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Learn what America is up Against before it’s too Late

September 25, 2016

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So many things in America are not what they seem to be. Take the Ford Foundation for example:

The Ford Foundation was originally funded by bequests of Ford Motor Company stock from the estates of Henry and Edsel Ford. While the foundation is noted worldwide for its philanthropy, behind the scenes the Ford Foundation is funding a left-wing agenda that undermines the free enterprise system that makes the foundation possible.

Henry Ford’s grandson, Henry Ford II, wrote that the Ford Foundation: “exists and thrives on the fruits of our economic system. The dividends of competitive enterprise make it all possible. A significant portion of all abundance created by U.S. business enables the foundation and like institutions to carry on their work. In effect, the foundation is a creature of capitalism.”

Although Henry Ford II viewed the organization as a “creature of capitalism,” the Ford Foundation has significantly strayed from its free market roots.

Today’s Ford Foundation contributes to organizations promoting communist ideals, big-government environmental groups, and other left-wing organizations that promote an agenda that principally opposes capitalism.

In 2011 and 2012, the Ford Foundation donated over $1 million each year to a radical organization called “Latino Justice PDLDEF.” While Latino Justice claims to be “committed to justice and leadership,” it seems to have a skewed definition of what “justice” means.

For instance, Latino Justice called for the immediate release of convicted terrorist Oscar Lopez. The organization heaps praise upon the incarcerated criminal by referring to him as “the Puerto Rican nation’s shining star,” and a “political prisoner.” Here are some facts about the “shining star” that Latino Justice would like to release back onto the streets:

★In 1972, Oscar Lopez became one of the leaders of the FALN, a Puerto Rican terrorist group.
★In 1975, the FALN bombed the historic Fraunces Taven in Manhattan. The attack killed 4 and injured 60.
★In the course of 9 years, the FALN would set off nearly 140 bombs.
In 1981, Oscar Lopez was arrested and convicted for conspiring to overthrow the U.S. government.
★Oscar Lopez received additional time behind bars after he attempted to break out of prison twice.
★Described as an “unrepentant terrorist.” Lopez once told the Associated Press, “The whole thing of contrition, atonement, I have problems with that.”

Oscar Lopez was arrested for his role in numerous FALN attacks. The following day, “FBI agents discovered bomb-making material” in an apartment rented by Lopez. Oscar Lopez was charged with weapons violations, conspiracy to transport explosives, and “seditious conspiracy.” The U.S. Code defines seditious conspiracy as conspiring, “to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States.”

Upon conviction, Lopez declared, “I am an enemy of the United States government” and was sentenced to 55 years in prison. His sentence was later lengthened after he attempted to escape from prison on two separate occasions (the second attempt included plans for violence).

Despite the fact that Oscar Lopez has been described as an “unrepentant terrorist,” Latino Justice PDLDEF launched an internet campaign in January of 2015 calling for his immediate release.

Using the twitter hashtags #FreeOscarLopez and #Gift4Oscar, the group asked its followers to tweet President Obama demanding that he pardon this convicted terrorist.

With generous support from groups like the Ford Foundation, Latino Justice has the financial resources to promote its extreme agenda to the public.

Between 2009 and 2012 the Ford Foundation donated a total of $1 million to the “Labor Community Strategy Center.” This organization openly promotes the communist ideology, as well as a radical green agenda.

The Labor Community Strategy Center laments the downfall of the Soviet Union. According to its website, “When we founded the Labor/Community Strategy Center in 1989 it was a dark time in world history. The fall of the Soviet Union and the immediate fall of the entire Soviet bloc led to a period of grotesque capitalist triumphalism.”

The organization promises that it, “would never join the camp of recantation, anti-communism, or the destruction of the historical memory of the great revolutionary upsurges.” The group sees itself as part of a revolutionary movement that is fighting against, “forces of capitalist production, consumption, and contempt for nature and humanity.”

The Labor Community Strategy Center also recruits applicants for a “National School for Strategic Organizing.” This school promises to educate students on how to build, “a militant civil rights and environmental justice movement of the masses.”

In its “transformative organizing” workshop, the school informs potential students that they should work to achieve “radical social change through the strategy of building an international united front to challenge the U.S. Empire.”

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Despite the fact that capitalism empowered Henry Ford to establish the Ford Motor Company, the Ford Foundation has no qualms about funding an organization that actively promotes the destruction of free markets.

The Ford Foundation even funds environmental groups that work to ban automobiles! Ironically enough, the Ford Foundation gave the Labor Community Strategy Center $1 million over a span of four years even though the organization wants to ban automobiles.

One of the Labor Community Strategy Center’s main campaigns calls for “No Cars in L.A.” According to its website, “we demand the radical restriction in auto use now. Reverse the MTA fare increases, free student pass, free public transportation, 5,000 zero emission buses, a moratorium on rail and highway expansion, auto free zones, auto free freeways, auto free days, bus only lanes all over L.A.”

And the Labor Community Strategy Center doesn’t want the fight to end there. The Center encourages us to, “envision moving towards a 90% reduction in U.S. greenhouse gases by virtually eliminating the auto(mobile) and replacing it with a nationwide system of public transit” instead.

The center refers to its campaign as “taking on car supremacy” in the name of “climate justice.”

Ford Foundation Board Member Martin Eakes has been accused of playing a significant role in the ’08 financial crisis. Martin Eakes is the CEO of the Center for Responsible Lending, which describes itself as a “nonprofit, nonpartisan research and policy organization” working to eliminate predatory lending practices. But CRL’s relationships with its credit union and lending affiliates—as well as several of its donors with vested interests in the financial industry—paint a much different picture.

The Center for Responsible Lending was founded by billionaires Herb and Marion Sandler. According to the NY Times, “The center was the successor to a smaller organization (Self-Help) in North Carolina” led by Martin Eakes. The Sandler’s approached Martin Eakes and asked him if he would like to turn Self-Help into a national organization, and the Center for Responsible Lending was born.

Herb and Marion Sandler are credited with inventing “Pick-A-Pay Loans,” which “allowed homeowners to make monthly mortgage payments that were so small they did not cover their interest charges. That meant the total principal owed would actually grow over time, not shrink as is normally the case.”

Martin Eakes’ company, “Self-Help,” worked to find a market for the Sandler’s risky mortgages. The company bragged that it had, “facilitated the extension of more than $3.6 billion in financing for home mortgages and loans.” Its generous donors included “The Ford Foundation” as part of their effort to “provide a staggering $50 million to subsidize minority and low-income mortgages.”

The Sandlers have since become two of the most vilified faces of the financial crisis due to the fact that they marketed, “risky loans at the height of the housing bubble.” Housing lawyer William Purdy told the New York Times that Pick-A-Pay “is the most destructive financial weapon ever deployed against the American middle class.”

Prior to the collapse of the housing bubble, the Sandler’s sold their bank (along with subprime mortgage portfolio) to Wachovia. According to the New York Times, “Wachovia was projecting $26.1 billion of losses” on their Sandler loan portfolio prior to being sold to Wells Fargo. Wells Fargo, “expects losses of $36 billion on the loans unless efforts to stem foreclosures help rescue part of the portfolio. The losses caused analysts and others to reassess the Sandlers’ legacy.”

In October 2008, “Saturday Night Live” parodied the Sandlers in a skit about the financial crisis. Their characters appeared in a mock congressional hearing, with the caption, “People Who Should Be Shot.” SNL and parent company NBC removed the skit from the Internet and reruns after the Sandlers protested loudly for censorship.

The Ford Foundation continues to allow Martin Eakes to sit on their Board of Directors despite his dubious involvement in the subprime mortgage crisis.

In 2013, the Ford Foundation spent over $140 million on operating and administrative costs alone. As Inside Philanthropy pointed out, “A philanthropic entity dedicated in large part to helping the world’s downtrodden is spending $100 million a year on people who are not among the downtrodden. Anyone have a problem with that?”

While the Ford Foundation purports to help the world’s poor, they are paying enormous overhead costs for expenses including, but not limited to, its posh midtown Manhattan office. The office is so extravagant that it even includes a massive indoor garden complete with numerous terraces, granite steps, and a pool of water.

Former president of the Ford Foundation Luis Ubinas, was raking in $2 million in total compensation before he left. Additionally, two ex-Vice Presidents of the Ford Foundation were each “pulling in over a half million dollars in compensation in 2013.” Must be easy to dedicate your life to “charity” when you are making that kind of money. In the last 10 years, the Ford Foundation’s overhead has totaled over a billion dollars.

Ford Foundation Supported Occupy Movement
In 2012 the Ford Foundation awarded $650,000 to National People’s Action, one of the controversial organizing groups behind the Occupy Movement.

National People’s Action is led by George Goehl, a fanatical community organizer who is known for his dangerous tactics.

Under the leadership of Goehl, NPA has focused on intimidating its opponents. Goehl not only endorses these actions, but has led dangerous protests onto the doorsteps of his enemies, targeting them and their families at their own homes.

A notable example of this occurred in May 2010, when a Goehl-sactioned protest included roughly 500 NPA and Service Employees International Union (SEIU) activists who poured onto the lawn of Greg Baer, deputy general counsel for corporate law at Bank of America. The agitators marched onto his porch—waving signs and condemning him for his “greed.”

Their actions so terrified the only member of the Baer family home at the time, Baer’s teenage son, that he was forced to lock himself in a bathroom and wait for help. When Baer arrived home, he had to fight through the mob of protestors just to get inside his home and ensure his son was safe.

Baer’s neighbor, Fortune Magazine writer Nina Easton, reported that the assault on Baer was only one of the group’s targets for the day; Goehl and the rest of the activists then packed into 14 school buses and moved on to repeat their tactics at the home of JP Morgan executive Peter Scher.

POSTED ON AUGUST 15, 2016 BY PAUL MIRENGOFF IN BLACK LIVES MATTER, LEFTISM:

“FORD FOUNDATION WILL FUND BLACK LIVES MATTER BIG TIME”

Ellen McGirt at Fortune Magazine reports that the Black Lives Matter movement will receive millions of dollars in funding from the Ford Foundation. The Foundation states, By partnering with Borealis Philanthropy, Movement Strategy Center, and Benedict Consulting to found the Black-Led Movement Fund, Ford has made six-year investments in the organizations and networks that compose the Movement for Black Lives…

As we continue to engage with and learn from the movement, we’re eager to deepen and expand this community of social justice funders. We want to nurture bold experiments and help the movement build the solid infrastructure that will enable it to flourish. As we do so, we believe it’s essential that our funding not dictate or distort the work underway.

How much money will the Ford Foundation and its partners funnel to BLM? According to Edmund Kozak at PoliZette, the above-mentioned Borealis Philanthropy says the goal is to “bring $100 million in new resources to the Movement for Black Lives.” Without distorting BLM’s work, of course.

No one should be surprised that the Ford Foundation will fund BLM. It is a thoroughly leftist operation and has been for decades.

Black Lives Matter has taken the place of Occupy Wall Street as the vanguard of a concerted, lawless, and if necessary violent push for the radical transformation of America — “total social upheaval” and “systemic change,” as BLM activists put it. The movement is, as several of its founders have said, the vessel through which all progressive causes can flow. And it is a far more serviceable vessel than Occupy Wall Street.

As you can see, powerful forces are on-board the Hillary Train bound for destruction of America as we know it. BLM will most certainly flex their muscles between now and the election because Trump will not be kind to lawless anarchy. Hillary has no need to fund-raise because money is pouring in from everywhere. She does it because she hates to associate with regular deplorable citizens.

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WHY DOES AMERICA HAVE ARMED FORCES?

September 15, 2016

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While many Americans are weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, just as Jesus said, can you pause for a moment to learn how Obama and Hillary have reshaped what is left of our Armed Forces?

Let’s take the United States Army under these Democrats. Eric Kenneth Fanning is the Secretary of the Army. He is the man in charge of the Department of the Army! His leadership team consists of his Under Secretary of the Army and two military officers of four-star rank, the Chief of Staff of the Army and the Vice Chief of Staff of the Army. The Secretary of the Army is in effect the chief executive officer of the Department of the Army, and the Chief of Staff of the Army works directly for the Secretary of the Army. The Secretary presents and justifies Army policies, plans, programs, and budgets to the Secretary of Defense, other executive branch officials, and to the Congressional Defense Committees. The Secretary also communicates Army policies, plans, programs, capabilities, and accomplishments to the public. So who is this powerful leader? What are his credentials for holding such a powerful position? Did he lead a charge up San Juan Hill or lead troops during the liberation of Kuwait?

Actually, Secretary Fanning led the San Diego Gay Pride Parade this year. He is the highest ranking openly gay member of the Department of Defense. He was a member of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund from 2004 to 2007. He favors the adoption by the U.S. military of a policy prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. He has said: “I personally like to see these things in writing and codified.” He has expressed a preference for the establishment of such a policy by the Department of Defense rather than the Obama administration. He supports allowing openly transgender persons to serve in the military as well. Basically, rather than being led into combat by a George S. Patton type, our troops are more likely to be led by a drag queen.

When the Democrats place folks, who would not be caught dead in a military uniform, in leadership positions, what effect does it have on the morale of our men and women in uniform? Here is the results of a Military Times survey of troop morale that sampled a huge number of our troops. The numbers were brutal. In response to the statement, “The senior military leadership has my best interests at heart,” only 27% agreed, down from 53% in a previous survey conducted in 2009. As for: “Overall Officers in the military are good or excellent,” only 49% agreed, down from 78% in the 2009 survey. Agreement with: “Overall my quality of life is good or excellent,” dropped from 91% agreement in 2009 to 56% in 2014 and President Obama’s personal approval rating was an eye-catching 15%. Do you care what our young men and women have to endure to defend America? Does Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama care? I damn well care!!!!!!

By anyone’s standard, these numbers should have constituted an alarm for senior defense policymakers, suggesting that whatever they were doing, they should probably try the opposite. So it was disheartening to many people and even a little stunning to see the news that the president was nominating Eric Fanning, a Washington insider and defense bureaucrat who never spent a single day in uniform, to be the next secretary of the Army.

Since Ash Carter’s appointment as secretary of Defense, members of the United States Army have had a civilian chain of command from McHugh through the president composed entirely of men who have never put on a uniform for their country. Hagel, Panetta, and Gates had all served.

Ask McHugh or Fanning or any of these men about the value that veterans bring to American society, and you are sure to get an earful about the need for American industry to recognize the unique talents of those who have served; to hire and promote them for the greater good. But at the Pentagon, bizarrely, this does not appear to extend anymore to those positions with overall responsibility for the state of the services. One exception among the current service secretaries is Ray Mabus, Secretary of the Navy, who served briefly in the Navy as a young man and has not exactly covered himself in glory as a result.

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has raised a few eyebrows with some of the names he has picked for naval ships.

Why, critics questioned, would he name a ship in honor of the late gay rights leader Harvey Milk or after former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords when there are plenty of military heroes to choose from?

Mabus has said he is honoring people who have shown heroism, just as past Navy Secretaries have done. He said he believes that by looking outside the military, at times, for heroes, he can help connect people with the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. When you think about heroes to name Battle Ships after, does Milk and Giffords come to mind?

Mabus is officially announcing five new ship names on visits to Mississippi and Massachusetts beginning Saturday. Among the group, a replenishment oiler will bear the name of abolitionist Sojourner Truth.

“I have named ships after presidents. I have named ships after members of Congress who have been forceful advocates for the Navy and Marine Corps,” Mabus said in a recent interview. “But I think you have to represent all the values that we hold as Americans, that we hold as a country. And so that’s why I’ve named ships the Medgar Evers, Cesar Chavez, John Lewis and Harvey Milk. Because these are American heroes too, just in a different arena.”

Republican U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, of California, objects to Mabus naming ships after Milk, farm labor leader Chavez and others. He wants ships to be named after service members honored for valor to inspire their crews.

Evers and Lewis were civil rights activists. Lewis is now a Georgia congressman. A measure stalled recently in the House that would have prevented the Navy from naming ships after lawmakers who haven’t served in the military or as President.

Retired Vice Adm. Doug Crowder questions naming a ship after Giffords, who survived after being shot during a constituent meeting. It’s the secretary’s right to name ships, and previous Secretaries have made political decisions, but there’s an inherent risk in making a string of political statements, said Crowder, who served as a deputy chief of naval operations before retiring in 2010.

“It just doesn’t help at all for what the basic sailor or officer thinks of his chain of command, up to the Secretary of the Navy,” he said. “Is it catastrophic? No. But that’s the risk you run.”

Crowder said he doesn’t think a ship should be named after Peyton Manning, either, “to take it to the ridiculous end state to make a point.”

It’s also up to the navy secretary to choose sponsors to christen the vessels and Mabus is willing to break with the tradition of having female sponsors.

Mabus said he asked the male spouse of a female naval officer to sponsor a ship but was turned down.

Facebook’s chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, and the women who integrated Little Rock’s Central High School in Arkansas in 1957 are sponsoring submarines. Transgender Navy veteran Paula Neira and Sen. Dianne Feinstein are sponsoring Milk’s ship.

So far, no ship has been named for Bowe Bergdahl, Nadal Hasan or Colin Kaepernick.

If you have ANY respect whatsoever for our Armed Forces Personnel and our Veterans, you will vote for politicians who will redirect the focus of our military from social experimentation to National Defense and Security, period!

The Hero was Too Young

September 13, 2016

 

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★★Long struggles for our veterans are not hard to find. Here is the story of a 12 year old boy who joined the U.S. Navy after the Pearl Harbor attack.

Calvin Leon Graham (April 3, 1930 – November 6, 1992) was the youngest U.S. serviceman to serve and fight during World War II. Graham was born in Canton, Texas and was attending elementary school in Houston before he decided to join the Navy, after his father had died and his mother had remarried. He enlisted in the Navy on August 15, 1942 and was sent to boot camp in San Diego, California for six weeks, and afterwards was sent to Pearl Harbor at Oahu, Hawaii where he was assigned to the USS South Dakota in September.

The South Dakota left Pearl harbor on October 16. On October 26, 1942, he participated in the Battle of Santa Cruz. The South Dakota and her crew received a Navy Unit Commendation for the action. On the night of November 14–15, 1942, Graham was wounded during the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal, he served as a loader for a 40 mm anti-aircraft gun and was hit by shrapnel while taking a hand message to an officer. Though he received fragmentation wounds, he helped in rescue duty by aiding and pulling the wounded aboard ship to safety. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart Medal, and he and his crewmates were awarded another Navy Unit Commendation.

The South Dakota returned to the east coast on December 18, 1942 for an overhaul and battle damage repairs after taking 42 hits from at least 3 enemy ships. Graham’s mother revealed his age after he attended his grandmother’s funeral in Texas without permission from the Navy, for which afterwards he spent three months in a brig in Texas He was not released until after his sister threatened to contact the newspapers. Although he had tried to return to his ship, he was released from the Navy on April 1, 1943, without any awards or benefits. The South Dakota’s gunnery officer, who was involved in handling his case, was Sargent Shriver.

He then worked in a defense plant as a welder instead of going back to school. Graham joined the United States Marine Corps in 1948 at age 17, but his enlistment in the Marines also ended early when he fell from a pier and broke his back in 1951. Although serving in the Marine Corps qualified him as a veteran, he would spend the rest of his life fighting for full medical benefits and clearing his military service record.

In 1978, some 27 years later, he was finally given an honorable discharge for his service in the Navy, and after writing to Congress and with the approval of President Jimmy Carter, all medals except his Purple Heart Medal were reinstated. His story came to public attention in 1988, when his story was told in the TV movie, Too Young the Hero. He was played by Rick Schroder.

In 1988, 37 years after his injuries, he received disability benefits and back pay for his service in the Navy after President Ronald Reagan signed legislation that granted Graham full disability benefits, increased his back pay to $4917 and allowed him $18,000 for past medical bills, contingent on receipts for the medical services. By this time, some of the doctors who treated him had died and many medical bills were lost. He received only $2,100 of the possible $18,000. While the money for the rights to his story for the movie, Too Young The Hero amounted to $50,000, 50% went to two agents and 20% went to a writer of an unpublished book about Graham. He and his wife received just $15,000 before taxes.

His Purple Heart Medal was finally reinstated, and presented to his widow, Mary, on June 21, 1994, by Secretary of the Navy John Dalton in Arlington, Texas, nearly two years after his death from heart failure. He was buried at Laurel Land Memorial Park in Fort Worth, Texas.

If Calvin had not become somewhat famous, he would have been just another totally forgotten Veteran from a long forgotten war. Hundreds of thousands of Veterans have been waiting for years for the VA to rule on their combat disability claims. I know because I am one of them who has waited about 7 years. Some call us the Deplorables but the government and the VA pretend we don’t even exist.

It is more advantages to the government to strip our dignity, our benefits, our military decorations and our honor. Calvin’s Purple Heart Decoration came through 52 years after he was wounded. If the government could have reapproved the medal in 50 years, at least Calvin would have known about it.

Of course, he was eager to serve his country and was under the legal age during his first tour but he would have been treated much better if he had only been an illegal alien from Iran who crawled through the hole in the fence. I have been fighting for Veterans for decades and I will tell you a secret; it is an uphill battle!