Author Archives: Dan Colby (@dpcolby)

About Dan Colby (@dpcolby)

I am a United States Army Veteran. Conservative Warrior. Christian. Student. I love America, Capitalism. I am also sick and tired of the Progressive/Left destroying America and her traditions. It is time we stand up and take the fight to them. #WAR I will not sit down any longer. I will not be silent, I refuse to sit by and watch these radicals destroy everything that I love. The fight is on. Let us begin with the ability to fight lies with reason.

Arab Spring: Brotherhood Violence

The Arab Spring that swept the Middle-East has continued to escalate into a more violent situation.  After the Egyptian elections resulted in the Muslim Brotherhood winning the controlling majority within the Egyptian government, the situation became must worse.  Supporters of President Mohammed Morsi have been on a violent offensive by murdering the supporters of those opposed to their party and their president.  According to Algemeiner.com, multiple news outlets have reported that “people were being crucified.”  In addition to supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood viciously murdering opposition to their ideological party, the Brotherhood supporters have also murdered individuals for what is known as apostasy, which covers many crimes against their religion, or ideology.  In one case according to Raymond Ibrahim, wrote about the violence in the middle east and more directly in Tunisia.  The crime of apostasy that took place was a Muslim man who had converted Christianity and in this article that Raymond Ibrahim wrote about that crime of apostasy and the punishment for that crime.  He wrote;

                                                                         “A young man appears held down by masked men. His head is pulled back, with a knife to his throat. He does not struggle and appears resigned to his fate. Speaking in Arabic, the background speaker, or “narrator,” chants a number of Muslim prayers and supplications, mostly condemning Christianity, which, because of the Trinity, is referred to as a polytheistic faith: “Let Allah be avenged on the polytheist apostate”; “Allah empower your religion, make it victorious against the polytheists”; “Allah, defeat the infidels at the hands of the Muslims”; “There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is his messenger.”

The description that Ibrahim wrote about was from a video of that very punishment he was describing, that aired on Egyptian Today.  To actually watch the video, click here.  Algemeiner also reported that;

                                            “A Sky News Arabic correspondent in Cairo confirmed that protestors belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood crucified those opposing Egyptian President Muhammad Morsi naked on trees in front of the presidential palace while abusing others. Likewise, Muslim Brotherhood supporters locked the doors of the media production facilities of 6-October [a major media region in Cairo], where they proceeded to attack several popular journalists.”

In addition to reports of religious and political violence against those who the Brotherhood disagrees with, a cleric of Al-Azhar issued a fatwa.  This fatwa committee said that, ” fighting participants in anti-Muslim Brotherhood demonstrations planned for 24 August is a religious obligation.”    Prior to the Muslim Brotherhood actually gaining control over Egypt, most of these threats of violence were just that, threats.  Now that the Brother is in control, it seems that these “threats” have actually turned into violence.  More acts of religious violence have taken place in Iraq where; “Muslim militants are crucifying children to terrorize their Christian parents,” Canada.com continues to say that, “One infant was snatched, decapitated, burned and left on his mother’s doorstep.”

The violence in the middle east has only escalated since the beginning of the Arab Spring, threats turning to action, protests turning into mob violence, with many shouting scripture from the Koran, and claiming their violent actions are in the name of Allah.

” The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His messenger and strive to make mischief in the land is only this: that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off…” (Koran 5:33).

 

New Black Panthers: “Under Siege”

Just days ago, on August 12th 2012, the New Black Panther Party on its radio show was claiming that they(black people) were “under siege” by the “RNC, tea party, tea baggers, and people who hate black people.” The voice of the woman speaking is Michelle Williams. Chief of Staff to the group.

Breitbart has acquired two audio files of the group in action on their radio show, openly expressing their views of racism and hatred toward anyone not black.

In the second audio clip from the New Black Panthers, they are openly threatening white people.  There is a man who is saying that you must “drag them(white people) from their homes, and skin their asses alive.”  He continues to say that you have to “pour acid on their asses, dunk them in the G** Damn river, bring them back up and punch in the head.”

He goes on to explain how the New Black Panther Party needs to establish its own military organization. Listen to both audio clips from Breitbart.com below.

 

First Audio file.

 

Second Audio file.

The female voice that is heard in the first audio clip, is the chief of staff to the New Black Panther Party, Michelle Williams.  The one who put out the bounty on George Zimmerman during the racial hype in the beginning of that investigation into the Trayvon Martin Case in Florida.

DC Cop allegedly made threatening comments about First Lady

According to the Washing Post, several police officers who work as escorts for White House officials and dignitaries overheard one of their own making threatening comments about the first lady.  After he made these alleged comments about the first lady, he was placed on “administrative duty Wednesday.”  The Internal Affairs Division of the DC police department spoke with the United States Secret Service “on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to give details.”

During a meeting of the Special Operations Division, while discussing threats against the first family, the alleged police officer said that, “he would shoot the First Lady and then used his phone to retrieve a picture of the firearm he said he would use.”  After the comment, which was overheard by a fellow Division Officer, who immediately reported what was heard to the Division lieutenant, who reported the alleged comment to superiors.

A D.C spokeswoman, Gwendolyn Crump, said in an email “We received an allegation that inappropriate comments were made. We are currently investigating the nature of those comments,” according to the same article by the Washington Post, Gwendolyn Crump also “declined to discuss the matter further.”

WaPo reports that there was no, ” indication of a legitimate danger to Michelle Obama.”  A spokesman from the United States Secret Service said in an email that they, “will conduct appropriate follow-up.”

The officer who made the alleged comments has been reassigned to other duties.

Romney Booed at NAACP Speech

Mitt Romney spoke before the NAACP yesterday, July 11th 2012.  He began his speech to the group by saying, ” I appreciate the chance to speak first – even before Vice President Biden gets his turn tomorrow. I just hope the Obama campaign won’t think you’re playing favorites.”  Romney continued to say that he does not, “count anybody out, and we sure don’t make a habit of presuming anyone’s support. Support is asked for and earned – and that’s why I’m here today.”  Mitt Romney continued to explain why he decided to speak before the NAACP, saying that he wishes to, “represent all Americans, of every race, creed or sexual orientation, from the poorest to the richest and everyone in between.”

Mitt Romney explain to the NAACP crowd exactly why he believes that his, “policies” and his, “leadership would help families of color — and families of any color — more than the policies and leadership of President Obama.”  He also made the case that he is not running for president to protect the rich, that he is running to “represent all Americans, of every race,” Recently, the Obama Camp released the “Outsourcing” ad that suggested that Mitt Romney favored sending jobs over seas for higher profits, which was proven wrong by the Washington Post and Factcheck.org.  Mitt Romney’s new campaign ad rebukes the ad that the Obama campaign put out.  In his speech to the NAACP, Mitt Romney said that his, “ vision will help hundreds of millions of middle class Americans of all races, will lift people from poverty, and will help prevent people from becoming poor.”  he continued, “I am also a believer in the free-enterprise system. I believe it can bring change where so many well-meaning government programs have failed. I’ve never heard anyone look around an impoverished neighborhood and say, “You know, there’s too much free enterprise around here. Too many shops, too many jobs, too many people putting money in the bank.”

Staying on the message of free enterprise and strengthening his argument for capitalism, Mitt Romney went on to say that; “free enterprise is still the greatest force for upward mobility, economic security, and the expansion of the middle class. We have seen in recent years what it’s like to have less free enterprise. As President, I will show the good things that can happen when we have more – more business activity, more jobs, more opportunity, more paychecks, more savings accounts.”  He continued to list five different issues that he would change as soon as he took office.  the third issue is where he ran into a problem with the crowd when he said;

“Third, I will reduce government spending. Our high level of debt slows GDP growth and that means fewer jobs. If our goal is jobs, we must, must stop spending over a trillion dollars more than we earn. To do this, I will eliminate expensive non-essential programs like Obamacare, ”

Right after saying that he would work to repeal Obamacare, the crowd erupted into a massive boo for about ten to twelve seconds, then after the crowd stopped booing Mitt Romney, he continued on as if nothing had taken place.  He continued to say, “and I will work to reform and save Medicare and Social Security, in part by means-testing their benefits.said in part of his speech that he would,” Romney finished by saying that he would, “restore economic freedom” because, “This nation’s economy runs on freedom, on opportunity, on entrepreneurs, on dreamers who innovate and build businesses.

Finishing his comments on the economy, free enterprise, and capitalism.  Mitt Romney said that, “Do these five things – open up energy, expand trade, cut the growth of government, focus on better educating tomorrow’s workers today, and restore economic freedom – and jobs will come back to America, and wages will rise again.” and, “If I am president, job one for me will be creating jobs. I have no hidden agenda. If you want a president who will make things better in the African American community, you are looking at him.

To read the full transcript of Mitt Romney’s speech, you can do it HERE:

Watch the video below:

 

Another Presidential Power Grab

July 6th 2012, President Obama signed yet another Executive Order, ASSIGNMENT OF NATIONAL SECURITY AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS COMMUNICATIONS FUNCTIONS.  This new Executive order grants the administration and the Department of Homeland Security massive new abilities that might be needed to re-establish communications during the event of a natural disaster or national security event.  This order will allow the DHS to ensure  that “communications must be possible under all circumstances” and “and improve national resilience.”  This new Executive order states that;

“Sec. 4.1. The Secretary of Homeland Security shall establish an Executive Committee Joint Program Office (JPO) to provide full-time, expert, and administrative support for the Executive Committee’s performance of its responsibilities under section 3.3 of this order”

This new Executive order establishes the National Security and Emergency Preparedness or NS/EP a Executive Committee established to control communications during a crisis and ensure that the government has the proper ability to communicate whenever it needs. The “policy” of this Executive Order passed on Friday, July 6th 2012 says that it must have the capability “to enable the executive branch to communicate within itself and with: the legislative and judicial branches; State, local, territorial, and tribal governments; private sector entities; and the public, allies, and other nations.” Further down within the Executive Order it specifies the main responsibility of the NS/EP which is; “to serve as a forum to address NS/EP communications matters.”

Established under the executive order signed by President Obama on July 6th 2012 the NS/EP will “address”  “communication matters” and contain “representatives designated by the heads of the Departments of State, Defense, Justice, Commerce, and Homeland Security, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), the General Services Administration, and the Federal Communications Commission, as well as such additional agencies as the Executive Committee may designate. The designees of the Secretary of Homeland Security and the Secretary of Defense shall serve as Co-Chairs of the Executive Committe.”

The NS/EP’s main responsibility for the Committee’s forum that is setup under section 3.1 ; “shall be to: (a) advise and make policy recommendations to the President, through the PPD-1 process, on enhancing the survivability, resilience, and future architecture of NS/EP communications, including what should constitute NS/EP communications requirements;”

The NS/EP will also “evaluate the capabilities of existing and planned communications systems, networks, or facilities to meet all executive branch NS/EP communications requirements, including any recommended remedial actions;”  In addition to the committee being able to “evaluate the capabilities of existing and planned communications” the DHS will also have the ability to ensure those “communications” “through the use of commercial, government, and privately owned communications resources, when appropriate.”

Section Four of the Executive Order establishes the “Executive Committee Joint Program Office, which is the “Office” that will oversee the NS/EP”s performance, that is put together by the Department of Homeland Security(DHS). Even though the JPO will “provide full-time, expert, and administrative support for the Executive Committee’s performance of its responsibilities under section 3.3 of this order.”  Under this same section it also states that the JPO “shall be responsive to the guidance of the Executive Committee.”  The JPO which was established to “provide” “support” to the “Executive Committee” will be taking “guidance” from the group it oversees.

Some of the responsibilities that were established under section four, the JPO which is suppose to “provide” “support are;”

a) oversee the development, testing, implementation, and sustainment of NS/EP communications that are directly responsive to the national security needs of the President, Vice President, and senior national leadership

(c) provide to the Executive Committee the technical support necessary to develop and maintain plans adequate to provide for the security and protection of NS/EP communications; and

(d) provide, operate, and maintain communication services and facilities adequate to execute responsibilities consistent with Executive Order 12333 of December 4, 1981, as amended.

The Federal Government already has the National Security Council, which was established in Executive Order 12333, listed above, which allows the Federal government to use the NSC to “act as the highest ranking executive branch entity that provides support to the President for review of, guidance for, and direction to the conduct of all foreign intelligence, counterintelligence, and covert action, and attendant policies and programs.”

This Executive Order signed last Friday and the Agencies or committee’s created within it, are not funded by Congress, which is suppose to be the purse strings for the Federal government. The order states that; “a long-term strategic vision for NS/EP communications and propose funding requirements and plans to the President and the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), through the PPD-1 process, for NS/EP communications initiatives that benefit multiple agencies or other Federal entities;”  this funding for all of these agencies will “(c) coordinate the planning for, and provision of, NS/EP communications for the Federal Government under all hazards;”

The Agencies and Committees and additional power now granted to the DHS under this new Executive Order is protected by one of the last sections which lays out its protections of the agencies and committees and their funding stating that; “(d) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:” and, “(e) This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.”  With the power invested in the Federal Government to fund and control these agencies independently from Congress, and the power to grant executive privilege, where does it end?

 

America: Can still be that Shining City on a Hill

Since the passing of Obamacare, which is now being re-branded as “ObamaTax” due to the ruling that was handed down by the Supreme Court of the United States last Thursday. Now, more Americans seem to be displeased with the decision of the Supreme Court to uphold the Affordable Care Act as a constitutional law.  Thursday was a historic day for America, the Supreme Court ruled that the Federal Government can tax any citizen for their inactivity, Eric Holder was held in contempt of Congress by the House of Representatives, with 17 democrats joining the Republican party for that vote, which was over shadowed by the ObamaTax ruling and its constitutionality.

Since last Thursday, Mitt Romney has raised more campaign funds than President Obama, leaving the President to make desperate campaign calls from Airforce One, asking for donors who maxed out there campaign donations last time, to do the same for him this time.  Over that same time period multiple emails went out from the campaign asking for supporters to donate now and fast, and soon to Obama/Biden 2012.  Most likely this was sparked by the fact of Mitt Romney raising over four million dollars last Thursday as a result of the Supreme Courts decision.  In addition to the one day massive money bomb that Mitt Romney received, CNN Politics is reporting that;

the presumptive GOP nominee appears to hold an eight point advantage among voters who live in the 15 states considered in play in the race for the White House.

However according to that same poll, President Obama is actually leading Mitt Romney 49% to 46%, which is within the 4% margin of error, putting both men in a dead heat for the November General Election.  In a different poll taken by Rasmussen, in their Daily Presidential tracking poll, that was taken on July 2nd 2012, Mitt Romney is leading President Obama 46% to 44%, with 4% wanting another candidate and 5% undecided.

After the Supreme Court released their decision on ObamaTax, has seen a decline in their job approval rating according to Rasmussen, who reported that;

A week ago,  36% said the court was doing a good or an excellent job. That’s down to 33% today. However, the big change is a rise in negative perceptions. Today, 28% say the Supreme Court is doing a poor job. That’s up 11 points over the past week.

It is not surprise than that a large portion of Americans see that the country is heading in the wrong direction, as well as less than half of American citizens believing that America is the last best hope.  In addition to Americans see the country slant in the wrong direction, no matter who is President, 60% of American citizens “don’t believe the United States is better off today,” according to another poll taken by Rasmussen.  In regards to the Affordable Care Act passed last week all current politicians in office have seen a dip in their approval ratings, with Congress always having the lowest rating.

However, that being said, there is still some hope.  Many Americans believe that the size of government matters to the health of this nation.  According to a recent Rasmussen poll, 58% of  “Americans feel a government that is too powerful is a bigger problem than a government that is not powerful enough.” In addition to 51% of “Americans continue to believe that the government is more of a threat to individual rights than a protector of them.” With an even larger percent, 57% of ” American Adults think the Constitution should be left alone,” and “no one thinks the United States should scrap the foundational document and start over.”

The actual hope that Americans STILL love this nation, is shown in this poll from Rasmussen stating that 70% “of American Adults agree with”  governments derive their only just powers from the consent of the governed.  In addition to all this hopeful statistics, Rasmussen reports that; 63% “feel U.S. society is generally fair and decent.”  All of these positive polls show that American citizens are the key to the future of America, and not the Federal Government.
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Moody Banks, Sad Ecomony

The American financial sector has taken another yet another hit today.  Moody’s downgrade of these 15 banks could not have come at a more dangerous time.  With unemployment starting to track up again, and this downgrade of major firms and securities that have global market reach, Greece, Spain, and the Eurozone all have economic problems which could cause a huge world wide financial crisis if anything is pushed further over the edge.  American citizens need reassurance that this “so-called” recovery is actually happening, not more devastating news about a faltering economy.

Earlier this year Moody’s announced that it would be reviewing some of the major financial institutions because of their, ” volatility and risks that creditors of firms with global capital markets operations face.”  The report continues, “ In the past, these risks have led many institutions to fail or to require outside support.” In the report issued today by Moody’s their Global Banking Managing Director Greg Bauer said, “All of the banks affected by today’s actions have significant exposure to the volatility and risk of outsized losses inherent to capital markets activities,” Mr. Bauer continued, “However, they also engage in other, often market leading business activities that are central to Moody’s assessment of their credit profiles. These activities can provide important ‘shock absorbers’ that mitigate the potential volatility of capital markets operations, but they also present unique risks and challenges.”

The actions taken by  Moody’s today to downgrade 15 of these financial institutions was “reflected” in their reports that included factors such as capitalization, liquidity buffers, earnings from non-capital markets and their activities.  This downgrade hit 5 of the largest American banks, which among these institutions are Bank of America, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs Group Inc., JP Morgan Chase & Co., and Morgan Stanley.  Not only were major American institutions hit with this downgrade, but European banks were also downgraded, which will effect the markets world wide.  As a result of this downgrade issued by Moody’s today which sank the Dow by almost 250 points, causing more investors around the country and the world to lose more capital.

Bloomberg.com reported that,

A three-level cut for Morgan Stanley (MS) could cost it $400 million in annual trading revenue from those types of derivative deals, estimated Brad Hintz, an analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., before Moody’s released its decisions.

After some of the worlds largest financial institutions have taken a major downgrade today, recently the Italian Prime Minister, Mario Monti said that there is only a week to save the Eurozone.  This came ahead of the summit next week, in which he indicated that if the these talks result in failed policies, or no action, it could mean “a potential death spiral whose consequences would become more political than economic.”

As reported by the Guardian, some of the major players that will be involved in this summit will be;

The Italian leader is to hold talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, the French president, François Hollande, and Spain’s prime minister, Mariano Rajoy.

Mario Monti spoke to the reporters of the Guardian, saying that, “there would be progressively greater speculative attacks on individual countries, with harassment of the weaker countries.” Mario continues, A large part of Europe would find itself having to continue to put up with very high interest rates that would then impact on the states and also indirectly on firms. This is the direct opposite of what is needed for economic growth.”

The Federal Reserve, with Chairman Ben Bernanke has spoken of a 3rd Quantitative Easing, which means that the Federal Reserve will just print money again, this will result in higher prices across the spectrum, because it will reduce the buying power of the dollar.  This may also impact oil prices due to the fact that crude is traded on the value of the dollar.  Country after Country is facing economic issues, one would wonder what will be the outcome, once every country runs out of money to lend to another?  When will it all stop?

The Spread of Economic Greek Fire

The global economy is on fire due to government Water Fountain Economics. Leaders from around the world continue to push for more government spending with hope that it will stem the flow of a sinking economic situation and put the fire out.  One of those world leaders is, France’s newly elected President Francois Hollande, who is the leader of the Socialist Party.  President Hollande has called for huge tax increases (75 percent) on those who have an income of 1 million  euros or greater.  This tax hike that President Hollande wishes to implement on the so-called “rich,” would supposedly increase revenue to the central government and supply the increase that is needed to pay for the growth of government entitlements.  Government spending, or a “continuous stimulus” has drained the producers and job creators of their life blood to keep the economy afloat.  This belief that the “rich” are not paying their “fair share,” has become a recent trend with many leaders from around the world.  President Obama himself has called for the rich to pay their “fair share” in his “New Nationalism” speech that he gave in Kansas.

The economic fire storm that spread to Spain, has now put them into an economic situation in which Spain is now requesting a 100 billion euro bailout, which is the  equivalent to 125 billion dollars.  If Spain does not change the way it manages the revenue that it collects from the producers within that economy. This bailout contagion that continues to spread from country to country could have a devastating end result on the entire world economy.  In response to the bank bailout for Spain, and the growing concerns within the Eurozone, ft.com reporters quoted an expert from Citigroup;

“The crisis is deteriorating at an ever-increasing pace,” said Mark Schofield, a senior strategist at Citigroup. “Investors are increasingly pricing in either of the two tail risks – full eurozone break-up or fiscal union.”

The Economic Times, also reported that Greece could be on its third bailout soon enough;

“If a state insolvency is to be avoided, then the Europeans will need to jump in again. The Bundestag (lower house of parliament) may possibly have to discuss a third Greek package again.”

Greece has been forced to seek world help many times in the past.  The first time was for 110 billion euros in May of 2010, and then for another 130 billion euros earlier in 2012, plus an additional 107 billion euro private debt write off.  If the elections in Greece this Sunday result in a win for the leftist Syriza party, who have claimed to stop the accepting the bailouts, could result in Greece leaving the 17-nation Eurozone.  The global economic implications of Greece exiting the Eurozone cannot be properly assessed and therefore many suggestions at mitigating the financial damage have been offered.  Reuters reports that;

“European finance officials have discussed limiting the size of withdrawals from ATM machines, imposing border checks and introducing euro zone capital controls as a worst-case scenario should Athens decide to leave the euro.”

Another suggestion from E.U officials would restrict the movement of people, along with the capital across borders.  This is the result of government growing out of control, not only with the control of capital, but the control of the actual person from one place to another.  Is this the place that America is headed? Will this be the end result for the entire Eurozone?  How will the expected exit of Greece impact America, and the rest of the world?  How long will other countries continue with this charade of fiscal sanity?

Greece has received multiple bailouts and is still heading down a path of fiscal destruction.  Now, Spain has received its first bailout from surrounding nations, as well as Ireland, and Portugal.   At some point the water fountain economic theory will run out, and lending nations will not be able to lend each other capital anymore.  Nations that were previously sustaining semi-healthy economies, now have to borrow capital from neighboring nations in order to keep their economies afloat as a result of their previous lending to other nations prop up their economies.

What will happen there are no more lending countries?  If nation A borrowed capital from nation B, and nation B borrowed capital from nation C, and one day nation C stops lending, what will the result be for nation A? Will banks close?  How long will the economy last? What will the world look like with every economy collapsing?

Phrases of Destruction?

Recently President Obama was heavily criticized for his remarks about how the private sector and that it was “doing fine.”  Hours later President Obama had to walk back his comments about the private sector.  He claimed he was hold a press conference because of how poorly the private sector was doing.  President Obama’s comments brought a fire storm of remarks from conservatives.  This phrase “doing fine,” about the private sector, was used in a campaign ad by the Romney, just hours after President Obama said the private sector was “doing fine.”

Now, less than a day after Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif. said that Attorney General Eric Holder was to be brought up on contempt charges for his dealings with the Fast and Furious case, that allowed American made guns to cross the border and escape into Mexico, which later returned and was used in the murder of Agent Brian Terry.  According to the House Oversight Committee it will vote next week on Eric Holder being in contempt of Congress. Here is the draft of contempt charges reported by CBS News.  Eric Holder is accused of not fully cooperating with congress and the information it has requested, along with Eric Holder not answering questions to his fullest knowledge.

After the news of the House Oversight Committee stating that it was going to schedule a vote to hold Eric Holder in contempt of Congress, Jay Carney told reporters that the President has “absolute confidence” in Eric Holder.

If the House Oversight Committee finds Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress, this could be another huge drag on the Obama re-election campaign.  This could be the second phrase to create a fire storm for the Obama White House.  However, if the House does not have enough votes to find Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress, it will only bolster the Obama re-election campaign along with assisting in their narrative during this whole process, that Republicans are just playing politics with the whole situation.

These two phrases, “doing fine” and “absolute confidence” combined together in the course of almost a week, could be a huge negative against the Obama campaign team.  If everything works out well in the way of Eric Holder, then Republicans will be playing defense minutes after the vote is cast.

South Carolina June Primary, DESTROYED

As of today I am no longer a candidate for my county council, along with many other candidates in Oconee County, South Carolina.  The recent lawsuit that was filed by the democratic party in Florence County, removed every candidate who had not filed a paper copy of their economic interest statement, even though that same information was filed electronically over the internet, which is easier and faster to access.  Now, here in Oconee County, South Carolina, we will have no sheriff on the ballot next Tuesday.  We have no challengers for any of the incumbents, who favor legislation that is destructive to private property rights and liberty.  Now, our county and the rest of the State of South Carolina is under attack, by the Progressives.  The only reason that Democrats cause problems like this, is because they cannot win common sense arguments, so now they must create a problem to ensure that there is less of a Republican turn out in November.

Creating Issues like these are the only way the democrats will have a chance to win in the November Election.   It may create a problem for Republicans in the General Election,  if the voters are so upset about the primary and the Republican party, that they may think it was the fault of the Republican Party and not look any further into the issue.  However, it may cause such a problem across the state, that it may give President Obama an upper hand. In a state that is suppose to be conservative, with a firestorm as this issue is sure to cause, South Carolina may become a possible swing state if this issue becomes much larger than anyone expected it to be.  With the Political realm and all the problems that politicians have caused over the past decades, it would not be a surprise if something so troubling actually caused South Carolina to become a swing state for the General Election.  The only problem is that the conservative movement is alive, just not well here in South Carolina.  A good majority of the Republicans, are RINOs.  They do not represent what Republicanism stands for, which is another cause for concern, not just here in South Carolina, but across the country.   Conservatives are fighting battles on two fronts in order to preserve our nation.  We not only have to fight the RINO party, but we also are battling the Progressive party, which has swallowed up what use to be the Democratic Party.

Now, trying to figure out exactly what I should do is the problem.  I would have to gather 5% of the voters here in my district, which would amount to only about 500 signatures, however, I would need those names by Noon on July 16th. My outcome is still unknown.  I am also not sure if I am willing to register as an Independent, I am a strong conservative, I believe, and I will not change what I call myself or consider myself to be, just because some Progressive decided to use Judicial Activism to achieve their goals.  I have other avenues that I may be able to utilize in order to make change in this county, and ultimately in this great nation.  We conservatives must fight this massive machine anyway that we can.  It is our JOB to stand up and defend what has made this nation great.  We must UNITED across this country and STAND TOGETHER to defend our LIBERTY.  Stand with me, join me in this fight against TYRANNY.  LET US DEFEND THIS NATION TOGETHER.  Spread the word of what has happened here in South Carolina.  We must protect other states from running into this very same problem.  We must work TOGETHER, WE MUST DEFEND LIBERTY AT ALL COSTS. STAND WITH ME!

Some of us here in the county have thought about starting a 3rd party.  Maybe it is finally time, at least at local levels, who knows, we do need to start fixing these problems.  If we do not fix them here in the local levels, we cannot fix them in Washington. Starting local is the only course we have to restore America to the great country she once was, frankly still is, we are just running out of time.  Our nation is facing some of her most perilous times right now, and the Progressive Party will never give up, we must also stand our ground.  The bigger question remains, what impact will this have come November?

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Flailing PIGS, Euro-crisis looms

While the Obama administration continues to spread the word that the United States is in a recovery, other world leaders are hesitant to jump on the bandwagon, due to their economic troubles.  Today’s release of the unemployment numbers, which rose to 8.2 percent, from 8.1 percent was devastating news to President Barack Obama.   Economists were expecting the United States economy to add close to 150,000 jobs last month, instead of the 69,000 jobs that were added to the private sector.  The Stock market, which has virtually wiped away all gains thus far for the year. China’s economy is faltering, Europe is on the brink of a monetary separation.  Needless to say, the entire outlook for the world economy looks dimmer now, than it did ever before.

Reuters quoted Diane Swonk, who is the chief economist at Mesirow Financial in Chicago;

“It is difficult for anyone to commit to hire when growth remains subdued, and our fiscal problems both at home and abroad appear to be compounding.”

The tricks of the Federal Reserve are running out, and there are few places left in the world that have the capacity to lend money on such a grand scale, to reduce the burden of a debt crisis.  In 2008, the Federal Reserve reduced the interest rates close to zero percent and purchased over 2 Trillion dollars in bonds to try and assist in jump starting the United States economy.  The Federal Reserve, which is now the largest holder of United States debt will face massive financial troubles if the United States economy continues to slow, and the jobs numbers continue to a drag on the economy.  The stock market will continue to fall as which will be a massive dark cloud hanging over every economic indicator along with the housing numbers that are close to 1930s levels during the great depression.  Every economic indicator is being propped up by some government program that is paid for by the citizens of those nations.  If the citizens of every nation continue to reduce their spending, which will slow the economy, which will reduce government revenue, in turn will slow down these government programs that are propping everything up,which will end in an economic collapse.  No country has ever lasted very long under that cycle of false economic growth.  Government can only borrow money from itself for so long before it implodes.

The leader of the world bank said yesterday that there could be a return to the 2008 panic.  With governments around the globe fleeing to put their money in countries that seemed safer,  Germany, the United States and the United Kingdom were some of the countries that presented themselves as the safest place to invest.  While these three countries may be the so-called “safest,”  they are just the strongest weak link in a world economic chain ready to snap.

Greece,  still facing the same problems that it was before, with bailout after bailout, which has done nothing to assist in them in stabilizing their situation.  The leaders of Greece continue to kick the can down the road hoping that the rest of the world will continue to throw money down the drain.  The Eurozone is closing in on the brink of a collapse themselves, and Greece, Spain, and Portugal fighting to keep their countries from falling into a massive depression as well.  World leaders are rushing to find a way in which they can slow down the process of a collapse.  Greece will be the first start a chain of events that will bring down the entire world.  The United States will feel the impact of a Euro-crisis or collapse.  However, the United States will most likely not be damaged as badly as the rest of Europe.  American exports are around 20 percent of the products shipped to Europe, which will be a huge impact here at home if Europeans are unable to purchase those products that America needs to sell to bring in revenue. As reported by Dailymail.co.uk, Mr. Zoellick said;

 ‘Events in Greece could trigger financial fright in Spain, Italy and across the eurozone. The summer of 2012 offers an eerie echo of 2008.”

Recently Greece had a run on their banks due to economic woes across their country.  The Greek unemployment rose in February to 21.7 percent according to the Athens News Agency website.  According to the same website Athens News Agency, their stock market has continued to take a downward spiral.  All of the surrounding countries are starting to realize that the failed attempts to prop up the Greek economy with a continuous influx of money from around the globe, has done nothing more than buy Greece, and other troublesome countries time to prepare for the inevitable.

If the Obama administration continues to follow the same course as Greece and other failing Eurozone countries, America could be headed down the same road as Greece.  Greece has now shown the rest of the world that a fiscal policy driven by a large central government spending program, ultimately fails in the long run.    Mr Zoellick also said:

‘Eurozone leaders need to be prepared to recapitalise banks. In the eurozone, the guarantees of some national sovereigns are unlikely to be sufficient and only that of the “euro-sovereign” will suffice. as reported by the Dailymail.co.uk.

The question becomes, When does the Eurozone break up or collapse under its own failed fiscal policies?  How much will this truly damage the United States economy?  Suspicions are that the Euro-crisis will hurt the United States economy in more ways than just export revenue.  Many also think that with the fragile U.S economy already on the edge, even the whisper of a Eurozone collapse will drive America into a slower GDP growth rate, consumer spending will drop off dramatically, because consumers will be weary of spending money with a faltering economic system at home and abroad.

 

 

Why Syria is an Election Problem

With the massive death toll continuing to rise in Syria, the Obama administration seems hesitant to even mention Syria or the use of military force as an option to end the massacres in the middle-eastern country.  With Americans war-weary from the last decade of combat over seas, because many military men and women who have sacrificed their lives for freedom and for America, the citizens of this nation are just as hesitant to deal with another conflict anywhere else in the world.  The Obama administration seems to have a wobbly foreign policy stance on when America should or should not intervene.  It was the policy of the Obama administration to step in during Libya and Uganda, yet with around 9,000 dead already in Syria, the Obama administration seems weak on whether they are actually strong on foreign policy.  With both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars winding down, which President Obama said he would try and accomplish in his first term as President, even though that was already arranged by the Bush administration. President Obama does not want another conflict, which could hurt his re-election chances.  War would not do well to strengthen his base support of voters at this time during the election process.

The Romney camp is in just as a tough camp for many of the reasons that I have already laid out.  America does not want another conflict that does not really have anything to do with our national interests.  However, if Romney starts to go on the offensive, which the Obama administration is most likely waiting for, so that they can just try and paint Romney as another war hungry Republican.  Mitt Romney could also capitalize on the lack of leadership that President Obama has shown in this conflict in Syria, IF he plays it correctly and makes the case of consistency and lack of leadership, and not of America needing another war.  If Mitt Romney ties President Obama’s lack of leadership on the economy, he could use it as an example to show that he not only lacks leadership on the economy, but as well as foreign policy.

Each Presidential camp has a tough choice to make,  President Obama, has really only one case to make if he begins to talk about it, and that is, why would should intervene.  As I said earlier, Mitt Romney must play his cards correctly or it could be a major disadvantage to his campaign.  If the middle east continues to get worse, President Obama will have a tough time avoiding the issue all together.  If the Syrian government continues to slaughter its people along with Egypt working toward and election that could bring about the rise of the new Ottoman Empire, known as the Muslim Brotherhood, that could sink the Obama camp, if Romney plays it correctly. 

President Obama, has said many times publicly that the Syrian President Assad, can either; “lead [the] transition or get out of the way.”  President Obama speaking out about how terrible this slaughter is in Syria, does nothing if he is not willing to back up his words.  The more he speaks and does nothing the weaker he looks to the rest of the world.  All Bark and No Bite.  Maybe Libya and Uganda were only undertaken because one: President Obama was able to “lead from behind” and not risk much of American assets, and two: election was not right around corner as it is right now.

Whatever the case may be, Mitt Romney, needs to come out strong and fast with an articulate message of his leadership qualities and how he will have a strong and unwavering foreign policy.  Something to draw another contrast between himself and President Obama.  If not Syria could be a major election issue, if Mitt Romney does not strike first.

In Remembrance of Sgt. Garvey

Every Memorial Day is one that I remember with certain emotion.  When I joined the United States Army, I was 21 years old.  My recruiter picked me up from my house around 4:30am in the morning. He hauled me off to the Military Entrance Processing Station(MEPS).  That day, changed my life forever.  It was September 11th 2001,  I was upstairs in the building filling out paperwork, the room was filled with many other recruits for every branch.  All of a sudden we heard military personnel running around saying that the twin towers were just attacked, now I was thinking that this was just a joke to try and scare us, to see who would actually complete their recruitment paperwork.  So, upon finishing my paperwork, I walked downstairs, I looked at the big screen TV, and there were the two towers, on fire, smoke billowing from them.  My reaction was to call my mother, I told her; “Looks like I’m going to war,”  she had not even heard the news yet.  As the military staff rushed around to finish signing everyone up and close down the station, I soon realized that I was the only one to take the Oath that day.  Even the woman who swore me in, said something along the same lines.  I took the Oath, and was rushed out of the building.  The paperwork I had signed, was for the delayed entry program.  October soon rolled around, Again, I was hauled off to the Atlanta airport, then flown to Fort Benning , GA.  My life had changed for ever.

After six months or so of infantry school training, I was assigned to Fort Campbell, KY, 101st Airborne Division.  Upon my arrival, there was one soldier, Justin Garvey, soon became my mentor and friend.  He taught me how to shine my boots, press my uniform and the more refined details of how to be a soldier.  He was kind enough to take me under his wing and take care of me right after basic training.  This man, helped shaped my military life.  Along with sharing lessons about boot shining, we would share a beer after work sometimes, a little brew to unwind after the work day.

Thinking I would be going to Afghanistan soon after my arrival to Fort Campbell, which I was mistaken.  I had missed the last deployment to the combat zone by a few weeks I believe.  I tried to transfer to 2nd battalion, however, they only took a few, I was not able to make that shipment.  Even though I had no idea, what combat was like, I felt the need that I must do more for my country, just being there was not enough.

Months later, the rest of the unit would return home from Afghanistan, I felt like I had not done enough, being back home in the “rear with the gear” was not something I wanted to be known for, even though it was out of my control.  I was just a private.  Over the next 2 years, I would create a bond with my platoon and fellow soldiers that cannot be quantified with words.  The brotherhood, that you create among men through days and nights of training, and one day combat is something that can never be taken from you.

Over the course of those two years, I also continued to hold a strong friendship with now, Sergeant Garvey.  We were not in the same company, so it was difficult to hang out at during the work day, however he lived down the street from me, so I would be able to stop over after work and when I had free time to visit for a beer or two.  He was a true friend and mentor to me.  He eventually got married, to a woman who I only met a few times, and seemed to be a wonderful woman.  They would end up purchasing the house that I used to visit him in.  The reason, that my visits slowed down was due to the fact of the Iraq war.  We were training for this conflict without really knowing we were going to actually be deployed, even though we had speculation.

I believe we finally deployed from Fort Campbell, KY on February 28th 2003.  We would sit in Kuwait for for a few weeks, until the call to cross the border would come.  We drove from Kuwait to our position in Iraq,  that took 3 days or so.  That is when I realized how useless the U.N really was.  As we drove across the border of Kuwait and Iraq, we passed a U.N building with soldiers standing outside, just watching the real soldiers go to war.  Why our country even works with the U.N, I will never know.

Sergeant Garvey and I were still in separate companies, I never got to say goodbye to him, I never got to thank him for everything that he taught me, I will never get to tell him, how he is still a huge part of my life to this day.  One day, leaving the fort that our battalion was staying in, he and Sergeant Jordan were leaving in a Humvee.  We did not have armored Humvees at this time.  The RPG that struck their Humvee, would not have been stopped by the armor anyways.  It destroyed the vehicle, Sergeant Garvey from what I understand and Sergeant Jordan, were both killed instantly.  We had sandbags to covered on the bottom of our vehicles to protect us from IEDs.

I would only learn of my buddies death by radio, when we were told of the attack, his name was told to me as Gerbey, or something along those lines.  I asked if it was him, at the time I was told it was not.  Later on, I would be on guard, and unable to attend the memorial for him.  I never got to say goodbye.  Today, a day of pride, a sad of sorrow, a day for Heroes.  Years later, I still feel the pain of his death, I cannot imagine what his family feels on this day.  My hope is that maybe, they will read this and know that he made a wonderful impact on my life.  I have two tattoos on my body, so that way people ask, what they are for.  I have a Japanese tattoo for Pride on the left side of my neck, which then leads people to ask what it means,  I tell them, Pride in my country, Pride in the United States Army, then I can tell them about my friend and mentor Sergeant Justin Garvey.  I just hope that I live up to his sacrifice, he gave his life, just as many other men and women of the military have since the birth of this nation.  I hope I live up to that standard they set forth by my actions.  I hope that I continue to serve my nation, that is worthy of that sacrifice.

For many years, I woke up each and every day wishing and wondering why I had not died myself.  Sometimes I still wonder, not as often, but I know that God has other plans for me, or things would be different.  To all our men and women who have given the highest price this nation will ever know.  I thank you, May God Bless you and your family.  Thank you Justin for everything that you have done for me, Thank you for your sacrifice.  I hope that my actions continue to honor your life as soldier.  May God Bless America.

The Virtual World: Facebook Crashes

UPDATE: Facebook stock plunges!

Today, as the markets came to a close, Facebook, took another slide.  The IPO’s share fell to around 30 dollars today at the close of the market.  With underwriters bailing and consumers following suit, its no wonder that the stock itself would lose value.  If the trend continues, it could be the end of the IPO on the open market.  During the course of the trading day, the new IPO traded nearly 28 million shares.  Even with all the trading of Facebook stock today, the IPO still lost value.

The forecast for Facebook was higher than what is now expected.  Another reason for the decline in revenue for Facebook and possibly a reason for underwriters leaving the IPO is due to the report that Facebook filed with the Security Exchange Commission(SEC), in that report, it stated one reason for a cause of concern in the future growth of the company;

“We have been subject to regulatory investigations and settlements and we expect to continue to be subject to such proceedings in the future, which could cause us to incur substantial costs or require us to change our business practices in a manner materially adverse to our business

With the increase of Facebook users switching from desktops or laptops to mobile devices, that do not display as many ads, if any at all.  Maybe also be a concern for company growth, considering advertising is a huge revenue driver for the company.  Some of the underwriters being, Morgan Stanley who is the lead underwriter. With rest of the Facebook investors, who Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Barclays Capital, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Allen & Company and Mark Zuckerberg, all who have taken a major lose in the company since the first day of trading last Friday.

Facebook loses Face

Friday, when Facebook went public and started offering its share at 38 dollars,  the hype that escorted the new IPO becoming a publicly traded product, did not last very long.  The problems and over speculation that finally drove Facebook from the 42 dollar high that it hit last Friday, only lasted a matter of hours.  Facebook closed at just 23 cents above what it entered the market at, only because of the support of the underwriters, such as JP Morgan, who also had to inject the new IPO with a large amount of money just to keep their new investment from having a day one flop.

Some of the major problems that Facebook encountered that day, along with many of the groups that were selling the stocks, had glitches that slowed down the system when an individual would purchased or sold the shares.  Some people who had initially purchased the shares of Facebook reportedly waited hours to actually hear back from their broker. According to the WallStreet Journal, one man George Brady, purchased 1,000 shares of the stock,  6 hours later, Charles Schwab, who he does business with, finally contacted him about his purchase confirmation.  The problem that Mr. Brady had, was that minutes after he had purchased the 1,000 shares of Facebook Stock, he decided to cancel his order after watching the new IPO’s stock continue to fall.  During those six hours after the stock opened and Mr. Brady decided to sell his stock, Schwab still had not contacted him about his cancellation order, or even his purchase order.

This was not the only problem that the IPO encountered.  NASDAQ, had glitches with the ordering system due to the large volume of orders that were taking place around the new IPO.  The CEO of NASDAQ Bob Greifeld, told Maria Bartiromo, of CNBC;

“We ran our IPO auction process differently than we run the regular open and close,” Greifeld said. “Typically, we lock the order book two minutes before the auction is to take place.”

The over speculation and hype that surrounded Facebook lead to the Friday afternoon high, however, today with the Monday Blues sinking in after the IPO continued to lose support from some of the underwriters that kept it stable on opening day, have now seem to fade away and let Facebook either live or die on its own merit.  Zuckerberg, alone lost a personal wealth of around 6 Billion dollars, while the company itself lost nearly 19 Billion dollars since the opening day Friday.  Many of the people around Facebook and those who were on the inside dealings with all that happened, suggested that maybe there should have been a delay of the opening. Frank Lesh, a futures analyst and broker for FuturePath Trading LLC, agreed that Facebook, “At the moment it’s not living up to the hype.”

The strength of Facebook and its actual market value will be tested over the next few months after investors have had time to digest the validity of the company, beyond using it as a social media network.

“In the past eight years, all of you out there have built the largest community in the history of the world,” Zuckerberg said to employees in Menlo Park Friday morning. “You’ve done amazing things that we never would have dreamed of. And I can’t wait to see what you guys all do going forward.”

Now, those same employees of Facebook must prove to the rest of the world that the largest internet community, is actually worth investing in.  Brian Wieser at Pivotal Research Group told CNBC;

“Investors are increasingly aware of the risk embedded in the stock price. There are real concerns about growth and advertisers’ frequent lack of certainty how best to use Facebook, along with rising costs and ongoing acquisition risk.”

With the upcoming speculated downgrade of Morgan Stanley and an underwriter of Facebook, many are wondering if the slide of Facebook stock and this possible downgrade of Morgan Stanley will impact one another.  If Facebook continues to slide on the market, it could be a huge lose for the big time backer of Facebook, even still, if Facebook continues to slide and Stanley gets a downgrade, will the firm abandon Facebook and let them swim alone in the free market, or will they both continue to fall together.  The Free Markets and the buying power of the individual will be the test of both of these organizations.  If their product is sound, then maybe they will succeed, if not, then they will fall to the way side for another to rise up.  However, Facebook having less liquidity than Stanley by a huge margin, there is more of a chance that Stanley will still be around long after Facebook.  No matter what ultimately happens to either of the two industries, it is proof positive that capitalism is still alive and well in America.