Wednesday, June 30, 2010

How to fund a war? Without really trying

Whoever said, people should never watch laws or sausages being made? Was absolutely right....

Democrats add teacher money to war funding bill

House Democrats, who are trying to pass a long-stalled war funding bill this week, have attached $10 billion to help local school districts avoid teacher layoffs when schools reopen.

The approximately $70 billion measure is anchored by President Barack Obama's $30 billion request for the troop surge in Afghanistan and contains money for disaster aid accounts, foreign aid and disability benefits for Vietnam veterans exposed to Agent Orange.

The bill's release late Tuesday night was the surest signal yet that House leaders are committed to passing it this week, despite great resistance among many Democratic lawmakers and deepening anxiety over the Afghanistan war effort among Obama allies such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

The Senate passed an almost $60 billion version of the bill last month. Successful action by the House would send the measure into negotiations aimed at producing a final measure next month for Obama's signature.

The difficulty in passing the bill in the House is magnified by disagreement between Republicans supportive of the war — who insist the measure be "clean" of unrelated spending — and Democrats who want funding for the unpopular war to carry unrelated party priorities. Republicans are threatening to withhold support for the overall package if Democratic add-ons are included.

From reading that, it becomes overwhelmingly apparent that the only way a liberal democrat can become interested in funding our troops at war? Is if there is some pork barrel spending attached concerning favored projects. Enter one 10 billion addition to "prevent teacher layoffs" (a union payback by democrats.)

One thing for sure, you can't account for that 'deepening anxiety' that speaker Pelosi seems to have over the war in Afghanistan. But then again? All you have to do to get that piece of dry toast legislation past her palate? Is to grease it up with some pork pate and some liberal democrat congressional "earmarks" (AKA liberal caviar)..

Do that? And the old gal will unhinge that jaw like a python and swallow just about anything.

Shear arrogance and idiocy in a public official

Watch this California congressman at a town hall meeting.

Pete Stark is arrogant and flippant from the very beginning of this tape. Being sarcastic to his audience and insulting to those present who are supportive of securing our borders.

This man is a disgrace to his office and insulting to his constituents.

I sincerely hope that the voters of his district are aware of this man's arrogance and ignorance when they go to the polls this November. With people like this in congress and the senate, is it any wonder that this nation is in decline and our borders are wide open gateways to criminals.

This man should be impeached and removed from office before November.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

More smoke and mirrors from the administration on securing the border

Obama to send 1200 National Guard troops to the border.

The Texas and Arizona governors criticized the Obama administration's border security plans Monday, saying not enough National Guard troops are being deployed to their states.

"What we heard wasn't anything what we hoped to hear," Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer told reporters after a 90-minute briefing by federal officials sent by President Obama.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a Republican like Brewer, said the deployment to his state was "insufficient to meet the needs of securing the Texas-Mexico border."

A White House statement said plans to deploy 1,200 additional National Guard soldiers along the U.S.-Mexico border would "complement the unprecedented resources and additional efforts already devoted by this administration to securing the Southwest border."

I am always antennae up and all ears any time my government gives me figures to support their position on anything. So here we have 1200 National Guard troops being deployed to our border with Mexico by president Obama? And that represents what? "1.6 troopers per mile of the 1969 mile border." Yep, that ought to do it Barack. So how you gonna spread these assets?

Oh! I see now.....

Arizona would get 524 National Guard troops, Texas would get 250, California 224 and New Mexico 72, officials said. Another 130 would be at a national liaison office

Wow.....I'm impressed. That certainly ought to do it. I mean at least until we can get more civilians trained to take their place. Right? And I wonder? What is the numeric value of civilian Border Patrol officers to their military NG equivalency? Two to one? One to one? Or are we gonna be talking fractions of people?

Jan Brewer and the governor of Texas are right, this is insufficient and a pitiful response to the problem by this white house. But something that is overlooked, at least in my opinion, is who and where these resources are coming from.

The article says that Obama is deploying 1200 "National Guard" troops. Excuse me? But the National Guard is the home guard. They are immediately answerable to the people of their state and their governor. So why is Jan Brewer or Rick Perry standing by and allowing Obama to deploy them and then bitching about it?

The reality is, Brewer and Perry should have already deployed their own NG forces to their borders and told the president that those troops would remain there until Washington figured out a way to secure the border. If Obama should be sending anything to the border right now, it should be 'regular Army' troops and not NG units.

Here is where the problem and the reality lies IMO. Jan Brewer has rightfully chastised this president for not doing his job and not securing the borders. But she has failed to do her part IMO, by not already placing her NG on her border. There are 8000 members of the Arizona Army NG and another 19,000 over in Texas.

Both of these states have deployed at least half of their NG resources to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Which IMO? Means it's long since past time for some reciprocating from the US Army when it comes to defending our own damn borders. Screw defending the borders of Afghanistan. We have our own problems here and now.

Some people say that we have to fight terrorism in Afghanistan to prevent having to fight it on our own soil. I wish someone would explain to me how that works when every day our borders are leaking like sieves and allowing not only illegal Mexicans but hundreds if not thousands of terrorists into this country unchecked and unabated.

The time has come for the governors of these border states and the other states to stand up and put a stop to this nonsense.The time has come for the American people to say enough is enough. And personally? Waiting until the November elections is just a cop out.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Big Sis says it's as good as it's gonna get.

So what happens when you admit publicly that you cannot do your job and you further admit that the job is just too big for you?

Let's see what "Big Sis" Janet Napolitano says about it.

Excerpts from the audio interview

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, whose agency is charged with securing America’s borders, told an audience in Washington, D.C., in reference to the U.S.-Mexico border, “You’re never going to totally seal that border.”
And there's more.......

When asked if she could give a timeline on when the border would be secured, Napolitano said, “The plain fact of the matter is the border is as secure now as it has ever been, but we know we can always do more. And that will always be the case.

“It’s a big border,” she said. “It’s 1,960 miles across that Southwest border. It’s some of the roughest, toughest geographical terrain in the world across that border. And so, the notion that you’re going to seal that border somehow is something that anybody who’s been involved in the actual doing of law enforcement--the front office work or the front line work of the law enforcement--would say, ‘You’re never going to totally seal that border.’”

Bill says we 'could' blow it up (watch the master at work)

Regardless of what you think of the man, there is no taking away from the fact that he is a master of the artistry of speaking to the common man.

Watch and listen as he weaves the tapestry and lays out the realities and a plan (provided anyone is listening?) And don't kid yourself or be fooled by that false representation of his supposed lack of knowledge on the spill or how to affect a solution. The man knows what is going on and what should be being done to fix it. And he is doing his best to gently nudge the current president into finding the acorn that the blind squirrel in the White House keeps searching for.

I have to give credit where credit is due.

What changed at the G20?

If anyone was expecting earth shattering news on the global economy or manufacturing or jobs to come out of this years G20 meeting, then they were sorely surprised and disappointed. The anarchist turned up in force in Toronto this weekend, while the Canadians issued a collective gasp and categorically refused to claim these hellions as being true Canadians, but not much else happened. So what were the real byproducts of this much lauded G20 meeting after all was said and done.

In my estimation, the true seismic shift and revelation came from none other that president Obama and it had little to do with global economic policy. The seismic shift came on Afghanistan policy. Where Obama was able to get the leaders of France, Germany and Britain and other G20 nations to agree to a five year extension of NATO forces in Afghanistan.

On the one hand that may seem to some like a long term commitment to the war and a policy change, but it's not. To me it speaks more to this president trying to double down and play a pat hand through the remainder of his presidency as it concerns Islamic terror and the middle east.

Make no mistake neither Obama or his administration are willing to admit that there is a war on terror, but they cannot deny that Afghanistan is simply not something that can be easily walked away from. Obama promised to be withdrawing troops there by next summer, but now he has been persuaded to look at a five year game plan and he has convinced Sarkozy, Merkel, Cameron and others that they too need to invest in the long term plan and stick with him on this. (at least for a while.)

While many may cheer and shout and see this as the I told you so moment, of his presidency, the reality is there hasn't really been any "Kodak moment" of clarity for this president as it concerns Afghanistan. He may have replaced Gen. McChrystal for being too frank with the media and trash talking the administration, but nothing has changed as far as how he intends to pursue the war. If it has? Then Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Mullen and Sec/Def Gates must not have  gotten the memo. As they have already gone on record as saying that the president's Afghan policy will not change under Gen. Petraeus.

So it appears that just as with Guantanamo (and the best laid plans of hope and change,) as it concerns Afghanistan, Obama has stepped in and punched another 'tar baby' and doesn't rightly know how to get himself unstuck.

In either event, the big news to come out of this G20 meeting IMO, is nothing less than the revelation that the president has once again had to concede that his socialist vision for ending the war and bringing all the treasure home to be squandered better on the home front, just don't seem to be working out as planned.

Which leaves the question unanswered, just how much longer will this nation suffer the fools of hope and change as promised by this president, while watching both their futures and their children's futures be wasted on the alter of egalitarian fallacy, empty lies and false promises.

I guess we will all know in the next couple of years.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

This just in! News Flash! "No plans for change in Afganistan"

So, you actually thought that General Petraeus was going to be able to make some changes in Afghanistan right? You actually bought into the media hype of what a brilliant decision it was for the president picking him right?  You thought the rules of engagement that are getting our troops killed were going to be rescinded right?
Guess again. Ain't gonna happen. And if Petraeus bucks the first time on any of it? They will fire him too.

US to Karzai: New general won't alter Afghan plan

America's top military officer assured President Hamid Karzai on Saturday that newly chosen NATO commander Gen. David Petraeus would pursue the policies of his ousted predecessor, whom the Afghan leader warmly praised for reducing civilian casualties.

Karzai's emphasis on preventing civilian deaths and injuries could make it difficult for NATO to relax rules of fighting that some U.S. troops say give the battlefield advantage to the Taliban. For now, however, no changes have been proposed, said a spokesman for visiting Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Jan Brewer tells it like it is

It's about time that we are seeing some reality by an elected official concerning the war on our borders. And make no mistake, it is a war. The enemy, an army of 12 million illegal aliens has already landed on our shores and they presently claim American territory more than 80 miles deep into this country.

Something has to be done and done soon.

I hope that more people and more states will come together to support governor Jan Brewer and the state of Arizona. More states need to file suit against Barack Obama and the federal government. And they need to do it first by sending their own national guard troops to the Arizona border IMO.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

No......really Joe, it's no big deal

No....really Joe, it's not a big F-ing deal. Not a problem. No big F-ing deal buddy. Just a slip of the tongue by one of the little people. So it's not a big F-ing deal Joe.

Friday, June 25, 2010

The passing of a warrior

 The Patriot Guard Riders lead a funeral procession for Lakota code talker Clarence Wolf Guts on Tuesday, June 22, 2010, into the Black Hills National Cemetery. Wolf Guts was the last living Oglala Lakota code talker. (Ryan Soderlin/Journal staff)

Oglala Lakota code talker Clarence Wolf Guts laid to rest

STURGIS -- Three rifle volleys echoed through the Hills Tuesday afternoon, bidding farewell to the nation’s last Oglala Lakota code talker.
Clarence Wolf Guts, an 86-year-old World War II veteran, was laid to rest in the Black Hills National Cemetery with the Lord’s Prayer and drum beat resonating inside the rock rotunda.
A procession of 30 vehicles -- including one white Chevy Impala with the sign “We love you Grandpa Clarence, forever in our heart.” -- followed a white van that carried Wolf Guts from a traditional Lakota ceremony in Wanblee to Sturgis. A crowd of over 60 traveled to pay their respects to the war hero.
“I knew he was an important man to people because of his activities in the Army, but I didn’t know this many people had so much respect for him,” said Don Doyle, Wolf Guts’ only son. “I’m very proud of him, and I’m very grateful to them coming all the way here to pay respects to my father.”
A line of American flags held by Patriot Guard Riders, volunteer veterans from North and South Dakota, waved above Wolf Guts’ casket as it entered the rotunda followed by his family. The sound of a bugle echoed throughout the cemetery as taps was played by a member of The Retired Enlisted Association of Rapid City.
Gov. Mike Rounds had asked that flags in the state be flown at half-staff Tuesday to honor Wolf Guts. Wolf Guts was one of 11 Lakota, Nakota and Dakota code talkers from South Dakota who aided the war effort by transmitting communications in their native language, which the Germans and the Japanese could not translate.
Donald E. Loudner, national commander of the National American Indian Veterans organization, had taken Wolf Guts to the World War II Memorial in Washington and lobbied congressmen to honor the code talkers.
“He’s a very unselfish hero, always complimenting somebody else,” Loudner said. “He always said to me ‘I never did anything great, I was just one of a team.’”
Oglala Sioux Tribe President Theresa Two Bulls first met Wolf Guts after the tribal council honored him for his contributions. She said the passing of Wolf Guts is sad but the nation has to remember what he represented and what he did for the country.
“It’s because of people like him that we get to live in peace, and people should remember that and honor them with respect,” Two Bulls said.
This week has been named Clarence Wolf Guts week by the Rosebud and Pine Ridge reservations.
As friends and families left the rotunda after the service, the family took Wolf Guts over the hill to say their last goodbyes. With a hawk flying overhead, Doyle knew everything was going to be alright. The spirits came to lift up his father and take him away.
“I was sad at first, but when I saw that the spirit came out. It was a very good sign,” Doyle said. “When we all saw that, we knew he was OK.”

Is David the Man? Apparently not.....

Petraeus to Modify Afghanistan Rules of Engagement, Source Says

A military source close to Gen. David Petraeus says one of the first things the general will do when he takes over in Afghanistan is to modify the controversial rules of engagement to make it easier for U.S. troops to engage in combat with the enemy. Troops on the ground and some military commanders have said the strict rules -- aimed at preventing civilian casualties -- have effectively forced the troops to fight with one hand tied behind their backs.

At a news conference at the Pentagon Thursday, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen said Petraeus will have the flexibility to make tactical changes. But he said that does necessarily mean changes will be made. President Obama said Wednesday after he accepted Gen. Stanley McChrystal' resignation in the wake of a magazine article in which he and his staff were critical of the administration that the change-up does not represent a shift in war strategy. The issue is likely to be front and center in Senate confirmation hearings for Petraeus next week.

If I read that piece correctly? Then the question has to be asked by the reader....."what did Admiral Mullen say concerning Gen. Petraeus command authority?" To me? It sounds an awful lot like Mullen said that the general (Petraeus) can make tactical decisions all he wants to. Of course that doesn't necessarily mean that any changes will be made.

In other words, you can do anything that you want to general, just as long as you run it by the joint chiefs and the white house first and they approve of it. Other than that though, be careful little army man, or else you will meet the same fate as your predecessor.

That's right. Stanley McChrystal probably thought that he was going to have some flexibility in his new command in Afghanistan. And apparently he is yet to learn that the only flexibility that he will have in the new assignment, will be to regularly be bent over by this administration and afterward left with the discretion to follow their orders or else.

So Gen. Petraeus believes that he is actually going to be a theater commander who will be allowed to do things differently from his predecessor? And he actually believes that this white house is going to let him change the rules of engagement in Afghanistan? The same rules of engagement that they have directed to be implemented in Afghanistan?

Don't be silly general. Now be a good little army man general and do as you are told. Follow the orders of these civilians who revel in their authority to command and control the American military. Or else be prepared to be summoned to the throne room and fired and disgraced just like McChrystal was.

Oh....and one more thing. Be prepared to willingly suspend disbelief on anything that you are prepared to offer in rebuttal to their version of the way things are going to be.

Something's not 'Kosher' with Kagan

Who knows you better than your own people? And when your own people tell the president that they wish that he had chosen another  minority for his Supreme Court pick? What does that say about the nominee?

In this instance, it says that a good many Jews across America, don't want to be blamed with this woman's mistakes. And they realize with a certainty that if she is confirmed, there will be a backlash against Jews in America as a result of her idiocy on the bench.

This piece speaks volumes......

Jewish Clergy Group: Elena Kagan Isn't ‘Kosher’ to Serve on Supreme Court

Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan is “not kosher” -- meaning she is not fit to serve on the court -- according to more than 850 Orthodox members of the Rabbinical Alliance of America. That's the term the rabbis used about Kagan in a press release issued Thursday, saying "Elena Kagan is not kosher. She is not fit to sit on this Court -- or any court."

Rabbi Yehuda Levin, spokesman for the alliance, told on Thursday that "a great deal has been made about the fact that she would be the second Jewish woman on the court, and we want to signal to people across the country that we take no pride in this.”

Levin said most people are happy when "one of their own" is nominated to such a high position. But, he added, "We feel that Elena Kagan turns traditional Judaism on its head – from a concept of a nation of priests and holy people, she is turning it into, ‘Let’s homosexualize every segment of society. And by the way, partial-birth babies have no right to be delivered.’"

In a statement issued Thursday, the rabbinical alliance called on the Senate Judiciary Committee to refuse to confirm Kagan to succeed the outgoing Justice John Paul Stevens.

“It is clear from Ms. Kagan's record on issues such as abortion-on-demand, partial-birth-abortion, the radical homosexual and lesbian agenda, the "supremacy" of the anti-family panoply over religious liberties of biblical adherents, et. al., that she will function as a flame-throwing radical, hastening society's already steep decline into Sodom and Gomorrah,” the rabbis said in the statement.

Levin told that his fellow rabbis – and hundreds of thousands of Orthodox and traditional Jews – are puzzled at the president’s choice of Kagan.

“What exactly was Obama thinking, President Obama thinking, when he nominated Kagan? Because eventually, down the road, someone -- or some group -- is going to ‘take the hit’ for the crazy decisions that Kagan is bound to make. So we would have much preferred if President Obama had given this ‘distinction’ to another minority group, instead of singling out the Jews.”

Barring a rebuff from the Senate Judiciary Committee, Levin told that the rabbis want someone in the Senate to launch a filibuster to stop Kagan's nomination from coming to a vote.

‘We’re waiting for the more courageous, decent senators – whether it’s a (Sen.) Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) or a (Sen.) Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) or a (Sen.) Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) – we’re looking for them to stand up and filibuster this embarrassing endangerment of a nomination,” Levin said.

Confirmation hearings for Kagan begin Monday at the Senate Judiciary Committee. Neither Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) nor  Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) -- both members of the committee, known Kagan supporters and top Jewish members of the Senate -- responded to calls for comment on this story. 

A sweeping financial overhaul? Or the last nail in our coffins.....

sweeping financial overhaul

Key House and Senate lawmakers agreed on far-reaching new financial rules early Friday after weeks of division, delay and frantic last-minute deal making. The dawn compromise set up a potential vote in both houses of Congress next week that could send the landmark legislation to President Obama by July 4.

Lawmakers pulled an all-nighter, wrapping up their work at 5:39 a.m. -- more than 20 messy, mind-numbing, exhaustive hours after they began Thursday morning.

"It's a great moment. I'm proud to have been here," said a teary-eyed Sen. Christopher J. Dodd (D-Conn.), who as chairman of the Senate Banking Committee led the effort in the Senate.

It is just me? Or does all this seem to be moving a bit too fast of late? It seems to me that this president is going for the hat trick. He is proceeding on three fronts. Cap and trade (via the gulf crisis), immigration via his placement of leadership inside ICE and now this as it applies to the broad spectrum of banking and the economy. In the end, the government comes out more powerful and you and I end up wondering what happened.

Chris Dodd said it best when he remarked........

"No one will know until this is actually in place how it works. But we believe we've done something that has been needed for a long time. It took a crisis to bring us to the point where we could actually get this job done."

Any of that sound familiar? Seems Madam Nancy gave us the same version on health care as I recall. "we need to pass this so everyone can see what's in it."

Here we go again or as Yogi Berra would say, "It's Deja Vu all over again."

When are the American people going to wake up to what is taking place? When the camp doors slam behind them?

This nation and our values and principles and laws are under siege and all our media can do is gloat over the supposed brilliant leadership of this president, while simultaneously ignoring ever poll and finger on the pulse reading of Americans that exist.

George Orwell is somewhere shaking his head and smiling and muttering I told you so. Meanwhile Jefferson and Payne and the the rest are spinning in their graves.

How much time do we have left as a nation of free people? Before this regime steps up and makes the final grab. As was done in Germany in the 1930's? No one is watching, no one seems to care.

The government would have broad new powers to seize and wind down large, failing financial firms and to oversee the $600-trillion derivatives market. In addition, a council of regulators, headed by the Treasury secretary, would monitor the financial landscape for potential systemic risks.

Absolute control is what they are talking about having....

And the wizard behind the curtain on this quantum shift in governmental power?

"The finish line is in sight. The bill that has emerged from conference is strong," Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner said in a statement early Friday. "It will offer families the protections they deserve, help safeguard their financial security and give the businesses of American access to the credit they need to expand and innovate."

Slowly slowly catchy monkey.......

Obama ices the immigration debate

Obama's pick for ICE

The Obama administration has tapped an outspoken critic of immigration enforcement on the local level to oversee and promote partnerships between federal and local officials.

Harold Hurtt, a former police chief in Houston and Phoenix, has been hired as the director for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Office of State and Local Coordination. Starting July 6, Hurtt will supervise outreach and communication between ICE, local law enforcement agencies, tribal leaders and representatives

While America's attention was otherwise diverted by the drama over Gen. McChrystals timely departure this week, the president was proceeding below the radar with more of his socialist plan to 'fundamentally change this country.'

Some may remember the Obama promise to fundamentally change this country if he was elected. Well it looks like he is right on schedule and hell bent to accomplish that which he promised.Especially as it concerns illegal; immigration

The appointment of Harold Hurtt to a key position in Immigration and customs enforcement, speaks volumes as to where this president's mind set is on the issue of illegal immigration. Earlier this week, there were public denials by the White House concerning the private conversation that took place in the Oval office between Obama and Senator Kyl.

The White House denied that the president was holding border safety hostage to his desire to get his version of supposed 'comprehensive immigration legislation' through congress as Kyl reported to his constituents. Well all that needs to be done is for the average person to look at what this president is doing and isn't doing concerning our borders and illegal immigrants and they will realize the truth of what is actually happening.

Harold Hurtt is a supporter of 'sanctuary cities.' Simply stated, he supports illegals being left alone and allowed to live unfettered in cities around the country.  Harold Hurtt doesn't care if they are illegal criminals or not. And this is the man that the president obviously wants in this key policy position at ICE.

Harold Hurtt is the type of individual who is on record as stating that he is sympathetic to criminals and who will willingly turn his back on enforcing the law as it concerns immigration. And the president has now appointed this man to one of the highest profile positions in immigration customs and enforcement!

So like the man said, he plans to fundamentally change this country America.....and he is doing it.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Milton Friedman takes Phil Donahue to school

Let's take the "way back" machine and go back about thirty years while Milton Friedman takes Phil Donahue to class on capitalism versus socialism. Pay particular attention to how Donahue visibly winces and remains almost in pain throughout the segment, as Friedman systematically holds up the truths of capitalism in comparison to the lies of socialism and communism.

Thirty years have passed since that interview and Phil Donahue remains an adamant socialist and a Barack Obama supporter. Too bad for Phil that he peaked back in the 80s and he doesn't have a public forum to spew his socialism from anymore on a daily basis.

A Miscreant Moron

If no other Georgia representative gets replaced this year, I sincerely hope that this miscreant moron Hank Johnson does.

Where do they find these people in the 4th district of Georgia? This is Cynthia McKinney's old district. Must be something in the water.

This is the same idiot that said Guam would tip over if we stationed more marines there.

"Rory" Drops his namesake

So you don't think that Harry Reid is in trouble in Nevada? Well....when his son campaigns for governor of Nevada by dropping the family name from his own campaign ad?

That should tell you something.

As in "I'm not asking you to vote for a "Reid".....I'm asking you to vote for "Rory."

Which begs the question, I wonder if Nancy Pelosi will campaign under her maiden name next go round.

The morning after

It's the morning after the president's big military shake up and dismissal of General Stanley McChrystal. So what has changed? I watched as many Americans did yesterday, as the president outlined his reasons for accepting Gen. McChrystal's resignation. And if anyone believes that was a resignation, then they probably also believe that Barack Obama is doing everything that he possibly can to stop the oil spill in the gulf.

General McChrystal didn't resign, he was fired. Just like his predecessor Gen. McKiernan was fired a year ago to make room for McChrystal. And the evidence of that reality was literally dripping from Obama's speech about the change in command yesterday if anyone was listening.

Yes, the president gave the dying warrior his due on the alter of public announcement, but Obama also made it implicitly clear that he doesn't intend to tolerate anymore back biting and infighting in his regime from here on out. Which leads me to wonder if he won't at some point re-institute firing squads. That may be a closer reality than many people are willing to admit right now.

Obama wasn't humiliated by the general's remarks, but he was angered by the fact that once again McChrystal had stepped outside of the little box he was being kept in. And in doing so, he revealed the cracks in the foundation of this administration that are leading to a crumbling end to the war in Afghanistan and a loss.

Stanley McChrystal wasn't sent to Afghanistan to win a war, he was sent there to be a caretaker while this president lost it. And now the general has lost his career as a result of his own foolish decision to ever take the command.

Stanley McChrystal would have been far better served to simply refuse the command last year. Certainly that would have eliminated all hopes of his ever attaining his fourth star and the rank of general, but there are far worse things in life than not being a four star general. And as of this morning, I believe Gen. McChrystal is beginning to see those things for what they truly are.

Setting aside the platitudes that the president offered concerning Gen. McChrystal as he fired him, the reality this morning is quite different from the landscape painted by the president yesterday.

General McChrystal was ordered to Washington 'immediately' He apparently had little time to do much more than pack an overnight bag and hop a military airlift command jet back to Washington. And his staff apparently fared no better. They were summoned along with him, probably to be given their separate lashing at the hands of Pentagon brass, while the president ordered McChrystal to walk the plank.

And the news reports this morning are, that neither the general or his staff will be allowed to return to Afghanistan. Not even to pack up their personal effects. Those are already being packed for shipment as the sun rose this morning over the Potomac.

So I would imagine, there is at least a brigadier  and a colonel or two and a few majors, who are looking for a safe landing somewhere in the army this morning. They will try and recoup what is left of their careers as far as their pensions are concerned, but Gen. McChrystal is finished. There will be no change of command ceremony, no striking the colors or a parade to honor his thirty four years of service in uniform.

As another once great general one lamented, after having himself been unceremoniously hoisted on is own petard......"old soldiers never die....they simply fade away."

And Stanley McChrystal will now fade away. 

But the problems in Afghanistan and the problems that this nation faces will not simply fade away. And the new general in charge will fair no better. Many have attempted to make the comparison between Obama and Lincoln. I myself have never been fooled by the attempts at metaphorical comparison of the two, but I now see an irony coming into focus.

President Lincoln spent the first three years of his presidency trying to find a general who would fight and take the war to the enemy. I believe that president Obama is well on his way to investing an equal amount of time trying to find a general willing to lose the war in Afghanistan.

Therefore, that is the main reason why I don't believe Gen. McChrystal's successor will fair any better. As I don't believe that Gen. Petraeus is that general either.

The majority of Americans still don't get it

The majority of Americans still don't get it, but we are getting close.

48% See Government Today As A Threat to Individual Rights

Nearly half of American Adults see the government today as a threat to individual rights rather than a protector of those rights.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 48% of Adults see the government today as a threat to rights. Thirty-seven percent (37%) hold the opposite view. Fifteen percent (15%) are undecided.

That's right....according to the prestigious Rasmussen Report, not quite half of Americans see their government as a threat to their individual rights. (48%) And I am of the opinion that the 37% who disagree and don't feel that their government is a threat to their individual rights, account for the lion's share of democrats in this country. Liberals will never accept the fact that individual rights are important, as in their opinion the only important rights are government rights.

But at least the tide is turning and the pendulum is beginning to swing back in the direction of reality. And that reality is that as each day passes under the Obama regime, more and more individual rights are attacked and taken away by this government. The question is, do we have time to save ourselves between now and the 2012 election.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

It's time to dissolve the bands

"When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation."

It's been a long time since those words were first penned, but the relevancy of their urgency remain as true and clear as the claret moment of oppression that inspired them over two hundred years ago. Of late I have been apprised by my media, that there are those who have placed warnings on those words and others uttered and penned by our founding fathers, but all the secular wailing in creation changes not a jot of truth found in those words and later on in our constitution.

Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country. And this is not a drill nor some dexterity test for typing. There is a deadly serious and earnest reality that is closing in around this nation. A smothering cloak as never before seen.

Some now call it the rise of socialism and in large part that is true, but this is not the first wave or the beginnings of the war against America or her citizens. This war has been being waged all along and it dates back one hundred ad fifty years and before. Our founding fathers knew first hand what oppression was and they set about to shake off the coils of an ever oppressive government to become free men and to establish a nation that could be preserved by its people, independently in the face of tyranny

Since then, our descendants fought the bloodiest war in the history of this nation, in order to attempt to remain free and to attempt to hold onto the freedoms that had been wrestled away from tyranny at the cost of blood during our revolution. And sadly, that war over states rights was lost.

Today we find ourselves every bit as oppressed by government and far more so that our forefathers ever dreams up. We as a nation are paralyzed by an omnipresent federal government that refuses to allow for individual freedom and daily takes away more and more of the few rights that we do have left under the constitution. And each time and as with all tyranny, we are told that it is for our own protection and our own good.

There are endless examples of the creeping tyranny that surrounds us, but just of late what is occurring in the Gulf of Mexico stands out as the true reality of what we are all faced with. The state of Louisiana has twice now been thwarted by agencies of the federal government, from protecting their own lands and beaches and property from the devastation of the Gulf oil spill.

Having waited for weeks for the federal government to do something to intercede to protect the state from the oil that is now spewing into the gulf and has been for months, the federal government only action has been to intervene and stop Louisiana from deploying barges to suck up the oil. And now they have intervened and stopped the state from building sand berms to attempt to keep the oil at bay.

The immediate question might rightfully be asked, "what has the federal government done to protect Louisiana?" But everyone already knows the answer to that rhetorical question. "Nothing!" And so goes the same with the states that border Mexico and ultimately with the pleas of an entire nation in majority that seeks to have the federal government do their jobs and protect our borders from the continuing invasion of illegal criminals.

As I type, the state of Arizona is literally under siege and an invaded section of American territory. And not only has the federal government refused to act to protect the citizens of Arizona, they have (under the guidance of the president) instituted law suits against a sovereign US state for the crime of attempting to protect themselves from that which the federal government refuses to protect them from. And this administration has encouraged the government of the invaders from Mexico to do the same!

In my own memory and life time, I have seen hundreds of similar actions by the federal government. Actions where individuals and states were punished with law suits and denial of federal funding for failing to dance to the tunes played and the directives demanded by Washington. Far too many instances to relate, but the reality of their effect on this nation remains the same. And the reality of Americans standing idly by while an omnipresent federal government gobbles up more and more individual and states rights, while punishing all who would object and stand up against the heresy is appalling.

The founding fathers feared an omnipresent government and the potential for any one individual or group of individuals from rising to the point of power and control, as to impose their will over the majority of Americans. The founding fathers feared those who might one day declare themselves king and rule by caveat. Little did they realize that this nation would one day evolve into a twisted entity of government, where by cabinet secretaries could wield more power than a president or congress.

Little did they realize that the guardians of the gates of freedom, those individuals empowered and entrusted with protecting this nation's freedoms by the first amendment to the constitution, would one day turn upon this nation and do all in their power to circumvent our freedoms in collusion with an oppressive government. But both of these realities have now come to pass.

There are many who seek the down fall of this nation. And we presently have an administration that many rightfully are calling a regime. A regime that allows its cabinet secretaries to write policy and enact laws for this nation and to in fact over step and trump federal judges who might otherwise attempt to utilize the checks and balances that the founding fathers gave us to protect us from executive caveats.

This nation is in a pitiful state of affairs and we are at the crossroads of either the fall or preservation of our freedom in my opinion. Our forefathers fought two wars to prevent what is happening to the people of this country today. The first war was fought for our independence from the tyranny of English monarchy. The last was fought over the very issues of which I am speaking today.

It as been taught in the classrooms of this nation for several generations now, that the civil war was fought over slavery. That is a lie and it has always been a lie. The civil war was fought first and foremost over states rights and the ability of the people to resist the omnipresent and stifling controls of a federal government whose purpose had become power to the few as opposed to the many.

As history shows, our southern ancestors lost that war. And as a result they paid a terrible price immediately and for decades afterward. But the true costs and price to be paid as a result of the loss, didn't come until the next century, when America was subjugated and placed completely under the heel of the whims of Washington and the socialist progressive governments that have existed since the 1920's.

Again, there are countless examples and far too many to even attempt to recall in this brief writing, but the students of history know of what I am referring. Just as they know that the old axiom truthfully reads. "history is written by the victors."

Today in America, we continue down a dark path toward oblivion. At a time when our government should be fulfilling it's obligation to protect this nation, it is further subjugating it's citizens to the influences and controls of a secular egalitarian reality that strives to destroy this nation and replace it with a secular humanist society of socialism and a drone existence.

Our fore fathers fought to both create and preserve this nation and our freedoms and today? We sit idly like sheep awaiting the slaughter as everything that should be important to us, is taken away and replaced with more government regulation of our lives. Too afraid and too cowed to stand up for ourselves or our neighbors. To afraid to assert and demand that which we know is right and that which we know as a nation we are entitled to. And the band plays on and each day one more brick is placed in the wall and we as a people are further bricked in and relegated to live dependent upon that omnipresent federal government.

I say that it's time to re-think the partnership and to once again dissolve the bands. I say that it is time for Americans to stand up and to stand against those who would steal our freedoms and collude with our enemies to deprive us as a nation and as individuals. The time has come when we as Americans should stand and tell the federal government not no.....but "Hell No!" That we aren't going to take it any more. We aren't going to continue to allow lunacy and heresy to prevail as either official policy or law in this land.

Our country has been invaded. The citizens of Arizona need help. The citizens of the other states should be calling upon their governor's to send their own national guard units to the borders to help our neighbors in Arizona and the federal government be damned! If enough Americans would simply stand united? These things could be accomplished and this country could be re-taken and freedom re-established!

The same is true with Louisiana. The other states should be sending their aid to Louisiana and all the gulf states in the face of this travesty of response by our federal government. And as states, we should refuse to pay taxes to a government that fails to abide by the constitutionally mandated partnership, bonds and requirements that the federal government provide protection to the citizens of the United States.

If the federal government is not united in it's ability or desire to provide for the safety and well being of the member states? Then the member states should abandon that government in the same fashion that it has abandoned them. The states should form a new government if need be, or simply become a confederacy of states as was once attempted by those who saw the dangers of the loss of states rights and an out of control federal government drunk with power.

Will these things I speak of come to pass on their own? I seriously doubt it. There will be much fire and much pain and much pestilence before the people who remain in this country, will once again stand and declare themselves free. And when they finally do, there will be those who will remember. They will be there to stand testament to what occurred and why and they will give testimony to the never ending need for vigilance.

As Jefferson once so rightfully said......

"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. ... God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion; what country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms." -- Thomas Jefferson to William Stephens Smith, 1787

It took eighty four years the first time and it has been one hundred and fifty years since the last time. The tree of liberty is parched and those who know and understand such things know why.And as the document says.......
"But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security"

Another Alexander Haig moment?

Interior Secretary Salazar Seeks to Reimpose Drilling Moratorium

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says he will issue a new order imposing a moratorium on deepwater oil drilling after a federal judge struck down the existing one.

Salazar said in a statement Tuesday that the new order will contain additional information making clear why the six-month drilling pause was necessary in the aftermath of the Gulf oil spill. The judge in New Orleans who struck down the moratorium earlier Tuesday complained there was insufficient justification for it.

"The decision to impose a moratorium on deepwater drilling was and is the right decision," Salazar said, adding that the moratorium is needed to protect the communities and the environment of the Gulf Coast that the Justice Department is appealing Tuesday's court ruling.

"We see clear evidence every day, as oil spills from BP's well, of the need for a pause on deepwater drilling," Salazar continued. "That evidence mounts as BP continues to be unable to stop its blowout, notwithstanding the huge efforts and help from the federal scientific team and most major oil companies operating in the Gulf of Mexico."

The only thing stranger to me than Salazars actions, is the fact that the president is allowing him to do it and comment directly in the press about it. For those who may remember, After the initial moratorium was issued, the scientist involved in the consultation came out a couple of weeks later and challenged the use of their names to support the decision.

In essence they said that the use of their names to support the president's conclusions was false and not what they recommended. At that time, Salazar had his first Alexander Haig moment, when he responded by telling the media that he had made the decision to impose the moratorium, only adding after the fact that the president had been involved in the decision.

Now? It appears Salazar is operating independently of the White House concerning this new moratorium order designed to circumvent the judges order on the first one. And apparently? President Obama is either completely consumed by his crisis with General McChrystal? Or he has simply ceded decision and policy making concerning the gulf and oil exploration to Secretary Salazar.

Either way, the actions of the White House this week speaks volumes to the amateurish and sophomoric realities of this presidency.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Jack Tapper's report nails the realities of this adminsitration.

First, Jack Tapper's report.........

White House Questions McChrystal's Judgment, Maturity

Gen. Stanley McChrystal may eat only one meal a day, but he better be ready for a big helping of crow tomorrow when he comes to the White House Situation Room.

"The purpose of calling him here is to see what in the world he was thinking," White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said at today's briefing, referring to the Rolling Stone story featuring the general and his aides bashing President Obama, Vice President Biden and others.

The president was "angry," after he read the Rolling Stone story, Gibbs said, calling the story "an enormous mistake in judgment."
"The magnitude and graveness of this mistake are profound," Gibbs said.

Asked about a passage in the story where a McChrystal aide describes the general as having been "pretty disappointed" after his first meeting with President Obama because the president "didn't seem very engaged," Gibbs said McChrystal will "have his attention tomorrow."

Gibbs just said parents of the more than 90,000 US troops in Afghaniatan need to be confident that the command structure -- meaning McChrystal -- is "capable and mature enough" for this mission.

Could McChrystal be fired?
"All options are on the table," Gibbs said, though the president believes the general should be given a chance to explain himself. Gibbs declined to say whether the general's job is safe, saying the public would know more after the meeting.

What is the president angriest about?
"We're distracting from an enormously important mission," Gibbs said.
- Jake Tapper

Now ask yourself. What commander in chief, allows his White House press secretary to engage in biting and back handed slaps at one of his command generals in view of the press? Particularly in view of the circumstances. Answer, this president's the "Chicago way."

And if there is ever needed any more clarity of realization as to what is going on in this administration and why, a once daily perusing of the quips of Robert Gibbs should suffice to set the tone of anyone's understanding.

IMO, several things are obvious in this report. First, that General McChrystal is out. Regardless of his apologies or explanations, the man never has demonstrated any command leadership capability IMO. And the laxity of his command which provided an atmosphere and ability of his staff to make biting remarks that he would have to answer for, clearly demonstrates one aspect of that reality.

The second thing that had become glaringly apparent to me since the general took over in Afghanistan, is that he has been more concerned with placating the Obama administration, than in either pressing the war to the enemy or looking after the safety and lives of those under his command.

And issuing patrol orders to soldiers directing them to always try to patrol areas where they believe there might be the least possibility of them having to 'defend' themselves with lethal force? Well that speaks volumes to me as to where this man's head is at.

And lastly, that this administration has openly tolerated the arrogance and biting divisiveness of Robert Gibbs, particularly as it concerns the manner in which he addresses Fox news and anyone else that this administration has gone on record not liking is despicable.

McChrystal needs to be brought back and fired IMO. But he should be fired for what he is actually guilty of. He should be fired for command incompetence and for having willfully placed his command in jeopardy via his ludicrous rules of engagement.

But General McChrystal won't be fired for any of that. Wat he will be fired for, is incurring the wrath of his his sophomoric president and his frat brother administration. And he will be fired and publicly humiliated and drummed out of the army.

And that is simply wrong. But then so much is wrong with this presidency and administration

McChrystal's real offense? This says it all.

McChrystals real offense.
"We should drop a bomb on this F-ing place!" Yeah, we should. We should have done it long ago. But we haven't and as long as Barack Hussein Obama is president, we never will.

There is a lot of uproar about Gen. Stanley’s McChrystal’s disrespectful comments about his civilian bosses in the Obama administration, and President Obama would be entirely justified in firing McChrystal for statements McChrystal and his subordinates made to Rolling Stone. Obama is a deeply flawed commander-in-chief who doesn’t want to be fighting a war on terror, but he is the commander-in-chief. He should have a general who will carry out his policies without public complaint until the voters can decide to change those policies.

But the bigger problem with McChrystal’s leadership has always been the general’s devotion to unreasonably restrictive rules of engagement that are resulting in the unnecessary deaths of American and coalition forces. We have had many, many accounts of the rules endangering Americans, and the Rolling Stone article provides more evidence. In the story, a soldier at Combat Outpost JFM who had earlier met with McChrystal was killed in a house that American officers had asked permission to destroy. From the article:
The night before the general is scheduled to visit Sgt. Arroyo’s platoon for the memorial, I arrive at Combat Outpost JFM to speak with the soldiers he had gone on patrol with. JFM is a small encampment, ringed by high blast walls and guard towers.
Almost all of the soldiers here have been on repeated combat tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan, and have seen some of the worst fighting of both wars. But they are especially angered by Ingram’s death. His commanders had repeatedly requested permission to tear down the house where Ingram was killed, noting that it was often used as a combat position by the Taliban. But due to McChrystal’s new restrictions to avoid upsetting civilians, the request had been denied. “These were abandoned houses,” fumes Staff Sgt. Kennith Hicks. “Nobody was coming back to live in them.”
One soldier shows me the list of new regulations the platoon was given. “Patrol only in areas that you are reasonably certain that you will not have to defend yourselves with lethal force,” the laminated card reads. For a soldier who has traveled halfway around the world to fight, that’s like telling a cop he should only patrol in areas where he knows he won’t have to make arrests. “Does that make any f–king sense?” Pfc. Jared Pautsch. “We should just drop a f–king bomb on this place. You sit and ask yourself: What are we doing here?”
The president will continue to ignore the realities of the enemy that we are fighting in global Islamic terrorism. And he will simply find some other Army general (dupe) to do his bidding. And his bidding right now is that America is not to win this war in Afghanistan. America is not allowed to do anything in the middle east, other than to expend our treasure and the blood of our children on foreign battlefields.
What more evidence is needed?

Mexican Gangs Maintain Permanent Lookout Bases in Hills of Arizona

Mexican drug cartels have set up shop on American soil, maintaining lookout bases in strategic locations in the hills of southern Arizona from which their scouts can monitor every move made by law enforcement officials, federal agents tell Fox News.
The scouts are supplied by drivers who bring them food, water, batteries for radios -- all the items they need to stay in the wilderness for a long time.
“To say that this area is out of control is an understatement," said an agent who patrols the area and asked not to be named. "We (federal border agents), as well as the Pima County Sheriff Office and the Bureau of Land Management, can attest to that.”
Much of the drug traffic originates in the Menagers Dam area, the Vekol Valley, Stanfield and around the Tohono O’odham Indian Reservation. It even follows a natural gas pipeline that runs from Mexico into Arizona.
In these areas, which are south and west of Tucson, sources said there are “cartel scouts galore” watching the movements of federal, state and local law enforcement, from the border all the way up to Interstate 8.
“Every night we’re getting beaten like a pinata at a birthday party by drug, alien smugglers," a second federal agent told Fox News by e-mail. "The danger is out there, with all the weapons being found coming northbound…. someone needs to know about this!”
The agents blame part of their plight on new policies from Washington, claiming it has put a majority of the U.S. agents on the border itself. One agent compared it to a short-yardage defense in football, explaining that once the smugglers and drug-runners break through the front line, they're home free.
“We are unable to work any traffic, because they have us forward deployed," the agent said. "We are unable to work the traffic coming out of the mountains. That traffic usually carries weapons and dope, too, again always using stolen vehicles.”
The Department of Homeland Security denies it has ordered any major change in operations or any sort of change in forward deployment.
“The Department of Homeland Security has dedicated unprecedented manpower, technology and infrastructure resources to the Southwest border over the course of the past 16 months," DHS spokesman Matt Chandler said. "Deployment of CBP/Border Patrol and ICE personnel to various locations throughout the Southwest border is based on actionable intelligence and operational need, not which elected official can yell the loudest.”

Mexican drug cartels are operating brazenly all over the desert southwest and apparently have been for several years. And all that our government can seem to do about it is pay lip service to the problem. While more and more Americans die and more and more of our economy is eaten away by the cancer that is the Mexican drug and human trafficking industry, absolutely less than nothing is being done to stop it..

What is it going to take? Americans getting so tired that they load up and head to the borders with their own weapons? Prepared to do battle with the enemies of this nation? Including those who are facilitating this travesty by allowing it to continue unabated?

IMO, those days are not too far in the distant future. The federal government in empowered to protect the people and the sovereignty of this nation and our elected officials and military and civilian police forces are sworn to that protection under constitutional oath. And every day that this travesty at our border is allowed to continue to exist, represents the fact that thousands of elected officials in this country have abdicated their responsibility as elected officials and have in fact become part of a criminal conspiracy to violate the borders and sovereignty of this nation.

This must stop. And if the people must take action on their own and independent of the sanctioned authorities who refuse to so? Then this is the precise mechanism that Jefferson and others spoke of when they gave us the constitution and the bill of rights and the right to bear arms. The constitution and our own property and sovereignty, is either ours to protect or it is ours to see trampled upon and destroyed and right now Americans and their constitutional rights are being trampled underneath the heels of egalitarian multiculturalism and its means of power via morally corrupted elected officials at the highest levels in this country.

Furious President summons Gen. to D.C.

The top commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, has been summoned to the White House to explain biting and unflattering remarks he made to a freelance writer about President Barack Obama and others in the Obama administration.

Well, it looks like the mainstream media stole my thunder once again. Back on June 17th, I penned a piece titled 'send in the clowns', only my piece dealt with the pitiful manner in which the gulf oil spill debacle has been handled. Good thing that I don't work for the president? Or I would be staring down the reality of being sacked much like Gen. McChrystal now is.

I can't say that I have sympathy for the man. After all, it's not like he suddenly grew a pair. He simply violated the supreme canon of presidential subservience and produced an efficacy that probably has suited his desires since the first week he took the job as commander in Afghanistan and realized that he was nothing more than the water boy for this president.

Make no mistake, I have never been an advocate or supporter of Gen, Stanley McCrystal. And a main reason that I haven't been, is that I realized from day one that his only roll in the ongoing drama of the dwindling war on terror in this administration, was to be Obama's policy yes man and lap dog in the region. Gen. McChrystal should have taken his lead from General Ray Odierno in Iraq, or Sec. of Defense Gates. Both of whom seem to understand their positions clearly in the Obama administration's circus.

McChrystal has done nothing in Afghanistan in my observation to contribute to the winning of that war. On the contrary, his actions and directives have if anything, further jeopardized our soldiers and marines unnecessarily. And all for the false and transparent worship of political correctness and secular egalitarianism. McChrystal's battle plan was simple IMO....

Let's place our troops in further unnecessary danger, by supposedly engaging in social approaches that are designed to win the hearts and mind of the enemy. Never having considered that for the most part, the hearts of the enemy and the people in Afghanistan, are sworn to the obedience and observance of a religion that is completely incompatible with western thinking on any level. While there minds remain mired in a seventh century reality that could not be changed incrementally if we stayed there another hundred years.

You don't win wars by winning the hearts and minds of zealots and those religiously committed to your death and their own. You win wars by bringing death and destruction to the door step of the enemy, on a level that is so unimaginable, as to cause those who survive to want to immediately sue for peace. Obviously these principles are no longer taught at the Army war college. Or are even discussed with the pinkie dipping class of tea and latte drinking generals that now stalk the halls of the Pentagon and Washington.

But I digress.......

McChrystal's debacle will be a flash on the screen over the course of this next week and he will be easily replaced with another who will hopefully find his rightful place in the drama politics of this presidency. And more Americans will die in Afghanistan as a result of this presidency and their loss will continue to be a heart felt pain and bewilderment to those who truly care about freedom and sacrifice.

Meanwhile, Did McChrystal really  say anything that thousands of others weren't thinking and don't recognize to be the facts? No, but that doesn't really matter does it.  The title of the article in Rolling Stone that got the general into hot water is "The Runaway General."

Personally? I believe the title of the piece should be "The General Who Ran Away."

Monday, June 21, 2010

Lessons of a"Tar Baby"

Anyone else ever notice how quickly the winds of journalism can shift? From the howl of a hurricane force squall, down to the almost undetectable mummer of a wisp of wind that brushes by so slightly, as to cause the question as to whether it even really happened at all.

Such seems to be the case these days as it concerns the gulf oil spill. The oil spill is still there and it continues to spew its noxious brew into the gulf daily, but we are hearing less and less news of it and even less of what is actually being done to stop it as each day passes. And the media is directly responsible for that placation of the American mind IMO. Their reporting has gone from the level of hurricane warning down to all but a collective murmur. And what they are reporting on the spill, centers more on the scientific aspects of the disaster than the emotional and economic realities that it is creating daily.

For the most part, the reporting of the spill now seems to center on the twenty billion that Obama strong armed out of BP (last week)
to go into escrow for the panhandle relief fund. That and the news of the Scandinavian born BP CEO, who was off yachting along the English coast over the past few days. While those on the gulf continued to languish in a no man's land of not knowing what will happen to them from one day to the next.

Mean while, the fact that our president decided to once again indulge himself in another round of golf on Saturday (round 39 of his administration for those counting) while the crisis continues to boil unabated, seems to have made only the most minimal notice on the breezes of mainstream media if at all.

Yet the oil has not been stopped. It continues to flow and now the main curiosity of America media seems not to be "if it's going to be stopped or when?" But rather how much oil continues to escape and whether the scientists involved in the estimations of the escaping oil, have been forth coming and honest in their evaluation of their reported figures from the beginning.

This disaster has turned into the ultimate political "catchy monkey..... shell game" of this century IMO. The Obama White House has spent the past two months trying to figure out how to parlay the crisis into a political victory for their socialist cap and trade and carbon taxation desires, while BP has tried to determine more so how to capture the oil as opposed to stopping it. While not really concerning themselves with the ultimate reality of what billions of gallons of oil will ultimately do to the Gulf of Mexico and the economy and lives of millions.

And somewhere in the middle of the corporate and political blame games and denials of responsibility, sits a nation held hostage by the goings on between BP and the government and those left in the lurch, not knowing from one day to the next how this is ultimately going to affect their local economy or their own personal lives for years and decades to come.

Make no mistake, 'Joe sixpack' (as the politicos like to refer to the average American) is becoming more and more anxious and more and more concerned about his future and that of his family over all of this waffling as each day passes.

As we speak, tar balls are beginning to roll onto the sugar white beaches of Navarro beach Florida and Destin and Panama City and points east all along the Florida panhandle. And as it stands? There appears to be little more than more finger pointing and pontificating from Washington as the oil continues to flow and the crisis deepens and more and more politicians and corporate leaders at BP try to distance themselves from all of it.

But what they are about to learn? Is that once you have been pulled into the gravity of a Tar Baby? It's not that easy at all to extricate one's self from the eventualities of the sticky mess. Perhaps Obama and the rest might invest some time in reading Uncle Remus tales and in particular, the travails of one Brer Rabbit and the Tar Baby.

Sometimes there is a lot to be learned from a lowly rabbit.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

SNAFU the new acronym for the Obama administration

Back in the day. Back when I was in the Marine Corps about forty years ago? We use to have acronyms for summing up communications into short and sweet identifiers that everyone could immediately relate to. No need for further conversation or explanation. One acronym would suffice to describe the entire situation.

One of the standards of that day was "SNAFU."

Simply stated...."Situation normal, all F'ed up." I'd say that about covers this presidency on a daily basis now.

While the oil continues to spill in the gulf? The CEO of BP was back home watching (his) yacht race yesterday off the coast of England. And that really angered a lot of Americans, especially those along the gulf according to the media. Meanwhile, our president was back at Andrews on the links with his buddies playing another 18 holes yesterday, while the "toil and trouble cauldron bubble" continues in the gulf. He even took VP Biden with him. Golfing with that guy has to be a hoot. So I did the average American feel about the president golfing while the crisis rolls on? (round 39 for those keeping score) And apparently the average American either missed it, or they never were told by their nightly news and information sources of Entertainment Tonight and E! News!.

I wonder if the pres was after any new material that he could glom from the master gaffer yesterday while smacking the ball around with old Joe. Seeing as how he is now using Biden's "this is a big F-ing deal" remark as one of his own anecdotal bits of levity during road speeches, maybe he is looking for new material.

And what a great example of a man to have sitting in the White house on Father's Day. A man who basically never knew his own father, was raised as a step child and steeped in the traditions of a foreign religion. All the while his mother claimed his nationality as other than American throughout his formative years, while apparently encouraging his blackness.

Yes, I have to admit, there certainly is a new day dawning in America. Situation normal. All F'ed up. And it looks like it is going to be that way for a while.

Friday, June 18, 2010

It's just the way this president does business

Jan Brewer, Governor of Arizona
It's just the way this president does business, so you would have thought that more people and elected officials would have been use to it by now. The official White House snubbing of America, while appeasing and apologizing to and cuddling up with all things foreign and anything Latin or Muslim.

Enter one Hillary Clinton, US Secretary of State, speaking on behalf of the president to foreigners in Ecuador as it concerns US policy on illegal immigrants.

Clinton said in an interview with a TV station in Ecuador that the Obama administration "will be bringing" suit against Arizona for its immigration law, though the Justice Department for weeks has said that the issue is still under review.

And as Arizona Governor Jan Brewer rightly surmises.....

"What a disappointment," Brewer told Fox News' Greta Van Susteren on Thursday, saying she was shocked the administration would make such an announcement on foreign TV without giving Arizona officials the news first. Her office hadn't heard from the administration as of Thursday evening.

"We are not going to back away from this issue," Brewer said. "We are going to pursue it, we're going to be very aggressive," Brewer said. "We'll meet them in court ... And we will win."

She added: "The population of America agrees with Arizona."
Absolutely correct governor. A slap in the face to you and the state of Arizona and the people of America. But that is what this president has been known for since taking office. Appease and apologize, bow and stoop and belittle America. And i for one happen to believe that the American people are sick and tired of it. As the governor rightly noted, the large majority of Americans support the Arizona law and oppose this president's versions of lackadaisical immigration reform. Just like they did with the previous administration.