Saturday, November 7, 2009

Fort Hood – The New 911

Americans were shocked into the first terrorist attack on American soil since the 911 atrocities. Wait, we're NOT supposed to call it a terrorist attack. There is NO war on terror. The President is on the record for saying "… I would caution against jumping to conclusions until we have all the facts.

Oh really? Why the political correctness here? Don't we know enough to be able to call a deliberate mass execution what it was?

What Do We Know?
Here's what we know today:

  • Major Nidal Malik Husan bought two handguns and several hundred rounds of ammunition prior to the event. Doesn't this show planning?
  • Husan gave away all of his worldly possessions just before the attacks – including his copy of the Koran. Why would a religious person do this?
  • Husan closed down his apartment just before the shootings. Sounds like he was planning on leaving and NOT coming back. He wasn't due to be shipped-out for several weeks! Did he know he would never be back?
  • Husan is on the record for being disgruntled and complaining about the war in Iraq and Afghanistan while extolling the religious virtues of radical Islamic bombings. He told friends he couldn't kill fellow Muslims. (Remember, he's a psychiatrist – not a foot soldier). Would he have to kill anyone as a psychiatrist? Was that his function?
  • Husan counseled returning vets about the "infidels" that should be murdered and gave arguments against the war. Walter Reid gave him a POOR work review because of his bad performance with the troops.

So this week he entered an area in Fort Hood that contained a large number of unarmed people in a dense concentration and began shooting innocent unarmed victims.

If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and shoots like a duck, it's a terrorist. Skip the political correctness crap. This was deliberate cold-blooded murder by Major Nidal Malik Husan, a terrorist.

Heroes to the Rescue
Lucky for an unimaginable number of potential victims that Sergeant Kimberly Munley and her partner Sergeant Mark Todd were on duty directing traffic that day. They prevented countless more deaths and injuries because of their fast actions and response to this threat.

It is yet to be determined if both officers shot Husan, but it is reported that Munley traded gunfire with the assassin, both striking each other. This prevented Husan from inflicting more death and destruction to the large crowd.

One thing for sure, Sgt. Munley is a Heroine. Thank you for your service. We also give our deepest condolences to the surviving friends and families of the innocent victims of this tragedy.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Executive Powers

Throughout history US Presidents have taken office with various degrees of understanding of their assigned Presidential powers. The Constitution clearly states what powers the President has as follows:
  • "The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States…"

  • "…and he shall have Power to Grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offenses against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment."

  • "…He shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law..."

  • "The President shall have Power to fill up all Vacancies that may happen during the Recess of the Senate, by granting Commissions which shall expire at the End of their next Session."

  • "He shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient; he may, on extraordinary Occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them, and in Case of Disagreement between them, with Respect to the Time of Adjournment, he may adjourn them to such Time as he shall think proper; he shall receive Ambassadors and other public Ministers; he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed, and shall Commission all the Officers of the United States."

  • "The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors."

Power to Legislate
Strange, but there seems to be no power mentioned to legislate in the above description. What's more important is that there are no powers specified for what the President can do under an emergency. It doesn't say anything about loaning money to companies "too big to fail" or being able to make wire taps without court orders. (The latter refers to the Bush administration and the Patriot Act in which Congress DID authorize the President to violate the Constitution). It also does not mention regulating the salaries of CEOs of ANY companies.

Presidential Prerogative
So there are really no Constitutional laws giving permission to the President for seizure of private property. But isn't that what happened this year in the United States? Didn't the Federal government loan money and take-over privately held banks, mortgage companies and automobile manufacturers?

Has this ever happened before? Yes, under the Presidency of Harry S. Truman. On March 20, 1952 there was a work stoppage in the steel industry and President Truman ordered the Secretary of Commerce to seize and operate the steel mills for the Federal government. Truman explained his behavior justifying the seizure through an appeal to the Constitution and laws of the US and his powers as President and Commander of the Armed Forces (who were at war in Korea).

In June, 1952, the Supreme Court made a 6-3 decision regarding this seizure of the steel mills. Essentially, the President was to enforce the law, not to legislate and his acts amounted to a legislative act. The court made no specific decision regarding any powers "alleged inherent or emergency" powers.

Has Obama gone too far? Yes. Someone needs to legally challenge his actions regarding these government takeovers. Will it happen? With the present spineless Congress it's rather doubtful. So kiss your freedoms goodbye America. We are moving towards a tyrannical government.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

When To Stop?

Congress just doesn’t know when to stop. They think that Cash for Clunkers worked and so they wanted to extend it. If you look at the data, it didn’t actually work as intended. The idea was to get consumers to trade-in their gas guzzlers for newer better mileage vehicles. Well, guess what? Most vehicles traded in were pickup trucks. Good, because they get bad mileage. However, they were replaced with new pickups! That’s BAD! Also, more foreign auto manufacturers benefited than expected. Chalk one up for Congress. Free money to replace guzzlers with New guzzlers!

What Now?
Congress in its infinite wisdom wants to extend the first-time homebuyers giveaway. However, the housing market is still quite depressed. Congress hopes to fix that by adding more money for new home buyers. What Congress hasn’t done (again) is to look at what actually happened with their wonderful money giveaway for first-time home buyers. This time, there was an incredible amount of fraud.

Kids aged 4 years old, actually qualified for the $8,000 credits! Existing homeowners were given the credits also. Why even some of the IRS employees submitted fraudulent claims. Valid claims were supposed to come from low and middle income first-time home buyers purchasing a home between 01/09 to 11/09.

To date, 1.4 million people have claimed the credit to the tune of over $10 Billion in taxpayer’s money, which of course, was added to the national deficit! However, because Congress threw this program together so quickly, they forgot to add safeguards to prevent the frauds that are occurring on a regular basis.

And you want them to be in charge of your health care?

Action To Take

Tell your representatives to stop wasting your money. AND… don’t vote for them in the 2010 mid-term elections.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

The Sleeping Giant Has Awakened

The first elections held (a year after the Presidential election) have a message for politicians in Washington. Is the US Congress smart enough to hear it? Will they continue in their frenzy to spend America into bankruptcy? They totally ignored their constituents when they held town meetings last summer. They totally ignored the march on Washington DC that had over 100,000 in attendance. They totally ignored their emails and letters. Congress hasn’t listened to our message. We want them to stop deficit spending, and not to support new energy taxes like Cap & Trade. We also don’t want the government meddling with OUR health care. But Congress just keeps spending and passing legislation that THEY want that supports THEIR special interest agenda – NOT OURS!

Isn’t it funny how elections get a politician’s attention? Elections are the one thing that they seem to care about. They need US to keep getting re-elected so they can continue in their folly and destruction of America.

Yesterday the “truthers”, “birthers’, “tea bag terrorists”, “extremists”, “racists”, “Oath Keepers”, “Astro Turfers”, “un-Americans”, “Nazis”, and “evil-mongers” came to the polls and voted for new governors in Virginia and in New Jersey. These states had the luxury of having President Obama come personally multiple times to support the Democratic candidates running there respectively. Obama readily won these states in the 2008 Presidential election. Now, Obama’s popularity and charisma had little overall effect on the election results.

People have had almost a year with the new President. They have seen his ideas for restructuring America as we knew it - into something quite different. A change we can believe in? Apparently not. In Virginia the incumbent lost by over 18% of the votes cast. That’s a pretty convincing win that showed voters were unhappy with the incumbent which happened to be a Democrat and supported raising taxes and huge spending.

Even more impressive were the election results in New Jersey where the voters are typically liberal-left Democrats. They overthrew the Democratic governor in a three party race. The independent took just over 5% of the votes and the Republican won by a 5% margin in a strongly Democratic state. This was a REAL blowout. Corruption in government and high taxes were the leading issues.

What Does This Show?
This indicates that main stream Americans are not happy with the direction that this country is headed. Americans are frustrated with the “deaf ear” they have been getting in Washington. These two new governors are the result of this pent-up frustration and are a view of things to come in 2010.

Congress has been acting irresponsibly for quite some time-not just the current administration, but previous ones as well. They have fallen to the powers and corruption of special interest groups. They no longer represent the people who elected them into office. Incumbents are perhaps the most guilty. What Americans want now are candidates who will pass legislation that provides term limits in the House of Representatives and in the US Senate. We no longer want to see career politicians running Washington. That’s the change we want and that’s the change we will get. Look for a clean sweep in the mid-term elections. It’s coming, the Sleeping Giant is awake now. We are watching and ready to act.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Ever Wonder About Election Fraud?

We have some important elections happening today in three states; New York, New Jersey, and Virginia. They are important because each state as polled, indicate that election results could be very close (similar to what happened in Minnesota where a Republican was overthrown by a Democrat in a recount that took several months). These three elections could go either way. These are the first states to have elections since the Presidential election a year ago in November. They are being used as barometers to help determine whether the American voter public is happy or not with the Obama administration.

Main stream media has reported that ACORN sister organizations are busy in all three states including SEIU. Doing what? Why helping with the elections, of course. Why is that bad?

Just Being Cynical?
Well just because ACORN has been accused of election fraud, tax evasion, and racketeering doesn’t mean that the closely related sister organizations are corrupt. Or does it? Much of the funding in the Minnesota recount tallies came from none other than George Soros. You know, he’s the guy who has visited with Obama four times since being elected. And oh, by the way Andy Stern (president of SEIU) has met with Obama 22 times since Obama was elected. Why so many meetings? We can only guess.

Just because ACORN shares office space with SEIU it doesn’t mean that they are doing anything bad or illegal.

One Thing for Sure
If any of these three elections are close or tied, there should be some serious election fraud investigations performed. Why? Main stream media has reported that absentee ballots are being used at unusually high numbers in all three states. Some have reported that election fraud has already occurred using these ballots. (People who haven’t physically voted, have already cast absentee ballots!)

The state of New Jersey recently loosened their absentee ballot rules making it easier for people who don’t speak English to get help casting their absentee ballots. Helpers hand deliver the ballots and talk the voters through the process of marking the ballots. The Democrats in New Jersey wanted to include more ballots as “provisional ballots” which always tends to increase the possibility of election fraud. (No ID is required for NON-registered voters!)

Action To Take
Keep your eyes on these elections. If anything smells “fishy” like it did in Minnesota, start asking a lot of questions. Don’t let another election fraud cause the wrong candidate to be put into office.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Start Paying Attention

Americans, are you happy with Congress and the legislation they are working on and want to pass? Have you had positive results contacting your representatives? Are they listening to you? Do you agree with the current polls regarding Congressional approval ratings? Do you know what’s happening with the government healthcare legislation? Do you know how your Congressman has voted on Cap & Trade? Where do you get your news? Newspaper, TV, Internet, Radio? It makes a BIG difference where you get your information. You may be surprised, but mainstream media is NOT that objective in delivering what they call the “news.”

Become Politically Active
Register to vote. Take the time to vote in the 2010 elections. If you’re not happy with the current Congress, then do not vote for the incumbent. Try a new candidate instead. If you are unhappy with your current political party and the direction (or lack of direction) they are taking, then register as an Independent. Be open minded and don’t tie yourself down to one political ideology – especially of it is not working as you expected it would.

Did you attend a town meeting this summer? Were you happy you went? Do you know what to do next? Have you tried a different source to get the news of the day? Why not try one? Have you ever watched Glenn Beck on Fox News? Why?/why not? Have you read any books on politics lately?

Prepare for the 2010 Elections
Get online and join FaceBook or Twitter or BOTH! You’ll be amazed at how many people you can meet to share your ideas and thoughts with regarding politics. Make the time to become aware of what your government is doing and how they are behaving towards the issues that affect YOUR life.

Begin to discuss political issues with family members. Join discussion groups. Join a Tea Party or the 912 Project in your local area.

Remember, things won’t change if you don’t take the time and effort to help influence the outcome.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Love It or Leave It

A patron at a gym in Massachusetts was reportedly "offended" when they came in one day and saw a huge American flag hanging on a wall in the gym.

The irate patron sought-out the manager/owner of the gym. They proceed to let him know that the flag offended them and that he should remove it.

The manager’s reply to the patron was that if they were offended by the American flag, that they should find a new gym!

We support that decision and would like to add that if you don’t like the flag perhaps you should find a flag you DO like and move there!