Diatha Harris Update, She LIED Last Month.

12/12/2008 04:46:00 PM

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harris[4][5]If you don’t remember, Harris was a teacher in NC who belittled a young student because she supported McCain in the election nearly to the point of tears.  It’s been awhile and I decided to see if there had been an update on the situation. 

Harris, who said she was the victim in all of this because of the way the video was edited, has recently stated that she has received death threats and has lost 15 pounds over the incident. 

She has also stated that if she had to do it over again, there are things she would change.  “I would change the comment that I made toward Cathy by saying that your father could stay in the military for a hundred years.”

Last month Harris stated that an internal investigation of her conduct cleared her of violating state law or Cumberland County Board of Education policy and gave her a reprimand letter.  The school system has said it will not release the result of the investigation because of personnel laws.

However this past Monday, Harris is now acknowledging that she was found to have violated a Cumberland County school policy, contrary to what she said after getting a reprimand letter in November, a policy which she states she had never heard of before.

She said the policy she is accused of violating addresses political activity in schools.



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Worst Government Spending Waste Report For 2008

12/12/2008 04:16:00 PM

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09022007 "A look back through some of the year’s most outrageous federal spending” that totals over $1 billion for 65 examples.  The total waste is more than $385 billion.  But hey, at least there’s not $400 hammers, $640 toilet seats and a $500,000 outhouse in Pennsylvania this time.  At least some of the Inspector Generals are doing their jobs.

Senator Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK), ranking member of the Senate Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management released today the oversight report, “2008: Worse Waste of the Year.”

To the American Taxpayer,

As part of my commitment to oversee how federal agencies in Washington, D.C. spend your money, I am releasing a series of oversight reports on federal spending. 


With billions of taxpayer dollars spent on low-priority and questionable projects, 2008 was a banner year for wasteful Washington spending.  In a time when the government is spending huge sums to address a struggling economy, Congress needs to ensure efficient use of our own resources before turning to taxpayers and asking for more.


With your help, we can begin making a difference and change the way Washington works.

The report shows examples of double money such as the Frank M. Charles Memorial Park in New York, which received $1 million in 2008 to repair tennis courts and to install Astroturf on a single baseball field.  The same park received a $1 million grant in 2000 for similar upgrades, but the money was squandered, leaving the park in a state of disrepair and in need of more federal funds.

A $500,000 was given to the “B In Tune” youth music program in 2008 to teach kids about “funk music and Nobel peace laureates.”  No proof was ever furnished to show the money was used for its intended purpose.  When asked why, the organization’s director said that a senior consultant became “ill”.  An additional $430,000 grant was given to the organization also in 2008, in which the director said it would be used to teach kids how to be a DJ or how to produce a TV show.

In the misappropriations, California used $3 million in federal funds intended for nutrition programs in the San Diego school district to assist low-income students by giving the funds as bonuses to San Diego employees leaving the district.  The Department of Education has not yet decided on whether the school district would be required to pay back the funds.


Just a thought here, are AIG’s accountants the same as those used by the U.S. government?  The complete list includes 65 examples [PDF] of wasteful spending.  Below are my favorites.  At least there aren’t any $400 hammers and toilet seats this year…..

  • Bike paths, museums, scenic route, and roadside greenery, $800 million.  The funds were suppose to be used to fix federal highways and bridges.
  • An IRS mailing notifying taxpayers that they were getting a stimulus check, $42 million.  This does NOT include the stimulus checks.  This is simply the cost to mail notices that their checks would be there soon.
  • The National Park Service Centennial Party in 2016.  Congress authorized $24.6 million for 2008 with a build up to spend $1 billion overall on the celebration.
  • To build an art museum in Iraq, $13 million.
  • Medicare continuing to purchase brand name medication while generic is available, $6.5 million.
  • A retractable shade canopy for Haddad Riverfront Park in West Virginia, $2.4 million.
  • Training classes for casino workers in Kansas, $784,000.
  • Clevelands Botanical Gardens “Green Corps”, which is a work study program that teaches teens to make salsa from the plants they grow, and then sell it as a money maker for the Gardens, $517,000.
  • An inflatable alligator and under-the-sea waterslide in Texas, $367,000.
  • FCC-sponsored NASCAR events to promote the digital TV transition, $350,000.
  • Search for Alaskan Ice Worms in New Jersey, $326,733.
  • For specialty potatoes at high-end restaurants, $300,000.
  • EPA Administrators Junket Trip to Australia, $280,000.
  • Funding for the “Lobster Institute” to promote the lobster industry throughout Maine, in part by deploying an underwater LobsterCam, $188,000.
  • Six portraits for the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of Commerce, the NASA Administrator, the Commandant of the Coast Guard and even the director of the National Cancer Institute, $167,290.
  • A state barn census in Vermont, $150,000.
  • Remounting the worlds largest fish in New York, $135,000.
  • Studying American and Chinese Video Game Habits in California, $100,000.
  • A non-functioning gas station shaped like an airplane, in Tennessee, $9,000.
  • Money given to the Westfield Washington Public Library in Indiana for the purchase of a Nintendo Wii console, tv, camcorder and games”, $3,905.


And remember, this same government wants to give money to the Big 3?  They gave to AIG, and look what they did with the money.  Party time!

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Girls Laugh While Few Feet Away, Armed Robbery Takes Place. [Video FOUND again]

12/12/2008 03:31:00 PM

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121208laughMainIn the video, it shows the restaurant continuing to serve customers after the male victim was shot, wounded and left bleeding on the floor.  Additionally in the video, two young black girls are shown casually leaning against a wall, laughing as the black customer while he is be robbed at gunpoint by two black males, finally running off when shots are fired.  The man is shown slumping in the corner of the building, while bystanders just look on, doing nothing to help the man.

The shooting occurred Aug. 6, 2008 at 12:12am, shortly after a 46-year old man entered the Chinese Cuisine carryout on Harford Road in Northeast Baltimore, according to charging documents.


People who live in the neighborhood say this particular location has had it’s share of problems.  “Around here people get robbed here in this store all the time and a lot of people are cautious about coming in there because they like I might walk in there I might get robbed because people always hear about people getting robbed in there,” Kolin Cooper who lives in the neighborhood says.


In a December 1st court hearing, prosecutor Jen Rallo said “[The victim] is left crumpled on the floor of the carryout, bleeding.”  “He is left to live or die on his own.  … No one helps [him],” Rallo said.  “He is in pain.  He asks to go behind the counter because he is afraid these individuals will return and shoot him again.  And the store actually continues serving customers as [the victim] is bleeding on the floor.”

Two 17-year-old entered the store – first one, then the other – with blue bandannas covering parts of their faces, Rallo said in court, describing the video to the judge.  They rummaged through the customer’s pockets, held guns pointed at his head and then both shot at him, striking him in the left knee, Rallo said.

The victim could have lost his life,” the prosecutor added.  “There was no need to shoot this victim.  There was no need to attack this man.”

The two 17-year-olds are Darren Brown, of the 3300 block of Ellerslie Avenue, and David Jefferson, of the 2700 block of Tivoly Avenue.  After the judge viewed the video, he ordered the two teens to be tried as adults with first-degree murder, a charge in Maryland that carries a maximum penalty of life in prison.  They are scheduled to go to trial for the shooting in February.

Rallo said that Brown’s admitted full time job – drug dealing – shows he’s acting as an adult.  “He was selling drugs, making $200 a day.”


Lewyn Garrett, Darren Brown’s attorney, said his client should be tried as a juvenile, keeping with a recommendation from court medical services.  He said Brown suffers from lead poisoning and has a learning disability.  [Yea, as IF those conditions stopped him from robbing a man, and shooting him.  If he’s capable of doing said act, then he’s capable of serving time in the big house.”]

Garret has also complained that the prosecution has not turned over the names of their witnesses to him, calling them “phantom” witnesses.  [Umm, yea, as IF there are witnesses needed to show an act of crime…]

During Wednesday’s meeting of Baltimore’s Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, Mayor Shelia Dixon condemned the girls in the video, saying “It’s like business as usual.  Clearly … we have some very mentally disturbed individuals in the city.”  She has also said the video is quote, “an unfortunate reminder that we must treat some violent juveniles as adults in the criminal justice system.”


The 46-year-old man who was shot is undergoing physical therapy.  He is also suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, according to prosecutor Rallo.


Yep, both “boys” should be tried as adults.  Drug dealing “boys” who robs and shoots an unarmed man, who is not threatening to them, because “times are hard” deserves time at the Big House.

And I’d also be looking at the two young girls laughing, as I’d be willing to bet, they are in on it.  They stood by, giggling and laughing, acting like nothing is wrong.  And anyone want to bet these two girls are minors?  Why are they out after midnight?  Where are all of these kids parents?

And if there was any way to legally shut down the restaurant, I’d do it.  I don’t know any restaurant that can’t be shut down if a Health Department actually does their job.

As for the Mayors comment about “we have some very mentally disturbed individuals in the city,” my comment would be YA THINK? And, if that is news to the Mayor, then she really needs to get out more.

The video is NOT complete as the one that seems to be shown in court.  And if the below video “disappears”, as it has once already, here is another link.  And one more link.  And I found one more, just incase.


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White House Bailing Out Big 3 Using TARP Is Illegal And Possibly Unconstitutional.

12/12/2008 11:36:00 AM

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the_week_9202_27If Unions are so good, then why doesn’t it reflect on the condition of our Economy?

I’m doing part of my rant at the beginning…..  First Congress bailed out the banks against what the taxpayers of the United States wanted, in other words, they didn’t listen to their constituents.  A perfect example of taxation without representation.  We spoke, they didn’t represent what we the taxpayers wanted.  And that $700 billion bailout has been nothing but a comedy of errors since, considering that the bailout was suppose to only be for banks.  Since then insurance companies have had the money to buy out a bank and gain access to the funds, even a Dutch bank asked for TARP funds, among other “Stooge” moments.

Now, most people don’t want the Big 3 bailed out, unless they are actually an employee of the Big 3, a retiree of the Big 3, or have a business that is directly influenced by the Big 3.  And the Democrats in the House didn’t listen and attempted to pass law.  The Senate, with their Republicans, said forget it.. ain’t gonna happen.  But obviously, there are those who again don’t seem to listen to what the taxpayers want.  Bush, going against his own party, says bail em out with his spokespeople saying because Congress  “failed”.

And how is he planning on doing this?  By using the funds from the $700 billion previously mentioned.  There’s only one small problem… it’s illegal according to the wording in the bill.


The Senate failed to pass the $14 billion bailout and the head of the UAW,  Ron Gettelfinger, blamed the Senate Republicans stating, “This was just simply subterfuge on the part of the minority in the Republican Party who wanted to tear down any agreement that we came up with, the auto industry around the world is in peril.”

The current weakened state of the economy is such that it could not withstand a body blow like a disorderly bankruptcy in the auto industry,” White House press secretary Dana Perino said today.

Treasury spokeswoman Brookly McLaughlin said, “Because Congress failed to act, we will stand ready to prevent an imminent failure until Congress reconvenes and acts to address the long-term viability of the industry.”

Obama said he was disappointed that the Senate failed to act.  “My hope is that the administration and the Congress will still find a way to give the industry the temporary assistance it needs while demanding the long-term-restructuring that is absolutely required,” he said in a statement.  Yet on this Sunday’s past “Meet the Press” Obama stated, “We don’t want government to run companies.  Generally, government historically hasn’t done that very well.”  Is this “change” your mind, or another instance of “double speak”?

According to Congress, the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act which created the $700 billion fund known as the Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP, could be used for the $14 billion bridge loan to the Big 3.

In recent weeks however, Paulson has resisted the idea of using TARP funds for the Big 3 since it was created to provide liquidity to the financial sector, not the auto industry.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she would never support an auto bailout that used money originally set aside to help the Big 3 develop fuel-efficient vehicles.  Then Pelosi “changed” her mind and clamed she wouldn’t support a bailout bill unless the Big 3 promised to drop their lawsuit against California’s emissions requirements.  Then Pelosi “changed” her mind again, this time saying she is willing to support the bailout without the Big 3 dropping the lawsuit, but only if Republican lawmakers support the bill


About $15 billion from the first half of the $700 billion remains uncommitted since about $335 billion has already been used for banks and insurance companies.  To begin tapping the second half of the bailout, the administration would first have to notify Congress, which could block it or put new conditions on how the money is used.

The Treasury lacks the statutory authority to direct TARP dollars to the automakers.  While the statue, passed by Congress in October, grants the secretary extremely broad discretion to decide how to employ the funds, it clearly limits the recipients to “financial institutions.”  And the definition of that term is quite clear:

FINANCIAL INSTITUTION – The term ‘financial institution’ means any institution, including, but not limited to, any bank, saving association, credit union, security broker or dealer, or insurance company, established and regulated under the laws of the United States or any State, territory, or possession of the United States, the District of Columbia, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, American Samoa, or the United States Virgin Island, and having significant operations in the United States, but excluding any central bank of, or institution owned by, a foreign government.

Now one could say that GMAC qualifies under this, well it doesn’t.  GMAC is not a bank.  Providing customer financing is a function that many non-financial institutions, from department stores to bars, engage in regularly.  In other words, they self finance without being a bank.  If GMAC would offer loans to anyone for any purchase, then that would be a different matter.

Even The Heritage Foundation says that bailing out the Big 3 is a bad idea and illegal:

“Even if the Administration were inclined to do so, it simply lacks the power under the statute passed by Congress to tap TARP funds to prop up auto manufacturers.  This makes sense:  why else would have Congress spent the past month taking testimony from auto executives and then crafting politically contentious bailout legislation if the whole thing was unnecessary, because it had already passed the bailout back in October?

The Administration must reject calls for it to trample the law, and accomplish an end-run around our represented democracy, by moving forward with a bailout.  Giving in would be both unprincipled and, ultimately, illegal.

Worst of all, it would be counterproductive.  Reorganization in bankruptcy continues to represent the best chance for General Motors and Chrysler to survive and prosper.


The Wall Street Journal reports that banks and bankruptcy experts were all in a huff over a line in the Monday draft of the bill providing that the government gets its money “senior and prior to all obligations, liabilities, and debts of any such holding company or company that controls a majority stake in the eligible automobile manufacturer.”

This might be a violation of the Fifth Amendment, which guarantees just compensation for taking private property, bankruptcy and constitutional law experts told the Journal:

“It really sounds like a clear violation of the taking cause in the Constitution, to put the government ahead of all the other lenders.  To go this route is a treacherous path riddled with all sorts of constitutional issues,” said Don Workman, head of the restructuring practice at the law firm of Baker Hostetler.

On the other hand, Congress might argue that the bailout is actually keeping the car companies out of bankruptcy, and if the taxpayers are ponying up, then they should get some guarantees.


Obama has also said in the past that even if Congress does not bailout the Big 3, he will push for federal help once he is sworn in.


Why do we even have Congress, a President and such if no one listens?  And ultimately, if what the highest in power wants, that person gets?  That is Democracy?

Part One

Maybe just maybe Mr. Gettelfinger the reason the GOP Senate said no was because they don’t want to pile debt on top of debt.  And maybe just maybe the reason they said no was because they don’t agree that a certain part of our population in the United States should get “special” treatment.  I am referring to not the pay the workers receive, but their benefits, which include health care for retirees.  Why should one industry be given special treatment when so many others have nothing right now, not even a job.  The UAW should be willing to make temporary sacrifices, such as cutting health care benefits to a minimum, in order for reduce costs until the Big 3 can get on their feet again.  But as usual, the UAW thinks they should have their cake and eat it too while the rest of the nation eats dirt.

And where is all the money going to come from to buy these cars?  Currently all U.S. automakers are seeing the worst sales slump in 26 years.  GM today announced, after the fact of learning they weren’t going to get a bailout, that they were going to temporarily close 20 production plants.  But don’t worry, those who are laid off will get their unemployment benefits, and additional money from the Big 3 to compensate to make sure they get 95% of their weekly income.  Oh, and they still have insurance benefits this whole time.  So basically GM is saying okay, let unemployment support them, yes we still have to pay then according to our UAW contract to make sure they make 95% of their normal income, but hey, it’s less money for us to pay! So, that’s a nice Christmas present for all the UAW workers impacted by the temporary close…….  Did you get a paid month off of work for Christmas?

No one has the money to make a new purchase of a new vehicle.  So millions of new cars are going to be sitting in lots doing nothing but gathering dust all because you think your workers deserve special treatment.  So tell me, where’s the profit in this bailout for me?  Remember, the new mentality is about “sharing the wealth”, so where’s my share in all of this?  Will I get a car at cost?  Will I get a full warranty on everything on that new car for the next 10 years?  Because I as a tax payer will be paying for YOUR bailout, especially if you can’t pay it back, for the next 20 years!  High risk with no high payback is bad business.  Isn’t that how Wall Street collapsed?  Isn’t that how the real estate industry collapsed?  By giving high risk loans to those who they knew couldn’t afford it.

And since no one is buying new cars, where are the Big 3 going to get the funds to pay back this loan?  And what about them coming back asking for more money?  The Big 3 are going to end up being just like AIG, asking for more and more and more money, turning into a super black hole sucking the life out of our taxpayer funded accounts.

And why are the big wigs being bailed out?  Banks, investment firms, insurance companies and now possibly the Big 3.  And I’m going to take a Socialist attitude here since that seems to be the “new way”.  When is it time to help those who pay for all this?  Where’s my bailout?  How about not having to pay federal taxes for an entire year?  If the government has all this money to spread around, then why can’t we get a break? 

Why doesn’t the Big 3 have to go through what everyone else is?  Filing for bankruptcy reorganization and start over again.  In bankruptcy court, the process allows the auto industry to negotiate with creditors, stakeholders and unions.  The auto industry spent nearly $50 million lobbying Congress in the first nine months of this year while unions spent hundreds of millions to put Democrats in Washington.

And maybe, if maybe twenty years ago, there had been a national healthcare system put in place, like every other major country of the world, then the UAW and the Big 3 wouldn’t have this contract for health care benefits.  This is the ONLY point so far that I agree with that Obama should do.

Ultimately, the Big 3 bailout is nothing more than dividing the classes further and a continuation of destroying our economy. 

Part Two

So obviously another law is going to be broken on a bill that the taxpayers never wanted to pass.  But this seems to be the new rage among many these days.  Now you might think, well this is nothing new, all politicians are crooks.  Well, being a crook is one thing, breaking Federal law and ignoring the Constitution is another matter. 


Oh, and one other small newline.  Obama is planning on raising taxes and sending the money to Kuwait.

And I could always bring up the Obama birth certificate issue……..


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Queen of Pinups, Betty Page Has Died.

12/11/2008 11:10:00 PM

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betty_pageFor those of the younger crowd Betty Page was a woman from the 1950s who made many a man’s heart race, along with other body parts.  I just found out that she was in the hospital yesterday.  She had been in the hospital for three weeks prior recovering from pneumonia and was near release when she had a heart attack and fell into a coma, being put on life support.  This evening, she died at 6:41pm PST in a LA hospital.  She was 85.  No matter how hard women try to imitate her, there will be no one like her again.

Private Funeral Services will be on December 16th at Westwood Memorial Cemetery.

Page was discovered by accident on a beach in California and turned into “THE” pinup girl from the 50s.  Page once said that “I was generally happy posing, and that seemed to shine through the pictures.”  “Nobody knew this, but I used to imagine the camera was my boyfriend, and I was making love to him.  I had fun teasing the guy with the camera until he was insync with whatever mood I was in.”

Her most famous photographs were taken in 1955 by fashion photographer Bunny Yeager.  They included shots of a nude Page lounging with leopards, frolicking in the waves and deep-sea fishing, and a January 1955 Playboy centerfold of her winking under a Santa Claus cap while placing a bulb on a Christmas tree.

bettyPage paired up with a photographer and her sister, and her modeling turning a bit to the “dark side” incorporating bondage.  Seeing those pictures in recent years she would laugh an comment, “Oh I look like a meanie here … But honestly, who could take any of this seriously?  I never understood how anyone believed those poses were sexy.  To be tied up?  I don’t get it.”

As a result of this, Senator Kefauver of TN, her home state, launched a congressional investigation into pornography.  She was subpoenaed to appear in a Capitol Hill courtroom presided over by Senator Kefauver, yet she was never called upon to actually testify.

Because of this, Page left the public eye at age 34 in 1958, later saying she was hounded by federal agents who waved her nude photos in her face.  Over the following years, she became a born-again Christian, married three times, and suffered a nervous breakdown.

Page moved to So. Cal in 1979 and was arrested after an altercation with her landlady around 1989, and doctors determined she had acute schizophrenia.  She spent 20 months in a state mental hospital at San Bernardino’s Patton State Hospital and was released in 1992.

A fight with another landlord resulted in her arrest, but she was found not guilty because of insanity.  She was placed under state supervision for eight years.

bettieShe had a very turbulent life,” Todd Mueller, a family friend told the AP.  “She had a temper to her.”

Over the years she refused to be photographed again, even in street clothes.  “I don’t want to be photographed in my old age,” she told an interviewer in 1998.  “I feel the same say with old movie stars.  … It makes me sad.  We want to remember them when they were young.”

Roesler who was an attorney who helped establish Page merchandise and licensing said “She was a remarkable woman, truly someone that changed the social norms, not only here in this country, but also around the world.  While Jackie Robinson was changing the racial attitude, Bettie Page was changing our attitudes on sex.  She became a James Dean type of ‘rebel’ figure as she allowed people to be less inhibited and look at sex in a different way.”

Page herself said in an interview in 2006 about her work, “Being in the nude isn’t a disgrace unless you’re being promiscuous about it.”  “After all, when God created Adam and Eve, they were stark naked.  And in the Garden of Eden, God was probably naked as a jaybird too!”

She also added about her continued fame well past the end of her modeling sessions, “I have no idea why I’m the only model who has had so much fame so long after quitting work.”

BTW, when Page was asked if breast implants were available during her time, would she have gotten them.  “No, I would have not gotten implants.  I don’t think God meant for anything artificial to be put in the body.  I would rather have no breasts than something artificial like that.”

This is why, there will never be anyone, no matter how hard they try to imitate her, like her again.  The girl was real all the way round.

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Senate Does Not Pass Big 3 Bailout

12/11/2008 10:16:00 PM

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In case you have missed it.


And yes, I believe that the Big 3 should cut salaries, and cut hourly wages and benefits.  If that is what it takes to keep the Big 3 going, and to keep jobs, then so be it.  Which is better?  The Big 3 trying to do business as usual and going bankrupt, or cut expenses, bring the workers down to normal people level until the crisis is over, so they and other industries still have jobs.  What makes the Big 3 so special they shouldn’t have to suffer along with everyone else?

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U.S. Only Two States Away From Rewriting Constitution

12/11/2008 10:13:00 PM

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God_Forbid_-_IV_-_Constitution_of_Treason_cover Before you start your tin foil hat conspiracy finger pointing, the one question that should be on your mind is; How did we get only two states away from rewriting the Constitution with no one knowing about it until now?


A public policy organization has issued an urgent alert stating affirmative votes are needed from only two more states before a Constitutional Convention could be assembled in which “today’s corrupt politicians and judges” could formally change the U.S. Constitution’s “’problematic’ provisions to reflect the philosophical and social mores of our contemporary society.”

“Don’t for one second doubt that delegates to a Con Con wouldn’t revise the First Amendment into a government-controlled privilege, replace the 2nd Amendment with a ‘collective’ right to self-defense, and abolish the 4th, 5th and 10th Amendments, and the rest of the Bill of Rights,” said the warning from the American Policy Institute.

“Additionally could include the non-existent separation of church and state, the ‘right’ to abortion and euthanasia, and much, much more,’ the group said.

The warning comes at a time when Barack Obama, who is to be voted the next president by the Electoral College Monday, has expressed his belief the U.S. Constitution needs to be interpreted through the lends of current events.

“The U.S. Constitution places no restriction on the purposes for which the state can call for a convention,” the alert said.  “If Ohio votes to call a Con Con, for whatever purpose, the United States will be only one state away from total destruction.  And it’s a safe bet that those who hate this nation, and all She stands for, are waiting to pounce upon this opportunity to re-write our Construction.”


Further, WND also reported Obama believes the Constitution is flawed, because it fails to address wealth redistribution, and he says the Supreme Court should have intervened years ago to accomplish that.

Obama said in a 2001 radio interview the Constitution is flawed in that it does not mandate or allow for redistribution of wealth.

Obama told Chicago's public station WBEZ-FM that "redistributive change" is needed, pointing to what he regarded as a failure of the U.S. Supreme Court under Chief Justice Earl Warren in its rulings on civil rights issues in the 1960s.

The Warren court, he said, failed to "break free from the essential constraints" in the U.S. Constitution and launch a major redistribution of wealth. But Obama, then an Illinois state lawmaker, said the legislative branch of government, rather than the courts, probably was the ideal avenue for accomplishing that goal.

In the 2001 interview, Obama said:

If you look at the victories and failures of the civil rights movement and its litigation strategy in the court, I think where it succeeded was to invest formal rights in previously dispossessed people, so that now I would have the right to vote. I would now be able to sit at the lunch counter and order and as long as I could pay for it I’d be OK

But, the Supreme Court never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth, and of more basic issues such as political and economic justice in society. To that extent, as radical as I think people try to characterize the Warren Court, it wasn't that radical. It didn't break free from the essential constraints that were placed by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution, at least as it's been interpreted, and the Warren Court interpreted in the same way, that generally the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties. Says what the states can't do to you. Says what the federal government can't do to you, but doesn't say what the federal government or state government must do on your behalf.

And that hasn't shifted and one of the, I think, tragedies of the civil rights movement was because the civil rights movement became so court-focused I think there was a tendency to lose track of the political and community organizing and activities on the ground that are able to put together the actual coalition of powers through which you bring about redistributive change. In some ways we still suffer from that.


As a reminder;

2nd Amendment:  Right to bear arms.
4th Amendment: Protection against unreasonable search and seizure.
5th Amendment:  Protection of due process, incriminating one’s self and eminent domain without “just compensation”.
10th Amendment:  Protection of State’s Rights including sovereignty, freedom and independence.

And one wonders why there is a new government program to have our U.S. Army deployed in the United States………  If you have no idea what I’m talking about, Army Brigade homeland tours started October 1, 2008 in the United States.

Do you want to call only being two states away from changing the Constitution a "tin foil hat” conspiracy theory with an upcoming president that wants the Constitution changed, combined with Army Homeland Tours?  Change is coming……

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Has Caylee Anthony Been Found?

12/11/2008 09:50:00 PM

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8_64_caylee_remains_mapToday, Orange County police today declared the Orlando home of Casey Anthony an “active crime scene” after the skull of a young child was discovered this morning in a wooded area less than one-quarter of a mile away.  No one is being allowed in the home, and the Sheriff’s Office was preparing a search warrant for the home. (NOTE:  The graphic to the left is from Fox Orlando.  They named the graphic “8_64_caylee_remains_map”.  I guess Fox Orlando has already made the determination without forensic evidence.)

The bones were found by an Orange county utility worker around 9:30am this morning.  The water meter reader reportedly picked up a duct tape bound plastic bag and a small skull rolled out that sources say strongly resembled that of a little girl, according to FOX News.  Also according to the same report, duct tape was around the mouth area of the child’s skull.

Sheriff Kevin Berry said in a news conference today that he did not know of any other missing children in the area it could be but it is “always a possibility.”

It is within close proximity, so there’s always the assumption,” Carlos Padilla of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.  “But right now, it’s just an assumption.”

Orange County Capt. Angelo Nieves wouldn’t say whether the bones seemed to be those of the missing little girl.  “At this point, it would be reckless to conclude that,” Nieves told FOX News. “We do have skeletal remains consistent with a small child.  We will work with the medical examiner to make a proper identification.”

Orange County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Jim Solomons said, “Everyone’s going to be real quick to connect the dots back to the Anthony case but we’re not prepared to do that at this time.”

Tim Miller, founder and leader of Texas EquuSearch – the group that had been helping detective search for the missing girl – said a sheriff’s investigator in the case thinks the remains are Caylee’s.  The bones “appear to be Caylee, but with any case, we have to wait until a positive ID is made,” Miller said.  “It looks like finally it’s over with.”

EquuSearch stated their volunteers did not check the location where the remains were found as in early September the area was submerged in water.  When they returned in November, the site had been fenced off.  One of EquuSearch’s volunteers, Deborah Smith, stated she searched the area three times and said “she had a bad feeling” because Anthony had said her daughter was nearby.  Smith said the area where the remains were found is “really wet and steep and there’s lots of snakes back there.”

The fastest the bones can be tested for DNA identification is a couple of days, if the case is given priority.

Orlando attorney José Baez who represents Casey and her parents has filed an emergency motion in court, requesting the defense to be present for all forensic testing.  “If the body found is determined to be that of Caylee Marie Anthony, then the defense would request that their own experts be permitted to be present during any forensic testing done, including but not limited to DNA testing or autopsy,” Baez wrote in the motion.  A hearing is set for Friday before Orange Circuit Court Judge Stan Strickland.

ABC News Video of the Press Conference


Caylee Anthony disappeared in mid-June of 2008 when she was 2 years old, but she was not reported missing by her mother, Casey Anthony, 22, until a month afterward on July 15th.  The case began with an emergency call from Anthony’s mother, Cindy Anthony.  On the tape,s he can be heard saying, “I can’t find my granddaughter. … There’s something wrong,” Cindy Anthony said.  “I found my daughter’s car today and it smelled like there’s been a dead body in the damn car.”

At the time, Casey allegedly told her family and police she had not seen her daughter for 31 days.   Investigators said Casey had begun given them changing and inaccurate information.  At the time, George Anthony, Casey’s father, stated that Casey’s behavior was unusual around the time Caylee went missing.  According to a FOX News report, Casey was described by friends as a “habitual lair”. 

Casey told police the last time she saw her child was when she dropped her off at a friend’s house, but had since lost contact with her friend.  Casey also told police that her daughter wasn’t at the baby sitter’s house when she went to pick the child up, so she started her own investigation.  She went to clubs that the baby sitter frequented and identified her as Zenaida Gonzalez.  But when police went to the apartment Anthony said belonged to the alleged baby sitter, they learned it has been vacant for almost five months.

Casey also told police she worked at Universal Studios, and gave names of people who could vouch for her, according to the Orlando-Sentinel.  But officials later learned she never worked at the theme part – and neither did the people she mentioned.

The day after Casey reported Caylee missing, she was arrested on charges including child neglect and for providing false information to law enforcement.  The judge told Casey that “You left your 2-year-old child with a person who does not exist at an apartment you cannot identify and you lied to your parents about your child’s whereabouts,” said Judge John Jordan.  “You cared so little about your child.”

But Casey soon became a stronger person of interest in Caylee’s disappearance after police found traces of chloroform and strands of hair similar to those of the little girl’s in the car last driven by Casey.

For weeks, search teams, panned out across central Florida looking for any trace of the young girl.  Forensic lab results would show that the hair strand found in the trunk of Casey’s car showed “characteristics of apparent decomposition.”  The hair was “microscopically similar” to hair strands found on Caylee’s brush, but the report said it could not conclusively say the hair in the trunk came from Caylee.

The state attorney’s office released an air sample report from a lab that found chemical compounds consistent with body decomposition.  Chemicals in air samples were “consistent with a decompositional event that could be of human origin,” the report said.

The tests also found chloroform residue on portions of the trunk.

By this time, Cindy Anthony had also retracted the statement about her daughter’s car smelling like a dead body, saying that the smell in the car could have been from garbage.

Meanwhile, Gonzalez, the woman Casey said was the last person who she saw Caylee was found by police.  The woman denied any involvement in the case, saying she didn’t even know the family and was cleared.  Because of the claim, Gonzales lost her job, stated she could not find an apartment and received threats from Anthony supporters.  She filed a defamation lawsuit against Casey.

Casey was officially charged for first-degree murder October 14th.  She has  been charged with child abuse, aggravated manslaughter, four counts of lying to investigators about Caylee’s disappearance and a “slew of check fraud charges” for forgery by this point.  She has pleaded not guilty to the charges ranging from first-degree murder to lying to investigators.  She faces life in prison if convicted.  Prosecutors have said they won’t seek the death penalty in the case.

She remains in the Orange County Jail without bail.


If the remains are found to be Caylee’s between the duct tape around the mouth area, and the use of chloroform, this shows serious pre-meditation.  I wouldn’t be surprised if the prosecution changes their mind about seeking the death penalty, and I would have to agree if they did.  No plea bargains in this case should be allowed if the remains are found to be Caylee’s, as Casey has lied more times than can be counted combined with the use of chloroform and duct tape around the mouth area in a plastic bag is a horrible death for anyone, especially a toddler, with suspected cause of death (in my opinion) of suffocation, based upon the evidence and press released as to date.

Of course, if the remains are found to be Caylee, then the defense will bring up the psych defense.  But there’s one problem with this.  Why would  this course of defense be brought up after the fact (which has not been proven at this moment) that the remains are Caylee’s?  That’s too weak, and convenient timing.

And one thing really “irks” me about this case.  Casey and Caylee lived with Casey’s parents.  For over five weeks, Casey’s parents never saw their grandchild, although it is reported that Casey and Caylee lived with them.  That just seems… odd.  But what would they, the grandparents, have to gain out of Caylee’s death?

If the remains are shown to not be Caylee, then a new murder investigation begins about the death of an unknown toddler.

Either outcome is very, very sad.


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Are Newspapers Going To Ask For Bailouts Next?

12/08/2008 06:31:00 PM

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As more and more companies cut their marketing budgets because of the economy, more and more companies are choosing to cut their advertising costs, which includes TV stations, magazines, and newspapers.  More and more people who have to watch their budget choose to cut out the newspaper as an “luxury” expense.  And in the digital age, more and more readers are turning to the Internet to read up on the news, rather than pay for a newspaper.  Why pay for something you can get free?

Also with less and less jobs available, thus the classified for employment also go down.  I know my paper’s employment section has gone from about 12-15 pages a year ago, to 4-6 pages on Sunday.


The New York Times, the third-largest U.S. newspaper, is facing a $400 million debt repayment in May and may borrow as much as $225 million against its Manhattan headquarters although it only owns 58% of the building.

The NYT, which finished the third quarter with $46 million in cash and equivalents, must refinance or repay a $400 million credit line that expires in May.  The company has about $366.3 million remaining under a second credit agreement that becomes payable in June 2011.

Last month, the NYT said October ad revenue at its newspapers fell 17.2% and classified sales dropped nearly 35%.

In the third quarter, NYT’s total advertising revenue dropped 14% and classified sales dropped 29%.

What the NYT Has (Short Term)

  ■  $46 million in cash
  ■  $366 million owned to it by advertisers

What the NYT Owes (Short Term)

  ■  $398 million of short-term debt due in May
  ■  $161 million of accounts payable (Newsprint, travel, etc.)
  ■  $100 million of payroll 
  ■  $159 million of other expenses
  ■  $50 million owned on long-term debt and rent

Grand total:  $865 million

Short Term Bottom line:  The NYT owes $453 million more than it has, thus it has a negative net wroth in the hundreds of millions.

What the NYT Has (Long Term)

  ■  $1.355 billion of buildings, real-estate, printing presses, trucks, etc.
  ■  $146 million of investments in joint ventures (Red Sox, etc.)

Total:  $1.501 billion

What the NYT Owes (Long Term)

  ■  $673 million of long-term debt
  ■  $7 million of long-term rent
  ■  $284 million of pension benefits
  ■  $214 million of retiree healthcare and other benefits
  ■  $290 million of other liabilities

Total:  $1.468 billion

Bottom Line:  The NYT has only about $33 million more than it owes.


The publisher of the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times declared bankruptcy on Monday.  Tribune Co., which owns eight major daily newspapers and several television stations, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after collapsing under a heavy debt load just a year after real estate mogul Sam Zell took it private.  It too is suffering from declining advertising revenue and circulation and maybe just bad business.

A year ago Zell loaded up the privately held publisher with about $8 billion in additional debt when he took the company private in a transaction largely financed by company contributions to an employee stock option plan.

As it sits, Tribune Co. had about $7.6 billion in assets and $12.97 billion in debt as of December 8, according to its bankruptcy filing.

The filing however, does not include Tribune’s Chicago Cubs Major League Baseball team or its ballpark, Wrigley Field – both of which Zell has struggled to sell.

Tribune Co. has said its unsecured creditors include J.P. Morgan Chase & Co’s JPMorgan Chase Bank with an $8.57 billion claim under a senior faculty, and Merrill Lynch & Co Inc’s Merrill Lynch Capital Corp with a $1.6 billion claim under a bridge loan facility.

Tribune Co. wholly owns “ForSalebyowner.com”, and partially owns CareerBuilder and Topix.  They are also owners of the Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field, Tribune Media Services, Brass Ring, Zap2it, Chicago Magazine, Channel Guide Magazine, and partial owners of Classified Ventures, LLC.

The newspapers that Tribune Co owns are:  AM New York, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, RedEye (Chicago), Baltimore Sun, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Orlando Sentinel, Hartford Courant (CT), Morning Call (Allentown, PA), Daily Press (Newport News, VA), Hoy (Chicago, Los Angeles), and El Sentinel (Orlando, South Florida).

In addition to owning the WGN-720 radio station, Tribune Co. also has assets in TV shows such as Andromeda, Mutant X, BeastMaster, Family Feud, South Park, Soul Train, Candid Camera, Ron Hazleton:  House Calls, Pet Keeping, City Guys, and Earth:  Final Conflict.

Tribune Co, owns 23 television stations, which are expected to be hit by the typical advertising declines that follow major elections and also owns Chicagoland’s Television, better known as CLTV, a 24-hour cable news station based in Oak Brook, IL.

The stations that Tribune Co owns are:

New York City WPIX 11/33 CW
Los Angeles KTLA 5/31 CW
Chicago WGN 9/19 CW
Philadelphia WPHL 17/54 MyNetworkTV
Dallas-Fort Worth KDAF 33/32 CW
Washington DC WDCW 50/51 CW
Houston KIAH 39/38 CW
Tacoma-Seattle KCPQ 13/18 Fox
Tacoma-Seattle KMYQ 22/25 MyNetworkTV
Miami-Ft. Lauderdale WSFL 39/19 CW
Denver KWGN 2/34 CW
Sacramento - Stockton - Modesto KTXL 40/55 Fox
St. Louis KPLR 11/26 CW
Salem – Portland, OR KRCW 32/33 CW
Indianapolis WXIN 59/45 Fox
Bloomington, IN WTTV 4/48 CW
Kokomo, IN WTTK 26/54 CW
San Diego KSWB 69/19 Fox
Hartford – New Haven, CT WTIC 61/31 Fox
Waterbury, CT WTXX 20/12 CW
Grand Rapids – Battle Creek – Kalamazoo, MI WXMI 17/19 Fox
York – Harrisburg – Lancaster – Lebanon, PA WPMT 43/47 Fox
New Orleans WGNO 26/15 ABC
New Orleans WNOL 38/40 CW


Media reports say McClatchy Co has approached potential buyers about a sale of the Miami Herald; The Minneapolis Star-Tribune is restructuring while its owner, private equity firm Avista Capital Partners, has skipped debt payments.


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Little Green Footballs Blog Are Idiots Also.

12/08/2008 02:41:00 PM

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Gee, I didn’t know that if I wanted to see Obama’s Certificate of Life Birth (not his Certificaion of Live Birth) that I was a tinfoil hat 9/11 conspiracy believer.   Wow, thanks for telling me something I didn’t know about myself you wonderful people over at Little Green Footballs.

Because to quote a phrase from the comments section, “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus, LGF’ers are from URanus” since your head is up your ass.  And I have one little question for them.  “Do ya feel loquacious LGF’ers?  Well, do ya, punk?  Because it’s pretty obvious to me you do.” (And I bet most of em have to look up the meaning of that word… )

They also seem to think that we believe its all a conspiracy.  Hmm.. don’t believe I ever said that or ever thought that.  I believe I’ve said I find it suspicious that a man would rather fight for his “privacy”, the man who would be the next President of the United States, than to show the damn piece of paper and end it all.  What’s the harm in showing the damn thing?

And why has Kenya stated they have sealed his records in Kenya.  If he wasn’t born there, and hasn’t lived there, then why are there records that have to be sealed?

And they are stupid enough to even tell people to go to “FactCheck” for the truth about the thing.  I’ve never said the document that is shown isn’t real.  I HAVE however said that according to HI law, that he document he has is nothing more than proof of a live birth, but not a live birth in HI.  Check it yourself before running your little fingers across the keyboard and showing your lack of intelligence by not researching.  I would also remind you that FactCheck at one time said that Obama was a citizen of Britain.  So which is it, eh?

I am also a kook, and according to some of the comments left by their intelligent community, that I am “immoral”.  THey seem to think that I am a person who believes in a conspiracy with the Kennedy Assassination.  They seem to think that I’m the type of person who believes that Bush planned 9/11.  They also seem to think that I’m a Ron Paul supporter… ew.  And that I visit a website called “Prison Planet”, which I had never heard of before.  I’m surprised they didn’t accuse me of thinking the lizards are taking over. 

And they show their stupidity by calling Obama the President-Elect.  Here’s a little history lesson for you LGF’ers.  He’s not the President Elect.  He’s the President Delegate.  Obama will not be the President Elect until AFTER the electoral vote on December 15th, and counted and announced by the House on January 6th, 2009.  Ignorance is forgivable.

And that we, those who want to see the birth certificate, think of them as anti-Constitutional.  You better believe your little green footballs I do think that.  You seem to think that the Constitution is disposable.

If you don’t believe in following the laws set up by the Constitution, then forget your rights to your First Amendment, which is the freedom of speech.  So say bye bye to Little Green Footballs, and all other blogs, if they are not “acceptable”.  Also say bye bye to the NAACP and the ACLU, as you have no rights based on ANYTHING.  Forget about assembling for any meeting, you’ve just lost that right.  Forget about anything to do with religion, unless its what is acceptable to the current Administration.  Wait, is that Hitler I see rounding the corner? 

Forget your Second Amendment, which is the right to bear arms.  So forget about that hunting trip you wanted to take. Forget about your bows and arrows and knives and swords, they go bye bye too.  Who needs “public defense” when we have such 100% honorable law enforcement agencies and officers, who protect everyone, right?

Forget your Fourth Amendment of search and seizure.  So the next time you get pulled over, or stopped by the Border Patrol, you have no right to complain.  If you are just walking down the street and are pulled to the side because you fit a “profile” and are searched, don’t complain.

Forget you Fifth Amendment, which guarantees you right to not incriminate yourself.  Forget it, you have to talk.  Torture is an option as “Ve have vays of making you talk!”

Forget about your Sixth Amendment to a right to speedy trial, and the right for a trial to judge for guilt or innocence. Forget about due process.  Let your ass sit in a jail cell until you rot with no trial.

Forget about your Eight Amendment protection of cruel and unusual punishment if you are convicted of a crime. 

Forget about the Twelfth Amendment of even holding elections for a president.  Time for a dictatorship right?

Forget the Thirteenth Amendment, which guarantees you the right to not be subject to slavery, or “serve” in Obama’s mandatory “America Serves” program.  Time to bring back slavery right?

Forget about the Fifteenth Amendment, which protects you no matter what race you are, that you have the right to vote.  Oh wait, say bye bye to that right also. 

Forget about the Nineteenth Amendment, which protects women’s rights.  Time to head back into the kitchen girls to cook, clean and have a martini in your hand when you man gets home.  Oh and don’t forget to massage his feet too, or your a bad woman.

Forget about the Twenty-Second Amendment, which sets Presidential term limits.  Hey, lets keep Bush in office until he dies of old age!

Hell I bet even HALF of the people who think we “kooks” don’t even know the first five Amendments.  But the point is, you throw one Amendment out, you THROW THEM ALL OUT.

But what do I care right?  I’m just some “kook” who believes in conspiracies, right?  Because in reality, in 2012, Planet X is coming back and we will all be dead, right?  *end sarcasm*

And gee look, I never used the term liberal left wing morons either, now did I?  Shucks…

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David Horowitz Is an IDIOT. [Tin Foil Hat Socialism at its finest.]

12/08/2008 11:52:00 AM

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New Image Horowitz published an article today titled “Obama Derangement Syndrome” with a by-line of “Shut up about the birth certificate.”  [Also found on his blog.]

“What difference does it make to the future of this country whether Obama was born on U.S. soil?  Advocates of this destructive campaign will argue that the constitutional principle regarding the qualifications for president trumps all others.  But how viable will out Constitution be if five Supreme Court justices should decide to void 64 million ballots?”

Well Mr. Horowitz, this is what I have to say to you.  First on the point of the Supreme Court.  It would not be the Supreme Court that would void 64 million ballots, it would be the fact that Obama can or can not prove via a “Certificate of Live Birth” vs a “Certification of Live Birth”, which are two totally different documents in Hawaii that he is a natural born citizen of the United States.  Yes, yes, go ahead and quote “Fact Check”, but also remember that previously “Fact Check” had posted that Obama was a British Citizen…..  I’ll be more than happy to pull up a cap of the page when it stated that. 

Secondly, as to constitutional principle, lets take a look at the First Amendment, which allows you the right to freedom of speech and freedom of press to show your stupidity and Socialism.  If you don’t want to follow the Constitution regarding the next President of the United States, this also include abolishing the First Amendment soooo… say bye, bye to that right.  In other words….

SHUT UP ABOUT THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE HOROWITZ. And if you want to pick and choose which Constitutional rights and laws you want to follow, why don’t you EXERCISE YOUR FIFTH AMENDMENT RIGHT?

Its not sore “loserism”, because I neither voted Republican nor Democrat.  In fact, I hated them both equally.  And it’s not “radical” to want to follow the Constitution of the United States.  Anyone who does not support the Constitution is un-American, is that what you are trying to say about yourself?

Since when is protecting the Constitution radical, unless your a Socialist.  Oh wait.. you were once a supporter of Marxism as well as a member of the New Left in the 1960s, and are the son of two life-long members of the Communist Party.. what was I thinking….

103105horowitzdavid Oh and yes, you once stated in an interview that, “I grew up in a community that was part of a vast international conspiracy, just as the anti-Communists said it was.  It was orchestrated from Moscow, funded by the Kremlin and it had treason in its heart.”  --- Ummm.. okay.. who’s wearing a tin foil hat now?

And let’s not forget about your friend Huey P. Newton of the Blank Panthers to whom you provided legal and financial assistance to.

The fact is that according to you, the birth certificate is a factual question, not a constitutional question.  Well, sweetie, lemme inform you of something.  If the birth certificate is void, null, bogus (choose your word here), and Obama can not produce a valid, certified (choose your word here) birth certificate, then it does become a Constitutional issue.

And the last time I checked, the Supreme Court, by history, has interpreted the Constitution of the United States, and interpreted Federal laws, as does ANY judge in the United States and jury in the United States.  Interpret the law as you understand it, and then judge on your interpretation and understanding of that law.

It would not undermine the unity of the country, it would show serious lapses in how one can legally become President of the United States.  There are NO checks and balances for this process.

Your claim to be a conservative, yet you do not wish to uphold the Constitution is an embarrassment to all conservatives.

Here’s the bottom line:

■  The point about Obama and his birth certificate is the fact that he has spent nearly $800,000 or $80,000 (I’ve seen both) on lawyers to NOT show the document.

■  Obama claims, in one of his books, Dreams I believe, that he found his original birth certificate in a book that belonged to his mother after her death.  It to stand to reason that he would still be in possession of it, since he was considering running for office when she died. 

■  The fact that his Grandmother in Kenya stated she was present at his birth in Kenya.

■  The facts that his sister stated he was born at two different hospitals in Hawaii.

■  The fact that you don’t have to be born in Hawaii, or even the US to have a “Certification of Live Birth” from Hawaii, but you DO have to be born in Hawaii to have a “Certificate of Live Birth”.  The two documents are totally different.

■  The fact that the man simply won’t show the document is the bottom line.  What is the problem with showing the document if you have nothing to hide?  Why fight showing it to end the debate and earn trust in those who don’t believe him?  What is there too loose, other than being shown as a fraud and loosing the eligibility as the next President of the United States?  Oh wait…..

■  It is not those who want to see the birth certificate that are keeping this alive.  It is Obama himself by not doing a simple task that everyone else in the United States has to do to prove citizenship.

horowitzcomiconly2 And oh yea, I’ve been compared to Michael Savage (although I originally had no idea who the guy was, and as of this moment, I’ve never listened to him) and told I make Rush Limbaugh look like a Democrat (whom I hated very much in the early 90s and haven’t listened to him since).  And no, I have no problem with unseating ANY PERSON, who has used bogus documents, no matter what position they held, to fraudulently obtain a position.  If that is radical and un-American, I guess it’s time for me to find a new country to live in.

Oh an you know I had to post the cartoon on the right, since Horowitz just LOVES it.  And it’s also protected by the First Amendment.

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Notes From Obama On Meet The Press [More Double Talk And Broken Promises.]

12/07/2008 10:28:00 AM

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sst120108dbp20081201023752So our future glorious leader was on “Meet the Press” today and basically told us that the economy’s ‘a big problem, and it’s going to get worse.’  My comment on that is.. “Like DUH!”  as if the entire US doesn’t already know this.  Sorry, I reverted to my 80s mentality however, a stupid statement like that deserves a stupid comment.  But lets focus taxes and on what’s going on in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, shall we? 


In what is now officially Obama style, he gave strong indications that he’s backing off his stance on two promises that he made during his campaigning.  SURPRISE!  The first is whether to repeal Bush’s tax cuts for the rich, something Obama’s economic advisors have quietly been saying for weeks.

“My economic team right now is examining – do we repeal that through legislation?” 

“Do we let it lapse so that, when the Bush tax cuts expire, they’re not renewed when it comes to wealthiest Americans?”

This doesn’t include him saying that he’s now not going to tax the oil industry because oil is less than $40 a barrel.  Hmm.. what about all those records of income that the oil industry made last spring and summer? Anyway…..


The second possible broken campaign promise is his call for bringing U.S. combat troops home from Iraq in 16 months.  As if those of us who never believed a word he promised find this surprising.   

He only said he wanted to do so “as quickly as we can do to maintain stability in Iraq, maintain the safety of U.S. troops, to provide a mechanism so that Iraq can start taking more responsibility as a sovereign responsibility for its own safety and security, ensuring that you don’t see any resurgence of terrorism in Iraq that could threaten our interests.”

Brokaw asked Obama directly about the rumors of “residual force”  of how many troops are going to be left in Iraq, with that number being 35,000 to 50,000.  Brokaw asked him, “Is that a fair number?”

Well, well I’m not gonna speculate on the numbers. [Why can’t this man EVER answer a direct question with a direct answer instead of rehashing what he has said before? While if a news reporter does the same, then he is accused of Obama of trying to stir up trouble.]

Uh, what I said is that we are gonna maintain a large enough force uh, in the region to assure that uh, our civilian troops, or our, our, our civilian personnel and our embassies are protected to make sure that we can uh, ferret out any remaining terrorist activity in the region, in cooperation with the Iraqi government.  That we are providing training and logistical support maintaining the integrity of uh Iraq as necessary.  And one of the things that I’ll be doing is evaluating  the kind of numbers required to meet those very limited goals.”

Now this confuses me.  First Iraq just passed a new law in conjunction with the Bush Administration that all US troops are to be removed by 2011.  And in fact, this new law will be taken and if that fails to subscribe to the withdrawal, the U.S. troops may be forced to leave earlier.  But Obama is saying that he wants to leave troops in Iraq, not commenting on the numbers, in cooperation with the Iraqi government.  Didn’t they just vote and pass a law that they want all US troops out?  And didn’t Obama say he was going to “end the war” in Iraq and bring ALL the troops home from Iraq?  Can you say “double speak” boys and girls?  So I guess that would be a “no” that all the troops aren’t coming home, with guestimates of 35,00 - 50,000 troops staying beyond 2011.  Right now there are about 15 birgades defined as combat forces, but the overall number of troops is more than 50 brigade equivalents, for total of 146,000 troops.  So, if 30,000 – 50,000 stay behind or are rotated around, that means that 20% to 34% of the troops remain past 2011.  Is that what Obama call’s bringing our troops home from Iraq?

And on another note, has Obama said anything about removing troops in Afghanistan? Which by the way, are getting about 3,500 to 4,000 more troops early next year to be deployed near Kabul.  With the Defense Department planning to add more than 20,000 troops to Afghanistan over the next 12-18 months.  Right now, there are about 32,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

How do we know that when the troops leave Iraq, if they are going to leave Iraq, that they aren’t going to head straight to Afghanistan?  Well Brokaw questioned Obama about Afghanistan quoting Jim Jones, Obama’s new national security advisor.  He said that when he first talked to Jones when the U.S. first went into Afghanistan he said “I know how we’re going to get into Afghanistan, I don’t know how we’re going to get out of Afghanistan.”  Brokaw asked Obama about what he was telling him today of how we are going to get out of Afghanistan.  Obama stuttered and clamored for a few seconds before answering this question.

“I think were starting to see a consensus, uh that uh, we have to have more effective military action and that means additional troops but also means more coordination with our NATO allies.  Uh, it means we have to have much more effective uh, diplomacy in the region. We can’t solve Afghanistan without solving Pakistan, and working more effectively with that country and we are gonna have to make sure that India and Pakistan are uh, normalizing their relationship if we are going to effective in some of these other areas.  And we’ve got to really ramp up our development approach to Afghanistan, I mean part of the problem that we’ve had is that the average Afghan farmer hasn’t seen any improvement in his life.  Uh, we haven’t seen the kinds of infrastructure improvements.  We haven’t seen the security improvements.  We haven’t seen uh, the uh, reduction in narco trafficking.  We haven’t see a reliance on rule-able law in Afghanistan that would make people  feel confident that the uh, central government   can infact uh, deliver on it’s promises and if we combine effective development, more effective military work, as well as more effective diplomacy, then I think we can stabilize the situation.  Our number one goal has to be to make sure that it can not be used as a base to launch attacks against the United States and we’ve got to get bin-Laden.  And we’ve got to get al-Qaeda.” 

When questioned about India, Brokaw quoted Obama that the United States “has the right to go after terrorists in Pakistan if you have targets of opportunity” and then questioned Obama if India was now included in that right.  Obama flatly stated that he was not going to comment “on that.” In a CNN poll, 8 out of 10 believe the U.S. should side with neither country.  In a side note, things in Pakistan are heating up a bit.  Over 160 vehicles, including dozens of Humvees, thought to cost about a cool $100,000 each, destined for U.S. and allied forces in Afghanistan were torched today.

Also what you probably don’t know about Afghanistan, is that the U.S. has been on a building spree, planning a $100 million airfield expansion in Kandahar and a $50 million prison facility near Bagram Air base. 

What you probably also don’t know is that on Feb 27, 2008m, after two days of meetings in New Delhi, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates quietly announced negotiations between the U.S. and India to develop a missile defense shield program on Indian soil.

But he stated he was going to re-state, again in typical Obama fashion, repeating the same things over and over again, that each country has a right to defend itself against terrorism, that we the United States need diplomacy between all countries in the region, and;

“as I’ve stated before, we can’t continue to look at Afghanistan isolation, we have to see it as a part of a regional problem that includes Pakistan, that includes India, that includes Kashmiere, that includes Iran, and the kind of foreign policy I want to shape  is one in which we have tough direct diplomacy combined with more effective military operations focused on what is the number one threat against US interests and US lives, and that’s al Quaeda and their various affiliates, and we are going to go after them fiercely in the years to come.” 

BTW, if you missed that, it means “Yes we might leave Iraq for now, but guess what, we are going to go elsewhere in the middle east or have to go back to Iraq for specialized operations.” But he’s still pushing that he’s teams will come up with strategies to “fix” all these problems.  And that Hillary Clinton will be able to “rebuild alliances” and  “send a strong signal that we going to do business differently and place an emphasis on diplomacy.”  He’s still in his little bubble that setting up “meetings” and talking in a civilized manner will “fix” and “change” everything.

People, it’s time for a reality check.  Yes, some troops are going to leave Iraq and head straight for Afghanistan, especially since fingers are pointing towards Pakistan for the bombing and recent terror raid in India.  Then we have the whole nuclear deal in Iran.  We are NEVER going to get out of that “region” at least NOT in the next 4 years, much less the next 8 years.  Wars in the name of religion and God have been going on in that region since the beginning of time.  Why do you think that Obama can end that which has been going on since the beginning of time?  Please tell me how he is different from so many others over time.


Obama pledged to not smoke in the White House.

Also, did anyone else notice how tired Obama looked?  The man actually had circles under his eyes, and for the fist time, I noticed gray in his hair.

Here’s the entire episode of December 7th, “Meet the Press”.


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“A Date Which Will Live in Infamy” [Pearl Harbor]

12/07/2008 07:00:00 AM

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023Today is a dark day in history for the United States.  Pearl Harbor day.  And I am proud to say that my father was in the Army, stationed in Hawaii at Oahu as a MP, at this time.  No, he didn’t talk about it much, in fact I only have one memory of him ever really talking about it.  It was very short and put in basically two lines.  “It was hell…,” and after a long pause, “I should have died that day.”  I never asked more about it, because when he said it, he got a very ugly, angry look on his face, and I will never forget how scared I was when he said it.  [NOTE:  No he is not available for comment.  Please do not email me for more information.  I would hope that you would respect what he has gone through.]

On Sunday, December 7th, 1941, the Japanese launched a surprise attack against the U.S. Forces stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.  By planning this attack on a Sunday morning, the Japanese commander Admiral Nagumo hoped to catch the entire fleet in port.  As luck would have it, the Aircraft Carriers and one of the Battleships were not in port.  The USS Enterprise was returning from Wake Island, where it had just delivered some aircraft.  The USS Lexington was ferrying aircraft to Midway, and the USS Saratoga and USS Colorado were undergoing repairs in the US.

In spite of the latest intelligence reports about the missing aircraft carriers, Admiral Nagumo decided to continue the attack with his force of six carriers and 423 aircraft.  At a range of 230 miles north of Oahu, he launched the first wave of a two-wave attack.  Beginning at 0600, Pacific time, his first wave consisted of 183 fighters and torpedo bombers which struck at the fleet in Pearl Harbor and the airfields of Hickam, Kaneohe and Ewa.  The second strike, launched at 0715 hours, consisted of 167 aircraft, which again struck at the same targets.

0743 a message was received that a Japanese submarine had been sunk one mile off the Pearl Harbor entrance.  At 0745 bombs exploding and planes heard and sighted attacking Ford Island hangers.  at 0750 the USS Oklahoma was struck by 3 torpedoes.  0753 hours the first wave came in consisting of 40 B5N2 “Kate” torpedo bombers, 51 Aichi D3A1 “Val” dive bombers, 50 high altitude bombers and 43 Zeros struck airfields and Pearl Harbor.  At 0755 the first torpedo hits the USS Raleigh.  Battleship row is then hit at 0757am.  At 0810 a Japanese Type 97 Attack Bomber (later coded KATE) drops a bomb that struck the USS Arizona between the No. 1 and No.2 turret.  This bomb was a converted armor piercing artillery shell that ignited the Arizona’s forward magazine.    Within the next hour, the second wave arrived and continued to attack.

Newsreel of the attack.

Incredible video of the USS Arizona being hit.

Additional original video of the attack.

(Click on any picture to view a larger image.)

This is from the opening seconds of the attack.  A torpedo exploding against the USS Oklahoma can be seen.  The Japanese plane that launched the torpedo can be seen peeling off after making its run.  Another can be seen just left of the hammer head crane about to start its attack run.  This image was taken by the Japanese, and was later captured at the end of the war.


In this image you can see the torpedo wake and submarine from which it was fired, being shot at Battleship row towards the USS Vestal.  (L-R) USS Nevada (BB-36), USS Arizona (BB-39), USS Vestal (AR-4) [outboard], USS Tennessee (BB-43) [inboard], USS West Virginia (BB-48) [outboard], USS Maryland (BB-46) [inboard], USS Oklahoma (BB-37) [outboard], USS Neosho (AO-23), USS California (BB-44).  This image was taken by the Japanese and was later captured at the end of the war.ww2125

Overall view of surprise attack shows smoke pouring from crippled battleship USS Arizona (center) and other damaged or sinking ships as well as US antiaircraft fire and Japanese planes.  The photograph looks SW from the hills behind the harbor.  The large column of smoke in the lower right center is from the burning USS Arizona (BB-39).  Smoke somewhat further to the left is from the destroyers Shaw (DD-373), Cassin (DD-372) and Downes (DD-375), in drydocks at the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard.


USS Arizona exploding after being hit in the magazine.


The forward superstructure and Number Two 14”/45 triple gun turret of the sunken USS Arizona (BB-39), afire after the raid.  The foremast is leaning as a result of the collapse of the hull structure below its front leg, following the explosion of the ship’s forward magazine.


Destroyer USS Shaw exploding after being hit.


Destroyer USS Shaw exploding.  The USS Nevada can be seen heading to shore.


Destroyer USS Shaw burning after being hit. 


Smoke pouring from wreckage of US battleships damaged or sunk during the attack. (L-R) USS West Virginia, heavily damaged; USS Tennessee, damaged; USS Arizona, sunk.


Smoke pouring from wrecked American warships including (L-R) the battleships USS West Virginia and USS Tennessee.


American battleships USS West Virginia and USS Tennessee surrounded in smoke and flames following the attack of Japanese forces.


Fireboat hoses attempting to put out the fire on the USS West Virginia.


Burning ships in drydocks.


A view of “Battleship Row” during or immediately after the raid.  USS West Virginia (BB-48) is at the right sunk alongside the USS Tennessee (BB-43), with oil fires shrouding them both.  The capsized USS Oklahoma (BB-37) is at the left, alongside USS Maryland (BB-46). 


Smoke pouring from sinking battleship USS California which was attacked during the raid; capsized bulk of USS Oklahoma visible on the extreme right.


American battleship USS Nevada (R) burning.


USS Nevada beached at Pearl Harbor.


USS Utah (AG-16) rolling to port 15 minutes after being hit.


A flooded drydock pen containing damaged destroyer USS Cassin laying partly submerged and leaning against the destroyer USS Downes.


Pearl Harbor aftermath.


When it was over, the U.S. losses were:


USA:  218 KIA, 364 WIA.
USN:  2,008 KIA, 710 WIA.
USMC:  109 KIA, 69 WIA.
Civilians:  68 KIA, 35 WIA.
TOTAL:  2,403 KIA, 1,178 WIA
Entire Casualty List


188 Aircraft destroyed, 92 USN and 92 U.S. Army Air Corps.


USS Arizona (BB-39):  Total loss when a bomb hit her magazine.
USS Oklahoma (BB-37):  Total loss when she capsized and sunk in the harbor.
USS California (BB-44):  Sunk at her berth.  Later raised and repaired.
USS West Virginia (BB-48):  Sunk at her berth.  Later raised and repaired.
USS Nevada (BB-36):  Beached to prevent her sinking.  Later repaired.
USS Pennsylvania (BB-38):  Light damage.
USS Maryland (BB-46):  Light damage.
USS Tennessee (BB-43): Light damage.
USS Utah (AG-16):  Sunk


USS New Orleans (CA-32):  Light damage.
USS San Francisco (CA-38):  Light damage.
USS Detroit (CL-8):  Light damage.
USS Raleigh (CL-7):  Heavily damaged, but repaired.
USS Helena (CL-50):  Light damage.
USS Honolulu (CL-48):  Light damage.


USS Downes (DD-375):  Destroyed, parts salvaged.
USS Cassin (DD-372):  Destroyed, parts salvaged.
USS Shaw (DD-373):  Very heavy damage.
USS Helm (DD-388):  Light damage.


USS Ogala (CM-4):  Sunk, but later raised and repaired.


USS Curtis (AV-4):  Severely damaged, but repaired.


USS Vestal (AR-4):  Severely damaged, but repaired.


USS Sotoyomo (YT-9):  Sunk, but later raised and repaired.



It was the following day, December 8th, that President Roosevelt gave his infamous “Day of Infamy” speech to Congress.  Below is video of President Roosevelt giving that speech.



As a result of the damage to the USS Arizona, it now rests in about 40 feet of water and is a national memorial to those who died that day.  Inside her, 1,070 men rest at the bottom of the harbor, encased in the USS Arizona’s hull.

  The resulting explosion of the USS Arizona resulted in a fire that burned for two and a half days, virtually cremating every man on board.  Out of a crew of 1,511 only 334 survived.  Due to the immense fire, only 107 crewmen were positively identified.  The remaining 1,070 casualties were placed into three categories:  (1) Bodies that were never found; (2) Some bodies were removed from the ship during salvage operations.  These remains were severely dismembered or partially cremated, making identification impossible as DNA testing was unheard of in 1941.  These bodies were placed in temporary mass graves, and later moved and reburied and marked as unknowns, at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) in 1949; (3) Bodies located in the aft (rear) portion of the ship.  These remains could have been recovered, but were left in the ship due to their identifiable condition, indication most crew members died from the concussion from the massive explosion.

In the US Navy’s known history, there has never been a ship that has taken so many of its crew down with her. 

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“War Comes to America”.  This is a 1 hour documentary on Veoh.  It is seen on this page is a five minute preview of the movie.  To view the entire movie, you will need to download the movie, which is 530 MB.  It is assumed this movie is in public domain as the movie has been on Veoh for over two years.

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