Monday, May 30, 2011

Now they rest in honored glory

$5.00 a gallon by July

The speculators are gearing up to get their pound of flesh again and in doing so? They could care less if they cause a collapse of the fragile economy or another recession.

Prepare........
 Coming by July

The forecast for the summer driving season: Hit the road early. Not to beat the traffic, but to beat the higher gas prices expected in mid-July.
Goldman Sachs' crystal ball is proclaiming that oil will soon soar to $135 a barrel, and likely have service stations jacking up fuel prices to $5 a gallon in New York just like the summer of 2008 that preceded the recession.
Indeed, analysts say Goldman and the other oil trading giant that also has the might to move prices, JPMorgan Chase, have already placed their energy bets for the summer. JPMorgan predicts oil hitting $130 a barrel in the coming weeks.
Thought for fuel: Oil prices already are sky high for the Memorial Day holiday, but gas is expected to go even higher later in the summer, banks believe.
Edmund J Coppa
Thought for fuel: Oil prices already are sky high for the Memorial Day holiday, but gas is expected to go even higher later in the summer, banks believe.
Despite all the turmoil in the Middle East associated with the Arab Spring rioting, oil has fallen to the $100 level, closing out May with a stunning 12 percent drop.
But before the storm, the calm. There appears to be a backlash by some oil-pit analysts.
"Whoever would buy into these rising prices is just paying homage (to Wall Street firms) and helping the speculative positions," said one oil trading source familiar with energy bets of Wall Street trading desks.
Gas prices, meanwhile, should benefit from the brief respite in oil prices.
"We should be seeing some big declines at the gas pumps after Memorial Day," said energy analyst Peter Beutel of Cameron Hanover.
"Wholesale prices have been dropping, and that could cause some serious revisions downward at the pumps," he said.
"The competition is fierce among the retailers, and whoever lowers his price first gets a big jump on everyone else and a lot of new business."

Do you like me now.....

This video says it all. I hope it goes viral....

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Another Palin Blunder

I had intended on being there for Rolling Thunder this year myself. I am so tired of politicos showing up and trying to bleed off energy and political power from those who have sacrificed for this nation.

Palin is a nice lady who will not become president. She needs to stick with her rabble rousing scrappy dog routine to raise money for the party and leave herself out of events that her presence will surely piss off a good many of the conservative base. (like myself)


Rolling Thunder to Keep Focus on Troops Despite Palin's Appearance
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin may be stealing the Rolling Thunder from the motorcycling group's annual Memorial Day ride with her plans to tag along on Sunday, but the group says it will keep the focus on their mission to support U.S. troops and veterans.

Palin will ride with the Rolling Thunder and its hundreds of thousands of bikers to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial but she will not make any remarks nor be mentioned in any speeches by members of the group, Rolling Thunder spokeswoman Nancy Regg told Fox News.

Palin has drawn tons of media coverage with the planned launch of her bus tour of the East Coast starting Sunday, setting off rampant speculation that she is considering jumping into the 2012 presidential contest.

Regg expressed frustration about how all the will-she-or-won't-she media coverage of Palin has threatened to overshadow Sunday's event, which she emphasized is about the Rolling Thunder servicemen and women. Palin will be riding as an equal who will not get any extra attention, Regg said.




Friday, May 27, 2011

He crawled his way home

Another passes from us

Semper Fi. Rest in peace


Paul J. Wiedorfer, 89, who as an Army private on Christmas Day 1944 charged two German machine-gun nests and single-handedly saved his platoon mates caught in an ambush, an act for which he received the Medal of Honor, died May 25 at the Baltimore VA Medical Center. His family said he had congestive heart failure.
Mr. Wiedorfer, who was born and grew up in Baltimore, was reportedly Maryland’s last surviving recipient of the Medal of Honor, the military’s highest award for valor.

He was 23 when his unit, part of Gen. George S. Patton’s Third Army, was sent to rescue American troops trapped in Bastogne, Belgium, during the first days of the Battle of the Bulge.
On Christmas 1944, he and his platoon were advancing across a clearing in the snow-draped forest near Chaumont, Belgium. It was about noon on the cloudless, cold day when two camouflaged machine guns erupted with fire.
The American soldiers dropped to the frozen ground behind a small ridge, pinned down by the surprise German attack. Then Mr. Wiedorfer began his solo assault.
“I was probably a little nuts when I did it,” he told the Baltimore Sun in 1995. “But someone was going to die if something didn’t get done.”
He charged into the open field, sliding across the icy clearing, which had been blanketed the night before with three inches of wet snow.
As he ran, he slipped and fell once, but got up and kept going.
“Luckily, their firing wasn’t too good that day,” Mr. Wiedorfer told the Sun in 1994. “They didn’t get me.”
When he was within 10 yards of one machine-gun emplacement, he tossed a grenade into it. After it exploded, he shot and killed the remaining Germans inside. He then spun around and attacked the second nest with his rifle, wounding one of the German soldiers. Six other Germans surrendered to Mr. Wiedorfer, according to his official Medal of Honor citation, although some news accounts put the number higher.
“Twenty other Germans dug in around the two machine-gun positions,” Sun war correspondent Lee McCardell wrote at the time, “stood up in their foxholes, their hands over their heads and shouted kamerad,” or German for “friend.”
Two months later, crossing the Saar River in Germany, Mr. Wiedorfer’s unit came under mortar fire. The soldier next to him was killed instantly. Mr. Wiedorfer was struck by shrapnel, and the blast shattered his leg and injured his hand. He recuperated at a hospital in England, where he was placed in traction.
One day, a fellow patient was reading the Stars and Stripes newspaper and informed Mr. Wiedorfer that he’d just received the Medal of Honor for his Christmas Day bravery.
“To be perfectly honest,” Mr. Wiedorfer told the Sun in 2008, “I wasn’t really sure what the hell [the Medal of Honor] was, because all I was, was some dogface guy in the infantry.”
A few days later, still sitting in a hospital bed, Mr. Wiedorfer was presented the Medal of Honor while a military band filled the ward’s hallways with pomp and circumstance.
Paul Joseph Wiedorfer was born July 17, 1921, in Baltimore. He graduated from the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute high school in 1939.
After the war, he was treated to a ticker-tape parade down the streets of Baltimore but spent three years in and out of hospitals recovering from his wounds.
Besides the Medal of Honor, Mr. Wiedorfer’s decorations included two awards of the Purple Heart.
He separated from the military in 1947 as a master sergeant and was a power station operator with Baltimore Gas and Electric when he retired in 1981.
In the early 1990s, a man came to Mr. Wiedorfer’s home and offered to polish his Medal of Honor. The man took the authentic medal from its ceremonial shadow box and replaced it with an imitation. Mr. Wiedorfer’s stolen medal was returned to him in 1995. Stephen Pyne, who was charged with the theft, was sentenced to 18 months in prison.
Mr. Wiedorfer’s wife, the former Alice Stauffer, died in 2008. A daughter, Nancy Mazer, died in 2010.
Survivors include three children, Randee Wiedorfer of Parkville, Md., Paul J. Wiedorfer Jr. of Baltimore and Gary Wiedorfer of Cocoa, Fla.; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
As he aged, Mr. Wiedorfer said he prayed for the day there would be no living recipients of the Medal of Honor.
“Because,” he once said, “it will mean that we have learned to live in peace.”
Today, 84 recipients remain.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Ingraham no Slut

Ed Shultz really crapped in his own hat on this one. He has since issued an extensive  'mea culpa' of apology and from the sounds of it, he covered all the bases top to bottom. But once again, we have a liberal left personality venomously attacking the right, yet they are the first to cry foul of the right.

In my experience of observation, it is the left who is consistently the most hateful and bigoted. This time, Shultz quickly retracted his venom and issued an extensive apology, yet the reality of the intended injure will remain in people's minds for a long time. This was no simple mistake. This was a calculated attack, of which MSNBC apparently took some substantial hits with the public in the aftermath.

Therefore, Shultz did the honorable thing. He apologized and took one for the team.

MSNBC suspends Schultz for calling Ingraham a 'slut'

MSNBC has suspended Ed Schultz, host of the “The Ed Show,” for one week without pay for calling conservative talk show host Laura Ingraham a ‘right-wing slut’ on his syndicated radio program Tuesday.

“Remarks of this nature are unacceptable and will not be tolerated,” MSNBC said in a statement.

The Kings speech?

Well not exactly. Seems like after Prime Minister Netanyahu came here this week and spoke to congress, the president's speech was much anticipated before the British parliament.

Netanyahu hit a grand slam and the president apparently grounded out to third based upon the reviews.  Maybe it was too much for him. Or maybe his teleprompter let him down.....

Maybe it was too much for him
Perhaps Mr Obama was smothered also by his audience, which remained stubbornly unresponsive. For most of the time the President had nothing to bounce off: no applause and certainly no shouts of praise or blame as might be heard in an American church or at an American political rally. 

The presidential text sounded as if it had been worked on so hard and conscientiously by a vast team of helpers that it had lost all savour, and been reduced to a series of orotund banalities, of the sort which can be heard at every tedious Anglo-American conference: “Profound challenges stretch out before us…the time for our leadership is now…Our alliance will remain indispensable.”
 It did not help to hear Mr Obama assert, after only a minute or two, that “fortunately it’s been smooth sailing” between Britain and the United States “ever since” 1812, when we burned down the White House. Everyone present will have been able to think of occasions when this was not so. Suez did not seem like plain sailing.

Yeah, 'smooth sailing.' That's the ticket.....

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Under the radar

Working on it under the radar? Oh really? And what does that mean I wonder. I suspect that it has something to do with a pending attempt to sign treaties with the untied nations and the forfeiting of American sovereignty to the international cabal of leftist who control the UN.


"We're working on it."
On March 30, the 30th anniversary of the assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan, Jim Brady, who sustained a debilitating head wound in the attack, and his wife, Sarah, came to Capitol Hill to push for a ban on the controversial "large magazines." Brady, for whom the law requiring background checks on handgun purchasers is named, then met with White House press secretary Jay Carney. During the meeting, President Obama dropped in and, according to Sarah Brady, brought up the issue of gun control, "to fill us in that it was very much on his agenda," she said.

"I just want you to know that we are working on it," Brady recalled the president telling them. "We have to go through a few processes, but under the radar."


Priceless

The most expensive private airplane in the world.

The most expensive security detail in the world.

A media that absolutely fawns over your every word.

And you go to Britain and make a complete azzhat out of yourself in front of the world.




Priceless................

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Huckabee will support Romney

This video says it all IMO. I really like Huckabee, but I have little use for Romney. And it is more than apparent to me, as I believe that it was more than apparent to Mike Huckabee, that the republican power brokers have already decided that Romney is to be the 2012 nominee.

And if he is? Welcome to four more years of Obama.

If this is Sunday May 22, 2011?

Then it must be the day after the end of days.

I was wondering. Personally, before all the media hype about pending dooms day, I had never heard of this preacher/radio broadcaster who was predicting the rapture or the end of days for May 21, 2011. Seems like he missed it once again

I wasn't worried or curious about the prediction, as I believe in the words and teachings of Jesus Christ, my lord and savior. Jesus said of the end of days, no man would know the day nor the hour and he admonished us to be prepared.

Therefore, the Rev. Camping's musings had little effect on me. As Jesus also warned that many would come in his name and claiming they are the Christ or that they know the secrets to the kingdom of heaven. But do not be deceived.

I wasn't.......

The Wizard's road trip

So.....having spent the past two years pissing off and snubbing all of our allies in Europe? And having just attempted to surrender Israel's borders to the Muslim world, our illustrious leader is off on a week long tour of Europe to renew old friendships and solicit aid and cooperation from our allies? Is that how it is in this man's mind? Really?

Someone please tell me that the man knows and recognizes that no one in Europe is receptive to his arrogance and idiocy at this point. The American and European media may have collectively decided not to hammer and belittle him as they did George Bush, but arguably the man has demonstratively done more damage to our relationships with European allies than anyone in the past one hundred years in my estimation.

What is the word? hubris? Yes.....that's it....

The itinerary
Weaving together strands of pomp, policy and summitry, President Barack Obama's weeklong European tour is all about tending to old friends in the Western alliance and securing their help with daunting challenges, from the political upheaval in the Mideast and North Africa to the protracted war in Afghanistan.

Obama's eighth trip to Europe as president, with a quick-moving itinerary that dips into four countries in six days, unfolds against the backdrop of the NATO-led bombing campaign in Libya and stubborn economic weakness on both sides of the Atlantic.

A priority for the president and his allies will be to more clearly define the West's role in promoting stability and democracy in the Arab world without being overly meddlesome and within tight financial limitations.

Obama, who departs late Sunday, will visit Ireland, England, France and Poland. Each is weathering an economic downturn that has forced European nations to adopt strict austerity measures. The U.S. has pushed its national debt to the limit, and Obama and congressional Republicans are in contentious talks about how steeply to cut spending.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Hows that Obama care working?

Have a look at the British model if you are interested in seeing your future under Obama care.



Eighteen week waits.
Doctors are blaming financial pressures on the NHS for an increase in the number of patients who are not being treated within the 18 weeks that the government recommends.

New NHS performance data reveal that the number of people in England who are being forced to wait more than 18 weeks has risen by 26% in the last year, while the number who had to wait longer than six months has shot up by 43%.

In March this year, 34,639 people, or 11% of the total, waited more than that time to receive inpatient treatment, compared with 27,534, or 8.3%, in March 2010 – an increase of 26% – Department of Health statistics show.

Similarly, in March this year some 11,243 patients who underwent treatment had waited for more than six months, compared with 7,841 in the same month in 2010 – a 43% rise.

Despite rising demand for healthcare caused by the increasingly elderly population and growing numbers of people with long-term conditions, the NHS treated 16,201 fewer people as inpatients in March 2011 compared to March 2010, the latest Referral To Treatment data disclose.

The British Medical Association said the longer waits and fewer treatments were inevitable: "Given the massive financial pressures on the NHS, it was always likely that hospital activity would decrease and waiting times would increase," said a spokesperson.

"The capacity of hospitals has been limited by staffing freezes, and commissioners of care are under pressure to ration surgical procedures considered to be of low value. As well as the personal impact on individual patients, there is a potential long-term consequence for NHS hospitals, which are at risk of being financially destabilised as they lose income."

Eighteen weeks? That would be four and a half months. That's how long those in the UK are commonly waiting. What they are not saying in this article, is precisely what these people are waiting for. Things like MRI's, X-rays, diagnostic tests and common treatments for heart disease and diabetes. Yes, treatments that are common here and dispensed in days? Take months to obtain in the British 'National Health System.

Ain't socialism grand.......

Friday, May 20, 2011

It's not gonna happen.....

Pretty simple, direct and straight forward IMO. The Israeli PM said it not once but three times. 'It's not gonna happen.'

Thursday, May 19, 2011

If America wants a black president? Here is what we need..

I would love to see Alan West run for the presidency. The intelligence of this man is awe inspiring. While Obama stumbles around and blunders, bowing and scraping to every despot and militant on the planet, at least there are those who know their history and are prepared to defend their country.


Conservatives led by Florida Republican Allen West Thursday were quick to blast President Barack Obama's game-changing recognition of a Palestinian state existing along Israel's pre-1967 borders — a decision that many described as an existential threat for the Jewish state.

"Today’s endorsement by President Barack Obama of the creation of a Hamas-led Palestinian state based on the pre-1967 borders, signals the most egregious foreign policy decision his administration has made to date, and could be the beginning of the end as we know it for the Jewish state," said West, R-Fla., one of the leading Tea Party thinkers in the House Republican freshman class," West said in a prepared statement.

"From the moment the modern day state of Israel declared statehood in 1948, to the end of the 1967 Six Day War, Jews were forbidden access to their holiest site, the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City, controlled by Jordan’s Arab army.

"The pre-1967 borders endorsed by President Obama would deny millions of the world’s Jews access to their holiest site and force Israel to return the strategically important Golan Heights to Syria, a known state-sponsor of terrorism," said West, a career military veteran of the war in Iraq.

"Resorting to the pre-1967 borders would mean a full withdrawal by the Israelis from the West Bank and the Jewish neighborhoods of East Jerusalem. Make no mistake, there has always been a Nation of Israel and Jerusalem has been and must always be recognized as its rightful capital.

"In short, the Hamas-run Palestinian state envisioned by President Obama would be devastating to Israel and the world’s 13.3 million Jews. It would be a Pavlovian style reward to a declared Islamic terrorist organization, and an unacceptable policy initiative.

"America should never negotiate with the Palestinian Authority- which has aligned itself with Hamas. Palestine is a region, not a people or a modern state. Based upon Roman Emperor Hadrian's declaration in 73 AD, the original Palestinian people are the Jewish people.


Obama just a puppet of the Wall Street oligarchs

Obama a puppet of the Wall Street oligarchs? So says the headlines of Cornel West's remarks. it seems that event he so called 'intellectual blacks' are upset with the president. He hasn't been black enough or lived up to the expectations of his race apparently.

West's remarks are scathing in tone and something that might have been expected if not anticipated from the likes of Jeremiah Wright and others. After all, it was they who were thrown under the bus once their usefulness was lost.

Apparently now? It's Barry's turn under the black transit system.


Cornel West, a Princeton University professor and leading black intellectual, is harshly criticizing President Obama, a candidate he once supported but now calls “a black mascot of Wall Street oligarchs and a black puppet of corporate plutocrats.”

West, a former Harvard University professor, said during an interview with the website Truthdig posted yesterday that the president has not been true to his race.

“I think my dear brother Barack Obama has a certain fear of free black men,” West said. “It’s understandable. As a young brother who grows up in a white context, brilliant African father, he’s always had to fear being a white man with black skin. All he has known culturally is white…When he meets an independent black brother, it is frightening.”

The White House did not have an immediate comment. West did not respond to messages left at his office.

Obama is a F*cking traitor!

So, our dear president is a traitor after all. No, not because of his history of refusing to stand and salute the flag, and not for his refusal to wear an American flag pin on his lapel, because he sees it as a symbol of oppression. Could it be that our dear president is a traitor because of his defense today of the Palestinians and his abject betrayal of the Israelis?

Well not quite. Go ahead, read about his abandonment of the Jews and his coddling of the Palestinians. After all, our recently proven to be born, (if not bred) American president apparently needs to continue to prove his creds to the Arab world, regardless of the damage to our friends and allies.

But not even that is reason enough for him to be considered a traitor.


Obama says Palestine must be based in 1967 borders

President Barack Obama is endorsing the Palestinians' demand for their future state to be based on the borders that existed before the 1967 Middle East war, in a move that will likely infuriate Israel. Israel says the borders of a Palestinian state have to be determined through negotiations.In a speech outlining U.S. policy in the Middle East and North Africa, Obama on Thursday sided with the Palestinians' opening position a day ahead of a visit to Washington by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu is vehemently opposed to referring to the 1967 borders.
Until Thursday, the U.S. position had been that the Palestinian goal of a state based on the 1967 borders, with agreed land swaps, should be reconciled with Israel's desire for a secure Jewish state through negotiations.

No, our president isn't a traitor for the reasons that might immediately seem to be justifiable. Our president is a traitor because he has failed to adhere to the desires and demands of the environmental left. The man has apparently abandoned leftist radical absurdity completely when it comes to the liberal vie of environmentalism. And according to some in the movement? The man isn't only a traitor to the cause, but he is a "F*cking traitor!" And for what? For not having the audacity of hope that he convinced the environmentalist left (particularly in Hollywood) that he possessed prior to their voting for him?

Therefore, one of their spokespersons has brandished the moniker and declared BHO a traitor to their cause. I can't wait to see the follow on commentary on the matter from Al Gore. Perhaps Michael Moore might even be available for comment. But never fear, they will all be voting for him again come 2012.

Or else some other leftist notable might call them traitors.
Fonda's Rant
Peter Fonda launched a four-letter attack on US President Barack Obama at the Cannes film festival on Wednesday, calling him a traitor over the handling of the aftermath of the Gulf oil spill.
The star of the 1969 road movie "Easy Rider" was in Cannes for the premiere of "The Big Fix" by Rebecca and Josh Tickell, the only feature documentary in the official selection at the Cannes film festival this year.
Fonda -- a keen environmentalist and co-producer of the film which centres on the explosion of the BP oil rig Deepwater Horizon, the ensuing spill and its consequences -- accused Washington of trying to gag reporting on the issue.
"I sent an email to President Obama saying, 'You are a f(expletive) traitor,' using those words... 'You're a traitor, you allowed foreign boots on our soil telling our military -- in this case the coastguard -- what they can and could not do, and telling us, the citizens of the United States, what we could or could not do'."

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Role playing a baby on your dime

Should your tax dollars go to support a grown 30 year old man who's profession seems to be 'roll playing as a baby, while another adult roommate roll plays as his mother. How ridiculous can things get!

Senator questions benefits to ‘adult baby’

A key senator has asked the Social Security Administration to investigate how people who live their lives role-playing as “adult babies” are able to get taxpayer-funded disability payments — after one of them was featured on a recent reality TV episode wearing diapers, feeding from a bottle and using an adult-sized crib he built.


Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican and the Senate’s top waste-watcher, asked the agency’s inspector general to look into 30-year-old Stanley Thornton Jr. and his roommate, Sandra Dias, who acts as his “mother,” saying it’s not clear why they are collecting Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits instead of working.


“Given that Mr. Thornton is able to determine what is appropriate attire and actions in public, drive himself to complete errands, design and custom-make baby furniture to support a 350-pound adult and run an Internet support group, it is possible that he has been improperly collecting disability benefits for a period of time,” Mr. Coburn wrote in a letter Monday to Inspector General Patrick P. O'Carroll Jr.


The request comes at a time when members of Congress are struggling to cut budgets and weed out waste to try to bring down the staggering deficit, and comes just days after Social Security’s trustees released a grim assessment of the program’s long-term financial health.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Requiem for a pitiful man

Stephen Hawking, the world's most renown theoretical physicist is at it again. It isn't enough for the man that he has suffered from ALS for almost fifty years, or that he is literally four decades (at the least) past his shelf life. Stephen continues to lash out at the God that he curses and denies. As he continues to attempt to prove that he himself, is just as knowledgeable and powerful as any God that dwells in this realm of existence.

How miserable and pitiful of a life. It is terrible to have been paralyzed as this man has been and for so long, but to have spent an entire life pursuing science and denying God must also have been a miserable existence.

Hawking denies God again
Stephen Hawking -- the world-renowned theoretical physicist -- finds no room for heaven in his vision of the cosmos.

In an interview published Monday in The Guardian newspaper, the 69-year-old says the human brain is like a computer that will stop working when its components fail.

"There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark," Hawking told the paper.

It's not the first time the world-renowned thinker has made controversial statements about religion and the existence of God. In "Grand Design," a book Hawking published last year, the physicist declared that it was "not necessary to invoke God ... to get the universe going."

For Hawking, the concept of religion is in constant conflict with his life's work -- science, and understanding the most basic ways in which the universe works -- and it's almost impossible to reconcile the two.

Read the rest:

Trump announces he won't run

They are literally dropping like flies now......Trump finally plays his last card. Businessman or no businessman, the man is a loon in my opinion.

The Donald say no to running for the white house.
Real estate mogul and television celebrity Donald Trump, who generated a media publicity blitz by saying he might run for president in 2012, announced Monday that he will instead remain a businessman.

"After considerable deliberation and reflection, I have decided not to pursue the office of the presidency," Trump said in a statement.

With his typical bravado, Trump maintained that he would have won the Republican primary and the general election, but recognized that "running for public office cannot be done half-heartedly."

"Ultimately, however, business is my greatest passion and I am not ready to leave the private sector," Trump said in the statement.


He apparently didn't relish being on the other side of the apprentice game. Politics, a game where he would certainly be behind the learning curve. And with NBC threatening to bounce him? The million dollar ego ultimately couldn't stand the pressure.

The after shocks of Gingrich's remarks

The reviews and after shocks of Newt Gingrich's remarks on Meet the Press yesterday are rolling in this morning and those reviews are not good. Not good at all.

This morning Republicans are just beginning to assess the damage that former House Speaker and current presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has done to the GOP budget plan currently before Congress. On "Meet the Press" Sunday, Gingrich denounced House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan's plan to restructure Medicare, saying, "I don't think right-wing social engineering is any more desirable than left-wing social engineering. I don't think imposing radical change from the right or the left is a very good way for a free society to operate."

On his radio program Monday morning, former Education Secretary Bill Bennett, who knows Gingrich well but is also close to Ryan, reacted angrily to Gingrich's remarks. Referring to Ryan's Medicare plan as "right-wing social engineering" is, Bennett said, "an unforgivable mistake, in my judgment." Bennett went on to say that Gingrich "has taken himself out of serious consideration for the [2012] race." [Full disclosure: I appear on, and sometimes serve as guest host of, the Bennett program.]

Gingrich's remarks rankled for three reasons. One, they hurt the Republican plan. Two, they were particularly disdainful; Gingrich didn't just said that he disagreed with Ryan, he referred to Ryan's plan as "right-wing social engineering." And three, they contradicted what Gingrich himself has said about Ryan's budget.

Read more at the Washington Examiner:


As I previously commented, the initial news on this came out in NewsMax emails posted late last night. With the rising sun of this Monday morning, the power players in the party and the pundits are rousing and responding to Gingrich's remarks and they don't like what they heard from the man yesterday to say the least.

I said last night that this was the end for Gingrich and his campaign and this morning's reviews are a telling tale of that precise reality in my opinion. Newt is undoubtedly the most qualified and knowledgeable man of his generation. Hands down the best candidate for the office, or so I have always felt. But yesterday's remarks on the nation's premiere Sunday presser were telling to a fault in my opinion.

It was political suicide in my opinion for Gingrich to take the positions that he did on both his own health care proposals and his sudden, bizarre and condescending opposition to Representative Paul Ryan's budget plan. A plan that Gingrich himself had previously endorsed not quite a month ago and one that is the cornerstone of the party's counter to the Obama administration.

One of my comments left last night on this blog 'said put a fork in it' as it concerns Gingrich's presidential run now. I have to agree. Gingrich aborted a still born presidential run yesterday morning and all that remains now is the long and painful funeral dirge as his candidacy is buried by his own hand.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Newt Gingrich parallels Obama care

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This was reported tonight on NewsMax

Basically, Gingrich came out today and stated that he agrees with a federal mandate of health care. Or in essence, his version of Obama care. Which he adds: "should make Libertarians happy."

I am curious, I thought the Libertarians had their own party. So what is a supposed conservative republican doing, playing to the Libertarians? I suspect that these comments today are the beginning of the end of the Gingrich campaign for the presidency.

You can't win the presidency or the nomination running a parallel platform to the liberals Newt....

Coming home



I have been very busy the last few days, not the least of which involving my attendance at SFC Moreland's coming home services yesterday in Brierwood Alabama. I will reflect more on that experience later.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

A Common Error

The white House's decision to go forth with having the poet/rapper "Common" appear at the first lady's invitation has taken on an interesting twist today. Now the president is defending the 'common choice' as a means to focus children on poetry.

It would seem, that the message here from the president is this. The poets message is irrelevant, what is important, is that there is a focus on poetry. So.......regardless of what the poet's message may be, the real importance comes from exposing youth to the realm of poetry.

Right mr. president. Got it.

"While the president doesn't support the kind of lyrics raised here, we do think some of the reports distort what Mr. Lynn stands for more broadly in order to stoke controversy," White House spokesman Jay Carney said Wednesday.
"He is within the genre of hip hop and rap in what's known as a conscious rapper," he said, adding that President Obama appreciates the way Common tries to get children to focus on poetry, "as opposed to some of the negative influences of life on the street."

38 years: A promise to be kept



(CBS News)

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - While the war raged in Vietnam, POW/MIA bracelets were all the rage. The metal bracelets, sold by the millions, each bore the name of a soldier who was either still a prisoner in Vietnam, or missing in action.

CBS News correspondent Steve Hartman reports the idea was to wear the bracelet and only take it off your wrist when your Veteran came home.

They were very popular with kids. In 1972, when she was 12-years-old, Kathy Strong got a bracelet in her Christmas stocking.

"I was really excited," Strong said. "I read the paper that came with it. And I just thought. I'm going to keep it on until he comes home."

Strong, now 50, still remembers the name: James Moreland. Moreland was a Green Beret who'd been stationed in Lang Vei.

Moreland went missing in the winter of 1968 after the enemy over took his position. At the time, no one knew much more than that - so Kathy remained optimistic.

The rest of the story is HERE

Osama bin Laden’s Second Death

I have the pleasure of listening to Mr. Roberts this morning on a local talk radio program. To say the least, his credentials are impressive, as was his perspective on what could have happened concerning Osama Bin Ladin's reported recent demise.

Of course, there will be those who cite 'conspiracy theory,' however, the facts that Mr. Roberts puts on the table are certainly valid and leave more than a few details of OBL's demise dangling.


By Paul Craig Roberts
If today were April 1 and not May 2, we could dismiss as an April Fool’s joke this morning’s headline that Osama bin Laden was killed in a firefight in Pakistan and quickly buried at sea. As it is, we must take it as more evidence that the US government has unlimited belief in the gullibility of Americans.

Think about it. What are the chances that a person allegedly suffering from kidney disease and requiring dialysis and, in addition, afflicted with diabetes and low blood pressure, survived in mountain hideaways for a decade? If bin Laden was able to acquire dialysis equipment and medical care that his condition required, would not the shipment of dialysis equipment point to his location? Why did it take ten years to find him?

Consider also the claims, repeated by a triumphalist US media celebrating bin Laden’s death, that "bin Laden used his millions to bankroll terrorist training camps in Sudan, the Philippines, and Afghanistan, sending ‘holy warriors’ to foment revolution and fight with fundamentalist Muslim forces across North Africa, in Chechnya, Tajikistan and Bosnia." That’s a lot of activity for mere millions to bankroll (perhaps the US should have put him in charge of the Pentagon), but the main question is: how was bin Laden able to move his money about? What banking system was helping him? The US government succeeds in seizing the assets of people and of entire countries, Libya being the most recent. Why not bin Laden’s? Was he carrying around with him $100 million dollars in gold coins and sending emissaries to distribute payments to his far-flung operations?

This morning’s headline has the odor of a staged event. The smell reeks from the triumphalist news reports loaded with exaggerations, from celebrants waving flags and chanting "USA USA." Could something else be going on?

No doubt President Obama is in desperate need of a victory. He committed the fool’s error or restarting the war in Afghanistan, and now after a decade of fighting the US faces stalemate, if not defeat. The wars of the Bush/Obama regimes have bankrupted the US, leaving huge deficits and a declining dollar in their wake. And re-election time is approaching.

The various lies and deceptions, such as "weapons of mass destruction," of the last several administrations had terrible consequences for the US and the world. But not all deceptions are the same. Remember, the entire reason for invading Afghanistan in the first place was to get bin Laden. Now that President Obama has declared bin Laden to have been shot in the head by US special forces operating in an independent country and buried at sea, there is no reason for continuing the war.

Perhaps the precipitous decline in the US dollar in foreign exchange markets has forced some real budget reductions, which can only come from stopping the open-ended wars. Until the decline of the dollar reached the breaking point, Osama bin Laden, who many experts believe to have been dead for years, was a useful bogyman to use to feed the profits of the US military/security complex.

Roberts in the interview this morning, contend that OBL has been dead since 2001 and that Fox news and others actually reported it, but hastened to add that it was only a rumor.

The valid questions Roberts raises are these. Why no dialysis machine found in a compound where Bin Ladin had supposedly spent at least the last five years of his life. Why no doctors present. Why no body guards and no access to the outside world.

I would add, why the rush to claim a treasure trove of intelligence was recovered and just like Roberts rightfully asks, why was the body supposedly buried at sea in less than twelve hours? Why destroy the evidence of the apprehension of the world's number one terrorist?

Follow the link or go HERE and listen to the interview.

I fought for you

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Meat glue

Where's the beef? Apparently glued together. Yep, glued together with meat glue. Some serious business it seems and practically undetectable according to this piece.

Watch this and you will be re-thinking your next meat purchase.
And if expert butchers have a hard time detecting it? What chance do you and I have. This is some sick business folks. Be warned.

Should Arizona remain a state?

Some folks seem to think that it needs to be two states. One for liberals and one for conservatives. Seems that idea has been around before and based along similar lines as I recall. As it concerns dividing the nation into two groups, the sensible and the insane? I say go for it. and we may as well begin in Arizona.

Maybe if Pima county and the southern bowels of Arizona are allowed to create their own state? We may actually be able to erect a workable wall between America and Mexico. and once the Mexican cartels take over Pima county? Who will really care what happens to "Baja Arizona" anyway.

A long-simmering movement by liberal stalwarts in southern Arizona to break away from the rest of the largely conservative state is at a boiling point as secession backers press to bring their longshot ambition to the forefront of Arizona politics.

A group of lawyers from the Democratic stronghold of Tucson and surrounding Pima County have launched a petition drive seeking support for a November 2012 ballot question on whether the 48th state should be divided in two.

The ultimate goal of the newly formed political action committee Start our State is to split Pima County off into what would become the nation's 51st state, tentatively dubbed Baja Arizona.

Backers have until July 5 next year to collect the 48,000 signatures required to qualify for a spot on the ballot. If they succeed, it would mark only the first hurdle in a long, circuitous process that even the most determined of supporters readily acknowledge has little chance of bearing fruit.

"We at least need to get it on the ballot, as a nonbinding resolution, to ask the people of Pima County if they want to be a part of Arizona," Tucson attorney Paul Eckerstrom, a former Pima County Democratic chairman who launched the campaign, told Reuters. "All the stars would have to align for this to happen, but it could conceivably happen by the fall of 2013."

U.S. history is replete with efforts to carve one state from another -- from the creation of Kentucky and Tennessee in the 1790s to more modern misfires like proposals to partition Long Island from New York or to split California in half.

The last successful intrastate secession movement was the formation of West Virginia during the Civil War.

The Rosie View



Personally, I can't believe that Americans continue to spend money to prop up and support this puss sucking leftist lesbian witch by buying, watching or supporting anything that she is affiliated with....

I wish there was a way to completely edit her out of A League of Their Own. I can't even watch that movie now without getting sick of seeing the cow's face.

Obama's half court shot

OK, so it's been a little over a week since the news of the timely demise of Osama Bin Ladin. What has changed? Aside from some eye opening passes by the American media on this administration, not much in my opinion.

Obama's taking out Bin Ladin wasn't exactly the coup of popularity that would have been imagined. A grand total of six points boost to the popularity, whereas Bush's numbers jumped 9% on the heels of the capture of Saddam Hussein. So what's up with that? (Must be racism) Right........

The facts now revealed say that we could of had Bin Ladin last October based upon intelligence then. If so, why wait seven months? In my opinion, the president was waiting for the opportune time to call the shot, to hopefully maximize the effects on his waning popularity.

That obviously hasn't happened and what's worse, I believe that last week's road show to ground zero and Ft. Campbell only further exacerbated the feelings of most Americans on the matter. Rosie O'Donnell and resident loons aside, most Americans are glad the bastard is dead and could care less if he was armed or resisting or asleep when it happened.

The problem is, after giving the impression that he wouldn't dance around the corpse, Obama indirectly did just that and to add insult to injury, he has taken far too much credit for the demise of OBL. Most Americans are smart enough to be familiar with the pecking order, therefore, they know who actually took out America's most hated enemy. So Obama's high staging events in the aftermath only further aggravates the sensibilities of a good many Americans.

Now we all must wait and see what will be the aftermath of the assassination of OBL. Personally? I believe it further demonstrated the absolute idiocy of this administration, to publicly claim that they had recovered a treasure trove of intelligence from OBL's compound. What morons! Every terrorist worth his salt will now be ditching cell phones and safe houses and moving to different ground. So what was the purpose behind releasing the statement that we now had all of the best intelligence? Answer, none.

Unless of course, you are trying to diffuse all possible inquiries into the mission period.

So will Al Qa'ida strike again? In retaliation? Certainly. but their attacks right now will be limited engagements targeting markets and schools and government buildings and businesses with their homicide bombers. Primarily in the middle east and with a few side excursions into Europe. Quite literally, I don't think they have the capabilities beyond that right now. OBL was definitely a figure and a financier, but he too looks to have run low on finances. and now who will be the go to people for the money?

But never the worry, the death of OBL has already triggered major knee jerk reactions in security all across this country. And millions more will be spent in the immediate future, looking into back packs and empty boxes and unsolicited packages in the mail.

Meanwhile, the world economies continue to sink and oil continues to be a major problem as does food production (which no one is really paying attention to right now) and sooner or later the looming and stalking specter of inflation is set to appear and really screw things up here on the home front.

So in the final analysis, did the killing of OBL really accomplish anything? I'd say outside of mega doses of self satisfaction? That was about it. More misery to come.....

A gentlemen's agreement

According to what we have been watching over the past week, (apparently) the Pakistani's do not protest too much. Either way, I could give a big whoops what they say.


mission agreed in secret 10 years ago by US and Pakistan
The US and Pakistan struck a secret deal almost a decade ago permitting a US operation against Osama bin Laden on Pakistani soil similar to last week's raid that killed the al-Qaida leader, the Guardian has learned.
The deal was struck between the military leader General Pervez Musharraf and President George Bush after Bin Laden escaped US forces in the mountains of Tora Bora in late 2001, according to serving and retired Pakistani and US officials.
Under its terms, Pakistan would allow US forces to conduct a unilateral raid inside Pakistan in search of Bin Laden, his deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri, and the al-Qaida No3. Afterwards, both sides agreed, Pakistan would vociferously protest the incursion.
"There was an agreement between Bush and Musharraf that if we knew where Osama was, we were going to come and get him," said a former senior US official with knowledge of counterterrorism operations. "The Pakistanis would put up a hue and cry, but they wouldn't stop us."
The deal puts a new complexion on the political storm triggered by Bin Laden's death in Abbottabad, 35 miles north of Islamabad, where a team of US navy Seals assaulted his safe house in the early hours of 2 May.
Pakistani officials have insisted they knew nothing of the raid, with military and civilian leaders issuing a strong rebuke to the US. If the US conducts another such assault, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani warned parliament on Monday, "Pakistan reserves the right to retaliate with full force."
Days earlier, Musharraf, now running an opposition party from exile in London, emerged as one of the most vocal critics of the raid, terming it a "violation of the sovereignty of Pakistan".

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Threats from the grave

And now, on the one week anniversary of the great martyr embarking upon his well deserved celestial dirt nap, we have his parting shot.  Appropriately brought to us by a media that literally thrives on the demonic vermin that the man represented.

Bin Ladin speaks from the grave
Osama bin Laden warned in the final tape he recorded before being killed by American commandos there will be no US security without Palestine security, an Islamist website reported Sunday.

In an audio message addressed to US President Barack Obama, he said: "America will not be able to dream of security until we live in security in Palestine. It is unfair that you live in peace while our brothers in Gaza live in insecurity."

"Accordingly, and with the will of God, our attacks will continue against you as long as your support for Israel continues," he warned..

Al-Qaeda on Friday confirmed the death of bin Laden but warned that those rejoicing his killing would have their "blood mixed with tears."
Obalah boobalah! May the fleas of a thousand camels infest your armpits and your rectums!

Sorry lads, but threats from a ghost just don't carry that much weight with me. As it stands, it is looking like OBL was no more than the boogey man behind the curtain, controlling the thunder and the lightning, all the while claiming to be the great and powerful Oz.

 And now he sleeps with the fishes and his newly acquired entourage of six dozen virgins. Personally, I believe OBL's messages are now Coptic. While they may be honey to the ears of the malignantly duped, they no longer hold any spell what so ever over the living. OBL's is a dead language.


The world needs to get on with the business of worrying about who will try and assume the position of number one in the radical world of Islamic terror and stop fretting over OBL. He is now post script and so are his dire warnings and threats.

Happy Birthday Baby.......A mother to her son

A US Navy ship was named after an American hero yesterday. His mother was present to christen the ship. Her sentiments say it all on this mother's day in my opinion.
The mother of a Navy SEAL killed in a firefight in AfghanistanAl Qaeda leader Usama bin Laden christened a warship bearing her son's name on Saturday as the leader of U.S. special forces said those who died that day would be comforted to know that was killed by the U.S. military.


Maureen Murphy, mother of Lt. Michael Murphy, said "Happy birthday, baby" during remarks from the podium minutes before smashing a bottle of Champagne against the bow of the Navy destroyer on what would've been her son's 35th birthday.
The Navy lieutenant and Medal of Honor recipient led a four-member SEAL team against overwhelming odds in a gun battle in eastern Afghanistan.

Killed along with Murphy on June 28, 2005, were two members of his team, as well as 16 rescuers -- eight Navy SEALs and eight members of the Army's elite Night Stalkers -- after their helicopter was shot down by a rocket-propelled grenade.

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Inside Osama's squalid hideaway

It looks like once again the information provided by this administration is incomplete and not exactly what was intially represented.

Washington: Common sense isn't part of the job

Excuse me, what part of openness in government do these morons not understand. And the democrats are just as guilty. Their most recent incidents involve wanting openness in union balloting so that union cronies can badger those who vote against unions and the across the board liberal desire to kill and quash all efforts to require people to identify themselves while voting.

GOP Warns
Republicans are warning President Obama not to issue an executive order that would require government contractors to disclose their political donations.
Obama drafted the proposal last month, which is reminiscent of a provision in a Democratic bill called the Disclose Act that died in the Congress last year. 

That bill would have required corporations and unions to identify themselves in political ads they pay for – a response to a 5-4 Supreme Court ruling that upheld the First Amendment rights of these groups to spend money on campaign ads.

The proposed order would require government contractors to disclose all donations to federal candidates, political parties, committees or interest groups spending money on campaigns once the total exceeds $5,000 in a given year.

The White House has said the proposed order would provide transparency to taxpayers about political spending by government contractors.
And who is the president (any president) to issue executive orders to purposely attempt to thwart or side step constitutional directives of the Supreme Court.

The bottom line, Obama and the democrats didn't like the Supreme Court version last year concerning campaign contributions and the president let that be known with his snide sarcasm during the state of the union address that followed the ruling.

Something he did to personally attempt to chastise the members of the court present during the state of the union address. So now he believes that he can just do an 'end around' and poke the opposition in the eye with a sharp stick.

Fine, pass a law that requires disclosure, but also pass and support laws that protect our elections process from partisan cronyism.

Obama's Victory Lap

It's been almost a week since the news of the death of Osama Bin Ladin. What a difference a week makes. A lot has happened in the last six days IMO, but the most interesting thing, has been the reaction of the president and some of the subsequent revelations of his response and actions in the media.

It goes without saying that having OBL dead is a good thing. The fact that the man killed over three thousand Americans and then taunted this nation and its people for almost ten years, certainly justifies his demise regardless of the details of how that was accomplished. Armed and resisting or cowering and defenseless, makes little difference to me. The animal deserved death.

The president seems quite pleased with himself in public and in media interviews in the aftermath of the mission. While on the one hand stating that he wasn't going to release the death photos of OBL, as he didn't want to spike the football? He seemingly has done everything to spike the football since he first made that assessment concerning the photos.

The trip on Thursday to ground zero is the most glaring example of a PR photo op IMO and I was glad to see the reality wasn't completely lost on the 9/11 invited families who were asked to attend. The simple reality is this, Barack Obama has visited ground zero once prior to this visit and that too was a photo op. It was back during the 2008 campaign when he and John McCain both made a visit on the same day.

Fast forward three years and there have been no subsequent visits by the president, on anniversaries or otherwise. Yet in the aftermath of the news of OBL's death? Suddenly there was a need to visit the site, lay a wreath and to invite the families of 9/11 victims to be there with him.

I can't speak for the majority, but I can certainly speak for myself and those actions 'to me' speak entirely to the fact that Barack Obama wanted to take a victory lap and bask in the afterglow of the 'look what I did moment' concerning the death of OBL. The media and a number of leftist celebrities immediately seized upon the news of OBL's death to pump up this president and to quickly assert that he had accomplished something that George Bush could not and the media gladly waltz alongside the white house all week long.

On the one hand I tend to agree on one point. Obama has accomplished something that George Bush didn't. Bush could have gotten OBL in my opinion, but chose not to over the egalitarian propaganda that 'violating the sovereignty of another nation' wasn't worth it, even if it meant getting OBL. Obviously, Barack Obama had no such reservations. He said he would get him if he could and he did. The only question at this point is the timing. And IMO, the timing of OBL's May 1st demise is key.

The president furthered his push for recognition yesterday when he made his trip and grand entrance at Fort Campbell Ky., supposedly to thank those in the military involved in the mission to get OBL. Maybe it is me? But I believe that this could have been accomplished absent all the media coverage and pomp and circumstance that have become trademarks of this administration.

Personally, I don't believe George Bush would have engaged in such petty pandering. Firstly because it is not in his nature and secondly because he would realize that the media would tar and feather him as an arrogant political opportunist if he even hinted that he intended such a road trip.

No, George Bush would have made a private trip unannounced to thank those involved and his sentiments would have originated in sincere thanks and appreciation and not some desire to be seen arriving and making speeches.

So......in my opinion, what we saw this week was the attempted exploitation of the event by a president who authorized the mission, for the singular purpose of trying to pump up his own image and numbers in the face of a flagging economy, continued unemployment and soaring consumer prices.

That won't last mr. president. No more than the failed programs of federally funding incentives to prop up the housing and auto industry with the people's money did. This too will be revealed as the sham that it really is and the people will soon return to the reality of their daily misery, absent concern over the death of OBL or your victory tour.

What looms on the horizon now, is the very real potential of, not  'if' Al Qa'ida will strike in retaliation, but that this administration will allow them to do so as a subsequent means of generating another opportunity for the people of America to be led to the belief that this president is their savior.

I don't think that will wash. I believe that even in the face of  a media barrage of lies and manipulations of the truth, the American people will see through to the truth and realize that they have been set up for another terrorist attack by the actions and weak policies of this president.

Surely there are those like the legions of minions in Hollywood and elsewhere who will praise this president regardless of consequence, but the vast majority of the people won't long suffer the lies and purposeful deceit, once they have again been bloodied by the religion of peace again.

So.....take you victory lap mr. president. Polish your peace prize and order up a few more teleprompters if you will. Stand on the seeming moral ground of refusal to release photos and claiming moral superiority in the face of a fate that you crafted. In the end the photos will be released. Not that they should be and not that they need to be, but based upon the fact that the Jerry Springer mentality that drives the majority of American media will see to it that they are released.

Regardless of whether the media has to buy someone off, or they succeed in a freedom of information act request to get them, the photos will be seen by the American people eventually. Their blood lust will be satisfied. And yes, for a short time once they are released, you will once again be allowed to bask in the glory of your accomplishment, but not for long.

Friday, May 06, 2011

Another Hero Comes Home

 When they lay him to rest on the 14th, I will be there.

BRIERFIELD -- There's a spot marked in a small country graveyard near here for the long lost Green Beret.
Now, after 43 years of uncertainty, the grave in Ashby Cemetery can be filled.

Burial for James Leslie Moreland -- missing in action in Vietnam since Feb. 7, 1968 -- will be May 14 in this isolated cemetery off Bibb County 2, south of Montevallo. Moreland was born in Bessemer on Sept. 29, 1945, moved to California in high school and in 1965 went to Vietnam as a medic in the elite Army Special Forces.

The 22-year-old was presumed dead after a ferocious battle at Lang Vei in South Vietnam. But his body wasn't recovered or identified. Finding the body and securing an ID turned into a decades-long quest until last month, when DNA earlier submitted by five relatives matched remains found at Lang Vei.

"It was very emotional coming up on the 43rd anniversary," said Linda Brown, 62, the youngest of the five Moreland siblings. The family had all come to accept James was dead, but they persisted on finding his body, Brown said.

"I had never given up," said Brown, who lives in Washington state near sister Edna Anita LaMoine, 73. "I said I wouldn't care if they identified just one bone fragment so we could say, 'Yes, it is our brother.'"

Unknown to the Moreland family at the time, a Christmas Day gift in 1972 to a 12-year-old girl added one more person to the long pursuit for answers. Kathy Strong of Walnut Creek, Calif., remembers asking for an MIA bracelet because it was the cool thing to have at the time. Santa Claus brought a bracelet with the name: James Leslie Moreland.

Now 50, Strong became close to members of the Moreland family after her hometown newspaper, the Contra Costa Times, several years ago chronicled how she had worn the bracelet for decades and had grown increasingly interested in Moreland's story.

Strong plans to attend the upcoming burial in Alabama, where she said she will relinquish her bracelet to be buried with the remains.

"My promise was to keep it until he came home and then give it back," Strong said.

Moreland's commanding officer, Paul Longgrear, who is an ordained minister, will officiate the service.

Longgrear led a strike force unit, which included Moreland, to help defend a Special Forces camp near the Laotian border. The camp was a "thorn in the side of the North Vietnamese," Longgrear said, and on Feb. 6, 1968, it came under heavy attack from enemy tanks. He said he remembered Moreland being seriously wounded in the head as he went to fetch a machine gun in an open area, aiming to keep it out of enemy hands. In the ensuing explosions and subsequent takeover, some men escaped, some were captured, some were killed. Moreland's body was never recovered.

"He was a great guy -- a great looking kid with a lot of confidence," said Longgrear, who lives in Pine Mountain, Ga. "He had that swagger. Green Beret tend to be that way."

Moreland's early childhood years were spent in the Birmingham area and in Selma, his sisters said. He went to Lyman Ward Military Academy in Camp Hill in the eighth and ninth grades. The family moved to southern California in 1962, and Moreland became an all-county football player at Western High School in Anaheim, playing on the same team as Andy Messersmith, who went on to become a Major League baseball player. After graduation, Moreland attended Fullerton Junior College but ultimately followed his two older brothers' footsteps into the military, albeit a different branch.

"I tried my best to get him to come to the Navy," chuckled retired Navy Seabee and older brother Robert D. Moreland, 75, of Lakeside, Calif. "But he liked to skydive."

When on June 5, 1978, the Army declared Moreland "presumed dead," his mother, Gladys Parks, organized a memorial service for him at Ashby Cemetery and dedicated a large granite marker in her son's memory. They played 'Ballad of the Green Beret' and tears flowed, Brown remembered.

Moreland's mother died April 1, 2001, but she talked to The Birmingham News in 1978 about the memorial.

"I just felt this memorial was one way I can honor him," she said. "But to me he's not dead. If they could have ever found some trace of him to give me, some little something to prove they found him, I could accept it. ... Maybe someday I will."

Dorothy Moreland, 81, of Montevallo, who is widower of the oldest Moreland sibling, Roger, said it is sad Parks won't see this day. But there's some comfort to be taken, she supposes, in the burial arrangement putting Moreland next to the graves of his mother and father.

When they lay him to rest, "brother'll be back home between mommy and daddy," she said.

Slut Walks

So.....the object is to show solidarity? And to "reclaim the word SLUT?"

Got it......

Slut Pride

An international series of protests known as SlutWalks, sparked by a Toronto police officer's flippant comment that women should avoid dressing like "sluts" to avoid being raped or victimized, is taking root in the United States.


Some women and men who protest dress in nothing more remarkable than jeans and T-shirts, while others wear provocative or revealing outfits to bring attention to "slut-shaming," or shaming women for being sexual, and the treatment of sexual assault victims.


"It was taking the blame off the rapist and on the victim," said Nicole Sullivan, 21, a student at the University of Massachusetts-Boston and an organizer of the SlutWalk planned Saturday in that city. "So we are using these efforts to reclaim the word 'slut.'"


The police officer made his comments in January to a group of York University students at a safety forum. He later apologized, but his comments were publicized widely on Facebook and Twitter. They inspired a march in Toronto last month that drew more than 3,000 people, as well as SlutWalks since then in Dallas, Asheville, North Carolina, and Ottawa, Ontario.

Are Americas enemies really in the middle east?

There is a popular meme that says that America's Muslim enemies exist only the middle east. We may need to re-think that after today.

Muslims riot in the London and storm US Embassy over Bin Ladin death
HUNDREDS of Osama bin Laden supporters clashed with English Defence League extremists today as a “funeral service” for the assassinated terror leader sparked fury outside London’s US Embassy.

Police stepped in to separate the chanting groups amid threats of violence from both sides.

US leaders were branded “murderers” by radicals, who warned vengeance attacks were “guaranteed” and shouted: "USA, you will pay."

Abu Muaz, 28, from east London, said: "It is only a matter of time before another atrocity - the West is the enemy.”

Meanwhile, EDL members chanted “USA, USA” as Muslims knelt to pray for bin Laden at the opposite end of the highly-secured embassy, in central London.

An ambulance was called to the scene amid reports that one of the extremists had been attacked.

The pro-bin Laden event was organised by controversial preacher Anjem Choudary.

The former UK leader of the outlawed al-Muhajiroun and member of the “poppy-burning” Muslims Against Crusades extremist group called on the US to return bin Laden’s body to relatives.

The Greece Fire Errupts

Greece isn't going bankrupt, Greece is bankrupt and so is the European Union. They just don't want the people to know it yet. Read on......

The domino effect


Greece's economic problems are massive, with protests against the government being held almost daily. Now Prime Minister George Papandreou apparently feels he has no other option: SPIEGEL ONLINE has obtained information from German government sources knowledgeable of the situation in Athens indicating that Papandreou's government is considering abandoning the euro and reintroducing its own currency.

Alarmed by Athens' intentions, the European Commission has called a crisis meeting in Luxembourg on Friday night. In addition to Greece's possible exit from the currency union, a speedy restructuring of the country's debt also features on the agenda. One year after the Greek crisis broke out, the development represents a potentially existential turning point for the European monetary union -- regardless which variant is ultimately decided upon for dealing with Greece's massive troubles.

Given the tense situation, the meeting in Luxembourg has been declared highly confidential, with only the euro-zone finance ministers and senior staff members permitted to attend. Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and Jörg Asmussen, an influential state secretary in the Finance Ministry, are attending on Germany's behalf.

'Considerable Devaluation'

Sources told SPIEGEL ONLINE that Schäuble intends to seek to prevent Greece from leaving the euro zone if at all possible. He will take with him to the meeting in Luxembourg an internal paper prepared by the experts at his ministry warning of the possible dire consequences if Athens were to drop the euro.

"It would lead to a considerable devaluation of the new (Greek) domestic currency against the euro," the paper states. According to German Finance Ministry estimates, the currency could lose as much as 50 percent of its value, leading to a drastic increase in Greek national debt. Schäuble's staff have calculated that Greece's national deficit would rise to 200 percent of gross domestic product after such a devaluation. "A debt restructuring would be inevitable," his experts warn in the paper. In other words: Greece would go bankrupt.


And the point that is being missed is this. The EU was created for the sole purpose to be a competitor to the US. A conglomeration of European states to combat and offset the global prominence of the United States.

In the end, they have all thrown in together in the giant social experiment and now that the scheme can't support these floundering economies and there is no ability to simply print more money like the US does? They are going to go under.

Greece is the first, followed by Portugal, Ireland and probably Spain and yes, soon to be followed by the UK and France. Even though the Brits aren't tied to the Euro, there is no escaping the economic bounce and aftermath of having the rest of Europe collapse around them.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the planet, China is humming right along. Or so it seems. While China has thrived on American and western consumption, she too has been cooking her books to paint rainbows that don't exist.

Yes, they may succeed in getting the dollar trashed and the yuan accepted as the new global trading currency, but something tells me that by the time that happens, there will be larger fish in the pan and China will be revealed to be a paper tiger of finance.

Batten down the hatches peeps, there is rough weather ahead.

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Thanks, but no thanks

At least some people saw through the facade of today's presidential visit to ground zero.

 

Would you like some greens with your death?

From time to time, I come across a media report that absolutely boggles the mind. Actually? I come across them far too frequently. And when I do, I literally have to slap myself and re-focus on what I have just read or witnessed and attempt to get my head wrapped around the idiocy that I am seeing presented to me as some form or reasonable explanation. Last night was one of those times. So I bookmarked this little tidbit for re-visitation today.



The most familiar item in the Army's arsenal is getting an upgrade.

The M855 bullet was designed in the 70s -- and has been in use since then, despite some complaints from soldiers that it's often less than effective .The new M855A1, which the Army will be demonstrating Wednesday at the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, is deadlier, faster, and may soon replace its older cousin.

The new ammunition is notable for being "green" for one thing; it's lead-free, meaning the new ammo is environmentally friendly, the Army said. The military began providing the lead-free round last June to U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan.

A live-fire demonstration will be held Wednesday morning at the post. Soldiers will fire the new and old rounds, as well as a third type, to compare the performance of all three on identical targets. The targets will include a parked vehicle, steel plates and building materials.

Army officials acknowledged that the M855 "has not been providing the 'stopping power' the user would like at engagement ranges less than 150 yards," according to a 2005 briefing, the Army Times reported last year.

But ballistics experts point out no bullet is perfect; the new rounds won't be substantially more deadly, in other words.


So, there you have it. Political correctness gone mad once again. Egalitarian idiocy has now reached do deeply into the American military? That it even permeates death. Quite literally, the American military is prepared to test and issue ammunition, solely based upon it's environmental footprint, while completely ignoring its inferiority to existing ammunition.

Imagine that. The professional ministers of death (the American military) are about to be led willingly to the great abyss of environmentally friendly death. They are going to issue environmentally friendly ammunition and they want us to know why this is a wonderful idea.

And here I sat thinking that the most grandiose piece of idiocy that I have seen in my lifetime when it comes to the Pentagon, was when the bean counters at the Pentagon, ordered cheaply made bullets during the Viet Nam war to save money and got thousands of Americans killed and maimed by jammed M-16's. (Author's note: yes, Viet Nam was a war and yes, it was about beans).

I am sure that the admission that this new 'environmentally friendly' ammunition is inferior in performance to existing issued ammo will somehow be lost in the background noise of the cumbayah liberal embrace and media blitz.

What next? Will they start printing new recruiting posters? That are floral based, printed on biodegradable stock and touting the new and improved openly gay and environmentally friendly focused mission of the American military.

Like I said previously, there are times that my head literally spins from the idiocy that I see presented to me as something that is supposed to be reasonable.

And the hits just keep on coming....

Isn't this little morsel of news from the hill interesting......


Obama administration floats draft plan to tax cars by the mile

By Pete Kasperowicz - 05/05/11 07:45 AM ET

The Obama administration has floated a transportation authorization bill that would require the study and implementation of a plan to tax automobile drivers based on how many miles they drive.

The plan is a part of the administration's Transportation Opportunities Act, an undated draft of which was obtained this week by Transportation Weekly.

The White House, however, said the bill is only an early draft that was not formally circulated within the administration.

“This is not an administration proposal," White House spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki said. "This is not a bill supported by the administration. This was an early working draft proposal that was never formally circulated within the administration, does not taken into account the advice of the president’s senior advisers, economic team or Cabinet officials, and does not represent the views of the president.”


I wonder where this plan came to life? My guess is that there is more than than a caucus of Washington liberals absolutely drooling over their desires to see European socialism at full tilt in America. As a matter of fact? I am sure of it. and every time I see one of these lame brain leftist schemes, it only reinforces the reality.

Note at the end of the report how the white house spokesman attempts to 'ten foot pole' the proposal away and claim absolute ignorance of where it even originated. "No, no! no! We Don't even know where this proposal came from or how it got here or why people are talking about it!"

Slowly slowly catchy monkeys........right.......

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

To OBL? Or not To OBL. That is the question

There is a certain irony IMO, that the president is wrestling with the concerns of transparency and potential conspiracy theories over the death of OBL. and that his cabinet is advising him against it.

Is it just me, or is that not truly ironic.


Gates, Clinton Advising President to Not Release OBL Photograph

President Obama is increasingly doubtful that there's a compelling reason to release a photograph of Osama bin Laden's corpse, ABC News has learned.

There don't seem to be many skeptics of bin Laden's death in the Muslim world, with bin Laden's wife having survived the attack to identify bin Laden's death both to the Navy SEALs and Pakistani authorities.

Meanwhile, sources say, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are advising the president about concerns at the Pentagon and State Department that releasing a photograph could prompt a backlash against the US for killing bin Laden where one does not seem to currently exist.

The internal debate at the White House is then informed by this question: why are we releasing this photograph if no one seems to really doubt his death and releasing it could cause more harm than good?


US official: "The only skeptics are extremists and they wouldn't be convinced by a photograph anyway. So the president has to weigh the potential negatives and they're huge, there's a tremendous risk of the photo becoming a rallying cry for attacks against US soldiers, government personnel, and Americans in general."

-Jake Tapper