Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year!!!!!

This past year has had its ups and downs.
The new year promises to be a great one.
Looking forward to exchanging thoughts.
Thanks to all who visit with me.
Happy New Year!

Best from TOTUS in 2009:

The Sky is Falling
S.H.I.T. vs P.E.T.A. My personal favorite

White House Leaks Story of Obama's Birth Certificate

Washington D.C. Nuked

My Fireworks!!!

H/T to I Like Guns via Traction Control

The Enemy is Islam!

Terror in the sky's on Christmas Day. Not that some needed a reminder, but another radical Islamist tried to blow up a plane again and on a Christian holy day. It was only his lack of knowledge that prevented this attack from being successful and was not due in any part to the government of this country which was, as usual asleep at the wheel.

Umar Abdulmutallab, a wealthy Muslim determined that Allah wanted him to kill Christians on Christmas Day. Obama finally spoke on the attack after days of silence. And managed to utter that word he hates, "terror" briefly, but at the same time refused to connect the day and Islam with the attack. I suppose to him, the date was merely a coincidence, you and I know better.

Despite overwhelming evidence the president and those around him refuse to link terrorism with Islam and continue to tell us that Islam is a religion of peace. The president and those around him are blinded by political correctness and their Utopian belief in multiculturalism. Our state department will NOT link terrorism to Islam despite hundreds of attacks over many years. Our troops stand down on Islamic holidays while a terrorist like Abdulmutallab chooses our holy day to attack. If one of our soldiers in anyway defaces the Koran he is subject to swift military justice. Our leaders insist again and again that the terrorist who attack us don't represent Islam when everyone knows that's a lie.

Our so-called experts on terror agonize over whether this terrorist or that terrorist is a member of al Qaeda. That's not even important because we are dealing with a world wide Muslim movement. We have managed to tie ourselves down in Afghanistan while the enemy remains mobile. While we insist on holding ground in Afghanistan the enemy is advancing in Africa and Yemen. While our leaders point to the slums of the Muslim world as the breeding ground for terrorist they ignore the fact that most jihadis are coming from wealthy and middle class families. And yet, we continue digging wells and building schools in Afghanistan in the foolish hope this will prevent the poor from joining the ranks of the terrorist. Its time to look at the universities and at the jet-set Muslim youth of the world. Our leaders need to quit lying to themselves and to us. The threat is real and the enemy is Islam.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Nationalism and the Sleeping Giant

Following the close of WWI and WWII and the collapse of colonialism rampant nationalism swept through Africa, the middle east and Asia. This movement was hailed by most liberals and progressives in the west while at the same time these same voices began to condemn the old nationalism of Europe and the United States. For these progressives patriotism was OK for the newly emerging states, but not for the old nations of western Europe and the United States. This double standard quickly gained support in the west and spun out-of-control in western Europe leading to the ascendancy of the EU. In America this movement gained strength, but its inroads were not on the European scale.
Then came 9/11 and the world, particularly the west was jolted. Many began to see new threats: first the obvious one of radical Islam and next a somewhat more obscure one, "a lack of nationalism in the west". Slowly it became evident that national pride had been diminished and replaced with the new multiculturalism that recognized no national boundaries. And it was this new multiculturalism that provided the breeding ground for yet another emerging force that of "Pan-Islamic Nationalism". An old enemy of the west that had once been vanquished was raising its ugly head again and threatening not only western Europe, but also the new world.
Until 9/11 western Europe had stood virtually alone against the onslaught of this new enemy as most Americans were unaware of this new danger. 9/11 changed everything, but the entrenched forces of liberalism and multiculturalism in Europe and America will not go quietly into the night. Their Utopian dream of a world without borders will not be easily brushed aside.
The tide appears to be turning as a new nationalism, a new pride in country and tradition is growing in Europe; while at the same time the patriotism of many Americans is being revitalized. To paraphrase Admiral Yamamoto, "this new enemy has awakened a sleeping giant and filled him with a terrible resolve", America and her friends in Europe have had enough and our gates are no longer open to those who would trample our traditions. A new patriotism, a new national pride is being born in the west and soon the forces of multiculturalism and pan-Islamic nationalism will feel the wrath of this sleeping giant.

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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Where is America's Geert Wilders

Geert Wilders is a man on a mission. One who sees the influence of the radical Islamic hordes coming from the south and this nationalist, this Dutch patriot, this man who puts his country above multiculturalism has decided to take a stand. In a time when third world nationalism is admired by many progressives, western nationalism is condemned in the same breath. Geert is a proud Dutch nationalist who would put sensible immigration laws into effect and deport Muslim criminals back to their native country. There is noting radical about these positions and they are gaining momentum in the Netherlands.

Geert is leading the charge against Muslim intrusions in his country and sees the approaching dangers from a people who will not assimilate into his peaceful nation. We have no such leader in this country. I see no leader here of similar statue, and sadly none on the horizon. Instead our leaders are constantly making excuses for the violent actions of those who follow Islam, saying that only a few are radicalized and present a danger. No leader is yet to step forward in this country and say that its Islam that's at the heart of the problem. And until that leader emerges many can only voice their concerns and continue to look for the American Geert Wilders.

Geert Wilders' One-Man Crusade against Islam

Geert Wilders wants to ban the Koran, impose a tax on headscarves and calculate the cost of immigration. The Dutch right-wing populist also plans to run for prime minister in 2011 -- and his party is currently leading in the polls.

Wilders stands a chance of becoming prime minister of the Netherlands. The country's next parliamentary election is scheduled for May 2011, and his party, the PVV, has been leading in the polls for months. According to those polls, if elections were held today the PVV would capture about 20 percent of the vote. It performed almost as well in the European elections in June as the ruling Christian Democrats.

The leader of the PVV is featured on the cover page of some newspaper every day, and every headline about Wilders on the Internet gets three times as many clicks as a headline about Jan Peter Balkenende. Although Balkenende is the Dutch prime minister, Wilders already holds considerable sway over the government. Since he left the liberal People's Party for Freedom and Democracy in 2004, he has applied great pressure on Dutch administrations with his campaign against Islam. Many of his sentences begin with the words "One ought to be allowed to say that…," followed by statements like: Dutch culture is better than that of the Muslims; there is an Islamic invasion; the Muslims are turning Europe into an Arab colony. The reality is more complicated than that, but Wilders prefers to use simple words.

He wants to "recapture" the Netherlands from the hands of the Islamists, street-by-street and neighborhood-by-neighborhood. Wilders uses expressions like "Moroccan street terrorists" and "the Islamization tsunami" -- soundbites that are made for headlines. For him, Muslims are people who pollute the public space with their headscarves, their "beards of hate," burqas and mosques. Wilders even recently called for a tax on headscarves: €1,000 ($1,500) per person and year. But he insists that he has nothing against Muslims, only against Islam.

This is an abstruse verbal balancing act, but the people of this small, wealthy, liberal country are not troubled by Wilders' outrageous remarks. Much has changed in the Netherlands since the day, five years ago, when a fanatical Islamist shot and killed the Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh, then slit his throat and pinned a threatening message to his chest with a knife. Nov. 2, 2004 was the Netherlands' Sept. 11, and after that day many politicians declared that the country was now at war.

It was the day that Geert Wilders' rise to prominence began. read more

Monday, December 28, 2009

Release Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl - Prisoner Swap?

The Taliban have recently released a video of a captured American soldier, Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl. Pfc. Bergdahl was captured this past June in Afghanistan after straying from his unit there. He is now being used by the Taliban for propaganda purposes. The release of this video at Christmas is despicable and shows the depths of depravity that the enemy will sink too. I'm sure that American commanders are using all means to find and secure the release of this young soldier. The question I would now pose is this: should we attempt some type of prisoner exchange to obtain the release of this young soldier? I have mixed feelings on this issue and would welcome your input. The government of the United States has done this in the past, notably in the early years of the War Between the States, but it was later discontinued when the government realized this program was benefiting the south more than the north. The government of Israel also does prisoner exchanges. Like I said before, I see benefits and dangers on this issue.
KABUL — In a Christmas Day move, the Taliban on Friday released a video of an American soldier captured in Afghanistan, showing him apparently healthy but spouting criticism about the U.S. military operation. In Idaho, Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl's family pleaded for his release and urged him to "stay strong."

Bergdahl disappeared June 30 while based in eastern Afghanistan and is the only known American serviceman in captivity. The Taliban claimed his capture in a video released in mid-July that showed the young Idaho soldier appearing downcast and frightened. He hadn't been heard from until Friday's video, in which he looks well and speaks clearly.

The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force confirmed hours later that the man in the video was Bergdahl, but denounced both its timing and content.

"This is a horrible act which exploits a young soldier, who was clearly compelled to read a prepared statement," said a statement from U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Gregory Smith, ISAF's spokesman. "To release this video on Christmas Day is an affront to the deeply concerned family and friends of Bowe Bergdahl, demonstrating contempt for religious traditions and the teachings of Islam." read more from FOX News

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Umar - Barack - Terrorist Rights and Other Stupid Things

Al qaeda terrorist Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab, attempts to meet his 72 virgins aboard Northwest Airline Flight 253 shortly before that plane lands in Detroit in route from Amsterdam. Fortunately for passengers aboard flight 253 the bomb strapped to his leg was a fizzle and not a bang. Umar (raghead) Mutallab, was subdued by fellow passengers immediately following the small smoking pop. This was probably the roughest treatment he will have from this point on from the Obama Justice Department.

One can easily picture Omar requesting an attorney at this point and Eric Holders justice department quickly complying, even though this foreigner was on an international flight. He will be afforded all the constitutional rights you and I have including avoiding questioning without his attorney being present. He undoubtedly possesses a treasure trove of information that would thwart future attacks, but this information will not be obtained by the polite agents in Obama's FBI. Just think if Bush was still president, this guy would have been escorted from the plane by the FBI, then turned over to the CIA or some group like it and immediately got a swift punch in the gut once inside that black SUV at the airport and within 24-48 hours we would know what he had for lunch a month ago. Not now, not under Obama, not under an administration that believes in the rights of a foreign terrorist more than the safety of its own citizens. Valuable information could be forthcoming, but not this time, unless this guy just loves to hear himself talk.

Obama will undoubtedly hold a news conference in the next few days where he will say the suspect is talking and useful information is being obtained. He will not cite what information calling that classified. Bush would say the same in similar circumstances, the difference being that while Obama's primary concern seems to be the rights of the terrorist and Bush's is the safety of Americans. Bush had faults and did some things wrong, while Obama has faults and does nothing right.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

The Tipping Point

The tipping point is that invisible mark that each must find. And in the end some will sit on the side lines while others join the fight. But once the fight is joined the onrushing events will gather momentum and all will be effected by the great struggle and even the "sunshine patriot" will find no refuge from the storm. We are now approaching that point, that place from which there is no turning back, some will say yes, while others hold back and cringe before the foreboding warnings.
Great changes are in the wind and the forces of change are gathering as the approaching storm looms large on the horizon. Many are seeking the shelter of family and friends with the hope that these changes will pass them by and they can again feel the warmth of yesterdays. While others are rushing to fill the breach torn in the fabric of the nation by those forces who would not only destroy the tomorrow's but the yesterday's. For the fair weather soldier the tipping point will never come, for they will continue to push that point farther and farther down the road. They will stand under that sheltered tree as the battle swirls round them and their muskets will never know the taste of fire and smoke. But wiser men will stand and say, "no more", for they have reached that place from which there is no retreat---The Tipping Point!
by Ron Russell

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas
To all my readers and friends out there. Enjoy your families and the holidays and always cherish the memories of this time and never forget the real meaning of this special season.

Taking a break for the holidays. Will post again after Christmas when the turkey and dressing settle.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

ATTACK: Washington D.C. Nuked

Zero Hour At 10.24 a m today a small nuclear device was detonated today somewhere between the White House and the U. S. Capitol building in Washington. The first reports came from commercial airline pilots approaching the city in route to Dulles International Airport . Numerous pilots reported seeing a huge mushroom cloud coming up from the city's center and at the same time feeling their aircraft shudder from the force of the blast. At this time communications from the stricken city remain sparse with little information coming out. For the moment there is no word about the safety of the president although it is known that he was in the White House at the time of the attack. It is also believed that both the House and the Senate were in session at the moment of the blast.
Zero Hour +1 News helicopters out of the Baltimore area flying over Washington report seeing massive damage in the Washington D.C. areas with hundreds of fires raging in areas up to one mile from what is believed to be ground zero. Some reported seeing a huge crater perhaps 100-200 yards wide in an area some quarter mile NE of the spot where the Washington Monument formally stood, only the base of that structure remains. There are also unconfirmed reports that parts of the capital dome are missing and that flames are coming from the gaping holes in that structure. Parts of the White House have been completely destroyed while other parts are in flames at this hour with no efforts being made to extinguish them.
Zero Hour +5 Breaking news from AP: The Associated Press in now reporting that president Barack Hussein Obama was killed in the attack on the nations capital earlier today, but gave no details. It is also reporting that Vice President Joe Biden who was at the White House at that hour was also killed in the blast. And this report is just coming in: many members of Congress have perished in the attack among the many being mentioned at this time are notably Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the house, and Senator Robert Byrd, President pro tempore of the Senate. Rueters is now reporting the Secertary of State Hillary Clinton in being sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on a air force plane somewhere over the Atlantic as she flies back back from Brussels where she was attending a NATO meeting. Her destination is a closely guarded secret at this time.
Zero Hour +10 Al Jazeera television is reporting that Al qaeda is claiming responsibility for the attack on Washington and that terrorist group is claiming to have planted additional nuclear devices in other U.S. cities. Along with this claim Al qaeda has issued a list of demands to stop any future attacks. Among the many demands are the following: 1) immediate moves to began a full U.S. withdrawal of military forces from all Muslim countries throughout the world 2) immediate cease fire by all U.S. military forces in Iraq and Afghanistan 3) recognition of Al qaeda as a legitimate organization operating to restore world peace 4) reparations in the amount of One Trillion dollars to be paid to Al qaeda for damages to that organization an other Arab states 5) additional demands to come in near future. Al Jazeera is also reporting that Al qaeda is giving the United States government 72 hour to announce compliance with these demands or a second device will be detonated somewhere in the US.
Zero Hour +20 PANIC has gripped Americans as millions flee the cities for the perceived safety of the countryside............. Barack woke in a cold sweat quickly realizing it was just a dream and at that same moment less that a mile from the White House a Green Van pulled into a small parking lot and a clean cut dark-skinned young man exited locking the door behind him then turned and walked to a waiting car. Barack turned over and went back to sleep the dream was over, but the real nightmare was only beginning.
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Monday, December 21, 2009

Nuke Um

"Nuke em", I often see this while visiting around the blogosphere and my usual first reaction is to recoil at the mere idea of setting loose those terrible WMD's. Being a child of the 1950's and having seen all the old movies such as "Fail Safe", "Doctor Strangelove" and many more coupled with my real nightmares as a child about those looming mushroom clouds the mere idea of a nuclear explosion scares the hell out of me.

Having gotten that out of the way, I've come to face a new reality and that reality is that one day we will be confronted with the cold hard truth of using the nuke or losing the battle. Tactical nukes are at the ready should they be needed. However, when such things are mentioned the American left recoils for they would not shoot so much as a spitball at the enemy and have shown consistently they will not even hurl insults their way. Although they have no problems with calling those of us on the right every name under the sun. It is becoming increasing obvious to me that the only enemy the American left sees are those fellow Americans on the right, and they feel if they can defeat those all other enemies in the world will miraculously vanish in a cloud of cleaning smoke.

War is not a game and the timid have no place on the battlefield or in the command post. To play at war is to lose and before losing I say those frightening words, "nuke um".

Friday, December 18, 2009

The Cost of War and The Price of Victory

Today, I did venture out into the blogosphere for a very brief time and read a post dealing with the "Cost of War" over at Texas Fred. In his article Fred concentrated on the effectiveness of the "Hellfire Missile" and its use by the predator drones. A very lethal combination and one that saves American lives, but unfortunately this is not a decisive weapon. I've always thought that wars were fought to win and not obtain some type of draw. Being an old history teacher I have read about the early years of the "War for Southern Independence" in that bloody conflict the early generals selected by Lincoln would fight a battle and then retire back to the safety of Washington D.C. which quickly became the most fortified city in the world. Then after a few months they would venture out again and they repeated this over and over. Finally Lincoln put U S Grant in charge. Grant quickly realized the futility of the tactics used by his predecessors and chartered a new course. Although Grant's early battles were bloody he continued to throw men into the lines, his losses were astronomical even by the standards of those days. Grant, however knew the cost of war and in the end he did achieve the final victory. I'm sure Grant felt the sting of his losses, but he nevertheless pushed on. It does seem that many times in history "the cost of war is the price of victory". by Ron Russell

This is Victory

And This is Defeat


Not feeling up to speed these past few days. Will not post today or comment. You have an open season so just blast away.

Feeling better tonight and will post tomorrow.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Attack of the Scarabaeidia aka Kenyan Dung Beetle

Scarabaeidia aka Kenyan Dung Beetle
Tucked deep inside the latest massive appropriations bill and almost hidden among the thousands of pork barrel request is an obscure item which few have noticed. This item is simply labeled "Importation of Scarabaeidia". Few if any members of Congress read these bills, as they delegate these unimportant matters to staffers. It seems that representative I. C. Feces, a junior republican congressman from the sovereign state of Alabama managed to slip this small request into this enormous trillion dollar bill. The cost of this pork barrel project is a measly $3,000,000 dollars, a mere drop in the bucket by congressional standards. This request calls for the importation of some three million Scarabaeidia, which comes to a cost of a dollar each, seemingly a bargain. When asked my a curious reporter why these Scarabaeidia were being imported Rep. I.C. Feces replied that he intended to take the little creatures to Washington and turn them loose near the Capital and White House as the amount of crap coming out of both was endangering the health of the nation. The representative further indicated that at first he thought not to release the Scarabaeidia near the Oval Office for fear the sometime vicious creatures would attack the small brown balls in that immediate area, but that upon further consideration he concluded the the threat was minimal due to the small size of these brown balls, hell they were nearly invisible and the Scarabaeidia had no chance of finding them. Shocked the reporter asked what the Scarabaeidia could do about all that crap, Rep. I.C. Feces laughed and replied, "the Scarabaeidia, aka Kenyan Dung Beetle is the best shit-eater in the world having developed a voracious appetite for all the crap in its native Kenya"!
by Ron Russell

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

DETROIT: Progressives - Labor Unions - Schools

Detroit the once proud capital of America's automotive industry and a city that bragged on its great school system, is now a vast wasteland a showcase not for progress but for urban blight brought on by years of one party progressive rule and greedy unions and politicians who acted like pigs at the trough. Yes the happy days are over and the bleak reality has set in, an the true result of run-a-way progressivism is being felt.
Parents in Detroit are blaming teachers for the low test scores of students in that district. Of course the teachers along with the teachers unions are part of the problem, but only a part of a much bigger problem. The city of Detroit has been run by progressive Democrats for as long as anyone can remember and its the polices of these elected politicians and the dumb voters who continue to re-elect them year after year that is at the heart of this issue. Of course, the citizens of that once great city will never admit this and will continue to support these leaders who will lie and lead them down the progressive road to failure and ultimate collapse. The state, local and federal governments have pumped millions of dollars into a corrupt system that will never work as long as those at the bottom look for the promised handouts from their political leaders who maintain control by making promises they never keep. The problem isn't the low test scores of the students caught up in this circle of ignorance but rather the appalling stupidity of the voters who insist on re-electing those who are dragging them down with their radical progressivism. Arrest the teachers, hell no! Kick out the politicians for they are at the heart of the problem.

Detroit public school parents are outraged at city educators after receiving news of subpar test scores.

The test scores showed that fourth- and eighth-graders had the worst math scores in the nation. The Detroit Parent Network came together Saturday to make their voices heard.

Sharlonda Buckman, chief executive officer for the network is calling for criminal and civil action against those responsible for educating the city's children, according to reports.

District Emergency Financial Manager Robert Bob said the horrendous test scores should not be blamed on the students, but on the school district itself for "failing to fulfill its duty to the kids and their parents." FOX News

Monday, December 14, 2009

Mother Earth Demands Population Control

Many nations today are seriously considering measures to limit the growth of their populations first by providing incentives for couples to have fewer children and then more draconian measures like those already in existence in China. Most in the radical environmental movement see humans as the greatest threat to Mother Earth which has become the god of these otherwise godless beings. Mother Earth has emerged as the new god for hundreds of millions and anything to appease her wrath will be done by these new believers, including the pagan-like sacrifice of millions of unborn babies. These new Mother Earth worshipers have one-upped the Nazis and their plans for extermination far exceed the puny efforts of both Hitler and Stalin. These people intend to get the world's blessing for their actions from the world's most prestigious body, the United Nations. And that blessing will be given, for those in power there will see this as a way to control the lives and yes, the money of those rich nations that have done so much to destroy the planet. Mother Earth who has now replaced God will be avenged by these fanatical followers. Finally after years of wondering in the wilderness the progressives of the world have found their way and now Mother Earth is leading them to the promised land. Hallelujah!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Obama Could Learn From the IDF (Israeli Defense Forces)

Off Duty IDF Woman With Her Weapon

Its been a few weeks now since the terrorist attack at Fort Hood and after having some time to reflect on that attack many are beginning to question the policy of having our military bases the "gun free" zones they now are thanks to legislation signed by Bill Clinton back in 1993. You would think soldiers of all people would be able to carry their personal weapons while on base, and perhaps even their issued government weapons. If this had been the case at Fort Hood, I dare say the death toll would have been much lower and we would have fewer grieving family members today and just maybe a dead terrorist.

While making my daily rounds the other day I came across a great post at Seaspook titled "From the Mail Bag" on just this issue. In that post Seaspook points out that the IDF, Israeli Defense Forces not only carry their weapons (loaded)on base, but even when off duty in the cities of that beleaguered state. It now seems that American citizens are under the same threats that those in the Jewish state face. It is time, past time to arm our troops at home as well as on the battlefield, as the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan have moved to the homeland.

We know Israeli girls can shoot, but check out these young American girls.

Progressives who seek to restrict or take away gun ownership will have to deal with more than angry men. Don't mess with these girls and their guns. If you love guns and shooting you really must watch this video. We live in a great country and the precious freedoms our founders so wisely preserved in the Constitution must be defended each and every day by today's patriots.
H/T to David Crockett via Traction Control

Saturday, December 12, 2009

EU To Give 3.6 Billion To African States to Combat Global Warming

Billions of dollars will be spent shortly in Africa to push back the effects of global warming. Large sums of this money will be spent in the Saharan parts of that continent where the spreading sands of the great Sahara desert are destroying once productive farm land and forcing the indigenous population to flee for lack of food and water. The great desert has been expanding at an alarming rate since the days of the Roman Empire, when the heavy roman chariots whipped up the sands of the desert floor sending huge quantities of sands up into the atmosphere aggravating an already deteriorating natural condition. Following the Romans the early Christian crusaders trampled across the barren wasteland further degrading the environment in their pursuit of the infidels. And during WWII vast European armies confronted one another in this once fertile area further destroying the land. So after centuries of man-made global warming the worst offenders are offering up compensation for their heinous acts to their victims in the form of vast sums of money to dig wells on the dry desert floors, to build irrigation canals, to modify and shift crop production, to improve health care to deal with spreading diseases caused by global warming, and finally to move from fossil fuels to non-carbon forms of energy such as wind and solar power.

At long last these greedy polluting European states have found a way to right past wrongs that have so injured the natives of north Africa and their once beautiful paradise. Yes, by digging wells, building irrigation systems constructing huge wind farms and vast solar power grids on the hot desert floors these once evil nations are showing the poor natives of this scorched land that they intend to make things right and sweep away the desert sands and make the deserts bloom. And if the new green industries in the EU make hundreds of billions in the process well that's fine!!!

EU leaders agreed Friday to commit euro2.4 billion ($3.6 billion) a year until 2012 to help poorer countries combat global warming, as they sought to rescue their image as climate change innovators and bolster talks in Copenhagen.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy says the offer "puts Europe in a leadership role in Copenhagen," where international negotiators are seeking a long-term way to slow the warming of the planet.

Yet on Friday, EU leaders reached a final figure of $3.6 billion a year for the next three years, with Britain, France and Germany each contributing about 20 percent. Britain is pushing to raise the figure higher at the Copenhagen talks.

The climate money is meant to go toward a global $10 billion annual fund for short-term help to poor countries, particularly in Africa, adapt to the effects of global warming before a new climate treaty being negotiated in Copenhagen comes into force in 2012.

"We will see if there is a move on the part of the other developed countries during the Copenhagen summit," Reinfeldt said, noting in particular the United States and Canada.

"There are few moments in history when nations are summoned to common decisions that will reshape the lives of men and women potentially for generations to come," Brown said.

The climate change money would help poorer countries build coastal protection, modify or shift crops threatened by drought, build water supplies and irrigation systems, preserve forests, improve health care to deal with diseases spread by warming, and move from fossil fuel to low-carbon energy systems such as solar and wind power. read more from FOX News

Our Second Amendment Rights

Today while visiting two of my favorite blogs today Right Truth and Texas Fred I came across two post that reminded me of what a great country we live in. The first at "Texas Freds" was a reminder of the existing gun rights and how recently many states have reaffirmed the rights granted under the Constitution and the second by Debbie at "Right Truth" was a less obvious reminder of our rights. In her post she relates waking up today to the sound of gunfire. She lives in a rural area and the shots were hunters after the ducks and geese along the Tennessee River. I made the following short comment on her blog and I will pass it along: "I miss the sound of early morning gunfire on the farm, mine most of all. They are a symbol of our rights as Americans. Many other so-called progressive countries are silent and that silence is deafening, and speaks with the voice of authoritarianism. We are blessed".

Friday, December 11, 2009

Pakistani Police Arrest Five American Jihadist

The recent arrest of five American Muslims in Pakistan points out whats seems to be a growing trend, more and more Muslims in this country are becoming radicalized. This leads one to ask what is happening in the Muslim communities throughout this country. Are these young men being converted to Jihad in the hundreds of mosque that dot the American landscape, are they being turned to radicalism by their parents or friends, or is there something far more frightening at work here; are the actual words of the Koran leading these men to the gates of hell and not to the paradise its promises.

These latest converts to radicalism were not from some down trodden group, but rather students at some of our finest universities with one being a dental student. Some of the parents of these young students had contacted CAIR when they realized their sons were missing, and that organization put then in contact with the FBI and got them lawyers---they will need them!

These would be jihadist had gone to Pakistan with the hope of joining up with al Qaeda for the express purpose of fighting and killing Americans in the war in Afghanistan. Yes, these young men were born in this country and are legally Americans, but they are unAmerican in their thoughts and deeds, and by going as far as they did in what became a failed attempt to join up with al Qaeda they are guilty of treason and should be treated as traitors. It is fortunate that the Pakistani's got them over there, for if they had been arrested in this country there is a good possibility that the truth would have never surfaced about their intentions. The Pakistani have a way of getting information, a avenue that is now closed to American interrogators thanks to BHO. At the time of this post the government of Pakistan has not charged the five, but has indicated the students jihadists have confessed their intentions. Presently Pakistan has no intentions of deporting the young men back to this country. That is wonderful for we don't want them back. Let Pakistan handle this with a short trial and speedy justice, something that's missing in our judicial system. Read complete story.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

General Patton and the War on Terror

This is what General Patton would say if he were alive today.
Video from One Rough Diamond

General George S. Patton's Pistols

Patton was asked once if his
side arm grips were pearl, he replied
"they are ivory" and "only a
New Orleans pimp would carry a pistol with
pearl grips.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

What is, Is not What Will Be

What is, Is not What Will Be

From the sandy beaches of Waikiki
and the grassy slopes of Kilimanjaro,
an ill wind is blowing and sweeping cross the land.

A cold chill flows over the tombs of Jefferson and Washington.
Lady Liberty's torch is dimmed.

An uglyness is raising it's head.
A seprant is loose and offers up a golden apple,
and the people wait to be fed the wonderous fruit.

The past is dead,
and the multitudes dance on the ghost of yesterday.

Dreamers no longer reflect,
only today and tomorrow have meaning.
A tear flows from Lincoln's stone face,
and the eagle soars not so high.

The usurpers light is bright,
and his star is rising.

Time has no mercy,
and the brightest star will dim and fade.
And in its death a new and brighter star is born.
Jefferson and Washington will smile again.
And the light from Liberty's torch,
will shine brighter than before.

Obama is a footnote.

by Ron R.

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Jesus Almost Banned at White House

"The baby Jesus almost banned from the White House". When I first read this story I was shocked, but then when my first shock and anger subsided I quickly realized who the man in the White House was and thought, "that's par for the course". This story comes from the New York Times, no friend of conservatives. It was reported that Desiree Rogers, the White House social secretary, said that this year the White House would have a non-religious Christmas. That would be like having an international 4th of July celebration or a non-religious Yum Kippur.

Traditionally the White House displays its "Creche", the Nativity Scene during the Christmas season. Desiree Rogers revealed that there had been serious discussions about banning the scene this year, but that finally decided to go along with tradition. The mere idea that the Obama's would even consider kicking the "baby Jesus" out of the White House is disgusting and repugnant to most Americans who live outside the beltway and no not travel in "progressive" circles as does our new president. Turning baby Jesus away from the White House Inn would remind people of King Herod and many would see Obama taking that role. I suppose this is one time our "political correct" president thought about the man on the street and decided not to cross him of this. But then there is always next year and the spectacle of the baby Jesus being booted from the White by a man who is looking more like a Muslim with each passing day looms as a distinct possibility. Read story.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Pot Luck in Hayfork, California!

Yep, they are having pot luck in Hayfork, CA. It you decide to stop in you just may be in for a surprise the town is literally going to pot. The once sleepy little town in northern California's Trinity County has become the "Pot Metropolis" of the United States with more marijuana being grown, smoked and sold than ever before. In short "Mary Jane" has become the small towns no.1 industry. With low real estate prices, local laws allowing possession and growing of medical marijuana business is booming. The local shops and taverns are filled with a smokey cloud, but one with a silver lining as people are spending money while the rest of the nation struggles with recession.

All is not well in Hayfork however, as many of the towns seniors citizens are complaining that the "pot boom" has brought an undesirable element into this small community. The streets are now full of strangers who appear unwashed and foul language is now being heard on the once placid streets. Many local seniors are now afraid to leave their homes at night as the pot growers are armed not only with fire arms, but with attack dogs to protect their large stashes.

Something else has now happened in Hayfork, graduating high school seniors who use to go off to college or to the cities to seek their fortunes are now staying home--you guessed it, to grow Pot!

In recent days mysterious men in suits have been seen on the streets of this tiny town where they seem strangely out of place. The interlopers are driving large black SUV's many with federal government plates leading some residents to wonder if they are FBI or IRS agents. Local law enforcement authorities have been quick to point out however, that these strangers have made no inquires with them. Rumors are flying, with many saying these are secret service agents who are buying large quantities of the magic weed for their boss back in Washington. This cannot be confirmed.

This story is both fact and fiction. The facts are from a FOX News story and the fiction from a twisted mind. Mine!

Tomatoes Today and Bombs Tomorrow?

In one way this is funny. The tomato was aimed at Sarah and hit a Bloomington police commander, ha! I see some justice in this. Seriously however, this is nothing new for the immature radical left. They often slash out will acts of violence failing to find words to counter the charges leveled against their ideas. One would think these university educated future leaders of our country could find better ways to express themselves, but then considering the level of education they get in the classrooms of today's colleges its really not surprising that most are uninformed and come out of these schools with only one idea about America. They are taught that America is evil and responsible for all the problems in the modern world and anyone who opposes this is considered to be the enemy and must be silenced in whatever way possible; even if that means, something as seemingly frivolous as tossing a tomato at the offending person. The act was trivial, but the anger behind the act is the real danger here and should not be minimized, for it is symptomatic of a violent strain found on the American left which if left unchecked could explode at anytime in a real act of violence, against dissenting voices. The American left sees in Obama and those around him a chance, a once in a lifetime opportunity to realize their dream of what they think America should be and they will stop at nothing to silence those who stand in way----tossing tomatoes today and perhaps bombs tomorrow!

A man was arrested for throwing tomatoes at Sarah Palin during her book signing on Monday at the Mall of America.

The man allegedly threw two tomatoes from the second balcony, however did not come close to hitting Palin.

Bloomington Police report that a Bloomington commander was struck in the face with one of the tomatoes and may face charges for assaulting a police officer. The suspect was booked at the Bloomington jail.

More than 1,000 people turned out at the Mall of America Rotunda on Monday for Sarah Palin's "Going Rogue" book signing.

Palin started signing books at noon for those brave enough to wait in a long line that started around 5 a.m. from FOX News

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Quit Breathing: You're Causing Global Warming

Quit breathing or just drop dead. Yes, you heard me right. The EPA is getting ready to declare man-made carbon dioxide a public danger and a cause of global warming that awful thing we've been warned about now for years by those scientific scholars who always put their work above an personal or political agenda. The head of the EPA, Lisa Jackson could not possibly have any personal or political reasons for placing carbon dioxide on the dangerous greenhouse gases list she is above such things, being an unelected official appointed by Obama; therefore she is only concerned about the welfare of the nation and of the world. We humans and our animal friends are the biggest emitters of carbon dioxide on the planet, so perhaps we should just all drop dead and the problem would be solved. But then the poor plants of the world would have nothing to breathe as they take in that awful "greenhouse gas" we emit, carbon dioxide , and give us back the oxygen we breathe. Seriously, if carbon dioxide is labeled a greenhouse gas by the EPA, then this is nothing but a back door to a non-legislative "cap and trade" with many large CO2 emitters such as power companies, cement kilns, oil refineries and chemical plants having to make very expensive improvements to curb greenhouse gas output with those cost being passed on the the American consumer in the form of higher utilities, higher prices at the pump and higher prices on almost everything we buy, including the food we eat. Hell, maybe they just are planning to starve us to death.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will early next week, possibly as soon as Monday, officially declare carbon dioxide a public danger, a trigger that could mean regulation for emitters across the economy, according to several people close to the matter.

Such an "endangerment" decision is necessary for the EPA to move ahead early next year with new emission standards for cars. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson has said it could also mean large emitters such as power stations, cement kilns, crude-oil refineries and chemical plants would have to curb their greenhouse gas output.

The announcement would also give President Barack Obama and his climate envoy negotiating leverage at a global climate summit starting next week in Copenhagen, Denmark and increase pressure on Congress to pass a climate bill that would modify the price of polluting.

While environmentalists celebrate EPA's authority to regulate greenhouse gases, it has caused many large emitters to cringe at the potential costs of compliance.

According to a preliminary endangerment finding published in April, EPA scientists fear that man-made carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are contributing to a warming of the global climate. Senior EPA officials said in November the agency would likely make a final decision in December around the time of the summit. read more from FOX

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Wealth and Wealth Redistribution

What is wealth? That's always a tough question, so let me begin by dividing it into two types, tangible and intangible. Tangible being such things as food, clothing and shelter and intangible being money. Government can control the production of the latter, but seldom the first, although at times they attempt to do so. Currently the Obama administration seems to be attempting some form of wealth redistribution, by placing additional tax burdens on the so-called wealthy. This simply moves intangible wealth from one group to another and does NOT increase the about of tangible wealth those things we need in our daily lives (food, clothing and shelter). Additionally the movement of that tangible wealth from one group to another will have the immediate effect of driving up prices on the basic goods we need for everyday life, while not producing an increase in the quantity of such goods. The true reality of this movement of wealth from the rich to the poor will result in less production of vital goods and higher prices.

Many people in our society think that millionaires have too much money and the government has a responsibility to take some and give it to those in the lower economic groups. This is the flawed belief of the socialist. They fail to realize that goods not money determines the wealth of a nation and wealth redistribution only moves money and not real wealth. The value of money is based only on what it can purchase. Just a few thoughts on economics 101 which many seen to have forgotten or never knew.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Pelosi: Americans Would Accept More Red Ink in Exchange for Jobs

More debt will create more jobs according to Nancy Pelosi. Nancy urges more government spending to increase job growth. Yes the California liberal is falling back on the old and time tested Keynesian idea that government can create jobs. There seems to be little doubt that massive amounts of government money (your money) will in the short run create more jobs, the catch however is what kind of jobs and for whom. The Democrats keep talking about infrastructure jobs--roads, bridge, public works projects, etc. while insisting that these new jobs have only union workers. They would also increase the number of workers on the public payroll at the city, state and federal level. Sadly all these new jobs create nothing, they simply take from the public treasury while putting little back. Nancy wants jobs, not for everyone, but for those who traditionally support Democrats---big labor, government workers and other such groups. More red ink for more jobs, yes that's a great plan if you are a Democrat and not the man on the street who must pay through the nose to provide for Nancy's supporters. This California Democrat would drive the United States government into the same ditch that those in California find themselves in now. They never learn.
Pelosi: Americans Would Accept More Red Ink in Exchange for Jobs

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says Americans could "absorb" higher deficits in exchange for more jobs.

Building the case for a brand new jobs-creation bill, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says most Americans would not mind inflating the already-gaping deficit in exchange for more jobs.

The California Democrat said on a conference call Tuesday that Americans could "absorb" the hit to the federal budget, and she argued that their biggest complaint is not that the deficit is big -- it's that they're not seeing any benefit in return for increasing the U.S. debt load.

Despite the $787 billion stimulus package passed in February, unemployment climbed to 10.2 percent in October. While critics cite the jobless rate as a sign that the stimulus has failed, Pelosi argues that the federal government is just not trying hard enough.

"We have to shed any weakness that anybody may have about not wanting to be confrontational on this subject for fear that we'd be labeled not sensitive to the deficit," Pelosi said, in a recording posted by Think Progress. read more from FOX

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Obama Refuses to Be Photographed with F-22, Opts for F-15

What! Obama doesn't want to be photographed with the premiere fighter of the United States and the world, well Mr. President if the F-22 could talk I doubt it would want to be in the same picture with our sorry ass. While you are busy cutting funding for the F-22 and other military programs you are giving out money right and left to foreign governments, many which are not our friends, and at the same time passing out tax-payer dollars to such groups as ACORN and propping up big labor with billions of dollars. Have you no shame sir, or do you just want a weak America, and does this somehow fit into a hidden agenda which we are unaware of. Something is wrong here with a White House that is this sensitive. You will not stand before the F-22, but will go before the Cadets at West Point which many of your liberal friends call the enemy camp. Maybe you should have stayed away from that photo opt also, as it was certainly a failure judging by the cadets in the audience. Some Commander-in-Chief you are! Photos with the likes of Hugo Chavez, but none with the F-22. Give me a damn break!!!

White House aides insisted F-22 be removed from Obama speech venue

When President Obama spoke to troops at Alaska's Elmendorf Air Force Base last month, the unit there parked a shiny new F-22 fighter plane in the hangar. But according to multiple sources, White House aides demanded the plane be changed to an older F-15 fighter because they didn't want Obama speaking in front of the F-22, a controversial program he fought hard to end.

"White House aides actually made them remove the F-22-said they would not allow POTUS to be pictured with the F-22 in any way, shape, or form," one source close to the unit relayed.

Stephen Lee, a public affairs officer at Elmendorf, confirmed to The Cable that the F-22 was parked in the hanger and then was replaced by an F-15 at the White House's behest.

The airmen there took offense to the Obama aides' demand, sources told The Cable, seeing it as a slight to the folks who are operating the F-22 proudly every day. They also expressed bewilderment that the White House staff would even care so much as to make an issue out of the fact that the F-22 was placed in the hanger with the president.

A White House official, commenting on background basis, told The Cable that yes, there were discussions about which plane or planes would be in the hanger, but that they were not meant as an insult to the pilots and other personnel who work on the F-22. The official couldn't elaborate on why the White House aides felt it necessary to get involved in the matter in the first place.

The official pointed to Obama's speech to the troops that day, where he praised both the 90th Fighter Squadron, known as the "Dicemen," and the 525th Fighter Squadron, the "Bulldogs," both of which operate the F-22.

Even so, the Air Force personnel thought it odd the White House wanted to display the older plane rather than the more advanced plane that, in the eyes of its supporters, represents the latest and greatest in American aviation. read more from FOX

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Al Qaeda's Numbers Down Since Obama's Election?

SHOCKING, just as the numbers of homeless people sleeping under bridges always spikes during a Republican administration and then suddenly shrinks to almost nothing the day a Democrat moves into the Oval Office, the same thing in now happening to Al Qaeda, before the election last year we were hearing about the growing threat of Al Qaeda and its resurgence in Afghanistan, but now that Obama is in the White House amazingly the numbers have shrunk to a measly 100 fighters. It appears that the mere threat of "Obama the Terrible" has caused the cowardly Al Qaeda members to flee. Where do these insane numbers come from? And what is the purpose? Hell you already know the answer. We live in a age of spin and counter-spin and the truth takes a back seat to whatever reality is out there. The one undisputed truth about Afghanistan is that American soldiers are dying and the Command-in-Chief seems more interested in other things at this point in time.

30,000 U.S. Troops Not Fighting 100 Al Qaeda Terrorists, Officials Insist

Intelligence officials on Wednesday disputed suggestions that President Obama is sending 30,000 more troops just to fight 100 Al Qaeda operatives estimated to be remaining in Afghanistan, arguing that their influence with the Taliban makes them far more harmful than their numbers would indicate.

Intelligence officials on Wednesday disputed suggestions that President Obama is sending 30,000 more troops just to fight 100 Al Qaeda operatives estimated to be remaining in Afghanistan, arguing that their influence with the thousands-strong Taliban makes them far more harmful than their numbers would indicate.

The officials responded after an ABC News story referred to the intelligence community estimate on the number of Al Qaeda operatives in Afghanistan as "Obama's secret," and something he deliberately omitted mentioning in his speech Tuesday night.

Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., invoked the 100 figure in her response to Obama's Afghanistan strategy speech Tuesday night.

"I do not support adding more troops because there are now 200,000 American, NATO and Afghan forces fighting roughly 20,000 Taliban and less than 100 Al Qaeda," she said in a written statement.

But officials called any suggestion that the surge is meant to fight 100 terrorist operatives irresponsible.

While intelligence officials confirmed that only about 100 Al Qaeda operatives remain in Afghanistan and their "center of gravity" is in Pakistan, they said "their leadership works tightly with leaders of the Afghan Taliban."

In other words, the Taliban are taking orders from the few Al Qaeda members in the region. Between the two countries, there are only thought to be several hundred Al Qaeda members.

The Taliban follow a brutal version of strict Wahhabi Islamic law, banning all "un-Islamic" activity and committing numerous human rights violations, including restricting all freedom for women. Al Qaeda's goal to divorce all Muslim countries from foreign influence would be warmly received by a Taliban-led government in Afghanistan, as was the case in the 1990s.

Top officials on Wednesday defended Obama's surge decision, arguing that the U.S. military needs to take on the Taliban as a way to keep Afghanistan from falling into hands that Al Qaeda can exploit.

Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said the U.S. "cannot afford" to allow the Taliban to restore Al Qaeda's safe haven inside Afghanistan.

"The Taliban and Al Qaeda, while separate, are two peas in a pod," Rice told Fox News.

Top military officials have for months estimated that the actual number of Al Qaeda operatives in the region is small.

National Security Adviser Gen. James Jones said in an interview in October that Al Qaeda was "very diminished" in Afghanistan, that fewer than 100 were left, and that they were not able to launch attacks on the United States or its allies from the country. read more from FOX

Monday, November 30, 2009

Governor Huckabee and Clemency

It beginning to look like it happening again with a governor letting loose a killer on the American people. This time it was former governor Mike Huckabee of Arkansas who is not some far left liberal turning loose another Willy Horton, but supposedly a strong conservative with at least one eye on the White House in 2012. Huckabee your record isn't very good, Wayne DuMond in 1999, who went on to rape and kill again in Missouri and now add Maurice Clemmons in Washington state. We are aware that governor Huckabee only reduced the sentence of Clemmons making him eligable for parole and that the parole board issued the final order for his release, a release however that would have not been possible without the governor's kind and caring hand. We are also aware that Clemmons was later arrested on a parole violation and released again and this falls on the judge in that specific case. There is certainly enough blame to go around here. But Arkansas, under Huckabee's administration seems to be in the exporting business and is sending its released rapist and killers to other states. Well Huck, its time to look the other way for your chances of getting my vote are getting slimmer and slimmer with each passing day. Your bleeding heart does not fit my criteria for the office of President, I would just as soon vote to re-elect Obama. Below is a old article from the Arkansas Leader a worthwhile read and one that takes a serious look at former Governor Huckabee's record.
Arkansas clemencies outpace other states

___If you're wondering how Gov. Huckabee's hundreds of clemencies compare with neighboring states, get ready for a shocker.
___ Huckabee leads the pack.
___ He has issued more commutations and pardons than all of the six neighboring states combined.
From 1996 through July 2004, Arkansas had more clemencies than all neighboring states combined. One-third of Texas clemencies were for people convicted with planted evidence.
___Governors seldom reduce sentences in other states – and almost never for murderers serving life without parole or for rapists or for habitual drunk drivers, while in Arkansas it's a regular habit with Huckabee.
___ Other governors use their clemency power only rarely, while Huckabee has made it routine. As we've told you before, he has issued more than 700 pardons and commutations during his eight years in office – more than 137 this year alone – and more than his three predecessors combined.
___ Here are the figures for neighboring states since 1996, when Huckabee took office (and keep in mind the population of these states is nearly 20 times ours):
___ >> Louisiana – 213.
___ >> Mississippi – 24.
___ >> Missouri – 79.
___ >> Oklahoma – 178.
___ >> Tennessee – 32.
___ >> Texas – 98 (in-cludes 36 inmates released because they were convicted on drug charges with planted evidence).
___ Total: 624 vs. Huckabee's 703.
___ Governors in neighboring states almost never grant killers clemency, while Huckabee has commuted the sentences of a dozen murderers.
___ "That is extremely rare here," said one corrections official in a neighboring state.
___ She recalled one case in the early 1990s when the governor commuted a killer's sentence and none since then.
___ In Texas, we could find only one clemency case for a killer.

Texas clemancies are rare, even though its prison population is 12 times bigger than ours. Half of the pardons in 2003 were for fraudulent convictions.

Gov. Clinton granted 426 pardons and commutations, but he issued far fewer after he returned to office in 1983. That trend toward fewer clemencies continued in the 1980s under two other governors, but Gov. Huckabee has accelerated the number of clemencies and go over 1,000 if the trend continues.

___ Governors in the states we studied grant clemencies only on special occasions, such as when they leave office. Last January, after Mississippi Gov. Ronnie Musgrove, a Democrat, lost his re-election bid, he issued 16 clemencies, and there was a huge outcry. That's how many Huckabee averages per month.
___ By contrast, Haley Barbour, Mississippi's new Republican governor, has issued no clemencies all year, nor has Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, Louisiana's new governor, a Democrat.
___ In Tennessee, Gov. Phil Bredesen, a Democrat, has issued no clemencies since he took office in January 2003.
___ Rex Nelson, Huckabee's communications director, has tried to put a positive spin on his boss' sorry record.
___ "The application process varies from state to state," Nelson told the Leader. "There is no rhyme or reason. It's an apples-to-oranges comparison. The only real comparison is Arkansas governors and the percent they (commute) compared to prison population. Texas has constitutionally one of the weakest governors in the nation."
___ Actually, our comparisons are fair and accurate, and the Huckabee record looks bad no matter which governor you compare him with over the last 20 years.
___ Is it any wonder that Arkansas prosecutors from both parties are upset with Huckabee, a Republican?
___ Saline County Prosecuting Attorney Robert Herzfeld, a long-time critic of Huckabee's clemencies and a Democrat, said, "These facts de-monstrate that our governor has an extremely skewed approach to granting executive clemency. He seems to believe that granting clem-ency to murderers, rapists, drunk drivers and other convicted criminals is a part of the everyday affairs of the governor's office rather than something that he should approach cautiously and selectively. Executive clemency should be rare, and there should be very specific reasons."
___ Herzfeld continued, "Although he has promised to reform his clemency procedures because of tremendous public outrage these past few months, this governor has not promised to decrease the number of clemencies he grants.
___ "Hopefully, when he sees these numbers, Gov. Huckabee will be shocked into reality, and come to understand that he is inexcusably out of sync with not only the people of Arkansas, but also his fellow governors," Herzfeld concluded.
___ When he was told about the clemencies in neighboring states, Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney Larry Jegley, another Democrat, said, "They confirm my original instinct – that clemencies (in Arkansas) are used on a wholesale basis. The power of clemency is not being used in a circumspect and judicious fashion. I'm still dumbfounded looking at the numbers in the neighboring states."
___ Although Herzfeld is skeptical about Huckabee's promise to be more open when he considers clemencies in the future, the governor has had a rude awakening as victims' families and the Legislature are pushing to restrain the governor's clemency powers.
___ Jegley and Herzfeld agree that clemencies are not always wrong, but granting them without restraint makes a mockery of the jury system and invites cynicism.
___ Until our series of columns, Huckabee ignored his critics and kept on issuing more pardons and commutations.
___ But he has now withdrawn several clemencies for murderers and may slow the pace of clemencies in the future.
___ Huckabee has never leveled with the public about why he has issued more clemencies than his three predecessors combined – or all of his fellow governors in the surrounding states.
___ "I still believe in the power of clemencies," Jegley said.
___ "They're what make the judicial system great. They're an escape valve that can set the process close to right in the unlikely event something goes wrong (during the prosecution of a case)."
___ But, he says, Huckabee has gone overboard and has made clemencies look like acts of favoritism. During all his years in office, the only time Huckabee has claimed a miscarriage of justice was in the case of Wayne DuMond, who he thought had been framed for rape.
___ Although Huckabee changed his mind about commuting DuMond's sentence, DuMond went free after the governor met with his parole board.
___ DuMond is now serving a life sentence for murder in Missouri, where, the record shows, it's unlikely the governor will pardon him any time soon.

They're not laughing with our governor
____Gov. Huckabee isn't laughing out loud anymore when it comes to the touchy subject of clemencies.
____ Until last week, Huckabee and his staff thought it was pretty funny when a prosecutor criticized one of the governor's all too frequent clemencies. It was nobody's business but Mike's.

Let us not whitewash governor's Clemencies
____Gov. Huckabee surprised his critics yesterday and admitted he's been wrong.
____ After weeks of pressure from victims' families, prosecutors and this column, Gov. Huckabee has changed his mind about granting clemency to several murderers, including a psychopath who killed a Gravel Ridge more from Arkansas Leader read more for Arkansas Leader

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Swiss Vote To Ban Mosque Minarets

Have the Swiss finally found their long missing backbone. It seems maybe they have, although liberal political leaders in that country oppose this ban which is clearly the supported by the general public. Sound familiar doesn't it. Recent polls had show that this measure would fail, but on election day the Swiss voted overwhelmingly to ban the construction of future mosque minarets. The people have spoken and the progressive political parties in Switzerland have suffered a stunning defeat. It does seem that when the man on the street gets to vote the outcome is often very different than that when only the politicians vote. Congratulations Switzerland for coming out of the stupor of political correctness and seeing the onrushing threat of Islam.
Swiss Vote to Ban Mosque Minarets By ALEXANDER G. HIGGINS,
Swiss voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional ban on minarets on Sunday, barring construction of the iconic mosque towers in a surprise vote that put Switzerland at the forefront of a European backlash against a growing Muslim population.
Muslim groups in Switzerland and abroad condemned the vote as biased and anti-Islamic. Business groups said the decision hurt Switzerland's international standing and could damage relations with Muslim nations and wealthy investors who bank, travel and shop there.

Campaign posters from a right-wing Swiss party depict minarets as missiles.

"The Swiss have failed to give a clear signal for diversity, freedom of religion and human rights," said Omar Al-Rawi, integration representative of the Islamic Denomination in Austria, which said its reaction was "grief and deep disappointment."
About 300 people turned out for a spontaneous demonstration on the square outside parliament, holding up signs saying, "That is not my Switzerland," placing candles in front of a model of a minaret and making another minaret shape out of the candles themselves.
"We're sorry," said another sign. A young woman pinned to her jacket a piece of paper saying, "Swiss passport for sale."
Skip over this content The referendum by the nationalist Swiss People's Party labeled minarets as symbols of rising Muslim political power that could one day transform Switzerland into an Islamic nation. The initiative was approved 57.5 to 42.5 percent by some 2.67 million voters. Only four of the 26 cantons or states opposed the initiative, granting the double approval that makes it part of the Swiss constitution.
Muslims comprise about 6 percent of Switzerland's 7.5 million people. Many are refugees from the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s and about one in 10 actively practices their religion, the government says.
The country's four standing minarets, which won't be affected by the ban, do not traditionally broadcast the call to prayer outside their own buildings.
The sponsors of the initiative provoked complaints of bias from local officials and human-rights group with campaign posters that showed minarets rising like missiles from the Swiss flag next to a fully veiled woman. Backers said the growing Muslim population was straining the country "because Muslims don't just practice religion."
"The minaret is a sign of political power and demand, comparable with whole-body covering by the burqa, tolerance of forced marriage and genital mutilation of girls," the sponsors said. They said Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan compared mosques to Islam's military barracks and called "the minarets our bayonets." Erdogan made the comment in citing an Islamic poem many years before he became prime minister.
Anxieties about growing Muslim minorities have rippled across Europe in recent years, leading to legal changes in some countries. There have been French moves to ban the full-length body covering known as the burqa. Some German states have introduced bans on head scarves for Muslim women teaching in public schools. Mosques and minaret construction projects in Sweden, France, Italy, Austria, Greece, Germany and Slovenia have been met by protests.
But the Swiss ban in minarets, sponsored by the country's largest political party, was one of the most extreme reactions. read more from AOL News

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Tiger Woods on the Wrong End of His No.1 Iron

Golfing great Tiger Woods mysterious 2AM crash outside his upscale home is now solved. The great golfer after a heated exchange with his wife over an affair with a New York socialite found himself confronted by his wife wheeling his trusty #1 iron. As his wife flew into an uncontrollable rage and began swinging the club wildly Tiger fled the house for the safety of his Cadillac Ecaslade with the angry wife in hot pursuit. Locking his doors behind him the angry wife followed, and began hitting the car with the golf club causing the great golfer to stomp the accelerator in an attempt to flee his wife, who by this time was in a complete jealous rage. I don't know what Tiger was expecting for this is "par for the course" for the "hole-in-one" he scored in the Big Apple. Tiger is fortunate in that he is a great golfer and not a member of the U.S. Pistol team. Until this hour the Tiger, who now seems more like a little pussy cat, has refused to talk to police about this incident and has lawyered up, perhaps still feeling the sting of Elin's wrath. This is just my account of that evening and is pure speculation, but it does sound plausible in the absence of eye witnesses, lack of cooperation from the Wood's and the mangled no.1 iron.

Tiger Woods' bizarre overnight car crash outside his Florida home came only two days after the National Enquirer published an article claiming the golf champ was having an affair.
Police said they had no knowledge of a fight between Woods, 33, and his wife, Elin, before Woods left their house at 2:25 a.m. Friday — backing out of his driveway and plowing into a fire hydrant and a neighbor's tree in a gated community near Orlando.
The Enquirer's explosive story hit the stands Wednesday contending that Woods has been seeing New York night club hostess Rachel Uchitel and that the pair recently were spotted in Melbourne while Woods was playing in the Australian Masters tournament.
SLIDESHOW: Tiger Woods
Uchitel denied having an affair with Woods when contacted by Fox News and said the Enquirer story was completely fabricated.
She said she barely knows the tabloid paper's sources and only has met them twice.
"I don't know who they are," Uchitel told Fox. "These two women put this out there. This is not something I want to be involved with at all. I'm not trying to go out there saying I'm having an affair with Tiger Woods."
Uchitel said she is in the process of retaining an attorney.
A representative from the National Enquirer declined comment.
Woods was found lying in the street with his wife hovering over him when authorities arrived at the scene, according to Windermere, Fla., Police Chief Daniel Saylor.
Saylor said Woods' wife told officers she was in the house when she heard the accident and "broke the back window with a golf club."
"She supposedly got him out and laid him on the ground," he said. "He was in and out of consciousness when my guys got there." read more from FOX News

Church Apologizes for Massacring Native Americans

Four hundred years of silence is finally broken in the age of political correctness and probably what was once considered a victory over the enemy is now seen as a massacre of the humble and peaceful native American at the hands of the cruel and violent white men who raped, pillaged and plundered the villages of the passive Indians. I have little doubt that such things did occur, but let us not forget that this was done by both sides and in the end one side had to win and yes, it was the early white settlers. Those who carry the banner of political correctness today would if they could have these roles reversed. However, since they are unable to do this they will have to be content with their apologizes whether they are deserved or not. Our current president has this mind set and has given a long string of apologizes for what he sees as past transgressions. This is our America today, an America built on the blood and sweat of all those poor souls we repressed on our path to greatness and not on the hard work and toil of our forefathers. This is how the American progressive sees the United States and this view demands compensation for those poor souls who have suffered at the hands of the uncaring and corrupt white man. The only people in this country who are not victims are those greedy white men who were only motivated by a lust for power and wealth. All others, women, native Americans, blacks, browns and even yellows were repressed and subdued by the unbridled hatred of these despicable blue-eyed devils and need the help of a benevolent government to right past wrongs. This is the age of Obama, the age of wealth redistribution, the age of socialism and social justice. The age of liberty and justice, NOT for all, but for the chosen and the new progressives will do the choosing. Members of one of America's oldest Protestant churches officially apologized Friday —for the first time — for massacring and displacing Native Americans 400 years ago.

"We consumed your resources, dehumanized your people and disregarded your culture, along with your dreams, hopes and great love for this land," the Rev. Robert Chase told descendants from both sides. "With pain, we the Collegiate Church, remember our part in these events."

The minister spoke on Native American Heritage Day at a reconciliation ceremony of the Lenape tribe with the Collegiate Church, started in 1628 in then-New Amsterdam as the Reformed Dutch Church.

The rite was held in front of the Museum of the American Indian in lower Manhattan, where Dutch colonizers had built their fort near an Indian trail now called Broadway, near Wall Street.

The Collegiate Church was considered the "conscience" of the new colony, whose merchants quickly developed commerce with the world in fur and grains — till then the turf of the natives.

Surrounded by Lenape Indians, the Dutch colonists "were hacking men, women and children to death," said Ronald Holloway, the chairman of the Sand Hill band of Lenapes, who lived here before Henry Hudson landed 400 years ago.

The Indians dispersed across the country, eventually ending up on government-formed reservations. On Friday, some came from as far away as Oklahoma.

During the ceremony, Chase embraced Holloway and, as symbolic gestures of healing, the two sides exchanged wampum — strings of beads used by North American Indians as money or ornament. A boy representing the Lenapes and a girl from the Collegiate Church put necklaces on each other.

While Friday's ceremony exuded warmth and openness, accompanied by an Indian drumming circle and the haunting sound of a wooden flute, the feelings leading up to the reconciliation were mixed. read more from FOX