DEAR GOP: THE TEA PARTY IS NOT THE ENEMY!

April 10, 2014

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Dede Scozzafava, the Republican candidate for Congress who dropped out of the race and endorsed the Democrat after the RNC gave her a million dollars, is just one of the candidates foist upon us by the Republican Elites. You know the ones of which I speak, John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Eric Cantor, Lisa Murkowski, Mitt Romney, Kit Bond, Peter King, Jeb Bush, Chris Christie and Chuck Hagel. At least Chuck Hagel had the decency to switch parties.

What’s wrong with our Republican leaders? Let me take you back to the Virginia Governor’s race last year. Three candidates appeared on the ballot, Republican Ken Cuccinelli, the Attorney General of Virginia; Democrat Terry McAuliffe, former Chairman of the Democratic National Committee; and Libertarian Robert Sarvis, a lawyer and businessman. I worked hard to get Cuccinelli elected, we follow each other on Twitter. Cuccinelli should have been elected. Are you strong enough to understand the workings deep down in the bowls of the Republican Party?

Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling who was elected in 2005, made a deal with Governor McDonnell whereby Bolling would run for re-election as lieutenant governor in 2009, enabling McDonnell to run for governor without a primary, in exchange for McDonnell’s support in 2013. After the 2009 election, Bolling made no secret of his intention to run for governor in 2013, while Attorney General of Virginia Ken Cuccinelli openly stated that he was considering three options: a run for re-election as attorney general, running for the U.S. Senate in 2014, and running for governor in 2013. Cuccinelli announced to colleagues on December 1, 2011, that he was indeed running for governor. Bolling responded on the same day that he was disappointed that Cuccinelli decided to challenge him (the very idea!).

Bolling, who was polling poorly against Cuccinelli, withdrew from the race on November 28, 2012. He ruled out running for another term as Lieutenant Governor and refused to endorse Cuccinelli. Bolling considered running as an independent, but decided against it. Bolling also rejected the possibility of a write-in campaign. Cuccinelli was clearly the choice of the Tea Party but got very little help from the Republican Party. Still, Cuccinelli only lost by 2.6% even with no GOP support. The Independent received 6.5% of the vote. That is often the consequence Independent candidates have, they ensure victory for Democrats.

Then there is Ted Cruz. The Republican Primary for U.S. Senator in Texas was something else! Declared Candidates were Glenn Addison, funeral home owner; Joe Agris, plastic surgeon; Curt Cleaver, owner of a hotel management company; Ted Cruz, former State Solicitor General; David Dewhurst, Texas Lieutenant Governor; Ben Gambini; Charles Holcomb, retired judge; Craig James, sports commentator and former professional football player; Tom Leppert, former mayor of Dallas; and Lela Pittenger, mediator.

Several withdrew, Elizabeth Ames Jones, Florence Shapiro, Michael Williams and Roger Williams.

Some well known names declined to run including Kay Bailey Hutchison, incumbent U.S. senator, Robert Paul, doctor and son of Ron Paul, Ron Paul, U.S. Representative and Dan Patrick, Texas state senator.

So here is how the race of the decade shaped up, David Dewhurst was the darling of the Republican establishment. He was endorsed by Governor Rick Perry, Mike Huckabee, most state organizations and several Liberal Newspapers. Ted Cruz was endorsed by Sarah Palin. Of course, I also did what I could for Ted Cruz and still do, we followed each other on Twitter from the beginning. The Primary ended up with David Dewhurst 44.6%, Ted Cruz 34.2% and the rest from 13% on down. The runoff resulted in 56.8% for Cruz and Ted cruised to a 56.5% win in the General Election. Cruz’s election was described by the Washington Post as “the biggest upset of 2012 . . . a true grassroots victory against very long odds.”

We can’t forget Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky. Rand’s Primary opponent was the darling of Republican Elites Trey Grayson, Kentucky Secretary of State. Senator Jim Bunning decided not to seek reelection because his poll numbers were so low. Grayson garnered endorsements from Senator Mitch McConnell, former Vice President Dick Cheney, former presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani, Senator Rick Santorum, Representative Hal Rogers, and several members of the Kentucky State Legislature. Sarah Palin endorsed Rand Paul.

Rand Paul defeated Grayson 58.8% to 35.4%. Even with VERY LITTLE GOP support, Rand Paul won the General Election with 55.7% of the vote.

Rand Paul is embarrassed to be supporting Mitch McConnell for re-election, and can barely hide it. In a radio interview posted to YouTube, the conservative freshman was asked by an incredulous Glenn Beck why he’s endorsing the Senate Republican leader. After an awkward pause, Paul tried to change the subject. “Um … I’m here in Texas today to endorse Don Huffines,” he said. Beck burst into laughter. Paul laughed with him, and then took a stab at answering the question. But he couldn’t muster up a single nice thing to say about his fellow Kentuckian and leader of his party. “Uhh, because he asked me,” Paul said. “He asked me when there was nobody else in the race and I said yes.” (I think maybe Paul did it to prove he does not hold a grudge against McConnell for endorsing his opponent?)

“Well, Al Gore has asked me to change my opinion on global warming and I did not do that,” Beck quipped.

Can you imagine what the Republican Party could do if it embraced the TEA Party instead of rejecting it? I am here to tell you the TEA Party is not the enemy of the GOP, the TEA Party is the enemy of Liberalism, Big Government, Socialism, over taxing, wasteful spending, amnesty for illegal aliens, unsecured borders, weak national defense, giving away our sovereignty, taking guns away from law abiding citizens, removing God from our culture, abortion on demand, Obamacare and dumbing down and indoctrinating our children.

AMERICA IS GRAVELY UNDER THE WEATHER

April 3, 2014

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It is with heavy heart that I inform you my Beloved Country is gravely under the weather. The Country I served and fought for from 1961 until 1996. I am proud of my service but now I wonder in the words of Hillary Clinton, “What difference, at this point, does it make?” Like millions of other Veterans, I donned the uniform, saluted and went where my Country sent me. As a young Airman I spent my first Christmas away from home on the northern tip of Japan in the fishing village of Wakkanai. After a lot of night school and some full time college I was commissioned and attended Air Force Pilot Training at Vance AFB, Oklahoma. During the next two years I flew 50 combat missions in Vietnam. I flew the 325,000 pound C-141 Starlifer and four different jet fighters as the years slipped by.

After Vietnam, training intensified during the Cold War. Bombs were not falling but we prepared as if the very survival of the United States depended on it. All the time there were wars and conflicts. I did not participate in the invasion of Panama but I did participate in the Defense of the Panama Canal with F-4 Phantom II’s from time to time. Many of us were prepared to participate in the Persian Gulf War but were not used. I felt the pain of losing men training for combat and the difficulty of training for fighting in a chemical environment. I know the empty feeling of searching for human remains. Nevertheless, I believed in my Country and believed I was making a difference. I had heard about Nikita Khrushchev’s words, “We will bury you” but I never believed them. I trained to employ nuclear weapons and would have used them to save America. Even in high school we feared what the Russians might do. After I retired, one of my former pilots spent $10,000 to go to Russia and fly their Mig 29. Although I can never go to Russia or China because I was an Analyst at NSA, I had hoped we could live in peace.

What has happened to my Country? The man who was endorsed by the Communist Party has twice been elected President of the United States. It makes no difference that even this morning I heard news that thousands of people had voted twice in North Carolina and thousands of dead people voted. There is simply no fear of being prosecuted for voter fraud or voter intimidation in my Country. Illegal Aliens are welcomed from anywhere, Iran, Somalia, Syria, Libya, Yemen, you name it. Border Patrol Agents are told to run away even if fired upon. Our military soldiers are told never to shoot first. Heroes like Colonel Allen West and Lieutenant Clint Lorance are punished for protecting their men. Valor, Intrepidity, Gallantry and Courage are no longer valued traits in the Armed Forces. Our sons and daughters, America’s Finest, are regarded as fodder to be sent to combat and forgotten.

Israel has gone to war for the sake of one soldier. Israeli leaders told one squadron to rescue the 248 passengers of the Air France Airliner that was hijacked and flown to Uganda. On July 4th, 1976, they did just that. I talked to the commander of that operation. They flew two C-130s to Entebbe International Airport with lights off in the middle of the night carrying a black Mercedes rigged to look like Idi Amin’s automobile. They drove up to the terminal and yelled “get on the floor” in Hebrew. Everybody who didn’t get on the floor was shot. All hostages were rescued except one woman who had been taken to the hospital. Israel trusted their military to do the job without government interference. The troops knew they had the full support of their government. How many American Airmen, Sailors, Soldiers, Marines and Coast Guardsmen believe our government has their backs? I guarantee you Lieutenant Clint Lorance knows they don’t. Hundreds of senior leaders have been fired. Who is replacing these Admirals, Generals, Colonels and Captains? Drag Queens? Yes Men? Enemies of America?

Our economy is worse, our healthcare system has been trashed, our veterans are treated poorly, the Muslim Brotherhood has infiltrated the highest levels of our government, our great companies have been forced overseas, most of our recent college graduates cannot find jobs and those who do are working in positions that do not require a college education. Our tax money has been squandered bailing out companies rampant with poor management and union goons. Even today, 70% of the General Motors vehicles sold in America are made overseas. I don’t have to tell YOU all the things that are worse. The response from our President is, “We are not there yet.” If we are not there yet, I sure hope we never get THERE!

Now as we ponder the aftermath of another senseless mass shooting at Fort Hood and the shooting at the DC Navy Yard it may be time to ask who is responsible. Among President Clinton’s first acts upon taking office in 1993 was to disarm U.S. soldiers on military bases. In March 1993, the Army imposed regulations forbidding military personnel from carrying their personal firearms and making it almost impossible for commanders to issue firearms to soldiers in the U.S. for personal protection. For the most part, only military police regularly carry firearms on base, and their presence is stretched thin by high demand for MPs in war zones. Do you recall who finally shot Fort Hood gunman Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan? A civilian policewoman from off base. I know the alphabet news will never tell you these things nor will it be an issue with them. It boils down to this, our government does not trust our soldiers to protect themselves in a combat zone or on a military installation in the United States. When President Obama takes a break from golf and fundraising long enough to visit troops overseas, those troops are disarmed for his visit. Yes, United States Armed Forces Personnel are disarmed in a Combat Zone to protect the President.

Senator Diane Feinstein and her ilk use these shootings as an excuse to take guns away from soldiers and law abiding citizens. You know the usual suspects. The Connecticut Legislature has voted to make felons out of hundreds of thousands of law abiding citizens. The insanity seems to be coming to a head in that state. You remember Connecticut where the Christmas tree was swapped for a holiday tree? Where government officials think crooks will honor “Gun Free Zones.”

I am starting to get sick at my stomach just thinking about my wasted time in the Air Force and the bottomless pit politicians are pushing my Country into. Can all the King’s Horses and all the King’s Men ever put America back together again?

Are you a Sucker for ASPCA Slick Ads?

March 29, 2014

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If you are one of the millions of Americans who watch the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) heart wrenching TV commercials and send them money, I am sure they love you. The more gullible and uninformed you are the better they like you. Collectively, the Humane Society of the United States, the ASPCA, and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals take in roughly $300 million per year. These are powerful organizations run by influential people. In a poll, 88% said they would not have donated to the ASPCA if they had known about the CEO’s nearly $500,000 a year salary. A commenter on the poll put it best, in my opinion: “If you do the math, Say donors donate $20.00 a month each. It would take 25,000 total donor months @ $20.00 a month to pay this salary.. Is this where you thought your money was going when you were donating?”

The ASPCA is fighting hard, but are they fighting for the best interest of the animals? Whether they’re promoting animal-killing legislation, as they have successfully in the past, or labeling No Kill advocates “extremists” and “terrorists” as they have done and advising directors of high kill shelters how to fight off the No Kill barbarians at their gates who’d like them to kill fewer animals. More and more people in the internet age are looking beyond ASPCA’s weepy late night commercials and doing some fact checking.

The ASPCA was bragging about their role “saving” 41 animals from a South Carolina shelter by providing transport for them. They didn’t mention they transported them to kill shelters. One of the shelters is Animal Humane Society of Golden Valley, Minnesota. In 2009, the shelter took in 33,144 animals and killed 10,855. So the ASPCA seeks the glory and the PR for saving these animals from a South Carolina shelter – by sending them to failing kill shelters that are killing a third of intake or more. If these destinations can’t put the programs in place to adopt out the intake they already have, why are they taking in dogs from outside their communities? Will they simply kill the intake once the ASPCA drives away – or will they kill dogs they already have to make space for the new arrivals?

There are certainly No Kill shelters out there that DO have programs in place to adopt out their animals, that DO NOT kill animals for space or any other reason, and that may have had the capacity to assist the ASPCA and ensure that no animals would be killed while they sought their glory. They COULD have even taken the dogs to their own facility in New York City, where they operate a small private shelter so that they can say that they do.

The ASPCA has crossed the line into utter worthlessness. They send animals to be killed. They kill animals themselves. And they support high kill shelter directors and help them resist No Kill in their communities, as they did in Austin when they supported the shelter director who said that widespread killing was the only way. When that director was fired, No Kill activists, programs, and a committed director took that shelter to a 90%+ save rate. No Kill activists have at this point created approximately 30 No Kill open admission community shelters in North America – and typically on shoestring budgets. The ASPCA has not created a single one.

How are animals killed? A shelter in Davidson County, North Carolina, for example, has a history of killing kittens and puppies using a gas chamber in violation of state law. It has a history of killing elderly and sick animals by gassing, which is also illegal. And, according to an eyewitness, shelter employees put a raccoon in the gas chamber with a mother cat and her kitten in order to sadistically watch them fight before they died, laughing while they watched. A contractor who was working at the shelter told the County Board, “The gas chamber has two windows, one on either side. The raccoon and the adult cat started fighting. Then they turned the gas on. The adult cat got in one corner and the raccoon got in the other, and as soon as they turned on the gas, the kitten started shaking and going into convulsions.”

With almost nine out of 10 animals put to death, animal lovers call the Davidson County shelter a “disgrace,” “disgusting,” “horrific,” and “savage.” The Humane Society of the United States, however, gave the shelter its highest award for North Carolina, calling it “a shelter we love.” Not to be outdone, the ASPCA once named a shelter which killed seven out of 10 animals the best shelter in America. And PETA frequently comes to the defense of shelters that kill, even those with a history of neglect and abuse. They even kill animals themselves–29,426 in one 11 year period–including those they promised to find homes for and which PETA employees described as “healthy,” “perfect” and “adorable.”

In Memphis, Tennessee, dogs are starved to death in the shelter. In DeKalb County, Georgia, animal control officers step on cats while killing them, breaking their bones. In Chesterfield, South Carolina, shelter employees use dogs for target practice, taking turns trying to shoot them in the head. In the New York City pound, animals go without food and water, languish in filth, and receive no pain relief for chronic injuries. In Los Angeles, California, a rabbit was left in her cage for approximately one week with her spine exposed. Also discovered in the cage were a dead rabbit, his decomposing body covered with flies, and another rabbit with an eye popping out of his socket. None of the rabbits had food or water. You have Google and can find plenty of examples.

Did you think America was a civilized country? Are you taken in by slick ASPCA commercials? I already know you are taken in by slick Political Campaign Ads. That is how we became a reprobate nation. What will it take to make you pay attention? Is there anything that can make you get involved, to look beneath the surface? Is there any way you will stop supporting this. Will you spread the word, stop the donations to KILL shelters and start supporting your local No Kill shelter or worthy group trying to make your community No Kill? The more Americans hinge their donations on an organization’s sincerity, integrity and performance rather than its superficial label, the sooner our nation’s so called animal protection groups will be forced — by sheer necessity — to start building, rather than blocking, the road to a brighter future for America’s animals.

The Global Terrorism Threat

March 27, 2014

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I know your expectations are low with Secretaries of State like Hillary “Saul Alinsky” Clinton and John “Vietnam Veteran Accuser” Kerry. Therefore, I will take some time out of my day to enlighten you about the threat to your security.

Your State Department lists FOUR Countries as State Sponsors of Terrorism: Iran, Cuba, Syria and Sudan. This may shock you since 15 of the 19 hijackers who hijacked four jet airliners on 911 were Saudi Arabian citizens. In fact, the King who Barack Obama bowed down to rules Saudi Arabia, the country it is said to be the world’s largest source of funds for Salafi jihadist terrorist militant groups, such as al-Qaeda, the Afghan Taliban, and Lashkar-e-Taiba in South Asia, and donors in Saudi Arabia constitute the most significant source of funding to Sunni terrorist groups worldwide, according to Hillary Clinton. According to a secret December 2009 paper signed by the US secretary of state, “Saudi Arabia remains a critical financial support base for al-Qaida, the Taliban, LeT and other terrorist groups.”

You also may be alert enough to notice that countries like North Korea, Libya, Russia and China are noticeably absent.

Libya as far back as 1969 supported, with weapon supplies, training camps located within Libya and monetary finances, an array of armed paramilitary groups both including the Provisional Irish Republican Army, the Basque Fatherland and Liberty, the Umkhonto We Sizwe, the Polisario Front, the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the Moro National Liberation Front of the Philippines. Libya was removed from the United States list of terrorist supporting nations after it had ended all of its support for armed groups and the development of weapons of mass destruction. A lawyer representing one of the whistleblowers with knowledge of the deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi says 400 surface-to-air missiles were “diverted to Libya” during the attack and fell into “the hands of some very ugly people.” In an interview with Washington, D.C. radio station WMAL, Beltway lawyer Joe diGenova said he “does not know whether [the missiles] were at the annex, but it is clear the annex was somehow involved in the distribution of those missiles,”

Even more disturbing are the Libyan arms that went missing during the fighting to remove Col Muammar Gaddafi including 20,000 surface to air missiles. Those weapons are now spreading ever further afield, being used in conflicts as far apart as Niger, Somalia, Gaza and Syria, a UN report says. The U.S. continues to give Libya about a billion dollars in foreign aid.

Then there is Barack’s buddy Vladimir. Russia has their Edward Snowden, his name is Stanislav Lunev, a former Soviet Military officer born in 1946 in Leningrad. the highest-ranking Main Intelligence Directorate officer to defect from Russia to the United States. He worked as an intelligence officer in Singapore in 1978, in China from 1980, and in the United States from 1988. He defected to U.S. authorities in 1992. Since then he has worked as a consultant to the FBI and CIA. He remains in the FBI’s Witness Protection Program. According to Lunev, a probable scenario in the event of war would be poisoning of the Potomac River with chemical or biological weapons, “targeting the residents of Washington DC.” He also noted that it is “likely” that operatives have placed already “poison supplies near the tributaries to major US reservoirs.” That was confirmed by Alexander Kouzminov who was responsible for transporting dangerous pathogens from around the world for Russian program of biological weapons in the 1980s and the beginning of the 1990s. He described a variety of biological terrorism acts that would be carried out on the order of the Russian President in the event of hostilities, including poisoning public drinking-water supplies and food processing plants. US Congressman Curt Weldon supported claims by Lunev but noted that Lunev had “exaggerated things” according to the FBI. Our government calls it Biological Warfare, the Holy Bible calls it Pestilence. But wait, Barack Obama says the Cold War has been over for many years. Why would we ever dare to worry about Russia?

I don’t think anybody who is reading this needs to be explained the sordid past of North Korea or that they possess nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. I do not doubt that they would use these weapons on anybody at any time. Since they have nukes, it is safe to assume their scientists have proliferated them to Iran and who knows who else. If the radicalized NSA would do their job instead of spying on Congressmen, Supreme Court Justices, Governors and me, perhaps they would know more about OUR REAL ENEMIES?

So, what about China? China’s nuclear arsenal poses the most serious “mortal threat” to the United States among nation states, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told the Senate. In candid testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Mr. Clapper said he considered China the most significant threat among nation states, with Russia posing the second-greatest threat. He later clarified the comments by saying he did not assess that China or Russia had the intention to launch an attack on the United States. The testimony contrasts with statements by Obama administration officials who have sought to highlight the dangers of Iran and North Korea while paying less attention to China and Russia. Mr. Clapper said he does not assess that North Korea and Iran pose greater strategic threats because they lack the forces that Russia and China have that could deliver a nuclear attack on the United States. Dear Mr. Clapper, THE UNITED STATES IS NOT SECURE!!!! Until our borders and 92,000 miles of coastline are secure, ANY country or terrorist group has the capacity to cross our borders or coastlines with weapons of mass destruction.

Does, “Establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense” ring a bell? The Obama Administration sees Conservatives, Veterans, Christians and Wage Earners as THE ENEMY. Until we have a regime change, we must look out for ourselves and assume that Weapons of Mass Destruction are pre-positioned on United States soil and that our enemies are living among us at this very second. The truth of the matter is that very few people outside of Israel, Canada, Australia and Japan care one iota about us, the American People. It certainly looks like very few people in Washington, DC care about us either. Keep your powder dry and pay attention to what you do and where you go. Just because Yemen, Somalia, Mexico and Egypt are not on the State Department list does not mean they are safe. There are large and small cities in the United States that are not safe. You know Chicago is dangerous but how many of your friends know that North Little Rock, Arkansas is the fifth most dangerous small city in America? All I’m saying is stay alert and if you see something, say something.

What you should Know About Malaysia Flt MH370

March 18, 2014

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I am so sick of these TV experts! Here is what you need to know about Malaysia Flt MH370: Malaysian Airlines operates 17 Boeing 777-200ER Aircraft. Here are some specs:

Maximum weight 656,000 lb
Maximum landing weight 470,000 lb
Cruise speed 560 mph at 35,000 feet
Maximum range 8,892 miles.

At 1241 am Flt MH370 departed Kuala Lumpur International Airport for a flight to Beijing expected to take 5 hours and 49 minutes, 227 passengers and 12 crew members were on board.

At 0107, after take-off and climb toward assigned altitude of 35,000 feet, the plane sends its last ACARS transmission, which gives engine maintenance data to the ground.

At 0119: Someone in the cockpit said “All right, good night” to Malaysian air traffic control. Those were the last words heard from Flight MH370. By this time they would be about 300 miles from Kuala Lumpur.

At 0121: The plane drops off air traffic control screens as its transponder stops transmitting. The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam says the plane failed to check in as scheduled at 0121 with air traffic control in Ho Chi Minh City.

At 0215: Malaysian military radar plots Flight MH370 at a point south of Phuket island in the Strait of Malacca, about 300 miles west of its last known location. Phuket is in southern Thailand.

At 0811: Seven and a half hours after takeoff the last signal is received from the plane, according to satellite tracking data. The final communication placed the plane somewhere in one of two corridors: a northern arc stretching from northern Thailand to Kazakhstan, or a southern one stretching from Indonesia to the vast southern Indian Ocean.

So let’s analyze, within minutes of each other ACARS and then the Transponder were shut off. In addition the 777 made a turn to the west. The theories that there was a catastrophic failure makes no sense. The Transponder has triple redundant power and will work off the battery if all else fails. If the jet needed to land quickly, there are long runways all over Vietnam and Thailand, I have landed on most of them. Clearly, no aircraft flies for 7 or 8 hours after a catastrophic failure.

Some seem to think a pilot was despondent and wanted to commit suicide. Seriously, how long does that take? Do you have to fly to the far reaches of the planet to commit suicide?

Some think it was a terrorist takeover like 911. I think if any landmark had been destroyed by the 777, we would know about it. It could have involved terrorists or pirates and that has been my theory from the beginning. At least one of the pilots would most certainly have had to be in on the plot either voluntarily or coerced.

Somalia, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Iran come to mind. Did the 777 have enough fuel to make it to Somalia? Yes it did. The distance between Kuala Lumpur and Mogudishu is 3,896 miles. The distance from Kuala Lumpur to one of the most distant Military Air Bases in Pakistan, Risalpur is only 2,780 miles overflying India. India only operates Air Defense Radar on an as needed basis. You can be sure of one thing, if the pilots were involved, they would make sure they had enough fuel to reach destination.

Air Defense Radar is very good in China, Australia and Vietnam. I think we can rule out those locations or over flight of those countries.

We are down to only two possibilities, Flt 370 crashed or it diverted to some secret location. Both scenarios must be simultaneously investigated. If Pakistan Government Officials refuse to assist in the search for the aircraft, that would be a clue. Iran and Somalia are not going to cooperate. It is becoming more difficult for Somali pirates to hijack ships, they could turn to easy airline targets.

I don’t think the airlines in Iran or Somalia fly any 777′s. Various Airlines in Pakistan fly a total of nine 777′s.

So you will know more than the cutting age television talking heads, here are systems that communicate with outside entities:

ACARS is the acronym for Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System. It’s an automated communication system used by commercial planes to transmit and receive messages from ground facilities (airline, maintenance department, aircraft or system manufacturer, etc). Therefore, along with the general information about the flight (callsign, speed, altitude, position, etc), these messages may contain what we can consider systems health checks.

ACARS is a service: airlines have to pay for it. It looks like Malaysia Airlines subscribed only to engine health monitoring that enabled MH370 to send data to Rolls Royce.  Is it possible Boeing was still getting the data anyway?

ACARS rely on VHF frequencies, in fact you can track planes and decode messages with a simple radio receiver tuned on the proper ACARS frequencies and a software running on your computer or SATCOM (SATellite COMmunication). Although this is still debated, according to several pilots the ACARS transmissions can be switched off by the pilot from inside the cockpit, by disabling the use of VHF and SATCOM channels. This means that the system is not completely switched off, but it can’t transmit to the receiving stations.

SATCOM is a radio system that uses a constellation of satellites used to transmit voice, data or both. ACARS can make use of SATCOM to transmit its data to ground stations. Dealing with ACARS, the SATCOM system used by MH370 was linked to the INMARSAT network. INMARSAT is a British satellite telecommunications company that offers global services through a constellation of three geostationary satellites. The system relies on “pings”.

A Ping is a quite common term for IT Networking. It refers to a utility used to test the reachability of a host on an IP network and measure the round-trip time of the packets .

Similarly to what happens on a Local Area Network, satellites send pings once a hour to their receiving peers that respond to it thus signaling their network presence. Hence, these pings are no more than simple probes used to check the reachability of SATCOM systems aboard the planes.

From the analysis of the time between request and response it is possible to work out the distance of the plane from the satellite allowing investigators to work out two possible locations along an arc. I doubt very seriously that most pilots know their system responds to the pings when it is shut off.

Based on details recently disclosed, the last response to a satellite ping, was sent by the SATCOM aboard MH370 at 08:11 AM Malaysia time, over 7 hours after the loss of contact with the Boeing 777. The jet may have flown up to 59 minutes more or a total of almost 8 1/2 hours. Between 7 1/2 and 8 1/2 hours the jet may have flown between 3,500 and 4,200 miles from Kuala Lumpur.

Finally, if the 777 is located using intelligence, satellite or anonymous tip, don’t expect it to be breaking news. The governments will likely formulate a plan of action before releasing any potentially classified information. Keep your eyes and ears open.

Republicans Must Say “No”

March 6, 2014

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Now even Republican leaders are calling the Republican Party the party of “NO.” Simply put, the leaders who control the GOP are ignorant of what they are up against. Many have been in Washington so long they have lost their grip on reality and common sense.

Breaking Information, Here is what the Democrats are up to: The Democrats operate not by the Constitution, the Bible or principles of Freedom and Democracy, they operate by rules established by Saul Alinsky. Ignore Alinsky at your own peril! Have you noticed that while society is trying to keep its head above water dealing with the deadly tentacles of Obamacare, Obama hits us with so called Immigration Reform, raising the minimum wage, distressing the Defense Department, shutting down coal mines, blocking the Keystone Pipeline, bombing Syria, starting Cold War II, endless debt and so forth? Our Republican leaders think we should busy ourselves with responding to these attacks on the American Way of Life. That we should be firefighters instead of working to prevent fires.

Obama worked for the organization founded by Alinsky and Hillary wrote her Senior Thesis about Saul Alinsky. Here is one of his rules: Change is brought about through relentless agitation and “trouble making” of a kind that radically disrupts society as it is.

Continuing with Alinsky: Since both the middle and upper classes have none of the organizer’s enthusiasm for radical change, he must do his best to “stir up dissatisfaction and discontent.” He must “agitate to the point of conflict.” The organizer “dramatizes…injustices” and engages in “‘trouble making’ by stirring up” just those “angers, frustrations, and resentments” that will eventuate in the “disorganization of the old and organization of the new.” He is determined to give rise to as much “confusion” and “fear” as possible.

Do you think the mainstream media is ignorant of the goals and aspirations of the Democratic Party to evolve into a Marxist Classless Society that would accept a One World Government? They are not as stupid as they act, they support the Democratic agenda hook, line and sinker. The unions use the same tactics and have for many decades.

If I was Speaker of the House, Senate Minority Leader or Chairman of the Republican National Committee, here is what I would say, “The Republicans have been called the Party of No because we work hard to keep the country on track and avoid train wrecks. Today I announce that collectively we are saying a resounding No to the Saul Alinsky principles that represent the cornerstone of the divisiveness in America. We demand that the Obama Administration and the Democratic Party stop agitating and dividing America and begin enforcing the Constitution and the Laws of America. Never before have we had a President who jets around the country stirring up angers, frustrations and resentments. The President promised Change, here is what Saul Alinsky says about Change: “Change is brought about through relentless agitation and “trouble making” of a kind that radically disrupts society as it is.” President Obama eats, sleeps and taught Saul Alinsky’s principles. Now he thinks he can continue to be a Community Organizer while occupying the White House. He thinks he can keep Republicans off balance by overwhelming Law Makers with one Socialist Marxist idea after another and then simply accuse us of saying, “No, no, no.”

Today I say “No” to unconstitutional warrantless wiretapping of Congressional Leaders and Law Abiding Citizens. I say “No” to picking and choosing which laws to enforce. I say “No” to using the IRS, EPA, DOJ, FLRA and other Departments to attack and overwhelm citizens and organizations. I say “Yes” to legal farm workers and all other foreign help who enter the United States legally with work Visas but I say “No” to all who cross our borders illegally and uninvited. I say “Yes” to immigrants who respect our laws, go through the immigration process and assimilate into the American Culture. I swore to uphold and defend the Constitution of The United States against all enemies foreign and domestic. Every Legislator, member of the Executive Branch and Federal Judge took that same oath. Violating that oath is an impeachable offense. I plan to honor my oath and I urge others to do likewise. I pledge to put America and American Citizens first. America was built on self reliance, Christian principles, a strong work ethic, a strong national defense, capitalism, democracy, integrity and the willingness to give a leg up to those who are down on their luck. America was not founded on the principle of overburdening citizens and businesses until they are all down on their luck. Are you willing to put aside old bitterness and help restore America’s Greatness? I am.”

I am not so out of touch that I believe for a second that the three current occupants of the positions I mention would make a speech even remotely like the preceding. They fear criticism from the Liberal Media. Now that statements about the Ukraine made by Sarah Palin years ago have turned out to be true, the Liberal Media that made fun of her remains silent. If the Liberal Media is not criticizing Republicans, they’re not real Republicans. They love John McCain, Lindsey Graham and, well, you know the usual suspects. In the meantime I can dream of a Senate led by Ted Cruz or Rand Paul, a House with Trey Gowdy as Speaker and a National Republican Party led by Mark Levin.

Putin has a Pen and a Gun

March 1, 2014

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In 1983 I attended a National Defense University Joint Course where we looked at several global scenarios and war gamed them. The U.S. had come through a period of military decline where Naval Ships could not operate because of a lack of fuel, Army Tanks had to cannibalize other Tanks so that half of them could be operational and Air Force planes could not fly because pilots were not trained. I can’t speak for the military as a whole but my morale was recovering from the Jimmy Carter Presidency and the Thermostat Police who made sure I was too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter. A government that spent $6 million dollars on me in pilot training even before I started training to fly jet fighters, had no interest in my physical comfort.

During the Presidential Campaign of 1980, an important Campaign Plank for Ronald Reagan was to build a 600 Ship Navy. In 1983 the total Naval Active Ship Fleet totaled 533 including 13 Aircraft Carriers. Today that number has dropped to 288 Ships including 11 Aircraft Carriers. The total Active Military Force numbered over two million personnel in 1983, today that number has dropped to below one and a half million and continues to decline. In simple terms, our total Active Duty Military Personnel number about the same as the population of San Antonio, Texas.

In my day I had the privilege of commanding a Provisional Wing including U.S. Navy, Air Force, Marine, Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard and Canadian Air Force Fighter, Tanker, AWACS, Reconnaissance and Tactical Airlift Forces. I am a strong advocate for the Navy and their ability to project power globally. Often a Naval presence can be a stabilizing force without the actual use of force. All our services work synergistically to defend America and I am proud of every man and woman who wears or ever wore the uniform of the United States Armed Forces. We have come too far and too much American blood has been shed providing peace and stability on Earth to throw in the towel now.

While America has been unilaterally disarming and twiddled our thumbs while millions of illegal aliens poured across our borders and penetrated our 92,000 miles of coastline, a huge vacuum has been created. While Americans have been lulled into a false sense of security at home following the end of the Cold War, Americans are not safe. Just as nobody knows what our Ambassador was doing in Benghazi on 9/11, nobody knows just how many illegal aliens there are in our country. It could be 20 million, 30 million or 50 million? Nobody knows who they are. Certainly there are Iranians because Iranian books have been found discarded on the well worn trail leading from our southern border. There are illegal’s from Somalia, Yemen, Libya and Syria. It is reported that some Chinese have paid $50,000 for safe passage through the hole in the fence. There must be Russians here as well. Right now they all seem content to watch America self destruct.

With the recent use of Chemical Weapons in Syria it should be apparent to even the National Security Agency that those weapons came from Iraq and that Syria is the repository for Saddam’s WMD’s that could not be found. Syria is the headquarters for numerous terrorist organizations. Terrorists who arrive in Syria are whisked away to their headquarters. Their passports are never stamped. Who knows what lurks in that country? There are Soviet Suitcase Nukes that are unaccounted for and 20,000 shoulder launched surface to air missiles missing from Libya. Where are those weapons? There is no reason to believe they can’t be right here in the Unites States. The Coast Guard is too small to secure 92,000 miles of coastline and Democrat and Republican Administrations have refused to secure our borders.

The USSR was embarrassed by Reagan. They tore down that wall and withdrew into their shell. They disappeared from the world scene but they did not forget. Today Russia is reinvigorated with a strong leader in Vladimir Putin and they are on the move. The period between late 2011 and early 2012 brought news of the highest-ever level of orders for naval equipment placed by the Kremlin since the collapse of the Soviet Union. In addition, this period was marked by the Kremlin leaders expressing their dissatisfaction with the deployment of US antimissile systems in Europe and promising an “asymmetric reply”.

This “reply” calls for keeping Russian nuclear deterrent forces intact and able to meet new challenges from threatening forces. In late 2011 Dmitry Medvedev and Vladimir Putin made it clear who these forces are: the US and NATO. In the Kremlin’s eyes, the missile interceptor shield being created in Western Europe destroys the existing strategic balance between US and Russia. So, the nuclear deterrent forces shall be upgraded according to these new realities. Construction of strategic submarines, along with refit and modernization of in-service nuclear assets is a move in this direction.

Make no mistake, neither the Russian nor the American economies are anything to brag about. As Russia embraces Capitalism, America is sliding into Marxism leading to a classless society. However, Russian expansion should give pause to even the lowest low information voters in America. As in the days of Noah, Americans are oblivious to influences outside of their world of Wal-Mart, sports arenas, dumbed down TV shows and the love life of their favorite celebrities. While America fiddles, Vladimir Putin is inking deals to create Russian Military Bases in Vietnam, Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Singapore, the Seychelles (a French speaking country in the Indian ocean) and several other countries. To facilitate this expansion, Secretary of State Kerry has said the U.S. no longer cares about that pesky Monroe Doctrine.

I’m not sure oblivious Americans inside and outside the Obama Administration ever heard of the Monroe Doctrine? Established in 1823, it stated that further efforts by European nations to colonize land or interfere with states in North or South America would be viewed as acts of aggression requiring U.S. intervention. It worked pretty well for 190 years. Recently Russian Spy Ships have been visiting Cuba and Russian Nuclear Submarines armed with Nuclear Missiles have been cruising in the Gulf of Mexico undetected. Then there was that Cuban Missile Crisis that brought the Super Powers to the brink of Nuclear War. Today, Vladimir Putin senses extreme weakness on the part of the Obama Administration and sees no impediment to doing whatever the hell he wants to do wherever he wants to do it. Putin no more fears Obama and his Muslim Brotherhood Administration than he fears a Mexican Chihuahua. The void created by U.S. Base Closures and diminished influence is being filled at a rapid pace.

At the same time, both China and Japan have made great progress in strengthening their Navies. China now has an Aircraft Carrier and plans for the eventual construction of several more. Beijing continues the development and manufacture of nuclear submarines and without Russian permission, China has launched into production of the J-11, a clone of the Sukhoi Su-27 land-based fighter, and the J-15, a clone of the Su-33 deck fighter. Japan, apparently sensing the unreliability of the United States, has been dramatically expanding her self-defense capabilities with a number of very advanced blue-water assets of previously unknown classes. Japan has built a series of large conventional submarines and is working on more advanced ones featuring extended sea autonomy and stealthiness.

Our government is spying on our most trusted allies while Russian Subs mingle with Cruise Ships in the Gulf and Terrorists mingle with citizens in our shopping malls. America’s top Generals and Admirals have been ousted and it looks like the Obama Administration is at war with our military personnel. Curtis LeMay’s Strategic Air Command is gone as our military is being turned into a social experiment. People don’t know who to fear the most, Putin or Obama. I know one thing for sure, Marxism has never worked and never will work. It destroys societies, creates political prisons and produces famine. In North Korea, millions die of starvation while a few insiders are able to frolic with Dennis Rodman and ride around in a 1970 Lincoln Continental. Is that the Liberal idea of utopia? Is that the great Marxist dream? What is your choice, the rice paddies or the salt mines?

Now just set back, order a pizza and tune into Good Morning America or All Things Considered. Don’t bother yourself with the realities of the world, maybe you will learn a new recipe.

How Democrats Subjugated Blacks in Arkansas for 100 years

February 23, 2014

~~~~~~Biden

If you studied Arkansas History in school and you’re a big boy or girl now, perhaps you are ready for the truth? Arkansas History books were written by Democrats after they had been vanquished by the Union Army. Thousands of Arkansans from North Arkansas fought to preserve the Union but most fought for the Confederacy. Many still have the perception that the first Republican Governor of Arkansas rode into town on a stagecoach with a carpetbag in hand. Rarely was the name Powell Clayton mentioned without calling him the Carpetbagger Governor. Let’s see if he deserved that title.

Clayton did leave Pennsylvania following the advice, “Go West Young Man.” Will Clayton, his great grandfather, was a close friend of William Penn and George Fox. All three were imprisoned because of their religious beliefs and all three were Quakers, George Fox being the founder of the Quakers. Fox visited what was to become Pennsylvania along with other parts of North America and reported back to William Penn. Then Will Clayton immigrated to what was called West Jersey and established the town of Chester named after his hometown Chichester in England. When William Penn was given the land by King George in payment for a debt the Crown owed his father, he wanted to rename West Jersey Sylvania meaning woods. The king talked him into naming it Pennsylvania in honor of his father, Admiral Sir William Penn, Sr. The plan was to establish Chester as the Capital of Pennsylvania. You see, Chester could have become the largest city in the British Empire, the location of Independence Hall and the First Capital of the United States. However, there was a problem with Chester. It was on the northern edge of the land that was in dispute between Penn and Lord Baltimore. Penn was forced to move a few miles north and have his surveyor lay out a new city which became all those things. He called it the city of brotherly love or Philadelphia. Chester and West Chester are just suburbs today.

Will Clayton was acting governor of Pennsylvania for awhile and the Claytons lived in Delaware County and farmed for 200 years. They fought in the Revolutionary War with George Washington. Powell Clayton was the first in the family to leave. Powell became the City Engineer in Leavenworth Kansas. That would be like a City Manager today. Those were the days when Kansas was a battleground between Abolitionists and Pro Slavery forces.

When war broke out, Powell joined the Union Army and fought in the first major battle west of the Mississippi River at Wilson’s Creek near Springfield, Missouri along the Old Wire Road that runs from Springfield to Fayetteville, Arkansas. Because of Powell’s training under former West Point Superintendent Alden Partridge, he was given command of a company of the Fifth Kansas Cavalry Regiment as a Captain. Although Clayton lost 49 out of his 74 man company at Wilson’s Creek, he fought with such gallantry he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and named Vice Commander of the Regiment. In February of 1862 Clayton was promoted to full Colonel and given command of the Fifth Kansas Cavalry Regiment. Under his leadership, morale and efficiency immediately began to improve. Wilson’s Creek was where First Lieutenant Omer Rose Weaver became the first Arkansan killed during the Civil War. Weaver was born in 1837 at Roseville south of Ozark.

In June of 1862, Colonel Powell Clayton was ordered to Arkansas with General Samuel Curtis to join the Army of the Southwest in Helena. Most of Clayton’s men boarded rafts and river boats south of Calico Rock for the journey down the White River toward Helena. A week later the regimental wagon train departed Houston, Missouri laden with valuable quartermaster and ordnance stores. The wagon train ran into the Fifteenth Texas Cavalry Rangers near Jacksonport and almost lost the whole wagon train before regaining the advantage and proceeding on to join the Regiment not far from Helena. If you think traveling in North Arkansas now is tough, imagine what is was like 150 years ago. My great great grandfather lived in Oxford after the war along the route Clayton took. Joseph P. McVay joined the Union Army and was a POW at Andersonville almost the entire 14 months the prison was open. He lived in Oxford in Izard County. He was a very strong man but barely survived Andersonville and was a broken man when he died in 1900. He applied for his Veteran’s Pension at Marshall in Searcy County before Baxter County or Mountain Home even existed.

Clayton established his headquarters in Helena at Captain Ben McGraw’s Hotel. Captain McGraw had been a riverboat captain on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers before becoming a hotelkeeper. There was only one problem with life at the McGraw Hotel, Ben’s daughter Adeline. She was a Southern lady with no use for the Yankees. Adeline caused such disruption and mayhem for the union soldiers that Colonel Clayton placed her under house arrest. In time her hostility diminished and after the war she became an important reason Powell Clayton chose to remain in Arkansas as Adeline became his bride and later First Lady of Arkansas. I’m thinking Clayton probably regretted arresting his future wife?

From the day Colonel Powell arrived in Helena until midwinter, the regiment was engaged weekly, and almost daily, in skirmishes with members of the confederate cavalry circling that post. On Thursday September 10, 1863, Major General Fred Steele, Army of Arkansas commander, marched on Little Rock. His army included Colonel Clayton’s Cavalry regiment along with Brigadier General John W. Davidson’s cavalry. The capital fell to Union troops that evening.

Following the capture of Little Rock, Colonel Clayton was ordered to Pine Bluff Garrison as commander of the military forces there. At 8:00 am, October 25, Brigadier General John S. Marmaduke’s men advanced toward Pine Bluff. General Marmaduke appeared before the garrison and demanded its surrender. Colonel Clayton replied that if General Marmaduke desired Pine Bluff, he was at liberty to attempt its capture. A furious attack ensued involving four thousand men and twelve pieces of artillery. Colonel Clayton’s command only comprised six hundred men and nine pieces of artillery. He massed his little command in the courthouse square, and with the help of 300 African American soldiers, he barricaded all the streets leading to the square with cotton bales. Houses between the barricades were filled with sharpshooters who commanded all the vacant space in front. With the artillery sweeping the streets in every direction, each charge upon the square had no effect. After failing to take the square by force after five hours of fierce fighting, General Marmaduke’s men attempted to burn out the Union forces. When this too failed, the Confederate forces retired, leaving Pine Bluff to the Federals and giving Colonel Clayton a brilliant victory.

Clayton then defeated General Thomas P. Dockery and his 2,000 men at The Battle of Mount Elba near Monticello. Years after the war, Clayton and Dockery would work together to establish the Eureka Springs Railroad. General Dockery owned a plantation and slaves before the war in Columbia County, at Lamartine, four miles north of Waldo, Arkansas.

Abraham Lincoln promoted Colonel Clayton to the rank of brigadier general in August 1864. General Clayton remained at Pine Bluff until August 24, 1865, when he was honorably mustered out of the service four months after General Robert E. Lee’s surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox, Virginia. To stand in the very house where that surrender took place is a highlight of my mundane life.

Powell Clayton’s evenhanded treatment of the citizens of Pine Bluff had won him respect. He had grown to love Arkansas and the friendly people of Jefferson County. Immediately after mustering out of the Army, and marrying Adeline, Powell and his younger brother, William went in together and bought a large plantation on the Arkansas River not far from Pine Bluff for $53,000. They called the plantation, “Linwood.” Later William’s twin brother John joined them on the farm. William and John were both veterans of the Civil War and the Battles of Antietam, South Mountain, Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville.

I know several people who were ordered to Little Rock Air Force Base and Fort Chaffee who retired or were discharged and remained in Arkansas and made great contributions to our state. Just this week I had dinner with a local Doctor who agreed with his wife that they could live anywhere except Arkansas or Mississippi. He was stationed at Fort Chaffee and met my dear friend Doctor Marlin Hoge who asked him to join his practice. They are both General Surgeons. He did that about 60 years ago and has not regretted it. Doctor Hoge turns 100 in October 2014. My point is that these people are not carpetbaggers and neither was Powell Clayton.

Of the four Clayton brothers, Thomas J. Clayton, was the oldest and remained in Pennsylvania and became a judge in the common pleas court of Delaware County. The other three ended up on a farm in Arkansas happy and content. Their father, John Clayton was a farmer in Delaware County with no claim to fame except for being the father of four distinguished sons.

One hot summer day in 1866 Powell Clayton was on a Mississippi River Steamboat traveling to Memphis on business when he bumped into his old friend and fellow plantation owner Colonel Willoughby Williams. Willoughby was a Democrat traveling to his summer home in Nashville, Tennessee. He was a native of Tennessee although almost all of his holding were in Arkansas. The two sought the shade of an awning on the hurricane deck and whiled away the hours talking about subjects of mutual concern. After a few mint juleps Willoughby opened up to Powell and shared the whole Democratic scheme to restore the old slaveholding regime in Arkansas. Willoughby mistakenly thought Clayton would go for it for his own benefit. He could not have understood that Powell Clayton fought and bled to free the slaves and preserve the Union.

The plan was to secure Democratic representation in Congress from Arkansas. With such representation the Democrats would be able to manage their own affairs to suit themselves. This end was to be established through three successive stages, first through the temporary acceptance of the once despised and hated Murphy government; second through Democratic successes in the elections and third, pending the election of Democrats to Congress, the wielding of power with such tact and discretion so as to dispel any suspicions on the part of the Northern People. The Democrats would pretend to be reconstructed and recover by the ballot what had been lost by the sword. You see, Barack Obama did not invent Democratic lying.

While this scheme was repugnant to Clayton he decided to stay out of it. What followed is not widely understood by Arkansans even today. In Monroe County United States Congressman James Hinds was murdered and the Honorable Joseph Brooks was shot down and badly wounded. You may remember the Brooks-Baxter War that occurred later? In Ashley County the Sheriff was openly assaulted, several black men were beaten, a man and wife were found hanged and a freed former slave hauling cotton was shot dead. In Columbia County five men were killed in 10 days, Aaron Hicks was murdered for being a Union man and armed KKK riders were threatening citizens. There was virtually no law and order in several counties. Even the Clayton plantation was physically damaged by neighbors.

Powell Clayton realized that any person who had supported the Union could not safely live in Arkansas. While he had been asked to run for governor by both Democrats and Republicans, he knew he was no Democrat. On April 2, 1867 a Union Convention in Little Rock Nominated Powell Clayton for Governor. He ran on doctrines of loyalty, freedom, minority rights, economic development and free public education for both races alike. In 1868 he became the 9th Governor of Arkansas and plunged into the problems facing the lawless state. On November 4th he declared Martial Law in Ashley, Bradley, Columbia, Lafayette, Mississippi, Woodruff, Craighead, Greene, Sevier and Little River Counties. Using militia forces he restored law and order. There was still hatred in the state and even an effort to impeach Clayton that failed to go anywhere.

As governor, Clayton made levee and road improvements, reclaimed swamp land, established free public schools, established the schools for the deaf and the blind and prohibited racial discrimination in transportation, housing, education and restaurants. On March 15, 1871 Powell Clayton was elected United States Senator by a 2/3rds majority and served until 1877.

After the Senate, Clayton served as president of the Little Rock, Mississippi River and Texas Railroad Company before moving to Eureka Springs. His home there is now a bed and breakfast called the Crescent Cottage Inn.  In 1880 Eureka Springs was an international destination as it is today. Clayton was the head of the downtown development committee. He and other businessmen built the Crescent Hotel and established the Eureka Springs Railroad.

In 1897 Clayton became the Minister to Mexico and in 1899 he was named the first United States Ambassador to Mexico. He returned to the United States in 1905 and passed away nine years later at the age of 81. Powell Clayton is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

Elisha Baxter was the last Republican Governor of Arkansas for almost 100 years until Winthrop Rockefeller became Governor in 1967. Four years later Governor Rockefeller left a surplus in the treasury. That was unheard of under Democratic Administrations. Governor Dale Bumpers called a special session of the Arkansas Legislature to figure out how to quickly spend that surplus. What do you think, were they able to spend that money and a lot more?

Blacks had a tough time in Arkansas under the Democrats. In 1957 Governor Orval Faubus blocked integration of Central High School in Little Rock. Republican President Eisenhower federalized the Arkansas National Guard and used Federal Marshals to escort blacks to class. What Powell Clayton started took over a hundred years to finish. The incredible story is that the Democrats managed to make minorities think civil rights was their idea. LBJ said the (blacks) were getting uppity and the Democrats would have to give them something, nothing significant, just something to appease them. It worked.

I just looked at Wikipedia and found that it too is full of hogwash. I demanded that Wikipedia remove an article about me some time ago. Everybody can edit it and my article was being vandalized every day. That’s why no reputable school permits Wikipedia as a reference. I have just presented you with the truth as I have been able to discern it. Republicans should be very proud of Powell Clayton. The same goes for John and William but that is a story for another day.

America, a House Divided

February 6, 2014

~~~~~~~~Huckabee ~~~~~~141

The Democrats declare that there are two Americas. I infrequently agree with the Lefties but in this case they are absolutely correct. There is an America that works and contributes and an America that takes and destroys. Some people do their duty as Americans, obey the law, work and support themselves, contribute to society, learn about political candidates before voting for them, help people who are temporarily down on their luck and pay their taxes. Some people don’t. That’s the great divide in America.

It’s not about income inequality, it’s about civic irresponsibility. President Obama pledged the rest of his term to fighting “income inequality.” He noted that some people make more than other people, that some people have higher incomes than others, and he says that’s just not just. Is that what you believe? Neurosurgeons work 80 hours a week during the last 9 or 10 years of their 27 years of school and training before they become board certified and qualify to start earning their salaries. They may owe $300,000 in student loans by that time. Should they earn the same income as a teenager who drops fries into a sack at a fast food restaurant?

The Left Wingers preach hatred, greed and victimization while trying to divide America into groups; men and women, black and white, rich and poor, Christian and Atheist, workers and management, and so on. Democrats love power more than they love America. It causes Christian Ministers who believe in the Holy Bible and oppose abortion and same sex marriage to support the Democratic Party over their own beliefs and their own God. Millions of people like the idea of President Obama taking from those who worked hard for their money and giving it to those who prefer not to work.

The politics of envy is self destructive. I grew up in a one room house and carried water from a spring. Water would freeze in the bucket in the winter and during hot Arkansas summers my family would sleep on the floor because it was cooler there. I think God I never received a penny from welfare. One Christmas a Church group brought us some oranges. I worked since I was ten years old catching chickens, picking up rocks or life guarding. I liked being a life guard the best as a kid. I worked for Western Electric and General Motors but I knew I wanted more. I joined the Air Force knowing I would be drafted otherwise. In the service I attended the University of Maryland, Arizona State University and the University of Southern California. I have never stopped learning to this day. The highlight of my career was commanding a six billion dollar Provisional Wing equipped with Canadian CF-18 Hornets, Marine F-18′s, Navy F-14 Tom Cats, Air Force F-15 Eagles, F-15E Strike Eagles, F-16 Fighting Falcons, F-4 Phantom II Wild Weasels, the AWACS E-3 Sentry, KC-10 Extender and C-130 Hercules aircraft. I will never forget the thousands of magnificent men and women who served with me. You see, I was not given this responsibility right out of the box. I was not a community organizer one day and a Wing Commander the next. That’s not the way it’s supposed to work!

You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. That is the philosophy that produced Detroit and put America in such debt that recovery may be impossible. It is the electoral philosophy that is destroying America and concealing a fundamental deviation from long held American values and common sense. In the end it is a betrayal of those who receive temporary gratification. Democrats have not empowered their followers, they have enslaved them in a culture of dependence and entitlement, of victim-hood and anger instead of capability and hope.

The president’s premise – that you reduce income inequality by debasing the successful – seeks to deny the successful the consequences of their choices and spare the unsuccessful the consequences of their choices. By and large, income variations in society is a result of different choices leading to different consequences. Those who choose wisely and responsibly have a far greater likelihood of success, while those who choose foolishly and irresponsible have a far greater likelihood of failure. Success and failure usually manifest themselves in personal and family income. While I was attending night school, most of my buddies were hanging out. Even as an Intelligence Analyst at the National Security Agency I attended the University of Maryland at night. There were probably 50,000 people at Fort Meade who could have been attending college on base but fewer than ten were in my classes.

It is not inequality Barrack Obama intends to take away, it is freedom, the freedom to succeed, and the freedom to fail. There is no true option for success if there is no true option for failure. The pursuit of happiness means much less when you face the punitive hand of government if your pursuit brings you more happiness than the other guy. Barrack Obama and the Democrats preach equality of outcome as a right, while completely ignoring inequality of effort.

The simple Law of the Harvest – as ye sow, so shall ye reap – is sometimes applied as, “The harder you work, the more you get.” Obama would turn that upside down. Those who achieve are to be punished as enemies of society and those who fail are to be rewarded as wards of society. Entitlement will replace effort as the key to upward mobility in American society if Barrack Obama gets his way. He seeks a lowest common denominator society in which the government besieges the successful and productive to foster equality through mediocrity.

Barack and his party speak of two Americas, and their grip on power is based on using the votes of Democrats to sap the productivity of all other Parties. America is not divided by the differences in our outcomes, it is divided by the differences in our efforts. It is a false philosophy to say one man’s success comes about unavoidably as the result of another man’s victimization.

The principles that guide President Obama and the Democratic Party today have little in common with the Democratic Party of John F. Kennedy. Today, Saul Alinsky is the greatest influence and guide worshipped by Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Hillary wrote her Senior Thesis about Alinsky and Obama worked for his former organization in Chicago. Understand Alinsky and Obama will become as transparent as spring water. While America is staggering from Obamacare, Benghazi, NSA, IRS, government spending and threats from Iran, Obama is ready with his left jab, amnesty for the horde of illegal aliens who have invaded America.

The Apostle Paul wrote to the Thessalonians, “For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.” Abraham Lincoln declared that a house divided against itself cannot stand. I submit that since 2009, America has grown more divided than the North and the South before the Civil War.

Note about images: I Googled Welfare line & Welfare Queen

Do You Know the Presidential Contender?

January 31, 2014

~~~~~~~~Huckabee

 

Mike Huckabee is making noise again about running for President and a poll mentioned by Fox and Friends this morning has him leading with Jeb Bush and Chris Christie second and third. He has the gift of gab and loves to talk about restoring America’s Greatness. Most of us here in Arkansas would be happy if our state was restored to the condition it was in before his pitiful reign.

Mike Huckabee hilariously claimed that he would base part of the decision on whether to run for president on how his book sold. The returns are in and his book has bombed according to USA Today. Make no mistake, Huckabee still has his fawning fans who only know what he says, not what he actually does. In his get-even book, Huckabee blasts Mitt Romney, his principal rival in Iowa.

Huckabee writes that the former Massachusetts governor’s record was “anything but conservative until he changed the light bulbs in his chandelier in time to run for president.” He notes that Romney declined to make a congratulatory phone call after Huckabee beat the odds to win the Iowa caucuses, “which we took as a sign of total disrespect.” He mocks Romney for suggesting, during one debate, more investment in high-yield stocks as a solution to economic woes. “Let them eat stocks!” Huckabee jokes. I believe Romney and Huckabee are both woefully lacking in conservative credentials.

As governor of Arkansas, Huckabee dramatically increased state spending. During his two-term tenure, spending increased by more than 65 percent. The number of government workers increased by 20 percent, and the state’s debt services increased by nearly $1 billion. The annual state budget in those days was about $3 billion. Huckabee financed his spending binge with higher taxes. Under his leadership, the average Arkansan’s tax burden increased 47 percent, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, including increases in the state’s gas, sales, income, and cigarette taxes. He raised taxes on everything from groceries to nursing home beds. Huckabee had said he would eliminate sales tax on groceries during the campaign. A Democratic State Senator introduced a Bill to do just that but Huckabee fought the Bill tooth and nail. Keep in mind that Arkansas is a poor state with per capita income at the very bottom of the barrel. By the time Huckabee was finished, Arkansas had the highest per capita taxes in the South. At this time his supporters will say, “Yeah but he is such a sweet righteous man!”

On its annual governor’s report card, The Cato Institute gave Huckabee an “F” for fiscal policy during his final term, and an overall two-term grade of “D.” Only four governors had worse scores, and 15 Democratic governors got higher grades, including well-known liberals like Ted Kulongoski of Oregon, Rod Blagojevich of Illinois, and Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania. That’s right, Blago did a better job handling money and he’s in prison. But Huck’s Army members still dote over the jolly old fellow who lost 120 pounds, wrote a book about losing 120 pounds and then put all the weight back on. He has not write a book about putting the weight back on yet, maybe we can look forward to that in the future?

Huckabee was, incidentally, the only Republican candidate for president who opposed school choice. He is proud of his record in Education. Most politicians promise to improve Education. After attending the National Governor’s Association Convention Huckabee learned about his state and sent out an e-letter saying, “some startling statistics last year… took my breath away.” The fact that these statistics were breath-taking to the governor made me catch my breath as well. You see, the Governor has, for 10 years, been pushing educational reforms (to the tune of $1 billion in just his last three years as governor) but did not know what the college remediation and dropout rates were in Arkansas and the nation. He was shocked to learn that ” twenty percent of Arkansas ninth graders do not stay in school until graduation …and more than 50 percent of Arkansas students who go straight to college require remedial courses in both math and English.” I have always said that Education is not about money, it is about learning. Huckabee might have been better off buying magic beans with that extra billion dollars?

Arkansas’ Ethics Commission admonished Mike Huckabee for violations five times, once for taking money from an organization whose donors have never been listed. Here are the most serious violations:

• $43,150 from his lieutenant governor’s campaign for use of his personal airplane. As I recall he rented his campaign his own airplane at a rate much higher than a plane could be rented from any Rental Company.

• $14,000 Janet Huckabee received from his U.S. Senate campaign, and

• $23,500 from a tax-exempt organization he incorporated with others, but whose funding source isn’t known. The Action America organization, Huckabee said, was set up to coordinate parts of his private-sector speaking schedule during his three years as lieutenant governor.

He jokingly attributed his weight loss to a “concentration camp” diet and once called Arkansas a “banana republic.”

Huckabee lashed out after reporters questioned wedding-gift registries set up to furnish his new $525,000 home in North Little Rock. The wedding account was set up for Mike Huckabee and his wife Janet, who have been married since 1974.

Huckabee has called for increased federal spending on a variety of programs from infrastructure to health care. He wants more energy subsidies, including, naturally, more subsidies for ethanol. In fact, he supports increased agricultural subsidies generally. He is the only Republican candidate who opposes President Bush’s veto of the Democrats’ proposed expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, and he is skeptical of most conservative proposals for entitlement reform. Calling himself “a different kind of Republican,” Huckabee often appears to be channeling John Edwards or Lou Dobbs. He rails against high corporate profits and attacks free trade agreements. As governor, he raised the minimum wage and increased business regulations. He says it is “a biblical duty” to pass more regulation to fight global warming.

Perhaps Huckabee’s only claim on conservative credentials is that as a former Baptist minister, he is more anti-abortion and anti-gay than the other candidates. In many ways, he has been running an overtly religion-based campaign. But even here, his preference is to increase and centralize federal government power. Unlike Fred Thompson, John McCain, or Ron Paul, Huckabee rejects federalist solutions to these issues and would have the federal government overrule state abortion and marriage laws. What other candidate for President could go to Iowa and preach in local Baptist Churches. That, of course, would not be campaigning. Huckabee raised taxes in Arkansas, not Iowa.

Under the Bush administration, the Republican Party increasingly drifted away from its limited government roots. It has come to be dominated by a new breed of conservatives who believe in increasing the size, cost and power of government to achieve “conservative ends,” even if that means limiting personal freedom in the process. Bush brought us No Child Left Behind, the Medicare prescription drug benefit, and a 23-percent increase in domestic discretionary spending, and Huckabee’s been right there with him.

On election night in 2006, 55 percent of voters leaving the polls said they believed the Republican Party had become the party of big government. Mike Huckabee is doing his best to convert the other 45 percent.

Mitt Romney, Huckabee’s principal rival in Iowa, receives the roughest treatment. Huckabee writes that the former Massachusetts governor’s record was “anything but conservative until he changed the light bulbs in his chandelier in time to run for president.” He notes that Romney declined to make a congratulatory phone call after Huckabee beat the odds to win the Iowa caucuses, “which we took as a sign of total disrespect.” He mocks Romney for suggesting, during one debate, more investment in high-yield stocks as a solution to economic woes. “Let them eat stocks!” Huckabee jokes.

His treatment of former candidate Fred Thompson, a rival who helped sink Huckabee’s upstart ambitions in South Carolina, is somewhat more favorable, if only because it is less personal. Huckabee maintains that Thompson’s biggest mistake was strategic: he didn’t understand the need to expand the Republican Party beyond its base. “Fred Thompson never did grasp the dynamics of the race or the country, and his amazingly lackluster campaign reflected just how disconnected he was with the people, despite the anticipation and expectation that greeted his candidacy,” Huckabee writes.
Many conservative Christian leaders — who never backed Huckabee, despite their holding similar stances on social issues — are spared neither the rod nor the lash. Huckabee writes of Gary Bauer, the conservative Christian leader and former presidential candidate, as having an “ever-changing reason to deny me his support.” Of one private meeting with Bauer, Huckabee says, “It was like playing Whac-a-Mole at the arcade — whatever issue I addressed, another one surfaced as a ‘problem’ that made my candidacy unacceptable.” He also accuses Bauer of putting national security before bedrock social issues like the sanctity of life and traditional marriage.

Huckabee describes other elders of the social-conservative movement, many of whom meet in private as part of an organization called the Arlington Group, as “more enamored with the process, the political strategies, and the party hierarchy than with the simple principles that had originally motivated the Founders.” Later, Huckabee writes, “I lamented that so many people of faith had moved from being prophetic voices — like Naaman, confronting King David in his sin and saying, ‘Thou art the man!’ — to being voices of patronage, and saying to those in power, ‘You da’ man!’ “

He calls out Pat Robertson, the Virginia-based televangelist, and Dr. Bob Jones III, chancellor of Bob Jones University in South Carolina, for endorsing Rudy Giuliani and Romney, respectively. He also has words for the Texas-based Rev. John Hagee, who endorsed the more moderate John McCain in the primaries, as someone who was drawn to the eventual Republican nominee because of the lure of power. Huckabee says he spoke to Hagee by phone before the McCain endorsement while preparing for a spot on Saturday Night Live. “I asked if he had prayed about this and believed this was what the Lord wanted him to do,” Huckabee writes of the conversation. “I didn’t get a straight answer.” Months later, McCain rejected Hagee’s endorsement because of controversial remarks the pastor had made about biblical interpretations.

In a chapter titled “Faux-Cons: Worse than Liberalism,” Huckabee identifies what he calls the “real threat” to the Republican Party: “libertarianism masked as conservatism.” He is not so much concerned with the libertarian candidate Ron Paul’s Republican supporters as he is with a strain of mainstream fiscal-conservative thought that demands ideological purity, seeing any tax increase as apostasy and leaving little room for government-driven solutions to people’s problems. “I don’t take issue with what they believe, but the smugness with which they believe it,” writes Huckabee, who raised some taxes as governor and cut deals with his state’s Democratic legislature. “Faux-Cons aren’t interested in spirited or thoughtful debate, because such an endeavor requires accountability for the logical conclusion of their argument.” Among his targets is the Club for Growth, a group that tarred Huckabee as insufficiently conservative in the primaries and ran television ads with funding from one of Huckabee’s longtime Arkansas political foes, Jackson T. Stephens Jr.

The national media gets no pardon either. “Reporters facilitate the greedy and grubby process whereby too many elections go to the highest bidder and his sharpie hirelings,” he writes. He remains sore about the degree to which a candidate’s credibility is judged by his or her bank account and notes that during the debates, he was often asked about religion while the other candidates dealt with questions of government policy. Why, he asks, was a “floating cross” in the window of one of his ads such a media controversy when reporters gave a pass to a Barack Obama direct-mail piece that obviously photographed the Democrat before a large Christian cross?

But for all the sharp words Huckabee has for his fellow Republicans, score-settling is not the major thrust of the book, Huckabee’s sixth. Rather, Huckabee, who now hosts a weekend show on Fox News, spends most of the pages celebrating the grass-roots success of his surprisingly successful campaign and laying out, again, his vision for the future of the Republican Party, which includes instituting a national sales tax to replace the income tax and renewed focus on health-care prevention and education. He mentions McCain only in passing, and with praise, calling him a “true statesman and a man of honor.”

Huckabee also has some fun along the way. We learn that the actor Chuck Norris, a prominent Huckabee supporter, actually does use the Total Gym at home. (Norris hawks the Total Gym in a well-known late-night infomercial.) In the middle of a disquisition on libertarianism, Huckabee pauses to praise the musician Cher for tours that are “an amazing blend of rock concert, circus and fashion show.”

He also returns again and again to stories of his supporters, like the woman who gave him her wedding ring on a rope line in Michigan because she could not afford to make a contribution to his campaign and the truck driver who appeared on his behalf at public rallies. “I was only carrying mail to the mailboxes,” he writes. “It was the salt-of-the-earth types like my unknown angel in Michigan who actually wrote the letters.”

Yes, Mike Huckabee is a different kind of Republican, after doing a number on Arkansas, he moved to Florida where there is no State Income Tax.  Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin and Glenn Beck have spent hours exposing Governor Huckabee, is anybody listening?


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