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  1. More government “obligations”, the NOAA needs a mindreader….OK Todd, scrap my plan to cut spending and raise my taxes.. I didn’t know we now needed to invest in magic…is there a unicorn cloning agency yet???sorry, have to stop myself

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal agency needs illusionist David Copperfield to help escape from criticism over now-canceled plans to hire a speaker to train agency leaders using “magic tools.”

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is in hot water because on May 1 it posted a notice seeking a magician motivational speaker for a June leadership conference in suburban Maryland. The agency said presentations should include “physical energizers, magic tricks, puzzles, brain teasers, word games, humor and teambuilding exercises.” It asked for the performer to create “a unique model of translating magic and principals of the psychology of magic, magic tools, techniques and experiences into a method of teaching leadership.”

    In an eight page bid solicitation, the agency in charge of weather, climate and oceans said it wanted to use the emotional intelligence techniques of a prominent Harvard professor who has written five books, but misspelled his name.

    The posting came weeks after the General Services Administration was embroiled in a scandal involving a Las Vegas conference that cost nearly $1 million and included a mind reader.

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/05/04/noaa-sought-magician-now-wants-plans-to-disappear/#ixzz1twc0OGzD

  2. First time hearing this song anyone? Not sure why I like it since it’s nonsense, but I have it on vinyl…

  3. I love it-Now if even a liberal like him-will just admit that Obama’s policies are not only portraying America like this-he is trying to make America like this!

    • I love it! Even if we are lying to ourselves, we want to continue lying to ours.
      who’s going to brush her teeth (I’d have asked who would wipe her bum)

    • Move over leftists: Real feminists reject subsidies
      Published: 6:23 PM 05/04/2012
      By Emily O’Neill
      Freelance Writer

      The Obama campaign released a new ad on Thursday that should be offensive to all of the women who have ever fought for social and financial independence. The ad, featuring a character named “Julia” who uses government assistance from childhood to retirement, speaks volumes about the latest generation of left feminists.

      While the feminist philosophy was supposed to encourage women to be self-reliant, left feminists now demand that taxpayers finance their lifestyle choices. From food stamps to birth control, these women are fighting to hold on to their government assistance. What ever happened to the feminist movement that encouraged women to be independent?

      Left feminists would be up in arms if an ad promoted the idea that women needed men to survive financially. There would be new feminist slogans, bumper stickers, and rallies across the country to encourage women to stand on their own two feet. So, what’s the difference?

      There is none. Left feminists are simply replacing men with government, and calling it empowerment.

      A feminist who wants taxpayers to pay for her lifestyle is about as socially and financially independent of a woman as one who marries a wealthy man to pay her bills — and at least the man in the latter scenario chooses to support a woman by his own free will. Whether a man financially supports a woman, or a woman financially supports a man, there is typically a voluntary personal relationship. Absent any force or coercion, both parties consent to this arrangement.

      By contrast, the government forces citizens to pay for government assistance through taxes. Leveraging the force of government to finance lifestyle choices is not liberating for women; it perpetuates the falsehood that women need assistance in order to pursue their goals. With all of this talk about a so-called Republican “war on women,” isn’t it the left that is betraying women by suggesting that they need government assistance to survive?

      Women are not helpless, nor are they entitled. Government assistance limits lifestyle options and causes women to surrender their financial and social freedom. For decades, feminists fought for women’s financial independence; so why do feminists on the left support trading that in for dependence on government programs?
      Ads by Google

      If women on the left support a government subsidizing their lives, it follows that they no longer believe in women’s financial independence. Thus, their feminist label is merely a cover for what they really believe in: special treatment.

      A new kind of feminist is emerging, however — an independent woman who doesn’t believe in the entitlement culture, but instead believes in taking responsibility for herself and her actions. These women are the real feminists because they believe in achieving their goals based on their own merit. With that said, women on the left need to realize their hypocrisy and consider the idea that instead of making women prosperous, government hand-outs hold women back.

      Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/05/04/move-over-leftists-real-feminists-reject-subsidies/#ixzz1tx741pye

      • Why….it’s a WAR ON WOMEN!!!! Seriously what the heck kind of PR firm do these people work with? Who in their right mind could think promoting cradle to grave government allegiance could be a good campaign idea?

  4. Write your soul down word for word
    see who’s your friend

  5. Okay, I don’t know what is accepted protocol when it comes to SC cases but this seems sneaky, underhanded and just wrong!

    Obama Warns Supremes: Don’t Overturn Healthcare Reform

    by Ben Shapiro 8 hours ago 253 post a comment
    The Obama administration warned the Supreme Court this week via papers filed with the Court that if Obamacare is struck down, there will be an “extraordinary disruption” in Medicare. Medicare was not discussed during the Supreme Court arguments, since it was not a Constitutional issue. This is a practical argument, not a legal one; it’s the Obama administration applying pressure to the Supremes.

    But that’s what the Obama administration does – they focus on the politics of the situation rather than on the legalities. If they can’t win on the law, they figure, they’ll push the Court to act via “empathy,” President Obama’s favorite legal standard. And if they lose, they’ll blame the Court for destroying Medicare.

    It’s a win-win for the Obama administration: if the Court strikes down Obamacare, Obama will blame the Court for harming Medicare. If the Court upholds Obamacare to prevent an “extraordinary disruption” in Medicare, Obama gets what he wants.

    The simple fact is that the “disruption in Medicare” argument could have been made during oral arguments (particularly the section on severability). It wasn’t. Instead, the Obama administration waits until now to “quietly” inform the Supremes, according to the Associated Press. This is politics, pure and simple.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/05/04/Obama-to-Supremes-Dont-You-Dare

    • Typical Obama. He’s trying to bully The Supreme Court into giving him the verdict he wants. Sounds like he is unsure of the decision they are going to make so he will push them around.

      I think even he knows it’s Unconstitutional and he is worried that he has used up all his mojo.

  6. By Grannies, this is going too dang far! I think it’s getting time to declare this Federal Government null and void. I am sick and tired of seeing and reading about this kind of garbage day after day.

    Mind now. Even though Obama signed this and this article is about that, I blame the ENTIRE Federal Government for crap like this.

    What did someone tell me just yesterday that Obama had not done? Well here it is. Excuse this!!

    http://fromthetrenchesworldreport.com/obama-signs-executive-order-declaring-international-law-for-the-united-states/14439

    • Buck the Wala says:

      Section 1, 2d sentence:

      “…consistent with US law…”

      But why let that get into the way of a good Obama anti-America anti-Constitution rant!?

      • “consistent with” NO telling how that can be twisted-but why do we need to give legal standing to international law -if Congress and the people think we need a law the only thing that needs to be considered is our own law of the land-the Constitution!

      • Just A Citizen says:

        Buck

        While I might agree with you that the reaction is, well “reactionary” the phrase “consistent with U.S. law” or the one “as allowed by law” are pretty innocuous when it comes to directions given in Executive Orders.

        As with most things, the Devil is in the details. And right now I don’t have time to chase that tail.

        I would pose this, however. It seems to me this Admin has issued more “elaborate” EO’s than I have seen and that these have the affect of creating new “responsibilities and direction outside those given by Congress to the various Agencies.

        It does make one wonder why? For example, the Pres shouldn’t need an EO to tell his Secretaries to “coordinate” and “work together” for a set of goals.

        This practice seems to increase with each Administration and the effects are starting to bother me considerably. Too many are becoming obvious attempts to establish a set of goals and objectives separated from those of Congress.

        So as the VDLG candidate I promise to ABOLISH ALL existing Executive Orders on my first day in office.

        • My problem with this, and forgive me if it sounds “reactionary”, is what Obama means by “consistent with US Law”. And if he doesn’t have nefarious agendas going on, then why could it not be approved by Congress first? And sisnce when do we start considering International Law for Anything in this country?

          Could our 2nd Amendment rights be superceded by the UN gun control laws? Well I guess it all depends on what Obama considers Consistent or Allowed by Law now doesn’t it?

          Pardon me if I don’t put too much faith in Obama’s judgement when it comes to all the Executive Orders he makes everytime he can get away with them. And the way he cuts around Congress….. I don’t give a crap how dysfunctional Congress is, it is why we have 3 branches of Government. And CONGRESS is the LEGISLATIVE branch. NOT the PRESIDENT!

  7. What a Hypocrite. When it’s something she’s in favor of, then she’s all FOR States Rights. But if she’s against what the State is doing, she’s against State’s Rights.

    She wants the feds to back off on CA’s Marijuana claiming the State has the right to pass their laws, and in the same speech, is against AZ’s Illegal Immigrant Law claiming they DON”T have the same right.

    http://dailycaller.com/2012/05/03/pelosi-calls-on-obama-to-respect-states-rights-end-medical-marijuana-raids/

    • I wonder when the left will start calling her a Racist-you know talking about State Rights is racist 🙂

  8. Sometimes I question myself. I was once in a small group, all white, where one person kept throwing out the “N” word over and over. How they were such a source of the ils of our society. I responded that there were more whites causing the same problems and that the sad thing was we didn’t have a name for white trash that was as universal and ofensive to whites as the derogatory black term… Call a white person “cracker” and most are not offended. It just rolls off. Shortly after that, he left. Maybe most of the others agreeing with me made him feel unwelcome. Worked for me. I did not care for him or his views. I would not want to be judged by the company I kept if it included him.

    I have not searched for Romney suporters mugshots but I would bet they are very few compared to Obama supporters. Racist comment? I think the poor are more likely to commit crimes. I know there are more poor whites than any other race. I know there are more whites on welfare. And I think most of them support Obama. I think the middle class is Romney’s base. from the Daily Caller;

    There is no better way to show your support for the President of the United States than by wearing campaign paraphernalia — and it’s even better when it is captured for all eternity in a mug shot.

    These Obama supporters sure know how to show their support loud and proud.

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/05/03/catch-me-if-yes-we-can-obama-supporters-mugshots-slideshow/#ixzz1u056l93d

    • Friend of mine..big Obama fan..has an Obama BELIEVE shirt..had it on underneath an open button down shirt..the only letters visible were LIE.

    • Hate when people “say” or write “the N-word” – you’re just forcing me to mentally (or out loud) say “nigger” where you will not. Quit giving the word more power than it deserves.

      • Just A Citizen says:

        Ray

        EXCELLENT!

        I have wondered why somebody has not taken this to task. Just like saying B word when referring to what somebody else called a woman. Like the word doesn’t just pop into our minds when you hear it.

        • Of course it does-but I’m not at all sure that you can ever take the power out of a word once it has negative connotations-so to start saying it and writing it-especially as a part of the news business-just opens us up to “when it was okay and when it wasn’t arguments”. And then we have our children hearing the word and being condemned if they repeat it.

          • Well said V. There is a place for this. Replacing the word with an explaination has a place, such as when quoting someone else. If you are using the term “N-word” or “B-word” to actually refer to someone without having to actually say the word, then you are committing the foul Ray complained about. If you are just pointing out how vulgar someone else is, I think it is better than just saying the word.

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    • Just A Citizen says:

      Anita

      I got one once. Deleted it without opening it.

      Double check the email notification blocks below the comment box.

      You might have one or both checked.

  10. No longer a slave to liberalism!

    Friday, May 4, 2012 – Frederick Douglass: A model for the ages by Stacy Swimp

    MICHIGAN, May 4, 2012 – Contrary to the woeism fostered by liberalism that has miseducated three generations of Black Americans into thinking that the government and educational system is responsible for the embarrassingly high levels of illiteracy, violence, abortion, single parentage, disease, and despair so pervasive in distressed Black communities, we find ourselves where we are because too many of us have not, like Frederick Douglass, arrived to his conclusion:

    “I have made up my mind wherever I go, I shall go as a man and not as a slave. I shall always aim to be courteous and mild in department toward all whom I come in contact, at the same time firmly and constantly endeavoring to assert my equal rights as a man and as a brother”

    I decided I would not live as a slave, but as a man.

    My story begins in Charleston, S.C., where I was born to a single mother of three. My father was a married man whose wife could not bear children. Unable to care for me, my biological mother gave me to my father and his wife, signing away all rights and setting my life on a journey she would one day come to regret.

    My father was a military veteran of 21 years. His wife, who accepted her husband’s infidelity and raised me as her own, was a passive woman who substituted in my elementary school and dedicated most of her life to the education of children.

    However, in this home, there were many problems, including alcoholism, domestic violence, denial, and abuse and emotional neglect.

    At the age of eight, I was molested by my mother’s brother. In the Black community, there has long been a culture of “hushing” children who have been molested, as we pretended that only white men did such a thing. My family rejected me and defended my assailant. I was further pushed into an emotional isolation and developed a virile hatred of those I once trusted.

    I even became disillusioned even towards God.

    This young person who was ahead of his class in kindergarten, no longer had the desire to learn. At least not what they were teaching in the classrooms. I had lost my dignity, lost my sense of direction and had no one in my life who seemed to notice or care. I dropped out of school in the 8th grade to pursue life on the streets. I found myself in juvenile centers on several occasions by age 15. By the age of 25, so far removed from the positive early formative years and its learning, I found myself facing life in prison for attempted murder, a senseless and selfish crime.

    Like many who have been brainwashed by victimology and blameology, I honestly thought at the time that even this was not fully my responsibility.

    I entered the County jail with no skills, no purpose, no sense of identity, and most of all, no concept of personal accountability or responsibility. I had no knowledge of God and no reason to want to live. Then something miraculous happened.

    A retired conservative Police Chief, who was a volunteer for “Forgotten Man Ministries”, came and witnessed to me. Unfazed by my ignorance and spiritual blindness, this man eventually led me to a confession of sin, repentance from dead works, and faith towards God. He became my first mentor.

    Over the course of the next 13 years of incarceration, I, like Frederick Douglass, remade myself, by “luck, pluck, and gifts.” I chose to overcome functional illiteracy and eventually became a paralegal whle incarcerated.

    While in prison, another man came along who impacted me in a way that will forever be the defining moment in my political life. His name is Gary. He was an elderly conservative from Gaylord, MI.

    Garywas a guard in a camp who took a chance on me and risked his job to sneak in a book for me, “It’s OK to Leave the Plantation,” by Mason Weaver.

    Weaver’s book “got in my face” and challenged all the social values and concepts I held on to for dear life. It taught me that I had indeed been a slave in a prison far worse than the walls of the MDOC. My mentor, Gary, said that he saw in me someone who would one day lead in an unprecedented manner, if I would have the courage to be true to the calling he believed God had on my life.

    He told me that the Republican party was the party of Frederick Douglass and that he believed I, in many ways, could be a type of Frederick Douglass in the 21st Century GOP.

    After I was released, I found myself living in a homeless shelter, with no community ties, no job skills, and no resources. I did have, however, an uncompromising faith in God, a vision, my Mason Weaver book, and a determination that I would never again be a slave to blame, guilt, fear, bitterness, and excuses.

    I also carried in my heart the words, “If no one will help me, I will help myself and then I will help someone else. If no one will make a job for me, I will make a job for myself, and then I will make a job for someone else.”

    While living in the shelter, I volunteered whenever I was not looking for a job. I never once borrowed or complained. I joined a local church and in three weeks, I had an apartment. Within a year, unable to land steady employment, I created an limited liability company and began speaking about how to overcome a troubled past. I bought a new car within six months.

    The next year I met another mentor, Jimmy. A Black Conservative, Jimmy invited me to join his group, The Great Lakes Bay Region African American Leadership Institute, from which I graduated and later advised. In this group, I began meeting Conservative leaders from across Mid Michigan who did not see in me “an ex con,” but as a leader. They did not want to hear any excuses or woeism. They only wanted me to do what I said I would do and be where I said I would be.

    Over the next several years, I was the keynote speaker at the Dow Chemical Company and Dow Corning’s Regional MLK, Jr. Celebration and would win a Frederick Douglass Service Award given by an affiliate of an National Black Women’s organization. The award was in recognition for my work with juveniles who are similarly situated as I was when I was their age.

    I am a “Christian” conservative because I believe the Bible promotes personal responsibility, limited government, free market, individual liberty and strong national defense. God’s Word has made it clear that, from the beginning of the creation of government, the role of government should be to provide godly and ungodly citizens alike the freedom we all require to pursue our own goals or to pursue kingdom purposes, with moral laws established by God setting standards we use to know the difference.

    I also believe that Christian Conservative principles offer Black Americans the best opportunity to be self reliant and to rebuild the wastelands that are the legacy liberal leadership in distressed black communities over the past 50 years.

    Today, I am the President of the Frederick Douglass Society, a Christian, Education and Public Policy nonprofit organization. I am a proud American who just so happens to be of African descent. I am the great, great, great, great grandson of Peter Adams, who was an African Slave on a South Carolina plantation. I have made mistakes and I have learned from those mistakes.

    I am, furthermore, a Black man who finds utter disgust in the absolute moral surrender of millions of Black Americans today, who, unlike Frederick Douglass and unlike my ancestor Peter Adams, have no personal experience with chattel slavery or Jim Crow and, thus, have no excuses for not fully embracing the responsibilities of American citizenship.

    My story demonstrates that in today’s America, if we, like Frederick Douglass, make up our mind that wherever we go, we shall go as a man and not a slave, the only permanent boundaries around us are those we place ourselves. It doesn’t matter what obstacles we are born into or what mistakes we have made in our lives. We can, by means of repentance from dead works, faith towards God, personal responsibility and self determination, turn our humble beginnings and failures into stepping stones to success.

    Not one has an excuse. Not one has someone or something to blame for not being a voting, participating, productive, and unhyphenated citizen of the United States of America, the greatest country in the world!

    http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/frederick-douglass-model-ages/2012/may/4/no-longer-slave-liberalism/

    • Just A Citizen says:

      V.H.

      How absolutely UPLIFTING this fine Saturday morning.

      Thanks for sharing.

      P.S. I love reading Frederick Douglass’ commentary on his times and what it means to be a Free Man.

    • That’s my kind of man. Of ANY color. I would like to know and talk with him.

  11. Just A Citizen says:

    Unemployment and Work Force Data

    I noticed someone posted stories on the new employment data yesterday. I held off commenting until someone produced more numbers to make the point I wanted to make.

    Well the Washington Post has covered the angle so here it is. There is much more to the Work Force story than most outlets are discussing.

    And I hate to tell ya’ll this but it IS NOT necessarily Mr. Obama’s fault. Although he likes to use the numbers when they benefit him, and his minions love to twist the numbers to make sure they benefit him. But the reality is that “retirement” is going to have a big affect on the “work force” numbers in the future.

    The TRUTH is that nobody KNOWS FOR SURE what that is. So all the reports and claims are really just speculation. But there will be an affect.

    I do find it ironic, however, that while the Pres’ supporters will claim it is retirements driving the number, they forget that they were claiming the retirement funds were “destroyed by the Bush recession”. If that were true, you wouldn’t see massive retirement increases.

    The LESSON in all this is that economics will continue to move and change. Politicians can talk all they want, but the reality of the laws of economics can not be held back forever. And they don’t often have anything to do with the POLITICAL rhetoric.

    The claim here that reduced workforce will somehow impair “future economic growth” is just such a fallacious claim. In fact I propose that future economic growth WILL occur and reductions in total work force WILL also occur. It is called PRODUCTIVITY.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/the-incredible-shrinking-labor-force/2012/05/04/gIQANXAy1T_blog.html

    • I hear there are 10,000 boomers retire every day. This will continue for several years as those born in 1946 are now over 65. Most individuals over 55 find it hard to find work. They command too high of a salary, their skills may be dated, they are declining in physical stamina for hard labor, etc. Many companies find themselves top heavy in boomers and need to hire younger individuals to train as eventual replacements. So what options do many unemployed boomers have other than to sign up for and start receiving retirement benefits? If the boomer does not have the energy or drive to keep looking or to create work for themselves, then retirement is their only option. Unfortunately with housing prices down, markets down, inflation up, any savings they have has significantly shrunk. SS payments are ok but do not match a salary. I think many of these early retirees will regret in in a few years.

      I also saw something in the last couple of days that applications for disability benefits are way up. People are trying to get on that bandwagon which usually is a lifetime payout.

      Productivity is clearly one of the major parts of growth. But over regulation, over taxation can negate gains in productivity quite easily.

  12. Just A Citizen says:

    Oh Good Grief.

    This is just to good to be true.

    Talk about BAIT for a SUFA Battle Royale……………..

    http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/05/05/11551618-un-official-us-must-return-control-of-sacred-lands-to-native-americans?lite

    bwahahahahahaha

    • Boy is this gonna be a pickle. How do we “give it back”? And does this mean all of it? Maybe the Souix know where their sacred land is, but people like the Cherokees that were in N. GA, wouldn’t even know what they used to own. And good luck getting all the people off of it if they did.

      Maybe in some cases this could be done. But in most, it just ain’t gonna happen. Not saying it’s right. I’m just saying that it is a pipe dream.

    • And just who pays attention to the UN?

      • Just A Citizen says:

        d13

        Now who do you think?

        Wanna bet we see a new “initiative” from the Administration?

        For those who don’t know, the Govt has been increasing the “Indians” sway over management of Federal Lands in the West for about 15 years now. As much as I side with them on many issues, it is getting quite ridiculous.

  13. Good morning, Sufa……….not a pretty sight this weekend in Nuevo Laredo on our non violent border.

    • Just A Citizen says:

      Good morning Colonel.

      Care to elaborate.

      • Good morning, JAC…….I thought it was on the news….maybe not. 24 decapitated bodies hanging from the bridge at Nuevo Laredo….

        • Actually……nine bodies were found hanging but we discovered several more in other areas.

        • Just A Citizen says:

          d13

          It probably was but I didn’t catch it. To busy searching for “socialists” 🙂 🙂

          I did see though that many new media were making a big deal out of some dummy hanging somewhere that looked like Mr. Obama.

          It makes for an interesting statement in our culture, political correctness, when virtually every president in my lifetime has been hung in effigy, but this one is OFF LIMITS.

          And it is all because of his “skin color”. I wonder if the guilt laden thought about this little conundrum before they marked the ballot box. I wonder if it will continue to play to his benefit or if many will get disgusted and select “other”.

          Been reading about some of your history this weekend. The Comanche kingdom and the early Texas attempts to settle the “prairie country”. The first Rangers and the few men who figured out how to fight the Comanche. Quite interesting.

          I can now better understand the “mindset” of the Texican. I always thought it had to do more with the openness and bigness of the State. I now see it is far more “cultural” than that.

          We should get Charlie the Plutonian a copy as it is filled with examples of the Indians committing “genocide” upon the other Indian tribes.

          • Oh yes……but if it is Indian on Indian that is ok, doncha’ know.

            Very interesting reading about the Comanche….as bad as the Apache were with their brutality and methods…..nothing compared to the Comanche. Even the Jicarilla Apaches and the Mescalero’s suffered major defeat when they raided from Mexico into Tejas……The Comanche were very good at what they did and were even better horsemen than the Apaches.

            The Comanches annihilated three different Indian tribes and took their land as their own, I have yet to find any history of whom was where first among indigenous peoples and even whom they were. No one goes back past the 1800’s….only the “white eyes” are considered. The Comanche were not in Tejas first….and neither were the Apaches….they took their lands by conquest but I sure do not see anyone saying that they did wrong.

            Want some more interesting tidbits……read about the TRUE reason there was an Alamo and the fight for Texas Independence. Texas and the Americans that were invited through Mexican Land Grants to live in Norte Mejico…..were really duped and we just got pissed. But no one prints this version….It is how we STOLE land from Mexico….

            No matter, they are taking it back anyway.

        • Just A Citizen says:

          d13

          The title of the book is:

          Empire of the Summer Moon, Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in America.

          Author: S.C. Gwynne

          I was thinking of you and your family when reading about the “Parkers”.

          • Quite a history of my family in Texas actually. We apparently settled here in 1829 as part of the Mexican Land Grant policy to inhabit and improve Norte Mexico, as it was known then. Many people, my relatives included, moved here under this arrangement, in October of 1829. When Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna assumed Presidential powers, he ordered the revocation of all Mexican Land Grants to anyone who was ” not Mexican “. He then closed commerce and trade and ordered an immediate increase in taxes of 200% and those who could not pay, their lands were to be confiscated, We still have in our possession the Land Grants signed by Presidente Vicente Guerrero and the signatures of Stephen Austin, who was then an intermediary for Mexico.

            The Texans were granted tax exemptions at this time to use the funds for defense of the settlements against Indian attacks because we were too far from Mexico City and troops to provide for the defense of Norte Mexico. When Sant Anna took over in a revolution that takes Mexico from Spain…….he wanted control of the all the lands given under this program.

            So we got pissed again. The rest is history.

            • Just A Citizen says:

              d13

              I knew about the land grants and the attempted theft by Mexico, but this book actually talks about the REASON the Spanish issued the grants in the first place.

              Seemed they wanted to use the ambitious Americans as cannon fodder. They hoped for expanded settlement to CREATE A BUFFER between to factions and their “New Mexico” and “Northern Mexico” proper.

              Those factions were 1) The Comanche and 2) The French.

              The Comanche came from the north and are apparently part of the Shoshone people. The Kiowa also came from the north but were from the Mandan people.

              The Apache were apparently in east Texas and were pushed out by the Kiowa and Comanche. Between the two the eliminated 5 tribes that were established in East Texas, North Texas and Oklahoma. The remnants of a couple of these tribes fought with the Texans and later US Cavalry to get revenge on the Comanche.

              I suggest you get the book for some easy reading. Hell, your ancestors may be mentioned.

              • Will do…….and it is interesting history that is never taught nor recognized and very few knew where the Comanches came from…..and how they annihilated their own. Thanks for the tip….will look.

        • Heard about that D13. Why again, don’t we hear more about this? Right across our border?

  14. Just A Citizen says:

    Good grief! We don’t need Socialism… we need to “remake capitalism”.

    Another character in one of Rand’s books.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-reich/the-answer-isnt-socialism_b_1491243.html?ref=politics&ir=Politics

    So SUFA students. Can you identify the fallacies in Sir Robert’s editorial?

    Hint, hint, focus on the supposed “great boom period” and what caused it to end.

    Hope everyone had a great weekend.
    The SUN is actually out here today.
    Yeeee Haaaa

  15. What the hell is going on? Who spiked my protein shake? Can someone else please watch this video? My eyes and ears cannot believe it!

    http://nation.foxnews.com/moveon/2012/05/07/must-see-cnn-smacks-down-moveonorg-dude

    • Just A Citizen says:

      Kathy

      Good lord, I feel soooooo confused. Maybe we should all send a note to Anderson with a big thank your for finally acting like a journalist. Keep up the good work.

  16. I guess, like with Ms. Warren—there’s no problem with this either!

    Obama campaign office staff lacks racial diversity, may violate civil rights law
    By Neil Munro – The Daily Caller

    Civil rights lawyers told The Daily Caller that President Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign managers may have violated employment law by hiring an overwhelmingly white office staff for his campaign headquarters in Chicago.

    That skewed workforce is starkly visible in an April photo released by Obama’s Chicago office, which shows roughly 100 of the office’s staff.

    Only two of the people in the photo, far in the back, are clearly African-American, far below their 13 percent of the national population, and their 33-percent representation in Chicago.

    “Were I the general counsel of an employer in Chicago with the workforce in the picture … I would be concerned,” said Charles Shanor, a law professor at Emory University and the former general counsel at the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission.

    “The workforce is overwhelmingly made up of young white males [and is] a demographic profile that could raise red flags under both Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act,” he told TheDC.

    Click on link to read the rest of the article.

    http://dailycaller.com/2012/05/06/obama-campaign-office-staff-lacks-racial-diversity-may-violate-civil-rights-law/

  17. “sigh”

    May 7, 2012

    Bill Maher: Obama’s reelection is black America’s last hope
    Published: 4:35 AM 05/05/2012
    i
    By Jeff Poor – The Daily Caller

    So, if President Barack Obama isn’t reelected, will the reputation of entire black race suffer from his electoral defeat?

    On Friday’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” on HBO, Maher said a Romney win in November would reflect poorly on “black America” and help conservatives undermine America’s faith in black politicians.

    “I think the second term for Obama is more important even than the first,” Maher said. “Obviously, it was important to get the first black president elected. But if the first black president only has one term, America reads that as a failure. This is what the right-wing hope and prays for more than anything else — that America looks at this one-term president and goes, ‘Well you know what? We tried a black guy, but it just didn’t work.’ And I think Obama is aware of that. That’s why he’s so conservative in the first term. He knows for the sake of black America, he needs the second term.”

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/05/05/bill-maher-obamas-reelection-is-black-americas-last-hope/#ixzz1uC7gMQXJ

    • gmanfortruth says:

      Oh My ! Maher is a waste of good oxygen. Obama is an absolute failure. I would rather have had Bugs Bunny in office the last 3+ years. Obama = Loser

      • He most definitely is-but since so many talking heads and politicians seem to just love going on his show-or having him on theirs -he cannot be ignored or shunned-which is what should happen to this man.

        Just look at his words-there is so much ignorance and manipulation in his remarks it is mind blowing:

        We are all so racist-we will equate Obama with every black person in the country.
        WE must vote for him because he’s black.
        WE must ignore his actual record and vote for him or we are guilty of hurting the black race
        Those of you on the left-you must ignore anything he didn’t do this term-he’s just looking out for the black man.
        And the Republicans are just looking for a way to keep the black man down.

        • gmanfortruth says:

          Maybe he should look at all the Democrat run inner cities and see just how well the Democrats have been helping the black population. The democrat Party and Obama are both failures. Maher is an assclown and full of bulldookie 🙂

      • Now Kathy, you know that the left now defines who is what-based on whatever measure is convenient.

      • No matter what Maher says, there are still Balcks that I would vote for. Herman Cain and that guy that Kathy mentioned, Allen West. Maybe even Condoleeza Rice, after I get a bettter look at what she believes. It’s policy Maher, NOT COLOR!

  18. Here’s the deal. We went from the depression era to bigger government with entitlements(socialism) and unions leading the way. Industrial revolution kicks in..people get rich.(capitalism) Fast forward to current time, everyone abuses the system until it breaks. Now to fix it, the answer is to bring on more socialism through the tax code but call it fixing capitalism. And we end up right back where we started,broken, but with more government. That’s not capitalism and that’s not going to bring business back to the States.
    F for fail.

    • dangit. This goes to JAC question of the day.

    • Just A Citizen says:

      Anita

      Not what I was looking for but it certainly will pass for “excellent” summary.

      I want to see a head to head with Thomas Sowell and Robert Reich.

  19. gmanfortruth says:

    Greece continues to have major problems.
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2140583/Greece-elections-2012-Fresh-chaos-political-party-wins-votes-form-government.html

    Add this with Spain and Italy and some other countrie, it seems the Euro may be in trouble real soon. When it all comes to a head, everyone will finally see the results of believing that government is the answer.

  20. Just A Citizen says:

    Todd

    Re your comment the other day regarding my “voting record”

    May 5, 2012 at 2:29 am • Edit

    JAC,
    A write-in for Romney in 2008? Why is that? McCain and Romney are pretty similar…

    Oh wait, I know why!

    It wasn’t a vote FOR Romney.

    It was a vote AGAINST someone else!

    Boy, that’s gotta hurt your conservative credentials – You Betch Ya!!

    If I were only concerned about voting “against” someone Todd I simply would not vote.

    I voted FOR Romney because he was the ONLY person at the time who had a coherent plan to deal with the economic and financial meltdown. He was the ONLY candidate who addressed the real root, namely the housing collapse. He also was focused on streamlining Govt to reduce costs.

    Once again you ask a question, I answer and your response is some snarky sarcasm based on projecting your opinions of my motives on me.

    Strange how you want to cast me as a “conservative”! Why is that so important to you?

    • Just A Citizen says:

      Todd

      P.S. I went back and looked at my list. My first memory was off. I remembered doing campaign work for Humphrey, but I did not vote for him. I was too young.

      And I did not vote for Nixon. Missed that election. Sorry for misleading you.

      • I feel better now JAC. There did seem to be some voting “irregularities” there… 😉

    • JAC,
      I was just having some FUN! 🙂 The 2008 vote seemed strange and that thought just popped into my head.

      • Just A Citizen says:

        Todd

        Fair enough. 2008 was one of those “I’m fed up voting for the least worst” moments.

        Will probably vote for Gary Johnson, Libertarian this time.

        Oh wait. I forgot I am running on the VDLG ticket. Guess I’ll vote for myself this time. 🙂

  21. JAC…..read your article by Reich……my answer……a Rose……is still a Rose.

  22. gmanfortruth says:

    Seems we will all pay for the stupid global warming scam after all 👿

    http://www.prisonplanet.com/sky-high-electric-bills-courtesy-of-obama-epa%e2%80%99s-war-on-coal.html

  23. gmanfortruth says:

    Here is some interesting reading. Sounds like some problems are coming our way.

    http://www.beaconequity.com/we-are-preparing-for-massive-civil-war-says-dhs-informant-2012-05-03/

    • And what have we two in particular been saying G?

      “Escalating preparatory activities by the executive branch and DHS throughout the last decade—from the Patriot Act, to countless executive orders drafted to suspend (or strip) American civil liberties “are just the beginning” of the nightmare to come, Hagmann said.

      He added, “It’s going to get so much worse toward the election, and I’m not even sure we’re going to have an election in this country. It’s going to be that bad, and this, as well, is coming from my sources. But one source in particular said, ‘look, you don’t understand how bad it is.’ This stuff is real; these people, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), they are ready to fight the American people.””

      Well we don’t sound Quite as crazy now. It ain’t happened yet, but why are they getting ready for it?

      Read more: http://www.beaconequity.com/we-are-preparing-for-massive-civil-war-says-dhs-informant-2012-05-03/#ixzz1uCnNIGkw

      • People on the net are already dragging out FM 3-39.40 Internment and Resettlement Operations Manual and posting it.

        This is the Army Field Manual for what to do with prisoners and civilians interned by the military forces. There is one part in there where they get your SSN and I think this one of the parts where the concerns come from. Who besides the U.S. has an SSN?

        I, at this point, don’t know what to think. I do know that the closer we get to the elections, the more worried I starting to become. Regardless of whether Obama wins or not. Or I suppose especially if he wins.

        If he does win, how much further left will he go? He has already in this term shown a complete willingness to run roughshod over the will of the American People. He does not understand that the “change” the majority of people voted him in for was not THIS kind of change.

        And also the fact that some did not vote for him, but rather voted AGAINST John McCain. I myself had to hold my nose as I voted. I didn’t want McCain, but I SURE didn’t wnat Obama.

        I have only been suprised that Obama hasn’t made all the changes he said he would before election. He told the American public EXACTLY what he wanted to do but most didn’t listen. Now they are hollering like gut shot dogs over the policies he is enacting when they were warned before he got in office. If the fools had only listened to what he was saying instead of being enchanted with all the “hope and change” bulldookey.

        Next time maybe they will pay better attention before they vote. Nahhh, probably not!

  24. So the Today show really did interview one of the Colombian hookers from the Secret Service mess? Any wonder why the “press” can no longer be taken seriously?

  25. Just A Citizen says:

    Excuse me for a while folks. Gotta run down town to KICK some body’s ass. Man I dislike this guy. And now he’s running with the freakazoids right here in Grimmsville.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/47323995/ns/local_news-portland_or/#.T6gbeVLrR8E

    Look for me in the news at 6:00

    🙂

    • Will we ever be free of that corrupt family?

    • “the most toxic fuel on earth”? since when? This sounds like political grandstanding.

      If we won’t use the coal, why can’t we sell it to someone who will? And if we don’t they will just get it from someone else.

  26. May 7, 2012
    The Big Picture: Our Curiously Failing Civilization
    By Jack Curtis

    Governments around the world are in various stages of financial failure, all seemingly trying to be Argentina. Curious, no? Look at debt and deficits; you see government spending issues; most of the few exceptions have other problems. Look then at global migration patterns showing people leaving poor places for places going broke, an unhappy trend line. Look anywhere; we can’t seem to govern ourselves worldwide, while people protesting are multiplying everywhere.

    The U.S. and the EU can’t stop borrowing and spending, though no one can expect their stultified economies to bear the debt they’ve run up. Arab riots and civil wars reflect those countries’ corrupt dictators’ inability to sufficiently subsidize the citizens. Armed insurrections and massive demonstrations plague Russia, India, China, and Latin America; Africa has more than its share of failed and failing states. The Global Incident Map shows worldwide terrorism and both underlines instability and helps explain the migrations. Predictable civil order seems lost.

    For “rich” Europe and North America, it’s the famous doom of all democracies: the citizens have learned to vote others’ wealth to themselves via a devil’s compact with demagogues. Once in place, such deals can’t be controlled (Who’s re-elected for shutting off the goodies?) until they outrun available resources and impoverish the economy. “Kick the can down the road” (meaning past the next election) is the U.S. mantra for postponing the end-game; in the EU, it’s quasi-austerity. It’s the same game in both places: Save the Banks. The people? Let them eat cake…

    For everybody outside the rich world, it’s the same thing at one remove. That rich world has been such an engine of the world economy that most of the rest are, in varying degrees, dependents. When the rich customer cuts back, the dependent suffers. For those living hand-to-mouth in the first place, the suffering is worse; that puts those governments at more immediate risk. If we really look, much post-WWII stability has been a wire-walking façade.

    Civilization: a state of social culture characterized by relative progress in the arts, science, and statecraft. Start with the Babylonians; the picture is later expanded by the multicultural Romans (equal opportunity conquerors) and expanded again by the widely differing but integrated Europeans, Indians, and Chinese. Perhaps it’s time we recognized an additional element in the mix that now defines civilization: technology.

    Modern transport, communication, and information technology have linked the whole planet into a functional unity irrespective of language, culture, religion, or other differences. Whether very poor or wealthy, educated or illiterate, nearly everybody on earth is in reach of a network of information and services via a common, worldwide technology. The only obvious threats to that lie with paranoid governments insistent on controlling it and various Luddites intent on its destruction to preserve interests under threat.

    Such miracles, like free lunches, carry costs. One cost of the world’s economic integration: a cold in the rich world quickly produces sneezes everywhere else, an unsung partner of things like just-in-time inventory control. Another cost is the greater awareness of events and conditions everywhere. The whole world knows at once of riots anywhere; if cell phones organize the rioters, the world knows that, too. And how a local dictator reacts will appear quickly on YouTube, with any blood in full color. Poorly informed people are becoming much more knowledgeable and sophisticated, seeing how others live, and developing greater expectations that their governments aren’t prepared to accommodate. As citizens’ expectations rise, governments facing them before a world audience find their control of events affected, more so when such strategic interests as oil are involved. An event anywhere can light a fire under a planetary pot; the technology that spreads civilization also expands risk.

    When considering political collapse, we look for the signature social meltdown; a strong civilization may work through bad finances. Before they’re swept from history’s stage, civilizations rot from inside. What do we see?

    Western civilization was the Judeo-Christian replacement for failed Classical Europe. Its centrality was the general acceptance of Christian morality, built on widespread religious belief and embedded in governments and law. In what’s being called a post-Christian era, that’s dissolving; Western citizens are struggling with each other over such basics as human rights, obligations, behavior, and the value of human life.

    These are so fundamental that it’s hard to see how a social unity can exist for long without general agreement; for example, note the current Obama administration attack on the Catholic Church over abortion and birth control mandates. In case of doubt, the State Department has now listed the Vatican bank as a money-laundering suspect. Here is a direct attack on the First Amendment “free exercise of religion,” so the administration is attacking both the Church and the Constitution. It’s not obvious what may re-unify this fracturing society outside the implementation of force.

    More generally, the replacement of Christian morality with secular moral relativism has fueled social and political corruption and weakened the bonds that once held society together, again leaving only government to compel unity.

    The United States has relied upon its Constitution for coherence; that’s failing. The president claims the power to kill whom he wishes, seizes private businesses, and starts wars when he likes, all extra-constitutional acts. Congress allows that and has authorized military seizure and indefinite imprisonment of citizens without due process[i]; the Constitution is now treated as a dead letter by both president and Congress. Add that a constitution is moot without the rule of law, which requires stability in the language. In American society today, words have made prophets of Lewis Carroll and George Orwell by losing their historically more stable meanings and becoming politically adjustable tools, poisoning the very foundation of a rule of law. Western societies resemble cracking glass.

    Islamic civilization today is fractured between the educated and the traditional, the corrupt wealthy and the poor, the tribesmen and the citizens, the Sunnis and the Shiites, the believers and the pragmatists, among contending nationalities and most definitively between modern reality and rigidly archaic belief patterns. That’s another cracked glass, with threatened fundamentalists frequently applying force to compel stability.

    China is assembled by force of arms, India is a basket of contending religions and cultures, and there is little that is stable in Africa outside dictatorship. Latin America is fully competitive; its dictators seem to alternate with oligarchs, leaving always-seething masses of ill-educated poor.

    In short, few places are well-glued together; contending social elements threaten elements of social cohesion nearly everywhere. When one considers, too many seem political equivalents of San Francisco, the “City That Waits to Die” from its location on the San Andreas earthquake fault. The common fault imperiling our widespread, technical civilization is government financial mismanagement, history’s perpetual nemesis for governments’ inevitable hubris. Our rickety world assemblage relies on a single, corrupt fiat-money financial system. Bankrupt governments are reduced to what amounts to counterfeiting their own money, and we know no one can continue indefinitely as the source of his own blood transfusions.

    As economic failure spreads through the interconnected world, unemployment and wealth lost in collapsing investments and failing banks will pull the desperate into the streets as we’ve seen, something the U.S. left is already promoting with its “Occupy” troops. Will the world’s contentious groupings maintain a civil society as this intensifies? If not, what will preserve our fragile technical civilization? Only force? Just possibly, shared need will preserve enough for the purpose…if not defeated by Malthusian interests. Without shared beliefs to build upon, mounting disorder seems likely to fuel more repressive governments during a lengthy civil interregnum. The last widespread interregnum was called the “Dark Ages”; we can only guess how future historians may characterize what we seem to be preparing…

    http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/05/the_big_picture_our_curiously_failing_civilization.html

    • Perfect tag on to your article about a failing civilization:

      Bowl-a-Thon Group Touts Raising Funds for 14-Year-Old’s Abortion
      http://cnsnews.com/news/article/bowl-thon-group-touts-raising-funds-14-year-old-s-abortion

      • Just A Citizen says:

        I liked this response:

        “People are going to get abortions. It is not my place to sit in judgement of those who would go out of their way to save a turtle egg, but, relentlessly debate when human life begins. Nor, is it my responsibility to pay for the procedure with my tax dollars. Let them have their twisted fund-raisers, just keep me & my tax dollars out of it!”

      • We must add this as another tag about a failing Civilization-be sure to watch the video-I either don’t have a sense of humor or these people just aren’t funny.

        Hey, heads up ladies, the only people allowing government into their vagina’s are YOU! Actually your deciding that everything that makes you a woman is somehow a disadvantage that you must be compensated for, is just flat out dangerous.

        Funny or Die Joins Phony War on Women Meme Against GOP

        by Christian Toto 1 day ago 152 post a comment
        Did you know that awful, mean Mitt Romney wants to prevent women from accessing birth control?

        It must be true. Funny or Die told me so.

        The liberal comedy site’s latest video tries to build on the crumbling GOP War on Women meme courtesy of actresses Kate Beckinsale, Andrea Savage and Judy Greer.
        Republicans, Get In My Vagina! from Kate Beckinsale

        The new clip features a bunch of Republican women saying how they don’t want control of their vaginas. They’re too messy, complicated and hard to control.

        The silly, laugh-free material eventually gives way to the Democratic talking points. Republicans, in particular presumptive GOP presidential nominee Romney, want to prevent women from accessing birth control materials. It’s patently false.

        Beckinsale, who stars in the upcoming “Total Recall” remake, once said she couldn’t believe anyone would actually admit to being a Republican in the first place. So it’s easy to see why she’d sling false information.

        The clip is like a complementary component of President Barack Obama’s already failed “Julia” campaign theme which paints women as helpless without the government’s help.

        The actresses in this clip can clearly afford birth control. But scare tactics require a divorce from reality, and that’s the true purpose here.

        http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Hollywood/2012/05/07/funny-die-war-women-video

        • Stupid! Unnecessary!Juvenile! Disgusting! Nothing is off limits anymore. Where is the conservative blowback. I’m tired of being nice. Conservatives need to get IN THEIR FACE. I DO NOT UNDERSTAND why a minority gets the bully pulpit and behaves as though we are the crazy ones. I don’t know if this is even possible but I get more speechless every day.

    • Just A Citizen says:

      V.H.

      As we read more and more about the COLLAPSING world around us, did anyone ever wonder what folks thought and wrote about in the late 1920’s when the world was engulfed in recession, depression and hyper-inflation?

      Perhaps we have fallen into the trap of listening to the chicken-little TALKING HEADS and POLITICIANS who can think beyond next week, let alone ten years from now.

      Just sayin………….

  27. gmanfortruth says:

    Now this is one peaceful idea that I can support! It sure would beat Civil War II.

    http://www.wallstreetdaily.com/wallstreet-research/pdf/SAVEAMERICAweb.pdf

    • Just A Citizen says:

      gman

      It is the ONLY solution that prevents all out civil war.

      BUT……………

      It is not time yet. Our side would LOSE.

      Did you know that the hard lefties have been calling for a Convention for about 9 months? They understand “timing” better than those on Freedom’s side.

      Little snippets and comments showing up on their blogs and emails, to my inbox (lmao).

      Anyway, there is a process and traditional methods for calling conventions and controlling their agenda. But what is missed here is it must come from the STATE Legislatures.

      Get it???? STATE LEGISLATURES……………………. 🙂 🙂

      Now how important is the POTUS race this year compared to ……………….. STATE LEGISLATURES??????????????

      By the way, the POTUS CAN NOT VETO an Amendment. 🙂 🙂 🙂

  28. Just A Citizen says:

    OK, I didn’t leave soon enough to get to Pioneer Square in time. No place to park at the train station. Another “mission” failure. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr..

    Thought some would get a kick out of the local news. Now, the pic I selected is one of PORTLANDIAS highly educated, obviously.

    Somebody should let her know that NOBODY gets black lung from using the electricity from coal plant, AND that the coal from Montana and Wyoming is OPEN PIT. Dug by Big Machines with people in “air conditioned” cabs.

    Enjoy……….

    http://www.katu.com/news/local/RFK-Jr-speaking-to-anti-coal-rally-in-Portland-150510145.html?tab=gallery&c=y

    • I always love it when poorly informed and educated mobs protest about a particular evil without any knowledge of what they are speaking on. It is just a lot of untrue ranting about the evils that they oppose.

      “selling to China would be harmful to the world environment”, or words to that effect. China ain’t a gonna stop burning coal just because the U.S. won’t sell them any. So exactly what difference does it make aside from a Nation OTHER THAN the United States making the money off of it?

  29. For all of you who believe that there is no harm in Illegal aliens living here, take a look at this multibillion dollar fraus taking place every year by those same illegals. And no one is even investigating this. SO don’t try telling me that they aren’t hurting anything!

    http://www.wthr.com/​video?clipId=7054149&autost​art=true

    • Just A Citizen says:

      Esom

      Without welfare and hand out tax rebates to buy votes this would NOT be an issue.

      So is it really a problem caused by illegals, or one caused by special interest lobbying?

      I’m tagging the ass-clowns, in case you were wondering.

      Can’t blame the illegals for taking advantage, anymore than the farmers who bitch (oops B word alert) about subsidies while taking as many as they can get.

      • Oh, I know they are just using a loophole. But it pisses me off that there is that kind of a loophole for them to use. How has this not been found? And why is a local station on to it and the national networks clueless? Did you see that one return? 29,000 dollars and all the kids live in MEXICO! They have NEVER lived in the US. Chaps my rear end!!!

        • I agree, but if that is what you think stop phrasing it as a problem of illegals being here or damage they are doing. This is a problem of government action. Period. Point out the issue of government attracting illegals or whatever, but focus attacks on illegals on what can truly be blamed on illegals. Honestly even the stuff D13 brings to the table is an issue related more to the drug war and arms regulation than it is to illegal immigration. Call a spade a spade, it will ALWAYS do more good in the long run.

      • Oh and what do you think of FM 3-39.40 Internment and Resettlement Operations? Just asking because I don’t quite know what to think about it.

        It worries me when you put it together with the DHS getting ready for war with the American people, and the other Executive Orders Obama has signed lately like nationalizing natural gas production and taking private property away from citizens in case of emergencies to be determined by HIM. Don’t we have an article in the Constitution against that very thing?

        • Just A Citizen says:

          Esom

          I think the Field Manual referenced is an update of older procedures. It is written to deal with problems arising in Iraq, etc. It outlines treatment of prisoners and civilian refugees associated with our military operations over seas, NOT in the USA. If Martial Law were imposed it might have application here. But this manual was not prepared as a plan to impose martial law.

          It’s revision apparently started during Bush administration as seen in this footnote from the manual:

          “DISTRIBUTION RESTRICTION: Distribution authorized to the DOD and DOD contractors only to protect technical or operational information from automatic dissemination under the International Exchange Program or by other
          means. This determination was made on 8 December 2008. Other requests for this document must be referred to
          the Commandant, U.S. Army Military Police School, ATTN: ATZT-TDD-M, 320 MANSCEN Loop, Suite 270, Fort
          Leonard Wood, Missouri 65473-8929.
          *This publication supersedes FM 3-19.40, 4 September 2007.”

          Note that the “determination” of secret was made in 2008 and this publication supersedes the one of 2007.

          Let me add this. There has been ZERO, as in NOT any, change in the FEMA training or preparation activities the past year. All seems normal. Now training is higher that say 5 years ago, but that is part of the initiative by Bush after Katrina. This additional training involves coordination with local Emergency groups and authorities. Like getting on the same page with their language, procedures and communications. It also includes running “drills” to evaluate response of various agencies. But this also was initiated BEFORE Mr. Obama.

          Now this does not mean we should fall asleep. Vigilance is the word of the day. I expect problems this summer but I expect those to come from groups working to create chaos. I don’t think this Administration is the one pushing chaos. But I would expect them to capitalize on it politically if they can. Like getting massive “reforms” passed to mollify the rioters.

          So for now my Georgian friend I say, NO WORRIES. We have other things to consider and prepare for.

          Hope this helps ease your stress a bit.
          JAC

  30. Just A Citizen says:

    Shout out to Plainlyspoken

    Can you please help these people figure out what to do. Good grief, has this once great outfit forgot how to do a simple task?

    http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/04/18/colorado-forest-service-may-blow-up-frozen-cows/

    I can’t believe they even raised the option of helicopters.

  31. Oh that’s a good one!

    • Anita – I saw that. Now you can speculate on why someone would allow themselves to go out in public looking like that. The only think I can think of, is that there was some luggage lost and all makeup and contact supplies (and curling iron, hair gel, hair spray) were not available before the SECRETARY OF STATE(!) had to make an appearance???

      I think it’s safe to say she has no personal talent (or interest) in generally accepted “upkeep” practices that most females (let alone the SECRETARY OF STATE!) participate in daily, but really Hillary??

  32. gmanfortruth says:

    Some more wonderful stuff from the Alternative media.

    “Mentioned at the meeting Saturday were methods to use pawns to simulate the rioting in the Arab Spring countries, but to the benefit of this administration. A controlled chaos thing,” stated my source. They envision rioting starting in the urban areas first, such as New York and other major cities, followed by a disruption of business and commerce. This will allow the DHS to mobilize their various teams into the streets of America without objection of the people,” stated my source.

    “They want to restrict travel, if not through high energy prices, then by checkpoints and curfews mandated by rioting and unrest. They understand we are the most well-armed nation in the world, yet they are aware of our vulnerabilities and intend to fully exploit them,” he added. The whole purpose is to keep Obama in office for another term, no matter how unpopular he is, as he is not finished changing our country from a Constitutional Republic. This is the run-up to the 2012 elections, or perhaps causing enough chaos to delay them – indefinitely.”

    According to this insider, the Trayvon Martin case is just the tip of the iceberg. “You certainly don’t have to be a genius to understand how Obama and his team played the public on this issue, and it’s far from over. But that’s not the sole element of what we’ll see this summer.” (Yes Charlie, you were played like a violin at a Christmas concert, HAHA)

    http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/46516

  33. Let me ask a question G. Do YOU believe this? I myself believe it’s possible, but don’t know whether or not Obama would go this far. We’re talking a massive conspiracy here.

    And talk about a Revolution! Surely they wouldn’t think that people are just going to lay down and take it? Especially not the heavily armed states? I could see CA, NY, NJ, and places like that. But States like the South and West won’t stand for it. Maybe the inner big cities like Atlanta, but not anywhere around them!

    I know the article also says that they are ready for it, but I’m not so sure they’re ready for what they will get when they try to take over dictator style. I believe they are depending too much on too many laying down and taking it. And they may be too dependent on help from the Military also. Those people would be told to fire on their family and fellow Americans.

    I just don’t know. If this is true I believe they are miscalculating and misunderstanding the nature of the beast they will awaken.

    • gmanfortruth says:

      Good Morning Esom 🙂

      These warnings, there are a great deal of them out there, have been growing in numbers over the last two years. I have been writing articles on the subject of the evil government since 2009. Remember that fear is their best weapon, not guns. They would lose a gun war, our military will not fire on us at this point, the word has gotten out too far. So looking down the road, using fear to control the people could be used, even if it was a total lie. By using the Food Safety and Modernization Act of 2010, they could evacuate large rural areas under the guise of a food poisoning attack. Think back to the laws past and the power it gives, and one can imagine how they would do this.

      • Well, as I said. I believe it can happen. It’s just that they have got a mammoth job in front of them. Especially as we are already warned. And as you said also. There have been some strange laws and regulations passed the past 3 years.

  34. gmanfortruth says:
  35. Just A Citizen says:

    This is how you change the “power base” in a political party. Specifically, the election of local and state party “officials”. That being officers of the county and state party. Let alone “delegates” to state and national conventions.

    “*** There will be a lot more Paul supporters at convention than his official tally shows: Ron Paul and his supporters know that it is next to impossible for the Texas Congressman to get the GOP nomination, but that has not stopped their continuing efforts to secure as much influence as possible at the Republican National Convention. Paul supporters have been flooding state conventions in order to influence party leadership elections and fill national delegate slots, including states where most delegates are already pledged to Mitt Romney. In Nevada and Massachusetts, for example, Paul supporters filled at least half of the delegate slots that will travel to Tampa (although many are pledged to cast a nominating vote for Mitt Romney). In Alaska, Iowa, and Maine, Paul supporters swung party leadership elections in their favor. Despite the fact that Romney’s nomination is nearly inevitable, Paul supporters will fill many of the seats on the Tampa convention floor. And even though many Paul supporters may be pledged to vote for Romney as the party nominee, they could throw their weight around on important votes like the Vice Presidential nominee or the party platform. And by inundating state parties with Paul-friendly leaders, they also lay solid foundation for Paul’s ideas and for a future Paul presidential run, whether it is Ron or his son Rand.

    • If Paul and his supporters are changing the power base the right way-Why does the actual Libertarian Party seem determined to destroy the Republican party’s chances of winning?

      • Just A Citizen says:

        V.H.

        The Libertarians don’t give a hoot about either of the other two parties so I am not sure what you are getting at here about “determined to destroy the Republican party’s chances of winning”.

        The only thing that does seem odd about the whole strategy is that many of Paul’s supporters are probably “Libertarians” and NOT “Republicans”. They border on Cult Followers in fact.

        But my point was the method, not who was doing it or if their agenda is pure. When we howl about the establishment and why we can’t get NEW blood, it is because of the established power structure.

        This shows how that structure can be CHANGED. This is why I was a little argumentative with BF on his idea of running for “dog catcher”. You see the “power structure” will decide who is the dog catcher. So what you really need to do is change the “power structure”.

        Namely those who “control” the Party.

        Now this presumes you want to be affiliated with a Party. Or at least view a Party as the means of change.

        • Just pointing out that those who call themselves libertarian seem to be working at cross purposes. It would be prudent to decide to either work from within the already powerful republican party to make changes or to go with a third party, which is a long and slow process. To do both at the same time IMHO helps the progressives.

      • V,
        The libertarian party doesn’t just not care like JAC says, they actually despise the Republican Party. Dont get me wrong, they despise the Democrats just as much, and believe it or not, they are recruiting and trying to split the vote just as much on that side. Its just that there is slightly less agreement among many democrats with the libertarian mindset. Dropping the drug war and the military action and the marriage restrictions are Democrat AND libertarian positions, but thats just about it. Everything else we find more common ground with conservatives.

        A lot of libertarians like Paul, but many don’t have a lot of faith in the idea that the power base is really changing. A lot of libertarians were all about the Tea Party in the beginning, the first year it was great, but after that it pretty much got hijacked by the Republicans/decided to try to change the Republicans. LP libertarians are not Paul supporters per se, they want the third party. Paul libertarians want Paul, regardless of what party he is in. Besides, the Republicans and many conservatives have repeatedly slammed Paul or marginalized him, so its not like any of us give a rats butt about how bad we hurt the Republican Party, including myself, who is so libertarian even the LP is too establishment. Also, because the libertarians do not see the power grabs and overspending of the Republicans as any more right or justified than we see the power grabs and overspending of the Democrats. Its all the same, so who wins really doesn’t matter that much.

        Think about it, would you even consider voting for a progressive like Romney if Obama was not an issue? Thats the problem with the reactionary voting strategy. Its mindless. No wonder the progressive/socialist movement has made so much progress. We are so focussed on the lesser of two evils that they know they can put whoever they want in place to be elected, and they will get elected, all they have to do is put up someone worse (more socialist) in addition to the one they really want. And if by chance the worse on wins, then they win even bigger, but if not, they still win. I know you are in a frenzy to get rid of Obama, but can you honestly say that Romney will head us in the right direction? Maybe he won’t hurl us over a cliff as fast, but does that really help us? So we get lowered off a 1,000 foot cliff with a 300 foot rope and live a little longer before plunging to our deaths, is that really better? Is that not just passing things down the road? So your kids take the really bad hit instead? No, the line must be drawn here. I don’t care who wins this november, I WILL NOT fall into the trap of voting “strategically”. I will vote for whom I want, not against whom I want least. If mine and other efforts can change the Republican party to put some good people in, great. If a third party rises instead, great. If the whole thing goes down because of “bad strategy” when it would have just gone down anyway, then whats the difference, a total meltdown or revolution is the most realistic option for freedom to have a chance anyway.

        By the way, if this came out too strongly, I am sorry, I am passionate about this and also have had a couple blue motorcycles, and I tend to get more edgy… 🙂

        • I was going to mess with you about drinking a girly drink but after looking it up-I think not. 🙂

  36. gmanfortruth says:

    @JAC, Good Morning Good Sir 🙂

    You answered Esom: Esom

    I think the Field Manual referenced is an update of older procedures. It is written to deal with problems arising in Iraq, etc. It outlines treatment of prisoners and civilian refugees associated with our military operations over seas, NOT in the USA. If Martial Law were imposed it might have application here. But this manual was not prepared as a plan to impose martial law.

    I would say you are mostly correct, but read this from the manual (written in 2010 by the way).

    2-10. Military police units may be required to support the collection and control of DCs. In offensive,
    defensive, and stability operations many of the fundamentals are similar to that of handling detainees, but
    the focus is typically different. The handling of DCs is also a mission that may be performed in support of
    disaster relief or other emergencies within the United States or U.S. territories during civil support
    operations. As such, local, state and federal agencies are primarily responsible for handling DCs with the
    U.S. military in a support role. When a state of emergency is declared, the state’s national guard may be
    called to assist with DCs under the control of the state governor or they may be federalized and conduct
    operations as federal U.S. military forces. (See Titles 10 and 32, U.S. Code [USC].)

    10-40. Resettlement operations typically include controlling civilian movement and providing relief to
    human suffering. These operations may be performed as domestic civil support operations (due to natural
    or man-made disasters), stability operations (due to noncombatant evacuation operations, humanitarianassistance
    operations), or DC operations (due to combat operations). The authority to approve resettlement
    such operations within U.S. territories is at the Secretary of Defense level and may require a special
    exception to Title 18, USC (Posse Comitatus Act). The Posse Comitatus Act prohibits the U.S. military
    from enforcing civilian laws within the United States or its territories without specific authorization. The
    U.S. Constitution and other federal, state, and local laws may directly and significantly affect operations in
    the U.S. and its territories if the enforcement of civilian laws are required according to Title 10, USC. U.S.
    military forces conducting law enforcement functions in such cases require an authorization through a
    congressional act (for example, Title 10 USC, Sections 331 through 334 [Insurrection Statues]) or a
    constitutional authorization (for example the President invoking his executive authority under Article 2 of
    the Constitution). U.S. Army National Guard Soldiers operating in a nonfederal status are not restricted by
    the Posse Comitatus Act. (See Title 32, USC, and JP 3-28.)

    I have some real problems with some if the wording, what say you?

    • Just A Citizen says:

      gman

      Not really. You have to evaluate the wording in the context of the field manual and the other laws and authorities.

      As I said, stay vigilant.

      But I see now reason to believe this Administration is plotting something evil against the US citizenry.

      Other than the general “reforming America” stuff, that is.

  37. gmanfortruth says:

    JAC, There is nothing in Article II of the Constitution that provides the President authority to suspend any laws, Posse Comitatus Act . I did find it interesting that this subject only appeared under the “Relocation” section of the manual.

  38. Since people are currently trying to find out just how Obama is “Evolving” when it comes to gay marriage. I thought this article was rather interesting.

    May 8, 2012
    Mr. Biden, I’m ‘Absolutely Comfortable’ with Mothers and Fathers
    Austin R. Nimocks

    I’m comfortable with, and like, the idea of having both mothers and fathers in our society. And I’m equally supportive of the idea that, where possible, we should strive as a society to ensure that mothers and fathers are a part of the life of each and every child.

    Where mothers or fathers are absent, a hole exists, and as a concerned society, we seek to rally around that child with mother and father figures. Popular programs like Big Brothers Big Sisters are an example of our society’s concern in this regard and its work to fill those holes as best as we can. In fact, according to BBBS’s own statistics on its website, children involved in their programs are more confident in school; get along better with their families; and are 46 percent less likely to begin using drugs, 27 percent less likely to abuse alcohol, and 52 percent less likely to skip school. Yes, mothers and mother figures, as well as fathers and father figures, do make a difference.

    Given these facts, you can imagine the surprise of many when Vice President Joe Biden recently said that he’s “absolutely comfortable” with same-sex “marriage.” He reportedly made this statement partly based upon meeting a same-sex couple with children. Translated appropriately, Mr. Biden is “absolutely comfortable” with circumstances where children are intentionally deprived of either a mother or a father.

    And why are these children deprived of that? Because some other adult decided that the particular child at issue does not require either a mother or a father. Thus, the desire of adults to have a motherless or fatherless family have trumped the needs of the child.

    Question for Mr. Biden: can you look a child in the eye and tell him (or her) that you’re “absolutely comfortable” with depriving him of a mother or a father because you decided that he doesn’t need one? I certainly couldn’t, and intentionally depriving a child of a mother or father is not a social virtue. And one would think that, as a widower who has himself suffered great loss, Mr. Biden would better understand this principle, as he has publicly discussed the hardship upon both him and his children stemming from his former spouse’s untimely demise. The point is that Biden’s own children benefited from having a mother in their lives, yet he would deprive other children of that same benefit.

    In fact, it may be the fact that mothers and fathers do matter that keeps President Obama from becoming a stalwart proponent of same-sex “marriage.” As we know, Mr. Obama grew up without a father, and he has publicly discussed this hole in his life, and how it drives him to be an active and important part of the lives of his children. “I know what it means to have an absent father,” said Mr. Obama, “[a]nd we are called to recognize and honor how critical every father is to that foundation [the family].” He goes on:

    We know the statistics — that children who grow up without a father are five times more likely to live in poverty and commit crime; nine times more likely to drop out of schools and 20 times more likely to end up in prison. They are more likely to have behavioral problems, or run away from home or become teenage parents themselves. And the foundations of our community are weaker because of it.

    It is no coincidence that the statistics professed by President Obama are similar to those put forth by BBBS. Both mothers and fathers do matter, and while our country is concerned about the economy and jobs, let’s not forget about the jobs of mom and dad. I am “absolutely comfortable” with them both.

    Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2012/05/mr_biden_im_absolutely_comfortable_with_mothers_and_fathers.html#ixzz1uIh3SQIf

  39. And the plot thickens……………Dateline Iran……..the two nuclear UN inspectors that just inspected Iran’s nuclear facility have mysteriously died in a car wreck in Iran. Iran says its own internal investigation shows no foul play. Iran decided shortly after the accident that it will not allow IAEA inspectors into any site.

    But we need not worry..Iran has no nuclear ambition beyond electricity.

  40. Just A Citizen says:

    A history lesson on the moral issues we have discussed here many times.

    Or my version: Hit a man with a stick and you give him the moral authority to hit you.

    http://www.salon.com/2012/05/08/a_vital_and_unlearned_lesson_from_julius_caesar/singleton/

  41. Detroit, Detroit, Detroit! How much you wanna bet the dealership collecting the fees is owned by a politician?

    http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/technology-blog/city-detroit-paid-65-000-2004-dodge-intrepid-173443388.html

  42. For Anita (for some reason can’t reply to your shoe comment above?!?)

    EXACTLY! Would.Never.Happen!

  43. @ Charlie…….I have been listening and reading many things on the indigenous peoples of North America…..I have come to a startling conclusion and will be on your side concerning the indigenous peoples (ie: Indians) on North Dakota, Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah…..when AND ONLY when…Manhattan and New York are given back first. Until then…….there is no argument.

    • Just A Citizen says:

      d13

      And when those glorious natives of those states give back the land to the natives they conquered/displaced when they migrated from the Canadian plains or from Michigan/Minnesota.

      Oh boy, a giant game of DOMINOES.

      • Oh boy….dominoes…….but wait…..didn’t we (the US) try that game before? Seems I have heard of the domino theory…….hmmmmmm. 🙂

        • Just A Citizen says:

          d13

          This is the REVERSE version of the game. Stand them back up, move them back to their original position. Heh, heh, heh.

          Colonel, care to chime in on the “Field Manual” that gman and Essom have been agonizing over.

          This thing is running across the internet like a prairie grass fire. It seem like no big deal to me. What is your take?

          • The part that concerns Esom is this: “There is one part in there where they get your SSN and I think this one of the parts where the concerns come from. Who besides the U.S. has an SSN?”

            If it is a non-issue, then why are they dusting it off, changing it to fit the American People, and putting it out there?

            Like the G-dude, I have a problem with some of the wording. And the thing about the DHS getting ready to go to war with the American People is coming from more than one source.

            And the real biggie for me, is that unlike you JAC, I DON”T put it past Obama at all. In fact I have been saying for the past couple of years that we will be lucky if we have an election this cycle. Especially if it looks like Obama might lose.

            There are too many strange Laws, Regulations, and Executive Orders coming out of Washington that I see no reason for other than to slowly ramp up for trouble out of the populace. Like the one where you can be charged with a felony for speaking your mind too close to a Secret Service Officer. That can be abused so many ways, I can’t count them all.

            In case of emergency, nationalizing all fuel and industry. What constitutes and Emergency big enough for this?

            There is too much that is at OBAMA’S discretion. And we would have no recourse except fighting back Revolution style, which would get a lot of us killed. Would the Army fire on it’s own people? Would they consider it neccessary? I think that depends on how bad the situation got.

            And now we have the EU taking a giant step BACKWARDS. And Obama sees it as his signal that he is moving us in the right direction. I see it as hastening us to an Economic collapse of epic proportions. And if the EU goes down, we won’t be far behind. That will be all Obama needs to start his power grab.

            As G says, if we’re wrong nobody’s hurt, we just look nuts. If we’re right though, look out! It’s Hell for Breakfast and Devil take the Hindmost!

        • Just A Citizen says:

          d13

          Re DOMINOES

          I should have explained better. WE don’t stand them up. It is all up to CHARLIE and his buddies.

          Once they give back what they stole, the dominoes can begin to return to their original positions.

          Then D13 and JAC can live in peace with the few natives left in our territory. Which wouldn’t be many if we play the game “far enough back”. 😉

    • Colonel, You don’t go far enough. Thanks to DNA and the human Genome project we can now positively identify where our forebears came from.

      I would propose to you that testing the DNA of the American Indian (purebred), would conclusively demonstrate their Asian origin. Therefore there is a strong likelihood that the real claimants for this stolen land are the Asian people. Since we already owe China so much of our wealth, I see an excellent opportunity here to right a wrong and at the same time, settle our debts by returning the stolen lands to the Peoples Republic of China who then can fairly administer it for all peoples of Asian descent.

      For the sake of full disclosure, since, my forebears came from that stretch of land where the Ukraine, Poland and Russia all come together, which has been the traditional invasion route into Europe from the East, I too expect, through my probable part Asian ancestry to benefit. I will be most generous to the rest of you.

  44. On SUFA in 2011……..D13 predicted the fall of Egypt, the cessation of all peace talks and cooperation with Israel, the prominence of the terrorist group Muslim Brotherhood and the return of Shia Law.

    In two weeks, it will be determined if I am right or wrong. Wagers?

    • gmanfortruth says:

      I totally expect you to be correct. MI-6 got there way and now have control. On another note. The Al-Qeida bomber supposedly going to blow up a plane is CIA informant. There name should be Al-CIA duh! I liked the arrest of the five patsy’s in Cleveland too, another FBI setup of the mentally ill. When will American’s stop believing the Bulldookie coming from Washington D.C.?

      • Just A Citizen says:

        gman

        I am having trouble with your argument here. The FBI set up guys who are talking about doing bad things. The CIA does the same thing. Then the bad guys fall for it and we snap the trap.

        So what am I missing here?

        Are you arguing that no crime is committed?

        Or are you saying this is all False Flag stuff?

  45. gmanfortruth says:

    JAC, Yes, it is all false flag events to put fear into the minds of Americans. It is well documented that the fist “underwear bomber” was put on the plane under orders of the US State Dept, which they have admitted. The most recent “bomber” is a CIA informant. Three of the idiots in Cleveland are mental cases. All are patsies picked by the CIA or FBI to be conned into doing nothing, except give the Lying Media some more lies to talk about.

    I do not fret over that Army manual thinggy. It’s nothing new to me, just new to most people. I do like how it magically gives the President Constitutional powers that do not exist (is that to fool the young Army troops into an illegal action?).

    Yes, you likely think I’m over reacting and possibly crazy. That is fine with me. How many people are totally screwed if I’m right? How many have a nice small grocery bill for a long time if I’m wrong? 🙂

  46. This is the Left. It’s who they are and what they are willing to do to get their ideals installed. Truly bottom feeders.

    http://www.aim.org/special-report/the-lefts-national-vote-fraud-strategy-exposed/

    • I know they are doing anything they can do to stop the Voter ID Laws from going into effect. With help of course from the DOJ. And what do you expect? Our President comes from the Granddaddy of all corrupt political Arenas, Chicago.

  47. Interesting development here. It seems that we have US Justice Department officials in Texas investigating the enforcement policy and techniques in how we are being successful in our 74% drop in illegal border crossings. This is in response to the tremendous influx of illegals going to Arizona and California. Their crossing rates have apparently doubled since our crack down here.

    The United States Justice Department is VERY upset and is investigating discrimination against a large trucking firm in Fort Worth right now on the construction of the extension of highway 121. A very large firm, under government contract, was hiring and employing illegal immigrants to drive 18 wheelers (gravel haulers and cement trucks) and doing so without a CDL, Hazmat certification, and the requirement to speak English. Texas has some “picture” signs along the highways and byways but most are in ENGLISH….(knock knock…HELLO?) Thanks to a certain veterans group that blew the whistle to the Texas Attorney General on the hiring practices of a FEDERALLY CONTRACTED trucking firm, it appears that a new personnel director has now been hired and the laws of the State of Texas AND the Federal Department of Transportation are being enforced. The US Justice Department is down here saying that the enforcement of the Texas Laws “could be discriminatory against Hispanics” and that since the project in Fort Worth is INTRA state in nature and no raw materials or products actually cross state lines, that strict enforcement of the Department of Transportation (DOT) is not applicable in this case. Requiring proof of residence and citizenship and/or proof of entry and work visas “could” also be a discriminatory practice.

    Now ,I want someone to explain to me, why requiring a CDL, Hazmat training certification, and reading English (warning labels, etc) is discriminatory….and then explain to me, if these are Federal Funds and a trucking firm has a government contract how is it all of a sudden INTRASTATE in nature and, therefore, “possibly” illegal?

    • Just A Citizen says:

      d13

      By the way, and I am guessing you know this, it is ILLEGAL for Fed Govt agencies to employ “illegal aliens” or to allow such aliens to be employed by “contractors or subcontractors” when carrying out Fed contract work.

      Also FYI, the Obama Administration has sent word to various agencies that their highest priority for the remainder of the year is to HIRE MORE MINORITIES. They were given actual “quotas” via “informal” channels.

      There has been much push back but those in upper positions are being threatened with their careers. Those “carrying this message” are from the Administration but have been placed within the agencies to keep things on track. They have been there since the STIMULUS.

      Search them out and expose them to the day light when you can.

      Also…….

      A hearty Good Morning to you this fine day. Three in a row with the SUN SHINING.
      Yeeeeeeeeee Hawwwwwwwwwwww

    • pookisaurusrex says:

      I work for a trucking comapny and as far as I know, Federal DOT laws are the same from state to state. State DOT laws run pretty much parrallel to Federal DOT laws. Correct me if I’m wrong please.

  48. To Esom and Gman…….quit fretting over the FM 3-39.40 which is a variation of FM 3-39. It does not pertain to the contiguous United States, It outlines various methods in areas where the United States is in “armed conflict”.

    The Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 has not been repealed as yet. Section 1031 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), now winding its way through the Senate, if signed into law by President Obama, will authorize the U.S. military to conduct law enforcement actions on American soil. This is a bill originated by Pelosi, etal,, designed to give the President broad powers in the interpretation of a “National Emergency” will not get through the Senate nor the House.

    However, a wary eye is to be kept.

    • I might add that the NDAA actually replaces a bill that was signed by President Bush that gave relatively the same powers that have always been there anyway.

  49. In the end, I concluded, what set the United States apart from Spain was the difference between earned success and learned helplessness.

    Earned success means defining your future as you see fit and achieving that success on the basis of merit and hard work. It allows you to measure your life’s “profit” however you want, be it in money, making beautiful music, or helping people learn English. Earned success is at the root of American exceptionalism.

    The link between earned success and life satisfaction is well established by researchers. The University of Chicago’s General Social Survey, for example, reveals that people who say they feel “very successful” or “completely successful” in their work lives are twice as likely to say they are very happy than people who feel “somewhat successful.” It doesn’t matter if they earn more or less income; the differences persist.

    The opposite of earned success is “learned helplessness,” a term coined by Martin Seligman, the eminent psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania. It refers to what happens if rewards and punishments are not tied to merit: People simply give up and stop trying to succeed.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304749904577385650652966894.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

  50. Racist much?

    My experiences at Princeton have made me far more aware of my “Blackness” than ever before. I have found that at Princeton no matter how liberal and open-minded some of my White professors and classmates try to be toward me, I sometimes feel like a visitor on campus; as if I really don’t belong. Regardless of the circumstances underwhich [sic] I interact with Whites at Princeton, it often seems as if, to them, I will always be Black first and a student second.

    These experiences have made it apparent to me that the path I have chosen to follow by attending Princeton will likely lead to my further integration and/or assimilation into a White cultural and social structure that will only allow me to remain on the periphery of society; never becoming a full participant. This realization has presently, made my goals to actively utilize my resources to benefit the Black community more desirable.

    This is from the 1985 senior thesis of Michelle LaVaughn Robinson, aka, Michelle Obama.

    • I’m often confused why we look back twenty plus years into something like this. Makes me wonder if in another 5-10 years we’ll be micro-analyzing future political candidates (and their spouses) nursery school fingerpainting, what they did with their boogers after they picked their noses and how quickly they were potty-trained – surely we’ll find evidence of racism and socialism in little Johnny’s scribble he did on the wall at the restaurant while we waited for those damn cheese fries to arrive.

      Other than a little fun stick poking – my point is this – its awfully hard to dissect what is going through the still developing mind of an early-twenties Michelle Robinson – a young, maybe not-so-mature-yet black woman who has BOTH, life experiences at that age as a black woman that I cannot completely fathom or understand AND has yet to build even more life experiences upon which to mature her own thoughts, feelings and perspectives.

      I’d look not at a senior college thesis as a “gotcha” – but as a part of the whole of who she is. Has her body of work since then been solely tied to that “snippet” of her thesis (always wonder why we only cut out that parts and pieces that look damning – editing context helps makes points better I guess) or is that snippet only marginally tied to what she has done since then – signs of someone who is no longer merely defined by that 21 or 22 year old that wrote those words 25 years ago?

      • Just A Citizen says:

        Ray

        I agree that there is a game involving gottcha look backs.

        But in this case it appears to be the first indicator of a “body of work” that is Michelle AND Barack Obama.

        I note here the comments made by his “real girlfriend” in her journal, which was recently released. Seems Mr. O was having an identity crisis and consciously “decided” to be “more black”. He then went on to pursue a careers focused on “black” advocacy and activism.

        In my opinion it is this underlying value system that has caused the “left” to misunderstand his political position. He is a fascist progressive, like most of them. But he is also something more. He does carry that chip on his shoulder if you will. The “its time to get restitution” for lack of a better phrase.

        Then there is the whole “abandonment” issue he is dealing with. It makes for a very complex and difficult to understand personality. So I fall back to WHO has he surrounded himself with in terms of advisers and power players. Then look to see which agencies his “friends” are in control of and which ones are run by “consolation” players.

        • @JAC – in re last paragraph – I just started Caro’s 4th installment on LBJ – very interesting how the failings of his father acutely shaped his approach to politics much later in life (well – Vietnam be damned) – including the 1960 election.

          • Just A Citizen says:

            Ray

            I am not familiar with Caro’s work on LBJ. But I do have some LBJ stories that came from a man who dealt with him directly. The man who was my first Political Science teacher.

            Senator Alan Bible, for the record.

            I think we are all affected by our formative years. Look at Matt’s comments about his view of the State getting in the middle of family disputes. It goes to his experience.

            So in this respect, I find this whole “Write a book about ME” thing that has been going on with politicians. As the current VDLG candidate for POTUS I assure you I WILL NOT write a book about my past, nor do I EVER want to write a book about my past. Nor will I ever talk to much about my past. Well except for the fun parts……….. 🙂

      • I actually think it would be very interesting to look at her words and try to dismiss them from who specifically said them and whether or not they are racist.

        She continued to use the words I felt, I have to. She didn’t say anyone treated her differently, she said she felt different and she wanted to stay different. I think we all know how it feels to feel out of place. And I can understand that part of her thesis-what I have never understood is where the racist part comes in-she specifically said that people treated her fine-what is it in white culture when it comes to making friends or taking tests that force African Americans to change or feel they will loss their black identity?

        I’ve read of cases where tests are considered racist or unfair to minorities-specifically what makes them unfair?

        I read that our schools are racist in the way they teach-I find this irritates me-but part of that comes from not understanding WHY they feel this way-I need specifics-what needs to be changed and what exactly is the problem. I also question why they use the word racist-why not talk about these issues on the basis of short comings that we need to fix-why always the word racist. People are intentionally trying to not teach black kids -I don’t think so.

    • Isn’t that interesting that she believes whites first view her as a black person. It seems much of our racical issues today stem from blacks seeing things first as a black person. We need only look at any criticism of her husband (who she recently said we are “blessed” to have as our president…gag!) as racist because of his skin color!

      • It is interesting that she would have felt that way – but there is nothing to explain why – perhaps its in the remainder of the paper? Hard to judge either way w/o that.

        Not sure I agree that much of our racial issues stem from blacks seeing things first as a black person – there are too many examples going both ways to undermine the credibility of that statement.

        Perhaps the words of Wayne Simmonds, Philadelphia Flyers forward (who happens to be black), helps underscore the complexity. During an OT game against the Detroit Red Wings in September last year someone threw a banana at his feet as he was on the ice. Its probably fair to say that whoever threw the banana didn’t think Simmonds was hungry or it is equally unlikely that the banana merely slipped from someone’s hands and flew a good twenty feet to land at his feet. I’m feel ok saying it was an old racially-motivated taunt of equating blacks to monkeys or apes.

        In Simmonds words: “I don’t know if it had anything to do with the fact I’m black,” Simmonds, a 23-year-old Toronto native, said Thursday. “I certainly hope not. When you’re black, you kind of expect (racist) things. You learn to deal with it.”

        I think he is being kind and I also think that this issue didn’t happen because Simmonds realizes he is black.

        http://espn.go.com/nhl/story/_/id/7007219/fan-throws-banana-philadelphia-flyers-winger-wayne-simmonds

    • More re Michelle….

      Could it also have been her use of the Affirmative Action crutch that she used to get into Princeton that she was viewed as an (Affirmative Action) black student? If you don’t want the label, then don’t wear it in everything you do.

      Here

      • “Overwhelmingly white and privileged, Princeton was not an easy place for a young black woman from the inner city. There weren’t formal racial barriers and black students weren’t officially excluded. But many of the white students couldn’t hide that they regarded their African- American classmates as affirmative-action recipients who didn’t really deserve to be there. Angela Acree, a close friend who attended Princeton with Michelle, says the university didn’t help dispel that idea. Black and Hispanic students were invited to attend special classes a few weeks before the beginning of freshman semester, which the school said were intended to help kids who might need assistance adjusting to Princeton’s campus. Acree couldn’t see why. She had come from an East Coast prep school; Michelle had earned good grades in Chicago. “We weren’t sure whether they thought we needed an extra start or they just said, ‘Let’s bring all the black kids together’.”

        More….

        “At Harvard, she felt the same racial divide. Verna Williams and Michelle became friends in their first year of law school. She remembers many of their fellow black students worrying that white classmates viewed them as charity cases. But she suggests Michelle was not among them. “She recognized that she had been privileged by affirmative action and she was very comfortable with that,” Williams recalls.

        Michelle recalls things differently. A campaign spokeswoman says she had an edge getting into Princeton not because of affirmative action, but because her older brother was there as a scholar athlete. She was a “legacy,” just like any other applicant with family ties to Princeton. Her aides say Michelle earned her way into Harvard on merit by distinguishing herself at Princeton.”

        (Ray’s note – I thought that difference was odd)

        From: http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2008/02/16/barack-s-rock.html

        • This is what confuses me-they were bothered that the school brought minority groups together but now you can not walk into a school without running into special groups and organizations that are set up to help students based on every difference they can define. Pamplets are everywhere.

          This sounds like it was the beginning steps on the road to diversity and trying to meet minority concerns but in this instance it’s somehow perceived as racist or putting them down.

          • The one thing that does bother me is that we don’t get the response direct from Michelle Obama – if nothing else – when issues like this come up that she can easily speak to – everything gets routed through spokespeople – which unfortunately will most always create some degree of suspicion.

    • We’ll never be able to honestly discuss racial issues as long as we have situations like this occurring:
      http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304363104577391842133259230.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

      • Just A Citizen says:

        Kathy

        Thanks for posting this. All I could find yesterday was the “other side” and it was nasty to say the least.

        Nice to see her reply.

        Of course one does have to wonder WHY such a “program of study” exists at all. Along with “Women’s Studies”.

      • I’d only agree that one’s subjective assessment of another’s obscurity of dissertation topic does not inherently make it irrelevant or unnecessary. I can personally attest that w/in some disciplines – achieving uniqueness in your dissertation topic can be very challenging. I do think it cowardice that they fired her. Shame!

  51. @D13 – was reading a piece in the Economist (still trying to find an online link) about Texas and oil pipelines – is it true sir that in Texas private companies (a select few?) are given the power to exercise eminent domain? I wonder how pervasive this is in other states.

  52. Just A Citizen says:

    Oh look. Malkin dispels the right’s freak out about voter fraud.

    Well, not entirely……….. but mostly.

    http://michellemalkin.com/

    Which goes back to my million dollar question. WHO is really behind all these “conspiracy theories” that are spread around on right wing/conservative sites?

    • Holy shit. I’m giving an enthusiastic thumbs up to a Malkin article. Someone pinch me.

      Maybe the left is behind it JAC – make the righties look like apeshit crazy dumbasses?

      • Just A Citizen says:

        Ray

        I have wondered at times. Or perhaps the crazy righties are trying to make fools of their cousins?

        By the way, is that your puppy on the new avatar?

        • @JAC – that is my boy Zeus – Shepherd/Husky mix. I snapped that pic when we were in Maine – he was sitting on some rocks early in the morning watching several lobster boats head out for the day. Also have a Chow/Terrier mix at home. Both were rescues. I’m far too ugly to use my picture publicly. (wink)

  53. Buck the Wala says:
    • Flip Flop

    • He’s evolved! He’s evolved! Hallelujah! That thunder you felt last night was really the final step of the Messiah’s evolution!

      (Now dammit, you gay PAC’s – quit holding back your $$!)

    • Good job Indiana! (Would love to hear the story now about Lugar’s and Obama’s trip to Russia and the little problem O had with his passport. Can you shed some light on the incident please?)

      Heinz-Kerry calls this vote a tragedy! LOL!

  54. gmanfortruth says:

    Why Liberals should not be cops 🙂
    She dug through her handbag and was getting progressively more agitated.

    “What does it look like?” she finally asked.

    The policewoman replied,
    “It’s square and it has your picture on it.”

    The driver finally found a square mirror in her purse, looked at it, and handed it to the policewoman.
    “Here it is,” she said.

    The blonde officer looked at the mirror, then handed it
    back saying,
    “OK, you can go. I didn’t realize you were a cop.”

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