Tell you, the weather today is great! Sun shining, bit windy at times, and 48F. Yes, cooler than yesterday, but still it is wonderful outside. Earlier, went out with our dog and she just did not want to come in! She did her jobs, then walked around sniffing at everything, every blade of grass (yes, getting more and more green grass) and finally just laid down and dared me to pick her up. I picked her up finally and came in.
Told wife, may have to rethink waiting until spring to clear out the gardens. Just get the shovel out and pull up all the hostas plants and other plants. She said, might be the thing to do next week. So barring rain, snow, ice and freezing weather, it will be next week!
Tomorrow morning heading up to Des Moines. Visit our Aunt Louise then lunch with our cousins. Then a stop at ALDI cause wife says we need more grocery items in the pantry.
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A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet at Insight on Freedom
Americans are no longer free. You are kidding yourself if you continue to think that you, as an American, are free.The US government has shredded the US Constitution and done away with American’s privacy. It simply doesn’t exist anymore.We are watched and listened to every moment of every day. From the moment our feet hit the floor in the morning until we go to bed at night. Even while we sleep, the looming hand of government hangs over us like a Damocles Sword. Every movement we make is tracked.The government monitors every phone call we make. The government monitors every email we send. Leave your home and facial recognition cameras pick up your movement on the city streets and highways.Even inside our homes, the government has the ability to see through the very walls and watch our movements.Driving on our streets and highways government agents with Back Scatter x-rays can see into your automobile, truck, or van, and see clearly what and who, is inside.Soon, the US government will be flying drones over America to keep tabs on its citizens just as the government already does to our enemies. In a matter of months, local police department drones will join government drones in our skies – all WATCHING YOU (and ME)!Send you kids to school with a lunch mommy prepared just for them, and some government bureaucrat snatches the bag and checks it to see if the child’s parents are feeding their kids the foods the GOVERNMENT wants their kids to have – not the foods mommy and daddy want their kids to eat and enjoy.I saw an article, the other day, that noted that some cities are considering forbidding citizens from smoking on their own property if they are OUTSIDE the house.Americans dare not fill in a mud hole on their property for fear the federal government will arrest them for defiling a “wetland” of some sort.The government has decided we are a nation of fat people. Have you looked at the government Body Mass Index? If I lived by that thing — I’d look like a stick!On the Internet, your favorite search engine will soon know more about you than you very own family knows.I have warned often in the past about RFID transmitters in the items you buy in your local big box store. It is a radio transmitter which tracks the garment you purchased and will allow the person, or persons, or government, with a received tuned to that frequency to track wherever you go when you are wearing that garment.I have just scratched the surface in this commentary. It is much worse than we “formerly” free Americans can even guess.Look. I am so old I can remember WHEN AMERICA WAS ACTUALLY A FREE COUNTRY. So, every time the government twists the screws another turn I feel it more than most … my whole generation does.But we don’t matter anymore.We had our shot at life and now, as we approach the grave, heck, we’re just old fuddy-duddies muttering gibberish about an America that was once the greatest nation on the face of the earth — precisely because we were free!The conduct of America’s government today rivals and even “mirrors” that of the old Soviet Union, and 1930’s Germany under the rule of der Furher! It sure as heck does not mirror the US Constitution! But, then again, Americans have been brainwashed in our public school system, over the past two generations, that the US Constitution is a “living, breathing,” document that can be changed or ignored at the whim of the government. Can you believe it? Can you believe there are fully grown, adult, America men and women who actually believe the constitution is no longer relevant?Why, I even heard one of our Supreme Court Justices say recently that she would not recommend the US constitution as a model for new governments to consider when writing their own, and most likely, their FIRST constitution.And you know the worst of it? I don’t believe there is the chance of a snowball rolling clear across Hades, in the middle of August, that today’s Americans have the stones to confront the US government and demand that it (the government and all of American society) be ruled by the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights!Like Pavlov’s dog, we have been taught to react when the government rings the bell. We’ve become a nation of lackeys for a government that is crushing freedom out of existence in America. It makes no difference if a velvet fist — or a mailed fist is crushing America — the end result is the same – crushing slavery.Americans now belong to a single huge plantation stretching from the Atlantic to the Pacific and from the Gulf of Mexico to the Canadian border. Our owners are in those two big white houses in Washington, DC. But, hey, we are going to clothed, fed, and have our medical needs taken care of so – what’s to complain about?Problem is – most Americans today do not know the answer to that fundamental question. Ignorance of that answer has sentenced America to lifelong slavery for its citizens and a place in the dustbin of history alongside other grand experiments that also failed.To learn who, exactly, is ultimately responsible for America’s failure – one has only to look in a mirror.
J. D. Longstreet
Oops: Stimulus funds used to hire foreign workers over Americans in Oregon…go HERE
Energy CEO calls out Obama on weak energy policy, says he can lower energy costs…go HERE
Democratic mega-donors like Soros to benefit from Nat Gas act See, when it comes to energy, Obama does only what will benefit him and his cronies!
Self-Defense Tip: The Three Rules of a 911 Call…
[Click here to listen the 911 call made from a private residence in Springville Utah where a home owner shot and killed an invader.] This series has long argued that there are two parts to armed self-defense. Defending yourself against a lethal threat and defending yourself against prosecution for defending yourself against a lethal threat. Just as the first rule of a gunfight is have a gun, the first rule for staying out of jail and/or losing everything you own due to defensive gun use is STFU (Shut The F Up). That rule starts from the moment you call the cavalry. Here’s the 411 on 911 . . .
1. Make the call as short as possible
911 operators are trained to keep the caller on the line as long as they can, until the first responders make the scene. You are under no legal obligation to remain in contact with the operator.
By the same token, the 911 operators are trained to extract as much information from the caller as possible. You are under no legal obligation to answer any of the operator’s questions.
f you’re in the middle of a Defensive Gun Use (DGU) talking to a 911 operator is not a particularly good use of your time (as opposed to say hiding, running or fighting). If it’s a post-game show, you don’t want anything you say to be used against you in a court of law. And yet everything you say to a 911 operator can and will be used against you in a court of law.
It’s also the way you say it. In the example above, the caller laughs nervously. Well, you and I think it’s a nervous laugh. A prosecutor might convince a jury to hear it another way. Hint: not a good way.
So communicate the basic information necessary: the situation (there’s an intruder in my house/there’s been a shooting), your address, a description of yourself and the medical condition of a wounded friendly (if applicable). After that? Nada. What else do the cops need to know? Nothing. Not a damn thing.
2. Either hang up or put the phone down as soon as possible
Once you’ve shared the key info, either hang up or put the phone down. The former is the best strategy if the DGU is done. The latter is the best option if the situation is in progress.
If you throw the phone down—an excellent idea from a strategic/situational awareness point of view—remember that you’re being recorded.
Use that to your advantage. If it’s safe to do so, yell a warning to the intruder. “The police are on their way. I’ve got a gun. Don’t make me me shoot you.” Over-zealous prosecutors hate that stuff. Juries love it.
Again, it’s not just what you say, but how you say it. If you start swearing, laughing (even nervously) or go for some Clint Eastwood-like line before pulling the trigger, that will NOT work out well for you.
3. Do not discuss the 911 call with the cops
Police/detectives arriving on scene will try to extract as much information from you as possible. The cops may try and use information from the 911 call to get you to talk before you lawyer up. Lawyer up. Tell them “My life was in danger” and “I will answer all your questions after I speak with my attorney.” And . . . that’s it. Nothing else.
Don’t be fooled by 911 operators’ good intentions (which are beyond doubt). They are not trying to get you into trouble. But by God they can.
I know it’s difficult not to tell a helpful stranger anything they want to know in a time of grave danger. But give them the basics and STFU. Don’t give law enforcement and the perp’s lawyer the ammunition they need to turn you from an armed self-defender into a victim of the legal system.
Now is Amy Winehouse had not died and lived to be about 40?
A former member of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard who spied on his country for the CIA has a message for President Barack Obama: Negotiating with the regime won’t work.
Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney, the two leading Republican presidential candidates, have accused Obama of being a fair-weather friend to Israel and weak on Iran. Santorum says Obama’s plan to proceed with diplomacy is “another appeasement, another delay,” while Romney contends that thugs and tyrants will only respect U.S. resolve backed by military might. But Obama has not been deterred by the criticism.
“We have a window of opportunity when this can still be resolved diplomatically,” the president asserts.
Reza Kahlili is a former member of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard who became a spy for the CIA after he came to despise the radicals who had taken over his country. He sent a letter to Obama when he first took office, warning the new president about the futility of talking to Tehran.
“Negotiations are not going to work. Sanctions are not going to work. And unless you understand the ideology that drives the actions of the clerics in Iran, you won’t be able to confront this threat,” he assures. “And it is extremely important to understand that, because they want to get the nuclear bombs.”
Kahlili thinks Obama should have supported the Iranian people’s uprising in 2009. Instead, he chose to believe that the radical clerics were willing to negotiate.
Read the article here.
A congresswoman representing California’s Central Coast was left looking rather silly after she accidentally pressed the wrong button during voting on a bill she co-sponsored — and became the lone lawmaker to vote against it.
The legislation, which calls on Iran to release Christian pastor Yousef Nadarkhani who is slated to be executed for apostasy, passed in the House by a vote of 417 to 1 — with the lone holdout being Rep. Lois Capps (D-San Luis Obispo).
Upon realizing her error, Capps — who just last week gave a stirring speech in support of Nadarkhani’s release — immediately rushed to the floor to reiterate her support for the bill and explain that she simply pressed the wrong button.
Press release from The Global Warming Policy Foundation
One of the UK’s leading energy and environment economists warns that wind power is an extraordinarily expensive and inefficient way of reducing CO2 emissions. In fact, there is a significant risk that annual CO2 emissions could be greater as a result of Britain’s flawed wind policies when compared with the option of investing in efficient and flexible gas combined cycle plants.
The study ‘Why is wind power so expensive?’ published today by the Global Warming Policy Foundation is the first thorough analysis of the true cost of wind power.
In his report, Professor Gordon Hughes (Edinburgh University) finds that
Click HERE for the rest
I don’t recall Levin calling for Ed Schultz to be taken off the air when he called Laura Ingraham a “slut” on his radio show.
Via The Hill:
The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee said Wednesday that he would “love” to see controversial conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh dropped from the Armed Forces Network.
Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) called Limbaugh’s show “offensive” and told CNN he has been “delighted” to see advertisers drop the program in the wake of outrage over Limbaugh calling a Georgetown University law student a “slut” and a “prostitute.” Sandra Fluke, the student, had testified for House Democrats in favor of the White House’s contraception coverage mandate.
It’s only cronyism when republicans do it.
Big donors considering whether to work the phones raising money for President Obama’s reelection campaign might consider the fate of his 2008 bundlers. Many of them, it turns out, won plum jobs in his administration.
Obama campaigned on what he called “the most sweeping ethics reform in history” and has frequently criticized the role of money in politics. That hasn’t stopped him from offering government jobs to some of his biggest bundlers, volunteer fundraisers who gather political contributions from other rich donors.
More than half of Obama’s 47 biggest fundraisers, those who collected at least $500,000 for his campaign, have been given administration jobs. Nine more have been appointed to presidential boards and committees.
At least 24 Obama bundlers were given posts as foreign ambassadors, including in Finland, Australia, Portugal and Luxembourg. Among them is Don Beyer, a former Virginia lieutenant governor who serves as ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
I know President Obama is not Muslim, but I am tempted nevertheless to think that he is, as are most Muslims I know. In a very unscientific oral poll, ranging from family members to Muslim acquaintances, many of us feel, just as African-Americans did for the non-black but culturally leaning African-American President Bill Clinton, that we have our first American Muslim president in Barack Hussein Obama.
I know it’s odd to say this. At first, I thought I was the only Muslim engaging in this folly, and I am reluctant to express it lest right-wing zealots try to use “Muslim” as a smear and cite my theory as proof of an Islamic traitor in the White House or some such nonsense. But, since Election Day, I have been part of more and more conversations with Muslims in which it was either offhandedly agreed that Obama is Muslim or enthusiastically blurted out. In commenting on our new president, “I have to support my fellow Muslim brother,” would slip out of my mouth before I had a chance to think twice.
“Well, I know he’s not really Muslim,” I would quickly add. But if the person I was talking to was Muslim, they would say, “yes he is.”
Grinding down the democrats to fall into line and do as the chief islamic tells them to do.
President Barack Obama is intervening in a Senate fight over the Keystone XL oil pipeline and personally lobbying Democrats to reject an amendment calling for its construction, according to several sources familiar with the talks.
The White House lobbying effort, including phone calls from the president to Democrats, signals that the vote could be close when it heads to the floor Thursday. The president is trying to defeat an amendment that would give election-year fodder to his Republican critics who have accused him of blocking a job-creating energy project at a time of high gas prices.
This is another of Obama’s pals……sad really.
His rationale: “Because the war in Vietnam was a war of terror.”
INTERVIEWER: Obviously in the organization there were bombings that were set up. I know you’ve written about it, you said maybe it was a mistake. Is it fair to say you were a domestic terrorist?
AYERS: That is not true. Well the reason it is not fair is because if you define terrorism in an even-handed way what you would say is that terrorism is any act that indiscriminately targets civilians for the purpose of coercing a political view, and I never did that, and we never hurt anybody, and we never killed anybody. It is a well-known fact for example that the war in Vietnam was a war of terror and if terrorism. If you take a stable definition of terrorism, it can apply to a cult or a political group or a religious group or a group of fanatics or a government, and overwhelmingly the amount of violence that is perpetrated on people indiscriminately by governments is overwhelmingly greater than by cults or groups or political… So with that stable definition, what would we call Russia’s behavior in Chechnya? Would you call that terrorism? I would. Would you call China’s behavior in Tibet terrorism? I would. And we can go right down the line. We can even say, for example, that Sherwood’s march to the sea, even though it was for a good cause, but it was indiscriminate killing of innocents. I don’t think what I did was terrorism. It may have crossed the lines of legality, it may have crossed the lines of commonsense, you could call it despicable, and I have my own criticisms of it.
That was then. This is the “hope and change” now. And The Atlantic isn’t happy that a film critic dared to use his review space to tweak President Barack Obama.
The publication ran an article listing some of the more inventive critiques against the new film “The Lorax,” and while copiously reprinting lines from the New York Post’s Kyle Smith it saw fit to swat him for daring to go political.
Engineer Jonathan Corbett has published a video where he shows how he took a small metal case through two of the TSA’s $1billion fleet in a special side pocket stitched into his shirt.
See it HERE
Sad when top dog in our federal justice system really says this and really believes what he said.
Holder would prefer they waste their time looking for the mythical Tea Party “extremists.”
(Politico) — Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday that he finds “disturbing” reports that New York Police Department conducted broad surveillance of Muslims outside New York City as part of counter-terrorism efforts.
“At least what I’ve read publicly, and, again, just what I’ve read in the newspapers, is disturbing,” Holder said during a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing Thursday morning. “And these are things that are under review at the Justice Department.”
Holder’s comments came after Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) asked the attorney general “how a law enforcement agency could spy on another state’s residents without notifying the authorities, the governor or the mayor even knowing about it?”
“I don’t know,” Holder replied. He said Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.), a former U.S. Attorney for New Jersey, recently complained to him about the NYPD activity.
“He expressed to me the concerns that he had. He’s now publicly expressed his concerns, as only he can,” Holder added.
Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) has accused Christie of taking “cheap shots” at New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly over the program, which was disclosed in a long-running investigative series by the Associated Press.
(Washington Times) — Despite receiving more than $885 million in federal economic stimulus funds since 2009, the D.C. government — whose residents face one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation — cannot say how many jobs it actually created for those who live in the District.
Most of the money has been spent, and data suggest that overall regional job growth did occur as a result of the massive infusion of capital. But a review by The Washington Times of figures provided by D.C. officials shows that the city spent hundreds of millions of dollars without being able to demonstrate any significant improvement in the city’s jobs outlook.
If anything, the employment picture has worsened in the District. At the end of 2011, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the city’s unemployment rate was 10.4 percent, ahead of only three states: Nevada (12.6 percent), California (11.1 percent) and Rhode Island (10.8 percent).
Myself? I do find it oddly ironic that a female U.S. senator is complaining about a lack of “women’s equality.”
(CNS News) – The fight for women’s equality is continuing in every country — including the United States, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) told ten “International Women of Courage” recipients at the State Department on Wednesday.
“And I personally, I’ve never faced violence, extreme violence, like a number of you have endured. But I do know a little bit about what it’s like to be told you don’t belong somewhere, or you can’t do something because you’re a woman,” Boxer said.
Boxer told the women that while they work for equality in their own countries — at great personal risk — “we’re still battling it, as you may or may not know if you follow the news.”
Boxer did not identify any particular news event, but recently she has been a vocal advocate for the Obama administration’s contraception mandate, which would force religiously-affiliated institutions to provide birth control and other services that violate their beliefs and teachings.
This woman has no clue as to what is going on! She needs to be removed forthwith! This is what is wrong with the entire Obama regime, these people have no clue as to what money is being spent and whose money it is.
Health and Human Services Sec. Kathleen Sebelius appeared flummoxed by questioning from Sen. Ron Johnson (R., Wis.) at a hearing on the new health care law Wednesday.
Johnson challenged Sebelius over a number of the Obama administration’s claims about the new health care law, namely that it will reduce the deficit and allow individuals to keep their current healthcare plans.
On several occasions, Sebelius professed to have “no idea” what Johnson was talking about.
Johnson cited a McKinsey Group study that estimated 30 to 50 percent of employers would drop their employee coverage once the new law is fully implement, the effect of which could be hundreds of billions of dollars, if not trillions, added to the federal deficit.
We’re being spent into oblivion by this president.
Via Washington Times:
The federal government recorded its worst monthly deficit in history in February, according to a preliminary report Wednesday from the Congressional Budget Office that said the deficit in fiscal year 2012 is already more than half a trillion dollars.
The CBO’s figures show that despite repeated efforts to trim spending, the government has borrowed 42 cents of every dollar it spent during the first five months of this fiscal year.
The nonpartisan agency projected the government will run a deficit of $229 billion in February, the highest monthly figure ever. The previous high was $223 billion a year ago, in February 2011.
It is the 41st straight month the government has run a deficit — itself a record streak that dates back to the final months of President George W. Bush’s tenure. Before now, the longest streak on record was 11 months.
For all of fiscal year 2012, which began Oct. 1, the budget analysts said the government has raised $869 billion in revenue but spent $1.5 trillion so far.