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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Is Herman Cain really Black?


Liberals seem very upset that black businessman and conservative, Herman Cain, is doing well in polling on the run-up to the Republican primary process. And why shouldn't they be? The black political stereotype is cracked beyond recognition by Cain's candidacy. Thieves-in-office such as Congressman Charlie Rangle (D-NY) and Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) tend to be the people that we think of when we think of the Black Congressional Caucus.

Liberal actor and lesbian issues activist, Janeane Garofalo feels as if Herman Cain is simply not 'black enough' and is the Tea Party's boy. Listen to her rant.



Herman Cain (born December 13, 1945) is an American businessman, columnist, and radio host from Georgia. He is the former chairman and CEO of Godfather's Pizza and a former deputy chairman (1992–94) and chairman (1995–96) of the board of directors to the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. Before his business career he worked as a mathematician/civilian employee of the United States Navy. Cain's newspaper column is distributed by North Star Writers Group. He lives in the Atlanta suburbs, where he also serves as a minister at Antioch Baptist Church North. He's not a "Black Religion Theologist".

He simply doesn't fit the model of shiftless political gadfly Barack Hussein Obama Jr., the Reverends Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson and other 'famous, but useless' activists and political organizers. Herman Cain has actually had jobs with massive responsibilities -- which from a liberal point of view, paints him as dangerous and suspicious.


From a 'progressive' point of view, Herman Cain simply can't be trusted. Clearly (following Garofalo's logic), any Republican who supports Cain's candidacy must be a racist. His big win in Florida's straw poll is clear proof that Republicans are racists according to the progressive icons. It's a good example of how they think and how they process information.



Monday, September 26, 2011

Rosh Ha Hanah Wishes

To my pro-Israeli and Jewish friends, I wish you all a happy new year:
 

אנו מאחלים לכולכם שנה של ניצחון ונקמה באויבנו, שנה של התיישבות שגשוג ופריחה בכל מרחבי ארצנו הקדושה, שנה שבה נחזור אל עצמנו כיחידים, כעם וכמדינה, שנה של שלום אמת, שנה של בנין המקדש ותיקון עולם במלכות ש-די.

שנה טובה!

I do understand that there are people out there who don't have the same wishes toward those in Israel. The American Government under Barack Hussein Obama Jr. has repeatedly sought to undermine the State of Israel and its security interests despite the fact that it's the only reliable American Ally in the region. That may be because Obama is the first post-American President...or maybe it's a coincidence.

I'm not Israeli, nor am I a Jew. I understand that there have been times where Israeli interests have sharply diverged from American Interests (sinking of the USS Liberty among them). That notwithstanding, I believe that America is best served by supporting our allies as best we can. And by keeping in mind who our allies are and who aren't our friends.

Here is a regional guide for your reference:


ENEMY


FRIEND


Thursday, September 22, 2011

Why do we still cling to the United Nations?

What possible value does the UN have to the United States of America today?

I understand what many other nations get out of it. They can send spies posing as 'delegation staff' to New York, they get free money and every minor despot and potentate gets a pulpit from which to attack the US.


Isn't it time to allow the UN to go somewhere else? Why not Cuba or some other 'worker's paradise'? Let the minor nations of the world gather in Cuba and rant against Europe and the US like they do in so many other forums that nobody cares about. Why do we fund the rants against us?

Monday, September 19, 2011

Obama - The Job President?

Van Jones, Black Panther, communist, Green Jobs Czar -- retired

The Los Angeles Times may have turned on President Obama. Maybe it's one of those 'honeymoon is over' cases of buyer's regret? You can read about their latest rant against this failed administration HERE.

Maybe Obama played a Jedi mind trick on the LA Times? (Those are not the jobs you're looking for) The Green Jobs portion of Stimulus I spent $38.6 billion (36,800,000,000.00) to create 3,545 jobs. (LINK HERE) That does not include the jobs that will be lost when some of those companies will go bankrupt. If the nation ends up with 1,000 permanent green jobs for $38.6 billion, I'm sure that Obama will link arms with Senate Majority Leader and take a bow. After all, the money did not come from Obama's personal fortune. 

Seattle, WA received $20 million and managed to create 14 jobs. It's a success story when you consider that's just over $1 million per minimum wage job. Not nearly what the "results above" indicate. (LINK HERE)

Fox News asks if President Obama's Green Jobs Initiative is falling apart. (LINK HERE)

The Democratic Party is working hard to distance themselves from this cornerstone of the Obama Presidency (sort of like ObamaCare), but the American People are left holding the bag.

Why would we want to spend half a trillion dollars on Stimulus II when Stimulus I flopped so badly?

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Confidence Men

The Obama White House has a long record of mis-steps, of bungles and blunders. There have been a number of books that have come out about Barack Hussein Obama jr. from the tell-all book written by Larry Sinclair, his homosexual lover: Cocaine, Sex and Murder to Ron Suskind's new book,  CONFIDENCE MEN, which will be coming out next week. 
Suskind had unique access to the White House, interviewed staffers and now the White House is unhappy because he's printing what they told him and naming names. Obama can take the author's to court for libel if what they write is false. But that hasn't happened with any of these books. And it's unlikely to happen with Suskind's account of sausage making in the White House.

Obama the man simply isn't impressive.

Obama the leader is less impressive.

Obama the visionary has a vision that is strongly at odds with the vision that most Americans have of themselves, of their country and of their history.

The President's Jobs Act - Yet another Obama Boondoggle?

The American Jobs Act (read it at THIS LINK) is 199 pages long. The President says that it is a bill that "must be passed". So it might be a good idea if you read what he's proposing to spend half a trillion dollars of your money* on. This Bill has a few sections that seem reasonable and several that are problematic. I don't represent that this is a complete analysis of the Bill. I've borrowed comments that others have made and will include them in the commentary.

*No it's not really YOUR money. Even though he claims that it will be money saved from other places, most people including his fellow Democrats believer that we'll end up borrowing it at interest from the Chinese.

Three Years

Section 312 (Page 92) extends unemployment benefits for those receiving benefits for one additional year (to a total of three years). There will also be no waiting week. You can collect immediately. I do understand that some may think that I'm cruel to suggest that three years of unemployment benefits are simply too long a period to offer. But that's what I'm suggesting. The President wants voters to be happy with the money that they're getting so they'll drop a vote his way. They used to call that 'buying votes' with taxpayer dollars**

**I think that they still call it that in Chicago, but it's an art form there, not something shameful.

A New Protected Class (analysis link HERE)
Sections 371-379 (Pages 129-134) are titled “Prohibition of discrimination in employment on the basis of an individual’s status as unemployed“. That’s right, the bill would add “not currently doing anything useful for money” as a protected class in the realm of employment discrimination to the ones we are used to, such as race and sex. It states, in part, that “[i]t shall be…unlawful…for an employer to…publish in print, on the Internet, or in any other medium, an advertisement or announcement for any employee for any job that includes…any provision…indicating…that an employer will not…hire any individual for…employment…based on that individual’s status as unemployed”. The provision also outlaws hiring decisions on the same basis. 
Some might say that’s a good thing. Why dump on the down-and-out who are otherwise qualified? The answer is that in practice, this is a provision that primarily benefits plaintiff’s employment lawyers, as the section goes on to award attorneys’ fees and a $1000 dollar-a-day award (for days not having been hired, and that can really add up by the time you get to trial) to anyone who sues under this provision. I’m allowed to say that since I used to be a plaintiffs’ (and also defendants’) employment lawyer.
President Obama is creating a nightmare for any prospective employer.

Look for the Union Label (analysis link HERE)
Section 5 “Wage rate and employment protection requirements.” It states, in part, that “all laborers…employed…on projects funded directly by or assisted in whole or in part by and through the Federal Government…shall be paid wages at rates not less than those prevailing on projects of a similar character similar in the locality as determined by the Secretary of Labor…” 
In non-right-to-work states at least, the “prevailing rates” will almost by definition be determined by the state of labor union contracts, having the effect that any employer who happens to employ non-union, and thus often more affordable, labor, will nonetheless be forced to accept a wage schedule handed down by the federal government commensurate with what union employees earn. At that point, there would no longer be any incentive at all to avoid non-union labor on a cost basis.
I haven't read a lot of analysis on Stimulus II (American Jobs Act), but it would seem to me to follow Stimulus I into history's abyss as one of those 'money down a rat hole' schemes. Stimulus II will cost 20 times the nation of Greece's deficit. Roll that around in your head for a moment.

Another Stimulus Fiasco?

Likely. Stimulus I was a complete failure by all accounts since it didn't create more than a handful of jobs after spending nearly a trillion dollars. Why should we even entertain the notion of Stimulus II?

Let's take a look at some of the boondoggles we've learned about in Stimulus I ($800 billion).

Operation Gunrunner, a secret program by which the Department of Justice allowed firearms to 'walk' into the hands of Mexican drug cartels. --Funded by Stimulus I

$9 billion went to fund housing on Indian Reservations. The Dept. of the Interior has an investigation running there regarding fraud, waste and abuse but won't discuss it publically.

Green Energy Scams (LINK)*** SpectraWatt, Inc, Solyndra, Mountain Plaza, Inc., Olsen's Crop Service and Olsen's Acquisition Co. have all failed to date. We wait in anticipation of more fraud, waste and abuse. The White House claimed that Stimulus I would create 44,000 jobs in Green Energy. OMB reported that it created 3,500. And some of those will be lost with the failure of these bankrupt companies.

***A 2009 report by the Energy Department's inspector general warned that DOE lacked the necessary quality control for the $38.6 billion loan-guarantee program.





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Thursday, September 15, 2011

A Business Opportunity & Pathway to Prosperity

For every business, there first must be a plan.

Here's my plan:

(1) Type of Industry:  "Green Energy"  --Details don't matter because if you intend to go into the Green Energy business, you may be able to get a Hollywood Spokesperson to volunteer to tout your product for the sake of saving the planet, free of charge. Van Jones will hold a rally at your groundbreaking ceremony (for a fee).

(2) Plan of Action: Donate to the Obama Campaign  --Again, what you're doing isn't nearly so important as the assurance that with adequate government loan guarantees you can keep donating. Half a billion, half a trillion, who cares? The numbers support the Democratic Party and more importantly, the President himself.

(3) Have the Workers Organize: Courting organized labor and throwing a few bones to the union bosses personally will increase your ability to get government loan guarantees because the government knows that the union kicks back to the Obama Administration too.

The plan works. It's been successful in the past. And when things simply don't work out because you didn't have a workable business in the first place, loot the company eight ways from Sunday, default on the government loan/bail out and head for an Island where you can---


Work on your tan, your tennis game, your golf game (for when Barack comes to visit when he's been deposed by the voters and he wants to collect his cut), and sip tropical drinks.

No, it's not a bad business plan. The best part about the plan is that it works. It's not simply a pipe dream. If it worked for Solyndra, it should work for me.

Since the President is pushing for that jobs bill (Stimulus II), asking for a cool $450 billion, there would seem to be a better than even chance that I could end up with a billion of it at least. Especially if I promise to employ black people (until the company folds). That would be a real vote-getter for the Democratic Party.


It's the Chicago way.


And it's a genuine "pathway to prosperity"--
for friends of Obama.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Arming the Cartels

I watched this season's second episode (Season 4 Episode 2) of Sons of Anarchy where a Mexican drug cartel is buying firearms from an outlaw biker gang, who in turn are supplied by the Irish Republican Army. Yeah, I know. It's Hollywood.

In real life, they're supplied by the US Government through cut-outs and front men, backed by the US Department of Justice. The Justice Department stonewalls Congress because the guilty knowledge of what they'd been doing goes all the way to the Attorney General, to White House staffers, and likely to President Barack H. Obama Jr. Hollywood isn't that creative. Nobody would believe it. A plot like that can only come from real life.

Operation Castaway may be the latest installment in the pattern of corruption that we've seen in Holder's Justice Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (Tampa [FL] Field Division). 
"Whether the allegations of our source refer to the ongoing Operation Castaway remains at this hour unclear, but our source is certain that O'Brien has allowed the "walking" of straw-purchased firearms to Honduras using the same failed strategy as the Phoenix Field Division's Operation Fast and Furious." (op cit - link above)
Michelle Malkin carried the story that CBS News originally broke wherein eight violent crimes and three additional murders have been tied to the BATFE Operation Fast and Furious debacle.
According to a letter from U.S. Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich to Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), the disclosed incidents may be only a partial list of violent crimes linked to Fast and Furious weapons because "ATF has not conducted a comprehensive independent investigation." (CBS/Malkin - linked above)
I find it personally disturbing that given the gravity of the situation, ATF hasn't yet conducted a comprehensive investigation. Based on Asst. Attorney General Weich, it doesn't appear that BATFE has even initiated an investigation. 
On May 27, 2011, three AK-47 type assault rifles purchased by Fast and Furious targets were recovered in Jalisco, Mexico after having been fired. No other details of the incident were provided, but the date and location match with another incident previously reported by CBS News. On May 27 near Jalisto, cartel members fired upon a Mexican government helicopter, forcing it to make an emergency landing. According to one law enforcement source, 29 suspected cartel members were killed in the attack. (CBS News, Sharyl Attkisson is CBS News' "Follow the Money" and Investigative Correspondent)
This is very interesting because I was near this location when it went down. It strikes home. Sharyl (above cited) wasn't, but I applaud her for reporting it.

What are American intentions in this regard? How deeply are we involved in arming the cartels? Castaway and Gunrunner/Fast and Furious are clearly not the only programs that the government has been pursuing. I suggest this because we keep getting more details of new (and gory) details almost every day of DOJ's participation in these illegal and sinister operations.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

All the President's Relatives


How many illegal alien relatives of President Obama are roaming the country, collecting welfare, and committing crimes? We may never know. The two most noteworthy cases, that of Omar Onyango Obama (Uncle Omar) and Zeituni Onyango (Aunt Zeituni) have been swept under the rug by the Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Isn't that special?
"Two weeks ago, President Obama ordered a massive review of 300,000 deportation cases of illegal aliens because they had either not broken any other laws while living in the country illegally or are considered “lesser offenders.” The first high-profile beneficiary of the policy has a familiar name: Obama."
The courts quietly released Uncle Omar last week after he was arrested for drunk driving. He's been using a fraudulent social security card to work at a liquor store as a part time clerk while collecting welfare benefits. The Boston Globe reported the story last week.

His successful evasion of the nation’s immigration laws mirrors that of Obama’s aunt, Zeituni Onyango, who was granted asylum. She has to stay in the US - receiving welfare benefits - because if she went back to the rock in Kenya that she crawled out from under, she might be treated unfairly because she's related to the US President. Based on those criteria, all of the extended Obama family could flee their ghettos in Africa, arrive in the US and be supported by the taxpayers.

WBZ explained Auntie Zeituni’s case and her nephew’s involvement succinctly. “[Obama’s] done nothing to get her off public assistance,” the station reported in September 2010. “But he is the reason she was granted asylum after she had been living her illegally for many years. All this time she has been burden to taxpayers, and that hasn’t changed with her nephew moving into the White House.”

Auntie Zeituni, who claims she is only person on earth who can pinch the president’ ear and smack him, said she must be honored, as African custom requires.

Uncle Omar Onyango Obama won’t, of course, be only the drunk-driving illegal alien the government releases, given the president’s order to review 300,000 deportation cases.

As The New American has reported in late August, President Obama stopped the deportations because leftist and revanchist Hispanics were enraged that “lesser offenders,” such as petty thieves and drunk drivers like Onyango Obama, were nabbed and scheduled for deportation thanks to cooperation between state and federal authorities via the Secure Communities program.

We haven't heard much from George Hussein Onyango Obama, the President's half brother lately. At last report, he was in custody in Narobi on drug charges (LINK HERE). Has George Obama left the slum in Kenya where he was living? Is he quietly staying in the Lincoln Bedroom in the White House? I have no idea. However when Barack Hussein Obama leaves office, can we send all of his illegal alien relatives home to Africa? Please?




Monday, September 12, 2011

Stimulus Two - a modest suggestion

There's a lot of Presidential noise directed toward passing 'Stimulus Two', which is half the size of 'Stimulus One' and is designed to do about half of what Stimulus One accomplished. I know, there are cynics out there who will assert that Stimulus One did nothing and that it's impossible to do half of nothing. All well and good, but for me personally and for my community, there is a way to make Stimulus Two mean something.

My letter to President Obama:

President Obama: Write a tax-free check to me, personally, for one billion dollars. That's only 1/447th of what you want Congress to appropriate, so it's literally chump change from a national perspective. With that money, I promise to stimulate the local economy. 

I live in California. California is a red state. If I get the money, I promise to spend the money inside the red state and boost the local economy. No, I'm not an oligarch at the moment, but the money will allow me to become one and the hope and change that it will bring to the struggling proles in California will be sure to buy a few votes for you in the 2012 election. For a mere billion, I'm sure that I can get quite a few people to vote for you instead of your Republican opponent. Giving me a billion dollars (of money you plan to borrow from China) tax free, will demonstrate your commitment to hope and change on a local level.

To show you that my heart is in the right place, after the check clears, I promise to spend $100,000,000. of the one billion on charities that dole out money to black people. It will leave me a mere 900,000,000 to spend on a really nice yacht, mansion, domestic staff, private jet and other luxury items that will pump the stimulus funds into the economy. Yes, I'm obviously a Democrat.


I think this explains why LOVE is at the heart of my request.

After all, Mr. President. As a narcissist, you know the true definition of love.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Free at Last -- Free at Last!

Some of you will recall that Uncle Omar (Onyango Obama), an undocumented person (illegal alien) who crashed into a Farmingham City (Plymouth County) Police Car while drunk, was taken into custody for drunk driving (a misdemeanor) and using a fraudulent social security number (a felony) and the Department of Homeland Security/ICE placed an immigration detainer on him.

I know that you shared my outrage that Uncle Omar was arrested by the police in the first place. It appeared to me to be a blatant case of racism and by extension, of bias toward Uncle Omar because he had a blood relation to the first Black President. Yes, it's the same bias used against Auntie Zeituni Onyango (Obama) because (1) she's black, and (2) She has been in the US illegally and (3) has been on welfare while here illegally. Is it a crime to be Black in America? When will the outrages against people of color stop?

The White Man ordered him returned to Kenya in 1992 but there are no jobs and no government money back home in Kenya to support him in a way that is only decent. He stayed in the US. Who wouldn't? It's a free country isn't it? All Uncle Omar wanted was access to free medical care, food stamps, welfare, and the ability to take a drink now and then when the need took him. It's depressing to be a Black Man who is continually oppressed by Whites. Who wouldn't take a bit of pop-skull to ease their pain?

But don't despair! Justice has been done. Likely the Leader of the Free World whispered a word in the right ear.
"He has been quietly released from federal custody and all lips are sealed. DHS won’t say a word. The White House won’t say a word. Onyango Obama’s immediate family in Boston won’t say a word. And the lawyer who was all set to appeal his deportation is out of the loop." (Malkin)  
"The policy that allowed Omar to disappear is “voluntary departure” — a security-undermining mechanism that allows illegal alien border-jumpers and visa-overstayers to simply deport themselves after going through the federal immigration court system. Omar lost his first case to stay in the country in 1989; he lost a second bid with the Board of Immigration Appeals in 1992."


"The 2012 election is about our future. Help change the world again". - President Obama


Thursday, September 8, 2011

911 Day Commentary

911day.org (supported by the Obama Administration) has set September 11 aside as a day of service to do a good deed. President Obama (early on) suggested that it also be a day when we recognize the hard work put in by community organizers. The term 'community organizer' can also be viewed as 'special interest agitator', or one who follows the Alinsky Rules for Radicals (Wikipedia Link) the way that the President did when he was a community organizer on the mean streets of Chicago.

Rules for Radicals has been the Democratic Party's playbook during the Obama Administration.

When I think of September 11, 2001, my mind does not jump to people like Rev. Jessie Jackson, Rev. Al Sharpton, President Barack Hussein Obama, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, or Saul Alinsky.

I think of an attack on the United States of America by fundamentalist Muslims intent on bringing bloodshed to our shores.

Graphic below h/t Dale.

September 11 is not a day to remember good deeds as 911day.org would suggest. It's a day to recall an attack on all of the people of the United States by Islamic Fundamentalists. President and Mrs. Obama would like you to forget that we were attacked on September 11 (look here) would redirect your attention away from that horrible day in American history.


September 11 is a day to remember who declared war with America and to recall that their goals and objectives have not changed since Obama officially ended the "war on terror" and replaced it with "a foreign contingency operation".


I have not forgotten what the Islamic War was about.

I will not be thinking about all of those community agitators "who did so much for me" on this September 11th. 

I will not spend any time on September 11th contemplating how the 911 Victory Mosque proposed near the site of the destroyed World Trade Center will unite 'Muslims and non-Muslim Americans'. Because it won't. Not any more than opening a pig slaughterhouse next door to every Mosque in America would make Muslims happier.

I suspect that I will read some Kipling. Possibly The Grave of the Hundred Head and the City of Brass. I will think about America's allies in the War on Terror. I will not think of what we did and what we are doing as a 'foreign contingency operation'. A lot of them have died and given their all for the sake of freedom. Sometimes we forget that not just Americans fell over the past ten years in the battle against jihad.


I ask that you remember September 11 not as a community organizers and service day, but as the day thousands of innocents were murdered in cold blood by Muslims. And never forget that it can happen again. The price of freedom is eternal vigilance. Don't be swayed or lulled by wolves in sheep's clothing that September 11 is about some other rainbow and unicorn remembrance. 

"THE MOSQUES ARE OUR BARRACKS, THE DOMES OUR HELMETS, THE MINARETS OUR BAYONETS AND THE FAITHFUL, OUR SOLDIERS." ---TURKISH PRIME MINISTER ERDOĞAN (h/t Pam Geller)

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The Republican Field for 2012 - Narrows

The GOP Debate hosted by MSNBC shouldn't have happened because it predictably turned into the liberals spinning the questions and carefully tip toeing around any issue that the Republicans could use to make their candidate, Obama, look incompetent.

Ok, that aside, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the play?

Absent some major gaff, the race for the Republican nomination is between Mitt Romney and Rick Perry. Both have advantages and disadvantages - but neither is Obama, and it might come down to that in the long run.

Rick Perry reminds me a lot of Ronald Reagan and America's enemies won't feel nearly as comfortable with him in the White House as they have with Barack Hussein Obama. I think that Perry given a choice, will do the right thing for the nation.

Mitt Romney (yes, he's a RINO) does look very presidential. He says a lot of the right things and if he became the Republican choice, I'd back him with cash and personal support. Then again, I'd back anyone who would defeat Obama and send him back home to Chicago. I wonder if Michelle plans to run for the US Senate from Illinois?

Michelle Bachmann is flagging while she continues with her talking points. She looks a bit wooden and while I predict that she'll be in all the way to the Convention, she's going to start losing ground. The money that she had will start drying up.

Herman Cain is in it because he is, because he has something to say and because people just like him. But he won't be the next president.

Santorum, Gingrich & Huntsman all want to be valid in the Republican Party so they're going to continue their efforts, but the die is cast. At the risk of being branded a religious zealot, I'm going to quote from the Book of Daniel (the handwriting is on the wall): 
"And this is the writing that was inscribed: mina, mina, shekel, half-mina. This is the interpretation of the matter: mina, God has numbered the days of your kingdom and brought it to an end; shekel, you have been weighed on the scales and found wanting; half-mina, your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians." (Daniel 5: 25-28) In this case, Medes and Persians means Romney and Perry.
I'm leaving Ron Paul last for a reason. While much of his campaign is based on sound conservative principles, Ron is not the messenger who should be delivering the message. I hope that doesn't sound unkind because I like him. His son, Senator Rand Paul, would be a better choice. Ron represents the Fredrich A. Hayek school of economic philosophy, and I agree with that approach to government. But he doesn't do a good job of selling it to the American People - and that's what he needs to do in order to win anything beyond a Congressional seat in Texas.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Who do YOU want teaching your children?

Teachers are role models to impressionable children. Having the right people teaching the rising generation are important. Education (also called learning, teaching or schooling) in the general sense is any act or experience that has a formative effect on the mind, character, or physical ability of an individual. In its technical sense, education is the process by which society deliberately transmits its accumulated knowledge, skills, and values from one generation to another. What values do we want to transmit?

This photo comes to us from a recent California Teachers Union demonstration in downtown Los Angeles.


I don't oppose their right to demonstrate, to speak freely and express their opinions. However, I don't want them teaching my children/grandchildren.


I don't want this person teaching my children/grandchildren either. And perhaps it comes down to simply spending more money to send children to private schools and boycotting public education as a practical matter. Maybe Charter Schools are the way to go?

Clearly, teacher's unions are doing for education what the United Auto Workers did for automobile manufacturing in America. I'm not calling for an end to teacher's unions, however I don't know whether or not it's in MY children's/grandchildren's best interest to attend a school where the teachers are unionized because it seems to breed corruption and the 'inclusive' nature of the system allows people to teach who I personally am not comfortable with at the head of a class.

Happy Labor Day.

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Friday, September 2, 2011

How much do the Obama Drones love The One?

The DOJ originally claimed that Fast and Furious weapons had been recovered at 11 crime scenes in the United States, but a Fox News investigation now reveals that a total of forty-two Fast and Furious firearms were recovered at those crime scenes. Revised DOJ figures now also admit that an additional 21 Fast and Furious guns were tracked to violent crimes in Mexico.

But has the Sinaloa Federation (cartel) publicly thanked the Obama Administration yet for helping them fight Mexican Government troops, rival cartels and murder Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry? I'm sure that's the only outrage that Obama is feeling now -- ok, that and the fact that Congress is investigating the matter.

The nation's chief law enforcement officer, Attorney General Eric Holder, has compromised the integrity of federal law enforcement in this country, at a time when the respect for federal law enforcement is essential for the security of the United States. This is not "role model" behavior. This is Chicago political behavior--perfectly normal and appreciated in Chicago, but not here, and not from the Attorney General of the United States. The Chicago standard should not be the American standard despite what the people from Chicago who inhabit the White House believe.

This investigation will reach Eric Holder. It may or may not reach Barack H. Obama Jr. depending on who is willing to fall on the sword to perjure themselves before Congress and risk federal prison.


The question President Obama may be asking himself now is -- "How much do my drones love me?"

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Another Outrage from ATF

ATF Celebrates the conclusion of Operations Gunrunner and Fast and Furious. For those of you who have followed this scandal, the outrageous behavior keeps on rolling.

This email is said to have been generated by Teresa Ficaretta and it references Arthur Herbert. Redactions have been made to protect sources.
From: (REDACTED)
Sent: Thursday, August 25, 2011 9:36 AM
Subject: Rifle Multiple Sale Reporting Program Celebration

Please join us on Wednesday, August 31, at 9:30 a.m., in Conference Room B to celebrate the successful completion of the rifle multiple sale reporting program. Collaboration among many directorates made this program possible, and REDACTED and I want to recognize and thank all the employees who contributed to our success.

This celebration will be held in connection with our EPS supervisors meeting to be held in the same room beginning at 10am. Please forward this invitation to all the remaining EPS supervisors in Martinsburg. I initially tried to list all their names, but I know I will leave some of the section supervisors out, and our celebration would not be complete without them. (REDACTED) and I look forward to seeing you all in Martinsburg.
In the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) and in fiscal year (FY) 2009 appropriations, ATF received $21.9 million in funding to support and expand Project Gunrunner. In May 2009, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) opened an evaluation of Project Gunrunner, which is ongoing. We are issuing this interim report on Project Gunrunner plans as ATF is expanding the project.  (Source: OIG Interim Report)

The question you might want to ask yourself is how much Operation Gunrunner did to stimulate the economy since that was how it was funded. Clearly it did a great deal to provide the Mexican narcotics cartels with better arms and ammunition, which they subsequently used to slaughter both each other, Mexican and American law enforcement and innocent civilians who were caught in the middle.

And more from cleanupatf.org, a forum of ATF Agents who are outraged at the conduct of their agency and of the Obama Administration. (graphic right h/t Dale)

Why the ATF scheduled a National Violent Crime and Firearms Trafficking Summit on 30 June 2009 in NM.

"It is essential that our efforts support the strategies and policies of the President and the Attorney General and where possible, complement the strategies of other agencies." -- "Project Gunrunner: A Cartel Focused Strategy," internal ATF report, September 2010, Page 2.

On April 27, 2009, the Department of Justice released guidelines for the consideration of Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) designation in firearms related cases involving Mexican cartels. The memorandum identified firearms trafficking from the United States to Mexico as contributing to the escalating levels of cartel-related violence and as a particular concern for law enforcement on both sides of the border. The memorandum emphasized the important role that the OCDETF program plays in connection with the United States' government-wide efforts to stem the southbound smuggling of arms to Mexican drug trafficking organizations and stated that investigations principally targeting firearms trafficking are eligible for OCDETF designation if there is a sufficient nexus between the firearms and a major Mexican drug trafficking organization. It is not necessary that every OCDETF prosecution include specific drug charges, but every OCDETF prosecution must be drug-related. The specific charges may be firearms, explosives, or other non-drug violations as long as the targets have been identified as major drug violators and otherwise meet OCDETF standards. 

In June 2009, the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) released its National Southwest Border Counternarcotics Strategy. The strategy represents another key contribution to the U.S. response to the threat along the Southwest border. The strategy acknowledges the close link between drug trafficking and firearms trafficking and the increasing powerful nature and sophistication of the firearms acquired and used by Mexican drug trafficking organizations. In fact, Chapter 7 of the strategy is devoted to weapons and contains significant language pertaining to ATF investigative responsibilities and enforcement programs. The strategy includes the goals of improving intelligence and information sharing relating to weapons trafficking among Federal, State, local, and tribal law enforcement partners; increasing interdiction of illegal weapons shipments destined for Mexico; enhancing cooperation with international partners in weapons investigations; strengthening domestic coordination on weapons investigations and increasing the likelihood of successful Federal prosecution of weapons cases. 

On June 25, 2009, ATF released a memorandum detailing a revised national firearms trafficking enforcement strategy focusing on among other things the identification and investigation of specific domestic trafficking corridors. While not a Southwest border focused document, the national firearms trafficking enforcement plan makes reference to Project Gunrunner and firearms trafficking cases with an international nexus. The document is referenced here since it provides guidance for conducting firearms trafficking investigations generally and may include information pertaining to investigative, technical, and preventive tactics that may be applicable when investigating matters related to the Southwest border.

The memorandum "detailing a revised national firearms trafficking enforcement strategy" was only part of a concerted ATF effort to do what their executive branch masters wanted them to do, consistent with the National Southwest Border Counternarcotics Strategy. 

The "field manual" continues: 

On January 7, 2010, the Department of Justice reemphasized its commitment to combating firearms trafficking to Mexican cartels and the use of the OCDETF program as a means of disrupting the cartels by releasing its own strategy. The strategy is premised on the notion that a significant share of the violence, drug trafficking and corruption along the Southwest border is perpetrated by a relatively small number of hierarchical criminal organizations. The DOJ strategy concludes that “the most effective mechanism to attack those organizations is the use of intelligence-based, prosecutor-led multi-agency task forces that attack all levels of, and all criminal activities of, the operations of the organizations.” A significant component of the DOJ strategy pertains to attacking the southbound flow of firearms. The strategy states that “given the national scope of this issue, merely seizing firearms through interdiction will not stop firearms trafficking to Mexico. We must identify, investigate, and eliminate the sources of illegally trafficked firearms and the networks that transport them.” The DOJ strategy calls for closer collaboration between ATF and the efforts of multi-agency drug task forces along the border, including OCDETF strike forces. All ATF field divisions with an OCDETF strike force must consider assigning a complement of special agents to the multi-agency strike force and/or establishing a collocated ATF-led OCDETF group within the strike force. 

Lastly, ATF’s 2010-2016 Strategic Plan provides broad direction intended to guide ATF operations over the next few years and includes information regarding ATF’s efforts to combat firearms trafficking, to include trafficking along and across the Southwest border. The document reiterates that one of ATF’s fundamental responsibilities is addressing the threat posed by firearms violence associated with drug trafficking and specifically the threat posed by Mexican based drug trafficking organizations that acquire firearms from the United States. The document summarizes a wide variety of ATF capabilities useful in suppressing firearms trafficking across the U.S.-Mexico border. 

Additionally, in June 2009, ATF and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) initiated a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) intended to address areas of mutual concern and responsibility. To the extent possible, this revised cartel focused strategy will conform to agreements between ATF and ICE and other law enforcement partners that may exist.

The press release: 

DOJ Officials to Speak at National Violent Crime and Firearms Trafficking Summit 
Mon Jun 29, 2009 6:00pm EDT 

WASHINGTON, June 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Officials from the U.S.Department of Justice (DOJ) will join Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials, U.S. Attorneys, states attorneys, local prosecutors and law enforcement executives to discuss national policy development and strategies at the Violent Crime and Firearms Trafficking Summit in Albuquerque, N.M. Also at the Summit, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) formalizing a partnership to combat firearms trafficking. 

Media are invited to attend the opening session Tuesday, June 30, 2009 at 8:00 a.m. MDT and the separate signing event at 9:30 a.m. MDT. For media not able to attend the signing event, a national news teleconference will be hosted at 10:15 a.m. MDT. 

WHO: 
David W. Ogden, Deputy Attorney General, DOJ 
Lanny A. Breuer, Assistant Attorney General, DOJ Criminal Division 
H. Marshall Jarrett, Director, Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys 
Kenneth E. Melson, Acting Director, ATF 
John Morton, Asst. Secretary, ICE, DHS 

WHAT: 
Violent Crime and Firearms Trafficking Summit (Opening Session) 
ATF, ICE MOU Signing Ceremony, Question and Answer Session 

WHEN: 
Tuesday, June 30, 2009, 9:00 a.m. MDT - Opening Session 
9:30 a.m. MDT - Signing Ceremony 
10:15 a.m. MDT - National News Teleconference Begins 

Conference Call-in #: 1-888-469-3045 (call will be moderated; media encouraged to dial-in up to 15 minutes in advance) 

WHERE: 
Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown Hotel 2600 Louisiana Blvd, NE Albuquerque, N.M. 87110 

Note: Media attending the opening session of the summit and/or the MOU signing ceremony will need to present valid media credentials. Media should be set by 7:45 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom for the opening session and pre-set by 9:15 a.m. in Baldwin Room for the signing event. Any inquiries concerning DOJ officials should be directed to the Office of Public Affairs at (202)514-2007. Any inquiries concerning the Summit should be directed to John Hageman at (609) 743-2987. 
SOURCE U.S. Department of Justice 

U.S. Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs, +1-202-514-2007, TDD+1-202-514-1888

This was a big deal. In addition to speeches by Deputy Attorney General Ogden, and Assitant Attorney General Lanny Breuer, ATF Acting Director spoke, as did NM U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman and H. Marshall Jarrett, Director of the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys. Even Andrew Traver was there, as was, according to my sources, Phoenix ATF Field Division SAC William Newell, aka now as "Gunwalker Bill." 

John Morton's speech does not seem to have been posted on the net, the careful man. 

Lanny Breuer makes it clear where the new effort and energy on firearms trafficking came from: 

You just heard from my partner at ICE John Morton; we are all in great hands over there. John and I worked briefly together in the Criminal Division, where John was a Deputy Assistant Attorney General before becoming Assistant Secretary at ICE. He's a spectacular public servant. It's my privilege to share a podium with John and all my distinguished colleagues from DHS and DOJ, including the Deputy Attorney General from whom you will soon hear. 

As many of you know, a little over two months ago, the Attorney General stood on Mexican soil with his law enforcement counterparts from the Mexican government. At that time, the Attorney General announced a firm commitment by the U.S. government to work with Mexico to attack the plague of gun trafficking and related violence that has infected the U.S./Mexico border and regions deep in Mexico itself. 

Since the Attorney General's visit to Cuernavaca, the Justice Department, under the leadership of the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, has taken a number of positive steps to address the southwest border issues, including increasing the resources that are focused on the southwest border and, specifically, firearms trafficking. 
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