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Will She Or Won’t She? Sarah Palin Says There’s Room For More In The Race

Sarah Palin greeting supporters in Iowa September 2 photo via Washington Post

Will she or won’t she? That’s the burning question in the minds of anyone in America who keeps up with politics.

Will Sarah Palin run for president in the 2012 election? Or will she stay on the sidelines, cheering on the “spirited debate” of the other candidates?

According to a Fox News poll, the majority of Americans say that she should stay out of the race. When asked the question, “Do you think Sarah Palin should run for president in 2012 or not?”, the results are overwhelmingly against her entering the race.

  • 74 percent said no
  • 20 percent said yes
  • 6 percent said they’re not sure.

There is only a 9 percent gap in the between Republicans and Democrats who say she should stay out of the race, while nearly three quarters of Independents and Tea Party people said she should stay out of the race.

Sarah Palin continues to leave the country wondering what her decision will be. The speculation is wide and varied, with pundits such as Karl Rove saying she will run, while other pundits and bloggers saying she will not. There’s also some who just do not know if she should run or not.

Jennifer Jacobs, chief political writer at the Des Moines Register, polled the politically involved in Iowa, and one reason listed as to why she shouldn’t  run is her indecision about what she is going to do. Saying Sarah Palin is the “Brett Favre of politics”, Ms. Jacobs  reports that the guessing game is getting old for potential voters.

Sarah Palin is speaking at a Tea Party rally in Des Moines today, and the rumor mill has been buzzing that that “today is the day” she will announce her candidacy. Her aides give the impression that there will be no announcement at today’s event, and Sarah herself continues to be non-committal either way.

“I think there’s room for more, though, because spirited debate and more competition will allow an even better discourse and more rigorous discourse that the public deserves.”

If she does not make an announcement one way or another in Iowa today, there’s always New Hampshire later in the weekend, where she will make an appearance. If she does not make an official announcement yay or nay in New Hampshire, there’s always the news media hounds, political pundits, her Fox News colleagues, and any other number of people to keep the rumors going.

There’s only one person who can put an end to this guessing game, and that’s the lady herself. She has said that her supporters deserve to know very soon which decision she is going to make. She has left the impression in more than one interview that September would be a fair time to let everyone in on the secret.

So the question still remains: Sarah, are you going to be one of the candidates? This guessing game is just feeds into the media and political drama.

 

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Source:

Newsmax Fox Poll Results

Newsmax Des Moines Register

 

 

Babysitter Bill for the Nanny State

The powers that be in the government of Californiastan are addicts.  They are not addicted to drugs or alcohol or Dancing With the Stars (not all, anyway).  They are addicted to lawmaking.  They are addicted to laws.  The People’s Republic of California is a state with a full time legislature made up of a never-ending stream of “your money is our money” liberal Democrats.  With a $162/day per diem to exploit and no “real world” jobs to return to, our representatives have little else to do than sit around and make busywork for themselves.  That busywork nearly always translates into… you guessed it – more laws.  Want to be remembered in the annals of state history in perpetuity?  Get your name on a law and get it passed.  Want to have a tangible accomplishment to point to when as you half-heartedly campaign for a nearly surefire reelection against the latest fake Republican?  Get your name on a law and get it passed.  Want something to rub in your older brother’s face (you know, the one with the hot, semi-famous wife, 2 soccer star kids and 8 bedroom pad in Beverly Hills) at family gatherings?  Get your name….oh you get the idea.

San Fransisco has banned Happy Meals, Santa Monica has banned plastic bags, the legislature is already debating a bill to require hotels to use fitted sheets, and now the fine representatives of California introduce the “Babysitter Bill”.   AB889 is a bill supposedly designed to “extend basic, humane labor protections to thousands of nannies, caregivers, and house-cleaners.”, according to the bill’s co-sponsor (with Assemblyman V.Manuel Perez) Tom Ammiano.  The pending bill would require any domestic caregiver or worker over the age of 18 to be paid minimum wage, meal breaks and 15 minute rest breaks every two- four hours.  Yes, folks, you read that right.  When this bill passes, and it will because they all do here in Californiastan, you’re date nights will get a lot more expensive if you prefer to have adults watch your precious children.

Amy Wilson, communications director for Perez claims the scope of the bill has been greatly exaggerated. “AB 889 has nothing to do with babysitters,” says Wilson. “Unfortunately a press release from one of the bill’s critics was depicted as a news article on the Internet and it has been picked up and repeated by others who have not bothered to do the fact checking.”  She says the bill does not specifically include babysitters under the age of 18 and calling it the “Babysitter Bill”, as many have labeled it, is misleading.  But is it misleading?  Certainly this bill still leaves parents with the option of hiring a teenager to babysit, but what about during the day?  So far, school hasn’t been banned in California, so unless that changes, many parents are going to be left looking for adults to care for their children during normal working hours.  AB889 means they will need to look for TWO adults to care for their children: one main caretaker and another who will agree to come over only every two hours for 15 at a time plus one meal break, as to relieve the main caretaker.  TWO nannies!  Oh yes, and you’ll also need to keep paperwork for all this care-taking, because parents will be required to pay for workman’s comp insurance as well.  It’s the bill that keeps on giving!

Some of you parents may already be saying to yourselves, “That’s fine.  This is California and under-the-table (illegal) labor is not hard to find.  I’ll hire a Mexican “guest worker” and be done with it”.  Not so fast.  Yesterday Dept of Labor Secretary Hilda Solis signed an agreement with Latin American countries to protect the “rights” of illegal workers in the U.S.  That means that your “guest” nannies and housekeepers must be afforded typical workplace amenities and now have every right to walk off the job and report you to the authorities without any fear of repercussions like arrest or deportation.

The bill’s sponsors assert that it helps Californians, but its not hard to see that it actually is the opposite of helpful.  One needn’t be a genius to understand that a bill like this will result in families hiring LESS babysitting and domestic services, not more.  Who wants to fill out time cards and workman’s comp forms just to enjoy an afternoon alone at the mall?  Working families will be forced to give up jobs in order to stay home or will simply leave the state, which seems more likely.  As a matter of fact, with the California Dream Act passing today, it seems like legislators in this state are doing their level best to make sure as many productive, working people as possible leave, taking their tax dollars with them.  One would think that a state with a 25 billion dollar budget shortfall would be trying to woo back working taxpayers and make life easier for those that have chosen to stay and pay.  But this is Californiastan…the land that common sense forgot.

The More We Dig Into “Fast and Furious,” The More We Find

History of “Fast and Furious”

In 2009, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) office in Phoenix, Arizona, sold weapons to gun buyers, hoping to track them to weapons buyers traffickers along the southwestern border and into Mexico. This operation has become known as “Fast and Furious,” a.k.a. “gun walker.” Their efforts failed. The number of unaccounted for weapons was about 1,500, with about two-thirds of those guns going to Mexico.

This misguided operation had serious consequences. On December 15, 2010, U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was shot and killed during an effort to catch several bad guys targeting illegal immigrants in Arizona. When law enforcement came to the scene, they discovered two of the killers’ assault rifles were among those sold as part of Operation Fast and Furious. Operation Fast and Furious was shut down after Terry’s murder. Two weapons involved in Fast and Furious were found at the site of Terry’s murder. Additionally, Fifty seven Fast and Furious weapons have been connected to at least an additional eleven violent crimes in the U.S. Forty two weapons were seized from two crime scenes in El Paso, Texas, alone.

In December 2010, ATF agent Vince Cefalu said, “Simply put, we knowingly let hundreds of guns and dozens of identified bad guys go across the border.” Other agents later came forward, congressional hearings were held, and President Barack Obama called the operation “a serious mistake.” Cefalu was forced to resign. On August 30, 2011, more Fast and Furious related personnel changes occurred when the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that Kenneth Melson, the acting head of the ATF who presided over the operation, was replaced and transferred to the Office of Legal Policy.

Kenneth Melson resigned as head of ATF the Department of Justice announced August 30, 2011. He will be replaced by B. Todd Jones, a federal prosecutor in Minnesota. The White House is still hoping to get Senate confirmation for Andrew Traver, head of the ATF in Chicago. Then, on the same day, U.S. Attorney for Arizona, Dennis Burke, who oversaw the legal aspects of the Fast and Furious operation and provided advice to agents involved, announced his resignation. Emory Hurley, the lead prosecutor for Operation Fast and Furious cases in Burke’s office, was reassigned.

Fast and Furious is technically legal under ATF rules because the agents were not directly supplying guns to the cartels. ATF agents in Phoenix implemented the operation, naming it Operation Fast and Furious because most of straw buyers worked at auto shops, like Vin Diesel’s character in the 2001 movie, The Fast and the Furious. According to ATF in January 2010, ATF agents worked with the Phoenix DEA and the U.S. prosecutors in Arizona on the investigations. In some cases, ATF agents even used DOJ-funded wire tapping to track the guns.

Arizona US Attorney Dennis Burke Resigns

Arizona US Attorney Dennis Burke, whose office was heavily involved in the Fast and Furious operation, resigned yesterday (August 30, 2011). Burke said his resignation would be effective immediately. Said Burke, “it is the right time to move on to pursue other aspects of my career and my life and allow the office to move ahead.” His resignation comes two weeks after his testimony about Fast and Furious before Issa’s committee. “I get to stand up when we have a great case to announce and take all the credit for it regardless of how much work I did on it,” Burke said. “So, when our office makes mistakes, I need to take responsibility, and this is a case, as reflected by the work of this investigation, it should not have been done the way it was done, and I want to take responsibility for that, and I’m not falling on a sword or trying to cover for anyone else.” Issa’s office said Burke’s resignation does not excuse him from his promise of future testimony. “The committee still expects him to honor his commitment,” committee spokesman Frederick Hill said.

Darrell Issa’s and Charles Grassley’s Investigation

The gunrunning operation is now the subject of a Congressional investigation, led by U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA), to identify who in the DOJ was responsible for or knew about the sting. Issa and Grassley have made it clear that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder – a confidant of President Barack Obama – is a central focus of their investigation. So far, the DOJ has ignored the Issa/Grassley investigation. But recent testimony from ATF director Kenneth Melson claimed that the cartel leaders targeted by Fast and Furious were allegedly paid informants for the DEA and the FBI. If true, the allegations could harm the credibility of the entire Justice Department.

Issa said in a statement that “the reckless disregard for safety that took place in Operation Fast and Furious certainly merits changes.” He said his committee will pursue its investigation to ensure that “blame isn’t offloaded on just a few individuals for a matter that involved much higher levels of the Justice Department.” Grassley, whose investigation brought problems with Operation Fast and Furious to light, called for a full accounting from the Justice Department as to “who knew what and when, so we can be sure that this ill-advised strategy never happens again.”

Issa released emails at the outset of his hearing on the Justice Department’s Operation Fast and Furious, showing two high-ranking officials were “briefed weekly” on the investigative strategy. The emails are the most direct evidence yet of involvement in the operation by top Justice Department officials, and make it unlikely such officials were ignorant about the details of the operation when the Justice Department initially denied assault guns were knowingly allowed to go into the hands of Mexican drug cartels.

Four ATF agents, in transcribed interviews with Issa’s office, are contradicting the Justice Department’s account of Operation Fast and Furious, saying hundreds of weapons – including assault rifles and military-grade sniper weapons – were allowed to escape into the clutches of Mexican drug cartels in a reckless investigative strategy. Their testimony raises the question of whether Ronald Weich, a deputy to Attorney General Eric Holder, lied to congressional investigators in a February 4, 2011, letter denying the allegations. Grassley said he had no proof whether AG Eric Holder or President Barack Obama were told about the existence of Fast and Furious. Said Grassley, “This is all the purpose of our oversight: number one, to make sure things like this don’t happen again, and number two, to make sure that whoever was involved in this is held responsible.”

Issa also said he is certain the Fast and Furious operation was known by most top officials at the Justice Department and that AG Eric Holder either knew and misled Congress, or was so out of the loop that he’s guilty of mismanagement. “How is it that the No. 2, 3, 4 at Justice all knew about this program, but the No. 1 didn’t?,” Issa said. “Is it because he said ‘don’t tell me’? Is it because they knew what they were doing is wrong, and they were protecting their boss? Or is it that Eric Holder is just so disconnected … ?” “Whichever it is – he knew and he’s lied to Congress, or he didn’t know, and he’s so detached that he wasn’t doing his job – that really probably is for the administration to make a decision on, sooner not later,” Issa said.

The Obama administration sought to intimidate witnesses into not testifying to Congress on Tuesday about whether ATF knowingly allowed weapons, including assault rifles, to be “walked” into Mexico. Darrell Issa said at least two scheduled witnesses expected to be asked about a controversial weapons investigation received warning letters from ATF to limit their testimony.

Congressional investigators say acting ATF Director Kenneth Melson told them documents he reviewed convinced him reports about gunwalking were true. Melson told investigators when he reviewed documents relating to one specific case, he found what he called “a smoking gun.” According to a partial transcript of Melson’s testimony to Congressional investigators, “interdiction could have occurred, and probably should have occurred, but did not occur.”

Where Are Investigations Going?

“He [Melson] was part of the bad judgment. And when I say bad judgment, it wasn’t just him,” Issa said. “They had to go to Justice to get money, to get FBI agents, all of the other people that helped coordinate this, and to get the wiretaps they used. This was a program so stupid from the start.”

Former El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC) director Phil Jordan thinks this scandal goes as high as Attorney General Eric Holder. From his decades of law enforcement experience working with Washington-based Justice Department officials, Jordan said he’s sure this kind of program would have needed approval from either the Attorney General or one of his direct deputies. The revelations about Operation Fast and Furious keep getting worse. The Obama administration needs to start showing some accountability and providing answers. Which officials knew about the program and its failures is still a big question. President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder have denied knowledge of Operation Fast and Furious before this spring, and no one at the Justice Department – the ATF’s parent agency – has acknowledged a role in authorizing or running the program. Yet Operation Fast and Furious didn’t materialize out of nowhere. In the latest round of congressional hearings on the gun sting gone wrong, agents of ATF posted to Mexico City testified that they pleaded with their superiors in Washington to end the operation. “Hey, when are they going to shut this, to put it bluntly, damn investigation down?”

Investigations into a gunrunning sting gone wrong are getting closer to the top of the U.S. Justice Department and its head, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. A congressional report released last month revealed that top DOJ officials knew about Operation Fast and Furious. “The Oversight and Government Reform Committee will continue its investigation to ensure that blame isn’t offloaded on just a few individuals for a matter that involved much higher levels of the Justice Department,” said Issa. “There are still many questions to be answered about what happened in Operation Fast and Furious and who else bears responsibility.”

Who Knew What When?

In June, 2011, President Obama said in a press conference: “My Attorney General has made clear that he wouldn’t have ordered gun running into Mexico. . . That would not be an appropriate step by the ATF.” He then deflected further questions, citing an “ongoing investigation.” Press secretary Jay Carney said that the President “did not know about or authorize this operation.” But as Heritage.org’s Rory Cooper wrote, “If that’s the case, how could neither he nor Attorney General Eric Holder not know about an operation that everyone else at the Department of Justice seemed to be actively involved in, including the Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Attorney and head of the ATF?” Obama should take this seriously. And so should the American people. The ATF sold guns to criminals in Mexico, a life has been taken, and crimes have been committed with the weapons that were trafficked by the federal government. And yet questions remain under the Administration that called itself “the most transparent in history.”

The more I dig into it, the more I learn. As the old saying goes, “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.”

But that’s just my opinion.

Oriana Fallaci, and the Nameless Child from The Emperor’s New Clothes.

 

Oriana Fallaci

Oriana Fallaci was a remarkable woman from Italy who saw the truth and did not hesitate to speak and write about it.  As I read about her life – as I learn about what she endured to get to the heart of a matter either in an interview or in her writing, I become more and more enamored with her.

She wrote boldly about the dissolving of the Italian culture as Islam grew stronger.  I am seeing the warning signs unfold here in America, and I am incredulous. Taken aback.  Shocked.

And validated.

I too feel this way.

I am not alone after all.

Oriana has been laid to rest for four years now.
I wonder what she would say to us, American brothers and sisters, as she sees the drama of the Cordoba Project unfold in front of the world…

I have no problem imagining her repeating these words:

“The Muslims refuse our culture and try to impose their culture on us. I reject them, and this is not only my duty toward my culture-it is toward my values, my principles, my civilization.”

Fallaci fumed in The Rage and the Pride  that they, “demand, and obtain, the construction of new mosques. They who in their countries don’t even let the Christians build a tiny chapel, and who so often slaughter the nuns or the missionaries.”

 

Below is an excerpt from the Encyclopedia of World Biography Web Page about her.

When you read it, you will be amazed at how – while it describes Oriana’s passions – it clearly it points out what is going on in our own country.

She retreated from public view somewhat, producing the occasional novel, until the events of 9/11 roused her ire and prompted a new nonfiction book, La Rabbia e l’orgoglio , (The Rage and the Pride), which became a bestseller in Italy.  In it she wrote of Islam’s centuries-long desire to conquer Europe, and asserted that the growing Muslim communities in major European cities were becoming a danger to the continent. The democratic ideals which granted such communities the freedom to practice their religion were, she argued, threatening the stability of the West.

Oriana Fallaci was an atheist.
She had no religious chip on her shoulder that would encourage her to “attack” another religion opposite than her own.  She was not self-righteous. She reminds me of the nameless child in the fairy tale, The Emperor’s New Clothes.

She saw truth.
She saw truth in its unmistakeable nakedness and refused to remain silent.

Just like the innocent eyes of the child who saw all things clearly and could not fathom why the adults around him would remain silent, she too had clear vision.  And just like that child, she had no problem in raising her voice to ring out above the din of the crowd.

“The moment you give up your principles, and your values, you are dead, your culture is dead, your civilization is dead. Period.”

She did not swallow her words in fear, or misguided respect, and that is what Americans are doing. Like the entire crowd watching the Emperor parade by, they hide from what they clearly see – Lying to themselves – convincing themselves that what they are actually seeing isn’t what they are seeing. The truth is too frightening. The elimination of our culture – our world – as we know it.

The mirage of the “religion of peace”  is a seductive illusion.  The mirage disappears away with just one truthful statement by Oriana – so why do we swallow our words?

I can’t help but think of the stubbornness of those behind the building of the New York Cordoba Project, curiously slated to have its Grand Opening on September 11th, 2011, (the selection of the date – mere coincidence, I’m sure.)

Despite repeated attempts to purchase the property and persuade them to move this building project elsewhere, all efforts are deliberately ignored. They even have the unmittigated gall to ask for Federal funding!

The entire purpose of this project to educate more and more Americans about Islam.  If the furtherance of Islam in America will bring in the practice of Sharia, and if Sharia is not healthy for our country, (and anyone who takes the time to study it will know this is true), then why would we give our finances to bring about our own demise?

American brothers and sisters, we may find ourselves listening to reports like this here in America:

Islamic Law in the UK

 

There is already one Sharia court in Texas – a Patriot’s state if ever there was one.  Adere you aware that Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf has called America a Sharia compliant State?

“Why I call America a sharia compliant state”

What is so tragic is not that he believes it! But that he thought he was paying us a compliment! And the audience chuckles good naturedly, while they refuse to see what they see.

The battle in Oklahoma continues: A people who voted overwhelmingly for Sharia to never gain a foothold have been ignored. A judge, (either full of their own intellect or frightened to death, I know not which), has put the ruling on hold.

Did you ever think you would see the American Voice silenced in such a way over the issue of whether or not foreign law would be practiced here?

When did our Constitution become “not enough”?

Oriana saw many warning signs.  She was outspoken and wrote freely.

“The book caused such a stir that she was even charged under an obscure Italian law prohibiting hate speech against a religion recognized by the state.”

What?
Hate Speech?
You mean…our country was not the first to use that lame excuse to silence the mouth that trumpets wisdom?

Oriana was just like the child who observed the Emperor marching down the street in falsified glory.
She saw an equally false, yet frighteningly more dangerous movement parading down the streets of her fair country.

In the story, the child’s voice silenced all manner of flattery and false respect toward an unworthy recipient.  Oriana’s voice was used to expose something much more threatening.  The spread of an oppressive religion – the consumption and disappearance of a culture – And she succeeded in raising awareness.  She touched a nerve to the point where they tried to silence her, yet she was silenced only by her passing away.

When, I wonder,  will we open our own mouths?
And what will be the results of our voices rising above the din?

We grow up and forget fairy tales, even though they were written by well meaning men who wanted to establish morals in society’s children.  But I wonder, when you read that story as a child, did you ever think of what would have happened if the child in it had remained silent?

The results would have been a leader continuing to reign (badly) while being full of his own importance.
Remind you of anyone?

 

The results would have been a country’s citizens living as if they were free, when they really would only have been prisoners – abiding under the shadow of a lie they were afraid to expose.

Let us not be silent when so much is at stake.
Our culture. Our country. Our Freedom.

 

Oba-Entrepreneurship

The kids filed back into class Monday morning. They were very excited. Their weekend assignment was to sell something, then give a talk on productive salesmanship.

Little Sally led off: “I sold girl scout cookies and I made $30,” she said proudly, “My sales approach was to appeal to the customer’s civil spirit and I credit that approach for my obvious success.”

“Very good Sally,” said the teacher.Little Mary was next: “I sold magazines,” she said, “I made $45 and I explained to everyone that magazines would keep them up on current events.”
“Very good, Mary” said the teacherEventually, it was Little Johnny’s turn. The teacher held her breath. Little Johnny walked to the front of the classroom and dumped a box full of cash on the teacher’s desk. “$2,467,” he said.
“$2,467!” cried the teacher, “What in the world were you selling?”
“Toothbrushes,” said Little Johnny.
“Toothbrushes!” echoed the teacher, “How could you possibly sell enough tooth brushes to make that much money?”
“I found the busiest corner in town,” said Little Johnny. “I set up a Dip & Chip stand and gave everybody who walked by a free sample.” They all said the same thing, “Hey, this tastes like dog crap!”
Then I would say,”It is dog crap. Wanna’ buy a toothbrush?” “I used the Obama approach of giving you something shitty for free, and then making you pay to get the taste out of your mouth.”

Define “conservative”!

This is a subject I long ago should have posted about. It started to come up again as I posted comment to Wayne’s topic “Don’t Be Conservative”.

The point I want to open for discussion here is just what is a conservative. Each person’s answer is rather subjective and based upon their experiences and observational perceptions. To open this up I should make the point that I”ve long realized and NEVER seen observed by anyone else in my over 8 years of posting to ‘net political forums the points I’ll make.

One may fairly observe that in this country we have a great need to generalize political belief. It’s necessary so as to define positions and understand with whom we agree and whom we disagree. And thus the debate is engaged, ideally for the free and open exchange of ideas and opinions. I think it’s also fair to observe that one usually sees conservatives referred to by themselves and those  generally perceived as “the left” as “conservative”, or “fiscal conservatives” or “social conservatives”. Of course there are some latter day references like “neo-conservatives” also, but those three fit the common generalization of contemporary pidgeon-holing categories. Just to tickle your brain engrams a bit ponder upon this.

Why is it you’ve NEVER heard the opposition, liberals, broken up into similar categories of “fiscal” and “social” distinction? If the shoe fits for the right why isn’t the left wearing it too?

Breaking conservatives into two camps of descriptive is a way to divide and conquer with great subtlety so noone comprehends what is actually going on! If one is a conservative, he/she is not a partial or sometimes conservative. One can be conservative and have differing social and fiscal viewpoints and still be tolerated within the conservative community. The liberal community has a pervasive agenda of usurping this very system and therefore has no tolerance for those who opine with “off-the-reservation” opinion.

I submit that the answer closely resembles a Roor-back. That, admittedly arcane usage,  is used to describe a damaging report or influence circulated for political effect. The progressive liberal insurgents in this once great nation have been at their pro-active divide and conquer agenda for many years.

In the early-mid 60s, when my kids were in elementary school, that influence was manifested in the subtle seduction of parents to accept a “progressive” attitude that would allow the schools to accept a curriculum designed about each student’s ability to learn, rather than meeting a set curriculum standard that had sufficed and served us well for almost 200 years. They knew that parents with children quick to learn would appreciate giving those kids their ‘head’ so-to-speak and allowing a curriculum that allowed them to advance at their own rate. Those parents were always fed glowing reports of fine performance, which of course made their hearts glad. And parents of those kids with learning difficulties would appreciate the “special treatment” such afforded and they were told how those kids were bonding to other kids to gain a sense of “inclusion” and who, in the spirit of “empowerent” were being influence by “diversity” as contrary cultures and economic groups merged. Those descriptive codewords defined the agenda. It was a seduction, because it appealed to all for differing reasons and would allow the future perversion of the curriculum for political motivation to move on forward. And, believe me…IT HAS!

So much so that today a progressive liberal theology permeates every level of the educational system well up into the college level. To think that this is a manifestation of some sort of political paranoia is to be near criminally shortsighted. Our American education system didn’t simply morph into a political tool of perversion by coincidence. I have a habit of saying that when opinion can place the footprints of Machiavellian influences in the snow, then conjecture is elevated to a very distinct and “reasonable” possibility. Now we have the academia elite, most teachers,  public school worker unions, most elements of the lamestream media…all aligned against the best interests of this nation by using education to foment a political agenda to which the Fourth Estate has signed on to with glee.

I invite your comments.

Foster Home Needed for Military Kitties

When our service members are deployed, they’re frequently unable to find a temporary home for their pets and are forced to leave them with an animal shelter. Guardian Angel For Soldier’s Pet is a nonprofit organization created to help find foster homes for these pets so that service members may be reunited with them upon their return.

Right now, Guardian Angel for Soldier’s Pet is looking for a home for Abraham and Sarah, two young cats in the Denver area. Sarah and Abraham’s

human is already deployed, and the arrangements she had made for the cats fell through. They are very sweet, well-behaved cats, who can usually be found purring in their temporary foster mom’s lap, napping, or playing with each other. If you or someone you know can give Abraham and Sarah a nice place to live for the next 9-12 months, please contact Amelia Hamilton at [email protected] or on twitter @gadsdenista. We need to find them a new home by next Wednesday (May 18)  if at all possible.

This group places pets all around America for varying lengths of time. We need volunteers not only for foster homes, but also to help with administrative work, communications and many other roles. If you would like to help, please see guardianangelforsoldierspet.org

Sarah

Abraham

 

Osama bin Laden dies an Ignoble Death but Lady Liberty lives on

Once upon a midnight dreary, Osama pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
While he plotted, clearly scheming, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some SEAL gently rapping, rapping at his chamber door.
“‘Tis some visitor,” he muttered, “tapping at my chamber door –
Only this, and nothing more.”

And the silken sad uncertain rustling of each purple curtain
Thrilled him – filled him with fantastic terrors never felt before;
So that now, to still the beating of his heart, he stood repeating,
“‘Tis some visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door –
Some Paki Minister entreating entrance at my chamber door; –
This it is, and nothing more.”

Presently his soul grew stronger; hesitating then no longer,
“Infidel,” said he, “or kafir, truly your forgiveness I implore;
But the fact is I was plotting, and so gently you came rapping,
And so faintly you came tapping, tapping at my chamber door,
That I scarce was sure I heard you”- here he opened wide the door; –
Darkness there, and nothing more.

Deep into that darkness peering, long he stood there wondering, fearing,
Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortals ever dared to dream before;
But the silence was unbroken, and the stillness gave no token,
And the only word there spoken was the whispered word, “helicopter?”
This he whispered, and an echo murmured back the word, “helicopter!” –
Merely this, and nothing more.

Back into the chamber turning, his black soul within him burning,
Soon again he heard a tapping somewhat louder than before.
“Surely,” said he, “surely that is something at my window lattice:
Let me see, then, what thereat is, and this mystery explore –
Let my heart be still a moment and this mystery explore; –
‘Tis the wind and nothing more.”

Open here he flung the shutter, when, with many a flirt and flutter,
In there stepped a stately SEAL of the saintly days of yore;
Not the least obeisance made he; not a minute stopped or stayed he;
But, with mien of lord or lady, bursted through his chamber door –
Looking down his rifle’s gun sights just beyond the chamber door –
Locked, and loaded, nothing more.

“Prophet!” said Osama, “thing of evil! – prophet still, if SEAL or devil! –
Whether Tempter sent, or whether tempest tossed thee here ashore,
Desolate yet all undaunted, on this desert land enchanted –
On this home by horror haunted- tell me truly, I implore –
Is there – is there balm in Abottabad? – tell me – tell me, I implore!”
Quoth the triggerman “Nevermore.”

Osama bin Laden is no more. In one important sense our national nightmare is over. Finally there is some closure for the families of the thousands that died that terrible day in September of 2001. Like most Americans I take what happened on 9/11 personally. My son, Joshua, had just enlisted in the United States Army. He was part of the first class that graduated from Army boot camp at Fort Jackson after the national tragedy that started America down the road of the War on Terrorism.

I travelled from Florida to Fort Jackson for Joshua’s graduation ceremony. It was a chilly day and I was bundled up against the cold that morning. But my heart warmed as a thousand new Army recruits passed in review and the base commander addressed us all. He told us of the admiration he had for all of the recruits who were graduating that day. An all-volunteer force now, the Army gains its new blood from those who feel the burning pride of patriotism. And America’s best, its youth and its future, were placing all that they had on the line so that we all could live in freedom. There was an upsurge in military enlistments post 9/11. The country came together in defense of freedom. It was an era for the ages. That feeling of national unity had never before been experienced by many Americans. And for those who had experienced that feeling it had been a long time – perhaps as far back as the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

Following the graduation ceremony Joshua was released to us with the provision that he was to remain on base until he boarded the bus which would take him to Fort Eustis for advanced training. So for the next two days we toured the base. We went to the enlisted men’s club. We visited the base museum. We saw it all. And then Joshua boarded the bus and headed to Fort Eustis in Virginia where he was to be trained as a helicopter power plant mechanic.

The next time we saw Joshua was at a Holiday Inn near the airport in Jacksonville, FL. The Army had that entire hotel rented out. Joshua was now a member of the 101st Airborne Division and the Screaming Eagles were being deployed to Kuwait (though we didn’t know exactly where at the time due to security concerns). Joshua’s unit had spent the past week wrapping all of their helicopters in plastic wrap to protect them from the salty ocean spray. All of the helicopters were being loaded onto cargo ships for the slow transit to the Arabian Gulf. We hugged Joshua and said our goodbyes – not knowing when we would see him again.

A few months later Joshua crossed into Iraq as far of the invasion force. His unit made its way up to Mosul in the northern part of Iraq and there Joshua stayed for the next year. We learned bits and pieces of Joshua’s war experiences – like the time he went out to retrieve a downed helicopter and his unit came under enemy attack. Joshua saw one of his friends blown to bits that day – nothing left but blood. That is what it is like defending America. Every day isn’t a victory. Friends die. Comrades in arms are sent home in either body bags or via flying hospitals. Ezra Taft Benson, who served as Secretary of Agriculture in the Eisenhower Administration, once said that when freedom is lost it is only regained through the shedding of blood. Truer words were never spoken.

Joshua eventually returned stateside but was later sent back to Iraq for another tour of duty. This time he was assigned to Bagram Air Force Base north of Baghdad. It was more of the same. Blood. Sweat. Tears. And a steady diet of combat patrols. Joshua was assigned to carry his squad’s M249 light machine gun. It was previously known in the Army by the name of Squad Automatic Weapon, or SAW. A fully loaded M249 weighs in at 22 pounds. Imagine lugging the weapon on patrol day after day. No wonder Joshua returned home with arms the size of small logs.

Joshua is out of the Army now. He didn’t re-enlist. But with two tours of duty in Iraq he has more than carried his share of the load in defending freedom. I salute him and every other man and woman who wears the uniform of a United States soldier, sailor, airman, or marine. Joshua’s unit spent countless hours and days hunting for Saddam Hussein. He knows the frustration of coming up empty on patrol after patrol. Seeing Seal Team 6 successfully corner Osama Bin Laden means something to him, and to me.

America didn’t ask for the War on Terrorism. In fact, America absorbed blow after blow without a significant level of response. America slept through the bombing of our Marines in Beirut. America slept through the bombing of the U.S.S. Cole. America slept through the atrocities in Somalia. And then America woke up. 9/11 penetrated our hearts and our minds. Never again would America take it on the chin without seeking out those responsible for such wanton murder. President George W. Bush promised to seek out those who were responsible for attacking the Pentagon and the World Trade Center and bring them to justice. Bush put into place the intelligence infrastructure that Barack Obama benefitted from years later. Regardless, killing bin Laden finally cut off the head of the snake that attacked us in 2001. The war rolls on but at least justice has been served to the evil mastermind that murdered thousands of innocent American lives.

Joshua, your honorable service in defense of our country is magnificent. I salute you, my son! I salute all the heroes who have sacrificed their blood for freedom. I salute all of our American heroes who give their all in defense of our freedom and our liberty. It is a dangerous world and there will always be new bin Ladens seeking to enslave us. But there will also always be Joshuas and countless others who will rise to the occasion when liberty is threatened and who will save us in our hour of need.

Lady Liberty continues to lift her lamp in New York harbor, giving hope to the oppressed and symbolizing freedom and liberty to all men everywhere. It is with thanks to the American military that we acknowledge the death of Osama bin Laden. Those who live by the sword die by the sword. Though bin Laden’s crimes are great and his evil designs monumental in their scope – the American dream refuses to die. Lady Liberty shines like a golden city on a hill. Her light will not be dimmed and America will always be free.

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
–    Emma Lazarus

Ex-lax and Quarters: Initiating Noob Voters

Upon completion of Boot Camp, new soldiers in the Israel Defense Force (IDF) hike to the top of an isolated mountain fortress. The fortress is Masada – where in 73 A.D. a group of Jewish rebels committed mass suicide rather than allow themselves to be taken prisoners or killed by the Roman Legion besieging them. Once the IDF soldiers reach the summit they participate in a ceremony initiated by former Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Dayan. Considered sacred ground by Israelis, Masada was chosen by the IDF for swearing-in ceremonies because of its rich heritage in Jewish history. At the conclusion of the ceremony the newly-minted soldiers cry out “Masada Shall Not Fall Again!”

Given the collective national nightmare currently being endured by the citizens of the United States of America, perhaps a similar ceremony should be held for all teenagers when they reach their 18th birthdays – voting age. It would be an awe-inspiring ritual designed to ingrain within young minds full of mush the idea that freedom isn’t cheaply won.

Before sunrise on their 18th birthdays a bus stops in front of each teenager’s home. Rustled from bed by a driver with such ginormous ears that even the dudes at IHOP would be like ‘daaayyyyymmmm!’  – Each young adult is handed a Slurpee and then told to sit in the back of the bus. Why, you ask? – Because the front seats are already filled with commies, scum-sucking liberals, socialists, Marxists, illegal aliens, and Jerold Nadler, not necessarily in that order. A bus is the preferred method of transport cuz’ it’s considered the worst way of getting a murdered corpse to its dump site. It’s like “dude let’s not take the bus. This corpse ain’t getting any fresher!” Besides, there’s plenty of room under it – More on that later.

Minutes later, a herd of Skittles-pooping purple unicorns charges out from under a rainbow, while tooting their own horns. Mimicking the aggressive nature of snipes, which have been known to attack RVs, the unicorns ram the right side of the bus again and again, forcing those in the back to cower near the emergency exit while hugging Nancy Pelosi. Eventually, all the unicorns wander off, leaving the noobs holding the bag. Of course, by this time the Slurpees are almost gone – which royally sucks.

Before starting out again, the driver passes out bottles of Ex-lax and rolls of quarters. Each noob is then told to swallow the quarters, washing each coin down with a big swig of the laxative. Now, properly filled with Hope and Change, the new recruits are ready for the next stage – which goes quite smoothly at times.

Upon arrival at a make-believe voting precinct the young minds full of mush (hmmm, same thing could be said for their colons) are ordered out of the bus and then intimidated by members of the New Black Panther Party.  Police arrive on the scene almost immediately, along with a judge, who sets up a Kangaroo court. The newly-arrested Black Panthers are tried and sentenced by the judge. Just when it appears all is lost – Eric Holder appears, sprinkles fairy dust on the Black Panthers and declares them innocent – although they’ve just been convicted. Inspired by the turn of events, the Black Panthers head back out to the parking lot to await the next group of pimply-faced teens.

Ready or not, the noobs are ushered into the actual voting location. Here they are instructed that voting is a privilege given to a citizen to make a fool of himself and a wreck of his country. Example: Guy A: Who are you voting for? Guy B: I am going to vote for Barack Obama for ’09. Like the dudes at IHOP said, ‘daaayyyyymmmm!’

Now they are instructed in the fine art of voting. A popular belief among noobs is dispelled. It seems young-uns think that they elect the president directly. Wrong! You actually choose people to vote, called electors. These electors promise that if they are elected, they will vote for a specific candidate. However, they do not have to hold to this, and last minute bribes can be done. If there is enough time, the youngsters enter the Holodeck, where they get the chance to visit Las Vegas and experience massive voter fraud first-hand. Sharon may have had her Angle, but Hairy had his Reed. Money can buy anything, including ballots.  Noobs are taught to vote early, and often! They are instructed in the fine arts of voting while dead, voting while in prison, voting in multiple precincts, and impersonating an elections official. This is all done while Hippies in the background chant “We want it all! We want it all! We want it all! And we want it now!” Apologies to Queen.

Now comes the fun part. The Black Panthers come in, demand cash from the noobs, and then give it to union workers, who have been out back smoking a few joints. This leads to a group discussion on socialism. Some noob points out that a socialist is just a person who thinks that the hard working people should share their paychecks with their lazy neighbors, just because they have more money. At that point the noob gets knee-capped. And the poor noob has to pay for his own health care because there is no more money in Obama’s stash, or something.

At this point the noobs are in the proper state of mind for a serious discussion on Barack Insane Obama – the Messiah for brain-dead Democrats.  Now the tables start to be turned. The grope leader (oops, sorry Bill Clinton), I meant “group” leader, explains that Obama is a term for taking from one group and giving to another with no rhyme or reason, other than to buy votes. The recipients of such largesse then typically spend their Obama money on smokes, booze, or lottery tickets. For example: I got my Obama check today. I gonna go buy some cigarettes and beer now.

By now the quarters start popping out with such force that they embed themselves in the Hippies leaning up against the wall facing the noobs’ buttocks. The noobs are anxious to peek at the peace-loving mess but the group leaders show them no quarter. Now that’s change we can believe in!

It’s been an exhausting day. But there is still one lesson to learn. The House of Representatives has been saved. The Senate isn’t quite within grasp. And Captain Kickass is still in the White House until 2012. Marched back out to the parking lot, the noobs are attacked by the Black Panthers and thrown under the Loser Cruiser. And then, broken but unbowed, and down but not out, the noobs finally get a clue. Their defiant voices are heard coming from under the bus. “The United States shall not fall again!”

It was all worth it. Noobs no longer, the new voters take their places alongside their elders, ready to do battle in 2012. Coming at you, Barry! Teanami, the Movie…take two!

Question Arises: “Is Obama Certifiably Insane?”

Rumors as to Barack Obama’s alleged mental instability have swirled just under the surface of the public’s knowledge for quite some time. Now, those rumors are gaining strength. The main stream media continues to ignore the story in order to protect Obama, but their firewall against the story is starting to crumble.

The blogosphere is starting to pay attention to the meme that Obama is losing his cookies, his marbles, and possibly even his grip on reality.

Obama shedding a tear.

Is Barack Hussein Obama mentally stable?

There are even reports, supposedly coming from White House insiders that top Obama Administration officials are considering invoking Article 4 of the 25th Amendment to the Constitution, under which Obama would be removed from office due to his apparently growing inability to deal with the real world. Article 4 of the 25th Amendment to the Constitution has never been invoked. The reports, transmitted by various bloggers, accuse Obama of suffering from severe depression, schizophrenia, paranoia, narcissism, and bi-polar disorder.

The following quotation comes from an article written by Anthony G. Martin of examiner.com that was published on October 20, 2010. As Rush Limbaugh would likely say…that’s yesterday for those of you in Rio Linda.

According to a report issued by retired U.S. Army Major-General Paul E. Vallely, who has served as special Fox News analyst for military issues, a reputable journalist with significant contacts inside the White House has asserted that Barack Obama has become unfit to serve due to emotional instability. – Anthony G. Martin

The journalist, Wayne Madsen, asserts that an anonymous former White House staffer—a ‘Deep Throat’ similar to the anonymous source in the Watergate Scandal that brought down the Nixon White House—is feeding insider information to a blogger who goes by the name of ‘Ulsterman.’

The assertions made by ‘Deep Throat’ are astounding…and frightening.  The compilation of statements made by sources inside the White House paint a picture of a President who is in the throes of deep depression, and who exhibits no interest at all in the routine functions of the office of the President. Assertions also indicate that Obama is obsessed with the throngs he encounters on the campaign trail, and erroneously assumes they all adore him. – Wayne Madsen

Madsen, an experienced journalist with what appears to be an extraordinary source with access to the inner circles of the Obama administration, paints a picture of a White House in turmoil . It appears that Valerie Jarrett and Michelle Obama are desperately trying to keep Obama from the strait jacket and the rubber room.

Obama Depressed?

Is Obama suffering from depression?

According to Madsen, see quote below, Jarrett and Michelle Obama are attempting to convince Obama that he is too good for the Office of President of the United States and that his destiny lies on a much larger stage. Assuming that Obama actually is a certifiable narcissist, this argument could well appeal to him. Obama might well relish the role of the elder stateman. Perhaps he looks at Bill Clinton, Al Gore, and Jimmy Carter and sees himself. Perhaps he craves the fame that comes from leading the United Nations. Time will tell.

WMR has learned that Obama’s paranoia and severe depression over his correct belief that certain interests are out to get him have been mitigated by First Lady Michelle Obama and domestic policy adviser Valerie Jarrett. Mrs. Obama has been telling Obama that he should forgo a second term because he is “too good for the American people” and he has a future role on a “bigger world stage.” – Wayne Madsen.

The blogger named Ulsterman posted an opinion piece on September 7, 2010 that quotes this Deep Throat source allegedly within the White House. This obscure editorial has gone relatively unnoticed on the national stage, but that too, is likely to change, given the blockbuster news contained in that opinion column. For example, concerning Obama’s mental state:

In just a few words, how would you describe him these days?  Like I said, it’s been a while since I was last at the White House, but I don’t have a problem saying that the president is losing it. I don’t mean he is like losing his mind.  I mean to say that he is losing whatever spark he had during the campaign.  When you take away the crowds, Obama gets noticeably smaller.  He shrinks up inside of himself.  He just doesn’t seem to have the confidence to do the job of President, and it’s getting worse and worse.  Case in point – just a few days before I left, I saw first hand the President of the United States yelling at a member of his staff.  He was yelling like a spoiled child.  And then he pouted for several moments after.  I wish I was kidding, or exaggerating, but I am not.  The President of the United States threw a temper tantrum.  The jobs reports are always setting him off, and he is getting increasingly conspiratorial over the unemployment numbers.  I never heard it myself, but was told that Obama thinks the banking system is out to get him now.  That they and the big industries are making him pay for trying to regulate them more.  That is the frame of mind the President is in these days.  And you know what?  Maybe he is right, who knows?- Blogger Ulsterman quoting unnamed source allegedly with access to confidential White House information.

It should be noted that the mysterious Deep Throat is a dedicated Democrat. His goal is Democratic control of government. It is remarkable that he is coming forth with criticisms of Obama’s mental state. In Deep Throat’s opinion, apparently, Obama threatens the goal of leftist control of government, i.e., Obama has become a liability in the political sense for the Democrats. And, Mr. Deep Throat says that Obama’s mental weaknesses have opened up a Pandora’s Box of White House Infighting the like of which Deep Throat has never before witnessed in his 30 years as a political operative.

For example, Obama’s relationship to Vice President Joe Biden:

And you state he despises Joe BidenOh yeah.  That is very well known in the White House.  Obama chose Biden for one reason – to have an older white guy with some international policy credentials.  Period.  If Biden has all of this international experience that Obama found so valuable, why has he buried him under the pile of crap that became the stimulus bill?  What does Joe Biden know about budgets and economics?  Not much – but Obama didn’t care.  Give Joe a job and get him the hell out of my hair – that pretty much sums up the president’s feelings toward Joe Biden.- Blogger Ulsterman quoting unnamed source allegedly with access to confidential White House information.

And then there’s the power struggle between Obama and Hillary Clinton.

What about Hillary Clinton?  Obama is scared to death of Hillary.  He doesn’t trust her – obsesses over her almost as much as he does Fox News.  He respects her though, which might be why he fears her so much as well.  He talks the game, but when it comes down to it, she has played the game on a far tougher level than he has, and Obama knows that. – Blogger Ulsterman quoting unnamed source allegedly with access to confidential White House information.

The pressures of dealing with political opportunists such as Biden and Hillary Clinton appear to be of minor concern when compared to the psychological landmine that is the 2010 midterm elections. Well, almost a minor concern. You see, Hillary’s political decisions are going to be made based on the state of the economy under Obama and also the results of the midterms – in which it is widely believed the Democrats are going to have their asses handed to them on a silver platter – all thanks to Obama and his radical leftist agenda.

In yet another article written by Ulsterman and based on an interview with Deep Throat, we learn more of the political meltdown of the Democratic Party – thanks to Obama’s stubborn refusal to abandon his radical agenda.

So how exactly has President Obama failed to help members of his own party?  (Leans forward – clearly agitated.) Loyalty – loyalty – loyalty.  This White House doesn’t give a damn for the concept of loyalty, dedication, sincerity.  This White House is the most self-centered, arrogant, and ignorant…they just don’t care to know what they are doing.  And when they do it – consequences mean nothing to them.  NOTHING.  And that is not to say it’s all bad at the White House.  There are some very bright people working there.  But you know what, those people have been marginalized, pushed aside, and are now leaving.  You watch – the exodus from this White House will prove to be of historical proportions.

The question of Obama’s alleged slippage from sanity has even reached parody. Comics are starting in on Obama’s alleged mind meltdown, as evidenced by this video from The Onion.

Questions about Obama’s state of mental health have been circulating for several years. It is interesting that in addition to school, passport, and birth records, Obama has never released his medical records. This has given rise in the blogosphere to accusations that Obama may have been diagnosed with an emotional disorder and possibly even prescribed anti-psychotic medications earlier in his life. An example of one of the early blogs on Obama’s state of mental health comes from Mitchell Langbert who said this in November of 2008.

“Information is leaking that Barack Obama was treated for mental related illnesses in the 70’s and early 80’s and may have been prescribed anti-psychotic medications. Schizophrenia is the main reported diagnosis with possible case [of] severe depression…

“Yesterday the big talk in political chat rooms was Obama’s yet to be released medical record. Obama may still need prescribed medications for mental related issues. It is suspected that he has not been taking his medications consistently because of several episodes at recent campaign rallies…

“Barack Obama stands alone in the last three elections as the only candidate to not release medical records to the public.” – Mitchell Langbert

Langbert has more to say on the subject. Consider this:

I have several times suspected that Barack Obama is a sociopath, and recently read a blog that asserted a noted psychiatrist has contemplated whether Senator Obama suffers from narcissistic personality disorder, which overlaps with sociopathy. This latest rumor will be dismissed, but none of those who dismiss will have seen Senator Obama’s medical records. This has been a year of ex post rationalization, and wide-eyed willingness to be conned.” – Mitchell Langbert

It isn’t just Ulsterman and his Deep Throat who is reporting on Obama’s alleged mental instability. Here is yet another report that corroborates Deep Throat’s account of the matter. This time the blogger is Justpiper, another blogger with apparent access to the inner workings of a White House in disarray.

So you state that President Obama is depressed? How did you come by this information?

From a direct source still working within the White House on a daily basis. As I had stated previously, tensions at the White House have reached a critical stage. The infighting among staff is off the charts. More recently, the president has increasingly withdrawn emotionally from the day to day demands of his job – he has become what was described to me as “empty”.

Empty? That is correct – empty.

Do you mean to say the president is not doing his job?

Not exactly. He is there, he is getting briefed throughout the day, but President Obama appears to have emotionally shut down, not entirely mind you, but a great deal. It has worsened since I was last there. His natural detachment has become almost chronic to the point of being disconcerting to staff around him. It appears President Obama is suffering from severe depression.- Justpiper

The questions about Obama’s mental state are just starting to creep out of the blogosphere and into the main stream media via the MSM’s back door – reader forums. For example, here is a thread on this subject at Gainesville.com. Consider these tidbits from readers at Gainesville.com’s readers after Obama made a statement about an earthquake in Hawaii that never happened:

  • “Wasn’t Haiti one of the 57 states that Obama believes are part of the United States?” …”Probably. It’s becoming more and more obvious that Obama is an utter fool.”
  • “An incompetent imbecile is more like it.” “It’s time to impeach the Obama jackass.”
  • “Is Obama stupid, psychotic or both?”
  • “Obama is the most stupid president ever. Probably psychotic too.”
  • “It’s a shame we have such an inept imbecile in the White House.”

This emergence into the MSM, albeit, by their readers and not by their editorial staffs, poses a potentially fatal blow to the Obama presidency.

Pucker Up, Buttercup!

The longer the MSM ignores the topic, the more the American people will figure it out anyway, thanks to bloggers and political online forums. By not addressing the mental state of the President, the Obama Administration is allowing the blogosphere to define that mental state – and it won’t be a picture that Obama would approve of being out in the public. It will be instructive to see how well Obama handles the public’s rejection of him in the midterm elections. Despite Democrat protests to the contrary this election is indeed a referendum on Obama. It will be interesting to see if Obama can handle the massive personal rejection coming on November 2nd.

In the event that Obama is indeed checking out of reality, let’s review the 25th Amendment of the Constitution of the United States:

Amendment 25 – Presidential Disability and Succession.

  1. In case of the removal of the President from office or of his death or resignation, the Vice President shall become President.
  2. Whenever there is a vacancy in the office of the Vice President, the President shall nominate a Vice President who shall take office upon confirmation by a majority vote of both Houses of Congress.
  3. Whenever the President transmits to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that he is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, and until he transmits to them a written declaration to the contrary, such powers and duties shall be discharged by the Vice President as Acting President.
  4. Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.

Thereafter, when the President transmits to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that no inability exists, he shall resume the powers and duties of his office unless the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive department or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit within four days to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office. Thereupon Congress shall decide the issue, assembling within forty eight hours for that purpose if not in session. If the Congress, within twenty one days after receipt of the latter written declaration, or, if Congress is not in session, within twenty one days after Congress is required to assemble, determines by two thirds vote of both Houses that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall continue to discharge the same as Acting President; otherwise, the President shall resume the powers and duties of his office.

Given that Obama and Biden are apparently political foes, as alluded to above in this article, Biden has everything to gain by supporting the invocation of Article 4 of the 25th Amendment. All he needs is the cooperation of other administration officials and members of Congress – and that appears to be likely after the midterm bloodbath the Democrats are about to go through. Could it be that it won’t be just Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi to be thrown under the bus? Perhaps that bus is big enough for Obama too? Stay tuned. This isn’t over yet.

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