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December 31, 2008

Uncle Jay Explains: Year-end! 12-22-08

Uncle Jay Explains: Year-end! 12-22-08

Wild Thing's comment..........

LMAO this guy is so good. Love how he does a run down of the crazy 2008 year.


......Thank you RAC for sending this to me.

RAC has a website that is awesome. 336th Assault Helicopter Company

13th Combat Aviation Battalion - 1st Aviation Brigade - Soc Trang, Republic of Vietnam

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Happy New Year from Theodore's World

We will open the book.

Its pages are blank.

We are going to put words on them ourselves.

The book is called "Opportunity" and its first

chapter is New Year's Day.

~ Edith Lovejoy Pierce



Thank you my wonderful online family,

(( hug ))



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Tragic News from Up North


....Thank you Jack for sending this to me. Jack's wonderful blog is Conservative Insurgent

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Cynthia McKinney Boat Rammed By Israeli Navy ~ LOL

Cynthia McKinney is aboard the yacht Dignity,

Israel Navy attacks Hamas positions in Gaza.....

'Missile's eye view'..Israeli Navy release footage of attacks on Hamas positions

December 29/08

McKinney relief boat hit by Israeli ship

Atlantic Journal


The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Monday, December 29, 2008

Former Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, standing beside a damaged yacht, Tuesday accused the Israeli navy of ramming the vessel to halt the delivery of medical supplies to the embattled Gaza Strip.

“Our mission was a peaceful mission,” McKinney told CNN after she and 15 others aboard the boat made it safely to the harbor in the Lebanese seaport of Tyre.

McKinney, the recent Green Party candidate for U.S. president and frequent center of controversy, is the most prominent political figure to join the relief voyages sponsored by the Free Gaza Movement.

McKinney was slated to travel by car to Beirut where she was expected to conducted media interviews and meet with Lebanese government officials, said Paul Larudee, a co-founder of the California-based Free Gaza group.

Larudee said the organization was determined to continue the relief mission, the sixth such trip to Gaza and the first to be interrupted.

“We’re going to get it repaired,” Larudee said of the “Dignity,” the cabin cruiser which he said sustained damage to the hull, the bridge and the engine room.
A U.S. State Department spokesman said Tuesday that U.S. diplomats had issued no protests to Israeli authorities. “When you enter a zone of conflict, then you have to realize that it’s very, very dangerous,” the spokesman told reporters.

Later, State Department spokesman Noel Clay said “there were no injuries, that we’re aware of at the moment” and that “to my knowledge, consular officials have not been in contact with the American who was aboard the ship.”

McKinney was the sole American on board.

A spokesman for the Israeli Embassy in Washington described the incident as an accidental “collision” after the aid vessel drew near to an Israeli military craft and was warned away.

“The boat came very close, we called the ship to basically to turn around, we informed the ship that they wouldn’t be allowed to enter Gaza,” said the embassy spokesman, Jonathan Peled. “The ship wasn’t rammed, that definitely wasn’t the idea.”
The Israeli naval craft did, however, prevent the aid ship from landing in Gaza, he said in a telephone interview. “We see all these ships as pure propaganda, they have journalists on them and all kinds of other people who are coming basically to provoke.”

He said the intention was not to deny humanitarian aid to Gaza. In fact, he said, aid arrived there on Tuesday from Turkey, Qatar and Jordan.

“We receive all aid and let it enter Gaza properly so that we can make sure that it’s only humanitarian aid and they’re not smuggling people and weapons and explosives into Gaza,” Peled said.

He said Israeli military craft offered assistance to the aid vessel before escorting it toward Lebanese waters.

“They said that the didn’t need any assistance,” he said. “It passed peacefully, apparently no damage, no wounded, no nothing, but a slight collision.”

In a news release, the Free Gaza group offered a conflicting version of the incident. The Israeli gunboats “gave us no warning” and “rammed us three times,” said Caoimhe Butterly, who was aboard the aid ship.

“We began taking on water and, for a few minutes, we all feared for our lives,” she said of the early morning incident.

Larudee said the Dignity’s bilge pumps worked well enough for the boat to sail to a safe harbor in Lebanon. The boat had shipped out of Cyprus Monday en route to Gaza.

McKinney’s father, former Georgia state Rep. Billy McKinney, said in a phone interview Tuesday that he had a brief conversation with his daughter as she was heading toward Beirut.

“I’m really relieved, but I’m not totally relieved because she’s still in the Middle East,” he said, adding that he expected her to continue her journey.

“She’s a determined woman,” he said. “This isn’t the first civil right and human rights mission that she’s been on.”

McKinney said his daughter had traveled to Cuba a few weeks ago and was “very well received” by President Raul Castro and that she had recently tried to visit Syria but had been turned away when she attempted to board the flight.

Wild Thing's comment........

OH my gosh! LOL I’d love to see the look on McKinney’s face as she saw that the Israeli patrol boat was gonna ram the boat she was sitting in.


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Chicago Furniture Store Ad in Chi.Trib. Selling "Senate seats"

LeatherCreations, took out a quarter-page ad in the Chicago Tribune on Thursday

LeatherCreations ad pokes fun at Illinois governor

Advertises ‘Senate seats' for $1,999

Furniture Today Staff -- Furniture Today, December 29, 2008


Furniture store LeatherCreations is making lemonade out of a sour political situation in Illinois by advertising its own "Senate seats" for sale at $1,999, according to an online report by the Cleveland Leader.
Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich had been accused of offering to sell president-elect Barack Obama's seat in the U.S. Senate, but not for this cheap.

LeatherCreations' ad proclaims, "We sell more seats than the Governor!" ... and our Senate seat only costs $1,999 (Plus this sofa lasts much longer than 6 years)."

Wild Thing's comment........

ROTFLMAO this is hilarious!

......Thank you RAC for sending this to me.

RAC has a website that is awesome. 336th Assault Helicopter Company

13th Combat Aviation Battalion - 1st Aviation Brigade - Soc Trang, Republic of Vietnam

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Blagojevich Announces Burris But Look At This

B. HUSSEIN Obama reacts .

U. S Rep. Bobby Rush speaks after Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich announces his choice of former Ill. Attorney General Roland Burris, right, to fill President-elect Barack Obama's U.S. Senate seat Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008 in Chicago

Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich yesterday afternoon with his announcement created more political chaos with his nominee for president-elect Barack Obama's Senate seat, former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris.

Best way to describe it was was a bizarre press conferences. Soon after he introduced Burris, Blogo began to get a lot of LOL uncomfortable questions.

Within moments, Burris seemingly spontaneously spotted a friendly face in the crowd and called former Black Panther and now Illinois Congressman Bobby Rush up to "say a few words."

This was followed within minutes with an message from Obama from the land of surf and sand in Hawaii. This is so rich!

Blagojevich's appointment of Roland Bussis leads to Jim (James Reynolds which lead to Obama.

Thanks to Hoosiermama

1. Burris has gone on to receive over $1 million in no-bid, low-effort “consulting” contracts from Illinois State agencies under the Governor’s control as well as a $5000/month “retainer” from Loop Capital, headed by BHO homie Jim Reynolds. ( source )

Craig Robinson is Barack Obama’s Brother-in-Law ( Michelle's brother) ... He was also a managing director and partner at Loop Capital Markets. Obama’s brother-in-law also served in 1999 as a managing director at the bond underwriting firm Loop Capital Markets, which was co-founded by Obama’s neighbor, friend and political financier James Reynolds Jr. Several of Obama’s most active financiers — black and white — say they were first introduced to him by Reynolds.

2. Jim Reynolds and Barack Are Very Close Friends And Have Been For A Long Time... ( source )

3. “In 2003, James Reynolds, A Chicago Investment Banker Who Is A Member Of Obama’s National Finance Committee, Was Recorded On FBI Wiretaps Arranging What Prosecutors Said Was A “Sham’ Consulting Contract With A Woman They Called The “Paramour’ Of A Mayoral Adviser In Philadelphia. His Firm Later Won $300,000 Worth Of City Contracts.” (Ken Dilanian and Matt Kelley, “Fundraisers Linked To Corruption Cases,” USA Today, 10/16/08) ( source additional ..... check this out too Barack Book

OBAMA responds

KAILUA, Hawaii (Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Barack Obama said on Tuesday he agreed that Senate Democrats “cannot accept” any move by Illinois’ scandal-tarred governor to name a replacement for Obama’s Senate seat.

Obama said he was disappointed that Gov. Rod Blagojevich — who has been accused of trying to sell the vacant Senate seat — had appointed former state attorney general Roland Burris to fill the vacancy.

"Roland Burris is a good man and a fine public servant, but the Senate Democrats made it clear weeks ago that they cannot accept an appointment made by a governor who is accused of selling this very Senate seat," Obama said in a statement, adding that he agreed with this position.

"I believe the best resolution would be for the Governor to resign his office and allow a lawful and appropriate process of succession to take place."

Reid: Senate won't seat Blagojevich pick

WGN Chicago

Blagojevich snubs Senate, taps Burris for seat.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) said in a statement this afternoon that the Senate will not seat anyone Gov. Rod Blagojevich chooses to fill Illinois' vacant Senate post, amid word that the governor is set to name former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris.

The statement also is signed by U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, who has repeatedly urged Blagojevich not to name a replacement for the seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama. The statement specifically names Burris, but applies to any choice the governor might make.

"This is not about Mr. Burris; it is about the integrity of a governor accused of attempting to sell this United States Senate seat," the statement read. "Anyone appointed by Gov. Blagojevich cannot be an effective representative of the people of Illinois and, as we have said, will not be seated by the Democratic Caucus."

The decision was made during a 10-minute conference call that included Reid, Durbin and Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), as well as representatives of Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.). There was little discussion and no dissent in reaching the position, said a Senate aide.

"The goal was to get this statement out before Blagojevich made his announcement," the Senate source said.


Wild Thing's comment..........

LOL this might be setting a new bar in criminal and political drama and all thanks to the THUG Obama and his friends.

I can see now why Obama replied immediately today when the announcement was made. Hahahaha He has got to be ticked to the max about this. Which is funny, because remember when Obama said awhile back he wanted a black to be given the job. I guess just not THIS black man some other one.

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Predictions for the New Obama "Presidency"

My Predictions for the New Obama "Presidency"

by Kit Lange

Kit Lange is an Air Force veteran and military writer who specializes in investigating murder cases stemming from actions in combat. Her work was used as evidence in the Lt. Ilario Pantano case, and has been quoted extensively in other news publications for other cases. In 2005, she co-wrote a 10-part series disproving war crime allegations against an elite Army unit.

Euphoric Reality blog

Now that America has shown us all that affirmative action even works in politics, I've compiled a list of things that you can probably expect to happen. These predictions are 80% gleaned from information all of us have access to, and 15% gut instinct based on many years of research, historical study, and being glued to current affairs. The other 5% is just anger at my countrymen's stupidity--I admit it.

- Websites and mass emails offering "free grants," courtesy of the government and "Obama's wealth redistribution." Actually, this one's a freebie, because I have an email with a date and timestamp of literally minutes after Obama was declared the winner, offering exactly that.

- Israel will understand this election was the end of any type of assistance, military or otherwise, from the U.S., and will stop holding back their defense at the request of the American administration. Look for a first strike on Iran soon, as well as increased activity by the Israeli military in general. Israel is on her own now, and God help us all because of it.

- Look for Iranian retaliation--against American targets. That goes doubly for other terrorist organizations. We just elected a man with the full endorsement of every major terrorist group in the world as leader of the free world. It's the political equivalent of hiring a child molester to babysit your kids while you leave for the weekend. Not only is HE going to have fun with your child, but he'll probably sit and watch while his friends come over and do it too.

- Look for far-left justices appointed to the Supreme Court, effectively tying up the entire government in a trifecta of liberal humanism, the buzzwords of which remain empty platitudes like "hope and change," and the ultimate goal of which is socialism--and soon, sharia law.

- Military cases of troops being tried and convicted for killing the enemy in combat will continue to rise--and the conviction/plea-bargain rate will stay at nearly 100%, as the government seeks to use the best men and women this country has to offer as sacrificial lambs on the altar of global appeasement. Those brave and honorable men who currently reside in prison cells across the country, stripped of their rank, their careers, families, and their good name, will not taste free air again for many years. Their sacrifices and their stories will be forgotten by the general public, remembered only by those of us who continue to fight for them.

- Look for the slow but steady erosion of rights you have enjoyed for your entire lives--all the while being told it's "for your own good."

Restrictions on gun ownership, home schooling, encouraged dependence on the ever-growing federal government. More nanny-state provisions will be put into place to protect the "disadvantaged" and the "poor," (read: lazy, uneducated, unwilling to better themselves) even while groups like the unborn, the mentally handicapped, elderly, and terminally ill are slowly pushed toward euthanasia. Of course, this will be done with feel-good phrases like "death with dignity," "not wanting to be a burden," and "merciful release from suffering," all of which ignore the basic fact that we are killing people without their consent for the "good of the people." Before you tell me I'm crazy, let's just remember that Barack Obama was the ONLY senator in the Illinois state senate to vote against providing medical care for babies who were inconsiderate enough to survive an abortion. Also, look for taxes to go up. Yes, they'll go up.

- You think the economy is bad now? Just wait. You'll have the most expensive "free" health care ever. Bread lines aren't just for Russians anymore.

We have traded experience for color, freedom for slavery--and the irony is that the average American sheep thinks their vote somehow righted an ancient wrong, somehow ENDED the specter of slavery and ushered in some beautiful era of liberty. In reality, we are about to be less free than you ever thought possible.

I watched the faces of those crowded into the mob (excuse the pun) in Chicago .. They stared at Obama like he was a god, an idol, a panacea to their every want and need. We have truly failed as a nation if we are at the point where we feel we must look to one man to take care of us all, to be our father figure and our sugar daddy. We have lost not only the "can-do" attitude of past generations, but the "MUST-do" attitude of our forefathers. We have allowed ourselves to become reduced from Patrick Henry's proud cry of "liberty or death" to the sniveling, whining idea that we are owed something. We have gone from being the honorable defenders of freedom, to being told we are the problem.

The eyes of Obama and McCain were also telling. McCain acted with class and grace in his concession speech , offering the most honorable response I've seen yet. I don't agree with all of McCain's positions, but it cannot be denied that the man has served his nation--at permanent and severe detriment to himself--for half a century. His eyes were clear and sincere, honest. His speech underlined the very reasons why, of the two men offered, he was hands down the best choice.

On the other hand, Obama's eyes were cold, calculating. His manner was smug and still carried the arrogance he has always had. His facial expression was one of barely disguised disdain for everything people like me believe in. His body language was smooth, polished--too much so. He talked of patriotism as though it is a value he is familiar with--and yet, his horrifying attitude toward the country he now leads is as well-documented as his friendships with those who seek its demise. He is charismatic to those who don't know what to look for, and he is inspiring to those who cannot or will not think for themselves. However, too many who voted for him are guilty of the most dangerous kind of hypocrisy.

You see, we are told daily that we must not see color, just mankind. (We are all family, you know--or so we're told.) And yet Barack Obama was handed the White House on a silver platter by a fawning media, a bevy of foreign donors (who, to this day and in violation of U.S. election laws, remain nameless and unaccounted for), and a populace who voted based on color instead of right and wrong--even in the face of the most damning evidence against a Presidential candidate in many years, perhaps ever.

It is said that the people receive the government they deserve. Sadly, I fear that's correct. We have become complacent, unwilling to see the writing on the wall, content to frolic in the warm water without bothering to notice that it's been getting hotter by the minute. We are two seconds from a rolling boil--and perhaps it is already too late.

So, liberals, enjoy your victory. Jump around. Have a party, file for your free grants. Scream "Gimme my handout!" and make fun of those of us who fought to make sure your "messiah" didn't get access to the most powerful position in the world. Just remember when it all comes crashing down: You own the White House, the Congress, and soon the Supreme Court. You have no one to blame but yourselves for the mess you just created.

As for me, I'm buying my handguns this week so I have an answer for those who will come try to take them.

Wild Thing's comment.......

I think Kit makes a lot of points that all of us here at Theodore's World have talked about. All of you have mentioned these things and concerns. Kit did an excellent job of putting it all together with additional thoughts as well.

"It is up to work together for progress and humanity so that our grandchildren, when they look back at us, can truly say that we not only preserved the flame of freedom, but cast its warmth and light further than those who came before us." Ronald Reagan - 1982

......Thank you RAC for sending this to me.

RAC has a website that is awesome. 336th Assault Helicopter Company

13th Combat Aviation Battalion - 1st Aviation Brigade - Soc Trang, Republic of Vietnam

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December 30, 2008

Change Coming for U.S. Troops ~ Obama Visits Marines Met With Silence

Barack Obama with US Marines in Kailua, Hawaii. Obama, on vacation in Hawaii, made a Christmas Day stop at a Marine Corps base in Hawaii, where he greeted troops and their family members during holiday dinner

They Know There's Something Wrong—Obama Visits Marines; Met With Silence

Move America Forward

by Catherine Moy

The election of Barack Obama as America’s next president has many of our troops confounded. Six out of 10 active service members are worried about Obama as commander in chief, according to a Military Times poll.

“Being that the Marine Corps can be sent anywhere in the world with the snap of his fingers, nobody has confidence in this guy as commander in chief,” said one lance corporal who asked not to be identified.

For eight years, members of the U.S. military have served under a Republican commander in chief who reflected their generally conservative views and led them to war in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Now, the troops face change not only at the very top of the chain of command, as Obama nears his Jan. 20 inauguration, but perhaps in mission, policy and values.
Underlying much of the uncertainty is Obama’s stated 16-month timetable for pulling combat troops out of Iraq, as well as his calls to end the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy to allow gays to serve openly in the military, according to survey responses and interviews.
“How are you going to safely pull combat troops out of Iraq?” said Air Force 1st Lt. Rachel Kleinpeter, an intelligence officer with the 100th Operations Support Squadron at RAF Mildenhall, England. “And if you’re pulling out combat troops, who are you leaving to help support what’s left? What happens if Iraq falls back into chaos? Are we going to be there in five years doing the same thing over again?”

It is no surprise that U.S. troops are leery of change. President Bush is a veteran and his father was a war hero from WWII. Bush also shows great respect for the U.S. military, where as Obama has had a difficult time giving kudoss to American troops for the relative safety inside Iraq.

This video shows troops giving Obama a cool reception. It contrasts the excitement of American troops when President Bush visited them in Iraq.

Troops They Know There's Something Wrong

The troops are not alone in their trepidation of our president-elect.

Move America Forward just returned from Guantanamo Bay and, as I have described earlier, the hardcore terrorists live in cushy surroundings. Prisoners in American prisons would give their eye-tooth to go to Gitmo, which the media and leftists have branded as a torturous environment.

Mr. Obama wants to close gitmo - a huge mistake. If he does such a thing without going to Gitmo and visiting the prison facilities himself, he will act in a careless and dangerously uninformed way.

That is not change we can believe in.

Here is another video as well..................

Barack Obama visits Marines on Christmas; met with silence

Wild Thing's comment..........

I worry that the same Marxist candidate who chose to visit a gymnasium rather than our wounded troops in a European hospital (and his close friend, a terrorist who bombed the pentagon) will do what they can to undermine our military. I also think keeping Gates on as Sec Def was just a smokescreen to conceal things to come as far as Hussein’s real agenda, as well as a sure signal that Hussein simply needs him there, needs things to stay in place in that realm for the time being, because Hussein has not a shred of a microscopic clue at all how to handle military affairs and worldwide conflicts.

Obama is anti-American and has no respect for our military, he has proven that.

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Gov. Palin's Alaska Air National Guard F-16s and KC-135's

Gov. Sarah Palin's Alaska Air National Guard F-16s and KC-135's

These were taken over Mt. McKinley around Anchorage. The tanker and F-16's are assigned to Eielson.

The Tanker belongs to the AK Air National Guard and the F-16's are part of the 363rd Fighter Wing and are used as aggressor aircraft during three exercises they have up there. "Cope Thunder", "Cobra Gold" and "Northern Edge".

There were a couple of them at Mountain Home for their airshow this Summer ...and many commented on their paint schemes .

Wild Thing's comment.........

FANTASTIC! I LOVE how they are painted!!!!

.... Thank you Tom for sending all these awesome photos to me and the information about them.

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What Happened To Voting?

Wild Thing's comment........

LOL This is so perfect for what has been going on in Chicago and also with but I am a Kennedy..Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg.

......Thank you RAC for sending this to me.

RAC has a website that is awesome. 336th Assault Helicopter Company

13th Combat Aviation Battalion - 1st Aviation Brigade - Soc Trang, Republic of Vietnam

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Russian Professor Predicts End of U.S.

As if Things Weren't Bad Enough, Russian Professor Predicts End of U.S.

In Moscow, Igor Panarin's Forecasts Are All the Rage; America 'Disintegrates' in 2010

The Wall Street Journal

by Igor Panarin


For a decade, Russian academic Igor Panarin has been predicting the U.S. will fall apart in 2010. For most of that time, he admits, few took his argument -- that an economic and moral collapse will trigger a civil war and the eventual breakup of the U.S. -- very seriously. Now he's found an eager audience: Russian state media.

In recent weeks, he's been interviewed as much as twice a day about his predictions. "It's a record," says Prof. Panarin. "But I think the attention is going to grow even stronger."

Prof. Panarin, 50 years old, is not a fringe figure. A former KGB analyst, he is dean of the Russian Foreign Ministry's academy for future diplomats. He is invited to Kremlin receptions, lectures students, publishes books, and appears in the media as an expert on U.S.-Russia relations.

But it's his bleak forecast for the U.S. that is music to the ears of the Kremlin, which in recent years has blamed Washington for everything from instability in the Middle East to the global financial crisis. Mr. Panarin's views also fit neatly with the Kremlin's narrative that Russia is returning to its rightful place on the world stage after the weakness of the 1990s, when many feared that the country would go economically and politically bankrupt and break into separate territories.

A polite and cheerful man with a buzz cut, Mr. Panarin insists he does not dislike Americans. But he warns that the outlook for them is dire.

"There's a 55-45% chance right now that disintegration will occur," he says. "One could rejoice in that process," he adds, poker-faced. "But if we're talking reasonably, it's not the best scenario -- for Russia." Though Russia would become more powerful on the global stage, he says, its economy would suffer because it currently depends heavily on the dollar and on trade with the U.S.

Mr. Panarin posits, in brief, that mass immigration, economic decline, and moral degradation will trigger a civil war next fall and the collapse of the dollar. Around the end of June 2010, or early July, he says, the U.S. will break into six pieces -- with Alaska reverting to Russian control.

In addition to increasing coverage in state media, which are tightly controlled by the Kremlin, Mr. Panarin's ideas are now being widely discussed among local experts. He presented his theory at a recent roundtable discussion at the Foreign Ministry. The country's top international relations school has hosted him as a keynote speaker. During an appearance on the state TV channel Rossiya, the station cut between his comments and TV footage of lines at soup kitchens and crowds of homeless people in the U.S. The professor has also been featured on the Kremlin's English-language propaganda channel, Russia Today.

Mr. Panarin's apocalyptic vision "reflects a very pronounced degree of anti-Americanism in Russia today," says Vladimir Pozner, a prominent TV journalist in Russia. "It's much stronger than it was in the Soviet Union."
Mr. Pozner and other Russian commentators and experts on the U.S. dismiss Mr. Panarin's predictions. "Crazy ideas are not usually discussed by serious people," says Sergei Rogov, director of the government-run Institute for U.S. and Canadian Studies, who thinks Mr. Panarin's theories don't hold water.

Mr. Panarin's résumé includes many years in the Soviet KGB, an experience shared by other top Russian officials. His office, in downtown Moscow, shows his national pride, with pennants on the wall bearing the emblem of the FSB, the KGB's successor agency. It is also full of statuettes of eagles; a double-headed eagle was the symbol of czarist Russia.

The professor says he began his career in the KGB in 1976. In post-Soviet Russia, he got a doctorate in political science, studied U.S. economics, and worked for FAPSI, then the Russian equivalent of the U.S. National Security Agency. He says he did strategy forecasts for then-President Boris Yeltsin, adding that the details are "classified."

In September 1998, he attended a conference in Linz, Austria, devoted to information warfare, the use of data to get an edge over a rival. It was there, in front of 400 fellow delegates, that he first presented his theory about the collapse of the U.S. in 2010.

"When I pushed the button on my computer and the map of the United States disintegrated, hundreds of people cried out in surprise," he remembers. He says most in the audience were skeptical. "They didn't believe me."

At the end of the presentation, he says many delegates asked him to autograph copies of the map showing a dismembered U.S.

He based the forecast on classified data supplied to him by FAPSI analysts, he says. He predicts that economic, financial and demographic trends will provoke a political and social crisis in the U.S. When the going gets tough, he says, wealthier states will withhold funds from the federal government and effectively secede from the union. Social unrest up to and including a civil war will follow. The U.S. will then split along ethnic lines, and foreign powers will move in.

California will form the nucleus of what he calls "The Californian Republic," and will be part of China or under Chinese influence. Texas will be the heart of "The Texas Republic," a cluster of states that will go to Mexico or fall under Mexican influence. Washington, D.C., and New York will be part of an "Atlantic America" that may join the European Union. Canada will grab a group of Northern states Prof. Panarin calls "The Central North American Republic." Hawaii, he suggests, will be a protectorate of Japan or China, and Alaska will be subsumed into Russia.

"It would be reasonable for Russia to lay claim to Alaska; it was part of the Russian Empire for a long time." A framed satellite image of the Bering Strait that separates Alaska from Russia like a thread hangs from his office wall. "It's not there for no reason," he says with a sly grin.

Interest in his forecast revived this fall when he published an article in Izvestia, one of Russia's biggest national dailies. In it, he reiterated his theory, called U.S. foreign debt "a pyramid scheme," and predicted China and Russia would usurp Washington's role as a global financial regulator.

Americans hope President-elect Barack Obama "can work miracles," he wrote. "But when spring comes, it will be clear that there are no miracles."

The article prompted a question about the White House's reaction to Prof. Panarin's forecast at a December news conference. "I'll have to decline to comment," spokeswoman Dana Perino said amid much laughter.

For Prof. Panarin, Ms. Perino's response was significant. "The way the answer was phrased was an indication that my views are being listened to very carefully," he says.

Wild Thing's comment.........

First I have to say this jerk has a HUGE ego.....look at his reaction about Dana Perino.

The article prompted a question about the White House's reaction to Prof. Panarin's forecast at a December news conference. "I'll have to decline to comment," spokeswoman Dana Perino said amid much laughter.

""The way the answer was phrased was an indication that my views are being listened to very carefully," he says."

Then we need to take into account this......

“Now he’s found an eager audience: Russian state media.”

Well of course Russia and Putin must love to hear someone tell them the USA will end.

This is a mythical scenario, one I mostly disagree with. Also my memo to him would be Comrade Professor, the first step is admitting you have a problem. Prof. Panarin's division of the USA is wishful thinking on his part, IMO.

Where I will agree, but not because he wrote it, many of you on here have said this as well that it could happen.....
As far as the civil war and the breakup and the economic collapse, he is probably right on the mark.

BUT the part about Alaska back to Russia........NO WAY.......maybe when we see Putin in Red Square in tights and a tutu dancing to the sugar plum fairies. LOL

He gives California and the other coastal states to China, WTF? I see no plausible scenario for that to happen. Then he splits the Southern states in half, which is again nonsense, that block of states would obviously act as a unit. Then he takes the block of midwestern states and puts them as “part of or under the influence of Canada” - I know he’s only an academic, but doesn’t he realize that particular subset of states has more people than the entirety of Canada?

Sounds like the professors in Russia are about as smart as the ones here. The leftists in our nation have been predicting the fall of the U.S. for some time too. They have been working on it for years, pushing their Progressive communist agenda and now with B. Hussein Obama the NON Constitutional elected Messiah.

However, just by looking at how he would split States up tells me he knows very little about the United States and the people who live here.

I say it is time for the American Spirit to rise again.

......Thank you RAC for sending this to me.

RAC has a website that is awesome. 336th Assault Helicopter Company

13th Combat Aviation Battalion - 1st Aviation Brigade - Soc Trang, Republic of Vietnam

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December 29, 2008

Loving That Israel Is Attacking Hamas!!

IAF destroys rocket launching pad purposely located in residential area.

Underground missle launching pad purposely located in a residential area.

A missle that was ready for launch misfires following IAF attack.



And also this.......

The Israel Air Force used a new bunker-buster missile that it received recently from the United States in strikes against Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip on Saturday.

The GPS-guided GBU-39 is said to be one of the most accurate bombs in the world.

The GBU-39 in action........

Wild Thing's comment.......

Prayers for the IDF and their Air Force, it sure feels good to see them strick back.

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Hey Barack ~ It"s not too late to back out!!

Obama bristles as the bubble closes in on him



The media glare, the constant security appendage and the sheer production that has become a morning jog or a hankering for an ice cream cone – it’s been closing in on Barack Obama for some time.

Now the president-elect appears increasingly conscious of the confines of his new position, bristling at the routine demands of press coverage and beginning to chafe at boundaries that are only going to get smaller.

Obama even took the unusual step Friday morning of leaving behind the pool of reporters assigned to follow him, taking his daughters to a nearby water park without them. It was a breach of longstanding protocol between presidents (or presidents-elect) and the media, that a gaggle of reporters representing television, print and wire services is with his motorcade at all times.

Then when reporters finally caught up with Obama at Koko Marina Paradise Deli and he acknowledged them for one of few times since arriving in Hawaii last Saturday, he sounded resigned.

After ordering a tuna melt on 12-grain bread, Obama approached reporters and placed his hand on the shoulder of pool reporter Philip Rucker of The Washington Post, who was scribbling away in his notebook.

“You don't really need to write all that down,” Obama said.

All presidents and would-be presidents struggle with “the bubble” – the security detail and the always-there reporters that impose barriers to any spontaneous interaction with the outside world.

But Obama seems to be struggling particularly hard, particularly early.

Soon Obama likely will be forced to give up the BlackBerry he often kept attached to his hip during the campaign.

“There's still some things we're not adjusted to," Obama said in a “60 Minutes” interview after the election. “You know, the small routines of life that keep you connected, I think some of those are being lost.”

Bill Clinton grew frustrated that he couldn’t go out any time he wanted, and once went Christmas shopping without the pool. After he became president, George W. Bush stopped sending e-mails to his daughters because he didn't want the personal notes to become public one day.

“OK, guys, come on," Obama said last Sunday, looking toward photographers clicking away as he warmed up before a round of golf. “How many shots do you need?”

It’s been a progression. And Obama’s frustration shows in waves.

On Halloween, Obama grew testy with a Polish media crew as he took his daughter Sasha to a party at his campaign treasurer Marty Nesbitt’s Chicago home.

"All right guys. That's enough. You've got a shot. Leave us alone. Come on guys. Get back on the bus,” Obama said before breaking into a trot with Sasha still holding his hand.

The day before Thanksgiving, a sixth grader at a Chicago school asked Obama about his new life.

“You don't have a lot of privacy," Obama told some 200 children, adding that going to Walgreen's and riding a bicycle are now far more involved than before.

Those close to the Obamas have spoken to the media less and less since the election. Calls and e-mails to close friends and associates of the Obamas were not returned.

“My husband and I have been asked not to speak with the press about the Obamas,” one of them wrote in an e-mail. “They would prefer that we stay out of the papers for now.”

Wild Thing's comment..........

It goes with the territory. Don’t like it...don’t run for office. Politicians use the press to get elected, then think they can scorn the press once they’re elected...sorry it doesn’t work that way, the press is part and parcel of the job.

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In Country With the B-1s of the 34th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron

Guarding the Guardians of Freedom

By Master Sgt. Jeff Loftin
379th Air Expeditionary Wing


Carrying the largest payload of any aircraft in the theater, the B-1s of the 34th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron patiently guard the guardians of freedom from high above Iraq and Afghanistan.

The squadron, which once took part in the famed Doolittle Raids on Tokyo, is now responsible for close air support, non-traditional intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and armed over watch for troops supporting Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom and Joint Task Force Horn of Africa.

"We provide the kinetic firepower for any of the three operations in the theater," said Lt. Col. Kevin Kennedy, 34 EBS commander. "Right now we're primarily focused on OEF in Afghanistan. We provide a great deal of the firepower there."

The unit was one of the first to deploy to Afghanistan for OEF after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Now, in addition to the ability to lower the boom on the bad guys there, the aircraft of the 34 EBS feature Sniper Advanced Targeting Pods. The pod allows aircrews to detect and analyze targets on the ground through real-time imagery.

"Before we didn't have the television or infrared capability on the jet," said the colonel. "Now we have that technology. We can look at something on the ground with our targeting pod and the [joint terminal air controller] on the ground can also see it."

The unit's B-1s can also loiter for long periods over the AOR because of their fuel capacity, two pilots and two weapons systems officers on the aircrews.

"We have the ability to fly for a long period of time and the speed to move through the country fairly quickly," said Col. Kennedy.

The unit uses these capabilities on a daily basis. On a typical mission crews will fly for 12 hours, most of which is spent conducting armed over watch of troops on the ground or looking at requested areas of interest.

"If there happens to be a troops in contact situation, we'll check in with the JTAC who will bring us up to speed and if we need to deliver weapons we'll do that," said the colonel.

Col. Kennedy recalled one mission while here where the unit supported a convoy several times that had come under fire and had disabled vehicles.

"We got there and were able to help them find the enemy who was engaging them," he said. "The ground commander made the target decision, 'Yes, I want to target them.' We engaged them, dropped weapons on them and assessed how well we did. From that first engagement there was a follow-on engagement where the enemy went to get some additional weapons such as a recoilless rifle and moved to another location where a [rocket propelled grenade] team was trying to set up to take action against the Coalition convoys. That is the mission that stands out to me personally. It was our longest mission for which I have records."

One of the biggest challenges for 34 EBS aircrews is staying alert through the long sorties, according to Col. Kennedy.

"You have to be ready to execute at almost any minute," he said. "There are no rest periods while we're up there."

Because of the long missions, many of the unit's aircrew members have logged a large number of combat hours in the AOR. Capt. Jess Hamilton, the unit's chief of weapons and tactics, recently went over 1,000 combat hours in the aircraft.

"Doing the close air support mission is pretty rewarding for me," said the Sullivan, Ind., native. "There are guys on the ground getting shot at and you come in and handle that problem for them. Being an instructor pilot and the weapons officer for the squadron is also pretty rewarding. Teaching the new guys how we do business with close air support and then watching them go get the mission done is probably the most interesting part of my job."

Capt. Hamilton also had the distinction of dropping the first bomb from a B-1 equipped with the Sniper pod during a mission, Aug. 4. The 34 EBS is the first to use the pod on a B-1 in combat, which Colonel Kennedy called the biggest success of this rotation.

"I was out here last year and things have changed completely because of the sniper pod," said Staff Sgt. Joshua Schenewerk, non-commissioned officer in charge of intelligence for the 34 EBS, who also debriefed the crew after the first drop. "I was really proud to be a part of it because I knew that was a big capability we brought on line in six months. We got it in theater to the guys who need it - those on the ground."

Sgt. Schenewerk said the most interesting part of his job now is debriefing crew members after each mission.

"We sit down and watch the video and hear them talking to the guys on the ground," he said. "You can hear the gunfire coming in or going out. You can hear the guys needing support. That, to me, is by far the most interesting part of my job. Getting to see how things on the ground are actually going, not reading what is in the newspaper but actually witnessing it first-hand via the pod and the debrief."

Successful missions also encourage others who contribute to the unit's ability to guard the guardians of freedom.

"It's always fun to hear the crew members' stories when they get back," said Airman 1st Class Justin Monroe, a Richwood, Ohio, native who ensures crewmembers are current and qualified in all areas before each mission. "I feel I put a lot in toward helping with the war effort. I help put these guys in the air, and they drop the bombs."

About 300 people in several units at this Southwest Asian base contribute directly to the many successes the 34 EBS has had here. Some of its key partners include the 34th Aircraft Maintenance Unit (which deployed with the 34 EBS from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D.), the 379th Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron, and the Combined Air and Space Operations Center. Each Airman knows that it takes teamwork to put bombs on target.

"This is what I signed up to do," said Sgt. Schenewerk. "I signed up after Sept. 11 to fight terrorism."

The Winston, Ore., native, said he loved supporting those guarding coalition ground forces.

"Being intelligence we're not the tip of the spear, but we're close enough to it that we get to feel some of the effects while they're out there employing that spear," he said. "We are doing what we're supposed to be doing and taking the fight to the enemy."

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The Freedom Principles

Wild Thing's comment...........

I thought this video was excellent and wanted to show it to you.

Prayers for our country, we face trying times ahead.

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December 26, 2008

R. Lee Ermey accepts $10,000 Toys for Tots Donation at Naval Air Station North Island

Capt. Michael Kelly, commanding officer of Fleet Readiness Center Southwest, presents toys and a check to retired Gunnery Sgt. R. Lee Ermey to benefit the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program at Naval Air Station North Island. Fleet Readiness Center Southwest has been supporting the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program for 49 years. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Rialyn Rodrigo/Released)

Actor/Host R. Lee Ermey accepts $10,000 Toys for Tots donation at Naval Air Station North Island

NAVAL AIR STATION NORTH ISLAND, Calif. (NNS) -- The Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program in Southern California got a big boost today, when R. Lee Ermey, retired Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant and motion picture star visited Naval Air Station North Island Dec. 22.

The History Channel host of 'Mail Call' accepted a contribution valued at more than $10,000 from the Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRCSW) Superintendent's Association.

Navy Capt. Mike Kelly, commanding officer FRCSW, presented Ermey a check for $9,500 and an assortment of toys during a brief ceremony at the NAS.

Ermey said the donated money would be used by the wives of Marines from the 4th Tank Battalion at Camp Pendleton to purchase toys "at cost" from Wal-Mart stores.

"I've seen this program grow for years, and it's a wonderful thing when we can get enough toys to give the young kids who have less; a couple of toys each instead of just one," Ermey said.

"We need to show attention to these kids who don't really have a lot. They feel as though nobody cares about them. We need to reach out to these young people and let them know that we do care about them, and are concerned about their well-being and happiness. They deserve to have a Christmas as much as anyone else does," Ermey said.

Ermey has been an official Toys for Tots spokesperson for the past 29 years.

"Today... is Christmas! There will be a magic show at zero-nine-thirty! Chaplain Charlie will tell you about how the free world will conquer Communism with the aid of God and a few Marines! God has a hard-on for Marines because we kill everything we see! He plays His games, we play ours! To show our appreciation for so much power, we keep heaven packed with fresh souls! God was here before the Marine Corps! So you can give your heart to Jesus, but your ass belongs to the Corps! Do you ladies understand?"


Wild Thing's comment............

God bless those who donated and thanks to R.Lee Emery too and to all our Marines and ALL our troops.

You can go here and listen to the intro......... you can drop and give me 50.

heh heh

Now you know I just had to say it that way. hahahaha

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Calling in Sick

I am really sorry, I have been trying to do a few posts for today and I am just too sick. We have a wonderful Christmas, and had gone to one of our nephews and his wife for Christmas dinner. If they were Democrats I would think they poisoned me. haha I keep trying to sit here but I am too sick to my stomach to be able to. I did the Pepto thing but so far it is not working.

It is now 2:00 in the morning and it is the normal time I work on the posts for the day, but instead of working on posts I am going to go to bed and see if I can get rid of this flu bug or whatever it is.

I am so glad I did the other post, the one above yesterday. It was all ready to be posted.

Have a great day everyone. Thank you and I really am sorry.

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December 25, 2008

~ Merry Christmas ~

Martina McBride - O Holy Night (Acapella))

Martina McBride - The Christmas Song

Elvis Presley is in the building!!!

Joined here by Martina McBride using special effects to include her in the orignal clip from the '68 Comeback Special. Thanks to Sony/BMG

****** Merry Christmas Everybody *******


Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy Hanukkah everyone.

Love and hugs,
Wild Thing

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Special Delivery Christmas and Holiday Present For The Taliban

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Bush, Cheney Comforted Troops Privately

Bush, Cheney comforted troops privately

Washington Times

For much of the past seven years, President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney have waged a clandestine operation inside the White House. It has involved thousands of military personnel, private presidential letters and meetings that were kept off their public calendars or sometimes left the news media in the dark.

Their mission: to comfort the families of soldiers who died fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and to lift the spirits of those wounded in the service of their country.

On Monday, the president is set to make a more common public trip - with reporters in tow - to Walter Reed Army Medical Center, home to many of the wounded and a symbol of controversy earlier in his presidency over the quality of care the veterans were receiving.

Vice President Dick Cheney, an avid fly-fisherman, practices his cast with wounded troops from Walter Reed Army Medical Center during one of the half-dozen barbecues he's hosted at his Naval Observatory home. (White House photo)

But the size and scope of Mr. Bush's and Mr. Cheney's private endeavors to meet with wounded soliders and families of the fallen far exceed anything that has been witnessed publicly, according to interviews with more than a dozen officials familiar with the effort.

"People say, 'Why would you do that?'" the president said in an Oval Office interview with The Washington Times on Friday. "And the answer is: This is my duty. The president is commander in chief, but the president is often comforter in chief, as well. It is my duty to be - to try to comfort as best as I humanly can a loved one who is in anguish."

Mr. Bush, for instance, has sent personal letters to the families of every one of the more than 4,000 troops who have died in the two wars, an enormous personal effort that consumed hours of his time and escaped public notice. The task, along with meeting family members of troops killed in action, has been so wrenching - balancing the anger, grief and pride of families coping with the loss symbolized by a flag-draped coffin - that the president often leaned on his wife, Laura, for emotional support.

"I lean on the Almighty and Laura," Mr. Bush said in the interview. "She has been very reassuring, very calming."

Mr. Bush also has met privately with more than 500 families of troops killed in action and with more than 950 wounded veterans, according to White House spokesman Carlton Carroll. Many of those meetings were outside the presence of the news media at the White House or at private sessions during official travel stops, officials said.

The first lady said those private visits, many of which she also attended, took a heavy emotional toll, not just on the president, but on her as well.

Wild Thing's comment.........

It is impossible to dislike President Bush at least for me, despite how much I disagree with him on many things. We will be missing his human qualities very shortly. Both Bush and Cheney are class acts in so many ways. Thank God they have been in office for 8 years and not Gore or Kerry.

What a contrast between President Bush and what we having coming up, Barack Hussein Obama, who has never performed a truly sellfess act in his entire life.

Bush and Cheney for certain, never waivered in their pride and support of our troops.

I’m going to miss President Bush and Vice-President Cheney.

This is a VERY special video ...."Military Christmas"........ PLEASE CLICK TO WATCH HERE - Thank you.

....Thank you Tom for sending this to me.

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President's Speech To The Troops at Al Faw Palace, Camp Victory, Iraq

President's speech to the troops at Al Faw Palace, Camp Victory, Iraq

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you for coming out to say hello. General, thank you for the introduction, I am honored to be at Camp Victory.


THE PRESIDENT: Laura and I have been having a lot of Christmas parties at the White House, so I thought it would be kind of neat to change the scenery.


THE PRESIDENT: And I would rather be with the men and women of the United States military than with anybody else. (Applause.)

So as you can see I decided to fly over, and in the spirit of the season we renamed Air Force One to Rudolph One.


THE PRESIDENT: Thanks for coming. I bring greetings from a proud and grateful nation -- Merry Christmas to you, happy holidays. Congratulations on your inspiring accomplishments here in Iraq. And above all, thank you for volunteering to defend our country in a time of danger.


THE PRESIDENT: This is a time of year to give thanks for our many blessings B- and the greatest blessing we have is freedom and the fact that we've got a United States military to defend that freedom.

So General, thank you very much for your leadership. I'm proud to be with you again. I appreciate the leadership of General Austin, as well. Ambassador Crocker and Christine are with us today. I had the pleasure of meeting Sergeant -- Command Sergeant Major Lawrence Wilson; Command Sergeant Major Joe Allen; Major General Hammond -- (applause) -- put it together for Hammond. (Laughter.)


THE PRESIDENT: Command Sergeant Major Gioia.


THE PRESIDENT: Major General Oates. (Applause.) How about, have you ever heard of a guy named Redmore? (Applause.)

Thanks for coming out. I am thrilled to be here with the diplomats, embassy personnel who are so critical to our success.

I want to thank the Iraqi citizens who are here with us today. I appreciate your courage. I know there are members of the coalition who are here with us. There have been a lot of troops from around the world who have come to help this young democracy survive and thrive. And so I want to thank the citizens of those country [sic] and the troops who have served here before us.

This is my fourth trip to Iraq -- and you've probably heard I'm heading into retirement -- (laughter) -- so it's going to be my last trip as the President. But thanks to you, the Iraq we stand in tonight is dramatically freer, dramatically safer, and dramatically better than the Iraq we found eight years ago.


THE PRESIDENT: And as a result of the sacrifices of our troops, America is safer, and America is more secure.


THE PRESIDENT: I want to take you back to what life was like eight years ago here in Iraq. Iraq had a record of supporting terror, a record of developing and using weapons of mass destruction, was routinely firing at American military personnel, systematically violating United Nations resolution. Life for the Iraqi people was a nightmare, with Saddam Hussein torturing and murdering anyone who did not support his repressive rule. Iraq was a sworn enemy of the United States at the heart of the Middle East; the region was a serious threat to the us.

After the attacks of September the 11th, 2001, America concluded we could not tolerate a regime like this in a pivotal region of the world. I gave Saddam Hussein a chance to peacefully resolve the question as to whether or not he had weapons of mass destruction. You might remember, I went to the United Nations, where a body said: disarm, disclose, or face serious consequence. It was his choice to make. And he made the wrong choice. And so the United States military, with a vast coalition removed this man from power and the world is better off for it. (Applause.)


THE PRESIDENT: I doubt in his worst nightmares he ever would have dreamt that we'd be standing in one of his palaces.


THE PRESIDENT: Thanks to you, 25 million Iraqis are free.

Thanks to you, Iraq is no longer sponsoring terror -- it is fighting terror. It's making American people safer as a result.

The enemies of freedom in Iraq are determined, and this fight has been tough. Two years ago, the situation had grown dire -- the political process was frozen and sectarian violence was spiraling out of control. Some of you were here then/

Many said the mission was hopeless; many called for retreat. Retreat would have meant failure -- and failure is never an option.


THE PRESIDENT: So instead of pulling troops out, we sent more troops in -- called the surge. And because of you and because of your courage, the surge is one of the greatest successes in the history of the United States military.


THE PRESIDENT: Terrorists who once held safe havens across the country are being driven out of their strongholds. The political process that was once stalled is moving forward. Iraqi citizens once afraid to leave their homes are going back to school, and shopping in markets, and leading a more normal life. And American troops are returning home because of success.


THE PRESIDENT: The dramatic turnaround you led in Iraq culminated in the two agreements completed last month, which the Prime Minister and I affirmed in a ceremony earlier today.

These agreements formalize the ties between our two democracies in areas ranging from security and diplomacy to culture and trade. These agreements show the way forward toward a historic day -- when American forces withdraw from a democratic and successful Iraq, and the war in this land is won.

There's more hard work to do before we reach that day. But if there is any -- but if there is no doubt -- but there is no doubt in my mind, there's just no doubt that we're going to reach that day. I am confident because our cause is just. And freedom is universal. I'm confident because the Iraqi people are showing unshakable determination and courage.

And above all, I am confident because I know the character and the strength of those who wear the uniform of the United States military.


THE PRESIDENT: Over the past five years, you have shown the world some unmistakable truths:

You have shown that when America is tested, we rise to meet the test.

You have shown that the desire for freedom is more powerful than the intimidation of terrorists.

You have shown that there is no task too difficult for the United States military.


THE PRESIDENT: And so I have a message for you and all who serve our country: I want to thank you for making the noble choice to serve and to protect your fellow Americans. Sometimes it can be hard to tell when history is being made, particularly if you're in the middle of the action. What you're doing in Iraq is as important, and courageous, and selfless as what American troops did in places like Normandy and Iwo Jima and Korea. Your generation is every bit as great as any that came before it. And the work you do every day will shape history for generations to come.

I guess what I'm telling you is your grandchildren some day are going to say, "Thank God you showed up and served."

America now has a strong friend and a partner in the fight against extremism in the heart of the Middle East, and that is historic.

People across this troubled region of the world now have an example for a more hopeful path -- a model of liberty that can prevail over tyranny and terror. Killers who wanted to take the lives of Americans back home have been brought to justice before they reached our shores.

Because of you all who work to protect this nation -- and all who work to protect the nation, America has done something many said was impossible: We have gone seven years without a terrorist attack.


THE PRESIDENT: We think of those who have laid down their lives for freedom here in Iraq. Their children are growing up without a mom or a dad. But all of our children are growing up with something else -- the promise of a safer America and a better world. And that is the lasting memorial of all who have sacrificed here in Iraq. And thanks to you, that memorial will be achieved -- and their sacrifice will not be in vain.


THE PRESIDENT: We think of your comrades who have been wounded. And this nation pledges that we will give them all the care and all the support they need to recover.


THE PRESIDENT: We think of all your families back home. I know many of you have a sweetheart who misses you, or a daughter who longs for her dad, or a mom who worries about you day and night. For many of you, it won=t be your first holiday away -- and that certainly doesn=t make it easier. So I'm going to give you an order: When you get out of here, call home or email home; you tell your families you love them; and you tell the Commander-in-Chief came by to thank them for their sacrifice along with yours. (Applause.)

Thanks -- thanks for coming by to let me say hello. Thanks for serving the United States of America. They ask me what I'm going to miss as the President. I'll tell you what I'm going to miss: being the Commander-in-Chief of such a fabulous group of folks. May God bless you, and God bless America.


Wild Thing's comment.......

I am sooooo glad President Bush went to see them. This will be the last visit he makes over there, it is so sad too. Becauase he respects them and is very aware of their scarifices and they know this too. We won't have this from the next CIC for our troops.

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Christmas in Afghanistan


Christmas in Afghanistan

Wild Thing's comment........

Merry Christmas to all of our troops, God bless you and keep you safe.

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December 24, 2008

Thanks To Dan Lauria and Marine Corps the Movie "The Spirit" Will Show In Iraq and Kuwait

'Wonder Years' star works wonder for troops

'I just felt that, why don't we open for the men in harm's way?'


A top Hollywood star has decided to spend this Christmas taking a copy of the Christmas Day release "The Spirit" to U.S. soldiers in the Middle East.

Actor Dan Lauria, who starred on television's "The Wonder Years," and has been in movies including "Never Say Die" and "Independence Day," told WND he doesn't understand why more special efforts aren't being made to provide soldiers relief from the intensity of fighting the war on terror.
"We have a number of films opening during the Christmas week," he told WND, "and I just felt that, why don't we open them for the men in harm's way?"
"I don't understand why every film is not sending one, at a least a copy over," he said. "I understand we're in a lot of trouble right now, especially the economy, but the war is page 20 in the newspaper. The nightly news hardly reports anything about what's going on."

The issue, he said, is that without the military's work to protect the basic freedoms Americans enjoy, even the economy's difficulties wouldn't matter a great deal.

Lauria said he decided he wanted to do something for the soldiers.

"The USO said it was too late (to make arrangements), so I just went through the Marine Corps," he said. "We have two different types of discs. I'll see five different bases in the three days."
"I just want to make sure that over the holidays, they're not forgotten," he said.

Lauria will be in both Iraq and Kuwait to screen the movie. Plans have been made to show it in Kuwait Christmas Eve and then move into Iraq Christmas Day.

A release to soldiers in combat zones at the same time a movie is released in the U.S. is rare, according to promoters.

But because of the "invaluable service that our troops give to this country, they above anyone deserve a special gift this holiday season and, while they can't be with their loved ones, we can at least give them a touch of home to enjoy and a break from the rigors of fighting," Lauria said.

The movie decidedly is entertainment, he said.

"''The Spirit' is very hard to explain," he said. "It's more like a comic book. It's where the future lies. It's sending a message it's the next step in what film and creativeness will go to.
"I hope it really inspires," he said. "I hope it sparks their creativeness, makes them feel like when they come back from this ordeal, almost anything is possible.
"If you can imagine it, it can be created," he said.

Lauria is joined in "The Spirit" by Gabriel Macht, Eva Mendes, Paz Vega, Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson.

Lauria plays Commissioner Dolan in the feature about police officer Denny Colt, who is killed but returns to continue fighting crime.

The role allowed Lauria to explore his interest in 1940s movies.

"The actors in those films, particularly in film noir, speak at a very rapid pace. … I would just fly through my dialogue, which gave it an edge that I love," he said.

Lauria, whose own duty in the Marines included a tour in Vietnam and the rank of captain, worked with "300" creator Frank Miller on the new project. It is being released by Lionsgate.

The film was adapted from the writings of Will Eisner and uses storytelling and graphics to create a stylized world of adventure, danger and romance.

The PG-13 project tells the story of Colt, a murdered officer who is reborn mysteriously as the masked crime fighter. He is determined to keep his beloved Central City safe and pursues villains from the shadows. His ultimate target is the "psychotic megalomaniac" Octopus.

Wild Thing's comment..........

Fantastic! I agree, more people should do this kind of thing with their films. Our troops LOVE movies, the list of things to send them always included vidoes especially action films. I am so glad Lauria is doing this and did not stop his idea when the USO was unable to do it. The USO is great but they plan very far ahead. And Lauria did not give up.

YESssssssssss good one!!!


....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.

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Actor David Spade Buys High-Powered Rifles for Local Police Department

David Spade Buys High-Powered Rifles for Local Police Department

FOX news


Actor and one-time Phoenix resident David Spade has donated $100,000 to the Phoenix Police Department. The department will use the much needed funds to buy high-powered rifles to defend the city from the growing influence of Mexican drug cartels.

Through his publicist, Spade explained that "these guys need to be able to do their jobs, and I am just happy I could help."

Spade says he got the idea for the donation after seeing a story on FOX News. Phoenix police say Spade called asking to donate to their rifle program after he saw that officers, outgunned and desperate for more firepower, wanted to buy their own semi-automatic rifles.

“Mr. Spade has stepped forward and has given a gift to our officers of increased safety," said Police Chief Jack Harris. "I am thrilled that we were able to accept that money that will hopefully bring us to 300 rifles on the street.”

Phoenix Police Sgt. Alan Hill says 50 AR-15 rifles to be purchased with the donation will be given to patrol officers.

Spade, 44, grew up in the Phoenix area and graduated from Arizona State University. The "Rules of Engagement" star has helped out cops before, donating $25,000 to the family of a fallen Phoenix police officer last year.

Wild Thing's comment........

I heard this story on FOX and was surprised, but Nicholas said that David Spade is politically conservative.

When we still lived in Malibu, Calilf. there was a horrible North Hollywood Shootout. Nicholas and I had just been to that same bank the day before.

1997 North Hollywood Shootout part 2...there are more videos of this at the YouTube site

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Christmas Memories While Deployed

Service members are deployed worldwide if possible they are singing hymns, sharing good wishes, dreaming of home, and generally making the best of whatever situation they are in as they always have done this time of year.

Not that this has always been easy. In fact, there have been some very dark Christmases in our nation’s military history; from that bitter December at Valley Forge in 1777 to the massive wound-lickings following devastating December losses at Fredericksburg in 1862 and Pearl Harbor in 1941 to the terrible December siege of Bastogne in 1944, and others.

We all may have a favorite Christmas that holds a special place in our hearts and memories, maybe more then one. To those that are deployed at Christmas it takes on a whole new meaning.

I have never served in the military, but the gift to be able to go and see our troops overseas those 4 times will be as real to me today as they were then. Those visits live in my heart forever. As each of the Christmas shows finished there was always the song "Silent Night".

Here is my favorite Chrtmas memory.

It was 1968, I was living in Dallas, Texas and the modeling agency I was with picked a few of us to hostess an event that Bob Hope was having.It was not a big event, just a small gathering to entertain a handful of Dallas business people that were Republicans and supporting the Vietnam War. When we showed up we were all introduced to Bob Hope. I was thrilled, he was one of my parents favorites as well as my own. He always made me laugh and his support of our military had meant a lot to my family.
He took me aside and asked me some questions and then asked if I wanted to do a few skits with him for part of the entertainment. I told him yes I would love to and even though I was a nervous, my shyness was overcome with excitement. He asked if I had anything memorized I could show him since there was no piano there for me to play for him. I remembered one of the things my Uncles had taught me when I was a very little girl. " Ready on the right, ready on the left, ready on the firing line...." For fun I had added body posture and physical animation and changed the words ever so slightly.....giggle.

"Ready on the right, ready on the left, ready on the firing line. You have five (said in slow drawl) seconds to get into a tight prrrrone position and squeeeeeze off your rounds" Then I pretended to aim and fire. LOL When I got done I smiled and asked if it was OK. He loved it. He laughed and smiled and said it was a keeper. LOL After the event that night, he talked to me about his tours to support the troops. The next time I saw him it was in California of that year as we were getting the run down on the 1968 Tour and God blessed my life to be able to go a total of 4 times. To be able to see my heroes, our countries heroes too, and thank them.....those were the best Christmas's in my whole life.


This Video below is an outtake from the 1944 20th Century Fox movie "FOUR JILLS IN A JEEP," adapted from Carole Landis' book about the real-life journey by Landis, Raye, Mitzi Mayfair and Kay Francis to entertain U.S. troops overseas in WWII.

Martha Raye also went to entertain the troops during the Vietnam War. She is one of my heroes.

US Soldiers celebrate Christmas by attending midnight services


Sharing your past or present most memorable Christmas

memory (ies) when deployed in past wars or present.

It was a very wet and cold Christmas Eve in Vietnam.

Being on a reconnaissance-sniper mission that day, we had been in the field for more than three straight weeks, living on C-rations and dehydrated foods.

The choppers could hardly be expected to show, since the density of the rain and the fog grew thick as we went deeper into the mountains.

Childhood memories of my brothers and sisters came back to me, and each time we rested, I was drawn into a deep silence. The leeches were all over us, sucking what life we were trying desperately to preserve, but we were much too tired to do anything about them.

Vines and thorns pierced into our necks. Colonies of red ants bundled into balls of leaves swarmed over us at the slightest touch. Our skin was turning into crusts and flaked when scratched. The ringworm on my face and the burning itch between my thighs had taken its toll, and I began to cry.

I could hardly believe that I celebrated my 19th birthday in this God-forsakened country with a pound cake from a C-ration can, and that I was about to celebrate Christmas in the same way, this time having a fruitcake from another C-ration can.

So disgusted with hate, so damned disgusted with fear, so damned disgusted with this stinking life and where it had put me! “God,” I prayed, “when is all of this going to end? Why me, and why not someone else?” As I lay with my poncho wrapped around me in the mud, with my head resting on my rucksack, I looked over to see my buddies huddled in their own ways, as if they were being snuggled in their mothers' arms. I could see the same tears of heaven fall on their heads, hiding their own tears.

And as I whispered myself to sleep, I cried, “Mama, mama, I miss you so ... Where's all my brothers and sisters? ... Dad, dad, I love you too ... Don't worry, I'm all right, I'll be strong ... Grandma? Hi, Grandpa, boy I sure miss you guys … Let's go fishing soon, okay?”

Suddenly, a noise – like machinegun bursts – drew quickly toward me. I couldn't think, my mind was blank from being so tired, so cold. I could only think, and feel, fear.

I grabbed my rifle and tried to scream as the noise got louder, echoing and bouncing back and forth in my head. Then I opened my eyes as if a bolt of lightning had pierced my body. To my amazement the rain had stopped and only beads of sweat covered my forehead as I began to look about.

Then I looked up and saw a chopper hovering above us, dropping cannisters attached to ropes. I dropped my rifle in my excitement to see what we had. We carried the cannisters and began to open them. To my astonishment and delight we found steaming hot turkey smothered in gravy, mashed potatoes and yams, peas and carrots, bread and butter, and beer. A new change of clothing, too, and some hot cocoa to relax over.

I just couldn't believe it, I just couldn't, as I cried for joy, and we all gave thanks in our own way. Christmas was never forgotten, even as deep into the mountains as we were, we hadn't been forgotten. The good Lord heard our cries and touched the hearts of our commanders, who knew what it was like here.

This story was originally published in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin in December 1981. The author, Jimmy F. “Jeno” Enocencio, hopes to share his experience of a Christmas spent in Vietnam as a tribute to the service men and women, past and present, who serve our country, as well as to offer a message of hope to family members of service members deployed abroad. For his service in Vietnam, the author was awarded the Bronze Star with valor, the Army Commendation Medal, the Air Medal, the Combat Infantry Man's Badge and the Good Conduct Medal, which is his favorite. Enocencio served as a Pointman in the Reconnaissance/Sniper Team with the Americal Division from 1970-1971.

During Christmas 1969, former Army Ranger and artillery forward observer John Temple Ligon was positioned near the Cambodian border.

“It was hot as hell in the day,” he tells NRO. “Night was worse: We were being regularly mortared, and the mosquitoes were so big you thought they’d carry you away.” But Ligon and his fellow soldiers had a Christmas tree.

“It was artificial, of course, just under three-feet tall, on which we hung cut-and-polished C-ration peanut butter cans for ornamentation,” he says. “We stood it up in the sandbagged command post. Other than that, it was just another day in Vietnam.”

Please feel free to share your favorite............

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Bush Holiday Greeting Outtakes ~ LOL

Wild Thing's comment......

LMAO this is so funny. I will miss Bush, he has not been perfect no one is, but he is a night and day difference in Obama. I pun intended. haha. I didn't know how else to put it. hahahhaa

......Thank you RAC for sending this to me.

RAC has a website that is awesome. 336th Assault Helicopter Company

13th Combat Aviation Battalion - 1st Aviation Brigade - Soc Trang, Republic of Vietnam

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Ramos-Compean Treatment Making Agents Nervous and NO Pardon From Bush

The high-powered guns used in both incidents on the evening of Sept. 24 undoubtedly came from the United States, say police here, who estimate that 100 percent of drug-related killings are committed with smuggled U.S. weapons.
The guns pass into Mexico through the "ant trail," the nickname for the steady stream of people who each slip two or three weapons across the border every day. The "ants" -- along with larger smuggling operations -- are feeding a rapidly expanding arms race between Mexican drug cartels.


Ramos-Compean treatment has border agents quivering


Mexican drug smugglers spray bullets, but U.S. officers dare not return fire

By Chelsea Schilling

A team of Mexican drug smugglers unloaded $1 million worth of drugs across the U.S. border, spraying bullets at U.S. Border Patrol agents with automatic weapons, but the agents dared not return fire – as one official said they fear losing their jobs or ending up behind bars like agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean.

Ramos and Compean are serving 11- and 12-year prison sentences, respectively, for shooting an illegal alien drug dealer while he smuggled nearly 750 pounds of marijuana across the border. They were convicted of assault, discharge of a weapon in the commission of a crime of violence and deprivation of civil rights.

This time drug smugglers wore military clothing and fired "military type" automatic weapons at U.S. Border Patrol agents and Immigration and Customs Enforcement personnel in Tuscon, Ariz., on Dec. 1.

The brazen smugglers backed a flatbed tow truck into an 18-foot border fence and unloaded two pickup trucks packed with marijuana into the U.S. as National Guard and U.S. predator surveillance cameras recorded their efforts, and Border Patrol agents were immediately dispatched to the scene.

When the agents attempted to stop the pickup trucks, a Chevrolet Avalanche and a Ford F150, the smugglers began driving back toward Mexico. However, U.S. authorities deflated the truck tires before the smugglers could make it to the other side, the Laguna Journal reported.

Just then, another vehicle was spotted in Mexico, and a sniper began firing an automatic weapon at the U.S. agents.

But agents did not fire back.

According to reports, additional heavily armed smugglers began scaling the border fence and tossing bundles of drugs from the Avalanche pickup truck into Mexico.

The agents refrained from discharging their weapons.

When authorities arrived on the scene, the suspects lit the Avalanche on fire and retreated to Mexico, leaving behind 1,158 pounds marijuana – worth $1 million.

Registration records revealed the F150 had been stolen in Douglas, Ariz. Mexican police were notified, but they have not arrested suspects.

Many witnesses, including U.S. scientists working in Arizona, report seeing heavily armed illegal aliens crossing border fences in the area. When U.S. agents arrive on the scene, smugglers often pelt them with rocks, strike them with vehicles or fire weapons at them – and agents sometimes face penalties for firing back.

In an incident similar to the Ramos and Compean case, one border patrol agent said he feared for his life after a group of illegal aliens began throwing rocks and concrete chunks at him in August at the San Ysidro border crossing. He fired his weapon and wounded one of the men in the buttocks.

Officials at the Mexican consulate in San Diego criticized the 10-year Border Patrol veteran and demanded the U.S. conduct a full investigation, the San Diego Union Tribune reported. Local police and the FBI investigated the agent.

"Any kind of shooting toward Mexican territory is rejected by the Mexican government," Consul General Remedios Gómez Arnau warned Border Patrol agents. "They should have waited for response of the Mexican authorities."

After this month's incident, an anonymous officer close to the investigation told the Laguna Journal that agents often fear defending themselves because shooting back could mean prison time – just as it did for Ramos and Compean.

"These men are still in prison for doing what many of us think was just doing their jobs as Border Patrol agents," he said.

Bush springs drug dealers, leaves border agents to rot


President George W. Bush today added a convicted methamphetamine dealer, a cocaine distributor and two marijuana suppliers to the list of drug operators he's pardoned while in office, bringing his total of drug suppliers who have been pardoned or had their sentences commuted to 36.

He's also pardoned more than a dozen thieves, seven embezzlers, an arsonist, several mail thieves, a man who violated the Neutrality Act and eight Thanksgiving turkeys, but there's been no clemency for U.S. Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean, who were convicted of shooting at a fleeing drug smuggler.

Andy Ramirez, of Friends of the Border Patrol, long has been involved in the Ramos-Compean case, and said the questions just start piling up.

"First and foremost is the question that has to be asked, 'Why is the president dug in so deep' on Ramos and Compean?" Ramirez said. "Look at how many members of Congress have sent him letters, and have held hearings.
"You really have got to start to wonder … does this doper (in the Ramos-Compean case) lead to somebody really big?" he said.
Joe Loya, the father-in-law for Ramos, said he, his daughter and grandchildren were "devastated" by word that Ramos and Compean had been denied clemency on the latest list of presidential actions.
"We were praying for a miracle. We just don't understand where the connection is when drug smugglers are getting pardons and commuted sentences, yet two agents who are not criminals, who were just doing their jobs, are in isolation," he told WND by telephone as he traveled to visit his son-in-law in jail on Christmas Eve.
"George Bush could redeem himself," he continued. "Ninety-five percent of our support is coming from Republicans. He certainly has nothing to lose.

Wild Thing's comment.......

So now our government has empowered drug smugglers as never before. Sided with those who mean harm to American citizens instead of those wanting to protect our borders.

Before leaving for the holidays, President Bush on Tuesday commuted the prison sentence of a drug offender and granted 19 pardons, including one to a man who helped the Jewish resistance in the 1940s.

With this latest batch, which includes forgiveness for convictions ranging from gun and drug violations to bank and mail fraud, Bush has granted a total of 191 pardons and nine commutations. That’s fewer than half as many as Presidents Clinton or Reagan issued during their two terms.

The only proper redress for these two BP agents is pardon, expungement, full back pay, reinstatement, and apologies from all the sorry a$$ judges and prosecutors involved.

This travesty should be righted, immediately by President Bush. So far it shows Bush's loyalty for Johnny Sutton runs deeper then his wanting to do the right thing for Ramos and Compean.

....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.

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Band Of Brothers Silent Night

Wild Thing's comment........

Our country owes our heroes so much, we owe them everything. If not for their sacrifices we never would have been able to live in the land of the free. I hate war, but I know with all my heart that without it there is no peace. What I hate more then war are the people that don't understand or care about what our military givies up, goes through and pays the highest price for and why they enlilst, why they have a love for our country that the protesters will never understand or appreciate.
I will never forget and each Christmas and every day of every year rings out across our land a thank you from all of us that know and appreciate the service of American heroes each one of them.

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December 23, 2008

Merry Christmas,Allah Fubar! ~ Fort Dix Five Guilty of Conspiracy To Kill Soldiers

Fort Dix five guilty of conspiracy to kill soldiers

New Jersey

Five Muslim immigrants from South Jersey were convicted today of plotting to kill American soldiers, a crime that prosecutors said demonstrated how Al Qaeda was using the Internet to recruit, train and incite supporters for attacks in the United States and around the world.

Jurors at federal district court in Camden deliberated into a sixth day before declaring the men guilty of conspiracy. The jurors, however, acquitted the men of an additional charge of attempted murder. Four of the five men were also convicted of related weapons counts.

Along with the verdict, the jurors sent U.S. District Judge Robert Kugler a note explaining the serious nature of their deliberations.

"The burden imposed on us has been heavy, but we are confident our verdict has been reached fairly and impartially," according to the jurors' note Kugler read aloud in court.

The Fort Dix five include brothers Eljvir, Dritan and Shain Duka, ethnic Albanians who worked at a family roofing business; Mohamad Shnewer, a Jordanian who drove a cab and worked at his family's market in Pennsauken, and Serdar Tatar, a native of Turkey who was an assistant manager at a Philadelphia 7-Eleven.

Each faces up to life in prison on the conspiracy charge. Under terrorism laws, prosecutors may seek an enhanced sentence of life without parole. Sentencing was set for April 22 and 23.

After the verdict, family members of the five men gave tearful addresses to the assembled media.

"This is not justice," said Faten Shnewer, mother of Mohamad Shnewer. "The only reason they put five kids in jail is because they are Muslim."

Faten Shnewer, mother of Mohamad Shnewer, tells reporters her son was set up.

Tatar's sister, Serpil, insisted her brother is innocent and had nothing to do with terrorism.
"He was crying for the people who died on Sept. 11," Serpil Tatar said.

The verdicts represented a victory for prosecutors and validation of tactics the FBI has increasingly used nationwide to detect and disrupt suspected terror organizations. They were arrested in May 2007, after a 15-month investigation that ended when two suspects tried to buy automatic weapons from an FBI informant.

During an eight-week trial that authorities said showcased homegrown terrorism in the United States, prosecutors argued the defendants, all foreign-born Muslim immigrants, conspired to kill U.S. military members at Fort Dix or another target and sought automatic weapons to carry out the strike.

Just the second major terrorism case in New Jersey since the 9/11 attacks, it mirrored investigations in cities from Detroit to Miami to Portland, where agents have used informants to infiltrate alleged terror plots and arrested suspects at the earliest stages of plotting an attack. In some cases, the tactics have spawned questions about if the suspects were truly capable or planning to strike.

The Fort Dix probe began in January 2006 when an electronics store clerk in South Jersey gave police a copy of a customer's videotape that showed the men firing rifles and shouting Islamic battle cries. FBI agents and two paid cooperators then spent 15 months shadowing the suspects, recording their conversations and examining their computers.

** The evidence indicated that the men gathered weekly at a Palmyra mosque and regularly watched and discussed Al Qaeda videos extolling jihads and depicting deadly attacks against U.S. forces. In January 2006 and February 2007, they rented a house in the Pocono Mountains, where investigators said they trained for an attack by riding horses, shooting weapons at a rifle range and playing war games with paintball.

Prosecutors conceded the men had not settled on a target or a timetable for their strike, but called them "radical Islamists" with a shared goal: a jihad to kill American troops. They played for jurors hidden videos of the lead defendant, Shnewer, traveling with an FBI informant to Fort Dix, Dover Air Force Base and other sites in August 2006.

"This is exactly what we are looking for," Shnewer told the informant, Mahmoud Omar, as they passed the Burlington County base, a staging point for troops headed to Iraq. "You hit four, five or six Humvees and light the whole place (up) and retreat completely without any losses."
In other conversations, Shnewer proposed commandeering a gasoline tanker for a suicide mission at a military installation or firing a rocket into the Philadelphia Naval Base around the time of the annual Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia.

Agents enlisted a second informant to ingratiate himself with three other suspects, brothers Dritan, Shain and Eljvir Duka of Cherry Hill, like him ethnic Albanians who snuck in the country. They planted that informant at a Dunkin Donuts in Cinnaminson where the brothers gathered each Friday after mosque services.

Prosecutors said the fifth defendant, Serdar Tatar, whose father owned a pizzeria that delivered to Fort Dix, aided the plot by giving the informant a map of the base interior.

Defense attorneys insisted there was no conspiracy. They portrayed Shnewer, a Jordanian and the only naturalized U.S. citizen among the defendants, as a pathetic loner, encouraged and emboldened by an FBI informant who showered him with attention and advice like an older brother. They acknowledged Shnewer talked a lot and collected jihadist videos - particularly after meeting the informant -- but said he speaking without the knowledge or approval of the others.

They noted that none of the suspects besides Shnewer were recorded discussing plans or targets. At times, they expressed support for Muslim fighters overseas and contemplated joining them or sending money, but also seemed reluctant. "We just talk, we know," Shain Duka said during one recorded conversation.

And they pointed out that Tatar reported to Philadelphia police officer that Omar had been pressing him for a map.

Attorneys spent eight days of cross-examination trying to challenge the credibility and motives of the informants. They noted for jurors that Omar had a history of bank fraud and was paid nearly $240,000 for his work on the case, while the second informant, Besnik Bakalli, was wanted for a shooting in Albania and awaiting deportation when agents plucked him from a Pennsylvania jail.

But prosecutors said the attacks against the informants were desperate ploys to distract jurors from the core evidence: hours of recorded conversations in which the defendants spoke admiringly of Al Qaeda and Taliban forces, showed disdain for American troops and a desire to act.

Eljvir Duka declared he wanted to "train sniper" and wondered how far he would have to stand from the White House to shoot the president.

Tatar ultimately gave the informant the map, and then lied to agents about it. "I'm in, honestly, I'm in," he told the informant.

Dritan Duka, at 30 the oldest of the brothers and a father of five, told the informant in March 2007 they could "do a lot of damage" and that he was ready "to start something." When someone asked if he meant joining a jihad overseas, Duka replied: "No, I say here. Hit them here."

Two months later, he and his brother Shain were arrested attempting to buy four M-16 automatic rifles and three AK-47 semiautomatic weapons in a gun buy arranged by the FBI. The others were picked up that night.

In addition to the terror conspiracy, authorities indicted them on charges of illegal weapons possession. The Dukas are illegal immigrants; Tatar is a legal permanent resident.

Also arrested with them in May 2007 was a sixth suspect, an ethnic Albanian named Agron Abdullahu, whom authorities said provided guns but wasn't part of the terror conspiracy. Abdullahu pleaded guilty later that year to weapons charges and was sentenced to 20 months in prison.

The trial unfolded under heavy security. Officials closed car lanes around the Camden courthouse and visitors to the trial had to pass through two security stations. Inside the proceedings, as many as 10 deputy U.S. Marshals ringed the courtroom each day, and jurors spent each night of deliberations sequestered at a nearby hotel.

There are also several videos at the article website. They are not YouTube and so I can't use them on here as they don't show up correctly if I post them. But if you want to see them you can go HERE.

Wild Thing's comment.......

Whoa. I wasn't expecting good news on this. Now I would like for them to hang them. No quarter. No mercy.

Back when it happens I will never forget what Olbermann said about these terrorists, he called them morons. Talk about making light of people wanting to kill our soldiers!!!!!

Keith Olbermann Denounces Arrest of Fort Dix Terrorists

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Attorney for Terri Schiavo’s Husband Now Advising Obama

Attorney Who Aided Terri Schiavo’s Husband Now Advising Barack Obama


An attorney who won an award for representing Terri Schiavo’s husband Michael in his efforts to kill his disabled wife is now an advisor to the transition team of incoming president Barack Obama.

Thomas Perrelli, who raised over $500,000 for the pro-abortion presidential candidate and is the managing partner of a Washington law firm, Jenner & Block LLP, is helping advise Obama on putting together a Justice Department team.

However, Perrelli provided Michael Schiavo with legal advice during his response to the Congressional bill that President Bush signed allowing the Schindler family to take their lawsuit seeking to prevent Terri’s euthanasia death from state to federal courts.

Perrelli led the Jenner & Block team that developed the legal briefs opposing appeals for Michael and he ultimately received the Albert E. Jenner, Jr. Pro Bono Award in October 2006 for representing Terri’s former husband at no cost.

On Michael’s legal team, Perrelli worked with infamous pro-euthanasia attorney George Felos as well as lawyers from the Florida chapter of the ACLU.

Obama’s selection of Perrelli to participate on his Justice Department transition team is no surprise given his comments on Terri’s painful 13-day starvation and dehydration death during the presidential campaign.

During his debate with Hillary Clinton in the Democratic presidential primary, Obama said his biggest mistake was voting with a unanimous Senate to help save Terri.

In March 2005, just weeks before Terri died, Congress approved legislation allowing her family to take its case from state courts to federal courts in an effort to stop the euthanasia from proceeding.

Terri was not on any artificial breathing apparatus and only required a feeding tube to eat and drink. Her family had filed a lawsuit against her former husband to allow them to care for her and give her proper medical and rehabilitative care.

The Senate unanimously approved a compromise bill, which the House eventually supported on a lopsided bipartisan vote and President Bush signed, to help the disabled woman.

Obama said he should have stood up against the life-saving legislation.

“It wasn't something I was comfortable with, but it was not something that I stood on the floor and stopped,” Obama said.
“And I think that was a mistake, and I think the American people understood that that was a mistake. And as a constitutional law professor, I knew better,” he added.

That wasn't the first time Obama said he regretted supporting the bill to protect the disabled woman.

During an April 2007 debate, Obama said, "I think professionally the biggest mistake that I made was when I first arrived in the Senate. There was a debate about Terri Schiavo, and a lot of us, including me, left the Senate with a bill that allowed Congress to intrude where it shouldn't have.”
"And I think I should have stayed in the Senate and fought more for making sure [Terri's parents couldn't take their case to federal court to save her life]," he explained

Since Terri’s death, the Schindler family has established a foundation to help disabled and elderly patients obtain proper medical care and legal and other assistance when they are denied it.

Wild Thing's comment.........

Birds of a feather flock together, no that is mean to beautiful birds. I should have said, satan’s demons do stick together. A person is known by the friends they keep. Obama surrounds himself with infernal people.

Obama is a death monger, his stance on abortion is pure evil how it is ok with him to kill a baby that some how with God's help manages to stay a live from an abortion, to his stance on Terri Schiavo. A true Muslim that has no respect for life.

Kill a woman, kill a country. Thanks braindead voters, thanks so much.sheesh

I wonder if Obama's grandmother in Hawaii was on feeding tubes when Obama and his lawyers went to visit her right before she died. Few deaths are ever that convenient.And I have to wonder if he was getting worried about her saying something regarding his mom or the birth certificate. Just curious more then anything. I am not sure but I think it takes about 10 days to die of die from dehydration and isn't that what happens when they take a person off the feeding tubes????

There is a coldness with Obama, even in his personality, he has NONE. He has as much personality as a door knob.

“And I think that was a mistake, and I think the American people understood that that was a mistake. And as a constitutional law professor, I knew better,”

There is another detail among his truly evil actions, but as I understand it he NEVER was a professor but an instructor or teachers aid. He lies about everything. The fact that the Constitution does not directly address murder does not make murder Constitutional.

Keep praying, and keep watch.

....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.

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Carter Loves Hamas and Ahmed Yousef, Hamas' Chief Loves Obama

Carter: Hamas putting eggs in Obama basket

Terrorist group has high expectations for incoming Democrat administration


By Aaron Klein


Hamas is putting all its eggs in the basket of President-elect Barack Obama, according to former president Jimmy Carter, who met with the chiefs of the terror group in Syria last week.

"Like the Syrians, they (Hamas) are patient, relatively satisfied with the status quo, and putting all their eggs in Obama's basket. We had to caution them about expecting too much of an immediate change in U.S. Middle East policy," Carter wrote in a first-person report posted on his Carter Center website.
Carter recounted how on the anniversary of Hamas' founding, he met last week in Damascus with Hamas chieftain Khaled Meshaal "and his fellow Hamas politburo members, all of whom are scientists, medical doctors, or engineers – none trained in religion."

A senior Israeli security official who was made aware of Carter's description of Meshaal and other top Hamas members as "scientists, medical doctors, or engineers," said such descriptions were "simply outrageous apologies for evil."

The official pointed out there is strong evidence Meshaal, who heads an active terrorist organization, repeatedly directly has ordered numerous Hamas terror attacks over the years, and, until Hamas took over the Gaza Strip in 2007, Meshaal controlled the flow of money for all Hamas activities, including terrorism and the group's vast civilian infrastructure in Gaza and the West Bank.

Carter continued by stating that he discussed with Meshaal "items on my agenda that included an extension of the cease-fire in Gaza."

About an hour after he met with Carter last Sunday, Meshaal announced at a press conference that Hamas would not renew the cease-fre.

"There will be no renewal of the 'calm' after it expires," Meshaal told reporters. But then a Hamas spokesman in Gaza announced no official decision to end the truce had been reached.

Hamas, responsible for scores of suicide bombings, shootings and rocket attacks, officially is listed as a terrorist organization by the U.S. State Department. Hamas' charter calls for the murder of Jews and destruction of Israel.

Last month, a top Hamas official in Gaza sparked controversy after he claimed Hamas held a meeting in the Gaza Strip several months ago with aides to Obama. He claimed the terror group was asked to keep the contacts secret until after last month's elections. The charge was strongly denied by Obama's transition team.

Ahmed Yousef, Hamas' chief political adviser in Gaza, claimed to the leading Al-Hayat Arabic-language newspaper Hamas maintained regular communication with Obama aides that even continued during the past week.

"We were in contact with a number of Obama's aides through the Internet, and later met with some of them in Gaza, but they advised us not to come out with any statements, as they may have a negative effect on his election campaign and be used by Republican candidate John McCain (to attack Obama)," Yousuf told Al-Hayat.
Yousef gave WND a series of recent interviews in which he praised Obama as the leading candidate. Days after last month's U.S. presidential elections, he called Obama's win a "historic victory" for the world and told WND that Hamas was sending a letter of congratulation to the president-elect.
Yousef seemed aware his comments may generate some negative publicity for Obama, but he said he feels it important to "reach out and to express our thoughts and engage."
"I praised him six months ago, some people tried to use that against him. But I knew he would win. Like everyone else, we expected this important victory," he said.

Yousef was referring to an interview he gave to WND and WABC Radio in April in which he praised Obama and then found his comments had fueled a firestorm of accusations in the presidential campaign.

In April, Yousef stated he hoped Obama would become president, comparing the Illinois senator to President John F. Kennedy.

"We like Mr. Obama, and we hope that he will win the election," Yousef told WND at the time.
"I hope Mr. Obama and the Democrats will change the political discourse. ... I do believe [Obama] is like John Kennedy, a great man with a great principle. And he has a vision to change America to make it in a position to lead the world community, but not with humiliation and arrogance," Yousef said.

Wild Thing's comment........

Carter the traitor, anti-semite just can't stay out of this kissing up to the Hamas. I wonder whatever happened to the Democrat Senator ( I forgot the name, it was a woman) an she wanted to pull Carter's passport. I was shocked it was one of the Democrats, but actually that is the side of the isle it would need to come from. Even so not enough people wanted to do that to Carter so it never went anywhere.
His passport should be pulled and he should be punished somehow for his actions and statements he has been making now for years. He is a dangerous man.

....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.

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Christmas in Iraq

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The Education of Ted Turner

The Education of Ted Turner

Front Page Magazine

By Humberto Fontova

During a December 10 Fox News interview with Bill O'Reilly, cable television tycoon Ted Turner, a longtime admirer of Fidel Castro, made the astonishing claim that Castro's Stalinist regime never killed anyone.

O'REILLY: Fidel Castro, do you admire the man?
O'REILLY: Now, he has murdered people. He's imprisoned people. There are political prisoners now. He won't let his people use the Internet. Nobody can use that. And you admire the guy?
TURNER: Well, I admire certain things about him. He's trained a lot of doctors, and they've got one of the best educational systems in the developing world. And you know, he's still popular with a lot of people down there...
O' REILLY: But he's a killer. He's a killer. He's a guy who…
TURNER: But that has never, to my knowledge, that's never been proven. I mean…
O'REILLY: He's executed political prisoners. I mean, he enslaves people who don't see it the way he sees it. Come on. He runs a dictatorship.

Even the Cuban revolution’s most die-hard apologists have never made so transparently preposterous a claim, and for good reason. According to the Black Book of Communism, 14,000 men and boys had been executed in Cuba by 1964 – the equivalent of more than 3 million executions in the United States. Yet the communist’s defenders continue to march. "VIVA CHE! VIVA FIDEL!" bellowed Jesse Jackson while arm-in-arm with Fidel Castro at the University of Havana in 1984. (Jesse Jackson, by the way, wrote a book condemning capital punishment.)

Indeed, like al-Qaeda generations later, mass murder (often in public), was always key to the Communist quest for and maintenance of power. Communists have always wanted this to be known, as a means to intimidate opposition. Let's examine some quotations from communist monsters:

* We will make our hearts cruel, hard, and immovable ... we will not quiver at the sight of a sea of enemy blood. Without mercy, without sparing, we will kill our enemies in scores of thousands; let them drown themselves in their own blood! Let there be floods of the blood of the bourgeois – more blood, as much as possible." Felix Dzerzhinsky, the head of the Soviet Cheka in 1918.

* "Crazy with fury I will stain my rifle red while slaughtering any enemy that falls in my hands! My nostrils dilate while savoring the acrid odor of gunpowder and blood. With the deaths of my enemies I prepare my being for the sacred fight and join the triumphant proletariat with a bestial howl!" Ernesto “Che” Guevara from the book that became The Motorcycle Diaries.

* “We stand for organized terror - this should be frankly admitted. Terror is an absolute necessity during times of revolution. Our aim is to fight against the enemies of the Soviet Government and of the new order of life. We judge quickly.” V.I Lenin.

* "To send men to the firing squad, judicial proof is unnecessary. These procedures are an archaic bourgeois detail. This is a revolution! And a revolutionary must become a cold killing machine motivated by pure hate. We execute from revolutionary conviction!” Ernesto “Che” Guevara.

* "Executions? Certainly we execute! And we will CONTINUE executing as long as it is necessary! This is a war to the DEATH against the revolution's enemies!" Che Guevara while addressing the UN General Assembly on December 9, 1964.

Note that all of Guevara's above quotes are found in his own diaries. Some of these diaries were fashioned into a movie four years ago by Robert Redford (The Motorcycle Diaries). Others provided the screenplay for Che, the four-and-a-half hour “epic hagiography” (as described by the New York Times) directed by Stephen Soderbergh and starring Benicio Del Toro titled, released stateside just last week. Although the above-mentioned directors and producers profess rigid fidelity to Che's diaries, one searches their film in vain for these quotations.

Instead, many of the scenes are altogether fictitious. When Che Guevara entered the Cuban city of Santa Clara during the anti-Batista skirmishes, he promptly ordered the firing squad to murder dozens of “war-criminals” said to be linked to the overthrown government of Fulgencio Batista. This “battle” added up to six casualties on both sides, but Soderbergh and Del Toro – mindlessly sycophantic to their Castroite sources – depict it as a Caribbean Stalingrad that somehow produced scores of war criminals on one side! The New York Times, which “reported” on this “battle” as it “raged,” didn't bother to look into this numerical discrepancy.

The Cuban revolutionaries even televised their executions at Santa Clara. Among the victims was a valiant man named Col. Cornelio Rojas. Refusing a blindfold, Rojas walked unescorted to his execution (It was actually a murder: Che Guevara didn't even bother with one of his bogus trials). Compare Senor Rojas's death to Guevara's capture, when he reportedly whimpered, “Don't shoot! I'm worth more to you alive than dead!”

Blanca Rojas, Senor Rojas wife of 40 years, died of a heart attack while watching her husband's murder on Cuban national TV. Cornelio Rojas 17-year-old nephew, Pedro, volunteered for what came to be known as the Bay of Pigs invasion. After fighting to his last bullet, the defenseless Pedro was murdered in cold blood by one Osmany Cienfuegos, the man who until recently served as Cuba's "Minister of Tourism." For over a decade, Cienfuegos served as official host for millions of Canadian tourists.

The brutal legacy of the Cuban revolution is not the only blind spot in Ted Turner’s adoring history. The CNN creator also approves of Castro's educational system, calling it an outstanding representative of learning in the developing world. Fine. But what seems to escape Turner is that prior to Fidel and Che's glorious revolution, Cuba was not part of the "developing world." A UNESCO report on Cuba from circa 1957 reports: "One feature of the Cuban social structure is a large middle class." It begins with these long-outdated statistics:

Cuban workers are more unionized (proportional to the population) than U.S. workers. The average wage for an 8 hour day in Cuba in 1957 is higher than for workers in Belgium, Denmark, France and Germany. Cuban labor receives 66.6 percent of gross national income. In the U.S. the figure is 70 percent, in Switzerland 64 percent. 44 percent of Cubans are covered by Social legislation, (a higher percentage than in the U.S.)

In 1958, the year before Castro took over, Cuba had more doctors and dentists per capita than Britain, and a lower infant mortality than France and Germany – the 13th-lowest in the world. Today, Cuba's infant-mortality rate is 43rd from the top, despite having the hemisphere's highest abortion rate, which skews this figure downward. Relative to the rest of the world, Cuba's health care has worsened horrendously under Castro. Thus it is that a nation that was once a destination for European immigrants today needs machine guns, water cannons, and tiger sharks to keep its people from fleeing. A mere sixty miles away, half-starved Haitians turn up their noses at the thought of immigrating to Cuba.

The charitable explanation for Turner’s affection for Fidel is that it is fundamentally about business. Back in 1997, when CNN craved a Havana Bureau, Turner's sales pitch was not particularly subtle: "Castro is one helluva guy!" he gushed to a capacity crowd at Harvard Law School during a speech. "You people would like him! Most people in Cuba like him." Within weeks, CNN was granted its coveted Havana Bureau, the first ever granted by Castro to a foreign network. Whitewashing Castro’s record may be good business. But it’s hard to believe that after all this time Turner is really the dupe that his recent remarks suggest.

Wild Thing's comment.........

Turner just loves communists. He would marry Castro if he could.

For a man with communist sympathies he owns more land than any other person in the United States. He also owns the world’s largest bison herd.

Turner doesn’t have a clue what Communism really is like. He would have a major wake-up call if he actually had to live in such a country.

Tuner has a history of being an apologist for Commies.

Transcript of a 2005 interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer:

Turner: "I am absolutely convinced that the North Koreans are absolutely sincere. There's really no reason -- no reason for them to cheat or do anything to violate this very forward agreement. I mean, I think we can put the North Korea and East Asia problems behind us and concentrate on Iran and Iraq, where, where we still have some ongoing difficulties."

Blitzer: "I've got to tell you, Ted, given the record of North Korea, especially the fact that, in the Clinton administration in '93-'94, they made a similar pledge, which they violated and they backed out of, I'm not exactly sure that I accept all your optimism."

Turner: "Well, you know, I was optimistic about the Cold War when I got to Russia, too. But I looked them right in the eyes. And they looked like they meant the truth. I mean, you know, just because somebody's done something wrong in the past doesn't mean they can't do right in the future or in the present. That happens all the, all the time."

Blitzer: "But this is one of the most despotic regimes and Kim Jong Il is one of the worst men on Earth. Isn't that a fair assessment?"

Turner: "Well, I didn't get, I didn't get to meet him, but he didn't look, in the pictures that I've seen of him on CNN, he didn't look too much different than most other people."

Blitzer: "But look at the way, look at the way he's, look at the way he's treating his own people."

Turner: "Well, hey, listen. I saw a lot of people over there. They were thin and they were riding bicycles instead of driving in cars, but--"

Blitzer: "A lot of those people are starving."

Turner: "I didn't see, I didn't see any, I didn't see any brutality in the capital or out in the, on the DMZ...Let's give 'em a break. Give 'em a break And besides, even if they do -- even if they do threaten us again, the threat is non-existent to the United States. They can't threaten us. I mean, it's like a fleet attacking an elephant."

....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.

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December 22, 2008

Obama Tries Out His Salute

This is another time he saluted while there, not the one mentioned in the article.The article says he used his right hand at the base in Hawaii.
This photo above however is Obama and his LEFTY salute fumbling with his cell phone.

Obama is not in the executive chain of the military, has not been sworn in as President, isn't an officer of any kind, is saluting with his left hand, isn't facing anyone in particular, is holding an object in his hand, has no recognizable uniform, and for some bloody reason took the initiative to salute a USMC Lance Corporal.

Obama Tries Out His Salute

New York Times

second source

KAILUA, Hawaii

He’s not the commander in chief yet, but was President-elect Barack Obama briefly practicing his salute on Sunday?

On the first morning of his vacation here, Mr. Obama arrived at the Marine Corps Base Hawaii for his daily workout. As he walked out of the Semper Fit Center, his gray T-shirt soaked in sweat, he lifted his right hand and gave a quick salute to two Marines in fatigues who were standing in the distance.

The brief moment was not captured by cameras. Photographs and video were not permitted to be taken on the military base, according to campaign aides.

Mr. Obama and his wife, Michelle Obama, opened their day with a 45-minute workout inside a large gymnasium at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, which is located on the Mokapu Penninsula on the windward side of Oahu, about 30 minutes outside Honolulu. It is sunny and warm here, a world away, at least in terms of the weather, from Chicago.

The Marine base seemed sleepy when the motorcade rolled through shortly after 7 a.m. Home to the 3rd Marine Regiment, Marine Aircraft Group 24 and the 3rd Radio Battalion, the base is located only a few minutes from where the Obamas are staying, a rented home at the end of a series of cul-de-sacs (and security barricades) along Kailuana Place.

Mr. Obama, who arrived to his native Hawaii on Saturday afternoon, is taking a 13-day holiday vacation with his family and a few friends from Chicago. At least some work, though, followed him to Hawaii.

He is receiving his daily national security briefing and his transition team is scheduled on Monday or Tuesday to release an internal review of any contacts between his advisers and the Illinois governor’s office over filling his vacant Senate seat. That is the subject of a corruption case and federal investigation into Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich.

Mr. Obama is not expected to address the inquiry, but rather have it released through a written statement from Washington.

Insiders said Obama and his family will hold a private funeral service for his grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, while they are in Hawaii. However, officials with the National Memorial of the Pacific at Punchbowl Cemetery said nothing had been finalized.

The president-elect, after filling his Cabinet in record-setting pace, is taking a break. On tap for the rest of his Sunday? An afternoon tee-time and 18 holes of golf.

The Obamas and the families of two or three friends will stay at a Windward Oahu beachside villa with three multimillion-dollar homes. Each wraps around a lagoon-style swimming pool, with palm trees, grassy lawns and retractable glass walls for views of the beach.

The compound he is renting costs $8,250.00 per day.


Wild Thing's comment..........

A Muslim saluting with his left hand! I can’t believe this joke was elected president of our country. The more you think about it, the more shocking it really is. If that is possible.

I respect the office he will hold.

But I will NEVER respect Obama, and he will never be my President.

I will NEVER forget or forgive his betrayal of our troops on the battlefield. He championed defeat, he voted against funding them, he accused them of war crimes.

" “We’ve got to get the job done there and that requires us to have enough troops so that we’re not just air-raiding villages and killing civilians, which is causing enormous pressure over there,” Obama said."

I read that 80% of the entire military voted for McCain-Palin.

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Honoring Heroes at the Holidays ~ MAF Heads To GITMO

Honoring Heroes at the Holidays

Move America Forward

The Honoring Heroes at the Holidays Tour is now officially complete, but the MAF team has one more little stop...Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

MAF (Move America Forward ) will be sending Chairman Melanie Morgan, Gold Star mom Debbie Lee, Executive Director Cat Moy, Ryan Gill and Danny Gonzalez with Kylie Williams off to Guantanamo Bay to visit the troops there and bring them special tidings of comfort and joy for Christmas!

Kylie was Ms. Florida 2007 and went on to compete in the Miss America Pageant. She has her own non-profit organization called Realistic Support for the Troops and is also designated Official Ambassador for Veteran’s Advocacy for the State of Florida. Kylie helped to make our trip to GITMO happen by using her contacts in Florida and GITMO to help facilitate our visit.

How You Get in Without Chains on Your Wrists

It was 10 AM this morning, we were all set to go in Ft. Lauderdale but there was a slight mix up when we didn’t know, and the pilots for the Navy didn’t know, whether we were supposed to go fly out of Miami or Ft. Lauderdale. We were waiting in Ft. Lauderdale at a private hangar waiting for the military to show up, but then we got a call saying they were waiting for US in Miami (with Kylie) so they said they would come pick us up in Ft. Lauderdale and about 40 minutes later a prop plane showed up in Ft. Lauderdale with Kylie Williams and 3 U.S. Navy pilots on board ready to pick up the MAF team.

In just a few minutes we were up in the air and on our way to Cuba. It’s a three hour flight out of Ft. Lauderdale because you usually take a route around the eastern edge of the country and then turn westward and loop around the island into Guantanamo Bay. This is because we usually do not have access to Cuban airspace but Joe from the Navy told me that even if you cut across the country it only saves you thirty minutes.

THEY’RE HERE—The US Navy arrives to pick us up!!

The us navy has brought their c-12 prop plane here with Kylie Williams direct from Miami international airport!

it was a tenuous situation here at the FBO office (a private part of ft. lauderdale airport) and were not sure if we were going to make it because of a mixup on where the plane was supposed to be and where we were supposed to be but it turned out the US Navy came through for us!

Kylie is here, Mel and Cat and Debbie are here and we’re all ready to go in about five minutes!!! we had JUST BARELY enough time to shoot this little video…

MAF going to GITMO -- waiting to take off!

OK. The secret’s out. I am headed to one of the most dreaded, brutal, bloody spots in the world – if you’re a liberal.
Gitmo. The word sends lefties running to the bong for another hit of weed to ease their misery. I’m looking forward to seeing with my own eyes the base where we cage beasts that want to cut our throats because we aren’t radical Muslims.

I have to admit – I also want to warm myself. Despite what Al Gore-ites say, we in Northern California haven’t experienced global warming. In fact, I have to crank up the heat – bless me Algore, for I have sinned – to defrost my bones in the morning.

Anyway, my nonprofit, Move America Forward, thought it was high-tim e to travel to Guantanamo Bay to thank our troops for their steadfast work with some of the most vicious beings to walk this earth (aside from Code Pink freaks I’ve met on the streets of Berkeley).

Over the past couple of weeks, MAF has traveled the country to hold rallies for our troops. Patriots have come out to the rallies and g one to our Website at and sponsored care packages for our troops.

Yes, we actually love our troops and respect them for their work keeping us safe. We are also aware that the left in this country wants to close Gitmo.

Important safety tip to you whiney liberals: If you want to close Guantanamo Bay like your leader, Barack Obama, you need to make your home their home. That’s right. But make sure that you don’t offend them. Call them to prayer five times a day. Feed them culturally appropriate food. Give them prayer caps, prayer rugs and prayer beads and a brand new Koran. They’re used to all of these items, thanks to the dreaded Americans who run Gitmo.

But make sure to put away the kitchen knives, or you may wake up in the morning without your head.

Tune in later when I give you the lowdown on club Gitmo. I plan to eat well, relax, and kick back in the 80-degree weather after some afternoon waterboarding!!

Mostly, though, I’m going to thank our troops for keeping us safe from the real live monsters that are foaming at the mouth to get at us.

Guantanamo Bay: First Impressions

We landed softly and taxied in quickly, loaded up into two trucks with all our gear and went down to a little harbor that is right next to the airstrip. We boarded a boat called the GITMO Queen and took a short ride across the bay where the Navy pilots were pointing out all the local landmarks. Guantanamo Bay has lots of manatees in the water and there are a whole mess of old and historical buildings. For example, in testament to the fact that GTMO has been in use as a military installation for decades, there are a couple old forts situated in the outskirts of the bay.

There is also an old hospital where the Cubans used to quarantine patients when they had an outbreak of some sickness they did not want to spread. We also saw lots and lots of old warehouses that used to house sea planes and other things but have since been converted. From the boat we were also able to see the base HQ, a power plant that supplies energy for the whole base, and “the skipper’s house” which is now under renovations so the skipper lives in the BEQ where we are staying.

The MWR (which stands for Morale, Welfare and Recreation) treated us to some of the excellent local dining, a fast food-type joint called The Jerk House which had some AWESOME food! I got me some jerked pork and rice and it was delicious. Tomorrow morning we have an early start and a full day’s schedule of stops and tours where we will explore everything that goes on down here in Guantanamo Bay. Keep emailing the MAF account and keep up with us on our journey!

Wild Thing's comment.........

I love reading about the support of our troops. There are so many organizations and so many they do a lot of good. This one Move America Forward is excellent and has done a lot to support our troops. Not only that but they also have been active in the protests to counter the protests of the Code Pink at the Marine recruiting offices in San Francisco and other places.

God bless our troops and all those that support them and their mission.

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Enough Is Enough Of Radical Islam

Enough is enough of radical Islam

by Ben Shapiro


Enough with the pseudonyms. Western civilization isn't at war with terrorism any more than it is at war with grenades. Western civilization is at war with militant Islam, which dominates Muslim communities all over the world. Militant Islam isn't a tiny minority of otherwise good-hearted Muslims. It's a dominant strain of evil that runs rampant in a population of well over 1 billion.

Enough with the psychoanalysis. They don't hate us because of Israel. They don't hate us because of Kashmir. They don't hate us because we have troops in Saudi Arabia or because we deposed Saddam Hussein. They don't hate us because of Britney Spears. They hate us because we are infidels, and because we don't plan on surrendering or providing them material aid in their war of aggressive expansion.

Enough with the niceties. We don't lose our souls when we treat our enemies as enemies. We don't undermine our principles when we post more police officers in vulnerable areas, or when we send Marines to kill bad guys, or when we torture terrorists for information. And we don't redeem ourselves when we close Guantanamo Bay or try terrorists in civilian courts or censor anti-Islam comics. When it comes to war, extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice, and moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.

Enough with the words. Talking with Iran without wielding the threat of force, either economic or military, won't help. Appealing to the United Nations, run by thugs and dictators ranging from Putin to Chavez to Ahmadinejad, is an exercise in pathetic futility. Evil countries don't suddenly decide to abandon their evil goals -- they are forced to do so by pressure and circumstance.

Enough with the faux allies. We don't gain anything by pretending that Saudi Arabia and Pakistan are true allies. They aren't. At best, they are playing both sides of the table. We ought to be drilling now in order to break OPEC. Building windmills isn't going to cut it. We should also be backing India to the hilt in its current conflict with Pakistan -- unless Pakistan can destroy its terrorist element, India should be given full leeway to do what it needs to do. Russia and China, meanwhile, are facilitating anti-Western terrorism. Treating them as friends in this global war is simply begging for a backstabbing.

Enough with the myths. Not everyone on earth is crying out for freedom. There are plenty of people who are happy in their misery, believing that their suffering is part and parcel of a correct religious system. Those people direct their anger outward, targeting unbelievers. We cannot simply knock off dictators and expect indoctrinated populations to rise to the liberal democratic challenge. The election of Hamas in the Gaza Strip is more a rule than an exception in the Islamic world.

Enough with the lies. Stop telling us that Islam is a religion of peace. If it is, prove it through action. Stop telling us that President-elect Barack Obama will fix our broken relationship with the Muslim world. They hate Obama just as much as they hated President George W. Bush, although they think Obama is more of a patsy than Bush was. Stop telling us that we shouldnt worry about the Islamic infiltration of our economy. If the Saudis own a large chunk of our banking institutions and control the oil market, they can certainly leverage their influence in dangerous ways.

Enough. After the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, the plane downed in Pennsylvania, the endless suicide bombings, shootings and rocket attacks in Israel, the Bali bombings, the synagogue bombing in Tunisia, the LAX shootings, the Kenyan hotel bombing, the Casablanca attacks, the Turkey synagogue attacks, the Madrid bombings, the London bombings, and the repeated attacks in India culminating in the Mumbai massacres -- among literally thousands of others -- it's about time that the West got the point: we're in a war. Our enemies are determined. They will not quit just because we offer them Big Macs, Christina Aguilera CDs, or even the freedom to vote. They will not quit just because we ensure that they have Korans in their Guantanamo cells, or because we offer to ban The Satanic Verses (as India did). They will only quit when they are dead. It is our job to make them so, and to eliminate every obstacle to their destruction.

So enough. No more empty talk. No more idle promises. No more happy ignorance, half measures, or appeasement-minded platitudes. The time for hard-nosed, uncompromising action hasn't merely come -- it's been overdue by seven years. The voice of our brothers' blood cries out from the ground.

Wild Thing's comment...........

Bravo to the man that wrote this article. He nailed it.

Excellent article, I would only change the word radical . The so-called “moderate” Muslims are the “non-uniformed combatants” of Islamic jihad. I am no fan of any part of Islam and I have yet to be proven that followers of Islam would not turn on any of us if they had to make a choice. But besides that this is one heck of an article !!!!

I do have a slight criticism of President Bush and how he handled this war against these followers of Islam. Only slight, because I do think he did a thousand times better then anyone else has done from any country. And he truly loves our troops and they love him.

Here is what I mean about a slight criticism . He let the left co-opt the terms - the language - of the conflict. The president started out to go in that direction; his early speeches and comments talked about a long war that was global in scope. He did use the term Islamofascists I think only once and got reprimanded for it by the media. It is an equivocal internal “PC” dialog we carry on that they, the left, keep trying to force on all of us. The equivocality of the internal dialog is only one step less fatal than the acts of the jihadists themselves. It isn’t armed. In effect, we alternate between appeasing our internal dialog and appeasing our external enemy. Both are losing strategies. The PC police still believe that making nice with the enemy will solve the problem. Idiots.

The Book of Swords says that, if you're not a Muslim, you should be dead. That's their belief, that's their goal, and anyone who thinks otherwise like many of our politicians and citizens is a fool.

The Islamists do not care whether we still honor our own faiths or respect our own culture; as long as we do not accept theirs, we must be eliminated or converted. The "Religion of Peace" is in reality a Religion of Submission, and it means to impose its will by force, just as it always has.

......Thank you RAC for sending this to me.

RAC has a website that is awesome. 336th Assault Helicopter Company

13th Combat Aviation Battalion - 1st Aviation Brigade - Soc Trang, Republic of Vietnam

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Piper Palin Radio Interview

Piper Palin Radio Interview - Says She Would Like To Be President - Will Run In 2036

Wild Thing's comment.......

This is so cute, she is so much like Sarah. God bless this wonderful family.

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Obama's Labor Pick Has Communist Ties

Rep. Hilda L. Solis and Obama

Obama's Labor pick has communist ties


President-elect Barack Obama's choice to head the Labor Department has close ties to U.S. communist and socialist organizations and has sent representatives to functions organized by national parties for both ideologies.

The pick of Rep. Hilda L. Solis, D-Calif., a Congressional Hispanic Caucus leader considered to be one of the most reliably pro-union voices in the House, was hailed as a victory by communist and socialist leaders.

An article this past weekend in the Communist Party USA's People's Weekly World Newspaper welcomed Solis and quoted known socialist leaders calling her a "great choice" and an "outstanding" selection with "a life-long commitment to working people."
Among other personalities, the Communist paper quoted former Rep. David Bonior, D-Mich., a top economic adviser to Obama, calling Solis a "terrific leader who I know first-hand will work tirelessly on behalf of America's working families."

As previously reported Bonior is listed as a member of the Democratic Socialists of America, or DSA, an organization dedicated to transforming America into a socialist society. He was a frontrunner for the labor secretary post, but endorsed Solis after dropping out of the race.

Solis herself has close ties to both socialist and communist organizations in the U.S.

Trever Loudon, a communist researcher based in New Zealand, found that in November 2005 Solis addressed the DSA National Convention in Los Angeles, entitled, "The New Capital of Progressive Politics?"

Also, this past June, Solis sent Elana Henry, a caseworker from Solis's East Los Angeles office, to represent her at a forum on worker's rights organized by Socialists International. According to the group's website Socialists International bills itself as the worldwide organization of social democratic, socialist and labor parties. It has close ties to the DSA.

Solis also reportedly sent a representative to a major event of the Communist Party USA. The Communist Party's newspaper documents that on June 20, 1996, Solis sent Antonio Aguilar on her behalf to present an honoree at the Party's Southern California Friends of the People's Weekly World tribute to two local labor leaders.

Wild Thing's comment.........

Obama keeping true to his own communist ties by surrounding himself with more of the same.

Anyone else notice that HO-bama never refers to blue collar folks as employees or individuals it is always "workers".

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December 21, 2008

Beautifully Done Video of Children in Iraq and Our Troops

In The Arms Of The Angels

....Thank you James M. for sending this to me.

* Gina Cobb blog

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Santa Claus Boot Camp ~ LOL

Wild Thing's comment........

LOL I love this it is so funny. Well done too.

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Kenyan Government Imposes Gag Order On Obama Family

Sarah - Obama's Grandmother in Kenya

Kenyan government imposes gag order on Obama family


No media contact: 'We are doing this because we want to ensure better flow of information'

The Kenyan government has barred unapproved contacts between the media and President-elect Barack Obama's extended family.

Family members will be required to receive permission from the government before making any public statements about their famous relative, according to the Nairobi Star.

"We are doing this because we want to ensure better flow of information," Athman Said, an under-secretary in the Ministry of Heritage, told the Obama family in Kogelo.
"The government has decided that you should inform its officers who will be based here if you want to address the media."

Journalists wishing to speak with the family must first be approved by the government.

This is not the first attempt to block press interest in President-elect Obama's African connections.

Jerome R. Corsi was detained in Kenya while investigating Obama's close ties to the nation's prime minister, Raila Odinga.

The Kenyan official who reportedly orchestrated the detention was Odinga himself, according to WND sources inside Kenya.

~ snipet ~

Corsi had earlier seen the flow of information stymied by the Obama campaign itself:

"I was able to interview Obama's uncle, Sayid Obama, the brother of Obama's father, when I was doing the research for 'The Obama Nation,'" Corsi said. "But Auma Obama, Obama's half-sister, declined an interview by telephone, telling me that the Obama campaign had advised the Obama family not to speak with me, either from the United States by phone, or in person in Kenya."

Two weeks ago, parliament passed the Kenya Communications Amendment Bill, a controversial measure that gives the state power to raid TV stations and newspaper offices, as well as to control broadcast content. The bill awaits the approval or rejection of President Kibaki.

While the latest attempt to embargo news about and from the president-elect's African family may anticipate passage of the "media gag" bill, economics, tourism and boosterism are also part of the equation.

Under-secretary Said, who informed the Obamas they were muzzled, announced the Obama Cultural Home project, which will include a museum, a gallery and a leadership center in the family's town of Kogelo. A video featuring Mama Sarah Obama, the president-elect's step-grandmother, will relate the Obamas' family history. Said added that the Ministry of Heritage is negotiating with the U.S. government to display Obama's publications.

The investment in the family's village so far has caused land prices to double in the past several months. Electicity service has been routed to the community and investors are rumored to be planning hotel construction to serve the tourists expected to travel the "Presidential Heritage Tourism Circuit."

The proposed heritage center's siting in Kogelo has not been well received by the entire Obama clan. Some are demanding that the project be built in Kanyadhiang, the ancestral home of Barack Obama's father before the family moved to Kogelo.

Heritage minister William Ole Ntimama confirmed the government's intent to invest in the project.

"This is a great opportunity to open up the western tourism circuit and we have asked Treasury to find us some money so that we can roll out a number of projects that will make this a truly memorable cultural site," Ntimama told the Star.

He took issue, however, with his under-secretary, saying he had not been informed about the press ban.

"It will be surprising if they have done that because it is not right," said Ntimama. "The Obama family should be allowed to say whatever they want to without any bureaucracy."

Wild Thing's comment........

Well sheesh, there goes the Barack HUSSEIN Obama birth place souvenier stand!

Talk about how to make a guy look even more guilty then he is already. Wow, talk about suspicious...who do they think they’re kidding! It seems for one thing Corsi REALLY got too close to finding more things out.

“It said the government would also vet all those seeking information about the family.”

Note they are not only gagging the family, but also investigating anyone who dares to ask questions about Obama:

Under penalty of what? Wil they be death with a dull machete?

I would bet that Obama's campaign is doing some pay offs to have this GAG order done. You know just a little gift of a few million to those in charge in Kenya.

"We are doing this because we want to ensure better flow of information," Athman Said, an under-secretary in the Ministry of Heritage"

OH sure that makes a lot of sense.

"The government has decided that you should inform its officers who will be based here if you want to address the media."

Josef Stalin, Adolf Hitler and other notoriously deceptive tyrants and murderers had the same policies in place for their societies. Kenya is a fascist state for doing this.

Remember when I posted about this........

A black-tie dinner and ball are scheduled to take place on the night of the inauguration at posh Marriott Gateway Hotel. It is said to be a pan-African gala in honour of the first US president of African descent.

Kenya's ambassador in Washington Peter Ogego said he hopes the new president and the First Lady will include the event in their round of inaugural balls.

Invitations are also being sent to incoming Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and UN ambassador Susan Rice, Mr Ogego added.

Mr Odinga is expected to attend both of the Kenya-sponsored inauguration celebrations.

So I have these questions!!!!!!

What the heck is everybody hiding about this guy?

Doesn't 0bama have anything to be proud of?

....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.

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Noose Is Getting Tighter


Gov. Rod Blagojevich is legendary in Illinois political circles for not picking up the phone or returning calls, even from important figures like the state's senior senator, Dick Durbin.

But there was always one call Blagojevich regularly took, say his aides, and that was from Rahm Emanuel — his congressman, his one-time campaign adviser and, more recently — and troubling for Emanuel — one of his contacts with President-elect Barack Obama's transition staff.

The friendly rapport Blagojevich and Emanuel shared over the years has suddenly become a troubling liability for Emanuel and the new president he will serve as chief of staff.

Emanuel and Obama have remained silent about what, if anything, Emanuel knew of the governor's alleged efforts to peddle Obama's vacant Senate seat to the highest bidder.

Emanuel did contact the governor's office about the appointment and left Blagojevich with the impression that he was pushing Valerie Jarrett, a close Obama friend, so he wouldn't have to compete with her in the White House for Obama's attention, said a person close to Blagojevich. The person was not authorized to talk about the governor's discussions regarding the vacancy and requested anonymity.

Wild Thing's comment.......

Rahm Emanuel is as dirty as the day is long. The press will give him a pass, but it’s still true.

“On the night after the 1996 election, “Emanuel was so angry at the president’s enemies that he stood up at a celebratory dinner with colleagues from the campaign, grabbed a steak knife and began rattling off a list of betrayers, shouting ‘Dead! ... Dead! ... Dead!’ and plunging the knife into the table after every name.”

Just think of what he’s saying about obamanation’s enemies.

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Yes, Delaware There Is A Santa Claus!

Yes, Delaware There Is A Santa Claus!


By Darth

Delaware, your disbelieving politically correct friends are incorrect this time. Perhaps they have been bitten by the humbugs from Christmastime past, or have been negatively influenced by modern day Scrooges and Grinches. Yes sir! Santa Claus, Saint Nicholas and Kris Kringle are alive and well!

Oh, what a yuletide joy, to see the faces of children after seeing what Santa Claus has delivered under the Christmas tree on Christmas morning! Only a few hours before, while tucked into their beds, they dreamed about eight rugged reindeer pulling Santa's sleigh from the North Pole skies down to Austrailia, and across the seas to the Hawaiian Islands...

Yes, Delaware, Jolly Old St. Nick exists on radio broadcasts, television shows, movie screens, and can be read about in dictionaries, books, novels and even on the Internet.

More importantly, Santa Claus lives in the hearts and minds of Christmastime believers worldwide. He lives in the writings of Washington Irving, Clement Clarke Moore, Charles Dickens and Thomas Nast.

Not BELIEVE in Santa Claus? You might not as well believe in kindness, goodness, charity and goodwill on earth! True, there are times when Santa Claus can't be seen, but does this mean that he doesn't really exist? I ask you, Delaware, can we really see kindness, charity and goodwill all the time? Can hope and faith be gift-wrapped and sealed with a pretty ribbon or a bow?

NO Santa Claus?

Thank God that Santa Claus, Saint Nicholas and Kris Kringle exist today, and live forever and ever through the ages.


Wild Thing's comment.......

Thank you Darth for being a part of Team Theodore and for this article.

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Sunday Humor

Wild Thing's comment.........

LOL I thought these were really funny.

......Thank you RAC for sending these to me.

RAC has a website that is awesome. 336th Assault Helicopter Company

13th Combat Aviation Battalion - 1st Aviation Brigade - Soc Trang, Republic of Vietnam

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Corsi Detention Orchestrated by Obama's Political Friend

Corsi detention orchestrated by Obama's political friend


The Kenyan official who reportedly orchestrated the detention of WND senior staff reporter Jerome R. Corsi when he visited Kenya to investigate President-elect Barack Obama's close ties to the nation's prime minister, Raila Odinga, was Odinga himself, according to WND sources inside Kenya.

Corsi, whose recent book, "The Obama Nation," raised questions about the Democrat when he was a candidate for president, had scheduled a news conference in Nairobi to discuss his discoveries during his visit this fall.

However, he was detained by immigration officials and held without food for much of a day until he was escorted onto his already-booked flight leaving Kenya with the sendoff, "See you in hell."

Now sources inside Kenya have reported to WND that his detention was orchestrated by Odinga, not President Mwai Kibaki or Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka. Corsi, in fact, had discussed with governmental officials for the president and vice-president his findings, and they provided no objection to his scheduled press conference.

However, investigations conducted for WND by members of Odinga's own party, the Orange Democratic Movement, reported the links to Odinga. The investigators are being left unidentified by WND for their own safety.

The Kenyan sources for WND identified the links between the detention and Odinga as a bodyguard for Odinga, identified by sources only by the name Magajo, and an immigration minister, Mr. C. Nyangeso.

Both were contacted by telephone in Kenya by WND.

Nyangeso responded to a query from WND about who gave the orders that Corsi be detained by admitting he had information, but he would not disclose it on the phone, promising to e-mail it later. The e-mail did not arrive.

The bodyguard told WND on the telephone he also knew the source of the orders for Corsi's detention, but he would not reveal any information before a payment of $600 would be delivered to him.

WND previously has reported Corsi, while in Kenya, shared with the offices of Kibaki and Musyoka copies of his prepared remarks for the scheduled Oct. 7 press conference in Nairobi that was shut down when he was detained by Kenyan military and immigration authorities.

"Through the day when I was detained and prevented from giving the press conference in Kenya, top Kenyan immigration officers who were Kikuyu tribesmen identified themselves and told me Odinga had made the phone calls which led to my detention," Corsi told WND.
"I had been in Kenya for a week and was planning to hold the press conference on the last day I was in Kenya," Corsi said. "After extensive meetings with the government, I knew the office of the president and vice president knew the press conference was scheduled and had no problems with the statements I was going to make about my investigations in the country."

Corsi's prepared statements, published later by WND, established links between Obama and Odinga's presidential campaign in Kenya, including documentary evidence showing Obama helped raise nearly $1 million for Odinga's presidential campaign in three separate visits Odinga made to the U.S. with the assistance of Obama's staff.

Corsi also was prepared to release 2006 e-mail documents handed to him in Kenya by former ODM party members and validated by the sources as authentic that established Obama designated Mark Lippert in his U.S. Senate office to be the go-between in communications with Odinga.

Lippert was identified by the Chicago Sun-Times as a member of Obama's "inner circle of foreign policy experts" who is expected to join Obama's White House staff.

Corsi also was prepared to present at the press conference additional confirmation of the authenticity of the memorandum of understanding Odinga signed with Sheik Abdullah Abdi, the chairman of the National Muslim Leaders Forum to expand Islamic law, or Shariah, in Kenya. In exchange, NAMLEF agreed to swing Muslim voters to Odinga in the December 2007 presidential election.

In Kenya, Corsi also was told by government authorities, without confirming that Obama was born in Kenya, that the government's position was that any documents that might exist regarding Obama's birth in Kenya were under seal or otherwise unavailable.

"I was able to interview Obama’s uncle, Sayid Obama, the brother of Obama's father, when I was doing the research for 'The Obama Nation,'" Corsi said. "But Auma Obama, Obama's half-sister, declined an interview by telephone, telling me that the Obama campaign had advised the Obama family not to speak with me, either from the United States by phone, or in person in Kenya."

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Wild Thing's comment.........

The democrat party is a criminal enterprise. The Constitution is merely an outdated nuisance to the democrats. Their voters are too socialist now to care a whit about the Constitutional contract by which the Republic exists.

Odinga says Obama is his cousin

....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.

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Bored Caroline Kennedy (Schlossberg) Wants a Senate Seat To Play With

Bored Caroline Kennedy wants a Senate seat to play with

By Howie Carr

Boston Herald

If her name were Caroline Schlossberg, her candidacy would be a joke.

History is repeating itself - and this time it’s even more farcical than in 1962, when Eddie McCormack, the state attorney general, uttered his famous put-down of then-29-year-old playboy Ted Kennedy:

“If your name were Edward Moore, your candidacy would be a joke.”

The difference between Massachusetts 1962 and New York 2008 is that Teddy had to run for the office. Forty-six years later, his niece Caroline expects - no, demands - to have a Senate seat handed to her, on a silver platter.

Elections? Kennedys don’t need no stinkin’ elections.

Apparently the U.S. doesn’t have a Senate anymore. We have a House of Lords. Instead of seats, we have peerages.

By now everyone has noticed that all the media hags who were so bent out of shape about Sarah Palin’s alleged lack of experience are touting Caroline’s deep hands-on credentials as . . . honorary chairman of the American Ballet Theater.

Not chairman, mind you. Honorary chairman.

Imagine a petulant, spoiled, rich 8-year-old dropped off with her dissipated relatives for the weekend. Imagine her plaintive cry:

“Uncle Teddy! I’m bored!”

At least out in Illinois, Jesse Jackson Jr. was pressured to pony up $1.5 million for his appointment to a Senate seat. Caroline wanted it the way her family always gets things: on the arm. If this is how they run things in Albany now, give me the Chicago way any day.

I’m sure she’ll be a reliable vote for higher taxes. Kennedys always are, except for when it comes to paying their own, especially estate taxes. Do as they say, not as they do. As Leona Helmsley used to say: Taxes are for little people.

Apparently, so is voting. Caroline’s got better things to do than stand in line at some sweaty precinct with the hoi polloi, enduring the foul breath of the plebeians.

She gets the seat, of course. Her main opponent is the state attorney general, scion of a lesser political dynasty. Andrew Cuomo happens to be the ex-husband of Caroline’s cousin, Kerry Kennedy. In a nice twist, Kerry has been making the case for her cousin on TV: “She’s a mother and a woman!” And you thought Caroline had no qualifications.

“We live in a country where one out of every five girls is sexually assaulted by the time she’s 21.”

Is this a good talking point for any Kennedy, male or female?

Here’s a bit more from Kerry:

“She hasn’t sought money . . . she hasn’t sought fame.” No, all she wants is a crummy Senate seat. The chumps in Congress say it shouldn’t be handed to her? Don’t they know who Caroline is?

Uncle Teddy! She’s bored!

Wild Thing's comment........

LMAO this article is so funny and the fast that it is in the Boston Herald is even funnier. The article nails it!!!

Boston the land of Kennedy's. hahahahahahahahaha

I love Boston, it is just the Kennedy's stink. YUK!

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December 20, 2008

Los Angeles City Council Passes Host of New Gun and Ammunition Laws

The Los Angeles City Council passes a host of new gun and ammunition laws.

VIDEO HERE form the Los Angeles News

The move is intended to help reduce the city's gun and gang violence, but an NRA lawyer says a lawsuit is likely.

Los Angeles Times

By Maeve Reston

December 18, 2008

The Los Angeles City Council approved a package of gun control laws Wednesday, placing new requirements on ammunition sellers and banning the sale of military-style ammunition in the hopes of further reducing the city's gun and gang violence.

The measures ban the sale of .50-caliber ammunition, capable of penetrating a car's engine, and would require the city's ammunition vendors to be licensed, to sell ammunition face-to-face instead of over the Internet and require gun dealers to report a full accounting of their inventory twice a year to the Police Department.

The council passed laws prohibiting the installation of secret compartments for guns in cars and allowing the city to permanently seize vehicles used by certain gang members during a crime, which was proposed by City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo.

The council also approved an ordinance that would allow landlords to evict tenants who are convicted of illegally possessing weapons or ammunition within 1,000 feet of the rental property.

A lawyer for the National Rifle Assn. said his client probably would file suit to block some of the measures.

Los Angeles Police Chief William J. Bratton and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who helped develop the ordinances with Councilman Jack Weiss and other members, praised the package at a news conference before the vote.

"We use this to stop a vehicle," Bratton said, holding up a .50-caliber bullet longer and thicker than a finger. "Unless you are out trying to kill Godzilla, and I think the last time we saw Godzilla was in the 1950s, there is no need for this type of weapon" unless it is in the hands of the military or law enforcement, he said.

Villaraigosa dismissed questions about whether the ammunition restrictions would have a practical effect since buyers could simply purchase the bullets over the Internet or in cities where the laws do not apply.

"Part of what we're doing here is leading the way," Villaraigosa said, stating that the measures are another tool to fight gun violence and that he hoped other cities and President-elect Barack Obama's administration would follow suit. "This is the most far-reaching effort of any big city in the country. . . . This isn't about symbolism; it's about results."

The council approved the measures unanimously.

But C.D. Michel, a Long Beach attorney who represents the National Rifle Assn. and the California Rifle & Pistol Assn., said his clients were likely to sue over the new laws governing ammunition sales and vendors because they either conflict with or are duplicated by state law.

Michel, the law partner of city attorney candidate Carmen A. Trutanich, also questioned the effectiveness of the ammunition measures, noting that there are only a handful of gun vendors left in the city and buyers could go elsewhere.

"A lot of these don't really do what the sound bite would portray them as doing," said Michel, who accused Weiss of pushing the measures to get publicity for his own campaign for city attorney. "It's about trying to look like you're doing something when you're not really doing anything. . . . My clients will just just challenge the ones that are illegal in court."

Weiss, who introduced four of the ordinances and is chairman of the city's public safety committee, addressed the possibility of legal challenges by the NRA at the news conference.

"I think the message from everyone up here to the NRA is pretty simple: Make our day. We will fight you in court. We will win," Weiss said.

Wild Thing's comment......

NO. The new law IS intended to make it harder for law abiding citizens to defend themselves from the criminal element, and thus to become more dependent on the State and the police. There IS no other explanation. The lawmakers HAVE the data, they HAVE the statistics, and they STILL keep "tightening" gun laws. Their disingenuousness becomes more obvious to everyone with every new statute.

....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.

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Obama To Create Iran Outreach Post

Obama to create Iran outreach post

Washington Times

and FOX News

The incoming Obama administration plans to create a new position to coordinate outreach to Iran and is considering a number of senior career diplomats, State Department officials and Iran specialists say.

President-elect Barack Obama promised during his campaign to seek dialogue with Iran without preconditions in an effort to persuade Tehran to suspend its uranium enrichment program, but also has pledged to toughen sanctions.

A State Department official said the idea of naming a senior Iranian outreach coordinator was broached in the first transition meetings with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, Mr. Obama's choice for secretary of state, and her transition team earlier this month.

"The idea is that the position should build on the existing diplomatic framework," the official said. He asked not to be named because a nominee has not been announced.

A spokeswoman for Mrs. Clinton declined to comment for this article. Brooke Anderson, a spokeswoman for the transition, also would not comment.

However, several Iran specialists said such a position was in the works.

"There is every indication that they are seriously considering going this way," said Patrick Clawson, deputy director for research at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a group that has warned of the dangers of Iranian proliferation.

Trita Parsi, president of the National Iranian American Council, an organization that supports U.S.-Iran dialogue, said that a special envoy position for Iran is planned.

The current administration has refused to negotiate with Iran unless Tehran first suspends its uranium enrichment program. However, in July, Undersecretary of State William Burns attended a meeting in Geneva with an Iranian nuclear negotiator along with senior diplomats from the other four permanent members of the U.N. Security Council - Britain, France, China and Russia - plus Germany.

Wild Thing's comment.........

Never heard the term “outreach” used in conjunction with those that have national holidays celebrating death to Israel, death to America! Hey Obama this is not the same thing as your community organizing and outreach programs in Chicago.

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Gov.Bill Richardson Lawyers Up ?...“pay to play" The Democrats Motto Maybe?

Governor's Office mum on investigation

The New Mexican

by Steve Terrell


Gov. Bill Richardson's office Thursday would neither confirm nor deny reports the governor has hired a lawyer to represent him in a grand jury investigation over a possible "pay-to-play" scheme involving a state transportation and highway program.

Gov. Bill Richardson cut short a news conference Tuesday, abruptly leaving the room and ignoring reporters' questions about a federal grand jury investigation.

KRQE, Channel 13, reported Wednesday that Richardson had hired Albuquerque lawyer Peter Schoenburg as his legal counsel in the grand jury case. The grand jury, as reported by The Associated Press and other news organizations this week, is looking into a possible connection between a Beverly Hills, Calif., financial company's large contributions to Richardson political action committees and nearly $1.5 million the company received for work on a state road-building program.

Schoenburg, who was not in his office Thursday, couldn't be reached for comment.

Richardson's spokesman, Gilbert Gallegos, responded, "No Comment," when asked whether the governor had hired Schoenberg. Asked by e-mail whether the news report was false, Gallegos responded, "I'm not confirming anything. I have no comment."

Schoenberg represented former Albuquerque Mayor Ken Schultz in the Albuquerque Metro Court corruption case, which led to the conviction of former state Senate leader Manny Aragon. Schultz took a plea deal, agreeing to testify against Aragon and others in that case. Schultz has yet to be sentenced.

Richardson, who is President-elect Barack Obama's nominee for U.S. commerce secretary, has not answered media questions about the grand jury case. Gallegos has issued a statement saying the governor is aware the federal government is investigating, and he expects members of his administration to cooperate.

The New Mexico Finance Authority in 2004 awarded a contract to CDR Financial Products Inc., making it part of a team of financial consultants that would put together a bond-financing deal for GRIP (Governor Richardson's Investment Partnership), a state road-building program.

The Associated Press reported in August that CDR and its chief executive officer, David Rubin, contributed at least $110,000 to three political action committees formed by Richardson.

A person familiar with the proceedings told The Associated Press this week that the grand jury is looking into dealings between CDR Financial Products and someone in a position to push the contract through with the state of New Mexico. The source asked not to be named because the proceedings are secret.

The grand jury follows an FBI probe in which agents sought documents from the NMFA. The FBI interviewed former and current authority officials about New Mexico's 2004 contract with CDR for the $1.6 billion transportation program.

Wild Thing's comment........

Did the Richardson catch the Blago virus? Shucks, that would be a darn shame. Chortle, snort, guffaw!

Let's see when Bill Clinton was President we had 8 years of the gazillion gates ( TravelGate, FBIGate, FileGate, WhietwaterGate, ChinaGate, etc.) and now we have criminals, Richardson, Browner, Emanual, Clinton, etc., are scheduled to come back in 2009 with Obama. Adding in the ObamathugGate friends and cronies.

Also just a side note, Bill Richardson was the man who introduced Bill Clinton to Monica Lewinsky. LOL No wonder Hillary is not a big fan of his.

These guys barely made it half way to inauguration day before the sleaze started tumbling out of their closets. And the hits just keep on comin’ unveiling the corruptness of obamanation’s administration. The people filling the positions are just like him—rotten to the core.

Things keep getting more interesting.

Looking back at Bill Richardson:

In the January of 1999, the U.S. House Select Committee on Intelligence published ... the “Cox Report” -- which found that China had stolen and still was stealing nuclear weapons secrets from the U.S.
The committee reported that “the primary focus of this long-term, ongoing PRC intelligence collection effort has been on … national weapons laboratories.” The national laboratories were under the jurisdiction of Richardson’s Energy Department.
Then in early 2000, two computer hard drives containing information on U.S. nuclear weapons disappeared from Los Alamos.
With the hard drives still missing, and invited to speak before the Senate Intelligence Committee on nuclear security on June 14, 2000, Richardson instead attended a campaign function for Vice President Al Gore at the National Press Club. The committee’s chairman, Sen. Richard Shelby (R.-Ala.), left an empty seat at the witness table with Richardson’s nameplate to highlight his absence. “Perhaps if the secretary would spend more time ensuring the safety of our nation’s nuclear treasures,” Shelby said, “and less time trying to get the Vice President elected President, we would not be here today.”

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GITMO Prisoners "Stop the music torture"

YouTube - Sesame Street - TV Theme Song


Rock musicians have joined British activists to demand US military interrogators stop using their songs as weapons to disorient terror suspects and other prisoners.

A campaign organised by UK law group Reprieve has brought together groups including Massive Attack and musicians such as Tom Morello, who played with Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave and is now on a solo tour.

It will feature minutes of silence during concerts and festivals, said Chloe Davies of Reprieve, which represents dozens of Guantanamo Bay detainees.

The tactic of auditory assaults has been common in the US war on terror, with forces systematically using loud music on hundreds of detainees in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay.

Lt Gen Ricardo Sanchez, the then US military commander in Iraq, authorised it on September 14 2003, “to create fear, disorient ... and prolong capture shock”.

FBI agents stationed at Guantanamo Bay reported numerous instances in which music was blasted at detainees, saying they were “told such tactics were common there”.

According to an FBI memo, one interrogator at Guantanamo bragged he needed only four days to “break” someone by alternating 16 hours of music and lights with four hours of silence and darkness.

Ruhal Ahmed, a Briton captured in Afghanistan and later released without charge in 2004, described excruciating sessions at Guantanamo Bay in which his hands were shackled to his feet, which were shackled to the floor, forcing him into a painful squat for periods of up to two days.

Mr Ahmed told Reprieve the agony was compounded when music was introduced because “before you could actually concentrate on something else, try to make yourself focus on some other things in your life that you did before and take that pain makes you feel like you are going mad”.

For many detainees who grew up in Afghanistan – where music was banned under Taliban rule – interrogations by US forces marked their first exposure to the pounding rhythms, played at top volume.

Binyam Mohammed, now a prisoner at Guantanamo Bay, said men held with him at the CIA’s “Dark Prison” in Afghanistan wound up screaming and smashing their heads against walls, unable to endure more.

“There was loud music, (Eminem’s) Slim Shady and Dr Dre for 20 days. I heard this non-stop over and over,” he told his lawyer, Clive Stafford Smith.

“The CIA worked on people, including me, day and night for the months before I left. Plenty lost their minds.”

Rear Admiral David Thomas, the commander of Guantanamo’s detention centre, said the music treatment was not currently used at Guantanamo but added that he could not rule out its use in the future.
“I couldn’t speculate and I wouldn’t speculate but I can tell you it doesn’t happen here at Guantanamo and it hasn’t happened since I’ve been here,” Rear Admiral Thomas, who has been at Guantanamo for six months, said.

But not all of the music is hard rock. Christopher Cerf, who wrote music for Sesame Street, said he was horrified to learn songs from the children’s TV show were used in interrogations.

“I wouldn’t want my music to be a party to that,” he said.

Some musicians, however, are proud that their music is used in interrogations.

Bassist Stevie Benton, whose group Drowning Pool has performed in Iraq and recorded one of the interrogators’ favourites, Bodies, said: “People assume we should be offended that somebody in the military thinks our song is annoying enough that played over and over it can psychologically break someone down.

“I take it as an honour to think that perhaps our song could be used to quell another 9/11 attack or something like that.”

US military interrogators have often blasted music at detainees in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay.

These are some of the songs that are the ones they have used most frequently.

Other bands and artists whose music has been frequently played at US detention sites are Aerosmith, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Don McLean, Lil’ Kim, Limp Bizkit, Meat Loaf, Rage Against the Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Tupac Shakur.


YouTube - Barney - I Love You

Drowning Pool - Bodies (Let The Bodies Hit The Floor)

Ac/Dc - Shoot to Thrill live!!

AC/DC - Hell's Bells

Bruce Springsteen-Born In The U.S.A.


Wild Thing's comment........

Our troops are so awesome!!!

LMAO oh my gosh, well they can't waterboard, they can't do anything to the prisoners, torture in any way. So our troops playing the same music over and over especailly Barney and Seaseme Street is hilarious. I can undertand heavy metal being tuff to take too much of but if it bothers the terrorists I am all for it. hahaha

If I was there I would play this one for the prisoners. heh heh ( strong language)

I LOVE this one.

And this one too I would pick and make them watch it too! OH yessss!!!

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Knock Knock Bang! Bang!

Armed officers raid home, hold mom, kids for 6 hours


An Ohio family whose members have served their friends and neighbors with food cooperative services involving bulk and discount supplies has been targeted in a raid by armed law enforcement officers wearing black fatigues who forcibly rounded up the mom and 10 children and held them for six hours.

The raid prompted a complaint filed today on behalf of the family by the Center for Constitutional Law at the Buckeye Institute. It alleges authorities "made a haphazard unannounced entry into the property with guns drawn, as other officers surrounded the property, with guns drawn," then "confiscated the family's personal food supply, personal computers, and personal cell phones."

The complaint names the Ohio Department of Agriculture, the Lorain County General Health District and the state's attorney general. A spokeswoman at the Department of Agriculture said its officers were at the scene in an advisory role. A spokeswoman at the county health agency refused to comment except to explain it was a "licensing" issue regarding the family's Manna Storehouse.

An prosecutor assigned to handle the case declined to respond to WND requests for a comment.

It's not the first such case of authorities invading a home over issues involving the operations of food co-ops. WND reported several months ago when authorities in Pennsylvania demanded $4,000 in fines from a farmer who provided raw milk to friends and neighbors.

That case also was highlighted by a SWAT team-like raid on Mark Nolt's farm, when government agents confiscated tens of thousands of dollars worth of his products as well as pieces of machinery he used for his milk handling and sales.

John and Jacqueline Stowers, whose Ohio home was raided, explained their work in providing affordable, healthy foods to friends and neighbors ( in the video seen above)

In the video, Jacqueline Stowers describes how she first started ordering bulk health foods for her own family, and gradually other families asked if they, also, could gain access to the food sources.

Then, about a year ago, the family had a conversation with county officials about licensing. The family asked questions but heard nothing further until the armed raid Dec. 1.

"We had a sheriff's department group of about 11-12, I don't know, 13 men come into our home. It was violent, it was belligerent, they didn't identify themselves," she stated.

She and 10 children were forcibly herded into a room and held there for at least six hours, she said.

"In the meantime we had people with guns inside and outside," she said.

The Buckeye Institute's Maurice Thompson said he took legal action in Lorain County Court of Common Pleas because of alleged violations of the Stowers' constitutional rights.

"The use of these police state tactics on a peaceful family is simply unacceptable," said Buckeye Institute President David Hansen. "Officers rushed into the Stowers' home with guns drawn and held the family – including 10 young children – captive for six hours. This outrageous case of bureaucratic overreach must be addressed."

The Buckeye Institute argues the core issue – the right to buy food directly from local farmers, distribute locally-grown food to neighbors and pool resources to purchase food in bulk – are rights that do not require a license.

"The Stowers' constitutional rights were violated over grass-fed cattle, free-range chickens and pesticide-free produce," said Thompson, the institute's Center of Constitutional Law director. "Ohioans do not need a government permission slip to run a family farm and co-op, and should not be subjected to raids when they do not have one. This legal action will ensure the ODA understands and respects Ohioans' rights."

The institute said licensure law enforcement is one thing, raids are another.

"The Buckeye Institute seeks an injunction against similar future raids, and a declaration that such licensure laws are unconstitutional as applied the Stowers and individuals like them," the institute said. "There has never been a complaint filed against Manna Storehouse or the Stowers related to the quality or healthfulness of the food distributed through the co-op."

"Agents began rifling through all of the family's possessions, a task that lasted hours and resulted in a complete upheaval of every private area in the home. Many items were taken that were not listed on the search warrant. The family was not permitted a phone call, and they were not told what crime they were being charged with. They were not read their rights. Over ten thousand dollars worth of food was taken, including the family's personal stock of food for the coming year," said one.

The complaint states:

* The affidavit does not indicate that the Stowers are dangerous.

* The affidavit does not indicate … exigent circumstances … that would warrant using force.

* The police knocked on the door, and Katie Stowers opened.

* Police shoved Katie to the side and immediately entered the residence without first announcing (1) that they are police; or (2) the purpose of the visit.

* During the raid, at least one, if not several police entered the home with guns drawn, and the Stowers home was surrounded by police who also had guns drawn.

* Once having obtained entry… the lead officer … with his gun drawn, swiftly and immediately moved to the upstairs of the home, where he found eight small children."

* The officer used physical force to get Jacqueline Stowers and her children down the stairs.

* The officers held the Stowers family captive in their living room for in excess of six hours.

The complaint raises issues of unlawful search and seizure, taking of private property, due process and unlawful application of police power.

Wild Thing's comment.......

What the hecK? I am not into raw milk, I Love ommilk but not raw milk, and would never do a co-op ......but from what the article says a lot of people do and I see nothing wrong with it. I can't see anything these people did that was wrong. And on top of that they were helping others with their doing this.

This is scary.

....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.

Posted by Wild Thing at 03:45 AM | Comments (7)

Federal Government to Loan Automakers $17.4B

Federal Government to Loan Automakers $17.4B

The $17.4 billion in low-interest loans will be drawn from the $700 billion Wall Street rescue fund but it will be called back if the companies are not viable by March 31.

FOX News

The federal government will help Detroit's ailing automakers survive at least another few months by offering $17.4 billion in rescue loans in exchange for concessions from carmakers and their workers.

The government will have the option of becoming a stockholder in the companies, much as it has with major banks, in effect partially nationalizing the industry.

At the same time, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said Congress should release the last half of the $700 billion from the Wall Street rescue fund that it approved in October to bail out huge financial institutions.

Tapping the fund for the auto industry essentially exhausts the first $350 billion of the fund, he said.

President Bush said Friday that a bankruptcy was unlikely to work for the auto industry at this time because it would deal "an unacceptably painful blow to hardworking Americans" across the economy.

Automakers will get $13.4 billion of the money this month and the next, $9.4 billion for General Motors Corp. and $4 billion for Chrysler LLC. An additional $4 billion will be made available to the companies later. Ford Motor Co. has said it does not need immediate help.

Bush said the loans will be called back if the companies are not viable by March 31.

"The time to make hard decisions to become viable is now, or the only option will be bankruptcy," Bush said. "The automakers and unions must understand what is at stake and make hard decisions necessary to reform."
, “I’ve abandoned free market principles to save the free market system.” said Bush.

Bush's plan is designed to keep the auto industry running in the short term, passing the longer-range problem on to the incoming administration of President-elect Barack Obama.

Wild Thing's comment.......

The saying goes........"The road to Hell is paved with good intentions. "

I think we have arrived at the gate and the gates are open wide.

“I’ve abandoned free market principles to save the free market system.”

The government cannot save the economy. The government doesn’t know how. Taking over industries, or guiding the business community according to an overall “recovery” plan is nothing but socialism and socialism doesn’t work.

President Bush excuses himself by saying, “I’ve abandoned free market principles to save the free market system.” Oh ye of little faith! The free market doesn’t need you to save it! Even if it happens to collapse, it will recover if you leave it alone. The habit of government expansion and intervention has now reached this final absurdity – that of being “saved” by those who are choking the life out of it.

Posted by Wild Thing at 03:40 AM | Comments (5)

December 19, 2008

One reflection of America

Teflon Don

One reflection of America

The Patriot Post

By Mark Alexander

Back in 1992, a seasoned New York Times political satirist said he was concerned that if Bill Clinton got elected, humorists wouldn't have much to work with -- until, that is, Clinton was asked about drug use and replied, "I experimented with marijuana [but] I didn't inhale."

Satirists are again expressing similar concerns about Barack Obama, who radiates Clinton's penchant for smugness, but unlike Clinton, Obama frequently seems somber if not depressed.

Obama and Clinton have similar histories of shattered childhoods, of tragedy piled on misfortune, but Barack had the forethought to pre-empt some questions about his life by framing it in a couple of biographies. For example, the issue of his drug abuse: in "Dreams From My Father," an early biographical sketch of his broken family, he described himself as a "Junkie. Pothead. That's where I'd been headed: the final, fatal role of the young would-be black man. ... I got high [to] push questions of who I was out of my mind. ... We were always playing on the white man's court."
More specifically, he wrote, "Pot had helped, and booze; maybe a little blow when you could afford it. Not smack, though."

So, are we to gather that Obama, truly a victim of circumstances for which he deserves our compassion, inhaled, but exercised enough self-restraint to refrain from smack (heroin)?

I know plenty of folks of all colors and stripes that were subject to appalling abuse as children, but who, by the grace of God, rose above those circumstances. But Barack Obama is still mired in the chaos of his youth.

The tragedy of Obama's childhood and adolescence now characterized his foray into adulthood. He would lead us to believe that his anomalous years concluded with his graduation from Harvard and move to Chicago, where, with a little help from his friends, his star has risen faster than any political neophyte in history.

However, as was the case with Clinton, pathological narcissism is the engine propelling Obama's success, including his willingness to associate with very unsavory characters in order to ensure his advance.

Obama's compulsion to succeed may induce him to fake right while running left; but to underestimate the influence of those who have mentored him, those who "brung him to the dance," is imprudent, to put it mildly.

A few years ago when visiting Kenya, home of the birth father who abandoned him at age two, Obama spoke of corruption and how it undermines the integrity of government: "My own city of Chicago has been the home of some of the most corrupt politics in American history. Corruption is a problem we all share."

Now, after having soaked in Chicago's political cesspool for almost two decades, Obama has emerged looking like a rose, if not so much smelling like one. But, like he says, you can put lipstick on a pig...

Given Obama's recent endeavor to distance himself from one of his political benefactors, the current kingpin of Chicago corruption, Gov. Rod Blagojevich, I'm certain that he and his ilk will provide plenty of fodder for critics and satirists alike. Whether any of his adoring media toadies would dare to use such material against The One is another issue altogether. Perhaps that chore will be left to an earnest prosecutor.

As I wrote recently in "Team Obamavich" last week, surely Barack possesses enough political savvy to have insulated his involvement in Blagojevich's racket with cutouts, disposable emissaries who can take one for the team if necessary -- possibly even someone as close to Obama as, say, Rahm Emanuel.

However, could not the president-elect express just a bit of outrage about the explicit and startling corruption charges against his audacious old buddy, Blago, who spent the last month panhandling for big favors in return for the appointment of Obama's Senate successor?

On the subject of favors, in a September interview, talkinghead Katie Couric tossed Obama one of many softballs: "What is your favorite movie of all time?"
His answer may provide some insight into his own psyche and current "Chicago problem": "The Godfather," said Obama, adding that his favorite scene "has to be, the opening where the caretaker comes in and, you know, Marlon Brando is sitting there and he's saying 'you disrespected me.' You know, 'and now you want a favor.' It sets the tone for the whole movie. I mean there's this combination of old world gentility and ritual, with this savagery underneath. It's all about family, so it's a great movie."

Ah yes, it's all about "family, and the savagery underneath."

Is it possible that the president-elect has been battered and fried in corruption for so long that he doesn't have the moral authority or fortitude to condemn Blagojevich? Or is it that Obama has enough residual virtue left to sense that denouncing Blago would constitute an act of hypocrisy greater than even he could stomach?

During his tenure in office, none of Clinton's corrupt past stuck -- not Whitewater, not Travelgate, not Filegate, not what his staff called "Bimbo Eruptions" like credible rape charges and the abuse of a young White House intern. Slick Willie, indeed -- the Teflon pres -- as the producer of that product notes, "it is best known for its slipperiness, which is useful where non-stick features are important ... making cleanup a breeze."

However, given Barack Obama's ability rinse clean from a life of antisocial behavior, his association with miscreants, his close affiliation with corrupt politicos, etc., he has discovered something better than Teflon.

The fact is Obama's political rise is not the result of slick deception and evasion. His ascent to power can be attributed to something much more subtle and, potentially, sinister, with far more ominous implications for the liberty embodied in that august old document, our Constitution.

Some 67 million Americans identify with Obama. They see some part of themselves reflected in his brokenness, his dysfunctional childhood, his victimization, and his search for salvation and his father, in the authority of the state.

The implications of this distorted and perverted mass identity are grave.

History is littered with examples of tragic eras when economic and political upheaval led weaker men to anoint a savior from among their ranks. The tyranny and suffering that inevitably followed cost them, and succeeding generations, far more than their original misfortunes.

We began this week by commemorating the 217th anniversary of the adoption of our Bill of Rights, the first Ten Amendments to our Constitution, as ratified in 1791. Let us pray, then, and let us assume whatever additional burdens are necessary to ensure that we can still recognize those precious rights on their 218th anniversary and beyond.

Wild Thing's comment.......

This is an excellent article. We have much to be concerned with, and after January 20th, 2009 we will see just how far Obama will attempt and perhaps succeed in his agenda for our country. Unlike Obama and his wife that have yet to give off that they are proud of the USA, we all love our country and know who gets the thank you's for making it the land of the free......our troops, our Veterans. Most certainly not a politician.

Posted by Wild Thing at 02:55 PM | Comments (8)

Obama Calls For "shift in ethics" On Wall Street

.....THUG Rahm

Rahm Emanuel, Barack Obamas choice for White House chief of staff, listens during a news conference in Chicago yesterday at which Mr Obama announced three economic appointees.
Photograph: Reuters

Obama calls for "shift in ethics" on Wall Street

The Irish Times

US PRESIDENT-ELECT Barack Obama has called for "a shift in ethics" on Wall Street so that bankers and investors consider the common good as well as personal profits.

Naming three veteran regulators to his economic team yesterday, Mr Obama said tougher oversight was needed to restore transparency and stability to the financial system, blaming the Bush administration for "starting from the premise" that deregulation was always good.

"We have been asleep at the switch - not just some regulatory agencies but some of the congressional committees," Mr Obama said. "We are going to have to greatly strengthen our regulatory apparatus."

Mr Obama chose US Securities and Exchange Commission veteran Mary Schapiro to lead that agency; former Treasury official Gary Gensler to head the Commodity Futures Trading Commission; and Georgetown law professor Daniel Tarullo to fill an empty Federal Reserve seat.

"These individuals will help put in place new commonsense rules of the road that will protect investors, consumers and our entire economy from fraud and manipulation by an irresponsible few," Mr Obama said.
"Instead of allowing interests to put their thumbs on the economic scales and CEOs run off with excessive golden parachutes, we'll ensure openness, accountability and transparency in our markets so that people can trust the value of the financial product they're buying. And instead of appointing people with disdain for regulation, I will ensure that our regulatory agencies are led by individuals who are ready and willing to enforce the law."

During yesterday's press conference in Chicago, the president-elect made no direct reference to the controversy over Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, who was arrested last week on bribery and fraud charges including an alleged attempt to sell Mr Obama's vacant Senate seat to the highest bidder.

Illinois legislators yesterday resumed a hearing to impeach the governor after the state's supreme court threw out an attempt by Illinois attorney general Lisa Madigan to declare Mr Blagojevich unfit to govern.

"Because of Governor Blagojevich's refusal to resign, the state of Illinois is in an unsustainable situation," Ms Madigan said.

Mr Blagojevich's lawyer, Ed Genson, yesterday appeared before the impeachment panel and questioned the admissibility of the governor's conversations recorded by the FBI. Mr Genson said Ms Madigan, a longtime adversary of the governor, should be removed from the case.

Mr Genson also questioned the strength of the case against Mr Blagojevich, dismissing the recorded conversations as "just talk" and not a crime, and adding that the evidence did not rise to the level of "clear and convincing" proof needed for impeachment.

Former US president Bill Clinton yesterday released the names of more than 200,000 donors to his foundation as part of an agreement with Mr Obama to ease concerns about conflicts of interest if Hillary Clinton is confirmed as secretary of state.

Among the biggest donors are the governments of Saudi Arabia and Norway, the Dubai Foundation and entrepreneurs Bill Gates and Stephen Bing. The list does not specify the precise sums donated but divides donors into ranges of contributions. Michael Smurfit gave between $1 million and $5 million and Irish Aid gave between $500,000 and $1 million.

Wild Thing's comment.........

This is like putting Joseph Kennedy in charge of the liquor commission or Al Capone heading an anti-crime task force. The entire world has got to be either laughing at us or thinking our country has lost it's mind.

This must be why he selected Shapiro to head the SEC. It is now ok to lie, cheat, steal, and disregard the constitution. The bigger the lie, the more people will believe it!

And, of course, Obama had to stick the little remark about this whole economic problem we are faced with as being "Bush's fault". Isn't the first time he's done that since he was elected.
Never heard Dubya name Clinton directly and by name for problems the country was having when he was President-Elect.

Republicans are too dang polite. Course every time a Republican calls a spade (no pun intended here) a spade, the entire Democrat party rises up as one, calls for a press conference to denounce, crucify and demand the resignation of the errant Pubbie. No wonder we keep our mouths shut.

"bankers and investors consider the common good as well as personal profits."

Expect more of this "common good" talk from Obama in the coming days, weeks, months, however long he lasts. "Common good" that ole Communist lingo like Hillary used a lot when Bill was running for President.

One change though, "as well as" will soon become "instead of". Just watch.

Posted by Wild Thing at 04:55 AM | Comments (10)

Thank you 2,000,000 Hits, No It Is Not The Bailout ~ LOL


The sitemeter count can be found in the sidebar on the right,.if you ever want to see it. It is at the bottom of the sidebar column.

Thank you everyone for your awesome comments,for coming by Theodore's World. For those of you that peek in each day to read what is posted and the comments thank you to you too.

A very special thank you XOXOXOXOXOXOX ..... to Team Theodore for all you do each day. For your knowledge, for the things you share, your marvelous wonderful humor, links and graphics and articles and all the things that make you all so much a part of this blog and make it happen. A special love and hug for each of you. Thank you for your kindness to me and your friendship it really means so much to me, more then I can say .

Hits are counted each time a new ip address comes to this blog. The ip address is only counted one time, so that means that since this blog began there have been 2,000,000,000 people that have visited their first time.

Thank you to LindaSOG ( her blog is Something .....and Half of Something ) for helping me set up my blog when I had no idea how to get started.

I look forward to what our future holds with joy since you are all in my life. My online family and you all mean so much to me, more then any of you will ever know. Nicholas loves to sit at my side at the end of the day to see what I have posted and what everyone had to say, he loves it too. So a thank you from him as well.

The future for our country is loaded with questions and scary, but it also has the promise of the human spirit that lives inside each one of us. That spirit that rose up after Pearl Harbor was attacked and 9-11. The spirit that lives inside each one of our service members in all the branches of the military and in our Veterans.


Chrissie aka Wild Thing

Posted by Wild Thing at 04:50 AM | Comments (14)

Palin To Refuse Proposed $25K Pay Hike

Palin to refuse proposed $25K pay hike

JUNEAU, Alaska

Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin said she would refuse a $25,000 pay raise during her current term as Alaska governor.

A state commission recommended boosting the governor's pay to $150,000 from $125,000.

The five-member state Officers Compensation Commission, created by the state Legislature, also said legislators needed more money, along with the lieutenant governor and government department heads, the Anchorage Daily News reported.

If the commission pushes ahead with a pay raise, Palin will not accept the money, spokesman Bill McAllister said.

"Her view is, it's just not appropriate to accept a pay raise in the middle of the term," he told the newspaper.

Palin's term ends in 2010.

Palin makes 46 percent more than her most recent predecessor, Frank Murkowski, but is the 24th-lowest paid governor, the commission said.

Wild Thing's comment.......

Palin 2012........Change We Will Be Begging For!

Contrasting this to the various and sundry silverspooners like Kennedy and Pelosi as they gobble up every Congressional pay raise like clockwork.

California should take a page from her book. Michigan too!

LOOK at this..........

With economy in shambles, Congress gets a raise
By Jordy Yager
Posted: 12/17/08

The Hill

A crumbling economy, more than 2 million constituents who have lost their jobs this year, and congressional demands of CEOs to work for free did not convince lawmakers to freeze their own pay.

Instead, they will get a $4,700 pay increase, amounting to an additional $2.5 million that taxpayers will spend on congressional salaries, and watchdog groups are not happy about it.

“As lawmakers make a big show of forcing auto executives to accept just $1 a year in salary, they are quietly raiding the vault for their own personal gain,” said Daniel O’Connell, chairman of The Senior Citizens League (TSCL), a non-partisan group. “This money would be much better spent helping the millions of seniors who are living below the poverty line and struggling to keep their heat on this winter.”

However, at 2.8 percent, the automatic raise that lawmakers receive is only half as large as the 2009 cost of living adjustment of Social Security recipients.

Still, Steve Ellis, vice president of the budget watchdog Taxpayers for Common Sense, said Congress should have taken the rare step of freezing its pay, as lawmakers did in 2000.

“Look at the way the economy is and how most people aren’t counting on a holiday bonus or a pay raise — they’re just happy to have gainful employment,” said Ellis. “But you have the lawmakers who are set up and ready to get their next installment of a pay raise and go happily along their way.”

Member raises are often characterized as examples of wasteful spending, especially when many constituents and businesses in members’ districts are in financial despair.

Rep. Harry Mitchell, a first-term Democrat from Arizona, sponsored legislation earlier this year that would have prevented the automatic pay adjustments from kicking in for members next year. But the bill, which attracted 34 cosponsors, failed to make it out of committee.

“They don’t even go through the front door. They have it set up so that it’s wired so that you actually have to undo the pay raise rather than vote for a pay raise,” Ellis said.

Freezing congressional salaries is hardly a new idea on Capitol Hill.

Lawmakers have floated similar proposals in every year dating back to 1995, and long before that. Though the concept of forgoing a raise has attracted some support from more senior members, it is most popular with freshman lawmakers, who are often most vulnerable.

In 2006, after the Republican-led Senate rejected an increase to the minimum wage, Democrats, who had just come to power in the House with a slew of freshmen, vowed to block their own pay raise until the wage increase was passed. The minimum wage was eventually increased and lawmakers received their automatic pay hike.

In the beginning days of 1789, Congress was paid only $6 a day, which would be about $75 daily by modern standards. But by 1965 members were receiving $30,000 a year, which is the modern equivalent of about $195,000.

Currently the average lawmaker makes $169,300 a year, with leadership making slightly more. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) makes $217,400, while the minority and majority leaders in the House and Senate make $188,100.

Ellis said that while freezing the pay increase would be a step in the right direction, it would be better to have it set up so that members would have to take action, and vote, for a pay raise and deal with the consequences, rather than get one automatically.

“It is probably never going to be politically popular to raise Congress’s salary,” he said. “I don’t think you’re going to find taxpayers saying, ‘Yeah I think I should pay my congressman more’.”

Posted by Wild Thing at 04:48 AM | Comments (12)

Barney Cam 2008 at the White House

White House releases 2008 holiday Barneycam

The White House has released their annual skit showing how the presidents pets celebrate the holidays.

Wild Thing's comment......

This is cute. Every year they have done this at Christmas time. Bush has a whole section for children at the White House website as well. Here is the link to the page for kids.

I remember posting about Obama saying he looked forward to changing the White House website. I sure hope he does not change it too much, it has been very impressive during the Bush administration. I would hate to see if junked up with his Obama stuff, his ego BS and not a single Flag in sight.

Posted by Wild Thing at 04:47 AM | Comments (4)

Ears, Open, Eyeballs, Click Pt 1/10

I saw this video, it was a series apparently on TV. I never saw the whole thing. There are a total of 10 YouTube videos. I wanted to see about the person that posted these at YouTube so I clicked on the online name he used and found this in his bio. I thought you might like to see it as well as the Video above Part One called Ears,Open, Eyeballs, Click. ---- Wild Thing

His YouTube LINK for the rest of the videos 1-10 if you would like to see more of them.

"This is the profile of a future Marine Officer. You will see videos of the USMC and other Armed Forces of the United States. I usually post recent information of the Marine Corps. The videos I post are usually straight action clips of the Marines.

I enjoy watching videos of the U.S. Armed Forces, specifically the Marines. I work out, and try to be in to best physical shape for when I enter the USMC. I also love Anime, Japanese food, and watching TV. I honor all the men and women who fight for freedom, and give their lives for the United States. I WILL become a Marine Officer.
Below is the duty of the Marine Infantry Officer. This will be my MOS:
Infantry Officer: You'll learn the latest in modern fighting methods, from squad tactics to company operations. The mission of the Marine Corps depends heavily on the infantry. When you're needed, you're needed fast. It requires quick appraisal and fast action.
I'm currently in high school. I do what teens do. Hang out with friends, go to the movies, et cetera. I'm also in the school band and in JROTC."

Posted by Wild Thing at 04:45 AM | Comments (5)

Banners Campaign On Motorway In Germany " Freedom or Islam"


Placing banners on motorway bridges in a Germany-wide campaign


On 16 December 2008, we continue our campaign that started with former actions such as veiling of female statues and sculptures with a head scarf and burka. This time we place banners of up to 8 x 1,3 meters on bridges near the following cities Heidelberg, Konstanz, Eckernförde, Osnabrück, Bremen, Krefeld, Berlin and Munich.

With this action in combination with the hompepage launched today, we aim to point out the fact that a creeping Islamisation takes place within the European societies.

This causes concern due to the fact that even in a society that is as free as Great Britain, the Islamic law, Sharia, is recognized at several civil courts. For many Muslims, the Islamic law is superior to the national constitutions and laws of the respective European state for the reason that this religious law is based on Allah´s words.

The effects of a distinct prevalence of the politically oriented Islam on Europe, are sketched on our homepage including profound background information, Quranic sources, history, and general knowlegde concerning the political Islam. With this hompepage, we provide sources of information for multipliers, both journalists or regional politicians and the broad public. In addition to the categories of information, there is Advice, a practical part, and the documentation of the former and current activities that advertise our hompage or invite the general public to get involved.

We want to set records straight in the public debates. There is misinformation supported by statements such as „Islam is peaceful“, in the discussions regarding „Gender equality in Islam“, or in a premature decision on what is „Islam and Islamism“. Islam includes political and social-ideological components. Therefore, it is not only a religion. Eventually, the Quran is to be taken literally and is immutable. The normative aspect shines a different light on the Quaric Sura when they refer to war against infidels, to physical punishments such as chopping off hands, or to the roles of women and men in Islam.

In the public debates, it shall be questioned to a greater extend if it is possible to align Islam with the European constitutions, whether Muslims and citizens of liberal societies speak about the same topic when they talk about peace, for example, or whether gender equality in Islam means the same as in Europe.

We are an international group of young people, partly with immigrantion background, who love democracy, cultural diversity and freedom that we want to enjoy. Grown up in a society based on tolerance and compassion, we admit to European values and would like to advocate for those. Our liberal achievements shall not be taken for granted as in history many people fought for those European values repeatedly.

These are the values that are close to our heart:

Freedom of the individual and self-determination
Freedom of religion, of thought and of expression
Human and personal rights
Dignity of every individual
The constitutional state and the democracy
Respect for private property
Equal rights for women
The idea to support the underpriviledged
The separation of state and religious instutitions as well as the principle that religion is a private matter.

Within this, we think that our European societies are based on the views of Humanism, Rationalism and the Enlightment as well as on Christian-Jewish values and is established on Roman law and on democratic principles.
Like extreme right- and left-winged political attitudes, the polical Islamic ideology endangers those European achievements.

Our activities are not aimed against anything. Rather they shall be seen as a campaign promoting European values, democracy and liberal thinking. We would like to initiate public debates about Islam in Europe within the frame of the European values.

"Islam – or Freedom?“

" Freedom – or Islam?“

Wild Thing's comment........

High five to the Germans doing this, they understand what is going on. Not all of them but enough to be doing something like this is a good thing.

The only problem has been and will continue to be the surrender monkies that are in charge and will continue to surrender their nation to Islam.

Posted by Wild Thing at 04:44 AM | Comments (11)

In Country With The 81st BCT~ Ramaldi Iraq

By Col. Ronald Kapral
81st BCT Commander
81st BCT Commander Col. Ronald Kapral

For most of us, the holiday season is a special time of year, but this year is different for us. Though we are not going to have the opportunity to spend the holidays with our loved ones, we must not forget them either. The sacrifices you are making are felt by the families and friends left back home. Be sure to remember them and thank them for all they are doing to support you and keeping the home fi res burning.

The holiday season can also be a depressing time. Be receptive to your fellow soldiers. Note any changes in their behavior. Remind them that they are not alone. If you suspect something is wrong, notify your chain of command or
the chaplain.

Soldiers need to maintain their vigilance, especially during this time of the year. The enemy is also aware of this season. Always be combat ready and never take anything for granted.

Finally, I want to take the time to personally thank you and your family for serving. Your sacrifices will never be forgotten. We are writing the history that our children will read about. You are making a difference. I wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Posted by Wild Thing at 04:40 AM | Comments (7)

December 18, 2008

Tootsie Roll Goes To War ~ Great Story

On a Roll

Posted by Peggy Melanson


Tootsie rolls and pops sweeten the lives of battle-weary men

When I was a little girl, I received 25 cents as a weekly allowance. During those days, it cost one cent for a Tootsie Pop, a penny for "littles" Tootsie Rolls and five cents for "biggies."

We were Navy people. My father served during WWII in Hawaii; my big brother, Charlie, served in Korea, and my baby brother, Jerry, served during Vietnam.

Not having any real idea what "War" was all about, I used to write to daddy in my little-girl handwriting, telling him of all the things my friends and I were doing. I remember asking him to please hurry home because Dubble Bubble gum was being rationed and we had to stand in line for just one piece. Being my big strong dad, I was sure he would do something about it.

Often, I placed my pennies in a wooden matchbox to save enough to send him some candy along with my letters. Once I'd saved enough money, I would troop across the street to Pete's corner store and proudly place all my pennies on the counter and ask how many Tootsie rolls and Tootsie lollipops my coppers could buy. Taking them home, I wrote my letter and wrapped the candies in old Boston Post newspaper pages and shipped them off. I always sent his favorite yellow Tootsie pops. When I could afford it, I sent "biggies" Tootsie rolls. Many times the post office didn't charge me for stamps. Now, I realize that it was probably the counter person who paid for the postage.

When my father finally came home, he brought me a real grass hula skirt from Hawaii -- and as a reminder of my gifts to him, two yellow Tootsie roll lollipops. Following that, he regularly reminded me of those little girl gifts and how happy they made him during the war. I also sent my two brothers Tootsie Rolls and Pops when they were in the Navy. They never forgot, either.

Even now, I distribute Tootsie Roll pops to my "One Woman Comedy Show" audiences thanks to Tootsie Roll Industries. It's fun to watch adults become children again while they search the basket full of lollipops for their favorite flavor.

Tootsie Roll Industries has been a long-time friend of men and women serving their country.

History tells about a time in November, 1950, during the Korean War. The First Marine Division with part of two U.S. Army combat teams and a detachment of British Commandos along with some South Korean Policemen -- about 15,000 in all -- faced 120,000 Chinese Communists. The confrontation took place at a mountain reservoir called Chang Jin (the Americans called it "Chosin.") Temperatures ranged from minus five degrees below zero in the day to minus twenty-five below zero at night. The ground froze so hard that bulldozers could not dig emplacements for Artillery. The cold impeded weapons from firing automatically. It also numbed minds and froze fingers and toes.

The troops were surrounded, outnumbered 10 to 1 and desperately in need of food and mortars. With freezing temperatures, military-supplied rations were frozen solid and inedible.

Using the code word "Tootsie Rolls" (that meant mortars, not candy) a radioman sent a message asking for ammunition.

Misunderstanding the call, the Air Force airdropped thousands of Tootsie Rolls to the trapped men in the Chosin Reservoir.

The men were close to starvation and the chocolate Tootsie Rolls (biggies) withstood the cold and provided food and energy. Some were kept close to the men's bodies to soften them and were often used to plug holes in fuel drums, radiators and gas tanks that had been riddled with bullets after enemy attacks. Once in place, the softened Tootsie Roll froze again and made a perfect plug.

The Air Force finally caught on and sent additional mortar ammunition.

On December 10, 1950, the men fought their way out of North Korea. Overall, seventeen Medals of Honor were awarded, thirteen during the officially recognized dates of November 15 to December 10, 1950. Rarely in the annals of military history has a force been up against such unfavorable odds, both in terms of numbers and the elements, and still prevailed.

In the 1980s, Marines who survived the battle formed an organization aptly named the Chosin Few. For many years, the group held reunions and Tootsie Rolls were always present.

Over the years, the survivors formed a special relationship with the company and the candies. "We are honored to share a bond with these heroic men and will always take pride in the small role we played in this epic battle," said Melvin J. Gordon, chairman of the board of Tootsie Roll Industries. "Tootsie Roll has been involved with every major U.S. military engagement during the last century, but this is the only incident we know of in which Tootsie Rolls saved lives."

One survivor, Bob Weisham of San Diego, said, "No matter where or when we get together, the tables always have handfuls of Tootsie Rolls on them. "It probably sounds funny that such small things as Tootsie Rolls can make a difference." He added, "For us, they made all the difference."

Tootsie Roll lollipops also helped serve the men in Vietnam. Carl Jacob, a member of Delta Company 196 Light Infantry Brigade in Vietnam, sent the Tootsie Roll Company a photograph taken in 1970 depicting Jacob and several other members of his unit enjoying Tootsie Pops in the heat during some downtime.

More information about the Chosin Few and comments by other veterans whose lives have been impacted by Tootsie Rolls and Pops can be obtained on the Tootsie Roll website.

Wild Thing's comment.........

I LOVE this story!! One of my Uncles was one of the Chosin Few if only he could be alive today I would love to show him this story.

I typed this.....the chosin few with tootsie rolls.....into Google and pages and pages of stories came up. FANTASTIC to know about this. God bless our Veterans and our troops today and God bless the Tootsie Roll company too.

Ray Davis, USMC, recalls his experience with Tootsie rolls in Korea


Owing to its non-perishable quality and resistance to extreme weather conditions, the Tootsie Roll® has long been a popular military ration. Since World War II, U.S. troops stationed around the world have enjoyed Tootsie Rolls as part of their standard-issue MRE's, appreciating their great taste, portability, and inherent quality of supplying "quick energy."
Over the years, veterans have shared their Tootsie-related service memories, reflecting on a candy that provided energy and comfort during the most critical moments. Here are a few:

Tootsie Memories Veterans Remember

....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.

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Obama's Program Concerning His Inauguration Festivities

Obama's program of events has been released, concerning his inauguration festivities

CBN news

The order of the program will be as follows:

Musical Selections

The United States Marine Band

Musical Selections

The San Francisco Boys Chorus and the San Francisco Girls Chorus

Call to Order and Welcoming Remarks

The Honorable Dianne Feinstein


Dr. Rick Warren, Saddleback Church, Lake Forest, CA

Musical Selection

Aretha Franklin

Oath of Office Administered to Vice President-elect Joseph R. Biden, Jr.

By Associate Justice of the Supreme Court

The Honorable John Paul Stevens

Musical Selection, John Williams, composer/arranger

Itzhak Perlman, Violin

Yo-Yo Ma, Cello

Gabriela Montero, Piano

Anthony McGill, Clarinet

Oath of Office Administered to President-elect Barack H. Obama

By the Chief Justice of the United States

The Honorable John G. Roberts, Jr.

Inaugural Address....The President of the United States,
The Honorable ( ????) Barack H. Obama


Elizabeth Alexander - poet


The Reverend Dr. Joseph E. Lowery.....

We know now there were no weapons of mass destruction over there. But Coretta knew and we know that there are weapons of misdirection right down here. Millions without health insurance. Poverty abounds. For war billions more but no more for the poor!" At the memorial service of Coretta Scott King

( Watch Reverend Lowery preach with Barack Obama watching !!)

The National Anthem

The United States Navy Band “Sea Chanters”


Wild Thing's comment......

I bet you all were holding your breath waiting to get this report. hahahaahhaa

I got the hilarious image of Bush from RAC and was waiting for this list for the inaugration to use it. LOL

......Thank you RAC for sending this to me.

RAC has a website that is awesome. 336th Assault Helicopter Company

13th Combat Aviation Battalion - 1st Aviation Brigade - Soc Trang, Republic of Vietnam

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Government Bailout Made Clear ~ LOL

How the US government came up with the great American bailout

Wild Thing's comment.....

Well now that explains it all. hahahhaa

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Bataan Death March Survivor Awarded Bronze Star, Purple Heart

Command Sgt. Maj. David D. Holmes spends time with World War II veteran Chief Master Sgt.-retired Charles Dragich after a ceremony Wednesday in which Dragich received medals for his service.

Bataan Death March survivor awarded Bronze Star, Purple Heart

Star Telegram

ARLINGTON — Charles Dragich survived the fighting in the Philippines, the Bataan Death March, a "hell ship," two bouts of malaria, near starvation, an air raid and slave labor.

He emerged from a Japanese prisoner of war camp in 1945 at half his normal weight of 160 pounds, then promptly re-enlisted. He wore the uniform of the Army, and later the Air Force, for 26 years, retiring in 1964 as a chief master sergeant.

Rather improbably and inexplicably, Dragich left the military without any decorations for fighting and surviving one of World War II’s most inhumane episodes — a forced 65-mile march in which thousands perished.

But on Wednesday, the 92-year-old Dragich received his due.

Army Lt. Col. Ronnie Williamson, commander of the Dallas/Fort Worth recruiting battalion, pinned a Bronze Star, Purple Heart, POW Medal and Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal on Dragich during a ceremony in Arlington attended by several dozen family members and friends.

"Mere words cannot measure the amount of gratitude we have for your service to our nation," Williamson said. "Your sacrifices and the sacrifices of your comrades during World War II and the Bataan Death March have paved the way for many of us serving today, including myself. So, please, let these medals represent just a token of our country’s appreciation for all that you have done."

Dragich, one of only a few hundred men still alive who survived the Bataan Death March, said he had accomplished everything he had ever wanted in life, without the medals.

He survived captivity, fathered seven daughters, worked in flight operations at General Dynamics, earned a commercial pilot’s license, and even served as a translator for the Romanian gymnastics team on a trip to the U.S. That’s a pretty full life by any measure.

"You know, I could not speak English in the first grade," he said. "I failed first grade."

He knew he had earned at least some of the medals, but didn’t really pursue a correction in his records because "I was not hard over on medals."

His family and friends, though, took up his cause.

It started about two years ago with Kay Alexander, who works at the Veterans Affairs dental clinic in Fort Worth, who couldn’t imagine why he did not have a Purple Heart. She called Roy Dell Johnson, a Korean War veteran and leader in the Military Order of the Purple Heart.

He called U.S. Rep. Kay Granger, R-Fort Worth, and she contacted the Air Force.

"The Air Force kept turning him down," Johnson said.

They then asked the Army to investigate the matter, and in a few weeks, Dragich had a chest full of decorations.

His wife, Ana, and six of his daughters plus their families attended the ceremony, as did Alexander and Johnson. His daughter, Debra Keeton, who lives in Dallas, said her family was so familiar with his stories of being a POW that they never considered he didn’t have the medals from it.

"I know when he goes home today that he will do a lot of reflecting on that period in his life," Keeton said. "This might have been a secret dream of his. I know he is moved. And as his family, we are so grateful and so glad that this happened now and wasn’t done posthumously."

Still spry and quick-witted (he joked about having a "motor mouth"), Dragich said he owes much of his good health to his wife’s cooking and a regular exercise regimen.

"I’m a very lucky man," Dragich said.

Wild Thing's comment.......

This is an incredible story of an incredible and brave man. This is long overdue.

Something else I would like to mention.

20th Annual Bataan Death March ....March 29th, 2009

The Bataan Memorial Death March is a challenging march through the high desert terrain of White Sands Missile Range, N.M., conducted in honor of the heroic service members who defended the Philippine Islands during World War II, sacrificing their freedom, health and, in many cases, their very lives.

19th Annual Bataan Memorial Death March

The Bataan Memorial Death March is more of a memorial than a race. The history and memoriam of the Bataan Death March is what this event is all about. A record number of soldiers and civilians came together at the White Sands Missile Range Base to pay tribute and to honor to the soldiers who were in the original march in the Philippines during WWII. It also pays tribute and honor to the sacrifices of those who have gone before them. This year the Bataan survivors answered the roll call during the opening ceremony
Thirty two amputees from Iraq and Afghanistan also took part in the Bataan Memorial Death March with almost all completing the entire 26.2 mile distance. Soldiers and civilians alike, in the heavy division, carried a minimum of 35 pound packs the entire distance. It was a perfect day until the wind picked up in the afternoon adding yet another obstacle to the runners and marchers.


And there is also this fantastic book called " Ghost Stories".

The Forgotten Epic Story of World War II's Most Dramatic Mission
by Hampton Sides

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One Of The Many Faces Of Chicago's Political Corruption

One of the many faces of Chicago's political corruption

The Patriot Post

"Is there any system of governance or economics that can withstand rampant corruption or self-entitlement? ... Has the astounding success of American capitalism spawned people who consider themselves completely removed from the ethical guidelines that govern mere mortals? Has the wholesale abandonment of religion for secularism produced a moral vacuum? ... No system can survive when its prime movers and shakers are fundamentally corrupt -- most especially when they don't consider themselves to be so." --columnist Arnold Ahlert

"So, do the rest of you now have some idea of the depth of corruption in Chicago and Illinois, and why some of us were so concerned about electing a president who emerges from this cesspool? ... Brazen, appalling, unbelievable, they say. But for those of us who have spent a lifetime covering the news here, it's how it works." --Chicago columnist Dennis Byrne
"Reality check: The chances of House Democrats opening an ethics investigation into either [the junior Jesse] Jackson's or [Rahm] Emanuel's involvement [in the "Blago" scandal] is exactly zero. Ethics. Democrats. Say that three times fast." --columnist Rich Galen
"The automakers' contention that they pay workers $73 an hour takes into account the cost of pensions and health insurance for retirees. Still, no one disputes that Detroit's unionized active workers cost a good $10 an hour more than the nonunionized work forces that build Toyotas, Hondas and BMW's in the largely nonunionized South." --columnist William Murchison
"[Illinois Gov. Rod] Blagojevich allegedly assumed someone would be willing to pay dearly to be a U.S. senator. I'm sure he was right. But if government were less important in our lives, politicians would have fewer goodies to trade. In return, we'd have more money and more freedom. That's one more reason to limit government power." --ABC News' "20/20" anchor John Stossel
"It looks as if we are going to have to relive all of the mistakes of the 20th century one more time -- let's hope it is one last time -- before we relearn the big lesson of that century: the moral and material superiority of capitalism and the disastrous consequences of socialism in all its forms." --columnist Robert Tracinski

Wild Thing's comment.......

Some excellent quotes about the corruption that really is not only in Chicago but also in Washington D.C.

....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.

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Gov. Palin Proposes 7 Percent Cut In State Spending

Palin proposes 7 percent cut in state spending

Alaska News Service


Gov. Sarah Palin released her proposed budget for next year, and if the Legislature follows her lead, the state will be spending less money.

Palin's $4.9 billion budget proposes an overall 7 percent cut in state spending, although state agencies would see a slight increase in the operating budget.

The governor is proposing cuts in capital projects to achieve the decrease in spending. Palin, surrounded by her budget staff and state commissioners, made the announcement Monday morning in Juneau.

With oil revenues on the decline, she says the state is forced to adjust the way it spends money.

"We of course are going to be prudent," Palin said. "We're going to live within our means. We don't want any Alaskans to assume that government is the answer to all of the challenges and issues and problems that any individual faces."

The governor's budget cuts state spending for capital projects like roads and schools by 57 percent. But her operating budget for state agencies calls for a 2 percent increase.

In total, it's a 7 percent decline, and she expects to have money left over.

"Based on the fall revenue forecast, the spending level we propose in (fiscal year 2010) would result also in a surplus, about a $388 million surplus," she said.

The governor's proposed budget is only where the conversation starts. The real budget will emerge from the Legislature after months of hearings.

"We can't act as we're broke," Speaker of the House John Harris said. "We certainly aren't broke, but if we're going to spend money we need to invest it in things that are good long-term for the state of Alaska."

Some lawmakers fear the administration's oil price forecast is overly optimistic, which could increase the downward pressure on state spending.

"I am very uncomfortable with the numbers the Department of Revenue came out with for projected oil prices," said Rep. Mike Hawker, co-chair of the Finance Committee. "That's going to be one of our first projects -- evaluating what we should be using as a proper number."

And some lawmakers say slashing capital projects could accelerate a decline at a time the economy is showing signs of strain.

"With federal spending likely to be trailing off you have to look at what the private sector is doing, and the oil industry and the tourism industry, and so forth," Sen. Hollis French, D-Anchorage, said. "And you want to make certain you're not adding to a problem when you could be helping the economy by spending a little bit more."

But lawmakers are neither critical of, nor applauding, the governor's proposed budget, because they know it is only a beginning.

Palin is proposing the same level of revenue sharing for cities and municipalities, $60 million.

Outgoing Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich applauded that move, although he says he is somewhat concerned about the shrinking capital budget.

Wild Thing's comment.......

Sarah is wonderful, conservatives are the best!!

"We of course are going to be prudent," Palin said. "We're going to live within our means. We don't want any Alaskans to assume that government is the answer to all of the challenges and issues and problems that any individual faces."

Yessssss, thank you Sarah, I wish the rest of the country would listen to you.

She doesn’t just talk our principles, she displays them in life and career.

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Top General: Large Military Presence at Inauguration

Top General: Large Military Presence at Inauguration

Roll Call

More than 10,000 active-duty military and National Guard personnel are expected to help with security or participate in next month’s presidential inauguration, a top military officer said Wednesday morning.

Air Force Gen. Victor Renuart, head of the Defense Department’s Northern Command, which oversees military support for homeland security, told the Defense Writers Group that about 7,500 active-duty military personnel and 4,000 National Guardsmen were due in town for the Jan. 20 inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama.

Renuart said there have been no specific threats to the inauguration, but he called it “prudent” to have military forces available to deter or respond to a potential threat. Officials are anticipating more than 1 million people will descend on the city for the event.

Renuart would not provide a more specific breakdown, but he said some of those troops would be supporting federal law enforcement efforts and others would have a ceremonial role, such as walking in the parade or providing honor cordons. He stressed that the Secret Service has the lead role in providing inaugural security but said the military would be an “active participant.”

For example, the four-star general said the military will provide enhanced air-defense patrols over Washington during the festivities and will have chemical response teams available in the event of a nuclear, biological or chemical attack. He said the military has provided similar support for the national political conventions and Super Bowls.

Additionally, the Metropolitan Police Department is expected to have 8,000 personnel on duty, half of which will come from law enforcement agencies across the country. That’s 1,000 more officers than at President George W. Bush’s inauguration in 2005.

Other federal agencies, including the Secret Service and National Park Service, have yet to say how many personnel they will have on hand. All 1,600 Capitol Police officers also are expected to help out.

Wild Thing's comment.......

President Bush’s second inauguration. Obama’s numbers seem slightly up - but not by that much. And here I thought he was their Messiah. hahaha

19 January 2005

The second inauguration of George W. Bush will be held Thursday under a massive police/military presence. Some 6,000 police are being deployed, backed by 7,000 troops who will be placed on alert. Sniper teams will be stationed on rooftops. Plainclothes specialists looking for chemical, biological or radiological agents will mingle through the crowd, carrying hand-held detectors. Twenty-two checkpoints will be set up to search spectators and screen them with metal detectors.

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December 17, 2008

Bush Prepares Crisis Briefings to Aid Ayers Friend Obama

Bush Prepares Crisis Briefings to Aid Obama

New York Times


The White House has prepared more than a dozen contingency plans to help guide President-elect Barack Obama if an international crisis erupts in the opening days of his administration, part of an elaborate operation devised to smooth the first transition of power since Sept. 11, 2001.

The memorandums envision a variety of volatile possibilities, like a North Korean nuclear explosion, a cyberattack on American computer systems, a terrorist strike on United States facilities overseas or a fresh outbreak of instability in the Middle East, according to people briefed on them. Each then outlines options for Mr. Obama to consider.

The contingency planning goes beyond what other administrations have done, with President Bush and Mr. Obama vowing to work in tandem to ensure a more efficient transition in a time of war and terrorist threat. The commission that investigated the Sept. 11 attacks, noting problems during the handover from President Bill Clinton to Mr. Bush, called for a better process “since a catastrophic attack could occur with little or no notice,” as its report put it.

“This is very unusual,” said Roger Cressey, a former Clinton White House counterterrorism official who was held over under Mr. Bush. “We certainly did not do that. When the transition happened from Clinton to Bush, remember it was a totally different world. You had some documents given that gave them a flavor of where things were at. But now you’ve got two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and a hot war against Al Qaeda.”
In addition to the White House contingency memorandums, the Department of Homeland Security said it had given crisis training to nearly 100 career officials who may fill in while Mr. Obama’s appointees await Senate confirmation. Starting before the election, those career workers have conducted exercises alongside departing political appointees to test their responses.
The administration has invited members of the Obama agency review teams to observe some of those so-called tabletop exercises between now and the inauguration, on Jan. 20. The Bush team has also invited Obama transition officials to attend a “national level exercise” set for Jan. 12 and 13 that may play out what would happen if the top leadership of the nation were wiped out in a single stroke, officials said.

At the same time, senior counterterrorism officials plan to hold personal briefings for their counterparts on the biggest threats they see. And the White House has drafted as many as three dozen other long-term policy memorandums outlining various pressing issues that will confront the new team and how Mr. Bush’s aides see the status of each of these issues as his presidency comes to a close.

The White House said the flurry of briefings and memorandums was meant to be helpful to the incoming administration, not an attempt to dictate to it, and members of the Obama team said they were taking it in that light.

“It’s a good-faith effort to provide potential information on some hot spots and some ideas about what they can do,” said Gordon D. Johndroe, a White House spokesman. “We just want to provide them, especially in the first few weeks, the basis for which they can have some information to make their decisions.”
The contingency plans, he said, provide the new president a variety of possible responses to certain situations rather than a specific course of action. “It’s a menu of contingencies and potential options,” he said. “It’s not exhaustive, and it’s not exclusive, and it’s not prescriptive, as if to say, ‘These are the only things you can do.’ ”
Mr. Bush said Tuesday that a top priority in his final days in office is to help Mr. Obama get ready to govern. “We care about him,” he said in an interview with CNN. “We want him to be successful, and we want the transition to work.”

A spokeswoman for Mr. Obama’s office said she had no comment. But other Democrats working with the transition said they appreciated the Bush team’s efforts. “This doesn’t absolve the Bush administration of some of their judgments they’ve made over the years, but this is the right thing to do,” said a Democrat close to the transition who did not want to be named to avoid alienating the team. “This is when enlightened self-interest works.”

Mr. Cressey, who has been a critic of Mr. Bush’s national security policy, said: “I give them a lot of points for doing this. There could be zero down time for the new team coming in.”

The attention to national security in this postelection interim period stems in part from the recognition that terrorists have struck during moments of flux in national leadership before. Al Qaeda’s first attack on the World Trade Center in 1993 came weeks after Mr. Clinton was sworn in. A series of bombings on a Madrid commuter train system in 2004 came three days before national elections. And an attack on a Glasgow airport in 2007 came days after Prime Minister Gordon Brown took office in Britain.

Here in the United States, the Department of Homeland Security declared the fall election and transition a period of heightened alert because of the concern. Under the authority granted by intelligence legislation Mr. Bush signed in 2004, the government has processed security clearances for Obama transition officials earlier than ever before and Mr. Obama has named his top nominees faster than any other modern president-elect.

Beyond terrorism, Mr. Obama could face an early unexpected international test on any number of fronts, as his running mate, Joseph R. Biden Jr., predicted on the campaign trail. During the transition between the administrations of the first President Bush and Mr. Clinton, a humanitarian crisis in Somalia prompted Mr. Bush to send United States troops to intervene.

While Mr. Obama’s national security résumé is relatively thin, many members of his national security team come with deep experience. He is keeping Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and has tapped Gen. James L. Jones, a retired NATO supreme commander, as national security adviser.

Yet returning Clinton veterans have not been in government since Sept. 11. There was no Department of Homeland Security then, no director of national intelligence. The world has changed, and so have the structures to cope with it.

And there are things that cannot be put in a briefing or memorandum. James Jay Carafano, a national security expert at the Heritage Foundation, said much of the apparatus of government would know what to do in the event of a crisis. The real test for Mr. Obama will be projecting leadership.

“For a president thinking about crisis management,” Mr. Carafano said, “the most important thing is not decision making, it’s public relations.”


Wild Thing's comment..........

"“This is very unusual,” said Roger Cressey, a former Clinton White House counterterrorism official who was held over under Mr. Bush. “We certainly did not do that. When the transition happened from Clinton to Bush"

Now they admit they didn’t brief President-Elect Bush. Besiudes all the destruction in the offices they did, to computers, stealing furniture etc.

“A spokeswoman for Mr. Obama’s office said she had no comment. But other Democrats working with the transition said they appreciated the Bush team’s efforts. “This doesn’t absolve the Bush administration of some of their judgments they’ve made over the years, but this is the right thing to do,” said a Democrat close to the transition who did not want to be named to avoid alienating the team. " “This is when enlightened self-interest works.”

No good deed goes unpunished. This has to be the most condescending bunch of moral effetes ever to see Washington.

Can you believe the attitude and how ungrateful Obama's team is about all of this. SCREW them ALL !

President Bush to do this FOR Obama, just trying to help shows class on his part and also a concern for the country. Obama's team by what they have said shows these things imo.

1. they could give a rats ass about our country
2. they care less about the safety of the citizens of the USA
3. they are soooooo political that they cannot get past their PARTY loyalties that they can't see anything else. Like good communist party members one and all.
They speak of uniting America.....LMAO.... put that where the sun does not shine and cement it SHUT!
4. Obama has NO experience to be President. And his background and motives and beliefs are DANGEROUS FOR OUR COUNTRY.

He is a weak person and has had a lifetime growing up with the influence of communists all around him. Every mentor Obama has had is anti-American and he has been a good sheep to each one of them. Or is it GOAT. Yes I am pissed, I will always be ticked when I see a person reach out to help and do what will make this country safe and better and protected and the low life, blue lipped Obama and his team cannot get past their hate for the right side of the isle, their hate for Bush and his people wanting to help Obama before he is sworn in.

So Obama you freakazoid you have sealed the door closed now behind you, you and your team. You have been given a chance, just a chance mind you to respond like a future " leader" of the most powerful country in the world. A country that the enemy wants badly and have made many attempts on us since 9-11 that Bush and his cabinet have stopped. YES they have stopped possible attacks and Obama you brain dead POS need to wake up.

Bush should say to Obama......Here’s what I’ve been doing for eight years, Sonnyboy. Have a seat and get used to not sleeping through the night.

Maybe the one of those briefings, should be to discuss the crisis of having Obama as President?

Hey Barack........Starting with this..... This is NOT the Red Button!!!!

Whew now I feel better. hahaha Rants always wear me out. I am a lover not a ranter by nature.

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Time Magazine Names Barack Hussein Obama Person Of The Year

VILE Time Magazine

Obama: The College Years

In 1980, when Obama was a freshman at Occidental College in Los Angeles, he was approached by an aspiring photographer named Lisa Jack, who asked him if he would be willing to pose for some black and white photographs that she could use in her portfolio.
Photographer discovered the old photos of Obama (taken while she was an aspiring photographer) once Obama became prominent - and then she locked them away until after the election to ensure no one would know much at all about B. Hussein before he was elected.

He looks like a shorter haired, more stoned, Jimmy Hendrix.

A New Orleans woman shows off one of the many victory t-shirts produced after the November 4 election.

Wild Thing's comment.......

I am already sick of him how the heck will I last 4 years of his BS and hate for our country and his agenda.


....Thank you Mark for the article.

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Like Lincoln, Obama Will Ride the Rails To D.C.


Like Lincoln, Obama Will Ride the Rails To D.C.

Washingtonn Post

Barack Obama has evoked Abraham Lincoln ever since launching his campaign at the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Ill.

Now he plans to arrive in Washington the same way that Lincoln did in 1861, with a train trip that will include stops, speeches and crowds along the way.

On Jan. 17, Obama and his family will start the day with an appearance in Philadelphia, where they will board a chartered Amtrak train. The train will stop in Wilmington, Del., where the Obamas will be joined by Vice President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. Then comes a stop in Baltimore before the group's arrival that evening in Washington.

"He's replicating the last leg of Lincoln's inaugural journey to Washington," said historian Harold Holzer, author of "Lincoln President Elect: Abraham Lincoln and the Great Secession Winter 1860-1861." "This guy's reverence for Lincoln has no bounds."

Lincoln had left his home in Springfield on Feb. 11, 1861, for a 12-day journey east to Washington, during which he made 101 speeches. Philadelphia and Baltimore were his last stops before the nation's capital.

Obama's plans, announced by his Presidential Inaugural Committee, set the tone for the many activities leading to the swearing-in at noon Jan. 20 at the Capitol. The official Washington events are scheduled to begin Jan. 18, most likely with a large-scale event on the Mall in which Obama makes an appearance.

Details about the Washington events, as well as those in other cities, have not been made public. Even as they scrambled for information, officials in the other locations celebrated the news.

The last leg of Lincoln's trip began in Philadelphia. He was greeted with a fireworks display and spoke outside Independence Hall, where he declared: "I would rather be assassinated on this spot than to surrender it."

He was also photographed there -- the first-ever photograph of a president-elect, Holzer said.

From Philadelphia, Lincoln's journey took him to Harrisburg, the Pennsylvania state capital, back to Philadelphia, then on to Baltimore and Washington. Holzer noted that in Lincoln's day railroad travel was state of the art.

Yale historian David Blight, who suggested last month that Obama retrace Lincoln's inaugural train trip, said: "I think it's a great idea. . . . I'm amazed they're going to do it."
He noted that American history is filled with images of whistle-stop presidential candidates speaking from the back of train cars.
"In Lincoln's case, he had to sneak into Washington," Blight said. "In this case, Obama can come in triumph, one would assume."

Wild Thing's comment..........

This guy’s reverence for himself has no bounds.

Obama is a megalomaniac. First the Olympian/Greek stage, the speech in Europe he made, and now the rail line? He is nuts.

"The official Washington events are scheduled to begin Jan. 18, most likely with a large-scale event on the Mall in which Obama makes an appearance."

Just unbelievable!

When he goes to Israel is he going to ride in to Jerusalem on a donkey ????

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Obama Education Secretary For Gay High School

An example of Chicago Public Schools: ( Students with disabilities not getting busing )

Obama Education Secretary For Gay High School


Head of Chicago Schools Arne Duncan recommended the creation of gay high school in October 2008.

President-elect Barack Obama's nominee to become Secretary of Eduction has supported specially designated high schools for gay, lesbian and transgendered teens.

"If you look at national studies, you see gay and lesbian students with high dropout rates...Studies show they are disproportionately homeless," Duncan said at a October 2008 event where he recommended the gay school be built. "I think there is a niche there we need to fill."

As Chicago's Head of Public Schools Arne Duncan recommended the School for Social Justice Pride Campus, Chicago's first school for gay youth. Moreover, educators at this school believe it could be a model for a national program for educating gay teens.

Advocates for the school ultimately expect 600 children will attend Pride Campus, which was scheduled to open in 2010 until members of the design team called off a critical vote on it in November, over conflicts between Chicago clergy members and school planners.

Wild Thing's comment.......

The Chicago machine rolls onward......the last person to leave Chicago... please turn out the lights!

"As Chicago's Head of Public Schools Arne Duncan "....

Well let's see what kind of a job he did .......

Source :

Out of 842 cities, Chicago's public schools are ranked at 778th

What a mess Obama is creating with his choices. This guy Arne Duncan should not get anywhere near a school.

....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.

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Obama ‘proud’ To Have Homosexual Band March In Inaugural Parade

Obama ‘proud’ to have homosexual band march in inaugural parade

Christian Telegraph news

President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden have officially invited the Lesbian and Gay Band Association to march in the Inaugural Parade. One of the association’s web sites reports that the group will also march in September 2009 as part of the homosexual “Southern Decadence” festival infamous for its public lewd acts.

The Lesbian and Gay Band Association (LGBA) is a network of lesbian and gay bands comprised of concert and marching bands from various American cities.

According to a December 10 press release from the Presidential Inaugural Committee, the group’s appearance in the Inaugural Parade on January 20 will mark the first time an “openly LGBT group” has been invited to participate.

"I am honored to invite these talented groups and individuals to participate in the Inaugural Parade," said President-elect Obama.
"These organizations embody the best of our nation's history, diversity and commitment to service. Vice President-elect Biden and I are proud to have them join us in the parade."

The main web site of the Lesbian and Gay Band Association hosts a YouTube video reportedly showing 250 of its members marching in the 35th Annual Village Halloween Parade in Greenwich Village in New York City.

The YouTube video, titled “Male Witch Marching Band – Halloween NYC 08,” shows a glamorously dressed man followed by two people wearing fairy costumes. They lead a band of people dressed as witches who play the song “Gimme Some Lovin’.”

The marchers were attendees at the LGBA’s 2008 conference, titled “Deliciously Wicked.”

“The weekend more than lived up to its name,” the web site states, noting the conference’s receptions, parades, performances, and costume ball.

As of Wednesday morning, the web site for the LGBA’s 2009 conference in New Orleans,, describes conference plans, saying “We will also be marching in the Southern Decadence Parade on Sunday, September 6th.”

The web site reports that the LGBA conference will be held as part of Southern Decadence and Decafest. The site links to the Southern Decadence festival, which has often been targeted for protest because of its extreme indecency. In 2003, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported that it had “become routine” for men to flash their genitals and perform public sex acts at the event, which bills itself as “the Gay Mardis Gras.”

“The city's wildest neighborhood gets even crazier as the French Quarter is packed for the entire event,” the Southern Decadence festival’s current web site says. In its Frequently Asked Questions section, the web site tells those with “an interest in the adult film business” that a pornographic filmmaker will be in attendance.

In a statement on its web site, the LGBA said its participation in the Presidential Inaugural will be “truly our chance to make history.”

Organizations wishing to participate in the parade reportedly submitted an application to the Armed Forces Inaugural Committee, which assisted the Presidential Inaugural Committee in reviewing applications. Experienced military musicians evaluated the presentation skills of marching bands, musical acts, and drill teams.

In total, 1,382 organizations applied to participate in the Inaugural Parade. Many of the groups approved to march in the parade are high school bands.

Wild Thing's comment.......

"the group will also march in September as part of the homosexual “Southern Decadence” festival infamous for its public lewd acts."

Can't really add more to that. He's tarnishing the office even before he takes the oath.

I remember when Bill Clinton became President at one of the many parties ( dances ) for his Inauguration they had Clinton’s Inaugural Dance (gay and lesbian) Dance that Bill and Hillary did not attend personally but sent a video taped message to thanking them.

There were all kinds of freaks at that dance. Men in formal ball gowns and elegant earrings. Sickening.

The White House at Christmas always has had several Christmas trees decorated inside the White House, with different themes.

During the Clinton Presidency at Christmas time, there was the Clintons’ “x-rated” tree with decorations that were nothing but sex and drug paraphernalia . It was told about in the book Gary Aldrich wrote called " Unlimited Access: An FBI Agent Inside the Clinton White House".

Sweetness & Light posted about the Clinton tree etc. back in 2007. The post there has snipets from the book about it.

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Why Arabs Throw Shoes

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LMAO jerks!

......Thank you RAC for sending this to me.

RAC has a website that is awesome. 336th Assault Helicopter Company

13th Combat Aviation Battalion - 1st Aviation Brigade - Soc Trang, Republic of Vietnam

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President Bush Thinking Of Border Agent Pardons?

Patty Compean (left), Monica Ramos (right) and children (photo: Ramos, Compean families)

Monica Ramos embraces her husband, former U.S. Border Patrol agent Ignacio Ramos, two days before he was sentenced to 11 years in prison


President Bush thinking of border agent pardons?


By Chelsea Schilling

As president, George W. Bush has pardoned or commuted sentences for 32 drug dealers, 12 thieves, seven embezzlers, an arsonist, an armed bank robber and eight Thanksgiving turkeys, among others – but U.S. Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean remain in prison this Christmas, praying for their release.

"It's pretty much salt in the wound," Ramos' wife, Monica, told WND. "But we have a lot of hope. My husband has quite a bit of faith, and we pray a lot. We are hoping the outpouring of support that we have here from people all over the nation is going to help us."

Ramos and Compean are serving 11- and 12-year prison sentences, respectively, for shooting at a fleeing illegal alien drug dealer while he smuggled nearly 750 pounds of marijuana across the border. They were convicted of assault, discharge of a weapon in the commission of a crime of violence, tampering with an official proceeding and deprivation of civil rights.

U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton's office gave the smuggler, Osbaldo Aldrete-Davila, full immunity from prosecution for agreeing to serve as the government's star witness and testify against the border agents. A ruling, from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of appeals, affirmed all convictions except for tampering with an official proceeding, which it vacated and remanded for resentencing.

Wild Thing's comment.........

It would take so little for Bush to do the right thing. Especially since he has already being giving pardons and even more importantly since these men should NEVER have gone to prison.

What a glorious Christmas these two families would have if Bush would just do the right thing.

....Thank you Mark for this article.

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Russian Warships Head For Cuba

Russian warships head for Cuba

December 16, 2008


Russia said on Monday it was sending a group of warships to Soviet-era ally Cuba in its latest defiant naval move around US waters, part of a drive to revive old Cold War ties with Latin America.

The warships will visit Havana on December 19-23, the navy said, continuing a tour that has already taken in US foes Venezuela and Nicaragua and seen the ships pass through the Panama Canal for the first time since World War II.

"This will be the first visit to Cuba by Russian warships since the Soviet era," the Russian naval headquarters said in a statement.

The destroyer Admiral Chabanenko and two other ships already held exercises with Venezuela's navy in the Caribbean Sea last month.

The naval manoeuvres close to US waters are seen as a riposte to Washington's own moves in Russia's Soviet-era sphere of influence, including in the Black Sea.

US officials have said they see no military threat from Russia's naval manoeuvres but continue to keep a close eye on the situation.

The naval visit to Cuba, scene of a dramatic 1962 stand-off between Moscow and Washington over nuclear missiles, comes as tensions over US missile defence plans in eastern Europe have prompted talk of a renewed Cold War among some analysts.

Last month Russian President Dmitry Medvedev made a tour of Latin America where he visited Cuba and Venezuela and met former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, part of efforts to revive what he called "privileged relations" from Soviet times.

Last week he also received Argentinian President Cristina Kirchner, another Latin American critic of the United States.

Nicaragua's leftist President Daniel Ortega is to visit Moscow on Thursday, after he risked Washington's wrath this summer by following Russia in recognizing two Moscow-backed rebel regions of Georgia as independent.

The Russian moves in Central and Latin America follow heightened tensions over Russia's military onslaught in Georgia, a close US ally.

Russia strongly objected to US naval deployments off Georgia's Black Sea coast, accusing the United States of covertly rearming Georgia, a charge Washington denied.

On Monday the Russian navy avoided direct reference to the United States, saying that visits to Nicaragua, Panama and Venezuela signified "long-term prospects for developing cooperation among these countries' navies in the interest of building stability and trust on the world's oceans."

During the Cuba visit, residents will be welcomed aboard the Russian ships and Russian officers will lay flowers at a memorial to Cuban campaigner for independence and critic of US expansionism Jose Marti, the navy said.

Last week the navy said it was sending ships from its Pacific Fleet to join ships from the Northern Fleet for exercises with India's navy and in parallel would continue anti-piracy operations off Somalia.

Despite the growing Russian assertiveness, defence experts have said Russia's navy remains severely weakened following years of post-Soviet neglect.

That impression was reinforced by the inadvertent fatal poisoning last month of 20 people aboard a Russian nuclear-powered submarine that was undergoing tests off the Pacific coast.

Wild Thing's comment..........

Well I am glad our Navy is not worried about this. But just in case I think I might just be a little concerned about the attitude of Russia this last year. I really think Putin misses his KGB and all the Soviet Union of the past.

.....Thank you Lynn for sending this to me.

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Caroline Kennedy Wants Hillary Clinton's U.S. Senate Seat

Caroline Kennedy was a strong supporter of President-elect Barack Obama during his presidential campaign

Caroline Kennedy has decided to pursue Hillary Clinton’s U.S. Senate seat

New York Times

The decision follows weeks of speculation that the early supporter of Barack Obama would trade in her otherwise private life in order to seek an appointment by New York Gov. David Paterson to the seat once held by her uncle, Robert F. Kennedy.

The Times reported that Kennedy will ask Paterson to consider her for the job. The daughter of former President John F. Kennedy is known as an education advocate, and would face likely competition for the post from other more familiar faces in New York politics.

Among the pool of potential candidates is state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, son of former Gov. Mario Cuomo. Some Democrats have questioned whether Kennedy would bring more than name recognition to the job.

Wild Thing's comment...........

Hmmmmmm well here we have a great example once again of the double standard. The Democrats and some rino's persecuted, bashed, slandered Gov, yes that is GOV. Sarah Palin for not having any experience to be VP on the ticket.

And now we see that Caroline Kenney is just fine and dandy with the Democrats and there is no problem with her NON experience. ION fact I heard a few Democrats today on TV say Caroline Kennedy had experience and would be perfect for the job of US. Senate seat from N.Y.

Bottom line is.......She is a democrat. She does not need any experience and also the double standard rule that Democrats cling to.

To compare the experience Sarah Palin has had and this Kennedy is so vast it would be hard to know where to begin.

Now if we were to compare her to Hillary when Hillary ran for the Senate.......Hillary, she is related to someone who was once president, and she has previously lived in the White House. What more experience could you ever need?

Now there is a match up. hahha

I say, NO more Kennedy’s ever anywhere near any government!!!!!!!!

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December 16, 2008

Meeting of Electors ~ What No One Fainting? No "Yes We Can" Chants?


Presidential electors have formally elected Barack Obama the nation's 44th president.

Electors gathering in state capitols across the country have pushed Obama above the 270 electoral votes needed to win, according to a tally by The Associated Press.

Obama's election will not be complete until Congress tallies the outcome of Monday's Electoral College vote at a joint session in January.

November 4, 2008 - General Election: The voters in each State choose electors to serve in the Electoral College. As soon as election results are final, the States prepare seven or nine original “Certificates of Ascertainment” of the electors chosen, and send one original along with two certified copies (or three originals, if nine were prepared) to the Archivist of the United States.

December 15, 2008 - Meeting of Electors: The electors in each State meet to select the President and Vice President of the United States. The electors record their votes on six “Certificates of Vote,” which are paired with the six remaining original “Certificates of Ascertainment.” The electors sign, seal and certify the packages of electoral votes and immediately send them to the President of the Senate, the Archivist of the United States and other designated Federal and State officials.

December 24, 2008 - Deadline for Receipt of Electoral Votes: The President of the Senate, the Archivist of the United States, and other designated Federal and State officials must have the electoral votes in hand.

January 8, 2009 - Counting Electoral Votes in Congress:

Public Law 110-430 changed the date of the electoral vote in Congress in 2009 from January 6 to January 8. This date change is effective only for the 2008 presidential election.

The Congress meets in joint session to count the electoral votes (unless Congress passes a law to change the date).


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Who is this guy? He is a subversive mole. the front man for a nefarious organiztion that understood how to pull off the biggest scam we've ever seen, and convince the sheeple part of the population that he is a good thing. The armies of the Night have won a major victory, but not the war.

I cannot believe what is happening to our country, how we got stuck with this lightweight socialist poseur with no real accomplishments in public life, etc.

I’ll treat him like the marxist he is, regardless. But I will not acknowledge his existence as POTUS , he can't even show respect for our Constitution and prove he is eligible with a valid birth certificate. He will NEVER Be my president.

Dec. 15th , Monday, yesterday was the 217th Birthday of the Bill Of Rights. How ironic. it that!

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The Nightmare Continues

Supreme Court refuses 2nd challenge to eligibility


The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a second challenge to the presidency of Barack Obama, announcing today it denied an application for a stay or an injunction in a case from Connecticut.

The case brought by Cort Wrotnowski had been distributed for review by the court and apparently was considered during a conference of the justices Friday.

As is its custom, the Supreme Court made no comment other than to post its decision.

There was also a campaign that sent more than 60,000 letters by overnight delivery to the U.S. Supreme Court when one case contesting Obama's eligibility for the Oval Office was pending.

"Should Senator Obama be discovered, after he takes office, to be ineligible for the Office of President of the United States of America and, thereby, his election declared void," argues the Alan Keyes case pending in California, "Americans will suffer irreparable harm in that (a) usurper will be sitting as the President of the United States, and none of the treaties, laws, or executive orders signed by him will be valid or legal."

Other news items on this:

Dr. Orly Taitz, the constitutional lawyer involved in the California Case brought by Alan Keyes, and the Lightfoot v Bowen case now under consideration for hearing by SCOTUS Justice Kennedy.

Taitz’ reaction to today’s news was “very concerned”. She’s filing another lawsuit on behalf of our military, petitioning the court on the basis that our military is put in an unlawful position taking orders from an imposter commander in chief.

Another bit of news:

The Donofrio v. Wells (NJ) case is still pending and this is probably the reason why.

SCOTUS has not denied Donofrio's NJ case, only his request for a stay while they confer over the Wrotnowski, CT case, Dec. 12
Investigating Obama

Article about the USSC cannot rule on any COLB case until the senate certifies the EC vote.

Perhaps the electoral must vote as directed in the following:

Judge Alsup wrote, “Mechanisms exist under the Twelfth Amendment and 3 U.S.C. 15 for any challenge to any candidate to be ventilated when electoral votes are counted, and the Twentieth Amendment provides guidance regarding how to proceed if a president elect shall have failed to qualify. Issues regarding qualifications or lack thereof can be laid before the voting public before the election and, once the election is over, can be raised as objections as the electoral votes are counted in Congress. Therefore, this order holds that the challenge presented by plaintiff is committed under the Constitution to the electors and the legislative branch, at least in the first instance. Judicial review if any should occur only after the electoral and Congressional processes have run their course.” Timing is everything… you maybe the only one able to raise an “objection”

Wild Thing's comment.........

The Wrotnowski case is still pending from what I can understand from reading about it several times, the application for “Stay” and “Injunction” are denied. Not sure if that leaves much hope or only a slight window of possibility.

Once Barack Hussein Obama takes the oath of office he has officially committed fraud and violated the Constitution. He will have knowingly violated it.

Up to now it has all been about Barack Hussein Obama. But since two of these cases have been denied by the SCOTUS since Nov. 4th. And others before Nov. 4th not forgetting there are still more cases out there and more coming in to the SCOTUS. I think the direction of this whole thing has changed.

Now imo it has become about the SCOTUS will they or won't they. Again imo respecting and following the Constitution overrides all else.

God save the Republic!

....Thank you Mark for the information.

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Gary Sinise:A man for all services ~ Thank you Gary For Supporting Our Troops

Actor Gary Sinise shows his Presidential Citizens Medal outside the White House in Washington, DC after receiving the medal from US President George W. Bush for his work supporting American soldiers on December 10, 2008.

Sinise: A man for all services

The Washington Times

Since war became a geographically distant but very real way of life after Sept. 11, 2001, no Hollywood star has stepped up to support active duty U.S. military personnel and wounded veterans like Gary Sinise. There is no close second. And quietly, as is in his nature, he is becoming something akin to this generation´s Bob Hope.

One step in conferring this worthy title on the award-winning actor, director and producer occurred last week when President Bush bestowed on him the Presidential Citizens Medal, the second highest civilian honor awarded to citizens for exemplary deeds performed in service of the nation. Previous recipients include Henry "Hank" Aaron, Muhammad Ali, Colin L. Powell and Bob Dole.

While the White House ceremony flew under the radar of most of the media, most notably the entertainment press, word has trickled out to many of his countless admirers in and out of the military. And on the occasion of him receiving the award, they want America to take in their words of praise for, as Sharon Tyk in the USO of Illinois put it, this "gallant American patriot."

Michael Yon, a Special Forces vet and the pre-eminent war journalist of our time, communicated his admiration in a dispatch from Bahrain: "Gary is a true friend of the American soldier. He does not hesitate to travel into war zones to express his admiration and personal support for those who defend us. He visits wounded soldiers, some of whom I personally know. All love him.
"Soldiers from privates to generals admire Gary for his dedication to a cause greater than any of us. Gary's dedication went much further. He personally supported sending millions of dollars worth of school and clothing supplies to Iraqi children. I saw this effort with my own eyes. Gary Sinise is a Great American."

In 2004, "Seabiscuit" author Laura Hillenbrand with Mr. Sinise founded Operation Iraqi Children, a nonprofit group dedicated to helping the U.S. military distribute school supplies in the war-stricken country.

"For a lot of celebrities, charitable work equals photo opportunity and nothing more," Miss Hillenbrand wrote in an e-mail. "For Gary, giving of himself, and giving to his country, is what makes life meaningful and joyful. It is perhaps the most essential part of his character, and it is his passion."

Mr. Sinise not only "supports the troops," but he champions their mission as well.

"I have seen Iraqi kids climbing on our soldiers and hugging them and kissing them," Mr. Sinise said. "I have seen their smiling faces and their attempts to say 'I love you' in broken English. The folks I saw had hope in their eyes and gratitude in their hearts for what was done for them."

Mr. Sinise, who currently stars in "CSI: New York," is best known for his Oscar-nominated turn as Lt. Dan Taylor in "Forrest Gump," which won the best picture Academy Award in 1994.

Lt. Dan - the iconic character who lost his limbs in the Vietnam War - created a connection between Mr. Sinise and veterans that reached far beyond the big screen.

"His superb performance brought awareness of the lifelong sacrifice of disabled veterans into the public consciousness in a remarkably positive way," said retired Maj. Gary Weaver of the U.S. Marine Corps and national director of communications for Disabled American Veterans.

In 2004, Mr. Sinise, wanting to do more, formed the Lt. Dan Band, a jam band created almost exclusively to entertain the troops in and out of war zones.

"It´s very important that you know we are grateful," the bass guitar playing Mr. Sinise recently said while performing at the Pentagon. "The sacrifice you and your families make - you are not forgotten."
Miss Tyk recalled their first performance: "There were only about 30 of us present - at tops - at the Great Lakes Naval Base. I said to my colleague, 'Oh, another actor band.' Then the magic happened. During the break, Gary took the microphone and addressed the troops from the heart. He spoke about his commitment to them, to our country and how much he appreciated their willingness to protect and fight for our freedoms. That is the moment I knew he was the 'genuine article.' You could actually feel his love for them."

Miss Tyk recalled another memorable experience with Mr. Sinise.

"We picked up Gary at 5 a.m.," she wrote. "I felt somewhat crabby because I had to get up very, very early to get him to the CBS studios. There he was in front of the residence waiting for us with a smile on his face eagerly waiting to help. I thought to myself, Sharon you need to learn a lesson from this man. Look at him, he´s honored and thrilled to help and he´s not even getting paid to do this and you are! His love for the mission that day completely changed my thought process. He is the perfect example of 'you teach what you live.' "
Lt. Col. Scott Rainey concurred: "If I have learned anything from over 25 years of being around troops it is that they are among the most perceptive of souls. It is virtually impossible to 'pull the wool over their eyes.' Insincerity and falseness are immediately recognized for what they are and those who demonstrate these characteristics are quickly marginalized and ignored. What I learned within the first 10 minutes of meeting Gary Sinise at a dusty airbase in Kuwait last July was that these character flaws are completely absent in this patriotic and selfless man."
Spc. Jason M. Hale, who encountered Mr. Sinise at Camp Ramadi, e-mailed: "He was the only celebrity that came to take pictures with us where we worked on base, and you had the feeling that if he could, he would have grabbed a weapon and gone on patrol with us. That's how much he connected with the troops. He's one of those Hollywood guys who doesn't act like he's from Hollywood, and to those who are living in the desert, putting their lives on the line, that's quite refreshing."

To get a sense of the scope of what Mr. Sinise means to soldiers like Spc. Hale, filmmaker and Army 82nd Airborne veteran Jonathan Flora followed him and his band to Afghanistan and Iraq in 2008. He recounts one time when he witnessed one of Mr. Sinise´s typical interactions with the troops.

"It was hot, Iraq hot when we stopped at a check point before entering an FOB (Forward Operating Base). Gary began speaking with a soldier through the window and soon we were all standing outside so he could have his picture taken with him and a few of his buddies. Soon there were at least fifty guys around him and he greets each one as he always does. This is an unscheduled stop and we are being urged to move on so as to be on time for his next stop, but Gary, still, meets with each one and gives them their time. Finally, we have to move on as he says good-bye to the last soldier.
"As we are about to get into the vehicle we hear the guys yelling and in the distance is one more soldier. He is dressed in full battle-rattle humping as fast as he can in this unbearable heat to get to Gary before he leaves. He had just been relieved from his point and heard that Gary Sinise had stopped by the check point, and he was determined not to miss him. Gary without hesitation stopped and waited and he greeted this young man as if he was the first man in line, full of enthusiasm and appreciation.
"When we did finally get into the vehicle I mentioned to Gary how I observe how he makes each and every man or woman feel special and appreciated, he paused in thought before answering, as he often does, and then says with a heavy heart, 'It's because we don't know what the next hour holds for them. As tired as I might get sometimes, and I do, it is nothing compared to what they go through day-after-day with the price they are so readily willing to pay.' "

Fox News will be broadcasting Mr. Flora´s one-hour special in prime time on Jan. 10.

Deb Rickert of Operation Support our Troops said it best about Mr. Sinise, the recipient of the Presidential Citizens Medal.

"In an age when the public often lavishes epitaphs of greatness on celebrities merely because they are famous, the military community bestows the simple title of friend on Gary Sinise truly because that is what he is to us."

VIDEO of Lt. Dan at Great Lakes Naval Base

In the video at the beginning part of it Gary introduces Kimo Williams Guitar. Kimo is a Vietnam Veteran.

Kimo Williams first worked with Gary as composer for a Steppenwolf production of Streetcar Named Desire. After learning of Gary's talents on the bass, Kimo encouraged him to do more playing, and over the years they enjoyed the occasional jam session. As Gary began what has turned out to be an extraordinary commitment to the USO, these jams eventually led to gigs in the Chicago area, gathering local talent and performing for troops and their families.

Following one of his many trips overseas to visit those serving our country, he decided it was time to bring the band with him! With Kimo's help a talented group of musicians came together to form "The Lt. Dan Band".

"Lieutenant Dan" is the character Gary portrayed in the 1994 film Forrest Gump, a role for which he earned an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. As Gary began visiting troops around the world, people (even little kids) who didn't know him as Gary Sinise, the actor, would recognize him as "Lt.Dan". Those in the military also seem to identify strongly with the character. And so the name for his group was an easy choice: Lt. Dan Band!

Wild Thing's comment..........

Gary is for real and a low key person, a lot like Nicholas. He takes life seriously but will not be the one to brag about his accompolishments or even this award. It will mean a lot to him, a tremendous thing, but Gary is not the type to blow his own horn. I think the troops see that too in the kind of person Gary is and that he is serious about his support for them. Just like the article says.

Bob Hope was like that as well . His home was filled with awards on the walls and sitting on end tables. He was very grateful for them but was not one to brag about getting them. Unless a person went to his home, few would have known the countless awards he received. He truly loved the troops as well. I love that Gary was compared to Bob Hope like the article has done.

I have posted about Gary several times and the troops reaction to him. It has been with a huge smile on my face and my heart smiling too to see someone that truly cares about our awesome troops, also the injured at the hospitals and our Veterans. He has been all over the world to see our troops. Iraq, Belgium (SHAPE military base), Ramstein AB, Germany, Afghanistan, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, etc.

The Presidential Citizens Medal is well deserved by Gary Sinise for his support of our military and the Operation Iraqi Children program.

Gary also was given the Catholics In Media Award (CIMA) Humanitarian Award in 2005 for his work in Iraq. During his speech, this very humble man spoke about how his wife was the catalyst behind everything he does. He thanked her for everything. He is the man he is because of her. Then he thanked his partner in the relief efforts and said that it was because of her that they were so successful.

......Thank you RAC for sending this to me.

RAC has a website that is awesome. 336th Assault Helicopter Company

13th Combat Aviation Battalion - 1st Aviation Brigade - Soc Trang, Republic of Vietnam

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Traitor Kerry Officially Gets Foreign Relations Post

Kerry Officially Gets Foreign Relations Post

By Bryan Bender, Globe Staff

WASHINGTON -- Senator John F. Kerry was named chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee today, pledging to use his stewardship of the influential panel to strengthen American interests in Afghanistan and Pakistan, help end the war in Iraq, and craft solutions to the climate change crisis.

The Massachusetts Democrat is already on an extended tour of trouble spots that will likely consume the foreign policy attention of President-elect Barack Obama. Kerry met today with leaders in Pakistan and India, trying to ease tensions between the two nuclear powers over the recent terrorist attacks in Mumbai.

He next goes to Afghanistan, where Obama wants to deploy thousands of additional troops to fight the war on terror. The first stop on Kerry's itinerary, which began over the weekend, was the Republic of Georgia, the front line in Russia's more aggressive stance against the West. Sunday, he and Obama talked about a global warming conference in Poland that Kerry attended.

"We have a big agenda ahead of us, just as our country faces big challenges across the globe," Kerry said in a statement from Islamabad.

Kerry, who has served on the committee for 24 years and first came to public notice when he testified before the panel in opposition to the Vietnam War, was elevated to the chairmanship by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid after he lost out to Hillary Clinton to be Obama's secretary of state.

Kerry is set to take over for the outgoing chairman, Vice President-elect Joe Biden, at a crucial time. Aides said the stops on his foreign trip highlight some of the core issues he will have to deal.

Wild Thing's comment.........

Unfreakinbelievable !

Obama is throwing shoes at our troops picking Kerry for this job.

I bet he’ll look up his old VC friends from Paris (Hey, look at me now!).

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John McCain No Support For Palin and Trashes RNC Ad

MCain Won't Support Palin 2012 Run ... Yet


Sunday, Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, praised his running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, but stopped well short of giving her the nod as the GOP’s standard bearer in 2012.

On ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” McCain was asked if he would back Palin in 2012.

His terse reply was that he “can’t say something like that,” adding that the GOP has a stable of great governors poised to play a greater leadership role in the party, according to a report in The Hill.

“I have the greatest appreciation for Gov. Palin and her family, and it was a great joy to know them,” he conceded. “She invigorated our campaign.”

McCain used the forum to voice support for President-elect Barack Obama and for some of Obama’s Cabinet choices.

He said that the national security team picks could be his own. He also praised the tapping of Timothy Geithner as Treasury Secretary, according to the report.

McCain, however, was quick to condemn the tactic of the Republican National Committee seeking to take political advantage of the arrest of Democratic Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich – by attempting to link the incoming Obama administration to the controversy.

“In all due respect to the Republican National Committee and anybody - right now, I think we should try to be working constructively together, not only on an issue such as this, but on the economy stimulus package, reforms that are necessary,” McCain said.
“Look, the president of the United States has been selected,” McCain added. “It’s time for us all to join behind him and help however we can. These are challenging times.”

Also here is McCain on David Letterman Dec. 11th, 2008

Wild Thing's comment.......

At first this made me angry, but now I have to laugh about it. McCain is actually VERY jealous. He let it be known way back his first choice for VP was Joe Lieberman. Poor baby did not get to pick him, whoever it was knew he would not have a chance and none of us would want his ticket like that. Thus Sarah Palin was picked and we all were and still are enthused about her.

He saw the reaction change so much once he picked Sarah. The turn out at the rallies was enormous and ONLY because of Sarah. Toward the end many of the signs held up did not even have McCain's name on them. LMAO So there McCain!

He didn’t count on such a visceral, positive reaction from a large segment of conservative Republicans. She outshone him.
And, contrary old cuss that he is, self-destructive fool that he has always been, he really resents her for it.

What got me big time during the campaign was, there was Sarah hitting the opponent hard with facts, facts about Ayers, and Rezko etc. Facts that a lot of people even today some do not know about those names, you know the me me me crowds that never get into politics and research the candidates.

And while she was doing all the hard work, there was John McCain, kissing up to Obama, scolding voters for asking questions about Obama being a Muslim, telling them Obama was a man of Honor. Blasting ads in some of the States that showed Rev Wright and his hate speech. Laying into a man that introduced him (McCain) on the campaign trail for using Obama's full name.

Hello John, you attacked the TRUTH, you attacked the base, YOU attacked the best thing that a candidate could have for a VP......Sarah Palin.

Sarah campaigned as a person on a mission to win.

McCain campaigned by his words 90% of the time as a person that wanted to lose.

McCain is a walking poster-boy for what is wrong with the Republican party.

....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.

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December 15, 2008

President George W. Bush Visits Our Troops in Iraq and Afghanistan

President Bush visits our troops.


A man throwing a show at President George W. Bush during a news conference with Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Sunday. (The Associated Press)


As most of you probably already know a hate filled Iraqi journalist threw a shoe at George Bush in Iraq and Afghanistan on Sunday.

This is not just an “Iraqi Journalist” - this is an emigre journalist, working for an emigre news outlet out of Cairo, which was pro-Saddam Hussein and anti-Shiite.

The Left in the USA will seize on this and say, "see the Iraqi people hate us thanks to Bush." This misses the point, and they would be dead wrong. Back with Saddam there was no dissent. Instead there were rooms for torture. Under Saddam, this man and his family were feeding other people to the pigs - or the plastic shredders.
--- Wild Thing

If you really want to get pumped up, listen to the way the troops in Iraq greeted their Commander in Chief.

Headquarters 18th Airborne Corps Public Affairs

14 Dec 2008 Baghdad IQ

Troops reactions to President George W. Bush's speech to them in Iraq. Scenes include Gen. Odierno introducing the President, President Bush speaking at the podium, reaction shots and Bush shaking hands with troops s they applaud. Also see "Spc. Whitfield, 1st Lt. Benson, Capt. Howell, 1st Lt. Butel"


Bush departed the Green Zone by helicopter to Camp Victory, where he was greeted with cheers and whoops from the troops inside the enormous rotunda of the Al Faw palace. Speaking at a lectern beneath an enormous American flag that nearly reached the domed ceiling, he praised this generation of soldiers and reflected on the sacrifice of those who had died.


President George W. Bush paid a visit to the service members of Combined Joint Task Force-101 at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, Dec. 15 during his last visit as president of the United States.

“I’m proud to be back in Afghanistan,” Bush said during his visit. “I am proud to be with brave souls serving the United States of America.”
Bush expressed his well wishes to the troops during the holidays and thanked them for their service in eastern Afghanistan.
“It was here in Afghanistan that the terrorists planned the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001,” Bush said. “After that date, America gave the Taliban a choice: you can turn over the leaders of Al Qaida – or you can share in their fate. And when they refused, our just demands were enforced by the United States military.”
“Because of you, killers who wanted to take the lives of Americans back home have been brought to justice before they reached our shores,” he said to the troops.

Awesome Videos of our Troops and their Commander in Chief George Bush.




He called the surge "one of the greatest successes in the history of the United States military."

"Thanks to you," he told the soldiers, "the Iraq we're standing in today is dramatically freer, dramatically safer and dramatically better than the Iraq we found eight years ago."

After action report:

Probably over 1,000 soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines packed the palace and stood for a couple hours (lots arrived way early to make sure they could get in).

The 4th Infantry Division had some band members there playing some great tunes and even doing vocals. Support folks had chow, snacks and beverages laid out for the crowd.

People were packed in like sardines. The backdrop for the stage was a gigantic flag that reached all the way to the ceiling, maybe about 70 feet.

General Odierno introduced the President. Started with, “Someone wanted to come see you to say goodbye, and to wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays...”

The troops were jazzed and very energetic, though this was about 2200 at the end of a, no doubt, very long day for everyone.

A great cheer went up when he took the stage. The President talked about the early decisions to go into the war, UN resolutions, the success of the Coalition. He talked about the dark days during ‘04-’05, and the ultimate success of the surge. Many compliments for the unprecedented successes of the military.
The troops broke in several times with applause and “Hooahs!”.
Two things stood out. The first was when he said its sometimes hard to understand you’re making history when you’re in the middle of the action. Second, he said he was ordering everyone, as Commander In Chief, to call their families when “y’all get out of here tonight” and tell them “the Commander in Chief says ‘thank you’” for all the sacrifices made.

He spoke about the losses and injuries to friends and loved ones, and how the troops would someday be thought of in the same way as those who were in Normandy, Verdun, Korea and elsewhere.

He was very comfortable with the troops and talked about what he would miss most not being President which was not being CiC. Afterwards, he stayed for a bit and shook hands and signed autographs. This one was just for the troops - no civilians or contractors or TCNs, just our soldiers, airmen, sailors and marines. It was clearly a great morale booster.

President George W. Bush gestures the "hook'em horns" sign of the University of Texas to U.S. military personnel in the balcony, as he meets with U.S. military and diplomatic personnel Sunday, Dec, 14, 2008, at the Al Faw Palace-Camp Victory in Baghdad. White House photo by Eric Draper

Military reporter interviews the troops after the Baghdad visit:


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Dear Car Czar.... by Oliver North

Dear Car Czar


by Oliver North

To Whom It May Concern:

Forgive the ambiguity of the salutation; I didn't know whether to address this missive to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi or Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and "Dear Car Czar" just sounded so, well, tacky.

Let's cut to the chase. I need a new car. I'm not asking for a bailout or anything like that. I just need some good advice, and I am hoping one or all of you can help. Here are the facts:

First, we only buy American cars in my family. My dad fought in World War II, and I always have been afraid he would rise up out of the grave and haunt me if I bought one of those Japanese or German machines. Perhaps you can recommend a pill or some kind of counseling for this problem.

I currently am driving an 8-year-old Oldsmobile, and the odometer is pushing a quarter-million miles. Yes, I know that makes me part of the problem. My wife and I just don't buy cars often enough because we don't buy things we can't afford. Silly, I know, but after 40 years of marriage, we're kind of stuck in our ways.

If it makes any difference, in my family we also have a Chrysler PT Cruiser and a Ford truck. They all are paid for, so I guess we don't qualify for federal help in paying them off. And that gets me back to the big question: What kind of car should I get?

During my career, I've driven jeeps, Humvees and even a few tanks. I once owned a Shelby Cobra, but we traded it in for a station wagon when we started having kids. My wife suggested that given my advanced age and the sad state of our economy, I should get a Winnebago. She says that way, if the bank foreclosed on our home, at least we would have a place to live.

I can't get a new Oldsmobile (is that an oxymoron?) because GM doesn't make them anymore. Speaker Pelosi said, "Come March 31, it is our hope that there will be a viable automotive industry in our country." "Hope"? I'm shopping in Virginia. Where is Hope?

In the past when I shopped for a new car, I asked friends about their recent purchases, read newspaper advertisements, paid attention to television or radio commercials, and picked up Car and Driver magazine. After compiling what Washingtonians call a "shortlist," I consulted Consumer Reports to determine how my choices ranked against similar autos. Then I bought what I could afford from a dealer I trusted.

Given what happened on Capitol Hill this week, it's clear that my way of car shopping is hopelessly outdated. Today's experts on the automobile that's best for my family and me are the members of Congress. (Please note that this acknowledgment is not meant as a slight to President-elect Barack Obama, known in our house as "PEBO." During the recent presidential campaign, PEBO admonished us all to keep our tires properly inflated. Thank you for the tip.)

PEBO's help notwithstanding, the recent congressional hearings raised questions I never had thought to ask when car shopping. For example, Sen. Chuck Schumer told auto executives that it is "unacceptable" to continue building cars with internal-combustion engines and that I should be able to buy a "plug-in hybrid electric car." Does Mr. Schumer know of such a car I can afford that would allow me to make my daily 150-mile round trip commute? If I don't make it home, will he give me a ride?

Can you give me a hint as to which of the Big Three automakers Congress will allow to survive? Will you permit the dealer where I purchase a car to stay in business? Should I get the extended warranty?

While driving, I listen to talk radio and would like to have satellite radio installed, but not if Congress is going to insist on the Fairness Doctrine. Will you?

If I get the tow package, will Sen. Chris Dodd accuse me of owning an "inefficient, gas-guzzling" vehicle and of dismissing "the threat of global warming"?

If I put down a minimal deposit at the time of purchase and then wait a few months and default on my loan, will the federal government bail me out? Because the feds will own the automakers, should I call the Department of Transportation or the "car czar" when I need a tuneup?

The best solution for my problem is to have a member of Congress join me while I hunt for a new car. I hope the member you assign can "kick the tires" and answer some of these questions — and one other:

Congress has insisted that auto company executives achieve performance standards or be financially penalized. The CEOs of Chrysler, Ford and GM all are working for $1 per year. Shouldn't congressional pay be adjusted the same way?

Oliver North
Vietnam Veteran
Unit 3rd Battalion 8th Marines
2nd Marine Division

Wild Thing's comment.........

LOL I love this article North wrote.

PEBO = President-elect Barack Obama

Or it could be hahaa

PEBO = Pretend Emperor Behaving Obnoxiously

Hahahaha Love that Oliver North.

....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.

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"It's Time to Junk the Electoral College" ~ So Says Communist Soros Son

It's Time to Junk the Electoral College

We don't need an amendment to do it.

by Jonathan Soros

Jonathan Soros is the deputy chairman of Soros Fund Management and a supporter of the National Popular Vote.

Jonathan Tivadar Soros is the son of Annaliese Soros and billionaire financier George Soros

The Wall Street Journal

In his election-night victory speech, Barack Obama said he would be a president for all Americans, not just those who voted for him. But as a candidate he didn't campaign with equal vigor for every vote. Instead, he and John McCain devoted more than 98% of their television ad spending and campaign events to just 15 states which together make up about a third of the U.S. population. Today, as the Electoral College votes are cast and counted state-by-state, we will be reminded why. It is the peculiar mechanics of that institution, designed for a different age, that leave us divided into red states, blue states and swing states. That needs to change.

The Electoral College was created in 1787 by a constitutional convention whose delegates were unconvinced that the election of the president could be entrusted to an unfiltered vote of the people, and were concerned about the division of power among the 13 states. It was antidemocratic by design.

Under the system, each state receives votes equal to the number of representatives it has in the House plus one for each of its senators. Less populated states are thus overrepresented. While this formula hasn't changed, it no longer makes a difference for the majority of states. Wyoming, with its three electoral votes, has no more influence over the selection of the president or on the positions taken by candidates than it would with one vote.

We often forget that the power to appoint electors is given to state legislatures, and it is only because they choose to hold a vote that Election Day is at all relevant for us. Nowhere is a popular election constitutionally required. And, as the 2000 election reminded us, the winner of the popular vote is not guaranteed to become president.

The Constitution is no longer in line with our expectations regarding the role of the people in selecting the president.

Yet several previous attempts to eliminate the Electoral College through a constitutional amendment have failed, scuttled by the difficulty of the process itself and the tyranny of small-state logic.

Fortunately, a constitutional amendment is not necessary. Rather than dismantling the Electoral College with an amendment, we can use the mechanisms of the Electoral College itself to guarantee popular election of the president.

To understand how the proposal works, one needs to understand two basic principles. First, that state legislatures are basically unfettered in how they choose to appoint electors. And second, that groups of states can enter into binding agreements with one another in the form of so-called interstate compacts. There are many examples of such compacts, including the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the interstate agreement that guarantees a driver points on a Virginia driver license when he or she speeds in Maryland.

Under the proposed National Popular Vote compact, state legislatures would agree to choose electors who promise to support the winner of the nationwide popular vote. For example, if a Republican were to win the overall national popular vote, even if New Yorkers favored the Democrat, New York's Electoral College votes would go to the Republican. The compact will go into force when states representing 271 Electoral College votes have entered into it to guarantee that the winner of the popular vote will become president.

It is ironic that the most common objection to the National Popular Vote compact is the suggestion that it is antifederalist. In fact, interstate compacts lie at the very core of federalism: individual states combining their powers to solve a problem. In this case, they would be joining forces to allow their citizens to act as one nation in the selection of their president.

The National Popular Vote compact has already been enacted by four trailblazing states -- Maryland, New Jersey, Illinois and Hawaii -- and has been introduced in 41 others. It's time that the rest of them got on board.

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The Constitution is no longer in line with our expectations regarding the role of the people in selecting the president.

Yet several previous attempts to eliminate the Electoral College through a constitutional amendment have failed, scuttled by the difficulty of the process itself and the tyranny of small-state logic.

The libs hate it because they haven’t figured how to steal electoral votes yet.

If the Electoral College was abolished, the small States would become irrelevant in Presidential elections. Each ticket would solely focus on the States which it is sure to win. That would likely lead to secession movements in most, if not all, of those States. To abolish the Electoral College is to destroy the States' role in all future Presidential elections.

I think ole commie Jonathan Soros son of communist George Soroso is a bit worried about all of these citizenship lawsuits.

The Electoral College is one of many, many safeguards against tyranny contained in the Constitution. Therefore, it is a target of the left.

Soros nice try. Our forefounders put that in place to keep the likes of you out of our government.

If you have time check this out about othe Democrats strong desire to get rid of the Electorial College ( article dated 2000)

Hillary Clinton vs. James Madison

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Lucky To Be An American

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We are all truly blessed to be born in this country and to be Americans.

Thank you Chief for sending this to me.

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December 14, 2008

Arrogant Obama Gets A Rejection ~ Thank Goodness! Bush Did The Right Thing!

An Obama rejection ...

President-elect Barack Obama just got nixed!

Chicago Sun Times

by Michael Sneed

Sneed hears the White House has rejected a recent request by Obama to occupy Blair House, the president-elect's Washington residence, at an earlier date.

• To wit: Sneed hears Obama wanted to move his family and his transition team to Blair House, which is across from the White House, nearly two weeks before the president-elect historically moves there on Jan. 15 -- five days before the inaugural.

The backshot: A source tells Sneed: "There were reportedly two reasons for the request: Obama's children start school in early January -- and the move could be interpreted as a New Year's symbolic gesture showing the president-elect in a presidential capacity across from the White House on Jan. 2, the day after New Year's Day."

• The buckshot: Blair House, the president's guest house for visiting dignitaries, nixed the request. "It was a polite rejection," the source added. "But I'm told Blair House was appalled."

• Responses: An Obama spokesman tells Sneed they were told Blair House had guests until Jan. 15. ... Sally McDonough, a spokesman for first lady Laura Bush, tells Sneed: "Respectfully, we are keeping transition conversations quiet. But Jan. 15 is historically the time when incoming presidents occupy Blair House, which is the president's guest house."

Wild Thing's comment.........

OMG!!! what tribe of brazen loosers!! Every other President played by the rules: No checkin till Jan. 15th, but NOT these POS’S! No Siree! Pigs!

Barak Hussein and Michelle HO-bama and their mentality of entitlement.

The Rats never want to follow the rules.

The girls should be in a classroom in Chicago after the end of the Christmas holidays - the school they have been attending since September - not parachuting into a brand new school.

The Obamas are using the girls for an excuse to get to DC ahead of their appointed day and hour. Obama played the parent card to try to get what he wanted.

....Thank you Lynn for sending this to me.

A quote from Lynn:

"One of my hubby's cousins owned Blair House--Senator Thomas Ewing of Ohio. He was supposed to have been William Henry Harrison's running mate. That's how close his family came to being President. No, Obama, you can't move in early. Stay at a Motel 6. "

I agree Lynn!!!

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Tis The Season


Wild Thing's comment.......

LMAO, I laughed so hard at this. It made me think of the woman in the video that is going to be in for the shock of her life when Obama is not there to fill her gas tank and pay her mortage.

......Thank you RAC for sending this to me.

RAC has a website that is awesome. 336th Assault Helicopter Company

13th Combat Aviation Battalion - 1st Aviation Brigade - Soc Trang, Republic of Vietnam

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More Information On U.S. Troops New Mission: America's 'special events'

U.S. troops' new mission: America's 'special events'

Proposal would allow civilians to activate Army to prevent 'environmental damage'


By Bob Unruh

New rules published in the Federal Register would allow certain civilians to call American soldiers into action inside the U.S. to prevent environmental damage or respond to "special events" and "other domestic activities."

The alarming warning is contained in proposed rules published last week for the Department of Defense's "Defense Support of Civil Authorities" plan.

Under the U.S. Constitution, soldiers inside the country essentially are tasked with the responsibility of quelling "insurrections" and repelling invasions as well as making sure each state has access to the republican form of government.

But the new rules go far beyond that, essentially establishing a plan to activate the U.S. military inside the country to deal with social issues under provisions that appear to be devoid of any connection to the Constitution, according to an expert.

"I think the thing that's of concern with respect to this set of rules is it appears to have no constitutional foundation, no reference whatsoever of any constitutional structure. It's totally missing," said Herb Titus, a onetime candidate for vice president for the Constitution Party and a longtime constitutional professor.
"I think the thing that's of concern with respect to this set of rules is it appears to have no constitutional foundation, no reference whatsoever of any constitutional structure. It's totally missing," said Herb Titus, a onetime candidate for vice president for the Constitution Party and a longtime constitutional professor.

Titus, whose biography includes teaching at five different American Bar Association-approved law schools and service as founding dean of the College of Law and Government at Regent University, reviewed the federal proposal at WND's request.

The multi-page plan is to establish policies and assign responsibilities "regarding military support for civilian law enforcement."

"Who Killed the Constitution?" Here's a dirty little secret: The bedrock of our country is ... dead.

The plan states, "This proposed rule will allow civil authorities access to the correct procedures when they are seeking assistance from the Department by establishing updated policy guidance and assigning the correct responsibilities within the Department for the Defense for support of civil authorities in response to requests for assistance for domestic emergencies, designated law enforcement support, special events, and other domestic activities.

Titus, who has testified before Congress on constitutional issues and is authorized to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court and a long list of federal court districts, said, "All of this is based on the assumption that government was created for the purpose of preventing things from happening in our lives."

A plain reading of the law, he said, would allow drastically different actions than what Americans probably expect.

"Instead of prosecuting somebody charged with murder, we should profile people who are likely to commit murder, round them up and prevent them from endangering lives," he said, citing the plan's apparent permission for the government to restrain liberties when there is concern about potential damages or injury.

A contact at the Department of Defense did not return a WND call requesting comment on the proposal.

But the plan itself says the person calling for soldiers' actions could be either a military official or civilian leader. And it renews questions about Barack Obama's stated plans for a National Civilian Security Force that is at least as powerful and well-funded as the U.S. military.

Even Obama's new chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, says there will be a mandatory "force" for Americans.

"If you're worried about, are you going to have to do 50 jumping jacks, the answer is yes," Emanuel told a reporter who was podcasting for the New York Daily News.

WND also reported when the official website for Obama,, announced he would "require" all middle school through college students to participate in community service programs.

That proposal, however, was changed suddenly after a flurry of blogs protested children being drafted into Obama's proposal. The new wording reads, "President-Elect Obama will expand national service programs like AmeriCorps and Peace Corps and will create a new Classroom Corps to help teachers in under served schools, as well as a new Health Corps, Clean Energy Corps, and Veterans Corps.

Video of a marching squad of Obama youth.

Obama, meanwhile, also has yet to clarify what he meant during his July "Call to Service" speech in Colorado Springs in which he insisted the U.S. "cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we've set" and needs a "civilian national security force."

A video of his comments is here:

"If we're going to create some kind of national police force as big, powerful and well-funded as our combined U.S. military forces, isn't this rather a big deal?" Farah wrote. "I thought Democrats generally believed the U.S. spent too much on the military. How is it possible their candidate is seeking to create some kind of massive but secret national police force that will be even bigger than the Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force put together?
"Is Obama serious about creating some kind of domestic security force bigger and more expensive than that? If not, why did he say it? What did he mean?" Farah wrote.

The Obama campaign has declined to respond to WND questions on the issue.

The newly proposed Department of Defense rules leave a virtually wide open door for what could be cited as a reason for military intervention.

It defines "Imminently Serious Conditions" as "Emergency conditions in which, in the judgment of a military commander or responsible DoD civilian official, immediate and possibly serious danger threatens the public and prompt action is needed to save lives, to safeguard public health or safety, or to prevent or mitigate great property or environmental damage."

Repeatedly the rules cite "special events."

The plan has been lauded by some in the Bush administration and Congress as a reasonable response to the threat of terrorism, despite concerns over how it would undermine the Posse Comitatus Act, a federal law that restricts the military's role in domestic law enforcement.

At word of the plan, the ACLU warned of expansions in "presidential and military authority," while the Cato Institute called it a case of "creeping militarization," according to the Post.

Gene Healy, Cato vice president, told the newspaper, "There's a notion that whenever there's an important problem, that the thing to do is to call in the boys in green … and that's at odds with our long-standing tradition of being wary of the use of standing armies to keep the peace."

Wild Thing's comment.........

I am really glad to have this added information. I think we need to keep up on this to see what else they will add to it. Especially with the illegal President that will be sworn in next year.

“the U.S. military inside the country to deal with social issues “

Tied in with 20,000 troops being deployed in the U.S., this is scary.

See it here in a post I did on December 2, 2008

Pentagon to Detail Troops to Bolster Domestic Security

"The U.S. military expects to have 20,000 uniformed troops inside the United States by 2011 trained to help state and local officials respond to a nuclear terrorist attack or other domestic catastrophe, according to Pentagon officials."

And this was in the ARMY Times last September ...for complete article

3rd Infantry’s 1st BCT trains for a new dwell-time mission. Helping ‘people at home’ may become a permanent part of the active Army

The 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team has spent 35 of the last 60 months in Iraq patrolling in full battle rattle, helping restore essential services and escorting supply convoys.
Now they’re training for the same mission — with a twist — at home.
Beginning Oct. 1 for 12 months, the 1st BCT will be under the day-to-day control of U.S. Army North, the Army service component of Northern Command, as an on-call federal response force for natural or manmade emergencies and disasters, including terrorist attacks.

Other branches included

The active Army’s new dwell-time mission is part of a NorthCom and DOD response package.
Active-duty soldiers will be part of a force that includes elements from other military branches and dedicated National Guard Weapons of Mass Destruction-Civil Support Teams.
A final mission rehearsal exercise is scheduled for mid-September at Fort Stewart and will be run by Joint Task Force Civil Support, a unit based out of Fort Monroe, Va., that will coordinate and evaluate the interservice event.
In addition to 1st BCT, other Army units will take part in the two-week training exercise, including elements of the 1st Medical Brigade out of Fort Hood, Texas, and the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade from Fort Bragg, N.C.
There also will be Air Force engineer and medical units, the Marine Corps Chemical, Biological Initial Reaction Force, a Navy weather team and members of the Defense Logistics Agency and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency.

The post referenced article states: Under the U.S. Constitution, soldiers inside the country essentially are tasked with the responsibility of quelling "insurrections" and repelling invasions as well as making sure each state has access to the republican form of government.

But the new rules go far beyond that, essentially establishing a plan to activate the U.S. military inside the country to deal with social issues under provisions that appear to be devoid of any connection to the Constitution.

Obama although he claims to be a “Constitutional Lawyer” who taught Constitutional law, is attempting to undermine and destroy the basic freedoms our forefathers fought so hard to insure to their progeny, and those who would later adopt the USA as their homeland (legal immigrants). We have the Bill of Rights because the founding fathers knew that those rights would guarantee that USA would be and remain a free country where the Rule of Law would prevail over any form of force. It appears that Mr. Obama plans to use force to destroy our freedoms and our rights assigned to the States and citizens under the Constitution.

....Thank you so much Mark for sending this to me.

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RNC Highlights Obama-Blagojevich Relationship


The Republican National Committee is launching a Web video tomorrow raising questions about past ties between Obama and Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D-Ill.).

The two-minute video, titled “Questions Remain,” puts pressure on the president-elect to disclose the contacts his transition team has had with Blagojevich. Obama said this week that he will soon be releasing a full list of conversations that members of his staff had with Blagojevich – but he has not yet done so.

At a press conference earlier this week, Obama said he never personally spoke to the governor about his successor in the Senate – but it now appears that his incoming chief of staff Rahm Emanuel had discussed several names with the governor.

Obama Actually Endorsed Blagojevich TWICE.

While Obama has never been close with the governor, the video points to several instances where they worked together as a matter of political convenience. After Blagojevich won the Democratic nomination for governor in 2002, Obama helped advise his campaign. (Obama supported one of Blagojevich’s opponents in the primary.)

And Obama endorsed Blagojevich when he ran for re-election in 2006 – a time when he was already under investigation over hiring and fundraising scandals. (A Green party candidate took 10 percent of the vote, highlighting Democrats’ dissatisfaction with him.)

Wild Thing's comment.........

Heh heh Hussein just may become the first lame duck President-elect.

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Hillary To Head State: Is it constitutional?

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Hillary to head State: Is it constitutional?

Founding Fathers included clause that prevents Clinton appointment


By Drew Zahn

Barack Obama, it has been reported, intends to announce Sen. Hillary Clinton as his choice for secretary of state, an appointment America's Founding Fathers forbade in the U.S. Constitution.

The constitutional quandary arises from a clause that forbids members of the Senate from being appointed to civil office, such as the secretary of state, if the "emoluments," or salary and benefits, of the office were increased during the senator's term.

The second clause of Article 1, Section 6, of the Constitution reads, "No Senator or Representative shall, during the Time for which he was elected, be appointed to any civil Office under the Authority of the United States which shall have been created, or the Emoluments whereof shall have been increased during such time; and no Person holding any Office under the United States, shall be a Member of either House during his Continuance in Office."

During Clinton's current term in the Senate, the salary for Cabinet officers was increased from $186,600 to $191,300. Since the salary is scheduled to again be raised in January 2009, not only Clinton but all sitting Senate members could be considered constitutionally ineligible to serve in Obama's Cabinet.

James Madison's notes on the debates that formed the Constitution explain the reason for the clause. Madison himself argued against "the evils" of corrupt governments where legislators created salaried positions – or increased the salary of positions – and then secured appointments to the cushy jobs they just created. Others agreed that such tactics were evident in Colonial and British government, and they wrote Article 1, Section 6 to prevent the practice.

Presidents in the past, however, have found a sometimes controversial way to skirt the clause and nonetheless fill their cabinet with constitutionally ineligible legislators.

In 1973, President Richard Nixon was able to appoint Sen. William B. Saxbe as his attorney general, despite the fact Saxbe was part of a Senate that nearly doubled Cabinet pay in 1969. Nixon convinced Congress to reduce Saxbe's pay as attorney general to its pre-1969 levels.

The sidestep, since known as the "Saxbe fix," was also used by President Taft in 1909, President Carter and President George H. W. Bush, who actually implemented the fix to enable Sen. Lloyd Bentsen to serve as treasury secretary for President Clinton's incoming administration.

The so-called "fix," however, has been criticized as perhaps honoring the spirit of the law but violating a clearly written statute of the Constitution.

In the 1973 case, the Washington Post reports, 10 senators, all Democrats, voted against Saxbe's appointment on constitutional grounds. Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., the only one of them who remains in the Senate, said at the time that the Constitution was explicit, and "we should not delude the American people into thinking a way can be found around the constitutional obstacle."

"The content of the rule here is broader than its purpose," Professor Michael Stokes Paulsen, a constitutional law expert at St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis, told MSNBC. "And the rule is the rule; the purpose is not the rule."

"A 'fix' can rescind the salary," Paulsen added, "but it cannot repeal historical events. The emoluments of the office had been increased. The rule specified in the text still controls."

And at least one administration, that of President Ronald Reagan, chose to avoid the controversy of the Saxbe fix by striking Sen. Orrin Hatch from a short list of potential Supreme Court nominees because of Hatch's ineligibility under Article 1, Section 6.

While questions remain about the constitutionality of the Saxbe fix in Clinton's case, some bloggers – such as Professor Eugene Volokh of the UCLA School of Law and Jack M. Balkin, professor of constitutional law at Yale – have pointed out that during her term of office, Clinton did not actually vote on an increase of Cabinet salaries. A 2008 executive order from President Bush created the increase, based on cost of living adjustments, leading some to argue that appointing Clinton doesn't violate the spirit of the law in Article 1, Section 6.

Andrew Malcolm, whose blog is featured by the Los Angeles Times, however, believes the Constitution needs to be strictly followed.

"We're not lawyers. But we do speak English," Malcolm writes. "And to our eyes that constitutional clause doesn't say anything about getting around the provision by reducing or not benefiting from the increase of said 'Emoluments.'"
Malcolm continues, "It flat-out prohibits taking the civil office if the pay has been increased during the would-be appointee's elected term. Period. Which it has."

Wild Thing's comment........

Once again Barack Hussein Obama pushes the envelope of Constitutional Law. We shall have an unconstitutional and an undocumented worker as president and an unconstitutionally appointed Sec of State.

....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.



Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton would make about $4,700 less as secretary of state than her predecessor, Condoleezza Rice.

Congress late Wednesday ( Dec. 10th) lowered the salary for the nation's top diplomat to keep Clinton's nomination from running afoul of the Constitution.

An obscure section on compensation for public officials, the Emoluments Clause, says that no member of Congress can be appointed to a government post if that job's pay was increased during the lawmaker's current term.


Ineligibility Clause of Constitution Prohibits Clinton Appointment

Judicial Watch

Judicial Watch, raised the matter Tuesday with a statement asserting that Mrs. Clinton was ineligible to become secretary of state because of the so-called "Emoluments Clause" of the Constitution. By the end of the day, Senator Harry M. Reid of Nevada, the Democratic majority leader, was consulting with Republican colleagues in hopes of putting together a bill to address the issue.

Now let me explain what this is all about.

According to the "Emoluments" or "Ineligibility" Clause of the United States Constitution, no member of Congress can be appointed to an office that has benefited from a salary increase during the time that Senator or Representative served in Congress. A January 2008 Executive Order signed by President Bush during Hillary Clinton's current Senate term increased the salary for Secretary of State, thereby rendering Senator Clinton ineligible for the position.

(Specifically, Article I, section 6 of the U.S. Constitution provides "No Senator or Representative shall, during the Time for which he was elected, be appointed to any civil Office under the Authority of the United States, which shall have been created, or the Emoluments whereof shall have been encreased during such time." The provision is seen by most as designed by our Founding Fathers to protect against corruption.)

As The New York Times correctly points out, former President Richard Nixon did manage to circumvent this constitutional provision after appointing former Ohio Senator William Saxbe to the position of Attorney General. The Nixon administration forced legislation through Congress to reduce the salary for the position of Attorney General to the level that existed prior to Senator Saxbe's appointment. This scheme, known thereafter as "The Saxbe Fix," was also used to allow Senator Lloyd Bentsen to assume the position of Treasury Secretary under President Clinton.

Still, there has hardly been a consensus on the "Saxbe Fix" at the presidential level. President Ronald Reagan reportedly did not appoint Senator Orrin Hatch to the Supreme Court because of this emolument provision and rejected the "Saxbe Fix" as a legislative remedy. Why?

Because "The Saxbe Fix," does not address the constitutional problem. This type of legislative "remedy" may reduce the salary of Secretary of State to previous levels, but it would not change the fact that the salary had been increased while Senator Clinton served in Congress. Simply put, the Constitution does not provide for a legislative remedy for the "Ineligibility Clause."

Barack Obama was wrong to appoint Hillary Clinton as his Secretary of State for a long list of reasons (some of which I referenced in last week's update). But now that we know there are constitutional barriers to Hillary's appointment, clearly Obama should select someone who is eligible for the position and save the country from a constitutional battle over her confirmation. No public official who has taken the oath to support and defend the Constitution should support this appointment.
As I wrote to you yesterday, now Hillary is attacking us. Her spokesman smeared us by calling us a "fringe group." Why? For pointing out that the U.S. Constitution - the supreme law of the land - should be followed by President-elect Barack Obama and Senator Hillary Clinton.

Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi are now trying to do an end run around the Constitution by reducing the salary of Secretary of State to previous levels.

Reports suggest that not one United States Senator, either Republican or Democrat, will oppose this unconstitutional legerdemain when it comes to the Senate floor next week. Is there not one Senator who will stand for the Constitution? (Reid seems desperate to avoid a vote that would put each Senator on record.)

Also, let your representatives in Congress know what you think about proposed efforts to do an end run around the Constitution to help Hillary become Secretary of State. You can call Congress at (202) 244-3121.

Wild Thing's comment..........

To liberals our Constitution is a piece of toilet paper. It's a meaningless piece of paper to be interpreted "situationally dependent." After all, they believe in a "living document."

Somehow, they find worlds like “shall not be infringed” obscure and open to interpretation, but when they grossly violate the spirit of the Constitution by placing Clinton into this position they don't have a problem with it.

....Thank you Mark for sending this UPDATE to me.

Posted by Wild Thing at 02:45 AM | Comments (17)

Gov. Sarah Palin's Church Damaged in Suspicious Fire

Anchorage Daily News A evidence tag sits beneath a window at the Wasilla Bible Church on Saturday, December 13, 2008, after a suspicious fire on Friday night did an estimated $1 million. A multi-agency task force is investigating the scene.

Palin's church damaged in suspicious fire

Fort Mill Times



An arson fire has badly damaged Gov. Sarah Palin's home church, which came under the national spotlight during her failed campaign as the Republicans' vice presidential nominee.

Damages to the Wasilla Bible Church were estimated at $1 million, authorities said Saturday. No one was injured in the fire, which was intentionally set Friday night while a handful of people, including two children, were inside, according to Central Mat-Su Fire Chief James Steele. He said the blaze was being investigated as an arson.

Palin was not present when the fire broke out.

Steele said a multi-agency task force was being assembled to investigate the fire.

He said he didn't know of any recent threats to the church. Steele said authorities were noting the church's connection with Palin, but added that they didn't know if that was relevant to the fire.

"It's hard to say at this point. Everything is just speculation," he said. "We have no information on intent or motive."

Steele would not comment on the means used to set the fire.

Pastor Larry Kroon declined to say whether the church had received any recent threats.

"There are so many variables," he said. "I don't want to comment in that direction."

Palin on Saturday stopped by the church, which is located in her home town of Wasilla, 40 miles north of Anchorage. Her spokesman, Bill McAllister, said in a statement that Palin told an assistant pastor that she apologized if the fire was connected to the "undeserved negative attention" the church has received since she became the vice presidential candidate on Aug. 29.

"Whatever the motives of the arsonist, the governor has faith in the scriptural passage that what was intended for evil will in some way be used for good," McAllister said.

The thousand-member evangelical church was the subject of intense scrutiny after Palin was named John McCain's running mate. Early in Palin's campaign, the church was criticized for promoting in a Sunday bulletin a Focus on the Family "Love Won Out Conference" in Anchorage. The conference promised to "help men and women dissatisfied with living homosexually understand that same-sex attractions can be overcome."

The fire was set at the entrance of the church and moved inward as a small group of women were working on crafts, Steele said. Two children also were present, he said.

The group was alerted to the blaze by a fire alarm.

Kroon said he was called about 9:30 p.m. Friday and by the time he got to the church, smoke was pouring out of the building.

Firefighters worked in minus-20-degree temperatures outside the building.

Sprinklers kept the fire from spreading beyond offices and classrooms on the first two floors of the three-story building. But Steele said firefighters had to break through some of the interior to reach flames trapped inside walls. The main worship area sustained some water damage.

Wild Thing's comment..........

Thank you God that no one was injured. What sick loons would do this? Unbelievable.

"church, which came under the national spotlight during her failed campaign as the Republicans' vice presidential nominee."

"failed" .... the stupid hateful media has to put the failed word in. They could at least not be so obvious about their hate for conservatives.

The article is about a fire that could have easily taken lives and yet the media has to make it political in how they write their report.

It will be interesting to see how many politicans speak out against this IF it is proven to be a politically inspired arson attack. My bet is that there won’t be many, and the media will say that Gov. Palin brought it upon herself and the church. We have nothing but physical and moral cowards as leaders, and that is why Gov. Palin is so valuable.

So sad that Sarah blames herself for this, this was NOT her fault, this was the fault of the left wing liberal nut jobs that are now controlling the majority of the United State. Sarah Palin is wonderfull and first class. I realize too that is also why she felt she had to say something.

Posted by Wild Thing at 02:44 AM | Comments (4)

Videos From Ohio State House To Save The Constitution

Change Ohio and various patriot groups confront the Ohio State House to save the Constitution

On Wednesday December 10th, the Ohio House Judiciary Committee were confronted by members from Campaign for Liberty, Ohio Freedom Alliance, We Are Change Ohio, John Birch Society, Institute for Principled Policy, Constitution Party of Ohio, and the Libertarian Party of Ohio whom testified against HJR, an Ohio call for an Article V Constitutional Convention.
This is one of only two legal methods for amending the Supreme Law of the Land. This nation is only a few states away from having application of the requisite 34 states needed to convene a Constitutional Convention. It is worth noting that many states which have called for a Constitutional Convention in the past have since withdrawn their requests (Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, New Hampshire, and others) after realizing the danger of such an event.
The list of reasons why this is a terrible idea is very long but boils down to We the People don't want a Constitution-Amending free-for-all, nor do we want to risk losing our Constitution altogether. Many states have called for a Con-Con but have since realized the risk of doing so and have rescinded their calls. Ohio Patriots are trying to tell the Ohio legislature to LEARN FROM HISTORY and don't repeat their mistakes. If a Constitution Convention is called, our Constitution and Bill of Rights would be up for grabs and open to any and all changes.
The committee had some questions and a couple repeatedly voiced concerns, enough so that I definitely think we have a good shot at getting this defeated. The House committee's next move will likely be a vote to send the resolution to the full House.

Speak out AGAINST this resolution! NO TO HJR 8 and SJR 9!

There are a total of 7 videos on this from their meeting.

Wild Thing's comment..........

I found this video while I was looking for something else. Thank goodness people spoke up in Ohio and any of the other States that have caused them to change their minds on this about the Constitution Convention.

Posted by Wild Thing at 02:40 AM | Comments (4)

December 13, 2008

Silver Star Record For Unit In Afghan Cliff Clash

Dec. 12, 2008 Lt. Gen. John F. Mulholland pins the Silver Star on one of 19 Fort Bragg Special Forces soldiers who were honored for their actions.

In this undated photo provided by the U.S. Army, Capt. Kyle Walton, right, and Master Sgt. Scott Ford, left, talk to an interpreter in Eastern Afghanistan. Both men will recieve a Silver Star Friday, Dec. 12, 2008 in the largest Special Forces award ceremony since the Vietnam War. (AP Photo/U.S. Army Photo, Sgt. David N Gunn) (Sgt. David N Gunn - AP)

Silver Star record for unit in Afghan cliff clash


"By the end of the six-hour battle deep within the Shok Valley, Walton would bear witness to heroics that on Friday would earn his team 10 Silver Stars, the most for a single battle in Afghanistan."

December 12, 2008


Capt. Kyle Walton remembers pressing himself into the jagged stones that covered the cliff in northeast Afghanistan.

Machine gun rounds and sniper fire ricocheted off the rocks. Two rounds slammed into his helmet, smashing his head into the ground. Nearby, three of his U.S. Army Special Forces comrades were gravely wounded. One grenade or a well-aimed bullet, Walton thought, could etch April 6, 2008 on his gravestone.

Walton and his team from the 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group had been sent to kill or capture terrorists from a rugged valley that had never been penetrated by U.S. forces—or, they had been told, the Soviets before them.

He peered over the side of the cliff to the dry river bed 60 feet below and considered his options. Could he roll the wounded men off and then jump to safety? Would they survive the fall?

By the end of the six-hour battle deep within the Shok Valley, Walton would bear witness to heroics that on Friday would earn his team 10 Silver Stars, the most for a single battle in Afghaniston and possibly since the Vietnam War, although Army officials couldn't confirm that.

Army officials said an Air Force controller who guided air strikes from the ground was also nominated for a Silver Star but did not know if he had received it and Air Force officials couldn't immediately track down the case.

Walton, a Special Forces team leader, and his men described the battle in an interview with The Associated Press last week. Most seem unimpressed they've earned the Army's third-highest award for combat valor.

"This is the story about Americans fighting side-by-side with their Afghan counterparts refusing to quit," said Walton, of Carmel, Ind. "What awards come in the aftermath are not important to me."

The mission that sent three Special Forces teams and a company from the 201st Afghan Commando Battalion to the Shok Valley seemed imperiled from the outset.

Six massive CH-47 Chinook helicopters had deposited the men earlier that morning, banking through thick clouds as they entered the valley. The approaching U.S. soldiers watched enemy fighters racing to positions dug into the canyon walls and to sniper holes carved into stone houses perched at the top of the cliff.

Considered a sanctuary of the Hezeb Islami al Gulbadin terrorist group, the valley is far from any major American base.

It was impossible for the helicopters to land on the jagged rocks at the bottom of the valley. The Special Forces soldiers and commandos, each carrying more than 60 pounds of gear, dropped from 10 feet above the ground, landing among boulders or in a near-frozen stream.

With several Afghan commandos, Staff Sgt. John Walding and Staff Sgt. David Sanders led the way on a narrow path that zig-zagged up the cliff face to a nearby village where the terrorists were hiding.

Walton followed with two other soldiers and a 23-year-old Afghan interpreter who went by the name C.K., an orphan who dreamed of going to the United States.

Walding and Sanders were on the outskirts of the village when Staff Sgt. Luis Morales saw a group of armed men run along a nearby ridge. He fired. The surrounding mountains and buildings erupted in an ambush: The soldiers estimate that more than 200 fighters opened up with rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, machine guns and AK-47s.

C.K. crumbled to the ground.

Walton and Spc. Michael Carter dove into a small cave. Staff Sgt. Dillon Behr couldn't fit so the Rock Island, Ill., native dropped to one knee and started firing. An F-15 made a strafing run to push back the fighters, but it wasn't enough.

Sanders radioed for close air support—an order that Walton had to verify because the enemy was so near that the same bombs could kill the Americans.

The nearest house exploded; the firing didn't stop.

"Hit it again," Sanders said.

For the rest of the battle, F-15 fighters and Apache helicopters attacked.

Behr was hit next—a sniper's round passing through his leg. Morales knelt on Behr's hip to stop the bleeding and kept firing until he, too, was hit in the leg and ankle.

Walton and Carter, a combat cameraman from Smithville, Texas, dragged the two wounded men to the cave. Gunfire had destroyed Carter's camera so Walton put him to work treating Morales who, in turn, kept treating Behr.

Staff Sgt. Ronald J. Shurer, a medic from Pullman, Wash., fought his way up the cliff to help.

"Heard some guys got hit up here," he said as he reached the cave, pulling bandages and gear from his aid bag.

Walton told Walding and Sanders to abandon the assault and meet on the cliff. The Americans and Afghan commandos pulled back as the Air Force continued to pound the village.

Walding made it to the cliff when a bullet shattered his leg. He watched his foot and lower leg flop on the ground as Walton dragged him to the cliff edge. With every heartbeat, a stream of blood shot out of Walding's wound. Rolling on his back, the Groesbeck, Texas, native, asked for a tourniquet and cranked down until the bleeding stopped.

The soldiers were trapped against the cliff. Walton was sure his men would be overrun. The narrow path was too exposed. He sent Sanders to find another way down. Sometimes free-climbing the rock face, the Huntsville, Ala., native found a steep path and made his way back up. Could the wounded make it out alive? Walton asked.

"Yes, they'll survive," Sanders said.

Down below, Staff Sgt. Seth E. Howard took his sniper rifle and started climbing with Staff Sgt. Matthew Williams.

At the top, Howard used C.K.'s lifeless body for cover and started to shoot. He fired repeatedly, killing as many as 20 of their attackers, his comrades say. The enemy gunfire slowed. The Air Force bombing continued, providing cover.

Morales was first down the cliff, clutching branches and rocks as he slid. Sanders, Carter and Williams went up to get Behr, then back up to rescue Walding. As Walton climbed down, a 2,000-pound bomb hit a nearby house. Another strike nearly blew Howard off the cliff.

Helicopters swooped in to pick up the 15 wounded American and Afghan soldiers, as well as the rest of the teams. Bullets pinged off the helicopters. One hit a pilot.

All the Americans survived.

Months later, Walding wants back on the team even though he lost a leg. Morales walks with a cane.

The raid, the soldiers say, proved there will be no safe haven in Afghanistan for terrorists. As for the medals, the soldiers see them as emblems of teamwork and brotherhood. Not valor.

"When you go to help your buddy, you're not thinking, 'I am going to get a Silver Star for this,'" Walding said. "If you were there, there would not be a second guess on why."

Members of the Operational Detachment Alpha 3336 of the 3rd Special Forces Group endured a nearly seven-hour battle on a mountainside in Afghanistan's Nuristan province on April 6. (Courtesy Of Maj. Emanuel Ortiz Cruz)

From the Washington Post.............

10 Green Berets to Receive Silver Star for Afghan Battle

By Ann Scott Tyson

After jumping out of helicopters at daybreak onto jagged, ice-covered rocks and into water at an altitude of 10,000 feet, the 12-man Special Forces team scrambled up the steep mountainside toward its target -- an insurgent stronghold in northeast Afghanistan.

"Our plan," Capt. Kyle M. Walton recalled in an interview, "was to fight downhill."

But as the soldiers maneuvered toward a cluster of thick-walled mud buildings constructed layer upon layer about 1,000 feet farther up the mountain, insurgents quickly manned fighting positions, readying a barrage of fire for the exposed Green Berets.

A harrowing, nearly seven-hour battle unfolded on that mountainside in Afghanistan's Nuristan province on April 6, as Walton, his team and a few dozen Afghan commandos they had trained took fire from all directions. Outnumbered, the Green Berets fought on even after half of them were wounded -- four critically -- and managed to subdue an estimated 150 to 200 insurgents, according to interviews with several team members and official citations.

Today, Walton and nine of his teammates from Operational Detachment Alpha 3336 of the 3rd Special Forces Group will receive the Silver Star for their heroism in that battle -- the highest number of such awards given to the elite troops for a single engagement since the Vietnam War.

That chilly morning, Walton's mind was on his team's mission: to capture or kill several members of the Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin (HIG) militant group in their stronghold, a village perched in Nuristan's Shok Valley that was accessible only by pack mule and so remote that Walton said he believed that no U.S. troops, or Soviet ones before them, had ever been there.

But as the soldiers, each carrying 60 to 80 pounds of gear, scaled the mountain, they could already spot insurgents running to and fro, they said. As the soldiers drew closer, they saw that many of the mud buildings had holes in the foot-thick walls for snipers. The U.S. troops had maintained an element of surprise until their helicopters turned into the valley, but by now the insurgent leaders entrenched above knew they were the targets, and had alerted their fighters to rally.

Staff Sgt. Luis Morales of Fredericksburg was the first to see an armed insurgent and opened fire, killing him. But at that moment, the insurgents began blasting away at the American and Afghan troops with machine guns, sniper rifles and rocket-propelled grenades -- shooting down on each of the U.S. positions from virtually all sides.

"All elements were pinned down from extremely heavy fire from the get-go," Walton said. "It was a coordinated attack." The insurgent Afghan fighters knew there was only one route up the valley and "were able to wait until we were in the most vulnerable position to initiate the ambush," said Staff Sgt. Seth E. Howard, the team weapons sergeant.

Almost immediately, exposed U.S. and Afghan troops were hit. An Afghan interpreter was killed, and Staff Sgt. Dillon Behr was shot in the hip.

"We were pretty much in the open, there were no trees to hide behind," said Morales, who with Walton pulled Behr back to their position. Morales cut open Behr's fatigues and applied pressure to his bleeding hip, even though Morales himself had been shot in the right thigh. A minute later, Morales was hit again, in the ankle, leaving him struggling to treat himself and his comrade, he said. Absent any cover, Walton moved the body of the dead Afghan interpreter to shield the wounded.

Farther down the hill in the streambed, Master Sgt. Scott Ford, the team sergeant, was firing an M203 grenade launcher at the fighting positions, he recalled. An Afghan commando fired rocket-propelled grenades at the windows from which they were taking fire, while Howard shot rounds from a rocket launcher and recoilless rifle.

Ford, of Athens, Ohio, then moved up the mountain amid withering fire to aid Walton at his command position. The ferocity of the attack surprised him, as rounds ricocheted nearby every time he stuck his head out from behind a rock. "Typically they run out of ammo or start to manage their ammo, but . . . they held a sustained rate of fire for about six hours," he said.
As Ford and Staff Sgt. John Wayne Walding returned fire, Walding was hit below his right knee. Ford turned and saw that the bullet "basically amputated his right leg right there on the battlefield."
Walding, of Groesbeck, Tex., recalled: "I literally grabbed my boot and put it in my crotch, then got the boot laces and tied it to my thigh, so it would not flop around. There was about two inches of meat holding my leg on." He put on a tourniquet, watching the blood flow out the stump to see when it was tight enough.
Then Walding tried to inject himself with morphine but accidentally used the wrong tip of the syringe and put the needle in this thumb, he later recalled. "My thumb felt great," he said wryly, noting that throughout the incident he never lost consciousness. "My name is John Wayne," he said.

Soon afterward, a round hit Ford in the chest, knocking him back but not penetrating his body armor. A minute later, another bullet went through his left arm and shoulder, hitting the helmet of the medic, Staff Sgt. Ronald J. Shurer, who was behind him treating Behr. An insurgent sniper was zeroing in on them.

Bleeding heavily from the arm, Ford put together a plan to begin removing the wounded, knowing they could hold out only for so long without being overrun. By this time, Air Force jets had begun dropping dozens of munitions on enemy positions precariously close to the Green Berets, including 2,000-pound bombs that fell within 350 yards.

"I was completely covered in a cloud of black smoke from the explosion," said Howard, and Behr was wounded in the intestine by a piece of shrapnel.

The evacuation plan, Ford said, was that "every time they dropped another bomb, we would move down another terrace until we basically leapfrogged down the mountain." Ford was able to move to lower ground after one bomb hit, but insurgent fire rained down again, pinning the soldiers left behind.

"If we went that way, we would have all died," said Howard, who was hiding behind 12-inch-high rocks with bullets bouncing off about every 10 seconds. Insurgents again nearly overran the U.S. position, firing down from 25 yards away -- so near that the Americans said they could hear their voices. Another 2,000-pound bomb dropped "danger close," Howard said, allowing the soldiers to get away.

Finally, after hours of fighting, the troops made their way down to the streambed, with those who could still walk carrying the wounded. A medical evacuation helicopter flew in, but the rotors were immediately hit by bullets, so the pilot hovered just long enough to allow the in-flight medic to jump off, then flew away.

A second helicopter came in but had to land in the middle of the icy, fast-moving stream. "It took two to three guys to carry each casualty through the river," Ford said. "It was a mad dash to the medevac." As they sat on the helicopter, it sustained several rounds of fire, and the pilot was grazed by a bullet.

By the time the battle ended, the Green Berets and the commandos had suffered 15 wounded and two killed, both Afghans, while an estimated 150 to 200 insurgents were dead, according to an official Army account of the battle. The Special Forces soldiers had nearly run out of ammunition, with each having one to two magazines left, Ford said.

"We should not have lived," said Walding, reflecting on the battle in a phone interview from Fort Bragg, N.C., where he and the nine others are to receive the Silver Stars today.

Nine more Green Berets from the 3rd Special Forces Group will also receive Silver Stars for other battles. About 200 U.S. troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan have received the Silver Star, the U.S. military's third-highest combat award.

Wild Thing's comment.......

Thank you God for not letting this be worse then what happened. American heroes all. I am in such awe of our military. Our guys did a fantastic job against tremendous odds.

....Thank you Les for sending this to me.

Posted by Wild Thing at 05:55 AM | Comments (14)

Blagojevich Fundraiser Held By Jesse Jackson Jr.

U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. speaks with members of the press on Friday morning in response to the continued investigation surrounding his involvement with the political corruption allegations made against Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich. (Tribune photo by Christopher Booker

Blagojevich fundraiser held by Jackson allies Saturday

Chicago Tribune

By David Kidwell, John Chase and Dan Mihalopoulos

December 12, 2008

As Gov. Rod Blagojevich was trying to pick Illinois' next U.S. senator, businessmen with ties to both the governor and U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. discussed raising at least $1 million for Blagojevich's campaign as a way to encourage him to pick Jackson for the job, the Tribune has learned.

Blagojevich made an appearance at an Oct. 31 luncheon meeting at the India House restaurant in Schaumburg sponsored by Oak Brook businessman Raghuveer Nayak, a major Blagojevich supporter who also has fundraising and business ties to the Jackson family, according to several attendees and public records.

Two businessmen who attended the meeting and spoke to the Tribune on the condition of anonymity said that Nayak and Blagojevich aide Rajinder Bedi privately told many of the more than two dozen attendees the fundraising effort was aimed at supporting Jackson's bid for the Senate.

That meeting led to a Blagojevich fundraiser Saturday in Elmhurst, co-sponsored by Nayak and attended by Jesse Jackson Jr.'s brother, Jonathan, as well as Blagojevich, according to several people who were there. Nayak and Jonathan Jackson go back years and the two even went into business together years ago as part of a land purchase on the South Side.

Blagojevich and the congressman met to discuss the Senate seat on Monday, one day before federal prosecutors arrested Blagojevich and charged him with trying to sell the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama.

The Tribune has identified Jesse Jackson Jr. as "Senate Candidate 5." Jackson has denied knowing anything about efforts by emissaries or anybody close to him promising to raise money for Blagojevich in exchange for being appointed to the Senate. He has been contacted by federal prosecutors as part of the probe and has agreed to meet with them.

Jackson's congressional spokesman Rick Bryant said Thursday that Nayak is a "family friend and supporter" of the congressman as well as his well-known father, Rev. Jesse Jackson. The congressman and Nayak have spoken about Jackson's desire to succeed Obama.

~ snipet ~

The two businessmen who spoke to the Tribune on the condition of anonymity said they did so because they were afraid of repercussions in the close-knit and politically active Indian business community.

One said Nayak and Bedi told him and others of their plan to help Jackson.

The second said he overheard Nayak and Bedi discussing plans with Bhatt, the Joliet pharmacist..

"Raghu said he needed to raise a million for Rod to make sure Jesse got the seat," the second businessman said. "He said, 'I can raise half of it, $500,000.' The idea was that the other two would help raise the rest."

Bhatt, whose two Basinger's Pharmacy outlets were searched by the FBI last week, has been the focus of a state and federal investigations into whether campaign donations were made in exchange for regulatory favors.

Bedi is the managing director for the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity's Office of Trade and Investment, overseeing nine foreign trade offices around the world from China to Israel. He has also been a key fundraiser for Blagojevich.

Blagojevich has referred to Bedi, who wears a turban, as "My Sikh warrior."

Wild Thing's comment.......

It kind of looks like Jessie Junior drew the short straw, doesn't it? I wonder if this is how Pops Jackson is getting paid back for the 'cut his BLEEPS off' comment? Nah, that's crazy talk! Forget I even said that....just a thought. haha

I guess we better add Jesse Jackson Jr. to the list of those not sleeping too well at night.

Posted by Wild Thing at 05:50 AM | Comments (16)

Democrat at Heart Colin Powell Lashes Out at Rush Limbaugh

Rush visiting the troops......they love him

Rush Limbaugh is the passion of conservatism, the very pulse, bounding through the veins of the nation. He produces life with every heartbeat of his show as he scoffs at liberals and gives us his interpretation of conservative truth. His brand of ideology shakes the very foundations of liberalism.
He follows in the footsteps of giants, such as George Washington, Thomas Paine, and Ronald Reagan, promoting the ideals of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. He broadcasts affectionately trying to steer growing government towards the ideals of the Constitution.
He believes that Americans with limited government are better Americans. He believes that Americans shouldn’t murder babies in the womb. He believes that tax cuts are good for the economy. And finally, he believes safe Americans living free are the best Americans of all.


Colin Powell Lashes Out at Rush Limbaugh


Former Secretary of State Colin Powell blames Rush Limbaugh and conservative talk radio for Republican electoral woes in a CNN interview to be broadcast this weekend.

"Can we continue to listen to Rush Limbaugh?" Powell said, according to a transcript of the interview on the “Fareed Zakaria GPS” show CNN released.
"Is this really the kind of party that we want to be when these kinds of spokespersons seem to appeal to our lesser instincts rather than our better instincts?" Powell said.

Powell told Zakaria that he still considers himself a Republican but said his party should quit listening to Limbaugh for advice. Instead, it needs to look more to minority groups if it wants to win elections in the 21st century.

The week before the presidential election, Powell crossed party lines to endorse Barack Obama during an appearance on NBC’s "Meet the Press."

During the appearance, Powell, the first African-American to hold the secretary of state position, made it clear that race had not played a role in his decision to back Obama. His support, he said, arose from Obama's "ability to inspire, because of the inclusive nature of his campaign, because he is reaching out all across America."

Ironically, conservatives like Limbaugh had strongly opposed John McCain during his presidential campaign, while Powell donated $2,300 to McCain during his primary effort.

"I think the party has to stop shouting at the world and at the country," Powell said. "I think that the party has to take a hard look at itself, and I've talked to a number of leaders in recent weeks and they understand that."
"There is nothing wrong with being conservative. There is nothing wrong with having socially conservative views — I don't object to that,” Powell said in the interview, which was taped Wednesday. “But if the party wants to have a future in this country, it has to face some realities. In another 20 years, the majority in this country will be the minority."

Wild Thing's comment..........

Hey Colin, here’s a newsflash for you, NO ONE GIVES A DAMN WHAT YOU THINK! Powell isn’t worthy to even speak of Rush Limbaugh. Colin Powell is NOT a republican he is an enemy of the republican party.

Another idiot that thinks taking on Rush is a good thing (remember Senator Reid’s attempt). LOL

For someone who has been involved exstensively with the Military, he ought to know that stabbing Rush is also attacking the Military... they LOVE HIM!!!

Powell is an 4 star opportunistic diva. I never liked him, even at the peak of his popularity. Stormin’ Norman was more my kind of man. Powell shines a seat with his a** - he’s a bureaucrat who got way more famous and admired than he ever deserved to be. This self-righteous lackey should just go away and stop charging towards any tv camera that he can get his puss in front of. The man has little honor if any.

.....Thank you Jack for sending this to me. Jack's blog is Conservative Insurgent.

Posted by Wild Thing at 05:48 AM | Comments (20)

US Calls On Europe To Take Guantánamo Inmates

US calls on Europe to take Guantánamo inmates

Times Online Co.UK

America is putting increasing pressure on Britain and other European countries to take in dozens of Guantánamo detainees so that Barack Obama can close down the infamous prison camp.

The issue threatens to be an early test of relations with the President-elect, who has stated that shutting Guantánamo will be one of the top priorities for his incoming administration.

John Bellinger, the chief legal adviser to Condoleezza Rice, the Secretary of State, told The Times that the US had been seeking help from European allies in resettling detainees who were regarded as posing no threat to the West but could not be sent back to their own countries.
A senior State Department official confirmed that the response from Britain and most European Union members had been to refuse. Mr Bellinger said: “It is not helpful for countries to keep calling for the closure of Guantánamo while doing nothing to enable us to do it.”

More than a fifth of the 250 remaining Guantánamo inmates are Chinese, Libyan, Russian, Tunisian or Uzbek nationals who might face persecution or death if they are sent back home. Albania has taken in a handful of Uighurs, who are part of an Islamic separatist movement in a remote western region of China, and Portugal said this week that it was ready to provide a home for others. Luis Amado, the Foreign Minister, said: “The time has come for the European Union to step forward.”

A State Department official acknowledged that public hostility in Europe towards President Bush had been a significant barrier to making progress but suggested that Mr Obama may find it easier.

There have already been discussions between the State Department and Mr Obama’s transition team on closing Guantánamo and one figure who had been present at such talks said that the President-elect had been “getting ready to do some quite robust arm-twisting in European capitals”.

It is understood that Mr Obama’s plan to close Guantánamo would involve taking the most dangerous detainees – a group numbering between 30 and 80 men – from the prison camp in Cuba to the US mainland for trial, where they will finally receive legal rights.

This would involve creating a special terrorism court designed to handle highly sensitive intelligence material and protect the identity of CIA personnel. Some suspects may face lesser charges than those laid against them at Guantánamo’s military tribunals, because much of the evidence against them was gathered through techniques denounced by human rights groups as torture.

Wild Thing's comment......

I feel so much better now, we will be having guests. SHEESH!

Well so it looks like we get the worst of the lot here in America and the others will be sent if allowed to other countries. Maybe, only if those other countries say ok sure we would love to entertain some terrorists that you send us.

This whole thing is so stupid. We have a perfectly good place, GITMO, and it is all set up. But that is something that these twits don't want. Once again they want to mess with something that works and turn it in to a nightmare.

Posted by Wild Thing at 05:47 AM | Comments (12)

Don't Mess With Our Constitution

U.S. now only 2 states away from rewriting Constitution


Christian Worldview Network

American Policy Center...this site has the updates


A public policy organization has issued an urgent alert stating affirmative votes are needed from only two more states before a Constitutional Convention could be assembled in which "today's corrupt politicians and judges" could formally change the U.S. Constitution's "'problematic' provisions to reflect the philosophical and social mores of our contemporary society."

"Don't for one second doubt that delegates to a Con Con wouldn't revise the First Amendment into a government-controlled privilege, replace the 2nd Amendment with a 'collective' right to self-defense, and abolish the 4th, 5th, and 10th Amendments, and the rest of the Bill of Rights," said the warning from the American Policy Institute.

"Additions could include the non-existent separation of church and state, the 'right' to abortion and euthanasia, and much, much more," the group said.

The warning comes at a time when Barack Obama, who is to be voted the next president by the Electoral College Monday, has expressed his belief the U.S. Constitution needs to be interpreted through the lens of current events.

Tom DeWeese, who runs the center and its education and grassroots work, told WND the possibilities stunned him when he discovered lawmakers in Ohio are considering a call for a Constitutional Convention. He explained that 32 other states already have taken that vote, and only one more would be needed to require Congress to name convention delegates who then would have more power than Congress itself.

"The U.S. Constitution places no restriction on the purposes for which the states can call for a convention," the alert said. "If Ohio votes to call a Con Con, for whatever purpose, the United States will be only one state away from total destruction. And it's a safe bet that those who hate this nation, and all She stands for, are waiting to pounce upon this opportunity to re-write our Constitution."

As former Chief Justice Warren Burger said in a letter written to Phyllis Schlafly, President of Eagle Forum:
"...there is no effective way to limit or muzzle the actions of a Constitutional Convention. The convention could make its own rules and set its own agenda. Congress might try to limit the convention to one amendment or to one issue, but there is no way to assure that the convention would obey. After a convention is convened, it will be too late to stop the convention if we don't like its agenda. The meeting in 1787 ignored the limit placed by the confederation Congress..."

We were blessed in 1787; the Con Con delegates were the leaders of a freedom movement that had just cleansed this land of tyranny.

Today's corrupt politicians and judges would like nothing better than the ability to legally ignore the Constitution - to modify its "problematic" provisions to reflect the philosophical and socials mores of our contemporary society.

Our uniquely and purely American concept of individual rights, endowed by our Creator, would be quickly set aside as an anachronistic relic of a bygone era; replaced by new "collective" rights, awarded and enforced by government for the "common good".

The problems our nation faces are not a result of deficiencies in our Constitution; rather, they are the direct result of our disregard for that divinely-inspired document of liberty.


Thank you God,.......HERE IS THE UPDATE

American Policy Center webiste

UPDATE: on the Ohio Legislature's activities since our Wednesday Sledgehammer Alert. Thankfully, that Sledgehammer alerted and activated people across the country to the very real and imminent threat that a Constitutional Convention might soon be called by Congress. You had a definite impact on the Ohio House, and gave us at least a temporary victory. But we're not finished, as you will see.

First and foremost: Thank you for a job well done!

Your efforts delivered a resounding shot across the bow of the Ohio House. According to our legislative contact, some Representatives received more hundreds of calls and emails on this subject. Good work! The House Judiciary Committee definitely felt the heat; the vote scheduled for Wednesday afternoon was cancelled! And there was no vote Thursday. Chairman Blessing said the vote listing was just a terrible mistake (and if you believe that...). Truth be told, your attention stopped them in their tracks!

About a dozen people gave testimony opposing HJR 8. With just 18 hours advance notice, we offer a loud "Bravo"! to those who stepped up to the task. Only Chairman Blessing spoke in favor of the bill, and his arguments were shattered by the other testimony.

Wild Thing's comment........

Isn't it something how no matter how many battles have been fought and won, we still have to keep at it. There truly is no peace without war is what this all has been teaching me. I heard that before as I was growing up, but these last years since Reagan left office I see how true it is.

We really can't ever give up fighting for our country. The left, the rino's, communists you name it are working 24/7 to change it.

Here is some excellent information I got from the two sources below.


America's Owners Manual

American Civil Rights Union...NOT the ACLU this is a different name and a different thing entirely. haha

To start over with a new constitution, they would first have to amend Article V to allow it.

“The Congress, whenever two-thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two-thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three-fourths of the several States, or by Conventions in three-fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress; Provided that no Amendment which may be made prior to the Year One thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any Manner affect the first and fourth Clauses in the Ninth Section of the First Article; and that no State, without its Consent, shall be deprived of its equal Suffrage in the Senate.” – Article V of the Constitution of the United States

The Founding Fathers provided two methods to propose amendments to the Constitution.

* The Congressional Method requires both Houses of Congress to approve a proposed amendment by a two-thirds vote. For over two hundred years, Americans have chosen to use this particular method to amend the Constitution, but it is not the only method established in Article V.

* The Convention Method requires that the legislatures of two-thirds of the states apply for an Article V Convention. According to Hamilton, Madison and other Founders, along with several US Supreme Court decisions, Congress is then obliged to call a Convention for Proposing Amendments. The states would send delegates to the Convention who would in turn propose amendments directly, bypassing Congress.

The Framers also provided two options for ratifying amendments, and they authorized Congress to decide which option was appropriate. The Supreme Court has ruled that Congress is limited to choosing one of the two options.

* The Legislative Option requires the legislatures of three-fourths of the states to ratify a proposed amendment.

* The Ratifying Convention Option requires the ratifying conventions of three-fourths of the states to ratify a proposed amendment. This option has been used only twice in our history: once to ratify the Constitution itself, and once to ratify the 21st Amendment repealing Prohibition.

One thing is perfectly clear: Article V gives the states assembled in convention the same proposal rights as Congress – no more, no less. And no matter whether an amendment originates with Congress or a Convention for Proposing Amendments, it must be ratified by three-fourths of the states before it can become part of the Constitution

The Framers’ Safety Valve

Fearing a tyrannical Congress would block the amendatory process, the Framers formulated Article V, wording it so as to fence off the Constitution from hostile or careless hands. They were careful to enumerate Three Forbidden Subjects:

1. Altering the arrangement known as slavery until 1808, a ban that has been lifted both by time and war.
2. Altering the arrangement of equal representation of the states in the Senate.
3. Writing a new constitution.

The last Forbidden Subject is implied, rather than explicit, like the first two. The Framers took great pains to avoid using the term “constitutional convention”. Instead, the Founding Document refers to a “Convention for proposing Part of this Constitution”. An Article V Convention is strictly limited to proposing amendments to the Constitution of 1787, and it is forbidden to compose a new constitution. No matter what amendments may be proposed, the Constitution must remain intact, else the actions of the Convention become unconstitutional.

Unless Article V is amended first to allow it, a Convention for Proposing Amendments can never become a true constitutional convention, i.e. it can never write a new constitution. And neither can Congress.

How It Would Work

The Founding Document is silent about a Convention for Proposing Amendments, except for establishing its existence and the criterion of its call by Congress. In 1965, a commission of the American Bar Association laid out what could be divined about the Framers’ intent. Then in 1992, after the commotion over the unexpected ratification of the 27th Amendment, originally proposed in 1789, Congress passed a bill reforming its involvement in the amendatory process, to include regulating the petitions for a Convention for Proposing Amendments and regulating the Convention itself.

* Petitions from state legislatures asking Congress to call a Convention for Proposing Amendments would have a shelf life of 7 years before expiring. The petition would have to request a subject or subjects for the Convention to consider, or it could request a general revision of the Constitution of 1787 – but not a new constitution!

* If the legislatures of two-thirds of the states petition Congress for a convention, and if the petitions are “fresh” because they are all less than 7 years old, and if the wording of those petitions is in agreement as to the subject(s) the Convention is asked to consider, then Congress would call the Convention, i.e. set the time and place.

* Baker v. Carr (“One Man/One Vote”) would apply. Delegates would be elected by the people, not appointed by a governor or state legislature. The model for the Convention would be similar to the Electoral College, where each congressional district would elect one delegate, and two delegates would be elected at large by each state.

* The petitioning language used by the states to request a Convention for Proposing Amendments would define the purview of the Convention. The Convention would not be allowed to address any subject outside that language.

* Upon convening, the Vice President would preside until the Convention could elect its own officers and establish its own rules of order.

* During the Convention, the Supreme Court would be available to hear cases generated by the Convention without going through the usual appellate process.

* Amendment proposals would go through deliberation and vigorous debate as would any amendment proposed in Congress. The Convention would set the bar for approving an amendment proposal to pass it on to the states for ratification. This could be a simple majority, a two-thirds majority, or anything that the Convention chose.

* Once the Convention exhausts the language of its purview and passes one, more than one, or no amendment proposals to the states for ratification, the Convention would adjourn permanently, and the delegates would become ordinary citizens again.

* Congress would then submit the proposed amendments to the states for ratification by deciding whether they should use the Legislative Option or the Ratifying Convention Option.

* If Congress chooses the Ratifying Convention Option, each state would hold an election for delegates to its state ratifying convention, which would be apportioned according to population.

* Each state legislature (or state ratifying convention, if Congress so chose) would vote up or down on each proposed amendment. If three-fourths of the states ratified an amendment proposal, it would become part of the Constitution.

Who Represents America?

Article I, Section 6 of the Constitution prevents a sitting congressman or senator from taking a seat as a delegate at a Convention for Proposing Amendments unless he first resigns his seat in Congress. It is safe to say that few would be willing to give up the permanent power of Congress for the transitory power of an Article V Convention.

So who would be elected by the states? Yourself, your friends, and your neighbors. All you have to do is run for Convention Delegate. There would be no need for a party endorsement or a campaign war chest. Anyone who raised a vast sum of money or took campaign contributions from vested interests would immediately fall under suspicion. After all, an Article V Convention is about the Constitution, not pork, perks and personal power.

Anyone who wishes to run for Convention Delegate will have to know his Constitution. He will have to take a stand on the subject(s) the Convention is to consider, and he will have to be able to defend that position in public. He won’t be able to hedge, waffle or use weasel words. Most importantly, the candidate for Convention Delegate will have to be a person of integrity, respected in his community.

The conservative caricature of an Article V Convention is a disorderly mob of statists from Massachusetts, welfare recipients from New York, and New Agers and illegal aliens from California. The liberal caricature of a convention is a gaggle of sexually maladjusted theocrats from Mississippi, American Gothics from Indiana, Johnny Rebs from South Carolina and bearskin-clad mountain men from Alaska.

Of course, the Convention will be representative of America at that time and place. All facets of America will be there, and that is as it should be. At an Article V Convention, everyone will have an opportunity to make his case, and everyone will have to lay his cards on the table. It's even possible that the Convention will send no amendment proposals to the states or that the states themselves will choose not to ratify.

So why go through all this?

There has long been fear of a Convention for Proposing Amendments because Americans have never used that tool. To most people, this is uncharted territory. But the Framers and Congress have provided a roadmap. Once the Convention meets, does its business and adjourns, Americans will understand that the Convention is just another tool provided by the Framers. Congress and the political parties will be on notice that the People have found another way.

For that is the beauty of the Constitution of the United States. It is designed to be changed by the People, either through their national government or – should that government fail to satisfy their mandate – through a second system of amendment. The Framers bequeathed the People two methods of amendment so that the government would always be under the People’s control.

....Thank you so much Mark for sending this article to me.

Posted by Wild Thing at 05:45 AM | Comments (12)

December 12, 2008

Emanuel Reportedly Spoke with Blagojevich About Senate Seat

Remember Obama said, “I did not know anything about what was going on”

Rahm Emanuel Reportedly Spoke with Blagojevich About Senate Seat

FOX news Chicago

Chicago -- The firestorm surrounding Governor Blagojevich is putting some heat on Barack Obama’s transition team. Fox Chicago News has learned about possible conversations between a top Obama aide and the governor regarding the open senate seat. Craig Wall has the exclusive.

Wild Thing's comment...........

Phone call to New Orleans.....Mr. Nagin, please pick up the red courtsey phone. We're going to need more buses.

Obama and his team obviously think we in the sticks have never heard of "plausible deniability" before in our petty little lives.

Memo to Obama and Rahm... always remember this,"Chicago, Chicago, that tattlin’ town. OH wait how about this.... heh heh .......Would it be inappropriate to send a fish wrapped up in newspaper to the office of the president-elect?
It won't be all that bad, George Bush will pardon them ( Ho-bama and his merry men ) all before leaving office. hahhaha

Posted by Wild Thing at 05:55 AM | Comments (14)

GOOD! Republicans Grow Spine ~ $14B "UNION" Auto Bailout Dies In Senate

The collapse came after bipartisan talks on the auto rescue broke down over GOP demands that the United Auto Workers union agree to steep wage cuts by 2009 to bring their pay into line with Japanese carmakers.


A $14 billion emergency bailout for U.S. automakers collapsed in the Senate Thursday night after the United Auto Workers refused to accede to Republican demands for swift wage cuts.

The collapse came after bipartisan talks on the auto rescue broke down over GOP demands that the United Auto Workers union agree to steep wage cuts by 2009 to bring their pay into line with Japanese carmakers.

"We were about three words away from a deal," said Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, the GOP's point man in the negotiations, referring to any date in 2009 on which the UAW would accept wage cuts.
Majority Leader Harry Reid said he hoped President George W. Bush would tap the $700 billion Wall Street bailout fund for emergency aid to the automakers. General Motors Corp. and Chrysler LLC have said they could be weeks from collapse. Ford Motor Co. says it does not need federal help now, but its survival is far from certain.
Reid called the bill's collapse "a loss for the country," adding: "I dread looking at Wall Street tomorrow. It's not going to be a pleasant sight."
Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called Senate Republicans' refusal to support the White House-negotiated bill irresponsible and also urged the Bush administration and the Federal Reserve to provide short-term relief for the automakers. "That is the only viable option available at this time," she said.

Congressional Republicans were already in open revolt against Bush over an auto bailout deal the White House negotiated with congressional Democrats, passed by the House passed on Wednesday.

The developments unfolded after Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky joined other GOP lawmakers in announcing his opposition to the White House-backed rescue bill passed by the House on Wednesday.

Republicans also bitterly opposed tougher environmental rules carmakers would have to meet as part of the House-passed version of the rescue package and the Senate dropped them from its package.

Some Senate Democrats joined Republicans in turning against the House-passed bill — despite increasingly urgent expressions of support from the White House and President-elect Barack Obama for quick action to spare the economy the added pain of a potential automaker collapse.

FROM: Senate Auto Bailout Fails- CSPAN 2 Live ( with my notes)

Dodd explaining that this is a complex issue. Dodd is going nuts! He is ranting! Saying he feels bad for the people that won’t have jobs, and won’t be able to provide for their families over the holiday season yada yada, this guy is the PROBLEM!

Hey DODD! I am not praying for the demise of the livelihoods of fellow Americans, we keep bailing out banks and companies we will all lose our livelihoods.

Harry Reid speaking now, says he is so sorry they could not reach a conclusion, crying about how hard everyone worked. LOL Harry never worked!

When all of this started..didn’t the UAW thugs say they weren’t willing to make any concessions...


Chris Dodd and Barney Frank and Chick Schumer, they are the reason the Grinch stole Detroit’s Christmas.

Senator Jim DeMint on the Auto Bailout

Thank God for Sen. DeMint of South Carolina. He is probably the most consistent and outspoken of the opponents of this looting on the hill now. I loved his remark earlier about how people will be rioting in the streets if they DO approve this bailout. About time the Rs learned how the propaganda game is played.

The bailout bill is now dead in the Senate. Thank you respined GOP!

Posted by Wild Thing at 05:50 AM | Comments (14)

"Preserve, Protect and Defend the Constitution of the United States"

Where Were You Born, Obama?


by Diana West

Roger Kimball may have tagged it first: The real news out of Chicago this week wasn't Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's arrest on cartoonishly lurid charges of corruption stemming from his alleged attempts to sell President-elect Barack Obama's now-vacant U.S. Senate seat. The real news out of Chicago this week was that President-elect Barack Obama had nothing to do with it.

And I mean nothing to do with any of it. There was an almost comical aspect to the spectacle of journalists across the mainstream media (MSM) suddenly, as if on command, assuming pretzel positions in a contortionist's effort not to seem at all curious, for instance, about the discrepancy between David Axelrod's recent declaration that the president-elect had discussed Senate-seat replacements with Blagojevich, and Obama's more recent declaration that he had done no such thing.

The MSM instantly agreed: Obama had nothing to do with it. Such a message took Obama out of the story even before the story itself was clear.

This mantra, this strategy should be familiar by now. Whether it is Jeremiah "G -- d -- - America" Wright, William "We didn't do enough" Ayers, or now, Rod "F -- - him" Blagojevich, Obama is never a player, never even a responsible presence in controversies involving associates past and present. In the media-filtered version of events, he's just not even there. But in no story is what we may one day come to think of as Obama's invisible man-hood more obvious than in the still-roiling controversy over Obama's birth certificate.

What controversy? Anyone who relies solely on MSM outlets (and most conservative outlets) may not even know that Obama has, to this day, not authorized the state of Hawaii to release his Certificate of Live Birth -- the "long form" -- to prove that he is a "natural born citizen" (NBC), a Constitutional requirement of all presidents. Instead, We, the People, have online access to an Obama document known as a Certification of Live Birth, which, as Randall Hoven explains at American Thinker blog, is a computer-generated short form that is not even accepted by the Hawaii Department of Home Lands as adequate verification of Hawaiian identity. (The Home Lands Department requires "information that is found only on the original Certificate of Live Birth," or long form.) Further dimming the online document's Holy Grail aspects, it has been altered -- the certificate's number has been redacted -- which, according to a statement printed on the document, actually invalidates it.

But that's not all. Back on Oct. 31, Hawaii's director of health, along with the registrar of Vital Statistics, released a statement verifying that the Hawaii's Department of Health has Obama's "original birth certificate on record in accordance with state policies and procedures."

Well, that's just great. But no matter how many times this statement from "Hawaiian authorities" is cited as the NBC clincher, it doesn't prove a thing. It turns out, as Hoven reports, that Hawaii issues birth certificates even for babies born elsewhere, so simply having an original Hawaiian birth certificate "on record" doesn't answer the key questions. Namely: What exactly does this original birth certificate say? And why doesn't Obama simply authorize the document's release and be done with the question?

This is some of the background to the birth-certificate controversy. According to the same MSM reporting that omits Obama from everything, however, the controversy is the sole, self-inflicted creation of people unreasonable enough -- no, kooky enough -- to be concerned about the issue. This includes citizens who have gone to court (up to the U.S. Supreme Court) in more than a dozen states with various NBC-related complaints, all of which could be resolved by the release of Obama's original birth certificate. It also includes followers of radio shows or Internet forums including KHOW's Peter Boyle in Denver, the blog Atlas Shrugs and the news Web site, which have aggressively covered the story.

In the MSM's no-Obama version of events, though, such efforts and interest are mocked as the freakiest kind of lunacy. And this same MSM argument has lately been trumpeted by prominent conservative voices.

"Shut up about the birth certificate," David Horowitz wrote this past week.
Shut up? Is he kidding? Apparently not. Horowitz went on to tell "fringe conservatives" and "birth-certificate zealots" that their "continuing efforts" to "deny Obama his victory" are "embarrassing and destructive."
NRO's Mark Krikorian, in turn, congratulated Horowitz for "stomping on the ridiculous, bitter-ender efforts to disqualify Obama from the presidency."
Michelle Malkin, too, pooh-poohed the "birth-certificate hunters," describing them as having "lurched into rabid Truther territory."

("Truthers," by the way, are people who believe the United States engineered the attacks of 9/11.)

I disagree. I think it is nothing less than good citizenship to seek to verify that Obama is a "natural born citizen" since our elites, which include the major political parties and the MSM, failed to bring the matter to its extremely simple resolution long ago.

But while important, this isn't just a story about whether we as Americans are right or wrong to ask our president-elect the question about his original birth certificate. It is about whether our president-elect is right or wrong not to answer it.

Once again, Barack Obama is treated as though he were not even a part of this story. Those who seek to resolve the birth certificate controversy draw the fire, but not the man who causes it. Talk shows, court battles and blogs can air the issue, but it is only Obama who can put it to rest. And he can do it simply by authorizing the release of his original, "long form" birth certificate -- and quickly, preferably before the Electoral College meets to validate his election on Dec. 15, but certainly before his term of office begins on Jan. 20, 2009.

Unless, of course, he has something to hide.

Wild Thing's comment..........

Diana West as usual gets it, she is right on the mark.

This is an excellent article. Obama is the one that should be "gone after", certainly not those of us that want the Constitution respected and followed. Anyone else elected to be President would have to follow what the Constitution says and Obama is no different. No exception, just because he is the first half black, half white person to be elected to become President. I want and expect anyone running for President to be constitutionally qualified and no less.

Obama is NOT bigger then our country, NOT bigger then our Constitution and his actions and words have shown otherwise in how he thinks of himself.

Everyone should be allowed their opinion about this, and some will find it more of a passion then others. I am cool with that. Just like I don't expect every American to think about our troops and Veterans every day of their life like I do. That is just my thing and I can't change who and what I am. Our Constitution ranks at the top as well with me. It is something I was taught about as a young child and through the years. My Father did not take us on our holiday's to the East coast and the memorials, the White House, Capitol, House of Rep., Arlington, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and all the other educational places for the heck of it. He wanted to instill in us how important each one of these things were that made our country what it was then and now, and God help us in our future too.

I remember several years ago when Clinton was President, Oliver North was giving away free little booklets of the Constitution. The size a person could put in their pocket if there were a man and a woman in her purse. Why??? Because he knew how important our Constitution is to our country.

I think it is sad when there are those that do not get it, that do not see it is not some tin foil hat baloney but of such great importance that it could change drastically everything about our great and awesome land of the brave.

Oath of office of the President of the United States

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.

The wordings of the current oath of enlistment and oath for commissioned officers are as follows:

I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God." (Title 10, US Code; Act of 5 May 1960 replacing the wording first adopted in 1789, with amendment effective 5 October 1962).

"I, _____ (SSAN), having been appointed an officer in the Army of the United States, as indicated above in the grade of _____ 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 reservations or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office upon which I am about to enter; So help me God." (DA Form 71, 1 August 1959, for officers.)

Posted by Wild Thing at 05:48 AM | Comments (14)

Patriot Guard Riders and Snowball Express California

The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to attend the SNOWBALL EXPRESS arrival and departure at Sacramento International Airport on December 16, 2008 . It arrives at 11:08 am and departs at 11:48 am. Terminal B American Airlines.

Patriot Guard Riders to arrive at 09:00 HRS and greet the Children of those Military Fallen Heroes who will be boarding the "Snowball Express".

The PGR will be escorting the children from the curbside to the gate. If you plan on attending this event you MUST let me know asap. American Airlines will be issuing special passes to riders to enter the restricted areas to escort the Children to the gates.

Bill Hawkins

Patriot Guard Riders - Regional Ride Captain, Sacramento - NorCal


Wild Thing's comment.........

This is so awesome what they are doing. I love the Patriot Guard Riders and the Snowball Express really does a lot of good too. Thank God for these that know how important it is NEVER to Forget.

The "Snowball Express" was created so that Americans and businesses could honor and pay tribute to the children (and parents) of those military fallen heroes who have died while honorably serving since 9/11. The program started in December of 2006 when nearly 900 family members from all across America and the world gathered in Southern California for an unforgettable holiday gathering. In Nov 2007, over 1,100 children and surviving parents attended (as guests of Americans, corporations, and service groups who donated their time, money and resources) yet another healing event. Kids, parents, and widows discovered they weren't alone. And they found they weren't forgotten.

The Snowball Express flight on the West coast will originate in Seattle (45 people will board), make a stop at PDX (23 people will board), and another stop in Sacramento (35 people will board) before arriving in Southern California. This flight is one of six in the U.S. all destined for the same place (Disneyland/Universal Studios).

At Sacramento the Sacramento Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker (soldiers, mice, party children, and the Nutcracker) will be costumed at the theater and transported to the airport to offer a festive atmosphere. The soldiers will “Stand Guard” at the gate as the passengers board. The Sacramento Ballet is also bringing equipment to play Holiday Music. This is an event that we all will never forget and what a wonderful way to help the children celebrate the Holiday Season. We will never forget the fallen!

Snowball Express is dedicated to helping the children of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces since 9/11.

On December 16th through December 20th of this year, Snowball Express will host 2000 children and surviving spouses in Southern California, from all across America, for an all-expense paid holiday gathering none of them will ever forget.

The price of freedom for these families is paid every day with the loss of a loved one.

Their heroes died as Americans. Let's step up as Americans and help their families

....Thank you Cuchieddie for sending this to me.

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Obama Chief of Staff R. Emanuel Ducks Reporters' Questions - Refuses to Answer

I can't see you right now, and you don't see me either. We were never here. I don't even know you.


Is Emanuel the adviser on gov tape?

Chiacgo Sun Times


President-elect Barack Obama’s chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, refused to take questions from reporters this morning about whether he was the Obama “advisor” named in the criminal complaint against Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

The complaint states Blagojevich wanted a promise of a high-level appointment or some other reward for Blagojevich in exchange for Blagojevich naming Obama’s friend Valerie Jarrett to replace him in the U.S. Senate.

Emanuel was uncharacteristically absent from Obama’s news conference this morning. He was spotted two hours later in the lobby of Chicago’s City Hall. He was there to listen to his two children performing in a concert with their school, Anshe Emet.

A Sun-Times reporter pressed him to comment about whether he was the emissary named in the criminal complaint.

“You’re wasting your time,” Emanuel said. “I’m not going to say a word to you. I’m going to do this with my children. Dont do that. I’m a father. I have two kids. I’m not going to do it.”
Asked, “Can’t you do both?” Emanuel replied, “I’m not as capable as you. I’m going to be a father. I’m allowed to be a father,” and he pushed the reporter’s digital recorder away.

Blagojevch was caught on tape saying that he wanted the Obama advisor in question to know what Blagojevich wanted in exchange for the Jarrett appointment.

Blagojevich said, “He asks me for the fifth CD thing, I want it to be in his head.” Emanuel represents the 5th Congressional District in Illinois.

No one in the Obama campaign or administration has been charged with any wrongdoing. Obama said this morning that none of his staff has had a hand in any dealmaking on his Senate replacement.

Wild Thing's comment.........

Obama isn’t even elected and already his administration is immersed in scandal. hmmmm Does this mean the Pres-elect is finally being vetted by the media. hahaha

Also Obama refuses to take questions from any “reporters” not on his Official Reporter Suck-Up List. I am not sure about the last few days, but at all those stupid press conferences he was holding every single day he would not call on any Fox reporters to answer their questions.

“You’re wasting your time,” Emanuel said. “I’m not going to say a word to you. I’m going to do this with my children. Dont do that. I’m a father. I have two kids. I’m not going to do it.”

Asked, “Can’t you do both?” Emanuel replied, “I’m not as capable as you. I’m going to be a father. I’m allowed to be a father,” and he pushed the reporter’s digital recorder away.

Now this is rich! They lambasted Govenor Palin for not being able to be a mother and the vp relentlessly. Here this guy admits he is not as capable as a reporter because he can't be a daddy and chief of staff???

IMO I really think U.S. politics has officially “jumped the shark” on Ronald Reagan’s last day as President. It has gone down hill since then.

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December 11, 2008

U.S. House Passes Rescue Plan For Auto Industry

U.S. House passes rescue plan for auto industry

International Herald Tribune

WASHINGTON: The House voted 237 to 170 Wednesday night in favor of a $15 billion rescue for the automobile industry, but the fate of the measure was uncertain because of shaky support among Republicans in the Senate.

The House approval of the Democratic-backed program was not a surprise, given the Democrats' 236-to-198 advantage in the chamber. The bigger test will come in the Senate, where the Democrats' edge is only 50 to 49 and where 60 votes are needed to advance the legislation because of procedural rules.

Debate in the House focused on the whether the bailout was good for the country or simply a waste of money. While supporters of the bill emphasized the economic fallout if the carmakers failed, critics said there were no guarantees that the companies could restructure without bankruptcy.

Senate Republicans that are fiercely opposed to the auto bailout

Wild Thing's comment.........

They need to claim or go bankrupt and start over. Keep the Government out of it if at all possible. I am totally against this bailout! Wouldn't that be better and that way the government is not their boss as to what they make and all sorts of nightmares that could happen???

GRrrr, I am so sick of rino's. I really want the few House and Senate Republicans to start acting like Conservatives now more than ever and stop this massive push toward socialism.

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Obama "Going To The Mattresses"

What did Obama know ... and when did he know it?

wnd ...for complete article

Unanswered questions alarm anti-corruption investigators

The corruption arrest of Gov. Rod Blagojevich is raising questions about what Sen. Barack Obama knew of the Illinois Democrat's alleged activities, including his apparent offer to appoint Obama's preferred candidate to serve in the U.S. Senate in return for "private sector" help from Obama.

"This is a burgeoning crisis for Obama that should shake his presidency to its core," said Tom Fitton, chief of the Judicial Watch organization today.
"The criminal complaint filed today indicates that Obama and his team knew about Blagojevich's efforts to sell Obama's Senate seat," he said.
"Did Obama report Blagojevich to investigators about any efforts to sell his Senate seat?" Fitton asked.

ABC's Jake Tapper also expressed concern over the same issue.

On his blog, he wrote that while appearances seem to indicate Obama "refused to go along with the 'pay to play'" Blagojevich plan, there were significant questions.

For example, he wondered "how Blagojevich knew that Mr. Obama was not willing to give him anything in exchange for the Senate seat – with whom was Blagojevich speaking? Did that person report the governor to the authorities?"

The case did, however, mention Tony Rezko, a longtime Obama friend, fundraiser and real estate partner, Judicial Watch noted.

Obama told reporters, "I had no contact with the governor or his office, so I was not aware of what was happening," clearly distancing himself from his home state and its governor, whom he previously had endorsed for re-election.
"I am saddened and sobered by the news that came out of the U.S. attorney's office today. But as this is an ongoing investigation involving the governor I don't think it would be appropriate for me to comment at this time," he said.

But Tapper noted Obama's senior adviser, David Axelrod, appeared "said something quite different" in an interview Nov. 23 with Chicago's Fox affiliate.

"While insisting that the president-elect had not expressed a favorite to replace him, and his inclination was to avoid being a 'kingmaker,'" Axelrod said, "I know he's talked to the governor and there are a whole range of names many of which have surfaced, and I think he has a fondness for a lot of them."

And there is THIS from CNN of all places................

Obama's response insufficient in governor scandal


By Campbell Brown

Tonight, a call for a little more transparency from President-elect Barack Obama about what he did or did not know about the allegations against Gov. Rod Blagojevich in Illinois.

I will first re-iterate what we heard from U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald. He said Obama did nothing wrong and there are no allegations of wrongdoing against the president-elect.

Then Obama himself said he never had contact with the governor about who should replace him in the Senate and had no idea any of this was going on.

Fair enough. But that is all Obama has said.

And what now looks pretty clear, at least based on these tapes and what the U.S. attorney is telling us, is that someone from Obama-world did have communication with the governor about this.

Who was it? What was said?

Attempts by CNN reporters and others to get answers have been met with a big: "no comment due to an ongoing investigation."

Sorry, but that's not good enough for someone who ran a campaign based in part on a promise of more openness and transparency.

At the very least you could have assured that you and your staff are getting to the bottom of this and fully cooperating with the investigators.

After all, we can figure some of this out on our own.

It seems pretty clear that Valerie Jarrett, soon to be one of Obama's top White House advisers, was at one time on Blagojevich's shortlist to take Obama's Senate seat, and that there was some communication between Blagojevich and someone in Obama-world -- someone who allegedly conveyed to the governor that all he would ever get from Obama was appreciation.

So who was this point-person on Obama's team?

Did they know what Blagojevich was allegedly up to? And did they tip off investigators?

Or did they know the governor was allegedly soliciting bribes and did nothing?

These are unanswered questions.


Wild Thing's comment...........

When Clinton was in office, just about everybody he took with him to Washington or left behind in Arkansas was convicted of something, including the then Governor of Arkansas, and now Obama get’s elected and apparently everybody he was connected with in Illinois is going to jail.

The media and the Democrats managed to fool America into believing that the Clinton’s were the only clean politicians from Arkansas, and now the media and the Democrats actually want America to believe the Obama is the only clean politician from Illinois.

I think Obama will be protected by the media. They will not let the Messiah be asked difficult questions.

Funny, no press conferences from the fake office of president elect yesterday. Going to the mattresses I guess.

This reminds me of the scene in “The Godfather” in which Robert Duvall’s Tom Hagen, the Corleone family’s consigliore, and James Caan’s Sonny Corleone argue over how to respond to an attempt to kill Sonny’s father, Don Corleone.

“Sonny,” Hagen says, “let’s talk about this and get a meeting up.”
“No!” Sonny shouts back. “No more meetings . . . we go to the mattresses.”

In the film " The Godfather", going to the mattresses meant drawing in all the members of the extended crime family to sleep and eat in one place so they’d be together as they sought revenge for the Godfather’s shooting.

....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.

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Sarah Palin Number One in 2008 Year-End Google Zeitgeist

2008 Year-End Google Zeitgeist


As the year comes to a close, it's time to look at the big events, memorable moments and emerging trends that captivated us in 2008. As it happens, studying the aggregation of the billions of search queries that people type into the Google search box gives us a glimpse into the zeitgeist — the spirit of the times. We've compiled some of the highlights from Google searches around the globe and hope you enjoy looking back as much as we do.

Fastest Rising (Global)

1. sarah palin
2. beijing 2008
3. facebook login
4. tuenti
5. heath ledger
6. obama
7. nasza klasa
8. wer kennt wen
9. euro 2008
10. jonas brothers


Wild Thing's comment.......

I LOVE it, of course it is only right that Sarah be number one and Obama not number one . Tah dah!
Thank God for Sarah Palin.

......Thank you RAC for sending this to me.

RAC has a website that is awesome. 336th Assault Helicopter Company

13th Combat Aviation Battalion - 1st Aviation Brigade - Soc Trang, Republic of Vietnam

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A Great Song Of The Vietnam War Written and Sung by SFC Jim Tolbert

A great song of the Vietnam War written and sung by SFC Jim Tolbert, who served multiple tours in Vietnam with the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne). "Purple Heart" was never played nationwide, but it was played in Vietnam and also on some local radio stations in the Ft. Bragg (Fayetteville) NC area circa 1967-68.
Although 40 years have passed, "Purple Heart" is still fondly remembered by many Special Forces soldiers of the Vietnam era.

Wild Thing's comment........

A BIG thank you to all of you Veterans!!

.....Thank you Jack for sending this to me. Jack's wonderful blog is Conservative Insurgent

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Global Hawk UAV

They've become a fixture in the skies over Iraq and Afghanistan, a new breed of unmanned aircraft operated with remote controls by "pilots" sitting in virtual cockpits many miles away.

This is a photo of the Global Hawk UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle)that returned from the war zone recently under its own power. (Iraq to Edwards AFB in CA) - Not transported via C5 or C17.

Notice the mission paintings (in black) on the fuselage.

It's actually over 250 missions...(and supposedly 25 air medals).

That's a long way for a remotely-piloted aircraft.

Think of the technology (and the required quality of the data link to fly it remotely).

Not only that but the pilot controlled it from a nice warm control panel at Edwards AFB.

Really long legs- can stay up for almost 2 days at altitudes above 60,000 ft..

The Global Hawk was controlled via satellite; it flew missions during OT&E that went from Edwards AFB to upper Alaska and back non-stop.

Basically, they come into the fight at a high mach # in mil thrust, fire their AMRAAMS, and no one ever sees them or paints with radar.

There is practically no radio chatter because all the guys in the flight are tied together electronically, and can see who is targeting who, and they have AWACS direct input and 360 situational awareness from that and other sensors The aggressors had a morale problem before it was all over.

It is to air superiority what the jet engine was to aviation.

It can taxi, take off, fly a mission, return, land and taxi on it's own.

No blackouts, no fatigue, no relief tubes, no ejection seats, and best of all, no dead pilots, no POWs.

Wild Thing's comment..........

Fantastic, this is amazing how this works.

....Thank you BobF for sending this to me.

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Martina McBride - The Christmas Song

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December 10, 2008

Obama The Fresh Prince of Bill Ayers Plans To Reach Out To Muslim World

Barack Obama plans to reach out to Muslim world

Chicago Tribune

In exclusive interview, he says he plans to be sworn in like every other president, using his full name: Barack Hussein Obama

By Christi Parsons, John McCormick and Peter Nicholas

Barack Obama says his presidency is an opportunity for the U.S. to renovate its relations with the Muslim world, starting the day of his inauguration and continuing with a speech he plans to deliver in an Islamic capital.

And when he takes the oath of office Jan. 20, he plans to be sworn in like every other president, using his full name: Barack Hussein Obama.

"I think we've got a unique opportunity to reboot America's image around the world and also in the Muslim world in particular,'' Obama said Tuesday, promising an "unrelenting" desire to "create a relationship of mutual respect and partnership in countries and with peoples of good will who want their citizens and ours to prosper together."
The world, he said, "is ready for that message."
He also made it clear that, even as he plans his move to Washington, his heart will remain in Chicago. His "Kennebunkport" will be the South Side, Obama said, and he pledged to return at least every couple months for some family down time.

The conversation was his first with a newspaper since his election on Nov. 4, and it came just hours after Gov. Rod Blagojevich was arrested on a federal conspiracy complaint. The complaint alleges that Blagojevich essentially tried to auction off the appointment to replace Obama in the U.S. Senate, but the president-elect declined to speak about any discussions between his representatives and those of the governor, a fellow Democrat.

Obama said he never has spoken personally to Blagojevich about his possible replacement, either before or since his victory. Shortly after the interview ended Tuesday afternoon, Obama's transition office released a statement saying top adviser David Axelrod misspoke last month when he said Obama had talked with Blagojevich about the Senate vacancy.

Obama said the country must take advantage of a unique chance to recalibrate relations around the globe, through a new diplomacy that emphasizes inclusiveness and tolerance as well as an unflinching stand against terrorism.

"The message I want to send is that we will be unyielding in stamping out the terrorist extremism we saw in Mumbai," Obama said, adding that he plans to give a major address in an Islamic capital as part of his global outreach.

He offered no hints about future Cabinet appointments, but voiced strong support for Eric Holder, his nominee for attorney general, by batting away concerns about his role in the controversial pardon of fugitive financier Marc Rich at the end of Bill Clinton's presidency.

One simple matter comes down to three little words, and on them he has made up his mind: he won't shrink from using his full name when he takes the oath of office.

"I think the tradition is that they use all three names, and I will follow the tradition," he said. "I'm not trying to make a statement one way or another. I'll do what everybody else does.''

Even in the White House, though, he doesn't plan to sever ties to home. He made reference to former President George H.W. Bush's White House getaway--Kennebunkport, Maine.

"Let me explain to you, my Kennebunkport is on the South Side of Chicago," he said. "Our friends are here. Our family is here. We are going to try to come back here as often as possible . . . at least once every six weeks or couple months."

Wild Thing's comment......

NOW it’s OK to say his middle name! If you dared utter it during the campaign, you were called Islamophobic. But now we can yell it proudly from the rooftops LOL OK so show us your birth certificate, Barack Hussein Obama!

"I think we've got a unique opportunity to reboot America's image around the world and also in the Muslim world in particular,'' Obama said

The Fresh Prince of Bill Ayers has got to be friendly to the homeboys, dont’cha know . We don’t need to ‘reach out’ to the Muslim world, we need to defeat and negate it !!!!

WHAT will we do if a sitting President decides to ‘convert’ to the enemy death-cult? Whammo-just like that, we’re ruled by a Muslim. WHO but a Flaming MUSLIM, would make kissing up to the Muslim World the First Priority after being sworn in as POTUS .

Whatever name he uses, he will perjure himself the moment he takes te oath.

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Obama Mantra ~ This is NOT The Democrat Gov.Blagojevich I Once Knew

Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich and Barack Hussein Obama

Questions Arise About the Obama/Blagojevich Relationship

Political Punch

ABC News

"Obviously like the rest of the people of Illinois I am saddened and sobered by the news that came out of the US attorney's office today," said President-elect Obama this afternoon in Chicago, speaking of the criminal complaint against Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich for corruption. "But as this is a ongoing investigation involving the governor I don't think it would be appropriate for me to comment on the issue at this time."
Asked what contact he'd had with the governor's office about his replacement in the Senate, President-elect Obama today said "I had no contact with the governor or his office and so we were not, I was not aware of what was happening."

But on November 23, 2008, his senior adviser David Axelrod appeared on Fox News Chicago and said something quite different.

While insisting that the President-elect had not expressed a favorite to replace him, and his inclination was to avoid being a "kingmaker," Axelrod said, "I know he's talked to the governor and there are a whole range of names many of which have surfaced, and I think he has a fondness for a lot of them."

From David Axelrod's appearance on Fox Chicago Sunday. (November 23, 2008)


(UPDATE #2: Axelrod this evening issued a statement saying. "I was mistaken when I told an interviewer last month that the President-elect has spoken directly to Governor Blagojevich about the Senate vacancy. They did not then or at any time discuss the subject.")

There are no allegations that President-elect Obama or anyone close to him had anything to do with any of the crimes Gov. Blagojevich is accused of having committed.

In fact, there are indications that Mr. Obama and his team refused to go along with the "pay to play" way Blagojevich is accused of operating, offering only "gratitude" if the governor appointed his friend Valerie Jarrett to take his U.S. Senate seat, much to the governor's chagrin.

But there remain questions about how Blagojevich knew that Mr. Obama was not willing to give him anything in exchange for the Senate seat -- with whom was Blagojevich speaking? Did that person report the governor to the authorities?

And, it should be pointed out, Mr. Obama has a relationship with Mr. Blagojevich, having not only endorsed Blagojevich in 2002 and 2006, but having served as a top adviser to the Illinois governor in his first 2002 run for the state house.

That 2002 endorsement came at the same time that Axelrod had such serious concerns about whether Blagojevich was ready for governing he refused to work for his one-time client.

According to Rep. Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill., Mr. Obama's incoming White House chief of staff, Emanuel, then-state senator Obama, a third Blagojevich aide, and Blagojevich's campaign co-chair, David Wilhelm, were the top strategists of Blagojevich's 2002 gubernatorial victory.

Emanuel told the New Yorker earlier this year that he and Obama "participated in a small group that met weekly when Rod was running for governor. We basically laid out the general election, Barack and I and these two."

The rest of the article JUST CLICK HERE

Obama works to distance himself from Ill. governor

My Way News

As Obama works to set up his new administration and deal with a national economic crisis, suddenly he also is spending time and attention trying to distance himself from Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and charges that the governor was trying to sell the now-vacant Senate post.

Said Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia, the new GOP House whip: "The serious nature of the crimes listed by federal prosecutors raises questions about the interaction with Gov. Blagojevich, President-elect Obama and other high ranking officials who will be working for the future president."
Added Robert M. "Mike" Duncan, chairman of the Republican National Committee: "Americans expect strong leadership, but President-elect Barack Obama's comments on the matter are insufficient at best."

It also raises the specter of notorious Chicago politics, an image Obama has tried to distance himself from during his career.

There were signs the continuing investigation could still involve him. ( Obama)

His statement that he didn't have contact with Blagojevich about the Senate seat seems to conflict with that of top adviser David Axelrod, who told Fox News Chicago on Nov. 23: "I know he's talked to the governor, and there are a whole range of names, many of which have surfaced, and I think he has a fondness for a lot of them."

It also appears that Obama friend Valerie Jarrett, an incoming senior White House adviser, is the person referred to repeatedly in court documents as "Candidate 1." That individual is described as a female who is "an adviser to the president-elect" and as the person Obama wanted appointed to the Senate seat. Court papers say that "Candidate 1" eventually removed "herself" from consideration for the Senate seat.

In a Nov. 11 phone conversation with an aide, Blagojevich talked at length about "Candidate 1" and said he knew that Obama wanted her for the open seat but "they're not willing to give me anything except appreciation. (Expletive) them."

One day later, Jarrett, a Chicago businesswoman who is one of three co-chairmen of Obama's transition team and was a high-level adviser to his presidential campaign, made it known that she was not interested in the seat. And, on Nov. 15, Obama announced that Jarrett would be a senior White House adviser and assistant for intergovernmental relations.

"Like the rest of the people of Illinois I am saddened and sobered by the news that came out of the U.S. attorney's office today. But as this is an ongoing investigation involving the governor, I don't think it would be appropriate for me to comment on the issue at this time," Obama said - and then he said he wasn't aware of Blagojevich's maneuvering.

Wild Thing's comment...........

Obama wants nothing to do with the guy after he was sure to be president. He tossed Blago under the bus like everyone else. Obama is going to need a bigger bus!

Axelrod "misspoke" = how Democrats excuse their LIES which are many!

Sean Hannity said Ho-bama was mentioned 44 times in the FBI report on the gov. According to Fox, the FBI started their recordings of Blago on October 22nd. Any phone call that took place between BHO and Blago is probably on tape and the Feds are keeping things close to the vest at the moment.

....Thank you Mark for sending this article to me.

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Governor Blagojevich's Arrest: Cars Race Up, Footsteps, A Phone Rings

Governor's arrest: Cars race up, footsteps, a phone rings

Chicago Tribune

Just minutes before 6 a.m. Tuesday, a pair of black sedans and an SUV raced up Richmond Street toward the personal residence of Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Sunnyside Avenue on Chicago's Northwest Side.

About the same time, the phone inside Blagojevich's home began to ring. On the other end was Robert Grant, the FBI's special agent in charge in Chicago. Two agents were outside Blagojevich's front door with a warrant for his arrest, he announced to the governor.

"Well, I woke him up," Grant recalled later Tuesday at a news conference to announce charges of fraud and bribery against Blagojevich. "The first thing [Blagojevich said] was, 'Was this a joke?' "

Grant said the FBI chose to arrest the governor in this fashion because it was the best step for the ongoing federal investigation.

"We have a lot of things we learned from this wiretap, a lot of things that we learned from these microphones," Grant said of the surveillance conducted by federal agents as part of the probe. "So it wasn't about ... tying this in a bow, waiting until spring, letting things be done that damaged the State of Illinois, damaged the United State Senate, hurt people. It was about what is good for the investigation, what is good to find out the truth about what is going on, because this goes beyond just the governor. It goes to other people who were involved in these schemes."


DECEMBER 9--The criminal complaint filed today against Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich contains a remarkable section detailing the Democratic politician's alleged attempt to cash in on his ability to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama.

Blagojevich was caught on wiretaps noting that the Senate seat "is a fucking valuable thing, you just don't give it away for nothing."

He was also recorded saying that unless "I get something real good," he would appoint himself to the vacancy. "I'm going to keep this Senate option for me a real possibility, you know, and therefore I can drive a hard bargain. You hear what I'm saying. And if I don't get what I want and I'm not satisfied with it, then I'll just take the Senate seat myself."

According to surreptitiously recorded conversations, Blagojevich spoke with associates about the possibility of trading the Senate post for either an ambassadorship or a Cabinet post.

The politician, according to the affidavit sworn by FBI Agent Daniel Cain, "analogized his situation to that of a sports agent shopping a potential free agent to various teams."

During a wiretapped November 10 call, a frustrated and financially strapped Blagojevich referred to Obama as a "motherfucker" and said that he would not appoint an ally of the President-elect to the Senate vacancy if "I don't get anything." Referring to Obama, Blagojevich exclaimed, "Fuck him. For nothing? Fuck him."

In a November 11 conversation, Blagojevich remarked that he knew Obama wanted Valerie Jarrett, a longtime confidante, to succeed him, "but they're not willing to give me anything except appreciation. "Fuck them."

Blagojevich, 51, and his chief of staff, John Harris, were arrested this morning on political corruption charges.

While the affidavit does not specifically name the six prospective Senate candidates discussed by Blagojevic, Harris, and the governor's aides, it appears that several are easily identified.

"Senate Candidate 1" is Jarrett. "Senate Candidate 2" is Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan. Emil Jones, an Illinois state legislator, is "Senate Candidate 5." And "Senate Candidate 6" appears to be J.P. Pritzker, a wealthy Chicago businessman.

Additionally, Rahm Emanuel, the incoming White House chief of staff, is referred to in the affidavit as "President-elect Advisor."

Wild Thing's comment.........

Does this all mean Obama will be going to Hawaii again. Hahahha That is his MO.

Considering the corruption in Chicago and the thug Obama and his fellow thugs, LOL this Gov. better have eyes in the back of his head or something.

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Treasonous Idiot Jimmy Carter~ " Ready To Meet With Hezbollah Officials"

Carter, in Lebanon, says ready to meet with Hezbollah officials


Former United States President Jimmy Carter said Tuesday he is ready to meet with Hezbollah officials if the Lebanese militant group agreed to see him.

Carter made the comments upon arrival in Lebanon where he will assess whether his Atlanta-based Carter Center would take part in monitoring next year's parliamentary elections.

Asked whether he would meet with Hezbollah officials during his five-day visit, Carter told reporters that it was up to the militant group, which the U.S. considers a terrorist organization.

I am going to meet with all of the political parties as possible," Carter said. "I understand that several leaders of Hezbollah said they were not going to meet with any president or former president of the United States, so I don't know yet."

A Hezbollah official told The Associated Press the group had no immediate comment on Carter's remarks but said it might issue a statement, most likely on Wednesday. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

Israel fought the 2006 Second Lebanon War against Hezbollah, after the group abducted two of its soldiers in a cross-border raid.

Washington blames Hezbollah for the explosion that killed 241 U.S. Marines at their Beirut barracks in 1983, as well as for two attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Beirut and the 1985 TWA hijacking that killed an American serviceman on board.

Hezbollah denies the accusations and says it opposes terrorism. Carter was widely criticized in April when he met in Syria with the exiled Hamas leader, Khaled Meshal. The U.S. also labels Hamas, the Palestinian militant group that controls the Gaza Strip, a terrorist organization.

The Meshal-Carter meeting led to the delivery of a handwritten letter from Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit, who was kidnapped by Hamas-linked militants near the Gaza border in 2006, to his parents.

While in Lebanon, Carter said he will meet with President Michel Suleiman and Prime Minister Fuad Saniora.

"I will also be making an assessment on whether the Carter Center will monitor the elections that we hope will be held on time next June," Carter said. Next year's elections are expected to be fierce between U.S.-backed groups that hold majority seats in the current parliament and those backed by Syria, including Hezbollah.

Carter is also scheduled to travel to Syria during his Mideast trip to meet with President Bashar Assad.

Wild Thing's comment........

Imagine being an Secret Service agent, and your job is to protect this POS anti/american. Jimmy Carter indicted for treason; now that is change I could believe in.

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December 09, 2008

'Barack Obama Day' Holiday

County Declares 'Barack Obama Day' a New Holiday

FOX News

Small central Alabama county commission votes 4 to 1 to observe the second Monday in November as "The Barack Obama Day."


A small central Alabama county whose mainly black residents gave Barack Obama more than 70 percent of the vote on Election Day has created an annual holiday in honor of the president-elect.

The Perry County Commission voted 4 to 1 to observe the second Monday in November as "The Barack Obama Day." County offices will close and its roughly 40 workers will get a paid holiday.

The sponsoring commissioner, Albert Turner Jr., said the holiday is meant to highlight the Democratic president-elect's victory as a way to give people faith that difficult goals can be achieved.

The majority of the county's 12,000 residents are black.

The county commission's three black members and one of its two white members voted for the resolution.

Commissioner Brett Harrison said Wednesday he voted against the resolution because of the holiday costs to the county, which has a $2.2 million annual payroll and is one of the poorest in the state. He said closing the courthouse would also idle some state employees.

"I'm a Democrat, but just in these financial times, it's not using the county's money wisely," Harrison told The Associated Press by phone Wednesday. "The recognition is certainly well-founded."

Turner said copies of the resolution, adopted at a Nov. 25 meeting, have been mailed to Obama and his transition team.

An Associated Press exit poll found black voters in Alabama almost universally supported Obama while more than eight in 10 whites backed Republican John McCain. McCain carried the state with 60 percent of the vote.

Wild Thing's comment............

This is as stupid as their Kwanzaa, their artificial holiday.

Ronald Reagan doesn’t have a holiday set aside for him, and this guy, for whom it remains to be seen if he can accomplish anything gets a day before he’s even sworn in as President?????

To name a holiday after a man who has not even been officially elected President yet takes some cojones. The idea that a black socialist has the popular vote for President is very historic, perhaps we should call the day "Death of a Nation" day.

Let's see there is Black History Month, Martin Luther King Day and Juneteenth , there Kwanzaa, isn't that good enough?

Have these idiots ever even heard of Presidents Day?

....Thank you Lynn for sending this to me.

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Gov. Sarah Palin Lauds Interior Secretary’s Firearm Decision

Governor Lauds Interior Secretary’s Firearm Decision

December 5, 2008,
Anchorage, Alaska

by U.S. Secretary of Interior

Governor Sarah Palin today lauded the decision by the U.S. Department of the Interior that will allow an individual to carry a concealed weapon in national parks and wildlife refuges. The new rule only applies if the individual is authorized to carry a concealed weapon under state law in the state in which the national park or refuge is located.

“The possession and use of firearms is especially critical to Alaskans,” Governor Palin said. “We will continue to protect gun rights. The ability to carry a firearm can define a life or death situation, especially for protection against surprise encounters with wildlife, mainly bears. I appreciate the Interior Department recognizing this is a step in the right direction.”

Within Alaska, most of the national parks and refuge areas are open to various forms of hunting, so possession and use of firearms is already widely allowed under both state and federal law. Currently, firearms are prohibited in Denali National Park, Glacier Bay National Park, Katmai National Park, Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park and Sitka National Historical Park. The new rule will take effect in January.

Wild Thing's comment......

Can you imagine going out in the forests in remote Alaska without a big gun?

Sarah Palin = Respects Our Constitution
Barack Obama = Considers it just another piece of paper

This is an example of why the MSM literally hate Sarah and want to destroy her. If Sarah can raise this much ruckus by just issuing a press release what could see do when she is actively campaigning? As always, Sarah’s timing is impeccable.

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Wrotnowski Case Referred to Full Court by Justice Scalia

No. 08A469
Title: Cort Wrotnowski, Applicant
Susan Bysiewicz, Connecticut Secretary of State

Lower Ct: Supreme Court of Connecticut
Case Nos.: (SC 18264)

~~~Date~~~ ~~~~~~~Proceedings and Orders~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Nov 25 2008 Application (08A469) for stay and/or injunction, submitted to Justice Ginsburg.
Nov 26 2008 Application (08A469) denied by Justice Ginsburg.
Nov 29 2008 Application (08A469) refiled and submitted to Justice Scalia.
Dec 8 2008 DISTRIBUTED for Conference of December 12, 2008.
Dec 8 2008 Application (08A469) referred to the Court by Justice Scalia.

Cort Wrotnowski’s emergency application for a stay and/or injunction as to the Electoral College meeting on Dec. 15 was today referred to the full Court by the Honorable Associate Justice Anotonin Scalia. It has been distributed for Conference of Friday December 12. The official case name is WROTNOWSKI v. BYSIEWICZ, United States Supreme Court Docket No. 08A469.

From Leo Donofrio's blog, just prior to this:

[UPDATE 12:23 PM The main stream media should stop saying SCOTUS refused to hear the case. It was distributed for conference on Nov. 19. They had the issue before them for for sixteen days. Yes, they didn't take it to the next level of full briefs and oral argument. But they certainly heard the case and read the issues. The media is failing to acknowledge that. The case and issues were considered. Getting the case to the full Court for such consideration was my goal. I trust the Supreme Court had good reason to deny the application. Despite many attempts to stop their full review, my case was placed on their desks and into their minds. Please remember that. It's important for history to record that.]

My application was denied. The Honorable Court chose not to state why.

Wrotnowksi v. Connecticut Secretary of State is still pending as an emergency application resubmitted to the Honorable Associate Justice Antonin Scalia as of last Tuesday. I worked extensively on that application and it includes a more solid brief and a less treacherous lower Court procedural history.

The SCOTUS takes up very few cases each year, (around 50 out of 6000-8000 petitioned). The very fact that this overriding issue of eligibiility has now been referred twice to Committee says the issue (if not Obama’s eligibility) is ripe for SCOTUS action. Theoretically, SCOTUS deals only with points of Constitutional law, not personalities.

Wild Thing's comment.......

It takes 4 votes to put it on the docket. It is basically the same as the Donofrio case, but according to what I have read online they are saying it is crafted with a better route to the SCOTUS:

The chief framer of the related 14th Amendment of the Constitution, John A. Bingham corroborated this dual criteria stating, "every human being born within the jurisdiction of the United States of parents not owing allegiance to any foreign sovereignty is, in the language of your Constitution itself, a natural born citizen." An extensive analysis citing this is "Defining Natural-Born Citizen," by P.A. Madison, The Federalist Blog.

Obama and his Chicago political Mafia has been plotting this circumvention of the US Constitution, for which he has such disdain. The Obama camp has been studying ways to change the Constitutional requirements for President for some time now.

Remember, Obama taught courses in constitutional law at the University of Chicago as a “senior lecturer.” He KNOWS, and the DNC KNOWS, that Obama does not meet the standards of Section 1 of Article II of the US Constitution.

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Saudis Seek ‘Sharia bail out’ To Financial Crisis

Saudis seek ‘Sharia bail out’ to financial crisis

Middle East Online

Saudi clerics promote Islamic finance as healthy alternative to current troubled market economy.

By Habib Trabelsi

While ministers and major financiers of major rich countries try to stem the panic of the global financial turmoil, imams of mosques, economists and writers stress that, from Saudi Arabia, Islamic finance is the only remedy against the successive black days.

Imams-preachers: Islamic finance is the solution

The shock wave from the financial catastrophe has not spared the imams of most mosques in Saudi Arabia. They used the crisis to spread in endless praise Islamic finance which is based on the ban of interest (riba), speculation, and sharing the risk and profit between contractors.

These features of Islamic finance, highly reviewed in the wake of the financial tsunami, have been at the center of Friday’s prayer sermons (October 10), whose extracts were reproduced Saturday by local newspapers.

Several imams and khatibs (preachers) have shown, more or less skillfully, the benefits of applying the principles of Islamic finance, which according to them, could provide a healthy alternative to the current market economy.

Islamic finance will triumph ... "delight" set aside

"Communism will be eradicated in fifty years. Capitalism, too. Only Islamic finance will continue," said Dr. Said Al-Awiss, Imam and preacher of the Iskan mosque, in Dammam (east) in the daily Al-Watan.

He pointed out at having developed this idea in his sermon, which was devoted almost exclusively to the crisis, particularly the "riba".

Sheikh Abderrahman Al-Raqib, president of the courts in the southern province, told the newspaper that he had urged imams and Muslims "not to revel on the economic situation of Westerners caused by recent collapses (...) and to focus on praying that Muslims will not bear the outcomes."

Islamic finance is emulated in the West

The Saudi press has largely given way to economy writers and columnists and economists.

The General Manager and board member of Arab Finance House (Beit al-Tamwil al-Arabi), Nadim Fuad Matragi is eager that the crisis has spared Islamic banks, calling them "safe shelters for cash" because "they are inherently immune against such crises."

The Islamic economic analyst, Dr Ahmed Al-Islambouli, focuses on the root causes of the “failure of the capitalist financial system (...) which sins dude to its selfish vision that privileges interests of a particular category (of society), while Islamic finance is based on fairness."
Writer-journalist-economist Dr. Abdel Hafidh Mahboub, cites examples that "Islamic finance is the appropriate solution to the global economic crisis."
Mahboub gives as "evidence (...) the direction of Great Britain to become a hub for Islamic finance (...) and the recent trend of several Western countries to incorporate some principles of Islamic finance" in the current economy market.

Vincent Beaufils to the rescue

Shortly after the outbreak of the financial disaster on the Black Monday September 15 at Wall Street, which never ceases to spread, several newspapers - not only in Saudi Arabia - as well as Internet forums, have given themselves a perverse pleasure to lavish praise of Islamic finance.... wrote the French editorialist Vincent Beaufils.

He wrote an article published in the business magazine "Challenges" where he said that "if our bankers, avid of return on equity, had respected a little of Sharia, we would not be here."

The article, in which the editorialist called for the use of Islamic finance, translated in Arabic, has spread around the Arab world and sparked an avalanche of lauding comments on forums and other Arab blogs.

Al-Azhar University does not remain on the sidelines

The Saudi daily Al-Madina also announced that the prestigious Al-Azhar University in Cairo was preparing to organize a symposium on the global financial turmoil “from the Islamic point of view" to which "a great number of economic experts, academics and clerics” were invited.

Citing Dr. Abdelhalim Mohamed Omar, director of the organizing center, the newspaper said that "the conference aims to work towards the implementation of Islamic Shariah as the solution to break the international financial crisis."

Wild Thing's comment.......

The Saudis can take their money, their thinking and their cult of Islam and put it where the sun does not shine. They are the last thing our country needs.

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December 08, 2008

The Supremes


The application for stay addressed to Justice Thomas and referred to the Court is denied.

FROM: Leo Donofrio website:

"My application was denied. The Honorable Court chose not to state why."

"Wrotnowksi v. Connecticut Secretary of State is still pending as an emergency application resubmitted to the Honorable Associate Justice Antonin Scalia as of last Tuesday. I worked extensively on that application and it includes a more solid brief and a less treacherous lower Court procedural history.

After six days, it’s interesting that Scalia neither denied it nor referred it to the full Court.

My case may have suffered from the NJ Appellate Division Judge having incorrectly characterized my original suit as a “motion for leave to appeal” rather than the “direct appeal” that it actually was. On Nov. 21 I filed official Judicial misconduct charges with the NJ Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct, and I updated SCOTUS about that by a letter which is part of SCOTUS Docket as of Dec. 22. The NJ Appellate Divison official case file is fraudulent.

On the chance that SCOTUS was looking at both my case and Cort’s case, I must stress that Cort’s case does not have the same procedural hang up that mine does. It may be that without a decision on the Judicial misconduct allegation correcting the NJ Appellate Division case file, SCOTUS might have been in the position of not being able to hear my case as it would appear that my case was not before them on the proper procedural grounds.

I did file a direct appeal under the proper NJ Court rules, but the lower Court judge refused to acknowledge that and if his fraudulent docketing was used by SCOTUS they would have a solid procedural basis to throw mine out.

I don’t know if it’s significant that Cort’s case was not denied at the same time as mine. His case argues the same exact theory - that Obama is not a natural born citizen because he was a British citizen at birth.

All eyes should now be closely watching US Supreme Court Docket No. 08A469, Wrotnowski v. Bysiewicz.

If Cort’s application is also denied then the fat lady can sing. Until then, the same exact issue is before SCOTUS as was in my case. Cort’s application before SCOTUS incorporates all of the arguments and law in mine, but we improved on the arguments in Cort’s quite a bit as we had more time to prepare it.

Wild Thing's comment.......

This country, and Constitutional law, are in a lot of trouble.

I LOVE America no matter what, I just do not love,like or give a hoot about the Obama half of the citizerns of our country.

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In Country With Our Troops In Afghanistan

Task Force Eagle Assault Patrols Skies Above Southern Afganistan

A door gunner for an Army CH-47 helicopter scans the mountains and desert of southern Afghanistan during a mission

By Sgt. Paul David Ondik
Combined Joint Task Force - 101


In southern Afghanistan, the aircraft of 1st Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, Task Force Eagle Assault patrols the skies over some of the most rugged terrain in the world.

In an area dominated by desert badlands, TF Eagle Assault is a lifeline for troops of almost a dozen nations.

“We will fly upwards of 2,000 missions,” said Lt. Col. Tommy Stauss, the unit’s commander. “It’s a very large area. It constitutes 20 to 30 percent of the country.”

Lt. Col. James Markert, commander of 6th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, and Sgt. 1st. Class Jody Thompson, 6-4 CAV, stand ready to receive their awards from Col. John Spiszer, commander of 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division. They both received awards for acts of heroism in times of combat.

Service Members Prove Themselves in Ambush

By 2nd Lt. Zack Moss
6th Squadron, 4th Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division


The mountains of Konar Valley in eastern Afghanistan are some of the most treacherous and contested in the world. They are also home to Task Force Raider, 6th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, from Fort Hood, Texas.

The squadron began to train for the challenges of the harsh Afghan environment the instant they were notified of their deployment. This training was put to the test during a mission this fall.

1st Platoon, Charlie Troop, Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, a supporting Civil Affairs team, a platoon from the 2nd Kandak, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Brigade, of the 201st Corps of the Afghan national army and their supporting U.S. Marine Corps Embedded Training Team were traveling down the only improved road in the Nari District to check on development projects and resupply voter registration sites.

The movement south was uneventful until the patrol reached the Tsunel Valley.

The enemy was crouching among the houses on a hillside, waiting for the convoy. When the convoy came by, a rocket-propelled grenade was fired and impacted approximately five feet in front of the lead International Security Assistance Force truck, blowing a three-foot hole in the surface of a culvert.

“I saw an explosion to my front that opened a hole in the road, and the window cracked in front of me as bullets struck it, so I knew we were in an ambush,” said Spc. Brian Engel from San Antonio. “I drove to avoid the hole in the road and get out of the kill zone, but an RPG hit the engine of my truck.”

It was an all-out firefight and several Soldiers exited the vehicles as gunners from the vehicles fired on the enemy.

Pfc. Leonard Kroll, from Ontario, Calif., was fighting from outside the vehicle and helping Sgt. Daniel Ward, from Steamboat Springs, Colo., when he was struck just above the ankle by a bullet. As Ward continued to return fire he gave the order to Spc. Christopher Christensen from Fort Smith, Ark., and Engel to get Kroll into the truck to treat his injury.

Some vehicles from the convoy, despite damage, were clear from the enemy’s fire, but not all.

They had to get to the high ground; Ward’s truck was still in the kill zone, said Lt. Col. James Markert, 6-4 commander.

Sgt. Jammy Randell, from Smyer, Texas, took the lead, moving his scout team up the hill to establish an attack position on the high ground.

Randall, Markert and Pfc. Kirk Goff, from Swansea, S.C., engaged the enemy from approximately 400 meters away, suppressing the RPG team that was still firing at the ETT, ANA and Ward’s truck. Sgt. 1st Class Scott Huffman, from Copperas Cove, Texas, grabbed the medic and moved back down the hill to provide treatment for Ward.

Markert called for fire, and the first 155 mm shell exploded on the hill above the enemy positions.

Soon after, Alpha Troop arrived as the quick reaction force. They suppressed the enemy as some of the more seriously wounded were medically evacuated for treatment.

“We were lucky that even though there were quite a few wounded Soldiers, very few of the wounds were serious,” said Capt. Amanda Cuda, a doctor from Kailua, Hawaii.

The shooting stopped, but the fight wasn’t over. Artillery from a nearby base continued to explode onto the battle scene.

“We tracked them down and engaged with an appropriate level of force,” said Sgt. Maj. Gregory Turner from San Antonio. “Although well planned, we were expecting an attack so the enemy lost the element of surprise.”

The mission didn’t go as planned, but the battle drills that they had been practiced a hundred times did, leading to a successful battle without the loss of personnel.

“I was proud of the way my Troopers fought that day,” Markert said. “They demonstrated the aggressiveness and quick thinking expected in Cavalry units.”

Wild Thing's comment.........

Thank you to all our troops! Prayers for those that are injured and for all of our troops and their missions.

It is so wonderful that we can hear about how they are doing.

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Obama Says "tough diplomacy with Iran "

Obama vows tough diplomacy with Iran


US president-elect Barack Obama vowed "tough but direct diplomacy" with Iran, offering incentives along with the threat of tougher sanctions to disarm the Islamic republic's nuclear drive.

"We need to ratchet up tough but direct diplomacy with Iran," he said in an interview aired Sunday on NBC program "Meet the Press."

As president from January 20, Obama said he would make clear to Tehran that the nuclear program was "unacceptable," along with its support of militant groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah, and its "threats against Israel."

Obama, whose offer of direct talks with Iran represents a break with three decades of US foreign policy, promised a "set of carrots and sticks in changing their calculus about how they want to operate."

Carrots would include economic incentives to the cash-strapped oil producer and greater access to the international trading system, he said.
Sticks comprised enlisting Iran's trading partners such as China, India and Russia "to agree that in order for us to change Iran's behavior, we may have to tighten up those (UN) sanctions."
"But we are willing to talk to them directly and give them a clear choice. And ultimately let them make a determination whether they want to do this the hard way or the easy way," Obama said.
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak spoke on Saturday to Obama's incoming secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, and defense secretary, Robert Gates, asking them to cooperate in facing up to Iran.

The United States and Israel say Iran is bent on developing an atomic bomb. Tehran insists the program is solely for civilian energy purposes, and has continued to enrich uranium in defiance of UN Security Council sanctions.

UPDATE: LOL and no surprise!

Iran Rejects Obama's Carrot and Stick Policy

Fox News

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran has rejected a suggestion by U.S. President-elect Barack Obama that a carrot and stick policy of economic incentives and additional sanctions might persuade the Iranian government to change its behavior.

Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman, Hasan Qashqavi, said Monday that Obama's proposed policy was unacceptable and had failed in the past.

Obama told NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday that the international community should adopt a carrot and stick policy to alter Iran's behavior toward its nuclear program and support for militant groups like Hamas and Hezbollah. He also said the U.S. should increase direct diplomacy.

The U.S. accuses Iran of using its nuclear program as a cover for weapons development — a claim denied by Tehran.

Wild Thing's comment.........

Talk’s cheap, obi wa nobama!!

"Tough diplomacy"...isn’t that an oxymoron????

Oho my gawd, I know I have said this before during the campaign, but honestly this guy is soooo not ready for prime time.

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Muslim Plea To Obama: Return to 'Islamic roots'

Muslim plea to Obama: Return to 'Islamic roots'

'Allah will reward you for all who convert in your footsteps'


By Aaron Klein

Claiming Barack Obama has roots in the Islamic religion, an Egyptian cleric has broadcast a plea urging Obama to convert to Islam while warning if the U.S. doesn't withdraw its troops from the Middle East and provide aid to Muslims, those "eager for death" will attack America.


Hassan Abu Al-Ashbal: "Let me take this opportunity to address the leader of Europe, and the leader of America, who is the leader of the world, the recently elected Obama, who is the leader of the Byzantines - he is like the Byzantine leaders in the days of Prophet Muhammad.
"My message to him is threefold. First, I invite him to convert to Islam. This is the call of the Prophet and of Allah. Oh Obama - convert to Islam, and you will be saved. I hope that Allah will reward you twice: once for converting to Islam, and another reward for all those who will convert in your footsteps. If you want glory - you will find it in Islam. If you want honor - you will find it in Islam. In religions other than Islam there is utter humiliation, even if you are the president of the entire world.
"You, Obama, are among those who have pledged before Allah - Allah who created you, sustained you, and brought you to this position - to be a Muslim who believes that Allah is the one God, especially since you have some kind of roots in Islam. Convert to Islam, and you will be saved. All glory and honor lie in following Allah and His messenger Muhammad. Know that the true religion is the religion of Islam, and all other religions are fabricated religions, which are null and void - religions that were abrogated by the shari'a of Muhammad.
"If you refuse to return to your [Islamic] origins, to the way Allah created you, withdraw your huge armies and military bases from the lands of the Muslims. Know that all your predecessors have ended up in the garbage bin of history, and that America’s black and bleak history in the land of the Muslims and the Arabs constitutes an evil omen for you, your predecessors, and your successors.
"Know, Obama, that America, with all its size and might, will know no peace as long as a single Muslim child lacks food, drink, medicine, or housing.
"If you refuse, Obama, and insist on remaining in Muslim lands, know that Allah still plants in [Muslims] obedience to Him, and that they are willing to wait for Paradise, which is closer than their own shoelaces. "Know, Obama, that in the lands of Islam, there are people who seek death, and are eager for it, even more than you and your people are eager for life - any kind of life, even a life of humiliation."

Obama repeatedly has denied he is a Muslim. His presidential campaign website contained the statement, "Senator Obama has never been a Muslim, was not raised as a Muslim, and is a committed Christian."

Public records in Indonesia listed Obama as a Muslim during his early years, and a number of childhood friends claimed to the media Obama was once a mosque-attending Muslim.

Obama's campaign had several times wavered in response to reporters queries regarding the senator's childhood faith.

Commenting on a Los Angeles Times report quoting a childhood friend stating Obama prayed in a mosque "something the presidential candidate said he never did," Obama's campaign released a statement explaining the senator "has never been a practicing Muslim."

Widely distributed reports have noted that in January 1968, Obama was registered as a Muslim at Jakarta's Roman Catholic Franciscus Assisi Primary School under the name Barry Soetoro. He was listed as an Indonesian citizen whose stepfather, listed on school documents as "L Soetoro Ma," worked for the topography department of the Indonesian Army.

After attending the Assisi Primary School, Obama was enrolled "also as a Muslim, according to documents" in the Besuki Primary School, a public school in Jakarta.

Laotze blog, run by an American expatriate in Southeast Asia who visited the Besuki school, noted: "All Indonesian students are required to study religion at school, and a young 'Barry Soetoro,' being a Muslim, would have been required to study Islam daily in school. He would have been taught to read and write Arabic, to recite his prayers properly, to read and recite from the Quran and to study the laws of Islam."

Indeed, in Obama's autobiography, "Dreams From My Father," he acknowledged studying the Quran and describes the public school as "a Muslim school."

"In the Muslim school, the teacher wrote to tell mother I made faces during Quranic studies," wrote Obama.

The Indonesian media have been flooded with accounts of Obama's childhood Islamic studies, some describing him as a religious Muslim.

Speaking to the country's Kaltim Post, Tine Hahiyary, who was principal of Obama's school while he was enrolled there, said she recalls he studied the Quran in Arabic.

"At that time, I was not Barry's teacher, but he is still in my memory" claimed Tine, who is 80 years old.

The Kaltim Post said Obama's teacher, named Hendri, died.

"I remember that he studied mengaji (recitation of the Quran)," Tine said, according to an English translation by Loatze.

Mengaji, or the act of reading the Quran with its correct Arabic punctuation, is usually taught to more religious pupils and is not known as a secular study.

Also, Loatze documented the Indonesian daily Banjarmasin Post interviewed Rony Amir, an Obama classmate and Muslim, who described Obama as "previously quite religious in Islam."
"We previously often asked him to the prayer room close to the house," Amir said. "If he was wearing a sarong (waist fabric worn for religious or casual occasions) he looked funny."

The Los Angeles Times, which sent a reporter to Jakarta, quoted Zulfin Adi, who identified himself as among Obama's closest childhood friends, stating the presidential candidate prayed in a mosque, something Obama's campaign claimed he never did.

"We prayed, but not really seriously, just following actions done by older people in the mosque," said Adi. "But as kids, we loved to meet our friends and went to the mosque together and played."

Friday prayers

Obama's official campaign site contained a page titled "Obama has never been a Muslim, and is a committed Christian." The page stated, "Obama never prayed in a mosque. He has never been a Muslim, was not raised a Muslim, and is a committed Christian who attends the United Church of Christ."

But the campaign changed its tune when it issued a "practicing Muslim" clarification to the Los Angeles Times.

An article in March by the Chicago Tribune apparently disputes Adi's statements to the L.A. paper. The Tribune caught up with Obama's declared childhood friend, who now describes himself as only knowing Obama for a few months in 1970 when his family moved to the neighborhood. Adi said he was unsure about his recollections of Obama.

But the Tribune found Obama did attend mosque.

In a free-ranging interview with the New York Times, Obama described the Muslim call to prayer as "one of the prettiest sounds on Earth at sunset."
The Times' Nicholos Kristof wrote Obama recited, "with a first-class [Arabic] accent," the opening lines of the Muslim call to prayer.

The first few lines of the call to prayer state:

Allah is Supreme!
Allah is Supreme!
Allah is Supreme! Allah is Supreme!
I witness that there is no god but Allah
I witness that there is no god but Allah
I witness that Muhammad is his prophet ...

Some attention also has been paid to Obama's paternal side of the family, including his father and his brother, Roy.

Writing in a chapter of his book describing his 1992 wedding, Obama stated: "The person who made me proudest of all was Roy. Actually, now we call him Abongo, his Luo name, for two years ago he decided to reassert his African heritage. He converted to Islam and has sworn off pork and tobacco and alcohol."

Wild Thing's comment........

Whew Islam is one very scary cult. knew that sooner of later the clerics would be calling on the president to convert and 'get' his people to follow suit. The big difference here is they seem to be some expectation this president will do it.

Obama's Indonesian paperwork states his religion as Islam and his country of origin ( at that time, where his mommy had yet another muzzie hubby) as Indonesia.

Yes, even though before that he was born in Kenya, taken to Hawaii to get that all important US BC they gave to whoever wanted one.....what a tangled web of lies this guy has for his mysterious life. All records of his adulthood are sealed, even college records since he was admitted as a foreign student. Can’t let that one out into the public domain!!!

Those who voted for him are absolute idiots. Do they even wonder how stable a guy is who has 7 or 8 half siblings? His leftie mother was a total whack job. His mentors were commies. This guy likes to look all calm and normal but he is a mess on the inside.

This link tells about a person that has been Muslim and becomes an apostate.

When Does a Muslim Become an Apostate?

"When the Muslim falls away from Islam — may Allah forbid it! — he is first asked to return. If he has doubts, he is to express them; one can then clear up his doubts, for it may be that he truly has questions with regard to the faith — questions in need of explanation. By this it is possible to deal with his evil deed (sharr) through the best of two possibilities: death or the acceptance of Islam. However, it remains desirable to offer him the acceptance of Islam again, although this is not obligatory, because the message had already been offered him once.
If he needs time to reconsider, it is desirable that the judge allow him a three-day extension, during which he is to remain in custody. If he accepts Islam thereafter, it is good; if not, he is to be killed, for Allah says to “kill those who believe in many gods” (Sura al-Tawba 9:5), without fixing a deadline. The Prophet also said, “Kill him who changes his religion,” without mentioning a delay, because the apostate is surely a hostile unbeliever and no asylum seeker (musta’min) who has asked for protection; furthermore, he is no dhimmi (a non-Muslim under Islamic rule), for no poll tax is demanded of him. Therefore, he should be killed without reservation."

The condition of the founding fathers’ spirit and intention for America was eloquently stated by Samuel Adams:

“The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil Constitution, are worth defending at all hazards; and it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy ancestors: they purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood, and transmitted them to us with care and diligence. It will bring an everlasting mark of infamy on the present generation, enlightened as it is, if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle, or to be cheated out of them by the artifices of false and designing men.”

....Thank you Mark for sending this article to me.

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Wright Visits Trinity Pulpit and Lashes Media

Wright visits Trinity pulpit, lashes media

Chicago Tribune

by Manya A. Brachear


December 7, 2008

For the first time since his retirement last spring, Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. returned to the pulpit of Trinity United Church of Christ this morning with two goals: glorifying God and vilifying the media.

In honor of Trinity's 47th anniversary, Wright preached Sunday worship services in place of Rev. Otis Moss III, who was attending his father's farewell from the pulpit of Olivet Institutional Baptist Church in Cleveland.

Citing the revelation to Mary by the angel Gabriel that she would conceive a child to be born the Son of God, Wright said Mary's disbelief was similar to the doubts some faithful shared about the future of Trinity after Wright's retirement and the possibility of a black man being elected president.

"Our legitimate questions tend to be asked from the vantage point of limited horizons," said Wright during the 7:30 a.m. service. "Mary had a limited horizon. She couldn't see how it was possible."
"In almost every instance where I have encountered this phenomenon, what I have discovered is that the limited horizons are caused by the tendency to look for a person to provide you with answers for your legitimate questions," Wright continued. "I really should say our legitimate questions, not your legitimate questions, because God knows I've got some questions myself."

Wright, Trinity's former pastor, gained prominence when President-elect Barack Obama in his memoirs cited the pastor's inspirational sermons.

But shortly after Wright's final appearance in the pulpit at Trinity last February, he became the center of controversy when segments of past sermons surfaced on the Internet and replayed on cable news programs. Pundits questioned his patriotism based on sound bites, including one where he shouted "God damn America!"

The resulting media onslaught fueled tension around an already sensitive transition and prompted Moss, Wright's hand-picked successor, to implement strict guidelines for the media, banning cameras and recording devices and instructing members not to grant interviews.

On Sunday, church officials turned reporters away from the worship service. But services were streamed live on the Internet, and audio and video recordings were sold in the church bookstore.

Wright said no amount of media coverage could dampen Trinity spirit.

"Jesus said upon this rock I will build--listen to the promise--my church," he said. "And the gates of Hell--listen to the promise--the gates of Hell--neither ABC nor CNN--the gates of Hell--neither Hannity nor O'Reilly--the gates of Hell--neither Time, Time magazine, Chicago Sun Times, Chicago Tribune ... the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it. Nothing will be impossible with God."
At the 11 a.m. service, Wright belittled "baby milk believers," who, he said, suffer a delusion that politics don't belong in the pulpit. He pointed out that "Luke the evangelist, not Wright the radical" lambasted the oppressive policies of the Roman government in the Gospel story that recounts Jesus' life.

"Any preacher who dares to point out the simple ugly facts found in every field imaginable is demonized as volatile, controversial, incendiary, inflammatory, anti-American and radical," Wright said, taking time out to note the thousands of Japanese civilians who died 67 years to the day when American warplane dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima. (Actually, Dec. 7 marks the day when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor.)

He implied that his previous use of derogatory language to describe Italians in a past sermon referred to the Roman oppression Luke condemned.

"Emperor Augustus in Rome--that's in Italy, dizzy blond on the View," Wright said, presumably referring to conservative television personality Elisabeth Hasselback, who has railed about Wright on the ABC daytime talk show.

Wright also thanked an employee at Fox News--"a saint in Caesar's household"--who advised him to cancel his October speaking engagements because the network had an advance copy of his schedule.

Wright, who has delivered two sermons at Trinity so far today, is scheduled to give a third sermon at 6 p.m.

Wild Thing's comment.........

"Any preacher who dares to point out the simple ugly facts found in every field imaginable is demonized as volatile, controversial, incendiary, inflammatory, anti-American and radical," Wright said, taking time out to note the thousands of Japanese civilians who died 67 years to the day when American warplane dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima."

He only cares about what we did to our enemy at the time and not about our soldiers and sailors that were killed on Dec. 7th. What a horrible person Wright is in all ways.

This jerk cannot open his mouth without showing how he hates America and our Heroes.

I looked for the video but it is not available.......yet.

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A Different Christmas Poem

The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,
I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.
My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,
My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.

Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,
Transforming the yard to a winter delight.
The sparkling lights in the tree I believe,
Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.

My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,
Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep.
In perfect contentment, or so it would seem,
So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.

The sound wasn't loud, and it wasn't too near,
But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear.
Perhaps just a cough, I didn't quite know, Then the
sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.

My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,
And I crept to the door just to see who was near.
Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night,
A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight.

A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old,
He was huddled outside but near here in the cold.
Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,
Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child.

"What are you doing?" I asked without fear,
"Come in this moment, it's freezing out here!
Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve,
You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!"

For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift,
Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts..
To the window that danced with a warm fire's light
Then he sighed and he said "Its really all right,

I'm out here by choice. I'm here every night."
"It's my duty to stand at the front of the line,
That separates you from the darkest of times.
No one had to ask or beg or implore me,
I'm proud to stand here like my fathers before me.
My Gramps died at ' Pearl on a day in December,"
Then he sighed, "That's a Christmas 'Gram always remembers."

My dad stood his watch in the jungles of ' Nam ',
And now it is my turn and so, here I am.
I've not seen my own son in more than a while,
But my wife sends me pictures, he's sure got her smile.

Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag,
The red, white, and blue... an American flag.
I can live through the cold and the being alone,
Away from my family, my house and my home.

I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet,
I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat.
I can carry the weight of killing another,
Or lay down my life with my sister and brother..

Who stand at the front against any and all,
To ensure for all time that this flag will not fall."
"So go back inside," he said, "harbor no fright,
Your family is waiting and I'll be all right."

"But isn't there something I can do, at the least,
"Give you money," I asked, "or prepare you a feast?
It seems all too little for all that you've done,
For being away from your wife and your son."

Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret,
"Just tell us you love us, and never forget.
To fight for our rights back at home while we're gone,
To stand your own watch, no matter how long.

For when we come home, either standing or dead,
To know you remember we fought and we bled.
Is payment enough, and with that we will trust,
That we mattered to you as you mattered to us."

PLEASE, Would you do me the kind favor of sending this to as many people as you can? Christmas will be coming soon and some credit is due to our U.S. service men and women for our being able to celebrate these festivities. Let's try in this small way to pay a tiny bit of what we owe. Make people stop and think of our heroes, living and dead, who sacrificed themselves for us.

LCDR Jeff Giles, SC, USN
30th Naval Construction Regiment
OIC, Logistics Cell One
Al Taqqadum , Iraq.

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December 07, 2008

Pearl Harbor Remembrance December 7th, 1941


There are few truly defining moments in the history of a State - single episodes that touch every citizen, and cast a nation's future. Epoch-making events that influence the entire world are even more uncommon. The events that took place in the space of less than two hours on the morning of December 7, 1941 were of such defining importance.


December 7th, 1941 - a date which will live in infamy - the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.

The United States was at peace with that nation and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its Government and its Emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific. Indeed, one hour after Japanese air squadrons had commenced bombing in Oahu, the Japanese Ambassador to the United States and his colleague delivered to the Secretary of State a formal reply to a recent American message. While this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or armed attack.

It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time the Japanese Government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.

December 7, 1941

As the Japanese planes began the attack on Pearl Harbor at 7:53am, Captain Mitsuo Fuchida sent the now Famous Radio message "Tora Tora Tora" (Tiger Tiger Tiger) The signal meant that the Americans had been caught completely by surprise.

At the sound of the first bomb dropping it was thought by most Americans who heard it, to be an accident, a bomb dropped by one of their own aircraft.

When a dive-bomber blew up a hangar at the Ford Island Command centre, Commander Logan Ramsey realized that the island was under attack and he sent out the message "Air raid Pearl Harbor. This is no drill".

For the next 2 hours torpedoes from the midget subs slashed through the water hitting the hulls of the American Battleships, and bombs rained from the air attack.

Pearl Harbor was not the only attack carried out by the Japanese on the 7th of November 1941, attacks were also launched on Hong Kong, Guam, The Philippians, Wake Island, and the Japanese attacked Midway Island,in a day that was to become known in history as "The day of Infamy"

Curiously, the Japanese failed to attack the submarines, and of course, totally failed to address the aircraft carriers - all of which were at sea at the time. As Admiral Yamamoto so exquisitely put it "...I fear that all we have done is awaken a sleeping giant...! "

On the 8th of November President Roosevelt delivered the following message to congress.

A messman aboard the U.S.S. Arizona, Dorie Miller, had his first taste of combat at Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941, when he manned a machine gun and shot down four Japanese planes.

Born on a farm near Waco, Texas in 1919, Miller was the son of a sharecropper, and grew up to become star fullback on the Moore High School football team in his native city. At 19, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, and was nearing the end of his first hitch at the time of the Pearl Harbor attack.

On the infamous morning of December 7th, 1941, Japanese bombers and fighters flew over Pearl Harbor and rained a hail of bombs and bullets on the slumbering U.S. Navel base there. Among the battle vessels sunk and reduced to helpless hulks was the U.S.S. Arizona, the ship on which messman Dorie Miller was routinely going about his duties collecting laundry when the ear-splitting sounds of battle sirens and exploding shells rent the air. Miller rushed up on deck, and instantly hauled his wounded Captain to safety.

Moments later he sprang into action behind an anti-aircraft gun he had never been trained to operate. Firing calmly and accurately, he shot down four zero fighter planes before the cry to abandon ship was heeded by all survivors.

On May 7th, 1942, messman Dorie Miller was cited for bravery by Admiral Chester Nimitz, Commander-in-chief of the Pacific Fleet, who decorated him with the Navy Cross and in doing so acknowledged the nation’s debt to a man of “extraordinary courage”.

After returning from a trip back to Harlem, in New York City, where he drummed up support for the purchase of U.S. War Bonds, Miller yearned to get back into action. Remaining a messman during the hostilities while aboard the aircraft carrier Lescome Bay he was subsequently promoted to mess attendant Third Class. He was killed in action in the South Pacific in December of 1943, when his ship was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine.

Sailors on board the USS Hoel saw smoke and flame rise at least a thousand feet when the torpedo ripped into Liscome Bay and detonated her bomb magazine.

At 0533, Liscome Bay listed to starboard and sank (in 23 minutes), carrying Admiral Mullinnix, commander of the Air Support Group, Captain Wiltsie, 53 other officers, and 591 enlisted men down with her. 272 of her crew were rescued.

Miller was commended for “distinguished devotion to duty, extreme courage and disregard of his personal safety during the attack.”

USS Liscome Bay survivor, Robert "Bob" E. Haynes Montrose, CO Dec 2003

The American losses sustained at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, were staggering. The United States lost 160 planes to the attack, and five aircraft from USS Enterprise were shot down. Eighteen ships were sunk or damaged, including USS Arizona, the pride of the Pacific Fleet.

The dock and hangar facilities were so twisted and mangled that it took months to repair them. In terms of manpower lost, American casualties totaled 3,581. The effect on morale throughout the nation was devastating. The Japs lost 29 planes and 55 airmen. America's situation could have far worse at the end of 1941 if American aircraft carriers had been at Pearl Harbor. Thank God our carriers were at sea which some months later allowed for the incredible, daring Doolittle Raid on Japan's mainland, April 18th, 1942.

Just something personal I want to add. As I have mentioned before all the men in my family have served in the military, every branch has been represented. Also two of my Aunts were nurses during WW11.

One of my other Aunts and her husband ( he was a Col. in the USARMY) they were stationed in Hawaii at the time. Both of them have since passed away. When I was a little girl and the adults would be talking about how it was during the old days, and what it was like during WW11, she shared with us how during the attack she saw the Japanese planes flying low overhead, so low in fact that as she looked out her window in her kitchen she saw the face of the Japanese pilot looking right back at her. Something she said she would never forget.

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Raila Odinga To Lead Delegation To D.C. To Celebrate Inauguration

Raila Odinga is a violent, dangerous man . This is Barack Hussein Obama's cousin who pledged to impose Sharia to get the Muslim vote and whose son is named Fidel Castro Odinga. He named his first-born son after Fidel Castro.
He’s the one that Barack Obama was in constant contact during the New Hampshire primary campaign.

This is a photo that was taken of Odinga's supporters.

Daily Nation

Prime Minister Raila Odinga is to lead a government delegation to host two celebrations on January 20 in honour of US President-elect Barack Obama in Washington DC before his inauguration.

The black-tie dinner and ball are scheduled to take place on the night of the inauguration at posh Marriott Gateway Hotel.

It is said to be a pan-African gala in honour of the first US president of African descent.

Kenya’s ambassador in Washington Peter Ogego said he hopes the new president and the First Lady will include the event in their round of inaugural balls.

Invitations are also being sent to incoming Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and UN ambassador Susan Rice, Mr Ogego added.

Mr Odinga is expected to attend both of the Kenya-sponsored inauguration celebrations.

The National Democratic Institute, a non-governmental democracy-promotion group, has invited him to take part in the Martin Luther King Jnr Day celebrations in Washington on January 18.

On the inauguration day, the Kenya mission will hold a reception at Washington Plaza Hotel near the route of the parade leading to President Obama’s swearing in on the steps of the US Capitol.

The inaugural ball is being hosted by the African Ambassadors Group in Washington, along with the US Corporate Council on Africa and the World Bank-IMF African Society.

Tickets are priced at almost ($200) Sh16,000 per person for an event that Mr Ogego estimates will cost $200,000 (Sh15.8 million)

The envoy said also that the afternoon reception will be open to all and free of charge. However, the embassy will spend about $40,000 (Sh3.1million) on organising it.

“Everyone at the embassy in Washington is excited at the prospect of a US president with ties to Kenya,” Mr Ogego said, adding that Mr Obama’s election offers to Kenya lessons and potential benefits.
“The US has demonstrated we can all move beyond artificial barriers — be it race, class or ethnicity,” he said.

Tangible gains for Kenya can already be felt, the envoy added and cited the uptick in US tourism to Kenya along with the international media attention that the country is receiving.

Additional benefits will come in time, Mr Ogego said, and pointed out, for example, that Bill Richardson, Mr Obama’s designee as secretary of commerce, has visited Kenya on three occasions and regards himself as a good friend of the country.

President-elect Obama’s convincing victory in the November poll over Republican John McCain triggered celebrations all over Kenya.

In his father’s birth place of Kogelo, several bulls were slaughtered.

Reports said at the time that Mr Odinga joined the the celebrations as he, through an aide, provided more bulls.

After the US elections, Kogelo was on the spotlight as people from as far as Tanzania and Uganda drove to the village, with some bearing gifts for President Obama’s extended family.

More about Raila Odinga......................

Kenyan election violence culprits may be punished

Wed 3 Dec 2008, 15:13 GMT

NAIROBI (Reuters)

The masterminds of Kenya's post-election violence may be barred from politics or face lengthy jail sentences under a draft law to set up a special tribunal in the east Africa nation.

President Mwai Kibaki's disputed re-election nearly a year ago brought two months of violence that killed 1,300 people, made 300,000 homeless, and shook the region's biggest economy.

Under pressure from Western donors and the Kenyan public, the coalition government formed in April to halt the violence is heeding the recommendation of an independent inquiry by judge Philip Waki to form a local tribunal to punish culprits.

A secret list containing names of 10 senior politicians and businessman suspected by the Waki team of masterminding the violence will be sent to the International Criminal Court in the Hague if Kenya fails to create such a court by early 2009.

"The special tribunal will look into the prosecution of persons bearing the greatest responsibility for genocide, gross violations of human rights and crimes against humanity," said a draft bill to create the court.

The bill was published in local media on Wednesday but has still to be debated in Kenya's parliament.

"Persons convicted of crimes by the Tribunal shall in addition to the prison terms be barred from holding any public or elective office in Kenya," the draft law said.

Kenya has since independence held numerous inquiries into accusations of land-grabbing, political violence and corruption, but few have resulted in concrete changes or brought perpetrators to account.

Public anger over impunity for the post-election chaos and killings is unprecedented, local analysts say, and finding the culprits could be a watershed moment for the nation of 36 million people that became independent from Britain in 1963.

Many Kenyans say the roots of violence -- ethnic divisions, land issues, and the gap between rich and poor -- have not been addressed. Some argue that the buck should stop with President Mwai Kibaki, and former opposition leader Raila Odinga who became prime minister in the power-sharing deal.

The Waki probe accused senior politicians and businessmen of funding and plotting attacks.

The draft bill published on Wednesday said Kibaki and Odinga should choose a foreigner to lead prosecutions.

Wild Thing's comment.........

Oh brother, just what we need, another terrorist in this country. To quote Gov. Sarah Palin, Obama's going to be "palling around with terrorists," out in the open, in Washington, DC, for the whole country, no, the whole world to see.

So many times Sean Hannty said repeatedly on his show that there was a connection to all these low-lifes - including Odinga.

I guess we better not upset or offend Mr Odinga while he is here. His supporters might go on a rampage of burning homes and businesses, raping women, murdering everyone in their path and burning alive Christian women & children.

But then, as a multicultural and diverse Nation, we should be more tolerant of these kinds of activities.

Odinga and Obama will jointly lead several standing room only seminars on important subjects:

“Vote Fraud: It Can Work for You Too!”

“Document Forgery Made Easy”

“Looking Presidential While Wielding a Machete”

“The Nairobi Trio is Now a Duo”

“Taking Advantage of Liberal Guilt - 101”

“Laundering Foreign Money In Three Easy Steps”

“Race Baiting for Beginners”

“Burka-Clad Girls Gone Wild”

“How to Create Your Own Presidential Seal”

“Ins and Outs of Voting Present”

“Hundreds of New Ways to Use the Word - Distractions”

“Media Manipulation Made Easy”

And many, many more.

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Wrestle Mania Rocks Camp Victory

WWE's sixth annual Tribute to the Troops program airs Dec. 20 at 9/8 CT on NBC, featuring exciting matches from Raw, SmackDown and ECW Superstars' live performance in the Middle East. WWE's mission to bring its unique form of entertainment to the U.S. servicemen and women in Iraq also bridges the American public with those who continue to fight in the name of freedom. Tune in to NBC at 9/8 CT on Dec. 20 for this poignant holiday special.

WWE website

World Wrestling Entertainment Divas Kelly Kelly and Eve, leave the ring after their fight as part of the WWE's Tribute to the Troops Tour Dec. 5 in front of the Al Faw Palaceon.

World Wrestling Entertainment's wrestler, John Cena, holds up the United States flag while paying a tribute to the troops in Iraq

Troops from all over the Victory Base Complex gathered to cheer for their favorite World Wrestling Entertainment wrestlers at the Tribute to the Troops Tour held in front of the Al Faw Palace on Dec. 5.

Multi-National Division-Baghdad Soldiers gather around the World Wrestling Entertainment ring, raise their right hand and re-enlist to serve their country before the WWE wrestlers took the ring during the Tribute to the Troops Tour held in front of the Al Faw Palace on Dec. 5.

(From left to right) John Morrison, Jeff Hardy and R Truth, World Wrestling Entertainment wrestlers, pose with Soldiers after their fight during the Tribute to the Troops Tour, held in front of the Al Faw Palace Dec. 5.

Soldiers from 4th Infantry Division, Multi-National Division-Baghdad, cheer as World Wrestling Entertainment wrestler R Truth climbs out of their mine resistant ambush protective vehicle and takes the ring during the Tribute to the Troops Tour held in front of the Al Faw Palace on Dec. 5.

Maj. Gen. Jeffery Hammond, a Hattisburg, Miss. native, commanding general, Multi-National Division-Baghdad, poses with Vince McMahon, World Wrestling Entertainments chairman, before the WWE wrestlers took the ring during the Tribute to the Troops Tour

Wrestle Mania Rocks Camp Victory

By Spc. Benjamin Crane and Pfc. Lyndsey Dransfield

Multi-National Division-Baghdad Public Affairs Office


Hundreds of service members gathered in front of Al Faw Palace Dec. 5, to watch World Wrestling Entertainment wrestlers lay the smack down.

John Cena, Chris Jericho, the Big Show and the WWE Divas headlined the Tribute to the Troops Tour.

Troops from all of the Victory Base Complex came out to cheer on their favorite stars. Some even waited in line for three hours before the barriers were opened so they could get a ringside view of the action.

“I was extremely excited when I heard about this because I grew up watching wrestling with my dad and my friends back home,” said Spc. Scott Snow, a Garland, Texas, native, with Company B, Special Troops Battalion, 4th Infantry Division, Multi-National Division – Baghdad. “I got here at 8:15 a.m. and there was already a line”

The troops stormed toward the ring when the gates opened at 10 a.m. for a day to enjoy and boost their morale.

“I really appreciate it because they realize we do so much for the country. Then by them coming out here, they support us. It raises a lot of morale for a lot of people and I really enjoy watching,” said Sgt. Molly Stoklosa, a native of Ely, Minn., and part of the 4th Inf. Div. Band.

Before the fights began, Maj. Gen. Jeffery Hammond, commanding general of MND-B re-enlisted one hundred Multi-National Division – Baghdad Soldiers.

Spc. Jerry Ewell was one of the soldiers that decided it was a good opportunity to rededicate his service to his county and see his favorite wrestlers at the same time.

“I want to make the Army a career,” said Ewell, an Idaho native, who serves with the Special Troops Battalion 2nd Brigade, 1st Inf. Div., MND-B. He talked to his retention non-commissioned officer and was told he could be ringside when he was sworn in.
“My favorite wrestler is John Cena and I really hope to meet him,” said Ewell. “He knows what the troops are like because his dad was a Marine.”

Whether or not Ewell got the chance to meet Cena is a mystery, but most likely he was thrilled when at the end of the show Cena proudly held his championship belt over his head and paid a special tribute to the service members.

“This vacation means a lot to me and it means a lot to spend it with you guys. I am surrounded by the most disciplined, courageous unbelievable bunch in the universe and I am proud of each and every one of you,” he yelled to the crowd as they threw their hands in the air and cheered in unison.

This is the sixth year the WWE wrestlers have volunteered to perform for the troops in Iraq and according to Vince McMahon, chairman and promoter of the WWE, it certainly won’t be the last.

“All of our performers want to come year after year. It’s an extraordinary personal experience for them to be able to interact with our Armed Forces,” McMahon said. “It’s the biggest event we do all year, bigger than Wrestle Mania. We get more out of it than any other event. It’s the least we can do as patriots; to come over here and show some appreciation for all of the good work these men and women do.”

Wrestler and entertainer, the Big Show, has been coming to Iraq since 2003 and personally continues to come back each year because of the feeling he gets when he’s around Soldiers.

“I know we are supposed to be a big morale booster for the Soldiers, but I find myself being inspired when we come over here,” said the Big Show. “I love everything about the Armed Forces and I’m a proud American.”

Over two months ago Maj. Michael McGregor, a Roaring Springs, Pa. native, deputy of personnel office with 4th Inf. Div, MND-B, was appointed as officer in-charge of coordination and planning for the event.

“We met with the set design staff, who came over before time and gave us a layout of how the venue would work,” said McGregor. “When the staff landed they just needed to add the finishing touch.”

But McGregor said, it’s not the set design or the venue layout that make the event so significant each year. It’s the unique opportunity service members in theater have to meet and see people they may not otherwise have the opportunity to see.

“WWE wrestlers are larger than life to most of our Soldiers, so they carry a certain amount of mystery or amazement for people,” said McGregor.
“When you go to a concert in the United States the entertainers don’t do a meet and great after the show where everyone gets an autograph, but they do here because they are appreciative of what the Soldiers do for them and our country, he said. “I don’t think these entertainers realize that for some, this is a dream come true.”

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It Mattered In 1787

Will Supremes review citizenship arguments?

December 5th


With protesters gathering and praying on the front steps, the U.S. Supreme Court met in conference today to discuss whether or not to hear a case challenging Barack Obama's eligibility to be president.

"Obama was born a dual citizen," protester Roger Bredow told the Washington, D.C., local events blog, DCist. "British, and a citizen of the United States, at birth."

According to Bredow – and the case the Supreme Court reviewed today – dual citizenship makes Obama ineligible to take the oath of office.

Where's the proof Barack Obama was born in the U.S. or that he fulfills the "natural-born American" clause in the Constitution?

The case of Leo C. Donofrio v. New Jersey Secretary of State Nina Mitchell Wells, which claims Obama does not meet the Constitution's Article 2, Section 1 "natural-born citizen" requirement for president, was initially denied a hearing by Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter, but Justice Clarence Thomas agreed to bring it back for review today.

In order to go forward in the process, the case needs four of the Supreme Court's nine justices to approve a full hearing.

Unlike many of the lawsuits regarding Obama's "natural-born citizen" status, the Donofrio case makes no allegation that Obama was born on foreign soil. Instead, Donofrio contends Obama was a British citizen at birth, because of citizenship in a British colony, Kenya.
"Don't be distracted by the birth certificate and Indonesia issues," Donofrio writes on his Natural Born Citizen blog. "They are irrelevant to Senator Obama's ineligibility to be president. Since Barack Obama's father was a citizen of Kenya and therefore subject to the jurisdiction of the United Kingdom at the time of Senator Obama's birth, then Senator Obama was a British citizen 'at birth.'"

Obama's Fight the Smears website confirms that Donofrio is correct about the Democrat's citizenship at birth, but says his dual citizenship with Britain expired, leaving him with only American citizenship.

Donfrio, however, contends that the Constitution was written in such a way to exclude dual citizens like Obama.

"The Framers of the Constitution, at the time of their birth," Donofrio writes, "were also British citizens, and that's why the Framers declared that, while they were citizens of the United States, they themselves were not 'natural born citizens.'"

"Therefore," Donofrio summarizes, "even if he were to produce an original birth certificate proving he were born on U.S. soil, he still wouldn't be eligible to be president."

The biggest question is why Obama, if a Hawaii birth certificate exists as his campaign has stated, simply hasn't ordered it made available to settle the rumors.

The governor's office in Hawaii said there is a valid certificate but rejected requests for access and left ambiguous its origin: Does the certificate on file with the Department of Health indicate a Hawaii birth or was it generated after the Obama family registered a Kenyan birth in Hawaii?

You can go HERE for the rest of the article

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The case also raises the circumstances of Obama's time during his youth in Indonesia, where he was listed as having Indonesian citizenship. Indonesia does not allow dual citizenship, raising the possibility of Obama's mother having given up his U.S. citizenship.


Now this is something very important to do with this. I know I have posted something similar in other posts but this states it so clearly. -- Wild Thing


The Framers of the Constitution, at the time of their birth, were also British Citizens and that's why the Framers declared that, while they were Citizens of the United States, they themselves were not "natural born Citizens". Hence their inclusion of the grandfather clause in Article 2, Section 1, Clause 5 of the Constitution:

No person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution shall be eligible to the Office of President;

The Framers wanted to make themselves eligible to be President, but they didn't want future generations to be Governed by a Commander In Chief who had split loyalty to another Country. The Framers were comfortable making an exception for themselves. They did, after all, create the Constitution. But they were not comfortable with the possibility of future generations of Presidents being born under the jurisdiction of Foreign Powers, especially Great Britain and its monarchy, who the Framers and Colonists fought so hard in the American Revolution to be free of.

The Framers declared themselves not eligible to be President as "natural born Citizens", so they wrote the grandfather clause in for the limited exception of allowing themselves to be eligible to the Presidency in the early formative years of our infant nation.

But nobody alive today can claim eligibility to be President under the grandfather clause since nobody alive today was a citizen of the US at the time the Constitution was adopted.

The Framers distinguished between "natural born Citizens" and all other "Citizens". And that's why it's important to note the 14th Amendment only confers the title of "Citizen", not "natural born Citizen". The Framers were Citizens, but they weren't natural born Citizens. They put the stigma of not being natural born Citizens on themselves in the Constitution and they are the ones who wrote the Document.

Since the the Framers didn't consider themselves to have been "natural born Citizens" due to their having been subject to British jurisdiction at their birth, then Senator Obama, having also been subject to British jurisdiction at the time of his birth, also cannot be considered a "natural born Citizen" of the United States.

Barack Obama's official web site, Fight The Smears, admits he was a British Citizen at birth. At the very bottom of the section of his web site that shows an alleged official Certification Of Live Birth, the web site lists the following information and link thereto:

“When Barack Obama Jr. was born on Aug. 4,1961, in Honolulu, Kenya was a British colony, still part of the United Kingdom’s dwindling empire. As a Kenyan native, Barack Obama Sr. was a British subject whose citizenship status was governed by The British Nationality Act of 1948. That same act governed the status of Obama Sr.‘s children.

Since Sen. Obama has neither renounced his U.S. citizenship nor sworn an oath of allegiance to Kenya, his Kenyan citizenship automatically expired on Aug. 4,1982.”

That is a direct admission Barack Obama was a British citizen "at birth".

Wild Thing's comment.......

The grandfather clause in the Constitution was adopted on September 17, 1787, and to me it still applies.

Something to add regarding ignoring the Constitution. If it means nothing in regards to a person running for President, then nothing else in the Constitution means anything either.

Obama's followers need to realize this and the rest that support Obama by their not wanting this to be solved.

Because if our Constitution is NOT respected and followed on this item alone, then also it means income tax amendment isn't relevant and the anti-slavery amendment isn't valid and the list goes on and on.........

The Constitution of the United Stated trumps all else.

Clarence Thomas’s view was that even though Souter rejected Donofrio vs. Wells, he said there’s a constitutional issue at stake. He risked the ire of his colleague. So that signals he thinks it’s important, which it is.

....Thank you Mark for sendingi these two articles to me.

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UNC Chapel Hill's Libraries To Forgo Christmas Trees

UNC libraries to forgo Christmas trees

The Charlotte Observer

Chapel Hill library chief says staffers complained about the display.


For as long as anyone can remember, Christmas trees adorned with lights and ornaments have greeted holiday season visitors to UNC Chapel Hill's two main libraries.

Not this year.

The trees, which have stood in the lobby areas of Wilson and Davis libraries each December, were kept in storage this year at the behest of Sarah Michalak, the associate provost for university libraries.

Michalak's decision followed several years of queries and complaints from library employees and patrons bothered by the Christian display, Michalak said this week.

Michalak said that banishing the Christmas displays was not an easy decision but that she asked around to library colleagues at Duke, N.C. State and elsewhere and found no other one where Christmas trees were displayed.
Aside from the fact that a UNC Chapel Hill library is a public facility, Michalak said, libraries are places where information from all corners of the world and all belief systems is offered without judgment. Displaying one particular religion's symbols is antithetical to that philosophy, she said.
“We strive in our collection to have a wide variety of ideas,” she said. “It doesn't seem right to celebrate one particular set of customs.”

Michalak, chief librarian for four years, said at least a dozen library employees have complained over the last few years about the display. She hasn't heard similar criticism from students, though they may have voiced concerns to other library staff.

Public libraries generally shy away from creating displays promoting any single religion, said Catherine Mau, deputy director of the Durham County library system, where poinsettias provided by a library booster group provide holiday cheer.

Wild Thing's comment........

Totally unacceptable, I think people like this need their head examined. I will say it, I could care what her stupid excuse it, it comes down to wanting to appease Muslims.

No one was ever concerned with this before as much as they are today and it is stupid and besides Muslims have their own holiday's.

...Thank you Mark for sending this to me.

Posted by Wild Thing at 06:45 AM | Comments (13)

Obama Planning Another Trip To Hawaii

Obama goes upscale in Hawaii for holiday


President-elect Barack Obama, returning to his home state of Hawaii for the holidays, plans a beachside vacation at one of Oahu's most exclusive properties, according to an islander involved in the planning.
Arrangements are being finalized for the Obamas and the families of two or three friends to stay at a Kailua beachfront location with three modern, multi-million-dollar homes. Each wraps around a lagoon-style swimming pool, with palm trees, grassy lawns and retractable glass walls for postcard views of the white sand and windsurfers.

Obama and his friends plan to rent the privately owned homes for several days including Christmas, said the islander, a Democratic activist who spoke Thursday night on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to reveal the details.

The property is located across the island from metropolitan Honolulu, in a residential section of trendy Kailua. The 2.5-mile beach is popular with local families as well as tourists, and has been rated by travel magazines among the best beaches in the world.

The property also has a sweeping view of the Koolau Range, a lush, forested ridge that forms the backbone of East Oahu.

Obama's spokesman would not comment on his holiday travel plans.

Gov. Linda Lingle indicated this week that that Valerie Jarrett, a close Obama friend and adviser who is co-chair of his transition office, would accompany Obama to the islands. Lingle said she intended to meet with Jarrett.

The governor also invited Obama to meet with her, her spokesman said.

Obama was most recently in Hawaii in October to visit his ailing grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, who raised him for much of his youth. Dunham died Nov. 2 at the age of 86, two days before Obama won the presidency.

While in Hawaii Obama also is expected to pay tribute to his grandmother, who was cremated, with a private family ceremony.

Wild Thing's comment.......

Oh dear me what will we ever do. Obama is going to be taking a trip to Hawaii and leaving the office of the President Elect unattended?

I just figured out how to get Obama out of Washington. heh heh..... All we have to do is start to talk about his birth certificate. And he will take off to Hawaii. hahahhaa

BOO ho-bama..... BIRTH CERTIFICATE!!!!

He goes to Hawaii to lock up tight his birth certificate.

He goes to Hawaii to celebrate the Holidays.

But did he ever go to Hawaii to bury his “typical white person” grandma???

Somebody call Dog the Bounty Hunter there is a refugee coming to the Islands.

Posted by Wild Thing at 06:40 AM

December 06, 2008

Washington D.C. Bars Hail Inaugural Festivities To Millions

D.C. toasts Obama with 5 a.m. last call

The Washington Times

by Michael Drost and Timothy Warren

These are heady times.

Hoping to tap in to an inaugural bonanza, the D.C. Council Tuesday night voted in favor of extending last call to 5 a.m. and allow bars and restaurants to serve food around the clock during inauguration week.

Millions of visitors are expected to descend on the city to celebrate Barack Obama's presidential swearing-in on Jan. 20. The council hopes to accommodate the throng by allowing licensed restaurants and taverns to serve drinks later and to keep their doors open 24 hours a day for the whole week.

At the request of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, a Democrat, the legislation excluded nightclubs, which would have had to continue observing the current closing hour of 2 a.m. However, council member David A. Catania, at-large independent, moved after the vote to remove the nightclub exclusion from the bill, and his amendment carried 8-5.

Council member Jim Graham, Ward 1 Democrat, who introduced the bill, said the measure will allow the city's entertainment industry to "engage fully" in inauguration week, which includes Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 19.

Mr. Graham said the measure also will encourage celebrations that are safely indoors. He pointed to the boisterous revelers on election night as an example for the city to try to avoid.
"On election night there were just throngs of people who were pouring into the street, and I think people may be safer celebrating inside than be wandering the streets," he said.
Council member Phil Mendelson, at-large Democrat, was the only dissenting voice. He noted that robberies and assaults often occur after last call, and police will not have extra manpower on hand at 5 a.m. Incidents of driving under the influence are also likely to increase, he said.
"Sure, it's good for business, but that is not the reason we should be doing this," he said.

Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray, a Democrat, said at a press conference on Monday that the bill would allow the city to cash in on a lot of extra revenue.

Mr. Graham agreed.

"It's not a principal factor behind the legislation, but given these economic times it is a factor," he said. "There are certainly concerns regarding city revenue, and with the inauguration there's definitely a lot to be had," he said.

City officials said that such an extension is unprecedented for an inauguration, but that it does not seriously affect plans the city has in place.

Cynthia Simms, spokeswoman for the Alcohol Beverage Regulation Administration, said the city has not extended last call for previous inaugurations, but that the District allows licensed establishments to serve drinks until 5 a.m. on New Year's Day.

"I can't speculate on how many people are going to be out that week, but it doesn't look like it will be on a small scale," she said

Local bars and restaurants are salivating at the thought of serving customers for extended hours.

"I think it is a great idea," said Gavin Coleman, general manager of the Dubliner, an Irish tavern on Capitol Hill. "Given the [inauguration's] historic nature, I think extending the hours would be beneficial for all the visitors and the bars as well."

Neighborhood Advisory Commissioner Nancy Shia, who represents the bar-heavy Adams Morgan neighborhood, is unhappy with the legislation.

"I don't see why they have to increase the sale of alcohol. Alcohol makes chaos. That means that the businesses will make a lot of money but the city will have to pay for all the police and there will be more DUIs," she said.

Wild Thing's comment........

Millions of Obama people, the Obama will fill my gas tank and pay my mortgage thinkers, the brainwashed cult of Obama people all getting drunk ......this is an incredibly bad decision. I wouldn't want to be anywhere near that place.

So OK I will be fair....hahaha sort of.....Maybe it will just be peace and light, kumbayaa, in DC the whole week.

They are seriously planning for up to 5 million people for inauguration day. I read someplace that Metro is turning off the escalators due to the increased traffic. hahaa With all the people that will be using the Metro that could make it dangerous. People stepping over slower people.......Wal-Mart comes to mind.

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"Obama's centrism a 'smokescreen'" Says Weatherman terrorist

Weatherman terrorists: Obama's centrism a 'smokescreen'


Forecast a radical agenda that would impress Lenin coming

President-elect Barack Obama is "feigning" a centrist position on some issues so he can ultimately push through a radical agenda, including universal health care and trimming the military, according to analysis by a founder of the Weathermen terror group, Mark Rudd, who has ties to Obama mentors.

Another top former Weathermen terrorist with ties to Obama mentors, Jeff Jones, concurred the president-elect will attempt major change, including "redistributing financial resources downward."

He called Obama's "centrist" appointments a "smokescreen" to "co-opt the moderate center," declaring, "even Lenin would be impressed!"

In an article on the radical leftist Rag Blog, Rudd commented, "Obama plays basketball. I'm not much of an athlete, barely know the game, but one thing I do know is that you have to be able to look like you're doing one thing but do another. That's why all these conservative appointments are important: the strategy is feint to the right, move left. Any other strategy invites sure defeat. It would be stupid to do otherwise in this environment."
Rudd stressed what he called Obama's second-tier appointments to various agencies, claiming those individuals are far more "progressive."
"Cheney was extremely effective at controlling policy by putting his people in at second-level positions," noted Rudd.

The terror group founder outlined what he believes is Obama's domestic agenda:

"What he's doing now is moving on the most popular issues – the environment, health care and the economy. He'll be progressive on the environment because that has broad popular support; health care will be extended to children, then made universal, but the medical, pharmaceutical, and insurance corporations will stay in place. ... The economic agenda will stress stimulation from the bottom sometimes and handouts to the top at other times. It will be pragmatic."

He said Obama ultimately seeks to shrink the military but cannot make that goal public for some time.

"Leave the military alone because they're way too powerful," writes Rudd. "For now, until enough momentum is raised. By the second or third year of this recession, when stimulus is needed at the bottom, people may begin to discuss cutting the military budget if security is being increased through diplomacy and application of nascent international law."

On the same blog, former Weatherman terrorist Jones wrote Obama is "really SMART."

"His centrist appointments are a smokescreen; they co-opt the moderate center, but he's still the commander in chief. Even Lenin would be impressed!" he declared.

Jones wrote that Obama's various initiatives, "which will collectively set the nation on a path towards energy independence, ending the war and redistributing financial resources downward, are presented as unconnected pieces of legislation, but actually they are interlocking components of Obama's coherent multi-layered agenda."

Both Jones and Rudd were active in Progressives for Obama, an independent organization acting to ensure the Illinois senator's election. The group includes among its ranks many former members of the 1960s radical organization Students for a Democratic Society, or SDS, from which the Weathermen splintered, as well as current and former members of other radical organizations, such as the Communist Party USA and the Black Radical Congress.

Jones, according to his own website, was "elected, along with (Weathermen terrorist) Bill Ayers and Mark Rudd, to the SDS national office. Then, in the spring of 1970, he disappeared. As a leader of the Weather Underground, Jeff evaded an intense FBI manhunt for more than a decade. In 1981, they finally got him. Twenty special agents battered down the door of the Bronx apartment where he was living with his wife and four-year-old son."

Jones' site says he traveled to Cambodia in 1966 to meet with high-level leaders of the anti-American National Liberation Front. In 1967 and 1968 he served as an SDS regional organizer for New York City.

Rudd, a petition supporter as well as a main signatory to the Progressives for Obama group, was one of the main founders of the Weathermen terrorist organization. A biography published on his website explains Rudd worked to form the Weathermen as a radical alternative to the SDS and for white Americans to eject their "white skin privilege" and begin "armed struggle" against the U.S. government.

The New Zeal blog noted both Rudd and Jones have connections to Obama through the radical Movement for a Democratic Society, where the two serve on the board alongside former Weathermen Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, whose deep connections to Obama sparked controversy during the presidential campaign.

Wild Thing's comment..........

Obamunist is a dangerous man and we all know this. It will just be a matter of time before he does all the anti-American things to our country. These last few weeks we keep hearing oh maybe he will not be that bad, maybe he will stay in the center. LOL Sure and where is that bridge for sale? I think not, Obamunist is what he is a communist, his mentor as a child was a rock solid communist and he stayed in that mentallity and thinking ever since. His HATE for our Constitution proves it as well.

The CPUSA is also telling its followers to stay “united” behind their leader, Barack. And almost all of the media is lock step with all of this too.

By the way, it’s not his basketball experience. It’s his red diaper upbringing, his Marxist education, his radical community organizing and his corrupt Chicago politics that are the sources of his experience. Sarah Palin could kick his butt on the court.

We may be a very young county compared to others but it has been the best country in the entire world. The ONLY counrtry that has done what we have done, accompolished what we have accompolished and stood for what is right in the world. IMO that is one of the reasons the communists like Obama want to change it. They can't stand for America to be so much better then other places in the world.

Just one last thing I have to add, why in the HELL are these terrorists NOT in jail. Good grief, I am so sick of these weathermen being out and among the population, Ayers, his wife and these guys and others.

....Thank you Mark for sending this article to me.

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Inaugural No-Nos: Strollers, Coolers, Backpacks and More

Inaugural No-Nos: Strollers, Coolers, Backpacks and More

Washington Post

The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies has posted on its Web site a number of tips to keep in mind for those planning on attending the Jan. 20 swearing-in ceremony and parade. Among the list of items banned from the festivities are baby strollers, coolers, backpacks, thermoses, umbrellas and signs. Source for list.

What to Wear

There is no official dress code for the swearing-in ceremonies.

It is typically cold on Inauguration Day—normally 37°F—and often wet. Expect to be outside for more than three hours, to stand in line, and to walk for long periods of time. Dress in layers and wear a winter coat. Consider wearing comfortable shoes, gloves, a hat and a scarf, and bringing a blanket.

In the event of rain, umbrellas will not be permitted within the security perimeter. It is recommended that attendees bring ponchos or rain coats.

Extra consideration should be taken when planning to bring infants, young children, the elderly, or anyone with a weakened immune system.


The Swearing-in Ceremony is an outdoor event held on the West Front Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Inauguration day is typically cold—normally 37° F at noon—and occasionally wet.

Extra consideration should be taken when planning to bring infants, young children, the elderly, or anyone with a weakened immune system. A vast majority of attendees will be in standing room sections and should be prepared to be on their feet for several hours.

Attendees should check the local weather forecast for Inauguration Day and plan accordingly.

In the event of rain, umbrellas will not be permitted within the security perimeter. It is recommended that attendees bring ponchos or rain coats.


There are no childcare facilities provided to attendees. Due to increased security and space constraints, strollers are not permitted on the Capitol grounds.

Outdoor, portable restrooms are located throughout the U.S. Capitol grounds.

Security All ticket holders are required to pass through security screening, including handbag inspection.

Food and Drink
Food, beverages, and other amenities are not available within the ceremony perimeter. Do not bring any food item larger than a small snack. Thermoses are prohibited.

Large crowds are expected for the Swearing-in ceremonies, the Inaugural parade, and other festivities. Expect heavy traffic and road closings. Use the Metro.

No parking will be available on Capitol Hill. Public parking in Washington, D.C. will be extremely limited. If you are traveling by car from outside the city, park in a lot near a Metro station and take Metro into Washington. Expect heavy traffic and road closures.

Prohibited Items

Prohibited items include, but are not limited to:

Firearms and ammunition (either real or simulated)
Explosives of any kind (including fireworks)
Knives, blades, or sharp objects (of any length)
Mace and/or pepper spray
Sticks or poles
Pockets or hand tools, such as “Leatherman”
Large bags
Duffel bags
Laser pointers
Animals (other than service animals)
Alcoholic beverages
Other items that may pose a threat to the security of the event as determined by and at the discretion of the security screeners

Wild Thing's comment........

Here are some other items they forgot to mention that won't be bringing. ..... brains, decency, patriotism, a paycheck.

Look at the weapons in the list. I guess with the massive crowd they are expecting they need to list all that stuff.

Posted by Wild Thing at 03:47 AM | Comments (12)

Obama's Job Questionnaire

Incoming Obama administration director of speechwriting Jon Favreau (L) and a friend pose with a cardboard cutout of incoming Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton at a party. (Obtained by The Washington Post)

One More Question... (Top Obama speechwriter under fire for "groping" Hillary cutout)

Washington Post

Remember Obama's seven-page job questionnaire prepared by the office of the president-elect ??? --Wild Thing

Question No. 58 in the transition team vetting document for the Obama White House asks that applicants: "Please provide the URL address of any websites that feature you in either a personal or professional capacity (e.g. Facebook, My Space, etc.)"

Question No. 63 asks that applicants "please provide any other information ... that could ... be a possible source of embarrassment to you, your family, or the President-Elect."

For a while there this afternoon, President-elect Barack Obama's immensely talented chief speechwriter, 27-year-old Jon Favreau, might have been pondering how to address that question.

That's when some interesting photos of a recent party he attended -- including one where he's dancing with a life-sized cardboard cut-out of secretary of state-designate Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, and another where he's placed his hand on the cardboard former first lady's chest while a friend is offering her lips a beer -- popped up on Facebook for about two hours. The photos were quickly taken down -- along with every other photo Favreau had of himself on the popular social networking site, save for one profile headshot.

Asked about the photos, Favreau, who was recently appointed director of speechwriting for the White House, declined comment. A transition official said that Favreau had "reached out to Senator Clinton to offer an apology."

Favreau is not the first campaign aide whose online presence has proved awkward. Last March, John McCain aide Soren Dayton forwarded an anti-Obama YouTube video to his private Twitter feed linking Obama with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, leading to his suspension from the campaign. And in 2007, two bloggers hired by former North Carolina senator John Edwards stepped down after blog posts they had written before he hired them became a subject of controversy.

Favreau's case seems unlikely to be so dire; Clinton senior adviser Philippe Reines cast the photos as evidence of increased bonhomie between the formerly rival camps.

"Senator Clinton is pleased to learn of Jon's obvious interest in the State Department, and is currently reviewing his application," he said in an e-mail.

Wild Thing's comment........

LOL this guy better not respond to any memo invitations he might get from Hillary to er ah meet him in Fort Marcy Park . hahahha

Posted by Wild Thing at 03:45 AM | Comments (12)

Richardson Says "Obama is an immigrant"

Wild Thing's comment......

OOPS! LOL well what can I say. I guess he has made up to Obama about this. This was a Biden moment. hahahaa

Posted by Wild Thing at 03:40 AM | Comments (2)

December 05, 2008

Judge Sentences O.J. Simpson To 15 Years In Prison For Las Vegas Hotel Armed Robbery.

Judge sentences O.J. Simpson to 15 years in prison for Las Vegas hotel armed robbery.

FOX news

O.J. Simpson was sentenced Friday to 15 years in prison for armed robbery and kidnapping in a failed attempt to recover sports memorabilia from two collectibles peddlers.

There will be the possibility of parole after six years, Judge Jackie Glass said.

His co-defendant Clarence "C.J." Stewart received the same sentence.

Before the judge handed down his sentence, Simpson apologized to her and the Las Vegas court after learning he won't be able to be freed on bail if he appeals.

Simpson appeared for his sentencing in a blue prison jumpsuit, shackles and handcuffs.

"I stand before you today sorry," an emotional Simpson told Glass, fighting back tears. "I am apologetic to the people of Nevada. ... When I came here, I came here for a wedding. I didn't come to reclaim property."

He said he thought he was taking advantage of an opportunity to retrieve items that were rightfully his.

"In no way did I mean to hurt anybody, to steal anything from anyone," Simpson said. "I didn't want anybody else's stuff. I just wanted my own. I realize that I was stupid. I am sorry. I didn’t know that I was doing anything illegal. I thought I was retrieving property from friends. I’m sorry, I’m sorry for all of it."

The 61-year-old former football star, who walked away a free man after a celebrated murder trial, faces mandatory prison time of between six years and life behind bars.

Before Glass read his sentence, she ruled that Simpson cannot be freed on bail pending a possible appeal.

She told Simpson that this case was unusual because everything was caught on tape.

"The evidence in this case was overwhelming," she said. "This was actually a very violent event."

Neither Simpson, who was acquitted of the 1994 slayings of his ex-wife and her friend in Los Angeles, nor his co-defendant and former golfing buddy, 54-year-old Stewart, testified at trial.

Stewart also spoke at the sentencing hearing and apologized to the state of Nevada. He said he bore no ill will toward anyone involved. He asked the court for leniency and said he prays for forgiveness.

Simpson and Stewart were convicted Oct. 3 of 12 criminal charges, including kidnapping and armed robbery.

Jurors who heard 13 days of testimony said after the verdict that they were convinced of Simpson's guilt because of audio recordings middleman Thomas Riccio secretly made of the Sept. 13, 2007, Palace Station casino hotel confrontation with sports memorabilia brokers Alfred Beardsley and Bruce Fromong.

Simpson's lawyers called his actions "stupid" and admitted he broke the law, but said they didn't rise to the level of criminality that would warrant a long prison sentence. They asked Glass to show mercy.

Glass responded during her statements that she believed "it was much more than stupidity."

Wild Thing's comment........

This Judge is awesome. She is tuff and good and she said something I did not know. I have not kept up with this but when the Judge spoke today she said that every single thing was on tape.

The planning of what they were going to do.
The phone calls were also on tape.
The events in their hotel rooms how they were going to end up doing what they did.
The actual entering the room to try and pull this off
The events that happened in the room.

Every single thing on tape, and the Judge said never before has she had a case where every part of the case was on tape.

I lived in California. when the other OJ trial was going on and that one I watch from beginning to end. I had met Nicole once, worked with OK on one TV show so I was very interested. This creep got away with murder!!!!!!!

It is interesting that even though he was NOT found innocent, they never said that with the other trial in Los Angeles. He got away with murder and now he goes away for this.

Like Al Capone, he committed all kinds of crimes and they could never get him on them . Not until he got in trouble for Income tax evasion. That is what he went to jail for.

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Obama Looking For Ideal Islamic Capitol For Major Foreign Policy Speech

Looking for the Ideal Spot to Make a Speech

New York Times


President-elect Barack Obama’s aides say he is considering making a major foreign policy speech from an Islamic capital during his first 100 days in office.

So where should he do it? The list of Islamic world capitals is long, and includes the obvious —Riyadh, Kuwait City, Islamabad — and the not-so-obvious — Male (the Maldives), Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso), Tashkent (Uzbekistan).

Some wise-guys have even suggested Dearborn, Mich., as a possibility.

Clearly it would be cheating for Mr. Obama to fly to Detroit, talk to Dearborn’s 30,000 Arab residents and call it a day. And Male and Ouagadougou, while certainly majority Muslim, can’t really be what Mr. Obama’s aides have in mind when they talk about locales for a high-profile speech that would seek to mend rifts between the United States and the broader Muslim world.

So Burkina Faso and the Maldives are out. But that leaves a whole swath of Islamic capitals, all ready to be spruced up for Mr. Obama to make his speech. I’ve thought hard about this, and asked a few people — diplomats even — which capital Mr. Obama should pick.

The consensus, after an entire day of reporting, is Cairo.

Why Cairo? It’s a matter of elimination. I called Ziad Asali, the president of the American Task Force on Palestine, to gauge his thoughts. “Damascus would be cool, except it would look as if he was rewarding the Syrians and it’s too soon for that,” Mr. Asali said.

True. Maybe in a year, if Syrian President Bashar al-Assad gets around to a land-for-peace deal with Israel. But for right now, I’m not really seeing Damascus as the spot for the big speech.

What about Ramallah, I asked Mr. Asali, thinking it would show solidarity with the Palestinians.

“I would object to that on so many levels,” he shot back, irate. “Are you forgetting that Palestinians seek Jerusalem as their capital?”

Right. And giving the speech in Jerusalem would just open up a Pandora’s box full of problems. So that’s not happening.

My colleague, David Sanger, heard me talking about it and came over to my desk. “I think he’s going to pick Jakarta,” he said. “It would be a big homecoming-type trip.”

But Jakarta’s too easy. Mr. Asali thought so too: “Jakarta? People would yawn about that.” Sure, Indonesia is the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country — some 177 million Muslims live there — but the very fact that Mr. Obama once lived and went to school there would make choosing it seem like cheating.

Baghdad? Definitely out-of-the-box, but it could appear to validate the Iraq war, which Mr. Obama opposed. Beirut? Too many Hezbollah members — Secret Service would flip its collective lid — and anyway, the Lebanese president has always been a Christian.

Tehran? Too soon for that. Amman? Been there, done that. Islamabad? Too dangerous. Ankara? Too safe. Plus the Turks aren’t going to be too crazy about being used for outreach to the Muslim world when they’re trying to join the European Union.

I asked a senior Turkish diplomat what he thought. He immediately started acting, well, diplomatic. “We don’t have a problem with our Islamic identity,” he said. “But our system is secular.”

Riyadh? Mr. Obama’s national security aides say no.

Kuwait City? Abu Dhabi? Doha? “I don’t think it will be in the Gulf,” one foreign policy adviser to Mr. Obama said.

See? It’s got to be Cairo. Egypt is perfect. It’s certainly Muslim enough, populous enough and relevant enough. It’s an American ally, but there are enough tensions in the relationship that the choice will feel bold. The country has plenty of democracy problems, so Mr. Obama can speak directly to the need for a better democratic model there. It has got the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist organization that has been embraced by a wide spectrum of the Islamic world, including the disenfranchised and the disaffected.

The Secret Service won’t like it one bit, but Cairo is no Islamabad. I called the Egyptian Embassy in Washington to ask officials there what they thought. Someone from Mr. Obama’s team had already mentioned the possibility, although embassy officials said Egypt has not been approached about a possible presidential trip to Cairo.

Still, Sameh Shoukry, the Egyptian ambassador, e-mailed me a statement. “Needless to say, the President of the United States is always welcome in Egypt,” it said. “Delivering such a speech from Cairo would no doubt reinforce the intended message. Cairo has long been a center of Islamic learning and scholarship, in line with Egypt’s central role in the Middle East.”

And check this out................

Egyptian Cleric Hassan Abu Al-Ashbal Calls on President-Elect Obama to Convert to Islam, Threatens: We Have People Who Are Eager For Death

Following are excerpts from an address delivered by Egyptian cleric Hassan Abu Al-Ashbal, which aired on Al-Nas TV on November 27, 2008.




Hassan Abu Al-Ashbal: "Let me take this opportunity to address the leader of Europe, and the leader of America, who is the leader of the world, the recently elected Obama, who is the leader of the Byzantines - he is like the Byzantine leaders in the days of Prophet Muhammad.
"My message to him is threefold. First, I invite him to convert to Islam. This is the call of the Prophet and of Allah. Oh Obama - convert to Islam, and you will be saved. I hope that Allah will reward you twice: once for converting to Islam, and another reward for all those who will convert in your footsteps. If you want glory - you will find it in Islam. If you want honor - you will find it in Islam. In religions other than Islam there is utter humiliation, even if you are the president of the entire world.


"You, Obama, are among those who have pledged before Allah - Allah who created you, sustained you, and brought you to this position - to be a Muslim who believes that Allah is the one God, especially since you have some kind of roots in Islam. Convert to Islam, and you will be saved. All glory and honor lie in following Allah and His messenger Muhammad. Know that the true religion is the religion of Islam, and all other religions are fabricated religions, which are null and void - religions that were abrogated by the shari'a of Muhammad.
"If you refuse to return to your [Islamic] origins, to the way Allah created you, withdraw your huge armies and military bases from the lands of the Muslims. Know that all your predecessors have ended up in the garbage bin of history, and that America’s black and bleak history in the land of the Muslims and the Arabs constitutes an evil omen for you, your predecessors, and your successors.
"Know, Obama, that America, with all its size and might, will know no peace as long as a single Muslim child lacks food, drink, medicine, or housing.
"If you refuse, Obama, and insist on remaining in Muslim lands, know that Allah still plants in [Muslims] obedience to Him, and that they are willing to wait for Paradise, which is closer than their own shoelaces.
"Know, Obama, that in the lands of Islam, there are people who seek death, and are eager for it, even more than you and your people are eager for life - any kind of life, even a life of humiliation."

Wild Thing's comment..........

This is crazy! A policy speech should be given from here in America.

I wonder if he’ll exclaim “Allah akbar!” And then will he announce that Sharia law is completely compatible with the US Constitution and will be implemented immediately?

How about making the speech in front of his brother's mud hut in Kenya, standing on a dead water buffalo carcass.

It’s gonna be a looooooooooong 4 years.

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Constitution Hating Lawyer: 'Natural-born' requirement called 'stupidest provision'

'Natural-born' requirement called 'stupidest provision'

Also 'discriminates, outdated, undemocratic and assumes birthplace a proxy for loyalty'

wnd ...for complete article

By Bob Unruh

An associate lawyer in a Chicago-based firm whose partner served on a finance committee for then-Sen. Barack Obama has advocated for the elimination of the U.S. Constitution's requirement that a president be a "natural-born" citizen, calling the requirement "stupid" and asserting it discriminates, is outdated and undemocratic.

The paper was written in 2006 by Sarah Herlihy, just two years after Obama had won a landslide election in Illinois to the U.S. Senate. Herlihy is listed as an associate at the Chicago firm of Kirkland & Ellis. A partner in the same firm, Bruce I. Ettelson, cites his membership on the finance committees for both Obama and Sen. Richard Durbin on the corporate website.

Herlihy's published paper reveals that the requirement likely was considered in a negative light by organizations linked to Obama in the months before he announced in 2007 his candidacy for the presidency.

"The natural born citizen requirement in Article II of the United States Constitution has been called the 'stupidest provision' in the Constitution, "undecidedly un-American," "blatantly discriminatory," and the "Constitution's worst provision," Herlihy begins in her introduction to the paper titled, "Amending the Natural Born Citizen Requirement: Globalization as the Impetus and the Obstacle."
She concludes that the "emotional" reasons to oppose changing the Constitution will prevail over the "rational" reasons demanding a change.
"The current American perceptions about the effects of globalization and the misunderstanding about what globalization actually is will result in Americans deciding that naturalized citizens should not be president because this would, in effect, be promoting globalization, Herlihy wrote.
"Although this argument is admittedly circular, because globalization is the thing that makes the need to abolish the requirement more and more persuasive, Americans' subsequent perceptions about globalization are the very things that will prevent Americans from embracing the idea of eliminating the natural born requirement.
"Logical Americans are looking for a reason to ignore the rational reasons promoted by globalization so that they may vote based on their own emotions and instincts," she wrote.
She blamed support for the constitutional provision on "fear, racism, religious intolerance, or blind faith in the decisions of the Founding Fathers."

Wild Thing's comment.........

My God ! My family has fought for this country and the Constitution that binds it together! I will not stand by as certain politicians make it their motive to totally disregard the laws in this great country of mine.

We live in the best country in the entire world. There is no other country like the United States of America. I will never understand where this trash like this lawyer come from, maybe they are hatched under a rock!! But there is no way they love America. NO WAY!

"She blamed support for the constitutional provision on "fear, racism, religious intolerance, or blind faith in the decisions of the Founding Fathers."

This woman has a total disregard for our founding fathers and governing documents. Obama and his supporters are lawless. The left is always trying to lower the bar, weaken our country, lower standards into something this country has never been nor stood for.

I could care less if she is a lawyer, she is a bimbo to the max and top that off she is anti-American! She is a real piece of work.

What is next the “right to bear arms” is stupid and racist too? sheesh

What this stupid America hating broad does not realize is that by her being so against this in our Constitution and how she wrote her stupid ass paper in 2006....... And the other information of the law firm she works for
(Herlihy is listed as an associate at the Chicago firm of Kirkland & Ellis. A partner in the same firm, Bruce I. Ettelson, cites his membership on the finance committees for both Obama and Sen. Richard Durbin on the corporate website.)....she makes Barack Hussein Obama come off guilty as hell as NOT being qualified to be President.

We will have a president who is vulnerable to blackmail.

Remember last year when workers in the passport office were fired for looking at VIP passport applications? Remember who screamed the loudest? Yes, it was Obama.

At last count there are 18 suits filed on this mess, and Jan.20th it’s GAME OVER for the USA.

Obama couldn't get a low level classified security clearance and soon he will be given the keys to all the top secret information our government possesses.

Today the Supreme Court of the United States will privately conference the case of Donofrio v. Wells, originally filed in New Jersey and recently elevated to the United States Supreme Court.

Justice Clarence Thomas picked up the petition to hear New Jersey attorney Leo Donofrio's lawsuit after it was denied by Justice David H. Souter. Justice Thomas referred it to the full court, which decided to distribute the case for the judges' conference.

Supreme Court decide upon these matters before the voting taken by the Electoral College, scheduled for December 15, the subsequent congressional recognition, and the Oath of Office on January 20?

1. Because our nation's integrity and social order are based upon the firm and definite meaning of the Constitution, or we become a nation of tyrannies.

2. Because we risk having an illegal and fictitious presidency, which would mean, sooner or later, any of our false president's decisions, including executive orders and signed legislation, would be subject to court challenge, or international challenge, and become considered null and void. This could easily bring national and international chaos.

3. Because the People of the United States of America deserve a legitimate president and to be presented with constitutional candidates only.

I don’t think the founders ever envisioned that a man so bereft of honor would make it to the Presidency.

....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.

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Obama Presidential Coins

You have got to see THIS and HEAR IT TO BELIEVE IT! CLICK HERE.......

Wild Thing's comment.......

I can't believe that The Franklin Mint would do this. Obama is NOT President, NOT yet!

There is that little thing on Dec. 15th, the Electoral votes have to be counted.

I guess the CULT of Barack Hussein Obama could not wait to do all of this legally!!!

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Vietnam Deck Of Cards by Red Sovine

....Thank you Joyce and Larry. Larry is a Vietnam Veteran 39th Combat Engrs., 66- 67 (tuy hoa nah trang duc pho chu lai ) Joyce is his awesome wife.

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The Marine Corps Toys for Tots

The Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation kicked off its annual toy drive with a ceremony in Virginia. Country music star Aaron Tippin was the featured guest.

Marines Toys for Tots website

About The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation

The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation is a not for profit organization authorized by the U.S. Marine Corps and the Department of Defense to provide fundraising and other necessary support for the annual Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. Now in its 61st year, Toys for Tots provides joy and a message of hope to economically disadvantaged children through the gift of a new toy during the Christmas holiday season. Our gifts offer these children hope, recognition and a positive memory they will cherish for a lifetime. Many of the gifts we provide, such as books, games and sports equipment, make a significant contribution to the educational, social and recreational development of these children. In 2007, Marines distributed gifts to 7.5 million children in over 600 communities nationwide. The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation relies on individual donations from the American public as well as support from corporate sponsors.

Wild Thing's comment.........

Several years ago I had the opportunity to work with Toys for Tots with the Marine Corps. We had a Television marathon over the weekend that year and it was so wonderful to see so many people responding.

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December 04, 2008

The Life-and-Death Cost of Gun Control

The Life-and-Death Cost of Gun Control

The FOX Forum

By John R. Lott, Jr.

Banning guns is in the news. India practically bans guns, but that didn’t stop the horrific Muslim terrorist attacks this last week.

A football player concerned for his safety violates New York City’s tough gun control regulations by carrying a concealed handgun, and people call for everything from banning NFL players from carrying guns to demanding that the athlete serve many years in jail.

When police can’t promise to protect law-abiding citizens such Plaxico Burress or the victims in India, why don’t we allow people the right to protect themselves?

Where is the sympathy or debate in either case over letting people defend themselves? Given that the terrorists smuggled their machine guns in with them, would anyone argue that India’s extremely strict gun licensing and artificially high prices for guns helped prevent the terrorist attacks? In fact, the reverse is more likely the case.

Would Plaxico Burress, the New York Giant’s receiver who was arrested yesterday, really have been safer just trusting the police to protect him?


In India, victims watched as armed police cowered and didn’t fire back at the terrorists. A photographer at the scene described his frustration: “There were armed policemen hiding all around the station but none of them did anything. At one point, I ran up to them and told them to use their weapons. I said, ‘Shoot them, they’re sitting ducks!’ but they just didn’t shoot back.”

Meanwhile, according to the hotel company’s chairman, P.R.S. Oberoi, security at “the hotel had metal detectors, but none of its security personnel carried weapons because of the difficulties in obtaining gun permits from the Indian government.”

India has extremely strict gun control laws, but who did it succeed in disarming?

The terrorist attack showed how difficult it is to disarm serious terrorists. Strict licensing rules meant that it was the victims who obeyed the regulations, not the terrorists.

Academic research has continually found that police are the single most important factor in reducing crime, but police can’t always be depended on to be quick enough.

The attack also illustrates what Israelis learned decades ago. — Putting more soldiers or police on the street didn’t stop terrorist’s machine gun attacks. Terrorists would either wait for the armed soldiers or police to leave the area or kill them first. Likewise, in India, the Muslim terrorists’ first targets were those in uniform (whether police or security guards).

Terrorists only stopped using machine guns to attack Israelis once citizens were allowed to carry concealed handguns. In large public gatherings, a significant number of citizens will be able to shoot at terrorists during an attack — and the terrorists don’t know who has them.

With mass shootings becoming more difficult, terrorists were forced to switch to a less effective strategy: bombs. Bombings are more difficult for armed citizens to stop because they can’t respond after the bomb blows up.

Still, even though handguns can only kill would-be bombers before they set off their bombs, during waves of terror attacks, Israel’s national police chief will call on all citizens who are allowed to carry guns to make sure they carry their firearms at all times, and Israelis have many examples where citizens with concealed handguns have saved lives.

In their warped minds, both terrorists and the murderers are kamikaze-like killers, who value maximizing the carnage. Even if the killers expect to die anyway, letting victims have guns at the scene can help deter these crimes in the first place by reducing their expected return.

Do Football Players Need Self-Defense?

Physically huge NFL players admitting they feel threatened by crime? This hardly fits their tough, macho image. Our concern is supposed to be for women walking alone at night. Who can have sympathy for a professional football player such as Plaxico Burress who is 6 feet 5 inches and weighs 232 lbs.?

Burress, who has no previous criminal record, now faces between three and a half to 15 years for illegally carrying a concealed handgun with him in Manhattan, if convicted. He was arrested Monday and was released on $100,000 bail. — Burress had had a concealed handgun permit in the state of Florida for the last five years, but he forgot to renew it in May this year.

While the massive size and strength of NFL players might make them seem like unlikely potential crime victims, their wealth and high public profile nonetheless make them particularly attractive targets for violent criminals.

Last year, the Washington Redskins’ Sean Taylor was killed during a robbery at his house. The Denver Broncos’ defensive back Darrent Williams was killed outside a nightclub.

As Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Ronde Barber noted, “We are targets, we need to be aware of that everywhere we go.” Yet, the news coverage doesn’t engender much sympathy for Plaxico Burress.

So, what do many NFL players do when they realize that their physical strength does not give them enough protection from violent crime? The same thing that many other would-be victims do — they get guns. Well over 50 percent of NFL players are estimated to own guns, somewhat higher than the 45 percent of American adults who own guns.

Not everyone approves. Mike Ditka, the Hall of Fame tight end and former Chicago Bears football coach, advocates banning NFL players from owning guns. Ditka said, “I don’t understand the league, why can anybody have a gun? I will have a policy, no guns, any NFL players we find out, period, you’re suspended.” AOL Sports writer Michael Smith also supports the ban and says, “If you carry a gun around, you’re more likely to hurt yourself than protect yourself.”

It would be great if the police were always there to rescue would-be victims, but as the police themselves understand, they virtually always arrive on the scene after the crime has already occurred. Fortunately, just as criminals are deterred by higher arrest rates or longer prison sentences, the fact that potential victims own guns deters some attackers. The Department of Justice’s National Crime Victimization Survey, which covers almost 30 years, also shows that having a gun is consistently by far the safest course of action for victims.

Over the last three or four years, numerous professional players can attest to the benefits of owning guns. For example, Corey Fuller, the 5-foot, 10-inch, 210-pound defensive back for the Baltimore Ravens, was confronted by two armed robbers outside his Tallahassee house. One robber chased Fuller into his house where his wife and children were sleeping, but Fuller was able to grab a gun and fire at the attackers, who then ran away.

* T.J. Slaughter, a 6-foot, 233-pound linebacker, was arrested for allegedly pointing a gun at motorists who pulled up next to him on the highway. Slaughter denied that he had pointed the gun at the motorists and claimed that they had threatened him. No charges were filed, though, possibly following Dikta’s rule, the Jacksonville Jaguars still cut Slaughter the next day. Jacksonville claimed Slaughter was performing poorly.

Professional athletes’ physical strength hardly makes them immune to crime. Take a couple additional examples.

* The Oakland Raiders’ Javon Walker (height: 6-3, weight: 215 lbs.) was robbed and beaten this past June while visiting Las Vegas. He was hospitalized with a concussion and facial injuries.

* The Houston Texans’ Dunta Robinson (height: 5-10, weight: 184 lbs.) was robbed by two men in his home a year ago. The robbers bound him with duct tape and stole jewelry.

Unfortunately all of the nation’s four leading pro-sports leagues — the National Football League, the National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League and Major League Baseball — trivialize the athletes’ concerns over safety. The NFL’s official advice: “In some circumstances, such as for sport or protection, you may legally possess a firearm or other weapon. However, we strongly recommend that you not do so.” The league advocates passive behavior when confronted by a criminal.

* Fred Taylor (height: 6-1, weight: 228) a running back with the Jacksonville Jaguars made the point clear: “League officials tell us we need to take measures to protect ourselves. But the NFL says we can’t have guns in the facility –even in the parking lot. Crooks know this. They can just sit back and wait for us to drive off, knowing we won’t have anything in our vehicle from point A to point B.”

Even professional athletes are not supermen. T.J. Slaughter expresses no regrets for having a gun despite running afoul of political correctness and being cut by the Jaguars. He says, “I believe legally owning a gun is the right thing to do. It offers me protection. I think one day it could save my life.” It seems a lesson that many who are not quite as strong can also learn from.

Toys R Us

The media can’t be blamed for some of the left out information and misimpressions about guns. For example, the news coverage over the weekend about a shooting at a Toys R Us in Palm Desert, California gave the wrong impression about guns. It seemed the perfect fit –- two couples squabbling over who would get a toy resulting in a deadly shoot out. Surely this demonstrated the dangers of letting people have guns for self defense.

But political correctness made it difficult for local authorities to even admit a simple and important fact — the two couples were members of rival gangs. As Palm Desert city councilman Bob Spiegel told The L.A. Times, there were apparently “two rival groups shopping at the store.” Even stories that mentioned the gangs often left the mention until the end.

Unfortunately, commentators at places such as the Huffington Post confuse letting gang members and law-abiding citizens carry guns. As one remarked: “does anybody still think concealed weapons laws are a good idea?” But in contrast to gang members, data for states like Florida or Texas indicate that concealed handgun permit holders lose their permits for any gun-related violation at hundredths or thousandths of one percent and even then usually for very trivial, non-threatening violations.


When police can’t promise to protect law-abiding citizens such Plaxico Burress or the victims in India, why don’t we allow people the right to protect themselves? Unfortunately, bans do more to encourage crime than prevent it.

Wild Thing's comment........

This is an excellent by article by John Lott. Here is John Lott Jr.'s website.

....Thank you Mark for this article.

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Russian Newspaper Online PRAVDA -"Barack,The Amazing Mr. Obama"

Barack, The Amazing Mr. Obama


PRAVDA is a Russian newspaper and this is the online version
In the upper right corner of their website it is possible to click on the various languages for easy reading ( English, Russian , Italian and PT)

By Mark S. McGrew

Barack Obama is truly an amazing man, with many amazing friends. He has succeeded where countless others have failed. And he has also succeeded where many before him have succeeded with the same time honored methods.

He has managed to create an illusion of a Public Office that does not exist, The Office of the President Elect.

Barry Sotero, AKA Barack Obama, along with the Democratic National Committee and the Federal Election Commission have successfully ignored a Federal Lawsuit asking him to produce a valid Birth Certificate. When the time to respond to that lawsuit expired, under Federal Court Rules, they all admitted that he was not a citizen of The United States of America and deemed to have committed fraud. A normal man would have been found to have admitted he was not a US citizen.

But the man with no visible past, was blessed by a light shining from above on a Federal Judge, by having the lawsuit against him dismissed, three weeks after his non-response was proof that he is not a US citizen.

That lawsuit has since been taken to the US Supreme Court, where Obama, the Democratic National Committee and the Federal Election Commission have until December 1, 2008 to answer the complaint made against them.

Another lawsuit by another attorney against him to prove he is a US citizen has been scheduled for a conference of Justices of the US Supreme Court on December 5, 2008.

Full documentation of the Philip Berg lawsuit can be seen here at and a copy of a full page ad regarding this in the Washington Times can be seen here.

A full page ad in the Chicago Tribune, asking Obama to prove his citizenship can be seen here.

Other lawsuits landed in the Supreme Court of The United States can be seen here.

Alan Keyes, a Presidential candidate has also filed a lawsuit in California Supreme Court to not certify the California Electors of the US Electoral College until Obama can prove that he is a US citizen. It is those Electors who decide who shall be President of the United States of America on December 15, 2008. Can be seen here.

Barack Obama promised people what they wanted: Hope and Change, without ever saying what that hope and change were going to be. One of Obama’s much praised abilities is his way of being very articulate in his speeches.

Every con man walking free or in jail is an articulate speaker. Who would give their trust to a man who could not use the right words to convince his targets to trust him? Articulate speaking is no way to judge or rate the integrity of a person.

Every con game uses three ingredients against the target: Sell the dream. Push the greed button. Stress urgency.

Obama sold the dream of hope and change so desperately wanted by the American voters. He pushed the greed button by promising to take from the rich to give to the poor. And he stressed urgency by himself and his wife telling voters to vote early.

Another final nail in the coffin a con man uses against his targets is “The Jack Call”. After your sucker has committed himself to buying your offer, but has not sent the check, the con man calls him with “Good news!!!” and constantly re-sells his target until the check has cleared and the funds are in the con man’s bank account.

The non-existent Office of the President Elect is the Jack Call. The constant news shots of his “involvement and concern” in national and world issues are the repeated Jack Calls.

It remains to be seen if Barry Sotero, Barack Obama or whatever his name is, is appointed President by the Electoral College.

The only “Certificate of Birth” that he has produced is not a Birth Certificate. It is a Certificate of Live Birth, which any foreign citizen can obtain by simply showing up at the Vital Records department of the State of Hawaii and showing the original Birth Certificate from the original birth place, regardless of what country the birth took place in. Forensic records experts have stated that the document Obama produced on his web site is a forgery.

The only comment made by the Hawaii Department of Vital Records is that they “Have seen the original Birth Certificate”. They never once have said he was born in Hawaii.

None of these lawsuits and suspicions mean as much as the fact that Obama can easily dispel all the legal actions and mistrust by simply producing a valid Birth Certificate. It matters not in the least that he has not proven his attendance at Harvard and Columbia University. It does not matter that any number of claims about his past and his experience have not been validated.

The only thing that matters is that he refuses to produce a valid Birth Certificate and instead spends thousands of dollars on attorneys and defies Federal lawsuits and State lawsuits asking him to produce one single piece of paper that most every citizen of every nation of the world has easy and rapid access to.

But beyond all of that controversy, there is one subject in this man’s activities that is truly astounding: There is absolutely no proof whatsoever that his beloved grandmother actually died on the day before the election as his campaign said she did. He said he would attend her funeral “In a few days”. He never did. Then he said he would have a funeral for her around the end of the year. What kind of person keeps their grandmother’s body on ice for two months? What kind of a person would play on the death of his grandmother to win “the sympathy vote”? Where is the proof that she died when she said she did? Normally, we could simply learn from the local coroner of a well known person’s death. But the only public comment made by the Honolulu Medical Examiner, who acts as coroner in Honolulu, Hawaii was, “We didn’t work that case.”

Barack Obama may just win his place in history as the greatest con man of all time. A hundred million people believed him and spent 600 million dollars to get him “elected” to the highest office in America, without ever knowing if he is or is not eligible to even run as an American citizen. It is either amazing that he will pull it off or it is amazing that so many millions of people believed him.

If the Electoral College appoints him as President of The United States of America on December 15, 2008 and Congress ratifies that choice, and it is later proven that he is not a US citizen, then not one single word he utters will be valid as representing this country. The Courts, our police, our military will have no duty to obey anything he signs. It is also possible that certain people, who were part of and promoted the con, may be charged with Treason.

And if he does prove that he is a US citizen the questions remain: Why did he fight so long and so hard to not show that simple, single piece of paper when asked? Why would a man subject so many citizens of his country and leaders of other nations to such mistrust?

Wild Thing's comment.........

WOW, we need to get the News from Pravda now? Unfrikin real.

Pravda is more objective than the NY Times, WPO, CNN, FOX, ABC. CBS, NBC, MSNBC, LA Times, etc! Amazing and disgusting at the same time. I NEVER thought I would see the day where Pravda is a source of truthful information. Meanwhile our weasel's in the Media continue to try to control information. The world is truly upside down these days.

Every con man walking free or in jail is an articulate speaker. Who would give their trust to a man who could not use the right words to convince his targets to trust him? Articulate speaking is no way to judge or rate the integrity of a person.

Every con game uses three ingredients against the target: Sell the dream. Push the greed button. Stress urgency.

Obama sold the dream of hope and change so desperately wanted by the American voters. He pushed the greed button by promising to take from the rich to give to the poor. And he stressed urgency by himself and his wife telling voters to vote early.

I hate to say it, but this is one of the best analyses of the phenomenon I have read anywhere.

This may be an early indication of the disrespect of the questionable legitimacy of the US President-elect internationally.

And the deceased Grandma thing is creepy too.

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The Mission Of Our Awesome Troops At Guantanamo Bay

Guards patrol inside Joint Task Force Guantanamo’s Camp Six, Aug. 25. Camp Six is a maximum security facility which is modeled after a stateside federal prison. JTF Guantanamo conducts safe, humane, legal and transparent care and custody of detained enemy combatants, including those convicted by military commission and those ordered released. The JTF conducts intelligence collection, analysis and dissemination for the protection of detainees and personnel working in JTF Guantanamo facilities and in support of the Global War on Terror. JTF Guantanamo provides support to the Office of Military Commissions, to law enforcement and to war crimes investigations. The JTF conducts planning for and, on order, responds to Caribbean mass migration operations.

Official Photo of Navy Rear Adm. David M. Thomas, Jr., commander of Joint Task Force Guantanamo, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. JTF Guantanamo conducts safe, humane, legal and transparent care and custody of detained enemy combatants, including those convicted by military commission and those ordered released. The JTF conducts intelligence collection, analysis and dissemination for the protection of detainees and personnel working in JTF Guantanamo facilities and in support of the Global War on Terror. JTF Guantanamo provides support to the Office of Military Commissions, to law enforcement and to war crimes investigations. The JTF conducts planning for and, on order, responds to Caribbean mass migration operations.

Our Mission Remains the Same

Story by Sgt. 1st Class Vaughn Larson


The incoming administration promised to close down Joint Task Force Guantanamo’s detainee operations during its presidential campaign, and news outlets regularly report about how those plans are proceeding and what changes may be required.

As the transition of White House policies commences, the commander of the JTF urged troopers here to focus on the mission at hand and not on speculation.

“There’s a lot of uncertainty about the future,” acknowledged Navy Rear Adm. David M. Thomas, Jr. “That can be cancerous to our organization.”

He allowed that the detainee camps will close – someday.

“Of course we’re going to close detainee operations,” Thomas said. “Both [presidential] candidates said we would. The challenge is how.
“I’m on two-year orders, and I’m six months into them,” he continued. “People who show up here will do their full tours – that would be my bet.”

As part of a presentation the admiral plans to give to every JTF trooper in the coming days, Thomas dispelled common myths about the mission here – and quelled the rumors about the future of Guantanamo Bay.

“There’s a whole lot more to Guantanamo than JTF,” he said, noting that this is the longest-serving overseas U.S. Naval base.

Thomas also responded to questions of legality – for example, a recent New York Times editorial referred to detainee operations here as an “outlaw prison” – by stating that the mission here is in accordance with international law, U.S. law and Department of Defense policies.

Part of the JTF mission is to support the military commissions.

“We don’t run those procedures,” he admitted. “Love ‘em or hate ‘em, it’s part of a broader policy. It’s the right discussion to be having.”
Claims from detainees of medical abuse? “Nothing could be further from the truth,” the admiral said. “You could not buy the quality of health care given to detainees.”

Thomas showed an image of Camp X-Ray, where detained enemy combatants were initially held in 2002 during a four-month period while permanent facilities were constructed.

“These are not the conditions today,” he stressed. “We have world-class facilities, and we continue to refine them.”

The approximately 250 detainees here today are housed in modern facilities based on federal Bureau of Prisons standards, Thomas explained.

“It’s just as you would expect from your government,” he said.

Thomas devoted much time and energy dispelling the myth of improper detainee treatment, and he praised the integrity of the guards here. He noted that guards interact with detainees on a regular basis.

“There is no remote-control activity here,” he said. “It’s person-to-person, and it’s stressful.”

The JTF commander said that guards perform their duties flawlessly, even without constant direct supervision.

“These are your kids – they’re my kids,” Thomas said of the guards, who average between 18 and 24 years in age. “They’re your neighbors’ kids, just doing their job here at Gitmo. People doing a very difficult job under extraordinary circumstances, and doing it well.”

Wild Thing's comment......

God bless our troops at Guantanamo Bay. It is such a perfect base for what they need to do there. I wish so much they would not close it.

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Electoral College Scam: Where dead people vote! HUH?

The Constitutional Convention in 1787

Electoral College scam: Where dead people vote


Lawyer challenging eligibility seeks investigation of process

A lawyer playing a major part in a California lawsuit urging officials to prevent the state's 55 Electoral College votes from being recorded for Barack Obama until questions about his citizenship are resolved has written to county clerks around the state, seeking an investigation into a process that has allowed a dead woman to be listed as an official elector.

According to Gary Kreep, executive director of the United States Justice Foundation, the clerks have been advised about the "irregularity" in the list of electors provided by the Democratic Party in California.

"In the 28th Congressional District (Congressman Howard Berman), situated in Los Angeles County, Ilene Huber is listed as the presidential elector designated in that district. However, as shown in the attached certified statement of Dean C. Logan, registrar-recorder/county clerk of the county of Los Angeles, state of California, there is no Ilene Huber listed as a registered voter in the County of Los Angeles. A statewide search of public records has revealed only one Ilene Huber in the state of California, and she is deceased-a copy of her certificate of death is attached hereto as well," the advisory said.

"Further, according to Chris Myers, director of research for the California Democratic Party, who submitted the list of presidential electors for the Democratic Party to the office of the California secretary of state, there are additional, undisclosed, 'errors' in the list of electors. This admission was made in a telephone conversation with a representative of the American Independent Party on or about November 20, 2008," the letter continued.
"It is therefore respectfully suggested to you that an investigation be made by each of your respective offices into the accuracy and validity of the list of presidential electors submitted for the ballot in your respective counties. It is believed that an attempt will be made to 'revise' the list of such electors so that those named individuals that were selected by the voters will be replaced by other names. Such 'revisions' will, in all likelihood, result in litigation being filed to challenge such attempts to alter the ballot post election, and may result in your county being included as a defendant therein," it said.

Kreep said the integrity of elections in the U.S. needs to be maintained, or "the vote of the people becomes merely something that can be ignored by those who hold the reins of political power at the moment."

Kreep previously told WND that because of the lack of proof of Obama's U.S. citizenship and the consequent questions over his ability to meet the Constitution's requirement that only a "natural born citizen" can be president, the Obama administration will be considered by some to be fraudulent.

"We will file lawsuits on his actions, every time. As long as we have money , we will keep filing lawsuits until we get a decision as to his citizenship status," he previously told WND. "We're already talking to groups who are willing to be plaintiffs."

The rest of the article is HERE

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Oh great - The dumbocrats are so stupid that they even elect dead people to elect illegal people to get money for more illegal people to vote.

So this is the "Chicago Way". Or is it better known as the Democrat way.

The idea of the Electoral College was formed during the Constitutional Convention in 1787. The delegates to the convention worried how to balance the power between the smaller states and larger states and between the state governments and the federal government. (Although we often forget it, the United States is still a union of states who all want to be adequately represented.)
Early on, each member of the Electoral College would cast two votes for president. The runner-up would win the vice presidency. In the case of a tie, the vote was sent to the Congress.
Things quickly got complicated in the election of 1796 when the president and vice president came from separate parties and platforms, and in 1800 when it was tie but both candidates were hated by their parties.
The 12th Amendment -- passed in 1804 -- added that the Electoral College must vote for one president and one vice president.

Created in 1787 to balance power between small and large states, the Electoral College has had a profound effect on presidential elections, leading candidates to focus on so-called battleground states instead of winning over the most total voters.

When voters cast their ballots, they're actually selecting electors set up by each state who are pledged to one of the candidates selected in primaries or other contests.
In total, there are 538 Electoral College members: states are allotted a vote for each of their two senators, each House representative (depends on population), plus three votes for the District of Columbia. The electors never gather together – instead meeting in their respective state capitals on the "first Monday after the second Wednesday in December" to symbolically carry out the vote.

....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.

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A Little Gun History Lesson

A Little Gun History Lesson

In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Germany established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, a total of 13 million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated.

China established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Guatemala established gun control in 1964. From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Uganda established gun control in 1970. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Cambodia established gun control in 1956. From 1975 to 1977, one million 'educated' people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Defenseless people rounded up and exterminated in the 20th Century because of gun control: 56 million.

It has now been 12 months since gun owners in Australia were forced by new law to surrender 640,381 personal firearms to be destroyed by their own government, a program costing Australia taxpayers more than $500 million dollars. The first year results are now in: Australia-wide, homicides are up 3.2 percent Australia-wide, assaults are up 8.6 percent Australia-wide, armed robberies are up 44 percent (yes, 44 percent)!

In the state of Victoria alone, homicides with firearms are now up 300 percent. Note that while the law-abiding citizens turned them in, the criminals did not, and criminals still possess their guns! It will never happen here? I bet the Aussies said that too! While figures over the previous 25 years showed a steady decrease in armed robbery with firearms, this has changed drastically upward in the past 12 months, since criminals now are guaranteed that their prey is unarmed.

There has also been a dramatic increase in break-ins and assaults of the ELDERLY. Australian politicians are at a loss to explain how public safety has decreased, after such monumental effort and expense was expended in successfully ridding Australia n society of guns. The Australian experience and the other historical facts above prove it. You won't see this data on the US evening news, or hear politicians disseminating this information.

Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property and, yes, gun-control laws adversely affect only the law-abiding citizens.

The next time someone talks in favor of gun control, please remind him of this history lesson.

With Guns....... .. ....We Are 'Citizens'.

Without Them........ We Are 'Subjects'.

During WWII the Japanese decided not to invade America because they knew most Americans were ARMED!

Note: Admiral Yamamoto who crafted the attack on Pearl Harbor had attended Harvard U 1919-1921 & was Naval Attaché to the U. S. 1925-28. Most of our Navy was destroyed at Pearl Harbor & our Army had been deprived of funding & was ill prepared to defend the country.

It was reported that when asked why Japan did not follow up the Pearl Harbor attack with an invasion of the U. S. Mainland, his reply was that he had lived in the U. S. & knew that almost all households had guns.

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December 03, 2008

A Soldier Is Never Too Busy To Protect His Friends

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I am in LOVE, this photo of this adorable puppy. I want to hug the puppy so badly. giggle Hope you all enjoy it too. What a marvelous way to start the day.

My parents had a St.Bernard when I was born and I grew up with them. We always had a lot of animals, kitties , dogs, horses, etc. But always one of the dogs was a St. Bernard. When I went out on my own I kept up the tradition up until the last year before we moved from California to Florida. My last Saint passed away, and we stayed with the smaller dogs due to the hot summers here in Florida. But I still would love to get another one someday. The hard part is they seldom live past 8 years old. So of course I do my best to spoil them rotten giggle.

Animals are the very best people. ( big smile)

......Thank you RAC for sending this to me.

RAC has a website that is awesome. 336th Assault Helicopter Company

13th Combat Aviation Battalion - 1st Aviation Brigade - Soc Trang, Republic of Vietnam

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McCain's Presser Brings Palin-mania Back

McCain's Presser Brings Palin-mania Back...


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Sarah is awesome and she is not done yet. ( big smile) Thanks to Sarah!

Liberals hate her because she threatens what “they think” they stand for and as for the women ( mostly democrats) that hate her , it is because she has a loving family, is pro-life, attractive etc. and has worked her way up from the bottom so to speak. Everything that is sweetness and goodness is what they despise because they are just empty souls wandering around this planet aimlessly.

....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.

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Lots of Love for Palin in Georgia

Lots of Love for Palin in Georgia

by Amanda Carpenter


More than 3,000 Atlanta metro residents turned out to see their GOP Sen. Saxby Chambliss campaign with Republican rockstar Sarah Palin this afternoon at the Gwinnet Arena.

I had the chance to stop by and see the event since it was on the way home from a long Thanksgiving weekend in Auburn, Alabama with my fiance's family.

Chambliss may have had top billing at the campaign stop for his run-off election against Democrat Jim Martin, but there was no doubt the crowd was there for his stumping partner Palin. Even Sen. Chambliss seemed a little amazed at the size. He relished the attention, waving both arms in the air to greet everyone.

Hundreds of young girls came to the arena. Many carriied news magazines with Palin on the cover for her autograph after the event. "Sarah 2012!" was a common refrain and a popular sign. One girl even dressed in a pageant sash and tiara, a nod to the former beauty queen on stage. The young Palin fan held a huge poster that read "Gov. Palin, can I please have photo op?"

In her speech, Palin stuck to red meat themes: reform, energy independence, the war on terror, guns and life. And, she was gracious to her former running mate, John McCain, praising him repeatedly.

Palin reassured the crowd "commensense, pro-working class, conservative values" were still strong in America despite the McCain-Palin 2008 loss. "Losing an election does not mean losing our way," she said.

The Alaskan Governor did not attack Democratic President-elect Barack Obama as she often did on the campaign trail. She did emphasize at one point, however, it would be "ludicous" to raise taxes given the current economic environment that had been officially labeled a recession by economists earlier that afternoon.

The entire event lasted roughly 50 minutes, including the prayer and Pledge of Allegience. Palin was mobbed by the crowd after it closed.

As this reporter was walking out, a man drove up to me who had rushed home from work to catch the event. He asked if everything was over. I said yes it had ended, but Palin was signing autographs when I walked out. Before I could finish my sentence he gave me a brisk "Thank you!" and zoomed towards the arena.

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And Saxby Chambliss won! Now we jsut have to wait to hear what happens with Franken, and I do soooo hope he does not win.

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Harry Reid: "We won't smell the tourists anymore"

Harry Reid Doesn't Like Smelly Tourists

DC Examiner

The Capitol Visitors Center, which opened this morning, may have tripled its original budget and fallen years behind schedule, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid found a silver lining for members of Congress: tourists won't offend them with their B.O. anymore.

"My staff tells me not to say this, but I'm going to say it anyway," said Reid in his remarks. "In the summer because of the heat and high humidity, you could literally smell the tourists coming into the Capitol. It may be descriptive but it's true."

But it's no longer going to be true, noted Reid, thanks to the air conditioned, indoor space.

And that's not all. "We have many bathrooms here, as you can see," Reid continued. "Souvenirs are available."

$621 million well spent.

Wild Thing's comment......

LOL oh Harry what are we going to do with you. If a Republican had said this the MSM would be having a hissy fit.

There’s a far worse stench originating in the halls of power. I smell corruption and treason.

......Thank you RAC for sending this to me.

RAC has a website that is awesome. 336th Assault Helicopter Company

13th Combat Aviation Battalion - 1st Aviation Brigade - Soc Trang, Republic of Vietnam

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Just Asking News

Make the media cover the story of the century


One of the most often asked questions regarding whether or not Barack Obama meets the constitutional requirements for the office of president is: "Why hasn't the 'mainstream' media covered this?" Good question.

Well, one thing we found out in the last election is there isn't anything "mainstream" about the "mainstream" media. There is no longer any doubt about their pro-Obama bias – even the Washington Post came out and admitted it. If it weren't for WorldNetDaily, a few radio talk shows and some blogs, we wouldn't even know about the constitutional crisis we're in. Interestingly, these are the first things on the chopping block in an unchecked Obama administration.

We're not asking for the world here. Neither is the Constitution. Some pretty basic requirements like being 35 years old, having 14 years residency in the United States, and being a natural born citizen. When Sen. John McCain was questioned about it, he showed his birth certificate without hesitating. When Barack Obama was asked by courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, he ducked and hid behind the right to privacy.

Ironically, when Obama was running for the Illinois Senate, he won by disqualifying every candidate who ran against him in the primary, including a guy who had been through a nasty and salacious divorce. Even though he had a small child who could be hurt by the information being made public, a court decided that the public's "right to know" outweighed this poor fella's right to privacy, and he backed out. Obama clings to the "right to privacy" regarding his own qualifications, just not his opponents.

The second most-asked question about Obama's citizenship is: "Don't you think someone would have found out the answer to these questions before now?" Also an outstanding question. Phil Berg, whose case is now before the U.S. Supreme Court, not only filed suit in August but also copied Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean on the matter before Obama was chosen as the nominee. I would have thought that something as important as whether a potential nominee is qualified to serve in office might be worth a question or two prior to the party's selection. But that information was ignored, and now they're just hoping it will all go away.

It won't. Not until Obama comes forward with the proof that the American people want and the Constitution demand.

It is up to you of course, if want to you can go to the site where they have a petition.

There is also this:

Obama Forgery

Wild Thing's comment.......

Obama has spent over a million dollars defending himself and getting these cases thrown out, and a birth certificate costs $10. It makes him look guilty, extremely guilty. It’s the equivalent of “taking the 5th”, protecting himself from self-incrimination.

Obama seeks to, in his own words, “break free from the essential constraints that were placed by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution.”

Clinton did not provide his medical record in all his 8 years as President, and Kerry refused to open his military records. But the thing is...... neither Clinton nor Kerry were challenged to where it went to the Supreme Court. And this Friday, Dec. 5th, the Supreme Court will be looking at Leo Donofrio’s case and Cort Wrotnowski’s case . It only takes four of the nine Justices to say yes to fully hearing Leo’s case.

He is a member of an American hating Socialist social club that naively wants to do something exciting and historic, like destroy our constitution. They don’t know the hell they would release.

The left see the Constitution as a “living document”. This means the pick and choose what parts of it they will follow based on their agenda.

One of the things that Michelle 0bama supposedly said in her rant to African Press International (API) was that "no law would stop her husband from becoming President". If the tape is valid, then it proves she and Hussein both knew that was ineligible and foreshadows their intent to circumvent The Constitution.

"Our government and leaders must still be answerable to the US Constitution and to the citizens of this nation. That is where the fear breeds. If there is a government that exists outside of the checks and balances set in place by our founding fathers and outlined in the constitution, then the freedoms we believe in are made a charade. " quote by Ollie North

....Thank you Mark for the article.

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Let's Say Thanks To Our Troops

Let's Give Thanks website by Xerox

You can pick out a thank you card and Xerox will print it and it will be sent to a soldier that is currently serving in Iraq.

Let's Give Thanks website

The postcards, depicting patriotic scenes and hometown images, were selected from a pool of entries from children across the country.

All you have to do is click on your favorite design and either select the message that best expresses your sentiment or draft a personal note. The postcards are then printed on the Xerox , and mailed in care packages by military support organization Give2TheTroops®.

Xerox is committed to helping people across the nation express their gratitude to our troops overseas. The launch of this program is aimed at reminding them how much Americans appreciate their service.

Wild Thing's comment......

They had this last year and I am so glad they are doing it again. It is a wonderful idea and it is so worth it.

......Thank you RAC for sending this to me.

RAC has a website that is awesome. 336th Assault Helicopter Company

13th Combat Aviation Battalion - 1st Aviation Brigade - Soc Trang, Republic of Vietnam

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Anxiety Among Democrats As Pelosi Tightens Her Grip

Anxiety among Democrats as Pelosi tightens her grip

The Hill

Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) moves since the November elections have shaken up some of her colleagues, with some looking over their shoulders and others worried about how the Speaker will lead her expanded majority in 2009.

Next year is regarded as the biggest legislative opportunity for Democrats since 1993, the last time they controlled the White House and both chambers of Congress.

But not all Democrats are celebrating. Liberals are worried about Pelosi’s vow to govern “from the middle” and centrists are concerned that the make-up of the House leadership team has shifted noticeably to the left.

Contrary to the jubilation of House Democrats after they regained control of the lower chamber after the 2006 elections, there is some unease among members heading into the 111th Congress.

“Everybody I talk to, everybody’s worried about something,” said a Democratic staffer.

Pelosi’s effort to make some Democrats anxious could be a calculated maneuver as she seeks to maximize the effectiveness of her caucus heading into 2009. Pelosi’s hard-charging tone and decisions over the past month have sent a message to her colleagues: Don’t get too comfortable.

The seniority system that tempers the power of the Speaker is teetering, having received a body blow from Rep. Henry Waxman’s (D-Calif.) coup at the Energy and Commerce Committee.

When chairmen aren’t flinching at the possibility of a challenge from a junior member, they can look forward to being bounced by term limits in four years. That’s a change that Pelosi quietly endorsed in the 2007 House rules package.

Throughout the past four years, there has been a palpable strain in the Democratic Caucus between the older members who extol the seniority system and younger legislators who believe they deserve a more significant role in decisionmaking.

Pelosi, the unquestioned leader in the House whose enormous power seems to grow by the day, has sought to placate both factions. And to this point, she has succeeded.

Few members clash publicly with Pelosi. Reps. John Dingell (D-Mich.) and Jane Harman (D-Calif.), who were at odds with Pelosi over the last few years, were stripped of their top committee posts.

Centrists are grumbling that their growing ranks aren’t represented in the leadership team that Pelosi shaped through back-room arm-twisting. The so-called Blue Dogs, while publicly celebrating President-elect Obama’s commitment to “pay-go,” are wondering when the stimulus balloon stops expanding.

There is also growing speculation that pay-go will be waived for healthcare legislation, which is expected to cost hundreds of billions of dollars.

Meanwhile, Congress has swept in and out of town since the election with little to show except for a deposed chairman and a tongue-lashing for auto executives. And to the extent that any decisions are being announced, they’re coming from Obama’s headquarters in Chicago.

The word out of Pelosi’s office is not to worry.

“Everyone had and will continue to have a seat at the table,” said Pelosi spokesman Nadeam Elshami. “Her record has been that she’s a pragmatist who gets things done.”
On the day after the election, Pelosi assured that “the country must be governed from the middle.”

But as she spoke, Waxman was seeking to move things to the left.

He spent the day making calls to fellow members asking them for the gavel of Energy and Commerce, where the heart of the Obama agenda will be hammered out. About two weeks later, the environmental left prevailed over the business-minded centrists when Dingell, the champion of the auto industry, was ousted.

“We’ll work with the new leadership,” Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D-S.D.), incoming leader of the conservative Blue Dogs, said after the Dingell vote. “But to deny a man who defines the modern Congress ... is a mistake.”

Pelosi insists she had nothing to do with it. Her aides claim that she stayed strictly neutral even though Waxman hails from her state and Education and Labor Committee Chairman George Miller (D-Calif.), a Pelosi confidant, lobbied heavily for Waxman.

Pelosi did intervene when Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) Chairman Chris Van Hollen (Md.) indicated he would run against Rep. John Larson (D-Conn.) for caucus chairman. Van Hollen reconsidered, announcing he would stay on at the DCCC, and a Larson-Van Hollen showdown was averted.

In the Dingell-Waxman race, Pelosi’s silence was viewed as an endorsement of Waxman.

“I assume that not playing a role is playing a role,” said House Ways and Means panel Chairman Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) last month.

Rangel, in particular, has reason to pay attention to Pelosi’s attention to the seniority system. He is perceived as one of Pelosi’s most loyal lieutenants, but is under increasing pressure to give up his gavel because of mounting ethics charges against him.

Last week, Pelosi took the unusual step of issuing a statement about the ethics committee investigation of Rangel, indicating it had been accelerated.

Yet Pelosi this week reiterated her support for Rangel. Asked at a New York event whether Rangel might lose his chairmanship, she said, “I don’t foresee that.”

Still, there are signs that Republicans might challenge Rangel’s chairmanship by way of a floor vote that will further test Rangel’s standing and popularity.

The ripples of the Dingell vote are still being felt, as the discussion turns to whether Waxman loyalists will try to unseat Dingell allies who chair the panel’s subcommittees, and who will assume Waxman’s Oversight role.

But there’s more uncertainty than that. Some say it was the seniority system, not just Dingell, under attack.

And the old rules, like Dingell, will play more of a ceremonial rule in the future.

“It’s a reed in the wind that there are other forces working the system,” said Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio), who lost her leadership race last month against Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.) for vice chairman of the Democratic Caucus. “The seniority system is a neutral method of promotion, as opposed to [raising] money, which is becoming increasingly important.”

Democrats are embracing at least some aspects of how House Republicans promoted from within when they controlled the chamber from 1995 to 2006. Fundraising, loyalty to leadership and voting records were major factors in the selection of committee chairmen and deciding who would fill coveted seats on “A” committees.

Seniority was a major factor for the GOP, but not the dominant determinant.

Moreover, the six-year limit for committee chairmen that Pelosi has embraced was implemented by Republicans when they were in the majority.

For worried Democratic centrists, the unlikely source of salvation is Obama, derided in the campaign as the most liberal member of the Senate, who sounds more conservative with each new Cabinet appointment.

“While people are disappointed, what’s coming out of the top office in the land is good news,” said an aide to a top centrist lawmaker. Obama has also embraced pay-go principles, delighting Blue Dogs.

Some aides say what tension there is stems from the Democrats’ figuring out how to act as a majority party that controls all levers of lawmaking and policy in the federal government. It was one thing to defy a Speaker. It will be another to defy a president. And Pelosi and Obama were generally on the same page throughout the 2008 campaign season.

“It’s adjusting to a Democrat, and a Democrat with a mandate, in the White House,” said a Democratic leadership aide. “When Obama walks in to the Blue Dogs and says, ‘I need your support for getting out of Iraq in 16 months,’ it gets tough to say no.”

Wild Thing's comment..........

Pelosi is headed for creating the largest deficit in the history of the USA at over $1 trillion dollars for fiscal 2009! The US Constitution is very clear that only the House of Representatives can appropriate money. This deficit is Pelosi's deficit.

LOL well one thing, I think we will be seeing some fighting going on in the next 4 years. Dems don't like anyone, they don't like each other either. Each oneo is way too hungry for power to sincerely care for another person.

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December 02, 2008

Fred Thompson Discuss The Economy... Awesome!! ...VIDEO

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Fantastic! Thank you Fred and God Bless you Sir!!!

Fred’s line in the video, “they tell us that we can get out of this economic mess by spending more. Isn’t that like telling a fat guy he can lose weight by eating more donuts?”

Thank you God that we have Fred Thompson on our side. I love our side of the political isle, well not all of them but there are some pretty awesome people on our side. We just need to let them know and kick out the jerks asap.

Fred also has Fred Thompson Fred Thompson PAC, it is a political actioin website that he started a little while after he pulled out of the election race. I just now signed up for the email bulletins he sends out.

Fred Thompson ,,,Fred PAC

......Thank you RAC for sending this to me.

RAC has a website that is awesome. 336th Assault Helicopter Company

13th Combat Aviation Battalion - 1st Aviation Brigade - Soc Trang, Republic of Vietnam

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Michelle Obama Gets Her " Pie" For Being Supportive Wife

Barack Obama buys Michelle rare $30,000 ring to say 'thanks for your support'

daily .uk

The stunning thank you ring is made by top Italian designer Giovanni Bosco, who are based at Valenza Po near Alessandria and who counts a select list of VIPS's and celebrities as his clients.

The Harmony ring is made of rhodium or black gold - the world's most expensive metal --and encrusted with diamonds. It is being hastily made by Italian designer Giovanni Bosco in time for January's inauguration ceremony.

Only about 25 tons of rhodium are mined each year, mostly in South Africa, and as a result its price is typically around £5,000 an ounce.

Several luxury items such as the world's 'Most Expensive Pen' or 'Most Expensive Board Game' also contain rhodium while the Crown Jewels worn by the Queen are also rhodium plated.

A spokesman at Giovanni Bosco said: 'Our American distributor has contacted us and has asked us to provide details on the Harmony ring.

'It is our top of the range piece and made from rhodium and encrusted with diamonds.

'Our agent in the United States was asked by Mr Barack Obama about the ring because he wants it as a thank you gift for his wife Michelle for her support the last two years.

'We have a select number of clients both in the United States, Europe, Russia and the Middle East and our prices as a result reflect the wealth of our customers.

'For obvious privacy reasons I cannot reveal the cost of the ring but bearing in mind it is made from rhodium or black gold and encrusted with diamonds you can be sure it will cost thousands of pounds.'

Wild Thing's comment..........

" Obama can find the rarest metal on earth but can't find his Birth Certificate? " ( said by LadyVet)

Here is what I don't get. As a wife it is not something to be paid to do to be supportive of your husband. That should come because you love him and want to help in any way you can. So why the pay off.

And my second question is why did they have to buy ITALIAN rather than USA? With our economy in the tank, why isn’t he supporting AMERICAN business by buying his jewelry HERE?

Here hunny here is your ring, now keep your mouth shut. haha

No wonder his Administration has no change - he spent it all on the ring. heh heh

LOL I could care less what he buys her, I just could not resist posting about it since he just has no time to whip out his birth certificate to prove where he was born, we might as well have some fun with this creep liar, marxist till January 20th when we will have an illegal , Constitution hating marxist POS in office.

Hope he finds time around his busy holliday shopping schedule to buy brother George a Christmas card. It’s the thought that counts no need for him to go buy him a new hut with basic amenities or anything.

Is Obamugabe going to be like other African leaders? Like say......Idi Amin.

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Pentagon to Detail Troops to Bolster Domestic Security

Pentagon to Detail Troops to Bolster Domestic Security

Washington Post

The U.S. military expects to have 20,000 uniformed troops inside the United States by 2011 trained to help state and local officials respond to a nuclear terrorist attack or other domestic catastrophe, according to Pentagon officials.

The long-planned shift in the Defense Department’s role in homeland security was recently backed with funding and troop commitments after years of prodding by Congress and outside experts, defense analysts said.

There are critics of the change, in the military and among civil liberties groups and libertarians who express concern that the new homeland emphasis threatens to strain the military and possibly undermine the Posse Comitatus Act, a 130-year-old federal law restricting the military’s role in domestic law enforcement.

But the Bush administration and some in Congress have pushed for a heightened homeland military role since the middle of this decade, saying the greatest domestic threat is terrorists exploiting the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

Before the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, dedicating 20,000 troops to domestic response — a nearly sevenfold increase in five years — “would have been extraordinary to the point of unbelievable,” Paul McHale, assistant defense secretary for homeland defense, said in remarks last month at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. But the realization that civilian authorities may be overwhelmed in a catastrophe prompted “a fundamental change in military culture,” he said.
The Pentagon’s plan calls for three rapid-reaction forces to be ready for emergency response by September 2011. The first 4,700-person unit, built around an active-duty combat brigade based at Fort Stewart, Ga., was available as of Oct. 1, said Gen. Victor E. Renuart Jr., commander of the U.S. Northern Command.

If funding continues, two additional teams will join nearly 80 smaller National Guard and reserve units made up of about 6,000 troops in supporting local and state officials nationwide. All would be trained to respond to a domestic chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, or high-yield explosive attack, or CBRNE event, as the military calls it.

Military preparations for a domestic weapon-of-mass-destruction attack have been underway since at least 1996, when the Marine Corps activated a 350-member chemical and biological incident response force and later based it in Indian Head, Md., a Washington suburb. Such efforts accelerated after the Sept. 11 attacks, and at the time Iraq was invaded in 2003, a Pentagon joint task force drew on 3,000 civil support personnel across the United States.

In 2005, a new Pentagon homeland defense strategy emphasized “preparing for multiple, simultaneous mass casualty incidents.” National security threats were not limited to adversaries who seek to grind down U.S. combat forces abroad, McHale said, but also include those who “want to inflict such brutality on our society that we give up the fight,” such as by detonating a nuclear bomb in a U.S. city.

In late 2007, Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England signed a directive approving more than $556 million over five years to set up the three response teams, known as CBRNE Consequence Management Response Forces. Planners assume an incident could lead to thousands of casualties, more than 1 million evacuees and contamination of as many as 3,000 square miles, about the scope of damage Hurricane Katrina caused in 2005.

Last month, McHale said, authorities agreed to begin a $1.8 million pilot project funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency through which civilian authorities in five states could tap military planners to develop disaster response plans. Hawaii, Massachusetts, South Carolina, Washington and West Virginia will each focus on a particular threat — pandemic flu, a terrorist attack, hurricane, earthquake and catastrophic chemical release, respectively — speeding up federal and state emergency planning begun in 2003.

Last Monday, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates ordered defense officials to review whether the military, Guard and reserves can respond adequately to domestic disasters.

Gates gave commanders 25 days to propose changes and cost estimates. He cited the work of a congressionally chartered commission, which concluded in January that the Guard and reserve forces are not ready and that they lack equipment and training.

Bert B. Tussing, director of homeland defense and security issues at the U.S. Army War College’s Center for Strategic Leadership, said the new Pentagon approach “breaks the mold” by assigning an active-duty combat brigade to the Northern Command for the first time. Until now, the military required the command to rely on troops requested from other sources.

“This is a genuine recognition that this [job] isn’t something that you want to have a pickup team responsible for,” said Tussing, who has assessed the military’s homeland security strategies.

The American Civil Liberties Union and the libertarian Cato Institute are troubled by what they consider an expansion of executive authority.

Domestic emergency deployment may be “just the first example of a series of expansions in presidential and military authority,” or even an increase in domestic surveillance, said Anna Christensen of the ACLU’s National Security Project. And Cato Vice President Gene Healy warned of “a creeping militarization” of homeland security.

“There’s a notion that whenever there’s an important problem, that the thing to do is to call in the boys in green,” Healy said, “and that’s at odds with our long-standing tradition of being wary of the use of standing armies to keep the peace.”

McHale stressed that the response units will be subject to the act, that only 8 percent of their personnel will be responsible for security and that their duties will be to protect the force, not other law enforcement. For decades, the military has assigned larger units to respond to civil disturbances, such as during the Los Angeles riot in 1992.

U.S. forces are already under heavy strain, however. The first reaction force is built around the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team, which returned in April after 15 months in Iraq. The team includes operations, aviation and medical task forces that are to be ready to deploy at home or overseas within 48 hours, with units specializing in chemical decontamination, bomb disposal, emergency care and logistics.

The one-year domestic mission, however, does not replace the brigade’s next scheduled combat deployment in 2010. The brigade may get additional time in the United States to rest and regroup, compared with other combat units, but it may also face more training and operational requirements depending on its homeland security assignments.

Renuart said the Pentagon is accounting for the strain of fighting two wars, and the need for troops to spend time with their families. “We want to make sure the parameters are right for Iraq and Afghanistan,” he said. The 1st Brigade’s soldiers “will have some very aggressive training, but will also be home for much of that.”

Although some Pentagon leaders initially expected to build the next two response units around combat teams, they are likely to be drawn mainly from reserves and the National Guard, such as the 218th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade from South Carolina, which returned in May after more than a year in Afghanistan.

Now that Pentagon strategy gives new priority to homeland security and calls for heavier reliance on the Guard and reserves, McHale said, Washington has to figure out how to pay for it.

“It’s one thing to decide upon a course of action, and it’s something else to make it happen,” he said. “It’s time to put our money where our mouth is.”

Wild Thing's comment.........

I read this twice and did not see any mention of putting troops on the border. The illegals coming in is not what this is about. What on earth was I thinking, I forgot for a second that Bush loves the illegals coming in. So this article is not about that at all.

I love and respect our military- and our’s just our politicians I don't trust. THEY are the ones who don't realize they are playing with fire. Under a conservative President this would be harmless news, good news, a feeling of being safe kind of news. Under Obama this takes on a whole different feel to it.

The various articles I have read since Obama's trip to Germany tell a lot about how the Pentagon is no fan of Obama. Add in to that fact Obama's friend the terrorist Ayers and his history with our Pentagon. Maybe that is why he has Gates on his team to try and get in better with the Pentagon, I am not sure.

The attempted attacks on our country happen every day all across the USA. I watch the incident map online and see the many things that our law enforcement have stopped. So that might also have something to do with this as well.

I still cannot get over that Barack Hussein Obama is the elected one.

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A Constitutional Crisis

Obama Fomenting A Constitutional Crisis: Constitutional Lawyer Discusses Ramifications Of Controversy

By John P. Connolly

The Philadelphia Bulletin

Controversy continues to surround President-elect Barack Obama's eligibility to serve as president, and a case involving his birth certificate waits for its day before the U.S. Supreme Court.

A constitutional lawyer said were it to be discovered that Mr. Obama is not a natural-born U.S. citizen, it would have grave consequences for the nation.

According to the Constitution, a president must be a natural born citizen of the U.S. Mr. Obama's critics have failed to force him legally to produce his original birth certificate, and Mr. Obama has resisted any attempt to make him do so. Currently, only Hawaii Department of Health officials have access to Mr. Obama's original records.

Some of Mr. Obama's critics have said he was born in Kenya and have claimed he is a citizen of Kenya, Indonesia, or even a British subject.

Edwin Vieira, a constitutional lawyer who has practiced for 30 years and holds four degrees from Harvard, said if it were to be discovered Mr. Obama were not eligible for the presidency, it would cause many problems. They would be compounded if his ineligibility were discovered after he had been in office for a period of time.

"Let's assume he wasn't born in the U.S.," Mr. Vieira told The Bulletin. "What's the consequence? He will not be eligible. That means he cannot be elected validly. The people and the Electoral College cannot overcome this and the House of Representatives can't make him president. So what's the next step? He takes the oath of office, and assuming he's aware he's not a citizen, then it's a perjured oath."

Any appointments made by an ineligible president would have to be recalled, and their decisions would be invalidated.

"He may have nominated people to different positions; he may have nominated people to the judicial branch, who may have been confirmed, they may have gone out on xecutive duty and done various things," said Mr. Vieira. "The people that he's put into the judicial branch may have decided cases, and all of that needs to be unzipped."

Mr. Vieira said Obama supporters should be the ones concerned about the case, because Mr. Obama's platform would be discredited it he were forced to step down from the presidency later due to his ineligibility, were it to be discovered.

"Let's say we go a year into this process, and it all turns out to be a flim-flam," said Mr. Vieira. "What's the nation's reaction to that? What's going to be the reaction in the next U.S. election? God knows. It has almost revolutionary consequences, if you think about it."

Mr. Vieira said Mr. Obama's continued silence and avoidance in the release of his birth certificate is an ethical issue because of the dire consequences that could be caused by a possible constitutional crisis.

"If he were my client and this question came up in civil litigation, if there was some reason that his birth status was relevant and the other side wanted him to produce the thing and he said 'no,' I would tell him, 'you have about 15 minutes to produce it or sign the papers necessary to produce the document, or I'm resigning as your attorney," said Mr. Vieira. "I don't think any ethical attorney would go ahead on the basis that his client could produce an objective document in civil litigation [and refused to do so]."

Further, Mr. Vieira cited a fraud ruling in a 1977 case called U.S. v. Prudden, which he feels applies in this case.

"Silence can only be equated with fraud when there is a legal and moral duty to speak or when an inquiry left unanswered would be intentionally misleading," the ruling reads. "We cannot condone this shocking conduct ... If that is the case we hope our message is clear. This sort of deception will not be tolerated and if this is routine it should be corrected immediately."

Mr. Vieira said such an ethical question of representing a client who refused to produce such a basic document is important, even in a small civil case. The current question is concerning the man who potentially could have his finger next to the nuclear button.

"[The birth certificate], in theory, should be there," said Mr. Vieira. "What if it isn't? Who knows, aside from Mr. Obama? Does Russian intelligence know it isn't there? Does Chinese intelligence know it isn't there? Does the CIA know that it isn't there? Who is in a position to blackmail this fellow?"

Mr. Vieira explained all laws have to be submitted to the president. In the event that there is no valid president, then no laws passed by Congress in that administration would be legally null and void. Because of that, this case will probably not go away, even after Mr. Obama takes the oath of office.

"If you don't produce it, you think it's going to go away," he said. "There are all these cases challenging Mr. Obama, and some challenging secretaries of state, and they run into this doctrine called standing."

Mr. Vieira explained although legal standing is difficult to get around in Federal courts, the document could be produced in any criminal cases stemming from legislation passed in the Obama administration.

"Let's assume that an Obama administration passes some of these controversial pieces of legislation he has been promising to go for, like the FOCA (Freedom of Choice) Act," said Mr. Vieira. "I would assume that some of those surely will have some severe civil or criminal penalties attached to them for violation. You are now the criminal defendant under this statute, which was passed by an Obama Congress and signed by President Obama. Your defense is that is not a statute because Mr. Obama is not the president. You now have a right and I have never heard this challenged, to subpoena in a criminal case, anyone who has relevant evidence relating to your defenses. And you can subpoena them duces tecum, meaning 'you shall bring with you the documents.' "

Such a criminal defense would enable the defendant to subpoena any person to testify in court and any person to bring evidence in their possession to the court.

Further, records could be subpoenaed directly, in the case of a birth certificate. Once the record could be subpoenaed, the birth certificate could be examined by forensic experts, who would then be able to testify to the document's veracity as expert witnesses. Any movement by the judges to make a special exception to the president in a criminal case would hurt the legitimacy of that presidential administration.

"I can't believe I'm the only lawyer who would think of this," said Mr. Vieira. "I think any criminal lawyer defending against one of these politically charged statutes is going to come up with this. That means it will never go away until that document is laid down on the table and people say, 'yes, there it is.' And therefore they're caught. If people keep challenging this and the judges out of fear keep saying 'no, go to jail, go to jail, go to jail' then that's the end of the Obama administration's legitimacy. On the other hand if they open the file and it's not there, then that's really the end of the administration's legitimacy."

Several court cases in the birth certificate controversy are waiting admission to the Supreme Court.

A gathering of judges will meet on Dec. 5 to decide whether or not to hear a case from New Jersey, and a decision is still pending on a case from a lawyer in Pennsylvania. Should four of the judges vote to hear the case in the Dec. 5 meeting, then it will be scheduled for hearings. Court cases from Connecticut and New York have also applied for hearings at the U.S. Supreme Court.

Wild Thing's comment.........

This is an excellent commentary on the issue by Vieira. It is a good artcile on the ramifications of undoing a Presidency if illegitimately in office.

The Supreme Court Justices’ devotion or not their devotion to the Constitution will be severely tested soon. SCOTUS has to know how a bad a hit it will take if it passes on a review now only to have him turn out ineligible later. The Supreme Court must uphold the Constitution or they are meaningless.

"[The birth certificate], in theory, should be there," said Mr. Vieira. "What if it isn't? Who knows, aside from Mr. Obama? Does Russian intelligence know it isn't there? Does Chinese intelligence know it isn't there? Does the CIA know that it isn't there? Who is in a position to blackmail this fellow?"

Yikes. Never thought of this. Scary indeed.

Mr. Vieira cited a fraud ruling in a 1977 case called U.S. v. Prudden, which he feels applies in this case.

"Silence can only be equated with fraud when there is a legal and moral duty to speak or when an inquiry left unanswered would be intentionally misleading," the ruling reads. "We cannot condone this shocking conduct ... If that is the case we hope our message is clear. This sort of deception will not be tolerated and if this is routine it should be corrected immediately."

Mr. Vieira said such an ethical question of representing a client who refused to produce such a basic document is important, even in a small civil case. The current question is concerning the man who potentially could have his finger next to the nuclear button.

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USAF Delivers Death To Our Enemies From Above!

Air Force- Warning to the taliban let the bodies hit the floor

Pride of America - USAF

Wild Thing's comment......

These are two really good videos of our USAF. God bless all of them.

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A Veteran Walks Among Us ~ 40 Years of Service

Senior Master Sgt. Edgar Newell, 380th Expeditionary Force Protection superintendent, thanks 2nd Lt. Sarah Rothlisberg after she presented him a plaque during a tribute at the start of the day's first shift Nov. 8, 2008. Newell is ending his last deployment prior to his retrirement after nearly 40 years of military service.

Senior Master Sgt. Edgar Newell, 380th Expeditionary Force Protection superintendent, addressed a formation after they paid tribute to him at a shift change Nov. 8, 2008. Newell is ending his last deployment prior to his retrirement after nearly 40 years of military service.

A Veteran Walks Among Us

By Tech. Sgt. Denise Johnson
380th Air Expedtionary Wing Public Affairs


Senior Master Sgt. Edgar Newell stood among the 380th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron Airmen at guard mount Nov. 8, 2008. His face somber, the lines on his face filled with the shadows of two scores of deployments and military service. The sun was rising, casting the golden glow of dawn across the pale landscape.

When 2nd Lt. Sarah Rothlisberg, 380th ESFS, called him to the front of the formation, the 59-year-old veteran's eyes seemed to snap back from the reverie of days and deployments gone by ... days when the world seemed so different, yet so similar. Early days when the dawn of his career was a reflection of today's sunrise, emerging from the blanket of night to face new challenges.

Newell was honored on the eve of his final deployment. The 380th ESFS members stood watch; ears tuned to the words of a man who was watching the dusk roll in on a lifetime of service.

"My story is not a special one," Newell said. "I just have a lot of little special moments between the dates."

The senior non-commissioned officer claims a humble service, not deserving of any special recognition. His flight members disagree.

"Our lives as force protection Airmen will forever be changed and enriched due to Senior Newell's vast experience and exceptional leadership," said Rothlisberg, the 380th ESFS assistant operations officer. "It's been an honor and a privilege serving with him."

Richard Nixon was held in high esteem by the American people in 1969. Neil Armstrong was about to step foot on the moon. Twenty-year-old Newell was making his way to the local recruiter's office in Vineland, N.J.

As the decade drew to a close, the United States was in its fourth year of the Vietnam Conflict. More than 530,000 military members were facing increased resistance. The death toll was rising.

"I joined because I wanted to be a Marine," Newell, 380th Expeditionary Force Protection superintendent, said.

Forty years ago, uniformed service members were facing a volatile U.S. public for fighting in the Vietnam Conflict. The New Jersey native was not deterred. During a period of time when young men were dodging the draft, young Edgar stayed true to his dream and became a Marine.

As President Nixon was presenting jazz musician, Duke Ellington, the Presidential Medal of Freedom on April 29, 1969, Newell was swearing his oath of enlistment with the Marines.

He was trained as an infantryman and sent to the 2nd Force Reconnaissance Company at Camp LeJune, N.C., for nine months before heading off to Iceland for his first deployment.

Iceland was a Cold War bastion that dominated the polar approaches to Europe and North America. Its sea lanes were busy thoroughfares for nuclear submarines which dominated the strategic warfare of the 1970s. Though Marines guarded the American diplomatic presence there, there was also a contingent of ground forces who were arctic-warfare trained to counter any Soviet Spetznaz guerrilla invasions.

The year in Iceland forestalled his Vietnam assignment, but did not preclude it. His boots hit the ground in May, 1971. Newell headed home in September, 1972, after 16 months in-country as a grunt.

The years of 1971 and 1972 were the final phase of Nixon's Vietnamization program designed to provide a transition from an American-dominated conflict to a war fought by the South Vietnamese themselves. As American units drew down, responsibility for the fight was taken up by South Vietnamese regular units.

Newell, now in his mid-twenties, separated from the Marines and went to college where he earned a degree in forestry.

"I love trees," Newell said. "I love growing things."

Though his love for horticulture was uncontested, the satisfaction derived from military service had also taken root. Newell became a member of the Army National Guard from 1979 until 1982.

"I then rejoined the Active Marine Corps Reserves from 1983 to 1986," Newell said.

Though it had been 23 years since his first enlistment, Newell was far from his closing act. The sun was merely reaching midday on his veteranship. In 1992, six years after leaving the Marine Reserves, he donned yet another service uniform, this time for the New Jersey Air National Guard, where he has remained until the present.

Again, Newell had a front-row seat for military transformations as the NJANG underwent a major transition in 1993.

Its fighter forces were consolidated in Atlantic City, and its KC-135E Stratotankers from the 170th Air Refueling Group moved to McGuire Air Force Base, consolidated with the 108th Tactical Fighter Wing and became the two-squadron 108th Air Refueling Wing. The 177th Fighter Group in Atlantic City transitioned from F-106s (the last unit to fly the Delta Dart) to F-16s. Atlantic City provided key defense for the entire Northeastern seaboard.

"I have performed several different jobs in the military, from a platoon sergeant to the non-commissioned officer in charge of a [Petroleum, Oil, and Lubricant] section on a guard base," Newell explained. "I've never been without an agenda for the next day. Retirement will be different."

Newell donned the military uniform at a time when black youth were fighting for entrance into the same schools as white children. Activists such as Martin Luther King Jr. were assassinated for fighting for civil rights. Woodstock was making rock 'n' roll history, and man walked on the moon for the first time. The first computer-to-computer link was established on the ARPANET; and on Oct. 29, 1969, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled immediate desegregation of all school districts.

He changed uniforms from era to era and branch to branch.

Newell served his country through the radical hippie era and saw America's youth dancing Saturday Night Fever-style at discos. He carried the flag through the Reagan era and the Clinton years. He will lay his uniform to rest for the final time in the same town he started in, Vineland. Newell has come full circle.

As the sun set on Newell's distinguished and lasting military career, the first black president has been elected; people use webcams and satellite links to establish communications. Two score of military service finds the American public once again watching a battle play out on the evening news.

Today uniformed service members are approached by strangers, too. But hands are not raised to shake a closed fist and shouts do not spew words of hatred. Instead, open hands are extended in friendship and humble words of gratitude are orated.

No less so than Rothlisberg's gratitude, "I am truly blessed to have been given the opportunity to work side by side with this extraordinary man."

Veteran's Day brought a bittersweet reminder to those who've served with Newell as he greets the close of his career and his deployed brethren bid him farewell. For among them walked a true veteran: a Marine, Soldier, Reservist, Guardsman and Airman ... he served all.

Wild Thing's comment........

There are thousands of stories of our awesome troops. What a joy there is in sharing them and a tremendous pride in each one of our troops and Veterans that have made our country free and great!!

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December 01, 2008

Obama To Restore UN Ambassador's Post To Cabinet Rank

Obama’s Choice for U.N. Is Advocate of Strong Action Against Mass Killings

New York Times


President-elect Barack Obama has chosen his foreign policy adviser, Susan E. Rice, to be ambassador to the United Nations, picking an advocate of “dramatic action” against genocide as he rounds out his national security team, Democrats close to the transition said Sunday.

Mr. Obama intends to announce Ms. Rice’s selection at a news conference here Monday along with his previously reported decisions to nominate Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton for secretary of state, keep Robert M. Gates as defense secretary and appoint Gen. James L. Jones, a retired Marine commandant, his national security adviser, the Democrats said.

The choice of Ms. Rice to represent the United States before the United Nations will make her one of the most visible faces of the Obama administration to the outside world aside from Mrs. Clinton.

It will also send to the world organization a prominent and forceful advocate of stronger action, including military force if necessary, to stop mass killings like those in the Darfur region of Sudan in recent years.

To reinforce his intention to work more closely with the United Nations after the tensions of President Bush’s tenure, Mr. Obama plans to restore the ambassador’s post to cabinet rank, as it was under President Bill Clinton, according to Democrats close to the transition.

While the cabinet consists of 15 department heads, a president can give other positions the same rank for the duration of his administration.

“She’s obviously one of Obama’s closest advisers, so it underscores how much of a priority he’s making the position,” said Nancy Soderberg, a senior United States diplomat at the United Nations under Mr. Clinton. “If you look at the last eight years, we obviously need to be more engaged at the U.N. and realistic about what the U.N. can do.”

At Monday’s announcement, the president-elect will also formally unveil his nominations of Eric H. Holder Jr. to be attorney general and Gov. Janet Napolitano of Arizona to be secretary of homeland security, the Democrats said. He will not announce any of the top intelligence appointments on Monday, but the Democrats said they expected him soon to name Adm. Dennis C. Blair, a retired Pacific Fleet commander, as director of national intelligence.

If confirmed, Ms. Rice at 44 would be the second-youngest ambassador to the United Nations. A Rhodes scholar who earned a doctorate in international relations at Oxford University, she joined Mr. Clinton’s National Security Council staff in 1993 before rising to assistant secretary of state for African affairs at age 32. When Mr. Obama decided to run for president, she signed up as one of his top advisers, much to the consternation of the Clinton camp, which resented what it saw as a defection.

As the ambassador at the United Nations, Ms. Rice will have to coordinate with Mrs. Clinton, but will not be in the White House or at State Department headquarters on a daily basis as major policies are formulated. One person close to Mrs. Clinton said the senator did not object to Ms. Rice serving at the United Nations.

Some colleagues from her Clinton and Obama days said Ms. Rice can be blunt and unafraid to “mix it up,” as one put it, on behalf of issues she cares about. Ms. Rice herself acknowledges a certain impatience at times.

Admirers said she is a good listener and able to stand up to strong personalities, including foreign autocrats and militants in volatile regions of the world.

“Susan certainly is tough, and she’s tough in exactly the right way,” said Strobe Talbott, a former deputy secretary of state and now president of the Brookings Institution, where Ms. Rice has worked in recent years. “She’s intellectually tough, she’s tough in her approach to how the policymaking process should work and she will be very effective as a diplomat.”

John R. Bolton, who was one of Mr. Bush’s ambassadors at the United Nations, would not discuss Ms. Rice’s selection, but said it was unwise to elevate the position to the cabinet again.

“One, it overstates the role and importance the U.N. should have in U.S. foreign policy,” Mr. Bolton said. “Second, you shouldn’t have two secretaries in the same department.”

During her first run at the State Department, Ms. Rice was a point person in responding to Al Qaeda’s 1998 bombing of United States Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. But her most searing experience was visiting Rwanda after the 1994 genocide when she was still on the N.S.C. staff.

As she later described the scene, the hundreds, if not thousands, of decomposing, hacked up bodies that she saw haunted her and fueled a desire to never let it happen again.

“I swore to myself that if I ever faced such a crisis again, I would come down on the side of dramatic action, going down in flames if that was required,” she told The Atlantic Monthly in 2001.

She eventually became a sharp critic of the Bush administration’s handling of the Darfur killings and last year testified before Congress on behalf of an American-led bombing campaign or naval blockade to force a recalcitrant Sudanese government to stop the slaughter.

Jerry Fowler, president of the Save Darfur Coalition, praised the pending Rice nomination on Sunday, calling it a powerful sign of the new president’s interest in the issue. The coalition is urging Mr. Obama to begin a “peace surge” of sustained diplomacy to address the continuing problems in Sudan.

“It sends a very strong signal about his approach to the issue of Sudan and Africa in general,” Mr. Fowler said. Ms. Rice will be joining a high-powered team on stage with Mr. Obama on Monday, most notably Mrs. Clinton.

The two rivals from the polarizing battle for the Democratic presidential nomination will seal their reconciliation with Mrs. Clinton’s nomination to head the State Department.

Some information on Susan Rice:

She served Bill Clinton as U.S. Assistant Secretary of State under Madeline Albright.

Rice is married to ABC News producer Ian O. Cameron, who has just been named the new Executive Producer for ABC’s Sunday political talk show “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.”

This from Newsmax from 2004 VERY interesting read how this Susan Rice :


Susan Rice ( who served as President Clinton's Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs) and Richard Clarke persuaded Clinton National Security Advisor Sandy Berger to overrule Albright on the Sudanese terrorism overtures, said Ijaz and Carney.

Still, Sudan made yet another attempt to share intelligence on bin Laden and al-Qaida with the White House, repeating the unconditional offer to hand over terrorism data to the FBI in a February 1998 letter addressed directly to Middle East and North Africa special agent-in-charge David Williams.

Rice played a major role in the decision to refuse Sudan�s offer to hand over Bin Laden.

"But the White House and Susan Rice objected," wrote Ijaz and Carney. "On June 24, 1998, Williams wrote to Mahdi, saying he was 'not in a position to accept your kind offer.'"

U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania were destroyed by bin Laden six weeks later, in a suicide bombing attack that killed 253.

Susan Rice was John Kerry’s chief foreign policy adviser when he ran for President. One of the major steps Kerry suggested for dealing with the Middle East was to appoint James Baker and Jimmy Carter as negotiators. When furor erupted at the prospect of two of the most ardent foes of Israel being suggested to basically ride “roughshod” over Israel, Kerry backtracked and blamed his staff for the idea. His staff was Susan Rice.

Wild Thing's comment.........

So it looks like we will be shaping our foreign policy around the U.N.’s agenda. I wonder if Hillary is throwing a few of those ashtrays she likes to throw.

I am glad they included what John Bolton had to say about this.

John R. Bolton, who was one of Mr. Bush’s ambassadors at the United Nations, would not discuss Ms. Rice’s selection, but said it was unwise to elevate the position to the cabinet again.

“One, it overstates the role and importance the U.N. should have in U.S. foreign policy,” Mr. Bolton said. “Second, you shouldn’t have two secretaries in the same department.”

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Sarkozy Needled For Being Too Far To The Right by 'voodoo doll'

Herald Tribune--Europe

The French are literally poking fun at President Nicolas Sarkozy, but he is not amused. After appealing a court decision to allow a voodoo doll made in his image to remain on sale, Sarkozy drew a flurry of ridicule from his critics Thursday. It is his sixth lawsuit this year.

“They look too much like U.S. President-elect Barrack Obama,” Thierry Herzog, a lawyer for Sarkozy, told reporters on Saturday. “Nothing against Obama, but we expect a little more from our satire here in France. They can wave a white flag over there in America all they want, but a voodoo doll of President Sarkozy should have a bit more classe, oui?”

The Nicolas Sarkozy doll, which went on sale Oct. 9 and became a best-selling cult item as soon as the president tried to have it banned, comes with a set of 12 pins and a manual explaining how to put a curse on him.

Its light-blue body features some of his best-known quotes and most notorious gaffes, ready to be poked: "Work more to earn more" reads one, a famous campaign slogan. "Get lost, you poor jerk," reads another, a swipe that Sarkozy took at a bystander who refused to shake his hand at a farm fair.

"You detest Nicolas Sarkozy because he is too far to the right? You dislike him because he is not far enough on the right?" the cover asks the prospective buyer, before claiming that, for only €12.95, or about $17, "you can ward off the evil eye and stop Nicolas Sarkozy from doing more damage."

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This article reminds me of this banned Commercial - Bill Clinton Voodoo doll. LOL

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Father (Vietnam Vet) and Son in Afghanistan Receive Silver Star Awards

Soldiers at CJTF-101 Headquarters,in Bagram look at the video teleconferencing screen as Retired Marine Staff Sgt. Gary Harris is presented with the Bronze and Silver Stars, back at Fort Campbell, Ky.

Brig. Gen. Steve Townsend pins a Bronze Star on the lapel of retired Staff Sgt. Gary Harris, 60, Friday at Fort Campbell. Harris was awarded the Bronze Star and Silver Star for his bravery in Vietnam.

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jonathan Harris receives a handshake from Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Schloesser, after being presented the Silver Star during an award ceremony at Combined Joint Task Force-101 Headquarters on Nov. 28.

Father and Son Receive Silver Star Awards During Special Long-distance Ceremony

By Spc. George Welcome
101st Combat Aviation Brigade


Nearly 30 years separate the conclusion of the Vietnam War and the start of the war on terrorism. While time, tactics and technology make today’s military very different from the one which fought in the jungles of Vietnam, a common denominator in the two conflicts has been the bravery and sacrifice of the American service member.

The Silver Star is the nation’s third-highest award for such displays of bravery and sacrifice. Chief Warrant Officer Jonathan Harris became one of the few Soldiers to receive the prestigious award on the evening of Nov. 28, but the fact that his father, former Staff Sgt. Gary Harris, was also presented at the same moment with a Silver Star made the event all the more meaningful.

Through a video teleconference during a ceremony at Combined Joint Task Force-101 headquarters, the Harris family watched from a conference room at Fort Campbell, Ky., as the younger Harris was presented the Silver Star by Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Schloesser, CJTF-101 commanding general.

Meanwhile, Soldiers from CJTF-101 watched a video screen at Bagram as the elder Harris was pinned with not only the Silver Star, but also a Bronze Star he earned serving in Vietnam. Neither had been formally presented to him.

“It’s very rare that we present the Silver Star,” Schloesser explained to those in attendance at both Fort Campbell and Afghanistan. “We have a very high standard and we make sure that the few who do earn it have done so through selfless sacrifice. It’s clear that Mr. Harris did that, and it is also clear that the nation owes a debt to [former] Staff Sgt. Gary Harris. It was almost 40 years ago that he earned it, and I hope in some small way that we can pay back that debt by presenting him his award with his son’s today.”

Personal courage and selfless service could be said to run in the Harris family bloodline, as both father and son reacted similarly in their encounters with enemy forces. Both risked their lives to ensure the safety of their comrades.

The elder Harris displayed this courage on Aug. 15, 1969, as a squad leader in Vietnam.

He and his company were patrolling the outer perimeter near Gol Ree and were attacked with mortars and rocket fire. He quickly directed the members of his squad to return fire on the enemy.

As the attack died down, he moved his squad closer to the perimeter, which had been weakened during the barrage. As the enemy resumed its assault, he directed his squad to return fire once again, breaking the enemy attack. During the engagement, he risked his life by helping medics aid wounded Marines and helped bring them to safety.

The younger Harris also displayed bravery in the face of danger.

On July 2, 2008, Harris, a UH-60 Black Hawk pilot assigned to Charlie Company, 5th Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, landed his helicopter at a landing zone near Gardez, Afghanistan, to pick up Soldiers for transport when his aircraft came under attack by enemies using rocket propelled grenades, a heavy machine gun and various assault rifles.

With the aircraft on fire, Harris and crew managed to fly it a short distance before putting it down again. After safely exiting the burning helicopter, the entire crew took up a defensive position. They managed to contact a CH-47 Chinook that was in the area to help extract them from the battlefield. As the Chinook landed, the enemy resumed fire.

It was then that Harris, who was helping one of his wounded crew chiefs to the helicopter, exposed himself to fire by engaging and killing an approaching enemy combatant. He entered the helicopter only after ensuring that the members of his crew, the ground forces and the quick reaction force were safely aboard.

“Mr. Harris has been great since the incident,” said Sgt. DeeJay Norby, a crew chief who was also involved in the action at Gardez. “He didn’t get down or anything afterward; he went right back to business doing his job. It’s really awesome getting to fly with a great group of pilots and crew chiefs.”

This was not the first award that Harris has received during this deployment. He was also presented with the Air Medal with Valor device.

In his short address, Harris thanked his flight crew and the crew of the Chinook that performed the rescue operation.

“I’m so lucky to serve with so many great heroes,” said Harris. “Without them, the outcome might not have been so good.”

He also gave a heartfelt thank-you to his father, whose life and service set the example for him.

"Your son, Mr. Harris, exposed himself to direct fire and did incredible things, selfishly sacrificing potentially his life for his comrades," Schloesser said.

"I'm kinda jealous, Dad; you've got two medals and I've only got one," the younger Harris joked after receiving his medals at Bagram.

Gary Harris said he never talked about his medal with his son, but Jonathan had planned early on to follow his father into the military.

Jonathan enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1995, joined the Army in 1999 and is currently assigned to 5th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment at Fort Campbell.

“Every time people thank us for our service, I tell them to thank a Vietnam vet, so Dad I want to thank you today.”

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This is fantastic! I love that they are Father and son.

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Pilot Surpasses 3,000 Hours in A-10 Thunderbolt

Lt. Col. David Dressel, a pilot with the 75th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, poses in front of an A-10 Thunderbolt II at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan. Dressel, a native of Watertown, Minn., has flown more than 3,000 hours in the A-10 and is on track to reach 500 combat hours during his current deployment.

Lt. Col. David Dressel, a pilot with the 75th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, poses in front of an A-10 Thunderbolt II at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan. Dressel, a native of Watertown, Minn., has flown more than 3,000 hours in the A-10 and is on track to reach 500 combat hours during his current deployment.

Pilot Surpasses 3,000 Hours in A-10 Thunderbolt

By Staff Sgt. Rachel Martinez
455th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs


The list of single-seat fighter pilots who have flown 3,000 hours in one particular aircraft is short. On Nov. 21, a new name was added to that list when Lt. Col. David Dressel, flew his 3,000th hour in an A-10 Thunderbolt II while flying a close air support mission over Afghanistan.

Dressel, a native of Watertown, Minn., began flying in 1991. The A-10 was his number one choice coming out of pilot training.

“When I was a senior in high school I was placed in a Minnesota mentor program where you go to school half time and work with an industry half time,” he said. “I was interested in aviation and was placed with a company that designed bullets for the military. I was put on a design team that built 30 mm shells for the A-10. I said this is awesome. The only plane that carried the 30 mm cannon was the A-10 – that’s what leads me down that road.”

From his first sortie in the A-10 at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., 18 years ago, to flying combat sorties in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Dressel has come a long way.

“You remember where you were when you hit 1,000 and when you hit 2,000 hours,” he said. “To hit 3,000 hours in a combat sortie was really special.”

Colonel Dressel, deployed with the 75th Fighter Squadron from Moody Air Force Base, Ga., is no stranger to combat. He has deployed in support of Operations Desert Storm, Southern Watch, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. He said there is no other place he would rather be than deployed.

“Our job is to support the guys on the ground,” he said. “Unlike other aircraft, that’s our main focus – providing close air support to guys on the ground, slugging it out day after day, 24/7.”
“Back home you rate your success on how well you performed,” he continued. “Here, you rate your success on how well the ground guys do. Our success comes down to whether or not the ground commander was able to accomplish his mission.”

Despite his accomplishments, this veteran pilot tips his hat to the new pilots he works with.

“It was seven years before I shot in combat,” he said. “When I came in, we were a nation at peace, now we are in a conflict. Anyone who signed up after 9/11 knew they were going to deploy and see combat. My hat’s off to them.”

Next for Dressel is passing 500 combat hours in the A-10 – something he is on track to accomplish during this deployment.

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Congratulations to Lt. Col. David Dressel! Thank you!

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In Country With Our USArmy in Afghanistan

U.S. Army Soldiers engaging Taliban in a firefight in Afghanistan.

US Army take out Taliban position combat footage

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These guys are so awesome!!!! I wish they could hear us cheering them on and thanking them.

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