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MITT ROMNEY IS A WIMP: WHY DOESN'T HE FIRE BACK AT OBAMA?

If Obama’s supporters want to make a point out of disclosing documents and throw the word “felons” around, why doesn’t Mitt Romney fire back in kind?

There is credible evidence that suggests the emperor has no clothes.

  • It appears that the long form Certificate of Live Birth that was posted on the White House web site is a disputed document and the controversy can be cleared up with an impartial examination of the original record in the Hawaiian archives and compared with those before and after the disputed record for context.
  • It appears that Barack Obama’s Social Security Number is being disputed and needs to be verified with the Social Security Administration.
  • It appears that there is a question of Barack Obama’s legal name since he was known as Barry Soetoro.
  • It appears that Barack Obama was forced to surrender his law license and may have committed perjury when he was asked if he had used any other names.
  • Then there are his college attendance and transcript records.
  • And his passport records – what passport, nationality and name was used for his travel to Pakistan with his college friends; and for what purpose was the trip made.
  • And his close association with known communists and his membership in socialist groups.

So why is Mitt silent?

  • Is he worried about the media branding him a racist?
  • Is he afraid that the blacks will consider him a racist?
  • Is he afraid that he may be the President who is forced to give Barack Obama a blanket pardon like former President Gerald Ford gave disgraced former President Richard Nixon?

Here is what Obama’s campaign is saying …

When the truth is not enough …

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They need to manufacture an alternate reality …

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What are they suggesting with the prominent use of the word “felons?”

There is no proof that Mitt Romney has done anything unlawful.

Unlike the President who still needs to come clean on the land deal he did with convicted felon Tony Rezko which is more than suspicious.

In 2005 Obama purchased a new home in the Kenwood District of Chicago for $1.65 million (which was $300,000 below the asking price but represented the highest offer on the property) on the same day that Rezko's wife, Rita Rezko, purchased the adjoining empty lot from the same sellers for the full asking price.Obama acknowledged bringing his interest in the property to Rezko's attention, but denied any coordination of offers. According to Obama, while the properties had originally been a single property, the previous owners decided to sell the land as two separate lots, but made it a condition of the sales that they be closed on the same date. Obama also stated that the properties had been on the market for months, that his offer was the best of two bids, and that Ms. Rezko's bid was matched by another offer, also of $625,000, so that she could not have purchased the property for less. <Source>

A former Illinois bank official, now claiming whistleblower status, says bank officials replaced a loan reappraisal that he prepared for a Chicago property that was purchased by the wife of now-convicted felon Tony Rezko, part of which was later sold to next-door neighbor Barack Obama.

In a complaint filed Thursday in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Kenneth J. Connor said that his reappraisal of Rita Rezko’s property was replaced with a higher one and that he was fired when he questioned the document. <Source>

The “truth” or another one of Obama’s “campaign mode” statements?

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Bottom line …

While it seems fairly certain Mitt Romney will win the upcoming election and perhaps silence on certain controversial issues is prudent, I, for one, would like to see the questions about Barack Obama answered. Even if the precipitate a constitutional crisis and invalidate all of the legislation he signed into law.

It appears – more than ever before – that we are dealing with a Manchurian Candidate. A communist plant that succeeded only because the democrat party has moved so far left that the embraced liberalism – the politically correct name for socialism; which is another polite term for communism.

We need to end the charade. Throw Barack Obama, his czars and fellow travelers out of office before it is too late and the United States goes farther down the slippery slope to totalitarianism.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



ELECTRIC METERS … MOVING INTO THE FUTURE

Checking the details of the old meter …

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Suiting up with protective gear for the change …

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Checking for back-feed (energy originating in the residence) …

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Making the change …

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In business …

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What can it do?

Of course, the installation technician did not know the meter’s capabilities or he wasn’t saying. So I did what most hackers do – Google the meter’s model number. Lots of new capabilities to test out – and looking forward to internet usage profiles. Other than remote disconnect and reconnect, nothing in the specifications appear immediately useful. How these meters will react during an area-wide power outage and if that outage will be show in the usage detail is yet to be determined.

Bottom line …

It is time to re-set the clocks and anticipate a higher electric bill as per the anecdotal evidence of other electronic metering users. I will report back.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



Global Warming: When activism taints science ...

Start with a bold statement from a credentialed researcher …

The Conversion of a Climate-Change Skeptic -- Richard A. Muller

CALL me a converted skeptic. Three years ago I identified problems in previous climate studies that, in my mind, threw doubt on the very existence of global warming. Last year, following an intensive research effort involving a dozen scientists, I concluded that global warming was real and that the prior estimates of the rate of warming were correct. I’m now going a step further: Humans are almost entirely the cause.

Here is my proof …

My total turnaround, in such a short time, is the result of careful and objective analysis by the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature [BEST Network] project, which I founded with my daughter Elizabeth. Our results show that the average temperature of the earth’s land has risen by two and a half degrees Fahrenheit over the past 250 years, including an increase of one and a half degrees over the most recent 50 years. Moreover, it appears likely that essentially all of this increase results from the human emission of greenhouse gases.

We listened to the skeptics …

Our Berkeley Earth approach used sophisticated statistical methods developed largely by our lead scientist, Robert Rohde, which allowed us to determine earth land temperature much further back in time. We carefully studied issues raised by skeptics: biases from urban heating (we duplicated our results using rural data alone), from data selection (prior groups selected fewer than 20 percent of the available temperature stations; we used virtually 100 percent), from poor station quality (we separately analyzed good stations and poor ones) and from human intervention and data adjustment (our work is completely automated and hands-off). In our papers we demonstrate that none of these potentially troublesome effects unduly biased our conclusions.

We correlate with observations …

The historic temperature pattern we observed has abrupt dips that match the emissions of known explosive volcanic eruptions; the particulates from such events reflect sunlight, make for beautiful sunsets and cool the earth’s surface for a few years. There are small, rapid variations attributable to El Niño and other ocean currents such as the Gulf Stream; because of such oscillations, the “flattening” of the recent temperature rise that some people claim is not, in our view, statistically significant. What has caused the gradual but systematic rise of two and a half degrees?

We tried various formulas to explain our findings …

We tried fitting the shape to simple math functions (exponentials, polynomials), to solar activity and even to rising functions like world population. By far the best match was to the record of atmospheric carbon dioxide, measured from atmospheric samples and air trapped in polar ice.

Question …

Just because an equation appears to match a physical phenomenon and correlates well, does not prove that it is causal. How do you explain that the rise in atmospheric carbon dioxide lags the rise in temperature? Perhaps the easiest explanation is that the rise in atmospheric carbon dioxide can be simply explained by the outgassing of dissolved oceanic carbon dioxide as the oceans warming – such warming being an expected product of the planet emerging from the Little Ice Age.

We even checked sun spots and indications of solar variability …  

Just as important, our record is long enough that we could search for the fingerprint of solar variability, based on the historical record of sunspots. That fingerprint is absent. Although the I.P.C.C. allowed for the possibility that variations in sunlight could have ended the “Little Ice Age,” a period of cooling from the 14th century to about 1850, our data argues strongly that the temperature rise of the past 250 years cannot be attributed to solar changes. This conclusion is, in retrospect, not too surprising; we’ve learned from satellite measurements that solar activity changes the brightness of the sun very little.

Enter the humans …

How definite is the attribution to humans? The carbon dioxide curve gives a better match than anything else we’ve tried. Its magnitude is consistent with the calculated greenhouse effect — extra warming from trapped heat radiation.

Question …

Basic physics suggests that carbon dioxide does not increase the amount of energy received, but merely delays its escape from our atmosphere. But the greatest greenhouse gas, water vapor, is rarely accurately modeled, so there is some question of proportionality of the contribution of carbon dioxide relative to the contribution of water vapor. Heat transfer physics suggest that the delayed cooling could have a measurable effect on temperature measurements, but that the total energy received by the earth and the total energy re-radiated to space may be more related to water vapor than carbon dioxide on a proportionate basis.

A proper perspective …

These facts don’t prove causality and they shouldn’t end skepticism, but they raise the bar: to be considered seriously, an alternative explanation must match the data at least as well as carbon dioxide does. Adding methane, a second greenhouse gas, to our analysis doesn’t change the results. Moreover, our analysis does not depend on large, complex global climate models, the huge computer programs that are notorious for their hidden assumptions and adjustable parameters.

Acknowledging that the scientific findings don’t prove causality is a huge step in honesty as is acknowledging the the scientific method is one of skepticism. It should be noted that the global climate models were used by the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) to push for public policies based on a self-serving social and financial agenda – and did nothing to suggest that man was capable of temperature containment on a global scale or that even the most careful scientific measurements would be apparent in anything less than a few hundred years. Long after the money was spent and people denied their freedom of choice about how they want to live.

The truth …

Our result is based simply on the close agreement between the shape of the observed temperature rise and the known greenhouse gas increase.

We found a pattern which appears to match our mathematical modeling, but it is just a pattern match. To be noted, there are computer programs using mathematical formulas that appear to create patters that look like shells and tree leaves. That these formulas are related to biological development is not only uncertain, but appears to be improbable. The issue with matching patterns can be easily demonstrated by my favorite cloud picture. People can see patterns in clouds – but clouds produced by a chaotic weather system do not contain information. It is your brain trying to match what is being observed with what you already know, can extrapolate or imagine.

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Continuing with the truth …

It’s a scientist’s duty to be properly skeptical. I still find that much, if not most, of what is attributed to climate change is speculative, exaggerated or just plain wrong. I’ve analyzed some of the most alarmist claims, and my skepticism about them hasn’t changed.

Hurricane Katrina cannot be attributed to global warming. The number of hurricanes hitting the United States has been going down, not up; likewise for intense tornadoes. Polar bears aren’t dying from receding ice, and the Himalayan glaciers aren’t going to melt by 2035. And it’s possible that we are currently no warmer than we were a thousand years ago, during the “Medieval Warm Period” or “Medieval Optimum,” an interval of warm conditions known from historical records and indirect evidence like tree rings. And the recent warm spell in the United States happens to be more than offset by cooling elsewhere in the world, so its link to “global” warming is weaker than tenuous.

Acknowledging the effect of oceans …

What about the future? As carbon dioxide emissions increase, the temperature should continue to rise. I expect the rate of warming to proceed at a steady pace, about one and a half degrees over land in the next 50 years, less if the oceans are included. But if China continues its rapid economic growth (it has averaged 10 percent per year over the last 20 years) and its vast use of coal (it typically adds one new gigawatt per month), then that same warming could take place in less than 20 years.

Richard A. Muller, a professor of physics at the University of California, Berkeley, and a former MacArthur Foundation fellow, is the author, most recently, of “Energy for Future Presidents: The Science Behind the Headlines.”

It’s all about the data that was used …

There is ample evidence that the raw data used for many scientific modeling ventures has been statistically manipulated. A process which can produce temperature artifacts and incorrect data.

New study shows half of the global warming in the USA is artificial

U.S. Temperature trends show a spurious doubling due to NOAA station siting problems and post measurement adjustments.

A reanalysis of U.S. surface station temperatures has been performed using the recently WMO-approved Siting Classification System devised by METEO-France’s Michel Leroy. The new siting classification more accurately characterizes the quality of the location in terms of monitoring long-term spatially representative surface temperature trends. The new analysis demonstrates that reported 1979-2008 U.S. temperature trends are spuriously doubled, with 92% of that over-estimation resulting from erroneous NOAA adjustments of well-sited stations upward. The paper is the first to use the updated siting system which addresses USHCN siting issues and data adjustments.

The new improved assessment, for the years 1979 to 2008, yields a trend of +0.155C per decade from the high quality sites, a +0.248 C per decade trend for poorly sited locations, and a trend of +0.309 C per decade after NOAA adjusts the data. This issue of station siting quality is expected to be an issue with respect to the monitoring of land surface temperature throughout the Global Historical Climate Network and in the BEST network.

But other, equally well-credentialed scientists have a fundamental disagreement …

About the data … Although we don’t want to comment on the draft pre-submission paper for obvious reasons, we have done quite a lot of work this past year that directly builds confidence in the verity of our adjustments to the United States Historical Climatology Network [USHCN] which it would be remiss not to mention in the context of current discussions. This is largely the result of efforts of Matt Menne and Claude Williams here at the National Climatic Data Center [NCDC]. I came to the party somewhat later. First off there are three published papers that have come out this calendar year which directly address the question at hand … <read more here>

About the curve fitting approach … Judged by standards set by the IPCC and the best of recent observation-based attribution analyses, in my opinion the Rhode, Muller et al. attribution analysis falls way short. The closest in approach is the Lean and Rind analysis, which considers all of the external forcings (with units, not just curve fits) and discusses their uncertainties. Looking at regional variations provides substantial insights into the attribution.

Both global and regional attribution studies have been done, but what are we to make of the global land attribution study done by Rhode, Muller et al.? Land has warmed substantially more than the oceans; it does not seem that their same model would explain the ocean temperature changes. Also, given the regional variations in attribution, going back to the 18th and 19th centuries tells us what is going on in western Europe and eastern North America, which is dominated by ocean circulation patterns in the North Atlantic and high latitude volcanoes. While I like what they have done going back further in time, these regional data are of little use for a global attribution study. <read more here>

Bottom line …

Attribution studies are all about seeing if a data pattern fits a hypothesis. It does not substantiate the causation of the phenomena, but merely looks for a suggested correlation between the data and a suggested cause.

The science is not well-settled as many politicians, activists and special interests have claimed. There are significant issues that have been raised and which must be answered before we allow corrupt politicians promote public policies which increase the size of governments, breach a nation’s sovereignty and centralize control at an international level, result in wealth re-distribution, significantly raise the cost of energy and all goods and services, reduce the standard of living in industrialized countries, and most importantly reduce your freedom.

Professor Muller of the University of California, Berkeley should be commended for his honest portrayal of his findings and his acceptance of the historical methods of skeptical science. Even though he is considered an activist and writing in a liberal publication, one cannot fault him in any way. That is not to say that his conclusions are correct, but like all good scientists, he appears to be willing to change his mind based on new data and analysis.

It is now time that we vote for honest brokers to serve “We the People” instead of ideologues promoting socialism and communism. Throwing Barack Obama and his fellow travelers, the czars, under the bus would be a great start to reforming our nation which has been decimated with decades of corrupt democrat/socialist/communist-style mismanagement.

Wake up people – before it is too late to turn back.

-- steve

Reference Links …

The Conversion of a Climate-Change Skeptic - NYTimes.com

Berkeley Earth Temperature Averaging Process (commonly referred to as the “Methods” paper) and its appendix

Influence of Urban Heating on the Global Temperature Land Average

Earth Atmospheric Land Surface Temperature and Station Quality in the United States

Decadal Variations in the Global Atmospheric Land Temperatures

A New Estimate of the Average Earth Surface Land Temperature Spanning 1753 to 2011

New study shows half of the global warming in the USA is artificial


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



Only YOU can save America!

It has occurred to me that this election, more than any other in history, provides the clearest delineation between good and evil.  Where decency and democracy are arrayed against those who would have us become unexceptional population units to be managed by a corrupt ruling elite; ostensibly for the benefit of some mythical utopian collective, but in reality the self-serving agendas of the corrupt politicians who have turned governance into an imperial, dictatorial leadership.

Those who promote decency, democracy, and freedom need to rally the average citizen – be they democrat, republican or independent – and make them aware of the struggle for power in the 2012 election cycle.

They must point to the failed foreign and domestic policies of the current administration and rise beyond treating political parties as sports teams and politicians like celebrities.

It is time to return to the long hard road to recovery – to restore that shining city on the hill. We must remove those who have contempt for liberty and who have attempted to make us more like another unexceptional nation in the international community.

We are Americans – a unique people whose complementary strengths make us the most powerful and productive nation on the planet.

We do not have time for a President and his fellow travelers who have squandered their majority vote in the House of Representatives and the Senate in first two years of their administration to pursue a foreign and corrupt ideology rather than repairing the economic and social damage that was created by previous flawed assumptions, corrupt and self-serving politicians, and a cadre of lawyers who set out to hide the true meaning of legislation passed by Congress. 

While we are unlikely to find men like former Presidents Eisenhower and Reagan, we can at least prepare for the 2016 election cycle by electing a man who will start the nation on the road to recovery.

I suggest that our nation and every American citizen has a vested interest in removing the corrupt, self-serving and ideologically flawed people from our government. To replace celebrity with competence. And to restore honor, dignity and strength to America.

-- steve 


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



BEFORE YOU VOTE FOR A SINGLE DEMOCRAT IN 2012 ...

It appears that the democrat party has knowingly foisted a fraud upon the American people and is complicit, as is the mainstream media, in portraying those who question Barack Obama’s legitimacy as being racist bigots.

But who is going to answer the questions raised by this short video?

Watch this video before it is removed from YouTube and ask yourself can you trust the democrat party and their candidate? Can you trust RINOs (Republicans In Name Only) like Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham who openly collaborate with the democrat to the disadvantage of the American people.

Bottom line …

If you are unsure of who Barack Obama is and what philosophy he espouses, look at this actions and vote accordingly. Remember, the democrat party and the mainstream media have put an “unknown” quantity into the Presidency where he has promoted his fellow travelers to positions of great power where they remain unaccountable to the American people.

Vote as if the future of the United States depended on your vote. Vote as if your life depended on your vote – because with Obamacare, it surely does.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



Allen West: Saying it Straight …

Why I like Allen West as a leader …

Here is a man not afraid to state his opinion – even if it is not politically correct. This whole thing about Chicago attempting to pander to the Gays because the CEO of Chick Fil-A believes that marriage is one man and one woman is crazy. Denying or punishing a man for his beliefs is a violation of the Constitution’s First Amendment rights on both freedom of speech and freedom of religion. Allen West points out that certain liberals are on a slippery slope.

All marriage is technically a civil union as long as the state is involved. If the Gays want to have a civil union and equal rights, fine. But leave the definition of traditional marriage alone. As for those who deny the Constitution and pander to a constituency, throw them out of office because it appears that they can be bought with special interest cash and the promise of voter support.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



NBC DISPLAYS LIBERAL ATTITUDE: YOU'RE TO STUPID TO UNDERSTAND WITHOUT OUR COMMENTARY (Updated)

Was Twitter apology  forced?

By taking a proactive editorial stance on the content they publish, Twitter may have compromised their "safe harbor" which protects Internet service providers and publishers from copyright infringement complaints.

Unlike user-originated take-downs of suspect material, Twitter spotted the issue and apparently requested NBC personnel create an official complaint. There was no violation of Twitter's terms of service since the information published (the commercial e-mail address of an NBC executive) was already on the Internet and deemed to be public information. This is not like pornography or abusive information which is a violation of Twitter's terms of service.

Twitter admits mistake … Twitter, not NBC, initiated the problem.

… we want to apologize for the part of this story that we did mess up. The team working closely with NBC around our Olympics partnership did proactively identify a Tweet that was in violation of the Twitter Rules and encouraged them to file a support ticket with our Trust and Safety team to report the violation, as has now been reported publicly. Our Trust and Safety team did not know that part of the story and acted on the report as they would any other.

As I stated earlier, we do not proactively report or remove content on behalf of other users no matter who they are. This behavior is not acceptable and undermines the trust our users have in us. We should not and cannot be in the business of proactively monitoring and flagging content, no matter who the user is — whether a business partner, celebrity or friend. As of earlier today, the account has been unsuspended, and we will actively work to ensure this does not happen again.
Posted by Alex McGillivray, General Counsel - @amac <Source>

Power to the users!

NBC’s heavy-handed Bully boys?

Was NBC, an Olympic Sponsor, responsible for closing the Twitter account of a journalist who was critical of NBC’s Olympic broadcast practices?

Guy Adams works as a writer for The Independent, a national newspaper in Great Britain. He lives in Los Angeles. Throughout the Olympics, he's taken to Twitter and ripped NBC repeatedly for its coverage of the Games in America.

Namely, he's criticized the network's reliance on using tape delays, a frustration shared by millions of viewers.

Only in a marriage of old media and social media, Guy Adams no longer has a Twitter account. It was suspended Tuesday, and both NBC and Twitter ought to be humiliated by their thin-skinned, heavy-handed, and essentially pointless behavior.

Adams was no doubt relentless in his tweets.

"Am I alone in wondering why NBColympics think its [sic] acceptable to pretend this road race is being broadcast live?" he wrote in one.

Adams said in a column for The Independent that Twitter claimed he crossed the line by tweeting out Zenkel's corporate email address and encouraging his followers to contact the executive directly.

The email address is easily identifiable, common with how thousands of NBC/Univision employees' email addresses are determined.

Twitter soon suspended Adams' account, he said. In an story he wrote in The Independent, Adams wrote that after filing an article critical of NBC's coverage, he checked his Twitter account only to find it had been suspended. When he inquired why, he received the following response: "Your Twitter account has been suspended for posting an individual's private information such as private email address."

Adams said he emailed Rachel Bremer, Twitter's head of European PR, to dispute that he broke Twitter's rules. The email address Adams tweeted wasn't a private address belonging to Zenkel, Adams wrote, but a corporate one attainable to anyone with access to Google.

"It's no more 'private' than the address I'm emailing you from right now," Adams wrote Bremer. "Either way, [it's] quite worrying that NBC, whose parent company are an Olympic sponsor, are apparently trying (and, in this case, succeeding) in shutting down the Twitter accounts of journalists who are critical of their Olympic coverage."

The decision, as expected, has gone over poorly on the website, where the freedom to express one's opinions, especially against high-ranking executives of multinational corporations, is highly valued.  <Source>

Liberals traditionally attempt to shut down free speech when it is counter to their message. How else can you explain the democrat attempt to politicize the Federal Communications Commission and re-impose “fairness” doctrines that would have gutted “syndicated” talk radio shows like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Mark Levin in favor of “locally produced” programming?

I deleted my Twitter account in protest.

-- steve

Original Blog …

I can understand NBC’s restricted coverage to preserve their commercial advantage so as to insure a return on their multi-million dollar investment. Delaying certain telecasts until prime time in the United States to maximize commercial revenue.

But you cannot understand their “justification” of not carrying a live or streaming versions with this idiotic statement …

Olympics 2012: NBC defends blackout of opening ceremony

NBC wants viewers to know: The kickoff of the London Olympics was just too complicated to watch live.

The network is fighting back against intense criticism of its decision to black out the opening ceremony on Friday, instead offering a taped version hours later in prime time. Viewers reacted with disgust when they tried to watch live coverage of the event on TV or online but could only find a few bootlegging sites carrying the feed in the United States.

"We are live streaming every sporting event, all 32 sports and 302 medals," an NBC spokesman wrote in an email to Show Tracker.

"It was never our intent to live stream the Opening Ceremony or Closing Ceremony. They are complex entertainment spectacles that do not translate well online because they require context, which our award-winning production team will provide for the large prime-time audiences that gather together to watch them. <Source>

unless you understand the “socialist” viewpoint of the network …

Liberals, the politically correct name for Democrats, Marxists and Communists, believe that all of you are unexceptional and interchangeable units of population that need to be managed by an enlightened ruling elite so as to preserve scarce planetary resources for the benefit of collective society. They believe that the state owns everything and it is up to the ruling elite to insure “fairness” and implement their signature redistributive plan: “from each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.” What they never say is that the ruling elite is always, without exception, corrupt and self-serving. Believing that the means, fair or foul, justifies the ends.

“They are complex entertainment spectacles that do not translate well online because they require context, which our award-winning production team will provide for the large prime-time audiences that gather together to watch them.”

Translation: you cannot possibly understand what you are seeing and hearing – unless we tell you what is happening and how to think about what is happening.

Bottom line …

The arrogance of the ruling elite will be their downfall. Perhaps while all of the shrill leftist commentary and blind support of Barack Obama has cost NBC a significant portion of their audience. The privilege accorded to the media in recognition of their role of “telling truth to power” should be revoked for those who ignore journalistic practice and ethics.

The mainstream media has been compromised and can no longer be trusted when it comes to political news. It is one thing to exhibit bias in commentary and entertainment – but not hard news.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



Obama: Affirmative Action PUNISHMENT for Whites? Or giving Blacks another pass on criminal behavior?

When I first read this item, I could hardly believe it. Is Obama and his neo-communists so stupid as to suggest letting black punishment slide and/or punishing non-blacks to equalize the outcome of punishment? Or in Obamaspeak: punishment justice! 

Obama backs race-based school discipline policies

President Barack Obama is backing a controversial campaign by progressives to regulate schools’ disciplinary actions so that members of major racial and ethnic groups are penalized at equal rates, regardless of individuals’ behavior.

What does Obama have to say about the significant of influence of the family unit and traditional two-parent families on educational performance. Or the fact that blacks are more likely to come from a single-parent background which is the result of government programs which deny assistance payments to families if there is a male residing in the house. A policy that has led to black promiscuity and women having children with multiple irresponsible men who refuse to accept their parenting and child support obligations. Thus producing an entire generation of children without male role models, the need to conform to societal norms and the airs of victimhood. Even at the expense of being branded a racist, one must note that the democrats have turned blacks into a permanent underclass and that no amount of financial assistance and affirmative actions is likely to restore self-esteem, self-motivation, and a pattern of achievement without first changing the “black culture” which rewards failure and denies support to those who achieve beyond their peers. In short, democrat-style socialism where everybody is dragged down to equal mediocrity, rather than rewarding the achievers who will boost the entire culture like a rising sea lifting all ships.

“African Americans lack equal access to highly effective teachers and principals, safe schools, and challenging college-preparatory classes, and they disproportionately experience school discipline,” said the order, titled “White House Initiative On Educational Excellence.”

How can this be when the majority of inner cities are controlled by the benevolent democrat party and the recipient of billions of dollars in financial aid and affirmative action support? How can we fault the unholy alliance between the teachers’ unions and the democrats who have perverted (yes, that is the appropriate word) education to the point of producing social activists who can barely compete in today’s world of technological advances? Where testing requirements are continually lowered to accommodate the abysmal scores of students who might have failed their courses and failed to graduate. Where today’s “B” is yesterday’s “D.” 

Because of those causes, the report suggests, “over a third of African American students do not graduate from high school on time with a regular high school diploma, and only four percent of African American high school graduates interested in college are college-ready across a range of subjects.”

How stupid are the democrats and teachers if they believe that everybody is mentally prepared to meet the challenges of college life – which mostly produces little wonks that become clerical workers. Why did the teachers’ unions kill the trade and vocational programs that would have allowed a significant number of people to learn life-skills and earn a good living?

This is socialist clap-trap …

“What this means is that whites and Asians will get suspended for things that blacks don’t get suspended for,” because school officials will try to level punishments despite groups’ different infraction rates, predicted Hans Bader, a counsel at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. Bader is a former official in the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights, and has sued and represented school districts and colleges in civil-rights cases.

This can’t be accurate. Affirmative action in punishment. Giving an already disadvantaged minority permission to behave badly or, even worse, perpetuate their bad behavior due to a lack of consequences. If this were literally true, it appears that the socialists are cooking the books on punishment just as they have cooked the books on minority achievement.

Obama, the racist …

“It is too bad that the president has chosen to set up a new bureaucracy with a focus on one particular racial group, to the exclusion of all others,” said Roger Clegg, the president of the Center for Equal Opportunity.

Again, Obama is corrupt; playing the race card and engaging in active racism when he promotes one group of people over another for political advantage.

Democrats can’t handle the truth or deal with true solutions, they must make excuses and push affirmative action …

A disproportionate share of crimes are committed by African Americans, and they are disproportionately likely to misbehave in school… [because] more than 7 out of 10 African Americans (72.5 percent) are born out of wedlock… versus fewer than 3 out of 10 whites,” he said in a statement to The Daily Caller. Although ” you won’t see it mentioned in the Executive Order… there is an obvious connection between these [marriage] numbers and how each group is doing educationally, economically, criminally,” he said.

Imagine using this policy on a broader societal scale? Giving black criminals a pass and sending only white criminals to jail until the proportion of blacks equals the proportion of blacks existing in the general population? Crazy! But that’s symptomatic of Obama and his fellow travelers.

The order created a “President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans.” It will include senior officials from several federal agencies — including the Departments of Education, Justice and Labor — which have gained increased power over state education policies since 2009.

There is nothing in the United States Constitution which allows the federal government to dictate educational policy. Most of the executive agencies in existence are unconstitutional, violate the law and exert power only by coercion – withholding taxes revenues illegally confiscated from the states – and returned only if the state agrees to abide by federal rules and regulations. You will notice that the most corrupt and hyper-politicized agencies are in the forefront of this new initiative.

This is not theoretical … it is now being implemented in democrat-dominated areas …

The progressives campaign for race-based discipline policies also won a victory in Maryland July 24. The state’s board of education established a policy demanding that each racial or ethnic group receive roughly proportional level of school penalties, regardless of the behavior by members of each group. The board’s decision requires that “the state’s 24 school systems track data to ensure that minority and special education students are not unduly affected by suspensions, expulsions and other disciplinary measures,” said a July 25 Washington Post report. “Disparities would have to be reduced within a year and eliminated within three years,” according to the Post.

This appears to be a criminal violation of the United States Constitution which guarantees equal treatment under the law for all citizens. Any elected or sworn official implementing this policy should be immediately prosecuted and/or impeached.

Enter the race-baiting, self-serving attorneys who will suck taxpayer funds out of the educational system …

The state’s new racial policy was welcomed by progressives, including Judith Browne Dianis, a director of the D.C.-based Advancement Project. “Maryland’s proposal is on the cutting edge,” she told the Post. Dianis’ project is also a law firm that litigates race-related questions, and it gains from laws and regulations that spur race-related legal disputes.

“The combination of overly harsh school policies … has created a ‘schoolhouse-to-jailhouse track,’ in which punitive measures such as suspensions, expulsions, and school-based arrests are increasingly used to deal with student misbehavior,” claimed the group’s website. This “is a racial justice crisis, because the students pushed out through harsh discipline are disproportionately students of color,” the group insisted.

Obama and the socialists: fighting against the law and the Constitution …

In 1997, however, the Seventh Circuit appeals court barred the practice of racial balancing in school discipline to avoid disparate impact lawsuits, said Bader. Progressives say the “disparate impact” claims are supported by the 1964 Civil Right Act.

Critics, such as Clegg, say “disparate impact” law is used to trump popular and effective color-blind practices, such as civil-service tests by governments and employment-suitability testing by companies. Another critic, David Rettig, head of the National Character Education Foundation, told The Daily Caller in February that apparently-disproportionate school discipline practices can be a reflection of local crime reports. “Outside the walls of the school, how many of these kids are coming from not just dysfunctional homes, but homes that are not supportive of their children?” he told TheDC.  <Source: The Daily Caller>

Bottom line …

We need to throw the democrat/socialist/communists out of power and reform the educational system. We need to promote conservative thinking rather than excusing the bad behavior of underachievers. We need to have entire communities work in return for the millions of support dollars. We need to remove lawyers and administrators who siphon off aid money before it even reaches its intended target.

We need to throw Barack Obama, his fellow travelers and race-hustlers like those in the racist Congressional Black Caucus under the bus and out of our lives.

I function in an area of data processing where race is not an issue. Everybody is treated equally: like crap, with long hours, short deadlines and a significant amount of pressure. People are smart and well-motivated. And, for the most part, they associate with other smart and well-motivated people. They do not hide their ability so their peers can feel good about themselves; nor do they listen to those who might suggest that they need to slow down and quit performing above the norm. They do not dress funny. They do not affect funny or complicated spellings of their names. They do not speak in racial tongues – although they tend to engage in computers-peak jargon and use acronyms which are incomprehensible to outsiders. This should be the model with a mostly color-blind group of achievers. Another notable characteristic, they are mostly apolitical and care more about processing performance than they do politicians.

If Obama’s Executive Order promotes beneficial educational programs, why do they not apply to everyone as per the Constitution of the United States. Obama is said to be a constitutional law expert, yet he openly flouts the Constitution at every opportunity to pander to blacks for political advantage. Does he not realize he is perpetuating the black underclass and tacitly endorsing bad societal behavior? Or does he know the truth and is willfully sacrificing people for political advantage?

Enough of this Orwellian nightmare. Throw the bums out in 2012.

-- steve

Reference Links …

Executive Order -- White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans


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“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

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Eric Holder: Manufacturing racism in the financial community?

The government was the proximate cause of the subprime crisis in minority areas …

In an effort to politically pander to people of color, mostly minorities with unimpressive credit histories, assets and property located in depressed areas such as the inner cities, the government demanded that lending institutions relax their lending criteria and engage in community lending activities or face the wrath of their government regulatory agencies. Costly audits, demands for more capital investment, denial of expansion opportunities. Prudent lending policies gave way to liar loans – with no verification of employment, income, or assets.

Many in the minority community took advantage of the lax lending conditions to purchase properties which they clearly could not afford. Hairdressers and causal laborers purchasing homes worth hundreds of thousands of dollars with little or no money down and extremely low teaser rates – counting on a rising real estate market to make their fortune. Allowing them to sell the more expensive house sometime in the future and covert their appreciated equity into a fully-paid less costly residence of their own. In essence they were provided with the opportunity to speculate in the same manner of far wealthier investors.

That is not to say that employees of certain lending institutions did not take advantage of people who could not understand what they were signing or did not falsify loan applications and appraisals to earn outrageous “production” bonuses. These egregious acts did happen – often at the urging of their managers who were also trying to “make their numbers” to earn their outrageous bonuses.

But even worse, the government insured that certain classes of people were able to mask their financial difficulty by continuously re-financing non-performing loans. Counting on the rising home prices to justify increased loans that allowed them to pay off credit card debt (a negative FICO credit score indicator) and avoid any whiff of default that would have immediately flagged the borrower as being credit impaired. Even worse, some banks attempted to cash in on the booming real estate market by making home equity loans known as HELOCs (Home Equity Line of Credit) which allowed some borrowers to kick the can down the road and pay their mortgage with money borrowed from another lender.

Enter the professional racists …

First the racists demanded that the government punish “red lining” where an institution refused to engage in lending activities in a minority-occupied zone which had a great number of foreclosures and loan defaults. In spite of the financial soundness of this policy, the racists cried UNFAIR and sued financial institutions.

Then the racists demanded that the government punish “predatory lending” where an institution took advantage of minorities to benefit their own lending activities.

And now the government racists are pursuing the entire industry for misdeeds in the past. Not to redress individual grievances, but to demonstrate their political allegiance to their core constituency during the upcoming election cycle.

What the racists don’t say …

Fairness demands that each case of suspected predatory lending, loan denial or overcharging be investigated on it’s own; measuring the borrower’s risk and property profile against those in similar situations. Unfortunately, the government publishes a redacted copy of each loan application at each financial institution and the racists use statistical analysis to “demonstrate” that their could be racial bias within the lending institution. Computer analysis models developed, not by the government, but by those charging racial bias.

With just the hint of taint – and most lending institutions cave into the racists. Settling without admitting or denying the allegations, pumping dollars into the complaining organization to provide “monitoring activities” to insure racial fairness. And, in some cases, hiring special friends to serve as salaried no-show monitors.

Extortion … Pay up or suffer a constant barrage of media which will cause great reputational damage!

While there are cases of predatory lending where borrowers were tricked into subprime loans when their credit profiles made them eligible for lower interest rates, these cases could be detected by a preliminary scan of the borrower’s FICO score at the time of the loan application. However, that is not to say that every minority was scammed or that circumstances did not warrant higher interest rates to compensate for the higher risks of making loans in areas with high ratios of foreclosures and loan defaults.

And now we have the racists in the government pandering to their constituency …

Holder To Banks: You're All Bigots 

Power Abuse: According to this administration, the nation's largest mortgage lender —Wells Fargo — and dozens of other banks are racist. Don't believe it: They're targets of a massive witch hunt.

Attorney General Eric Holder has also added SunTrust Bank, one of the country's largest home lenders, and Bank of America to his ever-growing list of bank bigots.

Some 60 other lenders are said to be under investigation for allegedly denying blacks and Latinos home loans solely due to the color of their skin; or for allegedly "steering" them into higher-cost subprime mortgages when they could have qualified for prime loans.

Holder in essence has smeared the entire banking industry as racist, a pernicious lie of monumental proportion — and one that's helping trial lawyers and housing-rights zealots justify a bigger shakedown of the industry.

Holder is turning the public against banks, eroding confidence in the financial sector. He's also eroding, further, the time-tested credit standards underpinning the economy.

Among other things, he's ordered bank defendants to "modify" their lending policies to approve more minorities, regardless of their creditworthiness. He's also forced them to open branches in depressed urban areas, regardless of profitability.

Wells, for one, must devote at least $50 million to down-payment assistance for homebuyers in predominantly minority areas of Chicago, Baltimore, Detroit, Miami, Oakland, Cleveland, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.

Thanks to a raft of settlements, Holder hasn't had to prove his charges in court. Of the nearly 20 major settlements he's wrung out of banks so far, he hasn't produced material evidence of lending discrimination in any of them. <Source>

Again, we see evidence of extortion where the financial institutions would rather use their investor’s money to pay off claims rather than suffer reputational damage or increasing government sanctions. Because the money is coming from investors, financial executives have no qualms about settling the allegations with a deal rather than spend more time, effort and money that results in a pyrrhic victory. Where more money is spend in legal defense than the initial settlement agreement.

Who is really at fault?

If charges are to be brought against any party for enabling bad behavior on the part of the financial institutions, let us charge corrupt legislators like former House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank (D-MA), former Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd (D-CT), members of the Congressional Black Caucus and quite a few other corrupt legislators who crafted the laws which allowed predatory lending and other egregious behavior in return for campaign funds and voter support from the special interests.

Let us charge the corrupt or inept leadership and members of the Administration’s regulatory agencies who did little or nothing to actually detect, deter and prosecute financial wrongdoing. Many of these agencies were presented with credible, written evidence of wrongdoing but refused to act. Excuses such as the case wasn’t big enough to justify precious investigation and prosecution time and money. Or the case was complicated and the agency faced top-notch lawyers from the opposition – many times from the very firms where the agency’s attorneys were previously employed or hoped to seek employment. Or that the case would not attract the right type of media attention to shower glory on the agency’s leadership and result in greater budgets.

Perhaps we would be better served if we cured the systemic problem by investigating the investigators or, at the very least, throwing the legislators and Administration out of office. In the interest of fairness, officials of the Carter, Clinton, Bush 43 and Obama administrations appear to be indistinguishable when it comes to crony capitalism, appointing inept agency heads and subverting the system for political gain.

Bottom line …

As for pandering to the entitlement community and the minorities, the Obama Administration and its professional racists are repeating the mistakes of the past. introducing further instability into the financial system and, by extension, the general economy.

We are in a severe recession, many say depression, and the government keeps the real estate market from finding its true bottom and continuously bailing out distressed borrowers for the sole purpose of shoring up insolvent banks. Banks who would need to restate their financials should the real estate market (and associated derivative securities) reach a true bottom.

Unless we can be relatively assured of real estate asset values and any attached securities, there can be no adequate measure of risk – which impedes further future investment and prolongs our financial difficulties.

We need to clean up the political cesspool and the corrupt relationship between lobbyists and politicians. A good start would be to throw Obama and his fellow travelers under the bus and find someone who has business skills and has actually worked in the for-profit private sector. It seems like a clear indication that Mitt Romney should be elected – and the democrats purged from the House, Senate and regulatory agencies.

-- steve

 

 


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



IS RUSSIA PLANNING TO EXPLOIT PRESIDENT OBAMA'S WEAKNESS OR HIS LOVE OF SOCIALISM?

One cannot help but wonder where President Obama’s true loyalties lie? By all indication, his early environment, mentoring and experiences all point to associations with Marxists, communists, anarchists and domestic terrorists. As far-left and anti-American as his anti-America, anti-white, socialist spiritual mentor Reverend Jeremiah Wright.

So I cannot help but ask, is Russia’s Vladimir Putin exploiting Obama’s weakness, his incompetence in foreign affairs or his love of socialism? With any other left-leaning Presidents such as Carter or Clinton, I wouldn’t even have to ask. They may be left-leaning democrats, hating some American history and traditions, but they do not appear to be ideologues that might be willing to sell-out their country.

As reported by Reuters …

Russia wants naval bases abroad: report

Russia hopes to establish its first naval base abroad since the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union and is looking at Cuba, Vietnam and the Seychelles as possible locations, state-run RIA news agency quoted the navy chief as saying on Friday.

Russia has been increasing the reach of its navy in recent years, sending warships further afield as part of an effort to restore pride project power in a world dominated by the U.S. military.

"It's true that we are continuing work on providing the navy with basing outside the Russian Federation," RIA quoted Vice Admiral Viktor Chirkov as saying in an interview.

The Soviet Union had a large naval base in Communist ally Vietnam but post-Soviet Russia opted to vacate the Cam Ranh base in 2002, during President Vladimir Putin's first Kremlin term, because rent payments were a burden on state coffers. The fate of Russia's only naval facility outside the former Soviet Union, a maintenance and supply facility in the Syrian port of Tartous, is uncertain because of the conflict in Syria.

Chirkov said Russia was "working out the issue of creating sites for material and technical support on the territory of Cuba, the Seychelles and Vietnam," RIA reported. Chirkov's wording suggested facilities in those countries might be less extensive than full-scale naval bases. Navy officials could not immediately be reached for comment. <Source>

Why does this matter?

Cuba would be a symbolic gesture which would signal America’s weakness in its own sphere of influence to the world. An embarrassment, but of little or no strategic importance since Russian nuclear submarines continue to roam the world and exercise off our shores. As do ours.

Viet Nam would be a curious choice because China is preparing for a regional conflict to insure her energy supply lines and to perfect her territorial claim to islands located in the South China Sea. Especially to access the newly-found oil deposits on areas like the Paracel and Spratly Islands which are the subject of an ongoing international dispute.

“As of 2012, only nine of the Spratly Islands are under Chinese control, with Mainland China accounting for 8, Taiwan accounting for one; Vietnamese troops have seized 29 the greatest number of islands; the Philippines controls 8, Malaysia controls 5, and Brunei controls 2.”  More about the territorial disputes in the South China Sea can be found here.

Perhaps Russia will provide aid to Viet Nam in return for unspecified privileges or profits. The Philippines are counting on United States assistance in return for nothing; mostly because the United States gives but rarely – if ever – takes anything to aid its citizens. A one-way street in most instances.

The Seychelles is not an unusual choice as it covers 115 islands in the Indian Ocean. Their government did support the Russian invasion of Afghanistan, so there are established governmental relations between the two nations. Perhaps Russia has interests in interfering in Pakistan, Syria, Africa or the Middle East and would like a base to ease the logistics of maintaining a naval force in the vicinity. Possibly to challenge American sea forces who roam the area at will to insure safe and open sea lanes.

Bottom line …

Russia appears to be exploiting the weakness of Barack Obama and his fellow travelers to extend their sphere of influence farther into a world now dominated by American military might. Something that may be welcomed by Barack Obama who has indicated that he believes America to be an unexceptional nation among many in the international community. Apologizing for America’s past actions as if we haven’t spent more blood and treasure bringing freedom and disaster relief to lesser nations than any other nation on the face of the planet.

This should be a question for former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton … who I would like to see assume the role of Secretary of State in a Mitt Romney cabinet.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell