Monthly Archives: September 2011

Excuse me, Ron Paul….Say, What?!?

A youtube video (below) is floating around…with Ron Paul lamenting the demise of Al-Awlaki and the way it came about because he was a U.S. Citizen. Say WHAT?!? Has Ron Paul forgotten that when you are born here, you kinda don’t have a choice? You are pushed out and here you are. Born. In America. Does this give you rights as a citizen? Yes. Then you grow up and make little decisions here and there that either cause your rights to continue…OR… you begin to lose them. You may find yourself in Juvenile Detention after a decision to go for a joy ride with a car you "borrowed". You may find yourself doing community service after some petty theft. Whatever bad decisions you make, you will forfeit some of your legitimate rights. Has no one seen Judge Judy? Here is a scenario: Perhaps one grows up completely disenchanted with America. Like the Obamas… They can attempt to make a change in their little universe or move away and become a citizen somewhere else like Madonna (by marriage) and that cute red head from the 16 Candles movie who went to France. (What was her name? Oh, Molly Ringwald. Thanks, Lisa!)  Unfortunately, a person who has peeled his American citizenry off like an ugly sweater is not privileged to enjoy such rights any longer. And whatever your decision, you may not harm other American citizens once you’ve left. Al-Awlaki hated his homeland, and helped make plans to…what? Send unkind letters? NO. He wanted to blow up the innocent civilians in it! He spent his days planning our demise. In this way, Al-Awlaki forfeited his "American Citizen" rights. The only right he had was the right to be captured, brought here, have a special "vest" strapped to him with those funny little "fireworks" attached, and then sent out to live his life, without ever knowing when someone would push the special button that would end his life. He deserved to walk on eggshells til dead. WHY? Because that is what he was planning to do to our people. To YOUR neighbors, YOUR family members, YOUR innocent fellow citizens. Wake up, Ron Paul Followers. He’s got more than a screw loose. His heart – his conscience – they are somehow disconnected from his logical thought processes. It is tragic and sad… But not as tragic and sad as the fact that many are giving the insanity he spews publicity. Ron Paul: It’s "Sad" We "Assassinated" Al-Awlaki. 

Anwar al-Awlaki Killed, Were His Civil Liberties Violated?

By now any American breathing knows that Anwar al-Awlaki was killed by a US military launched drone in Yemen on Friday, September 30, 2011. His killing has been hailed as the largest US success in hitting al-Qaeda leadership since the May, 2011, killing of Osama bin Laden. But his killing raises questions about al-Awlaki, an American citizen. He has not been charged with any crime, and civil liberties groups have questioned the US’s authority to kill an American without trial. The strike also killed Samir Khan, the co-editor of an English-language Al Qaeda web magazine called “Inspire.” Khan was an American of Pakistani heritage. His magazine promoted attacks against U.S. targets.

Who was Anwar al-Awlaki?

Anwar al-Awlaki, 40, from San Diego, CA, born in New Mexico to Yemeni parents, was an American, a former imam, and an engineer and educator. He was promoted to the rank of “regional commander” on the Saudi Arabian peninsula within al-Qaeda in 2009. He reportedly spoke with, trained, and preached to a number of al-Qaeda members and affiliates, including three of the 9/11 hijackers. Al-Awlaki was believed to be in hiding in Southeast Yemen since 2002. President Obama signed an order in early 2010 making him the first American to be placed on the “kill or capture” list.

al-Awlaki’s Recent Activities

Anwar al-Awlaki is credited with inspiring or directing at least four plots on US soil:

  • Fort Hood military base shooting: Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan killed 12, wounded 31.
  • Failed Times Square bombing: Faisal Shahzad, a Pakistani-born U.S. citizen was arrested for trying to explode a bomb-laden SUV in Times Square.
  • Failed underwear bomber: Abdul Farouk Umar Abdulmutallab intended to blow up a Northwest flight 253 with a bomb made at the location in Yemen.
  • Parcel bombs hidden inside printers that also failed to explode while inside a passenger jet: Two bombs, disguised as laser printer cartridges, addressed to synagogues or Jewish community centers in Chicago, were identified in Britain and Dubai after a tip from Saudi Arabia’s intelligence service.

    There can be little doubt that al-Awlaki was a bad guy.

    Due Process Of Law

    Civil liberties groups are condemning the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, saying that he was killed without proper legal process. Anwar al-Awlaki’s father, Nasser, sued President Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and CIA Director Leon Panetta in 2010, when it became clear that the US was targeting al-Awlaki. But US District Judge John Bates threw the case out. Jameel Jaffer, the ACLU lawyer who handled the case said, “The government’s authority to use lethal force against its own citizens should be limited to circumstances in which the threat to life is concrete, specific and imminent. It is a mistake to invest the president, any president, with the unreviewable power to kill any American whom he deems to present a threat to the country.”    [emphasis mine – I guess al-Awlaki’s recent activities were not concrete, specific and imminent enough for Jaffer]

    But Kenneth Anderson, an international law scholar at American University’s Washington College of Law, said US citizens who take up arms with an enemy force have been considered legitimate targets through two world wars, even if they are outside what is traditionally considered the battlefield.

    Let’s turn our attention to the US Constitution, specifically the 5th amendment. Among other things, it clearly states, “No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger;….” Does “in time of War or public danger” apply to al-Awlaki? Apparently civil liberty groups don’t think so.

    “War On Terror

    President Obama and his administration worked hard to stop using the phrase “War on Terror,” essentially declaring it to be over, or that it never existed. They refused to call all activities by al-Awlaki “terrorist activities.” Obama has put himself on the spot. If he admits that we are fighting terrorists, he is admitting how wrong he has been about the “War on Terror.” If he does not, and continues downplaying the terrorist threat, he puts the nation at greater risk on the altar of political correctness. Obama does not want to identify the enemy for who they are – Islamic Jihadists working to destroy our way of life. We are at war and the enemy will never rest in their desire to harm us. They can’t be negotiated with or pacified. We must be more determined to destroy them than they are to destroy us.

    Interpretation

    So I suspect that the current situation with al-Awlaki, his being killed, and his “rights,” will come down to interpretation of the 5th amendment to the US Constitution and whether or not this country is “at war.” But let’s remember that al-Awlaki was a self professed al Qaeda member, and that the al Queda attack on September 11, 2001, was an act of war. Some ACLU “do-gooder” lawyer will file a lawsuit on behalf of al-Awlaki, and we taxpayers will again have to foot the bill for him and his activities.

    But that’s just my opinion.

  • Obama Blames America for Slow Job Growth

    When speaking to a local reporter in Orlando, Florida, President Obama seemed to lay the blame for slow job growth at the feet of Americans themselves. When asked about the sluggish economy and poor job growth over the past several months the president replied, "The way I think about it is, this is a great, great country that had gotten a little soft and we didn’t have the same competitive edge that we…. needed over the last couple of decades. We need to get back on track."  Those of you who were old enough may be getting Jimmy Carter flashbacks by now to his infamous "malaise" speech. At that time, President Carter deferred to a "crisis of conscience." It seems as if President Obama is alluding to the same condition.  

    It appears that President Obama has thrown another log on the raging bonfire of deflecting blame onto others. This time it’s the people’s fault. According to our president,Americano longer has the competitive edge it once had. So I suppose the question is, why?  

    It certainly can’t be due to the fact that our corporate income tax rate is the second highest in the world, nearly 1/3 of a company’s profits.  He uses his sleight-of-hand technique on corporate income tax, decrying big businesses, like General Electric, who use loopholes in the system to pay hardly any income tax. Of course, he says nothing about the hundreds of thousands of small businesses who cannot use the same loopholes and, as a result, end up paying the full load.

     It certainly can’t be because these income taxes are so high, and that small businesses are the engine of our economy, that they cannot afford to hire on extra help, especially when the debate tax hikes has still not been settled.  

    It certainly can’t be because of the president’s relationship with big labor, which continues to play the part of the parasite that eventually kills the host. This certainly cannot be the reason why automakers cannot compete with foreign imports because of union demands to pay bloated wages and benefits that will eventually cripple these companies ability to compete.  

    And it certainly can be that big businesses are moving huge parts of their operations overseas because of massive over-regulation and over taxation from our federal government. After all we’ve injected close to $1 trillion of our grand kids’ money into the system. This, of course, has worked every time it has been tried in history-just look at Greece!  

    Once again it is obvious that the current occupant in the White House either cannot or will not entertain even the thought that his policies of economic socialism and big government micromanagement are the cause of the economic slowdown and the nonexistent recovery we have been in for three years. To once again put blame on the American people for the mistakes of the government is the height of hypocrisy.

    Will history revere President Obama in the same fashion it did Jimmy Carter? We will see on November 6, 2012.

    It’s Kill Or Be Killed – There’s No Two Ways About It

    It’s Kill Or Be Killed – There’s No Two Ways About It

     

    Commentary by Dell Hill

    In March 2009 the US Defense Department – under direct orders from President Barack Obama – officially changed the name of the "Global War on Terror" to "Overseas Contingency Operation". The name change is little known to most and has never been used on a regular basis to describe our efforts to combat terrorism on a global scale. Ask a thousand people what it’s called and 999 of them will say “the war on terror”.

    It was back on September 20, 2001, during a televised address to a joint session of congress that President George W. Bush launched the war on terror when he said, "Our ‘war on terror’ begins with al Qaeda, but it does not end there. It will not end until every terrorist group of global reach has been found, stopped and defeated." President Obama has rarely used the term, but in his inaugural address on January 20, 2009, he stated "Our nation is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred."

    Bush may have declared war on terrorism, but Obama has actually escalated a critical segment of that war – the outright search for and killing of any person shown to be a sworn enemy of the United States and bent on harm to her people. And, as we all know, those operations have included American citizens – the latest being Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed by a hellfire missile strike from a Predator Drone aircraft in Yemen.

    Critics of this action are numerous and vocal, as expected. Constitutional Rights activists, in particular, call such killings “assassination of American citizens without due process under the law”. They’re quick to point out US and International law (whatever International law is…or is supposed to be) which clearly defines due process as dictated by the US Constitution. What these critics are saying, in effect, is that terrorists like Osama Bin Laden and Anwar al-Awlaki would have to succeed in some heinous criminal activity – like killing 3,000 people on 9-11-01 – and then somehow be captured, extradited to the United States and put through the so-called criminal justice system and determined to be guilty before any punitive action can be taken against them.

    That’s an extremely righteous political position to take and as wrong-headed as it could possibly be. These terrorists – including those who are American citizens – have “taken up arms” against the United States and, as such, are traitors. Their ongoing plans and actions to do harm to Americans anywhere and everywhere in the world makes them instantly enemy combatants and, therefore, subject to capture or killing on sight.

    It has become a matter of killing them before they kill us – just as it is in conventional warfare. And as long as US intelligence sources have sufficient probable cause to believe they are preparing to act against Americans and American interests, these same terrorists should continue to be neutralized in any reasonable fashion. We don’t exactly have the luxury of time to conduct an arrest, arraignment, probable cause hearing, discovery, status conferences, jury drawing and a six month trial to determine whether or not an declared enemy should or should not be brought to justice. Their words and actions are a declaration of war against America and have instantly elevated them to the possibility of dying on the battlefield at any given moment.

    I am not concerned in the slightest about President Obama electing to have American citizens killed by Predator drones for no reason what-so-ever. The individuals involved are publicly sworn enemies of the United States and each of those enemies is positioned on a master list of terrorists with the clear intent to kill American people and do substantial harm to the homeland. They do so at the risk of preemptive strikes such as the ones that took out Bin Laden and al-Awlaki, just as they would be if they were uniformed soldiers fighting in conformity with the Geneva Conventions.

    The President of the United States is sworn to defend this country against “all enemies, foreign and domestic”. President Bush did so. President Obama continues to do so and I pray that every president who swears to that oath will continue to do so.

    The global war on terror is just that – a war, and the enemy must be defeated.

    The New China Syndrome

    When hearing a number of conservative (some real, some alleged) figures speak about China, the tone and rhetoric are usually a mix of concern, anger and fear. Donald Trump, one of the alleged conservatives, has spoken at length on the issue, which is probably a chief reason why he gained some traction while contemplating a run for president. Trump has lambasted China for manipulating their currency and “stealing our jobs”. To be clear, China has seen a number of American companies open up facilities there; but I hesitate to calling it “stealing” when we generally push our businesses their way. China, a partially communist country, has a lower corporate tax rate and much fewer regulations than the supposedly capitalist United States. In that sense, its our fault, not their's.

    Does China manipulate their currency? Yes, they certainly do. Do we manipulate our currency? Yes, we certainly do. Is the federal reserve endlessly printing money economically beneficial or does it have a brief minor stimulative effect before damaging an economy long term? Most people would agree that its the latter. So if us doing it has negative effects on ourselves, how does China do it to their long term benefit?

    China also gets talked up by President Obama as a nation that has invested in “green energy” and that if we don't also invest in green energy, we'll fall behind them. First, China does have a fair amount of factories producing green energy products; and not coincidentally GE has exported a large number of jobs there (yes, that’s correct, our President's chief economic adviser has outsourced thousands of jobs overseas). China also actively builds as many coal power plants as it possibly can. According to the BBC, China is the world's worst polluter; this is not a nation we should always take our cues from. In 2007, a study released by the World Bank has shown that 760,000 people die yearly from pollution related illnesses. But back to green energy briefly, I don't want to insinuate that I hate green energy, because I don't. What I hate is paying billions yearly to companies that produce products that don't work or people don't want. If green energy had such great potential, why do companies need the government to invest in it, wouldn't investors be lining up to make money in such a terrific venture? I am still curious what the realistic expectations from when solar/wind has been sufficiently explored; as far as I know, they aren't expected to be a main source of energy, just complimenting main energy sources. My next question is, why don't we let China dump tons of money into green energy, and if they come up with a product that works, our companies will begin improving on their methods and creating a better product. If not, and so far green energy has been a money sink, then the joke is on them; they've wasted billions of dollars in mal-investments.

    Another fear is that China's military is growing stronger and has started to use advanced technology. China spent $100 billion last year on their military budget, the US by comparison is proposing a national defense expenditures of over $950 billion. In terms of money spent, they won't overtake us for a long while. At the moment, China has no bases outside of its borders and hasn't expressed plans to do so. If in the event this does happen, one can expect conservative talk radio to be paranoid and abuzz for weeks, but in my opinion this offers us an opportunity. China has been pressuring North Korea to quit threatening everyone with nuclear war, being as they are in the region, they have quite an interest in stability. If China is dumb enough to ever want to put military bases in locations that we currently police, we can give them the reins to the costly burden we currently carry. If they want to spend tens of billions to put bases in the Korea's and such, we should not only let them, we should encourage them. If needed we can pull the “rope a dope” and fund insurgents to bog them down, however we should be grateful we've found an idiot willing to pay the full cost of an expensive liability that yields no tangible benefits.

    Lastly, another of Trump's main issues was the trade war with China. Trump proposed a 20% tariff on Chinese imports. Now, if our goal was to stick it to them, that would be one way of doing it. The problem though is that the goods purchased here by our lower income citizens would cost 20% more, a burden which they cannot afford. Worse, as was caused by the Smoot-Hawley tariff under Hoover, a trade war would likely ensue and China would put a 20%+ tariff on their imports; harming not only our companies but our diplomatic relations. So the best analogy I can think of to this whole 20% tariff on Chinese goods would be comparing it to the Middle Eastern punishment for thievery, which is cutting off the thief's hand. Except when the enforcer went to cut off the thief's hand, he accidentally cuts his hand off as well. Actually its a bit worse than that, because the Great Depression saw the harmful consequences of protectionism and trade wars, so really it'd be more like the enforcer seeing an instructional video of what to avoid doing when severing hands, and still screwing it up anyway.

    Do not conclude from this writing that I am a fan of China. As a libertarian, I despise a collectivist state that crushes the individual and China assuredly is that. It is natural for Americans to resent China, as they see our nation's power and prominence transfer to China, in a tragic “changing of the guard” ceremony. But trade agreements only work if they are beneficial to both nations, and our trading with China is mutually beneficial. Spiting them will only cause diminished prosperity in both nations and besides, you don't really want to get on the bad side of your main creditor/a rising power. As Calvin Coolidge once said, “Don't expect to build up the weak by tearing down the strong”. China's rise doesn't have to be America's fall. Be skeptical of all governmental action, foreign and domestic, but don't let irrational fears cause irrational actions.

    Me First! Florida Moves its Primaries to January 31

    Just as they did in 2007, the state of Florida has decided to move its presidential primaries up to January 31, leaping over the traditional race starters of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, in Nevada.

    When Florida moved its primaries in 2007, it caused both the Democratic and Republican national committees to penalize the state by removing some or all of their delegates from the respective national conventions.

    Like many other states in the country, Florida has been frustrated with the thought that, by the time the race gets the them in March, many times the nominee has built a substantial lead. Party officials in Florida have decided to move their primary up for a second consecutive presidential primary season, despite threats from the national committees to remove delegates like they did during the 2008 campaign.

    Invariably, the traditional early states will move their primaries and caucuses up as well. This will cause the primary season to get underway much faster than any of the candidates had previously anticipated. It also effectively slams the door on anyone considering getting into the presidential race this late in the season.

    Many other states sympathize with Florida and continually protest the fact that small states like Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina have such a large influence on who will be the nominee of the respective parties. Many would advocate a system that would allow other states in future years to cast their ballots first and say that the only reason the current system continues is because of tradition.

    However, we must also realize that the two major political parties in America, Republicans and Democrats, are not official branches of the government, nor are they beholden to any constitutional regulations regarding primaries. In fact, the Constitution says nothing about political parties and their role in the selection of the president of the United States. It is therefore, according to the 10th amendment, up to each state to decide how they will cast their vote for nominees, a practice that is less than 100 years old in our country.

    This debate will continue to rage on even past the primaries so but the fact remains that Florida’s decision to go against national party recommendations and proceed with the early primary is going to ramp up the timetable for the existing candidates and put a tremendous amount of pressure on them to perform. It virtually slams the door on any person considering a run for the presidency who has not entered the race and it may very well be the last nail in the coffin for several of the one digit candidates.

    Either way the race to the presidency just got a whole lot more interesting.

    Anwar Al-Awlaki Dead

    Americans woke this morning to the news that Anwar Al-Awlaki, the number one Al Qaeda target since the death of Bin Laden, was killed in a CIA predator drone strike Friday. Al-Awlaki has been tied to several terrorist attacks including the Fort Hood shooting in 2009. 
     
    Nidel Hasan – the alleged assassin in the Ft. Hood shootings – claimed to have had direct communication with Al-Awlaki before the massacre that killed 14 people and wounded several others. Al-Awlaki, unlike the other high profile targets in the Al Qaeda network, is American born. He became radicalized at an early age and in 2010, President Obama signed an order making him the first American to be named to the “capture or kill” list. 
     
    The Yemeni defense department confirmed the kill Friday morning. Yemen’s cooperation in bringing Al-Awlaki to justice has increased dramatically since the rise of civil unrest in the region. The killing strikes a major blow to the terrorist network as Al-Awlaki was considered to be the functional and inspirational leader of Al Qaeda since the death of Osama Bin Laden
     
    The legality and constitutionality of the attack that killed Al-Awlaki will now invariably come to the forefront. Unlike Bin Laden and other terrorist leaders, the American born Al-Awlaki had rights guaranteed under the Constitution to Due Process of law. However others will argue that his actions clearly were treasonous, a penalty that at worst warrants death or at least warrants expatriation. 
     
    There will be a flurry of arguments from both sides of this issue, but for now, the United States has dealt a severe both to the already shell shocked terrorist network from which it will take a long time to recover.

    Newt Reveals his "21st Century Contract with America"

    Newt Gingrich takes us back to the 1990s as he reveals his “21st Century Contract with America”. In the 1990s, Ross Perot developed movement similar to the Tea Party, as Perot would garner 19 percent of the votes in the 1992 elections. Also, Bill Clinton would introduce universal healthcare in 1993 that energized Perot’s movement into an historic landslide election in 1994 that made Newt Gingrich the first Republican House Speaker in 42 years. A difference between now and then is a robust economy from a technology boom similar to the industrial age and a generation of kids lost.

    Earlier Newt’s campaign seem to be running another 2008 Fred Thompson campaign but his quick one-liners and now his contract, Newt may be on the move as a contentor. Yesterday, Newt released his four-part “21st Century Contract with America” even though two parts are incomplete and he will release the entire plan on September 27, 2012. The only concern is the last two parts could make Newt’s Primary win a choice between yin and yang for 2012.

    Part one of the contract promises that he will provide “a set of legislative proposals to shift America to job creation, prosperity, freedom and safety.” This will include Repeal & replace Obamacare and Americans will be able to opt into a voluntary market-oriented alternative for a retirement plan. Part two sets that on the “First Day” he’ll sign anywhere from 50 to 200 executive orders. Part three and four are not completed but will provide training program for transition teams and appointees who’ll lead the shift back to Constitutional, limited government and Part four is a system of citizen involvement to help sustain grassroots support for change and help implement change through 2021.

    While Newt was at the Congressional helm many major Global infrastructures took root such as Public-Private Partnerships and NGOs that are taking our freedoms. Because he is a global candidate, the last part concerns me when a president expects to put infrastructure in place for the citizens.

    Even though universal healthcare advocate Mitt Romney and immigration supporter Rick Perry appear to be the media’s favorite, Hermain Cain and Michelle Bachman appear to grab the hearts of the Tea Party but it appears Newt Gingrich has taken his campaign that resembled Fred Thompson into a refreshing direction for the country.

    If anything, it will be excellent fodder to discuss positions of the candidates.

    Seven Points of Economic Leadership for the United States of America

    Seven Point of Economic Leadership for the United States of America

    By William Way

    It is time for economic leadership in Washington that makes sense.  The entire mental infrastructure of Washington DC has endorsed the foolish theories of Keynes.  If they studied just a little bit, only a little, they would recognize that Keynes never believed that his theories would work to sustain a society.  He was all about disrupting civilization.  Sadly, Barack Obama is so socially challenged by never having really worked in his entire life that he believes in the silly Keynesian theories as if they were relevant to real economic problems.

    The nation needs serious changes in its whole economic structure if it is to recover from the ignorant Keynesian theories of the past 65 years.  New leadership is needed, not tricks used by former governors to delude the people into believing they had realistic economic plans in their states.

    Here are THE seven steps necessary to fix the United States economy.  Serious leaders will embrace them.

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    1. Stop printing money. Close  the Bureau of Engraving and Printing for two years, effective January 9, 2012. 
    2. Eliminate the Federal Reserve’s ability to manipulate the supply of money, but not necessarily to act as a central banking system.
    3. Establish an op-in privatized retirement system that phases in over fifteen years.  Social Security ends after fifteen years (This plan assures a greater retirement benefit than a lifetime Social Security program, without injuring current retirees.
    4. Reinstate a commodity-based monetary system where the dollar is tied to the overall value of dedicated retirement funds.
    5. Offset the assault on the dollar by foreign nations and Wall Street currency speculators by stipulating that the US will repay all foreign debt only at the prevailing value of the dollar when payments are made.
    6. Institute a four year plan to convert to a consumption tax on all goods and services except medical expenses.  This should be capped at national rate 14%.
    7. Shut down the IRS and transfer tax collection and disbursement duties to the states, which are already doing the work.

    Fear mongers and socialistic minded candidates will declare it won’t work.  That is fear tactics intended to deceive voters into maintaining a failed system.

    The future of America’s and the world’s economy rest on these actions.  Anything less will inevitably lead to economic collapse worldwide.  When a nation’s economy fails all security within that nation fails also.

    The time for leadership is NOW!

     

    End of theTea Party? I Can't Wait

    I can’t wait until the Tea Party Movement is over! That’s right, I said it.  Not because I hate the Tea Party.  To the contrary, I love the Tea Party. I am the Tea Party. I am a young, middle class mother who is alarmed at the disastrous habits of an oversized government and feels obligated to get involved politically for the sake of my children’s futures.  I have attended several Tea Party events.  I’ve met wonderful, kind patriotic Americans who are motivated to pull this country back on the right track and preserve its status as the greatest nation on God’s green earth.

    Its also not because I am sick and tired of the vile names and charges being thrown at us daily by the Mainstream Media honchos and their minions.  I don’t particularly love the slur ‘teabagger’, although I’ve been called much, much worse in my life, so I can deal with it.  I don’t particularly love being called a racist, despite the fact that I am black and have personally been subjected to true and vicious racism in my life.  I don’t love any of those things, but its not so bad as to make me wish the Tea Party would disappear forever.

    No, I can’t wait for the Tea Party movement to go away because I know the passion, motivation and perseverance behind it and the day the Tea party fades into obscurity is the day the Tea Party is no longer needed in American politics.  That is the day we will declare victory and happily return to our totally average, totally American lives.  I can’t wait for that day!  I can’t wait for the day when our message has so saturated the political spectrum that we no longer need to hover over our politicians, constantly taking them to task and reminding them that they work for us.  I can’t wait for the day when Washington doesn’t need to wait for the citizens to organize en masse in order to respond to the will of the people.  I can’t wait for the day when the private sector thrives again, and the size of the government fairly reflects the prosperity of the people who supply it.  I can’t wait to pour more money into my own retirement plan than into the plans of others whom I have never met and from whom I have never received one iota of service.  I can’t wait for the day when it is second nature for politicians to recognize their direct accountability to the citizens they serve.  I can’t wait for Obamacare to be repealed, entitlements to be rolled back, spending to be permanently capped, taxes to be lowered, and a new era of ingenuity and prosperity to begin.

    If I could be so privileged as to live to see the end of the Tea Party, I will gladly and humbly hang up my picket sign, take down my blog and say thank you to all the organizers, parents, bloggers, politicians and business owners who pushed so hard for so long to win back this country from the brink of socialism.  I will be satisfied knowing that I was an important part of the leaderless movement that surged forward in one of the most frustrating, stressful times in modern American history; the movement to put the political class on notice that they were no longer minding the store anymore, so they were no longer free to rob it at will.  I will retire willingly, having assured my children that, at least for the time being, the American Dream I have freely pursued is theirs to pursue also.

    The Tea Party movement has been and is historical, igniting, and refreshing.  It is a privilege to be a part of such a thing and it will be an equal privilege to bid it adieu.  So whenever some Tea Party hater asks me about the eventual end of the movement, my response will be “I can’t wait, my friend. I can’t wait!

    FEMA Proposes Nightmare On Top Of Nightmare

     

    FEMA Proposes Nightmare On Top Of Nightmare

    The Latest Proposal That Will Not Work

    By Dell Hill

     

    FEMA’s answer to several hundred homeless Vermonters

    With Winter coming on like gang busters, single-wide mobile homes built for areas of the country with no snowfall and no sub-zero cold are being proposed by FEMA as housing for several hundred Vermonters left homeless by the remnants of Hurricane Irene.  Without major, costly changes and additions, the eleventh hour answer to this problem simply will not work.

    The “home” pictured above is one of ten such units delivered to Vermont by FEMA and currently under inspection by State authorities as temporary housing for victims of the storm that ripped Vermont’s infrastructure to the tune of billions of dollars to repair or replace and the hundreds of families left homeless.  What those inspectors will find should be obvious without even setting foot inside.  

    The nearly flat roof is constructed of 2” x 2” lightly gusseted rafters, which would undoubtedly collapse under the first foot of Winter snow.  If that snow was moisture laden, it would take only six inches to cave it in.

    The walls, ceilings and floors are constructed of similar, lightweight building materials and the insulation factor is extremely low.  That fact would jack up heating costs to an outrageous amount of money over the course of an entire Winter.  Every New Englander would tell you “this would be a nice Summer camp”, but they wouldn’t want to fall asleep in it during a snowstorm.

    Vermont usually gets 8-10 FEET of snow each Winter and many of those storms are of the wet, heavy variety.  And it’s not uncommon for Vermonters to experience cold snaps of 20-30 below zero weather for weeks at a time.  

    FEMA officials admit that the proposed homes may not be suited to sustain a Vermont Winter and have suggested that the units be skirted and heat tapes installed to prevent water pipes from freezing; a common occurrence even in well insulated, built-for-New England-weather type dwellings.  The fact of the matter is, you’d have to install heat tape on every square inch of water pipes and have the tape turned on 24/7 for about six months…and the pipes still might freeze.  The cost in electricity alone would boggle your mind.  

    They also suggested a canopy style structure to be placed over the flat roof to act similar to a carport.  Such a structure would do more to create a refrigerator that would tend to hold the cold and dampness in, rather than keep the house warm and well ventilated.  

    No mention was made of a concrete slab that would be needed to keep the entire home reasonably level.  Apparently the FEMA folks are not aware that frost heaves have been known to move an entire building several inches up, down or sideways.  Such a slab would cost several thousand dollars for land prep and the actual pouring of concrete.  And the longer they wait, the higher the risk of frost getting into the ground, making the land prep that much more expensive.

    I don’t have the specs on the heating system hardware, but past experience with such buildings indicates the installation of a furnace with the very minimal BTU output, which means the furnace would pretty much run constantly just to maintain a reasonable amount of warmth.  Thin walls, medium “E” windows and doors with minimal insulation would only cause the furnace to work even harder, increasing the cost even higher.

    In short, the entire proposal is yet another nightmare, the cost of which would be so incredibly high that it would be better to subsidize the victim’s rent on standard housing, if enough standard rental properties could be found.  Otherwise, the nightmare of Irene will be followed by the nightmare of FEMA and a seriously lame-brained idea.

    The State Inspectors are scheduled to complete their work sometime this week.  They’d better.  Snow flurries are forecast for the higher elevations in just a few days.

    Editor’s Note:  Dell Hill is a native Vermonter, having survived 62 of his 66 years in the Green Mountain State.  He has a fairly good idea of what Winter is all about.

    Clueless American "progressives"

    With apologies to Amy Heckerling, Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Brittany Murphy, et al, American “progressives” are proving once again that they are clueless. Absolutely, utterly, painfully, hopelessly, ridiculously clueless.

    Evidence: Germany’s reaction to White House suggestions that the EU increase the money available to its bail-out mechanism (EFSF) beyond the current €440bn limit.

    Consider these excerpts from a UK Telegraph article:

    Berlin savaged plans to boost the EU rescue fund as a “stupid idea” and told the White House to sort out its own mess before giving gratuitous advice to others. German finance minister Wolfgang Schauble said it would be a folly to boost the EU’s bail-out machinery (EFSF) beyond its €440bn lending limit by deploying leverage to up to €2 trillion, perhaps by raising funds from the European Central Bank.

    “I don’t understand how anyone in the European Commission can have such a stupid idea. The result would be to endanger the AAA sovereign debt ratings of other member states. It makes no sense,” he said.

    Mr Schauble told Washington to mind its own businesss after President Barack Obama rebuked EU leaders for failing to recapitalise banks and allowing the debt crisis to escalate to the point where it is “scaring the world”.

    “It’s always much easier to give advice to others than to decide for yourself. I am well prepared to give advice to the US government,” he said.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/financialcrisis/8793010/Germany-slams-stupid-US-plans-to-boost-EU-rescue-fund.html

    Come to think of it, wasn’t the U.S.’s AAA debt rating downgraded because of a demonstrated inability by American “progressives” to curb historic, mammoth deficit spending? In fact, with the outspoken support of his fellow “progressives”, the current White House occupant seeks to dig an even deeper economic hole by spending still more.

    After three years of centrally planned big government bailouts and failed “stimulus” spending, the U.S. economy is in the worst shape it’s been since Jimmy Carter’s administration. It’s gotten to the point that members of the EU, an organization which includes countries heavily populated by Socialists, are openly and aggressively rejecting economic advice from the United States. It’s so bad that even Coca Cola, a quintessentially American company, is openly characterizing economic conditions in Communist China are more favorable to conducting business than those in America.

    At this juncture, it would be perfectly appropriate for you to think: “Perhaps someone who’s flunking class shouldn’t be my tutor”.

    For the current administration to expect others to take their economic advice is akin to them expecting an unmarried couple to accept marriage counseling from Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.

    Clueless.

    http://mjfellright.wordpress.com/2011/09/27/american-progressives-are-cl

     

    John Wayne: The Hyphen

    I remember growing up getting into my Dad’s old records and the John Wayne "America, Why I Love Her" album was my favorite. There is only one other actor that I might say was as patriotic as John Wayne, and that would be President Ronald Reagan. Now days the liberals have pretty much taken over Hollywood. John Wayne was known for not only his acting, but also his patriotism and straight shooting personality. If only everyone in America would realize the truth John Wayne puts in this song and the entire album.

     

    America’s Race Issue

     

    The race issue is not new to America, but in recent years it has been used as a tool to divide us. We all know that there are groups in our nation that are truly racist, but that label does not apply to the majority of Americans.

    Some of the more recent events to bring race back into the lime light is the recent accusation by Morgan Freeman that the Tea Party is racist; and Obama calling Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain an Oreo. The Democrats and their liberal backers continuously try to label any threat to their agenda as racist.

    Mr. Freeman needs to quietly attend a Tea Party gathering and meet the people he accuses of being racist and learn what color they go by. He needs to get to know the many Tea Party members that come from many different races and backgrounds. What about these members that he calls racist that are black? Are they prejudice against their own race? Mr. Freeman, we will let you in on the great color secret of the Tea Party: the colors are red white and blue.

    It would seem that Obama is under the impression that Cain has a soft, sweet center. Again they forget the red and blue. Of course, Oreos are on most American’s list of favorite treats- and what a treat it would be to see Cain take over the oval office!

    Oreo from the racial view normally means a person that is half black and half white. Obama used Oreo to say that Cain is nothing more than a “white man” in black skin. Wouldn’t this be considered the pot calling the kettle black?

    What makes a black mans beliefs different than that of a white man? Just because one’s skin is darker or lighter than another does not mean they cannot share the same beliefs. I know and have many other friends of different races than my own that share most of my beliefs. The common bond is the belief of conservative values andor that America is still a Christian nation no matter what Obama and the liberals say.

    The color of a person’s skin does not mean that they are limited to what they can believe. That holds no truer than here in the United States of America, where each of us have the right and freedom to choose what we believe. Isn’t it the left that supposedly condemns the stereotyping of any group? The Tea Party has been stereotyped and labeled ever since we have started to band together and stand up for our beliefs.

    For Herman Cain and anyone of the Tea Party that has taken offense to the remarks from the liberals, just remember: they attack us because they have realized that we are here to take our nation back and we are the ones who will keep their socialist dreams from coming true.