postcommunist countries, Soros relies on the sons and daughters of the old communist establishment, who are less likely to be tainted by any atavistic attachments to their native soil, culture, and traditions.
The more successful among them-and the most loyal-may spend years drifting from one “project” to another, and some have been living that way for more than a decade. Soros has revealed (in Underwriting Democracy) that his Open Society foundations will help create an international web, at the heart of which will be the computerized base of personal data that will enable Western multinationals to find the local candidates they need.
Soros’ agenda in world affairs is clear from the fact that his appointees include Gen. Wesley Clark, who commanded NATO forces in the war against Serbia in 1999; Louise Arbour, the former chief prosecutor of the Yugoslav war-crimes tribunal at The Hague; former assistant secretary of state Morton Abramowitz, an enthusiastic supporter of Bosnian Muslims and Albanians in the wars of Yugoslav succession; and former national security advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski, whose visceral Russophobia aided and abetted the rise of Osama bin Laden and his jihadist cohorts.
As Gilles d’Aymery noted two years ago, Soros is not just the power behind the Open Society Institute, the U.S. Institute of Peace, the National Endowment for Democracy, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and the International Crisis Group:
"Like an immense Jules Verne octopus, he extends his tentacles all over Eastern Europe, South-Eastern Europe, the Caucasus as well as the republics of the former Soviet Union. With the help of these various groups it is possible not only to shape but to create the news, the agenda and public opinion to further aims which are, in short, the control of the world, its natural resources and the furtherance of the uniform ideal of a perfect world polity made in America.“
Soros pledged to raise $75 million to defeat President Bush in the 2004 Presidential election, and personally donated nearly a third of that amount to anti-Bush groups (see The Shadow Party). He gave $5 million to MoveOn.org, the group that produced political ads likening Bush to Adolf Hitler. He also contributed $10 million to a Democratic Party 2004 get-out-the-vote initiative called America Coming Together, whose directors include representatives from the AFL-CIO, the Sierra Club, the Service Employees International Union, and EMILY’s List. He further pledged $3 million to the Center for American Progress (CAP), a think-tank headed by former Clinton chief-of-staff John Podesta.
PBS broadcaster and Schumann Center for Media and Democracy President Bill Moyers is a trustee of the Open Society Institute’s Board of Directors. The network of Soros foundations - the most prominent of which is the Open Society Institute - supports a wide array of leftist groups and causes.
In December of 2006, Soros met with Democratic presidential hopeful Senator Barack Obama in his New York office. Soros had previously hosted a fund-raiser for Obama during the latter’s 2004 campaign for the Senate.
On January 16, 2007, Obama announced the creation of a presidential exploratory committee, and within hours Soros sent the senator a contribution of $2,100, the maximum amount allowable under campaign finance laws.
Later that week the New York Daily News reported that Soros would back Obama over Senator Hillary Clinton, whom he had also supported in the past. Soros’s announcement was seen as a repudiation of Clinton’s presidential aspirations, though Soros said he would support the New York senator were she to win the Democratic nomination.
Obama Hype From Those That Worship Him
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.), son of the one-time presidential contender, said Obama’s victory overwhelmed him.
“I cried all night. I’m going to be crying for the next four years,” he said. “What Barack Obama has accomplished is the single most extraordinary event that has occurred in the 232 years of the nation’s political history. ... The event itself is so extraordinary that another chapter could be added to the Bible to chronicle its significance.”
Chris Matthews Effusive Over Barack 'New Testament' Obama
“I’ve been following politics since I was about 5,” said Mr. Matthews. “I’ve never seen anything like this. This is bigger than Kennedy. [Obama] comes along, and he seems to have the answers. This is the New Testament. This is surprising.”
" I really think there’s a Salieri-Mozart thing going on here,” said Mr. Matthews. “Salieri was the court composer who did everything right. He was impressive. Along comes Mozart. And everybody couldn’t get the music out of their heads. Hillary is really good at doing what she is supposed to do. She’s impressive. He’s inspirational. That’s the difference. One’s the court composer. And one is the genius. There’s something he does. I don’t know what. Oprah said it. It’s not that he’s black. It’s that he’s brilliant.”
Wild Thing's comment........
The entire Obama phenomena creeps me out. Hussein seems to be setting himself up for the office of Antichrist.
Hoping Murtha Will Face Punishment About Haditha
Haditha: No Massacre, No Cover-Up
By Ben Johnson
THIS WEEK YET AGAIN PROVED THE PARTY OF DEFEAT'S KING WEARS NO CLOTHES
On Wednesday, a jury found Lieutenant Andrew Grayson "not guilty" of covering up the (un)massacre at Haditha.
The 27-year-old had been accused of multiple counts of making false official statements and one count of attempting to deceive by making false statements. A charge of "obstruction of justice" had been thrown out the day before.
More than simply another exoneration of those accused of wrongdoing in Haditha – the sixth of eight accused – this verdict will go a long way to redefining Haditha and refuting those who insist on slurring "baby-killer" Marines and the United States herself.
In the atrocity story churned out by left-wingers and "mainstream media" newscasters (but then, I repeat myself), four U.S. Marines murdered 24 blameless Iraqi civilians on November 19, 2005, as their victims cowered, some "as if in prayer." The then-ascendant face of American surrender, John Murtha, made this story his own in a dramatic press conference in May 2006, insisting his fellow Marines acted "in cold blood" even as an internal investigation was taking place.
The story at once illumined the Left's imagination like nothing since Abu Ghraib. More than a massacre, its obsessive observers saw in Haditha a "cover-up," a conspiracy.
The official press release stated these civilians had died during an explosion, rather than by gunfire, yet investigators understand they were killed by ammunition fired at close-range. The narrative became set: the Bush White House ordered American soldiers to slaughter innocent civilians every opportunity they got (My Lai by the dozen); the service covered up the story; and a compliant media hid it all from the American people. The fact that Time magazine broke the story gave them little pause. They became keepers of the dirty secret: America, a genocidal nation since 1492, is at it again.
"Mainstream" members of the Party of Defeat also took advantage of the allegations, using them to promote a six-month timetable for withdrawal.
Had such a withdrawal gone through, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi would be the acknowledged emir of the al-Qaeda-controlled sphere of Iraq, recruiting Europeans for actions outside Iraq.
The Haditha lie is dying a bitter death not unlike that of the Jordanian terrorist – again, in spite of the Left, and in a way that is unacknowledged by the Left. Wednesday's verdict leaves but one person each charged with any form of wrongdoing: one for the "massacre" (Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich) and one for its reporting (Lt. Col. Jeffrey Chessani). Sgt. Wuterich no longer faces "murder" but reduced "manslaughter" charges, and there are already questions of unlawful command influence in Chessani's case. Lt. Grayson's attorney, Joseph Casas, said he looks for both to follow his client's footsteps.
"I think [Grayson's acquittal] sets the tone for the overall whirlwind Haditha has been," Casas stated. "It's been a botched investigation from the get-go. I believe in the end all of the so-called Haditha Marines who still have to face trial will be exonerated."
Previous acquittals also paved the way. In August 2007, the judge stated Lance Cpl. Justin Sharratt was not merely "not guilty" but actually "innocent" of any illegal action whatsoever. Either, or both, Wuterich and Chessani may yet be convicted of some crime, but the narrative of a slaughter and cover-up is long gone.
This is a necessary corollary of the fact that there was no such "massacre." The defendants – who are, it is too infrequently pointed out, U.S. Marines who pledged to give their lives if necessary to keep America safe from terrorists – have maintained the "insurgents" initiated the firefight; hid among civilians (as terrorists often do); and the Marines heard rifles cocking in the smoke-filled room when they inadvertently killed the Iraqis (whom they also pledged to protect from terrorists at the cost of their lives).
The investigation attempting to prove "murder" never made sense. In June 2007, Lt. Col. Paul Ware told the prosecution flatly, “The account you want me to believe does not support unpremeditated murder. Your theories don’t match the reason you say we should go to trial.” Relatives would not allow doctors to autopsy the bodies, and the house in question had been freshly repaired and painted before investigators could retrieve additional evidence. Photographs of the scene revealed the curtains and walls were riddled with bullet holes – indicating a two-way firefight. And these "cold blood"-ed killers have broken down in tears at the remembrance of their actions.
The disgraceful John Murtha doesn't even blush over his.
Now leftist hopes of a conspiracy cover-up have also disappeared like gunsmoke dissipating in the atmosphere.
The apparent explanation is that Lt. Grayson was following procedure. The Associated Press reports:
"Grayson said the charges appear to be the result of a misunderstanding. He has always maintained he was following Marine Corps policy that prohibits the keeping of pictures on personal computers of Iraqi bodies."
One can see the logic of Lt. Grayson's position: he could not allow anyone to possess such pictures in the aftermath of the damage done by the amateur photographs a few enlistees made keepsakes of Abu Ghraib. What would the media have done if it found pictures of dead women and children on a laptop? Had Lt. Grayson allowed them to keep such photos, the DailyKos and The Huffington Post would have accused him of enabling the military's inherently sadistic voyeurism.
Instead, he says he followed procedure and, in return, faced the full legal brunt of his own government. Lt. Grayson is still driven to the point of tears when he remembers the day he first heard of the charges, and the fact that he was facing 20 years in prison: "It was surreal. You can't quite believe you're hearing all this."
Much the reaction patriotic Americans have while reading left-wing accounts of Haditha, Iraq, or the United States.
Wild Thing's comment.......
This is an outstanding article! It’s great to see some sources picking this up .
Hopefully Murtha will suffer a fate similar to a death by a thousand cuts with the articles that have been and will be printed.
Someone should start a movement to deny Murtha the honor of a military funeral when his time comes!
....Thank you Mark for sending this article.
America Needs To Wake Up
ALL EUROPEAN LIFE DIED IN AUSCHWITZ
The following is a copy of an article written by Spanish writer Sebastian Vilar Rodrigez, published in a Spanish newspaper on 5-22-07. It doesn't take much imagination to extrapolate the message to the rest of Europe -- and possibly to the rest of the world.
REMEMBER AS YOU READ -- THIS WAS IN A SPANISH PAPER Date: Tue, 22 May 2007.
I walked down the street in Barcelona, and suddenly discovered a terrible truth - Europe died in Auschwitz . We killed six million Jews and replaced them with 20 million Muslims. In Auschwitz we burned a culture, thought, creativity, talent. We destroyed the chosen people, truly chosen, because they produced great and wonderful people who changed the world.
The contribution of this people is felt in all areas of life: science, art, international trade, and above all, as the conscience of the world. These are the people we burned.
And under the pretense of tolerance, and because we wanted to prove to ourselves that we were cured of the disease of racism, we opened our gates to 20 million Muslims, who brought us stupidity and ignorance, religious extremism and lack of tolerance, crime and poverty, due to an unwillingness to work and support their families with pride.
They have blown up our trains and turned our beautiful Spanish cities into the third world, drowning in filth and crime.
Shut up in the apartments they receive free from the government, they plan the murder and destruction of their naive hosts. And thus, in our misery, we have exchanged culture for fanatical hatred, creative skill for destructive skill, intelligence for backwardness and superstition.
We have exchanged the pursuit of peace of the Jews of Europe and their talent for hoping for a better future for their children, their determined clinging to life because life is holy, for those who pursue death, for people consumed by the desire for death for themselves and others, for our children and theirs.
What a terrible mistake was made by miserable Europe.
A lot of Americans have become so insulated from reality that they imagine America can suffer defeat without any inconvenience to themselves. Absolutely No Profiling! Pause a moment, reflect back:
These events are actual events from history. They really happened!
1. 1968 Bobby Kennedy was shot and killed by a: Muslim male extremist between the ages of 17 and 40.
2. In 1972 at the Munich Olympics, athletes were kidnapped and massacred by: Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40.
3. In 1979, the US embassy in Iran was taken over by: Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40.
4. During the 1980's a number of Americans were kidnapped in Lebanon by: Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40.
5. In 1983, the US Marine barracks in Beirut was blown up by: Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40.
6. In 1985 the cruise ship Achille Lauro was hijacked and a 70 year old American passenger was murdered and thrown overboard in his wheelchair by: Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40.
7. In 1985 TWA flight 847 was hijacked at Athens, and a US Navy diver trying to rescue passengers was murdered by: Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40.
8. In 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 w as bombed by: Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40.
9. In 1993 the World Trade Center was bombed the first time by: Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40.
10. In 1998, the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania were bombed by: Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40.
11. On 9/11/01, four airliners were hijacked; two were used as missiles to take out the World Trade Centers and of the remaining two, one crashed into the US Pentagon and the other was diverted and crashed by the passengers. Thousands of people were killed by: Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40.
12. In 2002 the United States fought a war in Afghanistan against: Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40.
13. In 2002 reporter Daniel Pearl was kidnapped and murdered by: Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40.
No, I really don't see a pattern here to justify profiling, do you?
So, to ensure we Americans never offend anyone, particularly fanatics intent on killing us, airport security screeners will no longer be allowed to profile certain people. They must conduct random searches of 80-year-old women, little kids, airline pilots with proper identification, secret agents who are members of the President's security detail, 85-year old Congressmen with metal hips, and Medal of Honor winner and former Governor Joe Foss, but leave Muslim Males between the ages of 17 and 40 alone lest they be guilty of profiling.
Let's send this to as many people as we can so that the Gloria Aldreds and other dunder-headed attorneys along with Federal Justices that want to thwart common sense, feel ashamed of themselves -- if they have any such sense.
As the writer of the award winning story 'Forrest Gump' so aptly put it, 'Stupid is as stupid does.'
People need to wake up. North America is dying, now.
Wild Thing's comment.......
This is something from an email, but it is so good I wanted to post it here.
....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.
Holy Hand Grenade
And the Lord spoke, saying, "First shalt thou take out the Holy Pin. Then, shalt thou count to three, no more, no less. Three shalt be the number thou shalt count, and the number of the counting shalt be three. Four shalt thou not count, neither count thou two, excepting that thou then proceed to three. Five is right out! Once the number three, being the third number be reached, then lobbest thou thy Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch towards thou foe, who, being naughty in my sight, shall snuff it."
Wild Thing's comment........
For something non political haha
British MP George Galloway to Hamas TV Says He Prays For Obama His Favorite
British MP George Galloway to Hamas TV:" I Pray for the Safety of Barack Obama. Arab Puppet Presidents and Corrupt Kings Will Discover That the Ground Has Moved under their Feet in November "
Following is an interview with British MP George Galloway, which aired on Al-Aqsa TV on May 2, 2008:
George Galloway: " I hope that the new presidency in the United States... I pray for the safety of Barack Obama, and I pray that he can shift the United States attitude to this question. But as you know, Palestine cannot free itself. It is a small country against a huge superpower. The real problem is not in Palestine. It's not even in London or Washington. The real problem is in the Arab world. From Marrakesh to Bahrain – 300 million Arabs, oil at 136 dollars per barrel... If the Arabs wanted to solve this Palestine problem, they could do so in six days.
The Americans are not in a position to intervene anywhere in the Arab world, because they have been defeated by the muqawama [resistance] in Iraq. And so, sunk in this swamp in Iraq and in Afghanistan, the U.S. is no longer able to assist its puppets in the Middle East. So as we come towards the November elections, and the real prospect of a significant victory for Obama, everyone will have to re-find their footing, and these puppet presidents and corrupt kings may discover that the ground has moved under their feet, Allah willing.
I think there are important changes coming in Israel also. Olmert may be in prison by the weekend. He may be replaced by the foreign minister or by Barak. He may be replaced, God forbid, by Netanyahu. I don't believe the key lies in Tel Aviv. Israel is not an independent country. It must act under the orders of the United States, which provides every bullet and every dollar. So we have to change the policy of the United States, through our work in Europe, through a change in the attitude, or a change of the leaders of the Arab world, to show the United States that it must change its policy in the region. After all, if the United States can take everything she wants from the Arabs, and still follow a policy of cutting throats of the Arabs – why to change? If you can have whatever you want, and do whatever you want – well, why to change?"
Wild Thing's comment.......
More slime as they endorse B.Hussein O.
Obama will go down in history as beating out the Clinton's for the lowest of the low associations. And I didn't think anyone could top Bill and Hillary in that area.
June 06, 2008
How The Media Would Cover D-Day Today!
Wild Thing's comment......
This is EXACTLY how today's media would be covering D-Day today, and they are doing it with our war today as well and they also did it with the Vietnam War too.
....Thank you Mark.
* Michelle Malkin ...Thank you for the video
What Is It With Dems and Underwear
Barack Obama ’08 boxer-briefs from Andrew Christian.
As campaign booty goes, this is pretty cheeky.
A trendy underwear designer started selling Barack Obama boxer-briefs Thursday, promising to donate $1 from each $29 sale to the Democrat's coffers.
The slim-fit undies by Andrew Christian sport a Che Guevaraesque silhouette of the senator's face on the front and the numbers '08 on the back.
"I'm not sure I'd wear those even underneath my clothes," Obama's communications director, Robert Gibbs, said when shown a photo of the skivvies.
"Wow!" he added, taking a moment to chuckle. "Those are virtually indescribable. They're probably really hip and expensive."
The designer mailed a package of complimentary unmentionables to Obama - so the Daily News asked if he would wear them.
"No!" Gibbs replied quickly. "That would be really weird."
As Gibbs spoke, a young female staffer passed by and caught a glimpse of the photo.
"Oh!" she exclaimed, blushing.
Christian said the Obama bottoms are his only campaign-related underwear, but that could change.
"If she gets the vice presidency, we'll definitely add a Hillary bra or camisole," he said.
As a Democrat, he has no plans for any John McCain shorts and he guessed they wouldn't be a hot seller, anyway.
"It probably wouldn't be as hip and as cool as the Obama underwear," Christian said.
Wild Thing's comment........
I’m guessing they would have done “bloomers” for Mrs. Clinton.
I hate how these liberal idiots try to turn all of their presidential candidates into some sort of sex symbol. We had to put up with this same crap with Clinton for eight years. Then they tried it with Al Gore and the airbrushed “package” photo, but even all the makeup artists in Hollywood couldn't make him look sexy. Then in 2004 we had the John Kerry “surfer dude” and “skier dude” photos. Now over the next few months we get to see Obama, AKA the black Alfred E. Newman transformed into a sex symbol.
D-Day June 6th 1944 Video
"This is a documentary I made about D-Day for my 8th grade school project."
This is an excellent video of D-Day and very well done. - Wild Thing
D-Day ~ We Will Never Forget
D-Day is June 6, 1944 — the day on which the Invasion of Normandy began — commencing the Western Allied effort to liberate mainland Europe from Nazi occupation during World War II. However, many other invasions and operations as well had a designated D-Day, both before and after that operation.
It was on 6th June 1944 that Operation Overlord - the long anticipated Allied invasion of Nazi-held Europe - went into action. What came to be known as the 'D-day landings'.
On the French beaches and in those hedgerows, many making the ultimate sacrifice. Over two thousand Americans, British, Canadians, and Australians died that first day, trading their lives for a single ambition...so we could live free.
The allied commander of the D-Day invasion, Gen Dwight D Eisenhower gives the order of the Day.
"Full victory - nothing else" to paratroopers in England, just before they board their airplanes to participate in the first assault in the invasion of the continent of Europe.
….”In some sectors the area was so heavily occupied by the Germans the paratroopers were fired upon while in the plane, in decent, and after landing... Many men were wounded or killed during one phase or another... The illumination created by fires on the ground was a death sentence if you were caught in an open field... This great confusion created by the troopers, moving in all directions, completely baffled the Germans in that they could not establish how many allied paratroopers had landed, or determine where our front line was. The fact that we were scattered over many miles, (mistakenly,) became advantageous to our mission..”
The first wave of assault troops of the 29th Infantry Division, it was four rifle companies landing on a hostile shore at H-hour, D-Day - 6:30 a.m., on June 6, 1944
The long-awaited liberation of France was underway. After long months in England, National Guardsmen from Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia found themselves in the vanguard of the Allied attack. In those early hours on the fire-swept beach the 116th Infantry Combat Team, the old Stonewall Brigade of Virginia, clawed its way through Les Moulins draw toward its objective, Vierville-sur-Mer. It was during the movement from Les Moulins that the battered but gallant 2d Battalion broke loose from the beach, clambered over the embankment, and a small party, led by the battalion commander, fought its way to a farmhouse, which became its first Command Post in France.
The 116th suffered more than 800 casualties this day - a day that will long be remembered as the beginning of the Allies' "Great Crusade" to rekindle the lamp of liberty and freedom on the continent of Europe. They were part of the part of the National Guard
"Members of an American landing party lend helping hands to other members of their organization whose landing craft was sunk be enemy action of the coast of France. These survivors reached Utah Beach, near Cherbourg, by using a life raft".
General Cota was second in command of the 29th Infantry Division. He had little faith in the accuracy of air and naval bombardment, thought it would do little good, and had wanted to make the landing under cover of darkness.
Cota landed at 0730 with the main command group of the 116th, Company K. Several in his LCVP were killed immediately as the ramp went down. When Cota got to the sea wall he made an immediate and critical command decision. He saw at once that the plan to go up the draws was obsolete. It simply could not be done. Nor could the men stay where they were. They had to get over the shingle, get through the heavily mined swamp, and climb the bluff to drive the Germans from their trenches and take the draws from the inland side.
Lieutenant Shea described Cota's actions:
"Exposing himself to enemy fire, General Cota went over the seawall giving encouragement, directions, and orders to those about him, personally supervised the placing of a BAR, and brought fire to bear on some of the enemy positions on the bluff that faced them. Finding a belt of barbed wire inside the seawall, General Cota personally supervised placing a bangalore torpedo for blowing the wire and was one of the first three men to go through the wire. At the head of a mixed column of troops he threaded his way to the foot of the high ground beyond the beach and started the troops up the high ground where they could bring effective fire to bear on the enemy positions."
Although the lead elements of the assault had been on the beach for almost an hour, none had progressed farther than the seawall. Most were clustered under the wall, pinned down by machine-gun fire. The beach was jammed with dead and wounded. General Cota had landed to fine a completely stalled attack. He went to work immediately.
Once on the beach, General Cota did move from group to group, encouraging the men to begin to move.
"Don't die on the beaches, die up on the bluff if you have to die, but get off the beaches or you're sure to die."
Cota found Schneider at his CP. Cota remained standing, even with the German firing; Schneider also stood up to converse. One witness remembers Cota saying to Schneider,"We're counting on your rangers to lead the way."
Father Joe Lacy
Father Lacy was described by one of the Rangers as a "small, old, fat Irishman." But there he was, on the beach that first terrible morning, tending to the wounded.
The Rangers had insisted that he would never be able to keep up with them in combat. They were finely tuned and in great physical shape, he was not. But he had insisted in coming along. On the transport on the night of June 5-6, he told the others:
"When you land on the beach and you get in there, I don't want to see anybody kneeling down and praying. If I do I'm gonna come up and boot you in the tail. You leave the praying to me and you do the fighting."
Once on the beach, the men saw Father Lacy:
"go down to the water's edge and pull the dead, dying, and wounded from the water and put them in relatively protected positions. He didn't stop at that, but prayed for them and with them, gave comfort to the wounded and dying. A real man of god."
On D-Day strange canvas covered bathtub looking vehicles came in from the ocean and landed on the beach. The vehicles were Sherman tanks fitted with a flotation device, which allowed them to drive off an LCT and into the ocean, and then navigate to the beach. One tank driver later said, "I still remember very vividly some of the machine gunners standing up in their posts looking at us with their mouths wide open."
These tanks were the brainchild of Maj. General Percy Hobart of the British Army. The floating tank, These tanks were the brainchild of Maj. General Percy Hobart of the British Army.
The Real "Saving Private Ryan" & Colonel Vandervoort
Ste,-Mere-Eglise was a quiet village with a couple of hundred gray stone houses. It was a village in which nothing much of consequence had happened for ten centuries. The road N-13 ran through the village, heading north to Cherbourg and east to Caen and onto Paris. Without the use of N-13 the Germans to the north would be cut off. If the Americans lost control many paratroopers would be cut off and the 4th Infantry Division would be unable to move off the beach to the west and north. Because of this the battle for the little village took on a great importance.
Colonel Vandervoort, despite a broken ankle during the parachute drop and having to be moved around in a wheelbarrow, moved his battalion into the village. Between them and another battalion, they did not have the men form a complete defensive perimeter so they decided to only defend both ends of the main road.
About 1pm on D-Day a Frenchman rode his bicycle up to them and announced in English that some American paratroopers were bringing in a large contingent of German prisoners from the north. Sure enough, when Vandervoort looked in that direction there was a column of troops marching in good order right down the middle of N-13, with what appeared to be paratroopers on either side of them waving orange flags (the American recognition signal on D-day).
Vandervoort grew suspicious when he noticed two tracked vehicles at the rear of the column. He told one of his men to fire a short machine gun burst to the right of the column. Sure enough the "prisoners" and "paratroopers" both jumped into ditches and began to return fire. The Germans outnumbered the Americans five to one and began to flank his position. He sent for reinforcements and ordered the men to begin a fighting withdrawal.
Finally only sixteen of his forty three men were in a condition to fight and they were preparing for a "last stand". Then a medic volunteered to stay behind and look after the wounded. Pvt. Julius Sebastain, Cpl. Ray Smithson, and Sgt. Robert Niland offered to form a rearguard to cover the retreat of the remainder of the platoon. The three were able to put up an energetic defense that actually stopped the German advance for a time and allowed the others to escape.
The twenty-eight badly wounded men which were left behind along with two of the three volunteers who stayed behind were captured. The third volunteer, Sgt. Bob Niland, was killed at his machine gun. One of his brothers, a platoon leader in the 4th Division, was killed the same morning at Utah Beach. Another brother was killed that week in Burma. Mrs. Niland received all three telegrams from the War Department announcing their deaths on the same day. Her fourth son, Fritz, was in the 101st Airborne and was pulled out of the front lines by the Army.
Lt. Col. Ben Vandervoort, and his 2nd Battalion (505th PIR, 82nd Airborne Division) later saw action at the Nijmegen bridge in Operation Market Garden (movie: A Bridge Too Far). His battalion was assigned to take the west end of the Nijmegen bridge while Maj. Julian Cook's 3rd Battalion took the east end, crossing the river in the small boats.
The 82nd was to then later play a major role in the defense of the allied position during the Battle of the Bulge.
St. Mere Eglise ,was the principal objective of the 82nd Airborne on the early morning of June 6. It was the site of three days of intense fighting as the Germans repeatedly counter attacked in attempts to retake the strategic town from the occupying American paratroopers. The village is perhaps best remembered for its church, in the center of the town square, where Paratrooper John Steel of the 505th PIR became trapped when his parachute was ensnared by a steeple. He watched helplessly as the rest of his company was killed by the waiting Germans.
The stained-glass windows of the church are a tribute to those who liberated St. Mere Eglise:
* At the upper left are airborne wings.
* At the upper right is the parachute and glider that made up the badge of American Airborne Command.
* The lower left cut-out shows the insignia of the 82nd Airborne Division (AA for "All American Division").
* The faint parachutes at the lower right are a constant motif in the windows.
* The symbol of the Free French (the Cross of Lorraine) is shown bottom center.
Wild Thing's comment .......
we remember those special to Theodore's World blog.
Jack's friend who was like a family member an Army Reserve civilian that was severly wounded on D-Day. Jack and his family were his adopted family.
And Rhod that had several Canadian Uncles that served in WW11.
I had five Uncles that served in in various past battles Battle of the Bulge, the Chosin and at Normandy.
We honor their memoryand all those other relatives as well with a connection to this blog and those that enter, and all those brave men that served with them.
We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to those who gave their lives in this giant struggle and to those who were lucky enough to come back home.
We can only imagine the horror and the dying that took place. We need to perpetuate their story of sacrifice and glory for as long as we live.
Can you see the thousands of ships offshore that formed the most powerful armada that the world has ever seen? A huge salvo is being laid down prior to the invasion. Troops climb down rope ladders into landing craft. Many invasion force craft are circling around, grouping up, just before they make their final drive for the beach.
The Germans are entrenched in concrete bunkers and gun emplacements and are shelling the approaching landing craft. Many men never make it to the beach, but instead die in the churning surf. Those who do get to the beach and tumble out of their craft are subject to horrendous machine gun fire from pillboxes that rake the entire shore. There are the dead and the dying.
Valiant army engineers mount a superhuman effort to blow a hole in the concrete barricade so troops can move inland, away from the murderous fire coming from above them.
Those first few hours must have indeed been some of the longest ever faced by bold and courageous men. May their honor and sacrifice not be forgotten, and may this event in history go down not as just about death and dying, but as a turning point for the world, toward peace. God willing, it will never have to be repeated.
With our up and coming elections and also how our world has been changing so rapildy it is more important then ever to not forget these sacrifices our heroes made. We can't betray these men by allowing the world they died for to slip away.
The Politics Of Music - OMG How about Suggestions heh heh!
The Democratic National Convention has its own orchestra: 22 studio musicians, most all of whom have played for Hollywood film scores. Over the next few days and nights, the musicians will help create the convention's soundtrack: Background music to set up the main action; songs and tunes to set the mood.
"Music can bring a tear to your eye. It can make you jump out of your seat and applaud, and that's why we're here," said Harold Wheeler, the convention's music director and conductor of the orchestra.
Convention music won't just play to emotions. It will play politics.
Democratic planners see music as a kind of audio plank in the party platform -- a musical statement of how inclusive the party is of different age groups, different ethnic backgrounds, different cultures.
"The music we choose is very diverse," said veteran convention producer Gary Smith. "And that's deliberate. That's part of the message of the convention."
Selections to be played by the orchestra or on CD range from be-bop to hip hop, jazz to gospel, Count Basie to 'N Sync. Every night, there will be live performances by singers of note: Stevie Wonder, Melissa Etheridge, Luther Vandross, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Boyz II Men. There will also be appearances by a marching band and a 150-member choir.
"The appeal of the music reflects what the party sees as its wide appeal," said Smith. "It's Latino, it's Americana, it's patriotic, it's religious, it's Broadway."
The Broadway cast of "The Music Man" is flying in from New York to perform "76 Trombones" on the convention's opening night. To make the famous song more relevant to the convention, Democratic writers rewrote Meredith Willson's original lyrics, adding a rhythmic patter about the glory of the Democratic party.
Craig Bierko, who stars in the Broadway revival as Professor Harold Hill, rehearsed the new verse:
"You'll feel something stirring in your Democratic hearts! Joy at the thought of leaders like F.D.R., and Harry Truman, L.B.J. and Jimmy Carter, William Clinton and soon, Al Gore! Men who made our great nation what it is today!"
But to get clearance rights to the song, the new partisan part had to be scrapped.
"Meredith Willson's widow won't allow us to do it," said Smith. "She's a Republican."
Before selecting a song, convention planners have to know the political affiliation of the composer or artist, have to be aware of the song's associations, and its meaning, hidden or overt. "We just always have to be careful that the lyrics are appropriate," said Smith.
Tuning out Monica
Lyrics turned out to be a problem in choosing the convention theme song. Convention producers had selected Lou Bega's "Mambo No. 5" because it was up-tempo and popular, like "The Macarena," the Democrats' convention theme in 1996.
But the chorus of "Mambo No. 5" refers to a girl named Monica.
Convention planners initially thought they could just rewrite the lyric, but late on the eve of the convention, they re-thought the whole idea.
"That's out now," said Wheeler, whose orchestra rehearsed the song. "That will not be played at all."
Convention producers are now looking for another song - one just as catchy, but without a catch - that will rally the party faithful, inspire the crowd and get the campaign off on the right note.
Here is Lou Bega's "Mambo No. 5"
Wild Thing's comment.........
Some suggestions heh heh:
Elton John & Tina Turner - The Bitch Is Back
Somethign special for Obama since they are pushing what is apparently the most important thing to them about Obama.
Something special for Obama
The Rolling Stones - Paint it black
And THIS one is my suggestion for the theme song at the Democratic National Convention in August! giggle
Neil Diamond ( he even does a take off on Wright BUT doesn't know it. haha)
" Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show" in honor of all the preachers Obama USED to know. hahahaha I am cracking myself up here . LOL Help!
RNC Excited About Getting Democrats Vote ~ Sheesh!
Rush Limbaugh wesite 24/7 membership that I belong to: Various Transcript from his show about McCain and the RNC
Democrats for McCain
"Democrats for McCain
"The campaign of Sen. John McCain is working hard to get Democratic voters re-registered as Republicans in some state primaries in an effort to maximize his primary votes and secure the GOP presidential nomination in the fall.
We're doing a re-registration drive" for Democrats "to re-register as Republicans so their votes do count when they vote for John McCain," the spokesman said. "That's kind of one of our big issues. "
Ladies and gentlemen, have finally figured out what I think McCain is up to with this whole campaign. I think with his constant wooing of Democrats, his constant wooing of independents and with a lot of focus on the independents, and his -- what appears to me -- studied and purposeful ignoring of congressional races run by Republicans, he doesn't appear to have any interest in having any coattails.
I think the objective that the McCain campaign has is to win this election with a cross-section of votes that would end up giving McCain the ability to say it was independents that elected him. Not Republicans and not Democrats.
But the problem with this strategery of McCain's -- let's say it he pulls it off, say he wins and runs around saying it was independents that put him over the top -- he's not going to have any backing in Congress. He's not going to have any support. Republicans are not going to be able to say they did it for him. He's not going to give them credit. Democrats by the same token, and I don't know how many independents there are going to be in Congress. I mean I don't even think we have one anymore. Bernie Sanders is independent voting socialist. Whatever. He's independent. Okay. Well, granted. There's one independent in the whole Congress, Bernie Sanders in the United States Senate. Oh, I take it back. Lieberman. So there's two of them. Okay, let's say they both get reelected. I don't even know if Sanders is up. I know Lieberman isn't.
So they'll probably be there. So McCain's going to have a constituency of two out of 535 members. (laughing) This is just how it works. One of the things that gave me a heads-up on this is this little story from The Hill blog on Capitol Hill. "Democrats Accuse McCain on Climate." Now, get this. "Senator John McCain's hesitation to endorse climate change legislation on the Senate floor this week has Democrats charging him with paying lip service to the issue." Very, very, very interesting.
So he's for the cap-and-trade bill that McConnell shut down yesterday by having the whole thing read. It took 'em 'til about midnight last night to read the whole thing, 492 pages. He's out there saying he's all for this. He's made a number of speeches about it. He's all for the cap-and-trade bill, global warming is manmade; gotta stop it. We gotta distance ourselves from the Bush administration policy on this, yada yada yada yada; then the bill shows up on the floor of the Senate this week and McCain is nowhere near there participating in it, voting for it, endorsing it, speechifying on it.
I am one out of ten Republicans not joining John McCain so far. And that's okay. Don't need me and don't need those of you who also comprise the one out of ten who may not be enamored of Senator McCain. I hear from a lot of you so I know you are out there, the conservatives that throughout the day wrestle with voting or not voting for McCain. And those of you too that say you will vote for him because of Obama but it is not what you want because you are conservatives.
Then he , RNC Chair Mike Duncan and McCain too, goes on to talk about how proud they are they're getting Democrats, how excited the Republican National Committee is to be getting Democrat and independent votes, and Senator McCain is out there actively cultivating them, the Republican National Committee is telling us all .
These people that are joining McCain are not enamored of McCain. They are angry women fed up with the Democrat Party. They're not looking at McCain as their ideal candidate in terms of issues and ideas. They're joining McCain as a slap at the Democrat Party. This is what I feared. This is what I feared way, way back many, many moons ago -- a little Indian lingo there.
I told you that the problem the Republican Party faces, if they're going to go out and recruit Democrats, they better recruit them as converted-to-Republican conservatives, as Reagan did.
You know, I wish somebody would explain to the Republican National Committee and to Senator McCain that you don't win an election with the most independents. This is not how elections are won! Both parties try to secure their bases, which is fascinating about this election because it appears that both party bases are upset with who the parties have nominated. You've got a lot of Democrat women who are fed up. You got a lot of Republicans, more than one out of ten -- in fact far more than one out of ten Republicans -- who are dissatisfied with their party's nominee, John McCain.
What's happening here is that they're going out for all of the independents first and saying, "To hell with the base." This is...convoluted. I've never seen it done this way before.
The Republican National Committee is running an ad targeting Democrats. They released this ad. It's an Internet video of Democrats questioning Obama's readiness. So the RNC is out there targeting Democrats who theoretically respect the people in this ad. Here's the first half of the ad.
All right, so here's an ad. It's a Web ad. It runs about 70 seconds. It's run by the Republican National Committee, featuring all these Democrats talking about Obama's unfitness, lack of experience. It's reaching out to Democrats. Now, I haven't seen the videos. I don't know what kind of graphics are there, but just in the audio here, I find it fascinating that here is an ad ostensibly to convince people to vote for Senator McCain that does not ask them to do that. Here's an ad that simply takes these Democrats and talks about how Obama is unqualified, and somehow this is a come-on to Democrats: "Hey, join us. Join us on the Republican side."
What is apparent to me is that the RNC understands that there is some -- Uh, uh, how should I say? -- lack of enthusiasm among some Republicans for Senator McCain, and so they're going to have to go out and get these Democrats if they have a chance.
HILLARY: In this election, we need a nominee who can pass the commander-in-chief test, someone ready on day one to defend our country and keep our families safe. And we need a president who passes that test.
JOHN EDWARDS: Rhetoric's not enough. Highfalutin language is not enough.
HILLARY: There's no time for speeches and on-the-job training. Senator McCain will bring a lifetime of experience, uh, to the campaign, I will bring a lifetime of experience -- and Senator Obama will bring a speech that he gave in 2002.
RUSH: Okay, so the first half of the ad is Hillary and John Edwards talking about Obama and his lack of qualifications. So far so good? It's a Republican National Committee ad. Here is part two of the ad: Senator Biden, Senator Clinton, George Stephanopoulos, and former President Bill Clinton talking about Obama.
STEPHANOPOULOS: You were asked, "Is he ready?" You said, "I think he can be ready but right now I don't believe he is. The presidency is not something that lends itself to on-the-job training."
BIDEN: I think I -- I stand by the statement.
CLINTON: When is the last time we elected a president based on one year of service in the Senate before he started running? He will have been a Senator longer by the time he's inaugurated, but essentially once you run for president full time you don't have time to do much else.
HILLARY: I think it's imperative that each of us be able to demonstrate we can cross the commander-in-chief threshold, and I believe that I've done that; certainly Senator McCain has done that and you'll have to ask Senator Obama with respect to his candidacy.
But let's hypothetically say that the polling data is correct and that the Democrats are going to have at least a 50-seat majority in the House and a seven-seat majority in the Senate, at the bare minimum. That means that the Democrat agenda is what's going to pass in both houses of Congress. The Democrats have seven seats. I know you need 60 seats there, but if you've got seven already, they'll be able to find three moderate Republicans to go along with them, two of them I can think of off the top of my head.
So with that constant, here you have Obama as president, and let's take a look each one individually, because I've analyzed what I think will happen. I think Obama and his inexperience will show and rise to the top. It's going to be really key as to who he has running his administration, who his legislative aides are, chief of staff, the people that are going to be dealing with Congress on his behalf because he's not up to it. He has no experience. He's a community organizer, he's a senator; he hasn't crossed the aisle much, if at all. He's got a lot of language. He has a lot of soaring language.
He has some specific proposals, but he's basically running the liberal campaign playbook from 30 and 50 years ago. I think people like Pelosi, Harry Reid, whoever's running the Senate, they could roll him and get what they want, because no matter who the president is and who runs Congress, there's always a battle between the two branches. Congress thinks they ought to be president. So there would be some battles with Obama.
Let's take McCain. And, by the way, there's another constant here. Presidents these days define their legacies as getting things done. That translates into having legislation passed.
We conservatives count things not getting done as progress, if they're going to be done by liberals. But McCain doesn't look at it that way, looks at getting things done. If all he's got to work with is that vast majority of Democrats in the House and in the Senate, then the Democrats still logically carry the day on the agenda. With McCain, who has shown an eagerness, a willingness and even a joyfulness in crossing the aisle and working with them.
So if a Democrat agenda, if a liberal Democrat agenda is going to dominate -- not saying it's going to win on everything -- but if it dominates, does it matter who's in the White House if the country is going to be negatively impacted by what comes out of Congress in terms of being able to stop it? McCain would be able to stop it? I don't frankly know that he would want to because then he wouldn't be getting things done.
So in either scenario, on paper, the future looks like we're going to take a dip. I don't know if it means war in Iran. I do know it means massive tax increases, an expansion of government, a loss of individual liberty. Now, do we want this to happen? I haven't directed people on how to vote here. Do you want this to happen with a Republican president?
Would McCain try to stand up for blocking tax increases?
I'm sure he would. I think. Can't be sure, because it is McCain after all.
See, it's a little bit of an unknown because when Bush first announced his tax cuts, McCain was diametrically opposed. But yeah, he could oppose them.
Let's say McCain is the guy, a lot of people say, "Rush, this is silly, you can't have Obama in there, we're going to have at least two Supreme Court appointments." Yeah, I understand that.
Supreme Court Judges
So let's say, take your favorite judge out there that you think would be great on the Supreme Court, your favorite conservative judge, McCain in the White House nominates the guy, goes over to the Senate where you have the same guys: You got Patrick Leahy, you got Biden, you have Kennedy and probably a couple more on that committee, based on the election returns. You've got Dick Durbin, you have Senator Dianne Feinstein, Chuck Schumer, and a couple more just like 'em, can you tell me what's going to happen to McCain's judicial nominees for the Supreme Court?
You just can't leave the Supreme Court vacant. If they keep rejecting McCain's nominees, he's gotta do what? Gotta send people up that they'll approve.
McCain's not even running to have a bunch of Republicans elected with him in the Congress. I don't see any action by the RNC to help forestall these big Democrat majorities.
I think there are more Republicans that are angry at McCain than are angry at Bush, to be quite honest. There are more Republicans who have more visceral anger at McCain than they do Bush. But you just heard the RNC guy say, "look at these Democrats, we're attracting all these Democrats," so here's the scenario.
Let me set the table. McCain wins attracting Democrats as Democrats, not as converted to Republican or conservative Democrats, but as Democrats. And so then, then what do you have? Then you have these country club blue-blood gang and the Rockefeller Republicans, and they're out there saying, "See, you conservatives, we don't even need you. This is the future of the Republican Party, independents and Democrats and moderate Republicans, we don't need you." And they're going to get the wrong idea that that's how you win.
Look, I have never advocated losing an election, and every time somebody calls and suggests it, look, it happens every year, it happened in '92, "Rush, let's just lose and let the country see what a rotten guy Clinton is and we'll be back in four years." You can't trust that. I've never advocated losing. I don't think you win by losing. But at the same time there are some things to consider here if you're interested in conservatism being rebuilt and being able to nominate the Republican Party once again. So it's very convoluted, it is complicated, going to take a lot of thought by a lot of people.
I told you earlier Tom Sowell said:
"Two of the most inadequate candidates ever. What it boils down to him is Iran and nuclear weapons and their pursuit of them, and there's only one guy he has any hope and faith in that will stop it, and that's McCain."
And so that's his decision. All the rest of it's academic to him, there's no difference in the two; they're both inadequate.
In fact, you know what? I would say that neither of these two candidates is running on substance. They're both running on image. You have Obama running on the image, first black nominee. McCain's image is war hero. If you strip that away from both guys, you strip Obama's race away from him, you strip McCain's war hero status away, what have we got here? Literally what do we have? And this is why people are so disappointed. Why in the hell in a country of 300 million people is this the best we can come up with, on either side?
So what do we do? Where do we go from here. How do we get conservatives back in power or keep the few we have in power for the future.
Well, one of the things I have suggested is focusing a lot on the future. These are cycles. We can rebuild. The conservative movement can triumph once again. It's going to have to start locally, supporting state and local conservatives in their quest, getting to know who they are, supporting them, voting for them, giving them confidence to keep going. The Club for Growth, a conservative group, had a big night Tuesday. Two candidates it endorsed and funded prevailed in hotly contested Republican primaries in New Mexico and California. This is how it's done.
Here are the details on the Club for Growth story. They're a conservative anti-tax group. Steve Moore used to head 'em up, Pat Toomey now does. Big night Tuesday "as the two candidates it endorsed and funded prevailed in hotly contested Republican primaries in New Mexico and California. In New Mexico, Rep. Steve Pearce narrowly won the Republican primary for retiring GOP Sen. Pete V. Domenici's seat, defeating his more moderate opponent, Rep. Heather Wilson, 51 percent to 49 percent." Heather Wilson, toast, moderate Republican in Arizona.
"Pearce benefited from running as an unapologetic conservative in a low-turnout Republican primary -- and received key assistance from the Club for Growth. ... In California, another Club-backed candidate, conservative state Sen. Tom McClintock, easily prevailed over former Rep. Doug Ose in the Republican primary to succeed retiring Rep. John Doolittle. McClintock is a well-known conservative icon throughout the state, and while in the Legislature, he has been a vocal opponent of tax increases and wasteful government spending."
So this is the future. These are new roots being planted, and these are the kind of things that are going to have to happen all across the country along with other things in order to bring about this rebirth of conservative -- and it isn't going to be that hard, and it isn't going to take that long.
Wild Thing's comment......
I agree with Rush there is a positive future that we must not give up on. We might have to start over, a rebirth of conservatism like Rush said, but it can happen. I believe in this Country and what it has stood for and stood against too, and I will never give up on her.
The thing I feel the worst about are Veterans, and our troops today. All that served our country to keep it the best country in the world, and we get low life politicans that do all they can do destroy our freedoms with the swipe of a pen and a vote in our Houses on Capitol Hill. Veterans that fought for our land, our country, to be told we can't drill for oil on it, that borders must remain open, that illegals have more rights then legal citizens including the very Veterans that fought to keep us secure. Politicans creating a socialist/communist shadow party to belong to as they scheme and plan how to destroy this great Nation from within. Yes our Veterans deserve better and they will get our country back, not in this election but I pray to God it will be in the next one and all the rest after that.
There are good men out there, conservatives and we need to seek them out and support them.
Let our RNC/GOP know how we feel and never give up.
I wish all our Veterans didn't have to see all this happening.
Can you imagine if all the conservatives were calling and writing to the RNC and GOP and telling them off, how we feel, how this whole thing is a travesty to our party, to America. Thousands upon thousands of people doing this. Bomb them with emails and phone calls. Maybe that would help too.
There were so many great comments yesterday, things that really should be seen again and pertain sooooo much to this post and what has been happeing with our Republican party. I am going to put some of them here.
Adding to this what Tom said yesterday in a comment:
"McCain may win the presidency. But there is no Republican Party left."
And from Lynn and this is just what it feels like too:
"I don't like being tossed aside like last week's leftovers."
Like Mark said yesterday in a comment:
"The RNC has pulled out all the stops to totally destroy the Conservative movement that created the juggernaut of the Reagan coalition. Someone said, McCain had to deal with the conservatives, that McCain had to bring them back into the fold. He has not done that. Obviously, to say he doesn't need us is an understatement, from him and the RNC.
This attitude of McCain and the RNC says it all. "
From Jack and this is true too that is why so many of us have stopped donating to our party till this tantrum against conservatives is done:
"no longer need the members only the money"
And from Rhod's comment:
"We know instantly which things are proper and which aren't, when we're being conned, exploited, controlled and set up."
And from Les:
"Both major political parties have failed the country."
President Reagan's Speech on 40th Anniversary of D-Day
Pointe du Hoc, France
"All of these men were part of a rollcall of honor with names that spoke of a pride as bright as the colors they bore: the Royal Winnipeg Rifles, Poland's 24th Lancers, the Royal Scots Fusiliers, the Screaming Eagles, the Yeomen of England's armored divisions, the forces of Free France, the Coast Guard's "Matchbox Fleet'' and you, the American Rangers.
Forty summers have passed since the battle that you fought here. You were young the day you took these cliffs; some of you were hardly more than boys, with the deepest joys of life before you. Yet, you risked everything here. Why? Why did you do it? What impelled you to put aside the instinct for self-preservation and risk your lives to take these cliffs? What inspired all the men of the armies that met here? We look at you, and somehow we know the answer. It was faith and belief; it was loyalty and love.
The men of Normandy had faith that what they were doing was right, faith that they fought for all humanity, faith that a just God would grant them mercy on this beachhead or on the next. It was the deep knowledge--and pray God we have not lost it--that there is a profound, moral difference between the use of force for liberation and the use of force for conquest. You were here to liberate, not to conquer, and so you and those others did not doubt your cause. And you were right not to doubt.
You all knew that some things are worth dying for. One's country is worth dying for, and democracy is worth dying for, because it's the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man. All of you loved liberty. All of you were willing to fight tyranny, and you knew the people of your countries were behind you."
"Today, as 40 years ago, our armies are here for only one purpose--to protect and defend democracy. The only territories we hold are memorials like this one and graveyards where our heroes rest.
We in America have learned bitter lessons from two World Wars: It is better to be here ready to protect the peace than to take blind shelter across the sea, rushing to respond only after freedom is lost. We've learned that isolationism never was and never will be an acceptable response to tyrannical governments with an expansionist intent.
But we try always to be prepared for peace; prepared to deter aggression; prepared to negotiate the reduction of arms; and, yes, prepared to reach out again in the spirit of reconciliation. In truth, there is no reconciliation we would welcome more than a reconciliation with the Soviet Union, so, together, we can lessen the risks of war, now and forever.
It's fitting to remember here the great losses also suffered by the Russian people during World War II: 20 million perished, a terrible price that testifies to all the world the necessity of ending war. I tell you from my heart that we in the United States do not want war. We want to wipe from the face of the Earth the terrible weapons that man now has in his hands. And I tell you, we are ready to seize that beachhead. We look for some sign from the Soviet Union that they are willing to move forward, that they share our desire and love for peace, and that they will give up the ways of conquest. There must be a changing there that will allow us to turn our hope into action.
We will pray forever that some day that changing will come. But for now, particularly today, it is good and fitting to renew our commitment to each other, to our freedom, and to the alliance that protects it.
We are bound today by what bound us 40 years ago, the same loyalties, traditions, and beliefs. We're bound by reality. The strength of America's allies is vital to the United States, and the American security guarantee is essential to the continued freedom of Europe's democracies. We were with you then; we are with you now. Your hopes are our hopes, and your destiny is our destiny.
Here, in this place where the West held together, let us make a vow to our dead. Let us show them by our actions that we understand what they died for. Let our actions say to them the words for which Matthew Ridgway listened: "I will not fail thee nor forsake thee.''
Strengthened by their courage, heartened by their value [valor], and borne by their memory, let us continue to stand for the ideals for which they lived and died.
Thank you very much, and God bless you all."
Wild Thing's comment........
I love Reagan's speech and since he is my favorite President I thought it would great to share his speech from the past here today.
June 05, 2008
Jury Finds Tony Rezko Guilty On 16 Of 24 Charges
Obama's statement, you are going to love this omg LOL
B.Hussein O.'s statement on Tony Rezko being convicted:
"I’m saddened by today’s verdict. This isn’t the Tony Rezko I knew, but now he has been convicted by a jury on multiple charges that once again shine a spotlight on the need for reform. I encourage the General Assembly to take whatever steps are necessary to prevent these kinds of abuses in the future."
Jury Finds Tony Rezko Guilty On 16 Of 24 Charges
Political Fundraiser Has Surrendered, To Begin Serving Time Immediately
CBS ...for complete article
A prominent fundraiser for Sen. Barack Obama and Gov. Rod Blagojevich was convicted Wednesday of fraud and money laundering after a high-profile federal trial provided an unusually detailed glimpse of the pay-to-play politics that has made Illinois infamous.
Antoin "Tony" Rezko, 52, showed no emotion as the jury delivered a mixed verdict that found him guilty of scheming with the government's star witness to get kickbacks out of money management firms wanting state business, but acquitted him of charges that included attempted extortion.
Rezko attorney Joseph Duffy said the defense is "obviously very disappointed" in the jury's guilty verdicts. He said Wednesday afternoon they will pursue and appeal.
Duffy says Rezko strongly believes he is innocent.
Duffy says it was Rezko's decision to surrender and begin serving his sentence. Sentencing is set for September 3rd at 10 a.m.
The jury's mixed verdict acquitted Rezko of some of the most serious charges, including attempted extortion. Rezko was found guilty of 16 of 24 counts.
He was found guilty on the two more serious counts, on money laundering and aiding and abetting money laundering, counts 23 and 24.
The jury obviously took issue with some of the charges, resulting in the eight acquittals. They wrestled over matters in a 13-day deliberation process, delivering its verdict after a nine-week trial.
But DuPage County State's Attorney Joe Birkett, who ran against Blagojevich in the 2006 race for governor:
"The conviction of Tony Rezko represents a deep stain on the Democratic Party in Illinois. Democrats from top to bottom, including Barack Obama, stood idly by — and in some instances directly benefited — while the massive Blagojevich corruption scheme flourished. They rode into office promising to clean up after the George Ryan scandals and they have taken corruption in Illinois to a new low. They ought to be held accountable at the polls starting this November."
This is another write up on it with added information
8 Things about Obama and Rezko Chicago Sun Times
Having a hard time keeping track of the facts? Here are eight things to know:
1. They met in 1990. Obama was a student at Harvard Law School and got an unsolicited job offer from Rezko, then a low-income housing developer in Chicago. Obama turned it down.
2. Obama took a job in 1993 with a small Chicago law firm, Davis Miner Barnhill, that represents developers -- primarily not-for-profit groups -- building low-income housing with government funds.
3. One of the firm's not-for-profit clients -- the Woodlawn Preservation and Investment Corp., co-founded by Obama's then-boss Allison Davis -- was partners with Rezko's company in a 1995 deal to convert an abandoned nursing home at 61st and Drexel into low-income apartments. Altogether, Obama spent 32 hours on the project, according to the firm. Only five hours of that came after Rezko and WPIC became partners, the firm says. The rest of the future senator's time was helping WPIC strike the deal with Rezko. Rezko's company, Rezmar Corp., also partnered with the firm's clients in four later deals -- none of which involved Obama, according to the firm. In each deal, Rezmar "made the decisions for the joint venture," says William Miceli, an attorney with the firm.
4. In 1995, Obama began campaigning for a seat in the Illinois Senate. Among his earliest supporters: Rezko. Two Rezko companies donated a total of $2,000. Obama was elected in 1996 -- representing a district that included 11 of Rezko's 30 low-income housing projects.
5. Rezko's low-income housing empire began crumbling in 2001, when his company stopped making mortgage payments on the old nursing home that had been converted into apartments. The state foreclosed on the building -- which was in Obama's Illinois Senate district.
6. In 2003, Obama announced he was running for the U.S. Senate, and Rezko -- a member of his campaign finance committee -- held a lavish fund-raiser June 27, 2003, at his Wilmette mansion.
7. A few months after Obama became a U.S. senator, he and Rezko's wife, Rita, bought adjacent pieces of property from a doctor in Chicago's Kenwood neighborhood -- a deal that has dogged Obama the last two years. The doctor sold the mansion to Obama for $1.65 million -- $300,000 below the asking price. Rezko's wife paid full price -- $625,000 -- for the adjacent vacant lot. The deals closed in June 2005. Six months later, Obama paid Rezko's wife $104,500 for a strip of her land, so he could have a bigger yard. At the time, it had been widely reported that Tony Rezko was under federal investigation. Questioned later about the timing of the Rezko deal, Obama called it "boneheaded" because people might think the Rezkos had done him a favor.
8. Eight months later -- in October 2006 -- Rezko was indicted on charges he solicited kickbacks from companies seeking state pension business under his friend Gov. Blagojevich. Federal prosecutors maintain that $10,000 from the alleged kickback scheme was donated to Obama's run for the U.S. Senate. Obama has given the money to charity.
Wild Thing's comment........
Apparently obama had absolutely no idea what was going on around him for decades. Rezko, Wright, Pfleger...all of them somehow are not the people he once knew. LMAO
He said the same thing about each one of them..."This isn't the FILL IN THE BLANK I knew."
After Manhatten goes up in a nuke fireball he will say ...” That was the Amadmanjihad that I knew.... um.. um...um
Liberal mental disease at its finest... I guess it only matters if they say it does... we are in for a dosey come November.
I just found out the REAL reason Rezko and Wright aren’t the people Obama knew. heh heh
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
GOP/RNC Convention To Commemorate Earth Day 2008
The GOP/RNC just keeps kicking the conservatives to the curb! Good grief!
All I can say is I am sure glad November is not here yet. We have a few more months before Bush leaves office. He does not get a gold star, but he sure was never as bad as what we have to vote for this time.
McCain's speech Tuesday night reaching out to Democrats and Independents what the heck does he have to do that for. He didn't want to allow the video of Rev. Wright in that video ad and told of the people that did it. But it is ok with him to treat conservatives the way he does.
The legacy of Ronald Reagan deserves better than the present day RNC and GOP.I guess I shouldn't be surprised, since I already posted that McCain has Gone Green shopping at his website. ( shaking my head )
I am beyond disgusted!
(OK end of my rant)
Barack Obama Image Makers -- "A Face in the Crowd" ?
Elia Kazan's brilliant 1957 film: A Face In the Crowd. Andy Griffith's first movie. It was disparaged by the media because they saw how accurately it portrayed them.
This is a clip from the film or behind the scenes at Barack Obama's campaign headquarters????
"People don't want debate, they want slogans! Time for a change! "
Wild Thing's comment.......
The film shows you just where and how and why the age of “Image” started, how the new medium of Television shaped it, and and how urgent it was that everyone in public life learned its ground rules, as necessary for survival. Woe unto him who thought he didn’t have to abide by those rules. HOWEVER , in some ways we have passed through that point-—we’ve gone from Lonesome Rhodes to Chance the Gardener, thirty some years later.
Yet maybe that’s just a mutation, with the same essentials left intact. People who responded to Bill Clinton in the early nineties and Obama today, are unaware of this history, they are just a new generation always eager to allow stardust in their eyes, and “believe” in something again. Like we have seen with the chanting for Obama and the way many reacted even to Bill Clinton back then yuk!
Which is why people like those two always appeal to those without experience, who like the world explained to them in the simplest terms, and who want to take their medicine but have it taste really good.
“T’was ever thus”. And what keeps this going is precisely that we have NO sense of history, not even any sense of the history of Popular Culture Artifacts, as exemplified by a very good movie like A Face in the Crowd.
Then there are those like the Farrakhan and that ilk that have their own agenda, but that would be another story. haha
UPDATE: Hillary Clinton To Drop Out Of Race On Friday NOPE Now It Is Saturday! LOL
Sen. Hillary Clinton will drop out of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination Friday
Sen. Hillary Clinton will drop out of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination Friday, The Post has learned.
Her decision ends speculation about what she would do after Sen. Barack Obama captured the nomination yesterday.
Last night, a defiant Clinton conceded nothing to Obama.
In a speech at Baruch College, Clinton said she needed time to consider her next move.
Clinton ran down the list of every state she has won, trumpeted the nearly 18 million people who voted for her in this year's contests and demanded that her supporters be given "respect."
Clinton also said she had won the "swing states" needed to get the 270 electoral votes to capture the White House, as her supporters broke into chants of, "Yes, we will!" - a dig on Obama's slogan, "Yes we can!"
But today party leaders began calling for Clinton to drop out, hoping that such a move would encourage party unity.
"I don't see why we don't get on with it and endorse [Obama]," said Rep. Charles Rangel, a Clinton supporter. He said it was only a matter of time before he and other Clinton supporters formally back Barack.
Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, an Obama supporter, said Clinton's non-concession "creates a pretty delicate situation here, an awkward situation."
"I don't want to push her. Nobody is going to push her," Durbin said on MSNBC. "But the sooner she does, I think the more likely we're going to be organized and ready to win in November."
There were signs aplenty earlier in the day that Clinton was closing shop. She began bidding campaign staff members farewell, and a number were told not to come to work after Friday. Last paychecks were expected to go out June 15.
Obama, meanwhile, began focusing on who will join his ticket in the fall. His campaign said the vetting of potential running mates was to be managed by a three-person team of Caroline Kennedy, former Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder and longtime Washington insider Jim Johnson.
Clinton has told lawmakers privately that she would be interested in the vice presidential nomination.
Wild Thing's comment........
This is in the news, but since I don't trust the Clinton's I will wait and see if it happens. Just one of those trust but verify thingie's. haha
From Talking Points Memo
I wanted you to be one of the first to know: on Saturday, I will hold an event in Washington D.C. to thank everyone who has supported my campaign.
Over the course of the last 16 months, I have been privileged and touched to witness the incredible dedication and sacrifice of so many people working for our campaign. Every minute you put into helping us win, every dollar you gave to keep up the fight meant more to me than I can ever possibly tell you.
On Saturday, I will extend my congratulations to Senator Obama and my support for his candidacy. This has been a long and hard-fought campaign, but as I have always said, my differences with Senator Obama are small compared to the differences we have with Senator McCain and the Republicans.
I have said throughout the campaign that I would strongly support Senator Obama if he were the Democratic Party's nominee, and I intend to deliver on that promise.
When I decided to run for president, I knew exactly why I was getting into this race: to work hard every day for the millions of Americans who need a voice in the White House.
I made you -- and everyone who supported me -- a promise: to stand up for our shared values and to never back down. I'm going to keep that promise today, tomorrow, and for the rest of my life.
I will be speaking on Saturday about how together we can rally the party behind Senator Obama. The stakes are too high and the task before us too important to do otherwise.
I know as I continue my lifelong work for a stronger America and a better world, I will turn to you for the support, the strength, and the commitment that you have shown me in the past 16 months. And I will always keep faith with the issues and causes that are important to you.
In the past few days, you have shown that support once again with hundreds of thousands of messages to the campaign, and again, I am touched by your thoughtfulness and kindness.
I can never possibly express my gratitude, so let me say simply, thank you.
Hillary Rodham Clinton
June 04, 2008
Police Shut Down Artist’s ‘Assassination’ Show
Police Shut Down Artist’s ‘Assassination’ Show
The sign for an art installation inside a storefront at 264 West 40th Street was later covered up. (Photo: Nicholas W. Skyles/The New York Times)
This morning, a Boston-born performance artist, Yazmany Arboleda, tried to set up a provocative art exhibition in a vacant storefront on West 40th Street in Midtown Manhattan with the title, “The Assassination of Hillary Clinton/The Assassination of Barack Obama,” in neatly stenciled letters on the plate glass windows at street level.
By 9:30 a.m., New York City police detectives and Secret Service agents had shut down the exhibition, and building workers quickly covered over the inflammatory title with large sheets of brown paper and blue masking tape. The gallery is across the street from the southern entrance to The New York Times building.
The police officers declined to answer any questions, and at first would not permit reporters to speak with Mr. Arboleda, who was wearing a black T-shirt and making cellphone calls from inside the makeshift gallery.
Later, Mr. Arboleda, who is 27, said in an interview: “It’s art. It’s not supposed to be harmful. It’s about character assassination — about how Obama and Hillary have been portrayed by the media.” He added, “It’s about the media.”
Mr. Arboleda said the exhibition was to open on Thursday and run all day.
The interview was abruptly ended as Mr. Arboleda was led off to the Midtown South police precinct for what he called an interrogation.
Reached by telephone this morning, Eric Joza, the building manager for the building at 264 West 40th Street, between Eighth and Seventh Avenues, said:
“I had no idea what he was going to do. All I knew is that he was an artist and was going to use the store for two days: today and tomorrow.” There are offices above the storefront.
Mr. Joza would not identify the building’s owner, and he would not disclose the terms of the lease or the previous occupant of the storefront, beyond saying that the storefront had been vacant.
Shortly after 11:30 a.m., Mr. Arboleda called reporters to let them know that he had been released.
“The Secret Service had to do a whole questionnaire with me,” he said. “It was about an hour of questioning. They asked if I owned guns, if I was a violent person, if I had ever been institutionalized.”
Mr. Arboleda answered no. Nonetheless, he said the Secret Service asked him to take down the exhibition title from the window.
“I’m renting that space; the space was allocated for an exhibition and it’s my right to put those words up,” he said. “They said it could excite someone to do something crazy, like break the window. It’s terrible, because they’re violating my rights. If someone breaks a window, they’re committing a crime.”
He added, “The exhibition is supposed to be about character assassination. It’s philosophical and metaphorical.” He said he had not yet decided whether to take down the exhibition’s title, saying he first needed to speak to representatives of the building’s owner.
Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly, speaking to reporters at 1 Police Plaza around noon, said, “I am not certain he has been arrested,” then added,
“He put up signs indicating the assassination of Senator Clinton and Barack Obama. And we notified the Secret Service. This individual is being spoken to. He apparently made statements that had to with their reputation. This is all under investigation.”
Asked whether the artwork was being seen as dangerous, Mr. Kelly said:
“Obviously, it sounds totally inappropriate. We need more information as to what the purpose of it was. As I say, apparently he made some statements that he was referring to their reputations … don’t know, we will have to get more information. But he is being questioned now by our detectives and the Secret Service.”
(In fact, when Mr. Kelly spoke, Mr. Arboleda had already been released from custody a short while earlier.)
According to Mr. Arboleda’s Web sites, he was born in Boston in 1981 and lives in New York City. His family moved to Medellín, Colombia, shortly after he was born, and lived there until 1992. He holds a master’s degree in architecture from the Catholic University of America and has been trained in photography, painting, fashion design and graphic design. His first solo show, “The New Vitruvians,” was presented at Tribeca Issey Miyake in 2007.
Wild Thing's comment........
Scary stuff, I know free speech and all but this kind of thing is dangerous. If they get away with this it could be done to anyone else as well.
Nation of Islam and the Communist Democrat Party's Candidate
From JET Magazine, a powerful Chicago-based publication, July 26, 2004
Louis Farrakhan and his wife, Mother Khadijah Farrakhan have played an important role in the political rise of B. Hussein and Michelle Obama.
B.Hussein O. Wins and Writes Checks No President Can Cash
The Muslim America-hater just became the Democratic nominee for President. Obama said :
"“A WAR THAT IS NOT MAKING ANYONE SAFER".
I could ring his neck I tell you. sheesh!
""It's time the Iraqi army take over"...
Idiot, the Iraqi army HAS TAKEN OVER! Our troops are the Boss but the last fight in Sadr the Iraqi Army was mostly on their own. Get up to speed if ya wanna be president.
He also praised Hillary not that it matters they are in the same party. And he then went on to talk about McCain since McCain spoke first and had made an attempt at attacking Obama.
"A college education is the birthright of every American."
Um Obama you better tell those parents that are busting their butts trying to work and earn money to send their kids to college or pay off their shcool loans. LOL sheesh A Birthright?
“generations from now we will be able to look back and tell our children.....”
So um he is now planning to be a time-traveller and have children a few generations from now?
“Religion is a wedge issue and patriotism a bludgeon”..
God help us if Obama wins!!!!!!!!!!!!
Good grief, he says something about how he is going to stop rising oceans. HUH? Good Lord.
Winding up, he says it’s the moment to heal the planet. LOL. He must think he is Superman.
And this is an interesting note:
When Obama mentioned his typically white grandmother, he was stumbling, pausing, hemming and hawing throughout that portion of his speech.
I said to myself that he added that aspect of his speech at the last minute and it was not on the teleprompter.
No mention of his typical white granny to be found.
McCain praises Hillary on and on. I am SO disgusted at how bad McCain sounded, his speech was hard to listen to. I don't know how to describe it, what is it called when he speaks and it sounds more like the voice of someone at a funeral home telling you how sorry they are. I know that might sound weird but that is what it reminds me of. That overly gentle, overly sympathetic, non emotional voice.
McCain can't seem to seperate himself from Bush without bashing Bush and that is a VERY bad thing. Yes Bush has messed up on wanting amnesty, and some other things. But he is not hated by Republican's that I know of, he is hated by the left. So why in the hell is McCain bashing him ? To win votes from the LEFT?
Of the three of them McCain's speech was the all time worst. I hate saying that about someone in my party but it is the truth.
If we didn't have Op Chaos and conservatives voting for Hillary, Hillary would have been toast several months ago. Thank God for Rush at least it made it go this far.
She’s not done yet, but so far... Hillary’s not conceding anything. She just made a reference to “count every vote,” which would suggest she’s not at peace with the DNC decision on Michigan and Florida.
U.S.A. is a country that is all based on image now? The hot, the now, the hip, the yearning to be followers instead of leaders?
That is what this nation has become.
I think we are gonna have to cling to our guns and bibles alot in the future.
B.Hussein Obama the Far Left's New Party Leader
Barack Obama sought the New Party's endorsement knowing it was a radical left organization
"Last week at RedState we uncovered the news that Barack Obama was endorsed by something called the New Party. Since then we have investigated what the New Party was.
It is abundantly clear that the New Party was a political party designed to push the Democratic Party to the far left. It's membership was an amalgamation of socialists, unrepentant communists, union activists, urban activists, and environmentalists.
Its platform included such lovely ideas as government takeovers of all banking institutions, much higher taxes, and massive reductions in the military. To win the nomination of the New Party, a candidate would have to agree to sign a statement expressing loyalty to the party.
By the time Barack Obama sought the party's nomination for his first election in 1996, the New Party had well established itself as the major third party alternative for leftists who thought the Democratic Party had drifted too far to the right.
There is absolutely no doubt that Barack Obama knew what the New Party was. Barack Obama actively sought and received the endorsement of this far left group and, with it, was able to win his election. He was willing to express his loyalty to this far left party. The radical left Democratic Socialists of America praised the New Party's endorsement of Obama and itself promoted Obama.
None of us should buy into the notion that the man is somehow different because of his silver tongue. He is a political opportunist, a die-hard leftist, or both. It is clear, based on what the New Party was and Obama's connection to it, that he is the candidate of a repudiated past that we should not want to resurrect. "
Wild Thing's comment........
Besides being some scary stuff here, this is also very interesting. Nicholals and many on here have mentioned about Obama being a plant, a plant owned by Soros and I agree with that. He is a plant, no experience, his associations all bad, all American haters for sure, his wanting to kill a baby late in pregrenancy and seeing nothing wrong with that, his preachers of hate, so many things driving the left Democrat party even further left then before. And the media giving FREE advertising in all their awe struck comments about this commie jerk Obama. Chris Matthews saying he gets a tingling feeling up his leg about Obama. SICK!
The hate for Bill and Hillary so totally opposite compared to how the left was for the Clinton's with all their 'gates' and murders but not until NOW with their new party man Obama leading them into a new direction further and further left then even the Clinton's could have done.
Here are some links for The New Party I found with Google.
The webstie for....The New Party
And look at this OMG.
The Party Leader
As Obama Edges Closer to the Nomination, Challenges as Top Democrat Await
"Obama will be controlling the Democratic convention," said Simon Rosenberg, a veteran of Bill Clinton’s 1992 campaign who is president of NDN, a progressive think tank, "and the entire convention will be about nominating him and his ascension to the top of the party.”
Howard Dean, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, will be there, too, with a prominent role. So will Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the House, and Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader. But even now, while these officials hold important jobs within the party, Obama is already consolidating his power -- and early strains are evident.
“We’re now going to see Sen. Obama’s insurgent campaign melding and becoming the party establishment,” Rosenberg said. “There is going to be a new Democratic Party. There is going to be an upheaval and a new order is going to emerge.”
....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.
Know Your Weapon ~ LOL
Guy Almost Kills Everyone While Celebrating with His AK-47 - Oh my gosh!
Illegal Patients In Hospitals Should Be Kicked Out and Sent Back
Here is a sampling of the sort of facts the politicians and pro-illegal lobby want you to ignore, yet expect you to continue to bear the burden of. Is it any wonder scores of hospitals in border states and elsewhere have shut down or closed their ER units?!!!
Wild Thing's comment.........
Imagine a girl, she wants to be a nurse when she grows up. She studies hard and one day she is a nurse, and all is well with the world. She is helping people get well, she is a good nurse and loves her job. It cost her a lot of money to get the education to earn her nursing degree as well.
Then enter the illegal alien into her world. He/she comes to the hospital this nurse works at and he is put in a hospital room, tests are done, expensive tests are done, operations, treatment etc. and this illegal pays NOTHING.
It is costing the hospital millions of dollars to treat these criminals that break our laws coming in illegally.
Then one day the hospital shuts down. The wonderful nurse is out of a job, she has to find another hospital to work in, but more hospitals are closing and one day the LONG drive to another city to find a hospital won't be worth it because of the cost of gas and the travel is a long way to do twice a day for work.
We should be forcing any and all politicians that are FOR these illegals to PAY THESE HOSPITAL BILLS out of THEIR OWN POCKET since they are the ones that want these illegals here!
....Thank you Stepperg for this video.
June 03, 2008
The Montana and South Dakota Primaries Today
The Dems make their final stands!
So let's see:
Will Hillary say she is done?
Will Obama ( against his wife's demand) ask Hillary to be his VP?
Will McCain ask Hillary to be his VP? ( yes that is what ' they' are saying out there in political land too. )
Will Hillary admit Obama has the delegates but she has the popular vote and maybe keep her delegates for what. It isn’t over until the Clintons say it is over. They get mad AND get even. Yikes
Don't you just love politics'? hahaha We might as well laugh now because later on it is not going to be pretty no matter who wins.
One thing for sure we all here at TW love our country! It sure feels good to be with those that do know what an awesome country we have and why.
McCain "I will win in January"
Wild Thing's comment.......
In showbiz there is an unspoken rule, it isn't a real rule but it more like a law of averages of .......
don't do this kind of thing.
Most people that have been in films and TV learn this quickly.
Here it is:
When you get an acting job in a film or TV show , there is a contract you sign each and every time. This is done no matter if you have a one day job on the filming or weeks or months and also it is done with everyone from all actors, stunt people, and anyone connected to the filming in anyway. With this there is a promise you will have the job and you promising you will do it.
Now let's say you have worked on the film or TV show and your part is done being filmed. The next thing might be you want to share about this with your friends or family that, what you had done, the name of the show etc. But their is a catch to doing this too that is a risk until it actually airs.
You could end up on the cutting room floor, entire scenes can be taken out and there is nothing you can do about it. It is not unusual for this to happen to any and all actors, major celebs to day players. So there is a risk factor in yakking about your job you finished to too many people. Especially people that don't realize this and might end up saying you didn't tell the truth.
You still get paid for your work and yes in reality you have been in the film or TV show but the end product shows otherwise.
Most jobs are not like this, most jobs you get a job and the celebration can begin with confidence in that job.
When McCain or anyone running like this says they WILL win, yes it is a psychological thing to do, to rev up the masses into being positive of a win so hang in there with me, jump on board with me I will be a winner etc.
But it also can jinx the outcome as well. Plus the fact that McCain made a slight mistake of saying "January" and not November. No biggie but the media could say he is senile from this and use it against him. It is an honest mistake and in the end game the win is fulfilled in January anyway.
When I saw this it made me think about speaking too soon like I said about showbiz, and how it sometimes can set the jinx in to motion. Superstitious yes but all things add up when a win is desired imo.
If McCain wants a win he is better with framing his words with a we CAN win in November rather then his I WILL win.
Just some thoughts I had on this.
But then also what do I know. LOL
I’ll see him, and raise him one month! I’ll win in February! So there! heh heh
And I suppose Obama is predicting he will win wins 55 of all 57 states he has counted. hahaha
Then there were the elections with Bush, a win in November but not a WIN till January with all the dmes wanting the CHADS counted and recounted. sheesh
B.Hussein Obama in 08 ~ “Fighting the power one whitey at a time.”
Sen. Barack Obama has been linked to another controversial pastor, this time a declared spiritual adviser who has called white American mayors “slave masters,” and referred to black preachers and politicians who “protect” the “white man” as “house n-ggers.”
Rev. MEEKS Ad, from 2004 Radio Ad Never heard outside of Illinois. Barack Obama chooses controversial, homophobic, Reverend James Meeks to endorse him !!!!!!
Rev. Meeks is an Illinois state senator and serves as the pastor of the 22,000 member Salem Baptist Church in Chicago, where Obama frequently campaigned back in 2003 when running for Senate.
Rev. Meeks has been described as someone in which Obama seeks spiritual counsel from, according to an article printer in the Chicago Sun Times. He will even serve as an Obama delegate at the 2008 Democratic convention in Denver.
Rev. Meeks has served on Obama’s exploratory committee for the presidency and was even listed on Obama's campaign website as one his ‘influential black supporters’. The Chicago Sun Times also reported that both Rev. Meeks and Obama share a history of receiving substantial campaign contributions from the indicted real estate "criminal" Tony Rezko.
Aside from numerous other reports linking the two together, the real issue is the character of Rev. Meeks, who is known for his racially charged remarks and homophobic ways.
In a 2006 sermon, Rev. Meeks stated, "We don't have slave masters. We got mayors. But they still the same white people who are presiding over systems where black people are not able, or to be educated. You got some preachers that are house niggers. You got some elected officials that are house niggers. And rather than them trying to break this up, they gonna fight you to protect this white man." He later defended that sermon during an interview with a Chicago CBS 2 reporter.
Not to mention Rev. Meeks homophobic ways are well noted. A 2007 newsletter from the Southern Poverty Law Center named Rev. Meeks one of the "10 leading black religious voices in the anti-gay movement."
The newsletter cites him as a key member of Chicago's ‘Gatekeepers’ network (an interracial group of evangelical ministers who strive to erase the division between church and state) and “a stalwart anti-gay activist… [who]… has used his House of Hope mega-church to launch petition drives for the Illinois Family Institute (IFI), a major state-level ‘family values’ pressure group that lauded him last year for leading African Americans in ‘clearly understanding the threat of gay marriage.'”
Wild Thing's comment........
Let's see, Rev. Meeks, Rev. Wright, Rev. Moss, Father Pfleger...... four of the most loathsome “holy men” in our lifetimes. How many more of these guy has that moron got in the wings? This is out and out pushing racism from these people and there should be outrage even in the media about this kind of thing. Imus was fired for a whole lot less then these guys are saying.
Obama's problems continue. He still has this Rev. Meeks do deal with. He also has the Black Panthers, Ayers, and Rezko in his closet.
Obama has so many skeletons in the closet, if he gets in the White House it will become the Haunted House.
Obama Vows to Disarm America
Obama's goal? 'Jeopardize U.S. battlefield superiority'
Critics blast Dem for assurance he'll cut nation's defense dollars
An organization dedicated to the mission of protecting and defending individual freedoms and rights under the U.S. Constitution is criticizing presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama for promising to cut, and possibly gut, U.S. military defense spending.
The Center for Individual Freedom, a non-partisan, non-profit, has posted one version of a YouTube video of Obama "inexplicably" pledging" to "unilaterally jeopardize American military superiority."
"When you find yourself in a hole, just keep digging," the organization said in its accompanying commentary. "That appears to be the logic of Sen. Barack Obama, who already finds himself in the proverbial hole on defense and national security issues. At this pace, he'll reach China by November."
The organization said the Obama video, which originally was posted online by BarackObamadotcom in late 2007 but has been reproduced in other versions too, he tells an audience at a group called Caucus4Priorities he would cut "tens of billions of dollars" in spending.
This would come at a time "when our armed forces are already stretched and in need of new weapon technologies and armor," said CFIF.
The original 2007 video is here: Barack Obama promised a leftist group that he would disarm the United States.
He also guarantees he will "cut investments in unproven missile defense systems," and he "will not weaponize space," and that "unnecessary" spending will be eliminated.
"Most alarmingly, however, Sen. Obama literally promises to 'slow development of future combat systems,'" CFIF said.
"Think about the frightening implications of this pledge for a moment.
"Future combat systems are the cornerstone of American military modernization and superiority. As America fights the war on terror and deters potential military aggression by rogue nations cross the world, advanced combat systems provide us with better equipment, unmatched situational awareness and communication systems that result in American battlefield domination. Other ascendant nations such as China and Russia seek to match our prowess, but we continue to outpace them," CFIF said.
It cited new satellite technology that "allows us to pinpoint and eliminate the enemy, unmanned drones that promise amazing advances in battlefield safety and effectiveness, bunker-buster weapons that penetrate deep into the caves in which remote terrorists hide and communications systems that allow lightning-quick troop deployment and rescue missions."
"They ultimately protect the lives and health of our troops, just as they protect us," CFIF said. "Despite this, Sen. Obama bizarrely pledges to jeopardize our battlefield superiority."
The group cited the nation's stealth aircraft, which penetrated Saddam Hussein's air defenses, precision-guided weaponry that has reduced harm to non-combatants and the Strategic Defense Initiative, "which forced Mikhail Gorbachev's negotiating hand and helped end the Cold War."
Obama uses the speech to emphasize that he is "the only major candidate who opposed this war from the beginning."
Thanks so much for the Caucus4Priorities, for the great work you've been doing. As president, I will end misguided defense policies and stand with Caucus4Priorities in fighting special interests in Washington.
First, I'll stop spending $9 billion a month in Iraq. I'm the only major candidate who opposed this war from the beginning. And as president I will end it.
Second, I will cut tens of billions of dollars in wasteful spending.
I will cut investments in unproven missile defense systems.
I will not weaponize space.
I will slow our development of future combat systems.
And I will institute an independent "Defense Priorities Board" to ensure that the Quadrennial Defense Review is not used to justify unnecessary spending.
Third, I will set a goal of a world without nuclear weapons. To seek that goal, I will not develop new nuclear weapons; I will seek a global ban on the production of fissile material; and I will negotiate with Russia to take our ICBMs off hair-trigger alert, and to achieve deep cuts in our nuclear arsenals.
"In what realm does Sen. Obama’s ideology dwell, that he would expect his promises to somehow endear him to American swing voters?" CFIF asked. "What makes Sen. Obama's statement most perplexing is the fact that he already faces an uphill battle to convince American voters that he won't be the second coming of Jimmy Carter in undermining our military forces."
Wild Thing's comment.........
I have posted this video before, but I did not have the added article and it is important too. It even had the video with it so this really is the original video of when he spoke.
How can anyone be this stupid, he has no idea how important our military is, how important it is to have the best in technology and anything we would need to defend our country and aid our troops.
....Thank you Mark for the link to this update and article.
Get Me from the Church on Time by Russ Vaughn
Get Me from the Church on Time
I'm gettin' elected in November;
Ding, dong the polls are gonna chime.
So plug in some stoppers,
I'll tell some more whoppers,
To get me from this church on time.
I'm gonna be there in November;
Just one more Hill left to climb.
She's kickin' up a rumpus,
Still trying to bump us,
So get me from this church on time.
I'll still be running in November,
If I can dodge the Clinton slime.
Billary's tryin' to tar me,
With their Blue Collar Army;
Please get me from this church on time.
I'm gettin' elected in November;
Ding, dong the polls are gonna chime.
Rush Limbaugh wants to diss me;
Chris Matthews wants to kiss me;
Just get me from this church on time.
I gotta make it to November,
Got to avoid the grit and grime.
If I dump the racist preachers
And fools cheering in the bleachers,
Will that get me from this church on time?
....Thank you Russ.
"Two Wars" by Army Ranger Nate Self
Nate Self's account of Rescue on Roberts Ridge in Afghanistan. Even though Self has suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, the book was a wonderful account of Self's days at West Point, his time in Kosovo, becoming a Ranger (1st Platoon, Alpha Company, 1st Batallion, 75th Ranger Regiment), and then the battle in Afghanistan.
Decorated Iraq/Afghanistan war hero Nate Self talks about his new book, "Two Wars: One Hero's Fight on Two Fronts - Abroad and Within," detailing the now historic rescue on Roberts Ridge .
" We cherish, too, the poppy red That grows on fields where valor led; It seems to signal to the skies That blood of heroes never dies. — Moina Michael, “We Shall Keep the Faith,” 1918 .
The Memorial Day tradition of wearing red poppies to honor our fallen American veterans was inspired by Miss Moina Michael, a Georgia teacher who was inspired by John McCrae, a Canadian military doctor who wrote the famous World War I poem, “In Flanders Fields.”
They, in turn, have inspired me to commemorate a story of war and sacrifice that happened.
The battle was Operation Anaconda in eastern Afghanistan.
The enemy targets: al Qaeda troops and Taliban. In the early hours of March 4, 2002, the bloodiest date so far in the War on Terror abroad, U.S. Navy SEAL Neil Roberts joined his unit aboard a Chinook helicopter.
They were assigned to conduct a clandestine insertion onto a 10,000-foot mountaintop to establish an overwatch position, protecting other American forces participating in the attack. As he prepared to jump from the helicopter ramp to the landing zone, the 32-year-old Roberts and the rest of the crew came under fire from a hail of rocket-propelled grenades. The aircraft lurched. Roberts was thrown from the helicopter. He fell several feet into al Qaeda-infested territory on the Kharwar Mountains. According to classified reports, Roberts survived the fall and valiantly held off enemy troops for more than half an hour. But when his machine gun jammed, Petty Officer 1st Class Roberts was overtaken and killed at close range by three suspected al Qaeda soldiers.
A six-man commando team set out to rescue Roberts. “We don’t leave Americans behind,” explained Brigadier General John Rosa, deputy director of operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, after the deadly fight. The team was also met by heavy fire, and Air Force Tech. Sgt. John Chapman, 36, was killed at the scene.
During a follow-up gun battle on the mountain that lasted 12 hours, five other men from a quick-reaction rescue squad died: Senior Airman Jason Cunningham, 26; Army Pfc. Matthew A. Commons, 21; Army Sgt. Bradley S. Crose, 27; Army Sgt. Philip J. Svitak, 31; and Army Spc. Marc A. Anderson, 30.
All of the men received posthumous honors, including the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star and meritorious service awards, for their heroism on the frozen peak in eastern Afghanistan now known as “Roberts Ridge.” But for Roberts, giving his life to his country was its own reward.
In a letter he wrote to his wife before the attack in case of death, he reflected:
“I consider myself blessed with the best things a man could ever hope for. I loved being a SEAL. If I died doing something for the Teams, then I died doing what made me happy. Very few people have the luxury of that.” In a memorial statement, Roberts’ family elaborated on what motivated their cherished son, brother, husband and father: “He made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure that everyone who calls himself or herself an American truly has all the privileges of living in the greatest country in the world.” May we never forget what happened.
Posted by Wild Thing at 02:40 AM
June 02, 2008
Rock Pioneer Bo Diddley Another Legend Gone
Bo Diddley, a founding father of rock 'n' roll whose distinctive "shave and a haircut, two bits" rhythm and innovative guitar effects inspired legions of other musicians, died Monday after months of ill health. He was 79.
Diddley died of heart failure at his home in Archer, Florida, spokeswoman Susan Clary said. He had suffered a heart attack in August, three months after suffering a stroke while touring in Iowa. Doctors said the stroke affected his ability to speak, and he had returned to Florida to continue rehabilitation.
The legendary singer and performer, known for his homemade square guitar, dark glasses and black hat, was an inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, had a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame, and received a lifetime achievement award in 1999 at the Grammy Awards. In recent years he also played for the elder President Bush and President Clinton.
Diddley appreciated the honors he received, "but it didn't put no figures in my checkbook."
"If you ain't got no money, ain't nobody calls you honey," he quipped.
The name Bo Diddley came from other youngsters when he was growing up in Chicago, he said in a 1999 interview.
"I don't know where the kids got it, but the kids in grammar school gave me that name," he said, adding that he liked it so it became his stage name. Other times, he gave somewhat differing stories on where he got the name. Some experts believe a possible source for the name is a one-string instrument used in traditional blues music called a diddley bow.
His first single, "Bo Diddley," introduced record buyers in 1955 to his signature rhythm: bomp ba-bomp bomp, bomp bomp, often summarized as "shave and a haircut, two bits." The B side, "I'm a Man," with its slightly humorous take on macho pride, also became a rock standard.
The company that issued his early songs was Chess-Checkers records, the storied Chicago-based labels that also recorded Chuck Berry and other stars.
Howard Kramer, assistant curator of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, said in 2006 that Diddley's Chess recordings "stand among the best singular recordings of the 20th century."
Diddley's other major songs included, "Say Man," "You Can't Judge a Book by Its Cover," "Shave and a Haircut," "Uncle John," "Who Do You Love?" and "The Mule."
Diddley's influence was felt on both sides of the Atlantic. Buddy Holly borrowed the bomp ba-bomp bomp, bomp bomp rhythm for his song "Not Fade Away."
The Rolling Stones' bluesy remake of that Holly song gave them their first chart single in the United States, in 1964. The following year, another British band, the Yardbirds, had a Top 20 hit in the U.S. with their version of "I'm a Man."
Diddley was also one of the pioneers of the electric guitar, adding reverb and tremolo effects. He even rigged some of his guitars himself.
"He treats it like it was a drum, very rhythmic," E. Michael Harrington, professor of music theory and composition at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., said in 2006.
Many other artists, including the Who, Bruce Springsteen and Elvis Costello copied aspects of Diddley's style.
Growing up, Diddley said he had no musical idols, and he was not entirely pleased that others drew on his innovations.
"I don't like to copy anybody. Everybody tries to do what I do, update it," he said. "I don't have any idols I copied after."
"They copied everything I did, upgraded it, messed it up. It seems to me that nobody can come up with their own thing, they have to put a little bit of Bo Diddley there," he said.
Despite his success, Diddley claimed he only received a small portion of the money he made during his career. Partly as a result, he continued to tour and record music until his stroke. Between tours, he made his home near Gainesville in north Florida.
"Seventy ain't nothing but a damn number," he told The Associated Press in 1999. "I'm writing and creating new stuff and putting together new different things. Trying to stay out there and roll with the punches. I ain't quit yet."
Diddley, like other artists of his generations, was paid a flat fee for his recordings and said he received no royalty payments on record sales. He also said he was never paid for many of his performances.
"I am owed. I've never got paid," he said. "A dude with a pencil is worse than a cat with a machine gun."
In the early 1950s, Diddley said, disc jockeys called his type of music, "Jungle Music." It was Cleveland disc jockey Alan Freed who is credited with inventing the term "rock 'n' roll."
Diddley said Freed was talking about him, when he introduced him, saying, "Here is a man with an original sound, who is going to rock and roll you right out of your seat."
Diddley won attention from a new generation in 1989 when he took part in the "Bo Knows" ad campaign for Nike, built around football and baseball star Bo Jackson. Commenting on Jackson's guitar skills, Diddley turned to the camera and said, "He don't know Diddley."
"I never could figure out what it had to do with shoes, but it worked," Diddley said. "I got into a lot of new front rooms on the tube."
Born as Ellas Bates on Dec. 30, 1928, in McComb, Mississippi, Diddley was later adopted by his mother's cousin and took on the name Ellis McDaniel, which his wife always called him.
When he was 5, his family moved to Chicago, where he learned the violin at the Ebenezer Baptist Church. He learned guitar at 10 and entertained passers-by on street corners.
By his early teens, Diddley was playing Chicago's Maxwell Street.
"I came out of school and made something out of myself. I am known all over the globe, all over the world. There are guys who have done a lot of things that don't have the same impact that I had," he said.
Here is the Nike commercial he did.
Wild Thing's comment........
Born in 1928. A rock and roll legend! Helped bring blues/boogie to the world.
....Thank you Lynn for sending the story to me.
Angelina Jolie and Brad All For Firearms and "not afraid to use them."
'I've got my Tomb Raider guns - and I'm not afraid to use them,' says Angelina
"Angelina Jolie has revealed she owns real versions of the guns she toted in the movie Tomb Raider - and she and partner Brad Pitt wouldn't be afraid to use them. The actress, who is rumoured to have given birth to twin girls Isla and Amelie, says she and Pitt keep a firearm in their house to protect themselves and their expanding brood..."
A solid gold pendant nestles in the plunging neckline of Angelina Jolie's black dress.
Forgive me if this is the first thing I notice when she rises to greet me.
But it leaps out because it’s no ordinary bauble; it has the unmistakable shape of a machine gun.
Apparently it was made by a jeweller based on a drawing by her son, Maddox, and given to her as a Mother's Day present by her partner, Brad Pitt.
I suppose I'm mostly taken aback because of our situation; Jolie is very pregnant, with twins expected any day now, and we are in the rarefied surroundings of a suite in the Carlton hotel in Cannes.
It's old-school luxury: yellow Provençal wallpaper, a salmon-pink sofa upon which Jolie perches and a matching chair for me.
As it happens, she is even more rarefied than the setting – and this suite costs £1,600. Despite the Carlton being the temporary home of all the big Hollywood studios and production companies during the film festival, she and Pitt are actually staying in a £4,000-a-night villa at the Hotel du Cap, a 30-minute drive from Cannes on the outskirts of Antibes, where Harrison Ford, Robert De Niro and Madonna are also staying. A helicopter is on standby there for a swift maternity-hospital transfer.)
But as it happens, the machine-gun motif is entirely apt, as we begin by talking about guns and how she would kill for real if compelled to do so. One of the movies she's in Cannes to promote is Wanted, in which she plays assassin Fox, part of a shadowy team called the Fraternity who kill the bad guys before the bad guys get to kill anyone else.
James McAvoy plays a nerd who's hauled out of a boring, nine-to-five existence to be trained up. McAvoy said he felt odd handling the weapons in the film.
Jolie had no such qualms. And she says intense training in various combat techniques for films such as Wanted and Mr & Mrs Smith – the action thriller on which she met Pitt – means she could protect herself in a fight if she had to.
'If anybody comes into my home and tries to hurt my kids, I've no problem shooting them,' she says with a dry candour.
'I bought original, real guns of the type we used in Tomb Raider for security. Brad and I are not against having a gun in the house, and we do have one. And yes, I'd be able to use it if I had to. I could handle myself. I think there are certain combat skills that would come out. I tend to want to throw an elbow. I don't know why. I've learned all the punches, head butts and kicks – yet getting someone with my elbow is my first instinct.
'I think it's good for anybody to learn a skill when it comes to fight training – be it kung fu, boxing or kick-boxing – because self-defence is important. Brad and I want our kids to learn it. They're going to get into a fight some day, so they might as well learn how to take care of themselves.
I was kind of a punk when I was a kid, but I didn't get picked on. I was left alone because I was a bit of a loner. I would get into fights on behalf of other people. I wasn't a pushover. So I wasn't the one who was targeted.
'There's a side to me that people know is humanitarian, and there's a side to me that's a mummy. But there's also the side that likes to get down and dirty and run and jump around and fire guns. I don't want to lose touch with that. That's one of the reasons I like to do action movies. It's good for me every once in a while.'
Looking at her now, I believe she could handle herself. She's looked thin, but not any more; Jolie is impressively big – she rests a protective hand on her mighty bump during our talk – and her arms are no longer bony.
She's 33 in a few days' time; her exotic face, with those skyscraper-high cheekbones and naturally full lips which must be on the wall of every plastic surgeon in Hollywood, look just as good in real life.
She has a deep West Coast drawl and is refreshingly direct – ask a question and she bats it right back .
She is still completely redolent of the girl who looked sensational in Lara Croft's spray-on latex tankini, complete with a Magnum in each thigh holster, or the sexy, heavily tattooed, gun-toting assassin she plays in Wanted.
Based on the Mark Millar comic books, the film contains violent action throughout, but Jolie has no issue with this.
'If the Fraternity was just a bunch of people that killed for fun and enjoyed torturing people, then I wouldn't be interested. But I liked this idea that if there were people who you knew were going to kill others in the future, should you take them out? And that's interesting in a bigger political way.
'For example, we have an international criminal court that can issue arrest warrants for Darfur, the Congo and other places. But are we ready to back it up? And if we don't back it up, what's the other solution? 'Do we just go to war and kill a bunch of civilians in the process? I think there does need to be something to prevent other kinds of violence.'
These days, when Jolie kicks loose it's on a film set in action movies. It's also a good way of impressing the children, apparently – Maddox, seven, whom she adopted as a baby before she started seeing Pitt; Pax, four, and Zahara, three, who are both also adopted; and two-year-old Shiloh, her biological daughter with Pitt.
'Maybe they'll finally think I'm cool, because now, for them, I'm just Mum. My son asks me to play a video game and I'm appalling at it, and so is Brad.
We don't even understand it properly. So maybe one day my kids will see films like Wanted and see that Mum is not a total dork.'
But what about the violence? 'It's just not a reality in this day and age to say, "I'm never going to let my kids watch a movie that has a gun in it." It's important to know that this exists. But I'm very clear with my children about who's a good guy and who's bad. If they're watching a movie at home and they say, "Is that a bad guy, Mummy?", I say, "Well, is he trying to hurt somebody?" If you see somebody picking on a person or starting the fight, that's the bad guy.'
She didn't prepare as intensely for Wanted as she did for the two Tomb Raider films. 'I didn't get into such great shape, because I just don't have the time, with the kids. I used to be able to train all the time, but it's different now. My body has changed, I've had a baby and I've breast-fed, although bringing up four children is harder than making an action movie.
'In Wanted, James and I have a fight, and I get to kick his ass – it's always fun to do that stuff. I like doing the risky stunts. It's an adrenaline rush and it's fun. It's very much in our family. Brad and I met doing that kind of thing on Mr & Mrs Smith. We have a healthy competition in the house for craziness.'
That love of an adrenaline kick extends to driving and flying. Not for her a girly party to celebrate her pregnancy:
'My girlfriends rented a sports car for me instead. So Brad and I just drove around LA in this Mercedes all day. It was fantastic. I love to drive, but I don't get to do it very much these days, because I don't like being followed by the paparazzi.'
Freedom and security are constant themes with her..
She and Pitt own a single-prop Cirrus aircraft and both have a pilot's licence. 'I've now got an instrument rating, which means I can fly in bad weather and at night.
'The plane has a parachute – like a rocket chute – in case you get into trouble. I love the idea of just being up in the air, but I think it's more about the travel for me, the freedom it represents.
Her work as a goodwill ambassador for the Office of the UN High Commissioner For Refugees began after filming the first Tomb Raider movie in Cambodia.
She then started visiting other troubled countries – more than 20 to date – and along with Pitt has donated millions of dollars to humanitarian projects.
'When you've been raised around Hollywood and you suddenly find yourself with a backpack in a war zone, where people are dying and crying because they don't have enough food for their kids, you very quickly realise what matters.
At the time it was like being smacked in the face and told, "What are you so upset about?" From that moment on I never lost that focus. 'On my first trip to Sierra Leone I ended up in a convoy with just one other woman.
'Another truck broke down, the group became separated and suddenly we were responsible for truckloads of people. It was getting dark and we were going through roadblocks that were just some guys with guns.
'And that was the country where they were cutting everybody's arms and feet off. And I remember thinking, "God, they could just decide to kill us… What am I doing here?" I remember having this bizarre feeling of being very far from home and feeling very vulnerable.'
Wild Thing's comment.......
Good, I am glad to read this. I am so glad that she is almost a spokesperson for defending her family like this. And this most certainly wasn’t Liberal talk coming out of her. Good! Maybe one day she and her Dad, Jon Voight will see more eye to eye about politics as well. He is not a conservative but he at least is a Republican and we can always hope he will move more to being a conservative the whole way.
Jolie is not your ordinary Hollywood airhead. She has done a lot of work on behalf of refugiees, including going to Iraq and meeting with US military commanders. She came out against a US withdrawal.
Maybe some of the other celebs in Hollywood will stop wanting to make TV shows with an agenda of banning guns. There are some that do have guns in their homes and know how to use them. But we seldom hear about them so that is why this article is good for it to get out, to encourage others to realize how important it is to be protected and know how to use a gun. Maybe she could even use her influence to stop the Small Arms garbage at the UN. Just a thought anyway.
I wish she would speak to the idiots in our government that are so bound and determined to try and push the ban on guns. I am also glad to see this was published in the UK news outlet. they need more then even people in the USA that guns are more then necessary in the world we live in now.
Wait And See Mode Regarding Rumor Saying There Is A Michelle Obama Tape
Apparently there is a video tape of Michelle railing against “whitey” inside the Trinity church. For a few weeks now it’s been an internet rumor- now the rumor is going mainstream.
On Fox, Neil Cavuto, today, June 2, not sure what time he is on in your area's it might be EST. Is supposed to have an "explosive" video to release on Obama. Not sure it is the one with Michelle Obama or not.
From Rush last Friday:
Obama said he's "deeply disappointed" in the preacher. Hillary is "disappointed" in Obama's response. (laughs) It's not even June yet, folks. It's not even June. We've got the bylaws committee tomorrow and the rules committee. If I'm the Democrat Party, I'm looking at this, and I'm saying, "How can we do this?" They have to know what lies ahead. And, of course, there are these rumors circulating, and I don't know if this is true, but there are a number of people suggesting -- and I first heard this, by the way, when I was gone Monday and Tuesday of last week -- that there's a video and that the Republican Party supposedly has it now of Michelle Obama speaking from the pulpit in this church talking about "whitey." I don't care if it's unacceptable, Snerdley. I'm just reporting what's out there. I'm reporting on a rumor that is out there. No, I cannot mention... (interruption)
Okay, forget I said "Michelle (My Belle) Obama." I'll just say "his wife." Obama's wife is out there. There's a rumor that there's a tape -- the Republicans have it, and we're waiting to use it in October -- of Michelle going nuts in the church, too, talking about whitey this and whitey that. You know, if I'm the Democrats are looking at this, I'm saying... They gotta know they're sitting on top of a powder keg here, and somebody in this party -- Howard Dean or somebody -- has gotta send somebody up to this church and say, "Well, you people take the next five months off, or move this congregation somewhere? Move it to Reverend Wright's house -- it's in a gated community -- so nobody can know what you're doing in there. Just give us five months, will you, and shut up!" You know, the Clintons are -- make no mistake about it -- making hay out of this, as they lobby the rules committee and so forth.
This one happened Sunday, on Stephanopolous show, and it says basically that the reason Obama left the church was mainly because of the rumor that should break soon. This is so weird to post about this because I have no idea exactly what it is or what Michelle Obama says literally. Something about her using the word " whitey".
Also on Sunday later in the day.
And this one is democrat Geraldo and illegal lover as well. He bets $100 it is not true.
Wild Thing's comment........
I don't like rumors, never have. So when I heard about this awhile back like other bloggers I did not post about it.
But now it is the topic of conversation on the networks so maybe just maybe it is not just a rumor but actually something Michelle Obama said.
Add in to that Michelle has all but disappeared since these rumors started. That is kind of weird if this is true.
I know none of us need a tape to know that she and Obama are both racists. But if this tape does exist it would certainly be yet another thing to show maybe a few more people why these people should not be in office.
The only thing I don't understand is that IF this tape does exist then why are they holding back? And for what reason.
Lance Cpl. Crutchfield On Leave From Iraq Killed For His $ 8.00
Marine, back from Iraq, shot dead in his home town
CLEVELAND, Ohio (AP) -- On leave from the violence he had survived in the war in Iraq, a young Marine was so wary of crime on the streets of his own home town that he carried only $8 to avoid becoming a robbery target.
Despite his caution, Lance Cpl. Robert Crutchfield, 21, was shot point-blank in the neck during a robbery at a bus stop.
Feeding and breathing tubes kept him alive 41/2 months, until he died of an infection on May 18.
Two men have been charged in the attack, and Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason said Friday the case was under review to decide whether to seek the death penalty.
"It is an awful story," said Alberta Holt, the young Marine's aunt and his legal guardian when he was a teenager determined to flee a troubled Cleveland school for safer surroundings in the suburbs.
Crutchfield was attacked on January 5 while he and his girlfriend were waiting for a bus. He had heeded the warnings of commanders that a Marine on leave might be seen as a prime robbery target with a pocketful of money, so he only carried $8, his military ID card and a bank card.
"They took it, turned his pockets inside out, took what he had and told him since he was a Marine and didn't have any money he didn't deserve to live. They put the gun to his neck and shot him," Holt told The Associated Press.
The two men charged in the attack were identified as Ean Farrow, 19, and Thomas Ray III, 20, both of Cleveland. Their attorneys did not respond to The Associated Press' requests for comment.
Crutchfield knew he was returning to Iraq for another tour of duty, but had hesitated to tell his family until he was nearing the end of his 30-day leave.
He apparently had a troubled family. Holt wouldn't discuss it except to say "his mom and dad didn't raise him, just his grandmother and me." He didn't smoke or drink, she said.
He had attended Cleveland's inner-city East High School, but asked that he be allowed to live with his aunt and grandmother and attend suburban Bedford High School for his final two years.
"He saw his school was in turmoil and asked to get out," Holt said.
Bedford High teachers recalled Crutchfield's smile, his pride in his appearance, his determination to join the Marine Corps after graduation in 2005 and his aspiration to become an architect.
"He was friendly and kind and willing to help out in any way that he could," counselor Yvonne Sims said in an e-mail.
Connie LaNasa, who works in the school office, said Crutchfield was a well-behaved student and went about his school work with little notice.
"He lived out what he wanted to do and that is to be a Marine," LaNasa said.
Faculty members remembered Crutchfield as a top student in the computer design program, an office assistant and participant in the prom fashion show.
After his long hospitalization, an infection broke out a week before he died. "He said it felt like he was getting hit by lightning," Holt said.
When Crutchfield's body was laid out Tuesday in the Sacrificial Missionary Baptist Church, his white military dress hat was tugged down close to his eyes to conceal the skull flap that had been kept open to relieve swelling in his brain.
Marines provided an honor guard at his funeral service and carried the casket to his grave at the Western Reserve National Cemetery near Akron.
Wild Thing's comment.......
This is so sad!! What an awful tragedy!! Prayers for his family. LCpl Crutchfield wasn't the one who didn't deserve to live. I hope they fry those two worthless creeps.
Marines in Ramadi
Wild Thing's comment........
We get so little news on our troops. And there are stories of what they do, the captures, kills, ( Yipee! ) , building up the places war has taken down, running water again and in some places in Iraq where it never existed before. Wonderful stories of all the good things our Heroes do.
This video is just another one of the many aspects of this war and how important each part of what our warriors do.
Pres. Election Chanting "Yes we can" ~ But Muslims Chant "Death To America"
And there is also this...........
Obama's pastor suggested that the United States deserved 9/11, and Obama accepted a testimonial from MUSLIM U.S. Congressman Keith Ellison that implies that the U.S. perpetrated 9/11.
"It’s almost like the Reichstag fire in Nazi Germany, kind of reminds me of that. After the Reichstag was burned, they blamed the Communists for it and put the leader of that country (Hitler) in a position where he could basically have the authority to do whatever he wanted. The fact is that I’m not saying [Sept. 11] was a U.S. plan, or anything like that because, you know, that’s how they put you in the nut-box-dismiss you." --- Congressman Keith Ellison, July 8 2007
From the Testimonial Page at Obama's website, I saved it in case they take it down.
Wild Thing's comment........
"I am a proud Muslim American whose faith informs my actions."
That's precisely what concerns us, Keith!! So much for his oath of office. And in case he forgot, it goes like this:
"I, (name of Member), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign or domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God."
With Obama as President ( noting the video above) and people like Keith Ellison in office and a few other Muslims in office as well. I am really concerned how many of them Obama will give jobs in his cabinet. How much more power the Muslims will be handed with Obama leading the way.
June 01, 2008
Harold Ickes At the DNC Rules & Bylaws Committee Meeting
At the DNC Rules & Bylaws Committee Meeting, Ickes states, "Mrs Clinton has asked me to reserve her rights to take this to the credentials committee."
In defiance of the vote by the Rules Committee to admit all Michigan with half a vote, Ickes threatens to take the fight to the convention.
Hillary supporters cheered Ickes' threat by chanting, "Den-ver! Den-ver!"
The Hillary campaign immediately issued a statement in support of Ickes' remark.
Here is Clinton's senior advisor Harold Ickes
Wild Thing's comment........
Obama likes to brag in speeches about how brave he was to go up to Michigan and tell the auto industry that they would have to raise fuel mileage standards, raising costs and costing Michigan jobs.
What he doesn’t mention, of course, was that he gave that brave speech after he’d seen the polling indicating he was going to lose Michigan to Clinton and pulled his name off the ballot. LOL What a twit jerk and any name you like to use for this B. Hussein Obama.
So a guy that took his name OFF the ballot gets votes given to him. Go figure. hahahaha Only in America!
Harold Ickes was ticked as well he should be which of course is also a good example of how glad I am that at least so far to be a Republican our votes count.
Hillary Supporters Angry About Stolen Votes
WOW this woman is really upset. This first one is really kind of scary.
Clinton supporter Harriet Christian angry after Rules & Bylaws committee meeting on Florida and Michigan.
And another one outspoken Clinton supporter here who unloads on Barack Obama and promises to vote for John McCain in the fall.
Check this out. hahaa
LOL these are long awaited for after all these years of the DNC bashing Bush and Republican's. hahahahhahaa
Just another day at the office of the DNC messing with votes. LOL
Hillary Clinton To Be Offered Dignified Exit
?? B. Hussein Obama, President & CIC; Hillary Clinton, health secretary; John Edwards, attorney general; Joe Biden, Secretary of State. ??
Hillary Clinton to be offered dignified exit
Telegraph.co.uk. ...for complete article
Hillary Clinton will be offered a dignified exit from the presidential race and the prospect of a place in Barack Obama's cabinet under plans for a "negotiated surrender" of her White House ambitions being drawn up by Senator Obama's aides.
The former First Lady would get the chance to pilot Mr Obama’s reforms of the American healthcare system if she agrees to clear the path to his nomination as Democratic presidential candidate.
Senior figures in the Obama camp have told Democrat colleagues that the offer to Mrs Clinton of a cabinet post as health secretary or to steer new legislation through the Senate will be a central element of their peace overtures to the New York senator.
Mr Obama said on Thursday that he believed he would have secured the support of enough delegates to make him the standard bearer of his party in November’s presidential election by the end of this week.
The Obama camp, however, remains nervous about Mrs Clinton’s intentions and ambitions, and is preparing a face-saving package that will allow her to continue to play a role in health care reform, which has been her signature issue for more than a decade. Despite pressure from some Clinton allies, Mr Obama and his advisers do not wish to ask her to be his vice-presidential running mate. “They will talk to her,” one Democrat strategist close to senior figures in the Obama camp told The Sunday Telegraph. “They will give her the respect she deserves. She will get something to do with health care, a cabinet post or the chance to lead the legislation through the Senate.”
Another Democrat who has discussed strategy with friends in the Obama inner circle said that Mr Obama was openly considering asking Mrs Clinton to join his cabinet, alongside two other former presidential rivals: John Edwards, who is seen as a likely attorney general; and Joe Biden, who is a leading contender to become Secretary of State.
Wild Thing's comment........
Sure, that will appease her! I doubt if it would, just can't see that happening.
Can't we ever be done with the Clinton's. Biden and Edwards. OH NOooooo!
Only in America, she tries to socialize healthcare while holding no elected office, her back room plan proposed a communist type system which was summarily dismissed by both the left and right alike and largely led to the Republicans winning the house and senate for the first time in a LONG time.
This is what makes you an expert on healthcare??? Being a total failure??
What a bunch of ridiculous BS.
...Thank you Les for the article.
Putin: " US, frightening monster "
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has urged France to distance itself from America, comparing the US to a 'frightening monster'.
"How can one be such a shining example of democracy at home and a frightening monster abroad?'' Putin said in an interview with French newspaper Le Monde in Paris released on Saturday.
"France, I hope, will continue to conduct an independent foreign policy,'' said Putin.
He said the US was creating a new Berlin Wall in Europe by pushing the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to expand into ex-Soviet states Georgia and Ukraine.
The former Russian President also voiced concern over the fact that the West's "military infrastructure is coming closer to our borders,'' and denounced the US for seeking a "monopoly in world affairs.''
Under Putin's eight-year presidency, Russia clashed with the US and the European Union over matters such as NATO expansion and a plan to station a US missile-defense system in Eastern Europe.
May 31, 2008 - "I don’t think the Iranians are looking to make a nuclear bomb. We have no reason to believe this. The Iranian people are very proud and independent. They are trying to implement their legal right to develop peaceful nuclear technologies." - Vladimir Putin
Wild Thing's comment.......
Take heart Putin, if B. Hussein Obama wins the Presidency the U.S. will no longer be a monster superpower, and you will probably be invited to the big surrender party.
Lanny Davis Ignored by Media
At a press conference with leading Florida Democrats, no one wanted to hear from Lanny Davis. Must be a shocker to Lanny, he was the media favorite all during the Clinton Monica lying era and later the Impeachment.