Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Her decision on the firemen that didn't get promoted because they are white is a totally racist decision and didn't focus on the CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUE of REVERSE DISCRIMINATION.
HER DECISION WILL BE OVERTURNED BY THE SUPREME COURT, BECAUSE THEY KNOW....YOU CAN'T HAVE IT BOTH WAYS!
The Old Man...
As I came out of the supermarket that sunny day, pushing my cart of groceries towards my car,I saw an old man with the hood of his car up and a lady sitting inside the car, with the door open.
The old man was looking at the engine. I put my groceries away in my car and continued to watch the old gentleman from about twenty five feet away. I saw a young man in his early twenties with a grocery bag in his arm, walking towards the old man. The old gentleman saw him coming too, and took a few steps towards him. I saw the old gentleman point to his open hood and say something.
The young man put his grocery bag into what looked like a brand new Cadillac Escalade and then turn back to the old man and I heard him yell at the old gentleman saying, 'You shouldn't even be allowed to drive a car at your age.' And then with a wave of his hand, he got in his car and peeled rubber out of the parking lot.
I saw the old gentleman pull out his handkerchief and mop his brow as he went back to his car and againlooked at the engine. He then went to his wife and spoke with her and appeared to tell her it would be okay. I had seen enough and I approached the old man. He saw me coming and stood straight and as I got near him I said, 'Looks like you're having a problem.'
He smiled sheepishly and quietly nodded his head. I looked under the hood myself and knew that whatever the problem was, it was beyond me. Looking around I saw a gas station up the road and told the old man that I would be right back. I drove to the station and went inside and saw three attendants working on cars. I approached one of them and related the problem the old man had with his car and offered to pay them if they could follow me back down and help him.
The old man had pushed the heavy car under the shade of a tree and appeared to be comforting his wife. When he saw us, he straightened up and thanked me for my help. As the mechanics diagnosed the problem (overheated engine) I spoke with the old gentleman.
When I shook hands with him earlier, he had noticed my Marine Corps ring and had commented about it, telling me that he had been a Marine too. I nodded and asked the usual question, 'What outfit did you serve with?'
He had mentioned that he served with the first Marine Division at Tarawa, Saipan, Iwo Jima and Guadalcanal. He had hit all the big ones and retired from the Corps after the war was over. As we talked we heard the car engine come on and saw the mechanics lower the hood. They came over to us as the old man reached for his wallet, but was stopped by me and I told him I would just put the bill on my AAA card.
He still reached for the wallet and handed me a card that I assumed had his name and address on it and I stuck it in my pocket.. We allshook hands all around again and I said my goodbye's to his wife.I then told the two mechanics that I would follow them back up to the station. Once at the station I told them that they had interrupted their own jobs to come along with me and help the old man. I said I wanted to pay for the help, but they refused to charge me..
One of them pulled out a card from his pocket looking exactly like the card the old man had given to me. Both of the men told me then, that they were Marine Corps Reserves. Once again we shook hands all around and as I was leaving, one of them told me I should look at the card the old man had given to me. I said I would and drove off.
For some reason I had gone about two blocks when I pulled over and took the card out of my pocket and looked at it for a long, long time. The name of the old gentleman was on the card in golden leaf and under his name...... 'Congressional Medal of Honor Society.'
I sat there motionless looking at the card and reading it over and over. I looked up from the card and smiled to no one but myself and marveled that on this day, four Marines had all come together, because one of us needed help. He was an old man all right, but it felt good to have stood next to greatness and courage and an honor to have been in his presence.
Thanks to those who served...& those who supported them.
America is not at war. The U.S. Military is at war.
GOD OUR FATHER,
WALK THROUGH MY HOUSE
AND PLEASE WATCH OVER AND HEAL MY FAMILY
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Fed up with Washington's involvement in everything from land use to gun control to education spending, states across the country are fighting back against what they say is the federal government's growing intrusion on their rights.
At least 35 states have introduced legislation this year asserting their power under the Tenth Amendment to regulate all matters not specifically delegated to the federal government by the Constitution.
The power struggle between the states and Washington has cropped up periodically ever since the country was founded.
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!
Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer recently signed into law a bill authorizing the state's gun manufacturers to produce "Made in Montana" firearms, without seeking licensing from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Similar laws are being considered in Utah, Alaska, Texas and Tennessee.
The Montana law is expected to end up in the courts, where states' rights activists hope judges will uphold their constitutional right to regulate firearms. That would reverse a longstanding trend, said Martin Flaherty, a professor of constitutional law at Fordham Law School.
"From 1937 to 1995 there is not one instance of the Supreme Court knocking back Congress," he said. "In the Constitution the interstate commerce clause gives Congress the right to regulate commerce between the states. That gives them a lot of power. There were questions of how far they can reach, but then comes the New Deal, and Roosevelt gets all these picks on the [Supreme] Court, and they come upon a theory whereupon congressional power is almost infinite."
That 1930s understanding of the Constitution is now the norm, with advocates for the federal government arguing that issues of a certain size and scope can be addressed only by an institution with the resources of the federal government. As an example, federal authority is necessary in the economic crisis, said U.S. Rep. Dan Boren, whose home state of Oklahoma recently passed a sovereignty resolution. "The economic situation in our nation over the past year has not been contained in any one community or state. The industries and institutions affected by the recent economic crisis touch multiple layers of our economy and are not confined to any one state or region," he said in a statement. "I feel there was Constitutional justification for Congress's recent efforts to stabilize our economy."
But for many state leaders, the degree to which Congress regulates issues within their boundaries, using the interstate commerce clause to regulate just about everything and anything, has become untenable.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry made headlines recently when he made a passing reference to the possibility of the Lone Star State seceding from the U.S., saying, "if Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people, you know, who knows what might come out of that?"
States rights advocates offer countless examples of what they believe is Washington's overreach.
In Utah, 67 percent of the state's land is controlled by the federal government through wilderness preserves, limiting state leaders in their bid to fill government coffers through oil and natural gas drilling after Interior Secretary Ken Salazar cancelled 103,000 acres of leases this year.
In Idaho, ranchers are furious that federal endangered species law prevents them from shooting the wolves that prey on their cattle.
"The balance of power between the states and the federal government is way out of whack," said Georgia state Senator Chip Pearson." The effect here is incalculable. Everything you do from the moment you wake up until you get to bed, there is some federal law or restriction."
Up until recently, the state sovereignty movement has remained almost entirely Republican, drawing supporters from the ranks that voted against President Obama and attended tea parties last month to protest federal tax hikes. But the movement's rank and file are just as likely now to criticize Obama's predecessor, George W. Bush, as they are the new president, pointing to what they believe were Bush's overreaching policies on education and homeland security.
Many are becoming frequent visitors to a Web site, http://www.tenthamendmentcenter.com/, which was founded in early 2007 and has become a community bulletin board for states rights activists and politicians. Up to 20,000 viewers log on to the site every day. The site's founder, Michael Boldin, a 36-year-old Web marketer in Los Angeles who says he has no political affiliation, says he decided to launch the site after watching the Maine State Legislature fight the Department of Homeland Security on the Real ID act, a controversial Bush-era law that will require states to issue federally regulated identification cards, complete with biometric data and stringent address checks. "Maine resisted, and the government backed off, and soon all these other states were doing the same thing," Boldin said.
"The bottom line is, if there's widespread support, people can resist the federal government at the state level." The deadline for states to comply with Real ID has now been pushed back until 2011.
The Tenth Amendment movement is not without controversy. In Georgia, a columnist for The Atlanta Journal Constitution called a sovereignty resolution in the state Senate a threat "to secede from and even disband the United States."
The resolution, which was passed as part of a group of bills that were banded together, affirmed the state's powers under the Tenth Amendment, taking its inspiration and language from Thomas Jefferson's 1798 resolution opposing the Alien and Sedition Acts -- laws enacted by the federal government during wartime to quiet protest against the government.
The resolution asserts that any instance of the federal government taking action beyond its enumerated powers "shall constitute a nullification of the Constitution for the United States of America by the government of the United States of America."
"It's been taken out of context by some editors," said Pearson, who sponsored the bill. "It certainly never meant secession. The intent was to communicate that the actions of the federal government are an infringement on states' rights."
Robert Natelson, a law professor at the University of Montana who was involved in drawing up that state's sovereignty resolution over a decade ago, argues that states up until now have been unwilling to take action of any real consequence in checking federal power. He said, "Back then they passed the resolution, but they didn't turn down any federal dollars."
He also said. "If the states are serious about returning the federal government to its historical origins, they're going to have to do more than pass resolutions. They're going to have to turn down money and litigate."
SUPPORT YOUR STATE IN
Monday, May 25, 2009
I discovered quickly in the first week of Lent that the very last question God will ever have for me is "What denomination were you on earth". Many folks seek to confuse me by saying that we as humans are as ants to God, then without taking a new breath of air quote scripture where God cares for even the sparrow and has the numbers of hairs on our often balding heads numbered, and then right on to the necessity of having a "personal" relationship with a God who is so far above our understanding and knowledge and wisdom we can never see him or even recently told we cannot even name Him. To make matters even worse the same folks share with you that in order to live a life of faith you need to remove all logic, never trust your feelings and senses, and God is in charge of this decaying egg shaped globe we are loaned a short life upon no matter what we experience here with our senses and daily doses of reality.
I was amazed that in about the 3rd week of Lent I realized that life is simply God and choices. If God is that far above my understanding, and senses, and even my imagination, I am wasting too much time and energy and brain cramps to continue this discernment for even one more Easter Season.
I simply have made the choice to trust that Jesus died out of love for me and forgiveness of my sins and doubts and also choose to live among the weeds in the wheat until the harvest is complete.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Published on DickMorris.com on May 24, 2009
From Caroline Glick, deputy editor and op-ed writer for the Jerusalem Post, comes alarming news. An expert on Arab-Israeli relations with excellent sources deep inside Netanyahu's government, she reports that CIA chief Leon Panetta, who recently took time out from his day job (feuding with Nancy Pelosi) to travel to Israel "read the riot act" to the government warning against an attack on Iran.More ominously, Glick reports (likely from sources high up in the Israeli government) that the Obama administration has all but accepted as irreversible and unavoidable fact that Iran will soon develop nuclear weapons.
She writes, "...we have learned that the [Obama] administration has made its peace with Iran's nuclear aspirations. Senior administration officials acknowledge as much in off-record briefings. It is true, they say, that Iran may exploit its future talks with the US to run down the clock before they test a nuclear weapon. But, they add, if that happens, the US will simply have to live with a nuclear-armed mullocracy."
She goes on to write that the Obama administration is desperate to stop Israel from attacking Iran writing that "as far as the [Obama] administration is concerned, if Israel could just leave Iran's nuclear installations alone, Iran would behave itself." She notes that American officials would regard any harm to American interests that flowed from an Israeli attack on Iranian nuclear facilities as Israel's doing, not Iran's.
In classic Stockholm Syndrome fashion, the Obama administration is empathizing more with the Iranian leaders who are holding Israel hostage than with the nation that may be wiped off the map if Iran acquires the bomb.Obama's end-of-the-year deadline for Iranian talks aimed at stopping its progress toward nuclear weapons is just window dressing without the threat of military action. As Metternich wrote "diplomacy without force is like music without instruments." By warning only of possible strengthening of economic sanctions if the talks do not progress, Obama is making an empty threat. The sanctions will likely have no effect because Russia and China will not let the United Nations act as it must if it is to deter Iranian nuclear weapons.All this means is that Israel's life is in danger.
If Iran gets the bomb, it will use it to kill six million Jews.
Those sunshine Jewish patriots who voted for Obama must realize that we, as Jews, are witnessing the possible end of Israel. We are in the same moral position as our ancestors were as they watched Hitler rise but did nothing to pressure their favorite liberal Democratic president, FDR, to take any real action to save them or even to let Jewish refugees into the country. If we remain complacent, we will have the same anguish at watching the destruction of Israel that our forebears had in witnessing the Holocaust.Because one thing is increasingly clear: Barack Obama is not about to lift a finger to stop Iran from developing the bomb. And neither is Hillary Clinton.Obama may have held the first White House cedar, but he's not planning to spend next year in Jerusalem.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
There was a very gracious lady who was mailing an oldfamily Bible to her brother in another part of the country."Is there anything breakable in here?" asked thepostal clerk."Only the Ten Commandments.." answered the lady.
"Somebody has said there are only two kinds of peoplein the world. There are those who wake up in the morning andsay, "Good morning, Lord," and there are those whowake up in the morning and say, "Good Lord, it'smorning."
A minister parked his car in a no-parking zone in a largecity because he was short of time and couldn't find aspace with a meter.Then he put a note under the windshield wiper that read:"I have circled the block 10 times. If I don'tpark here, I'll miss my appointment. Forgive us ourtrespasses."When he returned, he found a citation from a police officeralong with this note "I've circled this block for10 years. If I don't give you a ticket I'll lose myjob. Lead us not into temptation."
There is the story of a pastor who got up one Sunday andannounced to his congregation: "I have good news andbad news. The good news is, we have enough money to pay forour new building program. The bad news is, it's stillout there in your pockets."
While driving in Pennsylvania, a family caught up to anAmish carriage. The owner of the carriage obviously had asense of humor, because attached to the back of thecarriage was a hand printed sign... "Energy efficientvehicle: Runs on oats and grass. Caution: Do not step inexhaust."
A Sunday School teacher began her lesson with a question,"Boys and girls, what do we know about God?"A hand shot up in the air. "He is an artist!"said the kindergarten boy."Really? How do you know?" the teacher asked."You know - Our Father, who does art in Heaven..."
A minister waited in line to have his car filled with gasjust before a long holiday weekend. The attendant workedquickly, but there were many cars ahead of him. Finally,the attendant motioned him toward a vacant pump."Reverend," said the young man, "I'm sosorry about the delay. It seems as if everyone waits untilthe last minute to get ready for a long trip."The minister chuckled, "I know what you mean. It'sthe same in my business."
People want the front of the bus, the back of the church,and the center of attention.
Sunday after church, a Mom asked her very young daughterwhat the lesson was about.The daughter answered, "Don't be scared,you'll get your quilt."Needless to say, the Mom was perplexed. Later in the day,the pastor stopped by for tea and the Mom asked him whatthat morning's Sunday school lesson was about.He said "Be not afraid, thy comforter is coming."
The minister was preoccupied with thoughts of how he wasgoing to ask the congregation to come up with more moneythan they were expecting for repairs to the churchbuilding. Therefore, he was annoyed to find that theregular organist was sick and a substitute had been broughtin at the last minute. The substitute wanted to know what toplay."Here's a copy of the service," he saidimpatiently. "But, you'll have to think ofsomething to play after I make the announcement about thefinances."During the service, the minister paused and said,"Brothers and Sisters, we are in great difficulty; theroof repairs cost twice as much as we expected and we need$4,000 more. Any of you who can pledge $100 or more, pleasestand up."At that moment, the substitute organist played "TheStar Spangled Banner."And that is how the substitute became the regular organist!
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Addresses World Health Assembly Plenary Session
"It is my honor to represent the United States of America and address the World Health Assembly and I want the world to know that the United States is here to work with you and we are here to listen.
President Obama and I know that this is a unique moment in our history, a moment where we must unite to improve the health of all our nations. We are committed to partnering with you to advance the cause of social justice, to expand access to health care and reduce health disparities. And we know that working together, we will achieve the goals that we all share."
AND I THOUGHT THE DEPT OF HHS WAS TO WORK FOR OUR GOVERNMENT AND OUR PEOPLE! THIS CONCEPT OF WE WORK FOR THE WORLD HAS GOT TO BE LIMITED.
7 Freed Detainees Rejoins Fight, Report Finds By ELISABETH BUMILLERAn unreleased Pentagon report concludes that about one in seven of the 534 prisoners transferred abroad from the prison in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, returned to terrorism.
OUR GOVT WANTS TO RELEASE THESE PEOPLE OR TRY THEM IN OUR COURTS JUST AS A CITIZEN OF THE USA. THESE PEOPLE ARE NOT COVERED BY ANY TREATY, GENEVA OR OTHERWISE. THEY SHOULD BE TRIED BY MILITATY TRIBUNAL AND EITHER RELEASED IN THEIR COUNTRY OF ORIGIN OR SHOT! THEY ARE THUGS! WE ARE OUR OWN WORST ENEMY! THEY ARE NOT ENTITLED TO THE PROTECTION OF OUR CONSTITUTION.
California, a Broke State, Reels as Voters Rebuff Leaders By JENNIFER STEINHAUERAfter voters rejected measures to prevent financial catastrophe, calls for an overhaul of the state’s Constitution grew louder.
CALIFORNIANS VOTED FOR NO NEW TAXES. I HOPE THE CITIZENS OF THE OTHER STATES REFUSE TO BAIL THEM OUT! WHY SHOULD MY STATE PAY FOR CALIFORNIA'S MISTAKES?
4 Arrested in Bomb Plot in New York The F.B.I. arrested four men in New York City in an alleged plot to detonate a bomb outside a Jewish temple, The Associated Press reported. The authorities said the suspects had planned to detonate a car with plastic explosives in the Bronx.
NOW WE HAVE DOMESTIC WAR ON TERRORISM I GUESS. WE DON'T HAVE A WAR ON TERRORISM ABROAD! BY THE WAY, FOX REPORTS THESE GUYS WERE HOME GROWN MUSLIMS AND ON HAITIAN MUSLIM
Defense Official: Some Detainees May Go to U.S. Prisons By ELISABETH BUMILLER
For Michele A. Flournoy, the under secretary of Defense for policy, "never'' is a long time - and way too long in the intensifying battle in Congress over what to do with the detainees in the American prison in Guantanamo Bay.
GREAT! WE ARE GOING TO PUT THEM IN OUR PRISONS SO THEY CAN SPREAD THEIR HATRED TO FELONS WHO WILL DO ANYTHING FOR MONEY!
Senate Denies Obama Funds to Close Guantánamo By DAVID M. HERSZENHORN
The 90-to-6 vote intensifies pressure on the president to lay out a more detailed road map for closing the prison.
I NORMALLY WOULD SAY THIS IS A GOOD THING BUT THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIALISTS WILL EVENTUALLY FIND A WAY TO BRING THESE PEOPLE TO THE US UNDER THE GUISE THAT THEY WOULD BE KILLED IF SENT TO THEIR HOME COUNTRIES. DON'T LET THIS HAPPEN. LET THEM GO BACK AND SAY THEY GAVE US INFORMATION!
Obama Seeks to Reduce Costs by Limiting Medicare Reimbursements for Hospital Readmissions(CNSNews.com) - In a cost-saving measure tied to the proposed expansion of health care, the Obama administration is seeking to reduce hospital readmission rates by rewarding or penalizing hospitals through Medicare payments. Proponents say this will force hospitals to do a better job of follow-up care, follow a more responsible discharge policy and promote better preventive measures. Opponents say it would result in the rationing of health care.
WE HAVE THE BEST HEALTH CARE IN THE WORLD. WHY LET THE LEFTIST SCREW IT UP? ALL THEY WANT IS POWER AND MONEY!
Liberals Hold Prayer Breakfast in U.S. Capitol to Pray for Bill to End Secret Ballots in Union Organizing Washington (CNSNews.com) – Union leaders, clergy and liberal members of Congress gathered in the mostly empty U.S. Capitol Visitors Center early Tuesday morning to hear multicultural choir music, speeches from religious leaders--and to pray for the passage of the Employee Free Choice Act. The prayer breakfast was sponsored by Faith Leaders for Workplace Fairness--a coalition of liberal religious groups that was formed for the sole purpose of promoting the “card-check” bill.
CARD CHECK DOES AWAY WITH FREE CHOICE. IT OPENS INDIVIDUALS TO HARRASSMENT AND WORST BY TAKING AWAY THE RIGHT TO A SECRET BALLOT ON UNION ELECTIONS!
Obama Wants U.S. to Loan $100 Billion to Global Bailout Fund(CNSNews.com) - President Obama has asked Congress to authorize $100 billion in loans to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to help create a $500 billion global bailout fund. If passed by both the Senate and the House, the bill would allow the IMF to borrow up to $100 billion from the U.S. and increase the U.S. fiscal contribution to the IMF by $8 billion. “It’s a new appropriation,” Rob Blumenthal of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, the committee that drafted the bill, told CNSNews.com.
WHY WOULD WE WANT TO BORROW MORE MONEY TO FINANCE OTHER COUNTRIES BAILOUTS! HEIGHT OF ABSURDITY! WE ARE ALREADY TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN DEBT DUE TO SOCIALIST BORROW AND SPEND. WE HAVE NO RESPONSIBILITY OUTSIDE OF OUR OWN BORDERS!
U.S. Courts Should ‘Download’ International Law into Domestic Law, Obama Nominee Says(CNSNews.com) – Harold Koh, nominated by President Barack Obama to be the State Department’s top legal adviser, advocatest the concept of “transnationalism,” which he has described as the “downloading” of international laws and customs into domestic law, either through the legislative process or through the federal courts’ using international law in interpreting the Constitution of the United States.
THE SUPREME LAW OF THE LAND IS OUR CONSTITUTION. NOMINEES LIKE KOH WILL NOT EVEN READ THE CONSTITUTION, ACKNOWLEDGED FOR OVER 200 YEARS AS ONE OF THE GREATEST DOCUMENTS EVER WRITTEN! THE SOCIALISTS WANT US TO BECOME A PART OF ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT LED BY EUROPEAN SOCIALISM/COMMUNISM.
Pelosi Should Apologize to CIA, Says Senate Intelligence Committee's Vice Chairman (CNSNews.com) - “Speaker Pelosi should apologize to the CIA for calling them liars to protect her own hide,” Sen. Christopher “Kit” Bond (R-Mo.) told CNSNews.com in a written statement Tuesday. “It’s up to Speaker Pelosi to come clean and set the record straight.” Bond is the vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
PELOSI IS LYING! SHE NEEDS TO GO! SHE IS A BIGGER THREAT TO OBAMA THAN TO THE CITIZENS OF THE US BUT MAYBE THE NEXT SPEAKER WILL STAND ON PRINCIPLE!
White House Declines to Defend CIA against Pelosi’s Charge It Misled Congress(CNSNews.com) - Twice in four days, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs declined to defend the Central Intelligence Agency against the charge made by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) that the agency misled the Congress of the United States. When asked specifically whether President Obama believed his CIA director was right or wrong, Gibbs evaded the question.
THIS IS DOUBLE SPEAK, OBAMA WON'T TAKE A PUBLIC SIDE. HITLER TURNED DIETRICH LOOSE ON ERNST ROEHM, OBAMA IS TURNING PANNETTA LOOSE ON PELOSI! SEE ANY SIMILARITY?
Conservatives Urge Americans to Pray for a Troubled Nation(CNSNews.com) - America is in desperate need of spiritual healing, say conservative Christian leaders who are organizing a day of mass prayer and repentance on behalf of the nation.
THIS IS A GOOD THING. "LET NOT YOUR HEART BE TROUBLED" HE HEARS ALL!
US Shares Responsibility for Pakistan Crisis, Clinton Says(CNSNews.com) - Declaring a “qualitatively different” U.S. approach towards Pakistan following three decades of “incoherent” policy, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Tuesday announced $110 million in emergency assistance for the South Asian nation. She said the assistance was being provided not only because it was the right thing to do, but also because “we believe it is essential to global security and the security of the United States.”
HERE WE GO AGAIN, BLAMING OURSELVES FOR OTHERS PROBLEMS. WHEN WILL THIS STOP. WE CAN'T KEEP FLAGELLATING OURSELVES. WE NEED TO BE LEADERS NOT APOLOGISTS
Prescriptions require a driver's license now. Jackson, MS. today I had my prescriptions filled. the pharmacist said I needed to give him a driver's license. Not a state law a federal regulation.
JUST ANOTHER INVASION OF PERSONAL PRIVACY BY THE GOVERNMENT. I GUESS CONSTITUTIONAL GUARRANTEES OF "LIFE, LIBERTY, AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS" AND THE TENTH AMENDMENT (The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.) MEANS NOTHING!!
Monday, May 18, 2009
I Am the Liberal-Progressives Worst Nightmare.
I believe the money I make belongs to me and my family, not some Liberal governmental functionary be it Democratic or Republican!
I'm in touch with my feelings and I like it that way!
I think owning a gun doesn't make you a killer, it makes you a smart American.
I think being a minority does not make you noble or victimized,
and does not entitle you to anything. Get over it!
when and where they want to..
So, shut up already.
go back to where you came from and change your own country!
This is AMERICA ..We like it the way it is!
If you were born here and don't like it you are free to move to any Socialist country that will have you.
I want to know which church is it exactly where the Reverend Jesse Jackson preaches, where he gets his money, and why he is always part of the problem and not the solution.
Can I get an AMEN on that one?
I also think the cops have the right to pull you over if you're breaking the law, regardless of what color you are.
And, no, I don't mind having my face shown on my drivers license.
I think it's good...... And I'm proud that 'God' is written on my money.
I dislike those people standing in the intersections trying to sell me stuff or trying to guilt me into making 'donations' to their cause.
Get a Job and do your part!
I believe 'illegal' is illegal no matter what the lawyers think.
I believe the American flag should be the only one allowed in AMERICA !
If this makes me a BAD American, then yes,
Friday, May 15, 2009
The American political leader Patrick Henry was the most celebrated orator of the American Revolution. He was born on May 29, 1736, in Hanover County, Virginia. Henry failed as both a storekeeper and a farmer before being admitted to the Virginia bar in 1760. However, he won fame in 1763 after his impassioned pleading in the Parsons' Cause, a case in which he defended the right of the colony to fix the price of the tobacco in which the clergy were paid, despite a contrary ruling from London.
When Henry entered the House of Burgesses in 1765, he and Richard Henry Lee successfully compelled the entrenched oligarchy to share power with them. Henry's effectiveness as an orator gave him a commanding influence in the legislature throughout his life. After the passage of the Stamp Act (1765) he introduced a set of radical resolutions denouncing the British Parliament's usurpation of powers vested in the colonial legislature, which alone had the power to tax. He supported the resolves in a speech ending "Caesar had his Brutus--Charles the first his Cromwell--and George III--may he profit from their example." Widely circulated throughout the colonies, the resolves made Henry famous.
Henry was the focal point of Virginia's opposition to British policy. When the royal governor, Lord Dunmore, dissolved the Virginia legislature after the closing of the port of Boston in 1774, Henry organized a rump session of the legislature, which met in the Raleigh Tavern in Williamsburg. It issued an invitation to the other colonies to send delegates to a Continental Congress. As a member of the Congress, Henry was an outspoken advocate of strong measures of resistance. At a meeting of the Virginia assembly in Richmond on Mar. 23, 1775, he called on the colonists to arm themselves, with the words: "Give me liberty, or give me death." Soon after, he led the militia of Hanover to force Governor Dunmore to surrender munitions belonging to the colony.
With the outbreak of the Revolution, Henry became commander in chief of the Virginia troops, but he was prevented from actively exercising his command by state leaders who considered him too erratic. He continued in the legislature, fostering the move for independence and helping draft the first state constitution. In June 1776 he was elected governor. In this position, which he held until 1779, he vigorously supported the war effort, dispatching George Rogers Clark to secure the western regions. After the war Henry's influence in the legislature tended to be sporadic because of his habit of leaving before the end of the session. He astonished his contemporaries by advocating state support of religion and amnesty for Loyalists.
Henry served as governor again from 1784 to 1786 but declined to attend the Constitutional Convention of 1787. An ardent supporter of state rights, he led the Virginia opposition to ratification of the federal Constitution, losing the vote by a small margin. His hostility to centralized government and to measures favoring commercial interests led him initially to protest the Federalist program of the Washington administration. As the years passed, however, his fear that the radicalism of the French Revolution would infect the nation brought him to support the Federalist party. Just before his death, on June 6, 1799, he was elected to the state legislature as a Federalist.
Beeman, Richard - PATRICK HENRY (1974) Henry, William Wirt - PATRICK HENRY: LIFE, CORRESPONDENCE, AND SPEECHES, 3 vols. (1891) Mead, Robert Douthat - PATRICK HENRY, 2 vols. (1957-62).
Join ME in the Patrick Henry Caucus
Thursday, May 14, 2009
By Jonah Goldberg
Some days you have to ask yourself: My God, what if these people were Republicans?
Democrats took back Congress in 2006 and the presidency in 2008 in no small part because of their ability to bang their spoons on their high chairs about what they called the Republican “culture of corruption.” Their choreographed outrage was coordinated with the precision of a North Korean missile-launch pageant. And, to be fair, they had a point. The GOP did have its legitimate embarrassments. California Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham and lobbyist Jack Abramoff were fair game, and so was Rep. Mark Foley, the twisted Florida congressman who allegedly wanted male congressional pages cleaned and perfumed and brought to his tent, as it were. Of course, it wasn’t as if Democrats were without sin. Louisiana Rep. William Jefferson was indicted on fraud, bribery, and corruption charges in 2007, after an investigation unearthed, among other things, $90,000 in his freezer. Then–New York governor Eliot Spitzer was busted in a prostitution scandal.
But that’s all yesterday’s news. Let’s look at the here and now. Barack Obama, who vowed he’d provide a transparent administration staffed with disinterested public servants with the self-restraint of Roman castrati, appointed an admitted tax cheat to run the Treasury Department — and he’s hardly the only one in the administration. New York representative Charles Rangel, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, is under investigation for, among other things, failing to report income from his Caribbean villa.
Meanwhile, Sen. Christopher Dodd, chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, got sweetheart deals from subprime lender Countrywide and has yet to adequately explain his too-good-to-be-true deal on his million-dollar “cottage” in Ireland, which he may have gotten in exchange for finagling a pardon (from President Clinton) for a felon. Oh, Dodd also secretly protected those AIG bonuses that raised such a ruckus.Rep. Jack Murtha of Pennsylvania, Nancy Pelosi’s moral authority on military matters during the Iraq war, has been revealed as a kleptomaniac of sorts, delivering as much of the federal budget as possible to various cronies and lobbyists. Former senator John Edwards, who had an affair even as he was scoring Oprah-points as the supportive husband during his wife’s battle with breast cancer, is being investigated by the feds for the improper use of campaign funds. It looks like the silky-haired champion of the little guys may have used their donations to bribe the alleged “baby mama” into silence. And it would be a shame to let it pass that Obama’s Senate seat was put up for sale by the then-governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich. A congressional ethics board is investigating whether Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. tried to buy it.
But you know what? We ain’t seen nothing yet. For starters, the real corruption isn’t what the media are ignoring or downplaying as isolated incidents. It’s what the media are hailing as strokes of bold, inspirational leadership. The White House, as a matter of policy, is rewriting legal contracts, picking winners (mostly labor unions and mortgage defaulters) and singling out losers (evil “speculators”), while much of the media continue to ponder whether Obama is already a greater president than FDR.
If a Republican administration, staffed with cronies from Goldman Sachs and Citibank, were cutting special deals for its political allies, I suspect we’d be hearing fewer FDR analogies and more nouns ending with the suffix “gate.”
Take Obama’s “car czar,” Steven Rattner. According to ABC’s Jake Tapper, Rattner is accused of threatening to use the White House to smear a Chrysler creditor if it refused to back the administration’s Chrysler bankruptcy plan. He’s also connected to a massive pension-fund scandal involving the investment firm he used to run. It’s alleged that Rattner’s firm bought the less-than-worthless DVD distribution rights to the achingly awful film Chooch — produced by the brother of an official in the New York comptroller’s office — as a thinly veiled bribe to gain access to New York pensions funds. Chooch, by the way, is Italian slang for “jackass,” which just happens to be the Democrats’ mascot.
More to the point, political corruption is inevitable whenever you give hacks — of either party — too much discretion over public funds. Businesses look to Washington for profits instead of to the market. The thing is, this has become the governing philosophy of the Democratic party, from banking and cars to health care and now student loans. The federal government is taking over, and the culture of corruption inevitably trickles down. That in itself should be a scandal. Call it “Choochgate.”— Jonah Goldberg is editor-at-large of National Review Online and the author of Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left from Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning. © 2009 Tribune Media Services, Inc.
WATCH AND LISTEN TO THE FOLLOWING VIDEO.
WHAT IF THOMAS PAINE WERE ALIVE TODAY! WHAT WOULD HE THINK OF THE CURRENT COURSE OF OUR NATION?
We have drifted from the original meaning of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. WE have ALLOWED Interpretation of what the word "NO" means.
As ex president Clinton said, "it depends on what the meaning of is...is"
To me "MAKE NO LAW" means exactly that. That term is shown several times in the Constitution under which we live, yet it has been interpreted to mean over regulation and over taxation.
YOUR "INALIENABLE RIGHTS" ARE UNDER ASSAULT. Our government is falling from within and so is our culture that is based on the fundamental principles voiced by Thomas Paine, Jefferson, Adams, Washington and the FOUNDERS OF OUR COUNTRY.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
JOHN LOTT: Thugs In the White House
By John R. Lott, Jr.Senior Research Scientist, University of Maryland/Author, Freedomnomics.
So much for any hope that the government would uphold rules and abiding by contracts. Instead, we keep getting examples of something else – that when President Obama fails to persuade firms to follow his wishes, he does not hesitate to use threats of financial destruction.
Cliff Asness, the co-founder of the $20 billion hedge fund AQR Capital Management, laid bare the latest attacks with an open letter on Wednesday:
“The President screaming that the hedge funds are looking for an unjustified taxpayer-funded bailout is the big lie writ large. Find me a hedge fund that has been bailed out. Find me a hedge fund, even a failed one, that has asked for one. In fact, it was only because hedge funds have not taken government funds that they could stand up to this bullying. The TARP recipients had no choice but to go along.”
This is just the latest in a string of intimidating tactics starting with threatening costly public audits to get compliance. Then there were the threats of firing CEOs who had the audacity to oppose government plans. The very latest is threats to use “ the full force of the White House press corps [to] destroy [the firm Perella Weinberg's] reputation” if it resisted the government stealing their money, according to Thomas Lauria who represented the firm up until last week. ABC News’s Jake Tapper reports that Mr. Steven Rattner, the head of the auto task force, made the threat.
The White House has been pushing hard to nationalize the automobile companies. While bondholders and the government have loaned similar amounts each to GM and Chrysler, the White House feels that the government should get 50 percent ownership of GM and the creditors about 10 percent.
The Wall Street Journal reports that unions are also being given stock that should be going to the creditors – 39 percent of GM and 55 percent of Chrysler.
Most of the financial institutions holding these bonds have gone along with Obama’s nationalization of the car companies for a simple reason – the government has already nationalized them and they do the government’s bidding. As ABC News and the Wall Street Journal note: JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup, Morgan Stanley, and Goldman Sachs have been given up to $100 billion by the government. The irony is that the feds gave these financial institutions money because they were hemorrhaging financially and now the government orders these same institutions to throw away money and take loses that no private company would voluntarily do. Not surprisingly, with this waste, there is talk that Citigroup may need another $10 billion from the government.
Full Article: http://foxforum.blogs.foxnews.com/2009/05/08/lott_chrysler/
"Most Bad Government results from too much Government".......Thomas Jefferson
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Whether you are an Obama fan, or not, EVERYONE IN THE U.S. needs to know....
1. Something happened... H.R. 1388 was passed yesterday, behind our backs. You may want to read about it. It wasn't mentioned on the news... just went by on the ticker tape at the bottom of the CNN screen.
2. Obama funds $20M in tax payer dollars to immigrate Hamas Refugees to the USA. This is the news that didn't make the headlines...
3. By executive order, President Barack Obama has ordered the expenditure of $20.3 million in "migration assistance" to the Palestinian refugees and "conflict victims" in Gaza.
4. The "presidential determination", which allows hundreds of thousands of Palestinians with ties to Hamas to resettle in the United States, was signed on January 27 and appeared in the Federal Register on February 4.
5. Few on Capitol Hill, or in the media, took note that the order provides a free ticket replete with housing and food allowances to individuals who have displayed their overwhelming support to the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) in the parliamentary election of January 2006.
6. Let's review...itemized list of some of Barack Obama's most recent actions since his inauguration:
7. His first call to any head of state, as president, was to Mahmoud Abbas, leader of Fatah party in the Palestinian territory.
8. His first one-on-one television interview with any news organization was with Al Arabia television.
9. His first executive order was to fund/facilitate abortion(s) not just here within the U.S., but wthin the world, using U.S. tax payer funds.
10. He ordered Guantanamo Bay closed and all military trials of detainees halted.
11. He ordered overseas CIA interrogation centers closed.
12. He withdrew all charges against the masterminds behind the USS Cole and the "terror attack" on 9/11.
13. Now we learn that he is allowing hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refuges to move to, and live in, the US at American taxpayer expense.
14. These important, and insightful, issues are being "lost" in the blinding bail-outs and "stimulation" packages.
15. Doubtful? To verify this for yourself:
HOW OUR MISSISSIPPI REPRESENTATIVES VOTED;
Rep Travis Childers D MS voted YES
Rep Greg Harper R MS voted NO
Rep Gene Taylvoted D MS voted YES
Rep Bennie Thompson D MS voted YES
Is this how you wanted them to VOTE!
Friday, May 8, 2009
WHY ARE WE BANKRUPT?
You think the war in Iraq is costing us too much? Read this:
I have been hammered with the propaganda that it is the Iraq war and the war on terror that is bankrupting us. The war is only "one" of many reasons that our Country is facing a financial crisis.
I hope the following 14 reasons are forwarded over and over again until it finally sinks in so that the reader will get completely sick of reading them. Also included are the URL's for verification of all the following facts:
1. $11 Billion to $22 billion is spent on welfare to illegal aliens each year by state governments. Verify at: http://tinyurl.com/zob77
2. $2.2 Billion dollars a year is spent on food assistance programs such as food stamps, WIC, and free school lunches for illegal aliens. Verify at: http://www.cisorg/articles/2004/fiscalexec.html
3. $2.5 Billion dollars a year is spent on Medicaid for illegal aliens. Verify at: http://www.cisorg/articles/2004/fiscalexec.html
4. $12 Billion dollars a year is spent on primary and secondary school education for children here illegally and they cannot speak a word of English! Verify at: http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.0.html
5. $17 Billion dollars a year is spent for education for the American-born children of illegal aliens, known as anchor babies. Verify at http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.html
6. $3 Million Dollars a DAY is spent to incarcerate illegal aliens. Verify at: http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.html
7. 30% percent of all Federal Prison inmates are illegal aliens. Verify at: http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.html
8. $90 Billion Dollars a year is spent on illegal aliens for Welfare & social services by the American taxpayers. Verify at: http://premium.cnn.com/TRANSCIPTS/0610/29/ldt.01.html
9. $200 Billion dollars a year in suppressed American wages are caused by the illegal aliens. Verify at: http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.html
10. The illegal aliens in the United States have a crime rate that's two and a half times that of white non-illegal aliens. In particular, their children, are going to make a huge additional crime problem in the US . Verify at: http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0606/12/ldt.01.html
11. During the year of 2005 there were 4 to 10 MILLION illegal aliens that crossed our Southern Border also, as many as 19,500 illegal aliens from Terrorist Countries. Millions of pounds of drugs, cocaine, meth, heroin and marijuana, crossed into the U. S from the Southern border. Verify at: Homeland Security Report: http://tinyurl.com/t9sht
12. The National policy Institute, estimated that the total cost of mass deportation would be between $206 and $230 billion or an average cost of between $41 and $46 billion annually over a five year period.' Verify at: http://www.nationalpolicyins/%0d%0a%20titute.org/pdf/deportation.pdf
13. In 2006 illegal aliens sent home $45 BILLION in remittances to their countries of origin. Verify at: http://www.rense.com/general75/niht.htm
14. 'The Dark Side of Illegal Immigration: Nearly One million sex crimes Committed by Illegal Immigrants In The United States.' Verify at: http://www.drdsk.com/artic%0d%0a%20leshtml
The total cost is a whopping .....................................
..........................$ 338.3 BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR.
Are we THAT stupid?
Our birthrates have fallen to the point where our world WILL CHANGE drastically in the next generation. Our western governments are aware. This is another example of why abortion should be outlawed and births should be encouraged. Our government has taken the exact opposite position. Please watch the video and understand. We as a people, as a culture, as a nation will not long exist unless we repopulate our country from the basic European Gene pool.
Alarming isn't it!
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Criminal Charges against ACORN Raise Concerns About Its Partnership with Census Bureau <http://www.cnsnews.com/public/content/article.aspx?RsrcID=47675>
(CNSNews.com) – ACORN, a liberal political activist group under investigation for alleged voter registration fraud in 2008, has entered a partnership agreement with the U.S. Census Bureau to help recruit workers for the national headcount, but criminal charges filed against ACORN in Nevada are raising concerns: “The Bureau needs to reconsider ACORN’s involvement as a partner in light of these new charges in Nevada,” Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) told CNSNews.com.
House Republicans Hold ‘Energy Summit’ to Blast Cap-and-Trade Legislation <http://www.cnsnews.com/public/content/article.aspx?RsrcID=47679>
Washington (CNSNews.com) – A group of Republican congressmen say the Democrats’ proposed cap-and-trade program amounts to a “war” against sections of the country hard-hit by the economic downturn.
U.S. Spent Twice as Much on HIV/AIDS as on Flu in ‘06, Despite Five Times More Flu Deaths <http://www.cnsnews.com/public/content/article.aspx?RsrcID=47666>
(CNSNews.com) – The federal government spent $6.1 billion on influenza-related programs in 2006, roughly half as much as the $13.7 billion dollars it spent on HIV/AIDS programs that year, according to figures provided to CNSNews.com by the Department of Health and Human Services. During that same time, seasonal flu claimed 56,326 lives in the U.S., while AIDS-related deaths stood at 12,113.
Swine-Flu Expert says Human from Eurasia May be Origin of Recent Outbreak <http://www.cnsnews.com/public/content/article.aspx?RsrcID=47644>
(CNSNews.com) – A top expert on swine flu in pigs says it’s likely that the most recent strain of swine influenza A H1N1 didn’t originate in Mexico or the United States – but came to North America from Europe or Asia. And it may not even have originated in pigs.
Abstinence Earns Praise at Teen Pregnancy Event Promoting ‘Comprehensive’ Sex Education <http://www.cnsnews.com/public/content/article.aspx?RsrcID=47664>
(CNSNews.com) – At a conference of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy on Tuesday, panelists and participants said “comprehensive” sex education for teens that includes access to contraception and abortion is needed to reverse a recent up-tick in teenage pregnancies. But some at the event said abstinence should not be overlooked as the only certain way to avoid pregnancy.
Pro-Lifers Plan to Get Arrested -- 'Until the South Bend Jail Is Overflowing' <http://www.cnsnews.com/public/content/article.aspx?RsrcID=47711>
(CNSNews.com) - Dr. Alan Keyes, a conservative Republican who ran for the U.S. Senate seat that Barack Obama ended up winning in 2004, says he plans to be among those arrested at Notre Dame on May 17, when President Barack Obama shows up in South Bend, Ind., to deliver the commencement address and accept an honorary degree.
‘Circumstances Changing Rapidly in Our Favor,’ Iranian President Says Amid Obama’s ‘Engagement’ Efforts <http://www.cnsnews.com/public/content/article.aspx?RsrcID=47702>
(CNSNews.com) – At a joint press conference with Syrian President Bashar Assad Tuesday, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad boasted that “those who one day called Iran and Syria part of the axis of evil now want to develop relations with Iran and Syria.” “Circumstances are changing rapidly in our favor,” Arab media quoted him as saying. “We are on the road to victory.”
Mark Levin Says Obama’s Vision of ‘Change’ is Destructive <http://www.cnsnews.com/public/content/article.aspx?RsrcID=47682>
(CNSNews.com) - Mark Levin’s “Liberty & Tyranny” debuted as No. 1 on the New York Times Bestseller list and has retained that position for five straight weeks. In the book, Levin explains his understanding of American conservatism. In an interview with CNSNews.com, he discussed why he believes President Obama’s vision of “change” is destructive and contrary to America’s founding principles and why conservatives must reacquaint themselves with those principles and recommit themselves to the cause of individual liberty.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
My old grandpa said to me 'son, there comes a time in every man's life when he stops bustin' knuckles and starts bustin' caps and usually it's when he becomes too old to take an ass whoopin'.
I don't have a gun to kill people. I have a gun to keep from being killed.
I don't have a gun to scare people. I have a gun because some times this world can be a scary place.
I don't have a gun because I'm paranoid. I have a gun because there are real threats in the world.
I don't have a gun because I'm evil. I have a gun because I have lived long enough to see the evil in the world.
I don't carry a gun because I hate the government. I have a gun because I understand the limitations of government.
I don't have a gun because I'm angry. I have a gun so that I don't have to spend the rest of my life hating myself for failing to be prepared.
I don't have a gun because I want to shoot someone. I have a gun because I want to die at a ripe old age in my bed, and not on a sidewalk somewhere tomorrow afternoon
I don't have a gun because I'm a cowboy. I have a gun because, when I die and go to heaven, I want to be a cowboy.
I don't have a gun to make me feel like a man. I have a gun because men know how to take care of themselves and the ones they love.
I don't have a gun because I feel inadequate. I have a gun because unarmed and facing three armed thugs, I am inadequate.
I don't have a gun because I love it. I have a gun because I love life and the people who make it meaningful to me.
Police Protection is an oxymoron. Free citizens must protect themselves. Police do not protect you from crime, they usually just investigate the crime after it happens and then call someone in to clean up the mess.
Personally, I have a gun because I'm too young to die and too old to take an ass whoopin'
******A LITTLE GUN HISTORY******
The Soviet Union established gun control in 1929 and from 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
Turkey established gun control in 1911 and 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 and from 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
Guatemala established gun control in 1964 and from 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
Uganda established gun control in 1970 and from 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
Cambodia established gun control in 1956 and 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: List of 7 items: 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! 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 Australian 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.
Take note my fellow Americans, before it's too late! The next time someone talks in favor of gun control, please remind them 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!
The purpose of fighting is to win. There is no possible victory in defense. The sword is more important than the shield, and skill is more important than either. The final weapon is the brain. All else is supplemental. SWITZERLAND ISSUES EVERY HOUSEHOLD A GUN! SWITZERLAND'S GOVERNMENT TRAINS EVERY ADULT THEY ISSUE A RIFLE.
SWITZERLAND HAS THE LOWEST GUN RELATED CRIME RATE OF ANY CIVILIZED COUNTRY IN THE WORLD!!! IT'S A NO BRAINER!
DON'T LET OUR GOVERNMENT WASTE MILLIONS OF OUR TAX DOLLARS IN AN EFFORT TO MAKE ALL LAW ABIDING CITIZENS AN EASY TARGET.
The Honorable Eric H. Holder, Jr
.Attorney General of the United States
United States Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue,
NWWashington, D.C. 20530-0001
Dear Attorney General Holder:
This letter is respectfully submitted to inform you that I must decline the invitation to participate in the May 4 roundtable meeting the President’s Task Force on Detention Policy is convening with current and former prosecutors involved in international terrorism cases. An invitation was extended to me by trial lawyers from the Counterterrorism Section, who are members of the Task Force, which you are leading. The invitation email (of April 14) indicates that the meeting is part of an ongoing effort to identify lawful policies on the detention and disposition of alien enemy combatants -- or what the Department now calls “individuals captured or apprehended in connection with armed conflicts and counterterrorism operations.” I admire the lawyers of the Counterterrorism Division, and I do not question their good faith. Nevertheless, it is quite clear -- most recently, from your provocative remarks on Wednesday in Germany -- that the Obama administration has already settled on a policy of releasing trained jihadists (including releasing some of them into the United States). Whatever the good intentions of the organizers, the meeting will obviously be used by the administration to claim that its policy was arrived at in consultation with current and former government officials experienced in terrorism cases and national security issues. I deeply disagree with this policy, which I believe is a violation of federal law and a betrayal of the president’s first obligation to protect the American people. Under the circumstances, I think the better course is to register my dissent, rather than be used as a prop.
Moreover, in light of public statements by both you and the President, it is dismayingly clear that, under your leadership, the Justice Department takes the position that a lawyer who in good faith offers legal advice to government policy makerslike the government lawyers who offered good faith advice on interrogation policymay be subject to investigation and prosecution for the content of that advice, in addition to empty but professionally damaging accusations of ethical misconduct. Given that stance, any prudent lawyer would have to hesitate before offering advice to the government.
Beyond that, as elucidated in my writing (including my proposal for a new national security court, which I understand the Task Force has perused), I believe alien enemy combatants should be detained at Guantanamo Bay (or a facility like it) until the conclusion of hostilities. This national defense measure is deeply rooted in the venerable laws of war and was reaffirmed by the Supreme Court in the 2004 Hamdi case. Yet, as recently as Wednesday, you asserted that, in your considered judgment, such notions violate America’s “commitment to the rule of law.” Indeed, you elaborated, “Nothing symbolizes our [administration’s] new course more than our decision to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay…. President Obama believes, and I strongly agree, that Guantanamo has come to represent a time and an approach that we want to put behind us: a disregard for our centuries-long respect for the rule of law[.]” (Emphasis added.)
Given your policy of conducting ruinous criminal and ethics investigations of lawyers over the advice they offer the government, and your specific position that the wartime detention I would endorse is tantamount to a violation of law, it makes little sense for me to attend the Task Force meeting. After all, my choice would be to remain silent or risk jeopardizing myself.
For what it may be worth, I will say this much. For eight years, we have had a robust debate in the United States about how to handle alien terrorists captured during a defensive war authorized by Congress after nearly 3000 of our fellow Americans were annihilated. Essentially, there have been two camps. One calls for prosecution in the civilian criminal justice system, the strategy used throughout the 1990s. The other calls for a military justice approach of combatant detention and war-crimes prosecutions by military commission. Because each theory has its downsides, many commentators, myself included, have proposed a third way: a hybrid system, designed for the realities of modern international terrorisma new system that would address the needs to protect our classified defense secrets and to assure Americans, as well as our allies, that we are detaining the right people. There are differences in these various proposals. But their proponents, and adherents to both the military and civilian justice approaches, have all agreed on at least one thing: Foreign terrorists trained to execute mass-murder attacks cannot simply be released while the war ensues and Americans are still being targeted. We have already released too many jihadists who, as night follows day, have resumed plotting to kill Americans. Indeed, according to recent reports, a released Guantanamo detainee is now leading Taliban combat operations in Afghanistan, where President Obama has just sent additional American forces. The Obama campaign smeared Guantanamo Bay as a human rights blight. Consistent with that hyperbolic rhetoric, the President began his administration by promising to close the detention camp within a year. The President did this even though he and you (a) agree Gitmo is a top-flight prison facility, (b) acknowledge that our nation is still at war, and (c) concede that many Gitmo detainees are extremely dangerous terrorists who cannot be tried under civilian court rules. Patently, the commitment to close Guantanamo Bay within a year was made without a plan for what to do with these detainees who cannot be tried. Consequently, the Detention Policy Task Force is not an effort to arrive at the best policy. It is an effort to justify a bad policy that has already been adopted: to wit, the Obama administration policy to release trained terrorists outright if that’s what it takes to close Gitmo by January.Obviously, I am powerless to stop the administration from releasing top al Qaeda operatives who planned mass-murder attacks against American citieslike Binyam Mohammed (the accomplice of “Dirty Bomber” Jose Padilla) whom the administration recently transferred to Britain, where he is now at liberty and living on public assistance. I am similarly powerless to stop the administration from admitting into the United States such alien jihadists as the 17 remaining Uighur detainees. According to National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair, the Uighurs will apparently live freely, on American taxpayer assistance, despite the facts that they are affiliated with a terrorist organization and have received terrorist paramilitary training. Under federal immigration law (the 2005 REAL ID Act), those facts render them excludable from theUnited States. The Uighurs’ impending release is thus a remarkable development given the Obama administration’s propensity to deride its predecessor’s purported insensitivity to the rule of law.
I am, in addition, powerless to stop the President, as he takes these reckless steps, from touting his Detention Policy Task Force as a demonstration of his national security seriousness. But I can decline to participate in the charade.
Finally, let me repeat that I respect and admire the dedication of Justice Department lawyers, whom I have tirelessly defended since I retired in 2003 as a chief assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of New York. It was a unique honor to serve for nearly twenty years as a federal prosecutor, under administrations of both parties. It was as proud a day as I have ever had when the trial team I led was awarded the Attorney General’s Exceptional Service Award in 1996, after we secured the convictions of Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman and his underlings for waging a terrorist war against the United States. I particularly appreciated receiving the award from Attorney General Renoas I recounted in Willful Blindness, my book about the case, without her steadfastness against opposition from short-sighted government officials who wanted to release him, the “blind sheikh” would never have been indicted, much less convicted and so deservedly sentenced to life-imprisonment. In any event, I’ve always believed defending our nation is a duty of citizenship, not ideology. Thus, my conservative political views aside, I’ve made myself available to liberal and conservative groups, to Democrats and Republicans, who’ve thought tapping my experience would be beneficial. It pains me to decline your invitation, but the attendant circumstances leave no other option.
Very truly yours,
Andrew C. McCarthy