Saturday, December 13, 2008
Word has come today that the Feds have secret surveillance tapes directly implicating Obama chief of staff Rahm Emanuel.
We know now that Obama lied when he claimed neither he nor his staff had anything to do with his replacement in the U.S. Senate.
Meanwhile, in Chicago, the reason the Illinois Attorney-General moved to strip Blogojevich of his powers is in order to avoid a public impeachment process, during which even more names could surface who are involved in the scandal--including the Attorney-General herself, who was a possible candidate for Obama's Senate seat!
One reporter stated that this still-developing story of the unraveling of Chicago political corruption would eventually 'ruin Obama's inauguration.'
Two reports are of utmost importance:
Obama's Credibility is Now Sunk
The Madigan Factor--More Corruption in Chicago
At least some of Wall Street's woes can be traced to the scheme, the result of which was a loss of upwards of $50 billion dollars.
Madoff's investors included some of the biggest heavy-weights in the world of investments, which of course means that everything from universities, endowments, and foundations were negatively effected.
Even foreign entities are reeling from the losses they sustained in the scheme.
And the tax-payers helped bail THIS out?
It is true enough that bailout money did not go directly to the Madoff firm. But our tax money most assuredly DID go to entities that were duped into investing in what amounted to nothing.
Either way, we were screwed, and there is not much we can do about it.
And to those who still support a government bailout of the auto industry, just go ahead and drop 'em, bend over, and grab 'em. You are willingly submitting to yet another reaming.
The 'maverick' appeared on Letterman and immediately began to praise Obama for his 'centrist' policies.
This is not the first time McCain has heaped praise on the most liberal member of the U.S. Senate. When Sarah Palin was being bombarded by criticism from some of McCain's inept campaign staffers, McCain went out of his way to praise Obama for his Cabinet picks rather than defend Palin.
McCain portrayed himself as a conservative during the campaign, and when compared to Obama, this is true. But in essence, McCain is no conservative. His status as a Senate 'maverick' always has a way of expressing itself in an unacceptable willingness to set aside principle in order to cavort with anti-freedom loonies on the Democratic side of the aisle.
This is precisely why he lost.
And even in defeat, McCain continues to praise losers.
The crisis could force teacher layoffs and increases in class size.
Programs that help the elderly stay out of nursing homes would be slashed as well.
And in the higher education realm, such as the University of South Carolina and Clemson University, there could be more cutbacks, including unpaid leave, early retirement, and the loss of positions.
Read the complete story HERE.
Friday, December 12, 2008
Via Matt Drudge:
*Czech President and incoming EU President slams new global warming initiative in EU
*Federal Reserve refuses to name recipients of 2 TRILLION dollars in bailout funds
*The Big 3 automakers may get a bailout in spite of the Senate's rejection of the bill
Michelle Malkin has info on yet another crook Obama has appointed to his team.
From Gateway Pundit:
*Jessie Jackson Jr. sought $1 million for Blagojevich--wanted Senate seat
*Obama chief Rahm Emanual spoke with Blago several times about Senate seat
*Top Dem Donor busted in largest scandal ever!
Mike McCarville reports on legislation in Oklahoma that would ban Obama's gun question on his application form for prospective administration employees.
21 Guns Salute has a couple of brief book reports that are worth reading.
Blogstitution comments on Obama's view of America's place in the world.
Cap'n Bob and the Damsel blog on 'algore's' climate fanaticism.
Mindful Musings points to an article that cites civil libertarians' worries about the direction the U.S. is headed.
From Codrea's War on Guns:
*An update on the Olofson case
*A MUST-READ ON CONGRESSIONAL IDIOTS CALLING FOR CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION!
*Getting our gun rights message to those outside gun rights circles--excellent reading!
Nicki provides excellent reading on free speech, free expression, and book banning.
Joe Huffman puts in a request for ideas for civil disobedience.
Days of Our Trailers posts an interesting take on the Blago-scandal from Amendment II Democrats.
The Rustmeister has the latest update on the NFL and guns.
Conservative Libertarian Outpost gives us an urgent update from the GOA concerning Border Patrol agents Ramos and Compean, who were the victims of one of the worst miscarriages of justice in U.S. history.
The title says it all--'If Gov't Doesn't Obey the Constitution, then What's Treason?' And it can be found at Western Rifle Shooters Association.
From Sipsey Street Irregulars:
*A great read on advancing technology in the military arsenal and citizens' response
*Columbus Dispatch unintentionally endorses armed citizen resistance!
Say Uncle points to the latest gun issues discussed at The Volokh Conspiracy.
Sebastian has an important post entitled, 'Fire a Gun, Go to Jail.'
Robb Allen offers to help bloggers who want to create business cards for their blogs.
And now, for some great comic relief, here is today's edition of 'Obamarama' from An Ol' Broad's Ramblings. Enjoy.
'Stonewalling' is what they called it during the Nixon Watergate scandal back in the early 70s.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times:
President-elect Barack Obama’s chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, refused to take questions from reporters this morning about whether he was the Obama “advisor” named in the criminal complaint against Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
The complaint states Blagojevich wanted a promise of a high-level appointment or some other reward for Blagojevich in exchange for Blagojevich naming Obama’s friend Valerie Jarrett to replace him in the U.S. Senate.
Emanuel was uncharacteristically absent from Obama’s news conference this morning.
Although there is no evidence as of yet implicating Obama or any member of his team in the scandal, the discrepancies in the stories provided by the Obama team, along with increasing suspicions concerning Emanuel's possible involvement, are creating new questions every day.
A special report from Fox News indicates that well-known names such as Jessie Jackson, Jr., Obama land-deal tycoon Tony Rezko, as well as the Chicago Cubs, are implicated in the probe.
The depth and breadth of the scandal led one investigator to muse that if Illinois is not the most corrupt state in the Union, it comes mighty close.
Blagojevich also hinted that he may yet decide to go ahead and appoint someone to fill Barack Obama's Senate seat, even while under fire from the feds and the Illinois citizens.
A poll taken on Thursday in Illinois shows Blagojevich with only an 8% approval rating.
The Illinois legislature is considering alternative means of filling the Senate seat, such as holding a special election.
The Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate, however, prefers another method. They fear that the rage from the public over the widespread corruption in Illinois politics will lead voters to take out their wrath on Democrats and elect a Republican to fill Obama's seat.
The Senate Democrats' preferred plan is for Blagojevich to resign and a new Governor appoint someone to the seat. Naturally, this plan would favor Democrats and is nothing but sheer political expediency.
Senate Democrats, to their credit, stated that if Blagojevich appoints someone to the seat, they will vote to refuse to seat that person--a Constitutional provision that allows the Senate to make such a move in unusual circumstances.
GOP Senators Jim DeMint of South Carolina, Richard Shelby of Alabama, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, and a few others listened to their constituents and threatened to effectively shut down debate on the bailout bill with a filibuster.
A filibuster wasn't necessary, however, as the bill failed overwhelmingly.
Michelle Malkin has the complete, late-breaking update on the vote.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Codrea's War on Guns posts an important point about the proposed legislation in S.C. to affirm citizens' right to concealed carry without a permit.
Gun Rights Examiner has Codrea's 'Dial 911 and Die.'
Sebastian has more on the inventor of the palm pistol.
Robb Allen provides the latest example of 'pants shittin' hysterics.'
Sipsey Street Irregulars informs us of an example of 'three percenters' in history.
Say Uncle says it's a good idea to teach school children to fight back against armed intruders at school.
JR points to a poll that asks whether or not 'In God We Trust' should be removed from our currency.
Mike McCarville reports that Obama faces a 'trial by fire' in the Blagojevich scandal.
Syd at Front Sight, Press issues an urgent alert concerning the proposed ammunition encoding and tax bill in Kentucky. This is a MUST-read for Kentucky readers!
Mindful Musings has the 'Nan Pelosi' edition of the GTxi SS/Rt. Sport model.
Pax Parabellum reports the ominous news that the body of a small child has been found near Caylee Anthony's grandparents' home.
Nicki issues a barf alert on a new practice by parents. And I agree. Who would want to name their child such a thing?
Texas Fred presents 'The 12 days of Obama.'
Walls of the City posts 'Reality Disconnect.'
ARRA News Service has complete info on today's bailout vote in the House.
Michelle Malkin reports there are some late-night shenanigans behind closed doors on the bailout in Washington. Congressional neanderthals are determined to pass this thing in the Senate.
John Lott reports that students at the University of Colorado have filed a lawsuit challenging the gun-free zone on campus.
West, By God says that NASA and Obama's transition team are not getting along very well.
Those of us who love liberty should never forget that there are countless, silent cops and soldiers who are on our side, who will NEVER follow orders to disarm their fellow American citizens, should it ever come down to that.
The 2 handbills shown here are free from JPFO, and you can download for free the movie the handbills promote--'2A Today for the USA.'
Click HERE for all the details from Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership (JPFO).
But Paglia never minces words when she goes after Democrats and Liberals. And she is 'liberal' with her praise for Republicans and Conservatives when she feels they merit it.
This is why I always take Paglia's views seriously, though I strongly disagree with her ideology.
Normally when I hear of rumors that the Clintons did this or that behind the scenes, usually involving scandal, I have to admit I take it with a grain of salt. And I am self-aware enough to know that this is due either to overkill ('scandal' and 'Clinton' are like two parts of the same word), or to the relentless determination of conservatives to 'catch' the Clintons in a new jaw-dropper, whether there is any merit to their charges or not.
But when I heard that Paglia, of all people, had actually suggested that the Clintons have some dirt on Obama, I stopped and paid close attention.
Here is a sampling of Paglia's comments:
Given Obama's elaborate deference to the Clintons, beginning with his over-accommodation of them at the Democratic convention in August, a nagging question has floated around the Web: What do the Clintons have on him? No one doubts that the Clinton opposition research team was turning over every rock in its mission to propel Hillary into the White House. There's an information vacuum here that conspiracy theorists have been rushing to fill.
To be sure, Paglia does not say that she herself believes that such an assertion is the undisputed truth. But the mere fact that she would bring up the issue lends merit to the questions.
This is the key question that National Review's Byron York asks and answers in his latest column.
UPDATE! We now know that Jessie Jackson, Jr. is 'Senate Prospect #5'--a fact of which York was unaware when writing the article. Read the article to find out why this is key to the scandal.
The UN global warming conference currently underway in Poland is about to face a serious challenge from over 650 dissenting scientists from around the globe who are criticizing the climate claims made by the UN IPCC and former Vice President Al Gore. Set for release this week, a newly updated U.S. Senate Minority Report features the dissenting voices of over 650 international scientists, many current and former UN IPCC scientists, who have now turned against the UN.
It seems the United Nations and Al Gore are about to get their hands slapped by a rather large group of scientists from around the world who disagree with the notion of 'manmade global warming.'
And yet, our 'President-elect' claims that the science is settled and beyond dispute. Apparently the Chairman hasn't heard of the 650 dissenting scientists who say his views are flawed.
Nicki Fellenzer at The Liberty Zone has the complete story.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Nicki at the Liberty Zone comments on the Blagojevich corruption scandal in Illinois.
Traction Control is presently in a place where it is only -17F. A warm day in these days of 'global warming.'
Pax Parabellum reports that Governor Blagojevich was a gun owner, although he is one of the most rabid anti-gun politicians in the country. But not anymore. He's been ordered to turn in his permit.
Mike McCarville reminds us that although the Blagojevich scandal reaches deep, there is no indication or evidence linking Barack Obama to it in any way.
From Michelle Malkin:
*The Obama camp has called for Blagojevich to resign
*5 Republicans are ready to filibuster the auto bailout
*The final details of the auto bailout bill, vote may be Sat.
Texas Fred has an excellent post on the bailout. Be sure to see the graphic.
Breda posts the audio from last night's edition of Gun Nuts Radio.
Insight on Freedom has the MUST-read of the day on socialized medicine and how this monstrosity will probably cost the chronically ill their lives. You MUST read this!
The Rustmeister comments on the 'percenters' and makes a good point about his line in the sand.
Xrlq provides excellent reading on 'guns, medicine, and selective mission creep.'
The Sipsey Street Irregulars issue a 'raid alert' for Michigan. Interesting!
Codrea's War on Guns has ominous news from Nassau County, New York. Don't be surprised if the next infringement is in the realm of requiring potential gun owners to verify they are not on tranquilizers, antidepressants, or even narcotic sleep medications.
Gun Rights Examiner posts Codrea's column for today entitled, 'You Got to Protect Yourself.'
Western Rifle Shooters Association shares words of wisdom from the great Colonel Jeff Cooper.
Mindful Musings presents a sobering but essential read entitled, 'Are You Ready?'
JR says that the Houston Chronicle has taken aim at gun rights in Texas.
Roberta X provides an excellent read on government and lines in the sand. And I agree with her about government. If it's big enough to do everything for you, it's big enough to take everything you have away from you (my interpretation of her words).
Gateway Pundit reports that despite his denials, Obama met with Blagojevich on Nov. 5 to discuss his Senate seat.
Sebastian posts an interesting read entitled, 'Republican Revolutions.'
Robb Allen observes that often foreign-born American citizens understand freedom better than we do.
Catching up with Squeaks. Just go over there and start scrolling.
The New York Times is considering potential asset sales and is in discussions with lenders as it prepares for one of the “most challenging years” in its history.
Advertising revenue fell sharply at the paper in November, dragged down by weaker spending in the entertainment, property and automotive advertising categories.
As the financial woes of the NYT deepen, the newspaper is considering the possibility of selling off some of its major assets, including but not limited to The Boston Globe and its 17% interest in the Boston Red Sox.
The Financial Times has the complete story.
So deep are the financial woes for NBC that management is cutting back on programming, particularly late-night television.
Jay Leno is moving to the 10 PM time slot.
Others, yet unnamed, will lose not only their programs but their jobs.
As with the New York Times, this could not have happened to a more worthy organization. Although the 3 major networks are all liberal in their news slant, NBC has been by far the most partisan, openly cheering Obama as per Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann.
Along with the Times and other newspapers and news organizations, NBC failed to investigate serious and obvious discrepancies with 'the Obama story' regarding his past associations. These outlets of the mainstream media helped Obama cover-up his connections with persons of ill repute, including known domestic terrorists.
NBC, like the NYT, deserves to go under. If the network can't operate a news organization with integrity, honesty, and fairness, then either they should get out of the news business entirely or simply cease to exist.
The problem is that neither Obama nor his spin-doctors can keep their stories straight.
Early in the day on Tuesday, Obama told reporters he knew nothing of Blagojevich's plan to sell his Senate seat and that, in fact, he had not talked to the Governor at all about his replacement in the Senate.
However, Obama's senior advisor David Axelrod had already told reporters that Obama had talked with Blagojevich at length about possible replacements.
In a televised interview on November 23, Axelrod told reporters that he knew Obama had talked to the Governor and that a whole range of names had been discussed (video of the interview included in the link).
Within a strikingly short period of time, however, Obama advisers had issued a statement disputing Axelrod's assertions, claiming that the senior advisor 'misspoke.'
Later in the day reports surfaced that according to Illinois law, Blagojevich could appoint someone to the vacant Senate seat, even from a jail cell.
This prospect, plus the fact that Blagojevich has stated that he himself is interested in Obama's vacated Senate seat, has led to a move by Illinois lawmakers to call for a special election to choose Obama's replacement.
Such a move would be the only prudent thing to do, given the stunning level of corruption that has come to light.
Blagojevich's corruption is no surprise, but its breadth and depravity is shocking. The alleged efforts to sell the Senate seat of Barack Obama are outrageous, but also seem to implicate many other powerful politicians and political players. Especially disturbing are the questions the scandal raises about Barack Obama and his close associates.
This is a burgeoning crisis for Obama that should shake his presidency to its core.
Read the entire news release HERE.
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
Via Matt Drudge:
*Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich arrested by FBI!!
*Blagojevich wanted to 'sell' Obama's Senate Seat
*GRAND JURY ISSUES SUBPOENAS IN OBAMA-REZKO LAND DEAL
*'Staggering' Level of Corruption in Cook County, Ill.
Texas Fred weighs in on these explosive events in Illinois today.
Mike McCarville comments on 'taking Obama at his word' on gun control.
Walls of the City posts 'welcome to the club.'
JR has a new business card he'd like for us to see.
From Nicki at The Liberty Zone:
*John Stossel vs. Ben Stein on gov't bailouts
*The U.N.'s Sham to Fight 'Climate Change'
Alphecca posts 'Smoke, smoke, smoke that cigarette...'
Ahab gives us the topic and other info on tonight's edition of Gun Nuts Radio.
From Codrea's War on Guns:
*Obama Doesn't Get It
*Guns for What
*Crips Says 'Turn in Those Guns'
Dark Blog provides some highly astute observations concerning Obama's words on guns.
Sebastian has 'Another Machine Gun Loss.'
Say Uncle blogs on the success of civil disobedience in California when it comes to guns. I agree that civil disobedience is an option in such matters.
Breda posts 'Peace Through Superior Fire Power.'
From Sipsey Street Irregulars:
*Billy Beck Views the World
*Info on a caption contest you may be interested in seeing
Days of Our Trailers has a riveting piece entitled, 'Calling Ray Schoenke.'
Bloviating Zeppelin says that serious questions remain about the Obama birth certificate despite the Supreme Court's ruling.
Western Rifle Shooters Association posts a MUST-read on the auto bailout.
Robb Allen says it's no wonder we are in a financial mess based upon a conversation he overheard at work.
Roberta X has info on the December Blog Meet.
The story quotes the NRA and Gun Owners of America.
But the article ends with statements from Brady Campaign director Paul Helmke, who speaks of 'reasonable limits' on gun rights for the sake of 'public safety.'
The title of the article is 'Gun Groups Don't Trust President-Elect.'
(Special notice: There has been some difficulty with the links. Use this link if the one in the first paragraph doesn't work. This will take you to the 2nd page of the article, but you can hit their back button for the first page).
It's about time. I say, 'Good riddance!'
For all the times that the NYT slanted stories to favor liberals, impugned the integrity of conservatives, engaged in Leftist propaganda, helped Obama cover up his numerous weaknesses and sleazy associations, and generally served as a Pravda for the Left, I say they are getting what's coming to them.
As always, nobody says it quite like Pamela Geller at Atlas Shrugs, who is already celebrating the demise of the Times.
Goldwater was the longtime U.S. Senator from Arizona and GOP Presidential candidate in 1964 against Lyndon Banes Johnson--perhaps the most corrupt and obnoxious human being ever to occupy the White House.
Goldwater was a man of principles and a man of principled arguments.
A debate has been raging of late on the subject of 'extremism.'
Goldwater had plenty to say about it. And the following quote is from his acceptance speech before the GOP in the summer of 1964:
'Let me remind you that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue. Let me also remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice.'
My sincere conviction is that some among us need to re-examine their views and priorities concerning just how far we will go in the defense of liberty.
As I wrote yesterday, I don't think now is the time to use the filibuster, but I am glad to see some sanity among the GOP...along with the guts to fight the good fight against socialism.
Despite what anyone thinks about the matter, the bailout WILL come with the stipulation that Washington gets to dictate to the Big 3 what to build (no matter what the public is buying), and how to operate their business.
This absolutely, positively has no place in a free society.
Monday, December 08, 2008
Mr. Completely says he is feeling some better, I am happy to hear.
From Michelle Malkin:
*Finally a corrupt Louisiana Congressman is ousted.
*A moving remembrance of Pearl Harbor
From Sipsey Street Irregulars:
*We Are Expendable
*Sheep Get Hungry and Spit Out Their Liberty Teeth
*If Each of Us Carried a Gun
From Sebastian's Snow Flakes in Hell:
*Why I Love Sarah Palin
*Turning Up the Heat on H-S Precision
From Codrea's War on Guns:
*No Recourse Through the Courts on Obama citizenship questions
*Ignoring Gun Owners
*What Happened at the Food Co-op?
*Jews: Gun Control? Never Again!
Mike McCarville posts the original news story on the Supreme Court's refusal to hear the Obama citizenship case.
Walls of the City comments on why we can't take Obama at his word on gun control.
Mindful Musings further observes that Obama hasn't keep his word on anything.
21 Guns Salute has something that is 'worth repeating.'
Say Uncle posts 'My Little Halo.'
Robb Allen gives us a report on yesterday's day at the shooting range.
Roberta X has a good read on the flamewars between some in the gun rights movement.
JR says he has a new Facebook account to keep up with North Texas Gun Owners.
Speaking of North Texas Gun Owners, Texas Fred reports on their big meeting on Saturday.
Syd posts a good read on 'ballistics by the inch.'
Joe Huffman has 'the quote of the day.'
The Rustmeister passes along a very important alert from the NRA, and it is the MUST-read of the day.
Live From the Upper Texas Gulf Coast provides good reading on how the term 'regulated' in the 2nd Amendment is interpreted as 'gun ban' by some...read it all.
The Smallest Minority observes that most people can't seem to understand arguing from principle. An interesting read!
Dr. John Lott has more on professional football players and guns.
Gun Pundit provides an update on the Plaxico Burress case.
Atlas Shrugs comments on the news story that 2 million Muslims gathered in Mecca chanting 'Death to America' and 'Death to Israel.'
The American Thinker explains why it is vital that we deploy the missile shield defense system NOW.
60 votes are needed by the majority Party to cut off attempts by the minority to 'filibuster' in order to block pending legislation favored by the majority.
Now that the Democrats lack the 60 votes necessary to end a filibuster, the Republicans can use the filibuster to prevent Leftwing extremist legislation put forth by the Democratic majority.
We have already heard that one GOP Senator has threatened a filibuster to block the pending bailout of the auto industry.
But is such a move wise at this point?
I say no.
Having the power to use the filibuster does not mean it is prudent to use it at the drop of a hat. The filibuster has a long history in the Senate as a measure of last resort--the absolute last tactic to be used to block foolhardy legislation.
This means that the filibuster should be used sparingly.
While I detest government bailouts of large corporations, there are some other more important matters coming down the pike that the GOP will need to block by necessity. The overuse of the filibuster on less important matters may make sustaining such a move in the future more difficult.
I would much rather the Senate GOP save the filibuster as an absolute last resort to use against Obama judicial appointments, for example.
Obama will attempt to make his mark on the judiciary by appointing Leftist judges early-on. These individuals should be blocked from the bench at all costs.
And to those who cry 'foul,' I would remind you that this is the very tactic the Democrats used against the appointees of George W. Bush, many of whom could not even get a simple up or down vote in the Senate.
If ever there were a time for payback, it is now. If Obama is allowed to move the judicial branch leftward with liberal appointees, then there will be nothing stopping the Obama-Democratic Congress steamroller from smashing ALL of our cherished victories to bits, particularly when it comes to firearms legislation.
Unlike FDR and Dwight D. Eisenhower before him, Obama faces a trillion dollar budget deficit and a multi-trillion dollar national debt. We have already borrowed ourselves into practical serfdom should the Chinese and other countries call for the payment.
We have also mortgaged away our children and grandchildren's future by multi-billion dollar bailouts, some claiming that the actual figure is the range of 5 trillion dollars--all of this borrowed from foreign sources, plunging us even further into the status of debtor nation.
The simple fact is Obama has no money to fulfill any of his campaign promises for expanded government services. The U.S. is flat broke, and the only thing keeping us out of complete bankruptcy is the fact that our creditors have not called for the entire balance of the debts to be paid immediately.
Well, hot damn!
Who died and made the great Obama and Dodd god?
Government has no business telling business who should hold the top positions in their various enterprises...that is, unless that government is rank Socialist.
The person who holds the reigns at GM is a decision made by the Board and the major stockholders. The stockholders own the company, not the government. Therefore, government has absolutely no role in dictating to a business who it should choose as its CEO.
The statements of Obama and Dodd on Sunday are merely a foreshadowing of things to come. The government has not given the Big 3 automakers a single dime of bailout money, yet they are already dictating management decisions.
Just think of what they will do once they get their foot in the door of the Big 3 with a hefty multi-billion dollar bailout--complete with enough strings attached from Washington to fly a billion kites.
Well, at least partly.
It is common knowledge that Obama is a smoker, which is his right as a free human being. We also know he has tried to quit since he started his quest for the White House.
Sources claim that while Obama has had moderate success with his attempt to quit, he has at times 'fallen off the wagon,' and indeed he has admitted to such.
But Obama made a public pledge Sunday not to smoke in the White House. My question is, what on earth for? It is nobody's business what a President does in his private time.
Obama, however, is part of a political movement that frowns on tobacco but not alcohol. Even marijuana is to be preferred over tobacco. Thus, he felt the need to appease this constituency of the Left by pledging not to smoke once he becomes President.
If he is doing this purely for his health, well and good. But if he is pandering to the demands of the hypocritical tobacco-bashers of the Left, I say he needs to tell them where to jump.
Obama has a right to smoke if he wants...even in the White House. This is, after all, his living quarters--at least part of it.
FDR was often shown smoking in public. Richard Nixon smoked occasionally in private. Gerald Ford smoked a pipe. If Barack Obama wants to smoke, then it is nobody's business to tell him not to.
Sunday, December 07, 2008
Could government "targeting" of American citizens outside the bounds of the judicial system be one of the root causes of the Wall Street financial meltdown that threatens to devastate the global economy?
Victims of so-called "organized gang stalking" claim that federal and local government agencies involved in intelligence, law enforcement, and revenue collection have established a network of secret programs aimed at destroying the financial well-being of "targeted" individuals -- who are denied due process of law as their financial resources are systematically expropriated.
These programs allegedly involve the interception of mail; surveillance, interception and alteration of telecommunications, including telephone and internet communications; fabrication of bank, credit card, mortgage and billing statements; surreptitious manipulation of personal and business bank and mortgage accounts.
Victims of this alleged "extrajudicial targeting" report being inundated with offers of "easy credit" from banks, mortgage companies and credit card issuers -- even if their financial situation does not warrant the extension of generous lines of credit. Typically, consumers are lured in by low interest rates -- only to find the rate boosted to usurous levels months later.
In effect, victims say, a secret parallel system of transaction processing has been established for persons targeted by government agencies. They allege that the goal is to destroy their capacity to earn a living and to support themselves and their families.
Victims theorize that these "programs of personal destruction" are a derivative of past controversial government programs such as Cointelpro and Total Information Awareness. They maintain that the enactment of sweeping laws such as the USA Patriot Act, passed by Congress in the wake of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, has emboldened those who would use the powers of the state to restrict civil liberties as a tool of social control.
These "mechanics of personal destruction," victims say, closely resemble the tactics employed by pre-war Nazi Germany in its campaign against the Jews and other targeted groups, such as those deemed to be political "dissenters."
Victims charge that some of these programs also are designed to degrade their physical health, with health care professionals sometimes pressured to cooperate. Citizen vigilantes affiliated with government-funded community policing and "watch" groups are employed to relentlessly stalk, harass and intimidate those targeted by these government programs, victims charge.
These civilian vigilantes, with retired military and public safety officers among their ranks, are said to have access to surveillance imposed upon their targets, who are tracked and followed like prey, whether in vehicles or on foot.
The vigilante stalkers are believed to be equipped with high-tech instruments such as radiation-emitting "directed energy" weapons capable of causing serious adverse health effects -- what some describe as a "slow genocide."
Officials in the private sector are believed to have knowledge of some of these programs, since their cooperation is key to the functioning of the system. Victims charge that the government is using national security and the "war on terror" as a pretext to secure the cooperation of local law enforcement, corporations and businesses. But they say it's also possible that the civilian overseers of these agencies, as well as civilian operatives, have been kept in the dark about the most nefarious aspects of these programs.
It's feared that the government takeover of more than half of the nation's mortgage market, and government bailouts and supervision of failed and financially troubled banks, investment houses and insurers, could facilitate this extrajudicial targeting of citizens and their personal and business assets.
Those who say they have been victimized by these programs are calling upon Congress to immediately convene hearings on unconstitutional, extra-legal abuses of power carried out under the direction of government agencies -- what they see as an unraveling of the American constitutional democracy and a descent into a corporate-fascist police state.
AMERICAN GESTAPO: State-Supported Terrorism Targets U.S. Citizens
The Center for American Progress (CAP), part of the ever-expanding empire of liberal billionaire George Soros, is just three blocks from the White House, but it may be impossible to find an organization closer in ideology to the new administration. Working in unison with the Obama camp, CAP was the driving force behind key policies of Barack's campaign, including his plans for universal health care, energy, troop withdrawal, global warming, and the economy. Now, as Obama prepares to take over the executive reins, the Center's influence appears to be taking shape in the next President's inner circle.
Read the rest of this story by clicking HERE.
During local precinct recounts prior to the state-wide recount, somehow Coleman votes disappeared into thin air while votes for Franken appeared out of nowhere like magic.
The state had even determined where the shenanigans were taking place--in three or four of the state's precincts that are most heavily populated by Democrats, of course.
Elections officials are reporting that in the state-wide recount, however, Coleman has maintained and increased his lead back to the levels reported prior to the precinct recounts.
This is certainly good news for Coleman and the GOP. The question remains as to whether or not there will be protracted legal battles initiated by Franken.