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Out-Foxing The Times

September 30, 2009

Out-Foxing The Times

IBD: 29 Sept. 2009

Media: The New York Times, still smarting after losing scoops to Fox News, has thrown in the towel, vowing to avoid future embarrassment by monitoring the cable channel. We have a better idea — it’s called reporting.

An Illinois senator rises to the highest office in the land on pillars of a spectacularly slimy political organization, a group with a long record of voter fraud, theft, thuggery and partisanship. As sexy as such a story might seem, the New York Times didn’t consider it news.

That’s why the Times got scooped by outlets such as Fox News, for which it has nothing but contempt, on revelations that led to the fall of community organizing behemoth Acorn.

The wound was self-inflicted, rooted in little more than the partisanship of protecting a favored president. It left the field clear for a couple of journalism students to show that Acorn staffers openly encouraged pimping, child prostitution, human trafficking, mortgage fraud and tax evasion.

It’s right there on tapes posted to Andrew Breitbart’s BigGovernment.com. Unlike the disdainful Times, Fox ran with it, toppling a behemoth of political power.

Fox’s judgment now seems to play the role the Times’ once did, and the Times is no doubt left wondering how it could have lost out on yet another one.

It’s not the first: It missed the John Edwards mistress and baby scandal in campaign 2008; it missed the National Endowment for the Arts press conference shilling for Obama; it also missed the debacle over the seamy background of “green jobs” czar Van Jones.

Now it’s missed the Acorn scandals — all because of its “insufficient tuned-in-ness to the issues dominating Fox News and talk radio,” according to managing editor Jill Abramson, who will now “assign an (unnamed) editor to monitor opinion media.”

Baloney. Those Fox stories had impact because they were fact-, not opinion-based. The public agreed, and the politicians were forced to act. The Times’ “monitor” idea smears Fox as an opinion outfit whose product must be handled with tongs.

In fact, it’s ideological bias that keeps Times journalists from covering the news with impact. The newspaper of record should be reporting the news “without fear or favor,” as its motto says — not simply by accepting the liberal line.

If they happen to hit their favorite politicians, too bad. Because if they don’t do this, they aren’t newsmen. By taking a cheap shot at Fox and then bitterly following it instead of leading, the Times blows its credibility even more than its missed scoops do.

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Oklahoma City cover-up alleged

September 29, 2009

Bomb tapes may not tell whole tale

FBI Oklahoma City cover-up alleged



BY TIM TALLEY
ASSOCIATED PRESS

OKLAHOMA CITY — Long-secret security tapes showing the chaos immediately after the 1995 bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building are blank in the minutes before the blast and appear to have been edited, an attorney who obtained the recordings said Sunday.


“The real story is what’s missing,” said Jesse Trentadue, a Salt Lake City attorney who obtained the recordings through the federal Freedom of Information Act as part of an unofficial inquiry he is conducting. The April 19, 1995, bombing killed 168 people and injured hundreds more.


Trentadue gave copies of the tapes to the Oklahoman newspaper, which posted them online and provided copies to the Associated Press.


The tapes turned over by the FBI came from security cameras various companies had mounted outside office buildings near the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. They are blank at points before 9:02 a.m., when a truck bomb carrying a 4,000 pound fertilizer-and-fuel-oil bomb detonated in front of the building, Trentadue said.


“Four cameras in four different locations going blank at basically the same time on the morning of April 19, 1995,” Trentadue said. There’s “no such thing as a coincidence.”


He said government officials said the security cameras did not record the minutes before the bombing because “they had run out of tape” or “the tape was being replaced.”


“The interesting thing is they spring back on after 9:02,” he said. “The absence of footage from these crucial time intervals is evidence that there is something there that the FBI doesn’t want anybody to see.”


A spokesman for the FBI in Oklahoma City, Gary Johnson, declined to comment and referred inquiries about the tapes to FBI officials in Washington, who were not available for comment Sunday.


The soundless recordings show people rushing from nearby buildings after the bomb went off. Some show people fleeing through corridors cluttered with debris. None show the explosion.


FBI agents did not report finding any security tapes from the federal building itself.


The FBI refused in the past to release the security camera recordings, leading Trentadue and others to contend the government was hiding evidence that others were involved in the attack. “It’s taken a lawsuit and years to get the tapes,” Trentadue said.


Trentadue began looking into the bombing after his brother, Kenneth Trentadue, died at the Oklahoma City Federal Transfer Center in August 1995. His brother was never a bombing suspect, but Jesse Trentadue alleges guards mistook him for one and beat him to death during interrogation.

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Here’s a REAL American HERO

September 29, 2009

Here’s a REAL American HERO:

Boykin

Recent photo from “How To Take Back America” Conference – St. Louis 2009

Lieutenant General William G. Boykin (retired) was the United States Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence. He has played a role in almost every recent major American military operation, serving in Grenada, Somalia, and Iraq. He is currently a professor at Hampden-Sydney College, Virginia, and author of “Never Surrender: A Soldier’s Journey to the Crossroads of Faith and Freedom.”

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Biography

Early life

William G. “Jerry” Boykin was born in rural New Bern, North Carolina. He graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) with a bachelor’s degree in English in 1971.

Early military career

In 1971 Boykin was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Infantry. He also had positions within the 2nd Armored Division, 101st Airborne Division, and also served as a company commander in the 24th Infantry Division (Mechanized). [1] and [2]

From 1978-1993 Boykin was assigned in various capacities to Delta Force. Lt. Col. L.H. “Bucky” Burruss, helping with Delta Force selection at the time, recalled that Boykin “had a bad knee and I thought he would never make it…. I thought, I hate to see this guy busting his [butt], I don’t see how he can make it on this bad road wheel, but he surprised us.” In fact, a Fort Bragg psychologist almost ended Boykin’s career, wanting to exclude him from the Delta Force because he was “too religious”. However, he was finally accepted into the Delta Force at the age of 29. Burruss wrote at the time that “Jerry Boykin is a Christian gentleman of the highest order.” Boykin believed God had a hand in things: “God led me into the Delta Force…. And He said to me, ‘This is where you ought to be.'” [3]

Overseas deployments

By 1980 he was the Delta Force operations officer on the April 24-25 Iranian hostage rescue attempt. Boykin called it “the greatest disappointment of my professional career because we didn’t bring home 53 Americans.” [4] Despite this, his “faith was stengthened” believing he had witnessed “a miracle”: “Not one man who stood with us in the desert and pleaded for God to go with us was killed or even injured that night.” [5]

In October 1983, Maj. Boykin worked as an operations officer during Operation Urgent Fury in Grenada. During a dawn assault to free some Grenada government officials held by the Marxist People’s Revolutionary Army, Boykin was shot in the arm, splitting the bone completely in two. He was told he would never use it again, but his arm healed, which Boykin again believed God was responsible for.

In 1989, Boykin was in Panama as part of the mission to apprehend Manuel Noriega. [6]

From 1990 to 1991 he was at the Army War College. In 1992/early 1993, as a colonel, Boykin was in Colombia leading a mission to hunt for drug lord Pablo Escobar. Seymour Hersh later claimed in The New Yorker that there were suspicions within the Pentagon that Boykin’s team was going to take part in the assassination of Pablo Escobar, and that US Embassy officials in Colombia were acting as support. Hersh refers to Mark Bowden‘s book Killing Pablo which made allegations that the Pentagon believed Boykin intended to break the law and exceed his authority in the operation. Mark Bowden states that “within the special ops community… Pablo’s death was regarded as a successful mission for Delta, and legend has it that its operators were in on the kill.” Hersh also quotes an anonymous retired army general as saying, “That’s what those guys did. I’ve seen pictures of Escobar’s body that you don’t get from a long-range telescope lens. They were taken by guys on the assault team.” [7]

In April 1993, he helped advise Attorney General Janet Reno regarding the stand-off at Waco, Texas between the Federal Government and a religious sect. [8]

In October 1993, Colonel Boykin was in command of the Delta Force tracking down militia leader Mohamed Farrah Aidid in Somalia, during which time the infamous Battle of Mogadishu took place. Boykin recalled seeing a truck pull up to the US base near Mogadishu airport filled with bodies: “I watched that tailgate open and I watched the blood of my soldiers pour out of that truck like water.” Shortly after, Boykin was wounded in a mortar attack on the compound. The Hollywood movie “Black Hawk Down,” which depicts the Battle of Mogadishu, inexplicably omits Boykin’s role as mission commander.

Domestic career

As a result of his injuries, he was assigned to Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon, as Chief, Special Operations Division. It was a period he described as “miserable”. He was overlooked for promotion, and endured serving under an unnamed “foul” man at the Pentagon. During this period, Boykin’s twenty eight year marriage ended when his wife left him. Boykin later claimed that she had said she didn’t love him anymore, and that he was “a religious fanatic”. [9]

Some time afterwards, he served at the Central Intelligence Agency as Deputy Director of Special Activities, and was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General. He was later made Deputy Director for Operations, Readiness, and Mobilization when assigned to the Army Staff. [10]

From April 1998 to February 2000, he served as the Commanding General, U.S. Army Special Forces Command (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. From March 2000-2003, he was the Commanding General, United States Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center, Fort Bragg, N.C. In June 2003, he was appointed Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence under Dr. Stephen Cambone, Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence.

LTG Boykin retired on August 1, 2007 and currently teaches at Hampden-Sydney College.

Awards

Boykin went to Armed Forces Staff College, Army War College, and Shippensburg University (where he received a Masters Degree). His badges include the Master Parachutist Badge, Military Freefall Badge, Ranger Tab and Special Forces Tab. Medals and awards include: “the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal (with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters), Legion of Merit (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Bronze Star, Air Medal and the Purple Heart (with Oak Leaf Cluster).” [11]

Controversies

Religious views and comments

He has gained notoriety for his Christian Fundamentalist views over the last few years and some public remarks. Boykin is a born-again Christian, who has cast the “War on Terror” in Biblical terms. A Pentagon investigation concluded in 2004 that he had violated regulations by failing to explain these remarks were not made in an official capacity.

Boykin achieved wide-spread media coverage for his statements that appeared to frame the War on Terror in religious terms, first broadcast on NBC News, October 15, 2003 [12]. William Arkin,[13] military analyst for NBC-TV News, was the source of the video and audiotapes of Boykin. The following day the Los Angeles Times ran a piece on Boykin. Amongst several quotes, the LA Times article revealed Boykin giving a speech about hunting down Osman Atto in Mogadishu: “He went on CNN and he laughed at us, and he said, ‘They’ll never get me because Allah will protect me. Allah will protect me.’ Well, you know what? I knew that my God was bigger than his. I knew that my God was a real God and his was an idol.” [14] Boykin later clarified this statement, saying that he was implying that Atto’s true “god” was money.

Boykin’s remarks stirred much anger in the Muslim world and Islamic organisations within the US were highly critical of the comments and called for his resignation, such as James Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute [15], and the Council on American-Islamic Relations. [16]. Several newspapers, such as Newsweek [17], carried articles calling for his resignation, while Democrats John Kerry and Joe Lieberman were quick to denounce the remarks. Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John Warner and Democrat Carl Levin both urged Rumsfeld to launch an investigation. [18] Rep. John Conyers and 26 supporters put forward H. RES. 419 “Condemning religiously intolerant remarks and calling on the President to clearly censure and reassign Lieutenant General Boykin”. [19]

President George Bush distanced himself from the statements, saying that Boykin didn’t “reflect my point of view or the point of view of this administration.” [20] Donald Rumsfeld defended Boykin, describing him as “an officer that has an outstanding record in the United States armed forces”, and that the War on Terrorism was “not a war against a religion”. He also spoke about the right of freedom of speech. [21]

Marine General Peter Pace, vice-chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff revealed “how sad [Boykin] was that his comments created the fury they had. He does not see this battle as a battle between religions, he sees this as a battle between good and evil, the evil being the acts of individuals.”[22]

Boykin issued a public statement stating, “My comments to Osman Otto in Mogadishu were not referencing his worship of Allah but his worship of money and power; idolatry. He was a corrupt man, not a follower of Islam. My references to Judeo-Christian roots in America or our nation as a Christian nation are historically undeniable.” [23] CNN later revealed that several parts of his statement were removed on the advice of Pentagon attorneys. Among the parts removed was Boykin’s assertion that “the sensitivities of my job today dictate that further church speeches are inappropriate”, and “As a Christian I believe that there is a spiritual war that is continuous as articulated in the Bible. It is not confined to the war of terrorism.” [24]

Boykin himself then requested an investigation by the inspector general into the allegations. [25] A ten month investigation carried out by the Defense Department later concluded in August 2004 that Boykin had broken three rules in giving the speeches: not clarifying that he gave the remarks in a private capacity; he hadn’t received clearance for making the remarks; and that he hadn’t declared the reimbursement of travel funds by one of the religious groups hosting the speaking events. However, the report made no comment on the actual remarks made, and little action was taken against Boykin. The three infractions are quite minor, and are rarely prosecuted by officials.[26] The report defended the decision not to comment on Boykin’s actual comments for several reasons, primarily because “freedom of expression considerations under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution apply in this case.” [27]

Some news commentators, such as Republican Patrick Buchanan, believed that there was nothing wrong in what Boykin said. [28] Others saw the criticism of Boykin as an attack on Christian values in America by the Democratic Party. [29] William Arkin was also accused of taking Boykin out of context. Arkin’s impartiality was called into question, since he worked for Greenpeace, Human Rights Watch and the Institute for Policy Studies. Arkin also published his opinions on Boykin without ever having spoken to him.[30] and [31] The media coverage was also seen by some as being an orchestrated campaign by Islamic admirers defending terrorism and trying to discredit “those who warn of Islamists hijacking and perverting the Muslim faith”. [32]

On 10 April 2008, Boykin spoke at Epicenter 2008, a conference in Israel hosted by Joel C. Rosenberg. His closing statement made a large round of applause:

We as believers have been promised that we will spend an eternity with God. Last Saturday I was doing a men’s conference in Fredricksburg, Virginia and I was praying during the worship service and something dawned on me and it was the Holy Spirit speaking to me. And the Holy Spirit said, “this is what I want you to share with My men today”, and I’m going to share it with you and this is what it is: One day, we’re going to stand before the gates of Heaven. Some of us want to be able to walk up there in a white robe and we want to sing Abba Father and Amazing Grace and we want to say to the Lord, “I worshiped You.” But I want you to think about this: Heres the way I want to enter the gates of Heaven. I want to come skidding in there on all fours. I want to be slipping and sliding and I want to hit the gates of heaven with a bang. And when I stand up and I stand before Christ, I want there to be blood on my knees and my elbows. I want to be covered with mud. And I want to be standing there with a ragged breast plate of righteousness. And a spear in my hand. And I want to say, “Look at me, Jesus. I’ve been in the battle. I’ve been fighting for you.” Ladies and gentlemen, put your armor on and get into battle. God bless you.

On September 26, 2009, retired Lt. General Jerry Boykin gave an address at a How to Take Back America Conference in St. Louis, MO. hosted by the Eagle Forum. According to the Canada Free Press, General Boykin asked the audience. “What are you prepared to give up for America? Are you willing to pay the ultimate price?” He followed up with warning, “there is no greater threat to America than Islam” [33]

War on Terror tactics

News reports have also connected Boykin with controversial tactics. The New York Times reported on March 18, 2006 that, when asked by Undersecretary Cambone to “get to the bottom” of abuses committed by an elite counterinsurgency task force, Boykin found no pattern to them, despite ample evidence to the contrary.[34]

A December 9, 2003 item in The Guardian (UK) connected Boykin with secret Israeli counterinsurgency assistance in Iraq, allegedly including assassination squads. [35] In another Guardian article, Sidney Blumenthal, President Bill Clinton‘s former senior adviser and current Washington bureau chief for Salon (US), claimed that towards the end of 2003, it was Boykin who, under Donald Rumsfeld‘s orders, advised then Camp X-Ray head Major General Geoffrey Miller in Guantanamo to transfer the same Camp X-Ray methods to Abu Ghraib and the Iraqi prison system. [36]

In 2003, Seymour Hersh claimed in the New Yorker (US) that Boykin was a key planner, along with Stephen Cambone, behind Rumsfeld’s Special Forces approach to fighting the War on Terror. [37] Furthermore, when Boykin was questioned in a congressional inquiry regarding similarities between current War on Terror special operations and USA’s Phoenix Program during the Vietnam War, he said: “I think we’re running that kind of programme. We’re going after these people. Killing or capturing these people is a legitimate mission for the department. I think we’re doing what the Phoenix programme was designed to do, without all of the secrecy.” [38] and [39]

In 2005, Hersh also claimed that the US had begun to undertake secret, off-the-books, covert missions in Iran to identify key targets for possible strikes in destabilizing their nuclear facilities, and against the larger War on Terror, with the chain of command for the commando operations falling to Rumsfeld, Cambone and Boykin. [40] Hersh claimed these allegations came from “very, very senior” sources, but the Pentagon sharply criticized the article stating that “Mr. Hersh’s article is so riddled with errors of fundamental fact that the credibility of his entire piece is destroyed.” [41]

Mercenary connections

Boykin was also connected to mercenary Jack Idema, a former Green Beret who claimed he had been working for the Pentagon when he was arrested in Afghanistan with two other men, Brent Bennett and Edward Caraballo.

Idema claimed that they “were in contact directly by fax and e-mail and phone with [US Defense Secretary] Donald Rumsfeld’s office”. During Idema’s trial, he and one of his co-defendants produced numerous audio and video tapes in their defense, but they were deemed inadmissible. One of the audio tapes was apparently a conversation between Idema and Jorge Shim‘s boss. Shim, an aide to Boykin, hands Idema over to an unidentified man who says, “We passed all your information to the J2 staff here and to the Defense Intelligence Agency… And we were trying to protect our boss… because he does not need any other scrutiny right now by the press. So we are trying to put a firewall between your efforts and him….”.

The Pentagon denied they had any knowledge of the men’s activities, but later admitted that Idema had handed over someone who he claimed was a top suspected Taliban militant. The Pentagon stated that the suspect was not who Idema had claimed he was, and that he was set free. Idema and his co-defendants were found guilty and he was sentenced to prison for ten years. The judge remarked that “insanity might have been his best defense”. While some believed the case was a sham and there was an element of truth in his claims, Idema was widely seen as a fantasist who, as his former girlfriend commented, “likes his name in lights.” [42] and [43]

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Cartoon: Chavez Sulfur Comment

September 28, 2009

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IBD: Schoolhouse Shariah

September 25, 2009

Schoolhouse Shariah

IBD: 25 Sept. 09

Multiculturalism: California’s educrats have put out new rules for teaching Islamic studies to seventh-graders in public schools, and they are as biased as ever. They’ll also likely spread eastward.

The lesson guidelines adopted by the bellwether state whitewash the violence and oppression of women codified in Islamic law, or Shariah. And they’re loaded with revisionist history about the faith.

For example, the suggested framework glorifies Shariah as a liberal reform movement that “rejected” the mistreatment of women that existed in Arabia before Muhammad and his successors conquered the region, according to Accuracy in Academia. The guidelines claim that Islamic law established for the first time that men and women were entitled to equal “respect.”

Not so, says Islamic scholar and author Nonie Darwish, who grew up Muslim in Egypt.

I am shocked that that is what they teach,” she said. “Women had more rights in Arabia before Shariah.”

In fact, “wife beating is allowed under Shariah” today, she added. “It allows a woman seen without a headdress to be flogged, punishes rape victims, and calls for beheading for adultery.”

California’s course on world religions also omits Islam’s long history of jihadist violence, while portraying Christianity as an intolerant and bloodthirsty faith.

Christianity isn’t given equal time, either. It’s covered in just two days — as opposed to up to two weeks for Islam — and doesn’t involve kids in any role-playing activities like the Islam unit.

Students do get a healthy dose of skepticism about the Christian faith, including a biting history of its persecution of other people.

Islam, in contrast, gets a pass from critical review. Even jihad is presented as an “internal personal struggle to do one’s best to resist temptation,” not waging holy war.

“California schools are pushing an unbalanced religious agenda that favors Islam and minimizes Christianity and Judaism,” Accuracy in Academia warns in its latest Campus Report.

Who helped build the California Education Department’s framework for Islamic studies? Islamist “scholars” with the Council on Islamic Education, or CIE, a Saudi-tied activist group.

The consultancy changed its name after former IBD Washington bureau chief Paul Sperry, author of “Infiltration: How Muslim Spies and Subversives Have Penetrated Washington,” exposed that its chief researcher and textbook consultant for years taught social studies at a Saudi madrassa just outside Washington.

The Islamic Saudi Academy is a breeding ground for terrorists, including the valedictorian-turned-al-Qaida agent recently sentenced to life for plotting to assassinate President Bush.

Recently, Fox News reported that the head of CIE — now known as the Institute on Religion and Civic Values — misled California education authorities about his academic credentials. For one, Shabbir Mansuri never received a USC degree in chemical engineering as he has claimed, Fox says.

The group’s Web site no longer includes the claim. These are the folks who are teaching your children about Islam in public schools. Parents have protested, even sued, but to no avail.

For example, parents of seventh-graders in the San Francisco area, who after 9/11 were taught pro-Islamic lessons as part of California’s world history curriculum, sued under the First Amendment ban on religious establishment.

They argued, reasonably, that the government was promoting Islam by mandating that their kids participate in Muslim role-playing exercises such as designing prayer rugs, taking an Arabic name and essentially “becoming a Muslim” for two full weeks.

Children also were told to recite aloud Muslim prayers that begin with “In the name of Allah, most gracious, most merciful,” and memorize the Muslim profession of faith: “Allah is the only true God, and Muhammad is his messenger.”

But a federal judge appointed by President Clinton told parents in so many words to get over it, that the state was merely teaching kids about another “culture.”

California’s 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the decision, ruling that it was OK to put public-school kids through Muslim role-playing exercises.

The decision was a major victory for the multiculturalists and Islamic apologists in California and across the country who’ve never met a culture or religion they didn’t like — with the exception of Western civilization and Christianity.

You can’t teach the Ten Commandments in public schools. But teaching the five pillars of Islam is A-OK.

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Cartoon: Obama on Letterman!?

September 25, 2009

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Good Losers

September 23, 2009

Good Losers

IBD: 23 Sept. 2009

Foreign Policy: As the president visits the United Nations, the U.S. attitude toward Afghanistan, Iran, Russia and other challenges has changed. Have the ideas of “victory” and “defense” become passe?

In the 2006 congressional elections and the 2008 presidential election, Democrats convinced voters that they weren’t appeasers or defeatists; they simply believed that Republicans were foolishly waging the global war on terror in the wrong ways and places.

“I don’t oppose all wars,” the president often said regarding Iraq, for instance. “What I am opposed to is a dumb war.”

And who can forget Nancy Pelosi appearing on CBS’ “60 Minutes” during the 2006 campaign? With Iraq going sour, the soon-to-be-speaker declared that “the war on terror is the war in Afghanistan.”

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., liked to complain that “we need to finally bring Osama bin Laden to account for his crimes” — nevermind the Bush administration’s perfect record of keeping the homeland safe in the years after 9/11; catching one guy in the mountain caves of Waziristan is what’s important.

On the eighth anniversary earlier this month of those vicious attacks on America, the Arab news network Al Jazeera was able to run a headline proclaiming: “Pelosi: Afghan Surge Lacks Support.” It quoted the speaker as saying:

“I don’t think there’s a great deal of support for sending more troops to Afghanistan in the country or in the Congress.”

The same Al Jazeera story quoted Rep. James Moran, the suburban Washington Democrat known for getting physical with fellow congressmen, who claimed “it is clear that Afghanistan does not lend itself to a military victory,” and that America’s “military presence clearly is a problem in itself.”

Talk about false advertising. Again and again in the last two national campaigns, the Democrats pointed to Afghanistan as the real war we had to win; Iraq, on the other hand, was some crazy diversion that President Bush got neo-conned into, or was fighting to avenge his father.

Well, Afghanistan is now the Democrats’ war and, according to the commander placed in charge there by a Democratic president, the U.S. is in danger of losing it. Reports say Gen. Stanley McChrystal may resign if not given tens of thousands more troops to conduct an Afghan version of the successful Iraq counterinsurgency strategy. President Obama says he’ll think about it.

Consider that for a moment. The United States of America losing a military conflict against a band of gangsters in a country that is essentially a throwback to the Stone Age. Unlike with Vietnam, no one can blame this time the jungle or the anti-militaristic tunnel vision of a technocrat such as Kennedy-Johnson Defense Secretary Robert McNamara.

The abandonment of our plans for a land-based long-range nuclear missile defense in Poland and the Czech Republic, to guard against Russian or Iranian aggression, smacks similarly of retreat. The Washington Post reports that Defense Secretary Robert Gates revealed that “the radar that was going into the Czech Republic looked deep into Russia and actually could monitor the launches of their ICBMs.”

So what. It’s okay to be in a position of weakness.

Appearing on Fox News, former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton on Monday described the leader who will visit the U.N. as a “post-American president.” What that seems to mean is that the U.S. doesn’t have to worry about losing wars or being weak — anywhere and everywhere in the world.

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The jihadi threat to rail security

September 23, 2009

The jihadi threat to rail security

By Michelle Malkin  •  September 22, 2009 10:15 AM

The arrest of terror suspect Najibullah Zazi has re-focused Obama’s homeland security officials on the ongoing jihadi threat to rail security.

Mass transit systems across the country are on renewed alert:

A 24-year-old Afghan man at the center of an unfolding FBI investigation into a possible U.S. terrorism cell was ordered held without bond in Colorado Monday as authorities raced to learn more about an alleged plot using hydrogen peroxide explosives and who else might have been helping to carry it out.

Meanwhile, authorities in Washington and elsewhere were stepping up safety patrols on mass transit systems in response to an advisory issued in connection with the probe.

Officials with the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI sent a bulletin to transit agencies Friday repeating past warnings to be on guard for attacks on mass transit systems, and identifying hydrogen peroxide-based explosives as a specific risk…Local officials in Washington said the bulletin specifically mentioned Grand Central Station in New York City, but said they have nevertheless increased the number of random patrols…

…Counterterrorism experts said U.S. officials were taking the case “very seriously” because of the apparent similarities to recent plots in the United Kingdom linked to al-Qaeda.

The Zazi investigation has focused on a type of improvised liquid explosive involving hydrogen peroxide — HMTD — that was involved in several plots in Britain traced to operatives linked to al-Qaeda, including the London transit bombings on July 7, 2005, that killed 56 people; a failed copycat attack two weeks later; and a plot, foiled by authorities in August 2006, to blow up at least seven transatlantic airliners.

The transit bombings involved people with backpack bombs, and all plots had ringleaders or other key participants with legal residency in the United Kingdom and who had traveled to Pakistan.

“The explosives element, the training and the backpacks — all are part of the core al-Qaeda bomb-making curriculum as we’ve seen in two specific incidents in the United Kingdom, and if you take out the backpacks, the last three significant U.K. incidents,” said Bruce R. Hoffman, a counterterrorism analyst at Georgetown University.

Unlike in recent U.S. plots — which federal authorities often described as “aspirational” and whose leaders’ search for expertise or weapons often unwittingly led to them to consult FBI informants — Zazi may have been trained to work with explosives.

On September 11, I reported on the Obama administration’s dismantling of the nation’s most highly-trained post-9/11 counterterrorism rail security team:

According to multiple government sources who declined to be identified for fear of retribution, OSSSO’s East Coast and West Coast teams have not worked in a counterterrorism capacity since the summer. Their long-arms were put under lock and key after the abrupt departures of Amtrak vice president for security strategy and special operations Bill Rooney and Amtrak Inspector General Fred Weiderhold.

Weiderhold played an instrumental role in creating OSSSO’s predecessor at Amtrak, the Counter-Terrorism Unit (CTU). He tapped Rooney to oversee the office. But Rooney was quietly given the “thank you for your service” heave-ho in May and Weiderhold was unexpectedly “retired” a few weeks later — just as the government-subsidized rail service faced mounting complaints about its meddling in financial audits and probes.

As I reported in June, Weiderhold had blown the whistle on intrusion of Amtrak’s Law Department into his financial audits and probes. A damning, 94-page report from an outside legal firm concluded that the “independence and effectiveness” of the Amtrak inspector general’s office were “being substantially impaired” by the Law Department – which happens to be headed by Eleanor Acheson, a close pal of Vice President Biden.

Biden, in turn, is tight with the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), the powerful union that represents the Amtrak Police Department. According to OSSSO sources, the APD brass have been aggrieved over the non-unionized counterterrorism unit’s existence from its inception. A West Coast OSSSO team member told me that union leaders blocked police credentialing efforts by his office for more than a year. An East Coast OSSSO team member told me that the FOP recently filed a grievance against one of its counterterrorism officers for assisting a train conductor who asked for help in ejecting a ticketless passenger.

Unlike the highly-specialized officers at OSSSO, APD officers possess minimal counterterrorism training. Past studies show alarmingly low pass rates among APD patrolmen who have attended undergone basic special operations classes, according to government sources. The Amtrak FOP continues to squabble over turf with the rival Teamsters Union; its leaders can’t even agree on minimal physical fitness standards for its members that have yet to be implemented. Nevertheless, OSSSO is now under the command and control of the APD — and federal stimulus funding specifically earmarked for the counterterrorism unit has now been absorbed by the police department.

After my column appeared, Amtrak officials confirmed that OSSSO unit members had their long-arms taken away and that West Coast OSSSO members remain uncommissioned due to union squabbling in California.

“Amtrak fully expects to have a resolution in the near future,” I was told.

Dickering while jihadis plot.

Forever stuck in 9/10 mode.

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Cartoon: Empty Chairs in the White House

September 23, 2009

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IBD: RIFQA BARY

September 22, 2009

Fathima’s Fears

By INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY | 22 Sept. 2009

Islamism: A Muslim teen who fled from Ohio to Florida after becoming Christian swears her father will kill her if she goes back home. Florida authorities appear willing to take that chance.


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The state believes her fears are unfounded after talking to the devout Muslim father and his lawyers, who work for the Council on American-Islamic Relations. And it’s expected to return her to his care.

Florida conducted a juvenile hearing after the father sued to regain custody of his 17-year-old daughter — Fathima Rifqa Bary — who sought shelter with a Christian family in Orlando after he allegedly threatened to kill her for changing her religion.

In their report, Florida authorities found: “Ms. Bary’s concern that she may be killed because of her conversion from Islam to Christianity remains a subjective and speculative concern.”

Based on the facts of the case — along with prior Muslim father-daughter “honor killings” inside America — we would argue that the concern is, on the contrary, very real. Consider that:

• Bary swore in a court filing that her father confronted her in her bedroom and said: “If you have this Jesus in your heart, you are dead to me!” And then, picking up a laptop as if to hit her, he allegedly added: “I will kill you!” A friend reported the incident to local police.

(The father, Mohamed Bary, admits grabbing the computer but says he meant only to throw it. He denies threatening her life.)

• The daughter also swore that her father punched her in the face on the way to mosque one day because she complained about wearing a hijab. (The father denies striking her.)

• Bary also testified her family’s radical mosque told her father to “deal with the situation” of her Christian conversion, a thinly veiled reference, she says, to honor killing.

The CAIR lawyers assured Florida investigators that there’s no such thing as honor killings in Islam. In fact, there is a requirement in Shariah, or Islamic, law for killing publicly declared apostates, and Bary announced leaving Islam on her Facebook page.

CNN and others in the mainstream media have made an issue of Bary’s truthfulness, and some details of her story don’t hold up. Notably, she said she hid her cheerleading because she feared her father’s disapproval.

But investigators say they saw photos of the girl in her cheerleading uniform prominently displayed in the family room of their Ohio home. (It’s not clear when the photos were put up, however, and investigators confirmed that at least the mother had denied her permission to join the squad.)

Bary’s mother told authorities that her husband believes that if their daughter returns home, she should practice Islam as long as she’s underage and living under their roof. What if she doesn’t? What then?

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NEWS ALERT: Keep an eye out

September 22, 2009

Authorities Eye Stadiums, Hotels, Storage Centers in Colorado Terror Plot Probe

Tuesday , September 22, 2009

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Sept. 19: Terrorism suspect Najibullah Zazi is arrested by FBI agents in Aurora, Colo.

Federal counterterrorism officials warned local police to patrol stadiums, hotels and entertainment complexes for suspicious activity after the arrest of a Colorado man suspected of a far-reaching terror plot.

The FBI and Department of Homeland Security also issued joint alerts to police around the country to watch storage centers and public transportation systems for any unusual behavior.

The FBI and DHS sent two bulletins Monday to local authorities nationwide, saying they know of no specific plots against such sites. The bulletins say those sites remain attractive targets to groups like Al Qaeda.

The memos do not mention the ongoing high-profile investigation of a possible terrorist plot involving a Colorado man and associates in New York City. Instead, they describe the long-standing interest of terrorists to use homemade backpack bombs, car bombs or even airplanes to attack such crowded public places.

A source told FOX News that one of the federal alerts asks local law enforcement to keep an eye out for “suspicious behavior with regard to storage facilities” where people can rent space to keep their belongings.

The warning comes after news emerged that a Colorado airport shuttle driver now in custody may have been planning with others to detonate backpack bombs on New York City trains in a terrorism plot similar to past attacks on London’s and Madrid’s mass-transit systems, officials said.

The FBI/DHS bulletins were issued in part because the London bomb plot was carried out by terrorists who hid their materials in small public storage spaces, the source told FOX.

Authorities are trying to determine whether there are any more explosive-making substances that still haven’t been tracked down.

The investigation into the possible Colorado-based terror plot has prompted counterterrorism officials to warn mass-transit systems around the nation to step up patrols.

Two law enforcement officials speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss details of the investigation told The Associated Press late Monday that more than a half-dozen individuals were being scrutinized in the alleged plot.

In a statement, the FBI says that “several individuals in the United States, Pakistan and elsewhere” are being investigated.

Investigators say Najibullah Zazi, a 24-year-old Afghanistan-born immigrant who is a shuttle van driver at the Denver airport, played a direct role in the terror plot that unraveled after an overnight 1,600-mile trip from Denver to New York City around the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. He made his first court appearance Monday and remained behind bars.

Zazi and two other defendants have not been charged with any terrorism counts, only the relatively minor offense of lying to the government. But the case could grow to include more serious charges as the investigation proceeds.

Backpacks and cell phones were seized last week from apartments in Queens where Zazi visited.

Zazi has publicly denied being involved in a terror plot, and defense lawyer Arthur Folsom dismissed as “rumor” any notion that his client played a crucial role.

Publicly, law enforcement officials have repeatedly said they are unaware of a specific time or target for any attacks. Privately, officials speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the case said investigators have worried most about the possible use of backpack bombs on New York City trains, similar to attacks carried out in London in 2005 and Madrid in 2004.

Backpack bombs ripped apart four commuter trains and killed 191 people in Madrid on March 11, 2004. On July 7 the next year, bombing attacks in London killed 52 subway and bus commuters.

In a bulletin issued Friday, the FBI and Homeland Security Department warned that improvised explosive devices are the most common tactic to blow up railroads and other mass transit systems overseas. And they noted incidents in which bombs were made with peroxide.

In the bulletin, obtained by The Associated Press, officials recommended that transit systems conduct random sweeps at terminals and stations and that law enforcement make random patrols and board some trains and buses.

The effects of the warning were not immediately clear Monday. New York’s transit agency said it was in touch with an FBI-NYPD task force but wouldn’t comment further.

The task force feared Zazi may have been involved in a potential plot involving hydrogen peroxide-based explosives, according to two law enforcement officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the investigation.

Investigators said they found notes on bomb-making instructions that appear to match Zazi’s handwriting, and discovered his fingerprints on materials — batteries and a scale — that could be used to make explosives. He also made a trip to Pakistan last year in which he received Al Qaeda explosives and weapons training, the government said.

Zazi, a legal resident of the U.S. who immigrated in 1999, told the FBI that he must have unintentionally downloaded the notes on bomb-making as part of a religious book and that he deleted the book “after realizing that its contents discussed jihad.”

A strange sequence of events began to unfold nearly two weeks ago when Zazi — already under surveillance by federal agents — rented a car in Colorado and made the 1,600-mile trek across the heartland to New York. He told reporters that he went to New York to resolve an issue with a coffee cart he owned.

He was briefly stopped entering the city as part of what was believed to be a routine drug check, and proceeded to his friend’s place in Queens. Once there, his car was towed and authorities confiscated his computer. He was told by an NYPD informant that detectives were asking about him, and decided to cut the trip short and fly back to Colorado, authorities said.

Their surveillance blown and their main suspect flying back to Colorado, officials speeded up the investigation and launched raids on several Queens apartments in a search for evidence of explosives.

Since 2001, counterterrorism officials have shifted their approach and made the disruption of plots in their early stages a top priority, ahead of amassing incriminating evidence of more serious crimes. The exceptions to the rule are plots infiltrated by informants who are being directed by the FBI every step of the way.

“In the current environment when plotters are disrupted before their plot becomes concrete, you may end up with something that looks relatively trivial to the legal system, but the truth is you can’t judge their efforts by the legal charges they’re able to bring,” said Pat Rowan, the former head of the Justice Department’s National Security Division.

Zazi and his 53-year-old father, Mohammed Wali Zazi, were arrested Saturday in Denver. Ahmad Wais Afzali, 37, was arrested in New York, where he is an imam at a mosque in Queens. The three are accused of making false statements to the government. If convicted, they face eight years in prison.

On Monday, Najibullah Zazi answered the judge’s questions politely with a “Yes, honor” or “No, honor.”

Afzali was ordered held without bail after prosecutors said they believed he might flee if released. He smiled and blew kisses to his wife and other relatives before deputy marshals led him out of the courtroom.

His attorney, Ron Kuby, accused authorities of trying to make Afzali a scapegoat for a botched investigation. Kuby told reporters outside court that before Afzali’s arrest, authorities had begged him to help them in the Zazi investigation. He said his client knew he was being recorded, and never tried to mislead the FBI.

“They blew their own investigation and now they’re trying to blame my client,” he said.

Zazi’s father could be released Thursday and placed under electronic monitoring at home and have his passport confiscated.

Zazi’s father is accused of lying when he told authorities he didn’t know anyone by the name of Afzali. The FBI said it recorded a conversation between Mohammed Zazi and Afzali.

FOX News’ Catherine Herridge, Mike Levine, David Lee Miller and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Is The Enemy Really Us?

September 22, 2009

Is The Enemy Really Us?

By INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY | 22 Sept. 2009

War On Terror: The arrest of a suspected father-and-son al-Qaida cell near Denver is a reminder that the bad guys remain among us. Why is the Justice Department hunting the good guys?


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Twenty-four-year-old Afghan native Najibullah Zazi, his father, Mohammed Wali Zazi, 53, and an associate from New York City were arrested Saturday at what by all appearances was a quintessential suburban residence in Aurora, Colorado. Zazi’s computer reportedly contained a handwritten formula for an explosive device.

All three are either naturalized U.S. citizens or legal resident immigrants. And all three are under FBI investigation as operatives in what could have been the first successful al-Qaida plot within the homeland since 2001. Three Queens, N.Y., apartments have also been raided.

It may be eight years now since 9/11, but eternal vigilance is clearly as necessary as ever. Federal investigators and law enforcement personnel found the Zazis & Co. But how many others remain out there?

Terrorists remain at war with us. But do we remain at war with them?


At the Justice Department, Attorney General Eric Holder is undertaking a different war — one that undermines the real war effort. The AG has reopened criminal investigations into post-9/11 interrogations conducted by the CIA.

A U.S. attorney supervised an investigation of those interrogations four years ago. The result was one conviction and internal disciplinary steps against other personnel who overstepped their legal authority.

What Holder is doing will send a loud-and-clear message to our enemies around the world that the U.S. is cannibalistically punishing those who protect our own country.

Other self-destructive results were eloquently outlined in one of the most extraordinary letters ever sent to a sitting president of the United States.

Seven former CIA directors exhorted President Obama to “exercise your authority to reverse” Holder’s witch hunt. The document was signed by John Deutch and James Woolsey, who served under Bill Clinton; George Tenet, who served under both Clinton and George W. Bush; Porter Goss and Michael Hayden, both under Bush; William Webster, FBI director under Ronald Reagan and CIA director under both Reagan and George H.W. Bush; even James Schlesinger, who ran the CIA under Nixon and was so hated within the agency for firing hundreds of clandestine operatives that he received anonymous death threats.

The seven issued multiple warnings of grave concern to national security. If completed and closed criminal investigations “can so easily be reopened” by a succeeding administration, then “declinations of prosecution will be rendered meaningless,” they noted.

“Those men and women who undertake difficult intelligence assignments in the aftermath of an attack such as September 11 must believe there is permanence in the legal rules that govern their actions,” they added. Moreover, a new criminal probe “will seriously damage the willingness of many other intelligence officers to take risks to protect the country” in the future, the seven warned.

Even more dire, “public disclosure about past intelligence operations can only help al-Qaida elude US intelligence and plan future operations,” the former CIA directors wrote. “Disclosures about CIA collection operations have and will continue to make it harder for intelligence officers to maintain the momentum of operations that have saved lives and helped protect America from further attacks.”

Finally, the seven warned that foreign intelligence agencies that have helped the U.S. fight terrorism in the past “rightly fear that, through these additional investigations and the court proceedings that could follow, terrorists may learn how other countries came to our assistance in a time of peril.” They added that “many countries may decide that they can no longer safely share intelligence or cooperate with us on future counter-terrorist operations” because they “simply cannot rely on our promises of secrecy.”

The president’s reaction was to tell CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday that he does not plan to stop Holder as the attorney general goes after these heroes who saved countless lives by extracting information from terrorist prisoners.

“We have met the enemy, and he is us” was a slogan coined 40 years ago. Has the U.S. government now perversely adopted it as the motto of what has become a non-war on terror?

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Cartoon: Obama Making Decision (Send More Troops)

September 22, 2009

Obama Making Decision (Send More Troops) in Afghanistan

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Ensuring The Permanence Of Poverty

September 21, 2009

Ensuring The Permanence Of Poverty

IBD: 18 Sept. 2009

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Spending: President Clinton said reform legislation would “end welfare as we know it.” That was in 1996. The current administration appears determined to take welfare to heights we’ve never known.

America’s tried. The country has spent $15.9 trillion of other people’s money on welfare since the mid-1960s. But it has failed. As noted in the Gospel of Matthew, we will always have the poor.

It would be vain to argue otherwise. The evidence is hard, the facts clear.

“Welfare spending was 13 times greater in fiscal 2008, after adjusting for inflation, than it was when the war on poverty started in 1964,” says a new study from the Heritage Foundation.

“Means-tested welfare spending was 1.2% of the gross domestic product when President Johnson began the war on poverty. In 2008, it reached 5% of GDP.”

Apparently, we just haven’t spent enough. At least that seems to be the position of the White House. It has opened the spigot of the fastest-growing government expenditure. Over the first two years of this administration, annual federal welfare spending will jump by a third, from $522 billion to $697 billion, says the Heritage study titled “Obama To Spend $10.3 Trillion On Welfare.”

The cost to the families funding the programs is enormous. Heritage says each household is paying $560 a month this year and will pay $638 a month in 2010.

But this administration is just getting started. Over the next decade (which includes the current fiscal year), welfare spending will hit that $10.3 trillion mark — $7.5 trillion in taxpayers’ money disbursed by Washington, $2.8 trillion in taxpayers’ money handed out by the states. None of this even includes what the federal government will spend if it successfully takes over health care.

The spending party began early with an assault on the Clinton-era welfare reform law. The 1996 Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act had ended the practice of Washington sending more welfare money to the states when the states increased their caseloads. But the policy was reversed through a provision in the February stimulus bill.

Self-identified neo-liberal Mickey Kaus, writing in Slate, called the “insufficiently publicized” and “deeply troubling” provision in the legislation a “liberal conspiracy to expand the welfare rolls.”

“If only for political purposes, I figured, Dems would have to wait a few months or years before sabotaging Bill Clinton’s major domestic achievement,” wrote Kaus. “It took them two weeks.”

In the 1950s, welfare spending was less than 1% of GDP and 4% of government expenditures at all levels. It is now the third largest federal expenditure, following only Social Security and Medicare entitlements and education. Fourth is national defense. For all the criticism leveled at the previous administration for the taxpayer dollars spent on the battlefield, Obama, says the Heritage study, “will spend more on welfare in a single year than President George W. Bush spent on the war in Iraq during his entire presidency.”

The gains from the Iraq War are evident. A brutal anti-American dictator was toppled, a terrorist-friendly regime was displaced and a representative government was installed in a region filled with oppressive states. So what of extravagant welfare spending? What have been its tangible benefits?

Government welfare programs have done nothing but institutionalize poverty. The country is spending more than it ever has on the poor, yet neither poverty nor want has been eradicated.

Accelerating welfare outlays will only make the problem worse.

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Abject Surrender In Dead Of Night

September 21, 2009

Abject Surrender In Dead Of Night

U.S. CAN’T BE TRUSTED

IBD: 18 Sept. 09

Strategic Defense: With Iran on the verge of a deliverable nuke, the administration tells our allies in the dead of night that we will scuttle missile defense plans in Eastern Europe to please the Russians.

Czechs are used to betrayal by their Western allies. It was at Munich in 1938 that British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain sealed their doom in exchange for a piece of paper promising “peace in our time.”

The fact that this further gutting of missile defense came on the 70th anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Poland on Sept. 17, 1939, is an eerie coincidence.

Just after midnight I was informed in a telephone call by President Barack Obama that (his) administration had decided to pull out from the planned missile defense shield installations” in the Czech Republic and Poland, the Czech Republic’s interim prime minister, Jan Fischer, said at a Thursday news conference.

Coming after the Russian invasion of Georgia and Moscow’s efforts to destabilize that prospective NATO member as well as Ukraine, it bolsters Russia’s efforts to rebuild the old Soviet Union’s sphere of influence and sends the message that the U.S. can’t be trusted as an ally that can keep its promises.

In March, Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski noted that Poland had taken “something of a political risk” in agreeing to the deployment of 10 ground-based interceptors on its territory.

“When we started discussing this with the United States,” he said, “the U.S. assured us they would persuade the Russians that it was purely defensive and it would be a noncontroversial decision.” We lied.

The Poles and Czechs had sensed this betrayal coming in a deal with a belligerent Russian aggressor willing to wage war with the former Soviet state of Georgia, as well as threaten the Ukraine and use pipeline warfare to starve energy-dependent Europeans of natural gas.

“We hope we don’t regret our trust in the United States,” Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski said to an audience of senior world politicians and other leaders at the recent Brussels Conference.

The motives behind this naive move are said to be the administration’s beliefs that Iran is nowhere near posing a credible missile threat to Europe or the U.S. and that Russian cooperation promised if we did this is critical to restrain Tehran’s nuclear program.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates did not ease our allies’ fears when he said at a NATO meeting in Krakow, Poland, on Feb. 20: “I told the Russians a year ago that if there were no Iranian missile program, there would be no need for the missile sites.” But there is one, and there is a need for missile defense to proceed.

The Heritage Foundation noted in July that Iran “has the capability to strike at Israel and Southeastern Europe, including NATO members such as Greece, Bulgaria and Romania.” Germany’s intelligence agency, the BND, said in July that Iran would have the means to produce a nuclear weapon within six months. It continues to upgrade its long-range Shahab series. The threat is real and growing rapidly.

Iran is working hard to improve its missile capabilities. Last November, it successfully test-fired the Sajjil-2, a solid-fuel, high-speed missile with a range of 2,000 kilometers (1,250 miles). In February, Iran demonstrated its global reach with the launching of its Omid satellite. A country capable of orbiting a satellite is capable of putting a warhead anywhere on this planet.

President Obama says the administration will now work on a “new missile defense architecture in Europe (that) will provide stronger, smarter and swifter defenses of American forces and America’s allies.” Yet what he has called “unproven” missile defense took a $1.2 billion hit in the administration’s 2010 defense budget, a decrease of about 15%. So don’t hold your breath.

Fact is, missile defense systems like the ground-based interceptors that were destined for Poland have already proved to be eminently workable and successful. According to the Missile Defense Agency, since 2001 there have been 37 successful hit-to-kill intercepts out of 47 attempts, an astounding 80% success rate. We have even shot a decaying and dangerous spy satellite out of the sky.

While we gut our missile defense, Russia is quite ready to deploy and even export theirs to thugs around the world. It recently deployed an S-400 anti-missile division near its border with North Korea should an errant Taepodong head its way. Its work on missile defense continues full throttle.

Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez last week secured a contract with Moscow for new S-300 missile defense systems and T-72 tanks. The S-300s are likely to be used to guard the nuclear power plant Moscow agreed last November to help Chavez build. “We’re going to develop nuclear energy with peaceful purposes,” Chavez says.

This, of course, is the same thing the mullahs of Iran said when the Russians built a nuclear power plant for them at Bushehr. Just ignore the centrifuges behind the curtain. Two thugocracies afloat on a sea of oil building nuclear reactors with Russian help. Hmmmm.

Last November also saw the visit to Venezuela of a Russian naval squadron led by the nuclear-powered guided missile cruiser Peter the Great and the destroyer Admiral Chabanenko. The Chabanenko later became the first Russian warship to transit the Panama Canal since World War II.

The overly cautious experts at the International Atomic Energy Agency, the world’s top atomic watchdog, are now in agreement that Tehran has the ability to make a nuclear bomb and is on the way to developing a missile system able to carry an atomic warhead, according to a classified IAEA report seen by the Associated Press.

It’s quite possible that the new year will arrive with an Iran armed both with a nuclear weapon and the means to deliver it, much like its role model and partner in missile development, North Korea, which is a threat all unto itself.

In the face of a growing North Korean threat, we cut back the deployment of ground-based interceptors there from 44 to 30. In the face of an imminent Iranian threat, we have scrapped this successful system altogether. This is an abject surrender to the former Soviet Union and appeasement of the worst kind.

The bottom line is that this administration went eyeball to eyeball with the Russians, and this time it was America that blinked.

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Lost: 600,000 Jobs

September 21, 2009

AMERICAN JOBS?? NO ONE CARES? EXCEPT THE MAJORITY OF US WHO WANT NOTHING TO DO WITH THE UNION THUGS. D.

Lost: 600,000 Jobs

IBD: 18 Sept. 09

Economy: As if Big Labor hasn’t been repaid enough for its help in electing Democrats, a new report shows that protectionism — the unions’ signature issue — costs 585,000 of the rest of us our jobs.

It’s not enough that unions got the cream of the $80 billion in auto industry bailouts or the center cut of the $787 billion stimulus package or a smorgasbord of regulations — from union transparency laws to court-ordered supervision — rescinded by grateful Democrats in Congress and the White House.

But the biggest payoff has been in the form of protectionist measures being applied across the U.S. economy. They include “Buy American” provisos, a Mexican truck shutout, tariffs on Chinese tires and, worst of all, the halting of free trade treaties with Colombia, Korea and Panama. Up next: tariffs on steel pipe.

The aim is to preserve a few thousand jobs at most, but it’s coming at a high price. On Monday, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce released a comprehensive report called “Trade Action: The Cost for American Workers and Companies.” It describes how the Obama administration’s trade decisions, all of which were sought by Big Labor, have so far cost 585,000 American jobs.

It started in February 2008, with the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. It required all iron, steel and manufactured goods purchased for public works projects to be American-made, and all textiles, clothing and equipment purchased by the Department of Homeland Security to be U.S.-made.

“We estimate that any net increase in U.S. employment resulting from the new ‘Buy American’ provisions will quickly evaporate as other countries implement ‘buy national’ policies of their own,” the Chamber said. Even a 1% loss of sales would create big job losses, the Chamber said, and that doesn’t include retaliation. Job toll: 176,800.

Then there was the Teamsters’ favorite — the abrogation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, a provision of which requires the U.S. to permit Mexican trucks on U.S. roads as it always had until 1982.

In March, Congress passed the FY2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act to end funding for a pilot program that would have fulfilled the treaty’s requirements. The Chamber says Mexico retaliated with $2.3 billion in penalty duties on 89 U.S. products, creating an immediate cost of $421 million.

Consumers also pay $739 million “drayage” costs of transferring Mexican truck goods to American trucks, plus additional shipping. Net cost: 25,600 jobs.

The big disaster, however, is Congress’ failure to pass already-negotiated free trade treaties with Korea and Colombia, which have been awaiting a vote since 2006 and 2007, respectively. Big Labor opposes all free trade, and on Colombia, the AFL-CIO calls its opposition “unalterable.” But that sop to them costs the rest of us jobs.

“While the United States stalls, other major exporters, (notably the EU and Canada) are moving ahead with (free trade agreements) of their own with these countries,” the Chamber points out.

“If the EU and Canada do implement their FTAs with Korea and Colombia and the United States does not, exporters will enjoy a competitive advantage over U.S. exporters” in those markets, the Chamber warns.

Add to that the China tire tariffs imposed last week, which Rutgers trade expert Thomas Prusa reckons would cost 15,000 jobs, and the grand total is 600,000 positions — a disaster for an economy in recession and a killer of consumer confidence and voter approval.

For Democrats, this ought to be a wake-up call. For every job they save to repay unions, many more are lost in other sectors of the economy. What’s more, jobs that would be created as a result of freer markets never materialize. Either way, the price is intolerably high.

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Cartoon: Cold Shower

September 21, 2009

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Bijenkforf Comments

September 18, 2009

We receive some outstanding comments on our webpage – and encourage all to do so.

Here is a comment on a recent post: “VOTE THEM OUT in 2010”

Believe me………I am.  I want to see them all gone, every last one of them. Quite frankly a Barrell of Monkies couldn’t do any worse than these educated idiots in there now.

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IMPORTANT: Free Speech Conference

September 18, 2009
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You are invited to attend a once in lifetime legal conference on freedom of speech and religion
at the U.S. Congressional Auditorium
in Washington, D.C. on October 27 & 28
featuring keynote speaker
Dr. Michael Savage of The Savage Nation.

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Sponsoring organizations
International Free Press Society
Liberty Legal Project International
Center for Security Policy
Horowitz Freedom Center
Florida Security Council

This conference will teach the legal foundations of freedom of speech and religion around the world and address current topics and cases that threaten these rights including

· The Rifqa Bary case

· Venezuelas Media Crime Law

· The Banning of Michael Savage &
Geert Wilders from the UK

· Censorship of Citizens

· Bloggers Rights

Speakers are from many institutions including the

· U.S. Congress

· U.K. House of Lords

· European Union Parliament

· Center for Security Policy

· Thomas More Law Center

· Freedom House

For More Information Call 1-800-989-0021 or email conferences@libertylegalproject.com or
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Use Ike’s Test

September 18, 2009

Use Ike’s Test: Is It Good For America?

By ERNEST S. CHRISTIAN AND GARY A. ROBBINS IBD |16 Sept. 09

Having been so thoroughly duped in the last election, and already frightened by what Mr. Obama is now up to, most Americans have had it with Washington and both political parties as well.

If the citizen uprising succeeds, the next president will not be yet another political entrepreneur — Democrat or Republican — seeking power and privilege for self and party at the expense of others.

Instead, the next president will, in the words of Dwight Eisenhower, have only “one yardstick by which (to) test every major problem — and that yardstick is: Is it good for America?”

What a revolutionary difference he and his yardstick will make — given that nearly the entire federal government presently fails the “good for America” test by a wide margin.

Among Washington’s accomplishments are high taxes, profligate spending, big deficits, mounting foreign debt, an endangered dollar, ruinous unfunded entitlements, a hollowed-out manufacturing sector, a burst housing bubble, a worldwide banking and credit crisis, chronic trade deficits, energy shortages, overpriced health care and college tuition, an over-regulated economy, jobs destruction, the current recession and the prospect of skyrocketing inflation.

Also on the list are dumbed-down schools, declining skill levels, mass illegal immigration, disintegrating cultural unity, reverse racial discrimination, increasing inequality before the law, interference with the free exercise of religion, restrictions on political speech, election fraud and tampering — and a tax code designed to do the maximum amount of collateral damage to the economy per dollar of revenue raised.

If not stopped, government bureaucrats will soon be running hospitals, telling doctors how to practice medicine and deciding who gets what treatment, when or perhaps not at all.

Imagine how good for America it will be when the voters kick out the perpetrators of the mess in Washington — and replace them with a new president who tells the truth and a new Congress made up of citizen-legislators.

The new president and his appointees will come to Washington to serve, not to seek fame and fortune themselves or to make Washington more powerful.

The new members of Congress will work full time attending to the people’s business and, having done so, will go back home to live life as their constituents do. Not for them the life of the catered and coddled.

These new public servants will seek to diminish the power of the government offices they hold — in the belief that a smaller, less- complicated and less-intervening government leads to a bigger, stronger, more prosperous and freer America.

No more wasting trillions of dollars on a vast federal fiefdom that does far more harm than good.

Minimalism, competence and integrity will prevail in the new Washington of the future. Members of Congress will read and understand legislation before they vote on it. The president will make his own decisions and will explain them directly to the American people without the aid of a teleprompter.

The job is not so hard when the mind is concentrated solely on doing what is good for America.

The new president and Congress will also conduct the public’s affairs out in the open. Government’s financial books will be kept in a correct and understandable manner. It will spend money only when the broad public benefit exceeds the cost to the economy of the taxes to pay for the spending.

And at least 60 days before the Congress votes, the speaker of the House will explain that calculation on the Internet for everyone to see, understand and discuss.

Government will no longer seek to run either the economy or the daily lives of the American people. Instead, it will concentrate on making us safe and enforcing the basic rules of honesty and integrity on which our society and its market economy depend for success.

Some of big government’s junior partners in the press have proclaimed that “God is dead” and more recently that “capitalism is dead.” But, contrary to their expectations, neither is the case.

Instead, it is big government that is in its latter days.

The era of big government will soon be over — and the new era of the individual is beginning anew. Starting with the midterm congressional elections next year and culminating in the election of the new president, We the People will reclaim control of our own country.

In the meantime, “like an old lion dying,” the federal government is extremely dangerous and must be watched carefully.

• Christian, an attorney, was a deputy assistant secretary of the Treasury in the Ford administration.

• Robbins, an economist, served in the Treasury Department during the Reagan administration.

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Acorn’s Cash for Hookers

September 18, 2009

Acorn’s Cash For Hookers

IBD: 16 Sept. 09

Oversight: As the Senate votes to de-fund Acorn, add pimping, tax evasion and human trafficking to voter fraud paid for with taxpayer dollars and you have an organized criminal enterprise. It’s time to investigate.

After Acorn workers were caught on tape in three cities allegedly abetting what they believed was a fraudulent-mortgage and sex-trafficking scheme, the Senate has voted overwhelmingly to strip the group of funding in the Transportation/Housing and Urban Development appropriations bill.

The amendment, offered by Nebraska Republican Sen. Mike Johanns, passed by an 83-to-7 margin and marked the third time this year that Republicans have tried to block the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now from feeding at the federal trough.

Seven Democrats refused to do the right thing. The magnificent seven are Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I.; Bob Casey, D-Pa.; Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.; both Vermont Democrats, Bernie Sanders and Patrick Leahy, as well as both Illinois Democrats, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin and Roland Burris.

This vote comes after the release of three hidden-camera videos showing Acorn housing staff in its Baltimore, Washington and New York offices apparently helping a couple posing as a pimp and a prostitute evade the IRS and apply for an illegal housing loan to set up a brothel. (Insert stimulus joke here.) The Census Bureau immediately severed ties with Acorn, unconcerned that prostitutes and tax evaders might be undercounted in the 2010 census.

The Brooklyn district attorney’s office promptly launched a criminal probe into Acorn after employees of the left-wing activist group got caught on video at its Brooklyn office helping supposed ladies of the night get loans for their dream houses of ill repute.

The tax-exempt New York Acorn Housing Co. reported receiving $226,000 in grants through last June, including $70,000 from federal housing lender Fannie Mae and its New York counterpart, Sonyma. By one estimate, national Acorn has received $53 million in federal funds since 1994.

Unfazed by it all, the office of New York freshman Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand put out a press release saying she found Acorn’s actions “reprehensible” but added, “The truth remains that thousands of New Yorkers who are facing foreclosure depend on charitable organizations like Acorn for assistance.” We are not making this up.

The fact is that this “charitable organization” helped precipitate the mortgage meltdown that shattered the economy. It was Acorn, under the cover of the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), that intimidated banks through mob action into making risky loans in the name of “fairness” to people who could not afford them.

The tactics, taken straight from the pages of Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals,” were used by Acorn as early as 1991, when it took over the House Banking Committee room for two days to protest efforts to scale back the CRA.

After the voter-registration fraud stories of 2008, Michigan Democrat John Conyers temporarily bucked party leaders by calling for hearings on accusations that Acorn had committed crimes ranging from voter fraud to a mob-style “protection” racket. He soon changed his mind, saying only that the “powers that be” had demanded he drop the idea.

Well, it’s time to revisit his idea. Topic No. 1 should be who are the “powers that be” that wanted to shield Acorn from federal and public scrutiny. Acorn has also been trying to hide some of its activities under its new official name, Community Organizers International, and has a close working relationship with the foot soldiers of health care reform, the Service Employees International Union.

Fox News’ Glenn Beck revealed on his show that Acorn’s main affiliate was operating out of a former New Orleans funeral home shared with two SEIU locals. Wade Rathke, a New Orleans resident, is founder of Acorn and also SEIU founder and chief organizer.

Were the “powers that be” the House leadership or Acorn’s SEIU friends or both? And the hearings should extend to Acorn’s, and Congress’, role in the mortgage meltdown.

Time to gavel your hearing to order, Rep. Conyers.

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FSC: Rifqa Bary

September 18, 2009

Visit this very important link describing the Rifqa Bary situation:

http://www.floridasecuritycouncil.org/rifqa/

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PHOTOS: 9/12 D.C. Protest Signs

September 17, 2009

READ MORE SIGNS POSTED @  https://bijenkorf.wordpress.com/2009/09/17/list-of-912-tea-party-protest-signs/

912racecardrace card 9/12 / conservcompend

912czars

czar critique targeting women & van jones 9/12 / flickr: KCIvey

policepoopsignunattributed

tpsandiego

San Diego Tea Party/ unattributed (not 912 photo)

Homophobic Posters/ t-shirts

912homophobe9/12 poster/ flickr: mar is sea

homophobiaaprilwsalterS. Walter (pre-9/12 April tea bag)

racisthomophobicweirdnesspre-912/unattributed (homophobic imagery, racist overlay)

tpbrokeback

Tea Party Protest Poster for download use on 9/12/ Full Monte Cristo

SDC10357t-shirt mention sexuality/flickr: meet the crazies (poster =threat rev)

Black Criminality

blackcriminal912photoflickr 912 photos

slittingsamthroatAprilefavaraApril protest Obama slits Uncle Sam’s throat/ e. favara (not 912 image)

Taxpayer RallyAP Photo/Jose Luis Magana

SDC10371Flickr Meet the Crazies

aprilteapartyTX: Tea Party (April)/ Michael (not 9/12 photo)

txtppervTX: Tea Party (April)/ Michael (not 9/12 photo)

SDC103399/12 rally dc/ flickr: meet the crazies

Death threats/ gun references

912lynchmobreference to burning out black ppl frm towns/?

tphangthemcriminal & threat posters from August Anti-HCR rally/ Washington Independent (not 9/12 photo)

912gunthreatNRA hat gun threat 9/12 /skellam

2009 Taxpayer March on Washington by Throwingbull.
flickr: throwingbull

Keep_My_Guns_Large

“Official Tea Party Supplies”/patriot depot (used @ multiple rallies)

deathrefmalletR. Mallet

gununattributed

gunmanAP/ Joel Page Williams (pre-9/12 protest; health care protest)

SDC10368unattributed

guns7Aprilericaguirre

Rick aguirre (pre-9/12 April tea bag Fl)

guns912photo

flickr 912 photos

guns2912photo

flickr 912 photos

guns3912photo

flickr 912 photos

threat912photo

flickr 912 photos

unarmed2unattributed

unarmedthistime

April Tea bag Protest/ unattributed (not 912 photo)

912gunflag“Come and Take it” / A. Aliferes

“Black Devil”

blackdevil912photo912 Photo (also Katrina denial)

blackdevil2912photoflickr 912 photos

blackdevil3912photo

flickr 912 photos (reference to avoiding kings who will lure you away)


Animal/Monkey/primitive References

zooobamaflickr 912 photos

teapartysign1smDenver Tea Party/ “Progressive” Now Colorado (not 9/12 photo)

090724 us hc racistanti-health care poster used in many rallies/ Free Republic (not 9/12 photo)


Confederate Flags/ Legitimacy Questions

IMG_0938flickr meet the crazies

confedflagsflickr 912 photos

txteapartyliersTX; Tea Party April/ Michael (not 9/12 photo)

slavery/servant messages

912slavprojection9/12 poster / ?

racistobamaimage9Ted Szukalski (image used during election & 912 protest)

9-12 Tea Party (10) by ryanreedphotography.
multiple categories 9/12/ r.read

slavery912photoflickr 912 photos

youworkforus912photoflickr 912 photos

whiteslaverysignapriljesserussellApril tea bag protest/ J. Russell (not 912 photo)

txtpprojTX: Tea Party (April)/ Michael (not 9/12 photo; also fits under projection since these maybe debtors prison ref)

Welfare Queens

welfarobamasign posted after April Tea Bag Protest/ Unattributed (not 912 photo also includes threat)

welfarequeen912photos

flickr 912 photos

912welfaresimplefree loaders 9/12 / M. Bryant

tplansingmichLansing Mich Tea Party/Melanie Ann (not 9/12 photo)

tptxTexas Tea Party/unattributed (not 9/12 photo)

tptx2Texas Tea Party/unattributed (not 9/12 photo)

tplouisSt. Louis Tea Party/ unattributed (not 9/12 photo)

tpentitlementSign Sold for Tea Parties by Free Sign Artwork.com (@ 9/12 and other rallies)

912welfareget a job 9/12 dc/ flickr: jen.booth

Projection: Hitler, Supremacy, Conspiracy

BS_TREAD_TEMP.1

“Official Tea Party Supplies”/patriot depot (used @ multiple rallies)

assimilation912photoflickr 912 photos

blackpower912photosflickr 912 photos

hitlerAP/Unattributed

nazi3unattributed

nazi5

AP/unattributed

nazi6tonyramaoAP/Tony Romao

Birthers/legitimacy

912impeach

Obama “not a democrat” / M. Bryant

americabkunattributed

Taxpayer RallyAP Photo/Jose Luis Magana

birther1unattributed

SDC10375flickr meet the crazies

IMG_0936flickr meet the crazies

birther912photoflickr 912 photos

IMG_0931

flickr meet the crazies

tplincolnLincoln Tea Party (April)/lincolnteaparty.wordpress.com (not 912 photo)

Anti-Immigration

UncleSam_Finger_English_200

“Protest Supplies” /”People’s Cube” (sold @ rallies; encouraged for 4th of July Tea Parties)

IMG_0934

9/12 protest/ flickr: meethtecrazies

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List of 9/12 Tea Party Protest Signs

September 17, 2009

List of 9/12/09 Washington D.C. Tea Party Protest Signs

  • The Constitution – the other document they don’t read
  • Vote NO on all his Marxist plans
  • Healthcare – you play – you’ll pay
  • Stop Obama spending spree
  • I’m sick and tired of Obama’s health plan
  • RIP – U.S. Constitution
  • AARP sold out senior citizens
  • TEA: Taxed Enough Already
  • Obama is very slow at learning
  • Where did all these socialists come from – there aren’t that many rat holes
  • Barack: a block head / dumb as a rock
  • Bankrupt America “Yes We Can”!
  • Socialism: Just say No!
  • Obama care is a Clunker!
  • Stop meddling
  • Take America back
  • Do your homework next time you vote!
  • Leave my family alone
  • Keep your hands off
  • Stop meddling with my liberty – my country
  • “Stimulate” tax cutting
  • Extortion from the workers to pay for the bankers
  • You gave my money to wealthy corporate executives
  • Global Warming bill burns more cash than Health Care
  • We can’t afford even one – but the Congress wants both
  • Charity is given in America in greater amounts than any country in the world
  • Islamist “charity” pays for suicide bombers

American charity doesn’t ‘buy’ terrorists

  • “Cashing in”
  • Give small business this UN spent “$700 Billion” unspent(?) stimulus money
  • Don’t spend any more ‘stimulus’ dollars
  • 65% of all ‘new’ employment comes from small businesses
  • We should stop playing favorites
  • Stop writing more tax bills
  • One in 10 dollars spent = obesity

Let them carry their own weight

Send the parents to “fat camp”

A bunch of big fat wimps!

  • “You Lie” – Rep. Joe Wilson R-SC
  • 9 Principles 12 Values = 9/12
  • Take the Hill America
  • The 9/12 Project
  • Hands off my kinds liberty
  • You have run out of OUR money
  • CHANGE we can’t AFFORD
  • Our Government is corrupt
  • Marxist
  • In God we Trust – NOT Government

Not THIS Government

  • In God we trust – NOT – THIS FALSE MESSIAH
  • Anti-spending – Pro-government – when the people rule.
  • This is about Freedom
  • In GOD we trust – Not in the OBAMINATION in the White House.
  • 12 September We will never forget
  • Obama bin Lieing
  • End the Fed
  • I’d rather be waterboarded than have ObamaCare
  • Left Stream Media
  • Left Run Media
  • There is no mainstream media anyway
  • Yellow Stream Media – B.O. Media
  • Fibber McGee Pelosi
  • Hey – Work for us
  • Leave Washington First
  • Racists in the White House – I’M SICK OF IT!
  • Obama! Your mamma was a white woman
  • IMPEACH the MUSLIM MARXIST
  • Bury ObamaCare with Kennedy
  • I didn’t vote for this Obamination
  • You Lie!
  • Racist in Chief
  • Muslims are moving in and taking over
  • Drill Here – Drill Now
  • Van Jones smeared by the Truth – Obama Lies
  • Karl Marx was NOT a founding father
  • Do you hear us now?
  • Revolt against socialism
  • Read my lipstick – No more taxes
  • The only racists are in the White House
  • “The more they corrupt the state – the more it legislates.” – Tacitus
  • Ask Santa Anna how it went for the last President who tried to take away Texans Rights?.
  • Adrian, Texas – Great people – wonderful Americans
  • Thomas Jefferson called for a nation of prayer.  We must restore God in HIS rightful place.  He is great!  Men + Women seriously concerned about religious liberty . We must stand up – That’s why we are Darwinistic.  We are made in the Image of God”  – www.theblacksphere.com
  • Congress Is the one who’s sick
  • Congress needs healthcare – they are all sick
  • Texas leads the way
  • This CHANGE sucks
  • Art.1 Sec.8 – All taxes uniform
  • Get rid of THAT senate and THAT Congress
  • All BILLS originate in the HOUSE!
  • No More Tyranny
  • Obama doesn’t belong in the WHITE HOUSE
  • You are not owed what I’ve earned.
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Vote Them Out in 2010

September 17, 2009