Tuesday, February 9, 2010
The White House says Obama's critics are helping Al-Queda. I would like to point out that Obama is helping Al-Queda with his refusal to let the military deal with terrorists and instead try them with civil authorities. Granting them the rights reserved only for US citizens and others legally in this country is a slap in the face to its law abiding citizens and military who have died fighting for these rights, many against these same terrorists, only to have these rights given to the terrorists in return.
John Brennan -- Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, wrote in an op-ed to USA today that, "Terrorists such as Jose Padilla and Saleh al-Mari did not cooperate when transferred to military custody, which can harden one's determination to resist cooperation."
No, the fact that they are bombing things in order to kill Americans and non-muslims hardens their determination to resist co-operation. Typically one does not co-operate with people one is trying to bomb. Just my observation of the way things tend to be. Apparently this administration does not see it that way, and thinks that if you sit dwn with someone over a cup of tea (or a couple of beers), you can have a "teachable moment" and all will be well. Everyone will see eye to eye and the world will sing in perfect harmony. Unfortunately, they forget one thing: There are those that hate music - outlaw it even. Who? Well I'm speaking of course, of Al-Queda and the Taliban.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Be angry. Be very angry. The police are trying to violate your 4th Amendment rights protecting you from illegal search and seizure.
"The 289-page report detailed how the FBI obtained Americans' telephone records by citing nonexistent emergencies and simply asking for the data or writing phone numbers on a sticky note rather than following procedures required by law."
(See the report here: http://www.justice.gov/oig/special/s1001r.pdf)
Couple this intrusion with the tendency towards (nay, the Law of) Mission Creep (anything the government proposes as a mission statement will grow to include anything else that can possibly be brought under the scope of that mission statement), and the teaming up of Google and the National Security Agency, and you have a big problem.
Why is this a big problem? Well, I'll let you connect the dots on that, but suffice it to say that when Big Sister (Janet Napolitano) over at the Department of Homeland Security can declare people with "Don't Tread On Me" bumper stickers to be possible domestic terrorists (http://newsmax.com/Newsfront/homeland-security/2009/04/14/id/329451) while the federal government gives civilian rights to the real terrorists, let's just say nothing is out of the question.
Monday, January 25, 2010
hmm... so much for blaming Bush for sweetheart contracts... Obama donor gets a $25M no-bid contract for training "legal professionals" in Afghanistan (competitive bids need not apply). I wonder if that includes a course on ethics?
Saturday, January 23, 2010
UK police call lawful protests "domestic extremism." Worried? You should be. The Homeland Security Department headed by "Big Sister" Janet Napolitano essentially did the same thing last year. Oppressive tyrannical government is here.
"When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty." - Thomas Jefferson
Each of the 7 candidates had agreed beforehand to be there - although one refused to be there unless there was a change in the moderator. So, accommodations were made for State Senator Robert Hurt.
There was a packed house as each of the candidates showed up - well, sort of - to promote themselves as the best choice for the Republican nominee and to tout their knowledge of the Constitution. Senator Hurt reneged on his promise to be there, but was represented instead by a cardboard cutout with his face on it, dressed in a suit. Politicians are said to be empty suits from time to time, but Sen. Hurt literally was.
After going around the will of the people and the other 6 candidates (who all supported a convention for - among other reasons - the ability to save the state $250,000 at a time of fiscal difficulty) to secure a primary via the good old boy network, he now snubbed the people who showed up to hear what he thought on the issues presented.
There were several references made to him (or his suit) specifically on the question of whether or not they would vote for a tax increase if a government shut down were at stake. Lawrence Verga said he would absolutely shut the government down, then said "how about you Robbie?" Mike McPadden said that there was just that situation in Richmond in 2004 and the Republicans held the line and went toe to toe with the Democrats, until the line buckled and somebody gave in. At this he turned his head and cast a sideways glance to Hurt's empty suit. Ron Ferrin perhaps gave the most memorable response when he said, "Personally, I think the Congress does it's best work in August when they aren't in session." At this the crowd gave a loud round of applause and agreeable laughter.
Any way you want to slice it, not only is Tom Perriello clearly in the crosshairs of the Tea Party and the public, but if Robert Hurt keeps up his smug dismissal of the people, he will be too. After last night, every political opponent he faces in the future will be using photos of his empty suit and he may have just ended his political career.
The 400+ people in attendance last night bore witness to the fact that there are 6 good candidates in the race, 1 that doesn't care about them, and of the 6, 2 that are better than the rest at thinking on their feet and public speaking: Ferrin and McPadden.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
"This voting bloc has swung decisively against Democrats, starting this past summer. A review of polling in Massachusetts, in other states and nationally shows the same thing: By about a 2-to-1 margin, independents have turned on Democrats.
A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll found that two-thirds of independents would prefer Republicans controlled Congress. The same polls show the voters don’t even like Republicans. A CBS News poll showed only one-third of independents approve of Obama’s handling of the economy — a nearly 20-point drop in less than one year.
In all three big Democratic losses this past year — in New Jersey, Virginia and now Massachusetts — better than 60 percent of independents said they backed Republicans."
Make no mistake, these are Tea Partiers. Pelosi's Politburo didn't want to acknowledge them when they marched on DC over 1 Million strong. She's hearing them loud and clear now.
This is no GOP backed movement. They don't like the GOP either. These are former GOP and Democrat supporters who have banded together over the ideas of limited government and the freedom to determine their own lives.
The rallying cry is starting to become "Ballots or bullets" as the mounting frustration with the clear tyrannical bent of the government is starting to boil over. The government is clearly not listening to the wishes of the people or they never would've tried the stunts they pulled over Christmas, nor the mere idea of trying to ram a bill through before the new senator was seated, or of trying to circumvent a filibuster by using cloture or of changing the rules of the Senate as the despicable Barney Frank insinuated.
The people are becoming educated as to what is going on, they are organizing and they are volunteering all over the country to make sure the candidates that they agree with (even in other states) are winning elections by making phone calls, donating time, money, resources, anything that is needed. Some even take off from work and drop everything to go door to door in other states.
The Tea Party is now the dominant force in American politics. These are not "redneck teabaggers" as Janeane Garofoalo contemptuously referred to them. These are neighbors, citizens, middle class, upper class, lower class - Americans, coming together to save their freedom, their country and their way of life. They are taking heed of Mr. Jefferson's directive:
"Whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends [i.e., securing inherent and inalienable rights, with powers derived from the consent of the governed], it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness." --Thomas Jefferson: Declaration of Independence, 1776.
The current administration would be wise to listen to the people before they deem it necessary to obey another of his directives:
"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." - Thomas Jefferson
That ought to work out about as well as the Post Office, Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare, the VA, Fannie & Freddie, and bailouts of the auto and banking sectors. (In case you've been living under a rock for the past 6 decades, those have all been miserable failures)