AN ALERT AND KNOWLEDGEABLE CITIZENRY

April 26, 2015

 

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The Greatest Generals and Admirals are gone forever. First and foremost, George Washington who led amidst his men enduring unpleasantness and uncomfortable conditions while trying to hold his ill equipped and untrained force together. Public Schools don’t teach students much about Washington today but he took on the greatest empire in the world and won OUR FREEDOM. The sun never set on the British Empire as Britannia ruled the world. John Pershing who was thrust into the War to End all Wars after perusing Poncho Villa on the Mexican Border and Dwight Eisenhower who walked a tight rope to keep all our allies focused and working together to defeat the Axis Powers of Nazi Germany, Japan and Italy.

Although General Washington only wore three stars during his lifetime, by act of Congress he was promoted to the rank of General of the Armies and nobody can ever outrank our founding father. Washington gave us this sage advice, “To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.”

The only officer promoted to the rank of General of the Armies while living was General “Black Jack” Pershing. He chose to wear four gold stars while later Generals with the lower rank of General of the Army wore five star insignias. I wonder if these officers and others like Omar Bradley could even make Major in our military today.

After the ongoing purge of our best officers and senior enlisted personnel by the Obama Administration, we are left with a lot of air heads who blindly follow the party line. The Vice Commander of Air Combat Command who told airmen that speaking to Congress about plans to retire the A-10 Thunderbolt amounts to treason is a prime example. He stepped down from his position and had his hand slapped but that’s about as bad as it gets these days. Especially if one is only echoing the sentiments of his bosses, in this case reaching all the way to the Oval Office.

What shocks me most is the fact that an Inspector General actually substantiated this General’s abominable abuse of power! The government IG system is little more than a huge fraud. IG’s work for the military commanders or Agency Directors, THEY ARE NOT INDEPENDENT! It is my belief that if there was ever a criminal investigation of the IG system a lot of people would end up in prison. I had a front row seat watching several so called IG Investigations. One such investigation involved one of my men who was obviously guilty. The female IG concluded her investigation and came into my office to brief me on her findings. She told me she could not substantiate the allegations and then said, “That’s what you wanted to hear isn’t it?” I told her I wanted to hear the truth. Although I have seen her since, she has never looked me in the eye or spoken to me again. I have seen so many cover-ups and lost respect for so many military leaders, that I have become the mother of all cynics.

There can only be one reason the Air Force is aggressively moth balling the A-10. I believe America is systematically being provocatively weakened and the one weapon the terrorists fear most is the A-10.

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I never flew the A-10, I was privileged to fly the glamorous supersonic air supremacy fighters, the F-100, F-101, F-4 and F-16. I never had a desire to fly the subsonic Thunderbolt II affectionately called the Warthog. I have always appreciated the importance of the A-10 to ground forces in the Close Air Support mission. I believe the Air Force considered giving the A-10 to the Army at one point but realized the Army already had more aircraft than the Air Force.

I can’t speak to the President’s motives but I have observed his actions beginning with the release of the Terrorist leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi in 2009 and systematically releasing many other Terrorist Generals including trading five for a U.S. Army Combat Deserter. Our military has been weakened beyond imagination and rules of engagement demanded by the administration favor the enemy.

Money is not the measure of military capability just as it has no bearing on education. Education is about learning and the mission of the Defense Department is to provide the military forces needed to deter war and to protect the security of our country. Waste within these government empires is monumental but it is NEVER the waste that is cut!

I have never understood these military Turf Battles. At one point the Department of Defense tried to save money by developing standard items to be used by all services. They started with a belt buckle. The services could not agree. Then an Air Force Chief of Staff decided to test a new uniform with rank insignia consistent with virtually all our allies. That Chief of Staff also did something that changed the face of Airpower from an unwieldy hodgepodge of forces to a sensible structure. While I respected and admired the Chief, most ridiculed him.

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During the Vietnam War commanders had to deal with other commanders to complete their missions. The Strategic Air Command blocked all the airspace above 28,000 feet and popped in and out occasionally to drop bombs. Fighter jets had different commanders as did rescue, reconnaissance, tankers and tactical airlift. I was one of a handful of senior officers who worked on what was termed the “objective wing.” After I rent my clothes and gnashed my teeth for a few months, our modern structure immerged, the Provisional or Expeditionary Wing. Everybody in that wing works for One Commander. Even the mighty Strategic Air Command became part of a single command with the fighters and tankers. Before I retired, the Air Force allowed me to command the Cope Thunder Provisional Wing equipped with six billion dollars worth of hardware from the U.S. Air Force, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserves, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy and Canadian Air Force. I had F-16, F-15, F-18, F-15E, F-14 and CF-18 fighter aircraft, F4 “Wild Weasel” Suppression of Enemy Air Defense aircraft, E-3B AWACS airborne early warning and control aircraft, KC-10 Tankers and C-130 Tactical Airlift. Search and rescue was provided by the U.S. Army and I did lose an F-15 that crashed in the Alaskan wilderness without injury.

Most of the air combat during the Gulf War was conducted by the 14th and 15th Provisional Air Divisions. In short order they created the highway of death leading from Kuwait and had belligerents trying to surrender to TV cameramen and drones. President George H.W. Bush stopped the attack short of Bagdad and essentially ended the last armed conflict of the 20th Century. The forces could have easily and quickly delivered the knockout blow to Iraq then and there.

I have tremendous confidence in the combat forces we have although they have too many distractions and too much social experimentation. Fighter pilots can no longer control their own cockpits and drone controllers can do nothing without a consensus from petrified military commanders. Hundreds of people are watching every drone flight on big screens from the Pentagon and White House to Intelligence Agencies and Field Units. Most drones are flown from the United States through optical cable under the Atlantic and then linked to a satellite over the Middle East. There is a two second delay between the time a control input is made and the time the drone responds. So far, takeoffs and landings are controlled just like model airplanes with a controller looking at the drone and relinquishing control when the Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) or Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) is airborne.

The time has already passed when cutting government fat should have been the top priority. Unfunded liabilities such as Obamacare, Social Security, Medicare, Military and government Pensions, etc. now exceeds $700,000 for ever legal and illegal man, woman and child in America. The government tinkers with data to fool the public and intimidates companies that lower the U.S. Credit Rating. Practically everything you see is an illusion built on a house of cards. The stock market is propped up with bogus money printed 24/7 and backed by thin air. The Federal Reserve takes its share off the top but the Fed has NEVER been audited so who knows the whole truth? The few courageous people in Congress who try to get some control of spending are attacked like they are enemies of the state. The media and liberals think shutting down the non essential parts of government for a few days is the end of the world. Trust me, thoughtful, systematic reduction of our government by 50% is what is sorely needed! Before we had the United States Department of Education, the U.S. was FIRST in Education in the world, now we are 20th in math.

The Federal Government has FIVE Service Academies, West Point, Annapolis, the Air Force Academy, the Coast Guard Academy and the Merchant Marine Academy. Seriously, we cut combat units at the drop of a hat but no one will dare to even suggest consolidating some service academies. Very few will suggest the government cut one single SUV or luxury private jet used by government officials like they were their own personal toys. The federal government and even a few state governments tax meager military pensions and use them as a revenue stream to fund their insatiable appetite for more and more reckless spending.

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Who warned us to beware of the military? That would be Supreme Allied Commander, Five Star General and former President of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower. The year I graduated from Mountain Home High School, President Eisenhower gave his farewell address to the nation, his final public speech as President. It was delivered in a television broadcast on January 17, 1961. Perhaps best known for advocating that the nation guard against the potential influence of the military–industrial complex, a term he is credited with coining, the speech also expressed concerns about planning for the future and the dangers of massive spending, especially deficit spending. Here is part of that speech, heed it well:

“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.

We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.

Akin to, and largely responsible for the sweeping changes in our industrial-military posture, has been the technological revolution during recent decades.

In this revolution, research has become central; it also becomes more formalized, complex, and costly. A steadily increasing share is conducted for, by, or at the direction of, the Federal government.

Today, the solitary inventor, tinkering in his shop, has been overshadowed by task forces of scientists in laboratories and testing fields. In the same fashion, the free university, historically the fountainhead of free ideas and scientific discovery, has experienced a revolution in the conduct of research. Partly because of the huge costs involved, a government contract becomes virtually a substitute for intellectual curiosity. For every old blackboard there are now hundreds of new electronic computers.

The prospect of domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present and is gravely to be regarded.

Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific technological elite.

It is the task of statesmanship to mold, to balance, and to integrate these and other forces, new and old, within the principles of our democratic system — ever aiming toward the supreme goals of our free society.”

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Dwight Eisenhower passed away four months before Neil Armstrong, a former F-9F, F-100 and F-101 pilot, made man’s first footprint on the surface of the Moon. Americans are so bad at History that I fear we will never learn. Most people live in the moment without a thought about tomorrow. Many people who drive $70,000 SUVs have not saved one penny for retirement or a rainy day. In that respect, many people see nothing wrong with a government that lives like there is no tomorrow.

An alert and knowledgeable citizenry is just a big pipe dream.  I can only do what I can do.  I guess I do enough worrying for everybody?

THE BIBLE IS NOT A FAIRY TAIL

April 9, 2015

 

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This is a photo I took of Pergamum and my wing man while I was flying an F-4 Phantom II over Turkey about 30 years ago (taking photos from jet fighters is no longer legal). Pergamum was once the center of a small kingdom. In The Book of Revolation it is labeled a place where Satan has his throne, or where Satan lives. One reason often suggested for this statement is that Pergamum housed a famous temple to Asklepius, the Greek god of healing, symbolized by the figure of a snake. An evil dragon in one of John’s later visions is labeled “that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray.” Another possible reason for placing Satan in Pergamum is that Antipas, possibly the first Christian martyr in Asia, was killed there, and “Satan” is simply the label attached to his persecutors (like “Satan” or “the devil” at Smyrna).

Even the ruins of Pergamum are beautiful with its Amphitheater overlooking a breathtaking vista. I was amazed when I set in the highest seats of another Amphitheater in Ephesus and could understand people talking in a normal voice at ground level.

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This Ephesian Amphitheater is where “Demetrius, a silversmith, which made silver shrines for Diana, brought no small gain unto the craftsmen; Whom he called together with the workmen of like occupation, and said, Sirs, ye know that by this craft we have our wealth. Moreover ye see and hear, that not alone at Ephesus, but almost throughout all Asia, this Paul hath persuaded and turned away much people, saying that they be no gods, which are made with hands: So that not only this our craft is in danger to be set at nought; but also that the temple of the great goddess Diana should be despised, and her magnificence should be destroyed, whom all Asia and the world worshippeth. And when they heard these sayings, they were full of wrath, and cried out, saying, Great is Diana of the Ephesians.” Acts 19

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As you think about the erosion of Christian Religious Freedom today, ask yourself what gods our governors and corporate CEOs worshippeth in 2015.

IS THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PART OF THE PROBLEM?

March 26, 2015

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When I was state leader of a large veteran’s organization, I made some attempts to get the Chamber of Commerce to be more inclusive and allow veterans organizations to become Chamber members for a nominal fee. I was somewhat puzzled that the idea hit a stonewall.

Now that I reflect on the Chamber I am very disturbed! Why would the U.S. Chamber of Commerce rate and support liberal Democrats more than most conservative Republicans? Very simply, it is because the Chamber has bought whole-heartedly into the idea that business needs to be a partner with — and encourage — big government. The tax and spend big government that plunged the United States so deeply into the abyss that unfunded liabilities and national debt exceed $205 trillion. That’s about $700,000 for EVERY legal and illegal man, woman and child in the United States. For those who studied Common Core Math, that’s just under $3 million for a family of four.

Despite more than $33 million spent supporting candidates in the 2012 Congressional races, Chamber-backed candidates lost 36 out of the 50 elections in which the Chamber participated. In late 2013 the Chamber announced it would distribute campaign contributions in “10s” of Republican primary elections to oppose the Tea Party movement and create a “more governable Republican party.” In early 2014 Tom Donohue clarified that the push would be to elect “pro-business” members of Congress “who favor trade, energy development and immigration reform.” Yes, the Chamber is a major supporter of Mass Amnesty. I will show who some of their bedfellows are at the end of the blog.

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Just last year U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Thomas Donohue had barely finished calling for the further impoverishment of American workers (i.e. “immigration reform”) when he showed up as a guest of Cuba’s Stalinist regime and gave a speech at the University of Havana calling for a further fleecing of American taxpayers (i.e. ending the so-called Cuba embargo).

“For years, the US Chamber of Commerce has demanded that our government eliminate the commercial embargo on Cuba. It’s time for a new approach,” proclaimed Donohue to an ovation from Communist Party insiders, some of who in 1960 stormed into almost 6,000 U.S.-owned businesses (worth almost $2 billion at the time) and looted them all at Soviet gunpoint. By the way, you do know that the Communist Party endorsed Barack Obama’s candidacy for President in 2008 and 2012 don’t you?

Former Congressman and Presidential Candidate Ron Paul had top ratings from the American Conservative Union, the National Taxpayer’s Union and The New American’s own Freedom Index (FI). He earned a perfect 100 percent in 2007-08 for the Freedom Index (FI), but rated only a 47 percent on the Chamber of Commerce’s ratings. Meanwhile, Massachusetts liberal Democrat Barney Frank earned a 61 percent rating from the chamber while earning only a 15 percent FI rating. For the record, I did not vote for Ron Paul but I’m pretty sure he is better for business than Barney Frank.

Ron Paul wasn’t the only conservative given the short-shrift from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Conservative Republican Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina (FI 79) scored a 57 from the Chamber, lower than uber-liberal Democrats John Kerry of Massachusetts (FI 13, Chamber 63) and Barack Obama (FI 11, Chamber 67). Remember, these rankings are from six years ago. Jim DeMint resigned from the Senate to become President of the Heritage Foundation. Just exactly what does it take to become a CofC Darling?

Congressman Paul and Senator DeMint lost points twice for voting against the wasteful $700 billion federal bailout that created the wasteful TARP and once for voting against expanded federal educational spending. The Chamber seems to believe that learning should flow from Washington. Paul was also penalized for opposing NASA reauthorization and the FISA reauthorization bill. Do you remember that Obama gave NASA a new mission to reach out to Muslims?

According to the Chamber of Commerce, telecommunications companies under FISA that secretly cooperate with the federal government in unconstitutional searches should not be able to be sued by their victims in federal courts: “The Chamber believes it is critical that telecommunications providers are not subject to litigation for assistance they provided to the government in good faith and at the government’s request.” The Nuremberg “I was just following orders” defense?

The Chamber argued that the federal government needs the power to spy on every Americans’ telephone conversations and internet usage without the constitutionally required warrant and this would “help preserve the self-sustaining public-private partnership that the government has sought to protect our country in the post-September 11 world.”

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The Chamber of Commerce wasn’t always a stooge for big government, nor was there always a “national” Chamber of Commerce based in Washington. Chambers of commerce sprung up organically across the United States with the idea of promoting free enterprise early in the American republic. The first chamber of commerce was the New York Chamber of Commerce, which was chartered in 1768.

Businessmen formed chambers of commerce early in the American republic as the public need presented itself, especially after the Civil War. The New York Chamber of Commerce in particular led petition drives to repeal the Civil War income tax. Senator Roscoe Conkling presented the New York Chamber’s anti-income tax petitions to the Senate on April 11, 1871, and Representative James Brooks did the same in the House on the same day. By 1870, more than 40 chambers of commerce had been formed across the nation.

The national, or U.S. Chamber of Commerce, wasn’t created until after President William Howard Taft suggested combining the chambers into a single voice in an address to Congress at the end of 1911. The next year, the national organization was created, and the chambers’ leaderless resistance to big government began to end.

The local chambers of the 1800s didn’t follow pure laissez-faire doctrine all of the time. But the “sins” of those local, independent chambers of commerce consisted chiefly of petitioning the Congress to construct a local dock, bridge or other “public works” facility in the area. While these projects were generally not constitutionally authorized, they could at least be opposed by chambers from areas outside of the area of the local chamber petitioning Congress.

Once the chambers of commerce were united under a single U.S. chamber, molding the organization to the passing fads in Washington was a far easier task. This happened shortly after Franklin Delano Roosevelt took office and pushed through Congress his “New Deal” of big government, big deficits and high regulation of business. The centerpiece of the early new deal was the National Industrial Recovery Act, which created the NATIONAL RECOVERY ADMINISTRATION (NRA) and quickly racked up 10 million pages of rules and regulations that Congress didn’t approve.

But the U.S. Chamber of Commerce approved of the NRA program, which had been modeled on Mussolini’s “corporatist” economic plan of state control. Chamber of Commerce Chairman Henry I. Harriman complimented the National Industrial Recovery Act for the legislation’s “sincere and probably effective efforts to coordinate and rationalize American industry along democratic lines and to assure economic security.”

Even as the nation’s popular support for the massive NRA regulatory scheme waned and the NRA appeared headed for a constitutional conflict with the U.S. Supreme Court, leftist historian Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. wrote that the Chamber of Commerce continued to back the NRA: “The United States Chamber of Commerce voted for continuance [of the NRA] by nearly four to one.”

The fate of the NRA was sealed with the 1935 Supreme Court decision Schechter Poultry Corp. v. US, where the Supreme Court ruled that the NRA didn’t have the authority to make laws on its own without consulting Congress. The NRA was abolished after being declared unconstitutional.

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You probably thought it couldn’t get any worse but the Chamber is all in pushing Climate Change legislation including a Carbon Tax. I have written profusely about the Climate Change nonsense and will probably publish a blog soon. You either believe that the United States will become a desert wasteland; be covered by glaciers soon or you believe God’s promise that, “As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.” We have real problems to contend with but they fly below the Chamber’s radar screen.

Today, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has once again sold out its old free market principles for Washington, D.C. beltway politics. And local chambers of commerce may want to separate from the beltway-based national organization if they want to avoid promoting more self-destructive Obama and Nancy Pelosi liberalism that increases regulations and taxes on business.

The Chamber is among the groups that support mass amnesty. Maybe when I list some of the groups you can see who the Chamber is in bed with:

U.S. Chamber of Commerce
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
Anti-Defamation League
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
People for the American Way
Change to Win
National Council of Churches
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
Presbyterian Church (USA)
United Methodist Council of Bishops
World Relief

The list goes on……..

Are you beginning to see why Jeb Bush and some other RINOs who put self above country have jumped on the Amnesty Band Wagon? Is there any hope for America?

Citizens Should Understand Foreign Policy

March 15, 2015

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I write this FOREIGN POLICY LECTURE assuming that Face the Nation, ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, The New York Times and all Democrats do not know this nor can they grasp the shared responsibilities of the President and the Senate:

The Constitution vests the power to make foreign policy in the federal government. It precludes the states from entering into “any Treaty, Alliance, or Confederation.

Within the federal government, the Constitution divides foreign-policy making power between the President and the Senate, giving them shared authority over the making of treaties and the extension of diplomatic recognition to other nations.  It is through our President and our Senators that we the people have a voice.  In my case I have full faith in my Senator, Tom Cotton, a veteran of two combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan who graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard and received his Law Degree from Harvard Law School.  Senator Cotton previously served as a Congressman in the U.S. House of Representatives.  I have great misgivings about my President who released the leader of ISIS in 2009 and refuses to secure our borders and coastlines.  I view his purge of senior military officers and non commissioned officers with great skepticism and hear from several sources that our military is not being allowed to prosecute the Global War on Terrorism with sincerity.

Specifically, the Constitution gives the Senate the power of “Advice and Consent” on treaties, which the President is responsible for negotiating. The Senate also has the power of “Advice and Consent” in the appointment of ambassadors nominated by the President. Thus, while the Constitution reserves foreign policy for the federal government, it gives the states—as represented by their Senators—an indirect but potent influence over the making of foreign policy.

The Constitution gives the House of Representatives no separate powers in the realm of foreign policy, though in cooperation with the Senate and the President it shares the power of issuing formal declarations of war. But the House can still affect foreign policy. The Founding Fathers understood that U.S. foreign policy would be influenced by what George Washington referred to as “enlightened” public opinion. The House, using its power of the purse and its ability to command the spotlight, plays a role in expressing public sentiments on foreign policy, and thus holding the President to account.

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Good Foreign Policy ended the Cold War while bad Foreign Policy allowed North Korea to develop nuclear weapons. When any radical regime opposed to America gets nuclear weapons, America is weakened.

A Heart to Heart Talk with America

March 4, 2015

Since your impeccably dressed Congressman or Congresswoman refuses to level with you and since the News Media thinks you can’t handle the truth and since the President lacks credibility even if he would share this with you, that leaves it to me, just an old retired fighter pilot, to break it to you gently.

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Nations rise and nations fall. On December 25th, 1991, Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, the last undisputed leader of the Soviet Union, resigned, declared his office extinct, and handed over its attributes, including control of the Soviet nuclear missile launching codes, to Russian President Boris Yeltsin. That evening at 7:32 p.m., the Soviet flag was lowered from the Kremlin for the last time and replaced with the Russian Flag. During the preceding five months, 13 of the 15 republics had already seceded from the union.

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Don’t think it can’t happen here and don’t expect a warning. Even the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office is acting in a bipartisan way to cover up the biggest single threat to the bipartisan political alliance that is stripping America of its wealth: the United States Congress. Democrats and Republicans in Congress are completely agreed that the following information should not get out to the American people, namely, that the present value of the United States government’s off-budget liabilities is over $200 trillion.

If you are a middle class American and your spouse put your family 100 million dollars in debt, he or she might be reluctant to break the news to you. That’s not like forgetting to take out the garbage.

The Congressional Budget Office has a way to avoid telling Americans the damning truth, namely, to cease publishing the statistics that allow economists to expose the real condition of the United States government. The suppression of information and the incomprehensibility of statistics has become a government science.

The CBO has two sets of books. This is what any Ponzi scheme requires. It releases one set of books to the rubes in the financial media, who are perfectly content to quote from it, when they are even aware of it. This is called the Extended Baseline Forecast or EBF.

The second set of books is called the Alternative Fiscal Scenario or AFS. Here’s the difference.

In past years, the CBO simultaneously released what it calls its Alternative Fiscal Scenario. This forecast is what CBO actually projects future taxes and spending to be given not just the laws in place, but also how Congress and the Administration have been bending and changing the laws through time. In short, the Alternative Fiscal Scenario (AFS) is what the CBO thinks we’re facing absent a truly dramatic and sustained shift in fiscal policy.

Because of People like Boston University Economics Professor, Laurence Kotlikoff, the CBO decided this year not to publish it. Professor Kotlikoff said, “The country is in worse fiscal shape by many miles than Detroit. So, the country is essentially bankrupt.”

Suffice it to say that those of us who love America enough to look beyond what the heroic nightly news anchors spew are very fearful for our country. The national media, which generally “covers” fiscal affairs by repeating what it’s told, missed this omission entirely. Indeed, it spent an entire news cycle discussing the EBF figures as if they had real meaning.

The CBO did not get away with this, at least not to the extent that it had hoped. There were complaints. Kotlikoff says that enough people did complain to persuade the CBO to release a summary of the projections in an obscure spot in the CBO’s spreadsheet. The CBO posted this information, but it did not alert the financial media to the update.

The CBO’s projections on the deficit has the fiscal gap at $47 trillion. That is an enormous chunk of change but even that is a low-ball estimate. The financial media doesn’t care one way or the other, because they never heard of the CBO, let alone the ESB. The American public won’t be alarmed until they go to the cupboard and the cupboard is bare.

Using the AFS figures, the unfunded liability is $205 trillion. This is the figure that the CBO does not want the general public, meaning the financial media, to be aware of.

Understand, this is not the unfunded liabilities added up in all future years. This is the present value of the unfunded liabilities, discounted to today. This means that the government needs $205 trillion, cash on hand, to invest in the private sector, in order to fund its legal liabilities. This is not the deficit long after we are dead. This is the present value of the deficit long after we are dead.

The $205 trillion fiscal gap is too enormous for the average college graduate to begin to understand. It’s 10% of the present value of all future GDP. Equivalently, it corresponds to 10% of GDP year in and year out for as far as the eye can see. To raise 10% of GDP each year, some have said we could raise all federal taxes, immediately and permanently, by 57% while cutting all federal spending, apart from interest on the debt, by 37%, immediately and permanently, or do some combination of the two. Of course, we are seeing the result of having the highest corporate taxes in the world right now as companies flee overseas.

Accordingly, my solution and my solution only is this: Cut the United States Federal Government to the size it was in 1961, the year I graduated from high school. That was also the year before prayer was banned in school. The image below shows the Departments that did not exist when I was born and all except the Department of Defense were established after 1961.

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That’s right, the United States managed to fight WWI and WWII without that behemoth called the Department of Defense. The Veterans also were cared for from the beginning. During the six years between the Revolutionary War and the inauguration of George Washington as President, Washington was President of the Society of the Cincinnati, a Veterans Organization that made sure disabled veterans were cared for along with widows and orphans. The members of the Cincinnati became our Founding Fathers. After WWI the Veterans Bureau was formed and then the Veterans Administration. After WWII Omar Bradley ran the Veterans Administration and told the employees, “We are dealing with veterans, not procedures; with their problems, not ours.” Wow, things have dramatically changed with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs!

We managed to get along without the Department of Homeland Security. In fact, in 1961 we didn’t have 20 or 30 million illegal aliens roaming our streets and devouring our children’s future. If you factor in the illegal’s, the $205 trillion figure becomes too small.

I’m not fooling myself, the President, Congress and Supreme Court we have right now would rather be waterboarded than cut one red cent or uphold the Constitution. We’re sunk and only a few hundred thousand even know it. If the grocery store shelves became bare tomorrow and somebody came by with a sack of beans, most Americans would still starve not even knowing what beans are or how to cook them.

We have helped almost every country in the world but I doubt that any country would come to our aid except perhaps for a couple. Some people store food in preparation for exigencies. That is just common sense because a natural disaster could occur anytime. As a nation, we are not prepared and if a visionary person ran for office the voters would not even think about voting for him or her. We are sunk.

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This conspiracy to hide the truth to keep ourselves and our kids in the dark about what the politicians are really doing has been going on for a long time. We refuse to handle the crisis so our kids will handle it. They will elect people to Congress who will vote to stop paying the seniors and their physicians, the vast majority of whom will be dependent on Medicare payments. Get used to the term DEFAULT. This will have profound consequences politically, economically, and socially. It will be the end of the Keynesian welfare state. The Keynesians will be left holding the empty bag.

This is how all Ponzi schemes end. But those deluded souls who buy into them refuse to face statistical reality until the scheme blows up, leaving all of us empty-handed.

ARE YOU OBLIVIOUS TO THE PERIL WE FACE?

January 26, 2015

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Terrorist Attacks against American interests began when George Washington was President when the Islamic Barbary Pirates repeatedly ambushed U.S. merchant ships transiting the Mediterranean Sea. During the intervening 235 years our government has grown exponentially and created a huge intelligence community.

The best I can determine, our intelligence organizations are very methodical. They spy on United States Senators, especially members of the Intelligence Committee. They spy on Corporate CEOs, Governors, Tea Party leaders, stock traders, billionaires and law abiding citizens of all socioeconomic levels. I’m just not sure how they miss every single terrorist attack? How did they fail to see the fall of Yemen or the rise of the Islamic State?

NSA alone occupies a building larger than the Pentagon outside DC and just built a 1.5 million square foot Intelligence Community Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative Data Center in Utah. Just the electricity for that building will cost $40 million a year. Hey Al Gore, I now know what causes global warming! According to Edward Snowden, the project was initially known as the Massive Data Repository but NSA felt the name was too “creepy” and changed it. I know it is hard for football fans to comprehend the magnitude of the Utah facility. It is 15 times the size of MetLife Stadium, home to the New York Giants and Jets.

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Along with the Utah facility, NSA just opened its nearly 700,000 square foot Texas Cryptologic Center in San Antonio and has other centers in places like Hawaii. Together they are seven times the size of the Pentagon. How big is the Pentagon you ask? The U.S. Capitol could fit into just one of the building’s five sides, and with 5,100,000 square feet, it has twice the office space of the Empire State Building. The Pentagon has twice as many restrooms as it needs because it was built with separate restrooms for whites and blacks along with separate cafeterias.

Remember, NSA is just one of the Federal Intelligence organizations, here is a list:

Office of the Director of National Intelligence
Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)
National Security Agency (NSA)
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)
National Reconnaissance Office (NRO)
Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency (AFISRA)
Army Military Intelligence (MI)
Marine Corps Intelligence Activity (MCIA)
Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI)
Naval Criminal Investigation Service (NCIS)
Department of Energy Office of Intelligence and Counterintelligence (OICI)
United States Department of Homeland Security Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A)
Coast Guard Intelligence (CGI)
Homeland Security Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
Homeland Security Drug Enforcement Administration, Office of National Security Intelligence (DEA/ONSI)
Department of State Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR)
Department of the Treasury Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence (TFI)

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Just the coffee consumed in these bureaucracies would float an Aircraft Carrier. Do you feel safe? The Director of National Intelligence and the Director of NSA testified to Congress that their work had foiled several terrorist attacks. When pressed for specifics, they told Congress they would get back to them. In the end, I don’t believe they could come up with a single one, certainly none of these:

The Shoe Bomber
Beltway Sniper Shootings
Fort Hood Shootings
The underwear Bomber
U-S.S. Cole Bombing
Boston Marathon Bombing
Pan-Am flight #93 Bombing
Iranian Embassy Takeover
Beirut U.S. Embassy Attack
Libyan U.S. Embassy Attack
Kenyan U.S, Embassy Bombing
Khobar Towers Bombing
Beirut Marine Barracks Bombing
First World Trade Center Bombing
Achille Lauro Cruise Ship Hijacking
September 11th 2001 Attacks
Firebombing of Temple Beth El in Syracuse
The Center for Urban Horticulture at the University of Washington burning
Anthrax Letter attacks across the U.S
Los Angeles Airport shooting by Hesham Mohamed Hadayet
Ohio highway sniper attacks
Mohammed Reza Taheri-azar UNC-Chapel Hill SUV Attack
Seattle Jewish Federation shooting by Naveed Afzal Haq
IED attack on Mexican Consulate in New York City.
Woodinville, Washington Home torching
Arkansas recruiting office shooting
Bombing of a Recruiting Office in Times Square.
Pipe Bomb Attack on United States Courthouse in San Diego
University of California-Santa Cruz home firebombing
Malware planted in power grids, water, and sewage systems for delayed employment
Manhattan Starbucks Bombing
Boston Marathon bombings
Austin suicide attack against IRS Building
Pentagon shooting
Discovery Communications headquarters hostage crisis
Wisconsin Sikh temple shooting
Ricin letters sent to President and US Senator
Los Angeles International Airport shooting
Overland Park Jewish Community Center shooting
Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City and Village Shalom Shooting
Las Vegas shooting spree
New York City hatchet attack
Mexican Consulate in Austin attack
North Korean cyber attack against SONY pictures.
New York City police officers assassinations

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Do you ever wonder why we need all these intelligence agencies while the rest of the Defense Department is being gutted and demolished? Why we have behemoth facilities while we scrap the weapon most feared by the Islamic State, the A-10 Thunderbolt II affectionately called the Warthog? Why is it more important to spy on law abiding United States Citizens than to spy on our sworn enemies? The cost of Gitmo seems to be an issue but the sky is the limit when it comes to other facilities and welfare for the illegal masses.

The other Super Power, Russia, has these four Intelligence Organizations:

Federal Security Service (FSB)
Federal Protective Service (FSO)
Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU)
Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR)

Surrounded by hostile countries vowing to end their existence, Israel has these:

Mossad
Shin Bet
Aman
Police of Israel

Before the United States of America cuts one more combat unit or scraps one more tactical or strategic weapon system, can we consolidate our Intelligence efforts and focus on the bad guys or is that idea too radical? More than 50 years ago I was an Intelligence Analyst and my Air War College Diploma is dated December 22nd, 1976. I didn’t just fall off a turnip wagon. I expect much better leadership from my government at all levels than I am receiving. It would also be nice if the smiley faces on Broadcast Journalism would start reporting the news and alerting citizens of the danger for a change. I know securing the border after probably 100,000 to 2 million terrorists are already here is like closing the barn door after the horse escaped but it would be a start. We have to start someplace or EVERY man, woman and child in America will become a refugee if we are not killed first. Mayday, mayday, mayday!

WHEN WILL AMERICA GET SERIOUS ABOUT JIHAD?

January 19, 2015

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Christianity began to spread across the Middle East until the whole region was Christian. Even the Roman Empire that crucified Jesus and fed Christians to lions as sport, adopted Christianity and eventually became the Holy Roman Empire. There was no real challenge to Christianity in the region until the rise of Islamic Jihad beginning at Mecca in 620 AD under Muhammed.

Before Muhammed, Arabs worshipped innumerable gods and goddesses in addition to Allah who was one of the many gods. Among them were Allat, Alluza, Mannat who were goddesses and were looked upon as daughters of Allah along with male gods like Hubal or Baal. After the death of Muhammed on June 8, 632 at age 62 or 63, the Islamic Religion began to be formed. According to Islamic teaching, the Quran came down as a series of revelations from Allah through the Archangel Gabriel to the Prophet Muhammad who then dictated it to his followers. Muhammad’s companions memorized fragments of the Quran and wrote them down on whatever was at hand, which were later compiled into book form under the rule of the third Caliph, Uthman, some years after Muhammad’s death.

Muhammad was orphaned as a young child and raised by other family members. He became a merchant and began to preach Islam publicly in Mecca in 613 in his 40’s. His preaching is met with skepticism, and he is accused of plagiarizing the “tales of the ancients.” One of his harshest critics was his own uncle, Abu Lahab, who is cursed by name in the Quran. Due to growing animosity between the pagans and Muslims in Mecca, Muhammad and his followers flee to Medina where Muhammad turns into a political and military leader.

In 624 the first armed conflicts began with a series of raids against caravans of pagans from Mecca. The raid marking the beginning of violence in the name of Islam took place in one of the four holy months in which fighting was forbidden. The Battle of Badr followed the caravan raids when the Meccans retaliated against Muhammad. Although they were vastly outnumbered, the Muslims defeated the pagan Meccans; killing at least seventy and capturing another seventy for ransom. Al Nadir, a storyteller and poet who had mocked Muhammad was among the prisoners of war. Muhammad ordered that Al Nadir be beheaded and another twenty-four to be thrown into the well of Badr. That same year, the Jewish Qayniqa tribe was besieged by the Muslims. Muhammad initially intended to execute all the males, but decides to confiscate their property and exile them from Medina. So began the 1,400 years of Jihad by Islam.

Captured people who were infidels, Kafirs or non believers in Allah, were given three choices: Convert to Islam, be killed or pay a tax called Jaziya. Other Arabs were not given the choice of paying Jaziya and remaining non-Muslim, their choice was only Islam or Death. Hence there are no surviving nature and idol-worshipping non-Muslim Arabs today. A point missed by many Arab and Western historians.

By 1096 Muslims controlled most of modern day Turkey, the very capital of Constantine and the location of Antioch where Christians were first called Christians. Where Paul was born and where he departed for his Missionary Journeys. Turkey is the birthplace of Abraham at Ur. Ur became Urfa and then Edessa. Today it is called Şanlıurfa. Sorry, your Bible Maps of Abraham’s travels show the wrong Ur.

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From the beginning the Muslims waged economic warfare by targeting caravans and merchant ships. Still, for centuries Christian pilgrims traveled freely from Europe to Jerusalem. All that changed when the Seljuk Turks, who were Muslim, began to interfere with these pilgrimages. In 1071, the Seljuk Turks fought against the Byzantine Empire at the Battle of Manzikert. The Byzantines, who were Christian, lost. The Byzantine emperor asked the Christians in Europe to help protect his empire from the Muslims. In 1095, Pope Urban II called for a crusade against the Muslims to regain control of Jerusalem. The Crusades were holy wars fought between European Christians and Muslims between 1095 and 1291. The main goal of the Crusades was to take control of Jerusalem away from the Muslims and permit safe passage of Christians to the Holy Land.

After the First Crusade achieved its goal with the capture of Jerusalem in 1099, the invading Christians set up several Latin Christian states, even as Muslims in the region vowed to wage jihad to regain control over the region. Christian states were established in Jerusalem, Edessa, Antioch and Tripoli and were guarded by formidable castles. I mentioned that Abraham was from Edessa, but Edessa was also where the Shroud of Turin resided for several years before being moved to Constantinople in the tenth century. News of Edessa’s fall to the Muslims stunned Europe, and led Christian authorities in the West to call for another Crusade. The Second Crusade began in 1147 but was crushed by the ever strengthening Muslims. Through the end of the 13th century, groups of Crusaders sought to gain ground in the Holy Land through short-lived raids that proved little more than an annoyance to Muslim rulers in the region. My guess is that wild eyed professors gave you a completely false narrative about the Crusades?

“Islam is a religion of beheading,” according to Sheikh Hussein bin Mahmoud, a frequent contributor to Islamic internet forums, where he presents theological justifications for various atrocities committed by groups such as Al Qaeda and the Islamic State. “My mind is perplexed by words I have read and heard from people whom I do not know how to describe!!” bin Mahmoud wrote in an article translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute. “Millions of Muslims have been killed, tortured and driven from their homes; tens of thousands of Muslim women have had their honor violated and have been sexually abused by the Americans — yet people are weeping over a Christian American ‘harbi’ infidel who entered the Islamic State, knowing full well what the Islamic State is, and without a pact.”

“Harbi” is a term referring to non-Muslims who live outside of Muslim-run territories.

Bin Mahmoud went on to say that a harbi who enters into a Islamic-ruled territory without a formal pact of protection from the ruling Muslims is fair game for robbery, kidnapping, and murder. The Islamic cleric condemns the “West’s false views” that have attempted to create a generation of young Muslims that “does not know fighting or the cutting of necks.” Chopping off heads is a sacred act, according to bin Mahmoud, who wrote, “Beheading a harbi infidel is a blessed act for which a Muslim is rewarded.”

In fact, bin Mahmoud continues, beheading other human beings is a Muslim tradition extending back to the religion’s founder, the Prophet Muhammad himself. “The Prophet did not condemn the striking of necks,” he wrote in the forum article. “Striking necks was a well-known matter that did not elicit any condemnation in the eras of the Prophet, the rightly-guided caliphs and their successors, right until the time of the Christian occupation of the Muslims’ lands in the 20th century.”

“What distorts the image of Islam is not the beheading and terrorizing of infidels, but rather those who want Mandela or Ghandi, with no killing, fighting, brutality, bloodshed or the striking of heads or necks. That is not the religion of Muhammad,” wrote bin Mahmoud. “Islam is a religion of power, fighting, jihad, beheading and bloodshed, not a religion of turning the left cheek to whoever slapped you on the right cheek. On the contrary, it is a religion of breaking the hand that is stretched out to humiliate the Muslim.”

Muslim conquests are marked by crucifixions, beheadings and other mass murders of men, women and children. After a single battle in Spain, the heads of knights were cut off and stacked into a pile so high that a man on horseback could not see over them. Over a thousand years later Mosul Christians were annihilated almost overnight.

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The Tomb of Jonah before and after ISIS bombing

Mosul is the second largest city in Iraq and the capital of the Nineveh Province in northern Iraq. Mosul exists on both sides of the Tigris River along with the ancient Assyrian city of Nineveh. The city is the historic center of the Church of the East. Christianity spread from Mosul as the church became the world’s largest Christian church in terms of geographical extent, with dioceses stretching from the Mediterranean to China and India. The tombs of several Old Testament prophets including Jonah are located in Mosul. For the first time in 2,000 years, not ONE Christian remains alive in Mosul. A Christian rancher with 600 head of cattle and 200 sheep fled to Jordan with nothing but the shirt on his back. At the rate things are going, Jordan will soon fall into Muslim hands.

The bread and butter of Islamic terrorists is economic terrorism and has been since the first caravan raids. The first struggle America had with Islamic Terrorism came when George Washington was President. Muslim Pirate ships and crews from the Barbary Coast states of Tripoli, Tunis, Morocco, and Algiers were the scourge of the Mediterranean capturing merchant ships and holding their crews for ransom. As early as 1784 Congress followed the tradition of the European shipping powers and appropriated $80,000 as tribute to the Barbary States, directing its ministers in Europe, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, to begin negotiations with them. Trouble began the next year, in July 1785, when Algerians captured two American ships and held their crews of twenty-one people for a ransom of nearly $60,000.

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 Merchant Ship under attack by Barbary Pirates

Thomas Jefferson, United States minister to France, opposed the payment and wrote this in his autobiography, “endeavored to form an association of the powers subject to habitual depredation from them. I accordingly prepared, and proposed to their ministers at Paris, for consultation with their governments, articles of a special confederation.” Jefferson’s efforts fell through because then as now the major powers could not agree on how to combat the aggression.

Eventually in 1786, Jefferson wrote this to John Adams, “I very early thought it would be best to effect a peace thro’ the medium of war. Paying tribute will merely invite more demands, and even if a coalition proves workable, the only solution is a strong navy that can reach the pirates.” Jefferson argued in an August 18, 1786, letter to James Monroe: “The states must see the rod; perhaps it must be felt by some one of them. . . . Every national citizen must wish to see an effective instrument of coercion, and should fear to see it on any other element than the water. A naval force can never endanger our liberties, nor occasion bloodshed; a land force would do both.” “From what I learn from the temper of my countrymen and their tenaciousness of their money,” Jefferson added in a December 26, 1786, letter to the president of Yale College, Ezra Stiles, “it will be more easy to raise ships and men to fight these pirates into reason, than money to bribe them.” Still, indifference prevailed and in 1795 alone the United States was forced to pay nearly a million dollars in cash, naval stores, and a frigate to ransom 115 sailors from Algiers.

President Jefferson dispatched a squadron of naval vessels to the Mediterranean. As he declared in his first annual message to Congress: “To this state of general peace with which we have been blessed, one only exception exists. Tripoli, the least considerable of the Barbary States, had come forward with demands unfounded either in right or in compact, and had permitted itself to denounce war, on our failure to comply before a given day. The style of the demand admitted but one answer. I sent a small squadron of frigates into the Mediterranean. . . .”

The American show of force quickly awed Tunis and Algiers into breaking their alliance with Tripoli. The humiliating loss of the frigate Philadelphia and the capture of her captain and crew in Tripoli in 1803, criticism from his political opponents, and even opposition within his own cabinet did not deter Jefferson from his chosen course during four years of war. The aggressive action of Commodore Edward Preble (1803-4) forced Morocco out of the fight and his five bombardments of Tripoli restored some order to the Mediterranean. The U.S. continued to pay tributes until 1815 when naval victories led to treaties ending all tribute payments by the United States. European nations continued annual payments until the 1830s. However, international piracy in Atlantic and Mediterranean waters declined during this time under pressure from the Euro-American nations, who no longer viewed pirate states as mere annoyances during peacetime and potential allies during war.

On September 11, 2001, the Islamic economic war was brought to the United States when the World Trade Center was the primary target.

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Each day the Islamic State grows more powerful and more and more Muslims inhabit Christian, Buddhist, Hindu and secular countries. The Muslims have a plan and strategy; the West has no plan, no consensus, no strategy and no clue. If you were an odds maker, you would have to give the Muslims odds of at least 60% to dominate the world. Iran most likely already has everything necessary to construct an atomic bomb with the help from Russian and North Korean Nuclear Scientists. About 50 countries have Muslim majorities. What if the United States dominated 50 countries? Even Russia never gobbled up 50 countries.

Many secular countries will eagerly assist In the Muslim goal of an Islamic World as long as Big Satan and Little Satan are annihilated in the process. Do you believe President Barack Obama is a serious participant in fighting the Global War on Terrorism? How about England, Belgium, France, Germany and Spain? Ferdinand and Isabella expelled Muslims from Spain 500 years ago but they are dead. Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher are gone. There are no Winston Churchill’s anymore. John Kerry, the Vietnam War protestor is Secretary of State! There is really no leader out there who understands how serious the threat really is or the global scope of its power.

After years of indoctrination by unionized teachers in public schools and wild eyed atheist professors, a surprising number of college students believe the United States is a greater threat to world peace than Islam. Young men and women are rushing to join the Islamic State for service abroad or domestically. It would not surprise me to see President Obama invite them to the Rose Garden for a Beer Summit and photo op. You won’t find any official estimates of the numbers of terrorists already in America; my estimate is between 100,000 and two million.

The police in Paris do not carry guns, maybe that’s why it took 90,000 police to pursue four terrorists and only three were caught? Liberal leaders across America can’t imagine why any law abiding citizen needs to own a gun. Even after 911, nothing was done to strengthen national security. Civil liberties were stripped and law abiding citizens became targets of the NSA but our borders became much less secure and terrorist acts continue to occur. The Obama Administration marginalizes attacks by calling them WORKPLACE VIOLENCE.

Most Americans think they can watch the Today Show and know everything that’s going on. Too many cannot tell when they are being indoctrinated. I just watched Liberals saying that Hillary is worried about Jeb Bush. If they thought Jeb Bush was a threat, they would be saying he can see Russia from Coral Gables. The subtle message is for Conservatives to nominate the man who scares Hillary. Some will actually fall for these tricks. Many will never see the terror threat until their heads are on the chopping block.

HERE COMES HUCKABEE, AGAIN

January 5, 2015

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I was driving to have coffee with some friends when the Huckabee Report came on the radio. Huckabee was telling about ascending to the office of governor and inheriting a lopsided government more lopsided than Massachusetts. He then bragged about making the best of it and getting tax cuts passed along with positive legislation. What Mike neglected to mention is that he kept all the Democrat Cabinet Members and his very first appointment as governor was ANOTHER DEMOCRAT. In fact, after ten years in office his Democrat Cabinet members were attending campaign events for the Democrat candidate for governor. Huckabee did cut some taxes but the net effect was that he increased taxes half a billion dollars more than he cut taxes while he increased spending by 65% and the number of bureaucrats by 20%.

Huckabee became governor when the Democratic governor was indicted. He called a meeting with the few Republican legislators but refused to attend his meeting. Instead, he had his Chief of Staff make a simple announcement that Huckabee would support those who support him and would not support those who would not support him. Nobody was going to defeat Huckabee during his first election after becoming governor by default but I ran to have a voice to expose his transgressions.

The second time he ran was a different story. No serious Democrat would challenge a man who had been so good for the Democratic Party; however, a little known token female did run. If 1.5% of the voters had changed their votes, she would have defeated Mike Huckabee. At the end of his last term he destroyed all the hard drives in his office and left the Republican Party in shambles. Not one Republican was elected to a statewide Constitutional office and the Republican candidate for Governor, Asa Hutchinson was defeated by double digits. Eight years later Asa was elected by double digits. Rebuilding after the Huckabee tsunami has taken a long time.

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Mike Huckabee’s political endorsements get a lot of attention. During the Texas Senate primary, Huckabee was one of David Dewhurst’s most prominent backers. “Plenty of candidates say they’re conservative, but the only proven conservative in this race is David Dewhurst,” Huckabee said in a campaign ad.

Earlier, in an ad released a mere hour and a half after the announcement that Sarah Palin was endorsing another candidate, Ted Cruz, Huckabee remarked, “David’s conservative leadership helped Texas pass more pro-life legislation than any state in America.” In an ad released after Huckabee endorsed Dewhurst, Huckabee criticized the “Washington insiders [who] have come to Texas falsely attacking David Dewhurst.” Ted Cruz, in spite of polling only 4% in the beginning, went on to soundly defeat Dewhurst.

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The real firestorm came when Huckabee endorsed Lamar Alexander. This is quoted from Breitbart: “Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee angered his Facebook fans after endorsing Sen. Lamar Alexander against conservative state Representative Joe Carr last month.

Carr has been endorsed by former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and conservative talk radio host Laura Ingraham for the August 7th primary. And Carr has been relentlessly hammering Alexander for voting for the Senate’s amnesty bill even after law enforcement officials warned Alexander that it would lure more illegal immigrants from Central America.

Nearly every one of close to 450 comments beneath Huckabee’s announcement on his Facebook page blasts Huckabee for supporting Alexander. One Huckabee fan said, “We supported and worked hard to get Governor Huckabee delegates when he ran in TN. His endorsement of Lamar with his liberal voting record is both an insult and disappointment.” Another supporter wrote, “With this endorsement, you lose my support and funds!” The Huckabee fan said that “Alexander has repeatedly proven himself … to be as bad a rino and sellout to the conservative cause as” Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and singled out his support for “amnesty over simple enforcement of existing laws.”

Here is a sampling of the blowback from Huckabee’s own supporters in the past month, exactly as they appear on Facebook:

-Are you serious? You are not the conservative I thought you were. Lamar Alexander is the most liberal republican in the state of Tennessee.
-We supported and worked hard to get Governor Huckabee delegates when he ran in TN. His endorsement of Lamar with his liberal voting record is both an insult and disappointment.
-I guess your true colors are now showing. Supporting a liberal, which ever the way the wind blows part of the problem, Republican. Sorry can’t trust who you are supporting.
-NO NO NO NO NO NO!
-With this endorsement, you lose my support and funds! Lamar Alexander has repeatedly proven himself proven himself to be as bad a rino and sellout to the conservative cause as Mcain in Arizona! Alaxander supports the presidents anti gun agenda. He has come out in favor of amnesty over simple enforcement of existing laws. And finally his voting record on Obamacare is despicable!
-Well, Mike, I just lost some respect for you; lamar alexander is far from the type of candidate I want to support, and I hope you come to your senses too — check his record, and compare it to the ideals I’ve witnessed you promote on so many occasions.
-Joe Carr not Lamar!!!
-Voted for Carr not Lamar… Disappointed in you Huck !
-Very disappointed in you, Mike! Alexander has voted too many times with Obama . . . -Amnesty, etc. Can’t vote for him this time. Besides, he’s the one who said terms should be limited to two.
-No, no, no. He hasn’t listened to his fellow Tennesseans.
-Gov, Huckabee I don’t think you realize how much Lamaur has hurt Tennessee and he is far from conservative. There are very few times that I’ve disagreed with you on political issues, but we are definitely on a different page concerning Lamar. I am very surprised and disappointed you are supporting a man who voted with Obama on —-Healthcare, war on coal , cutting veterans benefits and higher taxes in Tennessee, just to namea few.I really hope Joe Carr replaces him and his liberal agenda.
-Huck, explain yourself here. What about Lamar makes sense and tell us what about Joe Carr doesn’t?
-Mike how come you are endorsing a man who has forgotten our platform .and voted for cloture on the veterans loosing benefits budget. Someone forgot to tell him is is the only power we have to stop in this administration and his lack of controlling illegals and amnesty puts him as a democrat.and you have lost any credibility as far as us combat vetetans in tn are concerned
-What the hell?? Have you been drinking from their river of money too?
-Huckabee is just another establishment hack. So is Lamar. Out with Lamar and vote for a real conservative, Joe Carr.
-No we will not vote for Lamar Alexander. Disappointed to see you endorse him.
Lori G Lockhart Mike Huckabee, I respect all that you are doing and have done for our country, however I am shocked you would support Lamar! As a lifetime Tennessee resident it’s time for Lamar to go! He has went against the “We the People” to many times! He has supported obuma and his policies to many times. After seeing all the negative comments on this status I hope and pray you change your decision.
-CARR NOT LAMAR!!
-You are better than that, Mike. Alexander has long out lasted his orange checkered shirt and his admirable walk across TN. Personality has gotten him more than he deserves. We need someone who will lead. Alexander spent the entire LAST election trying to discover just the right portrait blending determination and compassion … And none of his revised portraits hit the mark. We need someone who DOES … Not poses! -Have a great retirement, Lamar.
-I respect you governor but I will not vote again for Lamar. My vote will go to a real Conservative, Joe Carr.
-WHAT are you thinking????
-Mike, we in TN. know you backed the WRONG HORSE in this race!!!!!!!!!! -We Don’t need OUTSIDERS telling us how to vote. SHAME on you Mike!
-Mike, you are backing the wrong man
-I’m losing all respect for Mike Huckabee….
-Lamar has sold out bad endorsement
-I always thought Huckabee was too liberal for me.
-Yeah, the ole Huckster lost me on this one.
-Well, Mr. Huckabee, I can’t believe you support this Rino. He voted against the people and with Obama every time.
-So…Mr. Huckabee, after reading all the comments offered here, I am leaving you with one Big Question ! Why are you endorsing Lamar “rino” Alexander ? I am sure everyone would like to hear your answer…
-Sorry Huck, Lamar has gone liberal on us Tennesseans, voted for more gun control, and backed Obama’s liberal choices for offices. Vote Joe Carr!!!!!
-Mick Hartley Our founding fathers wanted “the butchers, the bakers, and the candlestick makers” to serve their country and then come back and live under the laws that they enacted . We don’t need career politicians, we need patriots.
-I dont stand with Huckabee on this.
-I used to admire your commentary and thought you stood to the right to the middle or the left…so for mr. Huckabee you have endorsed every incumbent in my district….just how much money are they lining your pockets with to endorse them?? I am afraid you are becoming a right hand rino…
-Governor, you just lost me as a fan. I cannot believe you would endorse Alexander after his voting record! You should be embarrassed! -#VoteCarrNOTLamar!
-Gotta do homework here,Lamar is supporting Reid and Obama on to much…Tennessee needs Better support…
-Have you lost your mind? He’s about as two faced as you can get….. Lamar has to go….. Joe Carr for US Senate
-Huckabee, This shows just how out of touch you are. Keep your nose out of Tennessee politics. You obviously know nothing, so shut up!
-I was a Huckabee fan until you made that endorsement. Carr not Lamar!
-Ok mike you just lost my vote
-Big time disappointed that Mike Huckabee would support Lamar. Lamar needs to go. -Time for a change to a true conservative.”

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Well, well, even after Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, Glenn Beck and others spent whole programs exposing Huckabee, the Huckabites still clung to him like a drowning man clings to a floating blow up doll. Even Fox News had an article on their website for about a decade titled, “Huckabee, the Biggest Big Government Conservative.”

After Mike Huckabee raised taxes in Arkansas, the poorest state in the nation, he moved to Florida where he pays no state income tax. As Glenn Beck said, the only effect Huckabee will have in the Presidential race will be to take some evangelical votes away from Ted Cruz. I say, since Huckabee’s candidate could not defeat Cruz in Texas, maybe Huck can spoil Ted’s run for President? Cruz is the closest thing we have had to Ronald Reagan since Ronald Reagan. Remember, Reagan won reelection by carrying 49 states.

REMEMBERING SERGEANT JOYCE KILMER (1886 – 1918)

December 28, 2014

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Joyce Kilmer was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey on December 6, 1886. He attended Rutgers and graduated from Columbia University before becoming an Editor with Funk and Wagnall’s Company. He served as Literary Editor of “The Churchman”, an Anglican newspaper and in 1913 became a member of the staff of The New York Times. His most famous poem is “Trees.”

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I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.

When the U.S. declared war on Germany in 1917, Kilmer was a family man with a wife and five children. He would not have been required to serve in the military. Never-the-less he enlisted as a private in the Seventh Regiment, New York National Guard. At his request he then transferred to the 165th Infantry, the old Fighting 69th. Once in France he quickly attained the rank of Sergeant and was attached to the newly organized Regimental Intelligence staff as an observer. Because of Sergeant Kilmer’s poor eyesight he volunteered for night patrol. The patrol during darkness was the most dangerous but it was also an equalizer for the near blind Kilmer. He spent many nights on patrol in no-man’s land gathering information which would be of tactical importance to the Regiment and the Division. While in France Kilmer wrote this poem:

Prayer of a Soldier in France

MY shoulders ache beneath my pack
(Lie easier, Cross, upon His back).

I march with feet that burn and smart
(Tread, Holy Feet, upon my heart).

Men shout at me who may not speak
(They scourged Thy back and smote Thy cheek).

I may not lift a hand to clear
My eyes of salty drops that sear.

(Then shall my fickle soul forget
Thy Agony of Bloody Sweat?)

My rifle hand is stiff and numb
(From Thy pierced palm red rivers come).

Lord, Thou didst suffer more for me
Than all the hosts of land and sea.

So let me render back again
This millionth of Thy gift. Amen.

On July 30th 1918, during the battle of the Ourcq, Kilmer attached himself as adjutant to Major William Donovan who commanded the First Battalion. Donovan’s adjutant, Lieutenant Oliver Ames had been killed in combat the day before. The Regiment’s principle objective was the high ground of Muercy Farm. A sniper’s bullet ended the life of Joyce Kilmer at the age of 31. Ames and Kilmer were buried side by side in a creek bed on that farm just four months before the 11th month, the 11th day and the 11th hour of 1918 which marked the cessation of hostilities. That same date each year is now observed as Veterans Day.

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Today Sergeant Kilmer is interred in Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and WWI Memorial about 30 miles northeast of Paris. The 40 acre cemetery contains 6,012 headstones including 100 Stars of David, 241 MIAs, 597 unknown soldiers, and seven sets of brothers. Most had fought in the vicinity and in the Marne Valley during the summer of 1918. The headstones are lined up in four square burial plots with a pink granite memorial in the back is flanked by a Chapel and a Map Room.

Joyce Kilmer was awarded the French Croix de Guerre for bravery. Camp Kilmer in New Jersey was named in his honor; it became the largest processing center for the U.S. Army and operated from 1942 until 2009.

At the time of his entry into military service Kilmer was considered a premiere American poet. Much of his work expressed his deep religious beliefs. It is impossible to imagine the future contributions that might have been made by Joyce Kilmer and millions of other Americans lost forever beyond the seas.

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Please share some of his poetry with your children who are not likely to hear it otherwise.

Rouge Bouquet

In a wood they call the Rouge Bouquet
There is a new-made grave to-day,

Built by never a spade nor pick
Yet covered with earth ten metres thick.

There lie many fighting men,
Dead in their youthful prime,

Never to laugh nor love again
Nor taste the Summertime.

For Death came flying through the air
And stopped his flight at the dugout stair,

Touched his prey and left them there,
Clay to clay.

He hid their bodies stealthily
In the soil of the land they fought to free
And fled away.

Now over the grave abrupt and clear
Three volleys ring;

And perhaps their brave young spirits hear
The bugle sing:
“Go to sleep!
Go to sleep!
Slumber well where the shell screamed and fell.
Let your rifles rest on the muddy floor,
You will not need them any more.
Danger’s past;
Now at last,
Go to sleep!”

There is on earth no worthier grave
To hold the bodies of the brave
Than this place of pain and pride
Where they nobly fought and nobly died.

Never fear but in the skies
Saints and angels stand
Smiling with their holy eyes
On this new-come band.

St. Michael’s sword darts through the air
And touches the aureole on his hair
As he sees them stand saluting there,

His stalwart sons;
And Patrick, Brigid, Columkill
Rejoice that in veins of warriors still

The Gael’s blood runs.
And up to Heaven’s doorway floats,

From the wood called Rouge Bouquet,
A delicate cloud of bugle notes
That softly say:
“Farewell!
Farewell!

Comrades true, born anew, peace to you!
Your souls shall be where the heroes are

And your memory shine like the morning-star.
Brave and dear,

Shield us here.
Farewell!”

Memorial Day

“Dulce et decorum est”

The bugle echoes shrill and sweet,
But not of war it sings to-day.
The road is rhythmic with the feet
Of men-at-arms who come to pray.

The roses blossom white and red
On tombs where weary soldiers lie;
Flags wave above the honored dead
And martial music cleaves the sky.

Above their wreath-strewn graves we kneel,
They kept the faith and fought the fight.
Through flying lead and crimson steel
They plunged for Freedom and the Right.

May we, their grateful children, learn
Their strength, who lie beneath this sod,
Who went through fire and death to earn
At last the accolade of God.

In shining rank on rank arrayed
They march, the legions of the Lord;
He is their Captain unafraid,
The Prince of Peace . . . Who brought a sword.

Citizen of the World

No longer of Him be it said
“He hath no place to lay His head.”

In every land a constant lamp
Flames by His small and mighty camp.

There is no strange and distant place
That is not gladdened by His face.

And every nation kneels to hail
The Splendour shining through Its veil.

Cloistered beside the shouting street,
Silent, He calls me to His feet.

Imprisoned for His love of me
He makes my spirit greatly free.

And through my lips that uttered sin
The King of Glory enters in.

The Fourth Shepherd

(For Thomas Walsh)
I
On nights like this the huddled sheep
Are like white clouds upon the grass,
And merry herdsmen guard their sleep
And chat and watch the big stars pass.

It is a pleasant thing to lie
Upon the meadow on the hill
With kindly fellowship near by
Of sheep and men of gentle will.

I lean upon my broken crook
And dream of sheep and grass and men —
O shameful eyes that cannot look
On any honest thing again!

On bloody feet I clambered down
And fled the wages of my sin,
I am the leavings of the town,
And meanly serve its meanest inn.

I tramp the courtyard stones in grief,
While sleep takes man and beast to her.
And every cloud is calling “Thief!”
And every star calls “Murderer!”
II
The hand of God is sure and strong,
Nor shall a man forever flee
The bitter punishment of wrong.
The wrath of God is over me!

With ashen bread and wine of tears
Shall I be solaced in my pain.
I wear through black and endless years
Upon my brow the mark of Cain.
III
Poor vagabond, so old and mild,
Will they not keep him for a night?
And She, a woman great with child,
So frail and pitiful and white.

Good people, since the tavern door
Is shut to you, come here instead.
See, I have cleansed my stable floor
And piled fresh hay to make a bed.

Here is some milk and oaten cake.
Lie down and sleep and rest you fair,
Nor fear, O simple folk, to take
The bounty of a child of care.
IV
On nights like this the huddled sheep —
I never saw a night so fair.
How huge the sky is, and how deep!
And how the planets flash and glare!

At dawn beside my drowsy flock
What winged music I have heard!
But now the clouds with singing rock
As if the sky were turning bird.

O blinding Light, O blinding Light!
Burn through my heart with sweetest pain.
O flaming Song, most loudly bright,
Consume away my deadly stain!
V
The stable glows against the sky,
And who are these that throng the way?
My three old comrades hasten by
And shining angels kneel and pray.

The door swings wide — I cannot go —
I must and yet I dare not see.
Lord, who am I that I should know —
Lord, God, be merciful to me!
VI
O Whiteness, whiter than the fleece
Of new-washed sheep on April sod!
O Breath of Life, O Prince of Peace,
O Lamb of God, O Lamb of God!

Old Poets

(For Robert Cortez Holliday)

If I should live in a forest
And sleep underneath a tree,
No grove of impudent saplings
Would make a home for me.

I’d go where the old oaks gather,
Serene and good and strong,
And they would not sigh and tremble
And vex me with a song.

The pleasantest sort of poet
Is the poet who’s old and wise,
With an old white beard and wrinkles
About his kind old eyes.

For these young flippertigibbets
A-rhyming their hours away
They won’t be still like honest men
And listen to what you say.

The young poet screams forever
About his sex and his soul;
But the old man listens, and smokes his pipe,
And polishes its bowl.

There should be a club for poets
Who have come to seventy year.
They should sit in a great hall drinking
Red wine and golden beer.

They would shuffle in of an evening,
Each one to his cushioned seat,
And there would be mellow talking
And silence rich and sweet.

There is no peace to be taken
With poets who are young,
For they worry about the wars to be fought
And the songs that must be sung.

But the old man knows that he’s in his chair
And that God’s on His throne in the sky.
So he sits by the fire in comfort
And he lets the world spin by.

IS OBAMA A LOYAL AMERICAN?

December 26, 2014

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Before I became a fighter pilot and was trusted to command a multinational Provisional Wing, I trained as an Intelligence Analyst. I am sometimes disappointed because people don’t see what I see until I realize that very few are able to analyze diverse information to reach a conclusion. That ability and my experience in the field and at a major national security organization gives me an advantage. I am sharing my analysis of the data available to anyone who will spend time to look. Don’t take my word, do your due diligence and please keep aware and awake.

Without Obama, our military could still defeat ISIS even after the Democrats gutted our Defense Department and Obama fired our best Generals. The U.S. Armed forces are weaker and smaller than they have been since before WWII. I am convinced all this is part of Barack Obama’s grand plan as he seemingly prefers ISIS over Americans. Maybe I can help you see this? After six years in office, American Citizens still know less about Barack Obama than any other President in History. It is a sad state of affairs that most citizens don’t even know what they don’t know. Barack Obama was endorsed by the Communist Party; do you know of any other President receiving such an endorsement? Wikipedia published an exhaustive list of Obama endorsements for 2012 but somehow skipped over the Communist Party. I demanded that the far left leaning Wikipedia remove the “Gene McVay” entry because it was vandalized and distorted. Anybody can edit the ever-changing website but there are super editors who make sure that THEIR agenda remains prominent. Maybe that’s why no reputable university or high school will allow students to use Wikipedia as a reference.

Do you know of any other President who had his college records sealed? Then there is the Religion controversy. Apparently Barack and his family have been searching for a Christian Church to attend in D.C. for six years now. Each time the president has stepped into an African American church in the District, about six times, his visit has been preceded by stern warnings from pastors to their flocks to be courteous and respectful in the hopes of wooing the first family. But pastors and members of the churches he has attended have resigned themselves to the fact that Obama might visit but most likely won’t join. To my knowledge Obama’s spiritual upbringing was Muslim and his adult life in Chicago was spent listening to Reverend Jeremiah Wright’s fiery sermons that were incessantly played by media during the 2008 campaign. You may recall his quotes about God damning America and his accusation that the U.S. government used HIV “as a means of genocide against people of color.” But the majority of Americans likely don’t know much about Wright’s personal background either.

Some might contend that there’s no need to study Wright further; that the intense and seemingly anti-American rhetoric that was observed on television sets across America tells us all we need to know about one of the nation’s most controversial pastors. However, considering the elevated level of influence Wright had in President Barack Obama’s life, understanding the figure helps to shed further light on the president’s personal beliefs and ideals.

The goals of Black Liberation Theology are to destroy white society, America and the so-called white church (traditional Christianity). Black Liberation Theology is, of course, the doctrine of Obama’s “church” in Chicago, as was declared by Reverend Jeremiah Wright. The Reverend James Cone who was born in Fordyce, Arkansas in 1938, is the founder of Black Liberation Theology.

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Black Liberation Theology is a branch of the black theology of Black Nationalism, which is a 100-year-old mass movement of several different religious sects, based on black identity, that variously present themselves as Jewish, Christian and Muslim, though they are not orthodox in any of these religions. Black Liberation Theology was derived in large part from the theology of the Nation of Islam in the 1960’s, now headed by Louis Farrakhan. The Nation of Islam is not orthodox Islam, but a cult-like, black sect. Black Liberation Theology is designed to be more sophisticated than the theology of the Nation of Islam, in order to better appeal to black urban professionals, and to infiltrate the hateful concepts of Black Nationalism more readily into the black churches and black community.

The racial basis of the beliefs of the Black Nationalist movement are the mirror image of racist white identity movements such as the Nazi Christian Identity movement and the Ku Klux Klan. The founder of the Black Nationalist mass movement, Marcus Garvey, mandated as far back as the 1920’s that blacks should form groups that emulate white supremacy groups, such as the KKK and Nazi Party and that is the origin of the Nazi-like racial concepts of Black Liberation Theology and other black sects that can be seen as the heirs of the Garvey movement. Garvey prophesied that one day the black race would produce their own “Hitler.”

Black Liberation doctrine holds that any and all actions are justified in destroying the white enemy and America. If you are wondering why Obama always seems to take the side of black thugs and criminals, review these selections from the first two books by James H. Cone, who first canonized Black Liberation Theology:

“Oppressors never like to hear the truth in a socio-political context defined by their lies. That was why a Black Theology of Liberation was often rejected as racism in reverse by many whites, particularly theologians. For example, Father Andrew M. Greeley referred to my perspective on black theology as a “Nazi mentality,” “a theology filled with hatred for white people and the assumption of a moral superiority of black over white.”’ White reactions to black theology never disturbed me too much, because Malcolm X had prepared me for them. “With skillful manipulating of the press,” said Malcolm, “they’re able to make the victim look like the criminal and the criminal look like the victim.”’

“Because white theology has consistently preserved the integrity of the community of oppressors, I conclude that it is not Christian theology at all.’ When we speak about God as related to human­kind in the black-white struggle, Christian theology can only mean black theology, a theology that speaks of God as related to black liberation. If we agree that the gospel is the proclamation of God’s liberating activity, that the Christian community is an oppressed community that participates in that activity and that theology is the discipline arising from within the Christian community as it seeks to develop adequate language for its relationship to God’s liberation, then black theology is Christian theology.”

“Black theology will not spend too much time trying to answer its critics, because it is accountable only to the black community. Refusing to be separated from that community, black theology seeks to articulate the theological self-determination of blacks, providing some ethical and religious categories for the black revo­lution in America. It maintains that all acts which participate in the destruction of white racism are Christian, the liberating deeds of God. All acts which impede the struggle of black self­ determination-black power-are anti-Christian, the work of Satan.”

“That white America has issued a death warrant for being black is evident in the white brutality inflicted on black persons. Though whites may deny it, the ghettos of this country say otherwise. Masters always pre­tend that they are not masters, insisting that they are only doing what is best for society as a whole, including the slaves. This is, of course, the standard rhetoric of an oppressive society. Blacks know better. They know that whites have only one purpose: the destruction of everything which is not white.”

“With the assurance that God is on our side, we can begin to make ready for the inevitable-the decisive encounter between black and white existence. White appeals to “wait and talk it over” are irrelevant when children are dying and men and women are being tortured. We will not let whitey cool this one with his pious love ethic but will seek to enhance our hostility, bringing it to its full manifestation. Black survival is at stake here, and we blacks must define and assert the conditions necessary for our being-in-the­-world. Only we can decide how much we can endure from white racists. And as we make our decision in the midst of life and death, being and nonbeing, the role of black theology is to articulate this decision by pointing to the revelation of God in the black liberation struggle.”

“Black thinkers are in a different position. They cannot be black and identified with the powers that be. To be black is to be committed to destroying everything this country loves and adores. Creativity and passion are possible when one stands where the black person stands, the one who has visions of the future because the present is unbearable. And the black person will cling to that future as a means of passionately rejecting the present. The black experience is the feeling one has when attacking the enemy of black humanity by throwing a Molotov cocktail into a white-owned building and watching it go up in flames. We know, of course, that getting rid of evil takes something more than burning down buildings, but one must start somewhere.”
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Obama wrote this often misquoted passage in his book:
“In the wake of 9/11, my meetings with Arab and Pakistani Americans, for example, have a more urgent quality, for the stories of detentions and FBI questioning and hard stares from neighbors have shaken their sense of security and belonging. They have been reminded that the history of immigration in this country has a dark underbelly; they need specific assurances that their citizenship really means something, that America has learned the right lessons from the Japanese internments during World War II, and that I will stand with them should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.” The quote comes from page 261 of the paperback edition of “The Audacity of Hope.”

Is a picture of our President starting to emerge? Can you name President Obama’s close friends beyond Valarie Jarrett, Al Sharpton, Eric Holder, a host of Hollywood celebrities and the liberal media?

As President Obama travels around the world bowing to Muslims and criticizing the United States, our Military and our Police, he makes life much more difficult for our police, our military and our allies, especially Israel.

Many veterans will be astonished by this figure from House Report 113-113 – DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS BILL, 2014. The total number of U.S. Military active duty men and women at the end of FY 2014 (September 30, 2014) was 1,401,560. That number is smaller than the population of San Antonio, Texas. Our Marine Corps is down to 197,300 from 309,771 in 1969. Our Air Force is down to 329,460 from 905,000 in 1968. Our Navy is down to 322,700 from 691,126 in 1969.

During WWII the Army strength was 8,266,373 including the Air Corps, the Navy had 3,319,586 military personnel and the Marines numbered 469,925 bringing the total active duty military strength to 12,055,884.

The terrorist threat is not like the Axis Powers of WWII but in many ways, ISIS is a superior threat to our homeland. Although many of you think you are getting REAL news from the Liberal Alphabet channels, you are sadly mistaken. You are mostly getting recipes for gingerbread cookies and meaningless chitchat. There are a million distractions in your life to funnel your attention away from what is important. Jesus said, “Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap. For it will come on all those who live on the face of the whole earth. Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.” Are you too busy to watch and pray?

For the first time in 2,000 years there is not a single Christian in Mosul. You might look up from your latte and ask, “Where is Mosul?” It’s just the second largest city in Iraq and the capital of the Nineveh Province in northern Iraq. Mosul exists on both sides of the Tigris River along with the ancient Assyrian city of Nineveh. The city is the historic center of the Church of the East. Christianity spread from Mosul as the church became the world’s largest Christian church in terms of geographical extent. The Church of the East had dioceses stretching from the Mediterranean to China and India. The tombs of several Old Testament prophets including Jonah are located in Mosul.

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THE TOMB OF JONAH, SACRED TO CHRISTIANS, JEWS AND MUSLIMS, BEFORE AND AFTER BEING DESTROYED BY ISIS.

Today things have changed in Mosul, Christian husbands have been brutally murdered and their wives have been sold into slavery while their children have been beheaded and their heads displayed on spikes in city parks. This is not Apartheid, it is genocide. This is not hungry children; it is horrifically tortured and murdered innocent Christian Children. Is it still legal to say the word “Christian” in America or is it banned? ISIS has been busy killing while Obama has been busy golfing.

Jordan is overrun with refugees fleeing the horror but Jordan will likely be overrun by ISIS too. If you think Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood in Gaza according to their charter, is a problem, wait until they are joined by ISIS.

One of Barack Obama’s first actions as President in 2009 was to release Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi from a U.S. detention camp. Today Abu is the leader of ISIS and the true heir to the throne of Osama bin Laden. Do you remember what Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi said when he was released? The ISIS leader said, “I’ll see you guys in New York.” Do you remember what Obama and Biden bragged over and over again? “Osama is dead and General Motors is alive.” Really? Of all the GM cars sold in the U.S., 70% are made overseas. Now that GM is run by the unions GM recognizes that they can’t compete as long as the actual cost of union labor is $70 an hour and GM is strapped with tons of regulations and taxes that overseas competitors don’t have.

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CAMP BUCCA

When Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was in U.S. custody at Camp Bucca, he concealed his true nature. That chilling parting statement upon his release could become a battle cry for ISIS. There have been repeated threats about targeting various cities and bridges in America and how can we doubt these will come true? Americans are flocking to join ISIS and I fear that not all are headed to the Middle East. In addition, is it possible that members of ISIS and their sympathizers have been unable to locate the well worn path leading to and from the hole in the fence? At least 20 million illegal aliens found that hole.

On the rare occasions when ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is seen in public, his entourage is somewhere between that of a president and a mobster. Before al-Baghdadi appears in a Mosque, armed guards close the whole area. The women are sent upstairs to the women’s section to pray. Everyone is warned not to take photos or videos. It is a tense nerve-racking atmosphere.

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When Baghdadi finally shows up wearing black from head to toe, the guards start shouting, “Allah akbar! Allah akbar!” Then everybody is forced to swear allegiance to Baghdadi. Even after Baghdadi leaves, no one is allowed to leave the mosque for another 30 minutes. He has the working mentality of a Mafioso and expects his soldiers to be highly disciplined. He is known to be very organized and a proficient war planner.

Acquaintances of the mastermind behind ISIS, who now controls a self-proclaimed caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria, say he grew up studious, pious and calm. He was introverted, without many friends and was always known for being so quiet you could hardly hear his voice.

Al-Baghdadi’s family was not wealthy, but two of his uncles worked for Saddam Hussein’s security forces. This meant they would have had some status and connections which would have inspired a certain reverence or fear in the community.

Following his release from Camp Bucca, Baghdadi resumed his militant activities. While in prison an umbrella group of terrorist factions, including Al-Qaeda, had formed the Islamic State in Iraq, which al-Baghdadi joined. He was appointed the organization’s leader in May 2010. From the beginning, the Islamic State in Iraq had vast ambitions and a different agenda from Al-Qaeda even causing it to dump the Al-Qaeda flag.

Al-Monitor dates the split from the group’s gradual disengagement from Al-Qaeda leaders in Afghanistan and its search for separate funding sources. “Then, in mid-2013, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi announced the establishment of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham now commonly known as ISIS and rebelled against the orders of Ayman al-Zawahri, the leader of the international Al-Qaeda organization. Al-Zawahri wanted ISIS to be only active in Iraq and have Jabhat al-Nusra be Al-Qaeda’s representative in Syria.” Al-Monitor, the pulse of the Middle East, would not be a good source for Americans to read to learn about interesting recipes and watch viral videos of siblings rubbing whipped cream on each other’s faces. Here is a recent Al-Monitor headline: “Islamic State Reaps Profits from Organ Trafficking.” I’m thinking there is too much going on in America for Wolf Blitzer, Scott Pelley, Anderson Cooper, Brian Williams, Diane Sawyer, Ann Curry, Rachel Maddow, Andrea Mitchell or Chris Matthews to notice what is taking place in the world?

One ISIS defector said he was with Baghdadi at the tense time of the break with al-Nusra, the Al-Qaeda affiliate working inside Syria. He recalls the paranoia and mistrust in those meetings, held somewhere in the nebulous border area of Syria and Turkey. Baghdadi met with men in a separate room in a trailer near the Turkish border and would only introduce himself to top-level commanders. The minor ones, he did not introduce himself to. No one was sure which person in the room was really Baghdadi, he liked to keep people confused and off balance. Contrast that with President Obama who publicly announces firm dates for troop withdrawals. The administration does not bat an eye as they reveal their much-cherished secrets to make their man look good, heroic, decisive and strong. The leak that displayed all these attributes was the one that said the president personally approves the assassinations of terrorists abroad. He gives his okay, and the bad guys (some U.S. citizens) are dispatched via missiles from drones. At the same time, the Democrats gnash their teeth over waterbording terrorists at Gitmo, an advanced interrogation technique likely even demonstrated on our own troops during survival training.

All administrations leak what they want when they want. Occasionally, some patriot screams something about national security and the Constitution, but the republic somehow survives and the secret is usually only a secret to the American people, not to the enemy. This was undoubtedly the case when it was disclosed that a computer worm was released to wreak havoc with the Iranian nuclear program. The Iranians were not playing golf and were on to it quickly.

Once upon a time, the buck stopped at the desk of the President. For the longest time, a polite fiction distanced the president from what, after all, is murder, and it helped somewhat in protecting him. Deniability is always a fiction, but it provides some space between the president and his orders, and does not plaster the presidential face on an act of extreme — and possibly illegal — violence. With NSA, CIA, DIA, AFISRA, MI, MCIA, ONI, NCIS, OICI, I&A, CGI, FBI, INR, TFI and DEA/ONSI employing hundreds of thousands of intelligence personnel, is it a little ridiculous for the President to claim he learns information from the local news? Sadly, millions of Americans believe that lie thinking they are as informed as the President. I just checked a big story on the TODAY SHOW, it is: “Obama in a tiara! President dons a crown for photo with Girl Scouts.” Maybe most Americans simply don’t care. Perhaps this quote from Martin Niemöller, a popular Protestant Minister who opposed the Nazis, applies:

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
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As ISIS gains more credibility and support, President Obama keeps reiterating that, “We will not be sending U.S. troops back into combat in Iraq.” Can you imagine Dwight Eisenhower giving comfort to the enemy by disclosing strategic information as important as whether or not the U.S. would employ ground troops? During WWII the U.S. even had phantom Divisions to fool the enemy. At one point the U.S. tried to make the Germans think General Patton was leading a large Division that did not exist. Are the token Generals loyal to Obama the only Generals left in command? The Keystone Kops could do a better job of defending America!

The top priority of the Obama Administration is not defending America, it is taking legal guns away from law abiding citizens and granting amnesty to untold millions of illegal aliens from as far away as Yemen, Somalia and North Korea. He also seems intent on bankrupting our country and destroying our healthcare system.

Thank you for stopping by, I covet your comments.


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