For those of you who are on Medicare,
read the article below.
It is about the
monthly amount of money you are going to pay into
Medicare in 2011, 2012 and the huge increase you will pay in
2013. It's a short important article: You will pay it.
Congress will not allow an increase in the social security COLA
of living adjustment).However,
the per person monthly Medicare insurance premium
will be increased from the 2009 premium of $96.40 to $104.20 in
2010, $120.20 for the year 2011 AND Yearly increases to a
wonderful $247.00 in 2014. Thank You Obamacare!
Congress also gave themselves a $3,000 a month
Cost of Living Adjustment!
Send this to all seniors that you know.
REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER 2012
Politicians out to SCREW Gi's Again
Write your local snake Politician
Reprinted From the American Legion magazine February 2011
Debt panels target military retirees
Two separate blue-ribbon panels created to
find ways to curb the federal government's enormous
and rising debt have targeted TRICARE beneficiaries for higher fees and future military retirees for
The same panels propose no specific
cuts to VA benefits or services. However, they do recommend
replacing the current index for calculating annual cost-of-living adjustments
(COLAs) to dampen growth
in entitlements, including veterans disability compensation,
federal retirement and Social Security.
The National Commission
on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, co-chaired by former Republican Sen. Alan Simp-son and Erskine
chief of staff to President Clinton, released its final
report in December. It
proposes dramatic cuts across government, including Social Security and Medicare
for current workers and even
to defense programs. It also calls for a variety of higher taxes and an end to
some prized tax deductions.
Military retirees 65 and older who use
TRICARE For Life (TFL) as a kind of golden insurance
supplement to Medicare would face higher out-of-pocket
To encourage the elderly to use health care
efficiently, the commission says TFL and other Medigap plans should be barred from covering
first $500 of costs not paid by Medicare and should cover only half of the next $5,000. So
TFL users and other elderly Americans using Medicare could
pay up to $3,000 more annually. This idea is projected to
save $4 billion for Medicare and
TRICARE through 2015.
The Simpson-Bowles panel wants a task force created to re-evaluate federal
retirement plans, which it says are out of line with private-sector
pensions. The goal is to cut $70 billion over 10 years. The
commission also says a separate process should be set up to
control federal health-care spending, including by TRICARE
In November, the Debt Reduction Task Force,
co-chaired by former Republican Sen. Pete Domenici and
economist Alice Rivlin, brought out
another package of federal cost-cutting recommendations. It calls for a freeze on total domestic
discretionary spending, which would almost certainly dampen
new initiatives to help veterans,
and curb growth in the VA budget.
The Domenici-Rivlin plan also recommends cutting
military retirement for servicemembers, including those
fighting overseas, who
haven't served more than
15 years. More would qualify for some retirement annuities,
but at 60, if they serve at least 10 years. Completion of the traditional 20-year career
would no longer trigger an immediate annuity. Instead, retired pay would begin at 57.
Though not recommending specific cuts to VA health care, the report says the cost
has climbed 71 percent in the past five years. This "must be
slowed, or other domestic programs will have to be cut."
One proposal found in both reports is a change
to the method of setting COLAs for Social Security, federal retirement benefits, veterans
compensation and more. Critics say federal entitlements
be adjusted annually, using a consumer price index that more closely tracks how consumers
actually spend their dollars and, on average, would hold down adjustments to federal entitlements by about a
quarter-percent point per year. Opponents say a
chained-index CPI unfairly takes advantage of how rising
prices change consumer behavior, and therefore does not
fully protect consumers, and federal benefit programs,
As a new, more conservative Congress convenes, it is uncertain how aggressive
lawmakers will be in adopting any of these ideas for
Tom Philpott, a former Coast Guardsman, has
written about veterans and military personnel issues for more than 30 years.
While defending his own policies President Obama has
routinely been rude and sarcastic to his
predecessor, George W. Bush. Yet Obama appears to be
making the resident of the previous White House look
like a genius compared to his own serious missteps
Case in point – Interior Secretary Ken Salazar's
performance and the communication of priorities on
the issue of oil rig safety in the Gulf of Mexico.
It seems incomprehensible that the president and
other members of the administration still have jobs
when it is now being reported that the federal
government was apprised by BP on February 13 that
the Deepwater Horizon oil rig was leaking oil and
natural gas into the ocean floor.
In fact, according to documents in the
administration's possession, BP was fighting large
cracks at the base of the well for roughly ten days
in early February.
Further it seems the administration was also
informed about this development, six weeks before to
the rig's fatal explosion when an engineer from the
University of California, Berkeley, announced to the
world a near miss of an explosion on the rig by
stating, "They damn near blew up the rig."
It's also now being reported that BP was asking for
the administration's help on this matter long before
the deadly accident and the now gushing well of tar.
Which leads me to some questions for the president.
If I were in front row of reporters in the White
House briefing room, here’s what I’d like to know:
1. It appears, Mr. President, that you were informed
by BP about problems on Deepwater Horizon on
February 13 and the company wanted your help. What
did you say?
2. Given this new revelation, Mr. President, how
can you can sleep at night knowing that your
inaction cost the lives of eleven men in Louisiana?
3. Did you inform the victims' families about these
facts when you invited them to the White House for
last month's photo op?
4. You've said, Mr. President, time and again, that
the buck stops with you. Doesn’t that statement seem
like something bordering on propaganda when you
follow it up with what appears to be a false sense
of outrage by telling Matt Lauer that you're looking
for rear ends to kick?
5. Does the buck stop with you… or not?
6. Are you going to insist that Mr. Salazar step
down from his post in disgrace and shame?
7. Will you hold another prime time television press
conference and tell the entire truth to the American
people? -- These would be the actions of a man who
says that the buck "stops" with him.
8. I know when this news was breaking midday on
Saturday about the latest BP developments that you
and the Vice President were out on the golf course.
Was it 39th or 40th time you've played a round in 18
months? (Just for a point of reference President
Bush played golf 24 times in eight years.) Never
mind, your priorities are for you to decide. At
least until election night...
And now here's where I would not be able to stop
myself from saying more...
It is one thing, Mr. President, to be forced to deal
with unexpected circumstances and to have to deal
with genuinely new problems. President Bush sure had
to. He had to respond to an attack on our homeland
that took the lives of 3,000 of our fellow citizens.
But on his watch no other terrorist actions took
lives of Americans on our soil, largely due to his
steadfast leadership and willingness to accept no
excuses on the matter.
But Mr. President, you seem to have very little
leadership experience and it appears you have even
less skill. Being a good dad and nice guy who sees
the world as he wishes it to be is not exactly a
resume of exacting leadership.
Your advisers have failed you and you have failed
the American people on nearly everything we've asked
Where you go from here is really your call, but you
should consider two options if you genuinely love
the country you work for and those of us you report
First, change your tactics. Second, appear to care.
Attempt to engage and empower Americans who can and
will go solve this mess.
For the good of the nation, for your own children's
future, change your patterns or change your path...
You do remember that word don't you, Mr. President?
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It is a tremendous mistake to think that the disaster in the
Gulf of Mexico
will help convince Americans of
incompetence. Obama's true agenda is so insidious that
even his inability to handle a crisis serves his greater
strategy has a name: it is the Cloward-Piven Strategy. Named
for the two Leftist sociology professors who formulated it,
its purpose is to bring about the demise of capitalism by
overloading the system, largely by making more people
desperate and dependent on the government.
Thus, Cloward-Piven's goals are served by more and more
aliens flooding across the border and filling jails,
emergency rooms and welfare rolls. It is also served
by the mortgage crisis; in fact, Professors
Piven were the creators of ACORN (Association
of Community Organizations for Reform Now), which
helped pressure banks to implement the lending policies that
precipitated that crisis. But Cloward-Piven seeks a
crisis far wider-ranging and more encompassing than a mere
So if the oil
spill in the Gulf manages to destroy the fishing and tourist
industries in that region, shut down oil drilling, raise the
of oil and of food all over the country, and bring more and
more Americans to a financial breaking point and thus
dependent on food stamps and other government programs,
Obama and Co. will smile and nod at one another as the
Cloward-Piven strategy hums merrily along.
Anything that puts a greater strain on government services
-- and the inability of those services, through incompetence
and complex bureaucracy to actually
things - advances the goals of Cloward-Piven. The more
desperate and demoralized the
people become, and the more preoccupied we are with
simple survival, the better our new "leaders" like it, and
the closer they get to assuming total and complete control
of every aspect of our lives.
Read about the
Cloward-Piven Strategy in greater detail in an
Thinker article [below] from November 23, 2009, "Cloward-Piven
Government" by James Simpson.
that even the patently
unconstitutional laws and policies implemented by the
Obama regime are a deliberate part of the strategy, because
in addition to using financial crises to bring about the
desired changes in our way of life, it is necessary to
Constitution impotent and irrelevant.
If you think the
Gulf oil spill
spells trouble for Obama, you're just not looking at as big a
picture as he's looking at, and you just don't realize how much
trouble we're all in.
methodology is known as the Cloward-Piven Strategy, and
we can all be grateful to
Horowitz and his
the Networks for originally exposing and
explaining it to us. He describes it as:
strategy of forcing political change through
orchestrated crisis. The "Cloward-Piven
Strategy" seeks to hasten the fall of capitalism by
overloading the government bureaucracy with a flood
of impossible demands, thus pushing society into
Fox Piven were two lifelong members of
Democratic Socialists of America who taught
sociology at Columbia University (Piven later went on to
City University of New York). In a May 1966
magazine article titled "The Weight of the Poor," they
outlined their strategy, proposing to use grassroots
radical organizations to push ever more strident demands
for public services at all levels of government.
they predicted, would be "a profound
financial and political crisis" that would unleash
"powerful forces ... for major economic reform at the
implemented the strategy by creating a succession of
radical organizations, most notable among them the
Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now
(ACORN), with the help of veteran organizer
Rathke. Their crowning achievement was the "Motor
Voter" act, signed into law by
Clinton in 1993 with Cloward and Piven standing
As we now know,
ACORN was one of the chief drivers of high-risk
lending that eventually led to the
crisis. But the Motor Voter law was another component
of the strategy. It created vast vulnerabilities in our
electoral system, which ACORN then exploited.
registration scandals throughout the U.S. are
Voter law has also been used to open another
vulnerability in the system: the registration of vast
numbers of illegal aliens, who then reliably vote
Democrat. Herein lies the real reason Democrats are so
anxious for open borders,
It should be clear to anyone with a mind and two eyes
that this president and this Congress do not have our
interests at heart. They are implementing this strategy
on an unprecedented scale by flooding America with a
tidal wave of poisonous initiatives, orders,
regulations, and laws. As
Emmanuel said, "A crisis is a terrible thing to
of "health care" legislation, the
of "cap-and-trade," and the
of the "stimulus" is to rip the guts out of our private
economy and transfer wide swaths of it over to the
government to control. Do not be deluded by the
propaganda. These initiatives are vehicles for change.
They are not goals in and of themselves except in their
ability to deliver power. They and will make matters
much worse, for that
is their design.
in addition to overwhelming the government with demands
for services, Obama and the Democrats are overwhelming
political opposition to their plans with a flood of
apocalyptic legislation. Their ultimate goal is to leave
us so discouraged, demoralized, and exhausted that we
throw our hands up in defeat.
Rangel* said, "the middle class will be too
distracted to fight."
These people are our enemies. They don't use guns, yet,
but they are just as dangerous, determined, and
duplicitous as the communists we faced in the
Cold War, Korea , Vietnam , and bush wars across the
globe, and the Nazis we faced in
It is time
we fully internalized and digested this fact, with all
its ugly ramifications. These people have violated
countless laws and could be prosecuted, had we the
political power. Not only are their policies
-- the goal being to make the Constitution irrelevant.
Their spending is off the charts and will drive us into
hyperinflation, but it could be rescinded, had we the
political power. These policies are toxic, but they
could be stopped and reversed, had we the political
power. Their ideologies are poisonous, but they could be
exposed for what they are, with long jail sentences as
an object lesson, had we the political power.
Every single citizen who cares about this country should
be spending every minute of his or her spare time
lobbying, organizing, writing, and planning. Fight every
initiative they launch. It is
destructive. If we are to root out this evil, it is
critical that in 2010 we elect competent, principled
leaders willing to defend our Constitution and our
country. Otherwise, the malevolent cabal that occupies
the government today will become too entrenched.
all bets are off.
Businessman and Examiner.com
columnist Jim Simpson is a former White House staff
economist and budget analyst. You may read more of his
articles on his blog, Truth and Consequences.
If this is true, we are losing the
battle!!! Snopes says it is true.
Well, boys and girls,
today we are letting the fox guard the hen house. The wolves will be
herding the sheep!
Obama Appoints two devout
home land security posts. Doesn't this make you feel safer already? Obama and Janet
Napolitano Appointed Arif
a devout Muslim, as Assistant Secretary for Policy Development DHS
Secretary Janet Napolitano swore-in Kareem
a devout Muslim, who was born in Damascus, Syria, as ADC National
Executive Director as a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council
Has anyone ever heard a new government official being identified as a
devout Catholic, a devout Jew or a devout Protestant...?
Devout Muslims being appointed to critical Homeland Security positions?
Doesn't this make you feel safer already??That
should make our home land much safer, huh!!
http://www.snopes.com/politics/religion/dhs.asp FYI: The
American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee The Damascus-born Kareem Shora has close ties with the
anti-Israel, Columbia University professor Rashid Khalida through the
ADC. The ADC leads the opposition to domestic anti-terrorism measures
taken after the 9/11 attacks, such as watch lists, background check
delays for visas and an initiative meant to more comprehensively screen
visitors from Mideast countries or specific individuals labeled as
possible national security threats. The ADC also has a history of
defending Hamas and Hezbollah as non-terrorist, legitimate
Should you want
to verify this, go tohttp://www.thomas.gov/,
enter "HR 3590"in the search
box and look for "CRS Summaries." This is what you'll find.
Title IX Revenue Provisions—Subtitle A:Revenue Offset"(Sec. 9002)
Requires employers to include in the W-2 form of each employeethe aggregate cost of applicable employer-sponsored group health
coveragethat is excludable
from the employee's gross income (excluding the value ofcontributions to flexible spending arrangements)."
Starting in 2011—next year—the W-2 tax form sent by your employer will
be increased to show
the value of whatever health insurance you are provided.
It doesn't matter if you're retired. Your gross income WILL go up by the
amount of insurance your
employer paid for. So you’ll be required to pay taxes on
a larger sum of money
that you actually received. Take the tax form you just finished for
2009 and see what $15,000.00 or $20,000.00 additional gross
income does to your tax debt.
That's what you'll pay next year. For many it puts you into a much higher bracket. This is how the government is going to buy
fifteen (15) percent that don't have insurance and it's only part of the
tax increases, but it's not
really a "tax increase" as such, it a redefinition of your taxable
Also, go to Kiplinger's and read about the thirteen (13) tax changes for
2010 that could affect you.
Why am I telling you this? The same reason I hope you copy and send this to every single person in your address book. People have the right to know
the truth because an election
is coming in November. So vote intelligently, based on your values. But
also adjust your tax withholding, or increase your savings, so that you
aren't surprised and put in a
jam when your federal income taxes are due on April 15, 2012.
WE'VE FIGURED HIM OUT!
By Ben Stein
Why was President Barack Obama in such a hurry to get his socialized
medicine bill passed? Because he and his cunning circle realize some
The American people in their unimaginable kindness and trust voted for a
pig in a poke in 2008.
(Pig in a poke means: an offering or deal that is foolishly accepted
without being examined first. A poke means sack.)
They wanted so much to believe Barack Obama was somehow better and
different from other ultra-leftists that they simply took him on faith.
They ignored his anti-white writings in his books.
They ignored his quiet acceptance of hysterical anti-American diatribes
by his minister, Jeremiah Wright.
They ignored his refusal to explain years at a time of his life as a
They ignored his ultra-left record as a "community organizer," Illinois
state legislator, and Senator.
The American people ignored his total zero of an academic record as a
student and teacher, his complete lack of scholarship when he was being
touted as a scholar.
Now, the American people are starting to wake up to the truth. Barack
Obama is a super likeable super leftist, and not a fan of this country.
The American people have already awakened to the truth that the stimulus
bill -- a great idea in theory -- was really an immense bribe to
Democrat interest groups, and in no way helped all Americans.
The American people already know that Mr. Obama's plan to lower health
costs while expanding coverage and bureaucracy is a myth, a promise of
something that never was and never can be --
"a bureaucracy lowering costs in a free society." Either the costs go up
or the free society goes away... an historical truth.
These are perilous times. Mrs. Hillary Clinton, our Secretary of State,
has given Iran the go-ahead to have nuclear weapons, an unqualified
betrayal of the nation. Now, we face a devastating loss of freedom at
home in health care. It will be joined by controls on our lives to
"protect us" from global warming, itself largely a fraud, if believed to
be caused by man. She has also signed on to a Small Firearms Treaty at
the U.N. This is a back door gun control move. This is approved by the
Senate and a 2nd Amendment majority doesn't exist in the Senate now. It
will supersede all U.S. Law and the 2nd Amendment. All citizen
possession will be eliminated through confiscation. Just Like Great
Britain and Australia.
Mr. Obama knows Americans are getting wise and will stop him if he
delays at all in taking away our freedoms. There is his urgency and our
opportunity. Once freedom is lost, America is lost. Wake up, beloved
Ben Stein is a writer, economist, and lawyer living in Beverly Hills and
Malibu. He writes "Ben Stein's Diary" for every issue of The American
You must, as an American, FORWARD this, or you will wake up one morning
and your freedoms will be GONE...No longer there!
The Well from Hell
By Christian A. DeHaemer | Friday, June 18th, 2010
The Dwarves dug too greedily and too deep. You know what they awoke in
the darkness of Khazad-dum... shadow and flame.
— Saruman, The Lord of the Rings
There is something primordial about BP's quest for oil in the Gulf of
Mexico. It's an Icarus-like story of super-ambition; of reaching too
far, delving too deep.
I don't know if you've stopped to contemplate what BP was trying to
The well itself started 5,000 feet below the surface. That's the depth
of the Grand Canyon from the rim.
And then the company attempted to drill more than 30,000 feet below that
— Mt. Everest would give 972 feet to spare.
Furthermore, the company sought oil in a dangerous area of the seabed.
It was unstable and many think BP sought it out because seismic data
showed huge pools of methane gas — the very gas that blew the top off
Deepwater Horizon and killed 11 people.
More than a year ago, geologists criticized Transocean for putting their
exploratory rig directly over a massive underground reservoir of
According to the New York Times, BP's internal "documents show that in
March, after several weeks of problems on the rig, BP was struggling
with a loss of 'well control.' And as far back as 11 months ago, it was
concerned about the well casing and the blowout preventer.”
The problem is that this methane, located deep in the bowels of the
earth, is under tremendous pressure...
Some speculate as much as 100,000 psi — far too much for current
technology to contain. The shutoff vales and safety measures were built
for only 1,000 psi.
It was an accident waiting to happen... And there are many that say it
could get worse — much worse.
Geologists are pointing to other fissures and cracks that are appearing
on the ocean floor around the damaged wellhead.
According to CNN:
The University of South Florida recently discovered a second oil plume
in the northeastern Gulf. The first plume was found by Mississippi
universities in early May.
And there have been other plumes discovered by submersibles...
Some geologists say that BP's arrogance has set off a series of events
that may be irreversible. There are some that think that BP has drilled
into an deep-core oil volcano that cannot be stopped, regardless of the
horizontal drills the company claims will stop the oil plume in August.
Need the mudlogs
Geologist, Chris Landau, for instance, has called for a showing of the
mudlogs. A mudlog is a schematic cross sectional drawing of the
lithology (rock type) of the well that has been bored.
So far, no one has seen them... BP keeps them hidden.
Mr. Landau claims:
It is a dangerous game drilling into high pressure oil and gas zones
because you risk having a blowout if your mud weight is not heavy
enough. If you weight up your mud with barium sulfate to a very high
level, you risk BLOWING OUT THE FORMATION.
What does that mean? It means you crack the rock deep underground; as
the mudweight is now denser than the rock, it escapes into the rock in
the pore spaces and the fractures. The well empties of mud. If you have
not hit high pressure oil or gas at this stage, you are lucky.
But if you have, the oil and gas come flying up the well and you have a
blowout, because you have no mud in the well to suppress the oil and
gas. You shut down the well with the blowout preventer. If you do not
have a blowout preventer, you are in trouble as we have all seen and you
can only hope that the oil and gas pressure will naturally fall off with
time, otherwise you have to try and put a new blowout preventer in place
with oil and gas coming out as you work.
Obviously, the oil and gas pressure hasn't fallen off
In fact... it's increased.
The problem is that BP may not only have hit the mother of high-pressure
wells, but there is also a vast amount of methane down there that could
come exploding out like an underwater volcano.
I recently heard a recording of Richard Hoagland who was interviewed on
Coast to Coast AM.
Mr. Hoagland has suggested that there are cracks in the ocean floor, and
that pressure at the base of the wellhead is approximately 100,000 psi.
Furthermore, geologists believe there are another 4-5 cracks or fissions
in the well. Upon using a GPS and Depth finder system, experts have
discovered a large gas bubble, 15-20 miles across and tens of feet high,
under the ocean floor.
These bubbles are common. Many believe they have caused the sinking of
ships and planes in the Bermuda Triangle.
That said, a bubble this large — if able to escape from under the ocean
floor through a crack — would cause a gas explosion that Mr. Hoagland
likens to Mt. St. Helens... only under water.
The BP well is 50 miles from Louisiana. Its release would send a toxic
cloud over populated areas. The explosion would also sink any ships and
oil structures in the vicinity and create a tsunami which would head
toward Florida at 600 mph.
Now, many people have called Hoagland a fringe thinker and a conspiracy
theorist. And they may be right... But that doesn't mean he isn't on to
EPA finds high concentrations of gases in the area
The escape of other poison gases associated with an underground methane
bubble (such as hydrogen sulfide, benzene, and methylene chloride) have
Last Thursday, the EPA measured hydrogen sulfide at 1,000 parts per
billion — well above the normal 5 to 10 ppb. Some benzene levels were
measured near the Gulf of Mexico in the range of 3,000 – 4,000 ppb — up
from the normal 0-4 ppb.
More speculation of doom
The Oil Drum, an industry sheet, recently ran an article about the
sequence of events that tried to stop the oil spill.
The upshot of industry insiders was that after trying a number of ways
to close off the leak, the well was compromised, creating other leaks
due to the high pressure. BP then cut the well open and tried to capture
In other words: BP shifted from stopping the gusher to opening it up and
catching what oil it could.
The only reason sane oil men would do this is if they wanted to relieve
pressure at the leak hidden down below the seabed... And that sort of
leak — known as a “down hole” leak — is one of the most dangerous kind.
No stopping it
It means that BP can't stop if from above; it can only relieve the
So, more oil is leaking out while BP hopes it can drill new wells before
the current one completely erodes.
BP is in a race against time... It just won't admit this fact.
According to the Oil Drum:
There are abrasives still present, a swirling flow will create hot spots
of wear and this erosion is relentless and will always be present until
eventually it wears away enough material to break it's way out. It will
slowly eat the bop away especially at the now pinched off riser head and
it will flow more and more. Perhaps BP can outrun or keep up with that
out flow with various suckage methods for a period of time, but
eventually the well will win that race, just how long that race will be?
... No one really knows...
Which leads us back to Mr. Landau's point about the mudlogs and why BP
won't release them.
I don't know... Maybe I'm wearing my tinfoil hat too tight this
morning... But this stuff seems possible — if it's only a worst case
What strikes me as odd is the way the leadership of BP and the Obama
administration is acting.
BP is running around apologizing to everyone they can find. Obama says
give us $20 billion in escrow and $100 million for the people Obama put
out of work on the oil rigs due to his six month ban — and BP says,
"Sure thing mate, no problem."
And all of this in a 20-minute meeting?
I've been dealing with oil companies for a long time and it just doesn't
Contrast it, for instance, with the Exxon situation in Alaska or the
Union Carbide disaster in India.
Exxon fought tooth and nail for its shareholders; it appealed court
rulings for 19 years. Union Carbide wasn't settled for 25 years.
BP is rolling over like a simpering dog. Why?
The only reason I can think of is that the company knows — better if not
as well as the Obama administration does — that it will get worse.
I've put together a list of oil cleanup stocks for the readers of my
Crisis & Opportunity. Many are running, and one has pulled back into a
solid buy range. Three more are on my buy list.
All I know is that this spill isn't even half over.
Oil in the Gulf will lead the news-cycle for the foreseeable future.
And the companies that make products that stop, absorb, or disperse oil
have an endless supply of work.
Stanley McChrystal, Obama's top commander in
Afghanistan, has seized control of the war by
never taking his eye off the real enemy: The
wimps in the White House
Jun 22, 2010 10:00 AM EDT
Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal,
commander of NATO’s International
Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces-Afghanistan, works on board a
Lockheed C-130 Hercules aircraft
between Battlefield Circulation
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class
Jun 22, 2010 10:00 AM EDT
This article originally appeared in RS
1108/1109 from July 8-22, 2010.
I get screwed into going to this dinner?"
demands Gen. Stanley McChrystal. It's a Thursday
night in mid-April, and the commander of all
U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan is sitting
in a four-star suite at the Hôtel Westminster in
Paris. He's in France to sell his new war
strategy to our NATO allies – to keep up the
fiction, in essence, that we actually have
allies. Since McChrystal took over a year ago,
the Afghan war has become the exclusive property
of the United States. Opposition to the war has
already toppled the Dutch government, forced the
resignation of Germany's president and sparked
both Canada and the Netherlands to announce the
withdrawal of their 4,500 troops. McChrystal is
in Paris to keep the French, who have lost more
than 40 soldiers in Afghanistan, from going all
wobbly on him.
"The dinner comes with the position, sir,"
says his chief of staff, Col. Charlie Flynn.
McChrystal turns sharply in his chair.
"Hey, Charlie," he asks, "does this come with
The general stands and looks around the suite
that his traveling staff of 10 has converted
into a full-scale operations center. The tables
are crowded with silver Panasonic Toughbooks,
and blue cables crisscross the hotel's thick
carpet, hooked up to satellite dishes to provide
encrypted phone and e-mail communications.
Dressed in off-the-rack civilian casual – blue
tie, button-down shirt, dress slacks –
McChrystal is way out of his comfort zone.
Paris, as one of his advisers says, is the "most
anti-McChrystal city you can imagine." The
general hates fancy restaurants, rejecting any
place with candles on the tables as too "Gucci."
He prefers Bud Light Lime (his favorite beer) to
Bordeaux, Talladega Nights (his
favorite movie) to Jean-Luc Godard. Besides, the
public eye has never been a place where
McChrystal felt comfortable: Before President
Obama put him in charge of the war in
Afghanistan, he spent five years running the
Pentagon's most secretive black ops.
"What's the update on the Kandahar bombing?"
McChrystal asks Flynn. The city has been rocked
by two massive car bombs in the past day alone,
calling into question the general's assurances
that he can wrest it from the Taliban.
"We have two KIAs, but that hasn't been
confirmed," Flynn says.
McChrystal takes a final look around the
suite. At 55, he is gaunt and lean, not unlike
an older version of Christian Bale in Rescue
Dawn. His slate-blue eyes have the
unsettling ability to drill down when
they lock on you. If you've fucked up or
disappointed him, they can destroy your soul
without the need for him to raise his voice.
"I'd rather have my ass kicked by a roomful
of people than go out to this dinner,"
He pauses a beat.
"Unfortunately," he adds, "no one in this
room could do it."
With that, he's out the door.
"Who's he going to dinner with?" I ask one of
"Some French minister," the aide tells me.
"It's fucking gay."
The next morning, McChrystal and his team
gather to prepare for a speech he is giving at
the École Militaire, a French military academy.
The general prides himself on being sharper and
ballsier than anyone else, but his brashness
comes with a price: Although McChrystal has been
in charge of the war for only a year, in that
short time he has managed to piss off almost
everyone with a stake in the conflict. Last
fall, during the question-and-answer session
following a speech he gave in London, McChrystal
dismissed the counterterrorism strategy being
advocated by Vice President Joe Biden as
"shortsighted," saying it would lead to a state
of "Chaos-istan." The remarks earned him a
smackdown from the president himself, who
summoned the general to a terse private meeting
aboard Air Force One. The message to McChrystal
seemed clear: Shut the fuck up, and keep a
Now, flipping through printout cards of his
speech in Paris, McChrystal wonders aloud what
Biden question he might get today, and how he
should respond. "I never know what's going to
pop out until I'm up there, that's the problem,"
he says. Then, unable to help themselves, he and
his staff imagine the general dismissing the
vice president with a good one-liner.
"Are you asking about Vice President Biden?"
McChrystal says with a laugh. "Who's that?"
"Biden?" suggests a top adviser. "Did you
say: Bite Me?"
Barack Obama entered the Oval Office, he
immediately set out to deliver on his most
important campaign promise on foreign policy: to
refocus the war in Afghanistan on what led us to
invade in the first place. "I want the American
people to understand," he announced in March
2009. "We have a clear and focused goal: to
disrupt, dismantle and defeat Al Qaeda in
Pakistan and Afghanistan." He ordered another
21,000 troops to Kabul, the largest increase
since the war began in 2001. Taking the advice
of both the Pentagon and the Joint Chiefs of
Staff, he also fired Gen. David McKiernan – then
the U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan – and
replaced him with a man he didn't know and had
met only briefly: Gen. Stanley McChrystal. It
was the first time a top general had been
relieved from duty during wartime in more than
50 years, since Harry Truman fired Gen. Douglas
MacArthur at the height of the Korean War.
Even though he had voted for Obama,
McChrystal and his new commander in chief failed
from the outset to connect. The general first
encountered Obama a week after he took office,
when the president met with a dozen senior
military officials in a room at the Pentagon
known as the Tank. According to sources familiar
with the meeting, McChrystal thought Obama
looked "uncomfortable and intimidated" by the
roomful of military brass. Their first
one-on-one meeting took place in the Oval Office
four months later, after McChrystal got the
Afghanistan job, and it didn't go much better.
"It was a 10-minute photo op," says an adviser
to McChrystal. "Obama clearly didn't know
anything about him, who he was. Here's the guy
who's going to run his fucking war, but he
didn't seem very engaged. The Boss was pretty
From the start, McChrystal was determined to
place his personal stamp on Afghanistan, to use
it as a laboratory for a controversial military
strategy known as counterinsurgency. COIN, as
the theory is known, is the new gospel of the
Pentagon brass, a doctrine that attempts to
square the military's preference for high-tech
violence with the demands of fighting protracted
wars in failed states. COIN calls for sending
huge numbers of ground troops to not only
destroy the enemy, but to live among the
civilian population and slowly rebuild, or build
from scratch, another nation's government – a
process that even its staunchest advocates admit
requires years, if not decades, to achieve. The
theory essentially rebrands the military,
expanding its authority (and its funding) to
encompass the diplomatic and political sides of
warfare: Think the Green Berets as an armed
Peace Corps. In 2006, after Gen. David Petraeus
beta-tested the theory during his "surge" in
Iraq, it quickly gained a hardcore following of
think-tankers, journalists, military officers
and civilian officials. Nicknamed "COINdinistas"
for their cultish zeal, this influential cadre
believed the doctrine would be the perfect
solution for Afghanistan. All they needed was a
general with enough charisma and political savvy
to implement it.
As McChrystal leaned on Obama
to ramp up the war, he did it with the same
fearlessness he used to track down terrorists in
Iraq: Figure out how your enemy operates, be
faster and more ruthless than everybody else,
then take the fuckers out. After arriving in
Afghanistan last June, the general conducted his
own policy review, ordered up by Defense
Secretary Robert Gates. The now-infamous report
was leaked to the press, and its conclusion was
dire: If we didn't send another 40,000 troops –
swelling the number of U.S. forces in
Afghanistan by nearly half – we were in danger
of "mission failure." The White House was
furious. McChrystal, they felt, was trying to
bully Obama, opening him up to charges of being
weak on national security unless he did what the
general wanted. It was Obama versus the
Pentagon, and the Pentagon was determined to
kick the president's ass.
Official White House photo by Pete Souza
Last fall, with his top general calling for
more troops, Obama launched a three-month review
to re-evaluate the strategy in Afghanistan. "I
found that time painful," McChrystal tells me in
one of several lengthy interviews. "I was
selling an unsellable position." For the
general, it was a crash course in Beltway
politics – a battle that pitted him against
experienced Washington insiders like Vice
President Biden, who argued that a prolonged
counterinsurgency campaign in Afghanistan would
plunge America into a military quagmire without
weakening international terrorist networks. "The
entire COIN strategy is a fraud perpetuated on
the American people," says Douglas Macgregor, a
retired colonel and leading critic of
counterinsurgency who attended West Point with
McChrystal. "The idea that we are going to spend
a trillion dollars to reshape the culture of the
Islamic world is utter nonsense.
In the end, however, McChrystal got almost
exactly what he wanted. On December 1st, in a
speech at West Point, the president laid out all
the reasons why fighting the war in Afghanistan
is a bad idea: It's expensive; we're in an
economic crisis; a decade-long commitment would
sap American power; Al Qaeda has shifted its
base of operations to Pakistan. Then, without
ever using the words "victory" or "win," Obama
announced that he would send an additional
30,000 troops to Afghanistan, almost as many as
McChrystal had requested. The president had
thrown his weight, however hesitantly, behind
the counterinsurgency crowd.
Today, as McChrystal gears up for an
offensive in southern Afghanistan, the prospects
for any kind of success look bleak. In June, the
death toll for U.S. troops passed 1,000, and the
number of IEDs has doubled. Spending hundreds of
billions of dollars on the fifth-poorest country
on earth has failed to win over the civilian
population, whose attitude toward U.S. troops
ranges from intensely wary to openly hostile.
The biggest military operation of the year – a
ferocious offensive that began in February to
retake the southern town of Marja – continues to
drag on, prompting McChrystal himself to refer
to it as a "bleeding ulcer." In June,
Afghanistan officially outpaced Vietnam as the
longest war in American history – and Obama has
quietly begun to back away from the deadline he
set for withdrawing U.S. troops in July of next
year. The president finds himself stuck in
something even more insane than a quagmire: a
quagmire he knowingly walked into, even though
it's precisely the kind of gigantic,
mind-numbing, multigenerational nation-building
project he explicitly said he didn't want.
Even those who support McChrystal and his
strategy of counterinsurgency know that whatever
the general manages to accomplish in
Afghanistan, it's going to look more like
Vietnam than Desert Storm. "It's not going to
look like a win, smell like a win or taste like
a win," says Maj. Gen. Bill Mayville, who serves
as chief of operations for McChrystal. "This is
going to end in an argument."
night after his speech in Paris, McChrystal and
his staff head to Kitty O'Shea's, an Irish pub
catering to tourists, around the corner from the
hotel. His wife, Annie, has joined him for a
rare visit: Since the Iraq War began in 2003,
she has seen her husband less than 30 days a
year. Though it is his and Annie's 33rd wedding
anniversary, McChrystal has invited his inner
circle along for dinner and drinks at the "least
Gucci" place his staff could find. His wife
isn't surprised. "He once took me to a Jack in
the Box when I was dressed in formalwear," she
says with a laugh.
The general's staff is a handpicked
collection of killers, spies, geniuses,
patriots, political operators and outright
maniacs. There's a former head of British
Special Forces, two Navy Seals, an Afghan
Special Forces commando, a lawyer, two fighter
pilots and at least two dozen combat veterans
and counterinsurgency experts. They jokingly
refer to themselves as Team America, taking the
name from the South Park-esque sendup
of military cluelessness, and they pride
themselves on their can-do attitude and their
disdain for authority. After arriving in Kabul
last summer, Team America set about changing the
culture of the International Security Assistance
Force, as the NATO-led mission is known. (U.S.
soldiers had taken to deriding ISAF as short for
"I Suck at Fighting" or "In Sandals and
Flip-Flops.") McChrystal banned alcohol on base,
kicked out Burger King and other symbols of
American excess, expanded the morning briefing
to include thousands of officers and refashioned
the command center into a Situational Awareness
Room, a free-flowing information hub modeled
after Mayor Mike Bloomberg's offices in New
York. He also set a manic pace for his staff,
becoming legendary for sleeping four hours a
night, running seven miles each morning, and
eating one meal a day. (In the month I spend
around the general, I witness him eating only
once.) It's a kind of superhuman narrative that
has built up around him, a staple in almost
every media profile, as if the ability to go
without sleep and food translates into the
possibility of a man single-handedly winning the
By midnight at Kitty O'Shea's, much of Team
America is completely shitfaced. Two officers do
an Irish jig mixed with steps from a traditional
Afghan wedding dance, while McChrystal's top
advisers lock arms and sing a slurred song of
their own invention. "Afghanistan!"
they bellow. "Afghanistan!"
it their Afghanistan song.
McChrystal steps away from the circle,
observing his team. "All these men," he tells
me. "I'd die for them. And they'd die for me."
The assembled men may look and sound like a
bunch of combat veterans letting off steam, but
in fact this tight-knit group represents the
most powerful force shaping U.S. policy in
Afghanistan. While McChrystal and his men are in
indisputable command of all military aspects of
the war, there is no equivalent position on the
diplomatic or political side. Instead, an
assortment of administration players compete
over the Afghan portfolio: U.S. Ambassador Karl
Eikenberry, Special Representative to
Afghanistan Richard Holbrooke, National Security
Advisor Jim Jones and Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton, not to mention 40 or so other coalition
ambassadors and a host of talking heads who try
to insert themselves into the mess, from John
Kerry to John McCain. This diplomatic
incoherence has effectively allowed McChrystal's
team to call the shots and hampered efforts to
build a stable and credible government in
Afghanistan. "It jeopardizes the mission," says
Stephen Biddle, a senior fellow at the Council
on Foreign Relations who supports McChrystal.
"The military cannot by itself create governance
Part of the problem is structural:
The Defense Department budget exceeds $600
billion a year, while the State Department
receives only $50 billion. But part of the
problem is personal: In private, Team McChrystal
likes to talk shit about many of Obama's top
people on the diplomatic side. One aide calls
Jim Jones, a retired four-star general and
veteran of the Cold War, a "clown" who remains
"stuck in 1985." Politicians like McCain and
Kerry, says another aide, "turn up, have a
meeting with Karzai, criticize him at the
airport press conference, then get back for the
Sunday talk shows. Frankly, it's not very
helpful." Only Hillary Clinton receives good
reviews from McChrystal's inner circle. "Hillary
had Stan's back during the strategic review,"
says an adviser. "She said, 'If Stan wants it,
give him what he needs.' "
McChrystal reserves special skepticism for
Holbrooke, the official in charge of
reintegrating the Taliban. "The Boss says he's
like a wounded animal," says a member of the
general's team. "Holbrooke keeps hearing rumors
that he's going to get fired, so that makes him
dangerous. He's a brilliant guy, but he just
comes in, pulls on a lever, whatever he can
grasp onto. But this is COIN, and you can't just
have someone yanking on shit."
Michael Hastings at the ISAF base in
Photograph by Mikhail Galustov for
At one point on his trip to Paris, McChrystal
checks his BlackBerry. "Oh, not another e-mail
from Holbrooke," he groans. "I don't even want
to open it." He clicks on the message and reads
the salutation out loud, then stuffs the
BlackBerry back in his pocket, not bothering to
conceal his annoyance.
"Make sure you don't get any of that on your
leg," an aide jokes, referring to the e-mail.
far the most crucial – and strained –
relationship is between McChrystal and
Eikenberry, the U.S. ambassador. According to
those close to the two men, Eikenberry – a
retired three-star general who served in
Afghanistan in 2002 and 2005 – can't stand that
his former subordinate is now calling the shots.
He's also furious that McChrystal, backed by
NATO's allies, refused to put Eikenberry in the
pivotal role of viceroy in Afghanistan, which
would have made him the diplomatic equivalent of
the general. The job instead went to British
Ambassador Mark Sedwill – a move that
effectively increased McChrystal's influence
over diplomacy by shutting out a powerful rival.
"In reality, that position needs to be filled by
an American for it to have weight," says a U.S.
official familiar with the negotiations.
The relationship was further strained in
January, when a classified cable that Eikenberry
wrote was leaked to The New York Times.
The cable was as scathing as it was prescient.
The ambassador offered a brutal critique of
McChrystal's strategy, dismissed President Hamid
Karzai as "not an adequate strategic partner,"
and cast doubt on whether the counterinsurgency
plan would be "sufficient" to deal with Al
Qaeda. "We will become more deeply engaged here
with no way to extricate ourselves," Eikenberry
warned, "short of allowing the country to
descend again into lawlessness and chaos."
McChrystal and his team were blindsided by
the cable. "I like Karl, I've known him for
years, but they'd never said anything like that
to us before," says McChrystal, who adds that he
felt "betrayed" by the leak. "Here's one that
covers his flank for the history books. Now if
we fail, they can say, 'I told you so.' "
The most striking example of McChrystal's
usurpation of diplomatic policy is his handling
of Karzai. It is McChrystal, not diplomats like
Eikenberry or Holbrooke, who enjoys the best
relationship with the man America is relying on
to lead Afghanistan. The doctrine of
counterinsurgency requires a credible
government, and since Karzai is not considered
credible by his own people, McChrystal has
worked hard to make him so. Over the past few
months, he has accompanied the president on more
than 10 trips around the country, standing
beside him at political meetings, or shuras,
in Kandahar. In February, the day before the
doomed offensive in Marja, McChrystal even drove
over to the president's palace to get him to
sign off on what would be the largest military
operation of the year. Karzai's staff, however,
insisted that the president was sleeping off a
cold and could not be disturbed. After several
hours of haggling, McChrystal finally enlisted
the aid of Afghanistan's defense minister, who
persuaded Karzai's people to wake the president
from his nap.
This is one of the central flaws with
McChrystal's counterinsurgency strategy: The
need to build a credible government puts us at
the mercy of whatever tin-pot leader we've
backed – a danger that Eikenberry explicitly
warned about in his cable. Even Team McChrystal
privately acknowledges that Karzai is a
less-than-ideal partner. "He's been locked up in
his palace the past year," laments one of the
general's top advisers. At times, Karzai himself
has actively undermined McChrystal's desire to
put him in charge. During a recent visit to
Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Karzai met
three U.S. soldiers who had been wounded in
Uruzgan province. "General," he called out to
McChrystal, "I didn't even know we were fighting
up as a military brat, McChrystal exhibited the
mixture of brilliance and cockiness that would
follow him throughout his career. His father
fought in Korea and Vietnam, retiring as a
two-star general, and his four brothers all
joined the armed services. Moving around to
different bases, McChrystal took solace in
baseball, a sport in which he made no pretense
of hiding his superiority: In Little League, he
would call out strikes to the crowd before
whipping a fastball down the middle.
McChrystal entered West Point in 1972, when
the U.S. military was close to its all-time low
in popularity. His class was the last to
graduate before the academy started to admit
women. The "Prison on the Hudson," as it was
known then, was a potent mix of testosterone,
hooliganism and reactionary patriotism. Cadets
repeatedly trashed the mess hall in food fights,
and birthdays were celebrated with a tradition
called "rat fucking," which often left the
birthday boy outside in the snow or mud, covered
in shaving cream. "It was pretty out of
control," says Lt. Gen. David Barno, a classmate
who went on to serve as the top commander in
Afghanistan from 2003 to 2005. The class, filled
with what Barno calls "huge talent" and
"wild-eyed teenagers with a strong sense of
idealism," also produced Gen. Ray Odierno, the
current commander of U.S. forces in Iraq.
The son of a general, McChrystal was also a
ringleader of the campus dissidents – a dual
role that taught him how to thrive in a rigid,
top-down environment while thumbing his nose at
authority every chance he got. He accumulated
more than 100 hours of demerits for drinking,
partying and insubordination – a record that his
classmates boasted made him a "century man." One
classmate, who asked not to be named, recalls
finding McChrystal passed out in the shower
after downing a case of beer he had hidden under
the sink. The troublemaking almost got him
kicked out, and he spent hours subjected to
forced marches in the Area, a paved courtyard
where unruly cadets were disciplined. "I'd come
visit, and I'd end up spending most of my time
in the library, while Stan was in the Area,"
recalls Annie, who began dating McChrystal in
McChrystal wound up ranking 298 out of a
class of 855, a serious underachievement for a
man widely regarded as brilliant. His most
compelling work was extracurricular: As managing
editor of The Pointer, the West Point
literary magazine, McChrystal wrote seven short
stories that eerily foreshadow many of the
issues he would confront in his career. In one
tale, a fictional officer complains about the
difficulty of training foreign troops to fight;
in another, a 19-year-old soldier kills a boy he
mistakes for a terrorist. In "Brinkman's Note,"
a piece of suspense fiction, the unnamed
narrator appears to be trying to stop a plot to
assassinate the president. It turns out,
however, that the narrator himself is the
assassin, and he's able to infiltrate the White
House: "The President strode in smiling. From
the right coat pocket of the raincoat I carried,
I slowly drew forth my 32-caliber pistol. In
Brinkman's failure, I had succeeded."
After graduation, 2nd Lt. Stanley McChrystal
entered an Army that was all but broken in the
wake of Vietnam. "We really felt we were a
peacetime generation," he recalls. "There was
the Gulf War, but even that didn't feel like
that big of a deal." So McChrystal spent his
career where the action was: He enrolled in
Special Forces school and became a regimental
commander of the 3rd Ranger Battalion in 1986.
It was a dangerous position, even in peacetime –
nearly two dozen Rangers were killed in training
accidents during the Eighties. It was also an
unorthodox career path: Most soldiers who want
to climb the ranks to general don't go into the
Rangers. Displaying a penchant for transforming
systems he considers outdated, McChrystal set
out to revolutionize the training regime for the
Rangers. He introduced mixed martial arts,
required every soldier to qualify with
night-vision goggles on the rifle range and
forced troops to build up their endurance with
weekly marches involving heavy backpacks.
In the late 1990s, McChrystal shrewdly
improved his inside game, spending a year at
Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and then
at the Council on Foreign Relations, where he
co-authored a treatise on the merits and
drawbacks of humanitarian interventionism. But
as he moved up through the ranks, McChrystal
relied on the skills he had learned as a
troublemaking kid at West Point: knowing
precisely how far he could go in a rigid
military hierarchy without getting tossed out.
Being a highly intelligent badass, he
discovered, could take you far – especially in
the political chaos that followed September
11th. "He was very focused," says Annie. "Even
as a young officer he seemed to know what he
wanted to do. I don't think his personality has
changed in all these years."
accounts, McChrystal's career should have been
over at least two times by now. As Pentagon
spokesman during the invasion of Iraq, the
general seemed more like a White House
mouthpiece than an up-and-coming commander with
a reputation for speaking his mind. When Defense
Secretary Donald Rumsfeld made his infamous
"stuff happens" remark during the looting of
Baghdad, McChrystal backed him up. A few days
later, he echoed the president's Mission
Accomplished gaffe by insisting that major
combat operations in Iraq were over. But it was
during his next stint – overseeing the
military's most elite units, including the
Rangers, Navy Seals and Delta Force – that
McChrystal took part in a cover-up that would
have destroyed the career of a lesser man.
After Cpl. Pat Tillman, the
former-NFL-star-turned-Ranger, was accidentally
killed by his own troops in Afghanistan in April
2004, McChrystal took an active role in creating
the impression that Tillman had died at the
hands of Taliban fighters. He signed off on a
falsified recommendation for a Silver Star that
suggested Tillman had been killed by enemy fire.
(McChrystal would later claim he didn't read the
recommendation closely enough – a strange excuse
for a commander known for his laserlike
attention to minute details.) A week later,
McChrystal sent a memo up the chain of command,
specifically warning that President Bush should
avoid mentioning the cause of Tillman's death.
"If the circumstances of Corporal Tillman's
death become public," he wrote, it could cause
"public embarrassment" for the president.
"The false narrative, which McChrystal
clearly helped construct, diminished Pat's true
actions," wrote Tillman's mother, Mary, in her
book Boots on the Ground by Dusk.
McChrystal got away with it, she added, because
he was the "golden boy" of Rumsfeld and Bush,
loved his willingness to get things done,
even if it included bending the rules or
skipping the chain of command. Nine days after
Tillman's death, McChrystal was promoted to
Two years later, in 2006, McChrystal was
tainted by a scandal involving detainee abuse
and torture at Camp Nama in Iraq. According to a
report by Human Rights Watch, prisoners at the
camp were subjected to a now-familiar litany of
abuse: stress positions, being dragged naked
through the mud. McChrystal was not disciplined
in the scandal, even though an interrogator at
the camp reported seeing him inspect the prison
multiple times. But the experience was so
unsettling to McChrystal that he tried to
prevent detainee operations from being placed
under his command in Afghanistan, viewing them
as a "political swamp," according to a U.S.
official. In May 2009, as McChrystal prepared
for his confirmation hearings, his staff
prepared him for hard questions about Camp Nama
and the Tillman cover-up. But the scandals
barely made a ripple in Congress, and McChrystal
was soon on his way back to Kabul to run the war
The media, to a large extent, have also given
McChrystal a pass on both controversies. Where
Gen. Petraeus is kind of a dweeb, a teacher's
pet with a Ranger's tab, McChrystal is a
snake-eating rebel, a "Jedi" commander, as
Newsweek called him. He didn't care when
his teenage son came home with blue hair and a
mohawk. He speaks his mind with a candor rare
for a high-ranking official. He asks for
opinions, and seems genuinely interested in the
response. He gets briefings on his iPod and
listens to books on tape. He carries a
custom-made set of nunchucks in his convoy
engraved with his name and four stars, and his
itinerary often bears a fresh quote from Bruce
Lee. ("There are no limits. There are only
plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must
go beyond them.") He went out on dozens of
nighttime raids during his time in Iraq,
unprecedented for a top commander, and turned up
on missions unannounced, with almost no
entourage. "The fucking lads love Stan
McChrystal," says a British officer who serves
in Kabul. "You'd be out in Somewhere, Iraq, and
someone would take a knee beside you, and a
corporal would be like 'Who the fuck is that?'
And it's fucking Stan McChrystal."
It doesn't hurt that McChrystal was also
extremely successful as head of the Joint
Special Operations Command, the elite forces
that carry out the government's darkest ops.
During the Iraq surge, his team killed and
captured thousands of insurgents, including Abu
Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of Al Qaeda in
Iraq. "JSOC was a killing machine," says Maj.
Gen. Mayville, his chief of operations.
McChrystal was also open to new ways of killing.
He systematically mapped out terrorist networks,
targeting specific insurgents and hunting them
down – often with the help of cyberfreaks
traditionally shunned by the military. "The Boss
would find the 24-year-old kid with a nose ring,
with some fucking brilliant degree from MIT,
sitting in the corner with 16 computer monitors
humming," says a Special Forces commando who
worked with McChrystal in Iraq and now serves on
his staff in Kabul. "He'd say, 'Hey – you
fucking muscleheads couldn't find lunch without
help. You got to work together with these
Even in his new role as America's leading
evangelist for counterinsurgency, McChrystal
retains the deep-seated instincts of a terrorist
hunter. To put pressure on the Taliban, he has
upped the number of Special Forces units in
Afghanistan from four to 19. "You better be out
there hitting four or five targets tonight,"
McChrystal will tell a Navy Seal he sees in the
hallway at headquarters. Then he'll add, "I'm
going to have to scold you in the morning for
it, though." In fact, the general frequently
finds himself apologizing for the disastrous
consequences of counterinsurgency. In the first
four months of this year, NATO forces killed
some 90 civilians, up 76 percent from the same
period in 2009 – a record that has created
tremendous resentment among the very population
that COIN theory is intent on winning over. In
February, a Special Forces night raid ended in
the deaths of two pregnant Afghan women and
allegations of a cover-up, and in April,
protests erupted in Kandahar after U.S. forces
accidentally shot up a bus, killing five
Afghans. "We've shot an amazing number of
people," McChrystal recently conceded.
Despite the tragedies and miscues, McChrystal
has issued some of the strictest directives to
avoid civilian casualties that the U.S. military
has ever encountered in a war zone. It's
"insurgent math," as he calls it – for every
innocent person you kill, you create 10 new
enemies. He has ordered convoys to curtail their
reckless driving, put restrictions on the use of
air power and severely limited night raids. He
regularly apologizes to Hamid Karzai when
civilians are killed, and berates commanders
responsible for civilian deaths. "For a while,"
says one U.S. official, "the most dangerous
place to be in Afghanistan was in front of
McChrystal after a 'civ cas' incident." The ISAF
command has even discussed ways to make not
killing into something you can win an award for:
There's talk of creating a new medal for
"courageous restraint," a buzzword that's
unlikely to gain much traction in the gung-ho
culture of the U.S. military.
But however strategic they may be,
McChrystal's new marching orders have caused an
intense backlash among his own troops. Being
told to hold their fire, soldiers complain, puts
them in greater danger. "Bottom line?" says a
former Special Forces operator who has spent
years in Iraq and Afghanistan. "I would love to
kick McChrystal in the nuts. His rules of
engagement put soldiers' lives in even greater
danger. Every real soldier will tell you the
In March, McChrystal traveled to Combat
Outpost JFM – a small encampment on the
outskirts of Kandahar – to confront such
accusations from the troops directly. It was a
typically bold move by the general. Only two
days earlier, he had received an e-mail from
Israel Arroyo, a 25-year-old staff sergeant who
asked McChrystal to go on a mission with his
unit. "I am writing because it was said you
don't care about the troops and have made it
harder to defend ourselves," Arroyo wrote.
Within hours, McChrystal responded
personally: "I'm saddened by the accusation that
I don't care about soldiers, as it is something
I suspect any soldier takes both personally and
professionally – at least I do. But I know
perceptions depend upon your perspective at the
time, and I respect that every soldier's view is
his own." Then he showed up at Arroyo's outpost
and went on a foot patrol with the troops – not
some bullshit photo-op stroll through a market,
but a real live operation in a dangerous war
Six weeks later, just before McChrystal
returned from Paris, the general received
another e-mail from Arroyo. A 23-year-old
corporal named Michael Ingram – one of the
soldiers McChrystal had gone on patrol with –
had been killed by an IED a day earlier. It was
the third man the 25-member platoon had lost in
a year, and Arroyo was writing to see if the
general would attend Ingram's memorial service.
"He started to look up to you," Arroyo wrote.
McChrystal said he would try to make it down to
pay his respects as soon as possible.
The night before the general is scheduled to
visit Sgt. Arroyo's platoon for the memorial, I
arrive at Combat Outpost JFM to speak with the
soldiers he had gone on patrol with. JFM is a
small encampment, ringed by high blast walls and
guard towers. Almost all of the soldiers here
have been on repeated combat tours in both Iraq
and Afghanistan, and have seen some of the worst
fighting of both wars. But they are especially
angered by Ingram's death. His commanders had
repeatedly requested permission to tear down the
house where Ingram was killed, noting that it
was often used as a combat position by the
Taliban. But due to McChrystal's new
restrictions to avoid upsetting civilians, the
request had been denied. "These were abandoned
houses," fumes Staff Sgt. Kennith Hicks. "Nobody
was coming back to live in them."
One soldier shows me the list of new regulations
the platoon was given. "Patrol only in areas
that you are reasonably certain that you will
not have to defend yourselves with lethal
force," the laminated card reads. For a soldier
who has traveled halfway around the world to
fight, that's like telling a cop he should only
patrol in areas where he knows he won't have to
make arrests. "Does that make any fucking
sense?" asks Pfc. Jared Pautsch. "We should just
drop a fucking bomb on this place. You sit and
ask yourself: What are we doing here?"
rules handed out here are not what McChrystal
intended – they've been distorted as they passed
through the chain of command – but knowing that
does nothing to lessen the anger of troops on
the ground. "Fuck, when I came over here and
heard that McChrystal was in charge, I thought
we would get our fucking gun on," says Hicks,
who has served three tours of combat. "I get
COIN. I get all that. McChrystal comes here,
explains it, it makes sense. But then he goes
away on his bird, and by the time his directives
get passed down to us through Big Army, they're
all fucked up – either because somebody is
trying to cover their ass, or because they just
don't understand it themselves. But we're
fucking losing this thing."
McChrystal and his team show up the next day.
Underneath a tent, the general has a 45-minute
discussion with some two dozen soldiers. The
atmosphere is tense. "I ask you what's going on
in your world, and I think it's important for
you all to understand the big picture as well,"
McChrystal begins. "How's the company doing? You
guys feeling sorry for yourselves? Anybody?
Anybody feel like you're losing?" McChrystal
"Sir, some of the guys here, sir, think we're
losing, sir," says Hicks.
McChrystal nods. "Strength is leading when
you just don't want to lead," he tells the men.
"You're leading by example. That's what we do.
Particularly when it's really, really hard, and
it hurts inside." Then he spends 20 minutes
talking about counterinsurgency, diagramming his
concepts and principles on a whiteboard. He
makes COIN seem like common sense, but he's
careful not to bullshit the men. "We are
knee-deep in the decisive year," he tells them.
The Taliban, he insists, no longer has the
initiative – "but I don't think we do, either."
It's similar to the talk he gave in Paris, but
it's not winning any hearts and minds among the
soldiers. "This is the philosophical part that
works with think tanks," McChrystal tries to
joke. "But it doesn't get the same reception
from infantry companies."
During the question-and-answer period, the
frustration boils over. The soldiers complain
about not being allowed to use lethal force,
about watching insurgents they detain be freed
for lack of evidence. They want to be able to
fight – like they did in Iraq, like they had in
Afghanistan before McChrystal. "We aren't
putting fear into the Taliban," one soldier
"Winning hearts and minds in COIN is a
coldblooded thing," McChrystal says, citing an
oft-repeated maxim that you can't kill your way
out of Afghanistan. "The Russians killed 1
million Afghans, and that didn't work."
"I'm not saying go out and kill everybody,
sir," the soldier persists. "You say we've
stopped the momentum of the insurgency. I don't
believe that's true in this area. The more we
pull back, the more we restrain ourselves, the
stronger it's getting."
"I agree with you," McChrystal says. "In this
area, we've not made progress, probably. You
have to show strength here, you have to use
fire. What I'm telling you is, fire costs you.
What do you want to do? You want to wipe the
population out here and resettle it?"
A soldier complains that under the rules, any
insurgent who doesn't have a weapon is
immediately assumed to be a civilian. "That's
the way this game is," McChrystal says. "It's
complex. I can't just decide: It's shirts and
skins, and we'll kill all the shirts."
As the discussion ends, McChrystal seems to
sense that he hasn't succeeded at easing the
men's anger. He makes one last-ditch effort to
reach them, acknowledging the death of Cpl.
Ingram. "There's no way I can make that easier,"
he tells them. "No way I can pretend it won't
hurt. No way I can tell you not to feel that. .
. . I will tell you, you're doing a great job.
Don't let the frustration get to you." The
session ends with no clapping, and no real
resolution. McChrystal may have sold President
Obama on counterinsurgency, but many of his own
men aren't buying it.
comes to Afghanistan, history is not on
McChrystal's side. The only foreign invader to
have any success here was Genghis Khan – and he
wasn't hampered by things like human rights,
economic development and press scrutiny. The
COIN doctrine, bizarrely, draws inspiration from
some of the biggest Western military
embarrassments in recent memory: France's nasty
war in Algeria (lost in 1962) and the American
misadventure in Vietnam (lost in 1975).
McChrystal, like other advocates of COIN,
readily acknowledges that counterinsurgency
campaigns are inherently messy, expensive and
easy to lose. "Even Afghans are confused by
Afghanistan," he says. But even if he somehow
manages to succeed, after years of bloody
fighting with Afghan kids who pose no threat to
the U.S. homeland, the war will do little to
shut down Al Qaeda, which has shifted its
operations to Pakistan. Dispatching 150,000
troops to build new schools, roads, mosques and
water-treatment facilities around Kandahar is
like trying to stop the drug war in Mexico by
occupying Arkansas and building Baptist churches
in Little Rock. "It's all very cynical,
politically," says Marc Sageman, a former CIA
case officer who has extensive experience in the
region. "Afghanistan is not in our vital
interest – there's nothing for us there."
mid-May, two weeks after visiting the troops in
Kandahar, McChrystal travels to the White House
for a high-level visit by Hamid Karzai. It is a
triumphant moment for the general, one that
demonstrates he is very much in command – both
in Kabul and in Washington. In the East Room,
which is packed with journalists and
dignitaries, President Obama sings the praises
of Karzai. The two leaders talk about how great
their relationship is, about the pain they feel
over civilian casualties. They mention the word
"progress" 16 times in under an hour. But there
is no mention of victory. Still, the session
represents the most forceful commitment that
Obama has made to McChrystal's strategy in
months. "There is no denying the progress that
the Afghan people have made in recent years – in
education, in health care and economic
development," the president says. "As I saw in
the lights across Kabul when I landed – lights
that would not have been visible just a few
It is a disconcerting observation for Obama
to make. During the worst years in Iraq, when
the Bush administration had no real progress to
point to, officials used to offer up the exact
same evidence of success. "It was one of our
first impressions," one GOP official said in
2006, after landing in Baghdad at the height of
the sectarian violence. "So many lights shining
brightly." So it is to the language of the Iraq
War that the Obama administration has turned –
talk of progress, of city lights, of metrics
like health care and education. Rhetoric that
just a few years ago they would have mocked.
"They are trying to manipulate perceptions
because there is no definition of victory –
because victory is not even defined or
recognizable," says Celeste Ward, a senior
defense analyst at the RAND Corporation who
served as a political adviser to U.S. commanders
in Iraq in 2006. "That's the game we're in right
now. What we need, for strategic purposes, is to
create the perception that we didn't get run
off. The facts on the ground are not great, and
are not going to become great in the near
But facts on the ground, as history has
proven, offer little deterrent to a military
determined to stay the course. Even those
closest to McChrystal know that the rising
anti-war sentiment at home doesn't begin to
reflect how deeply fucked up things are in
Afghanistan. "If Americans pulled back and
started paying attention to this war, it would
become even less popular," a senior adviser to
McChrystal says. Such realism, however, doesn't
prevent advocates of counterinsurgency from
dreaming big: Instead of beginning to withdraw
troops next year, as Obama promised, the
military hopes to ramp up its counterinsurgency
campaign even further. "There's a possibility we
could ask for another surge of U.S. forces next
summer if we see success here," a senior
military official in Kabul tells me.
Back in Afghanistan, less than a month after
the White House meeting with Karzai and all the
talk of "progress," McChrystal is hit by the
biggest blow to his vision of counterinsurgency.
Since last year, the Pentagon had been planning
to launch a major military operation this summer
in Kandahar, the country's second-largest city
and the Taliban's original home base. It was
supposed to be a decisive turning point in the
war – the primary reason for the troop surge
that McChrystal wrested from Obama late last
year. But on June 10th, acknowledging that the
military still needs to lay more groundwork, the
general announced that he is postponing the
offensive until the fall. Rather than one big
battle, like Fallujah or Ramadi, U.S. troops
will implement what McChrystal calls a "rising
tide of security." The Afghan police and army
will enter Kandahar to attempt to seize control
of neighborhoods, while the U.S. pours
$90 million of aid into the city to win over the
Even proponents of counterinsurgency are
hard-pressed to explain the new plan. "This
isn't a classic operation," says a U.S. military
official. "It's not going to be Black Hawk Down.
There aren't going to be doors kicked in." Other
U.S. officials insist that doors are
going to be kicked in, but that it's going to be
a kinder, gentler offensive than the disaster in
Marja. "The Taliban have a jackboot on the
city," says a military official. "We have to
remove them, but we have to do it in a way that
doesn't alienate the population." When Vice
President Biden was briefed on the new plan in
the Oval Office, insiders say he was shocked to
see how much it mirrored the more gradual plan
of counterterrorism that he advocated last fall.
"This looks like CT-plus!" he said, according to
U.S. officials familiar with the meeting.
Whatever the nature of the new plan, the
delay underscores the fundamental flaws of
counterinsurgency. After nine years of war, the
Taliban simply remains too strongly entrenched
for the U.S. military to openly attack. The very
people that COIN seeks to win over – the Afghan
people – do not want us there. Our supposed
ally, President Karzai, used his influence to
delay the offensive, and the massive influx of
aid championed by McChrystal is likely only to
make things worse. "Throwing money at the
problem exacerbates the problem," says Andrew
Wilder, an expert at Tufts University who has
studied the effect of aid in southern
Afghanistan. "A tsunami of cash fuels
corruption, delegitimizes the government and
creates an environment where we're picking
winners and losers" – a process that fuels
resentment and hostility among the civilian
population. So far, counterinsurgency has
succeeded only in creating a never-ending demand
for the primary product supplied by the
military: perpetual war. There is a reason that
President Obama studiously avoids using the word
"victory" when he talks about Afghanistan.
Winning, it would seem, is not really possible.
Not even with Stanley McChrystal in charge.
This article originally appeared in RS
1108/1109 from July 8-22, 2010.
the consensus among boys was that girls cried too much at
That didn't bother me. In fact, I wanted more. I wanted a
girl who cried, not only at movies and weddings, but also at
UNC touchdowns, bar mitzvahs and Republican Conventions.
Popular columnist and novelist Robert Ruark once told of
his Japanese nanny, who saw a sunrise one morning and
started crying. When asked why, she said, "That's so
beautiful, I want to die!" I understand "happy cries." Mine
are mostly political. I remember crying about Lebanon,
which, before the Iranian thug-masters took over, had the
only Arab democracy on earth. There were dangerous factional
forces then like today, but the clever Lebanese devised a
power-sharing arrangement under which the president was
always a Maronite Christian, the vice president was a Muslim
of the Sunni sect, and the speaker of the parliament was a
Muslim of the Shia sect. What a great way to contain three
tornadoes in one wet paper bag! Pass the Kleenex, please!
Most Americans impressed with the American system (at
least the way it was when I started writing just now)
confine their praise to our "checks and balances", three
separate branches of government: executive, legislative and
judicial, each with the power to keep one another from
roaming too far away from where they belong. My tears of
pride and joy flow equally at civilian control over the
military and at the military's inability even to criticize
their civilian bosses out loud.
Do you know the secret of your success? Is it your looks,
as it often is? Do you speak a language crucial to your
firm's operations? Do you have tenure? Have you, through wit
and charm, managed to win "the favor of the court"? One
often-overlooked secret of America's success is that we are
a large, powerful democracy in which any abrupt and hostile
change of leadership is unthinkable. And that stability
draws investment. That makes America a highly desirable
place for individuals, their loved ones and their money.
The major media are either unable or unwilling to report
accurately on the unusual and praiseworthy actions of Gen.
Stanley McChrystal. Too
many media think they can shove across the notion that,
through idiocy or alcohol or both,
know when to keep his mouth shut. That's like saying Gen.
Dwight Eisenhower had no idea there was a beach involved in
the plans for D-Day.
Gen. McChrystal knew there were important things that had
to be impressed upon the American people. The war, he felt,
could not be won Obama's way, a way showing less grasp of
military reality than the normal Chicago gang fight. You can
get away with "playing" part war and part nonwar when you're
politicking to increasingly ignorant masses of Americans –
can't do that in a war. What if McChrystal had
merely resigned, held a press conference or gave an
Review and Fox News and laid out his warnings forthrightly?
Not bad. Good story; lots of coverage, but like dropping a
honeysuckle down the Grand Canyon and waiting for an echo,
compared to what the general ultimately did.
Invite a publication so far to the Left it belongs in a
zoo and speak clearly into the
tape recorder. Now
we're talking "legs," day after day of coverage that
corkscrews the argument into the central nervous system of
the American public. To save his troops, those of our NATO
allies and Western civilization against a Taliban victory
that would unleash the inventory of hell itself into our
faces and our futures (remember bin Laden's "weak-horse,
strong-horse"?), the general knew he had to outpoint the oil
spill, the World Cup and even the anniversary of the death
of Michael Jackson at the
water cooler. Thank you, Rolling
The best "useful idiots" are the ones with the stupid smiles
on their faces who walk away saying, "Wow! Look at the gold
mine that fell into our laps!"
Did Gen. McChrystal make a "mistake"?
This takes us back to the telephone call to the
public-affairs officer at Fort Jackson, S.C., from the
aristocratic headmistress of a nearby exclusive private
girls' school, who asked if the base might send 80 soldiers
to escort her girls to their graduation ball in Charleston.
"All at least six feet tall, Captain, impeccably groomed and
attired, with everything crisply creased and polished, in
their best summer dress uniforms. Can you, please?"
"I think we might be able to help you," said the captain.
"Oh, one more thing, Captain. These young ladies are from
the cream of Southern society. So please, no Jews!"
"As you wish, ma'am," said the captain.
On the appointed evening, the Army bus pulled up
in front of the
luxurious school and out marched, in disciplined military
precision, 80 tall, impeccably groomed, summer-uniformed
soldiers, every single one African-American. The
aristocratic headmistress answered
into mild cardiac arrest.
"What is this?" she stammered. "Who are you?"
"We're from Fort Jackson, ma'am, as per your request,"
said the black sergeant.
"Oh, dear," she gasped, "There … there … there must be
"No, ma'am," said the sergeant. "Capt. Ginsberg doesn't
make any mistakes!"
Barry Farber is a
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"The Barry Farber Show" is now nationally syndicated on over
100 stations. In 1991, Farber won the title of "Talk Show Host
of The Year," and he was recently named among the top 10 radio
talk hosts of all time by Talkers Magazine. Farber's columns
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By Gazette Staff Writer — Tuesday,
November 24th, 2009
An article from American Thinker by
Geoffrey P. Hunt
Barack Obama is on track to have the
most spectacularly failed presidency
since Woodrow Wilson. In the modern
era, we've seen several failed
presidencies--led by Jimmy Carter
and LBJ. Failed presidents have one
strong common trait-- they are
repudiated, in the vernacular, spat
out. Of course, LBJ wisely took the
exit ramp early, avoiding a shove
into oncoming traffic by his own
party. Richard Nixon indeed resigned
in disgrace, yet his reputation as a
statesman has been partially
restored by his triumphant overture
to China 20.
But, Barack Obama is failing.
Failing big. Failing fast. And
failing everywhere: foreign policy,
domestic initiatives, and most
importantly, in forging connections
with the American people. The
incomparable Dorothy Rabinowitz in
the Wall Street Journal put her
finger on it: He is failing because
he has no understanding of the
American people, and may indeed
loathe them. Fred Barnes of the
Weekly Standard says he is failing
because he has lost control of his
message, and is overexposed. Clarice
Feldman of American Thinker produced
a dispositive commentary showing
that Obama is failing because
fundamentally he is neither smart
nor articulate; his intellectual
dishonesty is conspicuous by its
audacity and lack of shame.
But, there is something more
seriously wrong: How could a new
president riding in on a wave of
unprecedented promise and goodwill
have forfeited his tenure and become
a lame duck in six months? His poll
ratings are in free fall. In generic
balloting, the Republicans have now
seized a five point advantage. This
truly is unbelievable. What's going
No narrative. Obama doesn't have a
narrative. No, not a narrative about
himself. He has a self-narrative,
much of it fabricated, cleverly
disguised or written by someone
else. But this self-narrative is
isolated and doesn't connect with
us. He doesn't have an American
narrative that draws upon the rest
of us. All successful presidents
have a narrative about the American
character that intersects with their
own where they display a command of
history and reveal an authenticity
at the core of their personality
that resonates in a positive
endearing way with the majority of
Americans. We admire those
presidents whose narratives not only
touch our own, but who seem
stronger, wiser, and smarter than we
are. Presidents we admire are
aspirational peers, even those whose
politics don't align exactly with
our own: Teddy Roosevelt, FDR, Harry
Truman, Ike, and Reagan.
But not this president. It's not so
much that he's a phony, knows
nothing about economics, and is
historically illiterate and woefully
small minded for the size of the
task--all contributory of course.
It's that he's not one of us. And
whatever he is, his profile is fuzzy
and devoid of content, like a
cardboard cutout made from
delaminated corrugated paper.
Moreover, he doesn't command our
respect and is unable to appeal to
our own common sense. His notions of
right and wrong are repugnant and
how things work just don't add up.
They are not existential. His
descriptions of the world we live in
don't make sense and don't
correspond with our experience.
In the meantime, while we've been
struggling to take a measurement of
this man, he's dissed just about
every one of us--financiers, energy
producers, banks, insurance
executives, police officers,
doctors, nurses, hospital
administrators, post office workers,
and anybody else who has a non-green
job. Expect Obama to lament at his
last press conference in 2012: "For
those of you I offended, I
apologize. For those of you who were
not offended, you just didn't give
me enough time; if only I'd had a
second term, I could have offended
Mercifully, the Founders at the
Constitutional Convention in 1787
devised a useful remedy for such a
desperate state--staggered terms for
both houses of the legislature and
the executive. An equally abominable
Congress can get voted out next
year. With a new Congress, there's
always hope of legislative gridlock
until we vote for president again
two short years after that.
Yes, small presidents do fail,
Barack Obama among them. The coyotes
howl but the wagon train keeps
Margaret Thatcher: "The trouble with
Socialism is, sooner or later you
run out of other people's money."
"When you subsidize poverty and
failure, you get more of both." -
James Dale Davidson, National
"The more corrupt the state, the
more it legislates." - Tacitus
"A Liberal is a person who will give
away everything he doesn't own." -
Tammuz 23, 5770, 7/5/2010
Netanyahu Should Say to Obama
by Tamar Yonah
Netanyahu is set to meet with U.S. President Obama tomorrow, Tuesday in
the White House. Here's what he should say:
PM Netanyahu is ushered
into the Oval Office with his entourage, carrying something very
Obama: "Hey Bibi-Baby, what's that big velvety thing you're carrying in
your arms? Is that a present for Little ol' me?"
Bibi: "It's actually a message for you that I will need to decipher
for you, as it is in Hebrew. You see (Bibi clears his throat),
'ahem' -Mr. President without a Birth
We Jews have a legal title to our Land, and
belong to it, and can show you. Our deed to this land is written here in
the Torah. This is where our kings reigned, where our people civilized
the world, and where our kings and ancestors are buried even today. We
have only one home, and it has become intolerable to live there under
the daily terror that we face. We need peace and quiet. We need to stop
pouring money into terrorist damage control, security and defense, and
the fruitless quest for peace with regimes and cultures that don't
desire it. Our people need to concentrate on other things we've
neglected, like our children's education, our economy, our great
contributions of science & technology, and spreading morality, loving
kindness and the knowledge of the 'Creator of the Universe', through the
Torah, in order to improve the world for all of Mankind."
Obama sits at his desk
and puts his feet up on it. "Oh, is that so Jew-boy?".
This little Jew-boy is the acting 'King of
Israel' today. A little respect,
please. (sigh) Look, we tried it your way, and really it was
foolish of us, but we went along the diplomatic track as you urged and
pressured us to do. Our peace and security went downhill ever since, as
appeasing these extremist Islamic and terrorist regimes only emboldened
our enemies to perpetrate even more harm upon us. They saw by our 'good
will gestures' and appeasement, that their violence worked. We can't
tolerate this anymore. We tired it your way of letting the
International Community carve out a peace plan, but no more. We are in
a worse situation now than we have ever been in before. The Hezbollah
terrorists, under the eyes of the United Nations Peace Keeping Forces,
have re-armed and are better equipped than ever before. The Hamas
terror organization rules in Gaza and continues to arm themselves with
missiles and regularly uses their weapons to target, TARGET OUR
CIVILIANS. Iran is almost finished developing nuclear bombs to use
against us, and after that, you, in America. Iran is arming Syria and
possibly Turkey with thousands of missiles that can reach deep into
Israel and it's population centers. It's unacceptable. And so we Jews
came up with our plan on how to deal with these enemies we both share,
even if you threaten to cut off any arms sales to us. As Pslam 20 so
poetically puts it: "Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; but we
[come with] will make mention, of the name of the LORD our God."
Bibi places the velvet covered Torah scroll
he is carrying, very carefully on the table and unrolls the scroll. He
reaches into his pocket to put on a Yarmulke. He takes hold of a long
stick which is used to read the Torah and pointing to the different
Biblical narratives where G-d says that the Land of Israel belongs to
the Jewish People, he reads and translates aloud, the holy passages. He
points to the different places which speak about G-d telling the
Children of Israel to go out to war and that He will be with them. He
'Obama-Without a Birth
that he hopes the
American People and his administration will support Israel in their
quest to rid themselves and the world of the Islamic terrorist enemies
once and for all, and to bring them to their knees until they beg for an
unconditional surrender. Bibi then points to the verse, from the book
of Genesis chapter 12:3 "And I will bless them that bless thee, and him
that curseth thee will I curse;".
"Are we on the same page?" Bibi asks as he
peers into Obama's eyes? "Are you with us, or with the terrorists?"
Obama starts to stammer, "I'm speechless. I, I, I ah, don't know what
to say" as he anxiously looks around and yells, "Where's my
TelePrompTer!!!!:" Frustrated that he has to wing it on his own, he
looks back at Bibi and and blurts out, "You're madder than a wet hen!
Listen bub, we have business dealings with the Muslim world. We just
got a real firm foothold in the Afghani poppy fields and get a LOT of
money from the drug sales. My predecessor, Bush, made nice with the
King of Saudi Arabia and I am even closer, since I am his Muslim
brother. I, I, I ah mean, I am like a brother to him, you know, in a
good neighborly 'Christian' sort of way, was what I meant to say. I
mean, heh, it's not like I believe in Mohammed or anything... er, peace
be upon him! or that I believe in the 'holy Koran', I mean, Eh, the
Koran. Darn! Ah, well, scratch that. Anyway, where's that
"Uh, 'Mr. President Without a
look, we're speaking about the
saving of human lives here, and I really can't worry about your business
power interests. This terror war will keep on going, until someone
actually wins the war. We are determined, no matter how much the world
screams, to finally put an end to this all and win this war. And to
ensure this, since the world has turned against us and we realize that
we are without friends, we in Israel have decided that we will patch
things up the best we know how, and return to our G-d, after all, when
we listened to Him, we won our wars. He also keeps His promises to us
-unlike the Extremist Muslim world that promises us peace, and then
sends it's soldiers to bomb our civilians. Our G-d has also been by our
side whenever we called on Him, unlike the fickle relationship we have
had with different U.S. Administrations and the Hate department, -excuse
me, I meant the State Department -that hates Israel. So, with that, I
am leaving you with these wise words from our sage, Rabbi Hillel, 'If I
am not for myself, then who will be for me? And if I am only for myself,
then what am I? And if not now, when?'
Mr. 'President With No Birth Certificate',
I and my countrymen, will be eradicating these evil infrastructures
and terrorists, that your people suffered from on 9/11. The world will
be a better place because of this -as it was after the Nazis were
defeated in WWII. You don't need to thank us, ....but don't bother us
either. We'll also be disassembling and eradicating the infrastructure
of the Hamas terrorist government in Gaza. We will be taking that
region back and re-settling it with our peaceful citizens who were
thrown out of their homes. We will, in diplomatic language, be
'encouraging' the Hamas to return our kidnapped soldier, Gilad Shalit,
to us by strong means, where it won't be worth their while to keep him a
prisoner. Oh, and by the way, we want our brother Jonathan Pollard to
be released immediately and return to Israel on my plane with our
entourage. He's served already over 20 years in your prison for a crime
that others, put away for a similar act -but more subversive, had served
much less of a sentence. If he's not released immediately, I will make
sure that our Mossad finds, and releases your school records and
original birth certificate. It will be the end of yourcareer."
"Go ahead, I was born in Hawaii, and I can prove it!"
"Ok, then, ...prove it!"
"Drat! he got me! Uh, ah, TELEPROMPTER! Where's my TELEPROMPTER!!!!
* Let us all pray
that G-d gives Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu the strength and
courage to act like a real king of Israel and to stand up for G-d and
"Are we on the same page?" Bibi asks as he
peers into Obama's eyes? "Are you with us, or with the terrorists?"
Peter Heck - Guest Columnist -
6/28/2010 10:20:00 AM
ink had not yet dried on my last column that
discussed the fact that Barack Obama was
unprepared for the presidency and as a
result is making deadly missteps in the
execution of that role, when news broke of
General Stanley McChrystal in essence saying
the exact same thing to
Rolling Stone magazine. This
isn't just a story to be brushed off. This
is a bombshell.
Don't be distracted by the media comically
chastising the General for daring to speak
out against "The One" (yes, the same media
that hailed military officers who were
willing to "speak truth to power" in
criticizing George Bush). That isn't the
The true meaning of the McChrystal episode
is titanic, because it is quite apparent the
General was sending a stern message directly
to the American people.
For more reasons than I can count, it is
beyond obvious that McChrystal's public
criticism of Obama was not a lapse in
judgment or a mistake. It was
unquestionably intentional. First,
four-star generals have not achieved that
rank without knowing the chain of command
and the expectation of subordination to
superiors. Second, all of McChrystal's
advisers were touting the same message,
demonstrating this was no fluke, nor an
offhand comment taken out of context.
Third, McChrystal spoke the inflammatory
words to Rolling Stone, a well known
anti-war, anti-military magazine. Fourth,
reports are that McChrystal actually saw the
piece before it went to print and offered up
no objections to its content.
If all that is true, then it naturally begs
the question: Why did he do it?
McChrystal is one of the lead authors of the
"counterinsurgency" strategy that, despite
the nay saying of liberals like
then-Senators Obama and Biden, transformed
Iraq from a quagmire into a success. He
knows the strategy works. But as its
architect, he also knows this new military
policy requires two vital elements: lots of
troops, and as much time as necessary for
them to do their job.
While other factors are important (cultural
bonds, regional partnerships, financial
investment, troop morale, etc.), the two
most crucial ingredients to making
counterinsurgency work (in Afghanistan or
anywhere) is a massive amount of troops on
the ground to overwhelm the enemy and live
among the people, and a commitment to stay
as long as necessary to break the will of
This is precisely why counterinsurgency
worked in Iraq. Over the ignorant
objections of both Obama and Biden,
then-President Bush listened to his military
commanders and ordered the troop surge. And
while being pummeled by the media and
Democrat political opportunists for not
setting a hard deadline for withdrawal, Bush
committed to stay in Iraq until the job was
finished. The result speaks for itself.
As the Afghan war began to deteriorate,
Stanley McChrystal was put in charge to
implement that effective strategy there.
But he quickly found that Barack Obama is no
George W. Bush. First, Obama – having
championed himself as the anti-war candidate
– cut the number of troops McChrystal
requested. And then, in what has to be one
of the most foolish wartime moves in
history, he announced an arbitrary date for
the beginning of American troop withdrawal.
This may please the ex-hippies in the
anti-war crowd that Obama courted during the
2008 campaign, but it has emboldened our
enemy, imperiled our troops, and created a
giant mess of our counterinsurgency efforts
Having pressed his case privately with
Obama's war team in Washington, McChrystal
certainly saw the handwriting on the wall,
and as a final recourse, pled his case to
the American people.
Were his actions a breach of protocol?
Yes. Did they rise to the level of
insubordination? Probably. Was Obama
justified in removing him from command? I
think so. But after we're done hammering
McChrystal for going over the President's
head, we better give some serious thought as
to why he was so willing to put his career
on the line like that.
The reason is as clear as it is frightening:
our political leadership in Washington is
clueless. And their incompetence is costing
us not only resources and money, but most
importantly the precious lives of brave
General Stanley McChrystal was willing to
lose his job to send that message to the
only people who can do something about it.
He was talking to you.
self-described "Lincolnian Republican
conservative," is seeking the Republican
nomination for U.S. Senate in Missouri.
He was born one of 10 children in
Durango, Mexico. His father is a migrant
field worker who owns a small hog ranch
in Perris, Calif.
During the following
July 5 interview with Karen Berka of
Branson Radio Live posted on
YouTube, Maldonado explains why he
thinks his rights were violated when the
secretary of state's office asked for
proof of U.S. citizenship when he filed
to run for the Senate:
Maldonado, a U.S.
Army combat veteran who served in Iraq
and Afghanistan, explains on his website
that he became a U.S. citizen in 1995.
But he said Secretary of State Robin
Carnahan sent him a letter in May asking
him to produce documentation.
"It said, 'Hey, you
have to prove you're a citizen.' I
ignored it," he said. "You know, Obama
ignored it, so I figured I could get
away with it, too."
The audience began
laughing, applauding and cheering during
"But it's not that simple. I didn't get
away with it. I got a certified letter
from Ms. Robin Carnahan's office saying
that if I did not prove that I was a
U.S. citizen, then I would be removed
from the ballot."
He claims Carnahan's
office gave him a deadline of May 12.
"I got all my
documents together: my birth
certificate, which is a Mexican birth
certificate; my naturalization
certificate; my orders sending me to
Iraq and Afghanistan; my bronze-star
citations and a couple of officer
evaluations that say I'm a pretty good
and effective leader," he said. "So I
brought all this documentation, and they
were only interested in the
naturalization certificate. They made a
photocopy of it."
Maldonado said he
asked Carnahan's office if his
citizenship documentation would be
public record and available to anyone
who wants a copy.
"They said, oh yes,
absolutely, anyone that wants proof, we
have it," he explained. "I said, OK, can
you do me a favor then? I'm sure Ms.
Carnahan requested the same of Barack
Obama when he petitioned to get on the
Missouri ballot to become president."
He added, "They had
no response. They had nothing."
Maldonado said he
thought about picketing during Obama's
visit to Missouri today to raise
for Carnahan's U.S. Senate campaign.
Obama arrived in Kansas City this
to make appearances at two
fundraising events for Carnahan.
Missouri's primary election will take
place on Aug. 3.
"But I decided
something different. I'm actually
considering suing Ms. Robin Carnahan
because she discriminated against me,"
he said. "She has said that her job is
to protect Missouri from fraud and
corruption. But the fraud that she
created if she did not make Mr. Obama
show proof of citizenship when he
petitioned to get on the Missouri ballot
… all the votes that he got should be
He said he hopes
citizens of other states sue their own
secretaries of state if they cannot show
they requested proper documentation from
Obama before allowing him to appear on
the state ballot.
"Sooner or later,
he's going to have to prove – based on
our demand – that he is in fact a
U.S.-born citizen," he said.
In an earlier
interview on the subject, Maldonado said
he spoke with other candidates running
for the same office and asked if they
had to show proof of citizenship or
prove that they were citizens.
"They said no. I was
the only one," he said. "... I just
don't know, if I were running as a
Democrat, would I have to prove the same
thing? Or is there a more stringent
process for the Republican candidates?"
, Obama himself
has still not provided simple,
incontrovertible proof of his exact
birthplace. The information would be
included on his long-form,
hospital-generated birth certificate,
which Obama has steadfastly refused to
release amid a flurry of conflicting
The White House has only proffered on
the Internet a "Certification of Live
Birth" to assert he was born in Hawaii.
But that document was available for
children not born in Hawaii at the time
of Obama's birth.
can get that
(Certification of Live
Birth)," Tim Adams, a
former Hawaii elections
official told WND in an
earlier interview. "They
are normally given if
you give birth at home
or while traveling
overseas. We have a lot
of Asian population (in
Hawaii). It's quite
for people to
come back and get that."
Besides his actual
remains concealed for Obama includes
Punahou school records,
Occidental College records, Columbia
Harvard Law School
scholarly articles from
the University of
records, his files from
his years as an Illinois
Illinois State Bar Association records, any
baptism records and
Chelsea Schilling is a staff
writer for WorldNetDaily.
Jody Brown and Charlie Butts - OneNewsNow - 7/21/2010 1:05:00 PM
Sponsorship of "gay pride" festivals has gotten a major U.S.
retailer in hot water with a prominent pro-family group -- so much so that the
group is asking its supporters to boycott the retailer.
After several requests that The Home Depot remain neutral in the debate
surrounding the issue of homosexuality, American
Family Association has formally announced it has launched a boycott of the
national retailer. According to a press release from the pro-family
organization, The Home Depot has provided both financial and corporate support
to "open displays of homosexual activism" on America's main streets for several
AFA says the company's sponsorship of and participation in numerous
"gay pride" parades and festivals has included deliberate exposure of
"lascivious displays of sexual conduct" to small children. In addition,
according to the website BoycottTheHomeDepot.com,
the home improvement retailer has erected "Kids Workshops" as a vendor at
pro-homosexual festivals, given thousands of dollars to be a parade sponsor --
and permitted its employees to march in parades as representatives of the
about its participation in those events -- and urged to remain neutral on the
issue of homosexuality -- The Home Depot reportedly told AFA it was an
"inclusion issue" with the company and that it had no intention of forbidding
their employees to be involved in the pride festivals "in any way."
Results From Related Poll
The heads of government in London for the G-20
summit are discussing serious and weighty
issues, which in time will be duly reported on,
but right now the British press is entranced by
the sheer size of President Obama's traveling
entourage. And no wonder. Obama arrived
with 500 staff in tow, including 200 Secret
Service agents, a team of six doctors,
the White House chef and kitchen staff with the
president's own food and water.
And, according to the Evening Standard, he also
came with "35 vehicles
in all, four speech
writers and 12 teleprompters." For sure, our
president is not going to be at a loss for
The press duly reported on Air Force One and all
its bells and whistles but also on the presence
of the presidential helicopter, Marine One, and
a fleet of identical decoys to ferry him from Stansted airport to central London.
Among all those vehicles is the presidential
limousine, which one local paper mistakenly
called Cadillac One, but is universally referred
to as the Beast. The limo, reinforced with
ceramic and titanium armor, carries tear gas
cannon, night vision devices, its own oxygen and
is resistant to chemical and radiation attack.
It is, marveled one reporter, a sort of mobile
panic room. The Guardian called it "the ultimate
in heavily armored transport."
The president is entitled to all the security,
communications and support he feels necessary to
do his job but surely, when we're trying to
project a more restrained, humble image to the
world, the president's huge retinue could be
scaled back to something less than the triumphal
march from "Aida."
Judge Kithil of Marble Falls, TX - HB3200 highlighted
the bills most egregious pages.
JUDGE KITHIL wrote:
"I have reviewed selected sections of the bill, and find
it unbelievable that our Congress, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, could
come up with a bill loaded with so many wrong-headed elements."
"Both Republicans and Democrats are equally responsiblefor the financial mess of both Social Security and Medicare programs."
"I am opposed to HB 3200 for a number of reasons.
To start with, it is estimated that a federal bureaucracy of more than
150,000 new employees will be required to administer HB3200. That is an
unacceptable expansion of a government that is already too intrusive in
our lives. If we are going to hire 150,000 new employees, let's put them
work protecting our borders, fighting the massive drug problem and
putting more law enforcement/firefighters out there."
JUDGE KITHIL continued: "Other problems I have with
this bill include:
** Page 50/section 152: The bill will provide insurance
to all non-U.S. residents, even if they are here illegally.
** Page 58 and 59: The government will have
real-time access to an individual's bank account and will have the
authority to make electronic fund transfers from those accounts.
** Page 65/section 164: The plan will be subsidized (by
the government) for all union members, union retirees and for community
organizations (such as the Association of Community Organizations for
Reform Now - ACORN).
** Page 203/line 14-15: The tax imposed under this
section will not be treated as a tax. (How could anybody in their right
mind come up with that?)
** Page 241 and 253: Doctors will all be paid the same
regardless of specialty, and the government will set all doctors' fees.
** Page 272. section 1145: Cancer hospital will ration
care according to the patient's age.
** Page 317 and 321: The government will impose a
prohibition on hospital expansion; however, communities may petition for
** Page 425, line 4-12: The government mandates
advance-care planning consultations. Those on Social Security will be
required to attend an "end-of-life planning" seminar every five years.
** Page 429, line 13-25: The government will specify
which doctors can write an end-of-life order.
HAD ENOUGH???? Judge Kithil then goes on:
"Finally, it is specifically stated that this bill will not
apply to members of Congress. Members of Congress are already exempt
from the Social Security system, and have a well-funded private plan
that covers their retirement needs. If they were on our Social Security
plan, I believe they would find a very quick 'fix' to make the plan
financially sound for their future."
Honorable David Kithil
Marble Falls , Texas
All of the above should give you the point blank ammo you need to
support your opposition to Obamacare. Please send this information on to
all of your email contacts.
POPULI SUPREMA LEX ESTO" "Let the good of the People be the Supreme Law"
"Wise men are instructed by reason; men of less understanding, by
experience; the most ignorant, by necessity; the beasts, by nature."
Marcus Tullius Cicero
Day: A vet who understands the enemy we face
Only two blacks were
newly elected to congress this cycle, and both are Republican. Col West
is from southern Florida, a bastion of the Democratic Party. He won in
It is worth the
viewing. This new Congressman was an extremely popular commander in
Iraq . He was forced to retire because during an intense combat action
a few of his men were captured. At the same time his men had captured
one of the guys who were with the Iraqis who captured his men.
Knowing that time was
crucial and his interrogators were not getting anywhere with the
prisoner COL West took matters into his own hands. He burst into the
room and demanded thru an interpreter that the prisoner tell him where
his men were being taken. The prisoner refused so COL West took out his
pistol and placed it into the prisoner's crotch and fired. Then the COL
told the prisoner that the next shot would not miss. So the prisoner
said he would show where the American service members were being taken.
The Americans were rescued. Some one filed a report on incorrect
handling of prisoners. COL West was forced to retire. COL West was
just elected in November 2010 to Congress from Florida . During the
elections he was part of a panel on how to handle or how to relate to
Muslims. You will see his answer here.
Here is one of the new
congressmen from Florida explaining very definitively in just over a
minute the truth about Islam.
President Obama this
week once again called Islam "a great religion" which has been
"distorted" by a small number of "extremists" to justify committing acts
of violence against the West.
But the Qur'an (or Koran) itself, the holy book of Islam, contains over
100 verses calling for violence against Christians and Jews. To give
just one example, Sura 9:5 says, "Slay the idolaters wherever you find
During a panel discussion sponsored by the Hudson Institute last
January, retired Army Lt. Colonel Allen West, who did combat duty in
Iraq, responded to a Marine who asked the question, how do you answer
people who say that terrorists are following a "warped" version of
The panel consisted of a number of former military personnel, who
fumbled around trying to answer the question. Col. West finally stepped
forward answered the question directly and truthfully. Listen to the
words of a former military man who understands the nature of the enemy
Notice again Col.
West's straightforward assessment: "This is not a perversion. They are
doing exactly what this book (i.e., the Qur'an) says."
Col. West, by the way, was elected last week to Congress, to represent
Florida's 22nd congressional district. He will be the first
African-American Republican congressman to represent Florida since 1870.
If you would like to add your signature to our "thank you" letter to
Col. West for speaking frankly about the nature of the enemy we face,
you can do so here. Don't forget to give a special "thank you" on this
Veteran's Day to every member of the military you encounter.
If you'd like to see the full, unedited video of the exchange, which
includes the Marine's question and shows the discomfort felt by every
other member of this panel in responding to the question,
White House Ignores Interest Payments in Claiming to Control Debt
Judson Berger Published February 16, 2011 FoxNews.com
Obama administration's statement that the government will not be adding
to the debt by the middle of the decade clashes hard against the facts,
Republicans say, leaving officials straining to justify the budget claim
they've pushed repeatedly over the past few days.
turns out, the administration is not counting interest
payments. That means the budget team plans to have enough money to
pay for ordinary spending programs by the middle of the decade. But it
won't have the money to pay off those pesky -- rather, gargantuan --
interest payments. So it will have to borrow some more, in turn
increasing the debt and increasing the size of future interest
payments year after year.
then, visibly agitated Republicans asked, can the administration claim
that its 2012 spending plan sets the country on a course to "pay for
what we spend" in just a few years?
still going further into debt, massively," Sen.
John Ensign, R-Nev., told White House Budget Director Jack Lew at a
budget hearing Tuesday, accusing the administration of "double-talk."
who gives the budget chart a cursory glance can see the debt will
continue to skyrocket under the
White House proposal. In fact, the long-term outlook shows the
public debt -- which isn't even the entire debt -- soaring from about
$11 trillion this year to nearly $19 trillion in 2021. Driving that
increase is the fact that annual deficits will never fall below $600
justify the administration claim, Lew said the administration was merely
referring to "primary balance" -- or federal spending minus interest
payments. Lew sought to forgive the public for their confusion.
terminology that we use in Washington of primary balance is a little
confusing," Lew said.
because I believe it's dishonest," Ensign shot back.
Republicans were understandably befuddled. To put the scenario in
everyday terms, it's like a family claiming that they've balanced the
finances, but neglecting to mention that they're taking out a new
loan every month to pay off credit-card interest. As a result, the
family keeps going deeper into debt.
$80 interest payment, that might be manageable. But this is the United
States budget. If the government does what the Obama administration is
recommending, net interest payments will go from about $200 billion this
year to $844 billion in a decade. That's more than the country spends
House Press Secretary Jay Carney, at his first official press briefing
on the job, used the credit card analogy Wednesday and acknowledged
interest rates "have to be contended with."
first important step in dealing with this issue is getting your regular
spending and income in balance so that you're no longer adding to the
problem," he said. "And interest payments are a major portion of our
long term debt problem that we need to address. But it is not an
President Obama and Lew neglected to explain this point in their
initial statements. Lew, in an interview Sunday on CNN's "State of the
Union," said: "Our budget will get us, over the next several years, to
the point where we can look the American people in the eye and say we're
not adding to the debt anymore. We're spending money that we have each
year, and then we can work on bringing down our national debt."
discussing his budget in Baltimore Monday, said the proposal "puts us on
a path to pay for what we spend by the middle of the decade."
press conference the next day, Obama went further.
budget does is to put forward some tough choices, some significant
spending cuts, so that by the middle of this decade our annual spending
will match our annual revenues. We will not be adding more to the
national debt," he said.
to explain this claim, the president hinted at the rationale.
racked up a whole bunch of debt. And there's a lot of interest on that
debt," he said. "So in the same way that if you've got a credit card and
you've got a big balance, you may not be adding to principal. You've
still got all that interest that you've got to pay. Well, we've got a
big problem in terms of accumulated interest that we're paying and
that's why we're going to have to whittle down further the debt that's
already been accumulated."
questioning from Senate Republicans Tuesday,
Lew acknowledged the government would be adding to the
debt by borrowing to pay interest, but still stood by his statements.
getting further in debt ... because of our interest rate," Ensign said.
adding to the balance, and we're not cutting up the credit card. That's
just the fact," Sessions said, calling the administration's claims
stood by his claim. "What I said was we're going to stop adding to the
debt. Our spending will not add to the debt," he said. "It's an accurate
disagreed, calling the assessment "not a legitimate way to analyze it."
website PolitiFact, which tries to sort out politicians'
policy claims, analyzed the administration's argument in an article
Tuesday and gave it a rating of "false."
White House later claimed that the debt would not increase as a share of
the economy -- that's technically true, given that the public debt would
level out at about 76 percent of GDP by mid-decade. But that assumes a
certain level of growth in the economy and also assumes the debt, as a
figure, will continue to rise year after year. PolitiFact ruled that its
"false" rating would remain unchanged, given that Obama did not make
that distinction in his press conference.
Illegal immigrants are boycotting Arizona by the thousands, showing
their outrage with Arizona 's controversial new SB-1070 law by moving
In the small town of Guadalupe AZ , south of Phoenix , Manuel Renaldo is
one of those who is punishing Arizona by leaving. As he loaded his
stolen car with his belongings and family of ten, Renaldo told this
reporter through an interpreter "It's a matter of principle. I refuse
to be supported by a state that treats me like a criminal."
The effects of the exodus are being felt by Arizona retailers who are
reporting dwindling sales of beer, spray paint, and ammunition. Also
hit hard are the state’s hospitals, which have reported a dramatic
decline in births and emergency room visits. Tattoo parlors are in a
state of panic.
IBM offered to help reduce Medicare Fraud for free, Obama said No Thanks
Isn't this great! So much for non-partisanship and
willingness to listen and accept other's views.
What if I told you that the Chairman and CEO of IBM, Samuel J.
Palmisano, approached President Obama and members of his administration
before the healthcare bill debates with a plan that would reduce
healthcare expenditures by $900 billion? Given the Obama
Administration’s adamancy that the United States of America simply had
to make healthcare (read: health insurance) affordable for even the most
dedicated welfare recipient, one would think he would have leaned
forward in his chair, cupped his ear and said, “Tell me more!”
And what if I told you that the cost to the federal government for
this program was nothing, zip, nada, zilch?
And, what if I told you that, in the end and after two meetings,
President Obama and his
team, instead of embracing a program that was proven to save money and
one that was projected to save almost one trillion dollars – a This private sector program costing the taxpayers nothing, zip, nada, zilch
– said, “Thanks but no thanks” and then embarked on passing one of the
most despised pieces of legislation in US history?
Samuel J. Palmisano CEO IBM
Well, it’s all true.
Samuel J. Palmisano, the Chairman of the Board and CEO for IBM, said in
a recent Wall Street Journal interview that he offered to provide
the Obama Administration with a program that would curb healthcare
claims fraud and abuse by almost one trillion dollars but the Obama
White House turned the offer down.
Mr. Palmisano is quoted as saying during
a taping (click here to see ) of The Wall Street Journal's Viewpoints program
on September 14, 2010:
"We could have improved the quality and reduced the cost of the
healthcare system by $900 billion...I said we would do it for free to
prove that it works. They turned us down."
A second meeting between Mr. Palmisano and the Obama Administration
took place two weeks later, with no change in the Obama Administration's
stance. A call placed to IBM on October 8, 2010, by FOX News confirmed,
via a spokesperson, that Mr. Palmisano stands by his statement.
Speaking with FOX News' Stuart Varney, Mort Zuckerman, Editor-in-Chief
of US News & World Report, said,
"It's a little bit puzzling because I think there is a huge amount
of both fraud and inefficiency that American business is a lot more
comfortable with and more effective in trying to reduce. And this is
certainly true because the IBM people have studied this very carefully.
And when Palmisano went to the White House and made that proposal, it
was based upon a lot of work and it was not accepted. And it's really
puzzling...These are very, very responsible people. They don't have a
political ax to grind. They are very familiar with the subject; they
understand exactly what the issues are."
Given the fact that Mr. Obama’s own Centers for Medicare & Medicaid
Services actuary debunked the claim that health insurance costs would
diminish over the next decade and given that the budget deficits for
2010 and 2011 are in the $1.2 trillion–$1.4 trillion ballpark, the
question begs to be asked: Why would Mr. Obama balk at a sure-thing
savings of almost $1 trillion?
Cost projections prepared by economists at the Centers for Medicare
& Medicaid Services (CMS), revealed the nation's healthcare spending, as
a share of the economy, will be 0.3 percentage points higher in 2019
than estimated before the law was passed. That CMS report, published
September 9, 2010, in the journal Health Affairs, also revealed
healthcare spending will grow by an average of 6.3 percent each year
over the next decade, whereas pre-reform projections pegged annual
growth at 6.1 percent.
CMS actuaries also say that Medicare cuts mandated by the law are
unrealistic and unsustainable. An April 22, 2010, CMS report about the
financial and coverage effects of selected provisions of the new law
estimates that about 15 percent of hospitals and other healthcare
providers could lose money treating Medicare beneficiaries as a result
of the proposed cuts.
Congressional Budget Office is projecting that the deficit for the
2010 budget year, which ended Sept. 30, will total $1.29 trillion. The
Obama administration has projected that the deficit for the 2011 budget
year, which began on Oct. 1, will climb to $1.4 trillion and that over
the next decade, it will total $8.47 trillion.
So, again, I ask you, with the main issue being the economy, including
the audacious spending habits of elected officials in Washington DC, why
would Mr. Obama and his team balk at facilitating not only the saving of
almost $1 trillion in healthcare expenditures, but the opportunity to
affect an issue victory in the 2010 midterm election cycle?
Mr. Zuckerman concluded,
"When you are in a situation where this country is facing a huge
deficit and where anybody who knows anything at all about the healthcare
system knows how much waste, fraud and abuse is involved in that
system...not to take this offer up, frankly, does not make sense."
Mr. Zuckerman is correct, but only to a point. It doesn’t make sense if
Mr. Obama is trying to reduce waste and fraud, and make health insurance
affordable for all Americans. It does make sense if those were never the
goals in the first place.
“...the goal of the Progressives is to crash the system; to
overwhelm the system to such an extent that it fails. It is at this
moment of failure that Progressives believe they can enter the situation
as the “knight in shining armor.” It is at this particular moment of
vulnerability that Progressives believe the American public will
acquiesce to the false choice of “something is better than nothing”; to
a government-run universal healthcare plan to rescue the devastated
American healthcare system, a system Progressives themselves threw into
chaos, courtesy of their ridiculous health insurance reform law.
“As an aside, keeping this plan in mind, it makes perfect sense that
Progressives and Liberal Democrats wouldn’t waste their time reading the
massive health insurance reform bill. They never intended for it to be
around long enough for it to matter.”
It is one thing to be – as a good many elected officials in Washington
DC are – arrogant, self-absorbed spendthrifts, so detached from the
actualities of what Americans require and want from their government. It
is quite another to willfully abuse the system – and the American people
– in an attempt to bring about and ideological “change” – a “fundamental
transformation” – of the very system of government that has made the
United States the most prosperous nation in the history of the Western
Civilization and the last best hope for freedom and liberty for all in
In Mr. Obama’s shunning of a private sector program that would have
saved our country almost $1 trillion in healthcare expenditures,
presented to him as he declared a “crisis in healthcare,” he proves two
things beyond any doubt: that he is anti-Capitalist and anti-private
sector in nature and that he can no longer be trusted to tell the truth
in both his political declarations or espoused goals.
When Wisconsin Gov. Scott
Walker decided to rein in union power and balance the state's
budget, his political opponents shut down the state government.
The Democrats in the State House have hidden out in Illinois to
avoid voting on the issue. Meanwhile, pro-union protesters from
across Wisconsin — including many teachers who called in sick to
protest benefit changes for public workers —now occupy the state
Heritage went to action
immediately, and sent a reporter and a film crew to cover the
action. Watch the video on my Heritage and comment:
Why is it important to reign
in union power?
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showdown in the Badger State.
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Heritage Work of Note
Last week, Heritage Foundation economist
J.D. Foster testified on Capitol Hill about the ineffectual and
perhaps dangerous effects the “stimulus” program had on the
Foster began this way:
"At best, stimulus efforts based on
government spending and tax cuts with little or no incentive
effects have done no harm. At best. It is quite possible most of
these efforts over the past couple of years have slowed the
recovery while adding hundreds of billions of dollars to the
Read more on my Heritage and tell us: What
effect do you think the stimulus has had?
Speaking at The Heritage Foundation last
week, Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) explained his new proposal to
ensure public debts are paid even if the debt ceiling is not
Toomey authored the bill to prevent the
federal government from defaulting on its obligations, which
could happen if the debt ceiling is not raised. But he also
insisted that while the government must pay its debts, lawmakers
shouldn’t use payments on the debt as an excuse to automatically
renew and increase federal spending and borrowing.
Noting that the federal government will
reach the current debt ceiling in the next few months, Heritage
economist J.D. Foster argues that the chances of a default are
slim—but says Toomey’s proposed “Full Faith and Credit Act”
would help reassure markets.
Toomey also had some nice words to say
about Heritage during his address:
great fun to be back at The Heritage Foundation. I love this
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from that freedom."
In Other News
Wisconsin’s Governor Scott Walker has
threatened to start issuing pink slips to state workers if a
vote isn’t taken by the House next week.
Four Americans were killed off the coast of
Somalia today after their boat was hijacked by pirates.
The stock market has taken a hit today due
to news of the turmoil in Libya and the Middle East.
Iranian ships have sailed through the Suez
Canal, a move that Israel had warned would be a provocation.
A powerful 6.3 magnitude earthquake has
devastated the biggest city on New Zealand’s south island,
Obama announces his run for re-election. It is time to
remind ALL Americans what his true intentions are for the future of our
Yes, he told us in advance what he planned
to do. Few were listening.
The following is a
narrative taken from a 2008 Sunday morning
televised "Meet The Press'.
07 Sept. 2008
11:48:04 EST, Televised "Meet
the Press" THE THEN Senator Obamawas asked about his stance on the American Flag.
General Bill Ginn' USAF (ret.) asked Obama to explain WHY he doesn't
follow protocol when the National Anthem
The General stated to
Obama that according to the United States Code, Title 36, Chapter 10,
of the national anthem, when the flag is displayed, all present (except
those in uniform) are expected to stand at attention
facing the flag
with the right hand over the heart. Or, at the very least, " Stan d and
NOW GET THIS
"As I've said about the
flag pin, I don't want to be perceived as taking sides". "There are a
lot of people in the world to whom the American
flag is a symbol of oppression.." "The anthem itself conveys a war-like
message. You know, the bombs bursting in air and all that sort of
continued: "The National Anthem should be 'swapped' for something less
parochial and less bellicose. I like the song 'I'd Like To Teach the
World To Sing'. If that were our anthem, then, I might saluteit.
In my opinion, we should consider reinventing our National Anthemas
well as 'redesign' our Flag to better offer our enemies hope and love.It's
my intention, if elected, to disarm America to
the level of acceptanceto our Middle East
Brethren. If we, as a Nation of waring people, conduct ourselves like
the nations of Islam, where peace prevails - - - perhaps astate
or period of mutual accord could exist between our governments ....
I become President, I will seek a pact of agreement to end hostilities
between those who have been at war or in a state of enmity, and a
freedom from disquieting oppressive thoughts. We
as a Nation, have placed upon the nations ofIslam,
is WHY my wife disrespects the Flag and
she and I have attended several flag burning ceremonies in the past".
"Of course now, I
have found myself about to become the President of the United
States and I have put my hatred aside . I will use my power to bring CHANGE to this
Nation, and offer the people a new path..My
wife and I look forward to becoming our Country's First black Family.
Indeed, CHANGE is about to
overwhelm the United States of America "
the Hell is that???
you read it right.
I, for one,
am speechless!!! Dale Lindsborg
, Washington Post
Bread Winner... I was
speaking to an emergency room physician this morning. He told me that a
woman in her 20s came to the ER with her 8thpregnancy.
She stated, "my momma told me that I am the breadwinner for the
asked her to explain. She said that she can make babies and babies get
money for the family. It goes like this: The grandma calls the
Department of Child and Family Services and states that the unemployed
daughter is not capable of caring for these children. DCFS agrees and
states that the child or children will need to go to
The grandma then volunteers to be the foster parent, and thus receives a
check for $1500 per child per month in Illinois
yearly income: $144,000
tax-free, not to mention free healthcare (Medicaid) plus a monthly card
entitling her to free groceries, etc, and a voucher for 250 free cell
phone minutes per month. This does not even include WIC and other
welfare programs.. Indeed, grandma was correct in that her fertile daughter is the
"breadwinner" for the family.
This is how the ruling class spends our tax dollars.
Sebastian J. Ciancio, M.D. Urologist, Danville Polyclinic, LTD Is
this a GREAT COUNTRY or what... Don't
forget to pay your taxes!!!
There are a lot of
depending on you & I
See what Home Depot donated in support of - then Sign the Pledge
the Home Depot revealed the company's endorsement of homosexuality by
donating its signature orange aprons to a Gay Pride Parade event in
Toronto, knowing full well what they were going to be used for. The Home
Depot aprons were stuffed with thousands of condoms which were handed
out along the parade route. Event organizers posted on their website,
"The pouches worn by the volunteers were donated by Home Depot."
company has again signaled its support for homosexuality. This time by
allowing the Home Depot name to be used in conjunction with the
promotion of unhealthy and dangerous sexual activities of homosexuals.
photos above, taken from the parade, gay activists proudly wear Home
Depot aprons used to distribute thousands of condoms to parade
participants and attendees.
help promote the boycott, AFA has produced the
AFA Pass Along Sheet. Please print copies of this sheet and share them with your
neighbors, friends and co-workers.
Encourage them to join the boycott of The Home Depot.
“I can make
a firm pledge. Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a
year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your
payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes,”
President Obama, September 12, 2008
Beginning January 1, 2013, ObamaCare imposes a 3.8% Medicare tax on
unearned income, including the sale of single family homes, townhouses,
co-ops, condominiums, and even rental income.
In February 2010, 5.02 million homes were sold, according to the
National Association of Realtors. On any given day, the sale of a
house, town home, condominium, co-op, or income from a rental property
can push middle-income families over the $250,000 threshold and slam
them with a new tax they can’t afford.
This new ObamaCare tax is the first time the government will apply a 3.8
percent tax on unearned income. This new tax on home sales and unearned
income and other Medicare taxes raise taxes more than $210 billion to
pay for ObamaCare. The National Association of Realtors called this
new Medicare tax on unearned income “destructive” and “ill-advised” and
warned it would hurt job creation.
For previous ObamaCare Flatlines, visit click here.
At a time when many Americans can barely
afford Burger King and a movie, Obama boasts of spending a billion
dollars on his re-election campaign. Questioned at a recent appearance
about the spiraling fuel costs, Obama said, "Get used to it" - and with
an insouciant grin and chortle, he told another person at the event, who
complained about the effect high fuel prices were having on his family,
to "get a more fuel-efficient car."
The Obamas behave as if they were sharecroppers living in a trailer and
hit the Powerball, but instead of getting new tires for their trailer
and a new pickup truck, they moved to Washington . And instead of making
possum pie, with goats and chickens in the front yard, they're spending
and living large at taxpayer expense - opulent vacations, gala balls,
resplendent dinners and exclusive command performances at the White
House, grand date nights, golf, basketball, more golf, exclusive resorts
and still more golf.
Expensive, ill-fitting and ill-chosen wigs and
fashions hardly befit the first lady of the United States . The Obamas
have behaved in every way but presidential - which is why it's so
offensive when we hear Obama say, in order "to restore fiscal
responsibility, we all need to share in the sacrifice - but we don't
have to sacrifice the America we believe in."
The American people have been sacrificing; it
is he and his family who are behaving as if they've never had two
nickels to rub together - and now, having hit the mother lode, they're
going to spend away their feelings of inadequacy at the taxpayers'
Obama continues to exhibit behavior that, at
best, can be described as mobocratic and, at worst, reveals a deeply
damaged individual. In a February 2010 column, I asked,
"Is Obama unraveling?" I wrote that it was beginning to appear the
growing mistrust of him and contempt for his policies was beginning to
have a destabilizing effect on him.
At that time, I wrote that not having things
go one's way can be a bitter pill, but reasonable people don't behave as
he was behaving. He had insulted Republicans at their luncheon, where he
had been an invited guest. I had speculated that was, in part, what had
led him to falsely accuse Supreme Court justices before Congress, the
nation and the world, during the 2010 State of the Union address.
It appeared, at that time, as if he were "fraying around the emotional
edges." That behavior has not abated - it has become more pronounced.
While addressing the nation, after being forced to explain the validity
of his unilateral aggression with Libya , America witnessed a petulant
individual scowling and scolding the public for daring to insist he
explain his actions.
But during an afternoon speech to address the
budget/debt, he took his scornful, unstable despotic behavior to depths
that should give the nation cause for concern. Displaying a dark
psychopathy more representative of an episode of "The Tudors" television
series, he invited Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., to sit in the front row
during his speech and then proceeded to berate both Ryan and Ryan's
budget-cutting plan. Even liberal Democrats were put off by the act.
MSNBC's Joe Scarborough questioned the sanity of Obama's actions.
Today, criticism is coming from all sides. A senior Democrat lawmaker
said, "I have been very disappointed in [Obama], to the point where I'm
embarrassed that I endorsed him. It's so bad that some of us are
thinking, is there some way we can replace him? How do you get rid of
this guy?" ("Democrats' Disgust with Obama," The Daily Beast, April 15,
Steve McCann wrote: Obama's speech "was chock
full of lies, deceit and crass fear-mongering. It must be said that [he]
is the most dishonest, deceitful and mendacious person in a position of
power I have ever witnessed" ("The Mendacity of Barack Obama,"
AmericanThinker.com, April 15, 2011).
McCann continued: "[His] performance was the
culmination of four years of outright lies and narcissism that have been
largely ignored by the media, including some in the conservative press
and political class who are loath to call [him] what he is in the
bluntest of terms: a liar and a fraud. That he relies on his skin color
to intimidate, either outright or by insinuation [against] those who
oppose his radical agenda only add to his audacity. It is apparent that
he has gotten away with his character flaws his entire life, aided and
abetted by sycophants around him." With these being among the kinder
rebukes being directed at Obama, and with people becoming less
intimidated by his willingness to use race asa bludgeon, with falling
poll numbers in every meaningful category and an increasingly aggressive
tea-party opposition - how much longer before he cracks completely?
The coming months of political life are not going to be pleasant for
Obama. Possessed by a self-perceived palatine mindset, that in his mind
places him above criticism, how long before he cracks in public? Can
America risk a man with a documented track record of lying and
misrepresenting truth as a basic way of life, who is becoming
increasingly more contumelious?
Mychal Massie is chairman of the National
Leadership Network of Black Conservatives-Project 21 - a conservative
black think tank located in Washington, D.C. He was recognized as the
2008 Conservative Man of the Year by the Conservative Party of Suffolk County , N.Y. He is a
nationally recognized political activist, pundit and columnist. He has
appeared on Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, C-SPAN, NBC, Comcast Cable and
talk radio programming nationwide. A former self-employed business owner
of more than 30 years, Massie can be followed at
former Chicago lawyer now practicing law in Tyler , TX .
Facts can be checked it out https://www.iardc.org “ Illinois Attorney
Registration And Disciplinary Committee”. It's the official arm of
lawyer discipline in Illinois ; and they are very strict and mean as
hell. (Talk about irony.)
President Barack Obama, former
editor of the Harvard Law Review, is no longer a "lawyer". He
surrendered his license back in 2008 in order to escape charges he lied
on his bar application. Michelle Obama "voluntarily surrendered" her law
license in 1993.
I, at the age of 65, maintain
(at the cost of approximately $600/year) my law license that I worked so
hard and long to earn, but these two “voluntarily surrendered” theirs!
Consider this: A "Voluntary Surrender" is not something where you
decide "Gee, a license is not really something I need anymore, is it?"
and forget to renew your license. No, a "Voluntary Surrender" is
something you do when you've been accused of something, and you
'voluntarily surrender" your license five seconds before the state takes
it away. So, the first black President and First Lady who parade
as Lawyers - don't actually have licenses to practice law. Facts Source:
Obama claims to be
a Constitutional Law Professor at the University of Chicago. A senior
lecturer is one thing, a fully ranked law professor is another. Barack
Obama was NOT a Constitutional Law Professor at
the University of Chicago.
The University of Chicago released a statement in March 2008 saying Sen.
Barack Obama (D-Ill.) "served as a professor" in the law school-but that
is a title Obama, who taught courses there part-time,
never held, a spokesman for the school confirmed in 2008. "He did not
hold the title of Professor of Law," said Marsha Ferziger Nagorsky, an
Assistant Dean for Communications and Lecturer in Law at
the University of Chicago School of Law.
Free Republic: In the State of the Union Address, President Obama
said: "We find unity in our incredible diversity, drawing on the promise
enshrined in our Constitution: the
notion that we are all created equal. Um, wrong citing, wrong
founding document there Champ, I mean Mr. President. By the way, the
promises are not a notion; our founders named them unalienable rights.
The document is our Declaration of Independence and it reads: “We hold
these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that
they are endowed by their Creator with certain
unalienable Rights, that
among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness”. And this is
the same guy who lectured the Supreme Court moments later in the same
speech? When you are a phony it's hard to keep facts straight.
In doubt? check it
out through the sources provided.
Barack and Michelle Obama both hold valid law licenses in
Illinois. Neither has ever been disciplined or the subject of
a disciplinary proceeding in Illinois. Barack Obama is currently on
voluntary retirement status as an Illinois lawyer. Michelle Obama is
currently on voluntary inactive status as an Illinois lawyer.
This does NOT say why or when exactly the law licenses
were given up voluntarily. Ha Ha!!
In case you haven't heard about this
guy before, his name will stick in your mind! The new Maine governor,
Paul LePage, is making New Jersey's Chris Christie look like an enabler.
He isn't afraid to say what he thinks. Judging by the comments, every
time he opens his mouth, his popularity goes up.
He brought down the house at his
inauguration when he shook his fist toward the media box and said,
“You're on notice! I've inherited a financially-troubled State to run.
Observe...cover what we do...but don't whine if I don't waste time
responding to your every whim for your amusement.”
During his campaign for Governor, he
was talking to commercial fishermen who are struggling because of
federal fisheries rules. They complained that 0bama brought his family
to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park for a long Labor Day holiday and
found time to meet with union leaders, but wouldn't talk to the
fishermen. LePage replied, “I'd tell him to go to hell and get out of
my State.” The Lame Stream Media crucified LePage, but he jumped 6
points in the pre-election poll.
The Martin Luther King incident was a
political sandbag which brought him National exposure. The “lame stream”
media crucified him, but word on the street is very positive. The NAACP
specifically asked LePage to spend MLK Day visiting black inmates at the
Maine State Prison. He told them that he would meet with ALL inmates,
regardless of race, if he were to visit the prison. The NAACP balked and
then put out a news release claiming falsely that he refused to
participate in any MLK events. He read it in the paper for the 1st time
the next morning while being driven to an event and went ballistic
because none of the reporters had called him for comment before running
the NAACP release.
He arrived at that event & said in front of a TV camera, “If they want
to play the race card on me, they can kiss my ass!” And then he reminded
them that he has an adopted black son from Jamaica, and that he attended
the local MLK Breakfast every year that he was mayor of Waterville. (He
started his morning there on MLK Day.)
He then stated that there's a right way
and a wrong way to meet with the Governor, and he put all special
interests on notice that press releases, media leaks, and all
demonstrations would prove to be the wrong way. He said any other group
which acted like the NAACP could expect to be at the bottom of the
Governor's priority list!
He then did the following, and judging
from local radio talk show callers, his popularity increased even more:
The State employees union complained because he waited until 3 P.M.
before closing State offices and facilities and sending non-emergency
personnel home during the last blizzard. The prior Governor would often
close offices for the day with just a forecast before the first flakes.
(Each time the State closes for snow, it costs the taxpayers about $1
million in wages for no work in return.)
LePage was CEO of the Marden's chain of
discount family bargain retail stores before election as governor. He
noted that State employees getting off work early could still find lots
of retail stores open to shop. So, he put the State employees on notice
by announcing, “If Marden's is open, Maine is open!" He told State
employees, “We live in Maine in the winter, for heaven's sake, and
should know how to drive in it. Otherwise, apply for a State job in
Governor LePage symbolizes what America needs; refreshing politicians
who aren't self-serving and who exhibit common sense! (Please "share"
with your email "listings")
At a time when many Americans
can barely afford Burger King and a movie, Obama boasts of spending a
billion dollars on his re-election campaign. Questioned at a recent
appearance about the spiraling fuel costs, Obama said, "Get used to it"
– and with an insouciant grin and chortle, he told another person at the
event, who complained about the effect high fuel prices were having on
his family, to "get a more fuel-efficient car."
The Obamas behave as if they were sharecroppers living in a trailer
and hit the Powerball, but instead of getting new tires for their
trailer and a new pickup truck, they moved to Washington . And instead
of making possum pie, with goats and chickens in the front yard, they're
spending and living large at taxpayer expense – opulent vacations, gala
balls, resplendent dinners and exclusive command performances at the
White House, grand date nights, golf, basketball, more golf, exclusive
resorts and still more golf. In the 1950's they called it acting (NIGGER
Expensive, ill-fitting and ill-chosen wigs and fashions hardly befit the
first lady of the United States . The Obamas have behaved in every way
but presidential – which is why it's so offensive when we hear Obama
say, in order "to restore fiscal responsibility, we all need to share in
the sacrifice – but we don't have to sacrifice the America we believe
The American people have been sacrificing; it is he and his family who
are behaving as if they've never had two nickels to rub together – and
now, having hit the mother lode, they're going to spend away their
feelings of inadequacy at the taxpayers' expense.
Obama continues to exhibit behavior that, at best, can be described as
mobocratic and, at worst, reveals a deeply damaged individual. In a
February 2010 column, I asked, "Is
Obama unraveling?" I wrote that it was beginning to appear the
growing mistrust of him and contempt for his policies was beginning to
have a destabilizing effect on him.
At that time, I wrote that not having things go one's way can be a
bitter pill, but reasonable people don't behave as he was behaving. He
had insulted Republicans at their luncheon, where he had been an invited
guest. I had speculated that was, in part, what had led him to falsely
accuse Supreme Court justices before Congress, the nation and the world,
during the 2010 State of the Union address.
It appeared, at that time, as if he were "fraying around the emotional
edges." That behavior has not abated – it has become more pronounced.
While addressing the nation, after being forced to explain the validity
of his unilateral aggression with Libya , America witnessed a petulant
individual scowling and scolding the public for daring to insist he
explain his actions.
But during an afternoon speech to address the budget/debt, he took his
scornful, unstable despotic behavior to depths that should give the
nation cause for concern. Displaying a dark psychopathy more
representative of an episode of "The Tudors" television series, he
invited Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., to sit in the front row during his
speech and then proceeded to berate both Ryan and Ryan's budget-cutting
plan. Even liberal Democrats were put off by the act. MSNBC's Joe
Scarborough questioned the sanity of Obama's actions.
Today, criticism is coming from all sides. A senior Democrat lawmaker
said, "I have been very disappointed in [Obama], to the point where I'm
embarrassed that I endorsed him. It's so bad that some of us are
thinking, is there some way we can replace him? How do you get rid of
this guy?" ("Democrats' Disgust with Obama," The Daily Beast, April 15,
Steve McCann wrote: Obama's speech "was chock full of lies, deceit and
crass fear-mongering. It must be said that [he] is the most dishonest,
deceitful and mendacious person in a position of power I have ever
witnessed" ("The Mendacity of Barack Obama,"AmericanThinker.com,
April 15, 2011).
McCann continued: "[His] performance was the culmination of four years
of outright lies and narcissism that have been largely ignored by the
media, including some in the conservative press and political class who
are loath to call [him] what he is in the bluntest of terms: a liar and
a fraud. That he relies on his skin color to intimidate, either outright
or by insinuation [against] those who oppose his radical agenda only add
to his audacity. It is apparent that he has gotten away with his
character flaws his entire life, aided and abetted by sycophants around
With these being among the kinder rebukes being directed at Obama, and
with people becoming less intimidated by his willingness to use race as
a bludgeon, with falling poll numbers in every meaningful category and
an increasingly aggressive tea-party opposition – how much longer before
he cracks completely?
The coming months of political life are not going to be pleasant for
Obama. Possessed by a self-perceived palatine mindset, that in his mind
places him above criticism, how long before he cracks in public? Can
America risk a man with a documented track record of lying and
misrepresenting truth as a basic way of life, who is becoming
increasingly more contumelious?
Mychal Massie is chairman of the National Leadership Network of Black
Conservatives-Project 21 – a conservative black think tank located in
Washington, D.C. He was recognized as the 2008 Conservative Man of the
Year by the Conservative Party of Suffolk County , N.Y. He is a
nationally recognized political activist, pundit and columnist. He has
appeared on Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, C-SPAN, NBC, Comcast Cable and
talk radio programming nationwide. A former self-employed business owner
of more than 30 years, Massie can be followed atmychal-massie.com.
A new promotional video released by the
Department of Homeland Security characterizes white middle class
Americans as the most likely terrorists, as Big Sis continues its
relentless drive to cement the myth that mad bombers are hiding around
every corner, when in reality Americans are just as likely to be killed
by lightning strikes or peanut allergies.
The video is part of Homeland Security’s $10
million dollar “See Something, Say Something” program that encourages
Americans to report “suspicious activity,” which in every case
throughout history has been a trait of oppressive, dictatorial regimes.
In the course of the 10 minute clip, a myriad of
different behaviors are characterized as terrorism, including opposing
surveillance, using a video camera, talking to police officers, wearing
hoodies, driving vans, writing on a piece of paper, and using a cell
phone recording application.
Despite encouraging viewers not to pay attention
to a person’s race in determining whether or not they may be a
terrorist, almost all of the scenarios in the clip proceed to portray
white people as the most likely terrorists. Bizarrely, nearly every
single one of the “patriotic” Americans who reports on their fellow
citizen is either black, Asian or Arab. Imagine if the video had
portrayed every terrorist as an Arab and every patriotic snoop as white,
there’d be an outcry and rightly so, but this strange reversal must have
been deliberate on the part of the DHS, but why? Is this merely
political correctness taken to the extreme or is something deeper at
she must have been really good at her job. At the top right hand corner
of page 17 of the New York Post,
January 24, 2009, was a column entitled, "Replacing Michelle" in the
National Review, The Week.
Here it is as it
"Some employees are
simply irreplaceable. Take Michelle Obama: The University of Chicago
Medical Center hired her in 2002 to run 'programs for community
relations, neighborhood outreach, volunteer recruitment, staff diversity
and minority contracting'.
In 2005 the hospital
raised her salary from $120,000 to $317,000 - nearly twice what her
husband made as a Senator.
Her husband, Barak
Obama, had just become a U.S. Senator. He requested a $1 million
"Earmark" for the UC Medical Center. Way to network, Michelle!
Now that Mrs. Obama
has resigned, the hospital says her position will remain unfilled. How
can that be, if the work she did was vital enough to be worth $317,000?
Let me add that
Michelle's position was a part-time, 20-hours-a-week job.
My thoughts: How did
this bit of "quid pro quo" (scratch my back - I'll scratch yours)
corruption escape the sharp reporters that dug through Sarah Palin's
garbage and kindergarten files?
I hope this is
forwarded so many times that the media will HAVE to cover it..
Little by little the subtle changes come until one day we will
wake up and be the United Socialist States of America .
2012 is just around the corner so get and stay engaged as if our nation
depended on it because it does!!!!!
Department of (in)Justice
red, white, and blue stars and stripes.
Well, how interesting! It
seems the U.S. Department of Justice has changed its web site.
Gone are the colorful red, white, and blue U.S. Flag decorations on the
Replaced by stark black and
And at the top of the page,
is a rather interesting quote:
"The common law is the will
of mankind, issuing from the life of the people."
Catchy, huh? Just one tiny
little (too small to be relevant obviously) point --the quote is from
C. Wilfred Jenks, who in the 1930's was a leading proponent of the
"international law" movement, which had as its goal to impose a
global common law and which backed 'global workers' rights.'
Call it Marxism,
call it Progressivism, call it Socialism
-- under any of those names, it definitely makes the DOJ look corrupt in
their new website with Marxist accessories to match.
How very interesting that
'they' couldn't find a nice quote from one of our Founders.
People, we have lost our Republic. This is an example of the slow,
methodical misuse of power our current government is doing as they lead
and destroying our republic as we have known it.
Corruption all over the place in this one,
particularly from the Banks and Pharmaceutical companies both of
whom acquire Congressional immunity to Patent Law. Banks are immune
to patent law and can do whatever they want to monopolize and
control Web Based Transaction Processing. Everyone else has to
suffer Patent Law and its limitations. Under current law, all
Patent Office issued Design patents expire in 14 years. Patent
Office issued Utility patents expire in 20 years. Pharmaceutical
companies get a new kind of patent extension called the “Forever
and Upgradable Patent”. Unbelievable! First to the patent office means you
can steal and patent the Intellectual property of other companies,
promoting Tech Spying and Technology Theft on a Government approved
scale. Here come the Chinese my friend. The evil empire mandates
that the destruction of the SME inventor and innovator is complete.
WASHINGTON—The Senate voted
89-9 Thursday to overhaul the U.S. patent system for the first time
in decades, ending a six-year effort and sending the bill to
President Barack Obama for his signature.
The legislation would
fundamentally change how inventors and companies receive patents.
Proponents say it will bring the U.S. in line with European and
Asian countries, which currently award patents on a "first to file"
basis and will eliminate costly legal disputes over who invented
something first. The U.S. currently awards patents from a "first to
"This is a product of years of
work, and it's the best we're going to have," Sen. Patrick Leahy (D,
Vt.), a sponsor of the "America Invents Act," said on the Senate
floor Thursday. "We have a patent system that hasn't been updated in
half a century, but we're competing with countries around the world
that are light years ahead of us."
Some small businesses and
inventors opposed the change, saying individual inventors will be
disadvantaged because they don't have an in-house legal department
or an army of patent attorneys on retainer. The legislation also
institutes new rules that allow third parties to challenge patents
after they are awarded and sets up a grace period for allowing
inventors to file applications after publicly disclosing their
It also gives the U.S. Patent
and Trademark Office authority to raise its own fees. This is a step
strongly supported by many companies and industry groups, which have
expressed frustration that the patent office is so understaffed and
backlogged that it can now take upward of three years to receive a
The Senate easily passed
similar legislation in March on a 95-5 vote, but had to take up the
measure again to reconcile differences with a bill the House passed
by a 304-117 margin in June. Although the two bills were similar,
the House legislation eliminated a Senate provision that would
prohibit Congress from taking fees raised by the U.S. Patent and
Trademark Office and spending it on other programs.
Some House appropriators argued
that they needed control on the patent office's purse strings to
retain oversight of the office. The House legislation set up a
reserve fund for excess patent office fees, which could be used by
the office with congressional approval.
Sen. Tom Coburn (R., Okla.) and
a handful of other senators disagreed and pressed Thursday for an
amendment to prohibit "fee diversion," although that effort narrowly
Two other amendments aimed at
killing provisions in the bill for particular special interests also
failed. Lawmakers were concerned changes to the bill could derail
the legislation, which would have then had to go back to the House
for another vote. One provision could help banks avoid paying
royalties to a company with a check-processing patent while the
other would clarify how long pharmaceutical companies have to apply
for patent extensions.
I have been wondering about this for quite a
while. Every time I look up something negative on Obama it says it is
not true. Some of the simple stuff comes out 50/50, but not on the "O".
I always try to not get taken in by the written word, but it is hard to
do. Seems if someone writes it we think it is true.
SNOPES EXPOSED Snopes is
heavily financed by George Soros, a huge financial supporter of Obama!
In our Search for the truth department, we find what I have suspected on
I went to Snopes to check this out and they said it was false and
there were no such dockets so I ‘Googled’ the Supreme Court, typed in ‘Obama-Kagan,’
and guess what? Yep you got it.
Snopes lied.Everyone of those
dockets are there.So Here is what I wrote Snopes:
Referencing the article about Elena Kagan and Barack Obama dockets: The
information you have posted stating that there were no such cases as
claimed and the examples you gave are blatantly false. I went directly
to the Supreme Court’s website, typed in Obama Kagan and immediately
came up with all of the dockets that the article made reference to.. I
have long suspected that you really slant things but this revelation is
You exist behind a veil of half truths and distorted facts. Hoping you
will be honest and forthcoming in the future is probably expecting too
************* If you really
didn't know THIS then your investigative reporting is a sham.
was representing Obama in all the petitions to prove his citizenship.
Now she may help rule on them. Folks, this is really ugly.Chicago Politics;
and the beat goes on and on and on...
Once again the US Senate sold us out!Someone figured
out why Obama
nominated Elana Kagan for the Supreme Court.... Pull up the Supreme Courts
website, go to the docket and search for Obama.Kagan was the Solicitor General for all the suits against him
filed with the Supreme Court to show proof of natural born citizenship.
He owed her big time. All of the requests were denied, of course.
They were never heard! It just keeps getting deeper and deeper, doesn't
it? The American people mean nothing any longer. It all comes down to
payback time for those who compromised themselves to elect someone that
really has no true right to even be there. Here are some
websites of the Supreme Court Docket: When you look up some of these
hearings and guess what??
Elana Kagan is the
attorney representing Obama!!! Check out these examples:
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COLLEGE CLASSMATE SPEAKS OUT
By Wayne Allyn Root, June
Barack Hussein Obama is no
fool. He is not incompetent.
To the contrary, he is
brilliant. He knows exactly what he's doing.
He is purposely
overwhelming the U.S. economy to create systemic
economic crisis and social chaos -- thereby
destroying capitalism and
our country from within.
Barack Hussein Obama was my college classmate
University , class of '83).
is a devout Muslim do not be fooled.
at his Czars...anti-business. .anti-American.
As Glenn Beck correctly predicted from day one,
Barack Hussein Obama is
following the plan of Cloward & Piven, two
professors at Columbia University .
They outlined a plan to socialize America by
overwhelming the system
with government spending and entitlement
up the clues below. Taken individually they're
as a whole, it is a brilliant, Machiavellian
game plan to turn the United States into a
socialist/Marxist state with a permanent
majority that desperately needs government for
survival ... and can be counted on to always
vote for bigger government.
not? They have no responsibility to pay for it.
Universal health care. The health care bill
had very little to do with health care. It had
everything to do with unionizing millions of
hospital and health care workers, as well as
adding 15,000 to 20,000 new IRS agents (who will
join government employee unions).
doesn't care that giving free health care to 30
million Americans will add trillions to the
he does care about is that it cements the
dependence of those 30 million voters to
Democrats and big government. Who but a
socialist revolutionary would pass this reckless
spending bill in the middle of a depression?
Cap and trade. Like health care legislation
having nothing to do with
health care, cap and trade has nothing to do
with global warming.
has everything to do with redistribution of
income, government control
of the economy and a criminal payoff to Obama's
Those powerful and wealthy unions and
contributors (like GE, which owns
NBC, MSNBC and CNBC) can then be counted on to
support everything Obama wants.
will kick-back hundreds of millions of dollars
in contributions to Obama and the Democratic
Party to keep them in power.
The bonus is that all the new taxes on Americans
with bigger cars, bigger homes and businesses
helps Obama "spread the wealth around."
Make Puerto Rico a state. Why? Who's asking for
a 51st state?
Who's asking for millions of new welfare
recipients and government entitlement addicts in
the middle of a depression? Certainly not
American taxpayers. But this has been Barack
Hussein Obama's plan all along.
goal is to add two new Democrat senators, five
Democrat congressman and a million loyal
Democratic voters who are dependent on big
Legalize 12 million illegal Mexican immigrants.
giving these 12 million potential new citizens
free health care alone could overwhelm the
system and bankrupt America . But it adds 12
million reliable new Democrat voters who can be
counted on to support big government. Add
another few trillion dollars in welfare, aid to
food stamps, free medical, education, tax
credits for the poor, and eventually Social
Stimulus and bailouts. Where did all that money
went to Democrat contributors, organizations
(ACORN), and unions -- including billions of
dollars to save or create jobs of government
employees across the country.
went to save GM and Chrysler so that their
employees could keep paying union dues.
went to AIG so that Goldman Sachs could be
bailed out (after giving Obama almost $1 million
staggering $125 billion went to teachers
(thereby protecting their union dues).
those public employees will vote loyally
Democrat to protect their bloated salaries and
pensions that are bankrupting America .
country goes broke, future generations face a
bleak future, but Obama, the Democrat Party,
government, and the unions grow more powerful.
ends justify the means.
taxes on small business owners, high-income
earners, and job creators. Put the entire burden
on only the top 20 percent of taxpayers,
redistribute the income, punish success, and
reward those who did nothing to deserve it
(except vote for Obama).
Reagan wanted to dramatically cut taxes in order
to starve the government. Barack Obama wants to
dramatically raise taxes to starve his political
opposition. With the acts outlined above, Barack
Hussein Obama and his regime have created a vast
and rapidly expanding constituency of voters
dependent on big government; a vast privileged
class of public employees who work for big
government; and a government dedicated to
destroying capitalism and installing themselves
as socialist rulers by overwhelming the system.
it up and you've got the perfect Marxist scheme
-- all devised by
my Columbia University college classmate Barack
Hussein Obama using the Cloward and Piven Plan.
The preceeding is in simple language that
everyone can understand. Not the gibberish that
our government keeps telling people. Please read
this carefully and make sure you keep this
message going. This needs to be emailed to
everyone in the USA .BACK
Allen West on the Marines Incident: 'Shut
Your Mouth, War Is Hell'
West (R-Fla.), a former Army lieutenant colonel,
sends THE WEEKLY STANDARD an email commenting on
Marines' video, and has given us permission
to publish it.
“I have sat
back and assessed the incident with the video of
our Marines urinating on Taliban corpses. I do
not recall any self-righteous indignation when
our Delta snipers Shugart and Gordon had their
bodies dragged through Mogadishu. Neither do I
recall media outrage and condemnation of our
Blackwater security contractors being killed,
their bodies burned, and hung from a bridge in
over-emotional pundits and armchair quarterbacks
need to chill. Does anyone remember the two
Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division who
were beheaded and gutted in Iraq?
were wrong. Give them a maximum punishment under
field grade level Article 15 (non-judicial
punishment), place a General Officer level
letter of reprimand in their personnel file, and
have them in full dress uniform stand before
their Battalion, each personally apologize to
God, Country, and Corps videotaped and conclude
by singing the full US Marine Corps Hymn without
everyone else, unless you have been shot at by
the Taliban, shut your mouth, war is hell.”
"Frankly, I don't know what it is about
California, but we seem to have a strange urge
to elect really obnoxious women to high office.
I'm not bragging, you understand, but no other
state, including Maine, even comes close. When
it comes to sending left-wing dingbats to
Washington, we're number one. There's no getting
around the fact that the last time anyone saw
the likes of Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein,
Maxine Waters, and Nancy Pelosi, they were
stirring a cauldron when the curtain went up on
'Macbeth'. The four of them are like jackasses
who happen to possess the gift of blab. You
don't know if you should condemn them for their
stupidity or simply marvel at their ability to
Based on government figures,
this is change Obama promised. And it only took
just under 3 years. Just think what he can
accomplish in another four years. Don’t stop
him now, he’s on a roll. His programs are just
starting to work.
When your family or friends
cannot explain why they voted Democrat, give
them this list. Then they can then pick a reason
from this "TOP 12"..
1. I voted Democrat because I believe oil
companies' profits of 4% on a gallon of gas are
obscene, but the government taxing the same
gallon of gas at 15% isn't.
2. I voted Democrat because I believe the government will do a
better job of spending the money I earn than I
3. I voted Democrat because Freedom of Speech is fine as long as
nobody is offended by it.
4. I voted Democrat because I'm way too irresponsible to own a
gun, and I know that my local police are all I
need to protect me from murderers and thieves.
5. I voted Democrat because I believe that people who can't tell
us if it will rain on Friday can tell us that
the polar ice caps will melt away in ten years
if I don't start driving a Prius.
6. I voted Democrat because I'm not concerned about millions of
babies being aborted so long as we keep all
death row inmates alive.
7. I voted Democrat because I think illegal aliens have a right
to free health care, education, and Social
Security benefits, and we should take away the
social security from those who paid into it.
8. I voted Democrat because I believe that business should not be
allowed to make profits for themselves. They
need to break even and give the rest away to the
government for redistribution as the Democrats
see fit. (Think like Obama, Socialism)
9. I voted Democrat because I believe liberal judges need to
rewrite the Constitution every few days to suit
some fringe kooks who would never get their
agendas past the voters.
10.. I voted Democrat because I think that it's better to pay
billions to people who hate us for their oil,
but not drill our own because it might upset
some endangered beetle, gopher or fish.
11. I voted Democrat because while we live in the greatest, most
wonderful country in the world, I was promised
"HOPE AND CHANGE".
12. I voted Democrat because my head is so firmly planted up my
ass, it's unlikely that I'll ever have another
point of view.
Here's a quick look into the three former
Fannie Mae executives who brought down Wall
Street. Franklin Raines - was a Chairman
and Chief Executive Officer at Fannie Mae.
Raines was forced to retire from his position
with Fannie Mae when auditing discovered severe
irregularities in Fannie Mae's accounting
activities. Raines left with a "golden parachute
valued at $240 Million in benefits. The
Government filed suit against Raines when the
depth of the accounting scandal became clear.
Tim Howard - was the Chief Financial
Officer of Fannie Mae. Howard "was a strong internal
proponent of using accounting strategies that would
ensure a "stable pattern of earnings" at Fannie.
Investigations by federal regulators and the
company's board of directors since concluded that
management did manipulate 1998 earnings to trigger
bonuses. Raines and Howard resigned under pressure
in late 2004. Howard's Golden Parachute was
estimated at $20 Million!
Jim Johnson - A former executive at
Lehman Brothers and who was later forced from his
position as Fannie Mae CEO. Investigators found that
Fannie Mae had hidden a substantial amount of
Johnson's 1998 compensation from the public,
reporting that it was between $6 million and $7
million when it fact it was $21 million." Johnson is
currently under investigation for taking illegal
loans from Countrywide while serving as CEO of
Johnson's Golden Parachute was
estimated at $28 Million.
WHERE ARE THEY NOW? FRANKLIN RAINES?
Raines works for the Obama Campaign as his
Chief Economic Advisor. TIM HOWARD?
Howard is a Chief Economic Advisor to Obama
under Franklin Raines. JIM JOHNSON?
Johnson was hired as a Senior Obama Finance
Advisor and was selected to run Obama's Vice
Presidential Search Committee.
Our government is
rotten to the core !
Are we stupid or what?
Vote in 2012..it is the most important election of
Corsi, a Harvard Ph.D., has authored
many books, including No. 1 N.Y. Times
best-sellers "The Obama Nation" and
"Unfit for Command." Along with serving
as WND's senior staff reporter, Corsi is
a senior managing director at
Gilford Securities. Gilford
Securities, founded in 1979, is a
full-service boutique investment firm
headquartered in NYC providing financial
services to institutional and retail
clients, from investment banking and
equity research to retirement.
citizens today delivered sworn testimony to
a court that Barack Obama is slam-dunk
disqualified from having his name on the
2012 presidential ballot in the state,
because his father never was a U.S. citizen,
which prevents him from qualifying as a
“natural-born citizen” as the U.S.
Constitution requires for a president.
hearing was the first time that a court has
accepted arguments on the merits of the
controversy over Obama’s status. His critics
say he never met the constitutional
requirements to occupy the Oval Office, and
the states and Congress failed in their
obligations to make sure only a qualified
president is inaugurated. His supporters,
meanwhile, argue he won the 2008 election
and therefore was “vetted” by America.
was before Judge Michael Malihi of the
Georgia state Office of State Administrative
Hearings. In Georgia, a state law requires
“every candidate for federal” office who is
certified by the state executive committees
of a political party or who files a notice
of candidacy “shall meet the constitutional
and statutory qualifications for holding the
office being sought.”
also grants the secretary of state and any
“elector who is eligible to vote for a
candidate” in the state the authority to
raise a challenge to a candidate’s
qualifications, the judge determined.
the attorneys introduced passages from
Obama’s own writings that Barack Obama Sr.
was his father. They then introduced
evidence that the father never was a U.S.
citizen, that he was a citizen of Kenya at
the time of his son’s birth and was
therefore a subject of the United Kingdom.
citizenship, they said, precludes him from
serving as president, since the Founders
required that officer to be a “natural-born
citizen,” not just a “citizen.”
The term is
not defined in the Constitution, but
evidence introduced included a passage from
a 1875 Supreme Court opinion that states:”
The Constitution does not in words say who
shall be natural-born citizens. Resort must
be had elsewhere to ascertain that. At
common law, with the nomenclature of which
the framers of the Constitution were
familiar, it was never doubted that all
children born in a country of parents who
were its citizens became themselves, upon
their birth, citizens also. These were
natives or natural-born citizens, as
distinguished from aliens or foreigners.”
explained in his presentation that the 14th
Amendment granting citizenship did not
redefine Article 2, Section 1 of the U.S.
Constitution, which includes the requirement
for a president to be a “natural-born
argued also that another later court case
referenced citizenship in the dicta, not the
central holding in the case, and thus was
Irion’s arguments were echoed by Hatfield, a
strategy that at least one constitutional
expert, Herb Titus, said was sound.
constitutional law, common law, and other
subjects for nearly 30 years at five
different American Bar Association-approved
law schools. From 1986 to 1993, he served as
the founding dean of the College of Law and
Government in Regent University in Virginia
Beach, Va. Prior to his academic career, he
served as a trial attorney and a special
assistant United States attorney with the
United States Department of Justice in
Washington, D.C., and Kansas City, Mo.
He told WND
the fact that Obama’s father was a Kenyan
citizen should be sufficient.
“That is much
stronger than the question of where he was
born,” he said. “That alone is evidence. …
They don’t need anything additional.”
multiple prongs of the case: that the birth
certificate released by the White House is a
forgery; that he probably has had several
citizenships, such as when he was listed in
Indonesia as an Indonesian citizen; and that
he’s been known under the names Obama,
Soetoro and Soebarkah.
She also had
a private investigator, Susan Daniels,
testify that it appears Obama is using a
fraudulent Social Security number.
imaging expert Doug Vogt asserted the birth
documentation released by the White House
was a creation of a software program and not
a scan of any original document. That would
mean Obama’s documentation, despite what the
White House released in April, is still
Obama and his
attorney boycotted the proceedings, issuing
a letter to Georgia Secretary of State Brian
Kemp that the judge was letting attorneys
“run amok.” The statement came after Malihi
refused to quash a subpoena for Obama’s
testimony and his records, which effectively
was ignored by the White House.
The judge is
expected to review the evidence and make a
recommendation to the state whether there is
reason to be concerned about Obama’s name on
the 2012 ballot.
will have no defense evidence, but Kemp had
warned Obama about that.
and your client place in the record in
response to the challenge will be beneficial
to my review of the initial decision;
however, if you and your client choose to
suspend your participation in the OSAH
proceedings, please understand that you do
so at your own peril.”
WND reported earlier on the stunning
decision from Malihi, who refused to quash
the subpoena even after
Obama outlined his defense strategy for
such state-level challenges, which have
erupted in half a dozen or more states
electors and Congress, not the state of
Georgia, hold the constitutional
responsibility for determining the
qualifications of presidential candidates,”
Obama’s lawyer argued. “The election of
President Obama by the presidential
electors, confirmed by Congress, makes the
documents and testimony sought by plaintiff
But the judge
argues that ‘if enforced, [the subpoena]
requires him to interrupt duties as
president of the United States’ to attend a
hearing in Atlanta, Georgia. However,
defendant fails to provide any legal
authority to support his motion to quash the
subpoena to attend,” he wrote
in his order.
motion suggests that no president should be
compelled to attend a court hearing. This
may be correct. But defendant has failed to
enlighten the court with any legal
authority,” the judge continued.
“Specifically, defendant has failed to cite
to any legal authority evidencing why his
attendance is ‘unreasonable or oppressive,
or that the testimony … [is] irrelevant,
immaterial, or cumulative and unnecessary to
a party’s preparation or presentation at the
hearing, or that basic fairness dictates
that the subpoena should not be enforced,’”
the judge said.
also had argued that the state should mind
its own business.
sovereignty of the state of Georgia does not
extend beyond the limits of the State. …
Since the sovereignty of the state does not
extend beyond its territorial limits, an
administrative subpoena has no effect,” the
released by the White House in April:
Obama long-form birth certificate
released April 27 by the White House
“‘Natural born citizen’ in relation to the
office of president, and whether someone is
eligible, was in the Constitution from the
very beginning. Another way of putting it;
there is a law of the nature of citizenship.
If you are a natural born citizen, you are a
citizen according to the law of nature, not
according to any positive statement in a
Constitution or in a statute, but because of
the very nature of your birth and the very
nature of nations.”
If you “go
back and look at what the law of nature
would be or would require … that’s precisely
what a natural born citizen is … one who is
born to a father and mother each of whom is
a citizen of the U.S. or whatever other
country,” he said.
we’ve learned from the Hawaii birth
certificate is that Mr. Obama’s father was
not a citizen of the United States. His
mother was, but he doesn’t qualify as a
natural born citizen for the office of